100 The History of Wake Forest
housing, including student apartments, townhouses, theme housing, and Henley
Drive houses, had no visitation rules. Parties still had to end at 1 a.m., but the new
regulations did not apply to parties in leased lounges. A student who broke the rules
three times would lose a housing point; under the previous policy, a housing point
was lost after the first violation. Visitation hours for the two years prior were 12 p.m.
to 1 a.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. until 1 a.m. on Saturday and Sun-
day. From 1984–1986, visitation was allowed from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through
Thursday, 12 p.m. to 1 a.m. Friday and Saturday, and 12 p.m. to 12 a.m. on Sunday.
In a conscientious effort to increase diversity, Admissions Director Bill Starling
informed President Hearn in a July 12 memo that fifty-four minority students were
expected to enroll in the fall, a 46 percent increase over the previous year’s thirty-
seven minority enrollees. In actuality, enrollment of minority students in the freshman
class almost doubled—forty-six nonathletes and nineteen student-athletes—for a
total of sixty-five students, according to Ernest Wade, Director of Minority Affairs.
Wade attributed the increase to the efforts of Gloria Cooper, Coordinator for Minority
Recruitment since 1987. She said freshman class enrollment was 7.4 percent minority.
By February, Law School applications were up from 766 to 1,138, and early deci-
sion applications to the College had increased 43 percent.
A new keycard security system was put in place on October 13 in every south cam-
pus residence hall, as well as Huffman House and Efird House on the north campus.
The cards enabled residents to open the front doors of their own halls, which locked
automatically from 2 a.m. to 7 a.m. The system was installed to keep out intruders
who were entering through exit doors that had been propped open by students. An
alarm would now sound if the doors were open for more than fifteen seconds.
In the fall semester, nineteen rooms in the residence halls were converted into
triples; only two had originally been study rooms. According to Dennis Gregory,
Director of Residence Life and Housing, the need for more beds was occasioned by a
new policy that let children of faculty live on cam-
pus instead of attending as day students, a decrease
in student attrition over the summer, and the fact
that only thirty students decided to live off campus,
as opposed to 120 the year before.
A fire in a room on the fourth floor of the Pi
Kappa Alpha suite in Kitchin House broke out at
3 a.m. on Sunday morning, February 12, and did
about $30,000 in damages. No one was hurt, but
other rooms in the suite and below it suffered exten-
sive smoke and water damage. A new student lab,
consisting of fifteen Apple MacIntosh computers,
was set up in the tunnel between the Johnson and
Bostwick dorms. The lab, which opened in January,
was similar to labs in Luter and Poteat.
Two students, Marjorie Sharon Klein and
Henry Franklin Perritt III, died unexpectedly over
the summer. Klein, 19, a junior history major
who was active in intramurals and the Fideles
Keycard technology helped to
make the campus safer