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Baptists and Roman Catholics. Besides offering seminars and lec-
tures in a context “free of any sectarian bias,” the Institute was
asked to collect “documentary materials and resources for study
and research.” Dr. Claude U. Broach, pastor of St. John’s Baptist
Church in Charlotte, was appointed to be the Institute’s first full-
time director, succeeding Professor of Religion J. William Angell.
The Reserve Officers’ Training Corps, which had been active at
Wake Forest since 1951 and which had successfully maintained its
place in college life even during the anti-war demonstrations of the
late 1960’s and early 1970’s, enrolled its first women students in 1973:
three seniors and two freshmen. They were told they were expected
to take part in all ROTC activities except for “firing weapons.” Now
that the draft had ended, the number of freshmen in the total pro-
gram had declined from forty-six in 1972 to fifteen in 1973.
The Urban Services Referral Bureau, a project endorsed by the
student government, was making efforts to place about eighty stu-
dents in volunteer positions in Winston-Salem, emphasizing op-
portunities for tutoring underprivileged children and working
with youth groups. A resurrected Experimental College offered
eleven courses in the spring on such topics as Eckankar, yoga, the
Beatles, and ballroom dancing.
A more permissive “open house” policy for men’s and women’s
dormitories was approved by the administration. On any Friday
or Saturday, from noon until closing, when there was a campus
activity (like a dance or a concert) that included at least thirty
people, dormitories would “automatically” be open for visitation.
The curfew for first-year women students was abolished; they were
instead instructed to follow a “self-limiting hours policy.” Law
students who had been assigned to Huffman House were moved
to Kitchin so that Huffman could become a residence hall for the
football team.
The faculty committee appointed during the previous year to
study the University’s athletic program returned a generally
friendly report, though expressing continuing concern about the
failure of some athletes to perform well academically. With regard
to Wake Forest’s place in the Atlantic Coast Conference and in in-
tercollegiate athletics generally, the committee concluded that “no
other university has the same situation we do” and that “compari-
sons to other universities . . . shed little or no light on acceptable
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