360 The History of Wake Forest
already served. The North Carolina Supreme Court overturned the first-degree mur-
der conviction in 1997, ruling that there was no legal basis for charging an impaired
driver with first-degree murder.
The war with Iraq, which started March 19, elicited an array of responses from
students. Some demonstrated at a University entrance to show support for the U.S.
administration and military troops. Candlelight vigils on campus and in downtown
Winston-Salem protested military action. An ongoing campus drive gathered items
needed by U.S. soldiers, and several forums and panel discussions examined the top-
ics of war and U.S. foreign policy.
In the Wake Alternative Break, two groups of ten to twelve students volunteered
with local agencies in Atlanta and New Orleans March 8–16, working from 10 a.m.
until 3 p.m. each day. After exams, ten Wake Forest students spent two weeks volun-
teering on a Navajo reservation in Ganado, Arizona, beginning May 14. They worked
with the elderly living in both independent and assisted settings, doing lawn care,
minor home repairs, painting, and roofing.
In a study conducted by consultant Alan Cox, undergraduates in focus groups
suggested ways to improve the University’s intellectual climate:
develop intellectual discussion groups among students and faculty that meet
several times during a semester;
offer more small seminars;
promote interdisciplinary events and connect class work with extracurricular
activities;
provide more flexibility in the classes students can take;
offer more pass/fail courses in the humanities for juniors and seniors;
encourage more interaction between students and faculty outside of class,
including open-door office hours;
encourage students to align with others of similar interests to promote the
intellectual climate outside of the classroom and have requirements for
participation;
offer team-taught, interdisciplinary classes that combine and relate liberal
arts material; and
minimize the number of lecture classes in favor of discussion.
The Wake Forest Army ROTC unit was included in the top 15 percent of Cadet
Command’s 271 units for 2002–2003. The high ranking owed much to the first- and
third-place performances of the two teams entered in the national Ranger Challenge
competition at Fort Jackson, South Carolina.
For the fifth time in as many years, the Wake Forest math team took top hon-
ors in Mathematics in Modeling, an international math competition. Coached by
Assistant Professor of Mathematics Hugh Howards, the 2003 team was composed
of Dana Lindemann, a senior physics major; Robert Haining, a junior computer sci-
ence major; and Neal Richardson, a junior political science major. They used applied
mathematics to devise the best way to handle baggage security claims at airports.
Approximately seven hundred teams from colleges and universities around the world
competed.
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