WEDNESDAY | APRIL 6 | 2011
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SENTINEL OF THE AFRICAN AMERICAN COMMUNITY AT NC STATE SINCE 1992
Krimson Revelation photos pg. 6
Rocky path leads to Mark Gottfried The hunt for a new Head Coach was not an easy one. CJ Guion | Satff Writer After a three week search, NC State has finally named Mark Gottfried the new head coach of the men’s basketball team. Gottfried is the former coach of Alabama. He was successful in taking the basketball team to the NCAA tournament five times, has 1 SEC championship, and holds a 210-132 overall record, but his last two years as head coach were dissappointing. Gottfried has not coached a team for the past two years and returns to the bench after a brief stint as an analyst for ESPN. Athletic Director Debbie Yow and Chancellor Randy Woodward held a press conference at Vaughn Towers to announce the hiring. The announcement comes days after several coaches from universities around the nation declined to take on the challenge of uplifting the Wolfpack basketball team from the slump it has been in for the last five plus years. Critics are speculating whether Gottfried was a last resort due to the fact that many other coaches did not want to accept what many see as a loss cause. Earlier in the week, State fans received disappointing news after several of the top names on the list of potentials backed out of negotiations with the university including Shaka Smart of Virginia Commonwealth University. Smart signed a new eight year contract to remain at the University after leading a mid-major team who was not even “supposed” to be in the field of 68, all the way to the Final Four. Gregg Marshall of Wichita State followed suit and announced that he also does not plan on coming to the Wolfpack Nation. The two coaches joined what seem to be a growing list of coaches who appeared to feel the job was pointless. Others who told the University to look elsewhere were: Sean Miller of Arizona, Mark Turgeon of Texas A&M, Josh Pastner of Memphis, and Texas head coach Rick Barnes. Following the declinations of Smart and Marshall, Athletic Director Debbie Yow wrote a letter to members of the Wolfpack Club to give fans and alumni insight on the current status of the search.
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Interview with new AACC Director pg. 3
Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc. photos pg. 6
Pan-Afrikan Week kicks off with A Walk in Africa Yolanda Ray | Staff Writer This past Sunday at 7PM in Talley Student Center ballroom the African Student Union marked the start of Pan-Afrikan Week with its Annual Africa Night. Students, faculty, and staff had an amazing experience as tour guide Demi Olubanwo took them on “A Walk in Africa.” During this Journey the guests had an opportunity to explore the various regions of the marvelous continent of Africa. The African Student Union highlighted cultural characteristics of North, South, East and West Africa. The tour guide informed the audience that North Africa is home to the world’s largest desert, the Sahara, which covers an area larger than the entire United States. This region of the continent is also where the world’s longest river can be found, the Nile River. A slideshow was presented, documenting the rising of Egypt and the vast impact it had on millions of individuals in the Northern region of Africa. Members of the African Student Union performed a skit about an East African family living in America. Discussing the role that each parent plays in the household in respect to decision making and the harsh realities associated with arranged marriages. In their culture the khatbah, Arabic for matchmaker, plays a significant role in choosing the spouse for a family. The skits were extremely comical, but the presence of the African culture was no laughing matter. The southern region of Africa is well known because South Africa was one of the last countries to officially end apartheid. The end to apartheid was led by Nelson Mandela, an anti- apartheid activist who has received over 250 awards over the past four decades. West Africa is the tropical region of Africa which is rich in both culture and agricultural products. There were numerous special performances dedicated to each region that included drama, spoken word, poetry, singing, and
Also apart of Africa Night was a fashion show, which showcased a number of types of African fashion and clothing ranging from modern and trendy to formal.
dancing. The second half of “A Walk in Africa” was an African fashion show; showcasing extravagant custom made pieces. The vibrant colors and patterns illustrated the hard work and dedication that went into those striking creations. Ultimately, the success of the event can be illustrated through the words of Sasha Bouldin, a senior in psychology, “I really enjoyed the program. They all did a wonderful job”. This event offered insight to the African way of life, by taking an hour long walk in Africa.
Pan Afrikan: The Tradition that Unites a Community Alexis Teasdell | Staff Writer Pan-Afrikan week is a huge celebration hosted at North Carolina State that sets it apart from many other Predominately White Universities in the area. It’s something that is talked about all year long and several clubs plan for it with great precision. But what is Pan-Afrikanism and where does it come from? Pan-Afrikanism was a movement that began in the 1900’s and was inspired by Marcus Garvey. It was to create self awareness of our African ancestry while encouraging us to study our history and culture. This inspired Pan-Afrikan week at North Carolina State University. Although it is often referred to as “The Black Homecoming” Pan-Afrikan provides so much more.
Pan Afrikan originated in 1971 to attract African Americans to NC State. Back then there were approximately 200 African American Students enrolled here. As time went by, the event grew into something spectacular. From intellectual lectures from Chuck D, Sister Souljah, Michael Eric Dyson and so many more, Pan Afrikan serves to inform, educate and celebrate African American culture. Many alumni and current students unite to witness the NPHC Step Show or to attend Africa Night, or to even enjoy some good food at the Taste of NC State. There is something for everybody. What about cost though? Many may feel as though Pan-Afrikan is a great event but as low income college students, this just isn’t a good fit for them. This isn’t necessarily true. Pan-Afrikan continued pg 4
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College ACB newest Collegiate Tabloid CJ Guion | Staff Writer
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for various subjects. From time to time, there are posts which feature offensive language directed towards protected groups and individual students on campus. However, according to the First Amendment right in some cases this is perfectly acceptable and fair. In any case, students may want to browse the site to make sure that false information is not being displayed on the internet which could damage their image. Innocent comments and pictures out of fun could come back to haunt select students when they begin applying for jobs in the workforce. College ACB is at the head of the class when it comes to college gossip sites on the web; many other websites have began to appear such as Campus Gossip which features pictures and videos of unsuspecting college students from campuses around the nation.
Dilemma: World Star Hip Hop Is the website just harmless entertainment or a modern day Minstrel Show? CJ Guion | Staff Writer Have you ever indulged in a guilty pleasure that you would feel ashamed to say that you participate in? For many college students, World Star Hip Hop could be on that list. If a slogan could be used to describe Worldstarhiphop.com, it would could be coined “Ignorant Entertainment.” One word that can be used to describe Worldstarhiphop.com is ignorance. World Star Hip Hop is a website that features Hip Hop videos and homemade uploads of African Americans in embarrassing situations that live up to stereotypes cast upon the race by the outside world. The site ranked 225, in site traffic within the United States, just three spots below MTV.com. That number, 225, may not sound like a significant ranking on paper, but when you think of how many websites there are on the web 225 is relatively high. Viewers of the website are likely to see videos containing people fighting outside of a church because a pastor was fired. There may even be kids having intimate relations in a public place such as on the campus of UNCG. There’s even a hot dog stand using insults and vulgarity to draw in customers. This past weekend, a video was uploaded to the site, entitled “Madness: A Whole Block Comes Out To Brawl”. The video featured a group
Ivory Coast: The Duekoue Massacre Sampson Bloh | Staff Writer
New owners seek to clean up Juicy Campus spinoff.
On February 5th, 2009 many college students around the world were dis-straught to hear that their favorite college gossip website Juicy Campus was being shutdown due to economic reasons. The site which was notorious for controversial anonymous comments that gave college students the opportunity to post their thoughts regarding various events and occurrences on their campuses with the benefit of concealing their identity. Following the demise of Juicy Campus, traffic was redirected to Collegeacb.com (College Anonymous Confession Board) and the site continues to thrive today. While it is not as popular as its predecessor, the site is estimated to receive 500,000 hits a day. A couple of months ago, Site Manager Peter Frank sold his share in the company to a set of new managers who will take over control of the web-page. The new managers stated on their home page that they intend to transform CollegeACB into a productive and positive place to have anonymous conversations. The site has increased its popularity since its inception, and is utilized on many college campuses across the nation including NC State University. The NC State section of the website appears to be one which is dominated by discussions involving select fraternities and sororities on campus. One might also find discussions and rants about subjects such as the best/worst candidate for recent Student Body elections, student housing, and the best professors to take
of African American females in an unidentified neighborhood fighting senselessly outside their homes while their children and by-standers witnessing the entire spectacle. One thing that people do not realize about websites like ‘Worldstar’ is that it may be the only encounter that some people have with the African American race. These things have the tendency to influence first time perceptions one might have with a person of the group. One video that can attest to this was uploaded by a Caucasian female student in college. The video entitled “College Student on Black Men” displays a female college student who believes she has learned everything she needs to know about black men during her time in college. The student states that she has learned that black men have “this thing in their hair that’s like the ocean” and that she can’t understand why people would want waves in their hair. She also believes that when black men don’t have a wall to grind on someone at the club “they makeshift with their boys”. Lastly she states that she believes that most black women have no real hair. One thing that can be said after watching this video is that the college which this student is enrolled in should intercept her degree, because it is obvious that she has learned nothing at the institution. What makes this situation appalling is the fact that these videos have been broadcast worldwide for everyone to see. The interesting thing is that there are truly people out there who
Clashes took place last week in the Ivorian capital and other places in the country, between supporters of President Alassane Ouattara and supporters of incumbent, Laurent Gbagbo. The confrontation began when rebel forces swept through the country determined to get rid of Laurant Gbagbo. The town of Doukoue experienced the most intense of the violence. According to the United Nations, more than 330 Ivorian’s were killed. The killings are said to have happened when Alassane Ouattara’s forces moved into the town. It is also seems that Laurant Gbagbo’s troops had killed an estimated 100 civilians of the total 330 people living in the town. Reports say that the town was filled with bodies lying in all directions on the streets. One agency estimated that over 1,000 people may have been killed altogether since the beginning of the attack. Thousands of civilians have fled the country and for those left behind in the fighting areas, there is no food or means of safely getting any. Meanwhile, many countries in the International Community are putting pressure on Mr. Gbagbo to step down. It appears that Gbagbo should step down so the killings stop. Even though the election results cannot be trusted, neither can President Ouattara be to make any difference in the country. The West and many other countries in the international community, do not seem to be concerned about what would benefit the Ivorian people but only support what would boast their credibility in the eyes of the world. There is only talk about the Ivorian issue but there has not been any action taken as of yet. Maybe it is because Ivory Coast does not have oil. The situation in Ivory Coast would not be resolved and the Civil War could continue for a long time if both Mr. Gbagbo and Mr. Ouattara do not step down. Ivorian intellectuals who have no part to play in this dispute need to come in and a new election should be held. New leaders whose hands have not been part of the killings going on in Ivory Coast need to take charge. It is a sad thing that the Ivorian situation is ending up this way. The issue is not only Ivorian but African as weell. Africans can only solve the problem if they come together. If the situation continues in Ivory Coast it would hurt not only Ivorians but all Africans. When will this kind of situation of a disputed election and civil war in Ivory Coast and the rest of Africa stop? How many Africans have to die before these men realize their faults?
share the same feelings as the White Student and we may be interacting with them every day. They could be sitting next to you in the classroom, they could be the interviewer at the next potential job, or they could be the person at the bank who signs the loan for your business. The videos that are viewed for entertainment on World Star Hip Hop have a tremendous impact of you, even if you believe that is not the case. Everyone is entitled to watch what they wish, but you may want to rethink this the next time you see a video that links to this site. The owner is making millions of dollars every time you visit his website, and what former porn host, 9th grade high school dropout would give up all of that to uplift the African American race, especially during the recession.
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Meet the new AACC Director This Week In Black History Dr. Sheila Smith-McKoy Kierra Legget | Staff Writer “Is there anything else you would like to add?” It’s a sunny Thursday afternoon and from the window situated just to the left of me I can see students as they make their way to and from the Court of Carolina. In front of me is seated the very personable and accomplished new Director of the North Carolina State University African American Cultural Center, Dr. Sheila SmithMcKoy. Dr. Smith-McCoy is a tenured professor at the esteemed Vanderbilt University, and an alumnus of North Carolina State University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and Duke University. I have just completed what I thought would be a very intimidating interviewing process, but instead an interview that turned out to be both insightful and enjoyable. Pausing for just a split second, Dr. Smith-McKoy gathers her thoughts before giving this genuine and heartfelt response, “I am so looking forward to this opportunity, and I hope to see a lot of students in and out, those faculty who haven’t been coming to the cultural center, I want to welcome them back with open arms and do that by shaping this center in such a way that it will become imperative for you to want to become involved in this center. So, I look forward to making my vision a reality.” Born in Raleigh, North Carolina in 1958, NC State has always been near and dear to Dr. Smith- McKoy’s heart. After receiving her Bachelor’s degree in English from State in 1989, Dr.Smith-McKoy went one to get her Master’s from Carolina and PhD from Duke, making history as the first African American woman to ever receive a doctorate in English from the University. Join me as I sit down for a one on one interview with Dr. Smith-McKoy to find out about her vision for the African American Cultural Center, and also her opinion on an array of subjects, including the controversial political cartoon published in the Technician. What excites you about embarking on this journey as the new director? What made you want to take on the role of the director of the African American Culture Center? I love a challenging situation. I love to take something that has a foundation and really build on it. I think we have a foundation at the culture center that really needs to be brought into a different kind of vision, and I’m excited about the possibilities of bringing a real connection between the academic and cultural events that we can have at the center. I’m excited about the possibilities of making it a place for students and faculty of African descent, and for people interested in studying cultures of African descent to be there, and to make that, this center—a center where people know that there are going to be events that mix culture, mix academics, mix ways to bring scholars and students, and members of the community all together to look at what’s going on here. You are the editor of the literary journal, Obsidian: Literature in the African Diaspora. In one edition of the Obsidian: Literature in the African Diaspora, you featured some of the work of George Moses Horton; in particular one of the things that stood out to me was his quote, “No thought is sweet but home.” You’ve held several positions both here at NC State and at other Universities; also the African American Culture Center has seen its share of directors and interim directors (in all a total of 5). Would you consider the African American Culture center to be your new home? I will, and it’s going to be a different kind of vision than what we’ve had before. I know there’s been a lot of different people coming in to this center with various degrees of success, but I do welcome a challenge and I think I’ve said this quite often, that sort of a time of transition and chaos is a time of opportunity, to really decide where you want to see the center go and to make it happen. I did not have the benefit of having a strong African American Culture Center when I was a student here. It was something that was just beginning to be thought about and established here, and the fact that we have a center, has so much potential that we can tap in to and I’m so excited about that. I think most people would agree that a fundamental aspect of home is the feeling of consistency and stability that is offered by it, can we take comfort in knowing that you will provide that as the new director? Oh yes you can, yes you. I started undergrad as 26 year old, newly divorced single mom, and to come to a place like NC State where there were people from all walks of life, where I wasn’t looked at as some kind of alien because I wasn’t 18 years old, it was just a unique experience to be able to walk in a space, that was such an equalizing space. Even though there were issues on campus, as there continue to be issues on campus that was very important for me. I want to bring that sort of feeling of home, that sort of feeling of stability, that sort of feeling of power that we haven’t had at the African American Culture Center—back. We have a perfect opportunity to do that, and I’m here and committed to doing that task. Not only am I an alum here , I have several close relatives who are alums here, though my brother is an UNC fan, my son is readmitted here, so this is really a home space for me and I am committed to being there and really making a difference, I take that charge very seriously.
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April 3rd, Supreme Court (Smith v. Allwright) said “white primaries” that excluded Blacks were unconstitutional. April 4th Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated in Memphis, TN. April 5th FBI documents, released in response to a freedom of information suit, revealed that the government mounted an intensive campaign against civil rights organizations in the sixties. April 6th America entered World War I. President Wilson, who had just inaugurated a policy of segregation in government agencies, told Congress that “the world must be made safe for democracy.” April 7th The first U.S. stamp ever to honor an African American is issued bearing the likeness of Booker T. Washington. April 8th The Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) was organized on this date. April 9th Juanita Hall becomes the first African American to win a Tony award for her role as Bloody Mary in the musical South Pacific
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Q uestion of The Week Question of the Week How did you feel about the UCLA student’s rant on Youtube?
Artimus Sparrow Junior Engineering
Qiara McCain Senior English/Film
“College is about broadening your horizons and growing culturally. We should be mature enough to overcome cultural differences.”
Ian Calloway Senior Creative Writing
“The video was disrespectful and she should not have uploaded it.”
“Everybody has a right to their own opinion but some opinions should be left inside.”
inspirational quote of the week I AM OF THE AFRICAN RACE, AND IN THE COLOUR WHICH IS NATURAL TO THEM OF THE DEEPEST DYE; AND IT IS UNDER A SENSE OF THE MOST PROFOUND GRATITUDE TO THE SUPREME RULER OF THE UNIVERSE
Black Masculinity in the Cinema Pan-Afrikan Continued from pg. 1
Darius Dawson | Staff John Singleton’s Boyz n the Hood(1991) is a very controversial film which portrays young African American living in Southern California. Cuba Gooding Jr. plays Tre a young black male sent to to be raised by his father Furious, played by Lawrence Fishburne. In the beginning of the film Tre as a youngster is very troublesome and his mother Angela Bassest cannot handle him ultimatley. Many film scholars, such as Sheril D. Antonio of New York University, describe the situation of Tre moving in with his father as unrealistic and dangerous to the image of the middle class black female. However, this does not have to be the case. In traditional cinema concerning the black family the black father figure is absent. This absence does not reflect the situation experienced by every black family. Singleton takes a very postmodern approach to the portrayal of the family. Black men are a driving force in the community and even though the statistics say they are not present, they are. Furious raises Tre in a way that only a male can do successfully. Tre goes on to college at the end of the film. His friends who live across the street end up dead by the end of the film. They did not have a father figure. It seems
that Singleton is purporting that the motif of the tragic male figure as experienced in film is a product of the absence of the black father figure. In Halie Gerima’s Bush Mama we also have a black male figure. He has just returned from the Vietnam War and quickly gets taken to jail for a crime he did not commit. However, there is a correspondence between him and the protagonist in the film, his wife, throughout the film. He is strongly influenced by the ‘Black Power’ movement and his words are very encouraging and uplifting. The protagonist wears a wig and is on welfare. At the end of the film she rids herself of both due to the male’s suggestion and to her experince with white culture trying to use and abuse her. Another film Lackawanna Blues(2005) provides several examples of black father figures. The protogonist, Rueben Santiago Jr., lives in a boarding home with his grandmother. There are several black men in the buidling that all shape his up bringing. They’ve all made big mistakes that are typically associated with black males but the amazing thing is how they have learned from them. Black masculinity is taking a new face in the cinema. A more positive face than ever.
Pan-Afrikan hosts many free events. From the Pan-Afrikan Pride Day and comedy show hosted by Black Students Board, Society of Afrikan American Culture’s “Black Culture Rocks” event, to Expressions (also by Black Student Board) featuring Georgia M.E. from Def Poetry Jam, free events are everywhere. This is a great chance to meet alumni or other current students and have a great time. Pan-Afrikan then concludes with Sunday Worship at Peace Church at 11 A.M. leading into Soul Food Sunday, as well as, the Alpha Nu Omega Gospel Explosion at four o’clock. This is definitely a week to take advantage of. Of course, Pan-Afrikan week is way bigger than anything that can be summed up in an article but for more information search Pan Afrikan 2011: Redefining the Soulful Experience on Facebook. This is a great event to attend as we conclude the year and also a great tradition to look forward to for years to come. Contact Us at NCSU.NUBIAN@GMAIL.COM
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power of the media that gives a voice to polemical organizations that gives people the nerve to step up and do the sorts of things that they do. But, I would see the center as one of those vehicles where we could articulate a different stance, where we could address those issues head on and directly. I want to make it clear that I’m not talking about giving a party line, I’m talking about rigorous involved responses to these kinds of events.
What is your vision for the Cultural Center? I want the center to be the space where academics, where students, where members of the cultural community, come together to discuss, to plan for, to debate about the issues that relate to African and African descent cultures. I envision a space, where for instance we would teach African languages by natives speakers who are in the area. I envision a space where, faculty members who are interested in pursuing a particular research agenda that matches the mission of the center could have an office in the center, and students to work with him or her on that project. That will enrich the student’s abilities to understand what research is and how applied research can work, and also enhance us in terms of having a faculty member who is indebted to and embracing of the center. I envision in it a space where we can bring in scholars from other countries to be with us and also bring a wider vision to the space, so I have lots of plans for the center that I think will make it one of the preeminent centers of African culture in this area and I don’t think it will take us long to turn the situation in that direction. You were once quoted, “The [NC State] English Department gave me the opportunity to grow in an intellectual environment that valued diversity. I entered the department as a single mother, out of high school for thirteen years. Though I expected to enter the work force right after graduation, I had mentors within the department, professors who encouraged me to seek a graduate degree. Their advice and encouragement shaped my life. They saw the scholar in me.” Obviously you had a strong support system in the professors and staff in the English department, how do you plan to provide students with just as strong of a support system here in the African American Cultural Center? It was a turning point in my life, and because of the mentorship I received from the two professors of African descent in the English department it changed, it literally changed my life. I had never thought—it wasn’t even on my radar to become a PhD, no one in my family had ever achieved a PhD before, and it wasn’t something I ever would have thought about. What I learned from that experience was the power of a professor, the power of someone to recognize who you are, even before you can see it yourself, and I’ve tried to do that with the students that I encounter. I think, I’ll make a nice connection there with Toni Thorpe, whom everyone calls ‘Mama Thorpe’ , who knows everybody by name, who knows what they’re going to do, who sees the beauty of your spirit, and I think I’ll align myself along those lines and be able to see, and help students see maybe different possibilities than they can immediately see for themselves. I do take it very seriously, to think about how I can make an impact on each student that I see. While NC State is campus that values and seeks to promote diversity, recently we have experienced some blatant acts of discrimination (ie. The Free Expression tunnel) what role, if any, should the African American Cultural Center play in response to incidents of this nature? What are your plans to extend the reach of the African American Culture center outside of the walls of Witherspoon Hall? Are you speaking in terms of The Free Expression Tunnel? [Yes] The Free Expression Tunnel incident is really part of a larger problem that I think American Wide, where we’ve had instances, particularly on campuses where there’s been a history of ‘so called’ equality and ‘so called’ collaboration where these sorts of things have come out. I think we can’t discount the
Gottfried Continued from pg. 1 In the letter she stated that there had been many conversations that had not transformed into meetings sometimes because they did not wish to pursue the coach further or the coach was happy to stay where he currently is. Many feel that coaches turned down the job, because they were to afraid to compete in the same conference with Mike Krzyzewski of Duke and Roy Williams of the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill. There are also naysayers out there who believe that some coaches turned down the job, because in the past it has been said in some circles that Debbie Yow is difficult to work with. During the press conference, Yow took a shot at Gary Williams, the head coach of Maryland University, claiming that he tried to sabotage the search as the two have a less than pretty relationship. Gottfried stated in the press conference that he is ready for the challenge and will not back down from anyone. He realizes that there will be challenges that he must overcome and is ready to win the fight in the Atlantic Coast Conference. Debbie Yow strategically outlined specific goals and objectives that she has for the next coach. The university can only hope that the next coach lives up to the promise set forth by Yow. The next task on the list for the Wolfpack Nation is to ensure that its current players stay on the team.
In a recent edition of the Technician a political cartoon suggesting that the Nubian Message was just a shadow of the past was featured. This cartoon has sparked conversation amongst many on the significance of the Nubian Message here on campus. Do you feel that one paper can adequately address and cover issues relevant to the entire NC State student body? Why or why not? Well, it certainly would be possible, but it’s not possible in this case. It is possible for us to conceive of a newspaper that would have a multicultural focus, but in practice, it just doesn’t happen. In practice what happens—not only on university campuses, but in communities—is that the news is not just the facts, it has a certain polemical slant, and because of that, because of the realities of our situation in this country, in this city, and on this campus, I think the Nubian Message is imperative, it is imperative that it exists, so that there can be other conversations that don’t necessarily involve those in the majority culture, so that there can be other conversations that people in the majority culture might not even recognize from a different point of view. In my opinion, that particular political cartoon should never have been printed. It certainly shouldn’t have been printed with full permission, without having some sort of response from the Nubian Message. What if, for instance, you had been given the opportunity to present your own political cartoon in response to that? Now that’s a conversation. This is one such example, if the Technician could address the multicultural focus of all the cultures on this campus, then this cartoon never would have been published. So, I think it’s one of the things that you can use to prove that the Nubian [Message] needs to exist. The African American Culture center is located in Witherspoon Hall, named after Augustus Witherspoon. Committed to African American success, Dr. Witherspoon was the first African American to receive a PhD in Botany from NC State; he was also active in his community amongst many roles serving as a youth baseball coach. Are you active in the community/ do you volunteer? Yes I am, but I’m not a youth baseball coach. A thousand years ago I was a basketball coach for a group of six year olds, and at least two of my students, my former athletes went on to have successful college careers, and I’m sure they don’t even remember me, when I was running up and down the sidelines with them when they were five and six, but I remember, and it’s important to me. I’m a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority and though I am an advocate of sorority and fraternal life, I’m also aware of the pitfalls of hazing. My son was a victim of severe hazing and it has really sidetracked his life in particular kinds of ways, so one of the things that I hope to do in my role as an advocate is to talk about the difficulties of that we face in these organizations, where we have forgotten what it really means to be a sister or a brother and instead we replace it with hazing rituals that are damaging to not only the individuals but dilutes the power of the organizations.
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Snap Shot: Probates Around Campus
The new members of the Kappa Xi chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc as they recite Invictus. Photo by Kimberly Faison
Surrounded by his brothers, Marcus Pollard, a junior communications, prepares to be unmasked during the probate. Probates date back as far the 1930s where pledges are usually ordered numerically, masked in some fashion, and recite the history of the organization. Photo by Melvin Moore
The newest line of pledges of the Xi Zeta chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. consists of Eric Laws, a junior majoring in chemistry, Trevon Nelson, a junior in chemical engineering, and Marcus Pollard, a junior in communications. Photo by Melvin Moore
The Xi Zeta chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. introduced its newest line of pledges this past Thursday. Photo by Melvin Moore
The new members of the Kappa Xi chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc as they recite a poem entitled Be strong. Photo by Kimberly Faison
Justin Wilson, a Junior in communications introducing himself to the crowd. Photo by Kimberly Faison
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Snap Shot: A Walk in Africa
Covered in blood, Tova Williams, a freshmen in polymer and color chemistry, reenacts a skit which depicts the realities that women must face during the AIDS epidemic in various parts of Africa. Most notably, South Africa is one of the hardest hit countries hit by the AIDS crisis in which the majority of women contract the disease from rape.
The event featured a fashion show, showcasing modern African fashion trends.
The theme of Africa Night was, “A Walk in Africa,” in which the African Student Union performed a wide arrange of skits and dances that allowed the audience to explore African culture and gain a glimpse of the realities and experiences that several Africans face.
Photos by Melvin Moore
Kick-starting Pan-Afrika Week, the African Student Union hosted Africa Night, an experience that took the audience on a journey across the various regions of Africa. Hailing from Nigeria, Demi Olubanwo, an alumni of NC State University, served as the host of Africa Night, deeming himself as, “Nigeria’s best cultural export.”
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If I Had the World I was given a palm and shoulders and I saw the world. Before I obtained it, I asked where I would place it? Would I give it to someone? Why would they want it? Would I place it on my shoulders and withhold its burden or would I place it in my palm and observe uncertain? If I placed it on my shoulder where would the ones that matter to me cry? Would I trust the world behind me, where I cant see deceit n its eyes? Would I want it in my palm so that It could see the fear in mine? Would I strive to please or be authoritative? As I observe my only instruction manual (the Bible) by the One who made it. If I gave it to someone, would I trust an adult or a child? Innocent pure motives or intelligence impacting all around How could I hold the world without hurting the ones in my hands? How can I set it down if, as the future, this object is in my hands? This is all we ever want as children, when we didn’t understand. And yet it’s still what we strive for without realizing we’re just man. Ojectively speaking, the world is different. Within the world, its hard to depict it, because we’ll always make mistakes and also create problems. But gaining the world and losing my soul, will never ever solve them.
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MATE MASIE “what I hear, I keep”
A symbol of the wisdom, knowledge, and prudence. The implied meaning of the phrase “mate masie” is “I understand”. Understanding means wisdom and knowledge, but it also represents the prudence of taking into consideration what another person has said. http://www.adinkra.org/htmls/adinkra/mate.htm
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Interview with new AACC Direc- tor pg. 3 Krimson Revela- tion pho- tos pg. 6 The hunt for a new Head Coach was not an easy one. ISSUE 20...
Published on May 17, 2011
Interview with new AACC Direc- tor pg. 3 Krimson Revela- tion pho- tos pg. 6 The hunt for a new Head Coach was not an easy one. ISSUE 20...