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Winston-Salem State University
By Lisa Boone
State Treasurer Richard Moore
last month presented Winston-
Salem State University with a
check in the amount of $584,652.
Along with the check, Moore
brought news that put even
more smiles on the faces of stu
dents and faculty: He assured
Chancellor Harold Martin that
students would receive more
money in grants this year.
The check presented was the
amount of money that WSSU
students received in grants last
Moore is the administrator of
the State Unclaimed Property
funds. As administrator, he
transfers the interest earnings of
invested money in the
Unclaimed Property Fund to the
North Carolina State Education
Assistance Authority. This was
just part of the journey this
grant money had to take. The
SEAA then divides the money
among the state's public univer
sities, colleges, and community
colleges. The money helps stu
dents who would have to take
out loans to pay for college.
Moore said he was just as
happy to give the check to the
university as students were to
"This is one of the best parts of
my job. Not only do I give peo
ple their unclaimed property
back, I also get to give the inter
est earnings to needy and wor
thy North Carolina college stu
dents," said Moore.
Moore sent $36 million in
interest earnings to the SEAA
this year, the largest amount in
The Unclaimed Property
Program also includes aban
doned money — such as bank
accounts — that have been
Housing still a concern
By Nicole Ferguson and Janell Lewis
If it weren't obvious by the scarcity of
seats in the dining hall, then it certainly
was more than evident that the number of
freshman accepted and enrolled by
Winston-Salem State University was well
above past averages when some people
found themselves short of a place to live
during the first week of school.
Whether it was because of late deposit
payments, failure to notify the school of
plans to attend in the fall, or financial ail
ments beyond one's control, many WSSU
students found themselves without on-
campus housing for the 2003-2004 school
year. Jorge Tillman was one of them.
Tillman, a junior sports management
major, said he applied for housing in
January because he didn't attend the uni
versity last semester. He attended the first
session of summer school and was told
that he'd have housing in Brown Hall.
Tillman said he didn't receive any infor
mation about his housing until "two weeks
before school started when I contacted the
school." He said he was told that he would
not have any housing on campus and the
suggestion was made that he might want
to stay at Center Stage, an apartment com
plex located at the North Carolina School
of the Arts.
There was just one problem with that-
"Without my cousin. Perron Sullivan (a
freshman), who happens to stay at Center
Stage also, I would not have any trans
portation," Tillman said
Tillman lives in an apartment that has a
full kitchen, two bathrooms, two bed
rooms, a living room, a washer, and a
dryer. There are four people living there
who are each paying $375 a month, and
live two to a room.
"The first day of school, we had to take
three people to school," Tillman said.
"They were freshmen."
Had it not been for Tillman and his
cousin, the freshman would have had to
make due by walking about a mile and
half to each school, averaging thirty min
Linda Inman, the director of housing
and residence life said that although there
are still students in temporary housing, the
numbers are getting smaller.
"The process is going very well," Inman
said. "The initial 89 assigned to temporary
housing have been housed. Currently
there are 33 individuals in temporary
See HOUSING, Page 2
Photo by Erik Warren
Nicolia Stewart starts her day with a walk
to campus as many of WSSU Students
have had to seek off campus housing.
Student learns lesson from behind bars
During study abroad program, WSSU student encounters racism, brush with law
By Nicole Ferguson
Photo courtesy of Titfanie Adams
A trip to remember: While on a research program in
Finland Winston-Salem State University students
were able to see much more then just the sites.
Pictured (from left) Portia Garner, Camille Stanley,
Tiffanie Adams, Vonda Meeks, and Alethea Barrino.
A study abroad trip for one
WSSU student ended in three
nights of jail time, and a dismal
perception of the Finnish culture.
Tiffanie Adams, a 20-year-old
junior molecular biology major
from Charlotte, said that because of
racism and a poor justice system,
she spent time in jail in Finland
while studying abroad.
Adams, along with four other
WSSU students, Alethea Barrino,
Camilla Stanley, Portia Garner and
Vonda Meeks, were chosen by the
university as Minority
International Research Training, or
MIRT, scholars to conduct biologi
cal research in Helsinki.
They each received stipends to
cover housing and food expenses.
Adams and Barrino,who is also a
junior molecular biology major.
left for the program on May 15 and
They both said the racism they
experienced in the European coun
try was unbearable.
"All we heard was Nikkiri!,
which is Finnish for nigger,"
Adams said. "It was like 1940. All
they needed were 'colored only'
and 'white only' bathrooms."
Barrino said that on several occa
sions was pushed and grabbed by
Finnish citizens while on city
streets, buses and trains, because
she didn't give them the right-of-
According to Adams the racism
didn't end on the street. She
worked at the Biotechnician
Institute, while Barrino researched
neuronal ceroid lipofuscinoses at
the Biomedical Institute of Helsinki
University. Adams said her Finnish
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Grant rhymes her way The First Lady
to top of 106th & Park
‘You don't gotta like me, remember the name I’m the first chick
to make it in the Hall of Fame"
By Brandlyn Bryant
Winston-Salem State Univ
ersity's Lajune Grant said this
just before being inducted into
BET's 106th and Park Hall of
Fame. This humble rapper-
singer says that she is honored
to be paralleled with all of the
males that preceded her as
inductees in the Hall of Fame.
The multi-talented mass com
munications major and music
business minor says her inter
est in the university was fos
tered by Miss WSSU, Rolanda
Patrick, and alum, Jim Foster.
She's well-known on campus
for winning rap battles during
interludes.at campus programs.
Grant says she's "loved music
ever since I can remember."
This summer Grant appeared
on BET's 106th and Park on
See BET, Page 2
Bush asks for millions
to aid rebuilding Iraq
By Ron Hutcheson
President Bush has
appealed to other countries for
help in Iraq and told
Americans that he intends to
do and spend whatever it
takes to transform the broken
country into a democracy.
"This will take time, and
require sacrifice," Bush said in
an evening address to the
nation from the White House,
according to prepared remarks
released in advance. "Yet we
will do whatever is necessary,
we will spend what is neces
Bu.sh cast the war in Iraq as a
pivotal contest between civi
lization and terrorism that will
determine the future of the
entire Middle East. He said the
recent wave of terrorist bomb
ings in Iraq underscored the
stakes for both sides.
"The Middle East will either
become a place of progress
and peace, or it will be an
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