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Mold closes dorms, bond funds diverted

Our editor talks mold with Chancellor Ammons

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Campus Echo 2003: Year of the mold

New York fights over 9/11 attack site Ground Zero plans anger some BY JOSH GELTLIN LOS ANGELES TIMES

NEW YORK — As she stood in a pelting rain, holding a picture of her dead son, Rosemary Cain was ready to block traffic and be arrested at Ground Zero. She and other activists who lost loved ones on Sept. 11, were protesting plans to build shops and a train station where the twin towers once stood. This was sacred ground, they insisted at last week’s demonstration, and New York Gov. George Pataki had broken his pledge to protect it from development. “Enough is enough,” said Cain, whose firefighter son, George, died in the collapse of the second tower. “Desperate people have to do desperate things, and we’ve reached that point now in New York.” As the second anniversary of the terror attacks approaches, the sense of solemnity and civility that George E. once colored New Pataki York's approach to Governor of Sept. 11 issues is New York. disappearing. It has been replaced by partisan bickering and grass-roots discord over issues that would have been unthinkable a year ago, when emotions over the terror attacks were still raw and the grieving city was healing its wounds. Beyond conflicts over Ground Zero, there are debates whether President Bush has kept his pledge to provide $21 billion in aid to New York, and over the Environmental Protection Agency's recent admissions that officials misled the public about air quality in Lower Manhattan.


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Junior psychology major Jade West and psychology sophomore Chinyere Acholonu relax in South Terrace at Auburn, one of the apartments in which NCCU students have temporary housing.

Students settle into area hotels and apartments, and they learn to live with a daily shuttle commute. BY TRISH HARDY ECHO STAFF WRITER

On the first day of classes students not only had to worry about class schedules, financial aid lines, and billing concerns, many had to adjust to a new shuttle schedule. IncreasMold shuts ed enrollNew Residen- ments and tial Halls. the closing two –Page 2 of dorms by a mold infes-


tation have forced upwards of 900 students to live off campus. And the University has had to face the challenge of finding adequate transportation for all of them. “This is new to us,” said Roland Gaines, vice chancellor for student affairs. With every new situation there are problems. The shuttle schedule is no exception. There have been some complaints that it is an inconvenience to the students because they have to alter their extra-curricular activities. Some have complained about having to wake up earlier than they would normally, if they lived on campus. Renee Clark, a sophomore who had to move to Alta Trace Apartments, expressed her con-

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Students catching a Thorpe’s Inc. shuttle in front of the Taylor Education Building, Monday Sept. 8. The shuttles run from 7 a.m.–10 p.m. weekdays, and from 10 a.m.–9 p.m. on weekends at 30-minute intervals.

Hilton apologizes for back door policy Hotel chain makes amends, joins NCCU cluster program BY SARIA M. CANADY

Our intent in asking the students to use a separate entrance was to help ensure the safety and comfort of all our guests. — ROBERT J. MORSE PRES. OF OPERATIONS, INTERSTATE

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Durham Hilton, one of four area hotels housing NCCU students.


Students at N.C. Central University have received a public apology from the operators of the Hilton Durham hotel for a policy that the university found offensive: Students were barred from using the hotel’s front entrance as part of a contract the students were given to sign. In addition to issuing a public apology, the hotel agreed to grant a scholarship to an in-state student and to create internship positions with Interstate Hotels and Resorts, which operates the facility. The University arranged with four hotels and five apartment properties to house 900 students for the school year until repairs are made to dorms damaged by mold. The University held a press conference on Aug. 29 at the

hotel, where the hotel managers and operators openly apologized. The hotel revised the contract, omitting the language requiring students to use only the side and rear doors. In addition, the hotel agreed to grant a four-year scholarship to an in-state student and to create five student internship positions with Interstate Hotels and Resorts, which operates the facility. The University deal with the Hilton Durham and the other properties resulted from the closing in August of two residence halls built in 1999 so that the university could repair black mold damage possibly caused by the steam heating system and leaks. “Our intent in asking the students to use a separate entrance was to help ensure the safety and comfort of all our guests,” Robert J. Morse, president of operations at Interstate, said in a news

release. He acknowledged that the general manager of the hotel “used a poor choice of words when creating the agreement.” “He focused on the safety issue without considering how the words might be interpreted.” Morse said in the release. The university had not received copies of the policy before the students signed them. NCCU Chancellor James H. Ammons told the Herald-Sun newspaper, which disclosed the existence of the contracts Aug. 27, that the policy was unconscionable. “Our students and the entire NCCU family and all of the people who value human civil rights were offended,” Ammons said in a release. The policy was not issued at any of the other sites used by the university.

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Students and faculty will meet to remember Professor Lee Collins on Monday, Sept. 15 at 6 p.m. in the Alfonso Elder Student Union. Collins, 45, died in a Aug. 14 car accident while driving to Durham from Upper Marlboro, Md., his hometown. The accident occured when his car veered across the median and struck Political science another car in instructor Lee Wilson, N.C. Collins “It was raining, but we don’t know if he fell asleep or what,” Highway Patrol Trooper J.C. Howell told the Wilson Daily Times. The driver of

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$10.4M of bonds diverted New Residential Hall closing forces 500 off campus N.C. Central University has identified mold in many buildings at the university and has closed some and wings of the others so that cleaning operations can be carried out. The contamination of New Residence Hall Building 1 and New Residence Hall Building 2 has raised eyebrows because the dorms have only been open since 1999. “The dorms are supposed to be the newest buildings on campus and now they have mold problems,” said Joe Headen, a junior physical education and health major who was living in New Residence Hall One last semester “I am heartbroken. I am just heartbroken, for real,” said Jermod Mapp, a junior history major. “I cannot believe buildings built in 1999 are already having problems in 2003.” The causes of the mold are examined in a report released Tuesday by three firms, Clark Nexsen, Johnson Controls and E.I. Inc. According to the report the mechanical system in the buildings, construction problems, and lack of maintenance had contributed to excessive moisture levels leading to the growth of mold. The report recommends



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A sign at the door warns its reader that New Residence Hall 1 is closed for “mold remediation!!!!!” that the University “immediately initiate the repair/ improvement of the existing mechanical system.” Without such repairs, the study concludes, moisture and humidity levels will continue to lead to mold problems. Mold was discovered in the New Residence Halls two weeks before fall semester and the University administration managed to find alternative housing for students at local hotels and apartments. “I was devastated when one or two weeks before the opening of the fall semester mold was discovered in the new dorms,”

said NCCU Chancellor James H. Ammons. “My first action was to close them and work with apartments in the city to find places for students to stay.” Some students are now living in hotels including the Durham Marriott, the Hilton and Millennium Hotel. Gantt Huberman Architects, designed the new dorms and R.K. Stewart and Son Inc. of High Point was the general contractor. The architectural firm is owned by Harvey Gantt, former mayor of Charlotte and a former candidate for the U.S. Senate.

Gantt was informed of construction flaws when the dorms were opened in 1999 with a Oct. 7, 1999 letter from then NCCU physical plant director Edward Eng. Gantt, however, has denied that his company has anything to do with the problem, but he has offered to bring mold experts to determine the exact cause of the problem. According to Ammons his administration has been forced to shelve some projects to now focus on cleaning out mold in all the buildings. “The Hoey Administration building was due for renovations, but all that can wait. The health threatening problem of mold should be solved first,” he said. Ammons said that the UNC system Board of Directors has given the university permission to use $10.4 million of the bond money earmarked for other projects to clean the mold. But Ammons is not sure if that amount will be sufficient. “We were given the money before mold was identified [in the New Residencial Halls] and I am not sure if that amount will be enough,” Ammons said. In all, 14 NCCU buildings are affected by one or more species of mold.





Marie Neely, a senior broadcast media communications major living at the hotel, said she was insulted. “I pay to stay there, so I’m going to go out the front door,” she said. Neely said she didn’t read the contract well before signing it, but said that one of the hotel officials came to the students’ hall meeting to remind them not to use the front entrances. Neely also said the hotel shuttle taking students to and from school had dropped them off at the back door, but that that has

changed. Jennifer Wilder, the university’s residential life director, said she thinks the apology was well accepted by the university and students, many of whom attended the news conference. As an additional act, the hotel joined North Carolina Central’s Business and Industry Cluster Program, which develops long-term partnerships between the university and corporations to find mutually beneficial ways to support the university and provide the companies with trained students that they may recruit.

the other vehicle suffered minor injuries. According to the Highway Patrol Collins was not wearing a seat belt. Collins taught for four years in the Department of Political Science. “Mr. Collins was known to be a nice guy and a good professor,” said Anestacia Graham, a criminal justice junior. He was known for the passion he put into his teaching at NCCU. “He was a very joyous person, always smiling and speaking to everyone. He did travel a lot, and was also known as a family oriented

person,” said Jeana Haribson. Collins was born April 27, 1957 in Chicago. He earned his doctorate in political science from Howard University. Collins’ funeral was in Clinton, Md. He leaves behind his wife, Valerie, who he met while attending Howard University, and one son, Lee Malachi. Jarvis A. Hall, chair of the political science department descibed Collins as “a very friendly, very good colleague, a very student-oriented, and a very dedicated person.”


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Housing CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 cerns with the shuttle sity events that extended schedule and her band beyond the last pick-up practice schedule. have voiced their concerns. “I, like many other stuHe said the University dents, participate in organ- wants the students to tell izations that often require them if there are any late-night meetings or prac- events on campus they want tices,” said Clark. “I think to attend that may end later there should be an on-call than the current hours of number so that students the shuttle. with legitimate reasons can “The University is here ask for pick-up from cam- for the students and they pus.” should indicate their needs Some students have even to us.” Gaines said the expressed concerns that University is not going to the shuttle stops at 10 p.m., assume that students want but the library doesn’t close to attend these activities until 1 and need a . m . t r a n s Many stuportation. d e n t s “It is We are trying to be proaconly find expensive time to tive. All we want is for the r u n n i n g visit the the shuttles students to talk to us. library if there is — ROLAND GAINES no one on d u r i n g VICE CHANCELLOR, STUDENT AFFAIRS late hours. them,” he “This is said. supposed N . C . to be an Central institution began its of higher learning and the search for shuttle compastudents’ academics should nies by developing a list of be first priority,” said possibilities including Kirtisha Jones, a senior those who contacted the who has also been relocat- University. They then has ed to Alta Trace. “This can signed a two-month conbe a potential problem as tract with Thorpe’s Inc., the year goes on.” one of the three bids the Student transportation university received. fees of $25 per semester are “The University contactpaying for the transporta- ed me, but I heard about tion service. the problem in the paper,” The transportation serv- said Wayne Thorpe, owner ice account includes off- of Thorpe’s Inc. “I am very campus and campus shut- happy to be working with tles, as well as university the University.” The combuses. pany has provided transAccording to Gaines, the portation services to the University doesn’t want University in the past. relocated students to have Thorpe had good things to drive and worry about to say about the students’ parking. attitudes toward the servSome students have ice. “The students have decided to use their own been pretty understanding vehicles, finding it more and patient,” he said. convenient than waiting for There are two vans per the campus provided trans- route, the southern route portation. and the northern route. Sophomore Dennis The shuttles run from 7 Scott, a Doubletree Hotel a.m. until 10 p.m. during resident, opted after the the weekday and from 10 first day of classes not to a.m. until 9 p.m. on the take the shuttle because it weekends, operating in was late. He now rides with thirty-minute intervals. another off-campus stu- The shuttles will not run dent. “Once the schedule during fall break and gets worked out, I feel it Thanksgiving. needs to be seriously Thorpe’s Inc. hired 12 looked at to make sure that new drivers to accommoit is as effective and stu- date the University. dent friendly as possible,” Capacity has been anothScott said. er concern. The shuttles Because off-campus resi- can only hold 14 students. dents have limited access “There is not enough to the Internet, except room for everyone on these through using dial-up, they passenger vans,” said have to rely on the library’s Shacarra Taylor, a sophocomputers. more living at Doubletree. “I live with three other “Some students were sitpeople and we all need to ting on the floor because it use the Internet,” Jones was full.” said. “I have to either cut Because of problems down on the amount of time with capacity, the I stay on the phone when University has added a fifth my roommates need to use shuttle, only to be used the Internet, or they have to when overcrowding occurs. catch the shuttle to cam- “We are trying to be proacpus.” tive,” said Gaines. “All we Gaines said students want is for the students to who want to attend univer- talk to us.”

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Echo holds ‘boot camp’ for new talent BY JSHONTISTA VANN ECHO STAFF WRITER

The Campus Echo held its first ever boot camp to kick off the new mass communications major Aug. 28-Sept. 5 in the Farrison-Newton Communications Building. But it wasn’t a boot camp that had drill sergeants and a bunch of yelling. It was a week of professional journalists giving insight to young journalism majors on how to become successful in the field. Former Campus Echo Editor-in-Chief Mike Williams organized the boot camp. Williams is now a page designer with the News and Observer. The sessions were kicked off with an introductory session with former Campus Echo staff members and editors. Williams talked about what the student newspaper means and what the expectations are of those who get involved. “We’ve made history with the Echo in the past four years,” said Williams. “The paper has a reputation of being a top-flight student newspaper, and to keep this level of excellence new people have to come ready to work.” Others who spoke to the new students were Danny

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Ben Evans, city reporter with the Herald-S Sun, discusses news gathering techniques at the Aug. 29 Campus Echo Journalism Boot Camp as Dr. Robert Nowell looks on. Hooley, a former Campus Echo editor-in-chief. Hooley is now a reporter with the North Raleigh News and Observer. Ben Evans, a reporter from the Durham HeraldSun, spoke at the second session about news gathering techniques.

Evans touched on many ways to get information you need when writing a good story. Evans is one of the reporters working on the mold problem at N.C. Central University. Evans gave the students tips on unlikely places to look for information.

The boot camp then shifted gears. Echo staff members introduced participants to the kinds of things that must be done to get the paper ready to go to press. Students learned a variety of things like how to process images and how each computer is set up to do a design

a different section of the paper. The fourth session was directed by NCCU alumnus DeMorris Lee. Lee gave examples of how to write a good news lead, the first few sentences of the news story. “The lead is the hook that catches readers,” he said. Lee was a sports reporter for the Campus Echo and has worked as a reporter for the News and Observer for seven years. He is currently leading the coverage of the Michael Peterson murder trial in Durham. Lee was excited when he was told he would be speaking about leads because he said it is the most important aspect of a story. “Without a good lead,” he said, “you have nothing.” The last session featured another NCCU alumnus and a cops reporter at the News and Observer, Thomasi McDonald. McDonald talked about ways of bringing the information and the lead together to write a strong news story. McDonald said the most important thing to do when writing a story is to get the facts right, and he offered how to make a news story work with the information you have. He also told students not to be discouraged when people call you and get angry about a story you wrote.

We’ve made history with the Echo in the past four years, and it has a reputaion of being a top-flight newspaper. — MIKE WILLIAMS


“People call me all the time upset about what I write,” he said. “But as long as I report the truth I don’t worry about it.” dePyssler said the boot camp sessions were a great way to start the new mass communications major. The mass communication major offers concentrations in broadcast media, communication studies, and journalism. “There were a lot of hoops to jump through to get this major underway,” said Campus Echo adviser Bruce dePyssler, an assistent professor in the English and Mass Communication D e p a r t m e n t . “The proposal to the UNC system argued that NCCU should adopt this program because minorities are not adequately represented in the journalism workplace. I can’t think of a better place to get students started in journalism than NCCU.”

NCCU fights sickle cell with campus blood drive BY TASHA BAYARD ECHO STAFF WRITER

N.C. Central University will join with Bridges Point Foundation to host a blood drive this Friday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Alfonso Elder Student Union. The non-profit program founded in 1997 supports individuals living with sickle cell. Richard Robinson, a 35year-old alumnus from NCCU battles with the disease. The

blood drive will be conducted by Elaine Whitworth, founder and director of Health Education and Mrs. Louis Coburn, assistant coordinator, who has been with the foundation since 2000. “We are trying to bring awareness and exposure and feel like donations will help people with sickle cell,” Whitworth said. Robinson has lived with sickle cell his entire life. He and Whitworth spoke at

the university on Sept. 2 informing students of the disease and what it’s like having to cope with the it. Robinson explained that the disease is a genetic blood disorder that occurs when two sickle cell genes are inherited. With sickle cell, the red blood cells that would normally be round in shape are changed in a sickle shape, which decreases their ability to carry oxygen throughout the body. “If you marry someone

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said. “I am unemployed and on disability, but the state won’t pay for my medicine.” Robinson’s last job was at Duke. Ironically, he was healthy until the age of 30 when he suffered a mid-life crisis, which led him to the emergency room. “When I turned 30 I started to let things bother me that wouldn’t,” he said. “90% of the pain is psychological and when I am stressed I allow it to

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Community service now online BY JOANNA HERNANDEZ ECHO STAFF WRITER

N.C. Central University students used to go to the Academic Community Service Learning Program office to get their community service hours assigned, but now they can do it online with less paperwork. Students can access the Web site from the NCCU home page by selecting Student Life, then selecting community service. “The site helped me decide what I could do for my community service,” said nursing freshman Veronica Fleming, who will work with a support service for pregnant women because she plans to be a midwife. Brooklyn House Entertainment, a company formed by NCCU Alumni, designed the Web site. Derek Brison, NCCU’s Web master, created the volunteer form. ACSLP’s Technology Coordinator Josh Goldblatt said the new system saves a lot of time and resources. “With this new feature there is no line, and not a lot of paper work, so it saves paper,” said Goldblatt. At the Web site, students will find everything they need: a registration form, participating agencies to select from, a list of community service hours earned, and ACSLP’s calendar of events. “All 303 agencies and one-time events are listed,” said Gilberto Sherwood, ACSLP’s project



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Gilberto Sherwood, project manager for Academic Community Service Learning Program helped design the ACSLP website. manager. Sherwood also works with Brooklyn House Entertainment. “It saves a lot of time.” More than 500 have already submitted community service applications online. “A lot of students are excited about this,” said Goldblatt. However, many students don’t know that they can register for their community service online. “Considering it’s the first year [the Web link is available], I am not surprised,” said Bionca Brown, a human services freshman. “But I think it is great.”

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An organization at N.C. Central University is studying ways to solve the growing problem of youth crime in the United States. The Juvenile Justice Institute at NCCU, located in the Criminal Justice Building, conducts research on juvenile delinquency, and is an important resource for policy-makers and programs in North Carolina geared toward improving the lives of youth offenders. The JJI has conducted studies such as the “Over representation of Ethnic Minority Youth in North Carolina’s Juvenile System” and “African American Youth Academic Performance: Cultural and Ecological Risks and Protective Factors.” As reported by the U.S. Department of Justice, offenses such as murder, robbery, rape, aggravated assault, burglary, larceny, auto theft and arson handled in the nation’s juvenile courts have increased 33 percent over the last decade. According to the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, studies show that it is likely

that youth offenders will become chronic offenders. Dr. Abel Ekpunobi, senior researcher and executive director of the JJI at NCCU, believes in improving education for North Carolina’s youth as a means to tackle the number of y o u t h offenders and their re-entry into the juvenile court system. Instead of workAbel Ekpunobi, ing with acting director of individNCCU’s Juvenile ual youth Justice Institute offende r s , Ekpunobi supports “influencing the juvenile justice system on a macro-level because it will make more of a difference.” The JJI works with the North Carolina family court system and various community-based agencies, evaluating their programs and making recommendations based on studies. The JJI also holds conferences at NCCU, distributing information concerning prominent issues in the community to practitioners

as well as faculty and representatives in the public. According to Ekpunobi the program is designed “to enhance the lives of juvenile offenders, their families, and their communities.” A conference, “Best Practices in Juvenile Transition and Community Aftercare Services,” was held this past May. NCCU Chancellor James Ammons attended the conference. “This conference showcased NCCU’s interest in making a difference in the lives of youth, and the influence of the Juvenile Justice Institute on the improvement of juvenile re-entry programs,” said Ekpunobi. This academic year, the JJI hopes to revamp and relaunch its web site, making it available for public education, and providing more tools for policy makers and practitioners. The JJI also hopes to partner with several federal offices in order to receive funding for future projects. “We are here and open for business,” said Ekpunobi “We have a lot of technology, training and resources that are available to other departments on campus for projects. We hope to enlarge our [upcoming] projects to include students.”

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Student Leadership, Training and Development “Committed to the belief that every student at N.C. Central University has leadership potential.” Discover our Leadership Programs ~ Leadership Certificate Programs ~ Attend workshops and earn a certification given at a graduation ceremony. ~ Emerging Leaders Program ~ First year students build their leadership skills, network with university officials, and work with upper-class mentors. ~ Organization Blast 03 ~ Find out about University clubs and organizations. Thursday, Oct. 9. From 4-7: 30 pm at McLendon-McDougald Gymnasium. ~ Women in Leadership Development Conference ~ Explore your leadership skill and meet women from area universities when they gather at NC State University. Register by Sept. 18. ~ LEAD 2004 ~ Attend a training session or present a workshop at this spring event. ~ Student Development Incentive Grants ~ Clubs and organizations can apply for $200 grants and earn a $400 "Best Use" incentive grant. Organizations must register with Student Leadership by Sept. 22 and apply for the grant by Oct. 29. ~ Mentors Offering Direction, Encouragement and Leadership Strategies for Success ~ Upper class MODELS participate in the Emerging Leaders Program and other activities. If you want to be a MODEL attend the 10:40 am recruiting meeting Thursday, Oct. 2 in the Student Union, room 146. ~ Fund Raising ~ Raise funds for your organization during the Fall Open House on Saturday, Oct. 18, 2003. Register and reserve space by Wednesday, Oct. 8. ~ All Campus Planning Day ~ Attend All Campus Planning Day and get your student organization’s calendar of activities in the 2004-2005 Academic Planner. Noon, Tuesday, April 6.

For more information on our Student Leadership, Training and Development programs contact Peggy Watson Alexander at (919) 530-7088 or drop by the Student Services Building, suite 236. Clubs and orgnizations Find out about our Student Development Incentive Grants. Pick up an application starting Oct. 10.

Peggy Watson Alexander and Reva Adams-Bell provide food and refreshments to Trinidadians and Haitians whose flights were cancelled during the recent electrical blackout. Alexander is the Director of Student Leadership, Training, and Development and Adams-Bell is the Program Assistant. NCCU and FDY/Sodexho provided the food. Mark these events and deadlines Monday, Sept. 15 at 6 pm ~ “Financial Management: How to Develop a Budget,” A. E. Student Union, Room 146/146A. Dean James H. Williams, School of Business.

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Wednesday, Sept. 17 at 6 pm ~ “Creative Memory Albums: Sharing Your NCCU Legacy Through Pictorial Histories.” Barbara Leedy, Consultant, Creative Memories. Thursday, Sept. 18 ~ Deadline to register for Women in Leadership Development Conference. Monday, Sept. 22 ~ Deadline to register and establish clubs and organizations. Tuesday, Sept. 23 at 6 pm ~ “Parliamentary Procedures: What The Heck Are Robert's Rules Of Order.” A. E. Student Union, Room 146/146A. Attorney Acie Ward, School of Business. Thursday, Oct. 2 at 10:40 am ~ MODELS recruiting meeting. Student Union, room 146.

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Ammons: All about mold Editor-in-Chief Lovemore Masakadza’s talks with Chancellor James H. Ammons and focuses on one issue: the impact of mold on NCCU.

that money's coming from but it has to come from somewhere. They are going to be fixed, okay?


So, tell us how the administration worked to solve the Hilton hotel problem.



Let's talk about the history of the mold problem. When did you find out about it?

JA: The first indication was in Chidley dormitory and the Lee Biology building that we closed spring semester. That building has now been cleaned, renovated, and is now open. We learned about new resident hall one about a week before the students were expected to return to campus for the fall. We had a Board of Governors meeting and they gave me permission to use some of the bond money to do an assessment of the campus because we found that we had steam problems and mold in some of the buildings on campus, including building one. At first, we thought we had a problem with the telephone and cable lines in a communications room on the fifth floor. But, because we had the money to do a full assessment, we asked them to take a look at the whole facility. And that's when they found it. We then moved quickly to close it down and make arrangements for students to live off campus. It was devastating. That was the last thing we expected to find. We knew we had a problem in that communications room, but we had no idea we had mold throughout both of those facilities. LM:

So, what were the first actions you made after you discovered the problem?

JA: The first action was to close it and work with hotels and apartments in the city to find places for students to stay. LM:

Would you say this has been the biggest challenge the administration has faced?

JA: The condition of the campus is definitely one of the biggest challenges we have faced. And it's not just those two dorms, but the condition of facilities throughout the campus. And because the new residence halls are only four years old, it was totally unexpected. LM:

When you say the condition of the campus in general, can you elaborate on that?


The average age of our dormitories is 50 years old. So, we have an old campus that hasn't received the kind of maintenance and attention that's needed to keep it up and running at the standard that we want. So, while we have the bond money, we are doing some renovations and building a new dorm and new science complex across from Fayetteville Street. We still have issues in several of our buildings that need to be addressed immediately.


What can you say are some of the causes of the mold problem in the new dorms?


We don't know yet. The final report should be out this week. I think if I gave you some causes now, I would be speculating because I don't know. This report is going to give us the causes and recommendations on how to go about fixing the problem we have in those two dorms.

GINEEN GLENN/Campus Echo Staff Photographer

NCCU Chancellor James H. Ammons talks with Campus Echo editor Lovemore Masakadza about the mold problem and what is being done to correct it. They met in the Chancellor’s office on Friday, Sept. 5.


Do you have any estimates on how much it's going to cost?.


Not yet. That is going to be in a separate letter from the report that we are getting. It will show what needs to be done to ensure that we have a safe and healthy environment for our students to live in. And it will also have a timeline of how long it will take to fix it.


Where do you think the money is going to come from?


(laughs) Well, the board of governors gave us the authority to use $10.4 million of bond allocation to take care of ten buildings on the campus. But that was done prior to us finding mold in the residential halls. So technically, I don't know where the money is going to come from. So once I get the report with the recommendations, timeline, and cost, I'll meet with UNC-system President Broad and we'll have to develop a strategy for finding the funding to fix those two residential halls and to fix them quickly.


What kind of action will prevent this kind of problem in the future?


We'll know once we get the report to show us the causes of the problem in the new residence halls. In other places on campus, we’re fixing the steam system because it has been identified as one of the causes in those buildings. Another one of the causes has been leaky roofs. So we're putting new roofs on buildings and taking care of mechanical systems, the central air and heating systems. We think that once we take care of those problems in the other buildings, we will have the answer to making sure that these problems don't happen again.


I know you had some projects you were developing for the university and now you are concen-

trating on the renovations. So, could we say that the cost of the renovations will affect the other projects that you had in mind?

JA: First of all, the $10.4 million that was used for the ten buildings has already impacted other projects on the campus. For instance, we need to use extra money from the bond to fix the residential halls like Annie Day Shepard and academic buildings like the Fine Arts building, MillerMorgan, etc that have or are likely to have evidence of a mold problem. So we're taking care of the health issues as opposed to doing renovations, in say, the administration building. LM:

How well have the different departments responded to the mold problem?


I think it's remarkable what the division of Student Affairs did in less than two weeks. About 524 students were directly impacted because they could not live in the residential halls. Student Affairs found a place for every student who was supposed to go into those dorms. In addition to that, they also worked out transportation. We have shuttles that run between the campus and each of those off campus sites every thirty minutes bringing students to and from school. I think what Mr. Gaines, vicechancellor for Student Affairs, and Ms. Wilder, director of residential life, did was truly remarkable and I commend them for their professionalism and dedication to the students of NCCU.


As far as the shuttles are concerned, we've heard students that live in the hotels and apartments complain that if they miss the shuttle they miss class.


Well, one of things that they should do is move a little earlier. You should plan ahead to insure you are there, because things happen.


Are you satisfied with the kind of support you have been getting from the UNC school systems?.


Yes, we are. They’ve moved quickly to give us permission to use the funding that we have so that we can solve these problems. I think they are doing the best they can do. Once we get this report and have an opportunity to discuss it, I am certain that the UNC system will be with us to find the funding to make certain that we can reopen those dorms as soon as possible.

LM: What are some of the reactions of the parents? JA:

They're mixed. Some parents don't want students living off campus, others are very commendable of us for being able to act so quickly to solve this problem.


Do you think that these problems are going to affect next year's enrollment?


No, I really don't. Because, by this time next year all of these problems will be taken care of and we are going to have a much better campus. We are getting ready to go to work right now on several of these buildings that have these problems.


Chancellor Ammons, you said that you don't know where you're going to get the money from, but you are hoping that everything will be put into place.


Well, not everything. But we are going to be well on our way. We've got $10.4 million dollars that they approved for me to use on the ten buildings that we knew we had problems in. We have that money right now and the work is getting ready to start. The buildings that we don't have money for are those two new residential halls. We don't know where

First of all, I think the entire university community was offended. I think I can speak on the behalf of anyone who values human and civil rights. It was just unconscionable that our students would be asked to use rear and side entrances and not be allowed to use the front entrance of a hotel that we're paying to have our students to live in. The day after, I got a call from Roger Morse, president and chief operating officer of Interstate Hotels and Resorts, which owns the Hilton. He was very apologetic and wanted me to be assured that this was not the policy of Interstate. Right after that, I got a call from the Attorney General of North Carolina, Roy Cooper, and a call from the secretary of the N.C. Dept. of Administration Gwen Swenson. They both wanted to know how their offices could be helpful. I asked them both to give me the opportunity to have a full and complete briefing by our Student Affairs division and also an opportunity to talk to Mr. Morse. When I talked with him, he wanted to know how Interstate could make this right because they too were offended by the language in the Durham Hilton contract. So, I talked about it with Student Affairs and we determined that there was really no malice in what they did. It was just a bad decision and wasn't done to create a class system at the hotel. We didn't think that it was necessary for the Attorney General to launch a fullscale investigation. But, since Interstate and the Hilton had come forward to find out how they could make this right with the University, we felt we should give negotiations a try. The first thing that I wanted done was to have Mr. Morse come to the hotel and publicly apologize to our students. He agreed to do it at a joint newscast that was broadcast on the local stations. The second thing that I wanted them to do was remove that language from the contract, which they did. And thirdly, I wanted to have an opportunity to build a relationship with Interstate. So, I asked them to become a member of our business and industry cluster, and they accepted. I also asked them to give support to our scholarship programs, which they agreed to do. I asked them to bring our students into their organization as a part of an internship relationship. They agreed to have five students intern with Interstate and the Hilton over the next three summers. I also asked them to come to our university and recruit students for management positions within their hotel chain, and they agreed. Also, students who live at the hotel will receive a $200 food subsidy.


Finally, is there anything that you want to say to the university community about this mold problem?

JA: I want the university community to know that we are going to work diligently to eradicate mold from the campus environment. This is a time of inconvenience and uncertainty and the university community has stuck with us throughout. This Sept. 5 interview was transcribed by Joelena Woodruff, assistant editor.

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WTC CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 There is also wrangling over the Republican Party’s decision to hold its presidential convention in New York next summer. GOP officials insist they will not politicize Sept. 11 during the festivities, which are scheduled just before the third anniversary, but activists who oppose the president contend that the party will exploit the backdrop to boost Bush’s re-election campaign. “The intensity of these New York debates has increased in recent months, and it’s largely a spinoff of the national debate over Iraq, which has also gotten more partisan,’’ said Fred Siegel, a history professor at Cooper Union College here. “This trend is going to continue, because when it comes to 9/11 the floodgates have opened.’’ None of these disputes are new, but they had been greatly muted amid citywide efforts to rally New Yorkers, and by what seemed to be an unspoken agreement among officials to tone down rhetoric on Sept. 11 issues as the city mourned. Today, New Yorkers remain wary of terrorism, with 86 percent saying another attack is possible or likely, according to a Daily News poll by Blum and Weprin Associates. But the mood here seems more relaxed, either because people are accustomed to the threat or resigned that they can do little about it, pollsters say. And as fears subside, along with the sense of a city under siege, divisiveness has come back to the fore. The attempt by Cain’s group to shut down Ground Zero with an act of civil disobedience, for example, marked a departure for many family activists, whose activities have been largely confined to quiet, closed-door meetings with politicians and redevelopment officials. Although police frustrated the protest by closing the gates to the work site before demonstrators arrived, leaders promised to return to the busy, 16-acre construction area this week with new demonstrations. Pataki, reacting to the activists’ criticism, told reporters: “My heart goes out to the families. We’re doing everything we can to be as respectful and supportive and understanding of the families’ desires while we continue to move forward.’’ At the heart of the dispute is

The intensity of these New York debates has increased in recent months, and it’s largely a spinoff of the national debate over Iraq, which has also gotten more partisan. . — FRED SIEGEL


the definition of “foot print,’’ the term used to describe the two unmarked rectangles where the twin towers stood. Pataki has pledged not to allow development on the footprints, but current plans call for reconstruction of a New Jersey PATH train and other infrastructure six to seven stories below ground — down to the so-called bedrock level. Family members have said both foot prints, reaching down to the bedrock, should be protected, because many bodies were found in rubble deep beneath the surface of the World Trade Center. Plans to build below ground in that contested area were disclosed only recently. Currently, Ground Zero is a busy construction site. A new train terminal is rising in the pit, and final adjustments are being made to a blueprint — approved earlier this year — calling for massive new office buildings and the world’s largest tower. Later this year, officials with the Lower Manhattan Development Corp. will announce the winner of a design competition for a memorial structure. Many of these plans have sparked controversy, including debates over whether emergency and rescue workers should have their own memorial. There are also concerns about whether developer Larry Silverstein, who leased the property from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, will have enough funds on hand to complete the commercial development. Beyond Ground Zero, New Yorkers are debating whether


Rescue workers remove a body from Ground Zero, Thursday, Sept. 13, 2001 Bush will honor his pledge to give the city $21.4 billion for economic recovery. The White House insists it will keep this promise, and Mayor Michael Bloomberg, among a host of local, state and federal GOP officials, believes the administration has been good to its word. Last week, however, New York City Comptroller William C. Thompson released a report contending that the actual figure has been adjusted to $20.8 billion, and that some $3.7 billion is at risk of being lost because it has not yet been earmarked for specific projects. The shortfall, he said, was “disappointing to all New Yorkers’’ and had become “a moral issue. America and the president said they would stand with us in our time of need. Now we’re saying we need to make sure we utilize every dollar.’’ There has been even greater acrimony over recent EPA admissions that officials gave misleading assurances to the public that the air in Lower Manhattan was safe to breathe after the attacks. These assurances were made before the agency had data to back up such claims, and White House officials with the Council on Environmental Quality removed cautionary statements from several EPA press releases, according to an internal study by

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Architect Daniel Libeskid’s design for the World Trade Center is shown at a York city news conference Thursday, Feb. 27. The design was selected from hundreds of proposed designs. the agency released last month. Democratic officials have reacted angrily. Sens. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., and Joe Lieberman, D-Conn., sent a letter to Bush saying that the reports of White House efforts to tone down environmental warnings, if true, were “galling and beyond comprehension.’’ Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., a longtime EPA critic, told reporters that the action showed “a reckless disregard for human life.’’ Presidential candidate Howard Dean and others have called for congressional hearings on the issue.

There is similar indignation over charges that the White House will attempt to exploit the imagery and memories of Sept. 11 during the 2004 GOP convention in New York. Kieran Mahoney, a veteran GOP consultant in New York, said Republicans will tread carefully to respect the site and steer clear of opportunism. “Nobody wants to politicize these events,’’ he said. “But on the other hand, combating terrorism is one of this president’s finest achievements, and it is probably the central question for the next leader of the United States. You can’t avoid it.’’

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Last day for filing applications for the Master's foreign language examinations to be taken this semester.

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Last day for deans to submit course offerings for Spring, 2004.

Fall Convocation at 10 am in McLendon-McDougald Gymnasium (Classes suspended from 10 am to 1 pm).

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Quilts put to everyday use ANGELA N. HAILE ECHO STAFF WRITER

If they are not boxed in an attic, present day quilts are usually used for warmth. During slavery they were used for escape. More than 100 people learned this lesson firsthand at the free symposium and workshop held by the N.C. Central University Art Museum on Saturday, Aug. 23 where the FarmerJames Collection of African-American quilts are on display for the first time in the Research Triangle Park area. The exhibit will be on display until Oct. 3. Visitor hours are from 9-5 p.m Tuesday – Friday and on Sunday from 2-5 p.m with free admission. The Farmer-James collection has 60 quilts dating as far back as the Civil War. Each quilt varies in patterns that ‘chronicle the resolve, creativity, and warmth of AfricanAmericans,’ and almost all share North Carolinian origins. One of the symposium speakers, Elsa Barkley Brown, history professor at the University of Maryland, discussed the history of African-American quilt making. “It is important for things of the past to be shown in the present,” said theatre and mass commu-

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T h e F a r m e r -JJ a m e s C o l l e c t i o n o f A f r i c a n -A American Quilts will be on exhibit in the N.C. Central University Art Museum until October 3. nication senior Lorenzo Phillips. “If we did not see them, how would we understand our history.” It has been noted in oral history that quilts were used to aid in the escape of runaway slaves. There are

10–12 basic patterns stitched and encoded into the design of each quilt hung on fences or porches to be easily seen along the Underground Railroad. One specific pattern called a “Monkey Wrench”

was hung to signal the gathering of provisions for the journey to freedom. A “Carpenter’s Wheel,” in turn, would mean to proceed with the plans. Experts believe that the symbol of a wagon was

used to tell slaves when it was time to gather up necessities that would fit into a wagon. “Strip quilts” were often made of easy to find materials, and sometimes, old neckties. These quilts were

tied, not quilted. There were also many tips at the symposium on preserving quilts. “Strong light damages the quilt,” said Louise Benner, associate curator of costume & design at the North Carolina Museum of History, “so it is not wise to hang it on a wall or drape it over a bed.” “Do not put your quilt in a washing machine and do not try to spot clean it since this can make the problem worse,” said Benner. “We’ll be glad to look at your quilts and make some recommendations.” “It was an overwhelming success,” said Kenneth Rodgers, art museum director at NCCU and moderator of this event. “There were [attendants] from as far away as Pennsylvania and Norfolk, Virginia.” Junior music major, Mavis Poole first went to the museum for a class assignment and really enjoyed the display. “Going to museums is important because that is the way some people express themselves and record historic events,” said Poole. “More people need to come and view the exhibit. If I am a double major and I can, anyone can.” — Additional staff reporting by Julius Jones

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Your Precious Love The Closer I get to you Ain’t no mt. high enough The time of my life Islands in the stream

Southern rapper T.I. fills the prescription for reality music with his sophomore album, Trap Muzik, released on Atlantic/Grand Hustle Records. Entering fourth on the Billboard 200 national

album chart, Trap Muzik, uncovers some of T.I.’s personal life experiences, depicting the unrefined essence of the streets and unveiling the grim realities of the drug game. Painting a colorful picture of his coming of age in Atlanta and working in the trap, T.I., also known as T.I.P made one of the year’s most impressive debuts when his album dropped Aug.19. A veteran to the rap

game, in 2001 T.I. released “I’m Serious,” with Arista Records and two underground mixtapes, “In Da Streets” Parts 1 & 2, which showcased his trademark southern drawl and lyrical genius. But it was his guest appearance this summer on fellow Southern rapper Bonecrusher’s “Never Scared” that helped to generate the much-needed hype for the release of Trap Muzik. Trap Muzik enlists the help of DJ Toomp, David Banner, Jazze Pha and Kanye West in production while 8-Ball & MJG and Bun B of UGK make vocal appearances. The title track “Trap Muzik,” uses hard-hitting bass lines to help portray the life of someone living or working in the “trap” or place where drug transactions are handled. While the leading single “24’s” speaks about the redundant themes of money, cars and clothing, T.I. shows his versatility on the cut “Be Better Than Me” where he encourages

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today’s youth to find legal ways to achieve success. On “Kingofdasouth,” T.I. defends his self-proclaimed title of King of the South: “ I’m a legend in my own time/ A prophet in my own rhymes.” Over a laid back instrumental T.I. warns others to be laid back in order to avoid controversy on the cut “Be Easy.” The sampled chorus on “Doin’ My Job,” which sounds oddly like the work of The Diplomats, shows the tough lifestyle T.I. has led as he speaks about his earlier days and his involvement in the drug trade and showcases the introspective side of T.I. “Let me tell you something,” produced by Kanye West of Roc-a-Fella fame, samples 80’s classic “I want to be your man.” On the track T.I. boasts about being a playboy yet dedicating himself to one woman. Although the themes of drug dealing can sometimes seem redundant, Trap Muzik is a clear reflection of T.I.’s professional growth as a lyricist. Trap Muzik presents the unvarnished truth about the drug trade. Trap Muzik, with heartfelt lyrics and colorful depictions of life, will instantly suck you in like quicksand leaving you feeling happily trapped. — Gineen A. Glenn




Mike City is currently working on his personal album titled “Mike City a.k.a Mikey Day sing-a a-llong, Volume One.”

Unsung Alum makes it in the city


“It was just crazy,” says Michael “Mike City” Flowers when his dreams to plunge into the music industry came true in 2000 while working with Bad Boy recording Artist Carl Thomas’ on his #1 Single “I Wish.” A 1993 graduate of N.C. Central University, Flowers says,“a lot of people that attend NCCU do not think that success can happen. It can [happen] but you have to make it happen. Nothing is ever given to you.” Flowers came to NCCU as a business major, but quickly changed his focus to music. “Being a voice major made me fundamentally sound,” said Flowers “My professors were really strict, but it helped.” The songwriter, producer, founder and CEO of Unsung Entertainment, Inc. also admits that he did not always do his best in college. “I should have studied hardier when I was in school but I had a gift from God and He gave me a chance to use it.” The Willingboro, N.J. native credits NCCU and

I am living proof that you can come from NCCU and be successful. — MIKE CITY


living in the South to his success. “It was different coming down south,” says Flowers. “NCCU helped influence the way I produce [music] by introducing me to different types of music. That’s why my sound is so unique. If I would have gone to a different school in a different area, I might have a whole different twist to my music.” After obtaining his degree, Flowers ran into an 8-year dry spell. “Before I made it, things were kind of rough. I went to barber school and started cutting hair on the side to support myself until success came.” Flowers remembers that before success came competition was always a part of his life. “People have to want success on their own in this business. There are no handouts. It is so competi-

tive that you have to hold on to everything you obtain because you will get left out.” “When I first worked with Carl Thomas, I was last on the album. There were people with hit records out way before I was even on the music scene. But by me coming and boosting up the game, I knocked them off of the album.” Flowers said he puts his best foot forward, and he knows that nothing is guaranteed. “Success is not going to happen just like that. And if it does it will disappear just as fast as it happened,” says Flowers. “I am living proof that you can come from NCCU and be successful.” Flowers has worked with many artist including Grammy Award winning Brandy (“Full Moon”), Sunshine Anderson (“Heard It All Before”), Dave Hollister (“One Woman Man”), and Usher (“Hottest Thing”). Flowers is currently in production working with Mary Mary, Eric Benét, Kelly Price, and Yolanda Adams. His personal upcoming project titled “Mike City a.k.a Mikey Day, Sing-along-Volume One.”

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Morehouse sees Broadway show

Eagles ‘D’ is the key Head football coach Rod Broadway wants to have a wide-open offense, but knows defense will win. BY ROBERT HUNTER ECHO STAFF WRITER

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Adrian Warren eludes a Morehouse defensive lineman Samalj Gordon while passing the ball downfield to an open receiver in the Eagles’ 31-2 24 win over Morehouse during the Eagles’ first home game on Sept. 6.


After losing to N.C. A&T State in the Aggie-Eagle Classic, N.C. Central University showed the potential of their new wideopen offense that head coach Rod Broadway promised to have when he NCCU 31 was introduced as MC 24 the Eagles’ new coach back in January; as they defeated Morehouse College in their home opener 31-24 at O’Kelly-Riddick Stadium last Saturday. Both teams’ offense totaled over 300 yards, but it was NCCU that had the better game. It was led by sophomore quarterback Adrian Warren, senior running back Lawrence Fuller and junior wide receiver Maurice Glenn. Wa r r e n completed 10 of 23 passes for 101 yards and rushed 62 yards on 17 carries. Fuller rushed for 131 yards on 29 carries resulting in a career best. With the running game going so well, the Eagles were able to throw the ball well too, and spread the Maroon Tigers’ defense out.

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Sophmore Adrian Warren dishes off to senior running back Lawrence Fuller for a short gain during the Eagles’ home opener on Sept. 6. The receiving core was headed by Glenn, who scored the first two touchdowns of the game. The Maroon Tigers took control early after an NCCU fumble, scoring twice in the first quarter creating a 10-0 margin. The Eagles scored their first touchdown with 6:18 left in the first quarter, closing the gap. Five plays after a Maroon Tiger punt midway in the second quarter, Glenn scored his second touch-

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down on a 19-yard pass from Warren with 7:25 left in the half. Minutes into the third quarter, freshman running back Cortney Clinton scored for the Eagles extending the lead 21-10. Then, with 14:20 left in the game, Fuller leaped into the end zone, placing the Eagles 28-10 ahead of their SIAC counterparts. The Maroon Tigers were down but they were not out. After NCCU failed to

advance the ball, Morehouse used a 5-play, 63yard drive, capped with Duwann Burton’s rushing touchdown to close in on the Eagles. Less than five minutes later, Burton hooked up with Mamario Mack on a 5-yard touchdown pass. After the extra point, the score was 28-24 and NCCU coach Broadway said his team lost their focus. “We got relaxed and lost our cool a little bit,” Broadway said. “We had a chance to put them away early, but we let them back in the game.” The Eagles let them back in the game, but stopped the Maroon Tigers’ attempt when Shamar Robinson intercepted a Burton pass. The Eagles added a field goal by Jamal Molden to secure the win. NCCU needed that win to forget about the Aggie-Eagle Classic. Maurice Glenn said the team has confidence now after getting their first win. “It is definitely a confidence booster to win at home,” he said. “It just feels good to win.” The Eagles take on Delaware State at O’KellyRiddick Stadium on Sept. 20

After a thrilling 33-30 overtime victory for N.C. Central University in last year’s Aggie-Eagle Classic, the players and fans of the NCCU football program were pumped. However, the wheels on that bandwagon developed a slow leak. The team managed to win only three more times finishing the season with a disappointing 4-6 record. Former N.C. A&T coach Bill Hayes, an NCCU alumni, was fired and NCCU brought him back to Durham. Before that, the Eagles hired Rod Broadway, a 24-year Division I assistant, to coach the Eagle football team. Broadway quickly announced that the 2003 version of the Eagles would feature a fast paced nohuddle offense. Broadway said his experience on defense qualifies him as an expert on how to pressure a defense. “In 25 years [of coaching defense] you learn what hurts defenses,” he said adding that he can relate his experience at Duke as a defensive assistant to what he hopes to accomplish at NCCU. “We were the ACC champions the year I was there. And we had what was con-

sidered inferior talent in the league.” Defense is what Broadway gets in Sheldon Connor, a 6’4” 260-lb. junior, defensive end. “His work ethic is unbelievable,” he said. “All the great ones that I’ve been around have that same intensity and work ethic and that’s why he’s a good football player.” Broadway said Connor has not achieved his status by accident. Broadway promised to open up the offense and spread the field. But one thing that will stay the same is the Eagles running game. Broadway said 5’9” 195 lb., Fuller, was a “good student, good player and a high character guy.” Fuller was a great asset to the Eagles last year under former coach Rudy Abrams, and so far this season he has been superb, rushing for 145-yards in two games. Knowing that last year’s team underachieved, Broadway and the players said they have not lowered their expectations. Broadway said winning the CIAA championship and making a Division II playoff appearance were achievements the team wants to get. “I don’t know if we’re good enough to do that yet or not, but that’s what we’d like to do,” he said.




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IN BRIEF Shaw names head football coach


nterim head football coach, Deondri Clark, has been named the head football coach of Shaw University, effective immediately. Shaw University President, Dr. ClarencG. Newsome, expressed his confidence in the Bears’ new head coach. “Coach Clark has been entrusted with a very important leadership position. He is molding young men to compete effectively on the field and in the classroom.” Clark was named interim head coach on July 17th. Last year, he served as the Bears’ defensive coordinator. Prior to coming to Shaw, Clark was the defensive line coach at Benedict College (2001-02). He was also a graduate assistant coach at Michigan State University (2000-01) and Central Michigan University (19992000). Clark is married to the former Dawn Herd of Indianapolis, IN, and they have a son, Deondri II. — The CIAA Online

JCSU Pacesetter dies at 54


r. Catherine Wright, former Johnson C. Smith University Associate Professor and Athletic Director, passed away on Friday, August 29 at the Hospice Center in Durham. She was 54. Dr. Wright had a tremendous impact on the University and the CIAA as both an academic and athletic administrator for more than 15 years. S h e became the first f e m a l e Athletic Wright Director for JCSU in 1998 and won the CIAA Athletic Director of the Year Award in 2001. Funeral arrangements will be announced by Ellis D Jones & Sons Funeral Directors, 419 Dowd Street, Durham, NC 27701, (919) 688-1323. – The CIAA Online

Worthy signs overseas contract


ormer N.C. Central University standout Shenika Worthy has signed a contract to play basketball in Switzerland. Worthy, who finished her NCCU career in 2002, will play for Esperance Sportive Pully, a First Division team in Pully, Switzerland. Pully (pronounced P-E) is a suburb of Lausanne on the northern shore of Lake Geneva. Worthy, a 5-foot-11 forward, is the only American on the team and will be counted on to be the t e a m Worthy leader and scorer. “I’m so excited to continue my basketball career and to be in a new country and new culture,” Worthy said. “I’ve been wanting to do this for a long time. I’m really looking forward to the whole experience.” Worthy was the secondleading scorer for NCCU her senior season and was named first-team AllConference in the CIAA. — The CIAA Online

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N.C. A&T sophomore quarterback Marshall Glenn stiff-a arms Eagle defensive lineman Steve Sanya during the Eagle Aggie Classic on Aug. 31 at Carter-F Finley Stadium in Raleigh. The Aggies avenged last year’s 33-3 30 overtime loss that snapped their 12-ggame winning streak.

Aggies a hit on Broadway New N.C. Central coach Rod Broadway loses in debut, but still has high hopes for season BY FREDDIE COOPER AND GERARD L. FARROW ECHO STAFF WRITER

The 10th anniversary AggieEagle Classic at Carter-Finley pitted the almost-evenly matched N.C. Central Eagles against the NCCU 0 N . C . A&T Aggies. NC A&T 25 This game was different from all the others. NCCU was under a new head coach, Rod Broadway, and the N.C. Central Athletic Director is the former N.C. A&T coach Bill Hayes. But it didn’t matter who was coaching who — the Aggies would dash the Eagles hopes of repeating last year’s performance by shutting out their Durham rival 25-0. Personal fouls were a problem for both sides as there was a combined seven fouls in the first quarter only. Eagle quarterback Adrian Warren, who transferred to NCCU from West Virginia last year, looked as if he hadn’t missed a beat. Warren started a drive that would lead the Eagles to the Aggie 10-yard-line, but they failed to get on the board. Though their offense was strug-

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Coach Rod Broadway answers reporters’ questions about the Eagle loss to NC A&T at the post-ggame press conference. gling, the Eagle’s defense looked great in the first quarter even though they clearly missed Scheldon Connor, who was recovering from a car accident earlier in the week. Contributing to their offensive woes, was the fact that the Eagles went into this season with no clear starter at quarterback, not to mention their seven turnovers.

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“We gave them seven extra processions,” said the first-year head coach. “We had five interceptions, one roughing the punter and one fumble, that’s seven extra processions and you can’t do that.” In the second quarter, Broadway decided to go with quarterback Sean Williams despite the solid play by starter Warren. Williams struggled to get any-

thing going, and his play led to an interception by Aggie Joey Lance. The second quarter belonged to the Aggies on both ends of the ball. Lance’s interception early in the second led to an 11-yard touchdown run by Frank Patterson putting the Aggies up 7-0. One Eagle drive later A&T would be celebrating again after a 26-yard field goal by Yonnic Matthews. With 5:20 left in the quarter A&T’s Glenn Marshall hooked up with Eric Arnette on an 18-yard pass across the middle. The second quarter ended with the Aggies up 17-0. The third quarter was the icing on the cake. Aggie Charles Parham picked off a Warren pass and returned it 32 yards for the touchdown. With the score 23-0 the Aggies had the Eagles looking confused offensively. After pressure from the Aggies late in third quarter the Eagles were able to force a safety. Broadways debut was spoiled by Eagle turnovers but said his debut didn’t matter. “It’s about the team. It’s not about me,” he said. “This is about trying to build a program at North Carolina Central University. “We’re not going to let one game or one win determine whether we’re going to have a program or a good football team.”

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wards, awards and awards. They are hanging on the walls of this Campus Echo office. This N.C. Central University student newspaper has been performing wonders – then enters one Lovemore Masakadza. I feel greatly honored to be granted the opportunity of Lovemore the Masakadza becoming editor of this award-winning newspaper. It’s a big challenge for everyone involved to maintain the high standards at the Campus Echo. The former editor, Mike Williams, and his crew were just magnificent. The stories and photographs in the newspaper were of the top order. It is not an easy task to

replace such a hard-working There are no wholesale team. changes at the Campus Echo Do not get me wrong; I am because most of the people not nervous at all; I just have who have worked with Mike’s to acknowledge the good work team are still around: Gerard that has been done. Farrow, Mike Feimster, Chris As I take Rhoads, Gineen over, I hope and Glenn, Freddie pray that I will Cooper, Joelena be part of the Woodruff, Trish prosperous rise The Campus Echo will Hardy, Saria of the newspaCanady, always welcome anyper. Samantha The people Draughn and one who has anything to deliver the Denita Smith to offer. The doors are goods are there. are still here — always going to When I look all are ready to around me all I keep the fire be open. see in the staff burning. members is the The paper is hunger of suclikely to benefit cess. Bruce from the experidepyssler, the ence garnered adviser of the Campus Echo is by some of the staff members still energetic as ever before. in summer internships. Saria Williams is still assisting us Canady interned at the Herald with his immense knowledge. Sun. Gerard Farrow at MBC Our headline master, Danny Network. Mike Feimster with Hooley, is still the production BET. And Dalia Davies with manager. MTV.

The newspaper is also blessed with promising writers in Sheena Johnson, Joana Hernandez, Rony Camile and Julius Jones. The Campus Echo will always welcome anybody who has anything to offer. The doors are always going to be open. I hope university officials are also going to be open to our reporters when they seek interviews. It boggles my mind when I read about how much the university has to say to other newspapers. As I learn how to be an editor, I will always welcome constructive criticism and ideas on how we can make our newspaper better. Learning is a life long process because people always learn new things. I will not make any promises, but all I can say is that the quest for excellence at the Campus Echo will continue. Welcome aboard.

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ith the new batch of freshman on NCCU’s campus, it’s fitting that this opinion addresses the difficult issue of relationships in college. Here’s the conclusion: Whatever happens, don’t throw everything you have into it. Reason 1: Remember that old time saying, “don’t throw all your eggs into one Christopher basket. If one cracks and Rhoads rots, usually the rest of the bunch will follow.” Throwing your all into it will leave you feeling empty when things start to sour. That empty feeling will show its effects on everything else you do. Reason 2: Due to the first reason you will become distracted and lose focus of your primary goal, your education. You are here for a reason. Carry it out.

Your parents don’t want to dinner on Saturday. hear that the reason you’re on Usually ,not only does the academic probation is because baggage never get unpacked, you can’t think straight with a but it also becomes an added rocky relationship. That’s not load of the partner. love, it’s debt. Reason 5: Throwing everyReason 3: Love is not easy. At thing you have into a relationthe same time ship leaves nothlove is not diffiing for future cult. relationships. There may be Yes, you must misunderstandconsider the fact Most of us have ings at times, that this will not baggage from but that doesn’t be your last relaprevious relationships take away from tionship. the root word: You will and carry it like a understanding. encounter new badge of honor In love, there is people with difunderstanding ferent personaliand it’s mutual. ties. Unless you At times, it are sure an has to be built exclusive relaon and mature tionship is for into a thing accepted by both you, get out there and meet peoparties. However, if an issue in ple.Experience life. the relationship lingers and Not being committed will there is no understanding, spare you of burdens on your chances are there will never be heart. It’s like taking an 8 a.m. one. class when 1) you don’t have to Reason 4: Most of us have and 2) you know you don’t funcbaggage from previous relationtion effectively until 10 . ships and carry it like a badge Let your brain make careful of honor. Furthermore, we decisions in regards to your accept it, dropping it off on our relations with others. No, not partners like Central’s Friday that brain.


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You will feel more comfortable with your brain and your heart in agreement. Now, I know some may oppose my view and offer that this is the most opportune time to throw everything you have into a relationship since there is not much one has to lose. That is false. This is the worse time to do such a thing. College is the time to find yourself and evolve into a more mature person, while building your foundation for upcoming years in your life. College and love are both expensive, though worthwhile investments. Derailing your attention from one for the purpose of the other is risky. It’s much easier to recover from a lost investment of love than it is to recover from a lost investment such as college. Issues of love will find their way into your life.There is no need to search for it or even focus on it. Please believe it will find you. My fellow students, heed these words. They may save you from losing the most important thing that you have: Yourself.

by Christopher Rhoads

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