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attended. Other performances through the year included
Caryl Churchill’s Mad Forest, Henrik Ibsen’s Hedda
Gabler, and Closer than Ever by Richard Maltby Jr. and
David Shire. The Fantasticks, a parody of Romeo and Juliet,
was the first musical performed in the Ring Theatre.
The Secrest Artists Series included performances by
pianist Chitose Okashiro; Hesperion XX, an early music
ensemble; clarinetist David Shifrin and the Muir String
Quartet; the Doc Severinson Big Band; actress Claire
Bloom presenting “Portraits of Shakespeare’s Women”;
and the Russian State Symphony Orchestra.
The Student Union sponsored a continuing musical
series ranging from karaoke night to such professional
musicians as the Dave Matthews Band and Jazz and Blues.
Comedian Jim Breuer, best known for his Goat Boy char-
acter on Saturday Night Live, performed in Wait Chapel
on October 16. He was followed weeks later by Roger
McGuinn, best known as founder of the folk rock band
The Byrds in the 1960s. Yaron Svaroy, an Italian journalist,
and film director Spike Lee spoke in Wait Chapel. The latter event was co-sponsored
by the Office of Multicultural Affairs.
Campus and Student Life
At a mandatory meeting during orientation, new students heard from psychologist
Jane Elliott about the detrimental effects of racism on children and society. Waving
off initial applause, she promised, “I’m going to offend everybody in the audience
in the next five minutes,” and she went on to discuss the various types of racism in
American society. The former third-grade teacher conducted a famous experiment
in her classroom the day after Martin Luther King was assassinated, treating blue-
eyed students differently from brown-eyed students. The childrens’ reactions were
subsequently printed in the newspaper, and Elliott became an icon in the field of the
psychology of racism.
For the second year in a row, applications for undergraduate admission were
down. In 1997–1998, the drop was 3 percent, but it was 12–15 percent in 1998–1999,
although the quality of applicants did not vary. In her “The Last Word” column
in the March 1999 Wake Forest Magazine, Vice President for University Advance-
ment Sandra C. Boyette stated that enrollment in the college and the Calloway School
stood at about 3,800, and about 60 percent of the student body was from the South.
Jenny Blackford was Editor-in-Chief of the Old Gold and Black; Kayamma Lewis
was Editor-in-Chief of The Howler; and Student Government President was Susan
Of the Class of 2000, which was the first class to receive laptop computers, 940
students, now juniors, traded in their IBM 365 computers for updated 380XD models
that were theirs to keep after graduation. Features of the updated computers included
Netscape mail and updated hardware.