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The Daily Student Voice of Howard University
VOLUME 93, NO. 18
Thursday, September 17, 2009
BIZ & TECH
LIFE & STYLE
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HU Students Fill up the Chapel for Weekly Wednesday Night Live Service BY CAMILLE AUGSTIN Staff Writer The audience stood up and applauded; Andrew Rankin Memorial chapel was filled with praise and worship at 7p.m. yesterday. “Wednesday Night Live” was in full effect. “It is my first time attending and I really enjoyed myself,” said Taiylor Harper, freshman film major. “I especially enjoyed the choir because they had a lot of energy.” Harper stated that she will be returning to other “Wednesday Night Live” to come. “Wednesday Night Live” was a program created by Dean Richardson for Howard University students. “It is a contemporary service that is for the students by the students,” said Jalena Wilson, senior telecommunications major and coordinator of the program. “It’s our form of service from the student’s perspective.” Wilson stated that students get to express their love for God through their talents and gifts. It is also sponsored by the chapel and students are able to audition. Songs such as “There Is None Like You” and “Here I Am To Worship” filled the church as the audience waved and clapped their hands. Students showcased their “gifts” through poetry, song, and skits. Joshua Mitchell, post-graduate of Howard University, performed
General Assembly met in the School of Business last night for the third meeting of the academic school year. Adjourning around 9:30pm, the representatives used this first meeting as a beacon of revision and reaching out, nationwide as well as internationally. The meeting began with some discussion about proposed amendments to the Article VII of finances, ending with the decision to hold an emergency meeting on Saturday to discuss and vote on the specifics of organizational funding. When discussing the turnout of the Health Care Rally held on Tuesday night, HUSA VicePresident Jerome Joseph said, “If you weren’t able to make it out last night, it went wonderfully.” Representatives agreed that it was an overall success. Now that the students have seen a successful outreach to the campus, HUSA has hopes of spreading the outreach to the families of both Jasmine Lynn of Atlanta and Daniel Jones of Chicago, a student and former student, who lost their lives to gun violence. School of Communications Executive Vice-President Candace Smith presented a resolution proposing that an official letter of condolences be sent to the families of both slain students. “Basically this is a resolution to extend our condolences to
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Dozens of HU students gathered in the Chapel last night for Wednesday Night Live. Bill Lee, assistant pastor of the Community of Hope Church in Temple Hills, Md. spoke at the service.
his single “My God.” The skit conveyed that when one utilizes the gifts God has given you, you are rewarded. “”I was very encouraged by everyone that came through and supported the event,” said Alfonso “Trey” Campbell, senior psychology major and co-host of “Wednesday Night Live.” Campbell stated that this was an opportunity for those who have been struggling through the week to come and praise God. The speaker was Bill Lee, assistant pastor of the Community
of Hope Church in Temple Hills, Md.. Lee is a graduate of the School of Divinity, and helped to facilitate Dean Richardson’s vision of “Wednesday Night Live”. Lee told the audience to make friends with people that will look out for you and point you in the right direction and not down the wrong path. “You have to choose wisely, but you must always remember to stay focused,” said Lee. “You know when you are distracted, when you find yourself doing things you never thought you would do.”
The audience was all ears for Lee’s sermon and gave a thundering round of applause as he concluded. “I think one of the challenges in college is that people start to judge and stop loving,” said Lee. He said if people learned to love, it will open up many doors for others. Lee closed the programs with inspiring words. “Blueprints mean nothing if they are not built. They are just a vision on paper.”
General Assembly Convens for Third Time This Semester BY ASHLEY JOHNSON-ALFORD Staff Writer
the family members,” Smith said. “We resolve issues of formal matters within the body, therefore, I bring this to the assembly. [If approved] formal letters from the university will be sent to the families.” Jasmine Lynn, a sophomore at Spelman College, and Daniel Jones, a Howard student, were gunned down earlier this year, with both cases remaining open. The resolution to comfort the families of both victims was approved and will be enacted as soon as possible in unison with the current “Do You Care?” initiative on campus. As for other proposals on campus, in conjunction with the “Any Other Options?” healthcare reform initiative, representatives from HUSA will be attending President Barack Obama’s Healthcare Rally tomorrow at the University of Maryland at College Park. “We will be present at the rally. We will be meeting at the flagpole at 7:30a.m. if you are interested in attending,” Joseph said. “Wear your ‘Any Other Options’ shirt, and there will be more shirts available there.” In the spirit of outreach, Joseph introduced Washington D.C. resident Omari Musa, who had a great favor to ask of the assembly. Musa works with Cuban college students in an attempt to obtain visas for the students to come to the United States and interact with students on college cam> See GENERAL, Page 3
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In 2002 John Allen Muhammad went on a three-week killing spree in metro D.C.
John Allen Muhammad To be Executed Nov. 10 BY LE’DIA J. SMITH Staff Writer On Wednesday, a Virginia judge set a Nov. 10 execution date for John Allen Muhammad, the leader of the duo sniper team that terrorized the Washington, D.C. area that left 10 dead in 2002. The attorney general’s office requested that the execution date be on Nov. 9, but Prince William County Circuit Judge Mary Grace O’Brien picked the Tuesday execution date. This one-day difference was chosen so that courts would be open the day before in case of any last-minute appeals. Muhammad, 48, and teenage accomplice, Lee Malvo, went on a three-week killing spree that spanned across Maryland, Virginia, and Washington D.C. Muhammad was sentenced to death by lethal injection for the Oct. 9, 2002 slaying
of Dean Harold Meyers, who was shot at a Manassas, VA, gas station. Silvia Shaw-Fair, post-graduate student at Howard University, worked as a trauma nurse at Washington Adventist in Montgomery County during the 2002 shooting spree. “Psychologically, the atmosphere was like living in a war zone. When this started to happen, it scared everyone because, at first, no one knew if it was a terrorist attack or not.” She added that the fear factor in D.C. was high due to the complete randomness and patternless shootings. Her hospital was paralyzed and was constantly on red alert in the emergency room. Both Muhammad and Malvo were also suspected of shoot-
Top honors were given at the National Building Museum to the most notable talents in the Washington D.C. area on Tuesday, Sept. 15 at the 6th Annual SneakerBall. The awards ceremony is annually organized by the Greater Washington Sports Alliance as a way to salute worthy local sports icons, and raise money for charities through raffles and auctions of sports memorabilia and other items over $1,000 in value. For the first time in SneakerBall’s history, sports fan were able to choose the winners in the categories, honoring excellence in athletic performance, franchise leadership, community support and media coverage. Local sports legends, broadcasters and political figures chose the nominees in the selected categories. Amongst the individuals in attendance included Washington D.C.’s Mayor Adrian Fenty, Washington Capitals captain Alexander Ovechkin, Washington Wizards star Caron Butler and journalist Kevin Blackistone. Ovechkin was on of the honorees, receiving the D.C. Sportsperson of the Year award. Since 2006, Ovechkin has worked with Right to Play, an international humanitarian organization that uses sports and play programs to improve communities in some of the most disadvantaged areas of the world. In addition to working with Right to Play, Ovechkin is active in many other charitable organizations that help disadvantaged and mentally challenged youth. Fans were able to vote online from July 15 to Sept. 4 on the Greater Washington Sports Alliance website in several categories. Eunice Shriver was posthumously honored with an induction into the Greater Washington Sports Hall of Champions for her work in improving conditions for people with intellectual disabilities. Shriver established the Special Olympics in 1968, which has become one of the world’s largest year-round sporting events, with over 2.5 million athletes in 180 countries participating in competitions annually. Shriver, who died in August at the age of 88, became the first Hall of Champion honoree to be inducted posthumously. “We are pleased to honor the legacy of this extraordinary human being,” said Robert Sweeney, president of the Greater Washington Sports Alliance. “Mrs. Shriver forever improved the lives of millions by leading a human rights movement to bring dignity, respect, opportunity and hope to people with intellectual disabilities throughout the world. I can think of no better person to receive this honor.”
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September 17, 2009
Cunningham Pursues Musical Inspiration Choosing Season
BY ANDREW JONES Contributing Columnist It’s that time of the year again! Men shed ordinary garments and don dark suits and neutral ties. Women stand patiently outside classrooms and buildings, pretending not to be noticed. Programs start a few minutes after seven o’clock, although participants have been lined up silently since five. If you have not guessed by now, I’m referring to Greek pursuit season. Fall semester is the time where Howard students traditionally express interest and pursue membership in Greek-letter organizations. Howard is home to the most distinguished chapters of sororities and fraternities, and these organizations can provide tremendous networking and development opportunities to members. Some students’ families have a legacy of membership dating back generations. In most cases, membership in these organizations is commendable, and even impressive. However, pursuit of membership in these organizations is often not, which threatens the rich legacy of the Howard community. The focus during this season, for those interested in membership, should not be what is to be gained by joining these organizations. Rather, it should be evaluating what sacrifices are being made. Many prospective members hold leadership or service positions elsewhere on campus. All are full-time students. Everyone should have professional goals that require constant attention. On top of that, prospects will have to study information, attend events, and try to get to know the current members. Successfully handling these oftentimes competing priorities is commendable, however it is rare. Battling that rarity is the responsibility of both prospective and active members of these organizations. To the prospective members, DO NOT neglect your previous commitments and priorities to pursue membership. Not only is this indicative of a lack of character on your part, it has an adverse effect on the other organizations that depend upon your efforts. Also, refrain from slacking in your academic excellence; assuming you came to Howard to graduate, this pursuit, if handled immaturely, could be a hindrance to the overarching goal of college. To the current members, please stress the importance of comprehensive quality to these prospective members. If the intake processes for your organizations are thirst contests, what will happen to your historic chapters when they are filled with people whose only accomplishment is pursuing membership? All of you (hopefully) had to go through this season, and you should be realistic in your expectations and strategic in your selections. I am impressed when I see students who are already excellent augment their success with Greek membership. I am disgusted, and weep for the future of those very organizations, when I see the people whose academic and preprofessional journey was derailed by pursuit. In order to feel gratified despite the outcome of your pursuit, you can not compromise your character for the sake of being chosen. In order for your chapters and organizations to continue building on their rich histories, you should expect prospective members to embody the characteristics of holistic quality. In order for Howard’s legacy to improve, we have to expect excellence from our beloved Pan-Hellenic community. Read more of Andrew’s columns on thehilltoponline.com
BY VICTORIA FORTUNE Staff Writer The breeze flows outside of Founders Library, as the melodies of the trumpet roll. The sound isn’t the most popular, but when heard, it is instantly recognized. Some call it soothing, some call it the Blues, but Howard University student Hamilton Cunningham simply calls it jazz. Cunningham is a senior transfer economics major from Atlanta. Not only is he a Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Scholar, but a Truman Scholar as well. Though Cunningham is an economics major, his passion for jazz exceeds his undergraduate field of study. “I was first introduced to jazz music at age 20 when I began to play the trumpet; however I didn’t really get the passion for it until I came to Howard,” Cunningham said. Growing up in Atlanta, Cunningham was rarely ever exposed to the genre. He allows his absence from jazz in the past to spear his motivation. After graduate studies, he wants to provide the city of Atlanta with what he missed out on as a child. “I want to create a non-profit center in order to meet the disparities in jazz education in public schools now,” Cunningham said. As a Truman Scholar, Cunningham receives $30,000 for his graduate school education. He is required to attend graduate school in preparation for a career in government or public service. While trying to stay true to his passion, he plans to incorporate jazz in his graduate school studies. Economics professor Omari Swinton was a
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great help to Cunningham during his Truman Scholar application process. Swinton often spent his office hours providing assistance for Cunningham. “He has such a strong passion for music that it was shown through his words in the proposal he had to submit for the Truman Scholar application,” he said. “People who are that passionate about anything always have a way in making others care.” He said that he can see Cunningham being successful at whatever he attempts. Cunningham has worked hard, earning his educational funding, and has committed the time required of him. He started off as a community college student in Georgia but he wanted help build upon Howard’s rich
racial oppression when jazz Staff Writer originated, Cunningham said the music speaks to the Student governresilience of the American ment is a major part of spirit. “Think about that, all any school system bethe stuff that was going on, cause they are the voices despite all that, we managed of their fellow peers, their to create this beautiful art constituents. However, form,” he said. Howard does not house Cunningham believes just any student governthat jazz music represents ment. Howard student the emerging of two cultures. government leaders are Jazz incorporates Western servant leaders. dance rhythm and African This servant menpoly-rhythmic propositions. tality is one of the main It merges Western European goals of the John H. Photo Courtesy of Candace Smith harmony with African pan- Johnson School of Communications Student tonic harmony. “The idea of Council. Executive President Rodney Hawkins and improvisation; that’s Executive Vice-President Candace Smith, both junior representative of the first broadcast journalism majors, stated that one of their amendment freedoms, the biggest goals is to make the students of the School of right of free speech. Jazz is Communications feel at one with the council. “We basically want them to feel as though democracy. Improvisation functions as a model for the council is truly their representative voice,” Smith said. “To accomplish our goals, we plan to be extremely visible and will be accountable for every student in the School of Communications.” A goal explicitly stated in their platform is advancing the relationship among council and students. It states that each council representative will be responsible for scheduling at least one class visit for each class within the school. As a result, these visits will give council the opportunity to meet the students as well as receive and work to resolve grievances. Hawkins stated that he decided to run to help the students. “I have built the connections in past student government that has allowed me to understand the issues that students face,” Hawkins said. Bree Gant- Staff Photographer Creativity is also a distinct quality of the counCunningham finds his inspiration for jazz cil. According to the council, their leadership qualities from the history that it originated from. help to advance their goals in the School of Communications.
legacy. “ Pe o p l e on this campus are so involved in the community and they’re so ambitious,” Cunningham said. “Having the opportunity to attend classes with students with such diverse career interests definitely keeps me on my toes.” From the moment Cunningham arrived to the Mecca, he began his journey as an advocate of jazz music. One of his biggest inspirations is jazz artist Roy Hargrove. “When you break it down and look at what jazz represents, then you can get into why I’m such an advocate,” he said. Looking at times of
American ideals of freedom and individualism,” he said. “So that’s why I’m such a big advocate, but to get back to why it moves me, that’s simple, it just sounds good!” A l t h o u g h Cunningham has come a long way, he still has far to go. As the sound of the trumpet begins to cease, the journey of Cunningham continues to go on.
HU History Corner Eric Williams
BY KYLA GRANT Contributing Writer Eric Williams was a respected scholar and political activist who is commonly referred to as the most intellectually accomplished leader in the English-speaking Caribbean’s history. Williams’ father was a minor civil servant, but his mother was a descendant of the French Creole elite, which afforded him an education at Queen’s Royal College in Port of Spain. He won an Island Scholarship in 1932 that allowed him to attend Oxford University where he received his doctorate in 1938. Williams was denied the opportunity to teach in northern Europe and opted to move to the U.S. to further his career. In 1939, Williams landed on the doorstep of Howard University, which he affectionately coined “The Negro Oxford.”
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He became an assistant professor of social and political sciences and organized several courses, including a humanities course for which he developed a three-volume work called “Documents Illustrating the Development of Civilization”. Williams quickly moved through the ranks and was appointed full professorship in 1947. While at Howard, Williams began to work as a consultant to the Anglo-American Caribbean Commission-- a body set up after the war to study the future of the region. In 1948, he left Howard to head the Research Branch of the Caribbean Commission. He later resigned from the Commission in protest against its policies. In 1955, Williams returned to his homeland of Trinidad and Tobago where he quickly jumped into the political realm and founded the country’s first formal
political party, the People’s National Movement. Williams expressed through his biography that he was determined to show the world that a tiny group of unstable islands could join together in political unity. He became chief minister in 1956 and prime minister in 1961. He led his country to independence in 1962. During his tenured as prime minister, Williams launched several ambitious five-year development plans, attracting foreign capital through tax incentives and acquiring foreign aid. He governed under a simple independence constitution, and in 1976, he established a republican constitution for his country, making Trinidad and Tobago a sovereign state. Dr. Eric Williams died on March 29, 1981. Information obtained from www.trinicenter.com and www. geocities.com
Introducing... College of Arts and Science Student Council BY CAMILLE AUGUSTIN Staff Writer The backbone of any effective government is the members that make up that body and its leader. Executive President Dorien Blythers and Executive VicePresident Llewingtina King, junior political science majors, are the backbone of the College Photo Coutesy of Dorien Blythers of Arts and Sciences Student Council (ASSC). They described their council as “progressive.” “This year is to serve the students of the College of Arts and Sciences as a beneficial resource for academic advising, career development and through providing community service opportunities,” Blythers said. A backbone can only be held up by a steady foundation. Blythers said the strength of the council is in its members. Art majors help with graphic design, political science majors develop and advocate for new policies and ROTC members, like King, help create an understanding of discipline in council affairs. Blythers also said that in choosing the staff, he and King looked for students that brought something new and innovative to the council. “Demonstrating leadership capabilities was a must, and the effort put into the application showed us how much they wanted the positions they applied for,” Blythers said. Blythers and King have found a council that is ready to give students the “Green Light” when it comes to serving Howard University students. “Student council has become a part of me at Howard. I realize that the ‘Change Begins with You’ idea is very true at Howard,” Blythers said.
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puses in five to six different states, Howard being one of them. “I work with students from two universities in hopes that they will be allowed to speak to and interchange with students here at Howard,” Musa said. After 2001, Cuban students were refused visas to visit campuses in the U.S., with reasons still unknown to many people. “A lot of people do not realize that President Obama just signed to continue to enforce the current embargo on Cuba for another year,” Musa said. “This costs Cuba around a million dollars. Cubans can’t even buy aspirin from America. Students have to be personally invited.” Interaction with international students is not rare here on campus and this would not be Howard’s first connection to Cuba. In 2002, Howard hosted two veteran Cuban revolutionaries, Victor Dreke Cruz and Ana Morales Varela. Cruz is the current vice-president of the Cuba-Africa Friendship Association and Morales is now a doctor and professor at the Latin American School of Medicine in Havana. “The students would just like to come to interact with the students here and hope-
fully this [assembly] could organize a panel or civil discussion between the two schools,” Musa said. For the Cuban students to be able to come to Howard, an invitation must be submitted to the United States Intersection in Havana, Cuba. If the invitation is accepted, the chosen students will then obtain a visa, and be allowed on campus for approximately two and a half days. Schools on board with the project include faculty and staff from Georgia State University, Spelman College, Emory University, Morehouse College, University of Maryland at College Park, Bowie State University and Coppin State University. “The students will tour campuses in five to six states. If they will be in the D.C. area, they must visit Howard,” Musa said. “Howard has always been generous in hosting, and here civil discussion is prevalent.” The initiative received the full support of the assembly. The University of External Affairs in conjunction with HUSA will work on drafting letters and resolutions to allow the Cuban students the opportunity for which they are asking.
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UGSA Representatives Erinn Jenkins, Christopher Bryant, Michelle Mabson and Candace Smith discuss the meetings agenda before last night’s session began.
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ings in several other states, including Alabama and Louisiana. Malvo, who testified against Muhammad, was convicted in one of the Virginia shootings and sentenced to life in prison without parole. Muhammad has a complex history of appeals for his 2003 death sentence. In May, in a letter dated April 23, Muhammad wrote to Virginia prosecutors saying that he wants to waive all rights to appeal. He added that the appeals filed on his behalf were not authorized. Later that month, Muhammad appealed to the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to overturn his conviction and death sentence or return the case to the trial court for further proceedings the appellate judges may deem appropriate. The ruling for the federal appeal came last month when the three-judge panel voted unanimously to reject Muhammad’s argument that prosecutors withheld critical evidence and that Muhammad should never have been allowed to act as his own attorney for a portion of his trial because he was mentally impaired. Jonathan Sheldon, Muhammad’s attorney, said Muhammad would appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court and ask Governor Timothy M. Kaine for clemency. Muhammad and Malvo were arrested on Oct. 24, 2002, when they were found sleeping in their blue 1990 Chev-
rolet Caprice at a rest stop off of Interstate 70 near Myersville, Md. They were arrested on federal weapons charges. A .223-caliber weapon and bipod were found in a bag in Muhammad’s car, which was later linked the seized rifle to 11 of the 14 shootings through ballistic testing. In Muhammad’s first trial in Oct. 2003, the prosecutor claimed that the rampage was part of a plot to kill his exwife and regain custody of his children. The judge later ruled that there was insufficient evidence to support the argument. Prosecution called more than 130 witnesses and brought more than 400 pieces of evidence during the trial. On Nov. 17, 2003, Muhammad was convicted in Virginia for all four counts against him: capital murder for the shooting of Meyers, a second charge of capital murder for intent to terrorize the government or the public at large, conspiracy to commit murder, and the illegal use of firearm. On May 30, 2006, a Maryland jury found Muhammad guilty of six counts of murder in Maryland and sentenced him to six consecutive life terms without the possibility of parole. Shaw-Fair is among many Americans who agree to the death penalty for Muhammad. “Law and justice are two different things, but there are times where justice can supersede the law,” she said. “If there is a reason for the death penalty, this guy is the reason.”
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September 17, 2009
Identity Theft a Threat to College Students BY ALEXIS K. BARNES Business & Technology Editor
College students and American universities as a whole are at high risk for identity theft, according to Identity Theft 911’s September newsletter. Data security breeches exposed over 6.6 million records on campuses such as Notre Dame, Ohio University and UCLA, and although a major breech has yet to affect Howard, its students are still a prime target. “College students are especially attractive targets for identity thieves because they have unblemished credit records, making it easy for thieves to take out loans or open new accounts in their name,” said Sari Martin of Insurance. com. “Additionally, many students may not realize the potential for fraud and do not guard personal information as closely as they should.” Martin also warns students to guard their social security number, which is listed on almost every administrative form. Identity Theft 911 helps over 30 million consumers, Fortune 500 companies, and some of the nation’s largest insurance carriers with fraud protection and solutions and education. Their September newsletter advised college students and campuses to change passwords frequently using numbers, letters and symbols, password-protect your laptop, and update your security software often. Senior nutritional science major, Alicia Jones, follows the tip of annually checking her credit report with truecredit.com and freecreditreport.com. “I started checking my credit report and score because I wanted to make sure no accounts had been opened in my name,” she said. “I
TIPS FOR COLLEGE STUDENTS IN GUARDING YOUR IDENTITY: 1. A Must-Have for Back-To-School: A
Shredding can help ensure that papers with personal information are properly disposed of and do not fall into the wrong hands. Anything that has a student’s name and address on it should be shredded in a cross-cut shredder to be safe, including credit card offers, bills and financial statements.
2. Check Credit Card Statements Regularly, Credit Monitoring is a Helpful Tool
Students should check credit card and bank statements monthly, if not more frequently, for any unusual activity. A credit monitoring service can help fight and deFacebook hit 300 million users worldwide according to a blog post by CEO Matt Zuckerberg who founded the Web tect identity theft, helpsite in 2004 as an undergraduate at Harvard. ing alert students when any new accounts are “As of today, Facebook now serves 300 million people across the world. It’s a large number, but the way we think about this is that we’re just getting started on our goal of connecting everyone,” he said.“Earlier this year, we said we expected opened in their name.
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to be cash flow positive sometime in 2010, and I’m pleased to share that we achieved this milestone last quarter.”
The social networking medium was at 250 million users only two months ago and 200 million three months prior to that.
3. Open Sesame . . .
It is essential to create “strong” passwords. A strong password is one that is not easy to guess, it should include both numbers and capital letters.
4. Protect Your Computer
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Device Offers Options for Women BY DIONNE L. VAUGHN Contributing Writer “You won’t be like a man, you’ll just pee like one”. That is the slogan of GoGirl, a new female urination device (FUD) that allows women to urinate while standing up. Jaszmyne Fassett, frequent camper and fan of the product says “it’s about time.” Fassett, who has a knack for using public rest rooms said she is buying one for all of her friends. Fassett is among many women who for years have squatted and lined public toilets to avoid contact. “We women are very picky about a lot of things, and where we use rest room facilities is one of them. Squatting gets tiring after a while and GoGirl is the perfect so-
lution,” said the 23-year-old. GoGirl is made of medical grade silicone that can be thrown away or washed and reused. It is not the first of its kind; European women have been using FUDs for years, and testimonials say it is the best. GoGirl comes with tissue and a biodegradable baggie for storage or disposal. To top it off, it comes in a small discrete tube for privacy and convenience and will easily fit in your purse or pocket. Zaisha Heardmon, a sophomore political science major said, “it appears to be convenient,” as she looked at a picture of it, “but I would definitely have to throw mine away each time.” Heardmon does not envision herself carrying it around in her purse, tube or not, after usage. According to the official Web site, www.go-girl.com, President
Sarah Dillon, among other users, wash theirs in the dishwasher. The medical-grade silicone can withstand boiling water and dries quickly. Keeping in mind that urine is sterile; they recommend washing in the dishwasher. However, not all women are hopping on the GoGirl bandwagon. Amirah Saafir, sophomore psychology major, doesn’t picture herself using this device. “It seems weird, and unnecessary,” said Saafir. “I do not feel urinating standing up is that serious of an issue to create a product like this.” Chanel Lewis, a freshman sociology major, won’t be a part of this new phenomenon either. “The concept seems very innovative and actually sanitary; however, the idea of it is very alien, I could not see myself using this
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device.” Shacara Rogers, sophomore music business major, disagrees with Saafir and Lewis. “I would definitely use it! It would allow me to relieve myself in compromising positions; camping, road trips, etc.,” said the Philadelphia native. To use a GoGirl is simple: lower your underwear, place GoGirl against your body in order to form a seal, aim and release. The patented splash guard and unique tip design will eliminate messes or spillage. To join the GoGirl movement, or find out more information visit the Web site at www. go-girl.com, or call 877-GIRL006. Purchase one GoGirl device for $6.99 or buy three for $18.99. GoGirl clothing and gear are also available.
Use anti-virus and spyware protection. Also, utilize a password locking system on your computer if it is left on while you are not sitting in front of it.
5. Don’t Tell All Your Business
Reveal as little as possible about yourself, especially family name, address, phone numbers, date of birth – identity thieves only need two or three pieces of this information to steal your identity.
- Tips courtesy of Affinion Security Center and Intersections, Inc.
September 17, 2009 Weekend
Guide Words, Beats & Life Bootleg Festival:
Mixtapes, Films, and Hip-Hop’s Underground Economy Thursday– Saturday U Street/Various locations Panels, workshops, film screenings, poetry/open mic, concerts
Howard Dean Fires Up U Street at Busboys and Poets Town Hall BY JESSICA HARPER Contributing Writer As the U.S. health care debate spreads to every crevice of the country, Americans seek venues where they can iron out its details. This proved true at District café-restaurant, and poetry hotspot, Busboys and Poets Tuesday evening. More than 100 hundred jean and suit-clad D.C. visitors and residents filed into the art splattered restaurant to attend a town hall meeting moderated by WAMU radio’s Kojo Nnamdi, featuring Howard Dean, former chairman of the Democratic National Committee. Dean declared an early victory in the grand debate and encouraged pro-reform attendees to
remain steadfast in their hope. “We are going to get this passed,” Dean said. “And I think what we get passed will include a public option. The Democrats just don’t know it yet.” When Nnamdi asked Dean whether or not reform would expand the budget deficit, Dean said that if anything, it will grow small businesses and create new jobs. “When you hear figures like $900 billion dollars that means the government will spend $900 billion more; that doesn’t mean it’s going to cost you that much more,” said Dean. “Since every dollar of our property tax rate goes to county hospitals, we need this bill.” Dean explained that the $900 billion “would not come all out of your pocket” because that
$40- All-Access Pass; $5- individual events; some events are free
National Black L.U.V. Festival Sunday 12:00 – 7:00 Fannie Lou Hamer Park 4th & Pennsylvania Ave. N.W. HIV/AIDS testing, performances, outside games, speakers, health care and wellness discussion Free
Tia’s Way 5K Walk/Run Cervical Cancer Walk
Saturday Registration: 9:00 a.m. Walk: 10:00 a.m. Fort Dupont Park 3600 F St. SE $25
Greater U St. Parade and Festival Saturday 11:00 – 5:00 Lincoln Theater 1215 U Street NW Parade, Langston Hughes street sign unveiling, festival, block party, musical performances Free
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Howard Dean helped to lead a discussion on the proposed health care reform at the local Busboys & Poets, alongside radio host Kojo Nnamdi.
money would offer a reduced property tax—a big help for small businesses. “We do almost nothing for small businesses in this country. Small businesses create 80 percent of all new jobs in America. We could use some new jobs right now,” Dean said. “So, it’s not like we’re just spending all this money we don’t have. It’s a transfer.” The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities reports that a record 47 million Americans are without health insurance, while the Children’s Defense Fund says an estimated 9 million of the nation’s youth remain uninsured. Dean highlighted a concern that gnaws at the nerve so many Americans seek to sedate—weighing the costs and benefits of creating a universal health care system that includes a public option. Health care reform advocates contend that a governmentrun public option promotes competition— something the U.S. health care system lacks—with private insurers, potentially prompting them to lower costs. Anti-reform advocates claim that a public option would bankrupt private insurers. He was met with wild applause as he lambasted Republican congressmen for accepting government-run health care for themselves while denying it to everyday citizens. “Just give us a choice! Stop making choices for us. What right do you have to make choices for us?” Dean said. “If you don’t want single-payer, then fine. Keep what you’ve got. I wish Republicans
would stop telling people what to do in their private lives and keep their hands out of our health insurance.” Recent Vassar University graduate Ryan Harper, 22, lamented being without health care since earning her degree and moving to Washington. She attended the town hall to hear a solution. “I don’t get my parents’ plan anymore, and my job doesn’t have health care benefits. That hasn’t been good,” Harper said. “I have a few pre-existing conditions, so I can’t get my own insurance. I’m 22. That’s ridiculous. This is personal to me.” Buffalo, N.Y. resident and D.C. visitor Wendy Clark lauded Dean as a champion of reform. “Like Ted Kennedy, he has all the right ideas,” said Clark. “Right now, my premiums are becoming a burden. Over the last five years, they have doubled, and my son will soon be aged out of my policy. It has to be done.” D.C. area native Paulette Littlejohn criticized the Republican side of the isle for attacking the public option. “From what I’ve heard and read on the Internet, Howard Dean has good ideas about this,” said Littlejohn. “People are so funny. We already have government-run health care. That’s what Medicaid is. So, I don’t want to hear it.”
Obesity in D.C. Affects Employability and Health Insurance Coverage BY TSIGHIE FOSTER Staff Writer Many Americans enjoy indulging in over-sized meals from fast food restaurants. Such unhealthy eating habits not only affect a person’s health, but their possible employment as well. According to HR magazine, “Employers are not unaffected by these events. Americans don’t leave their increasing waistlines at home in the morning; they bring them to work. And those extra pounds are having serious ramifications relating to health care costs, productivity, morale and potential employee discrimination.” The higher an employees body mass index (BMI) is, the more expensive their health care costs become. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS), 21.8 percent of Washington, D.C. residents were overweight or obese in 2008. “On average, health care for obese workers costs 36 percent more than for normal weight
Residents can bike at Rock workers, and medication costs 77 think that with all the hills people percent more,” said Roland Sturm, have to walk up, everyone would Creek Park, hike at Columbia Issenior economist at RAND Cor- be in shape, but it’s the complete land, or even take an eventful walk touring the monuments. All of poration in Santa Monica, Cali- opposite,” said Johnson. “I made it a personal goal to these activities are free and resifornia in an HR magazine report. With all of the D.C. parks not let that happen to me during dents can partake in them to work toward a healthy lifestyle. and running trails that exist, some- my residence in the District.” thing can be done to combat this health issue. Former body builder, and cover holder of Flex magazine Ron Love says that it is never too late to change bad eating habits. “There are simple things that can be done to not only change D.C. but the nation as a whole,” said Love. “For example, instead of driving to work or class if you live down the street, simply walk, and instead of eating fries and a burger replace one with a healthy salad.” Love believes in the importance of health and is displeased with the nation’s level of obesity. D.C. resident Marquita Johnson move to the District from California four years ago. She said that she was shocked at everyone’s lack of physical fitness when Jacob Langston/Orlando Sentine (MCT) she first moved here. Obesity is an issue that the nation’s capital faces but residents have options “When I first came to D.C., for exercise, either in outdoor parks or centers such as Banneker field. There I was so surprised at how out of are also gyms and sports clubs. shape everyone is. You would
College Students, Housing Discrimination BY TSIGHIE FOSTER Staff Writer Many students across the country can agree that it is difficult to acquire substantial living while attending college. Whether it is a dormitory, apartment, house, or any other form of residency, college students across the nation face discrimination when trying to obtain a home. The Fair Housing Act aims to make everyone conscious of his or her rights in terms of housing. Assistant Secretary for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity, John Trasvina desires to build student’s knowledge about their housing rights. “This act has been around since 1968 and stemmed from the Civil Rights Movement and the
assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. President Johnson spoke to the people and they said they needed a fair housing act, shortly after it was passed by Congress,” Trasvina said. In 1974, women were added to the Act, and then in 1988 provisions with children and the disabled were made. Trasvina says that if he could give students one message, it would be to “know that you have rights, you should be treated fairly, and that everyone should be able to receive substantial living.” No matter what ethnicity, age or gender a person is, they have a right to substantial living. Students often bare the brunt and misfortune of not being able to find housing. This is not necessarily collegiate housing; it is sometimes housing back
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home. Howard University student Tamila Myles is a prime example of this epidemic because she is currently without a permanent residence. She has university housing, but was forced to remain in D.C. during the summer because she had no permanent home to return to. “My mom is disabled; her disability had to do with her not being able to pay the rent on time,” said Myles. “I honestly think that the government should do a little bit more for students in my situation, they should help us out.” While this specific situation may not hit close to home for everyone, the fact that everyone should be aware of his or her rights is national. D.C. resident Justin Lamb had no prior knowl-
edge of the act. “I have never heard of Fair Housing rights, but I do think that it would be beneficial for everyone,” said Lamb. “I think that being young and Black, when you go to certain complexes they automatically assume you don’t have the funds to pay rent and treat you differently.” Being aware of the Fair Housing Act can prevent future discrimination. Those who came from minority families or are first generation college graduates are the gate way to affecting the democracy,” said Trasvina. Awareness is the first step to making a change in creating an equal and fair opportunity for everyone.
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September 17, 2009
The Scoop on Fall 09 Fashion Trends
BY ALESSA MANN Contributing Columnist
There’s something inherently wrong about looking at Spain through a classroom window. It’s like working the stage at a concert, and you miss the show. Fortunately, the start of school hasn’t meant an end to my fun. The classes I’m taking are interesting and they’re tailored around the cultural identity of Spain and Europe, so it’s like the Euro version of the classes I would be taking back on campus. Speaking of euros. I’ve learned the hard way money gets lost in translation just as easily as intentions do. For every euro I spend, I lose about $1.50. So, if I do the math, between schoolbooks, food, public transportation and the rare luxury of contact solution or nail polish remover, I’m filing bankruptcy around mid-October. Too bad I couldn’t take a course in How Not to Be Broke & Abroad. One of the classes I am taking is Media and Politics in Europe, and a big topic of discussion has been globalization. What does it mean? Well, I’ve realized that globalization means that even in the streets of Barcelona, I’m never too far from a Starbucks, Subway, or KFC. It’s all good until someone bites into a Colonel Sanders chicken wing and thinks that that’s what America is all about. In all seriousness, the discussion made me think, is globalization a process that’s helpful in spreading ideas, or does the process resemble more of a global American-ization? When kids in France, Nigeria and Japan start rejecting their national programming, and cultural icons for the Jonas Brothers and a Hannah Montana lunch box, will they also start abandoning their culture? I’ve seen the argument being made in the AfricanAmerican community all the time. Whether it’s Black women who wear their naturally kinky hair straight, or black men that listen to Kings of Leon instead of Jay-Z, it seems pretty easy to point the finger and accuse somebody Black of acting White or denying their culture. But what about when the trend goes across the Atlantic Ocean? Is it just as bad? My teacher, a native Spaniard, told the class about how, while he was growing up, he didn’t understand the concept of popularity until he starting watching an American TV show. “I think it’s like when people like you because you are good looking, or athletic, or something,” he recalled, although he admitted he still doesn’t really get it. To me, his confession was funny. I’ve lived all my life understanding popularity. Understanding the idea that some people are liked for completely superficial reasons, and some people, even good people, are not liked at all. It seems like other cultures aren’t so opposed to the idea of buying into the messages sent through American media, but overtime will it lead to the destruction of their cultural systems? Sure, it seems pretty innocent, with major American branches serving venti cappuccinos and $3.99 two-piece deals to almost every inhabitable country, but if HoChi starts outsourcing it’s mambo sauce to neighborhood convenience stores worldwide, it might just signal the apocalypse.
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Jackets with a military style are big this fall, finding their way in stores like InterMix and H&M. Military jackets recently found their way into Fashion Week shows.
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now, and layered for later in colder temps,” she said. Monica Smits at Aspen Boutique also likes the challenge of making the transition to fall while updating your wardrobe for the new season. “We are loving tuniclength vests and tops for transition because you can wear them now with sandals or later add skinny jeans or leggings and boots.” Also think shine. That’s what New York trends analyst Tom Julian suggests as you take inventory of your closet for fall. “Think hues of copper, gold, platinum and gunmetal,” he said. “Designers have placed an emphasis on luxe fabrics that can sparkle and shine without all the bells and whistles of embroidery, embellishment and excessiveness.” Julian and David Hacker, vice president of trends and color at Kohl’s department stores, both
It’s almost here: transition season. The most difficult time to figure out what to wear during fluctuating temperatures. Add to that the challenge of looking up-todate without tossing out last fall’s wardrobe and starting over. It’s cool in the morning and again in the evening, but warm during the day, so what temp should we dress for? Trying to decide is not fun. “Not true! Late summer marks a transition, but it doesn’t mean the fun has to end when it comes to getting dressed,” said Leah Doshier at Section 37 boutique in St. Louis. Doshier advises shopping for clean lines or slightly embellished pieces with crochet or beads. “These can be worn alone
list menswear looks as a top trend along with animal print and plaid. “By simply adding a statement accessory such as a bold cheetah print belt, colorful plaid handbag or vintage-look shoes, an everyday look will become effortlessly trendy this fall,” Hacker said. Fashion consultants agree you don’t have to buy a lot, but you’ve got to be selective so you’ll have the best pieces to layer and accessories that update your look for fall. FALL CHECKLIST: As we transition into fall and update our wardrobes, fashion consultants suggest making sure you have some of these trends: 1.Metallic fabric with a subtle shine 2. Military Style Jackets 3. A romantic blouse with some type of ruffle 4. A vest, whether it’s
tunic- length or a menswear look 5. Menswear fabrics and details borrowed from the guys 6. Tights in jewel tones, some textured 7. A dress or blouse with draping 8. Boots, short and cuffed, ankle booties and tall, even over-the-knee, boots 9. Pencil skirts 10. Boyfriend jackets 11.Bold necklaces and bracelets 12. Boyfriend Blazers 13. A bright coat _ take a break from black, brown and gray 14. Dresses, especially versatile knits 15. Animal print garments, and/or accessories 16. Luxurious wraps
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BY CRYSTAL J. ALLEN Editor-In-Chief Has anybody wondered why America – namely college-aged citizens like us – paid little attention to Rep. Joe Wilson when shouted “you lie” during a speech given by our president, but gave both Kanye and Lil’ Mama ALL the shine when they both voluntarily embarrassed themselves at the VMAs? Kanye West’s name has literally been within the top 10 most popular phrases on Twitter, also known as trending topics, since the hoop-la-la began – all because he embarrassed some girl while accepting her first Video Music Award. Don’t get me wrong – I am not condoning Kanye’s actions, whatsoever. I think it was immature and unfair to poor little Miss Taylor Swift. I just imagined if I was Taylor Swift. Clearly, there would have been a misunderstanding on the stage that night. But still, I say all this to say, actions such as these illustrate what we make priority in the bubble in which we live. Constantly, we talk about how we need to come together as a people, focus and prioritize. Aahhh, I love that word: prioritize. We learn at an early age to do what is important to us – its human nature. So, I guess, by default, we as a young people are not at fault for giving Kanye THAT much more publicity at one of his dumbest moments. It makes complete sense. Between him and Lil’ Mama – who just had everyone baffled for the rest of the night…and week, in some cases – there was no room for us to bash Wilson or even discuss the aftermath of his actions. Honestly, what were the chances of him being a trending topic for an extensive period of time? I mean, we cared, but we didn’t care that much. Right? Wrong. Being a student on this campus, I see the fire in us when we discuss politics and the issues therein. I saw the emotions run high and the tears flow the second it was announced that President Barack Obama would be the first African American to lead this country. I saw the student reactions after Michael Steele was elected as the first black Republican Party national chairman – and the reactions after he made those disturbing comments about the “chicken and potato salad.” To have seen so much commentary on Kanye’s situation and see such a contrast in that of the Wilson incident, I can’t help to wonder where our priorities lie. How could we have so much to say about Kanye, when a man blatantly disrespected our president? A president who we rallied in support of, voted for and advocated for in order to help get into office. It baffles me. We get upset; we rally; we convene and we discuss. It’s in our blood as Bison to do so. Therefore, I suggest we demonstrate this more often, even on social networking sites. Our actions didn’t say that we cared so much, but I know many of us truly did. Let’s try to do better!
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I say no to workplace romances, relationships, hookups, boo’s, friends-with-benefits, etc. Like everything else we write about every week, there are exceptions to this solid “no”, but when it comes to playin’ around where you get paid, the exceptions are very, very few. First, a workplace may be one of the only places where people are MORE in your business than anywhere on Howard University’s campus. Actually, it would probably be worse because it’s a smaller environment, it can directly affect your professional career and there’s almost no escaping it. For one thing, there’s way too much pressure in seeing your latest fling everyday. In the normal dating world, when you first start dating, you can have ugly days and only worry about getting pretty for date night. When you work together, you become way too concerned about how cute you look everyday. Nobody needs that kind of pressure on top of their regular work demands. You can’t vent to your significant other about work because they won’t be sympathetic to those problems -- they’re going through the same thing. You’re trying to tell him about how your boss is getting on your
nerves and he says, “yeah, he’s getting on mine too” or “it didn’t happen like that, you’re blowing it out of proportion.” Also, you shouldn’t “twork” where you work because gossip spreads faster in offices than it did when Juicy Campus existed. You don’t want your professional reputation ruined by your happy hour reputation. When you “work it” where you’re workin’, you open yourself up for the possibility that everyone will think that you are getting special treatment because of your relationship with the boss. The quality of your work will no longer matter, all of your work will be credited to the boss showing favoritism on you. Some may try to get around it by having what they THINK is a “secret” relationship with a coworker or boss, but 1. there are no secrets, and 2. you’ll get mad when you see other girls come at him and you can’t say anything about it. I promise you, the secret you think you have with your undercover boo is not a secret, and if he doesn’t care about you, he’s laughing with the rest of the office behind your back. Leave the office for platonic friendships and friendly associates -- not friendships with benefits and more-than-friendly associations.
I don’t have much experience in this field. But I think that they could turn out to be bad, real bad Michael Jackson. Also I want to put a Howard spin on this topic and discuss organizational dating. There are some organizations that allow both males and females to join such as student councils, Campus Pals, Phi Sigma Pi, The Hilltop and countless other organizations. I do not recommend dating people in the same social circle and organizations you are in. The main reason I think it’s a bad idea because it will most likely not work out. Recent studies have show that divorce rates are up to 50%, I think it’s fair to say that college relationships failure rates are even higher than that. We all know those couples that were heavy freshman year and can’t stand each other now. What you have to remember is that you will always have to be around this person if you are in an organization together, whether you are dating or not. I think it’s best to avoid bringing hostility
amongst each other to your organization. Dating in the workplace when we graduate and become full time employees has some different rules. You should never date a co-worker when money is on the line. There are waaaay too many other people out there to date. What if the person turns out to be crazy? You can’t avoid their calls when you have to see them in the office the next day. You don’t want the reason you get reprimanded at your real job to be over a sour relationship. Also a lot of companies forbid romantic workplace relationships as a part of their employee code of conduct. Never get into a relationship with your boss or someone that holds a higher position than you! You don’t want them potentially holding things over your head and putting you in awkward positions. Also, remember that some separation is good. It is not healthy to be around the person you are dating all day and all the time.
Overheard @ The Mecca Overheard in The Hilltop Office... Girl 1: I really want to go to Atlanta! Girl 2: Me Too! But I wanna go to cause’ I want to go to Magic City! I follow them on Twitter. Overheard somewhere on campus... Girl 1: Where are you from? Boy 1: Originally I’m from Texas. Girl 1: Where are you from now? Boy 1: The School of C. Overheard somewhere else on campus.... Boy 1: Lowkey I don’t think black people get the swine flu. Girl 1: I don’t think that’s true. Boy 1: We don’t get lice. Overheard one of your fellow Bison say something crazy? Send it to email@example.com!
...because we know you were wondering the same thing. 1. Why are people trying to come at Hilltop editors on Twitter? 2. Is this enough “cojonés” for you? 3. There have been multiple Rush weeks so far, has your life gotten played yet? 4. Did you watch the VMA’s or did you just read about it on Twitter? 5. So are you on #TeamKanye or #TeamTaylor? 6. Why is everybody acting like they care about Taylor Swift’s feelings when nobody even knew who she was before Sunday? 7. Who’s apology was better, Kanye’s or Chris Brown’s? 8. Who was that boy, I mean girl, who jumped on stage with Jay-Z and Alicia Keys? 9. Do you think they’ll have stage security at all future VMA’s? 10. Doesn’t Twitter commentary make award shows 100 times better? 11. Why do you have to show your ID to get into the
School of Communications now? 12. Who really bought a Fashion Show I ticket? 13. Who’s excited to see Melyssa Ford play in the celebrity basketball game? 14. Does Drake’s “Best I Ever Had” video come to mind? 15. Who’s coming to Yard Fest? C’mon, tell us! 16. Why did more people show up for the Homecoming unavailing than the Health care rally, but more people had on those purple shirts? 17. Who has the best happy hour in D.C.? (email answers to firstname.lastname@example.org) 18. Will our football team win...EVER? 19. What were those people doing on the Yard the other day with the weather balloons? 20. Why is the 20th question always the hardest for us to come up with? 21. Are you mad that I’m asking you 21 questions? *50 Cent voice* Compiled by The Hilltop Staff
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Suggestions for a More Effective Student Protest On Sept. 4, hundreds of Howard students swarmed the Administration Building in a systematic attempt to force Howard administration to not only acknowledge their grievances, but to take immediate action in correcting them. Although students presented an organized and united front that day, criticisms of the protest continue to swirl around campus, citing an ill-informed and under represented student body, a ludicrous list of demands, and subsequent unprofessionalism on the part of HUSA. The list of demands wasn’t been fulfilled by Sept. 9, according to HUSA Executive President Bryan Smart, and another protest will be coming soon. But before students get re-suited in their black protest gear, HUSA should perhaps take a moment to consider what steps should be taken to make the second protest more effective than the last, which has seemingly fallen short of achieving its goals. This time around, the entire student body should be well-informed and aware of the date and time of the protest, and not have to hear things like: “Oh yeah girl, there’s a protest going on by
the A-building, wanna go?” Also, although the list compiled by HUSA definitely included some demands that were necessary, it also included a couple that may not have been completely thought through, and seemed unreasonable. For example, one of the demands called for the allocation of a whopping $14 million to establish wireless connectivity to the entire campus by Nov. 1, 2009. Campus-wide wireless capability is definitely a warranted student request, but the astronomical amount
Our View: It’s great to see students united, but we must be organized and have rational demands to be effective. proposed by HUSA is financially impossible for the University at this time. Dr. Gregory Carr, chair of the Department of African American Studies and known student advocate, presented a couple of suggestions to students on how to stage a better protest,
citing the central challenge as successfully integrating and involving large and organized numbers of students in a targeted, effective effort. This would call for the skill set of students being considered. Using students from the School of Business to look over the budget and personnel management structure, and posing relevant questions/concerns based on their knowledge of the area, or students from Engineering and Architecture analyzing the strength of our physical plant and raise suggestions for improvement. According to Dr. Carr, the responsibility of student leaders is to ask the important questions, get the answers, then turn to the student body for assistance in developing a scheme for effective student involvement, which ensures a centralized mission, and that we move closer to our goals. In the wake of a protest marked by such criticism and scrutiny, our HUSA student leaders should take the advice of Dr. Carr, and actually consider the arguments of the critics, to make steps toward presenting an even more united and organized front, and effectively addressing the concerns that still plague Howard University students.
demands for a new dorm to be constructed within an unreasonable time period and for money to be taken out of the already depleted endowment. There had to be a better way. I spoke with students whose only concern was getting validated and who did not even know who Dean Gibbs was. Yes, students were ready to speak… but about what? My fellow e-board members expressed our concern at the lateness with which the protest was planned. Though we later found out various leaders had met prior to the protest, we wondered how much research could have been done within the span of three hours. The Montgomery Bus Boycott was not a spontaneous action. The March on Washington did not occur randomly. Such protests were the result of many months of careful planning by many people. They knew that, to actually achieve the aims one sought, they had to consider the feasibility of each of their demands and come armed, not just with fiery rhetoric, but with veritable solutions. Only then would they proceed. This is not to say that I do not applaud the leaders who tasked themselves with organizing this protest. All
The work of the political activist inevitably involves a certain tension between the requirement that position be taken on current issues as they arise and the desire that one’s contributions will somehow survive the ravages of time. - Angela Davis
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Perspective Armed with Fiery Rhetoric and Veritable Solutions On Friday, Sept. 4, I cannot possibly describe how my heart swelled to see Howard students standing together, fighting for a common cause. I was at my internship at NBC, so I had full access to television (and Twitter) and was able to fully follow the day’s events. Amidst all of the chaos, I saw in my peers passion and fervor unrivaled by anything I have seen during my tenure at Howard. That day, it wasn’t about what school you were in or what organization you were a part of. School of Communications students joined COAS students who were standing alongside CPNAHS students, all declaring in raised voices that the student body was tired of stagnancy. I was proud. Let us now regress to Thursday, Sept. 3. At 11:00 p.m., I was notified of a protest-planning meeting taking place that night. I, along with my fellow School of Communication E-board members, decided that we would be remiss in not attending such a meeting. When we arrived, we were surprised to see that so many students had congregated at so late an hour. The air was heavy with discontent and students seemed ready for something…anything to voice their concerns. I viewed the list of demands, and noted that there were
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of them devoted much effort to this protest and anyone can see the genuine concern they have for students. In the aftermath, I spoke to several school presidents and vicepresidents concerning the next step as well as with the initial organizer of the protest, Kris Owens. Also, within the realm of my duties within General Assembly, I have met with HUSA VicePresident Jerome Joseph and HUSA Student Advocacy Chair Corey Briscoe. We have spoken in depth about what we, as a student body, should do next. The meetings were immensely productive and restored my hope in what a collaborative effort can produce. But I still will not apologize for asking questions. Inquisition should not be mistaken for apathy. In fact, I believe students should question more. Question why you have yet to see a recycling program. Question why we can pay to bring 50 Cent to campus, but yet not have the funds for handicap-accessible buildings. After all, it was out of one student’s question that the whole protest arose. Candace Smith Junior Broadcast Journalism Major
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The Howard University Constitution Association Day of Black Journalists and the The Spotlight University will Network present: observe “Broadcasting in the Obama Constitution Day Age.” on Professional Thursday, journalists’ panel on Sept. September 17, 17th at 6 pm in 2009 in the Spotlight studio C. Founders
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“Calling all men and women Beacon Liturgical Dance Ministry invites you to:
ANNUAL WALK-A-THON & THE 18TH ANNUAL WOMAN - TO WOMAN CONFERENCE INFORMATIONAL
SEPTEMBER 17TH Engineering Auditorium 7PM
Library Reading Room. The event will take place from 2:00 to 4:00pm, with a reception to follow in the Founders Library Museum. The topic is: National Urban League and NAACP Perspectives on the Constitution in the Sotomayor Era. All students, faculty, staff, and administrators are invited to attend.
Published on Sep 17, 2009