We are on our way
Welcome to the new PEN.
We have not been in existence for a while due to problems beyond
The last edition of the Pen came out on February 1998, which con
sisted of events and happenings that were over a semester old.
The reason for the missing issues were splattered on the front page
of the February issue saying, “Sorry you haven’t heard from us. The
Pen was unable to maintain its publication schedule, due to equip
ment and budgetary problems...our regular schedule will be resumed...”
Unfortunately, it did not happen that way. We still had equipment
problems and money was not coming quickly enough.
We had only one computer, which was too old and gave us prob
lems on top of problems. Even the staff in the Technology Center
could not fix the computer problems we had. With no money, staff
members had to come out of their pockets at times to make the im
Who is there to blame for the neglect of the student publication,
and the silence that was placed upon the student body?
Well, we can give you a list of names and reasons why we think the
student publication was put on the back burner, but that same list of
names will be irrelevant today. Since then, this has become a new
year and age for the PEN, and those same questionable names of people
has lended a helping hand this year, to make the impossible become
With a new staff and new adviser, Calvin L. Hall, the student pub
lication is now on its way forward. Slowly, but surely, the equipments
are coming in (even though they are not new, they will do, for now).
The money situation still have a few kinks to be worked out, but
hopefully the problem will be handled soon. So, if you don’t hear
from us for a while, you have our permission to address the adminis
tration, and maybe then they will listen to what we have to say.
We plan to bring back the good old days of journalism when the
paper reports the news and keeps the students well informed of events
and happenings, on a monthly basis.
Our pledge is to keep you unified, educated, entertained and at the
same time, stimulating your minds and actions.
I challenge the St. Aug community to support the PEN. Write us,
and let us know how we can better serve you.
I would like to extend a warm welcome to the class of 2002 and to
all members of the PEN staff. We look forward to a prosperous PEN
newspaper with a new graphic look.
I encourage you to support the Student Government Association
1998-1999, for they are your voice as well as us, the PEN, your stu-
Neice L. King
Billy Williams, Jr.
Calvin L. Hall
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Battle of the sexes in view
By Edward Ward
As we head to a new millennium,
the dispute between men and
women has been going on for cen
It is a real shame that men and
women must go at each other in
mind to mind combat! Both par
ties want the same thing, such as
respect and maybe looking for a
man or woman to treat them right.
In the end, it is a natural disaster
for both parties.
Hey guys check this out! Have
you ever went to a club and you
scoped this fine honey out in the
crowd, and you want to dance with
You start dancing with her.
Things are going smoothly, till she
turns around and ask, “What arc
you doing?” ‘What I am doing’?,
the guy replies, ‘I am dancing like
everyone else, just getting my
groove on’. She looks at you strange
and walks off. Then when you see
her dancing again, she’s either danc
ing with another guy who is worse
than you, or in front of a window.
I found out that real ladies in the
house will dance with you, because
they believe in keeping it real.
Many ladies fool themselves by
getting with the bad guys, who later
break their heart after a one night
stand! That guy that you turned
away at the club whom you asked,
“what are you doing?” may not have
the funds that you so call desire, but
he treats you like diamonds and
pearls. It is not all about the money.
It is about giving someone a chance
to get to know you and start a good
Why must we battle each other
when it comes down to the simplest
of things. A brother that is hard
working and knows what he wants
out of life, in addition to working
at Food Lion, is so often overlooked.
Sometimes you guys do the same
thing to our ladies, but you ladies
should never put every guy in the
same category. All of this can add
stress on each other and cause con
fusion, plus frustration on both the
African male and female.
Being honest from the beginning
and putting a litde trust in a per
son, you will soon see that you was
glad to give that person a chance.
I don’t mind for a female to tell
me honestly that she is single, talk
ing to someone, engage or married,
as long as she is honest from the
start, then I am cool with it.
At least be polite when letting one
down instead of being rude, stub
born, and immature, because you
might have passed up your future
husband or wife.
Think about it, or you will have a
mis-education unlike recording art
ist Lauryn Hill.
- Be truthful and understanding,
for you would want the same treat
ment for yourself.
Battle of the opposite sex still rages
from females perspective
By Pebbles Garrett
Women, if you disagree with my
friend on the ‘Batde of the Sexes,’
then stay right here, this is the real
Sure, we have had our fiin with
our "Nights of Adventure, ” and we
have partied until the sun came up.
This does not mean that every guy
we meet for the first time we have a
one night stand. That is a low blow.
I mean, think about it?
If you are still pulling an all niter,
you are out of your mind. Come
on ladies!, this is almost the dawn
into a new millennium. Out with
the old and in with the new.
These day we are the players and
the men are the playees.
Men today feel that we are high
maintenance and we do not have the
time to baby them. This is the rea
son why a majority of our brothers
turn to white women and ‘dis us
By this time, we are angry and
wondering why he chose her over
me. These days we do not have to
sell ourselves short for any man.
I hear a lot of men say, that we
have too much mouth and that we
are too independent. To myself, in
these days and times, men are lazy,
do not want to work and they want
to live off your bank account.
What has happened to the hard
working man who goes out and
brings home the bacon?
Don’t get me wrong, there are
some good men out here, you just
have to search a little harder.
Please do not be desperate and
chase down every man you see.
Also, do not give up the goods to
Remember, everything that looks
good, is not always good.