Schexnider will (ildtsi WSSU athletics director
By SAM DAVIS
Chronicle Sporls Edrtor
The next director of a&letics at Win
ston-Salem State University will be hand
picked by Dr. Ahfk J. Schexnider, the uni
versity's chancellor, the Chronicle has
Schexnider, who officially became the
school's chief executive officer in Septem
ber, said that he will not form a search
committee to handle the search process to
name a successor for A1 Roseboro, who
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resigned Iroedltie post iaftt month. Rather,
be plant a* pdmonaily Overseeing the
entire gpmia* id! toriee to have someopr
in. place by (he begteitiag Of ihe next acad
emic year. ?
office of media relations that he is "^poking
far someone first and foremost committed
to dm academic excellence of student-ath
letea" He also said he wanted to have
"someone committed to cheating a study
centered culture at the university."
According to Schexnider, "The role of
an athletics director has changed from one
who simply oversees coaches and eligibil
ity regulation requirements. Increasingly,
successful athletics directors have to have
the skills and understanding to successfully
participate in fund raising as well as mar
keting efforts that affect the overall wellbe
ing of the institution."
Some alumni and supporters of the
university say they are in Agreement with
Schexnider on the neccesity of having
someone who is able to codnect with the
Winston-Salem business community.
Hobart Jones, who said he has sup
ported die university's athletics department
for more than 20 years and is a season
ticket-holder for football and basketball,
said he warns to see the university build
bridges With the corporate community.
"We want someone who is going to put
business first," Jones said. "We want some
one who can get the support of the busi
ness community. The bottom line is having
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Dems choose Marshall to replace Woodruff
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From Mazie to
By BILL TURNER
Special to the Chronicle
Walter Marshall is like the newborn child of a
couple who elected to determine the sex of the
child long before its birth. Such couples have no
anxiety about the kinds of colors of clothes to
hny. They can pick their shade of blue-for the
nursery and decide which NFL or NBA club's
logos will be the wall posters.
With the expectation already muted, the baby
shower becomes rather anti-cliniatic. The family
can make most preparations for the life of the
child, including what to expect in the added
financial and emotional costs of having a boy ?
as opposed to a woman child. To stretch this, had
they chosen to plan scientifically, the family
could have determined the exact day that Walter
was born ... to replace Mazie Woodruff.
That dynamic was the essence of an other
wise "business-as-usual" election during which,
to no one's surprise, Marshall received the over
whelming endorsement from local Democrats in a
five-person showdown to replace Mazie
Woodruff, who died one month ago.
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ratic Party, set the tone of the room, with a dozen
whites sprinkled amid more than 100 black party
loyalists. Noting that he "had not seen so many
Democrats at once in a long time," Joyce diplo
matically nudged his party's black activists to "be
more like Mazie."
Geneva Brown was slightly reserved. "It is
good to see all of you here, but where have you
been when we needed rooms like this filled ?
when Mazie was alive and fighting?" she said.
Brown, for now the lone black member of the
overpowering Republican school board, warned
and chided the* family-like gathering: "Yes, Walt
can walk in Mazie's shoes, but who will walk in
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Robert F. Joyce, chair of the Forsyth Democratic
Party, congratulates Marshall.
Waiter Marshall displays a momento of Mazie
Woodruff, a precinct card.
The crowd gathered to honor Mazie Woodruff, and to choose her replacement.
By BRIDGET EVARTS
Special lo the Chronicle
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By an overwhelming majority, the Democratic
Party voted for Walter Marshall to fill the vacant
Forsyth County Commission seat, empty since the
death of Commissioner Mazie Woodruff in early
January. Marshall, a member of the city-county
school board, was one of five nominees.
Woodruff's daughter. Mildred Strange, favored
the man earlier named as Marshall's strongest con
testant, Baptist minister and hairdresser Jimmie Lee
Bonham. Woodruff, who had announced she would
not seek reelection in 1998, wanted Bonham as her
replacement, said Strange. Other Democrats dis
"Mazie made it fairly well-known she wanted
Walter Marshall (to replace her)," said Garry
Whitaker, legal counsel for the Democratic Party.
Both Marshall and Bonham said Woodruff groomed
them to fill her seat on the county board.
Regardless of whom the late woman may have
picked, the Democratic Party chose Marshall with
more than 78 percent of the available votes. "I feel
great that people have confidence in me," said Mar
shall. "I hope to improve on what Mazie was doing."
Other nominees included Beaufort Bailey, a
retired media director from Winston-Salem State
University; C.P. Booker, a retired insurance execu
tive; and former school teacher Mose Belton-Brown.
Bailey, Belton-Brown and Bonham said they would
seek the nomination to fill Marshall's school board
The county board will consider the Democrats'
recommendation at their Feb. 24 meeting. The board
usually votes in favor of the nominating party's
choice. Marshall will have the opportunity to sit
through two briefing sessions before the budget
When the District A seat was filled this week, a
chapter in Forsyth County politics closed. Before
casting votes for her replacement. Democratic Party
members honored Woodruff with praises and
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For Americans: different verdict, same reaction
NEW YORK (AP) ? Once again the United
States held its breath and waited for a verdict on
And once again reaction seemed to explode
along starkly racial lines: a black verdict and a
white verdict, in the public's mind and in the
Acquitted 16 months ago by a mostly black
jury of murdering ex-wife NicohJ Brown Simpson
and her friend Ronald Goldman, found liable
Tuesday by a mostly white jury and ordered to
pay $ S.S million in compensatory damages.
"I knew all along, I've always known, that he
did it," former Simpson prosecutor Christopher
Darden said Wednesday morning on NBC's
"Today" show. "I knew that sooner or later, a jury
would also point the finger of guilt at O.J. Simp
Anise Aschenbach, one of two white jurors in
the criminal trial, said she was "tickled" by the
"I've always felt like he actually did it ... but
that it wasn't proven beyond a reasonable doubt,"
she told NBC. "You know that's really hard to
explain to people sometimes."
A nationwide telephone poll of 663 people
taken immediately after the verdicts were
announced by ABC television found that of 66
percent who agreed with the verdict, 74 percent
were white and 23 percent black. The poll had an
error margin of 5 percentage points.
At Mezzaluna, the Los Angeles restaurant
where Nicole Brown Simpson ate her last meal
and Ronald Goldman worked as a waiter, shouts
of "Yes!" and enthusiastic claps followed each
finding against the former football superstar.
"Oh, thank God," said Laurie McCormick. a
Brentwood stockbroker. "Now, let's get the
(Simpson) kids where they belong." Simpson won
a court battle with his ex-wife's parents for cus
tody Mhis two children.
M.-a^ion was bitter at Sylvia's Soul Food
Resraurant in New York's predominantly black
"It's a disgrace," declared an angry Rudy Bat
tle, a construction contractor from New York.
"No witnesses, and you're charging a man,"
said Battle, who is black. "No witnesses. This is -
sick. No witnesses, not even one."
Said bartender Julian Williams, 23, also
black: "It's a lack of consistency. He was acquit
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