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By Jacob McConnico
November 16, 2005

CHIEF JUSTICE TO JUDGE LAW SCHOOL COMPETITION — Chief Justice John Roberts will be one of three judges for the finals of Wake Forest School of Law's Stanley Competition, an annual moot, or "mock," court competition for Wake Forest law students, Nov. 18. The competition will begin at 3:30 p.m. in Wait Chapel. The students will act as lawyers arguing before a federal appeals court. While the students are presenting their arguments, the judges will ask them questions. Media are invited to attend the event. Media seating will be reserved in the first row on the far right side of Wait Chapel. Television cameras may set up along the right stairway and balcony. Flash photography will not be permitted and photographers may not go past the first row of seats at the front of the hall. Media needing audio of the event should plan to arrive at the chapel before 3:15 p.m. Sponsored by the law school's student-run Moot Court Board, the event is open to members of the Wake Forest community. The law school has also extended invitations to members of the Forsyth County Bar Association. Chief Justice Roberts will not be available for interviews.

Contact: Cheryl Walker, or 336-758-5237.

MUSIC PROFESSOR TO VIEW NEWLY DISCOVERED BEETHOVEN MANUSCRIPT — When Beethoven's working manuscript score for a piano version of his "Grosse Fuge" was rediscovered recently after 115 years, Wake Forest music professor and Beethoven scholar, David Levy, immediately tried to arrange to see it. The manuscript will be auctioned by Sotheby's in London Dec. 1. But, this Friday, Nov. 18, Levy will have the chance to spend an hour or so in New York studying it to find out if it answers his questions about how Beethoven intended sections of the piece to be played. Levy has studied the "Grosse Fuge" carefully since 2001. His research has taken him to Germany, Russia and Poland. In Krakow, he pored over Beethoven's original manuscript of the "Grosse Fuge" written for string quartet. Now, he looks forward to analyzing the piano version. He is most interested in the notes and scribbles in the margins for clues about how the master composer worked. Levy, author of "Beethoven: The Ninth Symphony," has written many scholarly articles about Beethoven's work. He is among a small number of Beethoven scholars who will be permitted to view the work before it is auctioned. It is expected to fetch $1.7 to $2.6 million.

Contact: Cheryl Walker, or 336-758-5237.

TURKEY IMPORTANT IN N.C. CENTURIES BEFORE FIRST THANKSGIVING — Archaeological evidence shows that the wild turkey played an important role in the economy of Native Americans in the North Carolina Piedmont long before the first Thanksgiving. Paul Thacker, assistant professor of anthropology, and Matthew Baker, a 2005 Wake Forest graduate now studying at the university's medical school, analyzed hundreds of turkey bones recovered from archeological sites along the Yadkin River dating to between AD 1000 and AD 1400. Their findings were the focus of Baker's honors thesis, "Talking Turkey: Archaeological Analysis of the Eastern Wild Turkey Remains from the Donnaha Site." The researchers can show several bone tools and photographs of the cut marks that show that the sections of the wing anchoring the primary flight feathers were removed and transported to different activity areas for various uses. According to Thacker, North Carolina Native Americans ate turkeys, but also saved the turkey wings and used specific bones and feathers to make tools such as arrows and as decoration in various clothing and costume pieces. The researchers found bone tools and beads made of turkey bone. The bones and feathers were also used to trade with other groups.

Contact: Cheryl Walker, or 336-758-5237.

BLACK FRIDAY NO LONGER BIGGEST DAY OF HOLIDAY SHOPPING SEASON — The day after Thanksgiving or "Black Friday" may be the first real day of the holiday shopping season, but it's no longer the biggest shopping day of the season, said Sheri Bridges, associate professor of marketing at Wake Forest's Calloway School of Business and Accountancy. "The new 'big day' is the Saturday before Christmas," Bridges said. Bridges said consumers don't have to brave the crowds or be at the mall at the crack of dawn because retailers now offer good deals throughout the entire holiday shopping season. "The consumer can benefit by watching for announced sales in the newspaper, on TV or in direct mail pieces sent to 'preferred customers,'" said Bridges, an expert on consumer behavior and brand equity. Bridges also said the popularity of gift cards helps retailers and unsure gift-givers alike. "Gift cards put money in the cash register before, sometimes long before, goods leave the store. By the time many consumers use their gift cards, the season has changed and new, full-price inventory has replaced the pre-holiday sale merchandise."

Contact: Maggie Barrett, or 336-758-5237.

COMMUNICATION PROFESSOR TAKES SERIOUS LOOK AT SITCOMS — "The Sitcom Reader: America Viewed and Skewed," published in October by State University of New York Press, is one of the first books to take a serious look at the situation comedy or sitcom, one of the oldest , most popular forms of television programming. Edited by Mary Dalton, Wake Forest assistant professor of communication, and Laura Linder, Marist College associate professor of media arts, the book is a collection of critical essays examining the ways sitcoms depict and influence American culture. Dalton said because the sitcom has enjoyed such popularity and longevity since it debuted on radio in the 1920s, the genre has become a barometer of American culture and warrants academic study. Shows discussed in the book include classics such as "I Love Lucy" and "The Andy Griffith Show," as well as contemporary hits such as "Sex and the City" and "Southpark." "The Sitcom Reader" is available on the Web at

Contact: Maggie Barrett, or 336-758-5237.

TIBETAN MONKS CREATE SAND MANDALA AT WFU — Four Buddhist monks from the Sera Jey Monastery in India are creating a sand mandala at Wake Forest in the third floor atrium of Benson University Center. The monks started their work Nov. 15 and will continue through Nov. 17. A mandala is a symbolic, circular graphic representation of a Buddhist deity's realm of existence and serves as a focus for meditative practice. The event is part of the Shiwa Tour of Peace and Healing, a cultural tour highlighting the practices and methods of Tibetan monks. The monks performed an opening consecration ceremony at 10 a.m. Nov. 15. Work on the mandala continues daily between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. for three days. The event will conclude with a dismantling ceremony at 3 p.m. Nov. 17. Admission is free and open to the public.

Contact: Pam Barrett, or 336-758-5237.

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