THE SENTINEL OF THE AFRICAN AMERICAN COMMUNITY AT NC STATE UNIVERSITY
RALEIGH, NC n VOL. XI, ISSUE 8 n THENUBIANMESSAGE.COM n NOVEMBER 8th, 2012
We in there ’doe P
Kierra Leggett Editor-in- Chief
hometown of Chicago. He
America the best has yet to
Obama may have
was accompanied by his wife
a lot of problems
and two daughters.
he has to deal with, but as of Tuesday, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney is no longer one of them. With 303 electoral votes, Obama won re-election and secured his place in the White House for another four years. At about 1:30 a.m.
“We are an American
Romney won 206
the people’s work.” With the Republican Party gaining control in the
electoral votes and 48
House of Representatives and
family, and we rise or fall
percent of the popular vote.
together as one nation and
In his brief concession
its control in the Senate, the
as one people,” Obama said. “Tonight, in this election, you, the American people, reminded us that while our road has been hard, while our journey has been long, we have picked ourselves up,
we have fought our way back,
addressed the American
and we know in our hearts
public from a stage in his
that for the United States of
speech, which he gave at about 1 a.m. Wednesday, Romney urged Americans to unite. “The nation, as you know, is at a critical point,” Romney said. “At a time like
willingness of Congress to set aside party ties will be crucial to the effectiveness of the legislative branch during Obama’s second term. In keeping with his
this, we can’t risk partisan
slogan throughout the 2012
bickering and political
campaign, Obama told the
posturing. Our leaders have
crowd Wednesday of the
to reach across the aisle to do
challenges that will likely
Obama continued page 3
My Sticker Collection Letter from the Editor
s a little girl, one of
responsibility, it wasn’t until
(a girl can never have too
my favorite hobbies
after I had cast my ballot and
many). However, after voting on
received my “ I voted,” sticker
Tuesday, I decided that I would
stickers. There was little that I
that the impact of what I had
begin collecting stickers again.
enjoyed more than filling one
just done really hit me.
Not necessarily the Lisa Frank
sticker book up, so that I could get another. Fully aware of this, my mother would always give
Women were not granted the right to vote until 1920
ones from my past, but instead “I voted,” stickers.
and for many years African-
Though I’ll never be able to
Americans had to endure great
collect enough for all of the
difficulty to cast their ballot. I
individuals who fought hard
voted at 20-years-old, with great
for the right to vote, but were
than a decade since I last
ease, and one of the people on
never fortunate enough to do
cracked the spine on a sticker
the ballot for President of the
so, it’s the thought and that vote
book, or for that matter since
United States of America was a
I have been rewarded with a
them to me as a small treat for doing something good. Though it has been more
sticker for doing something good, on Tuesday I got to relive on my favorite childhood
My sticker, I decided, was not just a symbol of the fact that I had voted in the presidential
election, but also of all the blood
Like so many of my peers, I
lost and tears shed by persons
voted in a presidential election
before me so that me and other
for the very first time. Though
people like me could have the
I knew walking into my voting
right to vote.
location on Election Day that I was doing the right thing by upholding to my civic
Now , about the only thing I consciously collect, are shoes
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Obama continued from page 1 on him winning in the key battleground states of Florida, Ohio, Virginia, Colorado, Wisconsin, Nevada, Pennsylvania, Iowa, North Carolina and New Hampshire. In the end, he won every one of them except North Carolina. Fox News reported that an overwhelming number of young and minority voters were the driving force in this year’s election. These are votes the Obama team campaigned hard for in the months leading up to Election Day. Michelle Obama, Bill Clinton and the President himself all made trips to N.C. State and other campuses in North Carolina and the U.S. N.C. State student Khalia Braswell, who saw Obama speak during his visit to campus in 2011, supported the President in this year’s election because of his policies that help students. “His policies have made my financial aid increase, and some of my healthcare needs are now free,” Braswell said. Braswell, a computer science major, was also happy to give Obama her vote because of his focus on science and technology. “[Obama] has an interest in science, technology, engineering and math, which is also important to me as a graduating senior in computer science. He understands the importance of STEM in taking this country forward,” Braswell said. In the hours leading up to the announcement of Obama’s reelection, N.C. State students gathered in various places around campus for election viewing parties. The brothers of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc. hosted one of these parties in D.H. Hill library. Students on other campuses across North Carolina Drawing by Travis Gatling
arise in his efforts to move the country forward. “Now,
we will disagree, sometimes fiercely … as it has for
American youth and the perfect example of a real
more than two centuries, progress will come in fits and starts. It’s not always a smooth path.” Colton Palmer, an alumnus of N.C. State, was not only proud that Obama was re-elected, but also that the younger generation played such a pivotal role in it. “I was happy to see our generation push hard for a second term,” Palmer said. “I believe a lot of people thought we weren’t going to show up this go round, but we did. I’m proud to be an American and even more proud to be a young African-American. President Obama is a great example for African-
man, a strong black man.” Like Palmer, junior communication major Nija Toshumba was also excited to learn that the President would have a second term to continue moving the U.S. forward. “ I personally thought it was amazing [that Obama won],” Toshumba said. “I had my doubts
congregated to watch the results of the election as well. When students at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University in Greensboro learned of President Obama’s re-election, they took to their campus reflection pool, splashing around in the water in celebration. Celebrations for President Obama’s re-election will
because of all the negative things I heard and saw, but
likely carry on well into January for Obama’s second
I never truly gave up hope. I can’t wait to see what he
inauguration Monday, Jan. 21.
has in store for the next four years.” While Obama won early in Vermont, Maine, and Connecticut, his re-election was heavily contingent
Left: Students at N.C. A&T celebrating Barack Obama’s re-election in their reflection pool. Right: Members of Kappa Alpha Psi, Fraternity Inc. at the Election Viewing party they hosted on Tuesday.
Obama will make history once again, now, as the first African-American man to serve two terms as President of the United States of America.
The Good and The Ugly:
Social Media Users and the Fear of a Black President
DeErricka Green Managing Editor
he 2012 Election became the
is in my throat,” tweeted Dani Beysolow,
your praises, there are 100 haters trying
exists, these things exist. As long as
highest-trending topic on
a junior studying psychology.
to bring you down.
people think “n*ggerf*g” is amusing to
Twitter Tuesday night, with
more than 20 million tweets. In some states, “n*gger” was close behind it.
“Nevertheless our President is back, and for another four years, our President is black.”
Tensions remained high for
media played a vital role. Voters tweeted comments about long lines, Instagrammed their ballots and, in one crazy case, uploaded a video of a voting machine in Pennsylvania gone haywire. Social media users all over the world stayed glued to CNN and other news networks well into the night as the results of a close race unfolded, taking breaks only to communicate their feelings of aspiration and anxiety. “Why did I turn on CNN? My heart
tag on a college campus, racism and hate speech exist.
supporters of the president as Mitt
as just some general rabble-rousers
Romney took an early lead in the
took to the Internet to express their
Electoral College count. But as the
displeasure. Some of the most negative
not an aspect of our society that can be
night went on, the President caught up
comments made heavy use of racial slurs
changed overnight- or even over four
and Americans continued to hold their
and hate speech.
breath. As soon as it was announced that President Obama had secured Ohio’s votes, supporters knew it was all over.
Throughout Election Day social
Proponents of Gov. Romney as well
“I guess Nate Silver isn’t so crazy, huh?” wrote former NFL star Warren Sapp. First-time voters, especially, had cause for celebration. “Today my voice was heard!” wrote ECU freshman Tyana Spellman. “I get to tell my grandchildren and great-grandchildren that I was a part of history. I was there when the first black president was elected, and I helped put him back in office!” Though the majority of citizens agree with that sentiment, there are always going to be haters in the mix. You know what they say: For every person singing
There are some of you who may have
As citizens, we have to realize this is
The natural instinct for some of us is
been hopeful that the re-election of
to strike back against these comments,
President Obama would be an indication
often in anger. People’s fear of a black
that racism no longer exists in this
president, however, is not worth words.
Their views may never change. The
Unfortunately, as shown in Tuesday night’s display of negative comments, in which social media users referred to the President as “monkey,” “n*gger”
unforgettable moment that occurred on Nov. 7 will also never change, despite their ignorance on social media. Haters are entitled to their opinion,
and everything in between, as well as
however offensive. That’s the nature of
comments expressing fear of the future
our society. Nevertheless our President
destruction of the United States, it’s clear
is back, and for another four years, our
racism is still alive and well.
President is black.
As long as our First Amendment right allows us to express whatever it is we desire, racism and hate speech exist. As long as the need to be rebellious
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Ammendment 64 and Initiative 502, Pass it Around Shawn Murray Staff Writer As the dusts settles in the aftermath of
to yesterday’s election results, both
a federal offense. Those who are opposed
Amendment 64 and Initiative 502
Election Night, many Americans are still
states openly accepted the legalization of
to these laws bring up this, and countless
as a step into the future of legalizing
talking, not only about the re-election of
marijuana for medical use. Individuals in
other reasons, as to why the amendments
President Barack Obama, but also a few
these states could obtain the drug with
should not be in affect.
smaller key victories that spawned from
the use of a state-issued card. California
the Democratic victory.
has a similar system in place. With the passing of these amendments, it is now
“... it is now legal for citizens to roll up in the privacy of their own home...”
legal for citizens to roll up in the privacy of their own home, partake in bong-rips, and have a smoke-session at the end of a long stressful day. There are however, some stipulations of the new amendment. Smokers 21 and
Not only were the first disabled and
above may have no more than an ounce
Asian, pansexual, and lesbian senators
of the substance in their possession.
voted into office, but new laws were
Citizens can also legally grow six plants
passed as well. Maryland and Maine
in any privately locked space, as well
joined six other states in the legalization
as gift up to one ounce to other users.
of gay marriage, with a similar measure
Consumption is permitted in a manner
in Washington pending. Minnesota
similar to alcohol, with comparable
became the first state in the country to
penalties when driving. Taxes are
reject a statewide constitutional ban on
also enforced on marijuana products,
same sex marriage.
reportedly up to 15 percent on the price
Many eyes were also on Colorado and Washington on Tuesday. Amendment
of any byproducts. Complications arise when taking
64 and Initiative 502 in were approved
into account that Amendment 64 and
(respectively) in these states, legalizing
Initiative 502 are state laws, whereas
the recreational use of marijuana. Prior
holding or distributing marijuana is still
Those who are opposed say the
Colorado and Washington, in my opinion, serve as “pet projects.” The
legalization of recreational marijuana
illegal transporting of weed is a multi-
contradicts the anti-drug campaigns
million, if not, billion dollar industry.
that are spread throughout public school
Legalizing Mary Jane will not only
systems. Also, many critics believe that
boost the economy and help eliminate
this action will lead to a boost in crime
the nation’s debt, but also help lessen
rates and drug addiction, as well as take
the power of illegal traffickers. Also,
away the coveted title of healthiest state
approving the use of recreational
held by Colorado.
marijuana nationwide would allow for
Supporters have a different outlook,
the imprisonment of harsher offenders.
saying that the grass is greener on the
Amendment 64 and Initiative 502 are
other side. Counter arguments suggest
prototypes of what nationwide marijuana
that the taxation of marijuana would
laws should be- a strict distribution
boost the state’s profit by a large margin,
policy with a legal age limit, as well as
as well as open and create new jobs in
taxation to help each state earn profit,
the same as alcohol use.
With the legal pot smoking age
Could Colorado and Washington help
marked at 21, pro-marijuana activists say
change America’s negative connotations
that this will help keep the drug out the
of marijuana and bring the plant into a
hands of underage smokers. At the same
more positive light? Only time will tell
time, they predict that legal distribution,
as officials observe both states and weigh
similar to that of alcohol, will help cut
down on teen addiction levels.
Many celebrate the passing of
The Power to Change
International Students Weigh in on Presidential Election Sehdia Mansary Staff Writer In this year’s election the United States’
some students, the hype surrounding
to elections in their native countries, in
felt apathetic toward the voting process,
election was a hot topic to Americans and
televised debates, rallies, and political
regards to voter apathy among American
she said, “there is no [effective] right to
advertisements this fall was unusual
students, several foreign students
vote [in China]. Keep that in mind.”
as compared to the calmer political
felt quite strongly. Lydia Hughes is
atmosphere at home.
familiar with a parliamentary system of
The US’s image in the international community is steadily becoming more defined. This caught the attention of
While many international students on
Voter apathy statistically only applies
government, due to her upbringing in
to a small percent of the American
England. She believes that if the right
population. While some individuals feel
international students at NC State, and
campus found the hassle to vote irritating,
to vote is not exercised, then there
as though their vote plays a small role
although their own home countries have
they no doubt watched the American
is no right to complain about the
in the electoral decision, the numbers
also been experiencing governmental
presidential race as closely as its citizens.
that depicted a close race on Tuesday
elections, many foreigners have been
The consensus for the international
glued to ours.
students was that Barack Obama would
Throughout the past few months of
night do not lie. As shown through these Qian Yu also communicated little
students, the power of the free vote has
be their pick for re-election. They agree
interest in the election of her home,
an authority that crosses international
observation, many international students
that Obama’s platform represents not just
citing the fact that the President of China
waters. Every vote counts and every vote
living on campus have found the electoral
American ideals, but global ideals.
is ultimately chosen by delegates in the
has the power to make a difference. Every
National People’s Congress, despite the
vote has the power to change.
process in the United States to be vastly different than that of their homes. For
While many expressed nonchalance
electoral process. To those students that
The Haute Seat: First Lady Style Not even the First Lady of the United States can escape The Haute Seat. Christopher Lynn Staff Writer
ith the Presidential Election
Members of the Church of Jesus Christ
finally coming to an end, I
of Latter-Day Saints (LDS), or Mormons,
think it’s about time I address one of the
wear temple garments, which end just
most important issues of this year’s presi- above the knee on women’s clothing and dential campaign— the fashion sense of
have cap-sleeves with either a rounded or
Michelle Obama and Ann Romney.
For the past year, their style has had
Romney manages to not only incorpo-
to remain secondary to the political plat-
rate the principles of her religion in her
forms of their husbands, however now
style, but also keep her outfits both mod-
that the election is behind us, it is time
est and interesting. She does this with her
that it come to the forefront.
color palette, which holds a wide array of
While of course a presidential candidates stance on issues such as abortion, gay marriage, and healthcare help deter-
colors from bright fuchsia to a deep teal. A good example of how she uses color to spice up her wardrobe is the
mine for whom a citizen will vote, for the dress she wore at the second presidential style savvy the image of a candidates wife debate. While both she and Obama wore can sway their vote just as much as the
the same shade of bright pink, Romney
clearly wore hers with a more flawless
As if this election wasn’t close enough, effort. both Ann Romney and Michelle Obama
Donning a short-sleeved sheath dress,
showcased relatively good taste in cloth-
with a swooped crew neck, her simplistic
ing and style throughout the race for the
look was paired well with a wonderful
statement piece - a jade necklace. Often
“Though as a whole these two ladies exude high fashion and class, a Haute Seat just wouldn’t be a Haute Seat without a little of my “constructive criticism.”’ Over the course of Barack Obama’s presidency, Mrs. Obama proved to the
vative style however, Ann Romney gave Obama a run for her money. The fact that Ann Romney dresses conservatively should not be a surprise
It has been speculated that Anna Wintour has blacklisted Ann Romney, causing fashion
secret that Wintour loves and supports to my next point...
Michelle Obama is no stranger to de-
ites. Though these designers have many
Republican and the mother of five. Some
that mesh well with her personal style.
because she always seems to wear long sleeves, cardigans and skirts that hang below the knee however, this works for Romney.
their mother borrow their shoes. Oh, and
Though as a whole these two ladies exude high fashion and class, a Haute Seat
said “Bury those kittens somewhere deep in the ground.” Regardless of the nation’s decision last night, I am electing both Michelle Obama and Ann Romney to the Haute Seat.
Romney, who are not strangers to high fashion, have been known to wear double prints, which is one of my pet -peeves.
In a photo seen in Time Magazine, signer labels, Michael Kors, Jason Wu and Romney is seen wearing a navy and Tracey Reese are just some of her favor- white-checkered jacket, paired with edgy pieces, Obama often chooses those
wife, or someone stuck in the 1950s
13 at the White House.
just wouldn’t be a Haute Seat without a designers to stay as far away from little of my “constructive criticism.” her as possible. In related news, it is no Both Michelle Obama and Ann
considering that she is 63, Mormon, may say that she resembles a Stepford
she fuses both of these styles into one
flawless execution. An example of this is if you haven’t heard, back in July, some staying true to designer Oscar de when Obama wore an elegant Michael Mormons buried a live cat in cement. I’m la Renta, Romney has made the Kors, black georgette, pleated, one-shoul- not certain, but I have a hunch that they sheath dress more fashionable der dress with a golden Dior belt on June may have misheard the order when Mitt
nation that she knew a thing or two about the Obamas 100 percent, which leads me how to dress. Despite her more conser-
grams, so effortlessly. My favorite is when no idea why Malia and Sasha keep letting
Many view her as the most fashionable First Lady since Jackie Onassis. Her
a navy skirt with white floral prints. Though she was going to church, her outfit was blasphemous. Obama, as she cheered on Team USA
during a tennis match, wore a black ensembles are usually classic with a slight and white gingham and polka dot dress, flair of her own. Obama has also been paired with a polka dot sweater—talk known to show off her toned “guns” in sleeveless dresses. What really stands
As a fashion-forward person, her con- out about Obama however, is her ability servative style is not necessarily my cup
to wear first lady attire during diplo-
of tea, but as a person with morals and
matic events, then turn on her Sasha
religious beliefs, I understand her choices. Fierce-like persona in less formal pro-
about a triple fault. Along with double print, both of these women love sporting kitten heels. Anyone between the age of 13-65 should not be wearing a kitten heel. Frankly, I have
The First Lady @MichelleObama tweeted this following the announcement of President Obama’s Reelection: “More than anything, I want to thank you all for everything. I am so grateful to every one of you for your support and your prayers.” –mo
A Nicki Minaj Type Can’t be Tamed into First Lady Destiny and Austin have a conversation about the type of woman men really want. Destiny McNeil and Austin Green Staff Writers Austin (A): I’m tired of getting on Twitter and seeing girls tweet about how they want a “real man” or “Barack” in their
lives, but in reality they carry themselves
like they want a Lil Wayne or something.
and wants her butt to hang out for attention.
Destiny (D): What do you mean? Guys do the same thing. They say they want a Michelle Obama but then thirst over girls like Nicki Minaj.
A: I mean in the club or at parties the Nicki types have half their butt hanging out, are half-naked and drunk. What dude
“...until we are presented with a good girl, a guy will just keep doing what he is doing. If a school is full of nothing but grimy guys, it’s only a reflection of the girls.”
wants to put up with all that on a regular basis?
A: You can flaunt what you have without wearing see-through leggings. I’m all
D: First and foremost, that is not every
about flaunting, but you can do it without
girl. As it relates to club and party attire,
looking like you are about to work at the
who doesn’t want to get dressed up and
flaunt what they have? There’s nothing wrong with going out, looking cute and
D: So, you want to put restrictions on
feeling good. What you described sounds
what a girl should wear if she wants to
to me like a sloppy girl, one who can’t hold
attract a good man? Ha! We all know guys are idolizing and fantasizing over the
Nicki Minaj type. You guys always claim
must be hiding out.
you want a good girl, the wifey type, but do not act like it.
D: If you guys want a Michelle so bad, why not look beyond those leggings you
A: True, we do. But, I guarantee when
dissed earlier and open up your ears.
guys are thinking about Nicki, its not for
Listen to what a girl has to say. Journey
the reason of making her a wife. A lot of
through her thoughts and see what she’s
females are portraying themselves as a
about. Guys are so concerned about how
side chick, not a main.
fat the booty is, that they don’t get to know a girl for what matters. That’s why you
D: Ok fine. I’ll give you that, but you’re
think the good girls are hidden, because
not looking at the majority of the female
you guys are so blinded by the superficial
population at N.C. State. The majority of
that you cant see the real.
us aren’t as trashy or as “slutacious “as the girls guys are feigning over. I know plenty
A: All right, stop with the Oprah talk. The
of good, classy, wifey-types and they are
biggest man whore in the world would
single. Michelle’s are out there but I don’t
give up his ways if he found the right one.
see guys paying them attention or going
However, until we are presented with a
out of their way to peruse them, the same
good girl, a guy will just keep doing what
way I see them pursuing the ratchets.
he doing. If a school is full of nothing but grimy guys, it’s only a reflection of the
A: We go after what we are presented with. If all we see are the Nicki types, we have no other choice. The Michelle types
The End of the Elect ion
For months now Americans have been bombarded with politics. Now that the 2012 presidential election has finally come to an end, we have comprised a list of all the reasons we are glad to see it go. Staff Report
No more accusations from Donald Trump- hopefully. The Donald was very active during the past election season. Not only did he nominate himself for president, but he also started an investigation into the citizenship
No more insensitive coments about rape. Rape is always a topic of discussion in any presidential election, but this year even more so. U.S. Repersenative Todd Akin offended many with his comments about “legitimate rape,” and Richard Murdock did as well when he said that rape was a “Gift from God.”
No more being harrassed in the brickyard. Since August, students have been bombarded with the question, “Are you registered to vote?” Now that the election is over they will no longer have to be asked this question multiple times a day.
No more Instagram memes. The lastest social media site to gain popularity, Instagram has been filled with political memes during the presidential election. No one and nothing has been off limits.
No more wacky celebrity endorsements. From a bikini clad Stacey Dash publicly announcing her support for Mitt Romney with a photo shoot, to Katy Perry rocking a skin tight blue leather dress, complete with the Obama logo, almost all of Hollywood has jumped on the campaign trail. Now that the election is over maybe they can all get back to making movies and perhaps Clint Eastwood can
No more of Herman Cain’s mistresses. Hermain Cain ended his run for the presidency after four women made accusations of sexual misconduct against him. Cain denied all accusations.
No more stupid lists like this.