VOTW: April 2019

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Bethune-Cookman University • Daytona Beach, Florida

April 2019

Fraternities, sororities showcase new members Photo by Josue Jeune

New members of Gamma Sigma Sigma Sorority hold tight during the recent probate show at the Preforming Arts Center. More photos on page 10.

B-CU's Interim President encourages faith during women's conference By Sarita Mason University officials sent a report at the end of March to the agency responsible for Bethune-Cookman University’s current probationary status as part of the effort to retain the institution’s full accreditation. Hubert Grimes, interim university president, told an audience during the women’s conference on March 26 that staff was putting the final touches on the report that was due by no later than April 1. Bethune-Cookman University has been under probation since June 2018 after it was determined that the university violated several requirements stipulated by the Board of Trustees of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). The board determined that the University had failed to demonstrate compliance with requirement involving integrity, governing board characteristics, financial resources, financial responsibility and control of finances. A public disclosure statement regarding B-CU’s probationary status was also placed on SACSCOC website. Grimes said the report was about 2,500 pages and that it addressed almost all of the questions raised

by SACSCOC. He also cautioned against listening to media reports that paint a dismal picture of the college. Faith, he said, will bring B-CU through these challenging times. The university, meanwhile, created a SACSCOC Probation FAQ webpage on the B-CU website. It is designed to show what the university has achieved in its efforts and other various information as well as FAQ on the website. According to the Bethune-Cookman website, the last update regarding the accreditation process was on a progress report January 7, 2019. The report includes a “Probation Response Steps & Timeline.” It reports each major date throughout the probation process, including June 2019 that serves as checkpoints to gain the institution’s full accreditation. The report also stated that the university was required to submit a report due a few weeks before, but no later than April 1 that include updates, policy changes and address the violations of the standard Principles of Accreditation. Of the many steps that Bethune-Cookman has

taken since last year, one was finding and retaining an AGB consultant, someone a part of the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges to sufficiently find and appoint all aspects of executive searches. The university appointed Dr. James Davis and Dr. Carlton Brown. The two will work directly with the search committee, potential candidates and guide the university through the steps of the search, according to the B-CU probation tab. “Cookman should be more transparent with the accreditation outcome,” said senior Lavell Johnson. “The probation webpage is a start but the university should try to focus on day-to-day responsibilities rather that an overall focus,” Johnson said. The final review is set for June 2019. The one-year probation will be up and Bethune-Cookman will have the chance to present its case to the SACSCOC Board of Trustees, including the First Monitoring Report and final decision on whether probation can be lifted or extended to another year.

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April 2019

Students weigh-in choice of 2019 commencement speaker

The Voice of the Wildcats is written, edited and published by members of the student body at Bethune-Cookman University. All opinions are solely those of the author. Interim Editor Ashlyn Denson News Editor Sarita Mason Sports Writers Karen Romero Entertainment Writers Rennae Morgan Kalen Murphy Feature Writers Ashlyn Denson Photographers Josue Jeune Publication Director


By Amber Courtney

The spring class of 2019 will soon be graduating and leaving Bethune-Cookman University behind. Graduating college is one of the biggest accomplishments for most students can have in a lifetime. Because of that, the ceremony should be memorable and special. One of the aspects that can make it great is having an amazing commencement speaker give a moving speech to the students moving forward into the world with their new degrees. While the name of this year’s commencement speaker remains a mystery, the VOICE spoke with several graduating seniors to ask them who they would like to give a speech. It seemed only natural given the uproar in 2017 when U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos was invited

by then university President Edison O. Jackson. Student response was swift and, some might say, unfortunate because the school made the news after the graduates stood and turned their backs on DeVos. Antoinette Chapman, a health and exercise science major, said she would like the former first lady at graduation in May. “Michelle Obama because what she promotes for African American women and how she promotes health,” Chapman said. “If I had to choose anybody, it would be Obama. I could listen to him anytime, anywhere,” Maximillian Jean-Brice said. “Obama or Michelle. It’d be a stretch, but one of the Obamas.” Ashley Ingram, a graduating senior majoring in accounting, also is a fan of the Michelle Obama. “She could advocate for the grad-

uating seniors because she’s been down this road before,” Ingram said. She said she also dislikes the fact that other institutions have speakers more well-known than those that typically come here. Criminal justice major and soon-to-be law student Samantha Jenkins said, “I don’t want a repeat with DeVos this year. I’ll take Bernie Sanders, Auntie Maxine Waters…really just anybody who's not a Republic an,” she said, then laughs. “I don’t want the speaker to be someone who will put us in a negative light like last year. No one, in particular, just someone to bring us in a positive light.” Likewise, there were a number of students who were apathetic to the whole process. Augustinas Navickas, former student newspaper editor, said he really could not be less interested.

“I don’t really care. The ceremony isn’t a big deal to me. I just want my diploma,” Navickas said. And he was not alone in his feelings. “I don’t know. I don’t care. All I care about is graduating,” senior Makarios said. Mass communication majors Amonte McGee and Damarious Langston contributed to this article.

“If I had to choose anybody, it would be Obama. I could listen to him anytime, anywhere.”

Dr. Elsie Wanjohi Faculty Co-Advisers Prof. Valerie Whitney

B-CU's Royal Court happily strikes a pose Photo by Josue Jeune

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Members of the 2019-20 royal court gather together after their recent elections. By Tatiana Tyler-Addison B-CU recently went to the polls to elect Student Government Association leaders, class representatives and Mr. and Miss B-CU. The group. collectively, is known as the Royal Court. The members of the court pictured above, are, left to right, Javian Jones; Mr. Junior; Darnel Bush, runner-up for Mr. Junior; Johnny Owens Jr. Mr. Senior; Jerykah Thomas; the winner for Mr. B-CU, Earl Rob-

inson; the winner for Miss B-CU, Blake Minter; the winner for SGA VP, Kenuantae Storey; the winner for Miss Senior, India Woods; the winner for Miss Junior, Shaurice Daniels; and last but not least, the winner for Miss. Sophomore,Tochukwu Okemzie. The winner for Mr. Sohomore, Samuel Bostick, was not pictured.

Words from Earl Robinson: the new Mr. Bethune-Cookman University

Earl Robinson, a communications major from Jacksonville, Florida, gives his expectations and goals for his term as one of the new faces of B-CU.

"I am the ninth Mister Bethune Cookman University Elect for the 2019-2020 academic year. My expectations as I embark upon this new leadership adventure is to continue to expound on the great works that was already established by previous student leaders. Also,

strive to become a more well-rounded student leader, by being apart off every aspect of the student experience here at Bethune Cookman. I realize my constituents and I make up one strong force, who represent the great students of this institution. Therefore, we will continue to sustain and propel the legacy of our founder Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune by putting service at the forefront our leadership and be a catalyst for change in this community." Continued to page 3



B-CU faculty, staff alumni launch drive to help raise money for institution

Bethune-Cookman University alumni who work on campus as either staff or faculty have banded together to help raise funds for their alma mater as it works to get its finances straightened out. The group, operating as “We Are Our Answer B-CU Campus Cohort,” presented a check for more than $25,000 recently during a press conference in the president's banquet room of the Mary McLeod Bethune Performing Arts Center. Organizers said the presentation March 29 was the official launching of the second phase of a $1.5 million campaign. "Phase one of our two-part campaign was to raise $15,000 from the campus alumni cohort, and then lead the effort in phase two to raise $1.5M from alumni and friends nationwide,” said Dr. Camesha Whittaker -Manzueta, Cohort Spearhead

and Director of the B-CU BJ Moore Center for Faculty Innovation. “To date, we have exceeded our initial goal, raising $26,633,” Whittaker-Manzueta said. Some 85 faculty and staff, who are alumni of B-CU, rallied around the mission of B-CU to strategize on how to assist the Institution and identify ways to increase alumni giving, thus forming the We Are Our Answer Fundraising Initiative. The university, meanwhile is on probation, after a deal to build several dorms raised questions about its financial stability. The campus cohort presented the campaign's goals during the Ninth Annual Alumni Day of

Service hosted on the campus of B-CU and have since garnered the support from alumni nationwide, including the 28 chapters of the National Alumni Association. Funds raised will be directed to university operational expenses. For more information, contact Whittaker-Manzueta, 386-481-2718 or bcucampusalumni@cookman. edu. Credit: B-CU Communications

Interim President Hubert Grimes Gives Keynote Address at Student State Convention The Florida African American Student AssociaFAASA serves as the official voice of more than tion, Inc. (FAASA) convened its 44th Annual State 200,000 students of African descent in colleges Convention April 11-14, 2019, at the Plaza Spa & and universities in Florida and is dedicated to the Resort; 600 N. Atlantic Ave.; Daytona Bch., Florida academic and personal development of its student 32118. Interim President Hubert membership. FAASA accomL. Grimes, Esquire, provided the plishes its mission through the keynote address at the Karamu implementation of its PACE Banquet held on Saturday, April Plan, representing Political 13th at 7 p.m. Activism, Through seminars, speakers, Academic Excellence; Cultural and other engaging activities, Awareness and Economic Emstudent delegates from colleges powerment. and universities around the A key feature of the four-day state of Florida acquired the event was the seminar presenknowledge, developed the skills, tation by Ms. Kim Denmark, embraced the attitudes, and were renowned for her active endeavHubert Grimes empowered to assume positions or to walk across 49 states, advoof purposeful leadership on their campuses, in cating nationwide for America’s homeless. FAASA their communities, and wherever their personal joined Ms. Denmark’s march from the beach to the and professional endeavors may direct them. ElecB-CU campus that Friday afternoon. tion of FAASA officers for the new year also took Credit: B-CU Communications place at this convention. Words from Earl continued from page 2 My goal and vision as a student leader, is to be effective and impactful by making things happen and ensuring the students concerns and needs are met at any cost. By leading from the front, it is my sincere hope that Earl Robinson I will inspire and birth more leaders who will develop the courage to embody the change the want to see in themselves and those around them. My love for B-CU has indeed grown tremendously through my involvement with

student government, developing relationships with others, and being empowered by the rich history and heritage the school was built upon. Being a forward thinker, I am always conscious about how the decisions I make today, can dictate what my life will look in the future. Not saying that I am perfect, but I am always aware of the power of my decisions and how they teach me a valuable lesson, and how it can catapult me into my God ordained destiny. My goal is not to outdo anyone, nor be known as the best. I just want to be able to inspire and make this university better through a collective effort. My life mantra is, "Life is a constant process of dying, and it is by my dying breath that I will speak a living word to inspire a multitude of generations. B-CU today, B-CU tomorrow, B-CU forever! "By leading from the front, it is my

sincere hope that I will inspire and birth more leaders..."

April 2019


HealthyTea Facts with Sierra

By Sierra Perry Perhaps you’ve heard a friend or older family member remark that “what doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger.” I am here to tell you that does not apply to everything in life--especially not in college. We all know by now that college is a breeding ground for stress. But did you know that there are published reports that indicate that stress can sometimes be fatal? The website Stress.org, citing a 2008 mental health study, stated that eight in 10 college students say they have sometimes or frequently experienced stress in their daily lives. Heart and circulatory diseases were cited as the second leading causes of death among college students with suicide coming in at a close third. There have been many recent articles about adolescents dying from heart attacks. The bottom line here is if you don’t take some time off to relax and meditate, stress will take care of that for you. We have to hold ourselves accountable for our physical and mental health. And I know that this is hard to hear but TAKE IT EASY! Grades are key but your life is priority. Besides, how can you enjoy graduation from a hospital bed and wearing a hospital gown. Talk about tacky! Some tips for taking the edge off are reading a book, hanging with friends, working out, drinking hot tea, spending ALONE time, and more importantly resting!!! That’s probably foreign to you in this day and age. “Resting with your eyes closed can calm your mind, give at least some of your neurons a break (since you’re not actively thinking or concentrating on something), and let your muscles and organs relax,” according to Sleep.org. Likewise, it can also reduce stress, improve your mood, and increase alertness, mental clarity, creativity as well as motivation. All of these changes can enhance your productivity, the site states. Resting not only relaxes you but it makes you look good. I mean who is going to hire you if you have “luggage” under your eyes…unless its Chanel or Louis Vuitton. Just kidding of course. Until next time, I’m Sierra with the Healthy Tea!



April 2019


NFL evaluators swarm B-CU during Pro Day By Amonte McGee event on April 4 was Trenton Bridges of DeLand. Bridges is majoring in athletic training here and it apparently is paying off. His unofficial results were bench pressing 225 pounds 26 times and running a 4.58 in the 40-yard dash. He also jumped for 9 feet 8 inches in the broad jump and 33 feet in the vertical jump. “Seeing Jawill get undrafted to

Sports Corner The annual NFL Pro Day brings nothing but excitement to the faces of young college men all over America and this year was no different. Bethune-Cookman University has had a number of its athletes make it to the pro ranks over the years. This year the college welcomed six NFL evaluators to campus in search of the next superstar. “Pro Day means a lot to these young men because they know

Trenton Bridges

they have a family to provide for with a talent they have been blessed with by God. Many don’t make

Elliott Miller it to the league, so that’s why they go so hard,” said Reginald Thomas, associate athletic director for student athlete services. For the uninitiated college Pro Day is where NFL draft eligible players get combine tested at their school. For those who were not invited to the NFL Combine in Indianapolis it may be the one and only chance to be tested in combine drills such as the 40yard dash, bench press, vertical jump, broad jump, three cone drill and shuffle run. It’s a time where coaches and evaluators get a closer and maybe a last look at their prospects. Perhaps the most notable campus prospect during this year’s

Troy Wilkins

Keavon Mitchell

the Giants was what really gave me that push,” Bridges said. He was referring to Jawill Davis, a Bethune-Cookman alumni from Miami, who was an undrafted free agent until the New York Giants signed him in 2018.

Elliott Miller also put on a good show. Miller posted a 10.6 in the broad jump and 4:45 in the 40yard dash. “I feel like I had a great day,” he told Cateye Network. Keavon Mitchell, meanwhile, posted a 4:56 in the dash and a 38.5 vertical jump. “I came out here to do well,” Mitchell said afterward. It was the first Pro Day for Troy Wilkins. “It was great man and I loved it,” Wilkins said in an interview with Cateye. Meanwhile, the NFL reportedly did not send any evaluators to visit Florida A& M University. I’m just saying……

Wildcats mourn ex-football player Glen Chapman

Former Bethune-Cookman University football player Glen Chapman, 42, died recently of a heart attack.

association during his senior year on campus as well. He was blessed with a gregarious personality and booming voice that demanded to be heard."

Chapman, 42, was a former standout All-Gateway Conference, All-District, and All-State athlete on the line at Ribault High School. During his time at Ribault High School he was a three-year lettermen and starter for twoyears. He then took his talents to Bethune-Cookman University where he continued his football career becoming a standout corner. Chapman played a key role in the renaissance of the Wildcats’ program where he was a four-year starter and four-year letterman. He earned All-Conference honors from the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference and culminated his career with the Wildcats' appearance in the 1998 Heritage Bowl. Chapman made his presence known at Bethune-Cookman from 19951998, not only on the football field but on the entire campus program.

Chapman earned his bachelor's degree in physical education/recreation. He also became a member of the Omicron Epsilon Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. After graduating he started his coaching career as a student assistant at Bethune-Cookman University. He then spent nearly two decades coaching high school football around Duval and St. Johns counties. Not only did he coach but he taught math in middle schools and high schools. Photo courtesy of Edward Waters College webiste

Lynn Thompson, vice president of intercollegiate athletics, said, “We will miss his presence and his voice but his impact on this institution and our program will last forever."

"Glen Chapman was the classic example of a student-athlete who exhibited leadership skills on and off the field,” Thompson said. “Not only was he a leader in our football program but served as vice-president of the student government

Last year, he joined the staff at Edward Waters College serving as the offensive line coach. Officials there held a candlelight service in remembrance. Funeral services were set for April 12 in Jacksonville. Credit: B-CU Athletics Faith Landrenaux contributed to this report



April 2019


The VOICE is pleased to offer First-Person Singular, an occasional feature where students are invited to tell their story, their way. We hope you enjoy it.

Sara Wilson: Ready for her first trip abroad By Sara Wilson The studying abroad experience is a pivotal period in someone’s life. It allows exposure, experience and personal growth. You experience a different avenue of learning when embarking on the journey, along with being allotted the opportunity to brush with individuals of all walks of life. Studying abroad increases harmony and love between students irrespective of their color and creed because usually students live in hostels together make them close to each other. When anyone becomes sick, his friends take care of him. These things make a real homogeneous environment where only humanity counts, no other parameters. My name is Sara Wilson. I attend the illustrious Bethune- Cookman University as a junior majoring in Mass Communications, with an emphasis in multimedia journalism. My career goal is to be an executive producer/ anchor for ABC’s “Good Morning America.” Growing up, acquiring the skill of a good work ethic was instilled in me at a very young age, which is why I have been employed with Publix Super Markets since the age of 15 in addition to working other jobs in between. All the while I have been keeping up with my studies, maintaining a spot on the honor roll, as well as balancing social and extracurricular activities and organizations. Now, I am trying to raise financing for a study abroad program in Spain where I will be

Top 10 cheapest places to study abroad:

Norway Taiwan Germany France Mexico India Argentina Poland Malaysia South Africa Source: www.Topuniversity.com/studyabroad

How to pay for a study abroad? For those students that are not independently wealthy, loans are one way. Scholarships are another and you don’t have to pay them back. Visit www.Goabroad.com for a list of 45 scholarships for studying abroad.

venturing on a five-week journey from May 18 to June 27. I will be traveling to the following cities: Barcelona, Zaragoza, Ávila, Toledo, Salamanca, Segovia, Madrid, Córdoba, Sevilla, Cadiz, Málaga and Granada. Since the United States is the among the most diverse countries in the world, composed of a multitude of individuals with different backgrounds, dialects, and religious beliefs and so forth, it is imperative for me to become culturally competent in this world. This program will give me with a plethora

of opportunities such as developing real-world language skills, a broad cultural perspective and seeing a different style of education. What I learn will allow me to develop into a well-rounded professional. Studying abroad is something I have also aspired to since I was in high school but I never had the courage to go but now that I am older, I have no fear of wanting to travel the world and gain more knowledge along the way. I made the decision to embark on this journey as soon as the

school sent out the email informing us as an interest meeting. I have been working diligently to reach this goal by maintaining my job at Publix and picking up a second job on campus as a student assistant to a residence life coordinator where I am putting my paychecks towards this goal of mine as well. I come from a family that has never studied abroad and I want to become too first to see the world in a different and unique way. This opportunity will allow me to be away from anything familiar to me, I will be in complete solace. It will allow me to find myself while exploring a foreign country in the making.

Study Abroad Programs offers scholarship opportunities to black students By Ashlyn Denson All too often the financial burden of studying abroad has turned many students away from even attempting to take part in the program. As such they miss out on all the fascinating things to do when studying abroad like eating delicious foods, sightseeing all the grandeur infrastructures, partaking on the cultural traditions of the country and collecting a souvenir. However, there are several scholarship and grant programs that provide funding for studying abroad. For example, the Fund for Education Abroad offers several

different scholarships for first-generation students and minorities. One is the Tamara H. Bryant Memorial Scholarship that is offered by the National Association for Foreign Student Affairs or NAFSA. This scholarship is specifically for African-American students who are planning to study abroad. Another is the Laurd Morse Scholarship that was created for students who attend HBCUs and want to study abroad. Then there is he Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship program. The Gilman Scholarship,

just like the Fund for Education Abroad scholarship and other scholarships for study abroad, requires students to submit a competitive essay, teacher recommendations, and financial aid records showing that you have the Pell Grant. Anyone enrolled in a two or four-year university, holding an acceptable grade point average, and most importantly, exhibiting financial need are eligible for these scholarships. Too often students shy away from revealing the need for financial aid because of pride. However, these scholarships/grants

can only fund students dream of studying abroad if they say how great their need for financial assistance are. There are numerous doors waiting to be opened for students to study abroad. Especially those who are minorities and first-generation college students. For more information on funding for study abroad, please visit goabroad.com, iie.org, and fundforeducationabroad.org. Ashlyn Denson has been awarded a travel abroad scholarship to help pay for her trip to Italy this summer.



April 2019


From Tanzania with love

By Sky Stephen

International student comprise TK percent of the student population here at Bethune-Cookman University. Correspondent Sky Stephen recently interviewed Nairat Ahmed, who calls the country of Tanzania home. Here is her story.

Q. How was your experience during your 1st year here? A. Well, I must say it has been full of surprises and I’m sure there are so many more yet to experience. Every day I get to learn something new and beneficial.

Q. Where are you from? A. I am originally from East Africa, Tanzania

Q. What is your major? A. Chemistry with a concentration in Biochemistry.

Q. What is your name full name? A. Nairat Ahmed

Q. What languages do you know? A. A part from English, I know five other languages which include : Swahili, kutchi, Hindi, Urdu and a little bit of Arabic.

Q. Age and your classification at BCU? A. Eighteen, sophomore

Q. What other ethnicities do you get mistaken for? A. Looking like an Arab.

Q. Is this your first time being cross country away from home A. Yes this is my first time ever. Q. What things surprised you living in for the first time in Florida (or America)? A. Honestly, everything surprised me about this place. To begin with, the diversity in the culture. The different perspectives of people, American hospitality. American traditions, their method of dress, their method of communicating formally/ informally. The difference in the taste of food. Lastly, the opportunity to access advanced technologies. Q. What do you miss about home A. I miss my parents the most. Especially my mother because I have had a pretty close relationship with her since childhood. Nonetheless, she is my greatest motivation.

Q. How would you describe life at Bethune-Cookman University? A. Life at Bethune-Cookman University has been an amazing experience. However, it’s also been challenging because of the amount of assignments that you are required to complete within a given period of time. But again, everything that I have been doing till date will most certainly pay off in the future. So here’s a short message to my Wildcat webs- Do not give up. All of your handwork will pay off soon, stick with what you are doing no matter how hard it gets.

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It was a huge sacrifice for me to leave my parents miles apart and move to the USA for better education opportunities.

Catching up with Nia McConnico

Life’s burdens can be too ‘HEAVY’ to bear ‘By Kalen Murphy “Heavy” is the title of the newest offering from Bethune-Cookman University students Denzel Smith and Nia McConico. The play’s title also is the hand that hits you upside the head as soon as the show begins. Starting with the first scene, the emotion sensed when the mother is left defeated in the kitchen is almost too much to bear. The newly-vacant cap that her son has to find a way to fit on his head is enough to sink the biggest of hearts down to rock bottom. This play is nothing short of being a heart-racing tour de force performance. The recent production featuring members of the university’s acting troupe, Tra-Co-Dram, was precisely orchestrated to keep you on the edge of your seat every moment you thought about setting back and getting comfortable. Every scene was a new breakdown of each role in the African-American household that forced you to not

only see the reality of their origin stories but feel the pain of their past that molded the characters into who they are. Smith and McConico, who co-directed the play, also did a superb job with the screenwriting of “Heavy” but the highlight of this show was the performance of the cast from the Black Box Theatre. They were able to embody the intense emotion that the directors packed inside of the production to give a performance that had me looking for excuses to borrow the Kleenex box. This is not one of those shows you come to just to show support to your friends: THIS is the show that you need to catch while the energy of the show is still raw and before ticket prices start getting HEAVY the moment a production company buys this screenplay (speaking it into existence).

Q. What are three things everyone asks you? A. Where do I come from, why do I choose B-CU and what’s my ethnicity?

Arts writer Kalen Murphy interview Bethune-Cookman University student Nia McConnico prior to the opening of “Heavy” in the Black Box Theatre in the old Richard V. Moore Community Center on March 28-30. The play and its cast recently took the show to a national theatre competition in Baltimore, Maryland. It received a superior rating.

Q. Tell me something about yourself. A. My name is Nia McConnico. I am a communication studies major with a concentration in theater arts. And, I am the student director for our department. Q. How long have you been working in the Black Box Theater? (A black box theater, or experimental theater, is a simple performance space that varies in size, and is usually a square room with black walls.) A. Believe it or not, I’ve only been working in the Black Box for two years, with this being my second year. I started working at the Black Box last year, which was my sophomore year. Q. What drew you into being a part of the Black Box Theater? A. Honestly, I’ve always had a love for theater. In high school, I majored in theater but I didn’t know that we had an active theater program at Cookman, let alone a black box. And the summer going into my sophomore year I met some people who I became very close to and they happened to be theater majors so they told me about a poetry series they were having and the rest is kind of history. Continued to page 8.



April 2019


Fun things to do in Daytona

By Heather Salomon

Millennials, as defined by the website Mental Floss.com, are “individuals born in the years 1981 - 1996” while post-Millennials and individuals born after 1996 are called “Generation Z.” Realistically, the name Generation Z is a placeholder for the youngest people on the planet. And for those who consider themselves to a millennial or a member of Generation Z, there are a plethora of activities for all ages groups who live in the area to do. Here is a list of some of the most popular: Jackie Robinson Ballpark and Statue Visit the historic baseball field and see where Jackie Robinson played in the first integrated Major League Baseball spring training game in The Jackie Robinson Statue. Photo by the Daytona Beach website. 1946. The ballpark has a statue of Robinson, historical markers and a museum. Tours are available by appointment. Go to the Movies Head over to one of the many cineplexes in the Greater Daytona Beach area (Paragon Ocean Walk 10, Cobb Daytona Luxury Theatres, as well as the Regal Theaters in Port Orange and Ormond Beach to see a movie, attend a film screening or sit and watch the previews for upcoming films. You can also catch second runs and independent art films at Cinematique in downtown Beach Street. Shopping The Daytona Beach area has different shopping options: -Volusia Mall -Tanger Outlets Daytona Beach -Ocean Walk Shoppes and Movies -Bellair Plaza -Tomoka Town Center -One Daytona

-International Speedway Square Daytona Lagoon Waterpark The weekend - only (open Friday - Sunday) waterpark has go-karts, mini-golf, an arcade, laser tag and a rock-climbing wall. Grab your friends and get wet while enjoying the full liquor bar and student/group discounts. The Daytona Lagoon Waterpark.

photo courtesy of the Daytona Beach website.

Daytona International Speedway The Racetrack offers many activities/shows for car lovers and drivers alike. Don’t have a car? No problem. Daytona International Speedway has shuttle bus tickets available for purchase for a majority of their events. Event schedules and pricing are available on the website. www. daytonainternationalspeedway.com/ Daytona Beach Boardwalk and Pier Weather permitting, spend a day at the beach and take a walk on the famous boardwalk which includes rides, attractions, various restaurants and eateries as well as an arcade. Sky Zone Trampoline Park This is an indoor trampoline parks that features freestyle bouncing, dodgeball and fitness programs. Sky Zone Trampoline Park. Photo courtesy of Sky Zone's facebook page.

Peele sweeps box office again with ‘Us’

By Nadia Reese

Jordan Peele, the comedian turned actor turned director and the man behind last year’s unexpected hit horror movie “Get Out” did it again. Peele’s new, creepier, emotional horror movie titled “Us” left the competition in the dust when it debuted March 22 and continued to sit in first place it's second weekend. The genius film, about a vacationing family faced with doppelgangers of themselves, has skyrocketed with a Rotten Tomatoes rating of 94 percent. The film stars Lupita N’yongo, Winston Duke and Elizabeth Moss. It cost $20 million to make and thus far has earned an estimated $95 million at the box office in its first two weeks.

Each actor was able to successfully deliver two different personalities for each character as one double was horrifying and other was “normal.” Academy-award winner N’yongo, who starred the films “12 Years a Slave” and “Black Panther,” captured the audience with her creepy aura for her doppelganger named Red.Duke and Moss were able to play both of their characters with humor. Shahadi Wright Joseph and Evan Alex, who played the children of Lupita’s character named Adelaide, did a good job playing characters that the audience can relate to. The film has also raised some questions as to whether there is a double meaning hidden in the movie’s title. Many people have gone as far as to say that Peele wanted to tell his audience to “get out of the U.S.” Crazy right! Or is it?

Peele includes different symbolism such as Photo courtesy of IMDb. the Bible verse Jeremiah 11:11 and the golden scissors that each tethered hold. He also pays tribute to other 1980s pop culture favorites such as the film “Friday the Anyway, I would give this movie 5 stars. Go see it while you can. Thirteenth” and Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” music video.


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Women’s conference celebrates visionaries Bethune-Cookman University hosted the 10tn Annual Mary McLeod Bethune’s Women’s conference recently in the Center for Civic Engagement. The daylong event on March 26 attracted a crowd of participants including a number from the community. The theme this year was “Visionary Women.” The event, staged by the Rufus L. and Janice M. Wilson College of Liberal Arts, is sponsored by the Andrew Mellon/Jessie Ball Dupont Endowment. Professors Winifred M. Johnson and Deborah Freckleton were co-chairs for the event.

Bethune-Cookman University Interim President Hubert Grimes, keynote luncheon speaker Dr. Paulette C. Walker, B-CU first lady Daisy Taylor-Grimes and Helena Mariella-Waldrond, university provost, pose for a photo.

Prof. Nesreen Akhtarkhavari, at the podium, lead a panel on what it means to be Muslim in America today. Panelist included women from Pakistan, Jordan, Egypt, Palestine, Algeria, and the United States.

Retired educator and B-CU alumni Mary Jackson Fears, left, was honored during the conference March 26 for being a visionary. Fears, standing next to Prof. Paula McKenzie, attended then B-CC in the late 1940s. She shared stories of what it was like to be a coed at that time. Prof. Camesha Whittaker-Manzueta raises her hand to ask a question during one of the panels at the women’s conference. Photos by John Reeves



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Tips on finding funds for your business

Angel investor and venture capitalists just might be the answer to your prayers By Jazmere Johnson In a few weeks millions of power-hungry and energetic graduates will be moving their tassels to the left and ready to leave higher learning institutions behind to start life. These graduates will be the next generation of small business owners, founders, entrepreneurs and innovators. Many of these future executives have business plans ready to go and some are just going with the flow with hopes and dreams while their career path unfolds. But while entrepreneurial graduates may be prepared to start their business, many hit a roadblock when it comes to understanding the necessary actions to take when seeking funding. Angel investors and venture capitalist are two very important terms that every entrepreneurial graduate should know. An angel investor is usually an individual with a high net worth who helps provide financial support for small business startups. They usually invest one-time or when your business is going through its difficult early stages or to help you get your business off the ground. Investors typically take a percentage of ownership in your company in exchange for providing capital. Angel investors typically want

from 20 to 25 percent return on the money they invest in your company, according to smallbusiness.chron.com. Meanwhile, most angel investors can be found among family and friends that believe in you and your business. Making it personal can be a challenge given the pros and cons that could come up. While it could be very beneficial for you and your business to have hands-on angel Investors, some financial angels may want more control than usual. Leaving you to be a partner rather than a businessowner. So, it would behoove you not to just ask an investor to make an investment but also have an understanding about what it is that you need from them and how it will be used. Venture capitalist, on the other hand, are not really concerned with personal gain but more concerned with an equity stake. They invest in small companies, generally using money pooled from investment companies, large corporations, and pension funds. A venture capitalist provides financial support to small startups that hope to expand and have high growth potential in exchange for equity stake. They are perfect for a business that is already successful and wants to expand to a

larger market. Being an entrepreneur is merely a dream that takes hard work and dedication no matter what you are pursuing. If you are contemplating starting a business right out of college, you should get straight to it. Nothing is impossible. Do your research, plan and stick to it so you can plan your finances accordingly. If you are trying to start from the ground up consider angel investors. If your business is already up and running successfully and your looking to expand consider venture capitalist. For more information and a list 1,700 angel investors and venture capitalist, visit www.wallstreetoasis.com. Jazmere Johnson is a senior mass communications major who is putting the final touches on a business plan to launch a swimwear company at the end of the year.

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Probate show

Every spring on B-CU's campus brings new members of fraternities/sororites to the spotlight Continued from page 1.

New members of Kappa Alpha Psi perform at Greek stepshow at the Performing Arts Center.

New member of Iota Phi Theta Fraternity Inc. sing as they march to the stage to preform at probate in the PAC. Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc. entertains the crowd with a skit.

Photos by Josue Jeune



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Catching up continued from page 6 Q. Your directing an upcoming play called “Heavy.” Is this the first play you’ve directed? A. Me and my co-director Denzel Smith are so excited. No, this is not the first play that I have directed. However, it is the first one that I have directed at Bethune-Cookman.

Q. What does the Black Box Theater do for you as a student and as an aspiring director? A. As an aspiring actress and director, the Black Box serves as a place for creativity. It serves as a place of security. I get some of my best thinking done at the Black Box. The Black Box is really home. You can always catch me there. I actually have a few crazy and funny stories about the Black Box but I will save those for another day. My classes are there. My teachers are there. My rehearsals are there. It is essential where I do all of my business for school. At the end of the day, I know that is the one place I can go and be myself. The Competing Cast of Denzel Smith’s One-Act play, “Heavy”.

"Heavy" takes top honors at theater competition in Baltimore

VOICE grabs top award at SRPI The Voice of the Wildcats student newspaper won best overall in its divison at the Southern Regional Press Institute this year. This is the second consecutive year that B-CU's student publication has bested other colleges. The SRPI is an annual event at Savannah State University that attracts students from throughout the southeastern United States.

The University will be closed for Good Friday, April 19, and re-open on Monday, April 22.


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