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According to scientists, billions of Brood X cicadas will emerge this summer.

Billions of cicadas will emerge this summer

Julia Ochsenhirt, Assistant News Editor April 29, 2021

Get ready for noise. In the coming weeks, billions of cicadas will emerge across the mid-Atlantic and midwest. This particular group of periodical cicadas, deemed “Brood X” by scientists, has been...

Many Indians are being turned away from hospitals, as there are no beds left. Those lucky enough to be admitted to the hospital may have to share beds.

India confronts COVID-19 disaster

Josh Singh, Contributing Writer April 29, 2021

As we enter the 14th month of the COVID-19 pandemic, many are weary of the endless lockdown procedures, the mask mandates and the social distancing protocols. With the introduction of various vaccines,...

The Urban League helped vaccinate 335 people on March 29 at an event.

Organization aims for equitable vaccination

Izzy McMahon, Contributing Writer April 22, 2021

On a bustling Monday morning outside the Winston-Salem Urban League’s office on N. Trade treet, volunteers sporting yellow vests greeted Winston Salem residents as they arrived for COVID-19 vaccines. At...

Due to concerns over blood clots, the FDA and CDC recommended that the Johnson & Johnson vaccine distribution be paused in all 50 states and in the District of Columbia.

J&J vaccine distribution halted

Julia Ochsenhirt, Assistant News Editor April 22, 2021

The Food & Drug Administration (FDA) and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) have recommended that states pause administration of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine until at least this...

Burg is using her background in computer science, as well as her experience with the humanities, to create an algorithmic understanding of music.

Research Spotlight: Dr. Jennifer Burg

Sean Jones, Contributing Writer April 15, 2021

Dr. Jennifer Burg, a computer science professor at Wake Forest, is using algorithms to predict patterns in music, illustrating important intercepts between the arts and sciences Listening to counterpoint...

“Vaccine passports” may be coming soon

“Vaccine passports” may be coming soon

Emily Toro, Contributing Writer April 15, 2021

Similar to scanning a QR code to read a menu at a COVID-19-friendly restaurant, the Biden administration is working to implement some sort of a code, accessible on devices, to document proof of vaccination....

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“Tree tags” make appearance on campus

Jackson Buttler, Contributing Writer April 8, 2021

In addition to the blooming colors of spring popping up on campus, yellow tree tags have begun appearing as well. These tags are a part of an annual Office of Sustainability campaign to raise awareness...

A plant in Baltimore, MD run by Emergent BioSolutions cross contaminated ingredients in the Johnson & Johnson vaccine and the AstraZeneca vaccine.

Plant botches 15 million vaccine doses

Emily Toro, Contributing Writer April 8, 2021

On March 31, federal officials confirmed that a manufacturing facility in Baltimore, Md. contaminated nearly 15 million doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, according to the Washington Post. Emergent...

Professor Eranda Jayawickreme is trying to understand how different conceptions of honesty contribute to character development.

Research Spotlight: Dr. Eranda Jayawickreme

Sean Jones, Contributing Writer March 25, 2021

Associate Professor of Psychology Dr. Eranda Jayawickreme asks a broad question in his research: In what ways do peoples’ personalities differ? For something that seems so central to day-to-day life,...

Though it can take a while to get placed in the city’s new shelter, the permanent housing has given hope to Winston-Salem’s underserved homeless population.

Medically fragile residents find new home

Turner Jones, Contributing Writer March 25, 2021

Until the pandemic struck, Lee McKeithan spent his days wandering the streets downtown or living in crowded congregate homeless shelters. Now, after living in a hotel room provided by the Medically Fragile...

The AstraZeneca vaccine has been linked to a death in Austria and multiple blood clot developments in Germany. Thus, some countries have paused its distribution.

AstraZeneca vaccine rollout paused in Europe

Connor McNeely, Opinion Editor March 18, 2021

This week, Europe has succumbed to yet another wave of COVID-19 cases amid multiple countries’ decisions to pause AstraZeneca vaccinations. The chaos started when Norway and Denmark suspended the use...

Dr. Susan Wente visits WFU biology class

Dr. Susan Wente visits WFU biology class

Aine Pierre, News Editor March 18, 2021

This past Saturday, March 14, Charles M. Allen Professor of Biology, Dr. Gloria Muday, was finalizing her lesson plan on Aspartate transcarbamoylase (all eight syllables of it), a catalyst that aids in...

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