Brian’s Song

Last night I was sent this gorgeous photostory by Lauren Berryman (’21) entitled Hidden Gems of the Great Outdoors from the Office of Sustainability. It is about how to find peace in nature during this pandemic, and is filled with stunning images and reflections on how experiencing nature is a grounding force. It’s so well done, and is well worth your time.

Also need to make a correction to yesterday’s Daily Deac. I had mentioned yesterday the new random testing dashboard. The proper term is really asymptomatic testing dashboard, as it represents a mix of truly random and oversampled subsets of the student population. Once again, the great news here is that of students who are not experiencing any symptoms, our positive rate is really low.

You may have seen the sad news that NFL legend Gale Sayers of the Chicago Bears has passed away (my folks were from Chicago, so the Bears were an institution in my house growing up). And within the Wake Forest family, the Bears hold a special place, because our remarkable alumnus Brian Piccolo played for the Bears until his life was tragically cut short by cancer.

Brian Piccolo’s story – as those of a certain age will know – was told in the great film Brian’s Song. The movie was about the friendship between Brian Piccolo and Gale Sayers, and it is thought of as required viewing for Wake Foresters. Here’s one of the memorable scenes. Is that dust in your eye too? Or just in mine? 🙂

Brian Piccolo’s legacy lives on at Wake Forest through the work of students who are passionate about helping in the fight against cancer. They do so via a number of volunteer and philanthropic events; read more here.

One final football note: know that there was a lot of excitement around the Wake-Notre Dame game, which was supposed to be played this weekend. That game has been postponed. Will share details on any potential rescheduling once available.

— by Betsy Chapman, Ph.D. (’92, MA ’94)

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