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The Decree VOL. 7, NO. 2 North Carolina Wesleyan CoUege, Rocky Mount, N.C. FRIDAY, OCTOBER 11,1991 Student Life explains alcohol policy By NICOLE COX It is Thursday night and two students, sitting in a room with members of the faculty, look very depressed. What are they dong? Alcohol counseling. Campus party night and these two are be ing counseled because of alcohol violations. “If the student really comes first at Wesleyan,” one ponders, “then why am I being forced to come here against my will? Why can’t they just leave me alone?” According to the federal gov ernment, if the college “leaves you alone” and does not enforce an alcohol policy, it can be pe nalized. Congress recently added more specific requirements to the institutional anti-drug and alcohol abuse plan required by the Drug Free Schools and Communities Act of 1986. The current penalty for noncompliance is the loss of all federal assistance, including grants and contracts as well as student aid. The new legislation requires that each insititution annually make the following available to each student: 1) Standards that clearly pro hibit the unlawfid possession, use, or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol by students and employ ees on an institution’s property (Continued on Page 4) >• Colloquium focuses on ‘Soviet Disunion’ DR. ALLEN J0HNS6N DISCUSSED “SOVIET DISUNION” By CHRISTY SKOJEC As the Soviet Union disinte grates and the world contemplates the causes and ramifications of the huge changes that are occur ring, Dr. Allen Johnscm discussed "Soviet Disunion” with faculty, staff, and students in his Fourth Monday Colloquium lecture. Johnson, professor of history and geography, said one of the main problems in the Soviet Union has been the Communist Party itself. The Party goal in the 1960’s was to catch up with and pass the United States in stan dard of living by the 1980’s. In the 1950’s, the standard of living increased at the rate of 15-20 per cent a year. But by the 1960’s, the rate had dropped to 10 percent a year. By the 1970’s, it was down to five percent a year and falling. As long as economic gains were being made, the citizens accepted oppression. By the 1980’s, however, the standard of living was declining. As a result of this decline, Mikhail Gorba chev introduced Glasnost and P^estFoika in 1985. TTiis new openness and restructuring pleased the common people, but it did not, however, please the members of the Conununist Party. In 1988, a Communist Party Congress was held to discuss the direction of the party. At this Congress, Gorbachev offered a sweeping program of reform. The Party endured the changes for a few years, but recently the entire system has collapsed. Within the last five .veeks, the Communist Party has been dis solved, outlawed, and declared to be a criminal operation by the Soviet Parliament Johnson said nationalism is taking the place that communism once held. Of the 15 republics of the So viet Union, 12 have declared in dependence from the Soviet Union. The three Baltic republics have become ind^ndent, while the oflier firee republics are trying to form a loose fedei^on. This is nctgoin^tobeasimple (Continued on P^e 4) NCWC observes ‘Banned Books Week’ By CECILIA LYNN CASEY Read any good books lately? Or, more importantly, any bad bodes? If you have, it might tt^ve been to support Banned Books Wetk which ran the weds: of Sq)t 29 through Oct 6 in an eff(»t to :xmnteiact censordi^ diat is bdng [xacticed in many libraries across the country. The object o( Banned Bode ¥eek was to get peo^e to read some of the censcxed material and decide for themselves if'these books, magazines, newsps^rs, and articles are obscene or if they might have any social or intellec tual value that could be an asset to the community. North Carolina Wesleyan’s Pearsall Library observed the week by setting up a disiday ftecdom through censorship. The diqiiay enduuned a few of the bodes that are being censored in a number of libraries to a bookcart and put the display in the middle of tiie library. Some of the offwi- sive books teing banned are the American Heritage Dictionary, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Little Red Riding Hood, and Val ley of the Horses. Pat O’Keefe, owner of the bookstore Murder for Fun, also observed the wede by di^ying wroe bamed books in her win dow and talking to her customers about c^sorship wh^ they asked about the display. When asked why some books are censored, she told customers that some peoide feel “books are dangerous because they contain ideas.” She also iqxxted that most (^hn cusKmiers were shocked to team that some books are not al lowed in some libraries. She ob- (Coatfaaed OB Pace 4) Homecoming 1991 Sunday, Oct. 20 Sigma Pi’s Airband Contest 8 p.m. — S.A. Center Monday, Oct. 21 Pi Epsilon’s Second Annual Pizza Eating Contest 9:45 p.m. — S. A. Center Tuesday, Oct. 22 C.A.B. Presents MudPest ‘91 4:30 p.m. — Front Lawn Wednesday, Oct. 23 Outdoor Club’s Bonfire and Spirit Rally 9:30 p.m. — Outside SA. Center Thursday, Oct 24 Delta Sigma Phi Presents Comedian Jimmy Tingle 9:30 p.m. — S. A. Colter Friday, Oct. 25 Pi Ki^pa Phi’s HomecDming Dance 9 p.m.-l p.m. Sho'aton Gateway Centre Saturday, Oct. 26 Magic ^^e Parade 1 p.m. —Tyler Drive Saturday, Oct 26 Homecoming Game vs. Virginia Wesleyan 2p.m.—Soccer Reid

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