Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Vol. 46, Issue 10
Winston-Salem State University
I love black
men. I just wish
some of them
would do bet
ter... I also love
gay Black men,
who are out.”
Photo by Garrett Garms
Author Terry McMillan speaking to a capacity crowd in Dillard Auditorium.
McMillan keeps it short, straight, to the point
McMillan's second novel, "Disappearing
Acts," sold more than two million copies and
HBO later acquired the rights to make it into a
She achieved much acclaim for her 1992 novel,
"Waiting to Exhale," which spent more than 38
weeks on The New York Times bestseller list and
found great success on the big screen, eventually
winning seven Grammy Awards and an MTV
Movie Award, among others. In 1995, McMillan
wrote the stream-of-consciousness fantasy,
"How Stella Got Her Groove Back" and co
wrote the screenplay for the film which was
released to sold-out audiences in 1999.
Her forthcoming novel, "Getting to Happy,"
will reunite readers with Savannah, Robin,
Bernadine, and Gloria, the four women, now 15
years older, from "Waiting to Exhale."
Terry McMillan hosted a Women's History
Month discussion at Winston-Salem State on
March 19 in the Dillard Auditorium.
For the better part of an hour, the international
best-selling author presented the crowd of
approximately 400 with a frank discussion about
her life, her work and men.
McMillan was first introduced to literature
while shelving books at the library.
Since then, her novels have captivated critics
and readers alike with their irreverent, often-
humorous take on the issues facing contempo
rary African-American women.
Her first novel "Mama" won the Doubleday
New Voices in Fiction Award in 1986 and an
American Book Award from the Before
Columbus Foundation a year later.
Winston-Salem State has been des
ignated for the second consecutive
year as a member of the President's
Higher Education Community
Service Honor Roll. The
Corporation for National
Community Service acknowledged
WSSU for its exemplary service to dis
advantaged youth. The Community
Service Honor Roll recognizes colleges
and universities nationwide that
support innovative and effective
community service and serv-
Save the date
WSSU, NC A&T NC Central
schedule homecoming Oct. 31
By LaTasha Miles
Both the calendar and 1-40
will be crowded this
North Carolina Central and
North Carolina A&T along
with Winston-Salem State are
celebrating their homecomings
on Oct. 31.
The three schools, all within
an 80-mile radius, and the
sharing of this date may cause
a conflict to those looking for
ward to attending more than
one of these events.
NC A&T's and NCCU's
homecoming games kick off at
1:30 p.m. WSSU's game begins
at 2 p.m.
When the 2009 football
schedules were released by
each school earlier this year,
NCCU and WSSU originally
had Oct. 31 as the date for their
NC A&T's homecoming was
scheduled for Oct. 10, but in a
Feb. 17 press release. Athletic
Director Wheeler Brown
announced the change.
"I'm excited about this
schedule," Brown said.
"With the announcement of
our new coach, after signing
some outstanding talent this
month and now that we know
our schedule, we can't wait to
"We're looking for 2009 to be
the start of something big for
Brian Holloway, assistant
athletic director of media rela
tions at NC A&T explained the
continued on Page 8
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Source: Online News Association
According to the Miami Herald, Florida
International University has implemented a
pilot valet parking program for students who
are running late to class. The new service
costs $5 for the first two hours and $12 for the
day. Columbia University in New York and the
University of Southern California have signed
up for the valet parking as well.
Grammy award-winning singer Patti Austin
will perform at 8 tonight in K.R. Williams
Auditorium. Austin will be accompanied by the
WSSU Burke Singers. Tickets are $50 in
advance and $55 the day of the show. Student
tickets are $20 with college I.D. All proceeds
will benefit the WSSU scholarship fund.
Source: WSSU Press Release