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fabric of the University. The Plan for the Class of 2000 was in its infancy, with ten
first-year seminars offered in the spring, less than a year after the Trustees approved
the University’s pioneering launch into the world of computer technology. By the
next fall, student, professor, and administrator relationships would never be quite the
same again because of the new technology.
At the same time as the Plan for the Class of 2000 was beginning, the Trustees
approved gates and gatehouses to keep the campus safer. The move was controversial
and drew protests by students, but incidents of violence, especially attacks by outsid-
ers on students, made it a wise and necessary decision.
Success was evident everywhere, but most of all in the men’s basketball win over
Georgia Tech. The ACC Championship and participation in the NCAA tournament
gave Wake Forest pride and confidence. Performances by Andy Bloom in the shot
put and discus and by Trina Bindel in the women’s heptathlon made the year even
brighter, and Rusty LaRue, the quintessential student-athlete, performed remarkably
on the field, the court, and the classroom. Matching athletic achievement was the
construction of Bridger Field House and Spry Stadium.
In a sad change, seventy-six-year-old James Ralph Scales died on March 12 at
North Carolina Baptist Hospital. A memorial service was held on March 18 at 2 p.m.
in Wait Chapel. He served as President of Wake Forest from 1967–1983. President
Hearn wrote an editorial in praise of his predecessor in the March 21 edition of the
Old Gold and Black, “Scales Improved University.”
A total of 1,241 undergraduate and graduate students received their diplomas
during commencement ceremonies on the third weekend of May. They were leav-
ing a University that was changing rapidly and entering a world that was doing the
same. Their achievements, as a group, were strong. What they were probably most
unprepared for was recognizing their alma mater, especially at the college level, at
later reunions of their classes.