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Wake Forest University aims to raise $1 billion by 2020

November 1, 2016   |  The Winston-Salem Journal

Wake Forest University announced Thursday night that it has set a new fundraising goal of $1 billion by 2020 after surpassing its initial goal of $600 million two years ahead of schedule.

So far, Wake has raised more than $625 million for students, faculty and Reynolda campus enhancements through Wake Will: The Campaign for Wake Forest. More than 50,000 donors contributed to help the university exceed its initial goal by 2018.

Nathan O. Hatch, Wake’s president, spoke of how grateful he was to those donors and others expected to support the university in the future. “We have witnessed what kind of personal transformation is possible when great faculty are deeply committed to our young people,” Hatch said. “Generous philanthropic support of Wake Will has turned innovative ideas into Wake Forest distinctives. Our holistic approach to wellbeing, our premier programs in personal and career development and the addition of Farrell Hall, McCreary Field House and the Sutton Center are just some examples.”

The Greensboro News & Record and Triad Business Journal also covered this story.

Hillary Clinton basks in First Lady’s soaring popularity on the campaign trail

November 1, 2016   |  The New York Times

The two women, once adversaries, embraced like best friends, calling each other “inspiring” and “amazing” and “my girl.”

Their pairing on Thursday made for a tableau impossible to imagine eight years ago when Mr. Obama was engaged in a battle with Mrs. Clinton for the Democratic nomination. But on Thursday in the center of a large arena, the first black first lady stood beside the former first lady who is seeking to break yet another historic barrier by becoming the first woman to be president, making common cause against Mr. Trump.

“It doesn’t get any better than being here with our most amazing first lady,” Mrs. Clinton told a packed hall here at Wake Forest University. Comparing Mrs. Obama to the author and poet Maya Angelou, Mrs. Clinton called the first lady “another woman whose voice we need now more than ever.”

All of the major U.S. TV networks and news outlets from around the world covered this event, including ABC News, CBS News, FOX News, NBC News,  MSNBC, CNN, NPR, The Washington Post, Associated Press, Politico, U.S. News & World Report, BBC News, Voice of America  and BuzzFeed News.

Andrea Mitchell Reports

November 1, 2016   |  MSNBC

Andrea Mitchell, the veteran chief foreign affairs correspondent for NBC News, is also the host of “Andrea Mitchell Reports” an hour of political news and interviews with top news-makers that airs each day at 12 p.m. ET on MSNBC.

Mitchell reported live from the campus of Wake Forest University Oct. 27 before the 2 p.m. rally held by Hillary Clinton and Michelle Obama. She was joined by Wake Forest grad and current trustee Al Hunt (’65, P’11), who oversees Bloomberg’s coverage of U.S. elections and other political news. They discussed an Annenberg Public Policy focus group’s relatability trouble with the two political candidates.

“One person they all thought was off the charts was Michelle Obama,” Hunt said. “That’s what makes, here at Wake Forest today, with Hillary Clinton and Michelle Obama so interesting.”

Six ways you can avoid losing friends because of social media – between now and Election Day

November 1, 2016   |  Public Radio International

A new Pew Research Center study finds that 37 percent of social media users are “worn out by the amount of political content they encounter.” At the same time, nearly 59 percent describe their online encounters with those of differing political views as “stressful and frustrating.”

“Politics in this country, for people who are paying attention, has always involved passion and heat. But the fact that Facebook and Twitter and social media generally mean that these postings are ubiquitous doesn’t necessarily mean that the political tenor itself is new,” said Shannon Gilreath, a professor of law. He added, “I think the real change brought on by social media is that people who have little information and, frankly, less wit are able to bombard us with their political opinions with the click of a mouse.”

Media Report for Oct. 21-28

November 1, 2016   |  WFU News & Communications

The Wake Forest News Media Report for Oct. 21-28 is now available online.

Wake Forest News (Oct. 2016 publication)

November 1, 2016   |  WFU News & Communications

The Wake Forest Headline News for June – Sept. 2016 is now available online.

Trump puts Sen. Richard Burr in difficult position with N.C. voters

October 24, 2016   |  NPR's All Things Considered

Donald Trump’s controversies have made life difficult for other Republicans running for lower office this year. That includes Sen. Richard Burr, who is in a tight re-election race in North Carolina.

Politics professor John Dinan participated in this interview and said: “Richard Burr’s facing some of the same quandaries that a lot of Republican officeholders are facing. Presidential voting will still drive much of the voting turnout, will bring people to the polls. And to the extent that he disavows Trump, that kind of perhaps runs the risk of reducing Republican turnout, which in turn has a chance of hurting Richard Burr’s chances of it at the polls.”

John Dinan on North Carolina in Election 2016

October 24, 2016   |  C-SPAN

Politics professor John Dinan discussed North Carolina’s role as a battleground state in this live interview. Topics included voter enthusiasm in the state for 2016 presidential nominees Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, and challenges facing Governor Pat McCrory (R) and Senator Richard Burr (R) as they seek re-election.

Dinan also participated in a live Fox News “Happening Now” segment to discuss the state’s battleground status. A clip is not available.

Here’s a new college ranking, based entirely on other college rankings

October 24, 2016   |  The Washington Post

Wake Forest was referenced in this story about college rankings.

Higher education leaders often call college rankings misleading. The rankers, they say, insert questionable data on schools into a subjective formula and produce numbered listings of “top colleges” that have only a veneer of validity and objectivity. And yet people read, and often heed, the rankings anyway, giving them a surprising measure of influence and authority. In theory, the rankings deal with questions that people want answered. So why not take several rankings that seek to capture all of those qualities and combine them into one?

Who won the final presidential debate? A national champion debate professor has grades

October 24, 2016   |  The Charlotte Observer

In the final presidential debate of 2016, viewers got to see some actual debating. But by the end, the last of the debates sadly gave us more of what the first two did.

So says communications professor Allan Louden, a national champion debate coach who began grading debates and speeches for the Observer back in 2008. His grades for this debate: Clinton B, Trump C-

“The defining moment of the debate – as deemed by today’s headlines – was when Trump declined to say, should he lose, he’d accept the election results. ‘I will keep you in suspense,’ the Republican nominee teased, in a stay-tuned, the spotlight is mine way… The media exhaled, knowing the drama would continue. Everyone’s purpose was served, assuming voters stay in their spectator role to the politicized Jerry Springer show.”

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