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April 1, 2016

The Alumni Newsletter of  WAKE FOREST UNIVERSITY

Ken Bennett

Spring has arrived, and students can be found on the swings, in hammocks, anywhere in the sunshine.

EDITORS' PICKS

A Practical Joke Remembered

What is April Fools' Day without pranks? We tip our hat to the Old Gold and Black, which in April 1974 morphed into the "Old Scold and Smack" of Wake Farce University and offered these gems: 1) "A new record for dryer riding was set Tuesday night by President James Ralph Scales, who made 700 revolutions in a new dorm dryer, open-door style. 'It cost me a lot of dimes, but it was worth it,' Scales said." 2) To stop the muddying of students' feet, facilities director Pete Moore announced the quad would be paved with the biggest green concrete slab in the country. "Plans are underway to field a roller derby team," one official said, adding, "Women are going to get on the quad one way or another." 3) Our favorite: The Wake Forest water tower -- really a space ship from Jupiter -- "blasts off with two aliens abroad [sic]," casting off into the bushes Theta Chis painting it at the time. They were reported "in great condition." The aliens had been disguised as R.A.s.

For the serious news of the day, be sure and check out two upcoming events of interest to alumni and friends. Join Deacs April 9 for Pro Humanitate Day to fight childhood hunger. Words Awake 2! will celebrate writers and writing April 8-9.

Happy spring,

Maria Henson

Maria Henson ('82)
Associate Vice President and Editor-at-Large
magazine.wfu.edu

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