Colleges: Fight for Wake Forest

"Let's get a jukebox," somebody yelled, and while the music blared, 1 ,000 chanting students of Wake Forest College twisted, frugged and hully-gullied under the North Carolina sky. The scene looked like football victory celebration; actually it was bitter defiance of church authority. The Baptist State Convention, which controls Wake Forest, had just voted down a proposal to give the school greater freedom from church control. The chants were angry cries of "To hell with the Baptists," and the twisting flouted a ban on dancing as "demoralizing."

For most of its 130-year history, Wake Forest was known as "North Carolina's...