The Decree

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Record-Setting Men's Tennis Team Ousted by Emory Again

Junior Sebastian Sikh, one of only three Bishops ever to qualify for the NCAA singles competition, was defeated in a hard-fought first-round match on May 25 in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Facing Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Tyler Barr, Sikh lost the first set, 6-4, but battled back to take the second, 6-2. In the third set, Barr edged Wesleyan’s number-one player, 6-4.

The USA South Conference Player of the Year, Sikh was one of 32 Division III athletes to compete in the singles tournament. He was selected based on his record (18-5 overall, 15-2 in dual matches) and strength of schedule. A 6’, 5” 230-pound junior from Sweden, Sikh was vying for Wesleyan’s first national title in tennis. Former teammate Robert Kjellberg and Artsiom Prostak were the previous two qualifiers in singles for the Bishops.

As a freshman, Sikh participated in national competition as a member of a Wesleyan’s double’s team, partnering with fellow Swede Kjellberg to finish second.

Before traveling to Chattanooga, Sikh said he’d benefit from his previous exposure to a national stage. “It will help me control my nerves and hopefully lead to a good performance,” he said.

Sikh’s serve has always been a strength and he’s felt more confident with his forehand this season. In the days leading up the tournament, he put in hours of practice with NCWC Coach Albie Brice. “We’ve been focusing on my baseline game, considering serve and volley has been my strength in the past,” he said.

Though Sikh advanced to the national singles competition, his team was eliminated in the second round of the NCAAs, once again by Wesleyan’s tennis nemesis, Emory University. Read More Here…….


Wesleyan Profile: Brian Moody

Brian Moody was enjoying a busy mid-April day. He had met with his professors about upcoming final exams. He had attended an open house for students interested in criminal justice careers. And he had participated in a meeting to discuss his role as director of a Boy Scout camp set to take place on campus in June.

In less than a year, Moody has become a popular figure at Wesleyan. It’s not just his friendliness and sense of humor. Many Bishops have been drawn to Kate, his seeing-eye dog, which, until retirement in May, led the blind 41-year-old Moody around campus.

Dean Ed Naylor has been impressed with Moody, one of the few blind students to attend Wesleyan in the past decade. “Like other students, he’s just trying to get the best education he can,” the dean said. “He really adds to our campus in an interesting way, because a lot of people aren’t exposed to others who are different from them. The fact that Brian is able to live his life like everyone else, even though he doesn’t have eyesight, is an inspiration to me and to most people who come in contact with him.” Read More Here……

'Fiddler' Cast Shows Collaborative Spirit

“Fiddler on the Roof” was a resounding success with performers drawing standing ovations from the more than 1,100 who attended three showings on April 7 and 8 at the Dunn Center.

The musical, a collaborative effort by The Wesleyan Players and Faith Christian School, was directed by Danelle Cauley, an instructor at both schools.

In Cauley’s words, “Fiddler””tells a timeless story with an important message and it’s a much recognized theatre classic.” It focuses on a poor Jewish dairyman (Tevye) and his family. While living in Czarist Russia at a time of mounting anti-Semitism, Tevye tries to protect his five daughters while instilling in them traditional values. Read More Here…..

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Professor Buel Eager to Begin Communication Major

Fresh from graduate studies at North Carolina State, Jason Buel is excited to join the Wesleyan community as the college introduces a new major next fall.

Buel, 30, was hired as the first faculty member in the new communication department. Born in Sarasota, Florida, he was raised in Boone, where he attended Appalachian State, earning a degree in psychology and English with an emphasis in film studies. He then studied for a masters in English/film studies at NC State and just finished his doctorate there in communication, rhetoric and digital media.

He comes to Wesleyan with extensive teaching experience. He has taught courses in writing, film, business communication and applied communication at NC State as well as schools such as Vance-Granville Community College and Durham Tech. Read More Here……

FICTION:Killing Bunny Foo Foo

Lucy sat on the ground with her homework in her lap. Long division had given her a headache and now she was distracted, watching Mr. Foo Foo.

He looked so innocent with his pink eyes and long fuzzy ears. His whiskers twitched in the most adorable fashion. He delicately took a chomp out of a clover flower and chewed it calmly.

Lucy narrowed her eyes. She had no proof, but it had to be him. Her rabbit was a murderer.

Fluffy had been the first one to go missing. Lucy found the blood-stained collar of her neighbor’s beloved Persian lying in her yard with one fine, white hair caught in the gleaming gold buckle. Lucy had tossed the collar back over the fence once she was sure Ms. Hinkle had left for her weekly bingo game.

The next disappearance was that of Brutus, Mr. Fink’s Chihuahua. Lucy had seen the spiked collar almost completely hidden in the very clover patch where Foo-Foo was taking his afternoon snack. Lucy made sure the collar found its way back to Mr. Fink’s yard. Read More Here……