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By Sarah Mansell
336.758.5237
March 25, 2004

WAKE FOREST VERSUS ST. JOE’S ON THE MAG QUAD
Hundreds of Demon Deacon fans are expected to gather on the Magnolia Courtyard tonight to watch the Wake Forest men’s basketball team take on St. Joseph’s in the semifinal of the East Rutherford Regional in the NCAA Basketball Tournament. The Wake Forest Student Union is sponsoring the outdoors big-screen showing of the game. Set up begins around 4 p.m. About 130 students are headed to New Jersey to cheer on the Deacons in person. Game time is approximately 10 p.m.
Contact: Sarah Mansell, manselss@wfu.edu, 336-758-5237.

STUDENT RESEARCH ON DISPLAY MARCH 26
Wake Forest graduate students will present their research projects, ranging from the influence of personal religious beliefs in teaching science to improvements in colorectal screenings, March 26 in Benson University Center, Room 401. Many of the more than 80 projects have immediate real-world applications, such as Hilary Beard’s research on the link between the parent-child relationship and timing of puberty. Media are invited to peruse the presentations. The event begins at 2:30 p.m.
Contact: Sarah Mansell, manselss@wfu.edu, or 336-758-5237.

PAINTING DESKS FOR LOCAL STUDENTS
Wake Forest students and faculty will custom paint desks for approximately 10 Old Town Elementary School students April 1 at 5 p.m. on the Quad. The students are part of the Wake Forest student-initiated project DESK (Discovering Education through Student Knowledge), which will provide desks, chairs, school supplies and tutoring help to at-risk students. Each child chosen for the program will be placed with a campus group for the day. The group will paint a desk for their child based on his or her interests, and prizes will be awarded for the most creative designs. The Wake Forest students will set up the desks as part of a new study area in the homes of the elementary school students.
Contact: Cheryl Walker, walkercv@wfu.edu, or 336-758-5237.

KIRBY HALL DEDICATION APRIL 1
Two past chairmen and the current chairman of PepsiCo will join Calloway School students, faculty and staff as they dedicate Kirby Hall April 1 at 4:30 p.m. The PepsiCo chairmen gave money to support the Calloway School expansion, and the bridge to the building’s main entrance is named The Four Chairmen’s Bridge in their honor. The late Wayne Calloway, an alumnus for whom the Calloway School is named, was also a past chairman of PepsiCo and former chair of the Wake Forest Board of Trustees. The $14-million expansion to Calloway Hall has given the Calloway School, ranked 21st by U.S. News & World Report, its own classrooms, meeting areas and offices for the first time. Media are invited to the dedication ceremony in the main atrium of Kirby Hall.
Contact: Sarah Mansell, manselss@wfu.edu, or 336-758-5237.

COACHTALK: WHY THEY ALL SAY THE SAME THING
Think you’ve heard that post-game spin from coach before? You probably have, says a Wake Forest professor who has researched coaches’ post-game comments for nearly two decades. He says there is a pattern in what winning and losing coaches say after each game that reveals an underlying respect for each other and the world of athletics. John Llewellyn, an expert on rhetoric, analyzed the professional vocabulary of NCAA Division I men’s college basketball coaches for “Coachtalk,” a chapter in “Case Studies in Sport Communication,” published in 2003. There must be something to it the National Basketball Hall of Fame asked him to submit the research for their archives. Llewellyn, associate professor of communication, is experienced with print and broadcast media and is available for interviews about his research and for analysis of coaches’ comments during the NCAA tournament.
Contact: Sarah Mansell, manselss@wfu.edu, or 336-758-5237.

VICTORIOUS TRADITION: ROLLING THE QUAD
If the Wake Forest men’s basketball team wins tonight, the university’s main Quad may look like a winter wonderland despite the warm weather. Following important athletic victories, a mass of students and local fans swarm to the university’s main Quad, rolls of toilet paper in hand, for a tradition called “Rolling the Quad.” During the ritual celebration, the three dozen ash trees that shape the border of the Quad become covered in white paper streaming from every branch. The spirited tradition started in the late 1960s. In recent years, students have expanded the tradition to include other significant campus events like a math team victory in an international math contest. When the university hosted the 2000 Presidential Debate, white toilet paper was exchanged for red, white and blue streamers on the trees.
Contact: News Service, 336-758-5237.

STUDENTS HAVE FUN WITH SPRINGFEST
March 27 from noon-5 p.m. the Magnolia Courtyard will be transformed into a beach for the annual Springfest event. Inflatable games, food and drinks, live reggae music and a Jimmy Buffett cover band will help students welcome the warmer weather.
Contact: News Service, 336-758-5237.


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