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The Daily Student Voice of Howard University


VOLUME 93, NO.106



Tuesday, April 6, 2010












White House Staffer Valerie Jarrett Visits HU BY TAHIRAH HAIRSTON Campus Editor Confidently and humbly standing before the women of Howard University, Senior Advisor to President Barack Obama, Valerie Jarrett, shared her resilient story and her role as chair of the White House Council on Women and Girls. While Jarrett is invited all over the world to speak to various audiences, she said Howard is the first place she has actually called to ask to speak. Stepping foot on Howard’s campus to speak was not Jarrett’s first connection with the university; her 87-year-old father attended Howard for both undergraduate and medical school, and now serves as professor emeritus at the University of Chicago. “Wow, you are truly a phenomenal woman,” said senior chemistry major Lindsey Moore as she introduced Jarrett to the audience. Second-year doctoral pharmacy student Ashanta Brady, who went to high school with Jarrett’s daughter, said it was a pleasure to hear her [Jarrett], especially knowing the path she had been through. “I come to these talks not looking for connections or networking, but for inspiration,” Brady said. She plans to open her own clinic in Chicago after graduation. Jarrett expressed how her life experiences have really shaped her into whom she has become and she wanted to share her life lessons with the hopes of making things

easier for young women today. “I hope I can help guide you along the way, but you can’t forget the lesson that life is hard,” she said. After attending Stanford University for undergraduate school and graduating from the University of Michigan Law School, Jarrett went on to what seemed to be the perfect career working as a lawyer in a law firm in Chicago. But, she was miserable. She said this was the best job anyone could have with a nice office space, good salary and family support. But one day she just sat in her office and cried because her heart wasn’t in it. “Never take the path of least resistance,” Jarrett said. “Regardless of what everybody else tells you, look inside your own gut and invest in thyself.” Photo Courtesy of Terricka Johnson She left her job and went Valerie Jarrett, senior advisor to President Barack Obama, held an open discussion yesterday giving advice to Howard on to work for the first black students about having successful careers. mayor of Chicago, Richard M. Daley, where she would become While working for Mayor family.” Keeping a balance between be in the position that I am in deputy chief of staff. “From the first today,” Jarrett said. Her positions Daley, Jarrett said she remembers your work life and personal life is day I stepped foot into City Hall, in local government helped her one meeting that was right before really important, Jarrett stressed. I knew I was a part of something with her current position as her daughter’s Halloween parade. “You can have it all but not bigger,” Jarrett said. “My worst senior advisor, where she oversees “I was a single mother and if I all at once. Pace yourself or you will days in the public sector were better intergovernmental affairs. didn’t go to the parade, no one run out of stamina,” she said. than my best days in the private She told the audience of would be there,” she said. First Lady Paula Whetselsector.” Jarrett kept looking at her Ribeau, Ph.D., ended the discussion mostly women it is important to As women, we are really build relationships with the people watch while she was in the meeting by introducing a new group on determined to find satisfaction around you who are on all levels. and once Daley asked what was Howard University’s campus, in our careers and not make it “Listen to your gut but also listen wrong. She told him and he asked Women As Changing Agents about the money, she said. While to others,” Jarrett said. “Affiliate her what was she doing here? (WACA). The idea was derived from she was getting comfortable with yourselves with worthy institutions She left to attend her daughter’s Michelle Obama’s speech topic her previous job, Jarrett said an with people who have integrity.” parade. during her visit to Howard last year. old mentor at her law firm told “At the end of the day when “We want to create opportunities to Jarrett said as women when her to take a leap of faith and do applying for jobs to make sure the you are on your dying bed, you’re address women from the individual something different. job caters to their needs. You have not going to wish you could have basis to the interpersonal basis to “If I would have never left to be your best advocate and ask for worked more but wish you could the community basis,” she said. my law firm, I definitely wouldn’t what you want, she said. have spent more time with your

Home Depot Looks to Remodel 7 Dead, 19 Trapped in Campus Coal Mine Explosion BY DERRICK HAYNES Editorial Assistant

BY CAMILLE AUGUSTIN Staff Writer Home Depot is looking to help assist with funding various projects at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) with the right tools to better their campus. Howard University is enrolled in the “Retool Your School” program to help finance campus improvements. According to the Web site, “Retool Your School” is a campus improvement grant program that will provide money for a school’s improvement project that will have an enduring impact on the lives of students, faculty and alumni. This program also seeks to create a better environment in which students can learn, compete and thrive. The HBCU with the most outstanding proposals will receive a Major Grant of $50,000. But 10 additional HBCUs will each receive Minor Grants of $10,000. Howard University is now in phase two of the program. “In this phase, we will begin providing more detailed design information including designs, materials, budgets and time schedules,” said Alfonzye Chisholm, director of capital planning. The proposed project will provide the students with a much needed exterior plaza for gathering and shuttle bus waiting. “It will be constructed at a highly visible central campus location that is already used for this purpose but has not been developed to accommodate this use,” the proposal stated. In addition, the project

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With the help of Home Depot, Howard University is participating in the “Retool Your School” program, which will award a $50,000 grant to the top proposal.

will include replacing broken bench seats campus wide. The seating areas will include new benches constructed of highly recyclable content. The benches will be placed upon eco-friendly gravel and mulch. New energy efficient solar LED lighting will also be installed. A panel will review three main areas and will judge one part of the proposal. These areas include the lasting impact, student impact and sustainable design. The other part of the selection process will call for student participation. Voting began April 5, 2010 and students still have the opportunity until April 15, 2010 to vote online for their school’s project and will have the chance to review other schools and colleges submissions. Students can vote at On June 15, 2010, 11 schools will be announced, but only one will receive the $50,000 grant money.

Frank F. Fofie, a senior sports medicine major, said this is a good opportunity for the university, but thinks the administration should also include the replacing of chalkboards with whiteboards. “They should also focus on modifying classrooms in addition to the plans they already listed,” Fofie said. “But Howard’s participation in this program is good for the university.” “This is a good step for Howard because I think if they seek to continue to beautify the campus, maybe students will take even more pride in their school,” said Tori Badgett, a senior legal communications major. “This is a positive influence for the school, and since 10 schools have a chance of receiving $10,000, Howard may just get that prize money if students begin to vote.”

In West Virginia, seven coal miners died during a mine explosion. According to statements by officials from Raleigh County’s coal company, 19 other miners are feared to be still trapped underground. Forty-eight miners were underground when the explosion occurred around 3:30 p.m. at Massey Energy’s Upper Big Branch Mine-South. Don Blankenship, CEO and Massey Energy chairman, said the coal company

will not release the victims’ names until surviving family members are contacted. The Upper Big Branch Mine is operated by a Massey Energy subsidiary, Performance Coal Company. The mine has a safety record questioned by the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA), the government coal mine regulator. According to CBSnews. com, MSHA has fined the mine due to safety violations, and Massey Energy has not paid any of the fines > See MINES page 3

Students Choose to Stay in D.C. for the Summer BY STACY-ANN ELLIS Contributing Writer For many residents of Howard University’s dormitories, the end of the school year means booking airplane tickets, calling storage companies and repacking their possessions into boxes. But for a minority of dorm dwellers, the start of summer brings a much shorter to-do list, because they have opted to spend the season in Washington. Students choose to stay in Washington, D.C. rather than return home because of the opportunities available to intern, build friendships and further their academic careers. Among them is Sorrae

Adams, a junior psychology major from Lansing, Mich. She will spend her summer in the Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program, which helps undergraduates interested in getting doctoral degrees get research experience under the mentorship of Dr. Jules Harrell and doctoral candidate Sheronda Shearon. Adams will then take math and Spanish classes during the second summer session. “This will be my first summer staying in D.C. and, like everyone says, you should at least experience one summer here,” she said. “We’ll see based on this summer if I want to go home next summer or not.”

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April 6, 2010

HU Student Finalist In ‘Glee’ TV Show BY LAUREN GASPARD Staff Writer Viewers everywhere tune in every Tuesday on FOX Network to watch the hit network television show “Glee.” This upcoming season, the cast may feature one of Howard University’s own displaying her talents on worldwide television.

Junior musical theatre major Tiffany Johnson received a call from her grandmother’s caretaker about a talent contest taking place over Spring Break in the Chicago area. The audition required each contestant to show their abilities of acting, singing or dancing. Johnson chose to sing a snippet of the famous gospel song “Amazing Grace,” along with a short original

monologue. After the judges’ deliberation, Johnson was chosen to be in the top 20 contestants whom if chosen, would have a chance to appear in the hit TV show. Every cast member is chosen based on votes from the general public via the “Glee” casting call Web site. The amount of public votes will determine who will move on to become the next cast mem-

More From Valerie Jarrett Getting Jobs In This Economy: “Be persistent. Volunteer if you can at places to show them your work ethic. Be creative, go at it in an unusual orthodox way. Don’t be afraid to do something different.” Dealing With Discrimination: “You have to breakdown stereotypes. What I have learned is that people are pretty much the same, we are a country of immigrants everyone came from somewhere.” Separating Personal From Work: (On Her Relationship With Obama) “I don’t separate it; it gives me the permission to be really honest and candid with him. I also have to compartmentalize. When I am in the office I only talk about work.” Making It As Women: “Showing up, working hard, being willing to fail. You are going to fail, it’s not if it’s how?”

ber. “I would like to see support from the student body on this,” Johnson said. “I am excited no matter what happens. It was such a great opportunity to be in the top 20, but it would be even better to win.” To vote, go to, click on the “Glee Casting Call Contest” in the “Hot Topics” section.

Johnson’s career goals coincide with the opportunity to be on the show, making her even more excited about the chance to make an appearance. She plans to be in the field of dance, choreography, acting or musical theatre in the near future. “Though it would be wonderful to win, it would not deter me if I don’t,” Johnson said.

Fashion Merchandising No Longer a ‘Minor’ Option for Students BY CANDESE CHARLES Contributing Writer Schools throughout Howard University have been advised to no longer allow students to select fashion merchandising as a minor. The Fine Arts Department has decided that they would like fashion merchandising to be focused on more as a major. With students not being allowed to take fashion merchandising as a minor next semester, the Fine Arts Department hopes students will pursue majors in the department more. Students can choose any other area of study in the Fine Arts Department for their minor to substitute the loss of the fashion merchandising minor. The School of Communications recently alerted their students that it is not beneficial to take fashion merchandising as a minor. The school advisers have noticed that many students become consumed in the classes that the fashion merchandising minor requires and begin to fall behind in the courses that are essential to their majors. School of Communications Academic Adviser Bernadette Williams said, “When I see there are concerns, I call a meeting and advise the students on what action to take next.” Williams further explained

that this decision was made and consulted with the faculty and students when problems with the minor were recognized. Although there are a few journalism majors with fashion merchandising minors, these students will be allowed to keep their current minor.. Students in the remaining schools will be able to keep their fashion merchandising minor as well. Yet, incoming students will not be granted the option of choosing fashion merchandising as their minor. This may just be the first of many minors to be taken off the list of choices offered to students. Williams said she will continue to make suggestions concerning minors, majors or any other area that is of concern to students. She said that with every decision made, she plans to include all input and thoughts that may affect the outcome. As of now, Williams is pondering if the entrepreneurship minor will be one of the minors she suggests students not take. She plans to discuss this with her colleagues furthermore, and it will be brought to the students’ attention as a decision for which they could provide input.

National Panel Debates Controversial Breast Cancer Screening Guidelines, African-American Women at Howard University Hospital OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS Special to The Hilltop The new guidelines issued by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPTF) recommending fewer breast cancer screenings and beginning them at a later age has sparked heated debate across the nation. Nowhere are they more hotly contested than among AfricanAmerican physicians and health care professionals, who say the new guidelines could lead to the deaths of thousands of African-American women who otherwise might have been saved through early detection. The subject comes into full focus as MSNBC political analyst Michelle Bernard and a panel of distinguished experts, including health care activists, government officials and the nation’s leading cancer physicians and health care professionals, tackle the subject from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Monday,

April 12, in the Howard University Hospital Towers Auditorium, 2041 Georgia Ave. NW. Included on the panel are Jenny Luray, president of the Komen Advocacy Alliance and senior vice president of government affairs for Susan G. Komen for the Cure; 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 and chair of the conservative advocacy group Arizonans for Health Care Freedom; U.S. Rep. Donna Christensen, a Democratic delegate to Congress from the U.S. Virgin Islands, 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 Howard University Cancer Center and the Howard University Hospital Department of Surgery are hosting the discussion. The USPTF recommended in November that women begin mammograms at age 50 instead of age 40, although women in their 40s account for 20 percent of breast cancer patients. Additionally, the task force recommended women get mammograms every other year rather than annually. Dr. Edward Cornwell, Howard University Hospital surgeon in chief and chair of the Department of Surgery at Howard University College of Medicine, said he was pleased to have such a diverse group discuss a challenging subject. “This topic is critically important, because medical professionals, policy makers and the

public need a fuller understanding of the implications of these guidelines.” Cornwell said. “They can be truly significant in the health care of women, and particularly among African-American women. Dr. Wayne A. I. Frederick, director of the Howard University Cancer Center and chief of the Division of General Surgery at Howard University College of Medicine, agrees. “This change in the guidelines is going to have a significant impact on African-American women, and I don’t think it will be for the good,” Frederick said. “Although they are less likely to get breast cancer, African-American women are more likely to die from the disease.” Part of the reason for their higher death rate is because African-American women are already less likely to get the life-saving mammograms that detect cancers in the early, more treatable stages, Frederick said.

“My concern is that these recommendations could cause African-American women to get fewer breast screenings than they do now, and they are already far too low,” he said. “Consequently, we would have even more AfricanAmericans who come to us with later stages disease, which makes it harder to treat and makes the outcomes worse.” Additionally, he said, African American women are more likely to be diagnosed with the types of breast cancer that are harder to treat. “We believe that is also part of the reason for the higher death rate,” he said. “That is even more reason for them to get regular screenings and to begin at an earlier age.” The symposium, entitled “Changing Cancer Screening Guidelines and the Effects on Cancer Disparities,” is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

Don’t Forget! Last Day to Withdraw from Classes is Friday, April 9th, 2010.



Students Make D.C. Their Summer Home Continued from FRONT, D.C. She will be housed in the Howard Plaza Towers East. Some students are excited to stay away from home for the summer. Brianna Alexander, a sophomore political science major from Southfield, Mich., learned from her last summer experience that going home is not always productive. “I went home last summer, and it took me forever to find a job. I told myself I was not going home next summer. There’s always a move to make in D.C. and it’s not like that in Detroit,” Alexander said. Adams wants to build

friendships during her summer in Washington. “Some say that people that you hang out with for the summer, you get closer bonds with because there is a limited crowd here. I want to be here to experience that,” she said. Chelsea Andrews, a freshman physician assistant major from Philadelphia, will be used to D.C. by the time she graduates. As a member of the swim team, she is required to stay during the summer to train for the upcoming year. “Most likely, I’ll be here all four years for swimming,” Andrews said. When asked if she would ever get tired of the Howard summer setting, she said, “Not at all. I don’t

West Virginia Coal Mine Explodes Continued from FRONT, MINES in full. Last year, MSHA fined the mine $897,325, but Upper Big Branch only paid $168,393 of the fine. In 2010, MSHA fined the mine $188,769, and $2,676 has been paid to date. The explosion marks the second fatal accident in the mine’s history. On March 29, 2001, Herbert J. Meadows, a continuous machine operator, was injured by a

rock that fell from a 7.3 feet drop. Meadows, 48, died as a result of his injuries two days later. Last month, MSHA released figures that showed that of the 491 mines required to update their tracking and wireless communications, only 34 mines currently have met these requirements. The coal mine regulator approved 412 plans to improve mines, and 79 plans are currently pending.

mind staying in D.C. I’m in college, why not spend as much time here as possible? I’ve been at home for 17 years of my life.” To get around the task of finding summer housing, students look to university housing. Howard students can participate in the Work for Housing program. “The Work for Housing program is a student internship in and of itself, serving as an excellent supplement to the summer expenses that Washington, D.C. is known for,” said Kenyatta Hobson, community director for Meridian Hall. Hobson reflected on his past days as a conference assistant. “I really needed the benefit

of summer housing at that time and really enjoyed working with the summer guests to our campus,” he said. Not all Howard students rely on the university’s dormitories. Alexander will take courses at Georgetown University and do an internship on Capitol Hill. “I’ll be staying on campus at Georgetown the whole summer and working on campaigns for Ford Motor Company. It should be a good experience. It’s life outside of Howard,” she said. Though students believe that staying in Washington, D.C. has many advantages, it is no substitute for their hometowns. Stuart Crooks, a sophomore civil

engineering major from Kingston, Jamaica, will be a long way from home. “There’s no place like home,” he said. “Money would be the main reason why I stay, just to make money. I have a lot of friends in the area, but I would prefer to go home.” Past the homesickness, schoolwork and internship frenzies, students use summertime to get accustomed to staying long-term in the city they have grown to love. “I love D.C.,” Crooks said. “If I were to see myself anywhere in the United States, it’d be D.C. That’s all I know right now.”


Attention all Bison! Don’t Forget that Friday April 9th is the last day to drop a class! (32 days left until May 8th Commencement Ceremony)

Hilltop Tip #12 Get a summer internship. But only if you want a job after you graduate.



April 6, 2010

A Cherry Blossom Weekend Fireworks Display BY EDWIN KARIUKI Contributing Writer Thousands of spectators lined up along the Waterfront in Southwest Washington waiting for the annual Cherry Blossom Festival fireworks display to begin on Saturday night The crowd had been around since 5 p.m., enjoying the events prior to the display entitled “Prelude to the Cherry Blossom Fireworks.” The prelude consisted of music from live bands, arts and craft activities and food from local vendors. It lasted up until show time. The fireworks display, sponsored by Safeway and The Washington Examiner, took place on Easter weekend this year and the spirit of Easter was in the air all throughout the event. Kids wore illuminating bunny ears and took pictures with the Easter bunny. One of the local restaurants that had a vendor stand sponsored a mini Easter Egg Hunt that attracted many young children. As 8:30 p.m. approached, the railing along the waterfront was filled, and all eyes were to the sky. A University of Maryland graduate student, Muala Ndaka, who attended the event with some friends said, “The fireworks are my favorite part of the Cherry Blossom Festival and this is the first time I’m coming without my parents, it’s like our family tradition.” Spectators watched from the balconies of their apartment buildings, picnic blankets set up on the grass and children from

the shoulders of their fathers. The first whistle and pop of a firework instantly silenced the crowd and as the display continued to light up the sky each bang was accompanied by “oohs” from the crowd. “Theft in D.C. is at a high and as much as I would like to enjoy the display I have to watch the peoples’ belongings while they watch the fireworks,” said Anita Rossen, loss prevention officer. The National Cherry Blossom Festival is a fusion of Japanese and American cultures. Fireworks are a common part of celebration in the Japanese culture and the country is believed to have the most magnificent fireworks display. During fireworks displays, the Japanese usually enjoy music and food from vendors on the side of the street much like at the Cherry Blossom Festival. After the last of the fireworks, the rush to get to the metro ensued. Parents put children in their strollers and headed to the Waterfront-SEU Metro stop. Gregory Hines, a tourist who brought his family down from Maine, said, “We’re going to sit back and enjoy the view of the waterfront while everyone rushes to the train so we can avoid the packed situation. We learned that lesson the hard way earlier.” The National Cherry Blossom festivals ends on April 11 with the 10 Mile Run at the Washington Monument. Some more notable upcoming events include the Japanese Street Festival and the National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade which both take place downtown on April 10.

Howard University student Kaidi McMillan said he and his friends went to see the cherry trees blooming and parked as close to the Tidal Basin as possible. McMillan was able to see the fireworks and said the experience was great. Howard University alumna and Washington D.C. native Leslie Mcrae said she has traveled to see the trees for the last five years. She enjoys the calm and peaceful atmosphere. She added that “everyone is excited and that the ceremony for the cherry trees is a time of celebration and enjoyment.” Belinda and Shirely are two friends who traveled from Colorado to see the trees. The women rested on a bench and viewed the cherry trees that hung over the Tidal Basin. Another couple, Kathy and Terry, said they had travelled about 800 miles to see the trees at full peak. They sat under a tree looking out at the Tidal Basin and taking in the beautiful scenery. Many more individuals sat under trees with family, while having picnics or conversations. Kids were climbing in trees to be photographed. The first weekend of events brought a heavy traffic flow of individuals and the following weekend is expected to have the same outcome. - Ishna Hagan, Contributing Writer

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LeDroit Park

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LeDroit Park was founded in 1873 by Amzi Barber. Its residents appreciate their neighborhood for all it has to offer.

BY MAYA RHODAN Staff Writer Any given day in the quaint, historic neighborhood of LeDroit Park in Northwest Washington is picturesque and today is no different. Sunlight beams onto the brick -paved block of 3rd and Elm streets as people from all walks of life travel up and down the residential street lined with colorful row houses. The cries of cheerful children can be heard from the nearby park, as the boisterous bark of a dog somewhere in the distance bounces off the brick of the Victorian style homes. “This is how we live,” reads the colorful LeDroit Park mural on the side of a row house on Elm Street, and from the scenery alone one can gather that “living” in LeDroit Park is as easy as the breeze that is rustling the budding leaves on the trees. LeDroit Park, founded in 1873 by then Howard University Trustee, Amzi Barber, is located Southeast of Howard University’s

main campus and was one of the first suburbs of Washington. The area was originally developed as a white neighborhood, but has been historically African American since around 1893 when the first African American, Octavius Williams, moved into the area after a protest by Howard University students destroyed the fence that divided its black students from their white neighbors. E. Gail Anderson Holness, Commissioner of the Advisory Neighborhood Commission in Area 1B11, can’t help but be regaled by the history of the area whenever she travels through. “I can’t help but get nostalgic whenever I’m in LeDroit Park,” Holness said. “I remember walking through as a little girl. I loved the homeliness and warmth of the neighborhood and the people in it. It’s such a historic place. It is D.C.’s hidden oasis.” The history of the area lies in its relationship with Howard University, as ex-home of the famed Griffith Stadium, and its residents, who are among some of the most prominent figures in

African-American history. Civil rights activist Rev. Jesse Jackson, poet Paul Laurence Dunbar, Nobel Peace Prize winner Ralph Bunche, and former mayor Walter Washington were all once residents of LeDroit Park. “The heroes of the black community that have passed through the LeDroit Park area, either to live or just to stay for one night are endless,” Holness said. “There is a legacy here that can never be erased, no matter how the neighborhood has changed in recent years.” This sunny afternoon, throughout the streets of LeDroit Park people can been seen out and about, enjoying the weather peacefully and generally without harm. In the late ‘80s and ‘90s, however, LeDroit was a different place. Crime had ravaged the neighborhood and drug addicts and dealers could be found on every corner, causing the black professionals the area used to attract to find a home elsewhere. In the age of Obama and throughout the Williams and Fenty administrations, the diversity of

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LeDroit Park area has grown tremendously bringing a new breed of residents to the middle-class neighborhood. Ayo Handy-Kendi, the membership coordinator for the LeDroit Park Civic Association, and an 11year resident of the area, has seen the neighborhood transform from a “haven for shooting and killing” to what she considers D.C.’s most beautiful and serene little hideaway. Kendi believes gentrification has had a lot to do with this change. “When I first moved here, it was a predominately black area, people had been here for years and they were settled. Now there is a lot more different people, but unfortunately Gentrification has created a level of fear of change and a recognition of the different classes of people that there are now,” Handy-Kendi said. “But the older residents have a fear of letting go. There is a certain degree of stepping back that has come since white people moved in.” “At the end of the day, it is really a beautiful neighborhood,” she said. “It has a sense of neighborliness, the people who have lived here for a long time have created a bond, like a kin ship and that’s what keeps me here.” Howard University students live in the LeDroit Park area since it is located just south of the main campus and east of the Howard University Hospital. Tyesha Tucker, a senior insurance major, likes the diversity of the neighborhood, but enjoys learning from the experiences of her older neighbors. “The members of the community are very diverse. They come from all walks of life, but the neighborhood brings them together,” Tucker said. “I love that my older neighbors reminisce about their younger years and share stories of the old neighborhood and how D.C. has evolved. The greatest benefit has been gaining the knowledge and wisdom of those who have lived in the area before me. They have been witness to a lot of historical moments.” Emil Ali, 24, who considers LeDroit Park, Shaw and Truxton Circle his homes, enjoys the “walk-


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ability” of the area and the access it has to downtown D.C. He finds the architecture, his neighbors and the community to be the most appeasing aspects of life in LeDroit Park. “I think our homes have great character, but our neighbors have better character. During the spring, we all maintain our yards and a few of us sweep the sidewalk,” Ali said. “Everyone is friendly. I know half the people on my block and speak to them regularly.” The LeDroit Park area is still in the process of redeveloping, but it has managed to avoid the pains of overdeveloping throughout its history and has maintained its distinctive aesthetic. In fact, 50 of the original 64 James McGill designed homes still remain in the area, linking the area back to its 19th century establishment. “There isn’t a whole lot of area to LeDroit Park, but it seems as if its like a little community about itself, it has its own identity. I’ve lived in places like Anacostia, and I couldn’t exactly say that,” Handy-Kendi said. “The area also has some of the best architecture of houses in the city, if you’re interested in looking at buildings, this is the place to walk around. It’s fascinating.” Handy-Kendi does not like the fact that housing affordability has decreased drastically as the shaky market has made these historic homes more costly. As a renter, Handi-Kendi was disappointed by the change, but was more hurt by the closing of the public housing unit on V Street. “I was very sorry that the housing unit was closed down. That brought a little income diversity, it’s not as much as it used to be,” Handy-Kendi said. Now there is an assumption that people have “money” so there is a little bit more crime, petty robberies and burglaries have been happening but that is a blessing – I remember when it was really bad up in this little area!” Despite all the changes that LeDroit Park has seen, the history of the neighborhood remains the glue that keep the residents secure and comfortable in their inner-city sanctuary. “Throughout our lives, as we make new history we often forget about the history we already had. I hope that LeDroit Park is one of the areas that is able to maintain its history, because it’s so rich and so connected to the African-American community,” Holness said.


April 6, 2010

iPad Debuts, Mixed Reviews Among Students


This past Saturday marked a huge day for Apple and it’s Chief Executive Officer, Steve Jobs as they released their newest technology, the iPad. For many of those who were devoted enough to stand in long lines all across the country to be the first to get their hands on the newest technology, some say it mirrored the frenzy that followed the release of the very first iPhone just three years ago. “It was cool because me and my friends took a day trip to New York City on Saturday and we were able to go to the Apple store in Times Square and see the craziness,” said sophomore mechanical engineering major, Kevon Ticer. “It was really crazy. At first we were going to stand in line and see if we could at least see one, but there was no time for games,” he said. However, even with the fan frenzy following the new iPad, Apple’s biggest task still lies ahead of them according to Jessica Mintz of the Associated Press. “With the iPad, which fits somewhere between phone and computer, Apple must convince people who already have smart phones, laptops, e-book readers, set-top boxes and home broadband

connections that they need another device that serves many of the same purposes,” said Mintz. “I don’t really see the need for an iPad,” said sophomore legal communications major, Michael Roy who owns an iPod and a MacBook. “I think it would be different if it did things that my computer, iPod and phone don’t already do,” he said. The iPad is essentially a much larger version of Apple’s popular iPhone, without the calling capabilities. Just a half-inch thick, the device has a touch screen that measures 9.7 inches on the diagonal nearly three times the iPhone’s. Also like the iPhone, it has no physical keyboard. For now, Apple is selling iPads that only connect to the Internet using Wi-Fi. Those models start at $499. Versions that also have a cellular data connection will be available by the end of the month. They will cost $130 more, with the most expensive at $829. In an interview with the Associated Press, Beth Goza has had iPhones and other smart phones, along with a MacBook Air laptop, yet she believes the iPad has a place in her digital lineup. She likened it to a professional tennis player owning different sneakers for grass, clay and con-

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Apple CEO Steve Jobs holds the iPad, a fusion of a computer and a phone, which was sold out hours after its debut.

crete courts. “At the end of the day, you can get by with one or the other,” she said outside an Apple store in Seattle’s University Village mall. Sophomore film production major, Crystal Roper, serves as an

eBay Inc. Set to Launch Exclusive Fashion Site

BY EVAN HOLLINS Staff Writer In an attempt to redefine its reputation and become more of a competition to other retail stores and Web sites, eBay Inc. recently launched a new microsite, fashion. The new development is the latest of a series of changes that will help the Web site act more like an outlet mall or “private sale” Web site with merchandise being priced anywhere from 30 to 50 percent off. Though eBay is the largest online clothing seller, it has the reputation of just selling other people’s castoffs, in addition to being a site that is hard to navigate due to its poor search engine. The new development has eBay working with major fashion brands such as Hugo Boss and Lord & Taylor to act as sellers. The company plans to add more brands and exclusive fashions later in the spring.

Some have difficulty in believing that eBay can remake its image after people have held a certain perception of the Web site for so long. “I feel like it will be difficult for eBay to set itself out as a site that sells new and quality clothing when they have such a reputation for auctioning used things where customers have difficulty deciding if they are being cheated out of their money or not,” said George Chapman, sophomore broadcast journalism major. Many stores have expressed interest in working with eBay’s new microsite, expressing confidence that the site will be an effective way to sell off excess merchandise and expand the amount of consumers. “This collection gives us the opportunity to reach a broad, global audience,” said Kathy Kalesti, president of clothing line Narciso Rodriguez, in an interview with the Associated Press. The components of the microsite, which feature new selling formats, gallery-style photographs,

and a better search engine, will be applied to eBay’s other categories such as technology, media, and home and garden. eBay Inc. expects the new fashion strategy to put it in direct competition with, Macy’s, and Target and increase. In order to combat the issue of auction fraud and counterfeit goods, company officials hope to gain more of the public’s trust by working with major stores and suppliers. Despite some skepticism regarding eBay’s new microsite, some believe eBay can achieve its goal of reestablishing its image with the new additions to the Web site. “It can work if it works with legit clothing lines and the clothing is quality. They also need to form partnerships with clothing lines that cater more to our generation because our generation uses eBay a lot and will be more likely to use the new site first,” said Alex Barnes, a sophomore film major.

“The successful man will profit from his mistakes and try again in a different way.” -Dale Carnegie [An American writer and lecturer, Dale Carnegie developed famous courses in self improvement and public speaking. He wrote “How to Win Friends and Influence People”, a book that is a massive best-seller. ]

Apple Campus Representative and says that programs will soon be put into play to get representation of the iPad on campus, although she feels it may not be as popular as it has been over the country. “I just feel like a lot of stu-

dents aren’t going to want to pay all that money for something that is kind of useless,” said Roper. “But then again, Howard students tend to be attracted to trends that are popular and expensive,” she added.

This Just In..... • HP is set to debut an iPad-like device with two video cameras-one for environmental images and one that captures the person holding the device. This “slate” computer also features a touch screen and HP officials have yet to announce a release date or price tag. • Among the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize nominees is “The Internet.” No word yet on who will accept the prize if awarded, but web creators including Larry Roberts, Vint Cerf and Tim Berners-Lee also received nominations in respective categories. • According to the company, Apple delivered more than 300,000 iPads on its first day. These figures included pre-orders that were delivered Saturday. • Llse Aigner, Consumer Protection Minister of Germany, criticized Facebook on its handling of personal information and data urging the social networking site to upgrade privacy settings. • General Motors is planning on installing new brake safety measures to prevent unintended acceleration in all it vehicles worldwide by 2012.

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April showers make springtime bloom at howard

Taylor Hill, a sophomore painting major, was seen doing portraits on The Yard for donations.

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Senior Ashley Iving (top right) was caught rockin’ a killer pair of wedges in front of the Fine Arts building. Sophomore Breann Norwood (above) was spotted coming out of Blackburn in a cute spring dress.

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Junior Camille Walton (middle left) caught in the prefect spring skirt in front of Blackburn working on her tan. Senior Nicole Taylor (bottom left) was caught wearing quite the political statement. There were guys (above right) bringing a little entertainment to The Yard by playing some of their favorite tunes as well as painting.



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April Fool’s Day Joke Too Much to Handle? Thursday of last week marked April Fool’s Day, one of the many unofficial holidays enjoyed by people all over the country. Each year, thousands of people play pranks on their family and friends on the first day of April, and strive to top the prank they pulled the previous year. This year, The Hilltop joined in on the fun, publishing a prank issue. At first glance, it was a regular paper, but when students picked it up to read the front page stories, they realized the stories were a little outdated, 22 years to be exact. The front page stories were slightly tweaked from a 1988 April Fool’s edition of The Hilltop. There was an overwhelming response to the prank once students either realized something wasn’t right, or turned to the second page of the paper to see the announcement that the whole thing was an April Fool’s Day hoax. However, some of the Bison family didn’t share the laugh with the rest of the Howard community, which was proven by the perspective submission submitted several days later from a particular administrator who was very much offended by the harmless practical joke. The administrator complained that he was contacted at 5:30 a.m. on

the morning of April 1 by a “colleague of the international community,” who was extremely concerned about what was going on at Howard after seeing the prank on the first page of the paper. The perspective goes on to explain that President Obama recently signed a bill that affects HBCUs, and many educational institutions have been forced to shut their doors due to lack of funding, insinuating that

the best of our ability, and although sometimes we do fall short, it is never our intention to mislead nor cause any harm to our readership. We were careful not to post the false front page on our Web site,, and consequently confuse our online readership, including those in the international community. The April Fool’s prank was strictly for the Howard University campus only. Several other reputable universities around the nation annually publish similar publications, The Hilltop endorses light- prank including one of the leading student newshearted humor, and in no papers in the nation, way intends to offend its the Georgetown Hatchet. Google was another readers. corporation that decided to participate in the fun. While speaking such inappropriate “foolish- with our peers, we did notice ness” as an April Fool’s Day that more people appreciprank could cause Howard ated our humor than were to be in danger of a similar offended by it – however, for fate. The administrator then those who were offended, demanded an apology from please consider this as a sinThe Hilltop on behalf of the cere apology. For the memrest of the Howard commu- bers of our readership who nity. acknowledged the prank and For the members of the light-hearted humor that our Howard family who The Hilltop maintains, we share this administrator’s thank you for understanding sentiments and were of- and we thank all of our confended by our attempt to stituents for reading. participate in the April Fool’s fun, we apologize. We do recognize our duty to deliver accurate and timely news to

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Who’s on your Mind?

Tahirah Hairston Campus Editor When you wake up in the morning and you go to your closet, what is running through your mind? I know I usually dress depending on my current mood or the weather. Being a student at Howard University, I am constantly conscious of who I am and the decisions I make – including the clothes I wear. Before stepping onto Howard’s campus, I heard of the various titles associating Howard with a love for fashion among its students. “The Fashion Capital HBCU,” “A Fashion Show,” the list goes on. Not trying to use pre-existing rumors about the university, I stepped on The Yard with a fresh slate only to be confirmed in a way. I was awed by the fact that everyone I saw was so “dressed up” for no reason at all – like fresh hair, heels, and makeup just to go to breakfast. So this is the Howard everyone was talking about? Yet, I couldn’t help but notice the stares I received as I wore sweats one day to class as if I had blue slime on my face. For a moment, I thought it was only me who

noticed this heavy materialism and judgment as result of it that plagued the Howard University campus. Throughout the year, I have been able to create the woman I want to be. A woman that feels and knows she is beautiful even if she is wearing a garbage bag. However, the constant theme of materialism and “looking fly 24/7” has always been in the air yet never discussed. I have overheard girls in the bathroom express how they feel pressured to “stay on all the time” here at Howard. I have even seen people change their outfits 3 times a day. This argument isn’t to attack or judge anyone, but to spark conversation and awareness of this issue. Before you get all hot about how “well if somebody felt pressured, then it’s their problem,” or “that ain’t no problem,” hear me out. I have no problem with people dressing how they please – do you! However, I have a problem with a girl who doesn’t come from money and feels once she gets to Howard, that person

inside isn’t good enough. She can’t wear the clothes everyone wears and feels pressure to “keep up” by however means necessary. Around this time of the year, when she looks in the mirror she is no longer the girl she was when she entered. She doesn’t listen to the same music, like or do the same things. She has experienced more than the average “growth” as a college freshman; “she” has changed. So, if this girl isn’t one, that’s beautiful – just be aware of your body language if you see her because you are not better. It’s fine if Howard has some students with fashion sense, but fashion sense is not universal. It’s unique to each person and we have so much other stuff to pride ourselves on as Bison than the clothes we are allowed to buy. If this girl is you, then you make me so grateful to have had the guts to write this for you. Michelle Spears, freshman business management major

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