The News Argus
Feb. 4. 2008
Keep it kool at Krankies
English as a Second Language
program continues to grow
The smell of freshly
roasted coffee and the
sounds of music and con
versation await those who
enjoy going to coffee shops.
Students on the Winston-
Salem State campus have
access to this type of
atmosphere at Java City on
the first floor of the
Wilveria Bass Atkinson
However, students who
want that coffee house set
ting without the campus
environment can go to
Krankies coffee located at
211 E. 3rd St.
Located only three min
utes from campus on Third
Street, Krankies has an
environment that down
town employees, Winston-
Salem locals, and students
"Krankies is a quiet,
relaxed space that roasts its
own coffee and provides
free Internet," said Andy
Siebert, employee at
Krankies for three and a
The coffee shop not only
provides its own roasted
coffee, but also a variety of
drinks, bagels, and cookies.
In addition to homemade
eats, Krankies offers movie
Photos by Grant Fulton
ABOVE:Krankies, located at 211 E. 3rd St. is becom
ing a popular hotspot with students and locals.
BOTTOM: Krankies was originally a meat plant.
nights, live bands, small
group activities, and art
"Krankies is a place I
have hung out for years,"
said Amanda Hollis, who
visits frequently, even
when she isn't working.
Hollis also has friends at
Krankies and she has
enjoyed her relationships
with them as well as seeing
the companies recent
increase in popularity.
In addition to being a
source of Winston-Salem
mainstream and under-
groimd music and art,
Krankies has a unique his
Originally a meat pack
ing plant, the space was
first rented by current
occupants and later pur
chased. The building was
first known as the
Wherehouse, then PS 211,
the Werehouse, and now
Krankies. Interestingly, the
building it still called the
The initial purpose of the
building and the people, as
stated on Krankies website
is to provide ourselves and
the Winston-Salem com
munity and the world at
large with a space to expe
rience original and thought
And, according to
Siebert, it's not a bad place
to work, either.
"It's one of the best
places I've ever worked,"
WSSU team does well at A&T’s
Honda Campus All-Star Challenge
On Jan. 19, 12 students
University at the North
Carolina A&T invitational.
In a tournament shortened
by inclement weather,
Winston-Salem placed sec
ond out of 12 teams.
"I'm really disappointed
play was interrupted. We
wanted to play [tournament
winners] University of
Maryland Eastern Shore, but
they didn't anticipate the
weather conditions," Brian
The Honda Campus All-
Star Challenge is a question
and answer game for
America's historically black
colleges and universities.
WSSU fielded two teams for
the event captained seniors
Kristopher Ferguson and
The team has consistently
done well well at the Aggie
Tournament and the tourna
ment is known for showcas
ing some of the best teams
in the country.
The Red team led beat
their first two opponents
North Carolina A&T, with a
score of 210-120, and
Johnson C. Smith University,
clinching the victory, 240-
180. The Red team lost to
the eventual tournament
The final game began well
Photo by Terri Day
The members of the Winston-Salem State pose for a
picture after competing in a tournament in Greensboro.
for WSSU. At the half, they
were up by almost forty
points. UMES quickly closed
the gap, overcoming the Red
The White Team fared
well in their division, win
ning all three of their
games. The team had a close
game with North Carolina
Central, ending with a score
of 160-130. They were able
to completely shut out
Bowie State, a 260-35 vic
tory. They defeated
Fayetteville State, with a
score of 225-65
"Before the tournament, I
was excited and got nervous
once I faced the first team,
then once I got used to the
question format, I was fine,"
said Barbara Moore.
Coach Marilyn Roseboro
Take a walk across campus, and you are
likely to notice an increasingly diverse stu
dent population at Winston-Salem State.
Students from other countries are often learn
ing English for the first time.
ESL, or English as a Second Language, is a
program designed to help students whose
first language is not English. Dr. Adnee
Bradford, former chair of the Department of
English and Foreign Languages, played an
instrumental role in launching the ESL pro
gram at WSSU.
"Our program is in its infancy," she said.
"When you develop a new program, you
have to do a lot to nurture that program and
get it off the ground."
Bradford explained that the benefits of an
ESL program are numerous. Before starting
the ESL program, Bradford and others con
ducted surveys in area schools to see if there
was a need for teachers to be trained in ESL.
"The majority of teachers in elementary
and secondary schools recognized the need to
be trained in order to work efficiently with
students whose first language is not English,"
The ideals of the ESL program also help
local teachers by promoting the goals of "No
Child Left Behind," laid out by President
However, teaching ESL is fraught with dif
ficulties and obstacles. Essentially, the teacher
must overcome those difficulties and obsta
cles to leam how to manage a different set of
needs. First-generation Americans may not be
as fluent or knowledgeable in the English lan
guage as native speakers, said Dr. Ludovic
Kovalik, an ESL instructor.
"The needs of the students are very differ
ent," Kovalik said. "ESL students approach
English from a different perspective."
Bradford said that she has heard about the
difficulties of teaching ESL while speaking
with her colleagues.
"These students whose first language is not
English are learning English as if it were
another language," she said. "So any prob
lems that any student has learning a language
that is not their own is what these students
Janice Nickell, an alumna of WSSU, had a
brief stint teaching ESL at Forsyth Technical
Community College in Winston-Salem. While
there, she experienced some of the challenges
that many ESL teachers face.
"I don't speak Spanish," Nickell said. "And
I was teaching Spanish-speaking students
how to speak English." To overcome the lan
guage barrier, Nickell opted to use picture
books to communicate with her students as
they learned to speak English more fluently.
The ESL program at WSSU has continued
to grow, and one of the good things about the
program is that it provides imique local train
ing, Bradford said. The ESL program offers
new opportunities to students who are
already teachers but who are furthering their
In addition to the ESL add-on licensure,
there is a new graduate program in ESL and
Applied Linguistics being offered at WSSU.
"We are grateful that we have this pro
gram," Bradford said. "And we are looking
forward to getting the certification for the
The graduate program is designed to meet
the needs of the teacher and provide extra
training. "They, in turn, could work with stu
dents whose first language was not English,"
Kovalik expressed his support of the new
program, saying that it is a good opportunity
and having a masters degree makes one more
marketable in planning a career.
"The newly established ESL and Applied
Linguistics masters program at WSSU would
be a huge opportunity for people who hold a
bachelors degree in English, or any other
area, for that matter," he said.
At the time of this article. Dr. Funwi
Ayuninjam, coordinator for the ESL program,
was unavailable for comment.
was enthused about the
"I think it was a great
opportunity to start building
on next year's team. We'll be
losing three of our strongest
players to graduaHon, and I
feel confident about this
team's ability to do well in
the national tournament."
"I expect a showing just as
strong as last year when we
made it to the Sweet
Sixteen," Roseboro said,
referring to the squad last
year which made it to the
playoffs in the national tour
The WSSU HCASC team
will travel next to
Fayetteville for their
regional tournament, on
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