34 The History of Wake Forest
and was featured in the Winston-Salem Journal the next day with the Demon Deacon.
The cheerleaders and the band performed at the rally; Bill Morgan, Vice President of
the College Democrats, and three law students protested to Vice President Anderson,
who assured them that the University had not endorsed any candidate, and the mat-
ter slowly died down. Governor Jim Hunt, Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate,
delivered a political address in Brendle Recital Hall a few weeks later.
From 3,900 applications, (an increase of 20 percent over the previous year),
1,500 students were accepted to the entering class of 800, according to Thomas
O. Phillips (’74, MA ’78), Assistant Director of Admissions. Outstanding students
were awarded a total of thirty-three Carswell, forty-one Hankins, eleven Poteat,
and four Reynolds scholarships. The first O.W. Wilson scholar was Kimberly Page
from Clifton Park, New York, who also held a Carswell scholarship. SAT scores
for Reynolds scholars averaged in the mid-1400s and in the 1300s for Carswell
scholars. Overall, the University committed more than $6 million in academic,
need-based, athletic, and other scholarships, work programs, loans, and institu-
tional aid to over one third of its 3,100 undergraduates.
An additional $250,000 scholarship program for minorities was set up. Begin-
ning in fall 1985, three scholarships of $2,000 each were designated to be awarded
each year, without regard to financial need, to minority students who showed excep-
tional academic promise and leadership potential. These scholarships were estab-
lished with undesignated funds raised during the Sesquicentennial Campaign. As for
Carswell scholars, the Committee on Scholarships and Student Aid assigned each
recipient a faculty sponsor, who “encouraged and advised the development of the
scholar’s academic and leadership potential.”
Individual Student Achievements
Among notable student activities and achievements, senior Lewis McMillan cycled
3,700 miles over the summer via the Bikecentennial TransAmerica Trail. Rebecca May
Almon, a senior psychology major, became a student trustee. The Leadership Excel-
lence Application and Development (LEAD) course began with the selection of twenty
first- and second-year students. The international club was revitalized, and Sigma Nu
was chartered as the newest fraternity on campus. Mike Ford, director of the College
Union, and students across campus advocated for building a Student Center.
A Wellness Resource Center, engaging physical, emotional, spiritual, social,
intellectual, and occupational dimensions of life, was set up in the lobby of New
Dorm (Luter) and open from 4 to 6 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thurs-
days. Bookmarks printed with “Wellness Tips” were distributed on campus. Later in
the spring, the University held its first Wellness Fair, HEALTHFEST ’85. Winston-
Salem community organizations and Wake Forest faculty and staff set up booths,
demonstrations, and exhibitions relevant to the theme.
Deke, the Delta Kappa Epsilon canine mascot, was crowned Homecoming King.
Granice Geyer was crowned Homecoming Queen. WFDD, located on the second
floor of Reynolda Hall, was on the air eighteen hours a day and provided a limited
number of assistantships and work-study opportunities for students. It provided the
background music for channel 2, a cable channel operated by the Forsyth County
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