372 History of Wake Forest College
was formally introduced to the assembly of faculty, students and
others, at the opening exercises, by Dr. J. A. Campbell, president of
the Board of Trustees; and in his address he challenged the students to
high living and attainment; he appointed an office hour especially for
them, a new thing at Wake Forest. At the first faculty meeting of his
presidency that afternoon he introduced another innovation, the
opening of the meeting with prayer, which was kept up during the
three years of his presidency. Like the former presidents of the
College, Dr. Gaines did not altogether abandon the classroom, but he
taught one course, Contemporaneous Literature, in the department of
English, two hours a week, which after two years he discontinued.
He was soon on friendly relations with the students. They realized
that he was greatly interested in them-had a passion for youth-and that
he was sincerely interested in their religious development. In the first
week in October, 1927, Dr. Ellis A. Fuller was the invited preacher in
a series of meetings in the Wake Forest Baptist Church; the new
president insisted that all other exercises and services of the College
should cease at the hour of these meetings; some of the students who
did not desire to attend the meetings but wanted to use the Library at
the hour of the services protested; to this protest President Gaines
replied in a letter in Old Gold and Black: The College was founded
and has been sustained that religion might receive chief emphasis; the
obligation rests upon us to respect this purpose of the fathers;
according to the action of the faculty no one is compelled to attend the
church services, but no college function is allowed to operate in
competition with them; all college functions should be secondary and
religion should be given supremacy.
A like concern and sense of obligation for the religious influence of
the College on its students is seen in the following from President
Gaines's first report to the Board of Trustees, May, 1928: "We hope to
deepen the spiritual life of the student-body. In this delicate
undertaking of spreading religion by contagion is probably the finest
opportunity of the Christian College. We plan, therefore to give a new
emphasis to the chapel service,
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