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NCCU men’s basketball straps on their dancing shoes in San Antonio

14-seed Eagles match up against 3-seed Iowa State Cyclones

Two hundred dollars is a lot of money. For students that money could buy food, gas, beer and sure…books. On Friday that coin can buy any N.C. Central University student a package deal to the first NCAA Division I tournament game in school history. The “Big Dance” price includes ticket, travel and lodging in San Antonio, TX but anyone interested should consider bringing “fun money”. The trip may be longer than expected. An article from highlights 10 must-see games throughout the tournament. NCCU v. Iowa St. contest was listed as an “upset alert”. Full story

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Home court help Eagles thrash Aggies

With the extra boost from having home court advantage, the Eagles flew high over the Aggies. The final score was 84-44; this is the largest margin of victory in 143 games of the Aggie-Eagle Series. Full story

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Akwe:kon PowWow

A Native American celebration of ‘everything in creation’

Bold, bursting colors, intricate beading and rhythmic footwork are all things one can expect to see at a traditional powwow, a ceremony involving feasting, singing and dancing that originated with Northern Native Americans. Full story

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Students reflects on wrongful impisonment

Lewis Little was imprisoned in 2013 for a crime he didn't commit

For Durham native Lewis Little, starting college was no different than for any other incoming freshman. Little entered N.C. Central University in 2012 as a teenager trying to figure out what he wanted to get out of college. In 2013, Lewis returned to NCCU as a young man trying to pick up the pieces of a publicly tarnished reputation. Full story

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Black History Month commences with Durham tradition

On Feb. 1, clusters of people lined up on a blocked off Fayetteville Street to watch Durham celebrate the commencement of Black History Month the only way it knew how. Hosted by Spectacular Magazine and the Triangle Cultural Awareness Foundation, the 12th annual MLK-Black History Month Parade ushered in the nationwide observance with assistance from a wide variety of sources statewide. Full story

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Malayshia Plane

Plane disaster tests once-close relationship between China, Malaysia

By Stuart Leavenworth

NANYANG, China -- Last October, as the U.S. budget meltdown was forcing President Barack Obama to abandon a key trip to Asia, China's top leader, Xi Jinping, seized on Washington's dysfunction and courted Malaysia with a big trade pact. Full story

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Veterans demand action to address suicide spike in their ranks

By James Rosen

WASHINGTON Former Marine Cpl. Tyler Tannahill left his home in Overland Park, Kan., to spend this week lobbying lawmakers in Washington to honor four fellow Marines who served alongside him in Iraq and Afghanistan but who took their own lives. Retired Navy Cmdr. Jeff Hensley, a jet fighter pilot in Iraq, joined the "Storm the Hill" mission to help the suicidal veterans who seek treatment at the equine therapy center he runs in Frisco, Texas. The two men accompanied dozens of other veterans from the nation's two post-9/11 wars for a push to get Congress and President Barack Obama to take more aggressive steps to counter a historically high suicide rate in their ranks. "Veterans' suicide rate has been increasing at an alarming pace over the course of the more than 12 years of these wars," Hensley told McClatchy. "We feel like it's time to do something about it." Full story

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College Book Prices

College costs rising more rapidly for poorer students, analysis shows

By Jon Marcus and Holly K. Hacker

WASHINGTON America's colleges and universities are quietly shifting the burden of their big tuition increases onto low-income students, while many higher-income families are seeing their college costs rise more slowly, or even fall, an analysis of federal data shows. It's a trend financial aid experts and some university administrators worry will further widen the gap between the nation's rich and poor as college degrees especially four-year ones drift beyond the economic reach of growing numbers of students. Full story

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Echo clique

Campus Echo does it again!

Campus Echo wins 12 awards at the BCCA Student News Media Conference

For the 6th year in a row Campus Echo brings home the most overall awards from the annual Black College Communication Association Student News Media Conference. Full story

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CIO tackles technology

Kraus embraces challenges, change

“It’s about people, not technology,” said Leah Kraus, N.C. Central University’s newly arrived chief information officer (CIO). Kraus, who has more than 20 years experience in technology, was appointed Feb. 3. CIOs plan and information technology and computer systems that support an organization’s mission. Typically, the CIO reports to the CEO (chief executive officer); at NCCU, the CIO reports to the Chancellor. Full story

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BREAKING: Eagle unexpectedly passes away

20-year-old DeVonte Squire was found dead Monday night outside of the W.G. Pearson Cafeteria

A student at N.C Central University passed away unexpectedly around 6pm Monday night. The student, identified as DeVonte Squire, was a 20-year-old theatre sophomore. At the scene, NCCU Police Department Captain A.J. Carter said there was no confirmed cause of death but no foul play was suspected.  Full story

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Ex Umbra to find new home

Carolyn Fulford and her Writing for Digital Media class are taking on a challenge to revamp N.C. Central University’s student literary magazine Ex Umbra in digital form by the end of this semester .Established in 1965, Ex Umbra allowed students to express their creativity through poetry, short stories, artwork and photography. Full story

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Mac tells her story

Professor educates youth about desegregation

Some third graders worry about crushes, homework, and recess. Most third graders do not challenge an institution simply by having their name on the roll. This was the burden young Charmaine McKissick-Melton faced as one of the first black students to desegregate Durham Public Schools 50 years ago. Full story

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No food, no problem

NCCU and Habitat for Humanity join for first food pantry

On Martin Luther King day, a day of service honoring a man who fought for the equality of humankind, Habitat For Humanity, along with N.C. Central University students, came together to build a food pantry for the community. Full story

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VIDEO: AudioNet serves as training ground for communication majors

Since 1999 AudioNet has served the NCCU community with student-produced public affairs and sports news as well as music programming. The station is staffed by students from the campus, but it serves primarily as a training ground for mass communication majors. AudioNet's primary format is a mixture of Hip Hop and R&B. Full story

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Located at 1801 Fayetteville St. is a 145-acre symbol of black prosperity and perseverance. At a time when black instructors and students alike suffered from de jure racial inequalities, N.C. Central University became a haven of opportunity for the underprivileged. The institution was originally founded as a private religious training school. Shepard struggled for years to maintain the institution due to a lack of financial stability. Full story

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Meal plan tax another student burden

Legislation adds tax to already expensive meal plans at schools in the UNC system

Students lose again. Along with another year of tuition increase, college students in North Carolina are now being taxed for their meal plans and other on-campus food purchases, thanks to new state tax legislation. On Aug. 23, 2013, the exemption in G. S. 105-164.13 (27) that provided a tax exclusion for “prepared food and food served to students in dining rooms regularly operated by State or private educational institutions or student organizations thereof” was repealed by the North Carolina Tax Simplification and Reduction Act (Session Law 2013-316) after being in place since 1957. Full story

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Refund Cartoon

Refunds entrap students

Student refund checks lead to financial ruin in the long run

It’s that time of year again. College students around the United States will be getting their spring semester refund checks. Refunds are intended to go towards educational expenses such as textbooks and living expenses including food and housing. But some college students have different plans. Full story


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    Exile and trial of the Campus Echo

    A 1973 federal appeals court reinstated student paper after a two-year hiatus

    The September 1971 memo from then-Chancellor Albert N. Whiting was clear enough: “I am here announcing that all funds for the publication of the Campus Echo have been temporarily suspended …”

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    Origins explored

    Documents reveal NCCU’s early struggles

    Both the struggle and character of N.C. Central University's founding days are revealed in recent archival documents provided to the Campus Echo. The documents, courtesy of the Rockefeller Archive Center in Sleepy Hollow, N.Y., provide a fascinating account of NCCU's first two decades ....

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    Family affairs, NCCU shares

    Thinking of the “roaring 20s” conjures mental images of jazz legends like Duke Ellington and Louis Armstrong. As the good times came to an end and the Great Depression loomed just around the corner, at the North Carolina College for Negroes, a family tradition was  being born. The Williams’ clan boasts eleven NCCU alumni including aunts, cousins, and great-aunts.  2 comments

  • Centennial News

    Echoes of NCCU, Durham history

    As centennial approaches 1945 alumna shares her memories of University's past

    Try to imagine N. C. Central University and Durham on a June spring day about 65 years ago. World War II is in its last days, Durham is considered the Black Wall Street and the North Carolina College for Negroes is holding its 20th commencement. The school’s motto: “I serve.” 1 comment

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    ‘sha TAW kwa’

    NCCU’s first name drawn from populist education movement

    When you read that N.C. Central University was instituted in 1910 as the National Religious Training School Chautauqua, you've got to ask yourself: "What exactly does this ‘Chautauqua' refer to?"  "It translates into ‘meeting place,'" said Terry Huff, coordinator of University dimensions of learning.

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    54 years later, an Echo editor reflects

    Shirley Temple James-Holliday pushed students, faculty to take activist stance

    Shirley Temple James-Holliday, the 1956 editor of the Campus Echo newspaper, recently dusted off her memories of Chuck Berry, B. B. King and Billie Holiday to share with present-day Eagles.

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    Resurrecting black history

    John Hope Franklin’s ‘From Slavery to Freedom’ stirs once again

    As we come upon the one year anniversary of historian John Hope Franklin’s death, the recent release of the 9th edition of his epic book “From Slavery to Freedom: A History of African Americans” continues to fascinate scholars.

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    A pioneer of history in images

    NCCU alumnus Alex Rivera’s photography now on display at art museum

    The name Alex Rivera is synonymous with photojournalism. Well known for portraying the civil rights movement through his camera lens, he told stories the country would never forget.

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    'Fly high'

    1959 alum brings past and present into focus

    June 2, 1959 was the 45th annual commencement of the N.C. College at Durham, now N.C. Central University.

  • Shepard Middle School

    Shepard's dream lives for 'tweens

    NCCU alums carry Shepard legacy at local middle school

    It's not just our library that bears the name of N.C. Central University founder James E. Shepard. There's also a nearby middle school that carries his name.

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    Golden Eagles soar through 50 years

    Class of 1959 inducted on University's 100th Centennial

    N. C. Central University's 2009 Founder's Day Convocation saw the induction of the latest batch of alumni into the Golden Eagles Society.

  • William Becton Interview, Part 1 and Part 2

    J. William Becton, a self-described "Durhamite," has been in the media mix for decades. From his early beginnings as the Campus Echo sports editor at N.C. Central University to serving as the "godfather" of the WTVD Minority Advisory Committee, Becton has been involved.

  • Centennial News

    Calling all Real Eagles

    Just 18 percent of faculty, staff on monthly deduction plan

     "Real Eagles Give Back," says the logo of the N.C. Central University Foundation. And the foundation sees the NCCU's centennial celebration as an opportunity to find a few more real Eagles. As part of its centennial initiative the foundation is turning to faculty and staff with an automatic payroll deduction plan entitled "Make it Maroon." "

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VIDEO: AudioNet serves as training ground for communication majors

Since 1999 AudioNet has served the NCCU community with student-produced public affairs and sports news as well as music programming. The station is staffed by students from the campus, but it serves primarily as a training ground for mass communication majors. AudioNet's primary format is a mixture of Hip Hop and R&B. Full story

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