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Campus Echo $2.1M for teachers

Sudan in turmoil OVER 50,000 KILLED AND 2.5 MILLION DISPLACED


N.C. Central University received a $2.1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education Sept. 16 at the Fall Semester convocation at McLendon-McDougald Gymnasium. Carolyn Snowbarger, director of the Teacher-To-Teacher Initiative in the U.S. Department of Education, presented a check for $481,046, the first installment of the grant, to the university. The grant will enable NCCU’s School of Education and University College to work together training teachers in lateral-positions in Vance and SteppWarren County to earn Jones their state teaching licensure. “The program will train teachers on how to teach and be an effective teacher and how to control a classroom,” said Beverly WashingtonJones, dean of University College. Washington“Many of them are Jones experts in their field…but do not know how to create a basic lesson plan,” said WashingtonJones. The program, “Transition to Teaching,” will assist those who are experts in concentrations such as math, science and English as a second language who would like to teach. “We believe that we have the capacity at a high level to bring education to those who want to teach,” said Cecilia SteppeJones, dean of NCCU’s School Of Education. Participants in the program will receive laptop computers and take courses through video teleconferences, internet lessons, or face-to-face. Those enrolled in the program can be done within two and a half years, depending on how many courses they completed during their undergraduate years.

Women and girls collect wood for cooking at a camp outside Nyala, the capital of South Darfur in Sudan. More than 1.2 million blacks in Darfur have been forced off their land by pro-ggovernment militias. CAROLYN COLE/Los Angeles Times


UN is putting pressure on the Sudanese government to stop killing innocent people. UNITED NATIONS — The U.N. Security Council passed a resolution Saturday establishing an international inquiry to determine whether systematic attacks on black African villagers in Sudan constitute genocide. The measure also calls for increasing the number of African Union troops in Sudan to monitor the government’s efforts to halt militia violence, and it threatens to consider oil sanctions if Khartoum, the Sudanese capital, does not cooperate. The resolution, which passed with 11 votes in favor and four abstentions, is the

Many of the young women at Kalma Camp in Darfur, Sudan, arrived after long journeys from their villages to escape ethnic violence. council’s second attempt to increase pressure on Sudan to rein in pro-government militias known as “janjaweed.” On July 30,

the council passed a first resolution warning Sudan to take action, but since then, Khartoum has made only half-hearted efforts to quell the violence and disarm the pro-government fighters. While acknowledging improvements in access for aid workers and a decrease in government army attacks on its own population, Saturday's resolution demanded that Khartoum do much more, much faster. The United Nations estimates that 50,000 people have died and 1.2 million have been displaced as Sudanese troops and janjaweed have attacked village after village in the western region of Darfur since a rebellion erupted there in 2003. Although Khartoum denies backing the janjaweed, its obstruction of aid workers caused the situation to cascade into what

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Robinson shines light on rape Contract delay, Author says men must play a role in rape prevention BY LARISHA STONE ECHO STAFF WRITER

On May 15, 1995 Lori Robinson, a writer for Emerge magazine in Washington, D.C., was coming home in the evening from her job when she was startled by two men at her door. She turned to her right to say hello and was greeted by the barrel of a gun to her temple. The men forced her into her house, blindfolded her, and, using tape, bound her hands and covered her mouth. She was then raped by the men. The experience changed her life. Lori Robinson is the author of “I Will Survive: The AfricanAmerican Guide to Healing from Sexual Assault and Abuse.” Robinson spoke to a

Lori Robinson told a crowd of 250 in the Miller-M Morgan Auditorium about her experience with sexual assault. JOSEPH COLEMAN/Staff Photographer

crowd of about 250 NCCU students and faculty on Thursday, Sept. 16, at the Miller-Morgan Auditorium to raise rape awareness and teach young people how to deal with and prevent sexual assault. Dealing with her trauma

in the most commendable way possible, Robinson now travels the country promoting her book. Robinson stressed that rape victims focus on their medical and emotional health. She said victims should get checked out

immediately after an assault. Her advice was to leave your appearance unaltered — don’t brush your hair or teeth, don’t shower and don’t change clothes. Sexual assault victims shouldn’t hide their experience and should seek counseling— even some “nonwestern healing modalities.” “We live in a rape culture,” she said. “Rape is perpetuated through sexism and misogyny. The way we’re socialized around what sex is affects our ideas about what rape is.” Robinson stressed that a re-education needs to take place around ideas about sex, respecting boundaries, and consent. Robinson said she was “encouraged to see so many men in the audience,” because rape is not just a woman’s issue.

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Students returned to the School of Business in the fall to find that their dean, H. James Williams, was no longer with the University. Chancellor James H. Ammons said he wanted Williams to remain at N.C. H. James Central Williams University. Williams said he wanted to stay. “Dean Williams is very talented and enjoyable to work with,” said Ammons. “Very entrepreneurial. He understood the importance of quality relation-

ships with the corporate community. It was a joy working with him. On the projects that we did work together, he showed great leadership.” William said he loved working at NCCU. “While at NCCU, I never had a morning I didn’t want to go to work,” said Williams. “I didn’t want to leave NCCU. It was the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do. It broke my heart.” So what happened? In a recent interview Williams said he left because he had problems getting a contract that Provost Lucy Reuben and Chancellor Ammons promised. So when Grand Valley State University in

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O’Neal,AudioNet part ways Radio station manager’s career with NCCU ends next week BY JOELENA WOODRUFF ECHO ASSISTANT WRITER

With his last official day working at N.C. Central University coming up Sept. 30, Truitt O’Neal is starting to clean out his cluttered office at AudioNet, NCCU’s campus access radio. He says that packing up is making his departure bittersweet. “I have my days,” said O’Neal. “The last couple of weeks have been kind of hard, because I find myself having to throw away stuff, and you run up on stuff that you haven’t seen in three or four years and you’re like, ‘Wow. This is kind of hard.’ But at the same time it’s a new chapter in my life. I’ve done this for a while.” O’Neal has worked as AudioNet’s general manager since 1998. The Department of English and Mass Communication, which administers AudioNet, is making the general manager position a teaching position as well. According to the University of North Carolina system, only individuals

Truitt O’Neal has been intergral to the development of AudioNet. “Nobody’s made a bigger contribution than he has,” said Tom Evans, coordinator of NCCU’s mass communications program. WYCONDA SAUNDERS/Staff Photographer

with master’s degrees can teach at a university. Though O’Neal is attending graduate school at NCCU for a degree in educational technology, he does not yet have the qualifications to teach. “Our plan is that the person who is in that position in the radio station would be able to conduct a classroom with undergraduate stu-

dents,” said Louise Maynor, chair of the Department of English and Mass Communication. The department has been interviewing potential candidates to fill the position. O’Neal graduated from NCCU with an undergraduate English degree in 2001. He said that gaining the trust of students was a challenge since he had just grad-


N.C. Central University has filled the director of stewardship position that has been vacant for two years. La Misa McCoy, who worked at Duke University for four years as assistant director of donor relations and stewardship, is the new director. A primary responsibility of the director of stewardship is to make sure donors, non-alumni and alumni get recognized for their contributions to NCCU. Susan Hester, associate vice chancellor for institutional advancement, looks to McCoy to establish a strong new stewardship program. She said she wants McCoy to talk with donors

and move them to a higher level of giving. “It’s important for the director of stewardship to give feedback to the donors and let them know that their giving has impacted the university,” said Hester. McCoy said many students and faculty members do not understand the importance of thanking scholarship donors. She said even a letter from a student to a scholarship donor means a lot. McCoy, a native of Durham, who earned her bachelor of science in business administration in 1995 at NCCU, said her new job is her way of giving back. She said bringing the stewardship program back to NCCU is important, especially because no one has been able to focus on it

Director of Stewardship La Misa McCoy JENNIFER MERIANO/Staff Photographer

for two years. She also said she is happy to be a part of the wonderful, exciting,

uated himself. AudioNet has recently won top national awards in student radio production from the Collegiate Broadcasters, Inc. As AudioNet’s general manager, O’Neal has helped both students and instructors learn how to use digital editing programs and audio/video equipment. He also assisted the mass communications program with the development of the audio and video production suites in the FarrisonNewton Communication Building. O’Neal will continue his job as a part-time DJ at Radio One and is seeking work in the communications industry. Still, he worries about the future of AudioNet. “I just hope somebody comes in who is willing to invest that extra time, not the nine-to-five type of situation,” he said. “A person who is willing to be students’ confidant, boss, supervisor and friend at the same time. That distinct balance that enables you to have trust. That would be my biggest thing.”

changes Chancellor James Ammons, has started. “Chancellor Ammons is doing exciting things to the campus,” said McCoy. “After reviewing his goals, I wanted to be a part of his mission and take the stewardship program to another level.” McCoy said it’s important that the University nurture relationships with alumni. She wants to keep alumni “next to the school.” She calls this nurturing relationship with alumni “keeping them in the fold, keeping them connected in the university.” Some students already have the giving mentality. “It’s always good to give back to a place that has provided you with an education that will provide you with an excellent future,” said English sen-

RAPE CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 According to Robinson, racism and the black experience in America affect the way sexual assault is perceived. Black men were lynched based on the myth that they were sexual predators. During the first two-thirds of the 1900s, no white men were convicted of raping black women. “Black women were

raped by their slave masters. They had no sexual autonomy or ownership over their bodies,” she said. Students responded favorably to Robinson’s presentation. “I don’t know where to start. I feel so privileged to have gotten the information,” said political science freshman Quandra Adams. “I admire her for being a young black female

who has publicized her experience and was able to put it behind her.” Recreational administration junior Charles Bush provided a male perspective. “She brought up some good points: our history, the stigma put on black men as being sexual predators, talking about the healing process and what takes place.” Robinson wants students

“I didn’t want to leave NCCU. It was the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do. It broke my heart.” DEAN H. JAMES WILLIAMS,



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to remember that sexual assault is not the victim’s fault, that sexual assault is not just a woman’s issue and that everyone has the power to do something about sexual assault. Robinson stressed that men themselves must get involved in rape prevention. “Whenever one man rapes, other men are looked as a rapists,” she said.

CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 Allendale, Mich. offered him a job, he accepted it. According to Williams, in June 2003 he requested a 5year dean contract and Reuben said she would give him a 3-year contract. But he said he didn’t receive this contract so he called Ammons in February 2004. The next day, Reuben called Williams to say that she had a contract, Williams said. Williams said the 3-year contract he was promised dwindled down to a 2-year contract that included the year he was already under contract. He said he considered this a 1-year contract, so he wanted to weigh some options: a 1-year dean contract or the Asa T. Spaulding Distinguished Professorship. According to Williams, Reuben said she would prepare these contracts, but she told him “it won’t be next week.” In March, a search firm contacted Williams about a dean’s position at Grand Valley State. “I considered it. At this point it didn’t look like I was going to be offered a dean position at NCCU after nine months of trying,” said Williams. As it turned out, Williams was their top choice for dean of that university’s business school. Williams said he called Ammons and left a message with his secretary saying, “I don’t want to leave NCCU, but I feel like I’m being pushed out.” Williams said Ammons then set up a meeting in which Ammons told Reuben to give Williams a contract before May. According to Williams, he received the offer from Grand Valley State in early May, but had not received the contract from NCCU. So he called Ammons once again to ask about his contract on April 30. Ammons was out sick. Williams said he didn’t hear from Ammons or Reuben so he accepted the offer. At the May 4-5 School of Business’ faculty and staff retreat, Reuben told him that she had a contract for him on her desk, he said. “I don’t know the details of that contract because I had already given my word to Grand Valley State,” said Williams. “We were surprised that Dean Williams accepted another position,” said Ammons. “I thought we were headed in the right direction … it was a surprise.” Ammons said he doesn’t know everything that led to

Williams’ departure. “Maybe the Provost is better to answer these questions,” Ammons said. “I’m not sure if I know all the issues surrounding why he chose to take the job in Michigan.” Ammons said he wanted Williams to continue as dean of the School of Business. “I let him know that his tenure with NCCU was not in question,” said Ammons. “We talked to him about staying, and he decided it was best to take the [Michigan] offer.” The Campus Echo has tried to talk to Reuben for three weeks, but has been unable to get an interview. Williams got his bachelor’s of science in accounting from NCCU. He was a certified public accountant with Ernst and Young. His master’s of business is from the University of Wisconsin and his doctorate is in accounting from the University of Georgia. He has two law degrees from Georgetown. He has taught at Georgetown, Clark Atlanta, Florida A&M and Notre Dame universities. His first dean position was at Delaware State University, where he worked for five years before coming to NCCU. Computer information systems associate professor Courtney Ferguson, who taught Williams when he was an NCCU student, spoke highly of him. “He was a perfectionist and a workaholic,” Ferguson said. “I was disappointed when I found out he was leaving. He worked very hard, but eventually I realized that he had a great opportunity. I wish him the best.” Williams has no hard feelings. “I don’t have any ill will towards the administration,” he said. “I don’t know what happened, but I'm sure they are doing the best job they know how. I want to apologize to the students because I didn’t get a chance to say an appropriate goodbye, and thank them for making my life so wonderful for the last five years. “I encourage them to try to reach their dreams and to strive for excellence. I am always here for you if you need anything please let me know — by phone, email or snail mail. I’m here for you.” The School of Business dean position will be filled by Benjamin Newhouse, a former dean of the College of Business at Tuskegee University.

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Icees cool down campus Students on campus respond well to ice cold treat

NASA preps Eagles Program funds science study BY BRANDON J. WILLIAMS ECHO STAFF WRITER

Vendor Carolyn Fryar, serves two-yyear-o old Tilanijha Dawson a rainbow icee. GERARD FARROW/Staff Photographer


N.C. Central University students have found cooler days in the summer weather thanks to Nubian Flava New York Style Icees. Students have been responding well to the flavored icees. “I think the icees are good. I definitely like the variety of flavors,” said Brandon Gilchrist, sports management sophomore. “I have been doing this for four years and this is my

second year at NCCU,” said Malik Leitzsey, owner of Nubian Flava. Leitzsey started out with one cart and has expanded over the years. He now has a shop and 12 carts in Durham. Leitzsey does his part to better the community by hiring area teenagers, many of whom come from troubled surroundings. “I try to show them work ethics so they don’t have to be on the streets,” said Leitzsey. Each vender gets 33 per

cent of what they sell. The icees come in 26 flavors — rainbow and cherrymango are the most popular, “I get about 265 customers a day. I am always scooping,” said Leitzsey’s daughter Lakeisha. “The first time I came, I told her to give me the best she had. She did. So I came back,” said James Swinson, criminal justice sophomore. “The icees are a good summer treat, a little expensive though,” said Elton Brown, political science junior.

Even though some students feel the prices are a little steep, others feel the icces are worth the money. “When it’s hot outside you need something to cool you down, especially after walking all around campus,” said Kamisha Degree, general business freshman. Leitzsey’s vendors can be found on city sidewalks surrounding NCCU and other Durham locations. “On a hot day an icee is tasty, soothing and cold. It hits the spot,” said Carlita Durand, drama sophomore.

Marathon supports good cause BY SHAREEKA MOBLEY ECHO STAFF WRITER

The stormy weather that Hurricane Ivan brought to Durham Saturday morning didn’t stop 92 N.C. Central University students from waking up early to support Fitness World in its 5k fundraising race for the Ronald McDonald Children’s House. By 7:30 a.m. the students gathered in front of the Criminal Justice Building and carpooled to Homestead Market. The students helped register participants and directed runners on their proper routes while others were cheerleading, or serving refreshments. The Ronald McDonald Children’s House of

Durham, located at 506 Alexander Avenue, is a foundation that helps families adjust to the burden of enormous hospital expenses. “They have a frame as unyielding as a mother’s love and a door that opens wide enough for any family in the world,” said Erica Dixon, NCCU fitness instructor. Dixon offered the trip to students as a way to receive their fifteen hours for community service. She believes supporting the marathon showed the people of Fitness World that “we do not mind helping out,” said Dixon. Community service hours weren’t the only concern of political science freshman Randy Williams. He did it for charity.

“Community service hours are cool, but personally, anything for the kids, I am for also,” said Williams. Education freshman Maria Hart, who likes track events, was interested in seeing how the people competed in the marathon. “I wanted to participate because of my major and I also wanted to take a look at the styles of other runners,” Hart said. “Oh, and not to mention, I wanted to go ahead and get my community service hours out of the way.” Professional runners, family members and members of the gym took part in the race. The runners paid $15 in advance and $20 Saturday to take part in the race which was divided into four categories.

Participants could also give donations only to the RMHC as they wished. Jo Jo Almario, a resident of Durham, participated in the race and saw it as a way to help the needy. “I wanted to run in this race for a personal challenge and to also give the donation to the RMHC,” Almario said. “I felt great after the race and very proud of myself for doing it.” According to Dixon, this is the third year that NCCU students have helped with the event. Dixon said she wishes the university would transport students to and from the marathon. “The only challenge I have is getting the volunteer students there.”

Few around N.C. Central University know it, but 34 NCCU science and math majors are receiving a helping hand from the National Aeronautical and Space Administration, the government agency that supervises space travel and exploration. The NASA program, “Training Incoming Students to become Scientist and Engineers,” targets incoming NCCU freshmen with a high school GPA between 2.53.0, who will major in math or science. The program, which is open to students who scored between 800-1000 on their SAT, is now in its third year at NCCU. Freshman biology student K. Starr Glenn says the program has helped her a lot. “I hope to obtain a more goal-oriented mindset as well as skills to assist me in my career.” Students participating in the program arrive at NCCU the summer before their fall semester and get an early exposure to campus life while taking a few classes. They also get to tour NASA sites such as a space camp at Huntsville, Alabama and the research center at Langley, Virginia. “Our visit to the Langley NASA site was especially informative because it

showed what types of jobs we could eventually have with NASA,” said freshman environmental science major Constance Birden. This year the students are supervised by biology instructor Kenneth Cutler and Hope Sinclair, a graduate student in psychology. Sinclair says she gets a kick out of working with the freshmen. “I really enjoyed working with the girls this summer,” said Sinclair. “I was able to learn from them as they were able to learn from me. It also brought back memories from when I was a freshman trying to adjust to campus life.” Cutler and Sinclair work under the supervision of Bernice D. Johnson, interim assistant vice chancellor of academic services. Johnson is the project investigator for the NASA/TISSE grant. “It’s an excellent opportunity for science majors to enhance their science, technology, engineering, and math research skills,” said Johnson. “It’ll help the students become more competitive in pursuing graduate programs and career opportunities.” The program has received $300,000 since 2001. Funding for the program ends December 2004. Johnson is seeking more funding to continue the program. Voter registration Thursday, Sept. 30

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hile all the world’s eyes are fixed on events in Iraq, tens of thousands of people are dying at the mercy of their own government in the African country of Sudan. The United Nations put the number of the peoGLOBAL ple who OUTLOOK have died at 50,000, with 1.2 million having been displaced since 2003. There have been reports that LOVEMORE the SudanMASAKADZA ese government has been preventing food and any type of aid to the starving people and the government has been supporting a militia that is perpetrating the misery of the people. What is the world going to tell the Sudanese years from now when they would ask, “Where were you when our relatives were being wiped out?” How much blood has to be shed in Sudan for it to attract the attention of the world? Yes, of late Sudan has been in the news, but the truth is those people did not die in a single day. The UN and the African Union, with the support of the world’s superpowers, should have brought the killing to an end. It does not make any sense at all for everyone to spend a lot of time scheduling meeting after meeting when people are dying at such a fast rate. What is needed is swift action. And now there is talk of an inquiry and threat of sanctions on the government of Sudan. It’s going to take a long time for the inquiry to be complete. One week is even too long. By the time the inquiry

is finished more people will have died. And besides declaring it genocide, nobody will be able to raise those people from their graves. Having sanctions is a long-term solution whose success is very difficult to measure. Vicious governments have been able to sustain sanctions for a long time before they budge. Sanctions are meant to punish governments but they end up affecting the very people that the governments do not care about. The UN, the African Union and the whole world should show that African countries are not different from other countries where troops had been sent to stop killings. When Yugoslavia was facing problems, troops were deployed to stop the killings there and Slobodan Milosevic was brought to book. The Sudan should not be treated differently. The Sudanese people deserve protection from the vicious attacks of the militia. The blood of Africans that is spilling in Sudan is also precious and examples have to be set to prevent the Sudanese situation from recurring in other African countries. If nothing is done, the African people are just going to feel that the world does not care about them and some irresponsible governments can wipe out tens of thousands of innocent people and get away with it. The mentality that saw a legion of Africans being shipped as cargo to the Western world was folly; it’s now time to show Africans that they are indeed human by helping the Sudanese. The Sudanese are not going to be saved by mere words such as “genocide,” they are going to be saved by action.

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Fatima Adam, 15, and her baby, Nashwa, face a life of shame and ostracism as, respectively, a rape victim of militia fighters and the child of one of them. The men in Fatima’s community say she would be better off dead. CAROLYN COLE/Los Angeles Times

SUDAN CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 the United Nations has called “the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.” U.S. Ambassador John C. Danforth told the council that the disaster in Darfur is uniquely grave because it is entirely man-made. “It was fabricated by a government as an overreaction to a rebellion; a government intent on revenge, intent on persecution, intent on breaking the spirit of an entire people,” he said, cataloging government helicopter attacks, rapes and killings that have occurred since the July 30 resolution. U.S. Secretary of State Colin L. Powell declared last week that the situation in Sudan was indeed genocide after a State Department team interviewed more than 1,100 refugees in Chad. The team heard repeated testimony about intentional acts by largely Arab militias to wipe black African farmers off their land. Approval of Saturday’s

resolution came after a week of intensive negotiations and prodding by Secretary-General Kofi Annan, who said it would be “inconceivable” for the council not to respond to such a dire situation. Annan told diplomats Saturday that within 10 days, he will select an independent international commission to investigate whether the militias' actions and the government's obstruction of aid constitute genocide. The key to improving the situation, diplomats say, is increasing the number of African Union troops in Sudan from the current 300 to perhaps 3,000, plus police, in order to protect civilians and monitor militias. The African Union also has been holding peace talks in Abuja, Nigeria, between the Sudanese government and the rebel groups who rose up against it in February 2003. The negotiations broke down

Friday but are to resume next month. “It is extremely important to recognize the role of the African Union,” said Algerian Ambassador Abdallah Baali. “The real action is not here in New York. It is in Abuja with the African Union, and on the ground in Darfur.” Sudanese Ambassador Elfatih Erwa told the Security Council on Saturday that his government welcomed the African Union presence in Darfur, and “is fully prepared to cooperate.” But he called the resolution “politically motivated” by the U.S. presidential elections. After the vote, Erwa said that Sudan is “not scared of an inquiry,” but was wary that the United States may distort the outcome. “We have no problem with” an inquiry, Erwa said. “We have a problem with interpretation and twisting the facts.”

Saturday's vote was delayed for last-minute negotiations between the United States and China, which had threatened a veto because of its objections to sanctions in general. The resolution mentions that the council may consider sanctions on Sudan’s petroleum sector; China imports oil from Sudan. After being assured that the council would have to specifically approve any sanctions, China abstained, along with Pakistan, Russia and Algeria. The four abstaining countries voiced concerns that a hard-line approach might disrupt the momentum of peace talks with the rebels, and the government's recent progress. But aid groups and U.S. officials say that despite recent improvements in access for relief workers, there seems to have been backsliding since the introduction of the second resolution 10 days ago.

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Long Leaf presents “The Tempest” BY RONY CAMILLE ECHO STAFF WRITER

N.C. Central University’s department of Theatre and the Long Leaf Opera are hard at work for the upcoming production of William Shakespeare’s comedy, “The Tempest”. The comedy which is opera form will be staged Sept. 30 at 8 p.m., and Oct 2 at 8 p.m. and Oct. 3 at 2 p.m. at the downtown Carolina Theatre. Directed by NCCU’s Randolph Umberger, The Tempest is one of the Shakespeare’s last works. Main character Prospero, a magician, and his daughter Miranda are banished to a deserted island in the middle of the Atlantic. Later they must face conflicts with their shipwrecked enemies. Nationally known baritone singer Bill McMurray

Teresa Winner Bloom, playing Miranda in “The Tempest,” practices the finale song. CARLA AARON-LOPEZ/Staff Photographer


Rocking the vote has never been more serious to the people in charge of Mack-a-Million Records. Antwoine “13th Degree” Huntley and Lacy “LYRICAL” Smith want to let exconvicts and felons know they can vote. Smith and Huntley have been giving free concerts and also educating students on the same issues and staying in school. Ex-cons’ voting rights can be reinstated once all fines have been paid and probation has been finished. “So far, the message seems to be getting out. We have to stay focused and keep spreading the word in order to make a difference,” said Smith. A few weeks ago, Smith and Huntley rocked the Durham Armory and gave special rewards to neighborhood kids for believing in themselves and helping to decrease the death rates. The rewards were a free concert and free t-shirts. “Understand that we come from the same back-

ground,” said Huntley. “You can do anything you want to do as long as you put your mind to it. Staying in school and education makes it that much more easy.” They are happy with the recent release of the documentary, “Welcome to Durham,” which highlights the gang problems in Durham, however, Huntley and Smith want to help clean up what the media has portrayed about Durham. “The Durham gang problem was ignored and people weren’t paying attention to it,” said Smith. “It’s actually a problem that can be found everywhere, and the movie brought it to the forefront.” Sounds like another political issue to express throughout their North Carolina tour. Hope to expect more from a couple of Durhamites on the move. Their next venue is in Smithfield, N.C. with dates to be announced. For more information on Mack-a-million Records, log on to

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black hand side N.C. Central University alumni Korleon Wright is “Almost Famous” according to the title of his debut album. The album starts off strong with “Punch Drunk,” with its deep reggae influences and Bob Marley chopped through the track. “Lights On” looks out for the ladies, catching your ear with a Chris Rock clip and samples from “Slowly” by Tank. Guess spots by Stress and Eso not only make “Lights On” hot but also heats up “Within Us.” The album features several other artists including assistance from the Good Ol’ Boyz. Of course, there is a very special shout out on the title track, “Almost Famous”, where Wright

Sunshine Anderson asks “Can I getta EFunk?” “You know!” Almost Famous has a different feel to it starting with Wright’s own style and leaving behind current hip hop trends like gimmicks and commercialization. The beats are soulful like Kanye West. Yet, crisp, clear and vibrant like a mixture between Pete Rock and 9th Wonder. The album steers clear from the clichéd gangsta rap and makes the conscious effort of respecting women. “The album is diverse, I rap about what I know and things that happened to me. I don’t rap about what I don’t know,” said Wright. That’s a pretty damn good beginning for someone that is still in grad school trying to get his diploma before dreams of hitting the gruesome music industry. Anticipate three out of five on the black side for this independant release. — Joanna and J. Fats

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stars as Prospero the magician, NC Symphony soloist, Teresa Winner Bloom, as Miranda; former Miss North Carolina, Elizabeth Grayson, as Ariel; and Chicago lyric tenor, William Chamberlain, as Caliban. Additionally, the supporting cast consists of students and faculty from NCCU, East Carolina University and UNCGreensboro. Along with a full chorus, corps de ballet and orchestra of thirty-five, this opera shall be entertaining as well as fun for the whole family. Music composer and librettist Lee Hoiby, will host a discussion before the show on opening night. General Admission is $15, reserved seats are $26. and $10 for students. Tickets may be purchased at the Carolina Theatre or by calling 560-3030.

“Martin Luther King used to have threesomes according to one FBI guy. Does that mean, because he cheated on his wife, that integration idea isn’t a good idea?” – Dave Chappelle I don’t know, Dave. Sounds like a lot goin’ on to me. Integration wasn’t a bad idea but that threesome thing could be a problem. — A&E editor.

Sounds of war from church Issues of rock and rap clash with Christian morals


From P. Diddy to Marilyn Manson, the seminar, “Sounds of War: Rock, Rap, and The Spiritual World,”sponsored by the NC Central Chapter of Victory Campus Ministries, gave students a look into the music industry by referring to the Bible. “One of the strong points of the presentation was seeing the video and hearing the artists say that music has an influence on its listeners,” said business sophomore Will Taylor. Even though focused on the Bible, some students said they didn’t feel that music has too great an influence.

“Artists are just telling you about their experiences or about life in general,” said business sophomore Mayowa Ogunsanya. “You shot someone because you wanted to shoot them, not because Eminem told you to do it.” Marlon Reynolds, president of the N.C. Central Chapter of Victory Campus Ministries, explained why the group organized the presentation. “Music is a universal language,” said Reynolds. “We believe that if you can analyze music, then you will be aware of why you do and believe certain things.” The seminar was held Sept. 16 in the Alfonso Elder Student Union at 7:30 p.m.


So, when did voting become cool to the hiphop generation? Last time I checked many award-winning, billboard topping rappers didn’t care too much about voting. Not that I’m complaining, I think it’s great to exercise the freedom of speech but I’m just trying to figure some things out. I vote in honor of my family that fought to get civil rights for black people in the 1960s, not in honor of a few people that are getting involved for publicity reasons. For instance, how is it that Andre Benjiman (Dre of Outcast) in the single, “Git Up, Git Out” said “Y’all tellin’ me that I need to get out and vote, huh. Why? Ain’t nobody black runnin’ but crackers, so, why I got to register?” Hmm, amazing what a few Grammy’s and education on voting rights can do to a person. Now known as Andre 3000, he has jumped onto the bandwagon like many other hip hop heavy-

weights and decided to vote in this year’s upcoming election. Another heavyweight, Russell Simmons, in charge of the Hip Hop Summit Action Network, has been touring all summer getting young adults to register to vote and get involved in the issues surrouding the election. Sean “P. Diddy” Combs played commentator for MTV during the Democratic National Convention and gave away free t-shirts that said, “Vote or DIE.” That’s a little extreme in my opinion but hey, whatever works. Hopefully, this will persuade many young adults in America to follow suit and register. But it’s leaving another question. “Is current hip hop becoming a throwback of its own culture?” I don’t see why not. It’s making more people get involved and opening up awareness to political issues. Not bad for influencing a few backpackers to get involved and vote. The only question left is, are YOU gonna vote?

Steve Hollander breaks down Diddy lyrics with the Bible. CARLA AARON-LOPEZ/Staff Photographer

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Campus Echo WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2004

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ast week, I witnessed one of the most intense, enjoyable sporting events I have seen in a long time, the N.C. Central University women’s volleyball match. These girls were pumped. T h e y EAGLE cheered, ATHLETICS c h a n t e d , and most importantly, they won. The game was fastpaced, energetic and interesting. Who wouldn’t want to SHEENA witness a JOHNSON sporting event of that caliber? To my dismay, I was one of the 60 spectators that didn’t even fill the stands of the L.T. Walker Complex gym. What’s wrong with this picture? It’s a shame that there were only a few people rallying behind our team who is undefeated in the conference this season and had a 14-2 record last year. It’s really odd that we, as students and fans, don’t support the women’s volleyball team or any other women’s sport at NCCU. It seems as though none of the women’s sports get the support they need and deserve. Even though there are a limited number of sports on campus, there are six women’s programs: volleyball, basketball, softball, tennis, track and field, and bowling. Why is it that men’s events are better attended? Maybe the common misconception is competition is better (I can’t say that it is), or perhaps they are better athletes (not necessarily). With the CIAA Basketball Tournament being one of the big money makers for the university, the women’s games are still scarcely attended, but you can bet that when the guys take the court, more butts will be in the seats. The average attendance of last year’s men’s home basketball games was 1,670 and the women’s were about half that with 817 in attendance. Do these girls have to prance around bikini clad to get some support from their peers? Do they have to turn cartwheels and do back handsprings to get your attention? NO. And they shouldn’t have to. For people who think that men’s sports are better and more entertaining than women’s sports, they are wrong. So, I challenge all people here at this university to attend a women’s sporting event and support all of the Lady Eagle athletes. You might actually find that it is worth your while.



Defensive back Darren Brothers (39) assists two other Eagle defenders while taking down Bulldog running back Issac Redman. AARON DAYE/Echo Photo Editor

The Eagles come back from a 14-point deficit to defeat Bowie State 31-28. BY WILLIAM PALMER ECHO STAFF WRITER

The Eagles’ motivation and heart led them to 31- 28 victory NCCU 31 o v e r B o w i e BSU 28 State at O’KellyRiddick Stadium Saturday. BSU won the last three meetings, with the Eagles’ last win in 1996. This was NCCU’s first win against a CIAA Eastern Division opponent this season. The Eagles dug a hole for themselves in the first half with penalties, dropped balls and a fumble, leaving them trailing

An NCCU player attemps to run the ball as BSU tries to stop his touchdown attepmt. 14-7 at the half. “We gave them 14 points in the first half,” said coach Rod Broadway. “We knew if we played and didn’t give them anything, it would be a good ball game.” After halftime, the

Bulldogs scored again to go up 21-7. With 20 seconds remaining in the 3rd quarter, the Eagles scored on a 50-yard punt fake by Luis George, which swung the momentum back to the Eagles for good.

“I knew the defense they were running was open and it was my turn to make a play.” defensive back Luis George said. “Nobody touched me.” The Eagles went on to score 21 straight points to take a 28-21 lead late in the fourth quarter including the game winning field goal by Brandon Gilbert with 1:52 to go. The Eagles’ defense played solid the entire game, while the offense struggled to sustain drives through the first three quarters. Winning was big for NCCU. “We really needed this win,” quarterback Adrian Warren said. “People were doubting us and wanted to know what kind of team we really are; I hope we proved some people wrong .”

The CIAA may be “just doing it” this year. They are currently negotiating with global sport and athletic apparel manufacturer Nike for an athletic sponsorship deal. These talks where sparked after the CIAA and Reebok, the current sponsor, were unable to reach a deal. If the deal goes through, Nike will offer each school quite a few perks. Some of the school’s athletic teams will receive new uniforms. In addition to uniforms, the schools will also receive equipment as well as 40 percent off Nike shoes. While under the Reebok contract, CIAA schools did not receive uniforms and equipment. “This is a big move,” said William “Bill” Hayes, Athletic Director. A move that comes after 12 years with Reebok. Student-athletes are content with the proposed switch because most of them agree that Nike products are more fashionable and comfortable than the Reebok products they have worn in the past. “The switch from Reebok to Nike is a drastic improvement,” track and field athlete Chris Davis said. “Nike feels way better and I feel like my teammates enjoy wearing Nike apparel as opposed to Reebok.” The decision to negotiate a switch came from Leon Kerry, the commissioner of the CIAA. Each school will continue to wear Reebok products until the end of the year, but have the option of wearing Nike products without being penalized. "I'm very excited about the conference switching to Nike," track and field athlete Michael Harris said. "Now when my teammates and I compete we don't have to tape up the 'swoosh' on our track spikes."

Volleyball vicious, undefeated in CIAA BY SHEENA JOHNSON ECHO SPORTS EDITOR

It sounded as though a stampede of wild horses was in the L.T. Walker Complex Wed., Sept. 15. No four-legged creatures here. Just a volleyball game in which the Lady Eagles of NCCU 3 N.C. Central University defeatWSSU 1 ed Winston-Salem State University with a score of 3-1 (30-13, 19-30, 3015, 30-24). Their shouts could be heard from outside of the gym. They took the court excited and pumped complete with chest bumps and sideline chants. “Most games are like this,” said sophomore Latoya Tate. “They are full of intensity.”

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The same energy the Lady Eagles had before they began match play was consistant through the entire make and it definately showed by the numbers they put on the board. Senior Danielle Johnson-Webb amassed 18 kills, a match-high. Junior Brenda brown had 13 kills and Tate contributed 11 kills and 10 digs. Senior Patricia Rodrigues had eight kills and a match-high of 22 digs. Junior and captain Ariel Germain had 44 assists and seven blocks. “I was pleased that we won and I was pleased with our performance, head coach Ingrid Wicker-McCree said. “We’ve been working hard and it was a good conference win.” During the second game, the



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Lady Eagles made mistakes that cost them the game but they made a turn around to come back and take the third and fourth games. “The game was good,” said Tate. “We could have executed more, but we let up and let them in. We stuck together and played it to the end and finished.” The Lady Eagles face off against St. Augustine’s College today at 6 p.m. in the L.T. Walker Complex. The Breakdown Kills 56 Digs 61 Assists 47

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Campus Echo WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2004


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ll my life I’ve heard these words: “You act like a white girl.” But today, I am here to ask everyone else a question, “What makes you black?” Is it the typical way that most of America thinks of us: We are loud. We wear baggy cltohes. We curse too much. And Danielle act like Johnson-W Webb we thugs. I usually hear the statement when I am speaking. People tell me that I talk like a white person because I speak standard English. To everyone who has made that statement to me or any other black person I say to you that I am not going to give white people credit for the development of standard English.

Because that only makes my ple, I have decided that this is people, black people, seem igno- not a black or white issue but rant and that is instead a culturnot the case. al issue. I have grown When people up differently tell me that I act No one can judge my from the majoriwhite, it must ty of Africanmean that I blackness because I Americans who I come from a difspeak standard have met. ferent cultural English. No one can I was forced background to have a sumthan they do, judge my blackness mer reading list. and the only because I eat different I was fortunate way they can foods. And no one can enough to vacaexpress it is by tion in the telling me that I judge my blackness Caribbean duract white. because I choose to ing the summer. Maybe we as a have white friends. Incorrect people need to grammar was not sit back and allowed when really think speaking or writabout the things ing in my house. that we say, There was no other option myself included. after high school other than colWe are limiting ourselves by lege, so does that make me any having one strict definition of less black? what it means to be black. After years of not being We are limiting our children “black” enough for some black by not allowing them to see difpeople, and definitely not being ferent things. “white” enough for white peoWe are limiting ourselves by

living in a box and being afraid to go outside of our box because, “Oh my goodness someone might think I act white.” It is time for us to look at the real world and stop putting down our own people especially those that might act a little differently. No one can judge my blackness because I speak standard English. No one can judge my blackness because I eat different foods. And no one can judge my blackness because I choose to have white friends. No one can judge my blackness because I am a beautiful, intelligent, well-spoken, proud African-American woman. And to all of those people who have judged me, it’s time for you to climb out of that small confined I-know-what- black-is box that you have been living in. Instead of sitting back and judging your own people, show the people in the world who are afraid of black, what black can really be.

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Question: Do you think the “N” word should be spoken at NCCU ?

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xpect to pay more at the pump in the coming months. I blame the Bush administration and the Washington fat cats in Congress. I am tired of Congress sitting on their butts and not contributing anything to James solve our energy Newkirk Jr. problems. Our nation’s energy policy is a disaster. Miscalculations on foreign and domestic policy have created this crisis. The Bush administration continues to neglect the development of mass transportation systems. Compare our limited

approach to mass transportaMuch of this increased tion to Europe's fully develdemand comes from economic oped rail and subway systems. growth in China. Instead, we And while have car pooldemand has ing lanes for been increasing, our gas guzthe situation in zling SUVs! Iraq has only In fact, it seems the In the last made things Bush administration decade our worse. has increased our government Iraqi oil is vital has done little reliance on foreign oil. to the world’s oil to support supply and the Our nation’s energy increased fuel attacks on Iraq’s policy is not solving efficiency. oil pipelines Indeed, the have made Iraqi our energy crisis ... it’s Bush adminisproduction less making us poorer. tration gave stable. tax incentives Thanks to Bush to small busithe liberator, the nesses for purchasing gas guzworld’s oil supply is shakier zling SUVs. than ever. And as the American The bad ideas from demand for fuel climbs, so Washington just don’t seem to does demand worldwide. stop. The International Energy Saudi Arabia, the largest oil Agency has said that demand producing member of OPEC, for oil is growing by 1.8 million produces 9.95 million barrels barrels a day and will reach 84 of oil per day. million barrels a day in 2005. Our dependence on this

nation prompts our administration to cozy up to an antidemocratic and authoritarian regime, one with a record of human rights violations. This is being done at the same time the Bush administration says it wants to promote democracy in Iraq. Little wonder that Arabs are suspicious of our motives. Our administration’s approach to energy policy is to make it secretive. Let’s not forget Vice President Cheney’s secret meeting with the good old boys of corporate America. In fact, it seems the Bush administration has increased our reliance on foreign oil. Our nation’s energy policy is not solving our energy crisis ... it’s making us poorer. And as the presidential election draws near, it’s time to vote for sane energy policies, policies that will lead to lower energy demand and more reliable energy supplies.


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“I believe it’s not appropriate for anyone to use the “N” word. It holds to many painful and disrespectful meanings.” – Wendy Roundtree

“I see no problem with the “N” word when it’s used in the right context.” – Jeff Easterling

“It’s an ugly, hateful word. And I wish students would not use it.” – Michelle S. Ware


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