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Month: May 2016

EDITORIAL: It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye

EDITORIAL: It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye

There is a time for everything, the saying goes. There’s a time to plant and a time to uproot; a time to tear down and a time to build; a time to be silent and a time to speak.  I have had a lot of […]

Single Gift of $26K Highlights Alumni Activities

Single Gift of $26K Highlights Alumni Activities

By E. Freeman TSU Media Relations NASHVILLE, TN (TSU News Service) — A single gift of nearly $26,000 capped a weekend of activities by Tennessee State University alumni to raise funds for scholarship to support students at their alma mater. The Beta Omicron Chapter of […]

When Life Gives You Lemons

When Life Gives You Lemons

By Shayla Simmons
Meter Staff Writer
Beyoncé has done it once again. The singer released her sixth album titled Lemonade exclusively on HBO as a visual album. The album contained twelve songs, each following the emotions of her husband of eight years, rapper Jay-Z, his infidelity and the reconciliation of their marriage.
To say the least, the visuals were amazing as is expected of the work of Beyoncé. The message was clearly delivered, yet also contained a deeper narrative. Immediately following the release of the album, social media was swarmed with a multitude of commentaries. From the empowerment of Black women, to addressing the Black Lives Matter movement, to the importance of self-worth, mostly everyone could find an element that they could connect and relate to.
My personal take away from the entirety was quite the roller coaster. Initially, I, like many others, only saw the surface of the issue. I could not get past the fact that anyone could remain unfaithful to a woman like Beyoncé. Basically in my eyes, love was over and out as far as I was concerned.
But upon further review and left to create my own interpretation, I came to the conclusion that when life gives you lemons, you make lemonade. Lemons can be any struggle in your life. Infidelity, racism, police brutality, misogyny, unemployment even something as virtually minute as a spat with your roommate, it all leads to a greater purpose.
Yes, it sounds unbelievably corny but the “lemonade” you make of your situation can be just as “bitter” or “sweet” as you make it to be. Beyoncé chose not to let her marriage end. You can choose to come out a better person in the end. The defining factor is all based on perspective.
So what kind of lemonade will you make?`

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

Chief Robinson Emphasizes Student, Police Relationship

Chief Robinson Emphasizes Student, Police Relationship

By E. Freeman NASHVILLE, TN (TSU News Service) — Tennessee State University’s new top cop says a good relationship between students and police will benefit campus security. Police Chief Greg Robinson had a “meet-and-greet” at two TSU residence halls on April 20, about a month […]

Sigma Tau Delta Returns to Campus

Sigma Tau Delta Returns to Campus

Tennessee State University is known for demonstrating high excellence in service and academics, and having honor societies is a way for students to be recognized for exemplifying these important ideals. The University already has honor societies such as Alpha Kappa Mu, Golden Key International, Phi […]

Departments Team Up to Form New Project, Ars Poetica

Departments Team Up to Form New Project, Ars Poetica

By Martavious Morton
Meter Staff Writer
The Mass Communications Department and the Literature Department has teamed up to form a great project known as Ars Poetica.
 Dr. Michelle Pinkard teaches a Poetics and Compositions class in the Literature Department at TSU. Mr. Brian Day teaches Visual Storytelling I which is a class that focuses on production and the placing of videos in a story in the form of a documentary. Together the two professors and departments worked on a project that involves poetry and video production.
The backstory of the poetry were handled by students in Dr. Pinkard’s class, and Mr. Day’s students were responsible for placing that story in documentary form as well as creating a visual representation of the poem presented to them. The overall project took 3 weeks to plan and produce. This project helped the Mass Communications students get more experience in creating an actual story in documentary form on a whole new level. It helped them show their creative editing skills and ideas. The poets loved the productions and working with the Mass Communications students because it helped some of them come out and embrace their inner artist.
 “The screening was wonderful. There were tears, including my own.  We would have loved to hear more about the choices in cinematography, but we ran out of time. People were demanding to know when the DVD would be released,”Dr. Pinkard said.
The students are currently working on producing a DVD featuring the films that they would like to release to the public soon.

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

TSU Chemistry Day Chance for Middle and High School Students to Showcase Talent, Participation in Research

TSU Chemistry Day Chance for Middle and High School Students to Showcase Talent, Participation in Research

By Lucas Johnson TSU Media Relations More than 100 middle and high school students recently participated in research and demonstrations at Tennessee State University’s 13th annual Chemistry Day. The event on April 7 provided a platform for students to showcase their talent and knowledge in […]

‘Coffee and Conversation’ With Meharry’s First Lady

‘Coffee and Conversation’ With Meharry’s First Lady

By Leona Dunn Meter Staff Writer Tennessee State University and Meharry Medical College students and faculty joined together for “Coffee and Conversation,” a meet and greet hosted by the Women’s Center with the help of new first lady of Meharry Medical College, Phyllis  D.K. Hildreth. […]

Meet The Meter’s New Editors for 2016-2017

Meet The Meter’s New Editors for 2016-2017

ADA TAYLOR, Editor-in-Chief
Taylor is a rising senior and Mass Communications major with an Integrated Marketing concentration. She is from Detroit, Michigan and always looking for ways to help out. She stays active on the TSU campus and hopes to continue doing so after graduation by helping nonprofit and other organizations promote themselves and their brand.
 
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SHAYLA SIMMONS, Managing Editor

Simmons  is an 18-year-old rising sophomore majoring in Mass Communications with a concentration in Journalism. She is from the Washington D.C area and hopes to take her interests and passions into the real world and one day establish a news outlet for expatriates.
 
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LEONA DUNN, News Editor

Dunn is a rising sophomore and Mass Communications major with a journalism concentration. She is from Omaha, Nebraska. Written and spoken word is her favorite hobby. She believes her purpose in life is to inform the public about things they would not have known, things that impact their lives and help heal and broaden their mentalities. She is also involved in LYLAS, Honors College and Soul Fire on the TSU campus.

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

Former Congressman Ford to Speak at Commencement

Former Congressman Ford to Speak at Commencement

By E. Freeman TSU Media Relations NASHVILLE, TN (TSU News Service) — The President of the National Medical Association, Dr. Edith P. Mitchell, and Former U.S. Congressman Harold Ford, Jr., will be the keynote speakers at Tennessee State University’s spring commencement ceremonies. Mitchell, a retired […]