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Wednesday, October 23 Presidential Processional • 11:00 a.m. Student Activity • 11:30 a.m. Student Luncheon • Noon Open House • 2 p.m. - 5 p.m. Thursday, October 24 Ecumenical Prayer Breakfast* • 7:30 a.m. Symposium • 10:00 a.m. Alumni Luncheon* • 11:30 a.m. (President's Club) “From the Rough” Reception & Movie Premiere* • 5:30 p m. Alumni Blue Out Mixer • 9:00 p m.

BY COURTNEY MICKENS Staff Reporter On Friday, Oct. 25 President Glenda Glover will host a special ceremony to honor scholastic achievers, during the Inaugural Scholarship Gala. This fall, Glover has already donated thousands of dollars to the university since she took office in January. Her contributions range from helping the students serve the community with Habitat for Humanity, to giving $50,000 from her own pockets in scholarships to students. Now she is asking the community to donate to the university by financing the scholarship gala for the 2013 school year. The gala will be held the evening of her historical inauguration when she will be inducted as the university’s first permanent female president. Tickets to the gala are $150 for both students and faculty. All proceeds will go towards funding future scholarship for students. The gala will be held at 7 p.m., Friday, Oct. 25 at Gaylord Opryland Resort in the Presidential Ballroom. A donation will mean a gift for a student, but the donors will not be left empty handed. Special offers such as V.I.P tickets, an appearance in the homecoming game at half-time, along with getting

their name published in the programs for the event will be given to those who donate larger amounts. Individuals that contribute the most to the gala will be given the highest honors. This year is definitely expected to be a success. Every year, nearly 1,500 guests attend the gala. The gala will take place during Homecoming Week at the Gaylord Opryland Resort in the Presidential Ballroom. Reservations for rooms at the hotel and online donations can be made at www.tnstate. edu.

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Housing demand shakes up dorm assignments BY KRYSTAL NICHOLS Staff Reporter


or some, the excitement that comes from experiencing the liberation of dorm life for the first time is met with the realization that there are not enough rooms to accommodate all students in need of housing. Tennessee State University’s enrollment increased from 8,775 students to 8,816 students in the past year. After being told that freshman girls would have to relocate to Mary Wilson Hall due to an overflow of students, Mikaila Stevens, a freshman criminal justice major from Indianapolis, IN, found herself without a roommate in Wilma Rudolph Hall. “My roommate got purged so she had to go home due to financial situations, but she will be back next semester,” said Stevens. Under new management, Residence Life worked through last minute housing deposits, and a rise in freshman enrollment to place students in need of housing. According to Adrina Russell, the new director of Residence Life, nearly 50 percent of students living on campus submit their deposits in July and August. “When students wait until July and August to submit their [housing] deposits it gives us a very small window to get students placed,” said Russell. However, TSU welcomed nearly 400 more freshmen this fall than last year, heightening the demand for rooms. Due to differences in academic standing and maturity levels, traditionally class and gender have been the basis for Residence Life housing decisions. Those conditions are taken into consideration when pairing students up for dorm assignments. Until this semester Hale Hall, the honors dorm, was the only coed housing, and required students to maintain a 3.0 GPA, to remain a resident. Due to the unexpected amount of last minute housing applications, Boyd Hall, which was closed for this semester, now


Residence Life reports enrollment increases caused many unusual assignments, including female students in the male dorm, Boyd Hall.

houses upperclassmen/women. “Boyd Hall was supposed to be closed for renovations this year, but because of overflow we had to place students there,” said Russell. Four years ago Ferious Williams, a senior exercise science major from Memphis, TN, was one of those bright-eyed freshmen moving into a dorm for the first time. After two years of dorm life, and one year in Ford Residency Complex, Williams never thought he would find himself in a co-ed Boyd Hall as a senior. “Me being a senior, I don’t think I should be over there with freshman or sophomore females. I have an 18 credit hour work load. There is a lot of noise in there. I want to study in quite,” said Williams.

On the other hand Robert Janson, sophomore business administration major from Chattanooga, TN, was originally assigned to Eppse Hall, and is content with his placement in Boyd. “I like it. I don’t think anything is wrong with it,” said Janson. Although Williams requested to stay in Ford he can still find light in his situation. “There are a lot of people fussing right now and I’m just thankful that I do have a living situation at the moment,” said Williams.student body," Odom said.•

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Changes announced for Homecoming



ctober 20-26, marks the beginning of a new journey for the Land of Golden Sunshine. Tennessee State University will celebrate its 101st homecoming. TSU Homecoming brings at least 21,500 supporters from across the nation annually. “This year’s homecoming will be powerful and more exciting than previous years. It’s the start of a new century,” said Erica Smith, Student Government Association president. The SGA will celebrate it with a weeklong schedule of events and activities. The university will begin with its traditional homecoming activities which include the game, parade, and pep rally. Other activities consist of a gospel explosion, a concert with three special artists, a step show, battle of the residence halls, and a talent show. The Blue Sapphire Awards is an event that gives students an opportunity to receive a superlative from their peers, walk on the blue carpet and be photographed. Each year SGA sets a student

This year's homecoming is changing the route of the parade to its original route, going back Jefferson Street.

theme. They carefully choose a theme that expresses the essence of the TSU homecoming experience. It is an experience that has remained unchanged for the past 100 years. This year’s theme is TSU:101 Take Notes ( Class is in Session). “This theme was chosen because we want to ensure that in the next 100 years we will continue to show class and be an example of

excellence for other universities”, said Amyre Stewart, SUBG chairperson. “We want people to know that the spirit and value of TSU has not gone down. We still have class and will be recognized.” SGA officers believe that the activities of homecoming will impact students and alumni. Awards, books, and scholarships will be given to students that participate in the activities and

contest. “They will impact freshmen because it’s our first year in college and happens to be the 101st year, the start of a new tradition,” said Mr. Freshman, Andrew Crawford. The presidential inauguration events will also be celebrated during Homecoming. Dr. Glenda Glover is the eighth president of Tennessee State University. She is the second female to hold the position as president after interim president, Dr. Portia Shields. However, Glover will make history by serving as the first permanent female president to hold that position. SGA is excited to help her carry out her vision which is to take Tennessee State to new heights through rigorous academic offerings, comprehensive inclusion and cultural diversity initiatives, and lifelong service to others. “ SGA is honored that she is sticking it out and she has our full support. I know that this means a lot to her because she is a former student. What an honor,” said Smith. TSU Homecoming will keep its tradition of being a time for

friends and neighbors to rekindle friendships, reminisce, and catch the big blue spirit. One thing TSU is doing to change this year's homecoming is changing the route of the parade to it's original route, going back Jefferson Street. Last year the parade route was changed to allow more room for larger floats to be used and seen during the parade. The parade will begin at its usual location at 14th and Jefferson Street and conclude two miles later at 33rd Avenue and Albion Street While this change brings more familiarity to those who are frequent attendees of to TSU homecoming events, it did bring some concerns as to why they choose to go this route after the change from last year. “We're going back to the original route to embrace the Nashville community. The Nashville community and our neighbors requested that we reconsider the route”, said Michelle Viera, vice president of Student Affairs.

New café added to construction menu


BY BRITTIANY BETTS Staff Reporter nother year and more construction. There are many new expectations coming to Tennessee State University as the Big Blue continues to expand. You can’t go to class without noticing construction projects all around campus. The first new addition to TSU will be the renovation of the Wilma Rudolph Café. Right now, it is simply known as the Wilma Rudolph Café, but Aramark District Manager Dave Parsonage says it will be known as Field of Greens. Field of Greens will provide a plethora of food options, including healthy choices for students “In addition to breakfast, and lunch, we will have two new concepts,” said Parsonage. One option will consist of a cold concept with a variety of freshly made sandwiches, salads and wraps. The hot concepts will focus on new and exciting entrees such as fresh vegetables and healthy side items. “In the past this was a grill. We

felt that there was a need on this campus for a new destination on an upscale campus, where students can come in and get sandwiches and salads, as well as other healthy food items,” said Parsonage Flavored water will be a part of the new additions to the beverages. The newly designed café has a very different look than what it had previously. There will be a collage of Wilma Rudolph and her accomplishments. Newly designed tables, chairs and even couches were placed in the café giving it a very chic look. Students will be able to use their meal plan or declining balance swipes in the new café. Parsonage believes that this new healthy choice of foods will have a huge impact on the campus. Sept. 30 is the expected day they are hoping to have the grand opening of the Field of Greens at Rudolph, including an important dignitary President Glenda Glover. Michelle Bradley, a sophomore engineering major says “I’m very excited about the new café. We need some new changes.” Mangers of the new café anticipate Fields of Greens will be

the new “hot spot” on campus for students and staff to dine in for a cheap but healthy way of eating.

Technology priority in new Agriculture Building The second new addition to the campus is the new agriculture building. “The teaching will be more hands on, and the students will have access to state of the art equipment and technology,” said Dave Neal, III, facility construction coordinator for the College of Agriculture Students will be able to grasp concepts more easily thanks to the renovations coming. This could possibly mean more funding for the department down the road. The new building is 30,000 square feet. “It feels great that something new is being build for us. It's pretty awesome, I’m excited,” said Elijah google Nolen a freshmen agricultural “It feels great that something new is being build for us. It's pretty awestudent. TSU is making some, I’m excited,” said Elijah Nolen improvements and is expected to benefit the campus in numerous ways.


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"The presentation of the food was beautiful and very well put together," said staffer Shondrika Kennedy.



inki Sushi Bar & Restaurant, 4530 Memphis-Bristol Hwy, is one of the top sushi cuisine restaurants located in the Belle Meade area. When first entering the restaurant, you are greeted with a wooden host stand

and a host waiting to seat you. The lobby area is very neat, clean and welcoming. The corridor of the restaurant is peaceful and serene with plants and dark wood grain furniture. The bar is set in order for people to sit and enjoy on their own with a “welcome to Ninki” type feel. The hibachi part of the restaurant is set up the same way. Everything prepped and ready

to go whenever need be. You can tell that this restaurant strives to have a more elegant feel when dining in. They want you to feel comfortable but yet upscale at the same time. The bamboo plants by the tables and the stylish lamp fixtures are a perfect asset to the dining experience. While here, I had a lunch special chicken hibachi. This meal includes soup, salad, a combination of vegetables, fried rice, and of course the hibachi cooked chicken. I also ordered a roll of sushi. Very well put together and an abundance of food. The food came out in a timely manner. The soup and salad were served out together and first before the main entrée. Following that, the sushi roll came to the table and then the entrée came about three to four minutes later which gave me plenty of time to enjoy every bite without hesitation. The presentation of the food was beautiful and very well put together. The rice was placed in a nice round mound like shape on the plate, with the chicken next to it, and then the veggies on top. The sushi is placed on a plate with ginger and some

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other garnish to be eaten but often it’s not. The colors of the food were not too bright or full of color but the veggies did give it a more colorful look. That was the only thing on the plate worth looking at. The mixture of smells that come together with all the food is just amazing. The smoked salmon and cream cheese roll, which was served cold, came with the soup and salad. The sushi roll has rice covering the outside. The plates are in an interesting shape which makes the food look better, and makes you want to dive right in. Eel sauce is an interesting complement they use sometimes for dipping or a garnish for the sushi. I took a piece of sushi without the sauce first and tried to get a taste of everything the roll had to offer and wow did it deliver. The cream cheese really set the whole roll off and goes great with the salmon on the inside. Next, I took a piece and dipped it inside the eel sauce. It is rather sweet and tangy in a way but very tasty. Depending on your mood and what you may have a taste for, this


sauce may not be for you. All in all, the sushi was a great choice. With my entrée, I decided to mix all of my varieties of food together to have one big meal as opposed to three separate ones. Can you say fireworks in your mouth? Every piece of chicken, vegetable, rice and flavor of the sauce came together and exploded in my mouth to create a wonderful, succulent taste. I would not have had it any other way. Whatever sauce they used to marinate the chicken in, mixed with the seasoning of the veggies, and every element all around worked really well with this meal. Their lunch prices offered are beyond the cheapest I have seen for sushi in a long time. And their prices do not match the quality of the food; unbelievably cheap in so many different ways. I was a very pleased guest in this restaurant from the cleanliness to the service to the awesome food. I am very impressed and would definitely recommend this place to others.

Does "Cuffing Season" = Love & Companionship?

BY FELICIA SHAFFER Staff Reporter ravis Shegog, a sophomore, education major from Memphis TN, is always searching for the right girl, but at Tennessee State University, finding love the traditional way has become a challenge for him. Shegog says he is searching for companionship--- the right person who he can trust and respect, but most of all, a friend who he can lean on. He’s one of many who look for a relationship around this time of year known as “cuffing season”. Cuffing season happens during the fall and is when people start dating,. Dating is when you’re being courted by someone, who you would like to get to know more. People who date, go out on date’s and find out what they’re both interested in, but most of all to see if they are interested in each other. “Cuffing season can lead to a lifelong relationship with someone special or it can turn into something more than just friends with benefits. Sometimes things happen for a reason,” said Shegog. During the fall and winter


months, people who would normally rather be single or promiscuous find themselves along with the rest of the world desiring to be “cuffed” or tied down by a serious relationship, according to Urban Dictionary. “Cuffing is something to do when there’s nothing to do,” said Rodd Daniels, mathematics major from Haywood, TN. Shegog believes cuffing season may help him find a girlfriend. “Cuffing season is all about taking chances. You’ll never know if you might find the right person,” said Shegog. “I want to be with a girl who I can call on when I get lonely in my dorm and I’ll rather be with her instead of being with my friends or my roommate. It just depends on the girl.” In most cases, cuffing season has led to being the start to many long-lasting relationships, but not all relationships end up that way. It could have started out as an intended fling. “My ex-boyfriend and I started dating in September of 2010. We tend to always break up during the holidays and sometimes towards the beginning of the summer. My ex

would always find his way back to me towards the end of August and he only does this because he knows I’m going to start dating someone else,” said Simone Rodgers, a psychology major from Chicago, IL. According to Dr. Coreen Jackson, a relationship counselor and director of the Honors program, cuffing is limiting the dating process. “This new cultural trend, cuffing season, is cutting off the courtingdating process, causing confusion to those who don’t feel good about themselves and who are in search for affirmation to help define who they are,” Jackson said. Jackson believes the down fall to cuffing season is speeding up the process of dating and not actually taking out the time of getting to know the person to whom they’re courting. “Finding true love takes time google and patience. And to the freshman Fall season sees an increase in relationships, according to relationwomen, try not to fall pray to being ship experts. This time of year is traditionally known as "Cuffing an easy target. If someone finds Season" that you’re too easy, they will take advantage of you,”

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FROM WHERE I SIT Surreal. President Bill Clinton. Hillary Clinton. Chelsea Clinton. Oscar de la Renta. Alice Walton. Barbara Walters. Andre’ Leon Tally. Anna Wintour. This summer, my summer internship with the Clinton Foundation I learned more about myself than I did about politics – a lesson that I wasn’t expecting. I experienced things I never anticipated. In just one day of my internship, I was surrounded by political and media heavy weights listed above. We were gathered together for the Oscar de la Renta Exhibit, Oscar de la Renta: American Icon at the Clinton

Presidential Library. I started what seemed to be an extraoridanry day but my day took a sad turn. My first cousin died unexpectedly at 41-years-old the night before. Despite the shock, I still had that day’s work as an intern to do. It was back to business as usual. Bill and Hillary Clinton, stopped by the foundation’s office. The Clintons then mingled with office staff and interns. Text messages were exchanged among us, generating an air of genuine excitement. As the day progressed, I settled into my routine - taking pictures of children who were learning how to cook at the Clinton Center’s annual Culinary Camp. I also made deliveries to Fedex and the post office. I then helped select exhibits for the museum and developed content for the foundation’s annual educator brochure. A long morning of work was met with word that interns would meet with former President Clinton for an


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informal discussion and photo. After a long wait, he finally entered the room He was causal with his discussion about the Supreme Court's Voting Act decision, Egypt, and his life. He was full of wisdom and talked nonstop. It took him about 15 minutes to answer every question, but it was a pleasure being in his bubble. To make my presence known, I decided to ask him a question about defining his legacy "Whatever you do, make sure you do it from your gut,” he responded. “Passion is the leading vehicle to success and without it throbbing from every fiber of your body, it is invalid. “ I looked outside and saw secret service. Then she walked by. It was Chelsea Clinton. She walked by and we held eye contact. Mid-afternoon, I completed my duties with the culinary camp and anxiously awaited my tasks for the

night because I knew I was going to experience being in the same room with wealth, class, influence, and power. Then, Hillary Clinton came in. She walked out to the lobby as if she was the queen of the palace. She was regal, sophisticated, and confident, controlling every aspect of the room with her charm. As the night began, I was by the door watching the attendees arrive. I had one person who I needed to see, Vogue's Editor-In-Chief, Anna Wintour. She undoubtedly is the most powerful woman in the fashion industry and is unapologetic about who she is. I did not see her at the checkpoint, but I did see Andre’ Leon Talley, former contributing editor for Vogue. Mr. Talley immediately stood out with his famous cap and fabulous attitude. Working with the foundation, I saw first-hand how protective Renta was of his brand. He approved everything connected to his exhibit.

It showed me how serious he took his business and how important it is to be invested in all details. As another intern and I were leaving the museum, something told me to turn around and there she was. Wintour was walking out of the building. The first thing I did was take a picture of her because it is a once in a lifetime opportunity to be in her presence and I needed to document it. As she walked by, we held eye contact, I smiled and she tilted her head down. That let me know she saw me, and that was a great satisfaction. I felt like a 5-year-old girl in a candy shop. It was surreal. Success was literally staring me in the face. I saw individuals who reached the highest peaks of success and realized that I too am almost there.

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ou know going into senior year I always heard it would be fun. They said it would be joyful. They said I would be hanging out with friends, shooting the breeze and enjoying myself. They lied. Instead I’m constantly walking on thin ice closely paying attention to my every move making sure I don’t destroy my chances of graduating in May. I’ve quickly learned being a senior in high school and a senior in college are two very different things. Coming in as a freshman in the fall of 2009, I was very excited to be a student at Tennessee State University. This is where I always wanted to go. Now that I’m a senior in mass communications, this year hasn’t been as easy as I thought it would be. Just the other night I didn’t go to sleep until 3 a.m because I was up doing

homework and still had to get up in time to get to my 8 o’clock class. My schedule is crazy. There is always something that I have to do. I am taking 18 hours plus I work, so having free time is a gift. Often I find myself extremely tired. I’ve even mastered the art of sleeping standing up. Seems like every week I’m barraged with a different project, radio news cast, senior project it is just too much sometimes to deal with. Many seniors deal with this issue. Some like to call it the senior struggle. I just call it hell in a classroom. This is the year you as a student have to connect all the dots and tie up all the lose ends that you’ve created the past three years. This is the pinnacle of your college life. People constantly approaching you asking “So what are your plans for next year? Have you found a job yet?” When you tell them what they don’t want to hear they walk away thinking you’re a waste of time. Me personally, I just say whatever comes to mind and walk away. It becomes annoying to keep getting asked

the same question by teachers who you’ve had over the years in the department. For the most part, everyone pretty much knows what it is that they would like to do after graduating and then there are some who just don’t know what to do, like me. The struggle is real from a senior standpoint. Many of us try hard to manage our time wisely but sometimes it just doesn’t work out that way. Deadlines get missed, assignments get turned in late, you get an irate teacher who won’t work with you and allow you turn in work a little late. Others will work with you and your schedule. Something that I’m quickly learning is time management. It’s something I’ve been trying to get under control since I’ve been here. Remember this, “Nothing is worth having if it didn’t take a fight.” When I walk across the stage in May my journey along with the other seniors will be complete. The blood, sweat and tears will have been for a reason, that degree with our name on it.


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Syria: President Obama knows best? BY JON-MICHAEL BAYLISS Staff Reporter


yria has agreed to give up chemical weapons in accordance to a deal Russia and the United States have made but again, it seems to be the president’s fault. With all that is going on in Syria, President Barack Obama is still getting the heat for the war in Syria. Mr. President has been voted Commander-inChief. Doesn’t that mean that he is the top of the military? The answer is yes. but, in a democratic society, Mr. President thought it would be best that the senate vote on such issues that can and will affect our country in such a big way. Why is he getting a bad reputation for the war as if he started it? The U.S. and other countries have agreed prior to the Syrian conflict, that chemical weapons are against ethical war tactics. Is money a reason

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to throw away an ethical belief? The only belief that is being thrown away, according to many of the Republican Party supporters, is their rights. If you don’t know anything about the conflict in Syria, be quite. Many of the Obama administration opposers are John McCain fans. This

is true to the voting records of the 2008 election where Sen. McCain had received 45.7 percent of the popular vote to President Obama’s 52.9 percent. The Huffington Post stated McCain and fellow senator of Arizona, Jeff Flake, along with our own, Senator Bob

Corker of TN, have voted for a military push in Syria. If the Senate is voting on the push for military action then why is this all Pres. Obama’s fault? Mr. President said in a press release that he would allow a diplomatic vote to have war or not. People just seem to see the truth that


best fits their superficial belief system. The facts are there, but it seems the logic of most of the Republican Party members is to ignore the truth if it isn’t convenient to them or the prosperity of the party. This issue is the peoples’ of the United States. What does this mean for you my fellow TSU students? The war in Syria, if sparked the wrong way, can lead to a possibility of another world war. If that is the case, you can bet that a draft would be included along with the war effort. You can say goodbye to your friends, family, and college education. If a draft comes around, it doesn’t matter whether you agree with the war or not; you will still be forced to go fight. This is why you need to care! Your future is in your own hands. Be outspoken!

Is student interest in Syria lack luster? BY TYLA DANIELS Staff Reporter Students are talking about the football classics, the start of the new school year and their financial aid, but few are concerned about what’s happening with the crisis in Syria. The truth of the matter is that a lot of students have heard the name but do not actually know what’s going on. “I heard about Syria from my granddad like a week ago”, says Whitney Graham, an english major, “I see it on my CNN app and I look at it and just kind of ignore it”. What is the crisis in Syria? To put it simply, there are several civil wars happening in Syria, but the one inducing the most problems is the war between those who want to overthrow the current president of Syria, President Bashar al-Assad, and the Baath Party, an Arab socialist party that began in Syria in the 1960s. The group is fighting to keep the president in power.

Just in the past two years, the war has escalated into a bloodbath between the Syrian government and the rebels causing over 100,000 deaths. Currently, the ultimate issue is the evidence of chemical weapons being used in Syria. Recently shared videos showing victims of a sarin gas attack in Syria has raised even more controversy on Capitol Hill. “The US had been supportive of the rebels and warned the

chemical weapons,” says Dr. John Miglietta, a professor of political science who specializes in international politics and the Middle East. However, the U.S. lacks evidence of who was behind the chemical weapons attack. A couple of Tennessee State University students admitted that they were not as knowledgeable on the subject as they could be. RaCia Poston, Army human resources specialist and social work major says, “I’m a bit skeptic of what the media tells us. Too many biased and misleading “I see it on my CNN articles and sources out there that distract from the truth so I app and I look at it and don’t really pay much attention to them”. just kind of ignore it." Graham says “I’m the type of person who doesn’t like to see -Whitney Graham anything negative and there are so many negative things in the world that I don’t want to hear about”. Syrian government not to use While these students feel as chemical weapons and now there if the media is both negative and are claims that they have used biased, it does not deny the fact

that the crisis in Syria can have an effect on them. Miglietta says, “I think any time the U.S. engages militarily it is of importance to the entire nation including students at Tennessee State. There are always threats of a wider conflict as well as the cost in monetary terms which means there are fewer resources to spend for other things including education”. When the students were informed about the crisis in Syria, they realized how important the foreign issue was to them. Generally, they had an instant stance on the debate of whether or not the U.S. should take limited military action in Syria. “If they’re killing people and we have the means to stop it, then why don’t we stop it,” says junior Adriann Wilson, a mechanical engineer major. Poston says, “The U.S. has the reputation of being an intervening country. We can’t back down and ignore what’s happening in Syria. No one will take us serious-

ly. Everything is interconnected and it will eventually come back and affect us. The biggest thing is the timing of it and how we go about doing it”. Graham, in particular, shared a different opinion on the matter when asked about taking military action in Syria. “No, absolutely not because we are still suffering from Bush’s mess up and there are too many young soldiers dying. We need to stay in our lane and we need to focus on America. We need to get back to that. How about you take our American dollars and put it towards our education and not towards limited military action”. According to a recent poll from CNN, the majority of Americans would partly agree with Graham that military action is not in the U.S.’s best interest. Time will only tell whether or not the US will get involved.


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Drake drops his best album yet

BY MICHAEL CURTIS Staff Reporter One of the most anticipated albums of the year released this week, Drake’s Nothing Was the Same. The concept of the album involves Drake looking back at his past and comparing it to his current life. Most of the album is produced by Drakes’ longtime friend, 40. The tracks are similar to past songs of Drake’s that have become hits on the charts. Drake’s opening single Started from the Bottom ignited the anticipation of the album. It sets the tone of the album’s direction which involves reflection and self-examination. From Time, which features singer Jhene Aiko, is a song full of heartbreak and reminds you the album direction on his sophomore album Take Care. People continue to let Drake down and he lets it be known on the album’s opening track Tuscan Leather. On this track he raps about how some of the women he used to be involved with has found happiness elsewhere. On Pound Cake/Paris Morton Music 2 which features Jay-Z, he expresses how going to his high school reunion might be worth an appearance because of how his former classmates treated him. On Thank Me Later, Drake was struggling to get over the fame that he accumulated so fast

from his amazing mixtape, So Far Gone. On Take Care there was plenty of songs full of heartbreak and songs that remind you of your ex spouse. It fit the mood whenever you were going through a tough situation. Nothing Was the Same is a mixture of both, Drake knows that he is one of Hip-Hop’s elite and shows it every time he gets a chance with his deep lyrics. It is about the guy that made it who is an emotional rollercoaster and can’t find happiness even though he has everything going for him. As an artist, Drake continues to deliver quality albums that you can play from start to finish without skipping a track. In many ways Drake is to hiphop what LeBron James is to basketball. He is the best doing it right now. He is a versatile artist that can rap exceptionally well and is decent at singing. Drake has only three albums but he has the most number one hits on Billboard’s Hot Rap Songs chart with 14. Bottom Line: Nothing Was the Same is a very good album. If you are a Drake fan you will love it. If not, you will still like it. There are about seven very good tracks, and in a year where Jay-Z, Kanye West, J. Cole, Big Sean and Wale all released great albums, Nothing Was the Same fits perfectly in this group of great albums this year.


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Jail tales spark many opinions BY TYLA DANIELS Staff Reporter ince its release in July, Netflix’s original series, Orange is the New Black, has grasped people’s attention with its quirky comedy and raw portrayal of life in a minimum-security women’s prison. According to, over 1.8 million viewers have rated the show at an average of 4.5 stars out of five. Orange is the New Black follows the story of Piper Chapman (Taylor Schilling), a 30-something from Connecticut who is convicted of a 10-year-old drug smuggling crime influenced by her ex-lesbian lover, Alex Vause (Laura Prepon). Chapman’s naïve nature is complemented by other dynamic supporting characters such as Red (Kate Mulgrew), the prison’s brute yet motherly Russian chef, Miss Claudette (Michelle Hurst), the mysterious Caribbean murderer, and Sophia (Laverne Cox), the sassy transgender. Each of the characters on the show have impressive back stories that reveal


strikingly different sides than what may appear in Litchfield State Prison. At first glance, Orange Is the New Black has the capability to come off as a show that is slow-paced with stereotypical provocative humor, taking every cheap shot to include sexual activity between women to win over audiences. However, if people continue to watch, they will

find that the diversity and depth of the characters takes the portrayal of women’s prison to a newer, more deep-seated level. For instance, the story of Sophia, played by Laverne Cox, shows us a transgender with a wife and child outside the prison walls. While Sophia wants to hold onto her family, the child is embarrassed by her and the wife cannot go on any

longer being married to a newlytransformed woman. “It’s a coming of age show. It shows a different aspect of prison life while throwing a little comedy in there. It has the underlying theme of regret and it’s kind of sad, but it’s a good show”, says Micah Wickre, senior majoring in Television Production. When looking up the critiques, it’s hard to find what critics did not like about the prison comedy. Most were especially impressed with the acting. “The performances by the likes of Mr. Biggs, Ms. Mulgrew and, especially, Ms. Schilling are so convincing, and the dialogue so sharp,” says Sohrab Ahmari, a movie critic for the Wall Street Journal. However, some critics believe the show is raunchy and too liberal. “I watched every episode wondering if there would be one single positive thing said or acted about Christianity. This show, and the production of it in general, is so liberal left that straight men are generally portrayed in a negative image as well, with maybe one


exception”, says Chris Crum, a writer for WebProNews. Most of all, although the show displays the dismal lives of these women attempting to find some meaning out of their circumstances, they manage to be relatable all the while. “Everyone would like this show because the different personalities are so relatable. You have everyone from the rich girls to poor slums all living in one place”, says Kendric Dartis, senior majoring in Healthcare Administration. It has been said that Alex Vause, played by Laura Prepon, will only appear for one episode next season according to a Huffington Post interview with Uzo Aduba, the actress who plays Crazy Eyes on the show. Season two for Orange is the New Black is filming now and fans are excited to see if Chapman lands more jail time because of the stunt she pulled on the season finale or if they will find out how Red landed herself behind bars.

Is natural hair a fad or a lifestyle? BY LENESHA ROBERTS Contributing Reporter


here has always been a great debate over relaxed hair and natural hair, but have you ever questioned why going natural might be better? With natural hair becoming more popular, why is everyone going natural? What is natural hair? Natural is hair in which the texture hasn't been altered by chemical straighteners, including relaxers and texturizers. Natural hair can still be cut, colored, curled and flat ironed. As long as the natural texture is not permanently altered it is still considered natural hair. Sodium hydroxide and ammonium are common ingredients in both relaxers and household cleaners, such as bleach and Draino. Sodium hydroxide is also used as a depilatory to dissolve and remove hair. “Chemicals in relaxers break done the hair’s bond and if they are left on too long they can burn the skin and melt the hair,” said Asahi Williams, a licensed cosmetologist at Groovy Art Salon. “Going natural

promotes health hair because there are no chemicals on the hair and it grows faster than relaxed hair.” “Being natural allows me to just simply get up and go. My hair naturally curly and is very easy to manage, Ashley Jones, health sciences major with a concentration in physical sciences from Ripley, Tn. “When I had a perm, it would take all day just too flat iron it or style it, which grew tiring. Being natural is just easier to manage and my hair grows 10 times faster.” “Sodium hydroxide can also be harsh on the skin of the people who uses these products. There have also been debates on how much of these chemicals are actually absorbed into the skin. Doctors usually recommended that most pregnant not use these chemicals on the hair for the first 13 weeks because they think it can affect the fetus," said Sue Ballard de Ruiz, assistant professor from the College of Agriculture, Human, and Natural Sciences at TSU. “From an environmental stand point these chemicals are bad for the water quality. Sodium hydroxide can be harsh but not as harsh as ammonia. When ammonia gets

into the water it can cause algae to grow and build up in the water and decreases oxygen levels which can affect the marine life like fish and other aquatic life,” said Ballard de Ruiz, a researcher in sustainability. With the help of YouTube videos and an increase of natural care products hitting the market, going natural has gotten easier. However, going natural is a process that takes time and patience. Seeing a hair professional is the best opinion to decide if going natural is your best opinion. “I was natural up until the 9th grade and then it was the style everyone was relaxing their hair. I only relax my hair about three times a year, said junior Quintesha Maultsby, Family and Consumer Science major with a concentration in Design from Nashville. “I have considered going back to being natural. It’s just the maintenance, because with a relaxer it’s just easier to wrap it up at night and not have to do all of that.”

google celebrities wearing natural hair styles have sparked a new trend that's making it to the streets.

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Video game blamed for violence



BY JOSHUA HENDERSON Staff Reporter rand Theft Auto 5, is a video game for the current and next generation consoles, centered around the violent theft of vehicles, mass genocides and armed robberies. It was released one week ago and is already stirring up trouble. It’s causing people to act out violently, according to London police. The night the game was released in North West London, United Kingdom, a man walking through an alley was stabbed in his back and was brutally injured with a brick by six youngsters according to North London UK police. The man bought the game just over an hour before the alleged attack. Before Grand Theft Auto 5 was released, there was violence being blamed on the older versions that were released five years ago. On August 26, 2013 a child in Louisiana shot and killed his parent and police there blame Grand


Theft Auto 5. They noticed the child playing the game minutes before the murder happened. According the IGN the ESRB rating on the game which is only required for adults 17 and up to purchase isn’t enough for parents and activists., but IGN responds by blaming other things. “The real fault here is parents supplying the kids with the game,” IGN says. Jacquese Gooch, an alum and psychology major at Tennessee State University, is worried about children’s future once newer versions are released. “Grand Theft Auto I feel gives people the green light to do such things. There is nothing positive about it. It has a negative impact on our children and makes them believe that a man that totes a gun is more respected than a man that totes a book” she says. Despite being a fan and possessing his own copy Brandon Hashkins, senior mass communication major, says he recognizes

the mind control the game has. Hashkins loves video games but says he refuses to play Grand Theft Auto because of the violent nature of it. “Grand Theft Auto plays with the intricate parts of the brain which inspires another human beings to go and react or try to and relive the moment that was just played. It’s a manipulation factor just like porn, but in reality it sets you up for failure,” he says. The game is Rated M for Mature and the person buying the game must be over the age of 17. One thing is for sure about Grand Theft Auto, the sales aren’t going down anytime soon especially since it has broken the record of selling over 800 million copies.

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Calling all models! New group to groom hopefuls

The Wesley Group promises training and future jobs for aspiring models.

BY JENNA DORIAN Staff Reporter


ach year a new crop of organizations pops up and The Wesley Models group is no

different. The new student group develops students as they gain real world business experience in the fashion industry. The group’s founder and president, Georrick Austin, a current business administration major, came back to school from his

hometown of Memphis, TN with a fresh goal for his peers to take part in a modeling agency. He requires students to be willing to work hard and have fun. “You have to work hard. Half of it is about having fun. The other half is about business, structure, being disciplined and being active,” says Austin. “If you’re not having fun while you are here I do not want you to be here.” High values throughout the modeling experience make this group different. Austin says, “Our mission statement is to create high standard models and promote confidence integrity and success in all its members under the eye of the Lord.” He says religious ethics sets a high bar for what differentiates this organization from others. The Wesley Models operates under The Wesley Foundation, the origin of the group’s name. He says the Christian foundation supports the group and allows them to hold meetings in the building. He added.

it also complements the group’s moral expectations as a religious based organization. The 20 models will spend much time throughout the week working on their health and fitness. They will take a break from their dedication to their health by dedicating time to the community. On October 2, the models will participate in an under age drinking seminar. In addition to that program, the models will participate in other functions where they will work with children. The group has students excited and looking forward to what will come of its members. Olisa Menakaya, a TSU graduate student in the Chemistry department from Fort Worth, TX, says, “The Wesley Models is new and exciting since it has only recently been established this year. From what I can tell, it will benefit the next generations to come.” This group is not just for those aspiring for careers in fashion. People of all walks are participating

as well. “I have met and heard of different politicians and scientists who acted or did some modeling gigs to help increase their own insights public appearance. This is what peaked my interested since as a Chemistry student at TSU, I would like to be more comfortable in myself, and I know that I have found that answer,” added Menakaya. Being a business major, Austin says he is directly applying what he learns in class to The Wesley Models. If anyone is interested in applying the business skills they are learning or interested in modeling for the group, contact Austin at Also, follow the group on Twitter and Instagram, @thewesleymodels to keep up with what they are doing.

Royal Court receives regal threads BY CHANEL LAKE Staff Reporter very year the queens and kings change but so does the style for the court. The wardrobe for this year’s Royal Court will feature styles from the 1930s Great Gatsby era coupled with the edgy style of 2013. It all begins with an election to become the new faces of The Land of Golden Sunshine. The Royal Court for the 2013-2014 school year, Mr. and Miss Tennessee State University, Michael Johnson and Mia Black along with Miss Senior, Keirra Allen-Craig, Miss Junior, Amethyst Stephens, Miss Sophomore India Ward and Miss Freshman, Lacrystle Brown. “ What inspires our style for the court is getting outfits that we know everyone would like, we also try to keep the TSU tradition but add our own spin,” said Stephens. Most of the outfits are picked out during the summer before school starts and the annual Kings and Queens retreat. Most of the outfits are picked out during the


summer before school starts and the annual Kings and Queens retreat. The queens of the court have shopped with New York and Company and Dillard’s and the kings have recently shopped with JOS A. Banks. “ I let them pick their own outfits, and I just oversee them,” said Taja Davidson, assistant director of Student Activities. “Not only have Mr. and Miss Tennessee State University become the faces of the university, but in a sense fashion icons,” said senior fashion merchandising major, Tiana Lavender. One thing the court does to prepare for everyday is making sure they are all on one accord. “ We make sure we all bought the right clothing and that we are not missing anything, said Stephens. “ Its more important to know a tailor that can get the suit to fit your body style, said Will Butterworth, Mr. Junior. The Royal Court has been runway ready before the 20132014 school year started. Johnson

was named Best Dressed, along with Miss Senior, Craig being nominated Best Supporting Queen. The court has one of the best seamstresses in Nashville. The current seamstress has constructed many gowns for previous TSU courts. Davidson stated that they are bringing back black owned business to help with the court. In the past the court has shopped at surrounding businesses around Nashville. “The current seamstress designed a coronation dress for a past queen years ago,” said Davidson. Also, according to Ms. Davidson the court has something spectacular in mind for the Homecoming game.

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Members of the Royal Court and SGA wave to the crowd during the Southern Heritage Classic.


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Group's legacy of love, 17 years and going strong BY ALICIA BAILEY Staff Reporter


ove You Like A Sister Inc. was introduced to the campus of Tennessee State University October 23, 1996 by 19 freshman young ladies. One founder Kidada Mitchell said, one main reason LYLAS was started was to give freshman young ladies something to join because they are away from home. “We all believed that coming together as African American women was important, and we believed that we could do well in the TSU community and the areas surrounding TSU,” Mitchell said. In the early years, LYLAS did community service work in the Preston Taylor housing projects, gave out school supplies to kids who got off the school bus, handed out Thanksgiving meals, and brought kids from Pearl Cohn to TSU to give them a shadow day showing them

the college campus life. Mitchell says, “We got a lot of backlash from other organizations who felt we were trying to be Greek.” Eventually, they became more accepted by the other organizations at TSU. The administration of TSU knew who they were, and the number of ladies who wanted to be in the organization grew each year. Today, LYLAS has 45 members. They are one of 48 non-Greek organizations on campus. They are still active in the community, participating in service projects such as Feed the Children, Second Harvest Food Bank, Habitat for Humanity and Great University Outdoors. Audrey DeBerry from Memphis, Tennessee majoring in Elementary Education, is the current president of the organization. DeBerry says Love You Like A Sister Inc. has made a remarkable impact on campus, displaying a positive image to the young women

on campus by uplifting our AfricanAmerican sisters. “Before acceptance into Love You Like A Sister Incorporated I was afraid to take on new challenges. I've become more open to new opportunities. Possessing this characteristic trait has opened many new doors that will contribute to my success as an effective educator and person,” says DeBerry. Love You Like A Sister Inc. has lasted 13 years here on the campus of TSU. “I am hopeful that we will see LYLAS expand to other universities. I think our organization would fit well at any university, and I think there is a need for organizations like LYLAS to support African American women during their college years,” said Mitchell.


members hope the campus group will soon spread to college campuses

across the nation.

Professor splits time between newsroom and classroom BY ALICIA BAILEY Staff Reporter Harriet Vaughan-Wallace, a Nashville native, is now serving as the new advisor of The Meter. She is also a professor here teaching journalism classes. Professor Vaughan-Wallace has worked as a television reporter, anchor and associate producer for more than 11 years and is an award-winning, multimedia journalist. Not only is she a professor and advisor, she is preparing to host a network television show, is lead host of an online radio show and freelances for many local and national publications. Although a graduate of Hampton University’s Scripps Howard School of Journalism, she is not foreign to Tennessee State University’s campus. Both parents and her sister graduated from TSU. Her mother Dr. Verla Vaughan, was one of the longest tenured professor's here and as a child she sat in her nursing classrooms with coloring books. “Professor Vaughan-Wallace has a very persuasive and interactive teaching style,” says

senior Alexandrea Sparks, mass communications major, from Detroit. Vaughan-Wallace has so much real world experience under her belt that she has a vast array of information to pass on to her students so they will not be surprised or overwhelmed when they break out into the

So as a professor of journalism she says she teaches her students by teaching them from her real world experiences. Now that Vaughn-Wallace has joined the Mass Communications team, she says she sees the excitement, desire, energy and creativity of her students. This is a drive and passion she shares with

“Everything that I teach my students and have them do, is everything that I have done or am doing,” - Harriet Vaughan-Wallace business. “Everything that I teach my students and have them do is everything that I have done or am doing,” she said. “She knows the business and she teaches you what she has learned in the business. And the assignments have meaning behind them that are meant for you to learn,” said senior Subhadra Thema Dial, mass communications, from Knoxville, TN. You cannot teach real world experience out of a book in this industry, Vaughan-Wallace says.

her students who she sees a lot of herself in. “To be around eager, willing and hungry students who want all they can out of this industry excites me and makes me look forward to opening the door to The Meter office every day” says Vaughan-Wallace. What really touches her heart photo credit: jaquan johnson is being a part of something so special that she shares with her Harriet Vaughan-Wallace goes over story ideas with students during class while Jonathan Martin, correspondant for Al Jazeera America, mother who recently passed away. looks. “It means the world to me to be a part of something so special with her in spirit.”

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Team hopes to kick intramural status BY SHANYN STOKES Staff Reporter


he intramural soccer team on campus might be well on it’s way to joining the roster of official athletic teams representing Tennessee State University in the Ohio Valley Conference. Some students at TSU have expressed their interest for soccer by creating an intramural, unofficial soccer team, on campus. “It just started. The interest is growing and we’ll continue to try and convince the department” says Brent Duhkie, director of Ford Apartment and former soccer player. He volunteered and committed to the progression and development of the team. Duhkie comes with a lot of experience and heavy credentials. He’s a national champion who played for of Concordia Selma College in Selma, Ala. where he was also a coach from 20072011. Starting in the winter of 2011, interested soccer players got together to enjoy a few games. The group of athletes began having regular practices to further their skills in the sport. This school year, the intramural team will begin hosting scrimmages on Wednesdays and PHOTO CREDIT: BRANDON BATHER Fridays. Though students have shown The intramural team is more than just a hobby for team members. It also means cultural growth. to go to waste. It a sport one player says Brandon Bather, TSU alumna the team is divided into two groups the sport differently. Duhkie holds consistency in interest from those says not only grows the athlete, but and former player of the team. and plays a scrimmage against each it all together by letting us be men wanting to make the intramural expands their cultural pedigree. Approaching March of 2013, other for hands-on practice and and play but still giving us boundarteam an official team, there is a “Not only can we play the sport the team added another weekly team-building. ies.” long ways to go, according to the that we love, but we can be around practice now meeting three times The team is very diverse, conStudents are welcomed to Athletic Department which makes people from other countries and a week. Duhkie says he gave the tea taining students from different cul- join. Members of the team say they the call on if the team can be sancshare our experiences of being in a the attention needed to progress tures, who are brought together by would love to see people come out tioned or not. place where we are culturally iso- the players individually, as well as the love of a sport. and get involved in promoting and “I know there is student interlated,” says Nathan Grey, a senior a team. “The team is comprised of experiencing the growth of the est but gender equity is the numintegrated marketing major from “When we played in 2012, we about 10 countries,” says Bather. team. ber one problem. Funding is also an Bermuda. won no matches. The group this Over the course of their time issue with the proposal costing anyTeam started with hard work. year competed in the TSU indoor together, the members of the team where from $350,000-400,000 In the beginning, the newly tournament and made it to semi- have drawn close, becoming very dollars. Lastly, if we did happen to established group practiced twice finals,” says Duhkie, “and entered close-knit. add soccer as an official sport, it a week between 9pm-12am. The in the Nashville international cup “The team brought everyone would probably be women’s socteam has accomplished having a tournament and made it to the together, made friends of people cer because they are a part of the consistent group of people who are quarter finals.” who would have never thought have Ohio Valley Conference and men’s dedicated to success of the team. During practice, half of the been friends,” says Bather. soccer isn’t,” says Athletic Director “With football and softball hav- team warms up with cardio activity, Despite having developed a Teresa Phillips. ing priority use of the indoor facil- while the other is learning ball drills family-like unit, the team is still getDuhkie says he will continue to ity, the team would have to wait and vice versa. The tactic is produc- ting adjusted to the game. keep the intramural team going and until after, and also there were team tive and proven to be convenient for “It’s been three semesters and fight for it to become an official unimembers with jobs so we had to the benefit of time. we still have differences. We’re from versity team. He says they’ve put work around everyone’s schedule,” In the last hour of practice, different parts of the world and play in a lot of work and don’t want it


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Alumnus returns as new coach BY ADRIANNE WALKER Staff Reporter ennessee State University’s Lady Tigers has a new addition. Coach Larry Joe Inman came out of retirement with 30 years of coaching experience to be the new head coach of the Lady Tigers. “The biggest thing happening in the Ohio Valley Conference is right here in Nashville. I felt like it was a great fit. It's my alma mater and I always enjoy my time here,” said Inman. "It was such a big part of my life and for me to get the opportunity to get back into college coaching was very motivational in itself that I could go and maybe help another program," said Inman. Inman who graduated from TSU in 1978 with his master's degree, is replacing Tracee Wells who lead the Lady Tigers for 13 years. She was dismissed at the end of the 2011-2012 season after a losing streak. In eight seasons, she had a 77-157 record, going 9-20 in her last year. She is now head coach of the women's basketball team at Antioch High School. Inman promises to turn the Lady Tigers


around and bring home a winning record. So far, he has the support of the team. "Coach Inman is the best thing that has happened to me since coming to TSU,” said junior Rachel Allen, a point guard from Clarksville. “He renewed my love for the game.” This year, The Lady Tigers are a young team of mostly freshman so there are changes coming this year. "We're very young. We have a team of babies this year, they don't want me to say that. In the end we will have a good program and have good players but as they say Rome was not built in a day," said Inman. There are seven Freshman on the team this year, so Inman says has to start from scratch building his program. Allen says she is honored to be able to lead the young team this year. "This season will be different from previous seasons for me in particular because the staff is calling upon me to lead the team. We have a lot of young talent so it should be fun seeing all the talent come together." The team has been having morning workouts and afternoon conditioning sessions, getting ready for the season. The team watches film and is dedicated despite the

Players credit Inman's leadership to creating strong family atmosphere.

season being weeks away. "The biggest preparation is our off season workouts and conditioning, preparing us for our first day of practice. To be successful you have to be a well oiled machine," said assistant coach, Marcus Payne. Everyone is excited about this upcoming season and what Inman has in store for the program. It's only his second year at TSU but everyone is warming up to him just fine. "The thing I love most about

Coach Inman joining the program is that he really does believe in me and he cares about me and my teammates outside of basketball," said Allen. Inman began coaching at Gallatin Junior High in 1970 where he went 51-4 in three seasons. He also coached at Mount Juliet High School and in five years led them to five district titles, four regional championships, three Nashville Interscholastic League titles and the 1977 Tennessee Class AAA


state title. "It was such a big part of my life and for me to get the opportunity to get back into college coaching was very motivational in itself that I could go and maybe help another program," said Inman. He received his bachelor's degree from Austin Peay State University in 1970. He was the head coach of the Eastern Kentucky women's basketball team from 19882008 leading the Lady Colonels to two OVC Tournament championships and two NCAA Tournament appearances. He is the all-time winningest coach in the Ohio Valley Conference. He was named OVC Coach of the Year eight times, inducted into the Ohio Valley Conference hall of fame in 2009, directed EKU to five OVC championships, and led the Lady Colonels to the 2002 WNIT Sweet Sixteen. He also coached at Middle Tennessee State University for eight years where he won more than 68 percent of his games and led the program to four straight OVC regular season and tournament championships and four straight NCAA tournament appearances.

Tigers pounce Eagles in OVC match BY LATOYA POORE Sports Editor


t didn't take long for TSU quarterback Michael German to get the feel of being back in charge. Coming off a two-game suspension, playing in his second game, German passed for 204 yards and three touchdowns as Tennessee State defeated Tennessee Tech 41-21 in the Ohio Valley Conference on Saturday. Tennessee Tech (2-2, 0-1 OVC) center James Normand recovered a fumble in the end zone to put the Golden Eagles ahead, 7-0, with nine minutes left in the first period. Ronald Butler, starter quarterback for TSU was 12 of 19 for 139 yards and a 79 yard touchdown, with a 47-yard pass to Ryan Mitchell. Butler's score tied the game at seven apiece, TSU's first touchdown in the game, and the first of his and Mitchell's careers. In the second half of the game, TSU's back-up quarterback

German replaced starter Ronald Butler. German had three touchdowns, including a 43-yard pass to Lavatiae Kelly and an 80-yarder to A.C. Leonard. Junior tight end Leonard had 5 receptions for 122 yards and two touchdowns. Following TSU's, 41-21 victory, Leonard was honored by the College Football Performance Awards for his outstanding performance. The Tigers (3-1, 1-0 OVC) forced three turnovers, two fumbles and one interception against Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles. Redshirt senior David Van Dyke caught his famous interception in last weeks game against Tenn. Tech, making his fourth leading interception of the season. German finished 8-of-14 for 204 yards and three touchdowns. TSU football team will go for it's fourth consecutive win against Central State at the St. Louis Gateway Classic on Sept. 28. Following Central State game, Tennessee State football will

host it's first OVC home game of the season at LP Field Saturday Oct. 5 with hopes of remaining undefeated in the Ohio Valley Conference.

Football Schedule:

* Oct. 5 Southeast Missouri State Oct. 12 Jacksonville State Oct. 19 UT Martin * Oct. 26 Eastern Illinois Nov. 2

Eastern Kentucky

* Nov. 9 Austin Peay * Nov. 16 Murray State

* LP Field


Tennessee Tech defense proved powerless against strong TIger offense.

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ootball fans looking to return to Hale Stadium, also known as the Hole, for Tennessee State University football games will have to wait a little longer. The Tigers will host only one game in the Hole this season, despite most of the proposed renovations being completed. Currently, all TSU games are held at LP Field, home to the Tennessee Titans. “We are in a contract for 30 years to play our home games at LP Field with 16 years remaining," said Teresa Phillips, director of Athletics at TSU. Phillips, said that although $1 million was raised by alumni to renovate the stadium "The Hole" is not in a good condition to host all home games and is still in need of major funding to complete all renovations. “The stadium is not ready to host every home game, for example the press box is not ready to have multiple groups in it. Also, we need suites in the stadium to help bring revenue to the school, locker rooms


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need remodeling, and the sitting structures need to be arranged,” she added. But there is wiggle room in the contract. TSU can be released from the contract if the stadium is upgraded to a standard where it can host all games, according to Phillips. TSU’s football team hasn't hosted a game in "The Hole" in 13 years, except 2012 football season when TSU hosted three home games in The Hole. This upcoming season they will host their only game against Austin Peay on November 9. The stadium, named after TSU’s first president William Jasper Hale, holds 10,000 seats. Games hosted at the Hole are typically near capacity. That means a lot of parking will be needed, which brings about another issue that Phillips said they have on their radar. "Faculty would also love to see parking garages installed on campus to help keep the traffic flow down if there were to be games in The Hole for a whole year," added Phillips.


School officials look to possibly improve parking before returning to The Hole.

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