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    Feb 03 2014

    It’s Time to #WakeUpNCSU!

     To All My Nubian Brothers and Sisters: Wake Up!

    The acceptance rate of African American students at N.C. State has reached an all time low. Wake Up!

    Of the 30 active organizations in the Afrikan American Student Advisory Council (AASAC), only four non-NPHC organizations have Black male leaders. Wake Up!

    On the largest public campus in North Carolina, only one building is named after a person of color. Wake Up!

    North Carolina has set in place some of the most restrictive and suppressive voter ID laws of any state in the United States. Wake Up!

    The Black employment rate is consistently twice that of white Americans. Wake Up!

    Chicago reported 20 murders in the month of January, 18 of which were shootings of 19-year-old Black men. Wake Up!

    77 percent of Nigerian women have admitted to using carcinogenic skin bleaching creams. Wake Up!

    The Stand Your Ground defense is being employed to justify another Black teen’s murder in Florida. Wake Up!

    The video of Sharkeisha has reached more than two million views. Wake Up!

    Black males in Raleigh have a 39 percent suspension rate, 22 percent higher than the national rate. Wake Up! 

    Travyon Martin would have turned 19-years-old today. Wake Up! 

    With so many things going on in the Black community, this is no time to sleep.

    In celebration of Black History Month 2014, the Nubian Message staff has a mission to spend the entire month waking up as many people on N.C. State’s campus as we can. We were inspired to #WakeUpNCSU after reflecting on all the stories we have reported on this school year, seen in the news, and experiences we have lived that shouldn’t, nor do they have to be, the norm. We will keep the #WakeUpNCSU movement alive by releasing a video each week.  Stay tuned throughout each Wednesday in February for installments of this video series.


  • Jan 22 2014

    “O”ver Time

    President Obama Makes a Second Trip to N.C. State in Two Years to Announce The Next Generation Power Electronics Institute 

    Aaron Thomas | Staff Writer

    President Barack Obama made his way back to N.C. State this past Wednesday to discuss the major role the University would play in an effort to stimulate the economy. When Student Body President, Alex Parker made the announcement that there was an allotment of only 500 tickets available for students to hear the president speak, many waited in line for hours, only to be left empty-handed.

    This however, was not the case for NCSU upperclassmen De’Kia Battle and Tiffany Johnson. Both Battle, a senior in business administration and Johnson, a junior double majoring in communication and political science, managed to get one of the coveted tickets. This would be second time that the two saw President Obama live at N.C. State.

    “Many people haven’t had the experience to see a sitting president twice,” said Battle. “ [To be able to do so] was an excellent opportunity.” Johnson described her experience of being in the same room as the president twice during two terms as “unbelievable.”

    For Battle, the second opportunity also allowed her to become more engaged in what the president was speaking about. “I’ve learned more about how certain issues affect me as an American,” she said.

    Wednesday’s speech was much different than Obama’s speech during his first visit to campus. During the 2011 speech in Reynolds Coliseum, he highlighted the benefits of the Affordable Care Act.  This go-round the President announced a $140 million electronic manufacturing initiative that will be headquartered by N.C. State.

    Participants in Wednesday’s crowd listened attentively to Obama as he described the new initiative, and how the technology would help improve energy-efficiency. Obama also placed emphasis on the economic gains the initiative will bring to NCSU as well as the Triangle. A key point in his speech was building a stronger middle class. Focusing on what he believes has to be a “Year of Action,” President Obama said he was acting without Congress on WBG technology because it will help create jobs.

    Battle said she is hopeful that it will add to a thriving economy as she prepares for graduate school. “My expectation is to see more jobs here in the United States instead of [them] being outsourced overseas.”

    Though both students are thankful to have seen President Obama twice while at N.C. State, they agree that this time was a bit more special. “I feel like the second experience was in a closer setting, it felt more sentimental,” Johnson said. “You felt like he was speaking to you personally.”

    According to the Technician, N.C. State will work alongside four universities and 18 companies. Battle thinks that this shows just how great N.C. State is. “For President Obama to choose the University as a candidate for the manufacturing initiative, it speaks volumes to the impact it has,” said Battle.  “N.C. State is one of the best universities in the country. Students that are enrolling at the University are coming out willing to drive the workforce. We are the next generation.”

    Check out the gallery below for more photos from President Obama’s visit! 







  • A Chemistry student and member of Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) program, designed to recruit, retain, and graduate women in the STEM fields | Photo courtesy of NCSU Admissions
    Jan 22 2014

    Discrimination Stems in STEM Majors


    Vernon Holman | Staff Writer 

    Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics are fields notoriously dominated by men. Women within STEM fields often suffer discrimination and scrutiny (both directly and indirectly)  by professors, researchers, and their peers. According to a study published by the Association of American Colleges and Universities “academically capable women are more likely to leave STEM majors compared to men with similar grades.” Women in STEM fields at N.C. State are no stranger to this type of discrimination.

    A Chemistry student and member of the Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) program, designed to recruit, retain, and graduate women in the STEM fields.
    Photo courtesy of NCSU Office of Undergraduate Admissions

    “I do feel that being a woman, especially in the higher sciences, that I am not ‘taken as seriously’ as my male counterparts and colleagues,” said Dr. Danesha Seth-Carley, a professor in the department of Crop Science and Coordinator of  Sustainability Programs in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Seth-Carley recalled a faculty event at which she was approached by someone and asked, “…and whose wife are you?”  Seth-Carley was offended by this statement saying, “Since this was a faculty event, and I was a younger female, [it was assumed that]  I must have been a faculty spouse, rather than a member of the faculty.”

    Morgan Davis, a sophomore in Biology, said that when partnered with two boys in her physics lab, “I’d have to force conversation so I would be involved.” Similarly Katavia Teachey, a sophomore in Computer Science said, “In a Computer Science class mainly of guys, when we would do class work the guys next to me would rather turn all the way around to ask someone before they ask me for help.”

    According to Gabby Roseboro, a sophomore in Computer Science, “People usually reply with some microaggressions when I say I’m in Comp Sci [Computer Science] or they see me in class. They say things like ‘I didn’t know you were so smart’ or ‘Wow! You’re so pretty. You coda?’” For Roseboro, statements like these aren’t a compliment. “There are people expressing how confused they are because girls aren’t  supposed to be smart, and if they are, they’re supposed to be unattractive.”

    The trend connecting these women is that their colleagues and peers do not see them as such. If women do not get the encouragement, or at the very least equal treatment, by their male counterparts how will we ever see a proportional number of women and men in STEM majors and fields.

    I do not think most men knowingly discriminate against females, however we judge others by their actions and not their intentions. With this in mind, you may want to ask yourself have you ever discriminated against anyone, not just a women, directly or indirectly. You could be a part of the problem rather than a part of the solution.

  • Jan 22 2014

    We Don’t Mean No Disrespect, But…


    This unsigned editorial is the opinion of the Nubian Message’s editorial board, and is the responsibility of the editor-in-chief. 


    Martin had a dream and it was not his face on the cover of party promotional fliers.

    After his death in 1963, many advocated for his birthday to become a federal holiday and it was not until 20 years later in 1983 that it was signed into law. Our parents’ generation fought for a holiday to commemorate the life of Dr. King and some of y’all have turned this into a money making opportunity.

    It seems like the sacrifices made and rights fought for have been lost in loud music and heavy bass. What began as the face of change and hope for a brighter future has become a symbol for “turn up.” Photoshopping Dr. King’s image is disrespectful to his legacy and memory, his family and the cause he spent his life supporting.

    Dr.King’s holiday is a “day on, not a day off.” Next year, instead of using Dr. King’s image as a gimmick, use the day to uplift one another. Take time to remember what Dr. King accomplished  in his lifetime and encourage one another to dream. Reflect on the power of Dr.King’s everlasting legacy that continues to inspire millions today.