Chapter Twenty: 2002–2003 359
Campus and Student Life
The 1,012 students in the first-year Class of 2002 represented forty-one states and fifteen
foreign countries. Of the 496 men and 516 women, 31 percent were from North Carolina;
45 percent were ranked in the top five percent of their high school graduating classes; 14
percent were minorities. The Graduate School welcomed 160 students; there were 119
new, full-time MBA students; 169 first-year students in the School of Law; thirty-two
first-year Divinity School students; and 108 first-year medical students.
The Old Gold and Black reported at the end of the academic year that Wake For-
est students participated in 130 clubs and organizations. While some groups were
specialized, with as few as ten members, others, like Student Union, were large and
covered a wide range of interests. Max Floyd, Director of Campus Recreation, stated
that 88 percent of women and 90 percent of men were involved in intramurals and
club sports. Over half of the student body volunteered in some way and gave gen-
erously, often through their Deacon Dollars, to good causes like the Brian Piccolo
Cancer Drive, which collected over $48,000 that year.
An estimated 57.8 percent of undergraduates received credit for study abroad
in the 2002–2003 academic year. According to Open Doors 2004, a report published
by the Institute of International Education, Wake Forest was at the top of the list of
“Selected Institutions by Estimated Undergraduate Participation in Study Abroad:
Top 20 Doctoral/Research Institutions, 2002–2003.”
A new Wake Forest tradition began just before winter break, the Lighting of the
Quad. Initiated by a number of student groups, the quad was strung with lights, and
hot chocolate and cookies were offered. A large Christmas tree was placed in front of
Reynolda Hall and lit after representatives of a variety of interfaith campus groups—Jew-
ish, Christian, Islam, and Baha’i— spoke, and various campus a cappella groups sang.
Thomas Richard Jones, convicted of first-degree murder in connection with the
1996 wreck that killed sophomores Julie Hansen and Maia Witzl, pleaded guilty to
two counts of second-degree murder during a retrial in January 2003. He was sen-
tenced to between fifteen and eighteen years in prison minus the 6.5 years he had
Martha Mason talks about her life in an iron lung to Mary
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