Stories this week at WFU

By Jacob McConnico
January 4, 2006

STUDENTS RETURN NEXT WEEK FROM SERVICE TRIPS — Just before spring semester classes begin Jan. 10, Wake Forest University students will return from service trips to South Africa, India and Vietnam, as well as Mississippi. Most of the students will be flying into airports in Greensboro and Raleigh at various times on the evening of Jan. 8 and during the day Jan. 9. Students helping out in Mississippi are expected to return to campus in vans at an indefinite time Jan. 9. For interviews with the students, please contact the News Service. It is likely that most will not be available for interviews until Jan. 10 or 11.

Contact: Kevin Cox, or 336-758-5237.

WHICH GYM MACHINE WILL BEST HELP YOU GET FIT IN 2006? — With gyms featuring stationary bikes, treadmills, stair climbers, elliptical trainers and rowing machines, figuring out which exercise machine would offer the best physical workout can quickly become a mental workout. Michael Berry, professor of health and exercise science at Wake Forest, says that while each machine has advantages and disadvantages depending on individual preferences and abilities, studies have shown that the treadmill is perhaps the best overall machine. "The obvious thing is, it's a type of exercise most people do every day," Berry said. "You can walk or run on a treadmill, so it's easy for people to use." Berry also said studies have shown that the treadmill offers the highest calorie burn as it forces you to support your own weight while you move. Among the disadvantages of the treadmill are it may be difficult or painful for those with joint problems, and you have to pay attention to what you're doing. "You can kind of zone out more on an elliptical trainer, stationary bike or stair climber," Berry said. "You can't really do that with a treadmill, or else you're likely to shoot off the back of it." For those returning to the gym after abandoning last year's resolution to get in shape, Berry recommends trying all of the machines and deciding which ones you can tolerate at a moderate level for 30 to 40 minutes a day, five to six days a week. "The best exercise machine is one that you will use everyday," Berry said.

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

'A DAY AND A NIGHT AT THE SOUTH POLE' — D. J. Williams, a Wake Forest graduate and first-year student in the Wake Forest School of Medicine, will discuss the environment and community at Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station, Antarctica, during a talk at 4 p.m. Jan. 12. Williams spent a year doing research at the station. The event, which is sponsored by Wake Forest's physics department, will be held in Olin Physical Laboratory, Room 101. It is free and open to the public.

Contact: Jake McConnico, or 336-758-5237.

BERNICE KING TO SPEAK AT MLK JR. CELEBRATION — Bernice King, the youngest daughter of Martin Luther King Jr., will speak at Wake Forest Jan. 16 as part of a week-long celebration of the civil rights leader's legacy sponsored by Wake Forest and Winston-Salem State University. This is the fifth year Wake Forest has collaborated with Winston-Salem State to present a series of events surrounding Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The two schools have a joint planning committee and the schools alternate hosting the shared celebration. King will present the keynote address "On Common Ground" at 7 p.m. in Wait Chapel on the Wake Forest campus. The event is free and open to the public. "Both of our campuses are truly invested in ensuring that King's dream is alive at Winston-Salem State and Wake Forest University as well as in the surrounding Winston-Salem community, and this partnership provides a wonderful avenue for us to achieve this goal," said Kendra Stewart, assistant director of Multicultural Affairs at Wake Forest and an organizer of the week's events. A gospel fest with recording artist Kim Burrell, a step show, a basketball tournament and a spoken word poetry presentation will be among several events held at Wake Forest from Jan. 12 to Jan. 19.

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

SPRING SEMESTER BEGINS — Wake Forest students begin returning this weekend for the start of the 2006 spring semester. Classes for undergraduates and graduate students in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and Divinity School begin Jan. 10. Spring classes for the Babcock Graduate School of Management and the School of Law have already started.