356 The History of Wake Forest
data available) was announced in September. It
was at 74 percent, the highest it had been in three
years, and right behind Duke and Virginia in the
Controversy over installing lights for night
games at Gene Hooks baseball stadium erupted
when the Faculty Drive Neighborhood Asso-
ciation complained that the lights would be
disruptive and lower property values. After
much discussion, Athletic Director Ron Well-
man worked with the baseball team to use Ernie
Shore field for night games in 2003, and the idea
of new lights was dropped.
President Hearn wrote Wellman on May 2,
stating, “I am revising our proposed new annual
financial commitment to the department.
Formerly at $375,000 per year for three years
beginning in ‘03–‘04, it is being revised as follows [$500,000 for ‘04–‘05], showing
the existing $250,000 per year/four-year program with cumulative totals.” The new
annual commitment was to be funded in part by a new student activity fee of $200
per year beginning in 2004–2005. This fund would be shared between athletics and
student affairs. Hearn went on to say, “The academy was not formed for athletics, but
at Wake Forest we are glad to identify the athletics program as part of that mission.
To exist in tension means that athletics must be a part of the academy in fundamental
respects, including the sharing of resources in a reasonable manner to preserve our
overall excellence.” After receiving the letter, Wellman turned down a job as Univer-
sity of Tennessee Athletic Director on May 6 and signed a new long-term contract
with Wake Forest.
Frisbee became the
latest rage on campus.
Men’s, women’s, and
mixed gender teams
traveled and did well
against other univer-
shone. James D’Antona
was ACC Player of the
Year in baseball, and
Calvin Pace was ACC
Player of the Year.
Bill Haas and Nuria
Clau were the ACC