Chapter Three: 1985–1986 47
The Arts
President Hearn’s wife Barbara formed Arts at Wake Forest (AAWF) in fall 1984,
and by fall 1985 the group had 160 members representing a cross-section of the
Winston-Salem and University communities. The group’s purpose was twofold: to
link the fine arts communities and to promote student awareness of the fine arts on
In music, the year’s Artists Series featured performances by pianist Yefim Bron-
fman, Cuban violinist Rubén González, cellist Janos Starker, the Gewandhaus Orches-
tra of Leipzig, and baritone Richard Stillwell.
The University Theatre produced four plays: Jean Giraudoux’s The Madwoman
of Chaillot, William Shakespeare’s Macbeth, Wendy Wasserstein’s Isn’t It Romantic?,
and Charles Chilton’s Oh, What a Lovely War.
Shirley Anders, staff assistant to Vice President John Anderson, received a North
Carolina Arts Council fellowship and the Devins Award for a first book of poems
from the University of Missouri Press, which published her collection, The Bus
In March 1986, WFDD, Wake Forest’s NPR radio station, started broadcasting
at 100,000 watts, in stereo, eighteen hours a day, 365 days a year. It reached approxi-
mately thirty thousand Triad adults each week with National Public Radio program-
ming and classical music.
Campus Life and Students
Wake Forest received a record 5,000 applications for the 850 places in the fall
1986 freshman class, a 9 percent increase over 1984 and a 30 percent increase over
the previous two years. Minority enrollment remained low at 3.3 percent, or only
99 out of the overall 3,350 undergraduates. Most minority students were African
The major offices for student affairs—the Assistant Vice President, Dean of Stu-
dents, and three Associate Deans—continued to be located in a suite of offices in
Davis Residence Hall, yet student life seemed to flourish.
Emerson (Em) Thompson III was President of the Student Government Asso-
ciation; Mary Elizabeth Sutton and Mary Ellen Lloyd were editors of The Student,
Jenny Kletzin was Editor-in-Chief of The Howler, Jim Snyder was Editor-in-Chief of
the Old Gold and Black, Mark Hall was President of the Student Union (formerly the
College Union), and the student trustee until January 1987 was Linda Colwell.
In Greek life, a new fraternity, Chi Psi, was established.
The only discontent students expressed during the year was over the 10 percent
tuition increase to $6,600 for 1986–1987. After the trustees passed the hike in February
1986, sophomore Scott Schneider organized a protest, and fifty students rallied outside
the Magnolia Room on a Thursday night when the trustees were meeting for dinner.
Facilities, Finances, and Alumni
While Graylyn Conference Center was named Executive Retreat of the Year by Hide-
away Report in December 1985, elm bark beetles and Dutch elm disease were the
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