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The Daily Student Voice of Howard University


VOLUME 93, NO. 26


Tuesday, September 29, 2009














Candidates Temporarily Barred From Campaigning BY CAMILLE AUGUSTIN Campus Editor Kenneth Boyd and Michael Wallace, freshman president and vice president candidates, and Allyson Shaffier, a candidate for freshman secretary in the College of Arts and Sciences (COAS) have been penalized for not following the guidelines of their campaign. “They placed illegal flyers in the Blackburn center and illegally campaigned outside the Tubman Quad,” said Terja Gibson, junior psychology major and anthropology minor. Gibson serves as the general elections coordinator and stated that candidates who campaign outside of the dormitories must remain 50 feet away

from the residence hall. Gibson stated that they were ill advised of the rules they needed to follow. Other penalties the candidates received included not campaigning anywhere on campus this week or doing any excessive PR. Gibson stated that they must remain with the PR they have already made visible to the campus. “These candidates are really good people, but it still is no excuse for the actions they took,” Gibson said. “They really should be disqualified, but the general elections commission decided to give them a deduction of points.” A run-off will also occur, according to Gibson, and the unofficial candidates will be announced today.

“It is the goal of COAS and the general elections to be fair,” said Dorien Blythers, executive president of COAS student council. “The grievances that were received should have been taken seriously.” Despite the obstacle, Blythers stated that he is pleased nonetheless with the freshman candidates who decided to run for their respective positions. “It shows that the freshman are eager to get involved and bring change to Howard University’s campus,” Blythers said. “The College of Arts and Sciences produces many student leaders across this campus.” The candidates were unable to comment.

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Charles Gibbs is the current interim vice provost of Student Affairs, but the search committee has begun its search for new candidates to take over.

Search for New Vice Provost Underway BY CAMILLE AUGUSTIN Staff Writer The search for the new vice president of student affairs is underway as the search committee reviews possible candidates. “We are reviewing candidates that are strong leaders and possess creativity,” said Dean Bernard Richardson, chair of the committee. “One who will be able to advocate on behalf of our students and help in the development of the students.” Richardson also stated that the committee is searching for someone who understands the legacy of Howard University. The search started after former vice provost of student affairs, Franklin D. Chambers, resigned to work at Coppin State University. The committee is now looking for someone who will promote the life of a college student for the better. “From a student’s standing point, I am looking for someone who will listen to students’ concerns

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Students from all majors attended the Career Fest on Monday, which was located in a tent on the main Yard. The fair, which featured six companies, offered students the opportunity to have their resumes critiqued.

Career Fest Hits Hard on Yard Career Services Office offers career fair, mock interviews, free food

As School of Business Student Council Executive President Jewel Burks approached the council office yesterday morning everything appeared to be normal, except the tile that had been moved in the ceiling. As Burks looked closer, she realized that the two Central Processing Units (CPU) had been stolen. “The monitors were still there, so I didn’t notice that the CPUs were gone until I came to sit at the computers,” she said. “I asked people who had been working in the office over the weekend, but they thought nothing of it because they saw the monitors there.” According to Burks, someone had broken into the office through the ceiling, by climbing from the outside of the door using a chair to get into the ceiling and into the office. She filed a report with the Howard University Police Department and is in the process of filing one with the Metropolitan police as well. “For the student council, this is the first time it has happened,”

Beginning today, the fall Career Exploration and Graduate and Professional Schools Fair will take place from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. in the Blackburn Center Ballroom and Lobby. Students should expect approximately 107 companies and to adhere to high expectations. To help students exceed the expectations synonymous with Howard Bison, the Career Services Office (CSO) conducted a Career Fest. A tent was pitched in the middle of The Yard on Monday afternoon, with free hotdogs, chips and six companies ready to critique résumés and conduct mock interview sessions. According to CSO Director Joan Browne, the CareerFest

was the official launch of activities for today’s fair, which lasts until Friday. The purpose of the pitched tent was to prepare students for the fair with the help of State Farm Insurance, Liberty Mutual, SRA International, U.S. State Department, California Legislator and Allstate Insurance. CSO undergraduate student intern and junior marketing major Mary Chambers said the purpose of the fair is to provide career opportunities for the students since it is the best time of the year to find what is available. “It’s for them [students]. That’s the whole idea,” Chambers said. “It’s about taking control of their future.” To help students take control, business attire is required for all students planning to participate in the Career Fair. More specifically, hand-

outs were given to students as they entered the tent that stated that fingernails must be cleaned, shoes polished, shirts ironed and heads erected. To register for the fair, students should visit careerservices/cewstudent_fall09. html. Economics and Political Science double major Pierre Whatley said although he already has a job with U.S. Securities and Exchange, he will be in attendance at the fair due to the immense opportunities available. Whatley said even if someone isn’t interested in the companies, the fair is a great resource to get name exposure. For students unable to attend the résumé critique session on Monday, Whatley suggested people take advantage of the Writing Center in Locke Hall.

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School of Business Council Sees Theft BY TAHIRAH HAIRSTON Campus Editor


and advance the University,” said Nnamdi Anozie, undergraduate trustee and senior political science and anthropology double major, who also serves on the committee. “We have come across a number of candidates who are up to the task,” he said. Anozie also stated that due to the elevation of the title of vice president of student affairs, he expects to select someone who will fit that position instead of just placing someone in office. According to Richardson, the three candidates will visit Howard University on October 13-15. The Howard community will get a chance to meet the candidates. “Each search is different,” Richardson said. “We do not compare personalities; we compare skills.” Richardson further stated that the committee is excited about the “strong” candidates, and they are reviewing the best possible choice.

she said. “But for the School of Business, it seems like something is stolen every other week.” Burks said that to insure better safety in the School of Business she is personally going to work with the Dean’s office. She said the main problem with security is the weekend hours that the school is open. “The School of Business is usually open on the weekends because of the libraries, but this is when most of the theft happens,” Burks said. “We have all this technology in the School of ‘B’ but we can’t hold on to it long enough to use it.” As for right now, the School of Business Student Council will make use of the computer lab below their office. According to Burks, Dean Harvey has also offered for them to use his personal laptop. The amount of funds raises a concern for the CPUs to be replaced; Burks said that they are going to do everything they can to get them replaced from working with HUSA to the General Assembly. If any information is found or known, Burks asks to be contacted.

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September 29, 2009

Students Give Tribute to MJ

more marketing major. Sigma Alpha Iota member and junior English major, Nicole Hancock agreed. A hallway full of students “We have been preparing anxious to be entertained, perfor this since August. Michael Jackformers in high white socks and son was the greatest entertainer patent leather shoes, graced the period, and it was great to honor stage with singers, pianists, brass his genius, his talent and his life,” and percussion as they performed Hancock said. some of Michael Jackson’s greatest A crowd favorite was Jackhits in honor of the late, great King son’s “Human Nature,” performed of Pop. by organizer Christie Dashiell her In Childer’s Hall Auditoself. rium packed to capacity Monday “I enjoyed every song, night, the members of Phi Mu Albut ‘Human Nature’ by Christie pha Sinfonia Fraternity of AmerDashiell was my favorite out of the ica, Inc. and Sigma Alpha Iota whole show,” Hancock said. International Music Fraternity for Senior architecture maWomen hosted the “Tribute to Mijor, Corina Wright, agreed saying chael Jackson,” singing and play“I got to the show late, but I liked it. ing their renditions of the artist’s It was very festive and a great celesongs. bration to express the talents of the Senior jazz studies major, department. My favorite song was Christie Dashiell, and four others, ‘Human Nature’ [as she begins to including her brother, sing the beginning], organized the show. so I loved [Dashiell’s] “It was a little rendition.” hard to organize rehearsThe show was als because everybody a success, and marks was so busy,” Dashiell the beginning of said. “We had three reSigma Alpha Iota’s hearsals, two sectional Week of Events. rehearsals and one dress “Michael Jackrehearsal, and this is our son was such a great finished product.” figure in music and The show, pop culture so I am scheduled to start at 8 so glad that people p.m., ended up starting Bree Gant - Staff Photographer came out to celaround 8:30 p.m., re- Songs such as “Human Nature,” “P.Y.T” and “Lady of My Life” ebrate his life,” she sulting in a hallway full were performed in Childer’s Hall Auditorium. said. of anxious guests wait Sigma ing to be seated. When Alpha Iota will be the doors opened, the seats were wanted to see what the Howard holding events all weekend and filled, with some guests forced to Music department could do with will have their rush Friday in Lulu enjoy the show standing. it. I thought they sounded excellent Childers Hall room 3001 at 7:05 “I think the preparation and made their own without ruin- p.m. and conflict of schedules played a ing it,” said Shanel James, a sopho-


big part [in why it started late],” said Kwmane Gorins, a sophomore acting major. The performers sang some of Jackson’s greatest hits including “Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough,” “Lady Of My Life,” “Remember the Time” and “P.Y.T.” “I am so happy about the turnout. Nobody on campus knows about [Sigma Alpha Iota], and it’s so nice to see people from outside of Fine Arts coming out to support a great musician,” Dashiell said. Members of the crowd included Sigma Alpha Iota, Miss Howard and recent winner of the Miss HBCU title, Kendall Isadore, who also played violin and sang as she rooted on her fellow performers. Also present was Undergraduate Trustee Nnamdi Anozie. The crowd was pleased. “I came to see the show because I love Michael Jackson and

Alumni Giving Back to Howard in Other Ways BY VICTORIA FORTUNE Staff Writer From Thurgood Marshall to Phylicia Rashad, Howard University is known for educating some of the most brilliant African-American minds in the world. While Howard gives degrees to some of the most successful, the amount of alumni that give back is very low. Dr. Steven Singh completed his undergraduate and postgraduate education at Howard. He currently serves as the chief of the Cardiology Department at both the Howard University Hospital and the Veterans Medical Center in Washington, D.C.  Though he may not often give back to the Mecca financially, he claims his teaching and volunteer service should account for something.   “I spent the last few years giving back,” Singh said. “I volunteered two years in the Howard University cardiology program. I give back by teaching. The program that I was instructing was on probation upon my arrival. I helped get it out.”   Though Singh is willing to contribute his time to the university, he is unsure of the financial contributions he has given Howard. According to the interim vice president for Development and Alumni Relations, Nesta Bernard, “Over the last five years, the alumni participation rate averaged 13 percent.”   While Singh is unsure of the exact reason such a low number of alumni give back, he does believe that their “Howard Experience” may have a lot to do with the root of the problem.   “I am very surprised to hear that such a low number of alumni contribute to their alma mater. I know from the medical point of view, there is a lot of anger in the students because

they’re not given proper teaching,” he said. “When I came to the medical school two years ago it was very dirty, and the education was not strong. ” He also said that to improve that, he thinks there needs to be better education between the students and the teachers.   Another Howard University alumni, Monica Aiken, is surprised to learn that a large number of alumni fail to give back. Aiken gives back through her teachings and preaching of the great legacy Howard bestows. “The greatest lesion was that we as black people have a responsibility to learn our history, take pride in our greatness and share it not only with the next generation but also with as many other people as we can,” Aiken said. “That is the way in which I try to give back.  I try to educate as much as I can. I also sing the praised of my education at HU.”   Each year some of the most talented students are forced to drop out of Howard due to financial reasons. This saddening fact, is partly due to the lack of funding the university receives on a yearly bases. Many alumni may not realize how effective their contributions are.   “I know it changed my life for the better. It hurts me to know that students are forced to drop out because they can’t afford to attend,” Aiken said. She said that looking at the financial situations of students at Howard forced her to get out her checkbook and make a donation. According to Aiken, she plans to rejoin the alumni association.   Whether it’s because of the experience alumni fail to give back or the differences they may have with the university administration, Howard alumni and students should be held accountable to uphold the legacy.

New Fraternity Plaque

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Some who attend the Andrew Rankin Chapel feel that the services have become too controversial.

Chapel Gets Controversial BY VICTORIA FORTUNE Staff Writer

Large crowds are guided to enter chapel, hosted in the Cramton auditorium every Sunday before the clock strikes 11. While some simply come because they have an announcement to make to the student body, others attend because they have a genuine interest in the preacher. Despite the fact that chapel draws very large crowds, many feel chapel is becoming a bit too controversial. Sophomore political science major, Brad Perkins, is an occasional chapel attendee, and though he loves chapel, he feels that the speakers can sometimes make people uncomfortable.   “Chapel is a wonderful place where students and the community can come together in unison to worship. Although I enjoy

chapel, I do feel that some guest speakers can be too political,” he said. “I come to hear the word of GOD, not about the most corrupt politician.” He also said that he gains a spiritual boost from not only the sermon, but also from the choir and congregation.   Chapel has maintained a legacy at the Mecca since 1894. The first person to serve as dean of Chapel was Howard Thurman, Ph.D. As dean of the chapel, he made a commitment to organize religious life on campus.   Considering that some of the most controversial speakers in the African-American community have been invited to speak at chapel, Perkins has a reason to believe that chapel can be controversial. From W.E.B. Dubois to Cornel West, Ph.D., some of the most influential orators have spoken from the chapel pulpit.

While Perkins may have his opinion on chapel, Howard University president, Sidney A. Ribeau feels like he is on sacred grounds whenever he attends chapel.  “I love chapel. There have been presidents, leaders and student activists who have spoken in that pulpit about a better and a different life. I feel like I am made better, as a result of being there,” Ribeau said.   The purpose of chapel is not only to uplift the spirits within, but to aid in the preparation of a new generation of leaders, feeding their spiritual needs for the sake of themselves and humanity at large, he said.  Regardless of the different opinions people may have about chapel, it is a place where all are welcome with open arms, hearts and testimonies.  

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A new plaque honoring the Centennial of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. was mounted in the Blackburn Center. Despite the fact that the fraternity was founded on Dec. 4, 1906, at Cornell University, the plaque was officially dedicated during the centennial celebration on July 29, 2006, and mounted Sept. 23, 2009. According to Roberta McLeod, director of Armour J. Blackburn Center, it took years for the university, specifically former president, H. Patrick Swygert and Ambassador Horace Dawson of the Ralph J. Bunche International Affairs Center, to identify a visible place to mount the plaque. The plaque, much like the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. stones on campus, was donated by the fraternity. In terms of why the fraternity chose Howard instead of Cornell, McLeod said to read the dates on the plaque. The plaque itself lists several milestones in the evolution of the fraternity, all of which took place at Howard including: On Dec. 20, 1907, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Beta Chapter was founded. On Dec. 28 through Dec. 30, 1908, the first Alpha General Convention was held at Howard. To permanently establish the bond between the university and the fraternity, five past national presidents, the current national president, fraternity members and the grandson of a founder attended the unveiling.

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- Compiled by Jessica Lewis, Campus Editor


D.C. Combats Suicide Metrorail system launches suicide prevention program BY TIFFANY P. BRIGGS Contributing Writer Metro will soon be launching a suicide prevention program in response to a rise in passengers’ attempts to kill themselves by stepping in front of incoming trains. Since June, nine people have tried to kill themselves, seven of the attempts were fatal. A few weeks ago two teenagers, one 15 years old and the other 19 years old, were killed after being struck by trains at the Columbia Heights station and at the Gallery Place-Chinatown station. After investigation, the cases were declared as suicides. “This is so sad and I feel very sad about it for their families and the community of young people who knew him,” said Lorian Kenneth, a frequent Metro passenger. Metro has decided to partner with CrisisLink, a community-based nonprofit organization dedicated to crisis prevention, intervention and response, in order to bring

the current suicide rates on their tracks to a halt. “It was our duty to offer assistance,” said Marshall Ellis, Director of Development at CrisisLink. Suicide attempts in Metro stations are not new and seem to be happening more frequently as if it is the beginning of a new trend. In 2008, Metro reports there were five incidents, two of them fatal. And in 2007, there were six incidents, two of them fatal. CrisisLink and Metro proposed an anti-suicide program that would involve ads telling people where to seek help and training for Metro personnel to recognize warning signs. CrisisLink says the need to be watchful is out there, saying their crisis line is now averaging 3,000 calls a month. CrisisLink says that the reason so many suicides are being committed mainly seems to be due to financial issues revolving around the current economy.

New Vice Provost Should ‘Have an Open-Door Policy’ Continued from FRONT, PROVOST

Other members of the committee are Dr. Gregory Carr, chair of the AfricanAmerican studies department, Yasmin Gabriel, coordinator for the Graduate Student Assembly for Howard University School of Law, and Bryan Smart, Howard University Student Association executive president. “This position is going to play a major role at Howard University,“ Smart said. “Howard is moving in the right direction of making a vice president of student affairs who will report directly to the president instead of the provost.” Smart also said that the candidate chosen by the committee should have a phi-

losophy of wanting to build students morally and ethically. “The candidate should have an open-door policy. This will show students that they are the most important aspect of Howard University.” Smart further stated that the vice president of student affairs plays a major role in the collegiate life. “We do not spend most of our time in the classroom,” Smart said. According to Smart, the candidate selected should look to fix the problems students have with getting repairs in their dorms in a timely manner, and the guarantee of internships for students at the career fair. According to Richardson, the December deadline will be met with the selection of the new vice president of student affairs.

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September 29, 2009

Microsoft CEO Sees Pay Increase as Sales Fall BY JASON J. CLARK Contributing Writer

In the midst of hard economic times which have led to a 17 percent decrease in sales for Microsoft Corp., they have just given their CEO, Steve Ballmer, a raise. According to a filing Microsoft made with the Securities and Exchange Commission, Ballmer’s salary rose from $640,833 to $665,883. Last year, he also earned a bonus of $700,000. Microsoft has yet to disclose salary information for this year but is expected to on Oct. 1. According to Forbes Magazine, Ballmer currently has a net worth of $11 billion. That’s $7.6 billion more than Apple Inc.’s Steve Jobs. Junior finance major, Phil Batten, said he feels that it’s a bad reflection on Ballmer. “His pay should be based on the reflective sales like every one else in the company,” Batten said. Microsoft’s 2009 earnings

fell to $14.6 billion from $17.7 billion in 2008. They also saw a sales drop of 3 percent to $58.4 billion. This is the first time Microsoft’s revenue has declined since the company went public in 1986. Earlier this year, Microsoft cut 5,000 jobs as revenue and profits missed expectations. Shyaam Simpson, a senior broadcast journalism major, feels that what Microsoft does with their money shouldn’t really matter. “I’m not a stockholder in Microsoft,” Simpson said. “Now if Howard did something like that and gave Ribeau a raise and we were losing money, then I would be mad.” Microsoft’s company board has proposed a “say-on-pay” measure that would give shareholders a chance to weigh in every three years on executive compensation. While this vote would be nonbinding, the board and the compensation committee will review the results and address the

concerns of shareholders. Batten agreed with the idea of reevaluating executive compensation every year and would support it if he was a stockholder. “I would be upset if this was happening and I held some stock,” Batten said. “Why is the money going to him when it could be reinvested elsewhere in the company?” Brad Smith, Microsoft’s general counsel, and John Seethoff, deputy general counsel, said that some stockholders have pushed for an advisory vote every year, but that the longer period is better for evaluating long-term incentives. School of Business assistant dean, Sam Paschall, believes that if you’re a stockholder or other person with interest in the company, you’ve got to trust the board that is making the decisions. “They are the experts,” Paschall said, “so we just have to rely on them.”

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Despite a 17 percent drop in sales, Microsoft CEO, Steve Ballmer, received a reported pay increase of $25,050.

IRS Extends Amnesty Program for Tax Evaders BY EVAN HOLLIS Staff Writer On Sept. 21, The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced that it was extending its offshore amnesty program deadline until Oct. 15 for taxpayers with previously undisclosed offshore accounts to come forward and participate in their Offshore Settlement Initiative Program. The IRS initially gave taxpayers until Sept. 23 to participate in the initiative but gave the threeweek extension, which the IRS assured would be the only extension, so that attorneys and taxpayers would have more time to process requests. In a recent press release, tax attorney Kevin Thorn said though the extension is welcomed, taxpayers should not wait another three weeks to decide to come clean.

“The process of working with the IRS’s Criminal Investigation Division to get clients compliant with reporting and past tax liabilities has been smooth so far, but many clients are having trouble getting bank statements to submit a complete disclosure,” Thorn said. Having already received more than 3,000 applications and recognizing the complexity of the process are among other reasons why the IRS felt the extension was necessary. The creation of the Offshore Settlement Initiative Program was announced back in March as an attempt to encourage taxpayers to disclose previously undisclosed offshore accounts, in order to evade taxes, in exchange for reduced penalties and no criminal prosecution. “This is just another instance of the rich protecting the rich and them being above the law,” said

Odis Scales, a senior political science major. “The people who are making the rules are the ones who most likely are the ones with the offshore accounts.” The IRS has claimed that participants in the initiative will not receive the harshest penalty for failing to disclose an offshore account, which is 50 percent of the account’s balance for each year a taxpayer does not file a disclosure form. Instead, confessors will have to give up 20 percent of the account’s highest single balance in the past six years. That penalty will be reduced to five percent if the account was inherited and only the earnings went untaxed. The initiative has been the latest attempt for the IRS to narrow the tax gap and end bank secrecy by targeting foreign banks

that allow services to Americans in order to evade taxes. Senior marketing major, Samantha Turner, doesn’t feel the program is fair for people who, initially, follow laws. “I don’t think it’s fair, assuming they knew that it was time to pay,” Turner said. “Why should they be granted more time to pay?” Last month, the Union Bank of Switzerland (UBS), which is the largest manager of private wealth assets, forfeited the information of about 4,450 American clients to the IRS. In addition, UBS paid $780 million and admitted to criminal wrongdoing in selling offshore banking services that enabled tax evasion. However, UBS is not the only bank overseas that the IRS has its eye on. Other large banks and even small banks that have a

School of Communications Career Fair Set for Next Month Carol Dudley advises students to take charge of their futures BY ALEXIS K BARNES Business & Technology Editor U.S. Federal Reserve chairman, Ben Bernanke, said Tuesday that “the recession is very likely over at this point,” in a questionand-answer session at the Brookings Institution. He also said that although it may technically be over, citizens will still feel the stresses of a weak economy for a while. Howard students, especially soon-to-be-seniors, need to be proactive in their futures in order to secure a place in the world economy. The university offers many opportunities for students to be exposed to businesses and employers and on Oct. 15, the John H. Johnson School of Communications will hold a career fair in the Blackburn Student Center. Phillip Dixon, chairman of the Department of Journalism, thinks the career fair will give students more practice in preparing for the “real world.” “Even if students don’t get an offer or an interview, they’ll get good practice and learn what skills and attributes would make them more attractive,” he said. Carol Dudley, coordinator of the career fair and career development office sat with The Hilltop to discuss the advantages and history of the career fair: The Hilltop: When did the John H. Johnson School of Communications start having this career fair, and what do you feel are its benefits for Howard University students? Dudley: What we now call the annual Communications Internship and Job Career Fair started out in 1972 by Tony Brown, the dean of the School of Communications at the time as the annual Communications Conference. And it was an opportunity for AfricanAmericans in media to network with each other because there were no forums for them to meet. What Dean Brown, at that time, wanted to do in addition was to say to these

tradition of banking secrecy will likely become targets. With the recent setbacks in the banking industry’s tradition of banking secrecy, it is questioned how and if the culture of banking secrecy will change. “If the tradition of banking secrecy overseas will change at all, it will be the overseas banks finding better ways to protect the privacy of their clients. There is too much money to be made or kept off of private offshore banking for clients and banks overseas,” said Eric Ward, a tax broker. Whether the efforts of the IRS will end banking secrecy remains to be seen. However, the days of offshore tax evaders are numbered. “Time may be running out for offshore tax evaders but the initiative may provide U.S. taxpayers with a way out,” Thorn said.

“I believe it gives them an advantage because when they meet these people, these reps, they could possibly have on-site interviews or take the students’ resume. So it’s kind of like getting your foot in the door as opposed to just applying online.” -Alex Aaron junior finance major

What do your peers think about the fair?

Alexis Barnes - Business & Technology Editor

Career Services director, Carol Dudley, is the coordinator for the annual School of Communications Career Fair. This year’s will be held on Oct. 15.

communications companies, you say you want to hire minorities, OK, I’m giving you a platform to do it. And so he set up a job fair to kind of follow the conference. So I’d say this job fair is about 37 years old. TH: Is it only open to communications majors? D: Absolutely not. We have opened this job fair up to all students, as long as they meet the requirements of any organization coming to recruit at the fair. And what I mean by that is if an organization is looking for a finance major, they are welcome to attend this job fair. If an organization is looking for organization communication skills, anyone majoring or studying that field is welcome to attend this job fair. TH: Name a couple of companies that you think the students watch out for and get excited for? D: Well, I’m going to an-

swer this in a couple of ways. One of the companies of course that they should always look out for is a company that always hires Howard graduates. Now, there are several of them that attend this job fair. NBC hires the most broadcast graduates, and they hire a lot of our production graduates. ESPN has hired our graduates from all disciplines, anywhere from legal communications to production. The PR agencies are really making a strong effort to continue to hire our graduates and they do an excellent job. The ad agencies are stepping up their game and coming here to hire our grads. It’s hard for me to say, to point out just a couple of groups because so many of them hire, that’s why they continue to come here because we do produce a large number of competent candidates for their internships and job opportunities.


“Not only do you get exposure to companies but you actually understand the culture of different companies out there and to see what’s offered because there are some positions in different majors at companies that you wouldn’t normally think of.” -Royce Bable senior marketing major

“It’s not only jobs, it gets you acclimated to different future graduate schools.” -Sarah Brown junior English major


Metro Works to Curb Suicide Trend Continued from NEWS, SUICIDE “People are losing their jobs, and can’t support their families,” said Ellis. From June 2008 to June 2009, CrisisLink reports a 60 percent increase in the number of suicide calls received. The suicide prevention program is still in the early stages of development but it will include a three pronged approach to preventing suicide. The first approach will be an

awareness campaign to provide information on free and confidential resources available to help individuals in crisis or contemplating suicide, or those who may be worried about someone who is. The second approach is a training component to educate and empower Metro employees who interact with the public to recognize and respond to the warning signs of suicide. “We want to teach employees some of the things they can say to that person to let them know that

there is hope and that help is available,” said Ellis. The third approach is a psychological response component to help Metro employees and passengers who witness a suicide death or non-fatal attempt be able deal with the emotional trauma in the aftermath of a suicide death or non-fatal attempt. “I was so shaken up when I had to go calm the crowd of passengers who had witnessed the boy jump onto the tracks,” said Carmen Reed, Metro employee.

The third approach will be more than necessary to provide people with closure and sanity. CrisisLink proposed that prevention hotlines be placed prominently in Metro stations, trains and buses. They want their hotline number, 1-800-273-TALK, to be posted as many places as possible in attempt to prevent as many future suicides in and outside of the Metro stations as possible.

Metro Briefs Washington Area Colleges Report 600 Swine Flu Cases Authorities said at least 600 cases of the swine flu have been reported from D.C., Maryland, and Virginia area colleges and universities. It is not known how many are actually confirmed swine flu. The University of Maryland College Park has the highest number of reported cases, with 435. University of Virginia comes in second with 95 instances. Georgetown University has seen 50 cases. The following local schools witnessed between 1 to 37 swine flu situations: George Washington University, Catholic University, and John Hopkins University.

Friendship Arch in Chinatown Polished, Restored

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Since June, seven instances of suicide have occurred in Metro stations. To combat this growing trend will partner with CrisisLink to prevent future suicides.

CBC Annual Legislative Conference Film: Blacks Without Borders BY JESSICA HARPER Contributing Writer As African Americans continue to unfasten the locks of economic success in the U.S., many seek to replicate their gains overseas, specifically in South Africa. The documentary, “Blacks without Borders: Chasing the American Dream in South Africa”, which screened at the 2009 Congressional Black Caucus Annual Legislative Conference (ALC) on Saturday, highlights this growing migration. The video presentation offers perspectives from African American religious leaders, community activists, filmmakers, business and real estate developers about the benefits of resettling in South Africa. After the screening at the District’s Walter E. Convention Center, a diverse panel of back-toAfrica advocates and leaders challenged their peers to continue the trend of funneling funds and ideas to the post-apartheid region, thus enabling cities to revitalize and rebuild. During the panel discussion, the documentary’s maker, Stafford Bailey, declared the piece, “A labor of love.” “My whole perception of Africa was always negative,” Bailey said. “People would tell me, ‘No, you have to go. You have to go and see it for yourself,’ and that’s what I did. I saw this different side, so my goal was to show a place where black people from all over the world can do business and relate.” One of the professional, black ex-patriots featured was Cora Vaughn, a real estate developer who left a fruitful career as a lawyer in Chicago to sew economic roots in Africa. She advised her peers to come to the continent with a plan. “Don’t come to South Africa expecting someone to give you something. It’s very difficult to get a job here if you’re an African American, but it’s not difficult to set up a business,” said Vaughn. In Blacks without Borders, she warned that those looking for Ponzi scheme success will leave disappointed. “If you have any kind of skills, a plan or some kind of money, South Africa is a wonderful place to be,” she said. “Everyone I know who has come here to start a busi-

ness has been doing very well.” Businessman Eugene Jackson echoed her sentiments during the panel discussion and promoted the notion of building an arc between black Americans and black Africans. “It’s now time for the African people to work together. South Africa is the most developed of all the parts of Africa. We all should be working very hard to create a new vision,” said Jackson. “We have to look to the sky and do great things.” Jackson said that partly due to the influx of upper class, black Americans flooding South African cities, he predicts that blacks, both American and South African, will wrest complete, economic control of the South African economy in the next 15-20 years. The screening attendee pool included a hodgepodge of TV personalities, print and photo journalists, educators and local business leaders, many of whom lauded the presentation for promoting connections between blacks on both sides of the Atlantic. The educators included Marilyn Douglas Jones, Professor of English at Houston Community College in Houston, Texas. Jones makes the long trek from the Lone Star state to the District annually for the sole purpose of attending the ALC. The Black without Borders documentary kept her captivated. “ I thought the video was genuinely insightful in that it reflects the bittersweet relations between Americans and Africa,” said Jones. “Some might view certain comments as anti-American, but the video creates dialogue. That makes it worth watching.”

The symbolic Friendship Arch in Chinatown was restored, the new arch unveiled at a ribbon cutting ceremony attended by D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty, Gloria Nauden of the D.C. Commission of the Arts and Humanities, and Julie Koo of the Office of Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs. Sometimes called the “Chinatown Arch,” the Friendship Arch stood for 23 years before the restoration took place. The renewal represents the city’s efforts to improve D.C.’s aesthetics and advance arts, according to a press release. New changes include painting, reinstalled lighting, repairing worn out gold coating and cleaning the parts.

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D.C. Council Declares Ethiopian-American Recognition Day The Ethiopian-Americans for Change, in conjunction with the Washington Nationals celebrated Ethiopian Heritage Appreciation Day on September 25 at Nationals Stadium. The event was set to commemorate the contributions of Ethiopian-Americans to the D.C. community through their rich heritage. Ethiopian cuisine, coffee tasting, performances from Ethiopia’s eskesta dance performers and famous singer Mahmoud Ahmed were just a few of the afternoon’s highlights. The pre-game festivities concluded around 7 p.m., but later on during the game the Washington Nationals held an in-game recognition of the Ethiopian community.

- Aisha Johnson, Contributing Writ-

A student at Forest Park High School in Woodbridge, Va. was a victim of sexual violation on Thursday. The 18 year old student was walking through the hallway during school and encountered 19 year old Lavone Richardson-Crosby, a fellow classmate. He forced her to inappropriately touch him against her will. At this time, the young lady’s name has not been released to the public. She was not injured during the incident. R i ch a rd s o n - C ro s by from Dumfries, Va. was arrested the following day on Friday and detained without bond. He faces charges of sexual battery, abduction, and obscene display.

Blair Underwood Opens AIDS Clinic in D.C. Actor Blair Underwood opened a new HIV/AIDS clinic in D.C. last week. The AIDS Foundation launched the AHF Blair Underwood Clinic, located on K Street. Currently, Underwood is the representative for the American Healthcare Foundation’s “Man Up” campaign. Through his lengthy work as an AIDS activist, he has been actively involved in educating the public about the disease as well as the importance of getting tested and knowing one’s status.. The new clinic will tend to the nation’s capital, which has the highest HIV/AIDS infection rate in the country. Underwood also has plans to visit various colleges and speak to students and youth about the health issue, spreading awareness on prevention and better protecting oneself. - Compiled by Genet Lakew, Metro Editor




September 29, 2009

LIFE & STYLE 7 Boys II Men

Verbal Slurs on Campus May Go Unnoticed

Turning a boy into a man New slangs terms, phrases and colloquialisms are becoming more common around Howard’s campus BY TRACY KING Contributing Writer Can a woman teach a boy how to be a man? That was one of the questions asked at the “Men to Boys: Lessons to Uplift Our Community” panel discussion on Friday, during the Congressional Black Caucus’ Legislative Week. The initial question was asked in a clip of the film entitled “Men II Boys,” where an array of people answered the question. For the most part, the answers were similar, that a woman can only teach a boy so much about becoming a man and there are some things that only a man can teach a boy. Questions like these were asked of panelists in front of a large audience composed mainly of black men. The panel which consisted of John Bryant, the founder and chairman of Operation HOPE; Bishop Dwayne Debnam, the pastor of Morning Star Baptist Church; Jeff Johnson, international journalist and political commentator for BET; and Dr. Joshua Murfree, the vice chairman of Programs of 100 Black Men of America, tried their best to answer questions posed to them. The commentator of the event, Lamar Shields, the cofounder and president of Urban Leadership Institute, presented the questions to the panel members as well as the audience. Congressman Elijah E. Cummings, who put together the program, shared some insight of the importance of having positive male influences in a boy’s life. “My father taught me and my siblings a lot of things like, there is no such thing as can’t, and if you miss school, that means you died the night before,” Cummings said. “But there was one day in my life where my father told us that you will learn soon enough that my presence in your life is presence enough.” Cummings’ statement was the start of a long discussion of how to get positive black men to reach out and mentor young black men. “We as black men have to remove every excuse and surround ourselves with accountable men in order to be there for our boys,” said Johnson, the first to answer the question. “We need to stop trusting celebrities to mentor our brothers when they didn’t have mentors themselves.” Bryant shared similar thoughts as Johnson. “Children want to be rappers, ball players and drug dealers not because they’re dumb, but because that is what they see. They need to see positive role models,” Bryant said. Cummings hopes that this forum is the launching pad for a movement for positive black men to reach out and become mentors for young black men.

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BY MAYA RHODAN Staff Writer At Howard, colloquialisms often take the place of standard words and phrases in the English language. But, far too often, these slang terms teeter on the line between creativity and vulgarity. Rape, smash, kill, burn, bag and dying are words defined as harsh and violent, but often used in common conversations as slang. A sign of the times, maybe, yet there is an obvious trend in slang terms with negative denotations. “Our society has a pessimistic view on life, which is reflected in our speech as well as our actions. Why that is, I’m not sure, but the media could possibly have a great deal to do with it,” said William Davis, a sophomore finance major. The media often takes the flack for the shortcomings of society. However, at an institution noted to be the “Mecca of black thought,” it could be assumed that students know better than to follow the negative actions of people in the media. A female senior, who wishes to remain anonymous, said that she heard a conversation between two male students who were discussing how they would “date rape” another female student. Statements like this have become commonplace around campus and are proof of just how far students let their guards down while at school. “College students let themselves go when they are around their peers,” said Kayla Deforest, a sophomore English major. “But the way we act here isn’t the way we can act in front of everyone; we’re in a bubble of comfort at Howard.

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Slang terms on Howard’s campus are derived from the melting pot of regions that inhabit the university. One term from a certain region or city could mean something different in another.

I find myself having to be more mindful of what I say when I’m back at home.” While at school, away from the comforts of home and the guidance of parents and other adult figures, it’s easy for students to “let themselves go,” and relax in speech and action. Yet, the use of slang is no novel concept. Your parents did it; your grandparents did it, and in some cases they still do it. It’s a natural development in society; however, students often take it steps further and use slang in situations where the use of certain colloquialisms is not acceptable. “The words we use as slang express feelings and reactions in two or less words,” said Winter Coleman, a sophomore photography major.

“But I can definitely see myself using these words in situations where it could be detrimental. The use of slang is habit and it’s hard to break habits even when you know they can cause more harm than good. One time I said ‘no homo’ in front of my homosexual friend; after that, things just got awkward.” Since Howard is in a major city and students come from cities all over the country, the lifestyle, language and actions of students on campus is a reflection of the collision of cultures and is unique to the situation. Often, that collision is more like a train wreck, causing confusion between professors and students and especially students from different areas. “One time, I said I was going

to ‘smash’ my food and someone I was with looked at me like I was disgusting. They were like, ‘why would you say that?’” said Suritia Taylor, a junior public relations major. “There is different slang in different cities, and when we come here and mix them all together, things can get confusing.” Colloquialisms often challenge the established order of society by introducing standard terms in an unfamiliar and sometimes rebellious manner. At the end of the day, slang is going to be used, but the manner in which it is used and the situations it is used in is in need of a little more regulation on the part of the user.

Marijuana May Trump Alcohol BY MAYA RHODAN Staff Writer Weed, chronic, Mary Jane, cannabis, pot, marijuana; a plant, by any other name, although extremely popular across cultures and countries is still a drug, and as it stands, is still illegal in the United States. However, recent studies conducted by the University of California at San Diego suggest that smoking marijuana along with binge-drinking causes less damage than just drinking and may increase brain function. The study shows, according to its publication on ScienceDirect. com, that the white matter of the brain (the network that connects areas of the brain together to pass messages through the nervous system) of adolescents who only binge drink was more damaged than the white matter of those who frequently use marijuana. In fact, those who smoked marijuana showed signs of increased brain function in the damaged areas of drinkers. The results of this study suggest that the use of marijuana inhibits the damaging effects of drinking alcohol, a statement which may further influence college-aged young people to indulge in the intake of the plant due to their tendency to binge drink at a higher rate than any other age group. While the results of this study may excite students who are prone to smoke all across the nation, it challenges views often held by health care professionals. Students are taught to recognize weed as a drug that is known to cause extreme hunger, lethargy, impaired judgment and impotence. “There are a lot of false teachings about marijuana and how natural it is. Yes it comes from a plant, but so does cocaine and heroin. It is a drug; people, especially black people, should take better care of themselves and not add another risk of unhealthiness to the laundry list that comes naturally to them,” said Erin Kearns, the health educator at the Howard University Student Health Center, refutes that assumption.. “It’s also a debated fact that you cannot get addicted to marijuana. It is mood-altering, just like alcohol and cocaine, and you can be addicted to the feeling

it creates and the lifestyle. People claim it is natural, but the feeling it causes is not.” Disregarding the debate on whether or not it should be used for recreational use, there are proven benefits to the use of marijuana, specifically in the case of cancer patients, people with eye problems and terminal illnesses. It aids in relieving stress caused by eye pressure and creates an appetite for those who have a hard time eating due to illness. A licensed marijuana patient, sophomore economics major Terrell Williams made use of the plant in his home town of California for relief from stress-related problems. “I was having anxiety attacks, poor appetite and other stress related difficulties because of family problems and a bunch of stuff,” Williams said. I would consider it more marijuana aid than marijuana dependence, [however].” Williams is also a supporter of the decriminalization of marijuana, and hopes to serve as an activist for the National Organization for the Reformation of Marijuana laws. “You can’t die from smoking weed,” he said. “No one dies from just smoking weed, ever. Alcohol


kills [a lot] of people, as do cigarettes, but they are both legal. It’s natural, and although it has negative effects, there are far more positive effects than negative ones.” The results of this study may not influence legislature to consider legalizing the plant, especially since

President Obama has continuously said that he does not plan to decriminalize marijuana, despite lobbying and requests from Gov. Schwarzenegger. However, it gives students and teens a decent excuse for busting out their bongs and smoking a little more often.



September 29, 2009


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Gardasil’s Side Effects Raise Safety Questions Gardasil is a vaccination designed to prevent infection in young women with certain strains of the human papillomavirus (HPV), the most dangerous kind that can cause cervical cancer. Starting about a year ago, the media was flooded with Gardasil’s very moving advertisements, showing women with their teenage daughters, all claiming that receiving the three-part vaccination would result in “one less” woman contracting cervical cancer. Gardasil commercials were undoubtedly emotive and relatable, but what they didn’t mention was the possibility of some severe physical side effects. Of course they described the typical “itching, pain or redness” at the injection site, but what about the danger of fainting, joint pain, blood clots, neurological disorders and even fatalities that have since been linked to the controversial vaccination? Last week, the government released a report voicing concerns about the safety of Gardasil, and

specifically, whether or not the potential benefits of the vaccination outweigh its potential risks. Although many physicians agree that the vaccination is beneficial at protecting young women from contracting dangerous strains of HPV, they also agree that Gardasil doesn’t

reports per 100,000 vaccinations. Thirty-two of these cases have resulted in death. Interestingly enough, in spite of this frightening evidence, certain school districts in Texas, Virginia, and even Washington, D.C. have attempted to mandate the vaccination for girls as early as the sixth grade. State’s efforts to prevent students from contracting HPV have understandably been met by protesting and parent refusals, but countless young women have already been injected with the potentially dangerous vaccination, and subsequently put at risk for aforementioned side effects. Gardasil doesn’t always prevent HPV. The majority of those infected with HPV naturally rid their bodies of the virus, and the best defense in preventing cervical cancer is regular pap smears. The facts lead to the question of Gardasil’s necessity; is the potential benefit even worth the risk of falling victim to any of the terrifying side effects?

Our View: Do your research before getting the Gardasil vaccine; it may not be worth it. prevent the contraction of HPV in every occurrence. Many people who are infected with HPV spontaneously rid themselves of the virus, and that routine pap smears are the greatest defense in preventing cervical cancer. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported earlier this year that 25 million doses of the vaccination have been administered to young women around the nation thus far, with 53.9 negative

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