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The Spreading Oak

Women’s Edition

INTERNSHIP GUIDE Are you in the process of applying for your dream internship? Check out our article about how you can get the internship of your dreams!

MARCH MADNESS A lot of students on campus have been following the NCAA’s March Madness games... but which team will come out on top? Read our article all about March Madness.

SPRINGTIME SELF-CARE Spring is finally here, no more freezing mornings and evenings! In order to take full advantage of the warm weather, take a look at our self-care article, perfect for spring.

table of contents Your Guide to Securing A Bomb Summer Internship


I Am Woman


Women in Ministry: What’s the Point?

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Editor-In-Chief: Arion McCullough Assistant Editor: Na’Veh Matthews Staff Writers: Amalia Goulbourne, Darbentz Olmand (Clutch Blazer), Courtney Mims, Kaylee Tate, Aminata Jalloh, Mona Elskamp, Brijetta Goodwin Guest Writer: Giana Darvile 2 / The Spr eading Oa k

march Ruth Bader Ginsberg: A Feminist Icon

#TheFutureIsFemale: Alexia Griggs, USM President

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Your Guide to Securing A Bomb Summer Internship Part 2

Written by Giana Darville

5. Don’t Be a Know-It-All

If your goals look anything like mine, there are thousands of other people hoping to break into your industry. If you want to get there, you’re going to need a lot of help. Before I sent my application off to Apple Inc., I sent it to alumni friends, industry contacts, professors, and my mom. Each individual offered a different perspective that helped shape my eventually successful application. It’s hard to accept criticism of something that you’re putting your heart into, but you’ll learn about the style expectations of your industry, how those of other generations might perceive your writing, and what has worked for recent graduates in your field. Just make sure you request reviews well before the application’s due date, because there’s no telling how long it might take to get notes back from everyone.

6. Learn How to Talk, Seriously

My name is Giana Darville. I’m a 20-year old junior public relations major, and I will be interning for Apple Inc. in Cupertino, CA this summer. Yes, it does still feel really crazy to say that. Although this was definitely a God-thing, there are a lot of steps that I took in following Him that led to this amazing opportunity. I want us all to win, so keep reading to see a few ways to land your dream intern position.

to read the first 3 steps from “Your Guide to Securing A Bomb Summer Internships, read the February Edition of the Spreading Oak

4. Learn To Humble Brag

Your application answers and resume are all your future employers will know about you before an interview. Make sure they fully understand why they should hear more about you, your life, and your experience. Lying is never an option, but make sure your writing will leave readers impressed with your most impactful life experiences. On your resume, limit your job summary to the three most impressive or unusual jobs and respective responsibilities or tasks that you possessed or accomplished.

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Interviewing is serious business and walking in blindly could set you up for a very embarrassing hour. Be knowledgeable of both the company and current events (no one wants to hire someone that’s ignorant of the world they live in). Ask questions like “what sets your internship program apart from that of similar companies?” and “what attributes does someone need to have to be successful in this position?” Being an active listener is crucial and reviewing your personal statement and goals in advance will keep you from stumbling through answers. Take notes. You’ll have better questions if you keep the information in front of you. Be more concerned with being interesting than professional.

7. Relax, What’s for You is for You During the late May days of the summer before my junior year, I struggled to get out of bed. Before I finally received the one random “yes” in a sea of “no’s,” I felt like a failure and was convinced that I wouldn’t accomplish any of my goals. Even now, I’m still receiving rejection emails from boutique agencies and tiny companies that I forgot I even applied to for next summer. Even with the reality of rejection, you can be sure that the job, internship, or fellowship that God has for you is on its way. Don’t let your concern for the future ruin your present. You only have so much time in college, so make it all count.

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I Am Woman I am loud because no one will listen to the voice of a timid black woman, I am bitter because of the way I have consistently defended and stood by you and in return, all I can get is a song on the radio discussing the anatomy of my body in that dress, I am sore from all of the stones continuously thrown at me by my sisters, I am angry because you won’t stop asking me if the hair is all mine deliberately forcing me to admit that my hair is short as yet another scare tactic to make me feel inferior I am strong from all of the tongue lashings I have had to bear regarding my identity or the lack thereof I am the most beautiful black girl you have ever seen. In fact, I am also the most immaculate WOMAN you have ever laid eyes on. I am the queen of eloquent rage, because I have been forced to master the art of classily shutting down the mouths of both ignorant and negligent individuals I am an incredible chef—I created a recipe that has turned rage into the quite palatable entree white Americans all know and love: sass

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Written by Courtney Mims I am irrational. Probably the most unreasonable, unsound person you’ll ever meet. But only during “that time of the month” of course I am extremely entitled. I mean equality is definitely synonymous to oppression especially when you’re accustomed to privilege But most of all, I am woman. I am woman enough to be more than all of the labels you have tried to place on me I am a woman. The Sp reading Oak / 7

What’s the Point? Written by Amalia Goulbourne

We have all heard the arguments that ensue within our churches about women’s ordination and women’s spiritual role in the home. In the more general Christian circles, we have had arguments about the “feminine” or maternal characteristics that God uses in the Bible to describe Himself and whether that means Christians should ascribe a masculine or a neutral pronoun to God. To many Christians and Adventists, these discussions seem boring and too theological or political to understand or even care about. By contrast, there is an increasing number of women ministry leaders. On our campus today, approximately half of the ministry leaders are women. Many women ministry leaders, who once found themselves sitting in the comfortable pews of their churches, are now facing the battle of proving themselves in ministry. Institutions, men, and even other women put women leaders up on an impossibly high pedestal, ready to tear them down after any spiritual hiccup.

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Despite these facts, when I asked the women ministry leaders on our campus what was the most daunting task of being a woman of God, almost all of them agreed it was the task of focusing on their identity and relationship with Christ. Camille Belle, the current AYM Leader said, “Always unapologetically be you... God wouldn’t have chosen you if He didn’t want to use every part of you.” Ignite Leader Christa Horton exclaimed, “Have faith in the calling that God has given you.” Shawnna Campbell, a theology major, concludes with these words, “One of the common misconceptions... is that we don’t understand the weight of answering the call to ministry. Some of the questions can reiterate the exact thing we’ve asked God. We are fully aware of how hard it is for women, of it’s unique challenges (in dating), it’s risk in choosing only a theological degree, the current state of our church, and the misconceptions about women in ministry. We’ve heard it all. We’ve even asked God about it. However, it boils down to the fact that we choose God over everything. We choose God over every obstacle. We choose his will and his way.” Above the idea of gender and religion, we need to recognize that Christ uses every unique person for the work He wants to do in us and through us.

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Ruth Bader Ginsburg: A Feminist Icon Written by Kaylee Tate

at Harvard as a law student at this same time. During law school, Ruth was in a male dominated environment that was not accepting of women. She, along with her other female law pupils, were chided by deans saying they had taken the spaces of worthy male students. Ginsburg through it all excelled once again and became the first female member of the Harvard Law Review. Even through difficult situations within her personal and work life, Ruth continued to show great strength and integrity. She went on to become the first female tenured professor at Columbia University and Rutgers University. Also, during the 1970s she was the director for the Women’s Rights Project of Civil Liberties. For which she argued and won six landmark cases on gender equality in front of the U.S. Supreme Court. In 1980 former President Jimmy Carter appointed her to the U.S. court appeals for the District of Columbia. She served there until being appointed to the supreme court by President Bill Clinton. Currently, Ruth Bader Ginsburg still serves as an U.S. Supreme Court Justice, the second woman to be appointed to this position. Even though Women’s History Month has come to a close, let us not forget the strong women in our lives who have made us into the strong young women or men we are today.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg was born on March 15, 1953 in Brooklyn, New York to Nathan and Celia Bader. Her early life was modest, living on the low income of her parents. Her mother was someone she looked up to with high esteem similar to other young women. Ruth said her mother told her she had to be two things in life “one was a lady, the other was independent”. Throughout the course of Ruth’s life, she had this message living inside of her. Her mother also made sure to emphasize the importance of education, which she did not take lightly. She excelled in her studies in high school working extremely hard in every single one of her courses. After high school, she attended Cornell University where she graduated top of her class with a degree in government, in the year 1954. That same year was a great year for Bader for she met a law student named Martin Ginsburg. They married that year and had a daughter following Martin being drafted into the military. This presented stress on their marriage for a few years as Ruth was essentially a single mother. Ruth, being the incredible woman she is, enrolled

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An Interview with Alexia Griggs Written by Aminata Jalloh

Aminata: For those members of the student body who don’t know you personally, would you mind telling us a little bit more about yourself? Who is Alexia Griggs? Alexia: Well if you ask my friends, there’s that group of people where I’m like their big sister, there’s other people where I’m auntie --very family vibes, very mother goose. Aside from that, I’m really trying to figure out how to make everyone’s Oakwood experience better. That takes developing personal relationships with the members of the student body. Aminata: As you know, this month is Women’s History Month, and we’re reminded of the struggles women have faced but also celebrating the progress that we’re making. What do you think is the significance of remembering that and celebrating that?

Aminata: For those members of the student body who don’t know you personally, would you mind telling us a little bit more about yourself? Who is Alexia Griggs? Alexia: Well if you ask my friends, there’s that group of people where I’m like their big sister, there’s other people where I’m auntie --very family vibes, very mother goose. Aside from that, I’m really trying to figure out how to make everyone’s Oakwood experience better. That takes developing personal relationships with the members of the student body. Aminata: So, being personable is very important for you then? Alexia: Yes, and it was very difficult campaigning, because people on my campaign team were like you need to go and meet everyone, and you can’t sit at cafeteria tables for more than a couple minutes. But it’s hard to leave when you’re having conversations. But that’s something I need to work on because you want to talk to everyone but there’s only so many hours in a day. That’s the biggest thing for me. I want people to know that president is my title, but I’m a person first.

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Alexia: It’s important to celebrate Women’s History Month for almost the same reason that it’s important to celebrate Black History Month. You must remember where you’ve come from and that it wasn’t always this way. At one point in time [and still in some places], women couldn’t own property or be in positions like leaders in student government or leaders at all. You were considered someone’s property; you belonged to a man. The fact that we’ve been able to make it this far and be able to aspire to dreams like owning your own business, like myself; that is a crazy dream for some people. This month reminds us to be grateful for that opportunity and gives some motivation to keep fighting the differences in how we’re treated as well. Aminata: This incoming cabinet is the first majority women elected cabinet, which is amazing. Do you feel like this will have any impact on your term or on the student body, and if so what kind of impact? Alexia: Definitely. Statistically speaking, African American women are the majority when it comes to African Americans in college. Because this is an HBCU, if that statistic holds true, that means our student population is majority women. Having more women in office is an advantage, because it gives us a perspective that we usually don’t have. As far as the cabinet, there will be a few more gentlemen in elected positions; I believe the more diversity you have, the better you’re able to see things and solve issues. With all the different perspectives, this means we will be able to get as close to the full picture as possible.

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Aminata: Is there anything you want to add or any words you want to leave with the women [and men] of Oakwood? Alexia: The things that people try to use to count us out are the things that make us special. If we learned to hone in on them, we could use them to our advantage. Women are different than men, that’s not a hindrance. I can use that to handle things in a different way. Never discount yourself because you’re different. You can do whatever you set your mind to. Period. Jesus said it, so why are you doubting?



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March Madness or March Sadness? Written by Clutch Blazer

While this may not seem significant, Duke cannot afford to have these kinds of defensive lapses as the tournament continues. Duke allowed UCF to shoot 48% from the field and only shot 12 freethrows compared to UCF’s 20. Duke definitely has the offensive talent to outscore opponents but do they have the defensive talent and discipline to prevent teams from scoring back at will? I think the Duke Blue Devils are an extremely talented team but this year’s North Carolina Tar Heels team is destined for greatness. Similar to Duke, North Carolina’s roster is filled with proven scorers that can light up a scoreboard at any given time. This is why I believe that Duke and North Carolina will inevitably clash in the championship game and the Tar Heels will be ones who are crowned NCAA men’s basketball champions.

UPDATE: The University of North Carolina lost to Auburn University on March 29th (97 - 80) and Duke Lost to Michigan State on March 31st (68 - 67). On April 8th, the University of Virginia beat Texas Tech (85-55) and were crowned as the 2019 NCAA Champions

The Duke Blue Devils were one friendly divine intervention bounce away from leaving the March Madness dance early this year. While many individuals predicated that Duke wouldeasily make it to the NCAA men’s championship game without must resistance, Duke barelyescaped with a win against a hungry 9th seeded UCF team that didn’t back down. The Blue Devils proved during the season that they were the team to beat in this tournament, but they certainly looked beatable against UCF. In their five regular-season loses, Duke allowed their opponents to have an average field goal percentage of 46.6%, which is about 7% more than they would usually yield to an opponent. 16 / T he S p rea di n g Oa k

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Springtime Self-Care Written by Mona Elskamp

As we crawl out from the dormant months of a cold and dreary winter, we must begin to brace ourselves for a new season. Spring is finally here and I am sure many of you find it to be a shock to your system. We see sunlight after 5:00 in the afternoon, and we can finally skip that fifth layer of lotion to combat the cold Northern Alabama winds. As the season changes, so should your self-care regime. Self-care is defined as an activity deliberately performed in order to take care of one’s mental, emotional, and physical health. The popular phrase “treat yo self” by comedian Aziz Ansari has distorted this generation’s interpretation of what self care is and continues to lead people down the wrong path. Just to be clear, self care is not sleeping all day just to miss a days worth of classes, or blowing your monthly budget in the name of retail therapy because it will not be the best resolution to your current predicaments. True self-care is making the choice to build a life you do not need to regularly escape from. Considering that I am also a college student, I too find it hard at times to focus on my own health especially when I zealously prioritize academics, work, and extracurriculars above everything. Due to the nature of 21st century academia, the stigma that our worth is tied to our academic performance has caused many students to experience burnouts, a low sense of self-worth, and deteriorated mental health. There are irreversible long term effects that come from sleepless nights and poor diet that trump any perfect attendance award or stellar GPA. No matter how pressed for time we can become, we must take time to develop good self care now because that is the dictator of what our health will become in the future. Health counselor Ryan Borden suggest that we treat the beginning of every season just like a new years resolution. It does not have to be as extreme as a major diet or lifestyle change but it can be small steps to help meet your personal needs. The warmer weather gives us more opportunities to spend time outside and be active. It may not seem as if you have the time but with these extra hours of sunlight, you would be surprised how much time you can use to enhance your day. So here are three resolutions to take on as we enter into spring:

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1. Go outside!: Take a chance to take a walk outside instead of driving to your next class or getting cooped up in your room. That time outdoors not only gets you some exercise but allows you to catch some sun light. Studies show that spending time in nature can provide a big boost to your health. Natural sunlight also triggers the body’s production of vitamin D, which in return lowers high blood pressure and improves brain function. 2. Mind your phone usage: We spend quite some time glued to our phones mindlessly scrolling through apps. Instead of burning your battery,take time to jot down plans for this upcoming summer. If you want to go rogue, you could ditch your phone and take time to notice a change in the flowers, earthy scents thanks to the spring rains, and the budding leaves on the branches. It sounds like a very gone with the wind idea but sometimes we must disconnect in order to focus. 3. Declutter: Since we no longer need thick burly coats and extra layers, spring is the perfect time to sort through old clothes, documents, and other items you can live without and donate them. To make this a more dramatic, lasting change, purge your room of unnecessary items in a single weekend. You would be surprised to find how much you can hold on to that you could so without. Self-care is not as complicated as we think, it is just about creating a daily life that you do not have to “escape” from. Investing time in yourself can make each day feel like a special occasion. It does not mean that we should take the extreme and neglect the expectations of reality but finding opportunities to improve one’s mental, emotional, and physical health. T h e S p re ad in g Oak / 1 9

Wanderlust: 2019 USM Banquet Written by Brijetta Goodwin

Once again, the United Student Movement planned one of the biggest events that take place every spring semester: the annual USM Banquet. The theme for this year was “Wanderlust� and USM gave students the chance to experience different countries around the world. The continents that we traveled to were Asia, Africa, and South America. The event took place at the Von Braun Center and students came dressed in beautiful and cultural attire. USM provided different stations for students to enjoy ranging from painting, henna tattoos, caricature and other activities. They also had a live performance from a Mariachi band while the students ate and mingled. The event was beautifully decorated and the students enjoyed their time at the Banquet.

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D.E.E.P Sabbath Written by Brijetta Goodwin

Every year, USM and Southern Adventist University’s Student Association teams up and spends the day with each other in fellowship. But this year, they decided to change the one-day event into a weekend. The name of the event is D.E.E.P Sabbath, which stands for Diversity Education Exchange Program. This gives students the opportunity to spend a weekend on the campus of our sister school, Southern, and experience their campus life.The Oakwood University students left on Friday afternoon to travel to Southern and when they arrived, they were immediately welcomed by the Southern students. After dinner and fellowship, the Oakwood and Southern students worshipped together at a Vesper service that night. On Sabbath, the church service was held at the Collegedale Seventh-day Adventist Church. There, Oakwood students participated in worship service with the Southern Students and the Collegedale Church congregation. Following the service, the students ate together during lunchtime on the Promenade and participated in a nature walk. Later that night, Southern hosted an event called “Studio 4109”. The show was similar to Saturday Night Live, because of the various skits and live performances from the bands and talented students on campus. It was a great experience for the students of Oakwood and they are already looking forward to visiting Southern Adventist University again next year. 22 / T he S p rea di n g Oa k

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What’s Happening Outside of Oakwood?

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