venice,
visitation and victory
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Tmarch
he campus troubles in the spring of 1970—especially the
to the President’s house after the Kent State killings and
the gathering of students in the hallway outside the President’s office
to promote the cause of visitation—were, for a college like Wake
Forest with its history of order and decorum, without precedent.
Nothing untoward had happened, and the protesters had, with few
exceptions, behaved with respect for the University and those who
represented it, but elsewhere in the nation college unrest had led to
violence, the Vietnam war was continuing, and no one could predict
what lay ahead for Wake Forest. In this atmosphere of uncertainty
President Scales thought it advisable to remind what he called the
“now generation” of the “eternal verities of the Academy” (“recogni-
tion of the rights of others, reliance on precedent, objectivity, civility,
and due process”) and to warn them that mob action can be counter-
productive and can lead to repression. “Gifted but doctrinaire young
people,” he said, must learn scholarship and humility.
The University Senate, similarly concerned, passed a resolution
prepared by Associate Professor of English John Carter, Associate
Professor of Psychology David Hills, Professor of Pathology Robert
Prichard, Assistant Professor of Political Science Donald Schoon-
maker, and Professor of Law James Webster. While defending stu-
dents’ rights to “peaceful dissent” and to “free inquiry, rational
debate and thoughtful action,” the Senate was sharply critical of
those students who placed the University “in jeopardy by the tactic
of intimidation. Decisions regarding crucial and substantive issues
of Wake Forest will not be resolved on the president’s lawn at night
in an atmosphere of rancor.”
chapter five
1970–1971
Venice, Visitation, and Victory
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