260 The History of Wake Forest
Although Wake Forest was included in the John Templeton Foundation’s 1997–
1998 Honor Roll for Character-Building Colleges, Playboy came to Winston-Salem
in April to recruit female students to appear in an October feature, Women of the
ACC. A similar recruitment had last occurred in 1989. Fourteen Wake Forest women
showed up for the initial interview; three had never seen the magazine.
At its annual meeting in November, the Baptist State Convention of North Caro-
lina passed a resolution expressing “displeasure” with alcohol sales at Shorty’s and
calling for a re-evaluation of the convention’s relationship with Wake Forest.
The Student Life Committee (SLC) reported in October that the campus envi-
ronment for gay and lesbian students was “tough.” At best, it was unsupportive; at
worst, hostile. The University Trustees had passed an amended antidiscrimination
policy in April 1997, including protection against discrimination based on sexual ori-
entation. The SLC found, however, that not all Wake Forest publications documented
the policy. In addition to including the Trustee amendment in University publica-
tions, the SLC recommended:
1. discussion of sexuality in community-building dialogues, starting with orientation;
2. construction of a website containing realistic scientific information on sex-
ual orientation, such as the one produced by the American Psychological
3. a statement about the climate for gays and lesbians at Wake Forest;
4. a list of student and faculty role models with diverse sexual orientations;
5. a list of individuals and organizations on campus whom gay and lesbian
students could seek out, if needed.
Vice President Ken Zick assured Perry Patterson (Economics), the faculty adviser for
the Gay and Lesbian Association, that the proposed website would be finished by
the end of the academic year and that he and his staff in Student Life would work
to improve the campus atmosphere. Physically disabled students also raised campus
consciousness about their problems; stairs were especially problematic.
Meanwhile, GALA (Gay and Lesbian Awareness) held its first Pride Week in
April. Members blanketed the campus with chalk messages and flyers, sponsored
speakers, and hosted other events to introduce their needs to the campus community.
The marching band was left without a practice field due to the construction of
Polo Residence Hall. At first, it practiced on Poteat field, but this location was also
used for intramural sports, so the band finally moved to Davis field, which sloped
downward but provided more exposure to fellow students.
The state conference of Amnesty International was held in the Benson Uni-
versity Center on February 20–21. The theme was “cultural relativism.” Before the
group visited campus, first-year law student Ed Shlikas went on a hunger strike in
early January and sued the University for $125 million in punitive and compensa-
tory damages because he felt professors treated first-year law students without the
appropriate courtesy and respect. After three weeks, he was escorted off campus on
January 27 and given a trespassing warning not to return because he was no longer a
student in the law school.
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