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Ground broken on health center

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N.C. A&T officials broke ground for the construction of Sebastian Health Center on Feb. 21, locattedat the southeast corner of Benbow Road and Bluford Street. The two-story, 27,548 square foot facility will replace the existing health center. The current building does not meet contemporary building code requirements. However, the new facility will meet all building codes and regulations as well as satisfy the demands of the current and future student body. The new building will be equipped with eleven exam rooms, a women’s health center, seminar rooms, a pharmacy, a laboratory, a diagnostic area, a immunization area, a substance abuse and counseling area, secure record retention area and a triage area. “We are really excited. This gives us a chance to offer even better services and the space is long overdue,” said Yvonne Parks, A&T’s nursing supervisor. “Students deserve this. Though we have done a great job with our current building, we are moving in the right direction and advancing to a different level.” The current health center was constructed in 1953. “The architectural vision for the project is to reflect the progressive vision of the university,” said Andrew Perkins, assistant vice chancellor for facilities. “Other factors considered will be the connectivity of the new student health center to nearby residential areas, incorporation and connectivity to open spaces on adjacent sites as well as connectivity to the campus as a whole.” Though this comes as a relief to some, everyone is not moved by the new health center. “Though this is indeed a well needed enhancement for the university, the biggest [issue] is not the infrastructure, but the business environment,” Ian Surret, senior computer science student. “If this new building is a catalyst for revamping the health center altogether, this will definitely be wonderful for the university.” According to officials, construction is set to begin April 1, and the expected completion time is 16 months, with the projected cost as $9.5 million. —Email Niya at nusmith@aggies. and follow The Register on Twitter @TheATRegister


REGINALD JOHNSON returns to A&T with three sashes, a crown and three trophies as he was crowned Mr. HBCU on Saturday at the 2013 HBCU Kings Leadership conference and competition.

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N.C. A&T students and alumni flooded social media timelines as Reginald Johnson, Mr. A&T, was crowned Mr. HBCU at the 2013 Mr. HBCU pageant in Jefferson City, Mo. Saturday night. Johnson is the first Mr. A&T to win this competition following first runner up and top five performances from Austin James, Todd Porter and Jordan Brunson, all former Mr. A&T’s. “I feel honored. It is a blessing and a rewarding feeling to know that you came back victorious for what you set out to do,” said Johnson. The senior professional theatre major brought back three titles from this year’s competition including Mr. Congeniality, Mr. Talent and of course, Mr. HBCU.

He competed against seven other school including Bowie State, Winston Salem State University, Central State, and University of Maryland of Eastern Shore. Johnson expressed that he was familiar with all the contestants from past years representing class kings at their respected universities. “It is humbling because the guys in the competition were all so deserving. It was a showcase of black excellence of men doing positive things,” he said. The formal name for the pageant is HBCU Kings Leadership Conference and Competition. Johnson participated in five categories including oratory, talent, formal wear, congeniality and overall. He was the only participant to dance in the talent portion, and he felt that gave him an

edge in winning that title. “I think it was something that they [had] never seen before,” said Johnson. He is a trained classical dancer in many styles and he put together a montage of Caribbean, afro-fusion with classical and technical mix dancing to speeches of Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X and President Barack Obama. “It was a wow factor in seeing a strong male dancer with technique and ability, so I guess that is what pushed me over the edge.” On Feb. 16, Johnson presented his fellow Aggies with a preshow of his talents that he took to Missouri in part of preparation for this competition of the Mister A&T Farewell event that was held in Harrison. Along with Gentlemen’s Week, he was practicing with director of Student Government, Jasmin McInnis

two weeks prior going to the competition. “I knew he would win,” said McInnis. “I have known Reggie since he was a freshman and he has always possessed a spirit of excellence,” he added. McInnis emphasized that Johnson has demonstrated that black men at HBCU’s are one many agents of our survival and that he has shown A&T has a brand that is uncompromised. Within this experience, Johnson expresses that this win was not just for self recognition but the brilliance of African American males coming together and creating a positive outlook is developing a legacy overall. “It’s not about self-

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Early College to test in outer space KIM FIELDS

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Will geotropism in onion seed germination be affected in a micro-gravitational environment? In other words, will the roots and stem of onion seeds know which way to grow without the help of gravity? That is what A&T STEM Early College students seek to find out. A team of six students from STEM Early College at A&T will test their experiment in outer space in September. The group was among 74 other teams from Guilford County Schools to submit their proposal into a contest by The Student Spaceflight Experi-

ments Program. They were chosen along with 16 other schools from across the nation. Stacey Alston, principal at STEM Early College, said students were told to develop an experiment to test in outer space that revolved around the absence of gravity. Originally, Alston said the launch was going to take place in May of this year in Kazakhstan, Asia. It has since been changed to September 2013 and will launch from Canaveral Air Force Station in Cape Canaveral, Fla., which will allow the  See OUTER SPACE on Page 2


SIX STUDENTS at the STEM Early College at N.C. A&T will have the chance to test their experiment on the International Space Station later this year.










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N.C. A&T officials are considering outsourcing its campus bookstore citing declining textbook sales as one of the factors. According to Robert Pompey, vice chancellor for business and finance A&T is hearing proposals from vendors wanting to manage the store. They will not make a decision until the end of the semester upon further review. “These are challenging times within the entire bookstore industry,” said Pompey. “Students are looking at used or online books for cheaper options.” Officials learned in a board of trustees meeting last Friday that sales from the campus bookstore has decreased 15.7 percent over the last five years. The brunt of the decrease stems from textbook sales. Kendric Faison, a junior accounting major has not bought a textbook on campus since his freshman year. “I order on Chegg or go to Ed McKay’s,” Faison said. “It’s way cheaper.” Currently, A&T manages and operates its bookstore. Between now and the end of the semester, officials will solicit outside vendors such as Barnes and Noble, Follett Corporation and the Nebraska Book Company to operate the bookstore. Six schools within the UNCSystem currently have outside contractors managing their bookstores. Barnes and Noble currently operates the bookstore at UNCG. Although sales within apparel and supplies have seen a slight increase according to Pompey, textbook sales continue to plummet. About 75 percent of the bookstore’s revenue comes from textbook sales. “Textbook costs are continuing to climb,” said Pompey. “We are just looking at the options for our bookstore.” Freshman Chris Johnson said he tries to support the campus bookstore when possible. If his textbooks are under $150 he says he will buy from campus. However they are more expensive he opts for something cheaper. “Textbooks are so expensive,” said the nursing major from Greensboro. “Amazon tends to be cheaper.” — Email Kelcie at and follow her on Twit-







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Visitors of N.C A&T’s Early College STEM Program were welcomed to learn more about the great opportunity of students were provided to gain knowledge about nanoscience and nanoengineering.

OUTER SPACE From page 1 –students to watch their experiment launch. The experiment entails sending onion seeds into space and observing the direction the roots and stem grow. The specifications for this experiment are 10 onion seeds and a certain amount of water and oxygen. According to Travis Walls, the students’ science teacher, there will not be any sunlight helping with the experiment. Walls, who will help with the experiment, has a background in geology with an emphasis on physics and biology. “It will only go through the beginning stages of its life. So its life, for the most part, will be terminated after it has run out of oxygen or starches that are built up in the seed,” said Walls. Walls explained the experiment and procedure the seeds will go through. The onion seeds will be placed in a plas-

tic tube that will not let sunlight through, so the seeds will never be exposed to sunlight. Inside the tube will be water with a certain amount of dissolved oxygen. Inside of that tube will be a long glass tube with 10 onion seeds in it. At a specific time, the scientist at the space station will take the tube out and bend and shake the plastic tube to break it, exposing the seeds to the water. Once exposed to the water, they will begin to germinate or grow. Once the seeds return, students will observe the difference in growth between the seeds in the absences of gravity compared to those here on earth. While the seeds germinate in outer space, the students conduct the same experiment here on earth in order to compare the two. “We are not looking for bulbs or leaves. The entire life span of the seeds will only be about 10 days and then they die.” He continued, “The scientist will manipulate the actual container

14 days before they return giving the seeds plenty of time to germinate.” On the 14th day before the seeds return they will be mixed with the water and possibly germinate until they land. As long as seeds are at a constant temperature, not dramatically high or low, and are dry, the growth of the seeds can be stopped for years. If plants are able to grow in outer space, it can possibly answer the question of whether or not life is sustainable beyond earth. Also, if plants in space are able to grow in a similar way to the plants on earth, it may be possible to grow crops in space providing fresh food to astronauts. The students believe the seeds will be able to go through cellular respiration and break down the carbohydrates that are inside the cell and that the seeds will b able to grow. They think the plant will have trouble orienting itself because if water is down

but when you think of the overall picture of the university and what you do, then a legacy will create itself,” he said. He sees this as an opportunity to celebrate with A&T. “This is for all the kings, this is for A&T and those who have come before me,” said Johnson. With a new title, among others previously won, Johnson is looking to help create opportunities for African American males like himself and the other HBCU kings also known as, “The Great 8,” will be dedicating their time to HBCU relevancy. Also, they look forward to unifying schools and light is up then the plant will have a hard time deciphering the two. Andrew Harvey, a ninthgrader at STEM Early College, helped write the proposal and develop the idea for the experiment. “It feels good to win the experiment. I participated last year and got 3rd place in the competition.” Then, he was attending Northern Guilford Middle School. Harvey went on to say it was nice to win because it made him feel accomplished since he did not win the year before. The students have run into a few obstacles like calculating the amount of dissolved oxygen in the water that they are going to expose the seed to and finding the equipment to measure that. Walls said these obsatacles helped the students to realize that the very fine points in the scientific process have to be addressed. He also said that it gave them some real world experience in

in an educational setting. “It is a huge responsibility, and I feel now that I am obligated not just for A&T but also for all HBCUs to find a way to bring all of us together,” he said. The Great 8 has many projects in the works such as developing unity among HBCUs and starting a foundation where they all raise scholarship funds for males who represent leadership and service to their community. “The sky is the limit,” Johnson said.



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trying to solve such problems. According to Alston, the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program has made it possible for middle and high school students to perform science experiments in outer space. They are a national science, technology, engineering and math program organized by the National Center for Earth and Space Education. The experiment is being funded by The North Carolina Space Grant Consortium, Center for the Advancement of Science in Space, National Center for Earth and Space Science Education as well as the Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering. —Email Kim at knfield1@aggies. and follow The Register on Twitter @TheATRegister


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Harriet Jacobs was born into slavery and banned from being educated because of the color of her skin. She dedicated her life to the cause of freedom. Not only did she find her own, but she was one of the few slaves to write a narrative of her experience in bondage. Born Feb. 11, 1813 in Edenton, N.C. Harriet was raised on the Norcom plantation. Her mother passed when she was young, but her grandmother Molly, a free and well respected colored woman was able to step in and raise Harriet and her brother John until they were separated. At fifteen, Jacobs was forced to have a sexual relationship with her obsessive master. She loved only one man. But because of the Norcom would have never al,lowed them to be together and their children would be slaves, she chose to have two children, Joseph and Louisa with Samuel Sawyer a white lawyer. Norcom was furious and threatened to sell her children if she did not consent to being his mistress. He offered her her own shack and an easy life for herself but she turned it down. She wanted freedom for herself and her children. In 1835, she made a run for her freedom. First at another slave owners home, then a nearby swamp and

finally she settled into a hidden spot in her grandmother’s attic. Her master searched for her tirelessly. She stayed in the nine by seven foot space for seven years. During that time, she only came out at night to walk around. By that time, the children’s father had purchased them but never freed them. They were in the care of Harriet’s grandmother, so when the children went out to play during the days. Harriet could peek at them from a crack in her hiding spot and listen to them talk and play. With the help of her brother John, she reached Philadelphia in 1852. There she found work with her brother and started reaching out to organizations and individuals that would help her fellow freedmen and refugees. Her employers, the Willis family, bought her freedom legally in 1852 Harriet worked closely with the Anti- Slavery Society and Anti- Slavery Reading Room. She published her novel “Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl” in 1861. The book was written to shed light on the sexual abuse slave women faced at the hands of their masters. In the book, she changed the names of everyone including herself and her children. She dedicated her life to helping her fellow freedmen at the end of the Civil War and continued to petition for fair treatment until her death in 1897.


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A&T hopes to expand campus by 2020 courtney matthews Asst. Online Editor

N.C. A&T has expanded substantially since the campus was built in 1891, and the 2020 Master Plan shows that expansions will not be coming to a halt in the near future. The facilities department created the plan to support the A&T Preeminence 2020. The goal of the A&T Preeminence is to set a long term strategic course for A&T. “Global circumstances demand new solutions from our science and technical fields, new enhancements in cultural competencies and social awareness,” said Chancellor Martin in the A&T Preeminence 2020. Ideas such as this one from the preeminence put high priority on the construction and modernization of the technology and science buildings.

The appropriated projects of the master plan include a new college of engineering building and a new school of nursing/ life sciences building. While there are no details on how the buildings will look or what they will include as of yet, the buildings are deemed to be larger and much more technologically advanced than the current ones. Melody Pierce, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs said, “The master plan is very dynamic. It has been evolving since 2010 and never stops evolving, as it shouldn’t. Everyday we need to take a step forward.” Other appropriated projects listed in the master plan are the enrollment Management/ Onestop center, which has the intent to decrease hassle for incoming students. It also includes a performing Arts Center, a convocation center and a Data center located at

Gateway Park. Among the non-appropriated projects are the highly anticipated, new Student Union, Student Health Center and the Skybox. Pierce said, “The design of the new health center is LEED level silver and the student union is LEED level gold which speaks to a level of energy saving, and how efficiently ran these buildings will be. High standards are what we are shooting for.” These non-appropriated expansion projects are funded by non-general contributions, which include student fees, bond sales, title lll funds, alumni donations, or a combination. Expansion from 2000 to 2012 was a product of the $4.4 billion Bond program that was divided among UNC system schools. A&T received $175 million from the bond program and millions more from other sources including alumni donations that totaled $400 million dollars.

Fraternity and sorority activities suspended Denise-Marie Ordway MCT Campus

ORLANDO, Fla.– The University of Central Florida has shut down most fraternity and sorority activities as it investigates two Greek organizations for alleged hazing and alcohol abuse. It’s the first time that the state’s largest public university has taken such drastic action. But officials said they wanted to send the clear message that UCF’s Greek culture needs to change before things turn tragic. University officials announced Wednesday that they have halted all fraternity and sorority social events, newmember education activities and initiation activities until “Greek culture reflects the values of the UCF Creed and, more importantly, that we can ensure compliance with laws and university regulations governing hazing and alcohol.” “We want to be ahead of the curve on this,” said Maribeth Ehasz, vice president of student development and enrollment

services. “We don’t want to wait for a catastrophe to occur. We want our Greek system to be as strong as I know it can be.” Ehasz could not say how long groups will be suspended. But she is hopeful that at least some will be allowed to resume their activities by the end of the spring semester. The decision prompted a flood of criticism from students at UCF and public universities statewide. Many took to Facebook minutes after the announcement to express their frustration. Meanwhile, some anti-hazing experts praised UCF for taking strong steps to deal with a problem that affects colleges and universities nationwide. Ehasz said the change was prompted by a recent string of hazing investigations. Just this month, the university has suspended two of its fraternities _ Sigma Chi and Alpha Epsilon Pi _ amid allegations of hazing and alcohol-related misconduct. In December, the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity was placed on disciplinary probation after UCF determined it had been in-

volved in hazing. Over the past three years, UCF has found Greek organizations guilty of violating hazing rules three times and breaking alcohol-related rules 13 times, officials said Wednesday. Sigma Chi is a repeat offender. In 2011, it was placed on disciplinary probation after freshman Ann Hefferin’s death. Although witnesses said Hefferin, 18, had been drinking, and the fraternity acknowledged failing to prevent underage drinking at a party she attended, it was determined that Hefferin actually died of a rare bacterial infection. Susan Lipkins, a New York psychologist and leading authority in campus conflict and violence, commended UCF. She said colleges have started taking hazing more seriously in recent years. Some, including Cornell and Alfred universities in New York, have reacted to the often violent practice by suspending Greek activities or kicking fraternities off campus.

That money was used to expand and upgrade the campus from its state in 2000 to what current students see today. Andrew Perkins, Asst. Vice Chancellor said “Here in facilities we are mission orientated, and our goal is to provide the very best facilities and facilities support to students, faculty and staff.” The preeminence also stresses advancement in STEM education, thus the master plan also calls for modernization of Price Hall, Marteena Hall, and McNair Hall. Shelby Kilgore, senior computer engineering major said, “The McNair building is kind of old and upgrades would help engineering students a lot. At the very least we need more classrooms and more computer labs.” The betterment of agriculture and research endeavors from the master plan includes renovations

to Carver Hall, Webb Hall, Benbow Hall and Sockwell Hall. Other modernizations include Moore gym, where women’s volleyball and intramural basketball games take place. The building does not have air conditioning. Hodgin Hall which holds A&T’s STEM early college is also in the master plan for modernization. One would think that the plans would include rebuilding the south side of campus, where Vanstory, Barbee, and Morrow dormitories are located, due to its unsightly appearance, but they do not. However, that portion of the campus is listed in the national historical registry, which requires exteriors of these buildings to be maintained as close to the way they originally stood as possible. Fortunately, this does not mean the interiors of the build-

Universities reach out with upscale dorms Amy S. Rosenberg MCT Campus

PHILADELPHIA – Drexel touts upscale furniture, double beds, privacy walls, full kitchens, high-definition golf simulators and, soon, a nearby Shake Shack. Temple touts low studentto-bathroom ratios and lounges that create two-floor gathering spots with high ceilings, big views and 70-inch screens. But behind both loaded dormitory towers now being built for students drawn to these popular urban schools _ and for their demanding parents _ is a common goal: an ingathering from the neighborhoods, a reinjection of residential life on campus. “These are schools whose time has come,” said Bob Francis, Drexel University’s vice president of university facilities. “We’re trying to unburden the residential communities around us.” “Urban schools are hot, cities are hot,” said Jim Creedon, his counterpart at Temple Uni-

versity, where a 27-floor tower is under construction on Broad Street near Cecil B. Moore Avenue. “Students want to live a certain way. Neighbors are clear they don’t want Temple to grow out.” At colleges across the Philadelphia region, administrators are rushing to keep up with the dorm race, including Haverford College, with dorms designed by the architects who designed the Barnes Foundation; Franklin and Marshall College, with its New College House; and vast upgrades at Villanova and Shippensburg universities. But at the buzzed-about urban schools, a national trend that has put schools like Northeastern University in Boston and Drexel atop many prospective students’ college lists, the trend is clear. High (in the sky) and on campus. Towering above them all, at 33 stories, is the Grove at Cira South on Chestnut Street, a privately developed high-rise that will cater to students from both the University of Pennsylvania and Drexel.

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ings located on that side of campus would not be renovated. As far as more parking is concerned, A&T actually has excess parking. Parking is just not conveniently located in order to create a pedestrian friendly campus. So, more parking will be added, but only to the outermost parts of campus. The 2020 master plan also includes mandatory maintenance and upgrades to technology infrastructure, electrical infrastructure, water lines and steam line replacement. For further details, and a closer look at the future structure of A&T, both the facilities Master Plan and the A&T Preeminence 2020 can be viewed on the A&T’s website. —Email Courtney at cdmatthe@ and follow The Register on Twitter @TheATRegister

Community college is first option to an elite university Susan Snyder MCT Campus

PHILADELPHIA– Christopher Thomas still has the recruitment letter the University of Pennsylvania sent him when he was a senior at Philadelphia’s Central High School in 1993. But Thomas would not actually get to the Ivy League campus for 19 more years _ three children, several jobs, and a lot of life filled the interim. He finally arrived through a route some might find unusual _ the local community college. Thomas, 37, graduated from the Community College of Philadelphia last year and entered Penn in the fall with the goal of becoming a teacher. “If I hadn’t become a teen parent, then this is what I would have done,” Thomas said. “This was something I was supposed to do.” Every year, top high school students around the country aggressively play the high-stakes college admissions game, trying everything they can to win a coveted spot at one of the nation’s eight Ivy League schools. Thomas shows that there is another way in, and he has company. Since 2009, 262 students transferred into Penn’s liberal and professional studies program, which offers nontraditional students the same classes, faculty, and degrees but uses a separate admissions process. About half came from area community colleges. Among them is Michael Pfaff, 25, a Bucks County Community College graduate who went into the Army out of high school, then decided to pursue higher education. Another is Danielle Magouirk, 27, who got her bachelor’s in psychology from Penn in 2009 after completing Gloucester County College. She is finishing a graduate degree in school psychology at Rider University. All three belonged to Phi Theta Kappa, the honor society for students at two-year colleges, which got the attention of Penn. Increasingly, highly selective colleges including some of the Ivies are welcoming outstanding community college transfers, who tend to perform well and participate in the life of the university, said Rod Risley, executive director of Phi Theta Kappa, based in Jackson, Miss. “There has been a misperception that those who attend community colleges are going there only out of second chance. That’s not true,” he said. The students can attend community college for less cost, participate in a rigorous honors program, then transfer to and graduate from a highly selective school, he said.

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Pope Benedict changes rule for selection VATICAN CITY— Pope Benedict XVI paved the way Monday for cardinals of the Roman Catholic Church to gather earlier than usual to elect his successor if they choose to do so after he steps down later this week. Benedict amended the Vatican’s rules governing when cardinals are supposed to start meeting to select a new pontiff, usually between 15 and 20 days once the office becomes vacant. The new rules allow the cardinals to assemble earlier than that if all those eligible to vote POPE for a new pope BENEDICT are present. The change could facilitate the naming of Benedict’s successor in time for him to preside over Holy Week celebrations leading up to Easter Sunday, which falls on March 31. The previous rule was designed mostly to give cardinals from around the world time to converge on Rome after a pope’s death. But Benedict’s surprise announcement that he would resign has allowed the “princes” of the church to begin arriving here before his papacy ends Thursday; most of the cardinals are expected to be on hand for him to bid them farewell on his final day. Some analysts expect the cardinals then to decide to open their conclave about March 10 so that they can try to agree on a successor to Benedict within a week and have the new pope installed March 17. (Papal installations traditionally take place on Sundays.) That would allow the next pontiff to lead celebrations beginning on Palm Sunday, March 24, and culminating on Easter a week later. The rule change is one of Benedict’s final acts as pope. A Vatican spokesman also said Monday that Benedict would leave secret a much-speculated-about report on the inner workings of the Vatican, which will be given to his successor to read but not to the cardinals. The report was commissioned by Benedict in the wake of the scandal over documents leaked by his personal butler, which showed infighting and corruption in the Vatican’s upper echelons. Italian media have issued reports purporting to reveal the contents of the top-secret dossier, but the Vatican has dismissed the accounts as baseless.

North Korea threatens U.S., South Korea ahead of drills SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA — North Korea warned Saturday that U.S. military forces in South Korea “would meet a miserable destruction” if the two allies went ahead with planned military drills in March, North Korean state media reported. Washington and Seoul regularly carry out military exercises in the region. The North alleges they are preparations for an attack _ a claim denied by the South and the U.S. “You had better bear in mind that those igniting a war are destined to meet a miserable destruction while a great victory is in store for the guardians of justice,” North Korea’s Pak Rim Su, a top military officer to the border village of Panmunjom, told James Thurman, head of U.S. forces in South Korea, by telephone. The heated rhetoric comes after North Korea conducted its third nuclear test this month, drawing international condemnation. Pyongyang said the test was in retaliation for a tightening of UN sanctions.

Castro will call it quits after 2018 Peter orsi

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HAVANA — Raul Castro announced Sunday that he will step down as Cuba’s president in 2018 following a final fiveyear term, for the first time putting a date on the end of the Castro era. He tapped rising star Miguel Diaz-Canel as his top lieutenant and first in the line of succession. The 81-year-old Castro also said he hopes to establish twoterm limits and age caps for political offices including the presidency — an astonishing prospect for a nation led by Castro or his older brother Fidel since their 1959 revolution. The 52-year-old Diaz-Canel is now a heartbeat from the presidency and has risen higher than any other Cuban official who didn’t directly participate in the heady days of the revolution. “This will be my last term,” Castro said, his voice firm, shortly after National Assembly elected him to a second term. In his 35-minute speech, Castro hinted at other changes to the constitution, some so dramatic that they will have to be ratified by the Cuban people in a referendum. Still, he scotched any idea that the country would soon abandon socialism, saying he had not assumed the presidency in order to destroy Cuba’s sys-

tem. “I was not chosen to be president to restore capitalism to Cuba,” he said. “I was elected to defend, maintain and continue to perfect socialism, not destroy it.” Castro fueled interest in Sunday’s legislative gathering after mentioning on Friday his possible retirement and suggesting lightheartedly that he had plans to resign at some point. It’s now clear that he was serious when he promised that Sunday’s speech would have fireworks, and would touch on his future in leadership. Cuba is at a moment of “historic transcendence,” Castro told lawmakers in speaking of his decision to name DiazCanel to the No. 2 job, replacing the 81-year-old Jose Ramon Machado Ventura, who fought with the Castros in the Sierra Maestra. Castro praised Machado Ventura and another aging revolutionary for offering to leave their positions so that younger leaders could move up. Their selflessness is “a concrete demonstration of their genuine revolutionary fiber ... That is the essence of the founding generation of this revolution.” Castro said that Diaz-Canel’s promotion “represents a definitive step in the configuration of the future leadership of the nation through the gradual and orderly transfer of key roles to

new generations.” “Our greatest satisfaction is the tranquility and serene confidence we feel as we deliver to the new generations the responsibility to continue building socialism,” he added. On the streets of Havana, where people often express a jaded skepticism of all things political, there was genuine excitement. “This is the start of a new era,” said Roberto Delgado, a 68-year-old retiree walking down a street in the leafy Miramar neighborhood. “It will undoubtedly be a complicated and difficult process, but something important happened today.” “I’m mesmerized,” added Regla Blanco, 48. “You thought that with all these old men, it would never end. I am very satisfied with what Raul said. He is keeping his promise.” Since taking over from Fidel in 2006, Castro has instituted a slate of important economic and social changes, expanding private enterprise, legalizing a real estate market and relaxing hated travel restrictions. Still, the country remains ruled by the Communist Party and any opposition to it lacks legal recognition. Castro has mentioned term limits before, but he has never said specifically when he would step down, and the concept has yet to be codified into Cuban law.

If he keeps his word, Castro will leave office no later than 2018. Cuban-American exiles in the United States have waited decades for the end of the Castro era, although they will likely be dismayed if it ends on the brothers’ terms. Nevertheless, the promise of a change at the top could have deep significance for U.S.-Cuba ties. The wording of Washington’s 51-year economic embargo on the island specifies that it cannot be lifted while a Castro is in charge. When Raul Castro hinted at his retirement plans on Friday, it earned a sharp response from Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, a Cuban-American Republican from Florida, who called it a ploy. “If dictator Raul Castro states that he will retire in five years, there will still be no real change for the Cuban people so long as the Castro brothers remain in any form of leadership position, even behind the scenes,” she said. “The U.S. should not change its policy of isolation of the Cuban regime.” Fidel Castro is 86 and retired, and has appeared increasingly frail in recent months. He made a surprise appearance at Sunday’s gathering, receiving a thunderous ovation from lawmakers. Some analysts have speculated that the Castros would push a younger member of their

family into a top job, but there was no hint of that Sunday. While few things are ever clear in Cuba’s hermetically sealed news environment, rumblings that Diaz-Canel, an electrical engineer by training and ex-minister of higher education, might be in line for a senior post have grown. In recent weeks, he has frequently been featured on state television news broadcasts in an apparent attempt to raise his profile. He also traveled to Venezuela in January for the symbolic inauguration of Hugo Chavez, a key Cuban ally who had been re-elected president but was too ill to be sworn in. The 612 lawmakers sworn in Sunday also named Esteban Lazo as the National Assembly’s first new chief in 20 years, replacing Ricardo Alarcon. Lazo, who turns 69 on Tuesday, is a vice president and member of the Communist Party’s ruling political bureau. Parliament meets only twice a year and generally passes legislation unanimously without visible debate. The legislature also named as vice presidents of the ruling Council Machado Ventura; comptroller general Gladys Bejerano; second Vice President Ramiro Valdes; Havana Communist Party secretary Lazara Mercedes Lopez Acea; and Salvador Valdes Mesa, head of Cuba’s labor union.

U.S. special forces must leave province in Afghanistan PATRICK QUINN

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KABUL, Afghanistan — Afghanistan’s president ordered all U.S. special forces to leave a strategically important eastern province within two weeks because of allegations that Afghans working with them are torturing and abusing other Afghans. The decision Sunday seems to have surprised the coalition and U.S. Forces Afghanistan, a separate command. Americans have frequently angered the Afghan public over issues ranging from Qurans burned at a U.S. base to allegations of civilian killings. “We take all allegations of misconduct seriously and go to great lengths to determine the facts surrounding them,” the U.S. forces said in a statement. Also Sunday, a series of attacks in eastern Afghanistan showed insurgents remain on the offensive even as U.S. and other international forces prepare to end their combat mission by the end of 2014. Suicide bombers targeted Afghanistan’s intelligence

agency and other security forces in four coordinated attacks in the heart of Kabul and outlying areas in a bloody reminder of the insurgency’s reach nearly 12 years into the war. Presidential spokesman Aimal Faizi said the decision to order the American special forces to leave Wardak province was taken during a meeting of the National Security Council because of the alleged actions of Afghans who are considered linked to the U.S. special forces. He said all special forces operations were to cease immediately in the restive province next to Kabul, which is viewed as a gateway to the capital and has been the focus of counterinsurgency efforts in recent years. The Taliban have staged numerous attacks against U.S.-led coalition forces in the province. In August 2011, insurgents shot down a Chinook helicopter, killing 30 American troops, mostly elite Navy SEALs, in Wardak. The crash was the single deadliest loss for U.S. forces in the war. Afghan forces have taken

the lead in many such special operations, especially socalled night raids. “Those Afghans in these armed groups who are working with the U.S. special forces, the defense minister asked for an explanation of who they are,” Faizi said. “Those individuals should be handed over to the Afghan side so that we can further investigate.” A statement the security council issued in English said the armed individuals have allegedly been “harassing, annoying, torturing and even murdering innocent people.” Ceasing all such operations could have a negative impact on the coalition’s campaign to go after Taliban leaders and commanders, who are usually the target of such operations. Faizi said the issue had already been brought up with the coalition. The U.S. statement said only that the announcement was “an important issue that we intend to fully discuss with our Afghan counterparts. But until we have had a chance to speak with senior Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan officials about this issue, we are not in a

position to comment further.” The brazen assaults, which occurred within a three-hour timespan, were the latest to strike Afghan forces, who have suffered higher casualties this year as U.S. and other foreign troops gradually take a back seat and shift responsibility for security to the government. The deadliest attack occurred just after sunrise — a suicide car bombing at the gate of the National Directorate of Security compound in Jalalabad, 125 kilometers (78 miles) east of Kabul. Guards shot and killed the driver but he managed to detonate the explosives-packed vehicle, killing two intelligence agents and wounding three others, according to a statement by the intelligence agency. Provincial government spokesman Ahmad Zia Abdulzai confirmed the casualty toll and said the building was damaged in the attack. A guard also shot and killed a man in an SUV filled with dynamite that was targeting an NDS building on a busy street in Kabul, not far from NATO headquarters. The explosives in the back of the vehicle were defused.

Blood stained the driver’s seat and the ground where security forces dragged out the wouldbe attacker. Shortly before the Jalalabad attack, a suicide attacker detonated a minivan full of explosives at a police checkpoint in Pul-i-Alam on the main highway between Kabul and Logar province. One policeman was killed and two others were wounded, along with a bystander, according to the NDS. Also in Logar province, which is due south of Kabul, a man wearing a suicide vest was stopped by police as he tried to force his way into the police headquarters for Baraki Barak district, said Din Mohammad Darwesh, the provincial government spokesman. The attacker detonated his vest while being searched, wounding one policeman, according to Darwesh and the NDS. Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid claimed responsibility for the Jalalabad attack and two others in the eastern province of Logar in an email to reporters. He did not address the attempted assault in Kabul.


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Obama warns of risks over budget cut JULIE PACE

Associated Press

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama on Monday said looming automatic spending cuts are already affecting the economy, while a top administration official warned that the nation’s borders would be less secure if billions of dollars are yanked from the budget Friday. “The uncertainty is already having an effect,” Obama said. “Companies are preparing layoff notices. Families are preparing to cut back on expenses. The longer these cuts are in place, the bigger the impact will become.” Despite the urgent rhetoric, there was no indication the White House and congressional Republicans were actively negotiating a deal to avoid the so-called sequester ahead of the end of the week deadline. The last known conversation between Obama and GOP lead-

ers was last week and there have been no in-person meetings between the parties this year. With Congress back from a weeklong recess, House Speaker John Boehner showed little willingness to move off his longheld position that the sequester be offset through targeted spending cuts, not the package of cuts and tax increases Obama supports. “Mr. President, you got your tax increase,” Boehner said, referring to the tax rate increases that took effect on Jan. 1. “It’s time to cut spending here in Washington.” The $85 billion budget-cutting mechanism could affect everything from commercial flights to classrooms to meat inspections. Domestic and defense spending alike would be trimmed, leading to furloughs for hundreds of thousands of government workers and contractors. The White House continued

laying out in stark terms what the cuts would mean for government services, dispatching Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano to warn of the implications for critical security functions. “I don’t think we can maintain the same level of security at all places around the country with sequester as without sequester,” said Napolitano, adding that the impact would be “’like a rolling ball. It will keep growing.” Napolitano focused in particular on the impact to the border, saying her agency would be forced to furlough 5,000 patrol agents. She tamped down the notion that budget cuts would make the nation more vulnerable to terrorism, but said the sequester would make it “awfully, awfully tough” to minimize that risk. Also Monday, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said visiting hours would be cut at all 398 na-

Lowe’s 4Q net income tops expectations Mae anderson

AP Retail Writer

NEW YORK (AP) — Home improvement retailer Lowe’s Cos. credits cleanup efforts after Superstorm Sandy and its new pricing strategy for fourth-quarter earnings that surpassed Wall Street expectations. The results are a sign that people are beginning to feel better about spending money on their homes as the housing market slowly recovers. Analysts will be watching Lowe’s larger rival Home Depot’s earnings report on Tuesday to see if its results show a similar story.

Lowe’s CEO Robert Niblock said the company is seeing a pickup in spending even in areas of the country hit hardest by the housing slump, like Florida, Arizona and California. “Rising home values have given homeowners additional confidence in spending on their homes,” Niblock said in an interview with The Associated Press. Lowe’s net income fell 11 percent from last year’s quarter, which included an extra week of revenue. Its earnings forecast for the year was below expectations but its revenue projection beat the consensus.

Mooresville, N.C.-based Lowe’s has revamped its pricing structure, offering what it says are permanent low prices on many items across the store instead of fleeting discounts. It has also focused on hiring more workers and improving its inventory. In January it said it planned to hire 45,000 seasonal workers ahead of its busy spring season and add 9,000 part time employees on a permanent basis. In a call with analysts, Chief Customer Officer Greg Bridgeford said the pricing strategy helped spur strong sales of cabinets and countertops, tools and outdoor power equipment.

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tional parks, just as they prepare for an influx of spring and summer visitors. Elsewhere in the government, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has said the cuts would harm the readiness of U.S. fighting forces. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said travelers could see delayed flights. Education Secretary Arne Duncan said 70,000 fewer children from low-income families would have access to Head Start programs. And furloughed meat inspectors could leave plants idled. Obama will seek to build public support for his sequester offset plan Tuesday when he travels to Newport News, Va., a community that would be impacted by the defense cuts. The sequester was designed as an unpalatable fallback, meant to take effect only if a congressional super-committee failed to come up with at least

$1 trillion in savings from benefit programs. Many of the nation’s governors, who are gathered in Washington for their annual meeting, voiced frustration over the impending cuts, saying Washington’s inability to strike a deal had created widespread uncertainty in the economy and hampered economic recovery in their states. “The president needs to show leadership,” said Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, a Republican considered a potential 2016 presidential contender, following a meeting with Obama. “The reality is it can be done. This administration has an insatiable appetite for new revenue.” South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, a favorite of her party’s conservative wing, pointed her anger at both Democrats and Republicans. “No one should be playing golf. No one should be taking

vacations,” Haley said, taking a shot at Obama’s recent golf outing and Congress’ latest recess. “What they need to do is do what these governors do every day. We stay until we get it done.” Democratic Gov. Dannel Malloy of Connecticut concurred. “They need to get out of that box that sits under the dome and understand that this has real implications in people’s lives,” he said. “Work with the president, find a way to get it done — or if you want, just turn it over to us governors, and we’ll negotiate.” The governors, emerging from a closed-door meeting with Obama Monday, said the president had assured them the administration is pursuing solutions, but offered no assurances that officials would find a way ahead out ahead of the deadline.

Jobless cities could be first to feel budget pain JIM KUHNHENN & ANDREW TAYLOR Associated Press

WASHINGTON — Who’ll be the first to feel the sting? Jobless Americans who have been out of work for a long time and local governments that are paying off loans to fix roads and schools are in tough spots when it comes to the automatic federal budget cuts that are scheduled to kick in Friday. About 2 million long-term unemployed people could see checks now averaging $300 a week reduced by about $30. There could also be reductions in federal payments that subsidize clean energy, school construction and state and local public works projects. Low-income Americans seeking heating assistance or housing or other aid might encounter longer waits. Government employees could get furlough notices as early as next week, though cuts in their work hours won’t occur until April. The timing of the “sequester” spending cuts has real consequences for Americans, but it also has a political ramifications. How quickly and fiercely the public feels the cuts could determine whether President Barack Obama and lawmakers

seek to replace them with a different deficit reduction plan. Eager to put pressure on Republican lawmakers to accept his blend of targeted cuts and tax increases Obama has been highlighting the impact of the automatic cuts in grim terms. He did it again on Monday, declaring the threat of the cuts is already harming the national economy. Republicans say he is exaggerating and point to rates of spending, even after the cuts, that would be higher than in 2008 when adjusted for inflation. All Obama has to do to avoid the damage, House Speaker John Boehner said at the Capitol, is agree to the GOP’s recommended spending cuts — with no tax increases. By all accounts, most of the pain of the $85 billion in spending reductions to this year’s federal budget would be slow in coming. The dire consequences that Obama officials say Americans will encounter — from airport delays and weakened borders to reduced parks programs and shuttered meatpacking plants — would unfold over time as furloughs kick in and agencies begin to adjust to their spending reductions. “These impacts will not all be felt on day one,” Obama acknowledged in a meeting with

governors at the White House on Monday. “But rest assured the uncertainty is already having an effect.” Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano warned that the federal government would be unable to “maintain the same level of security at all places around the country” once the automatic cuts began to take effect. The public will feel the results “in the next few weeks,” she said, and “it will keep growing.” The majority of the federal budget is in fact walled off from the cuts. Social Security and veterans’ programs are exempt, and cuts to Medicare are generally limited to a 2 percent, $10 billion reduction in payments to hospitals and doctors. Most programs that help the poor, like Medicaid, food stamps, subsidized school lunches, Pell Grants and supplemental security income payments are also exempt. Still, the Pentagon will feel the brunt of half the cuts. Pay for active military is off-limits for cuts, so the rest of the defense budget must absorb the hit. The Obama administration says defense contractors have already ramped down work, contributing to a dip in economic activity in the fourth quarter of last year.

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High-stakes trial begins over 2010 Gulf oil spill MICHAEL KUNZELMAN Associated Press

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — BP put profits ahead of safety and bears most of the blame for the disastrous 2010 spill in the Gulf of Mexico, a U.S. Justice Department attorney charged Monday at the opening of a trial that could result in the oil company and its partners being forced to pay tens of billions of dollars more in damages. The London-based oil giant acknowledged it made “errors in judgment” before the deadly blowout, but it also cast blame on the owner of the drilling rig and the contractor involved in cementing the well. It denied it was grossly negligent, as the government contended. The high-stakes civil case went to trial after attempts to reach an 11th-hour settlement failed. Eleven workers were killed when the Deepwater Horizon rig leased by the BP exploded on April 20, 2010. An estimated 172 millions of gallons

of crude gushed into the Gulf over the three months that followed in the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history. Justice Department attorney Mike Underhill said the catastrophe resulted from BP’s “culture of corporate recklessness.” “The evidence will show that BP put profits before people, profits before safety and profits before the environment,” Underhill said in opening statements. He added: “Despite BP’s attempts to shift the blame to other parties, by far the primary fault for this disaster belongs to BP.” BP attorney Mike Brock acknowledged that the oil company made mistakes. But he accused rig owner Transocean Ltd. of failing to properly maintain the rig’s blowout preventer, which had a dead battery, and he claimed cement contractor Halliburton used a “bad slurry” that failed to prevent oil and gas from traveling up the well. BP has already pleaded

guilty to manslaughter and other criminal charges and has racked up more than $24 billion in spill-related expenses, including cleanup costs, compensation for businesses and individuals, and $4 billion in criminal penalties. But the federal government, Gulf Coast states and individuals and businesses hope to convince a federal judge that the company and its partners in the ill-fated drilling project are liable for much more in civil damages under the Clean Water Act and other environmental regulations. One of the biggest questions facing U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier, who is hearing the case without a jury, is whether BP acted with gross negligence. Under the Clean Water Act, a polluter can be forced to pay a minimum of $1,100 per barrel of spilled oil; the fines nearly quadruple to about $4,300 a barrel for companies found grossly negligent, meaning BP could be on the hook for nearly $18 billion.

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Sequester is an ill-advised economic solution MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENITEL MCT Campus

Congress and the Obama administration are likely to give the nation a self-inflicted wound known as the “sequester” later this week, a calculated decision that will lead to mindless budgetcutting and harm to the U.S. economy. President Barack Obama continues to rail against the cuts, and some in Congress are worried about pet programs ranging from national defense to food stamps, but the two sides are not negotiating and both seem content to see how the political fallout rains down before acting. The sharp across-theboard cuts that are coming are nonsensical; the failure of Obama and congressional leadership to negotiate a better deal speaks poorly of both sides. But it might shake members of Congress and even the public out of what some have called the nation’s “both/and” mentality. Chris Cillizza and Aaron Blake of The Washington Post wrote in “The Fix” column Monday that “just because the sequester is a manufactured crisis doesn’t mean it can’t have the same effect as a non-manufactured crisis in waking up the body

politic to the “have cake/eat it too” mentality that dominates not just Washington but the public at large.” They cite a recent Pew Research Center poll earlier this month that showed a public that wants it all. The Pew poll found broad support for cutting federal spending until respondents had to decide what actually would be cut. In none of the 19 specific areas polled did a majority of people support reducing federal spending. In fact, in 16 of the 19, people favored increasing spending. In short: Cutting federal spending sounds great as long as it’s the other guy who gets cut. What such a finding calls for, of course, is political courage. And perhaps the threat of curtailed government services could eventually provide it. The administration released state-by-state statistics showing what it said would happen if the sequester takes effect as scheduled on Friday. The White House said Wisconsin would lose about $8.5 million in aid for classroom teachers, would have fewer work-study jobs, fewer Head Start services, less money for preventing air and water pollution and less money for job training and public health among other things. The entire list is at

the White House website: Is this simply hyperbole, as Republicans claim? There’s certainly an element of that in the White House numbers. But such deep automatic cuts will hurt the economy. A number of government and private economic forecasters surveyed by The New York Times last week found that the cuts probably would reduce growth by about onehalf of a percentage point this year. The threat of sequestration was supposed to scare the White House and congressional leaders into a more comprehensive approach to deficit reduction. The sequester became law in 2011 during the fight to raise the federal debt ceiling. The original deal had the automatic cuts beginning on Jan. 1 of this year, but that date was pushed back two months in the deal to avoid the “fiscal cliff.” If it takes effect, there would be $85 billion in spending cuts during the rest of this fiscal year, with $1.2 trillion in cuts over 10 years. The idea was this: The prospect of such deep cuts to programs that both Republicans and Democrats hold dear would force both sides to the bargaining table. But it hasn’t happened. A smarter approach would

be a combination of spending cuts over a period of years combined with tax reform that closed loopholes and raised more revenue while lowering rates, particularly for corporations. Obama continues to call for a “balanced” approach including more taxes on the wealthy. He has indicated that Democrats will have to compro-

mise on changes to entitlement programs. We hope he means it. The sequester is a blunt instrument that helps no one and will hurt both the economy and thousands of individuals across the country. And here’s the irony: If it remains in effect, it isn’t likely to do that much to reduce the deficit because of the negative

effects on the economy. The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office concluded that defense cuts alone would reduce gross domestic product by 0.4% and result in nearly a half-million lost jobs by the end of this fiscal year. Maybe that’s the sort of pain it will take to get political leaders in both parties to reach a smarter deal.

In the end, momma always knew best OLIVIA CAMPBELL Contributor

What are some of the qualities that you look for in a partner? Guy #1: I love when I meet someone who can talk about much more than what came on entertainment tonight, the latest news, and who freaked it in the latest music video. I need a spiritual woman who has a certain drive and perseverance about herself. I need someone who I feel comfortable communicating with, no matter the topic. I also need someone who can be honest about how they feel at all times. Guy #2: I look for a pretty face and a gorgeous smile first. Honestly, I feel like everybody wants someone that they enjoy seeing and being around. I know it may come off as weird or fetish-like, but I prefer to talk to girls that have curly hair. There is something about caramel skin and curly hair that turns me on. I mean after that, I obviously look for the sex appeal and the way she dresses among other things. Guy #3: To be honest, I just want somebody who is sexually attractive. I must admit that I love curves and my love has only grown deeper since I came to A&T. I mean I just want a friend with benefits that I can handle herself in public. That is all I need right about now. Nationalities and colors do not matter. Come holler at me. What is the number one turn off for you in a partner? Guy #1: I cannot stand when girls talk on the phone all day long. It pisses me off when I take someone out to eat or to an event and all they do the entire time is text, Instagram, and tweet. It is like these days, nobody has any type of attention span because of technology and social websites. Guy #2: I hate when girls cake on too much makeup. Sometimes girls put way too much emphasis on dressing up and looking sexy

and beautiful. I know all that stuff is good and everything, but the true beauty lies within. It is tragic when you see the same girl you saw last night without her makeup. That moment when she knows that you’re thinking about why her complexion is so bare and empty is awkward. Guy #3: I hate when girls put on a show and act like someone they really are not. Also known as faking, fronting, or acting. Too many girls try to mimic other girls that they associate with and it kills my relationship with them because I recognize the difference between real and fake. If you suspect your partner is cheating on you, what is you first response? Guy #1: My first response is to get her phone and call back the random guy names that show up most often. My girl keeps everything in her phone. If there is something to be found, all you have to do is scroll through someone’s text messages or tweets. If someone is really cheating, the text message and phone call records usually seem like a treasure chest of proof. Guy #2: I’d ask her straight up. If you ask somebody if they cheating on you with a serious face you can tell if they are telling the truth. It makes no since to worry myself about it when I can just ask her and find out that way. It saves a lot of stress. Guy #3: On to the next one. I mean, how many people suspected of cheating were actually innocent? Rumors do start and people do get falsely accused of cheating, but most of the time it’s true. Going back to a girl who cheated on me is too much of a hindrance to my pride and self-confidence. It’s sad, but it is true.

Though I am young, I prefer to call myself a veteran in this war called life. I have seen it all, valiant victories, devastating losses, and bloody casualties. The most trying and difficult battle of them all is between a mother and her teen daughter. If you are a daughter or a mother, you know that a girl’s teenage years are the most stressful and difficult years of her life. Normally, the first casualty of war is the relationship between her and her mother. In a teen girl’s eyes, her mother is sometimes viewed as a cruel dictator who fails to understand anything she is going through. I was not a rebellious child, but I had my moments of defiance. Because I was raised in a single parent home, I was not afforded the luxury of having a personal negotiator, known to most daughters as “daddy,” in the household to smooth tension between my mother and I. I was an only child who

loved her mother dearly, but at that age, she was never right. As time progressed and I matured and became wiser, I came to a shocking realization that I probably would have never believed as a teen. My mother was right about everything. From the friends I kept to my love life, I now consider my mother’s “attacks” some of the best advice I have ever received. I can still hear her shooting down every love of my life from high school, which I just knew I would be with forever, through my thin room walls and trench of pillows. With my college career coming to an end, I ask myself, where are they now? They have all become distant memories not worth wasting my time on as she said many years ago. My mother and I often bickered over my work ethic. All of my teachers felt I was an excellent student, but I was lazy. I did not always apply myself to the best of my abilities, and she would tell me that I could accomplish and achieve so much more if I did. After graduating in the

top 20 of my high school class and reflecting on everything I have accomplished in life, I know I could have done so much more and wish I had. Other behaviors were so deeply engrained in me that I did not realize had such an effect on me until I was older. People often comment on the way that I carry myself as a lady with confidence and elegance. In my opinion that’s arguable, I am aware that my actions come with a consequence, and act accordingly. I refuse to participate in a lot of the trends and actions of my generation, because I now know that adulthood is a long time to live with the regret of your actions as a teen. I will probably never get a tattoo. I will always feel guilty when I do things that I know I should not, and I continue to do everything I can to break our family’s generational curse of motherhood out of wedlock. Most importantly, no matter how far I may stray away, I will always find my way back to God, just as my mother and grandmother taught me. Now, as a graduating senior, I wish I had taken more

of my mother’s advice. I wish I had listened to her, instead of blocking her out. I could have avoided terrible heartbreak, disappointment, and bad fashion choices if I had simply taken the time to at least consider what she was saying. As teens, we forget that our mothers were once our age, in our shoes, and went through some of the same things we did. While some mothers are not the best at finding a way to throw in the white flag and call a peace treaty, the truth in their words and advice remain absolute. Young women across the world may view my confession as treason. It is a charge I am willing to accept, as long as my confession does not get back to my mother. I already know what she would say in response. A simple, I told you so. -Email Olivia at and follow The A&T Register on Twitter @TheATRegister

What’s the criteria for good music in today’s generation? YANI LONG


As I lean back with the wind blowing through my hair while navigating the city, I turn on my radio only to be disappointed by an awful noise blaring through my speakers. When 2 Chainz declared, “She got a big booty, so I call her big booty!” I was appalled. “If your girl don’t swallow kids, man that h** basic,” is a segment from the artist’s “Bands a make her dance” verse. So apparently, vulgarity, disrespect for women, sex, money, drugs, cars, haters, and swag are the only things worthy to be expressed in music today. So what makes music hot these days? Most people will

tell you a hot beat. But I can remember a time when people would say creativity and lyrical content were the key elements to a successful record. The more I listen to the radio, assessing what are considered current “hit bangers,” the more I find myself downloading and listening to music from the 80s and early 90s. What has happened to soulful compositions like Whitney Houston’s “I Have Nothing,” that made us cry because the lyrics reflected real-life situations? Songs like Earth Wind and Fire’s “Let’s Groove Tonight” and the late Biggie Small’s “More Money, More Problems,” made our parents and grandparents get down and boogie. Nowadays, anyone anywhere can take a beat, write a hook and some verses, make

a video, and upload it to be viewed on YouTube. Record labels no longer have to go out and physically search for artists. With a simple click of a button, A&R’s can hunt for homemade music videos that have received the most hits. With these videos, record labels do not have to worry about whether or not an artist or group will be marketable because these individuals have already developed fan bases, according to disc jockey Antonio Davis. At the end of the day, record labels are only concerned with making revenue. At this point, if they feel they can turn you into a star it does not really matter what type of music you make. For instance, rap artist Soulja Boy became an overnight sensation via YouTube. Today’s

music lacks substance. Soulja Boy? Let’s be real. Once upon a time, music was used a method of expression. Music generated hope, inspired, and helped create reason to the journey of life. The concept of music is much deeper than its recent portrayal through media outlets. Perhaps what some of us thought was good music is indeed good music. Maybe it was the music that evolved, or maybe it really does lack substance. Ultimately, the songs that get the most spins are the ones that today’s generation has elected to embrace and support. -Email us at theatregister @ and follow The A&T Register on Twitter @TheATRegister

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Battle of Tobacco Road ends 1-1 Lady Aggies dominate NCCU Eagles while freethrows plague the men’s team uniqua quillins

Register Reporter

After a three gamed road trip, the Lady Aggies return to Greensboro with a 60-33 win over their rival, North Carolina Central University. The Lady Aggies are now ranked third in the MEAC and have a winning record of 10-3 in the conference and 18-8 overall. Last season, the Lady Aggies were 9-16 in conference and 1531 overall. The Lady Aggies have improved on defense this season. Last season, the Lady Aggies were ranked 11th in scoring defense. They are now ranked second. “[Defense is] going to be the difference of winning the championship,” said head coach Tarrell Robinson. Moving in rank from fifth last season to second this season, the Lady Aggies have also improved their scoring margin. Last season they were ranked third in field goal percentages and now they are ranked number one. All of the improvements the ladies have made this season fuel them as they enter the MEAC tournament. Offensively, the Lady Aggies prevailed in both the first and second half against NCCU. Although the Lady Aggies allowed their opponent to gain a two point lead early in first half, they took control of the ball and managed to obtain a lead. The Lady Aggies were also

able to field two 6-0 runs. During the first run, efforts were made by junior guard Tracy King, senior guard JaQuayla Berry, and freshman forward Eboni Ross, giving the ladies a 11 point lead. With two free throws, and two lay ups, Ross was able to field the second run, further advancing the team over NCCU by 18 points. Points in the paint also played a dominant factor in the first half as the Lady Aggies outscored NCCU 20-6. In the second half, the offensive momentum continued for the Lady Aggies. As much as their rival’s team tried to fight back, the Lady Aggies were able to maintain their lead. With a layup by sophomore guard Jessica Lyons, a shot from beyond the arch by sophomore guard Ariel Bursey, and a layup from Ross, the Lady Aggies were able to field a 7-0 run. This run allowed a 28 point lead. The leading scorers for the Lady Aggies were Berry with 13 points and Ross with 18. Defense seemed to be the same important factor in this as well as previous victories for the ladies. “It’s been a transition getting them to understand that ‘D’ is better than ‘O,’ stated Robinson. The Lady Aggies made defensive stops early in the game, which allowed the ladies to take the lead and take the home crowd out of the game early. “If we can get the crowd out of it we pretty much upset the team and pretty much get an easy vic-

uniqua quillins

Register Reporter

The Aggies fell to the Eagles of NCCU 47-51, coming off their three game road trip. The inability to deliver at the foul line was a major factor in this game. In the first half, the Aggies did not make a single free throw. In the second half, the Aggies shot 40 percent from the free throw line. Overall, the Aggies shot 31 percent from the foul line while the Eagles shot 90 percent. “You can’t win if you don’t shoot free throws,” said head coach Cy Alexander. According to Alexander, the morning of this rivalry match up, the Aggies spent an hour working on their free throws. It is further concerning to Alexander that the players he wanted on the free throw line were at the line but did not deliver. Alexander was concerned that the upperclassmen and team leaders such as senior forward Adrian Powell, senior guard Jean Louisme and junior guard Lamont Middleton. “If we would’ve made at least half our free throws we would’ve won the


During the 2013 MEAC Indoor Track and Field Championship held in Landover, MD, Daryl Williams, a redshirt senior received runner up in the 60 meter dash with a time of 6.82 seconds. Williams was .07 seconds away from winning the gold in the 60 meter finals. “It’s funny how so close can seem so far,” he said. The time for first place was 6.75 seconds which Williams previously ran at the JDL Fast Track in Winston Salem before his hamstring injury following the Virginia Tech meet weeks before the MEAC Championships. Duane Ross, N.C. A&T’s director of track and field program

spoke very highly of Williams. “I believe he is capable of being a national champion [and] also a leader whether it’s with track & field or the corporate world after he graduates,” said Ross. Starting at the beginning of this year’s indoor season, Williams set a personal record almost every other meet. It’s the little changes he made this season compared to his previous three seasons that made a big difference. Williams admitted that before his eating habits could have been better, and some of his activities such as partying, not drinking enough water and the lack of stretching were not beneficial to what he was trying to accomplish with his track career. Therefore, he believes

MEN’S BASKETBALL TEAM Norfolk State North Carolina Central Savannah State Delaware State Hampton North Carolina A&T Morgan State Bethune-Cookman Florida A&M Howard Maryland East. Shore Coppin State South Carolina State

CONF. 13-0 12-1 10-2 7-5 7-4 6-7 6-6 6-6 4-8 3-11 2-10 3-10 1-11

OVR. 18-10 19-8 17-10 12-14 10-14 13-15 10-14 11-16 7-19 6-22 2-21 6-22 5-20

March 4 vs. Savannah State 9 p.m.


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Adriana Nazario fights off defender for a jumpball. Nazario sets up for a three pointer field goal against off balance defender of NCCU.

tory,” said Berry. With 10 rebounds, Ross again proved to be a great presence for the Lady Aggies defensively. She also had three blocks and three steals. According to Robinson, Ross has done a lot for the team in reference to offense and defense and has also been great at giving the team a solid inside presence. “She’s a heck of a shot blocker, so she makes people think before they dribble drive attack to the basket,” said Robinson.

Next, the Lady Aggies will take on the team that ended their 6 game winning streak, S.C. State. However, this time S.C. State will be in the Corbett Sports Center versus their home gym. “They beat us in their place, we’re going to try and beat them in ours,” said Robinson. According to Berry, the team has to play harder next game and fix some of the little things they did not do in this game against NCCU like boxing out, allowing teams to get second

and third chances and taking care of the ball. “[We have] Got to stay focused and pretty much build off this game,” said Berry. Email us theatregister@gmail. com and follow us on Twitter @TheATRegister

CONF. TEAM 12-0 Hampton 10-4 Howard 10-3 North Carolina A&T 8-4 South Carolina State 6-6 Bethune-Cookman 7-5 Florida A&M 8-6 Coppin State 6-7 Morgan State 6-6 Delaware State 3-9 Maryland Eastern Shore 3-10 Norfolk State 2-10 Savannah State 1-12 North Carolina Central

OVR. 21-5 16-10 18-8 16-7 11-13 10-15 12-15 9-17 9-16 7-16 5-19 7-18 1-25

UPCOMING GAMES: Saturday at S.C. State 2 p.m. March 2 vs. Savannah State 6 p.m.

BASEBALL TEAM Northern Maryland Eastern Shore Norfolk State Delaware State Coppin State Southern North Carolina Central Savannah State North Carolina A&T Bethune-Cookman Florida A&M



0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0

1-4 2-4 3-2 1-4



0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0

7-1 3-4 2-6 0-6



0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0

3-3 2-3 0-2 2-0 4-9 2-7 1-7



0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0

7-5 0-1 2-12 3-11 7-3

UPCOMING GAMES: Today vs. Gardner-Webb 3 p.m. Saturday vs. N.C. Central 1 p.m. and 4 p.m.

softball TEAM Northern Maryland Eastern Shore Norfolk State Delaware State Coppin State Hampton Howard Morgan State Southern North Carolina Central Savannah State North Carolina A&T Bethune-Cookman Florida A&M S.C State

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Head coach Cy Alexander looks on at his team with support fom the sideline. Players on the bench look to cheer on their teammates as they lose to NCCU Eagles 47-51 on Saturday.

In the second half, the Aggies tried to strengthen their lead over the Eagles but were not able to. N.C. Central started to take control of the game and took a lead that they were able to maintain throughout the duration of the game. N.C. Central’s defense and offensive effective-

ness were successful in stopping the Aggies in the final half. Powell was one of the leading scorers for the Aggies, racking up 10 points and getting 6 rebounds. Beckford also scored 10 points to add to this three steals and four rebounds. Underwood was the team’s leading

Williams strides in the right direction Register Reporter


UPCOMING GAMES: Saturday vs. S.C. State 4 p.m.

Aggie men fall short game,” said junior guard Jeremy Underwood. Another factor that seemed to play a role in this tough loss was the crowd’s hectic atmosphere. According to Alexander, the team cannot fold under a wild atmosphere, especially when some of the players on the court are seniors. “You’ve been here done that, ain’t nothing new,” said Alexander. In the first half, the Aggies got off to a good start and were able to sustain a nine-point lead over the Eagles while making stops on the defensive side of the ball as well. “We played hard, we rebounded, we played defense,” said Underwood. With a routine shot from beyond the arch by Powell, a dunk from freshman Bruce Beckford, and a layup from Underwood, the Aggies were able to field a 7-0 run which led to the Aggies advancing over N.C. Central by 10 points. However, the Eagles fought back and were able to cut the Aggies lead down to only three points. The first half ended with the Aggies leading 30-27 and outscoring Central 14-2 in the paint.


that without change there is no progress. He has goals and aspirations going into the end of his last indoor season as an Aggie and the start of his outdoor season. His main goal is to set personal records to motivate him to go pro and run next year. He also wants to get the school record that was set by Calesio Newman, former Olympic trials competitor, in the 60 meter that was 6.68 seconds. Williams stresses how much his family motivates him, especially his mother who periodically sends him scriptures to keep him focused and grounded. “In the race, everybody must run so why not run to obtain the prize,” he said. However, the road after MEAC to nationals is just the

beginning. Daryl Williams will compete in the 60 meter dash for nationals on March 8, in Fayetteville, Ark. “I’m not trying to be average, I’m trying to be the best,” said Daryl Williams. According to Duane Ross, former Olympian in the 2004 Athens, “Williams understands that glory comes at a cost, that cost being practicing when you don’t have to and putting in the extra work. I believe Daryl has all the tools necessary to become an Olympian.” As an upperclassman, Williams strives to set the example of hard work, dedication and excellence for his teammates. –Email theatregister@gmail. com and follow us on Twitter @TheATRegister

scorer with 11 points and four assists. Next, the Aggies will face S.C. State March. 2 in Corbett Sports Arena. Email us theatregister@gmail. com and follow us on Twitter @TheATRegister

UPCOMING GAMES: Friday Wolfpack Challenge vs. Lafayette 12:15 p.m. vs. Kansas 2:30 p.m. Saturday Wolfpack Challenge vs. Stony Brook 2:30 p.m. vs. N.C. State 7 p.m. Sunday vs Lafayette 11:15 a.m.

CIAA hopes to fill seats this weekend steve reed

AP Sports Writer

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Earl Monroe still comes back to the CIAA basketball tournament. Charles Oakley, Sam Jones, Ben Wallace, Ronald “Flip” Murray and even former Harlem Globetrotter Curly Neal can’t seem to stay away either. While they’re not playing, new CIAA Commissioner Jacqie Carpenter hopes fans start attending more games, rather than just the parties associated with the tournament to help the historically black conference erase a $200,000 deficit. The tournament tips off this

week and the 200,000 fans that will descend on Charlotte want to be a part of all the events though many stay away from the games held at the city’s downtown arena, which is home to the NBA’s Charlotte Bobcats. Carpenter, the CIAA’s first appointed female commissioner, said the goal is to get out of the red “within a couple of years” and hopes the conference can get a jumpstart with this week’s ticket sales to the third-largest basketball tournament in the country behind only the ACC and Big East. One reason for the huge attendance is the opportunity for CIAA alumni to fellowship, the event has a reunion feel to it.


The A&T Register | | Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Spring Break Edition


How to loose your girl before Spring Break KIM FIELDS

Register Reporter

When you think about Spring Break, two things that come to mind are freedom and flings. How can you have either if you have the old ball and chain at home? Without a girlfriend, you can do almost anything guilt free. Staying out late, flirting, not checking in, waking up whenever and planning your own itinerary are a few of the luxuries of a singles’ spring break. It is time to break loose and have some fun. It is not hard to break up with your girlfriend. One thing that needs to be considered is whether you want to get back together after spring break. If you want to get back together, do not result to drastic measures. Distance yourself from her, that always sends red flags. Start dumb arguments when around her. Being rude in public, not listening to her when she talks, and telling her how she reminds you of your mom are sure ways to start an argument. If she does not break up with you by the end of the argument, just tell her it is over. If you are not interested in getting back together after the break up, there are many tatics you can do to burn the

Jay-Z made a power move and signed himself and his label, Roc Nation, to Warner/Chappell music. It was a publishing deal that gave Warner/Chappell Music the rights to all of his music post-Def Jam, from “Blueprint 3” all the way up to “Watch The Throne.” Warner/Chappell will also own the rights to the music catalogues of his Roc Nation signees. Jay-Z is known for making good business decisions. From investing in the Nets, to opening his own club, Jay-Z has never fumbled when it comes to making money. Days later, Beyoncé joined her husband and signed a deal with Warner/ Chappell music. Her deal was described as a publishing deal, which gives Warner/Chappell access to her future albums. Does this mean Beyoncé and Jay-Z will be doing more music together? We will have to see what the future holds for the infamous couple. Its going to be interesting to see how this turns out for both parties. From the looks of the situation, Jay-Z has something up his sleeve.

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bridges. Talk about her family. There is a rule that only family members can talk about their family, no one else. Call her your ex’s name repeatedly or confess to cheating. You can even get a friend to play along who can tell on you if you do not want to just come out and say it. Also, start comparing her to your ex, but put your ex in a better light or say how she reminds you of all the bad things your ex did. How about just completely cutting her off?

The ultimate Spring Break checklist SHELBY CHRISTIE Contributor

Spring Break, at last. All of our late nights of studying and early mornings of struggle will be redeemed by a week long vacation. Some of us will be headed home for down time, while most of us will be on our way to the beach for some fun in the sun. Before you ditch your bookbag for your beach bag, let’s run down a list of things you’ll want to bring along. Business Cards & A Resume I know, I know. You are wondering why I am telling you to mix work and play. You never know who you are going to run into. You may meet your next boss while having a drink at the bar. You should always have a digital copy of your resume on a hand, along with as a dozen business cards. If you happen to run into someone you want to stay in contact with you will be prepared. After all, we came to college to get a job. Always be on the lookout for career opportunities when you are around new people and in new environments. Sun Protection I hate to state the obvious, but, you will need sunblock. An iron based sunscreen does the trick. Spray on sun protection wears off easily, especially if you are sweating or have had a dip in the pool. Sun protection that leaves a weird white film over your skin is iron based sunscreens. The initial ashy effect of sunscreen sucks, but your skin will



thank you later. An easy way to remember to apply sunblock is using it as lotion in your morning routine. Put in on before you get dressed. Then reapply to exposed areas midday or after you have gotten out of the water. An Alternate form of Identification Most of us have government issued driver’s licenses or ID’s that we keep on us at all times. When traveling, you want to have a secondary form of ID with you, in case you get injured or lost and have the first form of ID with you. I suggest bringing your Aggie One card with you. Chargers and Outlet Converters Make sure you bring chargers for your electronic devices. You may be so focused on packing your cutest swimsuit or your favorite shirt that you forget to pack chargers too. To cut down on carry on space, opt for all in one universal USB charger kit. There is one USB port with several different mobile device plug-ins. This way you can charge different devices with one compact charger. If traveling out of the country for spring break, you will need to get an outlet converter. Outlets overseas are shaped differently than our standard outlets in the U.S. Go to BestBuy and tell a salesperson what country you are traveling to and he or she will show you what outlet converter will fit your needs. Experience new things.

Go on a tour of the city, or spend a lazy day on the beach reading a new genre of literature. What ever you decide, just remember to enjoy your spring break aggies. -Email Shelby at sichrist@aggies. and follow The A&T Register on Twitter @TheATRegister

Want to go in on someone? Love to be sarcastic? Want to see your questions for 20 questions?

After five days, text her and say the relationship it is over. Don’t give her an explanation. Heads up, you might have to change your number after this. If this is too harsh, you can tone it down a notch. Make excuses like you are going through some things and need time a part. Maybe you do not have time for a girlfriend or you’re not ready to be serious. Now that you are in the middle of the semester, you may have a lot on your plate. It might be best if you

break up. You can tell her you need time to reevaluate yourself or the relationship. Tell her, “It’s not you, it’s me” and explain how she is not what you are looking for. If you want to flip the script and blame her for the break up, tell her you saw her flirting. Accuse her of cheating. Your weak proof could be how slow she texts back, that she always calls late or guys do not have late night conversations anymore. End it by telling her she has changed and you can not trust her anymore. Keep this rude trend going by breaking up through a text message, in a short note, over the phone, in a very public place or write her a letter with lyrics to a break up song and sign it with “bye.” A simple, “it’s over” always works too. Ladies, do not feel bad if this happens to you. Let him ponder trying to come up with the perfect break-up plan while you get dolled up and make arrangements to spend spring break with the girls, taking in all of the sweet eye-candy. If you need to do the breaking up, some of these strategies can work for you too. Hey, I will not tell if you will not. -Email Kim at knfield1@aggies. and follow The A&T Register on Twitter @TheATRegister

Spring Trend: Turning up in style



Feb. 27 to March 5

The A&T Register’s guide to the best songs to play during Spring Break 2013.

Drake might have not started from the bottom but he sure is here. This song is sure to get some air time this break with the catchy hook and chill beat. Seniors this is the perfect anthem to end your last Spring Break.

He may not be a lyricist, but the beat and hook of “All God Everything” saves Trinidad James. Freshman, do not be scared to flex on Instagram. Spring Break is the perfect time to let loose. Just make sure you are only sweating because it’s hot.

Ladies: This Spring Break, take Wayne’s advice and stay worry free with “No Worries.” Put those books down for a couple of days and relax. Let the chorus guide you this break. Forget about being demure this spring and let out your inner sexy. Spring date nights are getting a boost with cut outs, peek a boo lace, and sheer panels. To keep these looks classy instead of trashy opt for tailored pieces and keep everything else covered. What is sexier than a splash of skin to keep him wondering

Gentlemen: “Throw it up, throw it up. Watch it all fall out.” The lyrics say it all. Need we say more? Turn up this Spring Break with Rihanna’s club anthem.

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Winter whites are back for another round. Whites in the spring are crisp, clean and effortless. If you want to get the perfect girl, all white everything is the way. Do not over think it. Try an all white look with aviators to keep it cool Check out all these looks for Ladies and Gentleman at

1. Who is happy Spring break is finally here? 2. What’s the move? 3. Possibly Miami? 4. Does that really count as a break if you see the same people from class? 5. What about this A&T Harlem Shake video? 6. Are we over it yet? 7. Any Harlem Aggies salty still? 8. Who is taking notes from the article above because you’re trying to lose your girl? 9. Are you trying to lose her to spend time with the side chick this week? 10. Are you the side chick? 11. What’s up with people following people and then unfollowing once they get a follow back? 12. Why you flexing? 13. What’s up with people posting twitpics of Molly? 14. Don’t you have a daughter? 15. Who has their Spring Break tracks ready? 16. Is it unbeweavable? 17. Or are you saving it for CIAA? 18. Who’s trying to get chose? 19. Who just lied to themselves saying they weren’t ? 20. Does that make you thirsty?

Can’t live without entertainment? Does music keep you going? Are you JOMC? Great at writing? Wednesday GCB 328 5 p.m. Be there. Or don’t critique the paper.

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