Parade float stirs up controversy throughout city Page 2 ESPN sports analyst and 1992 alum Steven Smith visits campus Page 5 Michael Jackson is accused of child molestation — again Page 8 The News Argus www.thenewsargus.com Winston-Salem State University December 2003 FUBU entrepreneurs say love the work, not the money By Nicole Ferguson Argus Editor-In-Chief The street-savvy New York team that founded the black-owned cloth ing label, FUBU, a multi-million dol lar operation with sales worldwide, offered WSSU students some simple yet sage advice during a recent lec ture on campus: "Make sure you're doing something you love. Trust me the money's not worth it." This advice came from Carl Brown, who spoke to students as part of the third installment of the James A. Gray Lecture series. He was the fea tured speaker, along with his busi ness associates John Fullard and Alleycat, who is also his cousin. FUBU is an acronym that means For Us, By Us. The company is a $470-million operation based in New York City. Brown and his associates started the business in 1991, selling homemade tie-top hats on the streets of Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan, New York and Staten Island. The hats were a hit. "The one thing we had," said Brown, "we had a dream." Among other things, the trio spoke to students about black entrepreneur ship and finance. Brown also stressed the importance of a college degree. None of the founders of FUBU had degrees when the company started, so Brown said they networked with former friends who had been to col lege and had valuable resources. Fullard is a college graduate. He graduated from Clark Atlanta University in 1993 with a degree in financing and radiation therapy. But his first job had nothing to do with his degree. For $6.50 an hour, he worked in a law office as a clerk dur ing the day, and shoved snow for $20 a driveway at night. He became discouraged. "That was the toughest period in my life. I went home, looked at my degree and cried," Fullard said. "1 was probably suicidal. 1 just couldn't understand how I didn't land a job when I'd done everything 1 needed to do." Eventually, Brown and Fullard teamed up and Fullard began pro motions and finance work for FUBU. See FUBU, Page 8 Argus photo by Nicole Ferguson WSSU admissions counselor and 2003 graduate, Shaun Andrews, talks to high school students during a campus tour. Alumni Employees Recent graduates take positions at the University By Nicole Ferguson Argus Editor-In-Chief With December graduation approaching in a few weeks, hun dreds of Winston-Salem State University students are preparing to receive their diplomas and explore the "real" world. But for some recent WSSU students the real world isn't much different from the campus community they just left. That's because these alums are now employed by WSSU. Shaun Andrews is a 23-year-old Lake Waccamaw native. He gradu ated from WSSU in May of 2002. Now he serves as an admissions counselor in the Office of Admissions. Andrews, who earned his degree in political science, found the job open ing on the university's web site. He applied, went through an interview process and landed the job. "1 recruit students for the uni versity," said Andrews. "Answering their questions and concerns and traveling are the biggest parts." Andrews said his job also includes a lot of telecounseling, or telephone counseling, which is a method of recruitment he helped to implement this academic year. k See ALUMNI, Page 4 Argus photo by Nicole Ferguson Carl Brown (front), one of the owners of the multimilllon dollar company FUBU, stressed the importance of a college degree. University gets $400k HUD grant Courtesy of The Winston-Salem State University Web site The Winston-Salem State University's Center for Community Safety (CCS) has received a three-year $400,000 U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development grant to address health care, crime prevention and education issues in the Belview and Happy Hill neighborhoods south of the campus. The grant comes through HUD's Community Outreach Partnership Center pro gram and will draw fac ulty and students from the university into a vari ety of active projects to revitalize and strengthen these neighborhoods. Through the HUD grant, CCS is spearheading a much larger role for WSSU in community revitalization as a means of sustaining neighborhood stability. "Though our primary mission is in crime prevention," said Sylvia Oberle, executive director of the CCS, "we recognize that education, housing, neighborhood revitalization and health care are inextricably linked to efforts to keep neigh borhoods and residents safe and to strengthen communities for the long term. This is an excellent partnership for the entire university and for the community." Through the HUD grant, CCS is spearheading a much larger role for WSSU in community revitalization as a means of sustaining neighborhood stability. See GRANT, Page 4 WSSU winter graduation scheduled for Dec. 12 By Lisa Boone Argus Reporter The December graduation ceremony is scheduled for 4 p.m. on Dec. 12 in the Kenneth R. Williams Auditorium. Kesha Cogdel, a December graduate, said, " 1 am very excited to have accomplished this major goal in my life. My next goal is to become a social worker and attend graduate school in 2005." Dawn Casterlow, another graduate, is glad that WSSU holds the December ceremony. Not all univer sities have ceremonies other than the traditional one held in the spring. "1 am glad that WSSU offers a December gradua tion ceremony. I know of other schools that don't give students the option of graduating in the fall; students at other schools have to wait until spring semester graduation if they do not meet graduation requirements." December graduates typically fall into one of three categories: They have excelled in their studies and are graduating early. They are transfer students who've met their required hours before the spring ceremony. Or, they are students who needed an extra semester to complete their graduation requirements, "1 am looking forward to life after graduation," said Riquita Quick, who is also scheduled to gradu ate during this month's ceremony. But, she added, "1 know that 1 will definitely miss WSSU."