38 THE HISTORY OF WAKE FOREST COLLEGE
"We wonder whether in future years the Old Gold and Black, campus
weekly, will have to revert to covering the campus like the Camel
stubs instead of merely covering it like the magnolias."
C. J. Jackson, who had had a hand in developing the Reynolds
proposal and who was obviously delighted at the momentum it had
gathered, issued a statement in which he said:
Conditions surrounding this offer speak eloquently of the magnanimous
spirit of the trustees of the foundation and of the members of their families.
They have expressed their desire for the college to preserve its name and
traditions and for the convention to retain full ownership and control of the
institution. They have challenged North Carolina Baptists to add their own
gifts to what the foundation is doing in order that they may have a greater
and better college to serve more adequately the hosts who need it. They
have expressed their wish that expenses at the college be kept low enough so
that no one who deserves to come may be denied the opportunity.
Such a spirit back of this magnificent gift should cause North Carolina
Baptists and other friends of the college to be grateful to God.
Jackson said that at the time the offer was made, subscriptions to
the Enlargement Program amounted to about $1.25 million.
The months of April and May in I946 were long ones for the
college and its Board of Trustees, because at that point everything
seemed to be hanging fire. Until the Baptist State Convention had
acted, almost nothing more could be done, either in planning the
building program on the old campus or planning for the new one.
Fund-raising could not proceed with any conviction until it became
clear which campus the money was to be used for. In the normal
course of events, the convention would not make its decision until -
November.
To eliminate some of the agonizing delay, the Board of Trustees
voted on June 3 to ask the General Board to call a special meeting of
the convention "at the earliest possible date" for Winston-Salem or
some other central location. Other reasons given for the request were
that an early decision should be made on the disposal of the old
campus and that the convention should act quickly to show its
appreciation for the magnanimity of the Reynolds Foundation.
The General Board met in Winston-Salem June 26 in its semiannual
meeting, heard the case for the college, and voted to bring
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