84 History of Wake Forest College
annual conference at Elon College, with a large delegation present
from Wake Forest, and a committee of the conference agreed upon an
elaborate plan of Bible and Mission study. At this time also a plan
was inaugurated to have the Literary Societies join in the erection of a
Y.M.C.A. building but it did not mature.7 After the close of the Great
War, for the spring term of the session, 1918-19, W. H. Vann, an
alumnus of the College of the class of 1907, served as the secretary at
the College, a work which he had been doing at Camp Greene,
Charlotte. He was the first, and last, secretary to devote his full time
to the work, and he introduced several features which greatly
increased interest in
At the College, however, provision was made
only for the spiritual and educational side of the Association. Its
weekly meetings were indeed often addressed by members of the
faculty and other able speakers, but it had no recreational room, where
students might gather and engage in games or other social diversions.
Only one side of the Association triangle-the spirit said Editor J. R.
Nelson in the Wake Forest Student, XLI, 361, March, 1922, "receives
any emphasis through the local organization," and he declared that the
Association was a "back number," viewed in the light of results. And
so it was; it continued only for a year longer.
There were other reasons for the decay of the Y at Wake Forest.
One of these was the disappointing stories of the deficiency of the
service it rendered to the American Expeditionary Force in France.
Students and former students who had served in that force returning to
America and to the College compared its services unfavorably with
those of other organizations doing like work, and in particular the
The chief cause, however, of the discontinuance of
the Y was that in 1921-22 the
7 Bulletin of Wake Forest College, for October, 1916.
Wake Forest Student, VIII, 324; XVIII, 502; XIX, 482; XXXIV, 128;
One soldier's story was: "I was coming out of battle wounded; on passing a Y
booth I asked for a cigarette, having no money with me; the attendant disdainfully
refused. I then came to a Salvation Army booth and was freely given a refreshing
drink and a cigarette and most sympathetically addressed."