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Volume41,Number24 WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. THURSDAY, February 19, 2015
must exist,
panelists at
WSSU say
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
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
"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
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District office, funds for homes and businesses are scheduled for East Wintion* I
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
that have
ized for
that par
ward and
then the
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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
In November, voters
approved five bond issues
totaling $139.2 million for
economic development,
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
Appeals court judge urges law
Students to 'go against the grain'
"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
and re
ed to the
seat by
W. Bush.
H e
his bach
elor's from Virginia State
University before receiving
his law degree from
Michigan Law School in
Gregory was the first
judge nominated to the
Fourth Circuit by Bush. He
is also the first black judge
to serve on the Fourth
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
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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.
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