‘Basketball dreams’: From Nigeria to WFU, player Ikenna Smart recounts his b-ball journey

Read the published version of this work here. Hakeem Olajuwon’s nickname is “the Dream.” It’s fitting, both because of the rhyme and because his biography reads like a triumphant sports movie. It would start with his birth in Lagos, Nigeria in 1963 and then cut to him as the first pick in the 1984 NBA draft. He’s inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in … Continue reading ‘Basketball dreams’: From Nigeria to WFU, player Ikenna Smart recounts his b-ball journey

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

“I Didn’t Even Get To Say Goodbye:” Seniors’ Spring Semester Comes To A Halt

Read the published version of this work here. At 7:43 p.m. on March 11, seniors Jenson Brown and Caleb Woody were on the beach in Daytona, Florida. They were drinking when they got the email from President Nathan Hatch with the subject line “COVID-19 Update: Changes to class schedule, suspending in-person classes.” Brown didn’t process the information until after his nap. He woke up and … Continue reading “I Didn’t Even Get To Say Goodbye:” Seniors’ Spring Semester Comes To A Halt

“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