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Sports media expert speaks at WSSU

Jones was a speaker for a WSSU Black History event Feb. 17 and the keynote note speaker during the fifth annual NC student media conference Feb. 18 hosted by The News Argus. See Page 3. Jordan Holloway & Staff Sports Editor

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Jones speaks to about students, faculty, staff and local media in the RJR lecture hall Feb. 17.

Roxanne Jones, a founding editor of ESPN The Magazine, and media entertainment expert was the guest speaker at an open forum at WinstonSalem State Feb. 17. A national lecturer on sports, entertainment and women’s issues, Jones has appeared across television and radio as a sports expert. Her visit was part of the University’s Black

History Month celebration. “I was more than glad to be here,” Jones said to an audience of students, faculty and local media. “Not because it was Black History Month but because this is the country that we [African Americans] built.” She spoke about her career and how media are changing. “You have to compete with those who don’t even have a degree, and you also compete with bloggers.” She said that everyone should start a blog and a YouTube channel. “Many employers are using social media to locate talent, she said. Jones said that media employers are looking to hire those who “can do more than write or hold a camera.” We are looking for people

who can write their own script, and shoot the content -- as well edit their own video Jones explained. Jones also talked about her journey as a journalist at ESPN. She said that it was never hard for her as a female to work in a male-dominated field. “Everywhere that I have worked presented a new challenge.” Jones, a consultant for CNN, said that she plans reinvent herself to meet the challenges of an ever-changing media. “In this business you have to be flexible and willing to change or you will be fired.” “You should reinvent yourself, every three months.” Her visit was sponsored by Office of Student Affairs and the Office of the Provost.

After 24 years, Campus Police building to receive facelift Daniel Braswell Staff Reporter

During Christmas break, Campus Police Administration personnel relocated – temporarily to 1604 A Lowery St. while their main location, the Old Maintenance Building, is being renovated. Winston-Salem State’s Police Administration has resided in the Old Maintenance Building since 1988. “I think the renovations of the Campus Police [Building] are well overdue,” said Patricia D. Norris, police chief and director. Norris has been at WSSU since August 2008. “It [the Old Maintenance

Building] was too small,” Norris said. “We couldn’t walk from one end of the building to the other [end] without going outside. It just wasn’t conducive for growth, and it wasn’t conducive for police work.” The blue prints for the renovation were ready before Norris came to WSSU. She said the renovation cost of approximately $650,000 is within the University’s budget. “The money is there. Now, I think it’s time for us to make it [Old Maintenance] look like other buildings on campus,” Norris said. It also became necessary for the Old Maintenance building to be revamped to meet the

Construction plan for MLK

In January, the NCDOT presented a plan to construct a new four-lane road near Winston-Salem State. The road will begin at Martin Luther King Jr. Drive south and end at the Piedmont Triad Research Park. NCDOT said that this plan will improve pedestrian safety at WSSU and provide a better detour for drivers. This plan will cost nearly $90 million. Source:

standards of the Commission Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. The purpose of CALEA’s


cost of approximately $650,000 is within WSSU’s budget. — Patrica D Norris ,

WSSU police chief Accreditation Programs is to improve the delivery of pub-

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lic safety services, by maintaining a body of standards; establishing and administering an accreditation process; and recognizing professional excellence. “We are extending our time for an accreditation review,” Norris said. “We hope we will be finished [with the renovation] in six months.’ The CALEA site team is scheduled to be in WinstonSalem to visit other law enforcement agencies next year. “It’s [timetable] working out good for us.” Norris said that the police don’t have a secure Evidence Room as described as mandated by CALEA. “Here [off campus on

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Lowery Street] we have that,” Norris said. The plans for the new police building include secure areas to store records and evidence. Once the renovation is finished, the Old Maintenance Building will have more office space for new personnel. WSSU Police has 20 sworn officers. Chancellor Donald J. Reaves approved an increase of five sworn officers. Norris said the remaining five slots would be given to those that “Campus Police administration believes best fit the policies and procedures” of the University.

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(Top) the location on Lowery Street where the Campus Police administration offices have been temporarily located. (Right) The empty office space was the home of Traffic Enforcement where faculty, staff, students and visitors purchase parking decals and pay fees for parking and traffic violations. Photo by Jordan Holloway

The Campus Incident Report 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. Saturday, Feb. 11 At 2 a.m. a Campus Police officer reported that a female student was being loud and causing a disturbance in Wilson Hall. The officer told student to “watch her language.” According to the report, the student made disrespectful comments to the officer. The student pushed the officer and resisted arrest. According to the officer, the student was intoxicated and was charged with assaulting an officer and resisting arrest. A court date has been scheduled for March 5. Monday, Feb. 13 At 4:19 p.m. Campus Police took a report from a student that said her purse containing credit cards had been stolen from the Fine Arts Building. Campus Police said someone used the cards at different locations off campus. Campus Police are working to get video footage from those off-campus locations. The case is still under investigation. Wednesday, Feb. 15 At 10:19 a.m. Campus Police took a report from a female student in Wilson Hall that her shoes had been stolen. According to the report, while the student was at a vending machine she placed her shoes on top of the machine. She realized that she had forgotten her shoes but when she returned they were missing. The case is still under investigation.

At 1:49 p.m. Campus Police pulled a car over in Parking Lot W. Police said the driver was stopped because of a traffic violation. The officers checked the driver’s information and found that the driver had outstanding warrants. The man was taken to the magistrates office. The case is closed. Monday, Feb. 20 At 9:17 a.m. Campus Police took a report from a student who said his stolen Ram card had unauthorized charges on it. The card was deactivated and the student was given a new Ram card and case is closed. Saturday, Feb. 25 At 1:10 p.m. Campus Police were dispatched to an armed robbery at WSSU Parking Lot E. A WSSU student and his family member were trying to sell a pair of shoes which they had recently posted on Craigslist. com and were robbed at gun point by two individuals who had expressed interest in buying the shoes. The suspects were operating a gold colored Nissan Maxima and were last seen headed north bound on Martin Luther King Jr. Drive toward business I-40. The case is still under investigation.

All information provided in the Campus Incident Report was provided verbally by the Campus Police. These were the most updated reports available before The News Argus deadline. Source: WSSU Department of Police and Public Safety Compiled by Daniel Braswell, Staff Reporter

Marcus Sutton, deputy police chief, said that the several officers working part time have a chance to get one of those positions. “We’ve got some reserve officers that we’re anticipating that we may hire,” Sutton said. “We’re training them and putting them on a squad.” Although the Campus Police Administration is temporarily off campus, police vehicles and the Communication section are still in the Old Maintenance Building. As the renovation progresses, the Communication

section will be moved in a trailer in the Campus Police parking lot. The Parking and Traffic office has been temporarily moved to the Anderson Center on the first floor, where students, faculty and staff can purchase parking decals or pay for parking and traffic violations. As some of Campus Police continue to adjust to their temporary location off campus, Norris said that a lot of the renovations and improvements at their on campus location will come from just clearing out particular areas.

Student to donate his ‘ponytail’ in memory of his brother Jennifer Rooks staff reporter

A Winston-Salem State student is getting a haircut, but not for the usual reasons. James Leng, a senior sports management major from Charlotte, is planning to have his hair cut at a local Locks of Love certified salon. Locks of Love is a non-profit organization that creates prosthetics for children, who lost their hair due to medical conditions such as chemotherapy treatments and genetic hair loss. Leng said he will get a haircut after his hair reaches 18 inches in length. “Someone at work just said to me ‘You should donate [your hair],’so I did some research and decided to do it.” Leng said he is donating his hair in memory of his little brother Wesley, who lost his battle with brain cancer in 2004. Wesley underwent four months of chemotherapy and

lost his hair, a common side effect of the treatment. As a sports management major, Leng is required to get regular haircuts to look “interview-ready” at all times. But Dennis Felder, associate professor in the Department of Human Performance and Sport Sciences, gave Leng permission to let his hair grow long. “When he came to me last semester and told me why he was growing his hair, I thought it was a good thing,” Felder said. Felder said that he isn’t surprised by what Leng was planning to do. “No, this is definitely within his nature,” he said. A hair stylist will wash and dry Leng’s hair, make it a ponytail and cut it off. Leng’s ponytail will be put into a sealable plastic bag and shipped to Locks of Love headquarters in West Palm Beach, Fla. (See Leng at

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WSSU hosts record attendance at N.C. student media conference Victoria Staples

Online News Editor

Winston-Salem State and The News Argus went into North Carolina College Media Association history book, by bringing in the largest number of conference participants in the five years of the Association’s existence. At least 131 students and their advisers were in attendance Feb. 18.

Forty-six colleges and universities competed in the Best of Show competition. The News Argus won Best of Show Online News. Schools in attendance included Greensboro College, North Carolina State University, UNC-Chapel Hill, Wake Forest University, Shaw, NC A&T State, Johnson C. Smith, and Elon University. “It was great to see the increase in numbers,” said Monica Hill, director of

NCCMA. “We had the largest group we’ve had to date.” Conference activities were in Thompson Center, The News Argus office and Diggs Gallery. “Election Coverage” this year’s theme was discussed during the opening panel. The panel included Jim Morrill, Charlotte Observer; and Carol


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Campus Rec striving to become ‘elite’ Jamal Williams Staff Reporter

The Campus Recreation Program at WinstonSalem State is working diligently to become an elite HBCU program. WSSU has seven components for its Campus Recreation Program: Club Sports, adventure trips, special events, open recreation, campus fitness, intramural sports, and the RAM Zone. Dash McNeil, the director of Campus Recreation, came to WSSU seven years ago. “Before I came here, there was definitely room for improvement,” McNeil said. The RAM Zone now has carpet, lounge chairs, flat screens, ping pong tables and multiple game systems including PS3 and Wii. McNeil has organized three renovations, replaced folding chairs, televisions, and pool tables. “I like the new systems and updated games that the RAM Zone offers,” said Darryl “Flash” Pulliam, a junior sports management major from Wilmington, N.C. The program offers open recreation for students and staff. The three areas available are the swimming pool, Whitaker Gym and The Pit. “Whitaker Gym and The Pit are great ways

to meet people when it’s warm outside,” said Alton Keaton, a senior accounting major from Fayetteville. The swimming pool [located in the C.E. Gaines complex] is open on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays for students. Faculty and staff have open access Tuesdays and Thursdays. Special events are planned by Campus Recreation for students and faculty throughout the year. Upcoming events include bowling night March 23; student/staff softball game April 7; and skate night April 13. Students, faculty and staff are required to sign up for events. Transportation is provided for students. Adventure trips are all off-campus activities like skiing, horseback riding and whitewater rafting. Students have to pay for these trips. The department has planned three trips so far this year. The last trip is a fishing trip to Calabash, N.C. “The trips that are offered by Campus Recreation are great ways of meeting new people and something fun to do with my friends,” said Kanika Washington, a freshman nursing major from Richmond, Va. “Not many HBCU’s have programs like we offer at WSSU,” McNeil said.

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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Cartoon by Brandon Coley // 2012

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One ‘hike’ students don’t want to take

The tuition hike has been up for talk for quite some time now. In December 2011, it was reported that there would be a 13 percent increase on tuition for the UNC school system. Unfortunately, state and local government can no longer hold off the effect the tightening of the state budget will have on the UNC-school system. While the increases may vary at each of the 16 schools, trustees voted for five out of the 16 to have a 9.9 percent in-state tuition increase, and among those ranks is WinstonSalem State. UNC-Chapel Hill, the highest tuition of the 9.9 percent will require $7,500 in-state, and VICTORIA $28,252 [6 percent increase] for out-of state. STAPLES The school with the lowest in-state tuition Online News Editor increase is UNC-Pembroke, at $4,786, only a 4.3 percent increase, and an out-of-state increase of 1.4 percent, totaling in $13,993. Surprisingly, reports still place WSSU as the least expensive state-funded university of those with the [9.9 percent] increase. Last year, WSSU’s in-state tuition was $4,513, and for the 20122013 academic year it will be $4,960. Among its peer institutions of the similar size and curriculum, such as Norfolk State University and Tennessee State University, WSSU also remains the least expensive for students. According to a report, the WSSU out-of-state increase is 3.6 percent, totaling tuition at $14,110. As an out-of-state student, it is hard for me to understand or respect budget cuts when I am standing before the financial aid desk and I am being told to find my own way to afford school because there is nothing further that could be done to assist. For many out-of-state students that are already managing to afford $20,000 or more for each academic year [after including meal plans and housing], the tuition increase could mean transferring. Students should not be canceling meal plans and housing, living on a friend’s couch just to stay in school, or withdrawing from school for a semester or academic year as a result of a lack of funding. The increase may not only affect students that depend on financial aid, but also those with scholarships, as budgets begin to decrease. Those who have been on academic, partial or full-ride scholarships may have to accept loans in the approaching academic years. Although the state is requiring campuses to use 25 percent of tuition revenue for financial aid, paying for school will remain the main concern of most students.

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Message to students: Exercise your rights

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On Feb. 10, I had the pleasure of participating in the student protest against tuition hikes in Chapel Hill. The protest stemmed from the outraged students tired of having their education GRACE being com­ promised ANDERSON contributor by the hikes in tuition. UNC-Chapel Hill’s Students Democratic Society orga­ nized the protest and brought together about 200 students, representing 16 of the schools in the UNC-system. It seems as though education is always the first department to be hit with budget cuts. We can spend trillions of dollars on equipping a military to kill, but we deprive

our children of their right to an affordable education. The march began in the Pit of Chapel Hill’s campus to the Board of Governors’ meeting about two miles away. We made posters, held ban­ners and chanted words to illustrate our frustration about the hikes. We were able to force ourselves into the meeting because otherwise we would not have had a seat. During the meeting we sat and listened, for the most part, to what they had to say regarding the hikes. We only interrupted to present our opinions. Although the Board of Governors did go on to pass the tuition hikes, the fact that we forced them to listen to us and what we had to say definitely made an impact on those in attendance. The media were able to report students taking a stand.

The most significant part of the protest was the fact that students did not have a vote. Looking around the table at those who were to vote whether to raise tuition were corporate, wealthy white men and women and a few people of color. The disconnect between those people and myself and my peers was unreal. After attending this pro­ test, I begin to question the “Democracy “ here at Winston-Salem State University. Are student voices heard? Does our SGA truly represent us and bring our wants and needs to those in charge? For many of the WSSU stu­ dents it was a hard and maybe impossible road to get into college, and the tuition hikes that we are experiencing -- a proposed 9.9 percent, may make it even harder.

Why raise tuition while there are other places funds can be cut? As students attending a HBCU, it is imperative for us to stay conscious of what is going on around us. We must be cognizant of the policies that are being pro­ posed and that will affect us. Our universities are nothing without us. We need to let our voices be heard, to make our demands apparent and not to remain silent when we are met with an unrespon­sive administration. My advice to students is to become involved. Attend the forums about the tuition hikes to challenge these policies and to make certain your peers are aware of these events. Students have rights, and it is about time we exercised them.

Komen Foundation forced to reverse decision Women’s health care should be a priority, not politics. The Susan G. Komen Foundation cut funding for Planned Parenthood health centers that provide breast cancer screenings and education BIANCA for lowPENDER income Copy Desk Chief families. Karen Handel, the new vice president of the Susan G. Komen Foundation had publicly stated her opposition to abortion, a service that is provided at some Planned Parenthood clinics. Handel stated on her campaign blog that she “does not support the mission of Planned Parenthood.” The Foundation’s spokesperson Leslie Aun said the

funding cut was because of the charity’s new funding criteria of ending grants to organizations that are under investigation by local, state or federal authorities. Planned Parenthood was under investigation for using taxpayer’s money to pay for abortions. Among 2,000 organizations, Planned Parenthood was the only grantee whose funding was cut because of the new policy. It was believed by Planned Parenthood that the Susan G. Komen Foundation had succumb to the beliefs and pressures from anti-abortion activists. The Foundation later apologized for its actions and continued funding. The president and founder Nancy Brinker said that cuts were not intentionally done for political reasons or to pinpoint Planned Parenthood as the problem.

She [Brinker] said the organization wanted to respect their donors by not funding Planned Parenthood while they were under investigation. The criteria will be changed so that it is clear that “investigations must be criminal and conclusive in nature and not political” in order for funding to be cut. Since the incident, many donors and organizations reacted and donated $650,000 within 24 hours of the foundation’s decision. The Susan G. Komen Foundation is an organization about saving lives. For them to cut funding only for Planned Parenthood shows that there was intent to do so. Views of sensitive subjects such as abortion should reflect those of the organization and not just the vice president. With the rough economy women’s health care should be a priority.

The decision to cut funds was made irrationally without the thought of how women will be able to get proper health care and treatment when they can’t afford it. When making such a drastic decision, the president and vice president of the Susan G. Komen Foundation should have thought about the message they were sending. Their organization is all about giving support to women, but what would happen to innocent women barely crossed their minds? According to their website, the Foundation fights for the screening and treatment programs that save lives. For the Susan G. Komen Foundation it is a lesson learned. Before making a decision this big, they should think about the families that will be affected by it.

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Library upgrades Honda team preparing for next year to ‘2.0 tech look’ Mallory Green Staff Reporter

Students permitted to eat and talk on their cell phones

Kanesha Leak Staff Reporter

When students enter C.G. O’Kelly Library at WinstonSalem State, they can see the cosmetic updates the University has made including: new paint, furniture, and new meeting and study rooms. “Last year we were more of a traditional library. We are more 2.0 tech look and feel by adding updated computers,” said Forest Foster, information commons coordinator for the library. “Now we are catering to technology-based programs.” Along with remodeling the classrooms, the library has added new software, computers, and other hardware, including interactive Liquid Crystal Display computer screens. There are new Macs are on the second floor in the media lab where the Help Desk has been relocated. The Help Desk had been in the Old Nursing building. “I definitely agree with moving the Help Desk because the nursing building was inconvenient and out of the way,” said Alyssa Cunningham, a senior mass communications major from Virginia Beach. Students may check out microphones, headphones, web cameras, and iPads. “Having iPads in the Library is a waste of money,” said Brandon Highsmith, a senior computer science major from Chula Vista, Calif. “There are better things they could with the school’s money.” On the other hand, some student said the new furniture on the first and second floors

make the library feel “more relaxing.” Danielle McClammy said that the updates have improved the appearance O’Kelly. McClammy is a senior accounting major from Durham. The comfortable seating areas in the library are now called Commons. New carpet has been added to the first floor and bookshelves have been removed to make the floor plan more open. “I believe the new environment is helpful because it is more conducive to a studying atmosphere,” Cunningham said. Students are now permitted to eat and talk on their cell phones. “As long as they [students] clean up after themselves,” said Mae L. Rodney, director of library services. Rodney said that cell phone users should not disturb their neighbors. “Being able to eat and drink [in the library] is a plus,” McClammy said. “You can still do your work while you’re hungry instead of taking a break which may get you off track going to the cafe.” With a valid driver’s license, Winston-Salem residents may use some of the O’Kelly’s amenities such using the computers and checking out books, but they may not check out DVDs. “The library staff wants to help the students any way they can,” Foster said. He said that the staff wants to bring in a professional writing tutor to assist students. “I like to do my work in the library now versus my room,” McClammy said.

The Winston-Salem State Honda All-Star team may not be competing this year but it is gearing up for next year’s competition. The Honda Campus All-Star Challenge is an initiative created by the Honda Corp. for Historical Black Colleges and Universities, in conjunction with Honda Battle of the Bands. The Q & A game combines academic mate­ rial, popular culture and sports in a format emphasizing quick response. African-American history and culture questions are predomi­nately featured in the challenge competition. “This challenge gives HBCUs a chance to compete on an academic level,” said Darius Cureton, the adviser of the Honda team. “I was asked by Dr. Charles Ford to be the new adviser of the group since I had worked with the team when I was a student,” Cureton said. Ford is the dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. Honda All-Star is a club on campus that meets every Monday. The club consists of 18 members. “I like the competitive atmosphere,” said Stephen Archie, a computer science major

from Shelby, N.C. “It gives me a chance to display my extensive knowl­edge.” The Honda club finds new recruits by con­ ducting a power search, in which prospective students take a quiz to test their skills. “If the students score in the range that we are looking, then they will be asked to join the club. From the club the actual team that com­ petes is formed,” Cureton said. The Honda All-Star Challenge team consists of four club members. “This year because everything changed so much and because I came in during the middle of fall semester, the team won’t be able to com­pete nationally this year,” Cureton said. “I feel sad because it is my last year and I really wanted to go to Nationals, but it did not work out this time,” said KraShaunda Chadwick, an interdisciplinary studies major from Pollocksville, N.C. “The new people on our team will be able to compete for next year, and I am excited for them, and hoping for the best. I am looking forward to how well they will do next year,” Chadwick said. Since competing in the challenge WSSU has won $54,000 in grants. Last year, the team took first place in the Black College Quiz show, earning $10,000 in grants for the University.

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Hanner, Winston-Salem Journal. Philip Jeter, Mass Communications Department chair was the panel moderator. Some faculty members from the mass communications department led conference sessions. Thes topics of the sessions included photography, radio, news packages and an update s about student press law. “I was extremely impressed with the speakers I got to see at WSSU and how smoothly everything went,” said Bradley Wilson, editor of Communication: Journalism Education Today magazine at NC State. “Five years into the association, [the conference was] full of sessions and speakers, and served all students in all different areas,” Hill said.

Roxanne Jones, co-founder of ESPN The Magazine, was the keynote speaker at the luncheon. Jones is the current CEO of PUSH Marketing Group, a media strategy and content firm. During her speech, Jones stressed the importance of being a well-rounded ‘mass communicator’. She also expressed how networking, and the National Association of Black Journalists helped make her career more rewarding. “From all the people I spoke with that attended the conference [that were not from Winston-Salem State], they were all impressed with the event that we put on, and indicated that they had a wonderful time and learned valuable

information at the sessions,” Jeter said. The News Argus staff assisted in the facilitation of the conference. “I really appreciated the help the students provided,” Wilson said. “I am proud of our faculty and students who participated, and my hat’s off to Dr. [Lona D.] Cobb for pulling the event off,” Jeter said. Provost Brenda Allen and Theo Howard, vice chancellor of Student Affairs, were instrumental in funding for the event. “I could not have made it [the conference] happen without support from Provost Allen, Academic Affairs and Mr. Howard, and of course all the members of the Argus staff,” Cobb said.

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Too busy for varsity sports, try intramurals, club teams Jamal Williams Staff Reporter

Everyone can’t be a college varsity athlete. But students at Winston-Salem State have other options: intramurals and club teams. Intramurals competitions involve students versus students at the same school. WSSU has a variety of sports to participate in including basketball, flag football, dodgeball, volleyball, tennis, and outdoor soccer. This spring brings the addition of a faculty versus students golf tournament. Club teams have competitive matches against club teams from other universities. Different than intramurals, club teams travel the country and require tryouts. WSSU club teams include: men’s basketball, men’s soccer, women’s basketball, cheerleading, rugby, fencing. Cycling has recently beenadded. The number of intramural sports and club teams has increased each year as Campus Recreation has been under the direction of Dash McNeil. “Intramurals and club teams provide students with an outlet for those that cannot participate on the varsity level,” McNeil said.

Basketball, dodgeball, and volleyball games are played in the Whitaker Gym throughout the week. “The things I like about intramurals is that they are cheap, and the competition, especially against the football team,” said Dominique Williams, a junior sports management major from Raleigh. Student costs are covered in the student activities fee in tuition except for basketball team shirts, which are $5. Every student is required to have insurance and a signed waiver to participate. “Every other sport wears practice [penny] jerseys, but basketball needs a jersey number,” McNeil said. The winners of the intramural tournaments are issued a T-shirt. “We only give out a T-shirt for winning, but bragging rights are more important to most of the students,” McNeil said. A new system that McNeil has begun for basketball intramurals is registration on Imleagues. com, a program based out of Raleigh. It [program] is beneficial because it helps with the organization of teams, captains, and all players. allows players to have a profile, to become a captain, or to be invited by a player to a team.

WyKevin Bazemore Jordan Holloway Sports Editor

The freshman forward from Kelford N.C., WyKevin Bazemore, was chosen by his head coach to be the Gameball recipient for his magnificent play this season. “WyKevin has been the most consistent player this year,” Head Coach Bobby Collins said. Bazemore said it was a big honor to receive the award. “I fought every game to make sure that my team would win, and this is a great way for coach to show his appreciation of my efforts.” Bazemore is the conference’s second leading rebounder with 8.1 rebounds per game and averages 10.8 points per contest. “He is very talented in the post for someone who is 6’3 or 6’4,” Collins said. “You can’t measure this kids heart. He just has a motor that keeps running.” Bazemore is this year’s CIAA “Rookie of the Year.”

Confidence riding high

Lady Rams prepared to win first CIAA

Daniel Braswell Staff Reporter

It’s that time of the year again for postseason tournaments. For the Lady Rams basketball team they will have an opportunity to compete for championships. Postseason play starts with the CIAA tournament, Feb. 27 to March 3. The location for the tournament is Charlotte in the Time Warner Cable Arena. Going into this postseason, Head Coach Stephen Joyner Jr. said that he has seen his players become more focused. “I do see them tuning in a little bit more than they had throughout the year,” Joyner said. “I think they understand what time of the year it is and what needs to be

done.” As CIAA tournament play raises the importance of each game, Joyner said that he believes his team has the experience to win. “I think that we have the experience, and I think that we have the talent,” he said. “It’s just about us making sure that we prepare the right way and go into each game with the right mindset.” If the Lady Rams are going to have success in tournament play, they will surely need contribution from their two leading scorers, guards Courtney Medley and Jasmine Newkirk. Medley is leading the team in scoring with 13.4 points per game, and Newkirk follows averaging 12.7 points. Newkirk, a junior from Raleigh, said that her team has strong belief at this point in the season.

“Confidence seems to be really good, and that’s the most important for tournament time,” Newkirk said. “[You have to] go in with confidence.” On just how confident the team is Newkirk said that she and her teammates have high aspirations. “We definitely want to win the CIAA championship so we can go into national play,” she said. “We want to be one of those type of schools that can contend for a national title.” With there always being areas to improve, Newkirk said that each player should continue to work at bringing a more constant effort to each game. “An area that we can improve on is staying consistent. That’s the main thing,” she said. “Work on consistency and buying into Coach Joyner system.”

Being able to see the possibilities in what they can accomplish this season is a reason Assistant Coach Shenika Worthy said that the team will continue to get better. “I think that the team is completely starting to see the potential that they have; there’s growth every day,” Worthy said. “The fact that they know that they can grow every day keeps them from becoming complacent,” she said. On how the team will approach postseason games, Joyner said that they would focus on just one game at a time. “The motto that my college coach used was ‘A journey of a thousand miles starts with just one step’,” Joyner said. “So each game that we’re going to play we’re going to consider as just one step toward our goal.”

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Rams have impressive season against odds Jordan Holloway Sports Editor

The Rams finished the 2011-2012 season with an 18-8 record. This is the first time Winston-Salem State finished with back-to-back winning seasons since 2004-05 and 2005-06. Both years, the Rams boasted a 22-8 record. Those were the last two CIAA seasons before the Rams left for an attempt to join the MEAC. The Rams fought through an injury-riddled season missing guards Dominique Alston and Lamar Monger for most of the season. Alston missed the entire season due to a knee injury suffered before the season started. Point guard Marcus Wells said that after Monger tore his ACL earlier this season he knew his responsibilities with the team would be greater. “Coach [Theo] Howard stays in my ear a lot more about scoring and picking it up for Lamar [Monger] being gone,” Wells said. Wells said that every game they play is for Monger, and winning during“Senior Night” is even more important against Fayetteville State in the season finale. “That whole game is for Lamar. The whole night is for Lamar,” Wells said. “Before every game I talk to Lamar, and we embrace Lamar for what he did for the team. So it’s like everyone is a senior that night.” Head Coach Bobby Collins said that Monger was the heart and soul of this team and said he was glad to see that his team did not give up because Monger was hurt. “We rode Lamar’s passion, and to lose your leading scorer like we did would place any team in a tough situation,” Collins said.

“For this team to win as many games as they did was remarkable. It showed the heart that this team had and their desire to win games.” The Rams got off to a strong start this season much to the surprise of Collins. He said having seven new players come in and keep winning the way they did was impressive and unexpected. “We lost the whole coaching staff and replaced seven players from last season,” Collins said. “You can say that the team over achieved this season, but the goal for the season is to win the CIAA tournament.” The Rams quest for collecting team hardware this year also came with some personal accolades. WyKevin Bazemore won the CIAA Rookie of the Year award. Bazemore the 6-foot-3 forward is second in the CIAA in rebounding and is one of the major reasons that the Rams are having the success that they have had this season. “He [Bazemore] is more than deserving of the award,” Collins said. “I am so proud of him to see his hard work paying off.” When Collins signed Bazemore he did so without even going to scout him. “One of my good friends told me about him and after the conversation I signed him,” Collins said. “When you average 20 [points] and 15 [rebounds] in high school, you have to play college ball somewhere.” Bazemore said he is more than humbled by the honor. “It feels great to know that the talent of not only myself but my teammates did not go unrecognized,” Bazemore said.

“Without my teammates and coaches I would have never been able to achieve the things that I have.” Bazemore said that without his AAU coaches and high school coaches he would have never had the opportunity to play at the collegiate level. “I give a lot of credit and recognition to my coaches and to coach Collins for giving me a chance,” Bazemore said. Last season, the Rams were 0-2 during postseason play losing in the first rounds of the CIAA and NCAA tournaments. Bazemore said the Rams plan to have a better representation in this year’s tournament. “We plan to win this year,” Collins said. “Our players have to make plays. I believe that if we get past the first game this year that we can make a serious run at winning the conference and getting back to the NCAA’s.” “Rookie of the Year” Bazemore, said that he is a little anxious about his first CIAA tournament. “This is the second biggest tournament next to the ACC [Atlantic Coast Conference],” he said. “I’m going to be a little nervous, but once we start playing I should be fine and ready to produce for the team.” Likely the road to a CIAA championship will go through the Shaw Bears who swept the Rams this season [76-60 Feb. 11 and 80-59 Feb. 20]. Coach Collins said it will take a great effort on his team’s part to pick up the victory. “In the postseason, records go out the window and you have to play your best ball because you will be bounced out if you don’t,” Collins said. “Last year both No. 1 seeds were knocked out in the first round and we were one of them.” The Rams open CIAA tournament play against Virginia Union, March 1.

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