200 The History of Wake Forest
In October, the Student Union
presented a concert by the rock band
Widespread Panic in Wait Chapel.
WAKE Radio and the local nightclub
Ziggy’s teamed up to present the Dave
Matthews Band in the same venue later
in the year.
Campus and Student Life
Over the Hearn decade, applications
for admission increased 72 percent;
5,923 applications were submitted for the 942 spots in the 1994–1995 freshman class,
whereas 3,400 were submitted in 1984. In addition, over 90 percent of the entering
class had graduated in the top 20 percent of their high school class. The rise in appli-
cations was partly attributed to the success of the men’s basketball team. Martha All-
man, Associate Director of Admissions, said that the large first-year class would not
increase the total student body due to lower enrollment at the upperclass levels. Black
students made up 6 percent of new students as part of the 10 percent of minority stu-
dents in the class. North Carolinians accounted for 26 percent of the class, and overall
forty states and foreign countries were represented. The total tally of new students
was surpassed only slightly by the post-presidential debate surge of 1989; 205 stu-
dents chose substance-free housing and moved into Johnson and Piccolo residence
halls. Jessica Davey and Volunteer Service Director Betsy Greer began SPARC (Stu-
dents Promoting Action and Responsibility in the Community), recruiting students
to serve in homeless shelters, to build a house for Habitat for Humanity, and to work
with handicapped children and older adults.
Three of the most influential student leaders for the year were Steve Bumgarner,
Student Government President; Connie Marks, Editor-in-Chief of The Howler; and
Brian J. Uzwiak, Editor-in-Chief for the Old Gold and Black.
Both first-year and upperclass students encountered a new experience in man-
aging their expenses. In the past, students on a prepaid meal plan used a meal card.
Now, their ID card worked as a debit card using “Deacon Dollars.” Students could
charge their meals with the Deacon Dining Club card and set up a separate account,
Deacon Dollars, for use at the college bookstore, Deacon Shop, telecommunications,
microcomputer center, Health Services, campus police, and student union. ARA
managed Deacon Dining, and the University managed Deacon Dollars. For the first
time, staff and faculty could also use the debit card.
To welcome new students and familiarize them with some professors and staff at
Wake Forest, Dean of Freshman Paul Orser organized a speakers’ series called Fresh-
man Evenings. It began in late September with Maya Angelou, who was followed
later in the first semester by such luminaries as President Hearn, Provost Emeritus Ed
Wilson, and Chaplain Ed Christman.
A new policy blocked outside groups from using the Quad to spread their mes-
sages, relegating them to Davis Field instead after students complained about a
University of Alabama chapter of Chi Alpha whose members were preaching and
A. R. Ammons