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WSSU dining areas ‘Respect all; fear none’ still left out health inspection loop Jennifer Rooks Staff Reporter

Winston-Salem State’s two main dining areas have not received the required county health inspection since 2010. As of Nov. 30, WSSU is the only higher learning institution in the area that is past due on food inspections. The Forsyth County website reports the health scores for the Kennedy Dining Hall and the Ram Food Court [Ram Shack] have gone unchanged since reported in the Sept. 27 issue. Both dining areas are listed as Risk Category IV because they use multiple areas to make complex meals, as well as cool and reheat food. Risk Category IV dining areas also serve a diverse population, which may or may not serve people with susceptible immune systems like the elderly, children and those with weak immune systems. As a result, Risk Category IV eateries must be inspected at least four times a year, or every three months. Kennedy Dining Hall’s last inspection was April 29, 2010, and The Ram Shack’s last inspection was June 14, 2010, bringing the total count of missed inspections to six as of December. The Ram Shack scored a 98.5 and Kennedy scored a 95.5. Salem College, a private women’s institution, not far from WSSU’s campus, was given a 95.5 on Sept. 8 for its secondary eating area and a 95

on Nov. 17 for its cafeteria. The UNC School of the Arts’ snack bar, The Pickle Jar, was given a 96.5 on Sept. 19 and a 95 on its cafeteria on Nov. 1. Forsyth Technical Community College received a 95 for its sole dining area on Oct. 10. Doris Hogan, the inspector assigned to WSSU, says that her work as a lead specialist has deterred her from inspecting. “I’ve got close to 100 children I have to deal with, that have elevated blood lead levels,” Hogan said. Salem, School of the Arts and Forsyth Tech were not inspected by Hogan. Hogan’s primary position is with the Department’s Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program, an area that keeps her busy, said Kentt Long, the inspector previously responsible for WSSU. LaKeith Stevenson, the director of food services and employee of Aramark, the company contracted to WSSU, says that he is not concerned about the past due inspections as he is doing everything he is supposed to do to make sure food is safe for consumption. “I can only make sure that we [Aramark] are doing the right thing and I can’t worry about an outside individual,” Stevenson said.


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Head Football Coach Connell Maynor [center] speaks to the team following the 27-7 victory against the New Haven Chargers Dec. 3 [left] Kevin Manns, assistant director of Athletics for Media Relations and Athletic Director William Hayes [right]. See video highlights of the game and press conference with Maynor at The News Argus online.

Oversold lots = tickets, tow Kanesha Leak Staff Reporter

There are 3,500 parking spaces available at WinstonSalem State -- 3,000 on campus and 500 in the shuttle parking lot. According to Interim Supervisor for Traffic Division Norman E. Johnson, at least 4,122 decals were sold this semester. This 622-space deficit may be one of the causes of towing on campus, but according to the University’s Parking FAQ, overselling lots is minimized. Darul Allen, senior mass communications major from

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Raleigh said, “I have received four parking tickets this year.” Allen said he received a ticket for not having a decal, and after he purchased a decal he received a ticket for parking on the curb in his Parking Lot DD. He said he parked on the curb because his assigned parking lot was full. “I don’t understand why they would oversell the parking lot and then give me a ticket for parking on the curb in my lot,” Allen said. If a parking lot is full, drivers are supposed to park their vehicles in the shuttle lot. After 5 p.m. the campus

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becomes open, and people are permitted to park almost anywhere on campus if they have a decal. They can park in a gated or non-gated lot after 5 p.m. until 7 a.m. The exceptions are residential parking areas and reserved spaces, said Ginger D. Grannaman, a WSSU program specialist. Parking Lot DD and Parking Lot P, the main parking lots for WSSU residents are the only shared lots.


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Parking continued from Page 1 This means both residential students and commuter students can park in these lots. Residents and commuters pay $140 for parking decals. The employee gated lots cost $280, and the employee nongated lots cost $240. “The gated lots become open at 5 p.m., and that’s what everyone has paid for, business hours 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.,” Johnson said.

Towing charges vary also. “We [WSSU] have one person on contract at this time, McCauley’s [McCauley’s Recovery and Towing],” Johnson said. The towing charge during business hours for faculty, staff, and students is $90 and $110 after hours. It [towing] costs $125 during business hours and $145 after business hours for people not affiliated with WSSU.

“McCauley’s have set their price and the University has agreed upon that price,” Johnson said. People who do not pay the tickets may get a boot put on their car. A car with a decal gets booted if the owner has three unpaid citations, Johnson said. “To get the boot removed, you have to pay $50 and [pay for] at least two of the unpaid citations,” he said.

Clery’fication: Part 2 of Q&A Victoria Staples

Online News Reporter

The News Argus [Nov. 15 issue] published an interview with Patricia Norris, WinstonSalem State Chief of Police for clarification about the Clery Act, former Crime Blotter, now the WSSU Incident Reports, access to them, and other related issues. What follows is the second part of a two-part interview.

The News Argus: The executive director of the Student Press Law Center says that a public university’s community is entitled to all of the information that any police department produces under the N.C. Public Records Law. Chief Norris: It is just a matter of the reporters bringing us the numbers that they need.

The Campus Crime Blotter is a concise summary of the upto-date incidents that affect the Winston-Salem State campus and community. Certain incidents may lead to News Argus articles that discuss them at great length. Thursday, Nov. 17 At 9:17 p.m. Campus Police took a report from a student in Parking Lot U. The student’s vehicle had been involved in a hitand-run accident. The student said that he returned to his parked car and noticed it was damaged. The student could not recall if another vehicle was parked next to his car. This case is under investigation. Saturday, Nov. 19 At 1:19 a.m. Campus Police assisted Winston-Salem Police at the C.E. Gaines Center with the arrest of a student for pushing a female student, assaulting a government official, and disorderly conduct. The student was taken to the Magistrate office and is under a $1,500 bond. The court date is set for Jan. 20. Monday, Nov. 21 At 2:22 p.m. a student filed a report with Campus Police concerning her previous roommate. The student reported that her roommate had been communicating threats. The student said that her roommate and others had followed her to her job and contacted her manager. The case is under investigation.

The News Argus: In the Oct. 11 issue, we spoke with Chancellor Reaves and one of the things that he said was he would like to see The News Argus write more about crime on campus because it’s important to him. What can we do to provide more of those crime reports within The News Argus?

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entered the room and found three individuals; two residents of the room and one guest. They all denied smoking marijuana. Officers searched the room and found empty bottles of alcohol. The three suspects are under the drinking age and have been reported to Judicial Affairs. Tuesday, Nov. 22 At 1:56 p.m. Campus Police received a request from a student who wanted to file a report. The student said that while her vehicle was parked in the R.J. Reynolds Center circle, an unknown person placed a threatening note on her windshield. Campus Police conducted an investigation and have viewed the video footage of the area where the vehicle was parked. A suspect has been identified. The case is under investigation. Sunday, Nov. 27 At 8 a.m. Campus Police were contacted by a parent who informed them that her daughter had been assaulted by her boyfriend and had not reported it to the police. The parent provided the daughter’s name and asked Campus Police to check on her daughter. The police located the student, and she requested no medical attention nor assistance. The student was given information on how to obtain a restraining order.

Source: WSSU Department of Police and Public Safety

At 5:21 p.m. while Campus Police were conducting a security check in Brown Hall, they smelled the odor of marijuana coming from a room on the fifth floor. Officers Compiled

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Campus Occupy efforts increase Jamal Williams

A confrontation between police and Occupy protestors at UC Davis ended with 10 students arrested and a group The Winston-Salem State of students and professors Occupy student group has sitting on the ground, interbeen finding alternative ways locked, getting pepper sprayed to support the worldwide on Nov. 18. movement. A video was recorded of During their last meetthe standoff and posted on ing Nov. 16, they watched a YouTube. Michael Moore documentary “The incident [police pepper on the impact of corporate spraying] at UC Davis can be dominance on Americans. viewed as the police force’s Approximately nine students opportunity to assert their were in attendance. power, essentially letting cur“The documentary will help rent and potential Occupiers to open the eyes of WSSU and know that they will not win,” HBCU students and help us to Janae Williams said. understand we don’t have to While the movement continjust allow these [injustices] to ues to grow, the police and happen. high-rating officials are trying We can take action to recto minimize tify these situprotests and ations,” said demonstraJanae Williams, tions. e are hava senior music includes ing people attend theThis business major removal of from Dale City, more and more, tents, tarpauVa. lins, outdoor but we want The group has furniture, and been organizing to make sure signs, as well meetings every as arresting the that our base is Wednesday at 5 protestors. p.m. in Coltrane solid.” “As time 211. goes on, the The Occupy — Jonathan Whitfield, police are movement at political science major going to WSSU is still respond more from Winston-Salem growing. and more “We are havviolently,” ing people said Cornelius Williams, a attend more and more, but we junior psychology major from want to make sure that our Henderson. base is solid,” said Jonathan “The mettle of the protest Whitfield, a junior political movement will be severely science major from Winstontested, especially since the Salem. election is coming up,” James The WSSU group looks to Bullock said. local group, Occupy WinstonBullock is a freshman physiSalem for guidance, additional cal education major from knowledge of the movement Cleveland. and upcoming Occupy events. The next step for Occupy They [WSSU group] joined WSSU students is to make a the Occupy movement, prodifference on the high student testing with fellow students loans. and Occupy Winston-Salem “It’s ridiculous,” Whitfield members Oct. 22 in front of said. Wells Fargo, protesting the dis“The loans are so high that like for the bank’s policies. your job can’t cover the debt Nationally, students have with the interest added when been sprayed with mace, you graduate.” threatened and arrested by According to Cappex, a colpolice during protests in front lege search engine, 76 percent of bank branches, Capitol Hill of WSSU students are receiving and on university campuses student loans with $5,705 being including the University of the average amount. California. Staff reporter


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Student’s father on donor Electric vans promote list for kidney transplant sustainability initiative Kanesha Leak Staff reporter

Nov. 1 Wendell Matthews, father of a Winston-Salem State student, was added to the North Carolina kidney transplant donor list. Aeriel Matthews, senior biology major from Maple Hill, N.C. said, “He kept the whole thing a secret, until my mom discovered what exactly was going on, so we were shocked to hear his kidneys were that bad off to need a transplant.” Out of the 1,867 African Americans waiting on the organ transplant list, 59 percent are waiting for a kidney. The number of North Carolinians waiting to receive a kidney, a liver, or a pancreas, has decreased from, 3,550 in September to 3,400, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Some diseases that can lead to organ failure are found more frequently in ethnic minority populations. Aeriel Matthews said her father was a drinker for many years until he decided to make a change and stop drinking. After being sober for five years, Wendell Matthews went back to drinking heavily. When he started drinking again, he stopped taking his blood pressure medication, one of factors that caused his kidneys to fail. According to Life Share of the Carolinas, people can donate a kidney. Immediate family members are most likely to be a donor match; however, close friends and strangers can provide a suitable match.

For minorities, the success rates for kidney transplants increase when organs are matched between people of the same ethnic background. “I am a match,” Aeriel Matthews said. “I’ve thought about donating my kidney to him [Wendell Matthews], but my biggest fear is that I give him my kidney, and he’ll continue to drink and ruin my kidney as well.” Aeriel Matthews’ sister is also a match, but she has the same doubts about donating her kidney to their father. According to organs transplant statistics, the country is divided into 11 geographic regions, each served by a federally designated Organ Procurement Organization, which is responsible for coordinating all organ donations. With the exception of perfectly matched kidneys and the most urgent liver patients, first priority goes to patients at transplant hospitals, located in the region served by the OPO. Eighty percent of all organs are donated and used in the same geographic area. Aeriel Matthews said that only 25 percent of her father’s kidneys are working. “My father is staying optimistic. Well, that’s what he wants us to believe,” she said. “He’s continuing to go to work, but he rests more now.” A disproportionate number of people who are on donor lists approximately 50 percent are racial/ethnic minorities. “Being and organ donor gives others the chance to live and become whole again,” Aeriel Matthews said. “To give a part of you so that someone can live is the greatest sacrifice anyone can make.”

Love music makes a return Natalie Davis

Staff Reporter

After a five-year hiatus, Tyrese has unlocked the walls of his heart and allowed the world to see into his soul with “Open Invitation.” Tyrese returned on his own label, Voltron Recordz. This melodic, diverse compilation of songs will take your mind back to the way that R&B used to be. Filled with love songs and a few club bangers, “Open Invitation” gives you the insight to the man he has matured to be. This album is strictly for the grown and sexy. The album reached No. 1 on the Billboard charts, led by his first single, “Stay.” This is Tyrese’s first No. 1 single and album in his 13-year career. “Too Easy,” featuring rapper Ludacris, is dedicated to the club hoppers. Concluding the heart-felt album is a poem, “Walk,” dedicated to his fans. He asks God to give his fans clarity to see things that only he

[God] can show them. He encourages faith and talks about his personal relationship with God, saying, “I’m married to God, so therefore our marriage is work in progress.” I love every song on the album. There will be no skipping songs on this one. I also bought the online version, which includes bonus songs like “What Took You So Long.” Tyrese calls this album his “homecooked musical meal.” Each song has a connection to the next. I recommend this album for those who enjoy good R&B music. Couples will enjoy the romance. Club hoppers will enjoy the upbeat tempo. Tyrese collaborated with artists R. Kelly, Jay Rock, T.I., Ludacris, Faith Evans and new artist Candace. Previously, “Open Invitation” held the No. 9 position on Billboard Magazine’s Top 200, the No. 2 in Overall Rap and R&B sales and No. 1 in independent sales. There is something on this album for everyone.

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It’s electric! Want to go green and keep the environment safe? Then ride one of the “Green Machines.” The Green Machines are the energy-efficient vans that arrived on campus in September. “We purchased the vans in July for $20,950 each, and the money came from state funds,” said Police Chief Patricia Norris. “The green vans do not require a license tag which saves money in the long run,” Norris said. “It was a joint decision between all of us in the police department to get the vans,” said Eric Cabbell, supervisor of communications and student patrol. The vans’ batteries take about 20 hours to charge fully. The vans can run for an hour and a half without being charged. “These vans are just like flashlights,” Cabbell said.

“When the students are not using the vans, we must keep them plugged in,” Cabbell said. The vans were brought to WSSU for the student patrol to transport students throughout the campus from 6 p.m. until midnight Sundays through Thursdays. The vans are restricted for traveling on campus only and can take students to places that the shuttle vans cannot. “Our shuttle vans are not for dorm-to-dorm drop-off, but for commuting students,” Norris said. The eight-member student patrol take turns in pairs to transport students; one drives and one rides along. “The second student rides along for safety precautions,” said Dominique Brantley, a member of the student patrol. Brantley is a senior justice studies major from Newark. Student patrols [drivers] are required to major in justice studies or political science. The student patrol has other duties.


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Dirty old men While browsing around on Google one day checking for updates on the Penn State sexual abuse scandal, I came across a question, “Should Penn State accept any bowl bids this season?” My answer to that question is yes. Why should the student-athletes who play hard all season to earn the invitation to play in the bowl have to give away their chance because of some ‘dirty old man’. If Penn State turns down any invitation to play in a bowl game they will be denying the players their opportunity to reap the benefits of an otherwise successful season. If the team doesn’t accept the bowl bid, regardless which one it is, they Jordan could be dealing with another riot Holloway similar to the one that happened after Sports editor Paterno’s firing. I don’t think the university can afford another student explosion of any magnitude. But to look at things in the other light, the players will be asked a million questions about playing in the first bowl game since Joe Paterno’s firing. Also, declining the invitation would help the team in distancing themselves from the situation. Penn State isn’t the only university facing sex scandal controversy. Syracuse University is facing the same fire but in a different way. Bernie Fine, who was fired this year as an assistant coach on the basketball team, was accused of sexually abusing boys during his time at the University. This situation is creepier to me than the Penn State one because Fine’s wife knew about it and even told one of the victims over the phone during a recording that she knew everything that happened. The part of the recording that blew my mind even more was that she spoke in a tone as if none of this bothered her. Syracuse University Head Basketball Coach Jim Boeheim is standing by Fine and should be fired if anything that has been alleged is true. His consistent support of Fine does not shine a positive light on Boeheim. There is no room for any type of molestation or sexual acts with a minor anywhere. The fact that things like this are either swept under the rug or supported by those who are considered to be responsible is disgusting. Those who are found guilty should be charged to the fullest extent of the law. Just ask yourself: What if it were your child or someone that you really care for? Would it be worth sweeping under the rug then?

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Football team is making history; where are you?

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With one game remaining before the National Championship, it is hard to understand why Bowman Gray Stadium is not filled to capacity each game. I can’t VICTORIA seem to STAPLES understand Online News Editor why there is such a lack of support from the Winston-Salem State community, but more importantly, the city of Winston-Salem. Maynor’s prediction of 15-0 fell on deaf ears, but with the latest 13-0 record, it would seem that there would be at least more bandwagon fans. For the past two weeks, all games have been at home, so the excuse used for away games is invalid. Some students complained about paying $5 to get into the game but pay this and more for lesser causes. You chose WSSU, so there is some sense

of pride. Show it! If you go to Hanes Mall and into the sports store or into the various Wal-Mart stores around the city, it is almost impossible to find any WSSU paraphernalia. However, there is enough Wake Forest University, UNC Chapel Hill, and Duke University paraphernalia to dress the entire Bowman Gray audience. It is understandable at a Wal-Mart in another city location, but it looks very bad that our own city lacks support. It is even harder to believe that WSSU receives no support, given that we are not only undefeated in football, but in basketball as well! Do we not deserve support from our own? Or is Wake Forest the only team that matters to the city of WinstonSalem? If your answer is no to these questions, accept this public service announcement from yours truly: GET YOUR BUTTS TO BOWMAN GRAY AND SUPPORT OUR RAMS!

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Christmas cheer Christmas time is here and it’s time to get into the holiday spirit. Everyone has their favorite things they enjoy when the holiday season comes. From movies, to music, holiday dinners BIANCA or tradiPENDER tions, there Copy Desk Chief are many things one can enjoy during Christmas. Unemployment rates are still high and families are trying to find ways to celebrate the holidays the best way they can. Everyone should remember the simple things that make the holidays a joyful time. During the holiday season, I enjoy watching Christmas movies, especially the movies I remember from my childhood.. My favorite Christmas movies to watch are “A Christmas Story” and “Elf.” Both movies can be watched with the whole family and

they will be enjoyable for years to come. I enjoy all of the classic Christmas songs from artists such as Mariah Carey, the Jackson 5, Chris Brown and The Temptations. I listen to these artists while decorating the tree with my family and wrapping gifts. My family and I have the tradition of waiting for the clock to strike midnight so that we can exchange gifts. It is almost like a competition to see who will be the first person to fall asleep. It also gives us time to prepare Christmas dinner and enjoy some of the gifts that we received. It doesn’t matter if you spend a little or a lot of money on gifts this year, if you have a Charlie Brown tree or the Christmas tree from Grand Central Station. What matters is the time spent with family and friends and the lasting memories. So before you begin to stress yourself out, remember some of your favorite things you enjoy about the holidays.

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Vans continued from Page 1 “There are three things that we have to do as a student patrol: dispatch, foot patrol [in pairs] and drive the vans,” Brantley said. Norris said these experiences give the student [majors] practical experience in security work. These vans were more of a test trial overall,” Cabbell said. “I think that the vans are a good idea.” Cabbell said. “But there have been some negative feedback from students,” Cabbell said. “The students say that the speed of the vans are too slow,” Cabbell said. Brantley said they are very difficult to drive [the vans]

“ It was a joint

decision between all of us in the police department to get the vans. ” — Eric Cabbell,

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He said that food quality is not damaged because of the past due inspections and feels that students agree with that sentiment. “I feel that the quality of the food is excellent, and it’s not just from my perspective, but I think the students will vouch for this as well.” Sheryl Emory, Environmental Health Supervisor for Forsyth

County Department of Public Health, said she is aware of the past due inspections. Emory said that the department is working to fix the issue as quickly as possible. “We are currently assessing our workloads in relation to available staff and work assignments to determine how we can best manage the volume of work with the staffing

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Chief Norris: You can write a story about how important it is [for students] to report crime. The News Argus: Have the new security gates and the procedures assisted in lowering the crime rates? Chief Norris: My goal is to put in additional ones [gates] in as funds are available, but I really would like to make the entire campus secure, with people having only one entrance into the campus at night. We have gotten infor-

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mation that there have been some criminal activity taking place over by Wilson [Hall] and we have made several arrests in that area based on that information. The News Argus: What type of crimes would deem qualified to be turned into the actual judicial system? Chief Norris: The goal here at the University is to educate young men and women without necessarily having them end up with a criminal history so that they are able

because they don’t have power steering. “I am used to driving cars with an automatic transmission. The vans have three positions: forward, reverse, and neutral. The craziest thing about the vans is that there is an emergency switch that can be easily triggered and or stop the van in the middle of the street.” WSSU is the first HBCU in the UNC system to purchase the electric vans and will not be getting anymore energyefficient vans for the time being.

that is available,” she said. Emory said that she is confident that the inspection should happen soon. “Every effort is being made to ensure that the inspections that are overdue are brought current, and I anticipate the inspections at WSSU will be completed before the end of the semester.”

to make use of their education after they graduate as opposed to putting them into the actual criminal system. This content has been edited for style, clarity, and length. View the complete interview on The News Argus website at:

International students discuss their experiences at WSSU Victoria Staples

of the spring 2012 semester. “When you have ence abroad, you can translate there, and it adds to the The Office of International resume very much,” said Julio Programs collaborated with Lima, senior translation major the Links of Winston-Salem from Recife, Brazil. to host “Tea Time with the Lima will return to Brazil at Links,” in the Thompson the end of the fall semester. Center, Nov. 17. “When I’m back home, I’ll The event featured an interhave to write about my expenational student panel with a Q&A session and light refresh- rience here, especially about the African-American realments. Students from Brazil, ity, which is the topic of our Mexico and Germany served exchange course,” Lima said. on the panel. “I intend to publish some Joab Odera, president of translations I did of Paul the Winston-Salem State Lawrence Association of Dunbar’s International poetry.” Student Status, The panelists served as the moderator of tudy time also provided the Links with the panel. is study time, feedback on Odera is a how to assist junior molecuwe don’t play the next group lar biology jokes.” of exchange stumajor from dents. Nairobi, — Joab Odera, “A buddy Kenya. junior molecular biology program to help The internafrom Nairobi, Kenya assist with the tional student transition would panel spoke be helpful,” of their expecZetzsche said. tations, initial impressions Students in the audience and experiences while studyexpressed their interest in ing abroad, specifically at a studying abroad during the Historically Black College and Q&A session. University. “I really want to study All of the students on the abroad in France during the panel said that most of their summer before I graduate,” impressions and the stereosaid Maya Hardin. types of Americans, especially Hardin is a junior health about African Americans came care management major from from the media, mainly from Gastonia, N.C. rappers. The panelists also shared Collectively, they [paneladvice to those in the audience ists] spoke on the importance interested in studying abroad of studying abroad and the in their countries. impact it can make on their “Be careful. It is dangerous lives. right now,” a panelist from “It will help me to get a job Mexico said. because it will show employ“You can’t be chilling; you ers that I am able to adapt,” have to get in your books you said Inge Zetzsche, a junior can’t say ‘Oh, I’ll do it later’,” business economics major Odera said. from Bonn, Germany. “Study time is study time, Zetzsche will continue her we don’t play jokes.” studies at WSSU until the end Online news editor


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Lady Rams ready for CIAA play Daniel Braswell Contributor

Despite early losses, the Lady Rams (2-4) basketball team understands that they decide how much they can accomplish this season. “I think that whatever this team decides they want to do, they will be able to do it,” said Head Coach Steven Joyner Jr. “But we must [as a team] decide what we want to do and go out and work every day to do that.” The Lady Rams had a challenging schedule to open the season. Within the first six games, they played four Division I schools including UNCAsheville and Campbell University. They were victorious against Tuskegee University 69-62, Nov. 19 and Georgia College 71-46, Nov. 22. “We came out with a very tough schedule knowing that

we would face some good competition,” Joyner said. “I’m not so satisfied or happy with the outcome of some of the games, but I do see continued progress in each game.” Working toward progress as a team is something that the coaching staff is hoping will continue through the season. The freshman that is contributing the most is Briana Wilder. She is averaging 3.2 points per game, which is more than any other freshman on the roster. Wilder said that the Ladies will continue to improve if they keep building chemistry as teammates. “I think that over a time period we will get better, but it’s going take a lot of bonding as a team to get together and learn each other.” Joyner said the biggest surprise so far is how long it has taken his new players to learn the team system.

He said that he knew it would take his new players time to learn the system, but he didn’t anticipate it would take this long. Joyner said that he is just keeping in mind that learning a new offense and defense is an ongoing process. “We are going to continue to work at it and put pressure on each other to do the right thing so that we can be successful.” Assistant Coach Shenika Worthy said that the team should continue to do what it takes to be successful. “We preach a lot on being talented in the areas it doesn’t take talent to do. For example boxing out [for rebounds] on every possession, free throws, and just the simple things in basketball,” Worthy said. They know playing a tough schedule will benefit them against their conference foes. The team starts conference play on the road against Virginia Union Dec. 10.

Faculty, students show off hoop skills in annual matchup Amber Taylor

Assistant Sports Editor

A crowd of about 50 students patiently waited in Whitaker Gymnasium for the tip-off of the faculty versus students basketball game. The game was sponsored by Campus Recreation. The crowd got a few laughs while simply watching the teams warm up. There were several missed lay-ups by a few faculty members, which are considered to be the “easy” shots in basketball. The student team consisted of senior Dwayne Martin; senior Charles Hood; sophomore Damon Salvadore; junior Dee Mcrae; senior Joshua Parker; junior Marquis Hulbert; senior Mike Walker; and, freshman Traquan Harris. Players on the faculty team included Dash McNeal, director of Campus Recreation; Jeff Alexander, hall director; Jo Ann Coco-Ripp, therapeutic recreation professor; Kentaus Carter, assistant basketball coach; Norris Gullick, property security officer. The game started with the faculty getting the jump ball. Possession of the ball quickly shifted, with a steal from Walker. The students were the first to score 25 seconds into the game. The students gained possession of the ball and scored two more times before faculty managed to get on the scoreboard. Coco-Ripp was the only female player on the court, and was a fan favorite from the start. She received only two minutes of playing time, but she brought a lot of laughs and cheers from the crowd in that small amount of time.

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Jasmine Newkirk

Assistant Sports Editor

Maryland native Jasmine Newkirk was selected by Women’s Basketball Head Coach Stephen Joyner as the game ball recipient. Joyner said Newkirk deserves it because of her leadership. Newkirk is a senior mass communications major from Temple Hills, Md. “It feels good to be recognized by the coach as a leader on and off the court.” Newkirk is a starting guard for the Lady Rams. “I plan to work hard, work better, and separate myself from the others.” As the team’s leading scorer, Newkirk averages 14 points per game.

Lady Rams Home Basketball Schedule Date Score Nov. 22 71-46 Dec. 3 72-61 Jan. 5 Jan. 7 Jan. 9 Jan. 16 Feb. 6 Feb. 11 Feb. 13 Feb. 18 Feb. 25

Team Georgia State West Liberty St. Virginia State Virginia Union Bowie St. Lincoln (Pa.) St. Augustine’s Shaw Livingstone JCSU Fayetteville St.

Coco-Ripp donned a black number 28 jersey and mainly supported her team from the bench. While on the court, Coco-Ripp was the team’s point guard. Even from the sidelines, Coco-Ripp was a vocal member of the faculty team. She could be heard cheering on her teammates throughout the entire game. With seven minutes left in the first half, energy began to pick up. The crowd began cheering louder as each team began to play harder. Martin got the rebound from a missed shot by a faculty member and attempted to take the ball back to the other end of the court. Alexander stole the ball from Martin and sprinted down the court to miss an easy wide Source: open layup. While Martin was running back down Compiled as of Dec. 3 court, he somehow ended up running through the crowd sitting in the stands. The students led at halftime 45-22. The second half started with the same high energy from the first half. Hair-Care Specialist Hulbert showed up to play for the Winston-Salem, N.C. student team for the second half and scored 22 points. Excitement from the crowd (336) 423-9465 increased after Hulbert passed Walker the ball that led to a onehand dunk over McNeal. The students won 90-74. “They are lucky I wasn’t here for the first half because then we would have hit 100,” Hulbert said. Hulbert is a social work major from Chicago.

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WSSU takes spark out of Chargers, 27-7 Daniel Braswell Contributer

After a 27-7 victory at home against the New Haven Chargers Dec. 3, the Rams (13-0) are two games away from winning the NCAA Division II Championship. No other CIAA football team has ever made it this far in the playoffs. In the Rams first-ever matchup against the Chargers, they held them to their lowest point total of the season. The Chargers, who traveled from Connecticut, came into the quarterfinal round averaging 43 points per game. “Our great defense stopped their great offense,” said Winston-Salem State Coach Connell Maynor. “They’ve [the defense] been doing it all year. They get overlooked because of our offense.” The Rams next game at home will be in the semifinals at 2 p.m. on Dec. 10 against the Wayne State Warriors. The Warriors from Detroit have an 11-3 record. In this year’s playoffs, the Nov. 6 seed Warriors have won every game road. During the game, the Rams forced three turnovers, all interceptions. The interception that helped the

Rams secure the win was by linebacker Carlos Fields. The junior from Henderson, N.C., stopped a 12-play drive that could have given the Chargers the lead in the third quarter. “You can’t turn the ball over in the playoffs. They did a great job,” said New Haven Coach Peter Rossomando. “I thought they were very well coached.” Rams defensive end Akeem Ward, who had 1.5 sacks, said that they proved once again that they are a strong defensive team. Ward now leads the team with 6.5 sacks. “We wanted to get to the quarterback and cause havoc,” said Ward, a senior from Holly Springs, N.C. Coach Maynor said that holding offenses like the Chargers to only one touchdown should encourage more credit being given to his defense. “Everybody wants to talk about the guys scoring the touchdowns,” Maynor said. “The defense has continued to show that as long as they play like that, we’re going to continue to win.” Maynor said that another one of the keys to the Rams success is the linemen on both sides of the football.

“We tell them to dominate; if the o-line and d-line dominate for 60 minutes we can do what we want to do on both sides of the ball,” Maynor said. On the offensive end, the Rams were led by running back Nicholas Cooper and wide receiver Jameze Massey. Cooper had 132 rushing yards on 14 carries and Massey had 138 receiving yards and two touchdowns. Quarterback Kameron Smith also had a good day with 274 passing yards and two touchdowns. For Massey, this was his best game of the season. “We have a good running back in Nic Cooper, and they tried to load the box,” Massey said about how the Charger defense played their offense. “I was just trying to take that ninth man out the box and catch some deep balls,” he said. The Rams won the total offensive yards battle 444 to 330. In this year’s playoffs, the Chargers were a No.2 seed and now finished their season at 11-2 following their loss in the quarterfinals to the Rams. The Rams, a No.1 seed, improved their record to 13-0. With the Rams continuing to make history this season, Maynor understands that the team must remain

focused. “We still have a lot of work to do,” Maynor said. “We have two more ball games and we are going to take them one at a time. That’s what we preach.” As the Rams move closer to the National Championship, WSSU fans are excited, including Chancellor Donald Reaves. After being honored with championship rings last year for WSSU athletic teams, Reaves said that winning a National Championship in football would be fantastic. “I would love to have that big National Championship ring. The team is doing really a great job,” Reaves said. With at the most two games remaining, Coach Maynor said that the team plans on finishing what they started. “We’re 13-0. We said we were going to go 15-0,” Maynor said. “We got to respect all and fear none.” For additional coverage on this game visit to read Sports Editor’s Jordan Holloway’s Rams Defensive Domination story and view highlight video.

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