Chapter Thirteen: 1995–1996 221
The Student Union brought comedy to campus, including the Fettucini Broth-
ers, Pat McCurdy, and Frank King. It also sponsored a game of Assassin during mid-
April. Fifty-eight students started the game with concealed weapons (water guns). At
the end of the week, only five were “alive.” It was hose or be hosed.
In its seventh year, Project Pumpkin moved from the lower to the upper quad.
At a Halloween concert, which would become a Wake Forest tradition, each section
of the University orchestra entered Brendle Recital Hall in coordinated costumes
at 11:45 p.m. When the chimes rang at midnight, the musicians struck up the Bach
Toccata and Fugue in D Minor while conductor David Hagy, in a nebulous black
costume, morphed into various characters, such as Darth Vader. With the help of
other faculty, staff, and students who were not in the orchestra, Hagy had planned
a scenario to take place in their midst, surprising them while they played. These
scenarios included a variety of characters who might not be related, such as Sher-
man and Peabody going through the “wayback machine” and encountering the
Flintstones, the Jetsons, and the Wizard of Oz. Meanwhile, other students planned
“tricks” that the participants in the scenario knew nothing about, interrupting
the process of the concert. Each trick had to eventually bring the music back to
the point where the trick was interpolated, so the concert could continue. At 1:00
a.m. almost all the characters were dead, and the conductor either triumphed or
was killed.
More quietly, the annual Christmas Lovefeast in Wait Chapel marked its thir-
tieth anniversary. It was a Moravian tradition, with candles, sweet buns, coffee, and
hymns. The event was one of the most well-attended traditions on the campus.
David Hagy
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