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English apologized and explained that it was meant to raise questions rather than
single out a particular group. While the editorial lacked sensitivity, the 2003 Howler
had style and earned awards from the American Scholastic Press and the Associated
College Press, including Best University Yearbook among universities with more than
2,500 students based on its superior content presentation, page design, photography,
structure, and creativity.
Another controversy arose over the appropriateness of a replica of a plaque from
the old campus, placed outside Tribble Hall in 1999, referring to janitor Tom Jeffries,
who died in 1923, as “Dr. Tom.” In spring 2004, a new plaque placed beside the old
one explained who Tom Jeffries was. Research conducted by Biology Professor Her-
man Eure (PhD ’74) and Vice President Sandra Boyette explained that Jeffries was
the only University employee at the old campus to have a formal funeral procession.
Faculty and staff served as his pall bearers.
An advisory committee chaired by Mary Gerardy, Associate Vice President, was
appointed to recommend allocations of a portion of the new $100 annual student
activities fee approved in fall 2002 by the Board of Trustees. On the recommendation
of Student Government, half was earmarked for a future student recreation center;
the other half for campus-wide enhancements to social, recreational, and commu-
nity-building activities.
Although over 50 percent of Wake Forest students reported studying abroad in
2003, Joel Cohen, an economics and political science major, set a record as he headed
to France for the fall semester. That trip marked his fourth study abroad experience.
He had already studied in England, Argentina, and Brazil. With the increase in study
abroad, the Center for International Studies issued new requirements for insurance.
Director Pia Wood announced them in an email on November 17. On campus, Stu-
dent Health Service treated more than 160 students for gastrointestinal illness soon
after spring break, according to Director Cecil Price.
Technology Quarters, on the third floor of Luter Residence Hall, were open to
twelve first-year students who were interested in learning about computers and will-
ing to test new technology the University was considering for campus use. The new
theme housing was the brainchild of Information Systems staff.
In the latest effort to incorporate technology into the learning process, students
used hand-held computers in the classroom and for research over the summer.
Information Systems research and development staff worked with faculty to develop
software that matched the particular needs of their subject; for example, Bill Conner
(Biology) used them in a course on animal behavior. However, the hand-held com-
puters were not adopted for the University as a whole.
The University developed and implemented the Deacon Electronic Account
Center (DEAC) in December 2003. It offered an online system for paying tuition and
other costs, checking monthly statements listing long-distance telephone and other
routine charges, and viewing regularly updated student account activity.
President Hearn worked with Governor Easley and a number of state agencies
to organize the North Carolina Presidents’ Summit on Alcohol Use & Abuse at the
executive mansion in Raleigh on September 24. Forty college and university presi-
dents and chancellors attended and were asked to sign a statement of commitment to
address excessive drinking and its consequences.
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