Stories this week at Wake Forest University

UNIVERSITY PLAZA BECOMES EASTER BUNNY PLAYGROUND— Students in Kappa Alpha Theta sorority and Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity will rise early on March 24 to hide dozens of Easter eggs on University Plaza (the Quad) for children of Wake Forest faculty and staff. The annual egg hunt includes games, prizes, a student-led performance of the Bunny Hop, and a special appearance by a collegiate Easter Bunny. The fun begins at 2 p.m. The event is not open to the public. To arrange coverage, contact Sarah Smith at or 336-758-5237.

THE SWEET TASTE OF WAKE FOREST HONEY— In the next few weeks some of Wake Forest Philosophy Professor Marcus Hester’s favorite pets will make a beeline to campus—literally. Hester is the keeper of two beehives at his home on the perimeter of campus that produced nearly 50 two-pound bottles of honey last year. Each spring the bees stream out of their hive, clear the trees surrounding Hester’s house and make a bee line for Wake Forest maple trees, poplar trees and flowers. “Bees know how to pick an area where this is no other competition,” says Hester, a certified beekeeper with the Forsyth Beekeepers, one of the most active beekeeping groups in North Carolina. “Because my bees have strong yellow and black stripes, I know they are mine when I see them on campus.” As a professor who often teaches about classical philosophers, Hester says his bees illustrate Aristotle’s thought that everything in nature happens for an end. To arrange an interview with Hester, contact Sarah Smith at or 336-758-5237.

EXPERTS TO ADDRESS SEPT. 11 EFFECTS ON FREEDOM— In times of war, the government’s system of checks and balances can get complicated, says Katy Harriger, associate professor of political science. “Sometimes Congress is too willing to go along with the president, and they don’t always question what he says,” she says. Harriger will be one of a panel of experts to discuss how Sept. 11 has affected civil liberties in the United States on March 26 at 8 p.m. Margaret Taylor, an expert on immigration law, will speak about the impact of immigration enforcement since Sept. 11. Law professor Michael Kent Curtis will speak about civil liberties and First Amendment rights in times of national crisis. The event will take place in Benson University Center’s Pugh Auditorium. To arrange an interview with Harriger, Taylor or Curtis, contact Vanessa Willis at or 336-758-5237.

PEACE CORPS TO RECOGNIZE WAKE FOREST’S SERVICE— Representatives from the Peace Corps will present Wake Forest President Thomas K. Hearn Jr. with a citation on March 27 in recognition of Wake Forest alumni who have served in the Peace Corps and to honor new Wake Forest recruits. Wake Forest ranks ninth among small colleges and universities in the number of alumni currently serving in the Peace Corps. The ceremony will begin at 5 p.m. in Reynolda Hall’s Main Lounge. To arrange coverage, contact Cheryl Walker at or 336-758-5237.

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