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required his attention, but he could also take satisfaction in the rela-
tive quiet of more recent times. Not for more than five years had the
College campus been torn by conflict, and he and his administrative
colleagues had generally enjoyed wholesome relations with both the
undergraduate faculty and the students. With regard to the familiar
issues with the Baptists there was little internal disagreement, and
the difficulties with the professional schools of law and manage-
ment had had little negative effect beyond the schools themselves.
In the fall of 1981, however, a series of administrative decisions
led to a growing uneasiness within the campus community about
college priorities and to a widespread perception that the opinions of
students and faculty were either not being asked for or, when asked
for, were not listened to. The pages of Old Gold and Black began to
be filled regularly with outspoken criticism of the administration,
sometimes merely petulant but more often harsh or sarcastic.
The Trustees’ decision to convert Graylyn into a conference
center was disappointing to all those who, for a variety of reasons,
had envisioned Graylyn as an extension of the Reynolda campus
and therefore as part of the College itself. Plans now being formu-
lated for the manor house implied a quite different future, and re-
ports that about ten acres of the estate were being bought for
development by John C. Whitaker Jr., president of Venture Man-
agement, Inc., added to a heightened suspicion that the Graylyn
estate would eventually belong to persons and events outside aca-
deme. (Whitaker’s concept was that the clustered housing he saw
as constituting “Graylyn Place” would be compatible in appearance
with Graylyn’s Norman Revival architecture and would incorpo-
rate other features characteristic of Graylyn.)
In fact, the restoration of Graylyn was proceeding somewhat
more slowly than had been expected. The cost of the renovation was
now being estimated as at least $4.5 million, about half of which
($2.4 million) would be provided by insurance for the fire damage.
The second and third floors were almost ready, but uncertainty
about exactly how the first floor and the basement would be even-
tually used was delaying progress in those areas.
Almost simultaneously with the news about Graylyn, the De-
partment of Athletics proposed a new housing concept for student
athletes: a million–dollar dormitory for members of the football
and basketball teams. “We’re striving for better living conditions,”
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