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The News Argus
Winston-Salem State University
WSSU students filling duty to serve country overseas
By Nicole Ferguson
ARGUS MANAGING EDITOR
There's a bulletin board that hangs up
on the third floor of Wilson Hall. The
theme is Valentine's Day and letting the
people you care about know they are
loved. On one side of the board, a pic
ture of two girls is set in a heart.
"We miss you!" the board reads.
"Come home soon!"
But LaToya Carter and LeKisha
Hampton don't know when they're
coming home. Just weeks ago, the Wil
son Hall residents were called to serve
their nation in a possible war that many
say is unnecessary. Carter and Hampton
represent students at Winston-Salem
State University who are members of
one of the branches of the armed forces.
These students are coming to the real
ization that deployment is something
they might have to be prepared to face
in the coming weeks. As the war with
Iraq develops, some WSSU students are
beginning to think of their futures in a
"All I can say is I just have to be ready
whenever they call," said John Hooks.
Hooks, a senior accounting major
from Greenville, is a member of the Ma
rine Reserves. Last summer he cornplet-
ed Officer Candidate School in Quanti-
co, Va. He will graduate in May, but he's
prepared to be called to war.
See DEPLOY, Page 7
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Argus photo by
Many WSSU stu
dents have had
to pack up at a
to head for the
Argus photo by Keith Caesar
The new stoplight at Cromartie Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard will aid traffic trying to
pull onto the main road from the new nursing and computer-science buildings. See story, page 3.
out of reach
By Mary-Anne Joseph
Columbia's diverse crew^ a testament
to education, determination, dreams
STAFF AND WIRE REPORT
Through the tragedy of the
space shuttle Columbia, one
clear picture that has emerged is
the growing numbers of minori
ties going into space.
According to Dr. Olasope Oye-
laran, the director of international
programs, "This tragedy hit at the
core of money and emotion. Stu
dents here need to make sure they
are prepared to enter this global
society. Just having the two
women on the shuttle shows di
versity at that level. The different
ethnicity of the men and women
also brings about at least two or
three different religions, which
shows even more diversity."
Before the Columbia's Jan. 16
launch, the shuttle's astronauts
sat down for interviews with the
Orlando Sentinel. Here are some
segments from those interviews:
Kalpana Chawla told her fa
ther that she wanted to study
aerospace engineering, and he
scoffed. She should be a doctor
or teacher, he told her.
"That was a more respectable
profession," she recalled.
Chawla's father wouldn't go
with her when she went to inter
view at an Indian engineering
school. Instead, her mother ac
companied her to the college,
where a male professor told her
that engineering wasn't "lady
See DIVERSE, Page 7
WSSU students who visited through the first-floor stacks
area in O'Kelly Library may have come across something
The library, where many students go to satisfy their re
search needs, has had one of its major areas quarantined.
This section of the library has been blocked off since Sep
tember and has become restricted to students and staff of
Winston-Salem State University.
All this has been attributed to mold, which has developed
on many of the books found in the stack.
Although this is a common problem in libraries every
where, it has caused an enormous problem for students and
Dr. Mae L. Rodney, the director of O'Kelly Library, has
made arrangements with the University of North Carolina at
Greensboro and North Carolina A&T University for students
and staff from WSSU can checkout books from these libraries
for a short period of time.
Although this is all she can do at this time, Rodney and her
staff members feel it is a great inconvenience, as both stu
dents and staff will have to drive to Greensboro to collect the
"We're not living up to our mission statement, 'To provide
our students with resources to support their research.' We
need to solve this problem," Rodney said.
No tests have been conducted to determined what kind of
mold is on the books, but it has been confirmed that the mold
can be harmful, especially to people who suffer from allergies
Although no one is certain of what exactly caused the mold
to appear on the books, it could have been caused by mois
ture coming through the walls on that side of the library.
An estimated cost of $5,000 will be needed to complete the
Thus far, the university has received three bids for the clean
up job. Representatives from various companies gave the
Rodney said that mold has shut down this section of the li
brary twice in recent years, in 1998 and 1999, for a six-month
period each time.
The News Argus' unveils new design, features and goals for 2003
By Keith Caesar
After having gone through a
bit of a growth spurt since turn
ing 40, The News Argus has re-
emerged with a new look.
What is most notable is that
the paper actually looks like a
real newspaper, with broadshet
pages, color images on the front
page and access to a news wire
for national stories.
So, what else can the reader
expect from the Argus?
Chancellor Harold L. Martin
will introduce a monthly col
umn called "Chancellor's Cor
ner." The column will try to fos
ter a free flow of information
between the administration and
Our goal is to create and de
velop a paper that is both infor
mative and appreciated by the
students and the community of
Winston-Salem State Universi-
As always, we are looking for
writers, artist, ad representa
tives and guest columnists to
develop a better paper.
Look for articles in the com
ing months focusing on the
areas of health and fitness as
well as a revitalized Arts and
With this being Black History
Month, it is also fitting that the
first issue with the new look be
presented to the students.
The News Argus stands as the
students voice for the students
of WSSU. The only way to ac
complish a better newspaper is
to make sure that more voices
We are in Hall-Patterson
room 318, so feel free to drop
by and see what you can do.