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(SECCA). “Monumental Micros,” displayed in the upstairs gallery, was a joint exhibi-
tion of small works by members of the Philadelphia Sculptors and Sculptors, Inc., of
Baltimore. Works no larger than a box of safety matches represented over forty artists.
These exhibits were followed by more than forty multimedia works by fourteen Art
Department faculty and staff members. In February, the downstairs gallery featured
“Young Americans—Modern Romanticism,” in which various artists used traditional
genres to address current topics and popular culture. The upstairs gallery showed
“Memoirs of a Beast,” a mixed-media installation by Judith Page.
Campus and Student Life
The first-year class was selected from the largest number of applicants ever and was
the largest ever. Of the 1,125 new students, 17 percent were minorities; 26 percent
were from North Carolina; and the numbers of men and women were equal. Appli-
cations had increased 20 percent over the previous year to 7,481, nearly 1,200 more
than in 2004 and 950 more than the previous record year, 1997. Twenty-three North
Carolina Baptist students were awarded the William Louis Poteat Scholarship, each
valued at $11,200 and renewable for four years, for a total value of $44,800.
As students unpacked, they had access to a container specifically designated for
recycling cardboard. Jim Coffey, in charge of the University’s recycling program,
stated that in addition to capturing a large amount of recyclables that would have
been thrown away, the cardboard was hauled away for free through a partnership
with Paperstock and Triad Waste Solutions.
The primary parking option for first-year students was the Student Drive lot off
of Polo Road. Additional parking was available in Lot A at the First Assembly of God
on the west side of Long Drive and the Reynolda Village satellite parking lot. A new
policy let students replace their Deacon Cards once a year at no cost, and in another
change, the election of homecoming kings and queens was shifted from a paper bal-
lot to online using WIN. By the end of 2004–2005, 49 percent of graduating seniors
reported studying abroad.
In its October issue, Black Enterprise magazine named Wake Forest thirty-first in
its list of the fifty best public and private colleges for African Americans. U.S. News
& World Report’s edition of America’s Best Colleges rated the University as a whole at
twenty-seven, one spot up from the previous year. The Babcock Graduate School of
Management was ranked thirty-sixth; the School of Law, thirty-fourth; and Baptist
Medical Center fortieth for research.
Student leaders included Tom Clark and Angel Hsu, Editors-in-Chief of the
Old Gold and Black; Richard E. “Trip” Chalk III, Student Government President; and
Stephen Evans, Editor-in-Chief of The Howler. The Old Gold and Black received
the Online Pacemaker Award from the Associated Collegiate Press for its website,
the highest honor for college student publications on the web.
Big Ron and the Have Mercy Blues Band kicked off the new Bookstore Lunch-
time Music Series from 11 a.m. to noon on September 16. The weekly series of Thurs-
day concerts, held in front of the college bookstore, were free and open to the public.
University Stores initiated them as a way to thank the campus and local community
for their business and to give local talent a venue to promote their music. Groups in