Crystal Towers residents look with uncertainty to sale of public-housing community

by Natalie Alms, Jaclyn Childress, Isabella Kornitsky, Elizabeth Maline and Rita Venant Read the published version of this work here. Sam Grier is 73 years old, but his age isn’t apparent to those who might speak with him. He’s energetic, quick-witted and concerned about protecting the well-being of his neighbors in Crystal Towers, a public-housing community in downtown Winston-Salem. He’s lived there for 11 years. … Continue reading Crystal Towers residents look with uncertainty to sale of public-housing community

‘Too valuable to throw away’: Brownfields programs a way for former industrial sites to get new life

Read the published version of this here. SALISBURY — During a 2012 City Council meeting, the late William Peoples, a community activist, said those living around the former Kesler Mills site were “helpless.” On their own, they couldn’t clean up the huge piles of debris that contained asbestos at the old textile mill. “It’s a travesty that they’ve had to endure this for so long,” said … Continue reading ‘Too valuable to throw away’: Brownfields programs a way for former industrial sites to get new life

“Who can be against well-being?”: The ramifications of Koch brothers donation depend on who you ask

See the published version of this work here. WINSTON-SALEM, NC—In 2014, Lauren Windsor of online news organization “The Undercurrent” leaked audio from a summit of wealthy conservative donors organized by the libertarian billionaire Koch brothers that was held near Laguna Beach, California. One of the meetings was titled “The Long-Term Strategy: Engaging the Middle Third.” Robert Fink, former longtime political advisor of the Koch brothers … Continue reading “Who can be against well-being?”: The ramifications of Koch brothers donation depend on who you ask

‘Someone in their corner’: Foster parent shortage means some children without homes

Find the online published version of this work here. SALISBURY — At times, Rowan County social workers have slept overnight at the office to be with a foster child who’s sleeping on a cot because they couldn’t find a placement before the end of the day. “It’s all done in as beautiful a way it could be done here,” said Micah Ennis, program manager at … Continue reading ‘Someone in their corner’: Foster parent shortage means some children without homes

The Price of Sisterhood: Financial Considerations Are Involved In Sorority Life

The Price of Sisterhood: Financial Considerations Are Involved In Sorority Life Each January, hundreds of Wake Forest women sacrifice time, money and energy to the Greek gods. That is, they either participate in formal recruitment to join a Panhellenic sorority or recruit members on behalf of their sorority. Over the course of four days, women are funneled into their respective sisterhoods through a mutual selection … Continue reading The Price of Sisterhood: Financial Considerations Are Involved In Sorority Life