Vol. 68 No. 14

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Vol 68 | Number 14 THE TSU HERALD | April 6th, 2016



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TSU’s Game Changers: The Leading Men of Texas Southern University


Campus News Campus Memorial Held for Late Professor & Civil Rights Pioneer BY SENORA HARRIS Contributing Writer

Prior to passing away on January 22, Hogrobooks made history by helping to organize and subsequently participate in Houston’s first sit-in to protest Jim Crow segregation laws on March 4, 1960.

Students, staff, and family of the late Holly Hogrobrooks gathered to remember the TSU alumna, professor, and civil rights pioneer on campus last week.

career at TSU, and life.

The memorial service, which took place in the School of Communication’s auditorium, was centered around her historic act against systemic racism, later professorial

Among the service’s speakers, an assorted lineup of current students and staff, was Professor Clyde Duncan Jr. Towards the beginEDITORIAL STAFF ning of the program, he read a bible verse in honor of his former colleague. T h e T S U H e r a l d i s “Holly’s earthly life may EDITOR-IN-CHIEF p u b l i s h e d b y t h e have been extinguished,” LENZI S. CAUSEY students of Duncan said. “But her Te x a s S o u t h e r n spiritual life shines brightly U n i v e r s i t y. O p i n i o n s e x p r e s s e d in both through her accomsports editor JONATHAN DAVIS a r e t h o s e o f t h e plishments.” sports writer

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Most of the time in the memorial was occupied by stories about Hogrobrooks from those who knew her best. Along with Hogrobrooks, Dr. Halcyon Sadberry Watkins was a member in the group of students who marched from the middle of TSU’s campus to Weingarten supermarket for the sit-in. Dr. Watkins, now a veterinarian, drove from Hempstead, Texas to attend the memorial. She laughed and smiled among Ho-

grobrooks’ family and friends while recalling what kind of effect Hogrobrooks could have on people. “All I can remember about Holly mostly was her joy,” Watkins said. “Holly had a way of saying something, and it just got over to you that, ‘Oh, we can do this. We have this.’” Margot King, Hogrobrooks’ niece, remembered that her aunt would never allow her or other family members to ever be unaware of institutional racism and how it affected her life. By the time King made it to high school, she let her high school classmates know that thanks to her aunt, she was well versed in the subject. “I said [that if] you want to talk about history, don’t try to tell me about segregation,” King said. “I can tell you right now if you want, I can get my aunt to come up here and she’ll let you know. She might not be in that textbook, but she’s in the black history book… She really was an awesome lady.” At the conclusion of the program, Holly Hogrobrooks’ family was presented with a piece of art to further memorialize her memory. Heather Hogrobrooks, Hogrobrooks’ daughter, was moved by the gesture. “I am grateful to TSU,” Hogrobrooks said. “I’m grateful that Holly was my mother. I see the richness. I see TSU is still great by doing this. King felt that the memorial was “just wonderful”. She shared her thoughts on how students can continue Hogrobrooks’ legacy. “They need to know that in order to attend this school, people like Holly want them to be taught the same even as I was taught,” King said. “What you learn here, you can take with you for the rest of your life. That’s what she wants these students to do.”

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Campus News Texas Southern University Holds Annual Research Week BY MAHBUBA MATOVU Staff Writer

Texas Southern University held its annual Research Week on Monday, March 28 - Friday, April 1, 2016. Students, faculty and staff campuswide participated in the event whose theme was “Interdisciplinary Research Trends in Social and Behavioral Studies, The Arts and Sciences.” “This gathering of the best and brightest scholars is designed to create strong intra and interdisciplinary collaborations that will shape the future of our ever-expanding society,” university president, Dr. John M. Rudley said in his comments to the Research Week 2016 publication. The event that was coordinated by the Office of Research was aimed at providing an avenue for promoting national and local awareness of the exciting research and outreach activities on campus. Different activities were held throughout the various colleges and schools of the university including faculty, research staff and student oral and poster presentations, plenary sessions, university research and outreach center exhibits and a culminating awards program luncheon. “I think it’s important for academics to reach out to the general public with the results of their research,” Chair of the Journalism Department, Dr. Michael Berryhill said. Dr. Berryhill made a presentation about his 9000-word article “Houston’s Quiet Revolution” that was commissioned by Places online academic journal and underwritten by the Kresge Foundation. The article describes the work of Neighborhood Centers Inc. with a focus on a new project to build a $20-million town center in the unincorporated neighborhood of East Aldine in north Houston. “What I liked about doing this article for Places journal is that its an on-line academic publication about urban affairs and urban planning. They practice what they call public scholarship, which involves publishing readable articles that inform the public about their research,” Dr. Berryhill said.

PhD Candidate in Pharmaceutical Sciences, Oscar Ekpenyong made a presentation about GMC1, a new prostate cancer drug that is still in its developmental stages. His lab work involved attempting to find a new dosage form of the drug that can be administered in clinical studies.

W. Ward, told the publication.

“Prostate Cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related death amongst men in the United States. The lab tests we are carrying out will help the drug transition from the lab into clinical use,” Ekpenyong said.

“TSU is proud of its dedication to research and a culture that supports finding new pathways in technology, communication and urban planning,” President Rudley said.

“As a student, this project not only exposes me to research in the field, it also prepares me for the job because my goal is to work in the pharmaceutical industry.” Research week not only allows TSU the opportunity to showcase the myriad research activities of the university faculty and students, it also provides a forum to connect those activities to the universal research that is being undertaken in other educational enterprises, research laboratories, corporations and governmental enterprises in the global community at large,” Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. James

The week was concluded with an awards luncheon, facilitated by the head of Research Enhancement and Regulatory Services, Linda M. Gardiner, PhD and speakers Ali Fares, PhD and Lovell Jones, PhD.


Cover Story TSU’s Game Changers: The Leading Men of Texas Southern University BY VALERIE MADISON Staff Writer All too often, black men are portrayed as being thugs, uneducated and deserve the ultimate sentencing of punishment unfitting for the crimes committed.

Q. What are your plans in the future to inspire change? “To better communities and the lives of the people of those community, I plan on opening up my own pharmacy store in a lower income area to provide a wide variety of service and quality of medical needs to my customers. Not only will they get proper medication but the ultimate treatment each visit. I also want to bridge the gap and mentor young people in the community so they to can have a great career in the health field and be exposed to opportunities where they can flourish and reach there highest potential,” Jacoby McPherson, Vice President of TSU’s National Association for the Advancement of Colored People said.

Here at Texas Southern University, our male students face society with those odds and wake up each day to make a difference and change its views. The leading men of Texas Southern’s most prominent organizations and ask them their thoughts on the way society views black men and the things they are doing to ensure it changes. Q. How do you feel society views black males? Henry Mokoko, Internal Vice President of the Student Government Association shares, “The way society views black males is a disgusting thing to witness and something sad to live through. You would think coming this far, views towards us black males would be uplifting rather than something to be ashamed of. Portrayals of us in the media continue to focus on the negative… these outdated stereotypes neglect the breadth and depth of the lives of American black men.”

Q. Do you find it important for males to do well and be involved on campus? Why? “It’s very important. You never know who’s watching you. Black males specifically. Carrying a strong positive image of a black man goes a long way when it comes to influencing younger males in high school or middle school to go to college and get an education and further their career. Being a strong black man with an education is dangerous,” shares North.

“It’s an open secret among African-American men and boys that the world is are often afraid of them,” adds Mr. Texas Southern University, Brian Eashman.

Q. How are you changing the campus and helping to make student’s lives better through your organization involvement or academics?

Q. Has there been a time you felt you have changed the game, meaning the way society views black men? Describe.

Eashman believes that, “Being that I’m Mr. TSU and a RA I feel I’ve been bless and put in a perfect position to truly influence the student body on a personal and professional level…I feel going above and beyond for others in small situations makes a strong impression on people to pass on the deed and will inspire the change needed on this campus”.

“Every day I wake up, I feel as though I am changing the way society views black men. Every day is a constant battle with the stereotypes that come with being a black man. However, I don’t mind the fight because I know I represent what a black man really is… regardless if it’s my work ethics, my values, my strength and my articulacy,” said Kye Williams, Student Liaison for the School of Communications. President of TSU Collegiate 100, Richard North III shares, “Everyday. Especially recently; I went to a national convention in Boston and was interviewed mostly by white males from Fortune 500 companies. One of the companies were so impressed by me and after interviewed and me being one of the few black males in the room, they offered me a job on the spot!”

Mokoko added, “Inspiring and being hands on. ‘Involved’ is just another word with no action. You have to make personal relationships and maintain an image of high character and distinction. I can relate to the student body, its easy defending and fighting against things that you believe are not right.”

Pictured (top to bottom): Jacoby McPherson, Richard North III, Kye Williams, Brian Eashman, Henry Mokoko

Each of these leaders carries the world on his shoulders from school, internships, organization and volunteer work and even jobs while maintaining above 3.0 grade point averages.


Sports Sports Rundown BY MARCUS SMITH Sports Writer The Villanova-North Carolina championship will go down in the books as an instant classic. The Wildcats win 77-74. What was an even battled game throughout the duration of the contest, ended in the only way a game like that could end, by the very last possession. With 4.7 seconds left in the ball game, it seemed as if the ‘Cats and Tar Heels were heading into an extra period of play after North Carolina senior guard, Marcus Paige, connected on an unbelievable double clutch three point shot. “We ran a screen for me to hit the ball. I had a feeling Villanova would switch it, they did. Took it away. Daniel fell down, slipped on the court. I knew I was going to have to shoot it. My instinct kicked in right away to throw the ball to Brice right under the basket. That’s why I hesitated with the ball when I jumped. Obviously we needed three,” said North Carolina senior guard, Marcus Paige. The degree of difficulty in a moment such as that was remarkable. It was an off balance, timewinding down, and in front of a crowd of 74,340. When it went in the air, you thought, “well give the ball-game to Villanova” after the desperation three, and then the inevitable occurred…swish right through the cylinder off of the back rim. Coach Jay Wright only had time for one more play, and whom else would he go to other than senior guard Ryan Arcidiacono. Arci would go on to make a play that only a true champion would make. With minimal room, and little time, he was able to make a shovel pass to junior forward, Kris Jenkins who would pull up from 34 feet and rewrite the history books, crowning Villanova the National Champions for the first time since 1985. “I inbounded the ball to Ryan [Arcidiacono]. I was able to sprint up the court to get in position. And I yelled ‘Ryan! Ryan!’ Like Coach [Jay Wright] said, [Arcidiacono] made the perfect pass. Every time I one-two step, you know it’s going up…I think every shot is going in. So, that one was no different,” said Villanova junior forward, Kris Jenkins, following his game-winning shot for the National Title. Villanova was paced by guard Phil Booth who scored 20 points off the bench on 6-for-7 shoot-

ing, and also was a perfect 6-for-6 from the free throw line. Arcidiacono had a solid performance in his final collegiate game where he scored 16 points on 66 percent shooting from the field, including a pair of three-point strikes. The Wildcats sank 13 three pointers on the night. The man of the final seconds, Kris Jenkins, added 14 points. Ironic that Jenkins would end up being the hero in this game considering he was plagued with foul trouble as he picked up his fourth personal with 6:50 left to play in the second half. “It’s unbelievable. Our teammates, we just fought. At halftime, we said ‘we needed to play 20 minutes of Villanova basketball’ and in the second half, we just fought. We made remarkable plays at the end of the game. I love this team,” said Villanova senior guard, Ryan Arcidiacono. The Wildcats largest lead of the game was 10 points, with 5:30 remaining in the contest. Then the Tar Heels would settle for a run of their own led by Marcus Paige. Paige finished the game with 21 points. Teammate, Joel Berry II had an impactful first half for North Carolina and scored 15 points, but was held to just five points in the second half on 1-for-5 shooting. North Carolina led at the half by five, 39-34, and probably would have been seven if Phil Booth didn’t make a buzzer beater to end the half. “…I was just shocked. They did it. Ryan Arcidiacono made a great look. Kris Jenkins has been incredible all year. WE have to first give credit to North Carolina. We beat a class program with a great coach and a great team. Much respect for North Carolina,” said Villanova head coach, Jay Wright, following his team’s unprecedented victory. TSU ATHLETICS Over the weekend, the Texas Southern Track and Field team participated in the annual Texas Relays in Austin, Texas. The Tigers competed hard in each of the track events, as well as the field events. One of the takeaways from the competitions was high jumper, Travis Sanders, as he was able to tie for seventh place in the High Jump field event.

Sanders leaped for 2.01M (six feet, six inches). The Tigers next meet will take place April 9th when they head to Waco, Texas for the Baylor Invitational. Baseball was in Louisiana this past weekend to take on Southern University, where the Tigers swept the three-game series between the two. Texas Southern knocked off the Jaguars, 5-2, in nine innings, behind three runs that in the seventh inning after the score was tied at two. Texas Southern starter Seth Oliver (2-3) collected the win after allowing two runs on six hits, striking out three, walked two and hit two batters in eight innings of action. Robert Pearson (4) picked up the save with and capped the game off with a solid ninth inning. The Tigers will be in action again on April 5th when they take on Stephen F. Austin followed by a three-game series with Prairie View A&M, April 8-10, in Prairie View, Texas. The Tigers lost the series against the Panthers at MacGregor Park in early March. The Lady Tigers were in action live on the SWAC Digital Network when they took on the Lady Lions of Arkansas-Pine Bluff, and the Maroon and Grey did not disappoint one bit. Texas Southern swept UAPB in their three-game series against them. In the first game, the Lady Tigers won 6-1. The second was a bit more competitive as the Tigers squeezed by a run, 6-5. In the third game, the Lady Tigers shut out the Lady Lions by eight runs, 8-0. Domonique Tello and Chanler Powell each had two hits, and Haley Smith hit a home run for TSU in game two of the series. Jasmine Fulmore (5-2) picked up the win, striking out four and allowing three hits. This weekend, beginning April 8th, the Lady Tigers will be host to the Southern Lady Jaguars. After their win, Texas Southern stands alone as the only team in the Southwestern Athletic Conference with a winning record.


Life & Style

“Barbershop” Films Get Update with “The Next Cut” BY SENORA HARRIS Contributing Writer After more than a decade, the “Barbershop” film series will be returning to the big screen.

of films. To this day, the rapper turned movie star feels that his venture into screenwriting is the best career decision that he has made.

Cube said.“It’s really a feel-good movie, and you know it takes a special person to be able to put that together.”

“You can sit back and wait for people to give you good stuff, or you can just go write you some good stuff,” Ice Cube said. “You can want somebody to put you in a movie or you can go to write a good movie that you know you’re going to be in already. So those to me are the keys to trying to solidify your career in Hollywood, especially as a black actor.”

A constant within the “Barbershop” films is that the cast is predominantly black. “The Next Cut” has a black target audience, but Ice Cube sees potential for anyone to be entertained by the film.

“We had a good reason to make this movie,” Ice Cube said. “You know, this movie is dealing with the situation is happening in Chicago right now with the gun violence. Calvin’s son is 14. At this point so he’s at that crossroads. Is he going to stay a good kid, or is he going to start hanging out in the streets?”

For this latest project, new cast members that include Nicki Minaj, Common, and Tyga will be acting alongside some of the “Barbershop” regulars. As the film’s director, Hollywood veteran Malcolm D. Lee served as another new addition to the team. Ice Cube described Lee as a “master” at maintaining comedy and tragedy in his past work.

“The first people who saw Barber Shop back in 2002, they’re still going to love this movie, and be behind it and interested with it. I think [we’ve] got a movie that hopefully will appeal to a lot of different demographics.”

Although this is the first time that he’s serving as a producer in this series, Ice Cube is no stranger to having his hand in the pre-production phase

“I think we’re lucky to have Malcolm Lee do the film because I feel like the laughs might be there, but the story won’t be as deep or as in depth,” Ice

“Barbershop: The Next Cut” is the latest installment, which will bring the total of films in the series to four. Since the initial film’s debut in 2002, there are new circumstances for central character Calvin Palmer, Jr., a barber trying to run a successful barbershop in an urban Chicago neighborhood. Ice Cube, who portrays Palmer, says that “The Next Cut” will continue to show how closely the “Barbershop” universe mirrors that of present day conflicts.

“I think it’s definitely going to bring in the audience that’s curious about what the barber shop is about,” Ice Cube said.

“You can sit back and wait for people to give you good stuff, or you can just go write you some good stuff.” -Ice Cube

Spring Fest Rundown BY WILLIE WILLIAMS Staff Writer

SpringFest is a time to relax and enjoy the remaining of the semester. With all the studying and preparation for finals, this is the time to enjoy the camaraderie with fellow classmates. Theme This year’s theme is all about the 90’s. So all of you 90’s babies, get ready to remember the good times for your youth. From shows like Martin to Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, you will get to relive all of the good TV shows and characters from your childhood being composed into all of the events. In Living Color Fashion Show This year’s fashion is inspired by the hit 90’s show “In Living Color”, so you can expect to see fashion from the 90’s. From flat tops to high pants, you will get a huge dose of what it was like to actually grow up in the 90’s, if you didn’t grow up during that era and the fashion that was popular back then.

Fight Night If you have ever wanted to attend a fashion a boxing match but have never been able to attend one, then you definitely want to attend the Fight Night. You don’t want to miss it. You will get the full experience of what it is like to attend a boxing match. The weigh in will be on Wednesday, April 13 at 12pm in front of the Student Center and the match will take place that night at 7pm. Tiger Choice Awards Before there was a BET Awards, it all started with The Soul Train Awards Soul Train is the theme for this year’s Tiger’s Choice Awards! Reaching back all the way to the good ole days to bring a a true Soul Train Awards experience. The Soul train Awards was one of the hit award shows back in the 90’s. The Tiger Choice Awards will be on Thursday, April 15. Pre-show will be from 6pm-8pm and the awards show will start at 8pm. There’s a surprise guests that will make an ap-

pearance at the awards show so they only want to find out, is for you to be there. Def Comedy Jam If you grew up in the 90’s then you definitely remember this popular comedy show that came on HBO. This show helped launch the careers of several African- American comedians. Festival This year’s festival will be centered on the theme of Essence Festival. Essence Festival is one of the biggest festivals that started back in 1994 and UPC is bringing it to you. The festival will conclude SpringFest on Friday, April 15 from 10am until 5pm which is be followed by the Cascade themed roller rink in the Recreation center at 8pm.

Politics Donald Trump Won’t Leave Us Alone

Excerpt courtesy of the New York Times, Frank Bruni

In recent days I’ve read that Donald Trump is finally done and I’ve read that these reports of his death are greatly exaggerated. I’ve had smart people tell me confidently that a loss in Wisconsin would almost surely prevent him from winning the Republican presidential nomination and I’ve had equally smart people tell me with equal confidence that it wouldn’t. How and when does Trump end? In terms of politics, it’s a fascinating question, all the more so after Ted Cruz’s victory in the Badger State. In all other senses, it’s a foolish one. Trump doesn’t end. Whether he’s the nominee or not, moves into the White House or consoles himself at Mar-a-Lago, he’ll never shut up and never slink off — not after the convention, not after Election Day, no matter how resounding his defeat, no matter how grotesque his path there. He won’t follow vanquished candidates of the past into grudging exile. You won’t spot him where someone saw Marco Rubio on Monday — in Seat 19C on an American Airlines flight from Miami to Washington with no aides in attendance and no reporters in pursuit, according to Mike Allen and Daniel Lippman in Politico. And that’s not just because Trump has private planes. It’s because he’s a showman, not a statesman, a point he copped to on Monday in one of his most revealing remarks yet. “I can be presidential, but if I was presidential I would only have — about 20 percent of you would be here, because it would be boring as hell,” he told a crowd in Superior, Wis. Boredom? Not on your life. If he had the dexterity, he’d juggle bowling pins while riding a unicycle to stave it off. That’d certainly be more dignified than many of the stunts and screeds he’s ginned up so far. Those stunts and screeds will continue, because Trump is an attention junkie who has become accustomed to the highest doses imaginable of his beloved drug. He’ll say what he must and do what it takes for his fix. And while that’s nowhere near as terrifying as a

Trump presidency, it’s still plenty scary. Imagine Trump in December, braying as loudly as he does now. Imagine Trump in January, during someone else’s inauguration, braying even more loudly. The only way to discourage this is to ignore it: We can stop feeding the habit. By “we” I mean the American people, not just journalists, because journalists didn’t determine, in a vacuum, that Trump was the star of the show, though that’s a popular complaint, narrative and apologia of late. Journalists gave news consumers precisely what they demonstrated that they wanted. This is too often omitted from critiques of Trump’s media dominance, which comes at a time when news organizations can more quickly monitor precisely which stories and interviews are being watched and read. Watchers and readers disproportionately favored Trump, so they got more of him. Had they cast their gazes in another direction, news organizations would have followed suit.



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20 Questions

1. Why is there no student-led commitee for the presidential search? 2. Who do you think will remain at the university after Rudley leaves? 3. Why does administration blame the lack of student life activities on the students? 4. Why do students have so many limitations? 5. Which students fight for the rights of the students? 6. Why do people only run for positions to say they held them? 7. Is the next group of student leaders going to be productive? 8. Why should any student lack discipline and determination? 9. Is the faculty giving 100% to students? 10. Who are the possible candidates for Miss and Mr. TSU? 11. Why did our current queen and king not get to be as active as we’d like them to be? 12. Will Spring Fest liven the campus? 13. Who actually voted in the nominees for the Tiger Choice Awards? 14. How is it fair that UPC was nominated for its own competition? 15. Is everyone going to wear robes and slippers to the Plies concert? 16. Are students willing to pay for tickets or expect it to be free? 17. Are you looking forward to Comm Week? 18. Who can’t wait for Trump to drop out of the election? 19. Do you believe Ted Cruz has a chance? 20. Isn’t it funny that Blac Chyna gets to be a Kardashian?

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