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Month: May 2016

Memories and Advice from Graduating Seniors

Memories and Advice from Graduating Seniors

AYONNA JAMES Advice to Students: “Live for Tomorrow and not for Today, because the actions you make today affect your tomorrow.” DAVID JENKINS Advice: My advice to an underclassmen is to just make sure you study. You’re going to have days where you want to quit, but just pray, […]

TSU Yearbook Returns for Class of 2017

TSU Yearbook Returns for Class of 2017

By Ada Taylor  Meter Staff Writer Everyone wants to reminisce by viewing old family pictures albums, and the big blue family is no different. That is why when students voted for the candidates of SEC week this year, they also had the opportunity to vote […]

TSU’s Annnual Tiger Fest Brings About Unity

TSU’s Annnual Tiger Fest Brings About Unity

By Ada Taylor 
Meter Staff Writer
Tennessee State University’s annual Tiger Fest was “as hype as you’d expect it to be” laughed sophomore Kayla Smith. For those who don’t know, Tiger Fest could be described as a field day. The day typically includes a few hours of music, food, and games all on the president’s lawn for the students to enjoy. One of the activities that students tend to enjoy most is the mechanical bull, at least those who were not afraid to take it on.
 Junior Jaylen Jones says, “What’s a college get together without a couple of Greeks?”
TSU’s favorite Greek Orgs also did their part to make Tiger Fest memorable, joining in on a step show competition hosted by Cracker Barrel and The Rickey Smiley show. Out of the participants, it was the Ques who went home with the win.
But it isn’t the wins and losses that make Tiger Fest what it is. What makes Tiger Fest a day that everyone looks forward to is seeing the student body come together. It is a reminder that TSU is more than a campus, it is a community.

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.

State Rep. Love Announces New Bills

State Rep. Love Announces New Bills

By Shayla Simmons Meter Staff Writer During the National Conversation on Black Males & Violence at Tennessee State University, Representative Harold M. Love Jr. announced two bills. The first of the bills demanded that any deaths or injuries sustained in police custody must be reported […]

Farrakhan Proclaims That Business is War

Farrakhan Proclaims That Business is War

By Leona Dunn Meter Staff Writer   The honorable minister Louis Farrakhan closed the third annual BUSI conference at Tennessee State University April 16 in Kean Hall with a keynote address on the theme “Business is warfare.” This was following a leadership boot camp that […]

TSU’s Hodges Named Maxine Smith Fellow With TBR

TSU’s Hodges Named Maxine Smith Fellow With TBR

NASHVILLE, TN (TSU News Service) — Dr. Jame’l Hodges, TSU’s assistant dean of Student Life and Engagement, has been named a Maxine Smith Fellow with the Tennessee Board of Regents.
Hodges is the fourth TSU administrator to receive the honor in the last few years.
As a Maxine Smith Fellow, the longtime students affairs administrator will have the opportunity to experience how decisions are made at the TBR senior administrative and governing board levels.
The fellowship was established in 2002 as a TBR central office Geier initiative to provide African-American TBR employees the opportunity to participate in a working and learning environment that enhances work experience and career development. The objective is to increase the academic and professional credentials of the fellows, as well as help to increase the number of qualified applicants from underrepresented groups for senior-level administrative positions at TBR institutions.
“I am honored to have been nominated by President (Glenda) Glover and look forward to representing TSU,” Hodges said. This is an amazing opportunity that will provide me with professional development to prepare me for future career goals as well as expose me to new strategies and approaches in quality assurance and student success at TSU.”
Dr. Maxine Smith, after whom the fellowship is named, was a pioneer in the civil rights movement in Tennessee. She was executive secretary of the Memphis Branch of the NAACP from 1962 to 1995. In 1971, she became the first African American to be elected to the Memphis Board of Education. In 2003, Smith and former President Bill Clinton received the prestigious Freedom Award by the National Civil Rights Museum.
Other former TSU Maxine Smith Fellows are Dr. Cheryl Green, assistant vice president for Student Affairs; Tiffany Cox, director of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action; and Tiffany Bellafant Steward, director of New Student Orientation and First-Year Students.

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.

Tennessee State Acknowledges Denim Day

Tennessee State Acknowledges Denim Day

By Shayla Simmons Meter Staff Writer The campus of Tennessee State University in partnership with the Sexual Assault Response Team banded together on April 27 to celebrate Denim Day, an international event meant to bring awareness to victims of sexual assault and “protest the misconceptions […]

TSU Holds National Conversation on Young Black Males and Violence

TSU Holds National Conversation on Young Black Males and Violence

By Victoria Gourdin Meter Staff Writer   Trayvon Martin’s murder several years ago is very well known and a prime example of unnecessary violence against black men, regardless of age. Another example is the 12-year-old who was playing with a toy gun and brutally shot […]

TSU Forms Impressive Team to Assist With FOCUS Act

TSU Forms Impressive Team to Assist With FOCUS Act

By Lucas Johnson
TSU Media Relations
Tennessee State University President Glenda Glover has formed a Transition Advisory Committee to assist the University with implementing the new FOCUS Act.
It is a group from diverse backgrounds to take on the task outlined in the legislation, which is currently awaiting Governor Bill Haslam’s signature. The committee will provide thoughtful leadership, and assist in determining how the institution will advance from the current Tennessee Board of Regents structure to the new state university board governing structure. The major role of this external committee will be advisory in nature with the ultimate goal of developing the strategy for implementation of the FOCUS bill.
“The University has formed this Transition Advisory Committee to assist the leadership, and my office from a strategic execution standpoint as we advance to this new governance structure,” said TSU President Glenda Glover. “The men and women serving on the TSU Transition Advisory Committee represent a cross section of professionals with extensive backgrounds in higher education, board governance, and executive management.”
The members of the TSU Transition Advisory Committee are: Traci Otey Blount- Executive Vice President, Corporate Marketing & Corporate Affairs, Robert L. Johnson Entertainment and former Communications Director, 2008 Hilary R.Clinton Presidential Campaign; Attorney Charles Robert Bone- Chief Executive Officer, Bone McAllester Norton, PLLC,; Lauren J. Brisky- Retired, Vice-Chancellor for Administration and Chief Financial Officer, Vanderbilt University; Beverly Carmichael- Senior Vice President, Chief People Officer, Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc.; Colleen Conway-Welch, Dean Emerita and Professor Emerita, Vanderbilt School of Nursing; George L Davis Jr.- Co-Owner/Chief Technology Officer of Ultimate Progress Incorporated; Dr. Kelley Castlin-Gacutan- Superintendent, Birmingham Public Schools; Dr. Fred Humphries- Retired President, Florida A&M University and former President Tennessee State University; Jamie Isabel- Owner, Dalmatian Creative Agency, Inc.; Richard Lewis- Owner, Lewis & Wright Funeral Home; Dr. Edith Peterson Mitchell-President, National Medical Association; Wendell Moore- Senior Public Policy Advisor, Baker Donelson Law Firm, PLLC and former Deputy Governor State of Tennessee; Dr. Shirley Raines- former President, University of Memphis; Dr.Maria Thompson- President, Coppin State University, Baltimore, MD; Bishop Joseph W. Walker, III- Presiding Bishop, Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship International & Sr. Pastor Mt. Zion Baptist Church; and Brenda Wynn- Davidson County Clerk.
The new legislation creates state university boards for the six public universities now under the Tennessee Board of Regents system, including TSU. The committee is a part of the University’s overall Transition to FOCUS Initiative. An internal working group is also a part of this initiative.
“This committee is not the long-term state university board that will be appointed by the Governor, rather it is transitionary in nature designed specifically for planning purposes,” Glover explained. “The duration of the committee will be for approximately one year.”
The other four-year institutions under TBR that will have its own independent boards under the FOCUS Act are Austin Peay State University, East Tennessee State University, Middle Tennessee State University, Tennessee Technological University, and the University of Memphis.
Please visit the TSU website at www.tnstate.edu/president/focus for detailed information on the TSU Transition Advisory Committee, along with the original FOCUS Act legislation and related news items and updates.
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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.

Couple Sues Snapchat Over ‘Speed Filter’ They SayMade Woman Drive Too Fast

Couple Sues Snapchat Over ‘Speed Filter’ They SayMade Woman Drive Too Fast

(AP) A couple is suing Snapchat, claiming that the social media app’s “speed filter” tempted a woman to drive too fast, causing a crash. Media outlets report Wentworth and Karen Maynard filed a lawsuit in Spalding County state court against Snapchat and 18-year-old driver Christal […]