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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 […]

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 a (17-13) overall record and (8-8) in the conference. TSU had a good first half and went into the locker room with a 34-28 lead. TSU was shooting great from the field at 52% and lights out from 3 at 60 percent.

The Tigers came out pretty hot in the beginning of the second half opening up a 10-2 run. They extended their lead to a game high of 14 points. SEMO eventually started to trim at that lead and finally got it back under double digits with 11 minutes in the second half. SEMO continued to cut into the lead and came within 2 points of the Tigers with about 7 minutes left. The Redhawk’s gained their first lead since the first half with 27 seconds left but TSU’s Armani Chaney tied it all up at 64 with two free throws. The Tiger’s made the final defensive stop to send the game into overtime.

SEMO started the overtime period strong with 5 quick points. TSU’s Delano Spencer hit a three and Darreon Reddick scored a layup to get the Tigers within two points. With less than 30 seconds left TSU trailed by 3 points and Ken’Darrius Hamilton heaved up a 3 and tied the game at 75. About 3 seconds later SEMO’s Tahj Eaddy hit the game winning 3 pointer. The Tigers fell to the Redhawks 75-78.

Senior Wayne Martin led TSU with 19 points and 8 rebounds. Sophomore Armani Chaney added 14 points and Senior Tahjere Mccall put in 12 points. Jordan Reed was also big on the boards and added 8 rebounds.

The Tigers fought valiantly but couldn’t get the win. Coach Ford says “It’s kind of like déjà vu all over again for us, giving up a second half lead here in the conference tournament”. The Tigers gave away a second half lead to Austin Peay in last year’s OVC Tournament.

A Senior Mass Communications student with a concentration in Marketing, Editor-in-Chief Shayla Simmons is a native Marylander. Self-identifies her editorial writing to be her strongsuit with topics ranging from politics to social issues to pop culture commentary.

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. […]

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 it is true, we must ask ourselves what has led to this disconnect. One reason may be that millennials do not have an extraordinary amount of trust in the government. According to the 2016 Millennial Impact Report, “more than half of millennials trust the government only a little or not at all, compared to 44 percent of millennials who trust the government some or a lot.” Some believe that, as a result, millennials participate less in political activism and more in civic activism.
To simplify, this means that even if the phrase “political dropout” is accurate, millennials still care about our sovereign state. However, there is a difference in ideology. The average Millennial believes that our issues are better resolved by the individual than the government. This theory is further supported by a 2014 Pew Research study in which 50 percent of millennials identified as politically independent as opposed to Republican or Democrat.
Still, while there appear to be reasons that explain the so-called political indifference of Generation Y, does this indifference actually exist? The Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE) says no.
In a report titled “A Study of College Student Political Engagement,” CIRCLE found that “millennials are more involved in both civic and political life than their predecessors.”
This is because in 1993, the Charles F. Kettering Foundation published a study that revealed that college students at that time considered politics irrelevant to their lives. In comparison, CIRCLE says that students now say that politics are relevant to the issues that concern them.
But at the end of the day it is not about who is the most politically aware but who is taking the most political action. In this regard, I would like to see my fellow millennials doing a bit more.

A Senior Mass Communications student with a concentration in Marketing, Editor-in-Chief Shayla Simmons is a native Marylander. Self-identifies her editorial writing to be her strongsuit with topics ranging from politics to social issues to pop culture commentary.

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 […]

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 […]

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 female students either invite male students, or come with friends. The woman behind the dance, Seanne Wilson, thought the dance would be a fun thing for students to do on Valentine ’s Day.  Wilsons also says that The Women’s Center here at TSU is excited about doing many different things this year.
She said one reason for holding the dance was that “We wanted to reach out to students and see what they would be excited about, and a lot of the young men and women say that its always the same old event and they wanted to do something different.” The dance had food, entertainment, music and dancing for the couples and friends to enjoy.
Sophomore Leona Dunn thought the dance was an amazing event and made this one of the best Valentine’s Days she has had. “The Women’s Center throws the best events. I am so happy I got to spend my Valentine’s day with friends and people that I care about rather than being alone, and that’s what it’s all about.”
It’s safe to say that this Valentine’s Day, students got more than just a card and some candy. They got memories that will last them a life time.

A Senior Mass Communications student with a concentration in Marketing, Editor-in-Chief Shayla Simmons is a native Marylander. Self-identifies her editorial writing to be her strongsuit with topics ranging from politics to social issues to pop culture commentary.

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 […]