My first college attendance was at the predecessor units of what is now Georgia State University, Atlanta, in the 1950s before college degrees were awarded there. I contacted Wesleyan College about attending as a non-traditional student to earn my college degree building on my prior college courses and my national registration, M.T., ASCP.
Wesleyan enthusiastically encouraged me in what appeared would be a stream of non-traditional encore students. As the mother of five children, I wanted to validate the importance of earning a college education for all of our children.
My first classes were in 1973 with women students the age of my eldest daughter also in college. The students included those of European, African and Asian heritage, and my one generation older English/German heritage. This was my first educational experience with those of this heritage mix just as it was probably their first experience of academic competition with a person a generation older. After I became acquainted with these students, their personalities and abilities and heritage became neutral. Candidly, I think reconciliation of “differences” between us was possibly more difficult for the higher achievers — those whose future plans included medical professions — not fully appreciating the laboratory experiences that I had practiced professionally.
Being older, did not negate the capability of the student, just as heritage was only a factor, not a determinate. I believe it was a good and positive experience for all of us, pushing aside the possible prejudices of some as to race or age. I graduated in 1976, two weeks before our eldest son graduated from Furman University. After graduation, my husband funded a scholarship in my honor for “non-traditional” students in financial need.
We later funded a similar non-traditional student scholarship to honor our mothers. Many of the recipients of these scholarships have been of African heritage, others were older as I had been. Over the ensuing nearly 40 years, husband Arthur and I have met each scholar at a yearly luncheon for college scholars and donors hosted by the college.
I like to believe that we have been part of making history worthy to emulate through Wesleyan’s programs and leadership. I have greatly appreciated all of my higher education opportunities. However, part of my heart will always remain at Wesleyan College.
Jane Speir Brook,
Wesleyan College, Class of 1976.
The ‘regressive’ movement
In the 1960s, many people worked hard, and some even gave their lives to racially integrate schools. Now we have separate graduations for students who are African-American, “Blacks only” events and classes called “How to Stop White People.” I don’t think this is what MLK had in mind.
When America was known as a “melting pot,” our families’ cooks would borrow Italian, Mexican and other friends’ recipes. Sometimes we would admire and copy clothing styles, relishing new fashions from around the world. We all learned and borrowed from each other out of admiration and appreciation, but now that is considered by some liberals to be “cultural appropriation.”
People who immigrated did so because they loved the U.S. and knew that though it was imperfect, we had values and lifestyles in which they wanted to be included. They opened up businesses that we frequented and learned English to make life easier for themselves, their friends and coworkers. People worshiped freely in their Greek Orthodox churches, Jewish synagogues or mosques, but we still were all part of what it truly means to be America, working toward togetherness rather than separateness.
Now, it seems people are making problems that aren’t there and creating unnecessary divisions. As a society, we are reverting back to a divided and segregated society by religion, nationality and race. Instead of moving us forward, the so-called progressives are moving us backward. Maybe a more true name for them would be regressives.
The national news reporters, especially CBS, takes great pleasure in its demented personal views to denounce President Donald trump. Lately, these vicious vagrants of truth are blaming Trump for being very careful of who we allow in this country.
These reporters are only guessing that some super intelligent people that would be very beneficial in areas of math, science, medicine and engineering.
Citizens of this country have never considered how many great minds and talents of the arts and sciences have been lost to abortion. The worst of this terrible calamity is this fiasco was brought about by a lie. The woman was not even pregnant.
Roe v. Wade was an expensive lie in repopulation and monetary expense. Millions of tax dollars were paid by Congress in hopes of re-election. Ther have been more than 60 million abortions.
This country will not go unpunished for this atrocity. A quote from Jeremiah: If my people of any nation will not obey my word, I will compeletly uproot and destroy that natiion declares the Lord.
God’s warning is true whether you believe it or not. Think about it. Pray about it.
Pity, the GOP won’t listen
President Trump wants to put America first. And he found that in health care, we’re only first in amount of money spent on health care. He tried to tell the GOP where to start to make America first in health care but they’re not listening. They’re fixated on slashing dollars from Medicaid to fund tax breaks for people with a greater need of more money, the top 1 percent of us.
On May 4, President Trump told Australian Prime Minster Malcolm Turnbull that “...you have better health care than we do.” FYI, Australia has a universal health care system called Medicare plus private health care insurance. My take is that President Trump was suggesting that the GOP should find out why we trail other countries’ health care systems and build a “best in the world” health care system.
Pity that the GOP won’t take his suggestion to heart. Rather, the GOP has adopted a self-licking ice cream cone approach so that the least among us will pay the price for providing tax relief for the wealthiest among us. What seems underneath all this is the belief that if you can’t afford health care you don’t deserve it. May God have pity on us all.