Wow fam,

Time flies. I can’t believe it’s really the end of the semester and the end of my time at NC State. As I reflect on the past few years, I only have one regret: that I didn’t join the Nubian sooner.

Wednesday night’s in that office became my favorite place on campus. I hope this publication has been as influential for you all as it has been for me. Not only is the Nubian Message a source of news on-campus that might not be covered elsewhere, it is a voice for our community and a way for us, all of us to express ourselves.

We tried to make it a point this semester to do more “Your Voice” segments to better incorporate the community into the paper. We asked for more letters to the editor because we want to hear what everyone has to say. We can’t be the sentinel of the African-American community without hearing all of your voices.

The Nubian Message was where I found myself and my family on campus. We have all put in so much hard work and pulled so many all-nighters to produce a great looking publication and I cannot fully express my gratitude and appreciation for my entire Nubian fam. Thanks for a great semester!

Love you all,

Jillian Smith

Hey Pack,

I hope that everyone has had a wonderful school year. I am Stephanie Tate and I will be serving as the Editor-in-Chief of the Nubian Message for the 2016-2017 school year. I will be working alongside Anahzsa Jones who will be our Managing Editor. I consider it an honor to be a part of a staff that is so close knit and dedicated.

Since 1992 the Nubian Message has been the voice of the African American community and I hope we can continue to be. We do not intend to change anyone’s worldview but we do intend to encourage critical thinking and ignite productive conversations.

This issue we’ve chosen to honor the black excellence on our campus. Black excellence is not monolithic, it comes in a variety of forms. Our black excellence is what got us to NC State, has kept us at NC State and is definitely newsworthy.

I hope that this issue will allow you to acknowledge the excellence that exists within our community. Next year come back better than ever and we here at the Nubian promise to do the same.

Stay blessed and black,

Stephanie Tate