Stories this week at Wake Forest
September 9, 2010
"BUT I DIDN'T KNOW" IS NO EXCUSE — From using a fake ID to practical jokes gone wrong, law professor Wilson Parker explains in his new book, “Ignorance Is No Defense, A College Student’s Guide To North Carolina Law,” how students can quickly find themselves in legal trouble. The book explains more than 100 North Carolina laws that affect college students. Using realistic examples and straightforward language, it is a unique and practical resource. The book’s authors are Wilson Parker, professor of Constitutional Law at Wake Forest University School of Law, and J. Tom Morgan, a former District Attorney in Atlanta and currently a lawyer in private practice.
TEACHING WITH TOMATOES — Wake Forest biologists will use heirloom tomatoes to teach local elementary, middle and high school students about genetics Sept. 9, 21 and 23. Gloria Muday, professor of biology, and other Wake Forest faculty and students, will use heirloom tomatoes to teach students how genetics leads to the vast array of different varieties of tomatoes, with genetics controlling fruit size, shape, color and, most importantly, taste. The outreach project is funded by the American Society of Plant Biology. They will visit Parkland High School, Paisley Middle School, Old Town Elementary School and Mt. Tabor High School. A detailed schedule is available.
HELICOPTER PARENTS NEED TO STOP HOVERING — Call them Velcro parents, helicopter parents or dive-bomb moms, when children leave home to begin college, it’s time for them to stop being overly involved in their offspring’s lives, according to Johnne Armentrout, assistant director of the Wake Forest Counseling Center. ”Young adults need to learn how to make mistakes and recover from those mistakes,” says Armentrout. “Preserving self esteem at all costs has inadvertently made kids feel anxious about disappointment, and some lack the emotional coping skills necessary for dealing with the normal ups and downs of life.” Tips for parents include: Remain calm when your child encounters a challenging situation (if you overreact so will they), stay out of the classroom and academic studies (let your child enjoy academic exploration), and avoid using cell phones and Facebook for reconnaissance missions. Armentrout can answer questions related to the social and academic challenges facing the millennial generation at competitive colleges and coping strategies for empty nest syndrome.
Cheryl V. Walker