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From Small House to the White House ELI Insitute hosts documentary on Obama that inspires. BY DERRICK HAYNES Editorial Assistant As a part of the Global Entrepreneurship Week, the ELI Institute hosted a screening of the HBO documentary “By the People: The Election of Barack Obama” preceding a symposium with Michael Blake, the associate director of White House Intergovernmental Affairs, as a guest speaker. The “Social Entrepreneurship and Politics” symposium focused on how political campaigning can be an outlet for entrepreneurship. The documentary provided a behind-the-scenes glance at the tireless effort needed to run a governmental office campaign and the impact on the Obama family’s day-to-day interactions. The HBO special spanned from the then Senator Obama’s announcement of his presidential candidacy in

February 2007 to his electoral win in November 2008. “The documentary gave different insight into Barack Obama and the election process. I liked how it showed him talking to almost everybody–from children to veterans,” said Charla Boveland, a sophomore broadcast journalism major. The introduction of Blake, 26, served as segue into an even more personal glance at the less than comfortable campaign locations not shown in the documentary. Blake said campaigning in states in which sighting the Confederate flag was common and nerve wrecking but failed to deter the Obama’s campaign staffers. “We had people going out every single day, knocking on doors because they wanted to tell someone that ‘I believe in this man. I believe what he’s saying.’ There was a genuine belief,” he said. Blake said that his earlier childhood struggle in Jamaica with his parents strengthened him and made his experience in the White House gratifying. He advised students to use his story and others’ stories from the documentary to

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“By the People: The Election of Barack Obama,” was shown by the ELI Institute to show the struggles of campaigning. Panelists also facilitated a question and answer forum to further engage students.

inspire them to strive for their passion. At the start of the question and answer portion of the symposium, panelists addressed

the issue of keeping high school and college students engaged in politics. Blake said the Obama administration has reached out to the Hip Hop Caucus, a grass-

roots organization focused on mobilizing urban communities. He also said the best person to contact > See OBAMA, page 3

HU Club Offers Entrepreneurial Advice N****: To Say or Not to Say BY GERRON JORDAN Staff Writer

Entrepreneur: a person who organizes, operates, and assumes the risk for a business venture. This is how the Howard University Michigan Club defined what an entrepreneur is in their panel discussion, “It takes money to make money” last night as they explored the importance and ease of entrepreneurship. The event was one installment of their visibility week, ‘No Ceilings’. “We really wanted people our age to know that they can start their own businesses and enterprises,” said Michigan Club president and sophomore political science major, Brianna Alexander. “We are all so diverse and different and

through this week, we want to let people know that there is no limit to what we can achieve,” she added. The event featured a panel of four, including Paradise Exit Founder Jason Coles, Carolina Kitchen Founder and owner Lance London, senior accounting major Ionnie McNeil, and television programmer David Kim Perry. The forum drew crowds of all classifications and majors who shared a common thirst for learning the ins and outs of becoming an entrepreneur. “I’m interested in the nonprofit sector of businesses,” said freshman undecided major Charleen Hutson. “I wanted to know how certain non-profit organizations keep themselves afloat with grants and other voluntary financ-


Likewise, junior biology major, Ariana Green, hopes to one day open her own medical practice and had one thing in mind during the panel discussion. “I ultimately wanted to know how to get funding,” Green said. “How I can get a nice amount of money to get my future practice financially stable,” she said. Paradise Exit Founder and 2009 Howard alumnus Coles addressed students’ initiative and the ways that initiative can improve. “Utilize your resources here on campus first before anywhere else,” Coles said. “All you need is out there, but you just have to go and find it.” “A winner always wins and losers always lose,” said Carolina

Kitchen founder, Lance London. “The greatest form of revenge is to be successful. Be successful over all of the people and institutions that told you that you can’t be,” he said. “Model the person who is doing what it is that you want to do,” said London. “Model their walk, model their physiology, their attitude and finally, be your own motivation,” he added. Senior accounting major Ionnie McNeil summed up the panel discussion with a simple charge to the students, “Learn as much as you can and then become an entrepreneur,” she said. McNeil has started her own enterprise, ‘The Baby Billionaire’ which teaches kids and their families the importance of investing.

Law School Concert Inspires Faith, Praise BY SARAYA WINTER-SMITH Contributing Writer With highly energized voices echoing off the ceiling painted with a bold mural, a 20-member ensemble performed “By Faith” in the Holy Cross Chapel at the Howard University School of Law. The large audience, which filled every seat in the chapel, grooved to the varied collection of songs such as the performance by Memphis singer and songwriter Earnest Pugh. “I think it’s absolutely amazing for [choir members] to take time out of our busy schedule for praise and worship,” said second-year law student Danielle Blancada. Ensemble Director, Victoria Lynch said even with the “hectic schedules” and “enormous pressures” of being law students, the opportunity to release stress and minister to the self and to one another is part of the driving force that motivates ensemble members to take part in the unique experience. The general consensus of the evening was that the concert, put on by the Howard University School of Law Gospel Choir, was a

Saraya Winter-Smith - Contributing Writer

The Howard University School of Law Gospel Choir put on a concert yesterday evening at the Holy Cross Chapel on the law school’s campus.

moving and emotional experience. First-year law student Kimberly Wilson was grateful for the concert. “It’s a beautiful experience to worship with classmates at school,” she said. After discovering that she

moved an audience member to tears while singing, second-year law student Bradis Ash said she was humbled. “When I’m singing, it’s really just the spirit,” she said. “While I gave that testimony in the beginning, I was thinking about the

things we face as students and invited everyone to lift their hands in praise during the worship song.” While in previous years the concert had been held during the law student lunch-hour, 12:15 p.m. to 1:15 p.m., but Lynch advocated for the time change this year. “I tried to move it last year since the afternoon concert seemed ‘limiting’ in its convenience to the broader community,” Lynch said. “This year, the evening concert allowed us to reach more people.” Concertgoer and University of Maryland graduate Jilliane George was able to attend the concert this year, whereas he was unable to previously. “I work full-time during the day, and I have lots of classmates who work and attend class in the daytime as well. The concert was so inspirational and moving. Now, I will definitely invite classmates to worship and give thanks,” he said. All and all, the jubilant sounds of the Howard University School of Law Gospel Choir offered a vitalizing worship experience to students, alumni and faculty alike.

BY JESSICA LEWIS Campus Editor Replacing the debate that occurred earlier this semester about the word “b****,” students sat for an hour discussing the significance or insignificance of the word “’n****’ during a program entitled, “Excuse Me House N****.” The program started as a debate about the newage identification of a “House N****.” The self-proclaimed Black Nationalist, Bryant Brown, a junior political science major, said slavery is over in a physical sense, but black people continue to be separated. Today the separation is between nationalists and idealists, he said. Brown previously stated his views through a perspective published in The Hilltop on Nov. 10. The perspective read, “In the American conscience, blacks have concerns, considerations and pride for being an American. In the black conscience, blacks have concerns, considerations and pride for being black/descendant from enslaved Africans. Basically your conscience mind fights over which conscience to follow: culture versus the establishment.” According to Brown, the argument began when black people stepped off the boat. He implicitly limited the context of the conversation to the beginning of slavery disregarding the events in Africa prior to Africans arrival in America. In addition, the audience limited their conversation to words like “n****” without examining the root of words like Sudan, Niger, Kemet, Gold Coast and other terminology rooted in slavery. One audience member did mention that the word “n****” couldn’t be buried when the conditions that made the word still exist.

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November 18, 2009

Ribeau Graduate Students Feel the Load Diaries

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What I know for Sure

Justin Knight - University Communications

BY PAULA RIBEAU Contributing Columnist “What do you know for sure?” This recently came to mind this weekend as I was reading “O” magazine thinking about my life. So I ask you, “What do you know for sure?” I want to know what do you know for sure about you, and I wonder what you are thinking because the first time I was asked this thought-provoking, yet simple question, I was speechless. While this question caught me off guard, it is an important one as it forces me to look deeper inside of myself examining my feelings, thoughts and behavior; those things that reveal the true essence of who I am. When aligned with the highest parts of myself (e.g., identity, character, integrity, spiritual journey, etc.), life has meaning and purpose. Consequently, I am clearer on what I know for sure. An important lesson learned is that this question can be answered differently at various stages in one’s life. When I was in my 20s, what I thought I knew for sure sounded something like this: 1. “I will be successful in everything that I pursue.” 2. “I will plan the perfect time for my marriage and have financial wealth throughout my life.” 3. “My best friend will never betray me.” As a result, what I knew for sure during my 20s was based on limited experience and lack of self-awareness. The major difference between then and now has to do with my life’s lessons shaped by challenges, opportunities and successes. It is a personal testimony of my responses to life’s mountaintop and valley experiences. Now I know for sure: 1. We are never alone no matter how bad the situation. There is no problem too great for God. He never leaves us nor forsakes us. 2. As long as we have dreams, we cannot lose the significance of living. 3. Regardless of life circumstances, it is possible to have peace within your heart that comes from faith and a merciful God. 4. If you are looking for happiness in your career, don’t make money your priority when seeking a job. Connect your passions with your abilities and you will be so good at it that the money will come. 5. When one door closes, another one opens - in every challenging experience, there is an opportunity for growth – challenges can be an invitation to your best life. “What do you know for sure?” I challenge you with the following questions: 1. Who can you trust regardless of your circumstances (good or bad)? 2. How do you know what you know? 3. What inspires you … motivates and uplifts you … calls you to action? 4. Are your feelings, thoughts and actions congruent with who you want to be? Are you proud of who you are and where you are headed in life? Wishing you peace and happiness during this holiday season. Until next time… Dr. P


Upon graduating from Howard University, many students are still confused about further plans for the future. Some students are offered jobs; some plan to move home, and others choose to dive right back into the academic world in pursuit of another secondary degree in graduate school. Life as a graduate student doesn’t compare to life as an undergraduate. Students grow into adulthood, make life decisions and take on a much larger social responsibility, completing assignments and working constantly to fulfill the requirements to achieve their goals. One of the most drastic changes from undergraduate to graduate school is the difference in course load. Graduate students find that although the amount of classes decrease, the course load substantially increases to an amount that can sometimes be stressful. Each student’s course work differs depending on their particular department and field of study. “In undergrad, I would take five to six classes a semester, maybe read an article and write a paper here and there,” said Brittany Autry, a first-year graduate student studying personality psychology at Howard University. “Now I have maybe two or three classes, but I am given a humongous amount of

reading to do. Or I have to go in to be beneficial for some graduate the lab to conduct research about a students at Howard and abroad, escertain topic. It just depends on the pecially with finances and personal day and the professor.” lifestyle choices. “I have learned to As a result, most students are be conscious about what I’m spendforced to change their study habits ing now, in comparison to underto manage their course loads. grad,” said Kellen Sims, a Howard Deshonna Collier, president graduate attending George Mason of the Graduate School Student University for law school. Council, said, “Undergrad is very “It was really easy to go out general. We select majors and do on a Friday night and spend money not get into them until the last two at Howard. Now I have bills and years. Grad my own fischool takes nances which it up to the force me to next notch, be careful.” w h e n Autry you’re resaid gradually decidate students ing that have less time you want to engage in to take it certain leisure ~James Sims, George Mason activities in to the next University Law Student comparison level in this subject or to undergrad sub field you’re studying.” because of increased time conOnce leaving undergradu- straints. ate, students incur a vast number “Little stuff that I really enof adult responsibilities. Students joy doing such as shopping or eatagree that responsibility is a major ing out, I have no time for in grad factor in reducing stress level, and school,” Autry said. “Graduate being successful after the under- school has made me very meticugraduate level. lous in my planning.” “More is expected; more is For Collier, responsibility required, and you are expected to comes with a change in age level bring a lot more to the table as a and maturity. “When you grow graduate student,” said Collier, a older, your pace changes,” she said. fourth-year urban sociology, in- “You have no time for an outside equality and criminology doctoral job. At times you can get really candidate. stressed out and turn to your colUsing discipline has proven leagues for help.”

“Your peers and professors depend on you for a certain perspective. You are forced to stand out among everyone else because of race.”

Graduate students still maintain social lives and networks similar to those of undergraduate students. It is common for graduate students to socialize with law, medical and dentistry students within the Howard community and across the District. A number of students think it has to do with the change in class sizes and relationships with professors. “Classes in undergrad range from 50 to 100 [people], while in graduate school it’s like four to 10 people maximum,” Autry said. “It is kind of a mentorship but extended family relationship with professors because they’ve already been where you’ve been and know your struggles which brings a lot more comfort.” Sims said his experience is different because he is the only African American in his incoming class at George Mason. “Classes are a lot different for me, especially when discussing certain topics. It is actually a lot tougher because your peers and professors depend on you for a certain perspective. You are forced to stand out amongst everyone else because of race,” Sims said. Despite the various changes, students still feel a level of confidence and determination when it comes to attaining a secondary degree.

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Feeding Frenzy: Hungered, plastic-toting students were turned away from the Punchout after the machines malfunctioned and the only payment accepted was cash. To ease the hunger pains, the cafe opened its doors to all students for free for a while. The day-long glitch was fixed yesterday evening.

Students, Staff HU History Corner Malik Zulu Shabazz Improve Service BY CAMILLE AUGUSTIN Staff Writer The Mordecai Wyatt Johnson Administration Building staff and faculty are working to accommodate students and turn around negative stereotypes students associate with the ‘A’ Building. Some students have noticed the extended hours in the Financial Aid Office and shorter lines expedite service. “The staff and faculty have nicer attitudes, especially in the Student Accounts sections,” said Adam Damour, a junior physical therapy major. Leaving the Student Accounts Office, Damour said he was pleased to have his issues resolved in a fast and efficient manner without encountering any trouble with the staff. Howard University Student Association (HUSA) Policy Director and senior political science major Roy Montgomery agrees with Damour. He said the University is responsive and doing their part in assisting students needs in the Administration Building. Montgomery said student government is also working with the faculty in the Administration Building. When he went to the Financial Aid Office at 9 a.m., there was no line. However, Montgomery explained that when there is an influx of students, lines may become longer, and staff may get frustrated with students who

become impatient waiting for long periods of time. He further explained that some of the staff members who have been there for many years will not change their attitudes no matter how much customer service development they may undergo. “Sometimes the priorities of the administration do not include the priorities of the students,” Montgomery said. “But after the protest, we are continuing to move in the right direction. We just need to remain vigilant.” As a means to evaluate and make changes in the Office of Financial Services, student representatives will meet monthly with Enrollment Management directors to discuss concerns and work on solutions, according to a statement issued by President Sidney A. Ribeau as an update on the items listed during the protest. Kaori Liburd, a sophomore radio, television and film major, also experienced a positive encounter with the Office of Financial Services. “I had a late fee on my student account, which would not allow me to register, but they took off the late fee and gave me an extension to pay it. So I was able to register on time,” Liburd said. Students have seen changes in the Administration Building and hope that the positive feedback continues into next semester.

Howard University graduate Dr. Malik Zulu Shabazz, Esq. made his footprint on the world through his affiliation with the New Black Panther Party. Some call him a radical; some call him a freedom fighter and activist, but we call him a Bison. Shabazz graduated from Howard University and Howard University School of Law in 1995. While in law school, he founded the Progressive Student Movement/Unity Nation, a Black Nationalist student organization close-


ly affiliated with the Nation of Islam leadership, according to the New Black Panther Party Web site. As a law student in the mid-1990s, Shabazz’s Unity Nation was able to set up two speaking engagements for the late Khalid Abdul Muhammad, who was then a key Photo Courtesy of official within the Nation Shabazz, national chairman of Islam, according to en- of New Black Panther Party, is a 1995 Howard graduate. He is currently the national chairman of the of the conveners for the New Black Panther Party 10-year anniversary of the for Self-Defense after the Million Man March under 2001 death of Abdul Mu- the invitation of Minister hammad. He served as one Louis Farrakhan. Compiled by Jessica Lewis, Campus Editor

NEWS 3 Students Learn About Credit Graduate School Assembly and the School of Business Student Council hosted a program that discussed the negative conception and truth about credit scores. Weyimi O Ayu, a consultant with Supreme Consulting LLC., said the best way to improve credit is to have discipline over self and money.

Screening Inspires Student Activism continued from FRONT, OBAMA

Also, he explained the two wealthiest men in the U.S. are only wealthy because their credit limit exceeds more than $1 million. He also said communication with lenders is key regarding late payments on student loans to prevent them from reporting the late payments to credit reporters. Izunna Enyinnah - Multimedia Editor

in the White House about youth engagement would be Kal Penn, the current associate director of the White House Office of Public Engagement, who left his role on Fox’s “House” in last April to accept this position. The discussion moved from students gaining inspiration from other people to how to find motivation within them. “If you see a need, you don’t have to wait for the White House to do something,” said Micah Kubie, a political science graduate student. “If you organize when you see a need and do something, even with a few friends, they’ll take notice.”

Nenaji Jackson, political science professor, said continued volunteerism means preventing student engagement from wavering. As an example, Jackson said Howard students participated in Alternative Spring Break (ASB) in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina because students were aware of the shortcomings of politics and sought to improve the situation. “They had their minds directed on their purpose for being there,” Jackson said. “They couldn’t stop working. They used up all the energy they had–from the moment we got there until we left. They pledged to go back the next year. It was wonderful.”

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Athletes Allowed to Drop the Ball in Classroom BY NATASSHA ROBINSON Contributing Writer Academic standards for athletes have taken a turn for the worst when it comes to overall expectations. In many D.C. Public Schools (DCPS), to play a sport, there are no grade point average (GPA) requirements. To play, athletes are simply not allowed to receive more than one ‘F.’ Essentially meaning athletes can receive all ‘D’s’ and one ‘F’ and still be eligible to compete. “Colleges are raising their requirements to compete as a student athlete as a result of higher NCAA standards, so DCPS lowering their standards may give high school student-athletes even more of a false hope that they can compete at a collegiate level,” Molly Tye, an athletic advisor in the Howard University Athletics Department, said. Having no GPA requirements allows athletes to set lower standards for themselves. “…the education they’re [students] offered is already lacking. Now it is found to be acceptable to know less, which means they will try even less in the classroom,” junior marketing major Rasheed Van Putten said. Van Putten is also a youth mentor and staff member for an after school program in a local D.C. school. Many student-athletes are not aware that it’s not just about their ability to play the game. Grades matter. Lowering the GPA requirement for athletes demonstrates the lack of encouragement and support that DCPS offers their students. “Lowering the requirement for student-athletes is a step in the wrong direction. The United States is already behind in education when compared to other countries,” Van Putten said.

College recruiting is a four year process. Recruiters not only observe the athletes’ ability to play, but they also examine student-athletes’ transcripts. A transcript is the student-athletes’ resume to college athletics. “A lot of students don’t realize that colleges look at grades. It is not all about talent,” Nikeema Kadary, a junior public relations major and a compliance student assistant in the Howard University Athletic Department, said. According to U.S. News, football players average 220 points lower on the SAT than their classmates. Men’s basketball was 227 points lower. Numbers such as these reflect the lack of learned academics while in high school. Although DCPS have lowered their GPA requirements for student-athletes to participate in the game, they have now found a loophole in National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) eligibility regulations. According to The Washington Post, athletes in DCPS will have a fifth year to complete their eligibility, meaning athletes can seek an extra year Photo Courtesy of to improve athletic performance under a bylaw revision ap- Former Memphis guard Derrick Rose is in an ongoing battle with the NCAA over the proved by D.C. Schools Chan- legitimacy of his SAT scores. cellor Michelle A. Rhee. “The new guidelines reflect how obscale” requirements. “I have actu- “sliding scale,” meaning the higher solete DCPS is,” Putten said. “The ally heard some of friends in high the GPA, the lower the test score an only time Michelle Rhee’s admin- school talk about the sliding scale,” athlete needs to be eligible. istration makes a structural change Kadary said. “They really believe In theory, being a fifth-year seems as if they are purposefully staying behind is not going to hin- senior is the only way to improve trying to make things worse.” der them in the future. How wrong one’s GPA. By not graduating, a By becoming fifth-year se- are they?” student can repeat the 12th-grade niors, student- athletes intentionally The NCAA determines ini- at any school and can still imfail to graduate from high school tial eligibility by considering the prove his GPA by retaking classes hoping they can improve their student-athlete’s final grade-point at any school. The athlete will fail chances of playing sooner in col- average along with scores from a a course, such as English, in order lege. standardized test such as the SAT. to stay behind to have an extended The purpose of this is for These two factors are used in the period to play sports and improve student-athletes to use the “sliding

their GPA. With the change, starting as freshmen, students will have 10 semesters to complete four years of athletic eligibility. The change will mean that they can, “redshirt,” or remain out of varsity sports for a year to extend their eligibility. Before the sliding scale, the minimum for NCAA eligibility was a 2.0 GPA and a 700 SAT score. By using the “sliding scale” it deemphasizes the SAT score and gives more weight to the GPA. “Students who have low GPAs may have trouble getting through clearinghouse and attaining a scholarship,” Van Putten said. According to The Washington Post, the NCAA enacted a rule to respond to the academic fraud when dealing with fifth-year seniors. The rule prohibits high school athletes from taking more than four years to complete work in core academic courses. Those who need more than four years must apply for a waiver to be eligible to play college athletics. According to Howard University Athletics Department they do not use a “sliding scale” for athletes upon entry. Also once an athlete enters the athletic department they have to maintain certain requirements to be able to continue to compete. “To compete at Howard, a student-athlete must maintain at least a 2.0 GPA and pass a certain number of classes to have a specific percentage of your degree complete at the end of each of year,” Tye said. “We believe that you are a student first, above all else and that academic success and graduation should be your first priority.” Athletics versus academics is an ongoing argument. The debate continues on which one must, if necessary, be sacrificed for the other to succeed. For future athletes, a solution is in the works.

Respect Among Athletes at a Fast Decline BY STEPHEN KNOX Contributing Writer In the last two weeks, a college soccer player has kicked a ball into an opponent’s face, an NFL player punched an opponent in the face, and an NFL coach attempted to fight opposing players. These recent occurrences are only a snapshot of a year that has included many stories of poor sportsmanship. The incident with the soccer player has been a hot topic, because throughout the game she had been shoving and throwing players to the floor after an altercation early in the game. She was not ejected until late in the game after kicking the ball. Broadcast journalism major and soccer player Aliyah Glenn was

shocked at how long the girl was allowed to play in the game. “I was surprised to see those blatant fouls in a game,” Glenn said. “And I was even more surprised by the referee not taking her out of the game much earlier. Most people I have seen ejected from games committed fouls that were not nearly as bad as the things that girl was doing. I have never seen anyone act like her.” Howard does have a program to emphasize proper conduct to its athletes. The Student Athletic Advisory Committee addresses sportsmanship and other issues. Glenn said that good sportsmanship comes mostly from the individual teams. “Our coaches constantly remind us that we represent Howard in everything we do,” Glenn said. “So we always have to

be a positive example on and off the field.” Coaches in high school and little league sports constantly complain about how the lack of sportsmanship athletes show on television affects the way their players act on the field. How is a coach supposed to tell a child to show proper sportsmanship when LeBron James walks off the court without shaking hands on national primetime television? Senior film major Pendarvis Harshaw mentors many youths including athletes. He believes in order to teach proper sportsmanship, youths have to keep the game in proper perspective. “When we teach the kids the game we have to keep the purpose of competition at the forefront,” Harshaw said. “The purpose is to

test skills and show teamwork.” Some states have started major programs to help emphasize sportsmanship to their high school athletes. Illinois has one of the largest programs with their “Do What’s Right!” program. This program has been in effect for three years and has participation from a third of the conferences in the state. It is made up of various principles and athletic directors. Also, Illinois is the first state to have a sportsmanship mascot to show up at events who is known as Add A. Tude. Assistant executive director, Beth Sauser, said the program emphasizes sportsmanship to everyone involved with high school sporting events. “We want the players, the coaches and the fans all on the

same page,” Sauser said. “We want them to cheer for their teams, recognize good performance by the other teams, and understand that sporting events are just that.” Sauser believes there is a lot of good sportsmanship shown, but it is underreported. “The story when the softball players helped the girl around the bases that was great and got a lot of coverage,” Sauser said. “There are other stories like that. Those stories don’t get the attention the negative stories get.” Sauser also said Illinois has teamed up with Minnesota and Michigan with the Lets Get Connected Conference. They are hoping to one day make a national sportsmanship program.

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The Lady Bison beat the Farleigh Dickinson Knights 76-57 Monday evening in New Jersey. Freshman Tamoria Holmes had 12 points while Kara Smith finished with 13 points and six rebounds.

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US, Chinese Relations Called Into Question BY OLLIE MONTGOMERY Staff Writer President Barack Obama and Chinese President Hu Jintao are pushing for strong partnerships on climate change and economic matters, but are addressing key differences on Iran, trade imbalances and human rights as the commander-in-chief wraps up his three-day visit to the nation. As the world’s last remaining superpower, the United States is increasingly involved in partnering with China on international matters. The Asian nation’s economy is booming though many developed countries are still struggling with their economic recoveries. The Chinese citizenry are experiencing higher living standards and the nation is strengthening its military, leading many to view China as America’s only potential rival. However, President Obama doesn’t see it that way. “Our relationship has not been without disagreement and difficulty, but the notion that we must be adversaries is not predestined,” said Obama as he addressed students in a Shanghai town hall meeting. The president is also in China to reassure them to continue to purchase vast amounts of U.S. Treasury bonds. America imports billions of dollars of products from China annually, while the treasury bonds China buys help finance America’s budget deficit. China also needs to continue buying treasury bonds to maintain the stability of the falling U.S. dollar, otherwise the value of China’s foreign currency holdings will drop dramatically. This mutual beneficiary system allows the two nations to coexist if only on a business level and stresses their interdependency. Chinese President Jintao also addressed trade issues between the two nations. Earlier this year, the Department of Commerce placed tariffs on multiple imported Chinese goods, such as tires, whose

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President Obama recently ventured to China, where he hosted an American style “town hall” meeting. Some issues discussed were global climate control, terrorism and economies. The two countries plan to work together, at the very least, on a business level.

manufacturers were said to have engaged in unfair trade activities. In response, China launched an inquiry into American exports such as autos, and is currently questioning the validity of the bailout program. Jintao told the media, “that under the current circumstances, our two countries need to oppose and reject protectionism in all its manifestations in an even stronger stand.” The two leaders also discussed taking a stronger role on Iran’s nuclear program. A recently revealed Iranian uranium enrichment site is believed to be active. The site is too small for civilian use for nuclear power, but is suitable and able to create nuclear bombs within a year. President Jintao said his country will look into further negotiation and prodding. Meanwhile, President Obama also used

Soldier Refuses Deployment, Cites Motherhood BY Le’DIA J. SMITH Staff Writer An army cook and single mother may face criminal charges after skipping her deployment flight to Afghanistan earlier this month, saying no one could care for her infant son while she was overseas. Specialist Alexis Hutchinson, 21, said that she had no choice but to refuse deployment orders after planning for her mother to keep the 10-month-old infant during her year-long deployment, and later being told by her mother that she was unable to care for the infant since she was caring for three other relatives with illnesses and special needs. Hutchison, who joined the U.S. Army in 2007, and was assigned to the 3rd Combat Aviation Brigade of the Army’s 3rd Infantry Division, was arrested by military police on Nov. 6 ordered by commanders at Hunter Army Airfield in Savannah, Ga. Hutchinson’s civil attorney, Rai Sue Sussman, said that one of Hutchinson’s superiors told her she would have to deploy anyway and place the child in foster care. Hunter Army Airfield spokesman Kevin Larson said that the Army would not deploy a single parent who does not have anyone to care for his or her child. “If she would have come to the deployment terminal with her child, there’s no question she would not have been deployed,” Larson said. The U.S. Army requires single parents with children to have plans concerning the care of their dependents in the event they were ever deployed. According to the U.S. Army’s Family Care Plan, a single parent must provide short-term and

long-term care providers if one becomes a single parent while in the military, and provide detailed plans for the care and support of the child or children. Both with written acceptance, the short and long-term care provider must agree to care for the member’s child at any time in the event the military member is deployed without notice, or in the event the military member is deployed for a significant period or assigned to a ship at sea. Additionally, the military member must notify his or her commander no later than 30 days of the occurrence of change in family circumstances or personal status. The commander may grant an additional 30 days if circumstances arise. After caring for the infant for a week in California, Hutchinson’s mother, Angelique Hughes, told Hutchinson that she would be unable to continue to care for the child. She returned the child back to Hutchinson a few days before her deployment date. The Army gave her an extension of time that allowed her to find another care provider, yet a few days before her original deployment date, she was told by the Army that she would not be granted the extension time. Junior television production major John Knight agreed with Hutchinson’s actions. “I feel as though the actions taken were a bit drastic and tactless,” Knight said. “She is a mother who does need to tend to and nurture her child. That, in my eyes, is a basic human right.” Hutchinson remained confined at Hunter Army Airfield while the case is investigated although no charges have been filed. Her son is currently in California with Hutchinson’s mother.

the platform to push China to talk with the Dalai Lama and other Ti-

resume dialogue and resolve their differences. As the presidents discussed further cooperation on “I don’t know if the U.S. climate change ahead of a major and China necessarily have international meeting in Copenhagen in December, the meeting a good relationship...If the has been viewed as an overall relationship goes bad, where success.Jintao said, “The talks would the U.S. be?” were candid, constructive and fruitful,” while Obama -Rochelle Smith, very said the current and future U.S. sophomore, legal – Chinese relations “will not be without disagreement or difficommunications major culty, but because of our cooperation, both the United States and China are more prosperous and secure.” betan leaders. Obama recognized However, some Americans that China views the territory as its are still wary of the Chinese. A reown and not a sovereign nation and cent CNN/Opinion poll found that even blocked a visit to the U.S. by a majority of Americans said China the spiritual leader earlier this year, is a military threat to the United but said that the Chinese should States. According to the poll, 51

percent said the Asian nation is a threat, while 47 percent disagree. The survey also reported that twothirds of Americans believe China provides unfair competition for U.S. companies and is doing a bad job on human rights. “I don’t know if [the U.S. and China] necessarily have a good relationship,” said Rochelle Smith, a sophomore legal communications major. “If the relationship goes bad, where would the U.S. be?” She believed the high stakes involving both nations hold their relations together well, but does not think it’s a healthy partnership overall. President Obama leaves China tonight and is headed to South Korea. There, the president will be in Seoul to meet with President Lee Myung-Bak and aims to strengthen bilateral ties and progress on the denuclearization of North Korea.

Chicago Public School System President Commits Suicide BY Le’DIA J. SMITH Staff Writer The body of Chicago School Board President Michael Scott was found Monday morning in a foot of water along the Chicago River downtown with a .380-caliber handgun under his body, and a gunshot wound to his left temple. Hours later, the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office ruled Scott’s death as a suicide. Scott, 60, was reported missing by his family around midnight Monday, and was found at 3:15 a.m. near the Apparel Center, which houses the Chicago SunTimes. Detectives have not found a suicide note at the scene or at Scott’s home, and law enforcement sources said they are checking to see if Scott left one on his BlackBerry, which was found 30 feet from his body along with his blue Cadillac. Police are tracking the registration of the gun found at the scene. The Scott family and people close to Scott dispute the suicide ruling. Police will continue their investigation, said Police Superin-

tendent Jody Weis. Described as upbeat and as “the last person in the world to take his own life,” Scott was completing his second term as school board president. Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley, who has known Scott for more than 30 years, said that his death “is a shock for everyone.” “He had a characteristic about working with people and reaching out to them and taking situations that were very, very flammable,” Daley said. “Michael was an extraordinary public servant. It’s very, very difficult to find out why it took place.” U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan, the former CEO of the Chicago Public Schools, issued a statement, which said: “Michael cared passionately about public education and made many courageous decisions as president of the Board. He gave his time, energy and talents to improving the life chances of children. Chicago has lost a great leader and the city’s school children have lost a devoted champion. I extend my deepest condolences to his wife and family.” Junior finance major and

Chicago native, Michael Jackson, was introduced to Scott at a neighborhood barbeque, and was among the other friends and family of Scott who were shocked of his sudden death. “When I heard of [Michael Scott]’s suicide, it was extremely saddening,” Jackson said. “He was a great man who contributed a lot to the city of Chicago, and especially to the school system. This serves as a bigger loss for the Chicago Public School system.” Earlier this year, Scott was subpoenaed by a federal grand jury investigating how students were selected for the Chicago Public School system’s selective-enrollment high schools. Scott served as Chicago Park District superintendent, as a member of the Regional Transit Authority, was apart of the Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority and owned a real estate development firm. He also served on the mayor’s 2016 Olympic committee, which eventually lost to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in hosting the 2016 Summer Games. Scott’s family issued a statement saying a memorial service is being planned.

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Caught In Style Because... her combination of long and short pieces is perfect.

Because... she matches expensive pieces with frugal buys nicely.

Because... sometimes simple is the best way to make the biggest statement.

Who: Taylor Bryan, Atlanta, Ga., junior, economics major Caught: Blackburn Student Center

Who: Adetokunbo Owolabi, Brooklyn, N.Y., junior, political science major Caught: The Valley

Who: Michael Kendall, Carrolton, Ga., computer engineering major Caught: Outside Physics Building

The Look: Sweater, Thrift store Skirt, Nordstrom Boots, Steve Madden Earrings, Betsey Johnson Bracelets, Lucky Brand, Thrift Store Rings, Duchess’ Closet Lipstick, Smashbox

The Look: Tory Burch Bag, Saks Fifth Avenue Brown & Black Suede and Leather Boots, Macy’s Black Tights, Banana Republic Fur-lined oversized sleeveless cardigan, H&M Striped Sweater, Banana Republic Pearl & Gold Necklace, Banana Republic Earrings, Personal Collection

The Look: Tweed Jacket, Banana Republic Butterscotch Polo Sweater, Ralph Lauren Polo Store 501 Shrink-to-Fit Levi Jeans, Macy’s Brown Timberland Boots, Journeys

My style tells you... That I’m a free spirit. I wear what makes me happy. I don’t put much thought into following trends.

My style tells you... I’m fabulous! My style is me. I don’t copy others, the only inspiration I need is myself, and my mother. When I walk, all eyes are on me. POW!

My style tells you... I know how to be fashionable without being flashy. A lot of people make the mistake of thinking they need to be outrageous to stand out and be fashionable. That’s not always the case. Sometimes toning it down, turns you up.

Take it from me... Never try too hard. Staying simple usually results in the best look. Trying too hard, usually results in the exact opposite.

Take it from me... Don’t overdo how you dress. The more you overthink what you’re doing, the more problems you will run into with your outfit. Be effortless.

It’s ALWAYS about... Jewelry! Jewelry makes the outfit. Also, remember it’s about style, not the name. You can have on nothing and look amazing, and Louis Vuitton and look a mess.

Don’t be afraid to... Trust yourself. Believe it or not, you are the best critic for yourself.

Take it from me... Make sure no matter what you decide to wear, that you’re comfortable in it. You can select great pieces, but if you feel uncomfortable, it’s going to be evident and ruin the look. It’s ALWAYS about... Accessories. They can completely transform an outfit. Even if you only own basic pieces, stock up on rings, bracelets, earrings, necklaces, bags, shoes, etc., and you can create tons of great looks. It’s NEVER about... Caring what other people think of your style. If you live for yourself, why dress for someone else? Even if others don’t appreciate your style, so long as your clothes make you happy and radiant, that’s a win! Don’t be afraid to... Be yourself. Fashion isn’t about conformity, it’s about self expression, so do you! Wear what makes you happy and your inner beauty will shine through.

BY MAYA RHODAN Staff Writer “Paying homage to the spiritual threads sewn into the fabric of our existence” is sophomore broadcast journalism major Tanze Bridgett’s motto for her clothing line, “Anceztaz” (pronounced ancestors). Bridgett came up with the idea for her line during high school. “I had about three different concepts that I had tried, but I didn’t like. But one day, while learning about our ancestors in history class, I looked at the bulletin board in the room. It had a border around it with Aztec and Mayan patterns, and then it clicked,” she said. “I got tired of seeing the skulls and crossbones and the overall negative images that a lot of other lines carried,” Bridgett said. “I wanted to create something positive, but still fashionable.” And with that, “Anceztaz”

It’s NEVER about... Trying to impress people by not being yourself. Don’t do a style that’s not you. Your style is YOURS. Make it amazing. Don’t be afraid to... Show what you got! A lot of people worry too much about what others would think. Those who do things the best do so because they don’t care what others think. They just follow what they believe.

was born. At first glance, the logo for “Anceztaz” looks as if it could be an elaborate Chinese character. Upon a closer look, one can see that it’s a combination of the letters of the label. “I made the letters into a symbol, which represents our ancestors without a name,” said Bridgett, while drawing out the symbol to show each letter. “I didn’t want ‘Anceztaz’ to just be about my ancestors. It’s about everyone’s ancestors,” Bridgett said of her designs, which range from simple T-shirts and cardigans to elaborate designs featuring historical figures from all ethnicities. “I wanted to give credit to every culture. I always see the ‘Made in China’ tags in clothing, but I never see any Chinese influence. I never see the person behind the movement.” Bridgett made one step closer to her movement when she

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met and exchanged information with Sonny Vaccaro, the man responsible for Michael Jordan’s first sneaker deal. “I called and e-mailed for two months before I ever heard from him again,” she said, showing her level of persistence. Fortunately, Bridgett’s determination paid off in the end. When Vaccaro finally answered the phone, the conversation ended with a $1,200 investment in her line. Since then, she’s been taking steps to bring “Anceztaz” to the forefront. She won third place in the “Concept 120” contest, where she presented a business plan to rapper 50 Cent in front of the student body in Cramton Auditorium, and she started a blog that features her designs. For more information on Anceztaz, check out anceztaz.

It’s ALWAYS about... Knowing how to mix pieces. Don’t try to spend $1,000 on one outfit. What I wear is a mixture of expensive pieces and thrifty, frugal buys. Mixing the two is a big part of your continuous style success. It’s NEVER about... Not being TOTALLY together. Make sure when you leave the house, you’re on point. Pay attention to the small details: your hair, the condition of your clothes, your skin, etc. Your style isn’t just clothes; it’s a total package.

Photo Courtesy of Nick Nelson

Tanze Bridgett (second to left) started her clothing line, “Anceztaz,” which features T-shirts and cardigans with elaborates designs.

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Sammy Sosa’s Lighter Skin: Is Lighter Really Better? Sammy Sosa. He’s best known for his career as a baseball legend, the great American pastime. Recently, he’s generated quite a stir with an alarming transformation from attractive and brown-skinned, to awkwardly light-skinned. Sosa still has the same brilliant white smile, and boasts the same outstanding stats, but he’s somehow found a way to alter his appearance in such a way that has caused uproar among people of color all over the world. How could any individual manage to lighten their natural skin tone so significantly? The remarkable answer to that question lies in the magic of lightening creams— a billion-dollar international industry. After making his lightskinned debut last week at the Latin Grammy Awards, Sosa attempted to defend his new five-shade lighter skin tone as some sort of skin rejuvenation process, but quickly dropped the act. He’s now admitted to

using lightening creams to achieve his new look, and is even rumored to be considering an endorsement deal with the lightening product he used so successfully. Lighter might be better for things like toast, but for skin, it’s another issue. Whatever happened to the whole “My black is beauti-

Our View:

from African-American to Hispanic and Latino, we come in a variety of shades — beautiful shades. In countries all over the nation, not just the United States, being darker skinned often comes with a negative connotation. In the Dominican Republic, where Sosa is from, it’s associated with a closeness to the Haitian race (which apparently some Dominicans aren’t too fond of). This color complex could have been the driving force behind Sosa’s apparent need to so drastically lighten his previously chocolaty complexion. Whatever the reason, it’s disappointing. We’ll never know if Michael Jackson’s skin transformation really came from a struggle with the skin condition vitiligo, so we’ll leave him out of this. Sammy Sosa’s blatant desire to have lighter skin is disappointing. It shows that as people of color, we might not have come as far as we think we have or as far as we should have.

Come on Sosa, lighter isn’t always better. Our black is beautiful in every shade. ful” movement? In all fairness, Sammy Sosa isn’t the only culprit in this light versus dark dilemma. Unfortunately, we as people of color, have been conditioned through the experiences of our past, as well as the mistakes of contemporary media, to see lighter skinned individuals as more beautiful. As people of color,

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