After a day that was full of rain yesterday, we have graduated to merely grey and a small chance of rain. If you look out the windows and see trees losing their leaves and grey skies, you might expect it to feel a little colder than it actually does. I’ve added some of our great Ken Bennett’s pictures at the end. He’s captured some real stunners of fall in the Forest.
There a few items leftover from the weekend and earlier this week that bear mentioning here.
Our football team lost a heartbreaker on Friday night against Louisville. But you could argue we had a sort of moral victory – when one of our Deacs was injured and had to be taken off the field, his teammates surrounded him and supported him, prompting ESPN to post this heartwarming video “Wake Forest reminds us what sports are all about.” Never prouder to be a Deac.
Our field hockey team – a perennial powerhouse since the early 2000s – finished the regular season strong, ranked 5th in the nation. They head to the ACC Tournament on Thursday as the #2 seed.
Men’s soccer continues its domination of the pitch, winning its first regular-season ACC championship. They get a bye for the first round of the ACC Tournament and are set to play their first game on Sunday, 11/8 at 1 pm in Spry Stadium. Be there in big numbers, students! This is such an exciting time.
Moving from the athletic front to the artistic…while I did not attend this in person, I have heard several glowing reviews about the University Theatre’s production of The Importance of Being Earnest. “Run, don’t walk to see it” was what my friends and colleagues told me. There will be additional opportunities for your Deacs to see it this coming weekend.
And what promises to be a terrific event tonight at 7 pm is Irish poet Ciaran Carson. “Wake Forest University Press will host Ciaran Carson for a lively reading on Nov. 4. The reading will begin at 7 p.m. in the Ring Theatre of Scales Fine Arts Center, and Carson will be available for a meet & greet and book signing following the reading. Refreshments will be served.
Carson is a highly acclaimed Irish poet, prose writer, translator, scholar of the Irish oral tradition, and traditional musician. His black humor, satire, and playful and serious interests in wordplay make him, as Ben Howard described in a retrospective of Carson’s career in Shenandoah, ‘one of the most gifted poets now writing in England and Ireland.'”
Our Secrest Artists Series will be back on November 12th with a dance concert featuring Kegwin + Company. “Founded in 2003 by Artistic Director Larry Keigwin—choreographer of the current Broadway show If/Then— Keigwin + Company presents Keigwin’s electrifying brand of contemporary dance, with a theatrical sensibility of wit, style, and heart. Our performance will feature their signature work Mattress Suite.” Please see the full description of the program for important details about the content of the program.
Big time speaker news on the horizon – our fall Voices of Our Time speaker: “Ta-Nehisi Coates, a national correspondent for The Atlantic and author of The New York Times bestseller, ‘Between the World and Me,’ will speak Nov. 17 at Wake Forest. Part of the University’s Voices of Our Time speaker series, the talk will begin at 7 p.m. in Wait Chapel. The event is free and open to the public, but tickets are required. Tickets can be reserved online at go.wfu.edu/VOT or by calling 336-758-5237….Known for writing about culture, politics, and social issues, Coates is a finalist for the National Book Award.” More information here.
I think you get the idea – there is a lot going on right now. And for many of our students, they are focused on work and worrying about grades and papers and projects, it would be easy for them to skip some of these great bonus activities in favor of work. But these kinds of activities could be once in a lifetime chances to see great speakers, or winning our conference, or to indulge in the arts in inspiring and provocative ways.
So urge your Deacs to consider picking one of these events (or the many others on the Events Calendar) and treat it as ‘me time.’ Stop the gerbil wheel of work and take time to have some deep breaths and to do something fun. Sometimes the best thing we can do for our health and wellbeing is to do something just for ourselves that brings joy and peace and fun. I saw this manifesto on a web site called Greatist – and while this manifesto leans toward the realm of physical health, you can swap out any of the physical fitness references for emotional wellbeing (or any other dimension of wellbeing for that matter).
Food for thought anyway.