378 The History of Wake Forest
a hip-hop band, in Wait Chapel on September 25. Their eclectic style conveyed a
poetic urban message. Homecoming Weekend was kicked off with a performance
by the ColorBlind Comedy Tour, featuring comedians Cocoa Brown and JJ, October
9 in Wait Chapel. The event was co-sponsored by the Student Union and Unified
Rhythms Hip Hop Dance Squad. Founded in 2001, Unified Rhythms was a multicul-
tural group of women who aimed to balance cultural diversity on campus through
service, leadership, music, and dance.
With an all-student cast, chorus, and orchestra, the Department of Music staged
Henry Purcell’s opera Dido and Aeneas, the story of two tormented lovers. The sold-
out performances took place on October 24–25 in Brendle Recital Hall. The depart-
ment presented Giovanni Umberto Battel, internationally renowned pianist and
director of the Venice Conservatory of Music, on November 16.
The Secrest Artists Series included performances by the National Symphony
Orchestra with conductor Leonard Slatkin; pianist Orion Weiss; the American Brass
Quintet; the St. Lawrence String Quartet featuring clarinetist Todd Palmer; the Brad
Mehldau Jazz Trio; and the Masters of Mexican Music.
In the fall semester, the Dillon Johnston Writers Reading Series featured novel-
ists Julianna Baggott, Rita Ciresi, and Paul Eggers.
“Pixerina Witcherina,” an exhibition of works by contemporary female artists
who addressed the complex history of women and storytelling, opened in August at
the Charlotte and Philip Hanes Gallery. The title was taken from a language British
author Virginia Woolf invented to share secrets with her niece and referred to the
polarization of women’s roles in fairy tales as either innocent, flirtatious pixies or evil,
plotting witches. The exhibit was followed by “INSIDE/OUTSIDE Contemporary
Cuban Art,” a mixed-media exhibit of recent work from artists born and educated in
Cuba. The end of the year saw a retrospective of seventy-nine photographs displaying
a broad range of creative approaches by Sam Abell, a contributing photographer-in-
residence at the National Geographic Society. Abell discussed his work at the opening
on February 6.
Campus and Student Life
Wake Forest welcomed 1,009 new first-year students at orientation on August 20.
The class represented forty states and ten foreign countries; 27 percent were North
Carolina residents; 41 percent graduated within the top 5 percent of their high school
classes. The incoming class included 520 women and 489 men; 13 percent were
minorities. Classes began on August 27 for everyone except the School of Law’s 194
students, who started on August 25.
Elizabeth Bland was Editor-in-Chief of the Old Gold and Black. Jennifer George
was Editor of The Howler. Maeve Goff was Student Government President, and Dana
Givens, Student Union President. Rising senior Ashlee Miller was chosen as the Stu-
dent Trustee.
Controversy started early over an article in The Howler that questioned whether
the homecoming king and queen selection was representative. For the past twelve
years, the king and queen had been black, although minorities represented only a
fraction of the student body. Many students called the editorial racist, and editor Alan
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