54 THE HISTORY OF WAKE FOREST COLLEGE
the IDGAD romp no doubt provided the most excitement. The
IDGAD letters were said to have stood for "I Don't Give A Damn," a
notion highly offensive to the orthodox parties.
While electioneering was carried out in a somewhat bantering
mood, the business of student governance was approached in all
seriousness. A recurring concern of student officers and publications
was the promotion of the honor system which pledged students not to
cheat on their academic work and to report anyone who did. In 1947
Kornegay warned that abuse of the honor code was so widespread that
the faculty might introduce a proctor system to curb cheating, and the
following spring an Honor Council was set up to try students accused
of dishonesty in or out of the classroom.
At one point a deliberate attempt to subvert the honor system was
discovered. In February 1948 a set of keys to every classroom and
office in Wait Hall turned up in the possession of a townsman. When
the keys were surrendered to Kornegay, it was found that one of them
would open a desk from which a set of final exams had been stolen. In
a subsequent investigation a student found guilty of theft of an
examination was expelled and another was placed on probation.
In September 1949 Old Gold appealed editorially for support of the
honesty code, saving that "for years now the honor system in this
college has been just another gift horse in the glue factory…. A trust,
such as an honor system, is as much a contract in faith as a word of
honor…. It's worth a little more consideration than it gets." A
subsequent poll elicited responses from 1,703 students. Of that
number more than half said the code was not working. One
respondent cited a class in which 75 percent of the students admitted
they would fail if they didn't cheat. Concern over that aspect of
student integrity continued for years, and the Honor Council
occasionally showed its muscle by expelling miscreants, their number
on one occasion including a stellar athlete.
It was partly to assure wholesome conduct of coeds that Dean Lois
Johnson sponsored the organization of the Women's Government
Association. It was set up to regulate all matters pertaining to the life
of the women in the Wake Forest community. Although somewhat
political in nature, its goal was to set high standards and to broaden
social opportunities in a healthy context.