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Campus Echo Study abroad in limbo Program in jeopardy BY IHUOMA EZEH

No college left behind? BY JODI S. COHEN CHICAGO TRUBUNE

CHICAGO — Speaking as the parent of a college student, U.S. Education Secretary Margaret Spellings said Tuesday that colleges and universities need to be more affordable and better show families what they’re getting for their money. Spellings offered some specific recommendations intended to shake-up

America’s diverse higher education system and make it more consumer-friendly. They include making it easier to apply for financial aid, and creating a massive database to allow families to compare colleges’ performance. She also suggested financial incentives for schools that collect and report information about students’ academic performance. “My daughter’s college

costs went up this year. For what?” she said. “For most families, this is one of the most expensive investments we make. Yet there is little to no information on why costs are so high and what we’re getting in return.” Spellings’ remarks come a week after her 19-member Commission on the Future of Higher Education, including corporate and education leaders, submitted its final report.

Spellings appointed the commission in September 2005 to look into ways to revamp higher education, specifically in regards to cost, access, quality and accountability. Implementing most of the recommendations would require action by Congress or agreement from colleges and universities. Spellings said Tuesday that she will first focus on the items she can do on her

own, including simplifying financial aid forms and notifying students of their eligibility earlier than spring of their senior year. She also will meet with accrediting agencies in November to discuss putting more emphasis on evaluating colleges based on what students learn. The Education Department has the authority to approve the

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Christine Perry hadn’t thought about studying Spanish until she stumbled across a CD by the famous Mexican-American gospel and pop singer Jackie Velasquez. “I became infatuated with the language and the Spanish world became a fascination for me,” Perry said. Last summer, Perry, a N.C. Central University Spanish junior, had her first chance to immerse herself in the language. Along with 10 other NCCU students, she went to Mexico for a one-month study abroad program at the Universidad Internacional in Cuernavaca, Mexico. “It doesn’t matter how much you study a language and the culture,” said Perry. “Until you become a part of it, you’ll never really get the full effect of what’s being taught.” The Department of Modern Foreign Languages has used the UI program for more than 8 years. But now students and foreign language faculty fear that the study abroad program at UI stands a chance of being terminated if program evaluations required by the Office of International Programs are not completed. Emmanuel Oritsejafor, director of the Office of International Programs, emailed the 9-page program evaluation to Cristina Cabral, study abroad program coordinator, to forward to students. Oritsejafor said the program needs to be evaluated in order to improve student-learning skills. Some students are questioning the timing and length of the evaluation. Spanish senior Dorothy Debnam, a student who par-

BOG votes to hike cost Tuition could rise 6.5% BY EBONY MCQUEEN ECHO STAFF WRITER

Chancellor Ammons speaks at the official ribbon cutting of the Shepard House on Sept. 29. BRYSON POPE/ Echo Staff Photographer

SHEPARD HOUSE REHAB COMPLETE N .C. Central University celebrated the opening of the historic Shepard House on September 29. The building is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Located at 1902 Fayetteville St., at the corner of Fayetteville and Brant streets, it has been closed

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for extensive renovations since 2000. When the project initially began, the estimated cost for repairs was approximately $750,000. Over $680,000 was donated to the Shepard House project from NCCU and benefactors such as Gary Hock, the State Department

of Cultural Research, and the National Park Service Historic Preservation Fund. “It’s important to respect and honor what our founder has built,” said Julius Chambers, former NCCU Chancellor. Chambers made it a personal goal to rescue the dilapidated bulding.


The UNC Board of Governors has voted for a bill that will allow all 16 of the UNC schools to increase their ins t a t e tuition by a maximum of 6.5 percent per year. Derek UNC PresPantiel UNC ident ErsASG presikine Bowles dent proposed the plan to limit the size of tuition hikes, by giving universities a ceiling to their increases. The 6.5 percent cap will be set for the next four years. “The Council of Student Government Association presidents are accepting this,” said UNC Association of Student Governments President, Derek Pantiel, a NCCU senior. “They understand the increase is needed,” said Pantiel. The 6.5 percent cap still exceeds the national higher

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NCCU gears up for review Brown-Bracy is ready for the accreditation challenge BY AHNNA CAIN ECHO STAFF WRITER

Accreditation. It may sound like a word out of a spelling bee, but for a university it’s the official standard used to gauge academic standing and integrity. “It is the standard applied to the practice of an institution,” said Pauletta Brown-Bracy, N.C. Central University director of university accreditation. NCCU has been accredited since

1938. Bracy is an associate professor in the School of Library Science. It’s her job to make sure things go smoothly in 2009 when the University faces its 10-year re-accreditation review. Bracy is clearly up to the task. She blends a courteous and matter-of-fact professionalism with a delightful sense of humor. She has served on the executive board of the

National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, an experience that has prepared her for the challenge. According to the SACS Commission of Colleges, “Accreditation ... signifies that an institution has a purpose appropriate to higher education and has resources, programs and services sufficient to accomplish and sustain that purpose.” It is an institution’s

way of publicly stating that it has the “capacity to provide effective programs and services” and is committed to the “principles and philosophy of accreditation.” Failure to achieve accreditation can be a major blow to the credibility of a university. It makes it harder to attract funding and talented faculty and students.

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Pauletta Brown-Bracy, N.C. Central University’s director of university accreditation is in charge of making sure NCCU remains accredited. DANA WOMACK/Staff Photographer


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Thorpe’s Inc. loses contract to Odyssey Limousine Service and shuttle-busses like this. KHARI JACKSON/Echo Staff Photographer

Off-campus shuttle shift Longtime contractor loses NCCU bus route BY JEAN ROGERS ECHO STAFF WRITER

A new company will provide transportation to N.C. Central University students living at Campus Crossing this year. Thorpe’s Inc., which contracted with Campus Crossing last year to transport NCCU students to campus, has been replaced by Durham-based Odyssey Limousine Services. Thorpe’s received the contract with Campus Crossing when NCCU began leasing out the majority of what was then Campus Pointe. According to Fahim Knight, a Thorpe’s driver and NCCU alumnus, part of

the agreement with NCCU and Campus Crossing was to provide transportation for the students. Knight said he enjoyed driving NCCU students and hated to see the contract end. “The decision to cut the contract was dismaying to me and all of us involved with it,” said Knight. Knight also said that Thorpe’s never received any evaluation for its service and the decision to cut the contract was not performance-based. “There was no negligence on our part to have the contract curtailed,” said Knight. Even though Thorpe’s may not have received any complaints, some students

complained about the shuttle not being on time and about not having enough seats on the shuttle. Thorpe’s ran two 15-passenger vans from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. seven days a week. After 11 a.m., only one van ran until midnight. Knight agreed that there was a need for a bigger bus. He said Thorpe’s bought one specifically to meet the needs of Campus Crossing. “I would come up to a pick-up point, and there would be 20 to 25 students at 3:30 in the afternoon,” Knight said. “We had the fleet capabilities to provide adequate transportation for students, but Campus Crossing was not willing to pay for the

larger bus.” The 25-seat capacity bus, sat inactive for 10 months because Campus Crossing never gave its approval. “The students sort of suffered a little because the numbers [of riders] exceeded the capacity for the vans offered,” said Knight. Knight said he developed relationships with many of the students he transported and still keeps in touch with some of them today. “I pretty much would have volunteered my time to do this for the students, because I’m an alumnus,” he said. Campus Crossing and Thorpe’s officials refused to comment when contacted by the Campus Echo.

education inflation index, which is set at 5 percent. As proposed, 25 percent of the revenue will go to need-based financial aid, 50 percent to university funding and 25 percent to teacher’s salaries, until they reach the 80th percentile, Erskine which is Bowles UNC based on a System national President level. “We’re not meeting the need of financial aid, 25 percent is not enough,” said Pantiel. Percentages must be put aside so that all universities have allocated funds for these different units, especially needbased financial aid. Last year, Elizabeth City State University and UNC-Pembroke did not put aside funds for needbased financial aid, and this is what the UNC BOG is trying to avoid. In a conference call between the students representing the 16 universities, a majority of the schools agree that more money is needed for financial aid. As of now, the UNC BOG will keep the disbursement of money the way it is. Members of the tuition policy task force agreed to review the business plan for the policy if it does not meet the needs of the university system. The debt-service fee, which deals with construction and new build-

ings, will be excluded from the policy. “I don’t believe in tuition increases, but if it’s going to be used to enhance the university, then I’m fine with it,” said Jeff Easterling, UNC Association of Student Governments president speaker pro tempore. After review of the policy, members of the ASG want to know what the exceptions to the policy will be. “If universities need more money, they can ask for it,” said Pantiel. “Bowles wants to know where the money is going, and what it’s being used for.” The matter at hand is a case of needs versus wants. “I believe almost every university is going to go after it,” said Pantiel. “The thing about it is that the more you try to increase this year, the less you can increase next year.” Pantiel also wants to make sure the chancellors focus on private funding. “We need to make sure that the chancellors are still seeking private funding for their universities,” said Pantiel. “I want to know exactly how much the chancellors are bringing in, and if the funds are being used adequately.” It is understood that the majority of the universities need the money to make sure they are able to function and compete with other universities across the nation. Out-of-state and graduate student tuitions are not included in the cap.

SACS CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 It makes it harder to attract government funding, which would affect student and faculty enrollment. And it makes sustaining university programs and services difficult. Thomas Evans, coordinator of the mass communication program, has been at NCCU through three accreditation processes. He said losing accreditation would be a disaster. According to Evans, loss of accreditation will not happen since the commission would tell the school what needed to be rectified first.

The commission is a division of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. It is charged with accrediting institutions that award associate, baccalaureate, master’s or doctoral degrees across the South and in Latin America. Though accreditation is years off, Bracy has already started getting NCCU ready to face the process. In 2005 she formed an internal committee to review NCCU’s compliance with SACS standards. Bracy plans to organize

focus groups with faculty and students so they can openly discuss problems and offer suggestions for improving the University. Bracy says it’s important for everyone to participate in these discussions. The formal process with SACS begins this spring. Bracy is also the point of contact between the SACS commission and NCCU’s Organization for SACS Reaffirmation, a body that includes three governing bodies and 15 committees responsible for evaluating compliance in all areas that

affect accreditation. Re-accreditation also requires a thorough university-wide self-assessment of all areas of operation from curriculum to student services to faculty professional development and University governance. A quality enhancement plan is developed to describe actions that will be taken to improve student learning. This plan is submitted six weeks before the SACS commission holds its on-site review in 2009. This QEP is a component of the accreditation process

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Making change Institute promotes political activism BY KRISTIANA BENNETT ECHO STAFF WRITER

Students interested in combating social injustices now have an organization to help them achieve their goal — the Institute for Civic Engagement and Social Change. T h e Institute became an officially recognized c a m p u s organization last April. Its mission Jarvis Hall, is to political increase science student professor awareness of local, national and international social problems and to increase student involvement in the political process through voting and civic engagement. “A lot of people walk around living unexamined lives,” said senior Germaine Austin, president of the Civic Engagement Task Force. “They view decisions made in politics as things that should transpire like they have no control,” Austin said. “When in fact their voices are the most powerful tool to hold government officials accountable [and] promote social changes.” According to the Institute’s planning document, North Carolina’s youth are politically uninvolved and ignorant of government affairs, practices

and staffing. For example, the document says, less than 10 percent correctly named both their U.S. senators. The document also mentions the fact that people between the ages of 18 and 29, especially AfricanAmericans and Latinos within that age group, have low voter participation levels. “I think that many students feel very alienated from the process,” said Jarvis Hall, director of the Institute. “They feel as if their participation doesn’t really make a difference, but we have discovered that they are concerned with social issues through surveys we have conducted from the Institute,” Hall said. Hall is seeking $600,000 in grants over a three-year period to establish a survey research center. Part of the grant will be used for staffing and supplying the center. Graduate and undergraduate students from university departments and schools will work with researchers to conduct individual research projects, produce an annual journal about civic engagement and public policy issues, and sponsor forums for N.C. Central University students and the community at large. Over the past three years, the Institute and the Civic Engagement Task Force has received approximately $55,000 in grants from the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation as well as minigrant administered by the

Provost’s Office. The money has financed voter registration drives and voter education. It has also financed sending students to conferences on civic engagement, and the start-up of the Institute. The Civic Engagement Task Force, which was formed before the Institute, increased student voter turnout in the 2004 election. Task force members visited every building on campus to register students to vote, posted fliers and billboards around campus containing candidate platform information and backgrounds, and publicized their activities via e-mail. They also went door to door in the community to inform citizens about the election and offered community members transportation to the polls. As a result, the task force and other student organizations registered 1,000 voters on campus, approximately 85 percent of whom voted. The task force is committed to increasing the number of students and community members voting in the 2008 elections. Students who would like to become involved can contact Jarvis Hall at 5307256 for further information. All are welcome to attend Civic Engagement Task Force meetings during the 10:40 breaks on Tuesdays and Thursdays in room 105 of the Edmonds Building. Participation in the Institute will count toward community service hours.

ABROAD CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 ticipated in this year’s UI program, said she thinks the evaluation should have been conducted while she was in Mexico. Debnam also said that the 9-page evaluation could be much shorter. “It is ridiculous,” she said. “I’m just not going to do it.” Oritsejafor maintains that evaluation is crucial. “There is no commitment to canceling the program, but there’s a commitment to evaluating it,” said Oritsejafor. “The evaluation has nothing to do with the continuation of the program, but it has to be done.” But Cabral said she thinks the program is in jeopardy. “By this time last year, preparations were already being made toward the 2006 summer abroad trip,” said Cabral. According to Cabral, student recruiting and housing negotiation for the program started last fall. “So far, no arrangements or funds have been made for 2007,” said Cabral. According to Oritsejafor, the program is being delayed because certain faculty-oriented decisions must be made before the international affairs office can make a standard decision about the program. “There are so many things still pending,” said Oritsejafor. “There was a discussion about who will lead the program.” At the same time Oritsejafor has finalized a different program in Orisaba, Mexico. This program will serve advanced students in bilin-

gual and communication disorders in the School of Education. The UI study program was established in 1998 by Thomas Hammond, previous chair of the modern foreign language department. Hammond said the department knows the program best, not the Office of International Programs. “The department of foreign language should be the one making the cancellation decisions,” said Hammond. “Whether or not the program continues should not be solely based on whether students evaluate the program or not. “What we really need is a director of study abroad, not the office of international affairs assuming all study abroad programs,” Hammond said. One hitch that frustrated students in the study abroad program this summer was that the group did not receive a promised $250 stipend until the group had been in Mexico for two weeks. Oritsejafor said that the University required him to apply the stipends as scholarships on student accounts. “I don’t think the school should have sent students overseas without stipend money,” said Spanish senior Eve Huggins. “I loved the trip, but I did not like the administration part of the program.” Steve Moore, a Spanish senior who participated in the 2005 summer program, said their trip was well organized. “Last year with Dr. Hammond was great,”

Moore said. “He stayed on top of everything.” “[Last year] we got our stipends of $714 before we left for the trip. “This year you had to fill out all this paperwork, yet things were so disorganized. I think the department should be left to handle their thing.” Moore said he would have participated in this year’s study abroad program, but it was too disorganized. Oritsejafor was nominated last year as interim director of the office of international programs. He has developed several study abroad programs in Liberia, Kenya and Ghana. “I’m proud to say that we’re moving in the right directions,” he said. “The content of learning needs to be evaluated. It’s like you’re going to class and can’t evaluate your teacher. “We need to find the quality so we can improve the program.” Patrice Marks, who assumed the chair of the department of modern foreign language position this summer, said she doesn’t know the details of the interaction between the department’s study abroad program and the office of international programs, but she sees an advantage on both sides. “I am the greatest advocate of study abroad and give full credit to it,” said Marks. “However, I’m an advocate of following protocols to ensure student safety and the integrity of the program.”


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“We are a part of something great in this world, but it is our job to continue to make it better each day,” IRA WIGGINS, DIRECTOR OF JAZZ STUDIES AT NCCU

14-year civil war devastated the country BY JESSICA PARKER ECHO CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Liberia is struggling to reconstruct its country after a 14-year civil war, but it can’t do it alone. And one N.C. Central University administrator, Franklin Carver, is determined to lend a hand. Carver, associate vice chancellor for Academic Affairs, is a member of the Liberian Organization of the Piedmont, a local group that was organized in March 2006 to help Liberia recover. Carver is the chairman of the group’s education committee. Carver said his interest in the country has deep roots — he lived there from 1976-1981 teaching high school. “Everybody was talking about going back to the motherland [back then],” said Carver. So he and his cousin did some research and decided to go Liberia after discovering that the country is predominantly Englishspeaking. “That trip to Liberia changed my whole life,” said Carver. “I developed my master plan while there.” While in Liberia, Carver applied to the master’s degree program in environmental health science at East Tennessee State University. He says the Liberian experience motivated him to get his master’s in 11 months. In 1989, eight years after Carver left, the Liberian civil war broke out when Charles Taylor led an invasion against the government. Taylor’s National Patriotic Front of Liberia was responsible for the deaths of thousands of

civilians. G l o b a l S e c u r i t y. o r g described the conflict as “frighteningly gruesome.” In all, about 200,000 Liberians died in the conflict and the country was left in ruins. “When I was there, it was a beautiful country,” said Carver. After the civil war ended in 2003, Liberia was left struggling to rebuild its infrastructure, economy and educational system. The Liberian Organization of the Piedmont is trying to help the country get back on its feet. “They have kids growing up ... with no education,” said Carver. Liberia’s new president, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, wants to send some of Liberia’s educators to the U.S. to learn modern teaching methods. Johnson-Sirleaf earned a master’s degree in public administration from Harvard University. She was inaugurated as president on Jan. 16. The Liberian Organization also has formed a commission with the Friends of Liberia in North Carolina. Together they will host President JohnsonShirleaf ’s visits to North Carolina, as well as developing a relationship with Liberia. Carver and other members of the Liberian Organization of the Piedmont want to get more students involved with the organization. In June, NCCU and Cuttington University in Suacoco, Liberia, started a Study Abroad Program. They also are planning a literacy program, which will involve Liberia’s Ministry of Education and NCCU’s School of Education.

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All that jazz N.C. Central University expects jazz research institute by 2007 BY GEOFFREY COOPER ECHO STAFF WRITER

If all goes as planned, N.C. Central University will soon be playing a new tune in the Department of Music. NCCU hopes to become the first HBCU in the nation to house a jazz research institute. Planning for the project is being spearheaded by Larry Ridley, a professor of jazz at Rutgers University in New Jersey. Ridley is executive director for the African American Jazz Caucus, an affiliate group of the International Association for Jazz Education. According to Ridley, the AAJC and NCCU will be working “to maintain the aesthetic integrity, legacy and historical facts germane to the music. “This is an African-based music and cultural legacy that the entire world has embraced economically, artistically and educationally since the beginning of the twentieth century,” said

Ridley. Planners hope to open the institute by the summer or fall of 2007. The only other nationally recognized jazz institute in the nation is the Rutgers Institute for Jazz Studies. Ira Wiggins, associate professor of music and director of NCCU’s Jazz Studies Program, is working closely with Ridley on the proposed institute. “Jazz is an entity that creates a certain emotion of euphoria when played among the masses,” said Wiggins. NCCU and the AAJC will also collaborate with a group called Renovating Economic Artistic Paradigms to develop new jazz-related courses in the music department. Other components of the institute will include a legacy program, an archival research library, and a North Carolina Jazz Hall of Fame. The institute will sponsor workshops relating to the business side of the jazz

industry, and plans to hold an annual HBCU Summer Festival/Summit. One idea is to use the summit to help strengthen jazz curricula at other HBCUs. “We want to preserve the past and perpetuate the future through learning more of this particular part in African-American culture,” said Wiggins. Planners want the institute to serve students from departments across the University, including students majoring in mass communication, law, history and business. “There are a lot of elements in jazz that are unknown to most students,” said Wiggins. “It is important for students to know the importance of the lineage that these brilliant figures have transcended.” Planning for the institute began about two years ago. According to Ridley, the jazz institute will have an impact across NCCU’s disciplines. He said students

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preparing for careers in fields as diverse as history, music therapy, journalism, recording engineering and teaching will benefit. Once up and running, the institute will be accessible not only to students of NCCU and neighboring universities, but also to citizens in the Durham community. “I think the jazz research institute will be beneficial because a lot of music young black people are exposed to on the radio and television is negative and self-destructive,” said jazz studies sophomore Steven Moore. “The jazz research institute will expose students to a side of black culture that seems to have been forgotten.” Wiggins hopes the arrival of this institute will provide a humbling experience for all students. “We are a part of something great in this world, but it is our job to continue to make it better each day,” said Wiggins.

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The Apex Street Bridge now crosses the American Tobacco Trail at the corner of Apex Street and Fargo Street blocks from NCCU. RONY CAMILLE/Staff photographer

Bridging the gap Group wants to save nearby bridge BY SHELBIA BROWN ECHO STAFF WRITER

The Apex Street bridge that lies blocks away from N.C. Central University is not just an ordinary bridge. To many, it’s a historic monument that is irreplaceable. “The bridge means a lot to the community,” said community activist Beart Truitt-Braswell, 74. City officials are in the middle of planning whether to reconstruct the Apex Street Bridge for pedestrian and vehicular use or repair the bridge as is. The bridge, located in the Forest Hills Park Region in South Durham, has a long history. In 1932, a popularly used railroad created a connecting path, then known as Apex Hill. Apex Hill later developed into Apex Bridge. Twenty-four years later, the American Tobacco Company constructed and reformed the bridge, making it the City of Durham’s property. Durham City Council proposed the plan to either reconstruct or demolish the bridge, due to its deterioration throughout the years. Truitt-Braswell, who has been a part of the Durham Community for over 40 years, became interested in saving the bridge after attending a meeting to determine its future in 2001.

Braswell then played a role in building a neighborhood coalition to protect the bridge. The Apex Street Bridge Community held its latest meeting September 18 to discuss ways to preserve the bridge. “We just want to preserve it for historic purposes,” Truitt-Braswell said. Along with the Apex Street Bridge Community, Truitt-Braswell hopes to bring at least 18 other neighboring communities together to help save the bridge. The N.C. Department of Transportation has proposed a number of potential reconstruction projects concerning the bridge. It has the choice of reconstructing the bridge for pedestrian use, which will cost $408,200 and take one year to complete. Another option is to tear the bridge down and construct a new pedestrian ramp, at a cost ranging from $234,000 to $325,200 and taking over a year to complete. The last option is to demolish the bridge and construct a new one for vehicles. This option will cost $1,000,000 and take two years to complete. The process is now at a standstill because the department of transportation is waiting on the permission and paperwork to proceed.

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accrediting agencies, which, in turn, review the colleges and universities. Although Spellings called for more financial aid for low-income students, she didn’t endorse a commission recommendation to increase federal Pell Grants, the main aid program for needy students. The recommendation was most popular among education leaders as tuition at four-year colleges has increased 40 percent in the past five years. In her aim to give families more information, Spellings said that evaluating colleges should be as easy and transparent as weighing which car to buy. Families should have access to a searchable database that allows them to compare colleges’ tuition and graduation and job placement rates, much as consumers can compare

how well cars hold their value, she said. More controversial is an idea to gather student information that could be used to track academic progress. Advocates say such a database would provide a better picture of college retention and graduation rates, particularly for transfer students, but critics say they are concerned about protecting privacy. The current Education Department database includes information on first-time college students who are enrolled full-time, but it doesn’t have information on transfer students or other non-traditional students. Spellings, whose daughter attends Davidson College in North Carolina, said colleges are too easily let off the hook when it comes to accountability. “Institutions are asked,

`Are you measuring student learning?’ And they check yes or no,” Spellings said about the accreditation process. “That must change. Whether students are learning is not a yes or no question. It’s how? How much? And to what effect.” Spellings said that she doesn’t support a single standardized test to measure student learning. But she suggested providing matching funds to colleges, universities and states that collect and publicly report data on student performance. She did not elaborate. University of Illinois President B. Joseph White said that while he generally supported Spellings’ suggestions, he cautioned against any cookie-cutter approach to accountability. He said the U. of I. already measures student performance by tracking graduation

rates, grade point averages, the time it takes to graduate, and the starting salaries of graduates. “We need some experimentation and I think we ought to wade in, not dive in,” White said. “I personally would approach standardized testing in higher education with a lot of caution.” Meanwhile, Augustana College, a liberal arts college in Rock Island, is using a standardized test endorsed by the Spellings Commission to measure student learning, including critical thinking, analytic reasoning and writing. “It helps get a picture of the growth of our students,” said Jeff Abernathy, dean of the college. “It contributes to key questions on our campuses: How do students grow and what is the effect of four years of college?”

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LETTER TO A FRIEND Photos by Khari Jackson words by Khari Jackson and Larisha Stone ear Hip Hop, long time no see.

ear Number One Fan, I never


afford. You pushin’ all these nice cars, hell you


used to drive a ford. What happened to you Hip

give you something you can rock to- something that

Hop? You’re not like you used to be. You stood for

will make you think and make you bop, too. I hear

more than platinum records, major dollars and get-

you, and I know we need a balance. Truthfully, it

ting pimped by the industry. Hip Hop how could you

may not be so hard to find it. My soul was almost

sell-out the way you did? You left me Hip Hop; when

completely taken over, but I found an escape in

I needed you most. Every now and then I see

what is called the Underground. There, you can find

glimpses of you and I reminisce of how it used to

your hip hop home. Just like you I may be hard to

be. Just wanted to let you know that I miss you.

read, but I’m still me. Like a long-lost friend who’s

You’ve changed so much since

really left you, but I had some

we first met that I hardly recog-

business to take care of. Yeah,

nize you. You stole my heart

you see me rocking the jewelry,

when came on the scene. When

pushing the cars, but you know

I was silent you gave a voice.

me better than that; the layers of

Now you rockin’ all this jewelry I know you can’t

my fabric keep so many people warm- the hustler, the dreamer and the revolutionary. I always try to

never out of reach, I got your back and I’m never too

— Sincerely,

far for you to seek me.

Your number one fan.

— Sincerely, Hip Hop

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Hats and history The play explores the value of reconnecting with the past

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Pictured are (from left to right, standing) LaDehra Barbour, Joshua Johnson, Brittany Currie, Veronique MacRae and (left to right, sitting) Mavis Poole, Jessica Jones, Victoria Morgan. KHARI


“May you be inspired and uplifted by this production. ” These words, spoken by Karen DaconsBrock, director of the musical, “Crowns,” were addressed to the audience before the play The play, written by Regina Taylor, is an adaptation of the 2000 book “Crowns: Portraits of Black Women in Church Hats,” by Michael Cunningham and Craig Marberry. “Crowns” isn’t just a play about church hats. It’s a spiritual journey that explores African American roots and identity by depicting scenes from slavery, the civil rights movement and present-day

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society. Yolanda, the youngest character in the play, is sent to live with her grandmother in South Carolina after the murder of her older brother in their hometown of Brooklyn. While living with her grandmother, Yolanda attends church and meets different women who explain the significance of the hats they wear. “You can flirt with the fan in your hand, turning it this way and that. You flirt holding a cigarette too, but

a woman can really flirt with a hat,” said Jeanette. The hats are symbolic to the church women for different reasons. The personal anecdotes and gospel hymns associated with their hats help Yolanda in her search for self identity. In the end, Yolanda matures mentally and spiritually. She discovers her path in life and learns more about her African ancestry after her baptism. “The more I studied

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Africa, the more I see that African American women do very African things without even knowing. Adorning the head is one of those things”, said Yolanda. “I heard great things about the play when it came to Charlotte; and I love gospel music, so I thought it would be great to bring it here to NCCU,” she said. Cast members have been practicing since late August. “We have lots of fun with our characters and I really enjoy the costumes. The play is also inspirational,” said Mavis Poole, senior music and psychology major. “Crowns” is showing at the NCCU theatre on Oct.13 and Oct. 14 at 8 p.m. and Oct. 15 at 2 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for NCCU students.

Achamyela Debela has traveled a long road — the N.C. Central University art professor was born in Addis Abba, Ethiopia in 1949. He has lived in Nigeria, Maryland, and Ohio. His art has been on display in locations like Australia, Britain, Illinois, Sweden, Austria, New York, Ghana and Ethiopia. And now his work can be seen at NCCU’s Art Museum through October 27. The exhibit, “Achamyela Delba; A Digital Journey,” is his first at the museum in nearly a decade. The exhibit, consisting of 26 works, bridge the gap between traditional art and digital painting techniques. Debela has been working in the digital format for almost two decades. His work validates the full potential of digitally modified images. Debela said that he uses traditional approaches, such as acrylic on canvas, with modern approaches, such as photography and scanned and digitized images. One of the most striking features of Debela’s work is his use of color. The bright purples, greens and yellows arrest the viewer as he walks into the museum. Debela said that his work balances his reverence for African and Ethiopian culture with his own sociopolitical concerns. Jean Pierre, a computer information sophomore, said his favorite painting in the exhibit was “Hunger of the Children.” “It’s sad to look at because it brings me back to

memories of home,” said Pierre, a native of Port au Prince, Haiti. “The painting makes me want to do something or help somebody.” Museum director Kenneth Rodgers said there has been an overwhelming response to the exhibit from students. “Students have stayed longer than the traditional 15 minutes and have been amazed by the explosion of color they see before their eyes,” said Rodgers. Debela earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts at Ahmadu Bello University in Nigeria in 1972. He received his Master of Arts in museology and art history from Morgan State University in Baltimore and his Master of Fine Arts in painting from the Maryland Institute College of Art. In 1990, he received his PhD in computer graphics and art education from Ohio State. Debela earned two NCCU Teaching Excellence Awards, which were given in 2000 and 2004. Debela isn’t just an artist –– he is a faculty leader. He was the chair of NCCU’s faculty senate until June 2006. In 2000, Debela traveled to Ghana and Ethiopia as a Fulbright fellow. While there, he taught at the University of Science and Technology in Kumasi, Ghana and in the School of Fine Arts and Design at Addis Ababa University. The NCCU Art Museum is located on Lawson Street across from the FarrisonNewton Communications Building Parking Lot. It is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free for all.

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For the 6th time, the Eagles stepped over the competition to continue their undefeated streak (6-0 overall, 4-0 CIAA) with a victory over Saint Augustine’s College at Raleigh’s Broughton High School Stadium Saturday afternoon. N.C. Central University dominated the game until a late Falcon charge threatened the Eagles perfect record. With 5:05 left in the game, St. Aug’s Andre McGlone scored on a 75-yard punt return for a touchdown. The Falcons recovered an onside kick and capitalized on a three play, 50yard drive, resulting in tight end Eric McLaughlin’s second touchdown reception, keeping the score 27-18. NCCU 27 Eagle linebacker Naim Abul-Malik’s interception SAC 18 of Falcon quarterback Duane Smith sealed the victory for NCCU. "We needed that one,” said Abdul-Malik. "Their second quarterback was a change of pace; he's so short we could hardly even see him. We were fortunate to win." Smith came off the Falcon sideline to replace Kevin Johnson as quarterback in the first quarter and took control of the rest of the game. Smith completed 13 of 24 passes for 165 yards and two touchdowns. "We made some adjustments and were better in the second half," said Falcon coach Mike Costa. NCCU avenged last year’s 22-8 homecoming defeat. The Eagles have now won nine consecutive conference games. NCCU has never lost to Saint Augustine’s in Raleigh. NCCU led 24-6 at halftime, but stumbled in the second half. Stadford Brown led the Eagles offense, completing 12 of 29 passes for 149 yards and two touchdowns with two interceptions. “They didn't really surprise us. We knew they were going to bring pressure. There were just a lot of things we didn't do right,” said Brown. The Eagles had 130 total rushing yards, but were flagged 15 times for 219 penalty yards. The Eagles began scoring on their opening drive when Brown connected to Charles Futrell from 10 yards out. Futrell left the game after suffering a dislocated right shoulder. Brandon Gilbert added the first of his two successful field goals from 37 yards away after a Falcon punt in the first quarter. Craig Amos added an interception return for a touchdown and stretched the Eagle lead to 17. The lead extended to 24-0 with 1:33 left in the half when Brown hit Julius McClellan for a 21-yard reception. Gilbert

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added the extra point. The Falcons ended shutout hopes with 21 seconds left in the half, as Smith connected with McLaughlin for a 27-yard scoring pass. The conversion run failed. The only Eagle score in the second half

came from Gilbert’s 22-yard field goal attempt. Coach Rod Broadway was not pleased with the Eagles’ performance, but he says he will take the victory. "We made too many mistakes in the kick-

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After two weeks of pondering over stolen merchandise, N.C. Central’s football team is still waiting for compensation. Immediately following the win against the Jaguars of Southern University, the Eagles football team walked into a locker room to discover that players were missing sneakers, money, football rings, and electronics totaling between $1,000-$2,000. Thirteen players were affected by the robbery. “[Southern] did a great job reacting to the situation,” said Kyle Serba, sports information director for NCCU. “They came right away and made a list of what had been taken.”

At a press conference on the Monday following the game, Southern officials said that all of the stolen items would be replaced . “Before we even got on the plane that night, they assured us that our players would be compensated,” said Serba. Burglars were thought to have hit the locker room sometime during the game, which started at 6 pm and didn’t end until around nine. “We were told by Southern University that the locker room was going to be secure,” Serba told Associated Press. “I don’t see how this could have happened.” Southern University decided to increase security at its home games a week prior to the incident when a man was shot to death at a credit union off campus during Southern’s first home football game. Currently, investigation of the incident is still ongoing, and no new information has been released.

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fter my last article in the Echo, I thought hard about the impact that words can have on people. I was almost paralyzed by the positive reaction and gratitude I received from many. However, before I could relish or wallow in any words of appreciation, I thought about our responsibility to lend our A.J. moral support Donaldson for the greater good. Even though we progress as individuals, we often neglect the call of duty to sacrifice for others. Frankly, I become perplexed and disgruntled at the sight of such neglect, especially when it comes to our own federal government. I thought I was aware of the





destruction caused by Hurricane Katrina, I was truly ignorant of the negligence that had taken place afterward. Although it has been over a year since the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, and a lot of you are tired of hearing about the conspiracies and complaints, they still left us behind. You might ask who “they” are. “They” are the people who left the disadvantaged poor screaming from rooftops. I recently went to New Orleans to observe the areas that remain devastated by Katrina. I wanted to visit the cemetery. To my surprise, although there were graves that had been washed out by the flood, many of the graves were still intact . One site lay covered with bricks. The name unknown, the grave without stones, just a pile of rubble. As I dwelled on the enormity of the flood, I couldn’t help but be grateful that those resting souls slept through such a hor-

rid storm. However, sleeping during a storm when you’re dead is one thing, but “sleeping” after a storm when you’re alive is another thing. FEMA may have slept through helping the poor immediately after the storm, we citizens have been sleeping when it comes to keeping the issue alive. Furthermore, not only is such passive thinking responsible for holding us back as a people, but it is also the reason so much evil pervades our country. We let too much “STUFF” slide. See, when you forgive and forget, you forfeit the fight for the future. Have we forgotten our reparations from slavery; have we forgotten our 40 acres and a mule; have we forgotten the tragic beating of Rodney King, or the legendary drumbeat of Dr. Martin Luther King? Well, one thing is evident: “they” have not forgotten to forget us.

Speak of the Devil n Sept. 20, President Hugo Chavez of Venezuela, disgusted by President Bush’s remarks the day before, called Bush “the devil” more than once before the General Assembly of the United Nations. He claimed the podium still smelled like sulfur the day after Bush spoke. I do not engage in politics on a national or even international level. Except for the claim that President Chavez is a devil, I generally choose not Kai to for the same Christopher reasons expressed by President Chavez. We Americans live in a false democracy of elites. That is what President Bush, in Chavez’s opinion as well as my own, is pushing across the world. This is a good thing for the ten percent of the population that controls about ninety percent of the wealth.I, however, am not quite in that tax bracket.



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As Chavez puts it, the problems of the world “over the last 10 years have just gotten more complicated -- hunger, poverty, violence, human rights violations have just worsened.” I have listened to President Chavez’s words many times, and I have read the transcripts. I have also read President Bush’s speech that Chavez partly addressed. No person can honestly say that Chavez was wrong or irrational. He suggests that if the oppressed people had a chance to speak, they would say, "Yankee imperialist, go home." I, for one, would not care to speak with President Bush about his policies, as I am sure he wouldn’t want to speak with me. President Bush says he is fighting extremists. He said, “anywhere you look, you hear extremists telling you that you can escape from poverty and recover your dignity through violence, terror and martyrdom." Throughout history and even now, all we see on television is war. But if we pay attention, we’ll see that war was not born until discussion stopped moving forward. And who are these extremists

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Editorial t doesn’t take much to see where the priorities of some of our “refined” student organizations lie. Some groups make it their business to promote social change, but others make it their business to vandalize property. But hey — as long as there’s prestige, some groups feel entitled to do whatever they want. The actions of those involved in the destruction of the House Arrest memorial are appalling. It’s not only because of the individuals’ affiliation with the PanHellenic Council, but also because the purpose of their rally was to destroy rather than to elevate. House Arrest was about to have a dedication ceremony for one of its deceased members. Maybe that’s why these vandals thought it necessary to tear up House Arrest’s reserved place. Or maybe the bricks created the impression that there was a plot. Under normal circumstances, people will check into a situation before feeling obliged to act on their own to solve the “issue” themselves. This is clearly not the case in this instance. Under article 3.02, section N in the student handbook, all vandalism, malicious destruction, damage and/or misuse of public or private property is subject to disciplinary action. So regardless of the legalities and technicalities, an act of misconduct took place. Evidently, there is a problem with “organizational rivalry” (as silly as that may sound). In the hopes of collaborating under common ideals of unification, education and empowerment, maybe mission statements should be revised so that no organization gets mistaken for having positive goals.


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Bush speaks of? Are they people against imperialism? How is that extreme? Taking a stand against oppression seems reasonable at the least; supporting your oppressor is what I would call extreme. People across the world have been and continue to be oppressed. Individuals walk around with their noses to the sky saying that the poor are lazy. But the majority of the poor is working ; It is simply being robbed and mistreated in unjustifiable measures. Today in America, the rich are getting richer as the poor get poorer.The middle class is becoming obsolete, and all politcal talk concern terrorism and extremism. I may not go so far as to call President Bush “the devil.” In my opinion, the spirit of evil is too big to fit inside one man. However, I would say he is a reflection of imperialism, deceit and oppression. Can you be mad at President Chavez? Who remembers when Pat Robertson, from our own beloved 700 Club, called for his assassination? What would you call the leader of the country who wanted your head?

drawing by Rashaun Rucker

Question: “Do you feel that nonPan-Hellenic organizations should have a plot on campus?” “I know they should not. It’s not an option.” — Roderick Smith

“No, I feel these non-Greek organizations are just extra curricular activities.” — Wynee Cuthrell

“No, Greeks have a history. They have worked hard for their place.” — Brittney Wilkins

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