Saturday, August 9, 2014

University president takes $90,000 pay cut to give 24 minimum wage workers a raise

kentucky state university

August 6, 2014: 11:58 AM ET



The SIAC head football coaches picked the following:

East Division


1. Albany State
2. Fort Valley State
3. Benedict
4. Morehouse
5. Clark Atlanta
6. Paine

West Division


1. Tuskegee
2. Miles
3. Stillman
4. Kentucky State
5. Lane
6. Central State




1-Bethune-Cookman (480 points)
2- South Carolina State (457)
3-North Carolina A&T (338)
4-Howard (309)
5-Delaware State (229)
6-Norfolk State (225)
7-Hampton (200)
8-North Carolina Central (187)
9- Morgan State (148)

**Florida A&M and Savannah State are not eligible for post-season competition in 2014, therefore is not listed in this year’s predicted order of finish.

How University Of Alabama Sororities Kept Black Women From Joining


 2013 was host to a massive controversy when it was revealed traditionally white sororities at the public university in Tuscaloosa were still discriminating against black women.

Although things have been quiet lately around the issue, Marie Claire magazine dived into how the UA sororities were able to keep women of color from getting bids without outright declaring "No blacks allowed":

At Kappa Delta, the oldest and arguably most prestigious house on campus, the rushees are seated in different rooms depending on how interested the sorority is in pledging them. The best room, called Rush-to-Pledge, is reserved for rushees whom the sorority wants to give the hard sell. Kappa Delta member Kirkland Back, 22, a 2014 graduate, says that in her years in the sorority she saw only two black women ever seated there—and one was a mistake.

"This past year, a black girl ended up in the Rush-to-Pledge room," Back says. "Someone messed up and seated her in the wrong spot … so you can imagine the sad hilarity of watching a bunch of really privileged white girls freaking out. They were like, 'Oh, my God, oh, my God, oh, my God! What are we going to do? She can't think we actually like her!' So they were like, 'Nobody talk to her. … She's gotta know that she's not welcome. She's gotta know this isn't going to work out.'"

"It's not that we've never had black girls come through rush," says Melanie Gotz, 22, a 2014 Alabama graduate and member of Alpha Gamma Delta. "I would see them in the first round, and then they all disappeared. I just figured they didn't make the grades. Until this year, I didn't realize that they were being automatically dropped after the first round. I feel really na├»ve now—I didn't really think racism existed in such a blatant way anymore."

It should be noted every sorority does rush differently, so how things played out at Kappa Delta wouldn't necessarily be applicable to other houses.

But Phi Mu sister Caroline Bechtel disclosed to Marie Claire she'd hear comments like "Oh, she wore an ugly dress," to explain why the black women weren't being offered bids. "But it was so obviously wrong, so obviously racism," Bechtel said.

Eventually, the university administration announced changes to allow desegregation in the sororities. One house even elected their first black president.

But there are still cultural problems that needed addressed, some students say, and there was a controversy in the spring over what the university's student government would do about the traditionally all-white sororities.

Currently, Marie Claire notes, there are 21 black sorority members, which is approximately 0.4 percent of the university's entire Panhellenic population.

Thursday, August 7, 2014


 CIAA Pre-Season Poll

Northern Division:
1. Virginia State University
2. Elizabeth City State University
3. Bowie State University
4. Chowan University
5. Virginia Union University
6. The Lincoln University

Southern Division:
1. Winston-Salem State University
2. Fayetteville State University
3. Shaw University
4. Johnson C. Smith University
5. St. Augustine's University
6. Livingstone College


Vote of Coaches, Media and Sports Information Directors

East Division
1. Alabama State, 93 points
2. Alcorn State, 91
3. Jackson State, 72
4. Mississippi Valley State, 40
5. Alabama A&M, 34

West Division
1. Southern, 95
2. Prairie View A&M, 88
3. Arkansas-Pine Bluff, 66
4. Texas Southern, 50
5. Grambling, 31

Year of the SWAC Quarterbacks

PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania  -- A team that wins a conference championship generally has something the competition is lacking.

In the year of the quarterback in the Southwestern Athletic Conference, that isn't such a good thing for reigning champ Southern.
The Jaguars have a need at quarterback because they must replace Dray Joseph, who shared 2013 SWAC offensive player of the year honors as a senior.
Veteran quarterbacks are widespread in the 10-team conference that on Friday installed Southern as the favorite in the West Division as well as Alabama State atop the East Division.

"A lot of defensive coordinators are going to stay up late," said Prairie View A&M head coach Heishma Northern, whose team is led by one of the SWAC's top quarterbacks in senior Jerry Lovelocke.

"If you look all throughout the conference, everybody has a quarterback pretty much with the exception of Southern that has game experience or has played a part of the games or may not have played due to injuries. But it's a lot of people with experience that's going to be able to help their teams in the long run."
The only team besides Southern that is replacing its starting quarterback is Jackson State, which lost to the Jaguars in the SWAC championship game. But the Tigers return redshirt sophomore LaMontiez Ivy, their former highly-touted recruit who was their season-opening starter last year before he suffered a fractured fibula and dislocated ankle against Tulane and missed his second consecutive season. He is hoping to be ready for the Tigers' season opener on Aug. 30.
Headlining the strong class of QBs are Alcorn State junior John Gibbs, Arkansas-Pine Bluff senior Ben Anderson and Lovelocke. Each signal caller accounted for at least 25 touchdowns last season and Anderson enters the 2014 season as the preseason offensive player of the year for a second consecutive season.
Ironically, Lovelocke was named to the preseason first team over Anderson. Twenty-five players were named to this year's preseason teams as a result of receiving 2013 All-SWAC honors, and in the event that a player was named to the first team but did not return this year, the second-team player at the position - like Lovelocke - was elevated to the first team.
A year ago, Anderson led the conference in total offense with 3,611 yards (2,787 passing, 824 rushing). Lovelocke, more of a pocket passer, totaled 2,838 yards through the air and 284 on the ground, while Gibbs passed for 2,567 yards and rushed for another 455.
Alabama State junior Daniel Duhart also comes off a solid season, while dual- threats Homer Causey of Texas Southern and Patrick Ivy of Mississippi Valley State are seeking to lift their passing numbers.
Senior Jaymason Lee and junior Brandon Wells return at Alabama A&M after splitting the quarterback duties last year. The same thing occurred at Grambling State, but senior D.J. Williams, who was the starter as a freshman for the 2011 SWAC champion Tigers, has more experience than junior Johnathan Williams.
The many veteran quarterbacks figure to raise the level of play in the SWAC even though Southern will have a QB competition in preseason camp (redshirt freshman Deonte Shorts is the frontrunner). In Joseph, the Jaguars are replacing a quarterback who threw for 3,573 yards and 30 touchdowns last year.
Alabama State linebacker Kourtney Berry, only a sophomore, was named the preseason defensive player of the year.
Alabama State, Arkansas-Pine Bluff, Mississippi Valley State, Prairie View and Southern are under NCAA Academic Progress Rate penalties and aren't eligible for the FCS playoffs (with an at-large bid), but the SWAC will allow them to play in the conference championship game if they win their respective division.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Black Colleges Need to Change to Survive

The debate around the relevancy of historically black colleges (HBCUs) is at least as old as the 1954 Supreme Court ruling in Brown v. Board of Education that "separate but equal" educational systems are inherently unequal. The data and experiences of countless HBCU alumni like me tell a much different story: HBCUs play an invaluable role in educating often underprepared students successfully, and without HBCUs, the hopes and dreams of thousands of capable African-Americans would go unrealized.
While HBCUs enroll only 15 percent of African-American collegians, they award 30 percent of all degrees obtained by African-Americans. Hence the relevancy of HBCUs is unassailable. But we can ill afford to leave the debate there. Today, like never before, colleges and universities must compete for students, faculty, money and public recognition. HBCUs are in a position to reaffirm their significance by graduating a preponderance of their students, distinguishing themselves academically and ensuring that they are expertly managed.
For many reasons, including historic under-resourcing, HBCUs are challenged to deliver the sort of outcomes required in our changing and more demanding society. The debate does not move either them or our nation forward. Rather, it is time to ask whether HBCUs are sufficiently self-critical and adaptive to transform into the institutions they will have to become if they are to be sustainable. Self-critical institutions intentionally adjust their thinking and behaviors based on examined awareness of their own missions and outcomes. They seek self-improvement.
Given their long-standing mission to educate underprepared students, HBCUs should be at the forefront of curricula, teaching and student-advising innovations. Given their century and a half of underfunding and having to do more with less, HBCUs should be leaders in institutional efficiency, cost-sharing and partnerships. And given their reliance on public funding, HBCUs should be experts at garnering federal support for their initiatives. But none of these is so.
HBCUs must challenge themselves to achieve higher levels of excellence and sustained outcomes by transforming their self-understandings. Doing so requires placing these institutions under critical self-scrutiny. To improve their outcomes, HBCUs will have to undertake a process of critical self-reflection in which their institutional stories, myths and assumptions are laid aside in a search for truth. Fundamental questions about institutional effectiveness will have to be addressed in order to develop accurate knowledge about their strengths and weakness.
And then HBCUs will have to take self-corrective action. These measures are internal to institutions and require internal leadership, but President Barack Obama recently gave HBCUs a much-needed lift. In an unprecedented acknowledgment of the importance of HBCUs, Obama has ordered that every agency within the federal government actively seek out opportunities for HBCUs to participate in federal programs. Importantly, the president did not call for affirmative action for HBCUs. He called for the engagement of HBCUs, which will be based on their merits.
The problem is that many HBCUs have been ill-equipped to be full participants in solving the nation's problems or helping it reach the president's educational goal for America to have the most educated citizenry in the world in next decade. Many HBCUs have neither the internal managerial capacity nor institutional outcomes necessary to take full advantage of the president's mandate, which should be a wake-up call to all of us who value HBCUs that their sustainability rests in great measure on how well they are managed to achieve their aims.
Yet, some HBCUs stand out as models, not just among other HBCUs but among institutions nationally, for their insightfulness. For instance, Spelman College has long been the envy of HBCUs for garnering private donations and public support, for enrolling well-prepared students, for being a leader in student success and for having the highest graduation rate among all HBCUs. But Spelman did not get there without a persistent effort.
Under the leadership of President Beverly Daniel Tatum, Spelman has done and continues the hard work of explicating its outcomes and ambitions in a quest for self-improvement. By removing their presuppositions -- good and bad -- about the institution, Spelman's faculty, alumni and staff were able to continue to value the institution's heritage while pursuing a progressive agenda of self-learning that is resulting in improvement in all major areas of institutional effectiveness.
There is great hope that the new generation of black college presidents who have taken the helm of institutions like Howard and Tuskegee universities will follow Spelman's example. Indeed, it is time for all HBCUs to adopt self-critical mindsets and make the changes necessary to thrive. (Huffington Post)


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