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November 15, 2006

ACADEMIC, ATHLETIC EXCELLENCE GO HAND-IN-HAND AT WFU – Wake Forest University’s ongoing success on the athletic playing fields has become a big story.  With an undergraduate enrollment of nearly 4,300, the university is one of the smallest schools competing in Division I athletics and has a long tradition of blending academic and athletic success.  The men’s soccer team, which finished the regular season with a record of 15-3-3, is ranked third in the nation and finished the Atlantic Coast Conference schedule as regular season co-champions.  The team is ranked third in the nation and opens NCAA tournament play at 7 p.m. Nov. 15 at home at Spry Stadium against Hofstra.  The No. 1 ranked Wake Forest field hockey team hosts the semifinals and the championship game of the NCAA field hockey championships this weekend.  The Deacons start semifinal play at 5 p.m. Nov. 17 against Duke.  The field hockey team won the ACC Tournament title, and is playing in the semifinals of the national championship for the seventh consecutive season.  The football team is ranked 14th in the nation and holds a 9-1 overall record and a 5-1 record in ACC play.  It faces off against 19th-ranked Virginia Tech at 7 p.m. Nov. 18 at home in Groves Stadium.  The women’s cross country team is one of 30 schools invited to compete in the national championship, which starts Nov. 20.  In addition to the athletic success, the university is ranked 30th in the nation by U.S. News & World Report and is listed as one of the nation’s top 50 universities by Barron’s Guide to the Most Competitive Colleges.  Want to find out what it is about Wake Forest that breeds all this success?  University administrators are available for interviews.

Contact:  Wake Forest News Service at (336) 758-5237.

STAY ACTIVE AND DON'T SKIP FAVORITE HOLIDAY FOODS You don't want to gain weight during the holidays, but that doesn't mean you have to completely bypass your favorite holiday foods.  Gary Miller, associate professor of health and exercise science at Wake Forest, said eating foods in moderation and staying active will help you enjoy holiday treats without gaining weight.  Miller suggested limiting portions of high fat, high sugar holiday foods rather than skipping them all together, and making the most of time with family and friends by inviting them to participate in activities that will burn calories such as a walk to view the neighborhood decorations or a game of touch football in the yard.  Miller also said as long as foods are prepared with minimal fat, sugar and salt, many holiday favorites can actually be healthy choices.  “Sweet potatoes, squash and pumpkin are high in antioxidants and vitamin A, and roasted white turkey meat is a lean meat choice,” Miller said.  “Broccoli and salads provide a lot of vitamins, minerals and fiber, and red wine and hot cocoa are full of antioxidants.”  Miller said that by focusing on weight maintenance, rather than weight loss, you will give yourself the gift of healthier holidays to come.  “Although we only put on a pound or two from Thanksgiving through New Year’s, Americans typically never lose that extra weight,” Miller said.

Contact:  Maggie Barrett, or (336) 758-5237.

PANEL TO DISCUSS CRIMINAL JUSTICE, CAPITAL PUNISHMENT – Approximately five panelists, including Darryl Hunt, the Winston-Salem man exonerated of murder charges after he served 19 years in prison, will participate in a panel discussion addressing criminal justice and capital punishment at 6 p.m. Nov. 15 in the Ring Theatre in Wake Forest’s Scales Fine Arts Center.  The event is free and open to the public.  Wake Forest senior Dowd Keith, a theatre major who is directing Kia Corthron’s “Life by Asphyxiation,” a play about criminal justice and capital punishment, organized the discussion.  “I believe there needs to be discourse regarding the subject matter of the play,” Keith said.  Other panelists include Earl Smith, Rubin Professor of American Ethnic Studies and professor of sociology at Wake Forest; Angela Hattery, Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation Fellow and associate professor of sociology at Wake Forest; Jennifer Cannino, chair of the Darryl Hunt Freedom Project; and Jeremy Collins, campaign coordinator for the North Carolina Coalition for a Moratorium.  Mark Rabil, Hunt’s attorney, has been invited to participate.  Performances of “Life by Asphyxiation” will be held at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 13 and 4:30 p.m. Nov. 14 in the Ring Theatre.  Admission for either performance is $2.  For information, contact Keith at (704) 996-9354.

Contact:  Maggie Barrett, or (336) 758-5237.

PBS DOCUMENTARY PREMIERES AT WAKE FOREST Author and filmmaker LeAnne Howe will visit Wake Forest Nov. 15-16 for a two-day event, featuring the local premiere of her PBS documentary “Spiral of Fire.”  A book reading and signing will be held at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 15 in the Museum of Anthropology.  Howe will read from her latest book, “Shell Shaker.”  The film screening of “Spiral of Fire” will be held Nov. 16 beginning with a reception with Howe at 6 p.m., the screening at 6:30 p.m. and a panel discussion at 8:15 p.m. in DeTamble Auditorium in Tribble Hall.  Panelists will include Howe, representatives from the Eastern Band of Cherokee, and Wake Forest students.

Contact:  Pam Barrett, or (336) 758-5237.

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