Chapter Four: 1986–1987 65
defeating the University of Kansas at the thirty-seventh
annual National Moot Court competition. Lovejoy and Wil-
liams were first and second, respectively, in the best oralist
competition for oral advocacy skills.
On the social scene, a new policy, the first major
change in hours since spring 1984, increased inter-visi-
tation by twenty-nine hours per week in all campus dor-
mitories. The new hours extended visitation from noon
to 1 a.m. on weekdays and 10 a.m. to 1 a.m. on weekends.
On September 1, 1986, the legal drinking age in
North Carolina and nationally changed to 21, and a new
on-campus Student Alcoholic Beverage Policy prohib-
ited the use or possession of alcohol by those under 21.
President Hearn sought other preventive measures, and
in a July 24 memo to John Anderson, who had oversight
of student life at the time, asked for a review of sub-
stance abuse programs at Wake Forest. He wished to “be
involved in this matter personally.” Hearn made no secret
that his father had abused alcohol, and he did not want
substance abuse taking a toll on the University. As a result, the Office of the Dean of
Students was directed to conduct an Alcohol Policy Education-Orientation Program
at the beginning of each academic year. Two members from all residential and social
student organizations were required to attend, and each Greek organization had to be
represented by its president, social chairman, and two party monitors.
In communication matters, residents of South, Huffman, and Efird residence
halls returned to campus to find that their hall phones had been removed over the
summer. The expanded administration needed sixty-four extensions, but the maxi-
mum had been met until new lines could be installed.
A new computerized registration system was offered for the first time in the
spring of 1987. The Registrar’s Office and most students praised the system for its
speed and efficiency. Margaret Perry, the Registrar, said that the process went excep-
tionally well for a “first-time run.” Students seemed “especially positive toward the
decrease in time spent standing in line.”
On September 1, Student Government President LaMastra formed the Student
Government President’s Select Commission on Race Relations, a ten-person com-
mittee that operated through April 1, 1987. In a February 13 article in the Old Gold
and Black, the committee reported that only 114 students, or 3 percent of the student
body, were black compared to 3,300 white students. The number of black students
applying to Wake Forest had fallen off from 114 in fall 1986 to 83 in fall 1987. Out
of fifty-six administrators, only one, Ernie Wade, was black; of 229 full-time profes-
sors, six were black. Following the commission’s report, President Hearn appointed
a faculty committee to examine race relations. Chaired by Provost Edwin Wilson, its
members were John Anderson (Vice President Adminstration); Ernest Wade, Direc-
tor of Minority Affairs; Beth Hopkins (Legal Department); Margaret Supplee Smith
(Art); Eddie Easley (Calloway School of Business and Accountancy); Susan McCaf-
frey (History); and Don Schoonmaker (Political Science). Outside of racial matters,
The change in the NC
drinking law was noted
everywhere
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