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News: Hatch supports applicants’ right to protest Page 5

Opinion: Thoughts and prayers not enough to stop gun violence Page 10

Sports: Men’s and Women’s Tennis teams have strong seasons so far Page 11

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Senior Ryan Wolfe appeared on “Tucker Carlson Tonight” on Feb. 28 to discuss his experience with the Wake Forest Bias Inicdent Reporting System, regarding a specific series of events from the fall of 2016, in which he perceived harrasment by students.

Bias incident report creates controversy Senior Ryan Wolfe discusses harassment incident on Fox News’ “Tucker Carlson Tonight” BY JULIA HAINES Editor-in-Chief

On Wednesday, Feb. 28, senior Ryan Wolfe appeared on Fox News’ “Tucker Carlson Tonight” to speak about Wake Forest’s response to a bias incident report he submitted regarding perceived harassment he was facing by his peers. On the show, he claimed that the university’s perceived lack of effective action in response

to his report exemplified that the university’s policies against bias are not enforced equally for all students. Wolfe submitted the report a year and a half ago in the fall of 2016, against a group of students who he claims violated the Code of Conduct and harassed him for his race and political views.

Wolfe was upset with the way the university handled the situation. The story broke following an article published by The Wake Forest Review on Monday, Feb. 26, and has since garnered national attention.

See Controversy, Page 4

Carl Bernstein explores modern echoes of Watergate Journalist who broke the Watergate scandal spoke at a Winston-Salem synagogue BY AMANDA WILCOX Digital Media Editor “The best obtainable version of the truth.” Renowned journalist Carl Bernstein repeatedly emphasized this ideal, which he said has guided his decades-long career in reporting, at his lecture at the Temple Emanuel synagogue

on Feb. 24. Bernstein was sponsored by the Winston-Salem branch of the United Jewish Appeal and spoke to more than one hundred congregants and members of the WinstonSalem community. As a young reporter for the Washington Post in the early 1970s, Bernstein teamed up with his colleague Bob Woodward and did much of the original reporting that uncovered the Watergate scandal and corruption in Richard Nixon’s White House, leading to numerous government investigations and Nixon’s eventual resignation. His career since Watergate has continued to

focus on the use and abuse of power in government, and he is the author or co-author of six books including “All the President’s Men,” which recorded his reporting efforts with Woodward; “The Final Days,” which concerned the last months of the Nixon administration; and “A Woman in Charge,” the standard biography of Hillary Rodham Clinton. Bernstein opened his lecture by reflecting on his early reporting days as a copy boy for the Washington Star, which he self-deprecatingly said often out-reported the Washington Post. In 1960, when he was 16 years old, he was sent to most of then-candidate John F. Ken-

nedy’s press conferences to dictate a running text back to the newsroom. There, he noticed that the investigative reporting necessary to keep tabs on politicians, no matter who holds office, just wasn’t happening. “And whatever Kennedy’s failings, he instilled a sense of common purpose and promise to Americans of all backgrounds,” Bernstein said. “But there’s no question that the press, in its real failure to use the methodology of investigative reporting during the Kennedy administration, left us with a distressingly incomplete picture of the man.”

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“ should hold on to tradition Wake Forest This column represents the views of the Old Gold & Black Editorial Board.

Some things about a college experience, no matter what school you attend, are going to be the same: studying late into the night, throwing a frisbee out on the quad and eating cheap take out. What sets schools apart from each other is an institution's traditions. Wake Forest has the most unique and lovable traditions (which we gladly admit is a biased opinion). Communications professors Randall Rogan and John Llewellyn submitted a Letter to the Editor pointing out the disparities between the tradition of rolling the quad and the university’s moral values, as well as offering new alternatives. While they raised some worthwhile points, the Editorial Staff of the Old Gold & Black believes that rolling the quad should remain a beloved — and untouched — Wake Forest tradition. In citing environmental and humane concerns, professors Rogan and Llewellyn clearly

[Rolling the quad] makes us feel connected to the history, to the future and to the community of Wake Forest." failed to do research, something they surely make their students do. The Office of Sustainability addresses environmental concerns behind the tradition on their website’s FAQ page. As for the humane concern, the professors believe that it is “elitist” to have the landscaping staff remove the toilet paper from the trees. If professors Rogan and Llewellyn have ever enjoyed a beautiful walk on the quad in the days following a major sports win, they would notice a majority of the toilet paper already on the ground. The toilet paper almost immediately disintegrates; landscaping staff




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only blow the toilet paper on the ground as they do leaves. Rolling the quad is, of course, a wasteful practice. There are plenty of people who need toilet paper but can’t afford it. Toilet paper is commonly listed as one of the top requested items at shelters. The Editorial Staff proposes that the university, for every time a sports team wins and the quad is rolled, donates an amount of toilet paper comparable to what’s on the quad to local shelters and charities. Rogan and Llewellyn also posit that this falsely purported removal of the toilet paper can cause unintended damage to a tree, making it vulnerable to disease. The Office of Sustainability noted that the White Ash trees on the quad have fallen ill and have been replaced in recent year. However, the Landscaping Services staff and

University Arborist have confirmed that this was not due to the rolling of the quad. According to the Office of Sustainability, the toilet paper that students use has a high recycled content and is quickly biodegradable. Furthermore, the alternative proposed by professors Rogan and Llewellyn, rolling the quad in large bubble balls, is ridiculous and impractical. The university would have to find a way to provide sufficient bubble balls, house and care for the balls and regulate their use. Traditions are meant to remain the same. For students, collegiate traditions can make these four years truly memorable. Demon Deacons will always remember the first time they rolled the quad during freshman orientation. It makes us feel connected to the history, to the future and to the community of Wake Forest. Rolling the quad promotes our institution’s most espoused value: bringing students together.





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Deacon Profile: Francis Sto. Domingo

What’s the best thing about a cappella? How about a misconception about a cappella, which has gained a lot of attention in the past few years with media like Pitch Perfect?


Junior Francis Sto. Domingo is a singer who said that he loves performing because he sees it as a gift to the audience and an opportunity to take people away for a time to just enjoy themselves. As well as performing with Plead the Fifth, an all-male a cappella group on campus, he has competed on The Filipino Channel (TFC) Kat, a TFC singing competition, and progressed to finals. How old were you when you started singing? How did it start? I was around two or three when I started singing songs in Tagalog, the dialect of the mainland Philippines, on a karaoke machine in our small South Carolina town. It was one of my family’s favorite pastimes, and at that time family bonding in general kept my family’s mind off of the difficulties my parents faced when they first immigrated here from the Philippines. After that, I just continued with it, later forming a band with my brothers and best friend and playing for around six years. How much of singing is natural talent and how much is hard work or practice? I feel especially blessed to have the position to share my passion of singing and performing whenever I can. I’ve never been formally trained or anything, but I would say that for me personally, I’ve had to make up for that lack of training with practicing for gigs for hours on end. I really love it, though, and I think it pays off when I do a gig and am able to help people have a great time; therefore, I’d say half and half if you love doing it. What is your favorite genre to sing? How about to listen to? My parents exposed to me to more genres than I can count growing up, especially R&B and Motown. I have to thank them for growing me up on Stevie Wonder, Boyz II Men and MJ, which really influenced my favorite style of music to sing and perform. I’m also heavily influenced by John Mayer and Bruno Mars too. I love listening to these artists and many hip-hop and rap artists. Do you have a go-to song? My go-to song actually constantly changes. At the moment it’s probably “Best Part” by Daniel Caesar and H.E.R. The song is beautiful writing at its finest. Do you ever get nervous performing on stage or in front of people? How do you combat that and not let it affect your performance?

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I used to get quite nervous when I started out, but I think from doing a music program during the summer of 2013 in Boston — the Berklee School of Music Vocal Summit — I changed my view of performing. I now see performing as a gift to the audience and an opportunity to “take people away” for a bit to just enjoy themselves. I will say that I still get nervous today before singing, but as soon as I start, I get in my zone and just have fun with it. You were a finalist a few years ago on TFCKat, a Filipino singing competition — what was that like? It was amazing and unforgettable, to be honest. I traveled out to California to compete against four other finalists in a singing competition that was actually televised on one of the main media networks in the Philippines. I actually learned about how televised singing competitions work (which is different to what viewers see on-screen), but the most fruitful part for me was being able to get over my performance fear by singing in front of around 2000 people. Regardless of the competition, it was more of a learning and growing experience overall. What did it mean to you to be able to compete on TFCKat and to make it to be a finalist? It was absolutely humbling to have taken part in the competition and I grew by learning to work the largest crowd I’ve ever had. Both my family and I were completely surprised when my name was called as a finalist, and at times it was strange to experience close to what famous musicians feel like with “fans” and whatnot. The best part was realizing that performing for me was truly something I loved doing for the sake of it, rather than for trying to pursue fame or something. If I can help people with it then great, but the celebrity aspect does not really appeal that much.

Other than TFCKat, have you auditioned for other major talent competitions? I once tried out for The Voice a while back. I did not make it unfortunately, or see any of the four judges like I was hoping. Now that I am older and a little bit more experienced, part of me lowkey wants to try again for fun. How do you prepare for any sort of audition or performance? I have a funny “pre-game” ritual that involves vocal exercises, stretching and breathing deeply to get all the nerves out. Also I always drink green tea and a shot of honey before I sing. Mentally and spiritually I recenter, meditate, pray a little and remind myself what I’m singing at the event for. You sing with Plead the Fifth, one of Wake Forest’s a cappella groups. What part do you sing in the group? In Plead the Fifth I sing Tenor 1 and 2 and occasionally solo as well. How different is it singing in a group versus singing solo? What are the pros and cons of each? Singing in a group is fun and challenging as it requires that every member be on the same wavelength and listen to each other. If one of us is off-key or misses a note or does not know their notes, one possible disadvantage is that every other member can be affected and may go flat or sharp to match each other. Singing solo with a band requires the same type of synchronicity, but I feel that it's a bit easier to give signals in a band of when to slow down/speed up/ stop. The drummer, I also feel, is the heart of a band performance, as they lead the rest of the members and can signal these changes as well.

I think the best thing about a cappella is the camaraderie in learning a song and being able to hear the group sing major/minor/diminished chords together. Singing in a stairwell where the acoustics are amazing also makes a cappella so worth it when one can actually hear the group’s work come to fruition. There’s also a lot of mentorship with the group as well. We all learn a lot from each other. One misconception I think media may portray is that a cappella is mostly competitive and there are rivalries between groups. I’d say that occurs occasionally, but in my experience, it really depends on the members that make up the groups. Sometimes in groups there are clashing personalities and visions on how a group should function, but in Plead the Fifth for example, we all pretty much look out for each other/respect each other. As well, when we travel to see other groups perform, we all understand how hard it is to be in a cappella, so there is a great sense of mutual respect rather than rivalry. Are you involved in other singingbased activities here on campus? Every Sunday, I help sing for the Catholic Community Masses and some Chaplain’s Office events as well. Here and there I find an Open Mic to do too, and this year I will thankfully get to take part in performing for Wake-andShake again. When you’re not singing, what are you doing? Other than singing, I love being a part of several amazing and welcoming groups on campus, especially being on leadership team for Wake Forest Catholic Community, as well as a member of Muslim Student Association and more. If not taking part in activities with these groups or with my best friends, I’m cooped up studying in the library with a questionable amount of coffee. In terms of singing, what are your hopes for the future? My biggest hopes include releasing an album of my music at some point and being able to infuse music with medicine. One of my huge dreams is being a doctor and being able to sing for my patients. Music is such an important part of my life that I would want to keep doing it for the rest of my life while simultaneously pursuing a career in medicine.

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Controversy: Students discuss bias reporting Continued from Page 1 The article, titled “Wake Forest Declines to Enforce Harassment Policies for Conservative Student,” has been picked up by several online conservative media platforms. Various publications include The Daily Caller, College Fix, Truth Revolt and Drudge Report, many of them reinforcing The Review’s claim that Wolfe’s experience exemplifies the university’s inconsistent approach to bias incident reports, and can be generalized to reflect the experiences of many conservative students on largely liberal college campuses. Wolfe filed the incident report in question after an encounter he had with fellow students at a panel discussion titled “The Future of the GOP,” held on Oct. 26, 2016. The event was hosted at the Wake the Vote hub and was sponsored by College Republicans — of which Wolfe was president at the time — The Wake Forest Review and Wake the Vote. All four students speaking on the panel were white, something which many found a problem with. In response to a photo posted on Facebook of the four panelists, junior Char Van Schenck commented “loving the lineup” with a photo of four Saltine crackers. As this gained more attention on Twitter, Wolfe responded to a related tweet by junior Brianna Reddick, saying, “Your mentions aren’t a safe space and neither is this panel. See you there.” Reddick responded: “if you don’t GET your mayonnaise monster looking asss OUT my mentions.” Van Schenck, along with several other students, later attended the event after learning about the all-white speaker lineup. “The intention was to go to the panel and ask questions to show the shortsightedness and ignorance of The Review,” said junior David Ajamy. Other students that were involved with attending the panel, but not participating in handing Wolfe the crackers were also contacted in response to the Bias Reporting System investigation. Richard Caban Cubero (‘17) was a senior at the time. “I was a concerned student who attended the event with fellow queer and black and brown students, because we were concerned about the line up being completely white,” said Caban Cubero. Throughout the question and answer session, only four crowd members were allowed to speak, the last of which was Van Schenck, who asked why the entire panel was white. Following the panel discussion, Reddick approached Wolfe and handed him a box of Saltine crackers with his face photoshopped on them. She then posted a photo of this on Twitter with the caption, “Today, I handed the saltiest Republican a box of Saltine crackers.” Although Wolfe had seen Van Schenck’s comment about Saltine crackers on Facebook prior to this and had responded to a related tweet by Reddick, he “knew that

something like that would not be tolerated if a similar thing had happened to someone of any other race here.” Wolfe also called the incident after the panel event “next-level” and “more personal” than what had been circulating online. When the Anna Julia Cooper Center Director, Melissa Harris-Perry, and the Executive Director of the Pro Humanitate Institute, Marianne Magjuka, heard about the incident, they encouraged Wolfe to file a bias incident report with the University. A few days later, Wolfe received screenshots of a GroupMe in which his face photoshopped onto a cracker had circulated further. He added this to the bias report, and met with Dean of Students Adam Goldstein a few weeks later on Nov. 9 — the day following President Trump’s election. Goldstein told Wolfe that he had three options: to file a “no contact” order, to try and mediate, or to bring in a judicial case against the students involved. Wolfe decided to file a “no contact” order with Ajamy and thensenior Madeline Coffey (‘17), to mediate with Caban Cubero and Van Schenck, and to file a judicial case against Reddick and then-sophomore Julius Goble. A few weeks passed and Dean Goldstein, along with Director of the LGBTQ Center Angela Mazaris, had a 2.5 hour discussion with some of the students involved, not including Wolfe. The students spoke with administrators about keeping actions respectful and were asked to reflect on how they had responded to Wolfe’s political views. “The bias response team had determined that our jokes were not sufficient to justify a restraining order or juridical action because they could not point to any actual violence that we had justified toward Ryan Wolfe,” Van Schenck said. Wolfe spoke with Goldstein regarding if any further action had been taken beyond the discussion with the students. “I was told, in many words, by Adam Goldstein that President Trump’s election somehow justified their behavior even though the incident happened before, and if I brought a judicial case it would be worse for me,” Wolfe said during his appearance on Fox News. Because it was nearing the end of the fall semester, Wolfe chose to drop the issue, even though he disagreed with Bias Reporting Committee’s response to his complaints. When asked why he waited until a year and a half later to share his experience, Wolfe noted that he feared pursuing the issue would have reflected negatively on College Republicans, as his role as their president required he have a working relationship with Goldstein. He also cited fear of retribution from the university, whereas now he is a senior about to graduate. “Looking back 1.5 years later, I agree with the committee that my actions were juvenile,” Van Schenck said. “However, they were not violent, especially not in a way that

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In October of 2016, junior Brianna Reddick handed senior Ryan Wolfe a box of Saltine crackers, which Wolfe cited in his bias report. put Ryan in any danger. As such, the conversation was enough to get me to realize the error of my ways without over-punishing me.” As a result of The Review’s article going viral, Van Schenck has been the recipient of targeted backlash online. “With the maturity and experience I’ve gained, I would not have published the single joke that I made on Facebook,” Van Schenck said. “However, I don’t think that this should be the center of conversation. The fact that my name and face has been circulating around far-right, neo-Nazi circles of Twitter and Reddit is unacceptable.” Reddick has deleted the Twitter account on which she posted the photo of herself handing Wolfe the box of crackers. She did not respond to the Old Gold & Black’s request for comment. While Caban Cubero was not directly involved in the incidents mentioned, they do not think that the actions were wrong. “Had I participated in the act, I would’ve defended the handing of the cracker box, because drawing attention to the lack of racial diversity on the panel does not equate the the dangerous actions Ryan Wolfe and other students at the predominantly-white Wake Forest Review took to alienate and attack marginalized communities on Wake Forest’s campus,” Caban Cubero said, referring to various articles published by The Review on topics such as bias, immigration and race. In a statement, Executive Director of News and Communications Katie Neal wrote of Wolfe’s comments on Carlson, “We can say

that the narrative oversimplifies a complex situation that took place 16 months ago in the heat of a polarizing national election,” Neal wrote. At the time of this series of events, tensions on campus were high, specifically within political groups such as Wake the Vote. Ajamy, who has been in Wake the Vote with Wolfe since freshman year, said that the incidents involving Wolfe, specifically the photoshop meme, were “a joke, but nonetheless a mean joke.” “I think many of Ryan’s views and the Review’s views are dangerous, and devalue identities on campus by telling people that they don’t belong,” Ajamy said. “[Many students] saw [Wolfe] as the epitome of The Review, of the right, and Ryan puts himself out there.” Ajamy said that Wolfe was not on a friendly basis with many because of his outspoken political views, and said that many within Wake the Vote regularly argued about politics. “The arguments, while not always the most progressive in getting beyond the political climate, were important for us to express our emotions and be open with each other; it brought us together as a cohort and helped us to understand the political climate of America,” Ajamy said. “I don’t think making a meme out of him is productive. Giving him a box of crackers is ridiculous. It’s all kinda stupid and childish.” Goldstein and Goble did not respond to a request for comment.

POLICE BEAT Underage Consumption and Alcohol Abuse • Intoxicated student with head injury in the Sigma Pi lounge. Student was transported to WFUBMC. The report was filed on Feb. 21 at 11:45 a.m. • Intoxicated student transported back to his residence from the Last Resort. The report was filed on Feb. 23 at 12:57 a.m. • Offender was kicked out of the Last Resort for being intoxicated and combative. They were transported to Student Health. The report was filed on Feb. 23 at 1:49 a.m. • Offender returned from the Last Resort and made threatening comments about harming herself to the stu-

dents attending to her. She waas transported to Student Health. The report was filed on Feb. 23 at 1:24 a.m. • Offender had consumed beer in his room and became sick. He was transported to WFUBMC. The report was filed on Feb. 24 at 12:45 a.m. • Offender had consumed vodka at unknown campus location and was transported to Student Health. The report was filed on Feb. 24 at 3:51 p.m. Larceny •Unknown subject(s) took victims wallet on Feb. 17. The report was filed on Feb. 19 at 11:19 a.m.

• Victim thought his clothing had been stolen from the laundry room. The RA had them. The report was filed on Feb. 22 at 4:23 p.m. • Unknown subject(s) removed parking signs from Lot C. The report was filed on Feb. 25 at 5:39 p.m. Miscellaneous • Victims were threatend outside a party on Long Dr. The report was filed on Feb. 24 at 1:49 p.m. • Offender damaged the elevator by dancing, causing it to become stuck. The report was filed on Feb. 22 at 7:16 p.m.

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Wake Forest among top Peace Corps schools TheUniversity has been ranked in thetop25PeaceCorps-producing schools for the past four years BY BECKY SWIG Print Managing Editor Wake Forest has been ranked 16 out of 25 in the Top 25 Peace Corps Producing Colleges and Universities in the small colleges and universities category. Wake Forest has placed in the top 25 for four years. Currently, there are 11 Wake Forest alumni serving in the Peace Corps, in addition to 226 alumni who have in the past. Alumni are currently serving in Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Ukraine, Ghana, Tanzania and more. “As Peace Corps volunteers, recent college and university graduates foster capacity and self reliance at the grassroots level, making an impact in communities around the world,” acting Peace Corps

Director Shelia Crowley said in a press release from the Office of Communications and External Relations. This rang true for senior Sofia Howson, who will be serving in Togo (West Africa) for 27 months. Howson will depart the U.S. just 10 days after graduating this May. “I really started considering applying for the Peace Corps during my sophomore year of college,” Howson said. Outside of classes, I have always spent a lot of my time engaging in social service, but I have yet to find the time and space to truly immerse myself and engage with others long-term, and Peace Corps offers me that opportunity. Not only is service long-term, but the Peace Corps allows me to become a member of a community and culture that I work with.” Howson added that while Wake Forest did not directly impact her decision to apply, what she has learned during her time at Wake Forest is useful for her 27 months serving. “The programs that I was a part of at

Wake Forest have helped me to continue my love for social service and they have helped me build capacity as a future Peace Corps volunteer,” Howson said. Additionally, Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs) have the opportunity to apply for the Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program, a graduate program with the School of Business. The fellowship awards 50 percent tuition to two RPCVs with high merit and consider one RPCV with extreme merit for a full tuition scholarship each year for the MA in Management program. The School of Business Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program website states, “Peace Corps volunteers return with outstanding project management and adaptability skills. When you combine these skills with the technical business acumen, professional development and hands-on learning opportunities that you’ll gain in the MA program, you’ll be Becky Swig/Old Gold & Black a strong candidate for rewarding jobs in Senior Sofia Howson will serve in the business, nonprofit and government Togo, West Africa for 27 months. sectors.”

Prospective students allowed to protest Incoming first-years suspended for protesting, will not face university consequences BY LILLIAN JOHNSON News Editor In a statement released on Feb. 24, President Nathan O. Hatch expressed support of high school students who choose to protest gun violence following the Parkland shooting that occured on Feb. 14. The students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, the site of the shooting which left 17 students and faculty dead, began speaking out against gun violence and the fact that school shootings have become all too common in the current American society. As a response to the shooting, advocacy groups and students have organized multiple protests, in the forms of walkouts and marches. “It is our great hope that we can re-

store the spirit of open dialogue and conversation about those issues that matter deeply to all our citizens,” Hatch said in his statement. EMPOWER, a group created through an initiative by the Women’s March Youth group, has planned a nationwide school walkout for March 14, exactly one month after the Parkland shooting. At 10 a.m. in every timezone across the country, students, teachers, administrators, parents and allies will walkout for 17 minutes — one minute for each person killed as a result of the shooting. On March 24, the March For Our Lives, organized by students, will take place in Washington, D.C. in the sustained effort to call on Congress to take action on passing stricter control laws and promoting school safety. “Students across the country will no longer risk their lives waiting for someone else to take action to stop the epidemic of mass school shootings that has become all too familiar. In the tragic wake of the seventeen lives brutally cut

short in Florida, politicians are telling us that now is not the time to talk about guns,” the March for Our Lives website says. “March For Our Lives believes the time is now.” In solidarity with the Washington, D.C. March For Our Lives, other marches will occur on March 24 in other cities across the country. Lastly, a movement called #NationalSchoolWalkout has been gaining traction on Twitter and on a petition, which as of 2 p.m. on Feb. 28 has 231,750 signatures. The plan, created by student Lane Murdock, who lives near Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut, is for students to walk out of school on April 20, the 19th anniversary of the Columbine shooting, and to not return until Congress passes stricter gun control laws. Many high schools have announced punishments in attempts to discourage their students from participating in such protests and walkouts. According to Buzzfeed News, for example, a Houston


school district has threatened students with three-day, out-of-school suspensions. Another Houston school has also threatened students with an in-school suspension. In response, many colleges have promised that punishments resulting from a student protesting will not affect a student’s admission. This list includes Harvard, Yale, Davidson, William & Mary and Duke. Wake Forest joins over 200 colleges in this promise. “Your actions will have no adverse effect on your application to our University,” Hatch said in his statement. For Hatch, prospective students who may choose to protest the violence understand “Pro Humanitate” and the liberal arts spirits of Wake Forest. “We believe in your passion, your resolve, and your willingness to engage in thoughtful conversation,” Hatch said. “At the heart of a Wake Forest education is the ability to tackle our society’s most complex problems, together as one community committed to a common good.”

White House communications Director Hope Hicks resigns

Chinese Communist Party announces end to term limits

Trump stuns lawmakers with embrace of gun control

Hope Hicks, the White House communications director and one of President Donald Trump’s closest advisers, announced her resignation on Feb. 28. Her close relationship with the president has come under scrutiny in special counsel Robert Mueller’s wide-ranging investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election after it was revealed that she helped Trump draft a misleading statement about Donald Trump, Jr.’s 2016 meeting with Russians.

The Chinese Communist Party announced this week that it would remove presidential term limits, allowing president Xi Jinping to hold office indefinitely. However, the power grab has produced rare public dissent in China. “If there are no term limits on a country’s highest leader, then we are returning to an imperial regime,” said Li Datong, a former editor of the state-run China Youth Daily. “My generation has lived through Mao. That era is over. How can we possibly go back to it?”

President Trump stunned Republicans on live television Feb. 28 by embracing gun control and urging lawmakers at the White House to resurrect gun safety legislation that has been opposed for years by the National Rifle Association and most of his party. At one point, he said, “I like taking guns early ... take the guns first, go through due process second.” However, Democrats said that they were skeptical that Trump would follow through.

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Bernstein: U.S. is plagued by a “cold civil war” Continued from Page 1

Despite the fact that he was a teenager, while he was at the Washington Star he became committed to the two ideals that he said inform what journalists do: that the press exists for the public good — not for entertainment or controversy — and as he said many times throughout his lecture, to provide the “best obtainable version of the truth.” These are ideals, Bernstein said, that convey power and responsibility and are crucial for today’s journalists to remember and exercise with humility, fairness and perseverance. However, he insisted that part of providing the “best obtainable version of the truth” is admitting and correcting mistakes. “We’ve had the greatest reporting I’ve ever seen since the beginning of the Trump presidency, but only during egregious failure during the primaries,” Bernstein said. He lamented the free air time President Donald Trump was given as a candidate just because he provided “great theatrics and good television.” He also acknowledged the lack of solid investigative reporting about the facts and context surrounding the candidates’ lives and what people working around them had to say. Bernstein also expressed concern about the political divisions that plague the country and their impact on media consumption. He called the U.S. political dynamic a “cold civil war,” and said that Americans often isolate themselves in echo chambers and seek only the political information that reinforces their pre-existing views. “We hope that the people of the country are open to the best obtainable version of the truth, but people look to buttress the ideologies that they already hold … citizens may not be open to the best obtainable version of the truth.” Bernstein added, “Fact-based debate has become increasingly impossible … in Congress and around the dinner table.” Much of Bernstein’s lecture focused on commenting on the Trump administration and its parallels with history. While similarities are often drawn between Trump and Nixon, he asserted that the country is in uncharted territory and that if comparisons are to be made between Trump and a historical politician, that politician would be Joe McCarthy, not Nixon. “The only comparable leader that I can think of that has posed the kinds of questions about authoritarianism is Joe McCarthy, and Joe McCarthy was never the president of the United States,” Bernstein said. He emphasized that the current situation is very different from Watergate; he said that at the time, the real heroes of Watergate were Republicans, as they were crucial in casting votes in the Sen. Judiciary Committee against a member of their own party. For example, he told the story of U.S. Sen. Howard Baker, a Republican Senator from Tennessee and Majority Leader who was loyal to the White House at the beginning of the investigation. Baker promised Nixon, “I’m your friend. I’m going to see that your interests are protected.” Later, though, he became

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Bernstein emphasized that journalists’ most important job is to provide the “best obtainable version of the truth” and that citizens must be open to it. famous for asking aloud, “What did the president know and when did he know it?” Bernstein noted that Republicans today haven’t had a similar change of heart to put national interest above partisanship as they continue to defend the president. Another difference Bernstein identified between the Watergate crisis and today was that a consensus developed among Americans — that Nixon had to leave office because he was a criminal — which has yet to happen concerning Trump. However, he insisted that Nixon and Trump share a similar disdain for the press as well as an ability to make the conduct of the press the issue, not the conduct of the president. Regarding Trump’s strident contempt for the ongoing investigation of special counsel Robert Mueller, Bernstein noted, “Instead of saying, ‘Let’s get to the bottom of this,’ he makes the conduct of the press, Hillary Clinton, Democrats and the FBI the issue.” He also said that Trump’s pejoratives directed at the media — “enemy of the people,” “fake news” — are reminiscent of Nixon’s hostile rhetoric. However, he insisted that the role of the media is not to remove politicians


I. Executive Reports President Spencer Schiller reported a partnership with Sigma Pi fraternity for Mental Health Week, urged Senators to fill out the curriculum review survey and proposed a co-sponsorship with Digital Wellness Day. Treasurer Sydney Packard met with Dean of Residence Life and Housing Donna McGalliard regarding office renovations and reported that club budgets are being finalized for next year. Secretary Shelby Devine encouraged Senators to attend extracurricular activities and reminded them that President’s Aide applications are due this Friday, March 2. Staff Advisor Tim Wilkinson reported that all events at the Barn are canceled for the rest of the semester and that he is convening a group of students, faculty and staff to address the protocol of on-campus events.

from office — that’s the job of voting and civil engagement. “Richard Nixon brought down Nixon; Woodward and Bernstein didn’t bring down Nixon,” Bernstein said. When asked if one of Trump’s most frequent complaints against the media has any truth, that it has a systematic anti-Trump bias, Bernstein simply said no. “Good reporting is not about blind neutrality,” he insisted. “It is about fairness.” Although a few comparisons can be made between Watergate and today, Bernstein emphasized the unprecedented nature of the Trump administration. “We have a president who exemplifies an almost aberrant authoritarian tendency or worse, who lies with a kind of impunity that we have never seen in a president of the United States in my time,” Bernstein said. Ultimately, Bernstein predicted that the country has a “rough ride” ahead, but returned to the words of Ben Bradlee, the executive editor of the Washington Post when the Watergate story broke. “The more aggressive our search for the truth, the more offended people will be,” Bradlee said. “So be it. That’s what I believe.”


II. Committee Reports

III. New Business

Academic Committee is trying to hold a luncheon for Faculty Appreciation Week in April and needs a location other than the Magnolia Room. Campus Life concluded its Book Babies drive and reported a total of $4,730 raised. Mental Health Week will take place the week of March 19. Judiciary reported that applications for BIA and HEC will come out this Friday, March 2 and that it will conduct the first round of interviews in March and April. Physical Planning met with the Office of Sustainability to plan Green Week starting on March 20 and met with Parking and Transportation. Parking ticket prices are not changing, a bus stop for Wake Downtown transport is planned for Palmer and Piccolo and there will be two new parking spots near Student Health this summer. Public Relations thanked the Senators for helping make PR Week a success and asked that Senators continue to visit clubs for the Listening Campaign.

S.B. 15 Appointments: Daniel Reeves and Ben Weekley were approved as Senators. S.R. Three Printing Changes to reduce printing burden for students: passed. S.B. 16 Amending Election Regulations: passed. IV. Constituent Concerns Theater House students are being ticketed for parking in reserved spots. A resolution aimed at condemning anti-Semitism at Wake Forest is being circulated. There are accountability concerns about the bias reporting system. V. Announcements Sign up for Wake ‘N Shake by this Friday, March 2. The alcohol coalition is meeting after Spring Break.

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“Wake the Beautiful” promotes body positivity Sponsored by Thrive and the Office of Wellbeing, PEER Educators recognized National Eating Disorder Awareness Week BY MADISON ZEHMER Staff Writer

For National Eating Disorder Awareness (NEDA) Week, which ran from Feb. 26 to March 4, the Wake Forest PEERS (Peers, Educating, Engaging, Reaching, and Supporting) prepared a series of events to promote body positivity, eating disorder awareness, and self-care called “Wake the Beautiful” with the support of Thrive and the Office of Wellbeing. The Wake Forest Certified Peer Educators are students committed to raising awareness about highrisk behaviors and common issues that college students face, while providing support and resources to the campus community. “Wake the Beautiful” is one of their key projects of the spring semester. Assistant Director of Wellbeing and PEERS Program Advisor Suzanne Hunt summarized the goals of the initiative, “Wake the Beautiful is a student-led initiative to inspire the campus community to embrace body positivity,” Hunt said. “This initiative is held during National Eating Disorder Awareness Week, to promote awareness of eating disorders, while empowering the campus community to prioritize their personal wellbeing in a way that works for them. This movement is to reiterate that our bodies are healthy at different sizes; it isn’t all about looks or weight.” On Feb. 25, the PEERS kicked off the initiative with a scale smash outside of Zick’s. Insecurities and concerns about weight affect many Americans, including those without eating disorders. Smashing scales is a symbolic rebuttal against societal beauty standards and stigma surrounding weight and health. Students were also encouraged to read handouts prepared by NEDA about self-care, dieting, body-image, and eating disorder awareness.

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Signs around campus provided students with body-positive thoughts and sayings. On Feb. 26, Deacon Dining, the Chaplain’s Office, and the PEERS collaborated to host a mindful cooking class. The following day, the PEERS educators hosted trivia about nutrition and mindful consumption at Shorty’s. On Feb. 28, the PEERS hosted a talk called “Getting Whole-Hearted” by activist and speaker Rosie Molinary. She discussed the importance of being able to say no while maintaining relationships and practicing self-compassion. In addition, PEERS promoted the events and eating disorder awareness in the Pit during lunch hours throughout the week.

The Office of Wellbeing hopes to continue to host a “Wake the Beautiful” week annually. Peer Educator Catherine Carlson, who was instrumental in founding “Wake the Beautiful” two years ago, described the origin and the goals of the week, stating, “When I came to Wake Forest freshman year, I felt an absence of discussion around eating disorders. That spring I attended some of the events taking place during Mental Disorder Awareness week and that is when Wake the Beautiful was formed. The week was intended to raise awareness of and discussion about eating disorders on campus, but I have enjoyed seeing the program take the shape of encouraging overall wellness and self-care in students. Wake Forest students work hard and prioritize a lot over themselves, so I hope that this week inspires students to take the time for self-care and use food to help fuel their bodies.” Although “Wake the Beautiful” is coming to a close, the PEERS Educators still have more events planned for the rest of the year. The “Signs of Stress” week-long initiative will begin on March 19. The event is intended to raise awareness about stress and mental health on campus. The University Counseling Center will provide free mental health screenings and the Office of Wellbeing will hold fun events including a petting zoo and a painting session. Freshman Peer Educator Ally Deak summarizes the goals and impact of the PEERS program, saying “The PEERS program is an incredible platform to reach students and address different aspects of wellbeing in a collaborative setting. Personally, this program has equipped me with the skills to facillitate difficult conversations about drugs and alcohol, as well as other lifestyle issues, with my classmates. PEERS is a unique relative to other wellbeing initiatives because it is a group of nationally certified students reaching out to other students in order to raise awareness about widespread concerns on campus and to encourage education of such issues.”

Report shows salary disparity with institutional peers Pay increases for tenured and tenure-track professors at Wake Forest tend to be lower than those at comparable schools BY KYLE FERRER Staff Writer

The 2018 Wake Forest University AAUP Faculty Salary Report, released Feb. 22, shows a distressing trend for Wake Forest College professors of all types. The study is meant to “measure changes in University (Reynolda Campus) and College tenure-track and tenured faculty salaries between 2011-12 and 2016-17.” While the general trend between July 2011 and July 2016 shows an increase in professors’ salaries (including Wake Forest College professors, associate professors, and assistant professors with variance in the degree of increase), when compared to nine cross-admit universities, the increase in pay tends be less at Wake Forest than at its peer institutions. The report uses standard analytics to measure and compare institutions, and reports on each level of the pedagogical hierarchy. “The mean of professors’ salaries, excluding Wake Forest University, is $161,300,” the report says. “Wake

Forest’s current professor salary is $149,300. The mean of the cross admits’ Associate Professor salaries is $110,400; $98,500 at Wake Forest University. The mean of the cross-admits’ assistant professor salaries is $92,000; $77,900 at Wake Forest.” This disparity in salaries is elucidated in a similar way by comparing the median salaries of Wake Forest professors with that of their institutional peers. The conclusion drawn by comparing the median salaries is similar if not the exact same as comparing the mean. To quote the conclusion from the report itself, “Wake Forest University faculty salaries have lost significant ground with respect to the mean and the median salaries of the cross-admit universities.” A table compares Wake Forest College faculty salaries to US News and World Report’s best national liberal arts colleges, throwing this notion into an even broader arena of comparison. It draws a similar conclusion to the table comparing mean and median salaries, using a different peer group, “Wake Forest College faculty salaries at all ranks have lost ground with respect to the median and mean of USN&WR’s best national liberal arts colleges, most significantly at the Associate and Assistant ranks.” In a concluding data table that attempts to raise the implications of such disparities in salary, the report

analyzes the purchasing power of salaries. The conclusion runs a similarly depressing course with respect to Wake Forest faculty. The report concludes, after drawing on data from the Office of Institutional Research. “In the last two years, the purchasing power of Wake Forest University salaries lag behind both the median and mean of the cross-admits.” The numbers are as follows: for Wake Forest professors, the purchasing power of salaries has increased by 2.5 percent compared to 2.9 percent median increase, and a 3.4 mean increase with in their peers at other institutions. Similarly, for associate professors, there has been a .2 percent decrease in purchasing power compared to a 3.2 percent median increase, and a 2.7 percent mean increase. Purchasing power of Wake Forest assistant professors has declined by 3.9 percent, compared to a 3.4 percent median increase, and a 4.0 percent mean increase. The results of such a report have yet to be determined, but the AAUP claims that “as a matter of basic fairness…the Administration and Board of Trustees act to raise College faculty salaries at all ranks by 2021-22 into the top quintile of the COL-adjusted salaries at the 20 best national liberal arts colleges (as defined by the USN&WR or another such survey.)” We shall see if they get their wish.


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The fruits of“ boredom create a dance with life Philosophy

Avoiding boredom is a natural process that obscures the benefits of sitting and thinking alone

Kyle Ferrer

Staff Columnist

The daily intensities of life undulate like a buoy in water. Mood vacillates. Our days fill with the rushes of our emotions, and wane only when sleep sublimates them. Schopenhauer says “life swings like a pendulum backward and forward between pain and boredom,” with very little in between. Boredom is an inevitable state. At some point we will wallow in it and despise all of its opaque dimensions. It is hard to think when you are bored, hard to imagine anything but rising out of your ennui. It leads to aimless milling, hoping the passive blooms into something active. But boredom is ultimately viewed as a mire, a pit of existential limpidity. The modern mind avoids boredom

But to see them, to "break through" them, maybe to the other side, maybe just to the flip side, is a contemplative triumph." like the plague. Because of our outlets of inanity we are able to thwart boredom, although how effectively? The mechanisms we use to obscure boredom’s horizon engage us, but how meaningfully? That is a separate column. Jim Morrison of The Doors was, among other things, a contemplative man. The sentiments he was able to exact through his lyrics fomented a generational movement towards the thinking person. Songs like “Light My Fire” and “The End” are two examples of his lyric aptitude. Whatever you think about Morrison, whether you find him to be a caricature with the musical skills of a dilettante, or a quasiprophet who changed the landscape of American music and its duty to relevance, Morrison did take himself seriously. I bring up Jim Morrison to draw your attention to what I think is the virtue of boredom. In the famous Doors song “Break On Through (To The Other

Side),” Morrison is searching for a way to breach quotidian experience. He tells us we “Made the scene/week to week/day to day/hour to hour,” but that “the gate is straight/deep and wide/break on through to the other side.” Disparate from our own intensities, which shiver in the box of time, our days and nights form a rhythmic pattern, a compendium of “scenes” that coagulate into monotony. William James eloquently says, “Out of time we cut “days” and “nights,” “summers” and “winters.” We say what each part of the sensible continuum is, and all these abstract whats are concepts. The intellectual life of man consists almost wholly in his substitution of a conceptual order for the perceptual order in which his experience originally comes." To refine our thoughts from percepts to concepts, from what is subjectively seen into what can be conceptually debated, is what James expounds. It is self-awareness to the highest degree. How do we break such monotony, the habituation of time into robotic insignificance? I think one way to “break on through to the other side” is through boredom. The virtues of the mind squirming in limbo, darting and snatching at things,

may be a way to stumble upon creation. Fruitful boredom (this is no different than regular boredom) finds its benefits in embrasure. We consciously avoid the quietude of boredom because it is scary. Who wants to be bored? The knee jerk answer is an affronted “no one.” But boredom is the utmost addressal of the self. We see our competing emotions and try to reorganize them in a way that spawns nonboring activity. But to see them, to “break through” them, maybe to the other side, maybe just to the flip side, is a contemplative triumph. All I am advising is that the next time boredom is beginning to set in, choke it for a second. Turn it over in front of your eyes and mark down its dimensions. They are your dimensions. If nothing else, take this quote from Morrison, who said he likes “ ideas about the breaking away or overthrowing of established order … about revolt, disorder, chaos, especially activity that seems to have no meaning.” Is he talking about boredom? No, he is probably stoking the massive countercultural milieu. But there are similarities — distrust, interrogation, uprising. Overturn the dry rock of your life and look at the flip side. That’s not a hallucination. You wrought those snakes.

people act as political agents, they are subject to threats of physical and sexual violence. Our histories inform us of the dangerous truth: these threats, like the tweet made about me earlier, should not be taken as empty jokes. They must be understood as real threats to our physical safety. I cannot speak to the experiences of the students of color who have been targeted by the far-right readers of The Wake Forest Review. However, as a transgender person, the earlier tweet (and several, several more associated with this Review article) are rooted in the constant vilification of my body upon which cisgender people can ostracize us from social spaces and justify physical and sexual violence. Our bodies are disgusting, thus we can be excluded. The statistics speak for themselves: According to the 2015 U.S. Transgender Survey, nearly half of all transgender people will be sexually assaulted in their lifetime. More than half us will experience intimate partner violence. Thirteen percent of us will be physically attacked. Each year, dozens of us will die. The cisgender white man at the center of The Review’s article may be called a

“cracker,” but the word “cracker” will never result in his dehumanization. On the next day, he will still be around, he will still be able to write and his articles will continue circulating throughout a Twitterverse of Nazi sympathizers. To be fair to the writers of the article, neither they nor The Wake Forest Review have the ability to control the far-right sympathizers who apparently read their publication. However, the fact that an army of white supremacists, virulent transphobes and misogynists have taken interest in the writing of the Review should be appalling. This should be a signal that their politics are infected with the same strain of discriminatory ideologies that have inspired and continue to inspire gratuitous incidents of violence against POC and LGBTQ people. In order to produce a campus in which freedom of speech is truly free, we must know the difference between political discourse and hate speech. This incident proves that the line is drawn along a gradation of violence. My speech cannot be free from the farright who want to harm me. This unfreedom is not true of the “victims “ of which The Review writes.

“ Internet partisanship can bring about physical harm Campus Politics

Free speech applies to all, but is an insidious exclusion to some based on orientation and place Char Van Schenck Contributing Writer

On Tuesday, Feb. 27 at about 6:00 a.m. @ShimshockAndAwe tweeted: “One of the females, Charlotte Van Schenck, is an obese (white) barrel of crap with wet knickers for Islam. No wonder she hates white men, no self-respecting white guy would pi## on her if she was on fire, let alone shag the foul looking beast.” This tweet was posted as a reply to the Daily Caller’s report of a Wake Forest Review article, entitled “Wake Forest Declines to Enforce Harassment Policies for Conservative Student.” The article, covering a couple of jokes posted by undergraduate LGBTQ students and students of color in response to an incident of anti-black racism, stretched the truth in order to paint a conservative, white male

To tether this discussion, 'free speech' has become a god term in campus political discourse." student as a victim of “reverse racism.” As many Wake Forest Review articles do, this piece proliferated across the Internet’s far-right networks — the same people who participated in the Charlottesville white supremacist rally in 2017 applauded the bravery of The Review’s staff. And, consequentially, the far-right now knows the full names, institutional affiliation, and more personal information of several marginalized students on campus. To tether this discussion, “free speech” has become a god term in campus political discourse. However, the responses of The Review’s article have proven to me that only some bodies can truly speak freely. When cisgender white men act upon their right to engage in political discourse, they are guaranteed their safety. They may be called funny names, like “mayonnaise monster,” but they will not be harmed. On the other hand, when marginalized

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Value your“ study abroad opportunities Letter to the Editor

Early last year, my older son, Ethan, then a sophomore at Wake Forest University, announced to my wife Laurie and me that he planned to spend fall semester of 2017 in Copenhagen. Yes, Copenhagen. “Denmark?” I asked. “Who goes to Denmark?” “Haven’t you heard that the happiest people on Earth live in Denmark?” “How is that possible, Eth?” asked Laurie. “Isn’t it dark there like 90 percent of the time, except during summer?” So Copenhagen might not have been my first choice; I feel that since humans are thought to have first roamed the Earth in warm places like East Africa, Southern Africa and the Middle East, it’s simply unnatural for them to literally be left out in the cold. The IsraeliAmerican in me thinks that spending a semester in Tel-Aviv eating falafel and sipping on gin and tonics on the beach with my sometimes-arrogantbut-always-entertaining people sounds spectacular. Turns out that, despite its unforgiving climate, Ethan was right about the Danish happiness assessment. Year after year Denmark ranks among the world’s happiest counties, according to economic, health and polling data tabulat-

It's never too late to take that metaphorical plunge...There will always be time for work, but one must take time for a dream." ed by the UN-sanctioned World Happiness Report (yes, it’s an actual thing), and based on a people who are refreshingly trusting of their fellow countrymen and their own government. Ultimately Ethan did end up in utopian Denmark this past semester and he enjoyed his time there immensely. He’s also saw no less than 10 other European countries during weekend jaunts, and he took away something special with each trip. Though Laurie and I have cringed at the sight of his (our) credit card bills (who knew Oktoberfest had that much beer), we continue to bite our tongues in order to have lived vicariously through his experiences, and physically through our own visit to Copenhagen over Thanksgiving break. Danes have even remedied their harsh environment, not only with alcohol, but also through the concept of “hygge,” pronounced “hoo-gah”, and loosely translated as coziness. Each café, home, store, fireplace and restaurant is more charming than the next, with special attention paid to presenta-

tion (perfectly-shaped, delicious, fresh Danishes, and perfectly-lit, abundant scented candles) and warm clothes (unapologetically colorful cashmere socks and sweaters). Breathtakingly clean streets and outdoor Christmas markets only accentuate this special effect. If it seems as though I’m jealous of Ethan’s experiences this past semester, well, I am. While we may have chosen different destinations, ultimately the shared goal is to have embraced another culture, another climate, another perspective, that will have contributed to personal growth, and that will be remembered for a lifetime. In the 1980s, I rushed through my experience as a pre-med zoology major at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. I specifically chose to forgo my chance to attend a semester in Israel because I didn’t want the opportunity to prevent me from graduating a semester early, as there were really no “zoology abroad” programs available at the time. I did eventually graduate a semester “ahead”; it was a real hoot treading water and marking time by working in Madison for the first few frozen months of 1987 for minimum wage as a salesman at a strip-mall camera shop and as a busboy at a strip-mall Italian restaurant. Fun times; I promise you I will not take fin-

er photographs, cook better meals, or retire earlier as a result. I knew I wanted to become a physician since early childhood, and there were clearly advantages to being focused in my youth; as I lacked a photographic memory, I relied on sheer determination to survive organic chemistry classes with hundreds of overly-competitive aspiring neurosurgeons and cardiologists. However, my overemphasis on delayed gratification left a void in my “spiritual” education. Only after rushing through medical school, internship, residency and fellowship did I come to the conclusion that my life would have been enriched by immersing myself temporarily in the pursuit of something other than medicine, like traveling, writing, or even learning to play the banjo (Ethan’s newest passion). Lamentation aside, it’s never too late to take that metaphorical plunge; get on that plane, start typing that manuscript, grab that banjo, capture that hygge moment. There will always be time for work, but one must make time for a dream.

located to the State Department and the U.S. Agency for International Development by around 25 percent, so evidently the diplomacy that could prevent that conflict or military force isn’t worth investing in. It would also apportion $789 billion to the Department of Homeland Security to increase the deportation force by 2,750 immigration and U.S. Border Patrol enforcement officials, which will only terrorize the Latinx community. But the plan with the most appalling lack of logic and empathy might be the radical changes to the way in which SNAP works. Half of recipients’ monthly benefits would be replaced by a box of food chosen by the government. According to the Department of Agriculture, this program, cheerily known as “America’s Harvest Box,” would involve 81 percent of all SNAP households and include shelf-stable foods such as peanut butter and pasta. This idea is short on compassion and common sense for many reasons. First of all, the bureaucratic logistics of organizing and delivering the boxes would be unnecessarily complex and costly. Details on the program aren’t specific, but there is no indication that variations in diet for regional, cultural, religious or medical reasons would be taken into consideration, and the fresh fruits and vegetables that SNAP families need aren’t exactly shelf-stable. Mostly, though, it’s an affront to low-income parents to suggest that they can’t be trusted to

choose food for their children and that wiser authorities should decide what they eat. “America’s Harvest Box” is an Orwellian name for a program that would dismantle the safety net for millions of struggling families. And it gets worse — the math doesn’t add up. According to Joe Minarik, the former chief economist at the Office of Management and Budget, the budget proposal assumes annualized growth of 3.1 percent over the next three years; the Federal Open Market Committee only predicts growth of 2.2 percent. It also commits a basic error of double-counting by assuming $50 billion of savings from increasing labor force participation on top of assumed economic and employment growth. So, with its winning combination of bad faith, bad economics and bad arithmetic, this is the budget proposal from hell. It’s important to remember, though, that the president’s budget is not law nor is it implemented government policy — it is the opening volley in a long process in which the House of Representatives and Senate Budget Committees propose, pass and reconcile multiple spending resolutions. But the president’s budget is a wish list that is a statement of values, and those outlined in the budget demonstrate that this administration would willingly torpedo the needs of the “forgotten men and women” while further enriching the top fraction of one percent.

Ron Bahar, MD, is a pediatric gastroenterologist and novelist who now lives in Los Angeles.

Trump budget“spells disaster for even his most loyal Politics

The new Trump budget cuts programs that work to benefit low-income families Amanda Wilcox Staff Columnist

A long lifetime ago, during his presidential campaign, then-candidate Donald Trump positioned himself as the voice of our country’s “forgotten men and women,” particularly the working-class populations of rural areas that industrialization had left behind. He promised that he was a different kind of Republican, one who would save Medicare, Medicaid and other programs benefiting lowincome families from budget cuts. Now, not only are those Americans still “forgotten,” but they have been subject to an egregiously flagrant bait-and-switch. Trump’s administration released its proposed budget for fiscal year 2019 on Feb. 12, and it proposes Draconian cuts to Medicare, Medicaid, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, commonly known as food stamps) and other government programs that primarily serve low-income Americans

According to the Center for American Progress, the budget would cut Medicaid by $306 billion over the next ten years." — all while increasing the federal deficit. When we also consider the $1.5 trillion tax cut that became law in December, Trump’s administration is responsible for a historic and shameful transfer of wealth from the middle and lower classes to the top tenth of one percent. It’s springtime for plutocrats, and for the rest of the country; the proverbial winter is coming. In December, I wrote about the recently passed tax reform and observed that the GOP’s typical grim warnings about the crushing burden of deficit spending were summarily reversed. I worried that soon, deficit hawks would use the threat of a debt-driven economic crisis to dismantle transfer programs and policies that help everyday Americans make ends meet. It didn’t take long; that day has come. It’s difficult to comprehend the bad faith in which Republicans have behaved, or the scale of the potential adverse consequences of the budget proposal, without understanding the brutality of the data. According to the Center for American Progress, the budget would cut Medicaid by $306 billion over the next 10 years. It would increase military spending by 14 percent yet would cut funds al-

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“ prayers don’t curtail gun violence Thoughts and Gun Violence

American citizens deserve comprehensive policy reform so atrocites stop repeating Daniel Pachino

Staff Writer

In the wake of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL two weeks ago that left 17 Americans — 14 children and 3 adults — dead, it is time to say enough is enough. Something must be done by our government to stop the senseless killing of our country’s men, women and children. Simply offering “thoughts and prayers” is no longer a viable response to the mass murders of innocent and defenseless citizens. I am not calling Dissent civilian forRestaurant the U.S. to eradicate gun ownership. I am, however, calling for significant measures to be taken to make our country a safer place for its citizens to live. I believe enacting meaningful gun control legislation would be a good place to start. According to the Everytown for Gun Safety Fund, between 2012 and 2016, an average of 12,726 people have been killed by gun homicides in the U.S. — not including the other 21,637 gun suicides per year, which together amounts to over 34 thousand gun-related deaths in the U.S. annually. Compare that to another large and advanced country like Japan, which has a population of 127 million, where there were a mere six gun-related deaths in 2014. As in America, it is legal for

Simply offering our ‘thoughts and prayers’ is no longer a viable response to the mass murders of innocent and defenseless citizens” Japanese citizens to own firearms. It is, however, much more difficult to acquire them, and it requires dedication to do so. Obtaining a gun in Japan is much like the American process for getting a driver’s license. To obtain a gun in Japan, one must attend an all-day class, pass a written exam, pass a shooting test with 95-percent accuracy, take a mental health exam and pass a government-run background test. Additionally, civilians are barred from purchasing handguns and semi-automatic weapons, such as an AR-15 — the weapon of choice of many mass shooters. Based on differences between Japanese and American gun culture, it is wrong to assume that America will simply adopt the Japanese’s gun legislation, but it can at least serve as a framework for legislation to stop the senseless killing of our fellow Americans. It is no longer acceptable for our President and legislators in Congress to stand by and allow these mass killings to continue. It is time the NRA and NRA-backed Republican leaders realize they have massive amounts of blood on their hands due to their inaction. They must begin confronting this issue facing our country instead of deflecting questions about gun reform and offering their thoughts and prayers. There are a number of simple changes our government can make to help facilitate a safer U.S. First, make it harder to obtain a gun. If it is more difficult

to acquire a gun, then there will be fewer guns in circulation. And, if fewer guns are in circulation, then fewer people can kill each other with those guns. A good place to start would be mandating universal background checks, something, according to recent Quinnipiac University poll, 97 percent of Americans support. A background check could have helped prevent Nikolas Cruz — who was surrounded by dozens of red flags — from getting the firearms he used to kill 17 of his peers in Parkland, FL. To take this a step further, why not make the process to obtain guns similar to the process to get a driver’s license? In most states, the entire process of earning a driver’s license takes at least six months, involves both written and physical exams and requires classes be taken. Additionally, they require periodic re-testing to ensure people with a license are still fit to operate a car. Mandating a similar process for national gun licensing involving background checks, classes and written and physical exams would result in safer gun ownership nationwide and help keep guns out of the hands of the wrong people. Furthermore, these processes would allow for safe gun owners to continue owning guns and ensure people like Nikolas Cruz, with dozens of red flags surrounding them, do not. Another measure to take is to ban the sale of semi-automatic assault rifles to civilians, particularly the AR-15 and its derivatives. There is no need for these guns to be in use by anyone except members of the military. The self-protection and hunting arguments do not apply to assault rifles. If some-

one feels they desperately need a gun to protect themselves then so be it; that right is protected by the Constitution. But that protection can be easily achieved by owning a shotgun or handgun instead of a weapon like the AR15, which was designed for military combat. Additionally, banning modifications that increase the capabilities of assault rifles would go a long way in limiting the capabilities of potential mass shooters. The ban would take bump stocks, which allow semiautomatic weapons to function like fully-automatic weapons, and magazines of than 10 rounds off the market. Conversely, the President’s proposal of arming 20 percent of teachers is the exact opposite direction we should be moving towards. This idea only further heightens the existing classroom battleground instead of making schools a safer place for America’s youth. Additionally, taking Trump’s senseless plan into action would mean arming over 700 thousand teachers and cost hundreds of millions in training, turning teachers into combatants instead of educators. Many have and will continue to argue that deranged people will always find a way to get guns and kill people even with restrictions like these. Maybe some of them will, but I have a difficult time believing it wouldn’t keep guns out of the wrong hands. I realize this is a very convoluted problem America is faced with and the forces acting against change from numerous groups are very powerful, but the system we have in place now clearly isn’t working. Why not try harder to keep guns out of the wrong hands?

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What are your spring break plans?

“I’m going home to Colorado.” Warren Jernigan (‘21)

“Going to Miami with friends.” Taylor Jane Johnson (‘20)

“Watching basketball inOklahoma.” Will Zhang (‘21)

“Staying in North Carolina.” Angelina Morales (‘19)


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Men's and Women's Tennis faring well Young talent on both teams show promise for the Wake Forest tennis program BY ABBY McMULLEN Contributing Writer

head into Monday’s championship match, but also a sense of uncertainty because an Indoor Championship win was foreign to the team as it had never been achieved in Wake Forest’s history. Wake Forest Men’s Tennis is currently ranked No.1 in the nation and prepares to next face Virginia Tech in conference play on Friday, March 16th for their next regular season match. Prior to facing the Hokies, the Demon Deacons sent one player, sophomore Borna Gojo, to the Gatineau Futures tournament in Gatineau, Canada, where play just began on the Feb. 28. Gojo is from Split, Croatia and is currently undefeated in singles matches for the season with an overall record of 4-0. Wake Forest will also send an esteemed selection of contestants to two other tournaments, the Irving Challenger in Irving, TX and the Sherbrooke Futures in Sherbrooke, Canada preceding this next conference match. Solomon, along with his teammates, is looking forward to the NCAA tournament that will take place at the end of May, as it will be held right here in Winston-Salem and will provide another chance for the team to walk away as champions.

The Wake Forest Men’s tennis team claimed their first ever Division I Indoor Championship on Monday, Feb. 19 in Seattle, WA by defeating UCLA 4-2. The road to Monday’s championship consisted of defeating the host team, the University of Washington Huskies, 4-0 in the opening round. The team then proceeded to defeat eight-seed University of Southern California 4-1 in the quarterfinals. Coming into Sunday’s semifinals, the pace quickly changed as the Deacs were in a close match against number five Stanford, fighting to beat them 4-3. Heading into the championship on Monday, Feb. 19 the Deacs were prepared to face seven-ranked UCLA, who had just defeated the number six Texas A&M Aggies 4-2 the day prior. Freshman Yuval Solomon, who has loved the support of upperclassmen teammates and the opportunity to travel throughout the season, described a sense of confidence amongst the team members when preparing to See Tennis, Page 15

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Sophomore Borna Gojo, from Croatia, played in the Gatineau Futures tournament in Gatineau, Canada wich started on Feb. 28 where he hopes to maintain his 4-0 record.

Demon Deacons fall to Irish in last home game Wake Forest suffers a heartbreaking defeat against Notre Dame, 76-71 BY KYLE TATICH Senior Writer

It was the same story just a new chapter on Saturday afternoon as Wake Forest fell to Notre Dame 7671 in heartbreaking fashion at the Lawrence V. Joel Coliseum. “Lead it for 31 minutes and Notre Dame leads for two minutes, but their two minutes were the most important,” Manning said. “Disappointing loss. … I thought we had some moments where we could’ve really seized the moment, and we didn’t make enough plays down the stretch and Notre Dame did.” Manning of course was referring to Notre Dame’s ability to keep the Deacons from converting on a field goal in the game’s final 8:08 and the

Irish’s game-winning shot with eight seconds remaining. Collapses such as the one Wake Forest experienced Saturday, Feb. 24, have become so familiar they are almost expected. Thus, when the Deacs blew a nine point second half lead, they were just adding to the existing script of highs and lows that seemingly began exactly one calendar year ago. On March 1, 2017 the Demon Deacon basketball program experienced one of the greatest highs it had in recent memory, as this date marks the day students stormed the court following the upset of No. 8 Louisville. The highs and lows continued as the program celebrated its first NCAA Tournament birth since 2010 and said a bittersweet goodbye to John Collins, who left after his sophomore season to enter the NBA Draft. Fans knew this could be a difficult season given the departures of

Collins and Dinos Mitoglou but remained hopeful that the Deacs would find a way to remain competitive in ACC play. Unfortunately for the Demon Deacon faithful, the season began with a

series of lows as Wake Forest dropped four of its first five to programs such as Georgia Southern, Liberty, Drake and Houston.

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Trisitan Thompson (20), Britton Anderson (52), Troy Rike (45), Keyshawn Woods (1) and Mitchell Wilbekin (10) were honored this past Saturday for senior night.

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NCAA Basketball allegations could hurt programs Leaked financial documents show some universities might have committed illegal acts BY DANIEL PACHINO News Editor

The future of college basketball is undeniably uncertain. One thing, however, seems certain: the end of college basketball as we know it is imminent. Throughout this season, the cloud of an FBI investigation has loomed over NCAA basketball. To backtrack, on Sep. 29, 2017, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York unleashed a bombshell report with findings from an FBI investigation uncovering massive amounts of corruption, bribery and wire fraud in NCAA basketball. Assistant coaches from USC (Southern California), Arizona, Oklahoma State and Auburn along with many noncoaches — Adidas employees, an agent, a money manager, a director of an Orland-based AAU club and the owner of a clothing manufacturer — were implicated in the September report. Additionally, the report exposed that University of Louisville was implicated i, indicating an agreement was made between Louisville coaches, Adidas

executive James Gatto, an agent from the ASM Agency, Christian Dawkins, and the family of recruit Brian Bowen to pay Bowen’s family to ensure he attended Louisville and then signed with Adidas after leaving Louisville. While Bowen denied knowledge of the promise to pay him, he was suspended from Louisville, and head coach Rick Pitino and athletic director Tom Jurich were removed from their posts at Louisville. Since then, there has been speculation surrounding the FBI’s investigation. The 2017-2018 NCAA basketball season’s action has been exciting; however, the dark cloud of the investigation has been imminent for teams all year, causing many to wonder if the investigation would affect the 2018 NCAA Tournament. Until now, nothing had come of it, but a lot changed last Friday, Feb. 23. In the early morning, Yahoo Sports released a story that leaked financial documents linked to Christian Dawkins, the ASM agent under big-time NBA agent Andy Miller. The documents suggested a number of current and former college basketball players from some of the NCAA’s most recognizable schools, including Duke’s Wendell Carter, Michigan State’s Myles Bridges, former Washington star Markelle Fultz and many others ac-

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Duke’s Wendell Carter is one of the athletes in question regarding the NCAA Allegations that agents and teams might have given athletes illegal benefits to play.

cepted impermissible benefits from Dawkins and ASM. While a lot of this information seemed incriminating for all these players and schools, each case must be taken individually.

Later that same day, ESPN released a report that the FBI had a recording of a conversation between Dawkins and Arizona head coach Sean Miller.

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Basketball: Wilbekin shines one last time at Joel Continued from Page 11 Faith was restored momentarily as the team rallied together and won six straight to get back on track. But then came the non-conference finale against Tennessee where the Deacs allowed the Volunteers to conclude the final 4:30 on a 13-0 run, in what could have been a momentous victory entering the ACC schedule. Thus began the chapter of not being able to finish games, a chapter that has dominated the pages of the program’s story this past year. In the ACC opener, the Deacs had a chance to knock off the defending national champions on their own court but instead allowed North Carolina to go on an 8-0 run in the final 2:30 to win by four. The next late-game collapse was at NC State, when the Deacons went silent for the last four minutes. And then there was Clemson in early February when a switch to zone gave the Deacs all kinds of fits in the game’s final seven minutes. So when Wake Forest failed to make a shot from the field in the final 8:08 on Saturday afternoon, not many were surprised. “It’s annoying. I wouldn’t say it’s wearing us down, it’s really annoying,” said Keyshawn Woods on yet another late game collapse. “You’re losing the same way and you’re in every game, you’re not getting

blown out. But you lose the game the same way each time, it just gets frustrating and annoying.” Woods, who has battled a knee injury this season, was one of five Deacons honored on Senior Day, joining Mitch Wilbekin, Terrance Thompson, Troy Rike and Britton Anderson. Wilbekin played one of his best games in old gold and black in his final game at the Joel, converting on four shots from beyond the arc, contributing to his 14 points for the afternoon. Woods, who is expected to return for a fifth season, played an efficient game himself, scoring 12 points on nine shots and dishing out six assists. One of the best moments of Senior Day, however, was Troy Rike and Britton Anderson making their first career starts. The pair spent a majority of their Wake Forest careers at the end of the bench but contributed greatly in practice, getting the scholarship players ready for each game. So when Anderson converted on two free throws to give the Deacs a 2-0 lead, scoring his first career points, it instantly became a celebratory moment — a high for the season that certainly contrasts the many lows as of late. The senior class will play their final regular season game on Saturday when Wake Forest travels to Atlanta, Ga., to face Georgia Tech. While there have been undeniable lows this season, this senior class deserves cel-

ebration for keeping this team competitive, especially when there has not been much to play for in recent weeks, as tournament hopes disappeared weeks ago. Hopefully the Demon Deacon faithful

will watch Wilbekin conclude his incredible Wake Forest career converting a few more shots from beyond the arc over this weekend and throughout next week’s ACC Tournament.

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Senior Mitchell Wilbekin played one of the best games of his career and had a total of 14 points for the Demon Deacons against the Fighting Irish.

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Spotlight: Cameron Mulhall BY KYLE TATICH Senior Writer Cameron Mulhall is a senior finance major in the Wake Forest School of Business from Ocean City, NJ. He has been a member of the Wake Forest rugby team since his freshman year and has played both fall and spring seasons. Mulhall, a football player and wrestler in high school, had not played rugby before coming to Wake Forest, but he has since emerged as a leader of the team. KYLE TATICH: Tell me about your athletic career. What sports have you played? How did you first begin playing rugby?

fitness and rugby knowledge. I went from getting gassed 20 minutes into a game to not missing any minutes in a 15’s game over the past two seasons (games are 80 minutes in length). As for rugby knowledge, I went from being confused every time I set foot on the field freshman year to developing rugby instincts. KT: What are some of your favorite memories from the rugby team? CM: Overall, team camaraderie. For a more specific memory, I’d say the Elon

game during the Fall 2017 season. We secured a one-point victory by holding Elon back on a last play try line stand (similar to goal line stand in football). Great team effort and desire to win were on full display. KT: What are some of your favorite memories at Wake Forest outside of the rugby team?

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Hometown: Ocean City, NJ Sport: Rugby

CM: Friends made, unique academic opportunities and involvement and other extracurricular activities such as Finance Club and Student Investment Fund, as well as relationships developed with both faculty members and alumni.

Year: Senior

KT: Academically, what brought you to Wake Forest?

CAMERON MULHALL: In high school, I played football and wrestled. I began playing rugby at the beginning of my freshman year. I’ve always enjoyed physical, contact sports and was recruited to the team by James Doerfler (‘16) who was a captain of the team at the time.

CM: I valued the strong business school education rooted in a liberal arts background. I was also intrigued by the opportunities and accessibility offered by a small, student-centric school. KT: What has been your favorite class in the business school?

KT: How would you describe your rugby career here at Wake Forest?

Major: Finance

CM: Topics in Private Equity. This class is taught by Dr. Marcum and Peter Brockway, a Board of Trustees member and experienced private equity fund manager, and is definitely one of the most unique opportunities present on campus for finance majors.

CM: Evolving. I went from being a clueless, out-ofshape rugby player to a solid, knowledgeable and tough player over the course of my career.

KT: What are your plans after graduation and for your career? CM: After graduation, I am moving to Charlotte to begin a career in investment banking. I hope to pursue a career in private equity over the long run.

KT: What is the best part of your skill set? CM: Highlights of my skill set include knowledge of rugby strategies and physicality — being tough and aggressive in contact.

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KT: How has your game evolved since your freshman year? CM: The two biggest areas would be Photo courtesy of Mitchell Loll

Deac Notes Tabari Hines announces that he will play elsewhere during his senior season

Men’s basketball player Keyshawn Woods named to ACC All-Academic Team

Wide receiver Tabari Hines announced via social media that he will be transferring to another university for his final year of NCAA elibility. “My drive to lead, compete, and prove myself right” were the reasons that Hines cited for leaving in his social media post. Hines, who helped lead Wake Forest to their recent bowl victories, looked back fondly on his time at Wake Forest.

Redshirt junior Keyshawn Woods was named to the ACC AllAcademic Team, which honors players who succeed on and off the court. Student-athletes who are named to this team must have earned at least a 3.00 GPA in the most recent semester and possess a 3.00 cumulative average as well. Woods has scored the second-most points of any Wake Forest basketball player this season. He is the 23rd Wake Forest player to make this team.

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Baseball avoids sweep at Santa Clara The Demon Deacons went 1-2 in their first major road series of the season BY REN SCHMITT Sports Editor The Wake Forest baseball team traveled to Silicon Valley over the weekend to face the Santa Clara University Broncos in a three-game series. The Demon Deacons fell short in two close contests to begin the series, but they came away with a 3-1 win on Sunday, Feb. 25, to avoid the sweep. Junior Griffin Roberts took the mound in game one for Wake Forest and allowed just two runs in 6.1 innings. He also struck out 10 Santa Clara hitters, continuing his blistering strikeout pace. The Demon Deacon bats fell completely silent, however, leaving 14 men on base and striking out 16 times on their way to a 2-0 loss. The offense fared much better in game TWO, plating six runs in a 14-inning thriller. Junior second baseman Jake Mueller, freshman first baseman Bobby Seymour and sophomore shortstop Patrick Frick all collected multiple hits, and the team combined for 14 total hits. Wake Forest led 6-4 before the bottom

of the ninth, when Santa Clara rallied to score two runs, spoiling Morgan McSweeney’s save opportunity and sending the game into extra innings. Santa Clara eventually won on a Joe Becht walk-off double in the 14th inning, In game three, Wake Forest managed to avoid a three-game sweep, defeating Santa Clara 3-1 in the afternoon series finale and improving their season record to 3-5. Sophomore starting pitcher Colin Peluse was the star of game three, as he silenced the Santa Clara offense, allowing just three hits and two walks across eight shutout innings. Peluse’s stellar performance helped rest a Demon Deacon bullpen that had been depleted during the 14-inning game the day before, and his role as a rotation workhorse was solidified, as he threw 108 pitches. The offense showed signs of improvement on Sunday as well, as the top four hitters in the order — Mueller, Frick, third baseman junior Johnny Aiello and freshman designated hitter Shane Muntz — each managed multiple hits. Though Wake Forest does not appear to be the offensive powerhouse that hit 106 home runs last season, if some of the young starters find their rhythm at the NCAA level, the Demon Deacons could be poised to shock opponents once con-

ference play begins. In order for the offense to fire on all cylinders, Aiello, who produced an excellent OPS of 1.060 last season, will need to rediscover his 2017 form. Through the first eight games of the season, Aiello has struck out in 33 percent of his plate appearances, has yet to hit a home run and has produced a paltry batting average of .167. The sample size is small, though, so Aiello could easily finish shaking off the

rust of the offseason and regain his elite prowess at the plate in the coming weeks. Until then, Wake Forest will need contributions from its less prolific hitters while Aiello works through his slump. Wake Forest will host UMass Lowell, who is 2-5 this season, over the coming weekend for another three-game series. ACC play will begin on Friday, March 9, when the Florida State Seminoles come to town.

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Sophomore Colin Peluse pitched eight shutout innings against Santa Clara last Sunday. He allowed three hits and two walks in his 108 pitch appearance.

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of validation to her position as the lone freshman on this years’ squad. Omirou’s doubles team with junior Anna Ulyashchenko from Brooklyn, NY, is the most successful pair on the team with an overall record of 10-

4, having a 5-4 dual record. Junior Emma Davis from Cohasset, MA, is another stand-out player, as her overall singles record of 16-6 is the best record among all singles matches on the team this season.

The ACC Championships, which will be held April 25th in Cary, North Carolina, will provide a chance for the Deacs to upset higherranked UNC and Duke to claim the conference title.

Wake Forest Women’s Tennis is also faring impressively well, as they are currently ranked 10th in the nation and third in the Atlantic Coast Conference, only subsequent to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Duke. The Lady Deacs have an overall record of 8-3, with a perfect 5-0 for matches played right here in Winston-Salem. In their only conference match thus far, the team suffered a tough 4-3 loss at Clemson. Although both teams claimed three game wins in singles competition, Clemson was able to win two of the three doubles competitions, propelling them to the victory. The team is currently preparing for a weekend of tough conference play, as fourth-ranked Duke comes to town on Friday. Following the match with the Blue Devils, the Virginia Tech Hokies, the Elon Phoenix, the Winthrop Eagles and the Liberty Flames will be here on Sunday. Freshman Eliza Omirou from Nicosia, Cyprus, was named ACC Photo Courtesy of Wake Forest Athletic Communications Freshman of the Week for the week of Feb. 26, bringing recognition to Freshman Eliza Omirou from Cyprus was named ACC Player of the Week and has had an overall 10-9 record to start off her overall 10-9 record and a sense her career in the Wake Forest Womens’ Tennis Program. She is the youngest member of the team this season.

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This tape discussed arranging an one hundrad thousand dollar payment to then-recruit DeAndre Ayton, who is now Arizona’s star player and the likely first overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft. This report, along with Yahoo’s report seemed destined to spell disaster for the futures of Miller and the Arizona basketball program as well Instead, Ayton and others like Bridges and Carter played in their team’s games this weekend and Miller was not fired — although he did not coach in Arizona’s loss to Oregon even though he was not suspended. The average fan may ask why nothing has happened in the wake of these potentially groundbreaking reports. There are a number of important things to take into account when looking into these reports. The in-

formation in these reports must be taken with a grain of salt. These reports are part of an ongoing FBI investigation and were released through a third party, not by the FBI, so it is likely the people who released it had some sort of agenda in doing so. Additionally, the report of the alleged wiretap of a conversation between Miller and Dawkins regarding paying Ayton had no direct quotes or transcription of the wiretap, so it is impossible to know how factual Mark Schlabach’s ESPN report was. Further confusing the situation, Schlabach went on SportsCenter and said the conversation took place in Spring 2017, months after Ayton signed his letter of intent with Arizona. As of now, there do not seem to be many concrete details of the situaYong Kim/Philadelphia Daily News/TNS tion, so it is important not to jump to large conclusions without the Washington’s Markelle Fultz was their first round pick in the 2017 NBA Draft. Yahoo Sports released his name in a leaked document. necessary facts.



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Existential exploration in play The theater department’s installation of The Adding Machine toured the audience through a thought-provoking postmortum adventure

BY RILEY RICHARDS Contributing Writer Though you enter The Adding Machine expecting to see a play about the perils of technology and the way it changes society and humanity, your general questioning about humanity after the play will certainly not be about technology, but instead will focus on mortality and whether being a good person even matters. The plays opening and is reminiscent of Fahrenheit 451; it centers around an accountant by the name of Mr. Zero, played by sophmore Michael Littrell, who is replaced by an automated adding machine and is subsequently fired. After losing his job, Zero kills his boss and is put in prison. Doesn’t seem out of the ordinary, right? Think again. After Zero is put in prison the first act closes, the second opens, Zero is dead and all expectations are thrown to the wind. The first act opens with Zero and his very pedantically dissatisfied wife Mrs. Zero, played by junior Anne-Peyton Brothers. The eerily choreographed coworkers Mr. and Mrs. One through Six are a great complement to the overall themes of the first act and the eerie, mechanical tone that pervades the en-

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tire act and play. The first act asks those expected questions about technology, and how technology affects us, but more important than these questions is the commentary on the modern society of the 20th century. Rice reveals his pessimistic views of the middle class of America during this time period through they ways Zero interacts with his wife and his coworkers and the racist, xenophobic and misogynistic views that these characters hold, causing an uneasy feeling of distance between the audience and the characters. In the second act you are simply told that Zero is dead, when you were expecting some sort of scene with him in prison. While most likely a fault of the writing, it is confusing and gives an awkward feeling that you have missed something. This fault detracts from the overall themes and questions of the second act. The second act is truly a curveball from what I was expecting. If the first act is Fahrenheit 451, the second act is a bizarre quasi-mix of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Chicago and Great Expectations. Without it spoiling the sheer flabbergast that I experienced, asks broad questions about morality and represents a more postmodern view on the whole ideal of dying. The best scene of the play is the last. It diverges from the rest of the play and is surprisingly refreshing compared to the heavy drama of the rest of the play. After facing the harsh realities of ideas of technology, the ephemerality of life and the insignificance of life, the playwright gives us a lighthearted view on the matter. While, of course, it still addresses the depressing main themes of the play, it does so with comedy. Despite the fact that his costume appears to be directly stolen off the back of Jimmy Buffett, Avery McClure as Lieutenant — not Captain — Charles, and his dynamic partnership with Charles Cicchino as Joe are splendid. Their synergistic relationship is easily the most memorable part of the play. While this may be due to their anachronistic dress and attitudes, nevertheless their seemingly alien (at least to Zero) scene is phenomenally acted.

Overall, all of the actors approached their roles admirably. The choreographed movements within the bevy of numbered people was superb and deadon, showing the commitment of the actors. Furthermore, the touches of comedy throughout shows the attention to detail on account of director Brook Davis. Precisely, the acting of Littrell as Mr. Zero contributes to our dislike of him, Littrell plays him with a rough and awkward personality. Littrell’s acting turns Zero into the perfect anti-hero that you relate to due to his immorality and imperfections. Additionally, the commendable synergy between sophmore Katy Milan, as Daisy, and Littrell is elegantly entertaining; both work well together to reveal both the relationship between the two, as well as the personalities and idiosyncrasies of both characters. Moreover, the lighting and scenery is fantastically suited to the themes of the play. The multiple ways that the scenery is manipulated shows both the creativity of scenic designer senior Jyles Rodgers and the active role of the actors in all parts of the play. Specifically, the lighting of the first act helped the emphasize the character of Zero and his dramatic closing monologue. While the scenery is initially a bit confusing, as the overall themes come to light, it blends well with both scenes and really helps to push forth the non-realism thing they’ve got going on. It blends well with the initial tone of technology and mechanic, and then continues to blend in the second act. I also feel that the scenery adds something to the overall discussion of motif; it forces you to consider time alongside mortality, which I think is an effective addition to the overall comprehensive discussion. Although the play is initially very confusing in its initial curveball of a second act, it grows on you. You exit the play with questions you did not expect to be asking yourself, and I think this is an exceedingly valuable quality in a piece of art. The play was sufficiently entertaining with the added quality of causing skepticism over every aspect of what you believe about morality, and life in general.

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THE HOT Start to plan summer travels now LIST To embrace the true meaning of traveling, it is important to start planning your summer now BY MAGGIE ZHANG Contributing Writer Over the past decade, more and more people put “traveling” as their habits or fun facts, yet it is a very broad term that means different things to different people. To travel is not quite the same as to have a vacation. Vacation is usually taking time out in a resort or hotel from either work or school — something that is regular and stress-inducing. Traveling, however, is having the genuine interest in the immersion into a culture and understanding more about the world. If you are a fan of meeting strangers, learning about cultures and seeing some of the most amazing landscapes, traveling is right for you. Unless you are the adventurer that can leave at any minute, there is usually some planning involved before traveling. Below are some major aspects you might want to consider a few months before your trip. Destination Where do you want to go? Is it that city near your house? Is it the state you have never been? Or is it the country that you are always curious about? Just like what

Saito said in Inception, “You mustn’t be afraid to dream a little bigger darling.” Imagine yourself in Africa, South America, Asia, Europe or Middle East. The world is finite, but your choices of destination are unlimited. Company Who are you going with? We all want to explore and experience new things with our loved ones, but remember that traveling alone is always a choice as well. Sure, it might be difficult in terms of safety and taking photos, but maybe we all need some time away from the protection net and be on our own for once. Only when we are completely true to ourselves can we deeply feel that connection with nature. Budget How much are you thinking about spending? This is tricky, and traveling almost always requires money. However, depending on your overall style of traveling, you might not need to spend as much as you imagine. Regarding transportation, some choices may include flying, cruise, driving, etc. Some excellent strategies for saving money include hitchhiking, road trips and living in hostels. Budget is also well-connected to the duration of your trip, the possible currency exchange, your accommodation and food choices. It can definitely be a hassle planning everything out before your trips, but better organization allows you to foresee what is coming and sometimes frees you from

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As students look forward to a relaxing week, here are the top ten vacation locations. By Olivia Field


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Find culturally rich locations to experience during your summer. anxieties in a foreign country when everyone is speaking a foreign language. But more importantly, what you can get out of traveling is worth the hassle. Often we are caught up in our daily lives and the smallest inconveniences, while there is a much bigger world out there where people eat, dress, speak and interact differently. When we travel, we want to really live like a local and take in the culture; only then we can feel connected to something bigger than ourselves.

Lifestyle Column|Office Existence

Finding your place in an office setting The workplace dynamic is much different than the everyday life on campus BY DAVID AJAMY Staff Writer Working in an office is altogether odd for me. I assume because I am used to the daily process of going to class then going to Moe’s Southwest Grill and back to my room. But beyond the change of scheduling, the situation is something foreign to me. From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., sitting at my desk, which I can thankfully shift to a standing desk, I e-mail, message and just work. Now, this isn’t a bad thing — well, at least not for me. I like it a lot, I like just working and getting tasks done. I like the fact that the day is spent communicating and organizing, keeping the business a well-oiled machine so it can do its job. Maybe I would feel different if I wasn’t working at a nonprofit dealing with an issue I care about. But, it all makes me thing about this idea of an office and work environment/community. From an outsider it almost seems comical how cliche and typical offices are. They are small microcosm of a community that sees each other Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Forty hours a week they work as units, but also as one cohesive being. Each with their own tasks all working towards a common goal. But its much more complex

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The office lifestyle includes forming relationships and a job persona. than that. It’s complex in the differences of ambition and the conflicting and harmonious relationships, but mostly so it’s complex in the fractions and hierarchy that exists. Part of working in an office is understanding those differences of power, communication and more. Obviously, this applies to most jobs, but more so it seems to apply in an office environment. I say this because of proximity and the need for cooperation that many office jobs require. Because of the complex dynamics, it’s vital as a person and worker to understand and read the situations around you to act in the most optimal way. For me, I strive to give a respectful but also authentic version of myself. And while it can take time to adjust, it’s important to create an environment where


you feel like yourself while also being professional. Often, these norms in the office environment are based are social constructs or seemingly random rules set in place by an administrator. So, read your environment and choose how you want to be perceived and how you want to act. And while every office is different, it’s important to prepare and think before you move from the known world of college to the sixth floor of one of the many buildings in whatever city. For me, being in the environment and finding my place has allowed me to not always worry about my words or actions. While I was worried how my boss perceived me for the first couple weeks, I have found that once I stopped worrying about it, I was getting more work done and felt better. While some might find the stress of being acceptable and finding community in an office or new job a push to do better work, I found that by just being nice, myself and a hard worker I have found a community. Not everyone will have my experience, sometimes offices are full of shmucks or problematic and disrespectful people. Forming a community is a lot harder, this is assuming there are some parts of the office aren’t toxic. With this, it’s vital to try and find a healthy work environment; because going into a new world is within itself a job, and finding a healthy office makes the transition all the better. But be prepared for a world of e-mails, meetings, new dynamics and super “fun” mandatory office socials.

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5. Myrtle Beach Punta Cana

7. New Orleans Nashville

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Interview |Sasha Spielberg

Sasha Spielberg released new EP on Feb. 16 In this interview, Sasha Spielberg discusses her new single “Coolhand,” new EP Facepaint and her creative process while composing BY MADISON ZEHMER Staff Writer

On Feb. 16, Sasha Spielberg released the first single, “Coolhand,” from her upcoming EP Facepaint, under her stage name, Buzzy Lee. Previously, she has published music with her band that she formed with her brother Theo, called “Wardell”. For Facepaint, she collaborated with experimental electronic composer Nicholas Jaar to create an emotive and vulnerable work of art. Although it’s worth noting that she is the daughter of acclaimed film director Steven Spielberg, Sasha deserves to be recognized for her eclectic and captivating music on her own merit. I had the wonderful opportunity to interview her about Facepaint, which will be released on April 27 via Future Classic. 1. When did you start working on Facepaint? Was there any particular motivation or inspiration? I started about two years ago actually. My boyfriend was on tour and I had all these songs I needed to put down on paper. I’m used to writing with my brother but I made it a goal to finish a song a day on my own, even if it wasn’t very good. I flew to New York to record with my best friend Nico. Every day was cathartic — a therapy session for me. We would rewrite lyrics that weren’t going deep enough until we got something really meaningful out of the EP, and so I present to you Facepaint (in a few months.)

2. Why did you pick “Coolhand” to be your single? Coolhand was always just so fun and trancelike. It felt dreamy and understated but also meant a lot to me. The next single will be a lot darker. 3. How would you describe the mood and message of Facepaint? The message is: help me, I feel insecure and I feel these feelings a lot. I’m jealous, I’m not a grown up yet, I want everyone to be happy, how can I be happy? So basically it’s four years of therapy in one EP. Call my therapist, she might have a better answer. 4. What’s your favorite aspect of making music? I love that first moment when the melody comes to you, and it could make you cry or gives you this immediate flutter. That flutter is what I live for! 5. Who are your artistic influences (musical or otherwise?) I love Kate Bush, Fleetwood Mac, Judee Sill, Hall & Oates, Joni Mitchell, and then I grew up with movie scores. 6. What is your creative process like? I feel a lot of feelings. I have green tea. I sit at my piano and occasionally check Instagram and quickly realize how bad it is for my creative process and turn it on airplane mode and usually start with a C# major. I come up with a solid verse melody and then chorus melody and then I go to my journal and start writing lyrics. Is this boring? How can I make this process more interesting? Maybe I can say I sometimes get wild and start with a D minor. There. 7. What are you listening to, reading and/or watching right now? Listening to Love Apple “There’s No Answer Without You,” reading The Immortalists, watching every Albert Brooks film for the first time. Also just watched North by Northwest for the first time, wowie!

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Sasha enjoys listening to the song “There’s No Answer Without You,” and reading The Immortalists.

8. If you were a color, what color would you be and why? I say blue, but recently I was told purple. Which color says “easily swayed?” To check out Sasha’s work, you can listen to her single on Apple Music, Spotify and Soundcloud and preorder the EP on iTunes and Bandcamp.

Student Life Column| Writer’s Camp

Writer’s Camp grants students’ wishes of publication Z. Smith Reynolds Library supports aspiring writers through a libary outreach program known as Writer’s Camp BY HANNAH GOODWIN Staff Writer Writer’s Camp is a little-known library outreach program that has occurred twice, once in January of 2016 and again on Feb. 9, 2018. I have been lucky enough to be selected as a participant both times. Every time I tell my peers what it is — an all-night writing excursion starting on Friday at 7 p.m. and officially ending at 7 a.m. on Saturday – I’m greeted with smirks and told I’m “so cool.” But it really is. Being in the library during the week and studying is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to what the library offers: the huge amount of materials made available to us, the comfy chairs and insightful renovations, the thousands of books in the stacks waiting for us to glean some inspiration from them. When your only purpose is to write and you’ve got all night, the library is an oasis. Writer’s Camp was not created by ZSR. The full story is online on the ZSR’s website. It is the brain child of Jane McGonigal, an American game designer and author. Hu Womack, Associate Librarian in Instruction and Outreach, is the unofficial hype man for Writer’s Camp and reminded me, “Writers and libraries are natural partners. This biennial event is one of my favorites. Writers’ Camp at ZSR not only supports emerging student writers and publishes their work,

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Students gather in ZSR Library to attend Writer’s Camp, which was created by Jane McGonigal. but also allows ZSR to work with amazing campus partners like the Writing Center, OPCD and THRIVE.” Writer’s Camp is a group effort; it wouldn’t be possible without the ZSR, the Writer’s Camp Committee, the Writing Center, the OPCD, THRIVE, the student authors, Library Partners Press and Wake Forest University Press. It is in the library after closing that the participants are welcomed to enjoy some inspiring words from the Director of the Writing Center, Dr. Ryan Shirey, some free coffee in a beautiful Writer’s Camp mug provided by the Dean of the Library, Tim Pyatt, and a night free of distraction. Tutors from the Writing Center are available throughout the night to offer guidance and a friendly face to respectfully review the late-night writing. Dean Pyatt reflected on the outreach event.

“Writers Camp is one of my favorite events hosted by ZSR. I admire the passion of the students for writing and the commitment of the writing tutors and my librarians to create an overnight incubator of ideas in ZSR,” Pyatt said. As I deliver the biscuits in the morning after this night of creativity, I love seeing the sleepy sense of accomplishment on everyone’s faces. I’m already looking forward to Writers Camp 3 in 2020.” The Writer’s Camp is important for so many reasons. As a student I can speak to the great sense of pride and fulfillment that comes from having my creative work published. Authors dream of publication and Writer’s Camp grants that wish. It is amazing to see my name in print in a book and to know it only cost me one night. Shirey expressed a similar sentiment. “Writers’ Camp is fun, but it is important fun … the event gives writers a unique opportunity to make time for the kind of creative work that may be difficult to fit around a busy student schedule ... [it’s] a powerful exercise in making meaning. [The Writing Center] loves being a co-sponsor of the event because we enjoy being some of the first audiences and points of critical feedback for creative work that will eventually end up in a book. That’s a tremendous privilege and an interesting change of pace for our tutors.” I’ve never gone into Writer’s Camp with any idea of what I’m going to write, but sentences turn into paragraphs and before I know it, it’s 2 a.m. and I’m ready to turn in my piece and go home. The best thing about Writer’s Camp is that it gives me a space to take risks and be vulnerable in a way that class work does not. Once the piece is submitted, there’s no going back, and I’m at my most courageous behind my keyboard. All bets are off at Writer’s Camp; however, one thing is for sure, this is work that matters.

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Lifestyle Column | Spring Break

Winston-Salem offers quirky activities There are many activities that are lesser known to Wake Forest students


As midterms come and go, students are excited for the much-needed break they will receive next week. Many students will return home and others will go on exotic vacations with their friends and families, however, what about those of us who are remaining in Winston-Salem? I personally don’t have anything planned for spring break besides laying in bed and catching up on Netflix, but I’m sure after a day or two, this will start to get old and I will look for something else to do. Having grown up in Winston-Salem, I often become tired of doing the same old things and going to the same places. It is difficult for me to branch out and try the many things the town has to offer. This spring break, I challenge anyone who is remaining in Winston to experience these three lesser-known activities. 1. Go take a stroll in a park. While Winston-Salem can appear very small compared to larger cities, it has a large abundance of parks located within the area. If weather allows, get

out of your room and spend a day outside in one of these parks. Tanglewood is a great place to go on a nice picnic with a group of friends; there are a total of five shelters equipped with picnic tables and beautiful scenery. The blooming wisteria and shining lakes make any day better. They also offer horseback riding, fishing and golf. However, if you’re not looking for a long drive, there is always Reynolda Village. Many students are familiar with the trails that lead around the park but few ever make a trip into the greenhouse and gardens. This time of year many of the flowers will be in bloom and make a great place for a quick photoshoot. Lastly, there is Salem Lake, also known as the “hidden diamond” of the city, and is equipped with a seven-mile trail surrounding a large lake that accommodates pier and boat fishing. 2. Try a new restaurant. As humans, we are creatures of habit and I know I am guilty of returning to the same establishments to eat almost every time I go off campus. This spring break, I challenge you to branch out to one of Winston-Salem’s many restaurants. If you’re in the mood for a nice southern meal you should check out Mama Zoe Michael’s, a restaurant right down the street from campus. The restaurant is locally owned and the menu has a

little bit of everything ranging from country fried steak and fried flounder to traditional gyros and souvlaki. Another great place to try is Teddy G’s Grille, another locally-owned sandwich shop. They are known for their pita burgers which are what the name implies, one or two beef patties with varying toppings placed inside of a slice of pita bread. Finally, if you’re a fan of Mexican food, a really good alternative to Tequilla and Mi Pueblo is El Maguey. The staff here are extremely friendly and they recently updated their menu to include six new dishes.

3. Go on a Segway Tour of downtown It is hard to learn everything about Winston-Salem, but a good start to getting to know its history is by taking a Segway Tour through downtown. The entire tour totals two hours and gives an inside look into what happens around the city. The tour makes several stops including Trade Street’s Art District, Old Bailey Power Plant and the Historic Stevens Center. Accomplishing one of these activities can be beneficial to learning more about the history and quirks of the city.

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Tanglewood, Reynolda Gardens and Salem Lake all have beautiful trails to take a stroll through on a warm Spring Break day.

Movie Review | The Greatest Showman

The Greatest Showman celebrates differences The Greatest Showman is an inspiring story based off of the life of P.T. Barnum BY HEATHER HARTEL Online Managing Editor

“Ladies and gents, this is the moment you’ve waited for (woah) / Been searching in the dark, your sweat soaking through the floor / ... This is the Greatest Show.” Inspired by the life and story of P.T. Barnum, The Greatest Showman is an energizing, heartening original movie musical chronicling the ‘rags to riches’ story as Barnum began the first circus over a century ago. Although I am not usually interested in musicals, the soundtrack enhanced the movie experience and added to the splendor of the show. The story begins with “The Greatest Show,” song, foreshadowing what will become of the circus by the end of the film. After the first few clips of the successful circus, the song ends with a teenage boy, P.T. Barnum, looking in on a shop from the outside. We quickly learn Barnum is a poor, scrap-

py young teenager living with his father who works as a tailor outside New York City. The story moves through Barnum’s early life, as his childhood crush is forced to move away, leaving him heartbroken but not hopeless. Barnum’s drive and ambition for success was apparent from the beginning of the movie, as he promised his childhood love, Charity, a prosperous life together. The movie transitions and takes a big leap in time to Barnum and Charity as adults. We see them move into their first apartment and have two adorable daughters, but also watch them struggle together to make ends meet. The magic begins once Barnum is laid off from his desk job and is inspired to put together the initial plans for his show. As the circus comes together we are introduced to the more unique characters of the show: from the bearded lady with an angelic singing voice to a fullytattooed man and someone covered head to toe in hair. As Barnum is inviting these characters to join his circus, he speaks truth to these lifelong misfits: “You stumble through your days/ Got your head hung low/Your skies’ a shade of grey/Like a zombie in a maze/ You’re asleep inside/But you can shake awake.”

This is where we see Barnum’s true talent awaken; he recognized how to reach these societal outcasts where they were and bring them into the circus, eventually leading them to fame and acceptance. While there were conflictual issues and romance scattered throughout the movie, it ultimately sticks true to one constant message: of accepting and celebrating everyone’s differences. Barnum falls from grace after being tempted by fame and glory, but is ultimately humbled after his family leaves him and his circus is destroyed by a fire. This is when the famed circus tent came into play, as the destroyed building was too expensive for the penniless circus to rebuild. Joined in the special bond with his circus, Barnum and his associate, played by Zac Efron, decide to open a tent on the outskirts of New York City. “My favorite part of the movie is probably when it comes full circle when Barnum realizes he doesn’t need a building for a show, all he needs is a tent,” Meghan Faherty said, a self-proclaimed lover of The Greatest Showman. Overall, the film did not receive outstanding reviews, with critics citing it as cliche, boring or overly-dramatic. I very strongly thought the opposite,

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The Greatest Showman is an energizing musical staring Hugh Jackman. however, as I felt The Greatest Showman was an inspiring story of social mobilization and acceptance of differences. The music is an outstanding mix of upbeat, toe-tapping songs combined with soulful ballads. “I think the movie really was perfect for any audience,” Faherty said. “I didn’t think I was a huge fan of musicals, but this soundtrack was incredible and every song just added to the movie.”

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HOW TO: Navigate the new 336 Market Along with the opening of the new and improved 336 Market in Benson this semester came an almost overwhelming amount of new, oftentimes expensive snacks. Investing your Deacon Dollars in an unknown food item can be daunting, so here is a welltested list of the most worthy, reliable 336 Market snacks.

For those who have an inclination towards salty, crunchy snacks, Rhythm Superfood kale chips are the perfect purchase for you. Although these $4.89 faux chips can often be soggy or unflavorful, this brand has found a successful formula to create a crispy, addictive product. With the simple flavor of sea salt, these chips are suited for all tastebuds. On top of this, the serving size is extremely generous. When eating potato chips or other crackers, you can only indulge in a small amount. After finishing a package of kale chips, however, you feel fully satisfied.


Bai: Antioxidant Infusion

For those with an inclination for sodas and other sweetened beverages, Bai Juices are a tasty substitute. Infused with antioxidants, flavors include blueberry, clementine, dragonfruit and more. The antioxidants are sourced from coffeefruit, the drink is filled with Vitamin C and is sweetened naturaly. With no artificial flavors and only one gram of added sugar, the product is legitimately better for you than most juices and sodas. In comparison with $10 pressed juices, a bottle of Bai is the way to go.


Sabra’s Hummus and Pretzel Chips

Sabra’s hummus and pretzel duo, although well-known, is one of the best purchases you can make at 336 Market. Less expensive than most products, valued at $3.69, it also has more nutritional value than many snacks. The only downside of this product is the ratio between hummus and pretzels, as there are never enough chips for the amount of spread provided. If you are looking to feel satiated between meals, pick up this product and get dipping.


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Barnana Peanut Butter balls

Marked by the slogan of “The Super Potassium Snack,” $5.69 Barnana Organic Chewy Peanut Butter Banana Bites deliver on taste without a myriad of fillers and extra sugar. The only ingredients include organic peanut butter, bananas and salt, making it a great choice for those attempting to be healthier. Easily confused with banana chips, these balls have a chewy banana center covered in melt-inyour-mouth peanut butter. Although the serving size in one container is six balls, the flavor is so rich that those pieces easily satisfy any craving.

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Buddha Bowl Popcorn


Much like the previously-mentioned kale chips, the Budda Bowl Himalayan Pink Salt and Coconut Oil Popcorn is perfect for individuals with a constant craving for a crunch. Made with the minimal ingredients listed in the name, the extremely large $4.39 bag is a staple snack for any dorm room. Whether you munch on it during a Netflix session, between classes or after a night out, it is comparable, if not better, than the fire alarm-inducing microwave popcorn.

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Rhythm Superfoods Kale Chips

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Probably the most worthy item in this compilation is Justin’s PB Cups. For those who have an affliction for chocolate, there is no better purchase than these $2.29 dark chocolate cups. Coming in two different sizes, a two-pack and a multi-count, individually sealed bag, they can serve as a quick dessert or reliable study snack in your room. “They have a rich, textured peanut butter inside delicious chocolate. You can’t beat them,” said freshman Ruby Klein.

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Justin’s Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups

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