| the history of wake forest
In order to discuss some of Scales’s long-range goals, a confer-
ence was held at Bayhill, Florida, under the auspices of Arnold
Palmer, then chairman of the College Board of Visitors. At that
meeting the so-called President’s Club was formed, made up of
University alumni and friends who were willing to make a ten-year
financial commitment of one thousand dollars a year. There were
thirty charter members: the first such Wake Forest group ever to
pledge that kind of continuing support. Many more President’s
Club members were added in the years to come.
The long awaited “new” dormitory was ready for occupancy in
the fall of 1971. Designed for coeducational living, though men
and women had rooms on separate floors, it was admired by stu-
dents for its general design, its spacious lounge areas, and an “air of
freedom” which made its residents more “relaxed” and more “in-
dependent.” Also, men and women came and went into and out of
the building in such a manner as to hint that “intervisitation”
could be a natural way of campus life. The building continued to
be called the “New Dorm” for all the remaining years of the Scales
In 1962 the Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation had given to
Wake Forest a thirteen-and-a-half acre tract of land known as
Reynolda Village, consisting of barns and outbuildings designed
by the Reynolda House architect Charles Barton Keen as part of
the original family estate. Some of the buildings had been put to
various uses during the years since 1962, and by 1972 there were
already a health food store and a dress shop in the Village, man-
aged by merchants who paid rent to the University. Talks began to
take place about the extent to which the Village should continue to
become a “shop village,” and the administration invited sugges-
tions about future development from the campus as well as from
the general public.
The new academic calendar, with its one-month “winter term”—
the so-called “4-1-4”—was officially inaugurated in the fall of 1971
and, in practice, led to the same controversy that it had aroused in
theory. Proponents hailed it as reducing the pressures and tensions
that are typically part of a traditional academic routine, and the
more than two hundred students who went abroad in January were
especially joyful about their sudden opportunity to see strange lands
in the midst of winter. Opponents argued that the shortened fall
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