The News Argus
April 14. 2008
Band to perform on April 29
Photo credit by Garrett Garms
Winston-Salem State’s symphonic band is due to perform on April 29.
Imagine: It's football season; a whistle
blows, a banner flies in the breeze, musidans
get into formation, and instruments are set
in playing position. Winston-Salem State's
Red Sea of Sound is about to perform.
When most people think of the band, they
remember the sounds of the Marching Band.
The band was recently named Red Sea of
Sound following a university-wide search
for a name with which they could identify
themselves. The drum majors, who also
received a name, are now known as the
Students, faculty, staff, and members of
the community can look forward to hearing
concert-style tunes from symphonic band at
7 p.m. Tuesday, April 29, in K. R. Williams
Auditorium during the Annual Symphonic
Band Spring Concert.
Although many people anticipate the
arrival of football season in order to hear the
marching band, WSSU offers wind ensemble
performances throughout the year. The sym
phonic band is the premiere performing
ensemble of the university band program.
Dr. Michael Magruder, Director of Bands,
believes that the true teaching and learning
takes place during symphonic band.
Other students involved in the band pro
gram agree that symphonic band is the
model for musicians. Ashley Tabron, a junior
English major, has been affiliated with the
band program for three years.
"Symphonic band allows students to dis
play more musicianship, whereas marching
band focuses on the showmanship. The
atmosphere in symphonic band is more
relaxed, but the pieces are more diffici.ilt."
Matthew Goodman, a sophomore, said he
likes the variety of music.
"Symphonic band helps you to advance as
a musician by playing classical and tradi
tional pieces versus the more contemporary
tunes, otherwise known as hip-hop," he
said.The band is open to all students, and
competitive scholarships are offered. Scarlet
Lace, the bands' dance group, and Silky
Smooth, the bands' flag girls, will hold try
outs in mid-late April.
Students can also catch members of the
band as they compete for drum major posi
tions in the Chain Reaction. Everyone is
invited to attend drum major tryouts, which
will also be held in late April.
Alan Sturdivant, a section leader in the
band, encourages students to become a
part of the band program. Goodman and
Tabron also echo that thought.
"Every day is a new journey where
something is always happening," Tabron
said. "Band provides leadership skills and
a family away from home."
WSSU celebrates first anniversary of Ralph
Bunche Society for international travel
Winston-Salem State University cele
brated the first anniversary of its initiative to
promote the Ralph Bunche legacy of global
scholarship and activism, and to stimulate
minority student interest in international
studies and international leadership careers,
on April 2 in room 207 of the Cleon F.
Funded in part by the Phelps Stokes
Fund, a non-profit organization and
America's oldest foundation serving the
needs of African-Americans, Native
Americans, Africans, and the rural and
urban poor, WSSU's Ralph Bunche Society
(RBS) has been recognized by U.S. Secretary
of State Condoleezza Rice for being the
first university in the nation to serve as a
host site for a pilot program named in
Bunche's honor. The WSSU program
serves as a model for other Ralph Bunche
The RBS is designed to cultivate students'
global citizenship, foreign language skills,
and Bunche's values as an internationalist.
The focus of these societies will primarily be
on minority institutions. Bunche's legacy is
being heralded by the Fund because he
served as a trustee for 20 years.
The Phelps Stokes Fund has assisted
WSSU financially and helped set up the pro
gram. At the anniversary event, RBS stu
dents were recognized for their travel, schol
arship, and service.
Speakers for the anniversary dinner
included WSSU Chancellor Donald J.
Reaves, North Carolina State Representative
Larry Womble and Winston-Salem Mayor
Pro Tempore Dr. Vivian Burke. The Keynote
speaker was Ludwick "Luddy" Hayden,
president and founder of Luddy Hayden
and Associates (LHA), a public private part
nership consulting firm.
Just the Facts
The following incident reports were compiled from tfie Winston-Salem State University Campus Police
Dept from March 31-April 3.
08-093-441 Scam attempt Campus
At 12:22 pm, three students entered the police station to report an attempted scam. The students
stated they were approached by two males and asked if they had a checking account. The males
stated 1hey would give the students $800 if they would agree to deposit a check into their account and
give up the remaining cash. The responding officer confirmed with the students the proposal was a
scam. This incident is under investigation.
08-093-442 Warrant service Campus
At 1:30 pm, police received a call from the Greensboro RD Warrant Squad requesting assistance
serving a warrant for arrest on a student. The responding officer located the student and served the
warrant. After being arrested, the student was turned over to a member of the GPD Warrant Squad.
Later, the student was transported and appeared before a magistrate.
08-093-443 Larceny of gas MLK Jr. Dr.
At 9:30 a.m., a police officer witnessed a WSSU employee in a state issued vehicle filling a drum with
gas at the BP station on MLK and First St. The officer noticed a car pull up, and the employee
removed the nozzle from the drum and put gas in the red car. Once the red car pulled away, the
employee finished filling the drum. When the employee entered the station to finish the transaction for
the fuel, the officer advised the employee that he witnessed the events and instructed the employee to
return to campus. The officer reported the situation to the employee’s supervisor. This incident is cur
rently under review.
08-093-445 Larceny Gleason Hairston Terrace
At 5:45, a staff member reported that his cellular phone was taken after he left it sitting in Gleason
Hairston Terrace. A police officer arrived and conducted an investigation. The staff member stated he
was conducting safety inspections and left his WSSU issued cellular phone sitting on top of a fire
extinguisher. When he realized he left the phone, he returned to retrieve it, and it was missing.
08-094-447 Drug possession Ram Commons #1
At 1:00 a.m. police received a report of an individual entering Ram Commons with what appeared to
: be hypodermic needles. A police officer arrived and conducted an investigation. The officer found the
individual on the third floor speaking to a resident advisor. After interviewing the suspect. The officer
: found that the suspect was not a student. The officer also found the suspect was in possession of a
small amount of marijuana. The suspect was given a criminal summons to appear for possession of
II drug paraphernalia and misdemeanor possession of marijuana before being escorted off campus.
08-094-448 EMS Wilson Hall
At 2:10 a.m., a security guard reported a student who was incoherent and violent in Wilson Hall on the
fourth floor. A police officer arrived and rendered assistance. The officer evaluated the student and
found no odor of alcohol, but the officer noticed that the student’s eyes were fully dilated. The victim’s
roommate stated she was concerned because the victim had attended a party and may have been
given something unbeknownst to the victim. EMS arrived and rendered medical assistance. The stu
dent was combative with EMS and was restrained. Later, the student was transported to Baptist
ii Medical Center for further treatment.
Hayden founded LHA, after completing a
his career with Chevron, a multinational
petroleum corporation. At Chevron, Hayden
held several positions, including assign
ments in Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Houston,
New Orleans, Baltimore, and Washington,
In his last assignment as Chevron's
Manager of International Government
Affairs, Mr. Hayden represented the com
pany's Africa business interests, traveling
extensively throughout Africa, visiting over
15 countries and meeting several African
Heads of State.
Prior to joining Chevron, Hayden was an
educator who taught in the Pittsburgh, PA.,
Public School System, and subsequently
became an instructor and administrator at
the University of Pittsburgh.
Recognizing the cultural connections
between African-Americans and Africans
throughout the Diaspora, Hayden remains
actively involved with several African
focused non-govemmental organizations. He
holds board memberships with Africare, the
Constituency For Africa, and the Africa
Society. Additionally, he serves on the Board
of Opportunities Industrialization Centers of
America, and holds advisory positions with
the International Foundation for Education
and Self Help and the African Presidents
Archives and Research Center at Boston
The Ralph Bunche Society was developed
to create a broader base of undergraduate
student participation in global affairs -
regardless of a student's field of study -
increase global and cultural awareness,
develop language skills, hone student lead
ership skills, and increase minority student
involvement in international arenas and the
expanding global community.
08-091-431 Vandalism Civitan Park
At 8:05 am contractor contacted police to report vandalism at Civitan Park. A police officer was dis-
patched, responded, arrived and conducted an investigation. The officer found the contractor trailer
and the park bathroom had been broken into, the two bulldozers were also damaged. The officer
found graffiti (gang tags) markings on several items. The total estimated damage is unknown at this
time. For further information about this incident contact Capt. Sutton.
08-091-432 Larceny Hall Patterson
At 2:40 pm a faculty member contacted police to report a larceny A police officer was dispatched,
: responded, arrived and conducted an investigation. The faculty member stated he and a coworker
.! both had a set of headphones taken from their locked office over the weekend. The officer did not find
any signs of forced entry, estimated total loss $185.00.
08-091-433 Traffic Stop MLK Jr. Dr.
II At 9:30 pm a police officer conducted a traffic stop and issued a citation to a motorist (non-student) for
!( a traffic rnisdemeanor.
is 08-091-434 Fire alarm F.L. Atkins
At 4:30 am police received an automatic fire alarm from F.L. Atkins. A police office was dispatched,
responded, arrived and found no immediate signs of smoke or fire. Officers determined the alarm orig
inated from housekeepers buffing the halls near a smoke detector. Officers aired the area and re-set
: the fire alarm without further incident.
08-092-435 Disturbance Thompson Student Center
At 3:03 pm police received a report of a possible fight in the Kennedy Dinning Hall. A police officer
was dispatched, responded, arrived and assessed the situation. The officer found a group of students
and talked with the two whom were allegedly arguing and about to fight. The two stated they were
having a disagreement but were friends and they were not about to fight.
08-092-436 Vehicle crash C.E. Gaines Center parking area
At 3:45 police received a report of a vehicle crash in the C.E. Gaines Center gated parking area. A
; police officer was dispatched, responded, arrived and conducted a traffic crash investigation. The offi
cer arrived and found the two staff members involved in the vehicle crash. There was no visible dam
age to either vehicle, insurance information was exchanged.
08-092-437 Damage to property RJR gated parking area
At 7:40 pm a student reported to police that her vehicle was damaged. A police officer was dis
patched, responded, arrived and conducted an investigation. The officer found the students’ vehicle
was covered in a layer of what appeared to be chalk dust. The student stated she went on a trip and
parked her vehicle on 03-31-2008 and when she returned her vehicle was covered with the unknown
; substance. The officer did not note any other vehicles that had the substance on it. The officer did not
note any other damage to the victims’ vehicle. The student later reported the vehicle had deep
scratches on it and the substance would not come off of her vehicle. Unknown estimated damage.
08-092-438 Larceny Atkins Hall
At 8:15 pm a student reported that her roommate had taken $120.00 from her purse. A police officer
was dispatched, responded, arrived and conducted an investigation. The student stated she was miss
ing $120.00 and she saw her roommate going through her purse but did not see her take the money
When the suspect was confronted by the officer she denied taking the money but agreed to make
restitution to keep out of trouble. The victim agreed not to seek criminal charges against the suspect if
restitution was made. The Resident Advisor arranged for the victim to move to another room. The sus
pect was issued a Campus Appearance Ticket and released.
08-093-439 Smoke in room Gleason Hairston Terrace
At 3:00 am a student reported she could smell smoke and something hot in her room (118) in
Gleason Hairston Terrace. A police officer was dispatched, responded, arrived and conducted an
investigation. The officer detected a smell of burning wires, smoke and noticed the area beginning to
fill with smoke. WSFD was dispatched, arrived and found a fan motor had overheated and burned out.
The breaker to the fan was tripped, the area was aired out and students were allowed to reenter.
08-093-440 Traffic Stop MLK Jr. Dr.
At 04:55 am a police officer conducted a traffic stop and issued a citation to a motorist (non-student)
for a traffic misdemeanor.
Crime Prevention Officer