320 The History of Wake Forest
(1996–2001), the Discovery Series started by Benson ­University Center Director
Joanna Iwata had offered twenty-nine talk shows, which had enlisted seventy guests
representing twenty academic departments and community agencies, and were
attended by more than six hundred students, faculty, and staff. Step teams from
nearly ten organizations and three states went toe-to-toe on January 19 for the first
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Step Show Invitational, One Step Closer to the Dream.
Amanda Carlson was elected President of Student Government. Jessica Von
Herbulis was President of the Student Union. Brian Schiller was Editor-in-Chief
of the Old Gold and Black, and Howler co-Editors-in-Chief were Heather Seely and
Robert Numbers II.
Adam Dickey, Corey Houmand, and Andy Pruett teamed up to win the Mathemati-
cal Contest in Modeling, competing against nearly five hundred teams representing 230
institutions from eleven countries. The annual contest challenges undergraduate teams to
use applied mathematics to solve open-ended, real-world problems. Steve Robinson and
Miaohua Jiang (Mathematics) prepared the Deacon team. Working long into the night
over the four-day contest, the three created a twenty-six-page mathematical model to
evacuate the South Carolina coast in the event of a hurricane. The previous year, a Wake
Forest team took second place, and another won in 1996 with a mathematical model for
the best placement of sensors to detect submerged submarines. The winning students and
their friends rolled the Quad in celebration of their victory. Wake Forest first participated
in the contest in 1995, when interested students pressed Robinson and Associate Profes-
sor Ed Allen to organize a team. The department then created Problem-Solving Seminar/
Math 165, a one-credit course for potential contest entrants.
Individual students demonstrated their initiative as well. Derrick Thompson, a
sophomore, helped found a technology group through the University’s new Knowledge
2 Work program, which helped students with strong computer skills from middle and
lower income families earn an hourly wage by performing technical work for local non-
profit groups, corporations, and individuals. Maria Toler, a junior, started and managed
her own company, Collegeboxes, a door-to-door, student-run storage service. Students
registered online, were supplied with packing materials, and had their boxes picked up
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