Time to make that move

It’s kind of weird to be sitting in the newsroom right now, knowing that this is my last day in the spot that’s been my office, my second home, my sanctuary and my hideout for the better part of five years.

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My last farewell with The A&T Register

In all my years at A&T, I have never walked into a lobby and saw students reading the paper. I have never seen copies of the paper running out in a matter of hours and people would find me and ask, “Where can I get a copy of last week’s issue?”

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Students give back for internship

Selected students from the Criminal Justice department used the Welfare Reform Liaison Project, here in Greensboro, as a means to fulfill their internship requirement before graduating.The internship was created by Dr. James P. Mayes, a professor in the Criminal Justice department, and by Rev. Cleveland of Mt. Zion church. The Community Corrections Internship was designed to help reformed offenders find work and maneuver their way back into society after being released from prison as well as giving students the necessary internships they need to graduate. The coordinator of the program, Jerry Beasley, is also a reformed offender. Beasley spent some time homeless before Cleveland and Mayes presented the position as coordinator of the program to him.    “I was literally on the streets. I was sleeping on railroad tracks,” Beasley recalls.Beasley was a part of the reformed offenders program before he was a leader for the program. He was finishing up with his classes at the Welfare Liaison Project when the position became available. Being that he had some experience as a paralegal in D.C. before coming to Greensboro and also having experienced prison time himself, Beasley was the ideal candidate for the job.

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A few final words for A&T

What am I going to do without A&T?  I sit here writing my last official contribution to the A&T Register wishing I had enough space to offer more of my thoughts than just a simple goodbye.  I wish I had time to talk about everything that was good and bad over the last three school years, but I guess these few choice points will suffice.  I would think that I have been a decent photographer over the last three years and only wish I could be in more places at once so I could make even more pictures.

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Letter to the editor

The First Baptist Church of Apple Street would like to express its gratitude to a few young men who attend your institution. They were well mannered, interesting and smart.

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Three Aggies earn MEAC titles at Outdoor Championships

The North Carolina A&T track and field team placed first in three events Saturday afternoon at the MEAC Championships completing historic careers for seniors Alexandria Spruiel and Loreal Smith.Smith won her fourth overall track and field MEAC title in the 100 meter hurdles, while Calesio Newman defended his title as the fastest man in the MEAC, winning his second consecutive 100 meter title.The other first place finish included junior discuss thrower Jerrine Foster’s first Outdoor title.Despite Spruiel’s (51.95) second place finishes in the 400 meter and 4×400 relay team, her events created the most drama.In 400 meter race against Hampton national champion Francena McCorory, she lost after maintaining the lead through 200 meters.After she gave up the lead, she made a final surge just before the finish line that was not enough to surpass the national champion’s time of (51.75).”That was the closest I’ve ever come to beating her,” said Spruiel. “I wanted to get out to an early lead because I knew she had a fast kick at the end. I knew she was going to catch me. The key was to make her work hard to catch me. I wanted to take enough out of her to beat her in the end. It almost worked out that way but she held on.”Smith, who also gained the 60 meter hurdle indoor title, ran her 100 meter hurdles in (13.30).She also placed second place in the 400 meter hurdles, finishing in (58.70), and helped the 4×100 and 4×200 team in their third and second place rankings respectively.”It was exciting to go out the way I did in my final conference meet,” said Smith, who had her conference championship meet cut short last year because of an injury. “I’ve been waiting for this moment for a long time. I wasn’t going to allow anyone to come into my house and whoop me.”Unlike Smith in her final conference meeting, Newman will have a chance to defend his 100 meter crown next year as a senior.His 10.30 time gave him a tenth of a second advantage over Hampton’s Reggie Dixon. He also placed fourth in the 200 meters, finishing in 21 seconds.Foster’s first MEAC title came a week after she broke the school record in the discuss throw in the Penn Relays.  She had her best throw in 155-feet, 4-inches, which was ten feet farther than the second place finish.Other notable finishes for the Aggies also included the Men’s second place finish in the 4×400 relay.The men’s foursome ran a 3:08.21 to finish second behind Maryland-Eastern Shore’s 3:07.83.The Aggie track and field team will host the Division I track and field East Regionals on May 29-30.

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Mexico says flu ebbing, lowers alert level

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican officials lowered their flu alert level in the capital on Monday and said they will allow cafes, museums and libraries to reopen this week. World health officials weighed raising their pandemic alert to the highest level.

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Chancellor Battle set for teaching at A&T

The resignation of Chancellor Stanley F. Battle surprised many on campus, but don’t say goodbye to Battle just yet. An article in the May 2 News & Record says that The UNC Board of Governors will vote on a resolution that will allow current Chancellor Stanley F. Battle to go on “research leave” from July 1, the day following his resignation, to Dec. 31.   

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