402 The History of Wake Forest
Program. They helped build a school in a poor, rural village near Dalat. The Wake
Forest Catholic Campus Ministry sent twelve Wake Forest students and one Salem
College student to work with Nicaraguan refugees in Alajuelita, Costa Rica. The stu-
dents painted a school and volunteered in children’s programs.
On February 5, undergraduate students hosted a benefit concert in Wait Chapel,
sponsored by the University Tsunami Relief Committee, an organization made up of
several campus organizations. The dance team and the a cappella groups Innuendo,
Demon Divas, and Chi Rho performed. A “rappers’ showdown” was also featured.
First-year student Ritu Bhattacharya came up with the idea for the benefit to raise
money for the American Red Cross Tsunami Relief Fund. The Divinity School’s Stu-
dent Leadership Council held a benefit pancake breakfast almost a month later to
raise money for the same organization.
Technology Quarters, the off-campus house, took off with the cooperation of the
Information Systems Department. Nine students, sophomores and higher, learned
about new technology, shared technical expertise, and helped the University test new
software and hardware considered for campus use. The program built on the previ-
ous year’s experiment in which first-year students interested in technology lodged on
a floor in Luter Residence Hall. Jay Dominick (MBA ’95), Assistant Vice President for
Information Systems, said, “Students are the experts on what technologies they want
and how they want to use them.”
A sculptural chess table, “Lateral Thinking,” was designed and built by Art Pro-
fessor David Finn and two students, Steve Gurysh and Heather Hans, in cooperation
with the Winston-Salem Scholastic Chess Association. It was presented to the city
at Rock the Block festivities on October 15. The project was the first completed by
Art Pro Humanitate, an informal group of art students formed by Finn to work on
Winston-Salem community projects.
Groups and individual students achieved recognition. The Lilting Banshees
Comedy Troupe was one of nine selected to perform at the Chicago Improv Festi-
val. Junior Kelly Williamson started the first campus-wide prom-dress drive, spon-
sored by the Volunteer Service Corps, the Wake Forest chapter of Delta Sigma
Theta sorority, and the Salvation Army Thrift Store. Once the dresses were col-
lected, they were given to the thrift store, where high school students could buy
them at a discount.
First-year student Allie Walker appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show Septem-
ber 17 with her twin sister, Elli. They were both given makeovers by Oprah’s stylist
Mischa Barton and, prior to the show, were flown to Los Angles and Chicago. Senior
Aaron Mass appeared on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? on February 21–22. Mass,
an economics major, was one of eight students from universities across the country
selected for the show’s College Week.
For more than two months in the summer, ten students—Aja Brooks, Rebecca
Cook, Cameron Latimer, Terrell Nicholson, Kyle Layman, Polly Elbertse, Jennifer Hol-
land, Jeanetta Craigwell-Graham, Ashleigh Lawrence, and William Murphy—from
diverse cultural and racial backgrounds participated in an internship program
designed to celebrate the fortieth anniversary of Freedom Summer in 1964. The stu-
dents worked with local groups in Winston-Salem, Raleigh, Charlotte, and Oxford,
Mississippi on projects addressing education reform, economic justice, neighborhood
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