Move it or lose it: Campus police serious about towing WSSU
retains voting station
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Nov. 11 five Winston-Salem State evening/weekend students told an Argus reporter that their [illegally parked] vehicles were towed from campus while they were in class. [From left] Art Black, Sharon Bailey, Kimberly Sturdivant, Sherena Ramirez and Demetrica Hagler. Far right. Jordan Holloway. Argus Staff Report firstname.lastname@example.org
At WSSU, approximately ten vehicles are towed per day. Five students, a faculty member, and a guest speaker found that out the hard way. Nov. 11, at about 7:30 p.m. five students left the Campus Police office angry because their illegally parked cars had been towed from campus. “This is how they want their students to be treated,” said Art Black, one of the five students that had been towed.
“I ought to transfer and hit them in the pocket.” Black, is a graduate student from Winston-Salem. Demetrica Hagler, another evening/weekend student said, “I’m missing a class to go to get it [her vehicle] off the lot.” Hagler is a nursing major from High Point. Another evening/weekend student said she was told she could park anywhere on campus. “One officer told me that I could park anywhere on campus after 5 p.m.,” said Sherena Ramirez. Ramirez is a graduate stu-
International Education celebrated
Nov. 15-19, WSSU celebrates International Education Week. Several activities are planned for the week including multiple activities from India, Tastes of the World, study abroad expos, presentations by international students, international seminars, European experiences, and much more. For a complete schedule of events, check WSSU e-mail and wssu. edu Source: www.wssu.edu
dent from Cherryville, N.C. That same evening, a faculty member’s car was about to be towed for not having a decal. It was reported that the faculty member has never purchased a decal since he has been working at the University. While Kenyetta Richmond was speaking at a forum in R.J. Reynolds, her vehicle was towed from parking Lot U after 5 p.m. Nov. 8. “They need to list protocol, and not be so quick to tow,” Richmond said. “Everyone is not familiar with the parking
Students lack research skills
According to the latest Project Information Literacy Progress Report, 84 percent of students say that when it comes to course-based research, getting started is their biggest challenge. The three sources cited most often by students were course readings, search engines like Google, and scholarly research databases. Only 30 percent asked a librarian for research help. The online survey polled 8,353 students from 25 college campuses nationwide. Source: Chronicle of Higher Education
procedure.” Richmond is an alumna and Victim Advocate and Outreach Specialist at Family Services Inc. “There were other visitors on campus, and I was the only one who was towed that night.” Richmond said she had to wait to get her vehicle back the next business day because McAuley’s closes at 6 p.m. WSSU usually uses the services of McAuley Recovery & Towing in Winston-Salem.
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Four Loko banned in 4 states, so far Four Loko, the caffeinated alcoholic drink, is causing quite a stir across the United States. Four Loko is known to have sent students to the hospital. Chacha.com reports, “The brand Four got its name for its main ingredients, caffeine, taurine, guarana and alcohol.” The drink consists of as much as four beers and one cup of coffee. The benefit of this drink is that it’s cheap, costing about $2.50-$3. But is cheaper always better for your health? Source: www.collegenews.com
Despite a recent complaint filed by the Forsyth County GOP, Winston-Salem State may still have the opportunity to serve as a one-stop early voting station in the next elections. The Forsyth County Board of Elections had a special meeting Oct. 22 to review early voting locations. This came after Nathan Tabor, Forsyth County GOP chair, sent a letter to the Forsyth County Board of Elections. The letter addressed an e-mail sent by WSSU Student Affairs Oct. 18 to students, faculty and staff encouraging them to vote early. At the end of the message was a request to help the Democratic Party. Tabor called the e-mail “a violation of state law,” and went on to say the message tarnished WSSU’s reputation. “This whole situation has gone viral,” Tabor said. “This has made the University look like cheaters in front of the entire nation.” During the special meeting, the Forsyth County GOP strongly opposed the Anderson Center as a one-stop voting location and motioned that the Board of Elections find an alternate site. According to the minutes, university officials agreed that the e-mail was an improper use of a state employee’s authority
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Tuesday, November 16, 2010
RAM-TV on air: OrgSync software now available for registered student organizations Only thing ‘cooking’
Victoria Staples Staff Reporter
Winston-Salem State joined other colleges and universities in the United States and Canada this semester by adopting OrgSync, the leading provider of organization management software for higher education Aug. 23. The software is a web-based application that offers more than 50 tools that changes the way campus administrators, student organizations, and students communicate and interact. OrgSync is used by registered organizations on campus to collaborate, share photos and interact as they would on Facebook. “Another purpose of OrgSync is to be a venting tool. This allows the user to vent inhouse instead of on Facebook,” said Vivian Spencer, technology services coordinator.
Spencer is also one of the system administrators of OrgSync for WSSU. “The decision to implement derived from the Campus Life Daily Digest that was designed to inform students of various co-curricular activities that takes place across campus,” Spencer said. “Students were requesting an alternative delivery method of CLDD other than e-mail.” “We offered an incentive in the beginning for the first organization to renew their registration and to invite all members to join OrgSync, and the Honors Program won,” Spencer said. Registered student organizations are required to use OrgSync. Annual organization renewal and organization portfolios are handled via OrgSync. Spencer said that approximately 601 users have registered, and 88 organizations have signed up for the pro-
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. Tuesday, Nov. 2 An incident occurred during a science experiment in the Life Science Building. No one was reported physically injured, but three students were transported to North Carolina Baptist Hospital for a medical evaluation. No further information at this time. At 5:30 p.m. an officer responded to a call from a traffic officer regarding a vehicle that had a pick-up plate order. There is no further information at this time. Thursday, Nov. 4 At 11 a.m. Campus Police responded to call about a hit-and-run accident. Upon arrival at Old Stadium Drive and WSSU Drive, officers found Lakeisha Bell, a 19-year-old freshman from South Carolina, had been struck by a vehicle. According to witnesses, a gray 2004 Honda was attempting to turn left turn onto WSSU Drive from Old Stadium Drive when it struck Bell. The vehicle then left the scene traveling toward Martin Luther King Jr. Drive. Officers identified the driver as Kristopher Ryan Marshall, 23, a former WSSU student. Marshall admitted to Campus Police to driving the vehicle and leaving the scene. Bell was taken to Baptist Hospital where she was treated and released for minor injuries. Marshall has been taken to the Magistrate Office with multiple charges pending.
gram. “Students stated that their WSSU e-mail were fluctuated with essential and nonessential information that caused them to overlook the CLDD,” Spencer said. OrgSync will not replace any other WSSU e-mail but will help to decrease the amount of e-mail received from the Office of Student Activities. Individual module training for advisers and organization leaders will begin this month. Spencer said that all students should join OrgSync to receive information from their respective class if they are not affiliated with an organization. OrgSync was co-founded by Eric Fortenberry and Cayce Stone in Austin, Texas in 2007 and established partnerships with five colleges and universities. An OrgSync application for mobile devices will be available to students.
At 10 p.m. an individual misused a handicapped sticker in Lot AA. The driver was issued a campus appearance ticket. There is no further information at this time. The case is closed. Saturday, Nov. 6 At 4:30 a.m. an individual reported being followed by an unknown person in an automobile. As part of the investigation, a surveillance video is being reviewed. Sunday, Nov. 7 At 12:30 p.m. the Counseling Center and EMS were contacted concerning a student in Atkins Hall who was displaying erratic behavior. The student refused to be transported and was referred to the University Counseling Center. There is no further information at this time. At 8:10 p.m. an individual reported marijuana being smoked in a dormitory room in Foundation Heights. Items were placed in an evidence locker. An individual was arrested and sent to Forsyth County Detention Center. There is no further information at this time. The case is closed. Monday, Nov. 8 At 2:45 p.m. a revoked registration plate was located on an automobile parked in Lot C. The plate was confiscated and turned into the Department of Motor Vehicles. There is no further information at this time.
Source: WSSU Department of Police and Public Safety Compiled by Myiesha Speight, News Argus Contributor
is cooking program
Finally, RAM-TV21 is on the air. During the past few days, the student-run television station in Hall-Patterson has been rebroadcasting programs from this past spring that include short films and documentaries produced by Winston-Salem State students and non-students. However, there is one new program on RAM-TV: “Eat with Your Eyes” featuring Chef Oscar Taylor Sr. This past summer, the fiber optic line in front of HallPatterson was cut during a construction project. While waiting for the fiber optic line to be fixed, RAM-TV staffers provided a DVD featuring their programs to the technicians in the Anderson Center, so they could feed videos throughout the campus. Instead, viewers were shown campus announcements because channels 21 and 6 were simultaneously airing the same programming. Terrance Hobbs said that they are happy that all of their problems have been resolved. Hobbs is a senior mass communication major from Charlotte and also one of the station managers. The new cooking program airs new episodes every Thursday. The episodes are replayed throughout the week. Taylor, a freshman mass communications major from
Winston-Salem, said that the show is about teaching WSSU students how easy it is to cook food in a dorm. During his show, Taylor teaches kitchen safety and sanitation, talks about food costs, and provides food facts. “The show’s purpose is to help college students save money, rather than spending it on take out and fast food,” Taylor said. “It [RAM-TV] gives me the opportunity to learn about and gain the comfort of being on television. This gives me direct exposure to my target audience [college students].” Programs like the 2010 Black & Gold Pageant [from Oct. 1] are also being shown. Other programs aired on RAM-TV include 2010 Homecoming events such as Pajama Jammy Jam [from Oct. 17] and the Coronation [from Oct. 18]. Short films and studentproduced documentaries by the electronic media students in the Mass Communications Department are being shown. RAM-TV is airing older programs and programs by students who no longer attend WSSU. “The Infinite Sacrifice,” by Jerell Fields, an alumnus, is a golf documentary airing on RAM-TV. Hobbs said that RAM-TV will always have music videos to show by Devease Simpson, who wrote the WSSU anthem. Simpson is a senior mass communications major from Greensboro.
Move it continued from Page 1 Owner, Cuanas McAuley said that it is hard for him to believe that students do not think they need parking decals. “All you have to do is go to Public Safety,” McAuley said. “They have the maps and information right in there.” “One guy told me that he
had been towed six times this semester,” McAuley said. McAuley said that his prices for towing cars have gone up this year after five years of working with Winston-Salem State. McAuley’s prices for towing are $90 before 6 p.m. and $110 after 6 p.m.
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Forum provides free testing, information about STDs
Ebony S. Smith Staff Reporter
Do you know your HIV and STD status? If you attended the HIV/AIDS Awareness Forum Nov. 3 in the Thompson Center, you would have been able to get that information and more. The forum not only included free HIV testing, but also games and discussions focusing on risky sexual behavior. Stickers with the phrases “I have HIV,” or “I have been tested, but I am unsure of my status,” were randomly placed under chairs to symbolize that anyone can become infected with HIV/AIDS. Students who found stickers under their seats were asked to stand and reflect on how they felt about their “status.” Students were also asked to complete a survey about their sexual experiences and behaviors. “I wanted to host an event that would shine a light on one of the major epidemics on our campus,” said Amilca O’Conner, event coordinator. “Many people are unaware that once you acquire
one sexually transmitted disease, like Chlamydia, or Trichomoniasis you become more susceptible to contracting HIV,” O’Conner said. O’Conner is a senior rehabilitation studies major from Raleigh. She is Miss Senior 2011 and a member of the Ralph Bunche Society. Director of Student Development Natasha Jeffreys led the discussion “Why College Students Are Not Staying Protected,” and emphasized the importance of knowing STD/HIV status and knowing the risks of not practicing safe sex. “I was delighted to speak at the seminar,” Jeffreys said. “The overall goal [of the seminar] was to encourage students who are sexually active to use condoms in order to reduce the spread of HIV and STDs on college campuses and specifically Winston-Salem State University.” Students asked Jeffreys questions about misconceptions, myths, and personal concerns. “I learned a lot about the many STDs that thrive on college campuses, mostly because people are not aware of risks, and do not know they are infected,”
Campus police consider options, when doling out punishment Victoria Staples Staff Reporter
Winston-Salem State students were reported by Campus Police for smoking marijuana in the Gleason-Hairston Terrace courtyard Oct. 18. Those students were not issued campus appearance tickets. In another instance Oct. 22, a male was caught exposing himself in Brown Hall parking lot. Campus Police issued a campus appearance ticket to him. “They are going to Judicial Affairs,” said Deputy Chief Marcus Sutton in regard to the drug-related incident. “We do not want them to have a criminal record. Everyone does not need to go to jail.” “In the real world, they get arrested, go to jail and have an automatic record,” said Police Chief Patricia Norris. “We have the option to arrest or send you [suspects] to Judicial Affairs, and it also punishes the individual without being so punitive,” Sutton said. “It can be more damaging to go through judicial affairs than a criminal process in some instances.” Sutton and Norris explained that Judicial Affairs has the power to send a case to court, revoke housing, or suspend or expel any student in violation of University rules and the law.
Sutton said he does not want students to think that they will not be charged. “On the first offense, they [WSSU students] may receive a deferred prosecution if they comply with conditions of the courts,” Sutton said. “On the other hand, first or second offense could resort in suspension. It all depends on different scenarios. It could be surrounding issues,” Sutton said. “It could be a group of guys, and we may deal with attitude problems. The have to realize their life is in my hands.” Sutton said each decision is up to the officer handling the incident, and students are charged accordingly. “We are trying to help young people become young adults, making better decisions,” Norris said. “I think you put yourself in a lot of danger when you associate yourself with drugs. You do not know where they could get it from, what it is mixed with, and you take a chance,” Sutton said. Sutton said that the case of the drug trade Oct. 7 caught on camera outside of Gleason-Hairston Terrace is still under investigation. That case will be “wrapping up soon” and will be sent to the district attorney office.
said Jhazzmine Jacobs, junior psychology major from Charlotte. “My friends and I all took advantage of the free HIV testing.” While many female students were in attendance, the number of males in the audience was below the expectations of the event sponsors. “I wish the turn-out would have consisted of more males,” said Alan Sturdivant, who worked closely with O’Conner to organize of the seminar. “The silent killers, like Chlamydia, affect a lot of men, so the ones who really need the knowledge were not really in attendance like we would have liked.” Sturdivant is a senior music education major from Charlotte and also a member of the senior class council. “The hardest part was waiting for the outcome,” O’Conner said. “I was unsure how the students would respond to the activities, Mrs. Jeffreys’ presentation, or even how many would attend,” she said. “The success of the seminar most certainly superseded my expectations.”
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Tuesday, November 16, 2010
so, ummm... how’s that pie?
Ticket or tow? Who knows
blah... it’s kinda humble. B.COLEY
In light of The News Argus online breaking news story, I have to address the parking issue on campus. The issue is that so many students don’t have decals. It is not that difficult to get a decal. I have been here since 2006, and there has been a vast improvement in parking on campus. Winston-Salem State students and faculty should be glad that we don’t have to pay what N.C. A&T and N.C. Central pay for decals. A&T students have to pay $227 for the fall semester and $150 for the spring semester. Faculty pays $248 for the fall. NCCU students pay $300 for a decal for the JORDAN academic year. The problem is we don’t HOWSE know the rules and regulations. Let’s play Editor In Chief a game. Fact or Myth: Students and professors can park anywhere on campus after 5 p.m. Myth. Students and professors can park anywhere except reserved, resident and handicap areas on campus after 5 p.m. if they have a registered vehicle with a parking decal. Fact or Myth: Tickets don’t have to be paid right away, as long as they are paid before graduation. Myth. If you have more than three tickets on your record, your car can be booted or towed. You have 10 days to pay citations. After that, they are delinquent. Fact or Myth: The vehicle must have a ticket before getting towed. Fact. The ticket is considered the warning and a vehicle will be towed if there is already a ticket on the vehicle. Fact or Myth: Fines can only be paid in the Public Safety building on campus. Myth. Fines can be paid in the Public Safety building but also by mail and online. Fact or Myth: A visitor can park in metered spaces. Fact. Visitors have options. They can park in metered spaces if they know how long they will be here. Parking area Lot CC is designated for visitors of resident students without a parking permit or pass from 5 p.m.- 2 a.m. Temporary permits are $5 per day and visitors must park in the shuttle lots, FF and FH. Fact or Myth: Evening/Weekend students and professors can park anywhere on campus without a decal because classes are after 5 p.m. Myth. Evening/Weekend students and professors must have an Evening/Weekend parking decal to park anywhere after 5 p.m. on weekdays and all day on weekends. The issue students should have is why there is no time lapse between being ticketed and being towed. A student should be alerted that they received the ticket as a warning before being towed. All parking information is available in the Public Safety Office.
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CHRISTIAN JOHNSON SENIOR, ECON. QUEENS, N.Y. You’re starting to see it more than in previous years but people still hesitate because they don’t want to be judged.
Being in the South, interracial dating has not always been accepted among our community. But statistics show that, due to a more diverse nation, interracial
TAYLOR TROCHE FRESHMAN, BUS. ADMIN. CHARLOTTE I’m a product of interracial dating so I think it’s fine. Love doesn’t have a race or gender.
couples are on the rise. Because WSSU, a historically black university, has also become more diverse, This issue’s Campus Crew asks...
What do you think about interracial dating?
THOMAS PAGE REHAB STUDIES WINSTON-SALEM I’m all for it. People are people.
JAMES LEWIS FRESHMAN, MIDDLE ED. JACKSONVILLE, N.C
PACHIA LEE SOPHOMORE, MASS COMM ALBEMARLE, N.C
Interracial dating should be accepted by society, if you connect with another person then you just connect.
It’s not that big of a deal. The older generations may have a problem, but the younger generations are fine with it.
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A look back: The best option: Division II not an option Going back to Division II Should students be allowed to date their professors?
Yes, if student is over 18
No, it could hinder other students
Yes, as long as student and prof. aren’t in the same dept.
I don’t care, to each their own
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Unless you’ve been under a rock, it’s easy to see that Winston-Salem State’s athletic department is struggling. Just go to a home basketball game, any home basketball game other than the one against North Carolina A&T, and take a look at all the empty seats. Or pick up the WinstonSalem Journal, and read about how the department will end up $1.5 million in the red. Or look at the firing of Dr. Percy “Chico” Caldwell, the now former athletic director. The athletic department was dealt another blow on Feb. 13 when the UNC Board of Governors voted against a proposed 31.3 percent increase in student athletic fees to help cover the cost of jumping to Division I. Given the current financial struggles, some people have expressed the opinion that the school should just cut its losses and move back to Division II. Some have expressed a desire to return to the CIAA. Moving back down to Division II would be a huge mistake. Let’s face the facts; the jump to Division I was a hastily made move at best. The decision was announced in 2004. The school was rapidly growing, receiving accolades from national publications, and guided by a highly popular and charismatic chancellor, Harold L. Martin. The school as a whole was stepping up to another, unprecedented level, so it is understandable that the athletic department would want to fall in line. As the saying goes, hindsight is 20/20. WSSU is three years into a now five-year transition from
Division II to Division I. And while the athletic department is struggling to stay afloat financially, it is much too late to turn back. If WSSU were to go back to Division II, it would be embarrassing. Whenever WSSU athletics are discussed, the first thing people will think: “Oh, you mean that school that tried to go to Division I?” The embarrassment alone would probably keep the school from ever attempting the move again. From a sports fan’s point of view, the jump back would be a step back in terms of the athletes the school recruits and the competition it faces. Being in Division I separates us from schools like Fayetteville State and Johnson C. Smith when it comes to the caliber of athletes a program recruits. It also keeps us competitive with N.C. A&T and N.C. Central. NCCU is also moving to Division I. Stepping back would place us firmly behind our fiercest rivals and relegate us to “Little Brother” status. As far as competition goes, after facing teams like Hampton, S.C. State and Florida A&M, it’s hard to get excited about going back to facing Livingstone and Elizabeth City State. The change in leadership in the athletic department was a needed one. Money is not being raised, programs are becoming stagnant, and a new direction is needed. The University just needs to be sure the step isn’t a backwards one. Reprinted from Feb. 25, 2009 Stephen Gaither Argus Sports Editor 2008-2009
“Moving Back to Division II will be a huge mistake.” Those were words my predecessor Steven Gaither used to describe our return to the CIAA in our Feb. 25, 2009 issue. I’m sorry Steven, but I don’t agree. Mr. Gaither, a 2009 WSSU graduate, is not the only person who has expressed those feelings at the “return.” I have heard students make similar comments. As for WSSU falling behind our biggest rivals, N.C. Central and N.C. A&T that is a moot point. The Rams were victorious against both teams. Gaither also said that as our competition level dropped, so will our chance to recruit on the same level as N.C. A&T and NCCU, another false prediction. The Rams had one of the most successful recruiting classes this past season, with wide receiver Tehvyn Brantley winning CIAA offensive rookie of the year. When we were attempting to go Division I, we couldn’t even get an honorable mention for a post-season award. Another concern Gaither expressed was that the University needs to be sure the step isn’t a backwards one. I think what he meant was by WSSU going back to Division II, we could get left behind by our closest competition because we are not competing on the same level. In fact, our competition does
not appear to be ready for the teams in their own conference, let alone the competition that WSSU has faced this season. The Athletic Department struggled raising money in Division I; therefore, the move back to Division II is just what the WSSU athletics needed. Hiring Bill Hayes to fill the athletic director position made raising money a non-issue. Everyone knows that with winning comes money and with money comes scholarships and with scholarships comes better players. Losing in a bigger conference does not help with attendance. It will only continue to hurt the advancement of the department. As far as the competition goes, I know we were facing teams like Hampton and S.C. State it will be hard to imagine going back to the Virginia State’s and Livingstone’s. I look at it like this: CIAA teams carry more of a history with rivalries and we can always schedule NCCU and N.C. A&T for our non-conference games. That way we can keep the rivalry games that the students have come to love attending and learn more about those they did not know about. The next time the Rams want to make a move to Division I, let’s just be better prepared so they do not embarrass themselves AGAIN! Jordan Holloway Sports Reporter
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Honda team prepares for Quiz Show, nationals Bianca Pender Staff reporter
During the past few months, the Winston-Salem State Honda team has been preparing for a journey to the annual national competition in Florida next spring. Part of the team’s preparation involves practicing every Wednesday, hosting a campus tournament, and competing in the Black College Quiz Show in Tennessee this December. Participation in the Quiz Show is by invitation only. WSSU is one of the eight HBCUs invited this year; this is the first time WSSU will be competing. At the Honda team’s tournament in the Thompson Center Nov. 6, four teams of WSSU students competed. The first place team prize was $200, and the second and third place prizes were $100. The top scorer, Krista Brown, won $50. Brown, the team’s captain, is a sports management major. Brown’s team “Subliminal” won first place with a final score of 200. Its members are Satira Holiday, an elementary education major; Teddy Howell, a business management major; and Grace Sturdivant, an exercise science major. Brown said the team was “exited and shocked” about their win. “We didn’t really have to prepare too much for the tournament,” Brown said. “We used the knowledge we have from all of our majors to compete.” The WSSU Honda team also participated in a quiz bowl tournament on the campus of N.C. A&T Nov. 11-12. Ten teams competed in that tournament. Florida A&M won first place and WSSU came in second with a score of 75. To be eligible to join the WSSU Honda team, students
must participate in the Honda club. The Honda club is open to all undergraduate students from all majors. “The club is an opportunity for students to practice, so if they have to step in for someone on the team, they will be well prepared,” said Terrence Hobbs, a senior mass communications major from Charlotte. Marilyn Roseboro, an associate professor in the Mass Communications Department, has been the team’s adviser for 15 years. “Our goals for this year are to always try to increase participation from students and to make it to nationals,” Roseboro said. The money the team wins from competitions is given to the Honda campus program to cover the cost of campus tournaments, uniforms and supplies for the team. “Only four students are allowed to compete in the national competition, and one student will act as an understudy,” Roseboro said. A new requirement for the national tournament this year is that teams must complete a community service project. WSSU’s Honda team’s project incorporates a domestic violence theme. The team sponsored a forum about domestic violence Nov. 8. featuring guest speaker Kenyetta Richmond. Richmond is an alumna and a victim advocate and outreach specialist for family services Stephen Archie, a sophomore computer science major from Shelby, has been a team member since his freshman year. “I want to improve my performance from last year,” Archie said. “I hope to help the team advance.” The Honda team members include Archie, Hobbs, Brown, and KraShaunda Chadwick an exercise science and rehab studies major.
Wilson brings ‘Magic’ to WSSU Bianca Pender Staff Reporter
One hour and thirty minutes of non-stop entertainment: This what you get when you attend a Charlie Wilson concert. Wilson performed Nov. 6 at K.R. Williams Auditorium. Wilson is from a time where performers sing live and give their all on stage; therefore, his performance was nothing short of amazing. Wilson began his performance with songs he sang with the Gap Band. “Party Train,” “Burn Rubber on Me,” and “Yearning for Your Love,” got the crowd on to their feet and dancing. During his performance,
Wilson sang songs that he was featured such as “Beautiful” and “Signs” by Snoop Dogg and Justin Timberlake. Wilson kept the energy where it started by singing fan favorites such as “Can’t Live without You,” “Charlie, Last name Wilson” and “Magic.” He performed a whimsical rendition of his latest single “You Are.” Those who gathered in K.R. Williams auditorium sang and danced as Wilson took us on a journey through his entire career. Wilson went from sensual to serious when he took a moment to briefly talk about his battle with prostate cancer. He also shared how long he has been clean
and sober. Wilson said he was very grateful that he had a chance to still be able to entertain his fans. The show was closed with the song “There Goes my Baby.” A Charlie Wilson show does not just consist of him and a microphone. He comes with a live band and four dancers. Elaborate wardrobe changes and small band intermissions will have you excited about what is going to happen next. It was not a concert. It was an ‘Magical’ experience. I would love attend another one of his concerts and I would recommend anyone else to do the same.
E-mail continued from Page 1 and use of state property. However, Board secretary Frank M. Dickerson said it was impossible to create another nearby site in the short time allowed. In addition, State Rep. Larry Womble (D) said that many poor citizens in the neighborhood would be unable to vote without the WSSU site because they lacked transportation. Board Chair Linda J. Person said that the Board would welcome suggestions for early voting locations. She said she believed that the WSSU incident was very unfortunate, but the intent was not malicious.
The Board of Elections would ensure that the location is secure with trained staff. She said that since the WSSU site serves students and staff from several colleges and a large surrounding neighborhood population, she would not be in favor of closing the site. Previously, the Board unanimously voted for the location and the State Board approved the early voting plan. Even though the mistake occurred, the Board must always provide the most convenient locations for early voting. Dickerson said that he shared many of the sentiments
from both sides, and that WSSU should not be approved as an early voting location in the future unless procedures were in place to prevent similar issues. “It must be a fair and equitable location to vote,” Dickerson said. Dickerson proposed a motion for the Board to request that WSSU officials notify them of procedures to prevent a similar incident. That motion passed unanimously.
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Rams basketball ready for CIAA; men projected to capture division Josh Simmons
The 2010-2011 basketball season is about to kick off and the upcoming season looks promising for our men’s basketball squad. Everyone else seems to notice as well. They were picked to finish first in the Southern Division in the CIAA. During the 2009-2010 season, the Rams posted a strong effort totaling 12 wins while competing at the Division I level and sweeping the season series from the N.C. A&T Aggies for the first time in 30 years. “We’re battle tested,” said Head Coach Bobby Collins. This season marks the coach’s fifth at the helm of the program. His record through his first four seasons is 37-81. “I hope they are hungry and ready to live up to our expectations,” Collins said. The Rams go into this season without a familiar face on the bench. Ken Spencer took the head coaching job at Saint Augustine’s College. Taking Spencer’s seat on the bench this season is Coach Byron Jones. Offensively, they are looking to run up and down the floor, and look for easy opportunities to score off the fast break. They will be emphasizing their athleticism, and there is no better way to do it other than getting out and running the court. The Rams are returning 11 players from the previous season.
They will be led by talented senior forward Paul Davis. Davis scored 10.9 points per game, grabbed seven rebounds per game, along with an impressive 50 blocked shots last season. Defensively, they will be focusing on limiting dribble penetration and on forcing pressure on the ball to create turnovers. “We are looking to put pressure on the ball,” Collins said. However, their biggest strength will be their depth. “We can go from nine to 11 deep in the rotation this year, and one of our strengths will be our endurance,” Collins said. That is definitely an asset for a running team. While the other team is tired, the Rams will be subbing in fresh legs. Three newcomers will be expected to make an impact. Winston-Salem native, William Peay, guard; Tyre Desmore, guard out of Petersburg, Va., and a Junior College transfer Michael Bland, from Queens, N.Y. The new and improved Rams have taken a lot from their Division I experience and many believe this is the year for them. They have depth, experience, and a hard working coaching staff that is well prepared for the upcoming season. Can they live up to the hype? Most definitely. WSSU is expecting to take the conference title and make a deep run into t h e NCAA Division II tournament.
Kernersville native Zach Sheets was selected by Golf Head Coach Robert Bethea as the Game Ball recipient because of his performance on the course and in the classroom. “I feel honored to be the recipient of this award, and to be chosen by my coach is an even bigger honor,” Sheets said. “I chose Zach because he is athletic, has a good personality and he is an outstanding student,” Bethea said. At Maple Leaf golf course in Kernersville, Sheets shot a 62 which is his lowest score on the season. He also placed first at the Benedict College Fall Invitational Golf Tournament. “I had to learn how to handle the pressure of representing more than myself. I had to represent the school,” Sheets said. Sheets is a physical education major, who graduated from Glenn High School, where he was a member of the 1999 and 2000 conference golf championship teams.
Rookie of the year
Brantley wins award; CIAA honors 7 Rams Jordan Holloway Sports Reporter
2010-2011 Mens Basketball Team/ 2009-2010 Statistics
Ricky Bolton, Jr.
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Awarded to Zach Sheets
Ricky Perry, Jr.
Seven Rams athletes have been honored with post season accolades for their performance on the playing field since Nov. 3. Wide receiver Tehvyn Brantley was named CIAA Offensive Rookie of the Year, Nov. 9. Defensive lineman Juan Corders, offensive lineman Travis Taylor and running back Nicholas Cooper all earned All-CIAA first team honors for their superb play this season. Defensive back Alton Keaton earned second team honors for his performance. They received these honors Nov. 10. Cooper followed the blocking of Taylor for 1,134 yards rushing and 15 touchdowns on the ground. With help from Taylor, Cooper became the first running back since Martin Hicks and Jed Bines to amass 1,000 yards in a season. Keaton led the team with 67 tackles and contributed three sacks and forcing and recover-
ing one fumble. Corders was second on the team in tackles with 55 and led the team in sacks with five. Brantley made a difference as soon as he hit the field. As a true freshman he dominated the conference placing fourth in receiving yards per game with 67.6 and fifth in receptions per game with 4.2. Brantley led the Rams air attack with 38 catches for 608 yards and five touchdowns. His best game of the season was a performance against N.C. Central Sept. 11 where he had six receptions for 166 yards and two touchdowns. He also had a season high eight catches against Johnson C. Smith Oct. 2. Lady Rams volleyball players Ashley Harris and Erica Cole both earned All-CIAA honors for their play this season. Harris ended her final season leading the conference in kills with 299, while Cole finished with 112 kills and a team-high 187 digs. With their play this season they led the Lady Rams to the second seed in the Southern Division in the CIAA tournament.
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Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Key victories, new coach lead team to 8-2 record Congrats to 2010-11 Lady Rams
Jordan Holloway Sports Reporter
The Winston-Salem State football team finished its first season back in the CIAA with a stellar performance. In his first season as head coach, Connell Maynor led the Rams to an 8-2 record. This season marks the first finish over .500 since 2006 and their best record since 2003. “This was a successful season by win-loss ratio,” said Head Coach Maynor. “The alumni wanted us to get wins against N.C. A&T, N.C. Central, and at homecoming. We were just glad to deliver.” The Rams offense improved in every way by scoring more touchdowns and nearly tripling their scoring from 2009 from 12.5 to 37.1 points per game. The defense also stepped up its play. They not only cut down on the amount of points they gave up from 22.2 to 15.6, they also cut down the yardage against them as well from 300 to 245 yards per game. With the success that the team saw this season, the target on the Rams backs for the 2011 season is going to be huge. “We will get a lot of respect next year because of our success.” “We won’t sneak up on anyone next year,” Maynor said. The Rams began the season winning their first six games and outscoring their opponents 230-78. This season also marked the first time that the Rams defeated NCCU and N. C. A&T in the same season since 2007. “Both games were nail biters and it felt good to
come away with the victories,” said Kayvone Spriggs, sophomore running back. “Those games meant even more to the seniors and juniors because it was their last time playing against those teams.” Even with all of the success this season, the Rams still had two costly losses on their record. The losses took the Rams out of contention for the CIAA championship and also the Division II playoffs. “If you ask the coaching staff, they will tell you that this season was a disappointment because we wanted to win the CIAA and have a chance to win the national championship,” Maynor said. The Rams are losing key pieces to a defense that finished first in the CIAA in both total defense and rushing defense: They are defensive linemen Juan Corders and Akeem Ward, linebacker Shawn Kearny; defensive backs Marvin Bohannon and Jared Mitchell. “We have to fill in the holes,” Maynor said. “You have players who graduate or transfer. It’s all a part of the game.” Ten starters are returning to an offense that was ranked in the top three in every statistical category in the CIAA this season. They will be riding the arm of quarterback Kameron Smith and the legs of running back Nicholas Cooper, who both had career seasons.
The Lady Rams volleyball team posted a 13-15 record, their best in six years. They finished the year third in the Southern Division in the CIAA with an 11-6 conference record. Erica Cole [pictured] a senior elementary education major finished her career as a Ram on the AllCIAA second team alongside teammate Ashley Harris.
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