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After 12 years in
prison, former inmate
i# ready for freedom .
By DAMON FORD
GREENSBORO-It's been a
tough three months for Kwame
In March the 30-year-old was
pardoned by Gov. Jim Hunt, after
serving 12 years in prison.
In 1986, Cannon, then only 17
years old, received two life sen
tences for a teenage crime spree.
Over the last three months,
Cannon has had a little trouble
adjusting to life "on the outside."
He couldn't figure out how to
work his microwave, dishwasher
Even the simple task of using
a washing machine at a coin-oper
ated laundry can turn into a trial
"I got in ; front of that
(machine) and I said, 'Excuse me.
ma'am, could you come here for a
minute?' So I got the lady to come
over and help me out," Cannon
"Things have changed so
much. It's like the kid in the
wheelchair who sits around and
watches the other kids play, wish
ing he could play too. Then one
day he's granted that opportunity,
but now he's faced with the task
of learning how to play. That's
exactly where I'm at."
Cannon is also adjusting to
life with his mother and younger
brother, who was only 11 yean
old when Cannon was carted off
to jail in 1986.
"We're going through a transi
tion period at home," he said.
"For 13 years they got used to liv
ing without Kwame there, and
now that I've come there, I didn't
realize it but I kind of got used to
living without them also, so we're
having these frustrating moments
where we're trying to work
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Trustees give thumbs-up to controversial -
plan; reps share concerns with Broad
By T. KEVIN WALKER
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In a show Of solidarity, Winston-Salem State University's
Board of Trustees unanimously voted last Friday to support
efforts to get the university's financial house in order.
The vote came after Brenda Diggs, chairperson of the
board's finance committee, gave board members a brief
description of some of the areas where Philip Gilley will be
working to make improvements. Gilley, who took over as the
chief financial officer at the university after Chancellor Alvin
Schexnider asked UNC President Molly
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nroau ior assistance, in uxmg wssu s
v financial troubles, will keep tabs on the
university's key accounts, making sure that
all funds are properly classified .and are in
the appropriate accounts, Diggs said.
The school's former chief financial offi
cer, Clementine Cone, who still works at
WSSU, came under fire for shifting a quar
ter-million dollars from WSSU's endow
ment fund to another school account earli-,
er this year. < *
Diggs warned that WSSU should not be
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institution to have financial glitches.
"These atfc not areas unique to WSSU," Diggs said. "It's
important how we got here in the first place, but it's far more
important what we do about it (now)."
Gilley, an employee of the Office of State Audit, was intro
duced to the board for the first time. Some board members did
not learn of Gilley's presence at WSSU until he had already
Schexnider introduced Gilley as he called out the names of
those on his staff. Gilley reports directly to Broad.
"(Gilley) has hit the ground running, getting his arms
around issues we are trying to tackle," Schexnider said.
Schexnider went on to say that some of the issues the
school is currently faced with stretch back to 1990, six years
before he became chancellor. Schexnider also defended his
move of asking Broad for help.
"I'm not shy about asking fqr help if I need it," he said.
Schexnider announced that the school's athletic department
is getting a compliance director. Paul Cloud, a professor in the
department of business and economics, will serve as compli
ance director on a full-time basis this fall.
." The announcement of a full-time compliance director
cbmes more than a month after'it was revealed that the
.National Collegiate Athletic Association will look into charges
mhde by a WSSU alumnus that grades of some basketball
In other news, Lee Hampton, vice chancellor for university
advancement, confirmed that Schexnider has met with con
cerned alumni. A group of alumni and friends of the universi
ty announced plans to ask for a meeting with the chancellor
several weeks ago in order to address their concerns about the
state of WSSU. A
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Liberian ambassador to
attend BLR anniversary
'That is a major coup for us,'
roundtable official says
By PAUL COLLINS .
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;? Ambassador Rachel Gbenyon-Diggs of Liberia will attend the Black
Leadership Roundtable second year anniversary celebration July 9, N.C
Rep. Larry Womble. convener of the roundtable, announced during the
group's June 17 meeting.
^ "It's a testament and feather in our cap that ... (the ambassador
wants) to come to the Black Leadership Rountable anniversary. That is
I a major coup for us," Womble said.
Womble attributed "the coup" to the roundtable's ties to James Hun
der. the president of the Liberian Organization of the Piedmont. On
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BRC gets funding; Burke questions Stuart
By T. KEVIN WALKER
Hours after corporate bigwigs
and well-known celebrities
announced some of the high
lights of this year's National
Black Theatre Festival at a mid
day news conference, some mem
bers of the board of aldermen .
successfully haggled their way to
the city's largest single Financial
contribution to the festival ever.
Before approving a budget for
the 1999-2000 fiscal year Mon
day nighty the board voted 5-3 to
grant the N.C. Black Repertory
Company (BRC), which stages
the biannual event, $100,000 to
help with costs associated with
this year's festival, which will be
held Aug 2-7.
BRC was one of more than a
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cies that had
- the city this
" $ 1 00,000
Hamlin, the .
executive director 01 bkc, had
requested, but it is also $50,000
more than the amount the
finance committee unanimously
recommended BRC receive dur-?
ing the committees budget talks
three weeks ago.
Alderwoman Joycelyn John
son moved to fund BRC at its
original $150;000 request. John
son said because the city has
"underfunded" the festival in the
past and because the festival has
pumped more than $25 million
into' the local economy since it
began in 1989, the city would be
making a sound and a minuscule
financial investment. Board
members Vivian Burke, Fred
* Terry and Nelson Malloy agreed
with Johnson that the festival
should be granted its full request.
It was a change of heart for
Burke and Malloy, both of whom
voted to grant BRC $50,000 as
members of the finance commit
"It's really a modest request,"
Malloy said of the $150.4)00
Monday. "They've been under-;
funded for the last 10 years."
But Mayor Jack Cavanagh -
who casts the deciding vote when
the aldermen tie - gave the
$150,000 request the thumbs
down. Cavanagh, however, told
Johnson that he would support a
motion for $100,000. The
mayor's vote was unnecessary on
Johnson's $100,000 motion;
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on county budget
Marshall, Parnon vote for extra
funds for schools with reservations
' By T KEVIN WALKER
In less than 45 minutes the board of county commissioners approved
a 1999-2000 budget last week that included extra funds for schools and
continued support for non-profit groups. Commissioners agreed to a 4
percent hike for the city-county school system, more than 2 percent less
than officials with the school system had asked for.
Additional funding for the school system had come under fire this
year from the NAACP and black religious leaders who oppose the
school system s redistricting and theme school plans.
See County ludgM on All
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