Some things about a college experience, no matter what school you attend, are going to be the same: studying late into the night, throwing a frisbee out on the quad and eating cheap take out. What sets schools apart from each other is an institution’s traditions. Wake Forest has the most unique and lovable traditions […]
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.’
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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: […]
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.
On Feb. 14, three adults and 14 children were shot and killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas Senior High School (MSD) in Parkland, FL. In the wake of tragedy, the school’s students have channeled their pain, sorrow and anger into a powerful push for gun control legislation from both the state of Florida and the U.S. […]
I often find myself questioning what it means to be black in America. Truthfully, that is a loaded question with many different answers. This is mine.
It is time for us to align our institutional values with our behavior and traditions.
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 […]
Are you a Star Wars guy?”
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
U.S. Rep. Barbara Comstock (R-VA) should be feeling nervous as the 2018 midterm elections come into view on the political horizon. Challenged by just one Democrat in 2016, she was re-elected to her second term by only hardly in a gerrymandered monstrosity of a district that Hillary Clinton won by 10 points.
Wake Forest is currently in the process of hiring new faculty members in various academic departments. Many students have been given the opportunity to sit in on mock classes and evaluate how prospective professors teach and to see if the candidate is a good fit for the university.
White supremacist groups’ persistent push to speak at universities has caused many school administrations and others to think in-depth about the First Amendment. College campuses are known to be platforms for constitutional freedom of speech, where students are allowed to explore varying viewpoints and grow as educated individuals.
We all know that press releases from Wake Forest are the equivalent of Trumpian “Fake News,” which is to say they are full of sleights of hand that grossly distort the basic truths underlying the manner in which campus life is organized these days. Nevertheless, as someone who has taught here for 36 years, I […]
People wonder why religion is in a state of quivering crisis, why the institutions who deliver a moral and life-guiding prospectus every week are beginning to exist in a chamber of increasingly resounding echoes. A proper answer to this would require pages and pages of disquisition, and I do not have such a luxury. I […]
Numbness is an interesting sensation. Where pain can be bitingly cruel and pleasure can be soothingly sweet, numbness can be both everything and nothing at the same time. Ultimately, I sit here today talking about numbness because Wake Forest’s campus and the U.S. as a whole has become numb.
I wrote an article three weeks ago for the OGB entitled “The ‘War on Conservatives’ is overblown.” In it, my main point was that The Wake Forest Review, our campus’ resident conservative publication, uses flawed arguments in order to spread the misnomer that there is some administrative conspiracy to turn our campus into a leftist […]
Much of President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address was dedicated to patting himself on the back for the “roaring” U.S. economy. It’s true that nearly 10 years into the recovery from the Great Recession, the labor market is practically at full employment, inflation is slow and steady and GDP continues to grow at […]
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced on Jan. 29 that the most recent update to the social media site will prioritize local news stories. If a user follows a local news source or if a friend shares a local story, it may appear higher in a user’s News Feed than comparative national news.
Before I begin, I want to make something very clear: I don’t think all white people are racist. In fact, I’m someone who will take the time to listen to white people to try to understand where they’re coming from so long as they listen to me. Now that that’s out of the way, let’s […]