94 History of Wake Forest College
The routine of the Students' Army Training Corps simulated the regular army
schedule as closely as was practicable. First call for reveille sounded at. six o'clock,
and from that time on everybody was busy with drill details or study, interspersed
with innumerable and seemingly unnecessary formations. The Campus had to be
policed and details galore were ever present to monopolize what few moments were
free to be used as one wished. Spare time, and there was very little, was spent in a
study hall with a sergeant, like a bogey-man of childhood days, always watching to
see that one's work was done correctly, and "by numbers." Sleep, exercise, and
plenty of work were the three fundamentals of the schedule which the army
supplied in right proportion, and the benefit of good physical training and discipline
to the youth of the country was enough to prove that the S.A.T.C. was a successful
experiment.
The rush of college men to the colors when war was declared has clearly
demonstrated that college training and a knowledge of Greek did not prevent the
college man from hiking, digging trenches, and sharing the other hardships of his
less fortunate companions in arms. The world has been shown that the college was
not a cloistered retreat where students delved in musty volumes, but a place where
men were taught to fight the battles of humanity, in peace or in war.
Inter-collegiate athletics were interfered with as little as possible;
the football teams played all the games on their schedule, but only one
night out was allowed on trips. The coach at the time was a student of
the College, Harry Rabenhorst, who had taken the training at
Plattsburg.
The members of the faculty, for the most part, easily fell in with the
new order of things. They soon learned that they could not muse and
dream as they walked through the Campus for at every turn they
found soldiers with hands at eyes in a salute, which they were
expected to turn away, or leave the saluters in that attitude forever. At
night if they or any others, including the good women of the town,
strolled near the entrances to the Campus they were made almost to
jump out of their boots by a most vicious and peremptory command
to "Halt!" It soon came about that those sacred precincts of the
Campus camp were seldom intruded upon. The average members of
the faculty and their families endured rather than enjoyed the military
schedule; they
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