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Off campus, Maya Angelou read her
poem “On the Pulse of Morning” at the
inauguration of Bill Clinton on January 20.
It dealt with the timeless unity in nature
of how the similarities between us all are
greater than the differences. It picked up the
messages of healing and renewal that Clinton
stressed in his inaugural speech. Susan Faust,
Assistant to the Vice President for Special
Projects, organized a bus trip to Washington
for twenty-seven students. They left cam-
pus at 2 a.m. on Wednesday morning, attended the inauguration speeches, the
parade, and a North Carolina inauguration reception before returning on Thursday
morning.
Academics
Mexican author and diplomat Carlos Fuentes delivered the opening address for an
early October symposium titled 1492–1992: Worlds Transformed, in observance of
the quincentennial of Columbus’s voyage to the Americas. Other prominent speakers
included Francis Moore Lappé (Diet for a Small Planet), Paul Martin DuBois, co-
founders of the Center for Living Democracy, and Native American activist Vernon
Bellecourt. The symposium and related educational events, such as panel discussions
and musical performances, were organized by William Meyers (History), Sarah Watts
(History), and Patricia Dixon (Music).
During Black History Month in February, Ernest Green, one of the Little
Rock Nine, who helped desegregate Southern schools, spoke on campus about his
experiences.
A resolution to add sexual orientation to the University’s antidiscrimina-
tion statement was passed 84–16 by the College faculty in April. Drafted by Mary
DeShazer (English; Office of Women’s Studies) and Perry Patterson (Economics), it
was co-sponsored by another fifty faculty members and applied to both faculty and
students. Hearn wrote the Wake Forest community on May 3 that “acts of harass-
ment would not be tolerated toward members of the community who have publicly
expressed their views regarding homosexuality.” While “few in number,” he noted,
such acts were “disturbing. . . . The overriding principle is the respect required among
members of the Wake Forest community whether we agree or disagree with the posi-
tions others express.”
The Wake Forest Debate Squad, coached by Ross Smith (Speech Communi-
cation), was ranked among the top five teams by the National Debate Association.
Senior Mark Grant and junior Rick Fledderman reached the final four in the National
Debate Tournament.
For the sixth consecutive year, U.S. News & World Report ranked Wake Forest the
best Southern regional university in its annual “America’s Best Colleges” list, making
Wake Forest the only institution to rank first in its category every year since the report
Susan Faust
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