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Month: March 2017

TSU Holds First Sadie Hawkins Dance

TSU Holds First Sadie Hawkins Dance

By Christina Young Staff Writer Love is in the air as Tennessee State University holds its very first Sadie Hawkins, hosted by The Women’s Center.  The Sadie Hawkins Dance is usually an informal dance sponsored by a high school, middle school or college, in which […]

Annual Women of Legend and Merit Awards Mar. 21

Annual Women of Legend and Merit Awards Mar. 21

By Leona Dunn, News Editor The 10th annual Women of Legend and Merit Awards ceremony will be held March 21, at 7 pm in the Tennessee State University Gentry Complex. Actress Vivica A. Fox will be the evening’s special guest and entertainment provided by Angela […]

Taylor’s Success Gained by Time at Tennessee State

Taylor’s Success Gained by Time at Tennessee State

By Christina Young
Staff Writer
Neysa Taylor, former Meter Editor at Tennessee State University and the current  Director of Communications at the Tennessee Department of Corrections, came to visit and discussed her time as a student here at Tennessee State University and how her passion for news made her into the successful women she is today.
In 1993, during Taylor’s first semester at TSU, she decided to major in Mass Communications.  This eventually led to an internship with Channel 4, where one of the first stories she covered was a fire that occurred on campus at Watsons Hall.
Ms. Taylor also spoke about how there were many times when she was the only black person in the newsroom. In this way, she says that “Diverse values have always been a passion of mine. I love telling the story that’s untold. I love being the voice of the voiceless. “ She believes that just because something isn’t part of your world, it doesn’t make it not newsworthy. Taylor’s passion for diversity motivated her to uncover stories for other stations as well, such as Channel  5, where she worked for 15 years.
Nesysa Taylor now works at the Corrections office and loves helping the misunderstood. In this regard she believes that there are too many people surface dwelling who do not take the time to know what’s really going on, and her position at the Department of Corrections helps to change that.
Taylor ended by saying that she works harder now than she ever has in her life.  She advises people to go out and prosper. Go be great.  She believes no job is too small.  She enjoys working hard and says she doesn’t like to be comfortable. “I like to run, I like to stretch, I like to grow, I like to be at the table. I am ambitious to a fault, and it all started here at TSU.”

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.

North Nashville History Preserved on the Plaza

North Nashville History Preserved on the Plaza

By Lavenia Chappel NASHVILLE, TN — Originally a footpath from the Cumberland River to the Hadley Plantation, Jefferson Street was once known as one of America’s best known districts of jazz, rhythm and blues. It served as the home to artists such as Little Richard, […]

Great Debate Takes Place Between Two Institutions

Great Debate Takes Place Between Two Institutions

By Ada Taylor, Editor in Chief Tennessee State University was founded in 1912 and Vanderbilt University was founded in 1873. For the past 105 years, these two institutions have educated students less than three miles from each other, and yet the schools’ forensics teams have […]

TSU Graduate Jackson is the New Mr. Clean

TSU Graduate Jackson is the New Mr. Clean

By Raven Ashlee Mosely-Hall
Staff Writer
Mr. Clean has cleaned himself up and become a new man! TSU graduate Mike Jackson has replaced the iconic cartoon of the tall, handsome man dressed in all white with a single gold hoop earring, after 59 years. Procter & Gamble held a contest looking for the new Mr. Clean, and after hundreds of videos were submitted, they selected fellow TSU Tiger Mike Jackson.
Mike graduated from TSU in 2003. While here he went to every home football game and while in high school in Atlanta, he played the sport himself. He majored in Marketing, and now he works in Sports Marketing.
Jackson made his debut in a commercial during the Super Bowl. “I’m a big football fan so being at the Super Bowl is pretty incredible,” said Jackson, who spent the week on radio row in his Mr. Clean garb doing interviews for the product. “I was really excited when I heard that would be my first duty as Mr. Clean. I can’t wait to see what else they have in store for me the rest of the year.”
Mr. Clean still has the slick bald head, gold earring and the tight white shirt we all know and love. But Mr. Jackson is different because he’s adding diversity to the brand, and quite frankly, can even help with the image of black men and how they are depicted. Mike is making us proud.

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.

Getting Rid of the Stigma of HIV/AIDS to Find a Cure

Getting Rid of the Stigma of HIV/AIDS to Find a Cure

By Leona Dunn News Editor “What person goes to Kroger’s, gets stuck and starves to death? That is exactly what we are doing; we are in a world where we have everything we need to survive. So let’s eat,” T. K. Hampton told over 200 […]

‘Why We Laugh’ Shown During Black History Month

‘Why We Laugh’ Shown During Black History Month

By Knija Kendrick Staff Writer The showing of “Why We Laugh” that was released back in 2009, directed by Robert Townsend and Quincy Newell, was shown on Friday, February 17th in the Student Success Center, where students can learn about the history behind black entertainment […]

President Trump’s Travel Ban and How it Affects TSU

President Trump’s Travel Ban and How it Affects TSU

By Shayla Simmons
Copy Editor
There are so many current events plaguing news stations that sometimes it may seem hard to keep track. However one to be aware of, of all of the latest executive orders passed by President Trump, is the nationwide travel ban.
Implemented on Jan. 27, 2017, a mere eight days after officially entering office, the travel ban wreaked havoc in airports across the country. The order prohibited any immigrants, green-card holders or not, from entering into the country.
In detail, the order temporarily suspended all travel to the U.S. for citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries (Syria, Somalia, Yemen, Sudan, Iraq, Iran and Libya) for 90 days and refugees for 120 days. Syrian refugees were targeted, being annexed indefinitely.
This prompted the response of attorneys nationwide to allow entrance to those affected by the unconstitutional ban, ultimately leading to the unanimous blockade by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco. They refused to reinstate the ban, rejecting the Trump administration’s claim of presidential authority, questioning its motives and ability to survive legal challenges.
A new version of the order is expected to face the public once again; this time clarifying green-card holders will not be affected.
Regarding the travel ban, President Glover issued a statement via email to students. In the email, Glover urged students that could possibly be affected to reconsider travel at this time and to seek consultation with an immigration attorney if travel is necessary.
“Tennessee State University has a proud reputation of being a welcoming and inclusive institution. We are proud of our diverse campus community with more than 700 students representing communities from around the globe,” read a portion of Glover’s statement.
With 8.3% of students registered to the university as “non-resident alien” according to Forbes, the ban could potentially affect a moderate percentage of the student body, and certainly the rest of the country.

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.