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High Expectations for Home Games

High Expectations for Home Games

By Kody Carr The Tennessee State University football team has only four home games this season. They play Eastern Illinois on Sept. 30 for the John Merritt Classic, Austin Peay on Oct. 14 for homecoming, Virginia University of Lynchburg on Nov. 4, and Southeast Missouri […]

Tigers Take the Classics

Tigers Take the Classics

By Kody Carr The Tigers pounce again! This past Saturday, the twenty-third ranked Tennessee State Tigers football team beat Jackson State, 17-15 in the Southern Heritage Classic. Quarterback and MVP of this year’s Southern Heritage Classic, Treon Harris, led the Tiger’s offense with 78 yards […]

Republican Senators Use Nuclear Weapon

Republican Senators Use Nuclear Weapon

By Ada Taylor

Editor-in-Chief

On Thursday, April 6th, the Senate triggered a policy known as the nuclear option that makes it possible to break a filibuster. It all took place over President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch, who many Democrats feel is unsuited for the job.
This is because “he always sides with corporations instead of people” says Leah Grey, senior. Other reasons include his support for the death penalty, his promotion of gun rights, and his judicial philosophy in general.
This was enough to make Democrats decide a filibuster was necessary. For those who do not know, the Merriam-Webster dictionary defines a filibuster as “the use of extreme dilatory tactics (as by making long speeches) in an attempt to delay or prevent action, especially in a legislative assembly.
As we know, the Democratic filibuster was unsuccessful and Neil Gorsuch was confirmed due to the nuclear option. It was given this name because it is supposed to be the last resort.  The nuclear option makes it possible for the majority party in the Senate to ignore the minority by shifting the rules so that a nominee can be confirmed as long as they have the majority of votes, which is 51. Previously, 60 votes were required.
As bad as this is, too many politicians are playing the blame game instead of looking at the big picture. Instead, they are focusing on how Democrats used the nuclear option in 2013 to advance lower court and executive branch nominees. Now Senator Rand Paul is saying “Harry Reid decided that executive nominations will be done by simple majority, and we just simply went with the Harry Reid rule today.”
Still, it is not quite the same thing. While Democrats did indeed invoke the nuclear option, it was for lower court nominees – not the highest in the land. I am afraid that we have now entered a new age of politics which allows the majority party to clear Supreme Court nominees with little to no bipartisan support.  This means that the Supreme Court is now in the hands of the majority party, with the minority party getting no input.
While it may be the Democrats today, it could be the Republicans tomorrow – and neither is good.
President Trump’s Russian Relations

President Trump’s Russian Relations

By Ada Taylor On Monday, March 20th, the directors of the NSA and FBI testified before The House Intelligence Community. While the conversation was not limited to one topic, much of the time was spent covering Russian interference in the 2016 election. FBI director James […]

TSU Honors Dr. Page

TSU Honors Dr. Page

By Christina Young Tennessee State University celebrates legacies by honoring the Pioneers of the Mass Communications department on March 3rd. The Distinguished honoree was Dr. Donald C. page, who has taught in the department of Communications since 1977, specializing in mass communications. Professor and Journalist […]

NABJ Student Chapter Makes a Comeback

NABJ Student Chapter Makes a Comeback

By: Shayla Simmons

If one finds himself or herself interested in aspects of print, digital, or broadcast journalism, or wants to hone his or her skills, meet like minded peers and establish fruitful connections, the NABJ (National Association of Black Journalist) Student Chapter is worth looking into.

Through the efforts of Jason Luntz, a professor here at Tennessee State University, and Mrs. Sandra Long Weaver, Advisor of The Meter and founder of the NABJ, the student chapter here at TSU has been rebooted. The chapter is expected to be student led, so those that are excited to dive into the world of professional journalism are encouraged to attend.

Students are expected to receive career and internship opportunities, professionalism workshops as well as guest speakers from professional journalists in the area. Interested students can also apply for national membership to the NABJ and take advantage of national conventions where job-recruiting prospects are available and possible business connections are endless. Student NABJ members also have access to exclusive internship opportunities.

If interested, please be on the look out for flyers giving details of the meeting. At the first meeting officers will be voted upon and expectations for the chapter will be discussed. Don’t miss out on such an opportunity!

A New Conversation: A Student Opinion Piece

A New Conversation: A Student Opinion Piece

By Leona Dunn The purpose of special elections in the fall has always been to bring in the Freshmen Delegation and fill any vacant spots in the current Student Government Association administration. Yet, lately it’s been looked at as an easier, expedited way to run […]

TSU OVC Championship

TSU OVC Championship

By Joshua Walden TSU’s first game of the OVC Tournament came against the fifth seeded Southeast Missouri Redhawks. They came into the game with (14-17) overall and (9-7) in the conference. TSU came into this game as the underdogs. They were the eighth seed with […]

Spring Break

Spring Break

Alexis Clark

Meter staff writer

Spring break is officially over, but it appears as if everyone has had a great break! A few students stayed on TSU grounds to complete classes during extreme spring break while others went home to spend time with their families. Still, others enjoyed break with friends in various states across the country. I spoke with Di’Andre Carter, a sophomore here at TSU, to get some insight on her spring break experience and how she stayed safe during travel and vacation. “The experience was amazing. It was my first time traveling to Miami, Florida as well as my first time going on a trip with friends. We created so many memories that I will always cherish.” Carter also expressed that even though it was a large group of friends, everyone stayed together majority of the time as their focal safety precaution. With the technology we have today, such as the iPhone, it is possible to share your location wherever you are. This is an important tool that can be used to find out where people are located at any time if necessary. “We also made sure we did not receive food or drinks from strangers. While my friends and I made sure we enjoyed our spring break, we were also sure that we were fully aware of our surroundings at all times.” Hopefully other students are following their lead.

Why Do We Game?

Why Do We Game?

By Victoria Gourdin Playing video games is more or less a given in today’s society. According to VentureBeat News, over 1.2 billion people are playing videogames worldwide and of those people, 46 percent of gamers are women and 54 percent are men. While men dominate […]


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