Auditorium Plans Set
By Ronald Jordan
It's been more than two years now
since Winston-Salem State's Fries Audi
torium collapsed during a heavy rain
storm, The school has had to use its
Whitaker Gymnasium and the Fine Arts
Auditorium at Salem College as the
focal points of all its group gatherings.
Thus far, they have managed to get by.
Now, if the school can wait another
two years, it will again have an audi
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VOL. XI, NO. I
WINSTON-SALEM STATE UNIVERSITY
“Like a bird
Mrs. Williams Travels To 16 Countries
By Marilyn Roseboro
A two-month tour of 16 foreign coun
tries and 40 cities gave Mrs. Edith
Williams her first trip outside the United
States last summer.
Mrs. Williams accompanied her hus
band, WSSU Chancellor, Dr. Kenneth
R. Williams. Dr. Williams was the re
cipient of a Danforth Foundation Grant
which funded the trip.
Because she had never been abroad
before, Mrs. Williams said she felt “. . .
like a bird out of a cage.”
Among the spots she most enjoyed or
remembered, Mrs. Williams listed
Egypt, Sweden, India, London, and Den
In Egypt, Mrs. Williams and her hus
band were entertained by the brother
and sister-in-law of SU professor, Dr.
S. E. Elassar. Mrs. Williams also en
joyed riding a camel and viewing the
pyramids, the Sphinx, and the merger
of the old and the new cities of Egypt.
A WSSU nursing school graduate-
former faculty member and her husband
hosted the Williams in Sweden. Dr. and
Mrs. Sonny Johanson guided Dr. and
Mrs. Williams through Sweden and its
Science professor. Dr. B. S. Sidhu and
his brother were “. . . very gracious”
hosts to Dr. and Mrs. Williams in India.
Perhaps the most memorable spot on
the tour for Mrs. Williams was London.
“I’ll always remember London,” she
said. “That’s where I had my accident.”
While on her way to ''"sit Westminster
Abbey, Mrs. Williams fractured her
ankle requiring a cast for six weeks.
However, the cast didn't detain her one
bit, she said.
Of Denmark, Mrs. Williams said it's
“. . . the cleanest country that I've
ever seen.” They believe in planting
flowers and trees for ecology's sake.
Mrs. Williams was also highly im
pressed by watching the making of silk
from the silk worm and the floating
markets in Taiwan.
Finding an alabaster bust of Egyptian
Queen Nefertiti highlighted the shopping
for Mrs. Williams. She added the bust
to a small collection of four busts and
two pendants of Nefertiti. She also
bought a black handmade hostess dress
(with orange hand embroidery) in
The Williams took slides of every
country they visited. They invite in
terested students to contact The News
Argus staff to arrange a viewing.
Last month wreckers began demolish
ing houses and old business buildings on
a one block area just outside campus
where the new auditorium is to be
built. This one block area is adjacent
to the Student Union and bound by
Claremont Avenue and Wallace, Bruce,
and Cromartie Streets.
Fred A. Burke, university assistant
business manager, said that the area
should be cleared soon, but that work
on the new $1.6 million facility probably
will not begin before early December.
It will take from 18 months to two years
to finish the auditorium, Burke said.
The new building is not quite what the
school had in mind when Chancellor
Kenneth R. Williams made his original
request to the state Advisory Budget
Commission for funds in 1970.
He had requested $3 million for a new
auditorium and multimedia communica
tions building. The University was
granted only $1.6 million for a new audi
torium, but the Advisory Budget Com
mission did not recommend to the Gen
eral Assembly that the school get $1.7
million needed for the communications
Also, the commission did not recom
mend funds to provide the school with an
Olympic size swimming pool which
Williams says is badly needed.
Williams hasn't given up hope yet,
however. In a request to the Advisory
Budget Commission this past July, he
asked for $10.2 million for the 1973-75
A swimming pool and communications
building were given top priority on his
list of needs.
There has been other construction
under way on campus since this summer
The electrical distribution system is
being modernized and all power lines are
being put underground.
Also, work has begun on completion
of a street behind the gymnasium
which will circle the campus and open
onto Reynolds Park Road.
When completed, the street will serve
as a second entrance to and exit from
Beginning next issue The News Argus
will start a question-answer column call
ed RAM (Ram Answer Man).
The column is designated to aid in
answering some of the questions of stu
dents and administration concerning
school policies, organizations, operations,
Questions will be accepted from any
one associated with the university and
must be accompanied by signatures.
They may be submitted to The News
Argus office or, if mailed, addressed to:
The News Argus
P. 0. Box 14295
Winston-Salem State University
MRS. EDITH WILLIAMS