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According to CNN, a navy training jet crashed in a north Georgia forest killing three people, and one is missing.

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Students and Senegalese Community Unite in Cramton BY SARAYA WINTERSMITH Contributing Writer Cramton Auditorium was filled with Senegalese music and culture as feature artists performed the Concert for Peace, Tolerance and Understanding. Though the festivities began an hour late, the audience – about 900 – received the four feature artists warmly with shouts, dancing and singing for the entire duration of the show. Howard alumnus Toni Blackman hosted the concert and began by apologizing for the unexpected delay “due to circumstances beyond the control of the producers of the event.” Positive Black Soul, a hiphop duo of Senegal natives Didier Awadi and Duggy Tee, opened the show with a song in their native language Wolof, as well as in French and English. The first piece was politically charged as “Awadi” paused to proclaim that the song was for his people “suffering everywhere in Africa because of the political system.” The audience responded with cheers and clapping as the concert began. The show continued with performances from Waflash, Titi and Abdou Guité Seck. Each artist performed a 1520 minute set. While the audience was predominantly Senegalese D.C. residents, there were also concertgoers who did not speak

the language but believed in the transcendental power of music. D.C. resident Rafaela Stalbalk, a native of Rio de Janeiro, recently returned to the U.S. from Senegal and attended the concert with her boyfriend. She heard Titi sing while in Senegal and “fell in love” with the artist. “I love her sound and the spirit of the music,” she said. “I can feel the joy in it. Although I don’t understand the words, I understand the music.” When asked why the auditorium was not packed to capacity, Stalbalk speculated that, while it seemed natural for students of an HBCU to come out and support African artists, “people just don’t appreciate what art that they don’t understand, and that’s normal. It’s also funny since all music does come from Africa.” Howard University was represented mainly by members of the African Student Association (ASA). The organization was primarily responsible for event publicity both to the Howard community and the surrounding African community. Senior biology major Musaleehat Hamadu serves as this year’s public relations officer for the ASA. “We publicized mainly through e-mail blasts, Facebook – that was really helpful – and phone texts.” Hamadu says she’s genuinely interested in learning more about Africa as a continent and learned a great deal from helping with and experiencing the performances.

Charges Dropped Against University of Maryland Students Charges facing two University of Maryland (UMD) students for allegedly hitting Park Police officers were dropped on Monday. Nineteen-year-olds John J. McKenna and Benjamin C. Donat faced charges for allegedly striking Park Police officers after a March 3 men’s basketball frenzy. The allegations stemmed from a celebration after College Park’s win over Duke. Twenty-eight people were arrested or cited in connection with the celebration. Now a new video has surfaced showing Park Police beating McKenna. In the one-minute video shot by another student, police are seen hitting the student with their batons. McKenna did not provoke nor resist the beating. Officers from the Maryland-National Capital Park Police can be seen in the video, but they took no action to stop the beating. According to the report filed by county Police Officer Sean McAleavey, Donat and McKenna were being loud and inciting an unruly crowd. The two students allegedly “struck those officers and their horses causing minor injuries.” The charges were dropped against Donat, because he could not be identified by officers. No comment has been made on why McKenna’s charges were dropped.

– Genet Lakew, Metro Editor

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Students and the D.C. community gathered for a Senegalese inspired concert. The final installment will be held tonight.

The experiences were also “new” for Ionne McNeill, a senior accounting major. “I haven’t been exposed to much Senegalese music, but I did enjoy the show.” She said after the concert ended.

The concert – a joint effort among the U.S. Embassy in Dakar, Senegal and the Senegalese Ministry of Culture – is the second in a series of three. Tonight, all of the featured artists and many more will come together for the final

installment of the series in Dakar at the 60,000 seat Stade Léopold Senghor (also called the Stade de l’Amitié) at 8:00 p.m.

Trespasser Invades Phi Mu Alpha Tree on The Yard BY JASMINE CARPENTER & DERRICK HAYNES Hilltop Staff An unnamed trespasser caused a commotion when he refused to move from under the black, red and white plot of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity of America, Inc after being asked respectfully to move. A throng of students gathered around as the scene unfolded. Some of the trespasser’s belongings were thrown toward the Armour J. Blackburn Center. The trespasser, a white student, attempted to retrieve his possessions, but he fell while running back to the plot to protect the rest of his things. After regaining his composure, four Campus Police officers spoke with him for at least 15 minutes. “A couple members of the fraternity were complaining that he

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An unidentified white male was asked to leave the area but refused to move.

was sitting under the tree,” Officer Maximillion Holland said. “We managed to talk to him and get him to move.” Some onlookers felt embarrassed that the incident hap-

pened, since they believed the commotion ensued because he was an outcast. > See TRESPASS, Page 3

University Discusses New Breast Cancer Screening Recommendations BY TAHIRAH HAIRSTON Campus Editor The Howard University Hospital Auditorium was filled with doctors, researchers and medical school students for a debate that might change the fate of AfricanAmerican women. Recently, the U.S. Preventive Task Force (USPTF) issued a recommendation to perform fewer breast cancer screenings and to begin them at a later age. This directly affects African-American women,

the demographic that gets diagnosed with breast cancer at a lower rate than white women but die at a greater rate. This poses a worry to physicians and researchers who say that this may lower the survival rate due to the later and less frequent screenings. The USPTF recommended against routine screening for women ages 40 to 49. They said the decision to start regular screening before the age of 50 should be left to the patients. MSNBC political analyst

and Howard University alumni Michelle Bernard moderated the panel that consisted of Jenny Luray, president of the Komen Advocacy Alliance, Dr. LaSalle D. Leffall, cancer researcher, former president of the American Cancer Society and the Society of Surgical Oncology and professor of surgery at Howard University College of Medicine, Dr. Eric Novack, an orthopedic surgeon, U.S. Rep. Donna Christensen, a Democratic delegate to Congress from the U.S. Virgin Islands.

It also included Dr. Worta McCaskill Stevens, head of Breast Prevention and the Minority-based Clinical Community Oncology Program for the National Cancer Institute, and Dr. Charles P. Mouton, chair of the Department of Community and Family Medicine at Howard University College of Medicine and Howard University Hospital. The American Cancer Society came up with guidelines for breast cancer screening years ago that recommended women get

yearly mammograms after the age of 40. Lefall said once the recommendations came out from the task force, the American Cancer Society was flooded with calls. “The recommendations were created with a narrow mind of health care,” Lefall said. Mouton said to remember that these are not guidelines but recommendations by the task force. He said the mission of the task force is to provide recommendations based upon the given material.

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Parking Meters Increase, Frustrates Students BY MALIKA MICHAUD Contribitinh Writer The consistent paying of a parking meter around Howard’s campus is a common hassle student drivers face. Since fall of 2009, the meter rate that was once 30 minutes per quarter is now approximately seven minutes per quarter. The increase in parking meters, more students are considering other alternatives in order to prevent from the likelihood of receiving parking citations. Students have been known to use handicapped permits-without the degree of being handicapped-, and even sit in their cars regardless of the

weather conditions until their next class begins. After receiving over $600 in Howard parking tickets, and sitting in her car on D.C. roads, Jasmine Norwood, senior broadcast journalism major, opted to pay the $250 fee for a Howard parking permit. “I live off campus and a permit is the easiest way to prevent that problem of tickets, especially after having a car boot and having my car towed once before while at school,” Norwood said. Jendayi Hogan, a junior physical therapy major obliges that the problem isn’t with Howard, but with the D.C. parking system. “I

don’t let it affect me; I would rather get a citation from Howard instead of D.C. parking so I just park pretty much anywhere,” Hogan said. According to the Public Information Officer for the District Department of Transportation, John Lisle, the increase in rates is for revenue, budgetary reasons and to provide more available parking in busy commercial areas. “We match supply and demand by adjusting rates and extending hours,” Lisle said. “We chose to apply these restrictions also on Saturdays now because free parking can increase ingestion and pollution for people driving around.”

Lisle explains that the location of Howard is the reason why it has had these implications in its area. “Howard has city streets running throughout the campus. There were 3500 meters that were changed to $2 per hour and Howard’s campus community is in a premium zone that calls for a lot of demand for parking, so this was strategically a good way to establish more parking,” Lisle said. On the other hand, Robert Boyd, senior business management major feels the rate increase was not a good idea. He believes it causes a limited amount of space rather than more open spots.

“I feel that public meters should not be present on a private campus. I’ve already received plenty of tickets on campus during my time as a student here. It’s made me more conscious of where I park, but in some cases it has made me late for class,” Boyd said. Like Norwood, Boyd has a parking permit but still has been affected by the D.C.’s parking laws. As a result, he claims to simply pay attention to more signs and keep extra quarters in his car.

Four New Beginnings, One Weekend

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As the spring semester wraps up, Divine Nine fraternities and sororities on Howard’s campus began to unveil their new members for 2010. On Thursday, Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc., Alpha Tau Chapter (below) brought out three new members and on Friday, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Alpha Chapter (left) brought out 62 new members. The Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc., Alpha Chapter (above), brought out 12 new members and Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc., Alpha Phi Chapter (upper left) brought out three new members.

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4 NATION & WORLD

April 12, 2010

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The table above lists the average amount of workers ages 16-24 who are unemployed as opposed to the remainder of the workforce. Also illustrated is the spike in unemployment from past years.

Teens, Young Adults Account for Large Number of Unemployed Recent statistics show that teens and young adults between 16 and 24 account for one-quarter of the unemployed population BY OLLIE MONTGOMERY Staff Writer There are now fewer than two weeks until the last day of classes and less than four weeks until graduation day for Howard University’s Class of 2010. As excited as students are, whether graduating on time or not, they must prepare for the harsh realities of post-college life. Some of these aspects of the real world, especially the job market, may turn out to be a bit more of a challenge than previously realized. Despite a national unemployment rate of 9.7 percent, the economy is improving. Yet for those between the ages of 16 and 24, the size of the labor market is shrinking and unemployment is rising. According to the latest research by the Economic Policy Institute (EPI), a Washington, D.C. based non-profit think tank, 18.9 percent of all workers between the ages of 16 and 24 are unemployed.

as plummeting home values. Those Teenagers and young adults repre- weeks to 25 weeks. Some of the reasons for between the ages of 55 and 65 saw sent 13.5 percent of the workforce, but account for 26.4 percent of un- the decline in labor among young their personal wealth fall by nearly adults are structural. As more ex- 38 percent over the last five years. employed workers. The numbers are based on perienced and older workers retire, As older workers try to rebuild their research gathered from late 2007 to current workers rise in position, nest eggs and financial savings, the early 2010 and suggest serious cur- providing opportunities for newer labor situation for young workers is rent and potential problems that are and younger workers. However, continuing to deteriorate. However, young adults exacerbated when broken up by race and gender. The difference “...Young workers have less freedom are less prepared to deal with unemployment than other for male and female unemployto wait out a downturn and so aged groups. Many have not ment is 7.5 percentage points, they frequently take whatever job is had much years of employwith 15 percent for young women and 22.5 percent for young available, even if it pays less than a ment and are not likely to have attained high-paying positions. men. Black 16 to 24 year-old job that matches their skill level” Also, most have not accumuworkers (male and female) have the highest unemployment rate lated enough savings for an at 32.5 percent, followed by -Economic Policy Institute individual safety net. Without adequate work experience, Hispanics at 24.5 percent and many young workers may not whites at 15.2 percent. In addition, the increases in “baby boomers,” or those now qualify for unemployment insuryouth unemployment under the reaching retirement age, are not ance either. Young adults are also faced current downturn are much stron- retiring and are working longer. ger than they were in previous re- Many have seen their pensions cut with higher debts. About 2 in 5 cessions and they are remaining and 401K plans wiped out by the young adults under 29 are more without a job for longer periods of recession. The collapse of the hous- than $5,000 in debt, and that’s time. The average length of un- ing bubble resulted in a loss of $5 without taking student loans or employment has doubled, from 11 trillion in residential wealth as well mortgages into account. According

Rwanda Restores Economic Relations with France Rwanda has resumed economic ties with France after a fouryear freeze, its finance minister announced Friday. Rwanda’s finance minister John Rwangombwa made the statement after signing an agreement with France’s ambassador to Kigali, Laurent Contini. Last month, French President Nicolas Sarkozy paid a state visit to Rwanda, signifying the restoration of diplomatic relations between the two countries after years of disagreement over responsibility for Rwanda’s infamous 1994 genocide. U.S. Urges “Civil” Secession Vote in Sudan President Barack Obama’s special envoy to Sudan says his country is working to resolve various contentious issues in order to prevent a return to the 21-year civil war that ended in 2005. With the semi-autonomous South showing all signs of determination to secede, U.S. Special envoy Scott Gration said the U.S. hopes next month’s general elections will pave way for a “civil divorce, not a civil war” after the 2011 referendum. Two million people died and over four million fled their homes in the two decade war between the north and the south.

to a study by Greenberg Quinian Rosner Research, citizens 35 and under have the highest ratio of debt to assets at 44 percent. “With such little financial security, young workers have less freedom to wait out a downturn and so they frequently take whatever job is available, even if it pays less than a job that matches their skill level,” said the EPI study. For those who were fortunate enough to find and retain a job, this is one of the many new realities they will have to come to terms with. According to a March 2010 report by U.S. News & World Report, fewer employers are offering jobs to college graduates than they did in 2009, while more of those in their early twenties are settling for internships or temporary work. “It is not enough for the economy to recover, young adults need robust growth in the labor department to minimize the effects of the current recession,” the EPI study said.

Nigeria’s Acting Leader Unveils Cabinet Nominees Nigeria’s Acting President Goodluck Jonathan has released his list of cabinet nominees, which retains only seven of President Umaru Yar’Adua’s former ministers and includes the president’s nephew, Murtala Yar’Adua. Jonathan dissolved the cabinet earlier this month, having stepped in as the country’s acting leader following President Yar’Adua’s incapacitation late last year. Murtala is the eldest son of the President Yar’Adua’s late older brother, Shehu Yar’Adua, who was Nigeria’s vice president between 1976 and 1979. His selection is seen as an effort to either placate the first family or to prepare him for future political responsibility. Nigeria’s senate has to approve the nominees before the acting president can formally swear the ministers into office.

Information from www.NewsFromAfrica.org

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Jordan Brand Still Strong 26 Years Later BY STEPHEN KNOX Contributing Writer In basketball, not many names are as well known as that of Michael Jordan. However, what may be bigger – and coincidentally a little more known than the man himself are the shoes that bear his name. The Jordan Brand began in 1984 as Nike’s attempt to have an athlete represent an entire apparel line beginning with shoes. In 2010, the brand sponsors 21 athletes including Dwayne Wade, Carmelo Anthony, Derek Jeter and Michael Crabtree. They also sponsor University of North Carolina, Georgetown University and University of Cincinnati basketball teams. One of the most unique things about the Jordan Brand is that the featured athlete is no longer active. Michael Jordan retired permanently from the NBA in 2003 but people still buy new Air Jordan shoes every time they are released. In 2008, the Air Jordan XXIII was released and people were camped outside the Niketown store in Chicago waiting for it to open the day of the shoe release. Junior administration of justice major and Howard offensive tackle Cory Gwinner said the Jordan name is the main reason the brand has still carried on for so long. “He is a legend,” Gwinner said. “His name is still relevant, even with kids today who never saw him play with the Bulls.” Another unique thing about the Jordan Brand is the advertising and marketing. Nike played on the emerging hip-hop generation in the mid 1980s with the Spike Lee commercials, and Jordan wearing Air Jordan sweats to the 1985 NBA Slam Dunk Contest. They com-

bined this with universal appeals such as comedy and Jordan’s wellknown work ethic. These elements can still be seen today. Senior finance major Phillip Batten said Nike struck gold with the way they marketed the Jordan Brand. “They created something unique that evolved from a basketball shoe to a fashion statement,” Batten said. “The apparel manages to stay relevant without ever losing its classic feel.” One major criticism of the Jordan Brand is the cost of most of the product. The 2010 Air Jordan shoe costs $175. They also sell a leather coat for $300. This has lead to many people, especially teenagers, being robbed and sometimes killed for their Jordan apparel. Jordan himself said in that situation, people should give up their apparel. Senior broadcast journalism major Killian Lewis said it is not the company’s responsibility to make sure nothing happens to people while wearing Jordan merchandise. “Unfortunately, people get robbed sometimes for their nice things. It is not unique to Jordan’s,” Lewis said. “No one tells people to display their nice things in places they know are not safe.” The most recognizable part of the Jordan Brand is its logo. Howard Bryant was on the Nike staff that launched the shoe back in 1984 and is an executive today. He said the original logo was a winged basketball, seen on Air Jordan I and II, and it wasn’t mature enough. They were looking for something to appeal to all ages. The creative director, Peter Moore, saw a picture of Jordan dunking at the University of North Carolina, and the jumpman logo has been used ever since. Jordan is not the typical basketball shoe spokesperson. He is

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Despite no longer being an active player in the NBA, Michael Jordan continues to produce sales from his shoes more than any other NBA player in history. Jordan plays a crucial part in every decision involved in his brand.

CEO of Jordan Brand, and is, along with his family, involved in every decision from marketing to the product designs. Bryant said this common male mentality is a

big part of what has kept the brand strong for almost 30 years. “The world is in a short supply of hope and Mike emulates hope,” Bryant said. “Here is a guy

that was cut from his high school basketball team and became the greatest basketball player ever. It shows people if they work hard they can also become extraordinary.”

Athletes Being Chased By More Than Opponents BY RYAN FOSTER Editorial & Perspectives Editor All over America, fans are fawning over athletes from the sidelines, and groupies are waiting outside locker rooms in professional arenas, hoping for some interaction with a rich and famous sports star. Maybe it’s the muscles. Maybe it’s the attention. Whatever the reason, athletes seem to be at higher odds of securing female attention than the average guy. From the outside, the lifestyle professional athletes live are undeniably glamorous, from sizable paychecks and multi-million dollar homes to the slews of women that instantly come with the fame of being a professional athlete. Much like professional athletes, Howard University’s athletes are subjected to a similar lifestyle, simply on a much less grand scale. Their prime real estate is the much-coveted, air-conditioned rooms of Cook Hall, education

costs covered by the university, and like professionals, “groupie love” associated with being an athlete. Calvin Thompson, a sophomore psychology major, and guard for the men’s basketball team, wasn’t surprised by the number of groupies he encountered upon his arrival at Howard. After the surprising amount of female attention he received during a high school visit, he expected it. “When I was a freshman, I paid a little attention to the groupies, but that’s changed as I’ve gotten older,” he explained. “I really don’t know why they even exist, it’s not like we’re getting paid. I think it’s degrading.” Although the lure of women can initially be exciting for an athlete entering college, they can pose a few problems, sometimes distracting players from their demanding schedules of schoolwork and athletics. The “groupie love” also may make it difficult for athletes to have successful relationships later on,

due to the negative stigma sometimes associated with being a college athlete. Senior administration of justice major Gerald Jackson, defensive back for the Bison football team also experienced his share of “groupie love” firsthand during his time as a collegiate athlete at both Howard and State University of New York in Buffalo. “I’m not really a big groupie guy, because you know they’re really after one thing,” Jackson said. “When they know a player’s good, they see dollar signs over his head. At the same time, you capitalize on what you can get from them. They act just like they would towards us as they would [an] athlete at the professional level.’’ According to Jackson, attention from groupies never got in his way romantically, although they did cause a small amount of strain on his relationships. “I blocked out all the groupies when I was in a relationship,” he said. “She’d be mad about them,

but she had to deal with it, and had no reason not to believe me. I had the situation under control.” In Thompson’s case, although he wasn’t involved with any of his female “fans,” the nonstop attention posed serious complications in his relationships, causing an understandable level of insecurity and tension. Although the groupie attention was rough on his relationship, he never had any problems with figuring out if females were interested in him, because he played ball, or if they really liked him for his personality. “Nine out of ten times, I only talk to a girl that I pursue, not one that pursues me,” he said. “My mother taught me that a long time ago, and it works well.”

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Bison guard Calvin Thompson has experienced “groupie love” since being at Howard. He said groupie attention has caused issues in his relationships.

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Retirement Presents Liberal Opportunity In the face of Justice John Paul Stevens’ highly anticipated retirement after 35 years serving on the Supreme Court, President Obama is being presented with the rare opportunity to nominate a second justice in less than two years. Justice Stevens, despite his age and status as a registered Republican, has traditionally been very bipartisan in his decision making, with a surprising tendency to favor the liberal viewpoint. Subsequently, Obama’s nomination of a second left-wing justice doesn’t really have the potential to greatly alter the structure of the court in terms of more liberal decision making. However, Obama’s nomination does have the potential to set yet another American precedent. Obama’s bucket of possible nominees to replace Stevens includes four women and two African Americans. If he chooses a woman, it

will mark the first time three women have served on the Supreme Court at the same time, and if he chooses an African American, it will mark the first time two African Americans have served at the same time. Eighty-nine year old Stevens’ retirement comes

Regardless of rightwing conservative criticism, the slowly changing composition of the Supreme Court is reflective of American society’s progression into a more accepting and diverse nation. In his short time in office, Obama is making a significant amount of contribution, with his first appointee Sonia Sotomayer and likely, his impending selection. It’s excellent that Obama As students, and is getting the opportunity to American citizens, we really shouldn’t take appoint a second Supreme for granted the importance of Obama’s imCourt Justice. pending nomination. Supreme Court Justices serve either until they at a good time for President choose to retire or resign, Obama, as his forthcoming until they’re impeached, or nominee will presumably be until they die. The affect of in favor of his controversial Obama’s decision won’t simhealth care agenda, which ply affect the most important has to pass through the Su- decisions for the next couple preme Court to officially years – they’ll affect us for a take effect and possibly serve huge chunk of our lives, and as the swing-vote to its ap- subsequently a huge chunk proval in a majority conser- of American history. vative court.

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Perspective Chivalry For All Ever since the topic of chivalry was mentioned nearly a month ago in my sociology class, I’ve been thinking about it more than ever. In fact, my thoughts have been further fueled by an article I read recently about a middle school Latin class in Arizona in which not only are boys now expected to open doors and pull out chairs for the girls, but also expected to stand whenever a girl stands and are not allowed to sit at their desks until all the girls are seated. Some may find this adorable and classic; however, I found my lip curling and my head shaking from side to side the more I read. I’d like to preface this by debunking a common misconception whenever this controversial subject is brought up: I have no problem with people opening doors, offering seats on a crowded metro train, or anything of that nature. My problem, however, is with the notion that basic manners have to be gender specific. Frankly, I don’t care if you’re a man or a woman: if you hold the door for me or offer me a seat as I struggle with an armful of groceries, you are displaying respect and politeness. Here is the truth that many female supporters of chivalry either don’t know or don’t consider: chivalry, as we know it in its modern

context, is incredibly sexist. Chivalry does nothing more but perpetuate the notion that women are the weaker, “fairer” sex and therefore, need extra attention, assistance, and the like. It is a set of gendered manners packaged as quaintness. For those who are skeptical of my declarations of chivalry’s sexism, simply consider the time period in which it was popularized and how women were treated at said time. Men should treat women with respect, but chivalry isn’t the way of going about it. Are we really judging a man’s admiration and value based on their ability to open a door? Manners, human decency, civility, and respect have no gender and should be taught at an early age and reinforced throughout life. Open the door if you get there first; offer your seat to somebody you think needs it more than you, not based on sexist stereotypes. Curious about how my girlfriends here at Howard felt about chivalry, I was rather disillusioned by their responses. The girls I talked to seemingly esteemed chivalry and enjoyed the notion of men respecting women by opening doors and offering seats to their female counterparts. They noticeably frowned at me, seemingly perplexed by my distain for these old-fashioned

acts of respect and my opinion that — while these acts were okay — it should not be an expectation just because of a person’s gender. I recently found this very telling when a friend of mine who admittedly liked the benefits she receives from chivalry expressed irritation at the fact that when she once held a door open for a man on campus, he stood at the threshold and refused to go through it. She reached the door first, opened it for him, and he stood stiff as a rod, either confused by this act of basic, human courtesy or was uncomfortable with being in the position which chivalry deems to be the weaker traditionally female role. So is it okay for men to enjoy having the stronger role and awkward when the roles are reversed? I’m sure the many strong, independent women of Howard would think twice before endorsing a concept based on the notion that they are lesser than their male counterparts. Essentially, chivalry is a deterrent of gender equality. Many have asked the age old question: Is chivalry dead? The answer to that question is all relative, but I know one thing: If chivalry does die, sign me up to offer the eulogy.

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2010 Student Council of the Year is….. Stop by Cramton and Get your ticket TODAY for Bison Ball 2010! Excellence Awards/ BisonBall $35.00 & Bison Ball $20.00.

See you April 24, 2010 at Marriott Wardman Park at 7:00! Email Huexcellence awards@gmail. com to reserve your table.

April 12, 2010 Student days 20% OFF ALL services on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Call to make appointments 202 986 8685. Www. souldayspa .com ask for Lanisha or Katrina.

Wednesday Night Live Presents: “The Come Alpha Nu Omega Inc. Up!” on Presents: Wednesday, Project April 14th @ REFUGE: 6:45PM in Gospel the Andrew Benefit Rankin MeConcert for Homeless morial Child Chapel Playtime “Ain’t No Party Project Like a Holy TODAY Ghost Party, East Ballroom Cuz a Holy Blackburn Ghost Party 7:30pm Don’t Stop!” WHAT ARE YOU DOING THIS SUMMER? Co-lead your own elementary school class $1,000 living stipend Leadership skills and teaching experience Immerse yourself in an urban school system Mentor youth and bond with children grades K-8 Have a summer like no other! HEADS UP SERVE-LEARN-LEAD Join Today http://www.headsup-dc.org/ program/college/serve.php For more info contact: mney@headsup-dc.org

College of Arts and Sciences Junior Class Meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, April 13 2010 at 5:30 p.m in Room 101 Locke Hall. The Homecoming Steering Committee is hiring for the following positions. 1. Audio Visual Specialist 2. Web Designer 3. Graphic Designer 4. Vending Liaison 5. Sales Representative 6. Gospel Coordinator 7. Celebrity Basketball Coordinator 8. Operations Manager 9. Treasurer Assistant 10. International Coordinator All applications are due in the Office of Student Activities Blackburn Center # 117 April 16, 2010 on or before 10:00 a.m.

T H E H I LLTOP

The Ladies of Alpha Chapter,

The Lovely La-

Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated

Alpha Chapter,

Present, May Week 2010 “Diligently Strengthening Our Ties: Uplifting Our Heritage to Restore Our Community” Sunday, April 11, 2010 Call to Chapel Cramton Auditorium 11:00am

dies of Alpha

Kappa Alpha

Sorority, Inc., Present

Health Week 2010 “Televised: Healthcare Reform” Monday

Dr. 90210:

Monday, April 12, 2010 “Sankofa: Reclaiming the Legacy of Black Business” Location TBA 7:00pm

The Extremities

Tuesday, April 13, 2010 “It Takes a Village: The Role of the Black Family in Educating Youth” Blackburn Digital Auditorium 7:00pm

Time: 7:08 p.m.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010 “The R.I. S.E. of Nollywood: Recognizing International Strengths in Nigerian Entertainment” Blackburn Digital Auditorium 7:00pm Thursday, April 15, 2010 “Umoja: Connecting with the Motherland through Cultural Expression” Burr Gymnasium 7:00pm *Athletic Wear Suggested Friday, April 16, 2010 “History in the Making: Health Care Reform and its Societal Impact” Locke Hall Auditorium 7:00pm

of Plastic Surgery

Location:

Gallery Lounge

Attire: Business Tuesday

So You Think You Can

Dance?: Benefits of Dance as a Workout

Location: West Ballroom

Time: 7:08 p.m. Attire: Casual Wednesday

Fight or Flight: Stress and its

Effects on Your Body

Location:

Founder’s

Browsing Room Time: 8:08 p.m.

Attire: Business Thursday

Charlie’s Angels: Self Defense Location:

Medical School Rm. 2208

Attire: Casual


April 13,2010