CONTREVERSY HBCU NEWS SPORTS POLITICS WHO’S WHO ALUM ATHLETE ENTREPRENEURSHIP JOBS SCHOLARSHIPS INTERNSHIPS ENTERTAINMENT DATING GREEK LIFE MUSIC COMMUNITY SERVICE ARTIST HISTORY FASHION
HBCUBUZZ bring home an improbable season (pg 14)
“PLEDGING” VS “HAZING” Debunking the myths behind pledging and hazing (pg 12)
THE ECONOMIC CRISIS HITS HOME The correlation between retention rates and government funding (pg 31)
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HBCU BUZZ MA G AZI N E HA S A R R I V E D!
EDITOR -IN- CHIEF Michael Livingston
DEPUTY EDITOR Brittany Hayes
CREATIVE DIRECTOR Luke Lawal Jr.
PUBLIC RELATIONS Brittany Ireland
A wise man once said, “A fool is not a man without an education but a fool is a man
who has an education but does not value it.” The holiday season, specifically, is the time of year when value is assessed the most. We, as consumers, spend money on things that we consider to be of value and anticipate receiving gifts of value. However, little light is shined on to the most valuable gift far too many young adults are
not taking advantage of – an HBCU education. An edu-
cation from an HBCU ensures economic, intellectual and cultural success. Most importantly, it should instill
pride in students, as it is the lifetime gift to a scholar.
Furthermore, an education from an HBCU encourages, enlightens and uplifts the scholars’ community – a gift
to the world. So, as the holiday season departs us, I
implore you to look at the real value of the gifts you received this past year. The newest pair of Jordan basketball shoes is valued at 189 dollars. A top-of-the-line
laptop is valued at over 1,000 dollars. A Ralph Lauren
shirt is valued at approximately 85 dollars. But, the greatest gift you have received this holiday season –
BUZZING NEWS WRITER
an education from an HBCU – is priceless. It is the
gift that keeps on giving. As you graduate your distinguished college or university, and pursue the career
FINANCE EDITOR Evette Dionne
of your dreams, you will continue to learn and acquire knowledge and skills that your education laid the strong foundation for. Whether you are a senior preparing to start your career, a freshman, prospective student, or alum, let us stay
FEATURED WRITERS Brittany Palmer
Rebecca Owusu Apritl Thornton
informed together. This bi-monthly magazine focuses on topics relevant to HBCU campuses, from sports to fashion to politics, any everything in between. Not only will the HBCU Buzz Magazine strengthen the network of HBCU students by being a central medium, it will also serve as a media outlet for HBCU students across the country. The controversy of HBCU students not having a voice, or not being of relevance, has finally come to a halt. The HBCU Buzz magazine will serve as the voice for more than 370,000 students receiving the valuable gift of an HBCU education. Insights from enriched journalist spread throughout the HBCU community will insure representation of each campus. It is your voice. It is your magazine. Kindest Regards,
Luke Lawal Jr. CEO / Founding President
contents 4 “HIP HOP PREZ” Dillard students are certian that “Hip Hop Prez” is the missing piece for a much needed rebirth on campus.
CAN OBAMA DO IT AGAIN?
Barack Obama has done more than enough to prove he can win a second term as commandern-chief. “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience but where he stands at times of challege and controversy”. - MLK
12 “PLEDGING” vs “HAZING” Pledging and hazing in fraternities and sororities has been around ever since their inception.
Nothing could hinder the Winston-Salem State University Football team’s magical season.
18 JUGGLING BOOKS AND BABIES Statistics that surround teen pregnacy are often associated with a life a falure and hardship.
30 THE ECONOMIC CRISIS HITS HOME A drastic shift in the economy has resulted a financial recession and has had a direct impact on the retention rate at more than a few of our HBCU’s.
33 FASHION SPOTLIGHT The Historically Black College and University has become a hub for young black entrepreneur’s breaking into all facets of “Corporate America” and nothing is off limits, including the fashion industry.
38 OUT OF THE NIGHT THAT COVERS ME Florida A&M Drum major Robert Champion’s death is still a mystery.
40 DATING BEYOND THE COLOR LINES Fourty-five percent of black women are single and the socio-economic issues amongst black men do not help their choices.
42 WHO’s WHO Entreprenueur: Eny Olusanya CEO of In the Eye of the Beholder, EL., Athlete: Darrion Pellum of the Hampton University Men’s Basketball Team. Artist: Fuze the MC of Howard University. Alumni: Khali Gallman of Florida A&M University
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HBCU BUZZ MAGAZINE 2012