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Vol 66 | Number 12

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THE TSU HERALD | March 12, 2014

The Heartman Collection

CAMPUS NEWS HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS BECOME ONE WITH TSU DURING ANNUAL TIGER DAY TOUR

lies within the heart of the Robert James Terry library

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LIFE & STYLE page 5

5 THINGS TO DO IN TEXAS DURING SPRING BREAK

SPORTS page 9

Photo credit: Buck Bedia WHERE ARE THEY NOW: OMAR STRONG

OPINION

“15 To Finish”

Deeper Than Race:

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Your Character Defines You

BY Mariea Boyd

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HOPE FOR FOOD OASIS IN HOUSTON’S THIRD WARD

Campaign encourages students to take more credit hours

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BY SIDNIE HOLMES


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Campus News “15 To Finish” campaign encourages students to take more credit hours BY MARIEA BOYD Campus News Editor Universities across the country are taking on a new campaign, 15 to Finish, probing students to take 15 credit hours per semester to insure that they will graduate in four years. The campaign was created to change the 12 credits per semester culture on college campuses and to raise on-time graduation rates. A study by Complete College America and conducted by Nate Johnson of Postsecondary Analytics, including 329 2- and 4- year colleges and universities, concluded that most “full-time” students throughout the country fail to take enough credits to ensure on-time completion of their degrees. Hawaii University was the first to create a campaign of this kind called “15 To Finish.” On April 11, 2013, members from the University of Hawaii took the stage at the

Competitive Carriers Association convention in Denver, Colorado, to share the details of their highly successful “15 To Finish campaign. “It was such an honor. This team has been working on this for over a year and a half, and to be asked to come here and share it with these 22 states and the District of Columbia is a real tribute to our ten campus efforts. To think that what we’ve done in Hawaii is going to inform these states — we should all be so proud,” University of Hawaii Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs & Provost Linda Johnsrud said. After the campaigns launch, the university saw an increase of 38 to 56 percent in students taking 15 or more credit hours a semester. “It’s always hard to get large numbers of students to do something different. So that

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EDITOR-IN-CHIEF MECOLE’ HAYES Campus News Editor MARIEA BOYD Life & Style Editor SENORA HARRIS Sports Editor BUCK BEDIA Opinion Editor LINDSAY GARY Publications Manager TIYOSHA TURNER Advisors SERBINO SANDIFER-WALKER MICHAEL BERRYHILL

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makes it even more significant what the University of Hawaii has done,” Stan Jones, CCA president said. “And that’s one of the reasons that we call it a game changer, because they’re moving the numbers significantly. That’s why all these states came through a blizzard to get here to listen to the Hawaii team and learn about their program.” If you were a student at Texas Southern University two years ago you probably saw the 15x8= GRADUATE t-shirts. In 2012, TSU joined the movement urging its own students to opt- out of the normal 12 hours and reach for higher goals. “I never took anything less than 15 hours,” Electronics and engineering technology student, Kenyata Thomas said. Thomas enrolled in the fall of 2011 and will be graduating on time in the spring of 2015. “The key is strategically planning to take easy with hard classes just in case you do not do so well in a class the easy will outweigh the bad and your grades will not suffer,” Thomas said. More universities like the University of Denver, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, University of central Missouri, and the South Dakota board of regents have adopted the “15 To Finish” plan hoping for a success story such has the University of Hawaii, and raise on-time graduation rates.


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Campus News High school students become one with TSU during annual Tiger Day tour BY LENZI CAUSEY Contributing Writer

A bit of excitement erupted from the TSU Recreation Center on Friday, February 28th, as a swarm of high school students appeared on campus for TSU’s Tiger Day. Texas Southern University’s Office of Admissions hosted a number of events for high school students inquiring about the university, including Tiger Day. “Tiger Day is a campus-wide event that showcases the university’s academic programs, enrollment services, campus activities, and organizations to prospective and transfer students,” Director of Admissions, Brian Armstrong said. Since the event was designed for prospective students, many organizations took part in showing what they have to offer. Some of these included: The TSU Herald, the Ocean of Soul marching band, University Program Council and a number of Greek organizations. The students learned of scholarship opportunities, the study programs the university has to offer (including the Honors College and major and minor programs), and the available housing arrangements, including the new dorms that will begin construction starting this month. They also had the opportunity to meet

with academic and financial advisors, that assisted them with the best options for their academic careers. Tiger Ambassadors and student leaders at TSU administered campus-wide tours while prospects received real testimonies of students’ experiences at Texas Southern. All high schools were encouraged to come and witness Tiger Day, especially those in the Houston area. Even if the capacity was reached on the list of attendance, there were still other events and tours that were scheduled for the schools that couldn’t make the Tiger Day in order for their students to see what the university has to offer. “Tiger Day is hosted twice a year, [once] during homecoming and [another] during the spring semester,” Armstrong said. Although the Office of Admissions is the sole host of Tiger Day, faculty, staff, and student organizations were welcomed to participate. TSU’s Recruitment Council also aids in the planning of Tiger Day activities. Elvonte Patton, Admission Administrator, on a board of seven staff members also aids in putting Tiger Day together. His favorite part of Tiger Day was

“seeing the campus come together to showcase the “TSU Proud” spirit,” he said. As a matter of fact, any TSU student can help with planning or volunteering for Tiger Day if he or she desires by applying to serve on the Recruitment Council at the university or register to volunteer. To conclude the day’s activities, a rally was hosted outside of the sports arena to add in a little fun for the students who visited, where everyone: current students, organizations, prospects, and administration mesh togethered, if even just for a moment. TSU, with its many additions and renovations to accommodate students, is adamant about getting through to the community and any person ready and willing to further their education. Overall, as TSU grows and advances, it is pushing for its students and even prospects to do the same. It all starts with reaching out at events such as Tiger Day. To get more information on, register, or inquire about Tiger Day, visit www.tsu.edu/ tigerday, or visit the Admissions Office on campus.


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Cover Story

The Heartman Collection lies within the heart of the Robert James Terry library BY MECOLE’ HAYES Editor-in-Chief If you’ve visited the Robert James Terry library at Texas Southern University, most likely, you’ve seen or heard of the museum that sits within its east wing. This is not your ordinary museum, as it is the home to various collections that contain ancient artifacts and primary sources that are linked directly to African history and the African American culture. One collection in particular, a very popular one at that, is The Heartman Collection. “The Heartman Collection is split into a couple of different areas,” special collections archivist, Gary Chaffee said. “But the bulk of the collection actually centers on African American and African culture from the late 1800s to the middle of the 20th century.” The Gallery of Traditional African Art, Ollington Smith papers, and the university archives, are all apart of The Heartman Collection. The university purchased the collection in the early 1950s from a noted book dealer in the Houston area by the name of Charles Heartman. Heartman specialized in collecting materials that related to the black experience. “He was the amazon of the early part of the 20th century,” Chaffee said. “Sometimes libraries and universities would approach him to buy entire collections, and that’s actually how The Heartman Collection started.” Upon purchase, The Heartman Collection was originally housed in the Fairchild Building but was later moved to the current library when it was built in the 1970s. During that time, the collection circulated which allowed student and faculty members to check the materials out and return them at a later day. It wasn’t until university officials and archivists discovered that the materials were rare editions and that many of them contained

rare signatures, that they then became a non-circulating collection. “The librarian at the time actually spotted the fact that this was a rare collection, and that it really needed to be kept all in one piece, and to be given some protection, which is why it is now apart of our non-circulating collection,” Chaffee said. Although students no longer have the luxury of checking the materials out and taking them home to be read in comfort of their homes, they can still be used from eight until five p.m. throughout the week during the museums operating hours. Many students do not know that The Heartman Collection exists, let alone, that it contains a bulk of history that relates directly to the African American culture and the history of the university. “I remember having to take a tour there during freshman seminar and learning new things about our culture that was never taught to me throughout school,” junior, Elijah Brown said. “Not only was it interesting, but it was inspiring to know how big of a role Texas Southern alumni and faculty members played in the development of our culture in Houston.” The Robert James Terry library and museum are working to make the library more visible to students on campus. “We have the internet now and I’m trying to get the word out there via our webpage just to let people know what we have available and to stir up some interest,” Chaffee said.

“Not only was it interesting, but it was inspiring to know how big of a role Texas Southern alumni and faculty members played in the development of our culture in Houston.” - junior, Elijah Brown

One of many rare textiles and ancestral figures in the Gallery of Traditional African Art.

The circulating collection of paperback books of the Heartman Collection.


Life & Style

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Five things to do in Texas during Spring Break BY SENORA HARRIS Life & Style Editor

Having a good time during Spring Break doesn’t necessarily mean strolling on a beach in Jamaica, or going on a gondola ride in Italy. There are plenty of great things that to do and see right here in Texas. Barton Springs If one is a fan of swimming and happens to be in Austin during Spring Break, visiting the Barton Springs Pool is highly recommended. Although it’s a simple pool attraction, it is a great one for beating the heat. Because the pool receives its water from a natural spring, the temperature never falls below 68 degrees, and never gets warmer than 71.6 degrees. In addition, the pool extends for three acres, making it possible for one to relax in the water without worrying about bumping into children with floaties. This iconic Austin site more than beats your standard neighborhood pool. Pleasure Pier Astroworld may be gone, but that doesn’t mean that Houstonians can’t get their amusement park thrills. For those hoping to fill the void that Astroworld left behind, they can visit Pleasure Pier. Since opening in Galveston during summer 2012, Pleasure Pier is one of the newest amusement parks in Texas. Pleasure Pier offers things to do, which include classic midway games, restaurant dining, shopping, and of course plenty of different rides. For just an hour long drive from Houston, people can enjoy all that comes with Pleasure Pier.

Natural Bridge Caverns For those who are looking to have a fun but educational time while on vacation, they can visit the Natural Bridge Caverns in San Antonio. Since being discovered in 1960, these caverns are now a national landmark and the largest commercial ones in the state. Visitors have an opportunity to learn about the caverns through walking tours, which allows for first hand exploration underground. In addition, one can take a walk on the wild side by attempting their latest attraction: the Canopy Challenge and Zip Lines. Visitors have the option of completing different obstacles courses at 60 feet in the air, as well as zip lining over the vast Texas Hill Country. The Natural Bridge Caverns are a great alternative to visiting the Alamo if in San Antonio for Spring Break. South Padre Island Here in Texas, it’s very common to hear “South Padre Island” and “Spring Break” used in the same sentence. Because of their affordability, South Padre Island has grown to become a staple destination for college students. South Padre Island is well known for their parties, which take place at the beach, bayside, and the pool. There are also other options for fun in the sun at South Padre Island. Visitors can enjoy windsurfing, dolphin watching, parasailing, and horseback riding on the beach. Students don’t have to get a passport for a nice tropical getaway.

RodeoHouston Because of the Houston Rodeo, students staying in Houston during Spring Break can enjoy themselves right here in town. This annual event celebrates everything southern, and is Texas sized as well. During the day, there are many things going on at the Rodeo, located in Reliant Park. One can eat fried Oreos while at carnival, go on a horse led trail ride, or see one of the many livestock shows. At night, the main attraction is available: the rodeo. After events such as the bull riding and team roping, famed bands and musicians perform live in concert. RodeoHouston can provide for a good country time.

Upcoming Rodeo Houston Schedule: Thursday, March 13: Rocking the Rodeo Runway Fashion Show at 5:30 p.m. Maroon 5 at 9:00 p.m. Friday, March 14: Keith Urban at 9:00 p.m. Tuesday, March 18: Robin Thicke at 9 p.m.


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YES OF OUR TIGERS As the weeks go by here at Texas Southern University, our photographers capture all of the moments and current events on campus.

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1. Two TSU students enjoying a nice day on the plaza. 2. Opinion Editor, Lindsay Gary and Ms. Birtenna Bennett share a laugh during their #MeetThePress interview.

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3. Life & Style writer, Lenzi Causey getting the inside scoop on The TSU Shuffle from its creators. 4. Jessica Carter participating during the live “20 Questions” segment at #MeetThePress. 5. President Leon Spencer hosts the 2nd Annual “Swag vs. Success” seminar in the Tiger Room of the SSLC. 6. TSU students asking Leon Spencer questions during Swag vs. Success. 11.

7. The Beta Upsilon chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. putting on a show during Tiger Day. 8. mtvU reps passing out information to high school seniors during Tiger Day. 9. The Delta Gamma chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. sturt their stuff during Tiger Day 2014. 10. The Nu Alpha chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. had the crowd hype during their stroll at Tiger Day. 11. The Gamma Psi chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. stroll to their favorite Uncle Luke song during Tiger Day.

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12. These lovely ladies shared stories and personal experiences during UPC’s Big Girls Don’t Cry forum. 13. Ally Banks and Dari Hester collecting nominations for the Tiger Choice Awards coming soon during Spring Fest. 14. The Epsilon Alpha chapter of Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc. and Omega Delta Phi Fraternity, Inc. collaborate on a clothing drive to kick off the week.

Photos courtesy of: Buck Bedia, Cameron Butler, Jerry Webb, and Mariea Boyd


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Life & Style Women’s empowerment group rips the runway with local HBCU graduates in scholarship fundraiser fashion show Courtesy of JORDAN HARRIS The Live Wire Agency

Houston, TX— This weekend, Mocha Millennium Women teams up with Project 1855 to present “The Women of HBCUs Fashion Show, A Cream & Canary Affair” featuring women graduates of historically black colleges and universities (HBCU) of diverse professions, modeling clothes from some of Houston’s local rising fashion designers and popular boutiques. The event will be held at the Houston Museum of African American Culture (4807 Caroline Street, Houston TX 77004) from 8:00 PM – 2:00 AM. Proceeds will help support scholarships for students attending Texas Southern University and Prairie View A&M University. “The Women of HBCUs Fashion Show” will showcase and celebrate everyday women from diverse professions, each who’ve graduated from HBCUs including Houston’s Texas Southern University, Prairie View A&M University and Grambling University. The women will model the latest trends from Melodrama Boutique, Dame Elegante Boutique, Kingdom Citi-

zens Boutique, Ankara Fashions BB Sexy Couture, Shiekh Shoes, makeup by Lamik & Double Dutch, INC, and hair by Sovereign Styles. The fashion show will feature Nzuri Top Natural models, local celebrity MiMi Irvin aka and creator of Meye label and Miss Black Texas, Roneshia Ray. Houston HBCU alumni and community supporters are invited to enjoy passed hors d’oeuvres, three live deejays an open bar, a party following the fashion show and are asked to sport their most stylish cream and canary colored apparel. Tickets can be purchased at http://definitionofaparty.eventbrite.com. Mocha Millennium Women founded by Dr. Teriya Richmond is an organization dedicated to empowering women through fashion, fitness, women’s health outreach, and philanthropy. Project 1855 is a non-profit devoted to forming partnerships with other individuals and business that are designed to eliminate the barriers that create the unemployment disparity between African Americans and other ethnicities. The two organizations have come together to in support of refashioning, influencing, and improving corporate and small business relationship within African American community. Representatives of Mocha Millennium Women are available for comment and interviews. Select members of the media are invited to “The Women of HBCUs Fashion Show, A Cream & Canary Affair.” For media inquiries, interview opportunities and media access to the event, please contact Jordan Harris at 281.935.8339


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Sports Sports Rundown BY BUCK BEDIA Sports Editor TSU Take Momentum into Tourney Winning 6th Straight over Southern 67-64 BATON ROUGE, LA- Seeding was the motive in the season finale as Texas Southern grabbed the number two seed with the defeat of Southern 67-64 Saturday night. Jose Rodriguez came off the bench and had the hot hand for TSU going 8 for 11 from the field with 18 points in 26 minutes. Aaric Murray might have had a quiet night offensively but the recently named SWAC Player of the Year, had 10 rebounds and 4 blocks to go with 7 points caused havoc inside the paint. With the number two seed, we get a first round bye and play the winner of the Jackson St vs. Grambling game on March 12th at 12:30 p.m. So get to the game and support TSU at the Toyota Center. Turnovers Do Lady Tigers In, They Lose 71-66 to Southern BATON ROUGE, LA- The Texas Southern Lady Tigers basketball team could not handle the pressure from the Southern Jaguars on Saturday losing 71-66 at the F.G. Clark Activ-

ity Center. Brianna Sidney and Alexus Johnson led all TSU scorers with 14 points each. Texas Southern led most of the game and took a 3930 lead into the half. In the second half, the Jaguars began to apply their full court defensive pressure forcing TSU into several critical turnovers late in the game. As the number two seed going into the SWAC, the Lady Tigers will play at 10:00 am against the winner of the University of Arkansas Pint-Bluff and Grambling State University.

SWAC honors. Murray also led the conference in scoring, averaging 21.2 points per contest. He also was named SWAC Defensive Player of the Year and honored on the First Team AllSWAC. Other honorees include; junior guard Sarah Williams was named Newcomer of the Year and junior center Morgan Simmons was named Second Team All-SWAC. Tiger Golf Place 2nd place finish in Alexandria

ALEXANDRIA, LA- The first round was the Aaric Murray and Jazzmin Parker Earn only round due to weather in the Texas SouthTop SWAC Honors ern Greater Alexandria Collegiate Invitational. Officials had only one round to go off TSU is the home of the two best basof for a winner, and Texas Southern women’s ketball players in the SWAC. On Monday, golf finished 2nd with an overall 359. the SWAC acknowledged top players in the Kassandra Rivera placed 3rd overconference naming Aaric Murray and Jazzmin all individually shooting an 85, and Carmen Parker as SWAC Player of the Year for Gonzales tied for 4th one stroke behind Rivera both men and women. with an 86. Parker led the SWAC in scoring, aver The men finished 2nd as well overall aging 19.2 points a game coming off the bench with a score of 340. Connor Mathers shot an in Coach Hayes-Perry system. 81 good enough for 8th overall. Parker also received First Team All-

Where Are They Now: Omar Strong BY CHELSEY CUMMINGS Contributing Writer As one of the top scorers in the South Western Athletic Conference (SWAC), Omar Strong led the Texas Southern University Men’s Basketball team to the conference championship. Strong, a 5’9 combo guard from Baltimore, Maryland, came to Texas Southern from Cecil Community College in the fall of 2011 and instantly became one of TSU’s leading players. He immediately impacted the conference by becoming the SWAC Player of The Year and set a record by making the most 3-point shots amongst players from the university. Now playing for BC-Beroe in Bulgaria, we took the time to catch up with Strong to

learn more about what it’s like overseas, what motivates him, and his plans after playing in Bulgaria. CC: What is the name of your team, and how long did you sign for? OS: BC Beroe in Bulgaria, Stara Zagora, I signed for a season. CC: What is it like playing overseas? OS: It’s very different. The setting, the people, but the same in a way. It’s a great experience. I’m just taking everything in and making the best of my situation.

CC: What are your plans after this season is over for you? OS: My plans are to go back home to see my family for a few, and head back to Houston to train with former NBA player and coach John Lucas to stay prepared for the next opportunity. CC: What motivates you to play basketball? OS: Baltimore is home of the crabs. It’s like a thousand crabs in a bucket and people trying to bring you down in any way possible. If you look at the crime rate, we are top 3 almost every year. I used basketball as an escape to stay out of trouble. Other than that, my son motivates me to the fullest, I play for him.


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Opinion Hope for food oasis in Houston’s Third Ward

What are your plans for Spring Break 2014?

BY LINDSAY GARY Opinion Editor According to research from the United States Department of Agriculture, the Third Ward is home to one of Houston’s largest food deserts. Defined as areas barren of accessible and affordable fruits, vegetables, and other healthy food options, food deserts are prevalent throughout most of the city and have contributed to the 26 percent of Harris County residents living without access to fresh produce, a figure above the national average. Food deserts are particularly common in impoverished areas like the third and fifth wards, revealing the inequitable gap between the rich and the poor. Inhabitants in these areas have higher and rising rates of malnutrition and obesity as they are almost completely absent of grocery stores. As a result, residents, many whom rely on public transportation, are forced to purchase food from convenient stores and small marts that carry processed, sugary, and fatty foods, and alcoholic beverages rather than healthy options. This gap was perpetuated by Houston’s ordinance that prohibited the sale of alcohol within 300 feet of churches, public hospitals, and some private schools and within 1,000 feet of public schools and other private schools. Because most supermarkets maintain aisles with alcohol in order to remain competitive in the industry, they were banned from being built in areas like Third Ward that are densely populated with churches. For decades, this ordinance has fostered nutrition-related diseases and ultimately deaths in poor, largely black and Latino communities. This past January however, government officials finally took a stand against this issue when Houston City Council passed a revision to the ordinance wherein supermarkets, defined as buildings of at least 10,000 square feet that offer mostly canned and frozen foods, fresh produce, and less than 25 percent of alcoholic products, are now permitted to sell wine and beer near churches and schools. This policy encourages the placement

of large grocers in Houston’s poor neighborhoods. Proponents argue that this long-awaited decision will not only increase the population in these areas and create jobs for residents, but most importantly, it will give residents convenient and affordable access to healthy and fresh food, eventually improving the diets of marginalized Houstonians. Critics contend that because residents are so far below the poverty line, they will not be able to afford to shop at the grocery stores regularly and thus grocers will not gain profits; this risk will discourage the building of large supermarkets in food deserts. Despite arguments presented by critics and businesses, it is the role of the government to ensure that all citizens have the same social and economic opportunities. It is inequitable and unjust for the rich and middle class to have convenient and affordable access to fresh food, while poor and working class citizens do not. Houston’s revision of its alcohol sales ordinance is working to bridge the gap between these populations by ensuring that all people, regardless of their socioeconomic status, have equal opportunities. In order to successfully eliminate food deserts and decrease the “grocery gap” longterm, further action must be taken. City officials should continue to promote the building of grocery stores and healthy restaurants like the Third Ward’s Sunshine’s and Green Seed Vegan in low-income neighborhoods, institute mobile food vehicles that deliver healthy food to those without transportation, and work to convert convenient stores by adding fresh foods to their products.

“City officials should continue to promote the building of grocery stores and healthy restaurants like the Third Ward’s Sunshine’s and Green Seed Vegan.” - Lindsay Gary

“California! I will be spending quality time with my family on the beach.” - Sophomore, Dezarai Evans

“Party, relax, and SKATE!” - Freshman, Emory Thomas

“South Padre!” - Sophomore, Shanice Williams

“I’m going to visit my family and friends in Jamaica and do some modeling.” Sophomore, Stanley Azubike


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Opinion Deeper Than Race: Your character defines you BY SIDNIE HOLMES Contributing Writer I remember the very first time I cast my vote, it was 1992, and I was in the second grade! The teachers of the second grade that year, had decided to participate in a lesson on teaching us how to vote just like our parents, aunts, uncles, pastors, and coaches did. We were casting our vote for the Presidency that year between candidates Democrat Bill Clinton, Independent Ross Perot, and the incumbent President George H.W. Bush. Later that evening, we watched the news believing that our vote had counted. Bill Clinton won that election and later on became one the greatest and most lovable Presidents to date. Who knew, that nearly two decades later, we would be voting to RE-ELECT an African American as Commander in Chief? Barack Hussein Obama is a man that has done what I’m sure the entire world didn’t think was possible. He was elected as President of the United States. A black man voted into the white house seems farfetched even now, although it happened. There are many things people can say about this election that has changed their outlook on life, but one thing that hasn’t changed is the greatest barrier in American society still, RACE. He is still “judged by the color of his skin and not the content of his character” as Dr. Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. had hoped for us in the centuries to come as we continue to fight the battle of civil rights on many levels. President Obama has faced many things while on his journey to become a president and even still, today as the president. Out of all 44 presidents, President Obama has endured the greatest amount of disrespect or at least in the opinion of some, with a great amount of facts to support that theory. Our current President has taken on the

weight of the African American community by not adding to stereotypes that has plagued our culture for decades, although Ted Nugent doesn’t necessarily agree. Nugent felt the need to state how he felt about the leader of the free world by calling him a “subhuman Mongrel.” By definition subhuman means a lower order of being other than human. Mongrel has been defined as a dog of no definable type or breed, and as sad and unbelievable as it may be, Nugent publicly made that remark about our Commander in Chief. Ted Nugent is a rock singer and has been for quite some time now. He has always been involved in some kind of controversy over the years, but this new Republican opinion of his has landed others in a path of answering unwanted questions. It somehow involved, Republican Greg Abbott with reporters wanting answers and confirmations on his stance. Does Ted Nugent speak for all republicans? Nugent spoke at the NRA convention back in 2012 as an opener for Mitt Romney. So this arrogant, outspoken, Kanye West of the republicans is not new to the campaign trails and stating his opinion. There have been many instances where President Obama has been on disrespected with trivial things and not for the things has done and is currently doing for the country. For instance, he is always being attacked about his birthplace. Remember the fiasco of Donald Trump wanting the president to show him his papers? How about how the Commander in Chief seems to never be addressed as President Barack Obama, as all other former Presidents and even Governors are addressed. He is simply Obama, like a brand. There have been many instances where the has been outright disrespected in front of America. The infamous Bill O’Reily interrupted the president at least 45 times during his short interview.

Back during his first years as President in 2009, he was told “you lie” by a member of the congress, or a governor from Arizona, pointing a finger in his face, appearing to say things in an impolite manner. A congressman back in 2011 decided to announce publicly that he would not be attending the President’s speech given on September 8th that year. Who needed to know that? His ability to get to the debt ceiling raised was probably one of the more noticeable signs of disrespect being that it had happened 69 times since 1962. Seven of those times were under the leadership of the George H.W. Bush. Needless to say, even though we have a number of past presidents who should or could be mocked and ridiculed for some of their behaviors and actions in the past, there is no excuse as to why any president should be taunted and disapproved publicly without any repercussions. I can only imagine what the first female president will have to endure in the future.

Organizations To Join in 2014: UNA-USA Campus Advocates President: China McClain Contact: c.mcclain104@gmail.com History Association President: Lindsay Gary Contact: tsuhistoryassociation@ gmail.com


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What’s Happening on campus & around town

Monday - 3/10

Tuesday - 3/11

Rec Center presents: March Madness Bracket Challenge Rec Center

Wednesday - 3/12

Thursday - 3/13

Friday - 3/14

The Weekend 3/15 & 3/16

Collegiate 100 Women presents: Writing Our Own Success Stories UPC presents: Hump Day 6-8 p.m. The Point

SWAC BASKETBALL TOURNEY Monday - 3/17

Tuesday - 3/18

Wednesday - 3/19

Thursday - 3/20

Friday - 3/21

The Weekend 3/22 & 3/23

Spring Break

63rd Annual TSU Relays- Durley Stadium

Our calendar is reserved for the advertisement of on and off campus events. If you are interested in having your event placed on our calendar, then please stop by room 221 of the Student Center or call us at (713) 313-6710.

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Anonymously 1. If enrollment at TSU is so low, why is tuition still so high? 2. Why are there full kitches in UAV, Courtyard etc., yet students are still forced to pay submit your for meal plans? questions via 3. Why are the housing and meal plans at TSU the highest in the state of Texas? 4. Why do students complain about organizations that they are not active in? Ask.Fm 5. Can we be mindful of who we elect as our SGA representatives this Spring? today 6. Can someone define running the yard? 7. Is it based on programs and community serivce or just strolling and being seen? 8. Why aren’t more students participating on TigerFans.net boards? 9. Why don’t inquiring young minds do more independent research before asking silly questions? 10.Why aren’t there alternative classes offered for graduating seniors whose final DISCLAIMER: The questions are submitted courses aren’t offered in their graduating semester? by the student body and are not the views of 11. Why are the known unprofessional faculty members allowed to continue their The TSU Herald or Texas Southern University practices? as a whole. Feel free to bring your questions to 12. Are people really submitting qestions about themselves to make the room 221 of the Student Center. Questions are printed at the discretion of The TSU Herald. paper? 13. Is the Royal Court really going to start receiving a $500 stipend each semester? 14. Why are we as a people, interested in looking good first and getting educated second? 15. Isn’t a 2.5 GPA required to hold a position within any campus organization? 16. Does it not apply after receiving the position? 17. Who’s doing these grade checks? 18. Fantasia? 19. or Porsha Stewart?

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