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By Michael Grayson

Education Elevation Online By Desiree Brady


“ aintaining a career , going to school full time, and taking care of two small children is virtually impossible,” said Kimberly Lennon-McIntyre a Fayetteville State University junior in the online degree program. “Online classes are suited for the flexibility of your schedule and help you better manage instructional time with other obligations” she added.

who are not able to go to school and have already branched off into their careers or job fields. Online classes aid you through the learning process but teaches you “self-help”. Classes conducted online have the same standards as any instruction offered on campus.

In order to be accepted into the university students must have taken the core curriculum set by the university and not have any holds on their account. For several years online classes have In order for a student to qualify for the provided institutional instruction with Online Completion Program for upperthe convenience of being outside the division, junior and senior level, instrucclassroom. Online classes are mostly tion online ODC students must already thought to fit non-traditional students have completed the University College but they also accommodate tradition- Core Curriculum, or be dual enrolled al students. A non-traditional student with a partnering community college. is primarily an older degree seeking student who may commute and at- Mrs. McIntyre is already a gradutend classes that evolve around their ate of Campbell University, where personal life because they commute. she took online classes and attended classes in Campbell’s off-campus A traditional student attends college base located on Fort Bragg’s Base . right after graduating from high school without taking time off. Online classes “The reason I am attending classes deliver a learning experience via a com- again online is because I am well puter and the Internet. Course work is into my life and have already evaluconducted through discussion groups, ated my goals,” said Mrs. McIntyre. external resources, exams, quizzes, so- “Attending instructional courses in cial rooms, blogs, wiki’s, learning activ- the classroom does not suit my flexities and online submitted assignments. ibility and ultimately will delay my graduation process.” Mrs. McIntyre Online learning is essential for those seeking a degree in psychology.

Along with being a little annoyed some FSU professors are questioning the rights of this control implementation. Information Technology and Telecommunications Services representatives suggested that their goal is not to prevent students from gaining access to websites, but to simply protect students against potentially hazardous “computer bugs.” “I tried to pull up a website to show my students and I couldn’t access the website,” said Dr. Todd Frobish, associate professor and FSU’s Communications Department interim chair. “As a state institution and a public school, nobody should be blocking websites for adults. This raises the issue of government censoring. This is what China is doing.” Sociology professor, Dr. Heather Griffiths also expressed her concerns about the boundaries of censorship. “This can certainly be perceived as violation to our 1st Amendment,” said Dr. Griffiths.


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Have you ever attempted to log into a website using “FSU’s network and were denied access?

However ITTS representatives suggest that this is not the case. “We love the Internet,” said Payam Damghani, FSU’s operations and systems analyst. “The school’s policy is not to block websites, but to protect students from entities that can be hazardous to school and personal computers. We are simply being proactive versus reactive,” said Damghani.










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Brown paper bag pretty By Tanesha Slaughter Many people are turning to lightening the color of their skin as a new trend across the world. It has become very popular in the Jamaican, Asian and now in the American culture. Society and cultural beliefs lead many to think that lightening their skin will lead to a better way of life. However, the dangers and long term effects, can potentially put those at risk for serious health issues.


Creams, soaps, ointments, and powders have all been used in the illegal black market of skin bleaching. These agents contain high doses of hydroquinone, mercury, and corticosteroids that decreases or stops melanin production.

Hydroquinone has been banned in Europe and other parts of the world, however, it can be found over the counter in 2 percent doses and available by prescription in 4 percent doses in the US. Studies have shown that hydroquinone should not be used for prolonged periods due to the carcinogenic affects, according to Using hydroquinone for an extended amount of time can cause ochronosis which is a condition that causes dark, bluish black patches of discoloration on the skin. Like hydroquinone, mercury was banned in Europe and US for use in cosmetic products because it is poison to the human body. Mercury can cause headaches, kidney damage, memory loss, and can still be found in the body after death, according to Along with mercury and hydroquinone, corticosteroids also should not be used for prolonged periods of time. Corticosteroids are normally prescribed by a doctor for eczema or other dermatological uses. It is illegal to use for skin lightening. The use of corticosteroids can cause bacteria/fungal infections, excessive hair

growth, and thinning of the skin, according to Although these three ingredients are banned in certain areas, it can be found combined together or separately in dangerously high doses in the illegal black market in nations around the world. Famous reggae artist Vybz Kartel has undergone some form of skin bleaching that has turned his color from a dark chocolate to a light pale complexion. He boasts about his skin discoloration in his song “Cake Soap� which he describes as his way of bleaching his skin, according to What many fail to realize is that melanin is one of the natural way of human survival. Melanin is produced by cells called melanocytes. When a person is exposed to the sun, melanin protects the skin from sun damage. Melanin is what gives pigment to the skin,hair, and eye color. The darker the skin, the more melanin production, and more protection against the sun. Darker skin also has a lower development of cancer, however it is not impossible for darker skinned people to get cancer, according to When interfering with this process it may potentially cause symptoms of Cushings disease or cancer.

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Volleyball Closes Out Successful Season in Division II Atlantic Regional vs. Wheeling Jeusuit (0-3)

kills off of 68 attacks. Sixteen attack errors were made which went along with 14 service errors, four blocking errors and three ball handling miscues.


WHEELING, W. VA - Fayetteville State will now close out its historic season with a 0-3 (25-10, 25-15, 25-10) Atlantic Region Tournament loss to host #1 Wheeling Jesuit (36-2 overall). The defeat ends a 10 game winning streak which includes a complete sweep of CIAA opponents and the Lady Broncos second berth into the NCAA playoffs. Seniors Joi Emanuel and Infeyinwa Nwokolo finished the Wheeling Jesuit finished the game with night with four kills each. 36 kills from 82 attacks. The Cardinals committed nine attack errors and two ball han“I don’t think the score truly reflects how hard dling mistakes. Allissa Ware led the way for the young ladies played”, fourth year Head WJU with 12 kills with Madison Strall giving Coach Reeshemah Johnson reflects. “They 18 assists. Makenzie Ripley had 16 digs. played hard and hung in there. We had a couple of mistakes that allowed Wheeling to “We wanted to play quick because the block take advantage and pull ahead. I’m actually was very big. If we weren’t passing on target extremely proud; seeing that this is our first and mixing up the setting options; FSU was time here and we have a group of younger blocking us”, said WJU Head Coach Christy players. I think we did well.” Benner. “We really had to be quick and use everybody on the front line in the attack or JaMisha Jordan (junior - Fayetteville, NC) FSU was camped out on us.” finished with 10 digs. Nwokolo (Greensboro, NC) had a total of 12 attacks and four blocks Fayetteville State University will hold a (1 solo and 3 assisted). Emanuel (Charlotte, celebration for the Lady Broncos Volleyball NC) finished with 14 total attacks. team in early January when the spring semester begins. Fayetteville State (28-6 overall) had 16

“I wouldn’t take anything back from my senior year. We played hard. We were a team. I really can’t be down about the loss today; it was an experience and an honor.” -Joi Emanuel

Broncos lynch Dragons in Double Header FAYETTEVILLE, NC – Fayetteville State guard Anthony Shelton was one of four players to score in double figures on Tuesday evening as the Broncos stepped back into the win column with an 82-68 victory against the Virginia-Lynchburg Dragons at Felton J. Capel Arena. The sophomore from Cary, NC finished with a game-high 21 points, and shot 7-of13 from the field and 5-of-7 behind the three-point line in 26 minutes of action. Fayetteville State improves to 2-4 on the season, while the Dragons fall to 4-6. The Broncos will now take the next 13 days off before traveling to Concord, NC to face the BarberScotia Sabers on Dec. 11 at 7 p.m. FSU defeated BarberScotia 83-63 in its season-opener on Nov. 9 in Fayetteville. Louis Craft (Jr., Fayetteville, NC), Juwan Addison (Fr., Fairmont, NC) and Andre Best (Sr., Raleigh, NC) were the other three Broncos to score double-digit points against VirginiaLynchburg. Craft finished with a season-high 16 points, Addison contributed a career-high 14 points and Best added 10. Virginia-Lynchburg had three players score in double figures led by Dennis Gravely’s 16 points. Egor Shakhmetov and Dmitry Zimin also tallied 10 points each. Fayetteville State trailed by five points in the opening minutes at 11-6 before picking up its intensity on defense as it held the Dragons without a basket for over six minutes. During that stretch, the Broncos went on a 21-0 run after a fast break layup by Addison. A three-pointer by Shelton with two seconds left capped off an opening half in which FSU shot 54.5% from the field and 41.7% behind the three-point line. Fayetteville State held a 48-27 lead at intermission. Shelton recorded a team-best 14 points in the first half. The Broncos didn’t let up off the gas to open the second half as they extended their lead to a game-high 31 points at the 11:51 mark on a three-pointer by Best. Virginia-Lynchburg fought back after the basket and went on an 18-3 run over the next six minutes and 23 seconds. Fayetteville State managed just one basket and one free throw, both by Craft, during the run. The Dragons trailed by 12 points with 3:47 left in the game after a free-throw by Justin Wilson. FSU would close the game out by making five of its final eight freethrows to seal the victory.

Women: 60-42

FAYETTEVILLE, NC – The Fayetteville State women’s basketball team had three players in double figures on Tuesday evening as it increased its winning streak to three games with a 60-42 victory over the Virginia-Lynchburg Lady Dragons at Felton J. Capel Arena. Alicia Person (Sr., Henderson, NC) scored a game-high 12 points, while Akysia Resper (Jr., Concord, NC) and Serena Hall (Jr., Virginia Beach, VA) provided 10 each. Tierra Coleman (Sr., Cameron, NC) pulled down a season-high 14 rebounds. The Lady Broncos, who are off to their best to start under fourth-year head coach Eva Patterson-Heath, improve to 5-1 on the season while the Lady Dragons fall to 2-5 overall. It was an offensive struggle in the opening half as the first basket was not scored until the 16:30 mark on a layup by Cierra Mobely of Virginia-Lynchburg. That was the only lead of the game for the Lady Dragons as FSU would go on a 17-2 run over the next 9:01 to lead 17-4. Fayetteville State went into the locker room with its largest lead of the half at 31-14 after back-to-back free throws by Coleman with five seconds remaining. FSU and Virginia-Lynchburg combined for 30 turnovers in the first half, but the Lady Broncos took advantage by converting the Lady Dragons’ 16 turnovers into 14 points. Fayetteville State shot 38.5% (10-of-26) from the field and 50% (3-of-6) behind the three-point line. Virginia-Lynchburg managed just six first-half field goals, and made one threepointer on eight attempts. Person had a team-high eight points for the Lady Broncos, while Alliyah Floyd had five for the Lady Dragons.


Men: 82-68

Fayetteville State held a double-digit advantage throughout the second half and led by as much as 22 points after a jumper from Hall with 7:07 left. The Lady Broncos made just six field goals, but benefited from some late free-throw opportunities to go 16-of-24 at the line. FSU also received a significant contribution from its bench outscoring VirginiaLynchburg 19-7 in the second stanza. The Lady Broncos finished the game 16-of-51 (31.4%) from the field, while the Lady Dragons shot 24.6% (15-of-61) overall. D.D. Porter was the only Virginia-Lynchburg player to attain double-digit points as she recorded a team-high 10. Fayetteville State will take the next 12 days off before hosting Salem International in its next contest on Tuesday, Dec. 11 at 5:30 p.m.


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Casablanca, it’s an old black and white, but it’s one of the most iconic and most parodied films EVER. The film depicts the attempt of many European refugees to escape the horror of the beginning of the Nazi regime and WWII to the freedom of America, via Casablanca, in French Morocco, in North Africa. Casablanca, however, is a tangled web of power and deceitful relationships, and is not as easy to escape as they had hoped, especially with Germans swarming and patrolling the streets. Humphrey Bogart plays Rick-an American expatriate jaded and hardened to a fine, calloused edge of grouch. He has the power to help refugees out of Casablanca to the promise land, but it comes at a hefty price and as Bogey says, “I don’t stick my neck out for nobody.” Early in the film we are introduced to Peter Lorre, who is looking to Bogey boy to escape Casablanca and the Nazis. Now, why is Peter Lorre in this film since he usually plays a horror


Ingrid Buergman & Bogart

sidekick? I am certain that is floating about in your head... But, the Nazis storm into the club to arrest Lorre who asks to cash in his poker winnings before they take him to prison ...[Face palm] and they let him. Okay, seriously movie? THESE are our villains? Obvious ploy of escape is OBVIOUS. Oh sure, we’re tyrannical Fascists but we’re not monsters. We only slaughtered fifty million Jews, but you go on ahead and get your money; we wouldn’t dream of depriving you of five hundred clams you won in a rigged game. [Laughs between gritted teeth] REALLY MOVIE?! If the REAL Nazis were this stupid, then it’s no wonder they lost the war. [Sighs] Lorre fakes out the Nazis, and dashes for the door-darting through it and securing it momentarily behind him before the soldiers break through, see him running down the external street and shoot him. So, the second most recognizable character in the film, Lorre, was killed off in the first half of the film? [Sneers while breathing heavy] Then the Capt. Louis Renault, chief of police, played by Claude Rains, approaches Bogart, who is supposed to be the hero, but is more like a selfish, self-loathing profiteer who won’t help a guy escape the Nazis. Congratulations, Bogey Boy! Now the chief of police, Renault, [Chuckles] looks like the guy who played the Pink Panther. But the Inspector Clouseau clone is for realzyrealz my favorite character in this pseudo-noir flick.

Episode 2:

Renault plays it both sides: aiding Nazis by turning in freedom fighters who are staunchly in opposition to da Fuehrer...and this is where the double agent falls flat. Rains is not shy about giving the proverbial bird behind the Reich’s back and dolling out golden tickets to Uncle Sam’s Magical Mystery Tour of Freedom, but firmly barks when von Nazi Commandant says ‘Bark’. So, Bogey (being the True Neutral gitbag that he is) and Rains are...friends? Shortly thereafter, Ingrid Bergman dulls her way into the club along with her plot convenience of a husband Victor Laszlo (Paul Henreid). Laszlo will be played by a 2x4 for this film, since Henreid’s acting is...wooden. [Crickets] Disgruntled Audience Member #357: You suck! For surrious though, Henreid is to Casablanca as an accelerator is to a Volvo: he serves to move the plot along, but has very little to actually do with it besides be really, reeeeeeally dull, which brings me to... Ms. Dull and the 2x4 walk into the club...Geez, this is sounding like the opening to a Rodney Dangerfield joke. What’s next, finishing it up with ‘No respect. No respect at all.’? Sam, literally the only black guy in the movie (wish I were making that up), is giving the club just a hint more class than it would ordinarily have-what with Nazis, angry Frenchmen and freedom fighters cluttering it up as Dull and the stiff take a seat at a table. Bergman takes

notice of Bogey and asks the waiter to behest Sam to play her and Bogey’s song (As Time Goes By) from years before. Sam doesn’t want to (Bogey explicitly telling him to never play it) but he does anyway while Bergman waxes nostalgic. Suddenly Bogey! Yes, the mood killer of the movie comes by and asks Sam to stop playing while Rains is looking on from the nearby bar. So, Bogey and Laszlo, the 2x4 have a heart to heart. Boardo the Barbarian begging Bogey for a pass out of Casablanca... Wait...This seems familiar. [Rewinds to the exact same scenario with Peter Lorre] DUDE! He’s not gonna give you the pass! All he’s gonna do is tell you to knob off and then the Nazis are gonna shoot you; there ain’t enough pathos for us to care about your plight, so just go ahead and shoot him Reich boys. So, [Sighs] Laszlo is a freedom fighter. Kinda like Robin Hood, only instead of stealing from the rich to give to the poor, he fights Nazis. Lazlo wants to get he and Lisa out of Casablanca, because (oh yeah) that whole he being a rebel kinda thing. However, Laszlo’s Billy Idol kinda put him in the crosshairs of the midnight hour, but instead of crying more, more, more Lazlo, Ilsa is falling in love... again with Rick (Bogey). Now, if this were remade... Coming this Summer: Jason Statham is...Laszlo! With Al Pacino as Rick and January Jones as Ilsa. You’re welcome, Hollywood.

Why? No, I’m dead serious. Why, Ilsa? Why fall in love with Rick? He’s a massive, MASSIVE profiteer who, sure, used to be all sunshine, rainbows and unicorns but the Nazis brainwashed the unicorns and there ain’t no more sunshine or rainbows. Ilsa and Rick had met in Paris (of course) but she had neglected the small detail of her being married. Um, yeah Ilsa...Whether your husband is a less cool version of Solid Snake or not, and death being imminent in the case of being a freedom fighter, TELL the man you’re spending days and sleeping in the same bed with that you’re married.[Glances at DVD case and tosses it]

entirety of the film. Yes he’s a slimy conman who turns coat as often as Jack Sparrow, BUT he is quite funny. He has personality. PERSONALITY! This is a major element the other mains do not have! Seriously, he has the best lines in the film and it is difficult to not cheer for him even though he would technically be considered a villain. Back with Bogey and the block of wood: Bogey tells him to hit the bricks which causes Ilsa to have to ninja her way up into his boudoir a bit later, with a revolver, demanding the passes. Bogeyman caves and agrees to hand Madame Dull the passes to Amurica, but she and the block of wood have to come back later to meet with him ….

Alright. Alright. There is officially ONE likeable character in this film now - Bogey is too much a dillhole, Ilsa is an indecisive, flighty woman who should have left those indecisions back in grade school, Lazlo is too wooden to care about.

Buuuuuuut first, Rains and Bogey agree to entrap Laszlo, but only if Ilsa can go free. Now, that is all sunflowers and jellybeans but does the audience care? Like with Laszlo himself, there is no real pathos for if anything happens to Ilsa. She has no personality and hence gives us no reason to care if anything terrible happens to her. She is as one-dimensional as it gets. Bogey convinces Laszlo and Bergman to come to the club, with an eager Rains waiting in the wings to pounce on the freedom fighter.

Who does that leave? … Why Claude Rains of course! I know I griped about him being a double agent, but honestly he is the one character with the most personality in the

Ummmm, guys...IT’S A TRAP! Bogey and Rains appear to spring the trap, but Bogey flips on Rains and demands that the married couple be permitted to fly safely out of the coun-

So, they had met in Paris as I said and spent days, weeks with each other... then Ilsa gets a letter from some doctor that her husband is wounded but alive. Buuuuuut, she and Bogey Boy had agreed to meet at a train station and run off together. She stands him up.

try without any hindrance. TOO LITTLE TOO LATE, BOGEY!! Trying to be the hero now is too late. Throughout the film, Lazlo and Ilsa had been painting Bogey as this pseudo freedom fighter himself; helping the little guy and fighting the good fight. But you never would have guessed that by the way he was behaving. They arrive at the airport and we have our meme moment. The most famous and most quoted series of lines from this entire movie: “We’ll always have Paris”, “If you don’t get on that plane you’ll regret it. Maybe not today but soon and for the rest of your life” and “Here’s looking at you, kid,” says Bogey striving to attain pathos from the audience but fails miserably. Perhaps I am cynically jaded, but none of those quotes resonate any sort of tangible empathy for the characters. I mean, I am supposed to be sorrowful that Ilsa and Rick are never gonna see each other again, and cheer for Rick as he does something heroic for a change but I honestly just don’t care. They waited an hour and ten minutes to give Rick any vestige of humanity, wherein he actually did something to prove he is heroic, and not merely a massive, MASSIVE chud. Ilsa and Lazlo get on the airplane, as Rick holds the TRUE hero of the film at gunpoint. When I root for Claude Rains and want him to get his own sequel to this broken mess of a film, that

is FAILING at establishing the desired effect of a hero.

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The Nazis arrive after the plane has taken off and...I have gotta say that this scene is pretty awesome. The lieutenant of the battalion stationed at ‘Blanca arrives and demands to know where Lazlo is and why he is not in custody. Bogey Bogeys his best Bogey and snarks his way into getting a gun pulled on him. Rains tosses Bogey his pistol and the ‘hero’ of this flick FINALLY demonstrates some heroism by shooting the lieutenant. The gunshot alerts the remnant of the troops, who arrive shortly and get the massive surprise of their lives when they find their leader dead. “Round up the usual suspects”. Rains defends Bogey and the duo walk off into the sunset while the soldiers stupidly don’t suspect Rick having committed first-degree murder. While I may be bashing on this film, I honestly do enjoy it. Sure, there are stupid bits which could be rectified in ten seconds. I consider this to be a guilty pleasure film. That is, I enjoy it but I certainly am fully aware there is much wrong with it. When the most interesting and sympathetic character in the film is one of the main villains that is a severe problem. But, it is time to reeeeeeeel this in and finish up this review.

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Pretty Boy Slim


or do other things and it’s like you can pledge, but you have to keep your sexuality secret. When I was a freshmen, I had a close friend who chose to hide her sexuality until her process of pledging was over. At the same time it wasn’t fair because what do you do once you cross, just figure “Oops, it just so happened that after I crossed I was gay”

Homophobia is a form of prejudice. Among the Bronco family the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transsexual (LGBT) community has a presence too strong to ignore. For those who fear what they do not understand, consider that each human has a different cause, belief, and ideology. Let us not be so judgemental.

Q: Do you ever or have you ever purposely hide your sexuality? A: Slim: I don’t think so. Except

Interview by Alisha Murphy *includes commentary from an anonymous bisexual female.

when I was younger. I’ve gotten past the stepping stone of getting the fact to my family so. Other people around campus really don’t matter, I don’t have to see you for the rest of my life so it really doesn’t matter. I would be hiding myself if I did that.

Q: What is a stud/femme? Slim: a stud is someone who dresses more masculine. A femme would be a girl who…actually… she could be girly or she could just be a girl who wears t-shirts and tennis shoes. Those would be qualified as a ‘stem’, boarder line a stud and a femme.

A: Anonymous: I did when I first

began here but, only because I wanted people to know me before they labeled me. Even now if asked I would tell but I don’t volunteer the information like, “Hi, I’m bisexual”

Q: Why do you choose to dress as stud? A: Slim : Personally, I mean I like the swag

better. I mean of course I want to attract girls so, I believe its only right to dress more masculine. I don’t have the girliest body so, I like my male swag.

Q: Since you have been a student at FSU, would you say that your appearance and or sexual orientation is a factor here at school?

A: Slim: The males are the first to be

negative soon as they hear a girl is lesbian, its like “Oh you’re a dyke”, especially once they hear no from a chick they wanted to talk to too.

Q: What do you say to people who are homophobic or are afraid to befriend anyone from the LGBT community?

A: Slim: I mean it comes into play at times when I have a presentation in class. They would prefer that I dress like a female but I’m not gonna change my style of dress just for a presentation in class. Then they say, “Well if you were on a job, how would you dress?” I’d dress the same way because personally that’s just who I am. I can still be clean in the attire that I wear. And then you get the accidental “Sir” and it doesn’t bother me but when you notice a professor is doing it on purpose or because you didn’t dress up for their presentation, you know that gets in the way of a lot of stuff. Slim: I feel like it is a problem too because you have LGBT people who want to pledge

A: Slim: Every gay girl that you see

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Spitz 512 Planetarium Instrument used to illuminate the Fayetteville State University Planetarium. Below spectators look on inside the dome during an evening projection. Photo courtesy: Dr. Breitzer. Photo by Anna Rhodes. By Sheneka Tyson

Has anyone ever told you to reach for the stars? You may have taken the statement figuratively, but visiting a planetarium may give you the impression that the stars are within your reach. Although it’s not well known, Fayetteville State University has a planetarium on its campus and it is available to students who want to soar in the cosmos.


Sky is the Limit

The planetarium, provides a view of 2,254 stars through its simulated projection on the on the ceiling of the 30-foot-dome. It is located in the Lyons Science building in Room 100 and seats 58. It is open to faculty and staff on Tuesday s and Thursdays from 12pm-1pm.

Powell is one of nearly 2,000 people who visit the planetarium Dr. Jonathon Breitzer, Assistant Professor of Chemis- each year, according to Dr. Breitzer, local schools, various try said the Planetarium is “very unique.” “It is an ex- groups, and daycare centers are among the regular visitors perience you will never forget even if you wanted to.” throughout the year. Although the planetarium may not be on student’s A-list to visit, it has been available to students for Angel Powell a pre- law advisor said she has visited the plane- more than three decades, built in 1978 by Ronal Johnson. tarium on more than one occasion on her lunch hour. “It was fantastic,” Powell said. “It allows you to get away from reality for just Every once in awhile we all need to meditate, relax, or just take a a few minutes during a hectic day. You come away refreshed.” quick nap. This is the place to be if you want a different experience.


By Desiree Brady

Later Alligator

The first sign of procrastination begins when you never pick up the book to read, you don’t look twice at the open assignment on your computer, your pencil or pen is no longer in your hand and best of all you feel there is always time to do it tomorrow when tonight is the deadline. “I work better under pressure” says Shardea Henderson a student at a local community college said. “Procrastination is the lazy bug that keeps on biting, it’s the ultimate way to fail or either gets you an extension.”


The etymology of procrastination dates way back in time with the route word being “Cras” with the Latin meaning tomorrow.


Procrastination can be linked to many different psychological problems, most commonly anxiety and stress. When overwhelmed human nature tends to make people lethargic and withdrawl allowing excuses to be made and work to not be done. Anxiety can occur because of the pressure to achieve and the fear of failure which deters some from even trying, according to .

will be ready to finish the task another time. “Most students have the mere idea that teachers will not be able to tell the difference in the quality of work,” said Mrs. Stephens, a long time teacher for Cumberland County school system. “We notice because there are students who take the time to do things right and sufficiently, those are the students that make the grade,” she added. Procrastination is commonly presented in the form of excuses. For example Mary has a project that she must finish in order to present to the board of her job in hopes of gaining a promotion. Mary knows that delaying her presentation can result in no promotion. But the baby next door in her apartment complex is crying so she thought she would go see if she’s okay. Mary clearly knows that going to check on the baby is not her responsibility but Mary will do anything to put her presentation off. Procrastination seems to be the direct result of laziness when not in the mood we opt to do other things, but when the deadline approaches people still scramble and struggle to collect their thoughts. If procrastination could be cured overnight it would start by simply just starting.

“I always try to figure out the best approach for how I am going to handle my work, but it never seems to go as planned” Justin Carrol a student at a local college says. Procrastination in large part reflects our perennial struggle with self-control as well as our inability to accurately predict how we’ll feel tomorrow, or the next day. 20 percent of people chronically avoid difficult tasks and deliberately look for distractions according to Procrastination can be closely related to our human nature. Human nature which is ordinary human behavior shows how people are expected t o act in society. It also outlines the quali- t i e s that make people act out in different ways. “On the other hand, human attitudes vary profoundly because they are rooted in different cultures. Ideas about success, just like ideas about what is beautiful, are embedded in the larger value systems of different groups” according to Dr. Bill Knaus a psychologist who writes for PsychologyToday. People believe that procrastination can be linked all the way back to biblical times. In some societies procrastination is embraced more so than looked at as a negative concept. The big issues that lies with the procrastination, is that if you put things off for another day there is no absolute guarantee that you

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Mastering graduate school

By Michael Grayson


raduate school may just be the gateway to a successful future and a loftier income Dr. LaDelle Olion, Dean of Fayetteville State University Graduate program suggests. Dr. Olion, does not recommend students obtain a second undergraduate degree. However, he suggested students advance directly into graduate studies. With various areas of study, financial aid made accessible, and a foundational base of the most prominent professors, Dr. Olion, suggested that FSU Graduate School is the way to go. So what does it take to be admitted into FSU’s graduate program? “It’s simple”, says Dr. Olion. Admissions differ throughout schools. A grade-point-average (GPA) ranging from 2.5 -3.0 is one of the requirements for full admission. Letters of recommendations, prior work experience and for some departments GRE or GMAT tests are all components of the potential requirements. However, students who do not meet the basic GPA standards may be admitted on professional development terms. This allows students to “prove themselves” by taking graduate courses until their department’s required GPA is

obtained.“Don’t let financial problems be a wall”, Dr. Olion, suggested. Financial-aid is available to students who maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher. Taking into consideration that a 3.0 is the minimum allowed to continue studies in the program, most students are covered by some type of financial aid. Forty assistantships are awarded to students through their various departments. The criteria for these sponsorships are based largely on income and GPA. For the students who are undecided between attending graduate school and pursuing a second undergraduate degree, Dr. Olion, offered some advice for students. Attending school for a second undergraduate degree as opposed to pursuing a master’s degree “Is not a good idea”. About 99 percent of individuals who do get a second undergraduate degree comes back to get a master’s degree anyway, so you might as well get it the first time. Many students may choose to obtain a second undergraduate degree because the classes are cheaper. However after you have paid for and taken those courses, you are still only left with an undergraduate degree.

your studies and pay more money, it’s just more logical to pursue an advanced degree”. Dr. Olion emphasized the importance of consulting with your advisor before making any decisions. Statistically, Dr. Olion suggested that students who will enter the graduate program are prone to succeed. About 90 percent of all students who are formally accepted into the program are successful in obtaining their degree, said Dr. Olion. Most students usually complete their masters within two to four years, and students seeking their doctoral degrees usually finish in four to six years. FSU’s graduate program has a total of 24 master degree programs, and seven licenses and certificates programs.

Mrs. Kaity Parsons University Program Specialist also added, “If you decide to contin-


At right: Dr. LaDelle Olion, Dean of FSU Graduate program

Photos by Antonio Monroe



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By Morgan Pearce

“Everything I do isn’t just for money, this is something I’ve started and really haven’t felt a need to stop,” said Carmel Johnson, an exotic dancer at the Pearl Necklace in Fayetteville, NC. Johnson attends Fayetteville Technical Community College and is pursuing an associate degree in Criminal Justice. Johnson and the other interviewed strippers’ names have been changed to protect their privacy. Johnson is a 24-year-old female who has been stripping on and off for five years. Some











Johnson explained that stripping and dancing was her escape from being a shy girl and she believes being a stripper has made her who she is today. “I’m 24-years-young! I’m beautiful, and this job is one that I know can pay my bills. It’s even helping me get through school, books aren’t cheap,” said Johnson. Many women turn to exotic dancing at hard times to stay financially stable. College can be a financial roller coaster for anyone attending it. Students have to worry about going to class and getting work done for each class they are taking up. Some jobs aren’t easy to work with a full time student schedule. Exotic dancing has become the answer for some college students, male and female. states that one in four strippers has or is working towards some type of degree. Melissa Lyons of Fayetteville State University wrote her master’s thesis on “Exotic dancers in Fayetteville” for her graduate program in psychology. Lyons explained that dancers deal with emotional work with their clients and themselves and exotic dancing can be a demanding and emotional job. She said that while doing her research over the two years many of the dancers said that the media influences certain stereotypes about strippers. Lyons also said that out of the 10 dancers involved with her research none of them said that they would dance without the money. The cost of living has gone up significantly in the last decade and this is a hard time for anyone trying to find a job. Many places are downsizing and not doing much hiring. The holidays are approaching and usually seasonal workers are needed for places but this year the need for seasonal workers is not as big because some business just can’t afford it. Unemployed students who thought that maybe they could earn a little extra cash during the holidays might be in for a surprise. “I have eight children who always are going to need me to provide income in the house until they are old enough to work,” said Marsha Carson, a stripper at Platinum Cabaret in Fayetteville, NC. Carson said she even goes to South Carolina a couple times a month to strip if money is too slow in Fayetteville. Carson is a first year student at Fayetteville Technical Community College and has lived in Fayetteville her entire life. “I have several things on my record from when I was younger and it’s hard for me to find work. I don’t agree with getting paid minimum wage and there is no way I would be able to support my kids off of $7.25 an hour,” said Carson. Carson has been stripping for over 10 years now and explained that if she wasn’t a stripper she would not be taking classes and working towards a degree. “I can’t get a loan, my credit is horrible but my job allows me to pay my tuition out of pocket and still be able to take care of my kids. Am I happy? Yes,” said Carson. Both Johnson and Carson claimed they could make between $100-$300 on a weekday and up to $500 or more on the very busy weekends. Any college student would love to have that amount of money coming in daily but the option of stripping is not just for anyone. Past criminal behavior, other psychological factors also contribute to these highly debated types of careers. Jessica Jones, a sociology major at Fayetteville State, explained that some women don’t strip for just simply stripping but their past experiences affect their decisions to strip. “Some of these women have been abused, raped, and have had traumatic experiences in their past. Some women use stripping as a release to feel important to someone. The money is great for them, but they also love the attention too,“ said Jones.

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By Annissa George

Being a student on campus can be tough, but having a roommate that you don’t get along with can be extremely difficult. On campus students often have to adapt to living with people that they don’t know. So, what happens when a student is paired with a person they can’t particularly get along with? One way to address a challenging living situation is to talk with a Residential Assistant (RA) and ask them to be a mediator. “Most of the time students tend to talk to a RA who they feel comfortable with” said Miracle Anderson, a Residential Assistant. An RA’s first step toward finding a resolution to the problem between roommates is to sit and talk with both students. If the problem cannot be solved at the RA level then the issue is taken to the Building Manager, who acts as a second-level mediator, said Kourtney Williams, the secretary for Residence Life.

can request a building change. Residence Life also offers counseling to students in an attempt to resolve problems between individuals and maintain their current roommate assignment. “If the situation is too extreme then Residence Life will separate the two” Williams said.

Currently, FSU offers seven residence halls that vary in room size. McLeod Hall, Hackley Hall, and New Residence Hall all offer suite style dorms that are two people to a room and a shared restroom. Bryant Hall, Joyner Hall and Renaissance Hall offer a more traditional style dorm; both Bryant & Joyner Halls have a community style shower. Renaissance Hall has a two-person occupancy and one single restroom between the two people. University Place Apartments (UPA) offers an apartment style dorm. UPA has four bedrooms to If students continue to have problems they each apartment and depending on what

(naked from pg 14) “I’ve never got this much attention in my life,” said Chilly Steal, a stripper at the Peppermint Rabbit in Fayetteville, NC. Steal is a sophomore at Fayetteville State University studying psychology. Steal is only 20-years-old and has been stripping less than a year now and plans to do it until she graduates. “I do love the attention, but I also love the money,” said Steal. She explained that her freshman year was a financial wreck and she never wants to be in that place again. Steal had to start supporting when her mom got laid off from her job and is now only collecting unemployment. Steal doesn’t have to pay for school because she gets financial aid and her tuition is being paid with grant money but, she explains that her classes are scheduled at several different times throughout the day and it would be hard for her to work anywhere that doesn’t stay open later than 11 p.m. Stripping is not illegal but everyone doesn’t agree with it. From just doing random interviews

and asking people about their view on stripping about 60 percent agree with people stripping to make ends meet and 40 percent don’t. “I think it’s nasty and embarrassing, I could never show my personal body parts to strangers for a few hundred dollars,” said Jasmin Allen, a senior at Methodist University. Jasmin works at Taco Bell and explains that her being a college student is hard but working everyday for a paycheck is the right way to collect income, not stripping.

Just because some people may not agree with exotic dancing, it is an income for some and is helping several women and men get through school and support themselves and family. College is a complex situation and being broke is not fun while trying to worry about which paper is due tomorrow. These dancers all also said their GPA’s are high as they want them to be because stripping is flexible and they are able to get there work done. Although exotic dancing is associated with negative stereotypes, there are a variety of reasons women choose to work at these jobs and when the complexities are stripped away, the dancers are just like everyone else – trying to improve their economic stability.

phase available either a shared bathroom or an individual bathroom. is

At FSU roommates are often chosen for incoming freshmen by pairing them with others who have similar answers on the housing application questionnaire. Some questions that are on the application are: Are you a neat or messy person, Are you a night owl, Do you mind loud music, etc. Upperclassmen have the advantage of picking their own roommate or allowing Residence Life to choose for them. Some colleges and universities are taking innovate approaches such as social media pairing for roommate selection. “It’s a departure from the trend of recent years, as many colleges and universities allowed incoming students to find their own roommates using Facebook or roommate-pairing websites such as RoomSurf and RoomSync. A few colleges have built in-house online forums to help first-years find their perfect match,” according to the August 28 issue of the Boston Globe.


Living with strangers

Photo by Jerone Gray . Maurice McBride and Patrick Ingram were roommates last year.

A report published in the National Bureau of Economic Research about Dartmouth College found that “first-year students’ grades and extracurricular involvement are often affected by the work ethic and social engagement of their roommates.” Living arrangements can have an affect on your mood. using common courtesy , consideration and communication can help things run smoothly. While having a challenging roommate may be difficult, remember it’s temporary and not the end of the world. You may even gain a friend out of the process!


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Dr. Cary Adkinson

sp“Not everyone is meant to make a difference. But for me, the choice to lead an or-


dinary life is no longer an option.” ~Peter parker

Some would think that Peter Parker himself worked in our Criminal Justice department if they were to walk into the office of Dr. Adkinson or as most of his students call him Dr. A. Dr. Akinson has been a Criminal Justice professor for eight years and out of those eight, six of them have been spent at Fayetteville State University. When asked about how he became interested in the criminal justice program, he explained that his passion for the subject started when he saw the 1980’s film “Silence of the Lamb”. Dr. Adkinson is a huge Marvel Comics fan with his favorite being Spiderman of course. He is so hooked on comics that he in fact wrote his dissertation on the topic of “The link between superheroes and criminal justice”. Like his hero, Dr. Adkinson believes that “with great power comes great responsibility.” Not abusing your power is one of the main ways to be successful not just in criminal justice but life in general. “Here at Fayetteville State our CJ professionals are 100 percent dedicated to our students, we try and help them to succeed by providing internships at the state and federal level. We have one of if not the best criminal justice programs in the state of North Carolina,” said Dr. Adkinson. “Even if you think no one is paying attention, you should always care for others. It takes a lot of courage to lend your heart,” he added.

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Volume 4, Issue 7  

Volume 4, Issue 7