DMV has on-line site

Have you ever lost your drivers license or moved and had to change your address on your license? You have to clear out part of your day and head down to the Division of Motor Vehicles. After you wait in line forever, or so it seems, the actual procedure you went in for takes no time at all. If only they had a way to avoid the long lines and the waiting.Well, now they do. N.C. Transportation Secretary Lynda Tippett said that citizens changing their address or requesting a replacement license may now do so over the Internet. This new service does not apply for applications for original drivers licenses, renewals or learner’s permits. The department website is at www.dot.state.nc.us. Click on “Motor Vehicles” and then “Drivers License.” After the process is complete, customers should expect to receive their updated license in the mail within two to three weeks.”More than 300,000 citizens visit NCDMV offices annually across the state to change their addresses or to request replacement licenses. From now on, citizens with Internet access will be able to request these routine services from the convenience of their homes, ” said Tippett.The prices are the same for this new service: duplicates or replacement licenses are $10.

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Viewpoint: Life in a small body

For many people, weighing in on the bathroom scale often stimulates remorse for indulging in too many dietary “no-no’s” in the past. But, for a growing number of young women, stepping on the scale is a discouraging and worrrisome experience because they just can’t seem to keep the pounds on. Now, before you say to yourself, “Gosh, I wish I had that problem,” think again. Being underweight is just as detrimental to your physical and emotional well-being as is obesity. Unfortunately, because we live in a society that is driven to reach a slim ideal, being underweight is often dismissed as not being a real problem, but it is.Our bodies are highly charged. As adults, our belief of who we are as women too often comes from what we believe others think about us rather than how we feel about ourselves. Most of us are so preoccupied with attaining or maintaining a fashionable thinness that dieting becomes a way of life-even for women who are underweight.The most common question people ask me is “How do you stay so thin? “Whether I’m in the mall trying on clothes or in Food Lion buying groceries, someone always comment on my weight. Being thin is not always as good as it seems. I get picked on, teased and called names just like everyone else. As a child, I struggled with my weight, always losing, never gaining. Eighth grade was the worst. I was 5’4 and weighed 85 pounds. I was constantly called names like string bean, beanpole and stretch. I even remember being called a #2 pencil because I had on all yellow. Then in the ninth grade, tight jeans became popular again. My jeans never fit me like they were suppose to. And I didn’t wear tanks top, because I felt like I was too small. I never went swimming because I couldn’t find a bathing suit to fit me. It wasn’t until my freshman year at A&T when I hit the 100-pound mark. Freshman 15! Not me! I gained my freshman five. I was looking forward to coming to college because I wanted to gain 15-20 pounds. I didn’t know how I was going to gain weight, I just knew that everyone gains weight during his or her first year of college.I constantly ate! I tried to make it to the café at least twice a day and I ate snacks in between meals. I ate just to maintain my weight. I tried to eat at least 3,000 calories a day, if not more. Now, I am senior at A&T, and it took me four years to realize this is the way God made me and there is nothing that I can do to change it. I began to realize what ultimately counts in life lies on the inside, not the outside. It doesn’t matter if I am 10 pounds underweight or ten pounds overweight; what matters is that I love myself for who I am.The purpose of this article isn’t to praise small women; it is to say, “love yourself,” whether you are 120 pounds or 220 pounds. If you don’t love yourself, know one else will. Accept that you are truly beautiful in your own unique way. Once you acknowledge your own beauty, the world will notice how lovely you are inside and outside.

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Alleged half-million-dollar construction billing scam did not harm university

N.C. A&T officials said that a scam to bill the university for a half-million dollars of work that allegedly was never done has not hurt the university or its construction projects.”The university did not lose one brown penny, not one cent,” said Internal Auditing Director Reginald Wade. Former A&T telecommunications engineer Melvin A. McLaughlin was charged Nov. 14 with helping a local contractor falsely obtain more than $500,000 from Capital Partners USA, Inc, a California-based financial company.The arrest is the conclusion of months of investigating by the university council and the State Bureau of Investigation (SBI). According to agent Melinda Collins, this case was not even in the SBI’s original jurisdiction. “We became involved in this case at request,” she said. In this case, the request was made by the Guilford County District Attorney’s Office.As reported in the News & Record, McLaughlin is accused of telling Capital Partners USA Inc. that contractor John David Watford had installed over a half a million dollars worth of cable and servicing equipment between December 1999 and April 2000. In paperwork filed in the Guilford County Courthouse, the university claims that the work in question was never done.The court records also state that Watford was paid nearly $411,000 by Capital for his work in university telecommunications projects. Capital Partners then billed the university for $547,500, the amount mentioned in 13 of Watford’s invoices.Watford, who was in business as Triad Communications in Waxhaw, was charged Sept. 12 with felony obtaining property by false pretense. Watford is free on a $50,000 bond.The official charges on McLaughlin are felonies of aiding and abetting someone obtaining property by false pretense in excess of $100,000 and with one count of conspiracy to obtain property by false pretense in excess of $100,000McLauglin, who likewise has been released on bond, resigned from his university post earlier this fall.The case is pending and will come to trial on Jan. 8, 2002.

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N.C. A&T helps charter school students with language skills

North Carolina A&T has been active in the community again, helping two French-speaking students from the Imani Institute to learn English and communicate better with others.A&T’s foreign language department, led by Dr. Emmanuel Ikegwu the interim chairperson, has made it possible for two students from the Imani Institute to learn English.Dr. Guy Loftin, an A&T alumnus and chief executive for the Imani Institute, arranged for Vaneza and Sergio Fadonougbo, the children of Bernard and Claudine Fadonougbo originally from Togo in West Africa to learn English. “They are making a lot of progress in mastering the basic grammatical skills to perfect their language skills, said Ikegwu.Caroline Walson from the Foreign Language Department is in charge of teaching the students. The class starts at 10:30 a.m.and ends at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. This session will end at the end of thesemester. “Here at the Imani Institute we are very excited about the program, we encourage our students to have diversity and we look forward to working with N.C. A&T in the future,” said Loftin.The Imani Institute is a public charter school, founded in 1998 with 100 students. The institute is a middle school for sixth- to eighth-graders. Its academic guidelines are the same as other North Carolina schools, teaching math, science, social studies and language arts.

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Home remedies: onion, potatoes and honey, oh my!

A splash of lemon juice, a teaspoon of mustard, hot water to fill the container and sugar to taste – sound like an impossible recipe? It’s not, but moreover, one of many home remedies used by N.C. A&T students for various illnesses and afflictions. In this recipe, there’s a cure for a sore throat.As winter rapidly approaches, noses are running, fevers are raging and pockets are thinning. Many students with little or no money in their pockets are opting for home remedies in search for a fast and inexpensive cure. And the results may surprise.”I know a girl who ate a raw onion whenever she felt a cold coming on,” said Keturah Taylor, junior English major.Apparently the onion would fight the approaching cold and destroy the cold’s hold on its victim. But Taylor is not the only one utilizing the amazing curing powers of the onion.Atiya Freeman, also a junior English major, recalls onion therapy for own personal use via her grandmother.”My grandmother used a raw onion to take a fever away,” said Freeman. “It would be raw when she started, but would be cooked when she finished and the fever would be broken.”Onions may sound like a rather funky approach to an equally detestable situation, but supposedly the bulbous plant works wonders. But don’t be fooled. The onion isn’t the only garden resident being utilized for medical powers.”White potatoes work, too,” said K-Mart employee Shawnta Parker. “My grandmother would use them when I was younger and very sick. She sliced them halfway, tied them to my head and body with a bandanna, and when she took the bandanna off, the potatoes would be dark. The fever or cold would be gone.”Onions and potatoes to treat fever seem pretty farfetched, but a host of A&T students swear by these and other home remedies. But many of those students may be surprised to know that some medical doctors agree with them.Don R. Powell, a medical doctor listed on the website Medscape.com, acknowledges the use of home remedies and even recommends salt water gargles for sore throats and chicken noodle soup for clearing nasal passages and fighting the cold virus.Other website gurus such as pressdemocrat.com recommend everything from the simple, like lemon-and-honey teas, to the extraordinary, like lemon juice, garlic, ginger, cayenne and vinegar. Whatever the solution, no matter how bizarre, smelly or interesting, students are willing to try just about anything for fast relief. Here are a few suggestions:Vicks Vaporub works well for chest congestion. Lemon juice, a small splash of alcohol and honey works when fighting the common cold. And believe it or not, a mustard prep placed on a bare chest and covered in quilts appears to work in breaking fevers.Try them if you dare, but one thing is for sure. Home remedies are there and are definitely being used. Good health.

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Lady Aggies off to a 0-4 start

The Lady Aggies have dropped four consecutive games, the most recent a 63-53 home loss to Gardner-Webb. They opened the season with a 55-45 defeat at the hands of Savannah State. The Aggies trailed by only three at the half, but shot only 28 percent in the second half. Latoya North led the Aggies with 12 points and five rebounds. Aggie newcomer Kelly Reid added eight points and eight rebounds for the Aggies.In the second game of the season, the Aggies fell to Morris Brown by a score of 50-42 in the second day of the Savannah State Tournament.Against conference rival South Carolina State, the Aggies fell behind early and never recovered as they lost 76-61. The Aggies were led by North’s 12 points and seven rebounds, but shot only 32 percent from the field overall and 59 percent from the foul line. In their most recent outing, the Aggies were not able to overcome 68 percent shooting by Gardner-Webb in the second half as they dropped their fourth straight 63-53. The Aggies trailed by only a point at the half, but Gardner-Webb put together a 26-7 run to put the game away in the second half. Kelly Reid led the Aggies with 12 points and six rebounds while Davenna Brown added 10 points and six rebounds.

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20 Questions

1. Aren’t we glad that the IRC is back open. ..finally?2. How many of us know that we need to break down and buy our own computer?3. How many people are still trying to remember their login to get into McNair computer lab?4. What did people who still owe money on their student account think — that they were going to get a check on the 15th?5. How many of us waited in the check line anyway. ..only to get embarrassed?6. Why can’t they just take what you owe out of your check and give you what’s left over?7. Whatever happened to Zhane’ A.K.A.. “The girls that rocked fade haircuts before it was cool”?8. We know we’re late on this one but. ..did anybody see that Michael Jackson special?9. O.K. …did anybody tape it?10. How many of us are still mad because we had to work on Thanksgiving?11. Why are some people still at home chillin’?12. Why is the Bernie Mack Show so hilarious?13. Why are some people “loud” for no apparent reason?14. Aren’t we tired of seeing all these chicks wearing braids over their ears like a certain R&B singer? (For the slow people we’re referring to Alicia Keys.)15. Why doesn’t President Bush just ask Miss Cleo where Bin Laden is hiding?16. How many of us remember when there were maybe two streetlights on campus?17. What’s up with these big school buses riding through campus lately? Can you say “Get em’ while their young”?18. Why is there always that one group of bad kids hollering out the back window?19. Did any black folk go see “Harry Potter” at the movie theater?20. How many of us even know who “Harry Potter” is?

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B-Ball team starting off slow

The Aggie men’s basketball team has gotten off on the wrong foot this season as they’ve dropped their first three games. In the season opener against Elon, the Aggies squandered a seven-point lead with three minutes remaining and lost in overtime by a score of 92-84.Bruce Jenkins scored 17 points for the Aggies while Marque Carrington added 16. Brendon Rowell paced Elon with 23 points. In the second game against Creighton, the Aggies fell 72-51 after committing 20 first-half turnovers and shooting poorly from the field. Jenkins, again, led the Aggies with 18 points and 12 boards, and Landon Beckwith added 11 points for the Aggies. Last time out, the Aggies stayed competitive but fell to Nebraska by a score of 69-57. Anthony Debro led the way with 16 points for the Aggies while Jenkins picked up another double-double with 15 points and 13 boards.

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Register staff honored with eight BCCA awards

N.C. A&T’s student newspaper staff recently garnered top awards in the Black College Communication Association’s (BCCA) 2001 Student Newspaper Awards competition. The awards were presented during the association’s annual meeting at the Hilton-Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fla.Students who work on A&T’s college newspaper, the A&T Register, received eight awards. The editor is Randy St. Clair and the advisor is Valerie Nieman.Awards included the following: First place, Best Commentary, Randy St. ClairFirst place, Best LayoutSecond place, Best Bi-Weekly NewspaperSecond place, Best Sports Coverage, Chris Wallace and T.J. Moore,Third place, Best News CoverageThird place, Best Sports Story, William C. DavisThird place, Best Feature Story, Trina LoganHonorable mention, Best Feature Story, Randy St. Clair.

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A season that could have been

After receiving 11 of 15 first place votes in the preseason to win the MEAC, the Aggies took on that responsibility with passion and did not disappoint…until the injury bug bit. The Aggies, who virtually coasted through the first eight games, which included whoopings of Florida A&M 55-23, Howard 76-30, and Norfolk State 43-0, looked invincible at times, but in the third quarter of the Aggies 42-35 victory over Jackson State, all momentum halted due to a fallen star. Tailback Maurice Hicks, clearly the best player in the MEAC and arguably the best player in Division I-AA, went down with a torn ACL, ending his season and stellar Aggie career. The injury devastated the Aggies’ program and sent a wave of vulnerability amongst the Aggies throughout the MEAC. After the Jackson State game, the Aggies stood tall at 7-1 overall, first place in the MEAC, rated number 12 in the Division I-AA poll, and rated number 1 in the Sheridan Poll.However, in the weeks following the loss of their star, the Aggies were dominated on both sides of the ball for the most part in a rare 23-7 home loss to Hampton. A week later, South Carolina State shocked the MEAC by upsetting the Aggies 15-14, subsequently ending the Aggies’ run at a title. The Aggies did win the season finale over Delaware State by a score of 36-30, ending their two-game losing streak. Of course the Aggies had more firepower than Hicks. The defense was tops in the MEAC and the offense still had a lot of weapons, but they were forced to play musical chairs amongst the other tailbacks after Hicks’ loss. Take nothing away from them because this team was loaded with talent, but how do you replace 1,325 yards and 15 touchdowns in a little over seven games? Are you looking for an answer? Well, you can’t replace that type of player with those types of numbers, and it seemed as if the Aggies could not recover from that. Even after missing the final three and a half games of the season, Hicks still led the MEAC in rushing, scoring, and ranked 11th in the nation in rushing. Leading the MEAC in scoring (36 PPG) and rushing (222.8 yards per game), the Aggies were only able to muster 22 points and did not produce a 100-yard rusher in the two consecutive losses before putting up 36 points and 172 rushing yards on Delaware State.The Aggie defense stayed consistent, but many times, they had to stay on the field too long due to the inconsistency of the offense. Quarterback Damian Phillips did a marvelous job stepping in as a starter and leading the team this season, but a late-season injury caused him to be sidelined, handing the quarterback duties to Jason Battle. Just to add injury to insult, reserve tailbacks Adrian Parks and Michaux Hollingsworth got nicked up toward the season’s end, causing them to miss considerable playing time in the final three games. On the brighter side, punt return specialist Curtis Deloatch set an NCAA Division I-AA record by returning five punts for touchdowns, and Maurice Hicks was just Maurice Hicks. I’m sure that the losses by the Aggies put smiles on the faces of their most bitter rivals (Florida A&M and Bethune-Cookman), both of whom A&T beat earlier this season. Finishing 8-3 is not bad, but for a team with expectations out of this world, some people say that this wasn’t good enough. Even some of the Aggie faithful turned their backs on them, and that was clearly evident in the final home game where only 2,013 fans showed up. Yes…only 2,013 and a fourth of them were fans of Delaware State!

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Hicks, Mitchell nab top MEAC honors; Five other Aggies selected to first team

The Aggies football team finished 8-3 overall this season, good enough for third place. Despite their downward spiral toward the end of the season, the coaches and players were impressed enough to select a record seven Aggies to the first-team All-MEAC. Heading the list of Aggies was senior tailback Maurice Hicks, who was named MEAC Offensive Player of the Year and made his second consecutive appearance on the first-team All-MEAC. In the 2001 season, Hicks established himself as the greatest running back ever to wear an Aggie uniform as he posted 1,325 yards and 15 touchdowns in only seven and a half games. He season was cut short due to a torn ACL. Hicks passed former Aggie James White (1990-1993) in career rushing yards in only two years of action. Along with his top honors, Hicks was also named MEAC Player of the week three times, Don Hansen Player of the Week, and Sports Network I-AA Player of the week. Aggies offensive lineman Qasim Mitchell grabbed MEAC Offensive lineman of the Year by helping to open up holes for one of the top rushing teams in the league. Mitchell, a junior, will be returning next season. Other Aggies joining Hicks and Mitchell on the first team were offensive lineman Dwayne Hammett and Kareem Sanders, who, along with Mitchell, paved the way for Hicks as well as helping the offense lead the league in scoring, tight end Marcus Bryson, who caught 24 passes for 471 yards, punt returner Curtis Deloatch, who set a NCAA Division I-AA record with five punt return touchdowns this season, and cornerback Montrail Pittman, who was one of the MEAC leaders with four interceptions.

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