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To help students achieve a healthy lifestyle, Cashin Hunt was hired to fill the
newly created position of lifestyle coordinator. She worked with Mike Ford, Associate
Dean of Students, and Mary Ann Taylor, Director of Student Health.
To increase diversity, the University adopted a recruitment plan to increase black
enrollment in the undergraduate school to 10 percent and black faculty appoint-
ments to a total of 18 by 1992. The plan, approved by the University’s executive coun-
cil on April 26, would be presented to the Board of Trustees for approval in the fall.
Recruitment goals were based on the recommendations of an ad hoc committee of
faculty and administrators formed in April 1987. In April 1988, there were 126 black
students and six black faculty on campus.
A third microcomputer lab for students opened in Wingate Hall 103 in Janu-
ary 1988. Across from the Chaplain’s Office, the lab housed fourteen Zenith micro-
computers, which were IBM-compatible, and a letter-quality printer. The two other
microcomputer labs at the time were in Poteat and Luter residence halls and featured
Apple Macintosh computers that were not compatible with the Wingate lab com-
puters. As for studying, a Z. Smith Reynolds library survey found that 55 percent of
students polled spent zero to five hours in the library each week; another 34 percent
spent up to fifteen hours per week there.
Most undergraduates received on-campus housing in a process that presented far
fewer problems than in previous years. Alternate Estates, a residence life and housing
program implemented in fall 1987, allowed students to paint their rooms, to design
graphics or murals, and to decorate common areas, such as lounges and halls. It also
encouraged the use of lofted beds to open more floor space in the rooms.
A student works on his assignment in the computer lab