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singing their Christian message on the Quad
on March 27–28.
Among upperclassmen, the top majors
during the 1994–1995 academic year were
English, history, business, biology, econom-
ics, and speech communication. Regardless
of major, registration statistics for fall 1994
found that Wake Forest students did not par-
ticularly care for early morning or late after-
noon classes. The number of sections and enrollments peaked at 10 a.m. on Monday,
Wednesday, and Friday and at 2 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday, sloping off to lows
of fifteen sections and 339 students at 8 a.m. Friday and one section with fifty-nine
students at 5 p.m. Friday. Students did like and use the computer labs set up by the
University. There were seven microcomputer labs available for general student use
and located in multiple campus buildings, such as Reynolda Hall. All of them had
both Macintosh and IBM-compatible computers.
A short in a 5,000-volt electrical main between Davis residence hall and Ben-
son University Center caused an explosion at 4:55 p.m. on February 8, and electrical
service to Davis was completely cut off. More than 300 students had to find tempo-
rary housing for the night, with some sleeping in Benson. Crews from Salem Electric
stayed on campus all night to restore power. According to Bill Sides, Director of
Facilities Management, the switching equipment in the Davis mechanical room was
only lightly damaged, and power was restored to all affected areas much sooner than
In a November 9 memo, President Hearn asked Vice President Zick to do more
to address eating disorders among students.
During the last week of school, two female Luter residents were abducted from
campus at gun point, driven off to an automatic teller machine, and forced to with-
draw $300 for the kidnappers.
The Alliance for Racial and Cultural Harmony (ARCH) continued to improve
race relations on campus. The student group sponsored an ARCH week with relevant
programs every night. Still, an incident in January stirred up a lot of anger, when sev-
eral black students were pepper-sprayed at the end of a “Pit Jam.” As a consequence,
black fraternity parties were relocated from the Pit to Reynolds Gym and renamed
Gym Jams.
A new Race Relations Committee, co-chaired by Sam Gladding and Harold
Holmes, was formed during the year, composed of three administrators, three fac-
ulty, and two students in addition to, and chosen by, Student Government President
Steve Bumgarner. In a September 21 memo, President Hearn charged, “The commit-
tee will meet each semester to monitor activities related to progress in sustaining a
healthy climate for campus race relations.” Members included Head Football Coach
Jim Caldwell, Edward Easley (Calloway), Charles Richman (Psychology), and Loraine
Stewart (Education).
The Publication Board amended its by-laws and admitted WAKE Radio, WAKE TV,
and The Philomathesian as provisional members. In early December WAKE TV aired a
variety show, its first, that was available on campus cable. An editorial in the December 8
Paul Orser
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