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VOL. XX, No. 36
WSSU Football Player Awaits Med-School Dreanr
A Travis Perry one of 450 to march at commencement
By MICHAJEL JOHNSON
Chronicle Staff Writer
With the sunlight beaming in his eyes, Travis Perry admits
he is a little bored this time of the year. Final exams are over, the
last grades have been turned in and now he's waiting.
Waiting to hear key words that will begin a new chapter in
his life: "You have been accepted to. . ." a medical school that
will let him continue his dream of becoming a surgeon.
"I'm just bored now, because everything is just a matter of
waiting to hear from the schools," said Perry, one of nearly 450
Winston-Salem State University seniors to walk across the
Lawrence Joel Veterans Coliseum platform Saturday morning.
"But I'm not anxious. AfteT being in a certain situation such as this
for a long time, I learned to have patience and see what happens.
So I'm not worried."
Being able to keep his focus is nothing new to this student
athlete, who was a linebacker for the Rams and will graduate
magna cum laude. vVhile he had a solid career on the gridiron,
Perry's best numbers came off the field: He cairi ed a 3.8 cumula
tive grade-point average, and a 3.7 in his major, which was biol
?gy. . 1
Coming from tiny Wendell, a rural community northeast of
Raleigh, Perry was interested in attending and playing for a Divi
seeWSSU page 3
Travis Perry will attend med-school next year.
;Gaines to ?
Clarence "Bighouse" Gaines,
?/ho retired last year after 47 years
4} basketball coach at Winston
Salem State University,, will
receive an honorary doctorate from
Wake Forest University during
commencement. Gaines won 828
games and is the second all-time
ketbail. Gaines, a professor emeri
tus was the coach of the year in the
CIAA five times. The awards cer
emony will be held May 15 at 2
p.m. at Brendle Recital Hall.
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Review Board Gets 1-Year Repiieve
COMING HOME AGAIN
Togo West Returns t? East Winston
-Ingn n West Jr. (far left) returned home tn Winstnn-Sinlpm fnr thp first time ulncp his Xnvpmhpr rnnfirmatinn as Secretary of the Army. West
was the keynote speaker at the Urban League's Equal Opportunity Day Dinner on April 22. With pim are: William Hill , city personnel direc
tor; Lafayette Jones , CEO of Segmented Marketing Services Inc.; and Velma Friende, who is a former teacher of West.
Alston Wiiis^ii At-Large Primary Raee
* By RICHARD L. WILLIAMS
Chronicle Executive Editor
Nigel D. Alston, who won a chance to com
pete in November's general election for a seat on
, the city-county school board, will have little time
to savor Tuesday's primary victory.
"It's going to be an uphill, tough race," he
said. "Good organization and money are the two
important things we will need to have (for vic
tory in November). We'll have to look at where
the weaknesses are and fine-tune those areas.
Also, we have to hold on to the votes we have
and work on the ones we may not have at this
Alston, running at large and seeking his first
ever elected office, amassed 8.242 votes. He and
the three other top finishers ? Nancy Wooten
with 8,658 votes, Nancy Griffith with 7,892
votes and Julia Frye with 6.251 ? will compete
for three at-large seats on the school board. The
results are unofficial.
Alston, 42, credits his victory to a hard
working, organized staff, strong endorsements
and being highly visible by getting out in the
Alston, the assistant vice president of
employee and community relations at Integon
Corp., has the backing of a broad base of busi
ness and political leaders. That apparently helped
him win the predominantly white Summit School
see ALSTON page 3
Citizens Urged to Support E. Winston Gampus
By RICHARD L. WILLIAMS
Chronicle Executive Editor
The jury is still out on whether a satellite
branch of Forsyth Technical Community College
will be built in East Winston or Kernersville ?
While some residents of East Winston
thought that a Forsyth Tech satellite branch off
Carver School Road was a done deal, many aren't
so sure anymore.
Talk of a satellite branch began in earnest
last year when state officials were seeking sup
port for education bond referendums totalling
$560 million ? S250 million of which was to go
toward construction and enhancements of com
munity colleges across the state. Many local
blacks supported the referendums because they
were under the impression that $8 million of
those funds were to be used to build a satellite in
"When we first began looking at expansion,
that was one of the first areas we were seriously
looking at," said James Rousseau, vice president
of planning and development at Forsyth Tech.
"It's not that the college is running out on' a
promise it made. It's just that now we don't have
the flexibility to do what we want to do."
Last year, however, the state Board of Com
munity Colleges directed that detailed studies be
done on all potential locations to see if the area
would support a satellite branch, Rousseau said.
Residents will have a chance to show sup
port for a satellite in the community at a forum
see CITIZENS page 3
Angered by Vote
By DAVID L. DILLARD - - ~
Chromcle Staff Writer
African- American members of
? the board of aldermen were angered
that the board agreed on a compro
mise to keep the police-review
board in place with stipulations.
First -year AldermanJoycelyn
board she was not willing to com
promise because compromises had
already been made compromises
when the police-review board _was
established last year.
"I'm not in a reconciliatory
? mood baeauGo we worked hard on
that document," she said. "We went
through many compromises to get it
to where it is today." t
! Alderman Nancy Pleasants
came up with the compromise, say
ing the board of al&rmen is "v
t divided at this point" and the
gested evaluating the police-review
board in May 1995 after a two-year
The board of aldermen In Feb
ruary 1993 agreed to have a police
review board. After some bickering,
the board two months later decided
on a list of candidates for its
May 17 at 5:30 p.m. in the council
chambers at City Hall.
. Aldermen Lynne Harpe, Hugh
see BLACK page 3
Review Board Victory
By DAVID L. DILLARD
Chronicle Staff Writer
The Rev. John Mendez led
nearly 80 people in a brief candle
light vigil Monday night after the
?board of aldermen voted on a com
promise that would keep the police
review board in place for another
Mendez, pastor of Emmanuel
Baptist Church and an organizer of
the vigil, praised the community for
supporting the review board and
parallel the victory to the struggle of
oppressed people in South Africa.
"If we had not pressured the
business people, it never would
have happened," he said. "At this
moment we are in solidarity with
.our brothers and sisters in South
Africa. It could not have come at a
"This is a victory all the
together," he said. "We can't look to
those aldermen in City Hall to make
a difference; the people are going to
have to do it."
Two weeks ago, the board of
aldermen voted 5 to 3 to abolish the
review board. At Monday's meeting,
Alderman Nancy Pleasants offered
a compromise that would allow the
review board to remain in place
until May 1995, giving time for its
effectiveness to be evaluated.
Four of the five white alderman
j? Pleasants, Hugh Wright, Bob
Northington and Lynne Harpe ? all
who were previously against the
review board ? voted for the com
Ironically, Alderman Robert
flordlander, who has led the push to
disband the board, voted with the
three black aldermen ? Nelson
tylalloy, Vivian Burke and Joycelyn
Johnson ? against the compro
Mayor Martha Wood, hoping to
give the review board a fair chance,
voted with compromise.
"We should give them' a
see REVIEW page 3
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