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TSU Helps Celebrate the Life, Legacy of MLK

TSU Helps Celebrate the Life, Legacy of MLK

By Lucas Johnson NASHVILLE, TN (TSU News Service) — Tennessee State University partnered with the Interdenominational Ministers’ Fellowship and the Nashville community to help celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Hundreds of people assembled in front of Jefferson Street Missionary […]

Ford Appointed VP  of Student Affairs

Ford Appointed VP of Student Affairs

By Shayla Simmons A new Vice President has been appointed to serve the office of Student Affairs here at Tennessee State University. Beating out 72 applicants, Dr. Tracey Ford said she is “very, very student-centered” and will work hard for their success. Ford was hired […]

50 for 50

50 for 50

By Victoria Gourdin
There is a distinct difference between a grade that is passing and grades that leave a student in good academic standing. Furthermore, anyone who is either active throughout the camps, invested in their grades, or both can easily understand how difficult getting to that good academic standing goal can be. Every day students are expected to balance their personal and social lives all while trying to keep up with the main reason for coming to a university: academics. With that being said, Tennessee State University’s SGA noticed a problem. At midterms this past semester, over 4,000 D’s, F’s and W’s were given to students throughout campus. For many, that number may not be relevant. However, the problem lies with the fact that the school is home to just over 9,000 students. In other words, about 40 percent of students were well below the “good academic standing” line. With these statistics, certain leaders within the SGA decided to take a stand and make a difference. They sat together and wondered how they could potentially decrease those numbers and statistics. Eventually they came up with a solution. The Student Government Association came up with the idea of 50 for 50. As a sort of incentive for people doing above average, fifty random TSU students will be receiving fifty dollars for making the Dean’s List. When asked about the 50 for 50, student Timia Porter mentioned that “it is a good way to get people to consider their grades more carefully.” She also said that she felt it was an overall good idea. The 50 for 50 is a way to encourage students to be better than average. Not only does it offer a slight incentive for a group of hard-working students but it also reinforces the importance of the intellect and what it really means to be in school. The 50 lucky students will find out who they are at the upcoming basketball game during halftime.
Pullen Named Mr. Ivy

Pullen Named Mr. Ivy

By Christina Young In honor of Black History Month, Tennessee State University honors one of our very own black kings. This year we recognize Dwight Pullen as Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated’s new Mr. Ivy. Pullen’s goals for the upcoming semester include seminars on man-hood, […]

The Women’s  Center Hosts Events for ‘Love Month’

The Women’s Center Hosts Events for ‘Love Month’

By: Shayla Simmons The Women’s Center is hosting a series of events to celebrate the month of February, now alternatively known as “Love Month.” The purpose of the month is to promote self-love amongst the student body, specifically the young women that make up Tennessee […]

Should College Students be Allowed to Carry Guns?

Should College Students be Allowed to Carry Guns?

Did you know Tennessee law allows full-time employees of public universities to carry a concealed weapon on campus? Not very many people do and that is unfortunate.

That means that when you walk into your biology or political science class here at TSU, your professor could be packing. For some, this is a reasonable measure. This group of people believe that a person’s second amendment right should not be infringed upon when they come onto campus grounds.

For others, the idea of their professors and cafeteria staff being in possession of a concealed firearm makes them uncomfortable. This group of people understand that tensions often rise in a collegiate environment, which can sometimes lead to harmful repercussions.

Still, what many on both sides of the debate believe makes all the difference is the fact that faculty and staff members are allowed to carry _ not students. However, there is speculation that that may soon change.

In anticipation of such legislation arising, Randy Byington, president of the Faculty Senate at East Tennessee State University, said that, “While we have the highest regard for the Second Amendment rights of all individuals, we are all aware that there are many conversations surrounding academic performance, disciplinary actions, financial aid status and other issues that can become intense and potentially volatile.”

However, perhaps even of more concern, is the genuine possibility of an increase in self-inflicted injuries. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), suicide is the second leading cause of death for people between the ages of 15 and 34.

Furthermore, it is estimated that a suicide takes place once every 13 minutes. This means that putting guns in the hands of students, many of whom are susceptible to feeling overwhelmed and/or irrational, is not the safest of bets.

Unfortunately, there are not only purposeful self-inflicted injuries, but accidental as well. This is made evident by the recent case at Kansas State University in which a 19-year-old male accidentally shot himself in his dorm.

Regardless of where you stand on the issue, now is the time to speak up. Write, call or email Tennessee senators and congressman and allow your voice to be heard!

TSU Pro Football Hall of Famers  Recognized at Super Bowl LI

TSU Pro Football Hall of Famers Recognized at Super Bowl LI

By Lucas Johnson NASHVILLE, TN (TSU News Service)  — Tennessee State University’s Super Bowl legacy was once again in the spotlight when its Pro Football Hall of Famers were recognized at Super Bowl LI. The National Football League hosted Hall of Famers from Historically Black […]

TSU Hosts 90th Birthday Bash for Former Administrator Homer R. Wheaton

TSU Hosts 90th Birthday Bash for Former Administrator Homer R. Wheaton

By: Emmanuel Freeman NASHVILLE, Tenn. (TSU News Service) – Tennessee State University had a birthday bash for one of its noted sons: Homer R. Wheaton. Under the theme, “Everybody Loves Mr. Wheaton,” the university hosted a formal reception in a packed Jane Elliott Hall Auditorium […]

Ebony Magazine HBCU Campus Queens Competition

Ebony Magazine HBCU Campus Queens Competition

There is a legacy behind Historically Black colleges and Universities that each student who attends must live up to. Still, many people will agree that perhaps none carry this weight on their shoulders as much as our campus queens, and they do it with grace. While every position in the Student Government Association is equally important, it is our Mrs. who is the face of our prestigious institution.

With that being said, the time has come again for EBONY magazine’s HBCU Campus Queens online competition. As we know, Historically Black Colleges and Universities were originally created as a way to foster the minds, confidence and spirits of young black individuals, and just as we have elected a queen to represent us, so have the dozens of other HBCUs.

“As a rule, HBCU students stand together as a collective and as a family. But I think a little competition is healthy. It keeps us on our toes and motivates each school to do and be better” says Senior Aaron Brown. Similar to a sibling rivalry, each of our universities believe we are the best of the best. Now is the time to not only represent and showcase our school pride, but also to support our very own campus queen.

Alicia Jones, Ms. TSU is representing the Big Blue family and all it takes is the click of a button to support her! All you have to do is visit ebony.com/contestants/alicia-jones to cast your vote.  You are allowed to cast 3 votes per day, so make sure to keep visiting! Voting ends at 11:59 p.m. on January 18.

Sierra Nicole Exclusives

Sierra Nicole Exclusives

By Alexis Clark It is all about starting early and being persistent if it is your dream. And that is exactly what aspiring entrepreneur, Sierra Holmes, is doing! Sierra is a freshman here at Tennessee state seeking a degree in fashion merchandise. She has her […]