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

Professors Reaffirm Stance on Rolling the Quad

In a larger sense, it isn’t about rolling the quad with toilet paper, is it? In response to an OGB editorial taking us to task for raising the issue, we would like to offer several observations. As we can see on the national level, we get farther in solving problems when we engage them on the merits rather than ad hominem. We are here in a community — some for four years, some for a professional lifetime; there is a sacred, even transcendent, quality to our time together. We owe it to each other to take our concerns seriously and to engage them (and one another) with candor and good will.The process is always more important than the product because it is in the process that we define and enact our values.

Back to the quad briefly. The notion that the toilet paper deteriorates quickly stands in stark contrast to the material still to be found in branches or wrapped around limbs. Surely there are issues of forestry and ecology here but aesthetics is in play as well. What do visitors and prospective students make of our quaint customs? Where does litter — intentional or otherwise — fit into a campus so shaped around natural beauty and humane values? At the very least, until full-scale change comes, shouldn’t we be offsetting the harm here with some sort of philanthropic effort?

Wake Forest has a laudable history of adapting to (and sometimes even leading) cultural progress: women in the student body, racial integration, dancing on campus. At some point, perhaps very soon, Wake Forest students will decide that rolling the quad no longer represents their environmental ethic or their aspirations for their university. We would welcome a student-led effort to craft another, more satisfying celebratory ritual. In the meantime, let’s keep talking in the spirit of Pro Humanitate.

Sincerely, Professors Randall Rogan and John Llewellyn, Department of Communication

John Bolton’s Hard-Line Views are Dangerous

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 see the light of day, to be his new national security adviser.

The firing of Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster was only the latest in a long string of departures by those I used to consider to be the adults in the room, their far-right views notwithstanding. To be sure, National Economic Council Director Gary Cohn resigned in protest after Trump’s tariffs on steel and aluminum; now, tariffs on China are in the works as well. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was ousted thanks to a fraught relationship with the president further marred by disagreements on foreign policy issues involving Iran, North Korea, climate and trade. Suspiciously, his firing immediately followed Tillerson’s tough words on Russia about the nerve agent attack in Britain.

But Bolton, Trump’s third national security adviser in just 14 months and a hawk among hawks, is the one who has me the most concerned. There are few people more likely to lead the country into war. Grave concerns about his diplomatic ability are longstanding, as he couldn’t win confirmation as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations during the Bush administration, even from a Republican-controlled Senate. He got the job anyway through a recess appointment, and because national security advisers don’t require Senate confirmation, the five months the Senate took to decide whether he should go the the U.N. in 2005 remain the only extensive examination of his record.

That confirmation battle took place during the early years of the Iraq War, a conflagration that Bolton defends to this day. He was a key advocate of the Bush administration’s main justification for the invasion: that the President of Iraq, Saddam Hussein, possessed weapons of mass destruction that posed a threat to the U.S. This claim was later shown to be false and based on defective intelligence. The Senate Foreign Relations Committee also had copious testimony that, as undersecretary of state, Bolton pressured intelligence analysts into cooking up evidence that Cuba had a biological weapons program. Confirmation hearings revealed that his penchant to subvert the facts in pursuit of his and his allies’ agendas isn’t limited to the aforementioned. “Thousands of pages of documents revealed Bolton, an ally of Vice President Dick Cheney, to be a volatile, aggressive infighter,” wrote The New York Times. “[He] seemed willing to cherry-pick intelligence, steamroll analysts he did not agree with and end-run his State Department bosses in pursuit of an agenda considered bellicose even among Bush administration hawks.”

All signs suggest that Bolton hasn’t changed. In firing Tillerson and McMaster, Trump silenced some of the voices that had tried to mute his more perilous foreign policy impulses, particularly in regards to the Iran nuclear deal. But what he will hear from Bolton will most likely be closer to what Trump himself has advocated. The result? North Korea is probably first on the list of countries with which he is eager to tangle. In an op-ed for the Wall Street Journal, he made the case for a pre-emptive strike: “Pre-emption opponents argue that action is not justified because Pyongyang does not constitute an ‘imminent threat.’ They are wrong.” With Tillerson and McMaster out of the equation, any theoretical talks with Kim Jong Un are much more likely to go badly wrong and result in a bloody-nose strike or worse.

Bolton is also agitating for airstrikes on Iran. He has urged Trump to scrap Barack Obama’s nuclear deal, which blocked Tehran’s path to a nuclear weapon and prevented an arms race in the Middle East. But more generally, it’s likely the mercurial Trump will befuddle and frustrate allies and adversaries even more with contradictory stances on important issues within hours of each other. Instead of Tillerson and McMaster as somewhat stabilizing influences, he will have Bolton as an encourager-enabler. 

Bolton and his unilateralist nationalism are almost certain to accelerate isolation from our allies and the rest of the world. Congress can’t stop his appointment, but must speak out unequivocally against it and reassert its Constitutional responsibility to authorize whether the country goes to war.

Deacon Spotlight: Jennifer Kupcho

Junior Jennifer Kupcho has accomplished a tremendous amount of success in her three years with the Wake Forest Golf program, and has been receiving accolades throughout her entire career including the 2015 Colorado Women’s Golf Association Player of the year, All-ACC team for both her freshman and sophomore seasons, runner-up at the NCAA championship her sophomore year and 21st place finish at the U.S Womens’ Open. Kupcho holds the school scoring record with a 70.61, beating her own freshman record of 73.18 during her sophomore season. Continue reading “Deacon Spotlight: Jennifer Kupcho”

Injured Stars May Impact NBA Playoff Race

It’s almost upon us. With the Final Four coming this weekend, the absolute peak of the sports year is just entering it’s upswing. Baseball kicks off on Thursday and the NBA and NHL playoffs will ramp up in a couple weeks.  It’s also the time when we begin to see which teams are serious in their quest for wins.  Continue reading “Injured Stars May Impact NBA Playoff Race”

Wake Forest Women’s Tennis Beats Notre Dame

This spring has proven to be one of endurance and challenges for the Demon Deacons on the tennis court, but they are anything but defeated. This season our ladies have battled against some of the best teams across the nation, and they have proven that they are a force to be reckoned with. Only a few weeks into the season, the girls have a strong 14-3 record, 4-3 conference record in the ACC, defeating tough teams including Arkansas, Ohio State, and Auburn. Continue reading “Wake Forest Women’s Tennis Beats Notre Dame”

A Response to a Misguided Criticism

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, often like to point out that liberals create echo chambers for themselves and shut conservative opinions out of the media.  Sometimes they are right.  This very issue is why The Review’s founders felt it necessary to create a conservative echo chamber of their own. 

I am very weary of allowing my section to turn into fodder for conservative students — to become another example of a once fine publication that, in their eyes, reached its untimely demise due to its incapacity to withstand the evil grip of “leftist” ideology.  Sure, campus conservatives may disagree with articles written by my liberal counterparts and me. I encourage the dissent. However, an overarching goal of mine is to ensure that students respect and understand that my section is a haven for opinions of all political stripes. Therefore, as a resident liberal at the OGB who cannot help but assert his left-leaning opinions in his articles but does not want his section to be characterized as an echo chamber, I took it upon myself to ask my good friend Anthony Palumbo, who happens to be the Editor-in-Chief of The Review, to call upon his writing force to submit a few articles to the opinion section of the OGB.  One of the topics on which I was most eagerly awaiting an article was gun policy.  Fortunately, Review writer and gun enthusiast Owen Pickard delivered me a conservative opinion on American gun policy.  Unfortunately, his article amounted to nothing but pedantic drivel, half-truths and poor logic in an attempt to discredit the articles my colleague Amanda Wilcox and I had written about gun policy one week earlier.  I don’t have the space to point out all of the fallacies presented by Pickard, but I will do my best to showcase some of the most egregious ones.    

Pickard begins his onslaught by asserting that “a semi-automatic rifle, by definition, cannot be an assault rifle.”  If this were true, it would mean that the assertion in my original article, that the AR-15 used in the Parkland shooting was an assault rifle was wrong. However, Pickard chooses to define assault rifle with a confined definition devised by the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), a trade association funded by gun manufacturers for the sole intent of selling more guns.  Their definition states that “an assault rifle is fully automatic,” and of course the Parkland shooter’s AR-15 was not fully automatic.  However, Pickard conveniently leaves out the point that the law of the federal government is inconsistent with the NSSF’s poorly- concocted definition. In its assault weapons ban, the federal government itself defined assault rifle as “a rifle with semi-automatic capabilities [is] an assault weapon if it could accept interchangeable magazines and has at least two of these characteristics: a telescoping stock, pistol grip, bayonet mount, a flash suppressor or a grenade launcher.” The AR-15 used in the Parkland shooting fits squarely within this definition, and is, by all legitimate accounts, an assault rifle.  Likely, Pickard knows this fact but chose to cherry-pick a weak definition of assault rifle concocted by the gun lobby in an attempt to keep killing machines like AR-15’s legal and nefariously embarrass and debase my heavily-researched argument.

Another frustrating point made by Pickard can be found when he suggests that I am right that “the violence issue in America ‘is a problem exacerbated by American men,’” but that “The root issue, [as Bahar suggests] however, is not ‘hyper’ or ‘toxic’ masculinity. It is a complete and utter lack of what true masculinity should look like.” Perhaps this is a legitimate point.  It leaves me curious though, wondering what Pickard thinks true masculinity actually looks like. Unfortunately, he fails to provide an example.  I would ask Pickard, though, if he thinks “hyper” or “toxic” masculinity are not examples of “a complete and utter lack of what true masculinity should look like.”  I contend, and I think most rational readers would too, that hyper or toxic masculinity are not healthy types of masculinity for men to express.  Pickard, interestingly, seems to disagree.  In fact, it seems he loves expressions of hypermasculinity so much that he closes his essay by boldly proclaiming, “America needs more masculinity, not less.  Long live hypermasculinity.” 

Another shocking point made by Pickard can be found when he claims, “Girls may be less drawn to guns as firearms are stereotypically considered masculine (ie. the piece I am currently referencing). Could this be due to the inherent differences between the sexes? I would ask your biology professor about this, not your Women’s Gender Studies professor. (One of these things is not like the other.)”  I was tempted not to even comment on this seemingly outlandish claim — that men are somehow more genetically inclined to embrace guns than women.  However, as I am a prudent student reporter, I decided to take Pickard to task.  Thus, I asked USC geneticist Hooman Allayee, PhD to comment on this claim.  According to Dr. Allayee, “From a biological point of view, it is true that males are the more aggressive sex throughout most of the animal kingdom, including humans.  But when considering a social problem, one cannot simply use a biological argument.  It is very likely that the problem of gun violence involves both nature (males’ propensity for agression) and nurture. There are other countries (take in the Middle East or South America) that can also be considered ‘hypermasculine’ or macho but do not have the [same] level of gun violence as the US.  That is environmental since guns are controlled there (for the most part).  There are also counties that may not be perceived as ‘hypermasculine’ but in which guns are allowed.  Look up Switzerland for example.  They have nowhere near the gun violence as the US and that’s likely because of their culture on guns.  In both cases, genetics or biology is not different between males from one country or the other.  So to argue that males are drawn to guns as an explanation just demonstrates his utter naivete.  It’s the combination of both biology and environment.  And clearly in civilized societies, environment can easily overcome any perceived biological wiring or genetic predisposition.” 

It seems that Allayee respects the job of social scientists and finds Pickard’s comments about his profession laughable.   

One of the most eye-opening criticisms Pickard makes of my article comes when he claims: “In mentioning the disparity between men and women who die due to the use of guns, the author fails to mention that almost two- thirds of gun deaths in America are suicides. The author repeatedly uses the phrase ‘killed by guns,’ seemingly in an attempt to take responsibility away from the people who pull the trigger and to be able to include suicides in his statistics through the use of this incredibly broad phrase.”  This point unveils a startling revelation.  Namely, it seems that Pickard does not view suicides to be equivalent to other gun deaths.  However, when people kill themselves with guns, they literally die because a bullet has been released from the chamber of a gun into their body.  That is definitively a gun death.  Suggesting that it is lesser is not only extremely insulting to the families of gun-suicide victims, but also inconsistent with reality. 

In another remarkable paragraph, Pickard attempts to dismantle my colleague Amanda Wilcox’s point that the founding fathers could not have conceived of the firepower that exists today when they wrote the second amendment, because a weapon called the “Puckle Gun” had already existed for years when they were writing the Bill of Rights.  Pickard enjoyed discussing the limited knowledge Wilcox and I have about firearms in his article.  However, after watching videos of the “Puckle gun” online, and reading about its size and functions, I wonder if Pickard has any idea what this weapon looks like or how it operates.  It is massive, sits on a tripod or a sled like a cannon would, and takes an extremely long time, along with some expertise, to load and fire.  Comparatively, the technology in an AR-15 seems lightyears ahead of the “Puckle Gun.”   If the “Puckle Gun” really was the closest thing to a modern Assault Rifle in the late 1700’s, then Wilcox was on-point when she claimed that it would be difficult for the founding fathers to “conceive [of] the technological advances” that occurred to produce a modern AR-15. 

Pickard chooses to conclude his article with a final jab.  He invites Amanda and me to “go up to anyone outside of an isolated academic institution and tell a normal Joe that the problem in America is too much masculinity.”  If we try, he says that we would “get laughed out of the room.”  He then takes his point a step further, when he writes, “Or try Fort Bragg. I’m sure the 82nd Airborne soldiers will get a nice kick out of you telling them that they’re too masculine and that toxic masculinity is hurting America.”  Obviously, neither Amanda nor I think that the 82nd Airborne soldiers at Fort Bragg are too masculine and are therefore hurting America.  That’s absurd.  However, the greatest takeaway from these points is that Pickard does not think that “normal Joes” and 82nd Airborne soldiers are capable of having a nuanced conversation about American gun policy, where all opinions are considered.  This is where he and I fundamentally disagree.  If a “normal Joe” or 82nd Airborne soldier wants to discuss hypermasculinity and how it relates to gun policy with me, even if he just plans on laughing in my face, I’m more than happy to have the conversation.

Readers Should Respect “The Wake Forest Review”

“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 to ascribe to others wickedness; I am writing to promote the truth. Continue reading “Readers Should Respect “The Wake Forest Review””

Women’s Golf Earns Ninth in Evans Derby

The Wake Forest women’s golf team finished ninth in the Evans Derby Experience tournament in Auburn, Alabama above Ole Miss, Mississippi St. and the University of Michigan. Coming in first for the Deacs was junior Jennifer Kupcho from Westminister, Colo. with a three-day combined score of 213, landing her twelfth in the tournament.

The Deacs’ ninth-place finish came after two days of being tied for eighth place with Louisville.

Finishing first in the tournament was junior Maria Fassi of the Arkansas Razorbacks, with a three-day combined score of 202.

Prior to this, the Wake Forest finished third in the Darius Rucker Intercollegiate tournament in Hilton Head Island, SC, only placing behind Alabama and Arkansas in a pool of contestants described as a pretty competitive field.

Heading the scoreboards for the Demon Deacons was Emilia Migliaccio, shooting 70-71-72 in each of the three rounds to finish third overall with a score of 213. Migliaccio, a freshman from Cary, NC, attended Athens Drive High School and is a three-time Rolex Junior All-American. She was also the recipient of a first-team selection in 2016.

The Deacs now look forward to the Bryan National Collegiate tournament in Browns Summit, NC before preparing for the ACC Championship which will be held in Greensboro, NC.

The team hopes the momentum established in the success of these last two tournaments will push them forward towards even greater achievement in both regionals and nationals. Currently leading the conference standings is The University of North Carolina in first place followed by Duke in second.

The Demon Deacons currently stand seventh in the conference.

Particularly notable to the tale of the women’s golf team is the story of golfer Monica Schumacher. Schumacher is a junior from Orlando, FL, and up until April of her sophomore year was only a member of the university’s club team. It was when the team suffered from multiple injuries that she was asked to join the program just in time to make her debut in the ACC Championship, where she finished 60th as the team finished in 12th place, dead last.

Moving forward from the discouraging finish of the 2017 spring season, Schumacher is much more optimistic of where the team is now and is proud of their improved performance. Junior Mai Dechathipat and sophomore Siyun Liu are largely responsible for this change in perspective, having just transferred in for the 2017-2018 season at Wake Forest after spending time on the golf teams at Auburn University and University of Illinois, respectively. Schumacher describes their presence as being very helpful to team performance and atmosphere. With the ACC Championships and NCAA Tournament quickly approaching, Schumacher is excited to see what’s to come of the program as incoming recruits appear promising and the comradery of the team continues to grow under the direction of Head Coach Dianna Dailey and Assistant Coach Ryan Potter.

Perhaps foreshadowing the future success of the team in seasons to come is the recent announcement that team members Migliaccio and Kupcho have been named to the 2018 United States Palmer Cup Team.

This honor will allow them to compete alongside other top collegiate golfers from the U.S. as they face the best collegiate golfers from all over Europe at the Evian Resort Gold Club in France this summer.