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The Daily Student Voice of Howard University


VOLUME 93, NO. 57




Thursday, November 19, 2009













Alternative Spring Break Goes to Atlanta NASA BY JACQUELYN ROSS Contributing Writer Alternative Spring Break will travel to Atlanta this year to help end the peril teenagers go through daily as they try to make the decision of what to do after school ends. Their choice often leads to violence, drugs or promiscuity. Kolen Hatchetts remembers his experiences at Grady High School in East Point, Ga., so vividly they might have happened yesterday. He reminisces over the first time he donned a cardinal red and gray marching band uniform as he took the field during a halftime show against Carver High School.

He remembers the music played and the ice sculpted centerpiece in the gymnasium during his freshman year homecoming dance. “[The theatre] was right down the street from my neighborhood; me and the kids from my high school and other surrounding neighborhoods went just about every weekend,” said Hatchett, a junior clinical laboratory science major. Overtime, the Magic Johnson Theatre became less of a family friendly environment and more of a haven for youth violence, Hatchett said. “People fought all the time outside of Magic Theatre,” Hatchett said. “I feel like it’s really be-

cause they had nothing better to do. If kids weren’t really involved in extracurricular [activities] at school, then there weren’t many options; it was boring. That’s why they got in trouble.” Hatchett said a lack of activities and outlets for youth is a serious problem in Atlanta. “There isn’t much for you to do outside of school activities. I mean we have places like the movie theatre but even that gets ruined because [people] don’t know how to act,” Hatchett said. “They really need something positive.” To help tackle the issue of youth development in Atlanta, Alternative Spring Break (ASB) 2010 has added the city as one of its des-

tinations this year along with Chicago, Detroit, New Orleans and Washington, D.C. “Crime activity is big there because there is nothing for the youth to do under the age of 21, so we are really focusing in on youth development programs,” Erica Jai Lindsay, student coordinator of ASB 2010, said. Since 1996, ASB has taken Howard University students to communities in need and assisting them with public service missions. This year’s theme is, “Reclaiming our Ground, Rebuilding our Communities, Recommitting to our Legacy.” > See ATLANTA, page 3

One of the hot topics at last night’s General Assembly Meeting was how to get more elected student officials to show up to meetings.

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General Assembly Stresses Attendance BY GLYNN POGUE Staff Writer The attendance records of the General Assembly (GA) representatives was the focus of their meeting as strategies were outlined to try to get more elected student officials to show up to meetings. “We’re going to strongly enforce the attendance rules, which includes taking the proper steps of sending a proxy when a rep can’t attend,” said GA Chairman William Roberts. He reminded the body that notification about sending a proxy must be sent ahead of time

and that a proxy can only be sent three times in a semester. Given the echo of “here” heard during role call was more dominant then silence of absent representatives at Wednesday’s meeting. To help maximize productivity and reduce lengthy meetings, Roberts said the Assembly will start using a computer interface to upload presentations and disseminate information prior to the meetings. The attendance procedures come on the eve of HUSA and UGSA’s full slate of activities including arts and crafts workshop in which Howard students will

work with third graders from DC schools. The children’s art creations will be hung in Power Hall, and they hope to get the children excited at an early age about a future as a college student. The University and External Affairs Committee, meanwhile, discussed its plans to further implement recycling on campus by holding information sessions and increasing the number of recycling bins found in campus buildings. The committee also shared its plan to launch a public relations campaign to encourage students to

take advantage of the $10 swine flu vaccination shot being offered at the Howard Health Center. Increasing awareness of events and opportunities, in general, was a common theme. The Assembly voted to increase the public relations budget by $690 for a total budget of $3,400. New plans to more effectively get word to students about happenings include placing a large TV in the Blackburn Center to continuously loop a calendar of events and other announcements, large calendar easels in the Blackburn Center, and full-page advertisements in The Hilltop.

Africa’s Economy Discussed at Bunche Center BY JESSICA LEWIS Campus Editor After a flood devastated the landscape of Burkina Faso, scholars realized that a new discussion was needed about Africa’s economy and that discussion was brought to Howard’s Ralphe Bunche Center on Wednesday. “It has gone beyond the problem of Africa. It is a problem of the world,” said Chika Enzeanya, who gave a presentation on the devastating impact of climate change in Africa. In September 2009, a flood destroyed the main hospital of Burkina Faso, killed eight people, damaged the infrastructure and left hundreds of thousands of people homeless causing the United Nations to appeal for millions of dollars to help the country. Despite

the appeal, released a statement that said, “United Nations agencies are facing a huge shortfall in funding to help well over a million flood victims.” According to presenter Francois Lapis, “disasters are an actualization of social vulnerability.” He said present conditions spawn out of past hazardous conditions, and we need to address the contributions of humans to those conditions. “You may sit here in Washington, D.C. and not know that people are starving because of climate change. These are real people with real problems. We need real change. There are people that are suffering because of the impact of national companies and waste,” Enzeanya said. “Undeniably, Africa is the worst place in terms of global warming.”

Enzeanya said it is shameful that it has become an African problem when it is not a problem generated in Africa. She said outside assistance is needed. Presenter Kofi Kissi Dompere, Ph.D., challenged Enzeanya on her plea for outside help for Africa. Dompere said Africa must unite to ward off those imperialistic forces. He revived the old Pan-African ideology that an African Union was needed to protect the economy of Africa. “Burkina Faso does not have to appeal to France for anything… the United Nations is the problem,” Dompere said. He said the UN, World Bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF) were made to maintain the imperialist system of the West. “The World Bank is a bank; it has to maintain its interest.”

“The world is split into mega-groups. It works with power. Without power, you are not counted,” Dompere said. He said Europeans already speak for Africans. “It’s a power game.” Dompere related the conversation back to Howard University and said it should not try to emulate the mission of the Ivy League institutions or try to be them. He said Howard should build itself internally and stand apart. Africa should stand apart, he said. “Don’t you find it shameful to see people dying trying to cross the Sahara Desert to get to Europe?” Dompere asked. “How do we solve the race question? How do we solve the colonial question? How do we develop? These three questions are yet still with us… It is a power game.”

Discovers Water the On Moon RILEY WILSON Staff Writer The world is on a lunar high, as National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) confirmed reports of water on the moon. In October, NASA conducted a mission to impact the Cabeus crater of the moon and, for the last month, has been analyzing data from the Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite, or LCROSS, to confirm what was thought to be bursts of water as a result of the crash. After reviewing data from spectrometers, NASA confirmed the reports and said that there were more than 25 gallons of water that was kicked up from the crash. The mission was a twopart process. LCROSS and the Centaur rocket, which were initially joined together, separated as they approached the moon. Kenneth Chang, who covered the story for the New York Times, reported that the rocket was traveling at a reported 5,600 miles per hour; the rocket then crashed into a crater, creating a 60 to 100 feet wide hole. After the event, using LCROSS, the next step was to record and measure the area and its debris. The bottom of the Cabeus crater is frigidly cold, more than -300 degrees Fahrenheit. However, if water is in abundance, NASA may have discovered a very important factor in promoting the colonization of the moon. If through further research and expeditions a large amount of water (lunar ice) is found, lunar inhabitation could be more than just an idea. The hydrogen and oxygen could be split from lunar ice—possibly providing breathable oxygen and hydrogen. Nyekah Washington, a junior chemical engineering major, is excited about the breakthrough. “It’s a very good discovery for man, especially with the speculation about the Mormons and how the world is supposed to end in 2012,” Washington said. “It’s great to add something else to the situation. We could have people living on the moon!” Now that this discovery has been made, many are hopefully expecting more from NASA, which is still being evaluated by the blue ribbon panel designated by the Obama Administration. The panel is led by Norman Augustine, the former CEO of Lockheed Martin and former leader of the 1990 Advisory Committee on the Future of the U.S. Space Program. The panel will be evaluating the processes and efficiencies of NASA and its exploration objectives. Internationally, the discovery may be more controversial than celebratory. With many new discoveries, there is still the issue over who owns the rights to the discovery. The Outer Space Treaty, initially signed in 1967, forbids governments from claiming the resources of the moon or any planet.

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November 19, 2009

From Howard to Hollywood, Former HU Student Pursues Her Dreams For Fame

Photo Courtesy of Francesca Harper

Former Howard Student Francesca Harper moved to Los Angeles to pursue her hopes of become an actress and model.

BY TRACY KING Contributing Writer Francesca Harper woke up at six in the morning, went to the gym, then headed back to her house to prepare for an audition that she had at FOX studios at 2 p.m. After her audition was over, Harper headed to walk her dogs from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Once she was done it was then time to meet up with her acting partner to practice before heading to acting class at 6 p.m.. With the class ending at 11 p.m. many would think her day would be over but she still had to make one last stop at Kinkos to print more scripts for the following day. This is an average day in

the life of 21-year-old Francesca Harper, a former Howard University student who decided to take a year off from school and pursue her dreams of modeling and acting in Los Angeles. While many of her former college classmates are cramming for finals and getting ready to graduate, Harper is also cramming, but to learn lines for her many auditions while also honing her craft and running her own small business. Although Harper misses Howard and her family in Virginia, she does not regret leaving. “I feel as though life is all about timing and you’re in certain places in your life for a reason. Howard equipped me with so many tools that no other insti-

tution could’ve equipped me with, and those are some of the tools I use daily here in Hollywood,” she said. While at Howard, Harper tried to pursue her dreams through the form of competing in pageants like the Miss Virginia Teen USA and Miss District of Columbia University. Although she did not win either title, after going after the crown more than once, this didn’t deter her from reaching for her dreams. Her best friend of eleven years, Taliah Graves, has stood by her through all of the ups and downs the pageants have caused Harper; she as well as many of Harper’s friends call her Candy due to her sweet nature. Graves understands more than anyone why Harper decided to leave school for California. “It’s a hard decision for anyone and I don’t think school is for everyone. Candy did what she had to do by attending college, yet she suffered because she knew that the only place she really wanted to be was in California working to make her dreams come true.” Graves also believes that Harper will do well in California because of her pure drive and love of acting and performing. “Since I’ve known her, she’s been an extremely determined person. When it came to modeling and pageants and when it came to networking. “Her mom, who is like my second mommy, has always made sure she worked hard, even had her working her own vending machine business and she always

pushed her.” “I can honestly say that I have never seen her fail in my eyes and her positive energy is what gives her the confidence and drive that is needed to succeed in a tough industry that turns away and discourages hopefuls every day.” In order to pursue her dreams, Harper has used her “hustle” skills that she learned at Howard to not only find a place to stay, but earn money with her crazy and hectic schedule, all the while being taken on by an agency. “Right now I live with my grandma’s friend from college in Inglewood. I decided to start a dog walking business. In addition to that, one of the dog owners is a lawyer, so I help with paperwork at her law firm for side money as well. The other dog owner is a casting director, and she has helped me get some jobs as an extra in movies, which isn’t great side money. Although I don’t have as much money as I want, walking dogs provides me with money, the chance to walk on the beach every day, and I’ve met some valuable connections through walking them.” While there have been success stories of students that left school to follow their dreams like Diddy and Brandon Hines; Harper does plan to finish her degree. “I really want to finish my degree, it’s so important to me. My mom always instilled in me that you can lose your beauty, lose opportunities, and lose a job, but your education is something that no one can ever take away from you. I am not sure though if that will be at

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Howard or another school.” While many if not all Harpers friends support her decision to try things out in L.A., some students don’t believe that dropping your education to pursue something so shaky as an acting career. One person that shares these views is Kendra Desrosiers. “I think you can’t go wrong with an education. If you happen to be offered a big part while in school, cool. But until then no gallivanting to L.A. or N.Y. Few want to be a waitress/actress by choice, a degree is a better placeholder.” No matter what someone wants to do with their lives, weather its acting, singing or being a politician, Harper wants everyone to know that the best thing they can do with their dreams is to never let them go and work hard for them every day. “Never give up. Never lose faith and never ever compromise yourself to accomplish your dreams. Always put out your best work because you never know who is watching. Always treat everyone with respect because you never know who that person may be in the years to come, could be a potential employer.” And one last thing that she would like her Howard family to know is: “Take advantage of the opportunities at Howard. No matter how talented you are the person who works the hardest will always succeed.”

Facts About Cali & NY New York

Rico Law

Marcus Robinson

Ashlie Williams

Ta’Darrell Randolph

“Everyone thinks New Yorkers are always rude and fast-paced; we are. It’s slow out here in D.C.,” said Rico Law, junior management major from Harlem, N.Y. “I can be in my house in New York at 2 in the morning and call a deli cornerstore and they’ll deliver whatever I need.” Law shares how everything is the opposite in New York compared to D.C., from the time clubs and liquor stores close, to the abundant different types of police, and public transportation. “Its much easier to get around in New York City; cabs and buses run all night, if you go somewhere in D.C. at a certain time, you could wind up stranded,” he said. Law’s older cousin who is also from Harlem was an upperclassman at Howard when he first arrived and helped show him the ropes and how to get acclimated with the college life. “I was excited, I was ready to get out of New York and switch it up,” Law said. “One thing I like about D.C. is there’s a lot of African-Americans holding jobs in higher positions, in New York it’s mainly white’s and other races. This really is Chocolate City!”

“It’s one of the only all black towns about an hour away from Manhattan, It’s actually pretty boring,” Marcus Robinson, a radio-TV-film major said while describing his hometown Amityville Long Island, New York. A Howard legacy, Robinson’s parents and grandparent’s all went to Howard and attending seemed to be his next move. “I wanted to come here, but had to figure this out on my own, I didn’t know anybody,” Robinson said. The main differences Robinson sees between D.C. and Amityville is D.C. is a city, and his town is a suburb. “It’s a city so you have to watch your back. They have grimy people out here just like they have grimy people out there,” he said. Robinson thinks D.C. is a lot better than Amityville and although it’s only a 5-hour difference, it’s completely different - from the slang, how they dress, and the music. “People in New York dress a little flashy, they like to be seen. People here all dress alike, in all black with their North Faces and Nike boots. I was shocked.”

Transfer student Ashley Williams, a senior TV production major, from Los Angeles, California helps explain the differences of southern and northern California. “Southern Cali people are really Hollywood, not in an arrogant way. We’re the laid back type of people who will sit around the house with some Gucci loafers on,” Williams said. “People wear purple strands in their braids,” she said. With support from her two best friends who are also from Cali, Williams was able to adapt quickly to Howard’s campus and make a name for herself. “When I meet California people, I never really know they’re from Cali. The great thing about Howard is you become more of an individual and not just a stereotypical Cali-girl,” she said. The main difference Williams notices between her hometown and D.C. is the weather and the fact girls perm their hair in D.C. “Here people get their hair permed; there we don’t. You straighten it one time and it gets straightened again in three weeks. The weather allows for that,” said Williams

“Oakland is a beautiful city, very diverse; the people from Oakland are people that are like no other,” Ta’Darrell Randolph, junior TV production major, shared about his hometown Oakland, Calif. Helped out by his friend Jamela Joseph, a junior public relations major also from Oakland, she helped show Randolph around and taught him all the buildings. When describing the people there, Randolph said it’s so diverse because there are many different cultures from different cities who all live there, especially Mexicans. “In Oakland we have real good Mexican food, in D.C. it’s just Chipotle,” he said. Randolph is not too fond of the D.C. weather describing it as “bipolar.” “The weather out here is really obnoxious. In Oakland you know when it’s going to rain, you don’t have to walk outside with an umbrella on a sunny day.” Randolph also feels that the great talent from Oakland gets overlooked because it is not like other music from Oakland. “We have a lot of culture that’s not like ‘Too-Short;’ everyone in Oakland is not part of the hyphie movement,” he said.

All complied by Ashley Thomas, Contributing Writer

1) City that never sleeps 2) NYC has 722 miles of subway track 3) New York’s highest waterfall is the 215 ft. Taughannock 4) The Big Apple is a term coined by musicians meaning to play the big time. 5) New York was the first state to require license plates on cars.


1) Approximately 8% of Californians are vegetarians 2) It is the fine arts Mecca; it boasts over 300 museums 3) In Carmel, Calif. it is against the law for women to wear high heel shoes 4) California produces over 17 million gallons of wine each year 5) Fresno, Calif. is the raisin capital of the world.

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ASB Attemps to Help Atlanta Youth

General Assembly Attendance Record - 11.18.09 Blair Matthews Michelle Mabson Brittany Jacob Kimberely Miller Hzar Alnifaidy Morlando Pickens Joe Graves Anthony McDonald Lewis Laws

Absent Members Proxy Late - arrived at 8:05 Late - arrived at 8:00 Late - arrived at 8:08 Excused Absent Proxy Proxy Absent

continued from FRONT, ATLANTA

There are a total of 41 undergraduate and graduate members in General Assembly. There have been eight meetings. *Proxy means to have someone fill in for you from your council.

Over the past couple of years, ASB has become very popular among the student body. “I went on Alternative Spring Break my freshman year when we all went to New Orleans,” said Domenio Smith, junior public relations major. “I liked how we got to go somewhere and help someone out. It opened my eyes to the trouble that people are going through. I definitely have expectations of going on ASB again this year.” Students are selected to be a part of Alternative Spring Break from an application process. Because there are five cities to choose from, students are able to select which city they would prefer to work with. However, the city requested is not always guaranteed. “Some cities are more pop-

ular than others,” said Lindsay, junior film production major. “We go off of the applicant’s interest statement and find out where he or she will be most impacted and impactful.” From March 13 to March 21, ASB plans to try to make an impact on each of its five destinations, especially in Atlanta. “With Atlanta, we are building from the ground up, so it is definitely exciting,” Lindsay said. “We are hoping to get into some of the schools, talk to students and see where the needs lie.” The first Alternative Spring Break Interest Meeting for students wishing to participate in the trip is today at 5 p.m. in Andrew Rankin Memorial Chapel.

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November 19, 2009

Center to Open with Ford Grant

BY ALEXIS K BARNES Business & Technology Editor

In conjunction with the global entrepreneurship week, the Georgia Avenue Development, Growth & Enterprise Transformation (GADGET) Center at Howard University is hosting an open house tonight from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at 2800 Georgia Ave. NW. Staffed by graduate students and counselors from the D.C. Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Howard University, GADGET will provide free consulting services to local businesses and will focus on growth and development of the commercial district adjacent to Howard University. “Howard is hosting an event with several high-profile speakers to give remarks noting the project, partnership and outlining future plans for the center,” said Michael Phillips of Ford Motor Company Communications. GADGET, which claims to empower the Howard University neighborhood by encouraging entrepreneurship, received a $100,000 grant from Ford Motor Company. Hosted by Howard’s School of Business, the Ford Motor Company Fund and other partners, the center is dedicated to helping small businesses and promoting economic growth along the Georgia Avenue corridor. Senior management major, Gibran Mills, said he thinks the center and Georgia Avenue have

Global Entrepreneurship Week

potential for revival. “The corridor has high traffic and could really expand and be fruitful,” he said. “Maybe with attention, small business on the street can be developed.” The student led public-private partnership is a catalyst for economic development in the heart “Ten9Eight: Shoot of the historic Georgia Avenue corfor the Moon” ridor according to the upcoming Screenings event’s press release. The open house will feature Ford executives, Howard faculty, loToday cal business leaders and other spe12:10 p.m., 2:20 p.m., cial guests. They will briefly discuss the project, partnership and future 4:40 p.m., 7:00 p.m., plans with the center. 9:20 p.m. Speakers include: David A. Hinson, Howard alumnus and NaAMC Loews tional Director of Minority Business Development Agency; James Georgetown 14 Photo Courtesy of Carroll, Director of Compliance, Ford Motor Company; Barron Host organizations in each participating country are recruiting partners and 3111 K Street NW H. Harvey, Ph.D., Dean, Howard coordinating entrepreneurship related activities. University School of Business, and Bridgit Bean, District Director, between residents, city government, speeches to comprehensive compe- The U.S. Secretary of local businesses and regional devel- titions - designed to inspire, connect, Small Business Administration. Education Arne Duncan The GADGET Center was opers, according to the center’s web inform, mentor and engage the next site. generation of entrepreneurs. hails this documentary a project proposal winner in the It also hosts a satellite office Secretary of State, Hillary as “wonderful and inspiNational Ford College Community of the D.C. Small Business Devel- Clinton, applauded the activities of Challenge. rational”; it chronicles GEW. The competition challenged opment Center. Following the Global EntreSecretary Clinton recon- the stories of several students from within Ford’s national preneurship Week (GEW), the open firmed the administration’s com- inner-city teens who network of higher education parthouse offers the Howard commumitment to boosting entrepreneurlearn to become ners to develop innovative programs nity an opportunity to impact their ship both in the United States and that create sustainable change in environment. in other countries, where talent is entrepreneurs. their communities. The week is acknowledged widespread, but opportunity is not. GADGET offers access to All events are designed to incomputers and information re- around the world and is aimed at -Compiled by young people. spire, connect, mentor and engage sources, consulting and support Alexis K. Barnes, From Nov. 16-22 2009, part- young adults and help them gain services, forums for learning and Business & Technology Editor positive community interactions ner organizations will conduct a the skills and networks necessary for range of activities - from simple sustainable businesses.


What’s ‘App’ening? Facebook to Memorialize Profiles “The Application for Drunks”

Alcoholics and casual drinkers alike can now share their “drunk tales” on the newest iPhone application, Drinking. The application is currently free of charge, but will cost 99 cents after Nov. 22. Drinking is separated into categories of alcohol type: Beer, Wine, Liquor, Cocktails, Shots, Malt Liquor, Homemade and Stolen from liquor cabinet. Produced by Splaysoft LLC., “Drinking” offers users a forum to share and read humorous tales of drunken night happenings. The application offers an abuse button in order to report offensive comments and real names are not suggested.

Compiled by Alexis K. Barnes, Business & Technology Editor


Facebook, one of the world’s most popular social networking sites, recently announced that it will be advancing its technological abilities to begin memorializing the profiles of the deceased at the request of mourning family members. “When someone leaves us, they don’t leave our memories or our social network,” said Facebook co-founder, Max Kelly. “To reflect that reality, we created the idea of ‘memorialized’ profiles as a place where people can save and share their memories of those who has passed.” Facebook is asking that if families wish to have a profile memorialized, they should contact Facebook to request it. When the account is memorialized, they will set the privacy so that only confirmed friends can see the profile or locate it in a search. Facebook will make an effort to protect the privacy of the deceased by removing sensitive information such as contact information and status updates. Ultimately, memorializing the account disables anyone from logging into it in the future, while still enabling friends and family to leave posts on the profile wall in remembrance. Many feel that this has been done unofficially. “I feel like people have been unofficially doing this for years on social networking sites,” said junior marketing major Katherine Wallace. “Nowadays, when someone passes, friends and family write ‘R.I.P.’ and ‘we will miss you and we love you’ on their loved ones walls,” she


Junior supply chain management major Brittany Moye agrees with Wallace. “A lot of the time, you will see a ‘R.I.P.’ or ‘thinking of you’ post on the wall of a deceased friend,” said Moye. “I like Facebook’s decision to memorialize the profiles,” she added. According to a statement released by Kelly, inspiration for the decision to begin memorializing profiles came about four years ago when Facebook was first established. He was originally drawn to Facebook for the “opportunity to help build a technology that enables people to model their social network and interact with it online.” He also said that it gave him a chance to work alongside his best friend of 20 years. Six weeks after the release of Facebook, Kelly’s best friend was killed in a sudden and tragic accident. Stunned and taken aback by the tragic and untimely death of his friend, Kelly and his team of 40 began to wonder what they could do to honor his friend and his contribution to what has now become a multi-million dollar empire. They began facing questions like “what to do with his profile,” and “how do you deal with an interaction with someone who is no longer able to log on?” Four years later, the plan to memorialize profiles has answered that questions. “Personally, I feel as if this new move by Facebook is giving technology too much power,” said senior pre-physical therapy major, Whennah Andrews. “With Facebook

memorializing profiles, there is a lack of sacredness in the commemoration of a loved ones death. It’s one thing to set up a group remembering the person, but I feel like keeping their profile open is a bit too much,” she added. Some agree with Andrews, while others feel that it is the perfect way to commemorate someone’s passing, especially as college students when it is, at times, difficult to attend funerals back home. “One of my friends just became a victim of the senseless gun violence in Chicago and was shot and killed,” said sophomore chemistry major Dominique Knox. “I wasn’t able to fly home for his funeral, but I did pay my respects on his Facebook wall. I think when you can’t make the funeral, Facebook becomes the next best option because everyone uses it,” she added. He and the Facebook team understand the difficulty for people to be reminded of those who are no longer with them. “As time passes, the sting of losing someone you care about also fades but it never goes away. I still visit my friend’s memorialized profile to remember the good times we had and share them with our mutual friends,” said Kelly.

“I feel like people have been unofficially doing this for years on social networking sites.” - Katherine Wallace, junior marketing major

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House of Khamit: Black Culture

BY KRISTINA LANCE Contributing Writer

The House of Khamit is a black-owned cultural shop that began with the vision to help black people find a way back to their roots and connect with their culture. It has been on Georgia Avenue since 1982 when it was opened by owner Mykeil RaufuBey; back then it was known as Jewels of Anton. It was self-started with little funds and has been kept in the family ever since. Mykeil, along with his wife Nina Barnes-Raufu and their son Jaison Barnes-Raufu, run the shop. It carries a wide-range of books written either by or about Africans and African Americans. Although they’ve been referred to as the best bookstore in Washington, D.C., their inventory is not limited to books. They also carry other items such as jewelry, clothing, art, body oils and incense. “Our store is Africanthemed because that is who we are and if you don’t know who you are and where you come from

then you won’t get very far in life,” said manager Nina BarnesRaufu. People come from various places to experience the culture of the shop. Customers from all over the United States and even as far as London have visited the store. “That shop is jam-packed with culture,” said Derrick James, a local community member and customer of the shop. “As soon as you walk in you see the bright colors and smell the incense and you’re just drawn even further in.” The store also offers other unique services. You can stop in and hear a lecture on African Diaspora or even get lessons in African cloth and creating your own clothing. Like many businesses, the House of Khamit has felt the effects of the recession and faced closing its doors. But with help from the community, the shop was able to keep their doors open. Supporters of the shop participated in fundraising events in order bring in money and keep the shop alive.

“Our business has had some major drawbacks but the immense support from this community has kept us here. We survived when others didn’t and we plan to be around for much longer,” said Barnes-Raufu. Although the House of Khamit does not see too many Howard students in the store, Barnes-Raufu encourages them to visit the shop and take a peek at what they have to offer. They’ve been in the Howard community since their beginning and have only love for the University. “We love it here and we would never consider selling our shop because the community has been like family to us and you have to support your family through the good and bad,” Barnes-Raufu said. “Georgia [Avenue] needs this shop to stay around. Their shop gives us hope that small black businesses can still survive. And if we as black people don’t go support our own then who else will?” said Sheila Davis, a member of the Georgia Avenue community.

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Since its beginning in 1982, the House of Khamit has been a mainstay in the Georgia Avenue, Howard communities.

Busboys and Poets Lounge Brings Leisure to Shirlington, Va. BY GENET LAKEW Metro Editor On a sun-kissed but breezy Sunday morning, Gary Harris sits inside a cozy Busboys and Poets in Shirlington, Va. to unwind from a stressful work week. Behind the windows of a colorful and artsy backdrop are other visitors like Harris scattered about, studying, dining, or simply chatting. Some tend to their laptop computers, typing away behind the sound of music that blasts from their plugged in earphones. Others sit on the big red comfortable couches as couples or friends, talking, sipping tea, and nibbling off plates of food. Servers, mostly young, clad in all black attire, bounce around from table to table, delivering orders of quesadillas, sandwiches, French fries, and dessert. On the long wooden table right next to the window, students and non-students alike are propped up on wooden chairs, reading books, completing assignments on a laptop, and browsing the Web. Quirky signs hang unapologetically on the walls. They are not just typical signs but unordinary and even entertaining ones that cause a person to take a second and third look to understand its meaning. A downward pointing yellow arrow reads “This Way Up.” Behind this one, a red octagon sign usually reserved for the “Stop” sign instead reads “Go” in big bold white letters. Every inch of the room is filled with art, from black and white photos lining the walls, to floor to ceiling wooden shelves adorned with calendrapictures. “It’s a decent atmosphere, you know. Just sit back, relax, do you what you have to do. I catch up on work sometime and I read the paper,” said Harris, after the waiter came by the table and refilled his coffee cup.

Coming to Busboys and Poets located in the Shirlington neighborhood of south Arlington, Va. is a weekly Sunday routine for him. Because his fiancé works every other Saturday, this lounge is an escape for Harris so that he will not sit at home alone. The soothing music, relaxing atmosphere, delicious breakfast, and Wi-Fi Internet access are a perfect package for a stress-free Sunday morning. Perched inside the “Urban Village” of Shirlington, the restaurant and lounge is encompassed by grocery market Harris Teeter, Johnny Rockets, the Shirlington Library, and the Signature Theatre. It is the second addition to the Busboys and Poets family, which has two other locations in Northwest Washington, D.C., on Fifth and K Streets and 14th and V Streets. “The one in D.C. is more entertaining, I want to say, with the bar and everything. I don’t really come to this one [Shirlington] at night or anything like that. If I do go out at night, it’s usually the one in D.C. because D.C. does pull in a better crowd,” Harris said. He is able to enjoy both venues for different purposes; one for kicking back and relaxing and the other for diversion with friends. He has been a resident of Shirlington for a little over a year now, and lives within walking distance, although he laughingly admits that he drives here instead. The venue features a special room dedicated to African American actor, singer, and activist Paul Robeson. The Robeson Room is used for dining, workshops, meetings, mingling events, and other social events. It includes two microphones, a stage, project, and high quality sound system for hosting entertainment events such as film screenings, musical performances, and poetry ciphers. In addition to an eatery, Busboys and Poets is also a bookstore. The wooden bookshelves are lined with various figures and

sculptures, crafty picture frames, bags, scarves, pillows, and framed art and picture. The items are from all around the world or about the world, with books and products about India, Vietnam, Guatemala and Kenya. It is a perfect spot to find a unique gift, perhaps a bracelet, greeting card, or musical CDs. Unlike Harris, Amber Maiden is not a regular here. In fact, this is her first time visiting Busboys and Poets. “We usually go to Borders because that’s all we have out where we live and my husband said he wanted to do something different. And he had heard about Busboys and Poets, someone told him about it, so we came all the way down here just to check it out.” Maiden is from the suburbs of Woodbridge, Va. about 30 miles outside of D.C., where she has settled since 1995 and does not venture up into the city often. “It’s nice. Obviously I don’t know as much as somebody who is here every weekend but it seems like it has a very authentic vibe to it as opposed to the very corporate vibe of Borders,” said Maiden, who describes this atmosphere as “eclectic” and “very different” from what she is used to. After what Maiden dubbed an enjoyable meal, her and her husband parted ways, she to peruse through the books and crafts section and her husband to relax on a couch, enjoying the continuous background music playing. Although Busboys and Poets is quite a distance from her home, Maiden said she will consider stopping by again and maybe even venturing out to the D.C. locations. She plans to spread the word to her family and friends. “I go to Harris Teeter for my shopping and everything but other than that, it’s either here or I’m just walking around, getting a cup of coffee down the street,” said Harris.


BY NATELEGE WHALEY Contributing Writer Northeast D.C. resident Stanley White spends his Thursday evenings at the Sherwood Recreation Center tennis court, using tough coaching and drills to make his students work up a sweat and bring out the best of their tennis game. He is no joke. Every Thursday since Sept. 17, White has hosted free tennis clinics for those in the community who want to enhance their skills, build connections, stay healthy and have fun no matter their skill levels. White has also started a women’s tennis team, Net Results. White first came to the Sherwood Recreation Center as a recreational specialist last year and noticed there was a tennis court but no tennis program. Just a few people were playing on the court. One of the things he wanted to do was get more people in the Capitol Hill area involved in playing tennis, he said. He began doing free clinics in 2008, and 20 to 30 participants would come out to play. “Some of the young ladies out there had never picked up a racket and look at where they are now. They’re able to hit the ball, bring the ball into play and hit it back and forth. They’re able to serve,” said White. Bonnita Bradley, 48, is one of the new players who came under White’s instruction in May, seeking to learn the sport for recreation. “My game has improved, but not to the level that I know it will get to,” said Bradley confidently. After practicing with White, Bradley was invited to be part of the Net Results team. Net Results made such spectacular progress that he entered their team into the Washington Area Tennis League tournament which was held in August. Last summer, the team won second place in the tournament. This year, they captured first place. “This year, we won the city championships,” White said, beaming with pride and a sense of accomplishment. “Then we went to the regional down in Newport News the same month.” The Net Results team competed against teams from Virginia and Prince George’s County, Md., winning two matches and losing one match. The Virginia team won overall. Veronica Cooper, 58, is captain of Net Results. She began taking tennis lessons two summers ago with White so she could join the Senior Women Tennis players. But she underestimated the skill level of the players in the league. “I found out the seniors can really play so I couldn’t play with the seniors,” she said. “So Stan started a team and I started playing with them.” Cooper is content playing with Net Results and feels she has gained more of a sense of community since being involved. “I never played tennis be-

fore so it’s been great to come out and meet new people and just have a great time. Now I know a lot of people in the whole city of D.C.,” said Cooper. Cady North, 27, came on board in March of this year. She had not picked up a tennis racket in 10 years but still rose to become co-captain. “I didn’t mind taking on the role as co-captain and being there to help out the girls and coordinate things,” said North. Although fun and community building are reasons why White offered these clinics for those in the Capital Hill area, health is also a very important element. “Let’s face it, obesity is one of the biggest health problems right now,” White said. “A year ago, we did a tennis networking party and everyone brought in nutritional foods to talk about eating healthy. So, we focus on health as well.” According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as of 2008, 21.8 percent of adults in the Washington, D.C. area are obese. Of those, 32.9 percent are African American, 22.6 percent are Hispanic, and 9 percent are white. The CDC also states that adults who perform at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity and two days of muscle-strengthening activity can enjoy health benefits such as weight control, strengthening of bones and muscles and reduced risk of cardiovascular disease, as well as other benefits. Cooper picked up the racket due to her own health concerns. She lost bone mass and did research on how to gain it back. Instead of taking medication, she decided to take up tennis to help. “I didn’t want to take medication for the rest of my life,” Cooper said. “I found that exercise works. I went and got my bone density tested today and I have increased. So I’m really pleased about that.” White has been coaching tennis players for over 35 years including high school, college, and even professional players. White founded the Net Results Tennis Service 20 years ago and does private lessons, group lessons, as well as racket stringing. He named the Net Results team after his company. White is also driven by a desire to help young people learn the game so that they are able to obtain a college tennis scholarship. “I tell parents, I cannot take your child to the pros. What I can do is show them the game enough so that they may go on and get a college education,” he said. White’s students praise his passion for helping others learn tennis and his ability to invoke confidence in their potential. For example, Mariel Cruz, 24, a new participant in the free clinics, said she’s had others teach her the game. For her, none of them compare to White’s coaching skills.

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In Northeast D.C., community residents are participating in free tennis clinics to enhance their skills and build camaraderie at Sherwood Recreation Center.


November 19, 2009

Dating Through the Generations

With the change in time, the rules of dating have altered from more traditional to more casual styles BY KARA SINGLETON Staff Writer

Abroad Minded

BY ALESSA MANN Contributing Columnist

I recently attended an all-day foreign student seminar which was somewhat of a snoozefest, but during the last lecture my ears perked up once the question was asked: Being abroad, does that make you act more American, or do you try to hide yourself in a veil of pseudoEuropeanism? It’s true that Americans tend to stand out like a sore thumb in Europe. We’re the people in sweatpants, tennis shoes, North Face pullovers, flip flops and Ugg boots, with the names of our universities proudly displayed across the fronts of our sweaters. Unfortunately, some people make the distinction a lot easier, and as I stopped to think about what the trip has done to my sense of patriotism, I kept thinking about one incident in particular. It was midnight and I was going out with two of my Barcelonian friends. We were taking the night bus to the club when a row of American students piled into the bus. Without any room to sit down, they stood in the isle clearly drunk and talking loudly. “I’m an Americaaaaaaaaaaaan,” one of the guys shouted, perhaps staking claim to his small space of realty on the Barcelona public transportation system. Around this time I started to think: Oh my God, please stop, this is why they don’t like us. I was hoping this inspired display of patriotism and embarrassment would stop. Everything was fine until another one of the guys from the group stumbled and fell on top of me and my two friends, his face smashing up against the window. They think we’re all party people who don’t know how to hold their liquor. “Oh my God he’s so drunk,” his friends started saying, as they lifted him up without offering any sort of apology to us. An older lady who was being smashed up against a rail and the line of rowdy students kept looking at my friends and me and shaking her head in a sort of sympathetic gesture. Maybe she doesn’t know I’m an American, I thought. I exchanged glances with my friends as if to say “I have no clue what’s going on.” Then I started to offer an excuse in an attempt to ease the awkwardness of the situation, “I don’t know what to say ... about some of us.” No later than having said that I realized it doesn’t matter who these people are. They could be Americans or indigenous members of the forest tribes of Timbuktu, the fact that we shared the same nationality said nothing about me or Americans in general. I looked out the window just in time to see the guy who had, only two minutes earlier, been on top of us, fall out of the bus and roll into a gutter. If they want to look like idiots it’s their prerogative, I thought. Although it sucks they have to evoke the name of my home continent while doing so. So, do I find myself acting more or less American here? No, but I have a keener sense of being American. It’s weird to think that I’ve developed a better understanding of what it means to be American 5,000 miles from home.

From opening doors and covering the bill, to do it yourself and get it yourself, dating has evolved over time. Dating standards have shifted and continue to be revised. Some people draw inspiration from the past while others make up new styles and approaches to dating. To some, dating appears to be a more relaxed matter than it did when our parents were our age. Dorien Blythers, junior political science major believes dating is more easy going now than in it was decades ago. “Dating has definitely become a more casual affair. Dating used to take place as a part of the courtship process that men would go through in order to win over women and eventually make them their brides,” Blythers said. “Today dating seems to be just for fun.” Angela LaGon, a junior international business major, sees a mentality shift in dating. She believes that it is no longer just acceptable for men to ask women out but now more women are being assertive and asking men to go on dates. While several people may stay true to the old strategic ways of dating, a number of people have deviated from that style. The strict rules and standards of dating have been challenged by new lenient attitudes. Another issue of today’s dating styles is face to face interaction or the lack there of. Junior chemistry major Oloa Oomotosho notices the change in dating in conjunction with the advancement in technology. He said, “The way that dating has evolved over time is the ability to meet a wide range of people from the advancement of technology.

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The strict standards of dating have been challenged by new, more lenient attitudes within the current dating generation.

“Dating has definitely become a more casual affair ... Today dating seems to be just for fun.” - Dorien Blythers, junior political science major [Technology] gives you the ability to find and meet people who you think you could be compatible with in a short period of time.” LaGon expresses an opposing opinion. “Dating has depreciated with the improvement and advancement of technology, the face to face interaction between parties becomes more and more obsolete. It hinders the dating

experience because some people rely heavily on technology and forget that dating is about the interaction face to face and the connection between people in person.” According to LaGon, text messaging and social networks have disturbed the natural flow of dating. Chivalry was once a key part dating, junior television production

major Falosade Ogunmokum is positive chivalry is dead. “Maybe men just don’t understand the importance of a woman and why she should be respected,” Ogunmokum said. LaGon is more optimistic about chivalry. She believes it’s not dead but rather overlooked by many. Dating in this generation has, in some ways, digressed from more traditional methods. People have the sole decision in dating. Style, approach and standards are constructed by those dating. The dating process is unique for each person and relationship.

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November 19, 2009

Take It From The Top

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Interracial Dating By Deontay Morris

By Jada F. Smith

BY CRYSTAL J. ALLEN Editor-In-Chief We’re almost at the end of the road! Today marks the last Meccanisms page for the semester; next week marks the last week of publication for us until January! It’s been a journey. We’ve gone through ups and downs, had good days and bad days in this office. In the past three months, we’ve acquired a new advisor, new staff members and new ideas. Some things don’t always go as planned, but we make the best of what we have. We hope you enjoyed as much as we did. After the break, there are so many things The Hilltop will be offering. We will be debuting our first-ever Health section, which we hope you all will enjoy. As young African-Americans, it is important that we are constantly abreast on the various health topics pertinent to our demographic. Our particular demographic is plagued with heart disease, hypertension, cancers and mental illnesses – all of which, I feel, we do not talk about enough. With this new Health section, which will primarily run once per week, we will be able to discuss some of these topics and, hopefully, enlighten ourselves as well as our student readership (you all), simultaneously. Another secret I can let you all in on is our continuous updating of It’s an ongoing process but, by the end of this academic year, we plan to be competing with other news organizations, in terms of live news updates. I want to commend the entire Hilltop staff for their time and dedication. We have a long way to go, but look at how far we’ve come! Revel in knowing that you’ve made it this far, as some have not and most could not. I hope everyone has an awesome Thanksgiving and actually gives due thanks on this holiday. Be grateful for those around you, those who have been good to you. Try not to sweat the small stuff, the petty issues. Instead, appreciate those who have been there for you when they didn’t have to be. Thank them. The world feels even colder when you’re alone. I’ve been thinking about what my New Year’s Resolution is going to be, and I’m still undecided. I thought about becoming a vegetarian, but that would only last about a week. I then considered working out...that could last for even less time than the vegetarian plan, if we’re not including walking around campus. I think the best resolution for me is to stop procrastinating. This has been my biggest flaw since high school and, although it hardly reflects in my work, it creates so much unnecessary stress for me! If you’re a procrastinator (which a lot of us college students are), you should let this be your resolution as well. Do not put it off – just do it now. I’ve put off taking my GRE, but I decided that is something I want to do. I’m considering Parsons once I leave here. Seniors, we’ve reached the halfway mark! This is almost as exciting as my birthday countdown, which ends on Friday. So, don’t hesitate to wish me a happy birthday on Nov. 20! I’ll be 21, with a clear resolution and excitement for the journey that lies ahead.

The Hilltop would like to wish our readers a happy holiday season! Thanks for reading!

I have no interest whatsoever in dating white men. I’m not racist, nor do I care about who other people chose to date or have babies with. But for me and my house, dating white may result in a fight. The idea of being intimate with a descendant of the men who raped my female ancestors and made my male ancestors watch, just feels so disrespectful. If you refer to my “She Said” from a few weeks ago, I make my case for how I love, respect and cherish black men too much to even consider switching flavors. Black people and black culture varies so much, it would be impossible to make a “I don’t like black men” judgement based on experiences with only a few. Aside from my undying affection for the brotha’s, I wouldn’t date a white man because I just can’t shake the notion that they are only curious and fascinated by the mystique associated with stereotypes about black sexuality and the black body. The last time I was approached by a white man, I was at the gym. I was on the treadmill, happened to look back and saw dude staring at my butt. He comes up five minutes later and offers me a trip to Miami. I say no, without even cracking a smile.

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He didn’t even ask my name; just assumed that since I am a young black woman, I just couldn’t say no to a “baller” who wants to spend is his money on me. Sorry, but I’m not the video girl who is impressed by your attempt to throw dollars at me and pour alcohol over my head. I can’t be your BET fantasy. And although I could care less about other people’s love lives, its always interesting to see a black man with a white woman. I would say that it hurts my heart to see black men with white women, but shoot, if he don’t want us then we don’t want him either. However, when one does decide to date outside of his or her race, I hope it’s because he or she genuinely likes that person and not because that person fulfills some twisted racial ideals. If you want to date a white woman because you think she’s the one for you, awesome -go for it. If you want to date a white woman because you think white women are more beautiful or “better” than black women, then you clearly have self-hatred issues that are being imposed on the women you date. And this goes for all races, not just black and white.

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Black men should not date white women. Yes, I said it. However I do think it’s acceptable for black women to date white men. I know it’s a little weird but let me explain my logic. I didn’t form the belief that black men should not date white women on my own. I did so after years of hearing my mother. I remember her telling me on multiple occasions, “Deontay, don’t ever bring a white woman to my house - there are too many beautiful black women out here.” Those words stuck with me all of my life. It wasn’t until I became a student at Howard that I truly realized what my mother meant by that statement. There are literally hundreds of intelligent and beautiful black women at HU. Some are light skin, some are chocolate, some have a southern accent, some have dreads and some have hair down their backs (whether it’s their hair or not is up for debate). All of these different personalities have allowed me to figure out that beauty does not have an image but more so a feeling (at least to me). I also came to the realization that you should not try to find someone to fit a description of what you want them to be, because we are all imperfect. A question I asked myself was what could a white woman do for me that a black woman can’t? The answer is NOTHING. I understand that by

being a black male in college I am already a statistical anomaly. I am not supposed to be here. That is why I will never date a white woman. I feel that it is my duty as one of the few upstanding black males to date within my race. There are too many great women for me to date inside the race. On to the contrary, I do not feel that black women should be held to the same standard as black men in this particular situation. Let’s be honest… black women are the light years ahead of the men in our communities. There are more black women in executive leadership roles than ever. However, for all their success there are very few black males who are on the same plane as them, so sometimes they resort to dating white men or other races. I understand. But, for black men we have no excuse to date outside of the race. Every black male that I know that has dated a white woman has done it because they felt white women are easier to control. My question to them is, why do you feel the need to control a woman? That is another problem in itself. Martin had Coretta, Malcolm had Betty and Barack has Michelle. I will not be the best black man I can be unless I have my black woman by my side. I’ll leave the white women to black athletes.

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1. How many student leaders are going to come at @TheHilltop on Twitter this year? 2. Don’t you know we are harder on ourselves than you could EVER be? 3. If this was the charter line, who gave Alpha Kappa Psi their line names? 4. How many people were upset Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire kept selling out in Chinatown? 5. You know there were mad open seats in Georgetown, right? 6. Why has a whole semester gone by and y’all haven’t submitted any questions for 20 questions? 7. Where are all the Howard students going for New Years? 8. How many drop slips will be turned in tomorrow? 9. Is the only difference between Beyonce’s lyrics and Lil Kim’s lyrics the cursing? Think about it. 10. Why is Beyonce’ trying to copy Rihanna in the Video Phone video? 11. How many people are going to say we’re hating just

because we comment on Beyonce? 12. Why did the School of C get reaaaaal nice all of a sudden? 13. How many people have been hacked by The Hilltop Twitter Bandit? 14. How many people still don’t know what “FTW,” “FML,” “DCWIO,” “LLS,” and “SMH” means? 15. How many people have had a good cuffing season so far? 16. How many people think cuffing season actually means getting in a relationship? 17. How many times have you thought you were cuffed only to find out you weren’t? 18. Don’t you wish you could hear the debates we have in The Hilltop office? (You say you don’t, but trust, you really do.) 19. How many people have a Holiday season boo set up back home? 20. This is the last 20 Questions of the semester. Are you gonna miss us? Compiled by The Hilltop Staff



Daily Sudoku Directions: Each row, each column and each 3x3 box must contain each and every digit 1-9 exactly once.

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Last week’s reports of an unidentified man entering the Bethune Annex has raised concerns about the safety of HU students.

Campus Safety Remains On The Minds of HU Students Last week, several members of The Hilltop entered the Bethune Annex residence, flashed identification, and waltzed right onto the dorm’s elevators. These members of The Hilltop weren’t residences of the dorm, yet were granted entrance without so much as a second look from security. Every student has had this experience. Walking home late from the Undergraduate Library, you glance at a strategically parked campus police car, and notice that either the officer inside is snoring in the front seat, or even worse, that the car is empty. Or one evening, on a walk with friends across campus, you, on a whim, decide to push the blinking blue button on an emergency call box, and not so surprisingly, don’t receive an answer. It’s pretty sad. But what if by chance, that student leaving UGL was confronted by someone looking to snatch his or her wallet and headphones? Or if the person who pushed the call box really needed help and no one answered their call?

Although our security force here at Howard isn’t perfect, it does have its strong points. The security guards in UGL and the iLab won’t so much as let a student step foot inside the campus buildings they protect without showing some type of valid identification. The iLab has recently even began using an electronic scanner

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Security needs to be one of Howard University’s greatest concerns. to ensure the identification students show is current, and actually belongs to them. But while these locations might be secure, what about the dorms? And other places on campus? When will someone be held accountable for random students being able to sidestep security and gain entrance? When will officers be held accountable for napping on the job and zooming around campus buildings on their segways, instead of doing what

their supposed to be doing - protecting Howard University students on a consistent and responsible basis. This editorial isn’t meant to serve as a total blast of HUPD. A lot of officers commit much of their time and energy to making sure we’re safe and secure as students. For example, campus police Chief Leroy James has personally helped install dozens of the aforementioned blue light emergency systems across campus himself. But isn’t it time Howard University really invested in more advanced technology and security reform that will actually benefit the safety of students? Students might initially dislike being rejected from their best friend’s dorm while trying to sneak in, and officers on late night shifts might be a little peeved about missing out on naptime, but what’s more important? Sneaking into dorms and catching a couple Z’s, or the safety of Howard University students? Security should be one of Howard University’s greatest concerns.

Correction: The article “Students Stand Up to Violence” published Tuesday, Nov. 17, incorrectly calls the group “Respect 8 Corp.”, “Respect Inc.” Also, no members of the group have ever been gang members, despite having neighborhood friends or classmates that are, according to the group’s president Alton K. Calloway.


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Perspective “Where they do that at?” First, let me address the issue that many students do smoke marijuana on campus. I know it is illegal, but is it really a crime? Someone smoking marijuana on campus is as harmful to the public as an individual jaywalking across 4th Street. It seems to me that Campus Police are often so busy trying to catch Howard students committing petty infractions that they lose focus on what’s truly important, and what their job is; to protect the students. From my observation, in the few years I’ve attended Howard, Campus Police put more energy into harassing students than protecting them. In the eyes of most, if not all students, campus police are just a team of overzealous hall monitors hell bent on making life more difficult for students, while ruining college careers and experiences. Though a bit extreme, if you’ve ever had any sort of “run in” with Campus Police you’d probably agree. For example, an organization is in a university building “after hours” (although the doors were still open and lights still on). Drunk with power, Campus Police barge into the room where the organization is meeting and demand that everyone show their IDs and leave, because the building is closed! After the students show identification, and some students attempt to reason with the officers professionally and respect-

fully, explaining that they’d just like a little more time in the building to wrap up the meeting. A particular officer for some reason felt compelled to put his hands around one of the student’s neck, in an attempt to intimidate the students still present into leaving. Pardon my colloquialism, but “where they do that at?” Where in the Campus Police guidelines does it permit any officer to ever touch a student who’s not committing a crime? Trespassing is the argument I would expect to hear from the officer, however, the aforementioned student pays his tuition, which includes use of facilities, so trespassing is an invalid argument. Fast forward to Oct. 5, when I read a story in The Hilltop about a student whose room was invaded by a strange and probably homeless man. The article reads, “HUPD gave the man an option to leave if he cooperated-an option he took advantage of.” Campus police let a strange man trespassing into a sophomore’s room go?! This boggles my mind for several reasons, one being the article does not once state that the perpetrator was detained, cuffed or even touched by the HUPD; but notice how quick the Campus Police are to get physical with an actual student. Furthermore, how did this unidentified man just waltz into the Towers? Two years ago, as a resident

of the Towers, two friends and myself were robbed at gunpoint within eyesight and earshot of Campus Police. Not only did the officers do nothing, but when I returned to the Towers I was not allowed inside because I didn’t have an ID. My wallet, containing my ID, had just been stolen during the robbery that Campus Police witnessed. This homeless man, however, got in with no problem. Again, please excuse me, but “where they do that at?” It frustrates me that students have been arrested by Campus Police and sent to District of Columbia jail as well as kicked out of school, suspended or put on probation, for misdemeanor marijuana, but they gave a man, who could have possibly caused a young lady serious bodily harm, the option to leave. The lackluster performance and protection given by Campus Police is unacceptable. When do you ever recall Campus Police solving a crime or capturing a criminal or suspect? My answer is never. Our money is used to purchase the segways they use to play in The Valley and harass us with, not to catch criminals with. You may find yourself asking, “Where they do that at?” The answer is Howard University.

-Emmitt Charles, senior marketing major

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HUSA Presents... “Holiday Tree Lighting” Invites the Friday, Students of Howard University November 20, to a Panel Discussion 2009 concerning 4:30pm Financial Literacy Rooftop of UGL Featuring Alumni: Students and Thomas Claiborn IV, Insurance those in the Specialist, Mass community are Mutual Financial Group ALL invited. & Gerard Fryar, You will not Financial Advisor, Gerihco Financial want to miss the Services lighting of HU THIS Thursday, November 19, 2009 Holiday Tree! 7:00 PM-8:30 PM Douglass Hall Room 239

Cuffing Season: A Night of Speed Dating Hosted by the Ladies of Gamma Sigma Sigma Thursday, November 19, 2009 7 p.m. @ the G2 Lounge (Right across from the School of Business) $3 to participate HUSA Presents... Love.Live.Life Concert Monday, November 30, 2009 @ 7pm Blackburn Ballroom Tickets $5 sold in Cramton Auditorium All proceeds go to “Keep A Child Alive”

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Join the Ladies of Zeta Phi Beta. Sor. Inc. Alpha Chapter, in the lower level of Blackburn on Nov. 23, 2009. Will we collect clothing donations. Boxes will be available to put unwanted, gently used clothing for the less fortunate. Lets keep those in need warm throughout the holidays!

“Phi Sigma Pi Presents: Tripod Week” Think you can dougie?! MUSIC, GAMES, and GIVEAWAYS in the pounchout from 5:30-7pm for “Dougie for Diabetes Awareness”! Get your crew together for Phi Sigma Pi National Honor Fraternity, Inc. dance competition to raise diabetes awareness for a grand prize!

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“What To Do With My Degree: Communication & Culture” Thursday, November 19, 2009 @ 7pm in the Founders’ Library Browsing Room

The Alternative Spring Break 2010 Administrative Committee Presents its First Participant Interest Meeting Thursday, November 19 in Rankin Chapel at 5:00pm email questions to huasb2010@ Follow us: huasb2010 The Ladies of D.I.V.A. Incorporated present POETRY ON ANOTHER LEVEL Reflections: A Hip-Hopera Thursday, November 19, 2009 in ETS

(Fine Arts Housing available for faculty, staff, or Bldg)Show graduate/ times: professional 7-8:30pm and students 9-10:30pm. HU, CUA, Metro Tickets are $5. 3 bedrooms 2.5 See a baths, W/D, Garage, Basement: member of $1800 and utilities D.I.V.A. Inc. for Call tickets.Come (202) and take an 291-0912 episodic Xi journey Chapter, Kappa through the Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc. & wor=InboxHipAlpha Hop. Chapter, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc. Presents:

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BISONCORP: A volunteerbased, Alpha campus wide Chapter organization Cordially focused on Invite you to.... creating a better Deja Blue: A Snap Into Jazz Howard University A night of entertainment together will and hold an fellowship interest on meeting November Thursday, 21st, 2009 November at 19, 2009 at 7:20pm 8:30 PM in in Douglass Hall Room 143 The Howard “The Ladies of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Incorporated

University Blackburn Center Ballroom

Contact Number to purchase tickets: 856 397 4474 Attention! Attention! If you are a creative person with a passion for special events this is the job for you. The Homecoming Policy Board is currently seeking qualified candidates for Chair and Treasurer; both candidates must possess the following: 1. Strong Leadership Skills 2. Strong Organizational and Administrative Skills 3. Innovation 4. Excellent Communication Skills 5. Sound judgment 6. Works well with Others 7. Junior Status or sixty credit hours at Howard University 8. Currently registered and validated, full time, and posses a 2.7 GPA at the time of their selection and remain registered and maintain a 2.7 GPA standing throughout their term of office. 9. A 5-7 page typed proposal with a clear vision of your projected focus of the 2010 Homecoming Program. 10. Deadline: November 30, 2009 on or before 10:00 a.m.

National Council of Negro Women Presents... Fierce or Faux: Fashion in the Black Community Today Nov 19th Hilltop Lounge 7pm $99.00 Unlimited Phone Package Unlimited Talk & Text Nationwide No Credit Check No Contract No Bill for 6 months For More Info Call 301-821-6800 We Deliver

Beta Kappa Chi National Scientific Honor Society will host a bake sale Wednesday, November 18, 2009 11am2pm and Thursday, November 19, 2009 10am1pm in E. Just Hall.

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