NEWS BRIEFS Jordon Foundation 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 Charlotte. 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 good taste.” n Gireat Simmiiieir INSIDE Counselina Center oaoe 4 Poetry Comer page 5 Organ Donations page 10 Queen Latifah page 11 Dear Shana page 12 Davis and Flood To Head SGA BY RHONDA REYNOLDS AND JANICE WILUAMS Staff Writers 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 SGA. 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’ approval. 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 point average. “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 students.” 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 leadership record. 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. CongratuCations 1994 (ir actuates i!