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The James B. Hunt Young Citizens Awards were initiated in August 1989 with
leftover campaign funds from Hunt’s run for governor. The awards recognized out-
standing citizenship among high school students, some of whom might eventually
come to Wake Forest.
Scott Kyles, a white student, pledged the predominantly black Alpha Phi Alpha
fraternity because he was not satisfied with the white fraternities on campus. In doing
so, he became the first white pledge in Alpha Phi Alpha’s ten-year history at Wake For-
est. The Pi Beta chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha, the oldest black sorority for women
in the nation, received its own campus charter. Overall, 196 men and 145 women
accepted bids from Greek organizations at the start of the spring semester.
Facilities, Finances, and Alumni
Facilities
About 300 directional and identification markers were placed around the campus
during 1989–1990 in the second phase of the beautification plan that began with
the replacement of the diseased elms. Lu Leake, who was responsible for the project,
chose the color scheme, off-white and light brown, because the school colors, old
gold and black, were unsuitable for the purpose. The signs used numbers to identify
buildings and letters to identify parking lots. The numbers and letters corresponded
with those on a newly designed map, which was distributed to visitors at the Wel-
come Center. Students and the Old Gold and Black criticized the $175,000 price tag,
and some of the signs were stolen or damaged. The Delta Kappa Epsilon (DKE)
spring pledge class constructed a sign outside the DKE house that resembled the
formal signs but cost $30, approximately $270 less than signs purchased through the
beautification plan.
The Environmentally Concerned Organization of Students (ECOS), formed
from the Student Union’s Outing Club, put out aluminum and paper recycling bins
in the fall semester of 1989 but discontinued the effort. Student Government under
President Aaron Christensen formed a Recycling Task Force in the spring semester
and tried recycling aluminum cans in Davis and South Halls for two weeks in hopes
that the campus would adopt the program thereafter. Chair Bo Martin believed that
few other universities were recycling. Regardless, after celebrating its twentieth Earth
Day on April 22, the University placed the first permanent recycling bins all over
campus and launched a consciousness raising effort.
Residents on Polo Road, near the campus, expressed concern over Wake Forest
buying a number of houses in the neighborhood. They complained that the Uni-
versity had complete freedom to do whatever it wished with the houses without the
approval of zoning boards, unlike all other homeowners. For example, twenty-two
students could live in a Wake Forest house, while only six unrelated people could live
in a similar private dwelling.
Brenner Children’s Hospital, opened in 1986 within North Carolina Baptist
Hospital, officially moved into its own wing with a dedication ceremony on July 12,
1989. It served children from newborns to eighteen years of age and included an
adolescent care unit.
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