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PAGE 2 The News Argus March 198^
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A Message From The Editor
Drug and alcohol dependency:
What's happening in America?
By Bryon M. Tinnin
Recently I appeared in a District court for a
speeding violation (just how fast I was going we won't
discuss). But what I want to discuss is a very serious
matter, the consequences you suffer from drug depen
dency. Drugs are becoming a major problem in the
black community and something must be done to stop
this habitual madness.
While in court, three cases came up that had me
sitting there wondering, why? A 17-year-old black
male was being cited for reckless driving, possession of
an opened alcoholic beverage, possession of marijuana
and possession of a concealed weapon. The North Car
olina State Highway patrolman clock this young man at
97.7 miles per hour. He caught up with him about 5
miles later with the aid of a county police officer. The
boy and the passenger had been drinking, but were not
drunk. When the officers asked the two to step out of
the car, they found a knife on the floor board and a bag
of marijuana. The two were arrested. When they
appeared before the judge, he sentenced the driver to
lost of his license for three years, a $200 fine, and one
year of drug and alcohol rehabilitation classes. His
friend received the same penalty except for the revoked
license. They will also serve a quality anwunt of time
doing community service.
They were lucky because they were juveniles and
this was their first offense. The next time, they'll spend
some time in jail.
Another case involved a 16-year-old black youth
who was caught stealing a car. How he stole the car
was not discussed. He had the car for two weeks before
the police finally caught up with him. He lost his
license for three years and was sent to a correctional
The last cast involved a middle-aged black man
with a drinking problem. He had been caught driving
under the influence. He had previously been arrested
once before for the same violation. He is married and
the father of two children. The penally, well, by it being
his second offense within the allotted seven-year peri
od, the court was not very lenient in his case. He was
An open letter to the WSSU administraton
Photo by Tuttle
sentenced to revocation of license for a year, a $500
fine, and 15-days confinement to a satellite jail. Satel
lite jails are where you stay after working during the
week on your job and also on weekends.
These are just three of the cases I heard while sil
ting in court. In North Carolina. These kinds of things
are going on across the nation. Instead of telling our
youth that there is no hope, let's educate them on the
consequences they could face due to alcohol and drug
What can we so to help? Schedule more aware
ness seminars that will help educate our youth. Let's
keep our youth off the streets and in the classroom.
As for these adults, they're old enough to know
better, but they also need help. There are several clinics
and rehabilitation centers in most of America's cities.
So, if you know of someone who needs help, reach out
and give them a helping hand.
Wire sends greetings to News Argus
To The Newspaper Staff of The News Argus and
On behalf of The Wire, and its staff, we send
greetings. Enclosed are copies of the leaflet
announcing the publication of our first issue in
The Wire is attempting to succeed where all
our forefathers ultimately failed. We intend to devel
op and sustain a national Black newspaper!
This is a special call to you and journalism stu
dents at over 30 Black colleges, to take the lead in
this historic effort by joining our staff as correspon
dents, reporters, analyst, and researchers. Because
The Wire seeks to be the new Black voice of the
90's, boldly putting forth news ideas, and advancing
new solutions to our problems, our staff must be
infused with young people.
If you write, edit, or research, or if you think
you can but aren't sure, you need to join us! We
To the ChanceUor, Director of Housing, Securi
ty and Food Service of Winston-Salem SUte Univer-
I am a sophomore currently attending Winston-
Salem State University, where I live in the dorms and
utilize the food service, the book store, and other vital
aspects of college life.
I am writing this letter to express and bring into
focus several problems that seem to go unnoticed or
overlooked on this campus. I feel that verbally stating
these problems in the school newspaper. The News
Afgus, will maybe get more done than one sole person
complaining, unlike the masses who recognize the
problems, but say nothing.
The first problem I would like to talk about is
ssc'jrity. We have very minimum security in our dorms,
especially Pegram and Moore halls. Between the hours
of 6 a.m. and 6 pjn. on weekends, we have no one sit
ting in the office to regulate dangerous or unwanted
visitors. An example of this problem is the middle-aged
Caucasian man who was caught on the second floor of
Pegram, and when confronted by an RA from another
floor, he fled. The RA in question proceeded to call
security and have him found, but what was his purpose
for being in a female dorm at 10 in the morning when
most of the girls are asleep or on their way to the show
ers? We need better security.
The second problem is our books. The price of
books in the bookstore is outfageous. Many students
cannot afford to pay for books that sometimes cost
more than the hours they've signed up for! Rumors
have circulated that students pay a 75-percent markup.
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
If you have an opinion to express, write a letter to the
editor, c/o The News Argus office, Room 313, Hall-Pat-
terson Building, WSSU.
plus a markup by the boolcstore; that means we pay
more than twice as much for a book as when the book
store first bought it! We cannot let this continue. Our
wallets will forever empty unless we speak up!
The third problem is a problem I think housing is
responsible for: the showers. Many nights we have
problems in Pegram and Moore with our showers not
working properly. The showers never seem to have hot
water when it is needed. Then for those few who do
receive a warm shower, it is either in the form of a driz
zle or you have to play a game of beat-everyone-else-
to-the-shower-before-the-hot-water-is-gone. I think we
should be able to have hot water when we take a show
er since we do struggle to pay our $1,500 per semester
to attend this institution.
The fourth problem is parking. We need another
parking lot Students currently park wherever they can
fit their cars, even if it means on the landscape.
WSSU's administration needs to build another parking
lot and fix the ruts in the old ones, so our tires will last
longer and costly landscape will not be damaged.
The fifth and fmal problem is our cafeteria food.
This problem has long been unsolved. We need a better
variety of food with an appealing appetizer. We pay too
much money to receive tmdesirable food.
In my opinion, these are major problems that
need to be observed, discussed and acted on. If students
don't speak out, who will? We are the ones who utilize
the majority of these commodities. The question is, will
we work together on this or continue to be overlooked?
Thank you for your lime in reading this.
A Very Awake Student
assist you in any way possible to smooth out the
We don't need to tell you that these are difficult
times for our people. Now, more than ever. Black
people need a paper that tells the raw tmth, and does
so with a Black perspective. We are the only ones
who can provide them with that. We should under
stand that the inexcusable situation that has left us
with no national Black press in the past, was not due
to a lack of leadership and vision, about the impor
tant role such a paper could play.
Let us nol make that mistake. We urge every
one who is interested in uniting with us to take up
this challenge. Assignments are available for those
who wish to start now. Thanks again. We look for
ward l'.> hearing from you!
Editor, The Wire
Campus Security: Effective or not?
By Georgellen Brown
"If students see Security in a happy mood, they (students) say we are not doing our job," stated Director J.
Lewis of the WSSU Security Department. Students have various complaints about Security and what they are
doing on campus. This article will look at WSSU SECURITY: EFFECTIVE OR NOT? Here's what was said in the
Q. What are the responsiblilities of the WSSU Security?
A. To protect lives, property, protect against vandals, and other unusual conditions. Also, to investigate com
plaints, and if we can't handle the complaints, notify or refer the students to other authorities. Futhermore, to issue
citations for violators of motor vehicle laws, and provide security for WSSU (medium-size campus). This security
covers the 60 acres, 30 buildings about 75,000 square feet on this campus.
Q. Students conplain about parking and seeing the limited parking spaces on campus, how do you go about
giving out tickets, wheel locks or towing?
A. Designated areas on campus are in front of Blair, Pegram, and Moore (Bank Street). Cars with red decals
should only park in this area. All others can be towed away. But, it all depends on how cars are parked to detennine
towing. Green and Brown decals can park in each other's designated area. In other words, green can park in brown,
and vice-versa. If a car has no decal, that car is subject to a wheel lock. Director Lewis also added that at F.L.
Atkins Nursing Building, 90 parking spaces there are not utilzed. Anyone can park there and an average of seven
cars a day take advantage of the spaces. The lot is near Hall-Patterson Communications Building, RJR Building,
Fine Arts Building, Hill Hall, and of course the Nursing Building. It takes approximately seven minutes to walk to
each of these buildings. It's just that students, faculty and staff don't wnat to walk. Additionally, students who have
classes in Coltraine or the Gaines Center can park behind the tennis court where there are approximately 100
spaces and it also takes only seven minutes to walk to those buildings
Q. Does security patrol the campus regularly at night?
Q. How many officers work the night shift?
A. Two on campus and one at Anderson Center.
SEE SECURITY Page 8
Art major responds to fashion consciousness article
To the Ekiitor:
I am writing in response to an article that I read in the February issue of the News Argus. It was pertain
ing to the African medaUions that are being referred to as fashion statements. How could something that sun-
ed out to be a sign of brotherhood and sisterhood and social struggle come to this?
It annoys me to hear the ignorant responses of those persons who have little if completely no knowledge
at all of the symbolism or tme significance of the medallion they are wearing.
We as a young black race should be aware of our history and of our heritage and the reasons for these
cultural statements. When brothers don't understate the true meaning of the medallions it sometimes angers
o ers^ emember, brothers and sisters, to others it is far more that just a fashion statement.
e nee to have a positive outlook about ourselves and our heritage so that the pride we show in our
selves will reflect to the rest of the worid. Most of the fashionably dressed individuals who wear the medal-
hons are not even aware that they are manufactured in Korea.
Black Amencans, you need to wake up and realize that if we as young race don't know the essence of
our identity, we will eventually be without one!
Eddie Anderson, a senior Art major at WSSU
The News Argus Staff:
Editor Bryon Tinnin
Managing Editor Joanie Tuttle
Entertainment Editor ..John Poindexter
Staff Rrnorters Shandra Cammack
staff Reporters, continued
.Joyce McMiiian Wyenia Mattftews I Ca„dTsm„^°”H '"‘11,
. CandiSmaliwood Facufty Advisor: Dr. Valerie Sadditr
It you have any questions or letters to the editor, wnle Tha Naws Argus staff, Room 313, Hall-Patterson Communications Building, WSSU ,