338 The History of Wake Forest
Campus and Student Life
The entering class totaled 991, 491 men and 500 women, with only four states not
represented: Alaska, Montana, Utah, and New Mexico. Students arrived at a historic
time as both a public and private celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of the Reyn-
olda Campus groundbreaking took place on October 29 with a luncheon and spe-
cial program. Descendants of many of the key participants in the October 15, 1951,
ceremony, at which President Truman spoke, were on hand. Ed Wilson noted the
groundbreaking was second in importance only to the founding in the history of the
University.
Over the summer of 2001, Assistant Professor of Economics Sylvain Boko led
a study abroad trip to Benin, West Africa, and in spring 2002, student-participants
Brett Bechtel, Rosita Najmi, and Lisa Biedrzycki coordinated Project Bokonon, which
means medicine man in Benin’s native Fon language. They raised money to buy basic
medical supplies like needles, gloves, and bandages for several open-air hospitals in
Benin, including the hospital where Boko was born.
In a bizarre incident related to 9/11, Jordan Munn, a sophomore, received a
suspicious package on February 12. After partially unwrapping it, he called Univer-
sity police because it looked like a bomb, and the only return address was “I Will
Winn, Tulsa, Oklahoma.” University police called the Winston-Salem bomb squad,
who evacuated Poteat Hall using the fire alarm. Examined by x-ray and explosives-
detecting dogs, the package was a hoax, but students could not return to the area for
over four hours.
The City of Joy Scholars trip was affected by 9/11. The group traveled to Mex-
ico to volunteer in one of the homes established by Mother Teresa because going to
Calcutta, India, was deemed too dangerous. Other service trips went off as planned.
A group of Catholic students traveled to Costa Rica to work with Nicaraguan refu-
gees, and the Honduras Outreach Project and Exchange (HOPE) Scholars Program
took ten students to dig latrines, restore houses, and repair roads in the Agalta
Valley, a remote mountainous region of Honduras devastated by 1998’s Hurricane
Mitch.
On February 19, Peace Corps Chief of Staff Lloyd O. Pierson informed President
Hearn that Wake Forest ranked ninth nationally among colleges and universities with
alumni currently serving as Peace Corps Volunteers. At the time, fourteen alumni
were serving. In response to a speech by Jessica Jackson (’00) about her experiences
in the Peace Corps in Uzbekistan, the entire student body collected and sent 2,640
pounds of literature to village libraries. Jackson said that Uzbekistan citizens saw their
ability to read English as one of the main ways to achieve a better life. Student Gov-
ernment and the executive committee of the Year of Unity and Hope paid to ship the
books.
David L. Horne, a Pan-African studies professor at California State University-
Northridge and leading reparations advocate, was the keynote speaker for Martin
Luther King Jr. Day. On February 22, Wake Forest, Winston-Salem State University,
and the city of Winston-Salem commemorated the forty-second anniversary of one
of North Carolina’s first successful lunch-counter sit-ins with a rededication of a
historical marker at the corner of Liberty and Fourth Streets. President Hearn, the
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