Stories this week at WFU

FRIDAY THE 13TH, SMASHED MIRRORS AND ALL—Associate Professor of Physics Eric Carlson thinks superstition is poppycock and he sets out to prove it this Friday. Carlson is president of the Carolina Skeptics Club and has organized a Friday the 13th Bash for five years at Wake Forest. The event encourages people to show freedom from superstition by spilling salt, stepping on cracks and walking under ladders. And at 1:13:13 p.m. (13:13:13 military time) on Friday, Sept. 13, Carlson will smash a mirror. “As a scientist, I’m interested in what makes sense,” says Carlson. “Irrational beliefs can be harmful.” Carlson, whose research is in particle theory and particle astrophysics, has written articles on the subject of skepticism. Tomorrow’s event will take place from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. on the food court level of Benson University Center. To arrange coverage, contact Sarah Mansell at manselss@nullwfu.edu or 336-758-5237.

DRUM WORKSHOP WITH LAKOTA LEADER —Harry Charger, a member of the Sans Arc Band of the Lakota, will hold a drum workshop for the public on Sept. 13 at 2 p.m. The workshop will follow a lecture, “The Spirituality and Cultural Significance of Lakota Music and Song” in the Ring Theatre. Charger will also lead a roundtable discussion on “Alternative Healing Traditions: Native American Indian and Western Perspectives,” at 4:30 p.m. today in Tribble Hall’s DeTamble Auditorium. Charger began a week of lectures and activities at Wake Forest Sept. 9. On the Cheyenne River Reservation, he applies his knowledge of traditional healing arts to the treatment of alcoholism, diabetes and cancer. To arrange coverage of either event, contact Cheryl Walker at walkercv@nullwfu.edu or336-758-5237.

CALLOWAY STUDENTS HAVE ADVANTAGE IN CPA JOB MARKET—Many colleges and universities require CPA students to participate in internship programs on their own time, during the summer when CPA firms are not busy. The Calloway School of Business and Accountancy at Wake Forest incorporates a 10-week internship into its winter semester, when CPA firms are overloaded with work. “Our students get a real taste of the profession, rather than just making copies to kill time,” says Lee Knight, professor of business and accountancy at Calloway and director of the accounting
Program. Dale Martin, the Associate Dean of Academic Programs at the Calloway School, attributes the school’s success on the CPA exam, in part, to the experience provided by the internship. Wake Forest students have been first or second in the nation for every May examination since 1997—holding first place three times. The school’s 2001 passage rate of 75 percent more than quadrupled the national average. The top three scorers in North Carolina were all Calloway School students. For more information, contact Sarah Mansell at manselss@nullwfu.edu or 336-758-5327.

MORE THAN 600 STUDENTS PLEDGE TO SERVE IN HONOR OF SEPT. 11 VICTIMS— More than 600 Wake Forest students, including many athletes,
have taken the “Celebrating the American Spirit Service Pledge” as a way to honor victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. The project, sponsored by the university’s Office of Volunteer Services and many student organizations, encourages students to commit to serve the local community in some way during the 2002-2003 academic year. Hundreds of students signed up yesterday during a volunteer drive on University Plaza (the Quad). The Volunteer Service Corps will help connect those who want to volunteer with service opportunities in the local community. To arrange an interview with students about why they have taken the pledge, contact Cheryl Walker at walkercv@nullwfu.edu or 758-5273.

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