The Decree


BHM: Students Reflect on Historic Obama Presidency

With “Black History Month” in mind, Decree staffers conducted an informal
survey of African-American, and African, students to elicit their reflections on Barack Obama’s eight years as president. “To have an African-American in the White House was a blessing,” said Beverly Anaele. “It showed that Americans can see past the false perception of skin color and the stereotypes that come with it.” Many students felt inspired by Obama’s election and his performance in office. He was seen as a trail blazer. “It meant a lot to me because it showed it’s possible to have an African-American as president,” Cy Andrews said. “It can be done. It really encouraged me. It was a very big deal.” Justin Brown agreed that President Obama became a strong role model. “It gave the African-American community a drive,” he said, and a sense that “anything is achievable.” James Parrish said Obama’s election filled him with excitement. “It made me think that I could be anything I wanted to be and I could one day tell my kids a black man was president,” he said, noting that the president was quite inspiring. “Obama could have said walk to the moon and I would’ve been the first in line.”
“Hope” was a word used by Olivia Smith in reflecting on the meaning of Obama’s election. “Having a minority in office brought us closer to a more diverse government,” she said. “For my family and me, Obama gave us hope that we have a voice and a chance to make it to the top.” Antonia Bunch was in fifth grade when Obama won his first term in 2008. She called it an unforgettable experience. “I was just starting to understand the history being made,” she said. “It was refreshing to see someone whose skin is the same color as mine accomplish something so spectacular.”

Manning Twins Exemplify "Student Athlete"

Brittany and Tiffany Manning enter their final season as members of the softball team and exemplars of what it means to be a Wesleyan student-athlete. Identical twins, the Portsmouth, Virginia natives play side by side in the Bishops infield, room together, take the same classes and even share a major, criminal justice. After graduation, both hope to work in law enforcement. Brittany wants to work in probation/parole or the court system; a computer information systems minor, Tiffany said her “dream job” is to serve with the state bureau of investigation or FBI. The two began playing on travel teams at age 12 after beginning with T-ball seven years earlier.

Cost of NC Wesleyan Education Nears $40K

NC Wesleyan will raise its tuition to just under $30,000 a year, the college’s Board of Trustees has decided. That and other hikes will mean a total annual bill that approaches $40,000 for the 2017-18 school year. Here’s a breakdown of the increases provided by Jason Edwards, vice president of finance:
• Tuition: a 2.6 percent rise to $29,750.
• Room: 2.2 percent to $4,650 for a double room and $5,650 for a single.
• Meals: 1.9 percent to $5,400.
Adding in the student activities fee of $150, the total cost will come to $39,950 for students who live on campus in a double room and eat their meals in the dining hall.

Bishops Fall in First Round to Peace

Ferrum, Va.––William Peace avenged a recent loss to the women’s basketball team, eliminating the 4th-seeded Bishops from the USA South Tourney, 66-60, on February 18. The Bishops shot just 29.7 percent from the field, eight percentage points lower than during their late-season surge. KeChae Parker led the team with 15 points; senior Alexis Fitzgerald scored 11 in the final game of her Wesleyan career.  Tyler Mercer, Susannah Sykes and Makayla Ray led the Pacers, all scoring in double figures. Ray was a force inside, making six of seven field goals and scoring 16 points. Before the game, Coach Artina Trader had urged her team to play tough against Ray a freshman, who made 8 of 10 shots in an earlier matchup. “We talked about forcing her into more situations where she has to shoot from outside, instead of getting layups,”Trader said.

Wesleyan Volunteers for MLK Day of Service

Many would agree that the MLK Day of Service was an inspiring experience.
With almost 120 Wesleyan students, staff, and community members participating, the event was memorable, as Bishops completed service projects in and around the Rocky Mount area.
Dakota Casey was one of the Wesleyan students who ventured further out than Rocky Mount. He went to the Tarboro Community Outreach Center. This is not Casey’s first time participating in the day of service. He reorganized shelves in the center’s warehouse for about 2 ½ hours. “I was satisfied to see all the hard work that got accomplished,” he said. Casey shared that MLK day is important to him because “it’s the one day you can set a sense of unity on campus.”

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