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Winston-Salem State University
Martin discusses students' concerns
During the first weeks when Chancellor Harold
L.. Martin, Sr. arrived at Winston-Salem State
University, he convened a set of meetings with the
students. The purpose was to address many issues
which concerned them.
Martin and his staff responded accordingly.
This article features Martin's reply. Other articles
will feature their reponses.
With the increase of car thefts and individu
als who wander onto the campus, the assur
ance of campus safety has been a prime topic
that students question. Martin said that he
has spoken with Chief Willie Bell of campus
security about the concerns.
"Chief Bell and I had an excellent conversa
tion about campus safety," Martin said. "It's
not necessarily a need for more personnel,
but a matter of stability within the person
One of Martin's suggestions
is to have a security guard
stationed in the main
entrance guard booth from
midnight to 6 a.m. every
night to keep trespassers from
driving onto campus.
Other notable issues were
parking and inadequate facili
"Clearly there is a need for parking spaces,"
A location that has been suggested for a
new parking area is beside the football field
where the tennis courts are located. The ten
nis courts would be moved to a "more conve
According to Martin, the problem is from
drivers who don't park in their designated
spaces and drivers who don't own parking
"We are a little community on this campus
with rules and regulations," he said. "We
must enhance our enforcement, but in a posi
tive and respectable way."
One improvement that will be imple
mented is replacing Hill Hall life science
This decision came after a study was com
missioned by the University of North
Carolina System which found that WSSU
needs to replace its life-sciences building.
Martin said that the project will begin with
in the next five years.
on the way
The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools reviewed WSSU on April 3-6.
Optimism remains about
Editor in Chief
A visiting committee of college faculty and
administrators from colleges and universities
in the Southeast visited in early April to
examine all aspects of WSSU's programs and
services. The committee left university offi
cials with 22 recommendations on how the
university can improve.
Dr. Carolynn Berry, the co-director of the
self-study process, said that "like all universi
ties, we must go through an accreditation
process every 10 years to ensure quality."
Colleges and universities must be accredited
to receive federal money for student aid and
grants. The Southern Association of Colleges
and Schools is the accrediting organization
for the 11 Southern states.
Nine committees comprised of WSSU's fac
ulty, staff and students spent more than two
years studying the university.
"The nine committees worked together to
prepare a 600-page document which team
members received before the visit. TTiis docu
ment was also placed on the university's Web
page so the team could access it electronical
ly. Many of the key reference documents in
the self-study document were also hyper
linked to their source. This made it easier for
team members to verify important informa-
See SACS, page 2
Dr. Everette Witherspoon, the vice chancel
lor for academic affairs, recently discussed
student concerns, including the long registra
tion lines, the purging of classes, under
staffing and the hours of operation for some
of the support offices on campus.
Students seemed to be most concerned
with the registration process. To improve the
long lines, Witherspoon said that the regis
tration staff has been trained to monitor the
lines at the workstations.
"Each staff member from the registrar's
office and the cashier's office has a specific
shift to work at each station.
"When one person goes to lunch, another
staff member will replace him or her."
Another concern posed by the students was
the purging of classes.
Classes had been purged on the first day of
each semester. However, at the beginning of
the spring semester, many students who did
not owe any money were purged from the
system and were not able to enroll in the
classes that they needed.
Witherspoon said that students' schedules
will no longer be purged before the first day
"Any student with a balance of $50 or less
See Witherspoon, page 2