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Crossfire Debate: Second Speak-Out Kennedi Fuller Contributing Writer
questioned the motives, eligibility and adequacy of their opponents. The candidates for Undergraduate Trustee are students Kali Stewart, Odell Patterson, and Tuedy Wilson.
The campus elections commission staged their second speak out on Thursday, February 20th. This time, it a cross fire debate where the candidates for HUSA President, Vice-President and Undergraduate Trustee had a chance to directly question their opponents about their qualifications, past student involvement and the points on their platforms.
“As of January 12, 2013 over 3,000 students had an outstanding balance,” said Wilson. She promised the audience that if elected, she would aim to erase student outstanding balances through her GoFundHU app.
“We’re at a point in time where the university’s future is at risk. Right now, student leaders are desperately needed,” said Peterman, referring to Moody’s downgrading of Howard University’s credit rating, fluctuating student enrollment, tuition increases and reduction in financial resources. Photo by Gesiye Komonibo, Photographer
With their platform “Empower: Awakening the Consciousness of the Mecca,” Peterman, running for HUSA Executive President and Scott, as fellow Executive Vice-President still faced rebuttals from fellow juniors and opponents Leighton Watson for Executive President and Ikenna Ike for Executive Vice President. “We’ve already began the SHIFT towards a better Howard,” the Watson-Ike slate argued. Both slates mentioned details listed on their promotional flyers plastered on notice boards and building walls across the campus. One
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concrete recent step that Watson and Ike reminded the audience of is how they conducted research and wrote the letter to meet with former President Ribeau, in order to help negotiate a deal to oust the former CFO, Robert Tarola. Watson and Ike are also currently executing a plan where 10 wireless printers will be installed in each dorm and can be accessed from phones, tablets and laptops. They also have came to an agreement with Enterprise Technology Services to allow students to print 210 pages per week in opposition to the former 30 pages a day limit. They
even push to install at least one Brita Hydration Station to purify water in each academic building on campus. However, Peterman and Scott called what their opponents presented as accomplishments, “small scale.” “Brita water fountains are nice but what is that going to do for students who don’t even have hot water to shower with in the morning?” Peterman asked over cheers from the audience. Brandon Dean, Commissioner of
student elections, had a surprise for the audience when he announced the guest appearance of Timothy Jenkins, who was HUSA executive president in 1960. “It’s one thing to learn from your mistakes but it’s another thing to learn from the mistakes of others,” said Jenkins as he encourages the candidates to reach out to past leaders of the University to ensure that Howard has a successful future. The Undergraduate Trustee crossfire debate took a different approach that included vaguely humorous remarks as they rigorously
BROOKLYN TO HOWARD: A CALL TO INSPIRE
One Howard University student’s vision led to a positive and motivational forum for 35 young males from Brooklyn. Jason Davis, a sophomore black politics major at Howard and member of the Society of Collegiate Black Men, partnered with African People’s Exalting Inc. (APEX) in Brooklyn to bring middle school boys to Howard and introduce them to successful students in the Howard community last Friday. The event, titled Brooklyn to Howard, was structured in breakout groups, with two student mentors per group of five to seven youth. Taking place in the ballroom of the Blackburn Center, the event featured a panel of guest speakers and about 20 student mentors in various fields.
economics in America, to literature and blacks in entertainment were discussed openly, with mentors listening with a keen ear to the issues brought up by the youth. Caleb Curl, an entrepreneur and motivational speaker in his second year at Howard began his speech by asking youth to repeat the affirmation, “I am the world’s greatest! I can do anything as long as I put my mind, my time, and my grind into it!” His message was specifically targeted to boys who dream of a professional athletic career. He advised them to “always have a backup plan” and create their own businesses, reiterating the notion that anything is possible if you work hard and work smart.
In each group, topics ranging from
Ashley Sapp, a junior at Howard,
whose little brother was in the audience, gave the most heartfelt oration. She told the story of her college experience at a predominantly white institution, and how it differed from a historically black college. At her former school, her white instructors were uneducated about the nuances of AfricanAmerican life, and tried to academically penalize her based on their disbelief of black historical events that she reported. Speaking to the audience, Sapp said, “As AfricanAmerican young men, [you must realize that] our history doesn’t matter to them, so it has to matter to us.” She called on the young men to avoid the tendency to make excuses or justify their actions with the
harshness of their daily lives. At this point, she broke into tears, looking at her little brother whom she hopes will attend an HBCU in a few short years. Davis, who benefitted from APEX’s college tours and manhood training initiatives, cites Carlos Walton, APEX’s founder, as the person who inspired him to go to college in 8th grade. Walton brought him to Howard on a college tour in high school and helped him get into the university his senior year. For Davis, it was time to take on a leadership role in facilitating educational exchange between collegiate students and black youth. There is a lack of opportunity for young black males to receive strong guidance from black men, and Davis’ goal is provide those opportunities and steer kids away from the tragic lifestyle
Over the course of their debate, Patterson and Stewart questioned Wilson on the importance of the numerous smart boards that she wants to install in classrooms. However, Wilson stood her ground, insisting that smart boards were a necessity and would increase the Howard University learning experience. After the heated crossfire, students realized that this year’s decisions may be harder than ever. “They are really showing us what’s important on campus,” said Ruslyn Gray, a sophomore Film major, who attended the debate. “This is my first time attending one of these and it was actually really interesting. These are some really great candidates and it’s going to be a tough decision when it comes time to vote.”
that so many men of color fall into. “The purpose of the event was to ensure 35 male students from Brooklyn were knowledgeable about the opportunities in attending HBCU’s,” Davis said, “The event further sought to guide and make mentorship available to them.” Many of the middle school students have lived in temporary housing within this school year, and most of them have been homeless at one point or another. Despite difficulties, they are a bright group of young men with dreams, and they need the support and mentorship that makes the difference between becoming another black male statistic and being a pioneer in the black community.
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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 Daniel White Opinions Editor Quantrel Hedrick Copy Chief Alexis Grant 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 Marc Rivers Columnist
The race to student leadership is on: Two slates for HUSA President and Vice-President and three candidates for Undergraduate Trustee still remain in this year’s campaign season . But who will make the finish line? Here’s what the candidates would like you to know before placing your vote on February 28th.
HUSA President & Vice-President Candidates Emmy Victor Campus Editor Erin Van Dunk Staff Writer Maya Cade Life & Style Editor Peterman and Scott decided to run together due to their strong relationship and shared vision for the future of Howard, while their respective positions on campus have provided them with the opportunity to hear the concerns of students and motivated them to take a stand. Peterman and Scott feared that during this transitional stage at Howard University, the new leaders chosen may not understand the legacy, uniqueness and culture of the university which is why student engagement is one of four tenets included in their platform. One of the initiatives for student engagement is a Student Advisory Board, which would be composed of all key student leaders, as well as campus organization leaders, to discuss issues at the university and to create plans of action to resolve these issues.
Their platform also includes academic affairs with a focus on incorporating a J-Semester that would allow students to earn internship or course credit during winter break; health and safety with initiatives for covering shuttle stops and attaching blue light systems to each as well as updating the university surveillance cameras; and facilities and structures which would include upgrading Wi-Fi connectivity, installing key card systems on all buildings so that students would have additional, secure venues for studying, as well as the renovation of Greene Stadium. In addition to the tenets, Peterman and Scott would like to ensure that Howard University remains relevant on a global level by ensuring that the legacy of taking a stance in social justice issues is perpetuated and that the mission of the university is expanded beyond the gates.
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Leighton Watson and Ikenna Ike have already started to implement many of their initiatives to “Shift HU,” but one intangible area that they continue to arise in throughout this campaign season is the trust in each other as a slate. With experiences in different leadership roles on campus, these candidates believe that together, they create a dynamic duo: while they may come from different student experiences, they
share similar wants and needs for the betterment of Howard. Within the past year, the WatsonIke slate have worked to increase student printing pages, wireless printers in dorms, Brita Hydration stations around school buildings. The slate is known for writing a letter that attracted administration attention and began the push for former CFO Robert Tarola out of
office. While planning on developing several long-term initiatives, if elected, the slate plans on proposing ideas that are realistic and feasible within their certain amount of time in office. These areas include campus safety, academic renewal, and university wide accountability.
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Undergraduate Trustee Candidates
Tuedy Wilson Junior Chemical Engineering Major
Fort Lauderdale, Florida ODell Patterson
Tuedy Wilson has chosen to run for Undergraduate Trustee because she believes “it’s time” to put forward new initiatives in order to continue the legacy of Howard University. After attending several meetings with the Independent Funds Appropriation Fund Committee, Wilson was dismayed to find that over 3,000 Howard University students had outstanding balances almost a month into the 2014 calendar school year. Realizing that past Undergraduate Trustees have helped prevent students from being purged, she decided that this role would advocate for this issue and other experiences at Howard.
Since then, Wilson has taken action and met with several members of the current Board of Trustees including current Chairman Mr. Addison Barry Rand and current Undergraduate Student Trustee Mr.
A main focus of Wilson’s, if elected, is to close the gap between the Board of Trustees and student body. Wilson hopes to close this gap through a Trustee Club, which would hold two meetings twice per semester with two members of the Board of Trustee. Another focus includes bettering the alumni experience by Wilson’s Go Fund Howard initiative, in which she hopes to have a smartphone application that would allow alumni to donate directly to students. Wilson’s favorite part of her platform is a SmartBoard initiative, to improve overall learning experience.
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Kali A. Stewart Junior Telecommunications Major Orange County, California
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Kali Stewart plans to bring Howard University out the dark with her platform “Vision: Turning On the Lights to a New Howard.” Stewart shares that she became aware to the “changing” Howard through her mentorship roles in the School of Communications and Freshman Leadership Academy. Each mentee she garnered is where she realized that students are being deprived out of the great Howard University experience that she was familiar with. Stewart decided to run for Undergraduate Trustee to restore the potential of the university by sitting on the Board, where she can voice students concerns and propose reasonable budget initiatives.
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ODell Patterson believes that he is the definitive unconventional candidate because he is approaching this election season from the perspective of a student and not the big man on campus. In his ‘voice of the students’ approach to this campaign season, Patterson has created a platform entitled “Restoring the Student’s Agenda”. This agenda will encompass programs that he hopes will help give the students a peace of mind while simultaneously advocating their needs and wants. Facets of his “Restoring Student’s Agenda” platform will include the “Alumni Ambassador Program,” incorporating him and a team of representative members of every student council to prepare a database of Alumni for all student’s disposal, an in-house student financial literacy course, and an all over promotion of transparency between him and the students of Howard
University. Patterson is also planning other initiatives such as the “DC/HU coalition” which will help students gain housing in the LeDroit Park area and eventually reforming visitation policies for 24-hour visitation, which he calls his “healthcare reform.” Patterson stated that he is running because he felt convicted and that he had things worth bringing out to the students, and if he isn’t elected as Undergraduate Trustee, he will make sure his initiatives are brought to life with his service organization on campus, The Collegiate 100. Patterson wants every voter to remember to not get distracted with ‘who’s who’ but remember what the person stands for and to put productivity before popularity.
through her “Every Brick Counts” initiative, where alumni can purchase bricks with a message outside the new dorms and research buildings, setting a “path of redefined excellence” for current and future students. Another idea includes advancements and investments in technological resources, like creating a Bison application that will include a funding tab for donations. Alumni participation in this application as well as her other ideas are especially important, as she tackles to bridge the gap between our previous and current students.
As Undergraduate Trustee, Stewart would like to bring several proposals to the Board, including changes in fundraising practices. One way is
Photo courtesy of Kali Stewart
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ANC Meetings Hold Valuable Information for Howard Students Lauren Buchanan Contributing Writer
Residents of Ward 1 gather on the second floor of the Frank D. Reeves Municipal Center as they wait for the doors of the multipurpose room to be unlocked. Many are residents and business owners in Ward 1, regulars at the Advisory Neighborhood Commission, or ANC meetings held every month to stay up to date with what is happening in their neighborhood. As the crowd grows, there seems to be one largely absent group: Howard University students. Despite the university being located in Ward 1, there are no Howard students in sight, and that could cost students, literally. At the February meeting, the District Department of Transportation announced a plan for transportation and street improvements for lower Georgia Avenue. DDOT is proposing to implement streetcars on Georgia Avenue, an endeavor that could potentially raise the rent for residents living on the major corridor. Students living off-campus on Georgia Avenue are intertwined in the fabric of their community. Therefore, this is an issue that could affect them as well. However, many may not know about it because they do not attend ANC meetings, which focus on neighborhood issues including public safety, development, businesses, education and transportation. “College students are residents, and everything that happens effects them,” says Ward 1B secretary Ricardo Reinoso, who has lived in Ward 1 for more than 16 years. While the proposed transportation and street improvements were main topics of discussion, February’s monthly meeting also dealt with noise complaints, liquor license requests and another issue of great importance in Ward 1 – public safety.
During the meeting, the ANC held elections for the head of the committee of public safety, which was eventually won by resident, Sedrick Muhammed. Candidate and local D.C. native Jessica Rucker, 30, however, had a few words to say on the matter. Rucker lives in Columbia Heights and is passionate about public safety in her neighborhood. “There are a lot of folks in Columbia Heights that are being blamed for stuff they’re not doing or feel like in an effort to kind of be attended to, are doing things to get folks’ attention. So it’s up to us to really listen,” says Rucker. As Reinoso stated, Howard University students are affected by the changes that are going on in the neighborhoods of Ward 1. Therefore, it is important for all residents to be informed about what is happening and take responsibility for the changes they want to see. Going to ANC meetings is a step in that direction. “We are the heart and soul of the neighborhood,” asserts Reinoso. “We represent anywhere between 2,000 to 2,400 residents. So we’re typically very close to our neighbors.” He adds, “We deal with everything that the city council deals with…but on a more neighborhood level.” For those who may still need convincing, consider 56-year-old resident and condo president, Tim Fretz and his take on ANC meetings. “It’s kind of like reality TV,” says Fretz, who attends nearly every meeting, said Fretz. “You kind of learn the relationships between commissioners and whose not getting along with who. [It’s] like neighborhood gossip entertainment.” Ward 1B ANC meetings take place on the first Thursday of every month at 7p.m. in the Reeves Center.
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WASHINGTON D.C: FIRST STOP FOR ALVIN AILEY’S 2014 TOUR Emmy Victor Campus Editor
It started with a revelation - one that occurred over half a century ago. A courageous Alvin Ailey and group of bold African American men led a dance company, that because of its originality from society’s modern ballet, is now remarkably acclaimed in over six continents, 70 countries, and by 25 million people since its first show in 1958. It continues with a performance— several that occurred earlier this month. The legendary Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre returned to a familiar Kennedy Center, gracing the opera house with five days of performances ranging from This year’s innovative and classic dance selections included three choices per show: between “Chroma” and “D-Man in the Water;” “Lift” and “Petit Mort,” or “Four Corners” and “The River.” Alvin Ailey’s most critically recognized and famous work, “Revelations,” closed every single performance. Anyone who was able to catch one of their totaled seven performances was lifted up out of their seats for several standing ovations, as effort-
lessly as the male dancers lifted up the females for several great shows. When the curtains opened for “Lift,” the audience found themselves gazing at a mystified stage with 20 topless men in black pants. Narrowing down to one male in the smoky spotlight, a group of six ladies in tribal apparel danced around to an upbeat array of music selections. A world premiere, the full company participated and even led way for two male and female solos before the curtains fell for the first intermission. Rushing to get back to their seats before intermission ended, the audience witnessed “Petit-Mort,” a jaw-dropping collection of classical work that consisted of nifty beige costumes, bronze fencing foils, and brown sheets that dancers ripped over other company dancers during motions. A contemporary ballet with six men and woman on the stage left the audience with memories, and yearning for more during the second intermission. “Revelations” dance scenes are copyrighted to the Alvin Ailey Foundation, and therefore, the only company in the world able to reinvent this movement, over and over again. The soul-searching dance explores the deepest moments of the black quest towards freedom
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through several spiritual and gospel songs. The company shows up with everything from slave-era white and yellow dresses with fans and men to compliment, to automatic dresses that zoomed across the stage. The final performance captured the audience and led to over 10 minutes of cheers. Making the nation’s capitol the opening city on their four-month tour, the company’s 30th annual opening gala ceremony was accommodated by the performing arts center. The dinner and fundraiser was swarmed with elite members of the African American Community; several members of Congress, company sponsors/supporters, and overall prestigious lovers of dance. Members of the foundation in attendance included Artistic Director, Robert Battle, show visual and technical producers, and over 30 dance company members, including Howard University Alum Hope Boykins. Remaining cities on their tour include Atlanta, Chicago, and Las Vegas—ending with the last performance at the Lincoln Center in their home city, New York. All information from this article was extracted from the Alvin Ailey Foundation.
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. The Quarter-Life Crisis: Myth or Reality? Maya Cade Life & Style Editor
Let’s face it, the constant chatter of old folks talking about ‘back in my day’ and the consistent pressures to ensure job security while being a young and gifted African American in a racially repressed society can be overwhelming to say the least. That’s even without mentioning the fact that most of us are simultaneously trying to leave Howard with a decent GPA. What is one to do when older Americans tell tales of “I bought my first house right out of college, married my spouse shortly after, and started at the bottom of this company and worked my way up to the boss”? In today’s ‘post-racial’ society, coupled with a tough job market and a sometimes seemingly even tougher dating pool, that no longer seems like the popular scenario for the young women and men of our generation. This overall phenomenon has been characterized under the umbrella term “quarter-life crisis”. A portion of Urbandictionary.com’s definition of the quarter-life crisis is as follows: “It’s an age where a lot people start developing a more realistic outlook in life and start feeling that if they haven’t accomplished certain things in life they thought they would by then that they may never.”
This time in our life, often called “our prime”, was once marked as a time for adventure, risks, and opportunity, but has now been transformed, for many, to a state of indecision and the feeling of a lack of accomplishment.
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the quarter-life crisis that separates today’s Millennial Generation from the likes of Baby Boomers is the overwhelming presence of student debt. The Baby Boomer’s ability to work their way through school with a minimum wage job doesn’t quite add up in today’s $8.25 an hour job and $40,000 a year in tuition and
working at your first job affects a student’s likelihood to pay back student loans. The old to-do of “buying your first home after you get your first real job out of college” is also being hindered by the unforgiving climate for people with student debt . A study released by the U.S. Department
discrimination. Another common old to-do of “I’m gonna marry my college and start a family with them” is also seeing a significant shift in likelihood. With employment rates in mind, nearly 1-out-of-3 adults from 18 to 31 are still living at home and the least amount of young adults are married in recent history. Doesn’t surprise you? Didn’t surprise us either. Speaking of unemployment, a study conducted by Pew Research reports that the black unemployment rate has been consistently twice as high as the white unemployment rate since the first Bureau of Labor statistics were first reported in 1953. Though this may not surprise many, researches have also found substantial proof to the common mantra of “blacks are the first fired”.
Many people do not agree with the term ‘quarter-life crisis’, marking it as just another phase of life or as the laziness/lack of drive from Millennials. However, there are many signs indicating that more and more twenty-somethings have justifiable reason to feel the paralyzing fear of what’s next. A commonly discussed aspect of
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According to American Student Assistance, 60% of current college attendees take out student loans and there is currently an estimated amount of up to $1T to be paid back. Though today’s interest rates aren’t the highest in history, other factors such as unemployment or earning little to nothing while
of Housing and Development also provides proof that discrimination is still alive and well in the housing market as people of color search for a home. A market that first-time home buyers previously comprised one-third of has taken a back seat to student loans, unemployment, the lack of salaries rising to match higher housing costs, and possibly
With all of these chilling aspects that contribute to the quarter-life crisis, this stalemate of a situation may seem like a continual dark tunnel and though a quick-fix may seem impossible, it’s important to try to make the best of it. That can be done by looking up solutions to your specific problems and trying to enjoy life as it comes, hurdles and all.
Can’t Drive? Take a Ride: Lyft vs. Uber Gemmika Champion Contributing Writer As college students in a bustling urban city, transportation to and from locations can sometimes be difficult. From struggles with the metro to the ever-changing shuttle bus schedule, sometimes taking a taxi is the only solution. Hailing a cab is a task that many do not have the time or patience to do, so taxi’s services are the next best thing. Currently there are a number of mobile applications that provide people with escort services, but the most common on Howard’s campus are Uber and Lyft. The two both provide the necessary service of getting from point A to point B, but they have different perks and amenities. Uber offers a variety of vehicle types which options for use are as follows: UberX, UberBLACK,
UberSUV, and UberTAXI. They all vary in price range from the lowest UberX, which has a base fare of $3.10 plus 29 cents per minute and $1.40 per mile, to the most expensive UberSUV which starts at a base fare of $14 dollars and charges 45 cents per minute plus the $3.65 per mile.
mile. This company differs from Uber, because they do not automatically budget tip into the bill and allow for their custom to decide the amount they like to give after the ride. Sometimes as a student rider it may be better to take a Lyft depending on the destination and traffic patterns.
Uber does provide the more luxury experience. Upon ordering and Uber luxury car whether it be the UberBLACK or UberSUV, one may be greeted with a full service ride including the opening of car doors, complimentary water bottles, and a maybe a candy or two.
Both services do preregistered payments that allow for the customers to not hassle throughout their rides, along with the opportunity to prealert your driver of your desired destination. They also both allow through their mobile application the ability to track in real time the vehicle that is being ordered. These services also allow for the opportunity to see the name and photo of the driver when en route.
On the Lyft side they charge a consistent rate for their vehicles that do not vary in size. Lyft’s prices are based on the combination of the time and distance as well, starting with a pickup fee of $2.25 and a $1.00 trust and safety fee plus 30 cents per minute and $1.50 per
When ordering one of these services you are contacted not only through email with your travel receipt, but also via your mobile
phone. Text alerts are sent to the user throughout the process of ordering these vehicles, creating an easy environment for their customers to be alerted. In most cases when the driver arrives you will receive a phone call, but if you decide not to ride be wary because
both services have a minimum $5 dollar cancellation fee. So whether you are in need of a quick ride to an interview or a safe ride to a party, these two are sure to help you in getting to your destination.
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Darryl Murphy was just a college freshman in 1985 when he met Dr. Odell Hobbs, his choral instructor at Virginia Union University (VUU). As per his upbringing, Murphy reached out to shake the hand of his new professor and was taken-aback at what he felt. Seeing the surprised reaction of the young man, Hobbs just chuckled. Having been born with only nubs as fingers, except a thumb on his left hand and a forefinger and thumb on the right, the gifted pianist had grown used to surprised looks and even suffered painful teasing in his youth. Despite what some would perceive as a handicap, the now late Dr. Hobbs – a Clarkton, N.C. native who passed away in 2008 - excelled against all odds. Born with only three full fingers, he started playing the piano in his home church at the age of 3 and went on to earn a music degree from Howard University in 1960 and then a doctorate from the University of Western Colorado. Because of his hands, Howard music professors initially questioned his ability to succeed in the rigorous music program.
“When they asked if I had any handicaps, I said no because I never thought of myself as being handicapped because I could do anything I wanted to except wear a glove,” Hobbs said in an exclusive interview videotaped by Richmond, Va. Black history buff John Bynum. As a test, Hobbs said Howard gave him a probationary period in which to accomplish certain assignments. “I accomplished most of the objectives in a month that had been set for a year,” he said in the video in which he demonstrated his ability to play even classical music with his three fingers and the sides of his hands. Dr. Hobbs went on to teach music at mostly historically Black colleges and universities, starting at VUU in 1966, where he helped to found the music department and establish a music major. Later in his career, a student choir under his direction at Langston University was selected to represent Oklahoma at the World’s Fair in New York City. Given the historic struggles of Black people from slavery to Jim Crow to the civil rights movement and even current racial struggles, the progress of African-Americans in general is indeed to be celebrated. But, Hobbs is among champions who used his own barrier-breaking experiences to push others to accomplish their goals – against all odds. As an accomplished pianist and chorale director, Hobbs impacted the lives of his students far beyond music, recalls Murphy, the former student who was surprised by his hands. Now a history researcher, curator and president of the Beaufort, N.C. Branch of the NAACP, Murphy continued to be mentored by Hobbs well into his professional adult life. In May 2008, he served as a pall bearer at Hobb’s funeral.
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“Dr. Hobbs was a master teacher. Who I am today as a professional Black man is because of Dr. Hobbs,” he said in a Black History Month 2014 interview. He recalled how Hobbs taught the choir to sing Negro spirituals with passion and understanding by teaching the singers the historic struggles and events behind the songs. In doing so, “he actually became my history professor.”
Odell Hobbs is not a household name. But there are many other well-known and little-known champions who also overcame hurdles – beyond race - in order to forge American progress. Here are just a few examples:
Iconic vocalist and pianist Stevie Wonder, who became blind shortly after birth, is not only considered one of the greatest musicians of the 21st century, but was named a United Nation’s Messenger of Peace in 2009. He has used his fame to help win a national holiday for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., to fight against apartheid in South Africa, and against world hunger.
Ever Lee Hairston, known to describe herself as “Black, blind and successful” travels throughout the U. S. and abroad lobbying for the blind. Having picked cotton, attended segregated schools and worked in the civil rights movement alongside Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., she became blind in her late 20s, but gained her confidence through education. Among other leadership activities, she has served as coordinator for the New Jersey Commission for the Blind LEAD (Leadership, Education, Advocacy, Determination) Program, which mentors blind and visually impaired teens.
Harriet Tubman, among the most famous heroines in history, suffered from fainting spells and dizziness attributed to a head wound from a master when she was just a teenager; yet she led hundreds of slaves to freedom.
Hobbs, who pushed students to soar above hurdles beyond race, is among this list. Recalls Murphy, “Dr. Hobbs did not accept excuses. And if you did not give him A or B work, you didn’t pass. It was either an A, B or F…Because he had that handicap, he would not accept any excuses.”
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Khari Arnold, Sports Editor
email@example.com transition and the Howard crowd began to silence. Maxwell, who is the reigning MEAC Defensive Player of the Week, finished the game with 19 points and 10 rebounds. “We were just being a little careless,” said Daniel. “We need to lock-in more and prevent any dead stretches.” After the Maxwell dunk, Daniel and Stone engineered a 16-4 run that cut what was once a 13-point Hampton lead to six as the Bison were down 79-73. The Bison would continue their rally with 49 seconds remaining as freshman guard James Miller hit a deep three-pointer to bring Howard within three.
Freshmen Tyler Stone and James Miller box out Hamptonʼs DuʼVaughn Maxwell. Stone scored a career-high 17 points.
Howard Falls to Hampton in Thriller Rivalry Matchup Khari Arnold Sports Editor
In a sellout crowd, freshman James Daniel scored a career-high 38 points for the Bison, but Hampton held off Howard, 81-78, in Saturday’s conference showdown at Burr Gymnasium. Led by Du’Vaughn Maxwell, Hampton (15-11, 10-3 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) earned their fourth consecutive win as Howard (6-21, 4-8 MEAC) now sits on a
four-game losing streak.
“As far as physicality, Hampton is one the toughest teams in the league,” said Howard head coach Kevin Nickelberry. “We knew they would try to come in and want to take over our gym.” Daniel, who compared Saturday’s crowd to Duke fans, set the pace for Howard early as he tantalized the gymnasium with his popular pull-up threes in transition and mid-range
2014 NBA Trade Deadline: Recap Khari Arnold Sports Editor
Despite the anticipation, it isn’t often that trades of high-profile players being discussed come to fruition mid-season. And unless AllStars from 2009 are still considered high-profile, nothing has changed. The talks of Kevin Love, Rajon Rondo, Pau Gasol and Carmelo Anthony being traded by February 20 have now expired as the 2014 NBA Trade Deadline has officially passed. While the deadline day didn’t consist of action that sent social media into a frenzy, it was, however, comprised of several trades that can improve certain team’s chances in the playoffs, and others in the lottery. The Indiana Pacers, who continue their roster additions to a team that took the Miami Heat to a seven-
game series in last year’s Eastern Conference Finals, traded for Evan Turner and Lavoy Allen from the Philadelphia 76ers in an exchange for Danny Granger and a future second-round pick. In his fourth-year in the league, Turner is averaging a career-high 17.4 points per game and 6.0 rebounds. He not only adds depth to a playoff contender, but also replaces a 30-year-old Granger who’s had a seemingly unproductive season as he continues to battle various injuries. Trading Turner was far from being the 76ers’ only move as center Spencer Hawes was sent to the Cleveland Cavaliers for forwards Earl Clark (who was waived within 24 hours) and Henry Sims, along with two 2014 second-round picks (one from Cleveland, the other from Memphis).
jumpers. The seven-time MEAC Rookie of the Week shot 3-for-4 from the three-point line within the first six minutes of play. “I think he’s the best freshman in our league and one of the best in the country,” said Nickelberry. After coming out of halftime down 39-37, Daniel would be doubleteamed frequently by Hampton’s man-to-man defense.
With the Cavaliers being a fringe playoff team, Hawes’ chances of helping Cleveland garner the eighth seed in the East may not seem dramatic, but he’s a 7-footer that can attack the glass, protect the rim and even spread the floor as he’s shooting a career-high 39.9 percent from three-point range this season. The 76ers continued their midseason reboot by partaking in a three-team trade with the Denver Nuggets and Washington Wizards. Philadelphia attained former Wizards guard Eric Maynor and two second-round picks (one via Washington, one from Denver) while the Nuggets received forward Jan Vesley from Washington as the Wizards added guard Andre Miller from Denver to the roster. For the Wizards, it goes without saying that the 37-year-old Miller is well past his prime, but after a dreadful start to Maynor’s career in Washington this season, adding a veteran leader who can still distribute and score does no harm for a team pushing to make the playoffs. Miller’s replacement will be point
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With forward Prince Okoroh struggling mightily, Daniel’s effort would be followed by freshman Tyler Stone, who scored 11 of his careerhigh 17 points in the second half. “We have to have other guys step up and give [Daniel] some help,” said Nickelberry. “Tyler’s been big these last couple of games. He matched their toughness and was an enforcer for us.” Despite Stone’s performance in the second half, Hampton’s full court press and transition baskets led to a 12-0 run midway through the half as the Pirates began to pull away. With 4:27 remaining, a turnover by Daniel led to a Maxwell dunk in guard Aaron Brooks, who was traded over to Denver from Houston in a swap for shooting guard Jordan Hamilton. The Sacramento Kings received point guard Jason Terry and forward Reggie Evans from the Brooklyn Nets in an exchange for forward Marcus Thornton. With Terry’s performance far from impressive this season, the non-contending Kings simply add the presence of a 36-year-old veteran to a young locker room and an extra body in the paint with Evans. Thorton’s role with the Nets isn’t slated to ring bells, but he’ll add depth to a possible playoff team if his shooting improves under his new system. On a deadline day that consisted of shifting veteran point guards, the Los Angeles Lakers traded 30-year old Steve Blake to the Golden State Warriors for forward MarShon Brooks and guard Kent Bazemore. Compared to the aforementioned veteran guards, Blake has been the most effective this season, averaging a career-high in assists and remaining a threat from the
On Howard’s next possession, Daniel’s three shots at the foul line went 2-of-3 with six seconds left in the game, leading to a Howard foul of Hampton’s point guard Deron Powers. Powers made both free throws and a missed three-point attempt by Daniel sealed the game. “These guys are getting better, I love their effort,” said Nickelberry. “We’re going to keep playing hard, playing together and hopefully Monday the result will be different. With four pivotal regular season games remaining, Howard will hope to rebound against MEAC opponent Norfolk State on Monday February, 24 at 7:30 p.m. in Burr Gymnasium. three-point line. He’s expected to fill a gap behind Stephen Curry that has loomed since the absence of former guard Jarrett Jack. Between Blake, Curry and Klay Thompson, Golden State has a backcourt that shoots 40 percent from long-range. The Charlotte Bobcats are pushing to make an appearance in the playoffs for the second time in franchise history, and adding a veteran guard in Luke Ridnour and an adept three-point shooter in Gary Neal doesn’t deter their chances. Charlotte traded point guard Ramon Sessions and forward Jeff Adrien to the Bucks to execute the deal. With trade eligibility officially over, several players are slated to be in the headlines during free agency this summer. And after a trade deadline that consisted of predominantly role players, it should be worth the wait.
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Lady Bison Hang Tough in Loss to Hampton Nile Kendall Staff writer
After a disappointing loss to the University of Maryland Eastern Shore last week, the Lady Bison hoped to shock first place conference rival Hampton University in a packed out Burr Gymnasium on Saturday. The Lady Pirates, who sported an impressive 12-0 MEAC record coming into the battle, were tested but ultimately showed why their the defending MEAC champions, defeating Howard, 59-52. Howard (10-15, 6-6 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) came out the gate matching Hampton (22-4, 13-0 MEAC) shot for shot. It was clear from the beginning that it would be a defensive battle as the score sat at just 20-19 with four minutes left in the first half. Hampton turned on the jets late, however, as the leagueleading Pirates finished the first half with a 9-0 run, heading into halftime up 29-19. “Hampton is well coached, and they have some pretty good athletes,” said Howard head coach Tennille Adams. “Coach [David] Six has done a fantastic job of
creating a culture over there where even when they’re not playing their best, you’re still going to get a pretty good game out of them.” The Lady Bison were able to find a lift in the locker room, as they came out in the second half on fire. After a steal and a fast-break from redshirt freshman point guard Te’Shya Heslip, and a three-pointer drained by freshman shooting guard Jasmine Hill, Howard completed an 8-0 run and cut the Hampton lead down to two. Howard’s offensive jolt, however, was quickly put to rest as Hampton managed to rebuild their lead to 11 midway through the second half. Hampton led 48-39 with nine minutes left in the game, but the Lady Bison refused to go down without a fight, stringing together six straight points including a great fast-break defensive steal from Hill to cut Hampton’s lead back down to three with 7:18 left to play. Despite the offensive surges, Howard was never able to officially take a lead in the second half. Hampton relied on the excellent play of senior forward Alyssa Bennett, who led her
Photo by Carroll Smith Forward Victoria Gonzalez drives to basket with force, ﬁnishing the game with 10 points and four rebounds.
team with 18 points to shut the door on each of Howard’s comeback attempts. “Our biggest thing is scoring offensively,” Adams said. “The games that we’ve won, we’ve been upwards of 70 points, so the biggest thing for us is being able to score. With Howard down by five, Heslip drove to the basket and dished the ball to freshman forward Sydni Johnson for a successful lay in, but she was called with her second charge of the night. The call put Heslip in foul trouble and would lead to her fouling out with a min-
ute left in the game. The Lady Bison were unable to sink pivotal late shots and lost to Hampton for the second time this season. “We just couldn’t get the lid off the basket there at the end,” Adams said. “They did a really good job of making shots when they needed to. We had some defensive errors in the end and they took advantage of those.” Despite the loss, Adams said she was impressed with how her team performed on the defensive side of the ball.
“We played them a lot better defensively than we did the last game,” Adams said. “So I think we’re going to hang our hat on our defense, and we’ll spend the next couple of days making sure we find that rhythm offensively.” The Lady Bison have four key conference match-ups ahead before heading to the MEAC Championships in March. The Lady Bison’s next test will come on Monday February, 24 against Norfolk State. The game will take place at Burr Gymnasium at 5:30 p.m.
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HU Staﬀ Cuts Undignified
Gemmika Champion Contributing Writer
On the frigid morning of Jan 30, approximately 200 Howard staff members were informed of the university’s decision to fire them and given only two hours to gather their belongings and leave. They’d been left in the cold. One longtime employee who was released by the cuts, wishing to remain anonymous, shared that the experience was “a prime example of man’s inhumanity to man.” Howard University’s staff cuts began swiftly, and this choice came as a surprise to both students and the faculty. Whether or not this decision was in the best interest of the Bison community remains up in the air. Due to the uncertainty and lack of information about what jobs have been lost, it has been difficult for people to discern how these cuts will affect the university. But nonetheless these recent changes need to be addressed and must remain in the forefront of the minds of people in the Howard community. Who will these cuts directly impact on campus? Will these cuts create an easier line of contact to the administration? Without having all the answers to these questions, I do not see any immediate positive impact, but instead I am left to ponder the
manner in which the cuts were made. After discussing the issue with numerous students and staff - whether fired or still employed- I share in the disappointment over the way the situation was handled. While I believe that sometimes budget cuts are necessary, it’s important that those types of situations must be handled with care. The staff that was let go was not properly informed ahead of time, creating concern and worry for myself as a student. If the university does not feel the need to allow for open communication regarding its decisions, then it creates an environment of constant insecurity. Adding another layer of distrust in the new changes is the continuous lack of information made public. Those I spoke with expressed shock and dismay after finding out that they had been fired. Hoping to gain clarity on the decision, I attempted to contact several members of Howard University to shed some light on these new changes, only to be given vague responses that seemed pre-prepared. However, ex-faculty members were eager to address the issue- albeit guardedly- because they are relying on a list of currently unfulfilled promises by the university that they
are in desperate need of cashing in on. One recently fired employee expressed disappointment in the abrupt handling of the situation saying “Why couldn’t we have been afforded the opportunity to closeout our affairs at the office a month or even a week in advance?” In 2014, they said, there are more serviceable approaches the university could have taken. Students and faculty alike have played crucial roles in numerous movements of activism throughout the Howard University’s 146 year history. From South African freedom fighter Nelson Mandela to the wrongfully executed Troy Davis, Howard University has always advocated for those detained, arrested or generally treated unfairly. Yet, in its own house, the university treats its employees like common criminals.As a progressive and extremely talented community, will we not advocate for our own? Will we overlook injustice because it is too close to home? “To be escorted out like a criminal, to be given a window of two hours to come back and get belongings with armed guards standing by,” an ex-employee told me. This is not the way people should be treated, and is definitely not the way we should treat our faculty.
Am I Not A Student?
Chrycka Harper Contributing Writer
“Ain’t I a Student?” Well, sly newspaper sources are saying that the days of Howard students are reaching their last song. No more ghetto homecomings and wandering strangers. However, I would say that Howard students feel quite opposite. The breaths that float on the wind across the Yard sound like a REVELution is fast approaching. Between mixed feeling transfers and matured students, prophytes and neophytes, McDonalds budgets and White House budgets, From the West Coast to the East Coast, International diversity to extraterrestrial beings, farmland to the inner city streets, Between the dancers and the writers, singers and thinkers, mathematicians and lawyers, scientists nd engineers... It sounds like the days of the
Administration are coming to their last note. The Administration acts as if it doesn’t care. As if the dark clothing and blank faces should conceal significant affairs. As if we are not students, but rather mobile loose bags of gold. But Ain’t I a Student? Momma always told me to count my blessings, but their worth transcends beyond gold. So I meticulously count the jewels that dwell within my soul, thus when I am sharing my knowledge and curiosity throughout the classroom, my wealth rests on a golden standard. Ain’t I a Student?
I thought college was about meeting the future leaders of a free world. Basking in the intellectual landscape that brings warmth to thought provoking discussions and innovative ideas. Instead, the average conversation consists of tears and financial stress. Worries about one’s future within the stabilizing landscape. Visions blinded by the reality of dollars falling from accounts.
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And Ain’t I a Student? No. We are Students. We are students who act upon their goals and aspirations. The bodies that provide Howard the legacy on its resume. The bipedal carbon based organisms that breathe oxygen into the University’s decaying foundations in order to maintain its infrastructure. Aren’t we students? We are students. We are students who deserve respect, compassion, accountability, transparency, and communication. It does not matter how our external environments change the face of the campus. It does not matter the color of our founder’s skin nor our president. It does not matter how we choose to artistically express our outrage. Our fundamental rights start as students. Aren’t we students? I am sincerely obliged to my audience for listening to one of a collective body of voices. And now this student has nothing more to say.
Cameron Clarkson Contributing Writer
Enough is enough. It is time to draw a line in the shifting sands we find ourselves in. Last week, we all received an email from the interim-president. He reminded us that tuition was frozen last year. He reminded us of the stuttering economy of this country. He reminded us that Howard is not as expensive as our “peer institutions”. He reminded us that there are extensive financial aid and scholarship opportunities for us to take advantage of. All of those statements are true. (Though, I would argue that we do not have any peer institutions due to our unique legacy/mission and our federal charter/funding.) There was one statement that was glaringly false: “…undergraduate tuition MUST increase by 6%; this equates to an extra cost of $644 per semester ($1,288 annually).” Tuition must inevitably rise as the cost of education rises. However, the idea that Board of Trustees and the Tuition and Rates Committee can demand even more pennies from our pockets at their own discretion on a year-to-year basis is not only bad fiscal policy for the short
term, it is a cowardly way of confronting the true budgetary issues of our institution. I saw a tweet that said we knew Howard was expensive before we applied. That is true. But if someone had told my mother that the administration was going to ask for more money each year, it might have at least allowed my family to plan a little better. This is the real world. There are no magic wands. No fairy dust. A small group of people voting to increase tuition does not mean our books have been balanced. It means more shifts at terrible jobs. It means tightening the belt a little more. It means that, once again, the student body is being asked to bare the brunt of an uncreative administration’s inability to diversify revenue streams Raising tuition is not a solution. It is a short-cut disguised as an easy way out. We are kicking the can down a dead-end road and we are running out of gas. The time has come to fight back! We cannot cut enough professors, out-source enough maintenance jobs, or collect enough tuition to solve our problems. We must be creative and demand innovative leadership. We must not lose our humanity and become cells on a spreadsheet.
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