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 Wesleyan Enrollment Hits All-Time High

For the second consecutive year, Wesleyan has seen a dramatic increase in its first-year class, as enrollment climbed in the traditional day program to just over 900 for the first time in the school’s history.

 First-year students total 420, which includes freshmen and transfers. This represents an increase of 35 students over 2014, when enrollment rose to 385 from 275 the previous year. First-year student enrollment is up 191 from 2011, according to statistics provided by President Dewey Clark.

 The president attributed the enrollment increases to “basic marketing 101. We’re much more customer-focused. We’ve developed a process and procedure for everything that’s done” in admissions. He added that Wesleyan has stepped up its recruitment of students from small Christian high schools.

Freshmen Class Group Photo

This year’s first-year students total 420, pushing enrollment to an all-time high. E. Bower photo

The president praised the efforts of Vice President Judy Rollins and her staff in Admissions. “She’s considered a marketing genius,” he said. “She’s put together a tremendous team and trained them well.”

As of September 1, total enrollment was 901 in the day program, one student over the stated goal of 900. President Clark said that the previous high mark, around 870 students, was recorded in both 1979 and 2004, the year Wesleyan introduced its football program. The college enrolled 650 students in fall 2013.

 Here are some facts about the freshman class: Click here to continue reading.


Freshman Honors Father, Who Died in Iraq

By Michael Taylor, Senior Staff Writer

Most college students are too young to know what it’s like to lose a parent or to even worry about such a thing happening. But Wesleyan freshman Angelika Henderson lives with this loss every day. She just observed the sixth anniversary of the death of her father, Sgt. William Robert Green, who was killed in action while deployed in Iraq. Henderson was only 13 years old at the time.Henderson

Henderson clearly remembers the day she heard the news about her father, who drove field artillery trucks in the Army. She was told by casualty assistance officers that were “sent the day when they found his body,” the Raeford native said. She related feeling devastated and speechless. “All I could do was hold my baby brother and cry.” Reminiscing, she related, “We always knew it was a possibility when my dad got deployed, but it doesn’t feel like it could really happen until it does.” Click here to continue reading.

Student Angelika Henderson with photo of her late father. G. Wallace photo

Winner of NCWC’s 2014-15 Ten-Minute Play Competition

“Tough Love” By David Robinson

Alphie is in his living room, watching TV.  Knock on the door.  Gets up, turns TV off and opens door.

Ralphie:  Hey dude, got something in the fridge?

Alphie: Sure, Help yourself.  It’s good to see you.  How are your Mom and Dad?

Ralphie:  Well, since we are both sourced from the same parental conjugate, our parents are at this moment a bit peeved.  But otherwise okay.

Alphie:  Oh no!  What’s wrong?  You plan on staying long?

Ralphie:  Just a day or two, maybe a week.  Click here to continue reading.


VP Naylor Wanted to Be Part of ‘Something Bigger’

By Katie Beeman, Senior Staff Writer

Edward Naylor has returned to his first calling, education, after working as a lawyer in Rocky Mount for over 22 years. As Wesleyan’s new Vice President for Student Affairs and Legal Affairs, Naylor wants to be an advocate for the students. 

NaylorNaylor, 49, started in his new position before the 2014 fall semester. He is in charge of security, residence life, food services, student activities, the health center, and student discipline.

When Naylor started his new job—he’s commonly known as Dean of Students––some students were unsure about approaching him, according to SGA President Isaiah Morrow. “I kept encouraging students to just go and talk to him,” Morrow said. “As soon as the first few saw how personable and caring he was, more and more students were going to see him.”  Click here to continue reading.

Dean of Students Ed Naylor with Karishma Patel.

G. Wallace photo

Honors Students Conduct Advanced Research

By Katie Beeman, Senior Staff Writer

All year the senior honors students have struggled under mountains of research, social experiments and rigorous deadlines (along with all of their other school work) in order to complete their final project and graduate with honors.

Before fall semester, the students pick a topic that interests them; this is an important part of the process, because this one subject becomes a huge part of their lives for an entire year. At the end of the year the students present their findings through a presentation to the NCWC community and a thesis paper.

This year projects were completed by David Paffen, Tyler Biehl, Katie Crickmore, Elizabeth Cobb, Dillon Richardson, Denya Isabelle, Stephen Bardswick, Megan Zimmerman, Sabina Paudel and Megan Brabble. Click here to continue reading.

 Honors student Elizabeth Cobb. K. Beeman photo