Watt to speak at Fall Commencment

ACThe Honorable Melvin L. Watt will be the keynote speaker for N.C. A&T’s Annual Fall Commencement, Saturday, Dec. 15, in Corbett Sports Center Complex. More than 533 students will receive degrees at the 10 a.m. ceremony.Watt was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives from North Carolina’s 12th District in 1992, and became one of two black members elected to Congress from North Carolina this century. He serves on the Banking and Financial Services Committee and Judiciary Committee.In 1967, Watt received his B.S. degree in business administration from the UNC-Chapel Hill. He was a Phi Beta Kappa graduate and was president of the business honors fraternity as a result of having the highest academic average in the Business School. In 1970, he received his J.D. degree from Yale University Law School and was a published member of the Yale Law Journal. Watt practiced law with the law firm formerly known as Chambers, Stein, Ferguson and Becton from 1971 to 1992. He is part owner of a 120-bed board and care facility for elderly and handicapped residents and part owner of the McDonald’s Cafeteria and Hotel Complex in Charlotte. Watt has been awarded honorary degrees from N.C. A&T, Johnson C. Smith University and Bennett College. A native of Mecklenburg County, Watt is married to the former Eulada Paysour, an educator. They have two sons, Brian and Jason, both graduates of Yale University.

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Fans mourn loss of Merlin Santana

I am deeply saddened to have to report that Latino actor Merlin Santana, a.k.a. Romeo from the TV series “The Steve Harvey Show,” was shot and killed on Nov. 9 in Los Angeles.

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Season’s greetings, a happy new year

It’s that time of year again, the almighty holiday season. Soon, all shopping malls and Wal-Marts near you will be filled to capacity with moms and dads fighting over Holiday Barbees and Tonka trucks.

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Photo display brings culture to A&T

Four countries were explored and captured on film by exchange students across the country for this year’s International Exhibition and Photo Display.

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Sebastian setting dates for flu shots

With the stresses of final projects, holiday plans and exams coming up no one wants to deal with being sick. The winter season is approaching and threats of sickness are lurking. Now is the time of year to get the flu shot and stay well.

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Students celebrate Kwanzaa early

As part of N.C. A&T celebration of U.S. International Education Week, Dr. Margaret Barrett’s African American History 200 classes put on a program of Caribbean and African drama, song, dance, and fashion.

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Hayes’ love for the game hasn’t changed

For 15 seasons now, the Aggie football program has never had to wonder who’d be their head coach. Sure, there have been many other changes, but one man is in it for the long run. In 1988, Aggie head coach Bill Hayes led his Aggie troops to a 2-9 record, good enough for skeptics to wonder if he was the right guy. Three conference titles and one Black College National Championship later, there is no question about who’s the man at A&T, and just like a fine wine, Hayes continues to better with age.

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Theater prepares for ‘Black Nativity’

Hip-hop, Latin and gospel flavor mixed together? Well, that is only a sample of the new and creative version of Langston Hughes “Black Nativity by the Richard B. Harrison Players.

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