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Gentrification: Land of the Left Behind

Gentrification: Land of the Left Behind

People, by nature, want to have it all: an affordable home close to exciting attractions and amenities located in a neighborhood full of culture and like-minded people. Often times in booming cities, this perfect recipe comes at the cost of a select group. A pattern […]

High Expectations for Home Games

High Expectations for Home Games

By Kody Carr The Tennessee State University football team has only four home games this season. They play Eastern Illinois on Sept. 30 for the John Merritt Classic, Austin Peay on Oct. 14 for homecoming, Virginia University of Lynchburg on Nov. 4, and Southeast Missouri […]

Tigers Take the Classics

Tigers Take the Classics

By Kody Carr

The Tigers pounce again! This past Saturday, the twenty-third ranked Tennessee State Tigers football team beat Jackson State, 17-15 in the Southern Heritage Classic.

Quarterback and MVP of this year’s Southern Heritage Classic, Treon Harris, led the Tiger’s offense with 78 yards passing, and 98 yards rushing. Harris also gave the tiger’s a boost by scoring his second rushing touchdown of the season, which also got the Tigers on the board first.

Kicker Lane Clark decided to get in on the action by making a 26-yard field goal, to put the Tigers up 10-3. Wide Receiver, Patrick Smith, really made the difference in the game by returning a punt 58 yards in the fourth quarter.

But the victory didn’t come easy. Jackson State’s Terrell Kennedy returned the ensuing kickoff for 87 yards, cutting down the Tiger’s lead to two points. Jackson State’s attempt at a two-point conversion and a last-second field goal failed, giving the Tigers the 17-15 victory.

The phrase “defense wins ball games” is very true. Junior linebacker, Blair Edwards, and senior linebacker Chris Collins, both shined on the defensive side of the ball. Edwards finished the game with an impressive 12 tackles, one shy of a career high. Collins finished the game with 10 tackles, which is the second game in a row the phenom linebacker reached double digits in tackles.

Tennessee State has beat Jackson State for the sixth time in a row and is 17-11 in the Southern Heritage Classic. The Tigers are 2-0 for the third year in a row, but that doesn’t mean they are complacent at all.

“It’s big. The team came out playing hard and kept our confidence up.” That’s what safety, Laquarius Cook said on the Tigers being 2-0. Defensive lineman Jason Morrow says, “It’s a great feeling being 2-0, but it’s still the beginning of the season. We still have a long road ahead of us.”

The Tigers next task is a heated matchup against Florida A&M September 16th for the Tampa classic at Raymond James Stadium.

Republican Senators Use Nuclear Weapon

Republican Senators Use Nuclear Weapon

By Ada Taylor Editor-in-Chief On Thursday, April 6th, the Senate triggered a policy known as the nuclear option that makes it possible to break a filibuster. It all took place over President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch, who many Democrats feel is unsuited for […]

The Return of Beta Omicron…Like A Phoenix (27) Out the Ashes

The Return of Beta Omicron…Like A Phoenix (27) Out the Ashes

After a highly anticipated return to the yard, the Beta Omicron chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated has returned to Tennessee State University’s campus. On March 26, 2017, 27 young men crossed as Phoenix 27 in Kean Hall during their neophyte presentation. The air […]

President Trump’s Russian Relations

President Trump’s Russian Relations

By Ada Taylor

On Monday, March 20th, the directors of the NSA and FBI testified before The House Intelligence Community. While the conversation was not limited to one topic, much of the time was spent covering Russian interference in the 2016 election. FBI director James Comey and NSA director Mike Rogers were interrogated by Republicans and Democrats alike. Other topics that were touched on include the hacking of the DNC that took place last June, as well as President Trump’s claim that his predecessor, ordered a wiretap on Trump Tower in order to listen in on the then-candidate’s conversations.

When questioned, FBI director Comey said “I have no information that supports those tweets”, referring to the platform on which Trump broadcasted his claim. He also made it a point to add that the Justice Department authorized him to speak for them in addition to the FBI on that particular matter. This is concerning for a number of reasons. 1. A sitting president should know better than to make such a radical accusation without any evidence to support his claim, and 2. Trump’s excessive tweeting is a dangerous precedent to set as a major form of communication between President and the American people. I do not say this to be a critic of President Trump, as this would be concerning regardless of political ideologies.

What is also concerning regardless of your political leaning is the fact that a foreign territory was able to successfully hack one of our two major political parties. Still, it gets worse. In his opening statement, Comey confirmed that the FBI does have an open investigation into contentions that Trump’s campaign team worked with Russia in their meddling of our democratic process. On this matter, I feel the need to reiterate that it makes no difference whether you are a Republican, Democrat, Libertarian or other – our president is under investigation for treason, and that is troubling.

The only bit of relief the public received from this hearing is confirmation that while there may have been Russian interference, no actual votes were changed.

TSU Honors Dr. Page

TSU Honors Dr. Page

By Christina Young Tennessee State University celebrates legacies by honoring the Pioneers of the Mass Communications department on March 3rd. The Distinguished honoree was Dr. Donald C. page, who has taught in the department of Communications since 1977, specializing in mass communications. Professor and Journalist […]

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 for a position without putting in as much effort. In recent years, this has made special elections a goal for others, rather than the secondary option it was intended to be. Because of this mindset there has not been a full Student Government Administration going into the summer in the last three years. As a result, the current administration is looking for solutions to solve this problem.

Having a full Student Government going into the summer is essential, since that is when most training and orientations for the purpose of preparing students for their position happens, so that they may hit the ground running in the fall. Special elections were always meant for the freshmen class, and hopefully SGA can work something out that will help us go back into the summer with a full Student Government Association. That way, we will be fully prepared for the upcoming year once again.

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 […]