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The Decree VOL. 6, NO. 7 North Carolina Wesleyan College, Rocky Mount, N.C. FRIDAY, JANUARY 25,1991 President makes two staff changes Two new senior administrative appointments have been made at N.C. Wesleyan College. Fred Moore has joined the college as Assistant to the Resi dent, and Belinda Faulkner will serve as Director of Administra tion. They will both serve as members of the President’s Council management team. Moore will assist the president in planning, financial analysis, development of management and management support systems, and in representing the College to its constituents. Moore holds JD and MBA degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He practiced law at Petree Stockton & Robinson, one of North Caro lina’s oldest and largest law firms, before accepting the position at Wesleyan. Moore’s wife, Susan, will be the associate pastor at First Christian Church in Rocky Mount She is a graduate of Duke Divinity School. They have two children, Allison and Stephen. Faulkner has served the col lege for five years, most recently (Continued on Back Page) 'Fast Track' effort gets off to quick start jiiit Marching for peace Cecilia Casey and David O'Neill were among more than 20 Weselayn students and faculty, joined by community members, who held a rally for peace last Saturday afternoon and took a short, march around campus. Some of the political views differed, but support for the troops was honest (Photo by Joanna Holladay). By DHANA CHESSON This semester. Student Life and the Learning Resources Center, along with the help of the Academic Dean, the Registrar, and academic advisors, have in troduced Fast Track, a new pro gram aimed at helping students witii study skills and raising their GPA. The idea of the program came from Pam Derrick, Dean of Stu dent Life, and Dr. Marshall Brooks, Dean of Academics, along with the help of students who wanted better academic success. Although anyone can be in volved in the program, students who were suspended, and many who are on probation are required to join Fast Track. There are basically three steps in which the participants must be involved. First, the student needs to meet one of the counselors, Sarah Shutt and Debbie Schoeder, for “an assessment of their study skills.” Secondly, the student meets with Dr. Morrison to set up at least two hours a week of tutoring in the courses in which they are struggling. The last part of this “contract” deals with the student’s working with his or her academic advisor to set a minimum GPA to work towards and any scheduling problems they might have this semester. There is a lot of enthusiasm for this program. Freshman Stephanie Palarino explains, “I’m looking forward to going to some of the workshops like time man agement and test-taking that I am signed up for.” Another freshman involved in the program shows even more hope in the program and says, “My first semester I was just go ing to class to be counted present. I was really lost. But I hope (Continued on Back Page) Forum says King would not favor Gulf war By MARION BLACKBURN No one knows how the death of Dr. Martin Luther King af fected the American civil rights movement, or how he might re spond to war with Iraq. But panel members who gathered Monday evening at N.C. Wesleyan Col lege to discuss these questions said he no doubt would object to violence in any situation. “We would see a man who was in despair, who was lonely, who suffered, who would ask how America waged a war on the day of (his) birth,” Mary Smith, community relations resource for Consolidated Diesel, said. Smith joined four Wesleyan community members to discuss how King would respond to American issues were he alive today. The panel overwhelmingly agreed that King, a vocal oppo nent of the Vietnam war, would be outraged that America was using violence to setde the Persian Gulf conflict. “I’m afraid the three words that hit me are failure, frustration, and fear,” Dr. Hugh Corbin, assistant professor of education, said. “If he had lived through the last 20 years he would feel frus tration at the image, the token, the failure,” Corbin said. “I’m not sure what King would say about us watching a war step by step. That would be something for JCing to comment on.” Wesleyan President Dr. Leslie Gamer said that King would be appalled by Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait, and at the ravages Kuwaiti’s have experienced since the assault But I^g would not get tangled up in the politics of why we are in the Gulf, Gamer said. “He would object to the tac tics of settling our dispute with Iraq,” he said. Corbin added that for King, a “turn to non-violence was the only we^n available.” “Non-violence can touch a man where the law cannot reach him,” Judy Boyd, a student gov ernment association member, said. Silence and apathy are dan gerous traps, she added. ‘Tacit acceptance of evil is tantamount to its perpetuation,” she said. Panel members agreed that King would not be satisfied with the status and condition of American blacks in 1991. Boyd suggested King would center his work on breaking the poverty cycle, leading the working poor. “Poverty erodes the will and leads to hopelessness,” she said. Daiyl Whitaker pointed to the alarming rate of black-on-black crime. One out of 21 black males wiU be murdered, and 96 percent of those deaths are at the hands of other blacks. The rate for black women is similar to that of white men: about one in 120 will be murdered. One of about every 600 white women wiU be murdered. “King would lead protests ... to stop the trafficking of drugs into our neighborhoods,” Whitaker said. “It has been my experience that I don’t live in a society like that of Martin Luther King. There were laws that said he couldn’t eat at a restaurant with whites, or drink from a water fountain that whites drank firom, or stay in a hotel where whites stayed. “These things have changed, but... am I free?” he said. “If King were alive, would he be satisfied with just that?”

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