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“Through your voice and our service, we can shape your future.” This was the closing remark of engineering major Jordan Maness’ speech for freshman class president. Maness’ campaign slogan — “Believing in the ‘Aggie Voice’” — would allow students to be heard and also make positive impacts on the North Carolina A&T campus. Along with Jordan Maness were 41 other freshman gathered in Proctor Hall on Aug. 29 to give their campaign speeches, each running to become either president, vice president, treasurer, Mr. and Miss. Freshman, or secretary for the Class of 2015. Many of the candidates appeared nervous, but they all delivered their speeches and tried to explain why they wanted to win the position for which they were running. Creativity was also a major factor in each speech. Famous quotes, poetry, and even singing were some of the ways candidates expressed their different views. Each speech not only stated the reasons for wanting votes, but also showed the candidates’ personalities and senses of humor. Diamond Daniels, a freshman agricultural education major, said, “I enjoyed the majority of the speeches. Every speech had its own uniqueness and caught my attention.” Most candidates spoke about creating programs for community service and getting underclassmen more involved. Jasmine Graham, a fashion merchandising major and candidate for Miss Freshman, said, “I strive to change the lives of people even in the slightest ways. I would like to represent all of the students in my class.” Deandre Melvin, business major and candidate for freshmen class president, said he wants to inspire people through his vision, which he named “Dream Catcher.” His program would aid and encourage students to reach out to the community. “I believe the Class of 2015 will bring the sense of Aggie Pride back. They are full of energy and life. The students also posses a solid foundation to be successful later on,” said Vice President of Internal Affairs Mitchell Brown. Voting will be held today, online at and follow us on Twitter @aTregister

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chris wade, vice president of external affairs, and Kawanna Foster, sUaB president, announce the homecoming lineup at the Welcome Week Festival on august 26, 2011.

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The 2011 Homecoming concert lineup was announced at the Welcome Week Festival Aug. 26 by co-chairs Chris Wade, vice president for external affairs, and Kawanna Foster, SUAB president. The lineup is as follows: Meek Millz, Ace Hood, Miguel, Marsha Ambrosius, Wale, DJ Khaled, and Rick Ross. As the lineup was announced, Twitter and Facebook lit up as everyone at the event relayed the info to the world. The reaction to the lineup was mixed. Freshman Elexsis Trapp was excited, saying, “It’s good!

I like it!” Meanwhile, junior Trier Settles said, “It’s not that exciting. I wanted to cry. My excitement was at a 10 and now it’s down to a 2.” Many students admit that they don’t know what all goes into the process of putting together the concert each year. “It’s a long process that begins right after elections,” explains VPEA Chris Wade. “After final exams a planning meeting was held with Kawanna, Ryan Maltese, Tony Williams of Diamond Life Promotions, and myself.” At the meeting they made a list of artists who fit the following qualifications: had radio play in Greensboro, had an album

out or coming out, and had good album sales. “We also have to be financially conscious. If we get a really big artist such as Nicki Minaj or Chris Brown the lineup would be smaller because they cost more,” said Wade. The list of artists they came up with were then made into a survey and sent out to students over the summer to vote on. Once they got the students’ opinions they checked to see which artists were available. “We have to take into consideration if they’re routeable or isolated. By routeable I mean if they’re in the area because of a tour or something. Let’s say MaryMary is in Raleigh that week due to a show. It’s cheap-

er for us to transport them here than if they were, say, in California,” explains Wade. Next they put bids out to the artists’ agents. Williams handles the negotiations. Once a price is decided on and the university approves the artist, the contracts are signed. The two most votedon artists from the stuross dent survey were Wale and Wiz Khalifa. “We couldn’t get Wiz because he had a contract with

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another concert promoter for a year, so he wasn’t available to come,” Wade said. The survey also included an “other” box where students could write-in the artist of their choice. The artist most writtenin was Chris Brown. Though having Brown in the lineup would mean fewer artists as a whole, the overwhelming demand for him by the students caught the team’s attention. Extreme efforts were made to get the university to approve Brown as an artist for the concert, including offering to donate 50 cents of each concert ticket to a domestic vi-

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freshmen what the organizations have to offer here on campus,” said Irwin. “We had a couple of new hometown clubs such as the Triad Aggies and we also introduced the Aggie Chess Club which is new to campus,” she continued. This year, the fair had a carnival theme, which included an oxygen bar, airbrush tattoos, and games for students to enjoy. “The carni See welcoMe on Page 2


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concert From page 1 olence organization and Miss A&T writing a letter to the Board of Trustees in defense of Brown coming. Eventually Wade said they succeeded in getting the university to approve Brown. “What stopped Chris Brown from headlining our concert this year was the “Watch The Throne” concert,” said Wade. It’s coming to Greensboro Oct. 30, which is too close to the homecoming concert according to Live Nation, an entertainment company that powers both Chris Brown’s shows and the “Watch The Throne” tour. Because Greensboro is only a secondary market, the company didn’t want two of its biggest shows to happen here back-toback. “We offered to move the concert to the beginning of homecoming but they wanted to

push it all the way back to Oct. 1 and that was too detached from homecoming,” Wade said. Wade says they also thought about joining the homecoming concert with the “Watch The Throne” concert the way N.C. A&T had with the R. Kelly and Jay-Z concert in the past. The concert may no longer have an artist of Brown’s stature but it does have a wide variety of artists. Wale’s music has strong D.C. metro influences. Meek Millz is from Philadelphia. Miguel and Marsha Ambrosius provide the R&B mix. Ace Hood and Rick Ross bring the street rap. “Myself and Kawanna fought for diversity so that every person had at least one artist to rock with for an affordable price,” said Wade. Sophomore LaRod Brown questioned Miguel’s presence in the lineup. Brittney Copeland said she

would trade in Ace Hood. Some students complained about the return of Rick Ross, who has been part of the homecoming concert lineup twice already. “Rick Ross is an artist who came to homecoming one year and fell in love with it,” said Wade. “He’s willing to come at a very affordable price.” Senior Khaliel Abdelrahil points out that the mixed reactions to the lineup could have something to do with A&T being somewhat spoiled as a university because the campus is used to having huge names. “It’s been better in past years but it’s still better than most HBCU’s. We still have the best homecoming on earth,” he said.

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val theme went over really well and we plan on continuing it,” she said. The class of 2015 was definitely in attendance at the fair and eager to get involved on campus. Laci Ollison, a freshmen undeclared major from Jacksonville, N.C. said “[the organization fair] is a fun way to get students out on campus and it gives freshmen a chance to see all the organizations that A&T has to offer.” The Welcome Back Festival also included the New Student Talent/ Fashion Show. “I love it, I love to sing, I just have so much Aggie Pride,” said Keisha Vanner, a freshman criminal justice major who sang “Jar of Hearts” by Christina Perri and received crowd approval. Another talent that came to the stage was Brandon Jackson, who performed “How Great is Our God.” Freshman interested in A&T’s modeling troupes were able to showcase their “walk” in front of the campus. The women who were in the show created a quick routine to Beyonce’s “Run the World (Girls)”.

Briaunna Burwell, a fashion merchandising and design student from Hampton, Va., said “Sunday night I got the call that I made it. This was my first time doing runway modeling; I love the crowd and the attention.” After the model troupes finished, the students ran on stage to participate in a dance competition sponsored by the Triad Music Festival. They competed to get four tickets to see Lupe Fiasco, New Boyz, and Miguel. Another highlight was the Greek Unity Step Performance which included representatives from National Pan-Hellenic Council and Greek Letter Council fraternities and sororities. “Overall it went very well. It was a good opportunity for all the Greeks to show unity,” said Michele Lewter, a senior, manufacturing systems major and member of the Alpha Phi Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated. The night’s entertainment ended with an exhibition performance from the The Blue and Gold Marching Machine. -follow us on Twitter @ ATRegister

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SUAB brings ‘The Dating Game’ to A&T Courtney jackson Contributor

SUAB brought the 1965 game show “The Dating Game” to the Memorial Student Union on Aug. 25. A bachelor or bachelorette sat behind a curtain and three contestants answered questions in front of an Aggie audience. The winners will join each other on a group date sponsored by SUAB. The stage was decorated with 1970s-inspired props. The host was comedian and A&T alum Darren Brand, who by the end of the night had the audience saying “bop” as a new catchphrase. DJ Red October, also an alumnus of A&T, filled in breaks with popular songs that kept the crowd dancing and the Greeks strolling. Audience members came from all parts of campus, from SGA royalty to residence and housing life. Patience Stevenson, a speech pathology student, said that she found out about the event because of “Twitter and Facebook!” SUAB used their official Twitter account to publicize the event and recruit contestants. Audience members wrote their Twitter names on sign-in sheets. They also created the trending topic #TheDatingGame so that the audience could tweet about the program.

Before the event began, students in the Union talked about dating on campus. David McFarlane, a freshmen industrial engineering major, explained that in his few days at A&T, he has found someone he would like to date because “she carried herself like a lady, she didn’t walk around showing everything trying to get attention.” Nichole Florence, the faculty adviser for SUAB, presented the idea for the game show but explained that “even though it was my idea they totally planned everything — the rules, the questions, getting the participants. I can’t do everything on my own, so we definitely collab on a lot of things.” Kawanna Foster, the 201112 SUAB president and former president of the New York/New Jersey Connect club, previously presided over another dating program, called “Singled Out.” Foster explains that in the NY/ NJ hometown club, “they actually do something different it’s like a dating game but the entire audience participates. But this is a little different because we have one contestant and three participants.” The first bachelorette, Tabitha Williams asked “When you meet someone of the opposite sex, what do you notice first?” Bryan Keller, the 2011-12

vice president of SUAB, began his segment by asking if any of the contestants wore artificial hair. The contestants answered the questions. Some contestants showed the audience their best pushups and dance moves. An SGA e-board member described their nail-biting problem. The audience screamed for their favorite contestants. They were also given prizes. One audience member, Briana Hicks, won Homecoming tickets after showing the auPhoto by Kenneth hawkins • The A&T Register dience her best “cat daddy” Dating game Students participate in the Student Union Advisory Board (SUAB) “The Dating Game” as a part of the Welcome Week activities on Thursday, Aug.18, 2011. dance. Even though contestant some of my personality, meet was a great program, but I think Many stuChelsey Mann didn’t win the some new people, and be a part everyone thought it was over.” dents left the event at 9 p.m. The students that remained date, she said “The Dating of an on-campus event.” Mann even though it wasn’t over yet. said. Jessica Ingram, a junior fashion were able to move closer to the Game” was time well spent. – “I thought the experience stage and continued screaming merchandise and design student was good because I got to show and follow @ATRegister on Twitter said, “It was extremely fun. It for their favorite contestant.

Student Union gets makeover Heleese scott Contributor

This semester Aggie Wings has been removed from the Memorial Student Union and replaced with William Cafeteria’s former Pizza Hut. This is just one of many changes in store for the Memorial Student Union. There are plans to rebuild the facility in order to expand and provide more space and comfort for student-related activities. Within the next three years, the transformation should be complete. “The whole goal is to create an area that will accommodate student campus life needs by making the union the focal point for campus life and student activities,” said Carl Baker, Director of the Memorial Student Union. With students as the primary motivation, Gerald Spates, Associate Director of the Memorial Student Union, helped to ensure that Aggies were given the opportunity to express what they desire for the new union. “Some of the architects set up stations around campus to inform students as well as receive their input. This is not just an administrative decision. Students have been involved,” said Spates. Although he will not be able to experience the finished union during his undergraduate years

at A&T, Ronald Griswell, junior business major, said, “I would like for there to be more healthy food options such as Chipotle or Panera Bread. The campus is already surrounded by fast food places and on-campus food does not provide selections that are any better. There definitely needs to be more space in the dining area. The lines to buy food are ridiculously long. It would be great for the outside of the union to be used more and for the bowling alley in the basement to be re-opened.” While planning is still in the preliminary stages, specifics of the renovation cannot be provided at this time. However, Baker did provide a verbal walkthrough of how the space is going to be utilized. The new and improved building will comprise of a small dining area similar to Williams Cafeteria, a sit-in, a store comparable to the current C-store, a bookstore, a teller machine, student mailboxes, a large banquet or ballroom facility that will accommodate 500 people, 12 to 15 meeting rooms of varying sizes, a multicultural center, and a student hub that will act as a suite for organizations such as SGA, SUAB, and Greek life. The recreation area will consist of bowling, billiards and video games, and a theater that can seat 200 people. The details on retail stores are some-

what vague but some ideas that have been generated include a barber shop/salon, copy center and computer accessory store. Additionally, architects will enhance the outdoor environment surrounding the union. One aspect that seems to weigh heavily on students’ minds is whether or not Aggie Wings will return. “I think it’s horrible,” said Te’Ana Mason, junior psychology major, “the union needs to have Aggie Wings.” The comeback of Aggie Wings is still indefinite, but directors of the Memorial Student Union will conduct a survey through food services in order to receive a student consensus on their food longings. “This is something we are really excited about. We are a growing institution and the new union is going to take us to the next level. Improving the area will make it more enjoyable for current students as well as alumni who will be able to witness the continuous development of the university,” said Spates. It is out with the old and in with the new for A&T’s Memorial Student Union. View changes to the Memorial Student Union at: http://fac.ncat. edu/engineer/constructionupdate.htm# – and follow @ATRegister on Twitter

Three withdrawals and you’re out! Cheri farrior Contributor

A new withdrawal policy has been approved. In the past, students have had no limit on the number of times they could withdrawal from an individual course nor the number of courses they could withdrawal from or repeat. Students have also been allowed to retake classes that they have passed, meaning they earned a D or higher, in hopes of earning a higher grade. This change will be effective January 2012. Starting January 2012, students will only be allowed to withdrawal from an individual course up to two times. The third time a student retakes a course they will not be allowed to withdrawal from it and will receive whatever grade they earn.

“The hope was that, as a result of changing this policy, students would take their courses more seriously and if they were in the situation where they were borderline between passing or failing, that instead of saying they’d withdrawal from the class or retake it, that they would put more effort into trying to salvage the class,” said Lester Lugo, director of registration and records. In addition, students can only retake five courses. If they try to withdrawal from a sixth course, they will not be allowed. Students who pass a course with a D or higher will not be allowed to retake that course to earn a higher grade, unless it is a prerequisite or a class from their major that requires they earn a C or higher in the course. If a student’s grade is still not sufficient

for them to progress within their major, after their third attempt at earning a C or higher, they will have to find another major. These changes were approved in July 2011 by a subcommittee headed by the Office of Enrollment Management, which included representation from all of the academic schools and colleges, as well as various other support service areas. They had a forum to discuss different policies and this was the group’s consensus after reviewing polices at other UNC System Schools to revise these policies. There have been no changes in the number of times a student may withdrawal from the university. – and follow @ATRegister on Twitter

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Eastern N.C. cleans up after Irene hits Michael Biesecker Associated Press

SOUTH CREEK, N.C. — For Mavis Powers, a lifetime of work and keepsakes were washed away when Hurricane Irene drove a 13-foot storm surge up Muddy Creek and through her home. The 77-year-old doll maker and collector held her head Sunday as she assessed her ruined house. Her 82-year-old husband, a World War II Marine made frail by age, sat on the front porch, trying to stay cool in the heat and slowly inhaling in the oxygen he needs to breathe. Powers had hooked up his last tank that morning, and she worried he might run out soon. As the wind-driven water began to lash at the glass back doors of her house early Saturday morning, Powers said she pressed her body against them to try to keep it out. “A big wave came in and took the doors and me and the dining room and pushed everything into the living room,” she said. “That was an experience.” Powers was among scores of homeowners who suffered serious flooding in and around the small town of Aurora, located on a peninsula jutting out into the Pamlico Sound. Chief Kevin Bonner of Aurora Fire and Rescue said his department pulled 48 residents from their flooded homes during the storm. At an area on the the Pamlico River coastline called Hickory Point, more than 200 homes were ruined, many missing walls or flattened by the storm surge. Large commercial fishing boats lay on their sides, rolled by the force of the hurricane. Bonner said the homes were searched late in the day and those who had stayed said they didn’t be-

lieve anyone was missing. Located well inland from Irene’s center, few residents in South Creek heeded the call to evacuate as the hurricane approached. The surge rose so fast, few had time to flee. It then receded nearly as quickly, leaving devastated homes in its wake. Many residents spent the day after the storm laying out family photos, rugs, clothes and other belongings in the sun to dry. As is typically the case after a hurricane passes, there was not a cloud in the sky. Residents in South Creek said they had not seen anybody from the state or federal government on Sunday, though National Guard troops were nearby in Aurora. People who had working cell phones were trying to contact their insurance companies. Joenisha Brown, 27, waded out in the chest-deep water surrounding her house during the storm to take shelter in the nearby Jones Chapel Free Will Baptist Church. Her four children — ages 8, 6, 5, and 3 — clung to her neck and arms. “I just sort of picked them up and towed them out,” she said Sunday. “When you see water like that coming, you have to get out.” Brown had not yet been able to return to her house. Large trees fell across most of the roads in and around town and many were still blocked. Local officials used boats to try to check on people they hadn’t heard from yet. The storm tore away docks and washed some boats as much as a quarter-mile inland. One man was still searching for a 53-foot-pleasure yacht that broke from its moorings and


GAYLE WESTBERG looks over the damage at her home Sunday, Aug. 28 in Harlowe, North Carolina after Hurricane Irene passed through the area.

drifted away. Workers at the nearby Carolina Fisheries farm scrambled to keep alive more that 2 million fish growing in 47 big outdoor ponds that need electric aerators to oxygenate the water. All the farm’s equipment, including its big emergency generators, were swamped. Michael Lannon, 49, got 4 feet of water into the house he had just finished remolding. He and his wife rode out the storm in a second floor bedroom with three dogs, a cat and a cocka-

tiel. As the water rose, he swam out to catch his boat, which had floated off its trailer in the garage, and tie it to a tree. He worked in his yard Sunday to get one of his three flooded-out vehicles to run. “They tell you not to touch anything until the insurance man comes and sees it,” he said. “But I think I can get this old Dodge running. It doesn’t have all those electronics in it like my new truck.” Powers tried to find as many

Crews rush to restore power after flooding swamps East chris kahn & jonathan fahey Associated Press

NEW YORK — Utilities scrambled Monday to restore power to more than 4 million customers still left in the dark by Hurricane Irene. Power companies already have the lights back on for almost half the 8 million homes and businesses that lost electricity over the weekend. But in areas of severe damage, it could take weeks for power to be fully restored. Repair crews have struggled to get around uprooted trees, broken bridges and flooding left by Irene. The storm smashed power poles, ripped transmission wires and flooded electrical stations over thousands of square miles as it whipped north from South Carolina to Maine. Most of damage came from downed trees. At least 38 people in 11 states died in the storm. Northern cities were still surveying the damage. The storm ranks among the worst in terms of power outages. Vermont experienced the worst flooding in generations. Parts of New Jersey were cut off by swollen rivers. Half of Connecticut Light & Power customers were in the dark. “This is just unprecedented,” the Connecticut utility’s spokesman, David Radanovich, said. “The largest storm we’ve ever faced.” As 750,000 of the utility’s customers lost power over the weekend, Connecticut Light & Power requested outside help. About 200 to 300 additional crews are headed to the state. Utilities say they’ll first repair damaged lines that power hospitals, jails, emergency call centers and other critical services. They’ll try to get the lights on in public schools before the fall semester begins. Other repairs will need to wait. Elaine Shecker found a tree

across her driveway when she returned to her house in Media, Pa., just outside of Philadelphia. The power company said it might be three more days before the electricity gets restored. Shecker wasn’t complaining. “We feel lucky to have a house,” she said. “This storm killed people.” Public Service Electric and Gas Company, New Jersey’s largest utility, said several thousand homes lost power when electrical substations were flooded. Those stations will remain offline until crews can pump out the water and dry the equipment. “That takes days,” PSE&G spokeswoman Karen Johnson said. “The flooding is kind of overwhelming.” In Vermont, hundreds of

of her 800 dolls as she could and laid them carefully in the sun to dry. Many she had made herself, while others were collected from all over the word. Her favorite was one her mother had made her after her wedding day, the doll’s dress sewn from the lace of Powers’ veil. It was nowhere to be found. Born in a house across the street, Powers said the worst flooding there anyone had seen came from Hurricane Floyd in 1999. After that storm washed

water into the crawl space under her house, she paid to have the structure jacked up on a new foundation 9 feet above the level of the nearby tidal basin at high tide. It wasn’t enough to weather Irene. The line marking the water’s depth inside her home was more than 3 feet up the interior walls. “Maybe this is something that happens once a lifetime,” she said. “In my case, I certainly hope so.”

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Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson has asked No. 1 draft pick Cam Newton to remain tattoo and piercing free. In their first meeting, Jerry Richardson asked the face of the franchise whether he had either tattoos or piercings. When Newton responded “No, sir.” Richardson said he’d like to keep it that way. When this news dropped, the only question that came across our minds was “Why change the tattoo standards for professional athletes now?” Many may argue that the NFL is still a business and the athletes must adhere to the rules of their owners. That includes dress code. And when you are paying an athlete $22 million over the next four years, he should be less likely to complain about the restrictions in the workplace. However, why should his tattoos and piercing

even be up for discussion? What made Richardson even bring that topic up to Newton in the first place? We understand a person’s image is important. When you walk into a doctor’s office, your initial view of your doctor’s performance plays a factor into rather you think they are qualified for the job or not. Same rules apply for many professions in business and education. However, the fields of athletics are one of the only places that tattoos are accepted. Their performance does not have to be measured in their initial appearance. A professional athlete’s contributions, skills, and/or influence are not determined by his or her number of tattoos and/or piercings. So why outlaw it? If Newton throws for 200 yards a game and ends the seasons with 22 touchdowns and a trip to the play-offs, will we say it is because of his lack of tattoos? Do you really think the sports world will look down on

Colleges and sexual assault MCT CAMPUS Contributor

One Sunday morning last February, a 19-year-old Marquette University student tearfully reported to campus security officers that she had been raped. The officers were legally bound to report that allegation to Milwaukee police. They didn’t. They told the student they didn’t know whether a crime had been committed because the alleged encounter began as consensual. Result: No charges were filed. In June, Marquette administrators acknowledged to Chicago Tribune reporters Ryan Haggerty and Stacy St. Clair that the university had violated its reporting obligations for the past 10 years. That is unconscionable. Marquette is the second major Midwestern university to come under intense public scrutiny for the way it responds to students’ claims of rape or other sexual attacks. Notre Dame was blistered by critics for its handling of sexual battery allegations in the 2010 case of Elizabeth “Lizzy” Seeberg. In that case, campus police didn’t interview the accused until two weeks after Seeberg reported the alleged assault to them. By that time, she had committed suicide. Both universities now say they’ve improved the way they deal with such cases. That’s good. The key point for them, and for every college in America: Don’t try to bury allegations of sexual assault with protocol and process. Make sure campus police are well-trained to stabilize a situation in which a sexual assault is alleged. That includes making sure the alleged victim gets prompt medical attention and some immediate measure of security. And then make sure campus authorities, even if they’re sworn police officers, quickly turn over the case to local police and ... get out of the way. The potential for conflicts of interests are just too great. Let the local criminal justice system do its job. Earlier this summer, a Tribune survey of six Midwestern universities uncovered some facts that won’t be reassuring to women reporting to campuses across the country right now, or to their parents. Among the findings: Women who report sexual violence seldom see their accused attackers arrested and almost

never see them convicted. The rates of arrests and convictions for sexual assault on campus are much lower than those averages for rape reported in the general population nationally. The stats: About one in every four rapes reported nationally results in an arrest. Of those, about 62 percent bring convictions. By comparison, the Tribune’s analysis found that at those six surveyed universities, law enforcement made one arrest for every 14 alleged sex crimes of all types reported on campus; of those, the conviction rate was 33 percent. No wonder some college women believe that university officials and their police forces operate a system designed to protect the image and reputation of the university first, not to help municipal or county police aggressively investigate allegations of sexual crimes. Law enforcement and campus officials respond that student-on-student sexual assault cases are difficult to pursue. Often alcohol or other drugs are involved and there are conflicting accounts of whether sexual contact was consensual. Granted, many rape cases are difficult prosecutions, on campus or off. All the more reason for college officials to quickly hand allegations of rape and other sex crimes to local authorities, who generally have greater resources and greater independence to investigate. By not reporting sexual assaults to police, Marquette officials opened themselves to accusations of trying to keep those attacks out of the public eye, even if that was not their intent. Marquette spokesman Kate Venne tells us that the school “is aggressively addressing the issue of sexual violence.” One major change: Marquette policy now requires campus officials to promptly report all sexual assault allegations to the Milwaukee police. Smart move. Parents sending children to college each fall pose one question above all others: Will he, or she, be safe? Full transparency about dangers on and near campus only enhance that safety by helping students understand what places or situations to avoid. The paradox, then, is that when school officials try to keep campus sexual assaults off the local police blotter, they ultimately risk the reputations of their institutions and the safety of their students.

him if he decides to get his ears pierced in the near future? And since public image is the topic of the day, we wonder if this same standard is being held for all of the Carolina Panther players’. Perhaps the issue would not be as big of a deal if Jerry Richardson was more consistent in his selection process of which players can and cannot have tattoos and piercings. It is highly unfair to tell New-

“To use money or an owner’s biased opinion of what a tattoo means to some people is ignorant.” ton he can have no tattoos and piercing, yet sign Tight End Jeremy Shockey to a deal in the off season. For those of you who do

not know who Shockey is, Jeremy Shockey is a white player who is covered in tattoos. So the question of “why sign him” if public image is so important to you? Why hold Newton to this standard if you’re not going to hold all your players to this same standard? Professional athletes are held to different standards because their jobs do not require them to be the image we would like for them to be. Yes, Cam Newton is the face of the franchise. However, why must he be forced into this role? A professional athletes job is to play his/her sport. That’s it. You play a sport your entire life, spend countless hours in the gym, and win game after game just to make it to a league that now tells you that your performance is exceptional, but your appearance does not fit what the face of the franchise needs to be. To use money or an owner’s biased opinion of what a tattoo means to some people, is igno-

rant. Your performance in your work place will out shine your image in the world of sports. Look at incredible athletes such as Chris Anderson, Chris Johnson, LeBron James, Dennis Rodman, David Beckham, Manny Pacquiao, and many others. These athletes are great at their craft, and handle business on and off the field. And many of them have tattoos all over their bodies. In all honesty, this story seems to be another sad attempt to make another black athlete conform to what society wants for him to be. The black face of the franchise needs to be as clean and smooth around the edges as possible apparently. According to Jerry Richardson’s request, a black professional athlete with tons of talent and tons of potential is only profitable when he can keep his body free of tattoos and piercings. You think the owner is doing this for Newton’s best interest? Well ask yourself what an own-

er will do to a player the second that player gets injured or hurt. Trade discussions begin before that player even gets a chance to get off the field. So why not go ahead and let him get a tattoo if he wants one? We all know this country loves a winner, regardless of how many tattoos they may or may not have. This is a poor attempt to use money as a way to justify an owner’s personal bias against tattoos in an industry where that should not even matter, especially when that owner ended the season with only two wins. A professional athlete who risks his body day after day, should at least have the option to put a tattoo or piercing on that body if he/she so desires. And if NFL owners begin to follow suite on such a ridiculous request, then when and where will the restrictions on professional athletes end? and follow us on Twitter: @ATRegister

Fair weather vs. rock steady fans As the sports editor, I have realized it is not the easiest task in the world to constantly write about a losing team. Most of the sports teams at A&T are under 500, meaning they lose more games than they win. But this weekend when I was covering the volleyball team playing in the UNCG tournament this past weekend, I began to think about more than just the fact they were losing. I began to wonder why. People can argue that it’s their lack of talent but that’s not the case because if they didn’t have talent they wouldn’t have gotten a scholarship to play one of these teams. I believe it’s the lack of support our teams receive and lack of “Aggie Pride” amongst us. Too many times I hear people complain about the losing records of our volleyball, football, baseball, and basketball

teams, but if all they hear is negative talk from their classmates and even some alumni, how are they suppose to be successful? KARMEN However, I ROBINSON am not saying it is alright to lose, but everybody needs support regardless of whatever they are doing in life. And when it comes to sports, if you were an athlete, wouldn’t you be encouraged to do better and have more motivation if you had a great fan-base and surplus support? At the volleyball tournament, there were many instances when our team only loss by a few points, and I’m positive that if they had more fans in the stands

cheering them on, they would have pulled through and won a few sets. Usually, most of the people that talk about our sports teams have only attended the most popular games like football and basketball, but have never attended some or one of the nonrevenue teams like tennis and bowling. While I was at the UNCG tournament, I coincidentally sat beside Ronald Wilson, who attends many A&T sporting events. As we were talking Wilson, a native of Newark, NJ and 1976 graduate of Rutgers University said, “Most black people who have attended HBCUs do not support sports that do not bring money, but for these nonrevenue sports, the cost to get in is free and the experience is worth a lifetime.” Also, if more people were to attend games it would help the

athletic department economically and would ultimately affect the sports team positively. Once the athletic department realizes a drastic change in attendance at events, they might possibly use money to build better sports programs to recruit skilled players. If you’re not out doing community service, schoolwork, or anything else that is truly constructive, you should be attending any A&T sporting event rooting your fellow classmates to victory. Instead of scrutinizing them, how about we support them. Faculty and staff should be in attendance as well. Regardless of whether you like sports or not, it really isn’t about sports. It’s about demonstrating your Aggie Pride. and follow her on Twitter: @kayrobinson92

How does Britney Spears continue to get praised with tributes? Sunday was the live premiere of MTV’s Video Music Awards, and one of the main features of the event was planned to be a tribute to singer Britney Spears. When I heard this was included in the line-up I was confused, because I didn’t understand what she had recently done to deserve her own tribute. Every time Spears comes out with a new album, the industry dubs it as her “comeback”, but how many comebacks can an artist have when they fall short of re gaining that same high status as once done in the past? We all know Britney was once the Queen of pop music. Every CD she released would debut at No. 1, and stay at the top of the charts for weeks. She broke countless records, and always made headlines with her history making performances. But after she had her crazy shaving

the head moment, getting knocked up by a back-up dancer, and then getting a divorce, we never saw the same Britney Spears super- ASHLEY star again. VAUGHN No longer does she dance during her live performances. Never did she actually sing during the performances, but her sexy dance moves distracted us from that. It seems like her fans and the music industry desires so badly for her to return to Queen Britney, but I think it is quite evident that she can’t return to that place. Why do shows such as the VMAs continue to try and revive her with these empty handed tributes, when in reality they are

making a tribute to the Britney that used to be? Is that okay? With her tribute on the awards, one may have noticed there was no real singing involved, no celebrity performances paying homage to her success, and the tribute itself was very short. Not to mention Spears accepted her award and couldn’t bask in her spotlight, before she announced Beyonce’s performance (needless to say her announcement of being pregnant stole the show). The tribute could have been left out of the whole thing. I was a huge Britney Spears fan, her fist album Britney Spears...Baby One More Time was my first ever CD. I adored her and Justin Timberlake together, and believed no-one could top her, but after that relationship fell apart, as did Britney fell apart too.

After she seemed to get more stable, showing that she could be a good mother and have a career, I wanted her comeback to be a great one, but it was subpar. A star only has one chance to make a successful comeback, and if that fails they’re straddling the fence of being a hasbeen. Britney may never officially have that title because her fans are so loyal to her, and everyone ultimately wants to see her succeed, but I think we’ve seen the best that Britney has to offer. I wish her the best, and commend her for still making music, but I do wish the award shows would just allow the fans to remember the great Britney Spears, and not this tired, worn out performer we’re being tainted with now. and follow her on Twitter: @_TheKuteCrazy8

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Coach optimistic about football season TIRELLE DAYE Contributor

With the 2011 football season just a few days away, the North Carolina A&T football team is preparing for their first game of the year. Under the new leadership of head coach Rod Broadway and staff, the Aggies are seeking great improvement after last season’s disappointment. As the 2010 season came to an end, the Aggies found themselves 1-10 overall. They were ninth in the Mid-Eastern Atlantic Conference (MEAC) with a 1-7 record. Their only victory of the season came against Howard University in which the Aggies won 52-32. Broadway took over the head coaching position with hopes of changing the football program’s direction, and his prior coaching experience demonstrates his ability to do just that. “Coach Broadway is a proven winner.

He has demonstrated his ability to develop, build, and to create winning football programs,” said Athletic Director Earl Hilton. The Aggies football team has, “a lot of work to do, but on the other hand the team is working hard and has come a long way,” said Coach Rod Broadway. The players have a different mentality about the direction the team is headed, and coaches are anxious to start playing to see how far they have come as well as how far they need to go. “Our goals for this year are simple. All we need to do is get better and play smart, which will give us a chance to have some success,” Broadway said. The offense, defense, and special teams for A&T football are a work in progress. Coach Broadway feels that everyone needs to make improvement including trainers, equipment managers, players, coaching staff, and anyone else involved in the program.

The state of the Aggies defensive line is questionable due to players missing practice because of heat related issues like cramps. Some of the players have been out since the beginning of August. Broadway stated that he has never seen players miss this much time from practice due to heat related issues. The linebackers and defensive backs are looking good. “I feel that we do have some holes that need to be filled, but other than that I think we’ll be able to keep teams out the end zone this year,” says senior defensive back Justin Ferrell. Ferrell also had a huge impact on the Aggies special teams last year in kick returns. This year he aims to run at least five kick returns back and help his team in any way possible. One of the Aggies greatest weapons on offense is senior running back Mike Mayhew. Mayhew is one of twenty players in Division I-FCS to make the Walter Payton Watch List.

“I’m expecting good things this year. Being on the Walter Payton Watch List is something big,” Mayhew said. Mayhew also stated that his goals for the season are to make better reads, take less contact, and make defenders miss. When asked about the offense, Mayhew expressed that the offensive line is experienced, the run game is going to be crucial, and overall the offense is going to move the ball. The Aggies are looking forward to a great season and with sound coaching from Coach Broadway and staff, they are sure to have success. “I’m excited about the first game and the direction this football program is headed in,” says Coach Broadway. The Aggies will host the season opener on Sept. 3 against Virginia University of Lynchburg. – and follow @ATRegister on Twitter

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A&T’s Murphye Williams jumps to spike the ball over the blocking hands of UNCG’s Karrian Chambers (left) and Vicky Harley.

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The Lady Aggies volleyball team played at Fleming Gymnasium in the UNCG Volleyball Invitational on Aug. 26 and 27. North Carolina A&T finished the weekend 0-4 losing to Evansville (25-7, 12, 16) and Coastal Carolina (2516, 17, 10) on Aug. 26, and continued their losing streak the following day after being defeated by East Tennessee State (25-8, 11, 14) and UNCGreensboro (25-16, 18, 17). For A&T, the tournament was their first six-on-six experience this year because they only have six players, while all the other teams consisted of 13 or more players. In their first match of the season, the Aggies struggled to find ways to score and were unable to keep the Evansville Purple Aces from scoring. Most A&T players are getting accustomed to playing new positions due to their lack of bodies on the team, mainly Chelsea Fox. Fox is getting in the rhythm of playing a full-time setter for the Aggies, a position she has not played since middle school. Fox made the All-Tournament Team, so she seems to be well fit for the job and thinks the team will be fine with only six players. As the tournament went on, the Aggies showed improvement throughout each match. “It [the tournament] is going pretty well. We’re playing better with six players. We have better chemistry and coach is really patient and that helps,” said Fox. Coach Hal Clifton exclaimed how proud he was of his team, specifically because he was announced as head coach just less than a month ago.

The ‘Super Six’ as Clifton has named his team, are made up of just five sophomores and one junior, Andrea Evans. “They have a lot of potential. They’re still young. I think they’re going to be a great team in the next two years when they are all seniors and have new players,” said Amber Inman. Inman played on the team last year as captain and senior setter and now coaches at Smith High School. She came to the tournament to support the young team and their new coach. “He’s very patient with them and very structured,” said Inman. The six Aggies fought hard to stay competitive in the matches, and many could tell there was a definite improvement within the squad. In the match against UNCG, the Aggies made a few good runs to keep rallies going but their defense was not enough to contain the powerful attacks by UNCG’s Karrian Chambers. Chambers had ten kills total in the match. They proved that they could stay in the game but not quite pull through. “I think it’s a new era for them,” said UNCG Coach Patrick Nicholas. “Just watching them play, compared to last season, their fundamentals look a lot better. You can tell they’re more skilled, more trained. That team keeps playing. They play with pride.” Fox led the team with 56 assists, and Jeana Daniels led the team with 22 kills in the tournament. – and follow her @KayRobinson92 on Twitter


As the Aggies prepare for their first meet of the season, Coach James Daniels, head of the men’s and women’s cross country teams, is looking for Janessa Benn and Kristin Rush to lead the way for the women and Paris Simmons and Danzeto Cephas to lead the way for the men. “They’re more mature and they’ve gotten progressively better each year,” Daniels said. “They’re very dedicated.” “I’d like to see us make a better showing at the conference meet. I think top 3 would be a reasonable goal for us,” said Tony Veney, director of A&T’s track and field program. “If our athletes give consistent effort and stay healthy, we should have a good season.” The cross country teams’ season will begin with the NCCU Invitational. Last year, A&T’s men’s cross country team came out on top in the meet. It will take place on Sept. 10. -K.R.

AROUND SPORTS COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina third-string quarterback Andrew Clifford is out for up to three weeks after he was knocked unconscious when he fell off his mo-ped while carrying a pizza he bought as a late-night snack. Coach Steve Spurrier said Tuesday that Clifford wasn’t wearing a helmet and suffered a concussion and needed a few stitches. Spurrier says he hopes it is a lesson to the rest of his players who drive mo-peds. He said you can’t tell the players to do everything in life, although you can advise them to wear a helmet and encourage them. Clifford, who is a sophomore, threw two passes last year, a 10-yard completion and an interception.




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At the end of every summer millions of music lovers tune in for one of the most anticipated award shows around: The MTV Video Music Awards. This annual event aired live, Sunday, August 28 from the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles, honoring the best in Pop, Rock, and Hip-Hop music videos. This awards show took over everyone’s television sets, especially after the preshow when rumors started forming about a baby bump on superstar Beyonce. Everyone tuned in to see the singer holding her stomach in a free flowing, pregnant friendly red gown. This gave viewers a taste of what was to come for the actual show. When the show began it was noticed a host was not present, but there were plenty of surprises in store. First was a surprise performance of the hot single “Otis” by Jay-Z and Kanye West. During the performance, the rappers had another “Lil’ Mama moment” with a fan running on the stage. It may have been missed because security handled it quickly with chasing the fan down, and getting him off stage. Singer Adele took the stage with here new single “Someone Like You”.

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The British vocalist also walked away with three Moonmen [she was the biggest winner of the night, although none of her wins were televised]. Next Beyonce took the stage and stunned everyone with ending her performance of her song, “Love on Top” with revealing her three month pregnant belly. While she did that, her hubby Jay Z and friend Kanye West were going crazy in excitement along with the crowd, and Jay casually gave his seal of approval with a subtle salute. Even though the world was still shocked with the revealing of such great news by the two of the biggest stars in music, the show had to go on. Chris Brown made an anti-gravity performance as he flew around the arena during his high energy rendition of “Yea 3x” and “Beautiful People”. Winners of the night consisted of pop princess Katy Perry, who was nominated an astonishing 10 times, she walked away with three moonmen. One of which was the very prestigious Video of the Year award. A not so familiar looking Lady GaGa, who was dressed as a man, nabbed two wins during the night. Best New Artist went to 20-year-old, Los Angeles native, Tyler the Creator.

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Beating out major hip-hop heavy hitters like Kanye West, and Lil Wayne was none other than Young Moneys very own, Nicki Minaj who took home the award for Best Hip-Hop Video. Another lady who held the spotlight was Britney Spears who was given a tribute, and received VMA’s lifetime achievement award, the Michael Jackson Vanguard award. Another tribute was given to the late Amy Wine-

house with the help of Bruno Mars. Lil’ Wayne closed the show performing “How to Love” and “John”. Overall, the show was good, and like any awards program, it had its highs and lows. However one can’t deny that it was definitely buzz worthy.


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Wayne falls short with latest album Charles johnson Copy Editor

After what seemed like endless push-backs, Grammy Award winning MC, Lil’ Wayne, is back with Tha Carter IV, the follow-up to his commercially successful and critically acclaimed LP, Tha Carter III. Sonically, the album starts off somewhat weak with a typical Wayne intro that flows into the slower opening tracks, “Blunt Blowin” and “MegaMan.” It’s not until first single, “6 Foot 7 Foot,” takes over that the album finally gets a much needed jolt of life and energy. Unfortunately, the record’s overall excitement diminishes when you quickly realize you’ve heard it all before on the song’s nottoo-distant cousin, “A Milli.” Things slow back down on the piano-driven “Nightmares of the Bottom,” one of the more sincere and reflective pieces of the set. “She Will” features Toronto rapper Drake ona gloomy track that sounds as if Wayne stole it right from Drake’s closet of hits. “How to Hate,” has radio smash written all over it. However, T-Pain’s insistence to use autotune comes off as dated and inappropriate when combined with Weezy’s honest lyrics about a girl who’s done him wrong in the past. Using the same lifeless beat from the “intro”, the album’s “interlude” is only somewhat enhanced by Andre 3000’s guest verse (and the surprising absence of Wayne). The second half of ‘IV’ begins with the triumphant “John” which would pack a lot more punch if Rick Ross hadn’t done it first with “I’m Not a Star”. Nev-



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ertheless, the song’s hit factor and street appeal can’t be denied. “So Special,” featuring John Legend, follows suit but is slightly flawed with the maestro’s talents being restricted to the short hook. “How To Love” stands out [for better or worse] as the most “pop” song on the record with strumming guitars and Wayne “singing” [or lack thereof]. Those expecting the LP to pick back up production-wise will be disappointed. “President Carter,” “It’s Good,” and the “Outro” all leave the album falling flat in its conclusion. Though not a miserable listen, the overall album suffers due to songs that add nothing fresh to Wayne’s ever expanding repertoire. The lyrics on ‘IV’ are trite as Mr. Carter tackles his usual subjects with his predictable flow and punchlines. This

album lacks “wow moments,” many of which were lost with releasing so many hit singles before the album’s release. Another error is that the hypnotizing Bruno Mars assisted “Mirror” only serves as a bonus cut on the deluxe edition. As a body, Tha Carter IV is a solid effort, but one can’t help but want for Lil’ Wayne to give his audience something innovative and different. Although ‘IV’ isn’t garbage, it could’ve been handled a whole lot better. Hopefully this is the last of the “Carter” series and we’ll see his next record not limited to the standards and expectations of its four predecessors.


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movie review: Colombiana

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The much anticipated movie, Colombiana, was released Friday, August 26 and showed a different side of leading lady, Zoe Saldana. You might remember Saldana from movies like Drumline with Nick Cannon, Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, Avatar, Guess Who, Takers, Star Trek, and her most famous role in the record breaking film Avatar. The movie also stars Jordi Molla as Marco; Lennie James as FBI agent Ross; Amandla Stenberg as little Cat; Beto Benites as Don Luis; Michael Vartan as Danny and Cliff Curtis as Uncle Emilio. Little Cataleya (Stenberg), who is named after a Colombian flower, has just witnessed the murder of her parents by a family friend turned enemy Don Luis (Benites). He also happens to be a big crime lord in Colombia. Fifteen years later, Cataleya (Saldana) is all grown up and living with her uncle Emilio (Curtis) in Chicago and working for him as a killer. What he doesn’t know is that she is doing whatever it takes to get revenge for her parent’s death. By leaving the Colombian flower drawn in lipstick on the bodies, she gets closer to her goal. The FBI agent Ross (James) is on her back and the only thing that could possibly

The story follows film footage purported to have been shot by the crew of Apollo 18. This moon mission from the early 1970s was officially canceled by NASA, but according to urban legend, it actually happened. Footage shows signs of alien life, and the events of the mission are built into a thriller storyline. -A.V.

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lead them to her is her lover, Danny (Vartan). The question still remains, will Cat get her revenge? I would highly recommend everyone to see this movie. The moment the movie starts it grabs your attention and keeps you wanting more. This movie contains action from beginning to end. In the beginning, little Cat has some moves up her sleeve that will leave you amazed. You will see how she is always one step ahead of everyone. It’s a perfect date movie to take your new significant other too. Zoe has that lustful factor for the men and she shows women that they can be strong too. Everything Cat goes through makes you sympathize for her and cheer for her to get her revenge. This movie will leave you satisfied with the action, slight love story, and the overall plot concept. There is nothing missing from this movie, it can go down as one of the best movies for Summer 2011. This movie definitely deserves five stars.

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1. Why did we all watch Jersey Shore to see ‘The Situation’ bang his head into a wall?2. Why does Ronnie stay flipping somebody’s bed?3. Why were more people in line buying gospel show tickets instead of concert tickets for GHOE? 4. Is Rick Ross an Aggie now, since he comes to GHOE every year? 5. Why does Nicki Minaj think it’s okay to wear homeless couture to an awards show?6. Who is that Tyler the Creator guy? 7. What did he create? 8. Why does someone always seem to swindle their way on a stage when Jay-Z is performing? 9. Why was Jay-Z wearing Timberlands? 10. Did everybody hear Kanye thank God? 11. He’s no longer part of the Illuminati now right? 12. Is something mentally wrong with Lady Gaga? 13. When will Britney stay sitting down and give up her “singing” career? 14. Who was that scary pale girl in the bedazzled foot cast singing before every commercial break? 15. Why did Beyonce have to take Britney’s shine like that? 16. Who isn’t happy that Jay finally knocked up Queen B? 17. Who looks better Kelly or Beyonce? 18. After that performance, is it safe to say ‘Lil Wayne who?’ 19. Is it gangsta for Wayne to wear animal print jeggings? 20. Should we start talking about the football team before or after they start losing?

The-Dream’s 11-track internet album 1977, released under his birth name Terius Nash, will be available as a free download on August 31, and today the artist revealed the track listing. Interesting to note: the song “Murderer”, inspired by the movie Colombiana, is not on it. -A.V.

on stage Music Triad fall festival 2011: This Saturday during Labor Day weekend go downtown to the Newbridge Bank Ballpark for a diverse concert. Go and check out performances by Lupe Fiasco, Miguel, New Boyz, Lee Brice, Carolina Chocolate Drops, Fuel, Outasight, Hope, and Stone Chiefs. Go to www.triadmusicfest. com for tickets -A.V.

on campus Aggie football: Saturday is the start of the Aggies football season. This will be their first home game and they will be trying to shut down Virginia University of Lynchburg. The game starts at 4pm, and for students the game is free with your aggie one card. Go and check out your Aggies try to start their season off with a win. -A.V.

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