The 6 iIon icle i , k .. ? .v.; .. % . , , , Volume41,Number24 WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. THURSDAY, February 19, 2015 HBCUs must exist, panelists at WSSU say BY CHANEL DAVIS THE CHRONICLE Students from 11 his torically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) across the state descended onto the campus of Winston-Salem State University last week to talk about how they could con tribute to making sure the doors of those institutions remain open. The 2015 North Carolina HBCU Political Action Summit was hosted by WSSU Student Government Association along with the Young Invincibles and the UNC Association of Student Governments. The summit kicked off on Feb. 11 and lasted through the remainder of the week. Students partici pated in sessions on the local and statewide impact of N.C. HBCU's enroll ,iU?iU, recruitment, pro jjgipms. and funding; and advocacy training along with meetings with legisla tive aids and state legisla tors. "We felt that we needed to start creating spaces so that we could talk about the issues that HBCU's face, to celebrate the good things about us, work through some of the issues that we have and to tap into some of the power we have as students," said WSSU SGA President Olivia Sedwick. "We are going to Raleigh, not expecting anything immediate, but to start con versations because clearly these conversations aren't being had. This is about having discussions around HBCU relevancy and how we determine what things are important to them based on what's important to us." The summit also included a panel presenta tion on Thursday, Feb. 12, that discussed funding See HBCUs on A2 Photo by Chanel Davis WSSU SGA President Olivia Sedwick welcomes everyone to the 2015 North Carolina HBCU Political Action Summit that was hosted by WSSU Student Government Association along with the Young Invincibles and the UNC Association of Student Governments. Photo by Todd Lock On Feb. 1, Winston-Salem City Council voted 5-3 to grant Southeast Plaza's owner $825,500 to make improvements it says will help attract higher quality businesses. W-S bond issue funds to generate police department improvements 1 "I t District office, funds for homes and businesses are scheduled for East Wintion* I BY TODD LUCK THE CHRONICLE The impact of the recently approved bond issue on East Winston was the topic of a town' hall meeting held by City Council Member Derwin Montgomery last week at Parkview Church of God. He told his constituents that money will be coming to the ward to help fix up homes and businesses. Numerous other projects, such as expansion at Winston Lake Park, reno yations at Happy Hill Park, ? new gym at Sedge Garden Recreation Center, and a new police district office are in the planning stages. Montgomery said some projects may see con struction begin in as little as six to eight months. Assistant City Manager Ben Rowe said that a Citizens Bond Oversight Committee will soon be appointed and a website should launch ' in late March that will let citizens track bond projects. "You'll actually see a map of the city with all eight wards," said Rowe. "You can click on any ward and it'll bring up all the projects that have been author ized for that par ticular ward and then the individ ual can actually r>l ?r?l' r\n q VllVIk Ull u specific project to see how much money has been authorized for the project and the status of the proj ect: whether it's still in the design phase, whether it's under construction or, eventually, if it's been con cluded. In November, voters approved five bond issues totaling $139.2 million for economic development, housing/neighborhood development, public safety, recreation and streets/side walks. One big change coming out of the bond issues is the creation of three district offices for the Winston-Salem Police Department. The depart ment is currently housed in See Bonds on A3 Rounlree 1 Appeals court judge urges law Students to 'go against the grain' feY CHANEL DAVIS THE CHRONICLE "It's so important that young lawyers understand what justice is and how to to about making it possible for everyone," said Judge Roger Grcgoiy of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. He was the keynote speaker at the Wake Forest University Black Law Students Association's (BLSA) 30th annual Scholarship Banquet on Friday, Feb. 13, at the Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts. Gregory joined the court in 2001 after being nominated by former President bill Clinton, and re nominat ed to the seat by President George W. Bush. H e received his bach elor's from Virginia State University before receiving his law degree from Michigan Law School in 1978. Gregory was the first judge nominated to the Fourth Circuit by Bush. He is also the first black judge to serve on the Fourth Circuit. In 2014, he joined the majority opinion with Henry Franklin Floyd in the historic Bostic v. Schaefer case that declared Virginia's ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional. That decision led to the legalization of same-sex marriage in Virginia and other states in the Fourth Circuit, which is based in Richmond, Virginia. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit hears appeals from the district courts in the states of Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia. There are nine federal dis trict courts located within the Fourth Circuit. Gregory charged stu-. dents and professionals to remember that it's not See Judge on A3 Gregory *_ ? I? ? ? ? < . 22 ? - - m 2 ? ? ? v o ^ * No doubt about it: Ifs winter On Presidents' Day, Monday, Feb. 16, not only did the holiday keep peo fle away from downtown Winston-Salem, but the snowy wept her did, too. 'orecasters are predicting more cold to come this week. Energy compa nies are reminding people to wear extra layers of clothing ana use extra blankets on the bed so that you can set your thermostat as low as com fortable. Law enforcement officials urge caution on the roads because of the black ice that might be under the snow on the road. Remember, it's winter now. ASSURED STORAGE ot Winston-Salem, LLC 1 i IVAVJr KV: U in' MiMrl' ['lVKwnMII^^^^^M ggg|<N ?B?ar HHHBHPHHHHHHHHBHHHHHHlHi ??