Gun Bans are Misguided and Ineffective
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This past weekend, thousands participated in the “March for Our Lives” to advocate for gun control. One policy being proposed is a ban on “assault weapons.” There are a number of reasons why such a ban doesn’t make sense and why any ban on a broad category of firearms would have a negative effect. First […]

April 5, 2018
Rolling the Quad Should Remain a Tradition
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Rolling the quad is one of Wake Forest’s most important and visible traditions. Since the 1950s, students have been rolling the quad to celebrate marquee wins, ACC and National Championships, and beating some of our most fierce rivals like UNC, Duke and NC State. The tradition is very unique and brings the students on our […]

April 5, 2018
Man’s Best Friend: A Tribute to the Life of Callie
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When people ask me if I have siblings, I usually respond by saying either “one” or “two.” Sometimes I just mention Mecaria, my six-year-older sister who lives in Asheville, but most times I mention both Mecaria and Callie. Callie was part of the family for eleven or so years. She was a chubby pit-bull mutt […]

April 5, 2018
Professors Reaffirm Stance on Rolling the Quad
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In a larger sense, it isn’t about rolling the quad with toilet paper, is it? In response to an OGB editorial taking us to task for raising the issue, we would like to offer several observations. As we can see on the national level, we get farther in solving problems when we engage them on […]

April 5, 2018
John Bolton’s Hard-Line Views are Dangerous
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There’s a clock-like regularity to which members of Donald Trump’s administration undermine exactly the institutions they have been chosen to lead. Lately, Trump is also jettisoning anyone willing to try to restrain the president’s worst and most impulsive instincts. It’s little surprise, therefore, that he would nominate John Bolton, the most anti-diplomacy diplomat to ever […]

April 5, 2018
Writing Brightens the Darkness of the World
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Why write? Why spend hours thinking of the perfect sentence, unsuccessfully chasing an absolute that doesn’t exist? I often question why I write, why, even during days when I have read carnivorously or aced tests or scrutinized a film, writing remains my only salve. Maybe it is because writing makes the banality of the world […]

April 5, 2018
A Response to a Misguided Criticism
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As the opinion editor for the Old Gold and Black, it is well within my authority to admit that my section has what some would call a flaw. Namely, we receive and therefore publish many more left-leaning articles than we do conservative ones.  Campus conservatives, like the ones who write for the Wake Forest Review, […]

March 29, 2018
Readers Should Respect “The Wake Forest Review”
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“Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye.” St. Matthew 7:5 provides us with sound advice. Before criticizing others, we should be aware of our own faults. I am not writing to claim perfection or […]

March 29, 2018
Shining a Light on the Importance of Windows
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Living in a triple in Palmer Residence Hall is truly not as bad as I thought it would be. My legs are stronger from the lengthy walks to class, there are salt and vinegar chips in the vending machines and the amount of complaining each resident does has really cultivated a sense of community among […]

March 29, 2018
A Tribute to “The West Wing”
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There’s a sticker on my laptop lid that speaks to my liberal fantasy about a Washington that is more progressive, more intelligent and more fair than real life — it reads “Bartlet/Hoynes ‘98,” a tribute to the fictional administration spotlighted on Aaron Sorkin’s beloved television show The West Wing.

March 29, 2018
MoviePass is Restoring the Magic of the Cinema
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Movie tickets are expensive. Most people go to the movies only when they have copious amounts of time. Boredom becomes intolerable, and to capitulate to the money pit of a theater is but a mild concession to rid themselves of their blank stares and thumb-twiddling.

March 29, 2018
Abolishing ICE Could Solve Many National Issues
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As the government heads toward another possible shutdown, immigration remains one of the most polarizing issues in Congress. Before the last shutdown, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi spoke for eight straight hours in a filibuster to “defend DACA,” yet the same debate is still occurring more than a month later and there is no solution […]

March 22, 2018
New Film Aligns with President Trump’s Politics
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Film, famously, is a mirror. Fundamental truths are reflected through “what-if” scenarios, fantasy epics and reimagined stories; Gandalf does not tangibly exist, but it does not follow that his character does not mean anything. Arrival (a science-fiction movie about contact with aliens) has much to say about language, national boundaries and the human condition.

March 22, 2018
A Tribute to Public Intellectual Stephen Hawking
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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.

March 22, 2018
Grappling With the Malaise of a Waiting Room
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Over the break, I spent a few hours in waiting rooms for a toothache that turned into a root canal. During my time in abeyance, I thought about waiting rooms as a phenomenon, as a mental manipulator used to tool with the human mind.

March 22, 2018
Hyper-masculinity Undeniably Leads to Gun Violence
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On Feb. 14, 2018, 17 people were killed and 14 more were injured at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL.  They were mowed down by a lone gunman with an AR-15 Assault Rifle. This shooter, Nikolas Cruz, purchased his weapon, along with his ammunition and large capacity magazines, legally.  There are many appalling […]

March 15, 2018
The Wake Forest Review Practices Poor Journalism
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I’m in favor of an honest conservative voice on campus. My father and both grandparents are veterans; a 2009 Gallup poll found this demographic skews conservative at all age levels. I grew up with Bill O’Reilly on the television and a Huckabee ‘08 bumper sticker. As a result of this exposure, I appreciate the dialectic […]

March 15, 2018
Good Conversations Hold the Power to Memorialize Moments
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“We don’t talk anymore, like we used to,” Charlie Puth laments. His love, his conversationalist, has become an opacity. Her obscurity knocks the singer into the throes of sorrow, and their once-great dance of words has slowly pirouetted. Their backs are now turned. 

March 15, 2018
Thoughts and Prayers Don’t Curtail Gun Violence
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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 […]

March 1, 2018
Trump Budget Spells Disaster for Even the Most Loyal
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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 […]

March 1, 2018
Internet Partisanship Can Incite Physical Harm
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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.”

March 1, 2018
The Fruits of Boredom Create a Special Dance with Life
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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.

March 1, 2018
Mi Pueblo Deserves a Grade Indicating its Culinary Excellence
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Ben Neugebauer co-authored this column.  On February 1, 2018 the Wake Forest community was rocked by an uncalled for and poorly informed attack upon one of Winston-Salem’s finest off-campus institutions. For many students, Mi Pueblo is a highlight of their Wake Forest experience. Sophomore John Crumpler credits Mi Pueblo with his ‘first Wake Forest experience.’ 

February 22, 2018
Trying to Find Empathy on a College Campus
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My father sent me a picture of a page out of the book What Made Maddy Run yesterday. The succinct paragraphs captured the imperative nature of empathy. The author writes how crucial the trait is amongst individuals, but how scarce its presence has become. The direct quote is: “College kids are 40 percent less empathetic […]

February 22, 2018