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V8L.49, ISSUE 10
On the straight and narrow
Photo by Jaye Cole
Sophomore Rachael Creekmur, a History/African-
American Studies double-major, attempts to walk “the
line of sobriety” wearing beer goggles as a Winston-
Salem Police officer looks on in the Thompson Center
Lobby. The mock field sobriety test and the entire DUI
awareness initiative was sponsored by the University
Counseling Center. DUI’s accounted for 32 percent of
all traffic deaths last year.
Liberal Learning Seminars introduce
new curriculum for 1 st year students
Victoria Staples
Staff Reporter
Ever want to take a course that piques your
interest — just by the title, such as "Pop Culture"
and "Deeper Than Rap"?
Now you can by enrolling in a Liberal
Learning Seminar.
The Academic Standards and Curriculum
committee approved the deletion of the fresh
man seminar requirement effective May 16.
Provost Brenda Allen began working with the
task force October 2009 to continue the general
education curriculum reform.
Liberal Learning Seminars are a part of the
General Education Task Force mission of cur
riculum reform.
Allen said that LLS are designed to offer first-
year students a unique experience with small
class sizes that will form an intimate relation
ship with a faculty member and a cohort of
When Allen provided the opportunity for
faculty members to submit proposals for classes
they would like to develop and instruct, some
quickly responded.
In the Spring 2010 semester, some faculty
members submitted proposals to teach a LLS.
That summer, they participated in a three-week
series of workshops to develop new courses.
"It [the workshop] was a wonderful experi
ence because it gave you a chance to really
focus in on one thing and develop it from start
to finish," said Michael Brookshaw, an associate
professor in the English and Foreign Languages
About 12 LLS were offered for the Fall 2010
semester, and 20 LLS were offered this semester.
The workshops also covered high impact
practices which focus on how to improve stu
dent engagement in the classroom.
"Liberal Learning Seminars, writing across
the curriculum, having more hands-on research,
integrating the classroom and service learning
are high impact practices," Allen said.
Allen and several faculty members, conducted
some of the workshops.
"Whether your seminar was going to be writ
ing intensive or quantitative skills, we wanted
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Q&A with Chancellor Reaves
Jaye Cole
Copy Desk Chief
Spring 2011 semester has
brought many changes to the
campus of Winston-Salem
State. These including the
return of Rams baseball, a bud
get crisis, a newly ^|^pointed
vice chancellor, as well as the
groundbreaking of the new
Student Activities Center.
The News Argus interviewed
Chancellor Donald Reaves Feb.
24 and discussed campus cur
rent events and some topics
from Ramble Online.
News Argus: The sports
teams have made a tremen
dous turnaround from last
year. How does the Athletic
Department’s accomplish
ments make you feel.
Chancellor Reaves;
Obviously it makes me feel
really great. I've been tell
ing every one that I've talked
to 'what a difference a year
makes.' The decision to remain
in Division H, I'm convinced
as much as I was a year ago, is
where we belong. The fact of
the matter is, we are a Division
II school.
News Argus: A lot of peo
ple were supportive of coach
Maynor’s pay raise and new
contract but there were also
some who were skeptical.
How soon can WSSU expect
to see dividends?
Chancellor Reaves: I think
we've seen some of it already,
but after the raise I think the
expectations soared. When we
stepped back into Division II
we decided that we were going
to run a competitive program.
It's important to have the right
people on your staff, especially
when it comes to football. We
felt that Connell [Maynor] was
a good fit.
News Argus: How will the
changes to general educa
tion affect incoming stu
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Rankin, first congresswoman
Jeannette Rankin, a Republican
from Montana, was the first woman
elected to serve in Congress and
the first woman elected to a national
legislature in any western democ
racy. She was the only member of
Congress to vote against entering
World War II. In 1917, she opened the
congressional debate on the Susan
B. Anthony Amendment, and in 1918
it became the 19th Amendment. She
was elected in both 1916 and 1940.
Mother’s Day 1908
The first Mother’s Day was held on
May 10, 1908, and was organized
by Anna Jarvis in West Virginia and
Philadelphia. As the event gained
popularity throughout the country, in
1914 Congress designated the sec
ond Sunday in May as a national day
of recognition for mothers.
Woodhull for president
Victoria Woodhull was the first
woman to run for President of the
United States in 1872. Woodhull was
nominated by the Equal Rights Party.
She was the publisher of a New
York journal, “Woodhull & Claflin’s
Weekly.” She owned a stock broker
age, “Woodhull, Claflin & Company.”
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