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Campus Echo New coach, new hopes Roderick Broadway signs a 4year contract for a guaranteed $400K. BY TRISH HARDY ECHO STAFF WRITER
The University wasted no time in searching for a new head football coach after former coach Rudy Abrams resigned moments after the last game of the season. After two months of searching, Roderick C. Broadway was selected as head coach of the football program. “This is my dream job,” said Broadway. “There are a lot of jobs out there, but this is the job I wanted.” Broadway’s interest in N.C. C e n t r a l University did not just begin when the position for head football coach became vacant in November. “I[‘ve] had an interest in Central [for] a long time,” said Broadway. “When I was at Duke, I used to come to chicken day, when Larry Little was coach.” Chancellor James H. Ammons said during the press conference announcing Broadway as head coach that the slogan for the new season is “A New Coach + A New Attitude = Champions.” Broadway has signed a four-year contract with the University that guarantees him $100,000 a year. According to a Durham Herald-Sun article, his salary at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill was $114,125. Broadway said the $14,125 pay cut is not a problem.
Former UNC assistant football coach Roderick Broadway addresses the audience at a Jan. 8 press conference to announce that he will take the position of head coach for the NCCU Eagles. Broadway was fired from UNC in 2002.
Chidley residents fined $100 charged for damages BY MATTHEW JOHNSON ECHO STAFF WRITER
Residents of Chidley Hall didn’t get Christmas cards from Residential Life and Chancellor James H. Ammons this year. Instead, they got a letter dated Dec. 19, warning them that they may be facing a fine to cover destruction to the dorm that occurred during the power outage that began on Wednesday Dec. 11. The letter stated that: “23 newly-installed emergency lights were torn down, fire exits signs demolished, fire extinguishers discharged, and garbage cans spilled out in the floor. Also, someone set a trash can on fire which necessitated a call to the Durham Fire Department.” Additionally, the letter said that the university would need to spend an estimated $200,000 to get Chidley dorm ready for the spring semester. Then, when Chidley residents received their housing bills, they discovered that they were being fined $100
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Students at N.C. Central University kicked the week of January 12 off right to celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The entire week was filled with activities to cel-
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WASHINGTON — Wading into a racially charged issue that has polarized Americans for two generations, President Bush said Wednesday that he would challenge the use of racial preferences in admissions to public universities while pro- Bush wants the posing an Supreme Court alternative to rule against. way to guarU-M Mich. antee diversity in college classrooms. Bush’s challenge could prove to be a historic turning point in America’s efforts to overcome its legacy of racial discrimination.
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War talk gets louder BY THEODORE PEARSON ECHO STAFF WRITER
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Al Sharpton says he’ll run RASHAUN RUCKER/Echo Photo Editor
Tony Marcano and Monica Drake check students’ headlines in the Campus Echo office. Marcano and Drake helped conduct a New York Times workshop at NCCU. pants read some sample stories and composed headlines. The NY Times crew explained why some headlines were better than the others and gave NY Times coffee mugs
to those who wrote good ones. The Times employees took some
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MLK holiday celebration kicks off at Central BY COURTNEE RASCOE
BY STEVEN THOMMA AND DIEGO IBARGUEN
A U.S. invasion of Iraq seems more like a matter of “when” than “if ” lately. So how do some of N.C. Central University’s students feel about it? “You never know with Bush in office,” said Cedric Manns, a junior at NCCU and part-time retail salesman. “You don’t even know what to expect next,” said Brandon Leach,” a junior at NCCU. “One day they’re
BY LOVEMORE MASAKADZA The New York Times held a copyediting workshop at N.C. Central on Jan 16. Don Hecker, the New York Times’ training editor, conducted the fourhour workshop, which focused mainly on news editing and headline writing. Hecker was assisted by Tony Marcano, NY Times’ Metropolitan assistant editor, Monica Drake, a staff editor at the Times, and Benjamin Hamm, the managing editor of HeraldJournal of Spartanburg, SC which is part of the New York Times Newspaper Group. The workshop was open to students from all departments. In his opening remarks, Hecker emphasized the importance of copy editing in the journalism profession. He urged students to consider it as a career. He said that copy editors are the ones who work tirelessly to come up with appropriate headlines that capture the attention of the readers, and proofread stories checking the flow emphasizing their importance. As part of the workshop, partici-
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ebrate King’s birthday. The activities began on Sunday with a musical tribute in the School of Education at 5p.m. that evening. The program opened with the Negro National Anthem, “Lift Every Voice and Sing.”
Seven groups performed. Some were community choirs, while others were dance ensembles. Two of the performances were by groups of NCCU students. The Outreach Dance Duo from Campus Ministry and the Worship and Praise Inspirational
Choir represented the University in their tribute to King. There was a large crowd in attendance, including parents, surrounding church members, and stu-
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BY JOELENA WOODRUFF ECHO STAFF WRITER
The Rev. Al Sharpton is staking his claim for a place in the 2004 presidential e l e c t i o n s . Last Friday, Sharpton announced he will be f i l i n g p a p e r s with the Federal Election Commission on Jan. 21. He said he plans to form a presidential exploratory committee to aid him in his bid for the presidency.
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Campus Echo WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 22, 2003
Students react to Ill. death row reprieves Some say former governor Ryan acted appropriately, while others question decision’s fairness BY QUINTEN MILES ECHO STAFF WRITER
Students at N.C. Central University have mixed opinions regarding the recent decision of former Illinois governor George Ryan to spare all of the prisoners that were on the state’s death row. In his final act as governor on Jan. 11, Ryan commuted the sentences of 167 condemned inmates in the state’s prison system. Ryan’s last official day was on Jan. 13. “If the governor of Illinois felt that some of those convicted were innocent than so be it, but all of those he condemned were not innocent and he needs to take that in
consideration,” said Precious Monroe, a freshman political science major. “Considering the seriousness of the death penalty, one should be absolutely positive that the person is guilty by all means and accounts before sentencing him or her to death,” Monroe said. Almost all of the prisoners will continue to serve their sentences, which are now downgraded to life without parole. Monroe said she feels this shouldn’t be it for the former death row inmates. “I feel as though one should be rightly punished according the crime,” said
Considering the seriousness of the death penalty, one should be absolutely positive that the person is absolutely guilty by all means and accounts before sentenceing him or her to death.” — PRECIOUS MONROE NCCU FRESHMAN POLITICAL SCIENCE MAJOR
Monroe. On the other end of the spectrum, there are others who feel that Ryan was completely justified. Joshua Adams, a sophomore double major in criminal justice and psychology, said he thinks Ryan acted appropriately.
“I feel that he is entitled to his decision,” Adams said. According to Adams, the choice to condemn the inmates can’t really be considered right or wrong, because just three months prior to this action, it had proven that six people on death row were innocent.
“He might have thought that the rest of them were innocent,”, Adams said. Even though the sentences are commuted, there is still a possibility that several individual cases can be taken back to trial for a second hearing due to the attention that this decision has gotten. “Whoever the next governor is or even the victims’ families can go on to challenge the decision,” Adams said. While the six freed by Ryan were were proven innocent by DNA evidence, there is still a debate regarding the other inmates he commuted.
In one case, two men that were convicted of beating a man to death with a baseball bat are now having their lives spared. “That’s just the criminal justice system,” said Adams. There’s always a flaw. Of course I don’t think it was right that he let them all out, but everyone has a conscience.” This isn’t the first controversy surrounding Ryan. In the late 1990s and early 2000, Ryan’s office was investigated for trading drivers licenses in exchange for bribes while he was in charge of the drivers license bureau as secretary of state.He was never charged in the case.
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Henry “Mickey” Michaux speaks at a Jan. 13 assembly honoring Martin Luther King, Jr. at the McLendon-M McDougald Gymnasium
time to chronicle how they ended up working for the widely read newspaper, highlighting the importance of internships to journalism students. They said that newspapers editors usually hire people who have had internships. There is an opportunity for students to garner the much needed hands-on experience from May 18 to 31, when the New York Times, in conjunction with the Black College C o m m u n i c a t i o n Association, will offer an allexpense-paid journalism institute at Dillard University in New Orleans. Hecker urged students to apply for the program. “ You should apply for the program because a lot is going to be taught there, said Hecker. “New York Times reporters and editors are going to be there to tell you a lot about their professions. You will be able to get answers to most of your
dents. “I enjoyed this program,” said WPI choir member Marquita Hill, a sophomore elementary education major. “It was a great way to begin a celebration for King’s birthday, and I’m glad WPI could be a part of it.” Those who came to watch said they had a good time as well. “I came to hear our WPI choir and ended up receiving a lot more,” said sophomore criminal justice major, Arlicia Smallwood.
“It was good to see people of all races come together for this great celebration.” The Eagle Student Ambassadors and Baptist Student Union Members served as ushers for the program. The program ended with the entire audience joining hands and singing the closing song “We Shall Overcome.” On Monday at 7 p.m., a forum called “A Dream of Peace” was held, which elaborated on Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” Speech. A Tuesday morning candlelight vigil and march was held in memory of King. Later that day, at the McLendon-McDougald Gymnasium, A University
Assembly was held at 11 a.m. Vice Chancellor Roland Gaines was the master of ceremonies for the assembly. Miss NCCU Candice Jones also spoke from the podium. The University Choir performed three selections. The speaker was Henry “Mickey” Michaux, who knew Dr. King and complimented his “honorable character.” “The speakers were very interesting,” said sophomore, English major Jamia Green. “They presented a lot of information I didn’t know about Dr. King. They also stressed how important it is that we as black people ‘keep the dream
alive.’” The Rev. Michael Page, a coordinator for the events, said the theme for this year’s celebration is “Remembering the Past, Re-igniting the dream.” “The committee did an excellent job to create diverse programs for the week,” said Page. “Each day was filled with memorable moments to re-live Dr. King’s dream.” Page and his committee members scheduled a week full of activities for students to attend to remember the legacy of Dr. King. King was born on Jan15, 1929 in Atlanta. He was a strong-minded minister who had a dream of equal rights one day for all people.
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Senior English major and Echo staffer Dominic McCarthy practices writing headlines during the New York Times copy-e editing workshop in Room 335 of the Farrison-N Newton Building. questions.” In an interview with the Campus Echo after the workshop, Hecker said that The New York Times was trying to build a close relationship with Historically Black Universities, and that his team was touring many of the colleges holding similar workshops.
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“We are also trying to sell the copy editing profession to students,” said Hecker. “Many people do not know about the copy editing profession, and most of them just want to be reporters.” He said that they had come to NCCU because the Campus Echo is award-winning newspaper – it has won
many BCCA awards over the last few years. He also said that he is impressed by the quality of writing in the Echo. “There are good and bright students at this college,” said Hecker. “I saw some good headlines from them today. Bruce dePyssler, the adviser to the Campus Echo, said that the workshop was a great help to the students, as it introduced them to the field of copy editing. “The more time the students spend with professionals the better,” said dePyssler. “They are the people who are out there who can answer most of the questions they have about the profession.” “Michael Williams, editor of the Campus Echo, said that he had learned a lot in the workshop, and he felt that others did as well. “Don, Tony, Benjamin and Monica taught us a lot,” said Williams. “The workshop was very informative.”
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each to cover the damages. “Chidley Hall was at total chaos at the time of the power outage,” said Andre Gray, a business sophomore. “People were throwing trash bags out of the window with water, hitting people.” Still, some students question the fairness of fining all residents, even those who may not have been in the dorm during the melee. “It’s very unfair for the whole hall to be punished,” said Grey, who added that Chidley is “not exactly Tryon Palace,” the New Bern historical home of the first governor of North Carolina. History sophomore and Chidley resident Brandon Winford is also angry about the fines. “I think it is unfair,” said Winford. “A lot of the charges were useless. The building it self is not worth what they are charges us for.” Others complain that the money has not been put
to good use. “The fine was useless,” said business junior Terrance Franklin. “The money for the fine has not been used correctly. My hallway is still messed up, I would like to see a detailed list of the costs for repairs being made.” Still some students see the reasoning behind the fine. “I think they had to do the fine to prove a point about taking care of Chidley Hall,” said Chidley Hall resident Damarus Sanders, a business sophomore. One Chidley residential assistant who asked not to be named said the fine will get make residents more responsible for the upkeep of the dorm. “The fine will prevent further vandalism in Chidley Hall,” he said. “And so far it has. I do not see any more trash lying in the floor any more.”
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Campus Echo WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 22, 2003
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IN BRIEF NCCU scientist speeds up DNA mapping
.C. Central University research scientist Pradeep Chatterjee has developed a way to speed up the mapping of human genes. The method, which he calls Deletion Mapping Technology, makes it possible for scientists to divide long strands of DNA so that it is easier to analyze them. Chatterjee’s work has galvanized the scientific field by creating a technique that speeds up the process of analyzing DNA. “This means the university has become a contributor to research of the human genome,” said Dr. Kenneth Harewood, director of the Biomedical/Biotechnological Research Institute. “I can’t do things I don’t get excited about and I can work myself to death on things I am excited about,” said Chatterjee. “This is very thrilling.” Chatterjee earned his masters and doctorate degree in chemistry from Columbia University in New York.
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OLD HILLSIDE FADES INTO MEMORY AARON DAYE/ Echo Staff Photographer
The front of Hillside High School on the corner of Concord and Pekoe Streets, pictured above on Dec. 28, was merely a crumbled facade partially obscuring the bulldozed rubble behind it. The blank marquee, right, was also a poignant reminder of a beloved Durham i nsti tuti on. The school has been shuttered since 1995. Some local residents decried its destruction, calling instead for its preservation as a landmark. N.C. Central University, which bought the site in 1998, plans to distribute bricks from the building to alumni as keepsakes.
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Bush slipping For the first time since Sept. 11, 2001, public approval of President Bush has dropped below 60%.
Percent who approve of the way Bush is handling his job: 90 Sept. 11
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It is neither chemical nor biological. It is empty warheads — HOSSAM AMIN IRAQI SPOKESMAN,
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War talking about sending troops, the next day they find missiles.” Last week, Weapons inspectors found 11 empty warheads in Iraq. Although officials say that the missiles are not a “smoking gun,” they are in fact concerned that Iraq is hiding information. Hossam Amin, head of Iraq’s National Monitoring Directorate, dismissed any allegation that the find is significant, calling the material “forgotten.” “It is neither chemical nor biological,” Amin said. “It is empty warheads As Jan 27 approaches, the day United Nations Inspectors are to report their findings after the first 60 days, the public worries about what happens next. State Department spokesperson Richard A. Boucher has stated that although the 27th is “a very important date” it was “not the end of an inspection process.” President Bush’s position is that ”time running out for Saddam Hussein” to avoid an American-led attack. To do so, said Bush, Hussein must disarm voluntarily, and soon. The war talk comes at a time when economic worries already have U.S. residents feeling uneasy. Officials still say that it is impossible to know how much the second war with Iraq will cost although some think they have some idea. White House Office of Management and Budget Director Mitch Daniels told The New York Times in an interview published on last Tuesday that such a conflict could cost $50 billion to $60 billion dollars—the price tag of the 1991 Persian Gulf War. Congressional Democrats estimated the cost of a military attack against Iraq at
n Jan. 23, there will be a reading and book signing of Zelda Lockhart’s debut novel, “Fifth Born” at 7p.m.at Barnes and Noble in New Hope Commons. Lockhart’s book explores the journey of a child born into an abusive family, her journey through adolescence, and struggles to find the true meaning of family. Critics have described her novel is lyrically written, touching, and powerful in its exploration of hidden family secrets. Lockhart is a resident of Durham. She received her B.A. from Norfolk State University and her M.A. from Old Dominion University. Her poetry, essays, and fiction have appeared in various literature magazines such as Calyx, Sojourner, and WordWrights. Kirkus Reviews has described her writing as “impressively mature,” and her debut novel Fifth Born was chosen for the Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Program for 2002.
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McLean Dormitory has reopened after $3.4 million of renovation work. $350,000 of the funds came from a 2000 bond initiative. McLean now has a new slate roof, windows, exterior mason repairs and exterior wood finishing. Inside, there are electrical upgrades, a new fire alarm system, sprinkler system, and new telecommunications network. There is also a brand new elevator and a handicap access ramp. Residents now enjoy remodeled bathrooms, water fountains, and new lighting. “It used to look like a dungeon,” says Greg McDowell, a third floor residence adviser. “It just looked old.”
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The 65-yyear-o old McLean Dormitory has only had three renovations. Prior to 2002, the last work was done in 1976. The lobby features a new front desk with refinished furniture and a vending machine. There are two security doors on either side
of the lobby with ID card access. There is also a remodeled kitchen and laundry room located in the newly water-
E-shopping convenient, but avoid risks BY KIA WILLIAMS ECHO STAFF WRITER
around $93 billion last fall, but the figure did not include cost such as U.S. peacekeeping efforts, foreign assistance or loan forgiveness, or the economic impacts should an oil crisis ensue. According to an Associated Press Poll of 1,008 adults conducted in December found that 44 percent said that they were now more cautious about their spending habits, while half said that they had not changed. The poll also found that people are worried about the war with Iraq, but view Osama Bin Laden and his al Qaeda network as more threatening than Hussein.
proofed basement. The recreation room on the first floor has four Gateway computers and couches. “They’re just a little bit neater,” said graduate student Keno Hogan, “The rooms are about the same [size] and I like the lighting.” The rooms now look cleaner and are more cheerful with new windows and lighting. Each room is a double with new desks, dressers, and beds. There is a central heating and air conditioning system with individual on/off switches to help make all the residents comfortable. “It’s the nicest place I’ve ever lived in since I’ve been here,” said McDowell. In its 65-year existence, McLean has had one renovation done in 1951 and one in 1976. McLean's third set of renovations started in February 2002.
Internet shopping has been on a rise across the world. A number of consumers use the internet for research, news, communication, and now shopping. The boost in online sales throughout the country is a ray of hope for this year’s economy. ComScore Networks, which monitors online buying activity from 1.5 million internet users, announced in their most recent report that online sales for third quarter 2002 reached a record $17.9 billion, an increase of 35 percent for third quarter of 2001. When shopping on the Internet there are a few things that a consumer must know. First, shop with companies that are familiar to you. Also, know their security policy. Anyone can set up a shop online using any name. If you are unsure of a merchant, ask for a catalog or a brochure to get a better idea of their merchandise
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and services. Determine the companies refund and return policies before you place an order. These policies are normally posted on the company’s Web site. For security purposes look for a closed padlock sign at the bottom of your computer screen. It shows that the detail of your transaction is protected when being sent. While interviewing students on N.C. Central University’s campus about Internet shopping, several concerns
were raised. The safety of Internet shopping, its convenience, competitive prices, and privacy were among the top issues raised. “Sending and submitting a credit card number online is similar to sending an e-mail,” said NCCU business junior Darius Heard. “There is no guarantee who is seeing your private information.” Heard said he felt that Internet shopping was not safe, but it is convenient for consumers. Heard said he browses the Internet every once in a while to check for the latest styles and clothing prices, and noticed that the prices online are the same prices as in the stores. Megan Casey, a consumer science sophomore, also occasionally shops online. “In order for me to buy merchandise off the internet, it has to be something exclusive, things you will not normally see, for example belly rings for five dollars,” Casey said. “What you see on the internet may be totally different once you receive the merchandise.”
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Campus Echo WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 22, 2003
James H. Ammons celebrates his installation as N.C. Central University’s chancellor at a ceremony in McLendon-M McDougald Gymnasium. In this photo, Ammons shows his school spirit by making the traditional sign of the Eagle to the audience.
Damien Ruffin was elected SGA President after a controversial election. The 2002 elections were filled with alleged misconduct, such as harassing phone calls, booing by supporters of other candidates, and even aggressive efforts to cover other candidates flyers.
The new football season was ushered in with a cel ebration: Rudy Abrams was carried off the field after the team’s victory over N.C. A&T University in the 9th Annual Aggie-E Eagle Classic at Carter-F Finley Stadium. The Eagles won the game 33-3 30 in overtime. Though the season opened up with a bang, it ended with disappointment: After a 4-6 6 season, Abrams announced his retirement. Abrams had served as NCCU’s head coach for three years.
Greg Kelly looks over one of the few remaining books on the shelf at the NCCU bookstore. The store was put under new management after an audit discovered $77,967.43 in missing revenues.
This house at 405 Formosa Street is one of the 29 properties affected by the N.C. Central University’s expansion plans. The neighborhood, along with Old Hillside High School, has been cleared to make room for two new dormitories and a science complex.
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Ruffin and Williams: Part I for students and a lack of respect for administrators, staff and faculty. The students aren't the only ones with issues and concerns. Some university employees feel like they're overworked and underpaid and...
SGA President Damien Ruffin and Campus Echo Editor Mike Williams sat down to discuss campus and student government issues. This is part one of a two-part conversation in which the two talk about a variety of campus concerns.
Okay, but why treat students that way?
Students feel that this is what these university employees are here for: to assist them and help them get things done. It’s getting to the point where the administrators, staff and faculty are saying "forget it," and they don't want to deal with it.
Let's talk support. How is/has the support for SGA been up to this point as far as faculty and staff, alumni, and students?
DR: You can only get support to a certain extent. As SGA President I get a certain level of support. But I feel that level should be given to all students, not just me. I can send a member of my executive board to do something or get information and they might not be able to get the answers because they are not respected. But if I go do it ...
So does that justify the sometimes “I don’t care” attitude given to students by the university employees?
DR: all a
It can only be one or the other. What's the solution? What do the university employees need to understand in order to serve students better?
So if you go to a NCCU administrator, you can take care whatever the problem is. But if you send, let’s say Kian (Brown) or someone else, person might be getting a hard time.
So their job is made difficult because of the lack of respect they get from administrators, faculty and staff?
Yes. In a sense it’s the same lack of respect that most of the students feel they receive from these people. They feel as though we're not being treated as adults. But now, midway through the year I'm starting to understand why some of these things are happening.
That’s why students don’t get any respect?
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computers. We're getting new computers in the library on the third floor. In each dorm if you walk through the computer labs you'll see most of them have been updated. But now, there are A-drives missing out of these computers. So I'm fighting because we need these resources...
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dents aren't being responsible enough to make sure that people aren't tearing our stuff apart. We have to be held accountable for some of these things. And it is tough at times.
But wouldn't it help if the administrators, staff and faculty would lose the attitude and just do their job?
DR: No, the problem is the stu-
I think we all need to. I think there is a lack of respect
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DR: I think one thing they need to understand is that we really do appreciate them. They also need to understand that we are adults. Of course, there are some people who don't act like adults… MW:
But it's a college campus and there are some people who can’t be mature yet.
DR: But we must still be treated as adults. This discussion, which occurred on Wednesday, Jan. 8, was transcribed by Campus Echo production assistant Joelena Woodruff.
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Affirmative action brought me up to the level of my white counterparts, who benefited also from legacy points, provost discretion, donor history, going to schools that offered Advanced Placement classes.
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ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Marvin Krislov, the University of Michigan’s general counsel, was teaching his class on law and corporate governance Wednesday afternoon when his cell phone went off in mid-lecture. President Bush had just condemned the university’s affirmative action admissions policy on national television and said he was going to file briefs with the Supreme Court denouncing as unconstitutional the practice of giving consideration to race in order to compose a diverse student body. “I said, ‘I’m in the middle of class, can it wait?’” Krislov recalled. “They said ‘No, we need you right now to draft our response.’” So began a frenzied three days at the 31,000-student university campus, the nerve center of this treecloaked Midwestern city. Students on campus as well as talking heads on television proceeded to square off over the issue, which has broad implications for higher education across the country. On Friday about 300 students rallied in support of the university in front of the graduate library, shivering in the 6-degree Fahrenheit weather. A few anti-affirmative action protesters got into a shouting match with supporters of the policy. Karl Leggers, a sophomore, said the university’s ranks should be filled by merit and background, not by what he called racial quotas. “You’re for numbers yourself: GPA, test scores,’’ retorted freshman Lorena de Santiago. “Assigning points for race is simply racial profiling; it says you’re a minority, you’re favored for admission,’’ Leggers said after the rally. Leggers, who is white, is a political science sophomore from Redford Township, a western suburb of Detroit. He describes his family as lower middle class and dismisses the notion that increasing the number of minorities in the classroom enriches the learning experience. “I think that’s inherently racist because it assumes minority students can teach a Caucasian or another student something they don’t have,’’ Leggers said. Not so, says de Santiago, a pre-med student from Chicago whose parents came to the United States from Mexico. “To hear people of different cultures with different ideas, it’s always beneficial,’’ she said later. The University of Michigan’s undergraduate college uses a system that assigns up to 150 points to applicants based on factors such as grade point average and standardized test scores. It also awards 1 to 4 “legacy’’ points for parents or other relatives who have attended the university, 10 points for applicants coming from Michigan, 16 points for those coming from Michigan’s more remote Upper Peninsula, and 20 points for being a member of
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University student Maggie Smith takes notes and sketches a drawing of Luke Massie, an affirmative action supporter, as he speaks on the steps of the Michigan Union. an ethnic minority. On Thursday, the Bush administration filed two briefs with the Supreme Court harshly criticizing the university’s admissions process as a quota system that is unconstitutional. The court is expected to hear the cases by early April. In the university response that Krislov helped draft in less than four hours, UM President Mary Sue Coleman said, “It is unfortunate that the President misunderstands how our admissions process works at the University of Michigan. It is a complex process that takes many factors into account and considers the entire background of each student applicant, just as the President urged.’’ Agnes Aleobua, a black senior from Detroit, said she would not be here without affirmative action. “I know that I got into the University of Michigan because of policies that take into account that there were times when football coaches taught my math class, or that we didn’t have drinkable water, and there was a lack of textbooks,’’ said Aleobua, an education major who attended Cass Technical High School in Detroit’s notoriously decrepit school system. “I started my accounting and French classes without books,’’ she said. “My global issues class didn’t have a book, so we used a geography book. It just didn’t fit. ’’ The issue is being watched closely and has national implications. Michigan is considered a
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BUSH CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 If the Supreme Court follows his approach, efforts to achieve diversity in higher education — and by extension, in other institutions throughout society — could shift to standards based on merit tests or socioeconomic class rather than race. The president instructed administration lawyers to make the argument in a brief filed Thursday at the Supreme Court, in a case challenging the use of racial preferences in admissions at the University of Michigan. It is the first time the high court has considered a challenge to affirmative action in college admissions since 1978, and its ruling could affect all public colleges. The court will hear oral arguments in March. Bush’s move comes at a time when race, always a strong undercurrent in American politics, has reemerged as a dominant issue. His two-step approach Wednesday aimed to take back the initiative on racial politics by simultaneously appealing to two groups, conservatives who oppose racial preferences and moderates who want to see the government help minorities get a leg up. “I support diversity of all kinds, including racial diversity in higher education,” the president said in a brief, televised statement from the White House. “But the method used by the University of Michigan to achieve this important goal is fundamentally flawed. “At their core, the Michigan policies amount to a quota system that unfairly rewards or penalizes perspective students solely on their race.” Bush criticized the
Michigan system as fundamentally unfair and unconstitutional. He noted that the point system it uses to Senator John According to grade appliEdwards says President Bush c a n t s that the adminis the country a s s i g n s tration has failed needs to find a more points to show support new way to seek for being a for civil rights. diversity. r a c i a l minority than for getHe and his Republican ting a perfect score on the Party found themselves on SAT test. “The motivation for the defensive last month such an admissions policy when Republican Sen. may be very good, but its Trent Lott of Mississippi result is discrimination, appeared to endorse forSen. Strom and that discrimination is mer wrong,” the president said. Thurmond’s 1948 segregaHe said the country tionist presidential camshould look to a different paign. Bush condemned the way of assuring diversity remarks and helped engiin admissions. He pointed to systems in neer Lott’s ouster as California, Florida and Republican leader in the Texas that guarantee Senate. But later Bush opened a admissions for the top graduates of every high new round of criticism when he renominated school. Pickering of Those color-blind sys- Charles tems have maintained Mississippi for the federal diversity in the state col- bench, a man Democrats lege systems without overt- accuse of racial insensitivly using race as a criterion. ity. Democrats vowed to “In these states,” he said, “race-neutral poli- fight Bush, casting his cies have resulted in levels opposition to racial preferof minority attendance for ences as opposition to incoming students that are minorities. “President Bush had a close to, and in some cases slightly surpass, those chance to show he supportunder the old race-based ed civil rights and diversity, but he failed,” said Sen. approach.” Bush decided on a “nar- John Edwards, D-N.C., who rowly tailored” legal is running for president. “Once again today, the attack that addresses only the policies at the administration has said as University of Michigan, clearly by their action as without categorically argu- anyone can that they will ing that race never can be continue to side with those opposed to civil rights and a factor in admissions. The president weighed opposed to diversity in this in on affirmative action at country,” said Sen. Tom D-S.D., the a time when race has Daschle, surged back to the fore- Democrats’ leader in the Senate. front of American politics.
SHARPTON CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 “I’m very serious about this, “Sharpton told The New York Times. “I’m not just talking about Sharpton getting a position in the White House. I’m fighting for the soul of the Dem-ocratic Party.” Sharpton joins North Carolina Sen. John Edwards, Gov. Howard Dean of Vermont, Missouri Rep. Dick Gephardt and Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry in what is a crowded and spirited Democratic race. “I’m qualified,” he said. “Probably more qualified than any other person who is expected to be on the Democratic ticket for 2004. I actually have a following and I speak for the people.” Sharpton says that presidential elections have become a perpetual assembly of wealthy, white men and that his presence at the 2004 elections is needed. “Without me in the race, it will be part of the exclusive club picture again,” he said. “They studied welfare, I grew up on welfare.” But here at N.C. Central University, many students believe that the civil rights leader has virtually no chance at a Democratic tri-
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American. “Somebody has to stand up for the real Americans and they’re not just black or Latino or white,” he said. But accounting junior Tamara Warren believes that Sharpton is running for the presidency in order to gain publicity and nothing more. “I think he’s running just to say he ran. To say he went through the process,” she said. “He says he’s for the people but his actions say otherwise.” Criticism like this doesn’t seem to bother S h a r p t o n . “Politics is about serving the interests of people and moving toward progress,” he said, speaking to The Associated Press. “It’s not about betting on winners, it’s about moving society, and that’s why I’m prepared to make this race. The question is not: If I run, can I win? ... If I run, then we can’t lose.” But NCCU students like Tamara Warren remain cynical. “He might successfully run, but he’ll successfully lose!” said Warren.
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First time up at bat: Big Pooh, 9th Wonder and Phonte Coleman, known as Little Brother, drop a solid debut album.
had the opportunity to follow the group Little Brother from day one. I’ve known DJ/ Producer 9th Wonder, and Emcees Phonte Coleman and Pooh Jones since before they got a record deal. The former NCCU students’ first album was locally released this week. This group can be called “hiphop conservationist.” They make a concise effort like groups Gangstarr, and the now-separated Tribe Called Quest to serve roots hip hop straight— no chaser and bling-free. This album comes a bit abstract, full of fun and definitely soulfully pure. It will take more than one listen to appreciate this album, simply because it is presented so rooted in hip-hop’s tradition. Producer 9th Wonder has an uncanny ability to mix old school hip hop, soul and, dare I say, neo-soul. The mix makes for an unpredictable and distinct favoring that hits more than misses on this album. I’m not one for skits all through an album but the skits were some of the most creative parts of the album. I laugh hard at many of the skits, because I know the inspiration for a few of them. The tracks “Away from
This album comes a bit abstract, full of fun and definitely soulfully pure.
Me” and “Nobody but You”were brave additions to the album. The songs portray problems and situations some fronting hip-hoppers may consider “soft.” Coleman rhymes about missing his child and, and he and Pooh both take verses on a song that not only talks about loving, but also appreciating their women. Coleman and Jones rhyme their verses fearlessly. They decided not to be rap stars and be men instead. If Fabulous, Nore, The Clipse, and Jigga stay in heavy rotation in your CD player this album might not be for you. The album promotes love, and talks about subjects other than gangster sensationalism. This album is a mellow mix of positive “soul hop” and for that reason, may not reach ears that deeply need it. — Gerard L. Farrow
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very Thursday around 1 a.m. the DJ collective that call themselves T-N-T Sounds takeover the airwaves of college station WXDU. Their mission from 12–3 a.m. is to expose the Triangle to reggae music. The three hours these DJs dedicate to the show is a labor of love. T-N-T Sounds recently decided to take its efforts a step further as it introduces another 100 percent authentic reggae event to the Triangle called “Caribbean City”. T-N-T’s first event will be at the Blue Nile restaurant this Friday, and will feature T-N-T alongside popular Triangle reggae DJ Cayenne Pepper, host and DJ of WNCU’s Black Lion Sound. Why would T-N-T Sounds decide to drop a hat into a market already flooded with party promoters and event coordinators after the dollars of college students and young professionals alike? The Triangle has eight universities. It’s well known by promoters that where there are colleges, there’s diversity and much money to be made. Most promoters in this area have relied heavily on niche marketing, promoting events directly toward a specific group or cultural interest. “Caribbean City” follows that trend. T-N-T describes its events as being for mature party-goers 21 and up.
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DJs Chela 1 and T “The General” of T-N N-T T Sounds are regulars on WXDU’s late-n night reggae mix show. T-N N-T T Sounds hopes that “Caribbean City” will be a big hit with reggae fans. DJ T, better known as “The General” is the chief organizer of the “Caribbean City.” He said that, givenT-N-T’s connections with reggae labels, “Caribbean City” should easily set itself apart from other events. “This event is about reggae DJs trying to bring reggae music to a head,” said T. “We want to bring reggae up to
the forefront instead of letting it play the background. “Caribbean City” is about bringing more artists down, and having more interactive events with corporate sponsors,” said T. “Caribbean City” happens this Friday at the Blue Nile restaurant at Durham’s Shoppes at Lakewood, 2000 Chapel Hill Road.
Directors document justice in Jasper BY TAMARA HARBISON ECHO STAFF WRITER
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Directors Marco Williams and Whitney Dow decided to make a documentary about the savage lynching of James Byrd in Jasper, Texas. The pair had to go undercover in Jasper to get the perspectives of both the white and black community.
here wasn’t a dry eye in the New School of Education Auditorium as the closing credits of “Two Towns of Jasper” rolled. The film was shown Jan.16 at 7 p.m., marking the end of N.C. Central University’s week of “Remembering the Past, Reigniting the Dream.” The film was based on the lynching death of James Byrd Jr. in Jasper, Texas and followed the trials of the three white supremacist accused. Marco Williams and Whitney Dow directed the film and attended the screening. According to Dow, it wasn’t the crime that caused him to call his childhood friend Williams in 1998, but the nature of the crime. “I couldn’t believe that type of racism was still
alive,” said Dow. The directors teamed up to interview the citizens of Jasper during the trials of the three white suspects in which race was the dividing factor. Dow 40, who is white, interviewed the white citizens and Williams 45, who is black, interviewed the black citizens. “I remember having to pass Marco around town and act as if I didn’t know him during the whole process,” said Dow. “The only time we exchanged words was to maybe make a suggestion for subjects to interview that might be helpful for the other filmings.” According to both directors, at times they can remember racial tension occurring in their relationship. Dow recalls every single editorial decision coming down to race between them at one point. “It was at that point that
I realized that we are individually responsible when it comes to the problems of racism and in order to solve this problem we have to first look at ourselves,” said Dow. The film elicited emotional reactions from the NCCU audience. “I think the actual thought of imaging 76 mangled body parts of James Byrd Jr. being scattered on a three-mile stretch and actually being dragged for that long is the part that jerked at my heart the most,” said Derek Scarborough, a senior political science major. “It really shed light on how much hate different races harbor in their hearts for one another.” Although there was applause and sighs of relief from the audience when the jury found all three men guilty and issued two death penalties and one life sentence, justice just wasn’t sweet enough for some viewers.
The question-and-answer period with the director was intense with members of both races commenting on the films good and disturbing points. “I feel like there were some gaps in the film that could have perhaps been bridged,” said Williams. Both directors were pleased with the audience’s response to the film and hope it continues to strike feeling for all communities to join together and come to a solution for race relations. “I know through directing this film and looking closely at the race division, has changed my views on race relations,” said Dow. Williams’ only wish is that everyone gets fed up with racism on the national level. “Only then will the problems of racism be completely resolved, I think it will defiantly take the commitment of the national media,” said Williams.
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Charmed wonderland Now in its 30th year at the NCCU Art Museum, “Durham’s Finest” has become a must-see cultural event.
Collage by Yakeeyah Decker, a 5th grader from Y.E. Smith Elementary School.
Story by Stacey Hardin About 300 people attended the Jan. 12 opening night of “Durham’s Finest” in the N.C. Central University Art Museum. The art exhibit, which features the work of Durham county public school students, is now in its 30th year. “Durham’s Finest” assembles the best art from elementary, middle and high school students. The students’ art was judged by NCCU faculty and staff. In all, 165 student art works are on display through Jan. 24. According to Loren Pease, an art instructor from Northern High School, the students’ art was so good that it was difficult to narrow down the selections. Yolanda Tran, one of Pease’s students and a contest winner, was afraid that her work was not very good. “I didn’t think it was that great. When I got to the show and they told me I won, I was shocked. There were so many amazing things in there, “ said Tran. Winners of the art show were awarded $50 and their work will be displayed in various locations on NCCU’s campus. “This is clearly our best attended show,” said NCCU Art Museum Director Kenneth Rogers. “The students are just overwhelmed when they see their pictures here.” According to Rogers, students get excited about this art exhibit because it’s a show that they can participate in and express themselves through art. The elementary school winner was Tamar Ibrahiym, a 4th grader from Holt Elementary School; the middle school winner was Shannon Farrish, an 8th grader from Carrington Middle School; and the high school winner was Yolanda Tran, a 10th grader from Northern High School. According to Rogers, Ibrahiym’s abstract chalk drawing, “Tamar’s Picture,” stood out. “Abstract is difficult,” said Rogers, who was impressed by the way Ibrahiym controlled and brought together the elements of the picture. “It is absolutely extraordinary,” added Rogers.
Unnamed painting by Lucerno Diaz, Lakewood Elementary 3rd grader.
Elementary school winner, “Tamar’s Picture,” by Holt Elementary 4th grader Tamar Ibrahiym.
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Unnamed painting by Corinne Haywood, Morehead Montessori School.
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Campus Echo WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 22, 2003
Ammons changes tradition
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Ray soars, Eagles win classics STAFF REPORTS
NCCU vs. NC A&T Shawn Ray has been an unstoppable force for the N.C. Central men’s basketball team the past three games. He has averaged 24 points and seven rebounds and led the Eagles to victory in all three games.
ow that there is a new football coach at N. C. Central, there is some sense of relief for the time being — that is until September when the first game is played. All eyes are on Rod Broadway. And he must rise to the challenge. Chancellor Ammons made a decision that many older alumni felt was a wrong one: to hire a coach that has not had any prior experience with a Historically Black College. Broadway attended UNCChapel Hill as a studentathlete and then became an assistant coach. Prior to MIKE that job, WILLIAMS he served as an assistant coach at Duke and the University of Florida. His shortest stint was at his alma mater, where he was fired by UNC Coach John Bunting last December. Broadway has 24 years of experience but none with a black university. This was a bold move by Ammons because now our two major sports — football and basketball — are coached by men who haven’t come from black schools. Nor is the current athletic director from one either. The day Broadway was hired, an alumnus called the Campus Echo office outraged because he felt that the university is rejecting coaches from black schools. My response was that Ammons is doing what he thinks will help the program. You must do what has to be done to win, and that’s what Ammons is doing. Hiring Broadway is the first step toward that goal, a goal that will reportedly cost the school $400,000 over the next four years. In order for Ammons to turn the entire athletic program around, he must make the necessary changes. The vacant football position was the first change. The next step is to replace Athletic Director Lin Dawson with someone who isn’t afraid of making changes to better the program. We need someone who will not hold back, someone who has been around a program with money, someone who knows how to get money. The perfect person would be a white female from a thriving Division I program who could come here and make it happen. It seems crazy, but once you think about it, it’s not so far-fetched. It would be controversial and the community would get rattled by the move. The media would be all over it, and it would bring attention to NCCU. Also, the UNC System would not allow her to fail at her job. Molly Broad, the president of the UNC System would not let her embarrass herself, so she would be able to get the support she needed. This is not to say that a black man/woman couldn’t do the job. DeLores S. Todd, assistant commissioner in Student Welfare for the ACC, would be a great fit at NCCU. She has the knowledge and experience to get things done. Based on Ammons’ resolve to have a winning program, he just might be the person to make a bold move like that.
DENITA SMITH/Echo Staff Photographer
Senior Shawn Ray scores on a dunk in the Eagles home win against Livingstone College Jan. 15.
Last Sunday they played N.C. A&T in the annual Legacy Classic at the Charlotte NCCU 74 Coliseum and Ray netted 26 points and left with the NC A&T 72 games MVP honor. NCCU won the game 74-72 after being up by 17 points at one point in the game. Led by guard Tyrone Green, A&T went on a 20-8 run with ten minutes remaining in the game gave the Aggies their first lead since the beginning of the matchup, 70-69. With 1:58 left in the game, Ray scored and was fouled.
The Eagles could smell their first victory against A&T since 1999. After the free-throw, NCCU was up 72-70. N.C. A&T quickly answered on a bucket by Steven Koger to tie at 72. N.C. Central had 17 seconds to score and point guard Michael Noel drove down the lane and dished to forward Anthony Moore for the game’s winning score. While Ray led the Eagles in scoring, Green led the Aggies with a game-high 29 points including seven three pointers.
NCCU vs. Livingstone The N.C. Central University Eagles won their fourth straight home game on NCCU 73 Jan. 15 against Livingstone College 73-64 at LC 64 M c L e n d o n McDougald Gym. Senior guard Shawn Ray had a double double: 23 points, 10 rebounds, to lift the Eagles past the Blue Bears.
The Eagles led by as many as 13 points but LC managed to cut the lead to three points with just over seven minutes remaining. Then NCCU scored eight unanswered points and ran away with the victory. Ray led the NCCU attack but Corey Tabron added 11 points and freshman Charles Nickens chipped in 10 points.
NCCU vs. Saint Aug. The N.C. Central University Eagles won the Carolina Freedom Classic held at the RBC Center in Raleigh, N.C. on Jan.11 against Saint Augustine’s College, 91-68. E a g l e NCCU 91 guard Curtis Knight led the attack for NCCU SAC 68 with 25 points and 11 rebounds. Shawn Ray added 20 points and six rebounds. The next game for N.C. Central (9-7) is tonight against Virginia Union in Richmond.
Tyros aid Eagles New men’s basketball players hope to give NCCU the needed potency to dominate the division and win the CIAA Tournament BY COREY DAVIS ECHO STAFF WRITER
The N.C. Central University men’s basketball team is having a season filled with peaks and valleys as they hover around .500. For the Eagles, success depends on how the new players will come together with the guys that have been on the team. Players such as red-shirt freshman guard Charles Nickens, junior forward Anthony Moore and junior guard James Tucker know that teamwork is a major part of the winning process. Moore said he saw the team starting to gel as a unit during an impressive performance against Saint Augustine’s College. “I thought that game showed what our full potential can be if we play at that level,” he said. “If we can continue to push the ball offensively and improve defensively, I like our chances of being a good team.” Nickens, who has been a major contributor this season, has twice been named CIAA Rookie of the Week and said the team is playing average but must step up if the team wants to become better. “Right now we are just playing .500 ball, but to become a team that is going to be dangerous in the conference we must pick up our game,” he said. “We need to bring a high level of intensity and fire in practice and take that into the game.” Evidence of an inconsistent basketball team is the difference in playing at home and on the road. NCCU, who enjoys a winning record at home, have struggled on the road. Tucker said the burden falls on each individual player to pick up their game when they go into hos-
From left: Anthony Moore, James Tucker, and Charles Nickens are the new faces of the N.C. Central men’s basketball team. Nickens was named CIAA Rookie of the Week, Moore is third on the team in points, and Tucker is third on the team in assists. tile territory. He said the problem is guys lacking energy. “I can’t pinpoint why we have a hard time staying focused on the road, but it seems we sometimes do not play as hard as we can,” he said. “We cannot become a solid team if we don’t start reeling off some road victories.” An aspect that the players believe has been a success is the chemistry on offense. Even though the team leans on
the performance of star senior guard Shawn Ray, Nickens said the offense is designed for everyone to get touches. “Our offensive philosophy gives everyone the green light to shoot,” Nickens said. He added that the coaching staff puts players in position to score. Moore agrees with Nickens about the teams’ offensive scheme because it builds unity and collaboration. “When guys know they will be
involved and get touches, they understand their roles,” he said. For the team to continue to use this offensive philosophy as an advantage, Tucker said concentrating on the little things will go a long way. “Whenever we step on the court, everyone must be focused and on the same page,” Tucker said. “We have to do things such as rebounding, playing defensive and getting loose balls.”
BROADWAY CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 “The opportunity is more important than the money,” said Broadway. “If it were a problem, I wouldn’t be here.” Broadway’s 24 years of coaching experience is a plus according to sophomore quarterback Sean Williams and junior kicker Jamal Molden. “He can definitely turn the program around because he has been on winning teams before,” said Williams. Broadway is the former assistant of UNC, University of Florida, and Duke University. “He brings some dynamics that are rare,” said Lin Dawson,
NCCU athletic director. During his 24-year tenure as an assistant coach, only three players did not receive their undergraduate degrees. This is beneficial to the program because NCCU has had a history of ineligible players. “To play football here you must go to class,” said Broadway. “The number one thing is to get an education.” Broadway comes to NCCU after one season at UNC where he coached defense. Under Broadway, the Tar Heels ranked last in the Atlantic Coast Conference in most defensive categories.
Although the Tar Heels’ season was bleak, it did not dissuade the search committee from selecting Broadway. “We had an outstanding pool of qualified candidates,” said Rosalind Fuse-Hall, executive assistant to the chancellor who served as chair of the search committee. “I believe Roderick Broadway is a stellar choice for NCCU.” Broadway was chosen out of approximately 59 candidates, one being former N.C. A&T State University’s football coach, Bill Hayes. The committee also looked at Florida A&M offensive coordinator Jimmy
Joe. Unlike former head coach Rudy Abrams, Broadway doesn’t have a Historically Black College background. This fact doesn’t stop Lin Dawson from being confident that he will still perform well. “My background is not from an HBCU either,” said Dawson. “ You don’t have to have an effective HBCU background to be effective at an HBCU.” “I’ve been black all of my life,” said Broadway. “I’ve been exposed to this atmosphere, so I’m not
coming in blind.” A native of Oakboro, N.C, he graduated from West Stanly High school. His football career began when he was recruited to play football at UNC where he earned a bachelor’s degree in 1977 in recreation administration. Broadway is married to Dianne Bynum and they have a 17-year-old son, Kenneth, a football and basketball player at East Chapel Hill High. “Hopefully, the fans will see a football team playing with passion, playing fast, and motivated,” said Broadway. “I want to be wide open.”
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Campus Echo WEDNESDAY, JANAUARY 22, 2003
Less money, jobs - why war? W
ell, we are back for round two of the school year. Doesn’t it feel good to be back on the sloping hills of NCCU’s campus? I resisted the temptation to write about such mundane things as the bookstore’s lack of preparation for the MARISSA semester. Even the WILLIAMS ‘accidental’ misallocation of funds could not reel me in. There are problems facing us much larger than the hiccups in our campus’ bureaucracy. Our nation is on the brink of a war with Iraq. Here are some facts. Our illustrious and sophisticated president has claimed that he is fed up with the lies and deception of Saddam Hussein. With his declaration of war
on terrorism, came the accusadespite pleas by United Nation tion that Iraq was housing inspectors that more time is weapons of mass destruction. needed to assess the situation. This was deemed unacceptBut Bush continues, despite able. the fact that many ally nations As a result, are wavering. U.S, troops are I guess it’s an being sent by the attempt to boldly thousands to Iraq rise from under It’s like the ghost of to fight a war the rubble of teragainst terrorism. rorism, but the elections past. Only Or is it against situation is being this time Bush and nuclear very sadly misthe Republicans are weapons? handled. Or is it simply What seems skipping the trip against Saddam saddest is the to Florida. Hussein? apathy of the Who knows? American public. This is where Is the nation it gets hazy. Osama Bin Laden, staying abreast of the situation, the terrorist who instigated this so that they can voice their dischain of events, is still on the approval when necessary? loose. Its like the ghost of elections Somewhere between Osama past. Only this time Bush and hiding in caves and Bush fightthe Republicans are skipping ing for the reputation of his the trip to Florida. nation, Saddam Hussein Questionable actions are became his prime target being undertaken right under (despite the real and verified our noses and we only seem to be sitting back and taking it. nuclear developments in North Are we prepared to be pupKorea). President Bush continues full pets and allow leaders to pull our strings? speed ahead on his war mission
The media has continued its sensationalized reporting of the potential war. In this age of freedom of speech it only makes sense to talk about everything — including, of course, an abridged version of the nations military strategies. Such a pity that it seems the wrong audience is taking heed of the information. Once again, is it the American public that is keeping abreast of events or is it those with alternative agendas? And, while were asking questions, how do our leaders justify going to war while our economy is yet to recover from Sept. 11? Unemployment is rampant. The stock exchange is jumping like a school child skipping rope. Yet, the administration has spent millions in military expenses. If we are not careful, our biggest enemy in this war will be ourselves. Stay informed and let your voice be heard. This is still a democracy.
’m writing this letter in protest of the recent hiring of the new football coach. Have you noticed the trend? Athletic director: N.C. State, basketball coach: N.C. State, and now football coach: UNC — All large white college rejects with no experience running a major program such as NCCU. They have no allegiance to our institutions, no pride and certainly do not understand our culture. The students (and their parents) and alumni of NCCU, as well as the entire HBCU community should be outraged. The message is clear: If you graduate from an HBCU then you are inferior even in your own community. You are not even good enough to be hired by your own. One of the members of the search committee said to me that we couldn’t find qualified HBCU graduates. What does that sound like? We just can’t find qualified
Blacks. I’m reminded of a comment made by a principal of a local elementary school when asked why there were no Black teachers in her school . “We can’t find any good Black teachers,” she said. My reply was that you can find plenty of white ones. Let’s look at the difference in our mentality and the mentality of others. With all the great basketball and football players (several of whom happen to be black) that graduate from UNC, when it came down to their most recent hires, whom did they choose? Graduates of UNC and people who do not reflect the color of the majority of their players. In fact, I don’t even think a Black person made honorable mention. I’m not mad at them because they are continuing a tradition of hiring their own by building professionals from
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within their organizations. Despite the hiring practices of NCCU, I refuse to believe that HBCU graduates can’t compete with graduates of other institutions in the job market. Graduates of HBCU’s need opportunities just like graduates of NC State and UNC. If HBCU’s aren’t willing to consider hiring graduates from HBCU’s, who will? Look at the resumes of our recent hires. One is a fired, out of work high school coach and the other is a fired, out of work defensive line coach. A graduate of an HBCU with resumes like our recent hires could not make the first cut, which is a shame and a disgrace. It is no wonder why our Black kids are wearing paraphernalia from colleges other than HBCU’s. They are follow-
Question: Do you feel that racial quotas are neccessary in the selection process of institutions? “Yes, it makes it fair. The world is mixed and institutions should reflect that.” —Chelsea Ray
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ing the examples set by NCCU. Put your money on NC State and UNC. Several months ago, when the students of NCCU, along with the Chancellor, protested the airing of one of the morning shows about omitting NCCU, I thought the good old NCCU spirit was on the rise. Which is more important? A 30 second blurb or the potential for HBCU graduates to determine which schools are represented when the morning show comes to town? There is a movement to close HBCUs spreading across this country. Actions such as the hiring practices demonstrated by NCCU supports the theory that HBCU graduates are inferior. I guess we will have to read about the new coaches’ days at UNC, since we are currently inundated with Coach Spence’s tenure at NC State. A people with no vision shall perish. Keith B. Corbett 1978 NCCU Alumni MBA 1982
“Racial quotas are unneccessary. Everyone should be judged on merit. I think the SAT is the best indicator of performance.” —Cherrelle Bruton
“I’m not a fan of busing, but I am in favor of quotas since it gives us a beneficial insight into other cultures.” —-JJason Sopper
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