30 THE HISTORY OF WAKE FOREST COLLEGE
sented to the Baptist State Convention at its regular session scheduled
for November in Asheville.
Two days after the proposal was made public Old Gold and Black
polled a hundred students to gauge their attitude toward the move. At
that point sixty said they favored acceptance of the Reynolds offer,
eighteen flatly opposed it, and twenty-two said they supported it with
Members of the faculty willing to speak for the record were cau-
tiously enthusiastic. Dr. Broadus Jones, chairman of the English
Department, said he felt that as a university Wake Forest probably
would be more effective in a larger city He thought that as long as the
college remained at Wake Forest it would be overshadowed by Duke,
the University of North Carolina, and North Carolina State College.
Dr. J. A. Easley of the Religion Department saw tremendous
advantages in the move but was concerned that the old campus be
disposed of properly. "We can't leave Wake Forest a ghost town," he
said, and added, "Personally it's quite hard to accept."
Dean Lois Johnson felt that "starting from scratch" would give her
coeds more of a sense of belonging to that new campus than they
would ever feel at Wake Forest. Prof. Forrest Clonts, who taught
history, said that in the interests of Christian education "we can't
decline such an opportunity." Dr. William E. Speas saw in the move
an opportunity to house his Physics Department in a new building,
which on the old campus probably could not be possible for fifty
years. Dr. Ora C. Bradbury of the Biology Department could see
improvement in the teaching of all the sciences. "What is good for the
institution is good;" he said. "It is more important than any individual
or group of individuals." Prof. Roland Gay in mathematics saw the
offer as a tremendous opportunity but worried that Wake Forest might
drift from denominational control.
Prof. Jasper L. Memory, who had often appeared before alumni and
other groups in support of financial goals, was strongly on the side of
the move, saying, "I'm for it. Nobody knows but the man who has
tried to get money how hard it is to get. A thing like this, regardless of
temporary inconvenience, is too fine a proposition to pass up. I like
Wake Forest better than any other place I've ever lived in. I like the
townspeople, climate, and everything, but…"
The campus newspaper also tried to describe the reaction of the
permanent residents and concluded editorially that "the town of