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Outside the Bubble... Top Taliban chief captured One of the Taliban’s top military commanders in Pakistan was captured on Feb. 15. The arrest of Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar represents the most significant Taliban capture since the terrorist attacks of Sep. 11, 2001, a senior Obama administration official said.

Inaugural WakeUp! week raises money The kickoff event, “Less than a Latte,” was held on Feb. 8 in Campus Grounds, while “Open Mic for Meals” was held on Feb. 10 at Shorty’s. The final event was held on Feb. 19 and featured performances by Chi Rho and Plead the Fifth. All events raised money for the benefit of Kenya Kids Can! Feeding program. Kenya is perhaps best known internationally for its world class long-distance runners, but what often

By Mark Palace | Contributing writer

Beginning on Feb. 8 and concluding on Feb. 19, the inaugural Wake Up! week was held. The weeklong series of events was designed to raise awareness and funds for the Kenya Kids Can! Feeding program. The events consisted of “Less than a Latte,” “Open Mic for Meals” and “Wake Up! Final Event.”


American Airlines on Feb. 16 said it would resume service to Port-au-Prince, Haiti. March 12 will be its first flight to the nation since a devastating earthquake last month. All U.S. carriers suspended operations in Haiti following the earthquake on Jan. 12.

As many university students put it, our school is a “work hard, play hard” environment. When demanding workloads govern the majority of an average student’s week, the weekends can never arrive fast enough. Though letting off steam is vital to a normal, functioning college life, where is the line drawn? “What’s considered normal behavior in college is that students will drink,” Alan Cameron, assistant director of the university counseling center, said. “Wake Forest is a high pressure environment…and drinking is simply a large part of the culture of going to college.” According to Cameron, there are many factors that contribute to why alcohol has remained a mainstay on college campuses nationwide. When it comes to the amounts of alcohol that are consumed by college students, though, there are even more factors that make pinning down an explanation for binge drinking practically impossible. “It really comes down to our culture sanctioning alcohol…it’s our drug of choice and is promoted through the media and advertising,” Cameron said. “In the biggest picture, binge drinking is not considered normal behavior, but it’s masked in this environment because ‘all my friends are doing it;’ many students don’t see the danger.” According to the 2008 National College Health Assessment provided by the American College Health Association, 94 percent of

The local Salvation Army said Feb. 15 that donations of goods have dropped significantly for its warehouse and Family Thrift Stores, threatening its services. Based on the organization’s truck pickups of goods at homes, donations have been down 40 percent to 60 percent weekly since Jan. 1.

FDA warned Kellogg over contaminated Eggo waffles

As part of a renewed diplomatic effort with Syria, William J. Burns, the highestranking American official to visit Syria in five years, met with him on Feb. 16. Syria is a key nation in the Middle Eastern peace process. Robert Ford was recently announced as Syria’s newest ambassador.

Haitian judge frees eight Americans, holds two Eight American missionaries left a Haitian jail on Feb. 17 after a judge freed them, but two of their colleagues were detained for further questioning. The 10 Americans were arrested last month on charges that they tried to take 33 Haitian children out of the country without proper documentation.

Board weighs prayer issue The Forsyth County Board of Commissioners will decide on Feb. 22 whether to appeal a U.S. District Court ruling that forbids sectarian references during board meetings.

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U.S. food safety regulators on Feb. 14 made public a January warning letter to Eggo waffle maker Kellogg Co in which they said the company had not gone far enough to address food safety violations at its Atlanta frozen food plant.

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that the event served to increase awareness of sexual assault. “Even if we know it or not, we While walking towards Wait Chapel, bright yellow signs cap- all know someone who has been tured one’s attention and fash- affected by sexual assault,” she ioned statements such as, “One said. “It affects all of us.” The welcome was followed by in every teen rape victim is male,” Anne Boyle, “A l c o h o l professor of is involved english, who with at least “(Sexual assault) affects us all.” reported sta75 percent tistics from a of campus Andrea May 2005 report rapes,” and PREPARE Senior Co-Chair on sexual “82 percent assault from of rape victhe departtims say that the rape permanently changed ment of justice. “College women are at higher risk for sexual assault them.” These statements inevitably than their non-college counterbegan to stir emotions as the flock parts,” Boyle said. “In most cases, of attendees made their way to 80-90 percent of victims and assailants know each other.” the insightful event. The university, unfortunately, On Feb.17., many gathered in the chapel for the 18th Annual has not escaped rape and sexual “Speak Out,” sponsored by PRE- coercion. Boyle brought forth the results PARE, as part of Rape Awareness of a 1997 survey conducted at Week. Senior Andrea May, PREPARE the university. According to the senior co-chair, welcomed the audience warmly and stated See PREPARE, Page A4 By SheRea DelSol | Staff Writer

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students from our university admit to drinking under the age of 21. In prevalence to the last 30 days: 16 percent of students claim they never consume alcohol; 6 percent admit they have had alcohol but not in the past 30 days; 56percent have had alcohol in the past one to nine days; 21 percent have had an alcohol beverage in the past 10 to 29 days. The average amount of alcoholic beverages Wake Forest students admit to having at the last party they went to is 5.3 drinks – 48 percent had four or fewer; 59 percent had five or fewer; 68 percent had six or fewer drinks. While many university students disregard the legal drinking age, not all are penalized for doing so. What has been heatedly argued over and blamed for in response to underage drinking problems is the actual law enforcement that goes in to patrolling underage drinking. State agencies like Alcohol Law Enforcement (ALE), Alcohol and Beverage Control (ABC), the North Carolina police force and our very own campus police all have their own ways of monitoring younger individuals whom wish to partake in alcohol consumption under the age of 21. Unquestionably, the most well-known of these agencies among underage students is ALE. “When the ALE shows up is when the chaos starts,” junior Jared Fuller, president of the

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Salvation Army reports sharp declines in donations

During a conference in downtown Raleigh on Feb. 13 and 14, 150 people became ill. A total of six students were hospitalized after falling ill with diarrhea, vomiting, stomach cramps and headaches. They were among more than 1,000 participants at the youth conference.

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American Airlines to resume service to Haiti

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slips into the background are the challenges Kenyan children. These young kids must grow up in one of Africa’s poorest countries, one that struggles with HIV/ AIDS, malnutrition and educational deficiencies. Such conditions often leave children with the prospect of only eating one meal or less each day, and the

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The Plead the Fifth a cappella group preformed at the PREPARE Speakout highlighting on campus rapes and assaults.

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Brieflies Young Americans for Liberty receive prestigious award The university’s Young Americans for Liberty group received an prestigious award at the 2010 International Students for Liberty Conference held at American University in Washington, D.C., on Feb. 13 and 14. The award was for the club’s accomplishment of bringing major political figure Ron Paul to campus last April to give a speech. This was Paul’s first college speech since the end of his campaign for president. Paul’s visit attracted around 1,300 attendees and was considered one of the biggest student-sponsored libertarian events in the nation.

Sophomores to officially declare majors and minors The annual major declaration process is scheduled for Feb. 15-19. All sophomores should declare a major by setting up an advising appointment at the desired department during this period. Locations of department offices can be found online on the departemnts’ websites. Students who do not declare a major by Feb. 19 risk being unable to register for courses in their major during major registration.

Upcoming President’s Aides application opportunity Rising seniors and juniors are eligible to serve as student body representatives of Wake Forest University during a variety of school sponsored activities. Being a President’s Aide is one of the most honorable positions to receive, though, is the President’s Aide. These individuals act as liaisons between the student body and the administration. The deadline for the application is March 15 and the requirements for application are minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA, multiple displays of leadership and other related activities, and an ability to commit to participate as a President’s Aide for not less than one academic year.

Annual Elevator Competition to take place this weekend The11th Annual University Elevator Competition will be held March 26-27 on campus. Students will compete for a $100,000 cash prize for having the best pitch for their idea. This event attracts pioneering entrepreneurs from around the world, creating one of the premier business plan competitions and a truly unique experience.

Corrections In the article “Family Counts: Contemporary Struggles over the meaning of Family,” which ran Feb. 11, the story was incorrectly attributed to Cherie DelSol, the writer was Cherie Desai. In the article “Obama Lecture Series,” which ran Feb. 11, the photo credit on the jump was incorrectly attributed to Haowei Tong, the photographer was Meenu Krishnan. In the article “Alcohol Law Enforcement,” which the first part ran Feb. 11, a quote on the jump was incorrectly attributed to Ken Aick, the quote was from Ken Zick, the vice president of student affairs for the university. In the article “American Expatriates,” which ran Feb. 11, it was reported that some of the art pieces in the collection were donated by Salem College. The pieces are actually on loan from the college to the Reynolda House.

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President Nathan O. Hatch

By Henderson Trefzger | Contributing Writer

Set aside in his spacious, wood paneled office in Reynolda Hall, President Nathan O. Hatch wields his newest treasure. “It’s an iPhone,” Hatch proudly said, “I need one just as much as any of the students on this campus to stay in touch with the world around me.” To many, this situation seems extremely ironic; communication has never been a strong point of this administration or its executive. Aside from infrequent visits to the Pit or Starbucks, few of us actually see the president around campus. So how involved is Hatch in the affairs of the student population? The answer is that he is actually much more involved than students realize. Whether it is tuition increases or financial aid or the alcohol policy, Hatch is making decisions that affect our lives every day. Spending most of his professional career at Notre Dame, Hatch was first a history professor and later Provost for the university. In 2005, Hatch came to Wake Forest to succeed Thomas Hearn, the outgoing

president of the university. From the beginning of his term, Hatch has encouraged expansive growth and massive investments in financial aid. Looking forward, the president has promised in this past year to spend over $75 million to help students affected by the economic crisis and a greater emphasis on campus sustainability. Although unelected, the president sees the students, faculty, administration, and alumni of the university as a massive constituency all working toward the goal of making Wake Forest an excellent institution of higher education. Nevertheless, fulfilling that goal requires tough short term decisions for long term gain. Such challenges are apt for Hatch because he is a careful pragmatist with the patience to see past a difficult economic period or an unfortunate weekend for Greek Life when framing policy. When asked about the events Jan. 23 pledge night, the president did not fold to the cries of others who called for the university to be made a dry campus. Although “disappointed that students caused

the incident to spin out of control,” Hatch was more concerned with the ways in which to move forward. “We must change the culture at this school that leads students to drink excessively,” Hatch said, “and that in part means moving parties back on campus.” Hearing the wishes of some for a large, on-campus social venue, Hatch said “in the short term, that just isn’t practical. We need to make do with what we have.” This same shrewd rational was utilized against the calls of many for the university to sign the Amethyst Initiative, an organization of 135 colleges, desiring to change the drinking age. “It’s a moot point and it won’t fix the problem on our campus,” Hatch said. “The ball is in the student body’s court to fix the problem, which means they must be willing to fix the problem.” When it comes to the controversial issues of tuition increases and university expansion, Hatch is just as emphatic with his pragmatic zeal. “Modest and controlled growth is a good thing and I hope to see the school grow to

our set goal of 4,800 undergraduate students. There is no doubt that a larger Wake Forest is a good thing,” he said. To the charges of some who say that the university is only increasing its size for financial gain, Hatch claims it is a non-issue. “It’s nonsensical to prevaricate that the school is growing just for financial gain because most of the money we get through tuition goes right back into the system through financial aid and administrative costs,” Hatch said. Looking to the future, there is no equivocation where Hatch sees the university going. “We are place of equality, personal attention, community, integrity and of holistic purpose and will continue to be so as long as I am president,” he said. It is undisputable that Hatch is a shrewd and pragmatic leader who is in tune with the needs of the student community. Nevertheless, communication between the student body and the administration is vital for the university to progress past the unfortunate events of pledge night, this economic recession and this transitional period in history.

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ALE: Underage and binge drinking prove problematic “Why do we need someone from an agency city and county, was reason enough. ALE agents enforce the alcohol consumption laws that has more assault weapons than the entire were called on to facilitate in evacuating students are varied, the main issue at hand is North Carolina state law enforcement to tell from the function. the tension between what the current “What was so shocking was the BACs were so law is and what individuals want to university’s Young Americans for Liberty (YAL), me that I can’t have a drink?” Fuller said. In fact, Fuller said YAL members were so out- high among these students that we easily could see change. said. “(If we lower the drinking age) there “It is understood students are going to drink raged by ALE that the group created a petition have had three to four deaths,” Zick said. “The underage, but when they know the ALE will for students to sign at a tailgate and outside of one silver lining was that safety was assured are pros and cons either way; if you in a lot of the cases through students helping lower it you’ll see the unfortunate inibe there and they can’t drink at an event, they the Pit last semester. “Though it is within the Bill of Rights to other students. However, tial onset,” Camwill pregame,” he said. eron said, “but if “When ALE arrives to an event, it basically create and sign a petition, many students either students should not allow you keep it the encourages students to do things like drink thought we were ALE officers or were just too their fellow classmates drink to that excess.” same, the age-old and drive in order to avoid going to court,” scared to sign,” Fuller said. “Students are angry and frus“We had a very positive turnout; the most While the notion of argument that he said. trated with how the ALE treats us you can vote and According to Fuller, he has witnessed too surprising response was from the parents who binge drinking is conbecause they think it’s a considered a social norm get killed in war many students get harassed by ALE without signed the petition,” he said. “I don’t think agencies like ALE are protect- among most college stunecessary cause. spiracy against them when they but can’t have a drink still per“Students have told me ‘I have been physically ing us from anything, they just create more dents, Zick said the bigare not harming society of the gest difference between petuates.” harassed by the ALE’ and a lot of them are too problems.” community around them. ” Though ALE makes their pres- university students from Cameron said scared to report it,” ence known at tailgates and bars, the current generation that the attracFuller said. “They Meghan Haenn tion to heavy target students in “When ALE arrives to an event, it at private events agents cannot and from previous generaStudent Body President enter unless they are given reason- tions is the mentality of alcohol cona discriminatory planning to get drunk. sumption manner and it basically encourages students to able cause. During this year’s pledge night “There is some serious u p o n do thinks like drink and drive in completely goes held at the Millennium Center, concern on the faculty, staff and administraarriving to college certainly against the North order to avoid going to court. ” several students were rushed to the tion ends about alcohol abuse – what does has much to do with an Carolina State Jared Fuller hospital as a result of high blood it all mean and what should the appropriate adolescent’s natural desire Constitution. To President of the university’s Young alcohol contents (BAC). While some responses be? to grow up. my knowledge, no Americans for Liberty were checked in with 0.2 BACs, the “The administration definitely has the duty to “No matter what, kids other state has an majority arrived with 0.3 and 0.4 protect its students and provide a safe environ- want to grow up sooner agency like this.” BACs. The highest number of the ment, but the facts are students are drinking to and do what their parents In response to evening came from one student with dangerous levels,” he said. are doing and high school officers being In response to the actions of ALE and stu- students want to do what aggressive and/or abusive toward students, a 0.6 BAC, causing him to temporarily fall into dent’s dislike of the drink- their older siblings are Assistant Special Agent in Charge of District VI- a coma that nearly ended ing age, Student Body doing,” he said. Greensboro, our ALE headquarters, agents that his life. “The worst part of my President Meghan Haenn “All the things that are cause students to complain are addressed. said the tension comes from associated with older people “The worst part of my job is While ALE monitors underage consumption job is seeing a dead teenat events like tailgates, it is primarily responsible ager or hearing stories about seeing a dead teenager of hear- a combination of student naturally attract younger perception and ALE agent’s individuals. The notion of for conducting background investigations in young people involved with ing stories about young people handling of situations. thought is, ‘I’m limited and the ABC, controlled substances and gambling alcohol-related accidents,” involved with alcohol-related Jessup said. “Students are angry and there are boundaries.’” commissions of the state of North Carolina. Though rumors specufrustrated with how the Regardless of what indiThis involves performing yearly or bi-annual accidents.” ALE treats us because vidual’s personal opinions inspections at any licensed establishment that lated that ALE and/or the Chet jessup university were the sole they think it’s a conspiracy are on the drinking age serves alcohol or provides lottery tickets. ALE Special Agent against them when they are and what is considered “We are responsible for enforcing the law,” reason(s) the party was not harming society or the “binge” drinking, the levels Jessup said. “We all carry weapons like any other shut down, according to community around them,” of alcohol that have been state police officer…we conduct drug-related Ken Zick, vice president Haenn said. consumed among some investigations; if people aren’t willing to cooper- of student affairs, the event was considered a “public health crisis” by Dan “I think that the ALE feels in the instance like students in recent months ate we can get caught in violent situations. “With any complaint of illegal matters at an Ozimek, director of public health in Forsyth pledge night that we are harming the commu- have been extreme enough establishment, including the selling of alcohol County, and was shut down by his assess- nity; we need to come to some middle ground to cause major health where the ALE does not aim to write up a cer- risks. without an ABC permit or providing to minors, ment. Based on the fact that seven out of 15 ambu- tain amount of tickets in a night and where the “We should not socially that’s when we show up,” he said. Fuller said that the fact that ALE agents carry lance vehicles available that evening were tied students don’t feel as though they need to have norm this practice because it is not the social norm,” assault weaponry only increases the hostile vibe up with transporting university students to the another night like pledge night,” she said. hospital, leaving only eight for the rest of the Clearly, though opinions on the tactics used to Zick said. that agents send to students.

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M ARKETING S UMMIT S UCCESS Local writer, Brett James,

publishes The Deadfall Project By Ken Meyer | Staff Writer

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The Wake Forest MBA case competition team took second place in this years Marketing Summit, which was held Feb. 4-6 at the university.

An Iranian terrorist’s bomb fails to explode beneath the Parisian streets. A third world war seems imminent on the border between NATO and Iran on the Islamic Republic’s border. And a CIA agent returns from retirement, seeking to end the war before the first shots are fired. This is the plot of Brett James’ novel, The Deadfall Project. It is set for a second release by Fallacy Publications on Feb. 24. The author, a native of Chapel Hill, N.C., initially published the book, his first completed work, by himself. He advertised for it on Facebook, sent tweets tracking its progress and sales and blogged about himself and his novel on his personal Web site. Then, the novel was sold to the public exclusively through Amazon. Amazon tracks the best gainers in sales rank on its list of “Movers and Shakers” and, at its height, The Deadfall Project rose to number three on that list. In December 2009, Amazon’s Web site accounted for the book as its 304th bestseller despite the fact that the book had only been released on Sept. 4. On his online blog, James explains his beginnings as a writer. James details that, after his family moved to Chapel Hill, his grandfather would send them original stories to listen to that he had dictated to onto tapes.

Though those tapes were since stolen and James hardly remembers the stories, he claims them as his inspiration. “(I) started to imagine (my) own stories, the ones (I) would tell (my) grandchildren someday,” he said. Eventually, he started to write down these stories. James continues, “I have completed no less than five first-halves of novels, three rough drafts, five unpurchased screenplays, and now, after five years of focused work, a finished book called The Deadfall Project.” After his success on Amazon, James now has a professional publisher for this first finished book. In a press release, Colleen Mulleedy at Fallacy Publications lauds James’ work. “Deadfall became a smash self-publishing success the moment it hit the virtual shelves last fall,” Mulleedy said. Having only been established in 2009, Fallacy Publications is a story of its own. On their Web site they claim that their mission is to fill the gap between traditional publishing and selfpublishing. Fallacy Publications is currently a small publishing company. Authors must pay for the cost of publishing, but Fallacy Publications only profits when they help to publish and sell a novel. In fact, James’ novel The Deadfall Project is Fallacy Publication’s first published work. It is set to be released in book stores on Feb. 24, thought it is still available on Amazon.

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need to support families often takes away any opportunity to receive the education needed to release oneself from the cycle of poverty. In light of these ongoing tragedies, a group of motivated students have joined together to form a committee dedicated to raising awareness and aid for people and situations in need of the world’s help. Last week’s Kenya Kids Can! fundraising events were part of Wake Up! week. Beyond helping underprivileged people across the globe, Janelle Summerville, student leader of the organizing committee, hopes that, “Wake Up! will become a reoccurring, annual event where each

year the committees choose a global issue to support and raise awareness about on campus.” The Kenya Kids Can! Feeding and Computer Center Building Initiative is a non-profit organization devoted to enhancing the education of Kenyan students by providing meals and offering computer training to impoverished schools. The organization proudly asserts that its foundation’s efforts result in student drop-out rates being below one percent, as compared to the average 40 to 50 percent school drop-out rate normally. With such an admirable mission, it is a great honor for university students to help offer some of the benefits of education and sustenance enjoyed in

America to those who may otherwise never experience them. Freshman Wake Up! committee member Margaret Serebetz felt a special desire to help the Kenyan children after spending the summer in neighboring Tanzania that has children in much the same plight as in Kenya. When presented with the opportunity to fundraise for Kenya Kids Can!, she immediately applied and got involved. It was with this commitment and fervor that Wake Up! Week set out, planning three events over the course of five days, with hopes of raising $6,000. In setting this year’s goal, Summerville admits that the amount was “a bit lofty for a first time event,” however, it follows the popular adage to shoot for the moon,

knowing that even if it is not achieved one will land among the stars. In light of these expectations, the campus went above and beyond by raising a total of $8,607, or the equivalent of over 100,000 meals. The success of last week’s events not only provided hope for thousands of young Kenyan children, but encouraged students involved in the Wake Up! humanitarian effort. Serebetz described how being raised in “an environment in which fundraising and philanthropy were highly valued,” inspired her to be more involved in similar humanitarian efforts on campus. She hopes to help improve and strengthen future fundraising events over the coming years.

In the meantime, Summerville concluded that the university’s efforts are “enriching the educational environment of children in Kenya in order (for them) to be able to succeed in an increasingly technology-rich world.” The hope is that these efforts will “form progressive leaders to revolutionize the country of Kenya and break the cycle of poverty and corruption,” as noted on the Wake Up! Web site. Reflecting on the Wake Up! initiative, Summerville exhorts students “to use (their) privilege to affect meaningful change in (the) local and global communities.” The great privilege of such events is to help students step back from their comfortable lives and truly live Pro Humanitate.

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A speaker talks about rape and assaults nationally and at the university as part of the PREPARE tie a yellow ribbon campaign Feb. 17 in Wait Chapel.

School of Law teams up with Legal Aid of N.C. By Meenu Krishnan | Staff writer

The Wake Forest University School of Law and Legal Aid of North Carolina are joining together in a unique partnership to offer free tax preparation for eligible people in Forsyth, Davie, Iredell, Stokes, Surry and Yadkin county. Law school students participating in the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program (VITA) will provide free tax preparation for low to moderate income people. The income cap is generally $49,000 and below and applies to low-income families, as well as eligible university students. According to VITA’s Web site, Legal Aid of North Carolina is a “statewide, nonprofit law firm that provides free legal services in civil matters to lowincome people in order to ensure equal access to justice and to remove legal barriers to economic opportunity.” The university and Legal Aid have had a relationship for many years, as several law school students have chosen to intern at the non-profit firm. A few years ago, Legal Aid approached law school students to gauge their interest in providing free tax help. Amber Nelson, a law school student, volunteered to lead the IRS certification training program for students. “The primary focus of VITA training is on the deductions and credits that save our clients money and get them bigger returns,” Nelson said. “We basically go through how to do the basic 1040, as this is more geared towards the lower-income bracket.” Appointments for the free tax service are available on most Thursdays and Saturdays through the end of February. Additional appointments may be available in March. “This is a unique opportunity to help families who are reeling from the national economic crisis,” Gray Wilson, coordinator of the LANC Tax Assistance Project in the Winston-Salem area, said in the School of Law’s press release. “LANC is committed to helping eligible North Carolina workers claim the Earned Income Tax

Credits as a means to help them weather the economic crisis and to allow them to build a better future,” Wilson said. Essentially, EITC are a type of refund some lowerincome families may qualify to receive. Based on their ability to pay taxes (related to income and family size), some families may be eligible to receive more than $5000. EITC dollars can still be collected by those who lost their jobs in 2009, making this venture even more significant and relevant in today’s economy. Much of these EITC dollars go unclaimed each year (an estimated $135 million, according to EITC Carolinas), which costs the state at least an additional $200 million in economic stimulus. According to the press release, “even more money is lost to working people when they use paid preparers and purchase costly rapid anticipation loans at high interest rates.” “Taxes are a very intimidating task for many people. For the most part, it puts our clients at ease to have someone else prepare their return and check it for accuracy,” Nelson said. Much of Nelson’s personal gratification comes from the personal and uplifting stories of VITA’s clients. She described a woman who had been receiving tax preparation at H&R Block, who often charged her around $200. After going to VITA, she actually received a refund from the IRS. “It’s helped a lot of people who aren’t comfortable doing their taxes on their own and can’t really afford tax preparation services like H&R Block,” Nelson said. Nelson’s favorite moments come from interacting with her clients and being able to aid them in preparing taxes, a frequently incomprehensible and dense area of expertise. “One of the most powerful gifts we have as law students and attorneys is the power to make someone’s life a little easier,” Nelson said. “My favorite client moments by far are the situations where I am able to take a burden off of someone’s shoulders.” Those interested in participating in VITA may call Legal Aid at 725-9162.

According to the results of 1997 study at the university, “One out of nine or 11 percent of female respondents encountered sexual assault; 87 percent in their first or sophomore year.” Boyle also elaborated on the strides the university has made to increase awareness and safety on campus such as the Alpha Series Lectures and other events on campus to promote healthy relationships. She also suggested the construction of a Women’s Center or a Women and Gender Studies Research Center. “Wake should strive to be better than other college campuses,” she said. Phillip Batten, adjunct assistant professor of psychology, then followed suit. “I do not believe we are powerless ... A community should work to increase its members intellectual intelligence,” Batten said. “When one of us is hurt, we are all hurt. I hope Wake Forest lives out the values of responsibility and empathy,” Batten said. “Who has the responsibility to make Wake Forest a community with the likelihood of rape to get lower and lower?” he said, “we all do.” Sophomore Brooke Gilmore then explained the purpose of the lighting of the candles. “Every two minutes, someone is assaulted in America,” she said. “These candles act as a voice for those who will not come forward.” The program Feb. 17 also included two musical performances by the stu-

dent a capella groups Plead the Fifth and Innuendo. Gilmore preceded with what can be considered the highlight or highlyexpected part of the event, the testimonials. Five university students submitted anonymous stories about their encounters with sexual assault and their stories were prerecorded by members of PREPARE. “Then it was over, but what I didn’t know was that, in a sense, it was just beginning,” the recordings said. “My world had changed. I had never felt so low or lost. Even though alcohol was involved, it doesn’t mean anything,” another said. “It’s something I hope no one has to go through. I was hurt badly, I am a survivor! I am not alone!” “What was I to him? Something to be conquered? Some part of me is missing and he must have carried it away with him,” yet another said. Most of these cases unfortunately involved alcohol in some way or another. The problem that most of these assaults are linked to alcohol underlies another problem on our campus; one of the balance between schoolwork and drinking and parting. At the end of the program the main message was concerned with the fact that to many students at the university sexual assault isn’t a real problem till they are a victim. PREPARE’s mission statement is to attempt to promote healthy relationships on campus as well as educate students to the threat and prevention of rape and sexual assault.


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John McDonald, junior, and fellow band member, Danny Chu, perform at the Hope for Haiti benefit conference Feb. 11 in Wait Chapel.

Global L.E.A.D. program plans to travel to South Africa By Katie Phillips | Staff writer

A new travel program, Global L.E.A.D., has made big strides this year on university campuses. The apparent reason for its popularity on our own Pro Humanitate campus is that it combines service and study abroad in two separate invigorating locations during the summer. L.E.A.D. stands for Leadership, Education, Adventure, and Diplomacy, and all of these components are included in the experience. This summer nine students will be spending four weeks in and around Cape Town, South Africa, which will also be the home of the 2010 World Cup. Fifty students total from around the Southeast United States will spend their summer in South Africa. Another separate program will also be taking place in Athens, Greece, al-

though no university students will be participate this year. According to the program’s Web site, Global L.E.A.D. enhances the study abroad experience to unprecedented standard. “Through a uniquely designed curriculum we challenge each participant to stretch beyond their comfort zone, engage in dialogue with cutting-edge leaders, explore education outside the classroom, experience the adrenaline rush of extreme adventures, and serve local communities during their time overseas,” the it said. Students will be residing in apartments on the waterfront located within 10 minutes of Camps Bay, Table Mountain, the Victoria & Albert Waterfront, and the city center of Cape Town. Students will also be able to experience Cape Town in the lead up to the

World Cup. Service projects and day trips will take place, including a safari with the chance to see the “Big Five” animals of the African continent. Service projects will be regularly included in the program through local nonprofit organizations. The program will allow students to complete six hours of credit in addition to a leadership and service learning course. Additionally, students are exposed to outdoor culture-specific activities such as paragliding, surfing, skydiving and cage diving with the great white sharks off the coast. Also, students will have the opportunity to attend wine tours in a variety of vineyards around Cape Town. Past students even had the opportunity to speak with Nelson Mandela’s cell mate, Betty Sigel. Junior Sarah Wilfong attended the program in 2009 and described it as a

life altering experience through many different culturally awakening outlets. “Looking back on the six weeks in Cape Town, it’s hard to imagine the amount of things we were able to do and accomplish,” Wilfong said. “From the service trips to the townships, an overnight stay in the slums, to bungee jumping off of the highest bungee in the world, I can honestly say this is the best experience and most unforgettable one of my life.” Wilfong continued, “Cape Town is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. You literally live right on the beach, but if you drive 20 minutes outside the city you are in the mountains. You can go sailing in the ocean, and then fishing and wine tasting in the mountains all in the same day.” All of these activities are in keeping with the mission of the program, which is “to transform the trajectory

of individuals’ lives through global understanding and service.” Global L.E.A.D. was established by four friends who graduated together from the University of Georgia. Previously all on separate life paths, the four post-graduates came together to establish an international service and leadership program like that of John F. Kennedy and the Peace Corps. “The program is geared towards people who really wish to lead and make a difference in their community,” Wilfong said. “You are surrounded by people passionate about living life to the fullest, having a great time, and serving others. It is not a trip for people who do not want their lives to be changed,” he said. The deadline for applications is March 1st. Visit globalleadprogram. org for more information.

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Forte career lab promotes jobs in business for women By Lauren Dayton | Staff Writer

The university hosted its second annual Forte Career Lab Feb. 16, an event designed to build awareness with women about careers in business. The program, which lasted from 4-7 p.m. in Benson University Center, included a presentation from a female small business owner and MBA graduate, a speed networking session, and a panel discussion entitled “Why I Chose Business.” The event was coordinated through the Forte Foundation, a nonprofit organization founded in 2001, whose purpose is to increase the number of female business leaders. It is a consortium of major corporations and 38 top business schools, including the Wake Forest University Schools of Business. After an introduction by Stacy Owen, director of graduate business admissions and Forte Foundation Board of Directors member, the program began with a presentation by Lawren

Desai (MBA ’04), who discussed her journey from a liberal arts undergraduate to the owner of A/perture cinema, Winston-Salem’s new independent theater downtown. She talked about the various career options she contemplated before deciding to attend business school and then starting her own business. Next, the session continued with a speed networking session: tips on initiating conversations, offering a thirty-second “commercial” to outline your experience and skills and making a good impression. Afterwards, there was a panel discussion with Jessica Dowdy (MBA ’10) and Morgan Farrar King (bachelors ’06, masters ’07, MBA ’10). They shared personal stories and their motivations for attending business school. The event concluded with a reception. Freshman Marika Dillard, one of the participants, was surprised to learn about the different avenues for pursuing a business degree. “I can get my master’s degree without majoring in business. I do not have to

actually go to Calloway Business School in order to end up with an MA degree,” said Dillard. Allison Neal, assistant director of graduate business admissions, was one of the university staff members who helped manage the event. For her, this program is important because it “gives women the opportunity to explore avenues in business they haven’t considered before.” Neal cited that while women make up half or more of law and medical school students, it is rare that women make up even a third of MBA programs, only three percent of CEOs are women and women make up only six percent of the top earners. “Part of the reason for this is that women do not realize how many opportunities are out there for them in the business world,” Neal said, “this event is supposed to show women that business is a place they can be successful.”

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Campus talks incite student growth


f your schedule allowed you to get to Thomas Friedman’s talk on Feb. 10, consider yourself lucky. Wait Chapel holds 2,250 people, but for those willing to stand, that number is more of a suggestion than a limit. Friedman had much to say about encouraging awareness and prevention of man-caused global warming. During his lecture, Friedman addressed the challenge for our generation: how to bring about the “Green Revolution,” and how Americans in particular can solve the world’s greatest problem through our unique ability to create change through capitalism and entrepreneurship. His keynote lecture was a part of an even larger “Energizing the Future” conference sponsored by the BB&T Center for the Study of Capitalism; universisty president, Nathan Hatch’s lecture series, “Voices of Our Time;” and Jill Tiefenthaler, university provost. Along with these contributors, financial support was given by eight other university programs. We applaud our university’s administrators and department contributors who made such an event possible. Bringing wellspoken academics, business figures and writers, such as Friedman, to campus for students to enjoy allows us to gain a more holistic education. Certainly majors from the biology, political science and economics departments were out to

hear the best-selling, Pulitzer Prize-winning author speak, but talks such as these function similarly to our first year seminars in that they introduce important topics that most students rarely come across in the classroom. For dedicated early risers, conference sponsors also flew in other speakers such as James Rogers, CEO of Duke Energy, Aubrey McClendon, CEO of Chesapeake Energy, J. Brent Dehlson, founder of Clipper Windpower and Ecomerit Technologies and David Kreutzer, senior policy analyst for the Heritage Foundation, to debate controversial solutions to problems such as energy legislation, energy economics and energy technology entrepreneurship. We realize that oftentimes university events are poorly attended, and because of this students often get discouraged when planning events, but we thank those involved for spotting individuals who students and community members are truly interested in hearing. The events of this past week should encourage different campus groups to continue their diligent work in bringing knowledgeable speakers to campus. Fantastic planning was also done by students in orchestrating the Hope for Haiti event as well as Go Red For Women. These three events, and countless others, are what allow for our academic growth and wellroundedness as community members.

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God illustrates glory by allowing suffering Audrey Helmerich

“bad” people who commit heinous acts. Do you find this statement offensive? Guest columnist That I could compare the average university student to a Nazi? Do not uffering is a common theme take it as offensive, but rather accept it constantly covered by the media. as a fact of human nature that puts us all Particularly in wake of the Haiti on a level playing field — a playing field disaster, people are often torn between that also grants us the equal opportunity two conclusions. The first is that for freedom and refuge from our innate suffering has a divine purpose and nature. will ultimately be used for God’s plan. Natural disaster, free from human The second is that suffering is proof of God’s inexistence or, perhaps, existence control, is a second type of suffering that causes God-denial. Why are hundreds as an indifferent deity. I would like of thousands of people dead in Haiti? to address Adrian Bardon’s recent assertion that the Christian God would Why do loved ones die? Why do prevent suffering if He actually existed, families lose their homes in fires, floods and tornados? Why are there children or at least existed as a loving deity starving worldwide? Surely, a God who (“An omnipotent deity would prevent claims to love us would not allow such suffering,” Feb. 4). suffering to happen. Man-made suffering, as Bardon There is a Biblical response to these highlights, is often explained by issues. First, the book of Job documents Christians through the concept of free the story of a man who endures extreme will. God has given human beings suffering. The purpose of Job’s suffering free will, and suffering at the hands was to test his faith, to bring him into a of humans is not a tragedy for which closer reliance on God in acknowledging He will simply “step in” and prevent, his own fragility and to recognize God’s according to the Bible. As a brief mercy, as every tragedy that befell Job sidestep, we must ask ourselves if we was rebuilt to an even greater degree. want a God who interferes with free God allows suffering to happen because, will — even if the free will is exercised in the wake of suffering, God’s glory can through, for example, genocide. If become even more evident. Suffering God is controlling what we consider “bad,” then what about a God who also gives us the opportunity to trust God, to realize our fragility and the hope we interferes with our free will in other areas of life? Would we never be allowed have beyond our short time on Earth and to gain a deeper understanding for to make small mistakes again? Never our life’s purpose. This yell at our parents, get is easy for me to say, drunk, skip church or right? Try telling this curse? Or would God God allows suffering to to an orphaned child only “step in” when happen because, in the wake or a mother who has there are problems in of suffering, God’s glory can lost her children in the Rwanda, Germany or Haitian earthquakes. Iraq? become even more evident. As easy as this concept But I digress. of suffering may be The divisive issue for someone who has concerning suffering not truly experienced suffering, there is rooted in the issue of human nature: have been countless displays throughout are humans innately evil or good? history of people who have endured The Bible is quite clear in stating and overcome unimaginable pain only that human beings are inherently evil (Romans 8:1-4). People often resist this through accepting life’s fragility and fact because no one, especially someone trusting in God’s purpose. Horatio G. Spafford wrote the song “It is Well with who does not believe in the possibility my Soul” days after his four daughters of salvation or of a perfect God, wants drowned at sea. The lyrics say, “For me, to believe that he or she is born “bad.” be it Christ, be it Christ hence to live/ When Adolf Eichmann, a Nazi If Jordan above me shall roll/ No pang lieutenant colonel, was tried at the Nuremberg Trials, a Jewish man named shall be mine, for in death as in life/ Thou wilt whisper Thy peace to my Yihiel Dinur fainted when he crossed soul.” his former abuser’s path for the first The human race is suffering. The time since their interaction at the temporary world as we know it will concentration camp. In a 60 Minutes never be free from suffering. God’s interview afterward, the interviewer constant effort to impart his peace asked Dinur if overwhelming feelings and comfort into each one of us is the of rage, hatred or fear prompted his fainting. Dinur responded, “The reason only counter we have for the world’s suffering. I fainted was not because of anger In closing, may I add a quote from or fear. But I was overcome with the realization that Eichmann was not god- atheist Friedrich Nietzsche that surprisingly holds a deeply rooted like, but for the first time I saw him biblical truth: “Men and women can as a man just like me. And I realized endure any amount of suffering so that the evil that lived in Eichmann long as they know the why to their lives in me.” This powerful statement existence.” In other words, the pain and reiterates the Christian viewpoint: we brokenness of the human condition is are all capable of evil, but God loves better tolerated if put in the context of us enough to let us — to any extent a greater plan or an eternal perspective. — exercise free will. The same free will Unfortunately, we as humans can never that allows us to inflict on others our evil tendency is also the will that allows know all the “whys” to our existence, but I have faith in a God who does know my us to recognize and accept the mercy exact purpose on this planet and suffers of God’s love, that we may be free from our inherent sinful nature. Dinur with humanity. recognized his counterpart in his Nazi Audrey Helmerich is a sophomore from torturer. In the same way, we cannot dramatically distance ourselves from the Tulsa, Ok.


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Reason and Religion | Why Something Rather Than Nothing?

God’s existence does not explain origin of universe Adrian Bardon Staff columnist

“We should always be disposed to believe that that which appears to us to be white is really black, if the hierarchy of the church so decides.” — St. Ignatius Loyola (founder of the Jesuit order) “Reason is the greatest enemy that faith has.” — Martin Luther (founder of Protestantism)


he “cosmological argument” for the existence of God refers to a family of arguments that all play off one central intuition: that the universe can’t have come from nothing. This reasoning is often played as a trump card against naturalists, who deny any supernatural entities or supernatural causation. Maybe you can explain everything that happens in the universe naturalistically, this reasoning goes, but how can you explain the existence of the universe itself naturalistically? One version of the cosmological argument relies on the claim that everything that exists has a cause. The universe must, therefore, have a cause, and only God could cause the universe to be. This version rests on an overly strong premise, because it would require an explanation for God’s existence, as well. Thus, an amended version with a weaker premise, which states that everything that begins to exist has a

cause. God doesn’t begin to exist, let’s suppose, so this version doesn’t require an explanation of God’s existence. Even if we accept that everything that begins to exist needs a cause, we need not accept that the universe begins to exist. Maybe it’s just been going on forever? The burden is on the theist to rule this out in order to proceed. But let us suppose that the universe cannot have always existed. Should we conclude that it must have a cause? There is a problem with applying the causal principle to the universe itself. “Cause” is a temporal and nomological notion: it involves precedence in time according to a law that indicates a predictable association between events of one type and events of another type. A beginning to the universe would not be preceded by any time, since the very existence of spacetime is dependent on the presence of matter and energy. Neither could the cause of the universe fall under any general physical law, since no physical law could apply to a condition in which the universe doesn’t exist. The universe could not have a cause in any recognizable sense of the word. (In a related vein, this story would also require a causal agent who exists “eternally,” or “outside of time,” or “independently of time,” and who causes time itself to exist. We have been hearing about God’s extra-temporal existence at least since Augustine of Hippo in the 5th

century. I find this notion perfectly meaningless.) This leads to the last version of the cosmological argument’s key principle, which notes that the universe exists contingently (i.e. it is not logically necessary for there to be something rather than nothing), and adds the claim that everything that exists contingently requires a sufficient, or at least satisfying, explanation for its existence. This version doesn’t specifically mandate a cause somehow preceding time itself. But is there any reason to think this principle is true? What argument could even be adduced for it? The current understanding of phenomena at the quantum level — say, the emission of particles as a uranium atom decays — is that they are random and can only be described probabilistically. These are contingent events that lack an explanation. So, it looks like this principle is false. Indeed, one prevailing theory for the inception of the universe involves a spontaneous, undetermined quantum fluctuation giving rise to spacetime and the early universe. So, for the argument to move forward, the theist must rule out a priori any possible physical theory that could account (albeit only probabilistically) for spontaneous universe formation. But since science works so well in answering questions, why not presume that it provides the best approach to understanding this one? I don’t hear you complaining

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religious description. The most wildly optimistic assessment of the cosmological argument would still say nothing about a personal, loving deity who promises you eternal life. Those who find a religion-friendly result only by contorting logic like they are in Cirque de Soleil must be motivated by the desire for a certain conclusion, one that they find comforting and that validates their lifestyle and culture. Going from the presumption that there is some satisfactory explanation for the universe to Jehovah or Allah requires several massive and unwarranted leaps. Proponents are basically jumping from “We have some theories, but there is currently no explanation for the existence of spacetime that we fully understand,” to “Therefore God must exist as conceived of by the First Reformed Calvary Baptist Church of Jesus. Plus, He hates gays.” “Why is there a universe?” is, therefore, a question that promises little comfort for the theist. The theist must assume, without argument, that we should expect an answer of any kind, or of a kind we cannot grasp with any possible physical theory. But even if we had a reason to expect an answer, there are no grounds to think that a personal god who loves you and endorses your particular system of worship will be it. Adrian Bardon is an associate professor of philosophy. (His columns this semester are part of a book project.)

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Obesity becomes an issue on small airplanes

context. Smith even took a picture of himself on the flight and posted it online, a portrait that reveals the anguish this portly fellow was feeling when Southwest told him he must leave the plane. First of all, what is Kevin Smith doing in coach class? This guy has written and directed many movies, from the ingenious hit Clerks to the unbearable Jersey Girl, so I’m sure he has a lot of money. This whole situation could have been Cory McConnell avoided had he just ponied up the money to Staff columnist spend his flight in business class, where frankly ave you ever been on an airplane he, a man of much wealth, belongs. sitting next to someone who was — In his comfy and large business class seat, he for lack of more appropriate term — could have spent his flight in peace, Twittermorbidly obese? I have. It is unpleasant. Their free. girth spills out of their seat, infringing on your Let’s also think about the safety risk of already small amount of space on your tiny people that large sitting on a plane. I know coach spot — their complimentary peanuts that reducing people to “safety risks” is spilling all over themselves and you, and you inherently a kind of vicious and Machiavellian can forget about using that armrest. Want to thing to do, but, let’s face it, if things really hit get to the bathroom? Sorry, no dice. Need to the fan on a flight, what are you going to do get something from your bag overhead? Nope. when the morbidly-obese director of Mallrats You are now trapped in a low-down between is blocking the exit? seats, window and a large mass of human Personally, I’m hurdling over his Twittering form. foolish self (although maybe high-fiving him OK, now I realize that the several hours of for Clerks). At the bottom of this, I’m really discomfort that I may have experienced on just confused as to the precedent this action by that particular flight next Southwest sets. to my large companion is If a person is too probably nothing compared overweight to fit on an I know that reducing people to the constant discomfort airplane seat, the airline will they feel on a daily basis. actually pay them to go on to “safety risks” is inherently Also, having a ridiculous a later flight? This seems to a kind of vicious and Machiametabolism that allows me suggest that in the future, vellian thing to do, but, let’s to down large pizzas, barely large people will simply face it, if things really hit exercise (unless living in travel for less money, when Martin counts — that is a in fact the safety risks and the fan on a flight, what are long walk, folks ...) and not discomfort to the other you going to do when the gain weight is something I passengers aboard would morbidly-obese director of am eternally grateful for, as suggest that more money I know full-well that, had I should be charged to them. Mallrats is blocking the exit? drawn a different number Again, I realize obesity is from the genetic lottery, I a huge issue (OK, that was would find myself in exactly awful) and that people aren’t the opposite position — hogging up room on always in control of, such as genetic factors airplanes and other public places. and the fact that many lower-income families But isn’t there some line that has to be drawn don’t have access to or can’t afford healthy for personal responsibility as far as airplane food. safety is concerned? Southwest Airlines, one of However, the sad truth is that we live in our nation’s most popular forms of air travel, a culture of accommodation, not personal recently kicked film director Kevin Smith off responsibility. Someone recently said that of one of their flights for simply being too charging an obese person more for travel large to fit in his seat. would be like charging a person in a While Smith’s supporters and fans (and wheelchair more for travel, due to the nature Smith himself, via Twitter) have been in a state of obesity as a “disablitity,” which to some of outrage about this incident, Southwest did extent is valid. the right thing. If a man is too large to fit in a But, in Smith’s case, I’m not buying it. As to seat on an airplane, he should not be allowed his “disability,” I think he put it best when he on the plane unless he has bought enough Tweeted from the plane itself: “You (messed) seats for him to sit. with the wrong sedentary processed-foods Granted, he had bought two seats for his eater!” flight, and because of a delay, had to sacrifice While obviously intended to be comical, one seat to board the plane. But Southwest Smith is aware that he is very large and eventually ameliorated the situation by getting apparently prides himself on behavior that him on the next flight and giving him a contributes to his weight problem, and $100 voucher. What kind of message is this therefore the great tragedy of his removal from sending, though? That we will pay fat people a flight gets no sympathy from me. to not sit next to us? I’m not even sure that Southwest owed Smith anything, though they Cory McConnell is a sophomore from Wexford, probably did the right thing in a purely PR Penn.

about scientific solutions when your iPod needs a new battery, or when your kid needs penicillin. We are conditioned by living in a mainly deterministic world to expect to find causes and explanations for phenomena, so genuine randomness is hard to accept. But we have specific empirical evidence for events that are inherently unpredictable. So the universe is weird, and fails to conform to our instinctual expectations. My monkey brain reels, but there it is. (Also, Robert Nozick notes that there is only one way for there to be nothing, and many ways for there to be something. That makes nothing a more special state than something. So the nonexistence of a universe would need an explanation even more than the universe does. But what explanation could there be for the fact that there is nothing? Perhaps we just need to accept that we are able to formulate questions for which there is literally no answer. We are dissatisfied with unanswerable questions, but why should we expect to always be satisfied?) Furthermore, even if we pretend to be able to rule out naturalistic accounts involving random singularities or quantum vacuum fluctuations, it is exceedingly hard to see how the cosmological argument could lead to any recognizable god. The theist doesn’t want just any old explanation for the universe; the theist (typically) is looking for a personal god, who conforms to some particular

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Faith brings Rwandans hope for a better future Sarah Licher Guest columnist

“Is anything more obvious than the presence of evil in the universe?” — Martin Luther King, Jr. (in Strength to Love)


hen I travelled to Rwanda last spring, I came face-to-face with evil. It came in the form of hundreds of skulls piled in the Catholic church where killers disregarded the time-honored tradition of sanctuary. In its wake it left children born with HIV after their mothers were gang raped by rampaging militias. Its detritus included an amputee who had been forced to decide which arm his attackers would hack off. In genocide-ravaged Rwanda, I also came face-to-face with repentance, forgiveness, reconciliation and faith in the goodness of God. The 1994 Rwandan genocide, in which members of the majority Hutu group murdered up to 800,000 of the Tutsi minority, raises difficult, and possibly unanswerable, questions. Why do humans willingly — and sometimes enthusiastically — inflict suffering on other humans? How was it that in Rwanda thousands of people committed unspeakable atrocities in coordination, despite deep, and perhaps innate, social conditioning against such violence? Religions that posit an all-loving and omnipotent deity ask the even more difficult question: how can such a deity permit evil and suffering? For thousands of years, philosophers, psychologists, theologians, social scientists and novelists have pondered the dilemmas posed by evil and suffering. In light of that legacy, the presentation of a series of syllogisms does not offer a credible answer to the deepest ponderings of the human heart. I certainly will not attempt to explain what has remained opaque throughout all of human history. If one ventures into the depths of ZSR, one will find (as I did) scores of books devoted to the topic of evil. None of those books, including the Jewish and Christian scriptures, “solve” the problem of evil. In fact, evil is not really a problem — it is a mystery. And the more one reads, the more evident it becomes that the enduring mysteries of evil, suffering and God are not adequately dealt with in abstract syllogisms. When I talked with Rwandan genocide survivors, some told me that God wills evil for some mysterious, yet ultimately benevolent,

purpose. Similarly, others viewed suffering as a trial sent by God to test and strengthen one’s faith. They all relied on St. Paul’s assurance that, “All things work to good for those who love God.” Some people mentioned the devil, or the spirit of evil, as a motivation for the killing. (I told the Anglican Archbishop of Rwanda that here in America we don’t talk about the devil. He challenged me that “anyone who doesn’t believe in the devil should come to Rwanda.”) From my perspective as a Western-educated political scientist, I debated whether to discard the victims’ supernatural explanations as naïve, unenlightened or primitive. But, after all, they were the ones who came face-to-face with the killers, rapists and torturers. They are the ones who must fashion new lives out of the chaos of an evil past. They are the experts, not me. One lesson I learned in Rwanda was my obligation to let the victims speak for themselves. Another was the need for humility as a researcher and theorist. One day, I talked with a woman named Viuolette who ran the counseling section of a Christian, non-profit organization. She survived the genocide, but lost her husband, parents and five of six children. Was it my place to tell Violette that her faith in God and her resulting inner strength and compassion actually stemmed from faulty logic? That if she had thought it through rationally, she would have realized that no reasonable person could believe in a loving and omnipotent God? The Violettes of this world do not rely on games of logic to guide their lives; they rely on a deeper truth and a radically different experience of God. That truth does not limit reality — and the meaning of human existence — to the paltry evidence of our five senses. In response to evil and suffering, people like Violette live by faith, described in the New Testament as “the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen” (Hebrews 11:1). That conviction in things not seen is a truth made visible when Violette puts her own suffering aside — commends it to a loving God — and counsels a traumatized rape victim or heartbroken orphan. What I learned in Rwanda is that a social scientist doesn’t rule out anything based on theoretical presuppositions, not even the reality of God. First she listens to the stories, observes and trusts the experience of real people. You’d be surprised what there is to learn. Sarah Lischer is an assistant professor of political science.

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Reps lack Localism needs to be preserved ability to make policy Rethinking the State | A Critical View of Government

Federal government’s power keeps expanding to areas where it doesn’t belong

Elliot Engstrom

Matt Moran


Staff columnist

emocrats should gear up for some tough times in the immediate future, the election of Scott Brown very well may be the beginning of a Conservative revolt against health reform and necessary regulation of some sectors of the economy, like banking. Republicans, who were scattered and largely discredited after President Barack Obama’s election, now are beginning to harness mass discontent with the state of the country in general and convince people that Obama’s policies will only make things worse. This would be fine and healthy for democracy if the Republican Party did not have such a terrifying and moronic base; indeed, the political force behind the Sarah Palin/Tea Party movement needs to be taken seriously. Fifty-eight percent of Republicans are either not sure or don’t think Obama is an American citizen. How is it that Obama is supposed to engage the Republican Party in a meaningful bipartisan way when a majority of their constituents do not think that he even legally belongs in office? And granted, it’s just unacceptable to say Obama is bad because he is black, but the consistent effort to paint him as an “other” smacks of racism. Seventeen percent of Republicans believe Obama is a Muslim and only 46 percent of Republicans can correctly identify Obama’s actual religion: Christianity. Perhaps because these individuals think Obama is a Muslim, they also think he wants to lose the war on terror. Indeed, 24 percent of self-identified Republicans think “Obama wants the terrorists to win.” Finally, 63 percent of Republicans think Obama is a “socialist,” a term I doubt any of them could accurately define. Again, it’s not politically correct to simply say Obama is bad because he is black, but after calling him a Kenyan, Muslim Socialist and arguing that he wants “terrorists to win,” it would be a lot more honest to simply expose the actual motives behind this constant defining as other. The Republican perspective on social issues, like their views on Obama, also descends further from reason. Fifty-five percent of Republicans believe gay men and women should not be allowed to serve in the military; this includes, presumably, men like Dan Choi, an Arab linguist fired because he came out. The colossal stupidity behind firing a member of the armed forces who is fluent in a language that is very difficult to learn should go without saying. (Of further disgrace is that the firing took place under the Obama administration — its time for Obama to deliver on campaign promises for expansion of gay rights.) Sixty-eight percent of Republicans do not accept evolution as true. (By the way, one doesn’t say “believe in evolution,” evolution does not ask for faith, it presents evidence.) Digest that fact for a second: the grand unifying theory of the life sciences, the theory that ties together questions of species diversity and our own origins, is considered not up to the evidentiary standards of 68 percent of Republicans. This is perhaps one reason why only six percent of scientists, according to a Pew poll, are Republican. This article is not intended to simply lambast the Republican base for being stupid, but to draw attention to the fact that the major opposition party in Washington, and one of two real choices in the political world, has a base that views the world in a fundamentally strange way. The idea that there is a moral problem with homosexuality is, frankly, absurd. There is no argument for the immorality of homosexuality that doesn’t have some religious belief somewhere deep down. Further, the base of the Republican Party is so committed to this belief that many are willing to fire a talented linguist working for the military that inhabits so much of their rhetoric. Many Republican views on Obama reveal a deep-seated fear of the man, probably because he is black; after all, five presidents before Obama have attempted to reform the health care system and no one accused them of being a citizen of a foreign country or, gasp, a Muslim. This portrayal of Obama as fundamentally un-American is pure rhetoric, but it is rhetoric that resonates with a frighteningly large number of Americans. It is not, however, rhetoric that will make for good governance. Should the Republicans whip up enough populist anger and win in the next election cycle, they will find themselves in a position where they need to create actual policy and America will remember why they threw them out the last time around. Therefore, there is a light at the end of the tunnel, the Tea Party Movement is a movement that can oppose policy but not construct it; let’s hope health reform doesn’t have to be sacrificed in order to prove this to America. Almost all the above information is from Politico. com, and some is from various Pew research institutes. Matt Moran is a sophomore from Pittsburgh, Penn.

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he anti-federalists were some of the greatest libertarian-minded thinkers and writers in the history of our nation. They were extremely critical of attempts to unify the 13 new states under a single Constitution, as they felt that government should be kept as close to home as possible. For example, the anonymous anti-federalist author “Montezuma” wrote on Oct. 17, 1787, an article in the Independent Gazetteer titled “A Consolidated Government is a Tyranny,” which later became Anti-federalist paper No. 9. The pen names of the anti-federalists were often those of ancient Greeks or Romans who had been opposed to the expansion of their respective empires, as both these ancients and the anti-federalists noted that as their nations grew, they became increasingly tyrannical and took less notice of the liberties and concerns of their individual citizens. While the Constitution was eventually passed, it was the anti-federalists who ensured that it would contain a Bill of Rights to protect individuals, as such Federalists and lovers of central government as Alexander Hamilton argued that a Bill of Rights was unnecessary. In Federalist Paper No. 84, he wrote that a Bill of Rights was superfluous, saying “Why declare that things shall not be done which there is no power to do?”

However, the anti-federalists understood that tax) to give more and more money to local government is a self-perpetuating institution. communities. How right they were, considering that a mere Aside from the fact that the devastation decade later Hamilton himself was advocating caused by the impending inflation from this for the Sedition Act, which made it a crime to plan will far outweigh the benefits received criticize government officials. by local communities, there is another serious The core philosophy at the heart of the antiissue: the federal government does not give federalist criticisms of the Constitution was away money for free. localism. Any organization funded by the federal The anti-federalists, who were thought by government is de facto controlled by the many to be fringe loons in their time, have federal government, as seen with the public been vindicated by history. The central education system in the mid-20th century and more recently with the government created by the banking and finance systems. Constitution has grown (Of course, that ignores to a size that Alexander Hamilton or even Abraham While (Obama) may not always the fact that the banking be doing so through specific and finance sectors were Lincoln, both apologists essentially government-run for central government, legislation, the “stimulus” plan already, but that is an issue could probably not have is using federal funds (which for another day.) predicted. And, with this were created via inflation, not If we really want increase in the size of our governments that represent government, we have seen raised through an approved us and do so in a just way, the erosion of our liberties, tax) to give more and more we must keep them as close whether it be in the name money to local communities. to home as possible. At the of “national security,” moment, it seems there is “societal good” or some still some hope of doing other mythical moloch that this via the electoral process, as many localist can never be expressly identified, and which candidates are entering political races all over usually is never actually achieved. Last week I suggested that there is something the country. It will be interesting to see what will happen we can do to alter the incentive structure of in the future if this should fail. government in order to stifle the wrongful From California to New Hampshire to actions of government officials. That Vermont to South Carolina, whispers of something is localism. secession have begun to grow louder and The most just government is one that is louder. Let us hope it never comes to this, as in fact held accountable by the citizens that I can foresee no imaginable situation where empower it. the federal government would let any group Which is easier to hold accountable — a withdraw from the union without violence. government official in Washington with 3,000 For now, we must continue to push for bureaucrats between them and you, or a city localism through every possible channel, as it council person who you can go talk to in is this philosophy that can create a government person at a city council meeting? where the incentive structure leads officials to And yet, President Obama continues to act in the best interest of their constituents, expand the scope of the federal government to rather than in the best interest of the take on more and more local issues. government itself. While he may not always be doing so through specific legislation, the “stimulus” plan is using federal funds (which were created Elliot Engstrom is a senior French major from Matthews, N.C. via inflation, not raised through an approved

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Walk-ons deserve some recognition Hamlin Wade


Staff columnist

he weekly Old Gold and Black summarizes the previous weeks for our athletic teams. The “Deac of the Week” highlights the best performances of a star athlete from the previous competitions. This time of year, pictures of Ish and L.D. blanket the pages of the OGB. However, these men need practice to get to the levels at which we expect them to perform. These men need tackling dummies, blocking dummies and punching bags to get them geared up to take on the competition. And where does one turn to find these props? To the unheralded and unheard of teammates. They turn to the end of the bench. Life as a walk-on is not glamorous. Over the past two years, I have been fortunate enough to learn this firsthand. My roommate has served as a basketball walk-on his freshman and sophomore year. Each day, he comes back to the room, tired and toiled — aching and bruised. He’ll check his body for new bruises and battle scars. He’ll collapse on his bed with a bag of ice, and

won’t move for several hours. When he awakes, he recounts the stories of practice. One day he’ll be the blocking dummy. He’ll be given a thin rectangular pad and will be expected to absorb the heavy blows of every big man that wishes to score. His own health will be disregarded, as long he is able to stay upright, the blows will continue to come. On another day, he’ll be told to work on post drills. He’ll match up on Chas and Tony, this time without the comfort of a block pad, and absorb elbows, forearms and head bumps. He’ll be abused by the “big men” possession after possession. After his tireless work as a dummy, he’ll line up and run suicides and sprints with the team. Finally, after hours of brutal and exhausting work, it’s time for a shower and a meal in the Pit. After the hours of practice, his day is not over. He must still balance the difficult task of being a student-athlete. He must gather his books and notepads and rush off to meet study groups, prepare presentations and study for quizzes and exams. He is expected to balance four hours of practice and a full course load, while missing several days a semester to travel to road games. He must learn to balance his time, and he rarely has time to kick back and relax. He must constantly be on top of his work, while balancing the difficult task of memorizing plays and spending long hours in the gym.

So, one might ask, why do they that they may never be able to do it? Why does my roommate go to the scorer’s table and check spend hours of his life being in. The walk-ons realize their abused and being dominated, role. They don’t have delusions of knowing that he will rarely see grandeur. time on the court? Because, My roommate doesn’t expect he knows that he matters. He to shoot free throws at Cameron knows that, despite his relatively with the game on the line. But, he unknown role, he knows that does realize his importance. he is vital to the team’s success. He realizes that he matters to He, along with the other walkthe success and the development ons, realizes of the team. He that for five knows that when days out of the Ish, CJ, Chas, The walk-ons have a job that week, they are Farouq and L.D. very few would endure. They take the court the opponent. willingly sacrifice their bodDepending on to the sounds of the day, my “Zombie Nation” ies, knowing that they may roommate can and “Jump never be able to go to the be a power Around,” he is scorer’s table and check in. forward from there with them. Boston College He can look out or a small there and realize forward from Duke. He knows that he was Gani Lawal. But, it that how well he mimics the makes him feel better when he opponent will determine how looks at the game and realizes that prepared the starters are come the power move Tony just put on game day. His ability to study and Lawal was the same move that got become the other school’s player him in practice. And he knows helps show the starters what they that he matters, he knows that will be facing when the cameras it was his work ethic that taught start rolling. Tony about Lawal’s tendencies. So, what is it that really makes And when the Demons win, when them do it? Is it the free gear, the fight song starts playing, he’s the pleasure of being able to skip right there, at the back of the line, classes to travel and sit on the hidden at the end of the bench. bench at Cameron Indoor and And he — and other walk-ons like the Dean Dome? Or is it the him — will always be there. They realization that they have the will always be behind the stars, ability to help win games? The pushing them to be better. walk-ons have a job that very few would endure. They willingly Hamlin Wade is a sophomore from sacrifice their bodies, knowing Charlotte, N.C.

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Students struggle with juggling activities Balancing course work with Greek activities can overwhelm students James Hornstein Staff columnist


niversity students are passionate about a variety of subjects, which is why the student body is so bold and unique. However, though it is close to impossible to touch a chord with each member of the student body, it is possible to identify certain core topics or subjects that interest the large majority. Some of the most controversial topics on campus include academics and Greek life. I have examined political bipartisanship often in my other articles, but I think applying the concept toward issues that are constantly on the mind of the student body is important. In each of the

following issues, I will describe one perspective and interests. In order for this to work, it is then the other just to get each opinion out important for professors to strike the delicate there. Due to the short nature of the article balance between trying to introduce a subject there is no way enough print will be given to and trying to pass on their dedication, desire each subject, but I think giving and love to a student who each sides position in a sentence is being pulled in many or two, helps work towards the directions. I have examined political bipartisan ideal. Also, it is important for bipartisanship often in my The university makes no teachers to avoid timeother articles, but I think apqualms about the extreme rigor consuming assignments that of their curriculum, as our could easily be categorized as plying the concept toward nickname is “Work Forest.” busy work. issues that are constantly Often, students grow frustrated Greek life on campus is a on the mind of the student with the work because they see dominant force that affects all it as too time consuming, or, parts of life. There are positives body is important. more importantly, they are not and negatives to delaying interested in the given subject. freshmen recruitment to the Professors view this attitude as spring. foolish because the only way to truly become The positives include going out to meet good at something is to spend time on it, as and feel out the fraternity or sorority over an outlaid in Malcolm Gladwell’s “Outliers.” extended period of time. Also, students are able Also, the liberal arts centered curriculum is to get involved and figure out the extracurricular meant to inspire students toward new subjects activities and alternative directions they are

interested in and want to become a part of before Greek life begins to absorb a lot of their free time. Unfortunately, Greek life can polarize the campus and make former friends distant, despite their close bonds before the pledge process. Greek life has enormous potential to add to our vibrant campus; however, sometimes the negatives of the process can be a tough pill to swallow. These are just two of the many issues that are frequently on the mind of the average university student and this article does not fully provide them justice. However, when conflict arises the easiest way to work through the situation is to understand the other side of the coin. Though our politicians often fail in this task, it would be nice if university students could work toward a bipartisanship on a daily individual basis. James Hornstein is a freshman from Lincoln, RI.

Discovering the Right Solution | Constructive Criticism

Conservatives must gear up for ‘Green Revolution’ Seth Williford


Staff columnist

ew York Times columnist Thomas Friedman spoke to a packed Wait Chapel last week to discuss his recent book Hot, Flat and Crowded: Why We Need a Green Revolution — and How It Can Renew America. Friedman’s main point was that a globalized world is increasing the population, increasing prosperity and increasing pollution. In his theory, these three trends are converging to make a world where more people are rich, crowding out more space and increasing the threat of global warming. Whether you agree or disagree with Friedman’s analysis, it’s clear that he has thought deeply about these issues and offers a logical argument for his hypothesis of an increasingly hot, flat and crowded world. Though he is lampooned by some conservatives, I have always had a great deal of respect for Friedman and his writing, even if I haven’t always agreed with what he has to say. Though he may offer ideas and proposals that are anathema to some conservatives, he understands

that humans respond to incentives, summed up in his repeated comment that “price matters.” Without this basic understanding of human nature, any government plans or actions are doomed to fail, or at the very least, will have severe unintended consequences Globalization is one of the defining issues of our generation. Our economic and trade policy is wrapped up in how to best promote global trade, and how to manage the domestic consequences of globalization. The War on Terror started because of Islamic extremists’ aversion to a globalized world, and their violent reactions to it. Our foreign policy is heavily influenced by our demand for cheap oil, and how we deal with countries such as Saudi Arabia that we are allied with; yet, serve as examples of regimes that are far less free than we would prefer. Friedman pays particular attention to the policy problems of preserving cheap oil, while also managing totalitarian governments. One of Friedman’s more compelling arguments is his concept of the “First Law of Petropolitics;” in brief, in oil-based economies, as the price of oil climbs the amount of freedom in that country declines. One qualifier is that, for his law to apply, it must be an economy where oil was discovered generally before a stable government had developed. That is

how the United States, namely Texas, glorified golf cart that is supposed to managed significant oil revenues ride around campus soon in lieu of a without having the negative impacts bus, and despite the recyclable trays on freedom that has exemplified some in the Pit, these advances are merely Middle Eastern powers. a drop in the bucket for a greater Friedman calls for a “Green problem that the world faces. Revolution,” much like the Industrial One of the most available options Revolution. We’ll know when that would help to alleviate our Friedman’s Green Revolution takes dependence on fossil fuels would place when the word “green” is no be a conversion to more nuclear longer necessary, and when companies technology. President Obama has must become energy efficient or supported this idea, but the big hang implode. To put it up has been where lightly, this is a do or to store the waste, die situation. as minimal as it is. Conservatives have spent so Conservatives The original plan much time lampooning the have long been was to place nuclear concept of global warming derisive of anything waste in a remote that we have not taken the having to do with segment of Nevada, the word “green.” but when the Senate opportunity to develop free To most of us, when majority leader is market policy provisions we hear “green” we from Nevada, and is that would help to develop hear “hippie,” and in a tough reelection many will just brush new energy sources that are race, the possibility off any suggestion becomes increasingly more efficient, less costly and of environmental unlikely. environmentally friendly. friendliness on the What the world way to fill up our needs is a new source SUVs. The problem of energy, and the with this to me is United States must that conservatives are missing out supply it. on an opportunity to make money Friedman proposed a revenue by developing a renewable energy neutral gas tax while also cutting source, or coming up with ways to payroll taxes, a measure that would conserve energy. The university serves forcibly find a new energy source to as a potent example. Having hired supplant high gas prices. This would a sustainability director, the school be an effective policy, because of its has made a direct effort to conserve dependence on the price mechanism. energy on campus. But, despite the However, it would also be crippling to

many of the poor in this country who can scarce afford to pay for higher energy costs. This is my great lamentation. Conservatives have spent so much time lampooning the concept of global warming that we have not taken the opportunity to develop free market policy provisions that would help to develop new energy sources that are more efficient, less costly and environmentally friendly. Whether we believe in global warming or not, everyone agrees that cleaner air and a healthier environment are good. Teddy Roosevelt was a conservationist, and Republicans should embrace that heritage of conservatism in politics and in nature. We should embrace our devotion to a free market to develop policies and energy sources that make our people freer. Freer because of our freedom from Middle Eastern dictators. Freer because of cheaper energy costs. Freer because of a healthier quality of life devoid of pollution. Friedman is right; we need a Green Revolution. But, the Green Revolution will only be successful if it embraces capitalism and revolutionizes our economy in the same way that the Industrial Revolution and the IT Revolution fundamentally altered our economy and our way of life. Seth Williford is a junior political science major from Silson, N.C.

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Woods finally emerging to admit wrongdoing Tiger Woods will break his silence Feb. 19, at which time he will speak to a small circle of confidantes in Florida and apologize for his behavior and discuss his plans for the future. According to a statement issued by his agent, Mark Steinberg, and his spokesman, Glenn Greenspan, “Tiger Woods will be speaking to a small group of friends, colleagues and close associates at the TPC Sawgrass Clubhouse in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. Tiger plans to discuss his past and his future and he plans to apologize for his behavior.” The news conference will occur during the middle of the Accenture Match Play Championship, one of the sponsors that dropped Woods during his sex scandal. His agent said media will be limited. Woods has been on an indefinite break from golf and hasn’t spoken publicly since crashing his SUV outside his home on Nov. 27, which was followed by media reports detailing extramarital affairs. Woods has since said he’s been unfaithful to his wife, Elin.


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Ish Smith made Wake Forest history the night of Feb. 13. The senior point guard scored 10 points against Georgia Tech to eclipse 1,000 total points for his career. Smith is only the second Deacon in program history to have at least 1,000 points and 500 assists to his name. Skip Brown (1974-77) is the only other basketball player in Wake Forest hisSmith tory to accomplish this feat. Behind Smith’s strong leadership and smart play, the Deacs pulled away from the Yellow Jackets in the second half to snag a crucial 75-64 victory. The win puts Wake Forest in second place in the ACC, only a game back of Duke in the conference standings.

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By John Kuchno | Staff writer One would think the same Demon Deacon baseball club that failed to qualify for the 2009 Atlantic Coast

Conference Championship Tournament, finished with the highest earned run average and the most hits allowed was doomed for the 2010 season. But with the hire of new head coach Tom Walter and the addition of a talented recruiting class, the Deacs are set to improve this season. Walter, who has been a success in all his former coaching stints (particularly at the University of New Orleans), has high hopes for his new club. “It starts with pitch-

ing and I am pleased with our depth. the plate, also, as Walter currently has From pitchers 6-10, we can match up Stadler slated to hit in the sixth spot of with anyone,” Walter said. Walter will the order. Hitting behind the talented be counting on sophomore Austin Sta- bats of co-captains Mike Murray and dler, who was named preseason second Steven Brooks, Stadler will have many team All-ACC by, as chances to drive in runs. the ace of the staff and the Friday night With that being said, the success starter. of the Demon Deacons this spring “On Friday nights, I have to give my is extremely dependent on Stadler’s team the best chance to win,” Stadler play. said. The lefty has a good opportunity at being a big-time game changer at See Baseball, Page B4

Ranked for the first time, Deacons lose By Alex Botoman | Staff writer

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After a 75-64 home victory over Georgia Tech propelled Wake Forest into the rankings for the first time all season, the No. 23 Deacons looked primed to secure second place in the conference in Blacksburg, Va., against Virginia Tech. But a second-half collapse allowed the Hokies to steal a win and send the Deacs back into the logjam in the middle of the standings. Wake Forest knew the challenge it was facing in Georgia Tech. The Yellow Jackets ran all over the Deacons in a 79-58 rout in Atlanta earlier in the year, holding Wake to 33 percent shooting while making 54 percent of their own shots -– the most for a Wake opponent all season. The second meeting between the two sides started out looking eerily similar to the first. Once again, Wake Forest was the dominant team in the opening minutes, scoring the first eight points of the game and building an early 15-5 advantage. And just like the game in the Thrillerdome, the Yellow Jackets came swarming back, stringing together a 15-4 run to take the lead at 23-22. From there the teams would veer off-script. Instead of collapsing in the face of Georgia Tech’s momentum, Wake Forest rallied back, but each Deacon run was quickly answered by one from the Yellow Jackets. The game, which featured eight ties and eight lead changes, brought to mind the constant back-and-forth of a boxing match -– at times

literally as Tech’s Zachery Peacock was assessed a technical foul for a shove of Chas McFarland midway through the opening stanza. The officials were just about the only thing that could get between the two teams in the first half as they entered the break tied 37-37 “We just had a lot of hate in our heart from the whupping they gave us down in Atlanta,” freshman Ari Stewart said. “We came out and said, ‘We’re going to punch them in the face before they punch us in the face.’” The second half started much like the first. Wake Forest twice gained separation, only to watch Georgia Tech slowly chip away at the lead and tie the game again. The Yellow Jackets would take a brief 62-60 lead on a Derrick Favors layup with nine minutes to play, but from there the Demon Deacons would take over for good. The raucous crowd of 14,296 roared its approval as the Deacs did not give up another field goal, ending the game on a 15-2 run to seal the victory. The Deacons’ success came in their ability to limit the effectiveness of Georgia Tech’s stars. Talented freshman Derrick Favors, who recorded 11 points, nine rebound and five blocks against Wake in January was held to only four points, two rebounds and no blocks. Point guard Iman Shumpert (9.3 ppg) was held without a single point on 0-for-7 shooting. It was a night of milestones for Wake Forest as Al-Farouq Aminu grabbed his 500th career rebound and Ish Smith scored his 1,000th career point. Smith, who entered the game

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Senior Chas McFarland dunks in the Deacs big win over Gerogia Tech Feb. 14.

Media handles death of Olympian distastefully By Calais Zagarow | Staff writer

I have always associated the Olympics with a greater theme, a central purpose that goes beyond breaking records and sport competition and into the humanistic realms of nostalgia and tear-jerking narratives. The romantic in me has long fallen for the patriotic lore of American athletes attaining the highest of honors in the international arena. I have wept during the emotional Visa advertisements that almost too obviously pry into our psyche for even the smallest ounce of cathartic release. And yes, I have even found myself caught up in the ‘oh-so-shocking’ scandals of athletes, from photographs of gold medal gods using marijuana to the gossip of Olympic Village nightlife. However, until the recent tragic passing of Nodar Kumaritashvili, I never really saw that there is more to the social side





of the Olympic games than gossip and intrigue. There exists an exploitation of the world’s most athletic and a monopolizing and capitalizing off of what is supposed to be man’s most organic competition. The perfect example of this is the discussion surrounding the video of the young Georgian ice luger soaring to his death. What bothers me the most about the passing of Kumaritashvili is not the occurrence itself. As many announcers on NBC and ESPN have reminded us, this is not the first time that an athlete has died during training or competition at the Olympic games. However, the manner in which the media and its audiences have handled the tragic incident is beyond deplorable and borderline pornographic. On YouTube, all of the top hits for “luge crash Olympics” that refer to Kumaritishavili’s accident have gleaned thousands, if not hundreds of thousands,

of views in less than a week. Some of these videos are of random people or newscasts about the incident. However, there are other links that lead to still images with warnings from YouTube reading, “This is not the raw video. This video is too graphic for YouTube,” and directing the viewer to ABC News’ official Web site where the raw footage has been on display for the world to see and re-see. Is this not disturbing, that one of the world’s most reputable news sources is not only displaying the raw video, but also has it listed as “most popular,” ahead of stories titled “Newly Released Photos of 9/11” (coincidence?) and another story about the accident titled “Georgian Luger Dies in Training Run”? What does this say about us as a people, as a generation? Has a decade of tragedy desensitized us to the point that we can watch a 21-year-old die in the face of a steel pole at 90 mph over and over again? I understand that we are curious, that we want to remain

informed and perhaps even maintain awareness of the risks that Olympians take in the name of their countries and their careers. However, no father should have to avoid the television so as to not witness his son die ten times every hour. Better yet, no society should condone such exploitation of a young man’s fatal mistake, the accidental destruction of a human life. It is essential that we look at all sporting incidents that are this controversial and intriguing and examine their greater significance. It is enough that competition has come to a point where athletes are willing to risk their lives and health in order to win. It is even more terrifying that we live in a world where the tragedy of this ambition is so common and entertaining that it is natural to be stoic in the face of these events despite how blatantly disrespectful they are of the sanctity of human life.

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By Joe Maugeri | Staff writer Earlier this month, the women’s golf team kicked off the spring portion of its schedule with a trip to the Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge, where they were led by freshman Michelle Shin, who fired rounds of 72-70-79 en route to an eighth place finish. The freshman standout has played in every event for the Deacons so far and has posted a 75.3 stroke average throughout her freshman campaign. The summer before coming to Wake Forest, Shin qualified for and played in the US Women’s Open and has also advanced all the way to the round of 16 in the 2008 US Women’s Amateur. How did your golf career begin? I started playing when I was seven years old, so it has been eleven years now. At first I started playing with just my dad, but then I started getting serious and practiced every day. When did you realize that golf was your game?

I actually did not know at first. For the first couple of years I just kind of played because I did not really play any other sports when I was young. As I kept playing, I realized I did not have the time to play other sports because I got so into golf and started competing nationally.

finally made it and it was one of my best experiences.

How do you balance school and golf? I have been trying to juggle both for most of my life, so coming into college was really not that difficult. Traveling and missing a lot of classes can be tough. Golf is not like any other sport. Tournaments are three to four day events, so it can be tough.

Why did you choose Wake Forest? I wanted to go to a school where there were actual seasons. I am from Florida, so I wanted to get away from the heat, but still be able to play golf every day. I liked the school itself and knew some of the team in advance, too.

What is your favorite tournament that you have ever played in? My favorite tournament was the US Open. It was definitely amazing. I tried to qualify for about six years and I could never make it through qualifying, but last year I

New golf facility to be named after women’s golf coach Athletic Director Ron Wellman announced on Feb. 16 that the new golf learning center that is under construction will be named after current women’s golf coach Dianne Dailey. The facility is in the final stages of construction and will be open for use by mid-March. When open, it will feature a heated hitting bay, a state-of-the-art V1 filming system and the newest TrackMan golf technology. In addition, the learning center will host an indoor putting room and a new TOMI video system. Dailey has overseen the women’s golf team for the last 22 years, winning three ACC titles and making12 NCAA Championship appearances.

If you could play a round of golf with anybody, who would it be? It would probably be Michael Jordan. He loves to golf and is really cool, too.

Where do you see yourself ten years from now? Honestly, I have no idea, but I would like to play professionally one day. If you could play any sport at Wake what would play? I would definitely play soccer. I really think that

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soccer is one of the coolest sports to be good at, but I am not too good at any other sports to be honest. I do like to play other sports, though. What is your favorite childhood toy? Definitely my Sit ‘n Spin. I used to play with that thing all of the time. What is your favorite Winston-Salem restaurant? Ishi is definitely my favorite. It is cheap and fast and it is really good. Everything is really good there. What is your favorite aspect of golf? A lot of people do not realize that there is a lot of adrenaline involved in golf. It takes so much more than just skill. You need to be mentally strong and physically strong as well. It is a very complex game. If only one part of your game is good, it does not mean that you are going to be the best. You have to be strong in all aspects of the game in order to succeed.

Men’s soccer adds eight players to 2010 recruiting class

Football team announces 2010 schedule

Head Coach Jay Vidovich announced on Feb. 16 that the men’s soccer team has complied an eightplayer class for 2010. The class includes: Kofi Agyapong of North Salem, N.Y., Chris Duvall of Duluth, Ga., Kyle Emerson of Cypress, Texas, Tolani Ibikunle of Wynnewood, Pa., Ryan Metts of Raleigh, N.C., Justin Orden of Scarsdale, N.Y., Ross Tomaselli of Wilmington, N.C., and Jared Watts of Statesville, N.C. Agyapong, Emerson, Orden and Watts each enrolled early, beginning as students in January, and are already practicing with the team. The four others, Duvall, Ibikunle, Metts and Tomaselli, will arrive on campus this summer.

After a disappointing 2009 campaign, the Wake Forest football team can officially set its sights on next year’s opponents. The 2010 schedule features six home games, including a Thursday night match-up to open the season, and six away games. Home opponents are: Presbyterian College on Sept. 2, Duke on Sept. 9, Georgia Tech on Oct. 2, Navy on Oct. 9, Boston College on Nov. 6 and Clemson on Nov. 20. Away opponents are: Stanford on Sept. 18, Florida State on Sept. 25, Virginia Tech on Oct. 16, Maryland on Oct. 30, N.C. State on Nov. 13, and Vanderbilt on Nov. 27.

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Lady Deacs advance ACC record with win over B.C. By Maggie Cancelosi | Staff writer

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Despite a tough schedule against ACC rivals Maryland and Boston College on Feb. 11 and Feb. 14, the Wake Forest women’s basketball team holds a respectable record of 15-10. During the game against Maryland, the Demon Deacons had a strong performance in the first half, including a lead of 6 points at 17:27. Junior guard Camille Collier dominated the court with 20 points, while teammate Brittany Waters added 19 points and a career-high five 3-point field goals. Secily Ray put up 10 points as well as the game-high 14 rebounds. The competitive matchup of the two teams was most apparent in the close shooting statistics from the 3-point line. While the Deacs were 45 percent, Maryland was 42 percent. At the end of the half, Terrapin Lori Bjork’s 3-pointer gave Maryland a slight lead of 29-71 at the half. The battle for court dominance ensued when the Demon Deacons led 34-31 with 17:51, but the score tied two minutes later at 36-36. The Terrapins took command, but a layup from freshman Sandra Garcia closed the gap to 61-62. In response, the Terrapins increased their lead

in the final minutes to conclude the game with a 70-65 victory. The trip to Chestnut Hill was worth it for the Demon Deacons, who beat Boston College 60-56 and advanced their Atlantic Coast Conference record to 6-5. With her 32 minutes of play, Waters represented the Deacons well with 19 points and six rebounds. Guard Secily Ray added to her impressive record of 17 points and 7 rebounds, while establishing a lead for the Deacs at 9:19. Camille Collier threw 11 points on the scoreboard, while freshman Sandra Garcia put up 10 points, including free throws that finalized the Deacon victory. “Our effort and execution of the game plan versus Boston College showed our ability to mature and rebound from a tough loss to Maryland,” Collier said. “We played well in both games but we didn’t make enough plays at the end of the Maryland game to win and we were able to do that against B.C. We are very excited because we are in contention to have a very special finish to our season, but we are only focusing on one game at a time.” The ACC victory also comes with bragging rights, because the Feb. 14 game marked the first Demon Deacon win over Boston College since the match-up began in 2006. Wake Forest will take on yet another ACC rival, North Carolina, on Feb. 18th, with a home game against NC Central four days later.

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The Lady Deacs split their last two games, a loss to Maryland followed by a win against Boston College, to bring the team’s overall record to 15-10.

No. 15 men’s tennis swings to victory in Virginia matches By Laven Newsom | Contributing writer

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The men’s tennis team has bounced back from early season hurdles, taking down William and Mary and VCU on the road.

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The 15th ranked men’s tennis team rebounded well from an early season loss to Kentucky by winning both matches on their swing through Virginia. The Deacons road trip began in Williamsburg as the team rolled over William & Mary 5-2, dropping only the doubles point and one singles match. The 16th ranked and normally reliable duo of Iain Atkinson and Steven Forman began the match by dropping a close doubles battle 6-8 for their first loss of the season. Zinn “We started great against William and Mary,” Atkinson said. “We held serve and then broke going up 2-0. But then we let a couple of points slip that we are normally very good at closing out.” The Tribe was then able to secure the doubles point by defeating the Deacon team of Frank “Tripper” Carleton and Jonathan Wolff in another close 6-8 contest. “We knew coming into this season that doubles wasn’t necessarily out strong point so we were aware that losses would come,” Wolff said. “But all that’s going to do is help us down the road so we focused on staying positive and coming back hard in singles.” In the break between singles and doubles, Coach Jeff Zinn focused on staying

positive and reminded the team how confident he was in the team’s singles prowess. Wolff said Zinn stressed to “stay optimistic and while there was disappointment at losing doubles it was only one point and he knew we could hold our own in singles.” The Deacs stayed positive and Wake rebounded well in singles play by winning five out of six matches in convincing fashion. Freshman Danny Kreyman led the way by downing his opponent in consecutive sets 6-3, 6-1 to set up a string of four straight Deacon victories that paved the way for the 5-2 win. Senior captain Steven Forman was positive about his team’s play, but knew the team had ‘some kinks that we need to work out.’ Next up for the Deacs was the Virginia Commonwealth University Rams. Early on, it looked like Wake had worked out all of the kinks that Forman had mentioned. Unlike the W&M match where Wake started slow, against the Rams the Deacons came roaring out of the gate, sweeping all three doubles matches and earning the doubles point. Forman and Atkinson avenged their loss the day before by defeating their opponents 8-7 (4). While the duo of Wolff and Carleton also enacted revenge by defeating their opponents by a score of 8-2. The number two doubles combination of Zach Leslie and Kreyman also pulled out the 8-2 victory to give the Deacs a crucial 1-0 lead going into singles play. Singles play proved a bit tricky for the Deacons as the pesky Rams came out of nowhere to steal three out of six singles. However, crucial wins by Carleton at two singles, Wolff at four singles and Leslie at six singles gave

Wake the critical three points it needed to secure the victory. Wolff was not surprised that the Rams were able to rebound in singles. “Generally a team that goes down in doubles comes out firing in singles. It was inevitable that they would put up a fight,” he said. We were prepared to weather the storm and we knew that we had to pick up our level of play.” And the Deacons did just that as they beat the Rams 4-3 to improve to 3-1 on the young season. The road-weary Deacons return to action Feb. 20 at noon against ETSU and everyone on the team is looking forward to playing on their home turf. “It’s good to play at home,” Wolff said. “At home we have the crowd behind us and an overall better atmosphere.” While the Deacs are looking forward to staying on campus for a few weeks they know they have a tough ACC slate ahead of them and it’s important not to get complacent. Atkinson knows the Deacs play in one of the best conferences in the country, and it’s important to retain a high level of intensity. “Obviously we are up against one of, if not the best team in the country in Virginia, which is one of the reasons that the ACC is so strong every year,” Atkinson said. The Deacons know that in order for Wake to return to the ACC championship they need their three freshmen in the starting lineup to come through when it counts but Atkinson has faith that they can come through when it counts. “Although we have a very young team with three freshmen starting in the lineup, they all have great experience and all of the guys on the team know what we have to do,” he said.

W. golf finishes eighth in Northrop Grumman Challenge By Lauren Howell | Staff writer

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To kick off their spring season last week, the women’s varsity golf team left the snow drifts of Winston-Salem behind and travelled to the Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge in Palos Verdes, Calif. The team had a solid finish of eighth place in a field of 15 teams with a final-round score of 305, and was led by freshman Michelle Shin and junior Natalie Sheary, who tied for seventh in individual rankings. The breakout player for the Deacs was unquestionably Shin, who on Feb. 5 scored eight straight pars on the first nine holes and then seven consecutive more on the back side, putting her at one-over 72. Although Shin played in all four events of the fall season, this was her first time being at the top of the score board for the Deacs. Woods “It was a pretty difficult course, so I played with the mindset of trying to make pars and not get ahead of myself,” Shin, a native of Cape Coral, Fla., said. “I didn’t really play too aggressively, but focused more on staying consistent.” On Feb. 16, Shin continued to shine with consistency, carding three birdies and 13 pars for a

career low of one-under 70 and putting her at even par for the first 36 holes of the tournament. Shin went into the final round tied for third place individually. “I try to stay in the fairways and whenever I do miss a green, I focus on getting that up and down to save,” Shin said. “I’m not that much of an emotional player, so just staying calm throughout the entire round and through each shot really helped me throughout the week.” Sheary came in just one stroke behind Shin on Monday, and then fired a respectable three-over 74 on Feb. 16. And the two-time All-American showed her ability to finish strong in the final round, racking up fifteen pars for a score of 3-over 74. Despite her key role as a leader in the fall season, sophomore Cheyenne Woods got off to a rough start in the first two rounds, but was able to come back Feb. 17 with three birdies to finish two-over 73 and tie for 54th. Freshman Stephanie Kim came in one shot ahead of Woods, tying for 51st, and Senior Dolores White had a final round of 79 which tied her for 67th. Shin lost her steady momentum in the final round, scoring an eight-over 79, but the tournament still comes in as her best collegiate finish. “The snow in Winston-Salem really made it tough for us to practice when we got back from our month long break,” said Shin. “I think it just made us rusty and not exactly the most prepared we could have been for this tournament. But we didn’t do all that bad considering the fact we could only had a few practices weeks prior to the event.”

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Junior Natalie Sheary drives the ball down the fairway. The Lady Deacs finished eighth out of 15 teams in the Northrop Grumman Challenge.

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Deacs place well at NYC Duals meet Baseball: Deacons set higher goals Continued from Page B1

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Members of the men’s and women’s track and field teams headed to New York City for the NYC Duals meet. The meet included a first place finish in the distance medley relay. Next up is the Virginia Tech Challenge. By Allison Lange | Senior writer

Michelle Lange 2nd Caroline Vaughn 2nd On Feb. 13, the men’s and women’s track and field teams traveled to New York City for the NYC Duals meet, held at The Armory. The women had a strong performance, with seniors Caroline Vaughn and Alex Gove leading the way. Vaughn ran a 8.53 in the 60m hurdles to take second place, with Gove close behind in fifth with a time of 8.95. Gove also placed seventh in the 400m, running a 56.62. Then in the 4x400m relay, Vaughn and Gove, along with freshman Maddy Ricco and senior Nicole Castronuova took second place with a time of 3:48.90. The women’s distance medley relay team of junior Caitlin Crawford, freshman Myesha Barr, and sophomores Laura Rapp and Molly Binder took first place overall, running the medley relay in 11:53.71.

Other strong performances on the women’s side came from sophomore pole vaulter Michelle Lange, who placed second with a vault of 11-9.75. Binder took second in the 800m run with a time of 2:10.92 and sophomore Dina Nosenko placed first in the mile run with a time of 4:49.71. The men also saw some strong performances, led by seniors Jon Reid and Brent LaRue and junior Tyler Dodds. Dodds took sixth in the 200m dash with a time of 22.07. Reid placed first in the 400m dash with a NCAA provisional qualifying time of 47.14. However, Reid doesn’t want to stay complacent with his provisional time. “I feel pretty good about my 400 last weekend as it was my first 400 race of the season,” Reid said. “I did make an NCAA provisional time but that really does not mean much because a lot of people NCAA provisional and still don’t make it to NCAA’s. I will need to run about a second faster to make it for sure.”

LaRue had an impressive pole vault performance, placing second and vaulting a school record of 16-2.75. Sophomore Trey Blanton placed close behind LaRue at fourth, clearing a personal best of 15-9.00. Dodds, Reid, LaRue and Hill joined together to run the 4x400m relay for the Deacons. The men ran a 3:12.11 and came in second overall. “This meet was the first one that our full 4x4 team ran together,” Reid said. “I was glad we ran a 3:12, but I know that we can all drop some time off of our individual splits so we hope to do well at our conference meet.” Senior Thomas Sensing turned in an impressive shot-put performance, throwing a season best 54-6.50 and taking second place. Hill took ninth in the long jump competition, jumping 21-1.50. Senior Marcus Dillon and freshman Garret Drogosch placed 10th and 11th in the 3,000m run, respectively. Next weekend, Feb. 19-20, the men’s and women’s teams will travel to Blacksburg, Va., for the Virginia Tech Challenge in preparation for the ACC Indoor Championships.

Junior captain Steven Brooks is also optimistic for this revitalized Demon Deacon team. He spoke about the noticeable improvement of his teammates throughout the fall and winter. “Everybody has been working hard and placing it upon themselves to improve. I told them that if you’re going to be lazy, you’re going to stick out,” Brooks said. Brooks also realizes the importance of his own bat in the middle of the lineup. “I need to provide a dominant spot in the middle of the order and be very active on base.” But Brooks knows that he cannot do it alone. As the leader of the outfield, he expressed a lot of excitement in playing alongside sophomore Carlos Lopez and fellow junior Ryan Semeniuk. Although Lopez will be playing right field for the first time, he acknowledged his athletic ability and big bat. With Brooks, Lopez and senior captain Mike Murray comprising the middle of the order, the Deacs will have a dangerous, powerful, and experienced group of hitters who will be tough outs for opposing pitchers. Another important member who will be vital to the team’s success is freshman Patrick Blair. Blair, a talented shortstop from Calvert Hall College in Baltimore, is a winner. As a four-year letterwinner, Blair won four MIAA “A” Conference titles. Coach Walter explained how Blair’s success in the fall, hard work during the winter, and winning mentality earned him the starting shortstop position and leadoff spot in the batting order. “He shows great instincts and passion for the game. As he matures, he should be the backbone of this ballclub defensively,” Walter said. Murray reiterated the importance of Blair this season, and showed a lot of faith and hopefulness for the young freshman. “Pat Blair is important. He will experience some learning curve, but he shows great actions at short. He has a strong arm and the ability to hit doubles into gaps,” Murray said. The hire of Tom Walter as head coach has brought new hope to the program. Co-captains Murray and Brooks have helped Walter instill a hard-working mentality and provided leadership for this program on the rise. An exciting season for the Diamond Deacons is on the horizon as the ballclub looks forward to competing in the ACC.


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By Grace Beehler | Staff writer As second semester gets underway, most sophomores and juniors are occupied with school work, extracurriculars, declaring majors, study abroad applications, MCAT and LSAT classes and a slew of other activities. And to add to this daunting workload, students desperately search for the coveted summer internship. Internships have become an essential experience bridging education and the real world work environment. They serve as a way to test the waters in a profession, to make sure that you will actually enjoy what you want to do for a living. The process of summer internships –– finding one, applying to it, maybe getting a curt e-mail response (“Thank you for your interest. We will be in touch”), eventually scoring a prized interview and then, finally, getting an offer –– is a process that usually only makes it through the first few steps. In many cases, applicants are left waiting to hear back from organizations and companies. It comes down to getting your foot in the door any way possible. Whether it is relentlessly sending e-mails or asking your parents’ friends to put in a good word, perseverance is essential. It is an intimidating process, much like the college application process, because there are so many qualified college students searching for the same internships in New York City, Washington, D.C., and other metropolitan areas. But, fear not, for the university has good advice and useful resources to help those in need of internships.

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Finding an Internship First, if you have not already done so, make an appointment with Career Services. Career Services has the best resources for finding internships. Register on ECHO, the online job and internship site specifically designed for the university students and for local internships. UCAN, another online job and internship database, has partners with numerous other colleges and universities. UCAN provides listings on nationwide and

international internships and fellowships. and JobCentral are additional databases useful in searching for internships. These resources –– as well as many others –– can be found on the Career Services Website. But it is not enough just to register on these sites. If companies are on campus, make an effort to talk to the representatives and make plans to follow up with a phone call or e-mail. Always take business cards and don’t be afraid to use them. If you are searching for internships on your own, be sure to keep an open mind and do not be afraid to look at smaller, lesser known organizations. Usually, the smaller organizations or new companies will give you a better, more personalized experience. Finally, do not limit yourself to paid internships. The hopes of the ideal paid internship fly out the window when you realize that they are exponentially more competitive and when you do not hear back from places, desperation sinks in and you yourself would ultimately pay anyone for an internship. Applying for an Internship Applying for an internship rivals applying for college, in many respects. Many students are applying to well over 10 organizations with the hopes of hearing back from only one or two. In her quest to find a summer internship junior Emily Prezioso, an English major, researched close to 30 different internships and then applied to 14. “I received confirmation from two companies confirming that they got my application, one telling me that they would be on hiatus during the time that I have available. I haven’t heard from the other 12 or so –– maybe the applications are lost in cyberspace?” Regardless, Prezioso has hope that because she applied early, it may be a while until she hears back from the other places. “Last year,” she said, “I didn’t receive any information from most places until mid-March. I still have other internships I would like to apply for that do not even post their applications until March.” Again, go to Career Services for a resume review. Organizations and companies get piles of internship applications and they are looking for a reason to throw some of them out immediately. Double check for typos and be sure to get the application in before the deadline. Also, be sure to research the internship for which you are applying. Acknowledge an aspect of the company that is of particular interest to you. Whether it is the company’s history, the goals of the company or the meticulous attention to the client, be specific. Junior Cara Phillips said that she applied for around 10 different internship positions

last summer. She ultimately found an internship in a government organization. “However,” Phillips said, “in the end, it was personal connections that got me interviews with two separate companies and eventually ended in an internship position.” In addition to a resume, cover letter and references, it is becoming popular to use blogs as a form of self-advertisement. If you are an artist, graphic designer, or writer, for example, show off your accomplishments with a blog. When writing a cover letter, play up an experience you have already had, whether or not it is work-related. For example, if you worked as a coach or counselor, talk about the leadership and organizational skills that were required for the position, even if it does not necessarily have anything to do with the internship for which you are applying. Interviewing If you get an interview, take a deep breath. You are almost there. Chances are that if you give a decent interview, then you will get the internship. Be yourself, sound excited, show a lot of interest. Research the company and try to anticipate questions that the interviewer may ask. Be positive and give good –– but relatively short –– anecdotes. At the end of the interview, be sure to ask pertinent and interesting questions. Follow up with a thankyou note. Make it last more than a summer So you get the internship. Whether you spend your summer grabbing coffee for your boss and doing the mail or taking part in more important, rewarding tasks, make the best of your summer and look toward the future. Use the resources the company has to offer and network. Make connections and stay in touch with co-workers and people you meet. If all else fails And if you do not get an internship, the university has many opportunities for you to get your foot in the door. If you plan on studying abroad, find a program that offers an internship. Prior experience will greatly benefit when applying for future internships. Wake Washington is a great program that places students in internships in Washington, D.C., over the summer. Wake also offers many summer fellowships, grants and scholarships, like the Richter scholarship. These give students the opportunity to take part in a unique, personalized experience. Furthermore, talking to professors about working with them over

the summer is also notable route. Junior Katelyn Goetz hopes to continue research she is working on currently at the university with a research fellowship for the summer. The Physics major said that she hopes that “these experiences help me get into the grad school I wish to attend by refining my lab skill and technical writing.” Another tip for getting a head start with internships is to work on a campaign. You do not need much experience or contacts to work for a political campaign. It builds important skills and also creates valuable contacts. As daunting and disappointing this process may be, the ultimate result is incredibly rewarding. Internships not only reaffirm (or, in some cases, make you question) your career path, but they also provide a much-needed dose of reality outside of the Wake Forest Bubble.

RULES Dress Code Business/”Smart” Casual: Girls: Pressed slacks/skirts with a top and cardigan work excellent for this dress code. Boys: Khakis with a button down shirt is acceptable (both should be pressed). While ties are not necessary, they are appreciated. Business Professional: Girls: While Hilary Clinton has been criticized for wearing pant suits, they really are what business professionals wear. If you aren’t a pantsuit type of girl, then wear a skirt with a jacket. Tuxedo jackets are in style now, so if pair your jacket with slacks or a skirt, you’re in good shape. Your tuxedo jacket can also be worn casually, so the cost per wear of your jacket will go down as well! Boys: Wear your suits to this interview (black or navy blue). Make sure your shirts and pants are pressed and there are no buttons missing. Make sure that your ties do not have critters on them from the ever so famous Vineyard Vines or Lilly Pulitzer collections. Solid red and blue always do the trick. If you want to be even more daring, then go for stripes but not much more than that.

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Ace your internship interview by dressing to impress Nilam Patel News editor

It’s that time of year again when everyone is looking for summer jobs and internships. The Career Center does an excellent job with posting available and relevant internships, but it’s not all up to them. They do the first half –– finding us options and we have to do the second half –– actually landing them. There are several interview tactics that change from time to time that several job seekers and potential employers use, but one main interview tactic still remains the same: dress code. Whether the interview is with your neighbor for a babysitting job or your Congressman for an

internship position, you need to look your best. Here are a few key tips to looking your best while still maintaining your style: DO wear hosiery. This includes tights (sheer black or nude; wool tights in black, deep brown or gray). Do NOT wear stockings you know are something your grandmother would not approve of. Nothing screams “I’m a whore!” more than wearing your ripped fishnets to your interview. DO wear bright colors but only in light splashes. Make sure the majority of your outfit is in a neutral color. If you want to be daring, add a colorful blouse or necklace. But DO NOT wear more than one colorful item, or else it will give off the appeal that you are not serious about the job at hand. (This rule does not apply if you are applying for an arts/fashion related job.) If your pants have belt loops, DO wear a belt! Otherwise you’ll look ridiculous with belt loops and no belt. DO NOT wear low cut or too tight blouses. This also goes along with the “I’m a whore!” statement that your outfit will surely scream. Fabrics

for clothing make a big difference. You don’t have to leave a huge dent in your budget to look nice. Make sure you stay away from fabrics that look cheap such as net or shiny polyester. There is no need to spend a lot of money on clothes, but there is also no need to look unprofessional. Make sure you lint brush your clothes before leaving for your interview. The added step will make all the difference in your appearance. Shoes for girls: Stilettos are always a no. Flats are appropriate for business casual, but shoes with a low heel that is a bit chunkier always appropriate for both business casual are business professional. Also, sandals and open-toed shoes are highly forbidden. Remember to keep your shoes polished and scuff-free! Shoes for boys: black or brown. There is no in between color and your belt should always match your shoes. Wear black socks that are mid-calf so when you sit down, bare skin does not show. Never wear white gym socks with your dress shoes –– you will look ridiculous, trust me –– remember to keep your shoes polished and scuff-free!

Briefcases/purses/pad folios: If you are planning to carry any of these, make sure it matches your belt/shoes. Simple leather in black or brown does the trick and there is no need to be overly fancy. If you do not need a briefcase, then simply don’t bring one. If your interview is on campus, leave your book bag in the waiting room before entering the interview. Grooming for girls: clean eyebrows and fingernails. Do not wear bright nail polish colors and do not wear your fancy bright pink hair bow. Stay with the solids and wear your hair up if possible. If not, make sure your hair is smooth and sleek and definitely do not take this time to try to ‘80s gel scrunched look. You will look like the girls from the “Call on Me” video. Also, remember when wearing make-up: less is more. Use only as much as needed and do not go overboard. Grooming for boys: clean fingernails and a fresh haircut are essentially all that is needed. Your first impression is your appearance so it’s always better to be overdressed than underdressed.

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He Said | Demon Deacons, let’s talk about sex

Consumerism degrades holiday’s message Fashion Legend

The Bible is the most commonly shoplifted book in the world.

Sony Classics released Coco Before Chanel on Feb. 16. Audrey Tautou (of The Da Vinci Code) stars as legendary fashion designer Coco Chanel in a biopic film directed by Anne Fontaine. The movie is based on the Chanel biography, The Nonconformist, by Edmonde Charles-Roux. The movie features many dresses from vintage Chanel collections, and the House of Chanel art director Karl Lagerfeld even stepped onboard to supervise the creation of accessories and costumes.

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So, here we are. Four days after Valentine’s Day. The roses have been delivered, the teddy bears have been stashed away and chocolate sales have reached their peak. They have savored the “music of his laughter,” “the radiance of her smile,” and “the warmth of shared silence.” It is now Feb. 18, and what are we doing? We are patting ourselves on the back for perpetuating the fraud which is the American celebration of Valentine’s Day. Excuse me, Ms. She Said:

I cannot learn to love Valentine’s Day, because Valentine’s Day is no longer worth loving. So, let’s talk about sex. Now, I know many of you have read the beginning of this article and pushed me aside as a cynical, anti- romantic, love-bashing sort of a guy. And I would like to say that you are partially correct. I am love-bashing, anti-romantic and cynical when viewing love through the lens of modern day society because this lens places Valentine’s Day as a day of manipulation. I’m not partial to the notion of, “I love you so much, that I will put on a facade of ultra-romanticism to prove that I love you.” For heterosexual couples who support this fraud, the male is expected to become the chivalrous knight of their lover’s dream. The perpetuation of this version of the holiday annoys me, Wake Forest.

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Oh, February! It is safe to say we are all about tired of cold weather and snow. Luckily, this is the shortest month of the year and spring break is just around the corner. Imagine you are already somewhere tropical with this beverage. 1.5 oz. vodka 1.5 oz. cranberry juice 1.5 oz. strawberry margarita mix Pour the shot of vodka first then add the juices simultaneously. Enjoy!

or to marry whomever they desire to marry. We are living in a society where a columnist can advise a reader “to get a quick hook-up, all you have to do is go to a frat party, get really drunk, and then start ‘dancing’ with (a woman).” We are living in a society where love often comes after sex, if it comes at all. And yet, we are living in a society that, for many years, has capitalized on Valentine’s Day. Next time we celebrate love, let’s consider how we love as a society, and see if it is worth celebrating at all … especially on that cold winter’s day in February. Stay safe, stay true ... and keep talking! “He Said” is a bi-weekly column that presents one guy’s perspective on the college sex scene. You may contact him with your feedback or ideas at mitcaa7@

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Blogs are one of our favorite new ways to interactively learn about topics of interest. These were the highest trafficked in January 2010. Did you contribute to their success?

1. TMZ 2. Gizmodo 3. Perez Hilton 4. Engadget 5. Boing Boing 6. Tech Crunch 7. Life Hacker 8. Gawker 9. Fanhouse 10. Autoblog

Valentine’s Day is not about chivalry, or about pretending to be Eros or Aphrodite. It is about celebrating the sacrifice of a man who would not bow down to a sadistic ruler. Valentine said yes to love when Claudius the Cruel banned marriage in Ancient Rome. He risked, and eventually, gave his life so that young people would have the right to consummate their love in marriage. This holiday is about the RIGHT to love. It is about human responsibility to cherish every moment and opportunity to express love, not to manipulate and fabricate moments for the sake of the moment. So, Wake Forest, how can we learn to love a holiday whose original purpose has been so tainted and degraded? We are living in a society that does not respect the right for every human to love whomever they desire to love

Check back next week for the solution to this week’s problem. If you hadn’t noticed, we like to keep people waiting in suspense.

Solution from 2/11 Difficulty Rating: Easy

Movie Review | Valentine’s Day

Film’s cast steals more hearts than its plot By Laura Gonzalez | Staff writer

Valentine’s Day means a lot more than just heart-shaped chocolates, romantic dinners and over-sized stuffed animals. For the weekend box office, Valentine’s Day is one of the largest grossing holiday weekends of the year, and nearly every year there is a romantic-comedy attracting singletons and couples alike. This year, Garry Marshall’s new flick, Valentine’s Day, unsurprisingly fulfilled this role in the weekend box office. The creator of well-known romantic comedies like Runaway Bride and The Other Sister, Marshall’s most recent take on romance falls short of the hype. Though equipped with a full cast of well-known stars to the likes of Jamie Fox, Jessica Alba, and (no, the trailer was not playValentine’s Day ing tricks on you), Taylor Starring | Jessica Alba, Jessica Biel, Swift, ValBradley Cooper, Ashton Kutcher, entine’s Day Taylor Swift ,Topher Grace , etc. lacks both Director | Garry Marshall the character Who’s it for? | Fans of the cast development and heartRunning Time | 2 hours 5 mins. warming Rating | C+ touch of Marshall’s earlier films. Taking the form of films like Love Actually and New York, I Love You, Valentine’s Day unfolds in pieces from the eyes of various different characters. Over the course of the day, viewers watch as their favorite celebrities attempt to conquer relationships that both blossom and writher. The movie opens as Reed Bennett (Ashton Kutcher) proposes to his girlfriend, Morley (Jessica Alba). Reed is the owner of a local flower shop in Los Angeles, whose shop is particularly busy due to Valentine’s Day. Starting with Reed, Marshall draws connections to the rest of his cast. Viewers are then introduced to a variety of characters, whose connections to one another serve little to no purpose in the outcome of the plot. Reed is best friends with Julia (Jennifer Garner), who is dating Harrison (Patrick Dempsey), and who teaches Edison (Bryce Richardson). Edison is a romantic young boy who dedicates himself to expressing his feelings to the girl he is in “love” with, while his teenaged nanny, Grace (Emma Roberts), considers whether or not she should have sex with her boyfriend, Alex (Carter Jenkins), during lunch break. Julia is also best friends with lonely Kara (Jessica Biel), who is the agent of a recently revealed gay football star, Sean Jackson (Eric Dane). Sean’s break from the NFL also catches the eye of sports reporter, Kelvin Moore (Jamie Foxx), who is forced to follow a Valentine’s Day story for his news station. If the plot appears choppy or disconnected, it’s primarily because that’s exactly how the storyline appears in the film. Though Marshall does an all right job of

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Julia (Jennifer Garner) compares Valentine’s Day gifts with the young, teddybear loving teen Felicia (Taylor Swift). bringing the characters together by the conclusion, the actual development of the characters themselves go nowhere. Marshall fails to develop fully-fledged characters because of the structure of the plot. While each relationship ends with some sort of resolution, the constant shift in focus from character to character hinders audiences from developing a connection with the roles on screen. Certain resolutions even appear uncalled for as a result of the lack of focus on specific roles. With a cast so large and so wellknown, it’s unfortunate that so few performances stand out due to such a shortened amount of screen time. Though a great cast, Julia Roberts significantly upstages the rest through playing the role of Kate, a captain in the U.S. Army who is visiting a loved one from overseas for the holiday. Though Roberts is unfortunately underplayed as a key character in the film, the resolution to her story is one of the more touching moments. However, it is even more unfortunate that Marshall allowed his grand cast of celebrities to speak for his film than the other way around. Swift makes a complete mockery of teenage love in a way that goes beyond exaggeration and extends to little or

no acting ability. It is possible for some romantic comedies to remain both humorous and relatable, however ;Swift’s performance (though completely ridiculous, indeed) takes away from the reality of the film. Though the story is lacking, the rest of the film makes way for an easy-going romantic comedy. Marshall crafts each set with bright colors and fitting shades of red. The crowded and disorganized set of Reed’s flower shop sets the lively tone of the movie as it moves from start to finish. The soundtrack also suits the theme and joyful mood of the film. And, short of Swift and, at times, Biel, much of the cast manages some relatively entertaining performances. Marshall clearly created Valentine’s Day with the hopes that his large cast would attract audiences. However, no matter the turn out, Valentine’s Day lacks the very object that viewers hope for in a romantic film: love. Though Marshall may have tried, there is no authenticity in love on screen and without it the movie manages to just get by on light humor. When it comes to a movie named after Valentine’s Day, viewers should expect and receive so much more.

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Abroad Column | The Road Less Traveled

Danes celebrate Saint Valentine’s Day in a different way Caitlin Brooks Staff columnist

Feb. 14 came and went and the Danes, with few exceptions, passed the cold, gray Sunday without heart-shaped boxes of candy and over-priced flowers. There was little talk of love on St. Valentine’s Day as the Danes find the holiday too artificial according to a recent news article in The Copenhagen Post (“Little Love for Valentine’s Day”), and prefer to express their affections without the aid of overly commercialized lovey-dovey cards and stuffed animals. The day did not pass unobserved, however. Replacing the chocolates and love notes were costume-clad elemen-

tary school children wearing bright wigs and makeup and carrying large bunches of switches hung with paper flowers, ribbons and candy. These brightly colored decorations were originally intended to be used to flog sleeping parents until they woke for the celebration (no, I am not making this up). This somewhat appalling practice, called “fastelavnsris” is sometimes still practiced in observance of the children’s holiday: Fastelavn. A holiday that resembles something between Halloween and Carnival, Fastelavn is a traditional Danish celebration with roots in the Catholic Church. Originally a day of feast before Ash Wednesday and the beginning of the fasting season of Lent, as the nation converted to Protestantism (99 percent of all Danes belong to the Lutheran church), the celebration lost its explicitly religious meaning. Though the annual timing of the event remains the same, today, in a

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nation with the highest percentage of self-reporting agnostics and atheists in the world, the holiday is now completely secular and is more a celebration of children and feasting than anything else. In addition to ritual flogging of sleeping parents and the wearing of costumes, many Danes host huge parties to celebrate the last day before the 40 day Lenten fast. At these affairs children and adults take turns playing a game called “Slå Katten af tønden” or literally translated, “Kick the Kitty Cat.” This involves using a huge club to beat a wooden barrel that in olden times held a living black cat. This barbaric practice (now long abandoned) was once considered a safeguard against evil and (I’m told) very rarely led to actual injury to the captive cat, though I am convinced that a fair few must have met their deaths for the sake of superstition. Today, the barrel is stuffed full of candy and oranges and only bears the image of a cat. The first person to crack open this

Scandinavian piñata (and originally to literally let the cat out of the bag … or barrel) is crowned the “kattedronning” or Queen of Cats. After all the candy pours out of the barrel and is collected, the beatings continue until the barrel is pulverized. The person that deals the death blow to the barrel is crowned “kattekonge” or King of Cats. This game is followed by a huge feast that used to last as long as three days, but today is shortened to several hours. Now, I have yet to be impressed by Danish cuisine (pickled herring and fried egg on an open-faced rye bread sandwich for lunch? No thanks), but the fastelavn celebration includes a treat that anyone can get behind: fasteboller. We would call these special, delicious crème, chocolate, or jam filled pastries Danishes, but in Denmark, they are actually called weinerbrød or “Viennese Bread.” This is because the Danish as we know it, was actually invented in Austria in the middle of the 19th century. After

the pastry reached Denmark, the Danes perfected it by adding more egg (and more fat), which is why it is now known as the Danish all over the world. These pastries are loved by children, but are also presented to the weary parents on Fastelavn as a reward for enduring the children’s beatings. In honor of the time-worn and extremely tasty tradition of eating great pastry on Fastelavn, I treated myself to the best Danish bakery in the world, Konditori La Glace. This 140-year-old bakery was recently featured in the National Geographic article, “48 Hours in Copenhagen,” as the best pastry shop in the nation. La Glace’s black forest cake, an opulent confection of cherry brandy in whipped cream, chocolate sponge, chocolate butter truffle and cherry jam may not have been a fasteboller, but it was worth every cent of the 47 DKK (roughly $10) that each piece cost and was the perfect celebration of this very bizarre holiday weekend.

Event Review | The Vagina Monologues

Pulitzer winner to speak Uncomfortable event has a strong message at Reynolda House By Katherine Marshall | Staff writer

By Sequoyah Stamps | Contributing writer

The Dillon Johnston Writers Reading Series, a program that brings several fiction writers and poets each year, will feature Pulitzer Prize winner Jorie Graham on Tuesday, Feb. 23, at Reynolda House from 7-8:15 p.m. Graham is an extraordinary poet who brings the dichotomies of life to her poetry through both form and substance. She illustrates this juxtaposition through long singular lines followed by a series of shorter ones, creating the allusion of haikus clarifying or complicating the philosophical, political or social ideas she presents through poetry. Carefully constructing her words to convey experiences, Graham makes poetry her own by presenting her audience a truly compelling way to see things through her use of different voices. Graham’s diverse background includes growing up in Rome, Italy, despite being born in New York City and receiving a French education. The daughter of a journalist and sculptor, Graham was born surrounded with art and the written word. She studied philosophy in Paris and returned to the United States to study as an undergraduate film student at New York University. Graham won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1996 for her work The Dream of the Unified Field: Selected Poems 1974-1994. From 1997-2003 Graham was chancellor of The Academy of American Poets. She currently spends her time at Harvard University where she has been teaching since 1999; she is the first female awarded the position Boylston Professor of Rhetoric and Oratory. James Longenbach, of the New York Times has said her work manages to engage the whole human contraption. “Intellectual, global, domestic, apocalyptic (aspects of our thought) rather than the narrow emotional slice of it most often reserved for poems,” he said. “She thinks of the poet not

as a recorder but as a constructor of experience.” Her reading is sure to leave anyone who attends with a wellrounded sense of both her poetry and the subjects from which she finds her inspiration. Graham will include poems from her most recent publication followed by a question answer portion after her reading as well as book signing and reception. Sea Change draws from current Global Warming discussions as well as themes explored in The Tempest. Alexandra Yurkovsky suggests readers of Sea Change will want to immediately acquaint or re-acquaint themselves with this Shakespeare work. “It enables a kind of shorthand or telepathy between reader and poet,” Yurkovsky says, “as her allusions elicit similar associations in those familiar with the work. Among other benefits, reading Sea Change may prod folks to re-read (or read) The Tempest.” Other works of Graham’s include The Errancy, Swarm, and Never. She is the editor of two anthologies and the recipient of the Morton Dauwen Zabel Award given by The American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters and a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Fellowship. Each year through the Dillon Johnston Writers Reading Series, whose name serves in memoriam of the founder of the Wake Forest University Press, writers from a variety of backgrounds come to speak for students, faculty and all others associated with the university community. Each visiting writer is another opportunity to engage the community and literary world with each other. Previously featured writers include Maya Angelou, Natasha Trethewey and WS Merwin. The Dillon Johnston Writer’s Reading Series understands there is no better way to comprehend and appreciate an author’s works than by hearing it read aloud and explored through the author’s own words.

In a brief two hour span Saturday night, I probably heard the word “vagina” more times than I have heard it in all of my 20 years of life. I went to see the university’s production of The Vagina Monologues, and as I am 20 years old and consider myself to be a feminist of sorts, I wish I could say that I took it all in from a sophisticated, mature point of view. Not the case. As soon as the opening monologue entitled “Hair” commenced, I knew the show was not suited for individuals of the more awkward variety like myself. From my seat in the front row, there was no hiding behind my program every time the “C” words were said (which was quite frequently, believe me). And when one of the later monologues involved a lengthy, breathy, full-blown on-stage orgasm, I was so relieved I wasn’t there with my parents. Performed in the Ring Theater of Scales Fine Arts Center, the show was very much message-centered as it manipulated no sets and used very frugal lighting. Props were not even used, with the exception of a few chairs and index cards used by the all-female cast as prompts. Costumes were similarly modest. The majority of the women wore some expression of black and red, with only a few deviating to fit with the character of their particular monologue. These elements were used in conjunction with the small, intimate setting of the ring theater (in which the audience views the stage from three sides and no one is more than 20 yards from the action) to concentrate the focus of the show on the message of the monologues. This contributes largely to the already “in your face” subject matter becoming even more magnified, as there is simply nothing else to occupy your attention. This was a smart choice on the part of director Kelly Bernhardt, as it forces the mostly female audience to really tune into the message of the monologues. These messages cover a wide range of vagina-related topics, covering what a vagina might wear, the trauma of being raped, a vagina’s mood and female genital mutilation. Humor is adequately distributed to balance out the more serious topics, including a particularly funny monologue in which a variety of “moans” are demonstrated, including the Wake Forest moan, the Taylor Swift moan and the

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Sam Weiss preforms one of the several monologues themed around the powers of femininity and horrors of oppression. Boston moan. Performances that stuck out as particularly striking included Cat Booher’s “My Angry Vagina” and Nichole Little’s “My Vagina was my Village.” With the latter directly following the former, these two were representative of the balance the show maintained between comic relief and grave subject matter. Booher’s sassy description of her vagina’s anger at being contained got a lot of laughs and served to loosen up the crowd, relaxing and allowing them to be receptive of Little’s emotionally charged performance to follow. The contrast in mood between these two monologues also magnified the intensity and emotional resonance of Little’s extensive description of rape, and the decision to put them together was another smart one by Bernhardt. While the show definitely yanked me out of my comfort zone, I am really

happy that I let it. The Vagina Monologues offered a unique experience and perspective that I don’t think I could gain anywhere else — one that I definitely did not expect to gain within the bubble that is Wake Forest. For all its shock value, taboo subject matter and frequent downright crudeness, the show was powerful in its ability to command its audience’s attention and provoke contemplation of the many facets of feminism and definitions of womanhood that it presents. As a young woman, I definitely left the theater turning many things over in my mind with new eyes. Thus if one aim of the show is to increase awareness, it is most certainly successful. However, all things considered, this is definitely not an enlightening experience that I would recommend to the faint of heart, or those planning to share it with their parents.

CD Review | Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix

Grammy-winning album stands out despite little publicity By Richard Loria | Staff writer

If audiences are questioning the relevancy of a 2009 album in a 2010 review, allow me to resolve the issue by crediting Phoenix’s latest album, Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix, as a mark of potential that has been cheated out of well-deserved publicity. The album has affectively struck critics more so than the general public. After receiving the 2009 Grammy for “Best Alternative Music Album,” it achieved fifth place in Time Magazine’s list of Top Alternative Albums, and was awarded with a third place spot in Rolling Stones’ list of the Top 25 Alternative Albums, as well. The cause behind the album’s surprising lack of publicity is a result of the artist’s inability to capitalize on the flashes of ingenuity that arise throughout the album. The French alternative rock band released their fourth studio album in 2009 through V2 records, riding on the high hopes that were stimulated by their last album, It’s Never Been Like

That. After listening to the featured tracks band leader Thomas Mars leads his fans to believe that he has delivered the push the group needed to finally reach its potential. The band flourishes by delving into and deeply exploring the sound of the alternative genre; this is where the group sees the most potential. Phoenix can be characterized by its unique blend of quirky rifts supported by melodic accompaniment. The result is an a alternative funk transformed into a sound that the mainstream audience can appreciate. The pace occasionally likens The Strokes, but adds disco and funk sounds that compile into a unique blend. An upbeat pace helps keep away the overly emo sounds that are so frequently found in contemporary alternative. Thomas Mars has a voice, which comes slightly close to the whining excuses that we often see in today’s male singers, but manages

to escape the trend in finding a recognizably different sound of his own. Listeners will quickly recognize the strength of Phoenix’s sound in the early tracks but will need to search for it in the middle tracks until we get to “Armistice,” which is pretty damn good. So whats wrong with the album? The band teases us with excellent tracks such as “Lesztomania,” “Fences” and “1901” which go out on a limb with risky beats, pickups and pitch changes. The subject matter of these songs remains goal oriented and coherent by exploring the inner conflict of the individual. The title Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix is meant to be contrasted against the feature song, “Lesztomania,” by making reference to two classical composers of markedly different styles. The themes, therefore, focus contradictions and uncertainty like that found in “1901:” Counting all different ideas

drifting away / Past and present they don’t matter / Now the future’s sorted out / Watch her moving in elliptical patterns / Think it’s not what you say / What you say is way too complicated…” My qualms with Phoenix actually begin with the lyrics, which commence with a good subject matter and somehow manage to tail off with unimportant blandness in tracks such as “Rome” and “Countdown.” I suppose we could say that Phoenix inadvertently achieves their dichotomy by simultaneously giving us top-notch work alongside blandness. Without totally belittling Phoenix, I will attest to their ability to find good subject matter, all they need now, is to remain focused on content thatstimulates them.While it will not reach the lofty status of your favorite album, Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix deserves attention as an enjoyable piece of ingenuity amidst generally bland competitors. Keep an eye out for them in the hope that they remain focused on the strength’s and potential that will carry them to their pinnacle.

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Restaurant Review | Mooney’s Mediterranean Cafe

Cafe shines with ethnic dishes and atmosphere By Margaret Gelburd | Staff writer

the sporadic inclusion of classic Mediterranean music –– reminding me that the I think I may have found my new owner is a direct Lebanese descendent favorite restaurant. Even before I saw and represents his culture with more Mooney’s menu, that is fitting for any than just his menu. Now diverging from the general atmomoderately adventurous palate and sphere to the best part breathed in the sweet … the menu. Ameen aromas filling the Mooney’s David, the owner, clevart-clad walls of the erly divides the menu restaurant, I knew Location | 104 W. Fourth St. into “old country” and that Mooney’s and Hours | 12 p.m. - 3 p.m. Tues. - Sun. “new country.” This I were going to be a 5 p.m. - 10 p.m. Tues. - Sat. strategic design allows good match. 5 p.m. - 9 p.m. Sun. - Mon. for families and picky The first thing I eaters alike to dine at liked about Mooney’s Serving | Mediterranean dishes Mooney’s. The “new was the location at Dress | Casual country” menu has the the corner of Fourth Price Range | $5 - $15 basic burgers, fries, and and Liberty downof course … chicken town. You can’t miss Rating | A fingers. However, I its two corner winmust say that for any dows that are fanned with leafy trees. Inside the eclectic group of people that moderately adventurous person, the “old gather there can be seen from blocks country” menu is well worth exploring and the options are not beyond the boraway. The second thing to win me over ders that the common diner should be was the music filling the one-roomed willing to go beyond. For lunch I’d recommend a pita wrap. restaurant with a peaceful, warm ambiance. As a music lover I was shocked They’re filling but not overwhelming. when they played Simon and Garfunkel, I had the “Ace of Falafel” falafel, which Sufjan Stevens and Nick Drake. The soft seemed to be the most exciting out of melodies created a relaxed atmosphere. the three pita options on the menu. The soundtrack was only improved with The falafel –– consisting of crushed and

dried chickpeas –– was a little dry but was quickly countered by the blend of hummus and a spiciness that left my mouth pleasantly humming after I had finished my delicious meal. If chickpeas are not your thing, then there are also excellent non-vegetarian options. There is Shawarma (marinated and grilled steak strips), Kafta (sirloin), fried fish, and Gyro (lamb and beef ) all put onto thick baked pitas … and all for under $6. There is also a long list of filling entrees for an average of $8. The quality of food, creativity in the dishes and enjoyment everyone should have in them make this restaurant an excellent choice for any type of meal for any type of eater. Furthermore, if you are anything like me and can’t make a decision when faced with all of the tempting options that menus provide –– never fear! You can always order samplers and dip into a little taste of everything from soups to spreads to salads with a warm, thick piece of pita. Whether you are going for a date, a lunch or just out with friends Mooney’s has something for nearly everyone with an ethnic twist. In addition to being open for dinner and lunch daily, every Thursday, Friday and Saturday Mooney’s has hookahs

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Mooney’s offers a great ambiance, diverse menu options and Saturday night hookah that will appeal to students. from “9 p.m. until ...” You and your friends can order food before the kitchen closes and sit and embrace some good music, amazingly friendly and accommodating service, and relax with a flavored hookah. I can’t rave enough about the diversity of the menu so I recommend checking out to explore the full range of options. If you don’t

have time for a sit-down meal, then the full take-out menu can be found on their Web site as well. I am giving Mooney’s five stars on everything from atmosphere, to service, to location, to food. The only catch? No dessert … so you’ll have to look elsewhere for some dessert fitting to follow a true Mediterranean meal.

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Event Review | Black and Gold Goes Red

Sororities promote heart health Opera confronts By Caroline Hallemann | Staff writer

A few days before Valentine’s Day, Wake Forest Panhellenic’s Black and Gold Goes Red event had students thinking about matters of the heart. The intersorority council raised awareness for women’s heart health. Benefitting Go Red for Women, a campaign put forth by the American Heart Association, the event raised money and awareness for heart disease in women. The evening offered a wine and chocolate tasting, as well as a guest speaker to educate attendees about women’s heart issues and prevention measures. The heart-healthy spread of food had something for everyone from

chocolate lovers to fruit and yogurt enthusiasts. Junior Liz Keating beleives that this event was a great success overall. “Heart disease is something that not a lot of people our age think about, and really need to,” she said. “Wine and nutritious snacks were a great way to get young people thinking about being more healthy, and I think the event showed a lot of potential to become something bigger in years to come.” While the food satisfied my sweet tooth, the real star of the evening was the speaker. Sally Anne Irvin, the associate director of faculty services & technology professional center library and adjunct professor of law at the university’s school of law, gave a

testimony of her experience with heart disease. A survivor of three heart attacks, she incorporated scientific data, humor and her own struggle with the disease into a succinct speech that engaged the audience. “Professor Irvin’s speech emphasized the lack of information provided to women about heart disease and its symptoms,” event co-chair Sally Channell said. “Heart disease affects one in three women compared to breast cancer, which affects one in eight –– and yet awareness of heart issues in women falls behind.” The event raised nearly $1,000 for the campaign through donations, T-shirt and ticket sales. Unfortunately, the crowd was

on the smaller side. In its first year, Black and Gold Goes Red was up against some heavy hitters: the Hope for Haiti charity concert and Pink Zone Day benefitting breast cancer research at the women’s basketball game. Even so, Channell wasn’t disappointed in the turnout. “It seemed as though everyone who came had a great time,” she said. “I feel our event was successful in educating Wake’s campus about women’s heart health, which was our original goal. We hope that next year the students who did attend will bring their friends and the event will just keep growing.” For more information about the campaign or heart health visit

The Sandwich Line | By Emma Hunsinger

societal issues By Ae’Jay Mitchell | Staff writer

After their successful closing with “Sonnets of an Old Century” last November, the Wake Forest Mainstage theater community anxiously awaits the opening of The Threepenny Opera. 3pO, as it’s affectionately called by the cast and crew, is sure to confront the audience with a raw peek into the vulgarity and immorality of modern day society. Written as a Marxist critique on capitalism in Weimar Germany in 1928, 3pO offers no theatrical illusions, eliminates pathos and invites the audience member to think and react. The characters are not pretty, the costumes are gaudy and the language is piercing. So, many of be asking if this 82-year-old show is at all relevant. In other words, why should you go? The Threepenny Opera will ask it’s audiences to awake and arise, to confront and confess. “This show is not your average musical,” freshman Candice Dickinson said. “I like it because it is theater with a purpose. If one is truly open-minded, they can get something out of every character in this show.” Senior Jenny Malarkey suggests that this show is rugged and rough. “It is not meant for you to leave complacent and joyful. It

is meant to inspire thought, discussion, and hopefully change,” she said. To assist the Brechtian style of epic theater this show is uniquely bilingual with English and German sharing the university stage. Projections will be used throughout the show as a means to further point out relevant situations of moral ambiguities. The show is directed by John Friedenberg, the university director of theatre, collaborating with music professor Teresa Radomski and David Hagy, director of the university orchestra. Senior Jen Hayden has created choreography sure to be gripping. If you are still unsure about attending, the light design of Jonathan Christman, set design of Rob Eastman- Mullins and costume design of guest artist Martha Marking will assist in creating this production come to life. This production is also co- sponsored by the german and history departments. So, if you want to challenge yourself, to “lay down your burdens of ignorance,” be sure to see the university’s theater department’s production of The Threepenny Opera. For ticket information, call the University theater box office at 336-758-5295. Show dates are Feb. 19-20 and 24-27 at 7:30 p.m. as well as Feb. 28 at 2 p.m.

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needing only four points for 1,000, looked like he might not reach the mark against the Jackets as was he shut out in the first half. Smith was arguably the Deacons’ most important player in the second period, scoring ten points to become only the second player in Wake Forest history with 1,000 points and 500 assists. “You know what, that was the hardest four points I’ve ever scored,” Smith said after the game. “I wanted to knock them out and I missed two easy shots, and then it kind of snowballed in the first half. But Coach Battle came up to me at halftime and said, `You’ve got to be aggressive; you’ve got to score the basketball.’ And as soon as those four points were over with, I got the weight off my shoulder.” On Feb. 16, the Deacons headed up the road to Virginia Tech with the confidence that comes from winning four consecutive ACC contests. What was expected to be a tough matchup against the Hokies for awhile looked like it would be a Wake Forest blowout. Aminu’s 21 first-half points sent the Deacs to the locker room at halftime with a 40-32 lead. Wake would build as much as an 11-point lead early in the second half, but the Hokies would gradually chip away as the frenzied crowd of 9,847 built to a crescendo. Virginia Tech took its first lead of the final period at 70-69 on a three-pointer from Malcolm Delaney with 6:30 remaining. Delaney, the ACC-leader in scoring with 19.7 points per game entering the night, finished with 31 points, his most of the ACC-season. The Deacons would fight back to tie the game twice, but the Hokie surges became too much to overcome. Virginia Tech built a 84-77 lead with 40 seconds to play before Wake started fouling to leave the final score 87-83. The Demon Deacons had a chance to seize sole possession of second place in the ACC with a win, but the loss leaves them fighting with Maryland and Virginia Tech for the second through fourth positions.

Foul trouble plagued Wake Forest throughout the game. Center Chas McFarland, who picked up a dubious first-half technical foul, played only 15 minutes and fouled out with nine minutes left in the game. His deputy, Tony Woods, fouled out four minutes later. The Hokies shot 47 free throws in the contest, compared to only 27 for the Deacs. “We just didn’t do the things that we needed to win a game on the road like this,” Head Coach Dino Gaudio said. “First and foremost, guarding without fouling. We sent them to the free throw line – I know the stat sheet says 47 times; let’s say seven of those were at the end when we were fouling – you can’t send a team to the line 40 times and expect to win a road game.” With the Deacon big men on the bench, Virginia Tech outrebounded Wake 25-15 in the second half. “Like I said, when I look at those rebounds I don’t look at total rebounds. They did kick our tail on the offensive boards. I really think that’s a telling stat,” Gaudio said. “Total rebounds mean nothing to me, but when you have Terrell Bell get seven offensive (rebounds) that is a telling number.” After racking up 21 points in the first half, Aminu scored only five more the rest of the way. Ish Smith finished with eight assists and 18 points, most coming in the second half, and L.D. Williams had one of his best performances of the season with 19 points. Still it was not enough, and Wake will head back to Winston-Salem looking for answers with a road contest against N.C. State looming “I thought the kids played hard. I was proud of them,” Gaudio said. “I think the next big thing for us is that we have to be a really resilient group. “We have to be a tough-minded group, and we have to come back to practice on Wednesday correcting some of our deficiencies and getting ready to play another tough ACC road game,” he said. The Deacons will travel to Raleigh to take on the Wolfpack at 2 p.m. on Feb. 20


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Sophomore Tony Woods rises above the Georgia Tech defense in the Deacs 75-64 victory. Within 15 minutes of work, Woods contributed ten points and two rebounds.

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