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  • SPARTAN ECHO| Norfolk State University 700 Park Avenue Norfolk, Virginia 23504|NEWSROOM: 757.823.8200 E-Mail: spartanecho@nsu.edu

    08.29.14Vol. 62, Issue 1

    Vol. 63, Issue 1 08.28.15

    VMAs expectations | Page 8VMA ExpectationsPage 8

    Spartans Football PreviewPage 4

    As enrollment declines at Norfolk State Univer-sity during its probation, some students worry about the status of the university, but not Inter-im President and CEO Eddie N. Moore, Jr.

    Norfolk State is total-ly caught up on issues that led to its probation, Moore told the Spartan Echo in an exclusive in-terview on May 1. Moore said he is complete-ly confident that the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) will remove the probation when they revisit Norfolk State in December.

    From the SACSCOC point of view, we fell be-hind, said Moore.

    Regardless of the pro-bationary status, Moore says the university is in compliance with every Virginia state rule and regulation that they are required to uphold.

    (Prospective students) should not be concerned about the probationary status, said Moore.

    Even if the universi-ty remained on proba-tion and didnt fix the violations outlined by SACSCOC, students who earned their degree at NSU would not have to

    President Moore addresses probation, low enrollment and forging ahead

    by Danielle Kirsh

    worry because their de-gree is still valid.

    Once the SACSCOC visit is completed in De-cember, the results will be released to the public. This means the universi-ty will learn the results at the same time as every-one else.

    Even though Moore

    says the university is on track with having the pro-bation removed, enroll-ment continues to drop. And a drop in enrollment means budget cuts across the board.

    Continued onpage 3

    NSU mourns the passing of

    studentby Richelle Hammiel

    Most summers are supposed to be filled with the thrills summer fun or either the stress of summer jobs. However, this summer brought upon us a tragic event that is left in the minds of our students as well as families and friends.

    On June 25, we lost one of our fellow Spartans, Calnesha Brown, due to a tragic car accident that took place in her home-town of Suffolk, Virgin-ia. Brown was a soph-omore and a business/entrepreneurship major.

    Gone too soon at the early age of 19, Brown left many people behind who were devastated by the news of her pass-ing. Showing just how much their dear friends life meant to them, a

    Continued on page 2

    Welcome class of 2018Page 2

    Freshman survivalPage 6

    The full length interview with President Moore can be viewed online at SpartanEcho.org or on the Spartan Echos YouTube channel. Photo by Tykhari Coles

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    few friends, also from her hometown and from NSU, willingly shared their condolences.

    Nesh was always in good spirits! Ready to crack a joke and didnt care if you cracked one backshe reminded me of myself with the type of energy and vibe she hadalways happy and believed in herself and what she wanted to do! Had an amazing future ahead of her! Ima miss baby girl, Devin Taylor, Junior and health fitness major, said.

    A Spartan truly gone too soon. We appreciated all that youve done. A friend, mentor, volunteer, and sister, you will truly be missed, Chante An-ders, Junior and psychol-ogy major, said.

    Though Brown was put to rest by her family and friends on July 2, NSU held its own memorial service a few weeks later for those who may have been unable to attend her funeral.

    There should always be unity among the stu-dents, especially for un-fortunate event. Instead of continuing to mourn, everyone should stand side by side to remem-ber the good that Brown brought to campus and to many lives.

    Volunteering on cam-pus was just one honor-able deed that Brown was widely known for. That being said, many can view what she did and appreciate the time and effort she contributed to serve a better cause.

    Norfolk State University mourns the loss of their fellow Spartan, Calnesha Brown, who passed away this past July in an automobile accident. Photo by Storm Calder

    Continued from front page

    Spartan Reflections Yearbook returns

    by Richelle Hammiel

    A major part of the col-lege experience is meet-ing new people and mak-ing new memories that will live with you forever. Not that those memories will ever be forgotten, but why not place them in the palm of your hands or on your computer screen so they can physically last forever?

    Student Activities has made all of this possible by continuing on with the publication of the Spar-tan Reflections Yearbook, which dates back from 2006 to the present. Its then up to the students to put their creative minds and skills together to make the yearbook run smoothly.

    When looking for specif-ics as to what the students can expect to see in this years yearbook, advisor of the Spartan Reflections Yearbook Zia Felder pro-vided some insight.

    [There will be] high-lights of student leaders, major events and candid photos of students on campus. There will be comprehensive detailing from the students per-spective, Felder said.

    Some of those major

    events range from home-coming activities to the Mr. & Mrs. NSU Pageant. The organizations, clubs, and teams on campus have also played signifi-cant roles in shaping the yearbook as they ulti-mately bring the campus to life. Not only does the Spartan Reflections Year-book need people to star in the yearbook, but also new people to help run it.

    As of summer 2015, Felder, began accepting applications for new staff members. The deadline to apply was officially August 1st, but luckily, this was a rolling dead-line which means it is never too late to apply.

    Mass communications, journalism and fine ars majors are preferred, but any other students willing to be trained are also welcome. A mini-mum 2.5 GPA is a major requirement as well as other skills outlined by Felder.

    Our staff would ideal-ly be students trained in Graphic Design, Writing and Journalism to include the Adobe Creative Suite, Photography, Copy Edit-ing and Writing, Felder

    said. Student Activities is

    considering the possi-bility of paid positions toward tuition, but this is not yet guaranteed. However, this is still an opportunity to build up some experience.

    With the help of the staff, the next yearbook is expected to be published and ready to go around the month of October. There is no charge for stu-dents, which is even more of a reason to support.

    Unlike the typical pa-perback yearbook, the Spartan Reflections Year-book has expanded be-yond print editions and is now online and can be viewed electronically on the NSU website. On the other hand print copies are available if preferred.

    They can be mailed to graduates of that year and other students can get them from the office as re-quested, Felder said.

    2015-2016 will bring new memories for our school that everyone can cherish before and after graduation that can all be captured and viewed in the Spartan Reflections Yearbook.

    Its not too late to get involved with the Spartan Echo!

    If you enjoy writ-ing, graphic design or photography, its not too late to get involved with the Spartan Echo.

    The Spartan Echo wel-comes any and all ma-jors to join us. Previous journalism experience is not a requirement.

    Our meetings are held every Tuesday and Thursday in the Student Center, room 344 at 12:30p.m.

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    Some of the cuts will be seen in academic areas, but Moore added that administrative and man-agement positions will not be immune. He did say, however, that the ar-eas of finance and polic-ing or security will not be cut since they are areas of critical importance to the university.

    Students and faculty were consulted before the budget cuts were decid-ed, Moore said.

    President Moore added that 7,000 students would be an ideal enrollment figure to work toward in order to maintain current programs and market po-sition within Hampton Roads and the Common-wealth of Virginia.

    To reach these numbers, Moore said the university is broadening our reach by talking to faith leaders in the community to en-courage students to vis-it and enroll in Norfolk State.

    We would like to in-crease our mix of out-of state students, said Moore.

    wwOut-of-state tuition is slightly higher than in-state tuition, so stu-dents paying out-of-state tuition rates would help with the universitys fi-nancial operations.

    In addition, plans for university improvement will continue and extend into the summer and throughout the fall se-mester as Norfolk State University brings the pro-bation failures up to code and the university into a new era.

    The ongoing renova-tions of Brown Hall will continue through the summer as the university plans to have a fully com-pleted building by 2017 and occupancy by spring 2018.

    In addition to com-pleting the academic quad that comprises the student center, nursing building, library and Brown Hall, the univer-sity will also close a resi-dence hall for the fall 2015 semester.

    One of the Bab-bette-Smith towers will undergo renovations in the fall since the drop in fall 2015 enrollment means fewer students will be living on campus.

    According to Moore, the university is also expand-ing their mission to give more focus on athletics since the athletic depart-ment doesnt usually get the credit t