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    Dr. Kambon's Homework Helper
program needs help,” writes
Ishmael Smith**-page 2
St Aug's men's track team's
indoor reign ends - page 7
The Healing Force conducts
workshop on campus - page 5
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Volume A.I. No.4
MARCH 1993
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By TONETTA SPENCER
"You have to be a serious
and dedicated student to go
into the medical technology or
phlebotomy program," said
Hengameh Allen, Medical
Technology Department Head,
and- wife of Dr. Cyril Allen,
Campus Physician and
Chairperson, Division of Al
lied Health, located on New
Bem Avenue.
The Allied Health Center
just recently received
accreditation from the
National Accrediting Agency
for Clinical Laboratory
Sciences (NAACLS) for B. S.
degrees in its Phlebotomy and
Medical Technology
programs. The last stage of
the accreditation' process,
which is the site visit, still has
to be carried out.
The center is geared
towards bringing more blacks
into the medical health field,
and serving the community.
"The percentage of blacks
in the medical technology field
INDEX
Perspectives 2
News 3-4
* ROTC reps and HBCU
heads meet to bolster minority
presence in military
* St. Aug seniors receive
Model UN merit awards
* Students marooned by bad
weather
Arts/Entertainment 5
* Mingo's Hot Picks
* Great anticipation for
St. Aug International festival
Comics/Crossword 6
Sports 7
The Allied Health Center located at New Bern Avenue in Raleigh.
I Relations Office.,
Pic; Courtesy of St. Aug Public
is only one percent. But when
children see blacks rarely seen
portraying prominent
professional roles, they think
they aren't capable of doing
these things. That's the reason
not many blacks go in the
medical profession," Allen
said.
Presently, there are only
seven students that are in the
last stages of the medical
technology program, and 14
pre-medical technology
majors.
"Our program is ideal for
biology majors. The jobs are
out there and there are many
job agencies who want to be
affiliated with us. You have to
have compassion to work in
this field. When we interview
students who want to major in
our program, we can
determine whether or not they
care a^ut ari individual. We
want students who are
dedicated," she said.
"Students who have opted
to major in medical technology
need to come to the center and
see me. They need to know
what courses to take to receive
a degree in phlebotomy or'
medical technology. That's
mandatory. You have to
apply to the program, have a
minimum of 2.5 GPA, good
communication skills, be re
sponsible, and have the right
attitude," she added.
According to Allen,
students don't realize that this
is a part of the science
department on campus and
that it is neither hers nor Dr.
Allen's, and that it belongs to
Saint Augustine's.
Allen said she treats the
Center as if it were her own
home. "I care about my stu
dents. I get the top instructors
to teach them, so they can feel
that their education is just as
good as UNC, Duke, and Har
vard," she said.
She also said that students
don't take advantage of their
educational opportunities.
"They have to realize they are
in college to leam.jnd need to
stop wasting their parents’
money," she said.
Students in the programs
will do some of their clinical
work at Wake Medical, where
Allen said the students per
form well.
"We have a good name in
the community," she said.
Allen also said Dr. Robin
son helped a lot with the pro
gram.
The center hopes to start a
clinical nursing program this
September and is trying to hire
a director of nursing who will
develop the curriculum.
The Healing
Force performs
in Arts series
By STEVEN MINGO
The Healing Force pre
sented "The Rhythm of the
Drum" on March 18 in the
Seby B. Jones Fine Arts
Building. Their performance
utilized African culture music,
dance and stories.
The Healing Force is a
family group consisting of
Joseph, Gail, Karim and Sonji
Anderson. Sonji attends Appa
lachian State University and
participates in perfonnances
only during college vacations
and breaks.
Many students and faculty
came to see "The Rhythm of
the Drum", which opened with
a West African welcome song:
"Funga" (welcome).
After the introduction of
various instruments, such as
the thumb piano, the talking
drum, the djun-djun, and
many more, the audience was
asked to participate in playing
the instruments.
"Audience participation is
our main objective when per
forming. Through this ex
change, we get encourage
ment," said Gail.
Storytelling is another as
pect of the group's talents.
Their stories come from West
African folk traditions that tell
about the drum.
! This summer the group
iplans to travel to West Africa
for 15 days. The trip will al-
ilow them to see the culture at
'first hand and get information
straight from the people there.
The group wants to ex
pand their presentations to all
areas of the country, and invite
more talented people to join
them.
    

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