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The top actors and actresses will all be gathering together to honor the greatest films of 2008 to early 2009 and all movie fanatics will tune in to see if their favorite films of the year will receive recognition or win in a category at the 81st Annual Academy Awards Sunday, Feb. 22. While there are many movies and categories to name, there were a few films that repeatedly received nominations and media buzz before they were even released; and they smashed the box-office on their opening days. These select few were expected to receive nominations or Oscars way before the nomination list was presented.
Platanos & Collard Greens is an Off Broadway hit play that came to Stewart Theatre here on campus. The Union Activities Board Diversity Committee hosted this dynamic event on Tuesday, Feb. 3 and there was a considerable amount of students, staff and faculty, and general public attendees. This romantic comedic play told the story of Freeman, an African-American man, and Angelita, a Latino woman. During this play, both Freeman and Angelita were forced to confront and overcome cultural and racial prejudices. Many of the stereotypical views that individuals have about Latinos and African-Americans were addressed in this play. In defending their bond for family and friendships, Freeman and Angelita both had to go against all the adversity that was thrown their way. Platanos & Collard Greens is a play that should, without a doubt, remind everyone of their own family, their true love, and their life as a whole.
Valentine’s Day is swiftly approaching and with the constant stress of the economic crisis, many couples are wondering exactly what they are going to give their boyfriends or girlfriends this year. Giving gifts is a must in a society where Valentine’s Day is filled with pressure. If one does not give their lover something special then they will most likely be faced with consequences. Of course shopping for females can be relatively easy and not quite expensive with stuffed teddy bears, store-bought flower bouquets and boxed chocolates readily available. Guys, on the other hand are quite difficult to shop for and may be the most expensive for gift giving. With only a few days left to figure out the perfect gift, here are some suggestions for gifts under $30.
Lions and tigers and Chinese dragons, oh my! This year’s Asia Nite, a cultural event that showcases skits and performances from Asian organizations on campus and from around the Triangle, featured the theme “Follow the Yellow Brick Road.” Students from UNC, Duke, ECU, and UNC-Charlotte came to partake in the event, which harks the Wizard of Oz. “Even though we’re better in basketball and, well, everything,” boasts UNC student David Chuong, “You guys do have Asia Nite. You [are] all right.”
Black history month was set aside for African-Americans to celebrate their culture and history, but when I analyze the month, it appears to me to be the most uncelebrated cultural commemoration during the year. Some people may have chosen to not be educated on black history; however, most high schools around America do not teach black history. They may do small things like mention Harriet Tubman, George Washington Carver, and Martin Luther King Jr., but they fail to talk about Malcolm X, Henry P. Newton, or other African-American activists that stood up for what they believed in. Teachers seem to dance around black history, but love to go in depth about how they should be proud to be American. They love to talk about George Washington, Abraham Lincoln (who by the way only freed slaves in the North), and Thomas Jefferson, who wrote the Declaration of Independence, into their lessons. They only educate us as far back as slavery, and do not go back into the history where African-Americans were kings and queens.
In a world of perfection, unified thought and theory, similar traits and qualities would be embodied by all. People would never have to worry about confrontation and disagreement on world issues like politics and other controversial topics that tend to weigh heavily on the strong beliefs of all parties involved within a debate. At a national perspective such topics rear their heads during the election process, like abortion, and gay marriage. At N.C. State, some of the same issues arise, but not as often as social politics, amongst various groups and organizations. Will they ever be resolved or are we forced to believe that life in the “real world” is much like the itemized version of controversial issues we experience right here at school. This article will serve as part of a series that will reflect upon new or unaddressed issues for the remainder of the semester. I will reflect any reported issue to readers to actively engage students within the University dynamic with issues that matter. I seek to stimulate, involve and interact with readers who have a response and would like to rebut the issue or merely report feedback.
The United States is known as the land of the free. We were established with the words “equality” and “the pursuit of happiness” in mind. Even though these strong words are a part of our doctrine, unfortunately, they do not apply to a large population of people. Today we celebrate the diversity that was not embraced during the times of our Founding Fathers. In the present we not only have black history month, but also Asian Pacific American heritage month, National Hispanic heritage month, and Native American heritage month. While engaging in the history of these cultures, I have come across others asking the question “Why don’t we have a White History Month or White Heritage Day?”
“The Presidential Sweet,” the Miss Kappa Xi Scholarship pageant began around 7:11 p.m. in Witherspoon Cinema Wednesday, Jan. 28. Also known as the Miss Diamond Scholarship pageant, it is an opportunity for young women to introduce their talents to individuals in their own creative way. The five contestants were introduced to the audience with the song “Diva,” by Beyonce, playing loudly in the background. They all came strutting their stuff in stylish black dresses-exemplifying their diva demeanors. The combination of beauty, brains, and personality shined as brightly as a diamond for all of the N.C. State world to gaze and value.
A group formerly known as the National Negro Committee opened their first conference in New York City, Feb. 12, 1909. The conference was founded under widespread instances of racial discrimination and hatred that occurred frequently throughout the nation. Among the participants of the conference included some of the organizations founders and also some of the most influential figures in African-American history: William English Walling, Mary White Ovington, W.E.B. DuBois, Ida B. Wells, and Mary Church Terrell. According to a testimonial written by Ovington on the NAACP’s website, the conference recognized the ills of racial discrimination running rampant across the country, even after the Emancipation Proclamation. Its call to order was to recognize the importance of civil, social, and political rights for all.
Now, President Barack Obama’s inauguration was undoubtedly one of the most historical moments in American history, and probably the most significant moment that our generation has seen to date; however, while President Obama’s inauguration holds tremendous historical significance, it is not, by itself, a turning point for this country. It should be understood that that moment alone will not bring change to the people of this country. It is clear that the new president understands this concept: in his speech he promised to go to work, starting on his first full day in office, and make political moves to bring change to the people of this country. From his inaugural address, it was clear that Obama sought to work as a unifier in this time of great need. He made this clear when he addressed all people. In his speech, he mentioned people from all walks of life in America, rich and poor, people of different races and ethnic backgrounds, people of different religions, and even a group that has been long overlooked: the non-believers. With his speech, he gave the people great hope that finally change would be delivered from a president that is clearly concerned with the wellbeing of his nation. In his first full week in office, Obama has been working diligently, and has already done a great job in trying to bring change to the people.
Being a black student in college itself is hard, but most believe that being at a predominately white college or university adds a different element to the equation. But is this really true? A report released to MSNBC by the government said that “more than three times as many black people live in prison cells as in college dorms.” If you take a look around at the average class here on campus, you will find that there are only a handful of black students in each class. There are no colleges or universities that are segregated by racial boundaries; therefore, every individual is allowed to attend the college or university of their choice. So what makes a black person choose to attend a predominately white college or university? When people are looking to attend a certain college or university, the foremost aspect that they should look at is curriculum. After the list institutions have been narrowed down, it is then time to focus on location, size, diversity, distance, cost, and other aspects.
Behind the lens to center focus: First African American Female Photographer in the White House visits N.C. State
Sharon Farmer, former White House photographer during the eight year Clinton-Gore administration and personal photographer for the Clinton family, gave a lecture on her life experiences from radical college student to artist photography to dynamic lecturer. Jan. 26 at 5 p.m. in Brooks Hall Gallery, an open reception was held for Farmer. During the reception, nearly 30 photographs of Farmer’s work throughout the years were unveiled and opened for public display. The exhibit will remain open and visual from now until Feb. 7. Following the reception, Farmer gave a lecture at Burns Auditorium in Kamphoefner Hall at 6 p.m..The event was free and open to the general public and all those interested in her life journey as a female African-American photographer in the White House.
When we think of tea, what normally comes to mind? Is it the brand name, Lipton’s? Or is it caffeine? Or is it the use of the warmth of the hot tea in soothing sore throats? I’m sure other ideas related to tea pop into your head too. Many people tend to think of tea as just an alternative to coffee or hot chocolate or even cider; however, it is more than just another hot drink option. There are some qualities about tea that are taken into consideration when dealing with issues surrounding health and wellness.
A group of 25 students, faculty and staff comprise the Campus Culture Task Force Committee. On Nov. 18, 2008 Chancellor Oblinger formed this committee right after hate speech graffiti was written in The Free Expression Tunnel on Nov. 5, right after President Barack Obama’s victory in the 2008 Presidential Election. After four students wrote racist remarks to express their non-support for President Obama, the administration was forced to take action in mandating new strategies that would protect the University from what some considered threats to the campus environment. After a full federal investigation was completed, officials concluded that these students posed no real threat to President Obama. Although, they were released from federal charges, students were not satisfied with the notion that people could write such hate-filled remarks and not be reprimanded, especially when their target was the new president. After campus leaders and students rallied together to pressure campus administration to answer their luring questions of concern, it was then decided that the incident could not be dealt with overnight. The University mandated a plethora of faculty and students to comprise a committee. The committee is made up of three sub-categories that will all address the questions and concerns of students in regards to the Nov. 5 incident.
Living the dream through service: Students team up with middle school students for 2009 MLK Service Challenge
A group of Ligon Middle School students eagerly raced to the top of the stairs of the Talley Student Center to participate in the the ninth annual Martin Luther King Service Challenge Saturday. Going on its third year of teamwork, Ligon GT Magnet Middle School and the N.C. State Center for Student Leadership, Ethics and Public Service (CSLEPS) joined forces once again in hopes that the Ligon Middle School students, most who are of minority and come from low income households, would learn the true meaning of teamwork, leadership, and service ethics. Edom Jones, director and overseer of College Prepatory Success (CPS) and Mike Giancola, director and overseer of CSLEPS, joined together once again for their third year, this time on N.C. state campus, with the sole purpose of making sure each middle school participant was given the opportunity to give service back to the community and have exposure to a college environment while honoring the legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
In this day and age, we as a generation have tried to ease the pain of the past from ourselves and others. Sometimes this means poking fun at some of the past events that were looked upon years ago as horrendous. I’ve heard many people making jokes about enslavement and hangings. We also make jokes about each others backgrounds. We call ourselves “nigga” or “wetback” and try to make light of the words. We sometimes try to justify it as endearing or “turning it around” to make it cool. The truth is that that these words came about because of hate. These words were never meant to have a good connotation.