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$58M repair cost likely An architectural and engineering firm gives NCCU a bleak report. BY RONY CAMILLE ECHO STAFF WRITER

According to an Oct. 2 Clark-Nexsen assessment and repair report, N.C Central University may be facing a whopping $58 million repair bill to remove asbestos and mold from 11 campus buildings. Last Thursday, the Charlotte-based architecture and engineering firm

‘Gentle Giant’ retires

released a “Final Emergency Repair and Mitigation Assessment” regarding affected buildings across campus to officials. Along with the report, the Campus Echo has also received a CD-Rom volume that details problems with each building. This includes major proposed renovations to all buildings to bring them up to modern code, since the majority of the buildings were built during the 1950s. Inspectors noted “a com-

plete evaluation and assessment of each building for the presence, extent and condition of asbestos containing materials, leadbased paint and microbial contamination.” These hazards were found in buildings constructed prior to 1970. The buildings were separated into three categories:

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NCCU’s $58 Million Repair Bill Buildings itemized in Clark-Nexsen report Fine Arts .........................................................$2,247,873 Hoey ................................................................$5,052,163 McLendon-McDougald .................................$9,784,366 Robinson Science .........................................$3,965,760 Taylor Education ...........................................$6,488,753 Walker PE ........................................................$7,714,853 Miller Morgan ..................................................$3,291,934 William Jones ................................................$2,185,428 Chidley ............................................................$8,611,667 New Residence ..............................................$8,720,000 Total Estimated Cost .................................$58,062,796




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Aide will lead reconstruction BY MAURA REYNOLDS

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‘Mr. P’ ran Student Union Over the past 37 years many chancellors and faculty have come and gone at N.C. Central University. Thous-ands of students have graduated. Several new buildings have been constructed. One man has witnessed it all. Known to some as “Mr. P” and referred to by others as “ t h e Gentle Giant,” Thurman Prescott Jr., director of the Alfonso Thurman E l d e r Prescott Jr. Student worked at NCCU Union, is for 37 years. saying farewell to NCCU students, faculty and staff. Since 1966, Prescott has dedicated his time, energy and a great deal of his life to serving others. Prescott has been the only director of the Student Union since its inception in 1966. “To me, the Alfonso Elder Student Union can best be described in a few words and phrases: love, dedication, potential, meaningful work, student development, faculty and staff involvement, opportunities unlimited and life-long learning,” said Prescott. Prescott served his country as a hospital corpsman in the U.S. Navy from 19591963. After graduating from Southern University A&M College in 1959, now Southern University, he served as a program director there from 1963-1966. In 1966, while working at Southern University’s student union, Prescott was informed of a position opening for director of the student union at the N.C. College at Durham.

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Naszir Forte-F Ferguson, 6, drums to R. Kelly’s “The World’s Greatest” at the Little Miss and Little Mr. NCCU contest held in the New School of Education Auditorium Oct. 5 . Naszir won the title of Little Mr. NCCU. 8-yyear-o old Maya Danielle Bryant won the Little Miss NCCU title.

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WASHINGTON — Amid criticism of the Pentagon’s role in the Iraqi reconstruction, the Bush administration is creating an interagency group that gives the White House more control over decision-making, officials said Monday. Many observers described the reorganization as a way to shift some authority away from the Defense Department. White House officials insisted that the creation of the Iraq Stabilization Group was little more than a bureaucratic rejiggering designed to enhance efficiency in Washington and better support the Defense Department, which has exercised nearly total control of the military occupation and reconstruction of Iraq. “It’s common for the National Security Council to coordinate efforts, interagency efforts,” Bush said during a brief session with reporters. “And Condi Rice, the national security adviser, is doing just that.” Others saw the move as a way to pull some authority back into the White House and give a greater voice to departments and agencies unhappy with the Pentagon's predominance. “It brings it out of the sole province of the Department of Defense,” said Andy Fisher, chief of staff to Sen. Richard Lugar, R-Ind., chairman of the

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Faith-based services boosted BY TREVOR COLEY ECHO STAFF WRITER

N.C. Central University will be expanding its community service mission with funding from two grants totaling over $3 million. The grants will encourage faith-based community initiatives. Both grants, which will be implemented by NCCU's University College, were based on proposals designed to close the achievement gap and enhance student achievement. A N.C. Carolina Department of Public Instruction grant for $2 million will establish two faith-based learning centers, one at Fisher Memorial United Holy Church and another at Northside Baptist Church. NCCU will be working with Duke University to open after-school programs for at-risk elementary and middle-school students.

The programs, which will rely on NCCU and Duke students as tutors and mentors, will provide a variety of academic and social skills to the at-risk students. "The churches were picked in terms of a collaborative effort with Duke," said Jones. Fisher Memorial United Holy Church is located in Eagle Village, an area surrounding NCCU, and Northside Baptist Church is located near Duke University. With a $1 million grant from the Corporation for National and Community Service awarded to the Historically Minority Colleges and Universities Consortium, NCCU will partner with Johnson C. Smith University to establish "faith-based service demonstration sites." The project, “Expanding the Reach of Community

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Reporters describe Iraq trip Journalists visit Central BY KIA HAYES ECHO STAFF WRITER

Two area reporters – both members of the Triangle Association of Black Journalists – know what it’s like to be caught in a middle of war. Gilbert Baez of WTVD/ABC-11 and Ken Smith of WRAL/Channel 5, a CBS affiliate, told an audience of about 25 students and faculty about their experience as embedded reporters in the war with Iraq. The Sept. 29 panel was held at the New School of Education Auditorium. “Between March 20 and April 9, the United States did something that had never been done before,” said Cash Michaels, moderator of the program and editor of The Carolinian. “We embedded reporters with our forces as they went forward to Baghdad.

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Gilbert Baez left, Ken Smith right, talk about their experience as embedded reporters in Iraqi war. We were able to see what was happening as it was happening.” Baez and Smith discussed their experiences after showing video clips of news stories they filed while in Iraq. The two said that they worked 18hour days in temperatures up to 135 degrees. Both said they accepted the danger and long hours as part of the job.

Baez said he once found himself in the middle of a sandstorm, trying not to let his clothes get blown away. Smith said he was forced to wear a gas mask after a missile hit a building, causing a chemical explosion. Baez stayed in Iraq for about six weeks while Smith was in Kuwait for about a month.

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Campus Echo WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 8, 2003


Career fair draws big crowd Annual event has largest turnout ever


N.C. Central University students looking to make a successful leap into the job market attended the 2003 Career Fair held Oct. 2 in the Leroy Walker Athletic Complex. This year’s turnout was the largest in the fair’s history, with over 1,100 people in attendance. “There was an exceptional turnout this year,” said Carmen Dorsey, director of University Career Services. “There were great company and school representatives in attendance.” For over 15 years, the Career Fair has given NCCU students a head start in finding the right career. The fair hosted representatives from more than 70 businesses and over 30 professional schools from across the nation.

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Computer information science sophomore Adam Jackson enters the L.T. Walker Complex in search of an internship. They were all scouting for determined students who were ready to foray into their selected career fields. “We are looking for those students who know where they want to go with their careers,” said Neil Gifford, a

representative from Kinko’s. Dressed in professional attire with resumes in hand, students walked from booth to booth introducing themselves, and picking up brochures and business cards. Adam Jackson, a sopho-

more computer information sciences major, came to the fair looking for an internship. “I was impressed to see so many companies reaching out to students,” he said. When psychology major Jevelo Evans stopped by the booth for the UNC graduate school program, she was pleased with the reception she got as well. “They were very helpful,” she said. “Even though I was a sophomore, they treated me like any other student there.” With more students in attendance than ever, the Career Fair’s reputation as an important stepping stone is growing. “I believe events like this are important because they can help students get summer jobs and can help seniors get their careers started,”Jackson said. Vidal Randolph contributed to this story.

Prescott in my life,” said Ramon Hill, yearbook editor. “He helped me to develop into the man I am today.” Prescott has received numerous awards and is a member of many professional organizations, including the International Association of College Unions, the National Association for Campus Activities and the National Association of Student Affairs Professional Workers. He has also served as adviser for Alpha Phi Omega National Service Fraternity, adviser to Phi Alpha Kappa Social Fellowship student group and the Efficiency Task Force. In 1990, he received the Outstanding University Employee Service Award. Although Prescott said he will miss the University, he is looking forward to retirement. “I plan to rest, pursue other personal interests, continue work on student union history project, maintain professional participation, and see much of the U.S.,” Prescott said. Prescott said he wants NCCU students to remember him as a professional with a strong commitment to excellence. “When thinking about working at NCCU, it is difficult to determine what the best thing was about working here,” Prescott said. “Without a doubt, one of the most meaningful things was having the opportunity on many, many occasions to make a positive impact on the lives of many students and professionals.”

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They went wherever the soldiers went, and were constantly looking for stories to report. Both said that their reports were not censored. “At no time did anyone come up to me and say I couldn’t report a story,” Smith said. Baez went to Iraq after major war operations ended. “It was actually more dangerous after the war than it during it,” said Baez. “While the war is going on, you expect bullets to fly over your head. After the war, a little kid can come up to you saying he loves America and then all of a sudden pull a

“The material contains asbestos. We have to make sure that they are brought up to code.” “Asbestos is being removed by following Federal codes,” Smart Said. Since the removal process is done using the safest methods residents near Baynes and pedestrians walking by should not worry too much. Sharon Saunders, special assistant to the Chancellor for public relations said that schools officials are “still working on finding the funding source.” According to Saunders Chancellor Ammons will provide a report on NCCU facilities at the Oct. 10 UNC Board of Governors meeting. “UNC President Molly Broad understands what we are going through and is supporting the administration,” said Saunders.

reporters. One audience member asked the reporters if they had spoken to Iraqi civilians. They answered that they hadn’t. “As an embedded journalist, it is only possible to report on what is happening right in front of you,” Baez said. Brett Chambers, associate director of continuing education, organized the panel. “It is important for students to be exposed to people who are succeeding, and that those who are succeeding are comfortable talking with students,” Chambers said.

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CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 “After an exhaustive interview, I was offered the job,” Prescott said. “The challenge of developing a student union on a campus where one had not existed before offered a challenge that was too hard to resist.” Although Prescott has enjoyed his position, it didn’t come without challenges. “The challenges were numerous and some were unnecessary,” Prescott said. “Some difficulties were providing activities that were responsive to student needs and desires. And adjusting to and remaining productive as administrative styles and expectations changed.” In honor of Prescott, a retirement celebration reception was given on Sept. 26 at the Alfonso Elder Student Union. Students, faculty, staff, community leaders and alumni gathered to express profound gratitude and to pay tribute to a man who has touched so many lives during his tenure at NCCU. “Mr. Prescott is a very low-key, soft spoken and giving man,” said Muriel Jordan, Alfonso Elder Student Union assistant director. “I will miss seeing him do the writing he loved to do.” Prescott was awarded the Long Leaf Pine Award, the highest honor given to North Carolinians who give service to the state. He is married to Gloria Prescott, his college sweetheart. They are the proud parents of four children. Although Prescott has just four biological children, he has been the “surrogate father” for hundreds of NCCU students. “Mr. Prescott has been a wonderful asset


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Freshman president has four-year plan BY JAMES KNIGHT ECHO STAFF WRITER

N.C. Central University’s new freshman president said that, although he considers his election a small accomplishment, it gives him a chance to make a difference. Durham native Thomas Bass, a double major in computer information systems a n d political science, t o o k office Thomas C. Bass Sept. 30. wants to reach “I feel out to the busi l i k e ness community. there is a lot to be done and I can do it,” said Bass. A graduate of Hillside High School, Bass was president of its Student Government Association his senior year, as well as president of the Computer Club. Also, while at Hillside, he worked with the Technology Outreach ProgramCommunity Access to Technology program at NCCU. Bass was a computer technician, taught Web design and taught students

how to assemble computers. “I did that in high school and now I am a poster boy for them,” said Bass. Bass said he wasn’t always so dedicated to the community and school. He finished his freshman year of high school with a 1.7 grade-point-average. He said his future at that point didn’t seem so promising. “I was one of the worst students some of my teachers ever had,” he said. “I never did my work.” Bass said his teachers would tell him that he had many talents that would go to waste if he didn’t change. “My teachers in high school wanted to help me and they did,” he said. “They were my mentors.” With the help of his teachers, Bass finished his senior year with a gradepoint-average of 3.2. He said that change showed him that he could do anything he put his mind to. “That tremendous turnaround gave me the motivation to want to do bigger things,” he said. Bass said his campaign slogan, “The Renewed Eagle,” reflects how he plans to bring back the vision founder James E. Shepard had for NCCU. Bass has a four-year plan called “Health, Wealth, Self and Community.” This program, Bass said, will be

instrumental to everyone, because he wants to host financial advice forums, business camps and mentoring programs in which upper-class students mentor freshmen. “My goal is to bring our class together and help them to attain their goals and maintain success,” he said. Already quite visible in his new job, Bass attended the school’s Career Fair this past Thursday. He said he plans to form a network with various insurance companies and other businesses to have them to come talk with students about managing finances, as well as academic concerns. Bass said there is so much to do and he knows it won’t be easy. “There are so many things I want to do to better the University,” he said. “This position is not just fun to me. When I found out that I won, I knew that is was time to work and do what presidents do.” Bass said that after his term as freshman class president is over, he plans to campaign for sophomore class president, SGA vice president, and then SGA president. “I want the biggest role. And I want an office all four years so that I can keep my fouryear-plan going,” said Bass.





New book looks at Greeks Author examines history, policies of hazing BY DIETRA D. BONNETTE ECHO STAFF WRITER

Based on the idea of brotherhood or sisterhood, Greek organizations are a unique university culture. And Walter Kimbrough wants to keep it that way. Kimbrough is the author of “Black Greek 101: The Customs, Culture, and Challenges of Black Fraternities and Sororities.” Based on more than 10 years of research, “Black Greek 101” chronicles the history of Black Greek organizations, membership intake, the pledging process, and hazing — a subject that particularly concerns Kimbrough. Assistant Dean of Students and Director of Greek Life Andre D. Vann said he supports Kimbrough and his book. “I know Walter well,” said Vann. “He is an expert in this area and shines the light on issues that are not always popular to fraternities and sororities.” Hazing is defined as any action or situation which intentionally or unintentionally endangers a student for admission to, or affiliation with, any student organization. This includes striking, treating a person in a degrading manner, sleep deprivation and forced consumption of alcoholic beverages.

“The deaths of two women in California last September highlight the seriousness of t h e problem,” he s a i d . “This b o o k addresses those c o n cerns and othWalter ers in Kimbrough has depth. It testified as an offers expert witness in stratehazing cases. gies to hopefully avoid future tragedies.” Kimbrough said he wants to get away from the stereotypical view of Greek life and provide concrete information about the entire history of these organizations. “I hope that national organizations use this book as a guideline for setting policies for their fraternities and sororities,” Kimbrough said. Kimbrough said he understands his book may cause some controversy — and that’s fine with him. “I am not concerned with any negativity the book might bring,” he said. “I have a no-holds-barred approach. My book is based on research and chronicles major cases. I hope that

anyone who disagrees with my book will come up with an alternate approach of their own.” Derek Woods, of the Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity, says it’s important for Greeks to know their past. “Greek letter organizations are part of our history,” said Woods. “And anytime we get a chance to learn more, we should take advantage.” Kimbrough, a member of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, is vice president for student affairs at Albany State University in Georgia. He has served as an expert witness in hazing cases. Kimbrough said he hopes his book helps Greek organizations return to the principles of academic achievement, brotherhood and community service.

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Campus Echo WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 8, 2003


‘Visiting Writers Series’ starts Tuesday BY ANGELA N. HAILE ECHO STAFF WRITER

Author Randall Kenan will be the first lecturer in N.C. Central University’s “Visiting Writer Series” hosted by the Department of English and Mass Communications. Kenan is the author of “A Visitation of Spirits,” as well as “Walking on Water: Black American Lives at the Turn of the Twenty-First Century,” plus a collection of short stories and a biography on James Baldwin. Kenan will speak in Room 311 of the Farrison-Newton Comm-

unications building at 10:40 a.m. Tuesday. He will host a “creative writers dialogue” at 3:30 p.m. that day in Room 146 of the Alphonso Elder Student Union. Kenan will sign books at the Hayti Heritage Center on Fayetteville Street at 7 p.m. A reception will follow. “We are so proud to have received a grant from the North Carolina Arts Council to sponsor this program,” said Mary Mathew, an English professor. Mathew said they chose Kenan because the series focuses on writers from or in North Carolina.

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Kenan was born in Brooklyn and raised by his great aunt in Chinquapin, N.C., a town with a population of 279. He later taught at Columbia UniKenan versity, Duke University, and his alma mater, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. “He hasn’t told us the topic of his lecture, but he will probably

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discuss his works and what it means to be a writer,” said Mathew. His latest book, “Walking on Water: Black American Lives at the Turn of the Twenty-First Century,” was prompted by a desire to learn more about African American culture. To do this, Kenan made a six-year trek across the United States and parts of Canada. With a tape recorder, a pad and a pen, Kenan interviewed over 200 African Americans with jobs ranging from congressmen to prostitutes. Kenan spent most of his time traveling in a 1991 Chevy Blazer and sleeping at Motel 6s.

NCCU calls for moratorium Students, faculty call for halt to executions BY TRISH HARDY ECHO STAFF WRITER

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Altogether Kenan drove 75,000 miles and collected 5,000 pages of material, he distilled this material down to 688 pages. Each of these individual stories when woven together create a tapestry of black American life today. “They’ve been like characters in my head for many years,” said Kenan in an interview with Kenan said he hopes that his book can help banish black American stereotypes. Writer and singer Shirlette Ammons is scheduled to be the next visiting author in the series scheduled for next spring.

Students and faculty gathered at N.C. Central University Sept. 29 for a press conference to urge Gov. Mike Easley to stop executions and undertake a thorough review of the system. The students and faculty were protesting the scheduled execution of Eddie Hartman on Oct. 3. North Carolina now leads the nation in having the third highest number of executions in 2003. “Justice and equity are calling. When sir, will you listen?” said D’Weston Haywood, president of NCCU’s chapter of the NAACP. Hartman, a 35-year-old gay man, was executed for the 1993 Northampton County killing of Herman Smith, despite evidence that he received the death penalty due to anti-gay bias. Prosecutor David Beard argued that evidence of sexual abuse was irrelevant because Hartman was gay. Despite claims of innocence, prosecutorial misconduct, discrimination, biased jurors, inadequate defense attorneys and mental illness, North Carolina has executed

four men over the course of five weeks . Political Science Department Chair Jarvis Hall said North Carolina needs a death penalty moratorium. “A call for a two-year moratorium is the least we can do,” Hall said. Haywood pointed to a North Carolina study done by the Common Sense Foundation, which found that a defendant who kills a white person is three and a half times more likely to be sentenced to death than a defendant who kills someone black. “The death penalty is not a deterrent to crime,” said Charmaine Fuller, staff member to Sen. Jeanne Lucas. “It is not the answer for North Carolina.” Fuller said that the senate overwhelmingly passed legislation to halt executions so the system could be examined, but it has not yet passed the house of representatives. “Four executions in six weeks is alarming,” said Stephanie D. Jackson, a former student government president and intern at the Carolina Justice Policy Center. “It’s time that the governor listened to the Legislative Black Caucus

and the many North Carolinians who grow increasingly concerned when this state’s death penalty is reserved for the mentally ill, the possibly innocent and those who were severely abused or neglected as children.” Joseph Earl Bates was executed last month for a 1990 murder in Yadkin County. A severe brain injury resulting from a car accident was cited as a possible cause for his behavior. Henry Lee Hunt was executed Sept. 12 for a murder near Lumberton in 1984. He consistently maintained his innocence. William Quentin Jones was executed Aug. 22 for a 1987 murder he committed during the robbery of a convenience store in Raleigh. The robbery was caught on tape, but his attorneys argued that his behavior was influenced by his mental instability and his troubled childhood. “North Carolina, we are faced with a challenge; no, we are faced with a duty,” said Jeana Harbison, political science club president. “North Carolina, we have already murdered three men.”

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Campus Echo WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 8, 2003

Celebrating Native Voices Randall Kenan The Department of English and Mass Communications invites you to the inaugural session of its visiting writer series with novelist and journalist Randall Kenan, author of A Visitation of Spirits (1989), Let the Dead Bury the Dead (1992), and Walking on Water: Black American Lives at the Turn of the Twenty-First Century (1999).

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(U-W WIRE) STILLWATER, Okla. – With recent advances in cellular phone technology, including text messaging and camera phones, the possibility has occurred to some that students now possess the potential for dishonest behavior — literally in the palms of their hands. Many professors allow cell phones in class with the condition they do not ring; however, new phones allow students to communicate with more than their voices. Though the problem has not affected Oklahoma State University, the opportunity is still there. Students may use text messaging to send messages while in class. This gives students the option to behave dishonestly, if a professor gives a quiz or a test, and to share test answers with those in class or get help from those out of it. Camera phones, such as the Nokia 3650 and the Motorola T722i, are capable of sending pictures, giving students the ability to take pictures of tests. Peg Vitek of the OSU Student Conduct Office said the office has not received any complaints, but it would

be difficult to detect a situation in which students are using their phones for dishonest use. “If you have 200 students, there's no way a teacher can monitor that,” Vitek said. The College of Arts and Sciences and the Office of Academic Affairs both echoed Vitek by saying they have not received any complaints regarding students using cell phones in class, though the problem of disruptive rings still exists. While it has been reported some universities have experienced problems with students taking pictures of tests, several OSU students were not even aware of the possibility. “I've never heard of that,” said Beki Wright, education sophomore. “But I’d personally never do it.” Many students confess to text messaging in class, but not for purposes of sharing test answers. “I've done it before just to tell someone something,” said Ashley Harness, business sophomore. “But I’ve never done it to cheat.” While it seems OSU students have not used new technology for inappropriate reasons, those that do could face punishment from the university.

KANIGURRAM, Pakistan – The two freshly dug graves along a dusty road outside this village in the middle of a virtual no man’s land are said to hold the bodies of suspected informers. But if the killings were meant as a warning to people from the craggy peaks and plunging valleys of Pakistan’s remote tribal areas — widely believed to be the hideout of Osama bin Laden — not everybody needed it. Even if he knew where bin Laden was, Farman Ali said, he would not turn the world’s most wanted man in for a $25 million reward. “Whatever his faults,’’ Ali, a local resident, said of the elusive al-Qaida leader, “he’s still our brother.’’ No more accommodating to the hunt for bin Laden is the forbidding terrain of the tribal areas. Trucks and cars must ford streams and climb crumbling cliff-side switchback roads to reach remote villages. The sound of gunfire ricocheting off rocky hillsides serves as a reminder that men carry Kalashnikovs as routinely as college students shoulder backpacks. Nearly two years since the United States last had a real clue about the whereabouts of the man President Bush once said he wanted “dead or alive,’’ that phrase now carries a hint of mockery. Despite a massive manhunt, U.S. intelligence services and their Pakistani allies have failed to find bin Laden. The hunt for bin Laden is being conducted by the CIA, U.S. Special Operations forces, and the FBI, whose director, Robert Mueller, visited with Pakistani officials in June to discuss ongoing collaboration in counter-terrorism. Neither the U.S. military’s most advanced technology nor the temptation of a $25 million bounty have been able to pierce the innermost shell of protection that surrounds the fugitive terror mastermind. Hundreds of his foot soldiers and several top deputies have been captured since the Sept. 11 attacks but, like the Bush administration’s other prime targets, Saddam Hussein and the Taliban leader Mullah Omar, bin Laden remains at large. The Pakistani government, which officially is allied with the United States in the manhunt, is trying to assert control over hundreds of miles of this all-but-lawless frontier with Afghanistan, a place that is home to the same Pashtun tribes that spawned the Taliban next door. Pakistan was once a main sponsor of the Taliban regime,

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Osama bin Laden is being pursued by the CIA, the FBI and U.S. Special Operations. There is a $25 million reward for his capture.

There are several times we’ve gone to places where people thought he might be. Lots of times. But he’s never there. — A SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL which hosted al-Qaida and allowed it to flourish. The Pakistani government’s authority over the tribal frontier remains limited. The locals are fiercely independent, and tribal society is governed largely by a code of Pashtunwali, which regards extending hospitality and protection to guests as a vital duty. “I have a firm belief he’s not here, but in Afghanistan,’’ said Kurshid Ahmed, 33, as he perched on a broad porch above a steep hillside. “But there are some people who say he may have crossed the border.’’ Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf, in an interview last month with ABC News, acknowledged that the tribal areas do hold some bin Laden sympathizers. Indeed, despite snagging some of bin Laden’s top deputies over the past two years, investigators have rarely got close to snatching bin Laden. Asked whether authorities have come close to catching bin Laden in the past couple of years, a senior administration official familiar with the CIA’s search said, “There are several times we’ve gone to places where people thought he might be. Lots of times. But he’s never there.’’ Most of those places, the official said, were in the general area of the Afghanistan-Pakistan border. That border is not where the highestranking al-Qaida leaders captured in

Pakistan so far have generally been tracked down. Ramzi Binalshibh, suspected of helping plot the Sept. 11 attacks, was caught after a shoot-out in September 2002 in Karachi, a main Pakistani port on the Indian Ocean. And Khalid Shaikh Mohammed was captured in Rawalpindi, near the Pakistani capital, Islamabad. None of those cities is within 75 miles of the Afghan border. Yet so much about the border region makes it seem like an ideal destination for somebody trying to hide from virtually the entire world. On the Pakistani side, a coalition of religious parties swept to victory in parliamentary elections last year in a frontier province, posing a challenge to Musharraf ’s secular government. And the tribal areas are characterized by what Najam Sethi, a Pakistani newspaper editor, called “rabid antiAmericanism.’’ But in recent months the government in Islamabad has been building roads and schools and trying to improve health care in the tribal areas. Whether the effort also will eventually help track down bin Laden is anyone’s guess. “The government now realizes that if there is underdevelopment, people will create problems,’’ said Ali. “The outside world, they have seen that the society needs to change for the better.’’ Knut Royce contributed to this story.

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Destini Maeela Garrison and Larry T. Rascoe, Jr. answer a judge’s question. ne child recited a chapter from I Corinthians. Another drummed to an R. Kelly song. One played the violin. Another performed a belly dance. And one recited a poem. They were asked what they wanted to be when they grow up. Who they admire most. What their favorite subject is. And what kind of fruit they would compare themselves to. They were the nine elementary school contestants in the Little Miss and Little Mister NCCU contest held last Sunday in the New School of Education Auditorium. The students were judged on their fundraising ability, appearance, personality, creativity, youthfulness, stage presence, style


and modeling potential. All contestants raised money to support Miss NCCU projects, including a women’s empowerment project and the Queen’s retreat. Little Miss Maya Danielle Bryant and Little Mister Naszir ForteFerguson took top honors. Eight-year-old Maya Danielle Bryant, daughter of Cora Bryant, raised $1,800. Maya is a 3rd grader at Club Boulevard Elementary School. "That's my baby," said Cora Bryant, Maya’s mother. "I almost cried … when she said the person she admired most was her mom. Because after her father passed away, I took care of her and her brother." Six-year-old Naszir ForteFerguson, son of Mina Forte and Neil Ferguson,

drummed to R.Kelly's "The World's Greatest." Naszir raised $1,300. Naszir is a 1st grader at Pearson Town Elementary School. "I felt all the children were exceptional and represented the strong future we have as AfricanAmericans," said Corey McLinnaham, event adviser and choreographer. "All the parents should be proud because they all are winners." The Little Miss and Mister NCCU Pageant was sponsored by the Miss NCCU and her court. Minnie Forte and Alfredia Collins, both instructors in the department of English advise Miss NCCU and her court. Collins asked that Yesmeen Mahmood also be recognized as a 3rd place winner for the sponsorship award.

Above: Naszir Forte-F Ferguson,6, and Maya Danielle Bryant,8, with their trophies after being named Little Mister and Miss NCCU Sunday evening in the New School of Education. Below: Last year’s Little Miss NCCU Alexus Smith, passes the crown on to Maya. Bottom: The nine contestants await the decision by the the judges.

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An exhibition of natural beauty One month of fine art photos DALIA DAVIES A&E EDITOR


ore and more, there has been an open appreciation for the natural beauty of women of African descent in America. It’s found in rap verses, the lyrics of love songs and urban clothing designed for our shapes. Displayed on billboards, in the top magazines, and on television; it can even be seen in new cosmetic products focused on enhancing black loveliness. From Oct. 3 through Nov. 9, the appreciation travels even closer in the “Women of a New Tribe” exhibit and is featured just sec-

onds from N.C. Central University at the Hayti Heritage Center. The exhibit presented by photographer Jerry Taliaferro, is a study and celebration of natural women offering a fresh viewing of images from “the many faceted physical and spiritual beauty of a very unique group of women” who carry a light around them. “They are the glue that holds people together,” said Taliaferro. “There is something beautiful about every woman. You can’t over look them.” You can’t miss the diverse and alluring women portrayed in the two floors of artwork featuring approximately 50 photos from a collection of over 200. The photographs highlight angular to curvy body types and from permed, braided to kinky hair. This fine art photography is completely shot in black and

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The Women of a New Tribe. white film and developed in large formats. The pictures are in homage and “reminiscent of the high glamour photographs of the 1930s and 40s” through use of dramatic lighting and bold poses. Taliaferro began his collection


of still shots with models in 1998. The portraits exercise an interesting use of lighting and shadows adding grace to the images. Photos like “Washing Hair,” which was hung sideways, gives an essence of women from all different counties and backgrounds. Some photos, like “Kim with Mask II,” feature a double exposure technique where the models faces have been spliced symmetrically and morphed with ancient African masks, artwork and still images. “Poet 1,” “Poet 2,” and “Poet 3” captures the writers’ mood and words etched into the photo saying “Me black woman, Cause it’s all I know, Mysterious, Only because you don’t know me.” Another set of photos include a range of women, over age 40 who have made measurable differences in their communities. From

housewives to professionals, lawyers to students, these women carry the beauties we see around us daily. Enthralled by the local beauty that surrounded him, Taliaferro’s goal was “highlighting not just the diverse physical beauty, but also the inner beauty of the subjects,” and show “women who can meet any standard of beauty.” “If you seek the soul of a people, look to its women,” said Taliaferro. “It’s about seeing and its more than seeing with your eyes, but with your heart” The Hayti Heritage Center is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and on Saturday from 10 a.m. through 3 p.m. Admission is free. If you would like to see the entire collection visit Taliaferro’s website at www.blackartphotoart. com.

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f you have a weakness for flashy costumes, great pop-opera singing, and a 30-piece professional pit orchestra, you would have treasured the performance of “Jackie O” by N.C. Central and the Long Leaf Opera Company. America’s most famous and beloved First Lady, Jacquelyn Kennedy Onassis, was played by Elizabeth

Williams-Grayson of Durham, who displayed will, might, and pain with her stirring soprano voice. Additional energy and powerful voices were injected into the play by two NCCU students, Tonya Williamson and Jamye Harris, and one alumna, Ayeje Femster. The play vividly renactes Jackie O’s days as John F. Kennedy’s wife and widow.


It then ended by making heads spin with an enormous U.S. flag and dance sequence showing Jackie O that “The New Frontier Is Here.” This production, which was held from Oct. 3 through 5 at the Carolina Theatre with the help of director Randolph Umberger, marked the 40th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

‘Bird of paradise’ flies to Durham TERRENCE WINBORNE ECHO STAFF WRITER


ront Porch Entertainment presents the musical “The Bird of Paradise Dew Drop Inn,” playing Oct. 2 through 12 at the Durham Arts Council. The production displays comedy, drama and blues music from local and established talents. The plot of the play was incorporated into the setting of the production. Instead of selling tickets there is a cover charge and some of the audience can sit on the stage. The juke joint called Bird of Paradise, is owned and operated by the nononsense Eula Mae Johnson. She is performed

by Carolyn Jefferson, a native of Washington, N.C. During the evening, Eula Mae receives several of her regulars including a rambling and disturbing blues woman, played by Crystal Whitfield, a senior NCCU theater major. A comedic highlight was a cat-fight that almost ended in a shoot out between arch enemies Emma Jean, played by DeLois Brandon and Shirley, performed by Jewelyn Dunn. Similar to blues music, “The Bird of Paradise Dew Drop Inn” is about people dispensing inner hurts so that they can live more fulfilling lives. “The overall concept is the most unique aspect of

For two seasons, we’ve watched MTV with both excitement and skepticism at P. Diddy’s attempt at creating a pre-packaged band. Fresh out of the box, from thumb sucking, probation visits, sibling-like rivalries and mental breakdowns, come the newest additions to the Bad Boy Family: Young City aka Chopper, Sara, Fredderick, Ness, Babs and Dylan, collectively known as Da Band. On Sept. 30, Bad Boy released ‘Too Hot For T.V.,’ an eclectic mix with one singer and five MC’s hail-

The genre of blues music was said to have originated in the North Mississippi Delta following the Civil War. It was influenced by African singing, slavery spirituals, church music and rhythmic dance tunes called “jump-ups.” The blues form was first popularized between 1910 and 1914 by black composer W.C. Handy, who is known as the “father of the blues” and writer of the famous spiritual “Swing low, Sweet Chariot.”

Loon Craig Mack Dream ing from New Orleans, Detroit, Miami, Philly and Brooklyn. The CD starts off at high velocity with the gritty street anthem “My Life.” Babs testifies about her street credibility with the line “I’d rather hit the Ave/ And knock off work/ A hundred pack in the pocket of my Guess jean skirt.” Babs turns out to be the greatest surprise on the album with her raunchy, from the streets, Lil’ Kimlike flow. On the song “How You Like Me Now,” P. Diddy attempts to redeem his cold-hearted image by offering a guest appearance spot to Mysterious, the wine glass-breaking reject from the first season of “Making The Band.” Although Young City aka Chopper represents with his southern flow, the track suffers with the inclusion of Mysterious whose four bars of deep-voiced, meaningless lyrics could have been left out. The group seems to lose its steam while winding down towards the end of the album with mediocre songs, lyrics and titles such as “I Like Your Style” and “What We Gonna Do.” Wyclef Jean stops by to lend his producing expert-

ise and island flavor to the track “Do You Know,” but ironically it is the most mainstream sounding joint on the album. Thankfully the smooth and sultry song “Go Steady,” revives the LP by infusing Sara’s ‘Blige’ inspired crooning with Ness’s Philly street style of rhyming. Anyone who has seen MTV’s non-reality series “Making the Band” might be surprised that Bad Boy’s commander-in-chief was able to contain the 6 participants long enough to record the album. To no surprise, P. Diddy manages to mesh all of the various styles into one cohesive unit. If Da Band spent less time walking to Brooklyn for cheesecake at Junior’s and more time writing and recording, the album could have been better. Although this album is hard hitting and two-thirds of the band members step up to the plate; the guest appearance of Mysterious, Dylan’s meaningless ad-libbing and P. Diddy’s obvious lack of financial funding and support leave this album two swings short of a homerun. — Gineen A. Glenn

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the show,” said Dorothy Clark, assistant director and founder of Front Porch Entertainment. “This is supposed to be a fun show,” said Clark. “And it’s going to be.”

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an art, transportation, and more livable communities be joined together? According to the Triangle Transit Authority, TTA, it will happen through the form of a Regional Rail Transit System. The regional rail project will consist of 16 train stations that will connect from Duke Medical Center in Durham, areas in Chapel Hill and as far as Spring Forest Road in North Raleigh. According to the TTA, the transportation will be “convenient and very diverse.” Most importantly, there will be a station called

“Alston Avenue/NCCU,” which will cater to N.C. Central students’ transportation needs in and around the Triangle. The trains will run in the existing railroad "rights-of way" on new tracks. The station will be located east of the rail bridge over Alston Avenue. NCCU and Durham Technical Community College students will have a shuttle bus to the trains. Each station will incorporate a different artistic theme displaying the North Carolina tradition of arts and crafts. According to the TTA, the artwork will be decided “through a public participation process that will develop concepts that reflect the character of

each particular stations’ neighborhood that will give a sense of ownership and pride to the community.” Proposed creative themes are “Thinking” in the Research Triangle Park and “Eclectic/Funky” at Ninth Street. “Public art engages us by creating a connection between a community and an artist," says TTA. "Public art makes spaces more inviting and welcoming." There is an $800,000 budget estimated for the project at this time. The first 12 stations, which include the NCCU station, are scheduled to open in late 2007. The other 4 stations will follow in 2011.


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N.C. Central University’s Eagle football team is set to make its national television debut at 7 p.m. on Oct. 25 at Bowman Gray Stadium in Winston-Salem. The Eagles will face-off against conference rival, Winston-Salem State University and the game will be televised and aired by Black Entertainment Television. NCCU was added to the original schedule of games on Sept. 10 and joined ten Historically Black Colleges and Universities including Hampton, Jackson State, and Tennessee State. Since 1981, BET has aired some of the most highly anticipated and legendary football battles in Black College Football. In a BET press release, Jacque Coleman, BET Vice President of specials and sports programming said, “Each year we enhance our coverage by adding new elements that make the season more thrilling than the year before. “This year’s schedule promises to be one of the most exciting schedules we’ve ever televised, and also one of the most competitive terms of matchup.” NCCU football players are excited about the game being televised. “I think it’s great ,” said senior offensive lineman Joseph Sanders. “Being on BET is huge. I’m excited and so is the team because this is our time to shine.” Last year the Rams defeated NCCU 12-23. Led by new coach Rod Broadway, the Eagles have a different style from last year. The Eagles have scored 103 total points mid-way through the season compared to 138 last year. Broadway has opened the offense up by passing the ball more. They have 73 competitions so far this year, 11 fewer than last year. Broadway is no stranger to nationally televised games having been an assistant coach at UNC-Chapel Hill, Duke, and the University of Florida. However, this will be his first appearance on BET. “As coaches we are more concerned with preparing the players to play and win,” said Broadway . “But I’m excited for the players because this will give them great national exposure.” George Johnson of Comcast Sports Net will handle all the play-by-play calls as BET embarks on its 22nd year of black college football action. He will be joined by former Minnesota Vikings’ receiver and member of the 2000 Super Bowl Champions the Baltimore Ravens, Qadry Ismail. In addition to the football game, BET will also air the “Half Time” show, which will showcase N.C. Central’s band, the NCCU Sound Machine. “We’ve been on television before, but this is really good exposure for the band,” said sophomore tuba player Tony Wilson. “I’m really looking forward to it.” Sports Information Director Kyle Serba said this will be great exposure for the university. “I think anytime you can put the university on the map it’s great,” he said. “NCCU and WSSU have always been a good rivalry and that’s why BET chose that game. “We need to see a lot of maroon and gray in the stands.”


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Offensive lineman Rashad Sullivan (68) attempts to block a Viking defender while back-u up quarterback Sean Williams tries to run. Williams and the Eagle offense had 344 yards in the loss.

Wins interrupted Turnovers ruin Eagles BY SHEENA JOHNSON ECHO SPORTS EDITOR

As Elizabeth City State University kicker Kenneth Milhayov kicked the winning field goal with 1:03 left in the NCCU 23 game, N.C. Central University ECSU 25 saw their three-game winning streak come to a halt. The Vikings earned their first win of the season and their first Down East Classic 25-23 at Rocky Mount Athletic Complex last Saturday night in the fifth annual event. The key factor in the game was the number of

Eagle turnovers, four. “When you have four turnovers in a game, you’re not gonna win,” said head coach Rod Broadway. “I knew if we eliminated turnovers, we would have a chance.” The Vikings scored 1:44 into the game with a field goal by Mihalyov and then on a touchdown after a blocked punt was recovered and returned 26 yards for the touchdown. The Eagles countered with kicker Jamal Molden’s career best 47-yard field goal. With 14:16 left in the half, the Eagles tied the game with a two-yard touchdown pass from Adrian Warren to sophomore wide receiver Toryeon Hester. ECSU added a 30-yard field goal before halftime to give the

Vikings the lead 13-10. The Vikings scored again in the third quarter on a 52-yard strike from Teyon Pender to receiver Marlon Smith, but the twopoint conversion failed, making the score 19-10. They later added a field goal, creating a 12-point margin 22-10 The Eagles closed the gap in the final period when Warren connected with freshman receiver Charles Futrell on a 25-yard touchdown pass but the extra point attempt was blocked. On the Vikings next possession, the Eagles forced the them to punt. Ryan Craig blocked it and Chris Scott recovered the ball in the end zone, tying the game at 22. The extra point put the Eagles ahead.

When ECSU got the ball, Pender completed two passes for 59 yards and rushed 22 yards to set up the gamewinning field goal. Broadway told the Durham-Herald Sun that ECSU wouldn’t quit. But he said turning the ball over is what caused them to lose. “We had a chance to come back,” said Broadway. “We had a chance to win. The turnovers killed us.” NCCU had 344 yards of total offense. Courtney Clinton led the Eagles rushing 49 yards and Warren had 170 yards on 14-of –28 passing and two touchdowns. Senior wide receiver Michael Noel caught five passes for 58 yards. The Eagles will host St. Augustine’s College this Saturday at O’KellyRiddick Stadium at 6 p.m.

N.C. Central University improved its conference record to 4-1 with a 3-0 (3013, 30-12, 30-13) home sweep against Livingstone College Oct. 2. Lady Eagle sophomores Porche’ Williams and Andrea Hargrow tallied a team-high five kills each. Freshman Tiffanni Turrentine of Durham topped the Lady Eagle defence with seven digs, while adding three blocks. The NCCU woman’s volleyball team hopes to repeat last season’s successful 14-2 record. Coach Ingrid WickerMcCree said she is excited about this year’s team, especially since the team’s defence and blocking has improved. Wicker said this year the team has a higher skill level. “They are more sound and have desire,” said Wicker-McCree. “In preseason practices the team accomplished a lot and moved forward quickly.” This year’s key players are senior Ayana Wright, sophomore Brenda Brown, Porche’ Williams and last year’s CIAA rookie of the year, Ariel Germain. Wicker-McCree, now in her 10th season at NCCU, said she expects the team to place first in the CIAA as well as the conference. “If the team has a will to win, they will win.”


Two years ago, it was unlikely that there was an Eagle walking NCCU’s verdant green who knew who Adrian Warren was. Now — unless you’ve been under a rock for the past two months — you know who he is. Quarterback Warren is known not only for his passing yards, but for his rushing yards as well. “I like being here at Central. It’s a lot better being close to home,” said Warren. The Raleigh native transferred from West Virginia University in the spring of 2001 to begin his career as an Eagle later that fall. Since then, Warren has been training to excel at his position. He has given the word “quarterback” a new meaning. Warren — who appears to pass and rush with ease — has built for himself the role of a field general. “Aside from playing free safety

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NCCU’s Adrian Warren says he’s been a quarterback all his life. And he’s giving the word a new meaning at NCCU. my freshman year in high school, I’ve played the quarterback position all my life,” he said. “I need to play more to get in the groove. It’s difficult to be away from the game a while and come back to it.”

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Warren said he still has a lot of work to do as far as reading defenses. He said he needs to take care of the ball more. Technique plays a major role in the sport of football and there is a

certain technique that has become all too familiar with NCCU this year. Warren addressed the good and bad of the no-huddle strategy. “I like the no-huddle strategy,” he said. “It takes the defense off guard. The only drawback is the mental errors behind it.” Unlike most athletes, Warren doesn’t necessarily have a pre-game ritual. He would rather spend time with his teammates. “We just chill out and watch some football on television,” said Warren. Warren said he is a hard worker and he tries to balance school and football. “I do well,” he said. “But I actually have a light load this semester. I basically have two classes a day and that makes it a lot easier.” Warren has shown NCCU that he can do what is expected of him. But he knows there is still a lot of work to do. “We have a good team, but there is so much to do,” he said.

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Do you have herpes? L

et me talk to the fellas for a moment. You see this girl on campus for a while and every time you walk past, you can’t take your eyes off of her. One day she speaks and the two of you schedule a late-night appointment. So she comes over and the two of you start touching. And Christopher the touching turns to kissRhoads ing. In your head you know where this is going, but then she asks you a question that you’re not quite

ready for: Have you been tested sexually? for sexually transmitted disSo how do you bring up the eases? question of one’s sexual history Though it without making should be, that the situation scenario is not a uncomfortable common one. for both parties? Ladies, why would Talk of one’s Avoiding the sexual history is question puts you allow someone — usually at too or better yet something oneself reserved for great a risk of — into your body that more meaningcatching a sexuful relationally transmitted you have no knowlships, and when disease that may edge of? This is not there is enough be incurable or “Fear Factor.” time shared fatal. between partDirect honesty ners to learn of is the only way. such history. Get to the point. But does that mean that the Death is direct, so why be indiquestion shouldn’t be brought rect. up with people you don’t plan to It is not only one’s right to have any extended exposure to have this information; it is your

obligation to find out when the person you plan to engage in sexual activity with was last tested. Ladies, why would you allow someone — or better yet something — into your body that you have no knowledge of? This is not “Fear Factor.” Fellas, why would you get yourself into something you can’t get out of (pun intended)? Anyone that tells you that you don’t need to know this information is not worth the risk, no matter what they look like. Sex is an intimate matter that can have grave consequences. Those who don’t get tested are fools. Those who don’t concern themselves with the history of someone they get involved with are imbeciles.

HIV, STDs up at NC campuses S

ince June 2001, at least 56 college students in North Carolina have been newly diagnosed with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. This increase has been sudden and is being touted as a new outbreak that may extend to other campuses in the Southeastern United States. If the initial 2003 incidence rates are mainDr. Peter tained, North Leone Carolina will experience a 21 percent increase in the rate of HIV cases reported for 18-35 year-old males, a 19 percent increase for 18-35 year-old females, and a 21 percent increase for 18-35 yearolds. In Wake County alone, the number of infected 18-25 year olds increased from six in 1998 to 23 in 2002. These numbers, along with similar numbers for syphilis, show that we are now seeing the return of syphilis and the sudden resurgence of HIV in young adults nationally and in North Carolina. An outbreak of HIV has never been previously noted among college students. In response, a team of five individuals from the Centers for Disease Control and

Prevention have been assigned primary HIV within 1-2 weeks to North Carolina to assist with after an individual is infected. the state’s ongoing investigation. Many, if not most, individuals The new HIV with primary HIV cases were infection have identified nonspecific viral through volunsymptoms that Now is the time to take may include fever, tary counseling and testing rash and swollen an inventory of your services. lymph nodes. own risk factors for Since most Physicians freHIV, syphilis and other quently mistake students have not traditionally the symptoms for sexually transmitted considered the flu, infectious diseases. themselves at mononucleosis, risk for HIV genital herpes or infection, the 56 a “nonspecific” new cases viral illness. almost certainly Individuals with represent only the beginning of a primary HIV have extremely new wave of infections. high viral levels in blood and They also are associated with genital secretions and may be 10 meeting partners in clubs and to1,000 times more infectious via the Internet and involved a than individuals in the later network of over 30 colleges and stages of HIV infection. universities. Rapid transmission from These new HIV cases suggest partner to partner may occur that the virus is being transmitduring this phase, since individted rapidly via sexual networks uals are not aware of infection of young adults. and may not be using barrier When syphilis and HIV are methods to prevent transmisfound within the same sexual sion to partners. network, the risk of HIV transUnless primary HIV infection mission and acquisition may is suspected and an appropriate increase five to ten fold. test for detection of HIV in the HIV and STD testing is availblood is done, the diagnosis may able at local health departments be missed entirely. and for college students at stuA new program for HIV testdent health services. ing and screening for primary Traditional HIV antibody test- HIV was instituted in November ing will detect the virus 8-12 2002 through the joint efforts of weeks after infection. the HIV/STD Prevention and Special screening tests have Care branch of the N.C. been developed that can detect Department of Health and


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Human Services, the N.C. Public Health Laboratory and UNCChapel Hill. Now is the time to take an inventory of your own risk factors for HIV, syphilis and other sexually transmitted diseases. The only safe sex is no sex, but there are other steps you can take towards risk reduction. Know your HIV and syphilis status and know your partner’s status, too. If you chose to be sexually active, then use condoms for oral, anal or vaginal sex. If you engaged in recent unprotected sex, get tested. Should you develop fever, rash and swollen glands within 2- 4 weeks of having unprotected sex, see your clinician and discuss having an HIV test done that includes testing for primary HIV. All North Carolina county health departments offer free, confidential HIV testing that will also allow the diagnosis of primary HIV. The recent trends in HIV seen on our college campuses reflect the national trend of increasing HIV rates in young adults. If you are sexually active, you are potentially at risk for HIV infection whether you are straight, gay or bisexual. Peter Leone, MD, is an associate professor of infectious diseases at UNCniversity of North-Chapel Hill School of Medicine. He is also medical director of the HIV/STD Prevention and Care Branch of the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services.

by Christopher Rhoads

Question: Do you think it’s important to know your partner’s sexual history? “If you’re going to be in any relationship involving sex, honesty is important so I can know what I’m getting into .” – Amber Banks

“Of course. I want to know if the girl I am getting involved with sexually has been involved with a lot of other guys.” –Robert Seawright

“Yes. I can’t be intimate with someone until I know who they have slept with and whether or not they’ve been tested” –Tiffany Blakemore

Sound Off by C.L. Rhoads & Marcus Smith


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