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Living." Among the notables addressing that subject were Dr. V Ward
Barr, Rev. Nathan C. Brooks, Dr. Casper C. Warren, Rev. James C.
Cammack, Dr. W. Perry Crouch, Dr. Ralph Herring, and Dr. J. Glenn
Blackburn, who had succeeded Rev. Eugene Olive as chaplain and
minister of the Wake Forest Baptist Church.
In that period of tremendous growth the Christian spirit was alive
and well on the Wake Forest campus.
Fraternities continued to dominate social life in the postwar era on
the old campus. Those which had held together during the war
included Alpha Kappa Pi, Kappa Alpha, Kappa Sigma, Pi Kappa
Alpha, and Sigma Phi Epsilon. In 1946 Delta Sigma Phi, which had
folded in 1943, was reactivated with nine members, and a chapter of
Sigma Chi was founded. Lambda Chi Alpha, also suspended in the
war years when its membership was reduced to one pledge, came
back to life in the fall of 1946. A chapter of Zeta Chi was founded,
and Alpha Kappa Pi merged with an older fraternity to blossom as
Alpha Sigma Phi.
In traditional pattern, social fraternities got a stranglehold on
campus politics. The brothers lined up in solid blocs behind their
candidates and usually swamped the slates of nonfraternity or in-
dependent political groups. One of the most interesting and colorful
campaigns of the period took place in the spring of 1948 when John
Mathis, candidate of the Progressive Fraternity Party, was running
against Wilbur Dovle, the anointed of the Student Political Union.
The SPU was an unlikely coalition of religion majors, athletes, and
Two weeks before the election a Maverick group called IDGAD
offered Harold T. P. Hayes as president on a platform promising to
abolish the vice presidency, to do away with all organized political
parties, to guarantee more social activities, and to junk midterm
examinations. The IDGAD party campaigned in imaginative fashion,
plastering the campus with provocative slogans and hiring an airplane
to drop its leaflets over Wake Forest (the wind blew most of them to
Durham). When outgoing Student Body President Horace R.
"Dagwood" Kornegay was introducing Candidate Mathis at a PFP
rally in the chapel, a banner was suddenly lowered from the rafters
proclaiming the upstart legend "IDGAD." In the election the fraternity
men got the office for their man, Mathis piling up 730 votes to 400 for
Doyle and 234 for Hayes, but