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The Campus Culture Task Force Committee held an open forum discussion in regards to the recent proposal which will be submitted to the Chancellor as suggestions to lower hate speech activity on campus. Student Body President Jay Dawkins led the beginning of the forum by reviewing the 34 page document filled with explicit suggestions by each of the three subcommittees. By breaking the large group into three smaller subcommittees, each was able to focus on a different aspect of what policies student conduct codes and how the campus climate can be altered to better serve the student body. To further address student concerns, Dr. Jose Picart, committee chair, allocated an online response system so students can access the site link and offer suggestions to the proposal, their thoughts about the efforts of campus administration and personal reflections of the event. Students are encouraged to submit examples of ways to improve the current campus climate, plus indicate ways the University can cut down on the number of hate-motivated activity on campus.
“Until the lion has his own historian, the tale of the hunt will always glorify the hunter.” This African proverb, so often spoken by Dr. Lawrence M. Clark, Sr., is considered to be accurate by several. It is for this reason the Annual L.M. Clark Lecture is highly respected and anticipated by many.
People from all backgrounds wearing pink poured into Reynolds Coliseum to attend the fourth annual Hoops 4 Hope, an event that was started by the late Coach Kay Yow to raise awareness for breast cancer On Feb. 15. The atmosphere was not one filled with sadness of the passing of Kay Yow, but one of excitement and celebration: a celebration of a life that had touched many lives at N.C. State and beyond. Breast cancer survivors, students, former players, faculty and many more came out to help make the event one that will go down as one of the most memorable here at N.C. State.
Many African-American people are skeptical about attending public events with people of the same ethnic group in order to have a good time with friends or family. “Why is this?” you may ask. Well we have all heard the saying, “black people do not know how to act when they get together.” Every time black people get together either at a cook out, a wedding, a funeral, or even in church, something ruthless is bound to happen. Why can’t African-Americans get together and do something positive? We are the only race with which so much controversy resides. Blacks need to stop trying to hold each other back, stop beating each other down, and try to lift each other up. We all know our history and we already know how people tried to keep us down as a race in the past. We need to rise above all negativity and make a change.
The First Amendment is widely thought to be perhaps the most important right guaranteed by the United States Constitution. What is and is not covered by the First Amendment has been a key point of debate in deciding how to handle the recent incidents with the Free Expression Tunnel. A right to free speech figures into almost all of the freedoms that Americans enjoy. Whether it is expressing political views, or expressing artistically free speech in the form of music, paintings, or movies, freedom of expression, is an important right. However, not all speech, whether symbolic or spoken, is legally protected. Speech that would possibly and unnecessarily cause harm to others (such as screaming fire in a crowded building when there was in reality no fire) is not protected, child pornography is not protected, and nor is speech that is judged to be ‘obscene.’
Immaculate, idyllic and inspiring; these are the perfect words to describe the “Men of Honor,” and the participants of the Third Annual Mr. Crimson and Cream Scholarship Pageant, held on Feb. 13. The pageant was hosted by the ladies of the Mu Omicron Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and held in the Talley Student Center Ballroom. The reception began with a live band providing a smooth, mellow atmosphere, along with beautiful flower arrangements, candles and sweet refreshments. To start off the pageant hosts, Colleen Gillis and Justin Ratliff, both seniors in sociology, introduced the panel of judges and participants.
African-American Fashion Fair: The African-American Textile Society explores The Evolution of Black Fashion
In honor of Black History month, the African-American Textile Society hosted its first African-American Fashion Fair Feb. 12. The show was an excellent display of just how creative and fashion savvy N.C. State’s textile and fashion students are. The friendly competition was similar to the pageants fraternities and sororities often hold according to Stefan Ashford, a junior in French and fashion textile management. Ashford said the show is pretty much a competition of who is “the flyest in black fashion on campus.” Five contestants were judged by a panel of three AATS members. The focal point and theme of the competition was to demonstrate the evolution of black fashion from the 1800′s until today. Upon entering the Textile Convocation Room one could notice the visual timeline setup in the back of the room. The timeline started in the far right corner of the room with the fashions of post-Civil War America and ended with the fashions of today in the far left corner with a classy, retro feel. The purpose of the timeline was to visually demonstrate the impact African-Americans have had in fashion over the last 200 years.
As a writer for the Mind Body and Soul section of the Nubian Message, my motive is to encourage the African-American community to engage in research to understand the natural world. These are the reasons why I have written on several topics such as the raw food diet, detoxification of the body, super foods, etc. African-Americans are dying at increasing rates due to complications of high blood pressure, cancer and various other afflictions as compared to their counterparts. According to a pamphlet from Americanheart.org, a Website that provides information on heart disease for minorities, “Blacks are 1.5 times more likely to die from heart disease and 1.8 times more likely to experience a fatal stroke than whites.” It is a duty for the black community to research and find ways to prevent these fatal diseases and help their conditions in order to hopefully prolong the lives of many people. We as a people rely too much on our doctors who sometimes may not have our best interests at hand. I also believe that a portion of African-Americans simply do not care about their health they exemplify apathy in health care because they believe the conditions are hereditary and inevitable. With attitudes like these, no wonder African-Americans are the majority ethnic group stricken with these illnesses. There are some cases of illnesses like cancer, obesity, and heart disease that are genetic and that the possibilities of preventing these diseases that occur later in life are slim to none.
In February of 2007, the North Carolina statewide conference of the NAACP created the motto “we need a movement and not a moment.” This was in response to the social injustice taking place not just in Wake County, but also in North Carolina. According to naacp.ubernc.com, the Historic Thousands on Jones Street was created as “a call by the North Carolina NAACP to the progressive and civil rights community.”
Welcoming a New Tradition: Derek Oxendine is selected as the Assistant Director for Native American Student Affairs
For years students and alumni have appeased Student Affairs administrators about splitting what was once a joint position for Hispanic and Native American Affairs into two separate entities. Within the past year, their efforts were heard and the funding was approved, just before the economy took a turn for the worse. Dr. Tom Stafford fully supported the Assistant Director of Native American Affairs specifically because in years past, the former director Brett Locklear found himself torn amongst two very different populations. He too felt that the students would be better served if each group had its own director. During this transitional period, Locklear was granted a new administrative position within the graduate school. This was just the catalyst MultiCultural Student Affairs needed to begin a search committee in November 2008. Although, MSA was granted full funding for the salary of the new hire, their was a since of urgency in that if money was constantly being cut from the Student Affairs budget, there was a concern that the position would have to be offset. The hope for this position is to further engage Native students within leadership, scholarship and retain them until their graduation. Often times, native students come from small, tribal communities where all they tend to interact with are each other. Thus, attending NC State can prove to be a huge challenge for this small but potentially successful group of people. By filling void in their academic careers, the university has a firm understanding of the challenges and has a vested interest in furthering diversity efforts and maximizing their success. The committee met and retained over 80 applications; phone interviewed nine candidates and then invited four to campus for personal interviews and presentations about a given topic for the student body and offices throughout campus.
Through the decades of the twentieth century, and heading into the twenty-first century, the way people have approached the realms of romantic relationships have evolved. In the early twentieth century, the main focus for people was finding a marriage partner and starting a family. As the years have passed by, people have become less concerned with marriage, and other things like divorce, interracial relationships, and same-sex relationships have come into play. Along with these factors came one huge entity that seemed to draw everyone together: The Internet.
If you have not already noticed, though it is exceedingly difficult to ignore, Valentine’s Day is coming up. February 14, also known as SAD (Singles Awareness Day), is the miserable day of exchanging tokens of affection. Do you realize that the initials for this dreaded holiday is V.D., which stands for venereal disease? Coincidence? I think not. I am not cynical because I am alone (in fact, I am not alone). I am skeptical because Valentine’s Day shouldn’t “make-up” for the other 364 days of the year. Every day should be a shower of love and appreciation.
Last Wednesday, Barack Obama put a $500,000 salary cap on executives of companies receiving federal bail-out money. The Associated Press described it as “an unusual government intervention in corporate America,” and it is. Normally, corporate America seems to get whatever it wants – at the taxpayer’s expense and with no oversight at all.
The arrival of the month of February means the arrival of Black History Month, when the African-American community and the United States as a whole join together to celebrate the historic achievements of African-Americans. For many at this college it surely leads to the question: What is the history of African-Americans at North Carolina State? About three years ago, the University held a yearlong celebration of the admittance of the first four black undergraduate students at N.C. State. This accomplishment was certainly a big step in the struggle towards equal rights here, but it is only one chapter in a long battle of allowing African-Americans to be educated here.
Growing up Mexican American in predominantly African-American and Caucasian Durham, NC definitely had its advantages and disadvantages for Irene Godinez. Though her parents emphasized their Mexican American culture, Godinez admits to not be able to completely identify with the idea of growing up in a Hispanic neighborhood. Her first exposure to Hispanics of different nationalities did not occur until her college years when she transferred to N.C. State. From this initial exposure blossomed her desire to form an organization that would not only assist and uplift the Latino community but also establish a network of friends. Some opposition came from the Hispanic community, “You can’t assume there is instant solidarity and instabond just because we share the same language or sometimes culture.” Godinez acknowledges that she was a shy person and forming instant friendships was difficult, however from her announcement at a Mi Familia meeting regarding formation of a Latina sorority stemmed the Rho chapter of Lambda Pi Chi.
Valentine’s Day is traditionally known for the emphasis on those who have that special person to adore and show how much they care. Whether it is by roses, chocolate, flowers, or something even more special and intimate, those in love show each other how they enjoy the feeling. Of course, to get to this point you must find that other half to enjoy it with. For some people, the actual work to find that person isn’t as difficult as those on television make it seem. It’s hilarious and disappointing to see how the concept of “love” has been turned into a carnival act on many VH1 shows.