| the history of wake forest
For the second year, again under the leadership of Norma Mur-
doch, now a senior, the Experimental College offered a varied and
conspicuously timely curriculum: courses in judo, fencing, and
cooking; “movie appreciation” and “contemporary rock”; and some-
what more intellectual explorations into Tolkien, the thought of
Harvey Cox, and the “New Left.” Seven hundred students registered,
more than in the previous year. The general verdict seems to have
been that some courses succeeded and others failed.
The Founders’ Day Convocation in February featured as the
main speaker Irving Carlyle (B.A., 1917) of Winston-Salem, a
prominent attorney and a renowned leader in liberal North Caro-
lina politics. Under the new regulations governing chapel, atten-
dance was not required, but Wait Chapel was full, and President
Scales could say to the students appreciatively, “You have passed
the first test.”
Carlyle, who also received the University’s second Medallion of
Merit, was ill on Founders’ Day,8 and his daughter, Elizabeth Byerly,
read the speech he had prepared. It was typical of Carlyle’s candor
and courage that he used the occasion to talk about two controver-
sial subjects: religion and athletics. About the former he said that
some non-Baptists and some non-North Carolinians should be
named promptly to the Board of Trustees. With regard to the latter
he said that he was concerned about “the ease and frequency with
which this University and the College before it have hired and fired
athletic coaches.”
Arrangements about the future of business education at Wake
Forest continued to receive attention from the University adminis-
tration. Robert S. Carlson (B.S., Massachusetts Institute of Tech-
nology; M.B.A., Ph.D., Stanford), Associate Professor in the Harvard
Business School, was named Dean of what was being called the
Charles H. Babcock School of Business Administration, and Jeanne
Owen was appointed Administrative Director of the B.B.A. pro-
gram. It was announced at the same time that the B.B.A. program
would be gradually phased out; that, as recommended by the fac-
ulty, departments of economics and accounting would be created
within the undergraduate business school; that the new degree
would be the Bachelor of Science; and that graduate work would
be located in a new “school,” the precise shape of which was still to
be determined. Business programs, as well as the Department of
Carlyle died on
June 5, 1971. See,
in Appendix D, the
editorial, written
by Wallace Carroll,
that appeared in
the Winston-Salem
Journal on June 7.
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