| the history of wake forest
that in some future year the beauty of the plaza would become
dangerously threatened.
As the school year went by, the University approved a plan for
“open houses” in the lounges of the women’s residence halls from
noon until closing hour and, on “selected occasions,” in the men’s
dormitory lounges so long as the doors remained open, lights were
always on, and the women left by closing time. A fairly elaborate
system was developed to insure that “open houses” were satisfacto-
rily managed.
President Scales, later recalling the three-years-long debate over
intervisitation and, in particular, his feud with Bill DeWeese, said
that the student government was only doing those things that seemed
to them “significant” and was never willing to “let things slide.” Of
DeWeese he remarked: “He was my friend, and I shall miss him. He
never made a ‘non-negotiable’ demand upon me, although I must
say he pressed his claims with a vigorous vocabulary.”
Following the banner year of 1970, the football team, in spite
of star players like seniors Larry Russell and Larry Hopkins, had
a disappointing season: five losses and only six wins. Coach Cal
Stoll, given an opportunity to become head coach at the University
of Minnesota, at first declined the offer but then almost immedi-
ately reconsidered and resigned his position at Wake Forest. He
was succeeded by Tom Harper, who had served as defensive coor-
dinator under Stoll.
Basketball had a particularly unsatisfactory season: only eight
victories out of twenty-six games, a loss to Virginia in the first
round of the ACC Tournament, and a sixth-place finish in the
Conference. Coach Jack McCloskey, after six years at Wake Forest,
left to join the Portland Trailblazers, and was followed by Carl
Tacy, basketball coach at Marshall University.
The golf team, once again, won the ACC championship, the
sixth straight, and Jim Simons, for the second straight year, was the
leading amateur in the U.S. Open. He was also named by Golf Mag-
azine the 1971 College Player of the Year. The tennis team,
under Coach Jim Leighton, had a 17–3 record and placed second
to North Carolina in the Conference.
The College Union’s film series, which had been nationally
recognized for its originality, its thoroughness, and its artistic
standards, underwent a dramatic change this year, shifting away
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