340 The History of Wake Forest
outstanding students to pursue careers in mathematics, the
natural sciences, and engineering.
Student teams won two of the six Outstanding Awards
presented at the annual Mathematical Contest in Modeling
for solving a problem involving airline overbooking. They
were among 522 teams representing 282 institutions from
eleven countries. The first team, composed of seniors Corey
Houmand, John Bowman, and junior Adam Dickey, won the
Outstanding Award in the 2001 competition. The second
team, juniors Elizabeth Perez, Crystal Taylor, and Anthony
Pecorella, competed for the first time.
Junior Tyler Overstreet and senior Kyle Voorhees, “Bigs”
with the Forsyth County Big Brothers/Big Sisters program,
organized a kickball tournament on Davis Field on April 6
that brought together local children in need of a mentor and
volunteers who might be willing to make the commitment to become a big brother or
sister.
David Willhoit and Matt Hinson started Wake Works to train students in the art
of banquet food service. The group began in October after Hinson, who was working
as a waiter at the Adam’s Mark Hotel, noticed the poor quality of the temporary staff.
The company worked with students’ schedules, and the training was administered
online.
Senior Levar Hairston died from sickle cell disease on July 26, one semester short
of graduation. At his funeral, Associate Dean William Hamilton called him “a good
man, a good friend, and a good student.” In honor of his dedication and perseverance,
the Calloway School created the Levar Antwain Hairston Award, annually given to a
Calloway student who overcame hardships in pursuit of the degree.
The 2001 Student Trustee Jonathan Kelly, who organized a leadership program
called Men of Distinction for male high school students, organized a similar pro-
gram, Women of Courage and Valor: Changing the Face of Tomorrow, for their
female counterparts. The program took place on April 19.
In Greek life, Sigma Pi pledges dressed in Nordic gear clashed on the upper Quad
March 1 in Vikingfest. The action was anything but festive, as the young men fought
each other in front of Reynolda Hall. The Big Kahuna Festival was just the opposite:
Delta Kappa Epsilon (Deke) pledges, dressed as Pacific Islanders, lugged one of the
senior members of the fraternity from his house on Polo Road to the upper Quad to
comment on social life and a few individuals.
A misdemeanor citation for abandonment of an animal and allowing livestock
to run at large was issued to members of the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity, who
brought a pig to an off-campus party on April 20 and left it there after the party
ended. After an investigation, the University suspended the Zeta chapter for three
years.
The Zeta Omicron chapter of Kappa Alpha Theta sorority voted to disband in
the spring, the third Greek organization to exit campus in six months. The reason
was low membership. Ironically, more than three hundred men and three hundred
women took part in spring rush.
Mary Claire Butts
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