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April 20, 1988
by GERDA GALLOP
“This university has taught me a lot.
It's been hard, but I'm not going to be like
a lot of other black alumni and not do
anything and never come back. I’m go
ing to try to make a difference by helping
the Black Business Students Alliance
[BBSA] and BSM and become active in
the predominately white alumni associa
tions to make things better because I want
to see a higher black presence.”
Rhonda Baker — Business — Will
work with CCB in Wake County in their
management training program.
“Don't get too down about bad ex
periences because in the end they will
make you a stronger person and put you
one step ahead for dealing with them.
They will help you deal with things that
come later in life."
Leon Staton — RTVMP/Speech Com
munication — Will go to Officers Can
didate School and pursue graduate
"Nationwide there is a trend in closet
racism, and it is evident on this campus
with the incident with Dean Cell.
However, the atmosphere is pleasing
because blacks form a nucleus — they are
tight. I've also noticed a diversity of all
people here that I'll never see again.
Divann Cofield — chk. major
“UNC has been a positive ex
perience. I’ve learned things that I'm able
to take away and use in my career, and
the diversity of students has expanded my
horizons. Without the student life and my
involvement in extracurricular activities
and the excellent academics, I wouldn't
have been as prepared if I had gone to a
university that didn’t offer as much as
Darrin Poole — Economics — Will
work with the Trust Co. Bank in Atlanta.
“I think this school has given me
good training ground as far as the School
of Journalism. This school is an educa
tional bargain, and you get a good educa
tion. However, a major disadvantage is
that Carolina has a long way to go as far
as meeting up to the reputation that
precedes it. It’s not the best environment
for blacks socially and culturally, but you
should take advantage of the educational
opportunity. My advice to freshmen is to
grin and bear it for the next three years.
Don’t leave and admit that we can’t suc
ceed. Get involved — if you can't lead,
become active. Don't assimilate, but don't
Anjetta McQueen — News-editorial
Journalism — Will work for The
and in the future I have more optimistic
views as to what minorities can do as far
as making a difference on this campus."
Alston agreed with Blanks, saying
that the rally was evidence of how black
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students came together to fight for what
“We realize now that it first takes a
look at the man in the mirror to make a
change," said Blanks.
Black Ink Staff
Back (L to R) Richard White, III, Fred Gorham, Gerda Gallop, Tanya Person and
Front (L to R) Dionne Leake, Sherry Whitesides (Editor in Chief), Kimberli Johnson
and Gerraud Etienne
Not Pictured: Timika Shafeek, Kenneth Pugh, Diana Lowery, Sheila Williams,
Charles Mills, Renarta Clanton, Rowena Carter, Birshari Greene, Monica Parham,
Annie Ellison, Joyce Rogers, Jocelyn Washington, Teresa Frazier
by KIMBERLY JOHNSON
Special Projects Editor
Many freshmen are lured to Carolina
thinking life will be grand. The prospec
tive student is told of many activities
geared toward the black population. The
BSM, Opeya Dancers, Black Ink, Ebony
Readers, and others offer the black stu
dent an opportunity to participate in black
awareness programs. As the year comes
to an end, what have some freshmen
thought of their year? Here are some of
“Before I got here I thought I
wouldn't fit in because I felt Carolina had
a bunch of stuck-up white people. Now
it’s better than I thought. It’s a friendly
campus. I fit in pretty well. My advice to
upcoming freshmen is to expect to work
hard. Don't be slack like you were in high
Chanel Howard. Charlotte, N. C.
“I had high expectations. I felt
Carolina would be a good experience for
me. But it hasn’t lived up to my expecta
tions because the incentives they offer
aren't as grand as they seem. My advice
to others coming here would be not to
have high opinions because the higher the
expectations, the bigger the let-down.
Keep an open mind because there is some
racism here. Expect to be let down
Janet Gordon, Gastonia. N.C.
“I had always been a fan of Carolina
athletics, and I felt that 1 could get a good
education and enjoy myself at the same
time. For the most part it has been what
I expected, but I resent all the racial
disorder. I suggest that the black people
(all minorities) stick together and stand up
for what they believe in so they can fur
ther their education in the best way
Gary Lash, Winston-Salem, N.C.
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beginning reporters. She alluded to a past
incident when she had to disregard a pro
spective reporter who identified
Menachem Begin, past prime minister of
Israel, as an Arab.
Edmonds also stressed the impor
tance of reading and mastering the English
“You must read to be a good
The Carolina Times has been publish
ed for over 60 years, and for Vivian A.
Edmonds, who feels we in society must
do something to help mankind move for
ward, this is her contribution.
Special Projects Editor
Kenneth Pugh Sherry Whitesides
Photographer Assistant and Production
locelyn Washington Teresa Frazier
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