234 The History of Wake Forest
(Z. Smith Reynolds Library), Natalie Holzwarth (Physics), Paul Juras (Business and
Accountancy), Paige Laughlin (Art), Michael Lawler (Economics), Barry Maine
(English), Gloria Muday (Biology), Anthony Parent (History), Kurt Shaw (Russian),
David Weaver (Anthropology), and Ralph Wood (Religion). Sophomores Ashley
Edmonson and Jerome Butler also served.
Apart from this review, the Anthropology Department graduate program was
suspended because of gender problems, faculty relations and productivity, and por-
tions of its curriculum. Associate Dean Toby Hale became Acting Chair for 1996–
1997 after David Weaver resigned in the spring of 1996. Problems came to light
during an annual review that started in September 1995, including the high attrition
rate among graduate students, especially women. The Museum of Anthropology was
shifted to the permanent supervision of the Dean’s Office, and in summer 1997 Car-
ole Browne (Biology) was appointed liaison to the Dean to guide the department in
its transitional year, 1997–1998.
Ralph Wood (Easley Professor of Religion) resigned from the University after
twenty-six years to take a faculty position at Samford University in Birmingham,
Alabama. He was a popular teacher and a well-respected, published scholar whose
specialty was theology and literature.
In other news, College faculty voted in favor of implementing a plus/minus sys-
tem for grades at its April 1997 meeting. The new method would start in fall 1998
and affect current freshmen and sophomores. Two new minors, environmental stud-
ies and American ethnic studies, were available to students for the first time. The
environmental studies program was coordinated by John Litcher (Education), and
American ethnic studies by Earl Smith (Sociology).
On February 5, the NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw featured a story on the
grocery chain Food Lion. It was taped at the School of Law and featured comments
by Law Professor David Logan. On February 12, a special edition of ABC’s Night-
line, anchored by Ted Koppel, focused on investigative reporting and newsgathering
methods and was broadcast live from Wait Chapel. Members of the Wake Forest
community participated in the town-hall format. In a recent court case, Food Lion
had been awarded $5.5 million in damages by ABC for fraudulent reporting.