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December 5, 2007

WINSTON-SALEM LANDMARKS FEATURED IN LARGE-SCALE

PAINTINGS — Three 10-foot by 12-foot paintings, “Little Red Caboose,” “The Coffee Pot” and “Shell Service Station,” will be installed on campus within the next few days.  They will remain in place through the spring semester.   Painted by Wake Forest senior Trevor Manders, the paintings are bold and colorful.  Manders hopes the large images of local landmarks will encourage greater interest in the Winston-Salem community.   “Each student who gets to know Winston-Salem better because of the installation is a student who is now more truly living in Winston-Salem rather than just going to school here,” Manders said.  He is enrolled in a public art class at Wake Forest.  Contact the News Service for details on when the paintings will be put in place.

Contact: Cheryl Walker, walkercv@wfu.edu or 336-758-5237

INTERFAITH ARCH INSTALLED BESIDE WAIT CHAPEL — Catherine Wilson,   a  student in a public art class at Wake Forest, has created “The Interfaith Arch,” a 10-foot tall metal arch that has been placed over the sidewalk on the west side of Wait Chapel. The arch contains cutouts of religious symbols that are projected onto the sidewalk as the sun moves across the sky. The project is co-sponsored by the chaplain’s office.  The artist and Tim Auman, Wake Forest’s chaplain, would be glad to comment on the metal sculpture.

Contact: Cheryl Walker, walkercv@wfu.edu or 336-758-5237

FACULTY, STAFF SERVE BREAKFAST TO STUDENTS — Wake Forest professors and staff will serve a hot, late-night breakfast to study-weary students from 9:15 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Dec. 10 in the Reynolda Hall Cafeteria (the Pit).  The twice- annual breakfast has become a tradition for students and faculty during exams. Faculty and staff volunteers at the late-night event will serve up breakfast staples like pancakes, biscuits, grits, scrambled eggs and bacon. Student musical groups, including the Wake Forest Jazz Band, will perform at the breakfast.

Contact: Cheryl Walker, walkercv@wfu.edu or 336-758-5237

SPEAKING OF POLITICS – When conducting research for their book “Speaking of Politics,” two Wake Forest professors found what appears to be a trend with this generation of college students:  substituting service for political action.   Professor of Political Science Katy Harriger and Professor Emeritus of Communication Jill McMillan found that, in general, students don't feel empowered to make a difference on the political stage,  but think that they can make a difference in another individual's life through service projects.  “They feel that they can't change federal policy to help end world hunger, but they can help feed the family down the street,” Harriger said.  “Speaking of Politics” was a four-year study on the role deliberative dialogue has on preparing college students for democratic citizenship.  Harriger and McMillan found that participation in the study helped students realize their own power to influence issues and the democratic process, but that they continue to be active in community service as well.

Contact:  Audrey Fannin, fannin@wfu.edu or (336) 758-5237.

GOVERNORS SPEAK – The 2008 presidential campaign began with seven sitting or former governors vying for the presidency.  Of those, three remain in the running: Republican former governors Mitt Romney (Mass.) and Mike Huckabee (Ark.) and current Democratic governor Bill Richardson (N.M.).  Jack D. Fleer, professor emeritus of political science, says that overall, governors rate fairly well when they win the presidency.  In historical rankings of presidential performance, four of the ‘consensus’ top ten presidents include four former governors:  Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson and Franklin Delano Roosevelt.  Since 1789, governors have held the presidency nearly half the time; governors have won seven of the last eight presidential elections.   Fleer is watching the 2008 elections closely to see how Romney, Huckabee and Richardson fare in their race to the White House.  His new book, “Governors Speak,” takes a close look at the evolving role of governors and examines both those who succeed and those who do less well in that office.

Contact:  Audrey Fannin, fannin@wfu.edu or (336) 758-5237.

BACKPACKS BECOME ART, PROMOTE DEMOCRACY – To get people talking about hot-button political and social issues, Wake Forest art student Jessica Vogel decorated ten backpacks to represent such issues as stem cell research and the war in Iraq. Wake Forest students wore the backpacks on campus Nov. 28 - 30 as part of a public art project titled “Student Backpacks: A Public Art Piece on Democracy.” The 10 students wore the backpacks to classes, to meals, basically everywhere they went. Vogel wanted to get students talking about such current topics as capital punishment, immigration and health care. Each backpack was decorated to spark conversation about a different issue.  For example, one suggests the shape of a pregnant woman to focus on the pro-life issue, while another features bottles, cans and newspapers to get people talking about environmental issues. “The main purpose is not whether it depicts a ‘left’ or ‘right’ position, but the issue itself,” Vogel said. “If you’re passionate about the issue, you should be able to talk about it. A lot of times, people view students as apathetic and not caring about issues. I wanted this to show that students do care about issues and are passionate about issues.” She chose the backpack because it is “an iconic symbol for students and a fun thing to work with.” Vogel’s project is for a class taught by David Finn, associate professor of art. “It’s a good idea for public art to connect to the community, so it is not just the artist’s personal statement out there,” said Finn.“You can engage people in art beyond the gallery walls.” The backpacks will remain on display on campus through Dec. 16.

Contact: Cheryl Walker, walkercv@wfu.edu or 336-758-5237


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