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additional large universities. To me small or medium-sized means less than
2,500 total enrollment."
Dr. James C. O'Flaherty, German: "Since universities exist primarily for
the cultivation of the mind, our institution should not be side-tracked into
becoming a glorified YMCA or assembly line for the production of spec-
tacle sports…. Students and alumni should not be allowed to forget that,
whereas a college can exist without 'big-time' athletics, it cannot exist
without sincere devotion to the arts and sciences."
Dr. Harold Parcell, French: "… A word should be said in favor of
humanistic studies. This poses a problem in view of the fact that so much
stress is placed today upon what are called practical courses."
Dr. John E. Parker, Romance languages: "I should like to mention the
danger in expansion that becomes expansion for the sake of numbers,
prestige, or any other factor except the simple fact that we are attracting
more and more students who desire the type of education which we offer
and for which they are well suited. Such expansion will normally be very
gradual and should be the only kind of expansion encouraged."
Mary Paschal, French: "Since college athletics have undeniably become
`big business,' I think they should be treated as such. A certificate instead of
a degree might be the proper reward for athletes, with different courses and
attainments required for the certificate from those for the degree. Should an
athlete have the desire for or the ability to pursue the courses for a degree,
he should have that choice. In this way the classes would not be burdened
with dullards who have no intention of working, except as athletes. There
would then be no question of lowering the standards to help them remain
eligible for athletic competition."
Dr. Percival Perry, social sciences: "In establishing Wake Forest College
at Winston-Salem our aim should not be toward a vastly enlarged college
from the standpoint of student body or basic organization."
Dr. A. C. Reid, philosophy and psychology: "The college of liberal arts
must be recognized as the roots and the trunk of the institution; and the
curriculum of the college of liberal arts must consist only of foundational
subjects, well integrated and designed to promote genuine culture, develop
personality, and establish a sound foundation for professional excellence."
Dr. Henry L. Snuggs, English: "It is my earnest conviction that a church-
related college should not go heavily into multifarious professional and
vocational schools…. We should go no further toward professional and
vocational training."
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