WFU in the news: Jan. 1-14, 2024

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


Triad visits by Martin Luther King Jr. were few. But when he came, he brought ‘thunder’
By Nancy McLaughlin | Greensboro News & Record
On October 11, 1962, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. spoke at Wake Forest University. More than ten months before delivering his famous “I Have a Dream” speech, He stepped to the podium in Wait Chapel and spoke to a crowd of 2,200. – 1/15/2024

New gallery exhibit highlights six decades of art ‘Of the Times’
By Kim McGrath | Wake Forest News
Thirty-seven student-acquired artworks spanning six decades will be displayed in Hanes Gallery this spring. The exhibit, “Of the Times,” opens Jan. 19 and runs through March 31. A linoleum cut by Picasso and a painting by Elaine de Kooning will be on display. Other artists represented include Alex Katz, Louise Nevelson, Keith Haring and Jasper Johns. Wake Forest’s student art-buying trip is unique in higher education. Every four years since 1963, students have chosen artwork for the University. – 1/10/2024


‘Maximum urgency and de facto risk’
E&E News
Stan Meiburg, who served 39 years at EPA, including as acting deputy administrator during the Obama administration, anticipates such a catastrophe could happen again, warranting the agency’s attention. “It’s almost inevitable in an election year that something unexpected will occur, whether some form of an accidental release or extreme weather event that requires EPA emergency response resources,” said Meiburg, now executive director of Wake Forest’s Sabin Center for Environment and Sustainability. – 1/12/2024

Why are bagels sold at the grocery store only partially sliced?
By Janet Nguyen | Marketplace
Marketing professor Roger Beahm said there are multiple advantages to this practice. It’s convenient for consumers, it ensures that the bagels stay fresh and it keeps the bagel intact. “Partially slicing still allows the bagel to retain more of its freshness than if it were sliced completely through. With less of the bagel’s interior surface exposed, the inside freshness can remain longer, especially once the package has been opened.” – 1/12/2024

Legal case could be costly for PEAK Academy
By Asheville Watchdog | Mountain Xpress
Law professor Shannon Gilreath teaches constitutional law. The Students for Fair Admissions case decision was based on Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 in the Harvard case and the equal protection clause of the 14th Amendment in the UNC case, he said. – 1/09/2024

We must stop ignoring violence against women in Italy
By Christine Rosen | New York Post
When the stabbed and battered body of 22-year-old Italian college student Giulia Cecchettin was found in a ditch near Venice in November 2023, police arrested her former boyfriend, Filippo Turetta, for her murder. Jordan-Zachery, a gender studies professor at Wake Forest University, complained about the coverage given to the murder in the U.S. of Gabby Petito (who was white) compared to that given to black women and blamed “society’s systematic marginalization and devaluation of black women.” – 1/06/2024

Alternative ways of living: How to regain your free time as a workaholic
By Leah Bohatch | ViaNolaVie
During an additional recent study, Professors Baumeister and Masicampo of Wake Forest University stated that “simply writing the tasks down will make you more effective.” – 1/11/2024


Another governor poll finds Robinson as leader; Folwell gains endorsement
By Richard Craver | The Statesville Record & Landmark
“Certainly, a number of Republican activists and officials are looking strongly at alternatives to Mark Robinson as a gubernatorial candidate,” said politics professor John Dinan. “Dale Folwell has the most extensive governing experience of any candidate in the Republican field, as well as a record of governance that could be expected to appeal to a wide group of Republicans and also unaffiliated voters in a general election campaign.” – 1/10/2024


Here’s a big calendar of things to do around the Triad
Winston-Salem Journal
Secrest Artists Series Hosts Royal Philharmonic Orchestra: 7:30 p.m., Wake Forest University, Wait Chapel. Will include works by Claude Debussy, Sergei Prokofiev and Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov. Vasily Petrenko conducts. Features internationally renowned British pianist, soloist and chamber musician Isata Kanneh-Mason. $5-$24. Free to WFU students, faculty, staff and retirees. – 1/12/2024

Winston-Salem man convicted in 1994 double homicide released on parole
By John Hinton | Winston-Salem Journal
In November 2021, S. Mark Rabil, director of the Innocence and Justice Clinic at Wake Forest’s law school, and Rabil’s colleague, Emily Thornton, filed a motion asking a judge to order new forensic testing of ballistics evidence in the case. – 1/12/2024

Forsyth Tech kicks off series of community events honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
By Amy Diaz | WFDD-FM (Winston-Salem, NC)
The events continue with a Keynote Symposium about Black entrepreneurs, featuring the owners of Sweet Potatoes Restaurant in downtown Winston-Salem. The following week is the annual Read-In event in collaboration with Winston-Salem State and Wake Forest University. – 1/08/2024

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