168 The History of Wake Forest
to the All-American women’s golfer with the highest grade-point average. Neill, a
junior from Charlotte, was a business major with a 3.68 cumulative GPA.
At the ACC Outdoor Track meet, held at Florida State, both men and women
came away with the highest point totals in school history. The men dominated the
middle- and long-distance events and performed well in the field events. Earlier in
the year, the cross country team had qualified to make its fourth appearance in five
years in the NCAA championship by tying for third in the NCAA District III Cham-
pionships. The women did well in all events, and in early November the cross country
team won the NCAA District III Championship in Greenville, South Carolina, their
first in Wake Forest history.
The Arts
And Still I Rise, a musical written and directed by Reynolds Professor Maya Angelou,
had its world premiere at the Arts Council Theatre on September 3. The title came
from Angelou’s poem by the same name.
Sweet Honey in the Rock, an all-female, Grammy-winning, a cappella quintet,
with a sixth member signing for the hearing impaired, sang gospel, jazz, and blues in
Wait Chapel in September. Founder Bernice Johnson Reagon, a veteran of the Civil
Rights Movement, crafted the performance to communicate religious, social, and
political messages.
The Secrest Artists Series began the new season with a performance of the New
Sousa Band, which aimed to reproduce the look, sound, and espirit de corps of the
John Philip Sousa original. It was followed by the Mozartean Players, who specialized
in the works of Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven. In December, the Waverly Consort
enacted the Christmas story, both singing and playing reproductions of medieval
instruments. The Russian chamber ensemble Moscow Virtuosi performed in Febru-
ary, and a month later pianist Ruth Laredo performed “Homage to Rachmaninoff.”
The Wake Forest Theatre presented Dark of the Moon, a 1945 Appalachian
drama by Howard Richardson and William Berney, in October and Tennessee Wil-
liams’s Night of the Iguana in November. In the spring, it produced Accidental Death
of an Anarchist, by Nobel-prize winner Dario Fo, and The Boy Friend, a 1954 musical
by Sandy Wilson. In late January, Broadway actor Bruce Kuhn performed the text of
The Gospel of Luke in the Ring Theater.
The Battle of Gettysburg cyclorama was displayed in the Scales Fine Arts Center
from August through September. The painting by Paul Philippoteaux depicts Pick-
ett’s Charge and was rescued by Winston-Salem artist Joe King, who gave it to the
University.
Campus and Student Life
Wake Forest entered the 1992–1993 academic year with an official student/faculty
ratio of 13:1, an undergraduate enrollment of 3,650, and a total enrollment, including
the medical school, of 5,679. Overall, 1,188 undergraduates were from North Caro-
lina; about 64 percent hailed from the South, compared with 71.5 percent in 1988.
Applications for first-year admission increased to 5,567, which was 319 more than in
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