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wrote to President Hearn on August 19:
“I was extremely proud and pleased to see
you standing on stage next to Governor Jim
Hunt. Knowing that your determination
was part of the driving force behind this
legislation being passed was very comfort-
ing as a student. . . . Thank you for every-
thing you have done this year.”
First-year student Alexander Gedicks
died of meningococcemia, a bacterial infec-
tion, on November 13. More than 400 peo-
ple, including Gedicks’s parents and three
sisters, attended a memorial service for him
in Wait Chapel on November 16. Student
Health Services offered students who had
been in close contact with him the antibi-
otic Cipro, first in Johnson Residence Hall,
where Gedicks lived, and later in Benson
University Center.
Gregory Wilson, a sophomore, died in
his hometown of Fort Wayne, Indiana, over
the winter break on January 6. A memorial
service was held in Wait Chapel on January
20. Wilson was the eighth Wake Forest stu-
dent to die within two years.
The thirteen students enrolled in instruc-
tor Ralph W. Black’s Studies in American Lit-
erature class staged a Moby Dick Marathon
on Saturday, October 25, under a canopy in
front of Wait Chapel. President Hearn started
the reading at 10 a.m., and then class mem-
bers took turns reading chapters, concluding
shortly before 6:00 a.m. Sunday, about four
hours earlier than expected.
Babcock Residence Hall and Taylor
House both became coed, leaving no single-
sex housing on campus. The responsibil-
ity for party management switched from
the Office of Student Development to the
Office of Residence Life and Housing. Stu-
dents complained that prices in the Sundry
Shop were higher than elsewhere in Winston-
Salem and objected to the stricter enforcement of the alcohol policy by Residence
Life and Housing. They were upset that the University collected $500,000 in student
parking fines and registrations without adding new parking for them.
Julie Griffin, athletic development
officer and adviser to Chi Omega,
experienced a range of emotions at
the Raleigh event on Safe Roads
Laura Acton (’98), president of Chi
Omega who was active in Safe Roads
and was instrumental in lobbying for
the tougher law, meets the press at the
bill-signing ceremony in Raleigh in
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