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Winston-Salem State University’s Student Newspaper
Oct. 23, 2006
Keeping Witli Tradition
Coronation pays tribute to the past while
king and queen make strides in the present
Tiphane S. Deas
tion continued in
Williams Auditorium on
Wednesday night, Oct. 4, as
Tiffany Turner and Jason
Lewis were crowned Ms,
WSSU and Mr. Ram 2006-
For Turner, the continu
ation of this legacy is what
gave the coronation cere
mony special meaning.
"It is an honor to be part
of something that has been
going on for years and
years, to be officially
crowned and walking in
the legacy of other queens,"
This year's coronation
was entitled "Egyptian
Royalty: Treasures of the
Nile," following a theme
that Turner said she got
from her father
"We wanted to pay homage
,to Africa and our roots. We
wanted to recognize that the
first kings and queens were
from Africa," she said.The ,
program certainly had a
Pharaoh's touch, from the
opening dance performed by
the Association of Rhythmic
Talent (ART) to the pyramids
and foliage decorating the
stage's background, to Ms.
WSSU's grand entrance on
the shoulders of four muscu
lar young men dressed in
Egyptian costume. Mr. Ram
himself serenaded the proces
sion with "A Whole New
World" from Disney's
"Aladdin." Presented along
with the university king and
queen were Little Miss
University, Little Mister Ram,
Miss Alumni 2006-2007, the
class kings and queens, and
53 organizational kings and
"We do have a lot of leaders
on our campus, and it was a
chance to showcase the talent
of WSSU," Turner said. "It
shows that a queen does not
come in one form."
Photo by Sharrod Patterson
Tiffany Turner and Jason Lewis charm the audience with radiant smiles at the 2006 fall
have been held since 1934,
and kings and queens have
been reigning together on
this campus since 1975,
when the first Mr. Ram was
elected. However, there is
an element present this
year that separates the cur
rent Ms. WSSU and Mr.
Ram from the rest: the
friendship that began long
before last semester's
Turner and Lewis, both
of whom are Biology
majors, have been good
friends for the four years
that they have been at WSSU.
"I definitely think it is a
great experience to work with
Jason because we have
knovm each other since fresh
man year," Turner said. "We
came into this reign knowing
what each other had to bring,
so where he slacks, I can pick
it up, and where I slack, he
can pick it up. He has always
been my king since I met him
and now that that's officially
true, we already know and
understand each other.
"I cannot imagine working
with somebody I did not
Photo by Lee Adams
Miss WSSU, Tiffany Turner, waves to fellow Rams and
guests at the 2006 Hoinecoming football game’s halftime.
know; we are so comfortable
with each other," she added.
The coronation ball in the
Neil Banquet Hall of the
Anderson Center immediate
ly followed the ceremony,
where students, family,
friends and general support
ers showed up in outfits that
ranged from business casual
to prom-worthy formal wear
Food, song and dance set off
the celebratory atmosphere as
the smooth tunes of the live
band. Platinum Sounds, set
bodies in motion.
Once the festivities'came
to a close around midnight,
however, these two outstand
ing students were ready to
get back to work representing
and serving the university
through public appearances,
campus volunteer projects
and community partnerships.
"Having the opportunity to
represent our great institution
as Ms. WSSU, you have more
power to do community serv
ice on our^campus. It makes
it easier to make a difference
by implementitjg programs
and partnershijJS,, hoi ding
forums, and serving our stu
dent body," Turner said.
Photo by Sharrod Patterson
Yung Joe thrills the crowd with his “Dopeboy
Yung Joe’s star
is on the rise
Steven J. Gaither
When you've got the number one record in the
country, life is good. Just ask Yung Joe. "When
you get money, people don't wanna make you
spend it. I go to restaurants and they tell me I
don't have to pay," laughs Joe, who recently per
formed at Winston-Salem State's Homecoming
Concert along with Ludacris.
Since the 23-year-old's hit single, "Its Goin'
Down," hit airwaves early this year, Joe has expe
rienced fame firsthand. He said that past experi
ences helped prepare him for his current role as
an artist. "I've been around a lot of entertainers.
I've been the camera man, the radio prbmoter, the
hype man, so it's nothing different than I expect
ed," he said.
Joe's debut album, "New Joe City" (Bad Boy
South/Block Entertainment) was released on June
6, 2006. The album, highlighted by "It's Goin'
Down" and "I Know You See It" reached as high
as #3 on Billboard 200, as well as occupying the
top spot oh both the R&B and Rap charts. The
album is currently at Gold status and is approach
ing Platinum (1 million).
Joe, aka Jasiel Robinson, is not content just to
stay behind the microphone. He is a burgeoning
entrepreneur. He recently became president of his
own record label. Mastermind Music. He'also
started a production label, Hustlenomics, and has
also started his own car luxury rental service in
his hometown, Atlanta, Ga.
"If you're ever in the A (Atlanta) holla at me. I'll
put you in something big," said Joe, who says he
was influenced by a variety of music, from
Quincy Jones to Outkast.
After performing at the Homecoming concert,
Joe was off to shoot the video for his third single,
"First Time." He said that after pumping out two
club anthems, it's time to take it bactc to the
house. "It's about to get cold, so I'm taking it to
the bedroom, " he said, "I'm going to slow it
down a little bit."
Steven J. Gaither
Demetrius Rivers (21) wraps up Howard quarterback Willie Bladden.
Photo by Lee Adams
To the fans at Bowman-Gray Stadium,
Winston-Salem State's 12-0 Homecoming
victory over Howard University may not
have been pleasant to watch. But to Rams
head coach Kermit Blount, and the players
on the field, it was a sight for sore eyes.
"Every win is beautiful," Blount said on
the field after the victory. The Rams
improved to 2-4 with the win. The game
was a defensive struggle from the opening
kick-off. Neither team was able to move the
ball effectively in the first quarter. As the
second quarter began, quarterback Monte
Purvis connected with wide receiver Josh
Crawford on a 37-yard pass play, Purvis'
second of the season. The Rams missed the
extra-point as Marvin Uzmanor continued
his struggles in the kicking game, leaving
the score 6-0.
Both defenses continued to dominate in
the second half, with each team intercept
ing two passes. As is often the case in a
defensive battle, a key turnover clinched
the game. Defensive lineman Jason Holman
stripped the ball from Howard quarterback
William Bladen in Howard territory, and
Corey Swinnie scraped the ball up and
raced 35 yards for the game-winning score.
The Rams' passing game continued to
improve as Purvis completed seven of 13
passes including the touchdown. However,
the Rams' normally potent rushing attack
was held to just 115 yards on 41 attempts.
"We didn't get enough push up front,"
Blount said of the running game.
Howard's offense, coached by former
Rams defensive backs coach Linwood
Ferguson, failed to score against the Rams
See Homecoming page 6