The End of the Kitchin Era 49
thousand for the first time. Of that number 1,816 were in the under-
graduate school, 157 in Law School, and 198 at the Medical School in
Winston-Salem. In 1948-49 the student tally was 2,213, with 300
women registered as well as 874 veterans attending the undergraduate
school on the GI Bill. The 1949-50 student total was 2,260.
An Old Gold survey showed that board, forty dollars a month, was
double that of prewar years .4 A room had jumped from eight dollars a
month to ten, and laundry, formerly estimated at three dollars for a
month, had risen to eight. Entertainment costs had doubled. Missed
most of all, perhaps, were the nickel hot dog and the plate lunch for a
quarter, which had vanished forever. Tuition and fees in 1941 were
$165 a year; by 1947 they had gone up to $220.
Odus Mull, noting that some other colleges in North Carolina had
set their charges at five hundred dollars a year in order to get the
maximum payment allowable under the GI Bill, asked President
Kitchin whether Wake Forest should not respond similarly to the
government's generosity. Dr. Kitchin responded, "We cannot consider
a rate for tuition and fees designed simply to get from the government
as much as possible under the GI Bill." To do so, he said, would
penalize other students and might give the impression that Wake
Forest was no longer affordable by families with modest resources.
Comprehensive rules had been promulgated by Dean Lois John-
son's office covering the conduct of coeds. Curfew was to be at half
past ten every night except Friday and Saturday, when it would be
eleven thirty. Coeds could not ride in cars or airplanes without the
written permission of their parents. They were forbidden to enter any
man's room or apartment, and fraternity houses were strictly off
limits. Women could not smoke on the streets, and they were not
allowed to possess or use alcoholic beverages. Only seniors were
permitted to date every night of the week and, in that activity, were
forbidden to go to the stadium, the athletic field, and certain dark
areas of the grounds. "Capt." C. N. Nuckles, the campus policeman,
took a strong flashlight on his nightly rounds and regularly directed its
beam into the low-hanging branches of the magnolia trees. Now and
then he would flush out a startled couple and see them take to their
In the fall of 1947 the newly completed dormitory originally in-
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