Monday, February 23, 2015



By Cash Michaels

            EVELYN JERVAY – You can tell when history is opening some doors and closing others when you see loved ones passing on. In our Carolinian/Wilmington Journal publishing family, we have seen several members pass on – some after long illnesses, others long before their time.
            Last weekend, the associate publisher of The Carolinian Newspaper, Rev. Evelyn Jervay, joined that roll.
            Evelyn was a strong, visionary and spiritual black woman who never forgot from where she came from, and insisted that no matter what she was involved in, that GOD and young people were in with her.
            Evelyn’s heart was always with the people, the folks who lived a life of struggle and somehow found a way, through the grace of GOD, to overcome. Her upbringing wasn’t easy, but the lessons which life taught Evelyn sustained her, made her strong and determined. Though her heart was always about helping the little man, Evelyn never lost sight of the big picture. She was an astute businesswoman, and while our leader and Carolinian publisher Paul Jervay Jr. was out on the streets selling advertising to keep our doors open on lights on, Evelyn was holding down the office, making sure that administratively The Carolinian was on-time and on-point to serving its readers, and its community.
            Those of us who work for The Carolinian could have no better cheerleader than Evelyn Jervay, someone who pushed us and always came up with new ideas for the writers to pursue. And if something we wrote in the paper didn’t make sense to her, she thought nothing of challenging us, to make sure that we understood that The Carolinian remained a respected institution of journalism because it always maintained a high standard of excellence in seeking the truth in service to the African-American community.
            Evelyn would always remind us that in all we did, that GOD was watching us, and expected more from us than we expected from ourselves.
            But again, the one area where there can be no question about where Evelyn Jervay’s heart laid was with nurturing young people. Through her Nay-Kel program, Evelyn taught young people about important lessons of life, exposing youth to various ways of thinking and doing so that they could have the proper foundation to go forward and build good, productive successful lives for themselves, their families and communities.
            Those young people are today young adults, and indeed living monuments to the tremendous love and caring of Evelyn Jervay.
            A few years ago Evelyn took ill, and had to leave her daily duties at The Carolinian office, but she was never forgotten. And though she is now gone to be with her heavenly Father, Rev. Evelyn Jervay is still not forgotten.
            In truth, she never can, and never will.
            Thank you, Evelyn, for coming through our lives, and being there for us when we needed you the most. Our deepest and heartfelt prayers and condolences go out to Evelyn’s entire family, friends and others who were blessed to know her.
            NO OSCAR SURPRISES – It should be no surprise that “Glory,” the outstanding theme from the stellar motion picture “Selma” by John Legend and Common, won an Academy Award Sunday for Best Original Song. The award was the least the Academy could do after pretty much disrespecting the film, its tremendous director Ava Duvernay, and its brilliant starts David Oyelowo and Carmen Ejogo.
            What we’ve learned through the “Selma” experience this awards season is that Hollywood, for all of its so-called “liberal” leanings, is still very much afraid of its own shadow when it comes to truly recognizing the value of diversity in front of and behind the camera. All of the major nominees this year at the Oscars were white, despite the many extraordinary performances by actors of color that graced the screen last year.
            The Academy must do better in recognizing the work of these artisans. I’m not just talking black, either. All filmmakers and artists whose work is worthy of note should be considered fairly.
            It’s the only way we all learn and grow.
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           Cash in the Apple - honored as the Best Column Writing of 2006 by the National Newspaper Publishers Association. Columnist Cash Michaels was also honored by the NNPA for Best Feature Story Journalist of 2009, and was the recipient of the Raleigh-Apex NAACP’s President’s Award for Media Excellence in Sept. 2011.
Until next week, keep a smile on your face, GOD in your heart, and The Carolinian in your life. Bye, bye.



            [RALEIGH] Marie Holmes of  Brunswick County says she’s moving, going to take care of her four children, and will give to her church, and it’s all thanks to the lump sum $188 million she’s taking after being one of three people across the nation to match all six numbers in the latest Powerball lottery jackpot of $564.1 million on Feb. 11th. Holmes purchased her ticket at a Shalotte Scotchman convenience store. Holmes says she also wants to study to be a nurse.

            [CHARLOTTE] Among the 15 patients being treated for contracting CRE, otherwise known as the “superbug,” at least two have reportedly died in recent months in Charlotte hospitals, say local health officials. Patients are now being screened for the anti-biotic resistant bacteria and being isolated if they have it.  Details about the deaths were delayed in being made public because of privacy laws.

            [RALEIGH] According to a new study, the 110 institutions of higher learning throughout North Carolina contribute roughly $63 billion to the state’s economy annually. That’s 15 percent of North Carolina’s economic output, according to the report by Economic Modeling Specialists International, and analysts say a sound investment in North Carolina’s college students. "We are pleased that this study demonstrates clearly that the taxpayers of North Carolina receive a significant return on their investment year after year, and we are proud that that is true for all the citizens of North Carolina, whether or not they attended one of our institutions," said Tom Ross, UNC System president.

            The Wake County Public school System  has announced four snow makeup days and adjustments to its spring calendar. For traditional, year-round Tracks 1 and 3, and modified calendar schools with early release days scheduled between March 6 and April 17 will be extended to full school days. Year-round Track 4 will have a full day on March 6, and Track 2 will have a full school day on April 17.
            The Wake Early College of Health and Sciences, Wake STEM and the Vernon Malone College & Career Academy will also have early release day scheduled between March 6 and April 17 extended to full school days, as will the Wake Young Men’s Leadership Academy and Wake Young Women’s Leadership Academy.

            Hundreds of fans joined family, friends and former players in paying tribute Sunday to the late UNC Tar Heel Basketball Coach Dean Smith at the Dean Smith Center. Smith died Feb. 7th after a long illness at age 83. He is hailed for winning two national championships and racking up 879 career wins during his tenure. But Smith was also highly regarded for being the first Atlantic Coast Conference coach to recruit African-Americans to play on his team. "We are all so honored to have been in his presence for so many years," said Brad Daughtry, who played for Smith.

            NCSU has established a scholarship fund commemorating three Muslim students who were murdered Feb. 10 reportedly over parking spaces at a condo complex. The “Our Three Winners” scholarship fund is named in memory of Deah Shaddy Barakat, 23; his newlywed wife, Yusor Mohammad Abu-Salha, 21; and her sister, Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha, 19. NCSU has contributed to the fund, and urges alums and others to contribute.


By Cash Michaels

            Why is a working committee of the UNC Board of Governors recommending the closing of a much-heralded social change institute at North Carolina Central University in Durham? A decision could be made Friday when the full board meets at UNC-Charlotte.
            The obvious reason, say supporters of the Institute for Civic Engagement and Social Change, is politics. The UNC Board is now dominated by Republican appointees put there by the GOP-led Legislature and Republican Gov. Pat McCrory, and it’s no secret that conservatives have railed for some time about 16-campus system being a major bastion of “liberal thinking”. So much so that Gov. McCrory has made numerous public statements over the past two years about how UNC’s predominate liberal arts curriculum does little to outfit its graduates with the adequate skills to get a job.
            Indeed, many observes have teased that McCrory wants to turn the UNC System into a “trade school.”
            Then there was the recent ouster by the UNC Board of UNC President Tom Ross, who has been credited with steering the system through tough budgetary times. Ross still has his job until 2016, but the board gave little reason for his dismissal, saying only that the UNC System needs new leadership.
            But most telling was the friction between UNC School of Law Prof. Gene Nichol, who is also the director of the UNC – Chapel Hill’s Center on Poverty, Work and Opportunity, which has also been recommended for discontinuation, along with East Carolina University’s NC Center for Biodiversity.
            Prof. Nichol, who has frequently worked closely with the NCNAACP and others over the years on the issues of poverty in North Carolina and social justice, has also been a staunch critic of the Republican-led NC General Assembly and Gov. McCrory in biting editorials published in the News and Observer.
            After “reviewing” 240 research centers and institutes in the UNC System, the UNC committee announced recently that it will recommend to the full Board of Governors that those three be closed now, while 13 others warranted closer review.
            The committee also wants the board to consider adopting a policy banning political advocacy by centers and institutes associated with UNC System schools.
            So the question remains – why was the Institute for Civic Engagement and Social Change at NCCU chosen as one of the three that the UNC Board committee wants terminated now?
            According to its website, “Founded in April 2006, the mission of the Institute for Civic Engagement and Social Change (ICESC, pronounced Ice-ic) is to promote civic engagement on campus, the surrounding community, and the state in order to engender social change.  Therefore, the Institute seeks to increase the community's level and quality of participation in civic affairs and, thus, its efficacy in addressing racial, gender, economic, and other social injustices.”
            Part of ICESC’s work has been getting NCCU students involved in voter registration and education; examining the role of the black church during elections; and examining political empowerment in communities of color.
            NCCU Prof. Jarvis Hall, the institute’s only director since its inception, says he has no idea why ICESC has been targeted, since the center has been nonpartisan in all of its work, and gets its funding from grants and private donations, not from the state, the UNC System or NCCU.
            “I’m unaware of anything we have done to bring this about,” Hall told The Carolinian Tuesday. Despite  the expressed concerns of many supporters, Prof. Hall did not want to speculate.
Like UNC’s Poverty Center, which gained support this week from the American Association of University Professors, supporters of ICESC’s are gathering petitions decrying the fact that according to UNC Board of Governors policy, the trustee boards at each of the system’s 16 campuses have the authority to start and stop institutions and centers, not system board.
            The attached resolution speaks to the usurpation of historical campus authority by the UNC Board of Governors for the sole purpose of destroying lawfully created centers and institutes on UNC campuses which board members disagree,” wrote an NCCU faculty member who circulated an NCCU Faculty Assembly resolution to save ICECS earlier this week. “The Board of Governors would have people to believe that they already had authority to review the work of the campus units which they now seek to destroy when, in fact, such authority does not exist within BOG regulations and rules. This is another example of under-handed efforts by conservative forces in this State to stifle faculty members' freedom to speak, teach and dissent.”
            The last two paragraphs of the resolution minced no words.
            Therefore be it Resolved…that the Faculty Assembly calls upon the Board of Governors to act in keeping with established UNC policy that exclusively designates campus based leadership with the authority to discontinue a center or institute; and   Be it Further Resolved…that the Faculty Assembly opposes the insertion of the authority of president or Board of Governors into the process for the establishment, management and discontinuation of centers and institutes which currently is assigned by policy solely to campus based leadership.”
            The UNC Committee presents it recommendations to the full UNC Board of Governors in Charlotte on Friday.



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