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 […]
Month: January 2016
By Shayla Simmons Meter Staff Writer Students from HBCUs and PWIs alike participated in the 24th annual NAAAHP (National Association of African American Honors Programs) Conference from Oct. 31 through Nov. 2 at the Grand Opry Gaylord Resort. The students had a chance to network, […]
Reginald Stuart, a native of Nashville and a Tennessee State University alumni and retired journalist, posed questions to Meter staffers on Oct. 26 to make them think about what they need to know to be successful in the journalism business.
“What is a sesquipedalian,” Stuart said, “This question is worth money.” He told the students not to use their smart phones but to try and figure it out. Stuart worked at The Tennessean newspaper before becoming a reporter for the New York Times. He went on to work for Knight Ridder newspapers and the McClatchy Co.
As the students struggled to answer this along with other terms and names of people, Stuart just kept asking questions, and dropping hints. He gave the answers to some questions but most he kept to himself. He has challenged the students to remember all the names and terms and go find out the facts for themselves.
“A sesquicentennial is 150 years. And it’s been 150 years since the end of slavery which ended in 1865. Know for your own sake, not mine, who the people I named are and be able to summarize. Be concise and precise about what you’re saying too, the more clear you are the more people believe you,” Stuart said.
Stuart also gave the students a little history lesson about The Meter. He said it was started by Sam Yette, who went on to write “The Choice” and was a well-known journalist in the country. Yette is now deceased.
He then wrapped up the the evening’s conversation with a story about him being a young journalist and his boss telling him that if he covered a story he would get a free continental breakfast. The young Stuart had no idea what a continental breakfast was and thought it was a grand, large breakfast. He was excited to go and ended up being disappointed with free coffee and donuts.
“As young journalist you don’t start off being smart and elegant such as myself, you start as dumb as a box of rocks. I don’t expect you to know everything under the sun but I expect you to go out there and try to learn as much as you can,” Stuart said.
By Shayla Simmons Meter Staff Writer The Meter staff was presented with a special treat thanks to their advisor, Sandra Long Weaver. Tennessee State University alumni, Mr. Dwight Lewis, graced the staff with personal anecdotes as well as words of wisdom. With an extensive list […]
By Leona Dunn Meter Staff Writer On Wednesdays at 5 p.m. in Room 103 in the Humanities building, you can hear all kinds of voices illuminating the halls with poetry. Soul Fire, a poetry workshop was started last year by five students after a day […]
TSU NEWS SERVICE — President Glenda Glover unveiled a 10-point safety plan during a press conference on Oct. 30. At press time, the shooter still had not been identified. The investigation had expanded to Memphis.
The 10-point plan emphasizes a partnership with Metro Nashville Police and other law enforcement agencies, an increased police presence, enforcement of the university’s ID policy, the establishment of a TSU Police satellite office, centrally located on the campus where there is high student traffic, and a Student Safety Patrol.
“I have spent time with (Nashville) Police Chief Steve Anderson, Metro Police North Precinct Acting Commander Blair, and Mr. Mark Gwyn, director of the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation to develop additional strategies that deal specifically with the incident,” President Glover said.
Below is the Tennessee State University 10-Point Safety Enhancement Plan:
1. Increased visibility of the TSU police force.
We have a partnership with Metro Nashville Police, who have already joined with TSU PD in providing increased patrols on campus. We have also begun the process of hiring more TSU Police and Security Officers to fully implement the increased activity.
1. The opening of a new TSU Police satellite office in the Floyd Payne Campus Center, near the courtyard area.
This satellite office will be fully operational beginning November 1, 2015.
1. Strict enforcement of the TSU ID policy, requiring students, faculty, and staff to wear IDs at all times.
We will strictly enforce TSU’s ID policy, which requires students, faculty, and staff to wear their campus-issued ID at all times. IDs must be worn visibly and not contained in a pocket, book bag, or handbag.
Fines will be imposed for individuals not wearing IDs. (The first time there will be a warning or referral. The second time is a $25 fine, and the third time is a $50 fine).
The same policy will also apply to parking. Students and employees must show a campus-issued decal and ID to come on campus. Special IDs and parking passes will be issued to campus visitors.
1. The incorporation of a tip hotline, through our Red Flag System, that will allow individuals to report information anonymously. We also have a mobile TSU Safety App which can be downloaded to cellular phones.
2. We are offering cash awards to students as a part of our See Something Say Something.
This initiative encourages students to report suspicious activity to the TSU PD.
1. The initiation of a Student Safety Patrol staffed by volunteers from male student organizations—which include fraternities, service organizations, and other related campus groups — to accompany individuals across campus.
The TSU Student Safety Patrol will consist of uniformed volunteers that will be strategically located across the campus for added patrol and provide assistance to students when requested. Recruitment has begun and will continue throughout the semester.
1. More frequent room inspections in campus housing.
Room checks are randomly conducted if there is reasonable cause to believe that a student is using a residence facility for purposes that are illegal, constitute a hazard, or would seriously interfere with campus discipline.
1. Enhanced surveillance on campus, including cameras and lighting will continue.
2. Increased access control on campus through proximity readers.
We began this initiative with our classrooms and expand the program to include the Floyd Payne Student Center in approximately 3 weeks. Other campus buildings will come on-line throughout the year.
1. The completion of Phase II of the fence project on TSU’s campus.
Phase I is approximately 75% complete. It is the existing fence with gates and access control from Kean Hall on 33rd to Hale Hall on Albion.
In Phase II – we will continue the fence to other parts of the campus. It will start from the existing chain link fence behind the Torrence Hall Engineering Building to the TSU steam plant area.
By Leona Dunn Meter Staff Writer Tennessee State University Administration and Faculty did not waste time to address the concerns of students following the Oct. 22 shooting on the campus. On Friday, Oct. 23, a prayer service was held where Student Government Association President Racia […]
By J. Michaux Meter Staff Writer Recent shootings on and adjacent to the campus of Tennessee State University have thrust the HBCU into the national limelight. Students and alumni have taken to social media proclaiming #IAMTSU and #PRAYFORTSU. The first shooting during Homecoming Week took […]
Imagine this scene: It was unusually warm for an October night. I had just gotten off of work and I was feeling good knowing I was about to see my girlfriend, even if all we were going to do was study in the Courtyard. When we got there I noticed a group of guys in the corner gambling, but that wasn’t uncommon. In fact nobody was paying them any attention until the shouting started. I could tell a fight was brewing, but I never would have guessed… I tried to get my girl out of there but it all escalated so quickly. When the first shot went off, all I remember is pushing her in the opposite direction and praying that we could run fast enough.
Nothing happened that way on Oct. 22 but it could have. Imagine if this young man had been you. Would you be able to wake up and go to class the next day as if nothing had happened? For many people, the answer is no. That is why a number of students have begun to ask questions. With the knowledge that neither the shooter nor the victim were in fact students, the first one that comes to everyone’s mind is “how did this happen?” Freshman Jerrica Cole said that the only thing that can be done is to tighten up security.
However, not everyone agrees with this as the only issue. Upperclassman Aliyah Gray says “you can feel the tension on campus, and to some extent that is our administration’s fault. As students we feed off the energy of those leading and instructing us, but it seems as if our administration only cares about us when the cameras are rolling.” In fact, various students have pointed this out. Although it is understood that no administration is perfect, and that even an improved one could not guarantee a change in atmosphere, it is clear that students believe that the people leading them should be more involved within the campus.
Nonetheless, this tragic incident has not discouraged students from attending their beloved institution. Aaron Brown, Junior, says “I have been here since freshman year and I feel attached to this school. No matter what happens, this is my HBCU and I would rather be a part of uplifting it.”