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good season, however—a 21–9 overall record and nine victories
against five losses in the Conference—and for the seventh time in
history went to the NCAA tournament.
Little annoyances also peeved the students: the erection of a
chain fence around the Quad to protect the grass from abuse; com-
plaints by faculty members attending basketball games in Greens-
boro that students were obstructing their view of the court and the
subsequent creation of a “buffer zone” between faculty and students;
the Registrar’s news that, because the company that had been sup-
plying Wake Forest with sheepskin diplomas was going out of
business, members of the Class of 1982 would receive 15-by-17 inch
diplomas made from “simulated sheepskin.” The campus mood, at
least among those students who were most vocal, can be discerned
from a column, playful and yet serious, submitted to Old Gold and
Black by Neal Jones, a junior from Smithfield. In part, he wrote:
“Administrative offices are now in what used to be Poteat dorm.
Students displaced by the move now live in tents…. Chapel, as usu-
al, will be held in Dr. Christman’s office. Davis Chapel has been
converted into [a cinema], where football players review films of
past games. Wake Forest has liberalized its social policy. Students
may now hold hands in public on Friday and Saturday afternoons,
and on Saturdays between 1:00 and 6:00 p.m…. The Wake Forest
Demon Deacons…celebrated…victory by toilet papering the quad
chains. In order to boost basketball revenues, all Wake Forest
games with ACC opponents are now played in Landover, Mary-
land. Chartered flights are available for students who wish to see
the games in person. However, students attending the games must
watch the action through the coliseum doors so as not to obstruct
the view of the faculty, the administration, and Billy Packer.”
And so it went, especially in the spring. Ironically, the year
ended (on June 23–26) with an electrical explosion at the Univer-
sity’s power plant, caused by the failure of three high voltage cables,
which brought darkness to the campus for fifty-three hours. But,
as always, light eventually returned.
Actually, there had been much “light” at Wake Forest, even dur-
ing the months when unrest had dominated campus headlines. Some
of the light came from the naming of the first Reynolds Professor:
Maya Angelou, the author of three collections of poetry and four
volumes of autobiography, beginning with I Know Why the Caged
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