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U.S. Capitol Building to unveil Helen Keller statue On Oct. 7 a statue commemorating Helen Keller’s breakthrough in understanding meaning in the words being spelled on her hand was unveiled in the U.S. Capitol’s National Statuary Hall. This will be the first statue in the Capitol of a child as well as the first statue of a person with a disability. The statue is a gift from the state of Alabama. Each of the 50 states is allowed two statues in the Capitol.

Parties are inevitable on a college campus. With a little over a quarter of the student body of legal drinking age, weekends are the time to close the books, let loose and have fun. Campus parties occur both on and off campus — at fraternity lounges, off-campus houses, and local restaurants and bars. As the student population continues to expand on campus, so does the number of students who flock to parties around the university each weekend. Over the past few years, the overflow of students at off-campus parties has alarmed many residents living in the neighborhoods surrounding the university. There has been an increase in police presence in neighborhoods where parties frequently occur, as well as increased policy enforcement on campus. Many events take place at off-campus residents, where groups of students share rental homes in the neighborhoods surrounding the campus. Recently, many homes in the area have become rental properties, and landlords are profiting from students who are eager to move off campus and enjoy the freedom of living in a home. With homeownership comes great responsibility, and many students who choose to live off campus are not holding up their end of the bargain when it comes to maintenance and neighborhood standards. “Students assume the role of adults when they choose to live off campus,” Dr. Tom Phillips said. “Adulthood means responsibility, for one’s own actions and those of one’s guests.” Phillips is the second vice president of the University Area Neighborhood Association (UANA), a collaborative organization established in 1998 that works to recognize concerns and problems in the neighborhoods that surround the university. The association is made up of members of the Wake Forest Police Department, staff from Residence Life and Housing, members of the Winston-Salem Police Department, representatives from Winston-Salem city services,

Off-campus parties create friction between students and community

Phones carrying Microsoft Windows released On Oct. 6 Microsoft announced that the first batch of phones carrying Windows Mobile 6.5 is ready to be released to the market. Microsoft expects over 30 phones to be running the operating system by the end of the year. Microsoft will offer Windows Marketplace, which will rival the iPhone’s App Store.

H1N1 vaccine arrives in two states Health care workers in Indiana and Tennessee are the first recipients of the H1N1 influenza vaccine distributed on Oct. 5. Ten million to 20 million doses will be shipped out per week for the next couple of months. Twenty-seven states have been reporting widespread flu activity with nearly all the identified viruses being H1N1.

Nobel Prize for Physics shared by three Americans

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Students “Hit the Bricks” for charity By Elizabeth Forrest| Asst. news editor

The 1960s research of three Americans that laid the foundation for today’s computerized images and lighting-fast communication led to the three sharing the 2009 Nobel Prize for Physics. Charles K. Kao, Willard S. Boyle, and George E. Smith were the recipients. Three Americans also shared this year’s Novel Prize in medicine.

Wake alumna linked to David Letterman sex scandal Stephanie Birkitt (‘97) has been swept up in an extortion scandal between her former boyfriend, producer Joe Halderman, and the famous television personality, David Letterman. Birkitt has been accused of having sexual relations with Letterman while working for him.

University students and faculty participated in Hit the Bricks, an annual event in which teams compete to raise the most money for the Brian Piccolo Cancer Fund, on Oct. 1. The winning team must outpace the others by running laps while wearing a backpack filled with sand around Hearn Plaza. The event began at 11 a.m. with a speech by Frank Torti, executive director of Wake Forest University’s Comprehensive Cancer Center. The race began following words of encouragement by members of the football team. Throughout the day there were additional competitions for the teams, such as a balloon relay race and a wacky costume lap, in which contestants could win gift cards to places such as Ishi and Midtown Café. Bonus laps were awarded

to the teams that raised the most money between certain hours. There were performances throughout the day by the dance team, Dirty Crew, and a cappella groups Innuendo and Plead the Fifth. Jen Averill, the women's field hockey coach, spoke to the runners. Members of the women's basketball team also made an inspirational appearance. President Nathan O. Hatch walked a lap while Provost Jill Tiefenthaler, the event’s Grand Marshal, ran a lap. Hit the Bricks ended at 7 p.m. when all the teams walked a final silent lap in memory of those who have lost to or are fighting against cancer. The lap ended in front of Wait Chapel where a closing luminary ceremony was officiated by Chaplain Tim Auman before the winners were declared.

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Teams competed in Hit the Bricks on Oct. 1 to raise money for the Brian Piccolo Cancer Research Fund.

Graham Allison speaks on nuclear weapons policy Lecture opens “Voices of Our Time” series By Devon Goodall | Contributing writer Graham Allison, expert on nuclear weapons and special adviser to former U.S. President Ronald Reagan, spoke about his experience with nuclear weapons and proliferation as part of the Voices of Our Time lecture series at 7 p.m. Oct. 1 in Brendle Hall. Allison is a professor at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, which he helped make one of the leading schools on public policy and government. University President Nathan O. Hatch said that Allison is “the world’s leading authority on the whole issue of nuclear proliferation and particularly what to do about all the nuclear weapons in the former Soviet Union,” as well as “a very distinguished leader.”

In his speech, Allison warned the audience that he believed a nuclear attack will be launched on a major city before 2014. The chances of a nuclear attack decrease with immediate action but an attack is inevitable, according to Allison. According to Allison, the biggest national security issue that Barack Obama’s administration faces is nuclear terrorism. The issue of nuclear weapons is a “real and pressing issue,” Allison said, and it “should be treated as the most Allison important issue.” “There exists a feasible, affordable set of actions that would reduce the likelihood of an attack,” Allison said. He calls this set of actions a Doctrine of Three No’s.

Allison said that atomic weapons need to be secured so that they are kept out of the hands of terrorists. According to Allison, any country that provides terrorists with weapons would face a nuclear attack itself, because the theory of mutually assured destruction is still relevant today. Allison reiterated that a nuclear attack is avoidable and would be a “preventable catastrophe.” Yet he believes that we are at risk for an attack in the next five years. He insists that this is the most pressing issue that the Obama administration faces and steps need to be taken to prevent this from happening. Hatch said students can learn about “the complexity of the issue and steps that you take to reduce the threat” from Allison’s speech. Al-Qaeda remains the group most likely to launch a nuclear attack on the U.S. Allison said that the “challenge to

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do something is out there (within Al- Hatch said. It’s something that he says Qaeda)” and that “Al-Qaeda is facing we have to take very seriously and it’s pressure to launch another attack,” so if something we have to make sure doesn’t they gained possession of a bomb they happen.” would launch it immediately. Hatch established the Voices of Our The topic of nuclear weapons and Time lecture series in 2006 to expose proliferation may the university comnot seem applicable munity to some of to an average univerthe premier world “There exists a feasible, affordsity student. thinkers and to disable set of actions that would However, the issue cuss international of nuclear weapons topics that are relreduce the likelihood of an is the most imporevant in today’s attack.” tant topic in the society. Graham Allison international com“It’s a natural part Nuclear Weapons Expert munity right now, of a university to according to Alliwant to be a crossson. roads of discussion “It’s one of the on the most impormost pressing issues of our time, it’s tant issues of our time,” Hatch said about a hidden issue, but as he suggested, it the series. would be catastrophic if one of these The next speaker in the Voices of Our weapons, which can be as small as a Time series is author Tom Friedman, suitcase, went off in the United States,” who will be speaking in February.

Sports | B1 That’s Ghee Fifth year senior cornerback Brandon Ghee has stepped up to lead the Deacon defense that lost numerous players to the NFL last season

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Brieflies University Police host open forum and request feedback The university police department is looking for feedback. They invite members of the Reynolda Campus community and the public to offer comments on and criticisms of the department in an open campus forum Oct. 8 from 12 p.m.-1 p.m. in the Residence Life and Housing Training Room on the first floor of Benson. Comments can also be submitted by e-mail to Gary Margolis at

Students to participate in Fall Choral Concert The Music Department is holding its fall concert on Oct. 22 at 7:30 p.m. in Brendle Recital Hall. The concert will feature the Concert Choir and the Collegium Vocal Ensemble. In addition, guest artist Carolos Perez, virtuoso guitarist from Chile, and guitar students of Senior Music Lecturer Patricia Dixon will also perform. Tickets will be on sale for $10 for general admission and free to Wake Forest faculty, staff, and students. Anyone wishing to reserve tickets may do so by calling the Music Department at 758-5364.

Museum of Anthropology exhibit features Maya pottery “Art of Sky, Art of Earth: Maya Cosmic Imagery” is the newest collection on display at the Museum of Anthropology. The collection features ancient pottery from the Classic period that is on loan from St. Bonaventure University, providing a glimpse into Maya civilization and culture. The museum hours are 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and admission is free. For more information, call ext. 5282 or visit www.

Student Union presents Buzz Sutherland Comedy Show Student Union is presenting the award-winning comedian Buzz Sutherland at 7 p.m. on Oct. 2 in Pugh Auditorium. Sutherland has been awarded the Comedian of the Year award a total of 16 times over the past seven years by organizations including the National Association of Campus Activities and the Association for the Promotion of Campus Activities. For more information, contact Matt Blei at

Hanes Art Gallery celebrates Cuban revolution anniversary Marking the 50th anniversary of the Cuban revolution, over 100 pieces by contemporary Cuban artists will be on display at the Charlotte and Philip Hanes Art Gallery. The show will be open through Oct. 6. Dr. Linda S. Howe’s “Entrepreneurship in Art Education and Educational Outreach” class worked on the content of the exhibition and developed a bilingual catalog to accompany the works. The Charlotte and Philip Hanes Art Gallery is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

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Paul Thacker: Archaeologist By Caitlin Brooks | News editor More than 300 years ago, a contingency of backcountry farmers fought and died on the wooded span of North Carolina Lang that came to be known as Alamance Battlefield. Years before the Boston Tea Party and the American Civil War waged over unfair taxation by the British royal government, these Southern colonists laid their lives on the line for liberty. Today, historians, friends of the battlefield and archaeologists like Assistant Anthropology Professor Paul Thacker are working to piece together the exact events of May 16, 1771 using high tech remote sensing tools, historical records and dedication. Thacker became involved with these Alamance enthusiasts when they propositioned him to help with a metal detector sweep of the battlefield they would perform in an attempt to discern precisely where the lines of musket-firing farmers stood during the battle. During the weekend of Sept. 3-5, Thacker, Director of Public Archeol-

ogy Ken Robinson and university seniors Taryn Ricciardelli and Emily Zavodny pulled out a magnetometer and took to the field. Magnetometers function by detecting the difference in magnetic field of a particular spot and the constant magnetic hum of the earth. Disturbances can be caused by a metal object beneath the surface, such as the debris from expanded ordinance. A collection of such disturbances could indicate the location of a firing line of soldiers. Piecing together the details of a revered North Carolina historical battle is just one of Thacker’s side projects. He has also performed field work in Portugal every summer for the last two decades where he is trying to decode the ancient exchanges of the last Neanderthals on Earth and their neighbors, the early modern humans who coexisted for millennia, yet showed almost no sign of interbreeding or violent eradication. Solving history’s mysteries with high tech gadgets, painstaking fieldwork and 20 years (and counting) of

patience don’t exactly call to mind the images of archeologists popularized by film and video games (Laura Croft and Indiana Jones, anyone?), and Thacker, an unassuming, middle-aged professor with glasses, isn’t trying to fool anyone. “Archaeologists look a lot less like that,” he said, indicating a dapper movie poster of Indiana Jones, “than this,” he finished, poking his round stomach and smiling. It is the routine that greets each term of new Introduction to Archaeology students on the first day. A touch of humor delivered with complete sincerity: that’s Thacker’s style, and his approach, coupled with his dedication to his students, has made him a favorite of university undergrads since he joined the faculty six years ago. Ricciardelli credits Thacker with her choice to become an anthropology major. “I took Dr. Thacker’s Introduction to Archaeology class, and his teaching strategy helped me connect with anthropology,” she said. “I started understanding that this was something I loved, and so I’ve

been a major ever since.” The admiration heaped on him by his students is mutual. “Ultimately, my relationships are with students and their successes. I am consistently impressed by the quality of the students at Wake Forest,” Thacker said when asked about his most rewarding experiences from the past six years. He’s not being facetious. It is common for a five minute visit to Thacker’s office to turn into an afternoon-long discussion. “Dr. Thacker is one of the most approachable teachers that I have had at Wake Forest,” Zavodny, who attended Thacker’s field study program in Portugal in addition to her work on the Alamance site, said. “No matter how busy he is, he always has time for a conversation with his students and a bowl of Jello. He really likes Jello.” Though he claims not to be a “creature of habit,” Thacker’s students frequently cite his “addiction” to Coca-Cola and Jello. If the empty Pepsi can sitting next to his computer is any indication, he isn’t a brand loyalist.

POLICE BEAT Property damage • Unknown subject(s) damaged a wooden fence by kicking the boards and breaking them at the Elk’s Lodge around 9:50 p.m. on Sept. 23. • Unknown subject(s) damaged a wooden picnic table valued at $50 in front of WFDD between Sept. 18 and Sept. 19.

Miscellaneous • Winston-Salem Police responded to a call in reference to a disturbance on Polo Road at 4:04 a.m. on Sept. 27. There was a party in progress and the offenders were asked to disperse the party. No citations were issued. • Winston-Salem Police responded to a call in reference to a disturbance on Polo Road at 11:04 p.m. on Sept. 26. There was a party in progress and the offenders were asked to disperse the party. The offenders were warned about the city noise violation. No citations were issued. • University Police responded to a victim in Davis Hall reporting that an offender threatened him physically at 10:55 p.m. on Sept. 24. • University Police took a report in reference to a victim in Davis Hall that reported receiving threatening e-mails on Sept. 23.

• A gate security officer stopped an unregistered vehicle from entering campus at 10:45 p.m. on Sept. 22. The driver stated that she was a student and had applied for her decals but had not picked them up. The offender was allowed onto campus after verifying that she was a student. Further investigation determined the student had not applied for a decal and was unable to present her university ID or driver’s license.

Drugs and Alcohol • ALE officers issued citations to university students for underage consumption-possession and obstruction and delay of justice and for possessing fictitious IDs at BB&T Stadium on Sept. 23. • ALE officers wrote citations to university students for underage consumption-possession and possession of fictitious IDs at 12:48 a.m. on Sept. 20 at Binky’s Restaurant. • University Police responded to a call in reference to possible marijuana use in Huffman Hall on Sept. 25. Officers questioned the suspects and were given the marijuana located in the room as well as some that was in the offender’s vehicle. • University Police responded to a call in refer-

ence to an unconscious individual on a bench at Johnson Hall at 11:30 p.m. on Sept. 25. The offender was found to have consumed alcohol while underage and was escorted to Student Health for observation. • ALE officers issued a state citation for possession of alcohol underage at 11:50 a.m. on Sept. 12 at Groves Stadium. • Winston-Salem Police observed an offender urinating in public at 12:06 a.m. on Sept. 26 on 5th Street. The offender was issued two state citations for underage consumption and urinating in public.

Thefts • Unknown suspect(s) removed an unsecured bicycle valued at $150 from a rack near the Sundry Shop at the Fresh Food Company between 1 p.m. and 3 pm. on Sept. 21. • Unknown subject(s) removed a wallet containing $5 cash from an unsecured backpack in Reynolds Gym between 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. on Sept. 22. The victim returned to Reynolds Gym and found her wallet in the bathroom sink. • Unknown suspect(s) removed a book bag containing a laptop from an unsecured vehicle parked behind the Athletic Center between 3:30 a.m. and 6 a.m. on Sept. 24.

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Students look over the parking options for their first year, but fail to plan ahead for subsequent parking needs. Rarely do they review the options The university has taken several measures to as upperclassmen. decrease the amount of cars on campus and alle“It’s easy to say to students you’re going to be viate the congestion that occurs daily. safe by parking in (the Q parking lot), but if you By purchasing about 115 parking spaces across go online you will see other regulations that allow Polo Road in the First Assembly Church of God students to park elsewhere,” Zick said. parking lot and implementing a new off-campus “There’s a color-coded map that shows stushuttle system, dents exactly the univerwhere they sity is hoping can park all to alleviover campus ate some of grounds. the parking If students stress. say they Students weren’t notihave tried fied, they to utilize the simply didn’t First Assemread the # on-campus spots available: 3,856 bly parking information. lot in years Part of getting # permits issued: 3,428 past only to acquainted find parking with a campus Cost of new off-campus shuttle program: tickets on is figuring $300,000 their windout where to shields when park,” Zick # parking tickets issued between Aug. they returned said. 24 and Sept. 24 (by year): to their vehiFor students • 2007: 2,272 cles. interested By the time in changing • 2008: 2,762 students their park• 2009: 2,462 returned to ing permit, campus this Parking s e m e s t e r, Management the parking is now offerspaces were ing freshman available for passes and student use, off-campus but many satellite parkstudents were never informed of the change. ing permits. “I was thinking we weren’t allowed to park there Reimbursements for those who turn in their $500 at all,” junior Emily Wright said. “In fact, I haven’t decals will be credited that amount to their student been under the impression we were allowed to park accounts, according to Alty. The reimbursements in a lot of these other spaces at all.” will not be made by cash or check. “The university didn’t notify us directly about In addition to opening up various other parking the extension in the First Assembly lot,” Wilson spot options, the university has also implemented said. a new off-campus shuttle service called The Wake According to Ken Zick, the vice president of Line. student life and the former overseer of campus This service includes two shuttle busses, the Gold facilities and Parking Management, the confusion Line and the Black Line, and they will begin runof freshman orientation is partly to blame for the ning cycles on Oct. 5 between the hours of 7:20 mix-up. a.m. and 6:50 p.m.

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who cannot “read the water” have died there. The clear audience favorite, however, was The Sharp End, which centers on a new sport combining BASE jumping and rock climbing. Both Wakild and Wright said this was one of the most intriguing films in the collection, with Wright describing it as “an amazing film to watch.” Climbers Chris McNamara and Steph Davis pioneer the activity of free-BASEing, which consists of climbing a difficult rock wall without ropes or safety mechanisms other than the BASE parachute. This allows climbers to go beyond the margin of error usually needed for a successful free climb. Climber Dean Potter took the sport one step further and attempted to free-BASE the Eiger Nordwand, an imposing, notoriously dangerous rock face over 13,000 feet high. His thrilling, suspenseful climb and victorious jump off drew enormous applause

from the amazed audience. Three mountain-bike showcases, each of which had a different perspective on the sport, were shown throughout the presentation. Their uniqueness prompted Wright to remark on the variety of “what people can do with two wheels.” “We have some good mountain biking here in town, so students can relate to” these films well,” Wakild said. Other films shown included a snowboarding showcase; an overview of the Nissan Outdoor Games in Chamonix, France; Play Gravity, which introduced the new sport of speedriding (snowboarding with a parachute); and a kiteboarding and kiteskiing film. Both Wright and Wakild expressed a desire to bring the full Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour to the university next year. Wakild says the longer festival would “appeal to a wider segment with more cultural and environmental films” and Wright mentioned involving the Museum of Anthropology to show films about mountain culture.

Off-campus students living in the Crowne Polo, to park,” junior Rachel Wilson said. These sentiCrowne Oaks, Crowne Park, Alaris Village or ments are all too familiar. Deacon Ridge apartment complexes will be able With the new shuttle system, though, the univerto have access to the two shuttles. sity is truly hoping for a positive turnout. The schedule and information about the shuttles “With over 400 undergraduate students living can be found at in the five apartment complexes that the shuttles “This isn’t about building will service, our hope is that at more parking lots or creating least 200 will take advantage of more spaces, it’s about getting Students wishing to turn-in their the shuttles on an daily basis,” students on to and around on-campus or commuter parking Alty said. campus,” Alty said. “We do understand that permit will receive a $500 credit “The intent of the two new some students will continue to their student accounts. shuttles is to help the mass tranto use their personal vehicles sit, kind of like what you see at due to personal errand needs bigger universities.” or unusual schedules that can’t With the two buses, drivers be met by the shuttle.” Some and overall planning that has gone into this project, off-campus residents are skeptical of seeing a huge it has cost the university $300,000. change. Many students have speculated that due to the “With my schedule I probably won’t use it,” junior enforcement of ticketing while parking has been Amy Rutiger said. difficult, the university has been pooling money “I haven’t had a problem with parking, but that’s from ticketing to support this project. just because I get on campus before 9 a.m. every “All the money that has supported this program day. I would like to use the shuttles, but I don’t has come from the university’s general fund,” Alty think my schedule will work with it,” she said. said in response to these rumors. “The university will continue seeing an increase in “Any rumors going around that we have ticketed commuter students if you keep harping on students more to help support this project are false. Ticketing to get off campus,” Hartley said. is the only way to reinforce the rules.” “It’s definitely going to take a while to get used In fact, there have been fewer tickets distributed to,” Wright said. in the period between Aug. 24 and Sept. 24 this “I feel like the shuttles are targeting students semester than last year. who don’t have a car, and most According to Parking Manstudents bring a car to school agement, during the 2007 here.” “The south campus dorm conperiod there were 2,272 tickets, Zick acknowledges that struction certainly exacerbated there is a common assumption the 2008 period increased to 2,762 tickets and this semesthe parking situation, and we among university students that ter there have only been 2,462 probably didn’t do the best job because they are allowed cars on tickets. campus, they are entitled to the planning it all out.” “I have received numerous most convenient spots. Ken Zick tickets on campus because I The university’s small size and haven’t been able to find parking relative isolation are likely reaAssociate Vice President where I’m registered to park,” sons for this mindset. junior Chris Cosgrove said. In order to see success with “(Parking lot Q) has been a the changes in parking, memcomplete zoo and I don’t understand why we let bers of the university will have to be patient and so many freshman onto campus without plan- cooperative, Alty said. ning ahead for parking,” junior Elizabeth Hartley “A lot of solution simply rests within people said. changing their habits and perceptions, and that “I think it’s ridiculous that we pay so much takes time,” Zick said. money to attend this school and then we have to “When people get accustomed to public transpay large sums of money through purchasing a portation, they realize it’s quite convenient. We’re permit and, eventually, paying for parking tickets conflicted because we’re trying to move forward, that we’ll probably get because we can’t find a place but plenty of people are still relying on the past.”


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Students try their luck at the poker table at aWake All Night on Sept. 26. This year, the event, called “Wake the Red Carpet,” also featured free food, games and prizes.


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University explores many faces of diversity


ver the past couple of years, our university has become more diverse than it traditionally has been. We aren’t talking about racial diversity, even though racial diversity has since increased, but rather talent, culture and creativity the study body provides. Our study body has always been very homogenous. We tend to concentrate only on the maths, sciences, businesses and sports of our school. No one ever dares to look into the other courses and activities the university has to offer. For example, business is the second most popular major on campus, and going pre-med is the third largest area of study. Our academics are not only homogenous, but our enthusiasm for outside activities is as well. Football and basketball seasons initiate long lines and crazed fans, but where are these crazed fans when it comes to supporting their own peers at music festivals and art galleries? The university has gone a long way to promote diversity and changes are happening on campus. Plays and theater troupes are making their way back onto the main stage and students are going to see their performances. There are plenty of on-campus musicians who showcase their talent at open-mic nights in Shorty’s. These open-mic nights provide a springboard for diversity. We think that these are great events because it not only promotes creativity among students, but it also brings a large crowd out to Shorty’s and other venues. These venues not only profit from having college students spend their money there, they also provide an alternative place for students to hang out in on Friday and Saturday nights. From what we’ve been hearing around campus, students are very excited to be given these opportunities to perform and to encourage their peers. Many of us came to the university because we wanted

a small atmosphere where we could participate in activities and have our friends come cheer us on — we wanted to feel that close sense of community. We should not waste the opportunity that the university is giving us. This past weekend, student leaders and administrators gathered at the President’s Leadership Conference to discuss different issues that are occurring on campus. Diversity was one of the four topics covered over the course of the weekend and both the students and the administrators learned a lot. Diversity is more than just numbers. No matter how you want to break it down and divide the classes up by race, ethnicity or sex, they are not the only factors that define diversity. Personality, language skills and socio-economic factors are some of the few forgotten pieces that define diversity. There are always students who do not fit into the “cookiecutter” stereotype of our university, and they shouldn’t feel left out. They provide our university with many benefits that we would be without if they had not chosen to attend here. When we walk down the quad, we want to see more students expressing themselves instead of suppressing themselves because they feel like they have to fit into the “cookie-cutter” stereotype. Some job recruiters are turning down the chance to come to our university because they feel that we are not “diverse” enough as students. They believe that we need to be more tolerant of and comfortable with other cultures, races, religions and languages. These recruiters want and need bilingual students who are understanding and open to new ideas and change. We as students need to take initiative in making ourselves more diverse. The university has provided us with plenty of resources to make the student body more diverse, it’s up to us to take advantage of this opportunity.

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Police monopoly encourages disrespect Geoff Janssen

isolated events that are only applicable to rogue officers in extreme cases. The Guest Columnist tragic fact, however, is that this abuse of power and incompetence is not only here is a section of the Old true of individual officers, but entire Gold & Black entitled “Police police departments. Beat” that sums up all the The Olympia, Washington Police police activity for the week on our little Department is being sued for strip campus. searching female protestors in front of Two or three weeks ago, there was male officers. a report that over 162 students were San Antonio, Texas Police Department written up off campus for underage just admitted to losing over 2,300 police drinking. reports. These are the kind of stories that make Lakeland, Fla. Police Department is me want to bang my head against the under investigation for spending several nearest wall. hours of a drug raid playing bowling on Are there really officers out there that a Nintendo Wii. are patting themselves on the back, During the G20 summit in Pittsburgh thinking, “Thank goodness we caught all last weekend, riot police were dispatched of these students, now they will change to control nonviolent students at the their ways and give up drinking.”? University of Pittsburgh. In case there are, they must be told Tear gas and rubber bullets were fired, this: they did not save all those students several students were thrown down to from the evils of drinking. the pavement and beaten. What those police did successfully, And for the first time in history, a new, however, was piss off over 162 otherwise high-tech cannon fired sonic waves to law-abiding students who now have force students to leave. diminished respect for police. Some would argue that I am being It is a shame that WFUPD and many unfair to police, and that if someone other police forces go after “crimes” like ever committed a crime against me, I underage drinking and drug violations, would want the police to help me catch because the “criminals” in these cases are the perpetrator. not hurting anyone except themselves. But that’s exactly my point: we don’t It’s a waste of our tax (and tuition) deserve just law enforcement officers; money and police we deserve competent, resources. respectful officers. Look online at the This is why our police Tear gas and rubber bullets system’s monopoly on police log and anyone can see that a majority were fired, several students force must be removed. of the actual crimes Anyone that knows reported on campus go were thrown down to the anything about pavement and beaten, and economics knows that unsolved. Look at other police incentives matter to for the first time in history, logs across the nation humans (thanks, Dr. a new, high- tech cannon and you can see that Whaples!). fired sonic waves to force most perpetrators of The way the current crimes go uncaught. students to leave. system is structured gives While one person police no incentive to be might say that it is competent or respectful. just not plausible to Didn’t catch the catch most of these criminals, there is criminal? Oh well, it’s not as if someone another explanation that seems equally else will. obvious: our police system is, in general, Abused your powers? incompetent. It will probably result in an “internal At least at Wake Forest, none of the investigation” that, for the most part, officers abuse their powers to harm punishes officers with slaps on the students and civilians, which is a trend wrists. Officer Willis is still with his that seems to exist in almost any state in department and was awarded $400,000 America. in back pay because his investigation Look on the internet and you can find violated the “Officer’s Bill of Rights” stories of officers using tasers and batons (because police need protection from us, on children, elders, the physically and right?). mentally handicapped. And Officer Vaughn was suspended The officers would casually allow their only one day for what most of us would dog units to attack suspects and planting be charged with manslaughter. incriminating evidence on suspects. With this kind of reassurance of There are even more appalling abuses exemption from real punishment, of power, such as: officers wield an unchecked power of Louisiana Officer Wiley Willis turned force and rule over us civilians. off a surveillance camera to beat up a The obvious problem, however, is that female suspect. the kind of person that would want this New Orleans Officer Desmond kind of power is the very person that Shorty is now facing criminal charges does not deserve it. for stealing a $3,500 watch during a There are several alternatives to the warrantless search. monopoly that stands in place now, such Dallas Officer Michael Vaughn struck as privatized security or voluntary forces. and killed a 10 year old boy with his In the meantime, however, officers do squad car while driving 30 miles per not deserve our respect until they start hour over the speed limit with his squad respecting us. car without his siren. Many people would look at this Geoff Janssen is a sophomore psychology evidence and argue that these are major from Oshkosh, Wis.


- Moses Mapesa Wafula, head of the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UDW), discussed how the “Friend of Gorilla” campaign in Uganda will soon allow human fans to follow every move of the remaining mountain gorillas via Facebook & Twitter and also aid in the protection of the primate species.

“” “The purpose of this action is to improve the mental health of the convict, to lower his libido and thereby to reduce the risk of another crime being committed by the same person.” - Polish Governmental Spokesman, commented on the reasons why Poland approved a law to make chemical castration mandatory for pedophiles convicted of raping children less than 15-years-old or close relatives upon their release from prison.

“” “I believe we should continue to broaden opportunities for women. One policy I would like to see changed is the one barring [women’s] service aboard submarines..” - Admiral Mike Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the top U.S. military officer, gave testimony on his belief that the ban on allowing women to serve on submarines should be retrieved by the United States military.

“” “Just so it’s clear, I’m happy to meet you for tea outside the press conference and then we can speak only English. But we’re in Germany here. “ - Guido Westerwelle, foreign minister candidate of Germany, replied in German to a question asked in English by a reporter affirming that in Germany, people speak German.

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Rethinking the State | A Critical View of Government

Government responsible for health care crisis

Constitution doesn’t mandate federal provision of medical aid

Elliot Engstrom Managing Editor


he supposed failure of the free market is a premise upon which the entire health care debate that we now hear about almost daily is based. We have been told that the cold, emotionless market, which has no function other than driving corporate profits, has left millions of Americans out on a limb to wither and die as soon as they are stricken with the slightest malady due to a lack of affordable health insurance. It is not surprising to see the government framing yet another false debate. I can scarcely think of the last time our government, which (just like any other human organization) is ultimately self-serving, did not engage in any sort of argument that was not at least partially based in misconstrued statistics and false premises. However, this does not change the fact that these statements coming out of both the Right and the Left need correction. When one looks at the current amount of regulation and bureaucratic barrier in the health care insurance market, it should be no surprise that prices have skyrocketed out of control. Please note that I am not pointing to one specific government action that has caused the extremely high cost. One has to look at the bigger picture of all of these different laws and regulations together to understand just how much the government has derailed the workings

of the market in the field of health insurance. corporate interests. Mandated insurance requires Insurance is based in the concept of risk. In millions upon millions of consumers to pay for order to buy insurance, one has to feel sufficient coverage for a service they will never use. Is there risk to put forth the money necessary to anything that these corporate interests could purchase insurance. However, in states such as possibly like more than to receive payments Vermont, Rhode Island, Ohio, New Jersey, New for coverage that will never actually have to be York, Massachusetts, Maine and Idaho (and 30 employed? With this in mind, it should be no other states with similar regulations), state laws surprise that special interest groups attempting mandate “guaranteed issues.” These essentially to forcefully expand their own markets are the mean that insurance companies are required to key players behind these kinds of legislation. accept all comers. Another example of the government Of course, this sounds like the humanitarian intervention in our current health care system is thing to do. However, this “humanitarian” the fact that people are prohibited from buying view completely ignores the economics of the insurance across state lines. This has several equation. When people are allowed to wait to negative effects. One is that it decreases both buy insurance until they competition and supply, need it, this drastically both of which raise prices increases premiums all for consumers. This also Thus we once again see the irony in across the board. that the modern Left is decrying the means that states have the Imagine if the same power to grant licenses fact that insurance companies make to insurance companies, thing existed with tornado insurance on a house. A meaning that any new massive profits, while completely family could wait until the missing the fact that it is governinsurance company from tornado hit, then buy the its beginnings has to meet ment regulation that provides these state-mandated standards. insurance and have the insurance company pay for insurance giants with a market This is a huge barrier to a new house. This would catering exactly to allow the survival entry, keeping newcomers be extremely expensive for out of what would otherwise of giant corporations and limit their be a highly competitive insurance companies and drastically increase the price potential competition. market and once again of insurance — exactly increasing prices for what it does in the health consumers. In a free market, insurance market. profits are a signal telling more entrepreneurs to These laws, which often manifest in the form enter a market. More and more firms will enter of “community ratings,” also require health the market until the profits have dropped low insurance providers to completely discount enough to discourage market entry. Thus we pre-existing conditions or age when quoting once again see the irony in that the modern Left a price for insurance. While this varies from is decrying the fact that insurance companies state to state, it results in things like 18-yearmake massive profits, while completely missing olds paying the same rate as 60-year-olds and the fact that it is government regulation people who do not even drink alcohol having that provides these insurance giants with a to pay for alcoholism coverage. The exact market catered exactly to allow the survival of level of regulation varies from state to state, giant corporations and limit their potential with some requiring over 50 different kinds competition. of mandated coverage. It is quite interesting President Obama has said that under his that one of the most heated arguments coming current proposal, he would eliminate these out of the progressive Left is that those against state barriers. However, there is a dark side to mandated insurance are just looking out for his proposal. Once this restriction is removed,

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o, Imma let you finish, but …” Sound familiar? Kanye West’s recent intrusion upon Taylor Swift’s acceptance speech at the VMA’s was, though completely uncalled for, just another recent example of what the media would have one believe is the crumbling of any semblance of manners in our society. Though many blame Kanye’s actions on the (a-a-a-a-a-) alcohol, other recent happenings in the public eye call into question whether this ego-driven superstar is alone in his outbursts. Serena Williams, star tennis player, recently threatened to shove a tennis ball down the throat of a line judge she disagreed with during the U.S. Open. Later, when asked how she felt about the judge’s comment that she felt threatened, Serena commented, “I don’t know why she would have felt threatened.” Right. But it’s not just star athletes and rappers pushing forth the trend of bad manners and public outbursts. Joe Wilson, Congressman from South Carolina, interrupted President Obama’s speech on health care reform by yelling, “You lie!” after the President insisted illegal immigrants would not be covered under his plan. The scariest part about this outburst is not that Wilson had the nerve to interrupt the president during a live, nationally televised speech, but that Joe Wilson received over $100,000 in donations overnight following his outburst. What does that say about our society? Is the implication here that people are willing to donate money to someone who shares their views, even if they express them in inappropriate ways? It’s certainly possible.

This all got me thinking about how the concept of manners is treated here at dear old Wake Forest. In terms of public outbursts, they seem to be fairly low. Aside from the occasional fighting couple in the Pit, or the intoxicated kid in Subway (“No, where are your pants!?”— drunken student upon being questioned by an employee as to the nature of his missing garments), people generally seem to abide by most social norms. In fact, things like door-holding and smiling at strangers seem to be at an all-time high (at least in my two years of experience). Even the manners of our beloved food service employees seem to be improving. For example, while eating at the Pit last week, a cook came up to my table and exclaimed that it was, in fact, “Fried Chicken Day,” and that we should all celebrate! The employees at Subway, infamous for their “customer service,” even seem to be lightening up. Last year, each sandwich was served with extra spite and condescendence on the side, but recently they’ve made an attempt to actually speak to the customer, and occasionally smile! It happens, I swear. So maybe things aren’t so bad on the manners front, at least here at Wake Forest. However, more can always be done. Hold the door! Smile sometimes! Talk to the Subway employees! And for the love of God, stop rolling the quad after every victory — the janitors will thank you. Cory McConnell is a sophomore from Wexford, Penn.

Elliot Engstrom is a senior French major from Matthews, N.C.

Searching for Equality | A Citizen’s Public Duty

Iraq’s success exhibits eminence of democracy

without doubt. Iraq under Nouri al-Maliki and Jalal Talbani (a Kurdish socialist) is undoubtedly better off than under the manic torture regime of the Hussein family. Even a brief description of the horrifying human rights record of his regime would fill an entire Old Gold & Black paper and would have been the focus of thousands of pages by the UN, Amnesty and Human Rights Watch. The challenge now is to ensure that Iraq builds a stable, pluralistic democracy. The U.S. needs to do a couple of things to ensure this occurs. Matt Moran The first is to be very careful about withdrawal Staff Columnist dates. It would, I’m sorry to say, be better to omrades, last week I wrote an article overstay our welcome than to leave too early. justifying the invasion and continued A premature departure, however popular, presence of the U.S. military in could permit either the secular fascists of Afghanistan. the remaining Ba’ath movement, or their When I read the finished version I have to counterparts in the religious fanaticism business, admit that it came off a bit hawkish, which was to establish a new dictatorship and oppress the not my intention. Iraqi people once again. I hope this article concerning Iraq better Further, democracy building in Iraq must be represents my thesis that the Leftist has the an Iraqi initiative. responsibility to hold his nose when it comes to The Iraqi people, who already view the U.S. aggression if that aggression will create greater with skepticism and, at worst, hostility, will not freedom. accept a government that Iraq represents a much they consider an American more complicated case than puppet. In order to ensure the success of Afghanistan. In helping to build a secular and democratic movements functioning democracy It paralyzed the Bush presidency into one of in the region, Iraq needs to stand as in Iraq, we must refresh the most ineffectual American foreign policy an example of a democratic, Arab administrations in recent anew. country which has come to terms history, which I find No longer should fortunate. cold-warriors yammer with its past and has forged a balI have no idea why Bush about democracy while anced society that has reconciled invaded Iraq; I suspect supporting despots and a religious population and culture it was to control a major dictators. oil producing region, but A new era of American with the values of a secular governthat’s mere armchair foreign ment. foreign policy demands policy. new approaches that should However, the United be focused on human States should seize upon the rights and international bizarre choice to invade Iraq and help the Iraqis humanitarian law instead of using third world build a liberal, secular democracy. countries as pawns for a larger conflict with As I’m sure you know, the Ba’ath Party, a more powerful countries. nominally socialist-nationalist party, governed It is remarkable to think that George Bush, Iraq before the invasion. who belongs to the political tradition of Ronald Among history’s many ironies is the name of Reagan, a war criminal, should have supported a the party, which, in Arabic, means “renaissance.” Shia dissident and a Kurdish socialist. An Arab renaissance, an event that would While I have a very low opinion of fundamentally change the power structure and Republicans in general, and the Reagan flavor culture of the region, may very well be initiated in particular, I am grateful that Bush did elect by the fall of the “Renaissance Party.” to support a democracy instead of installing a This genuine renaissance is desperately needed dictatorship. and will not be finished until the last despot is If this Iraq experiment works, and I think that removed from power. it will, democracy, liberalism and secularism may In order to ensure the success of secular and just prevail in the Middle East and bring on a democratic movements in the region, Iraq new era. needs to stand as an example of a democratic, We on the Left must make it known that, Arab country that has come to terms with its although we oppose the use of force in general, past and has forged a balanced society that has we also recognize that the liberation of Iraq reconciled a religious population and culture ended a terribly repressive regime and stands as with the values of a secular government. That an example to the rest of the Arab world. Iraq is closer to democratization now than under Saddam or the immediate post-Saddam era is Matt is a sophomore from Pittsburgh, Penn.

Exercising politeness C fosters happier coexistence Cory McConnell

legislators plan to use the interstate commerce clause of the Constitution to say that they now have the right to regulate health insurance, which would then be an interstate industry. This completely ignores the fact that, under the necessary and proper clause, the government is only allowed to regulate those industries that it must to carry out its stated function. Nowhere in the Constitution can the stated function of the federal government be interpreted to mandate or provide health insurance for every American citizen. It should be clear that it is the government, and not the market, that has created our current health care crisis. However, as is typical, the government is placing the blame anywhere it can outside of itself. I do not mean to say that the government is made up of people that are inherently more greedy or self-serving than the rest of the world. If any private business was to make a giant error, and then tried to place the blame on someone else, we might be angry, but I do not think that any of us would be shocked or surprised that a business would do such a thing. Businesses tend to look out for their own interests. The government is no different. It should not be a shocking or treasonous statement to say that the government as an institution will, all other things equal, look out for its own interests and try to deflect blame for its own mistakes onto others. They have done this in cases ranging from the Panic of 1819 to the Great Depression to the Vietnam War to the recent financial collapse, and we should not be surprised that they are trying to do it in the case of the current healthcare crisis. I do not ask you to indict those in the government and put their heads to the guillotine. I ask you to think of them as you would any other human being. They are no different than us; they are not inherently better or worse. And that is exactly why we should be skeptical of every word they say.

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Old Gold & Black Opinion

Absence of sweet tea goes against southern heritage

The South’s most famous beverage deserves to be offered to students

Hamlin Wade


Staff Columnist

ith the advent of hunting season just around the corner, it struck me as beneficial to do a piece on all things Southern, highlighting perhaps the most valuable and significant staple product of one of the most proud regions of America. If asking an average Southerner, you may have a multitude of responses as to the most important good in the South. Answers could range from a John Deere tractor, a Chevy pickup or a nice pair of Wranglers (I wonder the success of the Brett Favre Wrangler commercial in the Big Apple). However, with this being an opinion column, I am entitled to my own opinion — and in my opinion, all of these answers are wrong. Not to belittle these wonderful and necessary symbols of the South, but they all fall short in comparison of the most significant creation since the wheel. This creation, of course, is sweet tea. Sweet tea. It seems simple enough. But it’s missing from the diet of three-fourths of Americans. How do they survive? Where has it gone? Why does Chick-Fil-A only sell sweet tea in the

South and not in the Northeast? Why does every Winston Salem is the home of R.J. Reynolds corner of Seattle have a Starbucks, but lack a Tobacco and is a city in the state that is top three MickeyD’s homemade sweet tea? in pig population. The South has a monopoly on the most All of these things point to the fact that Wake delicious and refreshing drink of all time. Forest is indeed located in the South. I’ve been to one restaurant in North Carolina Wake is even a member of the “Southern Ivy that didn’t serve sweet tea. League” according to a Facebook group. I never returned. The South is known for its (Stick with me on this tangent; I swear it will hospitality, its warmth and its tea. all add up in the long run.) The South without sweet tea is like New York I’m no mathematical wizard, but try to follow City without traffic or Kanye West without me as I attempt to put an equation together. attitude. Sweet tea is a staple product of the South. It just doesn’t happen. Wake Forest University is located in North So, what is the historical tradition behind Carolina, a proud state of the Southeastern sweet tea? United States. Funny you should ask, Every restaurant Wake Forest University is located in because I did some research and food venue in the and would love to share with North Carolina, a proud state of the Southeast that I have you. ever repeatedly dined has Southeastern United States. Every Sweet tea was first created served sweet tea. restaurant and food venue in the in South Carolina in 1795. By the associative Tea leaves were grown for property (I think), if the Southeast where I have ever repeatthe first time near Charleston edly dined has served sweet tea. By Fresh Food Company, and then harvested to create a or Pit as we call it, is delicious and refreshing drink the associative property (I think), a food venue at Wake in the Old South. Forest, which is located if the Fresh Food Company ... is a Throughout American food venue at Wake Forest, which is in North Carolina, which history, sweet tea has is a southern state, then dominated the social scene of located in North Carolina, which is a the Fresh Food Company southern state, then the Fresh Food should serve sweet tea, the South. At the Chicago World’s Fair Company should serve sweet tea ... right? in 1893, a Southern vendor Well, no. grossed over $2,000 in sweet Wait. tea sales. What? Yes, it’s If that same vendor worked the upcoming unfortunately true. Okay, to be fair, the Pit has a Dixie Classic Fair, he would make $50,000! small dispenser of flavored sugar water known as All this money for sweet tea in a week! Lipton’s Iced Tea. And you try to argue that sweet tea isn’t vital And, in fairness, the label does read that it is for our world. “sweet tea.” Wake Forest is located cozily in Winston But it isn’t really sweet tea. My roommate, Salem, North Carolina. a proud North Carolinian, is livid at this As far as I can remember through my politics catastrophe. Where is the sweet tea? and history classes, North Carolina falls below The Magnolia Room has sweet tea, he argues, the Mason-Dixon trade line and fought for the so why can’t the Pit? Confederacy in the Civil War. It’s a quick two flights of stairs down to the Pit

Humanitarian war rarely finds justification

Afghani and American cultures rival in militarism values and heritage Nathan Fox-Hesler


Guest Columnist

n last week’s Old Gold & Black issue columnist Matt Moran attempted to expound on the possibility of a moral war waged on the principles of spreading freedom to other repressed peoples (“Freedom Justifies Combat,” Sept. 24). While Moran’s argument provided a strong ideological backing for American chivalry, I noticed that the article failed to provide any practical argument for conducting a humanitarian war in Afghanistan. I will try to address a long list of problems that arise from the possibility and implementation of humanitarian militarism. The first assumption made in relation to humanitarian militarism is that the United States is in the position to not only act beneficently, but it is also able to act in a manner of near or total altruism. Any individual with a modest understanding of history or political action would easily realize the gaping flaw in this theory. Traditionally humanitarian military intervention has been used as a guise to cover the actions of morally questionable military escapades. Any sense of reality leads the thinker to realize that no institution is insulated from acting on its own interests, least of all a political institution that is closely tied to military, economic and domestic special interests. A second assumption made in defense of a humanitarian military intervention is based

on the assumption that the influence of an outside military institution is needed to ensure the self-determination of a society. However, as Moran claimed in his article, “totalitarianism always fails; it is a suicidal ideology.” While totalitarian regimes may last, they do not last long, especially in an increasing globalizing world that relies more heavily upon cultural interaction to provide economic and political stability. Instead of allowing self-determination to rise from social and cultural desires, selfdetermination is forced by violent action perpetrated by an outside third party. The probability of an outside institution successfully advancing an organic social phenomenon is astronomically low, and if anything, humanitarian militarism reflects a hubristic notion on behalf of the intervening party. Perhaps the most apparent flaw in humanitarian intervention is found in its lack of cultural understanding. While many are correct in their observations of human rights violations in Afghanistan, one must not conflate human rights violations with a theocratic government. While I am in no way defending the atrocious human rights violations perpetrated against the Afghani people, I am proposing that perhaps the people of Afghanistan allowed a theocracy to rule because there was something at least mildly tolerable or appealing to the idea of a theocratic government. Secularization is a norm that is valued by American society, but who is to say that it is something equally appreciated in Afghani culture? The imposition of Western values on Eastern culture has produced toxic results, arguably leading to increased anti-American sentiments in areas of previous American intervention. Each culture must tolerate its government to some degree to allow it to survive, and in a society that values

its faith and cultural heritage, a theocracy is at least mildly tolerable. A practical thinker could even argue that the reverence shown by Westerners for democracy and secularization is strikingly similar to that observed in religious settings. In order for a true justification of humanitarian war, all of these qualifications must be met; this is a pretty rigorous set of criteria to say the least. The probability that even one of these criteria will be met is incredibly low and when these requirements are held in conjunction, the outcome dawns an appearance that becomes exceedingly grim. However, there is one final test that must be passed in order to justify humanitarian intervention abroad … the costs at home. War presents a set of costs that are unique in both their scope and size; war not only requires enormous fiscal sacrifices, it also requires a significant sacrifice in both civilian rights and, most importantly, morality. Not only does war divert funding from useful domestic projects into destructive militaristic excursions, it requires a streamlining of domestic politics, and as history has proven any action euphemistically “streamlining” domestic politics requires a sacrifice of rights, most notably those First amendment rights that are so crucial to the functioning of a successful democratic society. Without intellectual and political dissent, a democracy has not ability to act responsibly, and when a democracy fails to function, an oligarchy typically emerges from these democratic ashes. Even if democracy can be successfully spread to other nations, is it worth sacrificing democracy and freedom at home?

from the Mag Room; surely they can’t be that far apart from each other. What’s the explanation for this strange, and even depressing, anomaly? Why does the Mag Room get to monopolize the delicious heavenly good while the Pit is deprived of this luxury? Is there an ongoing battle for the most delicious drink options on campus? If so, I’d say that the Magnolia Room is winning in a landslide. The horrendous state school to our east, which per usual shall remain nameless, serves sweet tea in their dining area. Do we really want to lose to them? Come on, I know it gets tiring destroying them in everything, but why not add sweet tea to the list? This article may seem foolish, even pointless to someone who doesn’t understand the significance of sweet tea. Sure, it may seem foolish to the overwhelming percent of students that Wake draws from the Northeast. But that’s only because they have been deprived for the duration of their lives. We must help them! We must act now and bring sweet tea to the Pit, because our fellow classmates are missing out on one of the most refreshing drinks of all time. Wake Forest, I know that we are progressing and are attempting to become one of the best schools in the nation. Many of these schools that we wish to emulate are situated in the North. However, as we progress and advance in the academic world, we must remain true to our roots. And here, on Tobacco Road, our roots are grounded in the Southern tradition of sweet tea. Don’t stray from your humble roots, Wake Forest. Stay firm, stay grounded and enjoy a glass. I promise you won’t be disappointed. Hamlin Wade is a sophomore from Charlotte, N.C.

How does Wake Forest stack up? Religious Preference, Fall 2008 Not Reported 2.6%

Mormon 0.1%

Baptist 10.8%

Muslim 0.4%

Buddhist 0.1%

No Preference 18.0%

Episcopal 6.1%

Presbyterian 9.7%

Greek Orthodox 0.6%

Protestant 8.4%

Hindu 0.8%

Quaker 0.2%

Jewish 2.2%

Roman Catholic 23.9%

Lutheran 2.2%

United Church of Christ 0.9%

Methodist 8.9%

Unitarian 0.1%

Moravian 0.3%

Other 3.7%

Nathan Fox-Hesler is a junior political science major from Glen Alpine, N.C.

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{ NATIONAL STAGE } NFL players reported to have higher rate of dementia A study commissioned by the NFL reports that Alzheimer’s disease or similar memory-related diseases appear to have been diagnosed more often in former NFL players than the national population, including a rate of 19 times the normal rate for men ages 30-49. As scrutiny of brain injuries in football players has escalated the past three years, the NFL has long denied the existence of reliable data about cognitive decline among its players. These numbers would become the league’s first public affirmation of any connection. A detailed summary of the study, which was conducted by the University of Michigan’s Institute for Social Research, was distributed to league officials this month.


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More than 1,500 lucky fans were given the opportunity to bear witness to the charismatic exchange of former Deac basketball star Chris Paul and celebrated sportswriter Rick Reilly in Wait Chapel. By John Harrison | Staff writer Charm, charisma and class have been painfully absent in the world of sports lately. They were nowhere to be found in Michael Jordan’s self-absorbed Hallof-Fame speech. They were missing during several recent profanity-filled U.S. Open tennis matches. And they were certainly absent after the Boise State-Oregon football game. But for the estimated 1,500 plus lucky enough to be in Wait Chapel for the filming of ESPN’s Homecoming Thursday, Sept. 24, hoops superstar Chris Paul and celebrated sportswriter Rick Reilly offered a refreshing three-hourlong dose of charisma, humility and entertainment. Consider this for a moment: Gracing the stage that night were two sports icons who represent the tip-top echelon of their respective professions. One, the guest of honor, an NBA phenomenon with some of the quickest hands in the game and a gold medal to boot. The other, the host, an 11-time National

Sportswriter of the Year recipient who has worked for the best sports publications in the world. Thus, a slight clash of egos would not only have been expected during the filming, it may very well have been excused given the talent in the room. But not between these two gentlemen. Not on this night. The two spent nearly the entire evening exchanging complements, jokes and lighthearted jabs – and that was just between segments when the cameras weren’t rolling. “If you would have fallen out of that chair, I admit I would have laughed,” Paul told Riley during an off-camera exchange after the host very nearly fell over chuckling during the show. When the cameras were on, Paul took the opportunity not to show off and parade in the limelight, but instead thanked nearly every individual in the room – those he knew personally and those he had never met – for their unique contributions to his success. In fact, the only grief he dished out was jokingly directed at his parents for the “board of

corrections” paddle they used to employ on his backside when he was a child. “Should’ve called social services on you,” he said with a grin – one of hundreds to cross his face during the night, many of which came as he watched old home videos of his kindergarten dance performances and youth league basketball games. When he wasn’t expressing his endless appreciation to everyone in the building, the New Orleans Hornets star spent the evening discussing topics like Krispy Kreme recipes, sibling rivalries and his high school set of wheels. On a much more serious note, though, he at one point opened up to the audience about his grandfather’s murder – even breaking down into tears and expressing forgiveness for the boys who killed his childhood best friend. Bottom Line: Fame or no fame, CP3 is down-to-earth. He’s personable. He’s sincere. As for Reilly, the award-after-awardwinning journalist was equally humble throughout the day. He spent the after-

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line. The drive was highlighted by two big receptions by senior wideout Marshall Williams. Skinner connected with Williams on completions of 17 and 38 yards to help drive the offense down the field. However, a costly holding penalty pushed the Deacs out of striking range and four plays later, on a fourth and 25th attempt, Skinner would fumble the ball and return possession to the Boston College offense. It would take the Boston College offense only three plays before freshman quarterback Dave Shinskie connected with his receiver Jordon McMichael on a 50 yard rope for a touchdown. The score put the Eagles up 10-0 with 1:50 left in the first quarter of action. At the start of the second quarter, the teams exchanged possession and after forcing the Boston College offense to punt, the Deacons took over on their own 24 yard line. On the first play from scrimmage after the punt, junior running back Brandon Pendergrass rumbled 76 yards for the first Deacon score of the day, drawing the Deacs within three points of the BC lead. After the big run from Pendergrass, the Deacs began to show some signs of life.

It is with no great surprise that technology has infiltrated every component of American life. It seems that sports are the latest victim of this trend. Recent news has criticized athletes as well as athletic programs for their abuse of Twitter. Athletes are spending more time tweeting and accepting friend requests and less time focusing on what’s happening on the field. Last year, Charlie Villanueva of the Detroit Pistons drew the attention of the sports media for tweeting during halftime of one of his games. It appears Villanueva is not the only one. Athletes such as Lebron James and Kobe Bryant have openly admitted to checking text messages and Facebook during games. When do athletes cross the line? Well, I’ll tell you. Athletes go overboard when they are tweeting at halftime of a game they are losing. Athletes cross the line when they are not athletes anyone truly cares about (cough Charlie Villanueva cough). It becomes increasingly apparent to me that those athletes who become reprimanded for their Twitter obsessions are those who need to spend more time on the court honing their game. Scientists have recently observed that people may or may not be at risk for arthritis and thumb injuries from using Blackberries as often as they do. If this is true, athletes must be banned from using them. As a New York Yankees fan, the last thing I need is to go on Twitter to find Derek Jeter posting “Out for playoffs, tore a ligament in my hand posting the last message.” Institutions across our country are disabling athletic programs from using Twitter and Facebook. Coaches are already banned from speaking to prospective athletes at a certain age. Lately, they’ve been tiptoeing around the rule by using Twitter and Facebook instead of what has now become the traditional text message. Texas Tech recently announced that athletes are no longer allowed to use Twitter whatsoever. This is a step in the right direction. Someone

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{ SPORTS WORDS } In the halls of the NCAA headquarters hang 12 quotes that represent the association. Over the next 12 weeks we will print those quotes here.

“You can never pay back but you can always pay forward.” ~ Woody Hayes Denison Class of 1935 Football

Tweet tweet: “@athletes, please stop” By Patrick Vinett | Contributing writer

career-high number of kills for volleyball player Lauren McIntyre



On Sept. 25, men’s soccer forward senior Zack Schilawski was announced as the King Fisher Society Student-Athlete of the Week. The award honors a student-athlete who has excelled both on and off the field. Entering his senior year with a Schilawski 3.576 cumulative grade point average, the Cary, N.C. native is also a 2008 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American. On the field, Schilawski played in all 81 games of his collegiate career, scoring the game-winning goal in the Deacons’ 2-1 victory against Ohio State in the 2007 NCAA Tournament.

noon helping a hoard of students stage one of the university’s most storied traditions – “Rolling the Quad” in toilet paper. After each tree was covered, he even allowed students to roll him into a two-ply mummy. “That was a lot of fun,” he said afterwards. “What a great tradition. It reminds me of Colorado when it snows.” He was equally complimentary of the evening’s guest of honor. At one point, he even suggested that Paul should consider running for president. “I think of everybody we have done so far, Chris is the most exciting,” Reilly said. “He is just such a nice guy, so polite. And I love what he does and what he stands for.” As we all should. In fact, we ought to love what they both stand for. At a time when superstar athletes seem to get more arrogant and egocentric with each passing day, Chris Paul and Rick Reilly gave the Wake Forest community a reason to expect more out of our sports icons.

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On the verge of an impressive comeback, a Deacon fumble on the three yard line gave the victory to Boston College in overtime. By Joe Maugeri | Staff writer

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The setting might have changed, but the story remained the same. A sloppy first quarter followed by some late game heroics has characterized the majority of the Demon Deacon football season so far, and this was the same case when the Deacons traveled Chestnut Hill, Mass., on Sept. 26 to take on division foe Boston College. Despite rallying from behind to force overtime, the Deacs lost a heartbreaker 27-24. Boston College, a team that was held to only 54 offensive yards against Clemson the week before, came out of the locker room with something to prove and controlled the game early on. After forcing a Deacon three and out on the first possession of the game, the Boston College offense took the field and drove 57 yards down to the Deacon 15 yard line, where senior kicker Steve Aponivicius drilled a 32 yard field goal to put the Eagles up 3-0. The Deacons took the ensuing kickoff and, behind fifth year senior quarterback Riley Skinner, the Deacon offense drove all the down to the Boston College 18 yard

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Heather Kahl Holmes By Connor Swarbrick | Sports editor

Coach Heather Kahl Holmes is in her fifth season at the helm of the Wake Forest volleyball program. Holmes has amassed a career record of 58-67 overall and 35-51 in ACC play. Kahl Holmes coached Natalie Mullikin who over her career proved to be one of the best players in program history as she finished her career as the school’s most prolific blocker. In nine seasons with the Demon Deacons, Holmes has coached three honorable mention All-Americans, three All-Region selections, 11 All-ACC players, one ACC Player of the Year, three AVCA All-District team members and one ACC Rookie of the Year. From 2000-04, Holmes served as an assistant coach for the Deacs. Prior to her arrival at Wake Forest, Holmes began her coaching career as an assistant at Clemson, her alma mater. Before beginning her coaching career, Holmes was a standout player for the Tigers, leading them to their first two NCAA Tournament appearances and one ACC Tournament final as the team’s starting setter from 1991-94. She was selected to the ACC 50th Anniversary Volleyball Team on August 1, 2002. After a tough start this year with 10 straight losses, the Deacs are back on track and rolling with four straight wins. After the rough start, how important were those first two wins against Applachain State and Liberty on Sept. 19? I think emotionally, mentally they were probably two of the most needed wins in my career. We have been struggling with a lot of injuries lately, and not a lot of people know the battles we’ve been having. Our center is coming back from a hip surgery. She had a torn labrum that she played with all last year and then had surgery in April so it’s a four month rehab. She has been gutting it out. We lost our starting libero 10 minutes before our first match this season with a fractured finger; she had two pins put in it. We lost an outside in preseason to a meniscus. We’ve been battling. A lot of people are playing out of their position, and I’ve had to start a lot more freshmen than we’re used to. With that being said, this team always

comes in with a positive attitude, and they’re ready to go and they keep working hard. So hopefully in the long run, now that we are starting ACCs, it’s going to pay off.

Has it been difficult to adjust after losing Natalie Mullikin, probably one of the program’s best players ever? I think it has and a lot of it has been because of our injuries. Losing Nat is huge for our program, but the fact that we lost Megan (Thornberry) who is our best passer and one of our best defenders who controls the back court, you know if it wasn’t for her last year Nat maybe never got the ball because we had to be in system the whole time. I do miss her leadership at times. I miss that confidence, that “give me the ball” kind of attitude. When you’ve got a lot of freshmen and sophomores playing those key roles they’re not used to, saying that or wanting to be like that all the time so eventually they’ll set up and with the experience they’re gaining they’re going to take over that role. What are you expecting going forward for this season? We take it one day at a time. Every practice is different for us right now. Every time I step into the gym I don’t know how many players I’m going to have ready, how many can practice, how many can only take a certain amount of swings and a lot of that just has to do with the wear and tear of preseason and playing three matches in 24 hours. There aren’t that many sports that play that many matches in a 24 hour time period so you really take a beating. We just take it one day at a time. What has been the most gratifying moment for you in your coaching career? Just being at Wake Forest and the idea of what these student athletes have to go through every day with the academic side of things and combing that with our travel and athletic side and the demands that we place on them and the demands they put on themselves, really to see them graduate

is the most exciting moment for me. Last year was the first year in nine years I missed a graduation because I had a best friend’s wedding. I mean winning absolutely, everybody loves to win, but honestly to see these girls mature and grow into independent strong women is the pride that I take in developing these young women. Hopefully they get competitive on the court and in the working world when they leave.

Why is Wake Forest the right place for you? When I first came here it was a lot different from the school that I came from, which was Clemson. Not only academically, but population wise. I always tell the recruits this, but the minute I stepped on campus I could feel the family atmosphere and everyone knew everybody. My husband is an alum from here, so it’s neat to see him walk on campus; professors from the mid ‘90s still know him. You are just well-supported by the professors to the administration. We have one of the best athletic directors in the country, Ron Wellman, who really cares about you as a person and not just as a coach. Like I said, everyone likes to win but he really, really cares about you as a person and that’s first and foremost, so that’s what makes it special for me here. I just walked down there and a lot of athletic directors could be really upset with our start, and believe me we don’t accept it, but he understands what’s been going on with the inner workings of this team. We’re banged up and we’re young and he gets it and he just keeps saying, “Keep fighting, you’re going to get better.” He was proud of those two wins but he doesn’t come down on you and it’s just amazing. It makes you want to keep fighting and keep going instead of just being beaten down all the time. What is your favorite restaurant in WinstonSalem? Village Tavern. By far. It’s mine and my husband’s first choice every time. It’s the one I recommend all the time to recruits. Who has been the most influential person to you? It is my dad. He is retired now, but he taught

at my high school in the town where he was born and raised. He got into volleyball basically because he had two young daughters that needed a sport and he started without knowing anything about it. He wanted to educate himself every day. He went and watched other coaches, he read books, he watched videos, he joined one of the best AAU sports clubs in our area and he was a coach there for 20 years. That’s the program that I came from. Just his dedication and hard work, he worked three jobs while coaching. He coached football, baseball and basketball; he coached every sport that was available in our small town. Just watching him thrive was amazing. It was all about teaching; it was never about wins and losses. Though the success came, it was just watching him interact with the kids and seeing them respond. That is what inspired me. I actually didn’t think I would coach. I wanted to be a special education teacher because my brother is a little developmentally challenged so I thought I would do that. Then I got a chance at a graduate assistant position down at Clemson and thought well, I’ll get my master’s and maybe coach on the side, and I loved it. I don’t know what it was, but staying in this college atmosphere and being able to take in all the sports is something that was just in my blood, and I really didn’t know it at the time. Who is your favorite athlete to watch play any sport or any time period? Back in the day it was (Michael) Jordan for sure. I was a big fan of the U.S. Open this year and (Roger) Federer is probably one of my favorite players to watch. He is just calm, cool and collected, and there are those moments where he shows his passion. He always shows it by his hard work, but you need to see that emotion. He is consistent and hard working, and you never hear him say a bad thing.

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Lady Deacs drop match to defending champs By Gary Pasqualicchio | Staff writer

UNC at Spry Stadium, saw their high-powered offense held to eight shots, their second-lowest total of the year. The Deacs only fired one shot on goal, off the foot of sophomore defender Amanda Howell in the 75th minute. Senior Kaley Fountain and sophomore Eleanor Davidson led the team with a pair of shots each. The Tar Heels dominated the game from the corners, attempting eight corner kicks to zero for Wake. Senior Laura Morse picked up the loss in goal, making three saves and giving up three in 62:40 of action. Morse was replaced by junior Amanda Barasha who made a save and gave up the final UNC goal in her fifth appearance of the season. Wake’s senior class had posted strong efforts against the greatest women’s soccer program of all-time in the last two seasons, but were dropped by a 4-0 score identical to that of their freshman showdown in 2006. The Demon Deacons were shut out for the first time since Nov. 16 of last year, in the team’s second

Wake Forest 0 UNC-Chapel Hill 4 With a new offense, seven senior starters and eight wins in the team’s first nine games, the No. 7 Wake Forest women’s soccer team thought that this year’s matchup with topranked UNC-Chapel Hill would go better than it has in 22 of the team’s previous 23 matchups. After four Tar Heel goals and 90 scoreless minutes, the team left Chapel Hill, N.C., with a loss in their ACC opener and at least six weeks to wait for a potential rematch in the ACC Tournament. UNC got off to a strong start, when Ali Hawkins and Jessica McDonald tacked on two goals in the first 22 minutes. Whitney Engen and Alyssa Rich padded the cushy Tar Heel lead with a goal each in the second half. The Lady Deacs, looking to improve on last season’s 4-2 loss to

round NCAA loss to James Madison. UNC extended their nation-high 34 match unbeaten streak, which dates back to Sept. 5, 2008 when Notre Dame upset the Heels 1-0 in Chapel Hill. The Tar Heels will look to continue their quest for an unbeaten season Thursday, Oct. 1 when they head north to play Boston College. The Deacs will return home to play Duke that same day before traveling to Clemson for an Oct. 4 showdown with the Tigers. Wake has had trouble with these two strong ACC programs all-time, posting a 5-12-2 record against the Blue Devils and a 4-12-3 mark vs. the Tigers. The Deacs fell to Duke 3-1 on the road last season before shutting out Clemson at Spry Stadium 2-0. The squad will continue ACC play through the month of October before heading to Cary, NC for the 2009 ACC Tournament where they just may get another crack at the team in Carolina blue.

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Sophomore midfielder Taylor Norman attempts to take the ball away from two Loyola (Md.) defenders in a Deacon victory.

Volleyball wins fourth straight match Two Deacs

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The Wake Forest volleyball team has stepped up their game. Last Thursday, Sept. 24 the Deacs travelled to Chestnut Hill, Mass. to beat Boston College in an intense five set match. After a rough season start, the Deacs have now won three consecutive matches. They recorded rests at 3-10, and they are 1-1 in the ACC. Sophomore Carlin Salmon was a key player during the match. She had 14 kills and seven blocks, both career-highs. She also had an impressive eight digs, a new career- best. Junior Megan Thornberry played tremendous defense as she picked up 24 digs. It was Thornberry’s first match of the season due to a broken finger. Junior Kristin White also showed great determination on the court as she slammed down a career high of 15 kills, and had 14 digs. Her serves were also a component to the Deacs’ win as she got an ace in the fifth set. Freshman Andrea Beck Fornah helped the Deacs to keep the momentum as she brought in nine kills and a solid two blocks. Although Boston College’s Taylor Williams swept in 14 kills and Brennan Clack had a very impressive 33 digs, the Eagles could not beat the Demon Deacons. Many players had a record number of kills; however, both teams’ hitting percentages were quite low for the night. This was counteracted by the team’s remarkable blocking and digging. The Deacs’ serves were a strong component of their game as they posted eight aces for the evening. The Eagles came out aggressively in the first set to take the lead early on. Although the Deacs eventually tied the score 9-9, Boston College continued to win back the momentum. They won the set 25-22. However, in the second set Wake showed they wanted a win as they beat the Eagles 25-18. The second set also proved to be their best hitting set of the match. The third set began as BC won the first five out of six points. Wake then went on a run and Sophomore Kadija Fornah won the set

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Junior Kelsey Jones serves in a recent match for the Deacs. After a 0-10 start the Deacs have righted the ship and won their last four. with a kill. Boston College then took the fourth set, leading the teams to compete in a matchdeciding fifth set. The fifth set started out with the momentum constantly shifting. Finally, the Deacs stole it to take the lead. Fornah again had the set and match-

winning kill. The Deacs won their first five set match of the season. The Deacons will host Virginia Tech at 7p.m. Friday, Oct. 3. The match is the first of four straight at home for the Deacs, who host Miami and Florida State next week.

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needed to make athletes realize that they are damaging the credibility of their sport! If you have the time to tweet in between quarters, you clearly aren’t focused or concerned with the outcome of your game. All this media attention to athletes and Twitter got me thinking what athletes we actually care about might be saying:

Brett Favre, quarterback of the Minnesota Vikings, might be saying: “Sure, we had a pretty exciting win over 49ers this week, but that’s not the big news … my social security check should be in any day now!” Michael Vick, quarterback of the Philadelphia Eagles, might add: “Reading Clifford the Big Red Dog to preschoolers in Philly. I hate being on probation.” Michael Jordan, the greatest basketball player of all time, would probably

Opara starts for U.S. U-20 Men’s National Team On Sept. 29, the United States U-20 Men’s National Team earned its first win in the 2009 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Suez, Egypt, defeating Cameroon 4-1. Deacon junior defender Ike Opara earned a starting nod as a central defender for the second consecutive game. Opara played the entire 90 minutes for the United States. Opara is one of five defenders on the U.S. squad. The Durham, N.C., native started four games for the Deacons this season before joining the U-20s. The United States closes group play on October 2 at 12:45 p.m. against Korea.

say: “Searching for the fountain of youth … it’s time to make my fourth attempt at a comeback. Charlotte here I come!” Vince Young, quarterback of the Titans, as well as J.J. Redick, former Duke basketball player, are both thinking: “I wonder how I could look good in warm-ups, because everyone knows I’m not gonna play today…” I even thought about what some old-school players would tweet:

Wilt Chamberlain, former NBA star, probably would’ve said: “Just scored 100 points against the Knicks, just got paid, and it’s Friday night and I’m about to get … well you get the idea.” Athletes are tweeting so often it is becoming an addiction. Personal exposure has become too important. I just hope we return to the time when winning the games and being the best in your sport were motive enough.

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The Wake Forest women’s tennis team hosted the Wake Forest Fall Invitational. The Invite took place in Winston-Salem the weekend of Sept. 25-27. Teams participating included Duke, Richmond, UNC-Greensboro, Illinois, Davidson and Old Dominion. In “A” singles play on Sept. 25, Wake sophomore Martina Pavelec advanced from the first round of 16 to the next round of 8. On Sept. 26, Pavelec played Ellah Nze from Duke, ranked No. 19 in singles. Pavelec had an impressive win over Nze, 6-0, 3-6, 6-4, but then lost to Old Dominion’s Nadine Fahoum, 6-1, 6-1. In “B” singles play, two Deacons, freshman Kathryn Talbert and junior Katarina Reveche, both defeated their opponents to advance on to Talbert the second round. Talbert also won her second singles match on Sept. 26 against Matuszczyk from Richmond. In the round of 4, Talbert was again victorious over Gorny from Duke, 7-5, 6-1, taking her to the “B” singles championship game on Sept. 27. Talbert went on to win the championship game against Dementyeva, 6-4, 6-0. Reveche lost her second round game against Dementyeva from Old Dominion. In the “C” singles play, sophomore Ryann Cutillo also defeated her opponent from UNCGreensboro to advance to the next round. Cutillo won her next two games, against Smyth from Richmond and Rogers from UNC-Greensboro, 6-0, 6-0 and 6-0, 6-3, respectively. In the championship game against Allin from Illinios, Cutillo won in three games, 6-2, 3-6, 6-0. In the doubles tournament, team of Talbert and junior Emilee Malvehy defeated an Illinois team of Rachel White and Leigh Finnegan. However, in their second match, the Wake duo lost to a pair from Duke, 8-5. The second pair of doubles representing Wake, Cutillo and Reveche, lost their first round game to a pair from Illinois. The women’s tennis team will travel next to Malibu, Calif., for the ITA All-American PreQualifiers, Oct. 3-4. The Deacs will then hope to return to the ITA All-American Championships which take place the following week, Oct. 6-11, in Los Angeles, Calif.

Football coaches participate in Coach to Cure MD Campaign

Deacon graduate reaches impressive milestone

On Sept. 26, the Deacon football coaching staff helped children with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy when the team took the field against Boston College. Joined by thousands of coaches nationwide at all levels of college football, the Deacon staff wore a “Coach to Cure MD” patch on their coaching shirts to raise awareness and research funding for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, the most prolific genetic killer diagnosed in childhood. The fatal genetic disorder primarily affects boys across all races and cultures. Currently, there is no cure for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy and limited therapeutic options exist.

With his appearance this past weekend at the Champions Tour’s SAS Championship, threetime Deacon letter winner Leonard Thompson became just the 10th player in history to start 1,000 official PGA Tour/Champions Tour events in his career. The Laurinburg, N.C., native made 651 starts on the PGA Tour and won three official events. He also has won three official events on the Champions Tour in his 348 career appearances. In 1997, Thompson was inducted into the Wake Forest Athletic Hall of Fame. The professional golfer states that his hero is fellow former Deacon Arnold Palmer.

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Young Deacs stumble against UNC-Charlotte By Alex Leopold | Staff writer

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The No. 3 men’s soccer team’s saw its 46 game non-conference unbeaten streak come to a screeching halt in a 1-3 loss to No. 22 UNC-Charlotte that spoiled the momentum built from a Sept. 29 1-0 victory over No. 8 Harvard. One has to go all the way back to Nov. 26, 2005 to find the Deacons’ last nonconference loss. That day, California knocked them off 3-2 in the third round of the NCAA tournament. The Deacons (5-2-1) put themselves in an early hole against the 49ers (5-12), as Charlotte struck in both the 11th and 60th minutes with goals from Evan James and Rex Jennings that stunned the Spry Stadium crowd. Merely 19 seconds later, freshman forward Andy Lubhan would grab his second goal of the season and pull one back for the Deacons, but there was to be no comeback. Charlotte’s Owen Darby dashed the Deacons’ hopes when he took advantage of a turnover in the 70th minute to effectively seal the result. It truly was not meant to be for the Deacons who suffered their second loss of the season despite outshooting the 49ers 14 to 9. Senior Austin da Luz and junior Corben Bone were particularly ac-

tive while attempting five and four shots, respectively. The loss ends the Deacons’ four-game homestand and crushed the good feelings from the previous Saturday, which saw the Deacons defeat then No.8 Harvard 1-0. The game-winning goal came in the 62nd minute from an unlikely source: Anthony Arena, a freshman defender who had not yet scored a collegiate goal. The assist, however, came from a usual suspect as it was da Luz’s low-flying corner kick that somehow slithered its way through the box to the foot of Arena. It was da Luz’s 29th assist of his career, which ties him for the school record with Justin Moose (2002-2005). Da Luz has a team-high five assists and seven points on the season for the Deacons. It was senior goalkeeper Akira Fitzgerald’s second shutout of the season. For both of the matches, the Deacons were without standout junior defender Ike Opara, who is with the United States U-20 World Cup team. Opara has started and played the full 90 minutes in both games for the U.S. (1-1) side, which fell 0-3 to Germany but dominated Cameron 4-1. The national team faces South Korea to finish up group play at 12:45 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 2 on ESPN2. For the Deacons, they return to ACC play to go on the road against the Virginia Tech Hokies in Blacksburg at 7 p.m.

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Senior Austin da Luz controls the ball against a UNC-Charlotte defender in the Deacs’ 1-3 loss. Earlier in the week, the Deacs knocked off No. 8 Harvard.

M. tennis battles at UVA Ranked Plus One tourney By Jordan Weed | Contributing writer

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Four players from the men’s tennis team traveled to Charlottesville, Va., to participate in the UVA Ranked Plus One Tournament Sept. 24-26. The team was able to send one player for each nationally ranked player on the team. Along with ranked players senior Steven Forman (No. 74) and junior Jonathan Wolff (No. 118), junior

Iain Atkinson and sophomore David Hopkins made the trip. Forman defeated Victor Melo from Middle Tennessee in the round of 16 before losing to No. 2 John Patrick Smith from Tennessee in the quarterfinals. Afterwards, however, Forman bounced back with a win over No. 62 Viktor Maksimuck of Louisville. In all three of his matches, Wolff played tough and won one set, but didn’t get the win. After winning his first match against Brennan Boyajian from UNC-Chapel

Hill, Atkinson lost a close match, 7-6 6-4, against No.56 Lee Singer of Virginia. Hopkins had a solid tournament, bouncing back from some injuries. “(Hopkins) has been battling injury, so it was nice to see him play some guys close,” Head Coach Jeff Zinn said. After taking No. 14 Michael Shabaz from Virginia to a third set, Hopkins lost the decisive third set 6-4. He lost his second match in three sets again before winning his final match 6-3 6-0. The doubles team of Atkinson

and Forman went 2-1 in the tournament and the other doubles team of Hopkins and Wolff did the same. At this juncture in the year, the team is mostly focused on development prior to the spring season. “What we try to do in the fall is break down players’ games and work on individual improvement,” Zinn said. “We’re trying to shape strengths and work on weaknesses.” Although players represent their teams in fall tournaments, the season is more individual-oriented. In the

spring, the team competes together against other schools. The All-American Tournament, one of the biggest fall tournaments, begins on Oct. 5 for Forman and Wolff. In order to qualify for the event, players must be ranked among the top 125 players in the country, according to the NCAA. Forman played in the tournament last year, but this will be Wolff’s first time playing in the prestigious event. The team resumes competition Oct. 16 at the ITA Regional.

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M. golf finishes tournament in third, Gielow shines By Alex Leopold | Staff writer

Wake Forest 299 UNC-Wilmington301 A final round of 299, 11 over par, dropped the Demon Deacons to third place in the VCU Shootout. Senior Brendan Gielow finished in second place with a final score of 212, four under par. The Deacs finished seven strokes behind first place UNC Wilmington, and two strokes behind second place Virginia. “We would have liked to finish better, but overall, after a frustrating week at Olympia Fields it was a good bounce back,” said Gielow. The final round was frustrating for the Deacs as none of the six players finished with a score under par. As a team, the Deacs were 10 over par in the final five holes of the course. “The pins were tough, especially down the stretch and the wind did pick up on the last nine or so” said Gielow. Wake Forest finished the first day alone in second place with a total of 580. Despite this performance, the Deacs still found themselves nine strokes behind UNC-Wilmington. After the first two rounds, Gielow was atop the leader board. With scores of 70 and 67, Gielow finished the first day at

seven under par. Gielow’s first round was solid as he carded four birdies. He got off to a great start in his second round as well as he birdied four of the first nine holes he played. Birdies on the par-five 11th and parfour 15th got him to eight under on the first day, but a bogey on 18 dropped him down to seven under, two strokes ahead of the next best golfer. Five bogeys on the back nine of the final round dropped Gielow to second place behind Charlotte’s Corey Nagy. “Overall pretty much everything went well except for the last nine holes, at least for me. I played well for 45 holes and hit the ball really well. I just wish I would have finished it off a little bit better,” Gielow said. Gielow, who was in his second tournament since returning from the Walker Cup, has brought some lessons about chemistry to the team. “Our team chemistry at the Walker Cup was really good. I talked to the team a little bit about that and having a little more chemistry on the course. When you’re on the course you’re kind of set apart, but we’re trying to come together more on the course” Gielow said. In order to create more chemistry, the players are trying to acknowledge each other on the course and tell each other

how things are going on the day, Gielow said. “Usually when your team is having more fun, and kind of together, you play better. It seems every time we try to do that we play really well. We did that this week and we played well,” Gielow said. Sophomore Lee Bedford carded rounds of 75 and 72 in his first two rounds to put him in a tie for 25th at three over par. A final round of 75 put him in a tie for 30th in the tournament. Freshman Evan Beck had rounds of 75, 73 and 73 to finish in a tie for 24th at five over par. Senior Travis Wadkins and sophomore Daniel Meggs also had good days with scores of plus six and plus seven, respectively. However, rounds of 77 and 76 respectively put them both in a tie for 46th at 11 over par. Freshman Charlie Harrison, who played as an individual in the tournament, finished the first day in a tie for 29th at four over par. However, a disappointing 84 dropped him back to a tie for 67th. Before their next tournament, the Deacs would like to work on eliminating the high numbers, Gielow said. “I think we just need to have our games a little bit tighter, eliminate the big numbers and instead of making double make bogey,” Gielow said.

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Senior Brendan Gielow won the VCU Shootout in 2008 and finished second this season.

N.C. State rolls into town with an impressive offense By John Kuchno | Staff writer

Running The Demon Deacons have shown an extremely dynamic running game over their first three games. Between junior Josh Adams, sophomore Brendan Pendergrass and senior Kevin Harris, the Deacs have the third most rushing yards in the ACC. However, N.C. State has nothing to be ashamed of with regard to their own running attack. Senior running back Toney Baker provides

tremendous leadership on the ground for the Wolfpack and quarterback Russell Wilson might be the best playmaker in the ACC since Michael Vick.

Passing On the 2009 season, N.C. State only has 54 more yards than the Demon Deacon passing attack. The game will be the last time senior quarterback Riley Skinner faces off against the Wolfpack at BB&T Field where N.C. State holds an all-time record of 12-8. Quarterback Rus-

sell Wilson has already thrown for 969 yards on the season and has built a strong reputation for himself after making school history in becoming the first quarterback named first-team all-ACC as a freshman.

Offensive Advantage Statistically, both teams are very similar in overall offense. Wake Forest enters the contest with the top-rated offense in the ACC averaging 412.2 yards per game. N.C. State is second in the category averaging 406

yards per game. With N.C. State’s defense currently ranked number one in the conference, the seasoned Demon Deacon offense will experience its first real test and needs to prove that they can play four solid quarters of football against complex defensive schemes; something they have not shown yet this season.

Defensive Advantage Coming into the rivalry matchup, N.C. State has the top-rated defense in the ACC.

It will be interesting to see how the Deacon offense responds to a defense that has allowed the least amount of total yards this season and boasts a a strong linebacking core and quick secondary. Wake Forest’s defense has shown signs of immaturity, which can be attributed to the drafting of standouts Aaron Curry, Stanley Arnoux, Chip Vaughan, and Alphonso Smith. With that being said, the defense enters the game with the third-worst total defense in the

conference. Expect the young defense to have problems stopping the much-improved N.C. State offense. Prediction The Deacons need to keep the game within reach in the first half. Against a tough State defense, the Deacs cannot expect to come back from two scores down late in the game. The crowd will undoubtedly play to the Deacons’ advantage, but N.C. State will knock off Wake Forest with a score of 31-17.

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Field Hockey splits away matches against ranked teams By Alex Leopold | Staff writer

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The No. 3 Wake Forest Demon Deacon field hockey squad hit the road for two games this weekend on Sept. 26, against No. 1 Maryland and on Sept. 27 against No. 20 American University. The team holds a strong record of seven wins, two losses. In the first minute of the game on Sept. 26 Maryland’s Nichole Muracco scored off of a fast break, encouraging the Deacon defense to step it up to hold back the Terps. Deacon senior Hilary Moore, who’s noted for creating havoc on the opposing team’s defense, scored at 29:16 with an assist from sophomore Cristen Atchison. At the end of the half, the tense game was tied at 1-1. At 41:30, Maryland’s Katie O’Donnell scored off of Megan Frazer’s rebound shot, and teammate Emma Thomas pressed forward with a goal off a penalty corner setup. Maryland’s last goal

was unassisted by Megan Frazer off a fast break. Wake Forest and Maryland are consistently rivals because of their remarkably strong programs, and the recent game resembled last year’s national championship game and ACC championship game. “We spent a lot of time preparing for Maryland, and we had a good plan going into the game,” senior Hilary Moore said. “We would have been thrilled to come out of the weekend with two wins but for now we will settle with one, and work hard in practice to make sure we fully execute our game plan next time we see Maryland, because we will see them and we can beat them.” Despite the disappointing 4-1 defeat, freshman Deacon keeper Kaitlyn Ruhf played confidently for the entirety of the game and saved a total of four goals, comparable to Maryland’s senior goalie Alicia Grater. On Sept. 27 the Deacons squared off against the American University Eagles ready for a victory. Although the Dea-

cons dominated in ball possession, the score was 0-0 at the end of the half. Sophomore Lauren Greenwald scored at 43:03 unassisted from a rebound off of a blocked penalty corner from high right. “We didn’t play as well as we could have in the Maryland game but that was in the past. American was ahead of us so we focused on the task at hand and forgot about Maryland. American was a new team and a new day and that was the only thing on our minds,” Greenwald said. Although American outshot Wake 8-6, freshman keeper Kaitlyn Ruhf clocked in 70 minutes of play with an impressive total of four saves to maintain the Wake advantage. Next weekend Wake Forest returns to Kentner Stadium for two games, both at 1 p.m. On Oct. 3, the Deacons play No. 2 UNC-Chapel Hill for the second time this season, followed by a match against Appalachian State. The Deacs previously lost to UNC-Chapel Hill 1-4.

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Senior midfielder Melissa Martin defends a Maryland player in the Deacs’ 1-4 loss Sept. 26.

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On the next defensive series, Shinskie was pressured into lofting an ill-advised pass that was easily picked off by junior cornerback Michael Williams. The offense would feed off of the pick and position freshman kicker Jimmy Newman for a 32 yard field goal that knotted up the score 10-10 with 5:43 left in the half. Boston College, however, would not go into the locker room quietly. The Eagles bled out the clock as they drove 76 yards down to the Deacon four yard line. Shinskie would then connect with tight end Chris Pantale on a four yard touchdown strike that sent the teams into the locker rooms with Boston College leading 17-10. The third quarter would be quiet, with the teams exchanging punts for the entire 15 minutes, but in the fourth quarter sparks would fly. Boston College started the fourth quarter on their own 42 yard line when they were finally able to string something together. Aided by a couple key Deacon

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miscues resulting in penalties, the Eagle offense drove down to the Deacon 17 yard line when Shinskie threw his third touchdown pass of the day, this time finding wide receiver Colin Larmond Jr. in the back of the end zone. The score padded the Eagle lead 24-10. The Deacons were up against the ropes and the Eagles were closing in on finishing them off when, on the next Deacon possession Skinner threw a costly interception, giving the ball back to Boston College on the Eagle 28 yard line. With 7:32 left in the game and possession of the ball on their own 28 yard line, the Eagles had a prime opportunity to finish off the Deacs. Unfortunately for them, the Deacons have been in this position before and were unfazed in the face of improbability. The Deacon defense forced a quick three and out and took over possession on their own 33 yard line down 14 points with 2:25 left in the game. Skinner’s experience shined through as he led the team on a quick 55 yard drive, capped off by a 12 yard touchdown pass to sophomore receiver Chris

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Givens, which made the contest a one score game with 3:44 left. On their next possession, the Eagles managed only one first down before being forced to punt the ball away. Down by a touchdown, the Deacons took over on their 20 yard line with 1:46 left in the game. Skinner then completed six straight passes and rushed for five yards, bringing his team down to the BC 16 yard line. With only 0:11 left in regulation, Skinner connected with Marshall Williams on a 16-yard touchdown strike that tied the game 24-24 and forced overtime in dramatic fashion. The Deacons won the ensuing coin toss and elected to be on defense to start the first overtime period. The Eagles quickly drove down to the Deacon 6 yard line, but was stymied down on the goal line by a tough Deacon defense and held to a 23 yard Aponavicius field goal. The Deacons then took over on offense, needing only a touchdown to put the finishing marks on their improbable comeback. After four plays, the Deacons found themselves down on the 3 yard

line with a chance to win the game. The team broke the huddle and Skinner went under center with a full house back field behind him, but from the snap it was clear that the play was busted. Skinner took the snap and a miscommunication sent him and his backs in opposite directions. Doing his best to tuck the ball away and take the loss, Skinner was stripped and the Eagles recovered the fumble ending the game with Boston College winning 27-24. The loss was a heartbreaker for a Deacon team on the verge of a huge comeback. “It was a tough weekend for our staff and our players. But our guys bounce back pretty well,” Head Coach Jim Grobe said. “They know they had their chances. I think we’re back and focusing on N.C. State.” “We really played a great second half against Stanford. We played a really good fourth quarter at BC. But we’re playing such good football teams right now that if we don’t play four quarters, we’re not going to be very happy,” Grobe

said. “We’ve got to play better through the course of the game and not just in spurts.” “(Coach Grobe) told us to put it behind us, but he said we definitely need to be more disciplined. Boston College is a very good team and they played a good game but we also had a lot of mistakes in the game with the false starts and holding penalties,” Williams said. “If we come into the N.C. State game and eliminate those mistakes, we can have a very good showing.” The Deacons will try to regroup this week as they prepare to host instate rival State on Oct. 3 at BB&T Field. “You never know what type of game you’re going to get week in and week out. Sometimes the football gods are with you and sometimes they’re not,” Williams said. “I know one thing, we’re going to play hard and play tough and I know N.C. State is going to give us their hardest punch. It’s just going to be a great game.” Kickoff for the N.C. State game is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. and will be aired live on ESPNU. After N.C. the Deacs host Maryland.


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CD Review | La Roux

CD Review | Bang Bang Rock & Roll

Unknown electro artist shines Second Art Brut

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By Nathan Bedsole | Staff writer

In my attempt to maintain a relatively up-to-date collection of trashy dance music, I take a day or so every week to scour the blogosphere and indiscriminately acquire dozens of tracks that appeal to me in some fashion. I usually do this and then go back and listen to them. Maybe that’s irresponsibly consumerist of me, but don’t question the methods that get your ass shaking. I’ll refrain from shamelessly plugging my weekly dance music radio show that happens live on Wake Radio Wednesdays at 10 p.m. That’d be poor form. Anyhow, in one of my very first forays into the world of blogs, I acquired two tracks by a young lady who goes by the name La Roux. They were two scratchy, un-mastered versions of her songs “Fascination” and “Quicksand.” The vocal track was grainy and the levels were just plain wonky. The songs were, however, brilliant. At the time I was dangerously focused on the next “banger” for the hipstertypes, so I initially overlooked these songs as nice but not terribly useful. A few (and maybe many) months later, I heard a Wake Radio DJ talking about this girl La Roux. So I naturally started name dropping pretty hard. It wasn’t my lack of familiarity with the music of hers I had acquired, I just wasn’t into it enough to have any type of right to enter the conversation. The exchange encouraged me to give the tracks a critical listen with a different sound in mind: “British Synth Electro with dangerously catchy Pop sensibilities.” And suddenly, I fell in love with La Roux. Her self-titled debut album came out last June, and it is just about fantastic. I had acquired most of the tracks from the album through single and EP releases, along with a host of remixes, so I thought I knew what to expect from the album. However, after hearing a complete effort in the form of an LP, I discovered the musical sensibilities of something far more than just an electro album. This record is not only undeniably electro, but also undeniably pop. Granted, it isn’t the type of pop that

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British electro-pop musician La Roux has captured the attention of DJs through her irresistible dance tracks. I raved about with Animal Collective’s last release, or even anything remotely like American top 40, but the unrelenting hooks and infectious choruses of this album expand the listenership of this record from electro-junkies and DJs to any appreciator of harmonies, airy female vocals, 80s pop and synthesizers. Okay, maybe that’s specific, but the long and short of this is that this album is super accessible and I surely would recommend it. For an artist who was so hyped before her album even dropped, I was skeptical of the album’s ability to break out of the “singles and filler” mold, but after hearing it, my doubts were erased. The pacing of the album is perfect, balancing fast-paced and dancey tracks with cuts that are beautifully (even for a synthesizer) arranged and

put together regardless of how much they make you want to flail about. The art of making an album is lost on many musicians (and listeners) today, if I might go all music snobby for a moment. This record, however, is a good reminder of the talent it takes to create an album that keeps you hanging on from start to finish. The whole album is upbeat and poppy, but not to the point of being campy like MIKA or Sliimy, if this is even a fair comparison. The record, equally as fortunately, doesn’t fall into that pseudo ‘80s bright dance punk scene, so you won’t get tired of it by next week. Which is good, because once you hear the record you’ll be requesting it of anyone remotely near a speaker or dance floor.

Art Brut is an indie/punk English “Art Wave” band that released its debut album, Bang Bang Rock & Roll in 2005, and its most recent album Art Brut vs. Satan this year. They are characterized by lead vocalist Eddie Argos’ spoken word style of singing. Let me begin by saying; I have been a fan of Art Brut since the spring of 2008. I fell in love with them when I was visiting the Pompidou and art museums every day while I lived in Paris, and since then, they have resumed status of a “fall back” band for me – meaning no matter what musical moods I may be going through, I can always put Bang Bang Rock & Roll on shuffle and be happy. I hadn’t revisited their music until this past February, when I went to see Los Campesinos, and mixed the two bands in an epic playlist that proved how complimentary Eddie Argos’ and Gareth Campesinos’s voices could be. Art Brut’s appeal comes in their description of life through Eddie Argos’ eyes. Everything he sang (spoke rather) seemed to ring true in my ears. Modern art makes my heart palpitate too! I know what a good weekend feels like! There is no shame in giving in! Their newest album Art Brut vs. Satan has similar relatable themes. “The Passenger” felt like someone unscrewed my head and plucked out that little kink in my personality that recalls my fondness for bus rides spent looking out the window. “Slap Dash for No Cash” felt real as well, especially with all those “big sound” bands springing up (though I think most will feel the same way). Even “Alcoholics Unanimous” struck a chord; those morningsafter can be brutal sometimes. I guess the real point of this is; why has Art Brut been so successful in relating to me whereas other bands haven’t? Isn’t that what makes music so appealing? – singing in your ear that makes you go, “yes! Me too!’ But clearly that

isn’t always what people look for in music. If it were, rapping about your ice and rims wouldn’t sell records. Yet, it does. Most people will never wear a chain so heavy it requires frequent trips to the chiropractor, but this is still what some people look for in music – they look to live vicariously through superstars. Come to think of it, I know I did. Not to be ashamed, I lived a libertine lifestyle through Pete Doherty and Carl Barat (of The Libertines) for a long time, imagining I contributed to all those apartment gigs broken up at 1 a.m. and their romantic defiance of authority. It’s ironic then, that two opposites make us attracted to different music – representation of things we know, and that of things we will never know. Which brings another point: music often makes us feel a part of some larger movement. I can imagine the thrill of hearing the opening strings to Coldplay’s “Viva la Vida” in a stadium of 60,000 and feeling like I was making history. It’s the group mentality; the idea that you are making a difference by listening to this big sound in this big place with a big crowd. Seeing the Chemical Brothers elicited this response in me. Imagine being in a room with a couple thousand people, all one with the sound, all part of this seemingly communal movement to spread music to everyone around. When you’re in the middle of an enormous dancing crowd, you can’t help but think, “If only everyone could see this, there would be no more problems in the world.” Of course it did no such thing; we all danced for a couple of hours, then went home and microwaved some refrigerated pizza. But that’s the letdown of over the top sounds – once they’re finished, you no longer feel larger than life or like a superstar. And therein lies the appeal of Art Brut – since I feel and experience what they feel, that connection is everlasting.

Restaurant Review | Hutch & Harris

Hutch & Harris offers culturally varied menu choices

accompaniment to a laid back, comfortable experience. One need only observe the This warm autumn week- warm rapport between the wait end, weary of “the Pit” -staff and customers to recogand hungry for something dif- nize that Hutch & Harris is ferent, I headed into downtown beloved by Winston-Salem. Winston- Salem to the quaint Even as newcomers my friend and I were soon chatting with Hutch & Harris Pub. The restaurant’s charming out- our waiter about the upcomdoor patio is situated adjacent ing Desperate Housewives season to the restaurant’s indoor bar premiere. When ordering at Hutch & and booths to create a perfect Harris, don’t be afraid to ask atmosphere for for recompeople watchmendaing and catchHutch & Harris tions. ing up with Location | 424 West 4th Street The wait friends. Hours | 12 p.m. - 3 p.m. Tues. - Sun. staff is The out5 p.m. - 10 p.m. Tues. - Sat. more than door seating happy to can accom5 p.m. - 9 p.m. Sun. - Mon. offer their modate about Serving | Indian dishes advice and 20 patrons at Dress | Casual very famila time, but iar with waiting for a Price Range | $10 - $20 the menu. table does not (out of 5) The atmoseem like a Rating | sphere of frequent octhis eatery currence, especially on a weekend when the is heavy on charm and familiarlunch hour stretches from 11 ity. As has often been said, you eat a.m. to 4 p.m. Sleek silver outdoor furniture with your eyes first. The chefs at and jazz music streaming from Hutch & Harris are clearly aware the speakers serve as the perfect of this fact and take careful care By Louisa Bilbrough Contributing writer

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Friendly wait staff coupled with delicious meals makes Hutch & Harris Pub worth trying. to create meals that are not only tasty, but visually beautiful as well. The Newport Wedge salad is a perfect example of this principle at work. It is carefully

crafted to blend colors and textures in a creative but also functional manner. Even my lunch date’s simple Baja chicken sandwich was served beautifully. It is

a perfect example of how a simplistic meal can be transformed into a delicious treat. The grilled chicken breast is accompanied with pico de gallo salsa and a hearty helping of pepper jack cheese to create an interesting array of textures and a tasty Southwestern flair. One ingredient abundant on Hutch & Harris’s menu is bacon, which makes an appearance in dishes such as the carver chicken sandwich, bistro salmon and the candy store burger. The addition of this quintessentially Southern comfort ingredient to edgier, ethnic dishes indicates the chef ’s ability to mix American classics with international cuisine. This is not to suggest that taste is not the priority, because after taking one bite of the Newport salad it becomes clear that the same thought and precision devoted to plating food is put into cooking it. What makes Hutch & Harris’ menu appealing is their devotion to serving up dishes in honor of specific cities, at home and abroad. For example, you could start off your meal with the Moosewood Middle Eastern

Salad from Damascus, Syria, then travel to Yakima, Wash., for the settlement salmon and finish off with the classic Parisian dessert: crème brulee. It’s culturally varied menu makes Hutch & Harris a perfect match for university students, particularly those who find themselves craving their hometown cuisine. Be it SSI char-grilled strip steak from the Big Apple or sirloin from Butte Montana, Hutch & Harris has what you want. With its modern décor, friendly wait staff and delicious hearty meals, Hutch & Harris is the perfect place to grab lunch with a friend. I would certainly recommend sitting outside, weather permitting, because the restaurant’s interior could use a remodel. The fare is easily accessible on a college student’s limited budget, with the most expensive item ranking in at $26.75 and a large variety of entrees available well below this price. Even so, it might be wise to save Hutch & Harris as a place to eat when parents arrive in October.

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Take action to get what you want Adrienne Alexander

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A french kiss involves 34 muscles. A peck involves only two.

Last season the writers of How I Met Your Mother continued to tease with hints at the identity of the eponymous mother. They tricked us with the whole yellow umbrella thing and ended with saying she was in the class Ted was teaching. But as this was only the fourth season, it’s safe to assume her identity is not actually going to be revealed for awhile. So if you got caught up with life last year, pick up season 4 on DVD now so you can catch up and start watching season 5 episodes airing now.

Top 10 Strangest How-to Books

1. How to Become a Schizophrenic 2. How to Survive a Robot Uprising 3. How to Speak Cat 4. How to Pee Standing Up 5. How to Start Your Own Country 6. How to Raise and Keep a Dragon 7. How to Break the Cycle of Life and Death 8. How to be a Pope 9. How to Make a Dirty Movie 10. How to Steal a Dog

Banning Sex At Tufts University in Boston sex has been banned in a controversial new rule that prohibits sexual relations while a roommate is in the room. The rule was put in place after a large number of complaints to residence life and housing over the past three years. Some students are pleased with the decision, saying that it addresses a matter of roommate consideration and respect, but others resent the universities’s interference in the bedroom. Tufts, which has about 5,000 students, claims that it just hopes to get roommates talking, but with the national attention their decision has received, it’s turned into a personal rights issue, not just a matter of roommate communication.

Drink of the Week Chilly Willy

We’ve gotten our first real taste of fall this week and it’s just going to keep getting colder. Celebrate Responsibly. 1 oz melon liqueur 1 oz rum .75 oz schnapps Orange juice Pineapple juice Pour into cocktail shaker. Fill with orange and pineapple juices. Shake well.

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The name of the game is life. And ready or not, it’s on. So what are you doing today? You may be single and wistful, coupled and cared for, or leaving a loser and not looking back, but wherever you are, I’ll bet you’ve got your eye on a “better” someplace else. It’s that point on the horizon that taunts you, beckoning with promises of “when you get here you’ll be happy.” This can be true in any aspect of life, but especially in relationships. What is it about human nature that makes us yearn for what we think we lack, and then take it for granted when we get it? I’ve experienced this phenomenon myself three times this year. I had four very specific, all-butimpossible if only’s in 2009, three

of which miraculously have become reality. Yet I find myself still longing for the fourth. I believe it will come to be, yet I suspect that it isn’t the cure for discontent. What about you? What one thing is the object of your current “if only”? The day your crush finally crushes back? The moment you turn in your last calculus exam, putting division five behind you for good? Maybe it’s something simpler, closer. A blouse you hope to buy next week. An event you’ve been planning that you hope will go off without a hitch. Whatever your one thing is, my advice today is simple – don’t wait till you get there to be happy. The problem with choosing a point on the horizon as your destination is that you never arrive. It’s an ever-moving target. So you meet this awesome guy, right? And you wish he would notice you. He does, he flirts, but now you wish he’d ask you out. He does, you date, but now you wish he would commit. He does, he’s yours, but now you wish he were more _______ (insert your personalized excuse for romantic discontent here). Next thing you know, you’ve

wasted months chasing the next thing you hope will make you happy. But no thing can ever make you happy. It’s a choice, independent of your circumstances. To ever be happy, you must choose to be happy now. “Then” never comes. There will always be another next thing. The big secret is this. What you are looking for, that place on the horizon where life becomes perfect and all is well at last? It’s here. It’s now. I’m not saying there’s not a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. I’m saying this is the end of the rainbow and you’re sitting in your pot of gold. I didn’t say don’t keep moving forward, but first realize where you are. By all means, chase your dreams, go after what your heart desires, but do so from a place of knowing that you already have what you need. You are not lacking. If you pursue your passion from a place of perceived emptiness, you will remain empty because what you crave isn’t out there. It’s inside you waiting to be appreciated. So don’t wait until you reach your goal weight to feel pretty. Choose to love yourself now. Dare to be the person who is trying to claw her way out of your self-protective façade.

Laugh more. Dance more. Be ridiculous more often. Shock people with your irreverent giddiness. Be bold. Be fearless. What are you afraid to go after? What’s so outrageous that you’d be embarrassed even to admit you want? The Ivy League grad school? The career path you daydream about, the one your parents have forbidden with threats of yanking your funding if you veer off the pre-med track? The “way-out-of-your-league” girl in your bio class? That guy who makes your stomach flip whenever he glances your way? Real joy and the fearless determination it allows are effective against any obstacle. And the combination of genuine interest and self-assurance are universally attractive. Bottom line: this is your life. So carpe diem! Savor every delicious moment of this incredible day. It really is okay. Better than that, it really is all glorious!

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Movie Review | Jennifer’s Body

Diablo Cody keeps the witticisms coming By Sequoyah Stamps | Contributing writer

“It feels like a fairy tale gone psycho…” director Karyn Kusama of Jennifer’s Body, said of her new film written by Diablo Cody, the Oscar-winning screenwriter for Juno. Kusama really could not have put it better in the interview. The film’s essence presents a brazen shallowness and reeks of a certain depth and social satire that will keep its audiences laughing only to utter the phrase, “Oh no … oh, God, no,” immediately after. The film itself mimics Jennifer’s Body something Starring | Megan Fox and in the Hilary Amanda Seyfried Duff genre through teeDirector | Karyn Kusama nie-bopper Who’s it for? | Teenage boys dialogue that and fans of cheesy horror films rivals A CinRunning Time | 1 hour 42 mins. derella Story. Rating | (out of 5) Ho w e v e r, unlike Duff ’s film, Jennifer’s Body holds a unique cheesiness many can appreciate if only they allow themselves such an indulgence. Mimicking the acronymic dialogue our generation has so proudly found, Megan Fox plays off her reputation from Transformers as just another talentless beauty. Through her role as Jennifer Check, utilizing to the fullest extent an acting ability most would describe as limited, Fox’s character lingers in the memories of its audiences. Her outrageous comments, courtesy of the everwitty Cody, combined with an over-the-top use of sexual prowess creates a film with an almost Jane Austen-like air. In the spirit of Austen’s works, she practically criticizes the same audience she seeks to adopt. Similar to her novels, Jennifer’s Body plays up the trivializations of contemporary society, in this case societal youth, mocking this audience while simultaneously attempting to secure the very same crowd as its focal group. Embellished teen ignorance plagues the film, yet evokes somewhat of a poetic nature, using today’s youthful dialect to reference an array of subjects ranging from Hannah Montana to The Rocky Horror Picture Show to Shakespeare. This leaves room for those audiences who make the conscious choice against such phrases as “jello” in reference to jealousy or “salty” when referring to a hot piece of male-tail. In fact, the anti-teenie-bopper crowd is one that could appreciate this film the most. Its

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Starring Megan Fox and Amanda Seyfried, Jennifer’s Body is as cheesy as a fairy tale gone terribly wrong. satirical air toward society, the horror genre and the female character roles associated with horror films markets itself as an art form contingent with today’s popularized smut. Audiences of this group will appreciate Amanda Seyfried’s (Mean Girls, Mamma Mia) performance as Needy Lesnicky, whose facial mobility upstages Fox’s performance making Fox comparable to a marionette. Her portrayal as a nerd, situated alongside high school’s most lusted after teen-queen, is believable only to an extent. Her character’s persona provides much more strength and independence in the beginning of the film than her relationship with Jennifer allows, making it difficult for moviegoers to comprehend fully the dynamics surrounding their friendship. As previously stated, this film has a great satirical presence. It even goes so far as to incorporate the quintessential “girl-on-girl” make out scene,

surely devised as a shameless ploy to “pop” the raging hormones of every young male within viewing proximity. Shamelessness is the name of the game when referring to Jennifer’s Body, as it is one of the key elements that lends to the movie’s charming quality. Though the dialogue is absolutely ridiculous, it is embarrassingly and delightfully quotable; spectators of all ages are sure to appreciate if not for the sheer joy of saying ludicrous phrases and terms. Overall, Jennifer’s Body is a movie many will appreciate when knowing what to expect. Austenlike in nature, those who would most appreciate the satirical nuances within the film are not those same people Jennifer’s Body targets. For this exact reason, I recommend readers to do as I did – set all apprehension aside in order to enjoy a film that will keep you amused – at times confused – but overall entertained throughout its full 102 minutes duration.

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Performance Review | Doubt

Four person cast successfully leaves audience doubt(ful) By Olivia Boyce | Asst. life editor

The university Mainstage Theatre season began strong with its production of Doubt, which opened last week. Doubt was the winner of a 2005 Pulitzer Prize. The writer, John Patrick Shanley, also directed the 2008 film adaptation starring Meryl Streep, Phillip Seymour Hoffman and Amy Adams. Brook Davis, associate professor of theatre, directed the production here at the university. The play is only one act long and has a total of four characters, all of whom put on a great opening night show. Junior Michael Whatley plays the sole male role of Father Brendan Flynn, the progressive young priest who wants to build friendships with the students attending St. Nicholas Catholic School. Senior Abby Suggs does an impeccable job playing Sister Aloysius Beuvier, an uptight, judgmental Catholic school principal who believes in scaring her pupils into proper behavior.

From the beginning Sister Aloysius dislikes Father Flynn and as the plot unfolds, more and more animosity reveals itself. Father Flynn takes the school’s only black pupil, a friendless eighth grade boy, under his wing. Their relationship gives Sister Aloysius a bad feeling and she eventually calls in the boy’s mother, Mrs. Muller, played by senior Aleshia Price to talk to her about her suspicions. Caught in the middle of all of this drama is Sister James, played by senior Jenny Malarkey. Sister James is the young, innocent teacher of the Muller boy. She is stuck in the middle of the clash between her two superiors and does not know how to react or even who to believe. The allegation of impropriety with no substantive evidence leaves everyone hiding behind a safe cloak of doubtfulness. Set in the Bronx in 1964, the play confronts issues of racism, sexism and classism. It deals with stereotypes and

the negative associations of the Catholic Church. The complexities of all of these things and the their implications on character relationships add a whole other level of ambiguity. As it’s title suggests, Doubt shines a light on the gray area between truth and suspicion, ambiguity and certainty. The audience members, just as the characters, are forced to question their beliefs and settle with indefinites. Though the play has little action, the underlying theme carries the show and leaves you satisfied with your uncertainties. The four cast members do an outstanding job and work well together, having even mastered difficult New York accents. The set looks amazing and the costumes fit perfectly with the era and positions of the Catholic nuns and fathers. It is definitely worth the $5 student ticket. Performances for Doubt will be at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 1-Oct. 3 in the MainStage Theatre. A matinee performance will be at 2 p.m. on Oct. 4.

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Sister Aloysius Beuvier, the principal of St. Nicholas Catholic School, lectures the young, innocent Sister James.

Concert Review | Nathan Bedsole

Hot Tuesdays prove student musicians have talent By Eleanor Smith | Staff writer

I arrived at Campus Grounds for the first Hot Tuesday of the year totally skeptical of the enjoyment in listening to the blissful sounds of the ukulele while drinking my espresso. But with $1 coffee, espresso and teas and 15 percent off all other specialty drinks, I had to try this out. My skepticism wasn’t aided by the eccentric and thematic artist, Nathan Bedsole’s, introduction. Although our meeting was brief,

I, perhaps judgingly, pegged him as a lover of hippie utopias where souls unite, sit in circles, snap in agreement and express their deep emotions. No, I’m not talking Greek life rituals; I’m talking about the “coffee shop.” That’s right, the snapping, cooing and humming lull of expressionistic concerts. But I found myself far too critical. As herds of university students bombarded Campus Grounds with Converses, holey jeans and leather cuff bracelets, I

thought to myself, maybe there is more of an artistic underground than I realized. Maybe Bedsole, a communication major, knows more about communicating life’s quirks than I’m giving him credit for. As Bedsole picked up his tiny instrument, I was surprised at his skill and creativity. I was intrigued. I kept listening. His lyrics, although somewhat bizarre at times, actually had a sensational touch of humor. He opened with a six part ballad, telling the tale of two lovers “torn

apart by a terrible evil.” Bedsole aches as he expresses the terror (naturally), but Bedsole’s entourage roared in laughter. They knew what was to come. He ventured through this story and his witty banter continued. Lover “A” and Lover “B” pursued their love through the “conundrums” of time, but obviously nothing could keep them apart for too long. As I listened closely, I couldn’t help but laugh at the absurdity of his lyrics. One line read “I want to have your babies…” and another

“you are H1N-onederful.” His next song’s chorus repeated “Whose got the crack?” over and over again. I’m not suggesting Bedsole is a crazy hippie, but his songs definitely have a quirky independence. Even so, his musical abilities overcome any of the questionable lyrics. By the second song, I was aware of Bedsole’s raw musical skill. If all the songs were originally written, then the kid’s got talent! But more importantly, I was aware of his popularity. As the

crowd sang along to his lyrics “sad to know we’re not alone…” I found myself thinking, am I alone? Is this a part of the university that I have missed in my four years here? I originally thought, the university isn’t ready for this gig … but maybe I’m alone now. By the end, I found that I was intrigued by this alternative artist and his humor. I left feeling enlightened and recommend these events to everyone.

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Don’t stop the music... Student musicians continue to find their way into our ears by performing at campus venues

By Caroline Edgeton | Life editor

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With last year’s establishment of Hot Tuesdays at Campus Grounds and the push for Open Mic Nights at Shorty’s, musicians have certainly been provided outlets for performing right here on campus. Last year’s Student Union Coffee House Chair, sophomore Nancy Spurkeland, began promoting Open Mic Nights in order to see more music available for students to come listen to and venue outlets for musicians. “For a university that focuses so heavily on sports and athletics, I think (the university) has a good attitude toward promoting student music on campus,” Spurkeland said. “But, honestly, I’d like to see more involvement of the campus as a whole in musical events.” So, support your fellow students! Ranging in genre and style, these individuals serve our campus well. We salute you. Nolan Silverstein This junior from Wilmington, Del., has been seriously involved with music for six years and has been writing for about five.

“I just want to send a message to people; I want to relate with others,” Silverstein said. Silverstein believes his music is something that speaks to his generation more so than many musicians. “I really don’t think people write music from our generation anymore. If people do, it’s nothing we can relate with,” Silverstein said. Silverstein is a guitarist, singer, songwriter and pianist. You can check out his music either at a future campus performance or at

Koontz said. “It’s all history from there.” With a focus on playing drums, Koontz also sings and writes melodies and lyrics. “I feel like my music is about fully expressing myself, and I haven’t really gotten there yet,” Koontz said. Currently involved with Silverstein’s band, Koontz can be seen performing some new jams the band is currently recording very soon.

Kyle Bridges Frequently seen playing a guitar, senior Bridges has been involved with performing his music for quite some time now. “I grew up around lots of music playing; I’m from Hendersonville [N.C.], so there was mostly bluegrass/mountain music going on,” Bridges said. You may have seen Bridges perform with alum Alex Wannenburg and sophomore Randy Conrad in last year’s battle of the bands. Winning the competition only added another victory in Bridge’s repertoire. The band also got to perform at Merlefest, open for Sister Hazel last semester, and perform at various other festivals and gigs around the state. Bridges plans to continue performing music, regardless of whether or not he pursues it professionally. “It’s kind of more than a hobby,” Bridges said.

Elizabeth Hartley Already an accomplished saxophonist and only a junior at the university, Hartley, a music/ saxophone performance major, has been playing her instrument of choice for 10 years now. Hartley’s involvement with the music department has not only been a nice addition to it, but it has broadened Hartley’s experience. “It’s such a small department which would be a turn off for some people, but if I wanted to go to a big music school there is no way I would be in the smallest saxophone quartet and the premiere concert choir on campus and receive help from some of the best professors ever,” she said. Hartley’s accomplishments include winning third place in the Giles Harris Competition last semester, being invited to perform in the student showcase last semester and later in this semester and is the saxophone section leader for the marching band.

Zack Koontz “My grandpa paid me $100 to be in choir in third, fourth and fifth grade,” freshman

Tom Kozak Playing music since he was five, Kozak has enjoyed performing music from his southern roots.

A Birmingham, Ala., native, Kozak says his music is southern folk, but don’t call it country. “Calling it folk makes it sound country, but it’s not,” Kozak said. My band, Sweet St. Caroline, does covers of Johnny Cash, but we don’t really do a lot of old folk,” Kozak said. “It’s mostly quiet stuff, but we’re branching out some.” In Kozak’s opinion, music is another form of communication and if you don’t have strong lyrics, the message isn’t really there. Kozak says the lyrics in his music are primarily about the South. “We try to embody a lot of the haunted South; a lot of it ties back into the land,” Kozak said. You can catch him at Shorty’s and Campus Grounds and some Winston-Salem events like the Piedmont Earth Day Fair. Nathan Fox-Helser Playing guitar, violin, drums, bass and “whatever he needs to do,” Fox-Helser’s musicianship is solid. A junior from Morganton, N.C., he says his music is considerably folk, but depending on what he feels at the time his style can certainly change. “(My music) is all over the map. I haven’t really pushed a musical career too hard. I just like doing it for fun,” Fox-Helser said. Strongly believing that if you don’t do music for yourself then it’s not really true, Fox-Helser considers his greatest accomplishment with music to simply be writing and performing songs he really likes. Fox-Helser also performs with senior Tom Kozak in his band Sweet St. Caroline, but you can check out Fox-Helser’s record-

ings at Jacob Eichhorn Another one of the current three music performance majors here at the university, sophomore Eichhorn’s instrument of choice is the clarinet, but he also plays several other instruments. “I play the saxophone, bassoon and flute, too. I’m involved with the clarinet choir, the clarinet quartette, the wind ensemble, orchestra, the saxophone ensemble and the saxophone quartet.” Clearly a musician of many trades, Eichhorn certainly has a deep admiration for music. “Music is an outlet that we can all share and come together by,” Eichhorn said. Eichhorn will be performing in the Master Class performance in Brendle Recital Hall on Oct. 23. Nathan Bedsole A campus favorite and station manager for Wake Radio, junior Bedsole’s quirky personality and ukulele playing draws crowds at Hot Tuesdays and Open Mic Nights. “I find the ukulele to be the perfect instrument,” he said. “It’s not unlike the perfect lover... “I dabble in dozens of of other instrumental endeavors, but that happiness that the ukulele brings has made it the center piece to my musical repertoire,” he said. Bedsole has opened for indie acts Jordan O’ Jordan, Dane Terry and Eric Ayotte; however, these are not his biggest accomplishments. “My biggest feat has been melting the hearts of many ladies on a sparsely populated beach in a small town,” Bedsole said.

Book Review | The Last Song

Sparks’ new novel is a heartwarming addition to his works By Samantha Hoback | Staff writer

North Carolina’s own Nicholas Sparks has made a name for himself in the past 13 years. Although he was born in Nebraska, Sparks’ novels are full of Carolina charm and southern hospitality, attracting a wide fan base on both sides of the Mason Dixon Line, especially with favorites like The Notebook and A Walk to Remember. In his latest novel, The Last Song, Sparks tells the story of 17-year-old Veronica “Ronnie” Miller. Ronnie is not the typical North Carolina teenager: she is a devout vegetarian, dresses in dark clothing that contrasts with her pale complexion, and enjoys reading Tolstoy during her summer vacation. The

last thing that Ronnie wants to do with her summer is to spend it with her father in Wilmington. After going through her parents’ divorce, Ronnie’s relationship with her father deteriorated, and she remained in New York City with her mother and little brother, Jonah. After shoplifting charges and dating older men, Ronnie’s mother decides to drive her to Wilmington in hopes that she will obtain some sense. When she arrives in Wilmington, Ronnie is at a loss. She meets Blaze, a troubled teenager whose terrible home life has pushed her to make bad choices and even worse friends. Aggravated and homesick, Ronnie eventually stumbles upon Will. Will is not Ronnie’s type. He’s tall, blonde, athletic and charming. Unlike her previous boyfriends, Will has no tattoos, likes to hunt and is constantly surrounded by bikini-clad, sun-baked blondes. Ronnie doesn’t think twice about their encounter — that is, until

he continues to show up wherever she goes. Soon, Will and Ronnie realize they have more in common than they thought. They both discover they have a passion for marine life when Ronnie finds a sea turtle’s nest behind her dad’s beach cottage. Their relationship grows as the summer progresses, and Ronnie finds that she is enjoying the South much more than she had anticipated. A former pianist and teacher, Ronnie’s father feels guilty for having left his family to pursue a career as a concert pianist. Out of work and out of luck, he returned to his hometown of Wilmington to find solace in his family church. He spends his days making a stained-glass window for a church that was destroyed in a fire and playing the piano alone in his bungalow. Prior to her parents’ divorce, Ronnie shared her father’s passion for music. She was a prodigious

pianist, performing in concerts at Carnegie Hall at age 13 and receiving scholarship offers from Julliard. But after her parents split, she punished herself and her father by refusing to accept. As the summer continues, Ronnie begins to learn lessons in love: love for her father and for Will. Unlike Sparks’ previous novels, The Last Song was first written as a screenplay. The film version, which is scheduled to release next January, stars Miley Cyrus, who chose the name “Ronnie” for the main character. When Sparks was beginning to brainstorm ideas for the novel, it was Cyrus who prompted the idea for the screenplay. Although Nicholas Sparks is a favorite author of many student readers, The Last Song is especially relevant since it discusses many pertinent issues of young people today. This novel is easily one of Sparks’ best stories, combining love, life and reality into a heartwarming page-turner.


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