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tian institution; as an institution where young gentlemen and young ladies
will be encouraged to grow intellectually, morally, and spiritually, and
without being subjected to ridicule or scorn for cultivating Christian virtues.
All practices in derogation of this policy are hereby prohibited. Publi-
cations of any kind for distribution among the students of the college shall
be under the guidance of a member of the faculty and administration. In no
event shall such printed matter be permitted which encourages, or tends to
encourage, the violation of the criminal laws of the State of North Carolina
or of the United States, or which disparages Christian religion.
Over the Jonathan Beam issue the trustees struggled for one and
one-half hours. Then, by a vote of sixteen to four, the following
resolution was approved: "After very full discussion, the Board of
Trustees resolved that no action be taken with respect to The Edu-
cation of Jonathan Beam or to its author Russell Brantley." That res-
olution, offered by Irving Carlyle, was a substitute for one which had
demanded a full investigation.
The trustees' posture with regard to the novel obviously was not
expected to cool the tempers of Wake Forest's critics. But noting that
the Biblical Recorder had lamented "the image that Wake Forest is
conveying to Baptists at the present time," Bryan Gillespie of Durham
wrote to Marse Grant, "I suggest that you, Sir, are responsible in
perhaps a greater degree than you realize for that image among the
Baptists of North Carolina." In particular he criticized the Recorder's
sensational display of Wake Forest trivia.
The Student magazine did not get off as lightly as Jonathan Beam.
In effect, it was suppressed and remained so until November 1964
when, at the urging of Dr. E. E. Folk and responsible publications
alumni, it was resurrected under the editorship of Jo DeYoung. In July
1962 Dr. Tribble told the General Board of the convention that the
student periodical would be merged with the Wake Forest Magazine,
a publication for alumni which was edited by Rom Weatherman, new
director of alumni activities. Theoretically it was to solicit literary
contributions from students, faculty, and graduates for "a higher level
of quality and thinking," but that idea never really caught on.
The reason Tribble and the trustees found the flap over the book
and the magazine so disconcerting was that they were trying to
formulate plans to bring more financial support to the college, par-