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Grade shows marginal improvement By Caitlin Brooks | News editor

The university’s sustainability grade increased to a “C” this year according to its 2010 Green Report Card. is an initiative of Sustainable Endowments Institute, a nonprofit organization engaged in research and education to advance sustainability in campus operations and endowment practices. The university’s overall grade increased from a “C-” on the 2009 report. The university showed improvement in three of the nine areas evaluated; Endowment Transparency, Investment Priorities and Shareholder Engagement. The most marked improvement came in the area of Investment Priorities, where the grade increased from a “C” in 2009 to an “A” in 2010.

This category earned the university’s only “A” mark largely because the “Endowment” survey response, completed by James Dunn, vice president and university chief investment officer, indicates that the university currently invests in “renewable energy funds or similar investment vehicles” and is considering further investment in this area. Readers must take this positive mark with a grain of salt. “Since points were awarded to schools for aiming to optimize investment return — one component of a sustainable endowment — no school received less than a ‘C’ grade in this category,” according to the Web site. The second highest scoring category, Food and Recycling, continues to earn a solid “B”. Dining services spends 8 to 10 percent of its annual food

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All-electric vehicles service campus By Wei-Yin Ko | Contributing writer

White service trucks zipping around the campus are a common sight on any given day. Many of these trucks bear the phrase “All Electric, Zero Emissions” on their sides as they carry the tools required to maintain the various university facilities. These trucks are obviously no ordinary trucks — they are vehicles operated solely on electricity and therefore produce no carbon dioxide emissions.

The gradual introduction of these vehicles started in September 2008 when Jim Alty, associate vice president for Facilities & Campus Services, decided to renew the old service vehicles that have roamed the campus for many years. “These cars have been serving on campus for many years,” Alty said. “It was time to purchase new replacements for the service fleet.” According to the Sustainability Director, Dedee DeLongpre

Johnston, one of the main reasons for the introduction of these electric trucks was environmentalism. “Jim Alty wanted to encourage the campus to ‘go green,’ so he gave the Fleet Manager, Jim Montgomery, the go-ahead to order these (electric) vehicles,” Johnston said. As a result, the effort to replace the service fleet began.

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Trash Compactors save resources By Caitlin Brooks | News editor

The university recently invested in two BigBelly Solar Trash Compactors, which were installed Oct. 8 on the patio in front of the Reynolda Fresh Food Company. An informal show-and-tell demonstration was held from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. on Oct. 9. Made in the United States of 80-100 percent post-consumer recycled plastic and other environmentally sensitive material, the first and only solar trash compactor operates entirely off-grid,

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powered only by a visible, in-unit solar panel that functions in all weather, climates and locations, even without direct sunlight. The BigBelly Solar Compactors “make a high profile statement to our sustainability movement,” Jim Coffey, director of Landscaping Services, said. “It will pay for itself over time.” The trash receptacles have five times the capacity of standard trash cans but take up the same amount of space. That means that a single unit can hold up to 200 gallons of trash.

H1N1 vaccine will be free to students By Frannie Jackson | Contributing writer

Free H1N1 influenza vaccines will be available to students within the first two weeks of November. Student vaccinations will not be mandatory, but students are highly encouraged to get vaccinated. Clinics will be set up in Benson Center and residence halls across campus, providing students with quick and easy access to the vaccine. “Wake Forest will cover all student costs to ensure that every student can receive the vaccine,” David Clark, associate director of residence life, said. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, college students fall within an “at-risk group” for contracting H1N1, so students and other members of at-risk groups have priority in receiving the vaccine.

Between Aug. 26 and Oct. 7, the Student Health Center diagnosed 288 cases of H1N1 based on each individual’s flu-like symptoms. A minimum of two students’ H1N1 tests were performed in state labs each week, officially confirming the presence of H1N1 on campus. “Unless you tested positive for H1N1 by a state lab, you can still get the vaccine. “Even if you had the flu before, get the vaccine,” Kevin Cox, assistant vice president of university advancement and director of media relations, said. The university is working to make the vaccine as accessible to students as possible in order to increase the overall health of students and staff on campus.

“It’s ultimately about public health, not about the individual. One person may only have a mild case of H1N1, but they could expose others with serious health issues to it,” Cox said. Current student support for the vaccine is varied. Junior communications major Brandon Pendergrass is one student who does not plan on receiving the vaccine. “I don’t believe in vaccines,” Pendergrass explained. Other students are concerned about risks associated with the vaccine. “I might get the vaccine, but I’m worried that it hasn’t been tested enough,” senior Ali LaFleur said. The H1N1 vaccine cleared the same government tests as the seasonal flu vaccine, so the university believes the H1N1 vaccine is no riskier to receive

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Outside the Bubble... Britain will send 500 more troops to Afghanistan British prime minister Gordon Brown says he will increase the British presence in Afghanistan by 500 soldiers. He asks that three conditions be met: Afghan troops must be provided to train alongside his soldiers, other countries must contribute accordingly, and the correct military equipment must be available for every soldier and unit.

Tests provide possible treatment for Parkinson’s Tests conducted on macaque monkeys in Oxford, England, have developed a promising treatment for Parkinson’s disease. The drug, called ProSavin, could bypass the jerky movements associated with earlier treatments.

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than the flu vaccine. Since the World Health Organization expects that a second wave of H1N1 cases will occur throughout the fall, the university is anxious to provide the vaccine as soon as possible to students. “We have requested the vaccine, but we are at the mercy of the government right now. As soon as we receive a large inventory (of the vaccine) we will open clinics for students,” Clark said. Many students, like freshman biology major Courtney Devney, plan to get vaccinated as soon as the vaccine is available. “We live in a communal environment where illnesses travel quickly. I think the vaccine would be very beneficial if you are in the Wake Forest bubble,” Devney said.

By compacting trash on the collection site, BigBelly Trash bins eliminate four out of every five trash collection trips, reducing time, fossil fuel consumption and green house gas emissions by 80 percent. Estimates on the two units installed in front of the Fresh Food Company indicate that the bins will need to be emptied no more than twice a month. An in-unit wireless monitoring system remotely alerts staff when

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Sports | B1 Ready, set, read Athletic Department honors Skip Prosser’s legacy in an initiative aimed at encouraging reading among Forsyth County fourth graders

Opinion | A8 International Work Volunteering can be a humbling experience that provides perspective to university students

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Brieflies Students to participate in Fall Choral Concert The music department is holding its fall concert at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 22 in Brendle Recital Hall. The concert will feature the Concert Choir and the Collegium Vocal Ensemble. In addition, guest artist Carlos 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 ext. 5364.

LEAD program now accepting applications The university’s LEAD program for emerging leaders in the Wake Forest community is now accepting applications. LEAD (Leadership, Excellence, Application and Development) runs a 10-week program every spring semester to guide freshmen and sophomores in creating programs for the betterment of the university community. LEAD will hold an informational meeting at 7:30 pm onThursday, October 29 in Benson 409. Applications are available in the Office of Student Development, Benson 317, or at

William McKee Evans presents lecture on race and history William McKee Evans will present “Open Wound: The Long View of Race in Africa” at 6 p.m. on Monday, Oct.19th in DeTamble Auditorium, Tribble Hall. Evans is the Professor Emeritus of History at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. He is the author of books including Ballots and Fence Rails: Reconstruction on the Lower Cape Fear and To Die Game: The Story of the Lowry Band, Indian Guerillas of Reconstruction.

Alpha Delta Pi’s Lion’s Share Challenge taking place next week Alpha Delta Pi sorority will be holding the Lion’s Share Challenge, a series of charitable events benefitting Ronald McDonald House, throughout the week of Oct. 19-24. The sorority will sell Ronald McDonald House decals and T-shirts on the Magnolia Patio outside the Pit every day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Events include a karaoke competition from 9-10:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 20 in Brendle Recital Hall in Scales and a campus 5K run starting at 5:15 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 22. More information can be found at groups.

Corrections • The Oct. 8 article “Labels prove useless in sexuality,” was misattributed and mislabeled. The article was written by Ae’Jay Johnson. • The Oct. 8 article “No. 4 Field Hockey drops contest to Tar Heels,” was misattributed to Alex Leopold. The article was written by Hailey Robbins.

Lloyd Howard: University Barber By Elliot Engstrom | Managing editor Singing along to Aerosmith while cutting the hair of students, it’s pretty obvious that Lloyd Howard enjoys his job. It would seem that this man who has been the university barber for over 30 years has achieved what any person searches for in life – he has found a career doing what he loves. “I hate to say I’m here because of y’all, but that’s probably why I’m here,” Howard said of the students on campus. “I guess that’s part of the beauty of working on a college campus. Every four years you get a brand new shift.” Howard’s history with the university goes back longer than most faculty and staff have been around, and certainly dates back to a time long before most university students were even alive. In fact, when most of this year’s seniors were born, Howard had already been the barber at the university for 10 years. “I came here in August of 1976,” Howard said. “I lived in WinstonSalem, but I came to North Carolina from South Carolina 1964.” Prior to his time at the university, Howard had both worked in a factory and been a member of the United States Marine Corps. A sticker on his mirror reminds

him of this, saying “U.S. Marines – When it absolutely, positively has to be destroyed overnight.” Despite these prior occupations, Howard still had not tapped into his true passion. “I saw a program on TV about a barber school in Winston-Salem, put in an application, and got put at the top of the list because I was a veteran,” he said. “I was over my head and I couldn’t turn back. I just wanted to do something besides working in a factory.” The story since then has written itself. Howard worked at the university barber shop, which then was in the front of Kitchin Hall where the Deacon Shop now is, for several years, later purchasing the store, of which he is still the owner. Since then he has never looked back. “I get up at 6:30 a.m. and I’m lucky if I’m home at 6:30 p.m., so I’m still pulling 12 hour days,” he said. Having been at the university for so many years, Howard certainly has cut the hair of some interesting people. “I’ve cut the last three presidents, Dr. Scales, Dr. Hearn and now Dr. Hatch,” he said. “But some of the most interesting people are not the people that are interesting or known. Everybody is interesting. You guys have been the most interesting part; I’ve just been

“Except from the buildings themselves and the growth, I don’t think it has (changed),” he said. “Of course, I don’t know about the politics. The students still have the same ambitions, and I hate to say but you’re all starting to look alike now. The biggest change would be the growth itself.” Howard also thinks that the students themselves have held certain characteristics constant over the years. “The hairstyles and the dress pretty much look the same,” he said. “It may be that they’re recruiting the same type of students, but I really don’t see that much difference.” After thinking for a moment, Howard remarked, “Maybe I haven’t changed much either, in 33 years.” Despite his long tenure at the university, Howard has no plans to leave anytime soon. “I hope to stick around,” he said. “I can’t imagine leaving. I don’t see any reason to be leaving anytime soon. That’s one good thing about barbering, I don’t find it stressful. I’ve heard of barbers 89 and 90 years old.” Howard sincerely hopes that the presence of the shop on campus is appreciated by students. “They haven’t run me off yet,” he said. “I know I hear a lot of them say it’s a great idea to have a barber shop on campus. I hope they appreciate it. We try to get along with everyone as well as we can.”


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cutting your hair.” One example of Howard’s ability to forge relationships with university members was his friendship with Dr. Thomas Hearn. “His secretary called me that morning and told me he had passed away,” Howard said of Hearn’s passing. For many families in the area, getting a haircut from Howard has become a tradition. “We had a dean here named Mark Reese,” he said. “I cut his hair, I cut his son Jordan’s, and now Jordan’s son is here, so I’ve cut three generations of the Reese family. I’ve got a couple now that come in here that I cut their father’s hair. In fact, one guy had the same name as his dad, George Mabe.” When asked whether his passion lay in the actual work of a barber shop or being around students, Howard could not find a difference between the two aspects of his job. “I can’t separate the two,” he said. “I came here right out of barber school, I guess in any barber shop you’re going to have different people coming in all the time. I don’t know if I could have worked in a shop anywhere else as long as I have here. I love it.” Having been at the university for 33 years, Howard has been in a unique position to watch as the atmosphere has changed – or, as he has observed, has not changed.

Property damage • University Police responded to a call in reference to an unknown subject who had sprayed painted graffiti on the walls of a study room in Luter Hall causing $200 worth of damage Oct. 5.

Miscellaneous • University Police responded to a call in reference to an indecent exposure that occurred on the Reynolda Village running trails Oct. 7. The suspect could not be located. • University Police responded to a call in reference to an intoxicated and unresponsive student in the woods behind Palmer Hall Oct. 11. The student was transported to Wake Forest Baptist Hospital for treatment. • University Police responded to a call in refer-

ence to a student in Taylor House that was dazed and unable to stand Oct. 8. • University Police responded to a call in reference to an intoxicated student in Efird Residence Hall Oct. 10. The student was transported to Student Health for observation. • University Police responded to a call in reference to an intoxicated student at Student Health Oct. 10. The student was transported to Wake Forest Baptist Hospital by EMS. • University Police responded to a call in reference to an unresponsive student at Johnson Residence Hall Oct. 10. ERTs and Engine 8 were dispatched. The student became responsive and refused further assistance.

Drugs and Alcohol • ABC officers issued state citations to offenders at BB&T Field Oct. 3 for having an open con-

tainer in a motorized vehicle. A copy of the report will be sent to the Dean’s office. • ABC officers issued state citations to offenders at BB&T Field Oct. 3 for resist and delay. A copy of the report will be sent to the Dean’s office. • ABC officers issued state citations to offenders for attempting to purchase alcohol with a fraudulent ID Oct. 10. A copy of the report will be sent to the Dean’s office.

Thefts • Unknown subjects removed an unsecured table valued at $100 from the outside of the bookstore between Oct. 9 and Oct. 10. • Unknown subjects entered an unsecured room in Collins Residence Hall and removed cash from a wallet between Oct. 7 and Oct. 8. • Unknown subjects removed a sound screener and clock from a lobby in Reynolda Hall Oct. 9.

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Lectures bring attention to Ugandan crisis By CeCe Brooks | Life editor

In an effort to bring attention to the issue, Amnesty International along with the history and women and gender studies departments held Uganda Awareness Week, which highlighted the conflict in Northern Uganda centered around the Lord’s Resistance Army. “Despite the fact that the threat posed by the Lord’s Resistance Army is growing now that it is becoming a regional conflict, so few people in the United States are aware of it,” Amnesty International representative sophomore Katherine Wycisk said. The Lord’s Resistance Army is made up of forces formed by Joseph Kony in 1986 to rebel against the Ugandan government. Approximately 90 percent of the LRA is made up of children soldiers. It is said that at least 30,000 children (some have estimated as many as 60,000) have been abducted to serve in the LRA. Kony and the Ugandan government called for a ceasefire in 2006 entering into the Juba Peace Talks and finally reached an agreement in May 2008, but Kony decided not to sign fearing for his own safety. In early 2006 he moved the LRA headquarters to Eastern Congo. The LRA had previously been in Southern Sudan as well, even receiving support and financing from the Sudanese government. Awarness Week events consisted of a discussion led by Professor of Economics Sylvain Boko on Oct. 12, a speaker from aid organization World Vision on Oct. 13 and a screening of the documentary War/Dance on Oct. 14. Boko spoke based on his post-conflict research done in the region last year as part of his Fulbright study. He spoke about the history and characteristics of the LRA conflict and “stressed the continuing volatility of Northern Uganda,” Wycisk said. “He also spoke

of the psychological effects of servitude on former child soldiers and the regional aspect of the crisis.” Rory Anderson, deputy director for advocacy and government relations at World Vision, the largest aid organization in Uganda, spoke on Oct. 13 about the conflict and the organization’s involvement. In Northern Uganda, World Vision has centers that aim to counsel former child soldiers. Despite her travels all over the world and to many countries within Africa, Anderson calls the Northern Uganda conflict, “the worst I have ever seen.” She detailed one story of an 11-year-old boy who told her how he was forced to kill five people in his two years of service including biting and stomping an eightyear-old girl, who had tried to escape, to death with other child soldiers. Anderson calls Kony a “quasi-mystical military leader” who uses spiritual warfare to intimidate children into serving and prevent communities from resisting. In addition to killing a member of their family or community, many children must go through a kind of spiritual ritual when they are abducted. The ritual includes painting oil crosses on their foreheads, being baptized and then quarantined for up to seven days. Children are targeted, according to Anderson, because they are easily manipulated, easily disposable “commodities” to the higher officers and Kony believes he is raising a generation of loyalists. She also discussed how she thinks the conflict and others can be resolved, detailing what she calls her “Axiom for Political Will.” Anderson said that in order for policy makers to work for change they need money, media attention or masses of people to be calling for action. Thus she urges people to raise awareness for the issue, advocate and give their

Death of student shocks university On the morning of Oct. 13, Director of Media Relations Kevin Cox sent a broadcast email to the university community announcing the untimely death of Canda Kinney. Kinney, a senior Spanish major from Lexington, N.C., passed away in her Polo Residence Hall bedroom in the early morning hours of Oct. 13. Wins t o n Salem Police do not susKinney pect foul play in re l a t i o n to her death. Kinney was an invaluable contributor to the university community, and her presence will be dearly missed for years to come. In the time she spent at the university, Kinney became highly involved on campus and with the Phi Mu sorority other campus activities.

In an attempt to expand her depth and understanding of Spanish culture and language, Kinney spent the 2009 spring semester abroad in Salamanca, Spain through a university-sponsored program. Traveling was one of Kinney’s many passions. She also enjoyed jewelrymaking, photography and cooking. Although funeral service arrangements have not yet been announced by the family, the university plans to inform students of the family’s wishes when they have been made. Cox informed students, faculty and staff of a variety of on-campus counseling and support options available to those who would like additional help outlets. Support services at the Counseling Center in Reynolda Hall, room 118, are available by calling ext. 5273. The Office of the Chaplain in Wingate Hall, room 109, is available by calling ext. 5210. Campus Ministry in Kitchin Residence Hall, room 42, is available by calling ext. 5248.

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World Vision’s Rory Anderson spoke about the conflict in Uganda with an emphasis on the plight of child soldiers on Oct. 13. World Vision has set up a center for former child soldiers. time or money. “I believe that peace is not impossible,” she said. War/Dance is a documentary about students of a school in Uganda’s war zone that are invited to participate in a student music festival in the capital city of Kampala. The film, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2007 and was nominated for an Oscar for Best Docu-

mentary Feature, monitors the students’ experiences in the three months leading up to the festival. “The violence caused by the LRA is some of the worse in Africa today and in order for real movement to be made for peace, there needs to be public pressure by the American people on the government to take decisive action,” Wycisk said.

“If people don’t learn about he issues facing this world, there’s no hope for their resolution. With awareness comes compassion, with compassion comes the desire to act and the desire to act is contagious,” she said. “If enough people at the grassroots level make enough noise, they can truly make a difference on a personal and political level.”

Police receive praise at forum By Brian Cotter | Contributing writer

Margolis, Healy and Associates, LLC hosted an open forum for all students, faculty and staff to express their views on University Police on Oct. 8. The question and answer session took place in the Residence Life and Housing training room, located on the first floor of Benson University Center. Margolis, Healy and Associates, LLC is an organization that specializes in safety, especially in university settings. The firm has been analyzing campus security for a public safety management study. Over the past week they have gathered several groups of students, faculty and staff together to get their opinions on how safe they believe campus life to be. Groups interviewed include athletes, resident advisors and university staff. During the hour-long public forum, Managing Partners Gary Margolis and Steven Healey asked the audience questions pertaining to the security on campus. When asked “What do you think of University Police?” the response was generally positive. A staff member at the university noted that the police are ready to give help when needed and that the security the police force provides is comforting to everyone. Another noted that during winter break it is “spooky to be alone on campus” and that the police always provide protection whenever someone feels vulnerable. A student present at the forum noted that the police are a “necessary evil on campus” and

that students generally try to avoid all contact A student noted that “Greek organizawith the police, be it on campus or off. tions feel disenfranchised,” another shared It was quickly noted that, “sometimes (pre- that “there is a tension between students and serving) safety conflicts with coming across police” and that “communication between the as a mean person.” police and students can be much better.” Conversation moved on to what the audience believed the role of the police to be on campus. Answers ranged from providing safety and security to protection and education. “If (resident advisors) say something, students may not take it seriously,” one individual said. “But when police say it, that’s another story.” In this way, police are able to effectively convey messages difficult for other authority figures. The helpfulness of the police received especially high marks. One staff member offered praise saying, “When I was a student here, the only time I ever thought about (the police) was in a regulatory fashion. Now that I work here I can see all that they do to help us out.” Another staff member agreed completely, commenting on a humorous note that, “We had a student showing up to their dorm with street signs and the police were more than willing to pick the signs up for us.” The forum concluded with a frank evaluation of the police force: ranking the service on a scale of one to 10. The group concluded with a score of eight and a half, giving the police high marks on politeness, resourcefulness and the ability to provide education Bobby O’Connor/Old Gold & Black and protection. Why did the audience deduct points from the rating? Gary Margolis and Steven Healey

NanoConference to celebrate center’s fifth year

Forest can commit its funds to the undergraduate college and teaching,” Carroll said. The center is also one of the few entities that The university will host NanoConference to celebrate the five-year anniversary of The Center for is formally recognized by both the Reynolda and Nanotechnology and Molecular Materials on Oct. School of Medicine Bowman Gray campuses. This 19 in the university’s Bridger Field House at BB&T allows the center to focus on both nanomedicine and organic materials. Field on Deacon Boulevard. “We are nationally known for The conference will discuss our research in plastic devices current endeavors and reflect and antibiotic resistant infecon the past and future of the “Nanotechnology is a foundations,” Carroll said. center. tional technology, it’s the basis The conference will have a While the center is a nationof modern medicine, solar cells, morning session focused on ally recognized research powernanomedicine and an afterhouse, many students are still clothing ... it is found in tennis noon session discussing organic perplexed on what nanotechrackets to drugs.” devices. The conference will nology even does. David Carroll showcase three companies that “Nanotechnology is a foundaDirector of Center for spun off from the center. tional technology, it’s the basis Nanotechnology “The center has had quite a (of modern) medicine, solar bit of an economic impact; it cells, clothings … it is found in has 30 employees in addition to tennis rackets to drugs,” David the three companies we helped Carroll, associate professor of start,” Carroll said. physics and director of the center, said. Prominent political figures, such as Senators RichThe center, which was founded in 2004, is unique because of its self-sustaining model. “The center ard Burr and Kay Hagan, will send officials to the does not take any funds from the university’s opera- event as a result of the economic implications. “We want to show the community about the tional funds. We did that on purpose so Wake By Abrams Jamassi | Contributing writer

contribution we have made both in technology, but also the economic stimulus that the center causes in North Carolina,” Carroll said. Ultimately, the conference will help the center be more competitive in regard to research grants. “Because the research we do is self-sustained, we must remain and become more competitive ... The more people know about the center, the more grants we will be awarded,” Carroll said. While the focus of the center will remain on nanomedicine and organic materials, it will explore new boundaries in the near future. “Everything nowadays has nano so there is always something new to explore ... In the next five years, we plan to (see research) go out of the lab and more into real-life applicat i o n s ,” Carroll said.

The center will change its focus as nanotechnology grows and explores new boundaries. “All technology has a finite life, and just as nanotechnology will morph into something new, so will our center,” Carroll said.



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budget on local and organic products including seasonal fruits and vegetables and beef and dairy. A new deal with Grayson Natural Foods ensures that the Reynolda Fresh Food Company will serve organic, antibiotic-free beef patties twice a month. The same patties are available daily in Shorty’s. The high marks in Food and Recycling also laud the move to a trayless dining hall, the use of waste oil in bio-diesel fueled vehicles on campus, and the university’s extensive recycling program. A surprising mark came in the Administration category of the report card. Despite the establishment of an Office of Sustainability and the hiring of Dedee Delongpre Johnston as the first ever

director of sustainability, the university’s administration grade decreased from a “C” in 2009 to a “D” in 2010. This discrepancy immediately caught the attention of Delongpre Johnston, who has asked for a review of the Administration category scoring for the university. “I’m not looking to pretend that Wake Forest deserves an ‘A’ in every category. I’m just looking to make sure the grading is clear in each category. It makes no sense for the university to drop a grade in administration after hiring an experienced sustainability director,” she said. The Green Report Card evaluates only universities that have endowments of $160 million or more. The grades are based on 43 different indicators spanning the nine grade categories. Each grade is the result of data

acquired from June-August 2008. The information came almost exclusively from publicly available documentation such as the university’s Strategic and Master Plans and media coverage of sustainability efforts. Four surveys were also sent to each university, one each for Campus, Dining, Endowment and Student. Of the 300 schools scored by the report card, 290 responded to at least one survey. The university responded to all four, though the responses to the Campus survey, sent to a senior administrator at the university, are not published. According to, “While this school has completed the campus survey for the College Sustainability Report Card 2010, they have requested that their full response not be published.”

“I take full responsibility for not publishing our answers on the campus survey,” Delongpre Johnston said. The Green Report Card Surveys were due over the summer, right around the time Delongpre Johnston arrived at the university from University of Florida. “I did not want to put incomplete information out there on the Internet so I erred on the side of caution,” she said. “When information is posted on the Web, it becomes a matter of fact. I answered our survey conservatively and did not want that information taken as fact.” Any member of the university community interested in reading the full contents of the survey response should contact Delongpre Johnston at “I want everything we do in the Office of Sustainability to be as transparent as possible. We are not

trying to hide anything from the Wake Forest community,” she said. Green Report Card is only one of many sustainability ranking systems for universities, according to Delongpre Johnston. “(In these surveys) the same schools don’t always score the highest. (The grading) is arbitrary,” she said. For this reason, Johnston is currently working with the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education and sustainability professionals at universityies around /-the country to produce the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS), a voluntary, self-reporting framework for gauging relative progress toward sustainability for colleges and universities. STARS rankings will be entirely empirically based on hundreds of criteria. STARS 1.0 is slated to launch in January 2010.

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In order to “go green” in terms of automobiles, reducing gas emission is the main concern. According to Alty, Electric cars are more environmental than the regular gasoline cars because “they do not emit carbon dioxide, which regular cars do.” Hybrid vehicles were also considered, but, in the end, electric vehicles prevailed because of its prolific presence in the service vehicle industry. The university decided on Miles brand vehicles, a new electric auto company based in California. “They sent us a couple demo vehicles, and we were very satisfied with them,” Alty said. The company was chosen for their efficient electric trucks with a top speed of about 35 miles per hour. The compact design of the trucks was another advantage because they do not require marked parking spaces. “They can park pretty much anywhere on campus,” Alty said. Since parking spaces on campus are already at a premium, the fact that these cars do not take up the parking spaces is greatly beneficent for the many faculties and students who need the spaces for personal vehicles. The slow replacement of the current service fleet with new electric vehicles will continue for years to

come, according to Johnston. Facilities and Campus Services will purchase five more vehicles by next year, replacing existing gas-using vehicles. Johnston explains the replacement process as “similar to the Cash-for-Clunkers program. Vehicles will be replaced based on age, serviceability and fuel efficiency.” There are currently seven electric vehicles in the service fleet, and the entire fleet will be completely replaced by electricity operated automobiles in the next seven years, according to Alty.

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a BigBelly unit is full, maximizing efficiency and minimizing resource waste. The enclosed design of the unit keeps odors in and rodents, birds, and other small animals out of the trash, preventing the unsanitary, unattractive and potentially hazardous spread of waste. Infrequent trash collection trips minimize the amount of plastic used in plastic bags for the units as well. One BigBelly unit uses 75 percent fewer plastic bags on average than a conventional trash bin. The university also purchased the integrated recycling units to provide on-site compaction of waste while promoting side-walk recycling in keeping with the university-wide commitment to recycling. In 2008,

more than 22 percent of the university’s waste was diverted through the recycling program according to GreenReportCard. org’s 2009 report card for the university. According to BigBelly Solar, a single Trash Compactor unit will save the university anywhere from $1,300 to $18,000 dollars in trash collecting fees and negative environmental effects over its lifetime compared to a standard bin. Employment of BigBelly machines also contributes to LEED building credits that can be used to achieve LEED Silver Certification or higher. The university made a commitment to build all

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he President’s Ball last weekend was a huge success. We are really proud of the Wake Forest community for coming together for such a great event. Traditionally, there has been a divide between the Greek organizations on the weekend of President’s Ball but this year, there was no such division. Greek organizations still had their alumni parties, but they started after midnight. This gave students the opportunity to still go to the President’s Ball and their Greek organization’s event. The student committees did an excellent job organizing the entire event. The decorations at the Joel were unbelievable. All of the decorations were tastefully done. We really liked the two divided areas in the Joel that provided two different atmospheres. The dance floor was the place to hear the cover band and to see all of the students, but the Jazz Room had a different, more relaxed feel. While the majority of the students stayed on the dance floor, students were also given the opportunity to see some of their administrators and professors in the Jazz Room. Advertising for the Ball was also done very well. The committee did an excellent job advertising the ball to freshmen, sophomores and to those who were not here the last time the Ball took place. The personalized invitations were a nice touch and the poster design that had the same template as

the invitations was also an excellent, cohesive choice. The food was delicious and we feel that everyone really appreciated the variety of food after a long night of dancing. The drinks were overpriced but that was not something that the student committees had control over. Even with the overpriced drinks, students had no reserve when purchasing them. The one part of the night that did not pan out well was the shuttle system. It was a great idea in theory and many (almost all) of the students were taking advantage of the shuttles. There were mobs of students waiting for the shuttles and it felt like a cut-throat race to get onto one. We understand that the committee wanted to prevent drunk driving by providing the shuttle system, but we just ask that next time the shuttles be better organized and the students be better informed of the shuttle system. President Hatch and his wife made a grand entrance and they were good sports about staying at the Ball for a good part of the night. Hatch’s entrance was based on the theme from Phantom of the Opera, so he came out in a mask and a cape. His cape was very school spirited and had the gold and black tie-dyed lining. Students were happy to see that Hatch and his wife were in the spirit of the night because it made the event that much more important for the students.



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sociopaths, bent on fulfilling their own Adam Edwards desires whatever the cost. For someone who claims to have read Guest Columnist so much of Rand’s work, Moran reveals a striking ignorance of her actual beliefs; ast week, Matt Moran discussed this characterization is pure nonsense. Ayn Rand’s Objectivist ethics and While Objectivism is diametrically the supposed moral gap between the university’s motto, “Pro Humanitate,” opposed to what is known as the “ethics of altruism.” and Objectivism. It certainly does not preclude charity, After breathlessly arguing to his concern for one’s fellow man or the Wake satisfaction that this gap is unbridgeable, Forest motto. Moran went on to invoke the academic Certainly helping another man when godhead of diversity and claimed that that man is in need is a good and noble “diversity of thought is sacred and action. enshrined in academia.” It is coercion, in all its forms, that Despite his alleged commitment to Objectivism rejects — the notion of diversity, Moran belies his true opinion human life cast as a sacrifice, whether when he claims that for the university figuratively or literally, to meet the needs to harbor students or faculty who have or desires of other human lives. sympathies to Objectivism, such as By Rand’s account, the “ethics of the recently hired John Allison, seems altruism” include necessarily a conception contradictory and even cause for alarm. Surely, he claims, individuals who follow of man as a sacrificial animal in the service of others. Rand’s philosophy It is with this idea that conflict with the Objectivism has issue, not university’s core value of Certainly helping another service to others as such. humanitarianism. man when that man is in This is the crux of the They ascribe to a need is a good and noble Objectivist ethics and the philosophy that is action. It is coercion, in all crucial point Moran fails to “sufficiently dangerous acknowledge. to warrant constant its forms, that Objectivism As for “philosophies that opposition.” rejects — the notion of huglorify the wealthy and And, one might man life cast as a sacrifice, show contempt for the infer, that if they won’t poor,” Moran should recall acquiesce to whatever whether figuratively or that Rand acknowledges Moran’s interpretation literally, to meet the needs an intellectual debt to only of our motto might be, or desires of other human one other philosopher. they don’t belong here. That philosopher is As Moran would seem lives. Aristotle, for whom the to have it, diversity of virtues of magnanimity and thought is an unalloyed munificence (and therefore good so long as you total human flourishing) were only don’t disagree with the university on the accessible to those of high social status really important stuff. and considerable wealth. But is there actually any conflict here at Certainly I am not arguing that either all? Rand or Aristotle were infallible or even Ought we believe him when Moran comparable as philosophers. claims that Objectivist ethics, which But both of them ought to be read advocates rational selfishness, conflict and considered carefully before issuing necessarily with humanitarianism? an offhanded dismissal of their work, as Unequivocally, the answer is no. Moran seems more than pleased to do The criticism that rational selfishness with Rand. entails an utter rejection of concern for In any case, the university ought to be any other human beings is a plainly false commended for hiring an individual with accusation. such extensive education and experience The central meaning of selfishness, as in business and economics as John Rand’s protagonist John Galt proudly Allison. proclaims, is the refusal to live one’s life Moran’s farcical claim that Allison’s “for the sake of another.” (or anyone else’s) Objectivist sympathies It is a morality based upon the notion that pursuit of one’s own rational interests oppose the commitment of the university to better mankind is childish and is the highest moral obligation. insulting. Moran and others like him typically describe Randian heroes — characters Adam Edwards is a junior physics and such as John Galt, Howard Roark or philosophy major from Lexington, N.C. Ragnar Danneskjöld — as narcissistic


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Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center. The First Birdies for Brian golf Guest Columnist tournament in October 2008 took place at Tanglewood Park in Clemmons, N.C. he Birdies for Brian golf This inaugural tournament raised over tournament was conceived by $3,000 for the Brian Piccolo Cancer Taylor Donner of Theta Chi Fund. 92 participants and several Fraternity in the summer of 2008. donations contributed to the success of Donner wanted to establish a new this event. campus wide event that raised awareness The Second Annual Birdies for Brian and money for golf tournament will the Brian Piccolo take place at the same Cancer Fund. A venue on the 24th of team consisting of Donner wanted to establish a... October, 2009. Our members of Theta Chi philanthropic event benefiting a goals for this year Fraternity and the Inter cause ...close to the university’s include exceeding Fraternity Council 120 participants and was put together to heart. The Brian Piccolo Cancer raising over $5,000 organize this event. Fund Drive was established by to go toward the Donner wanted to students in 1980. The fund was fund. establish a new campus To register for established in memory of a great and community this event please philanthropic event university athlete and Chicago log on to www. benefiting a cause and Bear football star who died of an organization that is The entry fee is $65 already very close to the cancer. per person for teams university’s heart. of four. Faculty, The Brian Piccolo staff, students and Cancer Fund Drive was the Winston-Salem community are all established by students in 1980. encouraged to sign up and support this The fund was established in memory noble cause. of a great university athlete and Chicago If you are unable to register a team Bear football star who died of cancer. The Brian Piccolo Cancer Fund Drive is or are not the best golf player, you can sponsor a tee for $50 by logging on to the unique because it was completely student same Web site. Please direct any questions initiated and it is a unified campus to community effort to raise money for cancer treatment and research. Saket Munshaw is a senior economics major The money raised is donated to the from Ahmadabad, India. Comprehensive Cancer Center of


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“” “Ovulation is associated with profound shift in some female physical characteristics, behaviors and perceptions related to male attraction.” - British study conducted at the University of Sheffield, found that the contraceptive pill chemically alters the hormones of women such that they are less likely to seek the companionship of muscular, rugged men in comparison to how ovulation causes the preference of dominant and competitive men.

“” “We enforce the legislation and this truck driver was in violation of that. “ - Constable Shawna Coulter of the Ontario Provincial Police, stated reasons for fining a truck driver C$305 for smoking in his vehicle as a part of the Smoke-Free Ontario Act, which prohibits smoking in enclosed workplace areas.

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Iran aspires to gain West propagates war lies nuclear capabilities America greedily extends empire in Middle East

Alyssa Ray

Guest Columnist


ithin recent weeks, no country has been under harsher global scrutiny than the once stable American ally of Iran. The reason for this is nuclear. On Sept. 21, Iran openly informed the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) that it was building a second nuclear enrichment facility in an underground location near Qom. This was not the first Uranium enrichment facility planned by Iran, and it was certain not to be the last. But it is not solely the number of enrichment facilities that worries other nations; it is the purpose of the facilities. To the Iranians, this facility supposedly represented a movement toward harnessing nuclear energy. To most everyone else, it sparked a warning light. I can barely relay the complete history and reasoning of Iran’s nuclear program since the 1950s in an essay, let alone an article, so I’ll direct my focus on the concern of this new facility and what some possible courses of action should be. Let’s take a look at this new construction. According to Iran, the facility in Qom would be used purely to produce civilian nuclear energy, a right it claims falls under the 1968 non-proliferation treaty. This claim is further supported by an overwhelming percent of Iranian civilians who desire to use nuclear energy. Iran assures critics this need alone drives the construction of an enrichment center. The plant is also purported to not have the capability to enrich Uranium for nuclear weaponry, nor show any sign of a turn toward such production. To assuage concerns of suspicious nations, Iran has agreed to open the plant to IAEA inspectors as well as abide by required safeguard regulations. Lastly, in their proposal to the five permanent members of the UN (China, Russia, France, Britain and the United States) as well as Germany, Iran claims to be “prepared to enter into dialogue and negotiation” regarding the program. So what’s the problem? Unfortunately, Iran’s promises and actions don’t match up.

As pointed out by the IAEA on numerous occasions, Iran consistently misrepresents the amount of Uranium enriched in its plant. With such low reports, and higher actual amounts, Iran has been able to skirt around nuclear regulations and UN concerns. If this has been the case in recent past, why would this new plant be any different? Furthermore, although Iran says the new plant would work for civil service production, the U.S. claims the Qom plant to be too small for a peaceful, civil program but capable of enriching enough Uranium for a bomb or two each year. This concerns me greatly. One or two bombs a year? I am afraid to trust Iran with a single nuclear bomb let alone capabilities of mass production. Even if the plant is to be used for civil purposes now, as ensured by Iran, what happens when more energy is “required” by Iran to fuel its country? Should we allow more plants to be built? Larger ones? The world can’t take this risk. So what’s the next step? Amidst the apparent flexibility of Iran to allow inspections and negotiate, the country has cleverly appeared reconciliatory without changing any of its concerning proposals. Further, it continues to enrich Uranium, in greater quantities than officially reported. Every second this continues, this “missing” Uranium goes somewhere. My bet isn’t on a hidden sector of the peaceful program. Time is clearly of the essence. President Obama has already taken steps to stop enrichment completely by preparing sanctions should the Oct. 25 inspection reveal any suspicious activity. While I applaud the move, I say this is still too light a response. Allowing Iran to enrich any Uranium is an unnecessary risk. If energy truly is the purpose of production, time and money needs to be spent globalizing safe and clean forms of energy, not energy with violent dual uses. Jimmy Carter was right in urging the UN to keep negotiations open and non-threatening, but a stronger push toward ending all enrichment is also required. This delicate balance isn’t one I, or the U.S. alone, can create. That’s where the UN has the opportunity to live up to its role and unite the nations around nonproliferation. Let’s hope action is sooner rather than later. Alyssa Ray is a junior political science and Japanese major from Wilton, Conn.

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ruth is the first casualty of war. This certainly was the case in Iraq, as most Americans have come to realize, but it seems to be taking longer for the American public to realize that the American war in Afghanistan is based on even shakier footing than its Iraqi counterpart. During the election, President Obama promised, to the sound of undulating cheers, to move troops from Iraq to Afghanistan, a statement requiring the presupposition that Afghanistan is somehow a “better” war. However, it becomes clearer every day that the conflict in Afghanistan is much less about protecting the United States from terrorism, and much more about expanding American empire and projecting European influence, than anyone in the Western establishment is willing to admit. The situation is shifting at an alarming rate from one of misguided presidents and generals making faulty strategic decisions to one of an establishment that has traditionally hungered for empire once again attempting to subjugate any and all opposition. The biggest lie being propagated in regards to the conflict in Afghanistan is the idea that if we do not fight terrorists there, we will have to fight them here. The mass acceptance of this statement by much of the American public is based in the assumption that the attacks of 9/11 came directly from terrorists based in Afghanistan and supported by the Taliban. There are multiple flaws with this common conception of the current war. The first is the proposition that the 9/11 attacks came out of Afghanistan, a fallacy used to justify the invasion of Afghanistan as a just war of defense. The fact is that the attacks of 9/11 were planned in apartments in Germany and Spain, not caves and camps in Afghanistan, and were conducted mainly by Saudis based in the United States who were retaliating against the United States both for its military presence and support of the current regime in Saudi Arabia and its ideological and physical backing of Israel’s repression of Palestinians. In fact, the Taliban, which received U.S. foreign aid until May of 2001, was completely surprised by the events of 9/11. The Taliban is a militantly religious, anti-communist movement that is essentially a large grouping of tribesmen called Pashtun. These tribes

had absolutely nothing to do with same reasons they fought the Soviets in the attacks of 9/11. However, these the 1980s. are exactly the people with whom the By failing to think before acting, the United States is currently engaged in United States military machine has a bitter conflict that top generals have stumbled into a war with tribes that recently warned will end in defeat make up over half of Afghanistan’s if more troops are not sent into the population — and the situation is theater. getting worse. So where does the U.S. government Empire begets more empire. History draw the link between Afghanistan has demonstrated this concept and the 9/11 attacks? At the time of multiple times, and so it should the attacks, Osama bin Laden was in be no surprise that while President fact in Afghanistan, but not to plan Obama calls for more troops to join attacks against the United States. He in the American conquest, the U.S. was being honored as a national hero Ambassador to Pakistan has begun for his efforts in the 1980s against the calling for American air and missile Soviets, efforts that he carried out while attacks on Pakistani cities, and officials receiving an American paycheck, and in Washington are trying to relegate was also aiding the Taliban in a civil Pakistan to the position of a grateful war against the communist-controlled dependent with the offer of a $7.5 North Alliance. billion aid package. In fact, as late as 2001 the CIA Little is typically said in the West was planning to use al-Qaida to of the fact that this “aid package” foster rebellion against the Chinese involves American control over the while using the Taliban in a similar Pakistani military bureaucracy and sense against Russia. Meanwhile, nuclear arsenal. However, in Pakistan the “terrorist training camps” that the offer was heard loud and clear, and supposedly were identified as the the country’s soldiers are now on the source of the 9/11 attacks were actually cusp of a full-scale revolt, as any of us being run by also would be in the Pakistan, which face of such a massive was using the foreign threat. camps to prepare With Barack Obama as president, The American Mujahidin absolutely nothing has changed. The plan to build a fighters – yet 1,000-person United States continues its quest another group embassy in for global empire, the only differthat the United Islamabad, ence is that its military machine States has used deploy more U.S. to fight proxy mercenaries in now shares with progressives and wars — to fight Pakistan, and leftists the pretentious notion of against India in construct a new the tumultuous possessing some sort of moral high consulate in Peshawar region of provide even more ground, which makes this organizaKashmir. evidence that with tion that accounts for nearly half of Add to all of Barack Obama as the world’s military spending more this the fact president, absolutely that in 2001 nothing has changed. dangerous than ever. Al-Qaida’s The United States membership was continues its quest only 300, most for global influence of which are now dead, and it becomes and empire, the only difference is that obvious the American public should its military machine now shares with be suspicious of President Obama’s progressives and leftists the pretentious insistence that 68,000 more troops be notion of possessing some sort of sent into the Afghani theater. The claim moral high ground, which makes this that these troops are needed to keep organization that accounts for nearly al-Qaida from reorganizing, like those half of the world’s military spending about WMDs in Iraq and now Iran, more dangerous than ever. is nothing more than an attempt to We will not make conditions better legitimize war in the eyes of the public. for Afghan women or increase the There are dozens of countries all over standard of living of the nation’s the world where terrorist groups could children by killing their citizens with plan attacks on the United States. unmanned drones or attempting to If the attacks of 9/11 should have bring about democracy via rigged taught us anything, it is that terrorist elections. No country in the world that groups are not geographically-based, respects the rights of the individual had and thus wars based on occupation and this respect forced upon them by an subjugation have no place as methods outside invader; it has always come via of national defense against such an social movements that rise from within. enemy. The wildly exaggerated reasons for The people who today fight against our presence in Afghanistan must be the United States in Afghanistan are the brought to light. Only then will we as a sons and daughters of tribesmen who nation be able to withdraw our military were on the American imperial payroll forces and end the steady stream under Jimmy Carter and Ronald of dead Americans, Afghanis, and Reagan. These people have not been Pakistanis that has been the inevitable born and bred to be our enemies. These result of a rash and ill-advised use of are tribesmen who want to end the the most unnecessary and over-inflated occupation of their land by foreigners military in the history of the world. and who have a vendetta against communists and drug lords within Elliot Engstrom is a senior French major their own borders. They fight us for the from Matthews, N.C.

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Nobel committee gives prize to Obama’s hopes and dreams

Seth Williford Staff Columnist


ear Nobel Peace Prize Committee: I promise that I’m going to solve the Arab-Israeli conflict in 20 years. I expect my prize in the mail shortly. So sat my Facebook status Friday morning as I studiously worked on a (late) paper. In my years of Facebook watching (or stalking, take your pick) I have rarely seen so much interest in a political topic. Probably 25 percent of the status updates I saw that day pertained to the announcement that our rookie president, Barack Obama, had been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Of the commentary I saw on Facebook, only three people spoke approvingly of the committee’s decision. Clearly, the president’s award had struck a chord with the nation. When Americans look back at the Pantheon of Nobel Laureates, names

like Teddy Roosevelt, George Marshall, Martin given to him in good faith based on the fact Luther King, Mother Theresa and the Dalai that he wasn’t George Bush, which is ironic Lama, they can’t help but scratch their heads considering his lack of action, thankfully, on his in awe as to what Barack Obama has done to promises of a less militarily engaged, and a more be canonized along with these 20th century diplomatically engaged, United States. luminaries of peace. The Laureate will now have to live up to his This is not to say that Americans are not proud title, a daunting task for a president who has that a man they elected is receiving the Peace tackled almost every issue so far without any Prize. concrete results to show for it. Particularly However, despite this worrisome is that what the pride, most citizens question Laureate-in-Chief has said The weight of the prize is now on the comes at the expense of how the committee could Laureate-in-Chief’s shoulders. It was American exceptionalism. award the prize to the Laureate-in-Chief when America, despite what her given to him on good faith based the nominations were due detractors imply, has been on the fact that he wasn’t George only two weeks after the the catalyst for so much Bush, which is ironic considering president’s inauguration. good and peace in the He didn’t even speak to the his lack of action, thankfully, on his world. UN (about himself, no less) promises of a less militarily engaged, Yet, the Laureate’s speech until three weeks ago! to the UN sought to and a more diplomatically engaged, apologize for the strength It seems as if the committee was so smitten and vigor of our country. United Sates. hearing him talk about Yes, our history and himself for half an hour that present, and undoubtedly they decided it was more important to award our future, is littered with events we would someone who said what they wanted to hear rather forget. But these blemishes are part of instead of to someone who had actually done the total package of a nation that has stood something to promote peace in the world. staunchly in defense of liberty, freedom and The great tragedy of all this is that the human rights. committee’s foolish decision has diminished the Why should we let our Laureate denigrate us reputation of the Prize. at the UN when, as Peggy Noonan noted, “... It has gone from being the world’s most America has gone to Europe twice in the past respected award to being the world’s most century to fight for peace.” George Marshall ridiculed award. The weight of the prize is now went on to win the Nobel Peace Prize for his on the Laureate-in-Chief ’s shoulders. It was efforts to preserve peace in Europe thanks to

America’s willingness to rebuild a continent torn asunder by the purest evils imaginable in the form of Fascism and Communism. We asked nothing from them, save that they work to adopt a model of government that stood on the principles of what makes America great. Despite our wrongs, we should be unequivocally proud at how our nation has evolved, going so far as to vote for a president who would himself not have been allowed to vote 50 years ago. Laureate Obama will speak before the Nobel Committee in December to accept his tainted award, where he will likely talk, as usual, about himself. This is unfortunate since, as the president of our country, he should instead be talking about the country that elected him and that has given him the platform by which he was selected as a Nobel Laureate. Instead of feeding us to the wolves of world diplomacy, he should be reasserting our country’s unique greatness. Instead of reaching back and touting our mistakes, he should be looking forward and promoting America’s future successes. And instead of pushing our nation down as one among equals, he should be pulling other nations up by showing them a country whose good qualities far outweigh its bad qualities. After all, it is the “American Dream” that has inspired people and nations throughout history — not the “UN Dream” and not the “Nobel Dream,” but the American Dream. Seth Williford is a junior political science major from Wilson, N.C.

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Volunteering enables students Obama named the to gain invaluable world view “Un-peace President”

International works help us gain realistic perspectives on life

bus rides of my life while dealing with severe nausea. Sound terrible? Yes, but it was the most important month of my life. I wouldn’t change a minute of it for anything. Sure, you would like to avoid the food poisoning, and having a real bed and a hot shower would be nice. But by dealing with these hardships, I became more appreciative and more impressed with my life. I wouldn’t consider myself a member of the upper class, but I am fortunate with the work that my parents have done and the opportunities that their commitment has provided me with. Hamlin Wade Because of their hard work and dedication, I Staff Columnist have never had to worry about where the next meal would come from or where I would get a t is easy to fade into the backdrop at Wake warm coat. Forest. It is easy to mingle and hide behind I have always been provided for, yet my the waves of polo shirts, designer jeans journey to Guatemala showed just how many and monogrammed bags. While professors people are not nearly as fortunate. may know your name, while you may pass by Children wore the same clothes for five students and recognize them from the Pit, it is consecutive days. They couldn’t shower, had to easy to simply go through each day’s monotony scrape together enough money for lunch and without really stepping outside of your comfort were overjoyed at the chance to eat a lukewarm zone or your bubble. meal. It seems normal to hang out with those who Yet, they were happy. In our society, are like you, to eat with those who share interests materialism has charged to the forefront of every or beliefs and to shop with individuals of equal fiber of America’s soul. Everyone must have the socio-economic standing. newest, the best, the most expensive or the most And this is not necessarily bad. desirable trinket or gadget. But in countries This is not necessarily reprehensible or looked where less is more, people actually appreciate down upon. It is simply the regular plan for what they have. People don’t try to build up a students. Do what you are told, and keep to the pile of useless “stuff,” but rather show gratitude status quo. and humility for any present they receive. However, for those of you who wish to break As the richest and most influential country from this Truman Show in the world, America lifestyle, there is an answer. has the ability to affect We have an escape and it the lives of others for the In our society, materialism has can teach us more about better. charged to the forefront of every who we are and what we We constantly are fiber of American’s soul. Everyone know than any class ever bombarded by debates could. The answer to our regarding the differences must have the newest, the best, the problems, the exposure between our culture and most expensive or the most desirable we crave, is simply the rest of the world. trinket or gadget. But in countries volunteering. The news teaches us I’ve been fortunate that we are different, that where less is more, people actually enough to do both we cannot cooperate and appreciate what they have. domestic and international that we cannot interact in service in the first 20 years harmony with the entire of my life. world. Most recently, I was able to travel to However, we often fail to look at the amazing Guatemala and spend a month serving as an power that we as Americans have to create assistant teacher. positive change. At Wake Forest, we serve as a It would be easy to pick a slew of adjectives strong sampling of the change that could occur to define my trip this summer — exciting, in the world. We hold the ability to facilitate unnerving, thrilling and memorable would all growth in the community and around our suffice. planet. However, I feel that the most appropriate word We have been raised in a loving environment for this trip would be humbling. that aims to teach respect and equality for At Wake, we often take for granted all the all groups of people, regardless of activity or things that we get every day. From a hot shower standing in society. with strong water pressure, to unlimited access At Wake Forest, we are taught to treat each to food, to functioning transportation and sewer other as equals and to respect and cherish our systems; we live a rich life on campus. differences. However, volunteering abroad exposes you to Let this mind-set serve as a call to action. the amazing lives that we all live. Let us not idly sit by and let our talents go In Guatemala, I spent the summer sleeping on to waste. Let us join together, whether in our a beat-up mattress that stretched across a closet community, our city, our state or across the floor. I showered with cold water and walked world. Let us look to our Wake Forest motto, 30 minutes across town to pick up the children Pro Humanitate, and let it jump-start our push before heading to the school. for a better world. I got food poisoning, lost 12 pounds in two weeks and had one of the most painful five-hour Hamlin Wade is a sophomore from Charlotte, N.C.


Obama’s rhetoric and lack of action do not warrant prize

his rhetoric, the policies of President Obama show that he has done nothing to advance a true agenda of peace. His rhetoric may be friendly toward states, but his actions, as previously explained, are Nathan Fox-Hesler unfriendly toward civilians. Staff Columnist What good is peace among states if peace among civilians is not guaranteed? ar: it is a nonpartisan issue and While the criticisms of President Obama are something that has become an all turning into outdated clichés, they still hold too familiar friend of the executive true. branch. President Obama promised change, but few Since the times of Reagan no president has positive changes have been made regarding made a half-hearted attempt at maintaining foreign policy. peace (even Clinton engaged in a few Eastern Although Obama’s attempts to open relations European escapades). with other nations are praise-worthy, the Regardless of the morality of American substance of Obama’s foreign policy is merely military strength, recent history has empirically an extension of the failed imperialist policies proven that no American president is worthy pursued by the Bush administration. of a title connoting a dedication to peace, not While the Obama administration has even current President Barack Obama. abandoned the phrase “War on Terror,” its As many are probably aware, President policies do not reflect any genuine devotion to Obama was recently awarded the Nobel Peace that change, as evidenced by the recent troop Prize, something that surge in Afghanistan, should be derided as an one of many policy Despite his rhetoric, the policies affront to the already shortcomings. questionable integrity of The wheels of American of President Obama show that he the Nobel Foundation. foreign policy are still has done nothing to advance a true Although the president in motion with no sign agenda of peace. His rhetoric may has only been in office of relaxing in the near for less than a year, his future. be friendly towards states, but his peace record is already America is still actions, as previously explained, are considerably blemished. pursuing a policy While President Obama unfriendly towards civilians. What of nation building campaigned on promises and intervention, a good is peace among states if peace to close Guantanamo policy indicative of a among civilians is not guaranteed? Bay, end the torture of hubristic ideology of prisoners of war and bring exceptionalism and American troops home international disrespect. from Iraq, his actions have been congruent After recognizing the likes of Woodrow with the American political tradition; he has Wilson, Henry Kissinger and now President fulfilled none of those promises. Obama, the reputation and integrity of the President Obama is even supporting the Nobel Peace Prize has been done irreparable reauthorization of the Patriot Act, despite damage. campaign promises to end it. Nothing can be more Orwellian than However, the President has not reneged on engaging in the political double-speak of all of his campaign promises. “peace through force.” In multiple campaign debates, then candidate Instead of awarding someone who has Obama promised to follow terrorists into actually effected peaceful change, a war-hawk Pakistan, an area which has been a stronghold politician is granted a prestigious award for for insurgents. committing acts of violence that would be Since taking office, he has successfully otherwise characterized as war crimes if those increased American action in that region. acts were perpetrated by a third world nation. Shortly after his inauguration, President Instead of giving President Obama the Obama ramped up drone bombings in Nobel Peace Prize, I propose that the Nobel Pakistan to a near daily occurrence, a strategy Foundation award it to those innocent people employed by the former Bush administration in Pakistan who, despite having been terrorized in more limited amounts. by daily drone bombings, still refuse to engage However, the nature of these bombings is in violent action against their aggressors. most appalling. Alternatively, maybe the Nobel Foundation These bombings have been conducted on should award the people of America who poor intelligence and typically target large refused to vote in the 2008 election because gatherings of people, most notably weddings they were wise enough to realize that neither and funerals. candidate would actually fulfill any campaign Remember one thing: the bombs are blind. promises of peace. These bombings have killed or injured While these situations are hyperbolic, the innocent men, women and children at an point still remains. alarmingly high rate that should have strongly President Obama has refused to pursue discouraged the Obama administration from a policy of peace because peace is an ideal continuing, but no substantial deceleration has contrary to political well-being; as Randolph occurred. Bourne wrote, “war is the health of the state.” While many have praised the president for his tone of diplomatic openness, his actions are Nathan Fox-Helser is a junior political science not reflective of that cooperative tone. Despite major from Glen Alpine, N.C.


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Reagan Revolution ideals harm health debate

Matt Moran Staff Columnist


ore Vidal once called Ronald Reagan a “triumph of the embalmer’s art.” Indeed, Reagan was a decomposing figure in office, both morally and intellectually. He possesses the status of a demigod in American politics, with candidates of the Republican party comparing themselves to him and glorifying his presidency at every turn. Reagan changed the political consciousness of the country through the production of an anti-government mythology that is rearing its head in the current health care debate. In today’s discourse, the notion that big government is a bad thing is taken for granted. Yet, this has not always been such a matter of fact.

Reagan standardized antigovernment rhetoric highly effectively. Today many Americans just assume the government is a bad thing. In 1998, when levels of “personal satisfaction were soaring,” and in the midst of a robust economy. A Pew study found that only 34 percent of Americans “basically trust the government.” (Catharine, Seele, New York Times, March 10, 1998.) According to a recent Rasmussen poll, roughly 60 percent of Americans agree with Reagan’s first inaugural statement that “in the presence of crisis, government is not the solution to the problem, government is the problem.” During the FDR era, about 70 percent of Americans favored federal power over state power. Today that figure is flipped. (David, Kuhn. RealClearPolitics, March 6 2009.) Skepticism and even fear of federal government power is rearing its head in the current health care reform debate. Lower class Americans and the middle class are highly unlikely to face any tax increases in the proposed reform. But many of the protestors belong

to either of those demographics. Why is this? All the evidence says that the wealthy will bear the greatest tax burden, and yet large numbers of non-wealthy people seem up in arms. I think this is a result of a mythology that has become ingrained in the American collective conscious since Reagan popularized it. Many opponents of the health care reform call it socialism. Posters saying things like “It’s about control over you” and “No Obamacare,” with the “O” made of a hammer and sickle reveal the extent to which these Americans are genuinely afraid of a government takeover of their lives. This sort of language is inaccurate in the extreme and highly damaging to the debate as a whole. We stand as the only country in the developed world with a fully privatized health system, although Switzerland has a sort of hybrid. Not all of these systems are exemplary, Canada’s for instance is legendary for its red-tape mess. In contrast, the Norwegian public option pays for 84 percent of all expenditures. Although they pay far less than we do as a percent of GDP. America is

behind only East Timor in health expenditure as a percent of GDP. That the existence of a public option reduces health care cost is simply a matter of looking at the data. So why then are people opposed? Fears that doctors will leave America because of the plan are unfounded based on the experiences of other countries. The UK has had the National Health Service since 1948 and suffers no shortage of doctors. Nor is a single-payer system even on the table. Insurance companies will continue to exist, as will private doctors. Health care will not be rationed, especially not according to income or age. Concerns of death panels have been totally discredited. Although the fear machine was enough to get the provisions for end of life care counseling removed. Nor will the funding cuts from Medicare result in seniors being unable to get heart surgery or hip replacements. In the early 1960s, when Medicare was being debated, Ronald Reagan traveled the country “informing” people of the dangers of the program. In 1961, Reagan said, “One of the

traditional methods of imposing statism or socialism on a people has been by way of medicine. “It’s very easy to disguise a medical program as a humanitarian project.” He also predicted that, in the event of Medicare passing, seniors would be rationed care and would probably die in large numbers. None, I repeat, none, of this ever happened. But the fears should sound familiar. We on the Left need to continue to counter this dangerous babble through information and demonstration of popular support for health care reform. We are the last developed country in the world without some form of national health care. And in the world’s wealthiest nation, this is disgraceful. Winning the health care debate will accomplish two things. The first is to provide health insurance for the 40 million or so Americans without it. The second is to begin to remove ourselves from Reagan’s awful mythology of the wickedness and incompetence of government. Matt Moran is a sophomore from Pittsburgh, Penn.

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By Connor Swarbrick | Sports editor

The men’s basketball team got off to an impressive 16-0 start last season and were ranked No. 1 in the country. But they limped home, losing their first game in the ACC tournament and their first game in the NCAA tournament to underdog Cleveland State. There was grumbling about Head Coach Dino Gaudio after the season and whether he was the right man for the job. Athletics Director Ron Wellman, looking at Gaudio’s whole body of work over the last two season, made it clear that Gaudio remains the man for the job when he gave him a contract extension through the 2013-14 season. “Dino has continued to move our basketball program forward, much as we anticipated when he was hired two years ago,” Wellman said. “We are pleased with the progress of the student-athletes, both on and off the court, and Dino is responsible for that progress.” Gaudio has compiled a record of 41-20 during his first two years after taking over for his long-term friend and

By Ashton Astbury | Asst. sports editor Oct. 7 marked the commencement of a 10-week program aimed at encouraging reading among fourth grade students in the public schools of Forsyth County. The program is in honor of the late Skip Prosser, who coached the men’s basketball team for six seasons from 2001-2007. The literacy program is being launched in conjunction with the Inaugural Skip Prosser Classic, a 10-year men’s basketball series scheduled on an annual basis with Xavier University, where Prosser was the head coach for seven seasons. Wake Forest and Xavier will meet at 5 p.m. on Jan. 3 at the Lawrence Joel Coliseum in Winston-Salem. Running from Oct. 7 through Dec. 11, fourth graders will have the opportunity to read as many books as possible and subsequently receive prizes courtesy of Wake Forest Athletics that vary in size proportional to the number of books they finish. According to Geoff Lassiter, assistant athletic director for marketing, the

program is comprised of four reading levels that represent varying degrees of reading ability for fourth grade students. All participants receive a Wake Forest Athletics bookmark boasting a “book count” on the back that allows students to record their readings. Students who read five books will receive a Wake Forest pencil and sticker. Fourth graders in the second level who finish 10 books will receive an autograph book comprised of the signatures of university basketball players, and students who successfully tackle the reading of 15 books will receive a ticket to the Skip Prosser Classic basketball game. The final category of the program consists of students who excelled in their reading of 20 or more books. In addition to attending the Skip Prosser Classic, these students will be recognized on the floor at halftime for their commitment to the reading initiative and will meet Coach Prosser’s mother, Jo. Fondly known as Grandma Jo to Prosser’s former players, Mrs. Prosser, a retired elementary school teacher, is credited with instilling a love for literature in her son. The initial idea for the program came about during discussions between the Wake Forest and Xavier athletic departments about how to further honor the memory of Prosser in concurrence with the inaugural basketball

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series between the two schools. With the brainstorming help of sports commentator Seth Davis, a literacy program initiative was deemed most appropriate to commemorate the life of a man who never went anywhere without a book and who possessed a vocabulary that, according to Lassiter, “made you want to hang up the phone with him to look up the words he used.” With the idea for a literacy program in place, the university’s athletic department partnered with Forsyth County schools, choosing to focus the novel program’s efforts at fostering reading in all fourth grade classes, which comprise around 4,000 students in the public school system. During the first two weeks of

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Deacons excel against Terps Athletes and origami: not so different By Patrick Vinett | Contributing writer

Senior running back Josh Adams picked up 94 yards on the ground and averaged 7.2 yards per carry. Adams’ biggest run of the day opened up the scoring for the Deacs. On the fifth play from scrimmage, Adams took the handoff from Skinner and burst down the right sideline for a 48-yard touchdown. After Adams’ touchdown run, the Deacon barrage started and did not stop. The Deacons would score on their next four drives, creating a solid 35-10 advantage that sent the Terrapins into the locker room in shock. In the first half alone, the Deacon offense had already gained 381 yards, with Skinner throwing for 243 of them. The Deacon defense also rose to the occasion in the first half, holding the Maryland offense to a paltry 74 yards on 27 plays. The Deacons also dominated the time of possession in the first half, holding the ball for a total of 18:13. However, a different Maryland team emerged from the locker room after the half and took control of the game. Maryland drew first blood in the second half when senior quarterback Chris Turner connected with junior receiver Adrian Cannon for a 2-yard touchdown pass with 8:09 left in the third quarter. The Deacons would quickly respond with a score of their own. The Demon Deacon offense started the next

Throughout history, sports heroes have been defined by their performances down the stretch. Whether the ninth inning, a shootout, the 18th hole, overtime, or the playoffs, legends are created or destroyed in these moments. Recent events have made me wonder how athletes who are exceptional throughout entire seasons can falter when the pressure becomes too much. Alex Rodriguez is widely considered to be the greatest baseball player in the history of the sport. He is the top-paid player in baseball, earning approximately $25 million per year. In 16 playoff games (before this year), A-Rod was hitting a dismal .143 with one home run and one RBI. A man who is on pace to hit over 800 homeruns in his career has to produce better than that! Rodriguez has redeemed himself so far in these playoffs (knock-on-wood). As long as he keeps producing, I, a proud Yankees fan, will continue cheering on the man who has let us down so many times before in clutch situtations. I was ashamed to find out he was dating Madonna, but I thoroughly enjoy when A-Rod hits a homer now because the camera immediately pans to Kate Hudson. She is a serious improvement over the woman who sang “Like a Virgin” before Rodriguez was even born. If A-Rod falters in the next series or in the remainder of the playoffs, he will be, as Jay-Z so eloquently puts it, “Run (out of ) this town.” Related to the same playoff series, the Twins folded like a retail superstar. They led in every game against the Yankees but were unable to seal the deal when it mattered most. Granted, the Twins did make an incredible run to even make the playoffs, which culminated in a one-game playoff against the Detroit Tigers,

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Skip’s Literary Legacy

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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.


mentor Skip Prosser, who died of a heart attack before the 2007-8 season. “I think it’s rewarding and I think it is a compliment to the kids,” Gaudio said. “I think it is more than the success we had on the court. In two years Mr. Wellman looked and saw what we’ve done off the court in the community and in the classroom and we all know that is what Wake Forest is about. It’s the academic stuff coupled with success on the basketball floor. The credit goes to the kids and Skip and the guys he brought in. I hope I’m here for a long, long time.” Gaudio, who joined the staff as an assistant coach in 2002 when Prosser was named head coach, said the contract extension is paying off on the recruiting trail. “There is no question it helps recruiting when you show that stability, because you are recruiting these kids so much younger, it’s unbelievable,” Gaudio said. The Demon Deacon start practice Oct. 15 and look to Nov. 5 when they play Indiana University - Pennsylvania in an exhibition match.

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On Oct. 13, women’s soccer senior forward Jill Hutchinson was announced as the ACC Player of the of the Week. The honor follows Hutchinson’s two goals in the Deacs’ 3-0 win against then-No. 5 Florida State. Hutchinson leads the Demon DeaHutchinson cons with 10 goals on the season and also has a team-best 23 points. The Wayne, Pa., native is tied for second in the ACC in goals and is tied for third in points.


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Coming off a huge win against N.C. State, the Demon Deacon football team looked to continue their on-field success as the Maryland Terrapins came to town. The Terps, fresh off an upset victory over Clemson, proved to be no match for a more experienced Deacon team that soundly defeated Maryland 42-32 on Oct. 10 at BB&T Field. For the fourth straight weekend, fifth-year senior quarterback Riley Skinner had a career day. Skinner completed 24 of his 33 pass attempts and connected with his receivers for four touchdown passes, tying the school record for touchdown passes in a game. Skinner amassed 360 yards through the air. His 33-yard pass to sophomore receiver Chris Givens in the first quarter helped Skinner pass Brian Kuklick as the university’s alltime leading passer, with 8,296 career passing yards. Skinner’s motivation in this ACC Atlantic matchup stemmed from the 26-0 thumping the Deacons received in College Park last year. “(Last year’s game) was all I thought about this week,” Skinner said. “That was the first time I had ever been shutout in football in high school and in college. It was a tough loss last year.” Skinner was not the only one out for revenge against the Terps.

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Coaching Series

Jeff Zinn By Connor Swarbrick | Sports editor For years now the Old Gold & Black has featured Wake’s finest athletes in this spot, putting them “In the Spotlight.” In doing so, we have overlooked the people that play the biggest roles in their lives here on campus: the coaches. Wake Forest athletics have fostered a family atmosphere and the coaches are at the heart of that community. The large majority of the coaches have been here for a number of years and have been instrumental in the program’s rise to national prominence. Now it is Jeff Zinn’s time to shine “In the Spotlight.” Men’s tennis coach Jeff Zinn guided the Deacons into the most successful period in program history. Entering his 13th season, Zinn has led a pair of Deacs, Steve Forman and Cory Parr, to a National Championship and transformed the Deacs into a perennial top-25 team. Under his guidance, Zinn has led Wake Forest to eight straight NCAA Tournaments appearances. Deacon individuals have earned All-ACC honors 18 times in Zinn’s tenure compared to only 12 in the 42 years prior to his arrival. Wake Forest’s top five career leaders in singles wins and the top six career leaders in doubles victories all played under Zinn. Prior to his tenure at Wake Forest, Jeff Zinn was the head men’s and women’s coach at The University of Arkansas-Little Rock, where he was named the 1994 Sun Belt Coach of the Year. His program maintained the highest grade point average among the school’s 16 varsity teams for four consecutive years. Prior to his stint at UALR, Zinn was the head coach at Northern Kentucky in 1990. In college, Zinn played number one singles and doubles at Eastern Kentucky and at Cincinnati. What has been the most gratifying moment in your career? I have to say the most gratifying was the first time we went to the Sweet Sixteen. That is another benchmark. I wish the average layperson, I hate to use that word, knew how hard it was to make the Sweet Sixteen and to crack that echelon. That is the Mecca of college tennis. As a coach if you make the Sweet Sixteen that’s like “I did it, I belong.” Doing that the first time under the circumstances with Andrew Hamar winning 7-6 in third set in the deciding match under the lights after a five hour rain delay. Just seeing the faces of the players and the fans that we had left that had stayed through the whole day. That was the most gratifying moment, that made you feel like wow. And then making it last year again was a great accomplishment, but again you expect things to

happen. That first time we hoped we’d win, but the feeling of winning was amazing. With that comes the even higher expectation of now we want to go further. Final Fours, that’s what we want. Now we expect to make the Sweet Sixteen, we hope to make the Final Four. Again we talk about where our goals and aspirations are. How do you like what you’ve seen out of the team thus far, and what do you expect going forward this season? So far we’ve played three or four tournaments. We like team competition, and I’ve come to realize that with this group of players. They are great team players. I wish they were better individual players. They want to play more for Wake Forest, play hard for me, and play hard for the team and for their fellow teammates. Sometimes it is difficult to get them going for individual events. I think they should do better individually than they have been, not only this year, but in years past. The last couple weeks we’ve been really focusing on trying to get more individual honors instead of team honors. What was that National Championship last year with Corey Parr and Steve Forman like for you? That was great. Whenever you get a National Championship you better think it’s great. It was fun for me. It was fun for the guys. It was fun to see a lot of hard work pay off. There was an individual champion with Corey Parr and Steve Forman. They did do well individually, and so we use that as an example of what they should do more of. It’s okay to want individual awards. Wake Forest has become increasingly successful athletically during your time here. What do you attribute that to? It is pretty easy to see why we are so successful, and I genuinely mean this, it is because of our coaches. We have an amazing group of head coaches and that all stems from (Athletic Director) Ron Wellman hiring those men and women that are leading our teams. You have friendships amongst all the coaches that you don’t find at other schools and that truly is the uniqueness of our athletic program and Wake Forest in general. That is how they recruited me. They said, “You’re not going to believe this but all the coaches get along,” and I was like, “I don’t buy that.” I had been to some other schools and that wasn’t the case. There were a lot of egos involved. Here all the egos are out the window and everybody gets along, everybody helps each other. That is easy

to see why we are so successful athletically as a group. As a tennis team, when I came here we weren’t on the map. That’s why Ron Wellman brought me here to turn the program around. At first it was very difficult, I’ll be honest. I had my ups and downs and a lot more downs than ups. I talked to Ron quite a bit and he was just “stay with it, stay with it, just keep plugging away, keep your system in place. Eventually you’ll get the players you need. Eventually you’ll get it turned around.” So we did. We slowly started turning it around. Once you do get it turned around and you do get a successful program then recruits contact you. The good teams want to play you because now you’re a good team. Once you get turned you enjoy it a lot more. Now we’ve got it turned, we’ve been successful for a number of years. Now our goals are championships, not only ACCs but Nationals. When I first got here it was just to get a winning record. Those goals from when I first came here seem so distant compared to the goals we have now, where it’s the ultimate goal. I think that, as a coach, that’s what you want. You want to take a team to where the highest goals are your goals and that’s where we are. Other than tennis, what is your favorite Wake Forest sport to watch? I can’t get any of the other coaches upset, but I played high school football. When I was being recruited to go to college, I took football recruiting visits and I took tennis visits. I always tell people as a running back I saw how big the offensive lineman were and I was like “Those would be great to run behind” then I saw the defensive lineman and said “Oh well those guys are going to be tackling me.” My dad played college football. He was really pushing me to play football. I finally had to tell him, “Dad I’m pretty small, these guys would kill me. Let me just stay with tennis because I think I can be really good in tennis.” So he was disappointed I think, but he is happy now. I have to say football. I love going to football games. I used to go down on the sidelines a lot and I started football when I was seven years old in the Pop-Warner league, so no disrespect to all the other coaches but football was my thing when I was little, so I still follow it quite closely. You have really expanded recruiting nationally and internationally. How do you sell the school to potential student-athletes? Selling it is easy because there are a lot of smart people out there now. Kids know if they want a quote unquote party school or if they want maybe

an athletic school. It’s easy to sell our school. If you want the best of both academics and athletics this is a no brainer. That is my big push. We are not that partying school. You are going to come here and get a great education. For me selling that to recruits and their parents has been a good sell. Who is someone who has acted as a mentor for you? I still have a great mentor named Steve Contardi who was my coach growing up in Cincinnati, Ohio. I still call him on all big decisions I make. He coached me when I was a little snot-nosed kid who had a bad temper and he put up with me then and he puts up with me now. I feel like he has helped me in my tennis career especially as a coach. You had an impressive playing career in your own right, so can you take on some of your guys out there sometimes? When I first got here I was physically a lot better. I love playing them. There is a lot of trash talking still when it goes on but I think they’ve got coaches’ number now. They just make me run a lot, and by the first set I’m dead. So they know how to beat old coach now, but sometimes I can hang with them a little bit. If you could spend an afternoon on the court hitting balls with anyone past or present who would it be? I would love to hit with John McEnroe. I think that would culminate my career just because when I was growing up he was the big guy on the scene. We just always worshiped whatever John McEnroe did, and unfortunately I emulated some of his temper-tantrums too. My dad quickly straightened me out on those. But I would love to hit some balls with him and pick his brain. What is your favorite restaurant in WinstonSalem? Riverbirch Lodge. I better say that; I know the owner pretty well. Why is Wake Forest the place for you? It fits my ideals. I grew up in an academicbased family so the attraction of academics really brought me here. I think also athletics in general, being at the forefront in the ACC, I think that brought me here and then a combination of those.

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Deacs look to tame Tigers for conference win Running: The Demon Deacons continue to display a solid running game from week to week against respectable opposing defenses. Junior Devon Brown, the speedy wide out for the Deacs, obtains more and more carries. His ability to stretch the field and use quick changes in direction is a good compliment to the styles of running backs senior Josh Adams and junior Brendon Pendergrass. On the contrary, CJ Spiller is still the running back of the Clemson Tigers. Just as unbelievable a weapon as always, Spiller always proves to be a threat for any opposing defenses when lined up in the backfield. After a week of rest due to a bye, look for Spiller to receive many touches early and often for the Tigers.

against the Maryland Terrapins. By dissecting the Maryland defense and throwing for 360 yards, Skinner became Wake Forest’s all-time leader in career passing yards. Skinner showed his most poise all year and displayed the ability to identify opposing blitzing schemes before the snap. In doing so, he led the Demon Deacon offense to a total of 516 total yards. Spiller is both elusive and powerful, which allows him to gain plenty of yards after the catch. Clemson receiver Jacoby Ford is one of the best receivers in the Atlantic Coast Conference and is sure to be a first round draft pick in next year’s NFL draft. It will be interesting to see how well quarterback Riley Skinner handles the extremely loud environment of Death Valley as the senior leader of this football team.

Passing: Fifth-year senior quarterback Riley Skinner had quite a game last weekend

Offensive Advantage: The Clemson Tigers certainly have an advantage in the ground attack.

By John Kuchno | Staff writer

Spiller is one of the best running backs in the country. The Demon Deacon defense must keep him in check in order to have any chance at winning this game. Nevertheless, the advantage in the Clemson ground attack is balanced by the Demon Deacon advantage in the air. Skinner has had back to back impressive performances that solidify him as one of the best quarterbacks in the conference. If Skinner holds on to the football and throws smart passes, the Demon Deacons will have a successful day on the offensive side of the football. With that being said, the offensive advantage is even. Defensive Advantage: The Deacon defense has shown vast improvement from week to week. Fifth-year senior defensive lineman Boo Robinson continues to make big tackles and plays for the young defense. But after an impressive first half against Maryland last week, the defense really fell apart in the second half.

A second-rate ACC quarterback in Chris Turner of Maryland led a few impressive drives down the field with relatively no resistance from the Wake secondary. After the subpar second half, it is fair to say that the Deacon defense carries no momentum into the upcoming game. Holding Spiller to average runs of 2 and 3 yards as opposed to 5 and 6 yards will be vital to the Old Gold and Black’s success. The Wake defense must also contain Ford. The young secondary cannot let him single-handedly win the game for Clemson, but rather force another receiver to make the big plays. On the same note, the Wake defense is not the only one that may struggle. Demon Deacon fans have noticed the trouble opposing defenses have in wrapping up Skinner and containing this high powered Wake offense. If Skinner can get the loud, rowdy Clemson crowd out of the game and his head early on, the Deacs have a good chance at pulling out a solid conference road win. But in desperate need

for a home win, Death Valley will be as loud as ever, and look for the Deacon offensive line to struggle against a quick front Clemson four. Defensive Advantage here to the Clemson Tigers. Prediction: The Demon Deacons have lost their last four contests in Death Valley. It is arguably the toughest place to play in the Atlantic Coast Conference. In last season’s contest in WinstonSalem, both teams’ offenses struggled and Wake prevailed 12-7. This will not happen for either team this season due to the playmaking abilities of both Spiller and Skinner. Look for the game to come down to the wire, but for Clemson to prevail due to a significant home field advantage or better special teams play. Can freshman kicker Jimmy Newman make the big kicks on the big stage in the ACC? We may find out this week. Clemson: 27 Deacons: 24.

Lady Deacons take down No. 9 FSU Golf finishes

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By Gary Pasqualicchio | Staff writer

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In one of the most impressive wins in program history, the No. 6 Lady Deacs soccer team blanked No. 9 Florida State 3-0 at Spry Stadium on Oct. 8. Senior forwards Kaley Fountain and Jill Hutchinson tallied all three goals. Junior Amanda Barasha picked up the shutout in net, in a performance that coach Tony da Luz called “a great team win.” “I’m extremely proud of our performance tonight,” da Luz said. “Everyone from the goalkeeper all the way to the forwards defended extremely well.” At times this season, the Deacon defense has been overshadowed by the team’s explosive new 4-3-3 offense. Although the Lady Deacs are on pace to score 50 goals this year, they have also shut out three straight ACC opponents and nine overall, three shy of the team record set in 1999 and 2006. This shutout was perhaps the most impressive of the season, considering that the Seminoles had scored a conference-high 42 goals in their previous 11 games, a 3.8 average. Fountain got things started for the Deacs with her eighth goal of the season, a 17-yard strike off a pass from freshman Ally Berry in the 42nd minute. With the Deacs nursing a 1-0 lead into the second half, Hutchinson erased all doubt of who would be victorious in this crucial ACC tilt. Hutchinson scored in the 57th and 77th minutes to put the game away. Her two goals were the 31st and 32nd of her career, second in school history. But again, for the third straight game, the Deacs were led by their senior goalkeeper Amanda Barasha. Barasha was the backup all season before senior Laura Morse was lost to injury. “With Laura out, Amanda has had to step up in goal,” da Luz said. “She’s been really thorough about her preparation. She has studied and watched video of each

By Steven Johns | Staff writer

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On Oct. 8, the No. 6 Lady Deacs won a decisive victory over No. 9 Florida State in a 3-0 shutout at Spry Stadium. opponent. I’m really happy with the way she’s played for us.” Wake Forest had a lot to prove going into this contest. Despite being ranked in the Top 20 virtually all season, the Deacs had yet to beat a team currently ranked in the NSCAA Top 25. After 60 minutes of dominant soccer, the Deacs affirmed that they belong among the nation’s elite and will be contenders in the ACC Tournament. The commanding win puts Wake in a tie for fifth in the ACC standings with seven points. For now, da Luz and the Deacs will look ahead to a trip to Raleigh, N.C., to face the N.C. State

Wolfpack (7-5-1). The pair of in-state foes appear to be headed in different directions since the start of ACC play. Wake is undefeated in their last three contests, while the Wolfpack have lost three of their last five games, including two in a row. The Deacs have some positive history against N.C. State, winning six in a row to lead the alltime series 11-5-1. Wake hasn’t lost to the Wolfpack since da Luz’s first season in 1997, a 12-year unbeaten streak. On Oct. 15, they will look to extend that streak to 13 years and keep on rolling in ACC play.

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drive at their own 28-yard line. Five completions from Skinner quickly marched the Deacs down to the opposing 27-yard line, where Skinner connected with Givens for his fourth touchdown pass of the game, giving the Deacs a 42-17 edge with 4:46 left in the half. Still trailing 42-17 in the fourth quarter, Maryland needed a miracle to mount a comeback. On their first drive of the quarter, Maryland found the end zone again, this time off a 15-yard pass from Turner to Cannon. A successful 2-point conversion pulled the Terps closer to the Deacon lead and set the score at 42-25 with 11:00 remaining.

After forcing the Deacons to punt on the next drive, it was clear that the Terps were not out of the game just yet. On their ensuing possession, the Maryland offense drove all the way down to the Deacon 26-yard line when Turner was intercepted by freshman cornerback Dominique Tate. The Deacons, however, were unable to capitalize on Tate’s interception, which gave them a chance to finish off the Terps. Instead, the offense would only make it out to midfield before being forced to punt the ball away. Starting at their own 12-yard line with 3:12 left in the game, the Maryland offense hurried down the field, setting up a 4-yard touchdown pass from Turner to sophomore receiver Torrey Smith that shrank the oncesizable Deacon lead to 42-32.

Men’s basketball holds media day in Budd Gym Wake Forest held its annual Basketball Media Day Oct. 14 in the Budd Gym in the Miller Center. Head coach Dino Gaudio and the Demon Deacon players were on hand to speak with the media. The Deacons welcomed in approximately 18 different media outlets including all of the local newspapers and television stations. The Demon Deacons open up practice this Friday, Oct. 16. and the team will kickoff the 2009-10 campaign on Nov. 13 vs. Oral Roberts. Look for the OGB Hoops Preview coming soon!

However, the Deacons recovered the ensuing onside kick attempt and were able to run out the clock, preserving their 42-32 victory over Maryland. “All in all, it was a great performance by our kids,” Head Coach Jim Grobe said after the game. “Offensively and defensively, we did what we needed to do.” Tallying 516 yards of total offense, the Deacs lead the ACC in offensive production. The Deacon defensive line had their way with the Terrapins in the trenches and held the Maryland rushing attack to only 62 yards during the game. Fifth-year senior defensive tackle John Russell matched his career high with six tackles and also tallied two sacks to lead the defense up front. Russell’s performance was so com-

pelling that he was named the ACC Defensive Lineman of the week. Givens also had a career day for the Deacs, gaining 116 receiving yards and pulling in two touchdown catches. The win situates the Deacons atop the ACC Atlantic Division standings with a 2-1 conference record and a 4-2 record on the season. The Deacons face a challenge this week, though, as they travel to Death Valley to take on the Clemson Tigers in a pivotal ACC matchup. “We know what happened two years ago (at Clemson),” Skinner said after the win over Maryland. “We were embarrassed 44-10.” Kickoff for the Deacons’ matchup against Clemson is 12 p.m., and the game will be aired live on ESPN360. com.

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In their first tournament since returning to the States from Japan, the Wake Forest women’s golf team finished in ninth place at the Lady Tar Heel Invitational at the Finley Club in Chapel Hill, N.C. Junior Natalie Sheary lead the Deacs with a final score of 218, two over par, to finish in a tie for 11th place. Sheary finished her final round with a 1-under back nine to cap off a 74, after her two first rounds of 71 and 73. “I hit a lot of greens; I hit more than I usually do. I hit 16 of 18 the first day, and then I hit 14 of 18 for the next two days. I think that definitely helped my scoring,” Sheary said. The Deacs went into the final round in a tie for fifth at 8-over-par, but a poor final round led the Demon Deacons to slip all the way to ninth place. “We probably just expected too much. We haven’t played a tournament in a while, and golf is one of those things where you need to play almost every week,” Sheary said. “I just feel like we expected to go out there and win, and although we could have done it as a team, we just Sheary expected too much out of each other. We ended up trying to press too hard, which made our scores get higher.” “The week was really good. I feel we really didn’t know what to expect with our team, just because we haven’t played a tournament in about three and a half weeks. We weren’t quite sure what was going on. I think overall we had a few struggles, but we learned a lot,” Sheary said. Michigan State took the first place spot with a final score of 860, 4-under-par. The Spartans ran away with the tournament, as the second place team was Auburn at 8-overpar. Sophomore Cheyenne Woods was even with Sheary after the first two rounds, but a final round score of 77 dropped her to 5-over-par and into a tie for 21st place. Freshman Michelle Shin, in her first collegiate tournament in the United States, carded rounds of 75, 73 and 74 to finish in a tie for 31st at 6-over-par. Senior Dolores White also played well, finishing with a final score of 224 to tie her for 42nd place. The ladies look to improve this week in the Mercedes-Benz Collegiate Championship. “I feel we can go into it learning a lot from this past weekend, making sure we don’t make the same mistakes,” Sheary said. “So I think that we will be finishing a lot higher this coming week.”

Russell named the ACC Defensive Lineman of the Week

Fornah named the weekly King Fisher Society Student-Athlete

Senior defensive tackle John Russell, a native of Jacksonville, Fl., was named the ACC Defensive Lineman of the Week on Oct. 12. Russell had an impressive game against Maryland, totalling a career-high six tackles and two sacks for losses. Russell helped lead the Deacon’s defensive line in holding the Terrepins to only 62 rushing yards, helping the team to their 42-32 victory over Maryland. Next, the football team travels to Clemson to play a 12 p.m. game. Clemson is 1-2 and fifth in the Atlantic Division, which the Deacons currently lead.

Sophomore outside hitter, Kadija Fornah, was named the King Fisher Society Student-Athlete of the Week on Oct. 9. The award honors her both on the volleyball court and in the classroom. This season, Fornah leads the team with 161 kills and averages 2.78 kills per set. Last year, she was given ACC All-Freshman Team honors and was named to the ACC Academic Honor Roll. The women’s volleyball team will travel to N.C. State and UNC Oct. 16 and Oct. 18, respectively, to take on the two in-state rivals. The team is coming off of a two game losing streak.

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Men’s soccer team ties 2-2 with rival Tar Heels By J.P. Rotchford |Contributing writer

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The men’s soccer team struggled with execution but still pulled off a win and a tie, moving their season record to an impressive 8-2-2. What was dubbed the “The Biggest Game of the Regular Season” did not disappoint. The Deacons fought back from two one-goal deficits to tie No. 2-ranked UNC-Chapel Hill two scores apiece. The Oct. 9 game was played in front of an impressive crowd at Spry Stadium. While UNC held a small shot advantage over the Deacs, 17 shots to 15, much of the game was played near the Tar Heel goal, as Wake’s accurate passing and good ball skills kept the pressure on the Tar Heels for most of the night. However, UNC’s transition game proved to be effective, helping them score the first goals of both halves. The game got off to a shocking start. UNC midfielder Michael Farfan played the ball to forward Alex Dixon, who slipped by the Wake defense and chipped the ball past senior goalkeeper Akira Fitzgerald 17 yards out just two minutes into the game. Deacon sophomore Sam Redman scored the equalizer five minutes later with his first

goal of the season, a header 6 yards outside the goal. The cross came off a corner kick from senior forward Zach Shilawski, Wake’s leading scorer this season. Shilawski was named to Top Drawer’s National Team of the Week for his strong performance. The team continued to put pressure on the Tarheels, forcing UNC goalkeeper Brooks Haggerty to make clutch saves. Wake continued to press in the second half, however, a good ball allowed Farfan to break into the box, where he was taken down by two Wake defenders for a penalty kick. The crowd anxiously waited while a UNC player was carried off the field on a stretcher. Farfan netted the goal kick After the long delay and goal, the momentum swung to the Tar Heels. With less than 15 minutes to go in regulation, the Deacons turned on the offensive. At the 10 minute mark, freshman forward Andy Lubahn charged into the box, but UNC’s Haggerty took a good angle on the drive to help break up the play. However, Lubahn was not done, and he capitalized on a pass by Redman that deflected off Shilawski’s heel just outside the six. As time closed on regulation, Lubahn almost broke in for another goal, but Haggerty sacrificed his body to stop the chance. He was taken off the field after the play, and Scott Goodwin completed the game in net for the Tarheels. Two overtimes passed without any scoring.

“I am disappointed about the game,” senior Austin da Luz said. “We outplayed them, but we didn’t capitalize on our opportunities, and that is something we need to do if we want to be successful.” On Oct. 13 in Charleston, S.C., the Deacs only needed to capitalize once to beat the College of Charleston Cougars 1-0. While Wake won the game, the Cougars put up a solid fight, keeping the shot differential to within three (15-12) and controlling the ball for much of the game. The lone goal was a header scored by freshman Anthony Arena off a corner kick by da Luz in the 12th minute of the second half. Wake was caught slightly off guard by a tough C of C team that, until Oct. 10, had been on a five-game losing streak. In the second half, Wake Forest upped the pressure and played most of the early minutes on the Cougars’ defensive end. The pressure finally paid off when Lubahn was stopped on a good chance just outside the 18, followed by a corner kick. Da Luz found Arena on the far post, and the freshman finished it like a seasoned pro 12 minutes into the half. Fitzgerald earned his shutout with a fingertip save on a Charleston blast from the 18 with just seven minutes left in regulation. The men’s squad continues its road tour next week as travel to N.C. State Oct. 17, and the University of South Carolina Oct. 20.

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Sophomore midfielder Sam Redmond dribbles the ball against the UNC-Chapel Hill.

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the initiative, university student-athlete representatives from nearly all sports teams have visited over 20 Forsyth County schools to kick off the program by reading to fourth grade classes. According to Lassiter, the student athletes have been well received by the various schools. “Sometimes we may take for granted that we get to come to a great institution like Wake Forest, and forget about the magnitude and power of the school’s name,” Lassiter said. “Kids are energized to see and high-five studentathletes, who they regard as celebrities. It’s been

fun to see student-athletes interact with kids and how the kids are enthused by our presence in the school system.” Lassiter also commented on the appropriate nature of a literacy program in honoring the legacy of Skip Prosser, who Lassiter remembers as perennially situated with a book in hand when traveling to and from away games. “Win or lose, Coach Prosser would be reading his book on the return flight. That was one of Coach Prosser’s biggest enjoyments in life – to read,” Lassiter said. “Coach Prosser was a dear friend of mine and a mentor,” Lassiter said. “I was talking to some senior basketball players

who played under Prosser and they remembered how he never went anywhere without a book in his hand. The impression he left on me as an administrator and a friend was he was always asking you what you were reading. In always questioning what I was reading, I was encouraged to read more as an adult than I had before spending time with Coach Prosser.” With his death on July 26, 2007, Prosser left behind an unparalleled legacy on the court, marked by his 21 years as a collegiate coach and 18 postseason appearances. Prosser remains the only coach in NCAA history to take three separate schools to the NCAA Tournament in his first year coaching the teams.

Lady Deacs fall to Miami in five games By Anne Wichterman | Staff writer

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On Oct. 8, Wake’s volleyball team hosted Miami. Wake came out aggressive, but Miami took the win. Wake’s six-straight winning streak ended, and their ACC record is now 4-3. Wake took the momentum at the beginning of the first set as junior Kristen White got a kill and an ace, leading Wake 2-0. Miami then went on a run to tie the game at 5-5. Wake played aggressively at the net, and sophomore Kadija Fornah racked in 16 kills during the match. Miami ran a quick offense, yet junior Megan Thornberry played great defense with 16 digs. Although Miami had an impressive 15 blocks, Wake proved to have good coverage, pulling ahead 14-13. However, Miami came back and won the first set 20-25. Miami came out strong in the second set. Wake stayed with the visitors until the score reached 6-6. Miami then went on an 8-0 run. Junior setter Kelsey Jones had great assists, and sophomore Carlin Salmon slammed down three kills to bring the score to 10-16. Miami kept up the intensity and won the second set 15-25. Wake showed they were still in the game in the third set. Salmon had a great tip followed by a kill from freshman Andrea Beck, tying the score 5-5. White had three great kills as Wake pulled ahead 13-11. Fornah finished out the game, as the Deacs took the game 26-24. Miami and Wake fought for the win throughout the fourth and final set. However, Miami pulled ahead and won 25-18. On Oct. 9, Wake hosted another match against No. 19 Florida State. The Deacons fell to the Seminoles, and their record is now 6-12 overall and 4-3 in the ACC. Florida proved their high rank, as four of their players hit over a .471 average. Wake also hit well, as junior Lauren McIntyre, Fornah and White all finished with six kills. Junior Libero Thornberry played good defense and posted five digs. White also set the

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Junior setter Kelsey Jones sets the ball for freshman Andrea Beck. The volleyball team will travel to play N.C. State and UNC, Oct. 16 and 18. ball well with 27 assists. In the first set, Florida State came out strong and took the lead. Wake tied the game at 14-14 and played aggressively. However, the Seminoles won the set 25-20. In the second set, Florida came out strong, winning the set 25-14. Wake proved to still be in the game as they took the lead in the third set 7-6. White and sophomore Cambrey Oe-

hler hit well, as the Deacs continued with the momentum and kept the lead at 19-17. The Seminoles wanted the win and went on an 8-point streak to clench the last game 2522. Wake will play their next match Oct. 16 against N.C. State. At 1 p.m. on Oct. 18 they will travel to Chapel Hill to play the Tar Heels.

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The Demon Deacon field hockey team traveled to Charlottesville, VA., on Oct. 11 for a heartbreaking 3-2 overtime loss to the University of Virginia Cavaliers. The Deacons hold a respectable record of 8-4 and will appear in four more regular season games before the ACC tournament. At 12:03 in the first half, UVA’s Paige Selenski scored unassisted off a fast break. The Deacons were quick to rise to the challenge with strong offensive play. Junior Liza Casella scored her second goal of the season with the help of assists from senior Melissa Martin and sophomore Lauren Greenwald, who leads in assists this season. The half concluded with a 1-1 tie. The second half saw continuing offensive success from the Deacons. At 45:46, leading scorer and freshman Lizzie Rae tipped in a ball from Casella off a corner to lead the Deacons 2-1 throughout the majority of the second half. “It was a fantastic feeling to score that second goal in such an important match,” Rae said. “It is great to get the opportunity to convert our team’s hard work onto the scoreboard. This game was really a turning point for our whole team, as we finally showed we are a competitive threat this season. To lose in overtime was a terrible feeling, but I can’t wait to play them again and prove our dominance not only on the field but with the result we want.” UVA’s Inga Stockel scored in the 60th minute off a converted penalty corner to tie the game. In an intense overtime, UVA’s Michelle Vittese scored at 72:55 off a penalty stroke and ended the game with a Cavalier win. Deacon goalie and freshman Kaitlyn Ruhf played for the entire game and stayed confident in the cage with two saves. The game didn’t contribute toward ACC placement, but the Deacons will match up against the Cavaliers with a vengeance in Kentner Stadium on Oct. 24 to compete for rankings. Despite the disappointing defeat this weekend, the Deacons were coming off a 6-0 victory against Appalachian State, a game in which all goals were scored in the first half. Sophomores Adelaide Knott, Faith Adams, Kaitlin Piosa and senior Aileen Davis all posted numbers on the board, while Rae scored twice. Next weekend the Deacons hit the road again, playing Providence at the University of Louisville at 2 p.m. CT on Oct. 17 followed by a game against Louisville at 1 p.m. CT on Oct. 18.

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but you cannot blow that many chances. The Twins looked more befit for Little League than a Major League series against the most powerful team in baseball. When Joe Nathan choked in the ninth inning of Game 2, he resembled Pablo Sanchez from “Backyard Baseball,” not the perennial regular-season all-star Minnesotans love and adore.

There are plenty of examples of baseball players faltering in the spotlight – Bill Buckner missing the grounder through his legs to force the Red Sox to lose the World Series against the Mets, the entire Yankees team losing the 2004 American League Championship Series to the Red Sox after having a 3-0 lead, etc. – but this trend holds true for all sports. Phil Mickelson is one of the most beloved men in all of sports. He plays the game of golf with class and charisma and is truly a people’s champion.

Mickelson went years without winning a major before finally winning the 2004 Masters. He won tournaments on a regular basis, but when it came to the majors the “W” was as elusive as “Waldo.” Mickelson headed into the 2006 U.S. Open prepared to win a third straight major. On the 18th hole on the last day, “Lefty,” as Mickelson is commonly known, blew it. He had a 1-stroke lead and could

essentially do anything except doublebogey and still achieve victory. Mickelson double-bogeyed and watched the trophy slip away. Mickelson has had similar occurrences in recent tournaments as well, but it always seems to happen to Phil in the Majors. Athletes can win accolades, MVPs, and trophies, but if they fail to execute in clutch time, they will forever be the butt of a historical joke. Just ask Bill Buckner! The man had a

great career, but he will forever be known for his error in the World Series. Stars are made in the regular season, and legends are built when it matters most. This is directly pertinent to A-Rod. It isn’t enough to be the best player of your generation if you cannot pull through when your team needs you. It’s time to earn your paycheck because as Frank Sinatra says, “If you can make it there, you’ll make it anywhere.” As of right now, you haven’t made it. I think it’s time you do so.


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Students stayed classy for Natty O’s third biannual President’s Ball By Nilam Patel | Opinion editor This past weekend was one to remember. It was my first President’s Ball, and it was a night to dress up, have fun with friends and enjoy being a part of Wake Forest. For many, dances throughout high school have been routine: pick an outfit, get ready, take pictures and go to the dance. The President’s Ball offered some change to the monotony; however, choosing what to wear remained a staple. Both sexes chose very stylish outfits for such an important occasion. I’m proud of my classmates for proving that they too can get cleaned up with an added touch of style. Style for boys is generally very easy: pants, shirt and tie. But this weekend, these boys took the event seriously. I know several boys who didn’t even realize they had dress clothes until they called home and their moms told them that they had packed dress clothes for them just in case. Some had their parents ship their dress clothes from home, and others were already sartorialists and had them hanging in their closets. I saw several boys wearing suits, khakis and blazers. Not to mention those few dapper boys wearing tuxedos. Not only did they look good, but they


had excellent taste in ties. Some boys stayed true to their preppy attire and opted for ties from Vineyard Vines, Lilly Pulitzer and Southern Tide. Some went for a classic look with solid or striped ties, and others went a more designer route sporting Burberry, Gucci and even Versace ties. Shoes are simple for boys. Most wore dress shoes in the classic colors of black and brown, while some boys opted to wear Sperry’s for a more casual look. I love men who can dress themselves and are comfortable in dress clothes. Here’s a tip gentlemen: girls love boys in dress clothes. You always look better, more mature and sexier when wearing a button down and tie. And also, please make sure your socks match your tie and your shoes match your belt. You may think it doesn’t matter — but it does. Girls have a little bit of a harder time getting dressed than boys. So many factors go into finding the perfect dress: weather, occasion, shoes and hair. I think the ladies of Wake Forest did an excellent job with their wardrobe choices for the evening. There were several types of dresses seen at the Ball: with everything from cocktail and casual dresses both in knee-length and floor-length styles to floor-length ball gowns represented. I was very impressed with the girls that had the guts to wear a ball gown to the event. However, I was not impressed with the girls who thought that this was an oc-


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casion to wear dresses so short that I could see everything they should be modest about. These girls were not wearing tights, were not cautious of the way they walked, and were definitely not classy while dancing. I understand that everyone has their own style, but ladies, please, let’s leave something to the imagination. Also, please buy clothes that fit properly. Strapless dresses that are falling down are not flattering and dresses that squeeze your chest so hard that your breasts rest under your chin are never in style. I did, however, see many dresses with sequins, embroidery and beading. The fabric of choice for the occasion was silk, satin, chiffon or a cotton silk blend. These fabrics are always flattering on every body type and they are appropriate for the occasion. Shoes were a definite sight to see at the Ball. Pumps, sling-backs and peeptoe were the most popular choices of the night. Several girls chose to wear their 4-inch heels (I included), and while their legs looked fabulous, I’m sure their feet were killing them by the end of the night. Other girls who had planned ahead were wearing flats, both closed-toed and sandals. Jewelry wise, most girls opted for a simple chain and their pearl earrings — always a classy choice. Some girls were more daring and wore bold, oversized jewelry. Sweaters and wraps were rare that night, but these

girls were anticipating cold weather. While it was still warm at the start of the evening, the ladies were thankful they had thought ahead because it started to get colder at the end of the night due to the wind and rain. Keys and IDs are always a problem at events such as these because most formal dresses do not have pockets. One option is to have the boys carry the wallets and phones for the girls. Boys have it easy because they have pockets in their pants and their jackets, so they often end up carrying girls’ personal items. Another option is to carry a clutch that is both stylish and practical. Those chosen with a handle are perfect because they dangle from your arm and don’t hold you down. Another option is to go with nothing at all. If you are going with your suitemates, then someone else is going to have a card. You should make sure that your roommate has a key to your room. Even though I was very proud of our student body for dressing up in their best attire, there were a handful of students who thought they would fit in completely wasted while wearing sweat pants and dirty T-shirts. I’m sorry; if you are going to be filthy, just don’t come at all. You can pre-game before the event in your sweats, but please change into something more appropriate before heading out.

Nuclear Cooooookie Crisp | Not for the faint of heart

Autumn brings midterms and bad taste in music Austin H. Jones Staff columnist

Zayt Vilkum, reader. Autumn has fallen. Midterms are upon us. I just hit the deadline for renewing my subscriptions to Ebony and GQ; of course, I’ve decided to renew both for another 36 months. Freshmen guys are beginning to realize they are full and have started orchestrating their respective “turkey drops” (a term coined by suburbanite misogynists and made popular by word-of-mouth; I first encountered it on the web series Dorm Life), where

they come back from Thanksgiving Break and turn their high school relationships into leftovers. The weather has gotten so pleasant that every organization on campus is hosting some sort of event on the Mag Quad (a.k.a. the Quad presently known as Manchester Plaza), such as one I am currently overseeing from the patio outside of the Green Room (a.k.a the room presently known as “the room below the Mag Room”). I’m not sure who is hosting it, but there is a single table in the middle of the Mag Quad with 2 coolers, about 40 snack-size plates, some morsels of what I presume to be Latin food and a single industrial-sized trash can. Oh, and the people here! – I count three students and a man who just walked up and shouted “You all are fantastic!” and tipped his cowboy hat toward the band playing Latin music (either Salsa or Sol). He then greeted the tenor sax and trumpet players and

shouted too close to a microphone, “Do y’all have a CD?” One of them handed him a card that said, most likely, “Thank you for your interest!” and gave him instructions for ordering. The students at the table (I think all three are members of the host club, which probably has a total of about 10 people in it), looked at him with disdain. Kids these days just don’t know good music when they hear it. For example, just the other day, I pissed off this girl in Panera by whistling along with a jazz flute solo that was coming in through a speaker right over her head. As I cascaded gracefully in unison with the unseen flautist, I felt this girl’s eyes like a chloroform cloth smothering the breath out of me and my exquisite whistle. I lifted my gaze from my computer screen and stared her right back into her chloroform-cloth-eyes and contin-

ued to whistle the flute solo directly at her. She turned away, and after the song ended I silently continued eating my PB&J sandwich – minus the jelly, add some honey (effectively making it a PB&H sandwich) – that I ordered from the kids’ menu. I don’t think I will ever grow up enough to think that peanut butter and honey sandwiches are not delectable. I have a hypothesis about the source of my affinity for PB&H sandwiches that involves pointing out similarities between me and a male grizzly bear (there are a lot) as well as addressing the stark difference between me and someone who is allergic to peanuts (namely, I am not allergic to peanuts). I also have a hypothesis about the origin of man that involves a mustard seed, a red-tail hawk, and Girh<al>ki^s, the Head Spore of an entire race of tiny mushroom-like aliens who descended with their caps ablaze onto the earth and had their way with said hawk. I’ll

let you figure out how the mustard seed comes into play. I just saw an ad on Facebook that asked me if I wanted a girlfriend. It’s as if Facebook is inside my mind, or at least inside my Word document. They know what “I Like” and are willing to use that information to play off of my desires, showing me only the things they know I am most longing for, especially the next: It was a short one which told me, “Click to find out how you can receive a complementary sample of Parent’s Choice infant formula!” That one really spoke to me. Seeing as I only have 7 percent battery life, I fear I must close out my column. I leave you this week to ponder words that I uttered from a podium my senior year of high school to the entire Thomasville High School Band: “I know what I’ve done for music, but don’t call me a legend. Just call me Miles Davis.”

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She Said | Illuminating Your Love Life

Stop faking happiness to ease others Adrienne Alexander

I do! Do you?

When glass breaks, the cracks move faster than 3,000 mph.

Wanna see Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds run into each other naked? Who doesn’t. Bullock makes her return to the rom-com with The Proposal, which was released on Oct. 13. The movie centers around Canadian Margret (Bullock) forcing her assistant (Reynolds) to marry her to avoid being deported. They then figure out they actually like each other during a visit to his family’s home in Alaska.

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It has been said, “Do not despise the day of small beginnings.” An appropriate musing for the fall. This season, with its sunny afternoons tinged with teasing wisps of cooler air, with the telltale nip in its mornings and evenings, stirs something deep and ancient within us. It calls to memories of harvest time tasks and bespeaks a change from the leisurely pace of summer. A new season is approaching and so we transition from idyllic days of rest to a time of endeavor, of preparation. Winter is not yet upon us, but something big is coming, something meaningful and grand. Something for which we will want to have made ready.

Though true on many levels, for those of us who are students – technically already adults but still in the process of planning, preparing and becoming – there is a bittersweet juxtaposition of the almost and the notquite-yet that colors our atmosphere and defines our roles, whispering to us of hope, of opportunity, and of responsibility. Just around the corner is … we don’t know what. But we know that we will recognize it when we see it. Something deep inside us anticipates it and presses toward it. In our relationships, there is a sense that our deepest connections, our most intimate intimacies, lie ahead of us, yet to be experienced. Surrounded by the closest friends we’ve ever had, people we want to keep for a lifetime, some part of us still wakes and waits. We know there is more. Ever vigilant, our souls watch, expecting any moment to break through some unseen barrier into that place. This experience is not exclusive to the college campus. Most people who quiet themselves enough and listen to their own hearts become aware of

the discontent. It’s common, even in lifelong committed relationships, to feel a sense of not being known as fully and as deeply as one would like. It’s also pretty normal to dismiss this feeling because it is so common, to distract oneself with life’s details and duties – especially easy to do here in the thick of fall semester at Work Forest – and to never address this soul-deep desire. But there are some who are not constantly plagued by these feelings. Like the woodland creature that squirrels away his food for winter months, these judicious folk have found the perfect way to pass the interim. Preparing for the promise. And it’s true, that hope you feel rising up in you and stirring your senses is a promise. What you’re looking for is looking for you, is coming to you. In this new chapter of your life, you are closer than ever to the fulfillment of a dream that was born in your heart further back than you can remember. The realization is so close it’s practically inevitable. But you have to do your part. That day you are waiting for, the day when someone sees you for who you

really are, sees beyond the polite and practiced responses – “I’m fine, thank you” – and calls you out, demanding that you be yourself because no one else will do, that day is coming. The way to make ready is to confront yourself with a demand for authenticity now. If you’re having a bad day, say so. I’m not telling you to download your drama onto some stranger who’s just trying to exchange pleasantries, but I am saying to stop lying for others’ convenience as if you didn’t matter. This new season of your life will require, above all else, a commitment to considering yourself worthy. Winter is fast approaching, a glorious winter unlike any other in your lifetime. You will be glad that as you applied yourself to academic excellence this fall, you also put forth effort into loving yourself. You will be glad that you answered the call in your heart this season – a call to hope and a call to prepare.

“She Said” is a bi-weekly column that presents one girl’s perspective on the college sex scene. You may contact her with your feedback or ideas at alexae7@

Surrender to Sudoku

Midterms may be coming to an end, but you always need a good procrastination tool.

1. U.S. States 2. U.S. Presidents 3. Countries of Europe 4. Countries of the World 5. 3 Letter Body Parts 6. Countries of Africa 7. Countries of Asia 8. Corporate Logos 9. Commonest English Words 10. Seven Dirty Words

‘Til logs do us part Apparently being able to carry your spouse over a muddy water hole and two log obstacles can win you some decent cash and free beer. A Maine couple, Dave and Lacey Castro, just won the 11th annual North American Wife Carrying Championship. Don’t worry feminists, wives are also allowed to carry their husbands instead. Eleven couples from 10 states participated in the competition. Dave Castro secured the win by carrying his 97-pound wife across the 278-yard obstacle course in Newry, Maine in under 55 seconds. In addition to the $500 and beer prizes, the Castros will compete in the world championships in Finland next July.

Drink of the Week Ginger Smash

While you’re on fall break enjoying the changing leaves and decreasing temperatures try this drink out for size. 12 whole cranberries 2 thin slices of ginger root 1 teaspoon of sugar .5 oz. fresh lemon juice 1.5 oz. wet gin 1.5 oz. apple liqueur Muddle cranberries, ginger and sugar together. Add the remaining ingredients. Shake with ice. Pour into glass.

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Movie Review | The Invention of Lying

Gervais creates believable alternate reality By Lauren Mahomes | Staff writer

Let’s make one thing perfectly clear: this movie was not great. Gervais’ directorial debut is miles away from pretty much anyone’s favorite movie list on Facebook, but credit must be given where it is due. I enjoyed this movie for at the very least begging the question. It’s not very often that a movie not only questions but also extrapolates an answer to an assumption that The Invention of Lying humanity has Starring |RickyGervais,JenniferGarner, digested Rob Lowe a n d Director | Ricky Gervais, Matthew accepted Robinson since the Who’s it for? | 20-somethings beginning of Running Time | 1 hour 40 mins. time or Rating | (out of 5) at least the 13th century: our ability to lie. Gervais has successfully created a philosophical comedy with accessible, yet clever humor, and has also successfully pissed off a lot of people. The latter resulted for two reasons. First, many people assumed that with his name and his reputation, Gervais’ picture would be brilliant. Let’s review kids, the last few films that Gervais starred in weren’t blockbusters or even really that appealing to any audience of any demographic. Does anyone even remember last year’s Ghost Town? Better yet, who knows him from anything other than the British version of The Office? The moral of the story is that there was no reason to put that much pressure on Gervais’ first picture, especially since his true fans of his comedy and films are usually carbon copies of the man himself. Second, his picture makes a little fun of organized religion. As a “religious” person, I did not find this picture offensive — no more than any other passing joke. Furthermore, I think it equally applauded religion’s efforts to provide peace and happiness amongst the cold “truth” of the world. Without getting into a long, boring lecture on philosophy, and at the risk of criminally oversimplifying, I will provide my interpretation of the film’s message. The film begins with a pre-fall from innocence aura where everyone only speaks the truth and no one expects otherwise. Gervais is cinematically channeling Genesis even before the film gets overtly religious. Organized religion doesn’t exist at this point in the movie, but blind adherence to science

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The Invention of Lying, directed by Ricky Gervais, questions humans’ ability to lie and makes fun of organized religion. doesn’t exist either; rather there’s just an assumed contract between individuals. Of course, this isn’t capital T truth; this is little “t” truth. The truth that you don’t tell your teacher when you skip class, a few rungs less important than say, oh I don’t know, the meaning of life. As his mother lies on her deathbed paralyzed with the fear of slipping into “emptiness,” Gervais’ character uses his unique ability to comfort her by contrasting the “truth” with a mythical place where everyone receives their own private mansion and reunites with everyone they love. Afterwards, formal religion exists with morally stripped titles and rules such as the “man in the sky” and “three bad things means you don’t get a mansion.” At this point, Gervais takes a stab at capital T truth, loosely connecting the first instance of lying in the world with religion. But before we get all up in arms and start frowning, take a step back and remember the circumstances. The “heaven” he relays to his mother as she’s dying has really no semblance to any religion’s conception of an afterlife except that it’s a more comfortable setting than becoming stark emptiness. He turns to religion only after he is forced by the

masses to provide an explanation for how he knows what happens after you die. The movie could very easily been a slapstick comedy about a ridiculous, compulsive liar with an ending involving a woman waving her finger in his face that would make you want to give Liar Liar an Oscar. Instead, Gervais decides to use his lies for good (mostly) and tries to fill in the void that little “t” truth has created by introducing a poor man’s religion. I don’t doubt that he didn’t half intend to expose the fallibilities of religion, but I can’t ignore the tribute he gives it either. My advice would be to take the movie literally for what it is. Gervais made a movie about a fat little bugger, trapped in a world where honesty is the rule, who basically has nothing going for him until he’s magically given the ability to lie. Suddenly, through his lies, he gets the girl (Jennifer Garner) and the job of his dreams. There are some incredible cameos from a-list actors such as Philip Seymour Hoffman, Edward Norton, Jason Bateman and Tina Fey. Keep your opinions at home and actually enjoy a comedy that doesn’t insult that Wake Forest education of yours.

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Band splits leave Band performs variety of songs fans disappointed

Concert Review | The Decemberists

By Cory McConnell | Contributing writer

On Sept. 25 at the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium in Asheville, N.C., literaryindie-rock prodigies The Decemberists delievered an excellent showcase of not only their newer work, but also old faovrites as well. They have been hard at work on tour in support of their most recent album, The Hazards of Love. The group, led by loquacious front man Colin Meloy, has been around for a while (five full length albums and several EPs) but has enjoyed a boost in popularity since the release of the group’s major label debut in 2006, The Crane Wife. Their most recent album, The Hazards of Love, is an epic folk-rock opera that, while lacking the sing-a-long singles of their previous albums, provides enough satisfying moments that old fans and newcomers alike can enjoy the strange musical journey. The first half of the show was dedicated entirely to the Hazards album, played start to finish without any breaks. The album translated well to the live arena, with the band sounding like a well-oiled lit-rock machine. The live sound of the album is heavy but elegant, with Meloy prancing around the stage in between shredding distorted guitar riffs and wailing about treacherous forest queens. Though the album is heavier and more rock-oriented than anything they’ve released thus far, the sound works and, though it is a different feel for the band, it never feels overwrought. During the performance, the star of the show was surprisingly not Meloy, but Shara Worden, singer for the band My Brightest Diamond and part-time Decemberist. Her role as “The Queen” in the Hazards performance brought rapturous applause before, during and after every time she sang. Though the crowd was seated for much of the first portion of the concert, the last several songs of Hazards brought the audience to its feet. After a brief inter-

By Calvin De Revere | Contributing writer

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Lead singer Colin Meloy charms the crowd with his showmanship and audience involvement. mission, the band came back out to play some songs from their back catalogue. The set was a Decemberists fan’s dream, as the band rolled through old gems (“Angel Won’t You Call Me”), new material (“Down By The Water”), crowd favorites (“O Valencia!”) and even a 10-plus minute rendition of “The Chimbley Sweep.” All of this was complete with crowd participation. There was also dueling guitar solos and every member of the band switching instruments. Meloy was as charming as ever, speaking to the crowd often and coming into the audience during several songs. He even tried to play the guitar with his teeth, later exclaiming, “That was hard! I’ve never done that before!” The show was, overall, a wonderful showcase of a band whose confidence has apparently never been higher. After all, how many bands out there on major labels are putting out folk tale rock-operas without a hint of irony? I’d recommend seeing this fantastic tour before Meloy goes off to write another musical epic.

Set List -The Hazards of Love (album) *Intermission* -“Angel Won’t You Call Me” -“Leslie Ann Levine” -“Crane Wife 3” -“Down By the Water” -“Shankill Butchers” -“Chimbley Sweep” -“Dracula’s Daughter” -“Oh Valencia” -“Crazy On You” (Heart cover) -“Raincoat Song” -“Sons and Daughters”

Having your favorite band break up is one of the worst feelings in the world. In fact, it’s probably worse than the end of a relationship, simply because while there are plenty of fish in the sea, there’s no replacing your favorite group. This past year I’ve had to cope with two, yes two, of my favorite bands breaking up. The first came in May, when the Australian group The Lucksmiths decided to call it quits. I remember hearing the news from my best friend, who had simply sent me a link on Facebook with an “oh no” attached to it. You see, this band means so much to me because it is essentially over their music that my best friend and I bonded. They may not be the most well known band in the world, but their music holds more meaning for me than any other music could. It was so disheartening to think I would never get to see them live, never get that experience of coming back from the city at 2 A.M. still buzzing from what surely would have been a great show. When it comes down to it, I personally find band breakups horrible because it leaves you knowing you’ll only be able to live with their previously released albums and the clips of them performing on YouTube; because honestly, is there a more exciting time than when your favorite group releases a new album? The second breakup I had to go through was in September. I am, of course, referring to the end of Oasis. This was a fitting, although unfortunate, end to the band that had the biggest influence on my musical tastes. If you aren’t familiar with Oasis (yes they are the ones responsible for “Wonderwall”), there are only a couple things you need

to know: they are led by the Gallagher brothers, Liam and Noel, and those brothers fight. In this case, they fight a lot. Liam and Noel have had a long history of fights, but none more severe than the one that caused their breakup. Reports have it that before a show in Paris, they started fighting, and some nasty words were said. Liam may have insulted Noel’s wife and Noel may have smashed one of Liam’s guitars that was given to him by his wife. To put it in a nutshell, the band is no more. It might be hard to sympathize with this situation considering the circumstances, but in a fan’s eyes, it is just sad. Oasis was the band that “opened the floodgates” so to speak, meaning everything I listen to today has been built off of them. I can remember when I first downloaded “Wonderwall” in the eighth grade. It was the first song I ever downloaded on iTunes, and I played it incessantly. I can remember from that point on wanting so desperately to see them live, even if they did just play stadiums and arenas. I still wanted to be able to hear all the tracks I loved in person. But that will never happen, and now Oasis lives on only as a bunch of CDs on a shelf. Band break-ups are momentous events, ones where you think back and say, “I remember where I was when X broke up.” Music holds such a great meaning to each and every one of us, and even if you don’t listen to music religiously, there are still certain songs that remind you of the good and bad times. Since being here at Wake, Old Crow Medicine Show’s “Wagon Wheel” has become one of my favorite songs, both because it is catchy and because of good times I now associate with it. Our connection with the music of certain bands means that they become special to us. When they split up, that connection feels empty, as if you know what made everything so special to you is finally gone.

The WAKEing Dead | By Cory Bullock

Restaurant Review | Brixx Wood Fired Grill

New university hotspot serves students delicious pizza By Caroline Edgeton | Life editor

lege students all sitting inside, this spot has a way of pleasing a span Although this pizza place is just of age groups. When my friend and I sat recently catching on with the university community, Brixx Wood down, we were both starving, so every option Fired Pizza on the menu has definitely Brixx sounded received some appetizing. well deserved Location | 1295 Creekshire Way It took us attention from Hours | 11 a.m. - 1 a.m. Mon. - Sat. a while to the local college 11 a.m. - 11 p.m. Sun. decide., and students. Serving | American-Italian dishes with 18 difThough places ferent types like Mellow Dress | Casual of pizza availMushroom or Price Range | $10- $20 able, you can The Loop have (out of 5) understand more items to Rating | why. choose from, The waitBrixx is a casual, sit-down, chain pizza restaurant ress informed us of the drink that serves up an eclectic variety special for the evening, which of different types of pizza at a very was $1.95 for all domestic draft beers. reasonable price. Throughout the week, Brixx With a mix of older couples, families, young adults and col- offers very handy drink specials

that the 21 and up crowd can certainly appreciate. In addition, all university students get a 15 percent discount off their purchase with their ID card. As an appetizer, we decided to order pita chips and three different types of hummus dip. It was a nice surprise that the pita chips weren’t actually in chip form – they were soft, warm pieces of pita bread with salt and cumin sprinkled on top. They were the perfect compliment to the roasted red pepper, traditional and black bean hummus provided on the plate. We really should have tried to save more room for the main course, but hummus is just so addicting! The hardest part of the whole evening was figuring out what pizza we wanted to get. Brixx offers pizzas with all sorts of different toppings, so it’s some-

what difficult picking out the perfect meal. My friend ordered the pear and gorgonzola pizza, which was quite delicious. With sliced pears, gorgonzola cheese, caramelized onions and toasted walnuts, it was definitely a good selection. I ordered the roasted chicken caprese pizza that featured sundried tomato pesto sauce, shredded basil, wood-roasted chicken, roma tomatoes and mozzarella cheese. It was definitely tasty, but the chicken was a little dry (my friend’s pizza was better!) Brixx also offers a handful of sandwiches, pasta dishes and desserts. Overall, Brixx is definitely worth going to. It’s great if you’re looking for a relaxed place with dependable service and food all at a very reasonable price.

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Brixx offers various types of pizzas that have a tasty thin crust and awesome toppings.

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Event Review | Luna Negra Dance Theatre

Secrest performance delights spectators


By Jacob Eichhorn | Staff writer

In Reynolds Auditorium of Reynolds High School Tuesday, Oct. 13, the Luna Negra Dance Theater performed with guest artists Paquito D’Rivera and Turtle Island Quartet. The Chicago-based dance company mesmerized the audience with its contemporary style deeply rooted in the Latino culture. Luna Negra celebrates its tenth year anniversary this year since Eduardo Vilaro, one of the choreographers for Tuesday night’s program, founded it in 1999. The Dance Company was to serve as a springboard for Latino artists. The concert was in three parts: Nube Blanco (White Cloud), (Azucar Cruda) Sugar in the Raw and Danzon – with intermissions between each piece. Nube Blanco, or White Cloud, choreographed by renowned choreographer Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, was an energetic piece of vast passions, nostalgia and, at times, humor. The piece opened with a lone dancer on stage with a spotlight cascading light and shadows across his face. He begins to move slowly and majestically in the piercing silence of the auditorium and then suddenly works swiftly through intricate movements until reverting back to the drama of his initial choreography. A dripping noise motif entered here, along with the other dancers, who all begin a series of calls and flamencolike steps until the music started. The piece alternated between scenes with the mere dripping noise to ones playing the beautiful songs of Maria Dolores Pradera. Lopez Ochoa was inspired by memories in childhood conjured by the songs of Pradera. The piece captures the ethereal nostalgia of our memories from long ago that appear to us like a white cloud, clear and pristine in the sky yet with blurred edges. The final scene comically presented the haziness of our childhood memories: the dancers enter each wearing one shoe (quite a feat – the female dancers were each wearing a high heel) and a dancer entered in white ruffles up to her neck appearing as a cloud. The piece ended with the solo clouddancer on stage bent under the puffiness of her costume sticking a sole leg

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The Chicago-based Luna Negra Dance Theater performed with guest artists at the Secrest Series. perpendicularly into the air – commanding subtle laughter from the audience. A humorous closure to such a poignant piece. The second piece, choreographed by Michelle Manzanales, was Azucar Cruda. It began coarse and jagged. Quick and sharp movements between the pairs of dancers represented the dissonance that arises in our personal relationships when close ones engage in our true selves – “happiness, struggles, friendships, insecurities, dreams, needs, love.” The dancers appeared aloof yet united as their movements transmogrify into ones that are lyrical and longing. The shift represents the manner in which all of ourselves can be crude and, at times, unsightly, but can soften and smooth revealing its sweetness. It is this “raw” beauty that Manzanales sought in creating the piece. After the second intermission, Turtle Island Quartet, a two-time Grammy award-winning ensemble, played an interlude that brought the Latino style of music into a modern aesthetic. The final piece, Danzon, choreographed by Eduardo Vilaro, is in four movements. The first movement was “You’ve Changed” by Carey and Fischer (arr. by D. Balakrishan) featuring the two guest artists, Turtle Island Quartet and Paquito D’Rivera – an extraordinarily versatile musician,

composer, former child prodigy and Grammy Award winner hailing from Havana, Cuba. Danzon is Vilaro’s take on the classic Cuban dance of the same name. It starts with the company in a canon-like dance in which pairs or groups of three begin the choreography at different times interspersed with moments of synchronized dance. The second movement was a duet of sorts between Paquito D’Rivera and a dancer. D’Rivera plays his piece “Danzon,” a highly embellished version of classic Cuban music to which the male dancer moves jaggedly in a broken rendition of the danzon. The third movement, “Stolen Moments” by Oliver Nelson (arr. D. Balakrishan), is a duet for a male and female dancer, a lyrical and passionate piece with hints of the danzon. “A Night in Tunisia,” the final movement by Dizzy Gillespie and F. Paparelli (arr. D. Balakrishan), was a vibrant display of the company and the expertise of Vilaro as a choreographer. Vilaro transformed the danzon into a modern embodiment of the Cuban culture. The entire concert was a true spectacle –– the pristine movements and technique of the dancers, the visionary and forward-thinking choreography and the fusion-music of Turtle Island Quartet and D’Rivera.

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Senior Maggie Choumbakos, sophomore John Aguilar and freshman Mara McCaffray star in The Seventeenth of June, directed by senior Liz Shumate, as a part of Studio Series II.


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