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senior George Bryan,
was held on the quad.
Over six hundred peo-
ple came, and the rally
lasted about three
hours. Unlike the ear-
lier organized efforts of
this kind, the program
included speeches from
represen tatives of both
sides of the Vietnam
controversy. Among
the participants were
Professor of Religion
G. McLeod Bryan,
against the war, and
Assistant Professor of
Politics David B. Broyles, supporting President Nixon. The rally,
though producing occasionally heated responses from the crowd,
did not lead to protests or marches like those that had taken place
in the spring of 1970.
In modest ways, black students were entering more fully and
with more recognition into the life of the historically white campus.
Franklin Roberts, a senior from Spindale, was named an adminis-
trative intern, and Beth Norbrey of Petersburg, Virginia, was elected
Wake Forest’s first black Homecoming queen.
The Scales administration, with regard to most of the issues
that for a long time had divided Wake Forest friends and support-
ers, continued to be forward-looking and liberal. With the support
of the Board of Trustees the University decided to ask the Baptist
State Convention to change the Convention Constitution so as to
allow the Trustees themselves to elect their own successors without
having to receive Convention approval. Aware, however, that such
a proposal would require a two-thirds favorable vote from the
Convention, the administration decided to wait for action until
the fall of 1972, when the Convention would be meeting in Winston-
Salem. Meanwhile, campus regulations concerning drinking were
quietly changed so that henceforward students would be allowed to
keep alcoholic beverages in their dormitory rooms so long as they
G. McLeod Bryan
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