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quad; and with support and funding from student government, Public Safety Direc-
tor Alton M. Hill implemented the first on-campus Crimestoppers program in the
nation. As always, a host of extracurricular activities such as dating, rush, working
on pub row, participation in athletics, studying, and serious discussions (on mat-
ters from academic honor to sexual orientation) filled students’ lives as well as the
pages of the Old Gold and Black. High-profile student leaders included College Union
President Angie Patterson, Student Government President Brent Wood, Old Gold
and Black Editor Kerry King, and Howler Editor Anna Draughn.
The University’s first Senior Class Campaign was organized and publicized by
the Student Alumni Council (SAC), and during February more than a hundred SAC
members solicited pledges from their classmates payable one to three years after
graduation.
The Association of Wake Forest Black Alumni (AWFUBA) initiated an Adopt-
A-Freshman project in January, in which each participating Association member was
assigned to an incoming first-year black student. President Beth Hopkins stated that
the program was one way the AWFUBA hoped to strengthen ties between minority
alumni and the University.
One bizarre exception to a positive campus atmosphere was the appearance of
Brother Jed Smock and Sisters Cindy and Beth Smock on the quad on a mild Mon-
day in early November. Their purpose was evangelism, and their methods included
screaming at students to stop their sinning. They also distributed Smock’s pamphlet,
“On Christian Perfection,” which sparked considerable anger and agitation among
surrounding students. Cindy Smock, a former disco dancer, condemned rock and
roll, including songs by “John Lennon, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison,” so students in
Davis House responded by blaring music from their windows. Other students per-
formed the wave cheer in response to such outrageous comments as “God is a Repub-
lican” and women’s only purposes are “to make babies and to be obedient to their
husbands.” While Director of Public Safety Alton Hill had given the trio permission
to be on campus, no campus group sponsored them. At the end of the day, Dean of
Students Mark Reece shook his head and simply said, “I couldn’t understand why
students just didn’t walk away.”
Apart from this strange incident, student life progressed on a number of fronts.
A new co-ed residence hall (now Collins) was under construction near the existing
women’s residence halls behind Bostwick and Johnson, while sixty female under-
graduates, mostly sophomores, were housed in two faculty apartment buildings.
Extensive renovation of the men’s residence halls on the quad continued.
A new visitation agreement, extending hours, was overwhelmingly supported by
students and faculty. John Anderson, who was the opening convocation speaker on
September 11, was instrumental in visitation activities, eager to involve students in
making decisions that affected their lives. Students who worked with him were enthu-
siastic in his praise. After the visitation policy was revised, the Old Gold and Black was
effusive, calling Anderson “a beacon for students,” a sobriquet that prompted a great
deal of kidding from colleagues.
George H.W. Bush, the Republican candidate for president, made a campaign stop
on campus on Monday, September 10, 1984. Sponsored by the College Republicans, he
spoke before a crowd of 3,000 assembled on the Magnolia Court behind Reynolda Hall
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