N.C. Central Restores Funding for Student Literary Magazine
The chancellor of North Carolina Central University restored the budget of the school's literary magazine--and gave it a little boost.
Chancellor James H. Ammons said he didn't realize that the 39-year-old Ex Umbra magazine had lost its $7,000 budget until he read about it in a newspaper.
Given its history and its academic value, Ammons said he quickly decided to find a way to finance the journal. The journal will now have a $10,000 budget.
"It's important to the mission of the institution," he said.
Roland Gaines, vice chancellor for student affairs, decided over the summer to give the magazine's appropriation to other programs, saying that he was "trying to get more bang for the buck."
Ammons also decided to put the magazine under the control of the English department rather than student affairs.
"We seem to be better off than we started," said Dr. Louise Maynor, head of the English department at N.C. Central.
The magazine publishes one volume a year consisting mostly of student poetry. …