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he New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene shut down LIU Brooklyn’s Blackbird Cafe for the second time in about two years on Sept. 8, 2015. The Blackbird Cafe obtained 40 points worth of violations. According to the health department website, the critical sanitary violations included “filth flies or food/ refuse/sewage-associated flies present in facility’s food and/ or non-food areas” and that the “food contact surface [was] not properly washed, rinsed and

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sanitized after each use.” The shutdown is yet another black eye for the dining facility. Forced to close its doors for almost three days this past week, the café’s most recent shutdown has by far surpassed its previous 24-hour close issued for similar conditions after failing an inspection on February 14, 2013. The incident received extensive local media attention – including coverage from the New York Post and the Brooklyn Daily Eagle, when the entire print-run of Seawanhaka issues

featuring the story disappeared from campus in an apparent attempt at censorship. A few Aramark and LIU employees blame the shutdown on the university’s neglecting to repair reported air conditioning problems during the summer. “It’s because they didn’t fix the air conditioning during the summer,” stated a LIU employee on the condition of anonymity due to fear of backlash from department higher-ups. In accord with several other employees on the scene of the

Tuesday closing, the employee reasons that the poorly airconditioned environment resulted in a buildup of flies in the café and kitchen. Many had hoped that the cafe – which is overseen by Aramark, LIU Brooklyn’s food provider – would bounce back with improved service following repeated assurances from campus officials and Aramark following the last shutdown. Although his presidential package does not include a See page 3 for full story



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Dirty Dining with Aramark...Again LIU Brooklyn’s Blackbird Cafe was shut down for the second time due to unsanitary conditions. JAHMIA PHILLIPS NEWS EDITOR

The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene shut down LIU Brooklyn’s Blackbird Cafe for the second time in about two years on Sept. 8, 2015. The Blackbird Cafe obtained 40 points worth of violations. According to the health department website, the critical sanitary violations included “filth flies or food/refuse/sewage-associated flies present in facility’s food and/or nonfood areas” and that the “food contact surface [was] not properly washed, rinsed and sanitized after each use.” The shutdown is yet another black eye for the dining facility. Forced to close its doors for almost three days this past week, the café’s most recent shutdown has by far surpassed its previous 24-hour close issued for similar conditions after failing an inspection on February 14, 2013. The incident received extensive local media attention – including coverage

from the New York Post and the Brooklyn Daily Eagle, when the entire print-run of Seawanhaka issues featuring the story disappeared from campus in an apparent attempt at censorship. A few Aramark and LIU employees blame the shutdown on the university’s neglecting to repair reported air conditioning problems during the summer. “It’s because they didn’t fix the air conditioning during the summer,” stated a LIU employee on the condition of anonymity due to fear of backlash from department higher-ups. In accord with several other employees on the scene of the Tuesday closing, the employee reasons that the poorly airconditioned environment resulted in a buildup of flies in the café and kitchen. Many had hoped that the cafe – which is overseen by Aramark, LIU Brooklyn’s food provider – would bounce back with improved service following repeated assurances from campus officials and Aramark following the last shutdown.

Blackbird cafe worker cleaning dishes Jahmia Phillips

Although his presidential package does not include a meal plan, SGA President Brandon Stokes responds to the concerned campus community. “Quite honestly you cannot plan against everything, and variables are bound to happen. It’s not about planning to keep it from happening again, but learning from the situation at hand.” Following the shutdown of the Blackbird Cafe, students with meal plans were given free food at other campus dining options including Luntey Commons and Subway. But for many students, the latest shutdown has been deeply concerning. Accounting major Tracy Abongwa is one of the many furious students on campus disappointed with the food service.

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employees that can follow helath regulations than

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“Students spend a lot of money on meal plans and now those students are overcrowding Luntey and Subway, which are the places that commuter students go to,” she says. “If LIU can’t hire competent employees that can follow health regulations then maybe they need to find a fresh roster of people and stop cutting corners.” Aramark has long drawn complaints over its services over the years. In the late 1990s, for example, Aramark was the subject of intense public scrutiny after more than 100 students at Sam Houston State University experienced a rash of illnesses associated with food poisoning. And while multiple probes were launched, no conclusive link was ultimately made to Aramark in the case. Unfortunately, Seawanhaka was unable to obtain a response directly from Aramark representatives regarding the closure due to refusal to comment. Despite confirming to answer all questions submitted by Seawanhaka, Aramark has directed all inquiries regarding the incident to campus officials.

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4Welcome Letter from SGA President Brandon Stokes

Stokes brings in the incoming 2015-16 academic year with a welcome letter to all incoming and returning students at Long Island University- Brooklyn. BRANDON STOKES SGA PRESIDENT

Welcome students to another academic year at LIU Brooklyn. I am looking forward to being your president for the upcoming school year.

We, as SGA, have already accomplished our main campaign initiative of completing the new constitution. In addition, we are working diligently with the new Director of Student Life, Anna Zinko, on creating a new campus experience. Now that the dust has settled after a wave of recent administrative changes here at LIU, we believe that it is important that we all sit down and have an important dialogue about SGA President Brandon Stokes LIUTV

them and its impact on the student body. We have made a few changes of our own, including the creation of new legislative, judicial and executive branches. Our new positions are Director of Programming, Director of Communications and a Chief Justice. We have been working all summer to make your experience one that you’ll never forget. Please feel free to join a club, watch a show, cheer on our athletes and enjoy the city life that Brooklyn has to offer. There is never a dull day on the LIU Brooklyn Campus, where there are


over 77 organizations. Something SGA has worked on in the past is making sure all students benefit from SGA’s hard work. Something from the past SGA has brought you [is] free printing campus-wide. From time to time, we will hold numerous inter-campus activities throughout the newly reactivated Campus Activity Board. We hope to engage you as the voice needed for all students on campus. Here’s a quick rundown as to how the new SGA will run now that clubs and organizations will have elected officials serving on executive committees. Each of these officials will be known as “senators” and will have the power to question and change any decision deemed necessary by a two-thirds majority. We believe this will give the executive


Although several students embark on the start of the semester with the “new year, new me” mentality, a number of us still fall to the lure of procrastination. Fortunately, there are many ways to combat distractions and stay on track. The first week of school is always up to the brim with activities hosted by several of our campus organizations. However, it is important that we begin to utilize this time to set goals for the pending semester. The first step in adhering to your goals is actually setting them and making sure you hold yourself accountable. Write down the things you would like to accomplish and be sure to keep these goals somewhere visible. It sounds simple enough, but this first step can be extremely crucial. Ever wonder where all your time goes? If you had a planner and strict schedule you would never have to. Sometimes the best fun is the type you won’t regret later. If you leave yourself

council an effective system of checks and balances. Our new justice system will bring relevant matters up for trial. The senate or the executive council, if the issue is deemed necessary to do so, can open up a trial for the justices to review. We at SGA are aware that the changes have impacted all of the students and we are looking forward to an exciting and productive year. As staff and titles change here at LIU, one thing SGA would like to make clear is that the students are a constant, given the crucial role that students can and should play. May they always remember the words of former President John Quincy Adams: “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.”

certain breaks throughout the day to just enjoy, sticking to a schedule won’t seem like such a drag. There are, of course, things you can’t plan for. But, you can see the assignment due the end of next month a mile away! Personally, waking up to shut off my alarm clock then check Instagram has not brought me any closer to a 4.0 GPA. As impossible as it may seem, shutting off your notifications while you’re in class or deleting the app for only a few hours a day may actually leave you with less distractions. Aside from external disturbances and probably one of the most important things to do is maintaining a balanced diet and getting plenty of rest. You won’t believe how much easier taking a test can be when you’re not the person responsible for that one loud grumbling sound in a silent room. Focusing on what you intend to eat after class only further distracts you from your lesson. There are not any one-size-fits-all methods to staying on track, but it’s important to create a plan and stick to it!

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Yellow Ribbon Funding Capped for Veterans

University cuts Yellow Ribbon funding, shortly before the start of the semester. JAHMIA PHILLIPS NEWS EDITOR


arly August, veterans were informed through an email by administration that there would be a cut in Yellow Ribbon program funding allocated among veterans attending Long Island University.

Through the Yellow Ribbon program, the university voluntarily makes an agreement with Veterans Affairs (VA). They choose the amount of tuition and fees that will be contributed to student veterans. VA matches the amount a university offers and issues payments directly to the institution, according to the U.S. Department of the Veterans Affairs. This year, LIU created a cap, which ultimately asks veterans to pay outof-pocket to take courses during the summer. Although the decision to cut funding in the Yellow Ribbon program is a decision completely made by the university, upper administration’s alleged lack of communication left a number of veterans trapped for the semester.


until st August 1 was the place to be.” -Sean Flaherty

Meetings were requested with upper administration, specifically President Kimberly Cline, in regards to an explanation in why drastic changes were made without student veterans being notified. “I was very upset, we repeatedly asked her to present herself and she wasn’t there,” states Alvin Canty, President of the Student Veteran Organization. “She sent her staff here [eventually]. The way it was handled it took really long.” According to U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, the Yellow Ribbon Program’s open season is offered yearly from approximately March 15th through May 15th. During that open season, institutions may: (1) request participation in the program, (2) modify participation in the program, or (3) request withdrawal for the program. As the Yellow Ribbon Program agreement is now open-ended,

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agreements will remain in effect until modified or withdrawn. “LIU’s executive board has been planning amongst themselves for quite some time and is set to implement these changes starting September 1, 2015,” says Matthew Diaz, Treasurer of the Student Veterans Organization, in an email early August. Blindsided student veterans met with upper administration early this month; they were told that there would be a solution to a situation many deemed hopeless, as well as provide them with documentation. “What we heard was that they were going to make a solution,” Sean Flaherty tells Seawanhaka. Almost two weeks after their meeting with upper administration, the veterans heard nothing nor were they given any substantial proof of a solution.

Philly native, Flaherty voyaged to the university for the benefits LIUBrooklyn provided for veterans. “We don’t know why they’re capping this, it doesn’t seem to be helping anyone financially, and us vets, we can only speculate as to why a school financial officer would do this,” Flaherty says. Unfortunately, due to late notifications of the change several veterans claimed to have been unable to transfer to a different university. “This plan forces many to stay and not be able to transfer out,” says Diaz. “Although they claim to have sent a notice, 200+ veterans never received it,” Flaherty said. “It was very abrupt, very last minute and very hidden,” he tells Seawanhaka.

Student Veteran Organization President Alvin Canty (right) Jahmia Phillips


Services LIU Brooklyn campus finds itself without an office for Career Services.


watch TV, and print for free from the computers.

s the new semester begins, LIU’s Brooklyn campus finds itself without an office of career service.“What we’re trying to do is to create a one stop shop,” Dean of Student Activities Jessica Hayes explains.

However, SGA President Brandon Stokes doesn’t recall being asked for his input until later this summer. “I’m a strong advocate on getting some kind of input on the students,” Stokes shares. “As far as I know, no students were asked about the changes in the office.”

She describes her vision for the first floor of Pratt as a corner of the university where students can go for all Campus Life-related needs. “So, students don’t have to run around to a 100 different offices; they can all come [in] sort of one spot.”

As a member of the Strategic Planning Committee, Stokes also complains that student groups were blindsided as well. “I’m also on the Strategic Planning Committee [which] was not a part of the process […],” he said.


Much to the surprise of returning students, Hayes shares that the Campus Life office installment and remodeling had been in talks since last fall.

“I can say that I did not get any input on how the office was changing. If so, my

input would have been different than what they did themselves. I think that students need more privacy, which I explained to the Dean [of students]. The dean has said that you can either have transparency and [an] open space or a welcome warming space. Or you can have a closed-off private space, [but] you can’t have both.” Stokes is also concerned that the office realignment was brought about due to the loss of former career counselors along with the delete of the Career Services department. “I asked the question, ‘Are we rehiring in Career Services?” says Stokes, reflecting on his meeting with Hayes. “And the answer that I received was, ‘No.’” Since President Kimberly Cline’s entrance into office in 2013, students and faculty have seen a university-wide

wave of department consolidations, in the midst of layoffs and discharges.

Two major instances was the consolidation of Registrar, Financial Aid and Bursar offices last year into Enrollment Services and Career Services’ joint move with Student Life into the, now, Campus Life office. Other consolidations included the demise of the campus public relations office. That, at least according to returning students, is the issue here on the Brooklyn campus as classes and offices gear up for the following year without the former Career Services office, or counselors for that matter. “At this point, nothing shocks me,” states Alison Thomas, MA ’17. “This should have never happened without our input, but its LIU.”

A photo LIU Brooklyn’s former Career Services’ counselors aligned with individual photos of the staff (Left to right. Tarlisha Noel, Thierry Thesatus, Nanette Fuentes, Amy Rothenberg, Stephanie Steinberg, & Kerry Bartholomew) LIU, LinkedIn, Twitter

“We didn’t want to interrupt the students during the academic year so we had planned the designs for late fall and we would implement the physical changes [in early spring] because it’s a little bit hard to do [that] while the students are still here.” In efforts to incorporate the voice of the campus community in the office renovations, Hayes operates from a place of input which she receives from her staff and student leaders. “I ask them what they need, what they hope to get here, [and] what they got at the old Student Life office because I heard that was a space that was really helpful and beneficial before,” she said. “We wanted to sort of [recreate] what existed there.” Now, in the newly designed Campus Life, there sits the Promise coaches and student workers who occupy one half of the room. On one side, the Dean of Students can be found. On the other half of the office space is a lounge, where students can sit,

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LIU Brooklyn’s First Disorientation Guide

LIU activist group releases a 61-page guide to enrolled students revealing the “sneaky truths” of LIU. ARIS FOLLEY EDITOR IN CHIEF

There’s certain things that I found out my sophomore year that, if I were to have known [about] as an incoming freshman trying to pick a school, would have changed my mind,” Brandon Mason, MA ’16, said. Mason is one of several students who has received Long Island University’s first so-called “Disorientation Guide,” distributed to enrolled students on the first day of class on Sept. 8 by the Activist IV Social Justice (ASJ), a new activist group on LIU’s Brooklyn campus. Instead of events promoting LIU school spirit, such as the roller-skating parties in the Paramount Gym, the guide features contributions from the activist group. The 61-page booklet covers a variety of topics ranging from the on-campus LGBTQ community to President Kimberly Cline’s presence, or lack thereof, on the Brooklyn Campus. Its authors, which includes the core of ASJ –undergrads, grad students and community members – worked to make the guide and summarize their goals in a nutshell in the magazine-style booklet. By doing so, the guide aims to bring awareness to “the sneaky truths” of LIU Brooklyn and the university’s corporatelike relationship with students. Following the reader’s introductory statement titled “Institution of Rip-Off Artists” is the first chapter, “Universities or Corporate Institutions?” The opening chapter discusses the rising cost of tuition in the past 40 years, specifically at LIU Brooklyn. The chapter also briefly touches upon the salaries of

administrators in light of tuition hikes, despite the downsizing of faculty and staff seen since Cline entered office as university president in 2013. An underlying theme the activist group also hopes to build is a coalition among student groups on the Brooklyn campus. “Another goal is to come together and start building a solid LIU community,” states one participant on the condition of anonymity due to fear of backlash from being identified. “This will strengthen our right to be heard so that we get the best, most ethical and integrated university experience possible.” “The final goal is to make demands,” the organizer further explains. “Demands that ensure [students receive] scholarships until they are finished with [the] university, adequate financial aid […], the end to tuition hikes, student and worker involvement in every single policy change; that workers [receive] proper compensation for their time and efforts with non-revocable benefits by the school, and all campus workers or student-workers receive a $15 minimum wage. This concept is happening for the first time at LIU Brooklyn, this is not the first time a Disorientation Guide has ever been created – Columbia, NYU and Barnard are just a few of the other universities where similar booklets have been distributed to enrolled students. Like those guides, the booklet for incoming LIU students introduce them to Brooklyn campus issues using a colorful – and at times, tongue-in-cheek approach. Topics include everything from the university’s Board of Trustees and Dr.

Brandon [Twitch] Mason holding a 2015 disorientation guide Aris Folley Cline to ASJ’s upcoming educational campaigns for the academic year. Other events highlighted include an Open Mic event for Black Lives Matter in October and a Global AIDS Awareness Day event in December. Here are a few choice quotes from the 2015 Guide: “This is your president, Kimberly Cline. (Photo included in guide). Take a good look because, more often than not, you will go your whole college experience without meeting or even seeing her in person, unless you go to the Town Hall meetings….maybe.” – from “Meet your Pres, Kimberly Cline.” “The Board of Trustees have no clue what it feels like to take a full course load and work 30 hours a week. Or to be in debt. Or how it feels to have someone tell them no.” – from “The Administration and You.” “And while it would be nice to have a

job on campus to ease your commute, unfortunately, at LIU Brooklyn, students are no longer able to have more than one job on campus.” – from “Juggling Work and Study.” “These issues are not only happening at LIU. There is a corporate, greedy, monetary takeover of our right to be educated.” – from “Student Debt.”

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Welcome, new and returning students; as the new semester begins it is important to have fun before we get serious into doing work, but it is also important to give your 100 percent

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focus from the start. The first week of school is always fun and a little distracting with all the campus activities arranged by our



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Campus Ministry and The Newman Club Invite All LIU Students to Attend Fall Movie Day Sunday September 20th following the 10:00Mass Meet at 10:45 in Father Charlie’s Office

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Jermaine Isaac: The Man Behind the Lens

Creating the scene with LIU graduate student, Jermaine Isaac. NACHOLE BLACK WRITER


ermaine Isaac, 25, modestly describes himself as “just a kid from Baltimore, of a single mother.” However, he is a man of many accolades, which include being the student body president of LIU Brooklyn (serving two terms) and an intern at city hall. Isaac, who is currently working on his master’s degree for Public Administration and previously earned his Bachelor’s degree in Media Arts explains that he has always had a dream of being an entrepreneur. “New York, the city of no sleep [which] is always booming, prepped me to become a business owner,” he said. Isaac recently started his own business, Emerge Visuals in fall 2013 and says that for the last two years it has been thriving by God’s grace. The company was conceived and is operated by Isaac’s use of the teachings of Media Arts and his mentors, which include former Dean of Students Kim Williams Clark and other business savvy individuals. Isaac says that running a business was one of the best choices he has made and he holds no regrets. Through Emerge Visuals, Isaac has created a multimedia-based company that has allowed him to meet hundreds of individuals from varying walks of

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life. The brand, he informs will be hosting it’s first networking event this November. For more of a perspective on the company and what it has to offer, he encourages all to visit www. The businessman is quite popular within LIU Brooklyn as a result of his strong involvement in campus activities. “Being involved in student life was the bread and butter of this campus. This is where you would really get the best experience possible out of LIU Brooklyn. Joining any organization of your heart’s desire is where you will begin to grow and learn who you are in life and as a leader,” he says.

The former president says that his experience at LIU can be described as a life changing one. He credits his life on campus as being a tool which helped him learn the ways of functioning and navigating through the bustling city of New York. Networking was extremely important during his freshman year— he used it to gain many contacts in high places—for example the director of the campus Kumble Theater (Rodney Hurley).

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Based on his experience, Isaac encourages his LIU Brooklyn peers to “set goals, have faith, and believe you can do anything your mind and heart desires. Follow your goals and stick to your plans, because change will come if you work for it.”

He joined other groups such as LIU-TV and Residence Life. He was also both a Student Life Leader and an Orientation

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Mentor. Along the way he endured the pressures of being a first generation student as well as the tragic loss of his close friend, Stephen Adu-Boahen.

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Gain Experience At LIU’s Own Radio Station Take the opportnity to gain on-air time and production experience with LIU Radio ELIZABETH THOMPSON WLIUBK SECRETARY


on’t wait until you graduate to gain media experience here at LIU Brooklyn. LIU offer many opportunities on campus that will help you snag that dream internship and, later, career. Before you graduate you can walk out with published articles from Seawanhaka, your own TV show with LIU TV and have a radio show. LIU Brooklyn’s radio organization has one mission- to entertain LIU Brooklyn’s campus. Our student-ran organization has over 180 members, DJs events and on-air, produces music, and broadcasts

techniques. We have radio shows raging in topics from school events, news, sports, and trending topics. Our thousands of listeners enjoy our vast music collection which include jazz, Bollywood, gospel, pop, hip hop, Caribbean and African music. We currently are having on- air training, open to all who seek to become on- air personalities. We deliver interviews, hosted by students. Past artists included Chrisette Michelle, Kranium, QQ, Erupt and Lil’

We also host events of our own. Coming soon, Radio Week, from October 6th – October 10th, will touchdown on LIU, with an event hosted by WLIUBK each day. There will be Brooklyn’s Best, LIU’s Finest Talent Show, a paneled discussion regarding media, a cypher and much more. In the fresh school year, we are looking for students who have a wide range of musical tastes that hopes to gain valuable experience in media and continue to diversify our eclectic music library. We

firmly believe that anyone can greatly impact our organization and we are always looking for new members. We are a community that learns and teaches each other. Our philosophy is very hands on where students teach other students kinetically. Our station is not exclusive to media arts majors, as we have students of different backgrounds. If you would like to listen to us, download the TuneIn app and search WLIUBK or visit our website, WLIUBK. As always, you can stop by and visit us, we are located at Sloan 227.

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Favorite song: Drake- “Hotline Bling” Favorite movie: Straight Outta Compton Favorite TV show: Power Favorite Viral Video: ‘Why You Lying?’ Favorite Music Video: “Can't Feel My Face” Photo of WLIUBK Radio Photo from

shows. Our team DJs Long Island University’s events and provides audio support for concerts and fashion shows here on campus. If you would like to become a DJ, we will be offering DJ classes coming soon! In the upcoming semester, we are planning DJ battles where DJs go toe-to-toe in a musical mix, on- air. All members will learn how to set up and break down DJ equipment from seasoned members. We also have a well-established production studio we produce music. The studio is for students with experience in audio production. If you do not have experience in audio production, you can shadow those who have more experience and learn their

Mamma. Our street team hits the streets of Brooklyn, attends athletic events and tours our campus to interview Brooklynites, spectators and students. With great pleasure, we will also continue having the In Studio Series, where artist will be interviewed in front of a live audience and give a performance. Last semester, we had G.L.A.M. and Dyme- A- Duzin, former member of Phony Ppl, participate in our In Studio Series. Sidney Young, General Manage of WLIUBK, with great pride spoke of the benefits of becoming a member. “Members can benefit from the state of the art equipment, the learning experience and the diversity that we have within our staff,” she says.

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Favorite singer: Drake Favorite Rapper: Kendrick Lamar Current Phone: IPhone 5s

Clinton Belle Favorite song: “Water Me” - FKA Twigs Favorite Movie: Dope Favorite TV show: Catfish Favorite Viral Video: ‘Why You Lying’ Favorite Music Video: 2shy- “Shura” Favorite Singer: Beyoncée

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Actor Marlon Yates tells Seawanhaka his experience on the set of summer’s hottest flick, Straight Outta Compton HAFEEZAH NAZIM WRITER


ithin this past month, the film, “Straight Outta Compton” has generated unbelievable success. The hip-hop biopic narrates the tale of the rise and fall of gangster rap group, NWA. The portrayals of Ice Cube, Eazy-E, Dr. Dre, MC Ren, The D.O.C., Antoine Carraby, and Arabian Prince in the film has accumulated success in the box office, as the film rapidly climbed to #1 and remained there consecutively for weeks on end, grossing $142 million so far. Seawanhaka: I can imagine things are a little crazy, the movie is really blowing up all over the country, so, that’s really exciting! Yates: Yeah, it’s crazy huh? It’s definitely a new experience for me, I’ll tell ya. Seawanhaka: Your new film, “Straight Outta Compton” has consecutively hit #1 in theaters across the nation. How does it feel to be apart of such a huge

project? Yates: Aw, I’m on cloud nine right now! It feels like I’m floating, you know? For real, it’s just… crazy. I got an e-mail from Universal Pictures; when I got that e-mail I was like “OH!!!!” This is crazy!” This is really crazy. Seawanhaka: So, how did you end up landing the part of The D.O.C in the film? Yates: Well, originally, I went out for the Dr. Dre role. Seawanhaka: Oh, really? Yates: Yeah, and so when the Dr. Dre role didn’t work out, I thought, the director had said actually like, “You had a good reading man but you might be a little too handsome for the role” so I was like “Ah!” I noticed that they [held] castings for that role like a month later or something like that. And so a month and a half later, I get a call from Universal Studios to come out for The D.O.C. And uh, I had no idea who The D.O.C. was at the time. I may have been too young to know like, the whole NWA movement. Um, I go in and I do a few reads with the guys that already got cast like Jason Mitchell that plays Eazy-E, Corey Hawkins that plays

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Dre, O’Shea and as soon as I walked out the dudes were like “Yo, I think they’re gonna give the part to you.” And I’m like, “What?” (laughs) So I get the call maybe a month later, and I’m sitting in my locker room like uh, no— I got a text from the director actually, and he’s like “Congratulations man, Universal should be calling your people.” And I’m like “all right.” So, I’m sitting, waiting for them to call my people for like three days, and so he sends me another text actually, he says, “We’re waiting for the studio to OK you.” And I’m like “What the— C’mon man, you’re playing with my emotions, I’m trying to celebrate like, should I celebrate or not?” And um, yeah so, I got the call, and the rest was history pretty much.

intense. Yates: That was also my favorite because we shot it so many times, because one of the guys had— one of the guys was kinda short so he had special shoes made to like, give him some stilts. And he couldn’t run like us. So he would be in the back like, “AYE!” And you could hear him talking like, “Aye man! My shoes!! My shoes ain’t working! I can’t keep up!!” So at one point, the director came up to me, he was like, “Marlon— why are you smiling?” And

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Seawanhaka: Did you do anything interesting to prep for your role in the film? Yates: I mean, not really. I just like, continued to listen to like, all NWA music. I just listened to a lot of ’90’s music, you know, uh, D.O.C’s music, pretty much. I mean his music tells his story; just knowing who he is and his story is pretty cool. Seawanhaka: Did you encounter any difficulties in portraying The D.O.C.’s character? Yates: No, not really. I mean, its kindof similar to me. He enjoys alcohol. (laughs) And so, I mean, I like to party a lot. I mean I like to party but I like to have a good time. Having a good time with alcohol. And so, The D.O.C. really enjoys alcohol too in the film. Seawanhaka: Yeah, we definitely saw a bit of that in the film. Okay, so, what was your favorite part of the film? Yates: My favorite part of the film uh, was when we all got chased off the stage and we got thrown into that paddy wagon by the police. Seawanhaka: Yeah, that was pretty Seawanhaka Press |


I was thinking like, “Yo this dude— you gotta hear what this dude was saying as he was running.” He was like “My shoes man!!! I can’t keep up!!!” The director came up to me like “Marlon, this is serious, dude.” I was like, “I know, man. But the dude, he keeps cracking jokes about his shoes.” Seawanhaka: Yeah, I remember that moment because I never paid attention to the story up until seeing the film and seeing such a crazy moment where NWA was like, “F*** the police!” on stage. [It] was crazy to witness. Yates: Yeah, that s**t was crazy. Seawanhaka: The issue of police brutality in the ’80s-‘90s towards minority groups, especially Black male youth, is brilliantly highlighted throughout the film in a raw and honest way. How do you think the film inspires the youth of today as the same unfortunate issues reign prevalent across America? Yates: Um, I think [this] movie might be one of the most inspiring because it talks on how inner city kids made something of themselves, you know; they’re very outspoken. I mean, they were just young ghetto kids with a dream. And that’s the biggest inspiration. Like with NWA, or anywhere you guys come from and just knowing that these guys were going through similar situations that like, I’m going through today with like police issues and being afraid, “don’t wear all black”, you know, “don’t wear hats at night so the police won’t pull you over”, like “you gotta have all your paperwork.” So, when they were talking about that in the film, it’s just like, I can’t believe that this is happening like 30 years ago, and that nothing has really been done between a whole 30 years. With situations like Mike Brown and Trayvon Martin, it’s like, open your eyes and see what’s going on, and stay out of harm’s way, man.

good one! ” I mean but uh, we’ve talked about me being on her show but I don’t wanna go that lane and be that guy that tries to be on TV so much, so I wouldn’t be on the show. I’m trying to mind my management. But who knows, maybe in the long run, if it’s worth it, I might be. But you know I’ll always be there to pop in and pop out. Seawanhaka: Do you have any advice for students at LIU that are interested in entering the entertainment industry? Yates: Everybody has dreams. Just go for it; don’t give up. Be happy. If you put enough pressure on anything it’s bound to have its way. Just go for it, don’t give up, [and] keep pushing.

More about Marlon Seawanhaka: If you were stranded on a deserted island, which three things would you bring with you and why? Yates: Uh, I’ll bring a boat. Seawanhaka: You can’t do that! It’s cheating, you can’t just leave! Yates: I love that joke. No, but um, I’d probably bring some reggae music, um, a spear, and um… water. Seawanhaka: Do you have any particular reason why you would bring those items? Yates: I would bring the spear just so I could fish and hunt things. I would bring the water because my body needs water; I don’t wanna dehydrate and die out there. And what’s the other thing I said? Oh, Bob Marley music, I love Bob Marley’s music, it’ll put me at ease you know? Like, (sings) every little thing, is gonna be all right!

Seawanhaka: Do you have any secret talents, or if not, is there any secret talent that you would want to have? Seawanhaka: Your girlfriend, Shaunie Yates: I don’t have a secret talent. But if O’Neal is on the reality TV series, I had to choose a secret talent, I would Basketball Wives. Has she ever asked choose singing. I just wanna learn how you to be apart of the show? And would to sing really bad. I don’t think I have you ever give reality TV a shot? the voice for it. I am so bad, all right, Yates: Um, I’ve been on the show a (laughs) I have a story for you. When I couple of times in Miami. I mean, I was younger, my little brother— I had wasn’t on it like a character, but I’ve a tape deck from my friend and I was popped in like, “Oh hey, y’all! Have a in the bathroom at like 12 o’clock at Seawanhaka Press |

night and my little brother was awake or something. So I was singing a song, and then I played it back on the tape and my little brother happened to walk into the bathroom to use the bathroom in the middle of the night and he hears the recording and he said, “Ew Marlon! What is that?!” I was like oh, wow. Like, children will always tell you the truth. I was like all right, uh, I had to give that

dream up. (laughs)


Seawanhaka: Um, okay, a favorite ice cream flavor of yours? Yates: Um, I like cookie dough. Seawanhaka: Your favorite album at the moment? Yates: The Sideline Story - J. Cole



Meet Your New Volleyball Coach: KEN KO Ken Ko is taking over a program that has won three Consecutive Championships. HASSAN COKER SPORTS EDITOR


or LIU Brooklyn’s volleyball team, last year was a memorable season as the squad won its third straight Northeast Conference championship title. But at the end of last season, LIU had a difficult decision to make after Kyle Robinson – the 2014 NEC head coach – left the program to become a top assistant to the University of Oklahoma women’s volleyball team. LIU believes that it’s found an answer to continue its winning ways after naming Ken Ko, the former associate head coach at the University of San Francisco’s volleyball program, to replace Robinson.

In a recent interview with Seawanhaka, Ko says that he isn’t feeling any pressure despite the challenging task ahead of him. “They always say pressure is self imposed,” he reflects. “I’m just excited [to have] great players.” Asked to describe his feelings after learning that he would be joining the Brooklyn Campus, Ko took a deep sigh before answering the question. “Relieved” and “excited” were two words that he says immediately comes to mind before adding, “Being a head coach has always been a dream of mine.” But at LIU, Ko will have his hands full

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after Annika Foit – the first athlete in NEC conference history to win three consecutive Player of The Year honors – and three-time NEC Setter of The Year Vera Djuric all graduated last spring.

Yet Ko, a Bay Area native, cites his twoyear assistant coaching experience at Washington State University – which won a Pac-10 blocking title during his time there – and the University of Florida – as a key factor that will help LIU to stay on top. Still, the Blackbirds (0-4) have experienced an early stumble this year after facing a set of top-ranked teams – including a 3-1 loss to the University of Oregon on Aug. 31 at the Wellness Center.

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The schedule doesn’t get any easier for LIU on Sept. 11 and Sept. 12 at the Blackbird Invitational tournament as LIU hosts several strong squads, including Syracuse (5-0). Asked how he’s dealing with LIU’s current state of play and a series of tough losses, Ko remains calm. “We should leave emotions out of it,” he says. Coach Ko believes that his team has the fight and strength in them to get better as the season progresses.

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It has been a slow start for LIU’s Volleyball team since they have faced nothing but top contenders in the nation. With enough seniors in the team and Coach Ko’s experience there is enough time to make do and have a good season. In the meantime, Ko points to LIU’s record of success as something he hopes, the Blackbirds can now use to motivate itself to victory.

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Stephanie Oliver talks inheriting the Women’s Basketball and strategy for the fall semester

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ollowing a disappointing 9-21 season for LIU’s women basketball team last year, Gail Striegel was removed from her head coaching duties after a seven year run. In May, LIU Athletic Director Brad Cohen tapped Stephanie Oliver, a former assistant to the Seton Hall women’s basketball program for the past two years, to help the Blackbirds turn things around this season. In her first interview for Seawanhaka, Oliver talks about what she hopes to accomplish in the year ahead.

SEAWANHAKA: LIU has had a rough stretch recently. What’s your plan to change the team’s struggles and turn this team into a possible championship contender?

OLIVER: It all starts with establishing a culture. I could honestly say that with the players we have on the roster now, my staff and I are super proud of them. The hurdle that we didn’t have to jump over this year, which is usually a big one to get us there, is team chemistry. The current players on our roster are awesome. Now it’s just getting the culture established. You didn’t have this problem at Seton Hall. But now in your first season as head coach, you only have ten players to work with. How do you plan on working with a short bench? It’s not that big of a challenge. It’s the players that are here, and the players that want to be here and that’s all that matters. The way the game is changing with quarters, it might be easier working with a smaller bench.

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All of the girls know that they all have to contribute at some point in the season, at one role or another. All the players on your roster have some level of college basketball experience. Your youngest player is a sophomore. Do you believe this will help the team improve its record in the year ahead? Absolutely it’s like when the lights go [for] game day. It’s not something I have to worry about this year. This was a choice that my staff and I made not to bring in people right away. We wanted to bring veterans because it helps in the first year of rebuilding, because they have been here and they have already been established. We could then run our system and they’ll get it because they’re older and have college experience. In your view, who brings the most

veteran presence on the team? Shanice Vaughan has a presence both on and off the court. Brianna Farris is another player who brings a veteran presence. Ashley Brown was here all summer on her own, getting extra work in. Everybody has stepped in and has done something. I could honestly say everybody on this team are leaders in different ways. Playing in New York is like playing under a microscope. There are more media outlets, and a lot of eyes watching every play during the game. Do you feel there’s more pressure to start winning sooner rather then later? Continue on page...



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fter a tough loss to Ohio State, LIU Brooklyn's volleyball squad and their new head coach, Ken Ko, continued the season on Sept. 12 as they faced the University of Arizona's Wildcats on their home court at the Wellness Center. At first, things were looking very promising for the Blackbirds. It was a back and forth first set, but the Wildcats would come out on top with the win (25-19).

Oliver coaching women’s basketball team LIU Athletics I feel the pressure is always there no matter where you are. I feel the pressure is on how quickly we can change the program around. Winning doesn’t necessarily mean that you’re turning the program around. That’s where the pressure is going to be, establishing a name for ourselves. We want to establish ourselves in the community, the classroom, and on the court. New York is different when it comes to basketball. Everyone seems to know who we are and what we are capable of. After working alongside [Seton Hall Head Coach] Anthony Bozzella, is there anything that you learned from him that you want to bring to this team? His intensity. I’ve always been passionate and intense, but he takes it to a level that I love. He’s a family man; I’ve never got to see that side of coaching. I’ve always been very close to my players, but as a father it was nice seeing how he takes players in. His coaching style is fun and

energetic, and it’s fun to see that. What has impressed you the most about this team so far? That they have each other’s back. They all work hard for each other and we all help each other. During one practice, a player wasn’t making a sprint. Two players realized that she wasn’t going to make the sprint again, so they dragged her all the way through the finish line. You don’t see that too often. They’re very competitive with each other, but they also support each other.

In the second straight set, the Blackbirds made the Wildcats struggle for a little while. Much like LIU's loss to Ohio State on the previous night, the lead would shift often between the Blackbirds and their opponent. But ultimately, the Wildcats would end up winning the second match (25-20). And Arizona would carry that momentum into the final set, where the Blackbirds were defeated as well. With the loss, the Blackbirds are now 0-6 for the year. But after the game, Ko was

only looking to emphasize any positive signs that he could find. “We talked about some of the things we wanted to work on from yesterday into today’s game, and the team did a real good job,” he said. “Now we just want to be a lot more competitive and we showed that against a very good opponent. This is a very passionate team. They want to win. Anyone who is competitive doesn’t like losing points.” LIU Senior Adriana Vinas Joy is also trying to stay positive. “Playing the way we did against the No. 13 team in the nation should help us translate our style of play against Syracuse [on Sept. 12]. “We’re pumped up to play against Syracuse.” As fellow senior Nicole Okeke said after their loss to Ohio State, “We need to start off stronger, start making kills right off the bat.” But as the last few matches have proved, that may be easier said than done. And the schedule doesn’t get any easier for the Blackbirds. After facing Syracuse, they'll have to play St. John's in Queens on Sept. 15 before flying out to New Mexico for the Lobo Invitational.

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What’s the biggest challenge you think this team is going to face this season and how do you plan to overcome this challenge? The biggest challenge is going to be themselves. They’ve lost some confidence in themselves. They need to know that they’re an amazing basketball team and that they’re amazing people. You guys are Division 1 athletes; and now it’s time to show it to the world.

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