Chapter One: 1983–1984 15
letters from a number of Baptist ministers and others when the Old Gold and Black
began accepting advertisements for alcohol products. To these critics, he pointed
out that campus newspaper editors enjoyed the same freedoms as other editors. In
a February 23 letter to Guy C. Rogers, Chair of the Evangelism Committee of the
North Carolina Baptist General Board, he commented that Wake Forest did not
“sponsor or endorse any product or service advertised in our publications.”
The Wake Forest student body remained predominantly white and middle class.
Herman Eure (Ph.D., ’74), Director of the Office of Minority Affairs and Assistant Pro-
fessor of Biology, reported in the March 30 issue of the Old Gold and Black that “Blacks
currently compose about 3.8 percent of the undergraduate student population.”
In a noteworthy scholarly event, Edward K. (Ted) Bilich was named a Truman
Scholar, and the first four Reynolds scholars, Jeanette Sorrell, Brian Rollfinke, Laura
Novatny, and Rogan Kersh, returned to campus from productive summers conduct-
ing research both abroad and elsewhere in the United States.
WAKE radio celebrated its official kick-off as a completely student-run campus
station on Monday, March 26, from 3 to 5 p.m. Promotions Director Shari Hubbard
organized the festivities and told the Old Gold and Black in a March 23 interview that
she hoped to have WAKE playing from dorm windows around the Quad and a large
speaker in front of Reynolda Hall.
WAKE will be on the air weekdays from 7 a.m. to 2 a.m. The morning hours
will feature approximately 50 percent new music. The remaining time will be
filled with requests and DJs’ choices of mainstream such as the Rolling Stones,
Genesis, and [other bands] but in the evening, DJs are free to program what-
ever they please, from funk to punk.
An underground newspaper, Tunnels, appeared on campus, too. It stated that it aimed
to encourage “free thought” among students. It lasted only a year.
Lisa Birnbach, author of The Official College Preppy Handbook, gave the open-
ing College Union lecture on September 13 in Wait
Chapel. Bob Hope performed before a sellout crowd
of 32,000 people after the Wake Forest/Western Car-
olina football game on September 17. Over Parents’
Weekend, the Dallas Cowboy cheerleaders performed
before 28,000 spectators during halftime of the Wake
Forest–North Carolina State football game on Octo-
ber 1; the previous evening, fifteen of the cheerleaders
performed in a variety show at Reynolds Auditorium,
with proceeds going to the University’s athletic fund.
Doc Severinsen and Xebron also performed on Octo-
ber 30 in Wait Chapel.
Facilities and Finances
Improvements to facilities and finances had been,
and continued to be, a major concern for the Herman Eure