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students, already much altered from earlier times, was abolished on a
trial basis; it was not reinstated. The long-standing requirement that
there be “acceptable” chaperones (that is, married faculty members)
for student parties and dances was modified: chaperones would
no longer be necessary for off-campus social functions. “Coeds,”5
from now on, would not receive a “call-down” for not making their
beds every morning by ten o’clock. And in the spring the Trustees
approved a long-sought five-day week of classes, to become effective as
soon as calendar details could be worked out. Saturday classes would,
like required chapel, become only a reminder of what once was.
One new prohibition, arising from the experimental age that
Wake Forest was passing through in 1969–1970, became law. Stu-
dents were told that if they were involved in the use or the distribu-
tion of drugs, on or off campus, they would be “subject to disciplinary
action” which could include “dismissal from the University.” In the
spring the first drug trial in University history led to the suspension
by the Men’s Judicial Board of a sophomore for possession and use
of marijuana.
The work of the Urban Institute, which received no financial
support from the University and therefore had to rely on outside
funding, continued in spite of necessary cutbacks. Julius H. Cor-
pening (B.A., 1949; B.D., Southern Baptist Theological Seminary),
pastor of Temple Baptist Church in Durham, was appointed to be
the Institute’s first full-time director, succeeding Professor Van
Wagstaff, who returned to full-time teaching.
The “Covenant Committee,” formed during the 1968–1969
school year after a suggestion by Laura Stringfellow, rented a house
in the city at 136 West End Boulevard, and nine students (eight from
Wake Forest, including Stringfellow, and one from Salem College)
took up residence there, as did Assistant Professor of Biology Her-
bert Webber and his wife. The members of the “Covenant House”
began offering tutorials, classes, and recreation programs for the
interracial community in which they lived.6
The development of a two-tiered program in business adminis-
tration continued apace with the dedication during Homecoming
on October 11, 1969, of Charles H. Babcock Hall. Erected at a cost of
$1.15 million dollars, the building had 39000 square feet of space.
All classrooms were equipped for full audio-visual use, and most
students’ desks were movable. The principal speaker for the dedica-
6
See “In Retrospect,”
by Laura Stringfellow
Wilson, in Chapter
Three.
5
The word was
commonly used for
women students,
even in the late
sixties. It has since
then, I believe, been
almost universally
rejected.
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