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Month: March 2016

TSU Student Takes On Princeton University

TSU Student Takes On Princeton University

Delvakio Brown Meter Staff Writer Every Tuesday and Thursday morning while most students with 8 o’clock classes are getting ready to head to class, Romin Geiger prepares himself for a long day full of data, and pulls out his blue bike and begins peddling towards […]

A Touch Of Confidence Through Beauty

A Touch Of Confidence Through Beauty

By Delvakio Brown Meter Staff Writer While in college it’s hard to keep up with the day to day maintenance of hair and makeup.  With late night studying, completion of homework assignments and everyday tasks college ladies try to get every second of sleep they […]

New Radio Show Gives Dreamers a Chance

New Radio Show Gives Dreamers a Chance

By Delvakio Brown

Meter Staff Writer

If you tune into WTST The Blaze on a Monday or Wednesday evening, you’re not going to hear the sounds of the Billboard Top 100, or songs that are being played on Nashville radio stations.  When Joselyn Hall and Anthony Garrett, known on air as Jo Yvonne and TatsNTunes respectively, clicks the button for the next song to play live on air, the voices that feel the atmosphere are new and different. They’re of musical artists from the Nashville area.  

The current season of the show has introduced artists like Gee Slab, Bryant Taylorr, producer Greedy Money, and clothing designers like Eazy.  

Since a young age, Jo Yvonne has wanted to see others in the community grow, and have the spotlight shined on what they are doing.     

The whole concept of such a show began with Jo Yvonne visiting local shows and events.

 “I felt the energy in the room and knew that others needed to feel what I felt,” said Jo Yvonne.

The show gives entrepreneurs, producers, music artist, actors, and actresses a chance to shine.  Jo Yvonne wanted to break the stereotype of new being just “local talent”.

“I felt as if everyone in Nashville should have a chance to share with the world what they have to offer and not be limited to just Nashville, because they are more than locals, they are actual people with great talents that need spotlight,” stated Jo Yvonne.  

Eazy, who happens to be a Nashville native and sophomore majoring in merchandising, started a clothing company called, Believe And Prosper.  

“When starting this company in the summer of 2013, I was inspired by surrounding like-minded individuals, and I had all and continue to have all the confidence in the world,” stated Eazy.  

He has had the chance to have pretty dope people such as Denver Nuggets Gary Harris wear his clothing.  His whole brand focuses on emphasizing self-confidence and the power of believing in yourself.

Yo Gotti, a well-known Memphis native rapper, has some of his hits produced by Greedy Money, who also happens to be TatsNTunes’ older brother. He produced one of Yo Gotti’s hits, White Friday.  This just shows you how much talent Nashville has, and how it is being showcased with the help of two TSU students.  

The dynamic duo is careful on what they bring to the show.  When looking for what to bring next, they listen to what makes them vibe, and get excited.  They look for the “Who Is That?” feeling.  When music makes them ask that question, they are interested in listening or knowing more.  Ultimately, Jo Yvonne wants to have a platform to showcase people who do not get any spotlight everywhere.  This local wants to make sure that every local gets their chance no matter what their craft is.  

Marvel Wade, junior mass communications major, says, “I like how the show is interactive!”  
You can catch what’s new and hot by tuning in to tsuradio.com Mondays and Wednesdays from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. or download the Tune In app and type in WTST.  For anyone in the Nashville area looking for a chance to showcase their music, you can e-mail three to four clean edited songs to newnashvilleradio@gmail.com

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.

Key to Success, Power of the Press

Key to Success, Power of the Press

By Alexis Clark Meter Staff Writer “Get your feet wet with The Meter, then from there go for the next step,” says Gethan Ward who paid The Meter staff a visit to inform us of the steps to succeed. Ward is business journalist who writes […]

Sexual Assault Precautions at TSU

Sexual Assault Precautions at TSU

Shayla Simmons Meter Staff Writer With sexual assault allegations sweeping through the universities of Tennessee, students, parents, faculty and campus police are all on high alert. With statistics stating that one in five college students experiencing sexual assault during their collegiate career, it comes with […]

Convocation Special Guest Speaker Honors Students

Convocation Special Guest Speaker Honors Students

By Leona Dunn

Meter Staff Writer

Mentor, DJ, producer and entrepreneur, Beverly Bond spoke to Tennessee State University Honors students during the annual Honors Convocation in Kean Hall. At the ceremony students that have made the Dean’s and President’s list along with our numerous honors societies were recognized. Though she was brief with her speech lasting under three minutes, Bond was yet still empowering.

“As a mentor, I am excited to meet young people like you,” Bond said, “I hope that you reflect deeply on the practices and the values and the sacrifices that made these achievements possible, these are the very tools that you will need to implore during the next leg in your journey.”

Not only did Bond commend the students for their accomplishments but also gave them words of advice to take with them into their daily lives.

“Excellence is a mindset, a lifestyle, a choice and it’s an attitude. I believe that striving for excellence at all costs and in all ways is the ultimate key to success and longevity in any discipline you choose to focus your attention on, not only as students but as working professionals.”

Also at the convocation a scholarship was given to Lauren Adams, a rising senior architectural engineering technology and computer science major, who designed an honors building to hopefully be implemented into the TSU master plan, where honors students would stay and have classes. Bond ended her words of encouragement saying the best is yet to come and now the Honors College is already hoping the best will come their way very soon.

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.

Internships Are a Great Way to Show Initiative

Internships Are a Great Way to Show Initiative

By Ada Taylor Meter Staff Writer Looking for an Internship? We can help! Nowadays a degree is the new diploma; everybody has one. As a result, employers are looking for candidates who have gone the extra mile during their time in college, and an internship […]

Linked to Excellence Empowers Women

Linked to Excellence Empowers Women

By Leona Dunn Meter Staff Writer Linked to Excellence Music City Branch at Tennessee State University is a program of educated empowering women who have come back to help female students unlock the keys to success in both their workplace and lives.  Alumni and their […]

The Importance of Mentorships for Students

The Importance of Mentorships for Students

By Ada Taylor

Meter Staff Writer

At one point or another, every single one of us has had to learn from those who came before us. After all, wisdom comes with experience, so we look to those who have had the experiences. This isn’t only true for fathers who can teach you how to play ball, but also for juniors, seniors, and graduates who have been where you are now. No matter what point you are in life, having a mentor can be nothing but beneficial.

As a freshman or sophomore, an upperclassman can help you navigate your way through college. They get it; it’s hard to juggle classes, a job, a social life and all of the things you’re involved with on campus. Mentors are people you can talk these things through with, get tips from, and maybe even a hook-up or two. After all, college isn’t just about the degree; it’s about the networking opportunities. This is why it’s smart to get a mentor with the same major as you, as they can typically introduce you to the same people who have helped them out along the way.

However, mentors aren’t only for underclassmen, and juniors and seniors could use one for many of the same reasons. The only difference is that these people tend to already work in the industry that the mentee wants to go into. These relationships are helpful for obvious reasons, but they are also helpful for the not-so-obvious ones too, like being a shoulder to lean on in a time of need.

Alexis Sommers is one person who knows this from experience.

“Someone close to me passed away, and I was a wreck. I wasn’t eating or going to class, and I was considering dropping out of school,” she says. “It was actually my mentor who was constantly checking on me, forcing me to do my homework, and who eventually convinced me to stay. I’ll always be grateful for that.”

It isn’t just the mentees who are grateful for the experience, but the mentors as well. One mentor, Mrs. Patricia Roads, says it has been one of the most rewarding experiences of her adult life.

“I met Cynthia when she was a sophomore in high school, and I have had the pleasure of mentoring her for the past six years. I recently got to see her graduate college, and I have never been more proud.”

Mrs. Roads says she would recommend being a mentor to everyone, because “everyone has a story, and you never know who could benefit from hearing yours. Mentors change lives.”

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 Presents ‘West Side Story’ March 31

TSU Presents ‘West Side Story’ March 31

By Victoria Gourdin Meter Staff Writer West Side Story is a well-known play that follows the unrequited love story of Maria and Tony trapped in the midst of gang violence and ethnic differences, much like that of Shakespeare’s tragedy Romeo and Juliet. Tennessee State University’s […]