Comments Should Promote Productive Dialogue
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As it becomes increasingly common for readers to get their news online rather than in print, readers have the ability to provide direct commentary and feedback in the form of online comments, a trend which we’ve seen manifest in our own website’s comment section in recent weeks. However, with this ability comes a certain responsibility. […]

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
Wake Forest Must Reexamine Housing Policies
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Earlier this month, students registered for housing for the 2018-2019 school year, hoping that they would get the housing option of their preference. For many, housing registration is extremely stressful and daunting. For others, it is a walk in the park.

March 29, 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 “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
Gun Control Intransigence is Difficult to Overcome
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“Those who say that nothing can be done are wrong.” Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA), repeatedly insisted in regards to the country’s gun violence crisis at a town hall last week, which was attended by 1,300 of his constituents. I fervently pray that my congressman is right. But if we are to overcome political intransigence and […]

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
Editorial Board Endorses Candidates for Student Government
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The editorial board of the Old Gold & Black met with each of the candidates running for executive positions for Student Government for the 2018-2019 academic year. Each candidate gave a three-minute pitch for the student body to watch before having a Q&A session with our board. The Editorial Board has decided to make the […]

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