Teacher-Scholar Legacies: Candelas Gala

Candelas Gala has played the piano in Spain, waited tables in Germany, and gone on archaeological digs in England.

She studied in France when she was 15 years old, and a few years later, she made her first trip to the United States to spend a summer taking classes in Colorado.

Gala is passionate about seeing the world and viewing it in different ways. She has examined the avant-garde and written about the connections between art, poetry, Physics, and other things that don’t seem to be related.

“Her intellectual curiosity is contagious, and any conversation you have with her leaves you a different person with a better perspective on the world around you,” said Jeff Polidor, who graduated from Wake Forest University in 2015 with a Bachelor’s degree in Spanish and Psychology.

Candelas Gala traveling.For the past 40 years, Gala’s research and her classes at WFU have been so diverse and spanned so many disciplines that they can’t be easily catalogued.

Gala, the Charles E. Taylor Professor of Romance Languages, has been a free spirit in the Department of Spanish & Italian. She has shared her love for Spanish poet Federico García Lorca and invited her classes to her home for dinner – under the condition that all conversation was in Spanish.

Not to be limited by one field of study, Gala held a symposium at WFU that focused on Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies – which is another of her many interests.

Gala will retire at the end of this semester. To celebrate, she booked a two-week vacation to Japan with her husband and retiring Reynolds Professor of History Paul Escott.

“If you had asked me 15 years ago, I would have said … I’m never going to retire. But right now, it looks to me like I have taught for over 40 years and I really think that it’s time for me to have another wing in my life.” Candelas Gala

Candelas Gala in newspaper articleGala admits she has had two lives, one in her native Spain and another in the U.S. She served as Chair of what was then WFU’s Department of Romance Languages for nine years and Director of WFU’s study abroad program in Salamanca, Spain.

“She was always there for us, and we all felt her love and concern for us as her second family,” said David Lee, a 1982 WFU graduate who is now the Principal at Cedar Lee Middle School in Virginia.

“She was like a mother to us, except in 1978 when I was there [in Salamanca] she was too young for that role. Maybe then more like an awesome big sister?”

Growing up in the coastal city of Santander, Spain, Gala was enrolled in piano lessons at 7 years old. Her father’s expectation was that she would continue studying the piano at 18 instead of pursuing a college education.

However, Gala knew she wanted to leave Spain. A literature teacher at her Catholic high school had also gotten her interested in poetry.

“The way that she taught literature really had a resonance with me, and I remember beginning to read the Romantic poets because they were very wonderful, particularly for a young person like I was,” Gala said.

Candelas Gala enoying food.When the time came for Gala to make plans for her life after graduation, she told her father that she wanted to quit playing the piano. This went against his wishes, but Gala’s mother intervened on her behalf and encouraged her to leave for a university.

“My father, he was a very forward person. I mean we lived in a dictatorship, and he was extremely progressive,” Gala said. “But he felt that the university education was for my two brothers, and I was going to have the typical woman’s education, which was piano, dance, and foreign languages.”

Candelas Gala at Wake ForestGala was hired as a Spanish Instructor at WFU in 1978 as she was completing her Ph.D. She had initially planned to teach American Literature in Spain, but everything changed after she married an American man and decided to remain in the U.S.

She switched her focus to Spanish poetry because it just made sense with her Spanish background and accent.

“Candelas’ legacy of unique approaches to studying foreign languages – whether in poetry seminars or study abroad or languages across the curriculum – continues to have a lasting impact on our students,” said Anne Hardcastle, Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Spanish & Italian.

Gala has written extensively about Lorca, publishing several books on the charismatic poet, playwright, and artist. Her next book – which she recently completed – focuses on the ways poets have expressed their concern for the environment.

Gala said she wouldn’t describe her retirement from WFU as a “sad” moment. She already has an idea for her next book project, and there is still a lot more of the world she hopes to explore.

“It is a passage of time,” Gala said of her retirement. “The same way that I was saying that you could have different lives within your own life, it is passing a page and it’s no longer saying my life is ahead of me. It’s not that anymore.”

Reflecting on Four Years at the OGB

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 accepted to my number one choice, Wake Forest, I was excited to get involved on campus, but really had no intention of joining the Old Gold & Black. I had many academic interests and knew that I would likely lack the time to take journalism classes, which I thought would be a requirement for getting involved with Wake Forest’s student publication of more than 100 years.

But when I stopped by the OGB’s table at the activities fair I learned that joining Wake Forest’s student newspaper could be a great way to make friends and get involved.

My freshman year featured a weekly column, “Last week in the ACC” which reported on the most notable stories within the conference during the football and basketball seasons. Once I began editing the Sports section I started to take on some important assignments, as well as a share of the football and basketball beats.

I will never forget meeting fellow editor Ryan Johnston for the first time, joining him in attending Wake Forest basketball’s media day to interview Codi Miller-McIntyre, Devin Thomas and coach Danny Manning as a preview for the 2014-15 season, the first of the Manning era.

Later in the year, as I continued to edit the Sports section, I was given the opportunity to cover the ACC Tournament. Sitting courtside and conversing with writers from other schools showed me just how lucky I was to attend a school like Wake Forest. “So let me get this straight, you are a freshman with no intention of pursuing journalism long-term, and you get to cover the ACC Tournament,” they would ask me. “I’ve waited years for this opportunity.”

After having this exact conversation with at least half of the student reporters in attendance at the ACC Tournament I realized that Wake Forest is truly a special place and that writing for the Old Gold & Black could mean having my own four-year journalism career.

It was in that moment that I decided I wanted to make the most of my time with the OGB. In the years that followed I transitioned to leading the Sports section with my colleague, Ryan Johnston, and even spent time as the Print Managing Editor during the year of our centennial volume. Taking on this role as an underclassman, joining Editor-in-chief and fellow sophomore McKenzie Maddox, was a tremendous learning opportunity, especially since it marked the first time in recent Wake Forest history that two underclassmen would lead the OGB. Copy editing each page of the paper as Print Managing Editor meant developing a greater awareness of the events taking place on campus and gaining a wide range of perspectives on campus issues, and reading opinions submitted by students, faculty and administrators representing each facet of Wake Forest. Working alongside McKenzie Maddox gave me the opportunity to become a better leader and taught me invaluable lessons about working as a team and motivating others.

Late production nights became the highlights of my weeks and the friendships formed on the fifth floor of Benson gave me an identity and purpose on this campus.

In my four years writing for the Old Gold & Black I traveled to cover the football team at Notre Dame, Clemson, North Carolina, Georgia Tech and Appalachian State, as well as both bowl games — Annapolis’s Military Bowl and Charlotte’s Belk Bowl. For basketball I sat courtside three years in a row at Duke’s Cameron Indoor Stadium while also traveling to North Carolina, NC State, Louisville, Boston College and UNCC to report on the Deacs.

I interviewed notable coaches such as Mike Krzyzewski, Roy Williams, Jim Boeheim, Rick Pitino, Dabo Swinney and Jimbo Fisher, in addition to Dave Clawson and Danny Manning.

Some other highlights of my time reporting for the OGB included catching up with former Demon Deacons at three NBA games — two in Charlotte when the Hornets hosted both Chris Paul and the Clippers and John Collins and the Hawks, and a third in Boston, when Jeff Teague and the Timberwolves visited the Celtics the night before the Deacs took on Boston College. As a celebration of our centennial volume and a chance to talk with some of Wake Forest’s greatest athletes, I also had the opportunity to visit Carolina Panthers’ training camp and catch up with Demon Deacon great, Ricky Proehl.

Interviewing some of the greatest coaches and players associated with Wake Forest sports was truly a highlight of my experience with the OGB, but it wasn’t the only one. In 2016 I had the opportunity to dig through our archives and write a piece that reflected on the career of Tim Duncan, following his retirement that summer. Republishing some of the words written about Duncan during his college days, and piecing it together with my own reflection made for one of my favorite articles for the OGB.

One of the greatest honors I had while working for the OGB was helping lead the charge on a commemorative edition for golfer and global icon, Arnold Palmer, who died in 2016. Writing my own legacy piece for arguably the most famous Demon Deacon of all time, while also collecting the reflections of President Nathan O. Hatch and the Wake Forest men’s golf team was the best way to celebrate the life and legacy of our most famous alumnus.

As I reflect on my four years writing for the OGB I realize there are a number of individuals that have made my experience as positive as it has been. To Steve Shutt and Steve Kirkland of Wake Forest Athletic Communications, thank you for being supportive of me and the rest of the OGB. I truly appreciated the way you accommodated my requests, answered my questions and respected the challenge we face of reporting on Wake Forest sports with a limited number of writers. 

Thank you to the members of the Wake Forest administration who promptly responded to emails when we were in need of a quote or a quick meeting before going to print with a story. And thank you especially to President Hatch for your willingness to meet with the Editorial Board of the OGB to answer our many questions.

Finally, thank you to each writer and editor at the Old Gold & Black of the past four years — you have become some of my best friends and have helped me grow as an individual.

Although my days writing for the OGB are now over, I look forward to continuing my fascination of college newspapers and picking up a copy of the most recent issue each time I have a chance.

Thank you for the memories, OGB, it’s been a fun ride.

Editorial Board Reflects on Past Semester

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 students to share what is happening on campus and to share the opinions and thoughts of our community.

Our job as the university’s publication is to do just that: to serve the students and the Wake Forest community. Our goal is to do so openly, honestly and with integrity. We aim to represent the entirety of the Wake Forest community and to do so in an unbiased manner.

Our staff comes from all grades and various majors, and is involved in both Greek and non-Greek organizations, representing a wide range of opinions and ideologies. However, we recognize that we could do more to recruit writers from a more diverse range of groups on campus, and strive to do so in the coming semester.

Looking back on the past four months, the Opinion Section has been filled with content encompassing all sides of the political spectrum on topics such as gun control, campus politics and media ethics. They have taken on the task of engaging with the school in its own way, in efforts to represent the entirety of the student body at Wake Forest, while the campus itself has endured a remarkable number of challenging moments within the community. While we have made efforts to recruit students of all opinions to write, we can do more in the coming semester to represent the entirety of the campus’ opinions and viewpoints.

The News Section has reported on some of the biggest and most breaking news this semester, ranging from the campus shooting and the racist social media post in the beginning of the semester, to the television appearance of a senior on Fox News, and later the Sixth Circle. Further, the News Section has investigated many topics that directly impact students, such as sexual assault, Residence Life & Housing’s lack of Resident Advisor applications and stories about sustainability on campus.

Additionally, the Sports Section has made strides in covering more sports and more athletes, in an effort to accurately showcase the talent on this campus. This has included covering sports teams, like women’s  or club, that have not received the coverage they deserved in the past. We aim to cover even more in the fall.

Upon reflection, none of these accomplishments could have been realized without our ability to hold our position as Wake Forest’s student newspaper. Our Editorial Board is proud of the stories we’ve decided to cover, the tough editorial decisions we’ve made and the conversations we’ve been able to have throughout this decisive semester.

After reflecting on the past semester, we want to continue the efforts made into the Fall of 2018. We want to continue to have engagement with the community, whether it be through articles, comments online or campus conversation surrounding articles.

Additionally, we want to cover a wider range of events on campus, cover more sports teams, encourage more students to write for us, and to have a wider presence online, especially through our app and weekly newsletter. While these are ambitious goals, they are ones we think we can achieve in the fall as we aim to build on the momentum we have gained this semester. We are looking forward to continuing this role for the Wake Forest community in the fall.

Greek Life Wields Too Much Power

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 email have been the main elements that caught the attention of the student body, these rabble-rousers are not wrong that the Greek system needs to undergo some collective soul-searching. The willingness of Greeks themselves to think critically about the system which they take part in is a prerequisite to any meaningful dialogue.

Many sorority sisters and fraternity brothers would agree that the Greek system has palpable problems with sexism, and it is not difficult to find examples: Sigma Chi’s Derby Days, the pervasiveness of sexual assault, the mandate from nationals that women sororities cannot host parties with alcohol — the list goes on.

However, many in Greek life may have a more difficult time accepting that perhaps there are other institutional problems with Greek life and the system here at Wake Forest. While it may be uncomfortable to discuss these problems, and Greek life surely offers some real benefits, the power of Greek life in shaping the lives of all students on campus mandates that these conversations be ventured. As someone outside of the Greek system, I can attest alongside the majority of Wake Forest students that Greek life touches all students. Some might even venture to say that it has a monopoly on social life here. In and of itself, that is fine.

What makes the Greek system and its influence on campus problematic are problems of access. The excessive dues, fines and expenses involved in Greek life mean that it is not an open system. Sure, there are some scholarships, but generally, only those of a certain economic standing are able to buy into the system.

What do they get with their purchase? They get the social standing, a place on campus, a network for their time in college and beyond. They get membership to groups that hold enormous power at this university, given the number and wealth of Greek alumni and students. And this power extends beyond the university as well.

The fact that membership in these groups on campus is predicated on the ability to pay means that they replicate the stratification across classes in the United States itself.

Is that what we want for our college careers? Doesn’t Wake Forest pride itself on stretching the minds and horizons of its students? How can it do that if the main way to have a successful career here is dependent on being able to pay your way into this system? And disregarding these problems, does Greek life really do students that much good once they are in?

Although, to many, joining Greek life seems like a requirement to have an adequate social life on campus, and to many the benefits and positive elements of Greek life make this worth it, others still see problems. So many of my Greek-affiliated friends have voiced their concerns. Isn’t it strange how we self-segregate into groups of similar people? Doesn’t this make me blind to some of the possibilities of getting to know other types of people? Isn’t it uncomfortable to go through the rush process, to so harshly judge and be judged?

There must be a better way to find friends at college, to do service work and to throw parties. Why does it have to be based on the ability to pay, and on the ability to moderate your own behavior to fit that of whatever fraternity or sorority you join?

What’s the answer to this problem? I’m not sure. But I think that some existential introspection on the part of the Greeks themselves would be a good start. Surely, Greek life has real benefits. But also has some fundamental problems with access that need to be addressed given the amount of sway these groups hold on campus. Being uncomfortable is no good reason to delay or forgo these conversations, however difficult they may be.

Deacon Spotlight: Coach Jen Averill

Jen Averill is one of the most successful field hockey coaches in America, earning a combined total of 11 national and conference Coach of the Year titles and a combined seven championship trophies (four ACC and three NCAA). Averill’s accomplishments have propelled her to become one of the most winningest coaches of all-time.

Despite her myriad of accolades, Averill attributes her success to the loses and tragedies, both professional and personal, that she has experienced over the years. She claims that overcoming adversity has had the biggest impact in shaping her coaching philosophy, her purpose and her desire to continually learn and grow. 

Cat O’Connor: You’ve been described by your players and colleges as charismatic, boisterous and passionate. Many would be surprised to learn that the Jen they too often hear coaching at Kentner has faced a great deal of tragedy and loss between the passing of your former player and your brother. In what way do you think those losses have shaped you as a person?

Jen Averill: I think it inspires me to find the positives in life. While others look for escape and thrills, I look to constantly educate myself and grow, as well as develop those around me. I’m always searching for my own why. Why am I here? Why do I do what I do?  It gives me a sense of purpose and orientates me. It’s really easy to get caught up in the society’s pressures, the wins the losses, to be critiqued, to be generalized, classified as great because you win. To me, having those losses and seeing life from life has been so helpful in self-examination and making sure I never deter from fundamental values and philosophies.

CO: What are those philosophies and values you mentioned?

JA: For me, it’s using sport to help develop people. You are a manager of people. Sport is supposed to be about playing and so I’m here wondering how I can teach these guys healthy habits that won’t just happen in four years but will be life-long habits.

CO: In what ways does your philosophy about life and adversity translate to your coaching style?

JA: I feel that the harder the fall, the greater the gains. If someone’s adversity is the lack of playing minutes in a big game as opposed to someone who blows an ACL or loses a loved one, it pales in comparison. I don’t want to downgrade it because it’s their reality, but I think that … though unfortunate, grief, tragedy and adversity can propel people’s will. 

CO: During the 2017 preseason you enlisted the help of two marines to take the team through intensive exercises both physically and psychologically. Was this a way of exposing the team to adversity?

JA: It was a threefold process. Number one, I felt this group out of any group I have coached over the past decade needed difficult shared adversity for them to find themselves. I wanted them to lead themselves, not us to lead them. Secondly, we have a communication problem. Whether that’s listening or actually verbalizing the words, what a great application to understand and appreciate the value of communication. And third, our ability to disagree, our ability to have conflict not be viewed with negative connotations but as a way to find a solution.

CO: Megan Anderson, the current captain of the team, characterized you as a “weed that grows through the concrete”, inferring that you can thrive in conditions in which others would fail. What are your thoughts on being portrayed as such?

JA: I think that’s awesome, I think it’s completely unique. It strips me down to the rawness of my existence. I feel like I am incredibly blessed, like I was born with some intangibles. I innately believe in people and I truly think I can move them or lead them to places where they may not even believe they can go. I feel like my grittiness has been a byproduct of my environment. I have never accepted no. I am solution-orientated. The more you say no, the more I want to prove you that it should be yes.

CO: Why do you feel the need to prove something?

JA: I find it challenging. I try to strip the ego away. I also believe that you have to be careful that you don’t throw your will upon somebody and I never try to do that. I see it as a way in, to open people’s eyes, ears, hearts and ability. If I were to inherit Wake Forest, a successful program that’s made it to the championships, I’m not comfortable there, I want to be the one that builds it, that breaks down those barriers. I love to build, and I love to grow and its hard as hell to bloom every year.

CO: So, is that why you seem to take an underdog mentality even though you have been so successful?

JA: I think humility is at the foundation and you can always grow and you can always be better.

You can be a better teammate, you can be a better coach. I’m always growing and the day I don’t I have to watch out. It’s actually a void I don’t look forward to hitting.

CO: Are you afraid of getting to that point, and what does that mean for the future?

JA: Yeah … but I’ll probably get there when I’m around 80. Jeez, what a lonely place to be. At the same time though I think back to the adversity I’ve faced and just think you’ve got to have fight. You have to have a direction, you have to have your why. Your why has to constantly evolve. It can’t be sedentary or obsolete, or absolute. I’m always figuring out my why.

Men’s and Women’s Golf Have Top 5 Finishes

Last week was an exciting one for both the Wake Forest Men’s and Women’s golf program after the conclusion of ACC Tournament play.

In a very competitive group of contenders, the Men’s team finished third overall and had a record-breaking weekend at the Old North State Golf Club in New London, NC. Although Georgia Tech finished 29 shots under par as a team to take first place, both Clemson and Wake Forest were neck-and-neck at every hole with the attempt to secure the runner-up spot. While the the Tigers ended up finishing 27-under to take second place, the Demon Deacons ended the weekend with 26 shots under par, the lowest tournament score that any Wake Forest team has achieved at an ACC Tournament with a final team score of 838. Additionally, Sunday’s performance was the lowest scoring single day performance for the Wake Forest Men’s golf program.

Senior Paul McBride, who placed fourth overall, described his final ACC tournament as “bittersweet.”

“I played well and the team did too, but we have no silverware to show for it,” McBride said. “I’m happy with how we look going into regionals and look forward to the last few events of college golf.”

Freshman Parker Gillam finished T-12 for the Deacons while senior Cameron Young finished T-24. On May 2, selections for the NCAA Regional Tournament will be announced. 

Following a fifth place finish in the ACC Tournament with a final score of 890, the Wake Forest Women’s Golf Team received an exciting announcement that they have been selected to attend the NCAA Tallahassee Regional as the No. 5 seed. Last weekend at the Grandover Resort in Greensboro, NC, the Demon Deacons finished 26 shots over par as a team in less-than-ideal weather conditions. Junior Jennifer Kupcho finished T-5 overall in individual competition, shooting a total score of 216 and 74 in her final round of play. Throughout her Wake Forest career, this is the third time she has finished in the top five. Junior Monica Schumacher, who finished with a final round of 81, said the team was “excited to be going to Florida for the regionals ranked fifth.” In the coming weeks, Schumacher explained the team will be “working hard to perfect our game and think we could have at nationals.” The Women’s Golf team will play in Florida on May 7-9.

Expectations for the Incoming Class of 2022

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 Forest also had a tough decision choosing who to admit.

We hope that the new class will enrich the student body at Wake Forest in a variety of ways. We hope to see students from across the world bringing a variety of cultural influences from different backgrounds so to further enrich the Wake Forest community as a place to learn new things and challenge ideas.

This senior high school class in particular has made headlines across the country, particularly with the aftermath of the Parkland shooting and many students participating in walkouts in March.

We hope that the class of 2022 speaks up and is vocal about their views, regardless of political affiliation, when they come to campus in the fall.

It is important that students, especially underclassmen, fight for what they believe in. We encourage this of all prospective students and hope that underclassmen feel comfortable doing so once they arrive on campus in the fall.

Moreover, national news and politics have been increasingly prevalent on high school and college campuses, so it is even more important that the “Wake Forest bubble” is popped and that we all engage in the outside world.

This can be achieved by students paying more attention to local and national news sources and ensuring that they are educated voters when they arrive at the polls.

Additionally, we hope that the new freshman class embodies a variety of personalities and interests.

Wake Forest is often criticized for having a “cookie cutter” type of student, so we encourage the new class to remain true to themselves and overcome this stereotype.

Adjusting to college is hard; it is a challenge to go to a new place, meet new people and be away from home. But we believe that those coming to Wake Forest have the ability to do well here and succeed without restriction. They would not have been admitted here if this were not true.

The incoming class has the potential to do great things at Wake Forest. The editorial board of the Old Gold & Black hopes that, with each graduating class, the following freshman continue to enhance the campus community through new thoughts, ideas and approaches.

Graduating from College is a Financially Burdensome Experience

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 graduate early left no doubt in my mind that saving myself another $70,000 was more important than making memories in the fourth year of college.

Although I was lucky to be supported by my parents throughout the process, who paid for some of my college and cosigned on my loans, becoming financially independent earlier than most of my peers at a wealthy institution has been a difficult journey. Regardless, now less than a month away from graduation I should be feeling the normal mixture of pride and anxiety of ending a comfortable chapter of my life and starting a new one. However, at this point in the semester I am instead finding even more financial burdens that are overtaking the feelings of excitement I should be feeling about my accomplishments. Financial barriers to graduation are unfair and directly burden economically disadvantaged students over their more financially dependant counterparts.

Though I work three on-campus jobs — including as a managing editor for the OGB, a student-athlete tutor and a fitness attendant at the gym — I have struggled to keep up with all of the graduation requirements in the past few weeks. First, I was notified that I had a hold on my graduation until I paid off a $100 parking ticket and a $35 fee for replacing a student ID after studying abroad. For someone working minimum wage, on-campus jobs, $135 exceeds more than my weekly salary. This was an extremely stressful, burdensome email to receive. The second financial burden related to graduation caught me more by surprise: ordering a cap and gown. Just the basic, black cap and black gown, is $50 plus $15 for standard shipping to my home in Illinois. $75, again, for a minimum-wage paid student in debt is not a small fee. Again, to fit in with my peers at graduation I am required to wear a cap and gown during the commencement ceremony. This requirement was difficult for me to fulfill.

While these are direct financial burdens upon me, my family is also facing similar strains. Flying three people from Chicago to North Carolina and staying in a price-inflated hotel for three nights is not cheap. Including meals and activities during the day, this will be an expensive weekend. Though I am beyond thankful for my family coming to support me, I simultaneously understand the trouble this puts on them. Graduation weekend is celebrated differently by all families, and some have much harder times dealing with the non-celebratory moments.

My experience with debt has been a frightening, stressful one, but is in no way unique. Students at Wake Forest and around the country increasingly struggle with student loans as the price of a college education increases relative to minimum wage jobs. My working three jobs on campus allows me to get a few meals off campus and fill my car with gas; 50 years ago three jobs made a substantial dent in one’s college tuition. While I recognize that this is in no way unique to my experience, I also recognize that my relationship with debt is better than many of my peers, as my parents helped cover some of my tuition over the past three years and lent me money when I really needed it. I am graduating from college with an overwhelming amount of debt, but am not alone in this position.

Though this piece is in part a way for me to express my overwhelming stress about my financial situation of graduating in three years and being financially independent, it also acts as a call for awareness for the university and other students. While graduation is a time of celebrating achievements, some students have more difficult experiences at this point in the semester due to financial imbalances in the student body. The university must work to make graduation a more fair, accessible process for economically disadvantaged students to be able to celebrate as easily as their peers.

Deacon Spotlight: Hannah Betfort

Hannah Betfort is a freshman soccer player at Wake Forest, who recently finished  her first season of collegiate soccer. Betfort was recorded playing many strong games, especially for a freshman. She was an immediate impact, playing as forward last season, and started in 17 of 20 regular season games. Betfort was one of 10 Deacon soccer players to record over 1,000 minutes of playing time, with 1,160 total. Last season she scored five goals, three of them game-winning.

This spring, Betfort was recruited by U.S. Soccer to represent the country on the U-18 women’s national team. She first played at a U-18 training camp in Florida in February and was later invited to play in an international tournament. Betfort competed in the La Manga 12 Nations tournament in Spain this March and had to turn down later tournaments for academic reasons. Still a young player, she hopes to see her soccer career continue to flourish on the Wake Forest and national soccer teams.

Heather Hartel: What has been a highlight of your freshman year, soccer-wise?

Hannah Betfort: The main things have just been getting to play, but also getting to know the team. My teammates are the most important thing to me now and I honestly didn’t expect that going into the year. I also wasn’t expecting to play that much, which has been amazing because who isn’t going to want to play their freshman year?

A specific moment that was special would probably be our South Carolina game where we beat a really good (#3 in the nation) team. It was a really good game for us and it put us back on the map and showed people what we were all about. Another great game was against Georgetown, which led us to the second round of the NCAA tournament for the first time in a couple of years. That was also special.

HH: What have been some of the challenges?

HB: Mentally it’s really hard to prepare yourself for ACC soccer. It’s the hardest conference in the country and I’ll fight anybody who says any different.

The hardest thing for me has been a mental shift in the game and my team has helped me a lot with that because they’re always there to bring me back up and tell me what I need to do to to change or improve my game.

Coming from high school, soccer is barely the same sport; it’s actually completely different. You come in and are playing against the best athletes in the country and a lot of them will go professional later in their lives, so you’re playing a much higher caliber of player. Every team is awesome in the ACC — even the bad ones are better than other conferences.

HH: What was it like being recruited and eventually playing for the National team?

HB: I didn’t even know I was being recruited for the National team — I had no idea. It’s always been a dream of mine, but growing up in South Carolina we don’t have the best soccer in the country, so it was something I knew I’d have to work really hard to get.

When I found out I was even getting an invite to a domestic camp, just to have a chance at a tryout, was an unreal experience. My jaw dropped and I couldn’t believe it was happening. It has been one of the craziest, most unexpected things that has ever happened, but it’s something that pretty much everyone who plays in college wants to do.

HH: Where do you see yourself growing in your soccer career?

HB: I see myself developing more of the mental side I’ve talked about. Just being mentally better in my game and more of a leader on and off the field, maybe even moving into a leadership role at Wake Forest would be awesome.

Also I just hope to go as far as I can with the national team, but if that were to stop next week it was still a great experience. I just hope I can get invited to more events later in my career, but really just being a key player and figure on the team is where I hope to end up.

Sentiments of Email Broadly Reflect Students

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 is exhausting, especially when the other side is not. All of this is to say: I have little-to-no confidence in institutions.

So, when I got an email from the (notoriously risk-averse) Office of Communications regarding the sixth circle blogpost, I cannot say I expected to see anything shocking. Therefore, when I read the diatribe, I was surprised to find some kind of manifesto. The edgy font, the allusion to Dante, the patronizing rhetorical questions, the subtitle “Welcome to Hell, Heretics,” someone going by the name “Lucifer.” It is easy to simply not engage, to disregard the writers as fringe, to laugh off the aesthetic the way we satirize Tumblr blogs titled “~~Welcome To My Twisted Mind~~.” But, I think, much of the blog is worth engaging in because there is a sentiment of dissatisfaction here that is reflected more broadly in the student body (even if particulars are not).

The problem with dissatisfaction, however, is that there is rarely an easy fix (or any fix at all). The first couple of lines lay out the thesis of the blog post: “We cannot scream about injustice … the grindstone of our academic work … [or the] depressive cycles of our social lives.” Academic work is mentally and emotionally exhausting. Being a social creature can also be fatiguing. Injustice is maddening. So: what to do about all of it?

If I had the answers, I would probably not be an undergrad. But, with this in mind, let’s engage with some specifics brought up. The rolling of the quad, decried as “wasteful,” is exactly how the bloggers describe it. To anyone thinking critically about the matter, throwing toilet paper on trees is obviously wasteful, even more so than simply throwing it in the garbage, because we need to pay people to get ladders and clean the mess up. The reason it endures is also obvious to anyone thinking critically about the matter: Wake Forest is run primarily off of private donations, nostalgia is a powerful fuel for those private donations, and the rolling of the quad is a tradition that reminds donors that the Wake Forest they are supporting is the same Wake Forest that they went to. In the same vein, I suspect (but have no way of confirming) that Wake Forest has a strong financial incentive to sustain Aramark’s “monopoly over our dining and catering options” that the bloggers disparage.

This is to say that institutions hate change and that moving them requires so much. I would not be surprised to learn that Aramark and Wake Forest exploit their workers in ways alleged in this blog post. I would not be surprised to learn of systemic sexual harassment in fraternity lounges. Similarly, I don’t doubt that groups like THRIVE are too weak to deal with sexual assault; but here, I arrive at a stop, a place I must part with the bloggers. More people are acting in good faith than they allege. People that work at Wake Forest legitimately want to stop sexual harassment. The “figureheads” in charge of various political groups on campus genuinely believe they are doing good. The “diversity and inclusion” circles, despite their failings, were created because Wake Forest needed diversity and inclusion circles.

The bloggers are dissatisfied, even furious; they want to “break free” of the myriad bureaucratic institutions at Wake Forest. They criticize the “boring mediocrity” of the OGB, the “holier-than-thou farce” of the democratic socialists, and the “paralyzed” college political parties. The problem, however, is that by criticizing but not engaging with organizations on campus (and their criticisms are not without ground), they open themselves up to similar criticism. By enumerating the reasons that everything else is not good, they establish themselves as a structure (something like “The Anarchy Bloggers”) that they claim is good. I do not want to say that these bloggers do not make good points, because they do, and many changes can and should be pursued. In a sense, however, they have become the thing they hate: an organization that refuses to listen to the outside. In another sense still, by writing a post and establishing a “they,” they fail themselves: they build a structure for something structureless, an organization for an emotion that cannot be organized.

Some final, scattered, thoughts (because it is taxing and worrisome to engage with a post titled “You Are Not Safe Here”): we have not “lost the ability to care for each other.” This represents a romanticized view of history (not too long ago, this country was in a civil war); instead, we are angry as we have always been (sympathy is an ideal to continually strive toward). I am an advocate for real, genuine conversation, but discourse cannot save humanity. The OGB is, in fact, boring at times; that boringness is intrinsic and valuable in a campus newspaper. I went to a well-attended talk a couple of weeks ago about a feminist view of women’s participation in the labor market in the Global South. And, finally, be cautious of including rhetorical questions in your blogposts — you may be assuming too much about your reader.

Stylistic Choices Detract from Email

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 the democratization of campus politics, freedom of ideas, better treatment of service people on campus, the end of Greek life and an overhaul of the current curriculum. While the manifesto does bring up numerous relevant issues, the way in which the authors present them undermines the potential cogency of their argument. I think the best adjective in describing the article is misguided.

  Do not get it confused, I do believe that the authors bring to light numerous areas where Wake Forest has an opportunity for improvement. The service people need to be treated better — one only has to look at their recent struggles for adequate transportation and job security to see that their safety and wellbeing are not appropriately prioritized. Sexual assault is an issue and needs to be addressed in a frank and transparent manner, involving students, faculty and administration. Unfortunately, various elements of their argument(s) undercut the change the five authors want to see. Ad hominem attacks, aggressive rhetoric and anonymity severely weaken the authors’ purpose behind the article and make individuals (especially individuals within the specific circles criticized in the blog post) turned off to a constructive conversation that could improve the dynamics mentioned in the article.

  Throughout the blog post the authors engaged in personalized attacks that diminishe the legitimacy of the arguments provided. Objectively, criticizing the content of OGB does nothing to serve the stated goal of facilitating the broadening of nuanced political discussions on campus. Furthermore, essentially calling the staff at The Wake Forest Review racist is unproductive concerning the authors’ proposed demands and is borderline libelous. Even with the many issues I have with The Wake Forest Review, I commend them for creating an alternate medium for opinion. Maybe a better way of addressing the issue of the stagnant and unrepresentative politics of our campus would be to establish one’s own publication or submit your own opinion to the OGB or WFR, instead of using ad hominem attacks on those who are actually fostering civil discourse on campus.

   The anonymity of the blog post is also a glaring issue. These ‘demands’ were made without direction. To whom can someone open to a dialogue go and converse about the concerns raised? A reoccurring motif in the manifesto was the varied use of ‘scream.’ What does screaming look like? I would like to know, but have a feeling that this question will not be answered. Look, I realize that the intended purpose was to facilitate conversation, but at the same time history tells us that solely starting a dialogue is not enough. Dialogue followed by suitable action is how change happens. With the anonymity and reclusiveness of the authors, this will prove to be difficult if not impossible.

  The rhetoric used is also hindersome. An aggressive and uncompromising tone rarely makes an opposing party embrace discussion. Instead, it polarizes individuals further, making change that much harder to come by. Additionally, allusions to Hell and the vague threat that the authors come in “relative” peace give the complaints an ominous tone that distracts from the general message. Most importantly, the pairing of playing the part of the victim while engaging in the previously-mentioned aggression misses the mark. When these two traits are paired it damages stated beliefs and turns them into a list of complaints.

  I am and will always support anyone who publicly states their convictions, but when the conditions of identification aren’t met, in my opinion the gravitas of an author’s argument is lessened. The use of personal attacks furthermore delegitimizes convictions and the antagonistic rhetoric is useless in a practical sense. The issues raised by “Heretics of the Sixth Circle” aren’t unfounded. In fact, they raise numerous points that the university and students should strive to improve upon. Regrettably, the arguments listed in the manifesto are misguided and counterproductive.

Women’s Golf Wins Bryan National Collegiate

This past weekend, the Wake Forest Women’s Golf Team emerged victorious at the Bryan National Collegiate at the Bryan Park Champions Course in Greensboro, NC despite less-than-ideal weather conditions. Junior Monica Schumacher, who finished with a score of 78, described the April weather as, “wrought with strong winds and rain, but it was nice to see our team stick it out and pull through for the win.”

The Demon Deacons co-hosted the 21st-annual event with University of North Carolina-Greensboro, which hosted ten Top-40 ranked teams going into the NCAA Division I Women’s Golf Tournament. As of April 5, the Demon Deacons are tied for 14th place with University of Washington in the Division I golf standings. According to this week’s GolfStat rankings, freshman Emilia Migliaccio and junior Jennifer Kupcho were ranked No. 10 and No. 11, respectively, before the start of tournament play.

On the individual competition side, junior and captain Jennifer Kupcho had a memorable weekend for her career, finishing first in the 21st-annual tournament with an overall score of 72-72-71. Earning her second individual top finish of the season and fifth of her Wake Forest career, Kupcho tied the school record with most titles earned in a college career with five total. Kupcho reflected that “it was awesome to see our team pull through.” She was the only player to finish under par. Remarking on the success of the team during the weekend, the captain said, “we fought for each other, making it a special way to end the regular season.”

Throughout the weekend; Furman, Auburn, North Carolina and Wake Forest were neck-and-neck. As a team, the Deacons were tied for ninth place after the first round of play, shooting a 12-over 300. During the second round, the team was able to gain some momentum to push them into third place at the end of the first day of tournament play.

At the end of the first 36-hole day, Migliaccio held the lead shooting rounds of 71 and 70 and held a respectable three holes under par while Kupcho was tied for third place. On Saturday, the Demon Deacons soared to the top in the final round with 11 over 299. While Kupcho finished first, Migliaccio finished in seventh place with five strokes over par. Junior Mai Dechathipat finished 13 over par with a final round score of 74. Lastly, Schumacher finished the day with a 78.

With this Bryan National Collegiate win under their belt, the Wake Forest Women’s Golf team will move into tournament play starting with the ACC Championship at the Grandover Resort in Greensboro starting on April 21.

Christian Beal Shines in Spring Scrimmages

In 2017 only four schools in the ACC rushed for more yards than Wake Forest (Georgia Tech, Louisville, Boston College and Clemson) as the ground game gave the Deacs 188 yards per game. With improved experience and depth at offensive line, the by-committee-running game of junior Matt Colburn, freshman Arkeem Byrd, sophomore Cade Carney and senior John Wolford became one of the most dynamic rushing attacks in the conference.

After rushing for 134 yards against Louisville in the Deacs’ 42-32 victory, Colburn saw his number get called more often, good for 120 yards at Notre Dame, 237 yards at Syracuse and 150 yards in bowl game against Texas A&M.

At the season’s conclusion it appeared as though the Deacs had found their feature back and that the by-committee philosophy may take a back seat moving into 2018.

Then came along the spring performance of redshirt freshman Christian Beal, who spent all of 2017 under the constraints of a redshirt.

Beal, a native of Winston-Salem hailing from East Forsyth High School, had perhaps the most impressive spring of any Demon Deacon, especially on the offensive end. Playing in just the second and third scrimmages of the spring, Beal rushed for a combined 164 yards and four touchdowns, on just 25 carries, giving reason to believe that the Deacon running attack will have multiple faces once again in 2018.

“Christian is going to be a really good player for us,” Clawson said. “He’s a home run threat. He’s going to be in the mix. We have every type of back you can want. If we can keep Cade Carney, Matt Colburn and Christian Beal all healthy, we have three tailbacks that can do a lot of good things with the football. They’re physical, they make people miss and can run for big plays. That’s exciting.”

When Beal absorbed a hit at the goal line in his first scrimmage, an audible yell of, “That’s what I’m talking about, baby,” was screamed from Carney on the sideline.

Beal shared after his first scrimmage that Colburn and Carney have been more than supportive of his offseason success, tell him it is “his time to shine.”

“We’re all just one unit,” Beal said. “Matt and Cade definitely keep me in line … I look up to them because they’ve been playing some of the best college teams in the ACC. One day I want to be just as good as them.”

Beal’s success this spring has proved that Wake Forest will boast some serious depth at running back with the number one issue potentially being finding enough time on the field for each of its backs.

Combined with red shirt sophomore Kendall Hinton’s rushing dual-threat at the quarterback position, Wake Forest should comfortably rush for at least 200 yards per game in 2018 and will likely look to the running game to open up the passing game, getting playmakers like freshman Greg Dortch and freshman Scotty Washington involved.

As Wake Forest concludes its spring practices, the coaches should feel great about the possibilities of their running game this season. The Deacs have a feature back in Colburn, but with so much talent in the backfield, we will likely see a by-committee effort from Wake Forest in 2018.

Deacon Spotlight: Logan Harvey

Hailing from Henrico, VA, junior Logan Harvey has made a tremendous impact on the Wake Forest Baseball program throughout his three years behind the plate.

As a sophomore, Harvey played in 62 games, making 59 starts both as a catcher and as a designated hitter. He finished the year with a .263 average and an appearance in the Super Regionals to cap off the team’s successful 2017 season.

Rated as a top-500 prospect by Perfect Game and the No. 15 recruit out of Virginia in 2015, Harvey is looking to take his team to another Super Regional and beyond this year.

Karlee Spirit: What made you want to play baseball? Who is your role model in the baseball world?

Logan Harvey: It was my dad that made me want to play baseball and the one who introduced me to it when I was really young. He played professional baseball himself, so it was only natural I was hitting a ball off a tee as a toddler, then eventually playing organized baseball. As for my role model, I’d have to say Yadier Molina of the St. Louis Cardinals. He’s pretty much the pinnacle of catching and he’s always been a guy to try and emulate.

KS: For all the curious baseball fans out there, does it get tiring squatting for nine plus innings as a catcher?

LH: It was definitely an adjustment from high school games that were seven innings to college games that are nine. Luckily I’ve  gotten used to it, but I can definitely tell the next morning when I’ve caught a game that went into extra innings or balls were deflecting into me. You definitely have more bruises than your teammates, but I enjoy it. I don’t get tired in the games as much as I’m sore after games.

KS: What is your favorite Wake Forest baseball moment thus far?

LH: Without a doubt winning the Winston-Salem Regional against West Virginia in front of a record crowd at home last season. I was behind the plate for the championship game, and the game ended on a Griffin Roberts strikeout and I wound up on the bottom of the dogpile. It was a pretty iconic moment for us as a team and for the program as a whole, so seeing stories or pictures from that run last year is a really special moment.

KS: What do you like to do in your free time?

LH: Free time is obviously extremely rare, but when I have some down time I generally spend it playing videogames, fishing and even cooking to be completely honest.

All three kind of give me a chance to relax and get my mind off a bad game I may have had or even just doing those things with my teammates that help grow the friendships we all have.

KS: What is the key to a good relationship between you and a pitcher?

LH: Communication and trust go hand-in-hand without a doubt. There’s a lot of faith you put in a guy to throw the pitch you called and expect in the split-second of a 95 mph fastball, and a lot of faith he puts in me that I’ll catch it. It’s not just pitch-calling, but knowing when a pitcher isn’t in a good rhythm or isn’t having his best day is huge.

You have to be able to adapt and get the best out of your pitcher. Griffin Roberts has thrown to me for almost three years now and we joke that I can figure out what pitch he wants just by how he stands on the mound or how he looks at me. There’s a lot of stuff going on in the 60 feet between a pitcher and myself.

KS: What is the one thing that you know now that you wish you knew as a freshman?

LH: On a more serious note, I’d say just the idea that it’s alright to have a bad day or feel overwhelmed with everything.

There is so much change in your life already with just going to college in a new place with new people, and adding a division I sport just compounds this.

For a lot of people, it’s the first time baseball or school didn’t just come naturally, but that’s completely okay and that’s what I try to remind all the freshman when they get here. I’ve been through rough patches, and so has everyone.

It makes me feel accomplished when my guys will come up to me just to ask questions about classes or life or really anything, because that means I can be a person to go to if they’re feeling worried or stressed or whatever it may be.

If I can help then I’ll do anything for these guys, and if I can’t then I’ll point them in the direction of someone that can.

Baseball Powers Past Davidson

After being swept over the weekend by the North Carolina Tarheels, the Demon Deacons baseball rebounded on Tuesday, April 4 against the Davidson Wildcats, scoring 15 runs and collecting 19 hits en route to a 15-5 win.

The Wildcats came to town on the back of an impressive series sweep of University of Rhode Island, during which the Davidson pitching staff allowed just five runs across three games.

Wake Forest came into the game looking to avenge an early-season 3-1 loss they suffered at the hands of Davidson on Feb. 20.

After three and a half innings, Davidson led Wake Forest 5-2, and it appeared as though the Demon Deacons could be in for a tight ballgame. The Wake Forest pitching staff buckled down, however, and the offense responded in a big way, scoring 13 unanswered runs in an offensive onslaught that proved insurmountable for the Wildcats.

Each of Wake Forest’s nine starting position players recorded at least one hit and six of the nine managed multi-hit games. The largest sources of production came in the fourth and seventh innings, in which the Demon Deacons plated four and eight runs, respectively.

In the fourth, freshman designated hitter Shane Muntz began the offensive production with a walk, and freshman left fielder Chris Lanzilli, sophomore right fielder Christian Long and sophomore shortstop Patrick Frick each doubled afterwards to drive in three runs. The Demon Deacons eventually took a 6-5 lead when Frick crossed home plate after a passed ball.

The Demon Deacons managed to hang another crooked number in the seventh inning, as the team scored eight runs on seven hits, which put the game out of reach for the Wildcats. Impressively, this offensive barrage did not require a four-bagger, instead, the Demon Deacons kept the line moving with singles and doubles.

On the pitching side, left-handed freshman pitcher Jared Shuster struggled in his start, completing just 3.1 innings and allowing four earned runs before being pulled.

Once the game was handed over to the bullpen, though, the Demon Deacons limited the damage, allowing just one run and three hits across the remaining 5.2 innings. Junior Tyler Witt and freshman William Fleming each turned in a scoreless inning of relief, combining for three strikeouts and just one baserunner, who reached via a walk.

Though the Demon Deacons have floundered in the ACC in tough series against Notre Dame and North Carolina, games like these suggest that, despite their inconsistencies, this young roster has tremendous upside and can improve its 12-18 record.

Wake Forest, losers of five of their last six conference games, will attempt to turn around their conference play when their ACC rivals, the Duke Blue Devils, come to town over the coming weekend.

Deacon Spotlight: Tanner Owen

Tanner Kenneth Owen is a senior at Wake Forest University originally from High Point, NC, where he attended Bishop McGuinness High School. Before he came to Wake Forest, Owen was a four-year letter winner for high school coach Scott Savage and the 2013 and 2014 North Carolina State Champion and Player of the Year, leading his team to conference, regional, and state championships every year in high school.

Owen’s track record brought a strong start to his collegiate career, as he performed well in the Marshall Invitational, Primland College Invitational, Bank of Tennessee Intercollegiate tournament and the Davidson College Invitational before helping the Deacons to an eighth-place finish in the ACC Championship of Wake Forest’s 2014-2015 season.

In his preceding season, Owen competed once again in the Primland College Invitational before suffering from a season-ending injury. Owen’s best finish in his junior season was at the Heel/Pack Invitational Tournament.

Tanner is a Finance Major and will be working in investment banking at Barclays in New York City after graduating in May.

Abby McMullen: What was your main motivation in choosing to become a DI athlete?

Tanner Owen: I started in golf at a young age and devoted myself solely to it by the time I was in middle school. At this point, my competitors were discussing playing college golf, so I started researching opportunities and sending out letters/resumes to college coaches. I figured it was a great way to get a solid education and improve in my sport.

AM: What is the most important lesson or biggest takeaway you’ve learned over the past four years?

TO: I have learned the importance of character and respect through watching my older teammates, as well as my coaches, in how they interact with their peers and adults.

AM:. How do you feel like Coach Haas has helped you develop as a player and a person over the past four years?

TO: Coach Haas teaches his players to respect each other and everyone they run into and this is the most important thing he has done for us.

AM: How do you feel like your experience on the golf team has prepared you for your next step?

TO: Working in investment banking at Barclays will be a team-oriented experience, which is why I feel college golf has prepared me for it.

AM: What has been your favorite memory as part of the Men’s Golf Team?

TO: My freshman year we took a trip to the Hamptons and played some world-class golf courses.

AM: What has been your favorite memory as a Wake Forest Student?

TO: LR with the boys.

AM: What has been your biggest challenge, either as a student or an athlete, over the past four years? How have you grown from it?

TO: Probably time-management across golf, academics and my extracurricular activities.

It is imperative to be organized and this is something that will continue with me into the workplace. Responsibility and promptness are necessary when dealing with a host of tasks and this is what we will face in the working world post-grad.

AM: How do you define “success”?

TO: Being happy with where you are in life while doing what you want to be doing.

AM: Do you think you are in a successful place in your life right now? How will golf be a part of your life in the future?

TO: Yes — while I wish I were playing better golf, I’m enjoying every bit of my last semester at Wake Forest and I will be moving into a solid job afterward.

I unfortunately won’t be able to play much but that will intensify my passion for it. I’ll do my best to play as much as I can.

AM: What will you miss most about the environment of being on the team?

TO: I’ll miss my friends on the team the most- we spend a ton of time together and we have grown very close.

Football Prepares for Upcoming Spring Game

On Thursday, March 29 I had the opportunity to attend the second football scrimmage of the spring — and in the two hours spent sitting in the sun I had some time to observe and anticipate what the post-John Wolford era could look like for the Deacon offense.

What would be an offseason for the Wake Forest football program without a little bit of a quarterback competition? Fans may not recall, but junior Kendall Hinton was named the starter heading into the summer a year ago and it was Wolford who had to win the job over the then-sophomore, en route to a second-team All-ACC season. So while Hinton is currently the starter, and appears as though it is only his job to lose, taking note of his competition was one of the highlights of the afternoon.

The scrimmage began with Hinton taking the first team snaps, splitting time on the field with quarterbacks Jamie Newman and freshman Sam Hartman.

Hinton struggled on his first possession, throwing the ball in the dirt on his first attempt and reverting to his legs before most of his receivers were halfway through their routes. But after a few reps, the junior finally settled in and looked comfortable, finding sophomore Greg Dortch on a few occasions, notably on long third downs, while also connecting with redshirt sophomore Brandon Chapman for a four-yard touchdown pass on a throw on the run out of the pocket.

In two scrimmages Hinton has been impressive on the ground, to the surprise of no one in attendance, rushing for approximately six yards per carry,  and totaling 154 yards. Through the air the junior has demonstrated some improvement in his accuracy, completing 66 percent of his throws in his second scrimmage as opposed to just 38 percent in his first official outing of the spring.

Backups Newman and Hartman proved that the depth at quarterback will be a strength in 2018 as the pair both brings their own unique style to the offense.

Newman and Hartman both showed off the strength of their arms, throwing for touchdowns of 51 and 48 yards, respectively.

Newman’s came on a throw approximately 20 yards down the field to redshirt junior Steven Claude, who caught the ball in traffic, broke a tackle and broke free to the end zone.

Hartman’s came from an absolute dime of a throw, connecting with junior Alex Bachman down the sideline, 48 yards in the air and right on the numbers for the score. 

“Right now, I’d say it’s Kendall No. 1 and probably Jamie [Newman] and Sam [Hartman] are competing for No. 2. Like every quarterback battle, it’ll play out,” said Clawson when asked about the status of his quarterback room.

“No doors are closed. It’s spring. Those are the three quarterbacks who are getting the majority of the reps, and none of those guys have played snaps in a game other than Kendall.”

It will certainly be interesting to see how the summer plays out, as well as the spring game, which will be played at BB&T Field at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 7.

Rolling the Quad Should Remain a Tradition

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 diverse campus together. It is a simple celebration that any Wake Forest fan can perform by snagging a roll of toilet paper and arriving on the quad. It connects alumni and current students and has turned into one of the most pleasant and positive sights to see for anyone connected to Wake Forest University.

Seeing the quad rolled elicits a sense of pride for Wake Forest students and alumni. We think that environmental impacts should have a bearing on continuing campus traditions, but we do not feel that there is a significant environmental impact caused by this tradition for two reasons: the toilet paper used across campus is biodegradable and rolling the quad does not happen after every win. Thus, rolling the quad only occurs about two or three times each semester. Compare this statistic to Auburn’s “Rolling the Corner” to see a larger area of land being rolled after almost every Auburn football, basketball, baseball, and soccer win, which tolls to about thirty times each semester.

We have given some thought to the potential environmental impacts of this tradition, in addition to researching an article on this topic written by the university’s Office of Sustainability. This article shows how low the environmental impact is of this beloved tradition.

There are many practices on campus that are far more wasteful and harmful to the environment, such as the amount of food waste generated in the Pit, the amount of printed materials required for the average class and the University’s shuttle system, which is not green transportation and is very harmful to our carbon footprint. The toilet paper blows in the wind in pride for a few days, and then is often cleaned up by facilities.

Because most of the toilet paper is biodegradable, this environmental issue is not nearly as damaging as other campus-wide practices that are listed above.

We believe that this tradition should never end. It will always hold a special place in the hearts of past, present, and future Wake Forest students. It is many students’ favorite campus tradition and will never truly be replaced, even if someone were to come up with another idea. Rolling the quad is simply that special.

While we do not want to see this tradition replaced, there could be some helpful implementations which would make it an environmentally-better tradition. To take you back to our Auburn example, the following morning students and facilities help remove the toilet paper from the limbs of the trees.

Instead of allowing the toilet paper to stay on the trees for many following days or just have facilities clean it all up, perhaps we could enact a system where students, faculty, fans and facility team members take the toilet paper off the following day as they walk by the quad.

Perhaps this would instill feelings of respect and significance towards both our environment and this beloved tradition.

Go Deacs!

Ben Weekley (18’), Forest Richardson (18’), Andrew Kennedy (18’), and Ellie Caldwell (19’)

Traditions Council Co-Chairs