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compensating “services” on the part of the University would not
be forthcoming. The Executive Committee of the Trustees, faced
with this Committee opinion, agreed to place the CAUSE funds
in escrow until, in conversations between the University and the
Convention, the issue could be resolved.
On February 28, as the centerpiece of a program in the main
lounge of Reynolda Hall, the Men’s Residence Council, prompted
by its president, Angelo Monaco, a senior from Port Monmouth,
New Jersey, presented a “Man of the Year Award” to Larry Flynt,
the editor and publisher of Hustler magazine. He had been chosen,
Monaco said, for “his entrepreneurial talents, his stand on the First
Amendment, and his contributions to the American male commu-
nity.” Flynt, who had recently been convicted in Ohio for “pandering
obscenity,” responded appreciatively by saying that this award was
the first he had ever received “for anything.”
The following night, in an obvious effort toward balance, the
Men’s Residence Council presented its Alumnus of the Year Award
to Coy C. Privette (B.A., 1955), a prominent Baptist minister then
serving as President of the Baptist State Convention, for his “con-
tribution to the Wake Forest ideals and the state of North Carolina.”
Privette offered a Christian perspec.tive on obscenity and sex.
Although the campus remained quiet and apparently untroubled
about Flynt’s appearance, reactions from across the state, especially
from churchmen, were incredulous and angry. “Does freedom
mean letting a human rattlesnake run loose?” one minister asked
Scales. And the Trustees said that “while the pornographic issue of
today needs to be discussed rationally and openly, there are more
appropriate ways to do so than the recent ‘tongue-in-cheek,’ half-
humorous honoring of a convicted trafficker in pornography.”
President Scales pointed out that Flynt had not been a guest of
the University, that he had come to the campus without the knowl-
edge of the faculty and the staff, and that only one student group
had sponsored his appearance. True to his belief, however, in what
he liked to call the “open platform,” he argued that “actually Mr.
Flynt and his hearers were considering a profound question of law
and government; to wit: To what extent is it proper for society to
make criminal the publication of material obnoxious to it.… And
we are bound to declare, I am convinced, that this is a problem en-
tirely worthy of a university’s concern.… We simply cannot decide
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