Stephen Hawking, the brilliant Cambridge University theoretical physicist and cosmologist, liked to note that he was born 300 years to the day after the death of Galileo. It seems a fitting bookend that he passed away on the 139th anniversary of Albert Einstein’s birth — Pi Day.
“Those who say that nothing can be done are wrong.” Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA), repeatedly insisted in regards to the country’s gun violence crisis at a town hall last week, which was attended by 1,300 of his constituents. I fervently pray that my congressman is right. But if we are to overcome political intransigence and […]
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 […]
“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 […]
Anyone who has known me for about five minutes knows that I love Hamilton with a feverish, almost delirious intensity. It’s not entirely because of my love for the history of the American Revolution. Lin-Manuel Miranda’s tour de force is infused by a sense of momentum, a speeding course of human events that you either […]
U.S. Rep. Barbara Comstock (R-VA) should be feeling nervous as the 2018 midterm elections come into view on the political horizon. Challenged by just one Democrat in 2016, she was re-elected to her second term by only hardly in a gerrymandered monstrosity of a district that Hillary Clinton won by 10 points.
Much of President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address was dedicated to patting himself on the back for the “roaring” U.S. economy. It’s true that nearly 10 years into the recovery from the Great Recession, the labor market is practically at full employment, inflation is slow and steady and GDP continues to grow at […]
Todd McFall, a Wake Forest economics professor and sports economist, discussed his research on the governance of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) as part of the ZSR Library Lecture Series on Jan. 31. His lecture emphasized the particular governing decisions made by the NCAA and how it organizes its revenue-generating competition and tournaments. McFall […]
Like most college students, I am a pretty big fan of Amazon. It’s difficult to remember a time before one could acquire an econometrics textbook, episodes of a television show and a supply of a favorite snack at the same time in a matter of a few clicks. Certainly, founder and CEO Jeff Bezos is […]
Senior Cameron Steitz is the Program Director for the Social Justice Incubator (SJI), a space operating through the Pro Humanitate Institute in which students engage and organize around issues of social justice.
Steven Spielberg’s drama The Post, which concerns the anxious days surrounding the publication of the Pentagon Papers nearly 50 years ago, is about as heart-thumpingly exhilarating as it gets for journalism nerds. But in addition to being an ode to the fourth estate, the film is hugely relevant today, as President Donald Trump’s antagonism towards […]
Following three days of contentious negotiations, Congress voted to end the government shutdown on Jan. 22 by passing a stopgap short-term spending bill that funds government operations through Feb. 8. This was the fourth short-term spending bill that Congress has passed since the fiscal year began in October.
A federal court ruled North Carolina’s electoral map unconstitutional on Jan. 9 because Republicans had drawn the map seeking a partisan advantage. The court’s opinion stated that the Republican-dominated state legislature had been motivated by “invidious partisan intent” and committed three constitutional violations. As a result, North Carolina will be forced to redraw the boundaries […]
If there was one thing that we got right in 2017, it was that many Americans, ordinarily apathetic to politics, opened a newspaper and generally began to pay more attention to current events. However, this growing awareness was mostly limited to domestic politics. It was heartening how many constituents picked up the phone for the […]
In 1932, during the deepest abyss of the Great Depression, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt called for “bold, persistent experimentation” and said, “It is common sense to take a method and try it; if it fails, admit it frankly and try another. But above all, try something.”
By any reasonable standards, Janet Yellen’s four years as chair of the Federal Reserve — a singularly important job in the global economy — were a success.
When religion and politics collide, the line between right and wrong is increasingly determined not by unwavering moral clarity but by the letter next to a candidate’s name.
At the beginning of his 2017 State of the University Address on Nov. 7, President Nathan O. Hatch observed, “Thomas Edison, a man who held more than a thousand patents, once noted that we often miss opportunity because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.”
There is a delight in the hardy life of the open, or so said the father of the U.S. National Park Service, President Theodore Roosevelt.
Over the summer, as Virginia prepared to elect its governor, I was fortunate to see Democratic candidate Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam at a debate with primary opponent Tom Perriello and at a rally in my home city of Alexandria.
At the beginning of freshman year of college, it often seemed like everyone else found their best friends immediately.
The country-wide political divisions of the past year and a half have not left the Wake Forest campus alone.
Kyle Ferrer remarked one Old Gold & Black production night that he hoped he would receive love letters as a response to his new and improved opinion section head shot.
Over half a century ago, as part of his landmark Great Society agenda, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act into law in order to guarantee the elimination of racial discrimination in voting.
The heartache and distress of the 2016 presidential race still remain as intense as if the election happened yesterday.