North Carolina Newspapers

    Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Vol. 46, Issue 4
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Winston-Salem State University
Early voters not discouraged by e-mail hoax
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The average wait time to early vote at the Anderson Center was about 90 min
utes Oct. 27 to Nov. 1
Stephanie Douthit
Editor In Chief
This historic 2008 presiden
tial election has fostered hope
and change. It has also lead to
an increase in voter registra
tion in record numbers among
college students throughout
the county.
However, these exceptions
have not overshadowed the
racial and political tensions
among the voting con
stituents.
In early October, several
anonymous e-mails circulated
stating voters would not be
allowed to wear campaign
paraphernalia to the polls on
Nov. 4.
According to the e-mails
anyone wearing political para
phernalia would be turned
away from the polls and they
would not be permitted to cast
their votes.
"This is not true at all," said
a Forsyth County Board of
Elections representative.
"Voters can wear shirts, but
tons, stickers and all other
campaign paraphernalia."
Stipulations, however,
apply to campaigning.
Campaigning for any candi
date can not take place inside
the building or within the 50-
foot boundary at the Forsyth
County Government Center in
downtown Winston-Salem.
"I believe that people who
sent the e-mails didn't want to
give voters a reason to be
turned away," said senior
Corrine Bryant. Bryant
already cast her vote early
when Winston-Salem State
students marched to the polls
Oct. 16. She was wearing
political paraphernalia when
she marched.
Some states, however, pro
hibit wearing campaign para
phernalia: Virginia, Maine,
Montana, Vermont and
Kansas.
A recent article in the
Winston-Salem Journal stated
that the Virginia State Board of
Elections voted to ban cloth
ing, hats and other parapher
nalia at the polls.
Voters
continued on Page 6
Campus police report two robberies, one attempt
Staff Report
The WSSU Campus Police department has
increased patrols on campus and is actively investi
gating three criminal incidents.
All the incidents occurred within an hour of each
other Oct. 23.
A Brown Hall resident reported the first crime
about 11:30 p.m. He described the assailant as an
unknown black male. According to the student, as he
entered the residence hall stairwell, a black male tried
to take his laptop. The suspect was unsuccessful.
According to an e-mail from Chief of Police
Patricia Norris, shortly after this crime was
reported, two students reported they were
robbed at gunpoint in the Anderson Center
parking lot by two black males. One of the sus
pects fit the description of the earlier robbery
attempt.
The third crime involved two students who
were robbed at gunpoint near the Gleason-
Hairston Terrace parking lot.
All three suspects are described as black males
between the ages of 19 to 22 years old. One of
the suspects is approximately 5'7" tall and the
other 6'1" tall.
Norris told The Argus that this is the first
crime reported on campus.
Norris said that students need to pay more
attention to their surrounding. "I know a lot of
students like to talk on their cell phones or text
on their cell phones and they are not really pay
ing attention to their surroundings," Norris
said.
According to Norris, some suspects have been
arrested.
November is American Diabetes Month.
Throughout the month, the American
Diabetes Association provides opportunities
both nationally and locally to raise aware
ness about diabetes and its serious compli
cations such as heart disease, stroke, kidney
disease, blindness and amputation. The
importance of proper diabetes control is also
emphasized. Diabetes is the fifth leading
cause of death among African-Americans.
Source; diabetes.org
Three FAMU students were charged after
being accused of gaining unauthorized
access to FAMU computer records. The trio
changed the grades and residency status of
numerous students. The students installed
"keystroke loggers" onto computers in the
registrar's office to obtain passwords and
usernames of the employees in the office.
Source; Black College Wire
The economic crisis has undoubtedly
sparked an increased level of support for
Democratic presidential candidate Barack
Obama. It's unclear whether the issue of the
economy has significantly changed the minds
of young voters. A USAToday/MTV/Gailup poll
from earlier this month found that 61 percent
of voters age 18 to 29 plan to vote for Obama,
while 32 percent plan to vote for John McCain.
Source: UWIRE
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