New Season of Black Mirror Navigates the Human Experience

Last month, Black Mirror, a British television series produced with Netflix, released its fourth season. The six new episodes continue to incorporate the trademark element of the show: the equal presence of such technologically advanced ideas that seem so far from the present, in play with intricate plots which tackle relatable human struggles. Continue reading “New Season of Black Mirror Navigates the Human Experience”

2018 Golden Globes Combined Politics and Pop Culture

The Golden Globe Awards reached its 75th year celebrating American film and television Sunday, Jan. 7. The red carpet press for the event usually shows the line of celebrities, nominated or not, with their fellow actors or dates hand in hand. The 2018 Golden Globes carried a different feel than its prior years, going beyond surface questions and heavily focusing on political statements made through appearance. Continue reading “2018 Golden Globes Combined Politics and Pop Culture”

The “War on Conservatives” is Overblown

A common trope touted by Wake Forest Conservatives is that the university is lacking in outlets for conservative voices. For example, in Wake Forest’s conservative publication, The Wake Forest Review, founder Sabin Sidney, in his piece entitled Why We Exist writes, “There is a new movement arising at elite institutions. Administrators and professors continue to promote a liberal agenda of big government and social justice. Furthermore, progressive academics are trying to shield students from sensitive topics, ideas and language that might cause offense. A wave of political correctness is spreading like wildfire across universities. Students today are ever-more protected from and intolerant of dissenting (conservative) opinions.” Continue reading “The “War on Conservatives” is Overblown”

SOTOGAB on the Road: Wake Forest’s Marching Band Performs at Belk Bowl

After the Wake Forest football team arrived in Charlotte for the Belk Bowl on Dec. 25, they were closely followed by the spirit team, which arrived on Dec. 27. Members of Wake Forest’s marching band, the Spirit of the Old Gold and Black (SOTOGAB), traveled from across the country to perform at the game on Dec. 29. Continue reading “SOTOGAB on the Road: Wake Forest’s Marching Band Performs at Belk Bowl”

Wake Forest-UNC Basketball Preview

Wake Forest will open up ACC play on Saturday, Dec. 30 as the Deacs travel to Chapel Hill to face the defending National Champion North Carolina Tar Heels.

We sat down with Jack Leland of The Daily Tar Heel ahead of Saturday’s game to learn more about this North Carolina team.

KYLE TATICH: What did North Carolina learn about its team during non-conference play?

JACK LELAND: North Carolina learned its strengths and weaknesses during non-conference play. UNC has traditionally been a front court-led team, but this year, it’s clear the guards are the team’s strength.

KT: Has it been a surprise to see Luke Maye emerge as the team’s leading scorer? How has his game evolved from last year?

JL: In my opinion, Maye is the nation’s most improved player. I don’t think anyone was predicting he would play so well this year. The difference from last year is 100 percent confidence. He is taking and knocking down threes, posting up and playing defense with the mindset that he can dominate. Last year, he was just trying to not fall behind while coming off the bench.

KT: Despite losing Justin Jackson, Kennedy Meeks, Tony Bradley, Nate Britt and Isaiah Hicks, this North Carolina team has seemingly found early success. What is this team’s identity and how is it different from last year’s National Championship squad? 

JL: Last year’s team was led by those dominant big guys. We led the nation in rebounding and were incredibly deep in the frontcourt, bringing Tony Bradley off the bench. This year, the veterans on the team play in the backcourt, with Theo Pinson and Joel Berry II being the leaders. Those guys have emerged as our go-to players, and Kenny Williams has become a 3-point sniper and excellent passer.

KT: Joel Berry used the word “effort” to make sense of North Carolina’s 79-75 loss to Wofford. Was it as simple as effort or was there something more to this loss against the Terriers? 

JL: That makes sense. UNC has the tendency to play down to its opponents, and it overlooked Wofford. They played a few days before Christmas, and the players’ minds were certainly on something else. Roy Williams will definitely use this game as an example, and we shouldn’t see that from UNC again this year.

KT: Graduate transfer Cameron Johnson has played just two games so far for the Heels. How does he fit in with this team and what are the expectations for him moving forward? 

JL: UNC fans don’t know what to expect from Johnson, as he played for an awful Pittsburgh team. However, I expect he will work his way into a position as an offensive focal point. Johnson can knock down 3’s and play lockdown perimeter defense. He is one of the best players on the team, and it will show going forward.

KT: In last year’s meeting between the Heels and the Deacs, the game came down to the final minute. Do you anticipate this one being just as competitive? 

JL: I don’t. Wake isn’t as good as last year’s team, and this game’s in Chapel Hill. UNC will be anxious to start the ACC slate well, as its next game is in Tallahassee against a good FSU team.

KT: North Carolina will win if…

JL: It takes care of business. Another Wofford-like effort can’t happen.

KT: Wake Forest will win if…

JL: A miracle happens. I haven’t seen anything that suggests Wake can beat a team of UNC’s caliber. Then again, you could say the same about Wofford.

KT: Give me a score prediction. 

JL: 85-63, UNC.

Before Wake Forest’s 79-60 loss to Tennessee, it had won six straight, playing improved basketball from earlier in the season.

No. 13 North Carolina has proven thus far that it is still an elite program, despite losing key pieces to its National Championship team a year ago. Similar to the Deacs, the Heels lack depth in the front court and will mostly rely on the play of their guards.

Expect Wake Forest’s Bryant Crawford to have a big game in the Smith Center. Crawford loves to play the “blue bloods”.  Last year, in his three games against either Duke or UNC, Crawford averaged 23 points and five assists. And in his first and only career game in Chapel Hill, Crawford scored 18 points, playing 32 minutes as a freshman.

Wake Forest will face its hardest test of the season to begin ACC play and will need to shoot the ball well, stay out of foul trouble and limit the opportunities players like Kenny Williams and Joel Berry II have from beyond the arc.

Prediction: North Carolina 89, Wake Forest 81.

Israel-Palestine conflict is more than a zero-sum game

Students and faculty alike gathered on Nov. 28 for Dr. Marcie Lenk’s discussion of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Lenk, the Director of Christian Leadership Programs at the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem, prefaced her discussion by noting that her material would comprise of her personal experience as an American Jew living in Israel as a context for her understanding of the conflict. Continue reading “Israel-Palestine conflict is more than a zero-sum game”

Issues regarding sexual assault must be depoliticized

Two weeks ago, allegations of sexual assault against senate candidate Roy Moore emerged. These numerous claims include pursuing a relationship with a then 14 year-old, sexual assault of a 16 year-old and inappropriate conduct that led to the republican from Alabama being banned from a local mall. Continue reading “Issues regarding sexual assault must be depoliticized”