444 History of Wake Forest College
the College respect their right to be Methodists or Catholics or
Episcopalians and are cautious not to appear bigoted by a too zealous
stand for Baptist beliefs. After all, some of them reason, generally
these Catholics and Methodists and Episcopalians live correct lives,
and that is the main thing; many adherents of these other faiths did not
come into the church under the influence of an evangelistic appeal,
and why is such an appeal necessary for Baptist boys any more than
for them?
Along with the change in the religious emphasis among the students
of the College and due much to the same causes, has come a
corresponding change in the social diversions, with the tendency to
introduce practices which have always been frowned upon by Baptists
as harmful to the religious life and conducive to worldliness. Most
offensive of all to the Baptists of the State is dancing, and it was the
earliest to cause trouble.
With the coming of fraternities to the College in 1922 came the
fraternity social life, which is not the social life approved by the
Baptists of the State but that of national organizations located in other
sections of the country and concerned chiefly with social pleasures
and little with religious and spiritual development. Occupying chief
place in the fraternity social life is the dance. In their first years at
Wake Forest these fraternities were willing to accommodate their
activities as far as possible to the customs of the College, but they had
their dances from the first and very early both faculty and Trustees
began to be troubled by reports of irregularities at them, and in 1932
the Board prescribed that the faculty should have representatives at
both their dances and other social gatherings.6
As may be seen by consulting the newspapers of the day or the files
of Old Gold and Black of these years, the fraternities in an-
nouncements and reports of their dances freely used the name of the
College, and it was often said that Professor and Mrs. So and So of
the College faculty were the sponsors. This brought from the Trustees
the following action:
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6 Records of the Board of Trustees, June, 1932. "Resolved, That the Faculty be
authorized to supervise all social gatherings of the fraternities."
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