Jillian Smith | Editor-in-Chief
The National Panhellenic Council has raised over one thousand dollars in the past week to support the citizens of Flint, Michigan who have been consuming chemical laden water for over a year now by providing them with a safer water supply.
Malik Simpson, the President of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. and a Special Events Co-Chair for NPHC wrote the proposal for the campaign.
“Everyone knew what was going on and NPHC needed to make a united stand,” said Simpson.
The campaign began on Monday, Feb. 1 and ended on Friday, Feb. 5. It was stationed in Talley Student Union, the perfect location to gain the attention of students and faculty.
The idea of having a “Penny War,” was initiated by NPHC Vice President Aleah Mathis, a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. The goal was to encourage organizations outside of NPHC to participate in the campaign.
Six organizations participated alongside NPHC: the Society of Afrikan Culture, the Peer Mentor Program, the Panhellenic Council, the Interfraternity Council, the Order of Omega and Alpha Phi Omega.
Every penny gained the organization one point, and any silver coins or dollar bills resulted in a point deduction. As an incentive, NPHC offered seven free tickets for the Apr. 9 step show to the winning organization.
Sydney Wingate, a junior studying communication, also a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. worked the collection table informing students about the state of emergency in Flint and what their donations will be used for.
“We are just hoping to add something to this cause and help people get clean access to in some form,” Wingate said.
The Flint water crisis was the forefront of national news earlier this month when a federal investigation conducted by the U.S. attorney’s office revealed that more than 100,000 people had been receiving the contaminated water from the Flint River instead of from Lake Huron though the Detroit city water system.
Complaints from residents began immediately after the water source was switched. At numerous town hall meetings, the color, clarity, smell and taste of the water was questioned.
The government of Flint attempted to quiet the dissenters with public displays of the water’s safety as well as posters reading “Hey Flint! It is safe to wash!” and “lead in bath water will not
soak into your skin fast or at high levels.” Now that the severity of the situation has been revealed, reports of skin lesions, hair loss, high levels of lead in the blood, vision loss, memory loss, depression and anxiety have surfaced.
“It’s a really really sad situation. We just wanted to do our part here in North Carolina to help out,” said Wingate.
Wingate admitted that she was surprised by students’ enthusiasm and the number of donations given to the cause.
“You get to see the generous side of people, even if they don’t know what’s going on,” she said. The campaign garnered an overwhelmingly positive response from the student body according to Wingate.
The money from the Penny War will go to the Flint Water Fund sponsored by United Way according to Simpson. They will use the donation to buy more bottled water and new water filters for Flint residents.
With this, I challenge you to step outside of your comfort zone to give back what has been given to you. Share your talents, advice, and your lending hands to make sure that you do not leave those behind but bring them right beside you.
Benyame Assefa | Correspondent
Newly appointed Assistant Director, Dawn Morgan, hosted her first art exhibit titled “Soul of Philanthropy: Reframed and Exhibited,” on Wednesday, Feb. 3. Following our last encounter with Ms. Morgan, the event had much build to it’s unveiling.
Kicking off the beginning of Black History Month, Ms. Morgan along with the help of Frances Graham; Director of African American Cultural Center (AACC) coordinated with creators of the exhibit, Valaida Fullwood and Charles Thomas Jr.
Within the context of the exhibit’s name, the meaning behind this project is unveiled.
Philanthropy promotes good welfare and financially supporting individuals. However, this event promotes an idea that financial support isn’t always needed to be philanthropic. “Soul of Philanthropy: Reframed and Exhibited” presents audiences with speakers from NC State, formerly and currently, who were testament of these financial free and personal obligations.
These testaments from fellow Wolfpack members put into perspective the purpose of this exhibit; that philanthropy is deeper than your pockets. Alternatives to going further into debt involved being active in your schools communities, such as volunteering at the AACC building.
“Philanthropy comes from the soul. It’s your heart, your head, and what your hands can do. Your soul is your core,” said Fullwood.
The exhibit involved photography-drawing with lights and aluminum prints. This allowed for the black and white themed photos to illuminate throughout the exhibit in Witherspoon.
Towards the wall of the exhibit hall, a giant chalkboard with the phrase “Why I Give Back” above it. People lined up to explain why it is they give back and as a result this allowed for viewers to engage with the exhibit and be a part of the experience, as the walls filled up with writing.
The Soul of Philanthropy presents students, faculty, and welcomed guest to be a part of an interactive and soulful experience. Further steps made towards engaging viewers involved iPads for people to read up on the exhibit’s various photos.
After years in the making, this project debuted on Feb. 20, 2015.
“V was the brain behind operation. She had the shot list and project in her head the whole time,” said Thomas Jr.
The exhibit is touring and has already stopped in Denver, Houston, Charleston, Raleigh, and another eight locations scheduled for a lesson in what it means to be philanthropic.
“Being the 25th anniversary of AACC, we’re really hoping to have students and faculty engaged all month,” said Graham. Donations are currently being welcomed to the center.
Stephanie Tate | Managing Editors
Minority students at NC State have kept the momentum from last month’s Student Government Racial Climate Town Hall by hosting a follow-up meeting where the panel members discussed the progress of their action items.
The meeting, led by Moriah Barrow, a senior studying communication, and Kamrie Risku, a sophomore studying political science, was open to the public and drew students from a variety of organizations.
Those action items included inclusivity training for all student organizations, diversity and inclusivity training for all incoming students through orientation, an honor court system that educates students who commit non-academic misconduct and electing an Asian director in Multicultural Student Affairs.
The meeting started with a recap of all of the action items. Students were then able to self select the action item that they were most interested in working on and help brainstorm how to bring those action items to fruition. After brainstorming, the groups were brought back to discuss their respective action items.
Those who brainstormed ideas on how to implement action item one, inclusivity training for all student organizations, came up with ideas such as requiring one diversity activity or event per semester and having an open forum for student organizations.
There were also suggestions of utilizing the Student Involvement Center more and working together to incorporate diversity and inclusivity trainings into their pre-existing org-specific trainings.
The second action item, inclusivity training for incoming students through orientation, was presented by Darryl Johnson, a junior studying mechanical engineering. One idea that was brought up included having diversity coordinators from each of the colleges present an interactive workshop on diversity and then having orientation leaders facilitate a conversation on diversity and its importance.
“We want the trainings to create a medium where students can have free space to discuss diversity,” said Johnson, “the issue is feasibility.”
Johnson said this is the sense that it will be nearly impossible to do separate trainings for over twenty orientation groups in one day. The solution: a video that could be played many times throughout orientation with ease. The orientation leaders would then facilitate a discussion with their group to make the video more potent.
The honor court system, action item three, was discussed by Kamrie Risku. Risku discussed the importance of implementing the education aspect of the court because punishment deters students from learning why their discriminatory acts were wrong.
Risku could not say much, as she was waiting on answers to her own questions until her meeting the following day with Student Conduct Director Paul Cousins.
However, she did note that this honor court would not be established in the interest of “worrying about feelings.” Creating discomfort in the students brought to honor court is somewhat of a goal for Risku.
“A minute of discomfort for that student is nothing in comparison to the discomfort felt by minority students everyday,” she said. “We are definitely in the business of making people uncomfortable.”
Threa Almontaser | Staff Writer
Every year, various organizations award scholarships to deserving students who meet their criteria. This year, there are four great opportunities created specifically for African-American students.
These scholarships are being given in accordance with the upcoming Black History Month. They’re usually based for African-American students and are made to motivate the following generations of Black history creators and to help them afford a good education.
Companies such as Coca-Cola and Frito Lay participate in these scholarship programs, hoping to provide students more opportunity and lower tuition.
Kamaria Fyffe, a junior studying English, says, “I think scholarships are really helpful for minority students in general, not just African-Americans. It’s a good way to encourage them to go to college.”
The Frito-Lay “Create to Celebrate” Black History Month Art Contest asks applicants to submit an original artwork on any medium that celebrates African-American achievement in history. The grand prize is $10,000 dollars, with second and third place prices of $5,000 and $2,500 dollars.
“African American scholarships aren’t broadcasted as much as others. You need to hear about them from somebody, unlike others that are non-African American related,” said Daisha Johnson, a freshman studying animal science. Johnson went to a predominantly white high school, where she says she had to talk to a specific person just to find out more about scholarships for minorities.
The Buick Achievers Scholarship Program gives students up to $25,000 that excel in the classroom, especially in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) program and other related fields.
They look for community leaders and dedicated, inspiring students. This program wants to “support the pursuit of academic disciplines that will help drive global innovation and economic growth in the 21st century.” Distinctive consideration is awarded to first-generation students, females and minorities.
Anieka Dickens, a grad student in the Master of Public Administration program, says, “These scholarships help a lot when trying to reach out to kids who ordinarily would not be going to college. It instills diversity from lower impoverished areas into the universities.”
The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation/General Mills Health Scholarship Program is open to both graduate students and undergraduate that have a focus in medicine and nutrition-related studies. Applicants must have at least a 2.75 GPA and can receive up to $2,000 dollars out of the 46 that plan to be granted this year.
Some of the deadlines are in January, but most of these scholarships have end submission dates in February, so hurry and apply!
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