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The University placed new restrictions on tailgating. Students were limited to
one vehicle per parking place. They could not have gas-powered generators or exter-
nal stereo systems, and they had to leave the tailgate area for the game twenty minutes
Short scenes from a movie, The Girls’ Room, were filmed on campus and in
Reynolda Gardens during September. The filming did not stir much excitement, but
the appearance of three Wake Forest women in the October special issue of Playboy
did. Opinions about the appropriateness of their appearance varied widely across
campus. Nevertheless, a signing was held at Walden Books in Hanes Mall soon after
publication. Emily Wade, Emily Woodall, and Brianna Lorenz (a false name) signed
their photos in the “Girls of the ACC” edition.
At a less controversial media event, five hundred copies of Poor Horatio, an inde-
pendent literary magazine, were distributed on campus at the start of the school year,
the work of Heather Chappell and Ernie Nesbitt. The magazine was funded by adver-
tisements from local businesses. In an October 10 editorial, the Old Gold and Black
praised it as “providing a fresh and humorous perspective on student life and life
in general.” In November, The Fine Print, the school’s first fully student-organized
online magazine, was unveiled by seniors Charles Murphy and David Brooks. It had
several interactive features; one allowed students to give feedback. Gordon McCray
(Calloway) was the faculty advisor.
With twelve graduates serving as volunteers, Wake Forest ranked twenty-first
nationally among smaller colleges and universities promoting the Peace Corps.
Sophomore Martin Price initiated a Unite for Peace candlelight vigil in front of Wait
Chapel on October 29. Students and faculty gathered to speak out against hatred
and in support of human dignity. The aim was to oppose messages of the Westboro
Baptist Church, which had planned to protest the inclusive language adopted by the
Board of Trustees concerning nondiscrimination against people with sexual orienta-
tions other than heterosexuality. The church finally staged a demonstration outside
the Reynolda Road entrance to the University on November 28, while students were
on Thanksgiving break. It was small, brief, and peaceful.
The Black Student Alliance published a minority undergraduate student direc-
tory. The twenty-two-page directory included more than 350 black, Hispanic, and
Asian students on and off campus in hopes of encouraging unity and ensuring that
they could get in touch with one another. On February 25, the Alliance for Racial
and Cultural Harmony (ARCH) sponsored a two-hour forum on interracial dating
called Jungle Fever, named after the1991 Spike Lee film about an interracial affair. The
March 4 Old Gold and Black reported that the well-attended event at Shorty’s was
divided fairly equally among students of all races—whites, blacks, Hispanics, Asians,
and Native Americans. The consensus among those present was that interracial
dating should be not just socially accepted but encouraged, if it leads to true love.
The Benson University Center hosted the Ethnic Heritage Faire in October.
Center Director Joanna Iwata and twelve students organized a wide range of mul-
ticultural experiences, including performances by a mariachi band and a Caribbean
steel drum band, Indian dancers and an African dance ensemble. Booths represent-
ing Africa, the Dominican Republic, France, Japan, the Middle East, and Spain were
set up. In a parallel event, the Wake International Students Association sponsored its