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developed the preregistration method through a joint effort with the Student Gov-
ernment Legislature. Rising juniors and seniors could also select a course outside of
their major by submitting a “mini-registration form.” The Black Student Alliance
began publishing a once-a-month, campus-wide newspaper, the Lifted Voice. It was
similar in format to the Greek Forum, featuring stories of potential interest to the
whole campus but especially to black students.
A “Best of Wake Forest” survey was conducted by the Old Gold and Black and
reported by Kristin Bargeron. It listed hot spots frequented by Wake students, hints
about how to park illegally on campus, study areas, and to-die-for meals. Some of
the highlights included the best overseas program—Casa Artom in Venice; the best
place for quiet study—the Z. Smith Reynolds Library, especially the new Wilson Wing
atrium and the stacks on the eighth floor; the best place for social study—the third
floor of Benson University Center; favorite Wake Forest sports memory—the basket-
ball team’s thrilling victory over number 1-ranked Duke on February 23; and the best
way to break the rules at Wake—tunneling.
Facilities, Finances, and Alumni
Silas Creek Parkway was extended to bypass the University, but the opening was
delayed from August 2 to early in the fall semester. Wake Forest wanted to redirect
17,000 cars a day away from the campus. On July 15, before the academic year began,
in the interest of safety the original Wake Forest Road was rerouted to pass in front of
Olin Physical Laboratory, the Z. Smith Reynolds Library, and the area between Davis
Field and Scales Fine Arts Center. The former route, cutting straight up toward Reyn-
olda Hall, was graded and seeded as part of the landscape plan, and speed bumps
were added to the new road to slow traffic. At the October Board of Trustees meeting,
Vice President John Anderson reported that campus traffic had been reduced to 2,000
In another effort to prevent through-campus traffic from Silas Creek Parkway
to Polo Road, the University permanently closed the entrance at the end of Faculty
Drive beside the Student Apartments on Monday, September 29. The closing coin-
cided with the opening of the Silas Creek Parkway extension, which crossed Reynolda
Road and ran into North Point Boulevard.
In addition to changes in the campus road system, ARA food services, under new
Director Scott Ownby, who insisted on being called either Scott or “the food dude,”
installed a Taco Bell kiosk in the Benson Center food court. Wake Forest was only the
second college in the nation to have a Taco Bell. The kiosk was open until midnight
every night. A “To Go” area was also created in the food court. It was a small room
beside the deli that sold Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, candy, and prepared sandwiches.
In the Pit, cash registers and drink stations were moved, and a pasta bar and an
area called Leghorns, which served fresh fried chicken, were added. In other innova-
tions, it offered “100 Percent Satisfaction Guaranteed Money Back” on food students
did not like and a new policy that let students pay a one-time, $15 administration fee
to carry over their meal money from year-to-year, instead of just between semesters.
In an attempt to reduce paper cup consumption, ARA began selling reusable 20-ounce
plastic cups with the Deacon’s head on one side and the Wake Forest logo on the other.