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  • SPARTAN ECHO| Norfolk State University 700 Park Avenue Norfolk, Virginia 23504|NEWSROOM: 757.823.8200 E-Mail: [email protected]

    08.29.14Vol. 62, Issue 1

    Vol. 62, Issue 12 05.01.15

    With the almost im-minent closure of various Historically Black Col-leges and Universities due to failed enrollment and financial downfall, Black colleges across the nation are doing what they can to improve admission rates; Norfolk State is no excep-tion.

    The universitys First View program will begin on April 18 and give pro-spective students an oppor-tunity to visit the campus. Despite the First View

    program, Norfolk State will not only have to com-pete for admissions due to the fact that they are a Historically Black college, but also due to the fact that they are one of the schools that has struggled this past year.

    In Dec. of last year, news went out that the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, placed the university on a

    NSU admissions, exploring alternativeenrollment options

    by Mahogany Waldon

    The tuition is set to make a dramatic increase next semester and how much it will affect the Sports programs is still unknown. Photo from NSUSpartans.com

    As tuition is set to in-crease next semester, so will the budget of Norfolk States sports division. It is preparing adjustments by developing strategies, seek-ing new revenues to cover additions of expenses and to perform efficiently.

    Student fees pay for auxiliary enterprises which includes athletics. Around 70-80 percent of the athlet-ic operating budget comes from student fees. Due to

    the tuition increase, the ac-ademic program is looking for ways to help students involved in athletics suc-ceed academically.

    According to NSU ath-letic director, Marty Miller, the university needs addi-tional revenue as it doesnt just Affect athletes, but the entire student body. He feels the increase is neces-sary for providing resourc-es to students.

    We need to have the

    appropriate revenue to pro-vide the kind of services that our students need here, including the student ath-letes. said Miller. What were going to have to do in athletics is to find alter-natives to bringing in addi-tional revenue so that we can continue to compete athletically and to gradu-ate our student athletes.

    Scholarships are given, though the athletic division chooses students who can perform academically. Stu-dent athletes tend to have a higher graduation rate than the regular student body. The athletic division is looking to improve those numbers annually.

    Currently, the academ-ic division is in the plan-ning stage of developing budgets for the 2015-2016 academic year for each sports program. Mill-er hopes sports fans will make contributions to sup-port the athletic programs.

    Tuition increaseto affect athletics

    by Antonio GArlAnd

    The fate of future student admissions lies in the hands of past & present students of NSU. Photo by Storm Calder

    Continued on p. 3

    LEAD NSU | See Page 5 Jonathan Mason | See Page 2 NSU Bowling Recap | See Page 5 Trigga Reloaded | See Page 8

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    SPARTAN ECHO| Norfolk State University 700 Park Avenue Norfolk, Virginia 23504|NEWSROOM: 757.823.8200 E-Mail: [email protected]

    Jonathan Mason, a Norfolk State University alumnus who graduated in 1995 and president of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc., visited the campus during the Mass Communications and Journalism (MCJR) week to share his expe-riences as a student and how they shaped him into a sales director for radio stations, such as 77 WABC and WABC Syndication in New York. His goals were to show students he was where they are today and that they too could become successful.

    Mason wanted students at NSU to understand they come from a university they should be proud of.

    Understand that the education they get comes as a result of what they put in to it, Mason said.

    A native from Penn-sylvania, Mason attended NSU due to its excellent mass communications program. Being gifted aca-demically and athletically, Mason was used to being treated with favor; howev-er, he found it didnt mat-ter due to everyone being treated the same.

    I realized very quick-ly that in Norfolk State, it wasnt about status. Every student was treated equal-ly.

    After a few setbacks, Mason considered leaving the university. His parents told him to stay on cam-pus to honor his commit-ment. Though he initially disliked this option, look-ing back he feels it was the

    right decision.I thank God that my

    parents didnt let me come home. Ill tell you why. The greatest experience I had in my life was being a student on the campus of Norfolk State University, said Ma-son.

    From personal expe-rience, he said the stu-dents should be proud of the school, due to several teachers making a positive difference in his life. Be-cause of this, he graduated with a bachelor's of science degree in news and public affairs with a minor in pub-lic relations. Despite the racial challenges he faced, Mason became one of the only African Americans in the country presiding over broadcasting sales for ma-

    Jonathan Mason graces NSUby antonio garland

    jor radio stations within a general-market company, like New York's WABC and WMBM.

    If youre passionate about your profession, take what you can get to get your foot in the door.

    Mason said people shouldnt pursue a job, but a career. While in college, students should spend time sharpening their swords and fine tuning their skills. He also encouraged stu-dents to not follow a career just for money.

    Dont run for money. Find something to do that youre passionate about and youll never get up in the morning and go to work, because its some-thing that you love to do.

    As the Director of Sales for WABC and WMBM in New York, Mr. Jonathan Mason, Sr. knows what it takes to survive & thrive during & after college. Photo by DeQuan Moss

    Mother and daughter Audrey Jackson and Lata-sha "Tasha" Jackson will walk across the stage to-gether for May graduation.

    Audrey began college in 1983, but put her career on hold after becoming a mother.

    When she came back years later, Audrey felt out of place with a new gener-ation of students. However, the students and her pro-fessors made her feel wel-comed.

    It worked out very well, she said. Its been a wonderful experience.

    Audrey said while they were equals as students, she still had to remind Tasha

    she was still her mother. On the other hand, Ta-

    sha gave her mother guid-ance on adjusting to new changes for her in college.

    Tasha said going to school with her mother had good and bad moments, but she mostly enjoyed it.

    One memorable experi-ence from their time spent at Norfolk State was that they once dressed alike.

    After graduation, Ta-sha is currently debating on studying for her mas-ters degree. She was also recently accepted into Re-gent University. Audrey is debating on returning to Norfolk State for her mas-ters degree studies.

    Mother and daughter graduate together

    by antonio garland

    Proud mother & business major Audry Jackson looks forward to graduating with her daughter, sociology major Latasha Jackson, in Spring 2015. Photo by Storm Calder

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    SPARTAN ECHO| Norfolk State University 700 Park Avenue Norfolk, Virginia 23504|NEWSROOM: 757.823.8200 E-Mail: [email protected]

    spartan news Continued from front page12 month probation. The university is now faced with the task of finding new incentives to gain stu-dents in wake of its earlier setbacks.

    Regardless of the pro-bation, students and facul-ty still maintain a degree of pride throughout campus that things are definitely improving.

    The university is also continuing to defy the odds on a national scale.

    The Norfolk State Uni-versity Honda Campus All-Star Challenge quiz team advanced to the semi-final round at the annu-al HBCU National Quiz Championship this year

    and Dr. Mikhail Noginov, a researcher for the De-partment of Physics was named a Virginia Out-standing Scientist by Gov. Terry McAuliffe.

    Dr. Andrew Arroyo of the Department of Inter-disciplinary Studies, pro-vided research this year at the universitys Undergrad-uate Research Symposium on Historically Black Col-leges and the non-black students that attend them. To some, his research may be surprising due to the fact that most people associate Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) with the Black community. This assumption, while val-

    Norfolk State alumni re-turned to campus on April 2 to share how to play the game of success in today's technol-ogy driven climate. They con-sisted of Vincent Ellis White (2002), Katie Barrie (2011), Iisha Scott (2008) and Angela Moore (1995), each specializ-ing in mass communications.

    Success is a marathon, which is ran gradually through a period of time. White, who's currently employed with the Virginia Department of Social Services, said he had to learn as he went. He constantly built connections, relationships and networked with others.

    Barrie, who is currently a writer and an on-staff produc-er for Discovery Network, fo-cused on never settling where she was and looked to making herself better.

    With making relationships, you have this mindset of who

    NSU alumni talk secrets to SUcceSSby antonio garland

    is this person and how can they get me a job, how can they get me in a door, Bar-rie said. Instead of looking at people as bait, try and form a relationship with them, be-cause those relationships will [assist] you.

    Scott talked about her ca-reer as a meteorologist for 13News Now, crediting her previous job as a traffic re-porter as adding to her expe-rience.