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Month: October 2015

Oratorical Contest Kicks Off Homecoming Week Events

Oratorical Contest Kicks Off Homecoming Week Events

By Ada Taylor Meter Staff Writer Get geeked! Get geeked! It’s homecoming week! And to kick off the celebrations, the Department of Communications and the Nashville Chapter of the Alumni Association brought us Tennessee State University’s 28th Robert N. Murrell Oratorical Contest on Sunday, Oct. […]

Tom Joyner Foundation Selects TSU as October School of the Month

Tom Joyner Foundation Selects TSU as October School of the Month

By Emmanuel Freeman and Kelli Sharpe  Tennessee State University is The Tom Joyner Foundation School of the Month for October. The designation was announced recently by the foundation, founded nearly 20 years ago by syndicated radio personality Tom Joyner. The TJF supports Historically Black Colleges […]

The Blaze Starts the School Year Off on Fire

The Blaze Starts the School Year Off on Fire

By Madie Gray
Meter Staff Writer

TSU Radio is starting the year off with plenty of new additions to the station and the team. New members, a new website and new spins on classic events are getting students hyped about Homecoming 2015! With an all-new Executive Board, the station is being lead by a diverse group of both young men and women with plans to keep things fresh and exciting.

The new members include Tajaya Desiree of Nashville, Kareese Clemons of Clarksville, Jericka Webster of Memphis, Edmond Redmond of Birmingham and Jordan Gaither of Atlanta, Ga. Each member has extensive hands-on experience in various activities such as deejaying, public speaking, audio engineering, hosting, as well as sports and music news that bring different skills and personality strengths to the team.

Along with a new Executive Board, TSU Radio has a brand-new website featuring great new additions including live streaming, a schedule of the all shows on-air and a calendar that keeps students up to date on upcoming events and competitions.

The website also features links to all of TSURadio’s social media so that students, alumni, and supporters don’t ever miss a beat. With a large variety of shows available for streaming, TSU Radio has something to cater to all tastes. Some of the hit shows included on the station’s roster are Kalani Radio, The Chop Shop and Untitled Radio. Not only is The Blaze encouraging more student membership and diversifying roles available to students, they are also involving the student body with various Homecoming giveaways including concert prizes and HC2K15 activity tickets!

Be on the lookout for The Blaze exclusives with the 2015 Homecoming Concert stars and more opportunities to win!  Visit the website to learn more at www.TSUradio.com and listen live to the large variety of shows Tennessee State has to offer!

Recipes for Healthy Living

Recipes for Healthy Living

By Chef Monay Living on a college campus and trying to stay healthy at the same time can be a very difficult thing to do, especially because nowadays you can buy the biggest cheeseburger you can find for about three dollars, but a small salad […]

New Honors College Creates Opportunities for Students

New Honors College Creates Opportunities for Students

By Jazlynn Fead Meter Staff Writer Tennessee State University President Glenda Glover has announced the school has officially switched its Honors Program to an Honors College. It creates more opportunities for students who are already apart of the program, while catching the attention of future […]

IN TRIBUTE TO ERIC JACKSON: Unfolding Legacy for Murdered TSU Student

IN TRIBUTE TO ERIC JACKSON: Unfolding Legacy for Murdered TSU Student

Eric Jackson deejaying with a friend
Eric Jackson deejaying with a friend

By Maya Ramsey
Meter Staff writer

JACKSON— As the death of Tennessee State University student Eric Jackson reaches the one month mark on Oct. 20, his legacy is still unfolding.

Scores of TSU students recently gathered for a candlelight vigil in the campus amphitheater for remembrance of Eric Jackson. Several classmates and members of the Generation of Educated Men (GEM), a campus organization, were in attendance.

A memorial service was held on Saturday, Sept. 26 at first Baptist Church in Jackson, TN. Jackson was laid to rest at Highland Memorial Gardens in Jackson, TN.

According to Metro Nashville Police, 21 year-old Jackson was sitting in his vehicle with an unnamed female passenger, behind a nearby library during the African Street Festival in Hadley Park, when the two gunmen approached him and ordered him to exit the vehicle. When Jackson attempted to drive away, the vehicle was caught on a utility pole wire. One of the gunmen opened fire and struck Jackson in the head. Jackson was taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center, where he was later pronounced dead.

Eric Jackson was a native of Jackson and a member of GEM. Gabriel Gordon, a junior psychology major, and GEM brother of Jackson said, “That was my brother, cousin, friend, and business partner all in one, sometimes we would get into it, but love was always there, we did everything together.” Outside of being with his friends, Jackson spent much of his time shopping, looking at cars, watching sports, and actually had a hidden talent as a singer.

One of Jackson’s closest friends and GEM brother, junior Rod Glatt, a junior integrated marketing major, remembers him as a very motivated individual. Glatt says, “I thought of him as a real cool dude, very ambitious. I remember trips to the coffee shops and smoke shops where we would just collaborate and motivate each other, he kept me going. He was our spokesperson; he always made people see things from our perspective.”

According to Jackson’s hometown friend, Stephen Love-Wade, a sophomore pre-nursing major, TSU was not in Jackson’s original plans coming out of high school.  Wade said, “He was my little brother, ever since I was his manager at Journey’s in 2009, I took him under my wing. I remember when he was in high school; he skipped school to go to the Polo Outlet because we were going to visit TSU, which is ironic because we didn’t know we would be going here.”

Jackson is remembered on the TSU campus as a go getter who never took no for an answer; a humble individual who always had the best interest at heart for his friends and loved ones. “If I had any last words to say to him, they would just be that I’m sorry and I love you, just watch over me, and know that if there was anything that I could’ve done to prevent this, I would’ve done it.” Golden says.

No one has been arrested in the case. Police did not have any further details on the suspects in Jackson’s murder. However,  Jackson’s friends and family have said they will keep his legacy alive and seek justice for his killing.

The Live 75 Makes a Move

The Live 75 Makes a Move

By Shayla Simmons Meter Staff Writer Racia Poston, newly-elected Student Government Association president for the 2015-16 school year, is living out the A.R.M.Y. platform on which she was elected to office. She wants to set an example for the student body, she said. “The ‘A’ […]

Letter to the Editor

Letter to the Editor

To the Editor: The whole notion of “Excuses” has been on my mind for a while. Each day I notice something new about myself and how I handle excuses. In the past week, I’ve noticed if I don’t have a good excuse for not doing […]

Tiger Tutoring: A Program Built for Excellence

Tiger Tutoring: A Program Built for Excellence

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The personable professors of the university volunteers to offer pupils one-on-one tutoring in multiple subject areas. Photo by Shayla Simmons

By Shayla Simmons
Meter Staff Writer

College is a time that can be very stressful for many students. And for incoming freshmen, many must learn to balance classes with their new-found freedom.

Some students juggle sports and clubs while trying to keep their grades at the highest levels. Yet sometimes there are classes that are simply difficult to grasp.

No matter the reason, the faculty of Tennessee State University has joined together to help the student body by creating Tiger Tutoring in 2010. Since the program reopened in August, students have flocked to the tutoring center. “Once we opened our doors we saw about 75 students in those first two weeks,” said Julie Roberts, program coordinator and Director of Academic Success.

The TSU Tiger Tutoring Program is designed to engage students in their studies as well as point them in the direction of additional academic support. “The program is unique in the sense that professors at the university personally tutor students in their areas of expertise, and it is not just limited to Math and English,” Roberts added.

On the contrary, tutoring is available for other subjects such as Biology, Chemistry, Psychology, Sociology as well as the basic Math and English though availability varies daily for each subject. Tiger Tutoring also does not require an appointment to receive help. Any student can obtain help as a walk-in.

Tiger Tutoring is available Monday through Friday in room 202 of the Student Success Center beginning at 4:30 pm and ending at 8:00 pm.

CUTLINES For students looking to get ahead in class or receive a little extra help, one needs to look no further than Tiger Tutoring. The personable professors of the university volunteers to offer pupils one-on-one tutoring in multiple subject areas. Since the program’s founding in 2010 faculty and students alike have seen an increase in test scores. Photo by Shayla Simmons

Studying Abroad Offers Lifelong Lessons

Studying Abroad Offers Lifelong Lessons

By Ada Taylor Meter Staff Writer If you dream about traveling the world or spending time living in another culture, Tennessee State University can help you get started through the school’s Study Abroad program. Tennessee State’s Study Abroad program is decades old, but it is […]