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institution and the Baptist State Convention.” The time had come,
Tribble said, for “bold action” on both fronts.3
The first of Tribble’s proposals was unanimously approved by the
Trustees on January 13, 1967, and was scheduled to become effec-
tive on June 12 so that, by the time of Tribble’s retirement, he would
already have become “President of Wake Forest University.” The
change in title might well, in fact, have occurred as far back in his-
tory as 1894, when the School of Law was founded, and certainly by
1902, when the School of Medicine first offered classes, but Wake For-
est had always been modest about its public claims for itself, and
the “College” name had survived, enjoying the affection of many
generations of students. Now “Wake Forest College” would continue
to be the name of the undergraduate school—a designation cov-
eted and admired by College alumni—and “Wake Forest Univer-
sity” would become the official name for the entire institution.
The second proposal from Tribble concerning the Baptist State
Convention would remain dormant until it became a central issue
for the next Wake Forest administration. It will be discussed in later
chapters of this history.
Though less emphasized by Tribble in his final reports to the Trust-
ees or in his public appearances during his last year as President,
other issues were coming to the surface which foretold campus
controversies for the years immediately ahead. Increasingly, the
war in Vietnam was a topic for discussion and debate, and, although
Wake Forest students had not become active in protesting against
the war, as had some of their contemporaries in colleges and uni-
versities, especially in the Northeast and on the West Coast, they
too would soon be affected by the national anti-war movement and
by a growing anxiety, especially among eligible male students, about
the Selective Service laws then in effect.
For the time being, however, Wake Forest students were pre-
occupied with matters of local interest. Dancing was still not per-
mitted on campus—a rule, regularly insisted upon by the Baptist
Convention, which had made Wake Foresters over many genera-
tions angry and embarrassed and which now, among really radical
changes in student conduct taking place across the landscape of
the 1960’s, seemed strangely old-fashioned. Students were also more
restless than ever about the requirement that they attend chapel
twice a week: every Tuesday and Thursday morning from ten to
The Wake Forest
Magazine, XIII
(Nov. 1966), 4.
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