Are You Following The Dream?
by Angela Corbett
“I have a dream that my four children
will one day live in a nation where they will
not be judged by the color of their skin but
by the content of their character.”
I have a dream today,” shouted Dr. Mar
tin Luther King years ago anticipating that
one day blacks would achieve equality in
white America. Despite the fact that his
assassination shattered his ambitions, the
dream lingered on to become a vivid reali
The determined and non-violent King
sacrificed himself for the freedom of blacks
As time has elapsed to 1986 many
reminisce about Dr. King’s struggle which
has produced jobs in the field of education,
science, engineering, and various other
social standings as well. One of the greatest
things that evolved from King is the first
black national holiday.
Like many black colleges WSSU paid
tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on
February 15, his birthdate. While the Ken
neth R. WilliamsAuditorium echoed with the
voice of Dr. King, and beamed with a slide
show, the empty seats ached for an au
dience. Gradually enough students
wandered in to fill about six rows.
With great disappointment in my eyes, I
looked for familiar faces. Suddenly I realiz
ed I did not recognize a single faculty
member or adminstrator. Anger hardened
my heart as the speaker Dr. William H.
Turner, SGA President Joy Bridges, Rev.
Joseph Parks, Donald Saunders, Diane
Spicer and Cherita Marks walked onto the
stage. Surely the crowd did not meet their
Even though the commemoration for Dr.
King was not well supported by the student
body the worst part is that WXII came
prepared to cover this spectacular event.
However, I am almost positive they did
not waste their film on such a menial pro
gram. Menial only in the sense that the stu
dent body did not care enough to attend.
Therefore the question that continuously
haunts my thoughts is, “Are we as Black
Americans following Dr. King’s dream?” It
is distressing to know WSSU students were
given the opportunity to celebrate his
memory, while A&T and UNC-G student
protested the fact Greensboro did not
recognize this holiday. However, nothing
prevented these students from paying their
respect and widely celebrating King’s
Maybe we’ve gotten so caught up in the
power of success and the almighty dollar
that heritage has Ijecome a thing of the past.
Of course times have changed and Black
Americans have come a long way, but we
have yet to arrive at our destination.
It is my personal belief that the times in
which Dr. King lived are coming back
again. Even the evening news has been em
phasizing the possibility of a racial war.
WSSU students must come together and
realize that as students at a black college
we should unite for the sake of our own
futures. Celebrate and pay tribute to those
great black Americans who made WSSU
possible as well as our own lives.
The Day Student Organization has had a
very successful year thus far. The officers,
Regina Mack; President, Johnsie Miller;
Vice President, Debra Barr; Treasurer,
Lennetta Thompson; Secretary; Leslie
Flowers; Assistant Secretary and Anthony
The 85-86 Queens are Barbara Ratliff,
Miss Day Student and Me’Me’ Penn, Miss
Future goals for the Day Student
Organization include establishing a Student
Lounge for Day Students, Black History
Month activites, a trip to New York, and of
course helping Day Students with any pro
blems they may have.
All Day Students are asked to please at
tend the meetings and actively participate
in scheduled activities. All meetings will be
held on alternating Wednesdays at 10:00
a.m. in the K.R. Williams Auditorium.
The News Argus Staff
Angela Corbetl Editor-in-chief
Victor Coffey Managing Editor
Alisa A. Wilson Assignment Editor
Karla Barksdale News Editor
Melanie Beatty Sports Editor
Pamela Murrell Circulation Manager
Tonya McDougal Advertising Manager
Yolanda V. Jones Business/Office Manager
Michael Peele Photographer
Dr. Valerie S. Saddler Advisor
Sorority and fraternity leaders from
across the state gathered at North Carolina
State University’s McKimmon Center Feb.
9 for the annual NCSU Greek Leadership
About 300 members of Greek organiza
tions from North Carolina, South Carolina
and Virginia attended the day-long event,
held at NCSU for the seventh year.
Peter Lance, reporter for “ABC’s World
New Tonight” and “20/20,” was the
keynote speaker during lunch. Lance, win
ner of five news Emmy Awards and other
journalism awards, talked about striving
for excellence through hard work and
Other speakers included university ad
ministrators and national Greek system
leaders, who lead presentations designed to
give workshop participants opportunities
for discussion and interaction.
From The SGA’s
Dear Fellow Rams,
Welcome back! This semester promises
to be just as exciting as last semester. 1986
brings forth the celebration of Dr, Martin
Luther King Jr.’s Birthday and Black
History Month. Also our attentions are
focused on the Health Fair, the CIAA Tour
nament, Student Leadership Conference,
Spring Elections and Graduation.
But this year we will participate in an
event which will not come again during our
matriculation at the University. This event
is the Inauguration of Dr. Cleon Franklin
Thompson, the 8th Chancellor of Winston-
Salem State University. The prestigious
event will be April 1-4, 1986. I hope that we
will all take advantage of this once in a
As we take part in every phase of campus
life, we must remember what we do inside
of this closed community will reflect on us
when we venture out into the real world. So
let’s take our mission here seriously. Then
we can continue to carry on the pride of the
Have a great semester.
Johanna “Joy” Bridges
American-European Students Union
by Victor Coffey
AESU offers the best of Europe for less.
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The key to AESU concept of student
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You will gather bouquets of priceless
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By Carolyn B. Hooper
As a student here at WSSU, I was told I
must take the “Orientation” course before I
would be able to graduate.
I thought, “Orientation! Yuk! At my age'
I don’t believe this!” I couldn’t believe it
either, especially from all I had heard from
other students about the course, and con
sidering that I am a year or so beyond 18. It
was not possible for me to fit it into my
schedule last semester, so I decided to go
ahead and get it out of the way this
semester. I registered for the course and
very reluctantly, went to class the first day!
Yes, we were told we must buy the tex
tbook On Becoming A Master Student, at
the ridiculous price of $17.71. But any
similarity to anything else I had heard
about the class ended right there. I bought
the book and started reading for the first
assignment. What a very pleasant surprise!
This book is a gem, and filled with practical
suggestions and techniques that could be
very valuable to all students-not only while
you are in school, but even after you finish
Here and are "turned loose into the real
I’m finding many interesting bits of infor
mation that I feel will be helpful to me, and I
have been out in the real world for quite a
The point of this editorial comment is to
inform some of you that you may be missing
something worthwhile by having avoided
taking the course so far.
Those who have taken the course and pur
chased the book haven’t really made an ef
fort to use it are cheating yourselves.
Perhaps the teacher you had caused you to
view it as a waste of time and effort—not to
mention money. So what? Even when you
get a less than adequate teacher, it is still up
to you to get all you can from any class you
If you choose not to try to extract
something from any coiu"se, you don’t upset
the teacher a bit. The one you hurt is
yourself. Think about why you are here and
what it is costing you (and your family) in
time, effort, and money, for you to get
where you want to be, then decide for
yourself whether it is worth the cost.