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interests,” who helped recruit center Makhtar Ndiaye in 1992 and 1993. Head Basket-
ball Coach Dave Odom had asked James Davies, a native of Liberia living in Greens-
boro, to assist as an interpreter in telephone discussions with Ndiaye and his family in
Dakar, Senegal. Following the initial contact, Davies maintained a relationship with
Ndiaye, who enrolled at Oak Hill Academy in Virginia as a high school senior. Davies
made financial arrangements and provided Ndiaye with meals, lodging, transporta-
tion, and clothing, even though Odom had told him that NCAA rules forbade main-
taining contact. Ndiaye signed with the Deacons in November 1992 and enrolled at
the University in fall 1993.
Wake Forest reported possible violations in connection with Davies’s activities
to the NCAA in a September 1993 self-report. The University revoked Ndiaye’s eli-
gibility and asked the NCAA to restore it, but instead, the NCAA declared Ndiaye
ineligible to play for Wake Forest. He transferred to Michigan and was immediately
eligible to play. It was the first time that the NCAA had penalized a Deacon program.
Nonetheless, the men’s basketball team had a successful year. Its win/loss record
was 21–12, and Dave Odom scored his first ACC Tournament win, beating Georgia
Tech 74–49. He was named ACC Coach of the Year.
The first Wake Forest Student-Athlete Academic Excellence Banquet was held
at the end of March. It honored more than 160 students for combining academic
and athletic performance during the spring and fall semesters. Everyone invited had
achieved Dean’s List honors while participating in a varsity sport. Sportscaster Dan
Rath of WXII-TV was the emcee. Golfer Stephanie Neill and cross country runner
Stuart Burnham were the Athletes of the Year.
The theatre season began with a 1983 comedy by Christopher Durang, Baby with
the Bathwater, in the Ring Theatre. The first Mainstage production was Brecht
and Weill’s The Threepenny Opera (1928), followed by David Mamet’s Holly-
wood satire, Speed the Plow (1988). In the second semester, Mainstage produc-
tions included The Heiress, a 1947 play by Ruth and Augustus Goetz based on the
Henry James novel Washington Square, and The Country Wife (1665), a comedy
by William Wycherley.
The Secrest Artists Series featured the Paul Winter Consort; the Chamber Music
Society of Lincoln Center; Apollo’s Fire, also called the Cleveland Baroque Orchestra;
the Bolshoi Symphony Orchestra; and the Tamburitzans of Duquesne University,
who performed mainly Eastern European folk music and dance.
The Student Union featured Thomas Wright in “An Evening with Gershwin”;
George Winston, who describes his music as “rural folk piano”; the Minnesota Gospel
Sound; the musical/comedy group Scared Weird Little Guys; and The Lemonheads,
an alternative rock band. It also sponsored a mystery dinner theater in March: The
Case of the Term Paper Murders. Comedienne Margaret Cho, a frequent guest on the
Arsenio Hall Show, performed in the Benson University Center on October 21 as
part of Homecoming activities, and on November 9, stand-up comedian Carrot Top
performed in Wait Chapel.