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Spreading of misinformation impacts US politics

Spreading of misinformation impacts US politics

Alexandra Karlinchak

October 8, 2020

If you took a walk around campus on a Sunday morning, it is not likely that you would see students lounging around on Upper Quad reading the morning paper over a piping cup of Camino coffee. Instead, a vision of computer screens glaring against glasses lenses and the sound of fingertips tapping speedily against sm...

Debate reflects blatant political failures

Debate reflects blatant political failures

Alexandra Karlinchak

October 1, 2020

If you have access to a television, a computer or even an annoying suitemate who cannot for the life of them stop talking about every political podcast under the sun, chances are, you were well aware of the first presidential debate that was held in Cleveland, Ohio on Tuesday night. And if you are the aforemention...

Counseling Center struggles with demand

Counseling Center struggles with demand

Alexandra Karlinchak

October 1, 2020

In this third installation about the various mental health resources that exist on Wake Forest’s campus, the University Counseling Center (UCC) is the final subject at hand. And what better way to examine the UCC’s impact on campus than by interviewing the very individuals who benefit from its services...

Office of Wellbeing adapts to COVID-19

Office of Wellbeing adapts to COVID-19

Alexandra Karlinchak

September 24, 2020

One thing that people who have gone through periods of anxiety or depression will tell you is that being proactive is far more effective than being reactive when it comes to effectively treating mental illness. This proactive approach can present itself in the form of cultivating and maintaining heal...

Finding support in the time of COVID-19

Finding support in the time of COVID-19

Alexandra Karlinchak

September 17, 2020

After only one month back on campus, a large portion of the student body is struggling with mental health in ways they never have before. People feel isolated due to online classes and limited human contact, and the University Counseling Center’s (UCC) lack of staffing and funding, as reported by t...

Third party voting minimizes electoral impact

Tiffany Rumbalski sits beside the voting materials, including absentee ballot requests, that she's providing outside her home in Hilliard, Ohio on Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2020. The inflatable tyrannosaurus rex, Vinny Voter, helps draw attention to the display and encourage passers by to take the free materials and get a selfie. (Adam Cairns/The Columbus Dispatch/TNS)

Alexandra Karlinchak

September 10, 2020

With only 54 days until the 2020 election, tensions around the country are running at an all-time high. There is a lot at stake for a large number of people, and not many are exactly thrilled with the choices America’s two-party system has allotted them. This said, I am here as a voter and as a citizen to ask yo...

University counseling remains underfunded

University counseling remains underfunded

Alexandra Karlinchak

September 3, 2020

Since returning to campus, a new topic of conversation has replaced the usual chatter about mundane schoolwork and muggy frat basements. The subject in question? Mental wellness… or lack thereof.  It is no surprise that people’s mental health has taken a serious blow throughout the past six months in part...

Not your Mother’s Campus Tour

Not your Mother’s Campus Tour

Alexandra Karlinchak

August 14, 2020

Freshmen, it is no secret that this school year is not exactly what you anticipated your first year at Wake Forest to be like. With social distancing guidelines in place and plans shifting day by day, you might feel unprepared to tackle the challenges and changes that lie ahead. That is where I come in...

Uncoupling From Social Media Ameliorates Stress

Uncoupling From Social Media Ameliorates Stress

Alexandra Karlinchak

April 13, 2020

The panic and agony associated with the current state of the country is tangible. Unable to leave the confines of their homes to connect with others, people have resorted to social media to quench their desire for human connection. For many, it brings a sense of joy. Even I have found myself tearing up at wholesom...

Bernie Sanders Officially Ends Presidential Campaign And Endorses Joe Biden

Bernie Sanders Officially Ends Presidential Campaign And Endorses Joe Biden

Alexandra Karlinchak

April 13, 2020

On Wednesday, April 8, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders ended his presidential campaign, conceding the democratic nomination to former Vice President Joe Biden. Less than one week later, Sanders officially endorsed Biden. Sanders has made it clear to his persistent voter base that success was not a possibil...

Divide Among DNC Creates Uncertainty

Divide Among DNC Creates Uncertainty

Alexandra Karlinchak

March 5, 2020

It is common knowledge that March comes “in like a lion and out like a lamb.” Lately, there seems to have been an emphasis on the “out” part. Earlier this week, Mayor Pete Buttigieg and Senator Amy Klobuchar announced their resignation from the 2020 Democratic race. These two former Democratic candidates d...

How To Make Mental Health A Priority

How To Make Mental Health A Priority

Alexandra Karlinchak

February 13, 2020

Well, it’s officially that time in the semester again. It’s the “not-quite-midterms-yet-but-also-there-are-four-exams-shoved-into-a-three-day-period-before-the-drop-date” point, and it is safe to say that the student body is feeling the pressure. Balancing academics, extracurriculars, finances, h...

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