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Board of Education. WAKE radio entered its
second year of operation and struggled finan-
cially. Nevertheless, the station sponsored a
community service event in the spring entitled
“Spring into Action,” in which students from
the University, Salem, and Winston-Salem State
donated two hours each to collecting trash, par-
ticipating in a softball game with members of a
local orphanage, or painting or doing yardwork
to improve the community. As usual, a large
number of students participated in Springfest
as well, which was held at Davis Field on a Fri-
day, Saturday, and Sunday in mid-April. The
event, sponsored by the College Union, fea-
tured everything from movies to folk art and
included a reggae band and a Happy Hour.
One down note in an otherwise upbeat year
was a report from Toby Hale, Associate Dean of
the College, that each year, Wake Forest lost 12
percent of its student body as a result of transfer
to other schools, drop-out, and academic fail-
ure. Increasing retention would require much
more work. Another report stated: “Ten  per-
cent of all freshmen leave, with a small group
leaving at Christmas break and a larger group
leaving after the spring semester.” Of an incom-
ing freshmen class, 75–80 percent would grad-
uate from Wake Forest, according to Hale.
Nationwide, the rate was about 50 percent.
Facilities, Finances, and Alumni
In April, the University converted Lovette House
at the corner of Reynolda and Polo Roads for com-
mercial rental. The property had housed approxi-
mately twenty-five French and Spanish students
since Graylyn’s renovation required the original
language houses to move. The timing of the decision disturbed students. New houses
were purchased: 1020 Polo Road for the French House and 1210 Polo Road for the
Spanish House.
On campus, the University opened a new microcomputer center in Reynolda
Hall, room 9-A, in late November. The center allowed full-time Wake Forest stu-
dents, employees, and staff to purchase a personal computer at a discount. Three
personal computer brands were available: IBM, Wang, and Apple Macintosh.
A formal garden near the entrance of the president’s home honoring Betty Scales
was planned and planted by Barbara Hearn and Physical Plant Director Pete Moore.
George H.W. Bush; Jim Hunt
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