258 The History of Wake Forest
equal: 490 women and 485 men. The class was chosen from a pool of 6,841 appli-
cants. Prospective students and their parents made a total of 7,541 visits to campus
in 1997, up 8.8 percent from 1996 and up 49.1 percent since 1992. In addition, 163
students entered the Law School.
During the academic year, the University gradually provided IBM ThinkPad
computers to all members of the Classes of 2000 and 2001, who also received a Lex-
mark 20230 color inkjet printer or a $120 credit at the bookstore if they did not want
the printer. Unlike the ThinkPads, the printer would not be updated every two years.
The idea was to reduce the number of network laser printers.
The University overhauled its judicial system in the fall of 1995 after the Harriger
Report, named after study chair Katy Harriger (Political Science), identified several
Those who had the most experience with the judicial system had the least con-
fidence in it.
• Some students questioned the system’s legitimacy, saying that representation
on the governing bodies had become a popularity contest.
• Delays in handling the case load were resulting in inconsistencies; for exam-
ple, the Judicial Board was hearing cases technically under the jurisdiction of
the Honor Council.
James Powell (Classical Languages) and Robert Lovett (English) guided reforms,
which were ratified by the Judicial Council and in a student referendum, and imple-
mented in fall 1998. They included:
• A seven-member central deliberative body called the Honor and Ethics Coun-
cil (HEC) would adjudicate all honor and conduct cases not heard adminis-
tratively. The council comprised four students, two faculty members, and one
• An Election Committee would screen applications from interested students
meeting minimum specified criteria and present a slate of candidates for elec-
tion to the HEC.
• A Board of Investigators and Advisors (BIA) would investigate all cases to be
heard by the HEC and advise the accused during all phases of the investiga-
tion, serving as his or her representative at the hearing.
• A Judicial Council was charged by the University with the power to “establish
and direct the undergraduate judicial system so as to insure justice and due
process to all members of the undergraduate academic community.” It also
served as the appeals body for cases handled by the HEC.
On August 7, 1997, Governor Jim Hunt signed the Safe Roads Act in response to
President Hearn and Chi Omega’s campaign against drunken drivers after the fall
1996 accident that killed two sorority members. President Hearn attended the
ceremony and gave the signature pen to Julie Griffin for the Chi Omega chap-
ter archives. Laura Acton, President of Chi Omega, was also in the audience and