more Page 3 ‘Unexpected Interruptions’ Former WSSU athlete hits pros Page 4 J r Im News Argus www.thenewsargus.com Winston-Salem State University’s Student Newspaper April 28, 2008 Co-tod cohabitation not likely at WSSU Grant Fulton Photo Editor Winston-Salem State has co-ed residence halls for the students, but does not allow for members of the opposite sex to live in the same room. Currently there are five co-ed dorms on campus; Rams Commons, Gleason- Hairston Terrace, Foundation Heights, Wilson Hall, and the recently co-ed Pegram. So if co-ed dorms are accepted, is co-ed cohabi tation around the comer? According to the Gender Public Advocacy Coalition, 30 U.S. campues provide gender-neutral housing. "I think that having a roommate of opposite sex in your dorm would noL gu over too well,"said Cornelius Hector, a jun ior. "First off they are going to consid er higher pregnancy and STD rates. Plus the possi bility of rape and the fact that some roommates might not know each other, which makes it worse. Plus par ents will not allow a thing like this to happen," Hector said. Freshman Brianna Galbreath agrees with Hector. "I could not see myself living in the same living condi tions as a boy because I am a girl and I feel that would just create some more drama in the residence halls," said Galbreath. A recent poll on Thenewsargus.com produced some interesting results. Ninety-two per cent of Photo by Garrett Garms Foundation Heights, which opened last fall, is the newest co-ed dorm on WSSU’s campus. “I THINK THAT HAV ING A U()()M»IATI^ »I OFPOSITIi: SKX IN YOIJK »»UM WOULD NOT GO OVKK TOO M IiLL.” - COIIMHUUS HKCTOlt those who responded said WSSU should not allow co-ed habitation in its dorms. However the poll was open to par ents, alumni, and citizens, as well as students. "Currently here at WSSU we do not have (co-ed) cohabitation on campus," said Linda D. Inman, WSSU Housing Director. "The reason why we do not have this going on is because some of the par ents may not like the idea of a male and female staying in the same room, but instead in some of our residence halls we have both the sexes living in the same residence," said Inman. According to Inman, there is no coed cohabita tion in the UNC System. SGA president-elect Harold Respass believes that it is unlikely WSSU will allow cohabitation in the near future. " HBCU's are usually very conservative and this will probably never be a sweeping reality, especially in the Bible Belt," he said. "It would save a lot of headaches in terms of housing facilities and cause headaches with pregnancy rates but with every situation, there are pros and cons." Raleigh, NC - The Obama campaign is joining with officers of the North Carolina College Democrats and Young Democrats of North Carolina in sending a letter today to the Forsyth, Guilford, Mecklenburg, and Wake county boards of election urging them to open One-Stop Early Voting sites on college campuses for the duration of the early voting period, which began on April 17 and will end on May 3. Currently, several early voting sites on or near cam puses are not scheduled to open until the final days of April, a period that coincides with the beginning of exams at a majority of these schools and leaves mini mal time for college students to take advantage of them. Both the Young Democrats of North Carolina and the North Carolina Federation of College Democrats are supporting the campaign's call for these locations to be opened. "These on-campus One-Stop Early Voting locations are crucial to students participating before they leave for the summer," said Young Democrats of North Carolina President Zack Hawkins. "We are seeing unprecedented interest from students in voting in this primary," said North Carolina Federation of College Democrats President Douglas Massengill. "Taking of advantage of that requires that these locations be open for students to make their voic es heard." One-Stop Early Voting sites on or near the following campuses are not opening until late April: - Bennett College (Guilford County) - Johnson C. Smith University (Mecklenburg County) - North Carolina A&T State University (Guilford County) - North Carolina State University (Wake County) - UNC Charlotte (Mecklenburg County) - Wake Forest University (Forsyth County) - Wake Technical Community College (Wake County) - Winston-Salem State University (Forsyth County) Class of 2008: Forging ahead Stephanie Douthit News Editor It is that time of year again. The end of the semester when there is an overload of information and work, activities, stress, and deep signs of relief. There is stress over exams, meet ing deadlines, and paperwork, relief that classes are almost over, and for seniors, there is bittersweet prepara tion for the ultimate departure, graduation. Spring commencement will take place Saturday, May 10, 2008 at 9:45 a.m. at the Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum (or Annex). Winston-Salem State will be usher ing one of its largest classes into the post-graduation world. The estimated number of gradu ates is around 775 students. This estimate includes 721 undergradu ate students and 54 graduate stu dents. Anticipation for spring commence ment is high amongst seniors as well as underclass- “GUADIJATION TO MU IS A NUW BEGINNING; I LOOK FOIIM'AKI) TO WHATUVUU LIFH HOLDS IN MY FIJTIJHIi.” -SKXIOU /Umii THOMAS men. "Graduation to me is a new begin ning; I look for ward to whatever life holds in my future," said senior Aimee Thomas. Junior Sheniaka Rodgers shares Thomas' sentiment. Photo by Garrett Garms Nearly 800 students will graduate on May 10 in the LJVM Coliseum. dating, but for now it is forward to graduation for seniors. "Learning doesn't end at college it's just the beginning of the profes sional phase of it," said Marilyn Roseboro, WSSU internship coordi nator, in a previous issue of The News Argus. As of press time, the commence ment speaker for the spring gradua tion had not been announced. "I am sad to see my friends leave, but at the same time I wish them the best in all of their future endeavors." Rogers also knows that this springs' semester brings her one step closer to graduating herself. "Because I am a junior, I am look ing forward to my senior year as well," she said. The world beyond graduation is unknown and somewhat intimi- -Please check www.thenewsar- gus.come for the announcement of the commencement speaker. The News Argus Poll Current Question at thenewsargus.com One year after the Virginia Tech murders, do you fell safer on campus? Red-Yes Blue-No^ Somewhat This The News Argus poll is not scientific and reflects the opinions of only those Internet users who have chosen to participate. The results cannot he assumed to represent the opinions of Internet users in general, nor the public as a whole.