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Students reflect on a tumultuous semester

With the COVID-19 pandemic making normal campus operations impossible, students had to adapt to online learning. Outdoor activities became the norm on campus in a socially-distanced semester (Katie Fox/Old Gold & Black)
Students expressed a mixture of gratitude, frustration and surprise looking back on this semester
November 19, 2020

Despite students bracing for a taxing semester amid the COVID-19 pandemic, spikes in cases across campus and operation status changes made it, nonetheless, a challenging term.  As students reflected...

University prepares for students’ departures

Students had the option of getting tested on Monday and Tuesday before going home (Will Zimmerman/Old Gold & Black)
After three months and 539 COVID-19 cases, Wake Forest look to finish semester well
November 19, 2020

 On Aug. 17, Wake Forest students started to move to campus amid many uncertainties over how their first semester during the COVID-19 pandemic would go.  News had just broken that UNC-Chapel...

In Memoriam: Dr. Larry Hopkins

Larry Hopkins (‘72) led Wake Forest to its first ever ACC Championship in 1971 (Photo courtesy of Wake Forest Sports Hall of Fame)
The pioneering football player and obstetrician passed away on Nov. 9 at age 70.
November 19, 2020

 Former football standout and university trustee Dr. Larry Hopkins (‘72, MD ‘77) passed away early Monday morning at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center at the age of 70.  After spending...

WFU shifts to single-use dining products

Changes in dining policy due to COVID-19 have put sustainability efforts on the back burner
November 19, 2020

 In a semester when the health and safety of the community trumps all other regular operating procedures, sustainability and the health of our planet are being put on the backburner. “Everything...

WFU shifts to single-use dining products

Changes in dining policy due to COVID-19 have put sustainability efforts on the backburner
November 19, 2020

 In a semester when the health and safety of the community trumps all other regular operating procedures, sustainability and the health of our planet are being put on the backburner. “Everything...

RIPI increases awareness of racial inequality

Through the Race, Inequality and Policy Initiative, the university plans to raise students’ awareness of inequality
November 19, 2020

The Race, Inequality and Policy Initiative (RIPI), founded in October, showcases student and faculty research that draws attention to racial, ethnic and gender inequalities. The goal of the initiative...

Pitsgiving retools amid COVID-19 pandemic

Pitsgiving, an event which normally features pit-sitting in which students stay at the pit all day, will be moved to take-out only, as the Pit can only hold 160 students during COVID-19 (Will Zimmerman/Old Gold & Black)
Pitsgiving will still happen on Thursday, Nov. 19, but it will be take-out only due to concerns about the Pit’s 160 person capacity limit
November 19, 2020

 As COVID-19 continues to force the university to adapt, Wake Forest’s celebrated traditions have been forced to take on new forms or new restrictions.  Last week, the university announced...

Students react to Biden win in 2020 election

Students flocked to Hearn Plaza to Roll the Quad after news broke on Saturday morning that Joe Biden was projected to win the presidential race, as he picked up key votes in the state of Pennsylvania (Melissa Cooney/Old Gold & Black)
Students celebrated high turnout and President Donald Trump’s defeat after a long election week
November 12, 2020

On Saturday morning, the Associated Press, as well as NBC, CNN, and Fox News all announced that Joe Biden had been elected as the 46th president of the United States after carrying Pennsylvania and its...

Garden brings green life to WFU backyard

Student volunteers get their hands dirty during one of the Campus Garden’s “Connect and Cultivate” sessions, which aim to connect students to nature (Jess Schmidt/Old Gold & Black)
Wake Forest’s Campus Garden aims to teach sustainability while providing fun opportunities
November 12, 2020

As the sun was quickly setting on a chilly November evening, sophomore Olivia Blake stood at the entrance of the metal fence, hands shoved inside her sweatshirt, swaying to keep warm as volunteers arrived. The...

Eudaimonia Institute quietly fades away

The controversially-funded research institute is “sunsetting” from the university
November 12, 2020

 In addition to exploring theories of law, physics, computer science, the arts and the humanities, Wake Forest University is dedicated to exploring an even more complex academic question: “What...

University prepares for COVID-19 vaccine

As the semester comes to a close, the university is offering voluntary asymptomatic testing
November 12, 2020

Following biopharmaceutical company Pfizer’s announcement of a 90% effective vaccine on Nov. 9, the focus around the country has been slowly shifting to distribution efforts for when the potential COVID-19...

Core curriculum change stalls

The university plans to implement seven new areas of knowledge (Photo courtesy of the Committee on Academic Planning)
The university is planning new course requirements that focus on diversity and inclusion efforts
November 12, 2020

In the wake of Black Lives Matter protests this summer, the university’s academic curriculum was primed for an overhaul reflecting the need for greater awareness of social injustices and systemic racism.  However,...

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