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Manning’s idea stemmed from her
observations about the contrast
between a successful college experi-
ence and the carefree existence of a
child on a swing. University arborist
Wayne Cameron assisted in hanging
the swings.
Tycely Williams won the Miss
Forsyth County beauty pageant,
and on campus Kappa Delta soror-
ity held its first Mr. Wake Forest
contest. Various groups nominated
contestants and paid a $40 entry
fee, all of which went to Kappa
Delta national and local philanthro-
pies. Contestants were judged on the basis of their appearance in formal wear and
swimwear, talent, and a question round.
Facilities, Finances, and Alumni
During the summer of 1996, a number of classrooms were renovated to accommo-
date high-speed computer wiring and multimedia upgrades in Tribble Hall, Olin
Physical Laboratory, Salem Hall, and Carswell Hall. Tribble was renovated top-to-
bottom, including repainting, reflooring, new furnishings, and multimedia upgrades
to twenty-eight classrooms. Air conditioning systems, computer wiring, and new
flooring were installed in Johnson, Bostwick, and Kitchen residence halls, which
were also repainted. Altogether, more than $10 million was spent in renovation and
construction projects. The Board of Trustees also approved $1 million to install new
smoke detectors in every residence hall.
In April, a new chiller plant was added to the campus landscape. Located near the
football practice field, it had two 600-ton chiller units and an emergency generator
for the power plant and facilities management. On May 15, construction began on
a 70,000-square-foot Information Systems Building that would house the IS depart-
ment, military science (ROTC) classrooms and offices, a food court, and a bookstore.
Construction of a 72,000-square-foot residence hall designed to offer townhouse-style
living to 194 students began slightly later in the summer of 1997, along with renova-
tions to Wait Chapel and Wingate Hall. The following fall, students were inconve-
nienced by this construction: the band’s practice field was paved over, student paths
to campus were cut off, and a parking lot near Student Apartments was fenced off and
turned into a construction site.
A brick-and-concrete stage for special events was built at the northern end of
the Magnolia Courtyard on the site routinely used by the Student Union and other
student organizations for concerts and outdoor activities. On another positive note,
the campus gained more than one hundred new parking spaces by expanding Lot W
off Wingate Road and Lot Q behind the Scales Fine Arts Center, and by adding gravel
spaces behind Worrell Professional Center. New lots near the Palmer and Piccolo
Daveed Gartenstein-Ross and Brian Prestes
won the National Debate Tournament
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