| the history of wake forest
Whether because of
such obvious sternness on
the part of both the Presi-
dent and the Senate or sim-
ply because vocal passion
about Vietnam, not only at
Wake Forest but elsewhere
in America, had begun to
spend itself, the 1970–71
school year saw no further
antiwar protests or marches
of any real significance. In
the fall the Student Legisla-
ture established a legal de-
fense fund to help twenty-
five Kent State University
students and teachers who
had been indicted following
the disturbances of the
previous May. Statewide, a
North Carolina Committee
to End the War in Indo-
China was formed, with former Trustee Irving Carlyle as chair-
man. In February about fifty people, mostly students, held a vigil
downtown to protest the invasion of Laos by American and South
Vietnamese troops, and in May President Scales’ annual ROTC
review was picketed by about twenty-five students who passed
out leaflets condemning the war. Discussions, sometimes heated,
continued to take place in classrooms and dormitories, but for
the most part students seemed to have turned inward, and Old
Gold and Black editor Kirk Jonas could say with some assurance
at the end of the year that “The revolution is over. For the moment.
The campuses are quiet and they are not supposed to be.” And Pres-
ident Scales could give as a title to his annual report to Trustees and
alumni “The Return of Optimism.”1
Racial tensions also subsided. At the beginning of the fall term
the Afro-American Society developed a counter-orientation pro-
gram to take place during the traditional period for freshman orien-
tation. Freemon Mark, the coordinator for the proposed program,
For his account of
the Vietnam War
as it affected Wake
Forest I am indebted
to Tyler Stone (B.A.,
1997), who wrote
Pro Humanitate,
Anti War: A Distinct
Wake Forest
Observance of the
Vietnam Conflict,
1969–1971 for a
history seminar
taught by Professor
Richard Zuber in
November 1996.
Casa Artom, Venice, Italy
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