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A Letter To The Student Body
By Angela M. Corbett
As freshman and upperclassmen return
to WSSU we must realize our obligation to
ourselves and the black community. For
one reason or another either by financial
aid, parents supplying the fees, or monies
from other organizations, ways were made
for us to be able to continue our education.
Therefore, as students we should be
grateful and enthusiastic about receiving a
good education so that we will not only bet
ter ourselves, but better those who were not
Young blacks of today are not helping
other blacks up on the ladder of success, yet
instead helping themselves to move on up.
When they reach the top do they find hap
piness in power and success? How can peo
ple of the same ancestrial background con
tinuously bring one another down? There
may not be a logical or reasonable answer,
but students at WSSU can make the dif
As students we must strive to receive the
best education WSSU has to offer. To do our
best is all anyone can ask and if we fail, we
must just pull it together and start all over
again. College has plenty to offer if only we
reach out and grab it.
Many students who are attending college
here at WSSU put down and speak lowly of
our great university. We as students must
remember if it had not been for our being
accepted by WSSU where would we be?
Most definitely the going will be rough
and you’ll want to throw it all away, but just
hold steady because there is a greater
reward in accomplishment than failure.
School of Nursing
1985 Grads Score
High On Test
The 1985 graduates of the Winston-Salem
State University nursing achieved a 92%
passing rate on the state licensure examina
tion administered in July. Twelve of thir
teen graduates passed the examination on
the first writing. The other eight members
of the nursing class of 1985 entered the nurs
ing program as registered nurses and were
not required to take the exam again.
Dr. Alice Johnson, interim director of the
Division of Nursing and Allied Health, term
ed the latest scores “still another tremen
dous achievement. We’re all very pleased
that the board scores reflect the outstanding
quality built into the nursing program. Our
record firmly indicates that we have a very
fine curriculum and an excellent teaching
faculty,” she said.
WSSU Chancellor Cleon Thompson, Jr.
added, “Of course I’m delighted with the
test results. I’m especially pleased that the
record of excellence continues while we’re
increasing the enrollment in nursing. The
students, faculty and staff are to be com
mended for doing a great job,” he said.
Leander Moore, Jr,
The faculti;, staff and students
at WSSU wish to
extend their deepest si^mpathi; to the
families of these three students.
Are Adjusting To Campus
By Carolyn Hooper
Winston-Salem State University is attrac
ting more non-traditional students, and this
year is no exception. During spring
semester 1985, there were approximately
650 non-traditional students enrolled at
What is a non-traditional student? A non-
traditional student is a person attending col
lege who is past the usual age of a tradi
tional college student (18-22-years-old).
Several of these WSSU students were ask
ed about their reasons for being
Pam Baggett, 34, of Rural Hall, is return
ing to college after 17 years as a
homemaker and “baby factory.” She has
five children ranging in age from W/2 years
to 18 months and she is majoring in early
“I chose WSSU because of its affordabili
ty and nearness to my home,” she explain
ed. “It feels the same as when I was a tradi
tional student, although campus life and the
way students dress has changed a little.”
Michael Jones, 39, of High Point, is mar
ried and transfered from Guilford
Technical Community College. He is pursu
ing a degree in Psychology. He holds an
associate degree in Business Administra
Jones said he finds WSSU "more accessi
ble than Guilford Tech,” due to his being
confined to a wheelchair.
Debbie Harryman, 28, drives to scnoui
from Stanleyville every day. She is mar
ried, and has three children aged 10, 5 and
3. She is enrolled in the Honors Program as
a freshman, planning to major in middle
“I came here because of the education
program; it is better than at other col
leges. I love it here,” she stated.
Another student, Brian, who gave his age
as “over 25,” wished not to use his last
“I feel WSSU is underrated; and 1 feel
very positive about attending classes here,”
he said. He added that he lives in the Old
Town area and WSSU is convenient for him
Several other non-traditional students
were interviewed and many of them ex
pressed having had some difficulties ad
justing to college life. All of them are day
students with other responsibilities which
include: children, spouses, jobs,
disabilities, etc., which make extra
demands upon their time and energy.
Many of these students are experiencing
college for the first time and feel that more
effort should be made to meet the special
needs of the non-traditional student.
As stated earlier, time is an important
factor to these students, and many of them
feel very frustrated with the lack of
advisement and counseling assistance they
received, especially when planning course
schedules. Some felt that the classes they
need are scheduled at inconvenient times;
some were so ill-advised that they have
taken (or are taking) courses which will not
apply to their majors and, thus, they will
have to be in school longer to take all the
On the other hand, many of these students
feel they are wasting time taking courses
which are required but which they have
either learned by experience, or which have
no relevance at this point in their lives.
A major concern is physical education.
After all, none of these students is 18 years
old anymore, and having an instructor (who
is often younger than the student) telling
one to do these physical things-especially
when “one’s old body isn’t cooperating too
well” can be a bit much.
Mrs. Harryman and others expressed
concern over trying to find time to study
and do homework and still meet the needs of
their families, babysitting problems, and
what to do when the children get sick.
All of the students interviewed said they
are favorably impressed with WSSU, and
are happy to be here. They all feel accepted
by students and faculty, and that they are
integrated into the student body. They
believe they can learn what they need to
learn here, and that they can also make a
contribution to the student body. After all, if
you add up all those ages over 22, there are
a lot of years of experience in life and work
from which we all can benefit.
State's Own Voice,
WSNC Is On The
By Deborah F. Sharpe
The voice of the Winston-Salem State
University Rams has been on the air since
The plans for the Station began in 1978. A
lot of hard work was put into submitting a
Construction Permit Application, which
was later granted in 1982. This permit allow
ed the station to go on the air. In 1984 the sta
tion actually received it’s license.
WSNC-FM is a non-commercial educa
tional radio station. It’s musical style is pro
gressive jazz. Many students wonder why
the station plays jazz.
Clarence W. Thomas, general manager
for the station, gave the Allowing reason for
the jazz format.
“There is no other full time jazz station in
Winston-Salem”, explained Thomas. “The
general idea for a station is not to imitate
other stations in the market place, but to of
fer something different.”
The station is primarily manned by
students. It takes a lot of dedication, long
hours and hard work for the station to
The newest WSNC staff member is Don
Moore, chief engineer. His expertise will
enhance the station’s operating capacity.
The station would like a new transmitter,
and antenna mast. This will increase its
power to 3,000 watts.
The station went on the air on September
23, 1985. Its broadcasting schedule is
Monday-Friday, 5 p.m.-l a.m.
Tlhe News Argus Staff
Angela Corbett Editor-in-chief
Victor Coffey Managing Editor
Alisa A. Wilson Assignment Editor
Karla Barksdale News Editor
Robert Toran Sports Editor
Pamela Murrell Circulation Manager
Debbie Smith Advertising Manager
Deborah Sharpe and Danita Rucks Layout Editors
Yolanda V. Jones Business/Office Manager
Michael Peele Photographer
Dr. Valerie S. Saddler Advisor