204 The History of Wake Forest
before finishing third at the national tournament. The debate squad as a whole fin-
ished the 1994–1995 season ranked number one in the nation.
From 1988 to 1993, 236 Wake Forest men applied to medical school; 159 were
accepted and 77 rejected, a success rate of 67.3 percent. Of the 100 women who
applied, 65 were accepted, a 65 percent success rate.
The Alpha Nu chapter of Sigma Pi won four of the top five prizes awarded by
Sigma Pi Fraternity International, including the Grand Council Award for excellence
in overall chapter operations, the Most Improved Chapter Award, the Chapter Effi-
ciency Award, and the Lyle H. Smith Outstanding Chapter Director Award. In con-
trast, the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity was placed on probation for the academic year
in early September for hazing. The Student Life Committee required all Greek orga-
nizations to complete pledge activities within eight weeks during spring 1995; sorori-
ties were already compliant, but some fraternities were taking up to fourteen weeks.
The committee further required that, all pledge activities be completed in six weeks
for spring 1996. Lambda Chi Alpha, a substance-free fraternity, officially started a
colony on campus. Substance-free housing for upperclassmen was confined to Pic-
colo residence hall.
Facilities, Finances, and Alumni
QualChoice, a health maintenance product originating at the Medical School,
became the University’s new medical plan, replacing BlueCross/BlueShield in Octo-
ber. It had 231 primary care doctors; of the ninety-nine in Forsyth County, forty-
seven became part of what was to be called Wake Forest University Physicians. The
changeover was controversial because consumers were limited to physicians in the
program. According to Jim Ferrell, Director of Human Resources, however, Qual-
Choice offered cost-saving benefits.
Wake Forest won the 1993 Honor Award of the Professional Grounds Manage-
ment Society, and photos of the University were featured in the May/June 1994 issue
of the Grounds Management Forum. President Hearn wrote Jim Coffey, Superinten-
dent of Grounds, a letter of congratulations on July 12.
The Medical School leased a Cessna Citation jet for University use.
The stoplight on Wake Forest Road between Taylor and Davis residence halls was
deactivated in April. It had been in place for fifteen years, made necessary by the large
number of cars using the campus as a shortcut before the main road was rerouted.
The rededication of Casa Artom took place on October 25 in honor of Bianca
Artom and her husband Camillo. Mrs. Artom had died on February 5, 1994, and
her photograph was hung in the house before the ceremony. She had taught in
the Romance Languages Department for sixteen years before retiring in 1990.
The Artom’s son George attended the ceremony with a number of Venice residents.
Poteat and Huffman residence halls were renovated over the summer with
new key-card entry and central air-conditioning systems. A new residence hall with
ninety-two beds, situated near Polo Road and to be renamed Martin Hall, received
its first upperclass occupants in fall 1994.