North Carolina Newspapers is powered by Chronam.
I can understand the importance of
guidelines for implementing and regu
lating new policies introduced into the
system; however, times change and as
they do so must rules and regulations.
Like myself, other veterans are expe
riencing some difficulty in trying to
understand why they have to pay back
money that was promised to them by
contract for serving their country.
Why should the veterean be penal
ized for participating in a program de
signed to enhance academic achieve
ment? Why should he or she be penal
ized while in pursuit of an education?
Could it be that we are simply victims
of a conveniently blind system that is
slow to update?
William Watson, Msgt.
from page 1
process. In FSU’s case, a faction
within the search committee wanted to
select Dr. Willis Mcleod, Director of
Public Schools in South Carolina, run
ner-up to former Chancellor Hackley,
and most importantly an alumnus of
FSU. To this end, interviews were
rigged, nominees were snubbed, and
in some cases ignored. Indeed, in light
of the nominees that didn’t make the
final cut, it would seem that their
downfall was not based on a lack of
qualifications, experience, or ability,
but based on the fact that they were
not alumni of FSU. Word has it that
Dr. McLeod met with UNC President
Spangler a full week before his selec
tion was announced. Put simply, the
search committee ensured that they se
lected exactly who they wanted as
FSU’s next chancellor...but at what
cost? Student, faculty, and community
are dismayed by the process, not the
Only time will be able to complete
this drama. However, no one has the
right to prejudge Dr. Mcleod’s abili
ties or successes to be had at FSU. And
if any question is posed, it should ad
dress a more emphatic circumstance:
did nepotism delay or deny this
university’s accent to greatness. What
ever perspective is ultimately assumed,
realize that the gauntlet has fallen and
a new era now awaits our anxious,
united, and ready stand. And to that
end, we offer welcome, love, success,
and godspeed to Chancellor Mcleod.
from page 1
County Muslim Community, an affili
ation that has since grown in number
and faith. For those who ear that Mr.
Muhammad will only be an advocate
for African-Americans and Muslims,
he states clearly in his Community
Public Announcement that he is inter
ested in, “...serving not only my reli
gious community, but now [and] in the
future, I must serve every one in the
Fayetteville area of all races, economic
status, and all monotheistic religions.,,
Mr. Muhammad’s decision to run
for the North Carolina Senate arose
from his realization that Fayetteville
needs more services and more unself
ish politicians who will ensure that
those services are delivered. Problems
concerning the elderly, schools, pov
erty, crimes, racial injustice, education,
employment, government support, and
economic growth are just a few of the
issues that Mr. Muhammad has inten
tions of improving.
In addition to being the last living
and active founder of the Fayetteville-
Cumberland County Muslim Commu
nity, Mr. Muhammad has also worked
to establish the Afncan-American Cul
ture Center, 25 Black Men of
Fayetteville, and is a member of the
North Carolina Black Leadership Coa
lition (Caucus). He has also volun
teered time to lobby N.C. House
Speaker Dan Blue, and Representative
Mickie Michaux since 1987. Attest
ing to his belief in the uplift of our
people, Mr. Smith has worked success
fully to integrate some young leader
ship into the NAACP National Office
and conferred with NAACP Chairman
of the National Board, Dr. Gibson
when he visited Fayetteville.
Although quite early in the process,
it is still quite difficult to gauge the
progress of Mr. Muhammad’s election
campaign within the community.
Many aren’t even aware of his cam
paign, let alone of his efforts to better
their circumstance. However, it can
safely be said that Mr. Muhammad is
a gentleman with a vision and a con
viction; a man who is genuinely con
cerned about all citizens of
Fayetteville, and even the students here
at FSU. Although his campaign and
other social obligations surely keep his
schedule full, he takes time out to come
to our campus to keep up with what’s
really going on. Mr. Muhammad was
present at several of the Chancellor’s
Selection Committee Meetings and
Bronco* Voicc ^
knowledgably spoke about the quali
fications needed in a Chancellor. Were
you there? Keep your eyes open.
Imam Eronomy Smith Muhammad is
on the move, and he doesn’t appear to
be coming quietly!
from page 1
Mr. Otovo did remark that his con
nection with the students at FSU will
be missed. “Remember that
Fayetteville State University should
not accept any mediocrity...We should
always strive for the best...Make them
[the students] remember that FSU is
not a stepchild to anybody.,, Mr.
Otovo’s philosophy and advice to his
replacement is to remember that the
students are the reason for the
As when Dr. Hackley departed
FSU, Mr. Otovo too was very modest
when asked to express his greatest con
tributions to our development during
his tenure. His strong-willed leader
ship was the driving force behind many
of the new facilities we will soon be
enjoying at FSU. So, when you’re en
joying our newly air-conditioned
dorms, or lounging in the Olympic
sized swimming pool, or enjoying a
basketball game at our new sports fa
cility, don’t forget to remember the
man who helped make it all possible.
Farewell and thank you, Mr. Otovo,
for a job well done.
Would you like to be paid to study?
Check out ttie new course offered by Aiptia:
Provide Plasma to earn extra cash and save lives.
18 or older
over 110 lbs. in good health;
EXPECTED COURSE RESUITS;
Extra money (up to $120.00 a month), good grades, and satisfktion knowing
that you have provided drug? to help save a life.
New Donor Hours;
Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat, & Sun
Repeat Donor Hours;
Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat, & Sun
8 A.M. - 4 EM.
• First Donation •
$25 with Student ID
1. Need extra money
2. Willingness to provide a produa that others need
I 3. Knowledge that you cannot gpt AIDS fiom providing plasma
Bring your books to Alpha Plasma and study while donating!
It's like being paid to study!
129 Franklin Street
Fayetteville, NC 28311