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Monday, October 28, 2013

Vol. 97 No.18

The Student Voice of Howard University

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INSIDE Yardfest

Recap of one of the more eventful Yardfests in recent memory. p.2

HUHC ‘13 Report Card

Yardfest Caught in Style



What did staff and students think about this weekend?

Some of the best fits from Friday’s festivities.



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The Hilltop Newspaper

Injuries and Delays Highlight 2013 Yardfest

Glynn Hill

Editor-in-Chief Dominique Diggs Chief Managing Editor Indigo Silva Multimedia Editor Emmy Victor Campus Editor Keneisha Deas Metro Editor Maya Cade Life & Style Editor Khari Arnold Sports Editor Cameron Clarkson Opinions Editor Quantrel Hedrick Copy Chief Alexis Grant Copy Editor Terranie Sims Copy Editor Lindsey Ferguson Copy Editor Tasia Hawkins Staff Writer Jourdan Henry Staff Writer Siniyah Smith Staff Writer Erin Van Dunk Staff Writer Shannen Hill Staff Writer Precious Osagie-Erese Staff Writer Nile Kendall Staff Writer Steven Hall Columnist Rachel Cumberbatch Photo Editor Robert Gross Public Relations Director Katie Downs Cartoonist Armanie Brooks Business Manager The Hilltop encourages its readers to share their opinions with the newspaper through letters to the editor or perspectives. All letters should include a complete address and telephone number and should be sent electronically to All inquiries for advertisements should be sent directly to The Hilltop Business office at:


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Precious Osagie-Erese Staff Writer Epic Fail? Too easy. For the first time in recent Homecoming history, Yardfest was shutdown before the entire show was complete. Unfortunately, performers ASAP Ferg and Juicy J did not go on stage, leaving the audience with only one out of the three promised acts. The charge for Yardfest this year played a major role in the impromptu shutdown. Students, alumni, and community members were left slightly disappointed. Every entrance to the yard was blocked with fences and security guards. No ticket, no entry. Police officers were extremely strict in only allowing those with a ticket to enter. As Yardfest festivities carried on, hundreds of people who could not get access into the main yard were left outside the gates. Shortly after, riots broke loose. Restless with the intent to get into Yardfest, people began to fight security, push one another, and find ways to sneak in. Those who even purchased tickets were still left outside the gates because of the unruliness of the crowd. “People are hopping the fence, what do you expect, its Howard Homecoming. The charge was pointless. They’re paying more money for extra security and that makes it hard for production,” stated Jamari Braddy; Howard university student. Homecoming is a time for alumni to revisit the school they once attended and celebrate its tradition and history. Because of the new implemented charge, Alumni who come out to Yardfest every year had to turn around and leave without a

slight glimpse of the action going on in the yard. 1996 Howard Alum, Eric Willis and Jay Perry, spoke on how the new fee for Yardfest hindered the fun for everybody. “Yardfest is suppose to be fun and free, you can come see who you want, it’s suppose to be a free flowing environment,” said Willis. “If they are trying to build revenue for the school, they should charge alumni, not students. This is their event, just have them show ID and let them in instead of dealing with all the craziness happening outside the gates,” said Perry. Meanwhile, with hundreds of people left outside, Yardfest continued. Host Po Johnson from La La’s Full-Court Life had the crowd dancing and screaming. “It was fun. I was never this popular in college and the crowd is very respondent,” said Po Johnson as she describes the feeling of being apart of Howard Homecoming. The Afternoon kicked off with a series of local performances, including Baltimore native, Jay Oliver—who rocked the stage. Surprise guests are always known to stop by at any point in time. This year, YMCMB’s Shanell and Grand Hustle’s Young Dro both made appearances that had the audience going crazy. “It’s always a pleasure to be around people of your culture, plus it’s a great place to be, it’s school,” said Young Dro. Things appeared to be going smoothly but the crowd left outside became unstable. Eight people were injured, including two D.C. Police officers. The show came to an immediate halt, music was not played and the host could not speak on the mic. For about an hour, everything


was paused. The crowd was upset, people were booing, and getting restless from just standing there while nothing happened. When police regained control of the situation they announced to everyone inside the yard that no one else could enter, it was at capacity. This includes those who already purchased tickets, family members, and friends who came from all over the country to join the festivities. Following the hour delay, things picked right back up and Big Sean hit the stage. The mood of the crowd switched instantly. Big Sean performed his verses from “clique,” “Lamborghini Mercy” and the highly anticipated “All me”. When asked about how he felt about hitting the stage he responded saying “I remember I was here back in 2009 when Wale was putting out his first album, I did a couple songs but then people didn’t really know me. It’s good to come back, we’ve been trying to come back for awhile now, but it was always something, we just finished touring so it worked out perfect.” Another surprise took place when 2 chainz made his second appearance performing at Yardfest. Taking the stage as well was Gyptian, performing his Jamaican hits and Bone Thugs n Harmony taking yardfest back to the old school. However, right after that, things seemed to spiral down hill. Not only did a huge fight breakout on the yard, the clock struck 6:00. The allotted time for yardfest was from 12pm-6pm. With all the hectic behavior going on, Police officers shutdown the entire event, Vendors had to pack up and no more performers were able to hit the stage. Rapper ASAP Ferg idly stood by as

they announced to the crowd that yardfest was over. Juicy J tweeted “@therealjuicyj: A riot went down at Howard homecoming before I was about to hit the stage, the promoter & police shut everything down.” A message was written on the two huge monitors stating that Yardfest was over. However, no one verified the situation to the crowd so people watched confused and surprised as stage crew members began to dismantle the stage. Students were very disappointed. “I didn’t get to see everything I paid for. I’m disappointed because Yardfest was terrible. The charge created a lot of unnecessary fights and with all the delays we didn’t get to enjoy the entire show because something was always happening. Now it’s shut down,” said NeNe Smalls, Senior at Howard. It seemed that most disappointed of all were the freshman. “I’m disappointed, I really wanted to see ASAP Ferg, I didn’t get the full experience,” explained Tierra Hardin, freshman, physician assistant major. Members of Epic steering committee made no comments about the situation. Gradually people began to exit the Yard, and Yardfest was over. ASAP Ferg did however perform at the Step Show later that night. The reputation of Howard University’s Yardfest is on the line. Many fear that if the charge is implemented again next year, the title Howard University holds for throwing the best homecoming in the country will cease.


Howardwood: Connecting Students With Industry Professionals Tyanna Hughes Contributing Writer Howardwood is an annual event that enables students to build connections and gain insight on the entertainment industry. This year, the caliber of talent was very impressive. Students heard from actor and musician, Fonzworth Bentley, actor Omari Hardwick, and businesswoman Inga Dyer. Asha and Adia May have been coordinating Howardwood for the past four years. The May sisters are both alumni of the School of Communications and Fine Arts. They realized a need for an educational entertainment event for Howard after visiting a similar event called Harvardwood. “[At Harvardwood] they helped the Harvard students get into agencies and studios; we wondered, ‘why doesn’t Howard have this?’,” Asha May said. Fonzworth Bentley kicked off the Howardwood event with a discussion about the importance of branding. He outlined five important steps in the branding process: God, consistency, integrity, no, and now. “Remember, branding is not just what you say about yourself, but what others say about you,” he said. Bentley discussed his working relationship with Russell Simmons, creator of Phat Farm, and Sean Combs (or Diddy), rapper, producer, and businessman. He also discussed his promotion deal with Courvoisier, a brand of cognac liquor. The Morehouse graduate ended the deal because he did not like the message it sent to his younger fans. “It is more important what you say no to than what you say yes to,” Bentley said. He challenged all the students to visualize themselves in a CEO role. “When you go into any job opportunity, I don’t care if you have a 4.0 or a 2.0 GPA, if you get in there and start asking them questions that CEO’s think about, you just got put in a completely different pile,” Bentley said. Torres Hodges, Film Production major, said his biggest takeaway from the Fonzworth Bentley discussion was the integrity portion where he gave up the multimillion-dollar deal with the liquor company because he didn’t believe in showing that image to children. “It is just good to hear from somebody who has made it that you

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Iotas, Deltas Win Step Show don’t have to be about [liquor and drugs] to make it in the industry. You can actually be a man; be a gentleman,” Hodges said “You don’t have to be all about swag.” VP of Business and Legal Affairs at REVOLT TV, Inga Dyer, spoke to students about the business of entertainment. She spoke about REVOLT TV, which is a new music cable network, founded by Diddy. She encouraged the students to email her for possible career opportunities. Next, Omari Harwick and Vera Katz, Professor in the Fine Arts department, gave the acting workshop. Hardwick can be seen in hit movies such as “For Colored Girls,” and BET’s “Being Mary Jane.” Many Howard Players from theDepartment of Theater Arts turned out for the event and were happy to volunteer to read lines for Hardwick and Katz. Many students received feedback on their performance from Katz. She advised many students to speak louder, and allow themselves to be affected before they react. Omari Hardict said that the arts has a way of inviting the rebellion in us.

that acting says ‘bring us all that’; you got locked up, ‘bring that’; you tried drugs, ‘bring that’,” Hardwick said. “It asks you not to apologize for any color life has brought you.” For Theatre Arts major, Neko Ramos, this was a perfect opportunity. “This experience was very uplifting for me as a aspiring actor. Just being able to have Omari, who is a male actor in the business, give back to me was amazing [although] I was extremely nervous [when I went up there],” Ramos said. Other students who were not aspiring actors even took a shot. “I’m not an actress. I’m not even interested in the arts. But just to be in the midst of Omari, and to be the guinea pig, for the lack of a better word, was awesome,” student Shannicia Love said. The event ended with a round table discussion involving all of the guest speakers about being professionals in front of and behind the camera. Howardwood was sponsored by BET and CVS this year.

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Allyson Carpenter Contributing Writer WASHINGTON, D.C. – Howard sororities and fraternities competed in the annual Homecoming Step Show at DAR Constitution Hall on Friday night. Hosted by singer, songwriter and rapper, Kevin McCall, the step show featured appearances and performances by former 106 & Park host, Shorty Da Prince; rapper A$AP Ferg, and rap group Migos. The fraternities and sororities competed in a chance to win the AT&T Peoples’ Choice Award (decided by the audience), while a panel of judges scored on the overall winners of the step show. Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. was the crowd favorite -- winning the $500 AT&T Peoples’ Choice Award. Junior AKA member, Victoria Dillard said, “We knew we had a great show and we left our hearts out on the stage.” Dillard said the award will help the chapter in their efforts to carry out service projects that will directly benefit the community. Ultimately, the judges decided that Delta Sigma Theta and Iota Phi Beta were deserving of the two grand prizes of $4000 awarded to one sorority and one fraternity. “It means so much to us because this is our centen-

nial year. This is just a testament to how strong our bond is after 100 years,” said Danielle Scott, a junior Delta member of her sorority’s victory. “You’re stepping for your family, your friends, your chapter, and your fraternity,” said senior member of Phi Beta Sigma, Marc Robinson. Scott added, “Stepping is another way to bring us together – it’s another form of sisterhood.” While DAR Constitution Hall holds nearly 4,000, the event was sold out with tickets selling from $47 to $52. Many of the spectators agree that the step show was worth every cent. “It was amazing! This was my favorite Homecoming event thus far,” said Amanda Bonam, a freshman Communications major. Host Kevin McCall echoed similar sentiments. “I loved it! I just went to Clark Atlanta’s homecoming and Howard’s was way better.” McCall said that he appreciated the love shown by Howard students and is considering pursuing a master’s degree at Howard in the future.



Seven Things You Won’t Learn in College About Networking Ken Williams Contributing Writer For many students, being at college represents freedom. Independence. Finally being on their own. Why should college students spend any time creating a personal or business network? That’s something for after graduation—when “real life” begins, right? There’s not much emphasis on networking during college years. After all, most students aren’t in the corporate workforce, and they may not see much need for spending their precious time developing potential business relationships that may not pay off for years—if ever. But, college is exactly where networking should begin. Students have an opportunity to meet hundreds of fellow students, and the potential for making critical connections is exponential. There are at least seven things that you won’t learn about networking in college: 1. Social Media Isn’t Enough. Posting periodic status updates on Facebook, or tweeting to friends gives the illusion of connectedness, but it is a poor substitute for a real connection. Likewise, reading constantly-updating social media feeds provides information about events in the lives of acquaintances. However, even with hundreds of friends and followers, this type of “networking” is sterile and impersonal. The focus is wholly on self, and what you decide to share, and what you decide to read. There is very little true interaction. Social media provides an important framework, but it, by itself, is inadequate. 2. Human Interactions are More Important than Ever. In addition to the social media updates, a significant amount of the communication undertaken in today’s society is via email and text message. Instant electronic communication and virtual status sharing have tremendous time-saving benefits, but the

advantages may be outweighed by the decreasing levels of faceto-face conversations. Particularly with heavy-use technophiles, social skills are on the decline. Get away from the computer or smart phone screen, make eye contact, and talk to people.

an informal (or formal) mentor relationship. Ask questions. Learn. Understand. See how others are willing to help you, and certainly be to help others when the tables are turned. Many times, friendships begin, grow, and deepen because one party helps the other.

3. You’re Not Too Young (or Too Inexperienced) To Start, Build, and Develop Your Network. Many students assume that because they don’t have established careers, or they don’t hob nob with successful business people, they’re not ready to start making connections. Wrong! Bill Gates was in college when he made the connections that led him to world-renowned wealth. Steve Jobs was in high school when he met Steve Wozniak. Countless successful partnerships have sprung from high school or college friendships. Make the effort to connect with others. You’ll probably find, at the very least, a willing mentor.

6. Focus On Them. It’s easy to limit relationships to those who have a social, financial, or other type of benefit, and as you look around, you certainly have seen people who are stingy with their friendship. Instead, keep your eyes and ears open for people whom you can benefit with your knowledge, experience, or connections. Become a connector of people. Listen to what they need or want. Volunteer to help them achieve what they’re looking for. Not only will people begin to see you as a valuable resource, but you’ll also find great joy in having those interactions.

4. It’s Not All about You. College, for many people, gives opportunities and experiences for self-reflection and introspection. You can learn who you are and what you’re all about. But, at the same time, college years give opportunities and experiences to help you realize that the world doesn’t revolve around you like it did when you were in high school. As you begin reaching out and making connections, avoid the temptation to develop only the connections that benefit you personally, while avoiding people who can’t give you an instant benefit. Start shifting your attention from yourself, and focus on how you can benefit others. 5. It’s OK to Ask for a Favor. Asking for help seems to display weakness. However, it’s a wise and strong person who recognizes his or her limitations and asks for support in overcoming them. Of course, this isn’t an excuse to pawn off your responsibility on unsuspecting acquaintances, but rather, it’s an opportunity to reach out to others who have abilities that you lack. Create

7. Take Names and Follow Up. If you meet someone, but you never cultivate the relationship, it’s no better than having ever met the person at all. Social media can play a significant role in maintaining casual connections, so take advantage of the available resources. Thank people. Connect with them on LinkedIn, Facebook, or other social platforms. Send periodic messages so that you can remember them and they can remember you. Maintain friendships. Let people know what you’re doing, and be interested in what they’re up to. It may lead to valuable interactions in the future. College is a great time to meet people and form friendships. Many of those friendships will last for years, and if they’re carefully cultivated, they can be of extreme mutual benefit. By intentionally developing and nurturing relationships with others, even college students can begin, grow, and deepen their personal and business networks. Ken Williams is co-author of 21 Days to Success through Networking: The Life and Times of Gnik Rowten with Ron Sukenick.

Homecoming Parade Takes Georgia Ave.

Jasmine Nealy Contributing Writer

On Saturday, the streets came alive as thousands of students, alumni, and members of the D.C. community lined Georgia Avenue to witness the annual Howard University Homecoming Parade. Marching bands, floats, royalty, and celebrities in fancy cars paraded down the streets around the campus to showcase their talents and achievements. Two of WHUR’s personalities hosted the event for the community. Taylor Thomas, who is the news anchor for the Steve Harvey show, hyped the crowd with her witty commentary. Frank Ski, who Thomas proudly announced as “the man responsible for the song ‘Wobble’” and a host on the Howard radio station, accompanied her. The parade opened with Howard’s very own Showtime Marching Band performing loud and proud for the crowd. Following the band, alumni drum majors proved that they still had the skills from their Howard days, and the crowd loved it. Also present were the Bisonettes, the adorable “Bison Babies,” who were the children of alumni, and the Homecoming court which included the royalty of each school and college at the university, and of course, Mr. and Miss Howard. One of the major highlights of the event was the passing by of the Grand Marshalls of the parade: alumni and famous actor and actress, Lance Gross and Taraji P. Henson. Following the two was another famous face: Marlon Wayans who waved to the crowd from his SUV. Howard has always been known for their plethora of famous faces, and this year’s parade did not disappoint. Even though everyone loved the famous trio, the main event of the parade was the battle of the marching bands. About 15 high school bands competed for a chance to win cash prizes to go towards their program. Marching bands form all over the country and even one international team from the Bahamas called the Bahamas All-Stars, competed in the event. They each received two minutes to perform

in front of a panel of judges in the middle of Georgia Avenue. The bands were judged based on skill, performance, costumes, and crowd reactions. The crowd went especially wild when D.C.’s own Duke Ellington School of the Arts performed R. Kelly’s “Step in the Name of Love” and Mint Condition’s “Breakin’ My Heart (Pretty Brown eyes)”. “The parade was amazing, the bands put on a beautiful performance and did a great job of enticing the crowd and lifting our spirits,” stated junior Broadcast Journalism major, Sojourner Elleby, who was among the many students in the crowd. “The parade is the essence of homecoming in the sense that students and alumni come together to celebrate Howard and everything it stands for and everything we represent. It’s good times with good people and a great celebration.” The parade began at the Administration Building and went south toward the Howard University Hospital, through Ledroit Park, where it ended at the valley. In the valley,all of the performing bands anxiously awaited for the announcement of who the winners were. There were two winners for 3rd place, two for 2nd place, and two for 1st place. The winners for first place were Greensville County High School and the Bahamas All-Stars, who had the most overall points. This was the All-Stars’ first time performing at the Homecoming parade, and they had two fundraise in order to make the long trip. “The band has been actively training and mentoring talented young people in the performing arts for the past three years and we are now seeing the fruits of our labor,” said Yonell Justillien, founder of the group. “The Bahamas All-Stars is living out its objectives by empowering young people through the arts that will make them better citizens for life.” The title of this year’s homecoming is “E.P.I.C.” , and the parade definitely lived up to the name and contributed to the legacy that is Howard University’s Homecoming.

Student IDs: A Way to Save Bianca Burns Contributing Writer The petite piece of plastic known as the Bison One Card, or Howard ID, now serves a greater purpose than unlocking doors and swiping to get into the Cafe. Off campus, students can use their ID cards to save money on everyday purchases. Over the last couple of years, companies have begun offering student discounts for those who flash


their student IDs at the checkout counter. Now, numerous businesses are jumping on board and offering students similar deals in hopes of building lifelong clientele. Clothing retail stores such as Charlotte Russe and Banana Republic offer up to 15 percent off total purchases with valid student identification. While retailer Apple, through its Apple Education Pricing program, offers students deals on some of their hottest products,

including MacBook Pros and iPods. But the savings aren’t only for in-store buys. Websites like provide free limited time expedited shipping for the college crowd upon verifying student identification and proof of enrollment. And companies like Best Buy offer college students special online deals via email-generated coupons. Though not valid on weekends, Regal Cinemas 14 in Chinatown offers great student discounts on movie


tickets. Just flash a valid student ID, and purchase a full-priced movie ticket for the discounted price of $9.25. Various restaurants also engage in the flash and save system. Fast food franchise Qdoba Mexican Grill has several locations across the Washington, D.C. metro area that offer college student discounts on different days of the week. Other small-scale and family-owned restaurants understand that college

students must stretch their dollars as well, and often are willing to add discounts when students cash out. For the most part, businesses do not advertise these discounts with gleaming signs at the entrance of their establishments. Students must have their IDs ready and inquire about desired deals themselves. “Everyone should ask about discounts before they pay,” says sophomore psychology major Briana Turner. “I’ve received discounts just by saying, ‘I go to Howard.’ ”


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Howard Homecoming Report Card Pep Rally B-

Fashion Show I & II A+

Yardfest D-

R&B Show II (Trey Songz & Brandy) B

Entertainment Power Summit B+

Step Show A

R&B I (Erykah Badu) A+

R&B Show III (Variety Show) C



The grades above are a reflection of The Hilltop staff ’s honest evaluation in conjunction with student/attendee reaction both immediately following and a day after each event. The final “C+” score also takes the post-game tailgate and the complications that were out of the Steering Committee’s hands into account. Please note that not all events are weighed equally, as Yardfest generally has more attendance and anticipation than other events. **Gospel Show was too late to be accounted for.




Fashion Show: Exodus to Excellent Badu Shines at R&B Show take made this collection come alive to the beat of the timeless drum, as “Tempus”, which is Latin for time flies, flew into another segment of the show.

An important element of this year’s Homecoming Fashion Show was the incorporation of music. As one look shifted, so did the music. The music, mostly Kanye and Jay-Z, coincided with the theme of the evolution of fashion. The incorporation was just as important as the execution within the individual collections themselves, especially as the show moved between segments. The Andre Redou collection was up first in the Modern Minimalism segment of the show, and also became the first of a few collections to feature menswear. This collection incorporated simplicity, striking use of velvet, leather, and gave an overall ‘futuristic gothic feel’, along with great structure and unique execution within the minimalistic design. Redou’s collection, as the first menswear collection, set a high bar for the designers that followed suit.

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Maya Cade Life & Style Editor Students, bloggers, professionals, and alumni all poured into Cramton auditorium wearing their most fashionable duds as they patiently waited to view Howard University’s Homecoming sold-out Fashion Show titled “Tempus: Eden to Exodus”. The mood and anticipation was built up as DJ LR spun hits from back in the day and today. The night’s theme, “Tempus: Eden to Exodus”, was put into perspective immediately by a spoken word piece as the lights dimmed. The piece transformed the story of creation, and the events that took place in the Garden of Eden, to a parallel of the birth of fashion. This piece was also exemplified by the sounds of the Howard University Gospel Choir. Soon after, words scrolling across the display at the beginning of the runway, “open the gates”, signaled the official start of the runway segment of the show as the first looks from the self-taught Texas designer’s self entitled collection ‘Chasity Sereal’. Throughout Sereal’s collection, models stomped the runway sporting sequined ensembles, splashes of leather, mesh paneling, leather rousing, and like many other collections, embodied this season’s trend of flowers and leather. Chasity Sereal was followed by crowd-pleasing collections Lillie Designs. Lillie Designs, a collection


started in 2001 by Philadelphia designer Latasha Hall, embraced and executed this season’s womenswear trends of black leather, high necks, and mesh paneling which overall made this collection stand out. Lille Designs was followed by another crowd favorite, My M Collection. This New York designer, Melisa Mitchell, has been designing womenswear since fall 2011. A standout element of this collection was the overall sophistication in its simplicity yet intricate detailing. Sophomore Janelle Berry agrees. “I loved My M Collection and Lillie’s Designs the most, because I loved the way they both used different designs that were eccentric. I would wear the pieces I’ve seen because it’s my preferred sense of style to stand out. Both collections had beautiful pieces.“, Berry said. After the first couple of collections, the mood suddenly changed with Cherry Veric, a collection self-titled by Filipino designer Cherry Veric. The boldness and sparkle to this collection along with the showstopping final piece of a white coat that revealed a sparkling nude jumpsuit underneath, made this collection the the first of the evening to get a standing ovation. The atmosphere changed once more when “Tempus” was welcomed with sounds of the homeland, as a collection entitled “Kachi” displayed classic African designs and prints with a modern

Transfer student Marcus CraigBradford agreed. “Seeing mens fashion executed beautifully was a pivotal moment for men at Howard. Seeing [the designers step out of the stereotypical ‘hypebeast’ clothing and expanding their horizon in the fashion world is something to be appraised,” Craig-Bradford said. Other designers to feature menswear were AV3, Blackbird Jeans, Yany Brand, Arrogant Apparel, Ruckage Designs, and J. Cheikh. While many of the designers that featured menswear utilized urban wear (for men and women), Ruckage Designs and J. Cheikh both uniquely took the idea of business casual menswear and transformed it to be something that could fit into any modern man’s style. The final collection of “Tempus: Eden to Exodus” was presented by Nathaniel White, who is the designer, behind “NeNe L.A. Shiro”, this collection can be summed up as unique, interesting, and bold. It left the final statement and received a standing ovation after the final look of an ‘angel’ complete with wings and a flowy white gown to strut down the catwalk, the show was then commenced with young ballerinas dancing to Kanye West’s “Runway” that gave the audience the feel that they have truly witnessed the evolution of fashion from Eden to Exodus. “I believe it’s safe to say that the show was designed and executed in such a high caliber that it exceeded the expectations of everyone, audience and crew,” Craig-Bradford states.


Maya Cade Life & Style Editor

Photo by Jaisa Gooden, Staff Photographer

Upon entering Howard University’s Cramton Auditorium for an intimate night with Erykah Badu, the attendees were welcomed in with classic Neo-Soul tunes as Homecoming volunteers and staffers escorted them to their seats for the sold-out show. As the clock struck thirty minutes past ten, the stage was still untouched by the hands of the ‘Queen of Neo-Soul,’ but as a quarterhour before eleven approached; a surprise-opening guest welcomed the audience in with laughter and relief. Chaunte’ Wayans opened up the show by saying “y’all probably thinking who is this woman,” and let everyone know she’s just “a poor member of the Wayans family.” Chaunte’ Wayans then carried on as the audience connected to her jokes about her upbringing and sexual orientation, stating that ugly women who “give up on men and try to become gay,” chances are, “if men don’t like you, women won’t either.” She then introduced her cousin, Marlon Wayans, as the next surprise guest. Marlon Wayans starts his act off by making references to the overall Howard lifestyle. “I love this school, this is nostalgia for me, I went here. I didn’t graduate but that’s beside the point… Man back when I was here Drew Hall was a mixture of a haunted house and jail,” Marlon Wayans states. Marlon Wayan’s performance then continues on to include everything from Jay-Z, Michael Jackson, the Kardashians, and Kobe Bryant. But before he left off stage he had a piece of advice for current students. “Work hard, preserve, and make sure you’re doing something you love… Y’all will be somebody. I love y’all,” Marlon Wayans said. Following Marlon Wayans’ act, Badu’s band started setting and warming up, and as ten past midnight approached, the five-piece band gave an electrifying instrumental of “Gone Baby, Don’t Be

Long,” a stirring track from Badu’s 2010 album, “New Amerykah Part Two: Return of the Ankh.” After an extended silence, Badu appeared front and center undeterred by the time, sporting; ankle length braids, a head wrap, black tophat, red baggy sweatpants, yellow blazer, red and white poncho-like body wrap, and a red t-shirt as she hummed softly into the microphone the opening of “20 Feet Tall,” as her recognizable soulful voice commanded the attention of the audience. After a brief and humble introduction of herself, she eased her way into lesser-known material such as: “Time’s a Wastin,” from her sophomore album, “Mama’s Gun,” “The Healer,” and “Me,” from “New America Part One.” Though some of the audience may have gotten lost in the less recognizable material, Badu captivated their attention once more by segueing into her old material by a lengthy yet unique rendition of one of her most notable songs, “On and On,” from her debut album “Baduizm.” Badu then turned her attention to creating makeshift beats with her music-production device that led to a rendition of “Love of my Life Pt. 1” that was briefly remixed into Aaliyah’s “Rock the Boat,” which transformed into a pulsating version of “I Want You” from “The Worldwide Underground’. By this time, over half of the audience was out of their seat as Badu continued to play hit after hit from “Baduizm”, “Mama’s Gun”, and “New Amerykah Part Two.” As Badu shed pieces of her clothing—the poncho-like body wrap, black top-hat, and yellow blazer throughout the night, it was clear that her and the audience felt at home while she bore more and more of her soul throughout two standing ovations. Everything from her well-put together stage persona and unique rendition of songs made this intimate evening with Erykah Badu a night to remember.


Caught In Style: Homecoming Edition

Photos by Sydnee Monday, Staff Photographer and Rachel Cumberbatch, Photo Editor




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. Bison Trample Morgan State

Jourdan Henry Staff Writer

The Howard University football team (3-5, 2-3 MEAC) won its third consecutive homecoming game this past Saturday, defeating the Morgan State Bears (2-6, 2-2 MEAC) 28-14 in Greene Stadium. The Bison were able to secure the victory by forcing turnovers and relying on a hardnose rushing attack. Both quarterback Greg McGhee and running back Anthony Philyaw rushed for over 100 yards each to lead the team. The Bison ran the ball 54 times while only dropping back to pass on 21 plays. “We have to take advantage of what people are giving us. They were more focused on stopping Greg and the passing game,” said Petty on his decision to rely on the rushing attack. The Bison started the game with aggressive play-calling, converting all three of the team’s fourth down conversions on the first drive of the game. Howard capped off the lengthy 19-play opening drive with a one-yard touchdown run by freshman running back Anthony Philyaw on a fourth and goal. On the ensuing extra point attempt, Howard executed a fake PAT to perfection, in which the holder Richard Ayigero rolled out to the right and completed a pass to tight end David Wilson in the end zone. This drive gave the Bison an 8-0

lead and gave the team momentum. Morgan State head coach reflected on the fourth down conversions by saying, “They constantly kept getting momentum and when those types of things happen you breathe life into these offenses.” Morgan State responded with a lengthy drive as well by executing 19 consecutive run plays, until the drive stalled at the Howard 11-yard line. The kicker Chris Moller then missed the ensuing 27yard field goal attempt wide left. After the Bison were stopped on the following drive, sophomore punter John Fleck was forced to punt to Broderick Gager, who received the punt near the right sideline of the Morgan State 11-yard line. The senior return specialist then proceeded to elude tacklers and cut across the field and sprint 89 yards for Morgan State’s first score of the game. “After I caught it, I saw a few blocks that opened up and I just hit the hole as hard as I could,” said Gager. Later in the first half, the Bison would punt again, except this time the outcome would fall in Howard’s favor. Fleck brought the crowd to their feet with an exhilarating run on a fake punt. He successfully rolled out to the right and exploited a seam in the Morgan State defense as he followed his blockers for a 65-yard touchdown

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run with 3:02 remaining in the half. Although the Bears were prepared for the fake, they were unable to execute in stopping the sophomore punter from scoring. “We saw the fake punt last week vs. Florida A&M—we knew it was coming,” said Bears head coach Donald Hill-Eley. “It comes down to having a bunch of young guys, and not playing within the confinements of the scheme.” Howard cornerback Curtis Simmons sent the Bison into the locker room at halftime with 15-7 lead after intercepting a pass thrown by quarterback Robert Council when the Bears were threatening to score. On Howard’s first drive of the second half, the offense was able to wear down the Morgan State defense by attacking them on the ground. McGhee sparked the drive with an electrifying 33-yard scamper to the Morgan State 7-yard line. The drive ended with an Anthony Philyaw 7-yard touchdown run to extend Howard’s lead to 22-7. The following drive, with 8:50 remaining in the third quarter, the Bears substituted in freshman quarterback Moses Skillon. “[We] decided to go with Skillon to try to get a spark and get things going,” said Eley-Hill. Skillon was able to lead the Bears into Bison territory before throwing an interception to fresh-


man cornerback Kenneth Russ on the Bison one-yard line. The quarterback platoon for Morgan State was unable to improve the team’s aerial attack. Both quarterbacks Council and Skillon threw for a combined 104 yards and three interceptions. After a Bison three-andout, Fleck then poorly punted the football six yards, which allowed Morgan State to take over on the Howard 13-yard line. The Bears capitalized on the great field position by calling five straight run plays and punching the ball into the end zone on a one-yard quarterback draw by Moses Skillon. This touchdown made it a one-possession game with Morgan State narrowing the margin to 22-14. Early in the fourth quarter, the Bison put together two drives that led them into field goal range, but both attempts were missed by Fleck. The play that cemented the victory for Howard was the blind-side sack of quarterback Skillon by senior defensive end ToaVon Sheets that led to a fumble recovery by the Bison on the Morgan State 32-yard line. The Bison defense had yet another stellar performance, only allowing seven points, forcing four turnovers, and containing the dual-threat quarterbacks—Council and Skillon. “For the most part we

played well. When we had the opportunities to make plays and get off the field, we did that,” said safety Cam Alston who led the team with 11 tackles. The offense then ran the ball four consecutive times, leading to Anthony Philyaw running untouched into the right side of the end zone for his third touchdown of the game on a four-yard rush. This score gave Howard a 28-14 lead that the team would sustain for the final 1:07 of the game. “This young man Anthony Philyaw is going to be special in this conference for the next couple of year,” said Petty. “He’s got great vision, he’s strong, and he’s fast,” With this win, Howard has won back-to-back games for the first time this season, “Everything is starting to come together. We have five games remaining and our focus is to go out and execute well and do all the things that it takes to win football games,” said Petty. The Bison look to win their third consecutive game as the team travels to Dover, Del. to face Delaware State (3-5, 3-2 MEAC) on Saturday at 2:00 p.m.






Howard Basketball is Back Fresh and Frantic Kristin Overton Contributing Writer

When planting the seeds of success, the “waiting and watching” game are key components. Nurturing, caring and sometimes pulling a few weeds in the process are all apart of getting to reap the benefits. Nonetheless, when the time comes to receive the reward, it’s a great feeling. For Howard University men’s basketball head coach Kevin Nickelberry, that time is now. Entering his fourth season here at Howard, Coach Nickelberry has seen the high and low tides that come with being a NCAA Division I head coach. The Bison, who finished 8-9 in MEAC play last season, are partaking in a complete restoration. This season’s roster is replete with 10 talented new recruits, hailing from coast to coast and bringing their talents to Burr Gymnasium. At a glimpse, a few of the players like 6-foot-10-inch freshman Marcel Boyd, is projected to be a dominating force inside the paint with his height, strength and shot blocking abilities. Elite players such as Virginia’s Tri-State Player of the Year James Daniel will also suit up as a Bison for his first NCAA season and showcase his quick point guard capabilities. Daniel is predicting his rookie year as a Bison to be progressive with the guidance from the veteran leadership. “Hopefully my transition [into collegiate play] will be smooth, we have good leaders and captains that show us the way,” says Daniel. With previous dismal seasons in the past, Nickelberry expects energy and effort every day and every play. He knows that each player brings their own individual talent and abilities to the team, which collectively allows them to compete with opponents.

Photo by Jaisa Gooden, Staff Phographer

“We’re predicting that we will be able to lay the foundation of the new style of play this season and that the fans will enjoy seeing the difference a year can make. Not only in this fast tempo play but in the type of players we have,” says Nickelberry. Nickelberry has implemented a new style of play for the upcoming season titled “Frantic 40”. This fastpaced approach produces 94 feet of up-tempo, full-court, and intense pressure on both sides of the ball. The team has been hard at work in the offseason, conditioning to meet the demands of such an arduous style of play. Nickelberry is also looking to the leadership and experience from the third year players that will set the tone and work ethic for the younger guys. Juniors Oliver Ellison and Brandon Ford are both working

their way back into shape from injuries but are continuing to put their best foot forward as they bring their knowledge and toughness to the game. Prince Okoroh, junior, is particularly one of the central leaders Nickelberry looks to in close game situations, as he’s expected to serve as a pivotal leader for the rest of the team. Okoroh, who has had his fair share of life’s hardships on and off the court, is the “no-nonsense guy” and embodies the academic integrity of a student-athlete. Aside from the fact that he is the only player on the roster to average more than 20 minutes per game, he has the personality and poise to lift spirits and rally the troops in times of need. “As a veteran, it’s my role to set an example to let the team know what

they need to do on and off the court to be successful,” reiterates Okoroh. With last season’s offensive leader Mike Phillips completing his four years of play, Okoroh will have to find a way to fill in where Phillip’s shooting and rebounding left off. The 6-foot-5, Maryland native obtains play making abilities that can allow him to do just that, and then some. Nickelberry has also hinted at the emergence of senior transfer James Carlton to potentially change the dynamic of the team’s capabilities with his athleticism this season. “JC has the talent and is an unbelievable above the rim type of athlete with the ability to shoot the ball,” states Nickelberry, who believes the College of Charleston transfer is a key element to the team

offensively and defensively. With the program going through such a transitional phase in many aspects, a few bumps in the road can be expected as a learning curve. Nickelberry, however, has faith and is optimistic that this special group of guys has what it takes to excel at the next level of play and change the culture of basketball at Howard. The new face of Howard University’s men’s basketball team will debut on November 8 in a preseason matchup against Washington College at 7:00 p.m. in Burr Gymnasium. Okoroh has rallied his squad and advises the fans to come out and “just be ready, its going to get real. Frantic 40 is in the building.”

Howard Finishes Second At MEAC Cross Country Championships via HU PRINCESS ANNE, MD --- The Howard University Men’s Cross Country team wrapped up their season by finishing in 2nd Place at the 2013 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Championships Saturday afternoon. Howard (60 points) placed right behind defending champion Florida A&M University and placed three runners - Elisha Metto, Giovani Mowatt and Aaron Harrison - on the 15-member MEAC All-Conference team.

Metto ran a team-best time of 25:41.20 to finish 5th overall, while Mowatt came in with a 9th Place time of 26:17.50 and Harrison ended with a 12th Place run of 26:35.20.

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2013 MEAC MEN’S CROSS COUNTRY FINAL RESULTS 1. Florida A&M - 30 pts 2. HOWARD - 68 PTS 3. North Carolina A&T - 80 pts 4. Norfolk State - 94 pts 5. UMES - 138 pts 6. Bethune-Cookman - 195 pts 7. Morgan State - 203 pts 8. Delaware State - 204 pts 9. Hampton - 213 pts



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Coppin State - 267 pts North Carolina Central 284 pts Savannah State - 294 pts South Carolina State 329 pts

Elias Chesire, Florida A&M Daniel Cheruiyot, Florida A&M Kevin Marindich, Florida A&M Geoffrey Sambu, Florida A&M

5. ELISHA METTO, HOWARD 6. Khalil Kinini Rmidi, UMES 7. Damtew Adnew, Norfolk State 8. Sammy Kiptoo, Norfolk State 9. GIOVANI MOWATT, HOWARD 10. Daniel Ketter, Bethune-Cookman 11. Saeed Jones, North Carolina A&T 12. AARON HARRISON, HOWARD 13. Ricy Brown, Bethune-Cookman 14. Darren White, North Carolina A&T 15. Lenier Tucker, Morgan State





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