244 The History of Wake Forest
an alumna and president of the Wake Forest Birthplace Society, Inc., coordinated the
visit and clean-up efforts.
The initial Festival of Light was held during the first week of December in Ben-
son University Center. Student groups performed holiday songs, readings, and skits.
Outside of the University, Chi Rho, the men’s a cappella Christian chorus, traveled to
Washington, D.C., to perform two forty-minute sets at a Christmas party for White
House staff and cabinet members on December 15. Back on campus, the twentieth
annual Christopher Giles and Lucille S. Harris Competitions in Musical Performance
were held in Brendle Recital Hall on February 22. A special commemorative program
containing a history of the competitions was published to mark the occasion.
SPARC (Students Promoting Action and Responsibility in the Community)
expanded to become a pre-orientation program to introduce the needs and opportu-
nities for service in the Winston-Salem community to new students.
The University’s Quiz Bowl team, coached by graduate student Bobby Shepard
and Robert Whaples (Economics), was ranked eleventh nationally by the Academic
Competition Foundation Rankings. Apart from the Quiz Bowl team, two members
of the debate team, Justin Green and Brian Prestes, won the University of Kentucky
Thoroughbred Round Robin competition on October 3–4. The tournament extended
invitations to the nation’s top nine debate teams.
In other debate news, senior Brian Prestes of Worcester, Massachusetts, and
junior Daveed Gartenstein-Ross of Ashland, Oregon, went on to win first place in
National Debate Tournament, defeating a team from the University of Georgia. Allan
Louden and Ross Smith (Communication) were Debate Director and Head Coach,
respectively. The tournament was held March 21–24 in Lynchburg, Virginia. The
two best players on the Georgia team, Paul Barsness and Daniel Davis, had wanted
to attend Wake Forest but, according to Allan Louden, were unable to afford the
In November 1996, a team of law students—Rebecca Bartholomew, Sean Cole,
and John Spargur—won the forty-seventh National Moot Court regional compe-
tition in Richmond, Virginia, and advanced to the national finals. The competi-
tion featured twenty-two teams, including Duke and the University of Virginia.
Spargur also won the award for best oralist. The team’s advisor was Charles Rose
Charlotte Anne Opal of Falls Church, Virginia, was selected as a Rhodes Scholar
in December 1996. An economics major with minors in math and international stud-
ies, Opal was also a Nancy Susan Reynolds Scholar and participated in the gospel
choir, played viola and oboe in the orchestra, and competed on the lacrosse team. She
was the sixth Wake Forest student to be named a Rhodes Scholar in ten years and the
ninth in Wake Forest history.
Beth Stroupe, a senior chemistry major, won a fellowship for predoctoral studies
in chemistry awarded by the National Science Foundation. Over 5,100 undergradu-
ates applied, and of the 850 awarded in thirteen fields, only fifty-seven went to chem-
In a non-academic endeavor, Mary Alice Manning, a senior, made ten swings and
distributed them across campus. They were made of rope and cedar with words—
thoughts on age, transition, responsibility, freedom, and play—burned into the seats.