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Month: March 2017

President Trump’s Russian Relations

President Trump’s Russian Relations

By Ada Taylor On Monday, March 20th, the directors of the NSA and FBI testified before The House Intelligence Community. While the conversation was not limited to one topic, much of the time was spent covering Russian interference in the 2016 election. FBI director James […]

TSU Honors Dr. Page

TSU Honors Dr. Page

By Christina Young Tennessee State University celebrates legacies by honoring the Pioneers of the Mass Communications department on March 3rd. The Distinguished honoree was Dr. Donald C. page, who has taught in the department of Communications since 1977, specializing in mass communications. Professor and Journalist […]

NABJ Student Chapter Makes a Comeback

NABJ Student Chapter Makes a Comeback

By: Shayla Simmons

If one finds himself or herself interested in aspects of print, digital, or broadcast journalism, or wants to hone his or her skills, meet like minded peers and establish fruitful connections, the NABJ (National Association of Black Journalist) Student Chapter is worth looking into.

Through the efforts of Jason Luntz, a professor here at Tennessee State University, and Mrs. Sandra Long Weaver, Advisor of The Meter and founder of the NABJ, the student chapter here at TSU has been rebooted. The chapter is expected to be student led, so those that are excited to dive into the world of professional journalism are encouraged to attend.

Students are expected to receive career and internship opportunities, professionalism workshops as well as guest speakers from professional journalists in the area. Interested students can also apply for national membership to the NABJ and take advantage of national conventions where job-recruiting prospects are available and possible business connections are endless. Student NABJ members also have access to exclusive internship opportunities.

If interested, please be on the look out for flyers giving details of the meeting. At the first meeting officers will be voted upon and expectations for the chapter will be discussed. Don’t miss out on such an opportunity!

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.

A New Conversation: A Student Opinion Piece

A New Conversation: A Student Opinion Piece

By Leona Dunn The purpose of special elections in the fall has always been to bring in the Freshmen Delegation and fill any vacant spots in the current Student Government Association administration. Yet, lately it’s been looked at as an easier, expedited way to run […]

TSU OVC Championship

TSU OVC Championship

By Joshua Walden TSU’s first game of the OVC Tournament came against the fifth seeded Southeast Missouri Redhawks. They came into the game with (14-17) overall and (9-7) in the conference. TSU came into this game as the underdogs. They were the eighth seed with […]

Spring Break

Spring Break

Alexis Clark

Meter staff writer

Spring break is officially over, but it appears as if everyone has had a great break! A few students stayed on TSU grounds to complete classes during extreme spring break while others went home to spend time with their families. Still, others enjoyed break with friends in various states across the country. I spoke with Di’Andre Carter, a sophomore here at TSU, to get some insight on her spring break experience and how she stayed safe during travel and vacation. “The experience was amazing. It was my first time traveling to Miami, Florida as well as my first time going on a trip with friends. We created so many memories that I will always cherish.” Carter also expressed that even though it was a large group of friends, everyone stayed together majority of the time as their focal safety precaution. With the technology we have today, such as the iPhone, it is possible to share your location wherever you are. This is an important tool that can be used to find out where people are located at any time if necessary. “We also made sure we did not receive food or drinks from strangers. While my friends and I made sure we enjoyed our spring break, we were also sure that we were fully aware of our surroundings at all times.” Hopefully other students are following their lead.

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.

Why Do We Game?

Why Do We Game?

By Victoria Gourdin Playing video games is more or less a given in today’s society. According to VentureBeat News, over 1.2 billion people are playing videogames worldwide and of those people, 46 percent of gamers are women and 54 percent are men. While men dominate […]

Are Millenials More Passive Than Previous Generations?

Are Millenials More Passive Than Previous Generations?

When it comes to millennials, a new term has been coined – political dropouts. When considering this term, it forces one to ask his or herself a couple of questions. 1) “Is it true?” and 2) “If it is true, why?” If we assume that […]

TSU Blood Drive Allows Students to Help Others

TSU Blood Drive Allows Students to Help Others

By Victoria Gourdin
When asked the question “why donate blood,” people have many different responses. Some do it because they feel it is the right thing to do. Others may know someone who might need blood. Still, regardless of matter what the reason is, people can donate blood knowing that they will be changing and helping a life. According to one of the Red Cross representatives, blood is one of the most priceless gifts you can give to anyone. The need for blood is constant and therefore so is the need for donations.
Set in Kean Hall, students showed up to offer not only their time and blood but also their insight as to why they would give blood in the first place. When asked why donate, Nhadya Cambridge said “it’s cool to me and I’m not afraid of needles or blood.” The process was fascinating to her and she was also able to help someone else in need. She also mentioned how fast and friendly the overall process was and at the end, the patients were offered free snacks to help with recovery. For Lyric Lowe, the process was the same for her after the 14-gauge needle. She found herself in the donating chair because of her brother who beat cancer but constantly needed blood because of a stem transplant. Despite the fact that she was more than spiteful of the rather large needle, her brother alone led her to Kean and into the donating chair. Finally, Charlie Green said “There’s not one specific reason [to donate].” He said while singing hallelujah. For Mr. Green, donating blood could be for anyone and it was simply a public good.
Donating blood may appear to be a simple and easy thing to do, but it can make a tremendous difference in someone else’s life. Blood drives are proven to alter the lives of many different people throughout the world and TSU students seem proud to participate.

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.

Taking Pride in Our Faculty

Taking Pride in Our Faculty

By Shayla Simmons Over one year ago, Sandra Long Weaver agreed to advise The Meter, the student-run newspaper on the TSU campus. Beginning her legacy at TSU with only two students, she helped re-establish the newspaper read and loved by the student body. However even […]