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ARE YOU A T-MOBILE USER? FIND OUT THE NEW YORK YANKEES WON THEIR 27TH WORLD SERIES TITLE, CONSUMERS’ REACTIONS TO THE INFAMOUS TUESDAY BLACKOUT. DEFEATING THE PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES 7-3 IN SIX GAMES.

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Professor of 20 Years Dies BY CAMILLE AUGUSTIN Staff Writer

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Children Join Health Care Battle

Millions of children across America either lack health insurance or can not obtain adequate health insurance coverage during the school-age years. A march on Capitol Hill was summoned to campaign for the reform of children’s health care. Children ages two through 18 gathered in front of the U.S. Capitol alongside Rep. Rosa L. Delauro of Connecticut and Sen. Bob Casey of Pennsylvania to march around the building during a Senate session. “Geography should not determine whether you are healthy or strong. That is wrong and contrary to the values of our nation,” Rep. Delauro stated. The march sought to educate citizens on the fallacies of the current health care bill and to encourage citizens to campaign for the legislation to immediately amend health care reform for children.

- Compiled by Landneshe’ Magwood

Fashion Show Helps AKA Raise Money for Africa

CakeLove Keeps Customers Coming BY ALIESE POLK Contributing Writer

BY JESSICA LEWIS Campus Editor With pink and green, black, yellow and red balloons and a black backdrop with a glittering green outline of Africa, the ladies of Alpha Chapter, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. hosted the first “Care for AfrAKA” fashion show Wednesday evening as part of the annual Africare fundraiser. According to Ashley Maltbia, chair of “Care for AfrAKA,” the ladies “want to really do a lot for the continent of Africa.” The AKAs annually raise $30,000 to $40,000 to support initiatives in Africa that help provide education, clean water and solutions to other issues. This year, their efforts will help in the fight against Malaria. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Malaria claims the lives of 853,000 children under the age of five annually. Ninety percent of all Malaria deaths occur in Africa south of the Sahara, the CDC reported. Maltbia said she hoped the people in the audience attended because of a desire to “support something that’s bigger than themselves.” Sophomore political science major Jocelyne Kaboya said she attended the event because she “always likes to see students involved in issues going on in Africa.” Born in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Kaboya said she appreciated the concept and overall presentation of the show.

Students in Spanish 3 class on Monday received the shocking news that their professor, Effie J. Boldridge, Ph. D, had died. “Out of respect of her family’s privacy, I will not disclose the cause of her passing,” James Davis, Ph.D., chair and professor of Spanish and foreign language education, told the students. “Doctor Boldridge suffered from multiple health problems for some years,” said Davis. The department learned the news from a telephone call Monday from Boldridge’s sister and niece. Davis met with all of Boldridge’s classes to share the information. As he spoke, students gasped, some covering their mouths in shock. Alleson Knox, sophomore broadcast journalism major, said Boldridge did not appear in class last week, but students were not aware of her illness. Knox described Boldridge as a caring person who strived to teach students the technicalities of Spanish. “She wanted us to be able to compete with Spanish-speaking people and become fluent in the language,” said Knox. “She was a really sweet

lady,” said Christina Coleman, senior print journalism major. Agreeing with Knox, Coleman said Boldridge always stressed the importance of learning a language. With the influx of Spanish immigrants, it was important for Boldridge to make sure her students were able to compete in terms of obtaining jobs with Spanish-speaking people. From a faculty point of view, Davis said although Boldridge had a very traditional and high standard of teaching and was committed to her profession, she remained jovial and ready to laugh. “She was serious when it came to work and at times students may have felt she was a difficult teacher,” said Davis. “In reality, she was just making them as competitive as other students.” According to Davis, May 2009 marked Boldridge’s 20th year teaching Spanish at Howard University. Davis said the department plans to have a memorial service on campus for Boldridge. Details will be announced later. Davis said students will be invited to attend for the service, as “these are the people she served.” He will serve as the substitute teacher for the class until a permanent replacement can be found.

Alex Gallien took a bite of a rich, chocolaty sweet. She smiled. “Does heaven count?” she asked, searching for the words to describe the taste of the brownie. “It is really moist and has a lot of flavor. It’s exactly what a brownie should taste like.” The Howard University nursing student was more than satisfied with her selection from CakeLove, a bakery at 1506 U Street NW. CakeLove is most famous for its savory treats made from scratch. The palatable cakes and

cupcakes are the most sought after by residents and students. The staff makes about 150 cakes and 800 cupcakes daily. They also make brownies, cookies, éclairs, mini scones, cheesecakes, pound cakes, bed rolls and chocolate-covered strawberries. Gallien, along with her two friends, visited the bakery for the first time after they saw several people walking down the street with boxes of cupcakes. Her friend, Dayana Martinez, was pleasantly surprised by the taste of her cookie. “It’s really, really good,” Martinez said. “It reminds me of home.” > See BAKERIES, page 3

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Member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. Stephanie Gamble models in the AfrAKA fashion show that featured members of seven Divine 9 organizations.

The show consisted of a live DJ, performances and simple clothing items on the bodies of Black Greek Letter Organizations’ members. Members of AKA, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc., Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. and Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. modeled their Greek paraphernalia, army fatigue and cut-off shirts for the audience members. At the end of the show, organizations strolled or “Sigma walked” down the stage. One of the Delta models, Rogi Banks, said the campus

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usually views the different Divine 9 organizations as having of lot of hostility towards the other. “It’s not always about who’s better. It’s about what we can do collectively,” said Banks, junior theatre arts education major. Iota Phi Theta member and show model Branden Bufford, senior physical education major, concurred with Banks’ statement and said he came out to support and represent his organization. Haywood Smith, freshman biology major, said he enjoyed the show and appreciated the united for Africa concept and how it related to Howard’s Greek organizations’ unity.

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CakeLove on U Street offers a variety of flavor-filled treats. Howard students can receive a discount using promo code “Blackburn.”

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Lack Of Participation Present In GA Meeting BY GLYNN POGUE Staff Writer Wednesday’s General Assembly meeting held a distinct resemblance to Monday night’s Policy Board meeting. Both suffered from a lack of participation. In the case of the Policy Board, representatives from each of the 12 schools and colleges have yet to be identified. But even if there were a full roster of representatives, that doesn’t guarantee full participation, as evidenced by the Assembly bi-weekly meeting, where only about half the members attended. William Roberts, a second year law student who serves as the Assembly’s chair, says although he was “pretty pleased with the outcome of the meeting as a whole,” he is

still upset with the lack of attendance. “The fact that people don’t attend meetings is disturbing. What’s worse is that they often miss our meetings to attend other meetings, or they say they forgot. It’s unacceptable for a rep to forget a meeting. If a rep misses two meetings without an official excuse, we are going to remove them from student government.” Whitney Henry was present and accounted for. The former special elections coordinator was voted in as the new general elections coordinator. Henry presented her plans to the body, which included increasing speak-out attendance, improving event quality and increasing voting participation. Henry came up various ways to achieve these goals. For example, she said voter participation could be in-

creased by holding a raffle in which students who could prove they had voted would have a chance to win prizes like iPod Touches will be up for grabs, but only for students who present a printout confirming they voted. Roberts says Henry “did a fantastic job as the special election coordinator,” and adds he can’t wait to see what she’ll do in her new position. Roberts also discussed what the General Assembly has in store for the rest of the term. “This year the General Assembly is working hard to really be viable. We want to serve our purpose better by trying to help students with their many issues, from investigating mold in dorms to offering support to students who are going to be purged. We really plan on being student advocates.”

General Assembly Attendance Record - 11.4.09 Danielle Mull Erin Jenkins Iman Little Michelle Mabson Marquell Russel Brittany Jacob Sierra Wallace Felecia Cordy Kheaton Scott Shaun Smith Vaibhav Rai Rodney Diggs Yasmine Gabrielle Andrea Noel Sabrin Semmin Pernell Hicks Morlando Pickens

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Proxy Proxy Proxy Proxy Late - arrived 7:28 Absent Proxy Proxy Late - arrived 7:34 Absent- has been absent to every meeting Absent Excused Excused Absent- has been absent to every meeting Absent- has been absent to every meeting Absent Absent

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

214 314 214 314 214 314 214 REPRESENT YOUR CITY: 314 214 314 214 314 214 314 St. Louis and Philly 214 314 214 314 214 314 214 Five Facts About Philly:

1. Philly was the temporary capital of the United States from 1790 until 1800. 2. The Philly Cheesesteak was invented in 1930 in South Philly at Pat’s King of Steaks. 3. Philadelphia got it’s nickname “city of brotherly love,” because that is what it means in Greek. 4. Musiq Soulchild and Jill Scott are both from here. 5. The movie Trading Places was filmed here.

Five Facts About St. Louis:

1. Dr. Pepper was introduced at 1904 World’s Fair, 7 Up was also invented in St. Louis.

Darren Jones

Coming from St. Louis, Mo. to Howard University made sophomore Darren Jones motivated. “It’s motivating because a lot of people at home aren’t in school and some of them are in jail,” Jones said. He said it made him want to break the stereotype of the average person from back at home. “There weren’t too many people who graduated; I was a part of a small group of people who actually graduated and went to college,” he said. Although Jones came to D.C. to get his education, he said he loves the family environment in St. Louis. “It’s a lot slower; D.C. is a whole lot faster. People back at home are more down to earth and more real,” Jones said. He said that the nightlife in D.C. sometimes reminds him of home.

Mariah Perryman

In high school, sophomore Mariah Perryman got off to a rough start with her freshman year. “I went to a school were we didn’t have enough books to supply the whole school, so everyone couldn’t take home a book to do homework,” Perryman said. “My whole freshman year we didn’t have homework instead we did extra work in eighth period.” From there her mother decided to switch schools and sent her to a private all-black catholic school, she said. “It got me back on the right track,” Perryman said. “It definitely prepared me for Howard because they were focused on education and there were so many opportunities.” What she does love about home is the close-knit community. “Nine times out of ten if you meet somebody then you know somebody that they know,” Perryman said. She also enjoys D.C. because it is the total opposite. “From the scenery to the diversity, D.C. is absolutely nothing like St. Louis, that’s the one thing I like.”

Sean Valentine

Sophomore finance major Sean Valentine doesn’t exactly live in the city of Philadelphia but he lives just about 40 minutes away. He said that he would go to the city about every other weekend but there is nothing he likes about where he lives in Pottstown because it’s boring. “It’s sort of far from the city so going to the city is a hassle and people are very closed-minded,” he said. Valentine said he does love the sports talk, culture and slang of Philadelphians because of it’s uniqueness. Being from Pottstown did help him meet a lot of different people with a lot of different personalities. “It helped me relate to the people at Howard University, whether they are black or white.” He said his hometown was culturally diverse, but in the end all cultures have people fall under certain personalities.

2. Josephine Baker was born here. 3. The first American city to host the Olympics in 1904. 4. Maya Angelou was born here also. 5. Nelly is from St. Louis Information from associatedcontent.

You can’t lead the people if you don’t love the people and you can’t save the people if you don’t serve the people. - Cornel West, Ph.D.

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Battle of the Bakeries: Sweet Treats

Cake Love on U continued from FRONT, BAKERIES

The bakery is the creation of 39-year-old Warren Brown, a lawyer turned chef, who has poured his heart and soul into every aspect of the business - hence the name CakeLove. The idea of starting a business began after his signature New German Chocolate cake, his first cake made from scratch, and other cakes were well received by co-workers. “I had always gravitated towards food. I had always liked baking. It was relaxing and pleasurable,” Brown said. His career change was drastic, and he admitted that when he left his position as a federal government litigator and opened the store in 2002, he was apprehensive. Luckily for Brown, the bakery was a success, and he received nation-wide recognition. He was featured in several publications and shows, including The Oprah Winfrey Show, and had his own show called “Sugar Rush” on the Food Network. “I definitely like what I do on a daily basis. I made the right choice for myself. I enjoy the work of building a business and maintaining a business,” Brown said. He said he is proud of keeping his company local. CakeLove has five other locations, three in Maryland and two in Virginia. He is looking at expanding the business in the D.C. area. Brown currently has a cookbook out titled “CakeLove: How to Bake Cakes from Scratch,” and he will add to his collection with “United Cakes of America: Recipes Celebrating Every State,” due to publish in May 2010. The delectable treats and service from a friendly staff that takes pride in its craft is what keeps customers coming back. Employee Jorge Prueincao has been at CakeLove since it first opened. He said he loves the welcoming environment of the bakery. “Customers come because of the quality of what we sell,��� Prueincao said. “We also try to do everything carefully.” Each item is made from scratch and contains all natural ingredients. Several of the moist cakes are topped with their signature buttercream frosting and minimal decorations - focusing the experience on the taste rather than a grandiose presentation. Pastries range from $1.50 for mini scones and $3.25 for cupcakes to $25.00 for a two layer, six inch cake and $125.00 for a three layer, 12 inch cake. Even during the recession, the bakery receives love. Although the amount of items purchased may change, people still desire tasty treats. “People are still buying. I am very thankful that customers are still coming and celebrating, and choosing CakeLove,” said Brown. Corryn Freeman, junior political science, has been a longtime fan of the bakery’s treats. “The first time I went, it was either my junior or senior year in high school. From then on, it has been a love affair.” Her favorite cupcake is the vanilla buttercream frosting on vanilla cake. “The buttercream frost-

ing,” she said with a smile. “I don’t know what it is, but there is something about it that makes it so great. As soon as you bite into it, it’s so fluffy and fresh.” A favorite among customers is the Red Velvet, a deep-red colored cake topped with a white cream cheese icing. Prueincao said that the strawberries and cream, a vanilla cake infused with fresh strawberries is another best seller. Brown wants customers’ experience to be perfect. Every detail counts, from the ingredients to proper storage, to serving the treats at room temperature.

Customers can enjoy their treats in the café which provides tables and chairs and free wireless internet. The café sells pastries made in the bakery in addition to beverages, salads and sandwiches. Chad Harlan, a student at George Washington University Law School, goes to the Love Café on a regular basis. “I come about once a week, on Fridays, because I don’t have class,” Harlan said. “It’s a good study environment.” The Cake Love bakery on U Street is open Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 6:00p.m.,

Jason Clark - Contributing Photographer

Red velvet cupcakes are the most popular variety at Georgetown Cupcake, which is located in Georgetown at 1209 Potomac Street, NW.

Cupcakin’ in Georgetown BY JASON CLARK Contributing Writer

Photo Courtesy of www.cakelove.com

Cake Love offers sweet treats such as red velvet cupcakes, chocolate covered strawberries, brownies, and cakes.

The bakery is always coming up with new products. “I want people to explore, to go on a tour and try different stuff. It’s all good,” said Brown. One of the more recent flavors is the “salty caramel,” a sweet and salty combination made for President Barack Obama. There is also a line of vegan and gluten free pastries and products that are low in sugar. “I am psyched, the next thing we are creating online is a BYO (build-your-own) cake,” Brown said. This will enable customers to concoct their own confections. Right across from the bakery, on 15th and U streets is Love Café, a sister shop of CakeLove.

Saturdays 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and closed on Sundays. Harlan encourages students to try baking their own cakes. The website, CakeLove.com, posts podcasts that give detailed baking directions. “I want people to get in the kitchen. When you go home for Thanksgiving break, bake a cake. You’ll blow away your family. They’ll ask you what happened and you can say, ‘Dude, I got CakeLove, I got CakeLove on the brain.’” Howard University students can visit the website and enter in the code “Blackburn” to receive a discount on their purchases through Nov. 30.

Located in the heart of historic Georgetown at 1209 Potomac Steet, NW is a little boutique called Georgetown Cupcake. It houses some of the most delectable cupcakes known to grace the east coast. Georgetown Cupcake was founded in February of 2008 by sisters Katherine Kallinis and Sophie LaMontagne. Both are lifelong bakers who were inspired by their grandmothers as they made the decision to trade in careers in fashion and private equity to open the store to be able to provide people something sweet in their lives. “Pure bliss baked daily” and “happiness in the palm of your hand” are just some of the phrases used to describe the treats on the business’s website. These little delights are referred to by many names to those who have had the chance to eat them. “I just call them ‘yummy’,” says Martina Marie, a junior at Georgetown University. After standing in a line which at times can stretch down the red brick sidewalk all the way to the corner - a customer can enter the shop and make their selection. After walking in the door, you’re instantly hit with an aroma of sugar and sweet creamy frosting. Here, one can pick which of the daily baked cupcakes they would like to try. The cupcakes sit on clear plates with labels describing what tasty flavors await the first bite. Names like strawberry banana, lava fudge, and chocolate hazelnut are just some of the selections available.

2009 Election Results Virginia

Maryland

Governor: Bob McDonnell - R (58.65%) Lieutenant General: Bill Bolling- R (56.41%)

Greenbelt Council: Judith Davis - I (14%)

Attorney General: Ken Cuccinelli-R (57.53%) Referendums

Rockville Mayor: Phyllis Marcuccio - I (52%)

Election Day Change (88.61%)

Takoma Park Mayor: Bruce Williams - I (60%)

Parks & Recreation Projects (53.86%) School Bonds (69.96%)

Annapolis Mayor: Joshua Cohen - D (45%)

Bowie Mayor: G. Frederick Robinson - I (88%)

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“I always get a Red Velvet cupcake when I go,” says Marie. “The first bite just always melts in my mouth.” The Red Velvet cupcake is one of the most popular among customers. With a deep red color sitting underneath a creamy offwhite butter cream frosting, it stands out among the others. For $2.79 one can try a single cupcake and for $15, you can get a half dozen. While the price might seem a little high for some, it’s more than worth it to others. Selfproclaimed lover of all cupcakes senior marketing major Grace Lowe makes a trip almost once a week to satisfy her sweet craving. “When it comes to shoes and food, I’m more than willing to splurge a little,” said Lowe. While her favorite flavor may be Vanilla on Vanilla she usually tries whichever cupcake is the flavor of the day. “I would just call them ‘deliciousness’,” exclaims Lowe. “The icing is just so good!” Like any other specialty boutique, Georgetown Cupcake has a core selection with seasonal flavors depending on the time of year. Currently the seasonal flavor is Pumpkin Spice, a cupcake with a deep orange color and butter cream frosting on top with an orange candy in the middle. The store also offers a selection of hot and cold beverages and a variety of souvenirs including T-shirts, charm bracelets and baby onesies. They are open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday and until 9 p.m. on Saturday. Sunday hours are from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. and the store is closed on Mondays.

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T-Mobile Service Outages Leave Subscribers Silent BY ALEXIS K. BARNES Business & Technology Almost two million T-Mobile customers experienced service outages on Tuesday evening, but company officials announced yesterday that it had restored services for lost voice, text messaging and data services. “We are now investigating the root cause of the incident,” said a T-Mobile spokesman. The outage began at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday and again at 1:30 a.m. Wednesday. “T-Mobile customers may be experiencing service disruptions impacting voice and data,” the company said in a statement. “Our rapid response teams have been mobilized to restore service as quickly as possible. We will provide updates as more information is available.” T-Mobile’s new outage, which left about five percent of its users without communication, created many problems for the “phone-less.” Junior psychology major Terja Gibson had a period where she could not place or receive phone calls and could not text message. She is considering changing her carrier. After temporarily losing the personal data of its Sidekick phone carriers, public criticism of the company is high due to the multiple service slip-ups. Due to a Microsoft Corporation server breakdown in early October, phone numbers, photos and personal data were wiped from Sidekicks nationwide. Now, disgruntled customers are facing service outages. Twitter, a popular social networking site, became a forum for angry customers. “T-mobile offering a $5.00 credit to your account for yesterday’s outage,” said Twitter user Tomtinbender. “WTF, $5.00! SMH.” Another Twitter user and TMobile customer Joselito, said the company’s plan and packages are the only thing keeping her with the carrier. T-Mobile is the fourth-largest service provider, but has experi-

In early February, Rick Newman of U.S. News & World Report predicted the demise of 15 companies by the conclusion of 2009. These companies held a common thread in business practices and financial planning. According to Newman, they had limited cash for unexpected circumstances, and a lot of debt, with large interest payments due over the next year. The delicate financial stability of our nation and lenders refusing to grant any more credit placed these 15 businesses on Newman’s possible bankruptcy list. Where are they now, and have they followed in the footsteps of stores out of operation like Circuit City and Linens ‘n Things? Here are nine of Newman’s predictions and their current state of operation: 1. Rite Aid Buying out competitors Eckerd and Brooks in an effort to boost production, the small-chain drug store also inherited the bought company’s debt. Rite Aid also suffered following mega-chain Wal-Mart’s decision to sell prescription drugs. Current Status: Open 2. Claire’s Stores Once a bustling hub, the teen accessory store is reeling from lack of consumers. It’s 1-year stock-price decline was 92 percent. Current Status: Open 3. Chrysler Newman predicted that with Chrysler’s mainly gas-guzzling merchandise and its 40 percent sale decrease, the company would burn through its government bailout money and fizzle. The company did take a short dive into bankruptcy, but according to the Wednesday’s edition of the New York Times, the automobile-maker is introducing a five-year plan to revamp and revitalize its company. Current Status: Struggling

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T-Mobile users still have no clear information about the service outages that occurred Tuesday evening and early Wednesday morning.

enced notable subscriber growth as users switch to competitors AT&T and Verizon Wireless. Some users, such as Nanjah Griffith, senior finance major, experienced a period without service but plans to keep service with TMobile anyway. “My plan is amazing,” said Griffith. “Although the service can be poor occasionally, I get myfavs, mobile-to-mobile, nights and weekends and unlimited texts for a very reasonable price.” Senior international business major James Morant, is also still satisfied with the carrier. He is currently overseas and experienced no service in London, but will not change carriers. “I love T-Mobile,” said Morant. “It was very inconvenient to not have any service and the company is still working out the kinks, but other than now, I haven’t had any problems worth switching over.” T-Mobile is currently searching for the source of the outage, and many consumers are still dealing with service issues. “We’re making good prog-

ress restoring voice and messaging service to affected customers. At this time [9 p.m. Tuesday], approximately five percent of T-Mobile customers are experiencing service disruptions. Issues began at approximately 5:30 p.m. Eastern Time. Our rapid response team is working continuously to fully resolve this disruption. We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience that this has caused our customers,” a T-Mobile spokesperson said in a press release. According to T-Mobile International, the network provides access to some 36,400 sites using the GSM/GPRS 1900 MHz frequency-band, which is currently the largest 1900 MHz network in United States of America. According to the Wall Street Journal, the carrier recently unveiled a series of new pricing plans in an effort to increase business and restore confidence in subscribers. T-Mobile advises those still suffering from outages to contact them. A discussion forum has also been created on the company’s web page.

4. Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group Not only is this car rental company a small player compared to Avis, Enterprise and Budget, 80 percent of Dollar Thrifty’s automobiles were supplied by Chrysler. According to a recent statement issued by Dollar Thrifty, the company is “realigning its composition of rental cars,” buying from a more diverse auto-maker clientele. Current Status: Open 5. Realology Corp. This corporation is the biggest real estate brokerage firm in the nation, owning Coldwell Banker, Century 21, ERA and Sotheby’s franchises, but in 2008, the firm experienced double-digit declines. Current Status: Struggling 6. Loehmann’s Capitol Corp. The clothing store, similar to Nordstrom Rack and T.J. Maxx offers discounted name-brand clothing. Unlike these chains, however, Loehmann’s has less cash to ride out the recession. Current Status: Struggling 7. Sbarro The fact that malls are struggling during the economic downturn and that is the home to most of these 1,100 pizza establishments pushes the company into decline. Sbarro also can not add a breakfast menu or late-night options like most other fast-food places. Current Status: Open 8. Blockbuster With the introduction of Netflix and the increase of fees, Blockbuster stock fell 57 percent in early 2009. Its competitors also have a stronger cash flow of protection during hard times. Current Status: Open 9. Krispy Kreme Overexpansion in the 1990s has left the company with incredible debt. Even after cutting costs and closing under performing stores, Krispy Kreme has not earned an operational profit in three years. Current Status: Open

-Compiled by Alexis K. Barnes, Business & Technology Editor

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BY CRYSTAL J. ALLEN Editor-In-Chief Did you know one of the strongest advertising methods for our demographic is “word-of-mouth?” Well, now you do. Let’s take a wild guess as to why this is: maybe because people in our age groups and settings tend to talk...a lot. As a matter of fact, all we do is talk. It’s is a gift and a curse at its finest. The gift: we’re definitely good communicators. Our communication allows us to unite and make powerful moves and big changes. The curse: who doesn’t know everyone else’s business? All we do is volunteer our information to one another. Not OK. Before brains or beauty, what matters is what people have to say about you after you leave the room. It saddens me when people put themselves out there as easy targets for destruction. What do I mean by destruction? It’s fairly simple. It’s one thing to be who you are and allow others to construct their own thoughts and interpretations about you. But, it’s another thing to put your own business out into the atmosphere and offer those around you a “second opinion,” if you will, of who you truly are. Believe it or not, keeping your mouth closed may not be as hard as it may seem. Everything is not for everybody, simply. Sometimes, I find myself asking, “Is that your business?” Because it’s none of mine, nor anyone else’s for that matter. There are certain times and places for certain discussions. Some places where these conversations should NEVER happen, but always seem to find their way: 1. The Punch Out: you may as well put your business on the loudspeaker. If you think there aren’t always eyes and ears in The Punch Out, you may want to think again. 2. Power Hall: I don’t think I need to explain why you may want to watch your mouth on the first floor of Blackburn. There are far too many student leaders for you to be discussing how drunk you were at Pure and the “ratchet” things that occurred after. 3. Social gatherings, both onand off-campus: Whatever happened on your way there or earlier in the day has nothing to do with the people just trying to dance and have fun. Chances are, if they’re still trying to dance, they’re probably not too concerned with whatever happened to you on your way or the argument you got into with your best friend. And guess what? It’s nobody’s business! Other places are entirely up to our discretion. However, in the summer of 2008, Essence Editor-in-Chief Angela Burt-Murray gave me some important advice. She told me to always make sure there’s someone who can vouch for me, even when I’m not in the room. That’s probably one of the best pieces of advice I’ve ever gotten, and that’s my gift to you all. Consider it an early Christmas gift!

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#TreysVideo just got the Quad’s visitation taken away till April about 4 hours ago from UberTwitter - Avery Green, senior advertising major (@ItsAvery) Take her to Burger King if she ain’t a #howardgirl 5:49 PM Nov 3rd from Echofon - Isiaiah Adams, senior legal communications major (MOETrosezay) Submit your favorite tweet to meccanisms@gmail.com!

We’re young, we like to have fun, most of us like to get it poppin’ on the weekends (in addition to Thirsty Thursday’s) and many of us are free from major responsibilities (children, spouses, mortgages, etc). So naturally, we want to go out and have a good time while we’re still cute, worry free and can dance to 3 songs without having to take a breather or get a Icy/Hot patch for a sore knee the next day. So why all the drama in the club/lounge/house party? If there’s anything I hate more, its people who don’t know how to act in the club. Since the weekend is upon us, allow me to list a few club no-no’s that I hope I don’t see at Pure tomorrow, or ever again in my life for that matter. 1. Shut up. There are places/environments/ atmospheres that are just not conducive to long, drawn out conversations and -- shocker -the club just happens to be one of those places. Why are you all of a sudden so curious and quizzical that it’s imperative for you to ask 10 million questions while we’re standing next to a DJ booth with 6 speakers, a full-force industrial fan, drunken laughter and surrounded by intoxicated people yelling orders to a bartender? Shut up. Just dance. Nothing else. We both go to Howard and I’ll probably see you on The Yard tomorrow. So we can talk later, dang. 2. If you are so drunk that you cannot hold a cup without spilling your tequila sunrise all over my shoes, then sit yourself

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Going to the club is one of the best places to meet females, or at least I thought it would be in high school. Think about it, girls make sure their hair is on point; they usually look nice. It’s very hard to spot an ugly girl in the club especially with the dim lighting. I do have one problem though. Why are you just standing there? If you wanted to nod your head go listen to Pandora or Imeem. Why are you here if you are not going to dance? It turns out that meeting a girl at the club is actually one of the worst places to meet. So I came up with some ground rules for fellas to follow. Do not touch too much when you’re dancing. This is can be all bad, you just met her, calm down homie! When you’re in the club it’s impossible to get to know them. Also don’t be cheap! Buy her a drink, it can go a long way. It’s a good way to start a conversation and it makes them feel special. I’ve never heard a woman say, “I want someone who is broke.” But don’t tweak and

Or, if you can’t control yourself when the latest Gucci Mane “song” (if you can call that music) comes on, then don’t have two drinks in your hand that will inevitably go flying all over the place. That’s just common etiquette. 3. I know that in certain environments, societal norms can change, which is understandable. On the beach, it’s cool for people to be half naked. At a sporting event, it’s ok to paint your face and even shout obscenities. In the club, personal space issues are usually relaxed, but some people don’t know how to be satisfied with the inch and just have to take a foot. You don’t need to pass by me every five seconds, I know you’re just trying to get a cheap feel. You don’t need to put your hands on me just to talk to the person standing on my side. You’re not slick, you’re a perv. Stop. 4. Who goes to the club to find a boo? Nobody. You go to the club to have fun, but the person you actually talk to is the guy/girl you met in the library. You bought me a drink? How nice, thanks. We danced? Cool, that was fun. You want to follow me around for the rest of the night and block me from dancing with anyone else? Huh?! You know, I think the best way to express my contempt for such behavior would be through a few of my favorite Twitter trending topics. #losemynumber #wheredeydothatat #okbye and #FAIL!

buy every cute girl in the club a drink, it’s never about that, keep it limited. Girls need to also follow some ground rules. If you are not planning on twerking, wear blue nail polish or figure out another way to notify us! Do I look like Mr. Cleo to you? How am I supposed to know you’re not dancing? Secondly don’t get jealous or upset if one of your friends is getting more attention than you. Lastly, don’t expect much from a guy you meet in the club. The chances of you meeting a guy who you are going to date at Fur are extremely low. Fellas, be careful when approaching women in the club. A girl could blow you off because of something that has nothing to do with you like her feet hurting or because some thirsty dude got too close. Don’t let it affect your swag. So many things are out of your control such as if the DJ is going to be good or how much you have to pay to get in. The key to having fun at the club is to keep expectations low.

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Overheard in The Hilltop office.... (after watching Trey Songz video for “Invented Sex”)

Editor 1: Omg I should I have been the girl in that video. Editor 2: You know Trey Songz admitted to having an STD right? Editor 1: Omg, I know and I didn’t like him for like two weeks but then I thought...it’s in his past...we can move on from that. Overheard in the School of Business.... Girl 1: I’m thirsty. Girl 2: Well go get a drink from the Pepsi machine over there. Girl 1: I don’t do Pepsi, I’m from Atlanta. Coke Cola all day. Boy: The only thing Coke is good for is Captain Morgan. Girl 1: Wait! Coke owns Captain Morgan? That’s wassup! Boy and Girl 2 : Wow! She’s whylin’. Overheard in an undisclosed location... Girl 1: (signing Jodeci’s “Freakin’ You”) Let me lick you up and down! Girl 2: Aren’t you in Howard Gospel Choir? Overheard one of your fellow Bison say something crazy? Send it to meccanisms@gmail.com!

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1. Did everyone forget that yesterday was the one year anniversary of the election our first Black President? 2. Who made up that Twitter rumor that HU was ranked number one on the U.S. News & World Report of “Coolest Schools”? 3. Do y’all realize that there is no list of the “Coolest Schools”?! 4. Was “Invented Sex” a real music video or a soft-core pronographic movie? 5. But how many girls wish they were cast in it? 6. Why did the HU Power Rangers try to burst into President Ribeau’s office? 7. Why did all the printers in the ilab, at the same time, run out of ink? 8. Why is Chris Brown wearing leggings on his new album cover? 9. Who saw the HU student on Gossip Girl on Monday? 10. Who copped the $4 Chipotle burrito in Blackburn on Monday?

11. But wait, you know they were free on Halloween right? 12. How many people didn’t go to the Haunted Hilltop because they thought they were doing sobriety tests? 13. Why was the Greek fashion show only 30 minutes long? 14. How come people were too scared to enjoy themselves? 15. Did you know that the withdrawal date is Nov. 20th? 16. How many relationships were ruined by the T-Mobile blackout on Tuesday? 17. How many people went to Target the day after Halloween to take advatange of half-priced candy? 18. Who’s been called by their Twitter name on campus? 19. How many people took hungover organizational pictures on Sunday morning? 20. We’re encouraging everybody to buy Wale’s new CD when it comes out, but how many people downloaded it? Compiled by The Hilltop Staff

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Howard Fares Flawlessly at TMCF Fair BY NICHOLAS NELSON Contributing Writer

Abroad Minded BY ALESSA MANN Contributing Columnist There’s nothing like walking around in a city that dates back to the eighth century B.C., like Rome, to give you a little perspective I toured around Rome, visiting the Colosseum, the Sistine Chapel, the Pantheon and St. Peter’s Basilica. All of these places I had heard of but couldn’t tell you anything about them beyond their names. Embarrassingly enough, my knowledge of Roman culture was limited to how to make a toga out of two pillowcases. Nevertheless, I didn’t need to know diddly-squat about Rome for it to make an impression on me. After a long day of sightseeing, my friends and I walked to a bar around midnight, passing the Colosseum on our way. The Colosseum, you know, the one that opened in 80 A.D. and played host to hundreds of years of gladiator battles and beast hunts. Well, there I was almost 2000 years later waiting for a metro bus and feeling so insignificant. Feeling like I’m part of a world and a history both bigger than I could have ever imagined. And me, a tiny dot in its spectrum. I kept thinking about how, in the eight grade, Rome was nothing more to me than a few glossy images on a couple of pages in my history textbook that I skipped through. Suddenly it was like I had stepped into that textbook and something I only had vague recollections of immediately became something real. I began to think about my history as an American. I feel like there aren’t as many vestiges of American history still sitting around, waiting to remind you of how it all began. Sure, we have the Lincoln Monument and the Statue of Liberty, but those seem like attempts to cover up a not-soglorious past. And yea, you can visit past presidents’ homes or some of the battle sites of the Civil War but they seem to pale in comparison to something as renowned as the Sistine Chapel, or ancient as the Roman Forum. But, perhaps I’m being too rough on a land that doesn’t seem to exist before 1492. Perhaps one day, 2000 years from now, tourist will walk around the ruins of an ancient White House and wonder how we lived. They’ll hesitate to take part in the primeval art of beer pong but remember the old saying, “When in America, do as Americans do” and happily grab a hand paddle. They’ll visit museums and gawk at our mobile technology, wondering how we ever endured the labor of using T9 to send text messages. See, Rome makes you think, in a city that has been so keenly preserved by both its buildings and its history, how will the rest of us be remembered? It’s a poignant reminder of the value of history, knowing where you come from and appreciating where you are in a historical context. Standing next to the Colosseum, history becomes something you can’t forget.

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While thousands were enjoying Howard Homecoming events, the Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) hosted its 9th Annual Leadership Institute & Recruitment Fair in New York City last weekend, hosting students from 47 historically black colleges and universities across the nation. Student participants enjoyed five days of leadership seminars, corporate informational sessions, résumé writing and interview training assistance. Howard University was represented by several students, among them being senior telecommunications management major Erin Brownlee. The purpose of the TMCF Leadership Institute is to teach students how to think critically about their career choices, to maximize their performance and productivity in a work environment, to understand the art of wooing and to how to work in a team in the workplace. “We as Howard University students represented ourselves exceptionally well,” said Brownlee, who serves as the TMCF student ambassador to Howard University. Other Howard University students who attended the conference were Brianna Ursey, Benjamin Lawrence, Nefertari Terrill-Jones, Nena Ugwuomo, Tomisha Stanford, Shaquan Vanderhorst, Nijeul Porter, Ericka Brownlee, Sheree Ann Jackson, Nicholas Nelson (the writer of this story), Foster Sellers and Krystal Okehie. “I believe if Howard University teaches us nothing else it teaches us how to network,” Brownlee said jokingly. From meeting reality star Sherée Whitfield, one of the stars on “The Real Housewives of Atlanta”, to Tony Waller, senior director of corporate affairs of Wal-Mart, Howard University made sure to be seen.

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Several Howard students traveled to New York City to participate in events held by the Thurgood Marshall College Fund.

The conference marked a four-day event that provided students with the chance to participate in workshops and discussions with some of America’s leading corporate executives and celebrities. In addition to the workshops, students also attended events including the 4th Annual Front Row Fashion Show, an NBA reception and the 22nd Annual TMCF Black Tie Anniversary Dinner. The last day of conference events featured a huge career fair, with booths from more than 50 companies, specifically looking for the talents of TMCF students. The evening played host to a star- and student-studded gala in celebration of the TMCF’s 22nd anniversary, hosted by actors Danny Glover and Tasha Smith and featuring performances from American Idol winner Fantasia Barrino and D.C.

native Raheem DeVaughn. Sellers, a public administration graduate student, contributed to the opening statements of the gala, praising the TMCF as “cutting-edge in terms of its Leadership Development Model and [continuing] to work with minority institutions of higher education to ensure all students have a chance to equally compete in this global job market.” “Howard University students were sought out to give speeches and orations for almost every event,” Brownlee noted of Sellers and Porter, who delivered opening remarks at the ecumenical service held Sunday morning. “And that in itself speaks to the greatness that Howard University produces.” Among those honored with the Breaking Barriers Award that evening was singer Mary J. Blige – not for her music, but as founder

and president of the Foundation For the Advancement of Women Now (FFAWN), her own foundation dedicated to helping women in less fortunate circumstances. Singer Monica gave an emotional introduction, noting Blige as one of the reasons she is the woman she is today. Blige, who is also a victim of abuse, dedicated the award to women “who have a story to tell.” Raising $6.2 million over the anniversary weekend, Dwayne Ashley, president and CEO of TMCF, thanked the supporters who “dedicated their resources in spite of lean times to show their commitment to the future of America.” Ensuring that their donations would be put to good use, Ashley said that the funds “will have an immediate impact in investing in the national need to produce leaders.”

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Crime and Punishment: Fame Doesn’t Make You Special The self-dubbed “King of the South,” better known as famed rapper T.I., is currently serving a mandatory prison sentence of 366 days after being captured by undercover police, attempting to acquire a literal arsenal of military-style weapons late last year. Pop-culture and rap phenomenon Lil’ Wayne is also expected to serve a year in prison, following a past arrest on drug charges. Southern rapper Lil’ Boosie is currently serving a twoyear prison term on drug and weapons charges. After a short stint in jail, mixtape artist Gucci Mane was sentenced to drug rehab and community service. In the late ‘90s, even Jay-Z faced the possibility of 15 years in prison on felonious assault charges after stabbing a record producer in New York City. The list of rappers who either have been, possibly will be, or are currently incarcerated could literally go on for miles. Their lives (at least the lives they display to the public) either used to

be, or are currently a little objectionable. Nearly every rapper from Tupac Shakur to Young Jeezy has been jailed for one thing or another. The majority of popular rappers rap about a couple of topics that stand out as prominent - women, cars, violence, and selling drugs. We all know the lyr-

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violence, but unfortunately we are all definitely guilty of taking a part in glorifying it. As fans of these artists we may be erroneously endorsing criminal behavior. The law, on the other hand, is not. These rappers are being punished by the law for their wrongdoings and illegal activities just as any average person in the ‘hood’ would be for getting caught doing the same things. It’s obviously unfortunate that many African Americans are engaging in illegal activity and being locked up for it - let alone individuals in the spotlight like popular recording artists who, whether they know it or not, inspire and set examples for their audiences. Their fans look up to them for the good music, outrageous jewelry, flashy cars and beautiful women but not for serving jail time in a state penitentiary or federal prison. Although it’s regrettable that they’re being incarcerated, their punishments will hopefully serve as examples to an audience fearful of serving the same fate.

Rappers being punished like normal people is good for their audiences to see. ics - we dance to them in the club and pump them in our iPods on our way to class. We watch the music videos on MTV Jams or BET and pay outlandish amounts of money to see the artists in concert. We might not all agree with the selling of illegal drugs, the exploitation of women or the black on black

Democratic Rejection or GOP Takeover? or a comeback for the Grand Ole Party? In the opinion of most political analysts and myself, it signals a slight rejection of the liberal agenda but definitely not a comeback for the GOP. Michael Steele still has major work to do in order to bring about a comeback for the Republican Party, a party that is still largely out of touch with urban America. However, this is a major step towards a Republican victory in 2010 and possibly 2012. Republicans must take the momentum gained from Tuesday’s election and learn from the victories. Both gubernatorial candidates focused on fiscal conservatism versus social conservatism, which served as the key reason to their victories in this deep recession. This is the common link that will bring conservatives and moderates to the GOP side. On the Democratic side, the crippling defeat on Tuesday only increases

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Sunday at 6 p.m. in the Howard Plaza Towers West P-Level CORRECTION: In “Howard Alumnus Runs for Mayor of Atlanta” of yesterday’s Hilltop Kasim Reed’s name was incorrectly spelled. In that same article, we falsley reported that the Office of the Secretary Carrie Cowan funded the student’s trip to Atlanta. The trip was in fact funded personally by Chairman of the Board of Trustees Addison Barry Rand and other members of the Howard University community. The Hilltop regrets these errors.

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After the sweeping win Republicans across the east coast had on Tuesday, one must ponder the implications of the results. The power of Tuesday’s election was not taken lightly, even by Barack Obama, as he campaigned twice with Creigh Deeds in Virginia and thrice with Jon Corzine in New Jersey in a last ditch effort to prevent a Republican Party victory. In Virginia, the conservative Republican candidates won by nearly 20 percent, and in New Jersey (a state Obama won by over 15 percent) the Republican candidate easily beat his Democratic opponent. Even though Barack Obama wasn’t on the ballot on Tuesday, his ideology was. Why in only a year’s time did the electorate that voted for one of the most liberal presidents in the history of the United States, vote for two conservatives? Does this signal a rejection of the Democratic platform

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an already growing crack in the focus of the party. Democrats in Congress are fighting with each other about Obama’s health care reform plan and it is trickling down into state politics. People link Obama and every Democratic candidate together regardless of their actual political views, and this was a major cause of the Democratic defeat on Tuesday. In order to prevent further decline of the Democrat Party, Obama must get his party back on track, and focus on passing a TRUE health care reform bill. If Obama fails to re-focus his party, fails to pass the health care reform bill and continues to go against his base by sending an additional 40,000 troops into Afghanistan, I predict an even greater division in his party going into 2010. - Brandon Cooper, senior French and political science major

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$50 visa gift card raffle and food will be served.

National Council of Negro Women Presents...... ’Black Enterprise’ Program Thursday, November 5th 7pm Douglas Hall 116.

Support the HUSA Holiday Ornament Sale! November 4-10, 2009 11am- 4pm Lower level of Blackburn Come purchase an ornament for your organization, office or as a student so that you can be included on the HU Holiday Tree! Text HUSA49 to 41411 for more info. T H E H I LLTOP


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