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THE WESLEYAN DECREE Vol. 2, No. 10 ROCKY MOUNT, N. C. Felbruary 28, 1962 Student Leaders’ Retreat Is Effective Handbook Is Going To Press The f rst published handbook de- s'gned speciifically as a guide for new students is ready for press, according to Jim Vassil, editor. In its second year of publication (last year it was a combination handbook and annual) the hand book has undergone many changes. One of the most notable features is its new name, The Bishop’s Law, which was derived fram the nick- ncme of the baseball team. The Battling Bishops, and Law meaning the campus rules and regulations. Law also stands for Life At Wesleyan. In the handbook, Orientation Week is outlined; the new Constitution is included: and ithe new students are welcomed by the Mayor of Rocky Mount, the President of Wesleyan College, Thomas A. Collins, and S.G.A. President Vann Massey. The executive officers, Jim Vas sil, Editor; Jo Lynn Faulkner, As sistant Editor; and Mary Jo Bark ley, Copy Editor, along with Royall Brown, Layout Manager have work ed hard .to get the handbook ready for press. EVALUATION of the High Point trip by Dr. James Hailey. Constitution Is Approved Tlie unanimous vote to ijpprove tlae amendment to the Constitution and By-Laws of the Student Govern ment Association of North Carolina Wesleyan College yesterday seems !o have been a vote of confidence by the student body for the diligent work and the sincere efforts of the Constitution Committee to work out changes necessary to meet the growing needs of the Student Gov ernment. Much thought and work liad gone into this revision and, in addition, to this the changes were debated at length in private groups, in the Student Leaders’ Retreat, and in Cabinet Sessions. This points to a s.ignificant fact that students are interested in the quality of our student life and in a high standard for student government; they were interested enough in the develop ment of a workable constitution to debate and refine the Amendment belfore hand and not wait unUl a proposal was presented at the As sembly. Open Debate Held On Community Council The Community Council was again explained and debated at the Stu dent Leaders’ Retreat, Saturday, February 24. In the discussion led by Dr. Willard Gatewood, the Com- m.unity Council was explained (as appears in the 1962-63 Handbook) as the uniting force between the different groups of the College Com munity—faculty, staff, and students. It is the body to which any mem ber of the Community may appeal to have a mater or issue investi gated. It serves as the spirit and conscious for the Community’s Bill of Rights. The Community Council may re commend to any group about any JERRY MILLER and Jimmy Johnston are caught in a game of chess. subject in any area where there seams to be a (problem upon which attention needs to ibe focussed. Dr. Gatewood also brought up several [problems that the Council faces. One problem is the students do not use the facilities of the Council causing a “boigiging down” in channels. The problem df “legal ism” arises frequently when quan tity instead of quality is attempted. When questions. Dr. Gatewood re plied that time was of no import ance when there was a principal involved. Problems often take months to solve. It was also made known that the records are de stroyed after each case is closed. Dr. Harwood felt that “we are now at a cross roads in the Com-, munity Council.” He emphasized that it began as an honor system. It is simple if the majority want to do the right thing. He is trying to construct a situation in which all are mature, trustworthy, and competent. “People who are trying to mature apipreeiate the fact of people having confidence in them,” pointed out Dr. Harwood. President Collins Is Guest Speaker On February 24, at 10:00 a. m.. President oil: Student Government Association, R. Vann Massey, call ed to order the mem'oers of the Stu dent Leaders’ Retreat. After roll call Vann Massey gave the purposes of the Retreat. In sum mary they were: (1) to make easier transition for incoming officers (2) to find out why cei.'tain things are done (3) to find out what things have been accomplished and (4) to probe into the constitution and find cut if it provides the best possible type of government for ithe students. President Thomas A. Collins was the guest speaker. He dealt with the place of students and student gov ernment at Wesleyan. He stressed the Ifact that the school was built for students and stated that ithe quality of an agency is determined by its product and the students who will graduate froim Wesleyan are its products. Joan Lamberth, presented a sum mary of the first years work of the S.G.A. which was followed by an outline of the type of Government we have this year reiported by Vann Massey. “What’s Happened This Year” was the next topic discussed. Each commission and organization re ported on their progress. Next a summary of the second year was given with an eye to the future. After a luncli in the Prjvate Din ing Room o£ the Cafeteria, ther« was a panel and open discussion led by the Constitution Committee followed by an interesting dis cussion on the Community Council. Summary and Personal Comments President Collins closed the Re- (Continued on page 4) World Peace World Peace will also be observed here at Wesleyan throughout this week. Marie Fisher, chah-man, of the Interfaith Commission, will pre sent a daily reminder on the P. A. system in the Student Union Build ing. HOYLE reports on Publications.

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