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Spring Fling came and left many students hypnotized
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Mr. Daye bids farewell to N.C. Central University with his finest photos
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Campus copyright war Vendor fair offers college students legal alternatives to trading music online BY JOEL CURRIER ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
Universities are finding themselves trapped at the center of a bitter battle over bandwidth — caught between the entertainment industry’s crusade to end copyright piracy
and tech-savvy students’ casual sharing of songs and movies. The competing interests converged at a Digital Expo at Washington University, bringing together representatives from entertainment and technology with seven companies that market “peer-topeer” file-sharing networks to colleges. The goal of the vendor fair and panel discussion Thursday night was to educate students about legal alternatives to trading copyrighted
materials. “I don’t want to pay to download songs. If I really like something, I’ll just buy the CD,” said Scott Abrahams, 19, of Northbrook, Ill., a sophomore who estimated that he has collected thousands of digital music files on his computer — a playlist long enough to run for two weeks nonstop. Students said the perception is that there’s little risk of getting caught downloading copyrighted
music and movies (they call it “ripping” or “burning”) online. Some said they would be more willing to pay if their schools made it cheap and convenient. “If [the university] were to sponsor something, I think it would make it more of an approachable option for us,” said senior Jeffrey Dorr, 21, a senior pre-medical student from Miami.
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BY DENEESHA EDWARDS ECHO ASSISTANT EDITOR-IN-CHIEF
After being interim provost for almost four months, Beverly Washington-Jones is applying for the top job of vice chancellor for Academic Affairs. It won’t be easy — there are three other contenders. On April 1011, Carol BlackshireBelay interviewed for the job. She is a former dean of Liberal Arts and Interim Sciences at Provost Jones the University of Wisconsin at Green Bay. She is now special assistant to the chancellor at the University of Wisconsin System Administration. On April 24-25, Martin Johnson interviewed for the job. He is an associate dean of Urban and Minority Education in the College of Education at the University of Maryland at College Park. And on May 3-4 Clarence M. Lee will interview. Lee is the Dean of Arts and Sciences at Howard University. Each candidate has a meeting with the chancellor, vice chancellors and chancellor’s cabinet, associate provosts and assistants, students, chairs, faculty, and a university wide
STRIKE UP THE BAND AND LET THE SHOW BEGIN!
Members of the national honorary band fraternity Kappa Kappa Psi doing the Sound Machine’s time-h honored “Matrix” move at the Spring Fling Step Show Thursday, April 21. CARLA AARON-LOPEZ/Staff Photographer
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Moore enters NBA draft Second Eagle to enter draft in two years BY SHEENA JOHNSON ECHO SPORTS EDITOR
BY LARRY LEATHERS ECHO STAFF WRITER
Former N.C. senator and vice presidential candidate John Edwards will be N.C. C e n t r a l University’s commencement speaker May 7. Edwards and Massachusetts senator John Kerry made Edwards a strong run for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2004. Edwards was elected to the Senate in 1998 and representing North Carolina for six years. He was born in Seneca, S.C. His family moved to Robbins, N.C. where both he
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The entire Triangle has been buzzing about the announcement of seven UNC-Chapel Hill basketball players entering this year’s NBA Draft to be held June 30. First it was Rashad McCants, followed by seniors Jawad Williams, Jackie Manuel and Melvin Scott. The hysteria seemed to worsen when three more Tarheels, Sean May, Raymond Felton and Marvin Williams, decided to forego returning to the university. Amidst all the fanfare and excitement, one Triangle athlete has in a sense fallen below the radar of local college hoops fanatics. N.C. Central University’s Jonathan Moore has decided to enter the 2005 draft.
NCCU starting forward senior Jonathan Moore is prepared for his NBA bid. AARON DAYE/Echo Photo Editor
Moore has secured an agent and submitted a letter to NBA Commissioner David Stern. He has decided not to make an official announcement about his plans. Moore has caused a stir in the area and in the CIAA because of his uncanny
skill and ability. He is now getting some national attention and hopes to make it to the next level. In the June issue of SLAM Magazine, Moore, a 6-foot-5 forward, is projected to be drafted this year along with CIAA standout Letheal “Lee” Cook from
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Bowie State. “I was very surprised to see my name and picture in something like that,” Moore said. “It was a great article and I think it could help my chances of making it to the next level.” Moore has already had an unofficial workout with the L.A. Clippers. This is not the first time Moore has danced with the idea of going pro. He entered the draft last year but withdrew his name after deciding to return to NCCU for his senior season. Last year, NCCU got a pleasant surprise when former Eagle David Young’s name appeared across the bottom of television screens when he was selected to play for the Seattle SuperSonics as the 41st overall pick in the 2004 NBA Draft. Only seven NCCU
Former N. C. Central University president Dr. Samuel Proctor Massie died of natural causes on April 10 in Laurel, Md. at 85. Massie was suffering from dementia. Massie was president of Massie NCCU from 1963 to 1966 when it was called North Carolina College. Before becoming president he was Associate Program Director for Undergraduate Science Education of the National Science Foundation and a
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Haywood reflects Exiting SGA president encourages students BY KRISTEN HUNTER ECHO STAFF WRITER
As the year comes to an end, outgoing Student Government Association president D’Weston Haywood reflects on the time he’s spent at N. C. Central University and the changes that he feels need to occur in order for this University to continue to progress. A political science and history double major; Haywood was active on NCCU’s campus, serving as president of both the NAACP and Emancipated Minds. His main challenge to students is to get more involved. “I wholeheartedly believe that you have no entitlement to complain if you are not involved on campus,” said Haywood. “You are either part of the problem or part of the solution. “I have worked hard to encourage students to join SGA; there is a culture of laxity at NCCU that promotes sittin’ and chillin’ and we need to change that,” said Haywood. “Student involvement is a major issue; as much as the SGA has to serve the students, students have to meet the SGA halfway–students need to support the SGA.” “I am invited to a program every day, the programs are out there. We have to take initiative. “We have to define what school spirit is and pursue it,” said Haywood. “Too often people measure school spirit by the number of students. School spirit is a cultural thing — it’s not
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quantifiable — it cannot be measured. Haywood expressed the need to ensure we can support the University’s growth. “I think we should pay a lot of attention to competency and efficiency as far as we move forward — let’s make sense of the University’s growth,” s a i d Haywood. “Let’s not Outgoing SGA get more President students, Haywood less parking spaces and escalate prices.” Haywood also encourages the university to be more concerned with increasing customer service and efficiency. “There are some breakdowns in some departments — there is often a disconnect between members of the same department. We really need to all be on one accord,” said Haywood. In response to student complaints about an inaccessible administration, Haywood encourages students to be patient. “I have worked with many administrators on our campus and they are very busy,” said Haywood. “They are inaccessible to themselves — so it’s hard for them to be accessible to students. “I don’t think the administration is ducking and dodging students — their schedules just lead them to be inaccessible.” Haywood urges students
to support the chancellor. “I hope in the future we really capitalize on this opportunity to interact with administration. We need greater student involvement because it’s hard to get the administrators to come out and this is something we should continue in the future.” Haywood challenges the University to better support and encourage honor students. “I understand how important recruiting is,” said Haywood. “But we need to be paying attention and supporting students that excel after they get to NCCU. There are students who did not come in with a 4.0 but are making it now and we need to support and retain them.” Haywood encourages the University to stand behind its motto of Truth and Service. “Anywhere you go there are going to be problems — and they won’t be solved overnight,” said Haywood, “but if we keep our motto as a banner and just run with it we will be able to succeed and grow as an institution of higher education.” In closing, Haywood left this message to the students at NCCU: “It has been an honor, a pleasure, and an extreme privilege to serve as the student body president. Thank you for the support and I think we should all look forward to Ms. Renee Clark — she has big ideas; she’s got the potential, capability and prose; she’s ready to work and I think she is going to be great.”
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Thomas Bresadola hypnotized students and told them to open the sun roof on their new imaginary Mustang. This they did. RODERICK HEATH/Echo Staff Photographer
Hypnotize me Spring fling event entrances students BY ANIESA HOLMES ECHO STAFF WRITER
At the snap of his fingers, master hypnotist Thomas Bresadola had N.C. Central University students amazed at the intriguing but hilarious hypnosis show on Wednesday, April 20 in the B.N. Duke Auditorium. His subjects were flying imaginary planes, driving pretend cars and introducing themselves with fake names without even realizing what they were doing. Criminal justice sophomore Janae Freeman attended and volunteered to be hypnotized. “I don’t remember anything that happened, but I did sleep good that night,” she said. According to the 2005 Encyclopedia Britannica Online, hypnosis is defined as an altered state of consciousness and responsiveness to suggestion. Once hypnotized, individuals can see, feel, or smell whatever suggestions are made by the hypnotist. A person can easily be hypno-
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a TV show or something.” This is not the first time Bresadola has been at NCCU. He performed at Homecoming 2004. “We try to choose activities that are popular at the time,” said Marquita Johnson, program adviser for student activities. “It all depends on the schedule of the vendors.” According to Johnson, Bresadola was paid $1,800 for his two hour performance. History senior Marcus Nevius became a believer. “I didn’t believe in it before, but after I was hypnotized I thought that it was fun,” he said. “I almost laughed my head off!” Bresadola performs a light form of hypnosis or stage one hypnosis, a form that can also be used to help people break bad habits and phobias. “I liked it. It was exciting and was worth my money,” said political science freshman Ashley Jennings. Denea Nriaka contributed to this story.
PROVOST CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 meeting. On April 20, Jones interviewed for the position. At her meeting with students, she said she wants to make an impact on student lives. “I feel I can make a difference and bring academic affairs back to its role,” said Jones. Jones also said she has the skills, management and values for the position. She said she is fair, open and honest. “She lets students know that administration really cares,” said Jason Soper, political science junior at the meeting. Jones said she has two guiding principles when making decisions: Is the decision good for students? And is the decision good for NCCU? If hired, Jones wants to create a pipeline for students to come here and stay here.
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tized if he or she trusts the hypnotist. Sports management and business sophomore Brandon Gilchrist wasn’t a participant, but was sitting in the audience when he was hypnotized. Gilchrist had been to hypnosis shows in the past, but he said this was the first time he was affected. “It feels almost like a dream because he makes you so relaxed,” he said. “If I had been hypnotized a little longer, I probably would have been acting the same way as the people on stage.” So what makes the subjects so relaxed during the hypnotism? “Believe it or not, it’s the music,” Bresadola said, referring to the soft music that he plays during the induction. “There are certain tones in the music that are soothing to people.” With 20 years of experience, Bresadola doesn’t remember what initially made him interested in hypnotism. “I always wanted to be a hypnotist since I was 8 years old,” he said. “I’m not sure why. I might have seen it on
Political science and criminal justice senior Shawn Cunningham, a student assistant in Academic Affairs, says he sees firsthand what Jones has been doing since she has been in office. “She’s an advocate for the students,” said Cunningham. “It’s rare to find an administrator to say ‘I understand your concerns’ and give students a time when she could handle the job.” “When you get an opportunity, have certain principles,” said Jones. “You want to be fair and make decisions that are fair.” Jones said she wants to work with the Office of Student Affairs to ensure freshmen have mentors – someone on a higher level to talk to other than peers. She also wants to start a book club to increase intellectual capital among stu-
dents and faculty. Jones says students should be respected as adults and not treated like children. “I feel that all of you are leaders,” Jones told the group of students. “You’re worthy and respectful. We need to acknowledge that ... I truly believe in students” Jones also stressed customer service. “If you don’t like students and realize that they are adults, you don’t need to be here,” she said. “I think it’s amazing how she wants to focus on customer satisfaction,” said Cunningham. Jones ended her meeting with the rhetorically question, “What is it about an Eagle?” She then said, “An Eagle walks into a room with a certain presence. An Eagle is strong, talented and has interpersonal skills.”
MASSIE CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 professor and chairman of the Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry at Howard University. Massie resigned as president on Feb. 1, 1966 to become the first AfricanAmerican professor at the U.S. Naval Academy, where he taught chemistry for 30 years. He graduated in 1936 with a degree in chemistry from Arkansas Agricultural, Mechanical and Normal
College, now known as the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Massie earned a master’s degree from Fisk University in 1940 and a doctorate from Iowa State University in 1946. While working on his doctorate, he participated in the Manhattan Project, the country’s wartime project to develop the atomic bomb. He is considered one of the 75 premier chemists of the 20th century, a category
that includes George Washington Carver and DNA researchers James Watson and Francis Crick. He conducted extensive research into the chemistry of silicon and antibacterial agents. He received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Academy of Sciences and his picture hangs in the gallery. He is survived by three sons.
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Spanish senior Karon Johnson with her sons Danté, 11, and Daniel, 8. Johnson will spend five weeks in Mexico this summer. RODERICK HEATH/Staff Photographer
A VOYAGE TO MEXICO Love of Spanish takes senior abroad BY CHARLEEN JONES ECHO STAFF WRITER
panish senior Karon Johnson says there are some things you just can not get out of a textbook. This is why she is going to Mexico for five weeks to study Spanish, and learn about Mexican culture. Johnson, who maintains a 3.8 GPA, will go to a study abroad program in Cuernavaca from May 20 – June 17. She will then go to the Instituto Mexicano de Africania Americana in Veracruz for one week. Johnson says she has always loved Spanish and is looking forward to familiarizing herself with the culture. “It’s an incredibly beautiful language. It’s always interested me since I’m from Los Angeles,” says Johnson. “I’ve always been aware of the Latino population.” In all, Johnson will stay in Mexico for five weeks non-stop. However, there are a few things that distinguish Johnson from other students studying a foreign language abroad. Johnson will be boarding a plane for Veracruz immediately after her language studies in Cuernavaca and head to the Mexican Institute of African Studies in Veracruz to present a paper at a conference. Veracruz is a port city located on the Gulf of Mexico. It was one of the principle ports of entry for black
Africans during 16th century. Africans played a major in the mining and road construction industries in Mexico, which was then called New Spain. Johnson says been interested in the role of Africans in Mexico for a long time. Her paper, “Africans in Mexico: The Diaspora in Nueva España,” explores the Mexican government’s effors to erase the identity of Africans in Mexico in order to create one unified race. At the one week program Johnson
will study Afro-Hispanic literature, Spanish and popular culture. The program is designed as a classroom without walls. There will be immersion in Spanish and field trips to historic sites. Johnson will be introduced to popular musical forms such as “son jarocho,” a musical form that blends African, Cuban and Spanish styles. This trip will be Johnson’s first trip to a foreign country. “I’m really looking forward to encountering this culture,” said Johnson. But it’s going to mean some sacrifices for her family. Johnson, who has been married to her husband Amon for 12 years, has three young boys: Darrrel, 15, Danté,11, and Daniel, 8. She says her husband Amon has been “wonderful and very supportive.” “I tell my children: ‘If I can work full time, travel with my singing group, and go to school full time … then if I can do it, they can do it,’” said Johnson.
One last final: the senior survey BY SHELBIA BROWN ECHO STAFF WRITER
To many graduating seniors, the Graduating Senior Institutional Senior Survey is just one more hoop they have to jump through on the way to commencement. N.C. Central University administrators and faculty say the survey provides valuable information. “It tells us what we need to do,” said Shawn Stewart, director of Research Evaluation and Planning. “If students are dissatisfied, we need to follow up
with those complaints.” The survey has 87 multiple choice questions and takes about 30 minutes to answer. It is given at all 16 UNC institutions. Surveys were mandated in 1998 by UNC General Administration. They cover all aspects of the students’ college experience: the quality of teaching, advising, financial aid and service. The data is sent to the UNC General Administration and the results are posted on its website. On the web site the find-
ings of similar universities are compared. For example, NCCU, a Comprehensive I institution, is compared with N.C. A&T, Fayetteville State University, Appalachian State University and other similar universities. In 2004, the survey showed that 56.6 percent of NCCU seniors said they would choose NCCU if they could do it all over again; 24.8 percent said they were not sure, and 18.6 percent said they would not have chosen NCCU if they had to do it over again. Sixty-two percent of
Fayetteville State University seniors said they would do it all over again, but more than 78 percent of Appalachian State University seniors said they would. Eighty-four percent of NCCU seniors rated the overall quality of their education as excellent or good and 79.5 percent rated the quality of instruction as excellent or good. Computer information systems senior Alayna Parrish likes the idea of the survey “as long as school administrators take it seriously.”
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The Durham County superior court has ordered N.C. Central University to let a student who was suspended for possessing a BB gun attend classes until her final appeal. The restraining order, issued April 4, ordered NCCU to allow Tierra O’Neal to return to NCCU “and to provide her the opportunity to complete any school assignments or exams missed so that she may obtain credit for all of the spring semester courses.” O’Neal does not plan to return to NCCU next semester even if she wins the appeal. She will continue her education in New York. O’Neal, an accounting freshman, was notified March 11 that she had violated the NCCU Student Code of Conduct for possessing a BB gun. On March 25, she was forced out of NCCU and on April 4 requested the temporary restraining order. According to a NCCU Police report, police investigated a disturbance at Baynes Hall March 11 in which a student implied that another student involved in the disturbance had a gun. O’Neal witnessed the fracas, but was not involved. As the police investigated the incident, O’Neal told police that she had a BB gun in her room. “The search of her room revealed a marksman 4.5
177 caliber BB gun that was located in a top dresser drawer,” the report said. After an investigational meeting with O’Neal and school officials, she was charged with a student conduct violation for firearm possession and was suspended from the University. According to the NCCU Code of Conduct, prohibits firearms on campus. O’Neal, who is represented by Atty. Gwendolyn S. Hailey, said in her motion for temporary restraining order that she and her parents did not know about the prohibition of firearms at the University. The code is located in the NCCU Student handbook, which O’Neal claims she was not given when she enrolled. She also claims that her 14th Amendment rights have been violated because she was denied due process by not being given prior notice and a hearing before being suspended. O’Neal also said she was not advised by Louis Velez, assistant vice chancellor for Student Affairs, that “she had the right to decline to make a statement or to answer questions and that her refusal to speak or to answer questions would not be interpreted as evidence of guilt.” In an interview, O’Neal would not specify why she kept the BB gun. Andre’ Vann, vice chancellor for Student Affairs, and Velez would not comment on the case because it is open and ongoing.
EDWARDS CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 and his father, Wallace, worked in a textile mill. Edwards is a 1977 graduate of the law school at UNCChapel Hill. After graduation he worked as a personal injury trial lawyer. In an e-mail, Edwards said he plans to tell graduating seniors they need to make a difference. “Always seek ways to help those who need help the most ... stand up and fight for your core beliefs and convictions,” said Edwards. Edwards said he is sympathetic to students struggling to pay for college, but that students should stay focused on the long term. “A college education will open so many doors for you,” he said. “It is really hard but remember that the people at school are there to help you and people like me are rooting for you every step of the way.”
Edwards now heads the Center on Poverty, Work and Opportunity at UNC-Chapel Hill, a position he assumed on Feb. 14. The Center will bring together faculty and national public policy experts to examine ideas for solving poverty, an issue Edwards has long been concerned with. He made it a centerpiece of his Democratic presidential nomination bid. Edwards was the first in his family to attend college. “I had a wonderful family who supported me every step of the way,” he said. “My advice is to stay dedicated and to work hard. Hard work will get you a long way in this country.” Edwards and his wife Elizabeth have three living children. Their son Wade died at age 16 in a 1996 traffic accident.
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music or video files. The survey also showed that the percentage of Internet users who have paid to download music has increased by 4 percent since January. A one-month survey released in February by the consumer research firm Ipsos-Insight said nearly half of American downloaders 12 years and older, or 24 million Americans, had paid to download music. So far, at least 45 colleges and universities have signed deals with file-sharing companies. By subscribing, students benefit from discounted rates and don’t have to worry about breaking the law. Schools save money on the cost of bandwidth_the speed of data traveling over the Internet_by storing digital content on campus computer servers. Schools also save time otherwise spent investigating complaints from the record and film industries. Companies represented at Thursday’s fair were Ruckus Network, Cdigix, Movielink, Apple, Napster, Sonicswap and Peer Impact. Washington University students approached the school’s administration about finding legal downloading alternatives after a popular campus file-sharing program was shut down in February last year. That spurred an overnight protest and a spontaneous early morning rock concert outside a campus residence hall. Students have since turned to other file-sharing programs on campus, said Margaret Bauer, 21, a junior and editor-in-chief of Student Life, the student newspaper. Unless students can get music cheaply and conveniently, Bauer said, there’s little incentive to pay because they don’t expect to get caught. “It’s just another bill to pay each month and that’s a pain,” said Bauer Most file-sharing programs most charge monthly fees for unlimited access to millions of songs and movies. Some schools include subscriptions in their fees. Washington University and Mizzou say they are exploring both options. “It’s so hard to go from not paying to paying,” said Ben Rapaport, 20, a Washington University sophomore who has collected about 8,000 songs on his computer. Illegal file sharing at Mizzou spiraled “so out of control,” said Beth Chancellor, director of telecommunications there. She said campus piracy has waned since April 2003, the month that record and film industries filed a combined 400 official copyright complaints against Mizzou students. The university plans to have a commercial file-sharing service in place by fall. Whoever the Supreme Court says is responsible in the showdown between entertainment and technology, universities will likely try to keep tempo with a culture of digital diehards high on bandwidth. “I don’t think they’ll ever be able to get rid of file sharing,” said John Klacsmann, 20, a Washington University sophomore. “They’ll never be able to shut it down.”
n June last year when I was just starting my internship at The News & Observer, I went to lunch with the newspaper’s Durham editor James Shiffer. Shiffer asked me a lot of questions about the situation in Zimbabwe, my home country. He told me that there are many people in America who don’t know about the struggles that people from other parts world go through . I knew exactly what he was talking about because I had answered many questions about Zimbabwe from my fellow students at N.C. Central University. I had told many of them that Africa is not a country, but a continent. I had told many of them that the presi-
dent of my country has been in power for more than 20 years. After my conversation with Shiffer, I decided to start a column on LOVEMORE w o r l d MASAKADZA views. I sold the idea to the Campus Echo adviser Bruce dePyssler who liked the idea. “You are the editor, it’s your call,” he said I started the column with the objective of taking students to the other parts of the world. There is definitely another world beyond the
USA and life there is different in one way or the other. When there was a close election in the 2000 U.S. elections Al Gore fought the matter in the Florida and then the Supreme Court. Many did not like the outcome, but lives were not lost over the m a t t e r . Gore decided that the there was nothing else he could do to change the Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision and George W. Bush became president. Life went on for Americans. In other countries, like Angola, when the late Jonasi Savimbi lost to President Jose Eduardo dos Santos there was a civil war. Many lives — tens of thousands — were lost in that civil war. In the U.S., journalists
can openly criticize government policies and hold officials accountable, in other countries journalists face the wrath of the rulers for doing that. The United States people know that President Bush is a lame duck, after his last 4-year-term he will leave office. In Cuba it’s not known when Fidel Castro will get tired of being the president. It’s not all gloomy in the other world, mind you. In many parts of Africa there is still respect in the family. Unlike dictators who try by all means to cling to power, I know it when my time is up. It is up now and I have to cease writing this column. There is another world out there. Explore it.
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That’s what some schools, including Washington University and the University of Missouri at Columbia are doing. They seek to weed out illegal sharing by arranging deals with a bevy of new digital wholesalers licensed to provide libraries of digital music and movies to colleges. Recording and film industry representatives at Thursday’s event said they embrace innovation and encourage technology companies to pursue legal alternatives to Internet piracy. Technology has changed the entertainment business model by forcing it to cater to changing consumer demands for digital music, said Mark P. McKenna, a St. Louis University law professor representing the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a San Francisco digital rights group. As a result, universities face the challenge of balancing academic freedom against a duty to police digital piracy on campus, explained Rebecca Brown, Washington University’s associate general counsel. Several large institutions, such as the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Pennsylvania State University, Purdue University and the University of Maryland, recently partnered with filesharing companies to provide students legal access to digital media. On March 29, the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments in the closely watched Metro-GoldwynMayer Studios Inc. v. Grokster Ltd. case, a test of whether copyright holders can sue digital file-sharing networks that allow people to freely download and distribute songs and movies. A ruling is expected this summer. Technology companies fear that a ruling for the studios could stifle innovations, such as digital television recorders and music players. In the past, lower courts have said that technology companies cannot be held liable for how customers use their products, even if it’s illegal. Those decisions relied on a 1984 Supreme Court ruling in the case of Sony Corp. v. Universal City Studios_the “Betamax case”_in which the court rejected the studios’ attempt to block the sale of the home video player/recorder. “In the dorms, you’ve got kids who love music, kids who understand technology on a regular basis and kids who have access to high bandwidth,” said Jonathan Whitehead, 37, a Washington lawyer representing the Recording Industry Association of America. “It’s sort of like a perfect storm.” It is no coincidence, Whitehead said, that the industry has seen a 22 percent drop in record sales since the file-sharing program Napster hit the market in 1999. Research suggests that fee-based digital downloading is growing in popularity. A survey released last month by the Pew Internet & American Life Project said about 36 million Americans_an estimated 27 percent of all Internet users_have downloaded
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arewell is a bittersweet word, yet so fitting for a goodbye. As a student, you come to realize right before graduation all the things it takes to get to the point of graduating. And suddenly you realize everything you are leaving behind: the teachers who were there for you, your friends (old & new), the organizations you were a part of ... even Chicken Day. Being Aaron Daye –“the pictureman” for the Campus Echo and Eagle Yearbook, the flier guy who makes just about all the fliers for all the parties and organizations, Lion Heart to Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., a member of 100 Black Men, an art student in the communications building who everyone thinks is an English major because he is always there, and a heartwarming friend who gives tight bear hugs to everyone — has been both stressful and rewarding. I’m proud to have won three photography awards at the 7th Annual HBCU Newspaper Conference, of being a 2005 Chancellor’s Soaring Eagle Award recipient (I see you, Sheena), of being accepted into the New York Times 2005 Student Journalism Institute, of serving as official photographer to Evalesco & Bon Vivant, and of producing the Spring Fling Step Show with my L.B. Darell Coleman (forget the haters). Thanks to all the friends who looked out for me, employed me, exploited me and brought me into the light. Thank you for your open hearts and open minds and for accepting me for me.
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Below are three of my favorite photos from the thousands I took while working at the Campus Echo.
Lauren Hunter, freshmen model for Evalesco models poses at their Spring Show during Spring Fling 2005.
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Leonardo Williams, head drum major, blows his whistle with all his might to get the crowd ready for NCCU’s Sound Machine.
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Liquid Lounge brings style Poets speak their words at N.C. Central University BY JOANNA HERNANDEZ ECHO STAFF WRITER
Imagine standing on stage looking into the spotlight. An audience of strangers settles in before you, waiting for you to inspire them with your words. What do you say? If you’re a poet, chances are you would perform spoken word, poetry recited and performed. Spoken word is what the members of the Liquid Lounge Tour performed for N.C. Central University students on April 18th in the B.N. Duke Auditorium as part of Spring Fling. Several of the students who attended the event were already familiar with the art of spoken word. Those who weren’t were immediately fascinated. “After the first two poems, I was drawn in,” said biology junior Shacarra Taylor. “It was a whole new experience.” The show began when poet Malik Salaam introduced himself and three other poets, who proceeded to perform their poetry. “I thought the style in which they presented their poems added to the mood of the show,” said Ryon Smith, English sophomore. All the poets were wellreceived by the audience, but the standout poet of the night was Georgia Me.
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and “One Day It’ll All Make Sense.” The first single, “The Corner,” reminds me of walking down the street in the ‘hood, hanging out on a busy corner or on the front stoop of a dilapidated building. The second single, “Go,” is the first time I can think of that Common has released a tune of such a wildly sexual nature. John Mayer’s voice repeats over and over the phrase “go,” adding a new dimension. “They Say” calls my name as John Legend’s voice once again casts a spell through my earlobes. It’s so gospel, yet so laid back. The entire album intensifies Common’s raw lyrical nature with a mellow production. All 11 tracks were produced by either Kanye West or Jay Dilla. Both provide a good balance of “old” and “new” Common, prepping him for a longer run in hiphop. I have no comment on him. It’s hip-hop worth listening to. I say 5 out of 5 on the black hand side.
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Liquid Lounge poet Georgia Me gets real with spoken word at B.N. Duke Auditorium April 18. AARON DAYE/Photo Editor
“She is a great poet--her style of poetry is unique and very identifiable,” said SGA president D’Weston Haywood. “Her stage presence is amazing--she has great delivery,” said history junior Jamar Harris. Tamika Harper, or Georgia Me as she is known on stage, has been performing spoken word since age
eight. “I performed Nikki Giovanni’s ‘Ego-Tripping’ and I fell in love with the art,” she said. “It wasn’t until I was 11 when I started writing and performing my own work.” Barbara Jordan, the first black woman in the US Congress, and Tupac are two of the main four personalities who influenced
Georgia Me. “She is very versatile-she could give you street or standardized English,” said Harris. “I ain’t Mary [J. Blige], but I’m gutter and fly,” said Georgia Me. “I ain’t Tupac, but I know how to relay the story. I ain’t Barbara Jordan, but I have a political platform. I ain’t Martin, but I have a dream.”
Modern dance hits the Hayti BY TATIANA ANDERSON ECHO STAFF WRITER
Imagine being at Harlem’s Cotton Club checking out Michael Jackson’s moonwalk while watching P. Diddy’s protégées do the Harlem shake to “Thriller.” Everything from the 1930s-style tap dancing to the latest moves of the new millennium could be seen as N.C. Central University’s Modern Dance Group presented “Dance Evolution of the Times” at the Hayti Heritage Center on April 24. “Dance Evolution of the Times” expressed the dance moves that have shaped American society, as well as portraying the emotions displayed in African-American culture. “I had to attend this event for my Arts & Humanities class,” said biology freshman Jazmyn Miles. “The performances were more interesting than I expected it to be. I was amazed at some of the routines,” Miles said. Some of the segments
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NCCU’s Modern Dance Group enhances body movement. RODERICK HEATH/Staff Photographer
included Harlem Nights, Afro Jazz and Thriller, all containing dance components of the specific time period. The group danced to such popular hits as Maxwell’s “Whenever, Wherever, Whatever,” Michael Jackson’s “Thriller,” and Missy Elliot’s “I’m Really Hot.” Guest performers
included the St. Joseph AME Dance Ministry, who provided a twist to the event when dancing to inspirational tunes by gospel performers Yolanda Adams, Kirk Franklin and Hezekiah Walker. Pastor Aroma Snelling, an audience member said, “The performance was delightful and inspiring. It was pleasant to see them
expressing themselves without all the derogatory movement.” “Dance is an outlet. It’s my ministry,” said accounting sophomore Rachelle Townsend. “It’s one of the ways God has blessed me to reach other people.” Modern dance is a combination form of contemporary theatrical dance and concert dance employing a special technique for using the entire body in movements expressive of abstract ideas. NCCU’s Modern Dance Group consists of about twenty dancers who perform in order to develop better technique. “I am a part of the NCCU Modern Dance Group simply for pleasure; dancing is a way I express myself and keep my head cool,” said biology freshman Vanessa Bell. “I think everyone should experience it in some form or fashion.” The NCCU Dance Group performs twice a year, in the fall and spring. They participate annually in the Black College Dance Exchange nationally.
Common has always been looked upon as a hiphop historian, verbally spitting the rights and wrongs of a cultural phenomenon. From “Resurrection” to “Like Water for Chocolate,” Common singlehandedly repped Chicago and the midwest before the ruthlessly horrible Chingy and Nelly. By the time his fifth album, “Electric Circus,” came around, people disliked his all-of-a-sudden experimentation outside the hip-hop realm. The single “Come Close,” featuring Mary J. Blige, barely made it into the hearts of the truest of hiphop heads. Have no fear, the sixth and latest album from Common, “Be,” brings strong undertones of the early rhymes featured on “Like Water for Chocolate”
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Edmund Preston “PJ” Lewis, Jr., social work freshman, appeared heavenly angelic in the spring Evalesco show ending this year’s Spring Fling. AARON DAYE/Photo Editor
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1,000 Eagles flock to NCCU BY DARIUS BURNS ECHO STAFF WRITER
George “Bulldog” Smith is on a mission to help N.C. Central University’s athletes. And he’s got a plan to do it – the 1,000 Eagles Giving Campaign. Smith, assistant athletics director for student-athlete development, said the idea came to him and Coach Bill Hayes, NCCU’s athletic director, one day last year while they were riding in the car after lunch. Smith said that Hayes turned to him and said: “Bulldog, we’ve go to do something to help our student athletes.” And that is how the campaign got launched. The idea is to have 1,000 NCCU alumni and friends donate $1,000 each for a total of $1 million. The money will be used to improve the quality of the partial scholarships that NCCU offers athletes. Smith said students on partial athletics scholarships receive on average about $150 for books each semester. “They are only able to buy about 1.3 books on that amount,” said Smith, who chairs the 1,000 Eagles Giving Campaign.
“The object behind the program is to ensure that student athletes have the opportunity to graduate,” said Smith. The Department of Athletics has mailed brochures announcing the campaign to alumni and friends, but Smith said word of mouth has been the best advertising. Smith also said increased scholarships will attract better student athletes and that this will be crucial for “propelling NCCU into Division I.” The campaign, now in its second year, has 150 alumni and friend commitments. Some have given less, but others have given more than $1,000. Donors can designate their gifts to be used for scholarships or operations. They also can designate their gift for a specific sport. Donors are given the choice of two season football or basketball tickets for their contribution. They also are recognized in athletic programs, on the athletic website and at the annual athletic banquet. For more information on making donations, contact the Athletics Department at 530-7057 or visit nccu.edu/campus/athletics.
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Moore is one of two CIAA athletes projected to be drafted in June. ECHO FILE PHOTO
players have been drafted to the NBA. If selected, Moore will join the ranks of Sam Jones, Ted Manning, Lee Davis, Joe Pridgen, Donald Sinclair, David Binion and Young. In only two seasons with the Eagles, Moore has amassed 845 points, 387 rebounds, 132 assists, 96 steals and 54 blocks. This year, he is the leading scorer for the Eagles, averaging 19.4 points, and is ranked second in the CIAA in scoring . Although Head Coach Henry Dickerson has only been coaching at NCCU for one season, he almost instantly noticed Moore’s talent. “The first time I saw him play I saw how athletic he was,” Dickerson said. “He has a chance and his ability matches a few of those in the NBA but it will be an
adjustment. Even if he is not drafted, he will be in somebody’s camp.” Dickerson said scouts were constantly at games or practices or making phone calls inquiring about Moore. The transfer from East Carolina University has a strong support system at NCCU. His family, coaches and teammates say they are behind him 100 percent. “His chances are really good and he has a good shot at making it,” said teammate Jason Hervey. “We all try to keep his spirits up and we practice with him and tell him he can do it and push him to put his ‘A’ game on.” However, if things do not work out in his favor, Moore plans to play overseas. “I know that I have a talent for [basketball] and I’m better than the average player, but I am humbled by the whole experience,” he said.
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Making strides SPRING SPORTS MAKE FAIR SHOWING IN CIAA TOURNEY
NCCU Lady Eagles track runners Nina Warren and Christina Harris blast out of the starting blocks at the CIAA Track and Field Championships Saturday in Petersburg, Va. as fellow Eagle Shavonte Flemmings cheers them on. SASHA VANN/Staff Photographer
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A competitive weekend in Virginia resulted in tears of joy and defeat as N.C. Central University athletes battled for the opportunity to become CIAA champions. Men’s and women’s track teams enjoyed numerous first place victories while golf received second place honors with a CIAA record breaker to match. However, along with the wins came the losses. The Lady Eagles softball team took their defeat with heads held high as they lost in the semifinal match against Fayetteville State, while dreams of a championship were placed on the backburner for men’s and women’s tennis. In track and field, both men’s and women’s teams put their best foot forward to place third overall. In the women’s events, Aisha Brown placed first in the 3000 meter run while Yolanda Barber placed first
in the 800 meter run and 1500 meter run. Nina Warren came in first in the 100 meter dash. The women also placed third in the 4x100 meter relay and the 4x400 meter relay. Eric Spears received first place honors in the 800 meter run while the men placed second in the 4x400 meter relay. “Everyone has been competing very well,” said Austin Lamar Hogan, psychology senior. “The girls had four victories. We’ve all been very successful.” In golf, Brian Demby set a CIAA record with a score of 135 over a two day event, shooting a four under par, 67 on day one following with a three under par 68 on day two. Demby received low medalist honors for the record, putting NCCU in second place behind Fayetteville State with a two day team score of 614. On the other hand, adversity makes strong players but unfortunately
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efore I left Zimbabwe it took me several days to go around the country telling my relatives that I was going into the unknown. Still I did not manage to bid farewell to all my relatives. The point is, in Africa we have a closely knit extended family in which children tend to be Lovemore children of the whole village. Masakadza It was scary to leave all the relatives behind. To my surprise, when I started classes at N.C. Central University in Spring 2001, I made new relatives. Many people were willing to teach me the American way of doing things while still accepting my African ways. This is a University. When a student enrolls it is common knowledge that he or she has to leave. I am about to do what many students have done in the
95-year history of ple’s stories and NCCU — leave. inform our readI am blessed ers. So many untold stories to have been I know we’ve granted the tried our best. remain out there and opportunity to Some people I know the Campus meet some wonwere big fans of Echo staff will derful students, the paper and faculty, staff and some loathed it. continue to look administrators. Such is life. for those stories. Some profesWe are not in sors went out of this business to their way to get be liked. to know me as an individual and Those who had constructive provide guidance. criticism came and talked to us Just being at NCCU was good and we listened. enough for me. Others chose to call us names But I found myself writing stoor remained silent, so we never ries for the Campus Echo and heard what they thought. then as its editor. This was a great So many untold stories honor to me, but I decided that I remain out there and I know the would only be a learning editor. I Campus Echo staff will continue leave as a learning editor. to look for those stories. There were some times when Inasmuch as we were trying to I would sit with the Campus do our job, there were some Echo adviser Bruce dePyssler administrators who made our job after sending the newspaper to difficult by refusing to give us the printer and worry about information. What is there to what the readers were going to hide, I wonder. think about the newspaper. I wish all administrators Our major concern at the would emulate their boss, Campus Echo is to tell other peo- Chancellor James H. Ammons.
There was not a single day that I wanted to talk to him that he refused. He definitely understands the importance of a student newspaper. Seconds after a heated faculty meeting where he had just announced some changes in the administration, he gave me an interview. “Lovemore, I will talk to you,” he said. “The Campus Echo is our own New York Times.” I wish all people at NCCU would have this same respect for student journalists. A Zimbabwean proverb says, “The death of a policeman does not warrant the closure of the camp.” There have been other editors before me and many more will come. Above all, I was a student and I would like to thank the professors who worked hard to make me a better person. I would need more than 500 words to name all the faculty members who helped me and I would still be guilty of possibly leaving someone out.
So long, farewell
here are some moments in life that will always stick out more than others and remain near and dear to your heart. My time here at N.C. Central is one of those moments that I will never forget. It’s so hard to believe that it is really over for me. Before I came to this Sheena great instituJohnson tion, people always told me that this would be the best four years of my life. I didn’t believe them then. But now, as my time here is limited to a little over a week, I realize how true it is. And as my new direction in life is taking me out into the “real world,” a great big uncertainty is beginning to set in. But one thing I will remember is how good NCCU has been to
me. So let me start the laundry I’m sure some of you are glad to list. see me go. Saying good-bye would be Hey. No hard feelings — it’s incomplete all business. without thankLast but not ing the people least, DP. who got me to Thanks for seeThis great organization this point. ing something in known as the Campus To my parme and helping Echo has set a ents, thanks for me realize that I supporting and can do it. standard for all encouraging me You have truly to live up to. to be anything I been an inspiraaspired to be. tion to me. To Mrs. I am forever Nelson, whose office was more grateful for what you have taught like a second home. Club Nelson me. lives forever! Thank you for your talent and Ms. Forte, thanks for being a your spirit. mentor and a friend. To the entire Campus Echo To all my English and Mass staff, from B-more to Baton Communication instructors: Rouge, we have been through Thanks for challenging me and some crazy stuff. preparing me for the journey I would like to thank ALL of ahead. you for the laughs, the tears and To those in the Athletics the unforgettable memories. Department, especially Kyle Working with all of you has Serba, who were very cooperabeen one of the highlights of my tive with me and the Campus college experience and you have Echo staff, thank you. all touched me in a special way. I know your job isn’t easy and The late nights wouldn’t have I know I didn’t make it easier. been the same without any of
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you. Special thanks to Mike Dub for getting me on the right track. Carla for the laughs and words of encouragement (by the way, the photos are hot!). Joanna for the long talks and many outings (you can do whatever you set your HEART and mind to). Rony, you are a person I truly admire. Don’t change. You’re great just the way you are. Aaron, you are a photo genius and you will go far in life. Lovemore, I want to be as influential and talented as you when I grow up! To the future staffers, I challenge you to write the gutwrenching, eyebrow-raising articles that make people wake up and realize what is going on in the world. That’s what separates good journalists from great ones. This great organization known as the Campus Echo has set a standard for all to live up to. Carry on this great tradition and keep setting the standard. Until we meet again …
drawing by Rashaun Rucker
Question: Now that you are graduating, what would you like to say to NCCU? “No matter what happens someone somewhere is proud of you. Times get hard but the prize at the end is worth it. — Callieshia Williams
“The ride has been fun, but graduation couldn’t have come sooner!” – Joseph Header
“Thank you for all of your support. Continue to strive for excellence in all you do and always put God first. “ —Sharonda Arnold
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