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Safety report hits hard Report gives NCCU, Duke and UNC poor grades BY ASHLEY GRIFFIN ECHO EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

When students opened their campus e-mail accounts on Oct. 18, they discovered an e-mail sent from the N. C. Central University public relations office describing the latest crime alert. On Friday, Oct. 15 a female student reported a man exposed himself to her on campus. The suspect was eventually apprehended and charged, but some NCCU students may be left wondering how safe campus is. Based on the American School Search’s Web site, NCCU was listed 51st among the most dangerous American colleges. NCCU received an “F” rating for safety from 2006-2008. Other local universities didn’t fare much better: Duke University received a “D-” and

N.C. Secretary of State Elaine Marshall, left, shakes hands with U.S. Senator Richard Burr at Oct. 21 debate in RTP. ROBERT WILLETT/ ENews & Observer (MCT)

FROM STAFF REPORTS It looks official: The U.S. will now have a divided government. The Democrats will no longer control the both legislative branches. As of 11 p.m. Tuesday Republicans were expected to pick up about 55 seats in the House of Representatives, giving them a majority. This will give Republicans control over valuable committee chairmanships. Republicans are also expected to pick up about eight seats in the Senate. They need 10 to gain a majority in Senate. As expected Tea Party favorite Christine O’Donnell lost big in her Senate bid in Delaware, but Tea Party candidate Rand Paul is to have his Senate bid in Kentucky and Tea Party candidate Marco Rubio is projected to win the Senate seat in Florida. In Nevada it’s too early to call the Sharron Angle’s bid to oust Senate majority leader Harry Reid. In the North Carolina Senate race Richard Burr has topped Elaine Marshall 55% to 43%. District 4’s Democrat David Price has been reelected to the House

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Members of the Board of Elections register students to vote in Alfonso Elder Student Union yesterday afternoon. North Carolina is one of nine states that allows citizens to register and vote on the same day. WILLIE PACE/Echo staff photographer

Campus gets out the vote Student groups work to increase student involvement BY ZEVANDAH BARNES ECHO STAFF REPORTER

“Get out to vote.” “Rock the vote.” Engaging in the community and social change have been staples of this election cycle. Several N.C. Central University student organizations have worked together to get the campus community increasingly involved with poli-

tics. “It is important to be an educated voter,” said Jarvis Hall, the director of the Institute for Civic Engagement and Social Change. Hall said he has voted in every election since he turned 18. The Civic Engagement Series are events coordinated by the Civic Engagement Task Force, NCCU’s chapter of the NAACP, Student

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Sociability shortage in sociology Students are left uneasy after a series of events with a faculty member ASHLEY GRIFFIN ECHO EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

It all started with a simple maroon and gray Tshirt promoting access to non-genetically modified food at N.C. Central University. Now one student, Dontravis Swain, has been

suspended from NCCU, and a number of other students say they are afraid to be around one professor in the sociology department. The commotion centers on an assistant professor of sociology, Dana Greene, who arrived at NCCU from Appalachian State

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University in 2007. W h y Greene left ASU is unknown. Something happened there, but what it was

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African American Brotherhood, SGA, NCCU College Democrats and the Student Activity Board. Some of these events included Dorm Storms, booths at 10:40 a.m. breaks, a watch party for a recent Obama speech, an early voter rally and an overnight sleep-in to get students to take advantage of their voting privileges.

is a mystery. Greene left after receiving a financial settlement, but the records are sealed and no one is talking. No one Echo staffers contacted at ASU would answer questions about Greene and her time at ASU.

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Busy place Rising admissions creates dilemma BY TOMMIA HAYES ECHO STAFF REPORTER

According to some of Greene’s students at NCCU, she tells several versions of what transpired at ASU. In one version she sued ASU because an ASU football player threw a desk at

With the arrival of over 1,400 new freshman on campus this year, it seems the N.C. Central University undergraduate admissions office is under pressure. Students may not know it but the main goal of the undergraduate admissions office is recruiting students and that often means travel. When counselors are out recruiting,

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Recession will have lifelong impact on young workers Jobless rate for 20- to 24-year olds at 17%, for college-educated youth it’s 9.3% BY DON LEE TRIBUNE WASHINGTON BUREAU (MCT)

WASHINGTON — As the nation struggles with the aftermath of the Great Recession, few groups have suffered greater setbacks or face greater long-term damage than young Americans — damage that could shadow their entire working lives. Unemployment for 20- to 24-year-olds hit a record high of more than 17 percent earlier this year. Even for

young adults with college degrees, the jobless rate has averaged 9.3 percent this year, double the figure for older graduates, according to the Labor Department. Adding to the impact, surveys by the Pew Research Center indicate, a greater share of workers in their 20s lost hours or were cut down to part-time status than any other age group. And their incomes have fallen more sharply, even as they are far more likely than others to

say they are working harder than ever. “These are young workers just trying to establish a connection to work, and it will cause permanent damage to long-term pay. This crisis has the potential for scarring,” said Ron Blackwell, chief economist at the AFLCIO. The effect of the recession is reflected in the fact that many young Americans who started out living independently are moving back

home with their parents because they are unable to survive financially. Also, new Census Bureau figures show that couples increasingly are postponing marriage and parenthood, waiting for their financial prospects to improve. Meanwhile, more young families are falling into poverty. “It makes you almost want to cry for the future of our country,” said Andrew Sum, director of the Center

for Labor Market Studies at Northeastern University in Boston. These developments, beyond their effects on individuals, are harbingers of significant and painful changes for the whole country. For decades, adult life, especially for college graduates, began with entry-level jobs that paid well and promised even better things to come. Those bright prospects encouraged young

workers to go out on their own, marry and start families — bolstering the overall economy. But now, with so many unemployed or underemployed — and others underwater on their mortgages or with little hope of buying houses of their own — the spending they once provided simply isn’t there now. Moreover, low starting pay means that future earn-

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Where are all the bikes?


Despite high price of driving, bike riding has yet to catch on at NCCU BY APRIL SIMON ECHO STAFF REPORTER

Durham won the prestigious Bicycle Friendly Community award from the League of American Cyclists on Sept. 15. But when you look around N.C. Central University, it’s clear that bicycle riding is not exactly catching on with students. With the parking crisis and gasoline prices, a chief complaint among students, it would seem that more students would be looking to alternative means of transit. A walk across campus shows that this is not the case. Few buildings have bike racks installed, and even those racks are often vacant. Given that the American Tobacco Trail runs alongside campus, and with a slew of local shops and restaurants nearby, it would seem that NCCU would be the ideal cycling campus. So, where are all the bikes? “The only thing I can think of,” said Jeffrey Daum, a computer consultant with ITS, “is that it’s not cool … or that they are scared of the hills.” Daum, who has ridden his bicycle to campus for the past 10 years, said the incline from Alston Avenue to Fayetteville Street can be grueling. Daum suggested that as a solution, students can use the bike racks on the front of all area buses for part of their commute. One concern that students may have is traffic on Fayetteville Street and other surrounding roads. According to North Carolina crash data, there are an average of 32 automo-

UNC-Chapel Hill received a “ D ” rating. The American School Search is a Web site designed for prospective college students and their parents. The Web site lists 6,670 American colleges and up-to-date information concerning them. “It is stale information,” said Campus Police Chief Willie Williams. “The study may not reflect an accurate picture on campus.” “The chancellor brought the report to us,” said Williams. “We feel we have a very safe campus.” NCCU is required to report all crimes to the FBI and the U.S. Department of Education. The American School Search evaluates each school and lists 88 descriptive factors on each with data collected from public sources like the U.S. Department of Education. The report breaks down criminal offenses at NCCU from 2006-2008. According to the report, NCCU experienced 25 robberies, 31 motor vehicle thefts, 22 illegal weapons possession, 144 burglaries, and 6 forcible sex offenses. The American School Search’s Web site said

Durham’s bicycle friendly award doesn’t reflect on NCCU transportation. APRIL SIMON/Echo staff photographer

bile-related bicycle crashes each year Durham. Of those, fewer than 20 percent placed car drivers at fault. “Knowing basic bicycle safety and road rules are the best way to keep from getting hurt,” said Brian Highfill, mechanic at the Bicycle Chain of Durham. The city of Durham Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Commission publishes a beginners guide to bicycle commuting that offers tips and highlights key laws to obey while cycling. If riders are still leery of riding near cars, the commission also prints a bike and hike map that indicates and describes the condition of all the city’s paths, including any steep hills. “The pamphlets are great




“NCCU is a very dangerous place to be in.” Some students believe that the ranking are overblown. “I feel NCCU might be ranked so high just because it is in Durham and Durham is a bad city for crime,” said sports management senior Blake Murray. “I feel very safe on NCCU’s campus.” The American School Search Web site uses a crime chance feature which estimates a student’s chance of experiencing a crime during her or his four-year stay at NCCU. The crime chance is based on present enrollment, past crime history, crime trends and assumptions that the school reports statistics accurately to the government. The site states that students have a 1.3 percent chance of being burglarized while enrolled at NCCU — the highest crime chance listed for the University. “I am from a dangerous place and I feel safe,” said Gilbert Morgan, a business senior from Detroit. “I think our school just has a bad reputation,” said Morgan. “When things like students are getting killed or Duke lacrosse cases are being broadcast then of

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for freshman and transfer students, who may not be familiar with the city,” said Maria Faldo, cyclist and employee at the Bicycle Chain. But back on campus, what is a student to do? The 2008 design guidelines issued by the University specifically stress the importance of pathways that are accessible by bike. A $60,000 grant was awarded to NCCU by the Triangle J Council of Governments to implement an alternative transportation program. Duke and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have already implemented their own programs. UNC’s free Commuter Alternatives Program asks its 7,602 members to agree

boast resounding success. Duke recently expanded its fleet to 130 bicycles and averages over 90 rentals per day. UNC has reported a doubling of participant numbers since 2004. In response to demand, both universities have noted the presence of bike racks on their campus maps, and provide incoming students with information about cycling safety in and around campus. These actions have led to a marked increase in students on two wheels and a decrease in parking woes. “Every other campus I go to is full of bicycles,” said Daum. If the outcomes of the Duke and UNC programs are any indication, a similar plan may work for NCCU. With more than 50 percent of the student body driving to campus every day, the average student could spend upwards of $200 per month on gas and vehicle upkeep in addition to parking fees. Providing rentals and oncampus cycle service stations and incentives to ride may give Eagles the extra push to travel by bike. For those students who are interested, but who may be unwilling to spend money on a new bike, there are options. The Durham Bicycle CoOp assists community members in purchasing bikes at lowered cost or trading for volunteer hours. Additionally, bicycle retailers often rent newer bikes. “We rent bikes for $35 a day, or $150 a week,” said Highfill. “It’s a good way to get a feel for a bike and to see if it’s right for you.”

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course we look unsafe. “We have 24-hour security and if you walk in packs you will be fine,” he said. In order to help ease students’ fear, NCCU’s SGA helps to organize the program “Chat with the Chief,” a forum in which students have the chance to address the chief with comments and concerns about campus. “Every quarter, we meet with students at Chat with Chief,” said Williams. “We have good discussions and students share their concerns about the campus safety.” The next “Chat with the Chief ” will be held in Baynes Hall on Tuesday, Nov. 9 at 6 p.m. NCCU also has taken steps to increase the lighting on campus at night. “We increased lighting on campus and we identified some of the dark spots on campus,” said Williams. “The chancellor provided funds to give a brighter glow to the campus.” “There is an organized camera system on campus,” said Williams. “Two years ago we implemented a special unit at night and since then, no robberies on campus.” At Duke, according to the American School Search,

there were 17 forcible sex offenses, 166 burglaries, 20 illegal weapons possessions and 14 liquor law violations. “I think urban areas have the same problems and I do not think Duke is unsafe,” said Williams. “If two incidents occur on campus then it will reflect negatively on the campus,” he said. For UNC-Chapel Hill, American School Search listed 23 forcible sex offenses, 24 aggravated assaults, 47 burglaries, 14 motor theft, and 170 liquor law violations at UNC-Chapel Hill. Duke had than twice the number of forcible sex offenses, and UNC-Chapel Hill had more than three times the number of forcible sex offenses as NCCU. American School Search listed the most dangerous school as Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Blacksburg, Va. The Web site lists some of the safest schools as Harry S. Truman College in Chicago at #1, ECPI College of Technology in Virginia Beach at #2, and Mercy College in Dobbs Ferry, N.Y. at #3. Jerell Morgan contributed to this story.

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“Midterm elections can be more relevant than presidential elections,” said Ariane Harper, political science senior. “People don’t usually like to talk about politics but it is important because local elections immediately affect the communiHarper Ariane Harper ty,” said. The Civic Engagement Series has helped more than 500 students to register. The Civic Engagement Task Force’s involvement led to 80 percent campus participation in the 2004 elections and 90 percent participation in the 2008 presidential elections. Only six percent of registered students participated in early voting. The Civic Engagement Task Force is hoping to have year-round representation by keeping students informed about voting. The task force hopes this will raise voter turnout during local and state elections. Events also included a step show, fashion troops, a political activist movie and a DJ. The Civic Engagement Task Force promotes a non-partisan stance on voting.


Robert Mihaly wears a t-sshirt that promotes food health awareness CORLISS PAULING/ Echo staff photographer

her. In another version Greene sued the university because of “racial discrimination.” Greene is Jewish. An ASU faculty member, who would not provide details of what happened there, said that the incident “had nothing to do with a desk being been thrown at Greene.” *Several of the people interviewed for this story asked to remain anonymous, due to the sensitive nature of the case. According to a member of the NCCU sociology department “it has been strange [with Greene] since day one.” THE T-SHIRT But the T-shirt incident that led to the expulsion of Swain began on Sept. 29. According to several students and two members of the sociology department, Greene made several claims that a white student of hers, Robert Mihaly, was a racist. Greene told her 1 p.m. social psychology class that a T-shirt worn by Mihaly demonstrated that he was racist. This characterization puzzled Mihaly because Greene had previously agreed that he could wear his T-shirts to earn community service hours required for his class with her in Sociology of the Environment, Economy, Society. The front of Mihaly’s Tshirt pictures an Eagle vomiting, and lists several toxins including fluoride, arsenic and lead. It reads “NCCU Students Poisoned Daily.” The back pictures Martin Luther King, Jr. and asks, “UNC System Racist?” In a quotation bubble, King says, “At least give us the UNC Chapel Hill dietary options.” “The shirt is meant to draw attention to toxic additives to the food and water and racial disparity of what’s offered at UNC and NCCU,” said Mihaly. “At UNC they’re offered organic non-genetically modified foods. “Several students in the class told me that Greene said that there is this white guy on campus wearing these racist Tshirts and you should con-

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Studio on overload

After midterms, Writing Studio often too busy to help all BY GABRIEL AIKENS ECHO STAFF REPORTER

“Go to the Writing Studio. They will help you.” We all have had professors tell us this before an important paper, or if our thesis statement stinks. But have you ever walked into the studio and been unable to get help at a time that worked for you because they were already booked? Some students believe that despite its larger new location and increase in staff, the Writing Studio still has trouble accommodating so many students. Karen Keaton-Jackson, director of the Writing Studio for the past six years, realizes the problem some students have with not being able to schedule an appointment that fits their time.

“It’s like a good and a bad problem,” said KeatonJackson. “We’re excited to have students come like this, yet at the same time it keeps us very busy. Our busiest times are after early-warning grades go out and before exams.” “We have a staff of twelve graduate students that work twelve hours a week. The number of sessions we have vary from week to week and we can do close to sixty weekly,” she said. Counselor Dee Dee Mozee said that she is glad to help students to get better writing skills. “We have an awesome staff and on average we see 3 to 5 students during four hours,” said counselor and English graduate Dee Dee Mozee. “Some days we see seven or eight students.”

Sophomore Sadé Bea and writing counselor Dee Dee Mozee. CARLTON KOONCE/ Echo staff photographer

Mozee said the most common issue facing NCCU students is grammar. Keaton-Jackson said it is

best to come to the studio weeks in advance for help. She said on average, counselors turn away about 30 walk-ins a week because they are already booked. Keaton-Jackson said students have had their syllabi since August and should know when they have an upcoming deadline. “Regularly, if you call in first to set an appointment, we would be able to meet with you within a week,” she said. “Around mid-terms; however, it would be within two weeks because it’s one of our busier times.” Mozee agrees that the studio is busy, but students should still come by. “Take advantage of the writing studio. It’s not a remedial center,” she said. “The best students seek help and the worst discourage it.”

ADMISSIONS CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 the help at the office diminishes. Some students have said that waits are too long and wonder what exactly is going on. “They are very bad,” said nursing transfer junior Abraham Adu. “I gave them my transcript and they lost it twice. I’m fed up with them.” “It took them a long time to process my application and I ended up having to register late,” he said. Tiara King, an undecided freshman, also agreed that she spent unnecessary time in undergraduate admissions. “Usually I would be on hold for a long time,” said King. “No one would either answer the phone or not answer my questions.” “Dealing with them during the school year is harder than in the summer,” she said. Anthony Brooks has been director of undergraduate admissions for nine months

Anthony Brooks, director of Undergraduate Admissions. NEKA JONES/ Echo staff photographer

and explained that two counselors at the office were promoted earlier in the semester and that left only three on staff. “At times I serve as a counselor myself,” said Brooks. “The number of counselors depends on the needs of the University.” Brooks, a NCCU alumni, said that the undergraduate admissions office is able to hire as many as eight counselors and that new hires

are planned for this month. “We like the fact so many students are here. If the increases were to stop then that’s when we would worry.” The faculty of the undergraduate admissions office work evenings and weekends and also travel. “We can’t serve the needs of students only between 9 and 5,” said. “Most college recruitment programs are conducted during the evenings. If students need help I will help them.” King said that after attending a tour of NCCU, her questions were answered. “When I went on small group tour I pulled a counselor to the side,” she said. “That’s when I got my questions answered.” With the undergraduate admissions office in transition, the staff would like students to understand their position. “We normally have six counselors but right now we

only have three including myself,” said Jairo McMican, the assistant director for undergraduate admissions. McMican explained that he too has to travel to recruit and because one other counselor is already on travel, it would leave only one counselor in the office for this week. “We can’t travel and file so when I get back I have thousands of files to go through,” he said. Doris Cunningham has worked at the undergraduate admissions office for four years as an administrative support associate and said that in spite of the workload, the office gets its job done. “We only handle incoming freshman, second degree seeking students and transfer students,” said Cunningham. “This is the peak period for counselors because it’s travel season,” said Cunningham. “But we all get the work done.”

Lending a helping hand

NCCU counseling provides needed information to the depressed BY SHUNTERRY MILLER ECHO STAFF REPORTER

Suicides are no new subject on college campuses and is the second leading cause of death amongst college students. According to Mental Health America, a suicide attempt is a clear indication that something is gravely wrong in a person’s life. No matter the race, age or wealth of the person, it is true that most people who attempt suicide have a mental or emotional disorder. The most common underlying disorder is depression – 30 percent to 70 percent of suicide victims suffer from major depression or bipolar disorder. According to Johns Hopkins Children’s Center, about 1,100 college students commit suicide each year due to stress and depression. After a study of more than a thousand incoming college freshmen, results show that of the 1,085 students 12 percent say that they thought about committing suicide at least once and 24.5 percent say that they have thought about it repeatedly. Ten of the 151 students said that they made plans or carried out suicide attempts during college. N.C Central University’s counseling center is willing to help students out the best way they can. Whether it’s dealing with stress, depression or anxiety a student is more than welcome to visit the counseling center on campus. The counseling center is a unit of student health and counseling services within the division of student affairs and enrollment management. In addition to counseling, faculty members are working to help others, reaching out and participating in outreach programs in the community, working with organizations

and giving open invitations to classes for guest speakers. Sherman Freeman, counselor/instructor at NCCU, has been working in the counseling center for 30 years. “I wanted to be a part of student development,” said Freeman. “Some people think that getting counseling for a mental issue is for a person who is crazy but that is not always the case.” “I recommend any person that is dealing with mental issues to get treatment quick,” he said. Staff members strive to provide services which are non-judgmental and confidential. They follow the American Sociological Association Code of Ethics and abide by the American Counsel Association. Studies show that students who may be suicidal are reserved, and socially isolated. Although there are some warning signs that indicate a suicidal person, students need to complete a confidential screening before counselors can go any further so that they know what issues to focus on. “A student may think it is one thing but could be another or a combination of both,” said Freeman. The counseling center currently has five staff members and is steadily growing. Last year an alcohol & other drug specialist was added the team as well. For more information on services visit the counseling center on the second floor of the Student Health Building for brochures or visit their website at If you know someone that you believe may be suicidal or has attempted suicide please contact the counseling center by email at or call 919-530-7646.


front him,” said Mihaly. “They said that she said, ‘if I were a student I would confront him.’” Some students have claimed that Greene made this statement. Others say she didn’t. “I never remember her saying the shirt was racist,” said Kendra McNair-Worley, mass communication senior. “The classroom said it was racist but she did question why he used Martin

Luther King Jr. on the shirt.” Two members of the sociology department who asked to remain unnamed also say that Greene informed other professors in the department that Mihaly was a racist and that something should be done about it. “A few weeks after Dr. Greene approved my shirts and after I’d been wearing them, Dr. Greene wrote me [a] letter in which she attempts to sneakily docu-

ment she allegedly never approved them,” wrote Mihaly in an e-mail to the Echo. “She was trying to intimidate me from expressing my Constitutionally-protected speech,” Mihaly wrote. “She implies I have a problem with conforming to the class/university's community service requirements.” Some students said they do not understand all the controversy.

“I was confused,” said political science sophomore Lorenzo Glenn. “I can see how it could have been mistaken for a racist shirt, but the part that bothered me was when Robert told me that he had spoken to Dr. Greene prior to it [and approved of the subject].” “She already knew about it before she told us it was racist,” he said. The Campus Echo asked Greene for an interview numerous times, but she declined. “I was happy that she [Greene] said we can confront him and she insisted on it,” said Glenn. “It was OK to confront him because she is a teacher.” Several students say that after class on Sept. 29, sociology sophomore Dontravis Swain – the student who would eventually be suspended from NCCU -approached Mihaly. Five minutes later Greene called campus police to report an altercation. But according to several eye witnesses there was no altercation between Mihaly and Swain. Mihaly’s statement to the campus police (provided to the Echo by Mihaly) says this: “Dr. Dana Greene filed a malicious and absolutely false narrative to the NCCU Police Department … Ms. Greene has expressed disapproval of a design of shirt I wear most days which expresses a political viewpoint with which Ms. Greene disagrees.” Mihaly’s police statement

continues: “The other student named Dontravis Swain communicated 2-3 sentences to me in a calm, personable voice and I responded in kind. Ms. Greene’s deception is to create miscontent and to lay a false paper trail.” A TURN FOR THE WORSE Days later, on Oct. 4, in the same social psychology class things came to a breaking point between Swain and Greene, according to several students. The students said an argument broke out between Swain and another student in the class and became intense after the student shouted out Swain’s GPA. Students in the class tell the Echo that Greene didn’t stop the argument and allowed things to spin out of control. “It hurt me to see a professor do that,” said sociology junior Lisa Hickman. “She just stood there and let it go on with a smirk on her face.” According to McNaireWorley, the argument continued when Swain got into Greene’s face. “He definitely was in her personal space,” said McNaire-Worley. Another a student who asked to remain unnamed said that Greene grabbed Swain’s wrist and Swain said, “I’m going to expose you.” Shortly thereafter Greene claimed Swain hit her. But according to several students from the class, Swain never hit Greene. Associate Professor Vicki Lamb called the police to

report the incident. “She came in my office, she was very upset and asked me to call the police,” said Lamb. Sociology senior Delores Byrd said she advised Swain to go to the dean of students to tell his side of the story. She said she joined Swain and supported his story. According to Byrd, at about 4 p.m. that day she and Swain decided to go to the student union for food. Byrd said that as they went to get food, Greene, her husband, Brian Rickert, and another student approached Swain. “They formed a wall and it was three against one,” said Byrd. “I felt intimidated because she [Greene] has never been in there [the union].” (Students in Greene’s class reported to the Echo that she has often told them she would never feed the food on campus even to her dog.) According to an October 4 police incident report, Greene and her husband said that the student pushed her. The incident report states: “professor stated student pushed and the professor husband stated the same student,” the incident report states. According to the Byrd, Greene is alleging that Swain communicated threats. “I didn’t hear the threat,” said Byrd. “I told Don [Swain] that they were trying to set him

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Finding a cure

Centennial Salon

New Salon &Spa serves students in Union

NCCU lands largest research grant in school history BY ASHLEY GRIFFIN




How many Universities can you name that have a full service hair and nail salon right on its campus? Built and owned by SBC Contracting, Centennial Salon and Spa is the newest addition to the Alfonso Elder Student Union. It is a full service hair and nail salon that also specializes in several waxing services. “A salon was suggested by many of our students to complement the barber shop and provide contemporary and natural hair services,” said Maria Lumpkin, director of Student Union. Pamela Hall is manager of the salon and has spent 20 years as a nail technician. She works along with two other staff members, Velicia Howard, stylist of 22 years and evening manager of Centennial, and Randalyn Ladson, licensed cosmetologist instructor and stylist of four years. The three of them together bring much experience and knowledge about hair and nails. “They do great nails and hair I was totally satisfied,” said criminal justice, sophomore Krystal Johnson. There is a frequent surge of people coming in to check out the new salon. “People are always flowing in and out. It gets very busy.” said Hall, and with such low prices, compared to other salons, their busy schedule is not surprising. Centennial donates $1 from every service visit to the Student Association Fund Organization. All the prices at

Freshman Sellars check out the handiwork of stylist Deonia Williamson at Centennial Salon and Spa. MORGAN CRUTCHFIELD/Echo staff photographer

Centennial are priced for students. “I came in and was shocked. I was ready to spend more money than I did,” said political science, sophomore Javan Walton. Hall and Howard have both owned their own hair salon. Howard is currently owner of a salon here in Durham. “It is extremely different working on a campus than working on a strip. The walk-in volume is much larger and it gives us a lot more business,” said Howard. Centennial had its grand

opening October 19. “We’re loving it,” said Hall. Staff members of the Student Union have all been assisting and doing what they can to make Centennial a success. “The staff is genuinely concerned about making good and comfortable accommodations for us and the students here,” said Howard, “and everybody’s help is greatly appreciated.” Centennial Salon and Spa is open from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday – Saturday, and walk-ins are more than welcome. For an appointment call 919-530-6039.

Visit N.C. Central University’s home page and you will see the University has done it again. After winning the $4.3 million dollar grant from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse less than a month ago, NCCU has just received a $7 million dollar grant over the next five years from the National Cancer Institute. This is the largest sponsored research grant in NCCU history. The NCI is an institute that is a part of the National Institutes of Health. It was established under the National Cancer Institute Act of 1937. The act was setup to aid in coordinating research relating to cancer and to establish the NCI. According to the NCI’s website, today it conducts and supports research, training and other programs with respect to the cause, diagnosis, prevention and treatment of cancer. The NCI has awarded one of two Comprehensive Minority Institution Cancer Center Partnership Grants to NCCU and Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center UNC-Chapel Hill. The total amount of the grant is $12 million, with NCCU awarded $7 million and UNC – Chapel Hill awarded $4.9 million. “This was a lot of work but it is a team effort,” said Ricardo Richardson, director of the cancer research program. The grant will fund seven projects. Some of the projects include promoting physical activity in black barbershops which will be headed by public health depart-

Winning this grant put us on the ladder at the end of five years, we want to show that a HBCU can pair with big schools with this grant. RICARDO RICHARDSON DIRECTOR OF CANCER RESEARCH PROGRAM

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The focus of this project is to promote the awareness of prostate cancer in the African American male comm u n i t y within bar-

bershop. Another project funded by the grant is the “Partners in training program.” This program was designed to give students the chance to receive training at UNC in their choice of a lab setting or in the school’s Public Health program. Eight students will be chosen and are expected to make a two summer commitment to the program. Deciding what projects would be funded by the grant was not an easy process. “Almost fifteen projects were submitted, the program steering committee and decided what projects should be funded by the grant,” said Richardson. The grant is result of a year and a half of work. The application ended up being 750 pages long. NCCU faculty involved in the process said that all of the work was will worth it. “It was worth the time and effort put into this project” said Sacajawea Gray, program manager. Gray’s

duties included coordinating meetings, collecting information and submitting the application in correct form. “We worked holidays and we are so happy,” said Gray. The partnership between NCCU and UNC-Chapel Hill began back in 2000 under the Chambers’ administration, when the Biomedical/Biotechnology Research Institute was initially built. Then Chancellor Julius Chambers wanted to establish a competitive research program at NCCU. The first grant was awarded in 2001 which brought in $2.5 million dollars and was used from 2001-2006. “That grant was used to help setup the infrastructure here,” said Richardson. “It was used to bring in new scientist, new equipment and new machines.” Today the partnership between NCCU and UNC still runs strong. The program is designed to pair each scientist from their institution with another scientist that shares the same interest. “In five years we expect to accomplish everything we said we would do and to reapply for the continued grant,” said Richardson. “Winning this grant put us on the ladder. At the end of five years we want to show that a HBCU can pair with big schools with this grant.”


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up,” said Byrd. “She [Greene] claims he pushed through me to get to them, which he did not.” Swain was later charged with communicating a threat and disorderly conduct for the incident that took place in the classroom. H e was eventually suspended from the University after a student court hearing presided over by Dean Louis Velez. Swain will be allowed to reapply next semester. Swain has an attorney working on his behalf and has declined to comment on this story. Then, on Friday, Oct. 8

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Greene’s husband showed up again and sat in the front of Greene’s social psychology class. “I was very outraged that her husband was allowed to sit in class where the incident took place,” said a student who asked not to be named. “She asked him [her husband] three times to sit somewhere else and he said ‘no.’ She then threw her keys at him and said ‘go to my office’ and he then said, ‘I am not going anywhere.’” Students now are voicing their opinion on the matter. “I took three classes with Dr. Greene,” said Byrd.

“It was three classes of walking on eggshells because you have been warned by former students that she would retaliate. It’s not intimidation of her going to beat me up, but intimidation of what she can do/lie about. Because of her lying there is a student suspended now.” Some students said that when they see Greene they only see trouble. “I try to stay away from her when I see her coming down the hallway and I try to get as close to the wall as possible,” said a student who asked to remain unnamed. “I am not going to be anywhere near her. I refuse to go

to the computer lab because her office is next to it,” said the student. “After seeing what happened with Dontravis, it just let me know how easily her word against your word can be in her favor,” said Glenn. A HATE CRIME, OR NOT? And this Monday things took an even stranger turn. According to several students and a member of the department, a sign with the Star of David appeared on Greene’s door stating, “Jews are evil.” “I think she wrote it, I think she put it up there,” said the unnamed member of the sociology department.

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“There was nothing on her door until she got here.” “I can guarantee the students don’t even know what that Star of David is.” The current chair of the sociology department, James Davies, said conflicts are like this are going to happen. “As chair of the department it is distressing when situations like this occur,” said Davies. “I only hope things will improve in the future. “This situation has been investigated by the proper authorities and they have put in the necessary measures to prevent that from happening,” said Davies.

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Kin continue support Shepard’s great-grandson gives $100,000 to establish scholarship endowment



‘Finding the ways that work’ BY STILLMAN MBA ECHO STAFF REPORTER

Isaac H. Green presents a $100,000 pledge to Chancellor Nelms. His company, Piedmont Investment Advisors, manages about $3.1 billion in assets and is one of a few mutual funds based in the Triangle. CARLTON KOONCE/Echo staff photographer


Vision is a word that has been resonating at N.C. Central University since its founding over 100 years ago. On Oct. 26 in the Emma Marable Room of the William Jones Building, founder James E. Shepard’s greatgrandson, Isaac H. Green, CEO and President of Piedmont Investment Advisors, LLC, presented a $100,000 check to NCCU Chancellor Charlie Nelms to help establish an endowed scholarship fund. The Durham based company is located on West Chapel Hill Street and provides services to individuals and corporations including endowments and public funds. Some of their clients

include the California Public Employees’ Retirement System and North Carolina Mutual Life Insurance Company. When completed the fund will provide scholarship support for students studying in the School of Business. Green was joined in the presentation by several members of Piedmont Investment Advisors including the executive vice president Dawn Paige, vice president Pamela Green and director of marketing Robin Costello. “Unless you’re born wealthy, education is your best opportunity to enjoy life,” said Nelms during the presentation. Nelms said that vision was established by Shepard at the University’s founding and that NCCU invests in the success of others.

“We want to build on that,” said the Chancellor. “Scholarship support is important. Our goal is to grow the endowment.” Growing the University and its opportunities for students of North Carolina is a vision of Green. He said that his great-grandfather died before he was born. He said that there were many Eagles in his family, including his mother and sister, and that they were active in all of the University celebrations but not in any official capacity. “I think Dr. Shepard would be filled with happiness at how we achieve our mission at NCCU,” said Green about the University today. “In ten years we will still be here in Durham bigger and better and still serving the needs of students,” he said.

A program sponsored by the Environmental Defense Fund — the Climate Corps — could help N.C. Central University save about $1.4 million year in utility costs. And that’s money that could be used to provide better resources to students. “EDF’s Climate Corps program uncovered energy efficiency opportunities that could save the University millions of dollars and cut our carbon footprint by half,” said Chancellor Nelms in a video about the project. The New York-based EDF is a national nonprofit organization that addresses environmental problems and has specifically established a record of assisting minority-serving institutions to cut energy costs. The EDF was established in 1967 with a mission statement stating that the fund “is dedicated to protecting the environmental rights of all people, including future generations.” Among these rights are access to clean air and water, healthy and nourishing food, and flourishing ecosystems.” The EDF, according to its mission “works to create and advocate solutions that win lasting political, economic and social support because they are nonpartisan,

cost-efficient and fair.” The Climate Corps trains graduate students to work as fellows with host organizations like NCCU to identify ways improving energy efficiency and reducing carbon emissions into the atmosphere. Two Corps fellows, David Fox, a NCCU graduate student, and Sahil Thaker, a Duke University graduate student, found improvements to heating and cooling systems that could save $1.4 million per year and reduce carbon emissions by 30 percent. “Climate Corps was an outstanding opportunity to make a real world difference regarding energy efficiency and sustainability,” said Sahil Thaker. “Our work at North Carolina Central University uncovered millions of dollars of potential savings and helped shape energy policy for the state’s 16-campus university system.” EDF’s Climate Corps fellows have worked with the City of Raleigh, Elizabeth City State University, and Johnson C. Smith University. At Elizabeth City State University, Climate Corp fellow Tyrone Davis II cut energy cost over $31,000 year lighting, heating and window upgrades. “If universities could find ways to be more energy efficient, use energy that they need in a better

way. Then they can cut cost on utility, which helps out budgets across the board,” said Davis. Climate Corp fellow, Jon Yee, developed a plan at Johnson C. Smith University that is expected to save the University over $225,000 per year. According to program associate Jill Logeman and program assistant Marilyn Robinson, there are a number of ways to cut energy consumption at college campuses. These include retrofitting old buildings for conservation, something that can yield savings up to 50 percent. But educating students and staff to do simple things like cutting lights and computers can also yield tremendous savings. The EDF is also developing a green curriculum in e businesses and commerce at N.C. A&T where the goal is to try and understand the business value of environment sustainability. The EDF, with their slogan “Finding the Ways that Work,” has a long history of environmental accomplishments under their belt. In the 1970s a EDF founders set in motion the DDT and whale hunting bans. EDF scientists were behind the passage of the Safe Drinking Water Act, which establishing the first comprehensive health standards for water nationwide.

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ELECTIONS CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 beating conservative Republican B.J. Lawson 55% to 45%. Price has served in the House since 1987. According to Alexander Scott, president of NCCU College Democrats, the Republicans ran a campaign based on fear. “I really feel that they ran a successful campaign on running on what Americans fear most.” Scott added that Obama sold the message of the Democrats well, but he started campaigning too late. “This election cycle was about a small faction of Americans trying to take back what they feel is slipping out of their grips,” said Scott.

Two students, who said they worked tirelessly at NCCU to get students out to vote, both said they were disappointed by last night’s outcome. “I think we did an awesome job. Getting people out to vote on campus,” said Jamal Troublefield, second vice president of the NCCU branch of the NAACP.” “We just have to work harder in two years,” said the social work and political science sophomore. History senior Martha Butler, with the NCCU Coordinating Committee for Democratic Elections, said she was disappointed with student turnout.


Congressman David Price (D-N N.C.) at NCCU in September. Price, who represents the 4th Congressional District, wins big. Echo file photo

“More people should have been involved. I saw students today who were still asking

me where they could register to vote. It disturbs me,” she said.

CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 In the long run, it could shape the way a whole generation saves and invests, with consequences for businesses and the economy. Young adults, for example, may be less prone to buy stocks because they have been shell-shocked by the recession, said Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moody’s Analytics. He recalled how when he encouraged his own collegeage son to put some money in

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Global temperature 1.7 degrees above 20th century average

RECESSION ings probably will be depressed as well because most workers see their incomes increase slowly and steadily over the course of their careers, not in big jumps. In the near term, young adults’ lower earnings and slower rates of family formation will hurt the depressed housing market and crimp consumer spending, which accounts for 70 percent of the U.S. economy.

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the markets, the advice was met with incredulity. “It dawned on me,” Zandi said, “that’s his world. In the last 10 years, stock prices have gone nowhere.” Young adults remain very hopeful that things will get better, surveys show, but many face daunting debts that are forcing them to further curtail spending now. In the two years before the recession, adults younger than 35 were borrowing so

heavily — especially for education — that their savings rates ran in the negative teens, according to Moody’s analysis of Federal Reserve data. Since the middle of last year, they have become the most prodigious savers of all age groups, socking away 8 percent or more of their after-tax incomes. “We need them to drive housing demand and consumer spending,” Zandi said.

At the end of its ninth month, 2010 is still tied with 1998 as the warmest year on record for the same period when land and sea surface temperatures are combined. A report from the National Climatic Data Center, part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, shows the combined global average temperature was 58.67 Fahrenheit, 1.7 degrees above the 20th century average, from January to September. It was the second warmest for land surface temperatures alone for the same period, behind 2007, and also the second warmest for ocean temperatures alone, behind 1998. After a similar report last month, showing that the first eight months of the year were tied for the warmest with 1998, the chief of the climatic data center's climate-monitoring branch,

Deke Arndt, said a strengthening La Nina condition in the Pacific could mean the year's warming trend will sputter. La Nina, a periodic cooling of equatorial Pacific waters, can help drive shortterm averages down. And while the agency's monthly snapshots reveal little about climate trends over decades, the agency has said in a separate report that the pronounced, longterm global warming trend shows no signs of abating. The report details especially strong trends over the past 50 years. The latest snapshot also says that the past 14 Septembers have been the 14 warmest Septembers on record. The extent of arctic sea ice was the third smallest on record, behind 2007 and 2008. Also in September, both the Northwest Passage and the Northern Sea Route were ice-free for the first time in modern history, the agency said.

For some Chinese students, sex is a business opportunity BY MEGAN K. STACK LOS ANGELES TIMES(MCT)

Beijing — The girls from the drama academy cost the most. Actresses are pretty, after all, and pretty is the point. Steady access to their sexual favors could cost a man more than $25,000 a year, not to mention the perks and gifts they would expect. The gentleman on a budget had better browse through students at the tourism institute, or perhaps the business school. Women there can be had for as low as $5,000 a year. Those are the prices advertised by the young man who calls himself “Student Ding,” a senior at Shanghai University who, in the grand tradition of Chinese entrepreneurship, is earning his money by working as a pimp. Ding calls himself “an agent, a fixer,” but his job is all pimp. He started out small: fliers passed on the street to the chauffeurs of expensive cars. He has found his niche arranging long-term, cashfor-sex arrangements between wealthy men and aspirational students, taking a 10 percent commission off the top. He is nonchalant about the work, even vaguely proud.

He insists that he is doing a service to the men who don’t want to hire streetwalkers, and to his middleclass, ambitious and frostily pragmatic college friends. “Most of the girls are financially comfortable, but they see their classmates carrying Louis Vuitton or Gucci bags, and they’re jealous,” he said on the phone from Shanghai. “These girls want to have better lives.” He is feeding on a wave of prostitution that, academics and sex workers say, has spread throughout universities and among young, would-be professionals in recent years. This semester, at least two universities introduced rules banning students from working as escorts or mistresses. But the motivation is strong. The young women are coming of age at a time when China’s family structure has eroded and staggering class divisions mean living, for the first time, in a country where shiny things are dangled carelessly under the noses of those who can’t afford them. In China, everybody seems to be selling something these days. Advertising crowds the skyline and the roadsides. A closed country has opened up in a span of decades, and is experienc-

ing an economic boom that has introduced new desires and an “anything goes” mentality. “More and more students are making this choice, taking a shortcut to a better life” said Lan Lan, a former prostitute who now advocates for the rights of sex workers in China, where prostitution is technically illegal but often tolerated. “They find a rich lover, post services on the Internet or just walk into a high-end club and sell themselves. The end result is the same.” Lan Lan has years of street-level research in China’s sex trade; today, she runs an organization that raises HIV awareness and distributes condoms to sex workers. Just a few decades back, premarital sex was looked down upon by respectable families. Now, some members of those families are not just having premarital sex; they’re selling it. Lan Lan calls the Chinese prostitution market “very complicated,” with various manifestations of sex work at each economic level, from relatively cheap streetwalkers catering to migrant workers to the students. Many in the latter group are reluctant to think of themselves as hookers and are therefore lax about protecting themselves.

“If they’re trying to become a mistress, they won’t take a condom when they go to meet this man,” she said. “They want to show their purity and loyalty.” The women are generally careful not to get trapped in a life selling their sexual favors. This is paid sex as a strategy, a way to look more elite, get a better job, find new opportunities. “They move on to other jobs after a while,” Lan Lan said. “It’s not that they’re too poor to make a living. The younger generation wants to wear all the brand names, the expensive cosmetics, use the newest cellphones and computers.” But even if that’s true, few women want to admit it. And, perhaps, sex and love aren’t quite so simply parsed. Xiao Yi, a 27-year-old woman from the southern province of Guangdong, insists that she and the other young, paid mistresses are misunderstood. She met her lover when she was an intern at an advertising agency, and he was a much older boss, nestled in the comforts of money and family. In the years since, she has taken his money, and he has set up profitable business opportunities and what she calls “financial aid” for sev-

eral of her relatives. (Her family, she insists, doesn’t realize that she’s sleeping with this man, and takes him for a friend.) “He can look after people,” she said. “And as a very independent girl, when I’m with him, even I can rely on somebody.” But she insists she is drawn by something deeper than the cash and perks. She says she has fallen in love with him. Sometimes, she says, she even takes him out for a meal. She can’t imagine getting married anymore, because she has lost faith in male monogamy and hates the idea of playing the role of the wife, sitting at home while her husband steps out with a young woman like her. “There are quite a few of us girls,” she said. “We are thinking of ways to make our lives better.” Using sex as a commodity, it turns out, goes a long way. And in a fast-changing China, rationalizations are easy to cobble together. “Years ago, when people heard somebody was a prostitute, they would criticize her very harshly, so girls who might want to copy her would change their minds,” she said. “These days, people’s attitudes have totally changed. They laugh at poor people, but they don’t laugh at prostitutes.”

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Yi Haiyan, a former prostitute who now pens a blog documenting the plight of sex workers, agrees. “The importance of virginity and sexual purity is not as strong as before. People are realizing that sex won’t have a huge impact on our future lives compared with other things that happen to you,” she said. “Life is more than just being pure. It’s not that important.” Student Ding put it more succinctly. “Many girls are gold diggers,” he said, but don’t know how to find a “sugar daddy.” As for the men, he said, they find it degrading and time-consuming to troll for hookers in karaoke bars and hotels. They want young, fresh women who are less apt to carry diseases. But their daily activities don’t take them into college campuses to meet women. “They don’t have time and they don’t know how to find them. They can’t drive their posh cars around campus asking girls if they want to be their mistresses,” he said. “I feel I am very important. I act as a bridge between these two groups.” As for the list he distributed, putting a price tag on women from each university, he says it was mostly just a gimmick. “The price of the girl depends on her face and her

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GDP growing slowly


Tepid economic growth little help for job seekers



REVIEW: Wangiri Maathai’s ‘The Challenge for Africa” BY PURITY KIMAIYO




Washington — The economy grew at a tepid 2 percent annual rate from July through September, the government reported Friday, slightly better than before but not strong enough to reduce unemployment. The 2 percent annual rate in the third quarter was slightly stronger than the 1.7 percent revised rate for the previous three months, the Bureau of Economic Analysis reported. That rise in the gross domestic product, the broadest measure of U.S. goods and services, couldn’t budge the stubbornly high 9.6 percent national unemployment rate, though. “The GDP numbers show that the economic recovery remains intact, but is very fragile,” said Mark Zandi, the chief economist for forecaster Moody’s Analytics in West Chester, Pa. “Two percent growth is not sufficient to generate enough jobs to even forestall a further increase in unemployment, which is drifting higher.” Another reason for concern: The drivers of growth in the newly released data — businesses replenishing inventory and federal stimulus spending — will fade in coming months. Yet there was modest good news. “The good news in the report is that exports and business fixed investment in equipment and software remain sturdy,” Zandi said. “These are the key to the nation’s long-term growth prospects.” Another bright note: Consumer spending rose at a 2.6 percent annual rate in the third quarter, up from 2.2 percent the previous three months. That’s a sign that people are loosening their purse strings. It was the fastest quarterly growth in consumer spending since 2006. “Slowly but surely, worries over job security and future income growth have subsided and households appear to be more at ease about shopping. “This augurs well for the upcoming holiday shopping season,” Bernard Baumohl, the chief global economist for the Economic Outlook Group, said in a research note. There are other reasons for cheer, he suggested. “Once again, outlays on durable goods remain robust, and this has significance. Durable-good purchases tend to be expensive (cars, refrigerators, furniture), often require financing and are considered more on the discretionary side of spending. “It is therefore extremely sensitive to how consumers feel about their financial security,” Baumohl wrote. The Federal Reserve is expected on Wednesday to take the highly unusual step of purchasing anywhere from $100 billion to $200 billion in long-term government bonds, and perhaps buying more later. The step, called quantitative easing, hadn’t been tried before the Great Recession. The Fed hopes that the move, similar to its purchases of more than $1 trillion in mortgage bonds in 2008 and


The GDP numbers show that the economic recovery remains intact, but is very fragile. Two percent growth is not sufficient to generate enough jobs to even forestall a further increase in unemployment, which is drifting higher.


2009, will drive down interest rates and impel investors to move their money from government debt to other investments that support economic activity. Touring a plant in Beltsville, Md., President Barack Obama tried Friday to put a happy face on the new numbers. “We’ve had nine consecutive months of private-sector job growth, after nearly two years of job loss,” the president said. “But as we continue to dig out from the worst recession in 80 years, our mission is to accelerate that recovery and encourage more rapid growth, so that businesses like this one can continue to prosper and we can get the millions of Americans who are still looking for jobs back to work.” Some analysts were cheered by the details hidden in Friday’s numbers. “For the second quarter in a row, the underlying details of the GDP report have been significantly stronger than forecasters were expecting,” RDQ Economics, a New York forecaster, said in a research note. It said GDP growth would have been higher if the rising demand for goods hadn’t also resulted in huge growth in imports. Imports subtract from the GDP, which measures domestically produced goods and services. Imports grew at an annualized rate of 33.5 percent in the second quarter and 17.4 percent in the third quarter.

“The only moderate gains in real GDP that resulted from this strong demand growth were a consequence of surging import growth,” RDQ said. “As a result, domestic demand growth over the last two quarters has outpaced real GDP growth by the widest margin since 1948.” The sizzling pace of import growth is likely to put even more pressure on the Obama administration to press China for greater access for U.S. exports and a revaluation of its significantly undervalued currency. Some analysts expect the final quarter of the year to show stronger growth. Historically, the stock market usually fares better at year’s end, and the unresolved issue of whether to extend the Bush-era tax cuts may spur spending by wealthier Americans. Congressional Democrats and Republicans have been unable to agree on whether to extend some or all of the reductions, which are scheduled to expire at the end of this year. David Malpass, the president of forecaster Encima Global in New York, said he thought that corporations would pay their executives bonuses in the final quarter this year rather than in the coming year, allowing them to enjoy the current tax treatment. That will give those wealthier Americans extra income sooner to spend or invest. “It is pent-up demand and the timing of the bringing forward of income,” Malpass said.


In “The Challenge for Africa,” Wangari Maathai writes vividly about troubles Africa is facing with its resources, democracy and governance. Maathai is saddened that Africa is often sterotyped by the media. What Westerners toooften see in media portrayals of Africa are civil disorder, armed militias, open sewers, mudhuts, and shanty towns. And then there’s the image of the emaciated little girl with her distened belly , an image designed to prick the conscience of potential donors. But what Westerners don’t see is Africa’s unparalled riches, its startling beauty and extraordinary wildlife. Maathai’s doesn’t just itemize the challenges Africa faces, she also provides an inspiring account of how Africans can use Africa’s natural resources, their culture and their selfbelief to turn things around — to break the bottleneck of development. According to the Irish Times, the book was decribed as “an accessible primer on the challenges facing Africa and a lucid manifesto on how to address them.” Maathai, a Kenyan, has advocated for human rights and women’s rights in Kenya and across Africa. She was the first woman ever from Africa to be awarded the Noble Peace Prize, an award she received in 2004 for her fight to promote sustainable development, democracy and peace. She has served in the Kenyan Parliament as the Deputy Minister for the Environment and Natural Resources from 2003-2007. As a Kenyan who moved to the United States in 2009, these issues are close to my heart. I grew up in Eldoret, Kenya, a city of about 250,000 in Kenyan Rift Valley and saw firsthand the issues Maathai discusses. There was a beautiful, thick forest near my house, named Turning. As a child I used to play hide and seek

there with my brother and sister. But the developers levelled it for upscale housing. I used to think no one gave thought to the forests which were facing extinction across Africa. People were cutting down forests like Turning trees for timber, mining and farming. I remember the day Maathai came to my home town in an effort to save another nearby forest from destruction. Government officials were grabbing the land and handing it over to its supporters. Maathai, while trying to protect the forest, was beaten and stripped naked by unknown men. She always spoke her mind and condemned the government for corrupt deals, an issue that landed her in jail several times. I admired this woman for her courageous stand. Maathai founded the Green Belt movement in Kenya in 1977, which has organized the planting of more than 20 million trees to prevent soil erosion and provide firewood for cooking fires. The program was carried out primarily by women in the villages of Kenya, who through protecting their environment got paid employment for planting the trees and were able to provide for their children’s future. The Kenyan Green Belt Movement has spread across Africa to Tanzania, Uganda, Congo, Ethiopia, and other countries. In “The Challenge for African” Maathai notes that the challenges Africa faces are historical, international

and indigenous. According to Maathai colonialism left behind a devastating legacy of exploitation that must be understood, but that can no longer be used as an excuse. Current relationships of aid, trade and debt “foster an imbalance in the relationship between Africa and the industrialized world,” writes Maathai. And global interests continue to exploit Africa’s resources and environment. Western aid often depends on economic ties that promote the exploitation of precious raw materials. Russian trawlers harvest fish off the Angola coast while Nigeria’s economy has become almost wholly reliant on oil exports arranged by corrupt oil deals. This situation has led to fatalism and passivity, to a culture of dependence. Africa’s indigenous response to the challenges posed by history and the international context have not been up to the challenge according to Maathai. Africa lacks good leadership. Its leaders understand the problems that their people face, but they choose not to respond. They are busy in the quest for power, forgetting good governance. They “invest in grandiose, attention-seeking projects or misguided attempts to satisfy the demands of outside investors … at the expense of their own people.” Instead of spending on practical measures that will help their people they spend money on arms and the military. How can Africa free itself from this situation? Maathai concludes that “Every African, from the head of state to the subsistence farmer, needs to embrace cultures of honesty, hard work, fairness, and justice, as well as the riches — cultural, spiritual and material — of their continent.” She uses the apt example of the traditional threelegged stool to outline the essentials of good governance: respect for each other, respect for the environment, and a general respectful disposition contributing to a culture of peace.

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omecoming 2010 was surely amplified with a lot of Eagle pride. The week started off with the crowning of Miss N.C. Central University, Jennifer Langston and Mr. NCCU, Terrance Jones on Sunday Oct. 24 following a private reception and the coronation ball held afterwards. On Monday, Oct. 25, the choir ball featured the uni-

versity choir with performing songs by Fantasia Barrino and Jazmine Sullivan. Tuesday, Oct. 26, Smokie Norful and Israel Houghton blessed a sold-out crowd through song. Houghton blessed the crowd with his recent album, “Power of One.” Wednesday, Oct. 27, the fashion and dance troupes hit the stage to put on a phenomenal per-

formance. The dance troupes’ performances were a competition, and House Arrest II took home the title. Thursday night, Sean Larkins, Lil Duval and Tony Roberts hit the stage to give the crowd lots of laughs. Friday night, with a filled McDougald-McLendond gymnasium, the Gamma Beta Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha

Fraternity, Inc. and the Alpha Lambda Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., took home first place titles at the step show for fraternities and sororities. Saturday night, Travis Porter made his way to the stage at the homecoming predawn, performing his recent singles. Homecoming was a definite success. — Tondea King

Gospel singer Israel Houghton sang to a sold out crowd in McDougald-M McClendon Gymnasium on Tuesday. Houghton won a Grammy this year for his album “The Power of One.” KAYLA SCOTT/Echo staff photographer

Yep, that’s Chancellor Nelms in the shades showing his Eagle Pride.

First place winners Delta Sigma Theta get fancy during the step show.

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2010-1 11 Miss NCCU Jennifer Langston receives her crown from Chavery McClanahan last year’s Miss NCCU. On the right is Mr. NCCU Terrance Jones WILLIE PACE/Echo staff photographer

Top bill at the comedy show, Lil’ Duval, taunts fans saying that he heard that Eagles lost to DeVry University. NEKA JONES/Echo staff photographer

The NCCU Sound Machine represents on Fayetteville. The band will play at the Tournament of Roses in Pasadena on Jan. 1, 2011. BRIAN CULBREATH/Office of Public Relations

It’s a Homecoming tradition ... tailgating near the Walker Complex.

Memebers of Prestige Modeling Troupe making their way down the runway at the fashion show.

Second place winners Omega Psi Phi show off their moves during the Friday night step show in McDougald-M McLendon Gymnasium.

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Miss Campus Crossings, LaShoney Frink, represents on home turf with crown and sash. DIANE VARNIE/Echo staff photographer


Although the ladies all wanted the title, only one can wear the crown. The well-known student housing complex, Campus Crossings, held its first pageant titled Miss Campus Crossings 2010-2011 this past month. Coincidently, all runners were from N.C. Central University and five young ladies ran for this position with snazzy campaigns. And the winner is — LaShoney Frink. Many may know Frink as Ms. Shoney, the young rapper who had a snap hit single amongst Central students titled, “Candy Lady.” Now students will know have to get to know her side alias as Miss

Campus Crossings. Besides living in the apartment complex, requirements for eligibility were: good financial standing with the complex, a 2.0 GPA and the attendance of at least two apartment functions a month. Along with a sash and crown, Frink won a $250 gift card, one month of free rent, a HP notebook laptop and recognition, including participation in the homecoming parade. This wasn’t an easy road for Frink but she persevered and campaigned to the best of her ability. “As soon as I left the interest meeting, I created an outline on how I was going to win,” said social work senior Frink. Some students may want to know what struck

the housing community to create a Miss Campus Crossings after all these years. It was simply a lit light bulb thought of some of the apartment’s managers. “There are several Misses at NCCU with different resident halls,” said Azalea PerkinsChriss, a leasing manager. “We wanted residents to still feel connected to campus life.” Chriss already had bundled expectations for the prospective Miss Campus Crossings. “She needs to continue to bridge the gap between Campus Crossing and the University,” said Chriss. Chriss also explained that she wants the Miss to reflect how the complex cares about their residents, as well as be a pos-

itive role model and a great image for residents. Although Frink is excited to execute her duties as Miss Campus Crossings, she is nervous at the same time. “A friend told me I should plan a chat with the Keystone and make it so residents can express their concerns,” added Frink. On a side note, Frink’s main focus in life remains music and reconstructing her community. If Frink sets a good example, Campus Crossings may have more to look forward to. “We will probably have another Miss Campus Crossings and also a Mr. Campus Crossings next year and hopefully have the winners be a part of the coronation,” said Chriss.

Although illegal possession of a firearm has him behind bars, Tunechi -better known as Lil Wayne or birth name Dwayne Carter — remains relevant with his eighth album, “I Am Not a Human Being.” As anticipation builds for this upcoming Thursday’s release date, Weezy serves this new project as the prelude to, “The Carter IV,” making this a gift for the people. Some may address this project as a careless affair that lacks the relevance and quality control of his previous works, but I honestly enjoy 12 out of 13 tracks. Wayne stuck to his witty, yet gangster wordplay on this album. One is sure to be entertained, especially with features from the Young Money/Cash Money camp, as well as production by Cool & Dre, Boi-1da and more. Although Mr.Carter gives us catchy singles, his album actually packs some incredible, noteworthy tracks. It took no time for the

hit track “I’m Single,” featuring Drake to rush radio airwaves. His second single, also featuring Drake titled “Right Above It” is another jam that’s on radio rotation. The track that didn’t really move me was record label anthem “YM Salute,” featuring Young Money’s Lil Twist, Lil Chuckee, Gudda Gudda, Jae Millz, and Nicki Minaj. Perhaps the track would be attainable for a mixtape, but not up to par for this awaited Dwayne Cater album. Of course, Wayne smashed his verse, but only to leave mediocre bars from Millz and Gudda. Young honchos Lil Chuckee and Lil Twist may need to focus on mastering their craft, because the lyrics are not fully present at this time. An audible treat that receives constant playback is “That Ain’t Me,” featuring Jay Sean. As the hook goes: “You can try lock me up, You can try to break me down, But I stay strong, It’s my own throne, Can’t stop now cause that aint me”. Wayne voices uplifting testimonials as he expresses how he won’t let jail time and daily trials affect him. He will continue to be same Wayne doing what he loves — entertaining and creating great music. — Tahj Giles

NC Latin American film fest BY DIANE VARNIE ECHO A&E EDITOR

The 2010 Latin American Film Festival will touch down at N.C. Central University for a feature screening this Wed., Nov. 3, and Thurs., Nov. 11, at 7 p.m., in the Alfonso Elder Student Union. Thirty-nine feature films, shorts, documentaries, video art and animation from 16 countries will be displayed. Six filmmakers will introduce their films

and talk about their practices working in the region. The films will present ideas surrounding indigenous and afro expressions through the Americas over historical commentary. The film also touches controversial subjects in the Latino culture such as imperial nostalgia, migration, global trafficking, civil and human rights and more. The Nov. 3 screening at NCCU will be for “Poto Mitan: Haitian Women,

Pillars of the Global Economy,” by Tet Ansanm Productions. On Nov. 11, “Cachila: un hombre, una familia y el legado del Candombe/Cachila: a man, a family and the legacy of Candombe,” by Sebastián Bednarik will be shown at NCCU. Candombe is the most popular manifestation of Afro-Uruguayan music, and has its origins in ancient African healing and/or religious ceremonies.

Other presentations will continue at Duke University, Durham Technical Community College, UNC-Chapel Hill, N.C. State University, Guilford College, UNCGreensboro and N.C. A&T State University. All festival activities are open to the public, free of charge. For information on the screenings at NCCU, contact Kent Williams in the Alfonso Elder Student Union at 530-6494.

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Legendary ‘boundaries’ come to UNC August Wilson play debuts at UNC theatre for its 35th anniversary BY DIANE VARNIE ECHO A&E EDITOR

They say there’s a first time for everything, and what better than now? The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s PlayMakers Repertory Company continues its 35th anniversary season with the legendary play, “Fences,” written by August Wilson. The play presents a story of a bitter ex-Negro League baseball player and his relationship with self and family. Emotional struggle and misery are also displayed, on top of an inescapable load of generational and social limitations. “Fences” is another example of Wilson’s decade – long-cycle plays that reflect the black experience of the 20th century and understanding of the black male in mid-century

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America. Wilson, an American scriptwriter, is most known for literary culture in a series of ten plays-- “The Pittsburgh Cycle,” which also included “Fences.” Each story represents a different decade, portraying witty yet heartbreaking lifestyles of the AfricanAmerican experience in the 20th century. The PlayMaker’s production will feature Charlie Robinson in the leading role of Troy Maxson, who has been featured in movies such as “Roots: The Next Generation,” “Set It Off ” and “Antwone Fisher.” Performances will be held now through Nov. 14 in the Paul Green Theatre in UNC’s Center for Dramatic Art. Tickets range from $10 to $45. For show times and tickets, call (919)-962-PLAY or visit on the Internet.

Star Wars: Starkiller strikes back BY DAVID FITTS ECHO ONLINE EDITOR

When you hear the name Star Wars, there are a few things that come to mind. One’s thought process should include betrayal, revenge, clones, dual light sabers, force powers, epic battles, Jedi and Sith. These and more are what players await in “Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II,” released

Oct. 26 to game consoles across the nation. So far, the game has earned GameSpot’s “E3

2010 People’s Choice” winning limelight. Picking up from the delicate ending of “Star Wars: The Force Unleashed,” the story begins in the Clone factories of Kamino. Darth Vader tells artificial Starkiller: “You are a shadow of your former self ” and that his recent dreams are the nightmares of the original Starkiller, who supposedly died at the end of the first

game. Starkiller suddenly has another dream of Darth Vader stabbing his former self which makes him fight his way off the planet to find himself, his friends and Juno Eclipse, the woman he loves. Throughout the game, familiar faces from the Star Wars saga make guest appearances such as Jedi Master Yoda, Princess Leia and Boba Fett. Although the game is

good, it still has some minor flaws. The duration of the game is short-lived and can be completed in about a day. Secondly, some of the controls need a minor fixing, such as the jumping. Despite those issues, the game has improved from its predecessor. The visuals look sharper and force powers are enhanced along with new ones to use such as Mind

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Aerial assault in 20-7 7 win NCCU defense and passing game leads to homecoming victory over Edward Waters BY


Behind a stingy defense that forced four turnovers and a career day by sophomore wide receiver Geovonie Irvine N.C. Central University football team improved its record to 3-5. The Eagles passed its way to a 20-7 victory over the Tigers of Edward Waters College and first win with interim coach Darryl Bullock in front of a sellout homecoming crowd of 13,652. The Eagle defense came out on a mission forcing turnovers and punts on all but one possession in the entire game. Led by junior safety Marc Lewis who recorded a career high 2 interceptions cornerbacks David Ingram and Rashad Fox each added one of their own as well. “Our defense has been playing great. Offensively where not where we need to be, we are nowhere near where we were last year,” said junior quarterback Michael Johnson. One bright spot for the offense was sophomore receiver Geo Irvine who compiled 6 receptions and 153 receiving yards the most

Senior running back Tim Shankle breaks away for a 22-yyard touchdown run in Saturdays 20-7 7 victory over NAIA opponent Edward Waters College. AARON SAUNDERS/Echo sports editor

in his career at NCCU. The NCCU offense showed life in the first half easily marching down the field for three touchdowns

on drives of 54,50,35 yards respectively. In the second half the Tigers shutdown the Eagle offense not allowing the Eagles any points and

Time for the hardwood Mens’ and Womens’ b-ball eager for season BY


For the last three years N.C. Central university basketball fans have been wondering where is our team playing this week, or who is this on the court that we are playing. Well, with the schools arrival in the MEAC past rivals and future foes will be on display this winter. Although losing its top scorer from last year, the Women’s Basketball team looks to improve on its 11-18 record from the previous season with the help of 6 new players and returning veterans. “Last year we were a one person scoring team I think this year we will have multiple scorers and be a more balanced team,” said head basketball coach Joli Robinson. This year the Lady Eagles return former first team all independent player, Redshirt junior Jori Nwachukwu who sat last year due to a torn ACL and second leading scorer from two years ago Red-shirt sophomore Chasidy Williams. “I am trying not to put too much pressure on myself and remember that I haven’t played in a whole year,” said Nwachukwu. While the Lady Eagles

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struggled on the road last year they found solace at home with a record of 9-3 at McLendon-McDougald gymnasium. “When you’re at home you have your friends, family and fans rooting for you and that is a huge energy booster,” said junior point guard Blaire Houston. The Lady Eagles are not the only team on campus anxious to get their season rolling the Men’s basketball team led by last years leading scorer senior guard C.J. Wilkerson who averaged 16.3 ppg last season. “This year being my sen-

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ior year, I am coming out a lot more focused and I am more hungry and hoping to gain the opportunity to play professionally along with our team being successful,” said Wilkerson. In its second year under head coach LeVelle Moton the team has added more depth as there are now 18 guys on the roster 12 of which have never laced them us for NCCU. One person who has been here through the entire transition is senior point guard Michael Glasker. “It means a lot to me to be the only one left from my recruiting class. I feel like I am triumphant… I think it shows dedication to my university and my team.” The Eagles will continue to play tough out of conference games against big time programs like Oklahoma, Miami, Indiana and Michigan. However fans will notice that there are some familiar foes on the schedule which include Coppin State, Maryland Eastern Shore and Arch-Rival N.C. A&T who will visit NCCU on Feb 2. “It will be exciting to host them a little bigger for the fans then it is for our guys... I remember playing A&T in the Greensboro Coliseum with 20,000 people there it was a great experience,” said Moton.

forcing two turnovers. “Once it got to be 20 to nothing I believe our guys thought they were going to lay down and that didn’t

happen they didn’t rollover,” said Interim Head Coach Darryl Bullock. The Eagle run game was held to only 69 total yards on

the day but did manage to score two touchdowns on the day. “We played down to our competition today I give Edward waters all the credit but we didn’t play well,” said junior offensive line man James Frye. This was the fourth time in as many tries that the Eagles have defeated the NAIA opponent this was the closest game in the series which led a couple of players to be a little disappointed in the result. “I don’t know if we came in over confident or what I just know that it just didn’t feel like a win,” said Johnson. While players may have been a little dejected, the man in charge took a different outlook on the game. “It’s a good lesson and a good win for us,” said Bullock. With three games left in the season the Eagles will attempt to run the table to complete a winning season. The Eagles travel to Dover this Saturday to begin their quest against MEAC foe the Delaware state hornets (1-7). “The progress is their were just going to keep working,” said Bullock.

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When the Lady Eagles Bowling team competes, it’s always on the road and never at home. It’s their first year in the MEAC and they’re hoping to overcome last year’s road blues. Led by Coach Karen Sanford and All-Conference bowler Toria Silver, the Lady Eagles look to have a much better season than their disappointing 17-54 season of last year. According to Sanford the team is looking stronger this year. “We haven’t lost any seniors this year, only one transfer. And a lot of girls have stepped up this off season,” said Sanford. “Look for former walk-on Shelisha Ejimakor to have a breakout season. She has improved a lot.” Led by All-Conference bowler Toria Silver, also known as “Cheer Coach,” because of her positive energy and excessive chants, most importantly wants her team to do well, but also personally wants to have a better season for herself. “The highest score I’ve ever bowled is a 278 in last year’s South Carolina Invitational, and I would like to do better,” said Silver. She looks to other teammates like Tia Blacknell as her competition rather than


NCCU womens bowling looks to improve on last year’s season. Courtesy NCCU Sports Information

opponents from other schools, to score higher against. This helps her out so she won’t get frustrated by the other team. “Bowling is ¾ mental,” said Sanford. “I always tell the girls to keep their spirits up, and give it their best.” Both, Silver and Coach Sanford, have learned from their mothers who are both former bowlers, so they know what it takes. “I always preach to my student-athletes, to ‘GO TO CLASS’ because student is first,” said Sanford. Toria Silver is a good example of a student-athlete. She holds down a 3.0 GPA, a job, and is still at the top of her game. Her mother, Victoria, a former NCCU bowler herself in the early 1980s, is constantly on top of Silver about

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ur founding fathers believed that the greatest threat to tyranny is an educated electorate. Here on the campus of N.C. Central University, we Brian H. are getting Moulton educated, but why aren’t we voting as the electorate? Two years ago, NCCU had a record turnout of eligible voters, with a 90 percent participation in the 2008 presidential election. Early-voting numbers reflect only a 6 percent participation in the 2010 mid-term elections. I sincerely hope that number jumps. What happened? Where are the voters

who showed up in droves to elect President Obama? Mid-term elections are just as important, if not more important, than the presidential elections. Mid-term elections can shift the power balance in the legislature. The elections in 2008 had unified the House of Representatives, the Senate, and the White House under Democratic leadership. The unified leadership has been very productive, successfully passing health care legislation and increasing financial aid for students and more. That unification is under threat. North Carolina election officials estimate that about 45 percent of the registered voters will vote in the 2010 elections, up from 36 percent in 2006.

There are many nations in the world where the people do not have the right to vote or the right to have their say in a representative government. The mid-term elections are nowhere near as glamorous as the presidential election, but they are very important. Did you know that the officials we elected on Nov. 2 will be responsible for redistricting based off the information from the U.S. Census Bureau? What that means is that they will be able to change the boundaries of the voting districts and precincts to be more favorable to their constituents and political party. It is illegal to redistrict based on a racial bias.

The national elections affect us on the macroscopic level, the leadership and direction of our government is determined by political party ideals and personal political goals. Mid-term elections and local elections have a much more direct impact on our daily lives. School districts, bus routes, regulations , zoning of property and more are all impacted by local and regional elections. Having the right judge on the bench can make a huge difference in the carriage or the miscarriage of justice. Too often, we take our

system of government for granted and think that voting is something we should only do if we have the time to. There are many nations in the world where the people do not have the right to vote or the right to have their say in a representative government. Ask the Iraqis whose fingers were stained purple after they waited in line under oppressive conditions to exercise their right to vote after Saddam’s regime fell. How much easier could it be to vote at NCCU? Our voting precinct is on campus…how hard is rolling out of bed? Do you really want to let other people make your decisions for you? I know I certainly don’t. Exercise your right, exercise your power, vote and make your voice heard.



s a graduating senior of N.C Central University, I have noticed many hurdles that students have to jump over where there should be no obstacle at all. I am going to deem some resolutions to the problems Jamese that stuSlade dents face here at Central. First of all, parking at NCCU for all off campus students is ridiculous. There has been parking issues since before I came to NCCU and there are still no resolutions to the issue. In the beginning, there weren’t enough parking spots for the students with cars. In turn, students did not want to pay for a decal and risk still not being able to park some-

where. Now that there is a parking deck that is almost finished, administration wants to charge students over $450 per year to be able to have a spot in it. For a few students, $450 is chump change. But for majority of others, that kind of money doesn’t come as easily. I have a parking decal and it seems that only 10 to 15 percent of the deck is filled, and 85 percent of the spots are available at all times. To make a profit off of the deck, instead of being stubborn and leaving spaces idle, administration should have a ticket machine that charges $2 per day. Charging students by that day is more reasonable. It will help continue the flow of revenue into paying off the deck, instead of having one side of stubborn students and another side of stubborn administrative.

There is a lot of inconsideration going on at the school towards students that needs to be adjusted and I have a lot more to say just not enough space.

In the end, the school will benefit more because a $450 parking decal averages out to about $1.50 per day, and students paying $2 per day will average to a potential 50 cent profit per car and fill the deck — which is its purpose. Another practice of the school that I do not like is the random charges and fees that students receive without knowledge. For instance, I went to get allergy medicine from the clinic that cost $5. I knew that it was supposed to be applied to my student account, which was fine.


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Months later when I was going to apply for classes I was informed that I had a balance, and I realized that I forgot all about the medicine. They said that my balance was $25. I said, “WHY?!?” They informed me that since I didn’t pay the medicine off in a certain time I was charged $20. They told me that it was emailed to my NCCU account. What the school fails to realize is just because we have issued email accounts doesn’t mean that they are our primary accounts. I am someone who tries to avoid the NCCU

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Question: What changes could be implemented for future Homecomings? “There should be a change of events other than the usual Homecoming events every year.” — Jasmine

account as much as possible because they send us so much junk mail. A resolution for these fines is to verbally inform us that we will be charged if we don’t pay in a certain amount of time. Better yet, I do not think that we should have any random charges. If we have things to pay for we shouldn’t be charged extra. It should just be an outstanding balance on our accounts. The least that they could do is send out a letter every semester to students informing them of their balance and in the end if they don’t pay, they can’t graduate. Simple. There is a lot of inconsideration going on at the school towards students that needs to be adjusted and I have a lot more to say just not enough space. To be continued.


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