MANRING, MARTIN JOIN FACULTY
North Carolina Central University,
then attended the University of
Illinois where she received here
master°s degree. Motivated by her
"need to grow and change," she
decided to come to NCSSM. She says
"every math teacher needs to grow,
especially on the high school
About the school in general.
'It brought me back in
Martin endorses NCSSM"s
If one asks Mary Martin what
initially Impressed her about
NCSSM, she dynamically responds
that "it"s the friendliness here."
She says she never expected the
openness and brotherhood of the
students and somehow visualized the
students as over-studious
Married with two daughters,
Martin comes to NCSSM after
teaching mathematics at
Madison-Mayodan, north of
Greensboro. She graduated from
touch with the way I thought math
should be in the first place. I
hope I°m learning and growing right
along with the students."
Whenever Martin is not
teaching math at NCSSM, she may
possibly be found preparing a
delicious foreign dish, as cooking
is one of here favorite activities.
She also likes plants, and to no
one°s surprise, solving
mathematical equations and
Another addition to the NCSSM
faculty is Dr. Andres Manring, a
physics teacher. A graduate of
Ohio State University, Manring says
he finds the atmosphere here
comparable to a college campus. He
believes that education needs to be
improved and considers NCSSM a good
environment for learning. Manring
cites the positive interactions
between students and faculty as an
Dire Straits’ album-“good stuff”
By Barry Campbell
Dire Straits® newest album
release, LOVE OVER GOLD, has only
been on the market in the Triangle
area for a short time, yet it is
selling very well. Apparently,
area residents have good taste in
music; LOVE OVER GOLD is one of
the better recent album releases,
and it contains some of the best
work that Mark Knopfler and Dire
Straits have ever done.
For newcomers® information,
Knopfler is the creative force
behind Dire Straits; he is the
principal writer, the vocalist,
guitarist (one of three) and the
album®s producer. He sounds like
an English version of Bob Dylan
most of the time. His lyrics are
unpredictable— sometimes wistful
but always witty. Generally, his
style has been described as pure
middle-of-the-road. That is
misleading. Tracks on this album
range from heavier rock in places
to the blues style that people who
remember "Sultans of Swing" will be
The whole album is social
commentary in one way or another.
"Telegraph Road" is one of the
standouts. It is a 14-mlnute
marathon that starts out as a
simple story about the birth and
death of a small town, and expands
to include a short but sad
biography of one man®s life, ruined
by the system. "Industrial
Disease" is another. It is the
obligatory tlmes-are-hard piece,
with lines like:
"On ITV and BBC they talk
about the curse
Philosophy is useless,
theology is worse.
History bolls over,
there®8 an economic freeze
Sociologists Invent words
that mean "Industrial Disease."
No, it is not light musical
listening. On the other hand, it
is not one of those deep
philosophical masterpieces that
takes you four years of study to
comprehend. It is just intelligent
music that demands your careful at
times. Yes, Dire Straits is still
the band that has the long musical
interludes between verses—the
instrumentals last much longer than
the vocals on "Telegraph Road," and
they add to the song®s charm. If
you are a Dire Straits fan, you
have to have LOVE OVER GOLD.
Casual listeners: give it a shot.
It®s good stuff.
Here he comes...Mr. Unicorn.
Manring joins physics staff.
important factor in providing a
good learning atmosphere.
Manring does recognize,
however, several problems at NCSSM.
He says he believes the noise from
construction projects creates
stress for some students. He also
says his impression of some
students is that they closely
resemble those in medical
school—overworked. But he is
quick to offer a positive
evaluation of NCSSM. He says the
school and its people are an
invigorating example of the success
that occurs when teachers and
students evaluate each other in
such a way that both have the
opportunity to learn and grow.
The Stentorian staff thanks
Dr. Davis, John Fox, Bryan
Giles and Hooman Sabeti for
helping us learn typesetting
on the school®s computers.
NCSSM ranks second
in merit competition
By Jan Miller
NCSSM has the second
largest number of National Merit
semifinalists in the country this
year. Of the 153 seniors, 58 of
them-or about 38 percent-qualified.
Only Peter Stuyvesant High School
in New York City, which has a
program similar to NCSSM®s, had
more semifinalists, 67. However,
this school has more than 600
seniors, so its percentage was less
The 15,000 semifinalists in
the nation represent the top
one-half of one percent of each
state®s high school senior class.
The semifinalists will compete for
5.000 Merit Scholarships, including
ones sponsored by colleges and
corporations. Since the Merit
program began in 1956, over $210
million has been awarded to about
Roles reverse-males take the stage
The Tradition continues.
Saturday night, November 6, at E.
K. Powe auditorium, our second
lovely Mr. Unicorn, Tim Koonce of
Hill House, was crowned.
Contestants competed in an evening
gown, a swimsuit, and a talent
competion. The six semi-finalists
also competed in a question-answer
competition. The semi-finalists
were Tim Koonce, Bryan Stutzman,
Vincent Knight, Simon Verghese, Bob
Larkin, and Chris Sites. To earn
the title of semi-finalist, the
nervous hopefuls struggled through
songs such as "The Rainbow
Connection," and "The Masochism
Tango." Other talents Included
playing the guitar, playing
clarinet, playing a cheerleader,
and just plain playing around. All
contestants exhibited unusual
tastes in both evening wear and
swimsuits. Chris Loftis served as
MC of the evening®s events.
The second runner-up ^llas Vincent
Knight, the first runner-up was
Simon Verghese, and the Mr.
Congeniality Award went to Bryan
Stutzman. Congratulations to all