Opinion: Is the
Band to perform
The News Argus
Winston-Salem State University’s Student Newspaper
April 14, 2008
Steven J. Gaither
are finding they
are struggling to
reach an ever-
As Michelle Obama walked onto the
floor of the C.E. Gaines Center, the
crowd stood with signs waving, voices
cheering and cell phones recording.
"Fire it up, ready to go," chanted
Nearly 2,000 people packed in to the
Gaines Center at Winston-Salem State
to hear the wife of Democratic
Barack Obama speak at
Winston-Salem State on
Obama spoke to the
audience about a wide-
range of issues, includ
ing healthcare, war,
and education during
her hour-long speech.
Much of her speech
was spent connecting the figurative
'rising bar' that her husband has
experienced during his campaign to
the rising bar for what she called
"We were told to settle down
because Barack was supposed to win
in South Carolina. We won every
county in the state but two," she said.
"We've moved into Super Tuesday
and we were supposed to be done.
"Regular folks are finding they are
struggling to reach an ever-moving
bar," she said."Folks don't mind get
ting up early to go to work. "They
just want to know if the bar will be
still. They want to know if they get
sick they won't go bankrupt.'
Obama said that the American peo
ple were ready for a change
Obama said that she and her hus
band could identify with the concerns
of college students
because they just recently
paid off their student
"Imagine a president
just a few years out of
paying off (college)
about that Dick
ship and I was
can help," she
joked, "But then
he was broke." ,
bringing people together
instead of dividing them.
"We need a fundamen
tally different type of
leadership than I've seen
in my lifetime," Obama
said. "And the only person in this race
that has a chance of putting this coun
try together is is Barack Obama.
The speech was attended by com
munity members and politicians, as
well as students. Lines began forming
around noon, two and a half hours
before the speech was to begin, and
several hundred people were turned
away. Officials estimate that 2,000
were in attendance.
Nearly 20 students volunteered and
helped transform the Gaines center
, froni a gym to a political arena.
Valencia Thomas, a junior, was one
of those volunteer. She said that sHe
Photo by Grant Fulton
Michelle Obama, wife of presidential hopeful Barack Obama, came to Winston-Salem State to speak on April 8.
Photo by Grant Fulton
Students show support for Obama.
wished more people could have been
able to get in,
"I thought it was great. I'd rather
have too many people than not
Junior Stanley Johnson also volun
teered and he encouraged others to
be involved with Obama's campaign.
"This is our movement," he said.
"This is young students our age,
and we have to be the ones leading
Respass voted SGA President
Steven J. Gaither
The 2008-09 Student Government Association election
results are in, and junior Harold T. Respass was elected
SGA President; students also decided that fuhare Campus
Activity Board Presidents must be elected.
Theodis Chunn was elected Mr, Winston-Salem State,
and Latoya N, Perry was voted Miss WSSU,
Respass defeated his opponent junior Derwin
Montgomery, Respass claimed 73 percent of the vote.
The Charlotte native said that he's excited about the win
and is looking forward to becoming president next fall.
"I'm very excited," said Respass. "The SGA got a lot
accomplished this year and I look forward to working with
the students next year towards things like keeping tuition
In other results, Whitney McCoy won Vice-President of
Internal Affairs by default. Asa Mack was elected VP of
Justin D. Freeman was elected Secretary of Treasury, and
Dao Vang and Quentin R. Jones were elected to Secretary
of Judicial Affairs and Secretary of Commuter Student
Affairs by default. Marlena J. Baxter was elected Executive
The presidential race had the highest percentage of vot
ers among the SGA Executive Board positions with 866 stu
dents voting out of a total of 5,209 (16.63 percent).
A look at the number of voters suggest that the longer
students attend school, the less likely they are to vote in
Nearly 71 percent of students voted that the entire stu
dent body should elect the CAB president. The SGA
brought up the issue at a Student Senate meeting last fall,
and it was placed on the ballot this year.
Dale Williams, Student Activities Director at WSSU, said
she disagreed with the students' decision.
"If the reasoning for voting on CAB president is based on
student funding," Williams said. "Then it opens up the
door for students to vote for other student-funded organi
-Please see pg. 8 for photos of SGA Board Winners
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Source: Galiup/USA Today poil of 1,025
adults, March 14-16, 2008; margin of error;
+/-3 percentage points
Graphic: Judy Treible
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