Generally they said they hadn't known what a marvelous place the
college was until they had to leave it. One who wrote was Paddison
W. "Pat" Preston, a former football player who had won All-
American honors in a wartime program at Duke. As a marine in the
South Pacific he said: "You can talk about Duke and all the other
universities, but I'll take Wake Forest any day I've never loved
any place so much." Preston was to return to the athletic program
briefly in later years.
Elizabeth Jones, editor of the 1944 Howler, spoke of wartime con-
cerns in the pages of the yearbook. "The students gathered in Chapel
three days a week. They still rushed to the Book Store for a Coke
between classes. Fraternities socialized and held political caucuses
and shot the bull with the same vigor evidenced by larger
membership …"
But she added, "Wake Forest misses her gallant sons. She is well-
represented in every branch of the service, and she is proud of her
part in this great war. Each man who has left (the 1945 Howler put
the number at twenty-eight hundred) has carved a place in her heart,
and those who will never return will rest quietly immortal in her hall
of fame."
The 1945 Howler spoke of the typical student then on campus:
"He wears loud flannel shirts or pigtails when the notion strikes him
(or her). He goes for fads like crewcuts and she puts pennies in her
shoes. He laughs at his professors but he likes them. He joins lots of
organizations. He bums to Raleigh at least once a week. He
complains bitterly about the cigarette shortage. He goes to the P.O.
as regularly as he goes to meals. She is always expecting a letter
from overseas and the check from home is always late."
While the reference to bumming to Raleigh seems to suggest that
an old custom had been preserved, students actually faced great
difficulties in travel because trains and buses were unreliable as to
scheduling and they were always crowded. Other older concerns
were still around. In the fall of 1943 Old Gold and Black expressed
misgivings about the prevalence of cheating and a student scheme of
going to chapel, giving one's seat number to a monitor, then leaving.
Fifteen students found guilty of participating in a mild outbreak of
hazing were placed on probation for the remainder of their college
careers, and the Student Council pledged harsh treatment of students
writing bad checks to town businessmen.
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