248 The History of Wake Forest
More writers, musicians, actors, and artists visited and performed on campus than
can be adequately covered in this chapter.
Wake Forest tied for twenty-fifth place nationally in the year’s U.S. News & World
Report rankings, the highest to date. Money magazine placed Wake Forest among the
one hundred best college buys.
The death of four students saddened the campus. Two—Maia Witzl and Julie
Hansen, both 19 and Chi Omega sisters—were killed just blocks from campus by a
drunken driver at the start of the school year. In April, 150 students rode buses to
participate in the Rally in Raleigh, spending the day knocking on doors in the state
legislature and lobbying for legislation to keep habitual drunken-driving offenders
off the roads. Most were members of a group called Safe Rds (Student Action for
Eliminating Reckless Drivers). Their efforts were successful; almost a year after the
young women were killed, new laws were enacted.
The fifth big story of the year was the construction of gates and gatehouses at the
University’s entrances. Although controversial, they were a reaction to the violence
and vandalism coming onto campus from outside; an open campus, especially at
night, was too dangerous. If anything, the University community seemed invigorated
by meeting its challenges. Wake Forest emerged from the year stronger, safer, and
more appreciative of the arts and technology.
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