Hey guys,

We’ve had a pretty incredible start to the year, with the first total solar eclipse to cross the United States in 99 years gracing our campus. That isn’t the only thing returning to State, though. After closing in 2013, the Gregg Museum is opening back up in a new location with a whole new collection for the public to enjoy. We got a sneak peak at the new building and art, and on page six, you’ll get to see a little of what the museum has to offer. I encourage everyone to take an afternoon and go get in a little culture for the week.

The student chapter of the NAACP at NC State is bouncing back this year. Now the chapter has had issues in the past maintaining a leadership board and the interest of the community. That simply can’t be the case anymore. There is too much happening in the world now for us to let our organizations fizzle out and die. So pay attention. Go to events, go to a meeting and support the institutions put in place for YOU.

Our Blackademics series is also back for the second year in a row. We kicked it off this year with Dr. Jamila Simpson, the superwoman of the College of Sciences. I’m very excited about this one, because this woman helped me figure my life out when I first arrived at State just by being her wonderful self. So if you find yourself needing a little extra push towards greatness, she’s a great place to start. Or, like she says, any of the other diversity directors, who you can find on page five with their offices listed.

Also coming back around are municipal elections! Remember that time the black community showed up and showed out and got a black president in the White House twice? Remember that time the black community showed up and showed out and voted for a referendum to improve our communities? Yeah, neither do I. Not to say it doesn’t happen, but understand that if we want to make changes, we have to be present, and we have to be active. On page three, you’ll find the information you need to make sure you’re registered and a bit about what’s on the ballot.

Lastly, I want to take a moment to address the situation in Charlottesville. I can’t begin to express my horror and anger. I wish I had a positive and uplifting message to give you all, but I’m still processing. And that’s okay. So if you’re in the same boat, make sure you take a moment for yourself to breathe and remind yourself that there is still some good in the world. Check up on the people in your life and don’t be afraid to seek out help if you need it. The Counseling Center is there for you if you need them, and so are the amazing folks at the Multicultural Student Affairs office.

With all that being said, continue to be your best self and help others to be theirs. Remember that this too shall pass, and you’re never alone.

With love,