VOLUME 29 NUMBER 12
NOVEMBER 25, 1974
She Just Keeps
On ^^Keeping on”
With Thanksgiving just around the corner, many individuals
will be counting their blessings and eating turkey.
For Fayetteville State University senior Margaret Lewis,
thankfullness and blessings have practically been her motto.
The early childhood education major was stricken with polio
at the early age of three months. But this handicap has not
stopped her from achieving her education nor her ambition to
teach small children.
A native of Rowland, North Carolina, and the mother of six
children, she has plenty of experience.
“I really love children and my mother takes care of my own
while I attend college. I really don’t know what I would do without
her,” said Mrs. Lewis.
“I live in Fayetteville during the week but go home on
weekends. 1 really miss my children,” she said smilingly.
Mrs. Lewis, on a vocational rehabilitation scholarship,
started FSU in 1955 but for one reason or another had to drop out
“I finally got back into school after trying several other
things like comestology. I have a degree in that area and I am a
competent beautician also,” she said.
When Mrs. Lewis is spotted on the campus she usually has a
big smile on her face and makes her way around the campus quite
well despite being aided by a walking cane.
“All of the students are very nice to me,” she explained, ”I
hardly have any trouble at all especially in the classrooms.”
“My main goal is to finish up in May. I do hope that I’ll be able
to get my degree by that time.”
With the faith that this woman has, she probably ac
complishes that and more.
Support the Bronco
Mrs. Margaret Lewis,
stricken with polio at age
three months, pauses between
classes at FSU.
(FSU photo by John B.
AT HOME DEC. 4
COLLEGE DEC. 6
Chancellor Charles “A” Lyons, Jr. recently made a
statement regarding irregularities in the unversity’s financial
The local press (The Fayetteville Times) charged that a
$325,000 deficit in student fee collections had been revealed in the
1972-73 state audit.
The Chancellor’s press release stated: “Recently, excerpts
from the 1972-73 State Auditor’s Report have been published,
pointing out some deficiencies in the business and financial
management operation of Fayetteville State University.
“As Chancellor of Fayetteville State University, I should like
the public to know the institution’s posture with regard to the
business and financial health of the university.
“The fiscal management at Fayetteville State University like
each of the 16 constituent institutions of the university system, is
audited periodically, with each university being apprised of its
fiscal status. These audit reports, being public documents, are
published. Fayetteville State University’s 1972-73 audit report
was published in 1974.
“Since the 1972-73 audit report was published positive and
systematic steps have been taken to correct the deficiencies
reflected in the audit. Moreover, corrective actions are still in
“A major step in corrective actions was taken when the
university employed a management consulting firm to study the
business and financial management system at the university and
to make recommendations designed to eliminate any weaknesses
found in the system. As a result of this report, changes have been
made systematically in the business and financial operation. A
new business manager has been appointed, and some positions
are being created at the middle management level. The changes
made and the positions being created will enable the university to
implement the new system more effectively. However, additional
personnel, equipment, and other resources are required to make
the system fully operational.
“The Department of the State Auditor has been and remains
fully knowledgeable of all actions taken that are correcting the
business and financial managemtn deficiencies; that department
is also aware of the university’s objectives for the 1974-75 fiscal
“Fayetteville State University is fully cognizant of the
necessity for a sound management system that will support and
enhance the growth of the university so that it will effectively
meet the educational needs of its constituency.
Fayetteville State University is an institution which has
opened its doors and stretched forth its arms to hundreds of needy
students who otherwise would not have been able to attend a
senior college. And we do our best to educate and graduate them
and make of them producitve and contributing citizens.
There are some very real practical difficulties which do not
totally explain, but do add to our problem of uncollected fees, the
simple fact of poverty. These young people and their parents are
honest, honorable and hardworking people and I believe have
every intention of meeting their obligations when they make
them, but they have difficulty making ends meet. A few examples
will serve to illustrate this point. Our research reveals that
seventy-five per cent of our students come from families where
parental income is less than $5,999; while nineteen per cent come
from homes where the parental income is between $6,000 and
$8,999. Only six per cent come from homes where the annual in
come is $9,000 or above. In addition to that, thirth-five per cent of
our students are from one parent homes in which most cases the
mother is the sole bread winner. Our research revels further that
the average number of dependent children per family is four.
Though the above facts do not tell the whole story they have a
significant bearing on the problem of uncollected fees.
As a result of our large uncollected fee balances we have
tightened our registration procedures to require the payment of
tuition and fees.
For The Month
“THE MAN WHO GETS AHEAD IS THE ONE WHO
DOES MORE THAN IS NECESSARY - AND KEEPS ON
begin Nov. 27
and end Dec. 2
The S.G.A. will hold its annual Christmas Dance on
December 14,1974, at the National Guard Armory. The dance will
be from 9 until 1:00. Musical entertainment will be supplied by
“Black “Brew”. The dance will be for Fayetteville State Students
ONLY! Transportation will be provided.