Colloquium Series brings author to speak

On Thursday, Feb. 21, the Alpha Lambda Delta National Freshman Honor Society, the History Club, and English Department hosted the 2008 College of Arts and Sciences Colloquium Series.Each year, freshmen are assigned a book to read, and for the 2007-2008 school year, students were assigned to read the global and critically acclaimed story Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe. Things Fall Apart, tells the story of Okonkwo, a prideful, Nigerian wrestling champion whose life is dominated by fear and anger, whose downfall comes about with the arrival of British colonialists. What made this year especially significant was the fact that A&T had its first video-conference with the author of the book, Chinua Achebe.The General Classroom Building Auditorium was filled with students and faculty conversing excitedly and taking pictures of the live display of Achebe on the overhead projector screen. There was also a panel that consisted of Marvin Jones, a senior applied mathematics and professional mathematics major, Natalie Gwishiri, a junior liberal studies major and History Club representative, Dr. Chimalum Nwankwo, professor and chairperson of the English Department, and Jamelaa Jones, a junior mechanical engineering major. and vice president of the Alpha Lambda Delta National Freshman Honor Society, she also acted as moderator to the panel discussion. After greetings and opening remarks of Achebe’s accomplishments by Dr. Michael A. Plater, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, and Dr. Nita M. Dewberry, associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, Jones took the podium with an introduction of the featured book. Jones also directed various questions written by students of Alpha Lambda Delta to Achebe. Students and faculty were most interested in Achebe’s inspiration to write, his political and religious views, and the messages within his stories.”There are a lot of messages,” Achebe said in reference to Things Fall Apart, “but it is the tragedy of the hero that I wanted to draw attention to [and] it’s good to be strong. It’s good to be wealthy and respected, but it is also good to be humble, and to acknowledge the value of women and children. And that is where the tragedy of the hero lies. It is his failure.”Some students and faculty members from the audience also approached the podium with questions for Achebe after the panel had their time to discuss the history behind the book and Achebe’s personal experiences in Africa. A few aspiring writers came with questions about advice for their own work.”My advice is to read,” Achebe said. “Make reading fundamental. And when you feel ready to write, get on with it.” One student who had the chance to speak with Achebe during the conference, Allen Coltrane, a junior English major from Liberty, N.C. said, “He’s a very encouraging role model and his book has had a great impact on young African Americans who aspire to be great in the literary arena.”After closing remarks by Dr. Fuabeh Fonge, a colloquium committee member from the College of Arts and Sciences, Jones took the stand once more to thank all of the participants of the event and Dr. Achebe.”We were honored to have the author, Dr. Achebe, in attendance,” Jones said. “We were thoroughly impressed with responses from students and faculty and we look forward to future forums that will open doors of opportunity at A&T.”The colloquium was composed by Jones with the help of Sandrea Williamson, associate director of the Honors Program and advisor of Alpha Lambda Delta, and Calie Edmonds, a sophomore psychology major from Raleigh and president of Alpha Lambda Delta. Both Edmonds and Williamson were pleased with the turn-out of the event.”It was a great experience,” Edmonds said. “I think it was valuable because it allows students at our HBCU to get in touch with their roots.”

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Album Review: Savage Life 2

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Rejoining the ‘Normals’

I’m surfing through the channels on television on one of my many boring afternoons. Those of which, I seem to have a lot more of lately. There is nothing on, so I resort to the always-entertaining BET. They’re showing a rerun of the classic 1988 film, School Daze. I commend Spike Lee for his semi-accurate portrayal of the realities of black college life. He specifically goes into the lives of members of Greek organizations and campus activists. However, as I watch, I can’t help but think if the movie would have been better had he shed light on athletic organizations, which can be seen as fraternities or sororities in its own.

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Turning history into art

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A ‘Ram’ shame

One month ago, the Aggies welcomed Winston-Salem into Corbett Sports Center and jumped out to their fastest start of the season behind a classic first-half performance from guard Steven Rush on their way to buring them 75-56 that night.

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20 Questions

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Sophomore Class Survey

The sophomore class survey is being given on all 16 campuses within the UNC system. This year, A&T is trying to get a larger number of sophomores to participate so that better inferences can be made.

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