132 The History of Wake Forest
In an unusual performance due to the fact that he was a student-athlete and virtu-
ally no student-athletes majored in music, fifth-year senior Dale Backus, a punter on
the Wake Forest football team since 1986, gave his senior piano recital on December 1.
The Student Union sponsored a three-day program on 1960s and 1970s
rock ‘n’ roll, featuring musical historian Barry Drake. It also sponsored guitarist
Kier, doing musical impressions and comedy; Tom Deluca, who blended comedy
with hypnosis; Sue Kolinsky, a comedian; Paula Larke, an actress/storyteller; the
acoustical duo Disappear Fear; comedian David Naster; political comedian Mark
Russell; jazz singer Jane Powell; the Duke’s Men of Yale University, an a capella
group; and Dan Butterworth and His Marionettes.
Campus and Student Life
At the beginning of the 1990–1991 academic year, Wake Forest enjoyed a 14:1 stu-
dent-to-faculty ratio, with 3,500 undergraduates, 100 graduate students, 460 law stu-
dents, 440 enrollees in the Babcock School of Management, and 420 students at the
Bowman Gray School of Medicine. The college attracted over six applications for
every place in the freshman class, although the number of applicants in fall 1990 was
down to 5,400.
Although the installation of cable was a welcome addition to campus life, the
University Clubroom closed after a one-year trial period. Held in the Magnolia
Room on weekends, it was not economically sus-
tainable. The idea for the creation of Shorty’s, a café
in the Benson University Center, began in 1988 as
part of a Student Government initiative. Ken Zick,
Vice President for Student life and Instructional
Resources, saw the need for a place where social
events could consistently be held throughout the
year. “Shorty’s was created through an initiative of
Student Government . . . after experimentation with
social events in the Magnolia Room. That experi-
ment demonstrated the need to offer a separate
place with regular hours. A student committee with
administrative representation created the original
design for Shorty’s,” Zick said.
In an unexpected move, Rhoda Channing,
head of the Z. Smith Reynolds Library, had to lay
off 58 of 208 student workers and cut the hours of
those remaining on February 27. The reason was
that the new addition and renovations to the library
required asbestos abatement and moving books
to accommodate construction. The usual jobs for
students were reduced because of limited access to
some areas.
Elaine Massey served as Student Government
President while Paul B. Sidone was Editor-in-Chief
Rodney Rogers
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