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Whiz kids from Enloe High dominate Sceince Bowl

The charity Walk to Cure offered exercise and a blood pressure check – and raised $8,000

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Campus Echo English Club looks to 2003 BY SHANNON COLEMAN

Eagles beat FSU: Another squeaker SPORTS


Fifteen members of the English Club met Jan. 30 to plan for the new semester. “It excites me to see a good turnout, especially since many did not show last semester, said sophomore Sheena Johnson, the club’s president. “I am excited about working with such an enthusiastic group of people. A g r o u p that is willing to work in the community and on campus.” Johnson English Club said she President has big Sheena Johnson plans for the club, was happy with but mostthe first turnout. ly she says she wants to bring in new faces. Johnson said she wants the club to continue a program at C.C. Spaulding Elementary School called “Letters from the Heart,” a contest that gives students a chance to write about someone they admire. Students who write the



A study room is not really a study room these days at N.C. Central University. Because the university is short on housing, the study rooms in Eagleson and Baynes have been transformed into living spaces to handle an overflow of students, plus students displaced from renovations to Annie Day Shepard Dormitory. Eagleson and Baynes are freshman dorms for women. Most of Eagleson’s eight study rooms are housing three female students, as are most of Baynes’ eight study rooms. It’s a situation the students are not very happy with. "At first my mom didn't like the thought of me living in a study room, and even now she is not comfortable with the idea, she just accepts it," said Angie Biney, an NCCU freshman and Eagleson resident. Biney said one advantage of the situation is the large size of the rooms. "I just like it because it's roomy,” said Biney. But for others, the bigger

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Let’s play ‘Hardball’

Cable talk show, with guest John Edwards, comes to Central ECHO STAFF WRITER

Chis Matthews will bring a town hall edition of his show to NCCU.

MSNBC’s “Hardball” is on a college tour that has gone from places like Georgetown and Seton Hall, and tomorrow it will visit N.C. Central’s campus. The tour started Sept. 18 and is making its way fo a different campus each week. Each show has a special guest. The guest for the NCCU show is scheduled to be N.C. Sen. John Edwards, s Democratic presidential hope-

ful. “I believe I can be a champion for regular people,” Edwards has posted on his campaign Web site, “Hardball” host Chris Matthews ewas a speech writer for President Carter and a top aide to former House Speaker Tip O’Neill. Matthews has a no-nonsense style of interviewing, asking tough questions and getting right down to the point. Students, faculty and staff are

working ehard to prepare for the live telecast. Students have been selected from various departments around campus to sit on the panel. Students were also selected from the Honda All-Stars team, which is a national African American quiz bowl team. “We want to make sure students are aware of national and


To mark the 20th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, N.C. Central University’s chapter of the National Organization for Women held a forum to discuss abortion rights on Jan. 30 in the Alfonso Elder Student Union. Katrina Bass, freshman nursing major, organized the event.

Bass is the events chair of NCCU’s NOW chapter. According to Bass the 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling is under threat because the Supreme Court is likely to grow more conservative with future appointments by the Bush administration and a Republican dominated Congress. “This is a constitutional right we need to protect,” said

Laura Barwick, a member of N.C. State’s Wolfpack NOW, as well as NARAL Pro-Choice America. Davis has been involved in pro-choice activism since 1980. If Roe v. Wade is overturned, pro-choice supporters say it will hurt the young, poor, and single mothers of America. After some debate, NOW



decided to post the grisly image of a woman killed by an illegal abortion, on some of its flyers. One was posted around campus last week. Davis said the picture is a representation of the 7,000 to 10,000 women that die everyday during the illegal process. Davis makes no apology for

The old African proverb “It takes a village to raise a child” came to life Jan. 30 at N.C. Central University’s grand opening of Project Community Access to Resource Enterprises. “This is a day of celebration,” said Dr. Beverly Jones, Project C.A.R.E.’s principal investigator. The grand opening of Project C.A.R.E. was held at the John Avery Boys and Girls Club in Durham. “Project C.A.R.E is a project to bring the NCCU campus and the community together,” said Angelique Witherspoon, Project C.A.R.E Community Resource Center coordinator. “The program has in place tutoring from 3rd to 12th grade to help youth succeed in education,” said Witherspoon.

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NCCU senior point guard Michael Noel shot crucial free throws against Fayetteville State Tuesday night. The Eagles won the game 69-6 68.



Going into last night’s matchup with Fayetteville State, N.C. Central didn’t know they would have to play the Broncos without leading scorer and team captain Shawn Ray, who did not play due a stomach virus. They also didn’t know they would be in the same situation they were in last Saturday against Winston-Salem, when they were up by 28 in the second half, then ended up going into overtime at 84-84. But as deep with talent as the Eagles are, head coach Phil Spence said knew they could win. They did, in another nailbiter: The final score was 69-68. “I always tell the guys, we bend but never break,” Spence said. The Eagles didn’t break, but the Broncos bended them as far as they could. “With Shawn out, there was no ‘go-to’ player,’ said Spence. “There was a ‘go-to’ team.” Curtis Knight knew he had to step and lead the team. “That’s a role I look forward to,” he said. “Without your superstar player, somebody’s got to.” The first half was a rollercoaster, both teams exchanging baskets.


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Excessive heat blamed HOUSTON — Puzzle pieces being used to solve the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster have so far all pointed in one direction: left. This is the side of the shuttle where all serious abnormalities began in its ill-fated re-entry into the Earth's atmosphere, NASA officials said Sunday. Preliminary evidence has revealed abnormal temperature rises and the continual loss of measurements, all on the left side. The shuttle also began to readjust its course minutes before it broke apart, which could mean that the tiles protecting the craft from excessive heat were integral in the disaster, shuttle program manager Ron Dittemore said. “Does this mean something to us? We are not sure,” he said. “It could be indicative of a rough tile, it could be indicative of perhaps missing tile, we are not sure.” Anything at this point would be speculation, Dittemore added, but “we are gaining some confidence that this is a thermal problem, rather than a structural indicator.”


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Raleigh kids top 2003 N.C. Science Bowl held at NCCU The study rooms don’t have closets, so we improvise. We hang our clothes on the pipes coming out of the wall.”


For the second year in a row, Raleigh's Enloe High School took first place in the N.C. Regional Science Bowl competition held on the N.C. Central University campus on Feb.1. The competition, held in the Criminal Justice Building, brought in 10 North Carolina high schools. Chapel Hill High won second place and Burlington's Walter Williams High took third. Students answered questions in biology, physics, chemistry, earth science, math and astronomy. For example, they were asked to name the neurotransmitter which, when missing, leads to Parkinson's disease. They were asked to determine the rate at which sound travels through materials like steel, wood, water, and air. The U.S. Department of Energy provides funding for the Science Bowl. The N.C. Space Grant provided funding for lodging and student meals. "This is the ninth year that NCCU Department of Arts and Science has sponsored the N.C. Regional Science Bowl," said Shawn Sendlinger, an NCCU associate professor of chemistry and chair of the Science Bowl. "We are only one of 66 regions in the country that will have a high school representing their state in the national finals." Other high schools com-


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Science Bowl finalist team from Walter Williams High School in Burlington, N.C. during a prelimi nary round in the NCCU Criminal Justice Building Auditorium. Left to right: Megan Jordan, Aamir Abbas, Dale Meisenbach and Kunal Choksi. The team placed third in the Science Bowl. peting included Eastern Alamance, R.J. Reynolds, Raleigh Charter, East Chapel Hill, Myers Park, Richmond Senior, and Periquimans County. About 50 students participated in the Science Bowl, and everyone came ready to compete. Several students wore Tshirts with an image of the human brain and the words "The Brain Game." One coach sported a tie with a photo of Albert Einstein and the formula E=MC2. "This should be interesting," said one competitor, pointing out a Chapel Hill

High student wearing multicolored fluorescent glasses. "Oh yeah," replied the Chapel Hill High student. According to Meg Perry, a student from Raleigh Charter, the students practice during their lunch breaks and even against their teachers. The teachers she said, "creamed us." To get to the final round, the Enloe High and Chapel Hill High teams had to win six rounds in the competition. Each game had a fourpoint "toss up" and a 10-point "bonus" question. To answer a toss-up question, students had to buzz in

and answer within five seconds. If the student answered correctly, the team would collaborate on a bonus question for 15 seconds. Afterward, students had lunch in Pearson Cafeteria, which gave them an opportunity to experience life at an HBCU campus. NCCU faculty from the departments of biology, chemistry, geography, math and physics judged the event. Enloe High School students Eric Schwartz, Brent Dorr, Ed Su, Hartley Grimes and Alex Sheppard will compete in the national finals in Maryland March 1-5.

size does not compensate for living in a study room. “It doesn’t make any sense that we have to live in a room that is solely for studying,” said NCCU sophomore Bridgette Burks. “It is not meant for people to live there.” “We have a chalkboard in our room,” said junior Nichole Davis, a Baynes study room resident. “There are eight lights. And each one has four florescent bulbs. It’s way too bright. “And the study rooms don’t have closets, so we improvise. We hang our clothes on the pipes coming out of the wall.” Students complain that too few changes were made to the study rooms to convert them into dorm rooms. According to some students, the rooms have only been equipped with blinds and locks. Students also complain that access to the telephone is a problem when there are three students living in a

single room. Another issue: Cold air creeps through the window seals in Baynes. But according to one official at Residential Life, students are not generally unhappy with the situation. “There’s nothing wrong with study rooms,” said Deidra Nolan, assistant assignment coordinator for Residential Life. “In fact, students like them better than regular rooms.” But Burks raised a safety concern. “Our room doesn’t even have a smoke detector,” said Burks. “ I know that has to be against some type of law.” According to Phyllis Schumate, interim director of Residential Life: “The girls can leave the study rooms as soon as space becomes available.” Students living in study rooms receive no special treatment. They pay $1,294 per semester, the same amount as students who have ordinary rooms.

C.A.R.E. CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 The Grand Opening of Project C.A.R.E. had various speakers around the community, such as Jones, Witherspoon and Executive Director Floyd Laisure, among others. The opening also acknowledged partners with the program, such as Urban Ministries of Durham, NCCU Community Service, TopCat, and Center for Child and Family Health. Following the opening, the staff of John Avery Boys and Girls Club had a rib-

bon-cutting ceremony. Project C.A.R.E. takes in disadvantaged youth with a 1 or 2 score on the end-ofgrade test in North Carolina and works on improving their academic weaknesses. Project C.A.R.E also gives NCCU students a chance to fulfill their community service requirements and gain firsthand experience. “Project C.A.R.E. and NCCU are pulling together to help our youth,” said NCCU Community Service

director Rosa S. Anderson. “I enjoy the project and appreciate all the help Project C.A.R.E. has given,” said Sharon Thomason, mother of a Project C.A.R.E. child. Kids aren’t complaining either. “I like the program and NCCU girls because they are pretty and they motivate me,” said Lamar Smith, a third grader. The Project C.A.R.E program has four main stations: the John Avery Boys and Girls Club,

MacDougald Terrace Center, W.D. Hill Recreation Center, and the Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club. “It is great that Project C.A.R.E and the Boys and Girls Club have joined together,” said Laisure. “Project C.A.R.E is bringing NCCU and the community center community partners.” NCCU received a $2.25 million grant from W. K. Kellogg Foundation to operate Project C.A.R.E in those selected areas.

Abortion CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 posting the image. “America is too squeamish to face reality,” said Davis. The main argument for overturning Roe Vs. Wade is that human life begins at fertilization of the egg. Pro-life activists want

fetuses to have constitutional rights. African American women ages 18-24 are the primary users of abortion. Nitche Ward, a pro-choice activist was also a speaker at the forum.

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WASHINGTON — The Bush administration Monday unveiled a proposed $2.23-trillion federal budget for 2004 that would cut taxes anew, boost spending for the military and homeland security — and run the largest deficit in history. Administration officials blamed the projected $307 billion deficit for the fiscal year beginning Oct. 1 on a confluence of several factors beyond their control, especially the need to beef up spending on security in the wake of the Sept. 11 terror attacks. They said the deficit, while a record in absolute terms, was relatively small as a percentage of the total economy and would shrink over the following four years as economic growth strengthened. “The president has chosen as his top priority the safety of Americans,’’ said Mitch Daniels, the White House’s top budget official. “A balanced federal budget remains an important priority for this president. And the budget we present today, even with all the new initiatives, shows deficits bottoming in this year and moving back in the direction of balance.’’ But Daniels and other officials made no predictions of a return to fiscal surplus any time soon, as they had only a year ago. They also acknowledged that their proposal did not include any spending for a possible war in Iraq, which could further swell the deficit by tens of billions of dollars. Democrats immediately attacked the proposal as the product of “the most fiscally irresponsible administration in history,’’ as Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle, DS.D., put it. They complained that President Bush was asking for sacrifices from the middle class in the form of constrained spending on many domestic programs while showering new tax cuts on the wealthiest Americans. Other Democrats, such as Sen. Joseph Lieberman, D-Conn., argued that the budget still shortchanged homeland security despite a proposed 7.6 percent increase in that area, nearly double the overall spending hike Bush requested. “Better security won’t come from wishful thinking or tough talk,’’ said Lieberman, a 2004 presidential candidate. “It demands a genuine commitment from Washington to make our country safer.’’ These reactions all but guaranteed an intense budget battle in Congress, even though Bush’s Republican Party now controls both chambers. The struggle will be especially sharp in the Senate, where the GOP has a thin two-seat majority and several Republicans have already expressed doubts about an integral element of the Bush plan: $694 billion in new tax cuts, half of it from eliminating taxes on most corporate dividends. In the wake of the space shuttle catastrophe, controversy is also likely over funding for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Bush proposed an overall increase of $469 million — about 3.1 percent — and about $700 million, or 22 percent, for the space shuttle program by saving money in other areas. But those numbers, which administration officials said were set before the Columbia disaster, are certain to attract great scrutiny from lawmakers as they sift through complaints that budget constraints may have affected the safety of the space program. Asked about such criticisms, White House spokesman Ari Fleischer simultaneously noted that NASA’s budget had been either flat or declining in the past decade — before Bush took office — and said it was too early to say whether budget issues played any role in the Columbia disaster. Bush reserved the biggest spending increase for the Pentagon, which is still engaged in combat operations in Afghanistan and preparing for the possibility of a much larger conflict in Iraq. He proposed spending $380 billion on the military



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The space shuttle shattered above East Texas early Saturday morning, just 16 minutes before it was scheduled to greet expectant family and friends in Florida. The seven astronauts killed in the disaster had been on a science mission, conducting dozens of experiments on their 16day odyssey. Trouble came at 7:53 a.m., 23 minutes before landing, when temperature measurements in the left wheel well increased 25 to 30 degrees in just five minutes. Four temperature sensors located under the tiles also stopped working. A minute later, data reported an even higher heat rise in an area above the left wing. In just five minutes, the area rose 60 degrees while the right side showed only a nominal increase, Dittemore said. At 7:58 a.m., while the shuttle was making its way over New Mexico, it encountered an increase in drag on the left side, causing the automated flying system to start readjusting. A self-correction of the flight path is not unusual, Dittemore said, but the degree was “outside our family of experience,” he said. Flight control lost all contact and ability to track the shuttle at about 8 a.m. “We lost the data and that is when we clearly began to know that we had abad day,” Chief Flight Director Milt Heflin said Saturday. The shuttle, now traveling at 18 times the speed of sound approximately 200,000 feet in the sky, began to shatter to pieces. The continual question in the aftermath of this tragedy remains the amount of damage done by foam insulation that broke off at launch and hit the left wing. NASA officials had determined earlier in the mission that the damaged tiles posed no safety risk to the expedition. “We can’t discount that there might be a connection, but we have to caution you and ourselves that we can’t rush to judgment because there are a lot of things in this business that look like a smoking gun but


next year, an increase of $15 billion, or 4.2 percent, and projected even bigger jumps of $20 billion annually over the following four years. The president proposed spending a total of $41.3 billion on homeland security programs, more than half of it — $23.9 billion — to fund the new Homeland Security Department and the rest spread among 16 other federal agencies. New programs proposed in this area include $890 million to develop and produce new vaccines for smallpox, anthrax and botulinum toxin; $829 million for a new integrated terrorism threat analysis center and $500 million to assess the vulnerability to attack of facilities such as nuclear power stations, water plants and telecommunications networks. Asked about criticisms that this funding was insufficient, Daniels didn’t rule out future increases, but added a caveat: “There is not enough money in the galaxy to protect every square inch of America and every American against every conceivable threat that every hateful fanatic in the world might conjure up.’’ Education was another area that Bush tagged for a disproportionately large increase, although Democrats are still likely to argue that more is necessary to properly fund the ambitious changes embodied in last year’s overhaul of federal programs in this area. Bush proposed a 5.5 percent increase, including boosts for aid to lowincome schools, special education and reading and early learning programs. The budget also allocates $400 million over the next decade to overhaul Medicare and provide a new prescription drug benefit to the elderly. But the budget document still contained no details on the administration’s proposal in this area; reports that the drug benefit might be limited to those leaving Medicare’s traditional fee-for-service program and entering managed-care plans administered by private insurers have touched off strong opposition. To fund these priorities while still holding the overall increase in the budget to 4 percent, Bush proposed squeezing many other federal programs and agencies by limiting them to smaller increases — or in some cases none at all. These include the departments of Agriculture, Health and Human Services, Housing and Urban Development, and Transportation, and the Environmental Protection Agency.

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turn out not even to be crew operations, Bob close,” Dittemore said on Cabana said. Saturday. “It’s going to take Officials once again us some time to work reminded people not to through the evidence, the touch any remains that analysis and clearly under- they may come across even stand what the if they look harmless. cause was.” “What we fly in space is Teams investigating the operated in many cases last minutes of Columbia with toxic [propellants], might be helped by an and some of the debris may additional 32 seconds of be contaminated so we data that will be pulled need to be careful,” from the computers, Dittemore said. Dittemore said. The extra time was most likely Tiles protect shuttle from heat A layer of ceramic tiles protects the space omitted from visushuttle from the intense heat caused by air Potential friction as it enters the upper atmosphere. als because of the problem: Columbia's left compromised qualwing struck by debris during ity of the measureliftoff and site ments. NASA offiof first signs of trouble as cials have also shuttle broke apart taken a statement from a California man who witTile construction nessed debris Tiles are brittle, lightweight blocks of silica (same material as sand), falling from the alumina fiber and borosilicate glass. They conduct heat very slowly; side of tile against shuttle body remains orbiter. “We are cool as outside rises to about 2,000°F (1,100°C). Curved tiles are made to fit wing edges trying to correlate Made of ‘foam glass’ Material is a network of fine, pure silica what that observer 6 in. 1 in. (25 mm) cube of experienced and (15 cm) the material contains over a million fibers saw with the timethat have been bonded to each other 3.5 in. line,” Dittemore Nylon felt pad about (9 cm) 1/4 in. (6 mm) thick said. Rubber glue Cleanup and Shuttle’s aluminum skin recovery efforts 6 in. (15 cm) continue across Texas and The heat shield Top Bottom view view Tiles are constructed Louisiana, where differently according to the the remains from heat resistance required by different parts of the shuttle astronauts have been found and are Heat LowHighHighest temperature, temperature temperatureR resistance now in the process reusable surface tiles einforced of tiles surface tiles and composite carbon of being identified, compound insulation tiles director of flight USA

© 2003 KRT Source: NASA, University of Washington Office of Research Graphic: Mark Mattern

The space shuttles

Columbia was NASA’s first space shuttle; since its maiden flight in 1981, four more of the reusable spacecraft have been built.

COLUMBIA 1981-03

Destroyed during landing Feb. 1, 2003 Had high-tech new “glass cockpit”

Missions flown: 28


Exploded 72 seconds after launch on Jan. 28, 1986, killing crew of seven; a defective sealing ring caused the accident

Missions flown: 10

DISCOVERY 1984 Missions flown: 30

ATLANTIS 1985 Missions flown: 26

ENDEAVOUR 1992 Missions flown: 19

The other shuttles

Hubble telescope

Flew the most missions while other shuttles were being upgraded, repaired Made the first military shuttle flight, a 1985 satellite launch Carried Hubble space telescope into orbit in 1990; returned twice to repair it “Glass cockpit”

Shuttle with the most modern controls Lightest of three older shuttles, can carry heavy loads Has “glass cockpit” with color computer screens The newest shuttle Body construction more modern than other shuttles Built out of spare parts made in 1980s for repairing damaged shuttles


Test vehicle used for short flights; never flew in space

Note: Number of missions flown is as of Feb. 1, 2003 Source: NASA Graphic: Lee Hulteng



Shuttle with fuel tank and booster rockets



75-ton steel mock-up used to work out procedures for moving and handling the shuttle A Japanese businessman spent $1 million modifying it to look more like a shuttle and displayed it at a Tokyo exposition. Now on display at space museum in Huntsville, Ala.

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ack in 1999 a lyricist named Curtis Jackson, a.k.a. 50 Cent, released a single called “How To Rob.” You remember the guy who said, “I’ma get Kirk Franklin for robbin’ God’s people” right? Almost four years and many mix tapes later, 50 Cent returns with his highly anticipated “Get Rich or Die Tryin’.” Whether you love him or hate him, you will want to pay attention to what this unpredictable individual will say next. The album opens with

“What Up Gangsta?” an anthem for the Bloods and Crips in which 50 rolls over a sadistic bass line like a tank ready to destroy anything foolish enough to step in its path. Just when you thought the airwaves were safe, the “Shady” one, Eminem, shows up on “Patiently Waiting” to assist his fellow malevolent MC. It wouldn’t be a 50 album without another barrage on singer/writer/actor/rapper Ja Rule. One of the main disses comes in the form of “Back Down,” in which 50 raps the words: “Jay put you on/X made you hot/now you run around like you some big shot.” 50 seems to be his own biggest fan as he hints on “High All The Time”: “If David can go against Goliath wit’ a stone/I can go wit’ Nas and Jigga both for the throne.” “Get Rich or Die Tryin’” will not disappoint. If you value beats and lyrics you should pick this album up. — Freddie Cooper

Tupac viewed from new angle BY FREDDIE COOPER ECHO STAFF WRITER


n Jan. 28 N.C. Central University’s AudioNet presented “Tupac Vs.” to students in the New School of Education Building. “Tupac Vs.” is a documentary that focuses primarily on Tupac’s lyrics and influence rather than the mystery that surrounds his death. The documentary was filmed at the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, N.Y. It explores, among other things, Tupac’s impact on society, his relationship with his mother, Afeni, an activist who turned to drugs, and his early years with the Digital Underground. In the film Michael Eric Dyson, author of “Holler If You Hear Me: Searching for Tupac,” talks about his use of the term “Black Jesus” to describe Tupac.

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Dyson, a Baptist minister and DePaul University professor, said he dubbed Tupac a “Black Jesus” because of Tupac’s close ties to the streets. Dyson felt that Tupac earned the title because of the way he related to his audience. In Dyson’s eyes, Tupac was neither above nor below his fellow man. One viewer of the documentary, Leroy Webb, who attended the film with his two sons, said he learned a lot about the significance of Tupac to the younger generation. “This was my first opportunity to see anything on Tupac,” said Webb. “I’m from the older generation, and hip-hop is something that I have to deal with because I have sons and I deal with a lot of youth.” The documentary, he said “has given me more insight on what hip-hop is all about.”

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Briana Hunt, Derek Morrison, Brandon McEachern, Simone King-R Reese and Brandon Brown look on as Leland (played by McEachern) and Guy (played by Brown) get into an altercation. BY JERRICK VERNON ECHO STAFF WRITER


.C. Central University Theatre Department is preparing for their first production of the year: “Blues for an Alabama Sky” by Pearl Cleage. Cleage, 54, studied playwriting at Howard University and began her career in the 1980s with “Puppetplay.” She gained national attention in 1992 with the production of “Flyin’ West,” followed by “Blues for an Alabama Sky.” “Blues for an Alabama Sky” explores the life of five characters who pursue the promise of a new life in the big city. The rich drama deals with issues of politics, poverty and the racial climate and economic depression of New York in the 1930s. The setting is Harlem in a 125th Street apartment.

Angel’s boyfriend ends their relationship. The same day she gets a job. She is soon surprised by the new love in her life, Guy, an aspiring designer intent on designing costumes for a famous singer. Guy, a popular black homosexual costume designer at the Cotton Club, is played by sophomore Brandon Brown. “I have to think about how Guy would react in certain situations,[so] I put myself in his shoes,” said Brown. “This drama is a good way to educate young people about “The Great Depression” years in New York City,” said director, professor Linda Norflett at the first rehearsal. “Blues for an Alabama Sky” deals with issues of abortion and family planning, which make this production realistic,” Norflett said. To better understand what Harlem was like in

the 1930s the cast researched that time period. Simone King Reese plays Angel, a 34 year-old former back up singer at the Cotton Club. She said that she researched the1930s club scene in New York to be able to analyze the relationships of the characters. Learning such complex dialogue begins with character development. The personalities of many of the characters intertwine. It is the passionate dialogue between the characters that presents a challenge to the cast. All of Norflett’s classes begin with her students doing a “plan reading.” The cast reads together to better understand the story, theme and character to develop scenes. “We are putting together prompt books,” assistant stage manager, junior Tameka James said before

the rehearsal. The prompt books orchestrate the “light cue, stage direction and the whole play,” said Norflett. “My job is to help actors with motivation, to ensure they have what they need to perform, and to make sure everyone is on time,” said stage manager, sophomore Kermit Burns. “The cast is so small it seems like a family,” said Burns. “This is a first time experience for me,” actor, sophomore Derek Morrison said. Morrison makes his acting debut playing Sam, a hardworking doctor at a Harlem hospital who has dedicated his life to helping the poor. Morrison said he plans to become a professional actor. “Blues for an Alabama Sky” opens Feb. 14 in NCCU’s University Theater in the FarrisonNewton Communications Building.

Da Naughty Boyz give others a chance to shine BY SARIA M. CANADY ECHO STAFF WRITER


hey’ve dominated the stages of their hometown talent shows and parades. They’ve performed in several different cities. They’ve been welcomed at a number of universities. They’ve opened for numerous artists. They’ve even conquered the place where many stars get their start—”Showtime at the Apollo.” Now these seven young men have much bigger plans. They are Da Naughty Boyz. Hailing from Maxton, N.C. and Georgia, the members are Chris Murphy, Adonis Bridges, Keith Allbrooks, Hulan McIver, Marvin Bridges, Helton Henderson and Robert Bridges.

Da Naughty Boyz have been friends since grade school, with the exception of Helton Henderson who joined the group last year. Da Naughty Boyz said they have always loved the art of dance, but have never taken any form of professional dance lessons. “We have our own unique style of dance,” they said. Although dancing is what a Naughty Boyz show consists of, group members said, “we consider ourselves performers rather than dancers.” The two-time Apollo champions prove to be performers, as well as businessmen, as they take on their most recent endeavor. Da Naughty Boyz are currently working on a statewide talent show,

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which they say is something they have always wanted to do. “We want to help everyone else reach their goals on our experience,” said Murphy. “We know how hard it was for us. We were always like ‘let us in, let us in.’” The group also said that they wanted to give the state’s talented individuals a chance “North Carolina is not really big on talent other than music or singing, so we want to introduce something new,” Adonis Bridges said. Da Naughty Boyz used their own finances and the help of a few sponsors to get the talent show off the ground. The talent show will take place at 7 p.m. Feb. 21 at East Chapel Hill High School.


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t was brought to my attention that the Campus Echo doesn’t cover enough variety of sports around the university. I was told that there should be more coverage of sports like track and field, bowling and golf. More than one person has come to me and s t a t e d that it would be nice if the newspaper would talk about more than MIKE just footWILLIAMS ball and basketball. I gave those I talked to the same response, “We try to cover the most important events.” But what is important? To the bowling team, they are important because they won a couple of championships. The volleyball team feels they are important because they have won consistently over the last few years. The fact is, all of these sports are important and need to be covered. Unfortunately, there isn’t always enough room, space, and time to cover everything. We think every sport is significant to university and I wish there was a way for me to make it happen. It all comes down to a judgment call about what sports take seniority over others. Sometimes we make bad decisions about what goes on the page. We just want to give readers what they want to read about.






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Ray steals spotlight Ray gets 1,000 points vs JCSU, steers NCCU to overtime win against WSSU after they blow lead NCCU vs WSSU


NCCU vs JCSU The N.C. Central University Eagles enjoyed an 84-78 home victory over Johnson C. NCCU 84 S m i t h University Jan. 29 in JCSU 78 McLendon-McDougald Gymnasium. NCCU had four players score in double figures and overtook the Golden Bulls for first place in the CIAA Western division. The match-up also saw senior guard Shawn Ray surpass the 1,000 point mark for his career. The Eagles were led in scoring by senior guard Corey Tabron, who came off the bench and scored a season high 21 points on 6-of-11 shooting including 4-for-6 from 3-point range. Eagles head coach Phil Spence said the team showed a lot of savvy in hanging onto the victory. “I thought we played a consistent 40 minute game from start to finish,” he said. “When they made their runs, we were able to keep our poise.” NCCU was able to hold the Golden Bulls offense in check in the first five minutes of the contest by only allowing a pair of free throws in building a 13-4 lead. After a run by the Golden Bulls, the Eagles built their biggest lead of the half, 35-24 on a three-

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Shawn Ray drives down the lane for a lay-u up against Johnson C. Smith. Ray scored his 1,000nth point for his career in this game. pointer by junior guard James Tucker, with 3:40 remaining and led 41-32 at the break. In the second half, NCCU built a 48-34 lead that Curtis Knight erupted with a dunk with 15:00 remaining. But when Ray picked up his fourth foul midway through the second half, JCSU surged and cut the lead to five points. Then, NCCU quickly increased their lead to the

Eagle point guard Michael Noel shoots a lay-u up in NCCU's win against WSSU. Noel graduated from Reynolds High in Winston Salem.

biggest margin of the game, 68-53, on a Knight jumper with 6:32 remaining. The Golden Bulls made a late rally getting as close as three, at 81-78, after a dunk by Marco Spears with 27 seconds to go. But the Eagles would knock down key free throws to seal the game. Ray, who scored 14 points, said the win was a big confidence booster. “This was a huge victory for us,” he said.

“I thought we played consistent on both sides of the ball. We just need to continue to play like this.” As for the milestone, Ray said it’s a great feat, but the win is more important. “It’s a great thing for my career, but I was more concerned with getting us back on track,” he said. The win snapped a two game losing streak for the Eagles and improved their record to 10-9 overall and 53 in the CIAA.

N.C. Central University coach Phil Spence told the Durham Herald-Sun that the Eagles NCCU 94 must learn to play like WSSU 89 champions and not to give up. Last Saturday night against Winston-Salem State, the Rams were the ones who wouldn’t give up. Down 28 points with 18:03 left in the game, WSSU came alive. Ram coach Phillip Stitt said they were getting embarrassed and something had to be done. “There was no excuse for it,” he said. “But our guys came back, and that was all heart.” Stitt said the problem was that they went to overtime and were out of gas. The Rams stormed back in the second half to score the final 14 points of regulation to tie at 84-84. Eagles guard Shawn Ray did not let the game slip away. Although he only scored six of his 28 points in overtime, it was his verbal leadership that pushed the team. Senior point guard Michael Noel told the Herald-Sun that Ray exploded in the huddle and screamed at everybody. Ray’s eruption pushed them to victory, 94-89. Charles Nickens scored 16 points behind Ray’s 28 and Reynolds High School graduate Michael Noel amassed 13 points. The win moved NCCU to 11-9 overall, 6-3 in the CIAA and 5-1 in the Western Division.

SQUEAKER CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 Curtis Knight picked up the load for the Eagles, amassing 14 first half points including three three-point baskets. FSU had a three-point lead with under 10 seconds remaining until a Charles Nickens three-point buzzerbeater tied the game at 30 going into halftime. N.C. Central started to pull away mid-way through the second half as the bench players started to play well. James Tucker, Jermond Debro, and Nickens all came up with big plays down the stretch. Tucker and Nickens made several big threepoint baskets and Debro played well on the baseline, grabbing rebounds and getting several put-backs. But Fayetteville State would not go away. The play

of Bryan Chapman kept them in it. NCCU led 62-49 when Debro picked up his fourth foul with five minutes left in regulation. Then Darrelle Robinson hit a three-pointer for the Broncos to cut the lead to 62-52. After one free-throw by both teams, Spence called a timeout with the Eagles up ten with 3:57 left. FSU answered with a three by David Pierce to cut the lead to seven. The Eagles then turned the ball over on a shot clock violation. Turnovers killed the Eagles down the stretch when FSU applied a full court pressure defense that swarmed the Eagles. Spence said they were used to a press, but they just got rattled a little. “We have seen a press before,” he said. “But we were just


The Lady Eagles of N.C. Central University wanted to win last NCCU 56 night to give head FSU 77 coach Joli Robinson her 100th career win. It didn’t happen as Fayetteville State walloped the Lady Eagles 77-56 at McLendon-McDougald Gym. The Lady Broncos were just too everything: big, strong, and experienced. Robinson’s team was down 25 points at the half and had more turnovers (20) than points. Robinson said the press

hurt them, but didn’t kill their chances of winning the game. “Their press was tough, but we’ve faced a press before,” she said. “We just didn’t think and make smart decisions.” In the second stanza, the Lady Eagles tried to mount a somewhat insurmountable comeback behind junior guard Tiona Beatty, but FSU was just too much. The Lady Broncos’ aggressive style of play has given them the reputation of being a dirty team, but head coach EricTucker says they just play hard and want to win. “We are by no means a dirty team,” he said. “We are tough and play aggressive and the coaches need to grow up and deal with it.”

unfortunate to turn the ball over.” On their next possession after the shot clock violation, NCCU failed to get a shot off again, which led to a Chapman lay-up. The ten—point lead was cut in half, 63-58 with 2:07 left. NCCU turned the ball over again as point guard Michael Noel lost it at the top of the circle, which resulted in a jump ball that went to the Broncos. The Eagles were up four after an Alex Smith lay-up with 39 seconds left. The Broncos quickly responded with another Robinson three-pointer to make the lead 67-66. Then Noel turned the ball over again and Chapman scored to put FSU up 68-67, their first lead since the first half when NCCU took the lead on the

Nickens three before halftime. After the Chapman score, Noel went to the foul line to shoot the bonus and made both to put the Eagles up 69-68. The Broncos had a chance to win the game on the final play, but Pierce lost the ball and both teams fell on it. Jump ball was called and the possession arrow was to NCCU. Noel had a chance to ice the game wit 4 seconds left but missed both free throws. But Adrian Warren grabbed the rebound and threw it to Knight and the game was over. Knight led the Eagles with 19 points and Debro added 18 off the bench. N.C. Central moves to 12-9 overall and 6-3 in conference play.

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here are two factions. One faction aims to set themselves apart from the “status quo” by being as deviant as possible either in terms of clothing, language, behavior, etc. The other sets out to carve its own piece of the American dream by being compliant and blending into Christopher dominant Rhoads American culture. But does it matter if a black man graduated from a HBCU or from a predominately white institution? A letter from Keith Corbett was printed in the last issue of the Campus Echo. In the letter, Corbett protested the hiring of Roderick Broadway as Central’s new football coach. Corbett said it was another




case of HBCU graduates not prove to be a better team. being given the chance to direct because of it. operations significant to the Having had experience at a institution. black college doesn’t win games, After pointing out that effective coaching does. Broadway, like I wonder if other recent Corbett would hires, had been rather have forfired, Corbett mer Aggie, Bill notes that “a gradHayes, be hired. It’s the American uate of a HBCU Oh yeah, that dream to fail and with a similar would raise the be given another resume could not good ol’ Central make the first spirit ... of past opportunity to prove cut.” alumni. one’s worth. I don’t feel that This move by Corbett presents a Central doesn’t clear case. demonstrate that That’s mere specHBCU graduates ulation. are inferior. Don’t unfairly judge the new It only says that Central coach based on where he decided to invest in a coach who received his degree. just happened to graduate from Judgment should come after UNC. the 2003 football season. I feel as if Corbett has an In regards to his lack of hisissue with not only graduates torically black college experifrom predominately white instience, Rudy Abrams (who tutions, but more importantly coached at his alma mater, with blacks who have graduated Livingstone College) had that from there. experience, but Central didn’t Does Broadway lose his skin

Rich get richer

he Bush administration has proposed its 2004 budget. It’s perhaps the most important document that our government publishes each year. And it’s a big budget. If it gets passed as is, our government will spend $2.23 trillion. That’s $307 billion more than it takes in taxes. It’s an interesting turn of events. Republicans have long dogged Democrats for being fiscally irresponsible. You know, “those bleeding hearts are always handing out money to poor people.” This time around Democrats can do the dogging: Sen. Tom Dascle, Democratic minority leader, said the Bush administration was “the most fiscally irresponsible administration in history.” To get in a bind like this, a government can either fail to collect enough money or it can spend too much. Our Bush administration is doing both. But they’d have you believe that the source of the problem is terrorism and the money is needed for defense spending. Nuts to that. The budget proposes $426 billion in all for homeland

defense and the military. Seems like a lot, eh? But look at these numbers: the Bush administration proposes $1.5 trillion in tax cuts over the next 10 years. This is on top of the $1.35 trillion tax cut passed in 2001. We all know who got the bulk of the 2001 tax cut. The wealthiest of the wealthy. And who’s getting them this time around? The $670 billion economic growth plan proposes to cut dividend taxes — the payments you get from owning stock. Now if you — an average Joe — do happen to own stock, it’s probably in your retirement plan. And those dividends aren’t taxed anyway. But if you’re a big shot and you hold a lot of stock outside a retirement plan ... well, you get the idea. Meanwhile, the budget proposes an overall freeze on domestic spending: social programs like the environment, housing and urban development, health and human services. Get it? You throw the budget into fiscal crisis, then you argue there’s not enough money for the programs most folks need. One Republican long ago called this “the straight jacket.”


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color and allegiance to his race because he graduated from UNC? It’s easy and expected for a HBCU to hire a black graduate of an HBCU to coach the football team. Maybe that’s the real problem Corbett has with Central’s decision. The hiring of Broadway may not have met his traditional expectations. If NCCU follows tradition, the football team will never have a winning season. HBCU graduates should focus on obtaining head coaching positions in Division I schools. That is where the fame and recognition (and top dollars) are. Applaud Broadway. He was fired by UNC and has found refuge at NCCU. It’s the American dream to fail and be given another opportunity to prove one’s worth. Home is where the heart is. If he turns the team into a powerhouse, UNC will be dying to rehire him.

Letters Kudos to the Iota Chapter of Phi Beta Lambda January 28, 2003 To the Editor: On behalf of the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center’s Breast Program, I thank the members of the Iota Chapter of Phi Beta Lambda Incorporated and their advisor, Ms. Sonya Scott, for organizing another successful Walk for the Cure. Each year we depend on funds from this event to help our breast cancer patients. The Walk is exceptionally organized and is an inspirational event to all who take part. We greatly admire the many students and others who got up early on an extremely cold Saturday to participate in the Walk. The Julius L. Chambers Biomedical/Biotechnology Research Institute partnership grant with UNC Lineberger brings together the two universities to develop programs promoting collaborative research focused on

reducing the excessive minority cancer rates and deaths in North Carolina and increasing the number of minority scientists engaged in cancer research and other cancer-related activities. This Walk furthers our collaborations with North Carolina Central University in a wonderful way. UNC patients, nurses and doctors and all at the cancer center thank you for organizing such a successful fundraising event from which we and other health organizations benefit. We appreciate the time, energy and effort that went into the Walk. Sincerely, H. Shelton Earp, III, M.D. Director, UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center Dianne G. Shaw Director of Communications UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center

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Question: Do you think space exploration should be a priority for taxpayer dollars? “No. There are people in our country starving. Public schools need money as well. Teachers are underpaid.” —Jovon Berry

“No. Many people can barely make ends meet as it is. Colleges need money. We go to school on earth, not space.” —Andrea Boone

“No. We live here in the U.S. We don’t live on other planets. Space exploration doesn’t affect us.” —-E Estee Scott

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