Oh, here’s to James Ralph,
Let’s kill the fatted calf,
Our president is back with us today . . .
He’s rambled to Venice,
And dreamed of playing tennis,
And on the beach he’s lolled his days away . . .
Rah, rah, JRS, rah,
We worked so hard so he could go and play.
No breaks to drink coffee,
No billiards or golfee,
We put in an eighteen hour day . . .
While we at Reynolda got older and colder,
The bills did rise,
The arts center did not.
The football team kept losing,
The self study was unamusing,
We had a case of academic rot . . .
Rah, rah, JRS, rah,
He’s finally come home to set things straight.
The wheels have started spinning,
The teams have started winning,
And no one dares to intervisitate . . .
To the Wake Forest Community:
The President of the Student Government, Mr. Anderson
Cromer, made a request at the last regular meeting of the
Trustees at the Medical Center on May 9 that a statement
be prepared giving the reasons for the action the Board had
just taken, reaffirming University policies on parietal rules
for students in Wake Forest residence halls. No one can
speak for 36 individual members and interpret the meaning
of their votes, but I accept the Student President’s request
in good faith and offer my own review of the issues raised
and the decision reached.
The resolution was a second reaffirmation of the 1971
action of the Board of Trustees, and thus reads:
RESOLVED, That the Board reaffirm the policy that
dating within the residence halls be confined to the
lounges and other public rooms. (In University hous-
ing, visiting in bedrooms of the opposite sex will not
This is the third trustee consideration of student
requests for “intervisitation” privileges in six years. It is
only one of many social rules that have been challenged, in
response to the changing needs of this generation. Many
rules have been changed, and some regulations eliminated
entirely, to give greater freedom to the community of
learning. I think it is fair to say that the deans and the
faculty committeemen have shown great concern in coun-
seling with students.
A residential campus, requiring four years of dormitory
life, is not for everybody. Dormitory space at Wake Forest
is always fully allotted. Rooms are crowded; single rooms
are rare. Privacy is at a premium. Expectations rise even as
standards of maintenance decline and the services become
less dependable. Frustrations grow, despite the greater in-
volvement of the students in making rules. Ad hoc commit-
tees are formed to advise the regular committees. Deans,
faculty committeemen, and student representatives have
worked earnestly to solve the recurring problems of life on
campus. In two lengthy hearings the Student Life Commit-
tee of the Board of Trustees heard all who wished to speak.
These meetings were marked by patience and courtesy on
every side. At no time was any proposal made for unregu-
lated unlimited visiting privileges in University housing.
It is important for all members of the community to
speak with civility to this issue that has aroused strong
emotion. Undergraduates are in the years of greatest
change, physically and emotionally. They assert personal
maturity, which is too often denied them by insensi-
tive elders. The generation gap shows in every survey of
student, alumni, and parental opinion (e.g., a professional
To the tune of the Wake Forest Fight Song