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By Sarah Mansell
336.758.5237
April 22, 2004

FROM THE HEADLINES: WFU PROFESSOR TO DISCUSS ‘BLAIR’S WAR’
David Coates, the Worrell Professor of Anglo-American Studies in the Wake Forest political science department and co-author of the recently released book “Blair’s War,” will discuss “Europe Today: Blair’s War” at 7 p.m. today in Pugh Auditorium in Benson University Center. The talk is free and open to the public. During his lecture, Coates will explore the reasons for the invasion of Iraq, and for Tony Blair’s willingness to be a key ally of the United States in that invasion. He will survey the evidence on the adequacy of those reasons and comment on the resulting political situation for the Bush administration and the British government. The talk deals with a topic that is in the news daily and draws on material included in his new book, which was released in the United States this month by Polity Press.
Contact: Jacob McConnico, mcconnjn@wfu.edu or 336-758-5237.

STUDENTS PARTICIPATE IN EARTH DAY ‘SWEEP’
Members of Wake Forest’s Student Environmental Action Coalition (SEAC) will honor Earth Day today when they hold their annual campus clean sweep from 3-4:30 p.m. The group sponsors a free cookout on Davis Field following the sweep for all students who volunteer.
Contact: News Service, 336-758-5237.

ART STUDENTS BEGIN WORK ON SCULPTURE AT DIGGS ELEMENTARY
Wake Forest art professor David Finn and several of his students will start work on a 22-foot tower at Diggs Elementary (950 Mock St. in Winston-Salem) on April 24. Diggs Principal Vera Wright will ceremoniously break ground for the project at 10 a.m. When the five-month project is finished, the tower will be covered with 1,000 ceramic tiles created by Diggs students in collaboration with the Wake Forest art students. Each tile will represent an academic area of concentration such as ecology, math or the arts. At the groundbreaking, Finn will briefly discuss the joint project and share drawings of the future tower. Media are invited to attend.
Contact: Cheryl V. Walker at walkercv@wfu.edu or 336-758-5237.

WFU DELVES INTO LOCAL STORIES OF GHOSTLY LORE
Who is the ghost that supposedly lives in Hanes Park? Why does Lydia, a girl dead since 1923, allegedly appear near a Jamestown underpass and ask passersby to take her home? These urban legends and other folklore related to the literature of “haunting” are among the topics to be discussed at Wake Forest’s Multicultural Hauntings Symposium April 29 from 4:30 – 8 p.m. in Tribble Hall’s DeTamble Audiorium. Admission is free. At the conference, 30 freshman English students will present entertaining, multi-media presentations on topics that include local lore as well as the Jersey Devil, the haunted Winchester Mansion in San Francisco and African-American tales of voodoo.
Contact: Pam Barrett, barrettpm@wfu.edu or 336-758-5237.

WHO ARE THE GRADUATES?
While the university is busy preparing for Secretary of State Colin L. Powell’s May 17 Wake Forest commencement address, the approximately 1,500 Wake Forest graduates who will hear Powell’s address are busy preparing for their next step in life. As commencement date nears, the News Service can connect media with members of the graduating class with inspiring or unusual stories en route to the diploma. Among those students who will march during the ceremony: an 82-year-old dentist, a Rhodes Scholar and a professional baseball player.
Contact: Sarah Mansell, manselss@wfu.edu or 336-758-5237.


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