WFU in the news: Nov. 13-19, 2023

Selected news clips courtesy of the Wake Forest News & Communications team

WFU students mix stuffing for Thanksgiving dinners for Turkeypalooza.


The 17th annual Turkeypalooza returns to Winston-Salem
By Carolyn Conte | WXII-TV (Winston Salem, NC)
For many families in the Triad, a Thanksgiving feast is not guaranteed. Wake Forest University is making sure that’s not the case: The 17th annual Turkeypalooza is this week. It’s the Campus Kitchen’s largest yearly event. Students cook Thanksgiving meals from scratch, complete with turkey, stuffing, green beans, cranberry sauce and sweet potato casserole. – 11/16/2023


What dangers could bring the fragmentation of the Russian Federation into a multitude of states
Who would benefit from the fragmentation of the Russian Federation into a multitude of smaller, independent states? An analysis of Russian regions by politics professor Adam Lenton of Wake Forest University found widely varying levels of support for autonomy in Russian regions. The data shows that in many of the regions that have exiled independence leaders and are considered potential separatist regions, the public does not support this goal. – 11/18/2023

Headhunters are turning away from cutthroat leaders and looking for CEOs with better soft skills
By Geoff Colvin | Fortune
Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Waterloo (Canada), and Wake Forest University, who studied “intellectual humility,” found that the more people can recognize the limitations of their own beliefs and knowledge, the more likely they are to make good decisions. – 11/16/2023

Disturbing graves is latest violation attributed to East African oil pipeline
By Justin Catanoso | Mongabay
Journalism professor Justin Catanoso writes about a new report by GreenFaith, a climate justice organization that alleges that the East Africa Crude Oil Pipleline will disturb at least 2,000 graves along its route from Lake Albert in Uganda to the Tanzanian port of Tanga. French oil giant TotalEnergies says its identification and handling of graves and other significant sites is in line with international standards, but people living along the route told GreenFaith that pipeline project officials ignored their pleas and concerns. – 11/14/2023

Clean energy jobs, and unionization, are moving into the South
By Austyn Gaffney | Sierra Magazine
“The South has a good workforce, and it has a lot of support for various economic growth initiatives. And it’s likely cheaper for them to set up shop in places in the Southeast that are not unionized,” said economics professor Mark Curtis, who studies the move from “dirty” to “clean” jobs. – 11/16/2023

Epicureanism and its modern relevance feat
By Greg LaBlanc | Unsiloed: Apple Podcasts
In this episode, we unravel the misunderstood philosophy of Epicureanism. Don’t be fooled by common misconceptions – Epicureanism isn’t just about hedonism. It’s about a balanced pursuit of tranquility, ataraxia, and the good life. Philosophy professor Emily Austin the author of “Living for Pleasure: An Epicurean Guide to Life.” – 11/16/2023

Sisters share funny confessions to late mom, revealing every mistake they’ve made since she died
By Tod Perry | Upworthy
“Speaking out loud to a loved one who has passed — whether at a grave site or out loud at home — is helpful for many people processing grief,” said counseling professor Alison Forti. “Many people will experience a sense of disbelief after they lose a loved one. By encouraging people to speak out loud to their loved one it helps them resolve that disbelief.” – 11/16/2023

North Carolina lawmaker proposes bill to help college students with children graduate
By Joe Killian | The 74
“I am a big believer in campus child care programs because I’ve seen how they break down barriers to upskilling and attaining postsecondary education for parents with young children,” said U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona. Last month, Wake Forest University also announced it will start a child care and early education center in its University Corporate Center, which the university hopes to open for the next fall semester. – 11/16/2023

NYC debate exec: ‘We look past wins and losses to focus on life outcomes’
By Amisha Mehta | Newsweek
Students who thrive in debate and want to take their debate game to the most competitive level can join the NYCUDL Wake Forest Dream Team to be mentored by some of the nation’s best collegiate debaters and compete nationally with the goal of debating in college with a scholarship. – 11/16/2023


What is the cost of false imprisonment in North Carolina?
By Bob Buckley | WJZY-TV (Charlotte, NC)
When Mark Rabil became a lawyer, he didn’t think he’d spend most of his career dealing with cases that were already decided. Then he was introduced to Darryl Hunt’s case. Rabil helped get Hunt exonerated. A few years later, he started the Innocence and Justice Clinic at Wake Forest to work on cases similar to Hunt’s. The Clinic is made up of second-and-third-year law students who comb through hundreds of cases to find those that are truly wrongful convictions. – 11/18/2023


Wake Forest ranks third in percentage of students studying abroad
Winston-Salem Journal
Wake Forest University ranks third among doctoral U.S. colleges and universities in the percentage of students studying abroad, according to the Open Doors 2023 report published by the Institute of International Education (IIE). Based on IIE’s methodology, 72% of Wake Forest undergraduates received credit for study abroad in the 2021-2022 academic year and summer 2022. – 11/19/2023

Naughty or nice? Triad shoppers expected to spend more, give less this season.
By Richard Craver | Winston-Salem Journal
Local consumers may be shopping “more cautiously” this year, said retail expert Roger Beahm. “Inflation has reduced what shoppers can get for the dollars they are spending. This prompts them to be more cautious in various ways: what they buy, where they buy, when they buy and even how they pay.” Beahm said most holiday shopping surveys show that while overall spending may increase, consumers are trimming how many people get gifts. That trend has major implications for retailers. “This can be good news for shoppers as it would likely translate into even more aggressive discounting after the holidays.” – 11/19/2023

Turkeypalooza helps local organizations combat hunger
Winston-Salem Journal
This week, Wake Forest University students and staff are cooking Thanksgiving meals from scratch for an annual holiday tradition that gives back to the community. Turkeypalooza is taking place through Nov. 18. This student-led event prepares more than 500 Thanksgiving meals for residents in Forsyth County facing food insecurity. The Thanksgiving meals will consist of turkey, roasted vegetable stuffing, green beans, cranberry sauce and sweet potato casserole. – 11/14/2023

Spectrum News and WGHP also covered Turkeypalooza.


As Maya Angelou Artist-in-Residence, Debbie Allen moves and inspires
By Kim McGrath | Wake Forest News
On Sunday, Nov. 12, President Susan Wente presented the Inaugural Maya Angelou Artist-in-Residence Award to Hollywood Walk of Fame Star Debbie Allen in Wait Chapel. The award was given ahead of a moderated conversation with Allen led by Wake Forest dance professor Nina Lucas and alumna Monet Beatty (‘20, MA ‘21). When accepting the award, an emotional Allen said, “This is very special for me. My legacy is tied to her now, which means I have to work hard.” – 11/16/2023

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