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Divinity School to Commemorate Former Dean Divinity school renames library to honor former visionary dean. BY RON HARRIS HU News Service The Howard University School of Divinity will celebrate the life and legacy of its former dean, Lawrence Neale Jones, Ph.D., by renaming the school’s library after him at 5:30 p.m., on Wednesday, Jan. 20, during its Opening Convocation. Jones, a giant within the religious education and church communities, died on Dec. 7, 2009. Much of the school’s growth occurred under Jones’ leadership from 1975 to 1991. During his tenure, the school moved from the University’s main campus to a site on Randolph Street in Northwest Washington, D.C. and finally to its current location at 1400 Shepherd St. NE. Student enrollment increased, as did faculty and the school’s resources. It was also during his tenure that “Great is thy Faithfulness” was adopted as the school song. School of Divinity Dean,

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The library at the School of Divinity will be named after its former dean, Lawrence Neale Jones. Under his leadership, the school developed programs used today.

Alton Pollard III, Ph.D., said naming the library in Jones’ honor immortalizes his contributions to Howard, the School of Divinity, Washington, D.C. and the nation. “Dean Jones, as he will always be remembered, was one of the forerunners in the School of Divinity’s history,” Pollard said. “He led this school for 16 years with foresight and perseverance. All those who are fortunate to matriculate, work, teach or do research here are

inheritors of his great sacrifice and beneficence.” Jones will be remembered as a visionary, scholar, educator, preacher, pastor, mentor, vanguard, statesman, historian and author, Pollard said. He received a bachelor’s degree from West Virginia State College, a master’s degree in American History from the University of Chicago, a bachelor of Divinity degree from Oberlin

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was the first African American to hold that position. The recipient of numerous honorary degrees and awards, Jones wrote many pastoral pieces, including “Soundings,” “Theological Reflections” and “Notes from a Preacher’s Desk.” After his retirement, he wrote “African Americans and the Christian Churches 1619-1860,” which was published in 2007 when he was 86 years old.

Griffin Plans to Unite HU as New VP of Student Affairs BY CAMILLE AUGUSTIN Staff Writer

BY LAUREN GASPARD Staff Writer Members of the Howard University community traveled to Greensboro, N.C. to celebrate and honor the life of James Edward Cheek Sr., Ph. D., former President of Howard University who died on January 8 at the age of 77. Cheek served in the presidential capacity for 20 years, creating a historical legacy that is remembered by Howard students and faculty all across campus. James Cheek Sr. was born on Dec. 4, 1932 in Roanoke Rapids, N.C. Cheek double majored in sociology and history from Shaw University in 1955 where he met his wife of nearly 50 years Celestine Juanita Williams. Cheek later became president of Shaw in 1963, becoming one of the youngest college/university presidents in the country at the age of 30. Cheek obtained a Master of Divinity (with honors) from Colgate Rochester Divinity School in 1958, and the Doctor of Philosophy degree from Drew University in 1962. He served in the United States Air Force and was discharged in 1951. The current President of Howard University Sidney Ribeau expressed Cheek’s leadership as a “national treasure” to the university that should always be remembered. “For two decades under Cheek’s leadership (1969-1989), Howard University experienced immense growth and modernization

College Graduate School of Theology and a doctorate in African-American Church History from Yale University. Jones served as pastor of churches in Ohio, New York City and Washington, D.C. including Church of the Redeemer and Plymouth Congregational. He also served as Dean of the Chapel at Fisk University and Dean of the Faculty and Acting President of Union Theological Seminary, where he

Photo Courtesy of Howard.edu

During President Cheek’s tenure, HU’sand programs and facilites developed.

– with our student population increasing and the number of schools, colleges, research programs and faculty expanding,” President Ribeau said. “The university built upon its international reputation and its legacy of social justice.” Cheek became president of Howard University in 1969 and retired in 1989, making him the second-longest-serving President in Howard University history. Cheek was also instrumental in opening two major broadcast facilities for

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Howard University, -- commercial radio station WHUR-FM, and the first Black-owned PBS station WHMM (later WHUT-TV). Also during Cheek’s leadership, Howard University broke ground on Howard University Hospital, the Undergraduate Library, increased the endowment fund, the established the School of Business and adding the School of Divinity and School of Law to Howard University’s extended campus in the Northwest D.C.

Leaving his position as the Interim Vice Provost of Student Affairs, Dean Charles Gibbs was announced as the Interim Athletic Director in a letter issued to the University by President Sidney A. Ribeau. To replace Gibbs’ position, Barbara Griffin will serve as Vice President of Student Affairs (VPSA) until a permanent appointment is announced. According to a letter issued to the Howard University community, a candidate was recommended but later accepted a position at another institution. “My first plan of action is to thoroughly review the Office of Student Affairs [and] meet with student groups, deans, staff and alumni,” Griffin said. “Also all related constituencies so that I can serve Howard University as well as I possibly can.” Fostering a closer relationship between all of the “components of the University that affect the academic, cultural and social development of students” is one of Griffin’s goals. She plans to work with the members of the Howard University community to create a more cohesive learning environment. Griffin has served as associate provost, the chair of the English Department, and associate dean in the College of Arts and Sciences (COAS). She assisted in the development of the

COAS Undergraduate Research Symposium and many summer study abroad programs. “Doctor Griffin is one of those administrators that really cares about students and making a difference in students’ lives,” said Victoria Kirby, a first-year graduate student. As for Gibbs, his new task will be to oversee the work of coaches and related staff involved in athletic programs. “I think Dean Gibbs is the man for the job,” said Jordan Faust, junior administration of justice major. “The athletic director before was good, but did not do the best he could to make things happen.” Faust said Gibbs will have to improve and focus on the needs of the student athletes. Gibbs is a former Bison student athlete, playing for Howard University’s football team and winning conference matches. Gibbs will be replacing former athletic director Dwight Datcher. Christian Delas, junior information systems major and member of Howard’s soccer team, said he hopes the new athletic director will better manage funds allocated to the athletic department. “Management department should not be lopsided,” Delas said. “Every team should be able to get what they need.” Delas said the new athletic director has a chance to attract new students to come to Howard University and become part of the athletic program.

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Divinity School to Commemorate Former Dean Divinity school renames library to honor former visionary dean. BY RON HARRIS HU News Service The Howard University School of Divinity will celebrate the life and legacy of its former dean, Lawrence Neale Jones, Ph.D., by renaming the school’s library after him at 5:30 p.m., on Wednesday, Jan. 20, during its Opening Convocation. Jones, a giant within the religious education and church communities, died on Dec. 7, 2009. Much of the school’s growth occurred under Jones’ leadership from 1975 to 1991. During his tenure, the school moved from the University’s main campus to a site on Randolph Street in Northwest Washington, D.C. and finally to its current location at 1400 Shepherd St. NE. Student enrollment increased, as did faculty and the school’s resources. It was also during his tenure that “Great is thy Faithfulness” was adopted as the school song. School of Divinity Dean,

Photo Courtesy of Howard.edu

The library at the School of Divinity will be named after its former dean, Lawrence Neale Jones. Under his leadership, the school developed programs used today.

Alton Pollard III, Ph.D., said naming the library in Jones’ honor immortalizes his contributions to Howard, the School of Divinity, Washington, D.C. and the nation. “Dean Jones, as he will always be remembered, was one of the forerunners in the School of Divinity’s history,” Pollard said. “He led this school for 16 years with foresight and perseverance. All those who are fortunate to matriculate, work, teach or do research here are

inheritors of his great sacrifice and beneficence.” Jones will be remembered as a visionary, scholar, educator, preacher, pastor, mentor, vanguard, statesman, historian and author, Pollard said. He received a bachelor’s degree from West Virginia State College, a master’s degree in American History from the University of Chicago, a bachelor of Divinity degree from Oberlin

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was the first African American to hold that position. The recipient of numerous honorary degrees and awards, Jones wrote many pastoral pieces, including “Soundings,” “Theological Reflections” and “Notes from a Preacher’s Desk.” After his retirement, he wrote “African Americans and the Christian Churches 1619-1860,” which was published in 2007 when he was 86 years old.

Griffin Plans to Unite HU as New VP of Student Affairs BY CAMILLE AUGUSTIN Staff Writer

BY LAUREN GASPARD Staff Writer Members of the Howard University community traveled to Greensboro, N.C. to celebrate and honor the life of James Edward Cheek Sr., Ph. D., former President of Howard University who died on January 8 at the age of 77. Cheek served in the presidential capacity for 20 years, creating a historical legacy that is remembered by Howard students and faculty all across campus. James Cheek Sr. was born on Dec. 4, 1932 in Roanoke Rapids, N.C. Cheek double majored in sociology and history from Shaw University in 1955 where he met his wife of nearly 50 years Celestine Juanita Williams. Cheek later became president of Shaw in 1963, becoming one of the youngest college/university presidents in the country at the age of 30. Cheek obtained a Master of Divinity (with honors) from Colgate Rochester Divinity School in 1958, and the Doctor of Philosophy degree from Drew University in 1962. He served in the United States Air Force and was discharged in 1951. The current President of Howard University Sidney Ribeau expressed Cheek’s leadership as a “national treasure” to the university that should always be remembered. “For two decades under Cheek’s leadership (1969-1989), Howard University experienced immense growth and modernization

College Graduate School of Theology and a doctorate in African-American Church History from Yale University. Jones served as pastor of churches in Ohio, New York City and Washington, D.C. including Church of the Redeemer and Plymouth Congregational. He also served as Dean of the Chapel at Fisk University and Dean of the Faculty and Acting President of Union Theological Seminary, where he

Photo Courtesy of Howard.edu

During President Cheek’s tenure, HU’sand programs and facilites developed.

– with our student population increasing and the number of schools, colleges, research programs and faculty expanding,” President Ribeau said. “The university built upon its international reputation and its legacy of social justice.” Cheek became president of Howard University in 1969 and retired in 1989, making him the second-longest-serving President in Howard University history. Cheek was also instrumental in opening two major broadcast facilities for

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Howard University, -- commercial radio station WHUR-FM, and the first Black-owned PBS station WHMM (later WHUT-TV). Also during Cheek’s leadership, Howard University broke ground on Howard University Hospital, the Undergraduate Library, increased the endowment fund, the established the School of Business and adding the School of Divinity and School of Law to Howard University’s extended campus in the Northwest D.C.

Leaving his position as the Interim Vice Provost of Student Affairs, Dean Charles Gibbs was announced as the Interim Athletic Director in a letter issued to the University by President Sidney A. Ribeau. To replace Gibbs’ position, Barbara Griffin will serve as Vice President of Student Affairs (VPSA) until a permanent appointment is announced. According to a letter issued to the Howard University community, a candidate was recommended but later accepted a position at another institution. “My first plan of action is to thoroughly review the Office of Student Affairs [and] meet with student groups, deans, staff and alumni,” Griffin said. “Also all related constituencies so that I can serve Howard University as well as I possibly can.” Fostering a closer relationship between all of the “components of the University that affect the academic, cultural and social development of students” is one of Griffin’s goals. She plans to work with the members of the Howard University community to create a more cohesive learning environment. Griffin has served as associate provost, the chair of the English Department, and associate dean in the College of Arts and Sciences (COAS). She assisted in the development of the

COAS Undergraduate Research Symposium and many summer study abroad programs. “Doctor Griffin is one of those administrators that really cares about students and making a difference in students’ lives,” said Victoria Kirby, a first-year graduate student. As for Gibbs, his new task will be to oversee the work of coaches and related staff involved in athletic programs. “I think Dean Gibbs is the man for the job,” said Jordan Faust, junior administration of justice major. “The athletic director before was good, but did not do the best he could to make things happen.” Faust said Gibbs will have to improve and focus on the needs of the student athletes. Gibbs is a former Bison student athlete, playing for Howard University’s football team and winning conference matches. Gibbs will be replacing former athletic director Dwight Datcher. Christian Delas, junior information systems major and member of Howard’s soccer team, said he hopes the new athletic director will better manage funds allocated to the athletic department. “Management department should not be lopsided,” Delas said. “Every team should be able to get what they need.” Delas said the new athletic director has a chance to attract new students to come to Howard University and become part of the athletic program.

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Sophomore guard Calvin Thompson has led the men’s basketball team this season while the Lady Bison are being led by Zykia Brown and Saadia Doyle.

BY ROYCE STRAHAN Sports Editor The men’s basketball team has compiled a record of 4-1 in the MEAC and a 5-13 overall record while the women’s team posted a record of 3-2 in the MEAC and a 7-9 overall record.

On Monday, both teams matched up with the men’s and women’s teams from Norfolk State University and were victorious. The men defeated Norfolk State 82-77, while the Lady Bison won 55-46. Sophomore guard Calvin Thompson is making a huge impact on the team this year as the MEAC

Player of the Week and averaging a team high with 13.8 points and 1.8 assists a game. Thompson also put up impressive numbers the past two games, scoring a career high 33 points against North Carolina A&T and 24 points against Norfolk State on Monday. Lady Bison Zykia Brown

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had a game-high 25 points against Norfolk State while breaking the 1,000-point mark in her 76th game. Brown is the team leader in points, averaging 18.5 points a game, while Saadia Doyle is also putting up impressive numbers of 16.1 points

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and 11.3 rebounds per game. Thompson and Doyle are both finalists for the Heritage Sports Radio Network National Player of the Week. Votes must be cast for Doyle and Thompson on hsrn.com by 2 p.m. today.

The Saga Continues: Baseball’s Steroids Era BY MICHAEL WATERS Contributing Writer

wire was introduced to steroids. He admitted to using steroids during the 1989 offseason. One of the most memoMcGwire was traded to rable seasons in Major League the St. Louis Cardinals in 1997 Baseball (MLB) history was and achieved substantial suctainted after Mark McGwire, cess which Canseco went on to baseball’s home run king of the become the poster boy for base1998 season, recently admitted ball’s infamous steroid era. His steroid use, making many fans tell-all book “Juiced: Wild Times, and Howard students skeptical Rampant ‘Roids, Smash Hits & of many of the power numbers How Baseball Got Big” released in America’s pastime. in 2005. It opened the doors to McGwire admitted to uswidespread suspicion and investiing steroids on and off for about gation of some of baseball’s biga decade in an effort to recover gest names, most notably Barry from baseball injuries and faBonds, Roger Clemens, Rafael tigue. Palmeiro and McGwire. McGwire continuously reThe widespread news covfused to acknowledge any perforerage and public outcry led to a mance enhancement as a result 2005 congressional hearing on of steroid usage, causing a bit of steroids where 11 players and exan uproar in the world of baseecutives, including McGwire and ball and forcing some former Canseco, were called to appear. players and teammates to speak There, McGwire made his infaout against McGwire and his mous “I’m not here to talk about chances of enshrinement in the the past” quote that served to National Baseball Hall of Fame. create more suspicion about the McGwire’s admission legitimacy of McGwire’s gaudy comes after making his long power numbers. awaited return to baseball in “It’s just hard for me to 2010 as the St. Louis Cardinals’ believe that he would have hit new hitting coach. The timing of so many homers without the stethe admission has been a cause roids,” Musgrove said. for concern for many who don’t McGwire’s admission Photo Courtesy of sportsblog.projo.com believe he would have come interview with Bob Costas has out otherwise, though McGwire Mark McGwire recently added his name to the list of baseball players who admitted to steroid usage. Howard students feel like been aired constantly on a variclaims that if not for fear of le- his records will forever be tainted as a result. ety of news outlets and his singal repercussions he would have cerity has been called into quesSammy Sosa. The 1998 home run “[McGwire’s] Hall of Fame son by a rookie and garnering the come clean in 2005. race was a back and forth battle resume is based on home runs, but American League (AL) Rookie of tion. Nevertheless, it did not stop “It’s obvious that he’s only between the arguably two of the who knows how many he would’ve the Year Award. McGwire’s power McGwire from receiving a warm doing this because he has to,” Hen- best power hitters in the league that hit without cheating, so they can’t continued to lift the Oakland A’s, ovation at a recent Cardinals prory Musgrove, a sophomore busi- played out through constant news let him in,” junior economics major despite a declining batting average. motional event. ness management major, said. “He stories and SportsCenter highlight David Boon said. Despite the reception, the However, Oakland is also would have never admitted to using reels. most troubling part of the story to McGwire made his MLB where McGwire encountered Jose steroids under his own free will.” McGwire and Sosa raced debut in 1986 as a member of Canseco, another promising, young baseball purists is that McGwire reDuring the 1998 season in toward Roger Maris’ record of 61 the Oakland Athletics (A’s) and power hitter in the A’s lineup. The fuses to admit the steroids enhanced the face of waning interest and de- home runs in a single season, hit- began his rookie campaign dur- duo was coined the “Bash Broth- his performance. He credits his inclining ticket sales, baseball needed ting gravity-defying homers night ing the 1987 season. He showed ers” in reference to their muscular crease in home runs to a shorter a spark to once again stake its claim after night. Eventually, McGwire early promise as a power hitter in frames and their uncanny ability to swing and a more in depth study of as “America’s national pastime.” and Sosa finished with 70 and 66 his rookie season, setting the MLB hit balls out of the park. It was also pitchers he faced. That spark came in the form homers in one season respectively. record for most home runs in a sea- around this time period that McGof two players: Mark McGwire and

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Election Season Kicks Off on HU’s Campus BY CAMILLE AUGUSTIN Staff Writer It is that time of the year again. Prospective candidates for student elections attended meetings held by the general commission regarding the rules and regulations for running an honest and progressive campaign this semester in Blackburn Digital Auditorium on Jan. 13. “This election season will be different,” said Whitney Henry, general elections commissioner. “We want the student body to be involved in the political aspect this season so they know completely

who their candidates are, as opposed to looking at pretty pictures,” she said. Henry said she wants candidates to be held accountable for the things they are running for. As a means for students to know who their candidates are, Spotlight television network at Howard University will host a show where candidates will be able to speak about the issues they are running for. Henry said similar to the television show, “The View,” a panel of students knowledgeable of student elections will have discussions every Friday during the election season.

“We want the students to see the candidates from different aspects,” she said. Students received information such as how many signatures are needed to run for a certain offices, such as the Howard University Student Association (HUSA). February 1 marks the official start of campaigning at midnight. “Reaching students makes an effective campaign,” said Allen Reynolds, a sophomore television production major. “Connecting with people as well.” Jasmine Barnett, a junior political science major, said what she looks for in a student leader

is someone who is focused on the major issues. “I look for someone who is for the betterment of the students, the betterment of the university,” Barnett said. “Someone whose focus is on the students, because we are the most important in student elections. I am not looking for someone to make me promises but just to pay attention to students and work to fulfill their needs or ideas,” she said. James Sims, a senior political science major, said he is looking for a candidate who is the most credible or experienced. “Experienced does not

mean [who] have the most titles but [who] has done the most with their positions,” Sims said. “This candidate has to be genuine about wanting the position they are seeking, this person must have the most feasible platform and including ways to implement,” he said. Sims said the candidates must be well-spoken and wellversed in the necessary materials concerning their position “and a good student, because students come first.”

Business Fraternity Members ‘Rush, Rule It’ Alpha Kappa Psi Business Fraternity celebrates first year at Howard, prepares for new membership intake BY TAHIRAH HAIRSTON Campus Editor It’s been a year since the Alpha Kappa Psi Business Fraternity made its way to Howard University and with 49 members, the organization is ready for new intake. With hopes to breed business leaders, this week the Psi Tau chapter kicks off “Russian Roulette: Rush and Rule It,” with various events for Howard students to get to know the ‘ins and outs’ of the organization. “We wanted the name of the week to say whatever it is you want to accomplish. There is a large

network of people and you will be able to rule whatever you passion is,” President LaMont Russell said. He said that the plans for the organization this year are to satisfy all of the requirements with nationals so the chapter can continue and put on more professional development programs. Just a year ago, a group of Howard students got together to form one of the six predominately black chapters of the fraternity, according to Russell. “We had meetings about the fraternity to see people’s interest and from there it just kind of blossomed.”

Founded in 1904 and serving as the world’s oldest and largest business fraternity, Russell hopes his fraternity will set itself apart from the Howard normalcy. Russell, one of the founding fathers of the organization, saw it as an opportunity to start something from scratch and have his own input. “Open to all majors,” is the line that sets Alpha Kappa Psi apart from other business fraternities. It means students from all over the university can get their hands on business aspects. Sophomore administration major Tahir Alberta joined the or-

ganization for that sole reason. “I felt that I needed to be well rounded when it came to being a better principle business leader,” Alberta said. With African Americans being the number one consumers in America, Alberta said organizations like this give young African Americans an option to discover their true potential. “The number one way to gain wealth in America is to be a producer more than you are a consumer.” Kiara McCoy, junior hospitality major, became a member of Alpha Kappa Psi for both the

professional and personal aspects. Growing up as an only child, she said unity is one thing she takes from the organization. “I wanted to share my knowledge with others and gain knowledge from them and be able to work with others,” McCoy said. “We have become so close.” Looking ahead to the future, McCoy hopes to see her fraternity leave a legacy at Howard. “I know we are just kind of starting, and it’s really shaky in the beginning, but I see us leaving a long legacy.”

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Healthy Skepticism or Unnecessary Cynicism? Based on a true story, recently released film “The Blind Side,” has garnered a lot of conversations in the black community. Featuring Caucasian actress Sandra Bullock as the leader of her upper middle class family, the movie recaps their adoption of a struggling black youth. This storyline initially raised eyebrows around the African -American community. African Americans seem to reject the idea of a white woman rescuing a young black man from perils such as homelessness and poverty. Apparently, the Golden Globe committee didn’t feel the same way as proved by this week’s award show. Sandra Bullock won the award for Best Actress in a Motion Picture (drama). After actually seeing the film, many previous cynics were singing its praises, calling the movie one of the best films of the year – their earlier ideas of underlying racism were seemingly for-

gotten. Similar to “The Blind Side,” Disney’s “The Princess and the Frog” has been the topic of significant scrutiny by many Howard students. The movie was coined by one particularly annoyed student as “organized and animated coonery.” Maybe we should have

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leans, there were Creole accents, and references to the hardship associated with being black in the south during that era. The film, however, was realistic as opposed to offensive, contrary to what many expected from the previews. It seems as though the African-American community may be overwhelmingly predisposed to expect negativity in the media, especially when it comes to representation in film. But is that type of attitude always necessary? Of course we’ve seen some pretty negative depictions of African Americans in film in the past, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that every reference to blacks in film should be subjected to that same expectation. A healthy level of skepticism might be acceptable, but it’s okay to give these films, (and others like them), a chance.

All films aren’t going to present African Americans in a negative light – it’s okay to give them a chance. been excited that Disney was finally giving us a black princess, but in many cases, that excitement was overshadowed by the possibility of racial prejudice within the film. Set in 1920s New Or-

Perspective: line jackets, I couldn’t help but notice that the Greeks were doing nothing at this community service but standing around… watching their PROSPECTS do the work! Is this really what you pledged for!? To have the ability to be a warden instead of a warrior for truth, justice and humility!? How dare you invite prospects to do work that you deem yourself unworthy of doing now that you have been anointed with letters. You deserve an applause for successfully making a community service event look like nothing more than a Greek fashion show for paraphernalia. To those prospects that worked so hard in honor of a man who was a Greek himself, please take heed of what has happened… and continues to happen at the hands of our beloved Greeks. Take note that EVERY ONE of our divine nine sororities and fraternities have been founded upon a pillar

or principal of service… and yet… who do they serve? I am hard pressed to find any of our Howard Greeks actually adhering to that principal, which they pledged so hard, bled, sweat and cried to defend. Maybe you should remove service from your bylaws and place it where it justly belongs… IN YOUR PLEDGE/ PRE-PLEDGE PROGRAM! It’s funny how letters can make you powerful to the point where helping others is beneath you. For those who seek these letters which are worn across our chests, I implore you to do one thing: ask those whom you look up to – the ones who have these letters – when was the last time they did community service. You may be surprised to find out that it was while they pledged! Sincerely, A Fellow Greek

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Dear Prospects Martin Luther King, Jr. was a wonderful man of power, dignity, service and most of all humility. It is no wonder that on the day deemed as his holiday, we as a people collectively seek to do more for others in remembrance of his light. As a reflection of his character, many come out nationwide to serve their communities, the less fortunate and our children. I attended one of the several community outreach programs hosted here in D.C. for MLK Day at the MLK Memorial Library. I came to this program with the intention of serving those in need; clearly that was not why most people came! What I saw at MLK was a display of pure disgust brought to us by our fellow Greeks! Hello Greeks… how are you? Feeling well I hope after a hard day of spectatorship I’m sure! As I walked among the sea of line shirts, embossed cardigans and embellished

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Online Editor Marquis H. Barnett Royce Strahan Nation & World Editor Sports Editor Ryan Foster Anastacia Mebane Genet Lakew Editorials & Perspectives Editor Copy Chief Metro Editor Jasmine Carpenter Alexis K. Barnes Faraday Okoro Asst. Copy Chief Business & Technology Editor Zelena Williams Brittany Clifton Photo Editors Charles Metze III Ronesha Dennis Bree Gant Nicolette McClendon Macy Freeman Sean Robinson Cartoonists Dilane Mitchell Oluyomi Sodunke Erica Hawkins Michele Steele Photographers Graphics Editor Copy Editors

Brittany Harris

India Clark Courtney Cola Business Manager Local Advertising Manager

Asst. Business Manager Jenerra Albert Operations Manager

Ryan Hamilton Advertising Layout Manager

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Arts and Sciences Student Council is now accepting staff applications. For a list of openings and an application, visit our office in Blackburn 106 or e-mail coas. chiefofstaff@ gmail.com. The applications are www. wordpress. greenlight09. com. Hurry they are due Wednesday, January 27, 2010 by 5pm. The Lovely Ladies of Alpha Chapter, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Present

The Alternative Spring Break 2010 Administrative Committee Presents its Final Participant Interest Meeting

Wednesday Night Live Presents

Thursday, January 21 in Rankin Chapel at 5:00pm

Andrew Rankin Memorial Chapel

email questions to huasb2010@ gmail.com

TODAY Wednesday January 20, 2010 6:45pm

Follow us: twitter.com/ huasb2010

Sitters Wanted $12 or more per hour. Register free for jobs near campus or home. www.student-sitters.com

Bison Ball Calendar MODEL CALL

Be a part of HU’s First Bison Ball Calendar Friday, January 22 @ 6PM Blackburn Bring a photo of yourself.

“Enlivening The Spirit” Founder’s Week 2010 Wednesday January 20th “Step Correct” East Ballroom Attire: Casual

January 20, 2010

**Chicken & Waffles $3.50 w/advertisement 3-6 PM Today (1/20/10)**

J. Bell’s Friday January 22nd Winghouse 715 Euclid St. NW “Cooking Your (Across from Way To Health” the School Gallery Lounge of B) Attire: Casual All programs begin at 7:08pm

THE RELEASE PARTY

Xi Chapter, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. Presents: Xi Week 2010 The Legacy Kontinues... Wednesday 1/20 Xi Game Night Wizards VS. Dallas Meet @ U St Metro @ 6p.m. Purchase tickets online $10 Thursday 1/21 Join Xi @ the Hands for Haiti Benefit Concert $10 @ Cramton Auditorium Friday 1/22 XiSPN Night Chinatown ESPN Zone All programs begin @ 7:11p.m. and Casual Dress

HOWARD UNIVERSITY HOMECOMING TREASURER APPLICATION: DUE FEBRUARY 1ST AT 10AM PLEASE PICK UP APPLICATIONS IN THE OFFICE OF STUDENT ACTIVITIES, SUITE 117 IN BLACKBURN.

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