Lastnight was the panel discussion entitled ‘The Flag: Navigating Southern Identity, Race and Symbolism.’ This was a thought-provoking conversation – sometimes painful, often eye-opening – but colleges are a place for difficult conversations and probing tough issues. I hope your students attended. If you wished you could have been here, you can watch the program online.
Tonight is our first home football game at 7 pm against Elon (you can find out ways to follow online via wakeforestsports.com). Despite the heat of the last couple of days, the first football game always seems to herald the start of fall. For those P’19s out there, your Deacs are being encouraged to go to the First-Year Tailgate, described as follows:
Join your first-year class at the first football home game when Wake Forest plays Elon. Prior to the game you will join us at Wake Forest Baseball Park – adjacent to the football field – for free food, music, and getting into the Wake Forest spirit to cheer the Demon Deacons on to victory. Enjoy games, music, and videos. Win prizes, and meet President Hatch and head coaches. You will storm the field as a class and be a part of class pictures and videos. Transportation to the baseball park will be provided. Details about time and place to meet will be available from RAs prior to Game Day. Attendance highly encouraged – GO DEACS!
So that’s tonight.
Tomorrow is Friday, and hopefully our upperclassmen families know that we urge our families to dress in black and gold every Friday to show your WFU spirit. And this Friday you have an even bigger reason than normal to support Black and Gold Friday where you are: it is College Colors Day, where schools across the country encourage their students, alumni, and parents to wear their school colors.
If you are new to the rivalries within the state of North Carolina and the ACC, we do not want those other schools to be better represented than Wake Forest! Pride is on the line here, people! So I would urge you to redouble your efforts to sport black and/or gold tomorrow. If you’re a social media type, take a picture of you in your WFU finery and use the hashtags #WFU and/or #GoDeacs and pair it with #CollegeColors and help us be seen nationwide and worldwide! You can also email your pics to firstname.lastname@example.org and if we get some great shots we’ll post them!