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It's called G.H.O.E; The Greatest Homecoming On Earth at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University

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Aggies set for showdown with the Delaware State Hornets

By Mia Williams, Special Correspondent 

Students and Alum near and far will gather in the Aggie Stadium for the biggest event of Homecoming - the football game.

More than 25,000 people will fill the stands to witness the football team continue on its road to Atlanta for the third Air Force Celebration Bowl and the title of the MEAC Conference.

Early arrival is highly suggested because most seats are reserved for Alum, season ticket holders, and members who participate in the GHOE parade.

Aggie Stadium is the official home of the North Carolina A&T football team. The venue first opened in 1981, with the intent to seat 21, 500 people. The greatest capacity it has ever reached is 34, 769.

“My favorite part of GHOE is the football game. The tailgating, the alumni, the competition, the band, and Aggies from everywhere make it the best event of the whole week. The game in 2016 was my last one as an undergrad and it was an experience I’ll never forget. I can’t wait to be back in Aggie land for an ever greater time this year,” Aggie Alum, Anthony Chapman Jr. stated.

The North Carolina A&T Aggies’ football team will take on the Hornets of Delaware State on Saturday, October 7, 2017 at 1:00 pm.

To purchase tickets for the Homecoming game visit: http://www.ncat.edu/divisions/business-and-finance/ce/ticket-office/index.html

All North Carolina A&T students receive free admission to all home athletic events with a valid Aggie One card.

Depending upon seat location and date that the ticket is purchased, prices may vary for non-student tickets. Prices for tickets range from $35.00 to $60.00.

For any additional questions regarding ticket purchasing or the Homecoming game call: (336)334-7749 or email:

Mia Williams is senior public relations major at N.C. A&T SU from Atlanta, Georgia.

 


 Gospel Concert is time for praise

By Kaiyah Smith, Special Correspondent

Spirits will be lifted all over the coliseum in Greensboro for the GHOE Gospel concert.

The event will feature, The Manns World Family Tour featuring Tamela Mann and David Mann, along with the N.C. A&T Gospel Choir.  The concert will take place 6 p.m. Sunday Oct. 8 at the Greensboro Coliseum.

Meet the Mann family

 Tamela Mann is an American gospel singer, and actress, known for her recurring role as Cora in Tyler Perry's plays. Mann began her career as a singer with the gospel group Kirk Franklin and the Family. She was a featured soloist on several tracks while with Franklin's group, including "Don't Take Your Joy Away", "Now Behold the Lamb", and "Lean on Me".

David Mann is an American stage actor, gospel singer, and stand up-comedian who has starred in many Tyler Perry plays. His character Mr. Brown is the father of Medea’s daughter Cora (wife - Tamela Mann).

Tia sings background for Tamela and is Tamela and David’s personal assistant on the road. Tia is a fashionista. She loves to showcase the latest in looks and styles.

Lastly, David Mann Jr. works for the Mann family business, Tillymann Inc., as the office and road manager for David and Tamela. He and his wife, Chantal,  have two children. With entrepreneurial spirits, David’s goal is to be successful very soon in real estate.

The prices for this event varies depending on who is buying the ticket. A&T students  pay $21. 50 with valid College I.D; general admission is $34.50.

It is best to try and get your concert tickets as earlier as you can so that you will have the best seats possible. No one wants to be in the nose bleed section.

To get tickets you would have to either go to the ticket office on campus or the ticket office in Greensboro on 1921 West Gate City Blvd. The concert will be held at the Greensboro Coliseum.

When going to the Gospel concert you want to come in your Sunday’s Best. Go to a mall near you and look for something that will pop out. You never know, if you are singing yourself aloud in the stands you might get called on stage. You want to make sure you are on point at all times. If you want to come in heels come in them, if you want to come in flats then come on. Just know by the end of the show you will be out of them.

Last year for the Gospel concert the line up was great. The concert featured people such as; Fred Hammond, Hezekiah Walker, Karen Clark Sheard, Kierra Sheard, Regina Belle Casey J. and Comedian Earthquake with the N.C. A&T Gospel Choir. Many people listened to Gospel, but never really looked up their background. For instance, Yolanda Adams is a Gospel singer and she went to school and majored in Journalism of Mass Communications.

Kaiyah D. Smith is a junior public relations major at N.C. A&T from Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

 


 You don’t have to be a football fan

By Jasmine Lindor, Special Correspondent  

If you're not a football fan or don't enjoy the large crowd that come with it, there will be many other sporting events happening on campus during GHOE week. 

Women’s Golf will be attending the UNCG Starmount Invitational Oct. 2 at Starmount Forest Country Club in Greensboro, NC. Head Coach Richard Watkins believes the team will do even better this season than they did last season. The team is led by seniors Sofia Alvarez and Jill Harvison.

Women’s Volleyball will be hosting two matches in Moore Gym during GHOE. The first will be against Gardner-Webb 6 p.m. Tuesday Oct.  3, and   the second will be 7 p.m. Friday Oct. 6 against Savannah State. The Aggies are  led by seniors Samara Brown, Alyssa Pitt, and Jasmine Lindor. This event is free and open to the public. The team currently has a 5-7 record.

The Men and Women’s Cross Country team will be competing in the Robert Shumake HBCU Challenge on Saturday Oct. 7 as well in Cary, NC at Wake Med Soccer Park. The team is led by junior Hakeem Mustafaa and sophomore Kristoni Barnes with Duane Ross as the Head Coach.

Jasmine Lindor is a senior public relations major at N.C. A&T SU from Cornelius, N.C.

  


 Hip-hop artists Gucci Mane, Migos to headline concert

By Tiana Acosta, Special Correspondent 

Raindrops, Droptop, Aggies will be dancing and they won’t stop!

Award winning artists Gucci Mane and Migos will headline the homecoming concert and feature other popular stars.

Also performing will be YFN Lucci and DJ Drama. The event takes place at 7pm, Saturday, Oct. 7 at the Greensboro Coliseum.

Attendees will enjoy a night full of music from these artists, crowd interaction, and a possible VIP meet and greets.

The Homecoming concert is traditionally one of the biggest attractions for the University.  Many popular celebrities such as Young Thug, Young MA, and Future have agreed to perform at this event in previous years.

“The concert along with the football game increases business approximately 20-30% that weekend alone,” said Fred Ali, a local business owner.

The students anticipated the announcement of the performers at the Student University Activities Board block party, in collaboration with the Student Government Association. The two organizations collectively put the line up together, and the students are pleased. “I am in shock that we got Gucci, wow. SGA and SUAB did really well this year,” explained Jenelle Evans, a junior Industrial and Systems student.

Every spring a survey is released for the students to vote on who they would like to see at homecoming. However, the ultimate choice is up to the student leaders.

The event sells out the Greensboro Coliseum annually and consequently influxes the city population about 20,000. In its entirety, NC A&T’s homecoming has done a tremendous job with serving all age groups, aggies or non-aggies. This year is expected to uphold, if not exceed, the standard set.

It is strongly suggested for participants to Uber or carpool because of the predicted traffic.

Admission: Students- $40.50; Public- $59.95+

Purchase Tickets: Brown Hall Ticket Office or Online

Contact: 336-334-7749

Tiana Acosta is a junior public relations major at N.C. A&T SU from Atlanta, Georgia.


Step Show is a main attraction for Greeks and Non-Greeks

By Kourtney Smith, Special Correspondent 

Greeks and non-Greeks are stepping out to the annual Aggie Homecoming Step Show as part of the North Carolina A&T 2017 Homecoming events.

The Aggie Homecoming Step Show 7:30PM on Friday, Oct. 6 at the Greensboro Coliseum. Doors will open at 6:30 pm. The show will be hosted by Dukk, a comedian and a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Incorporated.

Greek-lettered organizations from A&T including, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Incorporated, Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Incorporated, Kappa Kappa Psi, National Honorary Band Fraternity and Tau Beta Sigma, National Honorary Band Sorority will be competing to be named the sorority and fraternity winners of the show.

As one of the most popular events of the GHOE (Greatest Homecoming on Earth) lineup, A&T students, alumni, and the Greensboro community come out to support their friends, family, sorors, or frat brothers competing in the show. This event connects the Greek community within A&T and within the local community. Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated was the sorority winner and Phi Beta Sigma was the fraternity winner of last year’s Aggie Homecoming Step Show.

As the excitement for the event builds up, junior, journalism and mass communications student, Kristin Thompson explained “The step show is one of the most exciting events for GHOE. Last year’s show was wonderful, so I know this year’s show will be even better.”

Tickets for the show are on sale now at the North Carolina A&T State University Ticket Office.

Website: http://www.ncat.edu/homecoming/

Admission: A&T student tickets are priced at $17 with a valid Aggie One Card. The general public tickets are priced at $21.50, and the ticket prices will increase on the day of the show to $25.00.

Phone number to call to purchase tickets: (336)334-7749.

This is A&T’s 91st Homecoming, a festive time of welcoming back alumni of the university, as well as celebrating its current student body.

Kourtney Smith is a junior public relations major at N.C. A&T from Greenville, South Carolina.


Comedy's greatest to star in homecoming comedy show 

By Kristin Thompson , Special Correspondent 
NBC star Marlon Wayans will bring Fifty Shades of Funny to the Greatest Homecoming on earth. 

Comedian Marlon Wayans will headline the Fifty Shades of Funny homecoming comedy show, with special guest DeRay Davis and Jay Pharoah.  

The comedy show is scheduled to take place at 8 pm Tuesday, Oct. 3  in Corbett Sports Center located on the campus of North Carolina A&T.  

Marlon Wayans is a veteran actor, comedian, and producer. Wayans has starred in shows like The Wayans Bros. and In Living Color and in movies like the Scary Movie series, White Chicks, Little Man and Dance Flick. More Recently Marlon is a creator and executive producer of the show Marlon, an NBC show that is loosely inspired by Marlon Wayans life. 

DeRay Davis is a stand-up comedian and actor. Davis is most known for his role in HBO's Entourage, Wild 'N Out, Barbershop, The Boondocks and recording multiple skits on recording artist Kanye West The College Dropout and Late Registration album. More recently Davis is the host of VH1's Hip Hop Squares. 

Jay Pharoah of Saturday Night Live is an actor and comedian. Pharoah joined the cast of Saturday Night Live in 2010. Since then, Pharoah has impersonated people like Barack Obama, Samuel L. Jackson, Dennis Rodman, Lil Wayne and his high school principal, Daniel Frye. 

The Fifty Shades of Funny comedy show is a part of North Carolina A&T State University’s annual homecoming better known as the Greatest Homecoming on Earth, which runs Oct. 1-8. 

N.C. A&T's Student Government Association and the University Activities Board have obtained some of the most popular entertainers to enhance the homecoming experience. 

Last year’s homecoming comedy show starred Michael Blackson and featured Lil’ Duval, Wil Sylvince, and Kountry Wayne. Although the event starred comedian Michael Blackson, comedy show attendees were not too pleased with his jokes. 

 “I initially was looking forward to seeing Michael Blackson but, after about 10 minutes of his set I didn’t think his jokes were funny and obviously so did other people because they started to walk out” said Qyani Foushee, a sophomore journalism and mass communication student. 

Davis will be replacing Comedian Tiffany Haddish. Due to production schedule conflicts, Haddish's appearance at the 2017 comedy Show will be rescheduled. Haddish is currently working on her next film, which was delayed due to Hurrican Irma. 

Comedy show participants are expecting to laugh out loud with these 3 comedy geniuses. The show may contain adult content and language. 

Website: http://www.ncat.edu/homecoming/ 

Admission: $17.50 for students (with valid ID), $25.50 for general public 

Phone number to call to purchase tickets: 336-334-7749. 

Kristin Thompson is a junior public relations major at N.C. A&T from Chapel Hill, N.C. 


Eating out for GHOE? Here are our suggestions

By Cameron Dinkins, Special Correspondent

The time is winding down for GHOE, and it is only right to prepare all of the attendees with the best spots for them to eat as they enjoy their week.

 Greensboro has food for everyone from little kids to old aggies. Attendees can choose different multicultural restaurants. Greensboro has soul food, Italian, Mexican, and many more different types of restaurants.

            Smith Street Diner is a  hole-in-the-wall breakfast joint. It truly personifies southern cooking. The menu includes classic breakfast food. It is best known for biscuits that are larger than life. Attendees who want a good southern breakfast should put Smith Street Diner in their itinerary for GHOE.

 Location: 438 Battleground Ave., 336-379-8666.

 Website: www.smithstreetdiner.com

            Dame’s Chicken and Waffles, its name says it all. Dame’s is great soul food and one of the best places to eat in Greensboro. There are so many different things on the menu to choose from: Customers have the opportunity to choose from a wide range of waffles, spreads, and wings. Dame’s even have options on the menu that are not chicken waffles, customers can enjoy items such as like shrimp and grits.

Location: 301 Martin Luther King Jr Dr., 336-275-7333.

 Website: www.dameschickenwaffles.com

            Stephanie’s Restaurant is pure southern hospitality. A quaint restaurant that makes you feel like you're sitting in your grandmother’s living room after church service on Sunday. Stephanie’s has menu that includes chicken wings, macaroni and cheese, collard greens, sweet potatoes, and more. It has that family atmosphere and is a perfect place for GHOE attendees to bring their family and friends on Sunday to end their weekend.

 Location: 2507 Randleman Rd., 336-389-1008

 Website: www.stephaniesrestaurant.com            

            Hop’s Burger Bar is the place to be if you are not in the mood for soul food and just a regular American food.  Hop’s is open late for all those who like to eat after the different events. Hops has a variety of burgers with many different toppings. They even have turkey burgers for those who are not fans of red meat. Hops is a perfect place for the GHOE attendees who just want to eat and catch up with old friends.

Location: 2419 Spring Garden St. and 2138 Lawndale Dr., 336-235-2178 / 336-663-0537  Website: www.hopsburgerbar.com

            When asked about his favorite restaurants in Greensboro, sophomore Tretel Ingram said he prefers Stephanie’s Restaurants.

            “The food reminds me of my family,” Tretel said. “I love the cornbread. It is the best cornbread I ever tasted.”

            The Greensboro food scene is an experience much like GHOE; therefore, while in town it is must that you try these places and more.

Cameron Dinkins is a sophomore multimedia journalism major at N.C. A&T from Richmond, Va.


GHOE Tailgating 101

By Broderick Pulliam, Special Correspondent

Thousands of North Carolina A&T students and alumni will come together to rejoice in “Aggie Pride” at the Homecoming Tailgate.

   On campus, tailgaters usually assemble at one of two locations.

One area is the Laurel Street parking lot, which is right off of East Lindsey Street.

   The other location is outside Aggie Stadium.

   The tailgate preparation begins the night before when some of the tailgaters bring their grills and tents to set up for the next day’s festivities. The preparation continues with the grills being lit and the food being prepared as alumni and students make their way into the tailgate areas the next morning.

For much of the alumni, the tailgate is more than just a day of food. The tailgate is a way for alumni to catch up with old classmates to reminisce about their time at NC A&T.

Aggie alum Ken Pulliam said the tailgate is the most important part of GHOE.

 “It’s most important because it is the largest social gathering on campus for GHOE,” Pulliam said. “You have thousands of people in a relatively small area, thus it is easier to see old friends and classmates.”

  The alumni who are in fraternities and sororities use the tailgate to catch up with their line brothers/sisters and to connect with younger members of their organizations. 

   For students, the tailgate is an opportunity for the free food from the welcoming alumni. It’s also about meeting the alumni and hearing stories about their time at NC A&T. Along with the stories, the alumni will share advice and wisdom with current Aggies.

“I went looking for a free meal, but I ended up meeting a lot of great people that shared great stories and insight with me,” said Matthew Mayes, a sophomore agribusiness student.

   There will be plenty of food for everyone in attendance, but be careful when going to tailgates asking for food. Remain polite and ask before partaking in anyone’s tailgate uninvited.

Along with the attendees, there are numerous local vendors selling food and promoting their business.

The GHOE tailgate officially starts at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 7. To attend the Aggie Stadium tailgate you must have a valid ticket for the N.C. A&T football game. To purchase a football ticket, go to https://tkt.xosn.com//tickets/TicketLanding.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=24500&.

Broderick Pulliam is a junior multimedia journalism major at N.C. A&T from Kittrell, N.C.


Patti LaBelle to headline alumni concert

By Evelyn McNeal, Special correspondent

Legendary vocalist Patti Labelle will be headlining the 2017 GHOE alumni concert, but if you don’t have tickets already, you might have to sit this one out

This event has been sold out since July, with tickets snapped up by fans excited to see this legend performing live.

The Alumni Relations Association is elated to have Mrs. Attitude come perform at the concert. Patti Labelle is best known for her unique vocal skills, and creative fashion sense. She began her career in the 1960s.

She was the lead vocalist for the BlueBelles who rose to fame at the Apollo Theater in Harlem, New York. Their hit single “Lady Marmalade” got them the recognition they deserved. The single reached No. 1 on the Billboard hot 100 chart.

The BlueBelles broke up over the musical direction of the group. Pattie went on to have a very successful solo career. In 1980 she recorded a ballad “The Best is Yet to Come,” which  landed her first solo Grammy nomination. In 1991 she received her first Grammy for her single “Burnin”

In addition to her musical success, she is a renowned author, and most recently, she has  sent the country into a frenzy over her Patti Pies. Mrs. Labelle is just an all-around show stopper.

Her concerts are like no other, known for her over-the-top performance. She definitely gives you your money’s worth.

 “Pattie Labelle’s concert was the best performance I’ve seen,” said James Rosenberg, who recently saw the star perform in Manhattan New York. “She did almost all of her songs.”

 The concert will be held 8:30 p.m. Friday, Oct.  6 at the Koury Convention Center.

 Tickets might be available on the resale market. Try Stubhub.com also arrive early the day of show to see if more tickets become available. To be safe do not go buy tickets alone, and make the ticket is valid before paying.

For more information about the Alumni concert please visit http://www.ncat.edu or contact the ticket office at 336-334-7768.

Evelyn McNeal is a junior mass media production major from Fayetteville, N.C.


GHOE: Greatest HALFTIME on Earth!

By Raven Tyler, Special Correspondent

The N.C. A&T halftime show is the highlight of the homecoming football game for many fans.

N.C. A&T’s annual homecoming game is scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 7 at Aggie Stadium. The Aggie football team will be playing against the Delaware State Hornets.

There is distinct controversy over the new required length of the halftime show and how much seating is available in Aggie Stadium.

The halftime show is one of the main attractions to the homecoming football game. Many people leave the game after the halftime show to endure in other activities, such as parties, tailgating outside of the stadium, or getting prepared for the concert that is scheduled for that night.

Stars of the halftime show, The Blue and Gold Marching Machine, will begin the show by dancing and playing a modern, well-known music selection, and making series of formations.

The Marching Machine will be accompanied by their dancers, the Golden Delights, who always top off the show with their fast-paced dance moves and sparkly outfits.

The Student Government Association (SGA), as well as Miss A&T, Aniya Bradsher and Mister A&T, Quishon Jenkins, will make an entrance around the track while greeting the guests.

N.C. A&T Aggies will be playing against the Delaware State Hornets, coming all the way from Dover, DE; the Hornets’ band will also play a music selection with their majorettes performing.

Fans are encouraged to wear comfortable clothing and sunglasses or hats. The temperature is set at 73 degrees for the day of the game.

Multiple food trucks will sell food and drinks, such as, burgers, nachos, and fries to the fans during halftime and throughout the game. Aggie One cards can be used to purchase food with flex dollars. Purchasing food should be done in the first or second quarter; halftime is when most people leave to purchase their food, causing extremely long lines and making it extremely crowded.

Unfortunately, the GHOE halftime show will not be the normal 30 minutes. The NCAA recently introduced a new policy that limits the halftime show to 20 minutes, no exceptions or a 15-yard penalty will be assessed against the home team.

Fans, alumni and students are also planning to arrive to the stadium two to three hours prior to the start of the game. Aggie stadium seats 21,500 people, so it might be a tight fit to find a seat during the halftime show.

“Last year was the worst! We literally had to stand the whole time,” said  Jasmine Aguilar, a psychology student. “All I wanted to see was the band during halftime, after that, we were out!”

The annual Aggie homecoming halftime show began with the band in the 1950s. The majorettes, who are now known as the Golden Delights, incorporated flag turning and dancing which helped attract national attention in the 1970s. The dancing and flags are used to tell a story with the music of the band.

While football is what attracts fans to N.C. A&T’s homecoming, many come from afar to enjoy the halftime performance of the Blue and Gold Marching Machine and the Golden Delights.

Raven Tyler is a sophomore multimedia major at N.C. A&T State University.


What you need to know to safely enjoy your festivities

By Kiara Tuberville,  Special Correspondent               

With a high influx of people and activities in the city during for GHOE,  it is vital that we take extra precautions to insure that we  make it safely back to our respective locations.

While GHOE events are designed in mind for everyone to have the optimum amount of fun, campus police (NCATPD) and Greensboro police department (GPD) have their work cut out for them when it comes to protecting and patrolling the city.

Although law enforcement does everything within their power to protect, individuals can also take safety measures.

Here are a few precautionary measures to take during GHOE:

  • Pay close attention to your surroundings. Do not let the festivities distract you.
  • Look out for ticket scalpers. Try to buy all your tickets online or from a trusted distributor.
  • Avoid going anywhere ALONE!!! Practice the buddy system!
  • DO NOT display large sums of cash.
  • Never take rides from strangers
  • Put as much distance between yourself and a verbal/physical altercation as possible.
  • If you come as a group leave as a group!
  • Drink only from sealed containers.
  • Have a plan B. If things do not go as planned always have set meeting locations, arrival and departure times, and a designated driver.

Everything listed above are very helpful tips in ensuring that you safely enjoy your GHOE experience. Safety should also be practiced at a personal level.

While it may be tempting to go home with the deliciously, fine individual that you spotted across the crowd, keep in mind that STD’s and viruses are still very real, and do not take a break for homecoming.

If you do find yourself romantically involved with someone, be sure to practice safety in that regard also. Your health is more important than a one-night-stand.

There are safety forums held in the auditorium of the Academic Classroom Building (ACB) every year the week before homecoming. During these forums you are enlightened on every possible way that you can protect yourself amongst the chaos across the city, safe places and emergency phones on campus.

Important safety phone numbers  and websites

Greensboro Police Department

Website: http://www.greensboro-nc.gov/index.aspx?page=1045

Emergency: 911

Non-emergency: (336) 373-2222

Crime Stoppers: (336) 373-1000

University Police Department

Website: http://www.ncat.edu/divisions/business-and-finance/upd2/about-us/contact-us.html

24 Hour emergency: (336) 334-7675

Main Office: (336) 334-7128

Email:

Kiara Tuberville is a senior multimedia journalism major at N.C. A&T from Greensboro,  N.C.


Special Thanks to David Squires for his assistance with this project.

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