Stories this week at WFU

By Jacob McConnico
January 25, 2006

HOW MUCH IS AMERICA SPENDING ON THE WAR? — Perhaps not as much as one might expect, despite the $251 billion price tag to date. Robert Whaples, professor of economics at Wake Forest, has examined the cost of each major American war through the first Gulf War. He says that so far, in comparing the percentages of the Gross Domestic Product spent on each war, Operation Iraqi Freedom is second only to the first Gulf War in terms of being the least expensive in U.S. history. Whaples' expertise includes the economic history of the United States and the economics of war. He has taught a class titled "Economics of War in America" at Wake Forest, and is director of EH.NET, the Web site that provides electronic services to economic historians.

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

WAKE FOREST, OTHER BIG FOUR SCHOOLS WORK TO CAN HUNGER — From Feb. 1 to March 1, Wake Forest University will participate with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Duke University and North Carolina State University to collect canned food and money for the Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest North Carolina. Donations of food or cash will be collected at Wake Forest basketball games on Feb. 8, 11, 19 and 22. In addition, monetary donations can be made online at Each canned item or $1 donated earns the donor 1 point. For every 25 points accumulated, the donor's name will be entered in a drawing for two season tickets to the 2006 Wake Forest Football season. The drawing will take place March 4. Entrants do not need to be present to win. The university with the highest amount of donations will be announced March 4 at the Wake Forest vs. N.C. State and the Carolina vs. Duke men's basketball games. The student organizer for the event at Wake Forest is Richard L. Cox Jr., chief of staff for Wake Forest Student Government and chairman of the Screamin' Demons student fan club. He is available for interviews.

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

ONE FAMILY'S STORY OF NAZI TAKEOVER PERFORMED AT WFU — Wake Forest will present the original one-act, one-woman musical drama "A Table Before Me" by Claudia Stevens at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 29 in the Ring Theatre of Scales Fine Arts Center. The drama tells the story of the terror the Sinai family (Stevens' mother's family) experienced during the Nazi takeover of Austria in 1938. Stevens portrays various characters, including Nazi bureaucrats, her grandfather and her mother, as the family is stripped of property, dignity and life. The performance is free and open to the public.

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

WFU TO CELEBRATE 4704, THE 'YEAR OF THE DOG' — As the Chinese year 4074 rolls in, Wake Forest will celebrate the "Year of the Dog" at its seventh annual Chinese New Year Festival from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Jan. 29 in Reynolds Gym, Room 201. This popular family event is free and open to the public and features demonstrations, performances and hands-on activities highlighting Chinese culture. Performances of the traditional lion dance, martial arts demonstrations and children's dances will begin at 4:30 p.m. Food will also be available for purchase.

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

ANTHONY ASTON PLAYERS PRESENT 'PROOF' — Wake Forest's student theatre group, the Anthony Aston Players, will present the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winning play "Proof" at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 2-4 in the Ring Theatre of Scales Fine Arts Center. The productions is designed and staged entirely by Wake Forest students. Tickets are $3 for students and $5 for adults (cash only) and are available at the door beginning at 6:30 p.m.

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