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other far more vital problems facing us. The administrative faculty and the
student body have exhibited sensible patience and forbearance at the dis-
approval by the recent convention of dancing on the campus under chap-
eronage of the faculty. While some of the trustees do not believe the vote of
the majority of the messengers at the convention is binding on the trustees,
we are of the opinion that we should strive for harmony and Christian
charity for the views of all our constituency and in this spirit, we should
leave the issue for the present where it is.
And, except for minor eruptions, that is where the issue remained
throughout the rest of the Tribble administration. In February of 1961
the Student Legislature reopened the dancing question briefly by
petitioning the trustees to "favorably endorse supervised dancing on
the campus," but in the April meeting following, the trustees denied
the petition. Meanwhile some members of the Wake Forest Baptist
Church secured the use of a Reynolda Village barn, not yet then
college property, and refurbished it as a place where relatively small
groups of students could have chaperoned dances. The loft of the
barn, which had a snack bar and lounge as well as a dance floor 168
by 26 feet, became a favorite student retreat. The church had
borrowed seven thousand dollars to provide that facility.
On November 11, 1958, the Committee of 17, which had been
visiting Baptist campuses for a year, reported to the convention that,
in general, "our colleges are doing a tremendous amount of good" but
that there had been "some evidence of drinking, gambling, cheating,
and other examples of moral and social problems." The committee
suggested "continued vigilance and stricter enforcement of
regulations governing these problems" and urged more careful
screening of college applicants, with Baptists given preferential
It also called for required chapel attendance, with at least two
services of a strictly devotional nature each week. It said that a basic
element of a Christian college is "faculties made up of individuals in
whom there is a combination of sound scholarship and Christian
dedication―who accept the authority of the Bible and are in sym-
pathy with the principles and programs of our Baptist denomination."
For the most part, the committee said, the faculties at each of the
colleges "follow the pattern suggested above." Wake Forest was not
singled out for special attention, and the convention accepted the
report without discussion.
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