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doxical that those same messengers, on the motion of Dr. Douglas
Branch, accorded Dr. Tribble a standing vote of confidence, with only
about two hundred rising in opposition, and that the independent slate
of trustees was rejected in favor of the regular nominees in a written
ballot showing 1,034 for the Board of Trustees' candidates and 225
for the conservatives.2
There were, of course, some diehards who would not be satisfied
without the last pound of flesh. At the afternoon session on November
20, Dr. James M. Bulman moved that the trustees of Wake Forest be
required to declare themselves on the subjects of the Virgin Birth and
local church autonomy. That motion was voted down. Again in the
evening he rose to offer a motion directing the trustees to fire Dr.
Tribble. Because the messengers earlier had given Tribble a vote of
confidence, his motion was declared out of order. He appealed to the
floor and was overwhelmingly shouted down.
In another shot at the college, however, the convention voted
disapproval of the practice by the Wake Forest Baptist Church, to
which many faculty members belonged, of admitting to associate
membership persons who had not been immersed. In Baptist tradition,
however, the vote was not binding on the campus congregation.
There were other evidences of mistrust of Wake Forest. A Com-
mittee of 17 was appointed to study "any attitudes, activities, or
organizations which might be hindering the development of a gen-
uinely spiritual atmosphere upon our college campuses." Another
committee, this one with nine members, was set up to look into the
relationships of convention agencies and trustees regarding the ori-
enting, training, and instructing of new trustees in their duties and
obligations. In a separate development the convention president, Dr. J.
C. Canipe, called for an investigation of Baptist college fraternities,
which he called "undemocratic, un-Baptist, and unChristian." No
machinery was created to investigate that, however.
Back on the Winston-Salem campus, the students had not allowed
the convention's rejection of dancing to go unnoticed. A thousand
staged a demonstration on the college quadrangle in which they
burned Dr. Canipe in effigy. They started up an impromptu dance on
the Reynolda Hall patio and finally adjourned to a more spacious
arena, the parking lot of the Thruway Shopping Center, about two
miles away. The next morning they walked out
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