I took this picture of my alma mater on her 150th birthday. Yes you've already seen this photo today and the post was titled Wordless Wednesday and I stayed true to that but....today is also Wordless Wednesday with Words (and I have very many words) over at and then...she snapped and it's also the tenth of the month so that means it's Ten Things over at Shimelle's although I may be stretching that if you hold to the end or just jump there I have a list of 10) so it's my blog and I get to play like that lol.
Peace College was a private Presbyterian two year women's college when I attended from 1977 through 1979. At graduation you had earned your Associate's degree. Many women then transferred to 4 year universities ( I moved on to East Carolina University), some began their careers and some :::gasp::: even got married and became illustrious careers as domestic goddesses (woman making this choice didn't get the same quizzical look they do now and having spent a good part of my life in this position I am glad for that) Peace was just what I needed after attending a small, private college prep school for grades 6-12. It was a relatively painless transition unlike the one that would occur 2 years later. Peace was, Peace is a sisterhood. Peace is on my heart alot these days because a few weeks ago the President announced that the name would be changed to William Peace University and men would be admitted to the residential and day programs. Peace went four years a dozen years back and more recently allowed men to the night program. Evidently although enrollment is good it is not what they had envisioned....I am thinking that it might have something to do with the humongous tuition increase in the last 5 years that now has her sitting up there with the top tier of private NC schools like Duke, Wake Forest and Davidson ...good school but as much as I love her I don't see her nor does the state or nation see her their league.
Many of us are crushed at the news. I personally don't have a problem with the name change, it is still named after the founder and a rose by any other name is still a rose...my Peace College will always be Peace College. Changes do not make experience and events non existent. East Carolina University was once East Carolina Teacher's College. I still think there is a place for women's colleges so I am very saddened that Peace is going coed but IF and there are still questions regarding that, if it means Peace stays open and viable I am okay with that.
What hurts my soul is the manner that this all took place in. Alumnae, current students, incoming freshmen, parents, supporters all found out at the same time the world did, when the President and Board of Trustees held a televised press conference. The same people that had for the last six months, in interviews in May and as recently as freshman orientation a week before the announcement put Peace out there as a woman's college and admitting men "is not on the table" So, I imagine that anyone still reading is a Peace sister lol and I know you may feel differently from me about the name change and going coed but this is my safe place to express exactly how I feel about what is going on. You are welcome to comment with Peace love but anything else can go to the FB group pages.
So after all that here are my Ten Things for August.
TEN FAVORITE MEMORIES of PEACE COLLEGE
1. Rooming for 2 years with my best friend from home and her still loving me 34 years later...not many friendships make it out the other end of rooming together.
2. Playing spades in the lounge on third Finley.
3. Serving time...being campused/restricted with Nancy and George Anna because of the Firecracker Fiasco and the Oldest Sister and the BIL bringing us a cake with a nail file inside it so we could make our escape.
4. Mid day runs across the street to Newton's for a ham and tomato sandwich and a pack of Vantage ( yes, I was a smoker but have been clean for 24 years) and late night walks the two blocks to Krispy Kreme for HOT NOW doughnuts.
5. Hanging out at the Hillsborough Street bars.......Ed's Grocery and Crazy Zack's, shagging with NC State boys (okay I have a good number of UK and Aussie readers so it is something totally different here, click on the word for an explanation lol) Partying at The Showcase and drinking White and Black Russians at some hole in the wall bar between school and Pearson Street.
6. Required chapel every Wednesday morning with the Reverend George Alexander Thomas. I didn't always love it being required then but I do now. Taking Matthew under him and Western Civ with Mr Crossno.
7.Standing on the stairs at dinner waiting to be seated with the dining room manager calling out "2, I need 2 girls, no I can't do 3, I need 2, 2 girls"
8. Riding down Wilmington Street at night and Peace sitting right in front of you all lit up, welcoming you home.
9. Walking to Finch's for lunch when we had a huge snow our sophomore year.
and finally number ten
Graduation day, all those 20 year old young women wearing long white dresses and long white gloves carrying a dozen red roses and after receiving our diplomas circling around the fountain to sing our alma mater and toss in one rose as we left a piece of us with Peace.
Peace was about sisterhood. Peace is about sisterhood.
Hail to thee my alma mater, hail, all hail to Peace!
school yearbook image not a scrapbook layout by me
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