Alfred Anderson | Staff Writer
Football players at Northwestern University in Chicago, Ill. have been added to payroll.
The decision made by the National Labor Relations Board of Chicago could have a monumental impact on college sports.
Traditionally, student-athletes have been just that. Each year talented high school athletes are scouted and chosen to receive scholarships to pay for their education at some of the top institutions in American. A select few such as the football players at Northwestern University receive the opportunity to participate in competitive sports as a part of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).
Schools are able to earn copious amounts of money on athletes. Some call this an exploitation of college athletes. In college football, schools and conferences make millions of dollars using athletes for just TV Deals, appearances in annual bowl games and sponsorship deals.
Schools also use images of players to promote ticket sales, merchandise such as game day guides and other memorabilia. Often times, schools even sell the jerseys with the numbers of their most most popular players.
Northwestern football players, lead by former quarterback Kain Colter went to the National Labor Relations Board with the demands they wanted with the university. They were granted the right to form a union and pursue collective bargaining, recognizing them as employees of the university.
The board took into consideration that the football players devote 40 to 50 hours a week, which include frequent traveling for road games, and meetings.
Taking it a step forward, Northwestern also had guidelines that players had to follow, freshman and sophomore football players are required to love on campus, and players must provide information about their cars, their living arrangements and any employment that falls outside of their athletic and academic duties. Posts on their social media websites are also closely monitored and restricted.
Scholarship athletes at Northwestern will be granted the opportunity to vote on whether or not to unionize. Even if a union is elected to be formed, there will still be kinks that will have to be ironed out and questions that will have to be answered…including questions regarding what rights and benefits the players will be able to earn along with the role of the NCAA in the formation of the union. Regardless, this ruling is a landmark decision in the world of college sports, which could influence collegiate athletes from around the country to form unions and fight for more rights and benefits against the NCAA as they aim to have successful academic and athletic careers.
N.C. State Track and Field Athlete Breaks Record
Alfred Anderson | Staff Writer
Earlier this month, at the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships, in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Nicole Chavis set a new school record for the indoor weight throw with a throw of 69’08.00”. Chavis, a N.C. State sophomore broke the record she set just two weeks prior at the ACC Indoor Track and Field Championships.
Chavis’ sixth place finish is the highest finish ever by a N.C. State student athlete in the indoor weight throw. As a result, Chavis was named a first-team All-American, becoming the first student-athlete in program history to earn such honors.
Chavis, who has two majors: Criminology and Anthropology and two minors: Forensics and Political Science, looks forward to continuing her success this spring during the outdoor track and field season in which she will participate in both the hammer throw and the discus throw. As far as the future goes, Chavis has not ruled out participating in the Olympics. Though “I’m not currently training for the Olympics, but I would love the chance to represent the Wolfpack at the most competitive level that there is and to represent my Country if the chance presented itself, “ said Chavis. “Anything is possible.”
Nubian Message: When did you begin to participate in track and field?
Chavis: I began to participate in track my freshman year of high school, about 7 years ago. I was a 3 sport athlete in middle school (volleyball, basketball and softball) and planned to do those three in high school as well. After basketball season I was going to try out for softball but most of my teammates were trying out on the track team and talked me into trying out for track; so I did, I was rough around the edges but a natural.
NM: To what do you attribute all of your success and accomplishments?
Chavis: I owe all of my success to God foremost, my parents, coach, teammates and my work ethic. My parents have always pushed me to do things that were beneficial, especially my education. My parents laid the rules out in middle school, [they told me] “School first, sports second; if we see your grades slipping, sports would become a thing of the past.” So before a basketball, volleyball, or a throwing instrument was touch school work was done! My coaches and teammates are a great support system also, they’ve believed in me at times when I couldn’t believe in myself, and we all push each other to do better. My work ethic is the only thing that I can say I credit myself for; every second of everyday of my life is accounted for. Not only am I on the track team, I picked up another major and two minors and I have three jobs. So my work ethic has been a major part of my life, time management is key.
NM: What made you decide to attend N.C. State?
Chavis: I decided to attend N.C. State because of the official visit that I had back in my senior year of high school. Everyone was so welcoming, the school had the major I wanted and [North Carolina] was one of my top choices. I came and saw the team dynamic and the throwers made me feel especially welcome to join them in pursing my collegiate career, their throwing distances were a plus also! Staying close to home and my parents’ opinion was a factor in my decision as well.
NM: How was your trip to Albuquerque, N.M. for the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships?
Chavis: Besides the jet lag, my trip to New Mexico was great. I got to experience different cultures and explore a great state. I also enjoyed throwing in the National level with great athletes, you have to throw well to not be embarrassed and represent your school.
NM: How did it feel to become the first student-athlete at N.C. State to be named a NCAA first team All-American in the indoor weight throw?
Chavis: It feels great to become the first student-athlete at N.C. State to be named a NCAA first team All-American in the indoor weight throw. Honestly I didn’t know of the accomplishment until the media coordinator of NCSU athletics told me this, I was/am very proud of myself, and hope to not only go back to Nationals but to place higher than I did this year.
NM: You set an N.C. State record for the Indoor Weight Throw during the ACC Conference Championships (68’ 8.75”). Were you surprised that just two weeks later, during the NCAA Championships, you set another record (69’08.00”), breaking the one that you previously set?
Chavis: I was really surprised to have broken my record again. I wanted to PR (to get a new personal record) at this meet especially because it was Nationals. When I let the weight go in the throw that broke my record again, it felt horrible, like I missed so many of my spots in the turn, and almost scratched it until I heard my teammate (Trem) yelling and my coach (Wood) saying “Go out the back!” I almost scratched the best throw of my life.
They’re Not All Good, but Not All Bad Either
Caila Holley | Staff Writer
As a Preachers kid or PK, I find comparisons of myself to the kids seen on television shows such as “Preacher’s Daughters” demeaning. I also do not like be called a “brat” or the common misconception that as a PK I’m wild and off the wall. For some reason, PKs tend to be categorized as one group of people that really needs Jesus. However, those of us who identify as Christians would argue that we all do.
Not many people know what goes on behind closed doors at a preacher’s home and how family business really works. From first hand experience I can say that behind that door is not a perfect family, but then again, no one has a perfect family.
I come from a family of ministers, preachers, elders, bishops, and any other office you can name in church. My father has been a preacher for my entire life. Just last year, my mother began preaching. Spirituality has always been important in our household and there is not one single family occasion that I can recall not ending with family prayer. Even though the old saying goes, “A family that prays together, stays together,” like any other family, we have disagreements and argue.
Though most get it wrong, I will admit that the best media depiction of a preacher’s family, or at least for me, has been exemplified on the show “Run’s House.” Like Rev Run’s children, I was given some freedom in my upbringing and was not forced to be saved, (accept Jesus as my personal savior). I was given the information and environment (I was forced to go to church) to make the decision for myself. I was allowed to go to parties and I even listened to old school rap with my father, who was once a DJ in New York and passed his love of music on to me. My father always made it a point to teach me about the world outside of church, so that I would be aware and learn the truth.
The best way that I can put it is that I was raised in the freedom of Christianity. I was always taught to question what people called rules and scripture by using the Bible. I was made to understand that if God said it, he meant it, if the Bible did not imply or say that it was wrong, chances are, it was made up by someone (i.e. wearing red in church).
Though I have seen other PKs act wild and rebellious, I cannot say that their behavior is in direct correlation to their PK status. If anything, these behavioral issues may have to do with a lack of attention given to them by their parents.
Biologically, I am an only child; however, many people at church seem to think that my parents are also their parents. As the child of a preacher, it can be quite frustrating and awkward when your parent is constantly being pulled in many different directions.
Thankfully, my parents always found a way to create a good balance, and still do. As a family, we go out to the movies, crack jokes on one another, play videogames, and have important discussions. That is what families should do, be open to enjoy each other and be willing to have serious conversations as well. The separation of church and family should be a thin line, but it should also be as flexible as needed. This goes for any position, even to the president and his daughters. Children need attention and parents need to give priority to their children over other people and jobs.
Overly strict parents, no matter what religion or position they may have, can be a destructive force on children. If the children of these types of parents are acting out, it is most likely because they are competing for attention and may feel jealous of others within the church. The fact that they are told that they cannot live like others within the church can be a hard concept to understand. PKs did not choose to be PKs, it was a decision made by our parents. Just as it is the parents’ job to care for the people of the church, it is just as important, if not more essential, that parents dedicate more time to their children and families. Any parent, not just preachers, should do this and their child’s behavior may be more positive.
Vernon Holman | Staff Writer
Rapper Torrence Hatch, better known as Lil Boosie is once again a free man. Boosie, 31, was released from prison on March 5, after serving five years of an eight-year sentence in the Louisiana State Penitentiary. The self-proclaimed “bad ass” was jailed in 2009 on drug possession charges and later had years added on to his sentence for allegedly attempting to smuggle weed, ecstasy and codeine into the prison. After this mishap, Boosie entered into a religious and substance based self-help program and completed a program to receive his GED.
When it was announced that Boosie had been released, fans rejoiced. Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook were flooded with post in support of Boosie’s freedom and referencing his song lyrics. Much of this same fan base, particularly throughout the South, remained loyal to the rapper while he was incarcerated, showing their support through the years with the creation of several Lil Boosie fan pages.
Among those happy about Boosie’s release was his young daughter. A video was posted to instagram of the young girl saying, “I told yall n*ggas…he coming home today.” Though many were shocked and appalled by the use of such language by a young child, Boosie said he was “too happy to fuss.” In an interview with allhiphop.com he said, “I told her I didn’t want her saying the word. But, she was one of those that went through ‘your daddy ain’t coming home’, ‘yo daddy this’ in schools and such. So, I think it was just..when I called her and told her I was coming home, I think it was all the stuff she went through coming out.”
In the midst of all those celebrating Boosie’s release, there were also those disheartened by the immense celebrating taking place. In his article, “The Curious Case of Lil’ Boosie,” Ferrari Sheppard wrote, “The thing I find most detrimental about the “Free Boosie” campaign and the jubilation surrounding his subsequent release is not that a misguided black man is free, nor that he has unyielding support from fans, but that the system is winning — we’ve become confused about who is qualified to lead us.” Ferrari also notes that his biggest complaint with the “Free Boosie” movement is that many of its supporters referred to Boosie as a “political prisoner,” something he is adamant Boosie was not.
Although it is true that Boosie was not a political prisoner, his prison release is rightfully something to be celebrated. He served five years, enrolled in self-help programs and received his GED— Boosie now has more power from what he achieved in prison then he does by rotting away in prison. Also, the people mocking his daughter for her vulgarity in the video should take into consideration that she is a very young girl who is happy about her father being back in her life after five years; she is also a product of her environment.
Since his release, Boosie has done several interviews sharing not only his story, but also his future plans. While in prison he said he wrote 1,018 songs and recently released a song with rapper Webbie, “Show the World.” The song was written before his imprisonment but is growing in popularity now. Now that he has been released, Boosie says feeding his family is the first thing he is concerned about.
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