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The Daily Student Voice of Howard University


VOLUME 93, NO.32


Wednesday, October 14, 2009












Howard to Experience a Monthly ‘Blackout’ BYJESSICA LEWIS Campus Editor There will be no music, no programs, no events and no distractions; everything will blackout today from 7 to 8:30 p.m. The Howard University Student Association (HUSA) will host the first “Blackout Wednesday” in Douglass Hall in an effort to promote academic excellence and to raise the overall GPA of the entire

campus. “When I came to Howard, I felt that it had fallen off its legacy,” said Taneesha Williams, a sophomore public relations major. “It was riding on [the legacy’s] coattails.” To give students a direction not centered on parties, organizations or events, HUSA has asked all student organizations not to host any events this evening. In addition, honor students and societies have

been asked to lend their expertise to help their fellow students. In order to make a lasting impact, HUSA will host the event once every month. “We noticed that there weren’t a lot of programs and initiatives put in place for the academic support of students,” said HUSA Executive Vice President Jerome Joseph. “It’s very easy to get lost in the various events and programs.”

The blackout will work to reverse negative stereotypes of Howard University students. “The Black American Princess (BAP) Handbook” lists Howard’s stereotype as the “black hole,” where students go in and seldom come back out. HUSA Executive President Bryan Smart said approximately 49 percent of students graduate in four years. Smart said the event serves as an acknowledgement of the fact

that we are our brothers’ keeper. “It’s not just HUSA; it’s a communal effort,” Smart said. “It’s students helping students.” Williams, the coordinator of the event, said the hardest thing is getting students to respond and show up. The resources are there for students to take advantage of, but she said at some point it is out of her hands.

VP of Student Affairs Morehouse Student Shot, Selection Coming Soon Robbed by Unknown Assailant BY CAMILLE AUGUSTIN & JESSICA LEWIS Hilltop Staff After a rigorous and timely search, the Vice President for Student Affairs (VPSA) search committee has announced the VPSA candidates will arrive on campus starting today. “Discussion with the VPSA finalists” forums will be held in Founders Library Browsing Room on Oct. 14, 15 and 22. To help choose the best candidate for the job, the search committee is requesting the attendance of the Howard University community between 1:30 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. The VPSA will replace the vice provost of student affairs position. The change in title denotes that the new administrator will report directly to President Sidney A. Ribeau versus the provost. In a previous interview with The Hilltop, Interim Provost and Chief Academic Officer Alvin Thornton said the change would allow the provost to focus primarily on the academics of the university. The VPSA committee is expected to have a person selected by December to replace current Interim Vice Provost of Student Affairs, Charles Gibbs, due to the Sept. 4 protest. Dur-

ing the aftermath, Ribeau said a replacement would be identified in December. “Students should attend in great volumes because their opinion matters,” said Bryan Smart, Howard University Student Association (HUSA) president and member of the VPSA committee. “The vice president of Student Affairs will have a lot to do with life outside the classroom.” According to, the Office of the Vice Provost for Student Affairs is concerned about the overall quality of student life at Howard University for undergraduate, graduate and professional students. The new person will be charged with appropriating funds for activities outside of the classroom. “The person selected will ensure the best student experience at Howard University,” said Undergraduate Trustee Nnamdi Anozie. Smart said the VPSA would relay students’ concerns directly to the president and advocate on behalf of the students. Anozie said this position is important because they will be the voice of the students. Smart and Anozie stressed the importance of students attending discussions with the VPSA finalists.

BY LE’DIA SMITH Staff Writer A Morehouse College student was robbed and shot as he returned home from the campus library early Monday morning. The student, whose name has not been released, was walking home from the library around 1:30 a.m. on the 300 block of Lawton Street when he was approached by an unknown gunman and told to lie down on the ground. Following the confiscation of his wallet, cell phone, iPod and laptop computer, the victim attempted to forcefully retrieve his items from the gunman. During the scuffle, the victim was shot in the arm. The victim was transported to Grady Memorial Hospital and released Tuesday afternoon. “The armed robber started walking away, and the victim got up and jumped on the armed robber because he was so much smaller than him, trying to get his stuff back,” said Atlanta Police Sgt. J. Ludwig. “A struggle ensued, and the gun went off.” The gunman was described as a short, light-skinned black male in his mid-20s wearing an army jacket and black skullcap. He fled the scene with the student’s laptop and backpack. As of Tuesday evening, no

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An unidentified Morehouse student was shot in the arm Monday. As of Tuesday evening, no suspects were in custody.

one was in custody. Atlanta Police Chief Richard Pennington said uniformed officers will patrol some of the city’s college campuses after a recent string of attacks on students, including Georgia Tech and the Atlanta University Center, which includes Morehouse College, Morehouse School of Medicine, Spelman College and Clark Atlanta University. In the last six weeks, five Georgia Tech students were robbed at gunpoint, including two who were robbed over the weekend as they walked near campus. On Sept. 3, Spelman College student

Jasmine Lynn was shot and killed on the Clark Atlanta University campus by a stray bullet. Miss Maroon and White 2009-2010 Remington Wiley, a senior at Spelman College, said that the universities have been taking steps towards tackling violence. “Security has always been a pressing issue among Atlanta University Center students,” Wiley said. “However, we are making tremendous strides to bridge the gap between students and the surrounding community via campuswide safety campaigns.”

Health Care Reform Passes Key BY MARQUIS H. BARNETT Nation & World Editor

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Students ‘Showed Their Swag’ at Showcase The Armour J. Blackburn Digital Auditorium quickly filled as the “Show Us Your Swag” Talent Showcase hosted by the Cimarrones Club entertained a large audience ranging from Howard University students to Washington, D.C residents. The showcase featured talent ranging from poet Elizabeth Acevedo, to MTV’s America’s Best Dance Crew finalists Beat Ya’ Feat Kings. From the ciphers to the singing, anyone who felt they had talent was given the opportunity to grace the audience who came to support Cimarrones’ service to the Venezuela mission. Wrapping up the event were the rappers of Swagg House Entertainment, Tenn and Madiagne “Skitz” Sarr, and the highly anticipated dancers of the Beat Ya’ Feet Kings. - Victoria Fortune, Staff Writer


On Tuesday, the Senate Finance Committee voted on President Obama’s proposed health care reform legislation. The committee, which is comprised of 13 Democrats and 10 Republicans voted to pass President Obama’s $829 billion health care reform bill. The bill will put a cap on how much insurance companies can charge for out-of-pocket expenses as well as putting an end to insurance companies’ ability to deny coverage on the basis of preexisting conditions. The over 1000-page bill calls for more nonprofit organizations to help with the growing problem of health care in America. Of the 23 senators voting, Senator Olympia Snowe of Maine was the only senator to cross party lines and vote opposing her party. The republican senator made her stand, as she announced early Tuesday that she would vote in favor of

the bill. Senator Snowe has said that she is weary about certain things within the bill, but did not want to see the process of reform derailed. “Is this bill all that I would want? Far from it,” she said. “Is it all that it can be? No. But when history calls, history calls. And I happen to think that the consequences of inaction dictate the urgency of Congress [taking] every opportunity to demonstrate its capacity to solve the monumental issues of our time.” While happy about the outcome of the Committee’s vote, President Obama still made clear that there is still work to be done. “I never count chickens before they’re hatched, but this is obviously another step forward in bringing about a better deal for the American people,” Obama said at the White House on Tuesday. The bill will cut $80 billion from the United States deficit over the next 10 years, while expanding health care to over 94 percent of Americans.

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October 14, 2009

Student Sets Sights on Crown BY BRITTANY JACOB Contributing Writer

Minimize Mediocrity

BY ANDREW JONES Contributing Columnist At the risk of offending the great academicians that compose the Howard University faculty, I have to raise serious questions about our undergraduate curriculum. Simply put, what if our formal education, i.e. classes, do not prepare us for “real world careers” or graduate school, much less “leadership for America and the global community?” Not a far stretch from the truth, yet the blame is not merely on the professors or the curriculum. Contrarily, I place the burden of achievement on the students. Students in the School of Business often complain that the focus of their school is to prepare them to conform to the standards of someone else’s company in lieu of changing those standards or building a new company. The School of Communications is known for relatively easy majors that lack requirement of intellect to excel in them. The College of Arts and Sciences is labeled a place for academic drifters, with liberal arts majors that fall short of preparing or stimulating students for anything in particular. The School of Education has until recently been plagued with facilities issues and apathetic administrative leadership. Engineering, Architecture, Nursing and Health Sciences students often feel they are so limited by their rigorous concentrations that they miss the holistic student experience and development. The validity of those perceptions is irrelevant, however, because I submit that Howard’s undergraduate experience is tainted with the stench of mediocrity emanating from the students. It is true, many of our classes do not challenge us, and we tend to learn significantly more outside of class than inside it. Yet despite that often unspoken grievance, we fail to address it. We do not challenge our professors. We do not seek to learn and have our progress evaluated in class. We do not strive for that which we claim to strive for: leadership for America and the global community. If a professor regularly shows up late or not at all, we recommend that professor. If a professor only requires that students purchase books, show up in class or complete menial assignments, we flock to their class. If a professor has a tough reputation and actually holds students to acceptable standards of collegiate intellect, we whine about how unreasonable they are. God forbid a professor fail to host a review session for an upcoming test that doesn’t specifically spell out the exact questions and answers. The result: After four years and thousands in student loans, we leave Howard essentially the same or worse-off intellectually than we came. No one will review for the GRE or LSAT and tell you exactly what to memorize. No company will send you a list of interview questions and suggested answers; your employer (or investors in your company) will expect you to be broadly knowledgeable. We have to do better, otherwise the legacy of our university and the value of our degrees will be strangled by the same weeds of mediocrity that have clearly sprouted throughout the undergraduate experience.

rence Singer, suggested that she compete. After receiving the same advice from a fellow church member, the race to the crown began. She said the idea was attractive because it was something new and exciting. To make sure that she stands out and is exciting in the judges’ eyes, Ireland is being trained by Omarosa Manigault Stallworth, a former contestant on Donald Trump’s “The Apprentice.” Ireland describes her as “very helpful, yet really stern.” During training, Ireland is given pop quizzes and has assignments to complete. One of her assignments was to watch the Miss USA Pageant 2004. Ireland will be competing on the state level and has to raise $800. Ireland’s mother and grandmothers are very active in raising the money for her. Other than being crowned Miss DC USA, her main goals are to be happy and to create a legacy for others to remember her by. One of Ireland’s favorite quotes is, “If you are dead longer than you are alive, which matters more, life is about the legacy you leave,” she said. Ireland’s goal is to also win Miss USA and Miss Universe. She said that Shauntay Hinton, the second Miss DC USA to win Miss USA, is her inspiration. The Howard community also serves as an inspiration for Ireland. Kendall Isadore, a senior biology major, who serves as

Walking down the long hallway of the Embassy Hotel in Downtown D.C. was a nervewrecking feeling for sophomore public relations major, Brittany Ireland, who was finally getting the chance to meet the other 15 Miss District of Columbia USA contestants. “The eerie silence and the looks from the gorgeous girls made my heart pulsate,” Ireland said. Nervousness was not the only feeling driving the pulse of Ireland’s heart. Raised as an only child, Ireland is passionate about working with little children and being a publicist for a Fortune 500 company. Outside of career ambitions, Ireland said she loves to write poetry and wants to build her own dream house from the ground up. As a Howard student, Ireland is involved with the School of Communications Student Council, National Council Negro Women, NAACP, DMV Club and Jewels, Inc. This summer, she interned with the Department of Commerce in the Office of the Executive Secretary. However, compared to her previous experiences, the pageant experience will be a different challenge for Ireland. The challenge started two months ago when Ireland’s dentist and Miss DC USA sponsor, Law-

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Brittany Ireland will try to capture the Miss DC USA crown this November.

Miss Howard University and Miss HBCU, spoke with Ireland to assist her in the preparation for the pageant. Ireland said she gave her advice that could enhance her as a contestant. Isadore’s biggest advice was to pay attention to detail and to be aware of her confidence level. “As queen, you are an ambassador for your institution and people are looking up to you,” Isadore said. “They are looking for

someone with the total package.” In the pageant, there are several rounds: question and answer, fitness and swimsuit, evening wear and personal interviews. The pageant will take place Nov. 28 and 29. “Do your best, stay encouraged, be confident in your abilities,” Isadore said. “Know current events, put your best foot forward and represent Howard well.”

Love of Howard Keeps University Legacies Coming Back dren.

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Lindsay Robinson attends Howard just as her parents did.

BY VICTORIA FORTUNE Staff Writer Howard University is one of the most highly ranked historically black colleges in the nation. Howard is not only known for its rich legacy and the great leaders it has produced, but also the strong educational foundation students leave with. Families continuously send their offspring to Howard, passing the baton to their chil-

Sophomore chemistry major, Lindsay Robinson, comes from a family of Howard University alumni. Both of Robinson’s parents, as well as her uncle and godparents attended Howard. “My father is three years older than my mother. While my mother was moving into the Quad, she spotted my father walking to the yard and told my grandmother that she was going to marry him. After that day she had the biggest puppy love crush on him. Finally a friend of a friend introduced them in my mother’s sophomore year, and they were inseparable ever since,” Robinson said. Though she said there was no pressure for her to attend Howard, after a tour of the campus and a few homecoming trips, Robinson said she knew Howard was the place for her. After submitting her application, she received an acceptance letter and the Legacy scholarship. Robinson’s mother, Shelby, was on track to attend Cornell University but changed her mind

shortly after learning about Howard. “It was by chance; I had already applied to Cornell and was on my way. But one day I was told to go to a Howard University information session. After hearing from the representative about this wonderful school, I jumped on the ball and applied extra late,” Shelby Robinson said. “I didn’t get my acceptance letter until early July, but it was one of the best quick decisions I made. I wouldn’t trade my Howard experience for anything in the world.” The Robinsons are not the only family who has Howard University flowing through their blood. Junior public relations major, Noelle Motley, said her parents’ choice to attend Howard helped her decide on the school. Motley said she is thankful, because attending the Mecca was the best choice she could have made. “My parents met in Founders Library. My mother and her best friend were walking up the stairs towards the stacks and my father tried to get their attention,”

Motley said. Motley said her father was initially trying to get her mother’s friend’s attention, because her mother “wasn’t paying him any mind.” “After a couple of weeks, in October 1978, they went on a date in Adams Morgan and have been together ever since,” she said. Motley applied to eight colleges and universities and was accepted to them all, but said like Robinson, her heart was at Howard. Motley plans on leaving her mark within a couple of organizations and with numerous teachers, faculty members and students. “I yearn to be a face that the faculty craves to see just as it is with [my] mother and father,” she said. Most importantly, Motley would like to leave a trail for her younger sister, Selena, to follow. While Motley and Robinson are working towards completing their tenure at Howard, they are each striving to leave a strong legacy for those to come.

The Howard U Campus Dorm Check Due to the recent dorm intrusion in the East Towers, The Hilltop has decided to conduct an investigative “dorm check” to see just how easy it is to get into the Howard University dormitories without showing I.D. using the front/main entrance. Here are the results after five days, we will continue to run a tally for the rest of this week. Howard Plaza Tower West Meridian Hill The Tubman Quadrangle Bethune Annex Slowe Hall 4 successes out of 4 4 successes out of 4 4 successes out of 4 4 successes out of 4 1 success out of 1

Story From the Vault:

The Reality of Decades of Past Break-Ins

The above story was written on Sept. 21, 1990, and details the alleged rape of a student in the Tubman Quadrangle by an unknown man in a baseball cap that unlawfully gained access to the building. It is reported that other students phoned for help during the incident after hearing screams.





October 14, 2009

King Siblings Reach Settlement in Estate Debate

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The King children walk hand-in-hand with their uncle and mother to their father’s funeral. The surviving Kings have recently become the objects of much publicity following the announcement of two siblings’ lawsuits against a brother, alleging that he stole money from the Martin Luther King, Jr. estate.

BY MARQUIS H. BARNETT Nation & World Editor After a year-long public spat, the children of the late Dr. and Mrs. Martin Luther King, Jr. have finally come to an agreement on their father’s estate. Siblings Denise King and Martin Luther King, III brought a lawsuit against their brother Dexter King in July of 2008 alleging that he converted “substantial funds from the estate’s financial account at Bank of America for personal uses.” The suit does not state exactly how much money Dexter allegedly converted, but mentions that it was not paid back. Both Denise and Martin, III also alleged that Dexter misappropriated funds from the estate of their mother, Coretta Scott King,

following her 2006 death. Dexter denied all charges. A Georgia court ruled that “There was no improper conduction with respect to the removal of funds from Mrs. King’s estate,” in that Dexter king was listed as a signatory on the checking account in their mother’s account. As a signatory on the account, it was possible for Dexter to, at any point, remove money from the account without prior approval, notification, or expense reports. Because of Dexter’s position as President and CEO of the Martin Luther King, Jr. estate, the estate was also named as a defendant in the suit. All three of King’s surviving children are share holders in the corporation of his estate, with Bernice and Martin, III each holding 20 percent. This means that Dexter

holds 60 percent and voting control over the corporation. The King estate has long been criticized for business conduct that strays from the “standard” abnormal business conducts from the estates of other deceased celebrities. In 2008, the corporation requested and received $800,000 from the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Project Foundation for the use of King’s image and words on a planned memorial on the National Mall in downtown Washington, D.C. The King siblings met in a closed court in order to settle the disagreement in an “amicable” matter. A Fulton County, Ga. Superior Court Judge ruled on the case and the announcement of a settlement was made late Monday night. Martin Luther King, III

spoke out on the issue saying that “We disagreed with each other, but we still always loved one another, and I think that’s probably the most important factor,” which is a sentiment that is apparently shared by all the King siblings. Sophomore undecided major, Kemi Oyalinka is excited by the outcome of the turmoil between the King siblings. “The fact that [Denise and Martin, III] had to even resort to taking their brother to court is a little bit embarrassing,” Oyalinka said. “I am, however, very happy that something positive could come out of all of this. Hopefully they can learn from this experience and be able to solve their problems in a not so public matter next time.” The Kings had four children: Yolanda, Dexter, Martin, III, and Denise. The eldest sibling, Yolan-

da, died in 2008 from a suspected heart problem. The surviving children have been in dispute since their mother’s death over the fate of letters that Dr. and Mrs. King wrote to one another in their times apart during the Civil Rights Movement. A judge ruled that the letters are to be stored at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center in downtown Atlanta until a definitive conclusion can be reached as to the papers’ fate. The judge also ruled that each sibling must recommend three people for the position of temporary custodian of the estate until family bonds are repaired. The final decision on the custodian will be made by a judge in Fulton County, Ga.

Sports Trivia Answer: The Birmingham Barons

Upon leaving the NBA, legend Michael Jordan was an outfielder for the Barons with a batting average of .202, three home runs, 51 RBIs, with 11 counted errors. Jordan later went on to pursue a career as a professional golfer, and went back to basketball playing for the Washington Wizards.

Obama To End ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ Policy BY AMRAH BEY Staff Writer Following last weekend’s National March for Equality in Washington, D.C., many are hopeful that President Obama is close to ending the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” Policy, which calls for Lesbian, Bisexual, Gay, and Trans-gender (LBGT) members of the United States Military to hide their sexuality. President Obama spoke before a packed audience at a Human Rights Campaign dinner at the Washington Convention Center. Taking the stage directly before Lady Gaga was set to perform, President Obama joked about being her opening act. But these were not the remarks that had gay rights activists buzzing this past weekend. Obama’s renewal of his pledge to end “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” has supporters and detractors alike weighing in on gay rights in the military. “We should not be punishing patriotic Americans who have stepped forward to serve this country,” said Obama to the audience made up of members of the LBGT community. “We should be celebrating their willingness to show such courage and selflessness on behalf of their fellow citizens,

especially when we’re fighting two wars.” Despite Obama’s praise of LBGT members of the armed forces, many insist the change the president promised during his campaign has been slow to come. “President Obama himself said that it’s not his place to tell us to be patient,” said former Capt. Sue Fulton, a graduate of Westpoint Academy, and public relations director for Knights Out, an organization for homosexual Westpoint alumni. “We are not patient, we are not satisfied.” Members of the lesbian and gay community, as well as their supporters argue that “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” negatively affects the armed forces. “We believe ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ makes the military weaker,” Fulton said. Obama seemed to agree in his remarks at the Human Rights Campaign dinner. “We cannot afford to cut from our ranks people with the critical skills we need to fight,” Obama said. He also added that the military compromises its integrity by forcing soldiers into careers encumbered and compromised by having to live a lie. Despite what even critics

hailed as a very eloquent speech, many commented that his speech was short on concrete details and timetables. “[Obama] should sign a stop-loss order that prevents homosexual soldiers from being expelled from the military,” Fulton said. “[Obama] should send information to Congress to give them what they need to change the law.” Despite many lesbian and gay civil rights organizations’ frustration with the timetable of the repeal, many agreed that Obama should use an executive order to stop “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” in the short-term, and encourage Congress to pass a law to repeal the act so that it is no longer law in the long-term. Many agree he will get the job done. “We have a stronger commander in chief than we’ve had in the past,” Fulton said. “When I heard [Obama] say, resolutely, that he will end ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Photo Courtesy of The Durango Herald Tell’, that was the strongest state- The “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy calls for U.S. soldiers to keep their sexuality to ment I ever heard him make on themselves and carries a penalty if broken. the issue.” Many are positive that in on the issue on the news show, “I think it has to be done in the Obama will end “Don’t Ask, Don’t “Meet the Press.” right way, which is to get a buy-in Tell,” including Sen. Carl Levin “I think he will and he can,” from the military, which I think is (D-MI), chair of the Senate Armed Levin said when asked if Obama now possible.” Services Committee, who weighed could end “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”



Women’s Basketball Fails to Attract Viewers BY HEATHER ROBINSON Staff Writer

Women take to the court with each hair flawlessly brushed down, lipstick generously applied, and nails glistening brightly under the florescent lights from above. The predominately female crowd erupts into screams and whistles as the orange and white ball is tossed into the air, and a long awaited dream becomes a reality. This was the scene 12 years ago as Lisa Leslie’s Los Angeles Sparks hosted the New York Liberty at the Great Western Forum in Inglewood, Calif. Leslie, raised in a singleparent home in Inglewood, with her mother working as a truck driver, often being away from home for days to sometimes weeks to support her two children, found great success in women’s basketball long before a professional outlet could be fathomed. At the age of 14 with only three years experience playing basketball, Leslie was receiving athletic scholarship offers from the University of Tennessee and Stanford University. At Morningside High School, Leslie averaged 27 points and 15 rebounds in her senior year and led her team to two state championships. Her most notable feat at the time, consisted of a 101-point game against the undermanned and overmatched South Torrence Spartans. Leslie was however unable to beat the women’s single game scoring record of 105 points set by Cheryl Miller in 1982. After unsuccessfully competing in national championships while playing for the University of Southern California Trojans for four years, Leslie attained multiple awards for her individual efforts. She was drafted into the newly established Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) in

discriminated against, excluded, or denied from any activity or education program being funded with federal financial assistance. The most prominent aspect of this amendment has impacted both high school and collegiate athletics. The dreams of many women with similar stories to Leslie’s came true on June 21, 1997, as that unorthodox orange and white women’s basketball was tossed into the air and the Sparks won possession of the first ever tipoff in WNBA history. In its outset, the league generally attracted a predominately family oriented crowd. As the years have passed, however, the talent level has risen, which was showcased in the 2009 season, as the rosters were cut to 11 active players, strengthening the talent pool, and players that had made a name for themselves at the collegiate level, transferred Photo Courtesy of Wikipedia fans to the WNBA. WNBA player Lisa Leslie is just one of the female athletes who have tried to boost the popu As the WNBA larity of women’s basketball since the first game in 1996. season has come to an end and the Phoenix 1996, at the age of 25, after spend- the professional level, other than Mercury have been ing three years pursuing a modeling their representation every four crowned the 2009 champions, atcareer. years competing in the Olympics. tendance and ratings were at an Prior to Title IX, women all-time high. More than 312,000 “From what I understand and have observed, Lisa Leslie has were openly discriminated against viewers tuned into the first round not only impacted women’s bas- when it came to sports, among of the playoffs, up from 282,000 ketball but also set forth a great other things. Title IX, renamed the in 2008. Also, in Game 1 of the example for women’s professional Patsy T. Mink Equal Opportunity WNBA finals, ratings nearly douathletics worldwide,” junior public in Education Act in 2002 was a 192 bled from the 2008 WNBA finals relations major Tamila Myles said. amendment named after its princi- Game 1, with 550,000 viewers vs. Up until this point, wom- pal author. The main focus of this 300,000 viewers last season. en’s basketball had not made it to law states that no person should be “The games were a lot

more exciting,” Azalia King, a member of the track & field team and junior sociology major said. “I love playing basketball but women’s basketball is often extremely boring and uneventful. [This year] they scored a lot of points and the games were close though, making them exciting.” The ratings between the WNBA and the NBA are of no comparison, as Game 3 of the Denver Nuggets vs. Los Angeles Lakers matchup drew in more than six million viewers, making it the most viewed conference finals game in the history of the NBA. “I don’t follow sports much, but as far as women’s professional basketball goes, I do not believe women compare to men when it comes to physical women and capabilities,” Tairq Sharrief, a recent high school graduate said. John Wooden, a 10-time national championship winner while coaching the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Bruins for 12 years in the mid ‘60s through the late 70s and a member of the Basketball Hall of Fame, based his coaching strategy soundly on the importance of learning the fundamentals of basketball. Wooden, an avid fan of women’s basketball and a longtime regular at UCLA Bruins women’s basketball games, was once quoted as saying, “women’s basketball is the most fundamental basketball.” Although Wooden is widely respected in the basketball community, his words have brought few fans craving to see the fundamentals on full display as opposed to the flash and excitement of the NBA. “I love the excitement of watching a player get crossed or seeing someone get dunked on,” King said. “Yes, the WNBA is more watchable now but it simply does not compare to the excitement of men’s basketball.”

Bison Make Community Service a Priority BY JUSTIN AMEY Contributing Writer The life of a student athlete is a balancing act with classes, games and early morning workouts. Despite their busy schedules, many Bison athletes still find the time to give back to the community, which is a point of emphasis in the athletic department, encouraging Bison athletes to help others. “Student athletes are held to a higher standard,” assistant director of Sports Information, Chevonne Mansfield said. “They’re representing their school and their team at the same time, and Howard is known for giving back.” Bison athletes give back to the community in a variety of ways. Some participate individually and others participate with their team or student-run organizations. This past summer the Lady Bison basketball team served breakfast at a shelter for the program, “So Others Might Eat,” and the football team visited disabled veterans. Both programs were a great success. Martell Covington, center fielder for Howard’s baseball team, works with the Society of Collegiate Black Men. The organization visits the Perry School every week and mentors high school students, which Covington said the students have responded to well and improved their academic performance. “I like their eagerness to learn and the big dreams they possess. Their dreams inspire me to work harder,” Covington said. DeAndre Henderson, hur-

dler for Howard’s track team, has coached track for middle school students. Before he coached the students, they did not have a coach to teach them hurdles. He also participated in the AIDS Walk earlier this month. “The students are really grateful, and their parents are too,” Henderson said. “I taught a student techniques for the hurdles and his time dropped drastically.” One of the most prominent groups associated with community service at Howard is the Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC). The SAAC is the student government for student athletes. One of the five components of the SAAC is community service. Board members and other students reach out to people throughout the D.C. area to do community service projects Photo Courtesy of HU Sports Information Office during the year. Lady Bison athletes and the entire athletic department have emphasized giving back to the community. Some of the Lady Bison are The SAAC partici- shown above at a program called S.O.M.E (So Others Might Eat) where they served breakfast at a shelter. pates in community service projects every semester. time and resources it says a lot to give back so we can establish a athletes at a premier university, the “Operation Teddy Bear” is a re- about you. No one has to do com- sense of well being and hope in the Bison are making a huge difference cent SAAC program where teddy munity service,” Mansfield said. community. You should never for- in the community. bears were donated to children in Community service goes a get where you came from,” Hen“It’s important for all Bison orphanages and hospitals. “Food 2 long way toward improving our derson said. to give back, not just athletes,” CovFeed” is also a recent program that society. It raises the spirits of those Howard has a long tradi- ington said. “As Howard students was a success, providing food for who need it the most and creates a tion of giving back to the commu- we are some of the most influential the homeless and underprivileged. sense of camaraderie. nity, and the athletic department is students around.” “When you give others your “I think it’s important for us proud to be a part of it. As student-

Sports Trivia!

What baseball team did Michael Jordan play for after he retired from the Chicago Bulls for the first time? Search The Hilltop for the answer!

October 14, 1988 Mike Tyson counter sues Robin Givens for divorce and annulment.



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New Jive recording artist Kentrell calls his unique music style “pop soul.”

BY KARA SINGLETON Staff Writer Singer/songwriter Marcus Kentrell Brown has been singing since he was six years old. The Mississippi native, who simply goes by Kentrell, wants to incorporate his love of old school music into a

new sound, a term he coined “pop soul,” which infuses the soul of R&B with the edginess of the pop genre. Kentrell’s drive and determination have landed him a record deal with Jive and a hot, new single entitled “Encore.” TH: How does it feel to be a

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new artist on Jive records? KB: It feels great. I feel like I have validation. TH: Why do you consider your music “pop soul”? KB: Some soulful music have some down vibes and others have a great emotion. Pop has that feel good, make you happy type of vibe. I needed a category to balance me as an artist. Not bubble gum pop, but something really hot and catchy. TH: Did you write “Encore” and if so, where did you get the inspiration to write it? KB: Yes. I wrote it and it was inspired by women. It’s a stage show, a record that [I can] sing to the audience. I could serenade women. The song is about giving her the energy she wants and her wanting that energy all the time. TH: Were you raised listening to old school music? KB: Being from Mississippi, I did hear a lot of old school. There are new artist around that I like also [like]: Ne-Yo, Usher, Justin Timberlake and Drake. Those artists influence me musically. I want to have my music last as long as theirs did. TH: Who is your favorite artist and why? KB: Michael Jackson. He is one of the greatest entertainers of all time. He was not only a dancer,

but he could sing and perform at the same time. TH: How has your hardships and struggles shaped you as a person and your talent? KB: Being from Mississippi and coming from a family that instilled humility. From being humble to the cold-hearted city of Chicago. Being here I know how to be aggressive and have an edge. Having the love there and struggle here gave me an advantage over a lot of people that were in Chicago. I was able to have both sides. Every good story is going to have that struggle. TH: Is it more difficult to make it to the top when you come from a large city? KB: Most people will do anything to not see you make it. I was just grinding. You gotta keep going and keep moving. TH: How do you plan to uphold this legacy of all the Chicago artists that have come before you? KB: Just by making great music. If you can create and make great music, you can do anything. I just want to make great music for the city and the world. TH: Where were you the first time you heard your single on the radio? KB:I think I was in the car. It was played a couple of times before I even heard it. That was more ex-

citing for me to have other people call me and be excited for me. TH: What is your next goal? KB: Continue to build and continue to win people over with my music. If people don’t believe in me now, they will believe. TH: Who inspires you? KB: I’m inspired every day by myself. You need to have selfmotivation. I’m inspired all the time by artists who are at the position where I want to be. I thank God every morning that I get up to be able to be in a position like this. Self-inspiration and self-motivation is where I’m at with it. TH: Having longevity in show business is difficult. How do you plan to make your stay in the music industry long lasting? KB: Being humble in the industry can get you places. Put yourself in the right position. All you can do is go with the flow. It’s hard in Hollywood; you’re here one minute and over there the next. As an artist you have to make timeless music that will create longevity. Write timeless music with soul and the pop feel also. As long as I can give that balance. TH: Is there anything you would like to say about your journey as an artist? KB: Big me up at Howard University!

Online Classes Prove to Be a Real Option for Students BY ALEXA MURRAY Contributing Writer With the amount of technology available today, some question whether college courses should move with the trends, and go online, or remain traditional with faceto-face interaction and regularly scheduled classes. With internships, jobs, other classes and apartments in different areas of the District and Maryland, many students could use the extra convenience and time. “Online classes have no personal effects on students; you cannot interact with other students or professors through a computer screen. However, it all depends on how the individual learns, and it also [depends] upon the courses you are taking. Some courses like sciences and mathematics are classes that need to [be] done with face-to-face interaction so students can understand the concepts,” said Joseph Asike, Howard professor of philosophy. According to a study done by the U.S. Department of Education, courses that have been taught online, whether it is solely online or a hybrid course, produced stronger student learning outcomes. There are students, however, who disagree. Nadja Ruffin, a junior African-American studies major, said while online classes provide extra time for students, it is more of just studying to pass the test, not learning the material. “I need the interaction with the professors because with the professor there teaching you are able to absorb more information, and also so I can be reminded when I have work to do,” Ruffin said. “I do, however, think hybrid classes are the best option because you are able to get the face-to-face interaction, but you are then able to receive an extra day or two off every couple of weeks to get other work done.” At Howard University, there are few classes offered that are purely online classroom based, such as health science and world geography classes, however, there are numerous which utilize online technologies. Blackboard is one of the most widely used resources for online quizzes, tests and PowerPoint presentations that many students use for hybrid, or blended, courses. “With the hybrid courses, you are still able to receive interaction with the classmates and the professors, and you are able to still

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When considering which classes to register for, some students opt to take online courses.

get that college feel, which you cannot receive online,” said Charletta Bohler, a junior information systems major. “I just think a balance is necessary between the two so it can appeal to many people’s wants and needs.” While some students are able to receive benefits from both online and traditional courses, the main factor is in the different learning styles of the students, and the preferred teaching method of professors. Jessica Batiste, senior broadcast journalism major, refuses to take any online classes, preferring to take the traditional based classes where she attends classes on a regular basis. “I started taking an online class but I ended up dropping it because things become so difficult when you have to take tests and different assignments online and something goes wrong with your computer. The teacher cannot vouch for your character because they are not familiar with your work ethics, so you are left with many problems and rarely any help,” Batiste said. While online courses present a less rigorous time schedule, traditional courses allow students to collaborate with other students and their professors. It all depends upon the preferences of students and the professors, who must be willing to provide the courses.

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Columbus Day Observed In Spite of Poor Legacy In the words of Christopher Columbus, “I am a most noteworthy sinner, but I have cried out to the Lord for grace and mercy, and they have covered me completely.” In 1492, self-confessed sinner and European explorer Christopher Columbus, on the last of his many voyages, stumbled across the “undiscovered” land mass known as the New World, a treasure trove of resources and opportunity inhabited by Native Americans, claimed the territory and worked to rid it of its “uncivilized” residents. Columbus wasn’t the first voyager to “discover” America, he was the first person to stay. Christopher Columbus has been hailed

throughout history not only as the “discoverer of the free world”, but also as ruthless, greedy and exceptionally racist. So on Monday, as we took a much-needed day off from classes, organizational

Our View: Having Columbus Day off is great-but Columbus was no hero. meetings and school related obligations, did anyone take any time to reflect on why we actually had the day off ? After its declaration as a national holiday

by Richard Nixon in 1971, American citizens have been taking a day off from work and school on the second Monday in October in observance of Columbus’ achievements. The university receives funds from the federal government each year, and subsequently, when the federal government has a day off for an official holiday (Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Labor Day, etc.), Howard follows suit. A legacy based on the pirating of land by a greedy and racist voyager isn’t really too great of a reason for celebration-but apparently enough of a reason to take a day off.

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Perspective C.R.E.A.M In his intellectual masterpiece, “The Souls of Black Folk”, the great African American trailblazer W.E.B. Du Bois famously states that the great problem of the 20th century was the problem of race. This observation could not have been more accurate, as the issue still poses itself as a dilemma today. Yet, as we embark upon the conclusion of the first decade of the 21st century, one cannot help but recognize another divisive issue emerging upon the horizon that affects all no matter what our hue may be. The problem, if you’re fortunate enough, can be found in your wallet or purse: money. Who would have thought that at the inception of the first metal coins and paper currency that were originally developed as a simple store of value, would also be the store of so much anguish? Don’t think so? Try telling that to the 1.2 billion people who starve or are severely malnourished because they live on less than the equivalent of $1 a day. They most intimate of friends quickly become enemies because of a few dollars between them. Thousands of marriages crumble every year due to financial burdens. Crimes, ranging white collar to gruesome, are committed on a daily basis with the root cause be-

ing capital. Even one of the world’s most influential social figures, Jesus Christ, was betrayed by a close associate for a measly 30 pieces of silver; though that should be no surprise since money has taken on a God-like status. And why shouldn’t it? Almost everything in our society consistently reminds us that cash is King. Basketball legend Erving “Magic” Johnson, who has been HIV positive since 1991, has virtually cheated death from one of the most deadly infections known to man because he can afford to. (Sidebar: Proper health care legislation can possibly do the same for others, but that’s another conversation.) Reality show contestants, literally by the hundreds since so much of that trash plagues television, put themselves through demeaning and outlandish situations in hopes of winning money and/or extending their 15 seconds of fame for more money. In fact it would probably be safe to say that the majority of college students choose their major and attend school not particularly to edify themselves, but for the hope of more money over their lifetime. Recently one of my professors asked the class if they would be able to live off of $500 a month. The majority of the class answered negatively saying it

was impossible for anyone to live like that. Yet, I myself, live off of much less than that and am still able to accumulate a substantial amount of savings that I either later on invest or never touch. Everyone is different when it comes to their personal finances, but when did we as a society become so high- maintenance? We all have come into contact with individuals who we certainly know are broke, but can somehow find money for a Georgetown shopping excursion; then have the audacity to complain that they can’t make rent or that they still owe money on their student account. Nonsense like that cannot go on if anyone expects to survive in this, as what some economists have labeled, “Great Recession.” George Bernard Shaw stated that “lack of money is the root of all evil.” Certainly money is something that we all enjoy having and just frankly need to survive. Without it, your options on almost everything that you do are severely limited. But the power that we bestow printed paper with can be detrimental in an innumerous amount of ways. Get money, but stay smart. Malton D. Edwards IV MAPA Candidate 2011

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