220 The History of Wake Forest
more than doubled. In 1966, 40 percent of students were Baptists; in fall 1995, Baptist
representation had dropped to 16 percent.
High-profile student leaders for the year were Evan Peverley, Student Govern-
ment President; Lori Shores, Editor of The Howler; and Brian Uzwiak, Editor-in-
Chief of the Old Gold and Black. Sophomore Joy Vermillion was elected to a one-year
term as a Student Trustee.
One hundred first-year students came to campus a week early to participate in
a pilot ThinkPad program administered by Rhoda Channing (Library). Each had
already purchased an IBM ThinkPad, and the program continued throughout the
academic year. In the spring, fifteen faculty launched a pilot program focusing on
first-year seminars with students in Collins Residence Hall.
On August 1, President Hearn wrote a two-page memo to incoming students
and their families on the subject of alcohol abuse. “New measures to combat stu-
dent alcohol abuse, including stiffer penalties and parental notification,” were imple-
mented in fall 1995, designed to curb binge drinking. “The new measures include
parental notification and mandatory private treatment at the student’s expense for
first-time violations of the student conduct code involving intoxication or under-
age possession or consumption. A second such offense could result in suspension or
expulsion.” In a spring 1995 survey, 72 percent of students said they had drunk alco-
hol at least once in the previous thirty days, and 44 percent said they had “binged”
during the previous two weeks. A shocking 36 percent admitted to some form of
public misconduct as a result of binge drinking or using illegal drugs, including fight-
ing, driving while intoxicated, and worse. Another 30 percent reported a serious per-
sonal problem, such as considering or attempting suicide, sustaining physical injury,
or performing poorly on a test or project. The new measures were clearly needed.
A new, multifunctional ID card that consolidated the meal plan card, the photo
ID card, and the key card that most students carried was issued in August to incom-
ing and returning students. The new cards had new ID numbers instead of the stu-
dent’s social security number.
About sixty students lived in theme houses in 1995–1996. Theme houses were
established in the early 1980s, according to Connie Carson, Director of the Office
of Residence Life and Housing, when language students banded together to live in a
house on Polo Road. Six new houses were the Nia House, which served black women
who agreed to design programming to address the cultural and academic needs of all
black students, the Wake Radio House, the German House, the Health and Wellness
House, the Wellness and Nutrition House, and the Fine Arts House.
Two reading days were added to the beginning of the spring semester exam
schedule to keep both semesters the same length. Reading days had been scheduled
before, but not two days before the start of exams. The most frequently checked-out
books at Z. Smith Reynolds Library in 1995–1996 were The Wall by Jean-Paul Sartre;
Shakespeare plays; The Stranger and The Fall by Albert Camus; and I Know Why the
Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou. Of the 1,756 videos available to students, faculty,
and staff, the five most popular were Scent of a Woman, Four Weddings and a Funeral,
Reservoir Dogs, Sleepless in Seattle, and Speed. The four top-selling items at the cam-
pus bookstore were 1996 ACC Championship T-shirts, Demon Deacon screensavers,
“Wait’s Dream” postcards, and foam mattress pads.