150 The History of Wake Forest
An interesting and relationship-building adventure was Operation Dorm Storm.
Fourteen administrators, seven from Facilities, spent the night of January 22 in stu-
dents’ dorm rooms all over campus. The event, also referred to as “a slumber party,”
was organized by the Student Government Student Relations Committee to help stu-
dents and administrators understand each other’s points of view.
After twenty-two years, the Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity (“the Dekes”) was
recognized by the University when its charter was approved by Student Government,
the Office of Student Life, and the faculty. Recognition mandated regulation of their
parties, including rush, but it gave the brothers a representative in the Interfraternity
Council for the first time.
A series of three bomb threats for Salem and Winston Halls were phoned in dur-
ing April. No bombs were found, and no one was ever apprehended.
Senior J. Matthew Smith won $100 in the Volunteer Service Corps logo con-
test. Edward Brown, a senior Physics major, received an honorable mention in USA
Today’s selection of an academic team.
Junior Stephanie Spellers was awarded one of fourteen Beinecke Memorial
Scholarships for studies in the humanities. The Beinecke carried a monetary award
for Spellers’s senior year plus $30,000 for her first three years of graduate school.
The Resident Student Association won the 1991 Dan Wooten Award for out-
standing accomplishments in residence area programming and leadership. The Old
Gold and Black earned first place for overall excellence at the North Carolina Inter-
collegiate Press Association conference.
Controversial issues among students included President Hearn’s salary, which
he refused to divulge, given Wake Forest policy against divulging the salary of any
employee, and the more than 600 parking tickets issued in a span of less than two
weeks (September 1–12), at an average of more than fifty tickets a day. Students also
rallied to protest the denial of tenure to Assistant Professor of German and Russian
Michael Gilbert in late April. A crowd of about one hundred students and faculty
stood below President Hearn’s office chanting “Give Gilbert tenure.” Eric Surface, a
senior, organized the rally and later met with the President. At another time, fifty
protestors marched into Reynolda Hall, where Provost Brown met with eight of them
to discuss the matter. Ultimately, President Hearn upheld the Board of Trustees’ deci-
sion to deny Gilbert tenure after meeting over the summer with all parties concerned.
Nine students in a seminar on video yearbooks taught by Mary Dalton (Speech
Communication) decided to produce one to add to the regular print yearbook. At the
end of the year, they produced an hour-long documentary with segments on major
More than 200 students registered for Rush on August 28. Pledge night was
September 20, where 83 out of 140 men received bids and 93 out of 144 women.
A chapter of the Golden Key National Honor Society was established on campus,
with junior Chris Lucy, who also was the Demon Deacon during the athletic season,
as President. Alan Cameron of the University Counseling Center started a chapter of
Alcoholics Anonymous that met weekly in the Benson Center and was open to stu-
dents, faculty, and staff. A chapter of Americans for Democratic Action, a national,
liberal, multi-issue, political association, was formed and chartered on September 20,
with junior Michael Peil as founder.