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Month: January 2016

HBCUs on Presidential Candidate Clinton’s Mind

HBCUs on Presidential Candidate Clinton’s Mind

  By Delvakio Brown Meter Staff Writer Hundreds lined up outside of Fisk University’s Henderson A. Johnson Gymnasium awaiting the arrival of Hillary Clinton.  Slowly but surely the crowd moved through security into the gymnasium waiting to hear what presidential candidate Hillary Clinton had to […]

SGA Plans for Next Semester

SGA Plans for Next Semester

By Ada Taylor Meter Staff Writer A lot has happened this semester, from Dej Loaf and Future shutting down the homecoming concert, to losing one of our own to a senseless act of violence. Although we have had good times and bad times, the bad […]

Keeping Your Holiday Company Happy

Keeping Your Holiday Company Happy

By Chef Monay

During the holidays, there is always someone who yells out in an angry voice, “Is the food ready yet?”  So this year we are going to stop that one annoying family member by having a delicious appetizer ready. The appetizer gives the family something to snack on, but nothing to heavy that will spoil their appetite for the main course. This is the perfect dip for a party or get-together, just throw the ingredients in the crock pot and let it do the rest. Enjoy!

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Slow Cooker Spinach Artichoke Dip

*makes 10 servings 

Ingredients: 1 (10 oz) bag fresh baby spinach, roughly chopped, 1 (14 oz) can artichoke hearts, chopped; ½ cup sour cream, ½ cup mayonnaise, ½ cup onion, finely diced; 1 clove garlic, minced; 1 cup mozzarella cheese, ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese, ¼ teaspoon garlic salt, ¼ cup milk, 1 (8 oz) package cream cheese, cubed; salt and pepper to taste

Instructions: Spray slow cooker with non-stick cooking spray. In a large bowl, mix together spinach, artichoke hearts, sour cream, mayonnaise, onion, garlic, mozzarella cheese, Parmesan cheese, garlic salt, and milk. Add salt and pepper to taste and put everything into slow cooker.

Place cubed cream cheese on top of spinach/artichoke mixture, spread out as evenly as possible.

Cook on high for 2 – 2½ hours, or until ingredients are cooked through and the cream cheese is melted. Mix in the cream cheese keep dip on “warm” setting until eaten. Serve with crackers, bread, tortillas or vegetables!

TSU Installs New Student Safety Patrol Officers

TSU Installs New Student Safety Patrol Officers

NASHVILLE, TN (TSU News Service) —For JerMilton Woods, it is personal when it comes to campus safety and the well-being of his fellow students, especially when he thinks about outsiders coming on campus to cause problems. “This is a great university that has been very […]

Update on Campus Security and Safety

Update on Campus Security and Safety

By  J. Michaux Meter Staff Writer As a result of recent safety issues on the Tennessee State University (TSU) Campus, the presence of police and security officers has been increased.  The university has contracted with a security firm that began placing officers on campus on […]

LETTER TO EDITOR: Making Holiday Choices

LETTER TO EDITOR: Making Holiday Choices

To the Editor:

This whole notion of “Choices” has been on my mind for a while. Each day I notice something new about myself. In the past week, I’ve notice that I’ve had a lot of choices to make and it’s up to me to make them. Choices hold a lot of responsibility in just the word, but why am I just making some of the choices about my life now.

The holidays are quickly approaching. But what does the holidays really mean? It is so important that as the holidays approach, we understand what we are actually celebrating. As a young child, I was told stories about the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays, but never about holidays that my family didn’t already celebrate. Those families who celebrate Hanukkah and Kwanzaa may experience the same notion as I did as a child. But ultimately, my question is why? Why don’t we celebrate other holidays that are not always a tradition? As students or young adults, do we have a choice as of what holidays to celebrate? Is it built into us as a learned behavior? I asked myself those questions, and realized that I do have a choice, but I don’t make the choice. Confusing right?

I have the choice on what to celebrate, but if I celebrate something different, it’s a possibility that I would be celebrating alone. That’s why I haven’t made the choice. As I grow older, decision making should become easier. So why does this topic feels like a do or die choice to make? We must ask ourselves, would I rather branch off and learn something or do something new? Or would I rather go alone with others? If you learn the history of Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, and/or Kwanzaa, you should be able to decide on what you feel is best for you. As parents, you should give your children the choice to choose what they would like to celebrate. Don’t you, as young adults, feel that you would want to make that decision?

So as the day goes on, ask yourself about the holidays you celebrate? Why do you celebrate? Have you looked into other holidays? Are you afraid to make a different decision? You are in control, but you must first take the CHOICE to be in control.

Sincerely,
Victoria J. Myles
President of Women of Infinite Potential Miss Big N Beautiful 2015-2016

 

 

EDITORIAL

EDITORIAL

By Ashley Parmer Editori in Chief As the holidays roll in, and we travel home to the ones we love, let’s remember to cherish those moments. As we look at the tragedies that have occurred around the world, and even those in our own country, […]

TSU Tiger Comes to Life Thanks to Robotics

TSU Tiger Comes to Life Thanks to Robotics

By Leona Dunn Meter Staff Writer Tennessee State University showcased the new advancements made to the Tennessee State Tiger at the John A. Merritt Classic, the first football game of the year. It is a robotic tiger that the engineering department has been working on […]

TSU Salutes and Supports Veterans Educational Goals

TSU Salutes and Supports Veterans Educational Goals

 

Tom Morrison (right), the Tennessee Higher Education Commission Assistant Executive Director for Veterans Education, presents the title and certificate of designation to TSU President Glenda Glover, officially declaring TSU a certifi
Tom Morrison (right), the Tennessee Higher Education Commission Assistant Executive Director for Veterans Education, presents the title and certificate of designation to TSU President Glenda Glover, officially declaring TSU a certified “Vets Campus.” Photo by John Cross, TSU Media Relations

By J. Michaux
USAF and DESERT SHIELD Veteran

Tennessee State University last year was designated as a Certified Vets Campus.  This designation set TSU apart from other educational institutions as a way of committing to supporting the educational goals of Veterans help ease their transition from military service to college life.  This is the result of the Tennessee Veterans Education Transition Support (VETS) Act passed in 2014 as an honorary program for state colleges and universities to foster a supportive environment for Veterans.

As Veterans Day 2015 is celebrated on Nov. 11, it is important to understand that obtaining this designation was not a simple feat.  In order for TSU to attain this designation, the school had to demonstrate it had the facilities and mentoring programs for Veterans. The university also had to ensure a system was in place for Veterans to receive academic credit for skills and training obtained during military service.  TSU was also responsible for ensuring that faculty and staff was educated about Veterans’ culture including combat-related mental and physical disabilities during and after their service.

The population of students that utilize this service are non-traditional students with families that need assistance as they transition to college life.  Being in the military gives a service member a sense of closeness, trust and camaraderie.  Once a Veteran has enrolled in college and lands in a foreign cultural world of 18-year olds, they are often misunderstood by faculty and feel like outsiders.

The initial ability of the Veteran student to share the fact they are working on a second career is often delayed and/or misinterpreted.  Before a student is known to be a Veteran with possible Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and missed educational opportunities because of duties, they are sometimes looked down upon as if they made poor decisions in life.  Although discriminatory, this is a common occurrence among Veterans and younger students.

With the evolving landscape of the TSU student body, classmates have no idea if they are sitting beside a military Veteran that killed enemies or witnessed death in the Iraqi wars, lost a loved one to war or an individual that chose to serve their country before seeking a college degree.

This designation is sanctioned by the Tennessee Board of Regents and has support from governmental educational entities such as the Montgomery GI Bill, and the Veterans Administration.  There are four federally approved programs for the educational support of Veterans and TSU participates in two of those four initiatives.

Former Army Chief Warrant Officer Brent Warner, of Santa Maria, California; Navy Petty Officer Ayele Tegegne, of Anaheim, California; and Army Staff Sgt. David Potter, of Detroit, all TSU students and junior Mechanical Engineering majors, who served at various times, recognized the need for this service. They came together and formed the TSU Student Veterans Association (TSVA) to extend the educational support and assistance provided to Veteran Students.

Veterans that served during wartime may have invisible and non-invisible wounds of war.  The (TSVA) is an exclusive resource only for Veteran students that helps them navigate the maze of financial aid, scholarship opportunities, online classes and mentoring.  They also serve as advocates to help university officials further understand the issues that veterans face as non-traditional college students.

For more information on the TSU Certified Vets Program (AWC Campus) call (615) 963-7001.

Restaurant Review: Good Eating Experience at Monell’s

Restaurant Review: Good Eating Experience at Monell’s

By Martavious Morton “I’ll just have whatever you have for today’s special.” Those are my first words as I sat at my table getting ready to eat at Monell’s Dining and Catering, an amazing cafe on 6th Avenue in Nashville. Monell’s is a family-style restaurant […]