170 The History of Wake Forest
cleaner did not have enough business to continue a second year, so they hung it
up. However, the barber shop continued to flourish under the direction of Lloyd
Student Government President Zeke Creech was mainly interested in student
relations, especially race relations. However, Creech formed a task force to examine
parking policy when Parking Management issued 3,087 decals, although the campus
had only 2,739 parking spaces.
WAKE Radio celebrated its first decade on air. It was created in 1982, when
the University’s public radio station, WFDD, increased its broadcasting power and
eliminated student shows. At first, WAKE Radio was a Student Union committee
located in a former game room in the basement of Reynolda Hall. Now it resided in
Benson 512 and had converted its broadcasting from AM to FM cable.
The Old Gold and Black received a first-place award for excellence and seventeen
other awards from the North Carolina Intercollegiate Press Association. A text-only
edition was made available on the Internet through Wake Forest’s Gopher server,
known as Deacons Online. The first issue for the year provided new arrivals with
some interesting Wake Forest slang, including Tommy K, a nickname for President
Hearn; scoping, the cool, analytical process of determining the perfect date for the
night; and tunneling, the illegal act of crawling through dark, intensely hot mainte-
nance tunnels under the campus. In fact, the tunnels between Bostwick and Johnson
and Luter and Babcock residence halls were closed in the late fall due to concerns
about security and asbestos contamination.
In its December 3 preholiday issue, the Old Gold and Black listed the top ten gifts
students wanted for Christmas. In order, they were: 1) sleep, 2) clothes, 3) a Bowl
win, 4) money, 5) a car, 6) good grades, 7) a ski trip, 8) a CD player, 9) a job, and
10) a VCR. Sleep was the only wish likely to be gratified with some immediacy. The
Howler for 1991–1992 did not arrive on campus until October 26. Editor-in-chief
Marian House’s plan to make the yearbook “seamless” instead of divided into sec-
tions caused some delays.
Another non-University newspaper circulated on campus and became con-
troversial. It was the Wake Forest Critic. Financed by an outside group and edited
by junior John Meroney, it was published about once a month by the Wake Forest
Critic Society, an offshoot of the Carolina Critic Society, which founded a news-
paper in 1989. The University asked that its name be deleted from the masthead
because its presence erroneously implied a University affiliation. Critic stories often
contained personal opinions, attacks on individuals, and inaccurate information.
After charges of lying were brought against Meroney in an incident involving the
Black Student Association resulted in several mistrials, the Critic continued to pub-
lish but University judicial policies were more rigorously defined. These reforms
streamlined the judicial system from a patchwork of informal and inconsistent
procedures to a more uniform body of definitive guidelines designed to determine
Since their inception in 1988, Presidential Scholarships had been awarded to
first-year students, but this year they were eliminated for upperclassman because
those who were qualified and had not had an opportunity to apply had graduated.
Outside of the Presidential Scholarships, Alexander Crowell, a senior, received a