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April 13, 2010

DON’T LEAVE A FOOTPRINT. Earth Day Fair challenges students and community to commit to making one change for environment. Earth Day Fair visitors can pledge to take actions such as:

• Walking, biking or carpooling to work

• Powering down and unplugging electronics

• Buying local

• Planting an organic garden

• Investing in re-usable products

The community’s commitments will be used to create an evolving, experiential work of art designed by Wake Forest students. The exhibit will be on display after the fair throughout the year as a reminder of how citizens are taking action to protect the planet and sustain humankind.

Planet Party: 2010 Piedmont Earth Day Fair will be held Saturday, April 17 from
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
, and will showcase over 100 earth-friendly exhibitors. The goal for the Fair is “Zero Waste.” All-natural food and drinks will be available and served on environmentally-friendly service ware. Teaching tents will provide hands-on demonstrations on a variety of topics. Wake Forest University is a co-sponsor and host of the event, which will be held on Davis Field, located next to the Scales Fine Arts Center.

Planting for the Summer; CROP will yield food for the hungry. With the recession still looming Wake Forest Students are busy planting Swiss chard, spinach, beans and lettuces to continue the tradition of feeding the hungry. The Campus-Raised Organic Produce (CROP) project will provide healthy, organic food to the community through its Campus Kitchen service project. On Wednesdays from 4 to 6 p.m. and Fridays from 3 to 5 p.m. community members weed and tend the garden. Over 40 students participate throughout the year.

STUDENT ENTREPRENEURS PASSIONATE ABOUT QUALITY COFFEE USE SEED MONEY TO BUY COFFEE ROASTERS. Since his childhood in Kenya, JT Peifer has been passionate about coffee. He owned his own espresso machine by 7th grade and ran a small on-campus coffee stand as a high school student. On February 14, 2010, Peifer and his business partner Kari Heuer launched the Feisty Goat Coffee Roasters using personal financial resources and a seed grant from the Wake Forest Center for Entrepreneurship and Liberal Arts. Peifer, whose first attempts to roast coffee beans involved putting 2 ounces of coffee at a time in a hot air popcorn popper, processes the coffee orders—roasting the beans ½ lb at a time within 3 days of a customer’s order. Heuer, Feisty Goat’s financial, operations and sales manager, oversees the business processes. The pair’s strengths complement one another perfectly. Peifer explains, “I am so obsessed with coffee that I would give it away for free if I could,” to which Heuer quickly interjects, “that’s why I have to keep him realistic and grounded!”

SUPREME COURT CHANGES: WHAT HAPPENS WHEN JOHN PAUL STEVENS RETIRES? “The greatest impact on the country is likely to be the attention that goes to the confirmation process and the way that might distract the Senate from other more pressing issues like jobs and the economy,” says Katy Harriger, professor of political science and an expert on the U.S. Supreme Court. “Supreme Court nominations tend to mobilize interest groups on both the right and left who consider judicial appointments as having very high stakes for their constituents,” she says. “They bring pressure to bear on members of Congress who then must posture during the hearings in order to reassure those interests that they are sufficiently loyal. This will happen despite the fact that any one nominated by Obama is very unlikely to be any more liberal than Stevens and so the ideological divide on the court is unlikely to change.” She says the bottom line is Obama’s nominee is very likely to be confirmed, but the confirmation process is very likely to be highly partisan and combative.

 ‘MYTHBUSTERS’ MAN TO VISIT WAKE FOREST— Tory Belleci from the TV show “Mythbusters” will talk on campus at 7:30 p.m. April 13 in Benson University Center, Room 401. Before he began busting myths on the Discovery Channel show, Belleci worked on special effects for movies such as “The Phantom Menace” and the “Matrix” trilogy. The event is free and open to the public.

Press Contacts:

Cheryl Walker
(336) 758-5237


Ellen Sterner Sedeno
(214) 546-8893


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