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The Daily Student Voice of Howard University
VOLUME 93, NO.33
Thursday, October 8, 2009
LIFE & STYLE
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FORMER MAYOR OF D.C. MARION BARRY WAS RECENTLY TREATED AT HUH. OPEN UP AND FIND OUT WHY.
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NCNW Dispels Alcohol and Marijuana Myths BY DERRICK I. HAYNES Editorial Assistant
Frazier said losing a friend as the result of a drunk driver affected her view of alcohol. She now stands as a strong advocate against alcohol abuse and tries to encourage her friends to realize the ramifications of drinking too much. “Their accidents can affect you,” said Ronald Moten, co-founder of Peace-o-holics. “Normally, the driver never dies --it’s their friends.” Moten said that Peaceo-holics was a community development organization that focused on issues affecting the black community, especially alcohol and drug abuse. “They use drinking as a way of coping,” said Celeste Patten, a junior psychology major and program director for NCNW. Members of NCNW conducted an alcohol and marijuana survey in which 20 students from every dorm were polled. The survey results revealed that a majority of students polled only consumed alcohol or marijuana at parties. “[Alcoholism] is misunderstood by most people,” said George Trainor, a spokesperson from Alcoholics Anonymous (AA). “It can be treated, but never cured.”
To help dispel commonly held beliefs about alcohol and marijuana, the Howard Chapter of National Council of Negro Women (NCNW) held the alcohol and drug awareness forum, “Sober Up: The Truth About Alcohol and Drugs in the Black Community.” NCNW members began the forum by asking attendees to introduce themselves as the white strip of paper attached to red plastic cups. On each strip of paper, the last moments of alcohol-related victims were written. The stories ranged from alcohol poisoning to an accidental slip from a five-story building. The cup represented the last cup of alcohol the victim ever had. More significantly, it represented their last moment. “Most people don’t know the real effects of alcohol and drugs,” said Marie Frazier, a senior business management major. According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAA), 1,700 college students die each year from alcohol-related deaths. One in three college-age adults are admitted to emergency rooms due to an alcohol-related incident.
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The National Council of Negro Women (NCNW), Howard Chapter hosted an event Wednesday night. Those in attendance shared stories of how alcohol and drug abuse affected their lives. Also they dispelled myths about marijuana and alcohol.
HUSA, Ubiquity Attempt to Change the Face of Columbus Day BY JESSICA LEWIS Campus Editor
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Lady Bison Volleyball Team Stumbles Against Lafayette The Lady Bison Volleyball team was defeated by Lafayette University in Easton, PA by a score of 3-1.
MEAC Player of the Week, Gazelle d’Artois, had 19 kills and 17 digs which turned out to be the match high but wasn’t enough to hold off Lafayette. Howard (4-18) hit .333 in the first set while the Lafayette Leopards (10-6) were limited to .056 attack percentage. Junior, Nicole Brown had 13 digs while sophomore Taylor Johnson made four blocks, which was the match high. Baltimore, Md. is the next stop for the Lady Bison this Friday when they face off against Coppin State in a conference match.
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Teaming up to expose the truth behind Columbus Day, the Howard University Student Association (HUSA) and Ubiquity, Inc. will present a forum today about the American history of taking thanks undeserved. According to sophomore sociology major and HUSA social justice chair, Havian Nicholas, the panel discussion will aim to answer the questions: Why should we, African Americans, care about Columbus Day, why is it celebrated in our schools and why is it a holiday? In grade school, children often memorize simple lyrics to instill in their memory the importance of Christopher Columbus. “Thankstaking: Exposing the Truth Behind Columbus Day,” will try to break the mold of accepted truths about Columbus that have traditionally been accepted and perpetrated through history, according to Nicholas. She said it is about accepting more
than blind truth. To help reshape the mold of truth, the event will feature Chairman of the Afro-American Studies Department, Gregory Carr, Ph.D.; Professor Nubia Kai Salaam; and Baba Tehuti Evans of the House of Khamit. Nicholas said the panel will challenge “all these lies” and openly discuss the “unspoken truth.” The brochure that Ubiquity and HUSA members will pass out Thursday at 7 p.m. in the Blackburn Digital Auditorium reads, “No More Genocide! Abolish Columbus Day.” “We don’t have school on Columbus Day, which still blows me,” Nicholas said. According to history.com, “as historians have continued to learn and write more about the real life of Christopher Columbus, controversy has arisen over the validity of honoring the explorer as a hero. There are three main sources of controversy involving Columbus’ interactions with the indigenous people he labeled ‘Indians’: the use of violence and slavery, the forced conversion of
native peoples to Christianity, and the introduction of a host of new diseases that would have dramatic long-term effects on native people in the Americas.” Junior political science major, Shasta Blanton, learned that Columbus discovered America in 1492 beginning in elementary school, but never challenged the notion as a child. “You would not tend to believe that teachers are lying to you as a child so you accept the notion that Columbus created America and Native Americans slowly disappeared without thinking about what happened in between,” Blanton said. “It’s the same idea with slavery. You are only taught about the life of African people beginning with slavery without assessing their lives before the tragedy.” She said many people, including her, accepted the holiday over time without objection because of the free day from work and school associated with it. She said sadly in America, it seems as though the tangible benefits outweigh the need for truth.
HU Students Seek to Get Peers to Speak-out BY TAHIRAH HAIRSTON Campus Editor With a bullhorn, a laptop and two speakers, the first Howard University speak-out took place Wednesday afternoon. It is a new addition to the influx of students walking across The Yard that will be held every Wednesday at 12 p.m., where students can voice their opinions on different issues affecting them; in particular the war and the AfricanAmerican community.
“We want to wake up students from slumber,” said doctoral student Chioma Oruh. “We have to see our objective potential to create change.” Junior political science major, Priest Amen, organized the speakout along with doctoral student Chioma Oruh. “We need to get as many people talking about the issues because there are many issues not brought to public forum,” Amen said. “We want to help those students who aren’t aware become
aware.” Along with giving students an open forum to voice their opinions, Oruh and Amen were also advocating for students to join “The Black Is Back: Social Justice Peace and Reparations,” an antiwar rally to be held on Nov. 7 in conjunction with various social and political organizations around the world. They want to get at least 100 students to sign up to represent Howard for the rally. Oruh said the time is now for
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students to get political in this era. “You don’t have too far to see the contradiction around you.” For the first speak-out, Amen talked about the role of a black graduate and how Howard graduates can assist the community. He said lots of Howard students graduate and don’t feel obligated to make social change. “Students need to be aware that they exist inside of a social structure; you don’t exist as an autonomous unit whose actions
don’t have social ramifications,” Amen said. He said many times the goal of a School of Business graduate is economic advancement rather than social reform. “It is not for the betterment of the community, but the betterment of their pockets,” Oruh said. “That’s why you have AfricanAmerican communities that are economically impoverished,” Oruh continued.
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Ribeau Discusses Journey, Plans for Howard BY CAMILLE AUGUSTIN Staff Writer From California State University to Bowling Green State University, and now Howard University, President Sidney A. Ribeau has found a place to call home. “I was selected out of 187 applicants,” Ribeau said. “I immediately thought about the students, how to help the university, and becoming a part of the surrounding community.” Ribeau said he never aspired to become the president of an institution. “When I was young, I had the dreams of becoming a football player,” he said. “Not until my junior year of college I had a conversation with my mother and I decided to become a sociology teacher.” After Ribeau finished his undergraduate studies, he had intentions of going to law school, but went to Cal State University to teach as a sociology professor. Ribeau later became president of Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio for 13 years. At Bowling Green, Ribeau
accomplished and established effective programs. He built research centers that allowed students to research products that would assist in the cure for Alzheimer’s disease. Faculty had offices in the residence halls, as a means for students to meet one on one with their professors in their environment. New buildings were established, such as a new performing arts studio and athletic training facility. Now at Howard, Ribeau plans to implement some of his ideas from Bowling Green. One of them is the Students First Initiative. “This will improve the quality and services of the students and getting students involved in undergrad research,” Ribeau said. “Also helping students transition from service to academic prowess, and I want to create an environment where everyone feels valued.” Ribeau plans to continue growing the area of need-based financial aid and the improvement of academic programs through a program called the Academic Renewal Initiative. Through assessments, the program will be able to assist in
the areas of certain academic programs that need improvement. “We will be reviewing if students are interested in the programs, enrollment, ability to get jobs,” Ribeau said. “This will also include the alignment of the programs to the institution.” When Ribeau is not being president, he enjoys spending time with his wife and children. His favorite movies are “The Matrix 1, 2 and 3.” He said he has watched “The Matrix 1” seven times. Ribeau said he enjoys this classic movie because the underdog triumphs against “insurmountable odds.” “I am basically who I appear to be,” Ribeau said. This semester, Ribeau plans to visit some of the residence halls and once a month, open his office doors to students who want to drop by and talk. “Some students have been trying to get me to ‘tweet,’ he said. Joshua Corchado, a senior audio production major, said Ribeau is more personable than former president H. Patrick Swygert. “I feel he connects with the students and that is what every university should have,” said Corchado.
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Jazz Graces Blackburn BY VICTORIA FORTUNE Staff Writer The Howard University Jazztet’s under the direction of Professor Charlie Young graced the Blackburn Gallery lounge with another Wednesday of classic jazz melodies. A few minutes after 12 p.m., the gallery lounge filled as students and staff ate their meals while being accompanied by the live sounds of various Duke Ellington compositions. The first piece played “In A
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Junior Kristopher Owens and sophomore Miah Tyree were crowned 20092010 Mr. and Miss School of Communications.
BY CAMILLE AUGUSTIN Staff Writer Students grooved to live Howard University Jazz Band as the “Return to the Savory” School of Communications pageant took place in Blackburn Ballroom. The jazz band gave an aura of coolness and excitement as students waited patiently for the event to start. After a few tunes were played while the scores were tallied, the 2009-2010 Mr. and Miss School of Communications were announced. Miah Tyree, a sophomore broadcast journalism major, was crowned Miss School of Communications. “This is a great experience, and I am ready to take on the challenge of becoming Miss School of Communications, said Tyree. LIVE, Life is Valued Everyday, is Tyree’s platform. Through this platform, Tyree said she wants the students to be
the voice of Howard University. She said student involvement will increase as well. “We must live in this world, but not of this world,” Tyree said. Kristopher Owens, a junior advertising major, was crowned Mr. School of Communications. “I feel like I have accomplished something great; this is something I have always wanted,” Owens said. “I can’t wait to deliver my platform because it’s bigger than just being in the School of ‘C,’ it’s about doing what you said you would do.” Owens’ platform is titled “From the Hilltop to the Black Top.” Through his platform, Owens plans to “educate and liberate” the community. Owens also plans to bridge the Howard community with the D.C. community. Second runner-ups were Shelton “Jae” Murphy and Ashley Foote. First runner-ups were Marquis Barnett and Britany Rickett.
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President Sidney Ribeau starts his second year at Howard University with many plans for the betterment of the institution and the student body.
Mellow Tone,” a Duke Ellington original, arranged by the Jazztet’s own, guitarist Joshua Walker. With eyes shut, Walker passionately grooved to the surrounding instruments while playing his guitar. As the tempo continued to rise, it was evident by the ensembles body movement that they were becoming more and more into the song. “I appreciated the genre of music they converted into jazz. The reggae like song was my favorite. They really showed how versatile jazz is,” said sophomore public relations major, Nneka Witter. “I also liked how they showcased the individual instrumentalist as well as their group talent.” For each composition, the musicians were able to have their own solo moment. “Just Squeeze Me,” another Duke Ellington original, arranged by the Jazztet’s alto saxophonist, Brent Brickhead, expressed the interest one may have with someone of the opposite sex. The composition was about having
a crush but too afraid to admit to it. According to www.coas. howard.edu, the Howard University Jazztet is an instrumental ensemble that focuses on small group performance. The group is a direct outgrowth of improvisation classes and membership is by audition. Jazztet instrumentation ranges from quintet to octet. Junior Sociology major, Chantal Hailey, thought very highly of the performance. “It took me back to my days of listening to jazz with my parents,” Hailey said. “It was very soothing for the soul, a great break for my busy schedule.” To end the event of sultry and soul, the ensemble played “Day Break,” an arrangement by Reginald Clyde. “Day Break” was a mix of hip-hop, reggae and jazz. Though the performance began with mellow tone, it ended with one of high tempo.
HU History Corner George Padmore
Whether history classifies him as a militant revolutionary, a Pan-African leader or forgotten, Malcolm Ivan Meredith Nurse, or George Padmore, will forever be a Howard Bison. Malcolm Ivan Meredith Nurse attended Howard University Law School in 1927 and was actively involved with the Communist Party. According to “Socialism Since 1889: A Biographical History” by James D. Young, he attended HU presumably because the socialist party wanted him to do so. Also in 1927, Nurse created the alias George Padmore as his new name. Born in the early 1900s in Arouca in the British West Indies, Padmore was the grandson of a slave with the heart of a revolutionary, and his family relocated to Trinidad when he was a child. Padmore had an active life, which can be summarized through his close friendships with Eric Williams, C.L.R. James and Kwame Nkrumah. With James, Padmore was
one of the agitators for colonial revolution in the West Indies. This period of colonial agitation reportedly ended with the rise of Adolf Hitler in Germany, at which time, Padmore cut his ties with the Communist Party. Once those ties were severed, Padmore began his most famous work with the organization of the 5th Pan African Congress in 1945. “Seen in retrospect, the Pan-African Congress has won the reputation of a pace-maker for decolonization in Africa and in the British West Indies. It marked a significant advance in the participation of workers in the Pan-African cause. It demanded an end to colonial rule and an end to racial discrimination, while it carried forward the broad struggle against imperialism, for human rights and equality of economic opportunity,” according to “The 1945 Pan-African Congress and its Aftermath” by Simon Katzenellenbogen. Padmore served as a del-
egate to the Congress along with James and Nkrumah. With Nkrumah, Padmore became his adviser before, during and after the fight for independence in Ghana. “Padmore groomed Nkrumah, now known as Kwame, to organize the Gold Coast masses and the rest is written in the history books. In 1951 Kwame Nkrumah came to power in the gold Coast, and in 1957 the country, now called Ghana, was granted independence from Britain. George Padmore was an honored guest at the independence ceremony, and at the end of that year, he moved to Ghana to become Nkrumah’s adviser on African affairs,” according to “George Padmore Honored in London” by Kim Johnson. Padmore died on Sept. 23, 1959, due to liver complications but has an institute named in his honor in London.
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General Assembly Meets, Introduces New Additions, Issues BY CAMILLE AUGUSTIN Staff Writer In a brief 30-minute session, General Assembly met to discuss current issues. Focusing on the recent elections, the chosen representatives, re-elections and run-offs, results were approved by the body despite few discrepancies on the behalf of the coordinators and the candidates. Other topics discussed included issues in university and ex-
ternal affairs, constitutional review and student advocacy. In other announcements, junior film production major Izunna Enniyah elaborated on recent developments of The Hilltop Online’s new multimedia addition. “We have come up with three new shows entitled ‘Put Them Out There,’ ‘Behind The Positions’ and ‘Bison Reports’,” Enniyah said. In the show entitled “Put Them Out There,” an undercover reporter will be sent out to interview school representatives who
have been known to not be present at mandatory meetings and have unprofessionally handled their positions. The assembly was humored by the new show, curious to know more. One member asked how reporters would approach representatives. “The reporter will blatantly ask the representative why they have not been present to meetings, or why they have not kept their promises, etc.,” Enniyah said, “and they will be caught off
guard and their reactions will be recorded.” Quite controversial, the question of how the representatives will be chosen was asked. “Schools will be picked from a hat, and then the show will be based on that school,” Enniyah said. “So far, the School of Business will be first, then College of Arts and Sciences, then the School of Divinity.” The graduate schools will also be included in the multimedia
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shows. In regards to the recent UGSA Student Apathy Funeral planned for today at 1:30 p.m. at the chapel, for the grievances of the students to be processed, has been postponed to a later date to soon be announced. In other announcements, the next General Assembly meeting will be moved to Oct. 28 in lieu of Homecoming. The location will be announced.
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HU dance group Rampage performed during the Pageant. The theme was Return to the Savoy. It was held in the Blackburn Ballroom last night.
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HUSA Vice President and senior biology major Jerome Joseph performed during intermission.
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Junior advertising major Kristopher Owens was crowned Mister School of Communications.
Sophomore broadcast journalism major Miah Tyree was crowned Miss School of Communications last night.
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Pictured above are eight of the nine contestants from left to right Ashley Foote, Kristopher Owens, Amirah Bey, Marquis Barnett, Britany Rickett, Shelton Murhpy, Miah Tyree and Folsade Ogunmokun.
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October 8, 2009 4 LIFE & STYLE Texting While Driving Proves to be Dangerous BY MAYA RHODAN Staff Writer
Abroad Minded BY ALESSA MANN Contributing Columnist On the first day of orientation class, our teacher gave us a piece of chocolate. Before we ate the chocolate, she asked us to describe what we thought it would taste like and then wrote our responses on the board. “Sweet” was the popular answer, if not the only one. As a class, we didn’t feel like talking much when there was a piece of chocolate in our hands just waiting to be eaten. And then we ate it. Apparently it was 80 percent pure cocoa. The kind that makes you scrunch up your face and try to suck the taste of ash out of your mouth. As our teacher scribbled “bitter” across the board, my classmates erupted into several small conversations about how bad the chocolate was, and how they threw whatever they had left of it away. I, a card-carrying member of the Blacker the Better Chocolate Club, ate the whole thing. Yum. That was a good decision on my part, considering the chocolate was a metaphor for our study abroad experience, and throwing it away would be the equivalent of sinking $20,000 into the Mediterranean. “That’s how your study abroad experience may be,” our teacher said. “You may be expecting one thing, but get another. There are going to be days where you love it, and days you wish you were home.” It’s true. There are definitely days when I all I want to do is climb into my bed and eat some of my mom’s mediocre cooking, while she yells from her bedroom that I need to “take the dog out.” There are even days when I wouldn’t mind a closet-sized dorm room and cafe food, if it meant being in the company of my friends. But these are all foreign concepts now, literally and figuratively, and spending time commiserating is a waste. So I don’t. I’ve never been a nostalgic person, so these thoughts just haphazardly scamper through my mind like proverbial cucarachas (cockroaches), only to be crushed under the weighty foot of the realization that “I’m in Europe!” Studying abroad, it’s easy to think about all the things I’m missing: my friends, my boyfriend, my family, but it’s even easier to think about all the things I’m gaining: perspective, culture, weight (from the best croissants in the world). Although I sometimes envy my friends who spend the weekdays staring into the lush shrubbery and booming businesses of the Howard/Shaw community from a classroom window, I think I’ll be okay. While they’re doing that, I may be paradiving in the Alps, riding camelback through Cairo, or just relaxing on the beach during a siesta. (I have to brag a little.) In this experience, the good far outweighs the bad, making even the bitter parts easy to swallow.
Over the past ten years text messaging has grown from being a cell phone luxury to the most widely used form of communication. Yet, its exponential growth in popularity has come with the onset of previously unknown dangers such as those brought on from texting while driving. Everyone from 5th graders to grandmothers, overwork their fingers and thumbs all throughout the day to transfer messages about any and everything to the people on their contact lists. “Back in middle school, all I did was talk on the phone,” said Tratonia Spicer, a sophomore broadcast journalism major. “But as soon as I got text messaging, I stopped calling. I don’t even feel comfortable talking on the phone for long periods of time.” Although there are many benefits texting, the lessened evasiveness is the main appeal of text messaging. When a text message is received, a person has the option of responding right away or postponing the conversation until a later date. However, more often than not, people opt out of postponing these conversations while behind the wheel. “I text and drive all the time,” Spicer added, “Just because I can. I even drive with my knees when I do it. I know it’s safer to talk on the phone, but I text much more often than I talk. I know it’s dangerous but until the danger directly affect me, I probably won’t stop doing it.” In August, a controversial commercial was released where a girl and two of her friends were in a car, texting while driving, and caused a pile up on a highway. The graphic video depicts the trauma inflicted by the crash and does not leave out any of the gory details to show drivers the possible, intense consequences of distracted driving. Students and drivers alike
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are well aware of the dangers that can occur when texting while driving, yet disregard them when doing it. Alex Smith, a junior psychology major, is one of those informed participants. “I know it’s bad, it’s probably even illegal by now, but I do it anyway,” Smith said. “I know anytime you focus on something besides the road when behind the wheel, it’s dangerous. It affects your reaction time; you’re constantly looking down and back up. All you need to do is look down one time and not look up fast enough and end up hitting something.” Distracted driving legislation is either passed or in the process in a number of states including Maryland, Illinois, Virginia, Texas and in D.C. Maryland recently passed a law stating that it is illegal to send and receive messages on a mobile phone while driving. President
Obama banned all government employees from doing the same. But, realistically, will these laws prevent students from participating in this shunned activity? “Honestly, I don’t think a law would change anything,” Smith said. “People can’t usually see you do it unless you have your phone by the steering wheel and the people that know what they are doing definitely aren’t going to get caught.” Getting caught by authorities may do some damage to your wallet, but hitting someone or getting into a huge accident would end up costing more in the long run. Sophomore political science major, Trais Cooper, found herself in a disturbing situation that could have made her life lose her life, all because her friend, who was driving was preoccupied by her cell phone. “My friend and I were on our way to a concert and she was texting and driving. At first it wasn’t
that bad, but then she started to swerve and almost hit some people and a car that was going in the opposite direction,” said Cooper. “I felt really uncomfortable and scared the rest of the car ride. In my opinion, texting and driving is mostly a common sense issue, and because people don’t have common sense, something needs to be done about it. It’s becoming a problem.” Text messaging, though convenient, has its consequences. Many companies and celebrities such as AT&T and Ciara for Express are creating campaigns to combat texting while driving to keep roads safe. AAA, another company campaigning, hopes to have texting while driving bans in all 50 states by 2013. They and other corporations involved in the effort hope to get across to drivers that texting while driving is dangerous, but is avoidable - all it takes is a choice.
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Guide Taste of Georgetown Saturday 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Wisconsin Avenue and M Street An estimated 8,000 - 10,000 people attend each year. Visitors will have the opportunity to sample a variety of 60 dishes from 30 local high-end restaurants. Proceeds will go towards helping the homeless. Free to enter $5 for one tasting $20 for five tastings
Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition Saturday 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. Natural Museum of Natural History 10th Street and Constitution Avenue 15 youth compete for prizes totaling $100,000 and a recording contract Free; Tickets on first come, first serve basis
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NAACP Leader Speaks on 100 Years of Existence BY BRITTANY MILLER Contributing Writer When the NAACP was founded in 1909, the black community was dealing with the aftermath of the 1908 Springfield Race Riot; during which at least six African Americans were shot or lynched, dozens of black-owned businesses and homes were burnt to the ground and thousands of residents were forced to flee the city that Abraham Lincoln had once called home. A group that consisted of mainly white liberals, but also black leaders such as W.E.B. DuBois, Mary Church Terrell and Ida B. Wells, decided to call a meeting in order to discuss these racial tensions. Out of that meeting came the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, established on Feb. 12, 1909, exactly 100 years after President Lincoln was born. One hundred years later, the NAACP is still relevant in the African-American community, having more than 500,000 members and chapters in every state within the United States, including some in other countries such as Italy, Germany and Japan. On Tuesday, Hilary Shelton, director of the NAACP Washington Bureau and senior vice president for advocacy, held a discussion entitled “The NAACP at 100: Mission Accomplished or Mission Renewed?” This program was aimed at discussing the NAACP’s role in African-American advancement in the past and in the future, as well as discussing whether or not the organization had lived up to its purpose, which Shelton said was essentially “to attack and eliminate racial discrimination in our country,” From the time the NAACP was created, it has “fought for social minds and the conscious of society,” Shelton said. From fighting for the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Voting Rights Act of 1965, Brown v. Board of Education and countless other congressional acts, the NAACP has always “worked to make sure resources are spread equally and fairly,” Shelton said.
The NAACP was also a leader in the effort to get the Voting Rights Act reauthorized in 2006. By organizing a demonstration on Capitol Hill in which more than 800 people participated, the organization helped in passing “the most comprehensive voting rights restoration act ever,” Shelton said. The NAACP’s recent efforts are being aimed at racial profiling, health care and police misconduct. The “Law Enforcement Trust and Integrity Act” is a piece of legislation that is being worked on now to combat police misconduct. “Too often, police use their guns, when they should be using their minds,” Shelton said. Getting health care for the 46 million Americans who are uninsured is also a priority for the NAACP. “We need a public option. Everyone needs to be insured, and we need to make sure the people who are insured are fully insured,” Shelton said. “We also need to make sure research is being done on diseases that affect African Americans in different kinds of ways.” Although only 12 people attended the discussion, the audience was engaged and asked many questions. Karen Duncan of Maryland saw a flyer about the event in the grocery store and decided to bring her mother along. Duncan said she believes that while the NAACP has helped the black community a great deal, “we still have a ways to go.” “The NAACP is an organization that will always need to be around. It shouldn’t end in 100 years, even if racial discrimination does,” Duncan said. Shelton agrees that the NAACP should celebrate their achievements, but hopes everyone will continue pushing, “We’ve come this far by our willingness to challenge authority. We’ve finally got a man in office who’s on our side. We just have to do the work to make sure the bill gets on his desk,” he said. “The NAACP’s mission for the next 100 years is to make sure people don’t just try, but that they succeed.”
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Marion Barry Treated at HUH For Dehydration and Exhaustion Seven months after receiving a kidney transplant, former mayor and current Ward 8 D.C. Council member Marion Barry was back at Howard University Hospital (HUH) on Monday night. On Tuesday afternoon, Barry’s spokesperson, Natalie Williams, announced that he had been moved into the intensive care unit. Checking into HUH for “feeling weak,” Williams said Barry’s condition is not serious. He is being treated for dehydration and a mild infection. Barry’s primary physician, Dr. Robert Williams, and other physicians said that due to his hectic work schedule during the past two weeks he felt exhausted. They recommend that he take rest. He drove himself to HUH after attending an event at George Washington University.
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Hilary Shelton spoke at a local library about the NAACP’s role in the African-American community 100 years after its founding.
BY TIFFANY P. BRIGGS Contributing Writer Lydia’s House, a non-profit mentoring program, aims to stop the cycle of children becoming users of drugs and alcohol and decreasing teenage pregnancies. If it were not for Eugene Sheppard and his wife, Pastors of Living Word Church and founders of Lydia’s House, 25 year old Theresa Jackson might still be on welfare, struggling to support herself and her five children. Before participating in the Lydia’s House Welfare to Work program, Jackson did not have a high school diploma or any work experience. “It’s not that I didn’t want to work. I just didn’t know where to start,” Jackson said. Lydia’s House provided her with the skills she needed to obtain her GED and complete a training program that enabled her to become a licensed child development associate at a community-based childcare facility. HSBC Holdings, a banking and financial services organization, awarded Lydia’s House with an $80,000 grant to fund educational workshops. In addition to providing Welfare to Work workshops, Lydia’s House also offers an after school program for children ages 6-12, where mentors are there to assist with homework and other necessary literacy skills. “My wife and I started this program in 1990, because we felt it was time to improve our people by targeting growing children and strengthening families in our neighborhood,” Pastor Sheppard said. Sheppard grew up in Ward
8, so he knows firsthand the hardships that some of the people there are facing. He credits staying on the right path to his faith in God, but he wishes there had been a program like Lydia’s House around when he was younger. As well as offering education and family services to the public, Lydia’s House is also the only housing counseling agency in Ward 8. They have made it possible for many first-time home buyers to purchase property in the Washington Metropolitan Area. The full-service housing counseling agency provides homeless and homeowner counseling, foreclosure prevention and financial literacy programs. “I am so grateful for Lydia’s House. I am not sure where I would be living right now if it wasn’t for the people there,” said Janice Edwards, 50. Edwards is a recovering addict whose only source of income is a disability check that she receives once a month. Her disability check is not enough to afford independent housing so she has moved from place to place a lot. Lydia’s House housing program was able to find her a newly refurbished one bedroom apartment that she could afford. Lydia’s House not only caters to children and adults but teenagers as well. They provide numerous amounts of workshops devoted to substance abuse, teen pregnancy prevention, technology-based skill development and entrepreneurial training. “It makes my heart swell with happiness, when I see the change our program has made in the people in our community’s lives,” Pastor Sheppard said. “It’s truly a blessing.”
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6 MECCANISMS Take It From The Top
October 8, 2009 Said e h S Divide . . r . e d i d n a e S He he G des of t h Si
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Black Men By Deontay Morris
By Jada F. Smith
BY CRYSTAL J. ALLEN Editor-In-Chief My roommate Lauren always tells me, “Howard is a place of immortality.” It’s so true. People come here, become whoever they want to be, and progress in life. It really is a gift and a curse. Don’t act like you don’t know what I’m talking about. You know that person you knew through somebody else prior to coming here, saw that person during Freshman Week and thought that person was someone else. As time progressed, that person became more and more of a stranger - hanging out with people you would have never caught them with prior to the Howard experience. You could call this just simply “growing up,” and to some degree, I agree. But, I find it to be a problem when people become someone other than himself or herself and forget who they truly are. People, be you! And be the best YOU that you can be. Do not lose yourself at this university, because guess what? There’s life outside of here! You are one of a kind– there’s something special about the fact that there is no one like you. Appreciate it. People come to Howard and perpetrate– a lot. In high school, you were the same bookworm who appreciated a good book and occasional rock music. Now you’re at Howard and all of a sudden reading is “boring”; you’re now a party animal with racist tendencies (never mind that Metallica is secretly your favorite band; God forbid your black friends find out). Why? First of all, if you’re a college student, reading should not be boring to you. There’s your first problem. Understand, it’s OK to grow. People change and that is fine. I am definitely not the same person I was on Aug. 19, 2006, when I first walked into the Quad. But know this, I haven’t strayed far away from that person. I have the same characteristics and the same traits; I have just become more mature and, thusly, these characteristics and traits won’t always be the first things you see when you see me. It’s not putting on a “front”; it’s simply realizing that everything isn’t for everybody. But I never stop being me. Now, here’s a side note: If you think back to freshman year and you find yourself with the SAME exact people, doing the SAME things as back then, ALL the time, then you are doing something wrong. Howard will build a person up, but it can also break a person down, if you are not mentally and emotionally fit. If you have been here for the past three, four or FIVE years and have not found your place anywhere on campus or even in the D.C. community, something is wrong. We have more than 100 organizations on campus, obviously not including the ones that you could create on your own! So, if you find yourself joining organizations just because you want to be like your friend, you may want to reconsider. If you find yourself putting aside your interests and hobbies because they aren’t as “accepted” as you would like them to be, you may want to reconsider. One thing a Howardite can always pinpoint is a poser (with the exception of a few.) Take me for instance - I LOVE children’s books and movies. My favorite place in the world is Disney World – clearly, I’m a big kid. This is why I am taking myself on a date to the movies this week to see “Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs!” My friends absolutely refuse to see it with me, and rightfully so. But, I happen to like the idea of a movie with food falling from the sky. For one, I love food and two, why not? It’s me. I appreciate the fact that I’m me, and you all should do the same. Be content with who you are and know that there’s something about you that makes this university just that much better and that much more unique. When you treat yourself that way, people will recognize it and do the same.
I love black men. I love black men with a capital, underlined, bold faced “L.” I love to look at them; I love to talk to them; I love to be mad at them; I love to talk about them to black women; I love to…everything them. There’s something special about black men; something so special that I would need to have a negative encounter with every chocolate, caramel and creamy colored brother in the world before I could ever jump ship. Sure, y’all get on my nerves. Yeah, y’all do some incredibly dumb things. Of course, I’ve sworn you off a couple of times. But I wouldn’t trade the love, companionship or intellect of a black man for all the peanut M&Ms in the world. And I really like peanut M&Ms. I know there are some trifling boys masquerading as men roaming around the earth (and roaming around campus), but for every trifling Negro, there are men like my daddies, uncles, cousins, brother and nephews who would love nothing more than to get their hands on any fella’ that does Jada F. Smith or [insert your name here] wrong. It was these black men who taught me what unconditional love is. When there was a sucky Father’s Day or birthday gift, they put on a smile and acted like it was a new car. When I got to college and all of a sudden became too “grown” or “busy” to call home, they gave me my space without complaint. When I scratched the entire left side of the car against one of the yellow posts at the drive-thru ATM, they gave me the keys again the following night. If it wasn’t for the love of these black men, I wouldn’t know what love is.
This week’s issue:
Being scorned by a significant other is a part of life. Blacks, Hispanics, Asians – there’s bound to be a few slashed tires and thrown drinks from Timbuktu to Germany. But before a bitter taste consumes the whole experience, it’s always preceded by a little sweetness that stains your memory forever. And what could be sweeter than genuine, easy, kinetic companionship from a black man? It doesn’t have to be romantic. It can be finding a kindred spirit, a source of inspiration, wisdom, a unique sense of humor or a quick wit that builds solid relationships between black men and women. The experience of black men in America varies so much, there’s awesome company to keep and lessons to be learned from each one of them. I also think that it takes coming to a black university to fully appreciate the vastness that black men have to offer. One of the highlights of my college life has been taking Africana studies classes with Gregory Carr, Ph.D. and learning about the intellectual genealogy of our people from a black man who wants nothing more than to educate us about ourselves. Our tradition of passing down culture and beliefs, especially between older and younger black men, are what makes us a special group of people. But of course, the outside community doesn’t see that. They demonize you and make a mockery of your culture. The world may not understand you, or even care to, my beautiful black men, but I do. And to change up a line from Angie Stone’s “Black Brother,” just know that Jada loves ya.
This week, Jada and I have decided to leave behind our typically humorous battle of the sexes debates and traded them for some thoughts about black men. We built this nation from the ground up. Africans sustained the economy of this newfound country that called us three fifths of a person. What did we get for this deed? We were awarded separated families, our women sexually abused and men were castrated. After all of that, we are still here. A black man holds the highest and most powerful position on the face of the globe. But everything is not all good. Every step black men took forward when Thurgood Marshall and Ralph Bunche were our leaders in the 1950s, we take 10 steps backwards today. There are a lot of flaws in the structure of our family lives. If you asked the few guys who attend Howard if they were raised with a father, most of them will say no. That is a shame. Our women are doing the best job they can do, but a woman cannot teach a boy how to be a man without a man. So the end result is that we have boys who are 30 years old. These boys neglect their responsibilities and perpetuate the vicious cycle that is destroying our communities.
Lil’ Wayne should not be anybody’s role model. Material things do not define manhood. If black men would start standing up for what is right and not what is “cool,” we would be in a better situation. Black men standing up would trickle down into everything. Our music would not be as misogynistic; our children won’t look up to entertainers to be their role models, and our women won’t feel hopeless. When the black community was at its strongest, men were at the forefront of households and leading. Until this order is reestablished, our communities will not thrive. We have been through way worse things in our history. Our fore fathers were lynched, dragged and dehumanized just so we can have basic rights like education. Now that we have access to education, we continue to be dumb. That makes no sense. Everyone reading this article is an agent of change in the black community. It all starts with the black male. Until we get right, there won’t be any change. I’m not an expert on the psychology of the problems in the black community. I do know we do need to stop making excuses for ourselves and catch up to our women.
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1. Did you read the story in The Hilltop about the strange man who walked into an unlocked room in The Towers and took a shower in somebody’s bathroom? 2. So are you going to start locking your doors now? 3. Why hasn’t #HUHomecoming become a trending topic on Twitter yet? 4. Do you think if we got Diddy to tweet about it, it would work? 5. Why hasn’t there been any pageant drama this year? 6. Howard pageants + Twitter = hurt feelings, right? 7. Which one is better Negril or Juicy’s? 8. Did the football team really win two games in a row? 9. But the real question is, will we win against Hampton INSTITUTE this weekend?
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Is the Quickest News Always the Best News? Over the weekend, Twitter accounts exploded with devastating news Maya Angelou, civil rights activist and literary icon, had allegedly died of a grave and mysterious illness. According to reports published by tmz.com, a popular pop culture and gossip online news source, she was absent from an award ceremony in Los Angeles, as she was being rushed to a nearby hospital, where she later died. Even The Hilltop mistakenly tweeted about her death, which was soon followed by a much needed apology. The next morning, Angelou personally dispelled the widespread rumor of her untimely death in an interview with USA Today, where she candidly addressed the bizarre and offensive incident without explicitly stating the source that published the faulty information. She was quoted as expressing, in a way that only Maya Angelou can, that “I feel sorry for a person who only has that much of life. Life is for the living
and life loves the liver of it. You should be trying to live your own life, not trying to talk about somebody else’s death—that’s stupid.” TMZ’s haste to be the first to publish such a juicy story ultimately resulted in not only offending one of the greatest literary minds in history, but
thought. In 2007, Insight magazine, which is owned by the same company that owns The Washington Times, published that as a child in Indonesia, the then Senator Barack Obama had been educated in a radical Muslim school and instructed on the most fundamental forms of Islam. In more recent fraudulent news, on Sept. 11 of this year, the U.S. Coast Guard daily morning talk show reported that there had been a terrorism related “panic on the Potomac”, which also turned out to be a false report. Major news sources sometimes jump the gun when reporting, often reporting incorrect information. Dropping the story first may establish a news source as “fast-acting,” but when the information published turns out to be false; it also drastically damages the source’s credibility as a serious, reliable source.
Urgency of news shouldn’t outweigh the news’ accuracy.
also irrevocably damaging both TMZ’s reputation and credibility. Although a “news” source such as TMZ may not be considered a serious news source, it still has an obligation to give its audience not only timely news, but accurate news. Occurrences of false reporting are far more common than probably
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The Ladies of Alpha Chapter, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc Present: Voter Registration, Blackburn Lower Level, October 8, 2009 12-3p.m. HU Bison Yearbook Organizational Photos October 31November1 9am - 9 pm $80 per organization pay with cash, service request or money order Bring payment to G-06 in the lower level of Blackburn
Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc, Alpha Chapter presents… Sigma Week 2009: Fade to Blue: The State of the Howard Community Oct 4th-10th Thursday Oct 8th: “Speak Your Mind Pt. 2” Location: TBA Attire: Casual Time: 7:14pm Friday Oct 9th : “BLU Cheese and Wings with the MAB” Location: Meet at the Tre e/ESPN Zone Attire: Casual Time: 6:30pm Sat Oct 10t h: Comm unity Service/ Volunteer Location: Meet at the Tree Attire: Casual Time: 10am WHY WE MUST MARCH FOR LGBT CIVIL RIGHTS FEATURING CLEVE JONES TODAY, 10/8 HU Rankin Chapel, 7pm Join veteran activist CLEVE JONES (as portrayed by Emile Hirsch in the Oscar-winning movie Milk) on why we must MARCH ON WASHINGTON on OCTOBER 11 for full federal equality for everyone. BECAUSE SEPARATE IS NEVER EQUAL! SPONSORS: CASCADE, OUTlaw-HUSL. MORE INFORMATION: cascadehu@ gmail.com, www. nationalequalitymarch.com.
National Council of Negro Women invites you to our 2nd Annual Health Week: Thurs.: Obesity, 7pm, Founders Browsing Room All are welcome!!! Membership dues and applications accepted all week!!!