WFU in the news: Feb. 5-11, 2024

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


First votes of 2024 NC election set to be cast
By Paul Johnson | Yahoo News
Politics professor John Dinan said turnout for North Carolina’s primaries, which begins Thursday with the start of early voting, may be stunted across the board because of the uncompetitive presidential contests. “A key question is whether the lack of a competitive presidential primary will cause voter turnout to be significantly lower than in recent presidential primaries in North Carolina,”said Dinan. “In each of the last four primaries held in presidential years, voter turnout has exceeded 30% of North Carolina registered voters. But when presidential primaries haven’t been competitive, and in mid-term election years without presidential candidates on the ballot, voter turnout in primaries has fallen below 20%.” – 2/09/2024


Mentir (mucho) puede afectar a tu autoestima – (Lying (a lot) can affect your self-esteem)
By Rodrigo Santodomingo | El País
A pathological liar, according to philosopher Christian Miller, director of the Honesty Project at Wake Forest University, can experience severe anxiety symptoms due to the fear of being caught and the damage to their reputation. Another source of concern for the dishonest person lies in the intricate domains of guilt. “A moral condemnation of one’s own behavior is to be expected,” said Miller. – 2/09/2024

Racial differences mark parents’ BLM talks
Mirage News
A study by researchers at the University of Washington and Northwestern University found 84% of Black parents and 76% of white parents spoke to their 8- to 11-year-old children about the Black Lives Matter, or BLM, movement within a year of the 2020 murder of George Floyd. Katharine Scott, assistant professor of psychology at Wake Forest University, is a co-author on this study. – 2/06/2024


Bloomberg donating $56M for Charlotte, Durham schools’ health programs
Business North Carolina
Bloomberg Philanthropies is donating $26 million to the Atrium Health Foundation to support Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools as it develops curriculum to prepare students for health care jobs. Hawthorne Academy is expected to move to a new Second Ward high school in uptown Charlotte, within walking distance of Atrium Health’s Carolinas College of Health Sciences and the Charlotte-campus of Wake Forest University School of Medicine. – 2/08/2024

WFU student Kyan Patel builds business by painting portraits of N.C.’s biggest athletes
WCMC-FM (Raleigh, NC)
“It’s very simple, I’ll draw it out first, kind of get a rough sketch of what it looks like,” Kyan Patel said from a Wake Forest University art studio. “I’ll start from the head and go down and work on every little detail.”The detail he’s working on right now is getting the color burnt orange correct on a portrait of new Texas receiver Isaiah Bond who transferred from Alabama. Bond is one of many college and pro athletes who have been the subject of a Patel portrait. – 2/05/2024


Exhibit, performance commemorate voices from the Holocaust
By Neal Charnoff | WFDD-FM (Winston-Salem, NC)
An exhibition at the Lam Museum of Anthropology on the campus of Wake Forest University combines literature, music and performance to form connections with those who witnessed or lost their lives in the Holocaust. The exhibit is called “Words, Music, Memory: Re(presenting) Voices of the Holocaust.” It highlights writers bearing witness, including Elie Wiesel, Anne Frank and Nelly Sachs. – 2/07/2024

WFU undergraduate business school improves Poets & Quants ranking
By Richard Craver | Winston-Salem Journal
The undergraduate business school at Wake Forest University improved 10 spots — from 43rd to 33rd — in the 2024 Poets & Quants ranking of the sector. The ranking are determined in part by ratings from alumni evaluating their undergraduate experience in their ability to land employment in their chosen industries and desired companies. – 2/05/2024

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