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£SU ARCrUVES The Broncos’ Voice of Fayetteville State University \^lunie VlII, Issue 6 'TO INFORM, EDUCATE,‘"INSPIRE, AND ENTERTAIN’ Fsll liOOl EDITION More Region Students Joining Band By Y. Chuck Carr Staff Writer When marching bands from opposing schools such as Winston- Salem State Universit)' and North Carohna Central University visit Fayette\'ille State, their squads are loaded w ith students from Cumberland and surrounding areas. Things may be changing. Dr. Harold Bray, director of bands at FSU. said pla\ers w ho normally w ould disregard Fayette\ ille State for other marching band programs are beginnmg to realize w hat FSU has to offer and are opting to stay home. The proof is in the number of plavers from E.E. Smith. Seventy- First. Westover and other surroundmg schools. According to Bray, since he arrived three years ago. there has been a 60 percent mcrease m the number of Cumberland Count\' students in the band. The reason for this change of heart'’ They w ant to be part of a grow ing program that's gaining respect, "What we are finding is that the high school students seem to think w e are doing some things correctly." Bray said. "Students like to be identified w ith something they enjoy doing. It seems like it‘s organized, classy and has high standards. We want to attract from here first then branch out. It all starts with the product." The product Bra\’ put on the field against Elizabeth Cit>' State University is testimony. The color guard unit sported new uniforms. The band w ore uniforms purchased last year. Bra\' attributes the surge in local interest not onh to current m m Marching Bronco Band looking to add more musicians from area high schools. members w ho ha\ e dedicated themselves to the program, but to the universit\'. When recruiting, he expounds on the things the school has to otTer. "We tr\' to see if w e have something the student is interested in ... a major or course offerings." Bray said. "Then we tell about the band component and how it relates to the school." This N’ear's band consists of approximateh' 90 members. The numbers may not be w hat Bray wants, but he's pleased with the students he has. Brav admits he would like to have a larger band, but he's not w illing to sacrifice qualit\ for quantity. "Let the record show I w ould like to have the numbers increase." he said. "I would love to have more number but not at the demise of class, skill and organization. "Small numbers doesn’t mean the quality’ is less. I feel the numbers w ill come. We want to have the numbers, but I want my band to look better getting off the bus than most bands look on the field." Bray has already' been w orking hard to bring those numbers up since he arrived three years ago. He believes a factor in getting support for the band is b> playing music to suit all tastes. This year, you can expect to hear some hip-hop mixed with a little rh\ thm and blues and pop. "We have the responsibilitv’ to educate the audience." he said. "Our vehicle for educating is through the music. The intent is to be entertaining ... to use this vehicle as an educational tool to do things in a classy way." Another w ay to build a better band is through communits’ outreach. Bra\' said. The band has established a mentor-t\ pe program w ith neighboring E.E. Smith High SchooFs Magnificent Marching Machine. E.E. Smith band director. Roosevelt Pratt, served as Brav's assistant last \ear During the summer. FSU band members assisted E.E. Smith with its band camp. Bra\’ also pro\ ides sheet music to the E.E. Smith band to help build its repertoire. Such partnerships benefit both programs. Bra\' said. The outreach efforts stretched beyond Cumberland Countv 's boarders. Over the summer. Bra\’ used FSU band members to assist him during a band clinic in Chicago. The clinic featured 69 high school marching bands. "The responsibilits' and goal and mission is to prov ide educational services wherever we go." Bray said. Bray demonstrated his goals to make his marching band a program of which the uni\ ersit\' and community could be proud. Prior to the Elizabeth City State game. Bra\' met with men from Fayetteville w ho w ere not affiliated with the university' but had an interest in the school. The men. all between the ages of 20 and 30. were concerned that the onh’ time they got a chance to support the school w as during the homecoming parade. The\’ talked w ith Bray and came up w ith the idea to assist the band. The men. all w hom own motorcycles, will serv e as escorts for the Bronco Strutters, the band’s dance troupe. "I thought that would be positiv e for the band program, school and See Band Page 4 Convocation Speaker Urges Students To Reach Success By Ebony Stonewall StaffWriter "Class of 2005. you’re the best that li e \-e got and the -whole world is wailing and watching for yon. Sever give up!"-PatriciaRnssell-McCloiid Fall Convocation was held m the James W. Seabrook Auditorium Sept. 6. Freshmen crow ded the auditorium in their professional attire and their Sunda\- best. The stage was dressed w ith greener)' and bouquets of fresh flowers. Everv'one stood for the presentation of the colors and the academic procession. Faculty members and administrators were dressed in academic regalia. The concert band, under the direction of Dr. Harold Bray, and the university choir, directed by Dr Marvin Curtis, were set to perform. The scene w as a clear indication that the 2001-02 academic school year has begun. Before Dr. Patricia Russell McCloud spoke, there were several introductions and welcomes by Dr. Perry Massey, provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs. The class of 2005 was asked to stand. The Rev. David Morrison, pastor of St. Luke AME Zion Church in Fayetteville, delivered the prayer. Greetinas were extended bv' Cumberland County's legislative delegation. The Honorable Breeden Blackwell, vice chairman of the Cumberland County Board of Commissioners, gave the program goers, especiallv' the freshmen, some advice. "As I said last year. I always love to come here because I can dress up." Blackw ell joked. "As freshmen, if \'ou fail to plan, you plan to fail." James M. Paige, immediate past president of the FSU National Alumni Association, told freshmen about the importance of integrity. "Freshmen, start preparing for your future. Be fair and truthful." he said. Dr. Peter Valenti, an English professor and 2001 Teacher of the Year, lead the audience in the recitation of the "Litany of Rededication” Then, the freshman class was treated to the words of McCloud. McCloud, a renowned author and speaker, got evers one’s attention with an explosive introduction. "Go for it! On your mark. Get set. Go!" she said. McCloud is internationally known as a professional orator. She has been listed in Black Enterprise magazine as one of the top five business motivators in America. A native of Indianapolis. Ind.. she is a graduate of Kentucky State Universitv' and Howard Universitv' School of Law . She is also the recipient of the NAACP Education and Legal Defense Aw ard and a life member of the NAACP and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority. "In college, quarters are like gold and the bookstore bill can equal \ our tuition.'’ she said. "You can know evenlhing and still fail the test. E-mail vv ill be your second language. You learn that 4 o’clock really does come twice a day and Mac ’N’ Cheese is a real meal” McCloud had the audience’s attention and kept them laughing throughout with her powerful and confident voice. "It takes more than a posse to play the game of life because once vou play, somebody will move the bases." McCloud said. She also stressed the importance of not settling for mediocrity. "A grade C w ill not see v ou through. Turn stumbling blocks into stepping stones." she said. McCloud’s most recent book." 'A Is For Attitude: An Alphabet for Living." uses the alphabet as a blueprint for a successful life that inspires you to reach your highest potential. "A is for altitude. Altitude is for how high you are going to fly ... Z is See Speaker Page 4 Greeks want to be know n for more than just step])ing. ' ' o'" Community Service The Aim Of Greeks By Daw n Redrick And Toshanika Moore Staff Writers It is a shared belief that African American fraternities and sororities play a major role in the shaping of our black communities. Thev' produce a new' generation of leaders. This year proves no different as these young brothers and sisters support each other, the community and nation. The focus of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority'. Inc., is the African American community and sisterhood. "We have a coat drive approaching in October as well as a campus cleanup." said Renata Turner, president of the Delta Alpha Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha at Fay etteville State University. "Social events that can be expected b\' the campus are more parties and programs on important issues such as domestic violence and breast cancer aw areness. We will also have sisterly' relation workshops to promote unitv m the chapter.'' See Greeks Page 4

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