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described by theater manager John Friedenberg as “powerful and farcical.” In the
second semester, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie by Jay Presson Allen was followed by
George Farquhar’s 1707 comedy The Beaux’ Stratagem, directed by Jim Dodding.
The Secrest Artists Series featured performances by eighteen-year-old Japanese
violinist Midori, Dutch soprano Elly Ameling, clarinet soloist Richard Stoltzman
with the National Arts Centre Orchestra of Canada, Spanish pianist Alicia de Lar-
rocha, and the AMAN Folk Ensemble, founded at the University of California, Los
Angeles, to preserve and perform music, song, and dance reflecting the multicultural
heritage of the United States.
Campus and Student Life
Only 31 percent of a record 6,173 applicants to Wake Forest in fall 1989 were accepted.
In addition, average SAT scores for entering freshmen topped 1,200 for the first time.
The 50 percent growth in applicants since 1985 may be attributed to the publicity
that accompanied the presidential debate. Regardless, the entering class was stronger,
and the Admissions Department suspended personal interviews for applicants. USA
Today ranked Wake Forest twenty-sixth among fifty-two colleges that accepted fewer
than half of their applicants.
New and returning students were greeted by tropical storm Hugo, which caused
some minor power outages and heavy rain, but classes went on as usual. Hugo had
diminished from a deadly hurricane that caused widespread damage and death in
North and South Carolina on September 22 to more of a wind and rain storm. After
The 1989 cross country team was outstanding