Lillian Johnson
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Lillian is a sophomore from a small town in New Jersey called Ho-Ho-Kus (a name she definitely did not make up), who is majoring in English with a triple minor in journalism, education, and writing. Outside of OGB, Lillian is the section leader of the Spirit of the Old Gold and Black's color guard and fulfills her librarian destiny by working at ZSR. She loves square dancing, watching Netflix, and buying every used copy of Hamlet she finds.
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Deacon Profile: Anna Shutley
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Most college students can’t add ‘published author’ to their résumé. Sophomore Anna Shutley can. In June, Shutley self-published her book Happy Tuesday: A Guide to Coping With Depression and Anxiety as a High School Girl. The short self-help book gives practical advice for someone dealing with anxiety and/or depression.

September 13, 2018
Electoral Map To Be Revised Post-Midterms
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North Carolina’s congressional maps, which have been found to be unconstitutionally gerrymandered, will not be redrawn for the upcoming midterm elections, judges ruled on Sept. 4.

September 6, 2018
Arizona Senator John McCain Dies At 81
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On May 20, 2002, Senator John McCain (R-AZ) received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Wake Forest and delivered the commencement address, urging the graduating students to take their knowledge into the world.

August 30, 2018
How To Make The Most Of Your Dining Hall Meals
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One thing you can’t prepare for in college is the dining hall food. After the excitement wears off, you’ll realize that the dining hall rotates its options regularly and you can quickly become bored. Even if you brought extra snacks to sustain yourself, you’ll eventually need a real, semi-healthy meal (so no, unfortunately Chick-fil-A does […]

August 24, 2018
Eli Bradley: Theater
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As a Presidential Scholar, senior Eli Bradley was immediately thrown into the theater community at Wake Forest, participating in a show even during his freshman orientation.

May 4, 2018
Lucy Zhou: Music Performance
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Senior Lucy Zhou didn’t come to Wake Forest to study music; before coming into college, she hadn’t even really thought about what her major would be. However, Zhou did know one thing she wanted to get involved in: choir.

May 4, 2018
Nandan Patel: Biology
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Coming into college, senior Nandan Patel knew he wanted to study physical medicine. However, it wasn’t until he worked at Wake Forest’s Baptist Medical Center in pool therapy that he honed in on what exactly he wanted to do.

May 4, 2018
DJ/Singer gnash to Headline Spring Concert
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The spring semester at Wake Forest is marked by several events that students always look forward to: campus days, Springfest, Shag on the Mag and the spring concert. On March 23, Student Union announced that the headliner for the spring concert would be DJ and singer gnash. The spring concert will be held on the […]

April 26, 2018
In Memoriam: Maggie O’Sullivan
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The Wake Forest community is grieving the loss of Maggie O’Sullivan, a freshman from Kennett Square, PA, who tragically passed away the evening of Friday, April 20, in her room in Johnson. President Nathan O. Hatch announced her passing to the community via email early in the morning on Saturday, April 21. “Maggie’s passing is […]

April 26, 2018
Bees are Terrorizing our Campus
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Spring has sprung at Wake Forest, and that brings warmth, sunshine and joy. Students should be spending sun-filled hours outside, sitting in the courtyard between Benson and Tribble or throwing the clichéd frisbee out on the Upper Quad. Bzz. Instead, students are running for cover in the safe confines of indoor spaces. Bzzz. Walking outside […]

April 26, 2018
Deacon Profile: Sebastian Irby
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Senior Sebastian Irby will be the first Wake Forest student to graduate with a degree in Sustainability Studies. Irby did so by constructing a unique curriculum for herself through the Interdisciplinary Major program.    Before she graduates, the Old Gold & Black sat down with Irby to discuss the specifics of her program, her experience […]

April 19, 2018
Deacon Profile: Ben Weekley
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Senior Ben Weekley has made quite a name for himself on campus in his four years here. He is known for much more than his chemistry major, with a concentration in biochemistry and minor in biology. Around Wake Forest, Weekley is recognized for his great Demon Deacon pride and his involvement with organizations such as […]

April 12, 2018
Transportation System Eyes a Green Future
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Make a slight right onto University Parkway. Your estimated arrival time is in 12 minutes. Left onto Eighth Street. Right onto Patterson Avenue. Left onto Fourth Street. Left onto Vine Street. You have arrived at your destination.

April 5, 2018
“Love, Simon” Tells a Story Long Overdue
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Romantic comedies and coming-of-age movies have long been compared to the cinematic standards set by John Hughes’ 1980’s classics. Last weekend, a major-studio movie was released that finally lived up to and, in a progressive twist, upended those Hughesian ideals and tropes. 

March 22, 2018
Comedy Flourishes at Open Mic Night
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Late on Monday evening, Campus Grounds wasn’t filled with light chatter or the sounds of students studying. Instead, the front room was filled with roaring laughter as students performed stand-up comedy as a part of Wake the People Laugh open mic nights.

March 22, 2018
A Negative Perspective on the “Take Two” Station
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As most students are deeply divided on this Benson Center staple, two Old Gold & Black staff members review the Asian Fusion options. Many Wake Forest students remember the horror that they experienced upon returning from summer break last year to find that one of the favorite Benson dining options, Boar’s Head, had been replaced. […]

March 16, 2018
Sexual Assault Reckoning Has Yet to Come at Wake Forest
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On a regular February morning in 2014, Elizabeth Kuehn didn’t wake up to her alarm. Instead, she woke up to something alarming — a male student raping her. Afterwards, Kuehn, then a sophomore, knew what happened but couldn’t process it. She didn’t cry for two weeks. She blamed herself for months. She constantly worried about […]

March 15, 2018
Prospective Students Allowed to Engage in Protests
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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.

March 1, 2018
Deacon Profile: Francis Sto. Domingo
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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.

March 1, 2018
Deacon Profile: Forest Richardson
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Senior Forest Richardson has always been interested in handwriting, but after buying her first set of watercolors two years ago, she has practiced the art of calligraphy. While she enjoys making special pieces  for friends, she has also grown her work into a business and donates the proceeds to a different charity each month. When […]

February 22, 2018
Negin Farsad Addresses Bigotry with Comedy
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On Wednesday night, people without a Valentine’s Day date did not find themselves alone. Instead of a romantic candlelit dinner for two, many people shared in the laughter of others. Pugh Auditorium was filled with people attending comedian Negin Farsad’s talk “Fighting Bigotry with Comedy: Notes from an Iconless American.”

February 15, 2018
Deacon Profile: Savarni Sanka
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Through the Student Association for the Advancement of Refugees (SAFAR), freshman Savarni Sanka has established a loving, supportive and mutually beneficial relationship with a Syrian refugee family as a “friendship partner.” She emphasized the lessons that she and her friendship partners have learned from each other and the importance of language learning and cross-cultural connection.

February 15, 2018
Robert Lipsyte to Continue Visits to Wake Forest
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There was no reason for journalist Robert Lipsyte to be at the first sporting event he covered. In 1964, little-known fighter Cassius Clay, now known as Muhammad Ali, was facing off against heavyweight champion Sonny Liston. It was assumed that Clay would be knocked out in the first round. Clay was an underdog, and so […]

February 15, 2018
HOW TO: Creative Pit Creations
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About halfway through the semester, Wake Forest begins to feel very small due to the lack of food options accross campus. Many students get into a routine of going to the Pit, so here are some hacks to spice up the meals. Cheesy Quesadilla:  Making a quesadilla can be as simple as a one-stop shop […]

February 8, 2018
Kylie Jenner’s Pregnancy was a Close-Guarded Secret
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The past few months have been filled with anticipation, anxiety and conspiracy theories for pop culture junkies. In late September of 2017, rumours started circulating that Kylie Jenner and rapper Travis Scott were expecting a child.

February 8, 2018