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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.
The Return of Beta Omicron…Like A Phoenix (27) Out the Ashes

The Return of Beta Omicron…Like A Phoenix (27) Out the Ashes

After a highly anticipated return to the yard, the Beta Omicron chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated has returned to Tennessee State University’s campus. On March 26, 2017, 27 young men crossed as Phoenix 27 in Kean Hall during their neophyte presentation. The air […]

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 Dr. Syb Brown reflected on Dr. Page’s time here and believes that his positive energy makes his teachings more valuable.

“Dr.Page is such a joy. He’s one of those people that you learn from by watching him and by listening. He drops wisdom so fast he could be the google search. “

Event chairperson Karren Russel looks as Dr.page as a mentor, as he took her under his wing when she first started teaching.

“When I was asked to be a part of the event, I thought back to the time when I was hired at the University and Dr.Page was one of the first people I met. He took me under his wing and gave me some advice on the classes I was teaching, including different teaching techniques. He is someone who always has his door open and always made it a point to help me out, making it unnecessary for me to ask.”

Not only did Dr.Page have the support from fellow faculty and staff, he also had the support from his family, such as his older brother, Gordon Page.

“He’s a wonderful uncle; my kids just think he’s the greatest thing that ever happened. He comes up and sees us regularly and he keeps in good touch. He has love for life, Greek mythology, his sailboat, and his family and friends and his job. He really loves his job.”

His dedication, love and commitment even made in impact on the students he taught by helping them get a foot out the door into their new future. There is so much to be said about our beloved Dr.Page, but we can start by saying thank you. Dr.Page proves that with a little love in your heart, your impact on others can be huge.

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 […]

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 a (17-13) overall record and (8-8) in the conference. TSU had a good first half and went into the locker room with a 34-28 lead. TSU was shooting great from the field at 52% and lights out from 3 at 60 percent.

The Tigers came out pretty hot in the beginning of the second half opening up a 10-2 run. They extended their lead to a game high of 14 points. SEMO eventually started to trim at that lead and finally got it back under double digits with 11 minutes in the second half. SEMO continued to cut into the lead and came within 2 points of the Tigers with about 7 minutes left. The Redhawk’s gained their first lead since the first half with 27 seconds left but TSU’s Armani Chaney tied it all up at 64 with two free throws. The Tiger’s made the final defensive stop to send the game into overtime.

SEMO started the overtime period strong with 5 quick points. TSU’s Delano Spencer hit a three and Darreon Reddick scored a layup to get the Tigers within two points. With less than 30 seconds left TSU trailed by 3 points and Ken’Darrius Hamilton heaved up a 3 and tied the game at 75. About 3 seconds later SEMO’s Tahj Eaddy hit the game winning 3 pointer. The Tigers fell to the Redhawks 75-78.

Senior Wayne Martin led TSU with 19 points and 8 rebounds. Sophomore Armani Chaney added 14 points and Senior Tahjere Mccall put in 12 points. Jordan Reed was also big on the boards and added 8 rebounds.

The Tigers fought valiantly but couldn’t get the win. Coach Ford says “It’s kind of like déjà vu all over again for us, giving up a second half lead here in the conference tournament”. The Tigers gave away a second half lead to Austin Peay in last year’s OVC Tournament.

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. […]