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VOL. 11, NO. 9 North Carolina Wesleyan College, Rocky Mount, N.C. FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 23,1996 l^iition cut draws praise by Clinton New author Dr. Chris LaLonde, professor of English at N.C. Wesleyan, signs his recently published book during a booksigning at the campus bookstore on Feb. 7. The book sold out during his visit (Photo by Karolyn Bruan.) CAB announces activities for this year’s Spring Fling By GREG PURCELL Spring Fling, the highlight of every spring semester, will be held the week of April 8-13, spon sored by the C^ij^pus Activities Board. The exciting week will start on Monday with “60’s Rock...When the Music Mat tered,” a multi-media presentation by Barry Drake. Tuesday will feature the an nual Sigma Phi Delta Talent Show as well as a movie by the Cam pus Activities Board. Wednesday will have the an nual Pi Epsilon Tie Dying event as well as another movie spon sored by the CAB. Friday is Gladiator Day with such events as Keg Racer. Saturday will conclude the week’s events with Band Day. Featured bands this year are the band formally known as Spinning Jenny, FunkAMatic, and Anthemeum. Updates and features on the events that have been planned will be presented in future issues, or call the CAB Hot Line at 985- KAB4. By MOLLY McCLUSKEY When President Bill Clinton mentioned North Carolina Wesleyan College this month in his address to the National Asso ciation of Independent Colleges and Universities, it was with a chuckle as well as praise. “1 don’t know whether they did it by containing costs or pray ing to God or both. But I think it is a good thing to do wherever possible,” he said. The fact that Wesleyan was recognized by the President did not go unnoticed by students. “It’s pretty impressive. How ever, if we can cut costs, why can’t he?” laughed Kristy Alston. All else aside, Wesleyan’s de cision to cut tuition was, as col lege president Dr. John White said, a “bold one.” With the exorbitant costs of colleges, one freshman remarked of the cut, “It’s a good thing. I don’t feel as though I’ve gotten my $14,000 worth out of this col lege.” Room and board, books, and the required meal plan for all on- campus students have only added to the financial anxieties of edu cation. “I think it’s great that they’re doing this,” commented Ashley Allen, a freshman. The general attitude was similar. Students thought it great that such a small school could be acknowledged by the President. The feeling of pride that showed in students at White’s inauguration two weeks ago ap peared to return. Student fear still lingers, how ever, of an increase in tuition. As Clinton King pointed out, “The kids whose Wesleyan Awards are greater than the $2,000 tuition cut are stuck.” The delegation of the Wes leyan Award is the reason for the tuition cut. As White has said, no one will be paying for someone else’s scholarship. But despite White’s promise that no student will pay more and some might actually pay less, the doubts lin- ger- The Financial Aid Office says that the financial aid discrepancy will be awarded in loans which will have to be repaid. “If they can actually do it (the cut), it’s great,” King said. “How ever...” NCWC’s tuition cut — how ever worded, rearranged, or made politically correct — was enough to impress the President, who rec ognized NCWC out of all the smaller universities and colleges. Karolyn Braun was reported as saying, “Yahoo! Go, Wesleyan!” But that comment could not be confirmed at press time. ^ Leaders * series gets underway Tlie leaders in the Making Senes begw 'on Mon« day and will go through April 25. The series include leadership woiicshops, pro^ams, and experiences. Multiple sessions are offered for va riety and to meet individual needs, said Sigrid Bonner. The series concludes with a reception and the award ing of certificates of completion. Reaction mixed to proposals By COLLEEN DeBAISE Targeting thousands of college students worried about tuition costs. President Bill Clinton em phasized his support for educa tion in the State of the Union ad dress. “Today, higher education is more important than ever before,” Clinton said during his Jan. 23 address before Congress. “We should work hard to open the doors to college even wider.” Clinton enumerated a number of proposals during his speech. many of them surprisingly costly at a time when a Republican-con trolled Congress seeks to curb government spending. Proposals include; • A new merit-based scholar- (Continued on Back Page)

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