North Carolina Newspapers

1983 Homecoming Special
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Vol. XXI, No. 3
Winston-Salem State University
October 26, 1983
Big Alvin Powell (No. 63) leaves the Fayetteville State end zone after leading James
Johnson to a T.D.
The Rams were tied by Fayetteville State but still hold the lead in the CIAA southern
division. The Rams will put their record on the line against Johnson C. Smith, Saturday
at Bowman Gray Stadium
St. Aug. Pres. Visits Campus
WSSU Students Urged
To Seek Excellence
Paula Mickens tells how she plans to use
her position as Miss WSSU to help others
find happiness through Jesus Christ.
A storm of protest has\
developed as a result of\
the crowning of the 1983\
Mr. Ram.
See Page 9
Karlton Watson, WSSU I
quarterback still thinks
he will get a chance to
play pro football.
by Sam Davis
“There’s no hiding place at Winston-
Salem State. The real world is looking for
productivity and results.”
These words came from Dr. Preznell R.
Robinson, president of Saint Augustine’s
College, during an inspiring to Winston-
Salem State University students. Dr.
Robinson was on hand to deliver the
keynote address at the second Joseph H.
Patterson Lecture and Assembly Series
held in the Hall-Patterson Communica
tions Building, recently.
Dr. Robinson was greeted warmly by an
overflow crowd, as he spoke to the au
dience in a sometimes humorous and then
at other times, serious tone.
The focus of Dr. Robinson’s speech was
on the need for Americans to stress
academic excellence to youth. “There are
some very clear signs that say we’ve lost
our indomitable spirit,” said Dr. Robin
son. “Somewhere we’ve stopped realizing
that good things do come to those who are
willing to work hard for them.”
“We must re-dedicate ourselves to the
reform of our education system,” he said.
“It must go beyond the industrial and com
mercial realm, deeper into the fabric of
our society.”
To illustrate his point. Dr. Robinson said
statistics on education in post-industrial
countries shows that Americans ranked
near the bottom in educational attainment.
“International comparisons show that on
18 achievement tests given to students in
post-industrial countries, American
students never placed first or second.”
“Twenty-three million American adults
are functionally illiterate,” said Robinson.
“Thirteen percent of all 7-year-olds are
functionally illiterate and functional il
literacy among minorities may run as high
as 43 percent.
Dr. Robinson said the task of reducing
these inordinately high figures is the
challenge confronting Americans. But, he
praised traditionally black colleges and
universities such as WSSU for doing a good
job of working with students, given the
weakness of some students upon their ar
rival at college.
“The input-output analysis is what we
should be concerned with,” said Dr. Robin
son. “There should be a difference bet
ween what comes in and what goes out.”
He also emphasized the fact that blacks
should strive for superior academic per
formances because of the way society
kwks upon blacks. “We’ve got to be better
than other Americans to get what they
take for granted,” he said. “That spirit of
excellence must be furthered and passed
on to others.”
See Page 16
A tradition of excellence
has come to exist with the
WSSU Marching Rams.
The Rams are The Class
of the CIAA.
See Page 22
Nobody knows how to get
pumped up for
Homecoming, like the
Rams. For a complete list
of Homecoming events
See Page 2

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