Chapter Nine: 1991–1992 149
impressionist. The event was sponsored by the Student Union, Benson University
Center, and ARA campus dining services. The Student Union sponsored a number of
other entertainers during the year, including juggler Mark Nizer, comedian Dennis
Miller, hypnotist Tom DeLuca, the rock group Disappear Fear, screenwriter Richard
Price, and filmmaker Jonathan Demme.
Four of the top student leaders for the year were David Upchurch, President
of the Student Government; Marian J. House, Editor-in-Chief of The Howler; Jane
Ballbach, President of the Student Union; and Rocky Lantz, Editor of the Old Gold
and Black.
To increase the interactions among students, faculty, and staff, a Student Gov-
ernment committee chaired by Matt Smith organized Project Pro Humanitate to
raise $30,000–$35,000 and construct a house for Habitat for Humanity. The idea
originated at the President’s Leadership Conference. The house would be built on
campus in the spring and then relocated. Various fundraisers were held throughout
the year; in the most dramatic event, students spent the night in cardboard boxes on
the Quad in mid-February. Despite energy and effort, the project sputtered along,
but on February 2, with just a week left to raise the remaining $7,000 of the goal,
thirty of the original planners and volunteers went door-to-door in the residence
halls and raised the sum in two hours. Construction of the house started the next
week, with volunteers working two-hour shifts. The house was moved to its final site
on April 27 with interior work remaining. According to Smith, Project Pro Humani-
tate met its three goals: to build a house, to bring the campus together, and to pro-
mote the value of service.
Another major event of the year was a March 22 visit to the old campus. Seniors
Christine Ruiz, Betsy Brakefield, and Charles Lambert organized the trek to enable
participants to learn more about Wake Forest history, traditions, and values. Buses
carried 300 participants for the 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. excursion. After attending services
at the Wake Forest Baptist Church and eating a catered lunch, groups of ten toured
with a guide, including some of the students in Ed Hendricks’s history of Wake Forest
class. It was the fifth trip to the old campus; previous trips were made in 1971, 1975,
1979, and 1984.
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