Stories this week at WFU

AHOY! ALL MEDIA ON DECK FOR PROJECT “PIRATE” PUMPKIN – Wake Forest University will host its 15th Project Pumpkin today from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. by inviting nearly 2,000 children from 37 different community agencies to campus for safe Halloween fun. This year’s theme is “Pirates.” Costumed student volunteers will escort children through residence halls for “trick-or-treating,” and student organizations and academic departments will sponsor games, events, haunted houses and other entertainment on University Plaza (Quad). More than 1,500 Wake Forest students will help with Project Pumpkin. The media is invited, but the event is not open to the general public. Student volunteers and agency representatives will be available for interviews. To arrange coverage, contact Pam Barrett at or 336-758-5237.

AFTER THE BOOM AND BUST…WHAT NOW? RENOWNED INVESTMENT GURU TELLS ALL AT WAKE FOREST – John C. Bogle, founder of The Vanguard Group and president of the Bogle Financial Markets Research Center, will lecture at Wake Forest today at 4:30 p.m. His lecture titled, “After the Boom and Bust, What Lies Ahead for Financial Markets,” is part of the Calloway School of Business and Accountancy’s annual Joseph A. Jones Finance Lecture Series. Bogle will discuss how a passive management approach and its lower fees and expenses can provide investors with much higher return. To arrange coverage of the event, contact Pam Barrett at or 336-758-5237.

EVENING DEDICATED TO HISPANIC WORSHIP PLANNED AT WFU – Wake Forest will host a full evening of Hispanic art, food, music and worship with its first “Fiesta: A Celebration of Hispanic Hymnody and Worship Arts” Nov. 3. The celebration starts at 5:30 p.m. with the Wake Forest Museum of Anthropology’s exhibit “Dias de los Muertos” (“Days of the Dead”). At 7 p.m., the Wake Forest Divinity School will present “FIESTA: Worship Celebration” in Wait Chapel. The celebration combines prayers said in both Spanish and English and traditional music performed by groups from local churches that feature Hispanic musicians from across the state. After the service, a mariachi band from Greensboro will lead a procession from the chapel to the university’s Charlotte and Philip Hanes Art Gallery for a viewing of the exhibit “Inside/Outside: Contemporary Cuban Art.” Members of the local Hispanic community have participated in planning for the worship service and will perform and lead prayers during the service. To arrange coverage, contact Jacob McConnico at or 336-758-5237.

WFU TO HOST NATIVE AMERICAN INDIAN SYMPOSIUM – Wake Forest will host the daylong event “Native American Indian Sovereignty: An Interdisciplinary and Cross-Cultural Symposium” on Nov. 6. The symposium is the post-convention event for the 2003 National Indian Education Association convention, scheduled for Nov. 1 to Nov. 5 in Greensboro. The free, public event is part of the university’s ongoing celebration of the 2003-2004 theme “Fostering Dialogue” and starts at 8:30 a.m. in Wake Forest’s Benson University Center. Members of several American Indian tribal nations from across the country, as well as a representative of native Hawaii and the indigenous peoples of Mexico, will explore topics like “Native American Indian Sovereignty in North Carolina: Past, Present, Future” and “Federal Recognition for State Recognized Tribes.” A full schedule of events is available online at To arrange coverage, contact Jacob McConnico at or 336-758-5237.

WFU STUDENTS CAN NOW MAJOR IN EAST ASIAN STUDIES – It is much more than memorizing the Japanese alphabet. Wake Forest’s new major in East Asian Languages and Cultures includes options for study in East Asian film, philosophy and literature, and is the only major that requires a study abroad. Chair David Phillips says the move to make the program a department was in response to students wanting to continue study of East Asian Languages, but not being able to due to requirements in other areas. “Because we had no major, students that wanted to continue beyond their minor requirements couldn’t,” Phillips said. “We wanted to improve our outreach to campus and the students were supportive of the change.” The department is co-sponsoring a film festival at Reynolda House, Museum of American Art this fall and Phillips is talking with faculty on ways to incorporate expertise in East Asian topics from other campus departments into their curriculum. For more information, contact Sarah Mansell at or 336-758-5237.

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