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Fayetteville State University Student Press

The Voice For Students, By Students

September 22, 2010 • Vol. 2, Issue No. 1

Are you feeling safe?

Despite two high-profile incidents, campus crime is down, security is up Protect your most valuable Today is just the first day of fall, and already this fall semester, the Fayetteville State University comasset – yourself munity has experienced a number By Charnell Harris Voice Features Editor

of violent incidents. This has left many administrators, staff and students shocked to hear about such violence on campus. The first incident was an alleged assault that occurred on August 22, outside of the University Place Apartments. According to an FSU Campus Police report, early that morning an FSU student said that as he was walking, he came across two black males he thought were going to rob him. As he started to walk away he heard gun shots and soon after realized that he had been wounded. The victim, according to the report, was unsure if the wound was caused by the two suspects or by his own weapon that he admitted to carrying in his back pocket. Although the incident is still under investigation the student is expected to be charged with possession of a weapon on campus. The second major incident happened in the parking lot of New Residence Hall which became a crime scene when a car was intenionally burned on August 28. According to campus police reports, around 9 p.m., a black male was seen throwing a burning article into the vehicle. The witness told campus police that the alleged perpetrator fled in a light blue or silver pickup truck. Campus police don’t believe that

By Tiffinei Lee Voice Staff Writer

Since the Virginia Tech shooting, safety on college campuses has become a high priority. With the recent shooting at University Place Apartments fresh in students’ minds, they may be wondering how to protect themselves while on campus. Fayetteville State University Police officials and students have several suggestions to keep you safe. “Walk in numbers, walk proudly and be aware of everything around you,” advises FSU Police Chief Travis Bryant. The university, Chief Bryant said, is “promoting enhanced safety patrols with more officers, educat-

See tips, page 3 Voice photo by Nathaniel Stevenson

Walking outside of University Place Apartments, FSU officers, Barrie Robinson, at left, and Matthew Jacobs patrol last week during school hours. the two incidents are related. They are both currently under investigation. Nevertheless, these incidents have caused some students to feel a little uneasy about their safety on campus. “I try to do everything during the day because you don’t know what is out there,” said FSU student Sandra McSwain.

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“They have the call boxes, but as far as seeing the police, I hardly ever see them. If something was to happen how are they [Campus Police] going to get to me on time?” said freshman Brooke Vann. Others have shared the complaint that they rarely see campus security at what is believed to be the peak See SAFETY, page 5

What do you think? The Voice is only as strong as yours. Join the conversation online at or send us your letter to the editor (see page 10).

4 tips to be safe • Be fully aware of “tailgaters”, or people who follow you into your residence area. • Always close the door quickly and ensure it locks behind you. • Never give out your keys to anyone. • If you are leaving on a break or vacation, take your valuables with you.

~ FSU Police Chief Bryant

index FSU takes on Wall Street

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News pages 2-8 Features page 9 Opinion page 10 Sports page 11-12

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Only Boring People Get Bored Greetings Broncos,

Facebook or Twitter and see a status or tweet about being bored. Surely those bored students are It is my pleasure to announce not aware of their academic that I will serve as Editor-inand social environments. From Chief for the 2010-2011 year. student affairs, SAC, and SGA to With the brand new Department Career Services, Marketing Club of Communication and three and the various sororities and frafresh faces in the faculty line-up, The Voice is set to grow exponen- ternities on campus, there are too many reasons not to sit at your tially in the next few years. Mr. Kevin Dilley, The Voice’s new ad- dorm twiddling your thumbs. We’ve been back to school for visor, brings more than 20 years a measley month, yet there’s been of expertise in journalism, phoa national pan-hellenic tography, layout design, council week, several soinfographic art and a rority/fraternity-themed multitude of other skills weeks, SGA week, needed to facilitate The resume clinics, AUTOS Voice’s growth. events, modeling club Indeed it’s an exciting tryouts, a bestselling time for Fayetteville author signing & presenState University, not tation , volunteer fair, only with the addition a Shakespearean play, of communication’s “The Tempest”, volleynew department, but ball & football games, with five additional FROM THE EDITOR Science Night and the departments includGlobal Scholars welcoming the Department of ing ceremony. Tomorrow there Chemistry and Physics and the is a career fair open to students Department of World Languages and alumni with Bronco ID, and and Cultures. We’re in the midst a Board of Trustees meeting open of historical changes. Have you to the public. There are absolutely noticed? From my observation, no excuses for boredom. many students haven’t. Dances and club nights are From the instant we were undeniably a big part of college able to communicate with our life, but unless you aspire to parents or guardians, we were become a popular DJ or skilled always told to “stay aware of our bartender they won’t do much for environment” to be safe, producyou in the corporate world. The tive citizens. As we age, graduate ability to engage in professional from high school and begin our communication will. quest for higher education, we If you’re wondering where to should continue to stay aware of find information on these events, our environment not just physilook no further than your email cally, but socially and academiinboxes. Daily “TrevaMail” concally. tains lots of valuable information Each week FSU organizations on events, scholarships, clubs and host events designed to improve programs that may be of use to social skills, build character, you if you’ve been bitten by the and diversify students. There boredom-bug. are programs that allow you to Stay aware of your environimprove your health, engage in ment or you’ll end up getting career building activities, and robbed of your own future by meet students with similar goals none other than yourself. and interests. Yet on any given day one can simply log onto

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Your career is at hand Going to the fair? What: Fall 2010 Career and Cooperative Education Fair When: Thursday Time: 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Where: Capel Arena

Don’t forget • Bring your Bronco ID. • FSU students and alumni only. • Bring multiple copies of your critiqued resume. • Visit the Office of Career Services if you need business attire or assistance in assessing your attire.

Need more help? The Office of Career Services has counselors available for all students and alumni. Freshman: Ms. Devin Sturdavant: (910) 6721100 Sophomores: Mr. Marquelle Turner, (910) 672-1292 Juniors: Ms. Latosha Williams, (910) 672-1212 Seniors: Ms. Tamara Taylor, (910) 672-1706 Grad students, Alumni: Mrs. Daisy Osborn, (910) 672-1647

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Get your resume ready and your best clothes pressed for the 2010 Career Fair By Cortney Slaughter Voice Staff Writer

Believe it or not, many students do not know what a career fair is. Don’t fret, it’s not the end of the world. A career fair is an event where businesses and employers are eager to profile their companies, job vacancies and opportunities for students to apply for internships and obtain jobs. Tomorrow, the Office of Career Services will host the annual fall semester career fair, which will feature employers from government agencies such as USASOC (United States of America Special Operations Command), the Social Security Administration, and the Durham and Raleigh Police Departments to private companies Verizon, Family Dollar and Enterprise Rent-A-Car. In fact, according to, Verizon and Enterprise Rent-A-Car ranks 1st and 2nd respectively, in most employees hired through career fairs. “The fair is open to all FSU students and alumni with Bronco ID cards. It’s a grand opportunity to network, explore various career paths, and gain employment,” said to Ms. Latosha Williams, a Career Services representative. Before going to the fair, Ms. Williams suggests that students have their resumes critiqued. “This will greatly increase a job seeker’s chance to gain employment,” she says. “The benefits of having your resume critiqued include having the

confidence that you are delivering a product detailing your skills and experiences, which is great enough to entice an employer to call you the next day,” Ms. Williams said. She also added, “a resume is the best representation of your skills and experience and we can provide the tips and techniques, adopted from other employers and companies that will help FSU students be competitive in the job market.” Still, one could have a critiqued resume loaded with the favorable qualities of a great employee and not get their desired job simply due to their attire. “Gentlemen should wear suits, or slacks that are held up with a belt, preferably slacks with a matching blazer, dress shoes and dress socks that are a conservative color; dark blue, grey, or black,” advises Ms. Williams. “Females, should wear blouses, skirts or lady blazers that are not too tight or short, which are also conservative colors”. Dressing in business clothing demonstrates a job-seeker’s ability to transition from student to professional, and employers value this quality. Before attending the career fair, remember to get your resume critiqued. You can visit the Office of Career Services in the SBE building, room 230 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. They can be reached at 910-6721098 If you can’t attend the fall semester career fair don’t worry! The Office of Career Services is always hosting career-related events. For more info, visit careerserv. Your career is at hand!

meet our new editors Congratulations to the 2010-11 Voice editors! Editor-in-Chief L’Asia Brown News Editor Shirley Townsend

Features Editor Charnell Harris Photo Editor Monique Vaughn Sports Editor Quinton Graham A&E Editor Tony Nelson

Next edition, we’ll introduce you to the entire staff. Please stop by our office if you’d like to join. Staff applications are always accepted.

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September 22, 2010


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FSU welcomes three Global Scholars


L’Asia Brown Voice Editor-in-Chief

Twenty years ago, college students prepared themselves to compete with graduates of other U.S. universities for jobs, upon graduation. Now, with the U.S. economy struggling to recover from a near depression, and an international economy almost as unstable, the playing field for jobs has become more competitive than ever before. Students in the Middle East, Europe, Asia, and Africa are sharpening their career skills and heading for the United States, often armed with the ability to speak several languages and a level of discipline and humility rarely found in American students. At Fayetteville State University the word ‘globalization’ has perched itself among the administration’s top priorities. To ensure students are groomed for the corporate world, colleges and universities across the nation are introducing them to languages other than Spanish and French. They are exposing them to customs and cultures through interactive programs and new language classes. Many schools are even sending their students abroad. During an intimate welcome ceremony recently, FSU’s International Education Center and Honors Program introduced three Fulbright Scholars for the 2010-2011 year. The scholars will participate in FSU’s Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant Program. With the brand new addition of the Department of World Languages and Cultures, the arrival of Bedour Al-Damkhi of Kuwait, De Chen of China, and David Otieno of Kenya is timely. Ms. Al-Damkhi holds a

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Speaking passionately about her interest in learning more about other cultures, FSU freshman Maybelyn Rodriguez, center right, talks with Kuwaiti citizen Bedour Al-Damkhi, at left, recently during a welcoming ceremony for three new Fulbright Scholars at Fayetteville State University. Ms. Al-Damkhi is a secondary school teacher and one of the Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistants available to students and faculty this year. bachelor’s degree in English Education from Kuwait University. Originally a secondary school teacher, she will assist students in their studies of the Arabic language. Mr. De Chen earned a bachelor’s degree in

English and a Master’s degree in Chinese from the College of Humanities and Social Science. The Yanbian University Professor will assist students studying Chinese. Mr. Otieno graduated from the Uni-

versity of Nairobi with a bachelor’s degree in Kiswahili, and will offer support to students studying Swahili. The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the

U.S. government and is designed to “increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries,” according to the Council for International Exchange of Scholars.

Tips continued from page 1 ing the students as well as faculty and staff on the locations of the emergency call boxes and enforcing good decision making for the protection of yourself and others.” “You are your best protection against crime,” he said. Commuter student Brandon Alexander knows this as well as anybody. The FSU junior’s car was broken into during his first year of commuting and his textbooks were stolen from the backseat of his car. “I was terrified when I went to my car that night and the back windshield was crushed and all my books were gone,” he said. “I had to pay for those books.”

He now puts his books in the trunk. He also walks his girlfriend, Dana, to and from all of her classes at night. “I pay more attention to my surroundings and I make sure not to flash any expensive items that I have,” Mr. Alexander said. “I also installed a stereo with a detachable face plate because a lot of my friend’s vehicles were broken into and their CD players were stolen.” You can never be too safe says Detective Michelle Lindow of the Fayetteville Police Department’s Crime Prevention Unit. “If it feels wrong, nine times out of ten, it is,” said Mrs. Lindow. “Follow your gut instincts and do not be afraid to call 911 for

any reason. If you see someone who looks out of place, call 911.” She also has this advice for students, faculty and staff: Never use shortcuts at night and always stay on the most well-lit and populated pathways. Cover up your valuables in your car but do not make it seem as thou you are doing so. Write down your serial numbers on everything you have that is expensive and worth stealing. This way, if someone does steal it, you have the evidence to prove that it is your property. Use your voice as a weapon. If you

ever are in a situation where you feel uncomfortable and you are by yourself, yell things such as “I do not know this person, call 911!” or “I see you and I am not by myself!” This will alert others nearby that you are in a dangerous situation. Crime seems to never end but with the right guidelines and education to follow, you can maintain safety and ensure you never become a statistic. For more information on how you can protect yourself and others, contact Chief Bryant at (910)672-2462 or Detective Michelle Lindow at (910)433-1034.

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Dive into the ‘jects’ Chancellor’s book club choice details life for two children growing up in a Chicago housing project By Shirley Townsend & Nicolette Beatty Voice News Editor & Staff Writer

What is this year’s book about? “There Are No Children Here” is a nonfiction book that details the

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New departments and majors bring new opportunities CAMELLIA SANSBERRY Voice Staff Writer

Did you ever think you would be in a book club? If not, you are now. If you are a student at Fayetteville State University, or you teach here or work here, you are being challenged to be part of the Chancellor’s reading club. This year, the club will be reading “There Are No Children Here” by Alex Kotlowitz, who did a signing and presention on campus last week. What is the club all about? The basis of a reading club consists of more than reading. It also expands social horizons on an intellectual level. Each year the FSU community is encouraged to read and discuss a common text chosen by the chancellor, Dr. James A. Anderson. The FSU reading club intends to introduce readers to diverse ways of understanding and experiencing the world, as well as supporting positive ideas of using education as something that should be done inside and outside the classroom. This year, the reading club will sponsor “reading circles” to bring the FSU community together for small group discussions. “We will discuss the book in our freshman seminar classes, and will have innovative activities to enhance the flavor of the text,” said April Raines, who is the co-chair of the reading club. The club will also collaborate with the Fine Arts Series and speakers to provide cultural events for students. The Chestnutt Library also serves as an active participant of the club, by sponsoring activities for students, alumni and the community. Students and faculty both seem to think the reading club accomplishes its goals. In a post-discussion survey, 70 percent of students agreed that the reading club encouraged many students to read more. Sixty-six percent agreed that it encouraged discussions with their instructors while 88 percent responded that they would recommend the reading club to other students and committee members.


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Author Alex Kotlowitz speaks to FSU students and faculty about his national bestseller “There Are No Children Here” at an event on campus last week. story of two young boys and their family growing up in a world of crime termed the “other America,” by Mr. Kotlowitz. From shootings in the courtyard to dozens of funerals, the atmosphere of Henry Horner Homes, the projects where they grew up, is anything but childproof. Set in a Chicago slum in the 1980s, Mr. Kotlowitz discusses the tragic loss of innocence among children and adolescents. The story starts off in the summer of 1987, introducing readers to the main characters, Lafeyette, Pharoah, and LaJoe. Throughout the book Mr. Kotlowitz uses firstperson narratives to inspire us with the boys’ stories. The reader gets to follow 9-year-old Pharoah and 12- yearold Lafeyette as they witness multiple shootings forcing them to hide in the hallway while bullets flew through their windows. The boys tell readers about various hiding places they find in order to escape the horrors of the “jects.” Readers are taken on a journey as the boys’ brother is repeatedly thrown in jail, while their mother struggles to maintain a stable household. Daily the boys strive to overcome near-fatal situations.

“It’s okay where you come from but you have to be responsible for where you are going,” said cochair, Mrs. Crittiden, expressing the message the committee wants the students to interpret after reading the book. Mr. Kotlowitz said in an interview with The Voice that he made the personal decision to use an unstable setting due to the close relationship between him and the main characters. He praises the residents of the Henry Horner community in helping him expose the negative influences of the lower class neighborhood. He also stressed that the silence of stories about poverty and individuals that have been raped of opportunity is what motivated him to focus on the specific setting for the narrative. “I tip my hat off to Fayetteville State University for talking about such an issue and acting on such matters of our community growing up,” Mr. Kotlowitz said. Get your copy. “There Are No Children Here” is available at the FSU Bookstore for $14.95 plus tax.


Beginning with the 2010-2011 academic year, Fayetteville State University has added five new departments to the College of Arts and Sciences. All of these departments were created to reduce the size of larger departments so they can be managed more effectively. Also, there is hope that since the departments are smaller there can be greater focus to specific areas of study and most importantly, students. The Department of Chemistry and the Department of Communication have both been developed to enrich students who major or plan to major in the respective fields. In many ways, these departments will allow students a more rewarding, fulfilling academic experience. The Department of Chemistry and Physics stems from the Department of Natural Sciences and now has three degree opportunities including a Bachelor of Science in Fire Science and a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry. With 17 new, full-time faculty who each hold doctorate degrees in their fields, two staff members who are laboratory managers, and one administrative assistant, students now have a more focused working environment and a smaller student-to-teacher ratio. In addition, there are three new laboratories located in the Lyons Science Annex. “It is the first time there has been a department focused entirely on the physical sciences,” said interim chair Dr. Booker Juma, “This will provide students with a sense of belonging. It will show them how to navigate a pathway to their careers.” With the addition of the Depart-

A Quick Look Department of Communications, Dr. Todd Frobish, Interim Chair Department of Chemistry and Physics, Dr. Booker Juma, Interim Chair Department of Biological Sciences, Dr. Abdelmajid Kassem, Interim Chair Department of English, Dr. Ed McShane, Chair Department of World Languages and Cultures, Dr. Tim Ajani, Interim Chair

ment of Communication comes a new journalism major, a new student computer lab, a more advanced student internet radio station with, and also a television studio that is currently being renovated. Students will now have the chance to use top notch equipment and modern technology. Dr. Frobish, interim chair, believes that this department is important for both the students and the entire campus. “Media keeps us informed, and brings people together giving a great sense of community. Students can now be trained in the use of modern technology and be well prepared when they leave the university” Dr. Frobish said. The addition of each new department adds flavor and academic diversity to FSU, and seem to be only the beginning more academic growth at FSU.

Important Academic Dates October 15-18: Fall Break; No classes October 29: Last day to withdraw from classes November 11: Veteran’s Day; No classes November 17: Last day to withdraw from university

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times for crimes to occur. “The campus is covered with students from six to nine in the evening, and yet you hardly ever see campus security at those times,” said English and Composition Professor Jeffery Sychterz. “The incidents do not infer that FSU is unsafe. Incidents do occur on campus, that’s just the time we live in. But we do what we can to prevent them,” said Royal Travis Bryant, Fayetteville State University’s Associate Vice Chancellor/Police Chief. Chief Bryant also said that his department is “promoting enhanced safety patrols with more officers,” as well as working to educate students, faculty and staff on the locations of the emergency call boxes. There has been a slight rise in crime in the Fayetteville area according to the City of Fayetteville Police Department. However, even with the incidents that occurred early this semester, crime on the FSU campus appears to be getting better according to a review of the school’s police department crime logs. Still, many assume that because FSU is located on Murchison Road that it has a lot of violent incidents. According to FSU Director of Public Relations Jeffery Womble, the media unfairly makes FSU appear to be a dangerous campus as compared to the other universities in North Carolina. Womble also stated that all incidents that occur on Murchison Road are instantly connected to FSU due to the outside media, and doing so is an unfair way to look at the university. “Fayetteville is a large city and this is an open campus. So any crime that happens in the city there is always a possibility it can occur on campus,” said Lieutenant Earl Johnson, of the Campus Police. FSU in the previous years has not experienced offenses like this so early in the year, according to police reports. This may explain why the incidents appear to be more shocking. However, the advice out there is still about personal safety. “Be aware of what‘s going on around you and just follow your instincts,” said Lt. Johnson. “We’re about promoting personal safety,” said Chief Bryant. “A lot of incidents could be avoided if people paid more attention and made good personal safety decisions.”

Voice photos by Shirley Townsend

A NIGHT OF SCIENCE: Dr. Steven Singletary talks to guests about the JEOL microprobe, or high-powered microscope during Science Night last week. This equipment was unveiled in January and is a unique tool for FSU students and faculty. It can magnify up to 300,000 times (below). A typical biology microscope can magnify only 1,000 times.

Seen around campus

A visual take on FSU activities

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A GOLD-MEDAL DAY: Olympic gold-medalist Cullen Jones poses for a photograph with a young member of the YMCA Fayetteville

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THE BAND PLAYS ON: Members of the Bronco Express puts on a show for FSU fans at the Down East Classic in Rocky Mount Saturday

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Be Late or Starve?

One reporter risks both to deliver the skinny on local fast food joints L’Asia Brown Voice Editor-In-Chief

With more than 6,800 students and 800 faculty and staff at Fayetteville State University, somebody is bound to want something other than the Bronco Grill for lunch or dinner and on rushed mornings when we forget to grab a muffin, we usually grab something at the nearest fast food joint. Located a convenient five to ten minutes from the university, Ramsey street serves as a “food strip” to the FSU community, with everything from Dunkin Donuts and KFC to Sonic and Pizza Hut. There’s even a Golden Corral for those who’d like to sit down and enjoy a meal during their lunch hour, but in reality between the commute, food waiting time, and disappearing minutes that sneak away during the time we need them most, many of us only have time to hit the drive-thru, order, and get back to campus. Time is perhaps the biggest luxury that not even money can buy enough of. Between my 15 credit hours, position as Editorin-Chief of The Voice, member of the Air Force national guard, author of a novel that is poised to be released in stores, big sister, daughter, and friend, I barely have time to stop at red traffic lights (although I promise I do.) As a commuter who lives on Ramsey Street, I utilize the “strip” quite often for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Due to my lack of minutes, I value a fast food joint that can get me in and out quickly without butchering my order…a happy cashier is always a nice bonus too. I figured I wasn’t the only person at FSU with a demanding schedule so I embarked on a mission to find the best fast food spots on Ramsey if you’re at risk for being late to class. I considered drive-thru speed, customer service, quality of order, and price in relation to product. I dined at Taco Bell, Chick-Fil-A, McDonald’s, Cookout, and Sonic for breakfast, lunch, and dinner (I dined at Taco Bell and Cookout twice for lunch since they don’t serve breakfast). Drive-thru: Drive-thru speed

Everybody loves McDonald’s with its ever-expanding menu and uniform taste, but I do not wish to grow old and retire while waiting for my Southern Chicken sandwich and caramel frappe. I’m not lovin’ it. was a top priority, since the goal was to have enough time for a pleasant meal break. Taco Bell and Cookout tied for quickest service. From the time I pulled in to the time I pulled out, both Taco Bell and Cookout took my order and gave me my food within three minutes each of the three times I dined at the establishments. Chick-Fil-A and Sonic came in a close second with an approximate four-minute averages. McDonald’s however, was a completely different story. During my breakfast visit it took nine minutes. My lunch visit had me wondering if I’d celebrate the 2011 New Year in the drive-thru with an “impres-

sive” 12-minute wait. By dinner I expected the worst and was granted my wish with a 16-minute wait. Everybody loves McDonald’s with its ever-expanding menu and uniform taste, but I do not wish to grow old and retire while waiting for my Southern Chicken sandwich and caramel frappe. I’m not lovin’ it. Customer Service: Customer service has little to do with time, but a lot to do with the soul. I’ve had my day made better by a nice cashier and I’ve had my day made much worse by a monster cashier. Taco Bell drive-thru cashiers religiously greet their customers before taking their order, which

is appealing. Receiving your food at the window is equally pleasant. Sonic didn’t have bad attitudes or good attitudes. They were neutral and boring. Cookout aggravated me. They interrupted me while ordering, asked me to speak up, and appeared just as annoyed with me as I was with them. Great southern food minus the southern hospitality. McDonald’s breakfast staff was awesome, patient, and all smiles. By lunch the awesomeness had faded but the smiles were still there. By dinner nobody was smiling. I understand the toll a hard day’s work takes on us, but in this business it shouldn’t be visible in your face. Chick-Fil-A was the groundbreaker in this category. They were happy, upbeat, patient and generally wonderful each time. I actually changed my order at the window and the young lady was understanding and happy to take care of it. If I had to make a guess at the salary of a cashier at Chick-Fil-A based solely on their great attitudes, I’d probably say they made at least $60,000 a year. Quality of Order: As far as quality of order, Sonic, Taco Bell, Cookout and Chick-Fil-A got my order correct, each time. It was hot and neatly packed with cutlery, napkins and the condiments I requested. McDonald’s was not so excellent. They messed up my sausage and cheese McGriddle by forgetting the cheese. They gave me leaf lettuce instead of the shredded lettuce I asked for on my fish fillet during lunch, and they left the pickles on my Southern Chicken sandwich at dinner when I clearly said no pickles. I cannot stand the sight, smell or presence of a pickle. Value for Price: They’re fast food joints, so of course they all did well in the price relation-toproduct category. Overall: Chick-Fil-A was my overall favorite, because of their willingness to go above and beyond with great customer service. Other than that, I’d visit Taco Bell and Sonic before I’d visit Cookout. Visits to McDonald’s are suspended until further notice.

STEM students start year with three words of encouragement By Candy Graves Voice Staff Writer

Plan. Prepare. Passion. These three words describe what it takes to reach your academic as well as career goals according to Dr. Nicquet Blake, who was the keynote speaker for this year’s STEM Kick-Off event last week. “Much in the same way we prepare to go on a vacation, we have to prepare for our future,” said Dr. Blake, who is the Assistant Dean for Graduate Recruting within the School of Biomedical Sciences at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, Texas. With these three characteristics, she said to more than 30 Fayetteville State University students and faculty you can achieve anything you want, even if you’ve crossed a few bumps in the road on your path to graduation. To begin the school year on a high note, the Center for Promoting STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) Education and Research at FSU hosted a Bronco STEM Kick Off event. STEM’s goal is to increase the quality and quantity of students successfully completing baccalaureate degrees in STEM fields at FSU. One way the STEM organization meets their goals are by providing motivational speakers to encourage student success. Dr. Blake, visited Broncoland for the kick-off to promote the importance of creating a systematic approach to our careers and school. She provides mentoring to students, helping them to create a career plan in their first year, and matches first-year graduate students with upper-level students through their five years of graduate school. All too many times students simply let life pass them by, said Dr. Blake in her talk. They expect things to fall into their lap. She strongly advises students to wake up and become actively engaged in planning their careers. During her talk, Dr. Blake presented selfquestions which allowed students to conduct a true self-assessment. She believes that writing out long-term career goals, assesing skills, classwork and experience and matching these with a student’s work style will help students to be honest and ultimately help them to find out what they want to do. Dr. Blake is working to increase graduate school enrollment for minorities. She said that “within the next 10 years, 22 percent of all jobs will require a Ph.D.” Although earning an advanced degree is not easy, it can take you places you never dreamed of. Never stop planning and preparing for your passion.


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September 22, 2010


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The School of Business is ‘on the move’


Shanté Elliot Voice Staff Writer

June 2010 was a remarkable month for the School of Business and Economics at Fayetteville State University. SBE has already surpassed several universities with the accolades it has received; from its ranking in the Princeton Review, to receiving the highest accreditation that less than 5 percent of business schools worldwide receive. In June, SBE added to it’s amazing feats by unveiling a new mock trading room. The trading room places FSU in the same lists as other top universities in the UNC system, including: The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, North Carolina State University, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical University, and The University of North Carolina at Wilmington. This $250,000 trading room offers business, finance, accounting, and marketing majors a hands-on experience into the power driven field they aspire to enter. Technology is the key to the future, and no one agrees with this statement more than the Dean of The School of Business and Economics, Dr. Assad Tavakoli. The Voice sat down with Dean Tavakoli to get his thoughts on the new trading room, and the improvements SBE is making. Questions and Answers The Voice: Why will this trading room help FSU students gain an educational advantage? Dean Tavakoli: The trading room offers FSU students a hands-on experience TV: Who is allowed to use the trading room? DT: FSU students at large. We encourage non-business students to use the room and the programs it offers; like the stock market game, and to participate in research.

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The new trading room floor, shown here, features a colorful stock market ticker that runs around the top edge of the room. It provides real-time financial information for students and is just one of several upgrades to The School of Business. TV: One of the newest faculty members on board with SBE is renowned professor Edward Stringham. How will his expertise benefit the school? DT: Professor Stringham is an internationally known scholar. He has been interviewed by CBS, and has written two books. The School of Business will benefit by his con-

nection with the university. Fayetteville State will forever be associated with a great scholar. TV: What’s next for SBE? DT: We are on the move. We want a 3-D lab-classroom, with three-dimensional training. We want to become the premier business school in the region. We are doing this by offering courses through Fort Bragg, and by

earning prestigious rights like being the only business school in the region to earn complete accreditation. The unveiling of the trading room is just one of many steps SBE has made to improve. Dean Tavakoli believes that the School of Business “is on the move” and is becoming one of the top sought after majors at FSU.

Commuters depend on each other for balance What exactly is a commuter? me in the same category of comWho are commuters here at Fay- muters as the majority of students etteville State University? How do here at Fayetteville State University. This idea has become something commuters affect me? that crosses my mind daily. These are some of the questions According to the commuter I’m sure a lot of people don’t really student web site, a commuter is ask but at the same time have at a student who attends least had a few thoughts classes on campus but about. The third question Chris resides off campus. But should come up a lot when Hayes honestly, being a comyou think about your academic career. I know it did COMMUTER BLOG muter means more than that. For those 4,350 of for me when I first started us who make the daily commute school again. I thought about to and from campus (and struggle staying on campus when I first to find a parking spot in between), began college but it wasn’t for me. Instead, I rented a place and figured the experience is unique all in its own. Commuters must learn to I’d prefer driving to school and then heading back home rather than balance studying, school activities, school work, a “real-world” staying on campus all the time. Making such a simple decision put job, and maybe even a family with

that daily commute to FSU. Many commuters drive long hours just to come to get their education. Some of my fellow commuters who I share classes with, must rush to work after their last class of the day because they still work full-time as well as manage a full-time school schedule. The most important part to note is that we all manage it and still have some time to have fun. Being a commuter may not sound terribly difficult, but it is a challenge that one has to learn to balance well. A daily commute forces you to become responsible and to manage your time smartly. Fortunately, we find support and understanding in our fellow commuters and professors, making it bearable to carry the multitude of

tasks. Other than the daily struggle to find a decent parking space, I find that being a commuter feels ok. Being a commuter means more than just driving to and from campus. It means added responsibility and it helps many students learn accountability and become more well-rounded as they learn to manage their time wisely. Commuters attend classes and do work just like everyone else. The thing that some fail to realize is that sometimes, as commuters, we can’t just drop what we’re doing and meet up to discuss a project or just hang out. Nine times out of 10, we have other places to run. What if you’re a commuter student finding it hard to adjust on campus? There are plenty of ways

to get the support you may need. There is a club for commuters called A.U.T.O.S. that is dedicated to serving your needs. Ashley Miller is the coordinator for commuting and adult services. Both the club and Ms. Miller are available to provide support for commuter students and to help give them an equal footing with those who reside on campus. Being a commuter doesn’t have to be stressful or unpleasant. It just means understanding that we are on the run most of the time and need a little understanding and sensitivity to our situation because well, we are students too. We just have to travel a little further to get to class.

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Salon signs on the dotted line L’Asia Brown Voice Editor-in-Chief

With Homecoming in the fall, CIAA in the spring and plenty of events inbetween, students are bound to need a hairdresser or barber for the latest cuts and styles. With more than 150 hair salons and barbershops in Fayetteville, you may be overwhelmed with options, especially if you’re a student from another city looking to establish a repoire with a local stylist while away in college. Jolanda Smith, a 18-year veteran in cosmetology and local favorite, is set to open Signature Styles, a premier salon less than a mile from campus on Murchison Road offering services ranging from relaxers, weaves and Doobi wraps to haircuts and make-up application. Luxury salons are a rarity in North Carolina’s fourth-largest metropolitan area. Ms. Smith aims to cater to an existing market that currently has a lack of outlets. With a Sunday VIP event, clients will have the opportunity to come in and enjoy a higher level of pampering with various specialties ranging in wellness, health, art, fashion, beauty and spa services. “It’ll be a great place to come and get education on exercise, diet, art, and other things that matter to us, while getting pampered,” she said, stressing the importance of the salon atmosphere. All over the nation, people can be found conversing, and bonding at beauty salons and barbershops. They serve not only as places of grooming, but as community anchors where often two to three generations of one family can be found getting their hair styled or cut by the same hair dresser or barber. A salon is almost like a family. Let Signature Styles be your new home. Book an appointment today!

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Cambridge troop generates the perfect storm Alicia Bayat Voice Staff Writer

“The Tempest” by William Shakespeare is a Shakespearean romance with a slight edge of comedic undertones. On Friday at Fayetteville State University’s Seabrook Auditorium, students, faculty and the Fayetteville community experienced Shakespeare’s unique, poetic style courtesy of a troop from Cambridge University. The plot centers around Oliver Soden as Prospero, the deposed Duke of Milan and his young daughter Miranda played by Celeste Dring, as they’re left stranded on an Island for 12 years by Prospero’s jealous brother Antonio played by Ellie Massie and his cohorts Alonso, The King of Naples played by Alexander Lass and Chris Nelson as the king’s brother Sebastian. Prospero sets out to seek revenge on those who plotted against him. He uses this knowledge of the occult and the island inhabitants to plan his revenge. At the end they realize the cost of loss and their most

prized possession was not the power they held but the children they loved. The Cambridge University Company directed by Mark Maughan and Finn Beames, create a dramatic reinterpretation of this classic, one of Shakespeare’s more moderate works. This was no outdated, staunch rendition of Shakespeare. It was not an ephemeral occurrence. The cast projected a powerful adaptation with a modern twist. There were no overpowering special effects or elaborate costumes to overshadow the talent and performance of the artists. The actors’ understanding of the characters personalities and experiences showed through. Ms. Dring as Miranda was clearly innocent and waiflike in her bare feet and simplistic dress. Her performance was simple, graceful and heartrending. As the lights faded, Propero’s dramatic entry onto the stage captured the imagination and attention of the audience. Although it was clearly Stephano and Trinculo, played by Emma Sidi and Mr.

Nelson (in his dual role) respectively, that enthralled the audience. Ms. Sidi’s comedic structure and presence held the audience captivated and engaged in her performance. She brought out the true nature of comedy into the solemn events, as she played to the spectators. She melded with her character. She was Stephano. The company’s production of “The Tempest” captured the pain and dismay of a world of betrayal and anger. But surprisingly, it was the comedic team of Stephano and Trinculo that stood above the rest. The entrance to the stage was dramatic and the expectations, high. The troop lacked a cohesive transition from dark to Prospero’s initial contact with the audience. But once the play got going the story was clear. The modern angel and music connected with the contemporary crowd. Shakespeare’s adaptive style of writing is complete in its reintegration, ultimately it was a wonderful performance that left the audience awaiting the next scene and antics by Stephano and Triniculo.


Don’t be afraid of ‘el cambio’ New neighbors. New friends. A new driver’s license (though standing in long lines remains the same). New phone numbers, email addresses and various other digits. A new state, a new job, new bugs scurrying to and fro.  A new beach, new trees and new sounds that go bump in the night. For me, this is what change looks right now. And while it’s exciting, sometimes it’s just scary. We’re new to FayetteKevin ville and the FSU family.  Dilley We’re happy to be here, but make no mistake, change is THE ADVISOR’S CONNECTION challenging.  The physical act of picking up and moving two children, a spouse and an active dog 1,300 miles is enough stress all in its own.  Then throw in the games change plays with your mind and – well you probably know, since most of us have dealt with some form of change or another in our lives.  And many of us have fought it, not knowing that change is inevitable and can often be a positive thing. “He who rejects change is the architect of decay.  The only human institution which rejects progress is the cemetery,” said former British Prime Minister Harold Wilson.  My work-life home for 20 years - journalism - is changing, or as the thinkers like to call it, we’re in a “disruptive industry” these days.  Newspapers are sick, they say, journalism is all but dead.  I’ve been preaching hard to my colleagues not to become undertakers.

The Voice celebrates it’s 65th birthday this year. Not only has this publication chronicled changes on campus and in life, it too has morphed over the years.

But we know better, these things aren’t going away, they’re changing. Large newsrooms are becoming more efficient, new online newsrooms are popping up.  The advertising potential for community journalism is $15 billion next year alone.  Innovative business models are being tested in the vibrant laboratory of life. Journalists are evolving into multi-platform purveyors of media.  Where there is wilt and decay out there, the shoots of new ideas are easily overtaking the landscape. This change has been painful and real - layoffs and life changes have been too common for many in this business, many of whom I call friends.  That’s the problem with change - it isn’t always rainbows and puppy dogs. It is hard work. It is a ripped off band-aid when you didn’t know you even had a cut. But it is work worth doing.  And the value of change has been noted by the chancellor and provost and other visionaries here at Fayetteville State University.  They see the growth and potential in journalism and communications.  They see this change as a positive

force. They see it so well, that the created the Department of Communication and a journalism program to handle the changing demand of the students here. They flung out their arms wide and gave it a big old hug.  Sure the work to get to this point was hard, and it will continue to be as we grow as a department and as a news organization. The Voice celebrates it’s 65th birthday this year. Not only has this publication chronicled changes on campus and in life, it too has morphed over the years.  Today, we continue a mission to achieve more, to be better, to go toward something extraordinary.  While we understand our past and say thank you to our heritage, we take stock in our present and drive toward our future. Change is the fuel that will get us there. Our concrete ideas include a stronger emphasis on storytelling journalism, a more professional appearance in print and online,  integrated news reporting with our partners in radio and television. A renewed commitment to serving the FSU audience. But it’s worth it. And so is waiting in line to get my new driver’s license.  Another change in my life has been learning a second language – to keep up with my bilingual kids. Talk about change. A few years ago, I came across this group and these lyrics (and actually understood them!):  En la vida hay dos cosas ciertas son la muerte y el cambio - In life there are two certain things - death and change.  I choose change. After all that’s where life is found. Plus, I can wait a good while for la muerte.

September 22, 2010





By Krystal McDaniel, Voice Staff Writer

Kysaundra Dorris Major: Communication with a concentration in speech Year: Junior Hometown: Colorado Springs, Colo.

Why did you pick FSU? Well, I really didn’t want to come here, I wanted to go to NCCU or Shaw. My senior year my mother ended up getting deployed to Iraq and my dad was left with my younger brothers. I didn’t want to leave my family so I just ended up going here.

Is there anything on campus that’s coming up that you plan on attending? Not really, there hasn’t really been too much going on around campus.

What do you plan on doing with your education from FSU? I want to get my bachelors degree in communications/ speech. Then I want to get my masters in speech and language pathology and end up teaching speech and theatre in a college or university

What do you like about FSU? Umm, I like the small classrooms. You get to have that personal interaction with your teacher.

What would you change about FSU? Wow I have a whole bunch of things. We need more teachers in the communication major. There were a lot of classes I heard about last year that I wanted to take, but they weren’t offered because they didn’t have teachers for them.

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By Monique Vaughn, Voice Photo Editor

ArianNa Pedro Major: Business Marketing Year: Sophomore Hometown: Maryland

Why did you pick FSU? I chose it because it’s close to home. I didn’t have enough financial aid to live on campus, but I like living off campus.

Is there anything on campus that’s coming up that you plan to attend? I plan to go to one of the games, because I haven’t really been to one.

What do you plan on doing with your education from FSU? I plan to start my own business and start my own hair salon. They’re separate not the same!

What do you like about FSU? I like that it’s small and it feels like family, compared to bigger universities.

What would you change about FSU? The parking! You have to get here early to get a good parking spot and then you have to walk across the campus to get to your class.

Travis Boatwright Major: Radiology Year: Freshman Hometown: Spring Lake, N.C.

Why did you pick FSU? I chose FSU because, well first I was going into Fire Science because it’s one of the best programs here, but then I changed my major.

Is there anything on campus, that’s coming up that you plan on attending? No, not really. I live off campus, so I just basically come here and when I’m done I leave.

What do you plan on doing with your education from FSU? Well I’m transferring to ECU to get advanced education in this field.

What do you like about FSU? The people here are nice.

What would you change about FSU? Nothing, I like it the way it is.

Virgo (August 23 – September 22) Your emotions have gotten the best of you, and may cause you to lose out. Try focusing on something more important. Libra (September 23 – October 22) Someone you know very well, is doing something very sneaky behind your back. Be careful, remember, to trust no one, is to trust everyone equally. Scorpio (October 23 – November 21) You will not find your future husband or wife in the palace. You are looking for love in all the wrong places. Be patient and love will come to you. Sagittarius (November 22 – December 21) Start a diary and write your inner most details in it. Don’t dwell on uncontrollable circumstances. Life is too short. Capricorn (December 22 - January 19) Stop letting your personal life interfere with your professional life. Those same problems will be there when you get out of class and/or off work. Aquarius (January 20- February 18) Your quick comebacks make it hard to have a civilized conversation. Watch what you say to people, not everybody reacts the same way. Pisces (February 19 – March 20) If you’ve been to the club every week since school started, you may need to chill on your clubbing. Get some work done. Aries (March 21- April 19) Just when you think things are going good, life throws you lemons. Better hope you have a pitcher, some sugar, and a stand to sell some lemonade. Taurus (April 20 – May 20) You need to grab more ambition and get those good ideas rolling. Remember, some of the most “common” people have the most unique ideas. Gemini (May 21- June 21) You can’t seem to tell which side is up these days? Be sure to take some time out to enjoy life. All work and no play leads to an angry man or lady.

Cancer (June 22 – July 22) Living your life full of regrets will get you nowhere. Though you have made mistakes in life, you can’t change the past, so why fret on it? Leo (July 23 – August 22) School just started and you want a vacation already? Take a mental one and go to sleep early sometimes.

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Communication goes far beyond talking Body Talk: Part I

or clubs, or traditional hook-up spots. How do you know when she’s not interested? Are her arms folded, is she angling her body perpendicular to yours instead of parallel, is she slowly increasing the amount of space between you? Most people demonstrate “no” long before actually saying “no.” What are your proxemics telling others?

You Cannot Not Communicate. Yes, this is a double negative, but it’s ok. What this little phrase means is that everything you do communicates something about who you are, your intentions, your fears, your lusts, your disgusts, your feelings toward others, and more. You cannot avoid communicating. Turn Occulesics: Communication through your back to somebody, and it sends the eyes. Most people have heard a powerful signal. Wear conservathe statement that “the eyes are the tive clothing or no clothing at all, Dr. Todd windows of the soul.” The eyes are sometimes mysterious, deceptive, and you will send a message. And, FrobISH subtle, blatantly truthful, seductive, believe it or not, you are still talking COMMUNICATION and even scary. What can you do even though you might have stopped MATTERS with the eyes? You can roll them, speaking. blink them, widen them, squint The body is a powerful persuasive tool. In fact, more than 90% of all of the them, bat them with your eyelashes. You can messages we send to others are not the talk- also show intrigue by raising an eyebrow ing bits, but the non-talking bits. We call this ala Spock. And then we get to eye contact. nonverbal communication. You’ve probably Three variables to watch here: where you are heard the phrase, “it’s not what you say but looking, how long you are looking, and how how you say it.” I’d like to explore with you often you are looking. Combined, the eyes some of the ways you might be communicat- can communicate more than 10,000 different messages. Gentlemen, one glance might not ing with others without even knowing it. Kinesics: Communicating through get you into trouble, but if you’re constantly movements. I’d bet money that most of staring at the wrong place or looking every you can’t identify your own walking style, two seconds, she’s going to get mad at you. or what we call your gait. I guarantee, how- Ladies, look a little longer if you’re interestever, that your friends in the mall can identify ed. Guys aren’t that smart. They’re expecting you based upon your walk long before see- 4 seconds and you’re only giving them 2, and ing your face. Everyone has a unique walking thinking you’ve moved on to someone else. style—a combination of elements including Want to know if someone is lying? Look at the vertical and horizontal spacing between the pupils. If the pupils begin to contract duryour footsteps, the amount of motion your ing questioning, the interviewee is stressed arms make when they swing, your posture, and likely lying to you. So, are your eyes givhead positioning and movements, tempo of ing you away? Better believe it! your footsteps, and more. There is some inArtifactual Communication: Comteresting research on this too that says that munication through artificial coverings. those who walk faster in the workplace tend Anything that alters your body image belongs to get raises and promotions more often than here. This includes clothing, jewelry, tattoos, those who walk slowly. Perhaps by walking piercings, hairstyles, make-up, implants, faster, they look like they have somewhere and cosmetic upgrades. In an ideal world, important to go, and therefore are in high de- we wouldn’t judge people based upon their mand. Worth considering, huh? Don’t have looks. But we don’t live in an ideal world. anywhere to go? Walk fast anyway, just in That’s why, for example, it’s important to dress not for the job we have, but for the job case. Proxemics: Communicating via the we want to have. That’s why, it might be a use of distance and space. Ever known good idea to cover up tattoos and remove someone who stands way too close when piercings during job interviews. Lady Gaga talking to you? There is even a funny Sein- dressed in a meat dress for the VMA Awards. feld episode about this. So what do you do? She wanted to be noticed; she wanted to Move away until you are back in your com- make a point; she wanted to shock. She unfort zone? Then the other person no longer derstands the power of outward appearance. feels comfortable, and will probably move There’s nothing wrong with this because back into your personal bubble. Now you’re she’s thinking strategically. Are you? Don’t underestimate the power of body back where you started. I’ve been there. It’s aggravating! Your gender makes a big dif- language. If our bodies are always talking, ference too. Typically, there will be more then it behooves us all to start paying more space used during male-male conversations, attention to the many ways that we communithan female-female. This has more to do with cate without words. Communication Matters! social conditioning than with any conscious Todd S. Frobish, PhD, is Associate decision. In my opinion, the most interesting sorts of observations are made when exam- Professor and Interim Chair of the ining the use of spacing by those at parties Department of Communication.

September 22, 2010


R.A stands for Removing Assistants

Residence Life out with the old in with the new

matic situations such as rowdy alcohol parFor the first time in years, Fayetteville ties, more break-ins and resident’s goods State University will not have RAs (resibeing stolen, more sleepovers for buddies dential assistants) during the 2010-2011 who need a place to stay for a while and academic year. Reasons for this momenworst of all, more pest problems tous change in Residence Life due to the lack of enforcement procedure vary from insufficient Cortney a resident to keep their room funds to pay the RAs to the Slaughter of clean. In a time of economic belief that RAs are no longer difficulties, cutting RAs may needed. Nevertheless, the most have been the best thing to do financially. probable reason for getting rid of RAs is However, socially, it may have been the due to budget cuts. Still, some residents worst thing. feel as though getting rid of the RAs was Goodbye RAs and hello PAs (programone of the dumbest things Residence Life ming assistants.) PAs are the new group of could have done. Other residents see this students hired by Residence Life who atas an opportunity to throw more parties and roam from room to room knowing that tend FSU, who have a good GPA standing, their chances of getting caught are low. as well as a sociable and friendly personaliBoth views could mean more power to the ties. One of the roles of the Program Assisresidents and more problems for the staff. tants is to assist Residence Life in creating One of the greatest joys of having RAs fun, intellectual and safe programs for the was knowing that regardless of what time residents during their stay in the dorms. of night it was, even if it was two in the Yea, we may all be thinking that RAs were morning, if you lost your key, you could more involved with Residence Life then contact the RA on call and they would the new PAs, but who is to say that PAs assist you. Another advantage of having an won’t do a great job? RA was to relieve the RLC’s (residence life As a former RA, considering all the ducoordinators) and RD’s (resident directors) ties of a RA, I believe the new PAs will do from having to do all the work themselves. a great job. RAs meant fun programs, free food, and This is a new opportunity for Residence someone to talk to about whatever was goLife to establish a new elite force of willing on. With RAs out of the picture things ing energetic students to help ensure that can spiral out of control. all the residents enjoy their experience “Students got rowdy with the RAs. I at FSU. With this stated, we as students, can only imagine what’ll happen without young adults and residents of the dorms them,” says Nathalie Rivera, a former should take the initiative to do the right Bronco. thing and support the PAs by attending The removal of RAs could lead to dratheir programs.

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‘New year, new leader, same goal’ Fresh off a CIAA championship, Broncos reload with new quarterback By Quinton Graham Voice Sports Editor

Last year quarterback Ben Williams led the Broncos to an 8-4 record and ultimately the CIAA championship, but this year the success of the Broncos rests on the shoulders of new quarterback Robert Benjamin. Mr. Benjamin didn’t play the first game (Two River’s Classic) due to administrative -issues, but in his debut against Bowie State he had 13 completions with 26 attempts, 140 passing yards, two touchdowns and one interception. So let’s get to know our quarterback. Mr. Benjamin was born in Phoenix, Arizona, where he began playing football at age 8, and he said that he fell in love with the game by watching it on T.V. He played high school football at South Mountain High in Phoenix, where he set the record for most touchdowns in a single game with seven. When he finished his high school career he attended the University of Wyoming and Phoenix College, a junior college in Arizona, where he was the starting quarterback for a year, and led them to a 7-4 record. He was heavily recruited by FSU Head Coach Kenny Phillips. “I felt as though FSU was a good fit for me since I was familiar with some of the players and I liked the fact that Phillips showed great interest in me,” Mr. Benjamin said. He feels as though he’s a smart quarterback who makes good decisions. He’s also athletic, which he says helps him make plays and get out of trouble. When asked how it feels to fill Mr. Williams’ shoes, he replied, “Those were his shoes, I must find my own way. I feel as though my team has a great chance to play for another CIAA Championship and possible national championship.” Mr. Benjamin seems to have a good head on his shoulders judging from his performance against Bowie State. “I think Benjamin is a great asset to the team and is going to be a great part of our success,” comments coach Phillips. Here are some things you might not know about Mr. Benjamin. The Voice: What do you do for fun? Robert Benjamin: Hang out with my teammates, listen to music, play football, dominos, and watch NFL football on Sundays. TV: What is your favorite food? RB: I really enjoy my grandmother’s and

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Quarterback Robert Benjamin, center, and offensive linemen Robert McClure go through drills during football practice recently. Mr. Benjamin is the new starting quarterback for the Broncos this season. mom’s cooking, Jamaican, Mexican, Chinese, and Italian. Pretty much anything that touches my soul. TV: Who’s your biggest inspiration in life? RB: My mother, grandparents, and son. My faith in the man who gives me every

breathe I take, the fight everyday to become a man, and be a better father than the one who never raised me, but I still love him with all my heart. TV: How does it feel to be away from those people?

RB: Honestly it’s not as bad as I thought it would be. I’m handling life as best I can for the most part. TV: What’s your favorite color and why? RB: All shades of blue. I think it’s a cool color and also because I love swimming.

Down, up, and down again

Loss at Down East Classic leaves Broncos 1-2 for the season By Quinton Graham Voice Sports Editor

Although the season began with a major upset, Bronco football redeemed themselves by clicking on all cylinders against Bowie State. Due to a lack of offensive drive in the first game, the Broncos seemed to be overwhelmed by the Braves’ defense. Due to the starting quarterback’s absence, it appeared as if there was a lack of leadership within the huddle. The Two River’s Classic ended with massive Bronco disappointment and a cloud of doubt hung over the Bronco football team.

Luckily, the game against UNCP won’t tarnish the Bronco conference record, and hopefully won’t serve as an indicator of future team performance. They made a strong comeback against Bowie State, delivering blow after blow to the Bulldogs who were fresh from being dominated at the 2009 CIAA Championship game. Richard Medlin rushed for 163 yards, collaborating with Robert Benjamin on a tough offensive strategy, with significant yardage gains. Unfortunately, the Broncos couldn’t find their standing against Elizabeth City State University Saturday in Rocky

Mount. The Broncos fell, 38-26, adding to their 39-0 loss against UNCP and leaving fans wondering if their win against Bowie State was pure luck or homegame adrenaline. The Down East Classic began with two scoreless drives from both offenses. Then the game seemed to change in favor of the Broncos once they scored their first touchdown on a pass to Lamarcus Bond from Mr. Benjamin with 3:57 left in the first. The momentum continued at the end of the first quarter with a blocked punt which was picked up in the end zone by Joshua Scales for a touchdown that gave

the Broncos a 13-0 lead. The Broncos seemed to be in rhythm. Everything seemed to be clicking. That all changed in the second quarter, with two touchdowns and a field goal putting the Vikings up 17-13 at halftime. It appeared like the Broncos just ran out of gas in the second half. ECSU delivered two more touchdowns in the third quarter, giving them a comfortable lead. They then drove down the clock and held onto their lead to send the Broncos packing. NEXT UP: The Broncos host Winston-Salem State University at home Saturday at the Luther Nick-Jerald’s Stadium.

Upcoming Sporting Events


September 24:

Red, White, & Blue Tournament at Stryker Golf Course, Fort Bragg; Tee Time 9 a.m.

September 25:

Bronco Football vs. Winston Salem at Fayetteville State University; 6 p.m.

September 25:

Cross Country XC Invitational in Greensboro, NC; 6 p.m.

September 28:

Bronco Volleyball vs. St. Augustine at Fayetteville State University; 6 p.m. October 1: Bronco Volleyball vs. Shaw in Raleigh, NC; 6 p.m. October 2: Bronco Football vs. St. Augustine in Raleigh, NC; 2 p.m. October 4: Bronco Volleyball vs. Johnson C. Smith in Charlotte, NC; 6 p.m.

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Jeremy Cunningham, 33, starts to run as Bronco kicker Austin Turner, 14, kicks off during the Down East Classic in Rocky Mount Saturday.

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