Seven candidates share why they are running for Student Government
Voting for the Student Government Spring 2015 Election starts at 8:00 p.m. Mon., Mar. 2, up to 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, Mar. 3.
Student Senate Division of Academic and Student Affairs
“I am running because being a part of student government is a great step into making a positive difference in our community. A lot of times our community doesn’t take the initiative of being informed on what’s going on and I’m the first say I haven’t done the best so I want to start making that change. I believe having underrepresented groups in these positions such as student government and student senate will allow us to be informed about what’s going on a larger scale, create a more diverse mindset in student government thus combating things like misunderstandings of our community and micro-aggressions, and empowering our community to continue to be in these positions to foster change for the future.”
Bria Cofield, elementary education
Student Senate College of Education
“First and foremost, I am running because I believe that I have what it takes to represent and advocate for the needs of the students in the College of Education. We are a small College on the huge campus of NC State, but we are some of the most passionate, dedicated and determined individuals that I have ever met. I want to represent my peers in the College of Education and make sure that Student Government is doing everything possible to meet the needs of all students. Beyond just the needs of the students in the College of Education, I have other things I would like to accomplish as well if I were elected senator. I want to move beyond conversations of making campus an inclusive environment and make these conversations reality. I want these things to happen and be apart of our campus culture. In light of national and local tragedies, I want to make sure that everyone on this campus feels like they are apart of the family that is the Wolfpack.”
Jonique Lyles, textile technology
Student Senate College of Textiles
“I am pursing the role of Student Senator due to my piqued interest from my growing engagement and student leadership on campus. It is often times very noticeable that student power and voice is very limited on the ground level. Even often times, access to those who can make a difference is very slim, especially when it comes to underrepresented students. I would like to become apart of the Student Senate to advocate for students to better help and serve their needs and concerns in a formal more impactful stance in student government and higher university administration. I am open and willing to talk to those with concerns and I seek to create the best benefits for all in an easy and accessible way.”
Khari Cyrus, biological sciences
Student Body President
“I’m running for Student Body President because I believe that I can serve as the best student representative on the board of trustees. From my experiences with multiple backgrounds, including Greek life, Park Scholarship, AASAC organizations, and Student Government, I know what students across the university need and I’m committed to making sure the administration hears our concerns. Finally, I want to take all steps necessary to Unite the Pack and change the climate on campus.”
O’Licia Parker-Smith, communication
Student Senate College of Humanities & Social Sciences, sophomore
“I am running for this position to continue my career as a Senator in Student Government. I love being a voice of representation for diverse communities across campus.”
Morgan Davis, biological sciences
Student Senate College of Sciences
“I’m running for this position because there are many problems within the college of science department that need improvement. It’s already hard to pursue a major in the sciences, but it’s especially hard when you don’t have many students in your classes you can relate to. I feel like I could be a strong voice for underrepresented groups on campus that face these daily challenges.”
Renee Jones, psychology
College of Humanities &
Social Sciences, senior
“I am running for a spot in the student senate to serve as a voice for my college, (CHASS) and also to communicate the issues, concerns, and ideas of the people within it. I would also like to develop, discuss, and consider ways that the Student Government can better address the needs of the student body as a whole. While embracing the principle of diversity, I plan to use my voice as a means to hopefully improve the many areas of interest on campus.”
Undergrad’s visual project aims to encourage today’s history makers
Nia Doaks | Managing Editor
While studying sustainable materials and technology in the College of Natural Resources an innovative student is starting a new tradition to celebrate black history month on campus.
Josh Moore, a senior, recently built a visual board that depicts various black student leaders at NC State.
The wooden, black structure has the words “Who am I? We are black history” in large letters along with the black leaders who are currently featured.
The idea started with the notion that important achievements and milestones aren’t always limited to black leaders of the past. Moore said ambitious students and leaders of today are making their own history here and now.
“I’m really into black history, our history – it’s a very rich history,” said Moore. “No offense to anyone who does black history programs. I’ve had a black history program before. I just felt like we needed something new.”
According to Moore, his inspiration for the board originally came from his childhood.
“I know everyone who went to kindergarten remembers they used to have a Start Students board,” said Moore. “When I made it on the board I was pretty happy and it made me feel pretty good – that’s where the visual part came from.”
Our campuses board is almost at eye level and is located in Talley at the end of the ramp by Talley Market.
In an Instagram post, Moore encourages students to view the board that “commemorates our fellow students who are striving to be strong, new leaders in our community”.
“Whoever is on the board, first of all, congratulations. These students were all voted on by your fellow classmates,” said Moore. “It’s cool to know these leaders have a representation. When people are going around looking for clubs to join, they may be able to gravitate towards the leaders that they see on that board.”
Along with the depiction of student leaders, the board also features a historical black figure quiz with answers visible on the reverse side of the poster.
The board will stay in Talley Student Union for the next two weeks and then will be moved to Witherspoon Student Center. After being moved to Witherspoon, a new group of seven leaders will be displayed on the board, according to Moore.
“I’m really happy with it. I want the board to last a long time. If it doesn’t stay in Witherspoon, it will definitely be back up next February,” said Moore. “This is a tradition that I would want to continue next year.”
Moore offers his gratitude to Suzanne Pierce, who works in Talley and allowed him to display his work, Malik Simpson, a junior studying Biological Sciences, for assisting in the creation of the poster; and Ivana Mbullah, a junior studying Textile Technology, for assisting with the writing and conceptualization of the board.
Moore hopes to have a few more students to depict over the next few weeks.
“If you see yourself as a leader, please contact me. If you see yourself as a leader, I want to see you as a leader,” said Moore. “This makes leaders visible.”
To contact Josh Moore, feel free to email him here: email@example.com.
N.C. State senior Josh Moore beside the “Who am I? We are black history” poster located at the end of the ramp near Talley Market.
Jessica Stubbs | Staff Writer
50 years after the death of her father, Ilyasah Shabazz speculates about where Malcolm X might stand on issues affecting black Americans if he were living today.
What Would Malcolm X Think? is the name of her opinion piece published in the New York Times on Saturday.
Shabazz claims X would be critical of today’s organizing efforts within the black U.S. community.
“Of course, my father would be heartened by the youth-led movement taking place across the nation, and abroad, in response to institutional brutality,” Shabazz writes. ‘And he would appreciate the protesters’ fervor and skillful use of social media to rapidly organize, galvanize and educate. In a sense, his ability to boil down hard truths into strong statements and catchy phrases presaged our era of hashtag activism.”
Shabazz said she believes her father would critique the activists’ rhetoric itself.
“I imagine he would applaud the “Hands Up” gesture for its sheer dramatic effect, but also critique it as rank capitulation that ironically accommodates the very goal of police brutality — to intimidate and immobilize black citizens, forcing them into a defenseless posture if they hope to survive.
She goes on to say she believes her father would share her view of the iconic “hands up don’t shoot” chant, a staple in 2014’s anti-police brutality protests and the “black lives matter” movement.
“He’d agree that “Black Lives Matter,” indeed — but also note that the uniformed police officers who disagree are not likely to be persuaded by a hashtag,” Shabazz said.
Born Malcolm Little on May 19, 1925 in Omaha, Nebraska; El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz, better known as Malcolm X was assassinated 50 years ago on February 21, 1965 at age 39. At a speaking event in Manhattan’s Audubon Ballroom on February 21, 1965, three gunmen charged Malcolm onstage. They shot him 15 times at close range. He was pronounced dead on arrival at New York’s Columbia Presbyterian Hospital. His assassins, Talmadge Hayer, Norman 3X Butler, and Thomas 15X Johnson, were convicted of first-degree murder in March of 1966. The three men were all members of the Nation of Islam. Family gathered at the Audubon Ballroom, now the Malcolm X and Betty Shabazz Memorial and Education Center, to honor the legacy of the late minister.
In 1953, Malcolm changed his name from Malcolm Little to Malcolm X because he considered “Little” a slave name and chose the “X” to signify his lost tribal name. In Malcolm received criticism for a comment he made regarding the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. “[Kennedy] never foresaw that the chickens would come home to roost so soon,” said Malcolm. After the statement, Elijah Muhammad “silenced” (suspended) Malcolm for 90 days. In March 1964, Malcolm terminated his relationship with the Nation of Islam, a black supremacist organization. In the same year, Malcolm made a pilgrimage to Mecca, changing his name to El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz. There is no record of the meaning of the name, however there are many theories regarding its origin.
Malcolm was one of eight children. His father, Earl Little was an outspoken baptist minister who followed and supported the Black Nationalist leader Marcus Garvey. His mother, Louise Little was a homemaker busy with the children. Continued threats from the Black Legion, a splinter of the Ku-Klux Klan, forced the family to move to Lansing, Michigan. In 1929, their Lansing home was burned down. Two years later, Earl’s body was found lying across the town’s trolley tracks. Police ruled both incidents as accidents, but the Littles were certain that members of the Black Legion were responsible. Louise suffered emotional breakdown several years after her husband’s death and was admitted to a mental institution, while her children were split up among various foster homes and orphanages.
After the eighth grade, Malcolm dropped out of school, headed for a life of crime. When twenty-one, he was sentenced to prison for burglary and there he encountered the teachings of Elijah Muhammad, leader of the Nation of Islam. Muhammad’s thesis that the white man is the devil with whom blacks cannot live had a strong impact on Malcolm. Malcolm was appointed as a minister and national spokesman for the Nation of Islam. Elijah Muhammad also entrusted him with establishing new mosques in cities such as Detroit, Michigan, and Harlem. Malcolm was largely credited with increasing membership in the Nation from 500 in 1952 to 30,000 in 1963.
After his return from Mecca in 1964, Malcolm said he had met “blonde-haired, blued-eyed men I could call my brothers.” He returned to the United States with a new outlook on integration and a new hope for the future. This time when Malcolm spoke, instead of just preaching to African-Americans, he had a message for all races. In March 1964, Malcolm terminated his relationship with the Nation. After Malcolm resigned from the Nation and renounced Elijah Muhammad, relations between the two had become increasingly strained. FBI informants working undercover in the Nation warned officials that Malcolm had been marked for assassination–one undercover officer had even been ordered to help plant a bomb in Malcolm’s car.
After repeated attempts on his life, Malcolm rarely traveled anywhere without bodyguards. On February 14, 1965 the home where Malcolm, Betty, and their four daughters lived in East Elmhurst, New York was firebombed. The family escaped unharmed. One week later, Malcolm was assassinated in Manhattan’s Audubon Ballroom on February 21, 1965.
50 years after his assassination, Malcolm is remembered by one of six daughters, Ilyasah Shabazz at the Audubon Ballroom, now the Malcolm X and Betty Shabazz Memorial and Education Center. Malcolm was honored in cities all over the United States through events sponsored from various groups to honor and remember the legacy of Malcolm X.
Caslee Sims | Staff Writer
When most think of the history of N.C. State athletics, they are reminded of things such as Riddick Field, the former home of the Wolfpack football team, or Reynolds Coliseum, the house that Everett Case and Kay Yow built. Important figures such as Presidents have been in Reynolds and it was the home of the Pack’s two National Championship-winning men’s basketball teams.
But while these stadiums are notable for the coaches they were home to and the great teams that played in them, the individual athletes are most important to the aforementioned success of these various playing fields.
N.C. State has built a tradition of standout athletes; African-Americans were vital to the success of the university as well as making the transition from the Southern Conference (SoCon) to the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) a smooth one.
Since joining the ACC in 1953, N.C. State has had its fair share of African-Americans being named to All-American teams as well as history makers who made very positive contributions to their respective programs.
To talk about the struggles they faced as students would be fitting for a different article- anyone who is familiar with the time of Jim Crow and the Civil Rights Era can infer maybe only a snippet of the hardships these student-athletes endured.
Making strides to become included in Wolfpack athletics proved to be a very difficult task. Pioneers such as Irwin Holmes, the tennis player and first African-American to integrate a team at this university, and Al Heartley, the first African-American to debut on the Wolfpack men’s basketball team, set a path that has led to continued success for African-American athletes at N.C. State.
The list can go on for days, but here are just a few with respect to the many other wonderful African-American athletes that made their mark as a part of the ACC and specifically the Wolfpack:
David Thompson, Forward, N.C. State Basketball (1972-75)
When you think of N.C. State basketball, as well as devising your list of greatest college basketball players ever, David Thompson should be on it.
Actually, Thompson is N.C. State basketball.
During his tenure in Raleigh, Thompson was a three-time consensus All-American and once named ACC Player of the Year. Thompson was named National Player of the Year twice and ended his career as N.C. State’s and the ACC’s all-time leading scorer.
David Thompson was a true scorer and was a pioneer of the “alley-oop”. To cap his career off, Thompson was a part of N.C. State’s 1974 National Championship winning team.
Lorenzo Charles, Forward, N.C. State Basketball (1981-85)
The 1983 season for the N.C. State Wolfpack was a season of ups-and-downs. They finished the regular season with a 17-10 record, going 8-6 in the ACC and looked as if they had no chance to be included in the NCAA tournament. A surprising ACC tournament title granted them a spot in the NCAA tournament.
Coach Jim Valvano’s “one game at a time” mentality and strategic coaching prowess lead the Wolfpack all the way to the 1983 National Championship where they would face off against the Houston Cougars.
With the game hanging in the balance and time running out, Lorenzo Charles made his mark.
As guard Dereck Whittenburg hoisted up a long shot which proved to be an air ball, Charles snatched it out of the air and dunked it as time expired to give the Wolfpack a 54-52 win that would crown them champions of the 1983 season, a game and finish either team will never forget.
Rodney Monroe, Guard, N.C. State Basketball (1987-91)
“Ice” was his nickname, which was fitting for Rodney Monroe’s quiet intensity, as he would go on to pass David Thompson’s school scoring record with 2,551 career points. Together with backcourt mate, Chris “Fire” Corchiani, the two became one of the most dangerous duos the ACC has ever seen.
One of Monroe’s best games came on January 13, 1991 as the Wolfpack trailed Georgia Tech 50-38 at halftime. Georgia Tech would prove to be no match for Monroe’s cool demeanor as the Pack would go on to win 90-83 in historic Reynolds Coliseum. Georgia Tech scored 33 points in the second half; Monroe would score 31 by himself.
Torry Holt, Wide Receiver, N.C. State Football (1995-98)
Wolfpack football’s Torry Holt rewrote the school record books. He ended his illustrious career with the Wolfpack by being named a consensus All-American. Not only did Holt set school records, he made his mark in the ACC record books as well.
He finished with an ACC record of 3,379 career-receiving yards and was named ACC Player of the Year and Offensive Player of the Year in his senior campaign.
Holt’s jersey was retired coincidentally in Reynolds Coliseum during halftime of the last N.C. State-UNC basketball game in the historic venue.
Mario Williams, Defensive End, N.C. State Football (2003-06)
A nightmare for opposing quarterbacks every weekend, Mario Williams too made his mark in the ACC. Helping to form one of the best defensive lines in the country, Williams tallied an impressive 14.5 sacks in 2005 as a junior for the Wolfpack- a school record.
Russell Wilson, Quarterback, N.C. State Football (2008-10)
Russell Wilson stands as the only ACC Quarterback to win a Super Bowl. Although his college football career did not stop at N.C. State, he was very impressive while he was a member of Wolfpack football.
Wilson also became the first freshman quarterback to be named first team All-ACC and set a then record for most pass completions without an interception.
Wilson started for the Wolfpack for three seasons, from 2008 to 2010. A three-time All-ACC quarterback, Wilson threw for 8,545 yards and 76 touchdowns in his Wolfpack career. As a fourth-year junior, he led N.C. State to a 9-4 record and a No. 25 ranking in the final AP top 25 in 2010.
Sidney Lowe, Guard, N.C. State Basketball (1979-83) Coach (2006-11)
A player on Coach Jim Valvano’s 1983 National Championship winning team, Sidney Lowe became N.C. State’s first African-American head basketball coach.
One of Lowe’s biggest moments came when the Wolfpack beat 3rd ranked North Carolina in 2007, the highest ranked team a first-year head coach has ever defeated in school history.
The ACC has seen wonderful athletes in its league; N.C. State has had great athletes to put on the jerseys and gear. But with respect to all those who have made contributions, African-American athletes and coaches making historic marks in the ACC and at N.C. State is a tradition that runs deep and has not ceased.