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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.

Women of Empowerment Host Blanket Drive

Women of Empowerment Host Blanket Drive

By Leona Dunn Women of Empowerment, the Tennessee State University chapter of the National association of colored women’s club, held a blanket drive to bring in the new year giving back. “It was a thought that our president, Imari Scott-Cheatham, our paraphernalia chair Kelli Harris, […]

Nonprofit Group Supports Women on the Rise

Nonprofit Group Supports Women on the Rise

By Lavenia Chappel Shannon Lee in 2015 founded the Nashville nonprofit Ladies Who Strive “to motivate, inspire and educate” young women to accomplish their entrepreneurial and career goals. The organization is designed to be a support system for striving young women, something Lee felt was […]

Graduate School Hosts First Recruitment Fair

Graduate School Hosts First Recruitment Fair

By Lucas Johnson
NASHVILLE, TN (TSU News Service)  Tennessee State University’s School of Graduate Studies and Research is hosting a recruitment fair on Jan. 28 to showcase its excellent programs, and more.
The fair, the school’s first, will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday in the atrium of TSU’s Avon Williams Campus in downtown Nashville.
In particular, the fair aims to make prospective graduate students aware of TSU’s seven doctoral degrees, 24 master’s degrees and eight certificate programs. Many of the graduate programs will offer on-site and provisional admissions, as long as a transcript is available the day of the event, said Dr. Lucian Yates, III, dean of the Graduate School.
“This is a grand opportunity for advanced degree seekers to meet, talk, and possibly enroll at a ‘one-stop’ event,” said Yates, adding that prospects will be able to interact with faculty, as well as Alumni Association members.
“The administration, faculty, and staff look forward to this opportunity and the possibility of serving future Tigers.”
Yates said the school is also taking advantage of a new Tennessee Board of Regents policy that allows TSU and other state institutions to offer discounted rates to students within a 250-mile radius of their campuses.
Under the new plan, graduate students taking nine credit hours will pay 35 percent less, or $6,176, a difference of about $3,200 from the previous rate.
In publicizing the fair, TSU Graduate School organizers reached out to school districts and other organizations in the states that fall within the 250-mile radius. They are: Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio and Virginia.
For more information about TSU’s Graduate School, visit www. Tnstate.edu/graduate

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.

Several Graduate from New Management Training Program

Several Graduate from New Management Training Program

By Emmanuel Freeman NASHVILLE, TN (TSU News Service) — Tennessee State University is making sure all its employees holding management positions are proficient in their areas. On Jan. 12, TSU President Glenda Glover presented certificates to 18 managers who completed the first in a series […]