By: La’Erica Conner-Sims
Children growing up in the world today have many opportunities that can lead them to careers working in technology or other STEM-related fields. The four components that make up STEM education are science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
By connecting with schools and other organizations geared towards helping children, Dr. Eric Cheek made more STEM opportunities possible. Dr. Cheek is currently the Interim Assistant Vice President of Continuing Education and Summer Programs at DSU.
He was able to recruit children from these institutions to become a part of a national program called FIRST. The acronym FIRST stands for ‘For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology.’
“The idea of this program is to introduce kids to the excitement of STEM areas through a robotics program,” Dr. Cheek went on to say, “What we are doing is using robotics to get them interested in the math and science and the general STEM areas by having them build robots and meet a certain challenge.”
The FIRST program operates out of the Thomasson Building and includes elementary, middle school, and high school students. There are currently three grade-specific programs that are held for students.
The Junior FIRST LEGO League is for students in grades K-4, the FIRST LEGO League is for students in grades 5-8, and the FIRST Tech Challenge is for high school students. Each year, the FIRST LEGO League students have to create robots that are based on a centralized theme.
“This year, the theme is ‘nature’s fury’,” Dr. Cheek said. “So what they’re going to do is build several different missions around keeping people safe during the different natural disasters, whether it’s hurricanes, wildfires, tornadoes, tsunamis, all of these different things.”
There is also a research project that the students have to complete. The project requires them to look at natural disasters and figure out ways to keep people safe if one was to occur.
Maya Bythwood, an 11-year-old student, is a current member of the F.I.R.S.T. program and will be participating in the FIRST LEGO League. She expressed how exciting and fun the program is for her.
“I like things that challenge me and it’s fun to work in a group that I know,” Bythwood said. “I think the most important thing is the research project,” Bythwood said. “It helps you know more information about that area and that topic.”
China Genwright, a senior engineering major, is the coach for Bythwood’s team. “I think that it’s a great opportunity, especially for younger minority kids and students that are females,” Genwright said.
“My robotics team is a group of four girls and they’re very smart.” She plans on helping to promote programs like FIRST for other students so they can have more exposure to the field.
For more information about the FIRST program, contact Dr. Cheek at (302) 857-6823.
By Travia Dunbar
DSU Honors Program kicked off their first annual game night of the year on September 20, 2013. The night consisted of members coming together to face off in fun and competitive games.
Game Night is held sporadically throughout the semester in order for honors students to release stress by playing fun filled games. “It was a very fun night, I got to meet new people and get rowdy, which is always fun,” said Brianna Colombo, a freshman who is a new member of the program.
DSU Honors Program encourages students to apply to the program in order to become a part of the many festivities that are held, as well as becoming a scholar student. “Taboo is one of the most ecstatic games we played all night long; it gets real,” said Dorian McDonald, a returning member of the Honors Program.
For more information regarding the Honors Program, please contact Dr. Dawn A. Lott at (302)-857-7059.
By Danielle Harvey
Curls and Coils was founded in 2012 by Jacqueline King, a Social Work major and Erin Cramer a Nursing major. Curls and Coils made its formal introduction to the student body at the beginning of the 2013 Fall Semester.
“Jackie and I started Curls and Coils Hair Care Association because we wanted to leave our mark by being apart of something different,” states Erin Cramer, Vice President of Curls and Coils. CCHCA has planned events for this semester to promote their organization and spread their message of healthy hair.
On October 21, 2013 in the MLK Parlors, Curls and Coils hosted its first event which was a DIY Workshop. They showed ladies and gentlemen how to create their own natural products to use on their hair.
Miss Curls and Coils, Tyara Jackson has become the face and voice of the organization. “I wanted to be apart of an organization that wants to empower females and to let them know your hair does not define you”, said Jackson.
After being founded, Cramer and King worked diligently to build an executive board and reach the students as quickly as possible. “Everyone typically wants to be apart of an organization or hold a position in one. People rarely start an organization and get it approved by OSLA, and with the little time that we had we pulled it through”, states Cramer.
One of the major goals of the organization is to continue moving forward and become one of the major organizations on campus. “As we move forward through the school year we plan for Curls and Coils Hair Care Association to be one of the most influential organizations on campus.
We hope to recruit as many members as possible so that we may fulfill our mission which is to promote healthy hair care to as many students on campus as possible” states Jacqueline.
By: India Lee
Miss Chascidy Reeves and Mister Charles Robinson Snead can officially mark October 6th, 2013 as one of the most honorable and exciting days of their lives. Homecoming coronation is always looked forward to as the kickoff event for Homecoming at DSU.
All of the Misters and Misses got a chance to dress up in their elegant attire and grace the stage sporting their unique sash and sparkling crowns and pins. Each organization chooses one Mister and one Miss every year, and although every organization on campus is essential to DSU, it is all about the Royal Court!
Once each King and Queen from the freshman, sophomore, junior and senior class, all donned in red and white, have been seated in their beautifully adorned chairs, Miss DSU and Mister DSU make their presence known.
In a stunning white gown that stole the show, Chascidy sat upon her throne glowing! With a crown so lavish and bright, Charles brought nothing but allure and charisma to the stage!
When asked how it felt being on stage as the face of DSU Chascidy shared, “It was so surreal. I was really silent throughout the entire time I was backstage because I couldn’t believe that my dream was coming true.
It feels awesome to be in a spot like this because not everyone is granted the opportunity.” When Charles was asked how it felt being in the spotlight he expressed, “I didn’t know how to feel about it, my emotions were all over the place.
I was in a moment where my dream had come true and when something like that happens for you, all you can do is just appreciate it! I didn’t know what else to do but to smile and be grateful.”
As they have proved to DSU, Mister and Miss DSU are appreciative of the positions that they fought so hard to acquire and look forward to making their impact on DSU in the 2013 to 2014 school year!
By: Nettiesha Scott
Powder Puff a women’s flag football game is the kick off for homecoming every year here at DSU. The person in charge of powder puff this year is Jomah Watson.
Jomah is a recent graduate of Delaware State and is now the Intramural & Club Sports Coordinator and Assistant Director of the Wellness Center. One of his goals this year was to have more ladies participate.The rules are followed by the National Intramural Recreational Sports Association. The staff includes student workers from the wellness center who referee the game; they are well trained in knowing the rules and even medically.
All players have to sign a waiver saying if they get hurt they cannot blame the school; no one has been hurt in the past but the medical staff is prepared. There were a total of three teams with about twenty players on each team ready to play.
Usually there is one championship game with two teams. Coach Eli, of the Pretty Crushers who are also the 3 time champs, said he was “pleased with his group of girls this year.”
The tournament was on Sunday October 7 in order to decide who would be playing in the championship game. Even though it was the tournament game there was a pretty good turnout concerning audience.Second year player Amber Boyce recalls that the tournament was “one of her favorite memories this year.” Amber also said, “Players need to remember it’s all fun and games, in the end win or lose it is just to kick off homecoming.”
Since Powder Puff is growing Jomah is working to have an intramural team in the spring. Jomah also suggested a follow up sport from powder-puff volleyball.
This year was another successful powder puff game; next year there could possibly be a few more teams. Coach Eli explains, “If you are interested in playing do not be afraid, you’re going to enjoy the game and make new friends or associates when you come out.”
Registration will be three weeks prior to the game next year so for all those interested, make sure you come out and sign up. Following the powder puff game was the students vs. staff football game, which they play every year, featuring your fellow classmates and other staff.
Right now it’s usually the men who play but with more female participation there will hopefully be a men and women’s students vs. staff game in the future. Everyone is encouraged to come out and play its fun and it helps you stay fit.
Students in the Hospitality programs get a special treat this time of year. They learn to prepare and serve a Thanksgiving meal for teachers and students at Delaware State University.
It’s that time of year! A little preventative medicine can be the “Apple A Day” you need. Walgreens is working hand in hand with DSU to get the flushot to students, as is evidenced by the activity in the Martiv Luther King Center.
By La’Erica Conner-Sims
Students were in for a surprise when director and producer Lee Daniels was announced to speak at DSU. On Thursday, October 17, students, faculty and others interested in the event, gathered in the Education and Humanities Theater for a memorable experience. Daniels started the event by speaking about his childhood and the obstacles he had to overcome in his life.
Growing up in West Philadelphia, Daniels was not granted the same opportunities students today have available to them. He made it clear to the students in attendance that they should “take advantage of opportunity” when it comes to their education. One sad detail that was shared about Daniels’ father was his death when he was only 12 years old.
He told the audience that his father was a Philadelphia police officer who was killed in the line of duty. Daniels then took the audience on an auditory trip and went through each of the careers he had after high school. One of his first careers was working for a nursing agency after he relocated to California.
Daniels started his own health care business after realizing that he could do the job on his own. After he left the nursing agency, he did just that. Daniels started off with a handful of clients and grew to having over 500 nurses and over 1,000 patients at his company by the time he was 21-22 years old.
He credited his use of drugs to the large amount of money he had earned during this time. “When you don’t have an education or you don’t know to pay taxes, what do you do?” Daniels said. “You buy houses, you buy Porsches, you roll a lot of drugs and that’s what I did.”
Daniels also shared that he is an openly gay man and had to deal with many of his friends dying from AIDS after the disease became a problem in the United States. A casting company was the next career for Daniels after he decided to sell his nursing company. During his time with the casting company, he was able to work on the movie Purple Rain that starred singer-songwriter Prince.
Prince was noted as being very supportive of Daniels. “Prince liked me and believed in me and saw some talent in me,” Daniels said of the musician. Daniels then migrated to Warner Brothers and was hired by them to be in charge of seeking minority talent.
On a later trip to Broadway, Daniels was inspired after seeing the musical Dreamgirls. He set out to begin managing actors and actresses who fell into the minority group. Morgan Freeman, Loretta Devine and Cuba Gooding, Jr. were among the people he worked with.
His use of drugs was still ongoing at this point. Monster’s Ball was Daniels first film which he produced in 2001 which starred Halle Berry, Billy Bob Thornton and the late Heath Ledger. Berry ended up becoming the first African-American actress to win Best Actress at the Academy Awards.
On the night of the awards after Berry won, Daniels said he did not feel like he deserved the recognition. He spoke about how he had a crack pipe in his hands when Berry had called his hotel room to join her at a Vanity Fair after party.
Daniels also mentioned his two children who happen to be the children of his brother.
He has been raising them since they were infants due to the imprisonment of his brother. He named his two children as being the reason for why he stopped doing drugs. The event progressed with Daniels talking about his recent film The Butler which was released in August of 2013.
When speaking about the film, he said it was about a love story between the father and the son. He ended by sharing a blooper reel from The Butler which kept the audience laughing. Questions were accepted afterwards by those in attendance.
There were several questions from students and other attendants that dealt with wanting advice which Daniels answered honestly. There were also two women who came up to speak about their experiences during the civil rights movement. The audience welcomed both women with applause after hearing their stories.
The event ended with attendants asking Daniels for autographs and pictures.
By Robert Binford
The Hornets cross country team is hosting their second Hornet Invitational of the 2013 season.
The track meet will take place at the Hornets home track which is located in Smyrna.
The team has practiced non-stop nearly seven days a week to prepare for this upcoming meet.
The team has made changes in the coaching personnel with the new edition of head coach Krystal
Mckenzie for the girls’ team.
At their last meet on September 21, both the girls and boys placed 5th in the Cappy Anderson Invitational.
Talking with some players they feel as though the team has improved morally and in their work ethics.
This cross country team seeks to put Delaware State on top of the MEAC to attain prestige in the track program.