Wake in the News

After Sessions: How Trump move may shift dynamics of Mueller probe

November 8, 2018   |  The Christian Science Monitor

The day after the midterm elections, President Trump forced then U.S. Attorney General, Jeff Sessions, to resign and appointed Matthew Whitaker to serve as acting Attorney General. “I doubt he will recuse himself,” says Kami Chavis, director of the Criminal Justice Program at Wake Forest School of Law. “But it would also be unusual for a person [in an acting capacity] to make a big, seismic change,” she says. “Typically, when you have someone in an acting or interim role, the idea is that they will act in a professional manner and keep things going.”

Colleges teach students how to think. Should they also teach them how to thrive

November 4, 2018   |  The Chronicle of Higher Education

Wake Forest continues to be a leader among colleges and universities focused on wellbeing, and the University’s efforts to help students thrive were featured in this Chronicle of Higher Education story. The story notes Wake Forest has created an Office of Wellbeing Office of Wellbeing to serve everyone on campus, developed a wellbeing-focused freshman course and offered individual wellness coaching sessions. Wake Forest has also begun a research initiative, led by director Nicole W. Brocato, to create an assessment that measures student wellbeing and program outcomes. Wellbeing is a complex and multifaceted concept, so Wake Forest is implementing a suite of interconnected efforts to help students. “Maybe,” Brocato said, “no one single program is helping someone to suddenly have meaning in life.”

Media Report for Oct. 27 - Nov. 2, 2018

November 6, 2018   |  WFU News & Communications

The Wake Forest News Media Report for Oct. 27 – Nov. 2, 2018 is now available online.

State and local citizen initiatives put democracy on the ballot

November 2, 2018   |  US News and World Report

Voters in at least two dozen states and localities across the nation will find initiatives aimed at government or election reform on their ballots this year. The ballot box is a form of “direct democracy,” a way for voters to get around state legislatures, says John Dinan, a Wake Forest University political science professor who studies nationwide trends in ballot initiatives. Lawmakers may be wary of legalizing marijuana or raising the minimum wage, he notes, but “when you put them up for a vote, voters almost always say yes, we’re in favor of that, even when it’s been blocked in the state legislature.”

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