A Ram Turned Bear
by Melanie Beatty ^
Jack Cameron a twenty-three year old
native of Roxboro, N.C. and a former foot
ball standout for the Winston-Salem State
University Rams, now a wide receiver for
the Chicago Bears, is back in Ramland for a
visit. Upon meeting Jack I was somewhat
nervous, but he made me feel comfortable
immediately. I found him to be a very
gregarious and likeable person.
Q. Were there any adjustments that had to
be made when you made the switch from
college to professional football?
A. There was no physical changes, but there
was mental changes. Playing pro ball is
somewhat faster and the crowds are alot
bigger than some college games.
Q. How much playing time have you had
this season for the Bears?
A. At the beginning of the season I did have
some playing time, but playing behind a
world class sprinter, my time was limited,
so that’s why 1 always play to my potential.
Q. Do you have any regrets on going pro
before you graduated from WSSU.
A. I have no regrets on going pro early. I
saw an opportunity and took advantage of
it. He also foresees a good and long lasting
Q. What advice do you have for those people
who aspire to play professional football?
A. Always be prepared for the unexpected.
Give it 100% at all times, and work to do
your best. When I was at WSSU, I didn’t feel
I was popular as some of my teammates
like Mike Winbush and Johnathan Nim-
mons, but it just goes to show you, as long as
you give it your all, you can make it.
photo by: Bonita Perry
by Kenneth Hayniond
It’s been a tough season for WSSU basket
ball team, but in spite of the obstacles and
pitfalls it finally looks as if Coach Gaines’
young Rams are showing signs of maturity.
Their performance in Durham suggests
hat things may be looking up for the Rams
s they flattened North Carolina Central
Central matched WSSU for about 12
minutes until Gaines ordered his team into
a man-to-man defense and run off an 11-0
tear. It was at that point when they began to
build their lead.
Linwood Gorham led all scorers with 22
points followed by Kevin Vaughn with 18
points and 13 rebounds and Eugene Penick
with 17 points.
Even though the Rams handed NCCU a
defeat they will not soon forget, they were
gracious enough to allow WSSU to borrow
vans to carry the Ram cheerleaders and
players after two of their vans broke down.
The vans did not give anyone any trouble,
however, the night the Rams up-ended
Shaw University at home 77-64.
With 5:55 remaining in the game the
Rams wee sitting comfortable on a 12 point
lead until Shaw’s David Lacey went on a
shooting spree and brought his team within
Instead of folding, however, the Rams
rebuilt their lead to 13 points. Leading the
drive was guard Haywood Workman and
forward Eugene Penick. The Rams finally
put away the conference heavy weight 77-64.
Leading the Rams was Alexander Hooper
with 19 points and 5 rebounds along with
Linwood Gorham with 16 points.
Robert Toran on left; Dean Smith, on rif>ht. photo: Bonita Perry
Wrestlers Ready For Cl A A
by Robert Toran
On February 16, 1985 on the campus of
Norfolk State University, Norfolk Virginia
will be the site of the 1985 CIAA wrestling
Winston-Salem State, defending cham
pions the past five years prepare to do bat
tle against other CIAA colleges who are bid
ding for this year’s honor.
Colleges participating in this year’s tour
nament are Norfolk State, Livingstone
Hampton Institute, Virginia State and the
pride of the CIAA W.S.S.U.
Winston-Salem will be a little weak this
year in the tournament. As they find
themselves in a rebuilding year.
The team has gone through a lot of trials
and tribulation this year, with the loss of
head coach Mike Edwards and a loss of key
people in the line-up due to injury and
There are some bright spots in this year’s
line-up. Dean Smith and Robert Toran are
returning CIAA champions. Smith a 1982
champion at 158, and Robert Toran a 1984
champion at 150, will lead a young but eager
club. Joel Schackleford, a sophomore from
Farmville, N.C. was a third place finisher
last year, and will be one to watch for this
year’s tournament. Other wrestlers that
will be participating in the tournament are
Jimmy Hester (134) Thomas Moore (134)
Victor Tate (190), Greg Attwood (HWT) and
Sam Hagan (HWT) Ronald McErae (177)
The winner of his respective weight class
will be qualified and participate in Division
II National held on March 1 & 2.
Lenny Gorham dunks at “10 WSSU vs Fayvelte State.