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Tm News Argus
Winston-Salem State University’s Student Newspaper
Oct. 2, 2006
find large fan base at WSSU
Erin C. Perkins
Hysterical screeches and the
toothy grins of excited students wel
comed Hip-Hop and R&B recording
artists Megan Rochelle and Shareefa
Sept. 16 to Winston-Salem State
University's campus. The up-and-
coming songstresses are part of the
featured acts that are performing
this fall for Cingular's Go Phone
Jam, presented by Cingular Wireless
and Def Jam Records.
The artists are touring Historically
Black Colleges and Universities this
fall season, providing students a
chance to meet some of the top
emerging artists in Hip-Hop and
RcfeB, and attend free concerts fea
turing the artists as well.
During the young women's stop
on WSSU campus, each one took
some time to share her inspirations,
aspirations and insights about her
journey and her debut albums.
The 20-year-old Brooklyn native's
new release, You me & the radio has
been described as the beginning of a
wonderful relationship between a
talented singer and her adoring
audience — an adoring audience
which seems to be well-populated
on WSSU campus. "I love your
voice!" and "You are beautiful!"
were just a sample of the commen
tary overheard through the crowds
waiting to meet her in the
Thompson Center breezeway.
The beautiful songbird, at the
mere age of 18, began her profes
sional life behind the mic. After
seducing the eardrums of Nathan
Norris, from Boys II Men, with her
piercing voice, she signed with his
management company. Adlib
Entertainment; and later, she also
sealed a deal at Def Jam.
Perkins: What is You, me & the
radio comprised of? What are your
inspirations and what is behind
Rochelle: It is inspired from a
song on my album called. You, Me &
the Radio. It means you — my listen
ers and audience; me — Megan
Rochelle — and the radio. It is giv
ing you a chance to have an inti
mate relationship with me and to
get to know me, my personality and
my music. This album was inspired
from all the R&B pioneers that I lis
ten to, from Brandy, Mary J. BUge,
Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey,
Lauryn Hill and Aaliyah. All of
these people combined helped me
to make an incredible album
because I take little pieces of each
artist. This album is very relatable
and real. It is based on all the things
I have been through including rela
Photo by Sharrod Patterson
R&B recording artist Megan Rochelle charms WSSU fans with
her personality and smile as she autographs her new album,
You, me & the radio.
tionships. I am quite sure that male
or female, young or old will be able
to relate to this album.
Perkins; Is the songwriting col
lective or mostly you writing
Rochelle: It is mostly collective
songwriting. As a new artist, they
do not really give you control over
your first album, unless you have
written a hit for someone in indus
try. So, they reached out to a lot of
incredible writers on this album
from Ne-yo, Beyonce and Corner
Boys. It is crazy; I have so many
incredible people on this album!
Perkins: Are you looking for
ward to songwriting in your future,
maybe on your sophomore album?
Rochelle: Definitely! Before I got
my deal that is all I used to do. I
would write and record on my own
time. So, definitely on my second
album, it will be all about me.
Perkins: So what can your audi
ences expect from you in a live per
Rochelle: In a live performance,
you can expect anything! Like, me
dancing, me talking and communi
cating and connecting with my
audience and a real display of vocal
ability, which is lacking right now. It
will be a live show that shows who 1
really am as an artist and a person.
Perkins: So what are three words
that describe you as an artist?
Rochelle: Passionate, loyal and
Perkins: What was the process of
making your debut album?
Perhaps some of the difficulties
and challenges you faced?
Rochelle: There were a lot of
them. I began working on this in
January 2005. The album was com
plete, but I am getting ready to
record two more songs for the
album. Recording is never really
over, especially as an artist because
you can never get enough of record
ing! It is a fun process because I got
to work with Rodney JerJdns, some
one who I really admire so much!
With being in the studio environ
ment and working with all these
people, the good outweighed the
Perkins: Describe the moment
when you knew you made it, when
you knew it was your time to
Rochelle: I knew I made it when I
met Nate from Boys II Men. He is
my manager. I knew that regardless
of what direction he took me in, it
was going to work, not only
because of who he is, but of how
passionate he is about my career. I
knew it would eventually work
whether, it was Def Jam, Sony or
Perkins: What would you like
potential listeners and fans to
Rochelle: I definitely want them
to know that if you are following a
dream, whether it is in music or
whatever you want to do, that it's
not going to be easy. Anything
worth having is worth fighting for.
To read Editor-in-Chief Erin Perkins'
interview with Shareefa, turn to page 6.
Photo by Sharrod Patterson
Parking is still a major concern for commuters and stu
dents staying on campus.
Opinions differ on
the parking problem
It is just another typical day at Winston-Salem State University.
Several students find themselves driving around five or 10 min
utes, just looking for a place to park. Some are lucky enough to
find someone leaving campus, while others end up parking on
the grass or in the woods. Police Chief William Bell, who is in
charge of campus parking and transportation, commented on
what is being done to help solve the problem.
"The main issue with parking is the enforcement of parking
violators," he said. "These violators do not have a decal and are
taking up many parking spaces that could be used by students
with decals." Bell also added, "Another problem is the students
who have resident decals and park on campus during the day
instead of leaving their vehicles in their respective resident park-
There are approximately 2,400 parking spaces available
around school campus. The current price for an on-campus decal
is $145 for a gated lot and $120 for a non-gated lot. A commuter
decal for students is $120, and for the shuttle lot at the stadium
the decal price is $70.
Many students are not able to afford a parking decal because
they are still waiting to receive refund checks.
"I sent out three campus-wide memos to inform students still
waiting on refund money, they can buy a $12 temporary decal
which is good until October 1," Bell said. "If they still do not
have their refund by October 1, they can purchase another $12
decal which will be good for the entire month of October. If com
muters can not afford $120 for a commuter decal, they can pur
chase a shuttie lot decal for $70. This will allow them to park
their vehicles by the stadium and catch the school shuttle that
operates from 7 a.m. to 7 at night. "Making counterfeit decals is
against the law and can lead to arrest," Bell added.
More than 20,000 citations are given out yearly and more than
100 on a daily basis. Three unpaid parking citations will get your
vehicle towed. The price of all parking fines has doubled since
last school year. Many students feel that the fines have increased
to bring campus police more revenue.
"No funds are given to Winston-Salem State University for
parking," Bell said. "Eighty percent of fine money goes to the
state K-12 school systems. We have doubled tlie fines to help
deter violators fi-om parking on campus witliout a proper decal,"
"We are trying to become a pedestiian campus and have
perimeter parking. We have just created a new gated 55-space
parking lot for the faculty. The main focus this year is the com
muter lots. If the parking problem does not get better, then we
plan on gating all commuter lots to keep violators off campus.
We are in the top five out of the 16 colleges in the state in park
ing and parking lot spaces," Bell informed.
Junior Business Management Major Onyinyechi Anyanwu,
shared his insights on parking. "I feel that with the [costly] price
[students] pay for gated or non-gated decals, we should have
designated parking spots."
Anyanwu concluded, "I park very far [away from campus]
for someone who has a decal because people with no decals
have the close parking spaces occupied. 1 believe that towing
should be enforced more stiongly around campus."
Anyone with questions or concerns regarding campus parking
should contact Chief William Bell, (336)750-2902.
The mystery voice of Winston-Salem State University revealed
Steven J. Gaither
Rudy Anderson is the voice
of Winston-Salem State
University. If you have been
around campus for a substan
tial period of time, chances
are, you have heard his voice,
that pulsating, deep voice that
leaves university messages on
Anderson, a Winston-Salem
native, credits his parents for
cultivating his deep, rich
"My tone comes from my
father, he has a baritone
voice and can still sing at 80
years old," Anderson said.
He credits his mother, an
Advanced Placement English
teacher, for developing the
mechanics of his voice. "She
helped me to develop the
enunciation and the inflec
tion in my voice," he said.
After graduating with a
degree in Mass Media Arts
from Hampton University in
1974, Anderson worked at
jobs that gave him opportu
nities to craft his voice. In the
late 1970s he served as news
director for a local radio sta
tion. He then moved on to
television news at WXII-12 in
Winston-Salem. After leaving
the station in 1990, he began
teaching special education
students in Forsyth County
In 1997, Anderson was
hired at WSSU's Office of
thereafter, he began record
ing messages for the univer
sity's internal communica
Anderson's tone and artic
ulation make him the perfect
man for the job, said William
Patterson, Vice Chancellor
and Chief Marketing and
Communications Officer at
WSSU. "His experience was
a definite plus," he added.
Anderson's current title is
Manager for WSSU's Office
of Marketing and
writes and edits the
releases and helps com
pile the Ram Pages, the
faculty newsletter. And
as we all know, he is
something of a record
Anderson and his
wife, Goldia, have
been married for 32
years and have two
Photo Courtesy of Media Relations
“The man behind the voice” gets
up close and personal.