The News Argus February 1997 Page 2
AMY Phipps - Editor-in-Chief
Danielle Prophete. - News Editor
SHARONDA WiLCOX - EnTTERTAINMENT EDITOR
MONICA Alexander - Sports Editor
Douglas Clark, Jr. - Chief Photographer
Dr.Valerie S. Saddler — Adviser
Imagine my surprise and disappoinimeni upon reading
an Associated Press article in the Jan. 27 issue of the
Winston-Salem Journal which noted the absence of
Winston-Salem State University Student Government
representation at an important meeting of the Association
of Student Governments (ASG) on Jan. 25, 1997, in
At this meeting delegates from 11 of the 16 schools in
the University of North Carolina System prepared to lobby
state and national representatives on student issues and
debated how to implement affirmative action.
At this meeting, ASG members planned a trip to
Washington, D.C., on April 5 to lobby with members of
the United States Students Association for welfare reform,
more funding for higher education and other important
issues. However, none of WSSU’s four eligible delegates
attended this important meeting.
The AP article explained that the ASG is made up of
four elected student leaders from each of the 16 UNC
schools. It should be noted that after repeated attempts
over the course of a week and a half to contact WSSU’s
SGA officers, the News Argus has been unable to identify
these four delegates. I have personally left messages
which no one has returned. The SGA’s adviser. Dr.
Barbara O’ Neal, says she does not communicate with the
UNC System on matters such as these and was unable to
help the News Argus unravel the mystery.
What has happened to our leadership?
Certainly school and work schedules can be
demanding, but anyone who agrees to hold such a position
of authority should be sure his/her schedule allows for the
time and commitments involved. If not, we need someone
else to do the job.
If logistics, such as lost mail or miscommunication,
are responsible, then why is the News Argus getting the
What makes the situation worse is that now members
of the public who read the AP article probably perceive
WSSU’s student government leaders as students
without interest in the student body’s welfare and with
poor leadership qualities. Is that the image we want for
I think not!
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Pinning Ceremony Changed?
Since the Nursing Program has
been in existence at WSSU, one of
the proudest moments in a student
nurse's life is the pinning ceremony.
When a student nurse receives
her/his degree, she/he also receives a
pin as a symbol of her/his
commitment and achievement in
her/his profession. Dressed in
her/his best formal white uniform,
the student nurse commits
her/himself to serving others by
reciting the Florence Nightingale
Oath, while holding a latern. This
oath is the nursing equivalent of the
Hippocratic Oath taken by medical
doctors. This ceremony is a
touching and emotional time for the
new nurse. It is witnessed by
family and friends as they join the
nurse in celebrating the start of a
Traditionally, here at WSSU,
this ceremony is held the night
before commencement. Last year,
in K. R. Williams Auditorium, a
standing room only crowd witnessed
the pinning ceremony.
However, this year without
input from the nursing or medicial
technology students the ceremony
has been moved until AFTER the
May 10, 1997 commencement
ceremony. The students were told
that the pinning ceremony could not
be held the night before graduation
because Chancellor Schexnider has
prior commitments. With all due
respect to the Chancellor, is it not
possible for him to attend his
commitment and the pinning
ceremony? Can't both events take
place at the same time? They will
be held in two different places.
Fellow Rams, we do not feel it
was fair to wait until the last minute
to inform the students (we were
informed on January 16) about the
decisions concerning the ceremony
with no prior notification.
We are disturbed about this
matter. We just want the student
body to know about this situation!
Concerned WSSU Students
by Danielle A. Prophete
It’s 9 p.m. on Thursday and
you want to see something on cable.
Wilson Hall is the only WSSU
dorm with cable, so naturally you go
there to see the movie. After calling
up a male friend to tell him you are
coming over, he tells you to come to
the side door. When you go to the
side door, you have to sneak down
the hall to the room. Why? Isn’t
Wilson Hall a coed dormitory?
Isn’t the purpose of a coed dorm to
provide the residents the opportunity
to live and cooperate with each
“You still have to set some
limits,” said Interim Director of
Housing/Residence Life, Pasche
Patton. “Being a coed dorm doesn’t
excuse students from obeying the
So what do “ the students” want
DOUGLAS CLARK JR.
in a good coed visitation policy?
“Twenty-four hour visitation,”
is what some students want. While
others say that they don’t
necessarily need 24 hour visitation,
more of them say they definitely
want longer visitation hours on the
“If you have to sit here on a
Saturday with no classes and you
can’t have visitors until 7 p.m., you
have nothing to do all day,” said
Danielle Thrower, a freshman music
“I feel like we ought to be able
to travel as freely as we would like
in Wilson Hall. For heavens sake,
it s a coed dorm and I think we are
mature enough to handle it,” said
Sharonda Wilcox, a sophomore
mass communications major. “I
could understand not having coed
visitation 24 hours during the week.
DOUGLAS CLARK, JR.
but I don’t see a problem having it
on the weekends, because a lot of
people’s roommates go home
anyway. That would give us the
opportunity to have friends visit”
“This is the first year that
housing has been in charge of coed
visitation (SGA was formerly in
charge), so we are working on
getting the best program, but the ball
is in the students court,” said Patton.
“Students need to start showing
some responsibility for their actions.
About two coed violations a week
reported to the housing office.”
It seems that students are
making it difficult to get the old
policies changed. You can’t allow
your mates to live with you, your
friends to live with you or allow
drinking and marijuana usage to go
See Coed, Page 3
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