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Volume V Issue #2
FSU Holds 129th Fall Convocation
On Thursday, September 14,1995, Fayetteville State University celebrated
its 129th Fall Convocation. For those of you asking “What is Fall Convoca
tion,” it is a celebration of the official opening of the academic new year. At
Convocation, the university and community welcome the new students and
faculty to the school and city. This year’s Convocation was a definite treat to
Even though Convocation started off a little on the shaky side (Do we sit or
stand?), it turned out to be quite a blast. Our own SGA President, Mr. Wayne
Hodges, pleased the crowd with an excellent speech in which he encouraged a
“new era under the sun” and a “new FSU under the sun.” Mr. Hodges’ speech
received more than one round of applause. He thrilled all the students in atten
dance and even some of the faculty and staff. FSU is proud to have a leader
with such excellent oratorical talent.
The guest speaker. Attorney Patricia Russell-McCloud, also gave a very
inspiring speech with the theme “Working on the Night Shift.” Mrs. Russell-
McCIoud’s message to the students was study and work hard. She also insisted
that students should not fall behind because “the mind is a terrible thing to
waste.” Although her speech lasted approximately 35-40 minutes, not a mo-
meivl of it was v/ortV\ missmg,.
Those students who missed out on Convocation missed a magnificent cer
A Million Black Men March on Washington
by FSU SGA
The Million Man March is Holy Day of Atonement and Reconciliation for
and by Black men in the United States of America. This march will take place
on Monday, October 16, 1995, in Washington, D.C. On this date, able-bodied
African-American men from all segments of America will march on Washing
ton, D.C. to publicly proclaim to the world that Black men are serious about
their quest for justice and their readiness to take their place as leaders of their
families and communities. It is a call for all Black men as Christians, Muslims,
nationalists, agnostics, young and old, members of every fraternal, civic, and
political organization to stand together as one to declare their right to justice
and to determine the future for themselves and their people.
In 1963, the leaders of the Civil Rights movement gathered Black people
together to march on Washington for justice and jobs. From that point there
has been a steady movement of talented African-American people in corporate
America, politics, and business. However, the masses of Black people, and
Black men in particular, are still far behind. The 1995 march will announce
that the Black man, the Black woman, and the Black family are standing to
gether for political, social, spiritual and economic progress.
There are three key issues which the march will bring attention to and ad
dress. Those three key issues are 1) the Black family and community, as well
as family development, 2) affirmative action and voting rights support, and 3)
corporate America’s reinvestment in the Black community.
October 16, 1995 is a day of unification and solidarity for the African-
American community. It is a historical event which will be remembered for
generations to come. Therefore, we are asking that all members of college,
Attorney and guest speaker Patrica Russell-McCloud
enthralls audience at 1995 Fall Convocation.
high-school, and professional sports teams observe this Holy Day and not en
gage in sports activities; musicians and entertainers not perform on this day, as
a show of solidarity; no one attend work or school; no one participate in shop
ping; and no one engage in drinking alcohol, consuming drugs, or any unclean
See March, page 12
Welcome Chancellor McLeod
by Dr. Donna Benson
We extend our congratulations to Dr. Willis McLeod on his selection as
Chancellorof Fayetteville State University. The University community includes
a capable faculty and staff and many talented students. This academic commu
nity is poised to move the University forward to face the challenges of the 21st
The FSU executive and administrative staff will work to make certain that
the transition to the new administration is smooth and effective. The position
carries with it great responsibilities for the future of thousands of faculty, staff,
and students, and for the future of the greater Cape Fear region.
I personally wish Dr. McLeod much success as FSU Chancellor. The job is
very important; the challenges are many but so too are the rewards.
Editorial^ Page 2 Arts and Entertainment, Page 4 The Broncos’ Song, Page 6
FSU at a Glance, Page 8 Sports/Homecoming Calendar, Page 9 Student Comments, Page 10