North Carolina Newspapers

    The Decree
North Carolina Wesleyan College, Rocky Mount, N.C.
VOL. 7, NO. 10
takes part
in Habitat
More than 20 members of the
North Carolina Wesleyan College
community participated in Habi
tat for Humanity’s second
groundbreaking in Rocky Mount
last month.
The new house will be built in
Nash County near Edwards Junior
High School.
Participants from Wesleyan
included staff members Dean
Marshall Brooks, Steve Sparks,
Jay Quigley, Rev. Kirk Oldham,
and students Marvina Hill, Daniel
Griswold, Allen Beasley, Rodney
Robertson, Tim Elmore, Matt
Snyder, Rich Fleming, Eric,
Mercurio, Chris Brandt, Chris
Sharpe, Tom Livers, Sam Hall,
David Brooks, John Fentress,
Robert Baker, Steve Corbett,
Kelly Best, and Kristi Warren.
Habitat for Humanity is an
ecumenical Christian housing
ministry whose objective is to
eliminate poverty housing from
the world and to make decent
shelter a matter of conscience. By
having affluent and poor work
together in equal partnership.
Habitat also hopes to build new
relationships and a sense of com
munity as well as new houses.
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Tuition set
to increase
by $750
Baseball season begins with wins
Battling Bishops’ pitcher Steve Robertson picks up his second
victory, defeating Oglethorpe CoU^e, 7-5, as the North Carolina
Wesleyan baseball season started last week. The Bishops had a
great start, winning five out ot six games.
As students make plans for the
upcoming academic year, they
will have to include ways to get
more money to cover the increase
in tuition.
The tuition will be increased
seven percent, an additional $750
more per year,making the new fee
Belinda Faulkner explained the
tuition increase as being needed
simply to meet the cost of man
aging Wesleyan.
“When the Board of Trustees
met in February they looked at
what was absolutely needed to
cover the cost of running Wes
leyan,” she said. “In fact, this
figure is just shy of the actual
cost needed to run Wesleyan.”
Compared to overall increases,
this has been the lowest increase
in the five years, she said.
“We re^y are trying to keep
costs down,” she said, adding.
“We will have to have a tight
budget this year and be frugal.”
Asked if there would be any
thing that would see a drop in
funds, Faulkner explained that
everything would remain on an
even level with some programs
receiving some enhancement.
Even though the rise in tuition
is needed, it still has smdents very
upset as they, or their parents,
reached further down into their
pockets. Sophomore Pam Evans
commented, “Well, I would not
have a problem with it if I knew
we were to get more financial aid.
With this tuition increase my
parents will have to sacrifice even
more for me to come here. If it
goes up any more, I may have to
go to State the year after next.”
Freshman Danielle Nardello is
in a similar situation. She ex
plained, “My parents don’t get
any financial aid, so with almost
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Drinking big health problem at colleges
Alcohol vs. Books!
The typical college student
spends more money for
alcohol than for books!!!
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Drinking is the numbCT one
health problem on college and
university campuses. President
Bush included alcohol in the 1992
National Drug Control Strategy,
citing it as “the most abused sub
stance by students.”
The 1992 survey of high
school seniors and college stu
dents by Michigan’s Institute for
Survey Research lends proofs to
this statement by indicating an
increase in the number of “binge
drinkers” (five or more drinks in
a row) and daily drinkers in the
college-age population.
College students spend ap
proximately $5.5 billion annually
to purchase 430 gallons of alco
holic beverages. This alcohol
consumption can lead to dropouts,
campus violence, risky sexual
encounters, and even death.
For example, charges of rape
against a University of Richmond
student were dismissed last year
when the victim testified that he
was so drunk that he did not re
alize at first she was not consent
Last fall, a 22-year-old Uni
versity of Idaho student died at
bis home of alcohol poisoning
afta: consuming large quantities
of alcohol at a Halloween part
the previous night. It is estimated
that among those currently in
college, between 240,000 and
360,000 will eventually lose their
lives due to drinking.
The “Put On The Brakes”
program, initiated last year by the
Office for Substance Abuse Pre
vention, seeks to raise awareness
about alcohol problems on college
campuses and to call for action
among students, college presi
dents, governing boards, faculty
and administrators. Its goal is to
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