Stories this week at Wake Forest


Tonight, the origins of life will be the subject of “Creation vs. Evolution: A Public Debate.” The debate will feature Charles Liebert, founder of the Piedmont Association for Creation Education and Research (PACER), and Massimo Pigliucci, a scientist and professor with the University of Tennessee. The free and public event will begin at 7 p.m. in Benson University Center, Room 401. Bill J. Leonard, dean of the Wake Forest School of Divinity, will moderate the event. The debate is part of Wake Forest’s yearlong celebration, “Science and Technology: The Next Millennium.” The event is also sponsored by the Triad Area Skeptics Club (TASC). For more information, call 336-758-4994 or visit


Roasted turkey on the table and pigskins on the TV may abound this Thanksgiving, but there’s a history lesson behind the true origins of this uniquely American holiday. Thanksgiving as we know it today is the merging of three long-ago traditions: a celebration of the harvest; religious observance involving prayer and feasting; and the commemoration of the pilgrims’ landing, known as Forefathers’ Day. J. Edwin Hendricks, a history professor at Wake Forest, can trace how the pilgrims’ first Thanksgiving feast developed into a national holiday.


Having an established exercise and diet program can help ward off weight gain during the holidays. “Having healthy habits and routines in life can help us from backsliding,” said Gary Miller, a Wake Forest assistant professor of health and exercise science who specializes in nutrition. By maintaining your routine, you’re more likely to maintain your weight, he said. And if you indulge in a piece of pie or an extra piece of turkey, don’t just give up and put your routine aside. Miller also suggests eating moderate-sized portions. For other tips from Miller, call the News Service to arrange an interview.


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