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of the Board of Trustees. Assistant Professor of Sociology Philip
Perricone and William Kutteh, a Statesville senior, served as co-
chairmen of the committee, which developed a proposal that each
dormitory unit, whether suite or hall, should select its own visitation
hours but that maximum permitted hours would be from noon to
midnight Sunday through Thursday and from noon to one o’clock
a.m. on Friday and Saturday. This plan was approved unanimously
by the faculty’s Student Life Committee, and later by the College
faculty, and sent to the Trustees’ Student Life Committee, which
sponsored an open forum to discuss what was being recommended.
President Scales gave his own views to the Trustee committee.
Though he presented what he called a “balance sheet” of the strengths
and weaknesses of the proposal and said that he did not think his
opinion should be “decisive,” it was clear that he did not favor such
a sweeping change in dormitory regulations, and at their spring
meeting, in spite of a favorable report by their own Student Life
Committee, the Trustees, by a vote of fifteen to thirteen, reaffirmed
their traditional position that “visiting in bedrooms of members
of the opposite sex will not be permitted.”4
The President and the Trustees were also being asked to reply
to another request for action, this time from Dean Bowman of the
“Pack up your golf clubs. Reset the alarm clock. The Boss is Back!”
(A cartoon by David Hills.)
4
Because intervisita-
tion was the one issue
that, over several
years, most often led
to conflict between
Scales and students,
including many stu-
dents who very much
admired him, I have
decided it would be
useful to include—
in Appendix I—a
June 30, 1975, letter
from Scales “to the
Wake Forest commu-
nity” in which he sets
forth his position on
the subject.
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