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Volume41,Number28WnitPnSalem,NC WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. THURSDAY, March 26, 2015
Robinson: Nonsense' wont deter WSSII
Chancellor speaks at The Chronicle's 30th banquet honoring servants in the community
IY DONNA ROGERS
HE CHRONICLE
Winston-Salem State University
WSSU) has a lot of good things
;oing on, and will continue to thrive
lespite talk of possibly closing the
iniversity, its chancellor said.
El wood L. Robinson called such
alk 'nonsense' when he spoke to
hose gathered Saturday, March 21
or The Chronicle's 30th annual
Community Service Awards Banquet
it the Benton Convention Center.
"I'm proud to stand before you
today represent
ing the number
one university in
the state of North
Carolina whose
graduates are now
employed,"
Robinson said,
referring to a
study by the N.C.
Department of
Commerce that was released Friday
at the WSSU Board of Trustees meet
ing. The report covered the 16 or 17
universities in the University of North
Robinson
Carolina system.
Robinson also said that WSSU is
the No.l university in the UNC sys
tem whose undergraduates make the
most money when they find a job and
the No. 2 university ? behind UNC
Chapel Hill ? whose graduate stu
dents earning master's degrees earned
the most money after graduation,
more than $62,000.
Some members of the UNC
Board of Governors, which governs
the schools in the UNC system, have
y
See Speaker on A2
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Photo by Erin Mizelle for the Winston-Salem Chronicle
Solomon V. Gore hugs Pastor Barry Washington as Gerald Green & Rev. Kenneth Holly look on.
'Blessed': First veteran moves
into Homes 4 Our Heroes
BY CHANEL DAVIS
THE CHRONICLE
Solomon V. Gore is
finally home.
Not a place that's he's
sharing with someone else
or a place that requires him
to do maintenance work to
live there, but his own
home.
"I'm just blessed," he
said as he sat on the couch
and looked around his new
apartment. "It's a great
opportunity to live here."
The Vietnam veteran
has been looking for per
manent housing since the
home where he rented a
room on West 26th Street
burned down, due to a
space heater, in November
2013.
"Someone came from
up the street and told us
that it was on fire. We
didn't smell any smoke or
hear the sipoke alarm. I just
sat in the driveway and
cried," Gore said.
Since then, the 69-year
old Army veteran has been
staying in some apartments
at Polo Road and Cherry
Street, in trade for acting as
a handyman around the
complex. He will no longer
need to do that in order to
have a place to stay.
"I've been struggling
for at least a year and a half
to get a decent place to
stay," he said. "Sometimes
I would get frustrated, give
Solomon V. Gore holds the key to his newly finished
home on Cameron Street in Winston-Salem on
March 19.
up and have to go back at it
again."
Homes 4 Our Heroes, a
See Homes on A2
WINSTON-SALEM POLICE
1st Amendment
videotaped audit
of police leads
to investigation
Episode with officer
posted to YouTube
BY CHANEL DAVIS
The Winston-Salem Police Department's Professional
Standards Division has been busy investigating an offi
cer's behavior that was videotaped in February and
released, last week, during Sunshine Week, a movement
that promotes transparency and open government.
The video was posted to YouTube by Walkertown res
ident Richard "Rick" Goins, who was videotaping the rear
area of the Winston-Salem Public Safety Center when he
was confronted by Lt. R. B. Rose, who asked what he was
doing.
Kimya N. Dennis, assistant professor in Salem
College's sociology and criminal studies department, said
that she felt the officer did the right thing by asking what
was going on.
"In terms of asking the man questions and even asking
the man not to randomly videotape the police department.
This is understandably suspicious based on potential
threats to law enforcement agencies," she said.
Rose, a 26-year-veteran can be seen on camera insult
ing Goins calling him names and asking if that was the
only way he could get women, if his children would be
proud of him and whether or not he was on medication.
A media release says that the WSPD is worried about
the comments that were made to Goins and has referred
the matter to the WSPD Professional Standards Division
(its version of Internal Affairs) for an administrative inves
tigation to determine if any of the city's or department's
policies were violated.
"As we are in the preliminary stages of the administra
tive investigation, it is inappropriate to make conclusions
at this time or speculate on any corrective action that may
be taken against Lt. Rose," the release stated.
Dennis, who watched the video, feels that they should
be worried about those statements.
See Police on A8
Proclamation dedicated to the ones they love
BY TODD LUCK
THE CHRONICLE
With a dozen family
members of the "5" Royales
at the Hanesbrand Theatre,
Mayor Allen Joines dedicated
Thursday, March 19, as a day
to honor the legendary band
that will be inducted into the
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
next month.
"What a great day it is to
be mayor of a city that can
claim the '5' Royals as part of
our heritage here in Winston
Salem," said Joines before
reading the proclamation at
the Thursday event, emceed
by WXII morning traffic
reporter Busta Brown.
The "5" Roy ales, started
in the 1940s as the Royal Sons
Quintet, a popular local
gospel group.
They changed the group's
name to the "5" Royales when
they decided to switch to sec
ular music. Their mix of
gospel and blues would pro
duce seven top 10 R&B hits
in the 1950s and become a
tremendous influence on
other artists. They were
inducted into the North
Carolina Music Hall of Fame
in 2009 and have a local
street, 5 Royales Drive,
named after them.
Both historical nonprofit
Vintage '04 and Friends of the
Malloy/Jordan East Winston
Heritage Center pushed for
the proclamation. Bobby Ray
Wilson, Vintage '04 founder
and president, called the "5"
Royales "unsung singing sen
sations." Despite their R&B
See 5 Royales on A2
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Attendees look on as the mayor reads the
proclamation.
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