276 The History of Wake Forest
first dinner to welcome new international
students to campus.
Kim Gandy, Executive Vice President
of the National Organization for Women
(NOW), spoke on March 30 on “The New
Face of Civil Rights: The Shift from Minor-
ities to Gays and Lesbians,” sponsored by
the Women’s Studies Program, Student
Union, Gay/Straight Student Alliance,
Women’s Issues Network, and the Win-
ston-Salem chapter of NOW. Pugh Audi-
torium was packed. Gandy’s address was
followed a week later, on April 6, by writer,
feminist activist, and social critic bell
hooks (nee Gloria Watkins) whose address
“Love, Race and Domination” examined
topics such as African American feminism,
the civil rights movement, and capitalism.
The Black and Gold Ball, a formal dance for all students, was reinstated by Resi-
dence Life and Housing after an eight-year absence. It was the grand finale of Resi-
dence Hall Week (November 12–20), a celebration promoting community spirit.
More than one hundred Wake Forest students went hungry for thirty hours on
March 26–27 as part of the annual World Vision Thirty-Hour Famine to help fight
hunger and poverty around the world. More than one hundred students from various
campus organizations participated in WILD (Winston-Salem into the Lives of Deacs)
on April 8. The community effort was in honor of National Youth Service month.
Students volunteered at twelve community service agencies, doing yard work at the
Ronald McDonald House, tutoring middle school kids at the YMCA, sorting food at
the Second Harvest Food Bank, and working on trails at SciWorks.
After nearly a decade of performances, the Agape women’s ensemble decided
to disband because of differences over whether group members should hold to a lit-
eral interpretation of the Bible or include Christians of varying beliefs. Out of the
breakup, two new women’s a cappella groups were formed: One Accord and SOUL
(Sisters of Universal Love).
The Merit-based Scholarship program organized an evening of dessert and
discussion in the Oak Room in Reynolda Hall on the theme “Racism around Us.”
Nat Irvin, a writer for the Winston-Salem Journal, was the featured speaker, and the
November 17 event was attended by students, faculty, and staff.
In December, Jennifer Bumgarner, a senior from Hickory majoring in Political
Science, was named one of thirty-one Rhodes Scholars nationally and was the seventh
from Wake Forest since 1986. She served on the editorial board of the Philomathesian
and as a representative on the Commission on the Status of Women. In February, she
was again honored as one of twenty students selected for USA Today’s 1999 All-USA
College Academic First Team, which came with a cash award of $2,500. When asked
what she would do with the money, Bumgarner replied that she would save it for her
studies at Oxford.
Students dancing at the Black and Gold
Ball
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