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Student Government presented
its first State of the University address
featuring its President, Tina Schip-
pers, and President Hearn. About
three hundred people, mostly stu-
dents, attended. They commented
favorably about Hearn, who was very
engaged with them. In the Old Gold
and Black, Karen Hillenbrand was
The grand opening of a new
Shorty’s, the campus coffee bar and
lounge, took place on February 16.
On hand for the occasion were ninety-five-year-old Marie Joyner, widow of Mil-
lard “Shorty” Joyner; his granddaughter, Diane Coghill; and his great granddaugh-
ter, Brianna Coghill. A seldom-used game room in the Benson University Center
was renovated, and the new Shorty’s had a modern pub atmosphere, seating for
about a hundred people, and a small stage. It served three different kinds of
beer, as well as Starbucks coffee and pastries. Two pool tables filled a back room.
Old photographs and theater posters lined the walls, and sealed into the top of each
table were photographic collages of students dating from the 1930s to the early
1990s. Display cases held changing exhibits of memorabilia. A large-screen televi-
sion and smaller ones scattered around the room were donated by Roddey Player
(’84), Vice President of Queen City TV and Appliance in Charlotte, and his parents,
Woody and Frances Player. Much of the equipment behind the bar was donated by
Jay Kegerreis (’70).
George D. Kuh, an outside consultant who specialized in evaluating the intel-
lectual atmospheres of college campuses, was invited to the University to assess
Wake Forest’s scholarly climate. After meeting with a group of faculty, students,
and administrators at a retreat in Montreat, North Carolina, and talking with
other groups on campus, Kuh issued his report, “The Climate for Undergraduate
Learning at Wake Forest University.” He concluded that Wake Forest students did
not relate their classroom experiences to out-of-class activities. Furthermore, he
debunked the term “Work Forest,” finding that half of students spent less than
thirty hours a week on school work, class time included, while only 10 percent
of respondents said they studied at least fifty hours a week. Kuh also found that
minority students had a more negative view of their university experiences than
others, and women as a group took advantage of resources more than men and
were more engaged in active learning and cooperation with their peers. The
undergraduate ethic, “work hard, play hard,” resulted in studying from Sunday
night to sometime on Thursday and then relaxing for the better part of the next
three days. Some used this pattern to justify heavy alcohol use to relieve stress and
promote socialization.
Fifteen students spent a weekend in mid-September helping the University’s
birthplace in the town of Wake Forest recover from Hurricane Fran. The trip was
organized by Joy Vermillion, a junior and former resident of the town. Susan Brinkley,
Marie Joyner with granddaughter and
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