To All My Nubian Brothers and Sisters,
It is nearly impossible to have ties to the Afrikan American Cultural Center at N.C.State and not have memorized the African proverb, “Until the Lion has his own historian, tales of the hunt will always glorify the hunter.” For the past 21 years, the Nubian Message has been the standalone voice for lions on our campus. Though the job has not been an easy one, I am honored that bestowed upon me for the past two years was the responsibility of telling the Lion’s Tale as editor-in-chief of the Nubian Message.
Stepping into the position, one of my greatest concerns was making sure that in my absence, the paper would still be sustainable. Until recently, my idea of sustainability meant an abundance of reporters and photographers on staff, all of whom had an immense interest in journalism. Though that would be nice, I think more important still is a staff that understands the importance of the Lion’s Tale. A staff that understands why the Nubian Message is needed on campus, is willing to work to keep it alive and is committed to making sure that the voices of lions are not muffled or silenced. While the importance of this will be lost on some, I know without a doubt that on my current staff, there are a select few who not only understand, but are ready to carry forward the original intent of the paper, one such person being my successor, Chris Hart-Williams.
To watch as the Nubian Message has blossomed into the publication that it is now, and even better, to see people like Chris, not only appreciate my love for the Nubian Message, but develop a love for it too, has been an amazing experience. Though some nights it seemed like production of the paper would never end, I can’t think of a better way that I could have spent my time.
Thanks to the Nubian Message I have forged many relationships and learned some important lessons. I’ve learned that when the going gets tough, you’ve got to buckle down and see things through. I’ve learned to acquire a taste for coffee ( its a great substitute for sleep) and regrettably, I’ve also learned that not everyone you start with will be there to celebrate victory with you at the finish.
At my weakest points, I have been inspired by the story of Tony Williamson, the founding editor of the Nubian Message. Throughout this journey, it has been my personal mission to keep his legacy alive through my work at the Nubian and moving forward, I will forever carry a little piece of the the Tony Spirit with me.
Though more times than not this role has proven to be a challenge, my love for the Nubian Message, its history and what it stands for has always kept me motivated. To the Nubian Message, I have literally given my blood, sweat and tears, but even still, to me, it has given double in return. I will forever be grateful for this opportunity and hope that I have somehow impacted not only it, but the lions of this campus, for the better.
Apr 09 2014
This unsigned editorial is the opinion of the Nubian Message’s editorial board, and is the responsibility of the editor-in-chief.
The acceptance rate for African American students at N.C. State remains at an all time low. Black students have felt racially profiled by campus police while eating lunch in the Atrium. Students have received hate group propaganda in their residence halls, disturbing their peace of mind and sense of security. Events meant to celebrate our legacy at N.C. State have been snatched away.
These occurrences have all taken place within the last two years, yet people still ask the question, “Why do we need the Nubian Message?”
We need the Nubian Message because without it, all of these instances would continue to be swept under the rug. The Nubian Message is here to make sure that issues of importance to Black students and members of the Black Community receive the media coverage they deserve.
Malcolm X once said, “The media is the most powerful entity on the Earth. They have the power to make the innocent guilty and the guilty innocent, and that’s power. Because, they control the minds of the masses.”
We already know the power of the pen, our Black hand and most importantly, knowledge of who and whose we are. Within the pages of each weekly Nubian Message we are presented with the opportunity to tell OUR story. As the Black Media Voice on campus we hold the power to write our own legacy.
This is why we need the Nubian Message.
Kierra Leggett | Editor-in-Chief
New data from the Office of Institutional Research and Planning shows that the number of African-American applicants accepted to the University for Fall 2014 has increased. In 2013, 493 African-American applicants were accepted, 45 fewer applicants than the number accepted for 2014. This increase in numbers has taken the acceptance rate of Black students from 20 percent to 25 percent.
Last semester, members of the African American Student Advisory Council formed an Action Team in response to the 20 percent acceptance rate, an all time low. Alex Pitts, AASAC Junior Class Representative and a member of the Acceptance Rate Action Team thinks that the combined efforts of AASAC and the Action Team likely contributed to the increase, but that it is going to require more work still. “The progress we have made I think is evident,” said Pitts. “ We’re definitely making an impact but its going to take some time for it to increase.”
In November, the Acceptance Rate Action Team decided on high school outreach, campus involvement of African American students beyond Pan Afrikan week, and higher student attendance at non-social AASAC events as ways to work toward increasing the acceptance rate of African American students at NC State. The team has been committed to these goals, with some members visiting their high schools over spring break to attract new African American students
According to Dr. Tracey Ray, Assistant Vice Provost of Student Diversity, these same types of efforts need to be made to encourage accepted Black students to attend the university. “I really encourage anyone who knows someone who has been accepted to reach out to them,” said Dr. Ray.
In 2013, 493 Black students were accepted into the university; however, only 215 enrolled. Of the 538 Black students who were accepted this year, only 71 are intended to enroll. Of the more than 7,000 White freshman that were accepted into the university in 2013, nearly half enrolled for the fall semester.
This year, there were 20,236 total applicants to the university– nearly 1500 less than last year. This represents a nationwide trend, according to The Star Ledger. In an article published in January, Kelly Heyboer reported that U.S. colleges have a smaller pool of applicants to choose from as the select student for 2014-2015 school year.
Aaron Jones | Staff Writer
The Talley Ballroom made to accommodate 1200 guests looked spacious in comparison to the small crowd of some 50 students and faculty members who attended the Rally for Talley, Friday. The rally, organized in response to the sudden cancellation of the Pan Afrikan concert featuring Migos and Pusha T, featured open-minded dialogue and provided students with a forum to express their frustrations.
Among those students was Dechia Adesegun, Black Students Board (BSB) Chair. “That concert is not the reason you all are here today,” said Adesegun. “The concert was just a segway into the overarching issues we have with the N.C. State Administration from the African-American community.” Adesegun, along with other members of BSB, were responsible for the planning of the Pan Afrikan concert and other Pan Afrikan events, however, she, nor other members of BSB were included in initial meetings about the cancellation of the concert. Students in agreeance with Adesegun placed tape over their mouth at the rally to represent the silencing of their voices.
Friday’s rally drew in reporters from ABC 11 News and support from several student leaders from the Afrikan American Student Advisory Council (AASAC), Student Government and the LGBT center as well.
Marshall Anthony, Chairperson for AASAC, and Amira Alexander, BSB Second Vice Chair, sat center stage for a majority of the event, both addressing questions and concerns. Anthony suggested that students and administrators could build better partnerships by meeting on a regular basis. “Student organizations have to do our part in being consistent and showing the administration that we care about issues across the board,” said Anthony. “We care about social issues like the concert, but we also care about academic and professional issues.”
In an interview with WNCN News Alexander said, “Pan-Afrikan week is a 44th annual event. We do this every year as a celebration of the African-American culture and it’s like you are purposely destroying that culture by saying we’re yanking this event out.”
During the rally, African-American students discussed challenges encountered at a PWI and instances that they have felt distressed and uncomfortable here at N.C. State. “I feel challenged to find my place,” said one attendee. “When I walk in to my classes I don’t see anyone that looks like me. I feel as though I have to work twice as hard and be twice as cognizant of everything I do, what I say, and how I convey myself, things that others may not feel as pressured to think about.”
N.C. State Vice Provost of Student Leadership & Engagement, Mike Giancola, attended the rally and addressed several questions regarding factors that led to the concert cancellation. According to Giancola, Student Involvement staff was made aware of the Migos shooting on Wed. April 2. A meeting was held that afternoon.“Things happened so quickly,” said Giancola. “We didn’t know what happened in Miami, or the motivations of the people that shot. It was from that frame of mind that the recommendation was that we not continue the concert,” he said.
Giancola said information of gang affiliation came from campus police and that it was “their recommendation that they didn’t feel like it was safe.” According to campus police, the same protocol is used to assess the risks factors for every event. Despite this, Pusha T denied any affiliations with a gang from his official Twitter account on April 3 tweeting “@NCState can u pls stop with the gang affiliation rumors?”
In a meeting that took place on Monday afternoon Adesegun, along with other student leaders and administration met to discuss the situation. “The main issue that came across was opening up the lines of communication,” said Adesegun. “We want the African-American community to know that we can’t just speak about problems amongst ourselves, but with people with more power on the university level. The administration is respectful and they’ll hear us out.”
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