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September 7, 2011 • Vol. 3, Issue no. 2

FSU’s nursing program returns Nursing courses to begin in 2013 by Nathalie Rivera Staff Writer

After a two-year hiatus, Fayetteville State University’s new generic bachelor of science in nursing program was approved in May by the North Carolina Board of Nursing. In 2007, FSU’s passing rate for the national board exam was 64 percent and was followed by a sharp decline in 2008 with a 39 percent passing rate. In May 2009, Chancellor James Anderson suspended the program because of its lack of internal organization and low test scores on the nursing board exams. The UNC system requires that each nursing class have a passing rate of at least 75 percent to remain accredited. If the percentage falls below 75 percent for two consecutive years the North Carolina Board of Nursing reserves the right to shut down the program. However, because of its recent improvement in test scores of over 90 percent passing rate FSU has been given the opportunity with a new nursing program to replace the old one. The new nursing program is here and will start admitting students into upper division courses in 2013. “I’m excited to be here,” says Dr. Arhin, chair of the program. She says that she chose to lead the program because she likes challenges. She is very optimistic about the program. The program has adopted a “caring philosophy” according to the chair, by fostering an environment where every student is important and will be given the tools they need in order to not just be successful in the program, but also in the health care field. The program is more See NURSING, page 3

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Post-racial U.S? page 8

Fall albums page 11

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The Voice welcomes its newest members Editor-in-Chief: John Caldwell Writers: Erin Lawson, Matthew James Campbell, April Love, Jasmin Sessoms, Mashawn Corbett Photographers: Erin Lawson, Jeffery Pearson, Robert Johnson Layout designers: Erin Lawson, Jasmin Sessoms Advertising sales associate: Mashawn Corbett


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A news revisit: Did you miss it? Last month President Obama ordered ICE to halt millions of deportations by Nathalie Rivera Staff Writer

On August 18 President Obama’s administration announced they would begin deporting only illegal immigrants with criminal records. The White House was prompted to make this decision due to the high volume of immigration cases waiting to be reviewed. There are currently some 300,000 deportation cases pending in the courts that are waiting to be individually examined. The White House deemed this action necessary so that other issues concerning homeland security can receive top priority. “From a law enforcement and public safety perspective, DHS enforcement resources must continue to be focused on our highest priorities. Doing otherwise hinders our public safety mission, clogging immigration court dockets and diverting DHS enforcement resources away from the individuals that pose a threat to public safety,” said Janet Napolitano, secretary of the department of homeland security, in a letter expressing her

support for the new policy. Under the policy, immigration enforcement officials will be asked not to proceed in any new deportation cases of illegal immigrants without criminal records. In a memo sent by John Morton, director of U.S. immigration and custom enforcement (ICE), he noted that ICE had a limited amount of funds to use for deportations. “ICE must prioritize the use of its enforcement personnel, detention space, and removal assets to ensure that the aliens it removes represent, as much as reasonably possible, the agency’s enforcement priorities, namely the promotion of national security, border security, public safety, and the integrity of the immigration system.” Because of the agency’s heavy load of deportation cases, they will use “prosecutorial discretion” which will allow them to exercise discretion with each case by weighing its circumstances. Under the new policy, ICE will be able to use their limited funds for removing individuals that pose a threat to the nation’s security.

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Help for veterans is available by John Caldwell Editor-in-Chief

Are you a veteran looking for money to offset the cost of higher education? Do you need a tutor for a class you’re struggling with? Need a job that works with your class schedule while you attend college? Are you having medical, dental, visual, or other health issues that are preventing you from doing your best while studying for your degree? If you’re a student veteran or a veteran’s dependent attending college, there may be a program that can assist you with obtaining an education. The U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs offers several programs designed to aid veterans or their families while either attends school. If you meet established eligibi-

ty requirements for the Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP), the Veterans Educational Assistance Program (VEAP), or the Survivors and Dependents Educational Assistance Program (DEAP), you may want to visit Fayetteville State University’s VA representative, Mrs. Beverly Allen, for more information. Depending on your circumstances, you may also be eligible for the Montgomery GI Bill (Chapter 30), the Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Program (Chapter 31), or the Post-9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33). The VA’s Web site is a great starting point to find out if you can take advantage of their programs. The Web site states, “the GI Bill of Rights has been heralded as one of the most significant pieces of legislation ever produced

by the federal government—one that impacted the United States socially, economically and politically.” Initially enacted in 1944, the GI Bill, which governs all educational programs, has evolved and has assisted veterans from WWII to the present day. Once you determine your basic eligibility, the next stop is the Office of Veterans Affairs located on the 3rd floor of the Lily building. There you’ll find Mrs. Allen, who serves as a counselor, problem-solver, and all-around go to person for veterans and their families at FSU. “Having the VA Office on FSU’s campus is a tremendous benefit and help to dependent students as well as to their service member parents,” said Chief Warrant Officer Cornell Fox. “It’s been one-stop shopping for me and

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Sophomore Tyler Watson (seated) and his dad, Chief Warrant Officer Cornell Fox (standing) listen as FSU VA adviser Beverly Allen explains the next steps they need to take. Tyler is using his dad’s Post 9/11 GI Bill to help pay for school.


my son. We were able to take care of everything at that one location thanks to Mrs. Allen’s guidance. Mrs. Allen made my experience extremely convenient; she knows what she’s talking about, and she jumped right on my issues.” The active duty soldier’s son, sophomore Tyler Watson is using his dad’s Post-9/11 GI Bill benefit to assist with his attaining a visual arts degree. Chief Fox says he’s glad one of the changes with the newest GI Bill is that his son can use his educational benefits to pay tuition. Mrs. Allen, a 23-year veteran First Sergeant from the Army, recommends vets do their homework by visiting www.gibill. before seeing a VA adviser. Quite often her office is the first stop for new students, and she says her goal is to make the process as friction free as possible and to get the benefits started quickly. “When the vet has some idea of what he or she is eligible to receive, it maximizes their time spent with me, enabling me to really dig into their particular situation. Instead of trying to figure out basic info they can get from the website, we can focus on other aspects that may not be readily available to them, and it allows me to see more veterans,” says Mrs. Allen. Mrs. Allen also serves as the VA certifying official. She is the person who reports a student’s status—fulltime or part-time—verifies qualifying course selection, and any pertinent changes in a student’s status to the VA. It’s the student’s responsibility to ensure his or her benefits are received. She said it’s imperative that students utilizing any of VA programs contact her immediately with changes, via email or phone. Mrs. Allen suggests veterans and their dependents may also be interested in the Vet Tutors and work-study program. If you’re a student who needs help with a class, Mrs. Allen has a team of student vets who volunteer to provide tutoring services. If you maintain a G.P.A. of 3.0 or higher and want to tutor, you should see Mrs. Allen to become part of the team. “It’s great seeing veterans help other vets,” said Mrs. Allen.

NURSING from page 1 driven towards producing quality nursing students who will make a difference in the lives of many. The new curriculum will equip its students with courses that will prep them for the NCLEX (National Council of Licensure Exam for Registered Nurses) with an integration of Kaplan, which is an organization that helps students prepare for licensure exams, entrance exams, and certifications. The program has managed to

maintain a good relationship with Cape Fear Valley Medical Center, the Veterans Hospital, and Womack. They have also increased their number of clinical hours. With approximately 300 prenursing majors on board, the nursing program expects many students in 2013. Along with the generic nursing program, FSU will continue their RN to BSN track that offers registered nurses with an associate’s degree the opportunity to

receive their bachelor’s degree in the science of nursing. Around 35 students from the BSN to RN program will be graduating this fall. According to Dr. Ahrin, in order for students to be successful in nursing, they must already have a strong foundation in math and science. This has been one of the factors causing low test scores on the NCLEX. Even though students from the previous program usually passed the exams after the first at-

tempt, the first try reflects on the program. “The sky is the limit,” says Dr. Arhin. The department hopes to expand what they have to offer with an accelerated nursing program possibly being introduced in the next four to five years. Dr. Arhin has been a nurse for 25 years and says that they have the “perfect marriage.” She loves nursing, and hopes to lead the program in the right direction.

Fayetteville State’s nursing program was first established in 1992 and received its initial accreditation in April 2005 by the Commission of Collegiate Nursing Education. The nursing program will be due for an on-site evaluation in the fall of 2014, as their accreditation is set to expire in June 2015. For more information, visit:

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9/11: Remembering the Fallen

How has 9/11 changed your view of the world?

“Today, our fellow citizens, our way of life, our very freedom, came under attack in a series of deliberate and deadly terrorist attacks.” - President George W. Bush.

This Sunday marks the 10th anniversary of the nation’s most devastating attack since Pearl Harbor. Thousands of lives were lost, from Washington D.C. to New York City. That day, as American flags waved proudly, the U.S. was thrust into war. And in the midst of a national crisis, Americans came together to support and heal each other.

“I realized that we aren’t as secure as everyone originally thought.” Katlyn Duncan

“ I realized that as Americans, we take safety for granted.” Irma Royster

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FSU combines events for acclaimed author by John Caldwell Editor-in-Chief

“These four black Americas are increasingly distinct, separated by demography, geography, and psychology. They have different profiles, different mind-sets, different hopes, fears, and dreams. There are time and places where we all still come back together- on the increasingly rare occasions when we feel lumped together, defined, and threatened solely on the basis of skin color, usually involving some high-profile instance of bald-faced discrimination or injustice; and in venues like ‘urban’ or black-oriented radio, which serves as a kind of speed-of-light grapevine. More and more, however, we lead separate lives.” –from “Disintegration: The Splintering of Black America” by Eugene Robinson. Pulitzer-prize winning author and journalist Eugene Robinson was snagged not once, but twice by Fayetteville State University this year. The entire FSU incoming freshman

class of 2015, as well as followers of the Chancellor’s Reading Club Selection should be familiar with his work. Mr. Robinson, who is a writer for the Washington Post, was chosen as this summer’s author in the Chancellor’s reading club selection for his book, “Disintegration: The Splintering of Black America.” Through a stroke of luck for the university community, a change of date in the Fall 2011 Convocation has allowed Mr. Robinson to be the keynote speaker on September 15 at 2 p.m. in the Seabrook auditorium. “We had to cancel the original date of the convocation because we have to be in Washington D.C. that week, so it was decided to combine the events since we had the good fortune of Mr. Robinson being on campus,” said Emily Dickens, director of constituent relations and economic development. In the past, the author or another speaker came to campus to discuss the summer reading selection during an event with students, faculty

and staff. This year, Mr. Robinson will be the convocation speaker, but will not hold a separate event for the reading club. University officials are working on other book club events. In his book, Mr. Robinson examines Black America through four distinct groups: A “Mainstream” middle class with a full ownership stake in American Society. A large “Abandoned” minority with less hope of escaping poverty and dysfunction. A small “Transcendent” elite with the power and wealth to make white American take heed. Two “Emergent” groups of mixed-race heritage and recent black immigrants. Through these four factions, Mr. Robinson details his perspective of the “splintering of black America,” noting, “these groups have become so distinct that they view each other

with mistrust and apprehension...yet all are reluctant to acknowledge division.” The book was originally suggested by Joseph Osei, associate professor of philosophy, and reading club committee member, according to Felicia Crittenden, co-chair of the reading club committee. “The Chancellor thinks the book is provocative and a great choice to spur critical thought on campus, as well as being a choice that the students would actually enjoy reading,” said Ms. Crittenden, who serves as the director of the Writing Lab. “When the Chancellor was informed of the finalist for the reading club selection, he quickly identified Robinson’s book as the favored choice having recently read the book himself,” she said.

“He felt this book best aligned with the three main goals of the club - which is to stimulate conversation and debate on a common topic, while reinforcing both the importance of reading and the idea of education as something that takes place outside of the classroom as well as inside,” said Ms. Crittenden referring to the Chancellor. “We have had such a positive response from the book after having conducted our planned activities that we are in the process of scheduling additional forums to facilitate the dialog,” she continued. Editor’s Note: Due to the nature of Mr. Robinson’s appearance, his time for questions will be limited. Do you have a question for Mr. Robinson, but won’t be able to attend convocation? Send your questions or comments to, and The Voice will try its best to relay your message!

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Post Racial America or Post Blatantly-Racist America? by L’Asia Brown Managing Editor

We are living in less hostile times as far as race is concerned. Less than 100 years-ago, those who bucked the Jim Crow system—blacks and whites— were subjected to ridicule, violence, and in some states even punishment by law. Peaceful civil rights demonstrators were sprayed with powerful water hoses and attacked by police dogs. Without intimate protection from federal troops, the Little Rock Nine could’ve perished to the angry, hatred-driven mob that gathered outside Central High for days in 1957, after the nine African-American students enrolled in the predominantly white school. The Freedom Riders were threatened, beaten and some nearly killed as they rode public buses throughout the South to resist several states’ illegal noncooperation with federal desegregation laws at the time. But all that was 60-something years ago. This nation has undoubtedly come a long

way from the segregated, discriminative and once-normal lifestyles of Americans, particularly in the South. You won’t see blacks and “abolitionist-type” whites hanging from nooses on trees and light-poles. Children of all races can be seen attending school together on any given day. You won’t find “whites only” or “coloreds” signs on bathrooms, water fountains, restaurants, and movie theaters. With the exception of various hate groups and independent, agenda-driven media outlets, racism is not a mainstream ideology. Or, is it? Let’s examine the facts. Since President Barack Obama emerged onto the national political scene, we have witnessed a barrage of disrespectful “satirical” comics and inappropriate remarks towards him. From the recent racist and sexist comic by conservative blogger Darleen Click, depicting Obama as the U.S.’s “rapist”, to Geraldine Ferraro’s disparaging remarks about his presidency, to a Fox News post calling

to this Obama’s birthday celIn a post-racial society, global Alluding fact is frightenebration a “Hip-Hop BBQ,” it’s unwise and companies like Nivea and Vogue ing. And black quite ignorant to make president or not, would understand the social the claim that we are in people are still post-racial America. blind and insenrepercussions of publishing Even before Obama sitive concernuncouth material. was a prospect, candiing race reladates of the late 1980s tions. and early 1990s battled less bashful political The latest pair of public relation-faux pas racists, enduring smear campaigns and com- are strong indicators of the disregard for true, ments that aren’t reminiscent of a post-racial honest diversity, particularly in the beauty & nation. cosmetics, and fashion industry. In the ‘90s, Harvey Gantt, architect, forA recent Nivea for Men ad appearing onmer mayor of Charlotte, and North Carolina line and in print, nationwide, caused the comDemocrat came under the attack of retired pany to receive a bombardment of complaints Sen. Jesse Helms. and unappealing press on August 4. The ad Helms aired a television advertisement that shows a “clean-cut” black man, with a fresh zoomed in on two white hands disposing of a haircut, nice sweater and collar shirt, jeans, job rejection letter. The audio that accompa- and loafers holding a head that had an afro nied the visual said, “You needed that job and and beard. The man appears to be on a footyou were best qualified. But they had to give ball field preparing to get rid of the “unruly it to a minority because of racial a quota.” See Next page That was just 20 years ago. I was alive.

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image” by tossing it. The phrases “Look Like You Give a Damn” and “Re-Civilize Yourself” were positioned next to the visual, as if the natural form of African-American hair is somehow not civilized, and unwelcomed if Black men expect to be treated like humans. In an apology later, Nivea stated, “The advertisement offended many and for this we are deeply sorry. After realizing this, we acted immediately to remove the advertisement from all marketing activities.” Less than a month later, Vogue Italia featured a trendy style of earrings on their Web site. And dubbed them “slave earrings.” Excuse me, but though I am not a history major I’m well aware that negro slaves were not prancing around plantations in varieties of large gold or silver-plated hoop earrings with colorful studded shapes attached to the lobe portion. For an esteemed fashion publication like Vogue Italia to derive anything even remotely fashionable from a brutal era in history is just, well, not so post racial. I, along with millions of other offended parties, wondered that too; hence, Vogue Italia’s apology to which they stated, “We’ve decided to remove the article from the site to prove our good faith and show it wasn’t our intention to insult anyone.” In a post-racial society, global companies like Nivea and Vogue would understand the social repercussions of publishing uncouth


material. They’d run their ads through some type of diversity agency or have employees on hand to address those racially-insensitive issues before they angered the masses. To be clear, blacks have not been the only targets. Women, Muslims, Latinos, Asians, and other groups have fallen victim to shady marketing practices and half-witted government leaders. Blacks have also perpetuated some of our own stereotypes, giving other races the false belief that it’s alright and we don’t mind. This too, is intolerable. Having noticed the hail of “oopsy daisies” by these corporate giants, I’ve concluded that there is nothing post-racial about this national and global atmosphere. We could say that it’s “post blatantly-racist” because, for the most part, the days of mainstream racial extremism are over, but until public figures and companies begin to value their audience’s history, culture, and journey that lies ahead, they don’t get the “post” icing to sweeten the bitter racial cake they just won’t stop serving.


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(Above) A screen shot of Vogue Italia’s controversial “slave earrings” web feature. (Left) The “Re-Civilize Yourself” Nivea advertisement that riled African-Americans.

An evening with champions

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North Carolina Assistant Secretary of State and FSU alumnus Robert Wilson speaks to an intimate crowd at FSU’s “Evening with Champions” gala, on September 2, in Capel Arena where former FSU athletes were honored.

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Fight The Power

by L’Asia Brown Managing Editor

With Your Wallet

Between the budget showdown in May and the recent debt ceiling rift, politics in the U.S. have become messy. Ideological governance is at its most extreme the nation has seen in decades. We have a left Senate, a right House, a gang of Tea-Partiers threatening House Speaker Boehner’s every attempt to engage in bipartisan decision-making, and a host of lazy Democrats who stayed home during the 2010 elections, but are now angry with President Obama for, in their words, cowaring to a Republican debt deal. Everybody is talking about Washington. From the office to the grocery store to classrooms, domestic and abroad, the young, old, rich, and poor all have something to say in regards to how American leaders are handling the country. People have a lot to say, yet little action is being taken, as a whole, to combat the general aura of discontent. Many disapprove of the recent antics on Capitol Hill; however, those same folks don’t take full advantage of their potential power. Campaigning for your favored candidate, voting, writing passionate editorial letters to your local newspaper detailing your sentiments about Congress—they’re all powerful gestures. But alone they don’t allow you to completely and most effectively demonstrate your political stance or personal beliefs. However, by using your dollar to reinforce your viewpoints, a stronger message resonates with the game-changers of this nation. The message—that you’re able to uproot political fanaticism by slowly defunding its blood supply—is mammoth-enough to encourage serious change. “Individually, it won’t matter if you do or don’t buy something from Walmart. But collectively, purchase power is so strong. It sways support. Boycotts can get real results,” said Leigh Turner, junior, when asked about his beliefs in economic activism. When you vote for one party, then indirectly finance the opposite party through your purchases of certain goods and services, have you really made an impact? Or do the two actions cancel out as if you’ve neither voted nor made contradicting purchases? If you’re an advocate for LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) rights, do you frequent Chic-Fil-A, who has donated to an anti-gay marriage organization in the past? If you’re against drunk-driving, have you purchased Coca-Cola products, while Coke has donated to large amounts to Rick Berman’s Center for Consumer Freedom, an organization who has ran unjustified smear campaigns against charitable organizations

like MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) and the CDC (Center for Disease Control)? If you’re a committed Democrat, do you wear Jordan sneakers by Nike, whose chairman has donated more than $100,000 to Republican candidates? (It should also be noted that while Nike’s chairman, Phillip Knight, has donated to the GOP, he has also donated more than $40,000 to Democratic candidates.) “I don’t wear Nikes, not because of politics. Because I heard their factories workers in Asia are underpaid and overworked,” said Lonny Brighton, a retail associate in Char-

lotte, North Carolina. During George W. Bush’s presidency, corporate taxes were lowered to historic levels since the modern tax structure began. In hopes that the imminent “savings” would encourage corporations to create jobs, Congress approved the cuts through the passage of the Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2001, the Job Creation and Worker Assistance Act of 2002, and the Jobs and Growth Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2003. Contrary to popular belief at that time, the massive companies did not create a burst of jobs for the American public. Instead, they invested record funds into foreign labor and

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moved millions of jobs overseas. With two wars, corrupt banking and investment practices, and a teetering economy, the lack of tax revenue put the American economy over the edge, hence 2008’s recession. Now, did you support those actions when you purchased your groceries, clothing, school supplies, and morning Mocha Latte? Corporations are not just idle establishments, in place for your needs and wants. Many are closely linked to politics and have the ability to affect social issues. While million-dollar public relations campaigns help to get their positive actions into the media, they remain mum on gestures like political donations and participation in fair-trade programs. Starbucks, a global favorite, has contributed to education and local business in U.S. cities. Still, they do not purchase all fair-trade coffee, which means coffee bean farmers in the Middle East, Africa, or South America may not be receiving proper payment for their products. Though this practice does not directly or substantially affect the American economy, it brings the issue of corporate integrity to the table. Actions like that of Starbucks often have ripple effects on the global economy, and cater to the widening gap between the wealthy and the poor. It is probably rare to find “regulating Starbucks” on the agenda of any politician. It’s up to the consumer to pay attention and combat unfair practices by large companies, by considering the bigger picture their daily purchase of a Mocha Frappacino plays within the international playing field. Advocate with your dollar. Support small business owners within your community. Purchase groceries from local markets. Donate to cash-strapped colleges and universities. Invest in a local bank. In the beginning, economic activism can be difficult. We are a generation who doesn’t know what it means to grow our own vegetables, bake our own bread, or sew our own clothes. We don’t expect weekly deliveries on Saturday from the milk-man. We have Walmart, Target, Food Lion, and the mall, which has made us frighteningly dependent on corporate giants. Regardless of how you vote, if the consumer’s lifestyle does not reflect his or her panorama, that presence at the poll is not nearly as powerful. The billion-dollar businesses on Wall Street are massive in influence. Often they help finance the campaigns of those whose only intentions are to coddle them once in office. Of all types of protest and action, economic activism is the most silent. It can also be the most effective.

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Anticipated albums out this month What’s On Your iPod? by Charnell Harris Features Editor

Big time collaborations, concerts selling out in seconds, number-one singles and tons of new music videos, music is a big part of college life. It dictates a party’s atmosphere, who we choose to see in concert, and most importantly, who we want to see rocking out during homecoming. This month, expect everyone from Big K.R.I.T to The Devil Wears Prada to release new albums. Here are a few new releases we’re looking forward to. Some have been around for a while, yet their music is still topping charts. Young Jeezy It’s been three years since Young Jeezy released his last album, “The Recession” in 2008. His newest album, “Thug Motivation 103: Hustlerz Ambition” is scheduled to debut on September 20. The song “Lose My Mind” is featured on the album, though it was released in 2010. The single had a lot of

commercial success, even earning a Grammy nomination earlier this year. The Georgia native stated in an interview on, that he had to get off the road and go back to “what’s real” to draw inspiration for his latest album. If this album is anything like his previous works, Jeezy fans should expect hard core street anthems on top of his signature heavy-bass southern rhythm.

Demi Lovato Ending her hit Disney show, “Sonny with a Chance” in order to further pursue her music career, Demi Lovato is set to release her new album, “Unbroken” late this month. This teen pop artist is going against the grain of dance anthems and is testing out a new sound for her third studio album. The singer is slated to perform her first single, “Skyscraper” for the National Council of La Raza (NCLR) ALMA Awards, in a special remix version, in which she will sing in Spanish and English. The NCLR ALMA awards honor artistic contributions to Latino culture. Mary J. Blige Grammy award winning artist Mary J. Blige is rumored to be preparing for an al-

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bum release around September 20. In an interview with Rap Up magazine, Blige stated she wants to take her time with this project. Featuring collaborations with Sean “P.Diddy” Combs, Nikki Minaj, Kanye West, Johnta Austin, Ne-Yo, and Alicia Keys, the album is poised to be a top Billboard contender. But as one of the only artists to release seven consecutive albums that landed on the Billboard Hot 100 charts, Blige is no stranger to the charts.

J. Cole “Finally!”—Is what the fans of the Fayetteville native must be saying. As of press time, J. Cole’s debut album’s release date was September 27. According to many, BET’s “Rising Star” is expected to go platinum. The album will feature the single “Work Out” in addition to collaborations with Trey Songz,

Jay-Z, and Missy Elliott. Most of the tracks on the album were produced by Cole himself, as was his first single, “Who Dat.” Cole’s first worldwide tour kicked off in August and will have him everywhere from China to London and then back to North Carolina, promoting his latest project.

Lady Antebellum Country music strikes again, with the top country music group, Lady Antebellum, releasing yet another album, “Own the Night.” This four time Grammy award winning group emerged onto the national scene with the smash hit song, “Need You Now.” After going through more than 50 songs to get the album down to the final 14 tracks, two of the singles have already made it on the charts, including the single “We Owned the Night” and the country chart number-one hit, “Just A Kiss.” Set for release on September 13, fans of all genres are ready for more.

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Omg! U gotta get with the program! by Charnell Harris Features Editor

Smartphones, iPods, laptops, oh my! These items are no longer the electronics associated exclusively with the science club or the super-rich. Students and workingclass folks now own them too. This is the information age, meaning our society is growing more and more obsessed with how we share information and how efficient the process is. What’s wrong with trying to be as efficient as possible when it comes to the way we deliver and receive information? We choose to attend college knowing that we’re not only competing with our peers, but everyone else in the world. Knowing how to use new technological devices gives us the edge we need in the worldwide job market. One of the main reasons people are quick to go against technological advancement is due to cost. The mantra that “better” equals “more expensive” is a thing of the past. Web sites such as Overstock,, and eBay sell updated electronic gadgets at reasonable rates. Best Buy and Target offer mail-in rebates that take hundreds off the sticker price for select items. When it comes down to it, students who can afford a pair of $200 sneakers can definitely afford to purchase a laptop. If it helps with school and work, students and parents need to be willing to make these kinds of investments. While some professors tell students that advanced gadgets are not needed to get through college, others would disagree. According to a study done by etextbook seller CourseSmart and Wakefield Research, 91 percent of college students feel that using some sort of technology is the best way to get in contact with professors. The study showed that students use electronics to do most college assignments. Depending on the student’s major, it would be wise to spend money on some of the latest items. Some of these devices aid the student’s learning. Also, having their own tech tools can help students be more proficient with the technology they’ll use in their careers. Students majoring in fields like graphic design, computer science, or business should have a laptop with

the most current software for the student to practice with. At the very least, students’ personal computers should have the capability to perform the same tasks as the school’s computers. Smartphones are also a good investment for college students. Though usually pegged as the phones for those addicted to Facebook and Twitter, smartphones have virtually the same capabilities as a laptop without the bulk. They can serve business and communication majors well, due to its 24/7 access to e-mail. So, which piece of technology tops the list as the must-have gadget for college students? It’s simple. Every student should have an external hard drive. External hard drives allow students to hold a lot of information on their laptops, and are a safety net for important files should the computer crash. Once students save assignments to their external hard drives, they are unplugged from the laptop. Thus, if your computer gets a virus, none of your files would be compromised. External hard drives are affordable and convenient. IPods and mp3 players will always be on the list of most-wanted gadgets because of their portability. Students can listen to music without disturbing their roommates. Not only are they affordable, but some can be used as external hard drives and phones as well.

Don’t break the bank trying to ‘floss’ by Nike Pascal Web Editor

Anything outside of a regular cell phone and unlimited texting plan, for most, is just for leisure and entertainment. Most college students are strapped for cash until their college years are over, and sometimes well after. The latest iPhone, whether it’s new or refurbished, can range anywhere from $100 to $600. Do you really need such high-tech gear for school? What classes are you taking that require this type of expensive technology? Is a student being financially responsible by making these hefty purchases? Most wireless companies, including Verizon and AT&T, along with retailers like Walmart and Best Buy, offer inexpensive phones and other gadgets that have the same capabilities as name-brand and luxury gadgets. Students need to consider their purchases, whether or not they need and can afford certain electronics. Wanting a pricey phone versus needing it can make the difference between whether or not you have emergency funds for sticky last minute situations. Be smart with your money. Students have been known to drop out of school so they can work full time, not because they cannot afford the cost of getting an education, but in order to keep up with the new fashion, gadget, and electronic trends. In the long run you’re just hurting yourself, not the folks you think you may be impressing with state-of-the-art technology. How silly is it to drop out of college so you can work to pay an outrageous cell phone bill? We aren’t so advanced that it’ll be an absolute requirement for work and/or school. Most students who are employed don’t even have jobs that allow them to comfortably pay for the new gadgets, and cover everyday college life expenses. They spend their small checks on splurges, instead of savings. Then, when they receive large refund checks, in many instances, much of it goes towards backedup bills and debt that could’ve been paid

off with the same funds used on those overpriced phones, music-players, tablets, and computers. You’re in college and an adult. And as an adult, sometimes you must forgo a desire in order to pursue something that will benefit your future. It looks senseless when a student tells a professor he or she was unable to purchase a $35 book due to a lack of money, but then pulls out an electronic device that costs over $100. Take advantage of free computer labs, and save the extra cash for something you really need. The school’s book rental plan only covers books that cost over $50. Let’s be serious, your friends and family will most likely send you a text rather than an email or a video that needs to be downloaded. Also, more often than not, students using the pricier electronics are the culprits of interrupting instruction time. It’s disrespectful to the professor and annoying to students when lessons are interrupted in order to tell students to put away their cell phones and iPods. Between education and modern technology, education wins. No matter how much of a “techie” you are, it’s not worth the money at this time if you have to buy books, food, and pay for shelter. Every day, a new cell phone, laptop, or other gadget appears on the market. It is usually more expensive then it predecessor. Your education should be your number one priority. Skip out on the unnecessary spending and keep your head in the books. Save the high tech electronics for when you’re truly able to afford and enjoy them.

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The Voice, For Students, By Students

FSU theatre company plans eventful year by Nathalie Rivera Staff Writer

If you’re wondering where to find good entertainment this year, look no further than Fayetteville State University. The Department of Performing and Fine Arts will host a variety of theatrical, musical, and lecture events that will cater to all tastes, during the 2011-2012 school year. Students, faculty, staff, and the general public will be able to take part in a rich entertainment experience. On September 17 and March 17, 2012, the theatre department is producing the “24 Hour Theatre Project II.” The plays will be written, rehearsed, produced and performed all within 24 hours, a feat the students are both excited and nervous about. If you enjoy the works of Shakespeare, be ready for a classic love story. “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” will be performed by FSU’s talented student cast from November 17-20. This winter look out for the “Holiday Spectacular” on December 4. This festive celebration will feature stories and songs; and will feature master storyteller and recording

“Come out and support the plays,”. All students, faculty, staff and local residents are encouraged to come out and be a part of the action. -Dr. Phoebe Hall, associate professor for theatre and speech artist, Mitch Capel aka Gran’daddy Junebug. The Fine Arts Series, a program that introduces a wide range of distinguished guest speakers as well as art displays, lectures, concerts and plays to the FSU students will be returning. The program gives students the opportunity to surround themselves with fine artistic and literary works. Previous speakers from the series include writer and poet, Nikki Giovanni, Dr. George Walker, the first African American to win the Pulitzer Prize in music, pianist Leon Bates, screen writer and actress Tina Andrews, and author Bebe Moore Campbell.

In January, revered scholar and activist Dr. Angela Davis will make an appearance for the Chancellor’s Distinguished Speaker Series. Many of the students in this department are excited about the upcoming school year. K’Twon Whitehead, a sophomore arts major with a concentration in graphic arts, says he plans on attending the art displays and galleries. Freshmen music major, Jesse Gaillard, is planning on participating in the holiday concerts that the music department has planned. He is currently practicing Christmas carols in his music classes. “Music is all I know,” he says when explaining why he chose music as his major. “Come out and support the plays,” says Dr. Phoebe Hall, associate professor for theatre and speech. All students, faculty, staff and local residents are encouraged to come out and be a part of the action. If you are interested in purchasing tickets or being a part of production, call 910-6722574 for more information. Tickets can also be purchased online at under Theater, North Carolina, Fayetteville.


Individual Show Ticket Prices $10 for adults $8 staff, faculty and senior citizens $3 for children (0-12) $2 for students with a valid ID ONLY until curtain time. After curtain full adult price apply.

Season Ticket Prices $35 for adults $30 for staff, faculty, and senior citizens Children can get a $12 season ticket with a parent/guardian. Students are not eligible for season tickets.


Kwamere Carter, walks to class on Friday morning passing by Hood Hall on the FSU campus.

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Professors Ernest Lamb and Adegoke Ademiluyi talk outside the Lyons Science building Friday morning. Dr. Lamb is the chair for the Department of Fine Arts while and Dr. Ademiluyi is the chair for the Geography Department.

Voice photos by Jarred Harris

Te'Von Francis (bottom), Alia Crothers (middle), and Randall Conrad (right) sit in front of Hood Hall Friday.

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HBCU grad rates lag behind ‘PWIs’ by L’Asia Brown Managing Editor

Upon arriving at Fayetteville State University, the class of 2015 was greeting with the theme, “Operation Graduation.” An attribution to FSU’s updated efforts to improve low graduation rates, the theme also resonates with the national historically black college and university (HBCU) atmosphere. Early this year Rick Scott, the governor of Florida, made moves to cut state funding to two Florida HBCUs. Florida Memorial University and Bethune-Cookman University stood to lose more than 4 million in state assistance, though the cuts didn’t end up being that large. Although the institutions are private, and private colleges and universities are not guaranteed federal or state assistance, the move has angered students, alumni, and leaders alike. It has also spewed gasoline on the low-burning flame that is the debate of HBCU relevance. Again, the argument of whether or not HBCUs are still needed despite subpar graduation rates, has exploded. Statistically, HBCUs are graduating students at lower four-year rates than regular, public institutions, or what some call, “PWIs” (predominantly white institutions);

however, many say that the four- tions with lackadaisical attitudes. “We live in a time of choice year graduation rate is a non-factor when compared to the position the now. I’m not sure that the HBCU HBCU plays in the Black Ameri- is trying their best to communicate that making [a] choice to do better can community. “Men and women who wouldn’t is [an] individual initiative, regardnormally be given a chance at a less of where you come [from]. regular university are given the We have to start demanding better of kids at HBopportunity to CUs, because the get an educaother institutions t i o n a t H B - Nobody donates… are showing us up C U s . Ye a h , White celebrities in terms of Black it’ll take them [grad] rates,” comf i v e y e a r s , donate to mented Ralph m a y b e s i x predominantly white Morrison, recent years, but graduate of Howgraduating in universities. Black ard University. five is better celebs do not donate Fayetteville than not doState University, ing it all,” said in high numbers to a public HBCU Keisha WatHBCUs. and member of ford, graduthe University of ate of Morgan State University in Baltimore, North Carolina system, has graduation rates almost identical to the Maryland. The HBCU has a reputation for average UNC institution’s graduaaccepting students who otherwise tion rate. FSU’s most recent genwouldn’t have been able to attend eral four-year graduation rate is 9.3 a university. Historically, that was percent, just .5 percent lower than its purpose—to provide an educa- the average UNC institution’s fourtion to those who legally couldn’t year rate of 9.8 percent, according to reports from the University of attend other institutions. Now, many HBCUs are doing North Carolina’s research compilavirtually the same thing. The only tion. The most recent graduation difference is that students don’t rate for Black students at FSU is seem to be nearly as hungry for 8.9 percent, which is .2 percent education. And these students are lower the average UNC institubringing down institutions’ reputa- tion’s four-year grad rate of 9.1


percent for Black students. Although Fayetteville State University’s rates are not significantly lower than UNC system’s for Black students or any other demographic group, the tiny percentile has vehement debaters on both sides of the argument. If the HBCU can’t graduate students at equal or higher rates, should they continue to receive equal funding? “Well first of all, they don’t receive equal funding. Fayetteville State only accounts for I think, like 18 percent of the budget, but I heard we’re going to take a hit equal to around 28 to 32 percent. That is not equal and our rates are not that different,” says an FSU senior* who believes HBCUs are necessary. “Some students say having an HBCU on a resume lowers your chances of getting jobs because of the reputation. I’d hope it would depend on the job candidate, but with everybody convinced we’re in post-racial America, I wouldn’t be surprised if it was true,” said Seleema Jones, a Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) junior.* FAMU’s most recent six-year graduation rate was 43 percent, significantly higher than any UNC institution and comparable to many non-HBCU institutions around the nation, yet FAMU students and

alumni have still expressed outrage. “The youth are not taking their education and college experience as serious. It’s not just HBCUs! Students of all races are graduating at lower rates than 10, 20 years ago because this generation has a ‘don’t-care’ attitude. Don’t make this about HBCUs,” said another FAMU alumnus and current graduate student.* With tuition rising and financial aid dwindling, many HBCUs are also facing devastating cuts and are trying to preserve the educational experience for their students. While FSU has had to endure a 15 percent budget cut, the university only receives about 48 percent of its operating budget from the state, meaning it must utilize funding from private sources to maintain quality of life and education for students. Alumni funding to most small HBCUs doesn’t rival that of small general institutions. “Nobody donates…White celebrities donate to predominantly white universities. Black celebs do not donate in high numbers to HBCUs. We have less resources so of course the grad rates are going to be lower,” says an FSU alumnus. “Only when it is equal funding will it be equal rates. That’s just common sense.”

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Prior to FSU’s final possession during Saturday’s game against UNC-Pembroke, an intense offensive line coach Marcus Gladden (right), rallies members of the FSU Bronco offensive line for one last drive to win the game. His message to them was this – everyone has to believe the past mistakes are gone, that with the next snap, we are driving into the end zone.

William Hunt (64), a junior offensive tackle, consoles his teammate Antonio Allen (81), sophomore wide receiver, during the emotionally charged final seconds of the Two Rivers Classic last Saturday. FSU lost to UNCP, 27-33.

What’s going on at Fayetteville State University?

yBronco Veterans Club oWhat: A ceremony for veterans infterested in becoming involved with othe Bronco Veterans Club. . When: Today, 4 p.m. l -Where: Helen T. Chick, rm. 102

More Info: (910) 672-1628

24 Hour Theatre Project What: A spontaneous theatre project hosted by the FSU Theatre Company When: Sept 16 & 17, 7 p.m./9 p.m. Where: Seabrook Auditorium Thesis and Dissertation Prep

What: A meeting for students interested in joining in health initiatives on campus. When: Thursday, 2 to 3 p.m. Where:Student Center, rm. 236 and Chancellor’s Dining Room

What: A workshop for graduate students and FSU faculty in preparing graduate projects. When: Sept 17, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., and Sept 23, 5 to 7 p.m. Where: Continuing Education bldg., rm. 12

FSU-HCOP Orientation

Air Force 5K Birthday Run

Health Initiative Interest Meeting

What: Orientation meeting for students interested in pursuing a health profession. When: Thursday, 3 to 3:45 p.m. Where: Lyons Science, rm. 303 FSU Welcomes Scholars

What: A ceremony welcoming the 2011-2012 FSU Fulbight Scholars When: Thursday, 4 to 6 p.m. Where: Seabrook Auditorium Lobby

What: A birthday run for the Air Force. Registration opens at 9 a.m., in the Lauretta Taylor building. When: Sept 17, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Where: Capel Arena football field President’s Roundtable

What: A meeting for all club and organization officer to receive information on how to get involved. When: Sept 20, 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Where: LSA, rm. 120

FOOTBALL Who: Vs. Carson-Newman College When: Thursday, 7 p.m. Where: Jefferson City, TN Who: Vs. ECSU When: Sept 17, 6 p.m. Where: Home

SAVE THE DATE Convocation: Sept 15, 2 p.m. Homecoming: Oct 10-Oct 15 Fall Break: Oct 17-18 Veteran’s Day: Nov 11 Thanksgiving Break: Nov 24-25

VOLLEYBALL What: Mt. Olive Tournament When: Sept 9-10 Where: Mt. Olive, NC CROSS COUNTRY What:Hagan Stone Invitational When: Sept 24, 1 p.m. Where: Greensboro, NC TICKET INFORMATION FSU Students: Free Visiting Students: $10 FSU Faculty & Staff: $12 Military & Seniors: $12 General Admission: $15 Premium/Reserved Seating: $18 *Ticket prices for homcoming games are usually higher.

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Alex Podlogar (far right) and football coach Kenny Phillips (middle) speak with former FSU athletes Adrian Horton and Wayman Westbrooks (far left).

To submit your event to The Voice’s calendar, send an email to with the name, date, and location of your event, as well as any important information, i.e.: ticket prices, students only, etc.

Do you want to advertise in The Voice? Advertisement space in The Voice is available to national & local businesses and FSU departments & organizations. With our competitive rates, introductory specials, and select discounts, we’re positive we can suit your needs. For more information, email:, call (910) 672-2210, or visit rm. 241 in the Rudolph Jones Student Center at FSU.

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