The News Argus - Page 2
Jamita Griffin -- Editor
Traci Tiera King - Managing Editor
Dr.Valerie S. Saddler — Advisor
Brown Hall: A Clean
Place To Stay?
Most students who attend Winston-Salem State
University know that Brown Hall has the reputation for
being a nasty place. Lately this reputation has taken on
a new meaning. It has become even nastier, if that is
possible. It is sad to say that conditions haven’t
improved. In fact, some of the conditions have gotten
Intelligent African- American men stay in Brown
Hall. Yet, the residents behave like a group of men
living in the woods, or children or immature teenagers .
It is a horrible sight to see future lawyers, doctors,
teachers, journalists, engineers and businessmen keep
the place where they live in such disarray .
Brown’s halls can often be found full of trash and
various discarded items from student’s rooms. People
throw trash from their own floor down to the next floor
rather than taking the time to use trash cans. The trash’s
bad odor smells up the hall.
This trash is left for the housekeepers to pick up.
As fast as the housekeepers daily clean the residence hall,
the faster the halls fill with more filth created by the
residents. Various forms of garbage such as: dish
washing liquid, laundry detergent, beer, leftover servings
of food, empty liquor bottles, soda cans, paper cups,
lotion, dirt, and students clothes are left in the halls.
Some residents have even discovered urine in the hall.
As disgusting as it may sound, it’s all true and it all
happens in Brown Hall.
Nasty bathrooms are also a problem in Brown. Most
people want to use clean bathrooms. Clean bathrooms
are a rarity in Brown Hall. Most of these men didn’t
grow up in homes with dirty bathrooms and they were
trained to leave a bathroom clean and neat. Brown
residents leave toilet paper on the floor, hair in the sink
after shaving, soap on the shower floor, mildewed dirty
and clean underwear outside the shower area. Spaghetti,
doughnuts and other forms of food are often found
floating in the urinals and toilets. This doesn’t say much
for Brown Hall residents.
What will parents and relatives say when they visit
Brown and see gunk lining the halls? What will women
say about the condition of Brown when visitation begins?
What will high school students say when they come to
visit WSSU and tour Brown Hall? What will “alumni”
say when they return to campus for Homecoming 1994?
Adult African-American men live in Brown Hall.
Adults don’t generally throw trash and debris around
their living quarters. Adults usually don’t leave
bathrooms in filthy condition. Perhaps this is one of the
reasons why visitation hasn’t begun in Brown Hall.
There are not many females or males who would want to
visit this messy, dirty and smelly place!
The discouraging part about this situation is that
students that live in Brown, as a whole, don’t really care
about the problem. There have been bulletins posted and
the Resident Assistants have held meetings and posted
more bulletins, but nevertheless Brown Hall is not kept
We Don't Need Another Hero
Too many African American
male heroes have been on the firing
line of mess!
Since the rise and fall of
champion boxer Mike Tyson, many
other well known figures have
followed in “his footsteps.”
Michael Jordan, Michael
Jackson, Snoop Doggy Dog, Arsenio
Hall, Tupac, Benjamin
Chavis, the NAACP’s
former president; and now
former professional football
star, O.J . Simpson.
These men and many others
have stood and are still standing, at
the brink of heroism.
These famous men have
captivated our children’s minds with
their charm and flash. Our children
too often look to these figures as role
models and leaders, yet these men
are mere mortals with many faults
When we encourage our young
black men to set goals and strive for
the best, most often entertainers,
music artists and professional
athletes are presented to them as
positve role models.
When searching or looking for
a role model, African-Americans
must keep in mind those strong men
in our families that help make a
difference. Was it Great Uncle
Calvin? Or Grandpop Phil? Or
Great-Grandpop Ike? Or could it be
that big brother or cousin who was
always there for you, encouraged
you, believed in you and was the
only male ever present in your life
that made you believe in yourself?
The preservation of African
American men is a main factor in
the 90s. Staying alive,
staying out of jail and slaying
employed is easier said than
done especially when a large
number of “hero” brothers
are not setting good examples
There are many gocxl Black
men out there, many heroes in ihcir
own right, so maybe the next time
you look into a mirror you’ll see that
hero in you!
Traci Tiera A. King
Taking A Stand
RAMS in the House! 2900
Deep! That’s right, 1994-95 will be
the year of transformation at
Winston-Salem State University.
When 1 say transformation, I
sp)ecifically mean all the new changes
and modifications WSSU is making
for the student body.
The new residence hall is one
transformation which will be
occupied to its entirety. Another
transformation will include the new
mandatory Black Studies course
which has been included in the
General Education core.
The Student Government
Association along with the
Counseling Center will be making a
tremendous attempt to establish a
new service for students. I hope that
we will see an increase in Ram Spirit
by supporting the mighty Ram
Football team and cheering them on
to a winning season.
I also hope that as young
educated students, we will become
socially and politically conscious of
what is going on in the WSSU
environment. Our campus is
becoming more diverse year after
year. This type of change is a
positive one. It is
excellent to know
our campus and
attractive to a wide variety of people.
However, we must always
remember that Winston-Salem State
University is a historically black
university in the UNC-system. You
(the students), we (the student body),
are totally responsible for
acknowledging and preserving the
WSSU heritage. The legacy of this
university is one which can be shared
with all students. It should become
something that we can boast about
and be proud of.
Rams, we owe it to the founders
of this prestigious university, our
parents, and especially to ourselves;
to make the best efforts we can to
graduates, we must demonstrate that
we are just as prepared as others. We
do have a sense of direction.
I sincerely request that as
students we take full advantage of the
academic social, political, and
economic opportunities which are
available at the institution. I want ihe
student body to pursue what our
school motto states: Enter to Learn,
Depart to Serve!
achieve. We are the products of an
institution; however as WSSU
Joelle Davis, SGA President
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