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The Spartan Echo is the student newspaper of Norfolk State University.

Transcript of 63.3 Spartan Echo

  • President Moore confident probation will be lifted as enrollment slowly increases

    Vol. 63, Issue 3 10.02.15

    by Danielle Kirsh

    Norfolk State University remains to be caught up on issues that led to its pro-bation in Dec. of last year while Interim President and CEO of Norfolk State Eddie N. Moore Jr. is still confi-dent that our probation will be lifted as enrollment slowly increases. NSUs reports were sent

    to the universitys accred-iting agency, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Col-leges (SACSCOC), and were filed and received on Sept. 4, four days before their Sept. 8 due date. In an exclusive interview with the Spartan Echo in May, President Moore said

    that from the SACSCOC point of view, we fell be-hind. The probation placed on the university last Dec. has had a lasting effect on the university. Enrollment has declined at NSU since the probation was placed. As for enrollment this

    semester, the official head-count is 5,088. President Moore said our enrollment numbers are slightly above estimate.Freshman enrollment is only off by 15 students and transfers are significantly below what we expected them to be at approxi-mately 125 off of the esti-

    mate. When the university does not meet enrollment re-quirement, some faculty and staff do not get signed on for another year. The departments that lost most faculty members were in the freshman courses. About 20 staff members

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    Norfolk State students join the movement in letting the worldknow that Black Lives Matter. Photo by Reginald Thomas.

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    Black Lives Matterby Shareen Nicholson

    Black Lives Matter is the activist movement that be-gan after George Zimmer-man was acquitted of the shooting death of Trayvon Martin back in 2013. This movement was designed to help aid campaigns against police brutality in the Unit-ed States. They have advocated and protested for several unarmed African-Ameri-cans who died at the hands

    of law enforcement includ-ing, Tamir Rice, Eric Harris, Walter Scott, Freddie Gray, Michael Brown and Eric Garner. This movement was co-founded by three black activists: Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors and Opal Tometi. Black Lives Matter started as a hashtag and has since turned into a nationwide organization with 26 chap-

    ters in the U.S., Canada and Ghana. Their website states that Black Lives Matter is a unique contribution that goes beyond extrajudicial killings of black people by police and vigilantes. This campaign has come under fire lately as some who claim to associate themselves with the or-ganization have placed the name under scrutiny. Activists interrupted a rally

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    SpotlightPage 5

    Bigg B ignitesencouragement

    Page 5Battle of the Bay

    Page 4Justice or else

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  • spartan news 10.02.152

    by Richelle Hammiel

    Even though we may not see domestic violence or hear of it occurring often, it is a growing issue that can take over and destroy lives. This is something that every individual should be cautious of because it is not focused on one gender or race. Domestic violence can happen to anyone. Because people are often unaware of the signs of domestic violence (DV) or the triggers of domestic violence, so many cases go unreported. There are programs and shelters that can be found online where victims can both go learn about domestic violence and seek help for abuse. The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, or NCADV, is just one of the programs that supports those affected by domestic violence. This program can also be found online. Oct. 7 initiates the Do-mestic Violence Kick-Off where NSU students will come face-to-face with the concept and details of domestic violence. This is the initiation of domestic violence awareness. The DV awareness month purpose is to spread awareness to the campus about dating and domestic violence. After experienc-ing this program, students will be able to identify the risk factors and warning signs, respond to a friend who may be experiencing DV, tap into their power of control of their situation, understand that not only women experience DV but it can happen in the reverse

    role or within a LGBTQ relationship & how to seek assistance, Division of Student Affairs Coordinator ReNecia Thornton said. When many people hear domestic violence, they leave it at physical abuse. However, that is not the case. Domestic violence is the willful intimidation, physical assault, battery, sexual assault, and/or other abusive behavior as part of a systematic pattern of power and control per-petrated by one intimate partner against another. It includes physical violence, sexual violence, psychologi-cal violence, and emotional abuse, the NCADV report-ed. That being said, if anyone has experienced any of these tragic events or have seen them being done, seek advice from a profes-sional or confide in some-one who is close to receive help as soon as possible. One of the most import-ant things to remember is that the victim is never to blame. In room 138BC and 149 in the Student Center from 6 p.m until 8 p.m., the Domestic Violence Kick-Off will be kicking off with words from our speakers as well as two interactive events, including Walk in Her [His] Shoes and a Silent Witness Memorial. Representatives from the Samaritan House, NSU Counseling Center, NSUs Dean of Students and Deputy Title IX Coordinator for Students Tracci John-

    son, representatives from Housing and Residence Life and Fraternity and Sorority Life will be speaking and providing the students with information. According to Thornton, Walk in Her [His] shoes is an interactive exercise so participants can go through the steps of a dating/do-mestic violence situation. Students can see firsthand how to identify DV and why its important to step up and say something and not be a bystander. The Silent Witness Me-morial serves as an outlet for those who have fallen victim to domestic violence. Students are always en-couraged to come out and tell their stories, but only if they feel the need to and feel comfortable enough to express themselves. Those ages 20 to 24 are at risk for domestic and sexual violence, includ-ing experiencing nonfatal intimate partner violence. Young women age 20 to 24 also experience the highest rates of rape and sexual assault, followed by those 16 to 19. People under the age of 18 and 19 expe-rience the highest rate of stalking, Thornton said. It is the mission of the Do-mestic Violence Kick-Off to warn our students as well as to provide them knowl-edge about the seriousness of domestic violence. Upon attending the Domestic Violence Kick-Off, students will learn to recognize the red flags of unhealthy situations or relationships.

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    African Americans seeking justice or

    elseby Shammah Waller

    Justice or else! Those are the words that are be-ing heard all over America. Oct. 10 will mark the 20th anniversary of the Million Man March, a movement designed to seek justice and peace for African Americans. Minister Louis Farrakhan, a keynote speaker for the Million Man March, called for this years anniversary in Washington, D.C. The Million Man March was first initiated on Octo-ber 16, 1995 and was led and directed by Minister

    Louis Farrakhan. Farrakhan is an Afri-can-American leader of the Nation of Islam who wanted to gain repara-tions for African-Ameri-cans so that they would one day be able to govern themselves.In getting people to join his efforts in the Million Man March, Farrakhan called out to people from all over the world. The main civil rights or-ganization that supported

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    Kicking-off October with domestic violence

    Justice or Else may help create change in cities across Amer-ica. Photo by Reginald Thomas.

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    Bigg B ignites fires of encouragementby Antonio Garland

    Norfolk State University alumnus, radio personality, DJ and motivational speak-er Brandon Bigg B Hick-man participated in NSUs Leadership, Education, and Development (L.E.A.D.) speaker series to encour-age, motivate and inspire. Hickman called the col-lege experience sharpen-ing your sword to prepare for the outside world. Students main purpose is to learn and strive to the next level of education. One component is being able to listening to those more experienced, such mentors. He said humbling ones self is a key factor to staying focused on what should be done verses what one wants to do. However, there will be times when a students schedule will be

    conflicting. The test of a man is how he stands in adversity, not when its okay but when its adversity. How do you stand inside of that, said Hick-man, quoting Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Hickman said to keep trying until your success strikes. From his experi-ences, setbacks will hap-pen, but you have to keep striving if you want to be successful. He encouraged others to find new ways of achieving goals and to stand out from others. Go outside the box. Dont do the same old raf-fle, dont do the same old bake sale. Do a bake cook off and let the people pay to get into it. Do something different, said Hickman. According to Hickman, to

    have good connections and build relations, one must be social and speak to as many people as possible. He said that being social also helps with stress. You have to be in the community. Thats whats going to sell you. You have to be