Chapter Thirteen: 1995–1996 225
flagpole, and a memorial plaque. It was funded by H. Franklin Perritt Jr. and his wife,
Suzanne, of Jacksonville, Florida, in honor of their son, H. Franklin III, who died in
1988, his first year at Wake Forest.
Renovations totaling $12 million were made to the campus over the summer
of 1995, $4 million of which went to Taylor, Davis, and Efird residence halls for
data wiring, key-access systems, new ceilings and air conditioning, and improved
ventilation and lighting systems in the bathrooms. The second most costly reno-
vation, totaling $3 million, was to the Athletic Center. Indoor tennis courts were
removed to add a second floor for coaching staff office space. New lockers and weight
rooms were added as well. New cooking equipment was added to the Pit, and space
was remodeled to make way for a Kentucky Fried Chicken franchise. Other proj-
ects included Groves Stadium, two chemistry labs in Salem Hall, wiring to convert
DeTamble Auditorium to a multimedia classroom, and the construction of lounge
space in several residence halls. Twenty-five wireless connectors to the campus net-
work were installed, and ThinkPads with special wireless adapters were able to con-
nect to the network and to each other at any access point.
In October, the Trustees approved a plan to build a 3,000-square-foot cof-
feehouse/pub on campus by fall 1997. The result would be the student-run Coffee
Grounds in the lobby of Taylor Residence Hall. In the academic arena, Psychology
Chair Deborah L. Best (’70, MA ’72) reported another emerging space problem:
although the department had more than 250 majors, its space in Winston Hall had
not changed since 1962, and some classes had to be held in Wingate Hall.
The bookstore and Deacon Shop expanded, and a new Village Deacon Shop was
created in Reynolda Village, offering the community an opportunity to buy Wake
Forest merchandise without having to find parking on campus. A mobile Deacon
Shop, sporting the head of the Demon Deacon mascot on the front of the trailer,
made appearances at athletic events. The bookstore added computers and software
merchandise to its inventory, in addition to renting videos and books on tape. It also
started a student book club whereby members would receive a 10 percent discount
on the eleventh book they purchased, excluding textbooks and books by University
professors.
More than 8,500 daffodil, crocus, and tulip bulbs were planted in fall 1995
on the Reynolda Campus, at Reynolda Village, and along the pathway linking the
two; in spring 1996, the campus boasted over 100,000 blooms. Using landscape
architect Thomas Sears’s original 1913 plans for Reynolda Gardens, the Univer-
sity replaced old plants and trees, restored greenhouses and other structures, and
repaired walks and walls. A major ice storm on February 2–3, however, downed
more than 200 trees on campus and in outlying wooded areas. The power was out
for over twenty-four hours, and President Hearn described it as “the blackout of
1996.”
Finances
On September 14, 1995, President Hearn sent a memo to the Board of Trustees
announcing that Wake Forest’s endowment had passed the $500 million mark. Later
in the year, the Board of Trustees approved a total operating budget of $453 million
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