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Dudley High School in
Greensboro is home to one of North
Carolina's best high school inarching
bands. Some would even argue that
the band is better than most college
bands around the nation. But if you
listen closely, you will hear another
sound vibrating through the halls of
the school. This sound comes from
students in grades 9-12 who are
members of the Dudley High School
Honors Vocal Ensemble.
Under the direction of Jimmy
Cheek II, selected members from the
ensemble are preparing for a week
long trip to New York City April 9
13. The trip will culminate with a
performance at Carnegie Hall, an
experience that the Dudley students
will share with only two other high
schools across the United States.
"According to the information
that I received from Carnegie Hall,
they (ensemble) were selected by the
recommendations of experts in the
field of music and based on their per
formance ratings and state contest as
well as the outstanding performances
they have done in (N.C. and other)
states," said Cheek.
The ensemble will work with
Macstros John Rutter and Mussel
Kincheny as well as with other mnsi
cians and composers from around
the world. "It's a good feeling know
ing I get to go and accomplish some
thing I've never done before," said
9th grader Stephanie Moore.
The ensemble's invitation to
Carnegie Hall is a testament of their
talent and abilities, but according to
11th grader Shadonna Boler "It's a
lot of work...sometimes you have to
schedule your life around your
singing, (but) it's worth it when it all
comes down to it."
Cheek, who received his Bachelor
of Arts degree in music form North
C arolina A&T State University and a
Master of Music in Music Education
from the University of North ;
Carolina at Greensboro, has worked ?
with the ensemble since 1990 and
became Choral Director of Dudley
High school in 1994. Cheek
demands a lot from the ensemble and
will go over a song continuously to
attain perfection. "It's all in your
concentration," can be heard from
the director when he addresses
missed notes by the teenagers, but
he's not there only critic. "The stu
dents really critique themselves," said
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New regulations worry some local centers
Administrators and lead teachers must complete more training
By DAMON FORD
The Chronicle Reporter
This month, the ,N.C. Child Care
j Commission approved new rules that are
intended to improve child care quality and
safety in North Carolina.
"This is a vote for the children," stated
- Gov. Jim Hunt in a memo. "Our children
. ' will now have the highly trained teachers they
?.. need and deserve and they'll be safer when
they are on the playground."
The new rules evolved from the 1997
General Assembly, which passed the Child
Care Law, calling for changes in child care
regulations. One of the key provisions calls
for all administrators to receive a state Early
Childhood Administrator Credential. Lead
teachers (not assistants or helpers) in a class
room arc required to get an Early Childhood
Credential. These regulations are a concern
to some child care centers in Forsyth and
Joan Moran, who is the Department
Chair for Early Childhood Facility at
Guilford Technical Community College
(GTCC), says that the new regulations are for
the good of the child as well as the provider
of the service. Since most owners of child
care facilities are also the administrators (or
directors), Moran knows that "Many admin
istrators have gone into it (child care) as a
business and have not understood the child
hood (caring) part of it," said Moran.
Some Triad care providers are not thrilled
with the changes and demands of the rules.
Moran understands this and, is trying her
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Can Watt remain
effective for blacks?
By DAMON FORD
The Chronicle Reporter
I Congressman Mel Watt (D
MC) took a break from his visits to
child Care facilities in cities
throughout the 12th
Congressional District and talked
to a political science class at N.C.
A&T State University.The topic
was "Political Participation and
the Construction of Congressional
Watt based his lecture around
four questions, with the fourth
being the one that raised the mbst
interest in the room. "Can't you be
elected in a majority-white dis
trict?" was the question. Also of
interest were the questions: Whose
perspectives does an elected offi
cial represent? and What is democ
racy and representative
government really about?'
These questions are particularly
relevant for the 1998 elections
because the 12th District has shift
ed from being majority black to
majority white. The old district
had a 54 percent black population
and 51 percent black voter regis
tration, while the new district has a
47 percent black population with
only 42 percent of the voters being
Watt, was very candid and con
fident in his answers to these ques
tions. His answer to being-able to
be reelected was simple, "Oh sure I
can, I'm an incumbent now, people
Congressman MW Watt (D-NC) iMhim a question from senior
Mkhool Bakeiey, a political scionco major at N.C. A&T State
understand I'm not some alien
from outer space." Watt then
established the fact that there are
two perspectives to consider in the
district, the white perspective and
the black perspective.
According to Watt, an elected
official's job is to stand by the per
spective of the majority because a"
"representative democracy is about '
representing the what...the majori
ty," said Watt, who then posed a
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struggles to keep
fans and sponsors
By SAM DAVIS
The Chronicle Sports
All is not well with
the CIAA Basketball
Tournament these days.
Last year the confer
ence3* annual tourna
ment did not produce a
sell-out for the first time
since it came back to
Winston-Salem in 1994.
The tournament also
did not produce the $1
million in ticket sales
that city officials guar
anteed the league when
it signed its contract.
attendance at last year's
12,500 in the 14,500
seat Lawrence Joel
The prospects for this year's
tournament aren't much better.
Norfolk State, which probably had
the biggest fan base of all the
schools in the conference, has
moved on to the NCAA Division I
level and most of the Spartans'
fans won't be returning.
But Leon Kerry, CIAA com
missioner, says the tournament is
still on solid footing. Thanks to the
commitment of corporate spon
sors, an outstanding television
package and the continued sup
port of the city of Winston-Salem,
the tournament is still growing in
overall popularity. V
"I think everything is in place
for the tournament to continue to
grow and prosper," Kerry says.
Loon Kmrry, CIAA Committionmr (loft) and
Ban Baffin, vka-pracidant of Community
davalapmant, B.J. BaynoUc Tobacco Co.
"we ve picked up enough sponsor
ship to make this one of the
biggest and best tournaments
Kerry said the CIAA has
looked at its problems and is trying
to work through them. For the first
time, the conference hired a mar
keting firm to help it attract new '
"We've got to look at different
approaches," Kerry said.
"Obviously when you lose a pro
gram like Norfolk with its strong
base of fans, you have to do some
thing to make up for it.
"We put $100 thousand into
marketing the conference. We
brought them late in the game, but
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faces changes in Forsyth
Dress code is proposed
By BOMANI MAWULI
THI ChuoWCLB Reporter
Inspired by a suggestion from Winston-Salem/ Forsyth County
SchoolBoard Member Rick Bagley, three employees of the coun- ?
** ty school system and two Winston-Salem community leaders took
a trip to Corpus Christi, Texas to evaluate one of its alternative
school* '?'?1 J
During a W-S/FC Board of ^Education meeting on Feb. 10, the
group discussed the results of its trip to Texas and offered some
proposals to the school board.
The group consisted of school employees: Addie Hymes, Wayne
McReynolds and Cur ass Little; and community leaders: Delores L
Smith and Khalid Griggs.
Bagley stated that he recommended the alternative school in
Corpus Chnsti because of -a telephone conversation that he had
with Barbara Feidman, who was at that time the president of the
American Federation! of Teachers, and she suggested the trip to
"It is an alternative school for students who can't function in a
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