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riots, breaches of state and federal law, and other offenses. In trials
before the board, a student would have the right to the counsel of
another student, and the proceedings would be secret unless the
accused requested a public hearing. The board shared responsibilities
with the Honor Council and the WGA, and it was often a center of
controversy. In time it became generally accepted and established a
reputation for fairness. Thomas Y. Baker III was the first chairman.
The reference earlier to the panty raid suggests that some of the
campus hi-jinks over the years were coeducational in nature. The
admission of women to Wake Forest had initiated an automatic
rivalry which was sometimes friendly and on occasion somewhat
sour. In a letter to the editor of Old Gold and Black on April 21, 1952,
"A Disgusted Coed" chided Wake Forest boys for not dating the girls
attending the school. "It seems as if one must look like Liz Taylor to
get a date," she complained. "Have you boys ever realized that you
don't look like Clark Gable? …I believe that if given a chance the
girls that aren't so beautiful would prove cute enough for your
adorable personalities…. Give the Wake Forest coeds a chance."
Her letter evoked nine responses. One advised the writer to "catch
the first broom out." "To begin with," said another, "the girls here at
Wake Forest have the idea that they are something special just
because they are in the minority. Many of them dress sloppily, remain
aloof, [maintain] an air of superiority, and still entertain the notion
that the men will come clamoring for dates with them." "What is
wrong with Wake Forest girls?" a third asked, then answered, ". . .
There is nothing right with them. They're all wrong." And another
taunted, "You said you were a lot of fun. So is a monkey in a cage."
The jostling continued and was a source of community amusement.
Some years later in 1966, Arlene Edwards, a reporter for the Winston-
Salem Journal, surveyed the girls at eight colleges and universities
and reported that they found Wake Forest men to be "rude, crude,
unacceptable" and "retarded mashers." A Carolina coed said Wake
Forest boys were "real nice and quite considerate, but they don't have
a whole lot on the ball." Duke men fared little better, one girl saying
that they "look like they've crawled out of the architecture." Wake
Forest women voiced a fairly common
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