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Conceptualizing the Power of Buddhism

Conceptualizing the Power of Buddhism

Ying Xu

April 19, 2018

The summer before college, I attended a Buddhist conference per the recommendation of some friends. Before sitting down for our daily meals, we sang a short song that consisted of words like “mercy to all sentient beings” and “aspire to do all good,” addressing the origins and the processing of...

Graduating from College is a Financially Burdensome Experience

Graduating from College is a Financially Burdensome Experience

Heather Hartel

April 19, 2018

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 c...

U.S. Census Must Not Ask About Citizenship

U.S. Census Must Not Ask About Citizenship

Amanda Wilcox

April 12, 2018

In two years, far too many Americans may not be counted. News broke last week that the U.S Census Bureau, which is overseen by the Department of Commerce, has been directed to include a question asking respondents whether or not they are citizens when it conducts its next head count in 2020. While the ...

Coping With the Impossible Pain of Dreams

Coping With the Impossible Pain of Dreams

Kyle Ferrer

April 12, 2018

The emotional residue of a dream can be a devastating start to the day. Often, the vague shards of dreamy memory pierce you with powerful feelings, ones of an unconscious reality shattered by the onerous weight of the real. Usually, it is a sense of loss, a sense of saddening awe at the reality that ...

Sentiments of Email Broadly Reflect Students

Sentiments of Email Broadly Reflect Students

Chris Verrill

April 12, 2018

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 ...

Stylistic Choices Detract from Email

Stylistic Choices Detract from Email

Chris Pearcey

April 12, 2018

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 an...

Critique Plagued by Hyperbole is Ineffective Satire

Critique Plagued by Hyperbole is Ineffective Satire

Jack Portman

April 12, 2018

We’re all sinners in the hands of an angry Mod. If a free Wordpress account could impart eternal damnation unto Hell’s fiery abyss, the Deke brothers would be throwing a “perdarty” (perdition/party) this Saturday. Read More »...

Gun Bans are Misguided and Ineffective

Gun Bans are Misguided and Ineffective

Henry Koontz

April 5, 2018

This past weekend, thousands participated in the “March for Our Lives” to advocate for gun control. One policy being proposed is a ban on “assault weapons.” There are a number of reasons why such a ban doesn’t make sense and why any ban on a broad category of firearms would have a negative ef...

Rolling the Quad Should Remain a Tradition

Rolling the Quad Should Remain a Tradition

Ben Weekley

April 5, 2018

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 s...

Man’s Best Friend: A Tribute to the Life of Callie

Man's Best Friend: A Tribute to the Life of Callie

David Ajamy

April 5, 2018

When people ask me if I have siblings, I usually respond by saying either “one” or “two.” Sometimes I just mention Mecaria, my six-year-older sister who lives in Asheville, but most times I mention both Mecaria and Callie. Callie was part of the family for eleven or so years. She was a chubby ...

Professors Reaffirm Stance on Rolling the Quad

Professors Reaffirm Stance on Rolling the Quad

Randall Rogan

April 5, 2018

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 r...

John Bolton’s Hard-Line Views are Dangerous

John Bolton's Hard-Line Views are Dangerous

Amanda Wilcox

April 5, 2018

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, theref...

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