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2012 Highlights: Student Storytellers

Kory Riemensperger ('13) is the Wake Radio webmaster and DJs during his Wednesday evening show.

Student Storyteller: Wake Radio

Kory Riemensperger (’13) found a community when he joined Wake Radio as a first-year student. Now one of the largest and fastest-growing student organizations on campus, Wake Radio has given him experience he values as much as his academic achievements.

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Student Storyteller: The Japanese tea ceremony and insight into modern life

It was a small group that gathered on Saturday afternoon to experience a Japanese tea ceremony. What could this tranquil tradition teach us about modern day life as we sat around the tatami mats?

Janat Bouarour, Yasmin Bendaas and Arjona Chergui in Chemora, Algeria. (Photo courtesy of Yasmin Bendaas)

Student Storyteller: Vanishing Ink

Inspired by the tattoos on her Algerian grandmother’s face, Yasmin Bendaas (’13) wanted to know more about how this custom began, and why it is disappearing. With the help of the Richter Scholarship and a Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting fellowship, Bendaas spent the summer in Algeria researching.

Peter Chawaga cheers at the season-opening football game.

Student Storyteller: Old alma mater’s sons are we

Senior Peter Chawaga will never forget certain things about his first football game as a Demon Deacon. The enthusiasm surrounding games prompted his nostalgia for University traditions, but the home opener against Liberty was really just a backdrop for the pride that wells up inside all Wake Foresters collectively.

Wake Forest students visit the Democratic National Convention offices in Charlotte.

Student Storyteller: Unconventional class

Marshall Shaffer, a first-year student from Houston, Texas, shares his thoughts on the behind-the-scenes look he and other students in Hana Brown’s “Political Sociology” class got at preparations for the upcoming Democratic National Convention.

Jonathan Cox (left), assistant director of multicultural affairs, talks with Kevin Smith ('12).

Student Storyteller: Forum for black male students

Kevin Smith, a senior from Wilson, N.C., shares his experience with M4, a group that brings together male African-American students to talk about contemporary issues.

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Student Storyteller: Relating physics to the real world

Physics major Claire McLellan (’12) understands her course of study can seem impractical and hard to connect to the outside world. On April 20, Nobel Laureate William Phillips will underscore the importance of connecting the classroom to the community in event that is free and open to the public.

Kasha Patel and Roald Hoffmann

Student Storyteller: Art and chemistry

As I listened to Roald Hoffmann’s introduction, I was mesmerized by his ability to excel in chemistry, poetry and philosophy. In Hoffmann’s hour-long address as part of the Oakley R. Vail Lecture Series, I learned how these different fields, and really any fields, can intertwine.

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Student Storyteller: Service in Vietnam

Kristen Bryant, a senior sociology major from Augusta, Ga., joined ten other students helping to build homes in Vietnam during a two-week international service trip.

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Student Storyteller: Service trip guides career path

For most of senior Meredith-Leigh Pleasants’ young adult life, she was sure that she would follow the straight and narrow career path. But her journey took a right turn in the summer of 2011 after she spent three weeks in Zinkwazi, South Africa.