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Media report for July 25 - Aug. 28, 2020

September 8, 2020   |  WFU News and Communications

The Wake Forest News Media Report for July 25 – Aug. 28, 2020 is now available online.

Wake Forest students return to campus and hope they can stay

August 21, 2020   |  News & Record

Student move-in went smoothly this week, said Matthew Clifford, the university’s dean of residence life and housing. About 1,400 new first-year students had checked in by Thursday. Another 2,350 upperclass students who are living in campus housing are scheduled to move in by Monday. For both new and returning students, move-in was an entirely redesigned experience…Miles Middleton, the Student Government Association president, said he feels for the freshmen. It’ll be important for returning students to follow the rules, be good role models for freshmen and make the new students feel comfortable, the senior said. Wake Forest, he said, is a small and connected place with a strong community and a good plan for dealing with COVID-19. That’ll help.

Will the penny survive coronavirus? Some hope not

July 29, 2020   |  The New York Times

Robert Whaples, an economics professor at Wake Forest, said his research, which examined data from a chain of convenience stores, showed that customers ended up breaking even over time because prices were rounded down as much as up, considering people buy multiple items and when accounting for tax. “Right now, with the coin shortage, is a good opportunity to seize the issue,” he said, arguing that pennies should be eliminated from circulation.

What to do if you’re at risk of eviction now that the CARES Act moratorium has ended

July 31, 2020   |  CNBC

If you’re facing eviction during the coronavirus pandemic, you’re definitely not alone. Still, there might be rules in place to help keep you in your home. For example, many courts have moved to remote hearings during the public health crisis. But some courts require that both parties agree to a virtual hearing, and if they don’t, the case won’t be scheduled until the hearings move back to the courtroom, said Emily Benfer, an eviction expert and a visiting professor of law at Wake Forest.

When collegiate sports are sidelined, schools and local economies take a hit

August 4, 2020   |  Marketplace

Consistently competitive sports programs are vital to collegiate economics, said Todd McFall, sports economist and professor at Wake Forest. Every time Wake Forest makes it into the NCAA basketball tournament, it is a recruitment ad campaign for the school. “That doesn’t show up in the accounting budget. It shows up in the demand to go to the school. It shows up in terms of the size of the tuition that they’re able to charge. It shows up in all sorts of revenues that are not tied directly to the athletic program.”

Media report for June 20 - July 24, 2020

July 29, 2020   |  WFU News and Communications

The Wake Forest News Media Report for June 20 – July 24, 2020 is now available online.

Strong father-daughter relationships lead to healthier, happier women

June 21, 2020   |  Forbes

According to Linda Nielsen, professor of adolescent and educational psychology at Wake Forest, daughters who had strong relationships with their fathers growing up (no matter their economic or educational background, race or religion) get better grades, go on to make more money, and are more emotionally resilient as adults than peers who did not.

'Eviction crisis': Housing advocates fear waves of homelessness as moratoriums expire

June 29, 2020   |  NBC News

At the height of the pandemic, 42 states and the District of Columbia had statewide moratoriums on evictions in place, covering millions of renters, but presently, a little more than a dozen states have some kind of eviction protections in place, law professor Emily Benfer, said. “So now, less than half the country is covered by an eviction moratorium that isn’t federal in nature. And as the unemployment insurance expires at the end of July, along with the majority of the remaining eviction moratoriums, we can expect to see a severe eviction crisis in the United States.”

How to stay honest when filing taxes in a pandemic year

July 13, 2020   |  Houston Chronicle

“While people often want to cheat in certain cases if it would benefit them, they also want to think of themselves as honest,” said Christian Miller, professor of philosophy at Wake Forest. Miller explained that even small moral reminders can deter cheating.

The psychology behind to-do lists and how they can make you feel less anxious

July 14, 2020   |  CNN

“When a goal is unfinished it might be a weight on your mind in terms of anxiety or worry and it colors how you see the world, because it’s sort of tugging at the sleeve of your conscious attention,” said Wake Forest psychology professor E.J. Masicampo. “It can be omnipresent whether you’re aware of it or not.” Masicampo and co-author Roy Baumeister, reported their findings from a study that showed people with unfinished short-term goals performed poorly on unrelated reading and comprehension tasks.

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