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Studio C news anchors Bridghetta Johnson and Brian Dickens prepare to tape a show on a new set in the Cosby Center. WDTN-TV of Dayton donated two sets and other equipment worth $25,000 in October.

The philosophy of re-education Students in an African Philosophy class met with classmates, professors, and faculty members to

discuss social issues Nov. 8, 2005. Central State junior Roberto Farrar hosted the “pre-conference,:” meeting in advance of an African Philosophy conference scheduled for

Nov. 30. Philosophy students hosted a similar meeting in spring quarter of last year. The students published

Janielle Harris, a Learning Communities student, was the first person to register for Spring 2006 classes online. Harris used the university’s new web portal, MyCSU, to register. MyCSU is available to all students. Administrators say MyCSU will enable students to select and secure first choice classes early, prevent late fee charges, and purchase books in a timely manner. In addition. the program will allow students to view their course history, grades, account balances, the academic catalog, and other personal information. Students will be able to view, update, and print this information from any personal computer with Internet access.

Part II of our series on the Philosophy of Rap Music begins on page 9.

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Rosa Parks honored in Washington D.C. By: Scot E. Kirk, ‘05 The Afro American Newspaper

Hundreds of people from different backgrounds and origins, came out to pay their last respects to “The Mother of the Civil Rights Movement,” Rosa Parks. The service was held at the Metropolitan AME Church in NW Washington on Monday. It was the last chance for many, to view her casket and pay homage before Parks body was returned to her home city of Detroit on Tuesday. Outside, the area in front of the church was crowded with spectators, security and people trying to gain access to the service within. On the

inside, vacant seats were hard to find and even wall space became scarce on the main level as people struggled to get a glimpse of Parks casket. A large number of celebrities, politicians (both Democrat and Republican), dignitaries and others filled the pews of the church, and some even offered words of appreciation for Parks’ defiance on the Montgomery, Alabama city bus in 1955. Talk show host Oprah Winfrey Continued on page 10

The flags at Central State’s entryway flew at half staff in honor of Civil Rights pioneer Rosa Parks.

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Register for classes online with MyCSU By Tonya Branham

Contributing Writer

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By Jirou Williams

Campus is prepared for flu season

Registration for the spring semester begins Monday, Nov. 14, 2005. For detailed instructions on how to register using MyCSU, go to the university web site at www.centralstate. edu, click the registrar’s link and then click “student web registration instructions.” Students will not be able to Continued on page 11

Tribute: John H. Johnson

By Nicole Singleton Contributing Writer

John Harold Johnson, founder and publisher of Ebony magazine, died August 8, 2005, in Chicago, of heart failure at the age of 87. Many people loved Johnson. He built a publishing empire celebrating the achievements and greatness of African Americans. Some say he was an awesome “Black” publisher, while others simply say he was the greatest of all American publishers. Those who knew and admired him knew Johnson as a “man of action”. At the young age of 20. John Johnson sold his mother’s furniture for $500 to launch his first magazine. Ebony magazine currently has a circulation of 1.6 million subscribers making it the most popular Black-owned magazine in the world. Ebony’s publication changed America with words as well as positive images of black people. With $500 Johnson built a media empire that 60 years later is still the number one media company in the African American community and still Continued on page 10


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Smiley says The Train Stops Here

Com students visit Washington D.C. NEWS COMMENTARY

Kenneth Body Contributing writer

By Monique Heath

I left for the Howard University Job fair thinking that there was nothing for me to learn. I just wanted to get away and hang with my peers. Boy was I wrong and happy that I was. There was so much to gain and see on this trip. From the city we call D.C. to the campus of Howard University, even the people on and around this trip had an impact on me. Howard itself is something to see. The campus, students and faculty were great. Howard is a city campus, so things are situated in many different locales. It is wonderful if I may say so, and I do. I liked how all the Greeks had their

Contributing Writer

One of the most prominent journalists and national radio and television personalities, Tavis Smiley, took the podium at Central State University Oct. 14, 2005. Nearly a thousand students packed Robeson Auditorium to participate in Smiley’s Talented Tenth HBCU Tour. Smiley delivered an inspirational talk about the importance of be-

“Leadership really is service. It is understanding how to be a servant.”

— Tavis Smiley

ing a leader and then took questions from an enthusiastic audience. “Leadership really is service. It is understanding how to be a servant” Smiley said. Smiley calls his tour the “Talented Tenth” in honor of sociologist W.E.B. Dubois, who saw higher education as a way of grooming future black leaders. Geared towards young adults, Smiley discussed the characteristics of successful leaders, how to become a leader, and how to leverage your skills for future success. Smiley’s tour was designed to “enlighten, encourage, and empower” young adults to become effective leaders in their communities, schools, and the world. Smiley said that young African Americans have played a key role

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Television personality Tavis Smiley speaks about leadership before a packed house of CSU students, faculty and staff on Oct. 14, 2005. in American history. The Civil Rights Movement would not have been a success, “had it not been for the involvement and engagement of young people,” Smiley said. “The movement would have faltered.” Smiley said it’s time now for the post-civil rights generation to assume a leadership role in the United States. He said the nation desperately needs leaders. Smiley has been named by Time magazine as one of America’s 50 most promising young leaders. Newsweek profiled him as one of 20 people changing how Americans get their news and dubbed him

one of the nation’s “captains” of the airwaves. Central State’s radio station, WCSU 88.9 FM, broadcasts Smiley’s radio program every Friday at 11 a.m. Many students enjoyed Smiley’s speech, calling it “enlightening,” “inspirational,” and “empowering.” Central State senior Jasper Person agreed with much of what Smiley said. “How can one lead if he has never followed, and how can one follow if he has never served?” Smiley left the studens with a question: “Are you one of the talented tenth?”

spots in the middle of the main quad. Vendors sold snacks, hot dogs and all of kinds of other stuff right on campus. It was real student friendly. The job fair — to me — was less impressive. The fair was very limited for a variety of reasons. Most companies participating in the fair told students to apply for jobs through their company websites. “I could have done this from home” is what most students said. I was very surprised that BET did not participate in the fair. It seemed odd that a black cable channel would be absent at a job fair for African American students. I did speak with a VH1 rep and Continued on page 11

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a book, “looking back to move forward,” at the end of that conference. This year students are working on another publication, which will include a variety of writings and some artwork. Albert G. Mosley, author of “African Philosophy,” as well as other African philosophers and theorists inspired many of the students’ essays. Mosley’s text deals with the nature of African and African American people. For the past six centuries or so, Africans have interacted with Europeans and that has played a big part in molding the modern concept of the African. Mosley’s writings also critique the psyche and culture of Africans.

“Not only do we want to reeducate the miseducated, but we want to educate people in general,” Roberto Farrar said. “The goal of this organization is not to force our views onto others, but we want people to think critically about important issues.” The students are dealing with African American cultural issues, and race is just one focus of the conference. Students discuss a number of issues such as social relations, leadership, morality, education, art, health, religion, and expression. The African Philosophy Conference will be held Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2005, from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. in the Stokes Center. Everyone is welcome to attend.

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Flu season is upon us HEALTH

Contributing Writers

Students and staff members at Central State lined up for free flu shots the first week of November. “It’s free and it’s on campus and it’s getting closer to winter and I’m trying to not get sick,” said Junior Mallory Yates. Flu season in the Midwest doesn’t usually start until January, February, or March, said Elaine

“It’s free and it’s on campus ... I’m trying to not get sick.”

— Junior Mallory Yates

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Nurse practitioner Elaine Scott gives Torch reporter Monique Heath a free flu shot in the Student Health Center Oct. 31, 2005.

Scott, nurse practitioner of the Central State University Student Health Services. However, it’s important

IT’s MyCSU: new web portal TECHNOLOGY

By Douglass Robertson CSU Department of Information Technology

Central State University is on a verge of a digital revolution. The age of analog is coming to an end, ushering in an era of online connectivity. I would like to introduce to you Central State University’s first Internet portal: MyCSU. An internet portal provides access to a broad array of resources and services, such as e-mail, online calendars, groups, and on-line report cards. The first Web portals were online services, such as AOL, that provided ac-

cess to the Web. By now, most of the traditional search engines have transformed themselves into Web portals to attract and keep a larger audience. MyCSU is a customizable, interactive system that allows the users — students and faculty — to access and customize an array of virtual on-line channels. You may customize your MYCSU portal by adding channels and tabs filled with content that serve your needs and interests. From the MyCSU tab you can set up your calendar and view your email, personal announcements, campus announcements, the “word

of the day,” RSS news feeds and other dy information. MYCSU includes groups for collaboration and seamless access to WebCT. Starting this year, students will get their grades and register for classes online bringing Central State out of the dark ages. Once you have logged on go to the tutorial tab or the help button to find out more information (about the program.) Although MYCSU currently offers many services and a wide variety of content, we have only just begun. This is our first release of Central State’s portal. We have Continued on page 3

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to get your flu shot early because it takes two weeks before your body actually builds the immunity to prevent the virus. The flu is a respiratory disease caused by the influenza virus infection. There are more than 2000 forms of influenza. The flu is airborne. It travels from region to re-

gion on airwave currents. Flu-like symptoms include fever, chills, headaches, muscle aches, and a severely painful, dry cough. According to the Centers for Disease Control, more than 36,000 Americans, mostly elderly, die from the flu in a typical year. Continued on page 10

Mystery writer’s visit CSU BOOK CLUB

“The Company You Keep” author Monique Heath Contributing Writer

Angela Henry may live the quiet life of a writer, but in her novel “The Company You Keep” she holds nothing back from her readers. Henry read excerpts from her novel to a group of students and faculty Nov. 8 as part of a literary program co-sponsored by the communication program and the humanities department. “The Company You Keep” tells the story of Kendra Clayton, a 28-year-old part-time hostess and GED instructor who lives in the sleepy college town of Willow, Ohio. Clayton’s life is nice and quiet — even a bit boring —until the unthinkable happens: Kendra finds herself involved in a murder mystery. Clayton then discovers that she and her best friend are suspects in the case. Kendra Clayton is a classic character with all the day-to-day needs, worries, and concerns of the girl next door. Henry keeps

you guessing in this web of lies, murder, and mystery. Henry was born and reared in Springfield, Ohio, and received her Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature from Ohio University in 1992. “What inspired me to write was I loved mysteries and there weren’t a lot of black single woman in mystery fiction,” Clayton said. Continued on page 11

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ViewPoint HBCU’s offer opportunity to us all

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By Brian Dickens Contributing Writer

To some, Central State University is the school that does not turn down anyone’s application. To some, Central State University is considered an academic “ghetto.” For others, Central State University is the only school that gives students a fair chance at academic success. Black colleges/universities were created so blacks who were illiterate could learn the basics of reading and writing. They rescued students who were rejected by other institutions. To understand the history of black colleges — and why it’s important for African American students to attend HBCUs — it is useful to consider the policies that led to their creation. Cheyney University (founded in

1837), Lincoln University (founded in 1854) in Pennsylvania, and Wilberforce University in Ohio (founded in 1856) were the first historically black colleges. Students attended these black colleges in pursuit of equal education, though in a separate environment. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 recognized “historically black colleges as positive instruments for integrating society, being able to accept students who were rejected elsewhere.” Presently, at historically black colleges, African American students have the opportunity to become the student government president, homecoming queen or quarterback of the football team. Graduates of HBCUs are connected to one another. That “his-

Crisis in the church By Elshunta Peoples Contributing Writer

When I look at the world around us, specifically the Black community, I see us rising as individuals but crumbling as a whole. The foundation for our community has, for many years, been the Black Church. Now, our people are falling, looking for something to grasp, and there is nothing there. Why? There is no life preserver because our people, as well our pastoral leaders, have gone astray. We have become too concerned trying to be “modern.” We worry more about “keeping up with the Joneses” than keeping up with our own families. If you ask people who don’t attend church why they don’t attend, many would feel uncomfortable and some pre-judged. To many, the church has lost its meaning and value. Our churches have been transformed from small, close-knit communities to large suburban mega-churches. The seats there are filled, but hearts are closed. Some people, though not all, are more worried about what they wear to church and how they look. Some church leaders, though not all, are

more worried about how many seats they fill, CDs they sell, and books they sign. Of course, the leaders of these new mega-churches say they’re only trying to reach a mass audience. But how many books are given away free for those who cannot afford them? How can the leaders of suburban churches preach to a community filled with problems, if they have not been there and lived it? Of course, the leaders of these new mega-churches say they’re just trying to reach as many people as possible. But how many books are given away free for those who cannot afford them? How can the leaders of suburban churches preach to a community filled with problems, if they have not been there and lived those problems? I’m not suggesting that people tear down or avoid these megachurches. But the leaders of the church must realize that they have been called by God and not the people. The community must realize that realize that we can succeed, but only if we are united. We turn to the church for so much. It should be our home away from home. The church should be the place we go to for advice, love, friendship, spiritual cleansing, and to be heard.

torically black college” bond ties us together and follows us everywhere. Graduates such as Phylicia Rashad(Howard University), Thurgood Marshall(Lincoln University of Pennsylvania), Samuel Jackson(Morehouse College) and Leontyne Price(Central State University) play vital parts in all walks of life. America would have been denied the light of these individuals if black colleges and universities hadn’t given them the chance to succeed.

Making work-study work for you By Derrick Edwards Contributing Writer

At the start of the spring semester, students will again begin looking for work- study jobs. If you are one of those students, let me make a suggestion: Find a job that relates to your hoped-for career. Work-study is a great way to earn money, but it should also be a way to advance your career prospects. Employers want workers with experience in their area of business. A degree is great, but if you really don’t have practical experience in your field, then how useful to a company will you be? An employer will be grateful, if he does not have to spend money training you to do your job. Let me suggest that you look for a work-study job in your major. For example, if you are a mass communication major, you should seek a job at the radio station. Or a job in the university’s public relations office. Work-study can equip you to work in your field. Of course, it’s not always easy to find a work-study job in your major. I am an Early Childhood Education major and I may not be able to find a work-study job in my field. However, I am determined to at least find a job working for someone in the College of Education. In that way, I will develop contacts and relationships that might become useful in the future.

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It’s Easier than You Think!

All high achieving students use the list as their priorities and realize school is always first, everything else is second! Problems occur in For the last few years I have one’s life when the second priorbeen consumed with one ques- ity becomes the first. Whenever tion that has driven my success the organization or club you paracademically at this uniticipate in becomes versity: What are the more important than ‘A and B level’ students attending class you doing each semester that are doomed for a no one else is? Equipped mediocre semester. with this question I also It doesn’t matter how wondered what I could important or noble do to get to that level and the event you are remain there. participating in, if In part 1 of this 6 part it causes you to lose Tobias Q. Brown series I will show will focus on class time show you what I have Author, “It’s Easier or study time you do than You Think!” done to excel in every not need it. area at Central State Something to do and how you can take these same today that can affect your grades principles and incorporate them in positively: Take a note pad and list your life and gain constant success all the extracurricular activities also. you are involved in, rank them The beginning of my research in order of importance, keep the was centered on the study of high top two activities and drop all the achieving academic students. rest because once school, extraAs I hung around them I started curricular activities, and a social to notice a myriad of personali- life are incorporated you’re time ties, styles, and principles they and energy are far spent. If you’re used. I began to make a list, and having problems getting out of as I listed different principles that activities and organizations then each individual used, I noticed learn to use the word ‘no.’ that there were many principles In the next article we will disbut they all fell into one of 5 cat- cuss goal setting and communicaegories; Priorities, Goal Setting, tion as well as how to put the two Communication, Progress, and together with prioritization and Time Management. move you to the place you want to Let’s jump right into things. be academically. For the time being we will define successful students as students who perform well academically, are active in campus life and exFriday, Monday, October 17, 2005 tracurricular activities (Team CENTRAL STATE UNIVERSITY Wilberforce, Ohio sports, organizations, and clubs) and have a social life that es beyond the parameters of the The Gold Torch features writing Central State University (You by Central State students. Views must have life outside college to expressed herein do not necessarily remain balanced). These three reflect those of the university, the newspaper staff or its advisors. areas are vital to success because they show a balanced person who Letters to the editor are welcome. wants to mature and excel at CenFor a complete list of contributors, please tral State. go to the About Us tab on The first principle shared by our Web site. all high achieving students is priADVISOR oritization: What is the #1 reason Mr. Michael Gormley you attend college? Your answer PROGRAM DIRECTOR Dr. Lovette Chinwah should be something close to wanting to get a degree, and education. Our offices are located in With that being said let’s rank your The Cosby Center priorities: 1. School; 2. Extra cur(937) 376-6491 ricular activities; 3. Social Life.

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Faculty debate the 2200 plan: How big can we grow? HONDA CHALLENGE

From: Gary Pierson Friday, October 28, 2005 12:59 PM

At Senate yesterday we were told to expect 2200 students in the fall. I hope that we are making plans to accommodate those students. We currently run a ration of less than 20 (full time) student(s) per (full time) faculty. This is a reasonable number for an institution that boasts of easy student access to instructors. If we expect 600 more students, we should be looking for 30 more fulltime faculty. The cycle for hiring faculty is such that we should be advertising those positions NOW. The question arises as to where these positions should be. To get 2200 students it seems likely that we will need more than 1000 new freshmen. This means at least 40 MTH sections and 50 ENG sections. These sections cannot all be covered by the existing MTH and ENG faculty. I doubt that sufficient adjuncts can be found. Many other areas are chronically short of faculty as well, leading to large overloads or use of adjuncts. We must recognize that an increase in student numbers requires an increase in faculty numbers. The practice of assuming that the existing faculty can teach an increasing number of students cannot continue.

From: Jeffrey Crawford Friday, October 28, 2005 3:51 PM

We need to plan on staffing as if our plans will come to fruition. And

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Judges watch students compete in the first round of the Honda Academic Challenge in the McLin Water Resources Building. we need to talk with each other about these things. So, here is some talk. In Humanities we have 22 sections of ENG 0950, 1100, and 1101 total and 15 sections of HIS 1110, 1121 and 1121 total. This was to serve 1600 students and 350 first time students. If we were to have 1,000 freshmen, we would need more than 50 ENG sections. Currently we have 6 FTE faculty positions. I suggest that we would need more than 30 sections of HIS. We currently have 2 FTE faculty positions. Today I submitted a staffing request that would move us to 18 FTE positions in the department total, with 8 in English and 3 in History. We had 14.5 FTE positions in the fall of 2002 and we now have 12.5. But to serve 1000 incoming students, 18 FTE positions in the department would still need to be supplemented by approximately the same number of adjuncts we currently employ, which for fall 2005 is twenty two. At the point that we have 18+ FTE faculty positions and in the

range of 20 adjuncts, the workload for a chair and a single secretary probably becomes unmanageable. Plan, Plan, Plan. Let’s do it. As for advertising new Faculty positions, let’s go high and include a proviso that the position is contingent upon funding. Let’s do it. Let’s do some planning.

From: Subramania Sritharan Friday, October 28, 2005 5:58 PM

All new students must be served by all (service ) departments. How real is the goal of 2,200? Could we prepare contingency plans for the following scenarios: 1,620 (no net loss), 1,800, 2,000, 2,200 ? What is the fraction of freshman out of these? Enrollment management should give us some basic projections.

From: Joe Ross Saturday, October 29, 2005 10:52 AM

Related to the FTE issue is an implied practical matter – space. If the 2200 student enrollment is re-

alized and the number of students taking general chemistry increases beyond sixty, we will have a problem with space for offering the associated and required labs. Currently general chemistry labs are held in McLin 127. For safety reasons and/or space requirements, a maximum of 15 (This actually too many. Twelve would be more reasonable.) students are allowed per section, i.e., four sections. An increase to 2200 would generate a projected 30 to 40 additional students in the labs. This would require another 2 to 3 sections. We cannot accommodate this number of sections.

From: Robert Marcus Sunday, October 30, 2005 1:21 PM

The critique of the proposed target enrollment is well taken. ... However, it is not too late pursue this goal properly. Don’t forget that a goal of 2200 students in no way means that we will get 2200 students. Any goal requires strategic analysis and planning to keep things in proper focus. .. Student enrollment planning should not be reduced to email discussions, or “committee-as-a-whole” discussion in a Senate meeting. All components of student enrollment: faculty, students, classes, staff, dorms, academic buildings, etc. should be analyzed.

From: Joe Ross Monday, October 31, 2005 10:20 AM

Clearly in this case we must base our projections on a worst case model, i.e., 2200 students. Question: Does anyone believe that if the enrollment swells to 2300, 2400, etc. that the extra 100, 200, etc students will be turned away? At some point we are going to have

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to face reality!

From: Krishna Kumar Nedunuri Monday, October 31, 2005 10:30 AM

Every department should come up with their own projections based on historical records and the overall university goal. Then we will start planning for contingencies.

From: Sam Laki Monday, October 31, 2005 12:21 PM

Dear all, I agree that that to realize the projected goal of 2200 students, academic affairs, enrolment management and admissions will have to make a concerted effort to achieve this worthy goal but I would think that before we worry ourselves to death, we would like to learn more from the administration … Decision makers are hired because they are good at what they do so l do not believe that they could have pulled out the figure of 2200 students for next academic year out of thin air without taking into consideration what it would take to sustain 2200 students so guys take it easy for now until we get more detail. As to whether this goal is achievable or not is beside the point at this point in time. It seems to me that it would be a lot easier for us to contribute when we know the stage the plan is and what went into it, least we end up worrying about issues that have already been addressed by the plan. In short, what I am saying is that we need a little more detail from the administration before we can proceed. Be prepared to help when the time comes. Keep the discussion alive.

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Torch Note: The University hopes to attract 2200 students next year, about 600 more than came to school this year. That goal inspired the following e-mail exchange among faculty.

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Biggest little fan


The Dayton Daily News

If you’re looking for a winner today, look no further than the Central State Marauders. And I’m not even talking about their very first victory of the season on Saturday, a last-second, 28-27 triumph at Savannah State in the final game of their abbreviated six-game season. They were winners long before Saturday. You saw that in the way they made Timmy Hayes one of their own this season. That’s a real victory story — the tale of how a team was able to master something that no one else — not doctors, teachers or anyone in the Hayes family — had quite been able to do this year. It was evident again one raw evening after practice this past week. Before heading to the dressing room, the cold and tired players — from big, rumpled linemen to lean, highstepping receivers — lined up with their coaches in front of the 10-yearold Fairborn boy who was sitting in his wheelchair at the edge of the field sporting an expectant grin and a gold CSU game jersey that was visible beneath the bulky Delphi coat of his grandpa’s he wore. The Marauders didn’t move until they got Timmy to do what others mostly can not get him to do: Leaning back and to one side in his chair to get a better angle, Timmy slowly worked his left arm — the one that’s limited in movement because of his cerebral palsy — higher and higher. When the boy’s left hand finally was raised, the players approached one by one and, often with give-andtake chatter, gave him a high five. It’s the kind of exchange that has gone on two and three times a week all season. And on this day — as has sometimes happened before — Vicky Hayes, Timmy’s grandmother, stood quietly off to the side, her eyes brimming with tears. “I don’t know quite how to word it,” she finally said. “The motivation, the will, the goals and dreams — these guys have made Timmy do things nobody else has been able to get him to do.” In the beginning, he kept that left hand low, but they got him to use his

muscles, to bring it up and do more. “Timmy wants to do what they do. When they go through exercises, he wants to get on his mat and work with them. He tries to throw the ball. He wants to be like them.” The bond between Timmy and the Marauders is one of the most beautiful you’ll find in football this season. It’s about people simply being good to each other no matter their differences in age, health or race. Central State is a historically black college. Most of its football players are black. Timmy is a blue-eyed, sandyhaired white kid. But together on the football field, they’re all just maroon and gold. The Marauders had a tough sea-

By Dominique Squires Contributing Writer

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Timmy Hayes rooted for his buddies on the football team through thick and thin.

Georgia on our minds ROAD TRIP:

Jasmine Johns Contributing Writer

So many Marauder football fans wanted to attend the Savannah State game that the University chartered a bus to take them to Georgia. On Oct. 28, 2005, dozens of students made the trip, paid for by the office of residence life. “I wanted the students to have the opportunity to enjoy a good game and experience a road trip,” said Interim Residence Life Director Raynaldo Gillus. Gillus said he wanted to go to the game, and then learned that the Student Government Association was sponsoring a trip — at a cost of $65 per student. When Gillus became aware of that fact, he sponsored a free trip for students’ enjoyment. He used money from his own budget to pay for the trip. “It was the collegiate thing to do,” Gillus said. The bus ride to Savannah took 13 hours and the bus was cramped. But students had the luxury of movies along the way. “Students conducted themselves as young men and women,” Gillus said, “I think the students represented Central State in a positive way.” After arriving in Savannah, students changed clothes and visited a local mall. “I found some things that I liked in the mall,” sophomore Steven Styles said.

Few victories, but major success


CSU football players bond with young fan By Tom Archdeacon

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Later, some students ventured off to enjoy the town, while others kept company in their rooms. “I hung out with friends and stayed up late talking to the security guard about the school,” sophomore Sierra Byers said. Other students went clubbing. “I went to Club Ice, hosted by the men of Omega Psi Phi,” Styles said, “ It was a homecoming party with free food and drinks all night. At the club they had sit down tables, pool tables and no fighting at the end of the night.” The next day, the students went to the game and enjoyed the homecoming festivities. “With two minuets left, I thought we were going to loose,” Gillus said, “I was surprised that we won. I hoped that we’d win.” Students enjoyed some southern hospitality and sunshine. “The weather impressed me the most,” Byers said. “It is always nice to see another HBCU (Historically Black College or University),” Gillus said. “It was a chance to get away from Wilberforce.” Gillus is also sponsoring a Christmas event and will take students to a dinner theater for Christmas. He hosts outside classroom learning activities, so students can have a wellrounded educational experience.

It does not matter that the Marauders played a condensed season of six games. It’s the fact that our football program has returned. It does not matter that we suffered five losses. What’s important is that Marauders finished their first season victoriously — persisting through hard times. “This season was a learning experience,” said junior defensive end Rico Middlebrooks, a psychology major. “What we’ve learned from our mistakes will hopefully carry us over into next year’s season.” Considering that the return of Marauder football consumed the media, we can prouly say that team members handled the pressure well and represented the university with class. I congratulate the CSU Intercollegiate Department of Athletics, the football coaches, certainly the team and our sponsors. By the way, the department of athletics still has Homecoming 2005 paraphernalia available for purchase, including Nike t-shirts and Central State University Marauder Football sweat shirts. The department has

slashed prices by more than 50 percent. Sweat shirts now cost $10 and the Nike T-shirts only $5. All proceeds benefit the Marauder football program. These items are available exclusively through the department. Visit the department office in the Beacom-Lewis Gymnasium or see Athletic Director Theresa Check to make your purchases.

CSU FOOTBALL SEASON RESULTS Capitol City Freedom Classic CSU Loss: 10; 0

Dayton Classic CSU Loss: 20; 6

Toyota Heritage Football Classic CSU Loss: 28; 0

Tiffin University CSU Loss: 31; 0

Glenville State University CSU Loss: 50; 20

Savannah State University CSU Win: 27; 28

Marauders win first victory in Savannah By Jasmine Johns Contributing Writer

The Marauder football team won its first game against Savannah State University Oct. 29, 2005. After a difficult season with five losses, the team made it happen in Georgia. The team won its first victory after a thrilling, come from behind touchdown in the last seconds of the game. “I was surprised at the way we won,” Athletic Director Theresa Check said. Central State’s victory spoiled Savannah State’s homecoming, which attracted hundreds of football fans. “Playing in Savannah was different being around a black college during their homecoming,” sophomore defensive end Bernard Austin said. The coaches were happy for the

players and look forward to more victories next season. They plan on recruiting better players and will play a tougher schedule, making the team stronger. After their much needed victory, the team took just a few days off to focus on academics, and then began their strengthening and conditioning routine, going into the weight room and making themselves faster, stronger, and better in shape. Check was disappointed that the Invincible Marching Marauder band was absent from the game due to limited finances. “We need the band,” Check said. “The fact that members of the band came anyway shows they support of the team.” Player Bernard Austin said, “We would have played better,” if the band had been present.

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Dayton walk benefits victims of cancer By Ken Marshall

Photos courtesy Ken Marshall, CSU Office of Sports Information

CSU Office of Sports Information

Student-athletes, accompanied by Jahan Culbreath, the Head Men and Women’s Track Coach, braved the cold and rain on Saturday Oct. 22, 2005 to participate in and help raise funds for the Cancer Walk in Dayton, OH. After collecting donations and pledges the group walked five miles. They raised more than $600 for this worthy cause.

Women enjoy volleyball despite losses

Team struggles, but enjoys the battle and demonstrate true sportsmanship By Jirou Williams Contributing Writer

After playing volleyball at Central State for four years, senior Quioina Baffman is still looking for the team’s first victory. “I do believe that CSU is getting better and will win many games in the future,” Baffman said. “Everyone needs to stay focused and show true heart.” Over the last four years, the team has won a number of games, but has never won an actual match — you’ve got to win a best of five series to win a match. Assistant Coach Audrey Parries is hopeful that the elusive victory will eventually come. “We are definitely finding our rhythm. It is tough trying to balance out every-

one’s skills,” Parries said. In October, the women played a competitive match against Rio Grande University and later lost to a tough squad from Cedarville University. At the time, Cedarville had a record of 27 wins with 4 loses. Sophomore Ashley Wilson is a middle hitter/blocker on the team. “We play well as a team and listen to each other for the most part. Our weaknesses are that we lose our intensity towards the ends of matches, and we need to work on our attitudes individually,” Wilson said. Coach Parries agrees that developing mental toughness is an ongoing challenge. “We are lacking the mental maturity of a college level team, and sometimes we lose focus after

mistakes are made,” Parries said. “As far as building the relationships between players and coaches are concerned, everything is running smoothly.” Team members say they could use more support from the university community. “CSU’s women’s volleyball team needs more support from its fellow classmates, staff, and its players,” said Baffman. “What you put in is what you’ll get in return.” The women’s team may not yet have won its first match, but team members say they’re having fun and learning at the same time. Ashley Wilson says she’ll be back next year. “We have already experienced to worst so we can’t go any direction but up,” she said.

To all of the CSU family, but most especially our students,

Have a happy and safe Thanksgiving holiday! From all of us in TRIO/Student Support Services

Rose Nelson Director

Erma Yow Academic Advisor

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Track practice reveals team’s skills

Photos by Derrick Edwards

An abundance of sports are on tap winter months By Dominique Squires Contributing Writer

Indoor sports fans let’s get ready to rumble! Whether it’s a game of basketball or an indoor track meet, Marauder athletes are in action.

Men’s Basketball The 2005-2006 men’s basketball season will unfold this year with three returning players and several new faces. Coach Doug Lewis and the Marauders anticipate a victoryfilled season. “It feels like a whole different team,” returning guard Shawn Teague said. “We’re just figuring out what everybody can do.” The team conditioned from early August through mid-October and spent time bonding in open gym practices, running plays and shooting around. “Playing in a real game is totally different than playing in open gym,” Teague said. “As far as a real game is concerned, we’re just learning how everyone will react.” Thus far, the Marauders have played two games — the first, a win against the Dayton All-Stars, the other, a loss against the University of Dayton. “I feel like we are starting to gel a little better after each game,”

Teague said. The Marauders will play 11 home games and 15 road games this year.

Women’s Basketball This year’s lady hoop squad consists of three returning players and plenty of new faces, as well. Returning players include sophomore guards Knetra Nelson and Taya Kidd, and senior forward Sherrie Griffin. “We have about 11 new players and we have good chemistry. That will show when we play,” Kidd said The Lady Marauders spent 2 ½ months in conditioning. The team often practices twice each day, at 5 a.m. and again at 4 p.m. Team members also work out individually outside of the regular practice schedule. “We need to really support the (women’s basketball) team because we have a competitive schedule,” said former Lady Marauder basketball guard Tamaka Clay. “We’re expecting a great season.” The team is optimistic about this season’s outcome. “Our goal is to go undefeated,” Kidd said. That will be a real challenge, since the team plays several larger, Division I universities. The team’s first game is Nov. 15, 2005, in Maryland against Bowie

State University. The home opener is Nov. 18, 2005, at the Theresa Check Basketball Classic. The Classic is a four team tournament renamed in honor of Central State Athletic Director and hall of fame basketball coach, Theresa Check. Check had turned down the honor for several years but finally relented this year. The Lady Marauders will play 11 home games and 14 road games this year.

Men and Women’s Indoor Track and Field The men and women’s indoor track and field season kicks-off with the Oiler Open Dec. 3, 2005, at Findlay University. “We always have high expectations for our upcoming seasons,” Head Coach Jahan Culbreath said. There are a lot of new faces on the team this year, including a number of freshmen and transfer students. Until the season officially starts, you may see some of them conditioning in Walker Gymnasium. Returning senior Sunaé Stamper is eager to improve her performance in the 200 and 400 meter-relays and contribute to the team.

Like the other CSU athletic teams, the track squad is in transition, moving from the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) to the NCAA Division II. The team adheres to all NCAA rules and regulations. Unlike most CSU athletes, track athletes compete year round. There’s a cross-country season in the fall, an indoor track season in the winter and an outdoor track season in the spring. Outside their daily practice schedule, team members devote time to the community. Members participated in a Breast Cancer Walk and raised more than $600 for breast cancer research. In the fall, the track team often visits neighboring elementary schools and reads stories to young children.

CSU’s Cheer Squad Just as the athletic squads have been preparing for the winter sports season, so too has the CSU Marauder Cheer Team. The squad began practicing in early August with cheer camp and intense conditioning. After the camp, Marauder cheerleaders began training Mondays and Fridays with a trip

on Wednesdays to Premier Gymnasium in Beavercreek, Ohio, to perfect their performance material. Cheer team members are expected to master tumbling, stunting, mounting, cheering, chanting, and dancing. Cheer and Dance Director Sylvia Kelly expects members to give 110 percent each performance. CSU cheerleader Shante Alsup says cheerleading is a tough, demanding sideline sport. The cheerleaders officially opened basketball season against the University of Dayton Flyers. The team will perform at home at the Theresa Check Classic Nov. 18 – 19.

Intramural Sports The athletic department also offers a full slate of intramural sports open to all students. These activities build leadership and teamwork skills, keep students healthy and are lots of fun. Contact Coach John Krueger at 376-6307 for more information. The following intramural sports are offered throughout the year: Flag football, yoga, play station, basketball, ping-pong, karate, softball, volleyball, bowling, billiards, open swimming, golf, miniature golf, and racquetball.

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Math and Me By Brandie Patrice Mullen Contributing Writer

Math and I fell in love very early in my life. Math was older than me and somewhat mysterious. He was a no-nonsense guy, with clearcut rules. Everything with math was black and white. I fell for him quickly. Math and I were opposites. He was hard, intricate and complex. I was soft, creative and sensitive. I couldn’t understand Math, but I still found him fascinating. That changed


Endless Pain By Kevin C. LeSure

my first year of junior high. In the eighth grade, Math started to speak in riddles using words and equations I didn’t understand. I still wanted to love Math, but when he and I talked he made my head hurt. I soon started to talk to him only when I needed him. For example, Math and I would get very close before exams. I would hold hands with Math when we would walk to class. I would even have dreams about Math. However, when the exams were over and I got my passing grade I would kick Math to the curb. I soon started dating English. I felt more comfortable with him.

Like me, he was creative and sensitive. I understood him. Math started counting, adding and subtracting all of the times I didn’t spend with him and accused me of cheating on him. But Math was no longer my type and I knew it. Math has tired to get back with me several times. He is in many of my classes this year including college mathematics and contemporary business. I thought I had lost him, but he has found me. And I don’t know what to do. Math left a scar on my heart. Maybe I should let him back in my life. I wonder if he will any easier for me to understand.

Demons are in my house and I can’t get them out.

Jake or some Paul. I wish I could drink it all.

They say things that make me want to leave my wife. They do things to endanger my life.

I bet it wouldn’t be so fun, if I put my own brains on the wall.

It is so dark I cant see no light. I fight with the angels of the night, asking God is everything going to be all right.

Take me away. There is no need for a loser like me. My own kids don’t love me and from the look in their eyes, they don’t even belong to me. My bloodline they don’t share. I put love in the air, come back with the devil’s stare.

They all wonder why, blood is coming out my eye. I have cried tears of pain, all I see is red even in the Rain.

Bleeding forever and a day, I told the old man sitting on the corner to wish for some happiness. He said it is better to be sad and the wall he kissed made everything is so bliss.

I wish to let people know why I am sad or why I am mad.

I can’t remember when the last time my girl I wanted to miss, leaving me to take a hit of some

Contributing Writer


Let it all fall down, sir. Death was never made for me, only end less pain.

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Taking a trip down memory lane By Brandie Patrice Mullen Contributing Writer

Our people have been thrown in dirt, classified as grime, deceived by many at the drop of a dime. Our hearts have been broken by dreams of a better tomorrow, bringing forth tears of hope and sobs of sorrow. We’ve been sent to the projects, a liquor store on every corner destructing fine black minds, leaving another mother to be a mourner. We have been judged by the complexion of our skin and how our hair should be, when we should love ourselves and keep our hair chemical free. The man has tried to turn black people against each other when the Bible teaches us to love our brother. The black race has been through misery and pain that could drive us all insane. We are a strong race that has to acknowledge our pain. If you don’t know why then take a trip down memory lane.


You are the one By Kevin C. LeSure Contributing Writer

I don’t need a golden home, I don’t need any money coming out of my nose. I don’t want anything that is not you. All I need is you kissing me and all the groovy things you do. You are my world. You are the sun to my earth. I have daydreams of you giving birth. to my children, with kisses that make me fall to my knees When you blow your kisses to me I’m not able to Breathe. When I am hurting, you know why I am hurting, In some crazy way this love thing is working. the rarest thing on this planet.. Your beauty takes hold of my eyes and then I am high. Girl don’t ever say good bye, cuz there would be nothing good about you saying bye. You are the one, the one I dream about every day.

Philosophy student further explores music genre THE HISTORY OF RAP PART II

By Aaron Whitfield Contributing Writer

Whitfield’s complete story can be found in Looking Back to Move Forward, a collection of writings by Central State University philosophy students. The book is available in the library, the humanities department office and the writing center. The full article can also be found on

Public Enemy came to prominence with their second album, It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back (1988), and the theme song “Fight the Power” from the motion picture Do the Right Thing (1989), by American filmmaker Spike Lee. Proclaiming the importance of rap in black American culture, Public Enemy’s lead singer, Chuck D., referred to it as the African American CNN

(Cable News Network). Alongside the rise of political rap came the introduction of gangsta rap, which attempts to depict an outlaw lifestyle of sex, drugs, and violence in inner-city America. In 1988 the first major album of gangsta rap was released: Straight Outta Compton by the rap group NWA (Niggaz With Attitude). Songs from the album generated an extraordinary amount of controversy for their violent attitudes and inspired protests from a number of organizations, including the FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigation). However, attempts to censor gangsta rap only served to publicize the music and make it more attractive to both black and white youths. NWA became a platform for launching the solo careers of some of the most in-

fluential rappers and rap producers in the gangsta style, including Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, and Eazy-E. In the 1990s rap became increasingly eclectic, demonstrating a seemingly limitless capacity to draw samples from any and all musical forms. A number of rap artists have borrowed from jazz, using samples as well as live music. Some of the most influential jazz-rap recordings include Jazzamatazz CD (1993), an album by Boston rapper Guru, and “Cantaloop (Flip Fantasia)” (1993), a single by the British group US3. In the United Kingdom, jazz-rap evolved into a genre known as triphop, the most prominent artists and groups being Tricky and Massive Attack. As rap became increasingly part of the American mainstream

in the 1990s, political rap became less prominent while gangsta rap, as epitomized by the Geto Boys, Snoop Doggy Dogg, and Tupac Shakur, grew in popularity. Since the mid-1980s rap music has greatly influenced both black and white culture in North America. Much of the slang of hip-hop culture, including such terms as dis, fly, def, chill, and wack, have become standard parts of the vocabulary of a significant number of young people of various ethnic origins. Many rap enthusiasts assert that rap functions as a voice for a community without access to the mainstream media. According to advocates, rap serves to engender self-pride, self-help, and self-improvement, communicating a positive and fulfilling sense of black

history that is largely absent from other American institutions. Political rap artists have spurred interest in the Black Muslim movement as articulated by minister Louis Farrakhan, generating much criticism from those who view Farrakhan as a racist. Gangsta rap has also been severely criticized for lyrics that many people interpret as glorifying the most violent and misogynistic (woman-hating) imagery in the history of popular music. The style’s popularity with middle-class whites has been attacked as vicarious thrill-seeking of the most insidious sort. Defenders of gangsta rap argue that no matter who is listening to the music, the raps are justified because they accurately portray life in inner-city America.


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Opportunity knocks again CAREER DAY OCT. 19, 2005

By Derrick Q. Edwards Contributing Writer

Central State University is Ohio’s only public historically black university. The mission of the University is to academically prepare students with diverse backgrounds and educational needs for leadership and service in an increasingly complex and rapidly changing world. One of the ways the administrators and faculty of the university fulfill this mission is by hosting an annual Career Day. Career Day is a day when students — specifically junior and senior — are invited to meet with companies for potential employment opportunities after graduation. Building connections with companies helps students seeking careers after graduation and also makes it possible for students to get internships while studying in their major. Employers like to attend Career Day because they get a chance to find young, creative, and prepared students as potential employees for their companies.

This year Career Day was held Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2005 and the theme was “Creating Connections: Are You the Right Fit?” The Office of Career Services invited potential employers AXA Advisors, LLC, Honda R&D Americas, Inc., International Truck and Engine Corporation, Kellogg Company, Speedway Super America, Kroger and many others to the campus to recruit college graduates. The President of the University, the Vice-President, and Head of Career Services all offered encouragement to the students and prospective employers alike asking them to take advantage of this opportunity to meet and get to know students of great caliber and skill from Central State University. The office of career services published a 2005 Career Day handbook covering such topics as networking skills; researching employers; resume models; cover letters; interview preparation; and evaluating job offers. These were given to each student for future use


Who will lead the flock? By Kenneth Boyd Contributing Writer

Central State is hoping to graduate future black leaders, but from what I see on campus, that hope may not be very realistic. Walk around Central State for a day. You’ll find the black community’s future “leaders” sleeping in class — if they even make it to class. They walk around campus with their pants hanging off their butts, doo-rags on their heads, smelling like weed. They argue with teachers because they don’t feel that they should have to wear business attire to class once a week even though most jobs are at least five days a week. You know the guys sitting outside school buildings trying to pick up young ladies. If she does not want to talk they call her names. You know the girls with their booties hanging out their skirts or breasts popping out their blouses and wearing nightclub attire in

their 10 a.m. class. You know seniors who can’t even hold an intelligent conversation about their major and want to cuss out faculty because they are not graduating. Martin Luther King Jr. had his dream, but he had more than that. He had a strong work ethic, he had guts, and he had mastered his craft. Professors are sometimes just as unimpressive as their students. Just because you have “Dr.” in front of your name does not mean you know everything and that you can treat students any way you choose. You know the professor who sits and talks about his publications, spending the whole class telling students what he has done instead of helping students learn what they need to do to get published. You know the white professor who is just so proud to be teaching the colored folks at Central. You know the professor who

and reference. The format featured a luncheon in the university’s Ward Ballroom. Thompson Catering Service provided an excellent lunch. Students dressed in business attire proper for interviews. Students and potential employers enjoyed a meet and greet session, ate lunch, and then spent the rest of the afternoon in interviews, evaluation, and assessment sessions. Each student was given an article entitled, “From College to Career.” The article suggested that the potential employee must be dependable, master job tasks, understand expectations, exceed expectations, strive for excellence, ask for feedback, and develop strong oral and written communication skills. A few students gathered in the hall comparing notes and talking with the other students about whom they met. Everyone seemed excited and looked forward to offers and opportunities to work with various companies. thinks he or she is so much better than others, too busy looking down on people, to help anyone or even see anyone helping them. If Central State really wants to graduate tomorrow’s leaders, we need to improve our effort today. Students: This is college so go to class, open a book, and close your mouth. That odd feeling you’re experiencing is called learning. Professors: Sheepskin and age don’t mean much without substance. Stop grandstanding, putting down people, crying about attendance and a lack of respect. Just teach. Give respect to receive respect. It goes both ways. Everyone needs to cowboy up. Our future depends on it. As Cornel West once wrote “We need leaders — neither saints nor sparkling television personalities — who can place themselves within a larger historical narrative of our country and our world, who can grasp the complex dynamics of people and imagine a future grounded in the best of our past; yet who are attuned to the frightening obstacles that now perplex us.”

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gave a short speech in which she acknowledged that without the efforts of Rosa Parks, she probably wouldn’t be who she is today. “Without her, I wouldn’t be doing what I do everyday,” said Winfrey. Also in attendance was writer/actor and producer Tyler Perry, Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, D.C. Councilman Marion Barry (D- Ward 8) and Rep. Ted Kennedy (D-MA) and a myriad of others. Actress Cicely Tyson gave an emotionally stirring speech in honor of Parks and even concluded by reciting a portion of her character’s lines in {The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman}, to the audiences delight. Rep. John Conyers (D-MI) said Parks would always hold a special place in his heart.

“When it came to staffing my congressional office, the first person I said I wanted was Rosa Parks,” said Conyers. As the service concluded, the large crowd of spectators swarmed the church entrance to catch a glimpse of Parks casket and the VIP’s who were exiting. “This will be my last chance to say goodbye,” said one woman struggling to get closer. Although the mood of service was generally upbeat and positive, there were some who saw it as a day of substantial loss. Those like 72 year-old Sallie Craft, who feel there is no one to take Parks place. “She was the kind, that we looked up to. Now, we don’t have anybody like her to look up to,” said Craft. Torch note: Kirk graduated from CSU last year and now works as a newspaper reporter

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100 percent Black-owned. Johnson’s business empire included Jet magazine, Ebony Fashion Fair, and Fashion Fair Cosmetics. Through words and images Johnson gave a powerful voice to the black community. Johnson’s biography, “Succeeding Against the Odds,” beautifully displayed his determination and dedication to make a difference in the lives of our nation. “Failure is a word I don’t accept,” Johnson wrote. “There’s an advantage in every dis-

advantage, and a gift in every problem,” he added. In 1996 President Bill Clinton awarded Johnson the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest honor bestowed on civilians. John Johnson epitomized innovation, grace, leadership, and endurance for the entire nation. He gave a voice to millions of people. And millions more to come. He will be missed.

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Oct. 31, 2005. “You read all this stuff with reference to a certain age and if you have certain health issues it’s probably a good idea to get a flu shot,” he said. Scott said there is currently no vaccine available for the Asian bird flu, which health authorities fear could cause a global pandemic. The Bush administration has announced a plan to spend $7.1 billion to prepare the nation for the possibility of a pandemic. A flu shot is still the best protection against most forms of the flu whether you’re at high risk of the virus or not. If you missed the free shots, be sure to contact your local physician.

Flu season underway “If you have diarrhea, nausea, and vomiting that’s not the flu. It’s what (many people) call it, but that’s actually what we call a gastro-intestinal bacteria,” Scott said. The flu strongly affects specific groups of people including adults 55 years of age and older, children 6-23 months old, adults and children with chronic health conditions, and women more than three months pregnant/ High-risk individuals should receive flu vaccination annually. Scott says the vaccination replicates the virus, but it’s not “live-active”, so it cannot make you sick Dr. Melvin Harris got a flu shot

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son. It was the school’s first year playing football again since 1996 and there were no scholarships to offer and plenty of roster turnover — all of which contributed to the 1-5 campaign. Timmy had a tough year himself. Diagnosed with cerebral palsy at birth and found to have Duchenne’s muscular dystrophy at age 5, he was forced to give up his walker for a wheelchair last October. But Vicky and her husband, Gary — the grandparents Timmy calls MaMaw and PaPaw — always have tried to encourage him to push beyond his bounds. “We never tell him he can’t do something,”

Vicky said. “We just don’t give up.” When Timmy was participating in the Special Olympics last year at CSU’s McPherson Stadium, he met Marauders assistant coach Henderson Mosley and some of the players who were helping run the competition. “When they introduced us and said I was a football coach, Timmy lit up a little bit,” Mosley said. “I asked him some questions and he answered them and I felt a connection. That’s when I asked if he’d like to come to our practices.” Vicky was a little hesitant at first: “So many people have made promises to Timmy and never come through with them. And I didn’t want

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It took Henry ten years to write “In the Company You Keep.” She said persistence is essential for aspiring writers. “Try to write something each day, even if it’s a paragraph. The more you write the better you become,” Henry told students. Henry received an honorable mention award in Ebony Magazine’s 10th Annual Gertrude Johnson Williams Writing Contest for her short story, “Peaches for Mercy.” She founded the award winning MystNoir

Website, which promotes African American mystery writers, in May 2000. USA Today. com named it a “Hot Site” and Arts & Entertainment Channel’s named it a site of the week. Henry works as a reference specialist at Clark Community College library and is a member of Mystery Writers Of America and Sisters in Crime. “The Company You Keep” is available at Waldenbooks,, and at Barnes & Nobles.

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register for class in certain situations. To ensure that you can register, students should: • Visit the MyCSU site to determine whether there are any existing holds on their student accounts and get the holds cleared prior to attempting to register in classes. • Contact cash management to obtain financial clearance, which will also enable them to register. • Visit their academic advisors to ensure

that they register for courses that apply to their major and degree requirements. Once the advisor approves the schedule of classes, the advisor will clear the advising hold so that the student may register for classes via the Web. The University is excited to provide a more efficient process for students to register for classes and to manage their own academic journey. You may still register for classes in person at the Registrar’s Office. Call that office at 937.376.6231 for assistance.

his hopes to get dashed again. But then Coach Mo called. He kept his word.” As Gary put it: “That call just made our hearts bust open. We’re tremendously grateful.” Vicky nodded: “Coach Mo opened a door and we took it. We figure it’s our job to help Timmy experience everything he can because we don’t know from weeks to months to years how much time he has. The one thing we do know is that time is not on our side.” Gary said when Timmy was born to their then 16-year-old daughter, Christy, she didn’t get proper medical attention, a claim supported by a successful malpractice suit later on: “Timmy flat-lined about four minutes at birth. Basically, he was dead when he was born,” Gary said. Although his temporal lobes were damaged, Timmy survived and spent his first 47 days in the hospital. He and Vicky have legal custody of their grandson, although Christy lives nearby and is a big part of Timmy’s life, while she also raises her 3-year-old son, Jordan, who has MD, as well. While Timmy attends regular fourth- and fifth-grade classes at Fairborn Intermediate School, his prognosis is sobering. “They say it’s terminal, that most kids live to be around 17 to 20 years old,” Gary said quietly. “We’re hoping for longer.” One positive, Vicky said, is that Timmy recently was accepted into a special muscular dystrophy gene research project at Ohio State University’s Medical Center. He goes once a week and, as Vicky explained, “gets an infusion with antibiotics that we hope will stimulate the DNA that helps him make healthy muscles.” He’s also taking water therapy for his cerebral palsy. Some of his best medicine, though, has come from the Marauders. Torch Note: For the rest of the this story on Timmy Hall, please visit our website at www.

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they told me that I might be able to land a summer internship. I also got a chance to network for our communication week. The job fair sponsored a panel discussion on production that I found informative. I spoke to a person who spoke last year at CSU’s communication week. He told me I was on the right track and that I should not forget him when I graduate. I also attended the Million More Move-

ment march, which was held on the Washington Mall. With Jesse Jackson, the Black Panthers, and Minister Louis Farrakhan in attendance, how could you miss? Amazingly, the march on the mall did miss. At a time when blacks need some sort of compass to show direction, the march left you wanting. Many people didn’t even know about the event. My aunt, who happens to live in DC, had no clue about it until I told her about it the day of the march. Those who attended

seemed less than focused on the matters at hand. There were more vendors than a county fair. You could grab a fish meal while shopping for Nikes and a mink coat. The best part of the trip to me and what I was really wanting to do was get to know my peers. Justin Peeks, Brian Dickens, and I — all Communication majors —were already pretty good friends, but this trip cemented our friendship for life. 50 dollars for the trip. A lasting friendship. Priceless.

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Central State University in Wilberforce Ohio PRESENTS


Reflections on Teaching & Learning in the Urban School Environment Wednesday, January 18, 2006 PRESENTED BY THE INSTITUTE OF URBAN EDUCATION




WELCOME: Dr. Kaye Manson Jeter, Dean, College of Education


Mr. Reginald Weaver: President, National Education Association


Dr. Steve Miller, Ph. D.: President, Scientific Learning


Lunch — Ward Center


KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Mr. Jonathan Kozol Author, Shame of a Nation


Concurrent Session I


Concurrent Session II


College of Education Annual Meeting – CSU Students Only

AFTERNOON SESSIONS A. Classroom Management

L.E.A.S.T. Program — Gloria Towner, NEA certified teacher trainer

B. Teaching Strategies in an Urban Setting

Dr. Frank Schiraldi, Consultant, Central State University, College of Education

Jonathan Kozol

Reginald Weaver Steve Miller, PhD

Author, Shame of a Nation, Amazing Grace, Savage Inequalities A fierce defender of our public schools, Mr. Kozol has been an outspoken critic of the rightwing voucher movement, and a close friend and unswerving ally to school teachers.

President, National Education Association In addition to being one of the country’s foremost education leaders, Mr. Weaver is an outspoken advocate for public education and one of the country’s foremost education leaders.

President, Scientific Learning Dr. Miller is a neuropsychologist with expertise in the assessment and treatment of developmental language and reading impairments.

STUDENT REGISTRATION FORM College of Education | Institute of Urban Education Conference Reflections on Teaching & Learning in the Urban School Environment | Wednesday, January 18, 2006 NAME





❏ A. Classroom Management - L.E.A.S.T. Program; Mrs. Gloria Towner Listed at right are the afternoon conference sessions. Please ❏ B. Teaching Strategies-In an Urban select two sessions to attend and mark your choices with an X. Setting; Dr. Frank Schiraldi REMINDER: Attendance at this conference is mandatory for all college ❏ C. Praxis III Tool for Improving Your Teaching; Ms Judith Manseur of education students. College of education classes will be cancelled so students may attend the conference. Some faculty members will assign ❏ D. Teaching math in the urban setting; class work based on the conference. Remember to fill out evaluation forms Mr. Tim Heaton and turn them in after the sessions. Attending professional conferences ❏ E. The development of urban children; will be a major part of your continuing development as a teacher. We Mr. Jeffery Mims hope you will develop the ability to learn and grow professionally from ❏ F. Conversation With Teacher Candidates From conference attendance. Diverse Settings; Various Candidates

C. Praxis III

Tool for Improving Your Teaching in the Urban Setting — Judith Manseur, Consultant, Ohio Department of Education

D. Teaching Math in the Urban Setting Tim Heaton, Professor, Department of Education, Cedarville University

E. The Development of Urban Children Speaker to be Announced

F. Conversation With Teacher Candidates From Diverse Settings; Various Candidates CENTRAL STATE UNIVERSITY



Henderson Hall, Room 151 1400 Brush Row Road Wilberforce, Ohio 45384 Dr. Kaye Manson Jeter, Executive Director Dr. Robert L. Moore, Assistant Director

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