Becky Swig
Staff Columnist
Becky is a junior from Atherton, California. She is looking to study Business at Wake Forest University. Aside from her work on the Old Gold & Black, she plays three instruments – piano, guitar and trumpet. Becky also loves to travel and hopes to spend some time abroad during her four years at Wake Forest.
The competitive nature of Wake Forest stifles learning
Opinion · By

In high school, I had a teacher who always emphasized “the love of learning.” I had never really thought about that idea until he said it — classes were always a stepping stone for something else, like getting a good grade to boost your GPA for college.

October 19, 2017
Joking about assault is not acceptable
Opinion · By

Last week, Wake Forest faculty, staff, students and alumni attended the seventh biennial President’s Ball.

September 21, 2017
Art exhibit debuts alumnus’ photography
Life · By

This article appeared in the September 14 issue of the Old Gold & Black. Seeing Before Words, a solo photography exhibit by Wake Forest alumnus Marcus Keely, opened on Sept. 14 at the START Gallery in Reynolda Village.

September 21, 2017
How to build relationships with faculty
Life · By

The academic rigor at Wake Forest can be daunting.

August 25, 2017
“Work Forest” is hard but manageable
Life · By

College can be demanding for any student. Without the regimented bells telling you when to switch classes, the new responsibility to actually do your readings outside of class and the constant pressure of feeling like you have an upcoming test or paper due is a hard adjustment at any school.

August 24, 2017
Tara Coady: History
Life · By

Senior Tara Coady knew during her college search that she wanted to leave her home state of Illinois in hopes of experiencing something different.

April 27, 2017
Heather Key: Accountancy
Life · By

Ever since seventh grade, Heather Key knew she wanted to major in accounting. As a native North Carolinian who grew up less than 30 miles from campus, she found Wake Forest to be just far enough away to enjoy her time away from home. 

April 27, 2017
How to stay healthy during finals week
Life · By

With finals quickly approaching, students will be spending more time hidden away in the depths of ZSR and various buildings on campus. Yet, it is essential to have a positive and productive study experience.

April 20, 2017
Faculty senate pushes for employee equity
News · By

Last week, the Old Gold & Black wrote an article regarding janitorial staff positions being outsourced to the Budd Group starting this July.

April 7, 2017
Small class sizes promote a positive learning community
Opinion · By

“Why Wake Forest?” I have been asked this question recently as many juniors from my high school have visited campus deciding if Wake Forest is a school they want to apply to.

March 16, 2017
Social media is detrimental, yet widely used
Opinion · By

In recent weeks, a few of my friends have made the decision to delete their social media accounts, leading me to question the reasoning behind this.

February 3, 2017
Women’s March numbers show strength of U.S.
Opinion · By

No president Trump, the media did not lie about the sheer volume of people who attended the women’s march in Washington.

January 26, 2017
The U.S. needs to learn how to limit polarization
Opinion · By

It is no secret that the U.S. is divided. For the past few months, our country has slowly built up to the hatred and fear that surrounds many of us today. When it was decided that Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton would be the major party nominees in the election, fear, happiness, hatred and hope […]

December 3, 2016
This election has created a lack of integrity in the general public
Opinion · By

The 2016 presidential election is officially over, and the event that has been at the forefront of our attention on campus and in the media can finally shift from this to other important events locally, nationally and internationally.

November 10, 2016
Hateful language does not result in productive dialogue
Opinion · By

Last week, the Old Gold & Black published an opinion piece regarding abortion. While some of the student body agree with the views reflected in this piece, many do not.

November 3, 2016
The stigma surrounding getting a tutor is false
Opinion · By

When I came to Wake Forest, I came in with this idea that I would be able to succeed academically without any help. I did not expect to visit the Learning Assistance Center (LAC) or getting a tutor.

October 19, 2016
It is important to escape the “Wake Forest Bubble”
Opinion · By

Being a student at Wake Forest has many perks but also disadvantages. Students are so busy and caught up in their work that we are stuck in the “Wake Forest Bubble.”

October 6, 2016
Anthem protests draw applause and criticism
Sports · By

Colin Kaepernick has been making headlines recently not because of his talent on the field, but because of his refusal to stand during the national anthem prior to NFL games in protest of the wrongful treatment of African Americans and minorities in the U.S.

September 15, 2016
Voting should be a duty, not a luxury
Opinion · By

The 2016 Presidential election has been a main topic of discussion for the past year.

September 1, 2016
Build relationships with your professors
Life · By

A Wake Forest workload is no joke and we know it. Luckily, students have access to amazing resources: the ZSR library, research facilities, Office of Career and Personal Development and more. The best resource, however, are your professors.

August 24, 2016
Prepare for the Work Forest courseload
Life · By

Coming to college is a huge change from high school – more work, more freedom and more responsibility. The stereotype of “Work Forest” often increases the anxiety of new students, but do not let it  intimidate you.

August 24, 2016
Journalists have a duty to be honest with their readers
Opinion · By

For any reporter or writer of a newsworthy publication, journalistic integrity should be the most important thing to consider when writing a piece.

April 14, 2016
Competition is healthy, but too much is detrimental
Opinion · By

One thing that has struck me since high school is that students, myself included, tend to care about “who has the most to do” or “who has the worst week ahead.”

April 7, 2016
We should expose ourselves to different opinions
Opinion · By

When I told people I was going to college in North Carolina, one of the most common responses (aside from the obligatory congratulations) was “how are you going to handle the different culture, considering North Carolina is in the South?”

March 31, 2016
California wage increase sets positive precedent
Opinion · By

Earlier this week, California raised the minimum wage from $10 to $15 after three years of the “Fight for 15” campaign.

March 31, 2016