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“Whatever you do,strive to do it so well that no man living and no man dead and no man yet to be born could do it any better.”

Benjamin Elijah Mays


The official student newspaper of Alabama State University

VOL. 52, ISSUE 4

JAN. 21, 2012

BH convocation to feature civil rights activist



The Alabama State University Black History Month Opening Convocation will feature a longtime civil rights activist who has used music to push for equality. Composer, singer, scholar, producer and civil rights activist

Bernice Johnson Reagon, PhD, will speak on Thursday, Feb. 2, at 11 a.m. in the Lelia Barlow Theatre. For more than four decades, Reagon has been a major cultural voice for freedom and justice – singing, teaching and speaking out against racism and organized inequalities of all kinds. Reagon was an active partici-

pant in the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s through her work as a member of The Freedom Singers, organized by the Student Non-violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC). She was featured in the 1992 Emmy-nominated PBS documentary, “The Songs Are Free: Bernice Johnson Reagon with Bill Moyers.” Reagon was the concep-

tual producer and narrator of the Peabody Award-winning radio series, “Wade in the Water: AfricanAmerican Sacred Music Traditions.” Reagon is professor emerita of history at American University in Washington, D.C., and was the 2002-04 Cosby Chair Professor of Fine Arts at Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia.

First Lady: “Just trying to be me” WASHINGTON (AP) — First Lady Michelle Obama is challenging assertions she's forcefully imposed her will on White House aides and says people have inaccurately tried to portray her as "some kind of angry black woman." READ MORE



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New baseball coach optimistic about upcoming season MONTGOMERY - Spring is not yet here, but the Alabama State University baseball program has arrived, and spring training is under way. The season officially begins on Feb. 17 when the team plays University of CaliforniaIrvine, and ASU’s new head coach ... READ MORE

William Jelani Cobb Ph.D, delivered the keynote speech in the Acadome during the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Convocation. Cobb is an American author and educator, associate professor of History and Africana Studies at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey. Cobb specializes in post-Civil War African American history, 20th century American politics, and the history of the Cold War.

MLK CONVOCATION Cobb reminds audience of King’s impact by Kieyana Edwards EXECUTIVE EDITOR



Buildings closed and classes recessed on the campus of Alabama State University as an associate professor of African Studies and history at Rutgers University, talked about the impact of Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy during the

annual Martin Luther King Jr. Bithday Convocation. Held in the Dunn Oliver Acadome on Jan. 11, hundreds of students, faculty and staff listened intently as educator and author William Jelani Cobb, PhD, explained why he was there. “I don’t take lightly the honor of being able to speak to you all today,” he said. “It’s not simply

about recognizing Martin Luther King Day; it’s a matter of recognizing what country you want to live in.” He continued. “We are living in interesting times. We live in a country that has, for the first time, an African American president. Not only that, but an African American president who is married to a woman from the

Edwards names leadership team by Brianna Roberts

Chambers to be on BET’s “The Game” Junior marketing major Darryl Chambers recently broke into the world of acting by making his first appearance as an extra in three episodes of the Black Entertainment Television (BET) series, “The Game.” READ MORE ...

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In today’s economy, a career in newspaper management can be very demanding, and according to Kieyana Edwards, executive editor of The Hornet Tribune, Alabama State University’s student newspaper is no different. In an effort to accomplish the job, Edwards recently selected seven managing editors to help her manage the various aspects of The Hornet Tribune. Her appointments included Sharanna Polk as the editorial managing editor, Christopher Logan as the visual media managing editor, Willie Todd as the graphics and design managing editor, Phillip Davis as the digital managing editor, Rose Todd as the social media managing editor,

southside of Chicago. It is something that we would never have imagined in our fantasies … But we still live in a society where Troy Davis can be executed.” Cobb showed how King’s changes affect us now. “On this week, we’ve recognized the contributions of Dr. Mar-


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Kieyana Edwards (far left) encourages the editorial leadership team to use their creative abilities to publish a journalistically sound newspaper.

Shericka Wilson as the public affairs manager and Justin Johnson as the business and finance manager. Edwards believes these managers will help her to brand The Hornet Tribune, as well as broaden the outreach as well as develop more student appeal for the cam-

pus newspaper. “They each have a quality of leadership and drive that they bring to the table. They use the need to excel in their various areas of management to conquer skill sets that are valuable to their See NAMES on page A4

Black women have played a myriad of critical roles in the making of our nation. Their labor and leadership, their motherhood and patriotism, and their intellect and artistic expression have all enriched both the black community and the nation at large. Black women have been the core of organized black life, but their accomplishments have often escaped the gaze of the public and hence their history is too little known. Now, write an essay to share the life story of a little known black woman that has made a difference in their community and is worthy to be included in the annals of black women in culture and history. The deadline for the essay is Feb. 24. The winner will have his/her essay and photo published in the first March issue of The Hornet Tribune. More details will be given in Jan. 28 issue.


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Entrepreneurship experts from around the country will converge on Alabama State University’s campus in March for the second annual ASU HBCU Conference. Organizers are hard at work on the conference slated to be held at ASU on March 5-7. More than 300 higher education professionals, alumni, entrepreneurs and government officials are expected to attend this year’s conference, which seeks to build economic partnerships with HBCUs and their surrounding communities throughout the United States. The theme of this year’s conference is Entrepreneurship: Transforming Education, Government and Industry. “The conference is geared not just for the higher education community, but also for government officials,

small businesses, corporations, federal, state and local agencies to learn how to work with the different constituents to improve economic development in regions nationwide by using HBCU resources,” said Deborah Scott Thomas, ASU alumna and president of Data Solutions & Technology Incorporated (DST). Thomas said the goals of the conference are to offer attendees an opportunity to learn about business development, entrepreneurship, grants, contracting and fellowships. “The HBCU entrepreneurship conference brings together industry, government and education,” Thomas said. “Conference participants have an opportunity to develop relationships and partnerships that can help them be successful in their undertakings.” The conference also will place a special focus on the science, technology, engineering and mathematics

(STEM) disciplines. “Science, technology, engineering and mathematics are where a lot of funding is available and one of the places America feels will help give us a competitive edge to help keep us a global leader,” Thomas said. The conference will feature several keynote speakers and panelists who possess a wealth of experience in leadership, private enterprise, economic development and education innovation. Some include: • Linda Y. Cureton chief information officer (CIO) for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). • Malcolm Jackson EPA's assistant administrator for the Office of Environmental Information and Chief Information Officer. • Senora Coggs – senior policy advisor for the Policy and Evaluation Division, Office of Civil Rights for the U.S. Department of

Commerce. • Willie J. Gripper, Jr. – director for the Joint Security and Hazardous Materials Safety Office-East for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). • Michael Hudson Motivational Speaker, Financial Coach, Entrepreneurial Coach, Executive Business Coach, Sales Coach, Speaking Coach and CEO of Money Talks International. • Anthony V. Junior – program office director at the Department of the Navy’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities/Minority Institutions. • Calvin R. Stamps – founder, managing partner and portfolio manager of Bretwood Captital Partners LLC. To register and see the full conference agenda, including a complete list of participating speakers and panelists, visit

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University will have to borrow $12 million to finish project THE HORNET TRIBUNE

SGA releases plans for Spring semester EDITORIAL MANAGING EDITOR

Stadium runs over budget Staff Report

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by Sharanna Polk

Photo by Christopher Logan/Visual Media Managing Editor

Members of the university administration announced that the university will need an additional $12 million to complete the new football stadium that is projected to host the next homecoming football game on Thanksgiving Day.

out of the residence halls during holiday breaks, which Smith describes as “a hassle.” “I don’t think it’s necessary,” Smith said. “You move all of your stuff in August, just to move out in December, and then move back in January to move back out in May. And what about the out-of-state students? The university should be responsible enough to not allow theft during the break, and students should feel comfortable leaving their things,” Smith said. The SGA also wants to inform students of presidential candidates, and plans to do so by hosting open forums. “We want to team up with different organizations to inform students on the new laws being passed, particularly in Alabama,” explained Smith. As far as student activities are concerned, the SGA is starting a Spoken Word

Students who are frustrated with moving out of their residence halls during the holidays, or the lack of coin machines in the residence halls, might have their frustrations addressed during the Spring semester. The Student Government Association of Alabama State University will be addressing several issues and assembling several activities to keep the students both entertained and aware. “We’re trying to get coin machines back into the dorms,” said SGA President Travis Smith. “A lot of students are complaining about having to go elsewhere to get coins. In the long term, we’re trying to get the cards loaded with money, but in the mean time we need the machines.” Another issue that will be tackled by the SGA is students moving themselves and all of their belongings See RELEASES on page A4

The Alabama State University football stadium project is on pace to be $12 million over budget, and university officials acknowledged this week that they will have to go back to the bond market to secure more funds in order to complete the project. However, President William Harris said that the overrun was due to changes in the scope of the project and that it is still on track to be completed in time for November's Turkey Day Classic. “When we originally went to the bond market two years ago, we went with a projected cost for the project using estimated drawings,” Harris said. “There have been many changes to those plans. Some of the phases of the project that we bid out, the bids came back higher than we originally anticipated. And there has been some increase in costs over the last two years.” “The final cost is $12 million more than we anticipated,” Harris added. The original projected cost for the 22,500 seat stadium was $50 million. That's the amount university officials procured when they went to the

bond market two years ago. Harris said that while rumors of funds being misused or spent on other projects have been rampant, “not one penny of money dedicated to this stadium has gone elsewhere.” The university released documents showing that the school has spent nearly $19 million so far on the project through Wednesday, and that nearly $31 million remains in the stadium construction fund. “I know there have been rumors that we haven't paid our invoices and that work has stopped. But let me say this, there is not a single invoice that has not been paid,” Harris said. “Work has not stopped for one day.” Harris said the major issue causing the overrun is changes to the original plans, including the espansion of the multi-purpose facility and locker rooms. “We did this so the stadium could be used for a variety of other things,” Harris said. “We're working with the River Region Sports Commission in doing all the stuff that it's doing. We're a part of that. We've expanded the original plans and that's why there's an overrun." University officials acknowledged that some of the changes could have been avoided had the school originally waited to go to the bond market until they were more

certain about the cost of each phase. But that would have cost them money, said Mike Dunn, an investment banker with Merchant Capital. School officials were trying to take advantage of a federal program that lowered the university's interest by almost a full percentage point, saving almost $9 million. “They went to the market a little earlier than they otherwise would have, but they would have lost the opportunity for that type of bond financing,” Dunn said. Still, Harris said that the shortfall is troubling to him and other university officials, and that securing the additional $12 million is a decision that the Board of Trustees will ultimately have to approve. But he was confident that there would be no additional costs, despite nearly 11 months remaining on the construction schedule. “It does trouble us, because the gaps in funding are much wider than we ever anticipated,” he said. “There will be no more overruns. We're in a very different position now.” Ken Upchurch, who owns TCU Consulting Services which is managing the project, said the third and final phase of the project was recently bid out and that there were no more changes to the plans that could be

made. University officials also addressed speculation that the school would be unable to go back to the bond market because of its enormous debt. ASU has borrowed more than $200 million within the last five years to renovate buildings and build new ones. Harris said the school would probably go to the bond market in March. He said it would be brought to the board “not at the next board meeting next week but at a future board meeting or specially called board meeting.” In an effort to offset those costs and cuts to state funding, the school raised tuition and student fees by 22 percent in May 2009 alone. A recent report from the U.S. Department of Education noted that ASU has raised tuition more than 43 percent since the 2007-08 school year. However, Harris said the increase in cost of the stadium project wouldn't mean additional fees, and he defended the school's financial position. “There's not a modicum of truth to any of that -- we fully intend to be in the bond market,” Harris said. “We had two options for paying for this -- longterm debt or using cash on See RUNS on page A4

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Jan. 8-21, 2012

Photo by Christopher Logan/Visual Media Managing Editor

Members of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. lead their section of the parade with a banner to ensure that everyone is aware of the occasion during their march to the steps of the State Capitol.

MLK march draws hundreds downtown by Sharanna Polk EDITORIAL MANAGING EDITOR

Alabama State University closed its doors and so were state government buildings, but that did not stop the nation or students attending ASU from celebrating the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. Thousands of citizens, students and guests aligned downtown on Jan. 16, at the corner of Catoma and Church Street to show homage, by participating in an annual parade, to show homage to the slain civil rights leader Elementary, middle, and high school bands got in line to begin the march to Alabama’s capitol building, as King’s recordings played on its steps. “I’m here for the movement—the re-enactment,” said first-year theatre major Jasmine Gatewood. She was not alone in ASU’s support of the event. Miss ASU Charaiecelia

Hamilton, a senior theatre arts major and Montgomery native, was especially excited. “To be honest, just looking around and seeing all of these young people, from different backgrounds makes me feel really good,” Hamilton said. She is the first Miss ASU to participate in the parade. “This is a good look for the university.” Legislators helping to celebrate the King Day parade quoted the slain civil rights leader as they outlined their priorities for the 2012 regular session, which begins in less than a month. House Speaker Mike Hubbard, R-Auburn, quoted King’s 1965 speech “How Long? Not Long,” which like Hubbard’s comments were delivered on the steps of the state Capitol. State Rep. John Knight, D-Montgomery, also referred to the “How Long” speech in his remarks before hundreds of people gathered at the Capitol steps. Knight said he would

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continue to push for a repeal of the state sales tax on groceries. “It’s unconscionable to think poor people, working people have to pay a fourcent sales tax on food,” Knight said. “We’re going to try to get it done in the next session of the Legislature.” Gov. Robert Bentley, addressing the crowd, said that in the past year, the residents of the state had followed King’s call to service, particularly after the devastating tornadoes of April 27.

“As I saw people across the state in a time of need, I also saw people working together, and it didn’t matter what color they were,” he said. Junior political science major, and member of the Beta Eta chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Maya McKenzie, was present with sorer sisters. “This is an annual event for the chapter,” McKenzie said. It’s a great time to interface with the community in addition to paying homage

SOPA defeated, ACTA coming by David Stephens

to King and those who worked with him. Delta Sigma Theta is still committed as we have always been to social action.” King’s own fraternal brothers were present to celebrate, with the Beta Upsilon chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Junior accounting major Stephen Joyce said, “We’re enjoying the experience of African Americans coming together as King would have. We’re celebrating the parade and our brother.” Maurice Arrington, Robert E. Lee’s High School band director, said, “I wish the community would have

come out more and gave more support but it’s all good.” Arrington is also a member of Alpha Phi Alpha, as well as an ASU alumnus. “King is one of our most prestigious bro’s and our being here is a good visual. It shows that there are good people in fraternities, especially with the allegations against greeks.” “I am reminded of what King said, ‘Life’s most persistent and urgent question is what are you doing for others?’ said Bentley as he referenced King’s former church located across the street. “Let’s be brothers and sister’s and love each other.”

Marching Hornets to perform at Senior Bowl


The internet might become a final frontier for free expression, as it is one of the last places that impacts our daily lives that the government has not regulated. A bill, headlined by some of the world’s wealthiest countries would centor the internet in the name of protecting intellectual property. Intellectual property, as defined by i n c l u d e s “patents, copyright material, and trademarks.” The bills, proposed by U. S. Rep. Lamar Smith (Texas), are SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) and Protect PIPA (Preventing Real Online Threats to Economic Creativity and Theft of Intellectual Property Act). File sharing websites such as Megaupload are especially at risk. It was shut down on Jan. 19th. Megaupload was “exactly” the type of website SOPA and PIPA advocates had in mind when the bills were drafted, according to Neil Roiter, research director at Corero Network Security. Even powerful sites such as Google, Yahoo!, and Youtube are at risk for shutdown. Social networking sites

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State Representative Alvin Holmes introduces Cynthia, one of Hundreds turned out to march to the steps of the State Capitol as the presentors line up in order of speaking. the cast of the reality show “Housewives of Atlanta.”

by Kieyana Edwards EXECUTIVE EDITOR

Photo by Christopher Logan/Visual Media Managing Editor

Websites such as Google, Facebook, Twitter and others may be shut down if ACTA passes.

like Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr are under SOPA and PIPA’s far reaching jurisdiction. First year biology and pre-health major Vincent Onyilo, said “I think the internet is a free range establishment because the internet is not meant to have a central authority. Who gets the final say in what get censored?” The bill would especially hit home for first-year theater arts major, Omarious Fann. “The majority of Facebook and Twitter has become a networking connection site,” Fann said. “Therefore if I lose Facebook and Twitter, I would lose a lot of people with whom I am connected who could be very important in my future endeavors.” Opposition from this bill

comes from many different sources. Google and Wikipedia have been especially against SOPA and PIPA. Google placed a black “censored” band across the logo on its home page. Wikipedia went farther on Jan. 18th, by announcing it would shut its website down for an entire night. Instead it was blacked out. When users would log on to the site, they were directed to a black screen which allowed for one to get contact information to his senator and representative. Both Wikipedia and Google encouraged its users to call in opposition to the bill. Good news for the opposition was revealed on Jan. 20th. Smith revealed he would pull the bills off the floor

until there was “wider agreement on the issue.” However, the public should be warned that the storm has not yet passed. Another bill was proposed recently that would even be more far reaching in its effects. The ACTA (The Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement) is currently being negotiated by the European Union (EU), The United States, Switzerland, Spain, Australia and a few other countries. The fear of ACTA comes from it being an international agreement, meaning it would have a greater jurisdiction than either SOPA or PIPA. The public is urged to pay close attention to the developments of all of these bill as they next few days progress.

Both the Alabama State University Mighty Marching Hornets and the Philadelphia Eagle Cheerleaders will serve as the pre-game and halftime entertainment for the 63rd Senior Bowl. The event will take place on Jan. 28 at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Ala. and will be televised by the National Football League. Band Director James Oliver is excited about the opportunity. “We are elated about having the invitation to attend,” he said. “We are so prepared to do an energetic show. I, personally, have been waiting to do the Senior Bowl.” Band members are also enthusiastic about performing during the Senior Bowl. Junior music education

major Leslie Crenshaw believes the band’s performance “will be great exposure for the band and it will be good for recruiting. It will definitely bring new opportunities.” Senior computer information systems major O’Shea Evans agrees. “I’m very excited,” Evans said. “It’s my first time going to the bowl. It’s a major event to show our style on national television to a broader audience. I am looking forward to a lot of school support. It takes the Marching Hornets into a new direction of performing.” Oliver said that the invitation began when he “received a telephone call from one of our distinguished alumna who asked if we would be interested in participating in the Senior Bowl.” He also added that he beSee PERFORM on page A4


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U.S. Dept. of Defense awards $364,617 grant Staff Report THE HORNET TRIBUNE

Alabama State University’s University College and College of Mathematics, Science and Technology have been awarded a $364,717 grant from the U.S. Department of Defense that ultimately could help provide therapies for soldiers injured during war. The grant will allow ASU to study and develop multifunctional polymeric scaffolds for bone-tissue regeneration. Multifunctional scaffolds made from biodegradable polymers are engineered to facilitate repair of damaged organs and tissues. These scaffolds are designed to provide an environment conducive to cell growth which helps expedite the tissue regeneration process.The project is part of a multidisciplinary effort involving Dr. Manoj Mishra, assistant professor

of biology in ASU’s University College, and Mr. Elijah Nyairo (associate director for ASU’s Center for NanoBiotechnology Research.The project also will include ongoing research collaboration with the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). Mishra said the grant will have a global impact for ASU. “This grant will establish a new, vibrant research program in biomedical sciences that will attract students and faculty from around the world. Thus, this funding will open new avenues of research at ASU,” Mishra said. Along with providing funding for research opportunities, the grant also will provide financial support over a three-year period for two ASU undergraduate students and one ASU graduate student. This article was taken from the Alabama State University News website.

Performs: “I see a lot of things that are coming for us in the ...” Continued from page A3 lieves the Marching Hornets received the opportunity because “they had a great year last year.” “To me, 2011 was outstanding for us,” Oliver said. “I see a lot of things that are coming for us in the future. It’s going to be good for now. It’s going to be good for our students, it’s going to be good for our community, and some of the owners might be interested when they see what we do.” Zeb Lee, a first-year music education major, is focused on the future. “I’m excited,” Lee said. “I am looking forward to enjoying myself and the experience. This is something I will probably tell my kids about in the future.” Senior music education major Edell Brewer is also grateful for the opportunity. “I feel honored that they

asked us to do it because there are other bands out there that are just as good and could have had the same opportunity,” Brewer said. Then with a smile he added, “But, we are the best band in the land. This will help the name of our band to spread across the country. It gives us a chance to perform at other events and maybe do commercials and etc. I feel this game will be watched by more people. This game is up to the next level.” Senior communications major Jeffrey Battle is in agreement with the rest of his band family. “It’s a great opportunity for the marching hornets to go to the senior bowl,” Battle said. “I believe it brings positivity into the band world, given what just happened at FAMU. I expect it to open new doors for us to be nationally televised.”

Runs: “This project is going to benefit the university for the ...” Continued from page A2 hand. We feel long-term debt is the best avenue. “This project is going to benefit the university for the next half century so that's the reasonable thing to do.” School officials also said they were exploring a number of cost-cutting measures as well. One of those is selling the naming rights and scoreboard installation -- a move that could bring ASU more than $1 million. While school officials plan to have the stadium open in time for the 2012 Turkey Day Classic, they're not sure which team will meet their Hornets. The contract with Tuske-

gee to play in the game expired after last year's meeting and negotiations since haven't produced an agreement between the two schools. “It will absolutely be available for the 2012 Turkey Day game,” Harris said. “Everything is on the table. We're re-negotiating the contract. From our position it's a big game and it's good for the area and the two universities. It makes money for us and I assume it makes money for Tuskegee and we'll do everything we can to maintain that game. We intend to play a football game here on that day.”

Releases: “I’m excited about the chess club. There will ...” Continued from page A2 Club, a chess club, and SGA Spirit Week. Graduating senior and theatre arts major Darron Wright is the force behind the Spoken Word Club which will begin Feb. 1. “There are students who would like to do these kinds of things, like see a live band, and hear spoken word, but either have no transportation or just don’t know the spots.

I’m expecting a large turnout,” said Wright. “I’m excited about the Chess club,” said Smith. “There will be a trained Chess professional . Hopefully the university can get an official chess club.” The chess club is scheduled to begin in February, with the only hold-up being clocks, which have already been ordered.

Mitt Romney

Rick Santorum

Newt Gingrich

Ron Paul

Students not impressed with GOP candidates by Sharanna Polk EDITORIAL MANAGING EDITOR

MSNBC News raises the question of which is more important: Mitt Romney's secret bank account investments in the Cayman Islands, or Newt Gingrich's open marriage proposal to his second wife. As opinions of the two leading Republican candidates for presidency swamp the media, some students at Alabama State University stand firm in their decision to re-elect President Barack Obama into office. “Romney gets on my nerves; He's running for the wrong reasons. I think Republicans are crazy,” said

Tommy Youngblood, sophomore communication major. In agreement is junior recreational therapy major Amario Payton- Rice. “Every time I see Romney, he is talking in circles like he has a hidden agenda, and I don't need anybody with a hidden agenda representing me.” He believes that Republican's are taking away the average persons privileges, citing education funds, and internet freedom as two example's. Rice goes on to say, “They're all about putting money in their own pockets, and not the benefits of the people.” Youngblood believes that Republican candidates are more focused on current

President Barack Obama than on the country. “They need to focus on what they're going to do instead of pointing out somebody else's flaws. Every president has made a mistake. It happens,” he said. First year psychology major, Mitchell Francis has his own opinions about President Obama, and says he has every intention of voting for him. “I feel like Obama's making a real change for the U.S. I see us getting better slowly, but surely. Overall Obama is for the people,” said Francis. Rice said, “He brought troops home. That's something I didn't see Republicans doing any time soon. He pro-

posed affordable health care, and he's personable. I feel comfortable with him as my president.” Not all students are firm in their voting decisions. First year student, Omari Foreman is one student on the fence. “I planned to vote for Obama, but I heard he's been slacking so I'm unsure if I'm voting for him.” First year criminal justice major, Lamar Mitchell plans to vote for the candidate who benefits him. “Whoever gone create jobs, and do something about these student loans-that's who I'm voting for.”

Reminds: “The lessons of history are clear. Dr. King warned ...” Continued from page A1 tin Luther King Jr. and the ongoing effort to create democracy,” Cobb said. “The lessons of history are clear. Dr. King warned us about the evils of racism, militarism, and materialism. And it seems as though this crippled engine of injustice has been the cornerstone of American Policy. It has been driving us deeper and deeper into the economic and spiritual ways that define our present era.” He discussed the negative effects behind the Cold War and the red scare that caused people to be scared about their safety. King, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, Urban League, and many other black people were accused of being communist. “It became difficult for us to address the economic impact of what was going on with black people in this country,” Cobb said. He talked about the affects of racism. “This country has relied upon the division of poor black people from white poor people,” Cobb said. “As long as there were poor whites that were ex-

ploited or thought that they were better than poor blacks, then they were content with their noble position in the world. If you have a white worker who will not look twice at that black worker and that black worker will not be able to organize that white worker, what you have is an exploited white person and a super exploited black person. This is the essence of the economy, particularly of the South in the 20th century.” He directed the audience’s attention to the Alabama’s new immigration law. “We look around today and we see the parallels,” Cobb said. “In the recent conversation of politics, in the elections and campaigns, one of the most controversial things that you’ve seen emerge is that of illegal immigration. I understand that there are some strong opinions on the subject in the state of Alabama and Arizona.” Comparing the past situation of the white and black worker to the current situation of the immigrant, Cobb reminded, “One of the main accomplishments of the civil rights movement was breaking down the division be-

tween the black and white workers.” State Representative Alvin Holmes, from the 78th District, also came to visit and sparked the audience’s attention by paying $20 to anyone who could answer his questions about King. Holmes then recounted memories of the Civil Rights Movement in which he, King, Ralph D. Abernathy, and many other African Americans participated. He even shared the memory of what he was doing the day King had been assassinated. The University Choir and Drmatics Guild both performed special acts for the occasion. At the conclusion, some students felt they had gained knowledge from the event. First time attendee and junior communications major Ebony Evans said, “I enjoyed it. I thought he touched on both history and future aspects that we can take from and change … I loved the statistics that he gave about voting and the history of the Lehman brothers’ banking.” First-year student and history major Tariana Smith agreed. “I honestly felt that it

was good and very informative, but I think that the speaker really didn’t approach his audience well,” Smith said. “He came at us with a bunch of politics and all of these different numbers and statistics. I just think that he should have known more about his audience and approached us in a different way, but overall he had a good speech, and the choir was excellent.” Senior communications major Mike Turners had positive things to add. “I thought it was real informative,” Turners said. “I liked what he said about the Mexicans and the black Americans. I thought it was something we needed. My favorite part was the dance expression, and I liked our speaker.” Senior computer science major Jared Lang enjoyed the convocation, but he was very impressed with the speaker. “I thought the convocation was very informative,” Lang said. “It made me open my eyes about a lot of things, and he made me think about some things. The was very intellectual.”

Names: “She is a go-getter, hard worker and very willing to go ...” Continued from page A1 future. With their help, advancing The Hornet Tribune to a more efficient, responsible and free paper will become an easier goal to achieve.” Sharanna Polk, who manages all of the editorial traffic and serves as the chairwoman of the weekly editorial board meeting, works very closely with Edwards and is largely responsible for the editorial content of The Hornet Tribune. “Sharanna is an excellent writer and a tremendous asset to the staff,” Edwards said. “She’s a gogetter, hard worker and very willing to go over and beyond to get the job done - and it really takes that to get this job done.” Polk is also excited about the opportunity. “My goal is to create a student-friendly newspaper that will encourage more

students to read the paper,” Polk said. “I’m happy I chose to become a part of the staff because I’ve met some wonderful people and I’ve just learned how important the media is in today’s society.” Edwards also appreciate the responsibilities that Logan executes. “Logan makes a lot of sacrifices to be a part of the team,” Edwards said. “He has classes and ROTC, yet he still manages to visually cover the campus creatively. He is currently working on increasing the technological interfacing within in his unit and I have no reason to doubt that it will come through.” Of all the responsibilities, Edwards believes that Willie Todd’s are the most demanding, as he is responsible for the visual design of the newspaper each week and making the medium appealing for the ASU community.

“Willie has to take the finished products of both stories and pictures to arrange our newspaper in a manner that will catch the eye of the ASU community,” Edwards said. “He places stories from most important to least and aesthetically creates a paper that represents this staff’s efforts well. We want him to be so well equipped that he could take this skill to any commercial newspaper outlet and know what to expect.” Edwards, seemed very excited about the addition of Rose Todd and Davis. “These are our cyberspace managers. Both of their jobs are essential to maintain our 21st century appearance. Because today’s newspapers rely so much upon the internet to market themselves, we have to do the same. Todd maintains our Facebook and Twitter account, while Davis takes care of our website. They are key to helping the newspaper ex-

pand to the world through a variety of means.” The position that Edwards believes will connect the ASU community to the newspaper and the staff is the public affairs manager. “This position is very important in helping students understand that we go beyond the stereotypical writing and editing,” Edwards said. “We want to host programs that benefit the community, have creative marketing of our product, and increase our overall visibility on campus so that we can strengthen our communication. Shericka fits well for her job because she is able to relate to the demographics we try to appeal to. She is also has a different look that she tries to show through our paper. I am sure she will match the creative horizons I know she is capable of.”







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FEMA wants money back from Katrina victims (AP) More than six years after Hurricane Katrina ripped through lives and The Gulf region in ways that have yet to be fully healed or even comprehended, the notoriously dysfunctional Federal Emergency Management Agency is now adding insult to injury for many by seeking to recoup nearly $400

million in relief funding paid out to hard hit and distressed victims of the storm, maintaining that clerical or employee errors may have resulted in some victims marginally receiving more compensation than what may now be allocated. Just last week - and with a new hurricane season per-

ilously looming - the agency began mailing out more than 83,000 debt notices to Katrina and other 2005 storm victims demanding that they reimburse the government an average of $4,622 each. One of those receiving one of the letters was David Bellinger, a 63-year-old legally blind former New Or-

leans resident who has since moved to Atlanta after his home was leveled by the storm. “I nearly had a stroke,” Bellinger told the Associated Press of his $3,200 bill, which he now has 30 days to pay. “I’m totally blind; I subsist entirely on a Social Security disability check. If I

have to pay this money back, it would pretty much wipe out all the savings I have.” “Disaster victims shouldn’t be punished because FEMA is dysfunctional,” said Louisiana Sen. Mary Landrieu, rejecting a claim made by the agency that it is required by law to recover all improper pay-

ments, even if the recipient was not at fault. “Most of these families facing recoupment are honest survivors facing incredible challenges who used the funds for legitimate and urgent disaster-related needs.” Landrieu recently introSee WANTS on page B2

Families seek missing women in St. Louis, Atlanta (AP) Goldia Coldon just wants her daughter home. Phoenix Coldon, 23, has been missing since the afternoon of Dec. 18, when she was last seen backing her car out of her parents’ St. Louis County driveway. Goldia Coldon told that she thought her daugh-

ter had gone to the store and then, possibly out with friends, but when Phoenix had not returned home or called by 1 a.m., her mother began to worry. Later that morning, when it was apparent that Phoenix had not returned home overnight, Coldon See SEEK on page B2

First Lady Michelle Obama tells CBS News she hasn't read New York Times reporter Jodi Kantor's new book that characterizes her as a behind-the-scenes force in the Executive Mansion where she is characterized as someone with ‘strong views.’

First Lady: ‘Just trying to be me’ WASHINGTON (AP) — First Lady Michelle Obama is challenging assertions she's forcefully imposed her will on White House aides and says people have inaccurately tried to portray her as "some kind of angry black woman."5 Mrs. Obama tells CBS News she hasn't read New York Times reporter Jodi Kantor's new book that characterizes her as a behind-thescenes force in the Executive Mansion, whose strong views often draw her into conflict with President

Barack Obama's top advisers. "I never read these books," she told CBS's Gayle King in an interview broadcast Wednesday. "So I've just gotten in the habit of not reading other people's impressions of people." In the book, Mrs. Obama is said to have occasionally bristled at some of the demands and constraints of life in the White House. In the interview, Mrs. Obama said, "I love this job. It has been a privilege from Day One."

"Now there are challenges," she added. "If there's any anxiety that I feel, it's because I want to make sure that my girls (Malia and Sasha) come out of this on the other end whole." The Kantor book portrays a White House where tensions developed between Mrs. Obama and former White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel and former press secretary and presidential adviser Robert Gibbs. The book, titled "The Obamas," describes Mrs. Obama as having gone

through an evolution from struggle to fulfillment in her role at the White House, while labeling her an "unrecognized force" in pursuing the president's goals. Neither the president nor his wife agreed to be interviewed for the book. "I do care deeply about my husband," Mrs. Obama said in the CBS appearance. "I am one of his biggest allies. I am one of his biggest confidants." But she sought to put aside "this notion that See TRYING on page B2

Former Gov. Mitt Romney won a solid victory in the New Rep. Ron Paul came in second during the New Hampshire Hampshire primary Tuesday night. Primary.

Romney sweeps New Hampshire Primary; Ron Paul gets second CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Mitt Romney cruised to a solid victory in the New Hampshire primary Tuesday night, picking up steam from his first-place finish in the lead-off Iowa caucuses and firmly establishing himself as the man to beat for the

Republican presidential nomination. “Tonight we made history,” Romney told cheering supporters before pivoting to a stinging denunciation of President Barack Obama. “The middle class has been crushed ... our debt is too

high and our opportunities too few,” he declared — ignoring the rivals who had been assailing him for weeks and making clear he intends to be viewed as the party’s nominee in waiting after only two contests. His Republican rivals

said otherwise, looking ahead to South Carolina on Jan. 21 as the place to stop the former Massachusetts governor. Already, several contenders and committees supporting them had put See SWEEPS on page B2

The swimming pool is at the center of a discrimination suit in whhich the Ohio Civil Rights Commission voted 4-0 against reconsidering its finding from last fall.

Panel sticks to ruling on ‘White Only’ pool COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A Cincinnati landlord who claimed a black girl’s hair products clouded an apartment complex’s swimming pool discriminated against the child by posting a poolside “White Only” sign, an Ohio civil rights panel said Thursday in upholding a previous finding. The Ohio Civil Rights Commission voted 4-0 against reconsidering its finding from last fall. There was no discussion. The group found on Sept. 29 that Jamie Hein, who is white, violated the Ohio Civil Rights Act by posting the sign at a pool at the duplex where the teenage girl was visiting her parents. The parents filed a discrimination charge with the commission and moved out of the duplex in the racially diverse city to “avoid subjecting their family to further humiliating treatment,” the commission said in a release announcing its find-

ing. An investigation revealed that Hein in May posted on the gated entrance to the pool an iron sign that stated “Public Swimming Pool, White Only,” the commission statement said. Several witnesses confirmed that the sign was posted, and the landlord indicated that she posted it because the girl used chemicals in her hair that would make the pool “cloudy,” according to the commission. Hein told the commission she received the sign from a friend, and Ronnell Tomlinson, the commission’s housing enforcement director, said at Thursday’s hearing it was an antique. The sign says “Selma, Ala.,” at the bottom, followed by the date “14 July 31.” The girl’s father, Michael Gunn, in brief comments Thursday, deSee STICKS on page B2

Police to search landfill for missing Arizona girl PHOENIX (AP) — Police plan to begin searching a landfill outside of Phoenix in the next few weeks in hopes of finding the body of a five-year-old Arizona girl who has been missing for months and is now believed dead, they announced Tuesday. Investigators in the Phoenix suburb of Glendale

have been working with experts for weeks to determine the likelihood of finding the body of Jhessye Shockley at the landfill in Mobile, south of the Phoenix metro area. Sgt. Brent Coombs said Tuesday that investigators determined that a search operation is viable, although they have not set a date to begin the labor-intensive

work that could take weeks. He said investigators will provide the public with daily updates once the search begins. When Jhessye’s mother, Jerice Hunter, reported the little girl missing on Oct. 11, an intensive search began as police and volunteers combed her neighborhood and found no sign of her or

any evidence indicating what might have happened to her. In the weeks that followed, information about Hunter’s past abuse of her children came to light and the investigation turned to her, with police saying she was the “No. 1 focus.” A phone call to Hunter’s home Tuesday rang unanswered.

Hunter ’s 13-year-old daughter, who had been removed from Hunter’s home with her other siblings Oct. 12, told police in November that she hadn’t seen Jhessye since September. She told them that a few days before Hunter reported the girl missing, she saw Hunter cleaning her shoes and a closet where she kept Jhessye.

Police said they found a receipt that showed Hunter bought food and a bottle of bleach Oct. 9. The teen also told police that Hunter deprived Jhessye of food and water while keeping her in the closet, and that she saw the girl with black eyes, bruises and cuts See SEARCH on page B2


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Sticks: “My initial reaction to seeing the sign was shock ...” Trying: “ I’m sure we could go day Continued from page B1 scribed his shock last spring when venturing out for a lunch break by the pool. “My initial reaction to seeing the sign was of shock, disgust and outrage,” Gunn said. He also told the commission that his daughter was saddened months later to learn the reason they moved from the apartment complex “was in a way related to the color of her skin.” Gunn declined to speak with reporters. Hein’s attorney, who informed the commission by email Wednesday that Hein would not attend the hearing,

did not return phone and email messages Wednesday and Thursday from The Associated Press. A recording on Thursday said Hein’s voicemail was full and could not accept messages. “I was trying to protect my assets,” she told the commission’s housing enforcement director in a Sept. 27 interview. Racial discrimination has particular resonance in Cincinnati, whose population is 45 percent black, far higher than the rest of Ohio, which is about 12 percent black. Surrounding Hamilton County is 26 percent black.

Cincinnati was the scene of race riots in April 2001 when police and demonstrators clashed in a blighted neighborhood following the shooting of a black suspect by police. The commission’s statement said that its investigation concluded that the posting of such a sign “restricts the social interaction between Caucasians and African-Americans and reinforces discriminatory actions aimed at oppressing people of color.” It still would be possible for the parties to reach a settlement overseen by the

commission before any legal action is taken. If those discussions don’t bear fruit, the commission would issue a formal complaint and refer the matter to the Ohio attorney general’s office, which would represent the commission’s findings before an administrative law judge. That judge would determine any penalties, which could include a ceaseand-desist order and punitive damages. Any decision by the administrative judge could be appealed to Hamilton County Common Pleas Court in Cincinnati.

Sweeps: “Tonight we celebrate. Tomorrow we go back to...” Continued from page B1 down heavy money to reserve time for television advertising there. Even so, the order of finish — Ron Paul second, followed by Jon Huntsman, with Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum trailing — scrambled the field and prolonged the increasingly desperate competition to emerge as the true conservative rival to Romney. With his victory, Romney became the first Republican to sweep the first two contests in competitive races since 1976. Based on partial returns, The Associated Press estimated that turnout would exceed the 2008 record by about 4 percent. Romney fashioned his victory despite a sustained assault by rivals eager to undermine his claim as the contender best situated to beat Obama and help reduce the nation’s painfully high unemployment. Gingrich led

the way, suggesting at one point that Romney, a venture capitalist, was a corporate raider. The front-runner’s defenders said the rhetoric was more suitable to a Democratic opponent than a conservative Republican. Returns from 69 percent of New Hampshire precincts showed Romney with 38 percent of the vote, followed by Texas Rep Paul with 24 percent, former Utah Gov. Huntsman with 17 percent and former House Speaker Gingrich and former Pennsylvania Sen. Santorum with 10 percent each. In interviews as they left their polling places, New Hampshire voters said the economy was the issue that mattered most to them, and a candidate’s ability to defeat Obama outranked other qualities. Romney had won in Iowa by a scant eight votes over Santorum, and gained barely a quarter of the vote

there. On Tuesday, he battled not only his rivals but also high expectations as the ballots were counted, particularly since his pursuers had virtually conceded New Hampshire, next-door to the state Romney governed for four years. Seeking to undercut Romney’s victory, Gingrich and others suggested in advance that anything below 40 percent or so would indicate weakness by the nomination front-runner. They didn’t mention that Sen. John McCain’s winning percentage in the 2008 primary was 37 percent. Romney’s win was worth seven delegates to the Republican National Convention next summer. Paul earned three delegates and Huntsman two. “Tonight we celebrate,” Romney told his supporters. “Tomorrow we go back to work.”

Unlike Iowa and New Hampshire, where unemployment is well below the national average, joblessness is far higher in South Carolina. That creates a different political environment for the race. The state also has a reputation for primaries turning nasty, and it appeared that all of Romney’s pursuers read the new Hampshire returns as reason enough to remain in the race. Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who skipped New Hampshire to get a head start in South Carolina, said Tuesday’s results showed “the race for a conservative alternative to Mitt Romney remains wide open.” “We’re nibbling at his heels,” Paul said of Romney. Huntsman had staked his candidacy on a strong showing in New Hampshire, and after the polls he said, “...we go south from here.”

Seek: “Phoenix has never stayed away from this house all ...” Continued from page B1 told her husband it was time to call police. “Phoenix has not called us,” Coldon said. “Phoenix has never stayed away from this house all night, and she has never not called.” Coldon said she then called and reported Phoenix and her black 1998 Chevy Blazer missing to police. The car was later found abandoned in East St. Louis with the motor running and her belongings still in the car. The car was impounded and not immediately linked to the young woman’s disappearance. Police have said they have no leads in the case and speculation has run from the possibility that Coldon had simply decided to leave home to her being a possible victim of foul play. “If Phoenix Coldon left

here of her own accord, not to return, for whatever reason – for whatever reason – it doesn’t matter. Phoenix, you need to come home. Whatever it is, we can work it out. We love you unconditionally,” Goldia Coldon said of her only child. “If somebody has Phoenix, I don’t care what they’re doing. I don’t care what they’re into. They need to let Phoenix go – unharmed. They don’t have to worry about the police, at least as far as I’m concerned. Call me and tell me and my husband where to pick her up.” Phoenix Coldon’s disappearance has some similarities with the disappearance of a 36-year-old Atlanta woman. Stacey English was last seen on or shortly after Christmas Day, after visiting her grandmother’s home.

English reportedly returned home to the tony Atlanta neighborhood of Buckhead. English’s father told the Huffington Post that his daughter had brought a young man to the family gathering, but they later had an argument and she asked the man to leave. Police questioned the man, Robert Kirk, an events promoter from St. Louis. Police have described Kirk as a person of interest, but after an extensive interview, he was allowed to return to St. Louis. On Dec. 27, English’s family reported her and her car, a white, four-door 2006 Volvo S60, missing. The car was later found in an impound lot. As in the Coldon case, the police did not initially make a connection between the recovered vehicle and the

missing woman. Over the weekend, hundreds of family, friends and volunteers gathered to post flyers and canvass neighborhoods seeking information that could lead to information about English’s whereabouts. Goldia Coldon has followed every tip called in about her daughter, and police searched the family home on Monday to look for information that might explain Phoenix’s disappearance. “I told them ‘Come in; make yourself at home; ... if anything might help,” she said, noting she had stripped her daughter’s bed and washed her linens and all of her clothes. “I wanted everything to be nice and neat and clean for her when she comes home.”

to day and find things people ...” Continued from page B1 I sit in meetings." "I guess it's just more interesting to imagine this conflicted situation here," she said. "That's been an image people have tried to paint of me since the day Barack announced, that I'm some kind of angry black woman." "There will always be people who don't like me," Mrs. Obama added, and said she could live with that. Mrs. Obama said that she's "just trying to be me, and I just hope that over time, that people get to know me." Asked specifically about an assertion of dissension between herself and Emanuel, now the mayor of Chicago, the first lady said she has "never had a cross word" with him. The same,

she said, applies to Gibbs, whom she described as "a good friend, and remains so." "I'm sure we could go day to day and find things people wished they didn't say to each other," Mrs., Obama said. "And that's why I don't read these books. ... It's a game, in so many ways, that doesn't fit. Who can write about what I feel? What third person can tell me what I feel?" Mrs. Obama said that when questions or conflicts arise involving her and the White House staff, her East Wing staff resolves the issue with her husband's staff in the West Wing. "If communication needs to happen, it's between staffs," she said. "I don't have conversations with my husband's staff."

Wants: “We were living with no money, living ...” Continued from page B1 duced and sponsored a bill since signed into law by President Barack Obama that would allow FEMA to waive many of the debts now burdening the already afflicted. Yet to be determined is how many victims will be eligible to benefit from the new legislation. All this comes on the heels of a recent census which found that of the nearly 30,000 victims forced to shuttle from home to home due to the wrath of Katrina, many of them are still lacking a permanent living arrangement. What’s more, of the thousands of one-time residents surveyed, four out of every five revealed they have had to evacuate residencies at least twice since 2005. Luisa Mejia, 28, is yet another of the victims who has since relocated to Atlanta and now shockingly finds herself in receipt of one of the government’s aforementioned notices. “We left with nothing

but important papers and maybe two sets of clothes,” she said. “We were living with no money, living in a home with 40 people. I didn’t get the type of money that would make me rich from Katrina. For people who were honest like me, it’s crazy.” As someone who has represented Katrina victims in a class-action suit against the government, Loyola University law professor Davida Finger has met countless citizens who fall into Mejia’s category. “People used this money to survive,” she said. “We don’t want people to have to give back money that they simply needed for rent and food.” Though quick to point out that hundreds have already been convicted of hurricane-related fraud, FEMA spokesperson Rachel Racusen admits that most of the cases now under review derive from mistakes made by agency employees.

Search: “Hunter has declined to submit to a lie-detector ...” Continued from page B1 to her face and body. When she last saw Jhessye, the teen said that the girl’s hair had been pulled out, that she didn’t look alive, and that the closet where she was kept “looked like a grave and smelled like dead people.” Police arrested Hunter soon after on suspicion of child abuse related to Jhessye. They released her from jail a day later and dropped the charge against her after prosecutors said they wanted further investigation and were worried that Hunter would not be eligible for a potential murder charge if she was convicted of abusing Shockley, a situation known as double jeopardy. Hunter has declined to submit to a lie-detector test by police, but has told reporters that she had nothing

to do with her daughter’s disappearance. She also has been critical of investigators, who she said were wrongly focused on her instead of looking for Jhessye. In October 2005, Hunter was arrested with her then-husband, George Shockley, on child abuse charges in California. Hunter pleaded no contest to corporal punishment and served about four years in prison before she was released on parole in May 2010. Shockley is a convicted sex offender and is still in a California prison. Hunter’s oldest child, 14 at the time, told police that his mother routinely beat the children. Hunter’s mother, Shirley Johnson, has said that her daughter changed after prison and became a loving mother.

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Being culturally conscious when teaching history By Edwin Lou Javius GUEST COLUMNIST

Traditionally, the month of February has been honored as Black History Month. Schools make a deliberate effort to highlight the achievement and accomplishments of African Americans. As a young student, the month of February became a source of discomfort and low

self-esteem for me. Beginning in elementary school during the month of February, our teachers would dust off the Civil Rights tapes and "shock" the rest of the class with the brutality and inhumane acts of white police officers toward Blacks, without any explanations from the teacher. Consequently, I was on center stage to become the

expert of the black experience from the 60's. Each year, I was asked, "How does that make you feel?" Each year, I answered with a somber, "I don't know." Sharing what I really felt would have easily landed me in the principal's office. Interestingly enough, as I moved from grade level to grade level, the infamous tapes seemed to follow as

well. Very little new material or instruction was offered to add depth to this period in Black history. But now, the teacher no longer had to ask how I was feeling, the students would take the liberty to take on the teacher's role and ask me. Being the only African American student in my classes created high anxiety every day, not just in Febru-

ary. I tried as much as possible to hide in class, by not creating any problems and not asking too many questions. I realized early in my educational experience that if I did not stand out maybe the students and teacher would not realize that I was the only black student in class. Many times, educators do not provide the necessary

activities, readings or instruction that will help all students understand the complexity of the content or build positive racial identity for students. The first strategy to being a culturally conscious teacher is for the teacher to share their own racial biography! When teachers consciously honor Race and Culture in the See HISTORY on page C2

Red Tails: Five lessons that Tuskegee Airmen movie can teach young black people today (AP) As the first, big budget, war movie chronicling the exploits of the heroic Tuskegee Airmen wings it's way into theaters, "Red Tails" does more than just deliver an action packed history lesson; it also delivers some important life lessons. Amidst the dizzying special effects, in between the aerial dogfights, and underneath the rousing wartime speeches lies the often "unspoken" standard blueprint for Black achievement. The Victory Unlimited Show ( puts forth that there are 5 strategies for success hidden within the film that people of color would do well to continue to follow today. Based on research by the show's host, the most recent broadcast entitled "Red Tails: 5 Life Lessons That The Tuskegee Airmen Movie Can Teach You Today" uncovers the following list of success principles to explain the underlying reasons why the Tuskegee Airmen achieved such great victories in the theater of war: 1) You always have greater potential inside of you than others can usually see. The Airmen never put limitations on what they could or couldn't do. As a group, they recognized that accomplishing their goals in life depended more on how they saw themselves, as opposed to focusing only on how others saw them. 2) Time spent in preparation is never time wasted. The Airmen trained much longer than most other pilots in their era did. They used the time they spent waiting in the

wings to hone skills that served them well when their moment of opportunity arose. 3) If you stay ready, you'll never have to get ready. The Airmen held themselves to such a high standard of discipline and competence that they were confident and prepared when their time to shine finally arrived. 4) Courageous convictions can drive your dreams into existence. The Airmen had a strong belief in their abilities and a powerful passion for their cause. They had a boldness that would not be satisfied with anything short of accomplishing their mission. 5) There are no charges that can be successfully brought against excellence. The Airmen were so good at what they did that their quality of performance spoke louder in their defense than anything that their critics could ever speak against them. The Victory Unlimited Show is a "tongue-in-cheek", self-help show for men that's reminiscent of programs from the Golden Age of Radio. During each broadcast, the host codenamed "Victory Unlimited", answers dating, relationship, and general life questions by addressing them with a motivational, militarylike zeal. "In Red Tails, the underlying, unwritten rules for how to achieve success in life are timeless." says the host. "It's critical that we recognize that there's no better time for us to recommit to following those rules than now."

Shawn Corey Carter better known as Jay-Z, is an American rapper, record producer, entrepreneur, and occasional actor.

Jay-Z's new stance welcome, but long overdue By Deborah Mathis GUEST COLUMNIST

When my daughter learned that the baby she is carrying is a girl, I told her husband goodbye. “Been nice knowing you,” I mocked. “Because you’re a goner now. Over. Done.” I said the same thing to my brother, years ago, when he and his wife had a girl to bookend the boys. And to another brother a long time ago for the same reason. Boys may swell their dads’ chests by mere dint of their maleness and the promise of the family name surviving at least another generation. But a little girl can still a man’s heart like nothing else – owning it, lock, stock and barrel. So, it is understandable that rap mogul Jay-Z is somewhat out of his mind over the birth of Blue Ivy, the baby girl born to him and his wife, Beyonce, in

early January. The infant was still wet behind the ears when her proud papa memorialized her in a new track, titled “Glory.” “The most amazing feeling I feel, words can’t describe what I’m feeling for real/Baby, I paint the sky blue, my greatest creation was you," goes the song/rap/ spit track/whatever. But the socially significant tribute to the child's arrival is the promise embodied in a poem inspired by her birth. “Before I got in the game, made a change and got rich/I didn't think hard about using the word bitch," Jay-Z wrote. "I rapped, I flipped it, I sold it, I lived it/ Now with my daughter in this world, I curse those that give it." Further, he vows, "No man will degrade her or call her name/ I'm so focused on your future, the degradation has passed." Of course, it would have been wonderful if Jay-Z, who

is no spring rooster, had come to the realization much earlier – at least when he married his beautiful wife, who wouldn’t have deserved the dishonor either. Had it been my husband, I would have insisted on it, especially when I present myself as a standard-bearer for strong women. But, then, I’m of a different age and time – not only old school, but, compared to Mr. and Mrs. Carter, old, period. One hopes that certain understandings would override generational gaps, but apparently not this one. So, better late than never. I’m happy to hear that one of the most influential men in the music industry has sworn off a word that has been wrongly, hurtfully and widely used as a synonym for “girl,” “woman” or “female.” Indeed, it has such currency in some circles, that women and girls have fondly embraced it as a term of en-

dearment – a sadly familiar capitulation, as with the nword, among others. Imitating the wrongdoer and the oppressor may be flattery to him, but it is a self-inflicted wound to the mimic, no matter how cheerfully she says it. Besides, I have yet to hear it trip tenderly off the lips in a lyric. The context is usually angry, vengeful, and degrading. To use it light-heartedly normalizes a word that, too many times, is used maliciously. Cheers to Jay-Z for his new daughter and for his awakening. Now, if he really wants to give Blue Ivy a lasting gift, he will insist that his artists abandon the reference too. That could go a long way toward ridding the culture of this ugly scar. And maybe by the time Blue Ivy is old enough to tap into iTunes, the degradation will really have passed.

The tragedy lies in that we have a free press and don’t use it by Kieyana Edwards EXECUTIVE EDITOR

It is important that as students, we support one another, as well as the university. A.C. Grayling once said, “To read is to fly: it is to soar to a point of vantage which gives a view over wide terrains of history, human variety, ideas, shared experience and the fruits of many inquiries.” We are a group of everchanging individuals that progress from maturity which stems from the intake of knowledge.

With that being said, I question why more students do not read their student newspaper. We have 5,000 students enrolled at ASU and once the newspapers are placed on the racks, they disappear. Therefore, I know that students are getting them. However, what bothers me is why aren’t students reading them? I’ve seen them used as coasters, and even wrapped around dishes. I’ve seen them walked on and even thrown on the ground. Aside from the fact that it is rude to treat someone else’s work as unimportant and judge their product from

preconceived notions, the tragedy lies in the fact that there are countries where students are not even allowed to produce a newspaper. We live in a country where a student newspaper enjoys privileges and rights that a commercial newspaper possesses, and yet I know that the many of the students who attend classes on this campus are uninterested in the affairs that occur on their campus or just resent having to pick up any form of text that holds more than the average club flier’s number of words. This is a sad reality. We are the generation that is

commonly compared with the expression, “If you want to hide something from black people, place it in a book.” It references black people as being stupid, unintelligent and incapable of growth. As provocative as this statement seems, the truth is, that this type of student can be found on this campus. Some students are not applying themselves to the maximum extent and gathering the learning skills that are most important. They are people with degrees that amount to a “C” average and they have no degree-oriented experience once they have graduated from this univer-

sity. This is a false sense of reality for anyone to adhere to. Any friend, family or mentor who reads books should be constantly kept in your circle. The people in your circle determine the future you are most likely to have. If they hate reading, smoke, drink or party, then you are highly likely to take on those same habits. But, if you find people who work hard and read, they will serve to be your positive influences towards a successful path. If you are going to college and you have no desire or intention to perfect your

reading skills by reading voraciously, then this was not the right calling in life for you. The reason that these things are so fundamental to any university is because wise leaders have used these same principles to pass their gift of wisdom from one generation to the next. If this has worked so well in the past, then it makes no sense to veer away from it now. Open up your mind and read your campus newspaper. I am sure that not everything will interest you, but keeping up with what affects your well-being as a student should interest you - in fact, it is a part of college life.

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History: “In order for a classroom to be culturally conscious, the ...” Continued from page C1 classroom all students gain an appreciation for their fellow classmates. In order for a classroom to be culturally conscious, the teacher must share his/her own racial journey with their students! This February, I encountered an experience that reminded me of my childhood anxiety. One of my close black friends was very upset over what happened to her child. In her child's kindergarten class the students were watching a video during the month of February. The video was about civil rights and the information from the video illustrated black people sitting in the back of the bus. Her child came home and asked, "Is it because I'm black that I have to sit at the back of the bus?" Nevertheless, my friend was upset because her child was questioning his place in our society due to the color of his skin. Perhaps the teacher did not realize the only black child in class was viewing the video with a different lens. I truly believe educators do not intentionally plan to have students experience school with anxiety or negativity. Some educators "don't know what they don't know"! Some educators do not know the psychological effect of certain events and curriculum may have on students especially students of color. What students

read and see shape their view and perception of how the world works positively or negatively! Unfortunately our traditional curriculum usually does not overtly empower students of color and their historical contributions, more importantly the sacrifice and perseverance people of color continue to have in shaping America. Special recognition goes to schools that infuse different cultures into their curriculum, not as a separate and isolated piece of history but as American history. This courageous attempt will inevitably provide opportunities for all students to learn from one another. More importantly, it provides the impetus for students to see themselves and their experiences in the school's curriculum. Black History Month has come a long way from the Black History Day to Black History Week to the present Black History Month. I believe if it is only one day or 28 days, schools should provide a historical perspective which will serve to enhance the cultural and racial identity of students 365 days a year. Dr. Edwin Lou Javius is the CEO/ President of EDEquity, Inc. Educational Consultant Firm specializes in working with educational leaders and teachers to becoming culturally conscious.


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“Sometimes the truth hurts” Do you know your black history? Did you know that the first college sociology department in the United States was established by educator and civil rights leader, W.E.B. DuBois, or that Otis Boykin invented electronic control devices for guided missiles, IBM computers, and the control unit for a pacemaker? Thomas L. Jennings was the first black to receive a patent in 1821 for a dry-cleaning process and he used the money earned from the patent to purchase relatives out of slavery and support abolitionist causes. These are just a few of many contributions by blacks that serve as a beacon of hope among disparity. As a student attending an historically black Alabama State University, I began to realize how much of my history I wasn’t getting from the standard textbook. When I enrolled in humanities, I was taught a perspective of my ancestry that made me appreciate not going to a predominantly white college because my culture would not have been elevated to the same extent. With all of this said and done, the average student on this campus is not aware of the many accomplishments that blacks have achieved in America. There is so much about African History that remains a mystery to us. Since black history month is coming up, take the time to remember the people that struggled to fight for your freedom and give them their full recognition. It does not have to be much. It can be simply reading about one black who created something once a day or week, or just take the time to fully research the infamous heroes of change. Right now, there has to be a larger recognition of culture to occur. When I observed the recent

KIEYANA EDWARDS Martin Luther King Convocation I became nervous. I noticed that the turnout was small in comparison to the students enrolled and I became surprised when one of the guests asked questions about Martin Luther King, less than one fourth of the audience raised their hands to answer the questions. To me, that is a problem because the success of this man’s dream is the current result of our futures. King has a street named after him, a federal holiday set aside for him, and a birthday continuously celebrated, but he is remembered, in general, as a brave man who died for the dream of seeing a nation where all men were treated equal. A great leader of this caliber deserves to be studied and researched to know his full history especially among the excelling minds of college students. When I start thinking of this situation it makes me wonder how we can easily overlook the full importance of our past leaders like Harriet Tubman, Frederick Douglass, Madame C.J. Walker, and more. There are so many contributions of the black race that affect today’s history because it serves as a reminder of their strength and inspiration for this

generation. If we don’t celebrate them and give them their due respect as their offspring, then who will? Because they are our ancestors, the responsibility falls upon students to continue to spread the word to not just our teachers because they have given us an assignment, but also to our friends, family, and children because it’s a part of what makes us who we are. The origins of our birth need to be passed on and explained so that we can continue to progress instead of digress. Just as well, elders need to be sure to share their stories and experiences. A major factor of students being unable to fully relate to the civil rights movement and comprehend achievements of blacks can be traced to the gap in communication from generation to generation. When elders and grandparents do not pass on their experiences, it leaves their children at a disadvantage because they have to live in a world where they rely on books to stimulate their imagination, which is not enough. What students are taught in a classroom can seem irrelevant and boring because they have to believe video or written copy. But, when elders reinforce black history moments, and share their memories, they bring to life something that is taken for granted. Help change for the better and pass on your heritage. Share it so that it may live on to set the standards for the children who are to come. Orally passing down tradition has been an effective type of communication since the dawn of time. What better way to continue a legacy than personally ensuring that your children get information by teaching it to them ourselves.

“think, think, think” Reality TV: How far is too far? Whose reality is depicted in the reality shows featured on cable television across the country? Is any black woman with a short temper and a $1,000 shoe allowed to represent all of us? Why are we being subject to this kind of behavior, and why is it seem to meet with so much approval? I watch reality television shows, especially the ones featured on VH1, but I would never want my niece to see the way these women behave. I would never want to hear her say she wants the kinds of relationships these women have with men, as I’ve heard some of my counterparts say. Looking at ‘Love and Hip Hop,’ I am entertained, but when I get into deeper thought, I am almost appalled. No other reality show features women fighting so frequently. Viewers thrive on the drama, and although at times this may happen in our worlds, do we really want to be showing everybody else this side of ourselves? It is as if these women have no selfcontrol, and at the slightest moment a glass can be thrown in your face. Your beauty can become filthy, painted with scars, and covered with pounds of make-up. You can talk nasty to fellow women and if they say the wrong thing, you can punch them in their face. You don’t have to apologize for your actions, and you can cut anyone off whom you feel is a “non-factor,” as Evelyn Lozada said in ‘Basketball Wives.’ The circle of women in ‘Basketball Wives’ reminds me of high school. They are the cool click, and they don’t want anyone in their circle, but beware, they will turn on

SHARANNA POLK you if you happen to make it in the circle. Cheating is accepted, because it is “bound to happen.” It’s also okay to blame the “groupies.” Never mind that these women don’t know you, have no concern for your relationship, and could care less about your problems. These groupies are looking out for self, and nowhere does that concern you, but it is okay to blame them. Men will be men, but these “sluts” have no self respect and are below you. Are they really? You know about them, and you have yet to leave. Even if your husband is never home, and leaves you alone all of the time, you hold onto a broken marriage. For what? Are you, too, selling yourself? It is no woman’s position to judge another woman, and marital problems are to be resolved between married couples. You did not marry that “groupie” and she did not make promises to you. ‘Love and Hip Hop’ depicts the same kinds of relationships with outside women, witnessed by the confrontation between Kimbella

and Emily. Another question that arose is why aren’t these women married to these men that they stand beside, and why is cheating accepted? Perfect examples are Chrissy, Kimbella, and Emily. Each is in a long-term relationship that appears to be at a standstill, yet they are living as married couples. Is this what we have settled for? I don’t want to settle. I don’t want to perform wifely duties without the title. It is like being a writer, but not having your name on the work. It still is published, and even if it thrives, you get no credit. It is not yours and you have no right to it. Yet, I see on Facebook and Twitter, statuses that read: ‘I want a TI and Tiny relationship,’ or ‘I Want a Chrissy and Jim Jones relationship.’ Chrissy and Jim Jones? Not the same couple that after seven years, a man cannot decide if he is ready to move on to the next step? Why would anyone want that anguish that this woman feels, when she looks back on the seven years she has spent with this man and wonders if they have seven more? When I am the age of some of these women, I would have hoped to be settled down. I would hope that violence is not my “go to” in solving situations. I pray that my niece is not subject to this ignorance, and thinks that this is the way well-to-do black women live. I ask again, whose reality is this? I don’t wear $6000 shoes, and I don’t live in a million dollar home. This is not my reality. I don’t want anyone outside of my race believing that it is, and I don’t want my niece to think that it’s hers.





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Chambers to be featured on BET’s The Game series by Kieyana Edwards EXECUTIVE EDITOR

Junior marketing major Darryl Chambers recently broke into the world of acting by making his first appearance as an extra in three episodes of the Black Entertainment Television (BET) series, “The Game.” He learned of the opportunity last September after receiving a call from one of BET's casting personnel who had seen his photographs in Model Mayhem and was impressed with his shoot. After Chambers sent BET some information, Chambers got his shot. The Valley, Ala., native filmed one episode in September and filmed the other two over the Christmas break, in which he plays a football athlete. Ironically, Chambers used to be interested in playing basketball at Alabama State University. “I actually was about to play basketball last year for ASU,” he said. “I was trying to play but due to some circumstances I didn't play, so I just continued to focus on modeling and everything else.” Chambers never imagined himself making a guest appearance with the cast of the game. Chambers said, “I never even saw myself modeling: I never saw myself doing any of this. I thought I would be playing basketball somewhere.” Now that he is going places, he feels really good about it. “It's something different for me. It's a new experience that I have never had in my life.” With a laugh, Chambers added, “Especially when people come up

to you and talk about it all the time.” Chambers is now open to a career in acting. “Really and truly, modeling leads to acting anyway, so that is something I would like to pursue,” he said. “This kind of made me realize that I wanted to get into acting. Being around stars all day was great. I am just having fun and doing something I enjoy.” Chambers was a fan of the show before he even got the opportunity. “It was crazy because, in the season before that, I thought about what it would be like to get on the game or a show like that, and next season, I'm on it,” Chambers said. The member of Phi Beta Lambda Business Fraternity was impressed with the personalities on set. “Pooch is really cool and down to earth; he is always joking all the time. Malik walks around looking crazy all day, but he is a good dude too. All of them are down to earth people. It gets crazy when they have guest appearances on the show, too. It is always fun to see who is going to come in, outside of the cast.” The impact of being on campus after being an extra caught Chambers off guard. “It was surprising, and it makes me curious as to what to expect. Who is going to say something to me or talk to me about it?” Chambers said. “I posted some pictures on Facebook and the word got out. Now a lot of people know, I mean it's spreading. Now I will get to make a lot more friends.” For students who may be interested in the way ChamSee SERIES on page D2

Nate Parker, becomes executive producer for the film "Resurrecting Love" (AP) Actor Nate Parker has teamed up with Bay Area author China Galland and son, filmmaker Ben Galland, to produce the documentary feature film, Resurrecting Love: The Cemetery That Can Heal a Nation - which documents the powerful racial conflict over the right to visit a cemetery in Marshall, Texas. This film in-progress follows two women - one black, one white - as they rally the community to fight a large timber corporation, which is denying them access to the cemetery, and in the process, change the face of Texas history. The film grew out of China Galland's book, Love Cemetery, Unburying the Secret History of Slaves, which ignited a controversy about rights to visit cemeteries throughout Texas. Nate Parker is the star of George Lucas' Red Tails, the story of the WWII Tuskegee Airmen, which just premiered nationwide. He is also known for his starring role with Denzel

Washington in The Great Debaters and The Secret Life of Bees. After reading about the African American descendent community being locked out of their family burial ground and kept from their ancestor's graves, he decided to take on the role of Executive Producer to help them finish this important documentary. He also established the Nate Parker scholarship fund for young African American men at historically black Wiley College in Marshall, Texas, where Wiley students help maintain Love Cemetery. Of the 200 hours of footage shot over the past ten years, 80 hours of poignant interviews were completed, including interviews with Pulitzer Prize winner Professor Leon F. Litwack; Reverend Professor Peter J. Gomes; Congressman John Lewis; Marianne Williamson; and the Founder of Northeastern University's Civil Rights and Restorative Justice Project Margaret A. Burnham.

Junior marketing major Darryl Chambers recently broke into the world of acting. Chambers never imagined himself making a guest appearance with the cast of “The Game.”

Who will play Aretha Franklin in her biopic? (AP) LOS ANGELES The search is still on for the best woman to play the role of Aretha Franklin in the singer’s coming biopic, “From These Roots.” The Queen of Soul has a few names in mind, but surprisingly none on the list include Jennifer Hudson. On Tuesday, Franklin’s

rep told the press that she’s scheduled to meet with the director and financiers of “Roots” to discuss the woman for the part and other primary roles, reports the NY Daily News. Nia Long is a prospective to play the role of the older sister, Erma Franklin, Kerry Washington for

younger sister Carolyn Franklin, and Blair Underwood for brother Cecil Franklin. It is reported that Franklin previously wanted Terrence Howard to play Smokey Robinson and Denzel Washington to play her father. Although it was reported last year that Halle Berry was

her primary choice to play the starring role, she hasn’t come up with any new names recently and her most recent wish list didn’t actually include the star role. Franklin’s wish list also did not include an actor to play her new fiancé, William Wilkerson, 64.

New TV One show puts focus on missing blacks PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — After 16 years playing a police lieutenant on “Law & Order,” actress S. Epatha Merkerson is turning to some real-life crime stories. Merkerson is the narrator for “Find Our Missing,” a series that debuts Jan. 18 on the TV One network. It tells stories about black Americans who are missing, hoping to turn up clues that can solve some of the cases. The series was born out of a pervasive feeling among many blacks that their missing-person cases don’t get as much attention as missingperson cases involving whites, particularly attractive young white women. “The local and regional press does a good job,” Wonya Lucas, president and CEO of the cable network

aimed at black viewers, said Saturday. “The national press doesn’t really cover these stories to the extent that they should, and that’s a void that TV One will now fill.” Each hour focuses on two separate cases. Besides Merkerson’s narration, producers fill time by re-enacting some scenes with professional actors. Two people missing since 2009 are featured in the first episode: Pamela Butler, an employee of the Environmental Protection Agency who disappeared from her Washington, D.C., home; and Hasanni Campbell, a five-year-old boy with cerebral palsy from Oakland, Calif. “We are painfully aware that these are not just stories,” said Donna Wilson, executive producer of the

S. Epatha Merkersonis the narrator for “Find Our Missing,” a series that debuts Jan. 18

series. “These are people’s lives.” Blacks account for 12 percent of the population yet are involved in about a third of the country’s missing-persons cases, said Toni Judkins, programming chief at TV One. The network is available in some 56 million homes, or about half the ones that have TV. Producers are working with the Black and Missing Foundation in helping to bring the cases to light.

The show will encourage tips to law enforcement, hoping to break down some of the attitude that makes people feel like snitches, foundation president Derrica Wilson said. She and the series producer are not related. Merkerson said she became involved because she realized many of these cases needed the attention. “It’s important for me to give back to the community that has given so much to me,” she said.


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Series: “I have people in Atlanta who constantly put me on blogging ...” Continued from page D1 bers branded himself, he revealed that he “networks through Model Mayhem, Facebook, and Twitter.” “I have people in Atlanta who constantly put me on blogging sites,” Chambers added. “I am also involved in Calendars. People call me [based on] what they see. The calendars, modeling shows that I have been in … I always get contacts off of that.” Aside from being noticed more, the member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity doesn't feel like this has changed his college future.

He is focused on completing his undergraduate degree in business and plans to pursue modeling full time once his degree is obtained For students interested in doing something similar, Chambers gives advice. “It's not hard to get out of there and do anything. You just put your best foot forward, and you can do it,” Chambers said. “Put forth 100 percent in whatever you're trying to do in life, and as long as you stay on the right path and do what you're supposed to do, then you will be fine. Stay focused.”

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Hornets fall to Lady Bulldogs by Abraham Chopin SPORTS EDITOR

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Tamara Wadlington and A&M’s Shundry Davis collide during basketball action between Alabama State University and Alabama A&M University in the Dunn-Oliver Acadome.

MONTGOMERY- The bite of the Alabama A&M University Bulldogs proved to be too much for the Alabama State University Lady Hornets who lost 65-56 in DunnOliver Acadome on Jan. 14. Both teams came out shooting but it was A&M who took a fivepoint lead. However, two back to back three-pointers by Hornet guard Daneille Gazaway (13 points) brought the Hornets within one point of tying, 16-15 with 10:22 left in the first half. Hornet guard Jasmine Quinn pulled up and hit a two-point jumper to give the Hornets the lead, 17-16 with 8:25 left. A quick move and score by Hornet forward RoTasha Windom and a turn-around jumper by Hornet center Quentori Alford (12 points) gave the Hornets a threepoint lead with 4:57 left, 21-18. Gazaway drove into the lane and scored a lay-in but Alford fouled Bulldog guard Whiquitta Tobar (22 points) on the other end of the court and she finished a three point play to make the score 24-20 with 2:35 left. A strong move from Bulldog center Gabrielle Williams, who had seven rebounds, got her the foul and the bucket, the Bulldogs attempting to make a run, 24-23 with 1:45 left. However, it would be Gazaway who ended the half with a pull up shot to make the score 26-25, Hornet lead. In the second half the Bulldogs took the lead quickly but a shot

from Hornet guard Kierra Page (14 points) tied the game at 29 with 18:06 left in the game. Alford added a shot to give the Hornets the lead, however a rebound and put back by Tobar tied the game again at 31, both teams playing their hearts out. Williams scored a shot but Page answered right back to keep the game tied, 33 a piece with 15:44 left. The game was tied at 37 when Page hit a three-pointer from the corner to give the Hornets the lead and excite the crowd, 4037 with 12:24 left. Tobar pulled up and nailed an easy 15-foot shot to make the score 43-42. Page drove to the lane and dished it to Alford who scored easily but Bulldog guard Alyssa Strickland scored right back to keep the Bulldogs in the lead 4645, with 8:30 left. With the Hornets down one point with 5:28 left, a shot from Strickland and then a free throw from Bulldog guard Shaundray Davis (11 points) made the score 53-49 with 4:22 left in the game. A steal from Waldington allowed for a fast break and score by her to keep the momentum from shifting too much, 53-51 with 4:03 left. Davis seemed unstoppable as she crossed Hornet defenders and created shots, one coming with 3:22 left, making the score 55-51 Bulldog lead. A monstrous block from Williams sent Page’s shot attempt flying but Alford got the inbound pass and scored to tie the game 55-55 with 2:31 left. See FALL on page E2

AAMU Bulldogs fall to lethal Hornet sting by Abraham Chopin SPORTS EDITOR

MONTGOMERY- The sting of the Alabama State University Hornets tamed the raved Bulldogs of Alabama A&M as they pummeled the Bulldogs 53-50 in a packed Dunn-Oliver Acadome on Jan. 14. The Hornets were the first to get on the board when Hornet center Philip Crawford (10 points) “spent to the rim” and made a layup. Bulldog center Jerome Hunter dunked the ball on a turn around to tie the game at two with 18:45 left in the first half. Hornet forward Stephawn Brown, who scored nine points and collected seven rebounds in his first career start, pulled up and hit a three-pointer followed by a lay-in by Crawford to give the Hornets a three point lead, 7-4 with 15:52 left. Neither team could get a basket for some time until 14:30 when Bulldog forward Casey Canty scored a lay-in followed by Bulldog guard Jeremy Crutcher with a three-pointer to make it 9-7, however Hornet guard Tramaine Butler drove into the lane for a hard two point lay-up to tie the game at nine. Another long scoring drought ensued until Hunter hit a lay-in to give the Bulldogs the lead, 11-9 with 11:04 left. A put back shot by Brown tied the game at 11. A steal from Butler led to a fast

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Stephawn Brown scores 3 during basketball action between Alabama State University and Alabama A&M University in the Dunn-Oliver Acadome.

break and score to give the Hornets the lead, but Bulldog forward Brando Allen hit a three-pointer to give the Bulldogs the lead again. Hornet guard Anthony Price ran the ball coast to coast and hit a dramatic lay-in to make the score 1716, Hornet lead, with 7:22 left. Hunter’s turn-around jumper gave the Bulldogs a seven point lead, 24-17 with 4:51 left, but two free-throws from Hornet guard Jeff Middlebrooks (10 points) cut the lead to five, 24-19 with 4:00 left. A foul on Crawford sent Canty to

the line and he made two free throws to make the score 26-19 with 1:22 left. Butler ended the half with a two pointer to make the score 2621, Bulldog lead. In the second half the Hornets led by Crawford who scored quickly to cut the Bulldog lead to three with 19:16 left in the game, 26-23. Butler drove through lane and threw up a wild shot that hit the mark and cut the Bulldog lead to two, 27-25 with 18:00 left. Middlebrooks brought the crowd to their feet when he hit a three-pointer from the corner and gave the Hornet the lead 28-27 with 16:31 left. With the score at 30-27 and the Hornets up, Bulldog forward Demarquelle Tab, who had 17 points and nine rebounds, hit a shot off the back board and cut the Hornet lead to one, 30-29 with 14:41 left. Butler came around a pick and hit a three-pointer to keep the momentum in favor of the Hornets, 33-29 with 14:05 left. Watts pump fake made a Bulldog defender leave his feet, he then drove baseline and pulled up for a ‘pretty’ floater to make the score 35-30 with 12:42 left. However, a steal by Tabb led to a fast break and he ended the play with a crowd silencing dunk to make the score 3732. The Hornets lead with 11:28 left. See LETHAL on page E2

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ASU’s Jonathan Jefferson collides with A&M’s Demarquelle Tabb during basketball action between Alabama State University and Alabama A&M University in the Dunn-Oliver Acadome.

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Adams propels as star track runner by Abraham Chopin SPORTS EDITOR

“At first I didn't want to go to college unless I could run,” said Jeff Adams, a senior physical education major at Alabama State University. “My high school coach, James Davis, graduated from ASU, and when he found out I didn't want to go to school, he pushed me to come here and run.” It was that push that propelled Adams through college and through a great career as a track runner. Adams was born in Brooklyn, NY, but moved to Jonesboro, Ga., when he turned 10. He attended Mount Zion High School, and during his sophomore year he started running -hurdles, to be specific: both 110 and 300 meter. “I always liked to run and jump,” Adams said, “and hurdles seemed like the perfect race. I was never an athlete in my family, but it was something that I wanted to do when I got to high school.” Adams reminisced on his childhood.

“I was a laid back guy,” Adams said. “I mostly played basketball after school. No parties or going out -- I just tried to stay out of trouble.” In high school, the only trouble that Adams had to deal with was winning, and he did not have any trouble at that. “I won regionals in the 300-meter hurdles,” Adams said. “I was favored to win the 110 hurdles. However, I fell, and when I went to my coach he would say anything to me but get prepared for the next event. I used that anger and disappointment to win.” Now that Adams is in college, he reflects on his time at ASU and his college career as a runner. “When we moved, my parents never forced me to get into sports, but they supported me. I feel like I run for them, to make them proud,” Adams said. “I'm the first male to go to school in my family, and I've enjoyed it. Through ups and downs, everything has worked out well. I'm thankful.” Success has come not only in the form of academics for Adams, either. He has experienced the taste of vic-

tory on the track, as well. “I remember the Southwestern Athletic Conference championships in 2011,” said Adams. “I ran the 400 and set a time of 49.98. I won first in the event and, as a result, they put in a decathlon, which consists of 10 events. I competed in five one day and five the next. It's really racing, jumping, throwing and endurance. I did well.” Adams has noticed the big changes in ASU as well. “I like the direction ASU is going,” Adams said. “It means more money. However, I don't know how the track program fits into their vision, but I hope we can get a track stadium here. The fans want to see us run, and I think ASU should invest in the program.” However unsure he is about ASU's vision for the track team, Adams' vision for himself is clear. “I would love to run professionally,” he said, “that's a dream I want to come true. However, that comes with time and practice. I do think it's possible, but it's a lot of hard work, and I look at runners like Deyron Robles, who currently holds the world record for 110 meter hurdles. He is

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James Adams has dreams of running professionally.

the first runner I studied and attempted to mimic.” Adams knows that there are a lot of people who want to run. “I was a walk-on,” he said. “So I'm speaking from experience. I earned a partial

scholarship. However, I don't think you should just run to get money. Our coaching staff will help you, and right now the boys are rebuilding and the girls have a really good team, but anything is possible.”

Fall: “I also could’ve attacked the basket to get easy points...” Continued from page E1 Davis crossed more Hornet defenders and score then she stole the inbound pass and scored again amassing four points in just 22 seconds and increasing the Bulldog lead to six, 61-55 with 1:06 left. The Hornets attempted to make a comeback but four free throws from Tobar put the game out of reach. Page looked disappointed and said, “I feel we played extremely hard, but we didn’t follow directions as far as the game plan. We allowed their main player to control the tempo if the entire game and that’s why we got the outcome we got. As for myself I could’ve kept Tobar under more control from the beginning. I also could’ve attacked the basket to get easy points.” Head coach Freda-Freeman Jackson was not pleased. “We didn’t do a good job containing their best player. (Tobar) and Davis caused us problems too,” Freeman said. “We did not rebound and we allowed too many second chances. We need to get to work on the fundamentals.”

Mistakes, missed opportunities cost Hornets Staff Report THE HORNET TRIBUNE

LORMAN, Miss.— Trailing 61-60 with 13 seconds left the Hornets were able to steal the ball and had three shots at a winning basket, but all three missed their mark as Alcorn State (4-14/ 2-5 SWAC) held on for the one-point win over Alabama State University (7-11/4-2 SWAC). “We did exactly what we wanted in those final seconds, we trapped them and got them to throw a lazy pass and Ryan intercepted it,” head coach Lewis Jackson said. “We were able to get the ball into the paint and had three or four good shots and they just did not go in.” The Hornets had four

players reach double figures led by Tramaine Butler’s game-high 19 points. Ivory White added 12 and Ryan Watts and Stephawn Brown added 10 each. Brown made his second consecutive start in place of Kenderek Washington who missed his second game. The Braves also had four players reach double digits led by Xavian Rimmer’s 13. Anthony Nieves came off the bench to add 12 while Ken McDonald had 11 and Twann Oakley had 10. Both teams shot lights out in the second half with ASU shooting 75 percent (15-20) and Alcorn State shooting 69 percent (13-19). ASU won the rebounding battle 21-19. Both teams also shot their free throws well with Alcorn hitting 13

of their 15 attempts (87%) knocking down 29 percent of and ASU hitting 10 of their their shots. The Hornets 14 attempts for 71 percent. were able to hit three of their nine three-point attempts and It all came down to the outrebounded the taller last shot when the Hornets Braves 16-12. Butler kept were unable to get one of ASU in the game scoring 12 their final three attempts to of his points. The problem for ASU, go in. “We got stagnant in our which turned out to be a offense with too many guys theme for the night, they had trying to do too much and an uncharacteristic 10 turnthen making bad passes,” overs in the opening half. head coach Lewis Jackson Both Jeff Middlebrooks and said. “You have to give Ivory White picked up two Alcorn credit, they made fouls early and the Hornets their free throws down the had to use their backups stretch to stay ahead of us, against the full court pressure but again, we had our oppor- of Alcorn State. The Hornets will contunities and we just did not tinue this road swing Montake advantage of them.” Neither team was able to day night when they play at generate much offense in the Southern University in Baton first half. Alcorn State only Rouge, La. The opening tip shot 32 percent from the field has been set for 7:30 p.m. and ASU was even worse

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Stephawn Brown powers past A&M’s Demarquelle Tabb during basketball action between Alabama State University and Alabama A&M University in the Dunn-Oliver Acadome.

Free throws pushes Alcorn State past the Hornets Lethal: “It feels good to beat A&M Staff Report THE HORNET TRIBUNE

LORMAN, Miss. – Alabama State University (6-9, 3-3 SWAC) women’s basketball falls to Alcorn State (712, 5-2) 56-49 at the Dave L. Whitley HPER Complex. “This was a very tough loss for us,” said Head Coach Freda Freeman-Jackson. “We had a chance to take the lead, but we just couldn’t get our shots to fall. We had easy lay ups and we just simply missed them. We tried to fight back being down by only one, but we had some players miss some key assignments that allowed

Alcorn to take the lead.” With a slow start for both teams in the first half the Lady Hornets went on to take a 7-3 lead. After missed assignments by the Lady Hornets the Braves quickly went on a 7-0 run with 9:13 left on the clock. Alcorn went on to take its largest lead in the half of 17 points after shooting its last positions from the charity stripe. The Braves were 14 of 18 and shot 77 percent from the free throw line. The Braves closed out the half with a 26-17 lead over the Lady Hornets. The Lady Hornets improved in the second half as the Lady Hornets brought in

a combination of bench players to get them back into the game knotting the contest 49-49 at the 2:47 mark. “With the loss of Tamara Wadlington in the second half we just couldn’t find the rhythm at first. But then we had five players that came off the bench come in and put us back into the game. We were back in the game, but we just couldn’t close out.” Down by two the Lady Hornets took a time out with a little over two minutes left in the game. ASU tried to contain Alcorn holding the Lady Braves to a score of 5149. With missed assignments the Lady Braves went on to take the game in the fi-

nal seconds with a 56-49 win over the Lady Hornets. Senior Jasmine Quinn led the way for Alabama State as she scored a team and season high 11 points. Quentori Alford had 10 points and eight rebounds she was followed by Ashley Jones who had eight points and seven rebounds to add to the Lady Hornets loss. Kiara Ruffin led the Lady Braves in scoring with 15 points, while Carolinsia Crumbly had nine and Sharnika Breedlove followed with eight. ASU will face Southern University on Monday. The game time is set for 5:30 pm in Baton Rouge, La.

Hornets track opens Blazer invite with strong results Staff Report THE HORNET TRIBUNE

BIRMINGHAM—The track and field teams from Alabama State University had several solid performances on the opening day of the Blazer Invitational hosted by the University of Alabama Birmingham. Three Lady Hornets finished among the top-19 runners in the one mile run in the day’s first event. Kesia Derilus led the Lady Hornets with her fourth place finish, crossing the finish line in

5:15.03. Soyong Smith was strong with a 17th place finish (5:33.66) and Breana Kelly was 19th (5:39.52). The ladies women’s distance medley team had a strong seventh place finish crossing the finish line in 12:43.32. In other finals for the women, Raheema Hodges finished 13 th in the 5,000 meter run and Asha Tavernier was 11th in the long jump with a lead of 5.43m (17’09”.75). There were several preliminaries run tonight with the finals coming tomorrow.

For the Lady Hornets, Tyrisha Chambers qualified for the 60 meter hurdles with a time of 8.98 and Tia Rolle qualified for the 60 meter run with a time of 7.58. In the men’s mile run, Carlos Flores finished 10th with a time of 4:53.97. In another men’s final, Lee Thrasher finished 15th in the shot put with a throw of 13.48m (44’-02”.75). Shawn Lockhart qualified for tomorrow’s finals in the 60 meter dash with a time of 6.91. Jeffery Adams (8.20) and Quantavious Lockhart both qualified for

tomorrow’s 60 meter hurdles finals. “We had some of the people really step up today and in some areas I like what we saw,” head coach Ritchie Beene said. “We also have seen where we are really going to have to work before the next meet, but we did some nice things coming out of the Christmas break.” The Invite will conclude tomorrow with the finals beginning with the field events at 9 a.m. The running events will begin at 11 a.m.

because it’s a big rivalry game ...” Continued from page E1 Middlebrooks ran the floor and scored a basket while being fouled. He missed the free throw but increased the Hornet lead to seven, 39-32 with 10:42 left. Crawford added to the lead with a shot that made the score 41-32, the Hornets sitting comfortably with 9:55 left. With the score at 4335, Bulldog guard Jeremy Ingram fouled Watts who converted one of two free throws to add to the Hornet lead. Allen came back down the court and hit a three-pointer to make the score 44-38 with 5:26 left. Brown bodied his way in the lane for a hard fought shot to make the score 4841 with 4:38 left. A series of steals between both teams kept the crowd on the edge of their seats but it quickly led to a foul on the Bulldogs and Middlebrooks hit two freethrows. However, Allen once again answered with a three-pointer to make the score 50-45 and kept the

game close with 1:38 left. A three pointer from Ingram excited Bulldog fans and had Hornet fans biting their nails as they watched a eight point lead dwindle to two points, 5048 with 59.1 seconds left. Middlebrooks hit one of two from the line to give the Hornets a three-point lead and when Tabb attempted to tie the game his shot was blocked by Crawford to end the game. Butler, who ended the game with 12 points said, “it feels good to beat A&M because it’s a big rivalry game and both teams what it but luckily we got it. I’m really glad Brown stepped up as well because he had a major part in the win.” Head coach Lewis Jackson said, “It’s always great to play A&M and we know it’s going to be a tough game. We played dominant and were able to get the win. It’s a great win for the Hornet nation and it took a total team effort to get there.”


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