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Month: November 2016

The Rich History of Air Force ROTC Detachment 790

The Rich History of Air Force ROTC Detachment 790

By Ada Taylor Editor-in-Chief   It is common knowledge that Tennessee State University has a rich history, but what many people don’t realize is that this extends to the ROTC as well.  In fact, part of that history currently resides on campus in the form […]

Last Presidential Debate Before November 8th

Last Presidential Debate Before November 8th

By Khandi Wilson It is nearing the end before it is time for the nation to vote on who is going to be the next President of the United States. During their performance, it was noticeable that Donald Trump had made traditional debate preparations which […]

Prominent Civil Rights  Attorney Crump to Speak at TSU’s NAAAHP Gala

Prominent Civil Rights Attorney Crump to Speak at TSU’s NAAAHP Gala

By Lucas Johnson
NASHVILLE, TN (TSU News Service) — Prominent civil rights attorney Benjamin Crump will be the keynote speaker at Tennessee State University’s 25th anniversary gala for the National Association of African American Honors Programs on Monday, Oct. 31.
Crump is the noted Florida lawyer who represented the families of Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, and Terence Crutcher in police shooting cases that made headlines around the world. Crump was also an advocate in the Robbie Tolan police brutality U.S. Supreme Court case, as well as the Martin Lee Anderson boot camp death case.
“Mr. Crump is a highly sought after speaker,” said TSU President Glenda Glover. “Tennessee State University is pleased to have him at the gala,” which will be held at TSU’s Howard C. Gentry Complex.
Crump is the 73rd President of the National Bar Association, the largest organization of lawyers of color in the world, representing over 60,000 black lawyers, judges, and legal professionals. He has received numerous awards, including the SCLC Martin Luther King Servant Leader Award, and the NAACP Thurgood Marshall Award. Ebony Magazine has recognized him as one of the Top 100 trial lawyers.
“Attorney Crump believes in fighting to preserve the justice that minorities have achieved throughout the civil rights era,” according to Crump’s website.
Gala organizers believe Crump will be an inspiration to students, in particular, involved with NAAAHP, a consortium of 100 HBCUs and PBCUs Honors Programs and Colleges from around the country.
The theme of this year’s three-day conference that kicks off Oct. 29 is, “Celebrating 25 Sterling Years of Academic Distinction.”
More than 400 of the nation’s best and brightest students are expected to attend the conference, as well as representatives from about 70 colleges and universities, including HBCUs and Ivy League institutions like Harvard. A graduate and career fair with representatives from more than 40 top graduate schools and companies from across the country will also be held for participants.
Dr. Coreen Jackson, president of NAAAHP and interim dean of TSU’s Honors College, said the conference is designed to commemorate the vital role the organization has played in supporting honors education for more than 20 years.
“We invite the legal community, the academic community, and the Nashville community on a whole to join us for this auspicious occasion,” Jackson said.
To register or to obtain more information about the conference, visit  www.naaahp.org. Tickets for the gala are $85 per person and $25 for students with ID.

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 Career Fair is a Success

TSU Career Fair is a Success

By Shayla Simmons Copy Editor Students of Tennessee State University flocked to Kean Hall where the 2016 Career Fair was held, hosted by the Career Development Center. With more than 135 companies making an appearance, students of all kinds took full advantage of the opportunity. […]

3rd Party Candidates: How Do You Feel About Them?

3rd Party Candidates: How Do You Feel About Them?

By Knija Kendrick Staff Writer Based on the title, you might be asking yourself, “Wait, Hillary and Trump aren’t the only two running?” and the answer would be no. There’s actually a total of 4 candidates: The Democratic party’s Hillary Clinton, the Republican party’s Donald […]

What Veterans Day Means to a Soldier

What Veterans Day Means to a Soldier

By Martavious Morton

The time to honor our veterans has come again! Being a part of the United States Army opened my eyes and let me know just how much we should appreciate our military veterans. Throughout my 3 years in the military, I have learned that being a veteran means you hold life’s values to a higher standard. Furthermore, army veterans have to set an example for us younger soldiers so that we will continue the amazing legacy of the Army. To be honest I haven’t considered myself a true veteran yet because I have not been deployed and have not served overseas. Of course, this does not necessarily meaning serving in a war, but just leaving and getting the full experience in general. Sometimes I wish I could have joined during an earlier time, but I’m glad to be serving and protecting America now. Still, one thing I do love is talking to veterans from every branch of the military and listening to their experiences. It’s astounding to hear what these people have gone through in order to keep our country safe from harm. They have worked all around the clock and now they trust us to do the same.
I celebrate Veterans Day by thanking those soldiers, airmen, marines and sailors that came before me. It’s an honor to pick up such a legacy and I will continue to celebrate Veterans Day even after my career in the Army is done. Happy Veterans Day!

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.

No More Mildew in the Student Center

No More Mildew in the Student Center

By Alexis Clark Staff Writer As we all know, the game room, as well as other offices in the basement of the student center, have been closed because the ceilings were affected by mildew. Unfortunately, the recreation area will not be open until next semester. […]

Turning Natural, A Proudly Owned Black Business

Turning Natural, A Proudly Owned Black Business

By Victoria Gourdin Even with the many different movements happening throughout society today, black people are still constantly dealing with many different forms of racism. For this reason, it is expected for a community to stand together.  In general, experts are quick to advise people […]

What Now? What’s Your Plan for Life After College?

What Now? What’s Your Plan for Life After College?

By: Ada Taylor
Editor
In a couple of months, those of us who are seniors will be wondering “What now?” _ especially those who will be graduating in December. However, if we begin preparing now there will be fewer people moving back home and more of us moving on to a career.
 Now, this is not to say that there is something wrong with moving back in with your parents. In fact, according to Forbes Magazine, a whopping 45% of all college graduates move back home after graduation.
 This is for a plethora of reasons, the main reason, of course, is money. The large majority of seniors graduate with tens of thousands worth of debt, and many simply have nowhere else to go. However, this is no excuse not to have a plan.
Whether or not you live with your parents/guardian after graduation, your goal should be the ability to support yourself and you should be working toward that goal at all times.
 Here at Tennessee State University, we have multiple resources and opportunities that will help you do just that. For example, a Career Fair was held in Kean Hall on Wednesday, Oct. 26 with the specific purpose of assisting juniors and seniors in their search for a job. That is, of course, for those juniors and seniors who are actively searching for a job, and therein lies the problem. Unfortunately, many students receive their degree and become content. They feel as if they have accomplished the goal but students sometimes forget the bigger picture _ their career.
Going from college straight into your career is not always possible but it is also not the only option. After all, a degree is the new diploma. In this day and age everyone has one, and in the current economy, it is likely that you will need more. This leads us to those two dangerous words we seniors like to avoid – Grad school.
 I mean didn’t we just give the school system 17 years of our life, if not more? Well yes, but there is no limit on knowledge and opportunity, and grad school is your opportunity to focus your goals. Not only can you become more advanced in your chosen field but you can sometimes change your field entirely. You do not always have to major in the same area for your Master’s degree as you did for your undergraduate degree.
All in all, there is no room for complacency. Contrary to what you might not have been told, graduating does not mean you have crossed the finish line. Graduating is a reason to celebrate, but it is never a reason to slow down.

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.