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The Decree

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Men's Basketball Upset in Tourney After Winning 11 Straight

The NC Wesleyan men’s basketball team, the regular-season USA South conference champions, were not selected to participate in the NCAA Division III tournament. The team had hoped to receive an at-large bid after it was eliminated from the conference tournament in the second round.

Coach John Thompson got his 300th career victory in a season that saw the Bishops claim the regular season conference title but lose in the second round of the tournament. SI photo

The DIII tournament brackets show that rival LaGrange earned the at-large bid, while Covenant made the national playoffs as winner of the USA South tournament.

The snub brings Wesleyan’s strong season to an abrupt end. The Bishops (20-7 overall) cruised to a first-place finish in the conference on the strength of 10-game regular season win streak. At 12-2, the team finished two games ahead of Covenant.

After knocking out Averett, the 8th seed, in the first round of the conference tourney, the Bishops fell to LaGrange at home the following night.

Sophomore guard Adrian Moore called 2016 “a great season,” while praising his teammates for their unity. “We’re one,” he said. Click here to read more.

Kre’Shaun Davis contributed reporting. 

 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.


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