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TSU Student and Graffiti Artist’s Passion Is Transforming A North Nashville Neighborhood’s Walls

TSU Student and Graffiti Artist’s Passion Is Transforming A North Nashville Neighborhood’s Walls

  By Lucas Johnson  – TSU News Service Courtesy of National Public Radio NASHVILLE, Tenn. – In a North Nashville yard, artists have transformed concrete walls into canvases by painting a dozen large-scale murals. It’s at 817 18th Avenue North, in what owner A.J. Sankari says […]

Criminal Justice Students Go to Trial

Criminal Justice Students Go to Trial

By Martavious Morton and Victoria Myles The criminal justice department at Tennessee State University goes further and beyond than what the student body can see.  Many criminal justice students chose this major to make a difference. In our society today, the difference may be hard […]

Longtime AP Reporter Joins TSU as Director of Media Relations

Longtime AP Reporter Joins TSU as Director of Media Relations

By E. Freeman

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (TSU News Service) – Lucas Johnson, a longtime reporter with the Associated Press, has joined the communications team at Tennessee State University as director of Media Relations. He replaces Rick DelaHaya.

“I am very delighted to announce the addition of Lucas Johnson to our staff as the new director of Media Relations,” Kelli Sharpe, assistant vice president of University Public Relations and Communications, said. “For more than two decades as a reporter with the Associated Press Lucas has established himself as a capable and respected journalist. I am thrilled to have him join our media department.”

Prior to joining TSU, Johnson worked for 24 years with the AP covering local, state and national news. For the last 10 years he covered the Tennessee General Assembly as a beat reporter. A native of Memphis, Tennessee, Johnson holds a B.A. in journalism from Middle Tennessee State University.

Obesity Among African American College Students

Obesity Among African American College Students

By Martavious Morton Are you dealing with the freshman 15 weight gain? Well you’re not alone. Most African American students and various HBCUs across the country all have the same problem. Obesity among college students at HBCUs has increased in the last ten years. Most […]

Meal Prep 101

Meal Prep 101

By Chef Monay If you are one who lives a busy life but still loves a home cooked meal or just simply don’t feel like taking the time to prepare a full meal every day, then I have the perfect solution for you. Most of […]

Some Students Spent Their Winter  Break Giving Back

Some Students Spent Their Winter Break Giving Back

By Delvakio Brown

Winter break is a perfect time for students to relax, enjoy a few weeks away from homework, and spend time with their family.  But that’s just not enough for some students at Tennessee State University.  A few students took winter break as an opportunity to give back and volunteer.   Sophomore chemistry major, Treasure Giddens, got involved with HBCU Service Day in her hometown Detroit, Michigan.  Treasure along with students from various historically black colleges and universities packed blessing bags.  Three homeless shelters benefited from the bags.  They were filled with socks, gloves, hand sanitizer, mouthwash, hats, scarves, and handwritten cards to uplift the homeless.

Sophomore communications major, Brandon Robinson, kept himself occupied the whole break with various community service projects.  He helped out at the Summerfield Nursing Home by helping feed the residents and assisting with the activities and games. He also served as host for the University of Louisville Upward Bound Program for the annual Christmas party and chaperone for the school dance at Shacklette Elementary School.

Miss. Tennessee State University, Tyra Laster helps with Feed the Hungry & Homeless every chance she gets.  Over break she served as security for an event.

Sophomore dental hygiene and health science double major, Kelli Harris, helped her mother’s chapter of Eastern Star.  She helped provide Christmas dinners for unfortunate families in her community.  The project impacted three families in Union City, Georgia and two families in College Park, Georgia.

Miss. Sophomore, Jeneisha Harris takes no breaks from her royal duties while away from school.  She helped with Christmas basket giveaways at her old high school, Melrose in Memphis, Tennessee. She helped pass out baskets to the less fortunate and gave away Kroger gift cards.

We all can learn from participating in community service.  Rather it’s realizing a bigger picture in life or coming together with others with the same mindset to serve, community service makes a difference.  “It was like putting a little piece of myself into a bag that would brighten someone’s day”, stated Giddens after she reflected on her experience of creating blessing bags.  She also enjoyed connecting with other HBCU students from Detroit who have a mindset of making it in life to make their city better. While together they thought of ways to encourage middle and high school students to attend HBCU’s and let them know anything is possible for the near future. Harris was touched at the fact that people can go through so much behind their smile.  “You never know what they’re going through until you see it for yourself on the inside.  What I learned is that it’s okay to smile through your hard times because blessings and better days are coming,” stated Harris. These students prove the motto of “Think, Work, Serve” to be true at Tennessee State University through their actions during the semester and on break.IMG_0575

 

TSU Director of Track and Field Chandra Cheeseborough-Guice Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

TSU Director of Track and Field Chandra Cheeseborough-Guice Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

By Lucas Johnson NASHVILLE, Tenn. (TSU News Service) – Tennessee State University Director of Track and Field Chandra Cheeseborough-Guice is the recipient of the Jimmy Carnes Lifetime Achievement Award. She received the award from the Florida Track and Field Hall of Fame at a ceremony […]

Welcome Back TSU!

Welcome Back TSU!

By Ada Taylor Welcome back TSU Tigers! Schedules have been made, bags have been unpacked, and the Big Blue family has reunited once again! And like every family, every so often we have some new members joining us. To these students, we do not say […]

Preparing for Finals? Here’s a Little Advice

Preparing for Finals? Here’s a Little Advice

 

By Shayla Simmons
Meter Staff Writer

As the fall semester comes to a close, members of the freshman class reflect on their first few months in college. They ask themselves what they could have done better to experience a better semester.

The following quote by ancient Chinese philosopher Confucius may best sum up what a notable amount of freshmen may be experiencing, “By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest”.

The time of reflection has come for students now that midterms have passed and finals are fast approaching. Some may take this time to improve their study habits and time management skills or review materials in which they are lacking. Others may consider what habits need to be moderated such as excessive partying.

Confucius also said, the next step to wisdom is to imitate those who best portray the success the student is trying to gain. When looking for someone to emulate, students need to look no further than Tennessee State’s upperclassmen.

For example, Shaylyn Rice, a theater major in her junior year, and a member of the university’s Honors College, had much to share when asked what advice would she give underclassmen.

“You have to learn how to prioritize. You really have to map out your days and how you are going to get everything done. But, you also have to factor in some personal time. For me, having a large planner to plan out my week and a to-do list in order of importance works best”.

Rice was also asked to reflect on her time spent at TSU. “I’ve loved my college experience thus far; it has taught me so much and has allowed me to grow as a woman. But, if I could do one thing differently it would be to allow myself time to rest because that relaxation is what keeps your body and mind pushing”.

Lastly, all students are faced with the lingering element of experience in the quest for wisdom. The question that remains is how will university students gather experience to eventually allow others to imitate them.

Holiday Events Around Nashville

Holiday Events Around Nashville

  By Martavious Morton Meter Staff Writer The Entire Middle Tennessee area is definitely in the holiday spirit this year. There are numerous holiday events happening around the Nashville area. The Franklin Christmas Tree Lighting will be held on Today, December 3 at 5:15 p.m. […]