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News Argus, February 2005
I.N.V.E.S.T.: Professor sets goals on money management
By Lisa R. Boone
ARGUS NEWS EDITOR
Kathleen Stitts, associate dean of
the School of Business and
Economics and associate professor
of marketing at WSSU, has a sim
ple message for students:
Stitts, the guest speaker at a
money management seminar
sponsored by the Gamma Phi
chapter of Delta Sigma Theta, used
the word in its literal sense but
also as an acronym.
She said 1 stands for "I am
important. Set specific goals for
N stands for "needs analysis.
Buy what you need, and don ' t
worry about starting off small,"
she said. "Don't be ashamed of
what you have, if it's yours."
Stitts continued by stating that V
is a reminder to "value the dollar:
Save small change, it adds up.
There's nothing wrong with buy
ing generic brand necessities like
E is for "exercise constraint," she
Be consumer savvy. Buy sea
sonal clothing, just after the season
"Save" is what should come to
mind with the letter S, she said.
"Have a savings account and keep
track of your pennies." Stitts then
closed with T: 'Treat yourself. You
work hard to get you money, so
treat yourself for accomplishing
Carma Tucker, a junior business
administration major and chair
woman of the Delta Sigma Theta
committee that hosted the pro
gram, said she found Stitts com
ments to be very valuable.
"I think the program was very
successful," Tucker said. "Dr. Stitts
presented the information in a
way that was both entertaining
Sophomore biology major April
Fuller also described the program
"As college students, we get a
lot of credit card offers coming in,
and some people just don't know
what to do with them. I thought
that the program was very infor
mative about the ways to manage
money," she said.
Stitts told those in attendance
that it is essential to know how to
decrease debt in order to build
She said the process is not neces
sarily easy, but the more specific
goals and plans you have, the
Celebrations Abound for Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Argus photos by Robyn Floyd
Camille Lattimore, member of Artistic
Rhythmic Talent (ART), dances during the
Martin Luther King celebration held by WSSU
and Wake Forest University.
Dr. Evie Shockley, assistant professor of
English at Wake Forest University, explains
why Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is important to
Photos by Bridget Taylor
Close to 100 students from WSSU and Wake Forest University
attended activities in celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Day at the Kenneth R. William Auditorium. “Performing the
Dream” included poetic, musical and dance performances. This
marked the second year that students from both campuses
joined together to celebrate the holiday.
By Kristin Smith
On her Web site. Fox Rich, a self
described convicted felon turned talk
show host, asks the question: "What
would it take for us, as women, to
remember our WORTH?"
"Certainly not boring lectures that
focus on all of our weaknesses we
already dwell on everyday - but what
about a party?"
"Not just any party, but one geared
toward reminding us of everything we
need to know to empower us. Power
Party 2004 on Tour was created for just
WSSU answered the appeal for a
power party by hosting Rich as a
keynote speaker. The 33-year-old
native of Shreveport, La., brought her
unique style of motivational speaking
to an event held in the Kenneth R.
Williams auditorium. The talk was
sponsored by the Campus Activities
According to Rich, she was sen
tenced to five years in prison after
being convicted of an accessory after
the fact to an armed robbery, and to
another seven years for two counts of
jury tampering. The biographical infor
mation she submitted about herself
states that she and her husband, Glen,
robbed a bank rather than face the
prospect of losing financial backing for
a clothing store.
"Sometimes good people make bad
choices and this was definitely one of
those times," said Rich, in her bio
At WSSU, she encouraged women
students to hold onto their power, and
admonished them not to allow men to
exercise control over their lives. She
also urged women not to tear down
each other, with name-calling and
Rich also cautioned women not to be
materialistic. Wearing a yellow
sequined dress, with the back out, she
told audience members: "My dress was
$16. You don't have to spend a lot of
money to look good."
Her message appealled to many in
the audience. Jennifer Barksdale, a
senior biology major, said, "Fox Rich
enlightened me as well as the other
"Her lecture encouraged me to re
evaluate myself and work on my
faults. It was truly a program that
needed 100 percent attendance from
every student on our campus."