From the Editor
Tnfliiential Black Writers
negatives seen at
Winston-Salem State University alum
ni and Labcor manager Brian K. Little
said, "being prepared is key" in the
opening speech to kick-off the inaugural
no one could have pre
pared for what unfolded
during the two-day
Each day featured an
opening speech, a con
current morning session,
a lunch speaker and a
concurrent evening session. Media pro
fessionals in print, broadcast, advertis
ing and public relations came to share
their knowledge and insight about the
media industry with students.
Students took advantage of this
opportunity by asking questions at the
sessions and networking with media
professionals in an effort to begin their
careers as media specialists. Not only
did students have an opportunity to
exchange resumes and present portfo
lios, but they also had the opportunity
to receive out-of-class instruction from
There is no doubt that the 2002 Mass
Communications Conference proved
that WSSU is a campus of champions
based on the positive impression it left
on students, faculty, staff and guests.
Nevertheless, it is important to men
tion one concern. There are about 200
students pursuing a mass communica
tions degree. One would expect to see
most, if not all of the students at a con
ference that meant so much in terms of
career opportunities and learning about
the industry. The opportunity does not
Unfortunately, student apathy reared
its ugly head at the conference. There
were 87 students in attendance, a rela
tively low number of students in pro
portion to the number of majors on both
days of the conference.
For those students that were there,
they now have an upper hand on their
apathetic colleagues. There is no excuse
for apathy, especially in an industry that
is as competitive as mass media. Maybe
the students in attendance can pass on
the importance of taking advantage of
all opportunities to their colleagues so
that next year's conference will only
have enthusiastic students that are
ready to take on the mass media world.
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Argus illustrations by Jamil Steele
Langston Hughes (from left) wrote poems, novels, plays, stories,
opera librettos, lyrics for musicals and a cantata from the various
themes of his life to become one of America’s leading men of letters.
Booker T. Washington was born in Franklin County, Va., just before th
Civil War began. Washington grew up and tenaciously pursued an
education in the turbulent Reconstruction era.
Jessie Redman Fauset was a library editor of the NAACP’s Crisis
magazine (1919-1936). Fauset was one of three people Hughes credit
ed with “mid-wif[ing]... they nursed us along until our books were
born.” Fauset was among the first African-Americans to graduate
form Cornell University.
Lorraine Hansberry’s best-known work, the 1959 play A Raisin in the
Sun, was the first play by an African-American woman to be pro
duced on Broadway, and it won the Drama Critics Circle Award.
Graduating senior shares thoughts
on WSSU's positives and negatives
By Raoul Davis
As a freshman in 1997,1
remember WSSU as a contro
versial campus, a home of
embezzlement rumors and stu
dent protest. A laughing stock
locally, unable to take care of
its business, a stagnant univer
Today, WSSU is increasing
enrollment and improving its
image by being accountable.
It's a growing campus that is
building facilities and pro
grams. As Chancellor Martin
says, "WTio could have imag
During my years at WSSU,
there have been some continu
ous positives and negatives.
One positive has always been
the Division of Student Affairs.
People such as Ms. Cameron,
Mr. Cumbo, Ms. Cole, Mr.
Gladden, Mr. Hester, Ms.
Hood, Mr. Malloy, Ms.
Muhammad, Dr. Pierce, Mr.
Roseboro, Ms. Sloan, Ms. Smith
and previously Dr. Kennedy-
Sloan have rigorously support
Whether it was helping with
a program, finding a job, look
ing over a letter or paper or
needing someone to talk to,
these people have readily
made themselves available.
Another constant area has been
student leadership. From past
and present leaders such as
Carmille Akande, Karen Taylor,
Mataryun Wright, Carlos
Winston, Corey Ruffin and
Rolanda Patrick, to future lead
ers such as Antoine James,
Safari Jeffries, Marques
Johnson, Kristy Swink and
Mignon Turner. WSSU sUidents
have a reputation for effective
ly representing shidents on the
university, state and national
Finally, a diverse faculty with
multi-faceted teaching styles
has been advantageous in help
ing students think critically.
Continuous negatives at
WSSU include the disrespectful
treatment of students in certain
Thompson Center offices. I
hope a time will come when
students can walk into the
Registrars office feel welcome.
I hope a day will dawn when
a crying freshman on her first
day of class, who's having a
financial problem, can hear a
response from Billing and
Receivables staff other than
"Call your parents to come get
you," as one of this year's SGA
cabinet members heard when
she was a freshman.
I have some challenges to
issue for the improvement of
First to university faculty and
staff: Embrace the university's