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Month: March 2016

The Meter Staff Meets Tennessean Editor Michael Anastasi

The Meter Staff Meets Tennessean Editor Michael Anastasi

On March 28, 2016 the new editor of The Tennessean spoke to The Meter staff, sharing his story of his career in journalism and his hopes for the future of the business. Shayla SimmonsA Senior Mass Communications student with a concentration in Marketing, Editor-in-Chief Shayla […]

New TSU Police Chief Announced, More Safety Enhancements in Place

New TSU Police Chief Announced, More Safety Enhancements in Place

NASHVILLE, TN (TSU News Service) — Tennessee State University is continuing to implement its 10-Point Safety Enhancement Plan with the hiring of a new police chief and additional safety measures. University officials announced Monday that Gregory Robinson has returned to his alma mater to take […]

Starbucks Now Open on TSU Campus

Starbucks Now Open on TSU Campus

By Leona Dunn

Meter Staff Writer

When is this Starbucks going to open? That’s what multiple students around campus have been asking all year round, and finally, March 8, 2016, the day had finally arrived.

“I went there for the first time today and I think the set-up is beautiful it actually reminds me of a real Starbucks, the service is friendly and even though there was a bit of a wait, the drinks were good so it was worth it,” freshman Brandi Becoats said.

She was one of many students awaiting the grand opening, and  not the only one wondering what’s going to be the next big thing done for Tennessee State University’s campus. Rumors have surfaced about the renovation of all dormitories, and have been confirmed by President Glenda Glover at the first town hall meeting held this semester.

“We plan to knock down Wilson, Boyd, and Eppse and build apartment complexes eventually, “ Glover said, “but that will be way, way in the future probably not during our time.”

Tennessee State University tries to keep something for the students to look forward to yearly with their master plan fully updated on the TSU website.

So right now the students have the new Starbucks to occupy their need of something new to do on campus. Grab a friend and get there early because if there is anything Tennessee State University is notorious for, it is their long lines, and Starbucks is proudly continuing that tradition.

A Senior Mass Communications student with a concentration in Marketing, Editor-in-Chief Shayla Simmons is a native Marylander. Self-identifies her editorial writing to be her strongsuit with topics ranging from politics to social issues to pop culture commentary.

TSU Freshman Recreates Worn Out Shoes Into Art

TSU Freshman Recreates Worn Out Shoes Into Art

By Delvakio Brown Meter Staff Writer Watson Hall is full of young men striving to obtain the goal of receiving a college degree.  One resident in particular is taking advantage of making a difference, one pair of shoes at a time.  When KeShun Pinkney, freshman […]

Beverly Bond Comes to Tennessee State University

Beverly Bond Comes to Tennessee State University

By Ada Taylor Meter Staff Writer There is no better way to celebrate Women’s History Month  at Tennessee State University than to reaffirm that Black Girls Rock! This is exactly why the 9th Women of Legend and Merit Awards and TSU’s Distinguished Lecture Series featured […]

Nashville has a special preview of “Story of God with Morgan Freeman”

Nashville has a special preview of “Story of God with Morgan Freeman”

By Delvakio Brown

Meter Staff Writer

The Jewish West End Synagogue in Nashville on March 16 transformed into a place where people of various religions gathered to take part in an early preview of “The Story of God with Morgan Freeman.”  Nashville is one of a few selected cities to receive an early viewing of the show.  The Story of God is a six-hour National Geographic documentary that airs April 3, 2016 on the National Geographic Channel.

Imagine sitting in a seat and the person on your right was a Muslim woman wearing a hijab, and the person on your left was a Jewish man wearing a Kipa, and just so happens the person right behind you was a Christian.  This was reality for some who attended the special viewing.

The curious and thought provoking Morgan Freeman, who was God in the 2003 film “Bruce Almighty,” now questions who is God in a third person view point by exploring the five main faiths of religion.  Through the lens of Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Hinduism, and Buddhism, questions are raised about how each faith views different subjects and how each religion is similar and different.

 Early viewers were shown the episode about The Apocalypse, the hardest episode to make according Lori McCreary, CEO of the production company Revelations Entertainment.  

“This is of the six, the hardest episode for us to put together, but my favorite part in particular was going to Jerusalem because I’ve never been,” McCreary said.

She continued, “It was very moving and very hard to explain the feeling and effect it left on me.  It was really the heart of when we started as a group of filmmakers coming together in the midst of a location important to three religions.”  

When the premier ended, a panel of four with a moderator took the stage.  It was at this moment the audience found out how members of different religions felt about the film.

“I think when you see the six episodes, you get to see that flavor, in particular the Jewish part,” stated Rabbi Joshua Kullock, who also served on the Faith Leadership Advisory Council for the documentary.  

Zulfat Suara, chair of the American Muslim Advisory Council (AMAC), liked how misconceptions were broken down.  

“I was glad that the gentlemen talked about the difference between Islamism and Islam,” she said.

In the previewed episode, a man of the Islamic faith talked about how he was radicalized during a time he was marginalized.  Based off the color of his skin and culture he was picked on, and Islamic extremist recruited him.  Suara was glad that it was showcased that all Muslims are not the same, and many cases of radicalization are a result of being marginalized in society.  Panelist Stacey Croft, pastor of Christ Presbyterian Church, wanted more information displayed after reviewing it.  “The film is a connection piece,” Croft said.  

The idea sparked while McCreary and Freeman were on a tour of the Hagia Sophia, a museum in Istanbul, Turkey eight years ago.  McCreary noticed a painting above her head and realized that there were some concepts about religion about which she needed to know the truth about.

 After that, the idea was made into a concrete plan and the documentary got underway.  By bringing together a group of 80 people from various religious backgrounds, cultures, and curiosities, a well-rounded series was created that doesn’t focus on the differences of each religion but the viewpoints of each religion on the topics that they all share.

With the narration of Morgan Freeman, viewers are taken on a journey around the world discovering the connection that each religion has on creation, who is God, evil, miracles, end of days, and resurrection.  Viewers are shown a world behind the scenes that Freeman questions through intellectual conversation.  There is so much information to share that there are talks about a possible The Story Of God 2.  

A Senior Mass Communications student with a concentration in Marketing, Editor-in-Chief Shayla Simmons is a native Marylander. Self-identifies her editorial writing to be her strongsuit with topics ranging from politics to social issues to pop culture commentary.

Wardrobe Secrets for a Killer First Impression

Wardrobe Secrets for a Killer First Impression

By Shayla Simmons Meter Staff Writer Wake up and your day is already starting. First class begins at 9:35 and afterwards, a meeting with your professor. Two more classes and then you try to squeeze in lunch. You have enough time to meet with your […]

Career Center Provides Opportunities

Career Center Provides Opportunities

By Khandi Wilson Meter Staff Writer The Career Center is a prime accessory that Tennessee State University offers to its students. It is a free full service center, located on the third floor of the student center, which provides students with opportunities to develop professionally […]

Taking Over One Cookie at a Time

Taking Over One Cookie at a Time

By Leona Dunn

Meter Staff Writer

Mikayla Jones came to TSU last Fall, as a freshman ready to start her college career with nothing but high hopes, big dreams, and 24 credit hours. In a year, she’s accomplished being Miss Honors, a business owner and a junior that will have enough credits to graduate in three years.

“ I always try to take advantage of every opportunity I have because there are just too many out here to  just let them go to waste like that, and I am constantly telling people, ‘don’t take no for an answer because most of the time no just means not right now,’” Jones said.

Mikayla started her own cookie business at Tennessee State University her freshmen year by taking advantage of a missed opportunity and getting the little encouragement she needed from her fellow students.

“The business literally just happened after I tried to run for Miss Hale Hall, I bought all this stuff to make cookies for my campaign then didn’t make them in time,” Jones explains, “so by networking with random people in the cafeteria, one day I met a boy who lived in the apartments.  I told him about all this material I had just sitting in my room, so he let me use his oven and we made cookies.”

Surprised by the reaction she got when she walked back into her dorm with all of these cookies that sold so quickly, she decided maybe she would make this a re-occurring event.

“I walked into my dorm with these cookies that I was selling, and in thirty minutes, everything was gone. It only took thirty minutes,” Jones said.

When it comes to school, Mikayla shows the same drive and initiative through her schoolwork that she does in her extra-curricular activities. Her goal is to eventually be the CEO of a hospital located in an area with a huge Hispanic influence which aligns perfectly with her health science major with a minor in Spanish.

“I was going to do the degree in three program, but decided to stay all four years so that I could get the opportunity to study abroad and immerse myself in an environment of people that speak fluent Spanish, because I feel like I will learn easier that way,” Jones said, “and I really want to be fluent in Spanish before I leave college. That’s a major goal I am trying to accomplish.”

As for the cookie business, Jones plans to foster that into a million dollar corporation so that it can eventually run itself. Currently it’s an online based business located out of two cities; Nashville and Cleveland. Jones takes orders through social media and word of mouth. Eventually she would like to get a storefront and have it as an underground artistic gallery, where her cookies could just be snacks compared to everything else going on in the center full of enlightenment.

“Since I do other things, sing, dance and spoken word- I guess I am just looking for a place here I can bring everything I have to offer together,” Jones said, “ I feel like if you’re not dreaming big you’re not dreaming at all and I want everyone to remember when it comes to opportunities, closed mouths never get fed.”

A Senior Mass Communications student with a concentration in Marketing, Editor-in-Chief Shayla Simmons is a native Marylander. Self-identifies her editorial writing to be her strongsuit with topics ranging from politics to social issues to pop culture commentary.

Nutrition and Diet Tips for Healthy Eating

Nutrition and Diet Tips for Healthy Eating

By Keimonee Burford Meter Staff Writer Many Americans today want to make their fast paced lives as stress free as possible by finding alternatives to cooking in junk food, a type of unhealthy food that most Americans enjoy eating because it is cheap, quick, tasty, […]