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    News Argus, February 2000
Bridging the Gap
Campus News
HCOP Student William Sturdivant meets with U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno at an HCOP
Health careers program
helps students reach
their academic goals
Nicole Spruill
"Bridging the Gap for
This saying has appeared on
flyers across campus, yet many
students ask, "What exactly is
HCOP and who is the program
designed for?"
TTie Health Careers
Opportunity Program is a feder
ally funded program for all
WSSU students who intend to
major in an allied health profes
"The HCOP program is here to
help students achieve academic
endeavors." said Annetta
McIntosh, coordinator of HCOP.
This program is also ciesigned to
help students improve their col
lege survival skills and work
with them through counseling.
Students who are majoring in
an allied science benefit a great
deal from HCOP.
"HCOP gives a lot of support
as far as the business world. This
program gives you a foot in the
door with different contacts that
might be able to help you in the
future." said Kelli Manns, WSSU
graduate. Graduate students still
show their support of HCOP and
they also come back for advice
and help.
Many HCOP advisers are like
parents to students. They come to
them for help and support in cer
tain situations. Getting into such
programs as Physical Therapy,
Occupational Therapy, and
Nursing is considered hard work
anci that is where the advisers
step in.
"If you are going into these
majors you must have the right
attitude and the proper guici-
ance." said Dr. Betty Alexander,
the director of HCOP.
This program is a nurturing
network for students. Many stu
dents consider themselves lucky
to be a part of HCOP.
"HCOP teaches you a lot of
responsibility. It taught me how
to be responsible, decisive, and it
gave me hands-on experience in
my field. It also prepared me for
the upcoming challenges I would
have to face in my career." said
LaSonya Harrington, a junior.
HCOP also provides an eight-
week summer program that
trains students to better them
selves for their professional
career. To qualify for this summer
program students must have par
ticipated in the preliminary edu
cation program. Sophomores
must be preparing to enter the
allied health program, juniors
and seniors should be preparing
to enter professional schools. This
program is designed for 30 stu
dents during the summer. In
order to be accepted you must fill
out an application and provide
references. During the program
students take different courses to
help them better understand
their major. Students learn to be
more competitive, they learn how
to write statements for profes
sional programs, and they are
given tutorials and enrichment
programs in different classes.
The Retention Program is also
offered by HCOP. This program
is for students who have been
accepted into the program.
HCOP advisers encourage them
to become involved with the pro
"We would like to make sure
that once the student has been
accepted into that allied science
program, they will graduate from
the program," Alexander said.
HCOP has had several students
graduate from WSSU and they
have proceeded to enter medical
"The program has proven to be
productive considering we have
produced some productive citi
zens," McIntosh said.
HCOP is now extending a hand
to all the students on
campus.They are in the process
of opening the Academic
Enrichment and Computer
Center which will offer tutorial
programs for students who need
If you are interested in joining
HCOP contact Alexander at 750-
McCain and Gore win
New {Hampshire polls
Quemella Holland
News Editor
The New Hampshire primary
elections occurred on Feb. 1 with
John McCain winning over
George Bush and A1 Gore beating
Bill Bradley. New Hampshire
has always been useless for pick
ing winners than chastening
There are seven major
Republican and Democratic can-
diciates, however, 22 others have
joined the race. Both contests are
close ones. Democrat A1 Gore
has the major advantage because
of his win in Iowa.
John McCain, a former
Republican senator from
Arizona, had an edge over
national front-runner George W.
Bush (R), followed by Steve
Forbes (R), Alan Keyes (R), and
Gary Bauer (R). Bush lost
ground with many conservatives,
while Forbes has gained ground
with social conservatives and
Keyes has gained ground with
fiscal conservatives.
Bush felt that his compassion
ate conservative vision would
help him win and his ability to
win has been said to be his most
important quality.
McCain relied on his military
credentials. McCain served in the
Navy as a pilot and he was also a
prisoner of war after the war
ended. He feels that he is the
"adult" in the crowd and that it
gave him the edge over Bush.
McCain's did not campaign in
the Iowa.
The democratic race is a close
one. Bill Bradley has stressed the
importance of health care. Gore
took 60 percent of votes in Iowa
See Primaries page 8
Students and
honor King’s
Kimberley Hunter
Annual celebrations to com
memorate the birthday of one
the nation's most influential
leaders. Dr. Martin Luther King
Jr., were held Jan. 17.
Along with community activi
ties that honored the legacy of
King, Winston-Salem State stu
dents took the time to keep
King's dream alive. Banner,
poster and oratorical contests
were some of the activities that
students participated in.
Members of Campus Activity
Board and Alpha Phi Alpha
Fraternity, Inc. sponsored a
"Little King Celebration" and
Unity March on Jan 19. for the
children in the early childhood
center. CAB also sponsored a
Unity March on Jan. 20 to honor
King as well.
King was known for being a
man of action and a man who
desired to see a change in
America. King also began the
Civil Rights Movement.
The Civil Rights movement
was a monumental event in the
history of America.
It revealed the perserverance
of a race of people who demand
ed equality with nonviolence.
King's words of encouragement
empowered a race of people to
fight a battle that would change
WSSU students expressed their
feelings about the change.
"I feel that an activist should
never be content, but race rela
tions have gotten better since the
60s. I feel that there are other
areas that could be improved to
uplift the African-American
race," said Verdaro Draughn, a
See King page 8

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