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Carolina State. Traditionally, Winston-Salem sports fans favored
Carolina because many were alumni. They would not soon give up
that loyalty; but 90 percent of the time they would also root for Wake
Forest. In early 1946, however, the move that would bring big-time
collegiate activities to Winston-Salem was still a decade away
The first comment from the Biblical Recorder on the Reynolds
offer appeared in its April 3 issue, ten days after the proposal was
made public; it was pointedly cautious. "Until there has been time to
get all the major facts in mind and opportunity found for studying
carefully the whole matter, we feel that it will be well for all of us to
maintain an open mind on the subject and withhold final judgement."
By the following week the editor had done some hard thinking, and
although not yet ready to commit himself, he conceded that something
awesomely portentous had crossed Wake Forest's path. He wrote:
"We read in Shakespeare's Julius Caesar, There is a tide in the affairs
of men, which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune.' In the offer
made by the Smith Reynolds Foundation it seems that Wake Forest
College faces such a tide, for the original gift is large and generous
and the promise of ‘fortune' in the future is great."
He acknowledged the pros and cons and warned that "there is a
danger, of course, that Wake Forest may lose its soul as a denomi-
national and Christian institution if it accepts such large gifts from
outside sources; but if we do accept it, we hope and pray that to us
grace and wisdom may be given to administer the immense trust
according to the will of God and in the interest of the kingdom of
Realizing the tendency of Baptists to bicker if there is something to
bicker over, he pleaded, "Instead of hot-headed and partisan debate on
the matter, let us have real group thinking and sharing on the part of
all North Carolina Baptists."
On April 11 the Board of Trustees, the convention's General Board,
and its Council on Christian Education met separately on the Wake
Forest campus. Each group voted unanimously to accept the Reynolds
offer and to make a recommendation to that effect to the convention.
At the trustee meeting Judge Oates asked Bursar Earnshaw, who
was secretary of the board, to call the roll so that each member could
stand and record his vote by voice. There was an unbroken
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