Another society-born enterprise, The Student magazine, had good
years and mediocre ones. After a wartime suspension, it was revived
under the editorship of Jesse E. Glasgow, Jr., who produced six
issues. The campus was brimming with literary talent, much of it
residing in the growing corps of war veterans. For pure inventive
excellence the magazine reached one of the highest points in its
history with the 1948-49 volume edited at first by Harold T. P. Hayes
and later by William F. McIlwain and Walter D. Friedenberg. Their
publication was controversial, thoughtful, playful, and uniformly well
written, and its detailed cover drawings by Ralph A. Herring, Jr., were
rated by the Southern Collegian as "the best college art in the
country." The magazine was judged best of its type in North Carolina;
it won an All-American citation from the Associated Collegiate Press;
and it was beyond question the most widely read and popular
magazine ever published at Wake Forest. Examining it years later,
one could see the tentative touches of imagination and ingenuity that
were to blossom into full flower in Harold Hayes's subsequent
editorship of Esquire magazine.
The 1956-57 volume, edited by Dorothy Braddock, also won All-
American honors, as did the 1965-66 volume under the hand of James
As related in Chapter IX, The Student was suspended in July 1962,
and Dr. Tribble attempted to merge it with the magazine published by
the Alumni Office. On September 27, 1962, the Student Legislature
passed a resolution urging the reinstatement of The Student, saying
that its suppression "took away the only student outlet for purely
creative writing." In a responding statement Dr. Tribble said that the
Faculty Publications Committee was making "a thorough study" of
the situation and "if the study results in a recommendation that the
publication of The Student magazine be resumed, it is hoped that a
wise plan for implementing the recommendation will be included." In
the wake of the study, the magazine was reinstated in the fall of 1964
with Jo DeYoung as editor and with the understanding that henceforth
it would be a "mature literary magazine." Thereafter the editors held
more closely to the traditional purpose of The Student, and it did not
again get into serious trouble.
Old Gold and Black had visual proof of its standing as one of the
best college newspapers in the country. In twenty-seven semester
from 1953 to 1966 it won All-American citations twenty-six times.
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