Former NBA superstar, new
minor league baseball player and
North Carolina native Michael Jordan
has opened a North Carolina office of
The Michael Jordan Foundation. The
office will be housed in a donated
1300 square foot office in the
NationsBank Plaza in uptown
Founded in 1989 by Jordan and
his mother, Mrs. Deloris Jordan, the
foundation awards grants annually to
support various children’s charities,
including the Make-A-Wish
Foundation and the Special
Olympics. The foundation has also
contributed to Livingstone College in
Salisbury and provides college
scholarships in North Carolina.
Mrs. Jordan serves as president
of the foundation.
Spike Lee Speaks Out
About "Gangsta Rap"
Noted filmmaker Spike Lee has
taken an official public position
against “gangsta” rap, saying it is loo
degrading against black females.
Lee addressed 1000 students last
month at Salem Stale College in
Salem, Massachusettes. “The way I
was raised, 1 was never told that black
women are ho’s,” he said.
While Lee did stop short of
comparing himself to Tipper Gore
(the vice-president’s wife and a
leading advocate of placing warning
labels on records), he did, however,
say that “...there is such a thing as
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Davis and Flood To Head SGA
BY RHONDA REYNOLDS
AND JANICE WILUAMS
For the second time in five years the
Winston-Salem State University Student
Government Association will be headed
by two women. The first lime was during
the 1989-90 school year.
With one year under her belt as the
Student Government Association
President, Joelle Davis is ready to lead the
Rams into a productive new year. Davis,
a Middle Grades education major, feels
good about her new cabinet which
consists ot all women except for the
position of treasurer.
Christa Flood, who will serve as vice
president, is a new addition, and is also
ready to be a part of this female- run
Like most good leaders, Davis felt
she needed to complete some things she
began during the 1993-94 school year. “1
saw things that I initiated, but did not
implement. I fell that continuity is a
necessity,” said Davis.
The implementation of the Black
Studies Program, the naming of new
dorm, and Academic Transcript In
Progress are three of her unfinished ideas.
A committee has been formed to
review the possibilities of starting a Black
Studies Program. Three recommendations
were made and sent to the Vice
Chancellor of Academic Affairs, Dr.
Everette Witherspoon. Witherspoon, his
counsel and the Academic Standards
Committee has approved the
recommendations. The recommendations
are now waiting for Chancellor Cleon
Thompson’s and the Board of Trustees’
The naming of the new dorm is high
on Davis’ list also. “Student Congress and
Joelle Davis, SGA President
I are working hard toward naming the new
dorm after the late Dr. Haywood Wilson.”
Through letter campaigns, petitions, and
church and community campaigns they
have gathered 1500 signatures.
Davis hopes Academic Transcript In
Progress (ATIP) will be in place for next
semester's students. ATIP is a spreadsheet
which lists what classes you have taken
and what classes you need to take. It will
also include your hours, grades, and grade
“Maybe ATIP will help alleviate
some of the frustrations of not knowing
what is needed to graduate," she said.
“I’m ready to be her right hand
woman,” said Flood, who is also a Middle
Grades education major. “We have a
strong SGA Cabinet this year. We’re
planning lots of new activities for the
She hopes to decrease student
apathy, strengthen Student Congress
participation, improve food service in the
cafeteria, and initiate more activities for
Christa Flood, VP SGA
new freshmen when they arrive on
campus in August.
“I want to get students involved. I
want them to stop going home on the
weekends. If I have to plan events for
every weekend. I’ll do it,” she said.
Flood admits that she is no stranger to
leadership and hard work. In only one
year, Flood has accomplished quite a
She served as president of the
freshman class; a Student Mentor
Advisor; a member of the NAACP; a
University Usher; and a member of the
Yearbook Committee. She is presently a
Residential Advisor at Alkins Hall and a
member of the Honors Program.
Like Flood, Davis is also no stranger
to leadership and hard work. She served
twice as president of the Class of 1995
(freshman and sophomore years). She is a
member of the WSSU Board of Trustees
and the Gamma Phi Chapter of Delta
Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
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