All over the campus, students of every station worked together in
extracurricular enterprises which turned the college years into much
more than an academic grind. They showed a deep interest in national
politics, and during every presidential election the student Republican
and Democratic clubs promoted the party candidates. In 1951 Senator
Robert A. Taft, who was seeking the GOP presidential nomination,
appeared on the campus under the auspices of the Young Republican
Club. In a public address he said that the United States was
endangering its own economic security in its attempts to meet the
spreading threat of communism. He also said the country should
never have gotten into the Korean War. In a campus straw vote in
1960 Republican Richard M. Nixon was favored for the presidency
over Democrat John F. Kennedy Of 1,156 votes cast, Nixon got 627
and Kennedy 529. Old Gold and Black endorsed Nixon in a long
Despite that sentiment, which probably did not extend to the
faculty, the college was numbed by the news of President Kennedy's
assassination on November 22, 1963. Most classes were dismissed,
and professors and students stood around weeping without shame
while listening to radio and television accounts of the tragedy. Dr.
Tribble sent a telegram to Jacqueline Kennedy on behalf of the entire
community, and Old Gold carried the story of campus reaction under
a headline bordered in black.
In a mock election the next year Senator Barry Goldwater, the
Republican presidential standard-bearer, won over President Lyndon
B. Johnson by a vote of 512 to 501. An analysis of the voting showed
that Goldwater was the preference of freshmen and sophomores,
while juniors and seniors favored Johnson.
Campus politics proceeded more seriously, and while no party
rivaled the antics of the IDGAD entry of 1948, there was a lot of
handshaking, cigar distribution, and poster plastering over nearly
every available flat surface. The fraternity domination of the balloting
waned, and more women were elected to office. Through 1967,
however, none had been elevated to the presidency of the student
Two venerable institutions died after the move to Winston-Salem.
The Euzelian and Philomathesian Literary Societies struggled for
existence, their appeal lost in the wealth of activities available on the
new campus. Old Gold tolled the death knell in an
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