134 The History of Wake Forest
procession the night before the holiday, students, staff, and faculty marched from
the Benson University Center to the front steps of Wait Chapel, where King spoke in
1962. The next day, Edward Reynolds (’64), the University’s first black graduate, gave
the keynote address in Wait Chapel, emphasizing that while race relations had come
a long way since the 1960s, they still had a long way to go. Unfortunately, a little over
a month later, he was proven right. Racial tensions rose on campus during Sigma
Chi’s Derby Days in March, when a member dressed as “Fat Albert” in blackface. The
fraternity later co-sponsored a race relations event with the Black Student Alliance to
make amends for its insensitive act.
B.A.R.tenders (Building Alcohol Responsibility), a committee of seven students
and one administrator, developed an alcohol awareness program called Greeks Asso-
ciated for Responsible Drinking. During the second semester, 456 students (251
women and 205 men) participated in rush.
The Environmentally Concerned Organization of Students (ECOS) planted a
dogwood tree on the Quad in front of Reynolda Hall to commemorate Earth Day.
It was the only campus event honoring Earth Day, according to the group’s Co-­
President Greg Galaida.
Paul Escott (History) substituted for New York Times columnist Tom Wicker as
the main speaker for Founders’ Day, February 7, when Wicker could not appear. Dur-
ing the day’s events it was announced that the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation was
making a three-part gift of $2 million for minority scholarships, which would be
renamed in honor of Joseph G. Gordon, Associate Professor Emeritus of Radiology at
the School of Medicine and a member of the Foundation’s board. The Foundation also
added $500,000 to the Nancy Susan Reynolds Scholarship program and provided an
additional $250,000 annually in perpetuity for undergraduate teaching and research.
Facilities, Finances, and Alumni
After almost two years of construction, the Benson University Center, a 110,000
square foot facility, opened on September 29. At an earlier ceremony, Clifford
Ed Reynolds Ernie Wade
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