304 THE HISTORY OF WAKE FOREST COLLEGE
vidson $1,000, and Duke $1,250. Income from the endowment was
covering at least half the cost of educating Wake Forest's students.
By the end of the Tribble administration, tuition had risen to $1,000
a year, plus a $150 activity fee. Dormitory rates ranged from $18 to
$290 for men and $250 to $300 for women. It was estimated that food
would cost about $450 a year and books and supplies about $100,
making the cost of a college year around $2,000. Students and their
parents naturally were not happy with the growing burden but, in
general, understood the college's financial dilemma. In response to
student assertions that fees ought to be governed wholly by the
catalog under which they entered Wake Forest, a disclaimer was
regularly inserted in the Bulletin. It said that the charges set forth were
"not to be regarded as forming an irrevocable contract between the
student and the college. The college reserves the right to change
without notice the cost of instruction at any time within the student's
term of residence."
Once the bills were paid, the student had available a wide variety of
social, cultural, political, and religious activities that enriched the total
college experience. With the move to Winston-Salem, the opportunity
to partake of life in a thriving city was extended. Churches of many
denominations threw open their doors to the Wake Forest community,
and easily available were all of the city resources which previously
had required travel by bus, train, or car to Raleigh or Durham.
Winston-Salem had fine restaurants, excellent motion picture theaters,
frequent musical presentations, and thriving shopping centers.
Students who needed jobs could find employment more readily.
As on the old campus, many male students chose to affiliate with
fraternities, which provided the greatest opportunity for social ac-
tivity. The Pan-Hellenic Council had been replaced by the Inter-
Fraternity Council, but the activities pursued were traditional ones:
smokers, dances, parties, holiday celebrations, homecoming com-
petition, athletics, and beach weekends. Fraternities no longer had off
campus houses, as some had had before, but were lodged in dormitory
quarters which had been assigned by lot on the new campus. There
had been some realignments, and by the end of the Tribble years,
these fraternities were recognized by the faculty: Alpha Sigma Phi,
Delta Sigma Phi, Kappa Alpha, Kappa Sigma, Lambda Chi Alpha, Pi
Kappa Alpha, Sigma Chi, Sigma Pi, Sigma
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