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Vol 66 | Number 07

THE TSU HERALD | November 20, 2013

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LIFE & STYLE page 9


SPORTS page 10

The State of the Black College Student: Are We Prepared?


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TSU’s Police Department strives to keep the campus safe

Tough love or bullying?


Campus News TSU’s Police Department strives to keep the campus safe BY Dominique Toussant, Darrell Thomas, Channing Briggs, Kymara Guidry, Dexavier Taylor and Jeniece Tillman Contributing Writers

Although 58 crimes have been reported at Texas Southern University since August of this year, the Chief of Police said he and his team are consistently working to keep the campus safe. The TSU Department of Public Safety comparison chart showed, with minor fluctuations, a decrease in crime from the year 2009 to the beginning of 2013. At the end of the spring semester of 2013, a total of 407 crimes were reported and out of that total, 305 arrests were made. The crimes ranged from assault, burglary, and larceny-theft according to TSU’s Department of Public Safety Charts. With about 35 men and women on the TSU police force, Byars stands behind the fact that they “work hard and diligently,” to ensure the security of the premises. However, students said they would like to see a stronger presence of police officers on campus. “Being that I’ve lived on campus for three years now, I have heard about all the

crimes going on campus mainly at night. I just think people should be more cautious of their surroundings due to the lack of security on campus,” Jessica Miller, a junior athlete at TSU said. Many students were unaware that there were any crimes on campus, which sparked the question of how the information was actually being disseminated to students. Chief Byars said the university does take a proactive approach to inform students about crime on campus. All of the criminal activity, alerts, and details of the recent crimes are available to the students and staff at just a click of a button. “We don’t hide anything,” said Byars, who personally, with the help of his staff, regularly post updated information on the official website for TSU at Not only is the information released online but students may also have the crime alerts sent directly to their mobile devices by filling out the contact information on their personal university portal login.



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Byars said, “Students must be aware of their surroundings.” Houston is the fourth largest city in America and has a growing crime problem. Some of the crimes that have happened occurred outside the university boundaries near Tierwester, Cleburne and Ennis streets, according to Byars. “I am aware of the crimes around campus late at night [when] students are leaving classes; it’s pretty sad that we don’t have better security, but it’s happening all around us, not just TSU,” Caleb Hunter, a TSU student said. On the police department website, there are tips to help students lessen their chances of being a victim of crime. The tips suggested by the TSU police department are: be alert, do not walk alone, be cautious, remain as calm as possible, report incidents, and try to notice details. Chief Byars said that students should avoid being out at those times that are considered to be high crime hours, primarily in the evening, in order to protect themselves.


Campus News Operation: Care for the troops

news updates

Students supporting soliders BY BRANDI GRAVES

Typhoon Haiyan

Contributing Writer

After the devastating typhoon that hit

the Philippines more than a week ago, restoration success has been rather difficult for the residents. As of late, survivors have taken matters of the devastation into their own hands. Reports say that looters were seen storming a rice warehouse on Leyte Island and as a result, the incident has also taken lives. There have also been reports of loots in Alangalang and survivors in Tacloban who are in need of water, have been seen digging up water pipes in desperate attempts to stay hydrated. Due to these desperation acts, it has been very difficult for the authorities to keep hold on the civilians. The aid of troops and supplies bring a certain level of relief to the situation, as large quantities of aid materials have been brought to the area as well. There has also been a distribution of troops would could triple to more than 1,000 by this weeks end. President Barack Obama strongly encourages citizens to contribute to survivors with donations by directing them to the White House’s website, Typhoon Haiyan is one of the most powerful storms that has hit the Philippines and President Obama says that recovery for the Philippines may take years.

Tiger Yearbook Unveiling Last week, The Tiger Yearbook unveilied its 2012-2013 yearbook to students, faculty and staff members in the Tiger Room of the Sterling Student Life Center. The yearbook includes a brief-case styled carrier that can be decorated with stickers that were placed inside the boxes and a DVD that highlights the events that took place during the 2012-2013academic school year. Yearbooks can be picked up on the 2nd floor of the SSLC in room 219 between 12 and 4 p.m. Yearbooks are free and available to all TSU students, faculty and staff members.

There is a deep, ongoing appreciation for the United States troops here on Texas Southern University’s thriving campus. Here at TSU, there are a host of military science programs that support the education behind military tactics, along with the Veterans Affairs program that assists veterans and families of veterans who pursue higher education at this great institution. In honor of the United States troops, Texas Southern University’s Chapter of Collegiate 100 Women has organized, “Operation: Care for the Front Line”, in respects to donating specific food and toiletries to formulate care packages for deployed soldiers. Chastity Greene, President Elect of Collegiate 100 Women, came up with the idea for the organization to support the troops and to pay respect in observation of Veteran’s Day. “Although Veteran’s Day was last Monday, [Collegiate] wanted to make care packages from the students to show support and [to show] that we care about them, and [that] we haven’t forgotten them or taken their sacrifice for granted,” Greene said. The donation service that the collected items we be sent to is: “Give2theTroops”, an organization founded by Andi Edwards, a former army wife who wanted to pay tribute in assistance by sending necessary items needed for survival to troops while they are stationed on duty. “I decided that I, too, needed to do something for the troops. I couldn’t sit back for a year and be a “spectator” - I needed to do something to show my support,” Edwards said on her website By creating a well-known organization that has abundantly grown into a united effort to support and gather the items that many of us would otherwise take for granted on a daily lives, Edwards has accomplished her mission of creating a national movement in support of the troops. The items sent to “Give2theTroops” will be made into care packages and sent in between the choice of two separate military donation branches who will then decide which area the care packages should be sent to. The first branch is located in Connecticut, and the second branch is located in the Oregon/Washington area.

At these locations, donations are packaged and sent out in large shipments to designated areas. The women of Collegiate 100 request that all students donate specified items such as: powder drink mixes, beef jerky, sunflower seeds, candy, trail mix, mixed nuts, pretzels, individual box cereal, and snack cakes. The toiletries that are requested are: lip balm, body wash, body lotion, cough drops, feminine hygiene products, travel-size deodorant, and travel-size mouthwash. “Most of these items are in the bookstore however, we will also have a card to sign if you can’t donate that day, because written mail is most important,” Greene said. The donation table for Operation: Care for the Front Line, will be held on the first floor of the Sterling Student Life Center on November 20th 2013, from 12 until to 2:00 p.m. The women of Collegiate 100 strongly encourage students to show their support by donating items and signing a card that will be sent to troops to let them know that they have not been forgotten. “We want to think of it in [the] aspect of how we would feel if that was us out there fighting,” Greene said. Events such as Operation: Care for the Front Line exhibits the true morale and consciousness of the Texas Southern University student. Unifying students as a whole, with one another and with the country.

A care-package filled with snacks that is ready to be shipped off to deployed troops.


Cover Story State of the black college student BY LINDSAY GARY Staff Writer In his first biography, escaped slave, abolitionist, and author, Frederick Douglass wrote “to educate a man is to unfit him to be a slave.” Undeniably powerful, these words invite us into his time, a time when illiteracy was used as a method of maintaining the status quo. Educating a black person in the United States, particularly one constrained by bondage, armed him with the means to free himself both mentally and physically. An educated black was and still is in the words of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s former director J. Edgar Hoover, a “dangerous Negro.” As it was then, education is power. Moreover, given the historical and political context of this nation, an effective and equal education is essential to the economic improvement of the black masses. But with subpar K-12 institutions, declines in funding for higher education, and half-hearted efforts to undermine racial disparities on college and university campuses, where do black students stand? What is the state of the black college student? Although public primary and secondary schools are supposed to provide free and equal education to all American students, they are designed to do the contrary. There is a clear and disturbing distinction in resources, learning environments, standardized test scores, graduation rates, and extracurricular activities between schools in low-income, predominantly black neighborhoods like Jack Yates High School and Cullen Middle School compared to schools in middle to high-income, predominantly white areas like Lamar High School and Lanier Middle School. In addition to the challenges that come with being reared in a poor neighborhood, Texas and many other states base their public schools on taxes in which many schools are based on property taxes locally, resulting in inadequacies in schools in Third Ward, Sunnyside, and the like. Although our K-12 education system is outdated and needs reform as a whole, the inequality in education places black students, if they do in fact graduate from high school and attend college, far behind their white peers

who are more likely to attend K-12 schools with better resources and educational opportunities. Thus, while there are exceptions, blacks are not entering college equipped with the tools necessary to succeed. Coupled with insufficient K-12 education, finances serve as a major obstacle for black students. Thousands of black students rely on financial aid to attend and graduate from college. Without financial aid, most cannot afford to continue their higher education, yet cuts in federal financial aid and increases in tuition continue. According to Nellie Mae, the largest nonprofit provider of federal and private education loans in the US, almost 70% of blacks who dropped out of college did so because of high student loan debt and other financial reasons. Not only are these things detrimental to a student’s educational and professional careers, but they often prevent entire families from transcending poverty leaving thousands of black people in a state quite reminiscent of that of Douglass’s time. For those who graduate from college, many have a difficult time securing a well-paying job and find themselves either underpaid or underworked, leaving them in an overwhelming amount of debt. While more blacks are in college now more than ever before and some institutions, especially large state schools have increased their enrollment of black students, according to the Journal of Blacks in Higher Education, blacks are only graduating from college at a rate of approximately 45% wherein that of whites is about 20 points higher. Some institutions have eliminated the racial gap in graduation rates, but this is largely due to their low enrollment of black students overall. At predominantly white institutions, black students often experience racism, discrimination, and a lack of cultural amenities, which all hinder the educational experience and graduation rates. Historically black colleges and universities, originally the only institutions to accept black students, unfortunately have some of the lowest graduation rates.

This is due to the aforementioned reasons in addition to a lack of state funding and/or alumni support and their willingness to serve the community by admitting low-performing students. Education is essential in expanding the knowledgebase and intellect of black youth and young adults and it is key to achieving a well-paid career and freeing our communities of the dire circumstances we faced in the 19th century. An equal K-12 education system must be established through state funding and other sources and decreasing the reliance on funding through property taxes; secondary schools should have adequate resources to prepare students for college and the workforce. More grants and scholarship opportunities should be available rather than relying on funding from loans that accumulate debt and colleges and universities should provide liberal arts skills as well as degrees that correlate with the demands in the national and global economies. Diversity initiatives and amenities should be established to facilitate the enrollment and graduation of black students and other students of color; and alumni of HBCUs should support their alma maters through endowments. With these solutions and others, the state of the black college student will soon reflect and indeed surpass the hopes and aspirations our forefathers who risked their lives to become educated.

“Educating a black person in the United States, particularly one constrained by bondage, armed him with the means to free himself both mentally and physically.” Lindsay Gary


Life & Style Size doesn’t matter: Curvy students confident with their bodies BY SENORA HARRIS Life & Style Editor

In society, being thin may be “in”, but that doesn’t really matter to the curvier women at TSU. It was as early as second grade when senior student Erica Blue first experienced scrutiny for being a little heavier than everyone else. “That’s when I really realized I was plus sized and I was the fat kid,” Blue said. “I did get bullied a lot. “ Now in her adulthood, Blue hasn’t let the taunting she received during childhood affect her self-esteem. “As I grew up, my parents always instilled that I was beautiful no matter what. I just kind of let that grow within me,” Blue said. For clothing retailers, plus size clothing options can vary. For instance, there are stores like Torrid that offer extended sizes that start at a size 12 and goes all the way up to 28. On the other hand, the plus size line at Forever 21 stops at a size 20. Since stores like Torrid are few and far

between, student Tatianna Gilbert has to do a little more hunting for nice clothes. “Sometimes when I shop, it’s a little harder. Usually I have to go to the main stores like JC Penney’s or Macy’s or Dillards,” Gilbert said. In order to meet her fashion needs, student LaKesha Lewis says she has been quite innovative. In addition to shopping at thrift stores, Lewis buys unisex tops and bottoms that are flattering for her figure. “If I see a pair of guys’ clothes, I will rock it,” Lewis said. “I will wear that pair of guys’ pants and rock it in a feminine way. Because I can’t find [clothes] in my size, I have to kind of improvise.” While Lewis says to have a positive body image, she is wary of the media’s heavily saturated messages of thin being beautiful to impressionable young girls. “It bothers me because they don’t show both sides,” Lewis said.

“A lot of these girls associate the image of Beyoncé and these singers as the only way to be successful and sexy. In actuality, they have to work hard to maintain that body image.” On her journey to accepting her body, Blue decided to identify with all the terms associated with being plus sized. This includes one that is commonly comes with a negative connotation: fat. “I used to hate the term ‘fat’,” Blue said, “I had liked people to refer to me as ‘thick’ or ‘curvy’, and I really just embraced it all. We only make it a problem if we let it become a problem.” For fellow curvy and plus sized students that may not be comfortable with their body, Blue recommends working on one’s insides as the first step in beginning to appreciate their physical appearance. “It’s more about looking in the mirror with no clothes on, and just saying ‘Hey, I’m me, I’m fabulous, and I’m beautiful.’ If you don’t believe it, no one else will.”

Curved in Confidence

Senior, Erica Blue

Sophomore, Tatianna Gilbert

Senior, Laura Ross

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As the weeks go by here at Texas Southern University, our photographers capture all of the moments and current events on campus. 7.

1. Students celebrating a Norfolk State foul-out during the Men’s Basketball Game on November 9th. 2. The women’s volleyball team and coaching staff take a photo together after winning their final match against PVAMU. 3. The Confucius Institute held an open house in MLK to share information and to bring awarness about the program. 4. The women of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. pose together before strolling off during reverse hump day. 5. The French Program at TSU participates in the International Festival. 6. Korean students allow other students to try their traditional dishes during the Internatinoal Festival.


7. Students playing “Juice Pong” in the game room during reverse hump day. 8. The men of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. and Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. speak briefly before strolling off during reverse hump day. 9. Aaric Murray and Lawrence Johnson-Tanner celebrating their win against Norfolk State. 10. Morgan Simmons and Sarah Williams listen intently as Coach Hayes-Perry goes over plays during a time out against Houston Baptist University. 13.

11. Docia Rudley speaks with a table of women as they enjoy an evening with the Women’s Resource Center on “Woosah Wednesdays”. 12. Senior, Dominique Perkins opening his briefcase and smiling as he takes a look at the 2012-2013 yearbook that holds many of his memorable moments as an undergraduate. 13. A Veteran speaking in front of Sawyer Auditorium during the Veteran’s Day celebration.

Photos Courtesy of: Jerry Webb, Joedicy Simms and Cameron Butler.


New Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy EFFECTIVE SPRING 2014

The new Academic Standing Policy has been approved and was made effective as of October, 2103. The current Satisfactory Academic Progress policy for financial aid will remain in affect for any student that  was enrolled during the fall 2013 semester  and  will continue their enrollment throughout the spring 2014 and summer 2014 semesters. The students meeting the description above will be “grandfathered” under the current policy until the end of summer II 2014. Beginning with the fall 2014 semester, all students will be required to meet the minimum requirements as outlined in the new Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress. The Texas Southern University Office of Student Financial Assistance (OSFA) Policy on Satisfactory Academic Progress outlines the standards for maintaining eligibility. You are evaluated on the basis of grade point average (GPA.), credit hour completion, and maximum time frame limitation. Students must meet and /or exceed the minimum criteria in each of the three areas in order to maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress. A detailed explanation of the three areas of evaluation is contained below: Satisfactory Academic Requirements for Financial Aid New 1. Quality Grade Point Average - Undergraduate and post-baccalaureate students must maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0. Graduate students must maintain a cumulative grade average of 3.0. Pharmacy and Law students must maintain a cumulative grade point average of 2.0. Any student enrolled in nine or more credit hours and who earns an “F” in all classes will be placed on financial aid suspension. 2. Credit Hour Completion - Students must have a class completion ratio of 67%. The completion ratio is calculated by dividing the number of hours earned by the number of hours attempted. Example - If a student attempts 16 hours but earns only 5, the completion ratio is 5/16 or 31%. Of the 16 hours attempted, the student completed only 31% which is below the 67% mandated by the Federal government. 3. Maximum Time Frame - Students must not exceed 150% of the required program hours to graduate from any one degree program. Example - Students requiring 120 credits to graduate from a program may not attempt more the 180 [120 x 1.50] hours and still receive financial aid. What happens after you measure my satisfactory academic progress? Students receiving aid have their overall enrollments at the University reviewed at the end of the spring semester. If you meet or exceed the minimum SAP standards, your next scheduled review will occur annually at the end of the subsequent spring term. If the student fails to meet the minimum SAP standards, the student is placed on financial aid suspension and must submit an appeal packet for reinstatement of eligibility to receive aid to the Office of Student Financial Assistance. The appeal packet will consist of the Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress Appeal Form (initial or continuation), the student’s plan of action, and the academic plan. Incomplete appeals will not be accepted. Students facing mitigating circumstances such as prolonged illness, death of immediate family members, or life threatening accidents must include supporting documentation as part of the appeal packet. By submitting this appeal packet, you are requesting reinstatement of your financial aid eligibility. The deadline for ALL SAP appeals is Friday prior to the week of start of classes for each semester in which you are eligible to apply. The OSFA will not accept any documentation beyond this established deadline. What happens when I appeal? If the student successfully appeals and is approved to regain eligibility to receive aid, the student is placed on financial aid probation and the student’s New SAP is measured at the end of each subsequent term. The student must achieve a minimum cumulative GPA or 2.0 or a minimum semester GPA of 2.25 to remain eligible to receive financial aid and the conditions as outlined in the academic plan. Any student enrolled in nine or more credit hours and who earns an “F” in all classes will be placed on financial aid suspension. If the student meets the minimum cumulative GPA for financial aid satisfactory academic progress, the student automatically regains eligibility to receive Title IV aid. If the student fails to meet the minimum financial aid satisfactory academic progress requirements for reinstatement or continuation of aid, the student is placed on financial aid suspension. To regain eligibility, the student must meet the minimum cumulative grade point average based on their category. If the student fails to meet the minimum cumulative grade point requirement based on their category, the student Imporant may not appeal for reinstatement prior earning a 2.0 in at least 6 hours at an accredited two-year or four-year University, junior or community college prior and meets other federal acceptable terms for reentry into the financial aid programs. Additional Academic Requirements If students apply for financial aid, their eligibility will be based on past performance as measured by the Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) standards for financial aid. If a student making application is a transfer student, he/she will be evaluated within the financial aid SAP maximum time frame based upon the number of semester credit hours accepted by Texas Southern University. Other factors that students need to be cognizant of with regard to the assessment of financial aid status are as follows: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8.

Semester credit hours earned from foreign institutions are included in the financial aid SAP evaluation if these credits are accepted by the University and the college/school in which a major is declared. If a course is repeated, the semester credits earned will count toward the determination of enrollment status and maximum time frame. Courses in which grades of "I" (incomplete) are received do not earn credits to meet the academic year minimum, nor do they influence GPA's in the semester in which they are taken; however, the credits are counted in the maximum time frame. Courses in which grades of "W", (withdrawal) are received do not earn credits to meet the academic year minimum, nor do they influence GPA's in the semester in which they are taken; however, the credits are counted in the maximum time frame. Students may retake courses from which they withdraw, and retaken credits will count toward the determination of enrollment status and minimum credits earned. Credits earned from undergraduate developmental/remedial courses that students are required to take count toward the determination of enrollment status, minimum semester credits earned, and maximum time frame. Credits earned from undergraduate courses taken while students are enrolled as graduate students do not count toward the academic year minimum, nor do they influence GPAs, nor do they count toward the determination of enrollment status or minimum credits earned, unless these credits are specifically required as prerequisites. All undergraduate and prerequisite courses are included in the financial aid time frame for financial aid SAP. Summer terms are considered special semesters and are not automatically monitored to determine financial aid SAP. Students who attend summer terms and who want credits earned during these terms counted with fall and/or spring semester credit totals must make a request for such at the end of the summer terms of attendance.


Life & Style Not Jus’ Donuts owner excited about upcoming feature on TLC’s “Cake Boss” BY SENORA HARRIS Life & Style Editor

Not Jus’ Donuts owner, Myrtle Jackson The tables have turned for local bakery, Not Jus’ Donuts, as it is getting a treat for once. The treat has come in the form of “Bakery Boss”, an upcoming makeover series that will feature Buddy Valastro of “Cake Boss” assisting struggling bakeries around the country. Not Jus’ Donuts, a quaint bakery located in Third Ward, will be one of the bakeries featured on the TLC show. When the show’s producers contacted Not Jus’ Donuts this summer, owner Myrtle Jackson saw a unique opportunity. “I could never pay for the advertising that I would get through a television program. So why not?” Jackson said. With the exception of the donuts and a few cookies, the baked goods sold in Not Jus’ Donuts are made from scratch with family recipes that are generations old. Jackson says that Valastro was surprised about her family employees’ baking talents. “He said ‘Y’all doing this without going to school?” Jackson said. “I said ‘Yeah.’ He was really impressed that we had not been to school to do the things that we did. He had to dig and dig to find things to complain about.” In addition to getting business advice and some baking tips from Valastro, Not Jus’ Donuts was fully renovated. In their grand reopening, Not Jus’ Donuts was revealed to be a seemingly new

bakery. Among a brand new purple and white color scheme, the shop received new décor that gives the small shop a more style and space. The new makeover still has Jackson in awe. “It was unbelievable that they did so much in so little time. It was a lot of fun,” Jackson said. Spending more than eight hours filming daily while trying to run a bakery was taxing, but Jackson managed to genuinely enjoy participating in the show. During the week that the show filmed, Jackson bonded with Valastro, who also operates a family owned bakery that is located in Hoboken, New Jersey. “He’s really down to earth,” Jackson said. “We hugged a lot. It was like they’ve known me for years. He said ‘We’re family now’ because his story is similar to mine.” Before being taped to be featured on “Bakery Boss”, Not Jus’ Donuts has seen its fair share of obstacles. Since founding Not Jus’ Donuts with her daughter, Andrea Spears, thirteen years ago, Jackson says that the bakery had been doing well initially. But between their vendor Enron going bankrupt and sugar supply being severed due to Hurricane Katrina, Not Jus’ Donuts began to struggle in turning a profit.

But despite their difficulties, Jackson was solid on keeping her dream business running. “We hung on,” Jackson said. “We feel like quitting is not an option. This is not just something I whimmed up, or a fly by night thought. It was something that God had given me. It’s a vision, a dream for my grandchildren.” Once the episode airs after the show’s premiere on December 2, Jackson has high hopes that the exposure will help Not Jus’ Donuts to grow beyond their Dowling location. “I believe I’ll be able to expand more on each side of town,” Jackson said. “I know we all can’t work in one place. I want it to grow. Hopefully we’ll expand into something greater.”

“Not Jus’ Donuts” storefront located at 2020 Dowling Street in the Third Ward community of Houston, Texas.



Tiger football program can’t hold off Howard Bison in the last home game of the season BY BUCK BEDIA Sports Editor Before the game, TSU honored 13 seoffense. looming overhead and their schedule of events niors making their last game in a ceremony at “I just told them we needed to make will go back to normal. Tiger Stadium. our plays and do our assignments, there was “We are bringing a lot of guys back on The seniors honored were; Jeff Anderno reason to get mad at one another out there, both sides of the ball, so we should be where son, Edward we want to be, but we still Perkins-Loving, have to put in work,” CauErnest Gilley, sey concluded. Remond Silas, Tony Peoples, Reginald Boykins, Robert Boykins, Steven White, Kenneth Hall, Greg Brady, Vincent Holder and Deric Shipman. As for the game, the Tigers (2-9) could not get on the right track during Saturday’s finale against the Howard University Bison losing Homer Causey leading the Tigers on the field as they prepare to take on the Howard 40-6. University Bison. Turnovers and miscues were what did the Tigers in on Senior we’re a team,” Causey said. “Mistakes happen, Day. we can’t fault anybody, we just need to have all The Tigers committed six turnovers 11 people on the same page and that is what and the Bison turned three of the turnovers this offseason is for.” into 16 points. The Tigers had a long, trying season By halftime, it was well out of hand and have shown a lot of potential, and were in with the Bison scoring 23 unanswered points position to win several ball games this year, but in the 2nd quarter and the teams went in the it was costly mistakes that prevented them to a locker rooms with the score 30-6. better record. “I never expected us to come out so flat With that said and another season untonight,” a disappointed Coach Asberry said. der their belt, the future looks very promising “We dropped three passes in the end for the Tiger football program. zone and the players know we cannot win that Players now will have time to reflect on way.” the season and prepare for spring ball. Besides the turnovers, statistically, the “The gym and in the film room, that is two teams were virtually even, the Tigers were where I will be, after a season like this, I can’t only outgained by a hundred yards in total ofwait to get back out there and show what we fense, but constant mistakes only allowed TSU can do, because I know we have a great football to score two field goals by Eric Medina early in team, it might not show on paper but we will the game. be ready to improve come spring,” Causey said. Tigers sharing a moment after losing their last Quarterback Homer Causey tried to This offseason will be Texas Southern’s home game of the season. stay positive in the huddle in command of his first full off season without NCAA sanctions

“The gym and in the film room, that is where I will be, after a season like this, I can’t wait to get back out there and show what we can do, because I know we have a great football team.” - Homer Causey

Sports sports updates Basketball

After winning their first two games of the season at home, the Tigers (2-2) dropped two in a row on the road in South Beach losing to the University of Miami 84-69 on Thursday and to Florida International 70-68. The Tigers jumped out the gates early in both contests but lost double-digit leads by the time intermission rolled around. Aaric Murray led the Tigers in scoring for both games, scoring 16 against Miami and 22 against FIU, but unfortunately it wasn’t enough. In the Miami (3-1) game, Ray Penn Jr. knocked down 5 three-pointers adding 15 points in the losing effort but was a key element that helped TSU jump to a 12 point lead in the first half. Against FIU (4-2), Jose Rodriguez chipped in 14 points in the loss. On a positive note, Aaric Murray was named SWAC Player of the Week for the first week of the season averaging 28.5 points.

Women’s Basketball

The Lady Tigers (3-1) defeated Houston Baptist (3-1) 82-70 at the HP&E arena on Thursday night. Jazzmin Parker went off scoring a game high 30, knocking down 4 shots from beyond the arc. Brianna Sidney went 9-18 from the field adding 20 points and Morgan Simmons dominated in the paint tallying a double-double with 13 points and grabbing 15 rebounds. The Lady Tigers will travel to Nicholls State in Louisiana this weekend before traveling to Puerto Rico to play a couple games end of the month. Good luck ladies! The next home game will be on Dec. 29th against Texas A&M- Corpus Christi. Congratulations to Jazzmin Parker, she has been named SWAC Player of the Week in back to back weeks with her stellar performances to kick off the season that has led the Lady Tigers to a 3-1 record.

Lady Tigers struggle to fininsh season after losing head coach BY HAROLD DAVIS Contributing Writer Heart, resilience, and effort could best sum up the Lady Tigers 2013 soccer season as they fell 4-0 to Jackson State in the first round of the SWAC Tournament on a windy Thursday afternoon. After a roller coaster of a season, the women’s soccer club entered the November 7th match against the favorite Jackson State. Losing their first 12 games and their head coach Crawley midseason, expectations for this season seemed all but lost with subpar performances against stiff competition early in the season. Leading scorer, Marlyn Campa had this to say about the season after the game. “We started off pretty bad but I’m happy we came together and qualified for the tournament.” Qualifying for the tournament wasn’t easy by any stretch, The Lady Tigers rallied together and finished season with 4 straight wins. Wins over Alcorn State and Grambling University propelled The Lady Tigers to a berth in the SWAC Tournament. Freshman Ruth Giraldo talks about how difficult it was losing a coach who recruited her. “We went through a coaching change

so that was kind of hard to watch,” Giraldo said. Although interim head coach Leigh Cullip made it apparent that he will not be returning next year, his philosophy and work ethic showed affects on the team. “I just want these girls to play good football by doing the basics. I’m passionate about the game and I hope it shows in my coaching style and the results on the field,” Cullip added. The first half of the tournament’s contest showed the Lady Tigers played with a renowned passion and resilience. The Lady Tigers dominated the time of possession early and registered five shots on goal. Still, the first half ended 1-0 after a goal in the final minutes by JSU and that was all that was needed. Both teams finished with identical shots on goal (10), and 5 corner kicks. Everything was even except the scoreboard. That was the kind of misfortune that plagued our Lady Tigers all season. “We understand that next year its just not one player; we have to be a unit,” Marlyn Campa said. “Everybody has to show leadership.”

Volleyball With the SWAC Western Conference Title in the bag, the Lady Tigers (13-10) swept the Prairie View Lady Panthers in their final game of the season at home. Leading the way on offense for the sweep were Veronica Azubuike, with 11 kills and two blocks, and Jyra Churchill contributed with 20 assists and Sarah Wooten had 10. The Lady Tigers will play in the SWAC Tournament held on November 23rd and 24th in Jackson, MS.


Ruth Giraldo attempts to score a goal against JSU during the first round of tournament play.



Tough love or bullying? BY MARIEA BOYD Campus News Editor

For athletic players, the locker room is like a safe haven for players to hype up before a game and unwind after one. Recently, that atmosphere has changed for the National Football League team, the Miami Dolphins. Richard “Richie” Incognito Jr., a guard for the Dolphin program, has been accused of harassing his teammate tackle player, Jonathan Martin. Incognito allegedly has been spewing threatening and intimidating statements at his teammate; as well as racial slurs and a disturbing voicemails that have raised concerns on what really goes on between players in the locker room. After asking Texas Southern University running back, Daveonn Porter how he felt about the ordeal, he had this to say: “I feel as if he should have kept that issue inside the locker room,” Porter said. “I doubt a grown man can get bullied by another grown man especially if you’re in the pros.” Members from other NFL teams appear to be shocked and baffled by the entire scandal. Jacksonville Jaguars defensive tackle, Derrick Marks commented on the situation saying, “There’s always problems [in the locker room.], [A] bunch of egos [and a] bunch of men. A lot of testosterone. Anything can happen.” Players say that the locker room always polices itself and if things get out of hand, then coaches get involved. One of the coaches from the Miami Dolphins was overheard outside the training facility saying: “This is the most overblown story … everyone knows he [incognito] has a

past.” Is it the responsibility of coaches or team owners to consider a players past history before placing them on the team as a leader? Is the NFL a mentally safe environment? Jonathan Martin is currently going through mental therapy while contemplating on the decision to continue playing for the Dolphins. When asked about the atmosphere of the locker room and whether Martin misinterpreted tough love with harassment, players from the TSU football program had this to say: “Yes I do [think it was misinterpreted] it’s just a normal thing that all young players go through,” Porter said. “[The locker room] is a very chill environment, loud music playing, everybody is joking and laughing. Sure we pick on the younger guys but that’s just the nature of football, everyone is cool with one another and nothing is taken to heart,” TSU wide receiver, Fred Plummer said. Should students prepare themselves for the kind of mental treatment that is inevitable in the NFL locker room? Martin grew up in Los Angeles, California where he attended private school his entire life and is a graduate of Stanford University. Martin comes from a prestigious family with nine of them graduating from Harvard University; including his mother and father who are both lawyers. It is out of his nature to be in a hostel environment where racial slurs and belittling

comments are being thrown at any given time. Students coming from different backgrounds may not have mentally prepared to deal with situations such as the one between Martin and Incognito. These types of occurrences leave us wondering if the football community follows a tradition of tough love or just plain old bullying.

“A bunch of egos and a bunch of men. A lot of testosterone. Anything can happen.” - NFL defensive tackle, Derrick Marks

Richie Incognito and Johnathan Martin having small talk on the field after a game.



In revitalizing the Third Ward UH and Texas Southern University need to work together BY Michael O. Adams, Jay K. Aiyer, and Carroll G. Robinson

During the last few weeks, the Houston Chronicle has editorialized about the need for the University of Houston to become more directly engaged in revitalizing the Third Ward community that is its neighbor, see Here’s Something UH could learn from Syracuse University, 11/1/13. While applauding this call for greater community involvement, the Chronicle missed an opportunity to look at the entire community—particularly key stakeholders that have already been moving forward to promote change and development in the area. Notably, the Texas Southern University (TSU) has been a leader in helping the Third Ward community. With the assistance of its policy school, the Barbara Jordan-Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs, they are laying the foundation for transforming the historic Third ward community. TSU has for many years worked to improve the quality of life in the Third Ward community. It has worked on several projects to help improve both educational and housing opportunities in the community, while working with community associations in the Third Ward to revitalize housing, and regularly surveying the community on policy needs and issues. It has also served as the community center for numerous town halls and meetings, and has worked with area schools to provide critical support to students and help assist struggling programs. Moving forward, it is important for TSU and UH to work together in partnership to assist the surrounding community. An important foundation to this is the expanding relationship that now exists between the Barbara Jordan Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs Political Science Department and the UH School of Architecture Community Design Resource Center. In a groundbreaking partnership,

BJ-MLSPA and UHCDRC are working at the behest of the Greater Southeast Management District to develop a “comprehensive needs assessment” for the Third Ward and surrounding community. This project will identify economic opportunities in the surrounding communities to both attract business and improve the quality of life for residents. It will also look at the best practices for community development around the US and look to implement the most successful solutions here. Finally it will directly survey the community to give them an opportunity to have a voice. While a critical first step in the process, this joint project is a model for future activities. In addition to this, several initiatives should be developed both jointly and in coordination to enhance the community. To assist with the ongoing issue of food deserts and the lack of fresh produce in the community, the schools should jointly develop a University Farmer’s Market that would provide access for farm fresh produce and locally produced goods for members of both the university communities and the Third Ward as a whole. The project would combine the historic emphasis the late Congressman Mickey Leland had placed on food security, with the growing understanding of sustainable development for all communities as a basic need—which is now a key initiative of the BJMLSPA. Additionally, both universities must work together to address safety and security issues in and around the community. Both from a research perspective, through crime survey data and tracking, as well as direct community engagement—public safety issues need to be looked at in a comprehensive way. Finally, the BJMLSPA has been working to develop a City Government 101—a continuing education seminar that would educate civic

leaders and community activists about the various activities of city government including the CIP process, requesting a project, speaking to city council, and the city/county relationship. Similar to the UH “people’s law school” program—this program will bring the levers of government closer to the Third ward community. In creating solutions, it is important for all stakeholders to be active participants in the community engagement and development process. While it is important for the University of Houston to play a role, it would be a mistake to expect them to work in isolation. By working together, Texas Southern University and UH in conjunction with the myriad of community organizations in the Third Ward community—can help revitalize the community. *Michael O. Adams, PhD is the Interim Chair of the Political Science Department at the BJ-MLSPA; Jay K. Aiyer, Esq. is an Assistant Professor at the BJ-MLSPA; Carroll G. Robinson, Esq. is an Associate Professor at the BJ-MLSPA.

“By working together, Texas Southern University and UH in conjuction with the myriad of community organizations in the Third Ward community--can help revitalize the community.”


Opinion 5 tips to help avoid unwanted weight gain during the holidays BY LENZI CAUSEY Contributing Writer

The holidays are approaching! Soon each of us will be surrounded by our favorite dishes we spend all year waiting to sink our teeth into. From savory turkey and stuffing, to rich German chocolate cake, there will be many dishes we feel we won’t be able to resist. Studies by the National Council of Strength and Fitness show that during the holidays, Americans typically gain between one and seven pounds and the weight they gain during that time usually isn’t worked off. It also says that the amount of weight gained depends on normal routine and weight previous to the holiday season. For example, if someone was to eat sweets in small amounts, but often (not just special occasions or holidays), that same person is less likely to overeat sweets at Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners. Here are a few tips to avoid packing on the pounds during the holidays. Tip #1: Work on not breaking your normal routine. If you typically don’t consume sweets or heavy foods very often, try to stick to that, but don’t completely suppress your cravings. If you don’t eat any of those items you truly want, you will end up circling back to them and eating much more than you would if you simply ate small amounts. Emotions play a big part in the holiday period and in holiday weight gain as well. Some of us tend to stress more during this time because of travel, getting time off, or organizing social events and gatherings. Other people’s emotions come from a happier place, the celebratory and joyful spirit of the holidays. Both can lead to gaining a few pounds. Tip #2: Divert your attention and focus on what holidays are really about. Focus on spending time with your fam-

ily and friends and festivities, instead of what all there is to eat. Also, (it may sound silly), but don’t stand next to the food at the party to avoid being tempted; mingle elsewhere and indulge in conversation. If we

pagne on New Year’s (about 120 ml), you’ll be consuming about 91 calories. Between a vodka martini (about 210 calories on average) and a glass of champagne, you will have consumed the same amount of calories if you would have eaten a large slice of chocolate cake. Tip #4: BEWARE of “liquid calories”; they count too! Using a smaller plate can also help you avoid eating too much and gaining weight. If you use a larger dish, you feel more compelled to fill it. Studies have also shown that it takes our bodies only about 20 minutes out of a meal to reach satisfaction. By eating more slowly and not over long periods of time, your body will fill itself more efficiently. Tip #5: Use a smaller plate and pace yourself while eating. By remembering and following these tips, and always working to eat and be better, you can avoid gaining any or less weight during this season’s Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s festivities.

fun food facts spend all day waiting to eat (what we think is preparing for the big meal), we either tend to eat way less or way more than we would if we ate regularly sized and timed meals. Tip #3: Never show up to a holiday party very hungry. Consume a healthy snack beforehand or balanced breakfast that morning to avoid over eating. Did you know that a SINGLE shot of 80 proof vodka (about 40% alcohol volume) is 93 calories alone? A shot is typically 1.5 fluid ounces, which converts to about 44 milliliters. Basically, your average cocktail is about 120 milliliters, and you’ve consumed almost half of that with one shot. When drinking that glass of cham-

• Each year, the average American eats somewhere between 16-18 pounds of Turkey. • Mashed potatoes, pumpkin pies, popcorn, milk, corn on the cob, and cranberries were not foods present on the first Thanksgiving’s feast table. • Californians are the largest consumers of turkey in the United States. • A 15 pound turkey usually has about 70 percent white meat 30 percent dark meat. • The five most popular ways to serve leftover turkey is as a sandwich, in stew, chili or soup, casseroles and as a burger.



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The TSU Herald or Texas Southern University as a whole. Feel free to bring your questions to room 221 of the Student Center. Questions are printed at the discretion of The TSU Herald.


What’s Happening on campus & around town

Monday - 11/18

Tuesday - 11/19

Monday - 11/25

Thursday - 11/21

Recreation & Wellness UPC presents: presents: Apollo Night 7 p.m. Turkey Trot 4 p.m. TSU Tiger Trail

Confucius Institute Open House 10 a.m. MLK 302 Recreation & Wellness presents: Sex for Dummies 11 a.m. Recreation Center

Wednesday - 11/20

Yearbook Week Tuesday - 11/26

Wednesday - 11/27 Pre-Alumni Association Meeting 12 p.m. SSLC Room 207 A

Friday - 11/22 TSU Theatre presents: Death of a Salesman 8 p.m. Ollington Smith Playhouse

Thursday - 11/28

Friday - 11/29

Thanksgiving Break

World Premiere: Mandela Long Walk to Freedom Starring: Idris Elba and Naomie Harris For theatre locations and times, visit:

The Weekend 11/23-11/24

The Weekend 11/30-12/1

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Vol. 66 No. 7  

This is the 7th issue of Texas Southern University's official student newspaper, The TSU Herald.

Vol. 66 No. 7  

This is the 7th issue of Texas Southern University's official student newspaper, The TSU Herald.