126 The History of Wake Forest
CNN, ESPN, HBO, MTV, and Channel 2. CampusVision, a part of the television plan,
was operated by the Student Union and the Benson University Center, and it broad-
cast campus announcements. WAKE Radio, the student-run alternative radio station,
provided the sound behind CampusVision from 9 a.m. to 3 a.m. each day. The cost
for cable, $35 a semester, was included in room rates. Students without cable-ready
TV sets could buy a converter box for $35. While many students came from families
that had extensive cable offerings, prior student generations had not had such temp-
tations during their academic residency at Wake Forest. The installation of cable did
not seem to affect student grades or retention, but watching television by oneself or
with friends increased because of the variety of channels available.
Academics
One of the main highlights of academic offerings during the year was a symposium,
The Minds of the South: W.J. Cash Revisited. It attracted more than five hundred peo-
ple from twenty-two states and received significant national press coverage in the
Washington Post, the New York Times, and on NPR’s “All Things Considered.” W.J.
Cash was a Wake Forest alumnus (’22), Old Gold and Black editor, and an award-
winning journalist. Held on the fiftieth anniversary of the publication of his widely
acclaimed book, The Mind of the South, the symposium assessed regional progress
since his time. Speakers included Hodding Carter III, Assistant Secretary of State in
the Carter administration; C. Vann Woodward, Sterling Professor of History Emeri-
tus at Yale; Gerald L. Baliles, former Governor of Virginia; John Hope Franklin, James
B. Duke Professor of History Emeritus at Duke; and Bruce Clayton, author of the
biography W. J. Cash: A Life. The symposium was organized by Paul Escott (History).
In a year that addressed race relations from many points of view, the Faculty
Senate passed a resolution stating that the administration should plan an appropri-
ate celebration of Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday. President Hearn charged Biology
Professor Carole Browne, the Senate’s President, with forming a committee to carry
out the resolution in September.
Hearn also congratulated Catherine T. Harris
(Sociology) for her work as Chair of the Orientation
Committee in a September 4 letter, citing “the splen-
did way you organized and implemented the orienta-
tion” for the Class of 1994. Harris typically ended the
dinner held for first- and second-year lower-division
advisors with the exhortation: “Now let’s get out there
and advise!” A few days later on September 6, the Presi-
dent wrote to Joseph Milner (Education), praising “his
outstanding leadership in the North Carolina writing
project and its related international activities.” Co-
directed by faculty from local universities and K–12
schools, the Writing Project offered high-quality pro-
fessional development programs in writing pedagogy
both nationally and abroad. Milner also received a
W. J. Cash
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