his first year
henry h. bostic Jr of Elizabethtown and
ralph a. simpson of Charlotte were co-
editors of Old Gold and Black; w. brooks
stillwell of Savannah, Ga., edited The Howler;
timothy brown of Richmond, Va., was editor
of The Student for the fall semester, was then
succeeded by theodore f. boushy of Fayette-
ville as literary editor.
Old Gold and Black, for the third time in four
years, was named the best major college
newspaper in the Carolinas.
william “flash” gor-
don of Rome, Georgia,
was selected by Old
Gold and Black as
“Student of the Year.”
The “campus coffee-
house,” sponsored by
the campus ministry,
began its third year of
operation in “The Attic”
on the top floor of the Z.
Smith Reynolds Library.
The Trustees, at their meeting on April 26,
1968, approved the word “House” as a substi-
tute for the word “Dormitory” in designating
names for men’s residence halls.
(ronald e. bassett
of Aurora, NY;
cooper iii of
kenneth s. John-
son of Louisville,
Ky; and walter
iii of Savannah, Ga.) were selected as
senior orators. Johnson received the A.D.
Wake Forest debaters (laura abernathy of
Kingsport, Tenn., and thomas slonaker of
Ellicott City, Md., on the affirmative team;
richard leader of Wayne, Pa., and duke
wilson of Balboa, Canal Zone, on the negative
team) won first place in the “Debate Days in
Detroit” tournament. christopher barnes
of Cincinnati, Ohio, and larry penley of
Kingsport, Tenn., won first place in the novice
debate tournament at Ohio University.iv
Each year several seniors—three or four—are selected, by an ad hoc committee from the faculty
and administration, to speak on Sunday afternoon during the Commencement weekend. A panel
of judges from outside the University selects the best speaker, who is then awarded the A.D. Ward
Medal. This Medal has been given annually since 1909. (In 1977 Ethel Kanoy, Secretary to Dean
Mullen, prepared a record entitled “Senior Orations at Wake Forest,” covering the years from 1868
on. The record includes the names of all the participating orators, as well as their topics. It has,
since 1977, been maintained by the Office of the Dean of the College.)
Debating had been an important feature of Wake Forest student life almost from the beginning.
(The first public exercises of the Philomathesian and Euzelian Literary Societies, organizations
traditionally offering experience in public speaking, had taken place on July 4, 1835.) I have, there-
fore, in my “Student Notes,” mentioned some—by no means all—of the Wake Forest debate team’s
successes as the years went by.