Today is Black and Gold Friday. Don’t know what that is? It’s a day when we encourage the campus to wear black and gold to show our school spirit. But we don’t just want that to be something the students do – we want it to be something Deac parents and families do too! So if you aren’t in the habit of wearing black and gold on Fridays, think about making that a new habit. It will remind you of your student, and you’ll look good as well.
Speaking of school spirit, we have reason to be proud this morning. Our women’s basketball team is playing in the ACC Tournament, and last night they had a great win over Virginia Tech; read about it here. A win in the ACC Tournament means they get to play again tonight, and we hope that all local WF families and fans will come to the tournament to support our Deacs (I am looking at you, Triad families – and I’m even casting my eye towards those of you in Charlotte and Raleigh!)
The tournament is held in the Greensboro Coliseum and the Lady Deacs’ matchup is against #2 seed Miami (#7 nationally) at 6pm. Tickets are $15 for tonight’s session which is “Mascot Night,” a fun promotion with all the ACC mascots throughout the evening session. You can purchase tickets by calling the Wake Forest Ticket Office at 336-758-3322. We hope the Wake Forest family will come out to support the Triad’s ACC Team!
And as always on Friday, we want to remind you that it is a great day to pick up your phone and call your kids. Studies show that if parents call and talk to their college students on Friday afternoon or evening, those students are less likely to engage in high-risk behavior such as excessive alcohol use. The studies show the parent doesn’t have to explicitly talk to his student about alcohol – it’s the simple fact of talking to the student, with its implicit reminder of family connections, responsibilities, and parental expectations for behavior – that affects the student and serves to reduce risky behavior. Of course, many parents will speak more directly, urging their students to be sensible and safe, especially in regards to alcohol.
So call your students this afternoon. Talk about whatever you like. Be overt about drinking and expectations if it suits your personal style and family dynamics, or be very general and subtle and simply remind your student how proud you are of him or her, and tell them to be safe in whatever they do.
And of course, tell your students you love them. They can never hear that enough! Have a great weekend and we hope to see lots of Deac families at the ACC Tourney tonight.