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The Brian Piccolo Leadership Luncheon was treated to special guests: former
President Gerald Ford and Betty Ford. The former First Lady was the featured speaker.
The fund raised over $45,000 during the fall.
An underground newspaper, Cream Cheese, was published for the first time on
November 10. The student editor remained anonymous but said the name was cho-
sen because “the student body was pasteurized.” The paper folded after a year. Late
in the spring, two anonymous women posted 375 signs of a character they labeled
“Cynical Man” with such captions as “Have a Nice Day” or “Have a Dark Day.” When
questioned by Old Gold and Black reporter Mike McKinley, the two said it was a way
of saying “ha” to Wake Forest.
USA Today named senior Ed Clark and junior Bob Esther to its sixty-student
All-USA College Academic Team in January 1990. Esther was named to the second
team and Clark to the third.
A chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, the national English honor society, was started
In November 1989, the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation announced it was extend-
ing its 1985 grant at the original amount of $150,000 annually to continue the Uni-
versity’s minority scholarship program for two more years, through the spring of
1992. Securing permanent endowment for the program became one of the priorities
of the Heritage and Promise capital campaign that would begin in 1991. Wake Forest
had increased the percentage of black students in the freshman class from 4.2 percent
in 1987–1988 to 7.4 percent in 1988–1989 to 8.6 percent in 1989–1990. The goal
envisioned by the University and supported by the trustees was 10 percent minority
enrollment by 1995.
The Poteat Scholarship increased in value to $3,000 and was renewable. The
merit-based scholarship was awarded to North Carolina Baptist students, one for
each of the eleven congressional districts and three for the state at large, for a total of
fourteen. Patrick Auld, a sophomore, was one of ninety-two students nationwide to
be awarded a Truman Scholarship. He was the first Wake Forest student to receive one
since 1984. The award carried a stipend of up to $7,000 a year for the last two years of
undergraduate study and up to two years of graduate study.
High-profile student leaders for the year were Aaron Christensen, Student Gov-
ernment President; Paul B. Sidone, Editor-in-Chief of The Howler; and Jonathan
Jordan and later Alan Pringle, Editor-in-Chief of the Old Gold and Black. The reason
there were two editors of the Old Gold and Black during the year was because Jona-
than Jordan ran for a seat in the thirty-ninth district of the North Carolina House
of Representatives. He lost and resigned his editorship after the election in order to
study and catch up on his academic work, and Alan Pringle took up the post.
Students launched Project Pumpkin in the fall of 1989. Sponsored by the Uni-
versity’s Volunteer Service Corps (VSC), a handful of students served on the steer-
ing committee and about 125 worked to provide a safe haven for Halloween fun.
Children associated with various Winston-Salem social welfare agencies visited
the campus from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Monday, October 30. The idea was not
unique to the VSC; Jon Hume, a senior math major, had a similar idea he called
Wake-Oween. Winston-Salem children between the ages of five and ten years were
invited to trick-or-treat on campus from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, October 31.