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
Excess at the Pit Results in Wastefullness
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Through my four years at Wake Forest, I never considered the campus to be exceptionally environmentally conscious. My hometown is Seattle, WA, is a city widely recognized for many of its earth friendly initiatives. These initiatives include carbon neutrality from the public electric utility company, city-wide composting, the encouragement and prevalence of bike commuters and […]

February 22, 2018
Weight Watchers’ new Teen-Targeted Initiative is Misguided
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I think we can all agree that middle school sucks. Kids are undergoing rapid changes in a world that doesn’t slow down. Young teenagers have to deal with puberty, increased academic and extracurricular pressures  and unpredictable moods. They’re exposed to thrilling ideas and devastating truths. They begin to question their place in their family and […]

February 22, 2018
Conservative Opinions Back Many into Restrictive Spaces
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Last Thursday, conservative commentator Laura Ingraham sharply criticized LeBron James for his commentary on President Donald Trump. Among other things, James said that the president doesn’t get and couldn’t care less about “the people.” Additionally, James added that when he was growing up there were always three people that he looked up to for inspiration: […]

February 22, 2018
Cultural Competency Derives from Cultural Investment
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There was a time not long ago when you could not stream a pirated movie under the covers and when Google Art couldn’t produce for you a Degas more vivid than the painting itself. What I am referring to is the epoch of investment, a time when presence was integral to art.

February 22, 2018
Posterity Should Hold a Deeper Place in our Hearts
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What does it mean to be down for the cause? The answer isn’t that simple. I could give you a list of things that determine whether you are “woke” or not — but that would be too easy. The reason I say that is because I’ve been having trouble answering that question; I’m afraid I […]

February 15, 2018
Plummeting US Life Expectancy Indicates a Decay
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Life expectancy fell for the second year in a row in 2016. Per the CDC: In 2016, a baby born in the U.S. can expect to live 78.6 years, down .2 years from 2014. This translates to roughly 800,000 years of life lost. Some perspective: American casualties in the Iraq war cost us 243,000 years […]

February 15, 2018
Our Campus has become Immune to Violence
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On Jan. 20 of this year, Najee Ali Baker was shot and killed on Wake Forest’s campus. Najee’s death marked the 10th of the 11 school shootings that took place on American soil in the first 23 days of 2018. Twelve days after the senseless death that deeply saddened the Winston-Salem community, contributing writer Ryan […]

February 15, 2018
Black Mirror Finds its Horror Inside Reality
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At their core, scary movies follow a similar plotline. They often start in a quaint town, with a seemingly innocent protagonist that is forced to move to some sort of abandoned mansion or cabin in the woods. Usually, their family is down on money and their parents often say key phrases, like “this will be […]

February 15, 2018