Alfred Anderson | Staff Writer A Closer Look at the Rap Industry’s Obsession...
National statistics suggest that 490 NC State women could be a victim of rape or attempted rape each academic school year. Alarming statistics like this one are the momentum behind organizations like The Movement. Many students haven’t been formally introduced to this new organization run in conjunction with the Women’s Center. During the spring of 2008, program advisor, Juliette Grimmett, began the course that serves as a pre-requisite for The Movement and is the foundation for training the members of this influential organization. Juliette Grimmett has been with the Women’s Center since the spring of 2007 and is the visionary behind organization. It consists of students from a variety of backgrounds, and ages and is both male and female. Since her arrival, the Women’s Center has seen a tremendous increase in the number of reported rape and assault cases from nine in a school year on average to about 70 reports.
The African American Cultural Center was the housing place, of a program titled, Beyond Borderlines, co-sponsored by the Society of Afrikan American Culture (SAAC) and Mi Familia. Mi Familia is a club on campus whose main purpose is “to provide a social, cultural, and political forum for the students of North Carolina State University and the surrounding community interested in experiencing and promoting the richness of the international Latino and Hispanic community and culture.” The Society of Afrikan American Culture serves as the political voice of the Black student body. Through political awareness, cultural affairs, and community service, SAAC aims to maintain the black identity and presence on campus.
The Minority Association of Premedical Students (MAPS), Mi Familia, and Lambda Pi Chi Sorority Inc. provided an opportunity for students to learn about ways to prevent HIV for National Latino AIDS Awareness Day (NLAAD) last Wednesday in Witherspoon Student Center. The event offered on-site HIV testing as well as a wealth of educational information about HIV transmission, prevention and testing.
On October 3 at 7 p.m. , doors opened at Reynolds coliseum for the pack howl pep rally and concert featuring the NCSU cheerleaders, Fusion, NCSU Dance Team, NCSU Band, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, the hype N.E.R.D, and the cool, collected lyricist from Chicago, Common. This was a very entertaining and fun event from beginning to end! All of the performances from our school sports teams and organizations served to pump up the audience before the headliners rocked the stage. The Cheerleaders gave an amazing performance full of stunts, chants, and amazing tumbling that really brought on the cheers from the crowd. The Dance team and The Band also joined the cheerleaders on the coliseum floor to add more volume to the excitement. Fusion blazed the floor with their very enticing dance performance and intricate dance moves that added extra flame to the cheers that roared through the coliseum.
There is a question I feel I must ask.
Are we free? I mean… truly free?
Finding the answer to this question
Can really be a blessin’
But it seems like such an arduous task.
So where do I start?
I don’t really know
But I’m ready to be on my mark,
And then I’ll get set… and go
While I have the light
Before the times comes for it to be dark.
There are so many negative issues in our world
That just seem to want to stay.
And I know we shouldn’t feel this way…
But we sometimes find it hard to even
Get on our knees and pray…
Are we free?
Women Empowering Society Together (W.E.S.T.), 100 Black Men of America, Helping Youth Prepare to Excel (H.Y.P.E.), and Alpha Nu Omega, Inc. hosted an event titled “Black in America,” in Fox Hall.The program focused on analyzing the progression of African Americans in society and the problems facing young black people, specifically students. The program began with a showing of one of the segments from CNN’s well-known series, “Black in America,” a documentary by journalist Soledad O’Brien. The piece focused on African American students and told the struggles they face in the public school system. Statistical studies show that of the 25 percent of American students who drop out of high school yearly, 50 percent of them are African American. The documentary explored this issue and told the stories of some of those who are striving to fulfill their dreams and overcoming the everyday battles they face due to their race and economic conditions.
Talley Student Center housed, yet, another insightful program on behalf of Hispanic Heritage Month, which focused on Latin American women and their lives of adjustment, assimilation into mainstream America, and their struggles within their own culture, all in pursuit of higher education. Multicultural Student Affairs and the Women’s Center co-sponsored a group of four panelists for the Latina Experience program who each earned a degree from a post secondary institute. Each of them have different experiences in relation to geographic location, barriers within individual cultures under the Latino umbrella. They continue to empower themselves through the development of programs to enhance the Latin American experience for students wishing to further their education.
One in four. That is the number of Americans who hold a four year college degree from an accredited university. Even with the seeming plurality of educational institutions in the United States, about twenty eight percent of Americans have a bachelor’s degree or higher, the rate is lower for African Americans, with eighteen percent of African Americans adults over 25 having a bachelor’s degree or higher.
Already into week four of the 2008 NFL season, it has been one surprise and upset after another. In the preseason predictions, many predicted the New England Patriots, Indianapolis Colts, and San Diego Chargers, just to name a few, to come out strong in the opening weeks of the season. Unfortunately, these early season predictions were wrong and off…way off. In a series of events that are typical of the sport of football, teams that should be at the top of their respective divisions and teams that should be at the bottom have, clearly, been switched. With teams that have, surprisingly, looked horrible and uncoordinated or even those who are, finally, starting to play like a team, it’s time to get out the game book and put some sanity into an already crazy season.
On October 10th, a movie known as, “The Express”, will bring new information to the light that most have never known. “Who is the first African-American Heisman Trophy winner?” The answer to this question is Ernie Davis from Syracuse University. Numerous men have won this honor, and many will for many years to come. In order to know why such honor is placed on Davis, you must know the Heisman Trophy history itself.
People say a smile is contagious. Once you start smiling around someone, he or she just seems to automatically smile too! In physiological terms, a smile is a facial expression formed by flexing the muscles most notably near both ends of the mouth. Speaking subjectively, the smile can be also around the eyes. Smiling is customarily an expression of pleasure, happiness, or amusement. However, it can also be an involuntary expression of anxiety, in which case it can be known as a grimace. There is much evidence that smiling is a normal reaction to certain stimuli and occurs regardless of culture.
In recent months Americans have had to endure inflation of prices in the cost of food, a slumping housing market, and a severe price gauging from the gas pump. Everyone has been affected, but news articles and broadcasts would later reveal, students have been greatly affected by this increase, especially those living off campus and commuting back and forth to their classes. This doesn’t just include students that desire to live off campus but even the middle aged students who either returned to school after the start of their families or those wishing to complete their degree after financial hardship or earning valuable work experience. In any case, these gas prices have taken extra money from the pockets of students and put it into the gas tank instead.
September 23 marked the second program of Kappa Week for the Kappa Xi Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Incorporated at North Carolina State University. Charles Jones a senior in industrial engineering and active member of the chapter began the program with a brief introduction of guest speaker, Thomas Barksdale. Barksdale, who resides in Charlotte, North Carolina and works as a motivational speaker, mentor, activist, youth pastor and Chaplin for a Christian sports academy school in Charlotte began his memorable speech by discussing the idea of being a visionary and having a vision.
Last Wednesday marked the launch for Hispanic Heritage month, with an art exhibit in the African American Cultural Center featuring guest, José Galvez, a Publisher Prize winner for his amazing photography of the Latino experience within the U.S. Each year, the Latino organizations host a multitude of programs throughout the month to showcase their culture through song, dance, food and other cultural elements, as they continue to evolve within the NC State community.
What better way to express how you feel about someone but through anonymous replies on blogs from peers in your very own college or university. Juicy Campus, the hot new website where anyone is free to place personal gossip blogs about the activity and people on campus has caused quiet a bit of talk around North Carolina State University. Just recently introduced to the North Carolina State University college campus, it has caused some talk among the student body. As quoted by the Juicy Campus blog itself “This is the place to spill the juice about all the crazy stuff going on at your campus. It’s totally anonymous.”