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Wednesday, Aug. 27, the African American Cultural Center (AACC) welcomed new students and old into the building that has become a second home to most of N.C. State’s African American population. This open house introduced students to the vibrant, active cultural side of African American campus life. Not only did students meet faculty members, but they also became acquainted with committed students, as the presidents of several different organizations lined the floor of the stage in the Washington Sankofa Room in Witherspoon.
Thursday, Aug. 28, was not just a night to be remembered throughout the world as marking the 45th anniversary of the illustrious “I have a Dream” speech; but rather, a night that commemorated that beloved speech with Senator Barack Obama, the first African American male to accept his nomination for presidential candidacy from Denver, Colorado. To enhance the student perspective of this election, the members of the Mu Omicron Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta were also in attendance.
The Beta chapter of Theta Nu Xi Multicultural Sorority Inc. in conjunction with Drumstrong hosted Drum Circle: Beating Cancer Thursday August 28th in the Bragaw Activity Room to bring a variety of students together and raise cancer awareness.
Since this is the start of Hispanic Heritage Month, a very important question that has been asked many times before is resurfacing. This question has been asked of Black History Month, Women’s History Month, and, in fact, all of the months in general. Should these months dedicated to the strong history and heritage of different groups of people exist?
How black is “too black?” How does one know if they are not “black enough?” Does race completely define how someone should act? These questions of personal identity have been with me for quite sometime and I have recently decided to create my own meaning to them. People always say “Be yourself” and “Be comfortable in your own skin” but sometimes society makes it hard to fit the skin you’re in. Family, friends, the media and etc. have influenced our perception of what being black is. I believe some of these ideas have hurt more than they helped. Those people we do not understand we tend to push away and force them to seek comfort somewhere else.
The shootings at Wolf Village this summer were a shock to many students and staff, which resulted in felony charges for two NC State students and serious injuries to two guests. These claims were followed up by more charges against the students including gang ties and allegations of drug dealing. The criminal activity was an unfortunate precursor to the beginning of fall classes, but was not the only example of out of place illegal behavior on a college campus.
After Solange Knowles released her very first album, “Solostar,” it was deemed a failed attempt at trying to step out of the shadow of her famous sister, Beyoncé Knowles. However, she has returned with a sophomore album “Sol-Angel and the Hadley St. Dreams” that has a psychedelic feel, and, in my opinion, is lyrically, beautiful. She enlisted the help of big names in the industry such as the Neptunes, and Cee-Lo to create this retro work of art. It seems that Sol-Angel has truly found her voice by taking the reins of her career.
Springfield, Massachusetts is the home of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. In the game that, legendary, Dr. James Naismith created in 1891, which has evolved into a culture, an understanding, and a way to communicate across many nations, many will play, but only a select few will ever make it to be immortalized in this legendary hall. Recently, some new and well-deserved faces were inducted into the Hall for their many accomplishments in the game. While seven individuals were inducted, four will get recognition in this article.
Higher education-education beyond the grade school years-has been in existence for many years; people have used it to further their careers, to network with various people, to develop creativity and talent in various areas of life, and the list goes on. At different points in time in our nation’s history, including many people, especially the minority populations, really had to endure many struggles and hardships to be able to attain a higher level education. Now we have the resources and tools to become more educationally successful than ever. The question is this: In this day and time, are we really tapping into the resources that allow us to get involved with higher education?
Raw food has recently gained popularity among those who are looking for a lifestyle change. Though it may seem like one of those “new fad diets”, it has been around for many years. Raw food, when compared to that of cooked food, has many benefits in transforming the body into a healthy one. Here are the reasons why raw food is beneficial.
New name, new purpose: Office for Diversity and African American Affairs changes name to include more students
As of July 1st, what was formally known as the Office for Diversity and African American Affairs was renamed to suit a larger group of students and staff and is now the Office for Diversity and Inclusion.
With another year of school starting up, students all over campus are preparing to tackle the challenges of college life with the hopes they can improve from last year. Some of these students are preparing to address issues that not only affect themselves, but the student organizations that they lead with hopes that their organizations will have a hand in positively affecting, not only the students and faculty of NC State, but, their community as well.
Last year was a good year, but this year has to be better. Last year was filled with many great programs and activities, especially in the African American community. However, as great as these programs were, not very many were as successful as they should have been. There is a great need for more participation from the African American community, particularly Black males, in the programs that are done for us. Last year had a great start, just like the start of this year, with many new freshmen willing to get involved in our organizations. But hopefully unlike last year, this willingness will not die off as the year progresses, leading to too many empty seats in programs, and clubs suddenly searching for lost members. There needs to be a change from last year, more Black students need to be actively working in their own community.
What does an event need to guarantee a big turn out? Just combine three elements; live entertainment, free food and close proximity and students are sure to pack the house. It’s true especially when the location is right at Lee Field on campus, the free food includes everything from steak subs to funnel cake, and the main performer for the live entertainment is none other than 90s R&B male super group, Boyz II Men. This year, the Union Activities Board (UAB) used these elements to host their annual Friday Fest to an overwhelming success. In case you missed it and no one has truly broken down the details of the evening, here are some of the events’ highlights and low lights.
African American Cultural Center Reading Room provides access and insight to African American literature
Do you know there is a reading room featuring a myriad of books by African American writers right here on campus? This is a very special room that has many readings from the African American race, and it is waiting for you to grace it with your presence.
What is passion? The definition I found for the word passion in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary is: “a moving of the mind or soul; excitement of the feelings, whether pleasing or painful; disturbance or agitation of mind caused by a specific exciting cause and manifested by some sensible effect on the body.” Is there anything in life that excites you and makes you want to pursue it in an effort to better yourself and others around you? Whatever it is, please do not let go of your passion.