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Last Week of Classes

And you can sort of smell it in the air.  Our students know they have much to do before break, and there is a wide range of end-of-classes/pre-finals faces.  For some they look tired, for others they have a determined look about them, still others carry a nonchalant look like ‘I’ve got this!’

I’m not sure if it’s because of the weather (still cold and gray and misty today) or if people are starting to hunker down in work mode and get serious, but I saw a lot more sweats and casual clothing on our students today than one normally sees.

12 2 14 3 12 2 14 4 12 2 14The school is cognizant of the pre-finals stresses, and happily there was a cart advertising free hot chocolate on the Quad.  I took some pictures and then later as I was on my way, I overheard some students in the distance see the cart and say something akin to ‘THIS is why I chose this school – I knew it would be hard, but they also do things like this for us.”

More of that sort of help will be coming with Wake the Library, which will begin this Friday the 5th.  Students can spend time in the ZSR studying and working, but also having some opportunities for free food, relaxation stations, and some moments of fun and frivolity to lighten the mood.

Lastnight was Lighting of the Quad, and if you are not following Wake Forest University on Facebook, you should – they have some great pictures from lastnight, including some aerials.  You can also friend on Facebook Stu DentUnion and see some of their coverage, including a fun video of all the students with their lit candles.  The Lighting had reflections and songs, the lighting of the Christmas tree and menorah, as well as the trees in the Quad.  A good time was had by all.

20091206lovefeast2793Coming up on Sunday night at 8 pm is the 50th annual Lovefeast in Wait Chapel.  For many students, this is a not-to-be-missed event.  For all of our Deac families, you can join in and watch via simulcast on Sunday night.  You’ll go to the main WFU web page ( and you’ll see a link on how to join the livestream.   The Lovefeast truly is one of the most beautiful communal moments at Wake Forest.  If you want to read some coverage about what it is like, here is a link to last year’s Daily Deac about it.

Here’s a final few of shots of the campus, taken at different times (early morning and midday).  The weather has not improved one bit.

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It Doesn’t Smell Like Snow

It doesn’t smell like snow – and those of you in snow-prone areas know there is a distinct smell in the air when snow is coming – but boy it sure looks like it could snow at any minute.  Yesterday was sunny and nearly 70, today is 40 but feels like 35 with wind chill and is gray and dreary.  There’s no nice way to say it – the weather is just gross today.  Hopefully the intermittent mist will end in time for the Lighting of the Quad tonight.

artisan fairSpeaking of the holidays, if your Deacs are looking for some easy holiday gift-buying for family members, we are holding our annual Artisan’s Fair on Friday in room 401 of the Benson Center.  Your students may not have any idea that an administrator or faculty member they know is also an accomplished artist, baker, jewelry maker, or seamstress (seamster for men?) – but on Friday they can browse the various offerings.  It’s always a great spread for gifts – or even if they just want to buy themselves a treat.

A couple of other activities on campus that bear mentioning.  Tomorrow (Weds.) at 11 am the Divinity School is hosting Ferguson: A Discussion on Race, Justice, and Hope for the Future.  The Women’s Center will host The Water Cooler at 4:30, an opportunity for students, faculty, and staff to gather; this coffee and conversation hour happens weekly.  There is an Orchestra concert tomorrow night at 7:30 as well.

One final note about campus doings tomorrow.  At 4 pm, the campus is invited to join Gender Equality Allies for a photo project in solidarity with survivors of sexual assault on college campuses.  The Daily Deac covered a lot of the ‘Together Tuesdays’ pictures earlier in the semester, and these sort of group photos/awareness raising can be powerful moments.  I hope your students will join me there.  There is also an important message on our News page about sexual assault that I hope you will read.


- by Betsy Chapman 

Post-Holiday Readers’ Choice Recipes

Your Deacs are back and today they get to enjoy a wonderfully warm and sunny day.  It’s nearly 70, sunny, and gorgeous.  And tomorrow it’s supposed to be in the low 40s.  That’s way too much weather zigging and zagging for my taste.

Speaking of taste and the Thanksgiving holiday, I asked our readers last week to share some of their go-to meals.  I got a few very promising looking recipes – so if you are looking for a new salad, entree, or dessert, we have a few great examples at the end of this post.  Many thanks to those who submitted!

Tomorrow night is the Lighting of the Quad.  It will be on the Quad from 7-8 pm, and is described on the Events calendar as follows:  “Lighting of the Quad is time of holiday cheer and good tidings when the Wake Forest family can come together and celebrate the spirit and meaning of community.  At Lighting of the Quad, students, faculty and staff will enjoy treats, an a capella concert, student and guest speakers and the lighting of the university tree, menorah and individual candles held by all in attendance.”

Your students will want to go to this – it’s a nice way to share in the communal joy of the upcoming holiday season and be present with friends and classmates for good cheer.

Here’s the recipes from our Daily Deac reader-chefs.  Bon appetit!


Edamame Three-Bean Salad

2 tablespoons red wine vinegar

1 teaspoon Dijon mustard

1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt

1/2  teaspoon pepper

3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

1/2  cup frozen corn (rinsed under cold water to thaw)

1 cup shelled soy beans (edamame)

1 (15-16 ounce) can red kidney beans, drained and rinsed

1 (15-16 ounce) can garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed

2 scallions, cut in ½ inch slices

1/2 red pepper, diced

2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro, basil or a combination

In a small bowl, whisk together the red wine vinegar, mustard, salt, and pepper. Slowly whisk in the olive oil; set aside.  Combine the edamame beans, kidney beans, garbanzo beans, scallions, bell pepper, cilantro and basil. Gently toss in the dressing.  Refrigerate for a few hours before serving. 


Chopped Salad

1 can garbanzo beans (chickpeas), drained and rinsed

1 cucumber, seeded and diced, medium

2 large tomatoes, medium diced

2/3 lb fresh mozzarella, medium diced

8-10 olives, roughly chopped

Italian salad dressing to taste

*all quantities are flexible, depending on your family’s tastes. We usually have Campari tomatoes in the winter, but grape tomatoes are also easy. We try for even proportions of cheese and cucumber and tomato and garbanzo, with olives as seasoning with the salad dressing. Simply chop, mix everything, toss with dressing and enjoy. It holds up well on a buffet table, and if there are leftovers, it’s a great sandwich filling in pita bread.


Taco Soup

2 lbs ground beef

1 onion, chopped

Brown these, together in large pot, and drain. Return to pot.


Add the following, without draining:

1 can corn

1 can hominy (optional)

1 can chopped tomatoes

1 can black beans

2 cans Rotel tomatoes

2 pkgs Ranch dressing mix

2 pkgs taco seasoning

Simmer 30 minutes and serve over tortilla chips with grated cheddar cheese on top.  Can add a dollop of sour cream and/or slice of avocado, if desired.  Always better the 2nd day.


Bow Tie Pasta with Sausage, Tomatoes and Cream

2 tbsp olive oil

1 pound Italian sausage ( use all hot or half sweet, half hot)

1/2  tsp dried red pepper flakes   (can double for more spiciness)

1/2 cup diced onions

3 garlic cloves, minced

1 28 oz can Italian plum tomatoes, drained, coarsely chopped

1 1/2 cup whipping cream

1/2  tsp salt

12 oz. bow tie pasta

3 tbsp. minced fresh basil or parsley

Heat oil in heavy large skillet over medium heat.  After taking casings off  sausage, add sausage and peeper flakes to skillet. Cook sausage until no longer pink. Add onions and garlic and cook until tender. Add tomatoes, cream and salt.  Simmer until mixture thickens, about 4 minutes.

Cook pasta until tender but still firm to bite. Drain

Bring sauce to simmer. Add cooked pasta and cook until heated through and sauce thickens…about 2 minutes. Serve with parsley and Parmesan cheese.


Judy’s Chicken Pot Pie

1 cup chopped onion

1 cup chopped carrots

1 cup chopped celery

1 (10-ounce) package frozen peas

1/3 cup butter

1/2 cup all purpose flour

1/4 cup white wine

2 cups chicken broth

1 cup half-and-half or evaporated milk

1 tsp. salt

1/4 tsp. pepper

4 cups cooked chopped chicken  ( I cook a whole chicken in crockpot and then debone or you can use breast)

2 unbaked deep-dish pie shells

Sauté onion, celery and carrots in butter for 10 minutes.  Add flour, stir and cook for 1 minute.   Add chicken broth and half-and-half. Stir well. Add peas.  Add white wine.  Stir and cook over medium heat until thick and bubbly.  I also add a chicken bouillon cube sometimes when I add the broth.  Add salt, pepper and chicken. Simmer on lowest heat.

Pour chicken pie filling into one pie shell. Top with second crust. Seal edges. Prick top with fork. Bake at 400 degrees for 45 minutes.


French Apple Pie


Pillsbury Ready-made pie crust

3/4 cup sugar

1/4 cup all-purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

dash of salt

5-6 thinly sliced peeled and cored apples (Golden Delicious)



1 cup all-purpose flour

1/2 cup firm butter

1/2 cup granulated brown sugar

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Put ready-made pie crust into 9-inch pie plate. Double the pie crust on the edges so it doesn’t burn, and press down on with a fork.  Mix all ingredients together, except the apples. Then mix the apples and put in the pie plate.

Mix together topping ingredients until crumbly and place on top of pie. If you have one of those pie crust protectors, use that so crust doesn’t burn. If not, try covering the crust (only) with aluminum foil.

Bake 30-40 minutes. During last 10 minutes of baking, remove pie crust protector or foil and cover entire pie with foil.  Best served warm. Bonus: add whipped cream or vanilla ice cream. Enjoy!  SERVING SIZE- 8 to 10 people


Pumpkin Butterscotch Chip Cookies


2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour

1 ½ teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

½ teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

2 large eggs

1 cup sugar

½ cup canola oil

1 cup canned pumpkin

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 cup butterscotch chips


Preheat the oven to 325. Line baking sheet with parchment paper.  Stir the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon together in a medium bowl and set aside. In a large bowl, using mixer on medium speed, beat the eggs and sugar until smooth and lightened in color (1 min) scraping sides as needed. On low speed, mix in the oil, pumpkin, and vanilla until blended. Mix in the flour mixture to incorporate it. Mix in the butterscotch chips.

Scoop mounds of the dough onto the prepared baking sheets and space cookies at least 2.5” apart. Bake the cookies until tops feel firm and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out dry (~16 mins). Cool on baking sheets for 5 mins, then transfer to wire rack to cool completely.


 — by Betsy Chapman



It’s almost break, and judging by the cars in the parking lots, some of the students appear to have gone home already, possibly because of the predictions for iffy mid-Atlantic weather on Wednesday.  We had a cold and rainy Sunday through most of the day, and then the rain got really heavy lastnight. I thought most of the fall leaves were already down from the trees, but there are a ton on the roads and the sidewalks, blown down by lastnight’s wind.

Speaking of roads, I took a wander across campus late last week and was looking at the cars in the student parking lots.  It’s always interesting to me to see what kinds of things students choose to place on their cars as adornment.  There’s the things you might expect: Wake Forest stickers or magnets, Greek letters, favorite sports teams or beaches.  And then there are some things you might not expect.

I took pictures of some of the fun bumper stickers I saw on the cars.  They are just a small slice of what I saw, but an interesting lot nonetheless.  This is but one way for your students to express their individuality.  From the looks of it, we have a lot of creative, athletic, well traveled folks.

bumper stickers all


11 21 14 lightpoleYesterday I was up on the Quad and in the Benson Center and was witness to preparations for the holidays.  On the Quad, pine garlands were being placed on the arches and light poles.  A Christmas tree was being set up in front of Reynolda Hall.  Wreaths had been hung on the doors to the Deacon Shop and Quad-facing doors.

11 21 14 reynolda tree 11 21 14 archDitto for the Benson Center.  A large Christmas tree was being set up in the Rotunda, and very soon I suspect pine garlands will be on the railings at the stairs.  In years past, they have also put pointsettias in the Rotunda and by the stairs.  Wreaths adorned the Benson front doors as well.

11 21 14 benson tree 11 21 14 benson doorsWhile it might seem a bit early for holiday decorations to go up on campus, if you stop and think about it, students are only here for 3+ weeks before finals end and it will be Winter Break.  It’s good to have some festivity and cheerfulness up now, while they can still enjoy it.  It also might help lighten the mood as finals approach to see some decorations.

These decorations – and the lights that accompany them at night – will be on full view for the Lighting of the Quad on the evening of December 2nd.  Normally we also have a menorah on campus for Hanukkah, but the dates of Hanukkah fall after students leave for Winter Break, so I am assuming our students unfortunately won’t get to see that.

11 21 14 quad signsThe Quad had some additional decorations too.  There are white signs along half of the Quad telling the stories of student entrepreneurs.  They were placed there by the Center for Innovation, Creativity, and Entrepreneurship.  The stories are pretty cool – hope your students will stop and read some of them.

Three final notes for your Black and Gold Friday (I hope you’re wearing our school colors wherever you are!)

– My intrepid colleagues in social media have posted a beautiful video on the Wake Forest University Facebook page.  It’s a slideshow of fall on campus, accompanied by “Mr. Wake Forest,” our much-beloved Provost Emeritus and Professor Emeritus of English, Ed Wilson (’43).  This is a beautiful way to see and hear the best of WFU.

11 21 14 clouds- I snapped this picture this morning of the clouds over Wait Chapel.  The sky was full of thin stripes of clouds and it looked really magical.

– Remember to call your students :)

Take care and have a great weekend, Deac families!

Five Senses of Zick’s

Last Thursday I spent a little bit of time in Zick’s, our pizza/pub games place in Poteat on the Quad.  I sat there long enough to take notes for a Five Senses post and then got tied up in something and didn’t post it.  Better late than never, though.  Here goes.

I see…

– Two girls sitting at different booths in Zick’s.  Both with long hair.  One is on her phone texting someone but looking at her open laptop.  The other is studying with an open book and eating her pizza.

20130820zicks10354- Empty pool tables.

– A guy and a girl come in and plop their jackets and bag down on a chair.  They are getting ready to play a game of pool and are gathering the balls, pool cues, etc.

– A napkin on the floor, just kind of crushed up and sad looking.

– Several flat screen TVs hung on the walls.  The two by the pool tables are both tuned to ESPN.  The third one by the booths looks like some kind of game show.

– A “This Week at Zick’s” sign near the entrance to where you order pizza.  It lists activities for each evening – acoustic singers, etc.  Sunday night was a viewing of The Walking Dead at 9 pm for fans of that TV show (though I can’t imagine why you’d want to mix eating pizza with watching flesh-eating zombies).

– A new patron of Zick’s sits down at the tall bar seats by the window.  She is sporting a seriously chic pair of boots.  Not the tall ones a lot of the girls are wearing, these are upper ankle.  My shoe envy starts twitching.

– Subtle PDA from the guy and the girl who have started playing pool.  I hadn’t caught on that they were a couple until I saw them holding hands just now.

– Another new patron – a guy with a big backpack comes in to order.

20130820zicks10353- A stack of board games beneath a coffee table by the comfy chairs in Zick’s.  The boxes look like they have all been opened and used multiple times.

– Out the window, I see a very tall guy and a girl with long blonde hair laughing and talking as they pass by the window closest to me.  They come in to eat.

– Someone skateboarding across the Quad.

– A guy on the Quad folding his arms across his chest as he walks – the way you do when your coat isn’t warm enough and you’re trying to conserve as much body heat as possible.  I also see a lot of folks outdoors with their hands in their pockets because of the cold.


I hear…

– Indie/alternative music piped through the sound system.  It’s music from Fall Out Boy, Death Cab for Cutie, Kings of Leon and the like.

– Crinkling of a plastic bag a student opens.

– Chatter from the food service staff.

– The sounds of the pool balls being racked, then the clinking of pool cues as they are taken from their holder.

– Sniffing.  It’s cold outside and people’s noses are running.

– Jingling keys that are hanging off a girl’s backpack, held in place by a carabiner.  As she walks through Zick’s, there’s a metallic jingle.

– The refrigerator opening and closing in the food prep area as they make more food.

– The crack of the cue ball as the girl-guy combo breaks and starts playing.

20130820zicks10358- A male voice ordering pizza.  The servers are trying to convince the girl with him that she needs to eat something too.  Turns out she does not like pizza.  As an aside, it’s great to hear some banter between the staff at Zick’s and the students.  A female staffer is acting very warm and friendly to the students and chatting with them the way an older woman/friend of the family might.  It makes me feel like she cares for her students, and I like to hear it.

– Jackets being unzipped.


I smell…

– Cold air.  I expected as soon as I got into Zick’s it would smell strongly of pizza, but mostly it just smells like cold air.  That intensifies every time the doors open and a new person enters or leaves.

– Pizza – finally the smell reaches me when someone walked close enough to my table for me to get a whiff.


I touch…

– The smooth surface of the table where I am sitting.  It’s pretty tactile, this table.  While it has a really smooth varnish on it, there are pits and indentations in the wood, and if you run your finger along it you can feel the variations in the table surface.


I wasn’t there for a meal, so nothing in the I taste column, but I can say the pizza smelled great.

That’s your Five Senses of Zick’s!  Note, the pictures throughout are not ones I took that day – they are shots from our photo archive.


– by Betsy Chapman

Rainy, Wet, and Cold

This is not the trifecta that we were hoping for as we start the week.  It is cold, dreary, and rainy.  You can see it on the Quad Cam.

Tomorrow is going to be worse – highs only in the mid-30s, and lows in the upper teens.

My prediction is that there is going to be very little foot traffic today.  Students will stay hunkered down in their dorms, or the library, or wherever they are finding warm and comfortable places to be.

Since I also am not keen to venture out into the rain to survey the campus, today I’ll bring to you information from Volunteer Service Corps about upcoming service opportunities, as well as the Lighting of the Quad.  If your Deacs get a kick out of volunteering and making someone else’s day/week a little brighter, there are many good options for engagement.


Lighting of the Quad

On December 2nd is Lighting of the Quad and this year we will be conducting a service project with the Emergency Chaplin’s Fund. This fund was created to support the Wake Forest faculty and staff when they are in tough financial times. We will be asking students to bring ‘stocking stuffers’ for the children of the staff or faculty that benefit from the fund to Lighting of the Quad. We are looking for small toys, hats, scarves, or gloves. We will also be accepting monetary donations for the Fund.

Last chance to apply for the International Service Trips going to Rwanda and the Dominican Republic! Applications are due today, the 17th!

Service Opportunities!

1. Jefferson Elementary School
Help students who need assistance with reading and math for 30 minutes a day one day a week; Contact-  Stacey Hiestand (Study Buddy coordinator for Jefferson Elementary)

2. Riverwood Therapeutic Riding Center
located in Tobaccoville, NC (about 20 minutes from WFU) and offer therapeutic horseback riding and equine-assisted activities to children and adults with special needs; Contact- Aliza McIlwain

3. Diggs Latham Elementary School
looking for several volunteers to assist with touring students grade K-5; Contact Principal Donna Cannon,

4. Campus Garden Hours
Mondays and Thursdays (4:30-6:30pm), Sundays (4:00-6:00pm); 1141 Polo Rd.  Activities include, harvesting crops, preparing beds, planting, composting, etc. Enjoy a nice afternoon at the garden while learning about sustainable agriculture.

5. Food Bank Garden located at The Children’s Home
Monday and Wednesdays, 5:30PM-7 PM; Saturdays from 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM, 1001 Reynolda Road.  They grow food for Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest NC (No RSVP needed).

6. Volunteering at WFUBMC
Shifts are 4 hours/week at Baptist Medical Center and must make a 50 hour commitment per semester. Volunteering at the hospital in various departments.

7. School of Medicine in PHS
help with filing, computer, phone calls and etc; Contact Betha Watson:

Other happenings!

1. The Hunger Banquet, H&H Week
Tuesday, 11/18 6:00 pm in the Little Mag Room. Exploring the prevalence of food insecurity in North Carolina through food and reflection

2. Documentary: Grown in Detroit, H&H Week
Wednesday, 11/19 6:30-8:00 pm in ZSR Auditorium. Followed by a panel discussion led by Second Harvest Food Bank

3. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay- Part 1- Premiere, H&H Week
Thursday, 11/20 at The Grand Theatre. Win free tickets to watch the 3rd installment of the Hunger Games series premiere before anyone else at hte Grand. Exclusive to WFU students. Following Stu DentUnion on Facebook to find out more!

4. Homelessness and Emotional & Physical Wellness, H&H Week
Friday, 11/21 from 4-5:30 pm, Campus Kitchen Lounge. Discussing the effects of homelessness on mental and physical wellness with Active Minds, Samaritan Ministries and Deacon Dhamaal

5. Project: How sexual violence has impacted Wake Forest students and faculty.  Contact Liz Stalfort

6. Peace Corps Information Session
Wednesday, 11/19 at 4:30 pm, Farrell Hall A48. Come here from the local recruiter on their hiring needs and opportunities where you can possibly serve.

7. Help students partaking in the Volunteer Service Corps’ trip to Kolkata, India this winter break raise funds!
$12 each/ shirt.  The quote around the elephant design reads: “Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies. – Mother Teresa” Contact Olivia Whitener (  if you would like to buy one!

8. Speak Out for Mental Health, Active Minds
Stories will be read by members of Can I Poet on Nov. 24th at 7 p.m. in Ring Theater, during which the campus community can listen to and find solidarity in the anonymous stories of pain and healing of members of our campus community who have dealt or are dealing with mental illness directly or indirectly. If you have submissions or questions, please contact Ade Ilesanmi


Need a ride home? Try Break Shuttle!
BreakShuttle serves Wake Forest University with a comprehensive transportation network to and from the campus for major academic breaks. All tickets are for one-way travel. Round trip travel requires purchasing two different tickets. Serving: Richmond (VA) and Silver Spring (MD) Thanksgiving Break – November 25-30, 2014



Lovefeast – and a Big Congrats

20121202lovefeast8853Deac families – we are a few weeks away from one of Wake Forest’s most cherished holiday traditions, the Lovefeast, but we have an opportunity to help you be a part of it.  For those who are not familiar with the Lovefeast, you can see a blog post from last year’s Lovefeast on the Daily Deac.  While the dates are a year old, hopefully the description of the evening will give you a sense of what this event is.

The opportunities are below.  You can purchase a Lovefeast kit (while supplies last) and/or take part virtually by watching the livestream of the event via the WFU website.   Details are below.


As Wake Forest celebrates its 50th Annual Lovefeast on December 7, we are providing a unique opportunity for you to bring the cherished Wake Forest tradition into your home for the holidays.

How can you participate?

  • Purchase a Lovefeast Kit* to be delivered to your home so that you can share this special Wake Forest community tradition with your family and friends. Quantities are limited, so act quickly!

  • Watch The 50th Annual Lovefeast, livestreamed on December 7, 2014 at 8 p.m. from Wait Chapel.  Go to the main WFU website on December 7th and you will see information about how to watch the livestream.

*The Lovefeast Kit for ten includes:

  • Moravian bun mix from Old Salem

  • ​Lovefeast Blend roasted coffee

  • Ten handmade, Moravian beeswax candles with red paper frill

  • The 50th Annual Lovefeast program

  • Guide for creating your own Lovefeast experience

  • Keepsake Moravian star ornament

Lovefeast Kits are available for purchase for $38 each. Price includes shipping and sales tax. Orders received by November 19, 2014 will be delivered in time for you to celebrate the Lovefeast with the Wake Forest community from your own home. Orders will be accepted until December 15, 2014.

About the Wake Forest Lovefeast tradition: The world’s religious and philosophical perspectives, among their magnificent diversity, also all articulate a variety of shared values.  These are noble virtues such as mercy, compassion, and love, as well as more tangible virtues such as service, community, and philanthropy.  These deeply held, widely shared Wake Forest beliefs provide the platform for our Annual Christmas Lovefeast.  We continue to frame this uniquely Christian event around these shared values so that the spirit of hospitality becomes a medium for creating bridges across the chasms of our religious differences.  Though a Christian service of worship, all are welcome to participate.


field hockey acc champs 2 field hockey acc champsAnd here is our big congrats to the Field Hockey Team for winning the ACC Championship this weekend!  They are headed to the NCAA Tournament this Saturday at 2 pm in College Park, MD, taking on Albany (NY).  If you live near College Park, put on your best Black and Gold and go support our Lady Deacs in the NCAA Tournament.  Coach Jen Averill and her staff have a remarkable record of success, including 3 national championships in the early 2000s.  Let’s cheer them on to another!

What To Do This Weekend

It’s the end of a long week, and there are many things your students can do on campus (as well as nearby) to make it a great weekend.  Here’s a sampling:

– Hillel, our Jewish student organization, is hosting a Shabbat dinner

– Go see Clybourne Park, our University Theatre production about race and real estate.  If your students go tonight (11/7), there will be a discussion with the playwright, Bruce Norris, our director and faculty member Sharon Andrews, and the cast after this evening’s production!

– Student Union’s film is X-Men: Days of the Future Past

– We have our first men’s exhibition basketball game vs. Young Harris.  Women’s Volleyball is playing GA Tech tonight and Pittsburgh Saturday night.

– Z Smith Reynolds Library is hosting a Home Movie Day

– There is a Concert and Lecture with Amy Beach on Saturday night, sponsored by the Music department

– Student Union is hosting a concert as well – Tyler Hilton

That’s just some of the on-campus, official things.  The weather this weekend looks sunny, if a bit chilly.  I’d urge your students to get outside and do something active – take a walk to Reynolda Gardens or just around campus.  The leaves are at their reddest and won’t last forever.  They could head up to Pilot Mountain or Hanging Rock State Park, two great places for a day hike.

They could head downtown using one of the campus shuttles and enjoy the coffeeshops, art galleries, restaurants, a/perture movie theatre and more downtown.  (My favorite place to get a great cup of coffee and a pastry is Camino Bakery.)

Our students are so nocturnal and many (most?) will sleep as long and as late as they can on Saturday morning.  They have no idea how quickly these four years goes.  I hope they make the most of their time here and explore our beautiful campus and city.

PS –  Give them a call.  You know the drill :)


- by Betsy Chapman


Rain, Sun, and the Berlin Wall

When I woke up this morning, I was convinced it would be a miserable, wash out day for the Wake Forest-Clemson football game, which is tonight at 7:30.  It was rainy and misty all morning, up through lunchtime.  When I emerged from a noon meeting at 1:00, the sun was out, the Quad was beautiful, and all signs point to a good evening.

Following the morning rain, campus looked terrific.  I know many of our parents and families frequent the Quad Cam.  For those of you who want to see more campus than the single shot that the Quad Cam gives you, I highly recommend Focus on the Forest, a photoblog that is a selection of some of the best shots taken by our University Photographer, Ken Bennett.

I happened across this item on the Events calendar and it looks really interesting.  Walls Fall Down – Berlin Wall Art Contest and Food Drive.  “Help us celebrate this anniversary of the end of oppression in East Germany by decorating a section of our “Berlin Wall” in response to the question, “What walls hold you back?” A panel of judges will choose three winners at 5pm on Friday, Nov. 7. Prizes will be Starbucks gift cards!  Then the real fun begins: we will be destroying the wall with hammers and bats right after the contest ends, at 5pm. Stop by and donate 1 non-perishable food item for Campus Kitchen and you get 1 whack at the wall. You will also be able to take a piece of the wall home with you as a reminder that together we are strong enough to bring down the walls that hold us back.”

When I was here at Wake Forest, I remember watching a [very tiny by today’s standards] tv in my dorm room of news coverage of the Berlin Wall coming down.  My roommate and I were sort of boggling at the fact that this iconic image of the Cold War was being dismantled before our eyes.  Your students were not even born then, but I bet you remember.