Wake Forest Should Require a Personal Finance Course
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Americans now have $1.4 trillion in unpaid student debt, according to the Federal Reserve.  For a local perspective, US News reports the average North Carolinian in the class of 2015 has a student loan debt of approximately $26,000.  To compound these large amounts of debt, large portions of young Americans are not fully aware of […]

April 26, 2018
Reflecting on Four Years at the OGB
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My fascination with college newspapers began as a kid, growing up visiting UNC Chapel Hill for football and basketball games. Picking up a copy of The Daily Tar Heel became a habit and the reading of stories important to a collegiate campus instilled in me a curiosity for anything college related. So when I was […]

April 26, 2018
Editorial Board Reflects on Past Semester
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One of the main goals for the Old Gold & Black in 2018 is to engage more with the campus, both in the print edition and online. While no paper is perfect, the aims for the OGB are: to be the voice and channel for students, to report the facts, to be the avenue for […]

April 26, 2018
Greek Life Wields Too Much Power
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The Sixth Circle blog post and email  that circulated among Wake Forest students prompted some conversation on the Greek system here at Wake Forest by its direct, even gleeful, targeting of the “Tri Delts and Dekes of the world” and their “monetized grip over our social life.” Although the dramatics and scare tactics of the […]

April 26, 2018
Appreciating the Value of Open Conversation
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A privilege that comes with a position on the Editorial Board of the Old Gold & Black is the opportunity to meet with and question President Hatch roughly once a month. President Hatch is a great sport in these engagements, and while we work to keep the meetings lighthearted, inevitably some difficult questions are asked. […]

April 26, 2018
It is Vital that Congress Grants Mueller Protection
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Over the course of the 2016 election, Russia attacked us right at home — not with guns or missiles but with weapons of information warfare aimed at weakening our country, Western allies and democratic process. For months now, investigators led by special counsel Robert Mueller have examined whether Donald Trump’s campaign conspired with the Russian […]

April 26, 2018
Praise of Drunken Authorship is Gendered
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In my last column, I wrote about my attraction to alcoholic writers, those writers who apparently use drink to illuminate the genius within them. Their essential humanity, their tapped-into selves, by means of generative drink, hold a certain attraction for me. My bourgeois life seems nobly shattered by the tumultuousness of writers outside the insulation […]

April 26, 2018
Paul Ryan Faces the Chance to Change his Legacy
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Ahead of midterm elections that are already looking treacherous for Republicans, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) is abandoning ship. His announcement that he will not seek re-election in November will likely further sap the morale of Republicans, who are already bearing the Sisyphean weight of President Donald Trump’s unpopularity and risking losing their […]

April 19, 2018
Alcohol Fuels More Provocative Authorship
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Igrew up in a pretty “sane” strata of society. I live in a cocoon of upper-middle class comfort, with upper-middle class concerns: internships, grade fretting and wondering if I, as an isolate and an American (perhaps two very similar notions), will be able to assimilate into my abroad environment without too much embarrassment. Of course, […]

April 19, 2018
The Sixth Circle Hits on Campus Insecurities
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The viral blog post and email chain from the Sixth Circle blog on Sunday, April 8, shocked campus, and will likely remain relevant for a week or two. Yet, one cannot help but think just like any Greek organization getting sanctioned or even this year the murder of a young man on campus, (and of […]

April 19, 2018
Conceptualizing the Power of Buddhism
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The summer before college, I attended a Buddhist conference per the recommendation of some friends. Before sitting down for our daily meals, we sang a short song that consisted of words like “mercy to all sentient beings” and “aspire to do all good,” addressing the origins and the processing of the food in front of […]

April 19, 2018
Expectations for the Incoming Class of 2022
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With campus days this month — one last week and one this week — and acceptance letters sent out last month, the class of 2022 is almost solidified. Prospective students have just under two weeks to officially decide if they want to attend Wake Forest. While they have a tough decision on their hands, Wake […]

April 19, 2018
Graduating from College is a Financially Burdensome Experience
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Upon telling all of my friends and peers that I’m graduating a year early, I always get the same reactions. Usually I’m asked “why,” followed up with a reminder that I’ll be “missing out on an amazing year of my life.” My response is always the same: overwhelming student debt paired with the credits to […]

April 19, 2018
Incoming Student Government President Shares Goals
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My name is Danny Reeves, a junior political science and international affairs and communications double major from Hershey, PA. This Tuesday, I had the privilege of being sworn in as President of your Student Government. Both Wake Forest and Student Government, have greatly impacted my life as a Wake Forest student. I believe when you […]

April 19, 2018
U.S. Census Must Not Ask About Citizenship
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In two years, far too many Americans may not be counted. News broke last week that the U.S Census Bureau, which is overseen by the Department of Commerce, has been directed to include a question asking respondents whether or not they are citizens when it conducts its next head count in 2020. While the Trump […]

April 12, 2018
Coping With the Impossible Pain of Dreams
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The emotional residue of a dream can be a devastating start to the day. Often, the vague shards of dreamy memory pierce you with powerful feelings, ones of an unconscious reality shattered by the onerous weight of the real. Usually, it is a sense of loss, a sense of saddening awe at the reality that […]

April 12, 2018
Sentiments of Email Broadly Reflect Students
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Admittedly, I am jaded. Sarcasm has taken precedent over authenticity in my life. The massive and lurching System — the lethargic modes of oppression, the structures of authority — has worn me out. At some point, being genuine in the face of a blind and cold bureaucracy was not worth it. Engaging in good faith […]

April 12, 2018
Stylistic Choices Detract from Email
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Absurd, combative, impractical — these (among many more) are descriptors that I’ve overheard on campus for the recent manifesto published by the Sixth Circle. In the blog post titled “You Are Not Safe Here,” the authors detail their antipathy for the culture and institutions at Wake Forest and clarify certain ‘demands.’ Among these demands are […]

April 12, 2018
Tactics of Sixth Circle Prevent Productive Dialogue
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Alleged group “Heretics of the Sixth Circle” sent an email with the subject line “you are not safe here” to a seemingly random group of students on Sunday night. The nature of the email stirred conversations about campus safety, while also bringing into conversation concerns with campus culture through a list of demands, making references […]

April 12, 2018
Critique Plagued by Hyperbole is Ineffective Satire
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We’re all sinners in the hands of an angry Mod. If a free WordPress account could impart eternal damnation unto Hell’s fiery abyss, the Deke brothers would be throwing a “perdarty” (perdition/party) this Saturday.

April 12, 2018
University Officials Continue to Fail Faculty
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In my 36 years at Wake Forest, three items have regularly been on the faculty’s agenda for things the administration could do to improve its lot: bringing salaries up to the level of the universities to which we compare ourselves; developing a regular sabbatical program so that all tenured faculty can have regular leaves; and […]

April 12, 2018
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