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Lady Eagles lose to Shaw in CIAA tournament, but just barely.

Over 250 student environmentalists at SURGE conference.

Chappelle’s “Block Party” CD and film reviews

The CIAA tournament draws fans to the Queen City

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Campus Echo Black men at risk Conference seeks solutions

Lottery leaves some cold Tuesday night’s lottery results leave over 120 students without campus housing next year BY CHINEKA JONES AND RONY CAMILLE ECHO STAFF WRITERS

It’s official. At 11 p.m. Tuesday 129 upper classmen students found out they’ll have to find somewhere off campus to live next year. In all, 1,771 students entered the

newly designed Residential Life lottery to see if they could get one of the available 1,692 housing slots. Students who filed for the lottery received their assigned numbers Sunday, but Residential Life officials did not post the winning lottery numbers as scheduled on Monday. According to a Tuesday morning e-mail from the director of Residential Life this was due to “unforeseen circumstances.” In the e-mail Jennifer Wilder apologized and said the department

was checking for the accuracy of the results. And students did receive results as promised in the e-mail. Deyonna Pollard, a winner of the lottery, said she was relieved. The psychology sophomore said she didn’t see her number at first when she first looked at the list. “I was worried at first but was surprised because my name was at the end of the list,” Pollard said The losers were left contemplating their next move. “I don’t know what I’m going to



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Locals grouse about growth


N.C. Central University will co-host the “AfricanAmerican Males in Higher Education,” in partnership with the N.C. Community College System and the Historically Minority Colleges and Universities Consortium on March INSIDE 22-24. Beyond: The conNation’s ference will Colleges be held at struggle to t h e recruit black Sheraton male students. Imperial Hotel in Page 5 Research Triangle Park. T h e theme of the conference is “Collective Works and Responsibility: A Community Response to African-American Male Success in Post-secondary Education.” African-American males constitute 16 percent of the state’s 1.3 million high school students. They are also one of the lowest performing groups, educationally. According to data provided by the N.C. Department of Public Instruction, only 45 percent of the state’s African-American males graduate from high school. The conference will highlight best practices and models that have been developed to help AfricanAmerican males prepare for post-secondary education. One model to be discussed at the conference is the James H. Ammons African-American Male

do,” said Abolore Oshodi, political science sophomore. “The thought of not having housing was not going through my mind because I was hopeful.” Faced with shortage of rooms to accommodate an ever increasing student population, NCCU reverted to the use of lottery to determine who was going to get rooms on campus for next year. “Campus housing cannot accommodate the growth of the student



ALPHA LAMBDA TAKES FIRST Lights, cameras and more action than a fight on chicken Wednesday, erupted through the Charlotte Convention Center, March 3 for the annual CIAA Step Show. Fraternities and sororities from across North Carolina showcased their skills. They displayed wit and class with perfected steps that rhythmically shook a grand stage. The winners, Delta Sigma Theta from N.C. Central University, and Phi Beta Sigma from Johnson C. Smith University, showcased enough pride for their organizations to fill the convention center with applause and excitement.

Community members in neighborhoods surrounding N.C. Central University are caught in a dilemma: They love NCCU and support its growth and development, but feel frustrated and disrespected by the way the University’s growth is extending into their neighborhoods. “I would like to make it clear that we are not antigrowth in regard to the University, but that we have specific concerns that we feel are directly related to its expansion,” said Dolores Eaton, president of the Old Hillside Neighborhood Association. Eaton worked at NCCU 35 years ago as an academic skills advisor. Eaton said neighborhood residents have several concerns: parked cars blocking driveways, speeding traffic, storm run-off below the newly constructed Mary M. Townes Science Complex, and trash left in streets and yards. “I question the students’ pride in the University, in addition to their respect for the image of our community, which is a very historical

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Chancellor scours state for Eagles BY SHELBIA BROWN ECHO STAFF WRITER

Chancellor James H. Ammons is on the road again. N.C. Central University administrators and students are on their annual tour of North Carolina to interest high school students to attend NCCU. The strategy has been working. Current enrollment is up approximately 6.6 percent from last year. In 2001, the year

Ammons arrived, the number of enrolled students was 5,753. This year it’s 8,231. NCCU has already met the UNC Board of Governors’ goal for student enrollment before 2010. This year’s 11-city North Carolina tour on Eagle 1 runs March 11 - 19. The 11 target cities are Raleigh, Statesville, Durham, Charlotte, High Point, Asheville, Fayetteville, Roanoke Rapids, Henderson, Wilson and Salisbury.

“This tour will give us the opportunity to tell our story to people across North Carolina, and help us to continue to grow the University and recruit some of the state’s best and brightest students,” said Ammons. The performance troupe, “NCCU Spirit” will also travel on the tour. “You don’t just hear the chancellor speak, but you also see students tell about the University in song and dance,” said NCCU Spirit member Terra Hodge, a

theater education sophomore. “We have so much school spirit. We call ourselves ‘the walking brochure.’” Chancellor Ammons said NCCU operates in a very competitive higher education environment. “I want students, parents and supporters to understand that NCCU has something very unique to offer,” he said. Ammons also will visit students who have been offered full scholarships in the 2006-2007 school year.

Chancellor James H. Ammons speaks with Winston-Salem Journal editorial page editor, Linda Brinson during last year’s annual tour Echo File Photo


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Campus Echo WEDNESDAY, MARCH 22, 2006


Don’t remain silent

Eagle soars in real world


Sexual violence is a reality many women on college campuses struggle with in silence. According to the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services, one in five women have been sexually assaulted; and usually the victim is acquainted with the assailant. Ninety percent of rape victims attending colleges and universities knew their offenders, the research said. Some women remain silent because they fear their assailant will return, while others are ashamed and fear no one will believe them. Date rape is not talked about much on campus. “I know of two girls who experienced date rape,” said education and Spanish sophomore Jennifer Hernandez. Hernandez said she thinks that many students don’t report date rape because they don’t want anyone to know, or they fear gaining a bad reputation. Rape can be committed by a friend, partner or date. If a woman has not consented to sex, then it is rape — and it is a felony. “If students do not report these cases we cannot investigate them,” said Captain Victor Ingram of the N.C. Central University Police Department. According to NCCU police, there have been no reports of date rape on campus this academic year. However, according to Dina Helderman, director of Community Outreach for Durham Crisis Response Center, there have been cases on NCCU’s campus in the past. Some students are reluctant to discuss date rape

because it’s not easy to prove. Physical therapy freshman Brittani McDonald said she thinks that women are afraid to step forward because the assailant is the boyfriend and the rape may be mistaken as consensual. Students also say drug and alcohol use sometimes plays a role in date rapes. Human Sciences undergraduate Ashley Wright said students have easy access to alcohol in the McLean Residence Hall, where she lives. “There are no room checks,” she said. “Students sell shots for $3. You can have a full-fledged bar in your room, but they will never know it.” Sexual Victimization of College Women, a research study conducted in 2000 by Bonnie Fisher for the Bureau of Justice Statistics, found that for every 1,000 college females there may be up to 16 attempted and 19 actual rapes each year. According to the report, women often do not characterize their sexual assault as a crime for a number of reasons: They may be embarrassed; they may not clearly understand the legal definition of rape; they may not want to accuse someone they know of being a rapist; or they may blame themselves for their sexual assault. According to the Rape Abuse and Incest National Network, many rape victims experience nightmares and flashbacks, withdraw from social activities, have difficulty concentrating and exhibit avoidance behavior. To report a case of rape, contact campus police at 530-5326 or call a counselor at the Durham Crisis Response Center at 4039425.


Alumna helps city celebrate BY JEAN ROGERS ECHO STAFF WRITER

Student cars crowd Dupree Street next to the Farrison-Newton Communications Building DENEESHA EDWARDS/Echo Editor in Chief

GROWTH CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 community,” said Eaton. Augustus Thompson, a Moline Street resident, said, “Students walk up and down the streets. There’s loud music. They don’t speak. And when they are parking, they block driveways.” Dupree Street residents King and Marguerite Sauls have lived in the neighborhood for only three months, and are already frustrated by NCCU expansion issues. They said their driveway is consistently blocked by students, and they frequently find trash in their yard. Marguerite Sauls said students often park carelessly. “I feel like calling the cops every day, but they are students and I don’t want to do that,” King said. “But respect is respect.” Cleola Wiley, who has a daughter at NCCU, and is another Dupree Street resident, is upset about

her driveway being blocked. “I hate to have Durham police tow them, but at the same token, students have to respect other people’s property,” Wiley said. “I will allow two or three students to park in my yard, as long as they ask, and I can get in and out,” she said. The goal of the Old Hillside Neighborhood Association, an active participant in the Fayetteville Street Planning Group, is to restore and preserve the historically black neighborhoods surrounding NCCU, as well as represent the needs and concerns of residents. The northern and southern boundaries of the historic neighborhoods extend from Pettigrew Street to Cornwallis Road, while the eastern and western boundaries extend from Alston Avenue to Roxboro Road.

This area, called College Heights, is directly affected by NCCU’s growth. According to Eaton, the association has repeatedly attempted to meet with NCCU personnel, land developers and local and state government officials to work out issues, but to no avail. She said the absence of one or more parties from these meetings creates an impasse. Bertie Braswell, a member of the Old Hillside N e i g h b o r h o o d Association, urges NCCU students to get more involved in preserving the community. “We need the young people to get more involved in government pertaining to community affairs, because unless we go in droves, African Americans can’t get anything done,” Braswell said.

CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 body,” said Wilder. Prior to the draw, Wilder and Tia Doxey, assistant director of residential life, held a student housing informational session in the B.N. Duke Auditorium, Feb. 27. Getting admitted to NCCU does not guarantee housing for four years, Doxey told students at the session. But many students say there should be better ways of choosing who should get a residential room on campus. “I pay a lot of money to attend NCCU,” said criminal justice sophomore Shanequa Logan. “Housing should be provided for upperclassmen

first.” Some out-of-state students say that they should be guaranteed a slot because they pay more than $20,000 a year to attend NCCU. According in all there are 2,698 openings for students in the 2006-2007 school year. These spaces are broken down by classification. Incoming freshmen have 998 spaces, sophomores have 616 spaces, juniors have 315 spaces, and seniors have 198 spaces. With enrollment reaching an all time high of 8,000 plus students will have to put their fate to their lucky charm to get a room on campus.

CONFERENCE CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 Leadership Academy, an academic enrichment program designed to improve the educational outcomes of at-risk minority male youths in grades 9-10. The academy currently works with 22 students. “We want them to believe in education,” said Tyronne James, program coordinator of the academy. The academy enhances critical communication skills, cognitive skills and problem-solving skills needed to succeed in col-

lege and the workplace. “These are not bad kids,” said James. “These are kids that need to be shown the escalator next to the stairs.” The conference will also highlight the Community College Minority Male Mentoring Project. “We are hoping that participants will be inspired to return to their communities,” said Beverly W. Jones, provost and vice chancellor for Academic Affairs at NCCU. “And begin exploring

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strategies to respond to the critical issues facing African-American males.” Speakers at the conference will include Bishop Eddie Long, senior pastor of New Missionary Baptist Church in Lithonia, Ga.; Congressman David Price, N.C. Fourth District; Chancellor James H. Ammons and a host of other local, state and national personalities. The cost of the conference is $80 for students and $150 for adults.

On Feb. 27, Durham’s Chamber of Commerce kicked off its centennial celebration, and N.C. Central University alumna Sheena Johnson was at the center of the action. After graduating from NCCU with a degree in mass communications last year, Johnson began working with the Chamber of Commerce in September Johnson, the communications officer, said she is the liason between the chamber of commerce and the advertising and marketing firms that promote the centennial. Johnson is one of 15 staff members at the chamber of commerce. “I’m responsible for all internal and external communication and event planning,” said Johnson. “I do the monthly newsletter and a weekly e-newsletter.” Over 200 people attended the first centennial event, “A Walk Through History.” The event, held at the Marriott Hotel, examined Durham’s past from 1906 to today. Johnson, a former Campus Echo sports editor, said she planned to become a newspaper reporter, but a tip from a professor led to the Chamber of Commerce job. “Working for the student newspaper prepared me for what I am doing now,” said Johnson. “It taught me discipline.” Johnson had internships with the News & Observer, the Herald-Sun and the New York Times Student Journalism Institute while at NCCU. “I always wanted to go into public relations, but then I got really involved in the newspaper,” said Johnson. “I still have a lot to learn. It’s a lot of fun but a lot of work.”

Alumna Sheena Johnson is hard at work on the chamber’s centennial celebration. RODERICK HEATH/ Photo Editor

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In relationships, women often complain that men say one thing, but do another. “What is he really saying?” was the name of a discussion held in the lounge of the Old Baynes Residence Hall on Thursday. A video presentation and a coed round table dealt with what some might say are the mixed messages men send. After the video, the women began asking questions such as: Why are men afraid to open up in a relationship and give as much as a woman? If a man is just interested in a woman for sex, why not just tell her that instead of leading her on and making her think a long-term relationship could develop? The men said guys are looking for a companion or a close friend while women are looking for “the one” — someone to marry. Political science and history senior Brilliant Wilson said poor communication is one of the fundamental problems between men and women. “If your feelings start to change, then you need to let the other person know it,” he said.

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Male and female students faced off to get to the root of their communication problems. KHARI JACKSON/Echo Staff Photographer

“You become friends and you want her to be your girl, but you don’t let her know — there’s a misconception.” Education junior Nichole McCullers, one of the organizers, said women need to move cautiously into serious relationships. “Women need to really think about the situation before making decisions and jumping into things,” McCullers said. Mass communications junior Natasha Gilliam said, “Girls should have a better understanding of themselves before they get involved with a guy or a relationship.” The question of why guys check out other women

when they are in a relationship was also raised. “Men are curious,” criminal justice senior Cory Daniels said. “The drive to look at other women will always be there, even if the guy doesn’t realize it.” The men also said that people should keep their friends out of the relationship as much as possible because they can cause problems as well. Some of the women agreed. “It was good that men and women could come together and openly discuss the drama that exists between us,” said history senior Demesha Foster.

For many students, going to graduate school can be an intimidating affair. But N.C. C e n t r a l University’s Graduate S t u d e n t Association works to make sure GSA students have the support adviser they need. Wigfall The GSA is not an elected body. “When the elected president resigned, the decision was made to put together another council,” said

Patricia Wigfall, faculty adviser for the Graduate Student Association and Interim Associate Dean of School of Graduate Studies. “This is a transitional arrangement,” she said. The governing body is made up of 10 graduate students representing seven graduate programs at NCCU. They were chosen by a selections process conducted by graduate program advisers. “There are new faces in leadership with a new sense of commitment and direction to support and serve the graduate student body,” said Wigfall. “These ten volunteers have put together an impressive agenda of events and

programs.” One of the programs that the GSA sponsored for graduate students was a travel information session. The session provided information about University travel procedures for graduate students going to professional conferences. An upcoming GSA program will be Graduate Student Research Day on March 29, in the Mary M. Townes Science Complex. At this event graduate students will present their research. “This gives students a chance to present their work to their peers in a professional arena or setting,” said Branford Winford, council member and graduate student in American history.

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Student environmentalists stategize at NCCU BY SHINESE ANDERSON ECHO STAFF WRITER

A network of 250 student environmentalists from 20 North Carolina colleges gathered for panel, strategy and skill sessions in the Mary M. Townes Sciences Complex, Feb. 2425. The network, Students United for a Responsible Global Environment, is “dedicated to achieving social, economic, political, and environmental justice through collective education and action.” It was the network’s seventh meeting and the first time it met at N.C Central University. Panel, strategy and skill sessions covered topics that included improving campus recycling programs, preventing nuclear plants, organizing tips and registering voters. “SURGE connects progressive students from over 60 North Carolina campuses to empower students,” said Dennis MarkatosSoriano, a co-founder of SURGE in 1998. Markatos-Sorianos helped start SURGE when he was a student at UNC-Chapel Hill.

Environmentally sensitive and Fair Trade products on display at the SURGE conference, Feb. 24-25. WHITNEY BULL/Echo Staff Photographer

He said he wanted to help build a network of campus activists. NCCU environmental science senior Markus Roundtree has been a member of SURGE’s Board of Trustees since last spring.

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Roundtree said HBCU students need to organize and promote awareness within the African American community to make a change. The program, which included a film festival, featured films like “Twenty Years Without Justice.” This film examines the world’s worst industrial accident in Bhobal, India, and “Forgive Us Our Debts,” a film that examined Third World debt. The conference included over 175 sponsors. Whole Foods Market, Carolina Green Energy and the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation were among these. The keynote address was given by Gary Grant, director of the Concerned Citizens of Tillery. The CCT, founded in 1978 to fight the closing of a community school, has grown into a community organizaton of over 350 families. Grant is also president of the Black Farmers & Agriculturalists Association, an organization that works to support the equitable treatment of black farmers. “Students are not forced to join SURGE. They just do it because they love to do it,” said Makatos-Soriano.

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Schools struggle to recruit black men Most degrees going to black women





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Chris Catching says that African-American men are being left behind. A doctoral student in education at Rutgers University, he doesn’t think higher education knows what to do with black men. So he wants to show them. He’s studying his fellow students and learning why they are staying in school. “So much of the research focuses on the pathological,” Catching said. Instead, they should find out what works, he added. Nationwide, women earn the lion’s share of college degrees among AfricanAmericans. The gender gap has been growing for years. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 68 percent of all baccalaureate degrees awarded nationwide to African-Americans are given to women. “It’s just a very complex problem. One of the things I know about boys is for boys, it’s just not cool. It’s just not macho to get an education, to speak properly, to be the top of the class,” said Carey Jenkins, founder of Operation Link-Up, a program that helps children in the Paterson, N.J., schools attend college. Jenkins has 27 students attending Syracuse University, but only five of them are men. Jenkins said there are a lot of messages in the media and in the classroom that discourage AfricanAmerican boys, who can feel out of place in school. “I think a negative message is being sent out to boys,” he said. “There just seem to be more positive role models for girls, more women who are out there who are doing something.” Jesse Gray attends Syracuse University with 26 of his peers from the Paterson schools. But he’s only one of five male students there from his school district. He joined

Chris Catching, a doctoral student in education at Rutgers, says that African-American men are being left behind. CHRS PEDOTA/The Record/KRT

Operation Link-Up as a freshman at John F. Kennedy High School. “I wanted to get a good education and you can’t expect to get out of high school and just have a great job waiting for you,” said Gray, a freshman studying mechanical engineering. “Looking around every year since grade school, there’s always been a lot more girls,” Gray said. But the gap only made him more determined to succeed. “It was a little added pressure because there were only (a few) boys there; you had to hold your end of the bargain,” Gray said. The college gender gap isn’t limited to AfricanAmericans, even though the disparity between black men and women is the largest. According to the U.S. Department of Education, women make up 56 percent of all college students. It’s a gap that’s been growing for nearly three decades. The department estimates that if trends continue, 3 million more women than men will be in college by 2014. Sandra Timmons of Hackensack, N.J., president of A Better Chance, an organization that places talented young minorities in

demanding public and private secondary schools, said she’s noticed the percentage of boys in her program drop over the years. Out of the 11,000 alumni of the 43-year old organization 55 percent are male and 45 percent are female, she said. But among students currently in the program, about 60 percent are female and 40 percent male. She said about 60 percent of the youths are African-American. She said educators spent a lot of time in the ‘70s and ‘80s helping girls catch up. It might be time now to make sure boys aren’t falling behind. “It’s a problem that people have ignored,” Timmons said. Jenkins, of Operation Link-Up, added that it takes more effort to convince boys to go to college than girls. He said that if he could hire another person, he’d have that person roam the halls of Paterson’s high schools to attract more boys into his program. Unlike girls, Jenkins said, boys need more convincing to see the value of college. “You’ve got to find them and you’ve got to drag them in, then you’ve got to sell them on education.”


They are wearing safety vests. Their hands are covered with cleaning gloves. The atmosphere is bustling with the jiggling of shovels, brooms and trash cans. They are the volunteers of Keep Durham Beautiful, and they’re out to beautify Durham. KDB, a nonprofit organization and affiliate of Keep America Beautiful, is working in partnership with the City of Durham Solid Waste Management Department. According to KDB’s mission statement, the two groups will bring private businesses, citizens and community organizations together to conserve and enhance the appearance and environment of Durham. One surprising rationale behind the KDB project is to help reduce crime and violence. This draws on George Kelling’s broken window theory. The criminologist argues that filthy and disorganized neighborhoods provide an environment conducive to crime. “If a criminal goes into the street and sees a broken window, he thinks he’ll be safe,” said program coordinator Dorothea Pierce. “But if he goes into a well organized community without litter, there is no way he’ll feel safe, because he knows he’ll stick out like a thumb.” Sharon Saunders, N.C. Central University director of Public Relations, is the organization’s vice-president. Saunders said she encourages students and faculty members to get involved with the organization. “This campus is surrounded by public housing communities, and it will help them [students and faculty] give back to the community,” said Saunders. “Students could get involved by picking up trash and making our campus litter free.” Kenneth Guy, a NCCU

nursing junior, volunteered with the organization last year. He said it was a memorable experience. “Participating in the clean up program was a good thing,” said Guy. KDB has completed 37 events, including street clean ups and education outreach programs. According to Pierce, Durham pays KDB’s operational budget.

Last year, the Durham County body donated nearly $100,000 to help pay for the projects. Pierce said her goal is to create a uniting force between Durham residents and help them take ownership of their surroundings. “If we keep our environment clean and organized, bigger things like drug dealings and murder will be less prevalent,” said Pierce.

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Photo essay by Roderick Heath housands of fans followed the vibrant lights of 7th Street that led to the Charlotte Bobcats Arena for the Feb. 27-March 4 CIAA tournament, hosted in the Queen City for the first time. While waiting outside to enter the arena and cheer on their favorite teams, fans watched fancy cars cruising up and down the street, blasting loud music; stopped to get a fish plate; and avoided the ticket scalpers trying to make a little money. Once inside, the fans had the opportunity to catch T-shirts and mini basketballs thrown by cheerleaders. There was even a chance to win a thousand dollars. You could feel the crowd’s energy when three-pointers and slam dunks were made and shots were blocked. The crowd danced to the music while catching the additional prizes thrown at them during time-outs and halftime. The CIAA had many events throughout the week — cheerleading competitions, a battle of the bands, the gospel explosion, a DJ battle — to say nothing of Charlotte’s night life. HBCU alumni reminisced about past tournaments and made new friends. One could call the event a big family reunion.


Vendors offer fans a chance to stop and shop before entering Charlotte Bobcats Arena.

Left: Sidney Carter paints cultural heritage portraits during the CIAA tournament. The tournament gives vendors a chance to sell and display their talents during the games. Right: NCCU’s Charles Futrell slams on Virginia Union. The Eagles lost the game 51-76.

Charlotte high school students dance during halftime of the CIAA tournament.


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Party reigns Black: ‘We gettin’ played’ Author of “They Tell Me of A Home” inspires NCCU students supreme Artist and golden tickets make their way to Brooklyn ECHO A&E EDITOR

The movie cuts to a scene of Dave Chappelle standing in front of a set of bongos. As he plays he says... “Five thousand black people chillin in the rain. Nineteen white peoChappelle ple peppered in the crowd. Trying to find a mexican,” This scene from the middle of the film, Dave Chappelle’s Block Party humorously describes the audience. This documentary follows Chappelle through the process of putting on a block party in Brooklyn. Chappelle assembles a dream team of artists for stellar performances. Common, The Fugees, Mos Def and Erykah Badu — to name a few — give a performance that would make anyone not in attendance green with envy. The comedian traveled to Ohio and, with a golden ticket, gave countless people a free trip to the big apple for the show. Not only did Ohio provide Chappelle with some of the audience for his party, it is also home to Central State University’s marching band, which was also in the film. School buses dropped crowd members off at the block party location in. In the movie, unity and love are emphasized by shots of smiles and newly made friends in the crowd. The atmosphere gives you a warm feeling, life is seen so clearly and is interpreted as beautiful and free.

Movie goers will also get a glimpse into the personalities of the performing artists and will see the love and respect they have for one another, as well as their friendships. Jill Scott and Erykah Badu vibing on stage with Black Thought of The Roots should leave a lasting impression. Aside from the show, the film follows several other side stories tying them all together. Making the movie not only about the party but the block as well. Mos Def, a Brooklyn native, provides a look into the history of the area — with the help of some other Brooklyn residents . Lil Cease, a former member of Junior Mafia, also appeared in the film giving spectators a tour of the “block,” where rap icons like The Notorious B.I.G., Jay-Z, and lil’ Kim once resided. “Jay stayed in Marcy, that's two blocks from here. Kim stayed on the other side of St. James ...We all grew up here together,” Lil’ Cease said. The Block Party also provides a brief look into the trials of The Fugees and also features one of their first reunion performances in seven years. Dave Chappelle is a genius with this film. He uses his humor and resources to expose people to the music that doesn’t get all the commercial success, and to issues that effect black people. If this movie were titled anything else it should be Black is Beautiful. To see a film with positive black people and positive black music, just existing together for the purpose of love is — truly beautiful.

Daniel Omotosho Black speaks to N.C. Central University students in the B.N. Duke Auditorium, Tuesday night. CHRISTOPHER WOOTEN/Echo Staff Photographer


Black people need to build and preserve integrity. That was the message Daniel Omotosho Black, author of “They Tell Me of a Home,” and professor at Clark Atlanta University conveyed to students. Omotosho, as he prefers to be called, visited NCCU as part of the Lyceum Series Tuesday evening in B.N. Duke auditorium. “If I had to title this lecture, I would title it ‘We Gettin’ Played.’” He referred to Academy Award’s song of the year, 3-6 Mafia’s “It’s Hard Out Here for a Pimp.” “What are the implications of this?” Omotosho asked. “You are a people, you have a tradition of pimpery. ... ” He called for black people to stand for the integrity of the race

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Dave Chappelle’s Block Party Dave Chappelle’s Block Party Soundtrack Geffen Records out of on the black hand 5 5 side Old friends and old songs, with a new twist — Dave Chappelle’s Block Party soundtrack delivers the raw classics from Black Star, Common, Jill Scott, Dead Prez and the list gets greater as it goes on. The familiar vibe that comes from the chill conversation over the phone between

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as a whole for the sake of the self and the family. “How in the world will bi-----, h---, tricks, and dogs create a family?” he asked. Omotosho included the idea of sacred texts in his lecture — documented events in a particular group’s history considered sacred. He said how black people have a tendency to make jokes out of what should be sacred and serious in our history for example, runaway slaves, being stripped of original names, and culture. He disapproved of the terminology that we use in everyday conversation. “What is a wife-beater? We proudly wear domestic violence on our backs, and people die every day from it.” “We refuse to claim that we are African,” Omotosho said. “Chin Lee

says he’s Chinese, and he ain’t never been to China a day in his life. A white man may say ‘I’m Irish’ and we don’t require their continent of origin on their description. We have to build our own terminology, our own traditions, our own paradigms.” Omotosho also told students to never forget that they’ve been sitting on a gold mine and haven’t known it. “How did we get [to America] and thrive? We don’t see the beauty of the black collective.” Students said Omotosho’s message was necessary. “I think he was very informative about black men and black people in general. He enlightened us in terms of how we present ourselves to society,” said biology freshman Roger Reid.

White People Dancing Trading Spouses I know Black People The Racial Draft The Niggar Family tion and generations to come. The soundtrack to Block Party allows you only an appetizer to the delectable feast of Hip Hop perfected. The appeal that Dave Chappelle has acquired from his comedy show brings many diverse ears to the sounds of artists like Dead Prez who carry a very powerful message that often goes unheard. The last track leaves you with a piece of nostalgic hope with the reunion of one of Hip Hop’s greatest duo’s Talib Kweli and Mos Def better known together as Black Star. — Khari Jackson

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“How many white people does it take to screw in a light bulb?/ None, they’ll get a ni--- to do it for them.” — Dave Chappelle from Dave Chappelle’s Block Party Dave Chappelle shows his colors once again with remarks like this. Never hesitant, Chappelle leaves the steady reminder that until we [black people] learn to work for ourselves, we will always be a slave to someone else. — Neo Deity, Echo staff reporter

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IN BRIEF Raleigh host its 1st MEAC tournament he Mid-Eastern Atlantic Conference Basketball Tournament is being held in Raleigh this week, starting from March 7 through the 11th at the RBC Center. Raleigh/ Wake County pledged a winning bid of $550,000 a year to host the MEAC tournament for the next three years. Gale Force Holdings, which operates the RBC Center, is providing the arena for the MEAC Tournament. This weeks attractions include the Tom Joyner Sky Show and a College Greek Step Show at the Progress Energy Center. Because the CIAA road show has moved to Charlotte, local hotels and business boosters are welcoming the MEAC to the Triangle. MEAC schools are in Maryland and Virginia along with South Carolina, Delaware, Florida, the nation’s capital and North Carolina, with N.C. A&T University in Greensboro being the closest. Tonight, the men’s quarterfinal matchup will consist of the Spartans of Norfolk State University against Coppin State University. For the women, the Lady Wildcats of Bethune-Cookman College will face the Lady Hawks of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore in the quarterfinals on Thursday. For more information on the 2006 MEAC Basketball Tournament, log on to w w w. M E A C h o o p s . c o m . Tickets are available via Web site,, or at the RBC Center box office.


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Panthers claw NCCU men Hype expires overnight BY ARIEL GERMAIN ECHO STAFF WRITER

It was a quick ending to a long season, as the N.C. Central University Men’s Basketball team lost to the Panthers of Virginia Union University 51-76 Thursday in the Charlotte Bobcat’s Arena. NCCU 51 The Eagles beat VUU 76 S h a w University 58-53 Wednesday. “We came in with one man having played in the CIAA Tournament,” Men’s Basketball Coach Henry Dickerson said. The Eagles began the game slowly, allowing the Bears to score 15-points, before even reaching double digits. As Shaw forward James Rosebud slammed the ball on consecutive plays, so was the moral pounded on the Eagle’s bench. By substituting in DeAngelo Spruill, the Eagle

spirit swooped into the arena. Spruill, a freshman guard, finished the night with 19-points on 8-12 shooting. “DeAngelo is just a rookie, but he came in and did some great things,” said Dickerson. “I just went out there to play,” Spruill said. Thursday the Eagles came face to face with the 2005 NCAA Division II National Champions Panthers. It was once again a slow night, but this time it wasn’t enough against VUU’s top three scorers. Brad Bryson led with 21-points with Duan Crockett and Darius Hargrove supporting with 17-points each. “I tried to convey to the fellas what type of effort we needed to have for the tournament,” Dickerson said. The Eagles will return next season with six seniors, two juniors and four sophomores.

– Sasha Vann

NCCU tennis teams triumph over the weekend .C. Central University Men’s Tennis team defeated Virginia State University yesterday 7-2 in Durham. Out of the six single competitions, NCCU only lost one with one round being won by default. Against Wesleyan College, NCCU made a better show in Durham on Saturday as they won 8-1, the first of the season. Again winning five of six singles matches, the Eagles also took all three doubles competitions. The women had a victorious weekend as well, stepping over VSU 7-2. Freshman Taissa Jones delivered over her opponent 6-1, 6-0. Teaming up with junior Johnelle Ligons, Jones contributed in the doubles competition. Over the weekend the Lady Eagles snatched a win from St. Paul’s College in Lawrenceville, Va., beating the Lady Tigers 8-1. Ligons stepped on SPC, winning 6-0, 6-0. The Lady Eagles won both of their doubles competitions with Ligons and sophomore Ambra Mason dropping St.Paul’s in an 8-0 set.


— Sasha Vann

Give the bench some: Freshman DeAngelo Spruill handles the rock, going 8-12 from the field against Shaw last Thursday. RODERICK HEATH/Echo Photo Editor

Sophomore guard Karla Gamble dabs at a mixture of sweat and tears after the final buzzer. RODERICK HEATH/Echo Photo Editor

Shaw got the best of the women’s team earlier this season. With the Bears knocking the Lady Eagles out of the tournament, NCCU will now have to hope for a rematch with Shaw in the regional playoffs. BY ERICKA HOLT ECHO STAFF WRITER

Charlotte seen one team rise as another team fell before reaching the championship game. N.C. Central University took a heartfelt loss to S h a w NCCU 53 University on SHAW 61 F r i d a y during semifinal play in the CIAA tournament, 61-53. The Lady Eagles did not make the big plays late in the second half. NCCU may get a chance for a rematch, however. The first half on Friday was even in terms of scoring, Karla Gamble made a big 3 pointer bringing the Lady Eagles within 1 point [17-16] with 6:35 remaining. Coming off the bench, freshman guard Tonya Roundtree had back to back steals off of Shaw’s senior guards Roundtree

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converted two easy lay-ups placing the eagles back on top 20-17. “We played hard in the 1st half,” NCCU Head Coach Joli Robinson said. The Lady Bears went on a 6-2 scoring run late in the first half, leaving the score at halftime tied at 25. Porschia Holmes scored the first points of the second half on a three pointer that just beat the shot clock. Shaw forward Carletta Harrell got a technical foul at the 8:09 mark. Gamble, a 67 percent free throw shooter on the season, missed the technical free throw and the first attempt of a one and one. Those misses seemed to change the momentum, deflating NCCU and energizing the Shaw crowd. Nastasia Boucicault made two free throws to tie the game [47-47] with 6:45 remaining. “I wanted to show fans why I was the

CIAA 2006 player of the year” Boucicault said. The Lady Bears finished with a 14-6 flurry, sealing NCCU’s fate. “We were never frustrated with our play because we were going to win,” Head coach Jacques Curtis said. Boucicault finished with 15 points and 10 assists. Cassie King finished with 15 points, on 618 shooting from the field. With the loss NCCU’s focus shifts to the playoffs. The Lady Eagles could face the Lady Bears in the South Atlantic Region of the NCAA Division II Regional Playoffs. The No. 4 seed Lady Eagles are one of the three teams representing the CIAA conference. No. 1 seed Shaw and No. 6 seed Johnson C. are the others. On Friday NCCU (22-6) will play Georgia College & State University (17-13) in Raleigh, on Shaw’s campus. Tip off is at 8 p.m.

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With the number of obese children in today’s world on the rise, N.C. Central University’s student athletes found a way to help alleviate the problem, all in 60 minutes. The Student-Athlete Advisory Committee at NCCU began the “Get 60” program to promote healthy activity habits at the Quality Education Institute of Durham. NCCU’s student-athletes work with second through fifth graders by teaching them nutrition, proper exercises habits, and knowledge about staying physically active. All of this is to help them reach activity goals of 60 minutes per day for six weeks. “We play physical games with the children and also discuss the importance of daily physical activity,” said Clarisse Steans, President of the SAAC and a junior

softball player. The “Get 60” program’s establishes a goal to uphold healthy exercise habits that will benefit the youth in their adolescence and throughout their lives. “I think that it is a good thing that the children get to interact with real athletes and it encourages them to go to college and participate in sports,” said Physical Education teacher for QEI Durham, Jacqueline Gambrell. NCCU student-athletes play games with the children which include basketball, and racing. They also conduct exercises such as jumping jacks, running, skipping and cartwheels. David Jerrido, a second grader at QEI Durham, is learning how to check his pulse and maintain a steady heart rate while participating in various activities. “My favorite exercise is the bear walk because I can go really fast,” Jerrido said.

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Don’t wait for next February et’s see. March, April, May, June, July … Oh excuse me, I’m sorry. I was just counting down the months until the next Black History Month. As a matter of fact, I was actually counting down the months until African Americans will again pay homage to their rich black history. Yes I said it. A.J. “Tenn” People in Donaldson general, not only blacks, have already put up their Black History Month posters, rolled up their red, black and green Marcus Garvey flags, and shelved their Autobiography of Malcolm X. I purposely went around campus on March 1 to see if any events were going to be held, post-“Black February.”


Not to my surwho have come prise, students before me. on and off this Those “black Sometimes, I imagine campus proceedsouls” who that the ground is ed with their made infinite lives, without sacrifices just flooded with gasoline, boasting of their for my freedom and that the black black history in society. leaders bearing the pride. Once again, stuNow I know dents, my mestorch are falling from some of you are sage is not exhaustion. thinking, A.J., intended to be a what do you condescending expect people to lecture. It is do to show that just a quick they haven’t easily forgotten reminder emphasizing the about black history? importance of recognizing black The answer is this: bring history every day. back all the Black History Young black sistas and brothas, Month paraphernalia and the don’t you realize that you are Marcus Garvey colors; finish living history? reading all the acclaimed books Don’t you see that you are all by black authors and augment products of our black ancestors’ black awareness 365. American dream for freedom? Even McDonald’s futilely It did not have to be this way. encourages celebrating Black We are only less than fifty years History Month all year around away from segregation and dis— lol. crimination. When I close my eyes at We are now responsible for night, my heart quivers at the carrying the torch. thought of all the black leaders Look ahead of you. Our lead-

ers consist of hip-hop entertainers and athletes. If that doesn’t scare you, look behind you and notice that black leaders from the past are dying left and right. Within the last year, we’ve lost notable black leaders: Ossie Davis, Johnnie Cochran, Rosa Parks, Shirley Chisholm, Richard Pryor, Corretta Scott King and a grand list of others. Time does not permit us to rest a moment in comfort or complacency. Sometimes, I imagine that the ground is flooded with gasoline, and that the black leaders bearing the torch are falling from exhaustion. If no one steps up to relieve the burden of the lit torch, I am afraid that we all will burn. Therefore, we must dispel the notion that Black History begins and ends in February. Instead, we must carry the torch for as long as we all shall live. As Gwendolyn Boyd puts it, “Success without a successor is failure.” That’s it.

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Question: “Do you see any problems with Greek life at NCCU?”

This is more than a crown s I sat on the love seat in the residential life office during freshman welcome week of fall 2002, I observed a young, well-spoken student. As she wrapped-up her conversation with a staff member, she turned and introduced herself to me as Candis Jones, the reigning Kewanda Miss North Merritt Carolina Central University. After we had a shot conversation about my hometown and housing trouble, she told me to contact her if I ever needed anything. My opportunity to talk to her made me feel that she not only loved her university, but also


cared about the NCCU. students of this I have particiUniversity. pated in The As the acaNational Black I did not become Miss demic year proCollege Alumni NCCU to represent a gressed, I saw Hall of Fame, her on campus particular organization spoken at local involved in comschools and or to increase my munity service implemented a popularity, but to programs, makmentoring proing appearances gram between carry on the legacy to represent NCCU students, of Truth and Service NCCU, and makand high-pering campus forming tenth improvements. graders at Witnessing Ms. Josephine Jones’s character and dedicaDobbs Early College High tion to N. C. Central University, School. influenced me to become Miss I did not become Miss NCCU NCCU. to represent a particular organiMy predecessors made the zation or to increase my popujob of being Miss NCCU look larity, but to carry on the legacy simple, as if the position only of “Truth and Service.” required being personable and I challenge any young lady visible on campus. interested in becoming Miss However, this position entails NCCU to take the role of Miss much more than those activities NCCU to new levels, to continue outlined in the constitution. the legacy. I have represented the Having held the position of University at events beyond Miss NCCU, I have some advice


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for the young ladies vying for the prestigious title of Miss NCCU. As a representative of the University, a candidate must have direct contact with students, faculty and staff and the community. She should also have a pleasing personality, high standards for herself and those around her. Lastly, she should be able to communicate effectively, and ultimately be driven by high morals. Like the position of SGA president, this position is demanding. Any female aspiring to represent the University should have great time-management skills, and the ability to overcome any complications hindering her from being the best representative possible. I would like to applaud all who have decided to represent this honorable university. I wish you all the best in your endeavors and encourage you to take this title to the next level.

“Not enough unity between them. No campus should have to enforce unity on them. They are under one name, National Pan-Hellenic.” — Mahagoni Brown

“There isn’t a problem. People take things out of context and make it a problem. They stereotype Greek life because they don’t understand it.” —Tiana Robinson

“I feel that there isn’t enough respect between the organizations. Therefore, a division has been created.” — Jay Chatman

L e t t e r s “Go-Go” has long history at NCCU Dear Campus Echo, I enjoyed your article on the go-go band called the “WILD BOYZ.” I am very happy to see that this genre of music has endured at NCCU. Go-Go music has an interesting history at your university. The Wild Boyz are probably the third go-go band to originate at N.C. Central University. As an alumnus from Washington, D.C., I was among those responsible for starting the trend of gogo bands outside of D.C. North Carolina A&T also shortly followed suit with a band called Trump Tight. My point is that there are hundreds of go-go bands throughout our HBCUs. We carried our music with us! It would be interesting to put faces and stories to all of these bands. This is really a movement. A quiet movement. Lastly, go-go music was created to compete with

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disco music of the 70s. As you probably know, disco music lost! These go-go bands would play all night without a break, and disco DJs would take too many breaks between playing records. This would bore the crowd to death. So,Chuck Brown took Smokey Robinson’s song entitled, “Going to a GoGo” and gave a name to his music. These bands would play disco, top 40 music and live music without a break. The go-go beat is nothing more that a slowed down version of a drum beat that was often played throughout the black churches of the south. Thank goodness for HBCUs. Go-Go music will make it in time. But the true test is for one of these HBCU go-go bands to be invited home in Washington to play. Then, we will know how good they really are. Sincerely, Mr. H. Whren Class of 1999


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