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Second VPSA Candidate Chats With Students BY JESSICA LEWIS Campus Editor Former Howard Professor E. Newton Jackson, Jr., Ph.D., is the second candidate for the position of Vice President of Student Affairs (VPSA). He said he is looking to give back to the University that gave him so much. Jackson, a full tenured professor of sports management and chairman in the Department of Leadership, Counseling and Instructional Technology at the University of North Florida, delivered a message to the students centered on building on the legacy already established rather than constructing a brand new one. He said the new VPSA must start with the structure the University already has and try to remold it. “It’s about leadership and having staff buy into that leadership,” Jackson said. In terms of leadership, firstyear law student and former HUSA President Marcus Ware asked what his plans are for training student leaders. He said as it stands now, student leaders are responsible for millions of dollars and given only a day worth of training. “Are we training people to step into the role that you already have?” Jackson asked in return. He said it begins with teaching the

freshmen and sophomores these skills of financial management. Jackson was able to give specific examples of programs he would like to see implemented at Howard, which contrasts the stance that first candidate Darnita R. Killian took. Jackson said he would like to see roommate applications for Residence Life be more specific. He said a chemistry major should be roomed with a biology major so they both take something away from the exchange. Jackson’s HBCU experience was spent in part at Howard University, where he supervised the campus’ aquatic program, was National Pan-Hellenic Council advisor and served on the Faculty Senate on the Homecoming Policy Board. According to Jackson, he left Howard to pursue further doctoral career opportunities in his field of interest. He referenced John Hope Franklin’s decision and said he left Howard to broaden his impact to effect change. He said he was teaching a hundred or so students here but saw an opportunity to reach more. Now he said it is time to give back to Howard because it is the university that prepared him for advancement. Both candidates were asked questions about the Athletics De-

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Vice President of Student Affairs (VPSA) candidate, E. Newton Jackson, Ph.D., responded to students’ questions yesterday afternoon. He is the second candidate for VPSA to visit and chat with students on campus.

partment. Killian said she would have to see how the money is appropriated in the Athletics Department before should could make any decision about athletics. Jackson also said he would like to see how money is allocated but immediately said he would not take away the scholarships of athletes. “That’s not going to happen,” he said.

Both candidates suggested the implementation of a day care center at Howard to help student parents. One area of difference was handling student problems. Jackson said, “I’m not concerned with the popular decision; [but rather] the best decision [because] we have to move forward.” Killian said she sticks to

the students’ decisions, such as the choice to raise student activity fees as voted on by the student body, even though she sometimes has to remind the students that it is what they wanted. “Change is difficult for everyone, but it must occur,” Jackson said.

Students Celebrate “Black Thursday” BY DERRICK HAYES Editorial Assistant To help children in Uganda, students pledged their allegiance and wore all black ensembles on Thursday to promote the “All Black Everything” campaign. “This is Roc Nation, pledge your allegiance/ get your black tees on/ all black everything/ black cards, black cars/ all black everything,” said rapper Jay-Z in his song “Run This Town.” These lyrics inspired the slogan of Initial Product Offering (IPO) Lifestyle Group’s campaign to bring awareness to the plight of Ugandans. The Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), a terrorist paramilitary group, has wreaked havoc in the lives of Ugandan children who have been forcibly recruited since the LRA’s struggle to topple the government. According to the 2008

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Midnight Madness will kick-off tonight in Burr Gymnasium. The event will usher in next week’s Homecoming events.

The Rhythmic Madness Begins at Midnight BY ASHLEY JOHNSON-ALFORD Staff Writer The Homecoming madness begins at 10 p.m. and will last well past midnight with a live DJ, a dunk contest, live host, special performances and giveaways. There will be a “Midnight Madness” pep rally to start the “Rhythm: The Pulse of the People” Homecoming 2009 tonight in Burr Gymnasium. The purpose of the event is to promote and support Howard athletics. At midnight, the National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) will allow the women and men’s basketball teams to begin practicing for the new season. Therefore, the “Midnight

Madness” Coordinator, Charles Bell, has planned the event to welcome the new seasons. Chemistry major Clarice Carthon said students often dismiss that the crowd can be just as influential as the team. “I think the crowd is important because it is good [for the athletes] to get the support of their fellow Bison,” she said. “It boosts team morale.” Bell is trying to change that pattern. “Students tend to forget that these athletes are students as well. They are not getting paid to play. They do this out of their love for the game and they need encouragement,” Bell said. There will be appearances

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by Miss HBCU, Kendall Isadore, the Howard Showtime Marching Band and a surprise dance performance. Competitions include a “dunk-off ”, a three-point competition and a word from the volleyball team, basketball teams and the coaches. Bell said there will be some special announcements on top of the already packed agenda. With early RSVP from many organizations on campus, Bell is optimistic for a good turnout. People like Carthon are already excited about the event. “Yes, I’m going. I am very excited about the pep rally because it is a precursor to Homecoming,” Carthon said.

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Global Report by the Coalition to Stop the Use of Child Soldiers, the LRA has recruited an estimated 25,000 children since its founding in 1987. “Although it’s not a problem in the United States, it affects us as black people as a whole because this is our motherland,” said Brian Louis, co-founder of IPO. Louis said ‘All Black Everything’ “speaks to our progression as a race. We have a black president; we’re at an HBCU, which is one of the most prominent colleges and universities; we’re in a black city, which is full of culture.” IPO held the “Black Thursday” event in the Punch Out with various other student organizations. Participants included the Undergraduate Student Assembly (UGSA), Howard University Student Association (HUSA), School of Business Student Council, Tar> See UGANDA, page 3

Miguel Orellana Named Swimmer of the Week Senior Miguel Orellana was named the Coastal Collegiate Swimming Association’s (CCSA) Men’s Swimmer of the Week, the conference announced today. Orellana posted three top-two finishes in Howard’s meet against Delaware last Saturday. The captain took control in his first event winning the 200 free with a time of 1:44.94. Orellana missed another first-place finish by .13 of a second finishing second in the 100 free with a 47.78. He continued his great meet posting a time of 54.57 in the 100 butterfly for another second-place finish. Howard is back in today with a matchup against Seton Hall in South Orange, N.J.

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Written Demands for Library Changes

Students are urged to push for 24 hour library service during the school year BY CAMILLE AUGUSTIN Staff Writer Students are advocating for 24 hour library service as demonstrated most ostensibly during the Sept. 4 protest. However, the administrative response for the demand was that there was no demonstrated need to have continuous accessibility to library facilities. Therefore, until the need for libraries to be open 24 hours is pushed by students, they will remain open at the same times they are now. Junior biology major Esther Epkin said, “As a biology major, I feel I have to study 24 hours, seven days a week. I do not understand how President Sidney A. Ribeau does not feel there is a need or demand for the libraries to be open 24 hours. The university’s [GPA] average is a 2.2.” Students have come forward in interviews with The Hilltop to challenge the notion that there is no need. “Most universities have 24 hour service for students,” said Cameron Filer, a junior economics major. “But apparently Howard University does not seem to be on board with this need.” Filer said he would utilize the 24 hour access if given the opportunity, especially during finals. Schools in the D.C. area, such as American University, have 24 hour access every Sunday through Thursday during the fall semester. Georgetown University’s Lauinger Library is open for 24 hours Monday through Friday. However, not all of Georgetown’s libraries are open 24 hours, and George Washington University does not have 24 hour libraries. The Undergraduate Library (UGL), commonly used by students for study groups and

quiet study spaces, was full of stu- in the library Thursday evening then it will be considered and re- hours are extended. dents studying for midterms this studying. viewed. There is a limited staff and week. “I think the libraries should Junior biology major Ngozi non-student workers may not On Tuesday at 2 p.m. in be 24 hours because at times your Amajor said, “I do not think 24 want to work longer hours. Wright UGL, every other seat in both room isn’t the best or most com- hour access to the libraries is a said student workers might have a study areas, behind the glass and fortable place to study,” she said. bad thing. The average of stu- problem as well due to their own behind the gate, was occupied by “Juniors and seniors get in depth dents’ GPA is 2.2. So I think if need to study. a student. The study rooms were with their work and the hours do there was 24 hour access this may From Sept. 9 until Dec. each occupied by study groups. not coincide with the time juniors increase.” 3, UGL and Founders are open The stacks, however, were empty. Wright said the library staff from 8 a.m. until midnight Monand seniors are free. Also when we In UGL on Thursday at 7 need books, the library isn’t open supports the students’ demand, day through Thursday. From Dec. p.m., there were 54 students on at the time we need to do our re- but there are a few areas of work 4 through Dec. 16, UGL will be the main floor, 10 in the room search.” that need to be addressed if the open 24 hours. behind the gate, 29 in the room However, extending the behind the glass and in the lobby hours in the library takes planarea, there were 15. ning and work. According to ArAccording to the Top thuree Wright, associate director American Research Universities in the Reference Department, the 2007 Annual Report, conducted yearly head count statistic of stuby the Center for Measuring Uni- dents who use the libraries does versity Performance, “The most not show the need or demand for significant challenge in this mar- 24 hour library access. However, ketplace is the growing tendency the hours will be extended during to separate the content of higher finals. education from its context. The “We are trying to do evcontent, of course, is the knowl- erything we can to accommodate edge acquired by students as they and be sensitive to the students pass through a course of study and their demands,” Wright said. and earn a degree or other certifiShe said if there is a demcate of completion. The context onstrated need that the libraries includes the delivery mechanisms will be utilized and appreciated, (teachers, classrooms, libraries, laboratories) and the setting (campuses, residence halls, student unions, sports programs, social organizations, student life, alumni associations).” Junior physical therapy major and UGL employee, Michael Oyewole, said if you need a place to study late at night the library should be the obvious choice. “If your roommates are loud or you can’t concentrate in your room, then the library would be readily available for you to go and get your work done,” Oyewole said. “The hours should definitely be extended.” Senior print journalism major Sophia Adem agrees with Photos by Brian Lipkins-Scott - Staff Photographer Oyewole’s assessment. She was Students’ hectic schedules may cause them difficulty when finding time to study, and they plea for 24 hour libraries.

Inside Howard University Police Department

Crime Statistics Show Crimes Cut in Half

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Officers Honored at HU Awards Ceremony BY LAUREN GASPARD Staff Writer For his work in undermining the person responsible for several D.C. bombs and Metro threats, Sgt. James Brown of the Howard University Police Department was honored Thursday afternoon. A group of officers gathered in the Howard University Service Center for the Third Annual Officers of the Quarter Ceremony sponsored by Howard University Campus Police force. At the ceremony, a notable “Award of Accomplishment” and a personal letter of thanks from Chief Leroy K. James was given to Brown for his positive contributions. The goal of the event is to honor a handful of officers that have done good deeds on the job that may otherwise go unnoticed. Brown has been a part of the force for nine years. He started his Howard police career in hospital patrol and is currently working in the special details area. Brown took part in a major investigation

dealing with the arrest of a suspect who made a series of bomb threats and 911 calls in the underground Metro system and across the D.C. area since January. The Federal Bureau of Investigation and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives took special interest in communicating with Brown, because the suspect previously worked as a hospital employee. He stood as a witness before a Grand Jury, which eventually led to the indictment and arrest of the suspect. Brown said although he feels accomplished, there is still work to be done. “I feel good to have this great honor, but our work is still focused on being the best we can to make sure our students are staying safe.” The highest honor, the “Captain Thomas Parker Jr. Award of Merit” was given to Officer Larry Herman. Over the summer, Herman witnessed the assault of a female victim at the bus stop located in front of the Howard University Hospital. Herman was able to

hold the suspect. An investigation revealed that the suspect was responsible for punching several young women in the face, including two Howard University students. Herman said at the moment of arrest, he was not worried about being an officer but could “never stand to see a woman being assaulted.” Jerome Peters, director of enrollment management, was awarded a certificate of appreciation by Chief James and Campus Police. James commended Peters for his efforts and services during the student protest on Sept. 4. He acted as a liaison between the students and Campus Police providing assistance, direction and communication. “Although he is not on the force, Mr. Peters did something during this day that I really took note of, and we appreciate it,” James said. Sgt. Robert Bluke was honored as well for his actions in investigating and capturing two males who were attempting to break-in

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Howard University Police Officers were among those honored at Thursday’s awards ceremony.

a Honda Civic that belonged to a student living in the East Towers. Bluke made contact with the owner of the car, while holding the criminals until police back-up arrived. James gave a reminder to

the force that “the work that we are doing is showing.” “Our overall goal is to provide a safe and secure environment so our children can go to school feeling secure, and our faculty feels safe.”

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get Hope and Progressive Black Men. Louis said the response was great because people believed in the cause. “It’s good that students at Howard’s campus are getting involved in a more direct way than normally,” said Shakeema Smalls, a junior philosophy major. “It’d be nice to see it happen more often. I think more students need to get involved with it because it’s a great endeavor.” Profits from the campaign will be donated to the non-profit organization Invisible Children. Invisible Children was founded in 2003 following the success of

the eponymous documentary that raised awareness about the scourge of Ugandan children soldiers. The organization hopes to improve the lives of Ugandans by improving the education system. “This really was the first time Invisible Children has even been brought to Howard’s campus on this level,” said Wesley Jackson, junior international business major and creative director of IPO. “For our first go, it was incredible. I’m very proud to have been a part of this.” IPO will be at the Black Marketplace in the Armour J. Blackburn Center distributing T-shirts next Friday.

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Americans Wait for Economic Improvement Despite Help from President’s Recovery Act BY OLLIE MONTGOMERY Staff Writer One year ago, Howard University students gathered in Cramton Auditorium to tune into the third and final debate before the Presidential Election between then Senator Barack Obama (D-IL) and Senator John McCain (R-AZ). The topic of debate focused intensely on the economy, which was then in a near free fall. Some of the nation’s largest banks collapsed, consumer confidence plunged and hundreds of thousands of jobs were shed from the work force. As the campaign season closed and the election drew near, Barack Obama’s calm, confident and sound position on economic matters sealed his victory. Nine months into Obama’s presidency, some are questioning whether his ambitious actions and rhetoric to correct the U.S. financial sector have been equally successful. “We are moving in the right direction,” President Obama said to a crowd of construction workers in Virginia yesterday. “Our economy is in better shape than when I took office.” This week, the president and White House Economic Advisor Larry Summers are defending the administration’s programs, namely the $787 billion American Reinvestment and Recovery Act passed earlier this year and the financial backing of major U.S. automakers and financial institutions. The almost completely partisan Recovery Act, commonly known as the “Stimulus Package,” was signed into law on Feb. 17 and was aimed to foster growth in infrastructure, industries and employment and provide a muchneeded economic boost as some

economists claimed a depression was imminent. The distribution of funds was divided mainly into tax benefits, contracts and grants and entitlement programs. The Act devoted $275 billion towards spending on contracts and grants for infrastructure such as highways, roads, education, the energy sector and homeland security. Another portion of the funds, $224 billion, was designated for entitlements such as social security, unemployment benefits, health care and money for low-income families. The bill also devoted the remaining $288 billion in the package to tax cuts for individuals and corporations in regards to payroll, college, home ownership and income tax. According to the Obama administration’s Recovery. gov Web site, only $173 billion has been paid out so far. Sharaine Richards, a sophomore nursing major, said she has been impressed with the stimulus package thus far. “I think it’s good that the government is trying to give back to a lot of the things people have been losing,” Richards said. She believes the Recovery Act, as well as other actions by the Obama administration, has been very beneficial since he took office. Richards said she credits the previous Bush administration for putting the country in such a dire ecoPhoto courtesy of digitalimages.com nomic state and appreciates what President Obama’s American Reinvestment and Recovery Act has yet to make a tangible impact on the economy. Experts has been done to fix his mistakes. hope to see improvement in areas such as job growth, by the spring of 2010. Since the Act, consumer confidence has risen, the stock market is progressing strongly and the overall unemployment since the “Honestly, I think [President especially in regards to infrastruceconomy has expanded, starting a recession now advancing past 9.8 Obama] knows that it just takes ture, but realizes certain aspects of new path to growth. While early re- percent. time and that’s what we really need his programs may need a bit more ports by the Council of Economic Despite a much better eco- to wait for,” said Alana Irby, a soph- time. Advisors say the Stimulus Package nomic outlook, a reversal of job de- omore nursing major. “I think people expect to see created or saved one million jobs; cline to job growth is not expected Irby thinks the implemen- things happen right away and it’s jobs are continuing to be shed, with until at least spring 2010. tation of the plan is going well, not going to,” she said.

Sports Trivia Answer:

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Satchel Paige, age 42 and 2 days, with the Cleveland Indians on July 9, 1948.

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Blacks Remain Invisible at the Kicker Position BY ASHLEY THOMAS Contributing Writer Since the establishment of the National Football League (NFL) in 1922, blacks have been able to participate. However, nearly 90 years later, there is one position where blacks have failed to make any imprints -- place kicker. African Americans have made major contributions on the gridiron, entering the professional Football Hall of Fame as running backs, wide receivers, defensive ends and even quarterbacks. With the NFL being 70 percent black, the assumption would be that there are a significant number of African-American kickers, but that is not the case. Currently, there are no black kickers in the league. Granted, Chad Ochocinco, the wide receiver for the Cincinnati Bengals, kicked an extra point and won the game against the New England Patriots this August. However, that was a preseason game

and place kicker is not Ochocinco’s official position. The question of why there are no black place kickers in the NFL has been posed to athletes, football coaches, students and even a Washington Redskin. This question takes on more relevance at the Mecca, which has developed a few offensive and defensive players who have moved on to the professional ranks and is legendary for developing leaders in America. Ironically, even at Howard and a few other Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HCBUs), the place kickers are white. Howard’s kicker Dennis Wiehberg, who has been playing that position here since the 2006 season, has been kicking for the past 7 years. Wiehberg grew up in Germany where soccer was his main sport. “I think most kickers have played soccer in some point of their life,” he said. Although at the beginning of Wiehberg’s football career his posi-

tion was receiver, he says that died down quickly and he soon returned to what he loved, which was kicking. Despite being on a predominately black team at a predominately black school, Wiehberg doesn’t feel out of place. “Football transcends all of that,” Wiehberg said. “In addition to that, I could never wrap my head around the American conception of race or ethnicity. It’s just foreign to me.” Phillip Daniels, defensive end for the Washington Redskins, said the kicker is just not a position of choice for most black players. “We don’t want to kick the ball,” Daniels said. “We like contact; we like sports where we can hit people. We play main positions where we can run the ball.” Daniels explains how training also plays a big role in what position a player decides to pursue. When players are very young and participating in little leagues, especially in most urban communities,

soccer is not a very popular sport. “Most of the kickers play soccer; most blacks don’t really play soccer,” he said. Howard’s head football coach, Carey Bailey, was at a loss for words when asked the whereabouts of black kickers in the football league and even at the collegiate level. “I honestly can’t remember a black kicker,” he said while pondering with another coach attempting to come up with names. Reggie Roby, Donald Igwebuike and Vince Coleman are some players that the two were able to recall, but Bailey added that, “most blacks just don’t care [about place kicking].” Some people may think race plays a big role and that blacks aren’t given the opportunity to play as kickers, because whites and other ethnicities have excelled at the position. “That position you give to soccer people,” Coach Bailey said. “You’ll see several [black kickers] in the conferences, but then that trend

will change. You just don’t see a lot of recruitment. They are far and few between.” Edward Lyles, sophomore journalism major, believes kicking isn’t the route most black kids used when taking out their aggression, so it wasn’t something they wanted to do. “We usually don’t go down the street kicking stuff when we’re mad,” Lyles said. “Therefore we never develop that skill. However, when I was younger and I was mad at my little brother, I’d much rather slam him to the ground than kick him. Now that’s fun.” Whether blacks never learned the proper skills at a young enough age, or the kicker position doesn’t offer enough full body contact to satisfy occassional aggression, the fact still remains that there are no black kickers today in the NFL and there appears to be no initiatives under way to change this reality.

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Major League Baseball Hall of Famer, Willie Mays (left), poses for a picture with another Hall of Famer, Roy Campanella. Campanella played in the Major Leagues as well as the Negro leagues as a catcher until his career was cut short when he was paralyzed in a car accident. Mays is considered by some as the best all-around player to ever play baseball, with a batting average of .302, 660 home runs, and 3,283 hits.

Junior guard Zykia Brown was named to the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference preseason second team, and Howard was selected to finish eighth in the preseason poll as voted upon by the league’s head coaches and sports information directors.

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Brown earned preseason second-team honors after averaging 17.3 points, 4.6 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.6 assists per game last season. She ranked third in the league in scoring and in the top-10 in assists and steals per game. Brown was joined on the sec-

ond team by Deidra Jones (Florida A&M), Demetria Frank (BethuneCookman), Antonia Bennett (Florida A&M), Lamona Smally (North Carolina A&T), Laura Lewis (Hampton) and Kristina Rosario (Morgan State). Defending league champion

North Carolina A&T was selected first in the preseason poll with 16 first-place votes and 458 points. Maryland Eastern Shore was second followed by Coppin State, Delaware State, Morgan State, Hampton, Florida A&M, Howard, Bethune-Cookman, South Carolina

State and Norfolk State. The Lady Bison open their season at home on Nov. 13, hosting cross-town foe American University at 7 p.m. -HU Sports Information Office

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October 16, 1909 Jack Johnson KOs Stanley Ketchel in 12 for the heavyweight boxing title.

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Biased News Presents Problem for Americans “I gotta tell ya Bill, guys are the biggest bunch of crybabies I have dealt with in my 30 years in Washington,” said Chris Wallace of the Obama administration in a candid on-air conversation with FOX News anchor Bill O’Reilly. To this O’Reilly responds with sarcastic and biting commentary concerning the “sleepiness” of a number of the president’s interviews, as well as Obama’s indifference towards the corrupt use of federal tax dollars. Rightward bias? Conversely, on a morning program, CNN anchor Campbell Brown, regularly hosts a segment titled the “Wingnut Watch” where she and a guest criticize what they find to be the week’s most outrageous right-winged antic. On a particular episode this July, she and a guest commentator attacked the somewhat radical claim reported on the conservative radio program, “The Alex Jones Show,” which described Obama’s health care reform as a surefire way to “kill senior citizens by putting them on lists and forcing them to die early,” as vocalized by Republican

congressman Louie Gohmert of Texas. Campbell and her guest employ sarcasm and mocking conversation similar to that of O’Reilly, simply with a definite left-wing slant. These examples from

Our View:

News sources need to remain objective when reporting the news. each end of the spectrum present a disturbing trend in American media today - the blatant display of biased attitudes and viewpoints being reported as pertinent news to the American public. News reporting is supposed to be just that, straightforward and objective reports of the important questions -- who, what, when, where and how. However in many cases, news is being presented to the audience dripping with unnecessary and inappropriate bias and opinion. Some of the biggest

news media sources in the nation are perpetrators of this offense, from CNN, which is consistently accused of presenting a bias for the left-wing point of view, to FOX, which is acclaimed as a leader in conservatively inclined news coverage. News sources such as MSNBC tend to lie in the middle someplace, with coverage favoring both sides. So if the major news sources that cover the most important issues in government and society are reporting with a biased slant, how will we the unsuspecting public, know what to believe? Will we be forced to try our hands at decoding news reports to separate the opinion from the news? Or even worse, will we be forced to abandon national American news altogether and move on to internationally removed news sources like BBC? News giants presenting blatant biased slants in reporting defeats the purpose of journalism, which is to inform, not persuade, its audience.

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Join the Ladies of Alpha Chapter, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. This Friday October 16, 2009 From 6:00 pm-8:00 pm At Maggie Moos (Adam’s Morgan Location)

THE OFFICIAL YARDFEST LISTENING PARTY Fri, Oct 16 in the Punch Out @12 P.M. Performers will be announced. DJ AND GIVEAWAYS!!

October 16, 2009

HU Bison

The Ladies

IT’S CPU WEEK!!

Yearbook

Of Alpha

Organiza-

Chapter

tional

Delta Sigma

Photos

Theta

October

Sorority,

Chicago People’s Union The Official Illinois State Club invites you to come out to one (or all) of this week’s events!

31November1 9am - 9 pm $80 per organization pay with cash,

Incorporated and The Brothers of Xi Chapter Kappa Alpha Psi

service

Fraternity,

request or

Incorporated

money

present….

order

Georgia

Bring

Avenue

payment to

Clean Up

G-06 in the

Day

lower level

October 17th

of

9am – 11am

Blackburn

The Valley

T H E H I LLTOP

Fri Oct 16 CPU Night Out Chinatown theater to see “Good Hair” Meet in front of A building @ 7pm Sunday Oct 18 Community Service DC Central Kitchen 9 am- 12pm Meet in front of A building @ 8:30

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

! “Jewels Inc 1st Annual Domestic violence Awareness Week” Friday, October 16, 2009 @7pm– Workshop and Panel Discussions Columbia Heigh ts Youth Center Saturday, October 17, 2009 @12pm– Domestic Violence Awareness Rally Columbia Heights Youth Center


The Hilltop October 16,2009