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Volume 41, Number 5 WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. THURSDAY, October 9, 2014
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BY CHANEL DAVIS
I III C HRONICLE
The lack of African
Americans in Winston-Salem
State University's three-year
old Doctor of Physical
Therapy program caused a
bit of an online stir last week.
The school posted a
photo of its current class
taken at a "white coat" cere
mony to its Facebook page
last week. Of the 25 students
in the class, there is one
black female, a Hispanic
male and a student who iden
tifies as "bi-racial," accord
ing to the school.
Responses to the photo
ranged from "Wow!
Interesting" to "Why are all
the faces white, but all the
athletes (are) black?"
Dr. Peggy Valentine, dean
of the School of Health
Sciences, said that the
department has recognized
the decline in diversity. She
said the Physical Therapy
Service, or PTCAS, used by
the school doesn't allow it to
zero-in on black students.
With the system - a service
of the American Physical
Therapy Association - appli
cants can apply to multiple
programs across the country
with one application.
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WSSU DPT students pose after their recent White Coat ceremony.
Photo* by Todd l uck
teers (from left)
C o r r i n n a
Mosque continues tradition
of free medical care
BY TODD LUCK
For almost three decades, the Community
Mosque has offered a free medical clinic. Today -
thanks to volunteer doctors from Wake Forest
Baptist Medical Center - that tradition continues.
In the late 1980s, the Mosque started running a
free mobile clinic that visited public housing com
munities. The clinic became stationary in the
1990s, inviting patients into the mosque itself for
treatment. From its inception up until last
December, Dr. Muhammad Athar provided care to
the patients who came to the clinic, which was the
sole source of medical care for some. With Athar's
retirement last year, the once-a-month clinic
ceased to exist. In an effort to keep the clinic
afloat. Imam Khalid Griggs <tent word out that
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A voter holds a mailer sent out by the John
BY TODD LUCK
Midterm elections tend to have far less
voter turnout than presidential ones, hut they
can have just as big of an effect.
In the 2010 midterms. Democrats suf
fered greatly, losing their super majority in
the U.S. Senate and control of the House of
Representative. On the state level, more than
a decade of Democratic majorities came to
an end in the General Assembly. Here, in
Forsyth County, Ted Kaplan, who was a
first-term county commissioner, lost his re
election bid to
"In 2010, I like
to tell people I lost
due to an illness,
that folks were sick
of the Democrats,"
He credits low
voter turnout, par
Democrats, as the
reason he lost. Now,
he's back, challeng
ing Whiteheart for the at-large seat that was
wrested from him four years ago. He doesn't
expect Democrats - or Republicans - to stay
home this time. Many, he thinks, are inter
ested in the city bond referendum on the bal
lot and the hotly-contested U.S. Senate race
between incumbent Democrat Kay Hagan
and Republican challenger Thorn Tillis - a
battle on which the Democrats' thin Senate
majority could hinge.
But, still. Kaplan is not taking, any
chances. He's phone-banking to get-out-the
vote and helping the Forsyth County
Democratic Party in its big push to register
voters before the Oct. 10 deadline.
This election was to be the first time
since 2007 without the same-day voter regis
tration option during the early voting period
- Oct. 23 - Nov. 1. However, last week the
Richmond, Va.-based U.S. Fourth Circuit
Court of Appeals reinstated same day regis
tration and out-of-precinct voting. Forsyth
County Democratic Party Chair Susan
Campbell said since the decision was being
appealed to the US. Supreme Court, which
could strike it down, the big push to register
voters by the Oct. 10 deadline remains
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Health Department begins giving free flu shots
BY CHANEL DAVIS
The Forsyth County Health Department has been busy offer
ing free flu shots to local residents.
The flu vaccine will be offered at the Health Department's
Clinic 3 at 799 Highland Ave. for as long as supplies last More
than 7,500 doses have been ordered.
"Public health is about prevention, and immunizations are
the easiest way to prevent diseases. Oct. 1 was our first day giv
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