184 The History of Wake Forest
Campus and Student Life
The 1993 entering class was composed of 897 freshmen chosen from 5,664 applicants.
Classes began with a total enrollment of 5,624, including 3,500 undergraduates, of
whom fifty-three came from thirty countries abroad. There were also 354 minority
students, 271 who were African American. Forty first-year students were selected to
participate in a new pre-orientation program called Power Up!, which provided three
days of instruction on the use of computers. The program was directed by Rhoda
Channing, Director of the Z. Smith Reynolds Library. During orientation, all new
students played “Get a Clue,” a scavenger hunt that led to fourteen stations where par-
ticipants learned about Wake Forest traditions, met key members of the community,
and discovered clues to campus life.
During the academic year, about 17 percent of all students participated in
student government; over 30 percent participated in intercollegiate athletics; and
approximately 81 percent performed some kind of volunteer service. Among seniors
in the Class of 1994, 15 percent had an overall A average, while only 2 percent had an
average of C or below.
In extracurricular activities, Taco Bell gave the University $30,000 to pur-
chase and maintain an oversized van that would transport students in the Volun-
teer Service Corps (VSC) to their projects and to leadership conferences. About
750 students, almost a fourth of the undergraduate student body, participated in
VSC activities to serve thirty community programs and agencies, including Habi-
tat for Humanity, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, the Children’s Home, Crisis Con-
trol Ministry, the Battered Women’s Shelter, and literacy programs. The VSC
received the Governor’s Award for Outstanding Volunteer Service in ceremo-
nies on October 18 in Raleigh. In addition to work in the Winston-Salem com-
munity, sixty students participated in Wake Forest’s second alternative Spring
Break experience in March, working to help community groups in Illinois, South
Dakota, New Orleans, and South Carolina.
Jessica Davey, who co-chaired the VSC, was singled out for her work both on
campus and abroad. She spent the summer of 1993 working with Mother Teresa
in Calcutta and received the Pro Humanitate Award at Opening Convocation along
with the Governor’s Award for Outstanding Volunteer Service. In addition to Davey,
alumnus Chip Rives (’87, MBA ’89), alumnus Manlin Chee (JD ’78), and Associate
Professor of Religion Alton Pollard received Pro Humanitate Awards for service to
Carolyn Frantz, a philosophy major and cellist from Lafayette, Louisiana, was
named a Rhodes Scholar in December. She was the fifth in eight consecutive years.
Loraine V. Fuller was selected as a 1994 Truman Scholar.
For the first time, the fall break was eliminated, and the Thanksgiving holiday
lengthened to a whole week. The Easter holiday (both Good Friday and Easter Mon-
day) was also eliminated. The change continued through the 1994–1995 academic
year before the fall break was reinstituted, Thanksgiving shrank back to three days,
and Good Friday was observed as an official University holiday.
In an effort to create more Greek lounge space, the Office of Residence Life and
Housing moved from the basement of Davis House into two offices in the Benson