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THE WESLEYAN DECREE
Vol. 2, No. 4
ROCKY MOUNT, N. C.
November 8, 1961
The Student Life Association,
made up of the president of S.G.A.,
the president of the Women’s Dor
mitory Council, the president of
the Men’s Dormitory Council, the
president of the Day Students’
Council, and the Director of Stu
dent Life, met with President
Thomas A. Collins and Dean Jack
In this meeting the authorities
and structures of the Association
were outlined. The jurisdictional
power of the Student Life Associa
tion was defined and the discipli
nary action for the panty-raid was
turned over to the Student Govern
It is hoped that the student body
will respect the authority vested
in the S. G. A. and cooperate in
all matters pertaining to the life
of the community.
Official delegates have been
named to represent Wesleyan Col
lege at the 41st Annual Session of
the North Carolina College Con
ference which opened In Raleigh
Thursday, November 2.
The group consists of President
Thomas A. Collins, Dean Jack W.
Moore, Ronald Sherron, Director
of Admissions, and William Joy
ner, Field Representative. In all,
they attended four conference
meetings in Raleigh during the
week of November 1-4.
Dean Moore represented the Col
lege at the Conference of Deans on
Wednesday. Sherron and Joyner
attended the Conference of Reg
istrars and Admission Officers on
Wednesday and Thursday, Presi
dent Collins attended the Confer
ence of Church Related Colleges
last Thursday morning.
In turn, all of these Wesleyan
College delegates attended the
North Carolina College Conference
sessions on Thursday afternoon and
Friday, at which about 200 edu
cators were expected to attend.
Dr. Budd E. Smith, President of
Wingate Junior College and Head
of the Conference, delivered his
report at the opening session. A
special feature of the afternoon
agenda was a panel discussion on
“Motivation in College Training.”
“Trends in Liberal Education'”
was the topic of an address de
livered at a banquet session on
Thursday evening by Dr. Orin Cor
nett, Administrative Assistant to
the Executive Director of the U. S.
Office of Higher Education.
Newspaper Is Finally Named
After a long-drawn-out affair, the
Wesleyan newspaper has been
named The Wesleyan Decree. The
newspaper staff can sympathize
with a family that has to name
a new baby. The ordeal of trying
to select a name that will please
all the relatives could not possibly
be more “nerve racking” than at
tempting to satisfy the Wesleyan
The staff members are not com-
Smith Goes To Alaska
Wesleyan has a new ambassador
in the person of Comptroller W.
Jasper Smith, who recently return
ed from the Alaska Methodist Uni
versity in Anchorage, Alaska.
By invitation of the University
and approval of the Methodist
Board of Missions, he was called
as a consultant to study with them
their development in light of the
development and progress of Wes
“Having heard about our estab-
Ushment,” said Smith, “they want
ed to study our financial and op
erating policies, in addition to our
Alaska Methodist University was
founded in 1956, with the first class
graduating in 1960. 127 students
are presently enrolled in the institu
Because the University is in an
isolated area, the fees, tuition, and
general costs run much higher than
here, according to Smith.
When asked his reaction to the
student spirit at the University,
Smith replied, “Even though the
students are the same age as ours,
they seem to be more mature for
their ages. This is due to the cli
mate. They must be more self re
liant. They seem to have a defi
nite purpose, and appear to be dedi
cated and fervent. Their student
activities are limited. Our Student
Body is better organized and our
President And Wife
President and Mrs. Thomas A.
Collins represented North Carolina
Wesleyan College last Wednesday
at Founder’s Day exercises at
Methodist College in Fayetteville.
Governor Terry Sanford was the
speaker for the occasion. Dr. L.
Stacy Weaver, President cf the
College, presided and presented a
report entitled “Retrospect and
Others participating in the pro
gram were Rev. Graham S. Eu
bank, District Superintendent of
the Raleigh District of The Me
thodist Church, and Rev. O. L.
Hathaway, Executive Secretary of
the Board of Missions. Both are
Trustees of the College.
Following morning exercises and
a luncheon, the Trustees met for
their Fall meeting.
student organizations are function
ing much better.”
The climate of Alaska is un
usual in itself. Until the middle
of November many flowers bloom
in wild profusion. Night in De
cember is 22 hours long, with only
two hours of daylight. In June
this is reversed.
The pioneer state of Alaska is
growing rapidly, and it is very
important because it is the only
link or stop in international travel.
According to Smith, the Methodist
Church is staying abreast of its
growth. The Methodist Church is
the largest denomination there.
There are four churches in Anchor
“An interesting sidelight to the
Alaska story is the Eskimoos that
still rub noses when they meet,
and live in igloos. They get more
money than they used to, and not
knowing any better way to spend
it will order a television set from
the Sears and Roebuck Catalogue.
There will be no T.V. station with
in 1,000 miles and no electricity, of
NEW PKESIOENT — A smiling
President Thomas A. Collins
headed the academic procession
plaining for they are strong advo
cates for student concern and in
terest as long as it is constructive.
But most important the paper does
have a name.
The naming of the paper may
seem to have been a trivial matter
but with a name, the college paper
is sure to have more prestige. In
exchanging papers with other col
leges the staff has received cards
from other coUegiate editors sug
gesting names. Their interest was
greatly appreciated by the news
In General Assembly from the
three names, Wesleyan Pacemaker,
Wesleyan Decree, and the Wesley
an Review presented by the head
of the Publication Commission,
Bill Hoyle, the Wesleyan Decree
w£ s chosen. Anyone for passing out
Plans First Dance
The Social Commission is in the
act of planning for the first im
portant function of the year. The
date set for this function, which
is an informal dance, is cited for
November 18. It is to be held on
campus in the Student Union build
Negotiations are now being made
with a “sharp” combo for this
dance because the Social Commis
sion feels that the entertainment
certainly “ought to be worth com-
ming to see.”
This is not just a run of the mill
dance and the Social Commission
anticipates a large turnout. The
attire for the dance will be sports
Much has been said about the
few recreational opportunities pro
vided on campus. Here is your
chance, students! Support this func
tion by your attendance!
Concert Is Given By
Mrs. Thelma Sasser
The 1961-62 Wesleyan College
Concert and Lecture Series was
launched Friday, October 27, vwth
the appearance of TheLma P. Sass
er, pianisit. Mrs. Sasser is the wife
of Dr. WilUam Sasser of the Music
Department of the college.
The concert was given in the Col
lege Chapel at 8:15 p. m.
Mrs. Sasser opened her program
with Bach’s Overture in the French
Manner. Beethoven’s Thirty-two
Variations in C Minor was the fea
tured work of the evening. This
was followed by three works of
Gabriel Faure, the Barcarolle in
A Minor, Op. 26, the Nocture in E-
flat Major, Op. 36, and the Im
promptu in F Minor, Op. 31.