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Morgan has tradition they dominate cheer in the MEAC

I would have to say BCU followed cby NCAT, I am disgusted by the sound of the Howard Band :brickwall:

This is so official

General Discussion Forum / Re: Hey Bison 4 Life
« on: April 04, 2011, 12:34:32 PM »
My sister/brother-in-law/nephew just left Hampton and are headed to Howard.  She said the Va folks were bad mouthing the area Howard is located.   :lol:

My sister said she's going to also take him to AAMU (I wonder why????)  :lol:  She said she knows he won't go to her alma mater.  She graduated from Samford U.  and its about two miles from her house.  :lol:

She said Hampton had a nice campus but I think his heart is set on Howard.

I visited Hampton as well as Howard, VMI, Minnesota and Ole Miss.  Each campus is had its pros and cons.  Ultimately I chose to attend Howard, what's funny is that Howard folks don't hate on Hampton at all.  But something must be wrong down there cause this is not the first time I've heard of them talking bad about the Nations Capital.

General Discussion Forum / Re: Lane expands as enrollment rises
« on: April 04, 2011, 12:30:18 PM »
This is great to see. :clap:

On the Sidelines and In The Stands / Re: Band Camp?
« on: April 01, 2011, 08:59:12 PM »
36th Annual Bama State Band Camp   June 12-18, 2011

This is exactly what I wa talking about.  I think that it's aazing that I like in the DC Metro Area and this is the first time that I have ever heard or seen information of an HBCU Band Camp.

Politics / Re: Miami Mayor Recalled
« on: March 16, 2011, 02:01:29 PM »
He sealed his faith with the pay raise.  Should just held tight a road steady.  Greed will always get you in the end.

On the Sidelines and In The Stands / Re: Band Camp?
« on: March 15, 2011, 09:43:46 PM »
Are these band campus good recruiting tools for HBCU's?


Washington Informer UDC student leaders (left to right) Michael Watson, Veronica Alcantarra and Melody Marsh are looking into legal action against President Allen Sessoms. Students staged a protest on the university’s campus in Northwest on Mon., March 7. Photo by Victor Holt
“What he is doing is causing tension around the campus because there is a feeling that he is not being honest,” said Watson who lives in Southeast.

There have been rumors of retaliation against the students who want Sessoms to step down. Watson said that he is not afraid.

“I am from Southeast and I know my rights,” he said.

“I will not stay silent on this.”

The University of the District of Columbia has an enrollment of approximately 5,100 students and also boasts a community college, undergraduate division, a graduate school and a law school. Prominent alumni of the university include D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier, Atlanta Police Chief Richard Pennington, Lennox Yearwood, president of the Hip-Hop Caucus, University of Maryland-Eastern Shore President Thelma Thompson and former Georgetown Men’s Basketball Coach John Thompson.

However, there are some university alumni that support the students’ call for Sessoms to step down.

“Since Sessoms has become the president, tuition has increased and he has done away with open enrollment,” said Joshua Lopez, a candidate for the at-large city council seat.

“When I was here two years ago, we protested his style of management and his policies. I see he has not changed.”

Another alumnus, William Kellibrew IV, fell short of calling for the president’s resignation.

“We need an independent, external audit of what is going on,” Kellibrew, 36, said.

Sessoms was hired by the university’s board of trustees in 2008 to upgrade the university so it would be an attractive educational feature in the city’s landscape.

The university’s open admission policy was eliminated for the undergraduate division by Sessoms and tuition was increased dramatically, much to the chagrin of students.

The president, in a cost-saving measure, has proposed to eliminate or merge several programs that he considered to be underutilized. Programs that are targeted for downgrading from a major to a minor include Spanish and Physics.

Observers question the wisdom of changing the Spanish program in light of the city’s growing Latino population. The downgrading of Physics is ironic because

Sessoms holds degrees in the field.

The curriculum changes bother Ashley Moore, a Fort Washington, Md., English major. She said that English will be downgraded to a minor if Sessoms has his way.

“He is wrong to cut some programs,” Moore, 20, said.

“If he cuts some of those programs, some students will lose interest in the university and leave.”

Some of the protesting students feel that the president is not supportive of them.

“Our theater department had an outstanding run of ‘The Wiz’ last year and while the show was praised, Sessoms did not even bother to come to a performance,” said Melody Marsh, a senior administration of criminal justice major.

“The theater department will feature ‘Annie’ this week and we will see if he comes to a show,” Marsh, 30, said.

Corey Francis, a senior studio art major, said that Sessoms should try to meet the needs of students who have disabilities instead of “flying around everywhere.”

The president of the District’s only public institution of higher learning is under attack from student leaders for his travel expenditures at a time when tuition is being increased and budget cuts from the D.C. Council are imminent.

Fifty students gathered at the plaza of the University of the District of Columbia’s Northwest campus on Mon., March 7 to call for the resignation of Allen Sessoms, the president of the school. The students, chanting “Hey, hey, ho, ho, Allen Sessoms got to go”, said that Sessoms travel and other expenses are too much to bear.

“He is raising tuition and he is spending the students’ fees like crazy,” said David Okonkwo, 24, a junior biology major. “I don’t support what he is doing.”
Sessoms, 61, has come under fire for spending excessive amounts of money for travel to places like Egypt and San Antonio, Texas. He held a press conference later during the day to explain why he traveled so much and why he insisted on going first class.

“As a university president, I have to be out there,” he said.

“We are trying to build a vision, build a strong team and sell the institution. We know some of the changes that we have made in the university have ruffled some feathers and we expect that.”

Sessoms has served as the president of Delaware State University in Dover, Del., and at Queens College in New York City. He had a contentious relationship at Queens College with officials with the City University of New York, which resulted in his departure regarding a misunderstanding about fundraising for an AIDS research center that never materialized.

However, he left Delaware State with high marks for raising academic standards but offended the alumni association by not consulting them on major issues.

Sessoms said that he traveled to Egypt in May of 2010 to hand out degrees to the university’s Egyptian sister school, Modern Academy in Maadi and the arrangements had to be made at the last minute because Egyptian government officials insisted that he come. While he was overseas on that trip, he toured the
University of Sunderland in Sunderland, United Kingdom to explore further academic opportunities for students and faculty, he said.

There were also concerns about first-class tickets to San Antonio that costs about $2,200 and a trip to Jackson Hole, Wyo., to mix and mingle with the world’s political elite. Sessoms said that he was on university business on each trip.

UDC Students Demand that Sessoms Resign    Print    E-mail
By James Wright - WI Staff Writer   
Thursday, 10 March 2011 23:40

Sessoms said that the first-class tickets are a result of a medical condition that requires he extend his legs while traveling on planes.

He said that the president’s house -- which he did not want -- is the property of the university and the $60,000 Navigator is part of his employment contract. He said he was not able to verify all of his travel receipts due to the university’s antiquated financial system.

“This system is so old. It was old when I was a graduate student,” he quipped.

The president’s answers didn’t satisfy Michael Watson, who is the president of the university’s Student Senate. Watson, 22, said that the president needs to go because he has not been transparent enough about his travel and spending habits.
“We have clocks [that] tell the wrong time,” Francis, 31, said.

“We have doors on campus that many students with disabilities cannot go through. Our money should go to fix those things, not traveling to Sweden.”

Watson said that he, Marsh and Veronica Alcantarra, the president of the university’s Latino Student Association will look into filing a civil law suit against the president for his actions.

Watson said that the student body has had enough. A meeting with Sessoms on March 7 did not satisfy them.

“We want Sessoms to leave UDC forever,” he said.

From the Tailgate to the Concession Stand / Re: Tailgate party...
« on: March 08, 2011, 11:35:10 AM »

I worked in a particular school in suburban Maryland where the lunch menu consisted of Chicken patties and fries fives days per week.  The other option was for a student to purchase super pizza or another side item separate.  Once a month a manager's special meal was brought in (taco, turkey, chicken, etc).  The kids bought chips and junk food usually, but were willing to spend cash for a real meal.  If one, including a teacher wanted to purchase a salad you had to pre-order it before 10am so that enough time was allocated to cut the bag open.  The state of school lunch is very sad.  We are forcing this crap into these kids and we are seeing the results of our actions.

From the Tailgate to the Concession Stand / Tailgate party...
« on: March 07, 2011, 01:50:50 PM »
Okay, I'm looking for advise as to how my friends and I should organize a tailgate party for an upcoming classic game this fall.  So far everyone is game and it is local for those willing to help host.  We have a great budget and the game has a late afternoon start.  So those of you who have done this before please help?

General Discussion Forum / Re: Really DC??
« on: March 07, 2011, 11:59:25 AM »
That's why no major venue in DC books go-go shows. If memory serves the Verizon Center has never had a go-go concert. Insurance is to high for promoters to book hip hop or DC unless at the megastar level ( Jay-Z,Kanye,etc).

True indeed. As someone who has lived in the DMV my entire lifetime I am truly say that folks here are getting tired of this mentality.  And this is exactly why the gap is growing here and things won't get any better.  Look at all the talent that has come through this area.  I can't even blame folks for not supporting the local music group.

On the Sidelines and In The Stands / Re: Band Camp?
« on: March 07, 2011, 11:07:24 AM »
I think that other HBCU's should look into the possibility of hosting a band camp... I wonder why Morgan State, Bowie or Howard don't host a camp with a large following in the DMV area  as well as the larger population of African-American youth in the region.  This could be a great recruiting tool as well as a solid fundraiser.

Politics / Re: my governor announces 125 new jobs
« on: February 24, 2011, 12:33:27 PM »
any job creation would be a good start but we have to find away to continue to reinvest in ourselves.

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