Religious and Social Life 449
freshman deplorable. The Pan-Hellenic Council, announced the Old
Gold and Black editorially, on November 19, 1938, "is ready to put
Wake Forest College on the map, socially," which was to be done by
teaching the students to dance. "Last week," says the editor, "the ARP
took the first step and held the first impromptu dance at the high
school cafeteria. This week, the Pan-Hellenic Council announced
plans to promote dances every other week at the high school gym.
The movement is underway. Any deep-thinking person will endorse
the essential social advancement and will cooperate to bring about the
desired ends." Creeping nearer and nearer the Campus, on February 4,
1939, the "W Club," scheduled a dance in the cafeteria to the south of
the Campus, which according to the claim of the reporter was really
on the Campus. The claim was hardly correct, but there were no more
dances in the
cafeteria.10
So things continued until the spring of 1941, when a group of
students, led by one who had been prominent in athletic sports,
determined to have a dance on the Wake Forest Campus. President
Kitchin promptly interposed his objection, and had the support of the
faculty, which action received the hearty endorsement of the Trustees
at their meeting in June. At the same time the Trustees advised the
appointment of a committee to recommend ways for the improvement
of the social life of the students. The committee consisted of W. L.
Wyatt, Chairman; J. E. Allen, C. H. Durham, H. T. Hunter, who
prepared a report which was presented to the executive committee of
the Trustees on August 12, 1942 and approved. In full the
recommendations are as follows:
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30 Sometimes the propaganda for dancing was expressed in violent language. In
the Old Gold and Black of February 4, 1939, the leading editorial (signed P. L., to
indicate that the view was personal) was of that nature. It begins: "Despite the
objection of some few blue-nosed and narrow-minded powers-that-be, you can't
stop Wake Forest students from dancing," and in the course of his argument the
writer told what joy it would be to have dances reported by radio from the
gymnasium, declaring that "It would work wonders for the morale of the school as a
whole." He loved Wake Forest, but the truth was that it was a "COW COLLEGE."
He closed with these words: "Let's get wise to ourselves and realize that we cannot
have such an intolerable situation continue any longer. Students, let's have dances
here l It is up to you."
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