Paula Mickens Is New Miss WSSU!!
Vol. XX, No. 7
Winston-Salem ^tate University
Students Select 83-84 Leaders
Newly elected SGA Pres.
By Sam Davis
Karl Menefee, a junior Medical
Technology major from Weldon has been
elected as President of the Student
Government Association of WSSU for the
1983-84 academic year.
Menefee won the April 12 election over
Lorraine Coleman, also a rising senior by
a vote of 398 to 287.
Reginald McCaskill, who ran unapposed
for the vice-presidency of SGA received
674 votes to win that post. Also running
unapposed in their election bids were;
Erin Simone Nichols, who is the new
secretary of Social Affairs: David
Johnson, secretary of Financial Affairs;
and Frank Lawson, secretary of Day Stu
In the most highly contested election for
next year’s SGA executive offices, Beth
Day defeated Carles Smoot by a 351 to 325
vote. Percentage-wise, Ms. Day gathered
51.9 percent of the vote while Smoot car
ried 48.1 percent.
The office of Executive Secretary will go
to Jenniffer Baggett, who was named on
more write-in ballots than any other can
didate. There were no official candidates
for the job, but a total of 10 names were
submitted by students as write-ins. Ms.
Baggett received strong competition from
Lynette Nickerson who fell only 6 votes shy
An amendment to increase the salary of
the SGA President from $150 to $200 was
approved by a 356 to 263 margin.
In the election for Miss WSSU, Paula
Mickens won a convincing victory over
five challengers. Ms. Mickens, a computer
science major from Raleigh, received 237
votes. Second place finisher Dewanna
Warren had 148 votes and Avis Williams
was third with 124.
Fee Hike To Aid Camp Operation
By Sam Davis
The $10 tuition increase that went into ef
fect this semester will be used to renovate
an outdoor camping facility that WSSU is
scheduled to begin operating this summer.
The facility. Camp Robert Vaugn, was
donated to the university by the Winston-
Salem Foundation during WSSU’s en
Stipulations placed on the university by
the foundation state that WSSU must
renovate the facility and incorporate it in
to the academic curriculum of the univer
sity in order to maintain usage of the
According to present plans, the camp
will become the property of the Winston-
Salem State University Foundation and
not the university itself. As a result WSSU
cannot receive state funds to finance the
renovation of the facility. Therefore, the
university’s Board of Trustees decided to
use student funds to restore the camp.
Some forty thousand dollars a year will
be generated as a result of the tuition in
crease. The $10 per semester boost will be
considered part of student activity fees.
The projected $40,000 will serve as the
base of operations for the camp. In return
the students will have access to the camp
for recreational and social activities.
A three year grant from the Winston-
Salem Foundations will also help the
university to finance the operations of the
camp. WSSU will receive $90,000 over a
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three year period from the foundation.
After that time the university will be on its
own as far as financing the facility.
Mr. Myron Chenault, vice-president of
development at WSSU says the student fee
increase will permit the university to
begin operation of the camp on a firm
financial basis. “The fee increase will
allow us to make building repairs and
other capital improvements,” says
Although WSSU is following through
with its plans for operating the camp, the
university must await approval by the
State Board of Grovernors for the North
Carolina University System. WSSU must
be granted permission by the Board to use
the funds obtained by the tuition hike in
January. But, barring any unforseen com
plications, WSSU will take over operation
of the camp on July 1.
The camp which is located near Walnut
Cove in Stokes County, (approximately 27
miles from the WSSU Campus) will offer
students the opportunity to take courses
not usually offered at urban institutions.
Dr. Jerry Hickerson, director of Conti
nuing Education, will be responsible for
implementing usage of the camp for
academic purposes. He notes the cur
riculum expansion and diversity that the
university can achieve as one of the
primary benefits of the acquisition of the
“It’s going to provide us with another
laboratory for the curriculum,” Hickerson
says. “I view the facility as a welcomed
addition to the university’s resources.
Courses such as botany, astronomy and
biology can be conducted at the camp. We
could also have physical education and
special education classes at the camp.”
Hickerson also says that an area the
university hopes to get into is training peo
ple who are interested in park manage
ment. “The state Park Department, Na
tional Park Department and National
Forest Service are all looking for
graduates with experience in park
management,” he says.
Dr. Bill Shephard, former acting direc
tor of development at WSSU sees an
economic motive in acquiring the camp.
“Coach Gaines initiated the interest in us
ing the facility. He runs the National Youth
Sports Program at the camp each summer
and he told us that it was a very valuable
and attractive facility. Using his program
as a model, we could let similar groups use
the camp and derive a profit by charging a
“Over the next five years lumber could
be cut from the land to be harvested,” says
Shephard. “That would brng in a con
siderable amount of profit for the universi
ty.” Shephard also says theie is a possibili
ty that the land could be used as a model
for tree harvesting.
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