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Month: January 2016

There’s an App for That

There’s an App for That

  By Leona Dunn Meter Staff Writer Tennessee State University gets tech savvy this year as the new Tennessee State University App comes out this winter. As technology advances, the university wants to keep up with the students and steadily find ways for them to […]

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 times have been unacceptable. That is why the Student Government Association is working harder than ever before to implement some changes. The 2015-2016 school year has not ended yet, and the SGA have a lot of things planned for the upcoming spring semester.

SGA president RaCia Poston says first and foremost they are working on putting together a follow-up town hall meeting. Although they want to give the administration an adequate amount of time to enact some of the things that have been put in motion, she says “it is important to gauge where we are at.” This is why SGA will also be having Walk Through Wednesdays, where they will be going to a different dorm each week in order to hear the concerns of students.

However, some of these concerns are already being addressed, such as hiring more night desk attendants in order to extend the hours of both the laundry rooms and computer labs.

The goal, of course, is to improve student life. This mission encompasses every aspect of life on campus, including having more programs for students to get involved in. Although the administration is still solidifying an official event calendar, there are some things that are already in the works. For one, after seeing how much students enjoyed the Homecoming concert, SUBG thought it would be only right to put together a Spring concert as well, so keep your eyes open for that!

Furthermore, Tiger Cinemas will continue to take place every 3 weeks, which are movies that will be shown in either Humanities or on the lawn of the indoor football facility.

However, this doesn’t mean that cultivating academic excellence is any less of a priority. Brett Jackson, the Executive Vice President, says one thing that will continue in 2016 is Tailored Tuesdays, a program that exists to tailor the mind as well as the image of the students. According to Brett, this means “cutting out any negative thoughts, distractions and habits in order to better prepare students for life after college.” In the spirit of this, Delvakio Brown, our current Mr.TSU, will be spearheading a male conference in April.

“Not only will this be a place where students can come to be empowered by black men” says Brown, “but they will also be able to learn professional etiquette while making connections with people who are already in the field.”

Still, none of these things happen to be the most exciting thing taking place in 2016. Students will be happy to hear that the SGA is currently working on revamping the Student Center. Since it will now be open until 12am, the administration thought it should be more student friendly. This includes, but is not limited to, more representation of the different organizations on campus, new furniture, as well as additions to the game room.

As we all know Spring is the season of new life, and this Spring new life is definitely being breathed into Tennessee State University!

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 […]

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 November 13, 2015.  The security firm in partnership with TSU has established highly visible security checkpoints in and around the Floyd Payne Student Center.  Each checkpoint has uniformed security officers in place and all students, faculty and staff are required to cooperate in the new safety standard and present their TSU issued identification card.

TSU is in the process of hiring seven (7) additional police officers to provide additional police patrols daily from 6pm to 3am.  The additional police officers are expected to join the current security staff by the end of November.  Extra security officers will also be placed in the residence halls and the apartments.

Campus safety is a team effort at TSU.  The newly launched Student Safety Patrol has over 25 trained student volunteers to assist with safety observations, reporting incidents and providing escorts.  The patrol is comprised of members of fraternities, sororities, service organizations and other related campus groups.  Their goal is to assure students, parents, alumni and the public they are safe and secure on campus.  The Student Safety Patrol members can be identified by yellow safety vests.

The on-going improvements in security and safety are the result of the October 23, 2015 fatal shooting of 19-year-old Cameron Selmon of Memphis.  The Metro Police Department is still investigating the shooting.  They are teamed with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to offer a $5,000 reward for information on the gunman’s identity.  That is in addition to a reward of up to $1,000 offered by Nashville Crime Stoppers.  There have not been any arrests and anyone with information or footage of the incident is encouraged to call crime stoppers at (615) 74-CRIME.

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 […]

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

TIGER

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 for both a fun project and a recruiting tool.

“Right now the College of Engineering and Computer Science department are working on this Robotic Tiger to bring to showcases and competitions. The dean is working on moving the head, tail, and potentially walking,” Professor at the Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, Dr. Amir Shirkhodaie said, “They are trying to make an iconic figure to get the students excited about the things going on in our mechanical engineering department.”

Two students were given the equipment, and design requirements to create this tiger, after Dr. S. Keith Hargrove, dean of the engineering department requested the project be done.

“Under the direction of Dr. Erdem Erdemir, assistant professor of Computer Science, two students designed the exoskeleton for the structure of the life-sized tiger and the mechanical components to provide pitch and yaw motion of the tiger head, and for actual motion of the tiger tail,” Dr. Hargove said, “The students designed the robotic metal components inside the tiger head to provide the motions, including blinking LED lights for the eyes of the tiger. The tiger tail included a swivel device to provide motion.”

The tiger was placed on a wooden platform to easily transport it around. The tiger consisted of a sound system to also let the tiger make noise, and roar just like a tiger would.

“It does not take a genius to become an engineer.  It simply requires a strong desire to learn, interests in making or building things, and like working in teams,” Dr. Hargrove said.

TSU Salutes and Supports Veterans Educational Goals

TSU Salutes and Supports Veterans Educational Goals

  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 […]