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Director of Athletics Gene
Hooks said, “a comfortable and
accessible study area and an
investment in the future of
athletics at Wake Forest.” The
dormitory would provide rooms
for one hundred and twenty-six
students and would be paid for
by the Department of Athletics
over a period of ten years.
In the context of what was
being said by students at this
time about campus housing—
its various inadequacies, needs
for renovation, differences in
quality between men’s rooms
and women’s rooms, continuing
displeasure about the rules for
visitation—the idea of an athletic
dormitory was disturbing. Ed
Cunnings, Director of Housing,
said, “Elitist isolation is not the
answer to the problems we have
here,” and alumnus Al Hunt
(B.A., 1965), national political
correspondent for the Wall Street Journal, in his Founders’ Day
Convocation address, urged the administration “to change, imme-
diately, the ludicrous idea of opening a dormitory exclusively for
athletes.” He also said, incidentally, that Wake Forest should “elim-
inate all social restrictions” within two years, “if for no other reason
that we can harness our energies, anger and ideas on more important
issues.” Understandably, his speech was received warmly by the
Convocation audience.
Unfortunately for the athletic department—in spite of opposi-
tion by Hunt and others, the Trustees authorized the construction
of the dormitory for athletes—frustration was mounting over the
trips to Greensboro now required for all those who wanted to see
Conference basketball games, and every problem with traffic or
weather or seating became a matter for concern. The team had a
Al Hunt and President Scales
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