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Former TSU Football Player Eligible to Return to School

Former TSU Football Player Eligible to Return to School

The football team of Tennessee State University made headlines in November after a video went viral of former defensive end, Latrelle Lee, punching strength coach, T.J. Greenstone, who was responsible for keeping players away from the sideline to avoid a penalty. The viral video showed […]

Women’s Basketball Season Thus Far

Women’s Basketball Season Thus Far

The Women’s Basketball team at Tennessee State University kicked off their season in November and has only 11 games left in conference play. The lady Tigers are 3-14 overall and 1-7 in conference.

The team began their season facing University of Memphis on Nov. 10. The team fell short in overtime with a 79-75 loss. They continued to fight hard throughout their preseason and came out with two big wins against Fisk University (93-48) and Lipscomb University (71-64).

Jumping right into conference play, the Tigers lost their first three games against University of Tennessee at Martin, Southeast Missouri State University and Jacksonville State University. Nonetheless, they pulled out their first conference victory with a 76-66 win against Tennessee Tech University on Jan. 6.

“We’re still trying to get used to each other and find our groove. I have no doubt that our team is going to grow from here. Lots of potential and drive to improve from everyone and I know we are going to finish off this season strong,” said Kaliya Griffin, a sophomore from San Jose, California.

Coming up, the Tigers have half of their conference games still remaining with 6 home games and 5 away games.

Men’s Basketball Senior Season

Men’s Basketball Senior Season

The Tennessee State University Men’s Basketball team has four graduating seniors this season. With only 10 games left, that means it is also the countdown to the end of four collegiate basketball careers. TSU Men’s Basketball seniors are Delano Spencer, Ken’Darrius Hamilton, A.C Reid and […]

TSU Students Excitedly Await “Black Panther”

TSU Students Excitedly Await “Black Panther”

Marvel fans across the world excitedly await Marvel’s newest highly anticipated film Black Panther. Some of those fans are right here on the campus of Tennessee State University. One fan is Nigile Adams, a freshman Health Science major, who says he is a huge Marvel […]

The Aristocrat of Bands Takes on Atlanta

The Aristocrat of Bands Takes on Atlanta

The Aristocrat of Bands headed to Atlanta, Georgia on Thursday, Jan. 25, for the 16th annual Honda Battle of the Bands Invitational Showcase with this year’s theme being, “March On. Dream Together”. The AOB has been to Honda three times in the past four years.

In order to be a participate in the battle, bands from various historically black collages and universities are voted on and the top six contenders with the most votes are invited, along with two bands that have not been to Honda at all or very few times.

The Aristocrat of Bands practiced their performance since Thursday of the previous week, losing two days of practice because of the snow. Together they have created a brand new show in less than a week’s time and excitedly presented their show to all who were in attendance. This year, the AOB was the seventh band to perform, making this a prime-time spot, being very close to the end of the event.

The Honda Battle of the Bands was previously held in the Georgia Dome, but this year, it was housed at the Mercedes Benz Stadium, Atlanta new home of the Atlanta Falcons and Atlanta United FC. The stadium has as retractable roof and a maximum capacity of 71,000 people, but can be expanded to 75,000 for events such as the Super Bowl. The change in venue made for an exciting twist to the status quo.

The other bands that participated in the Honda Battle of the Bands included: Alabama A&M University, Prairie View A&M University, Alabama State University, North Carolina A&T State University, Hampton University, Miles College, and Bethune-Cookman College.

How to be Green

How to be Green

What are the first three things that pop into your head when you think about college? Perhaps studying, football games, and top ramen come to mind. Of course academics and having a booming social life are some of the main priorities for a college student, […]

Students Gather to Protest Campus Living Conditions

Students Gather to Protest Campus Living Conditions

Change is in the air at Tennessee State University. Students and faculty gathered in front of Mary Wilson Hall on Jan. 25 and ignited a protest charging TSU’s administration to fix a myriad of issues regarding dorm conditions and other campus concerns. Some residents complained […]

Changes Made to Greek Membership Intake at TSU

Changes Made to Greek Membership Intake at TSU

Hazing has become a real threat at colleges and universities across the nation. Headlines broadcasting the result of such a dangerous trend have unfortunately become commonplace. While not only hazardous and potentially fatal, hazing is also a liability for the schools themselves.

Hazing is described to be “any activity expected of someone joining or participating in a group that humiliates, degrades, abuses, or endangers them regardless of a person’s willingness to participate.

In 2017, four undergraduate pledges died in relation to their Greek processes to join a fraternity. 19-year-old Timothy Piazza died on Feb. 4 while pledging Beta Theta Pi at Pennsylvania State University. Maxwell Gruver, 18, passed away on Sept. 14, while pledging Phi Delta Theta at Louisiana State University. While pledging Pi Kappa Phi at Florida State University, Andrew Coffey, 20, died on Nov. 3. Only ten days later, 20-year-old Matthew Ellis died on Nov. 13, while pledging Phi Kappa Psi at Texas State University.

These incidents have prompted the universities in question and several others to re-evaluate their current practices when it comes to Greek activities. Multiple campuses have called for bans on social events where alcohol is involved, tighter regulations, and have even gone as far as suspensions for Greek activities or entire Greek letter organizations.

To prevent such a tragedy from being recreated on the campus of Tennessee State University, the administration has started to take action to make a stronger effort to regulate the process for Greek intake.

The first of these changes came on, On Nov. 28. The Tennessee State University Office of Student Affairs held a mandatory membership intake meeting in preparation for the Spring Semester. The meeting was required for non-members to be even become eligible to become a Greek aspirant during the 2017-2018 school year.

During the meeting, the definition of hazing was discussed as well as what qualifies as hazing. The administration also made sure to disclose the proper protocol to alert of any possible hazing activity.

Another major change has been the change in the official intake window. President Glover has asked for all new initiates to be presented before Feb. 26.

“President Glover has made the statement on numerous accounts that there has been many allegations of “hazing” going on for the last couple of years. Claims to have been receiving phone calls from parents and more. So, as the president of the university, she’s [taken] matters into her own hands and has put restrictions on the intake timing for the university,” according to Derrick Greene Jr., President of the National Pan-Hellenic Council.

Current Greek members do not look favorably on the changes, fearing that they will interfere with national processes and that the short window of time will not allow for adequate time to prepare.

Tennessee State University Brings the Business to Campus

Tennessee State University Brings the Business to Campus

On Tennessee State University’s campus, the Career Development Center is well known for their events that aid in networking and helping students and alumni alike to branch out and find career opportunities they never knew were available. This specific event coming up, the Internship Fair, […]