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Perhaps the removal of the elms on the upper quad symbolized the main
story of the year. Wake Forest was changing in many ways; things that had seemed
permanent, like the elms, made way for innovations and advancement—new
trees; comprehensive plans; new, more diverse students, faculty, and staff; and
the hard work of students, like Mike Smith, to bring a national event to campus.
The change of the University was seeded in the press and in other recognitions. It
bled over into the perceptions of those who loved Wake Forest for what it was and
those who began to consider it as an academic home. Anticipation of what could
be and what would be increased with the breaking of ground for construction,
renovations, and relocations.