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an ace on the Deacon baseball team and played minor league ball in the Baltimore
Orioles system for four years after graduating. LaRue racked up nearly 5,000 yards
passing, setting five NCAA records, including fifty-five pass completions in a single
game, and three ACC records against Duke in the fall of 1995. He received the 1996
Arnold Palmer Award as the top male athlete at the University. Trina Bindel won the
Marge Crisp Award as the top female athlete of 1996.
In baseball, Ross Atkins (’95), Mark Melito (’95), Kyle Wagner (’95), and senior
Bobby Rodgers were all taken in the amateur baseball draft during the summer.
The Arts
The Secrest Artists Series featured performances by the classical piano duo the Para-
tore Brothers; guitarist Sharon Isbin; violinist Itzhak Perlman; the Guarneri and
Orion Quartets; and the early music ensemble Baltimore Consort.
The University Theatre produced four plays on its Mainstage. During the fall
semester, it presented the Michael Frayn comedy Noises Off and Big River, a musi-
cal based on Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, written by William
Hauptman, with music and lyrics by Roger Miller. In the spring semester, it pro-
duced Our Country’s Good, a 1988 play about Australian prisoners by Timberlake
Wertenbaker, adapted from a novel by Thomas Keneally and directed by Jim Dod-
ding, as well as an updated 1894 French comedy, Hotel Paradiso.
The Ring Theatre produced A. R. Gurney’s 1986 comedy The Perfect Party and
Tennessee Williams’s The Glass Menagerie. A student group, Lilting Banshees ­ Comedy
Troupe, presented In Search of a
Corner, a show spoofing all aspects
of campus life. The Banshees held
regular shows each semester.
Campus and Student Life
The entering undergraduate class
totaled 967—511 men and 456
women—chosen from a record
6,637 applicants. While 31 per-
cent were from North Carolina,
forty-two states and eight different
countries were represented; fifty-six
students were from such places as
Kenya, Russia, Singapore, Colom-
bia, Denmark, and Japan. Black stu-
dents made up 9 percent of the class,
and 13 percent of students identified
themselves as minorities. Since the
endowment of the Gordon Scholar-
ship program in 1990, the number
of African American students had
Rusty LaRue played three varsity sports:
football, basketball, and baseball
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