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Volume39,Number47 WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. THURSDAY, July 18, 2013
Professors to live with
students in dorms
BY LAYLA GARMS
After nearly 30 years in academia.
Dr. JoAnne Banks has practically
seen it all.
But Banks, the Bertha L. Shelton
Endowed Professor of Research at
on a new
she joins the
grew up in Chicago, is one of two fac
ulty members who have signed on to
live alongside their students in dorms
as part of the program, which the uni
versity is offering for the first time in
its 100 year history. Abeer Mustafa,
the director of Housing Residence
Life a! WSSU, led the charge to pilot
the program, joining the ranks of
Appalachian State University, UNC
Greensboro and a growing number of
other universities nationwide.
Mustafa had overseen FIR programs
at two universities prior to coming to
WSSU last year.
"I've seen the benefits and I've
seen what the program can do, so I'm
ready to see the excitement here,"
said the Jeddah, Saudi Arabia native.
"I'm ready to see how the students
respond when their faculty members
interact with them."
Faculty in Residence programs
have been shown to increase students'
engagement in campus life outside of
the classroom and increase their com
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Dr. JoAnne Banks stands outside Foundation Heights.
Photo by L*yia Ginm
Mayor Pro Tempore Vivian Burke
and City Council Member Wanda
Merschel (right) share a hug during
the Outstanding Women Leaders
Reunion last week. Merschel, who
represents the city's Northwest
Ward, has announced that she will
not seek reelection this year. Burke,
the Council's most senior member,
remains undecided about her future
on the Council. Read more about the
event on page Bl.
BY LAYLA GARMS
Local residents took to the streets en masse Tuesday
to protest a Florida jury's finding in the murder of 17
year-old Trayvon Martin.
Protests and vigils have cropped up nationwide since
a Florida jury found George Zimmerman not guilty in the
shooting death of the black teenager. Winston-Salem res
idents - more than 1,200 of them, according to organiz
ers' estimates - joined the growing chorus of unrest with
a July 16 rally and vigil in remembrance of Martin at the
corner of Martin
Luther King Jr. and
Via social media
and other outlets.
Wake Forest alumna
Nicole Little and The
Redirection led the
charge to take a stand
locally against the
verdict and legisla
tion such as the Stand
Your Ground Law
that many believe
to go free.
"This hits home for me because I have three brothers,
one of whom, God rest his soul, was also taken by gun
violence," Little told the massive crowd assembled
around her. "This could have been any one of y'all, and
that's the message that we're trying to stress today."
The Zimmerman verdict also struck a chord with city
resident Andrea Barnes.
"It's something to have to woiTy about, the future of
your kids, how they're discriminated against, and whether
the justice system is going to prevail for them or against
them," said Barnes, the mother of three young men. "The
justice system is broken. It needs fixing."
Larry Little, a Winston-Salem State University pro
fessor who is no relation to Nicole Little, likened Martin's
death to the brutal 1955 slaying of Emmett Till. The con
troversy that surrounded 14 year-old's death - and the
subsequent acquittal of his attackers - helped to spark the
Civil Rights Movement. Little said, and Martin's death
could be the catalyst for a new revolution.
See TrtYvoo on A8
Photo# by Layla Gamu
Larry Little (left) and Darryl Hunt hold up a photo
graph of the slain teen.
Organizer Nicole Little
addresses the crowd.
Cook speaks thrown her ait
BY LAYLA GARMS
When Winston-Salem resident Cloves
Cook speaks to the world, she does so in liv
Whether it's an "environmental rant" or a
social justice commentary. Cook, who signs
her work simply "Cloves," has found the best
vehicle to get her messages out is through
her painting. Very often, she is speaking from
"My goal is for my art to become the mir
ror that reflects the joys, as well as the bitter
sweetness of life," said the Chicago native.
"That is what drives and inspires me."
Cook's apartment is like a window into
her mind, cluttered with vibrant images,
from abstracts to still lifes, and punctuated
with notes about her plans for a given piece,
photographs and quotations that inspire her.
In acrylic and oil, she depicts images from
recurring dreams and renderings that can
See Cook on A2
Photo by Layla Garrm
Cloves Cook shows off one of her works in progress.
Ministers support college-bound teens
BY TODD LUCK
As part of its long-standing annual tradition, the Ministers
Conference of Winston-Salem and Vicinity last week awarded
Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Seed Fund Scholarships to six
college-bound high school graduates.
The college-bound students received $1,000 each. A commit
tee of Conference members considered a number of applicants"
The committee considered things such as the applicant's grades
See Ministers on A7
Photo by Todd Luck
(Front row, from left)
Hardial and Jalyn
Brim with (back row)
Rev. Marina Skinner,
Dr. Serenus Churn
and Dr. Dennis Leach
of Winston-Salem, LLC
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