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one who seemed to see everything that was going on at the College
and on the Hill, and knew how to tell of it all with many a flash of
wit, so as to light up the foibles of almost every member of the faculty
and every student. Once or twice the editor was a youth of a cynical,
not to say sinister, turn, who used the keen satire of a Thackeray and
very plain language in speaking of men and women and things around
Wake Forest, causing headaches for members of the faculty and at
times for some member of the Board of Trustees. After one such
offender had had an interview with a committee of the faculty, he
promised to be good and his news notes were as colorless as annals.
For the early years a department called "Science Notes" was regularly
contributed by the Alumni Editor, Professor W. L. Poteat; its
numerous brief articles on scientific matters reveal the wide and
intelligent interest of the writer, and being written in clear, succint
language, are interesting reading even today. Nowhere else has Dr.
Poteat written better and more interestingly.
The periodical was successful in stimulating literary production
among the students, and they were soon contributing largely articles
on all manner of subjects-folk lore, history, especially local history,
political science, industry, race-relations, stories, sketches, orations.
Members of the faculty also often wrote for the magazine, often
articles of an educational nature, and sometimes valuable historical
articles and reminiscences. Sometimes also valuable articles were
contributed by those who were not connected with the College. The
forty-seven volumes of the Wake Forest Student preserve in its true
colors and aspects the life and thought of the College for the years
1882 to 1930; they are the best monument of the work of the Literary
Societies in those days, before they lost their power.
The editorship of the Wake Forest Student proved valuable training
for many in journalistic work and literary production. Among the
editors, a full list of whom is given below in a footnote, some twenty-
five or thirty continued their editorial work after leaving college.
Among these were editors of religious papers, such as J. W. Bailey,
Biblical Recorder; and J. O.