humble opinion that this evil, intolerance, which is too often `right at
home' in our denomination, holds us back more than all the college
dances, card games, 'pitchure' shows that get screeched at from some
of our pulpits, put together."
Carlyle and his committee wrote letters and took surveys and
soundings and made tabulations and gave an affirmative report to the
trustees on September 27. Signed by all seven members of the
committee, it said:
Your special committee …has given careful consideration to the recent
action of the trustees in the meeting of April 26, 1957, when it was voted
unanimously to allow dancing on the Wake Forest College campus.
We feel that in the light of the responsibility vested in the trustees by the
Baptist State Convention the trustees faced an issue and met it in the
exercise of their best judgment.
We recognize two basic principles:
First, that the judgment of the parents should be considered by the college
in setting up regulations governing the social behavior of their sons and
Second, that the college has a definite obligation to provide supervision
and direction for wholesome social life on the campus.
On the basis of these two principles, we recommend that no further action
be taken in this matter. We emphasize our recommendation with the
following facts and opinions:
First, the parents of the students of the college have overwhelmingly
expressed approval of the trustees' action. A letter was mailed to each par-
ent, with the following results: of the 1,360 replies received, 1,217 favored
dancing on the campus, 143 expressed disfavor. Further, we learn that ever
since young women have been admitted to Wake Forest, their parents have
been asked for authorization as to permission for their daughters to attend
dances off campus. More than 90 percent of these across the years have
given their permission.
Second, in the discharge of the obligation to provide good social life on
the campus it is the confirmed judgment of your committee that dances on
the campus will be much better than dances off the campus. Supervision
both as to place and personnel, convenience for the students, the elimination
of hazardous travel, and a general sense of personal responsibility will
combine to make such dances on the campus more desirable in every
With that report in hand, the trustees reaffirmed their earlier de-
cision by a vote of twenty-five to three, with two abstentions. In
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