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Inspired Day of Service

May 9th, 2013 · No Comments

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Evening of Empowerment

March 30th, 2013 · No Comments

Susan Taylor joins the Women of DSU for an evening of empowerment
By: Allison Hazel

Founded by DMV (Washington D.C. Maryland and Virginia) recruitment officer and former SGA president Danyel Jones, Women’s Empowerment Week is designed to honor, empower, and uplift the women at Delaware State University. The event was hosted by a panel of phenomenal women including award winning journalist, former editor-in-chief of Essence magazine, and founder/CEO of National Cares Mentoring Movement Susan L. Taylor. Taylor was joined by some of the most influential women on campus including Dr. Francine Edwards, Candy Young, and Germaine Scott-Cheatham.

The soft-spoken Susan L. Taylor was introduced by mass communications student Kayla Morrison- Williams. Williams spoke briefly about Taylor’s accomplishments within the mass communications field.Williams also touched upon the mission of Taylor’s organization the National Cares Mentoring Movement. Taylor opened the event by expressing her thoughts and concerns regarding the African American community; more specifically women in the African American community.

Taylor emphasized the importance of embracing and loving one’s self. “It is a gift to be born black and female in the now-time. There are so many opportunities for black women today”, said Susan L. Taylor.As the evening progressed, the topic of discussion ranged from acceptance, love, pain, beauty, courage, education, health, and friendship.

“Acceptance is learning how to ask questions and to continue learning about who you are”, said Francine Edwards Public Relations professor and adviser of PRSSA (Public Relations Student Society of America). The women on the panel let the audience into their personal lives by discussing their past and present challenges. Furthermore, the panel spoke about the art of multi-tasking and how to balance a career, motherhood, and still have “quiet time”. Susan Taylor

At the end of the event, Shelbe Hudson thanked the panel for sharing their words of wisdom and presented Susan L. Taylor a gift.

Taylor said that there was no place she’d rather be.

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DSU Jazz Ensemble Shines

March 7th, 2013 · No Comments

History Light at Schwartz Center

By Logan French for The Hornet

The Delaware State University Jazz Ensemble was far from disappointing on their outstanding performance this past Saturday night. Along with the guests sitting in from Wesley College, the ensemble filled the Schwartz Center with powerful music, a great vibe, and poignant reminders of the past as they presented the opening to the program “Echoes of a Prophet.”

With this year marking the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, DSU Jazz Ensemble Director Randolph J. Johnson led his students in a wonderful presentation of music celebrating the idiosyncrasy and strength of Jazz music originally performed by artists of African American heritage. This music was the heartbeat of the spirit behind such men as Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X. Jazz came with its own rhythm and allowed many people of color to express the anger and frustration they felt in the fight against Jim Crow laws without fear of retaliation. Director Johnson, who was as lively and entertaining as ever, showcased his stellar and awe inspiring talent to rock the house with fantastic selections such as Dizzie Gillespie’s “Tunisia”, Miles Davis’ “4”, and a piece from Wilmington, Delaware’s own Clifford Brown entitled “Jordu”. By the third song, the crowd was swaying along with the beat of the eccentric music from the talent on the stage which proved to shine stronger and brighter than the glint off of their instruments as they executed every note. Special guest performer from Toledo, Ohio, Dr. Stanley Cowell added the perfect nightcap for the first half of the evening when he along with Director Johnson and the packed stage performed Cowell’s own “Absecretions”. It would be completely remiss not to mention the exceptional vocal performances by the Calvary Baptist Church Choir and Delaware State University alumnus Reverend John Moore, Sr. Complementing the DSU Jazz Ensemble celebrating the progression of African American culture in society through music, Reverend Moore allowed the audience to take a trip back with him to Mobile, Alabama as he portrayed one of the greatest men who ever walked the Earth, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Reverend Moore allowed the audience to feel the exact emotion and aggravating struggle that must have been in the mind of Dr. King, Jr as he reenacted such monumental speeches such as “I Have a Dream’’ as well as instructions of his burial that sent a chill throughout the audience where he explained that he wanted his funeral to be short and not to focus on his attributes, but to shed light on that he was always there to fight for the righteous cause and was always supporting his fellow man. Calvary Baptist Church members matched Reverend Moore with tear jerking performances with unbelievable vocal talent. There was not a dry eye in the hall when the group rallied at the end of the program for and inspiring and uplifting presentation of “We Shall Overcome” with all of the members of the choir, including Reverend Moore. “Echoes of a Prophet” was a terrific show that reminded and brought honor to the people who fought against injustice and marched forward and trudged the path for race equality. “Prosperity can be established for all—regardless of station, race, or creed.”

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They came, they saw, they conquered:

March 7th, 2013 · No Comments

DSU students win HBCU Career Marketplace Conference in DC

By Jasmine Manley for The Hornet

Delaware State University students were recognized for their outstanding performance during the 6th Annual HBCU Career Development Marketplace Event; and was awarded the HBCU Career Development Marketplace “Tariq Shane Spirit of Professionalism” Award.

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Tariq Shane, founder of the HBCU CDM, set a goal to recognize individuals who exemplify the ideals of the positive spirit of the HBCU CDM conference. “I’m so proud of them,” said Felicia Dorman, Office of Career Services. Under the coordination and leadership of Dorman, 19 Seniors, 6 Juniors and 1 Graduate student made up the largest group of students per college out of the 12 HBCUs in attendance.

“Honestly we were the most spirited school and we showed it well,” said Senior Gianna Harris, “I’m glad we won.” Harris, a social work major, said she enjoyed the conference and wished the conference lasted longer. “I had a chance to network and learn some well needed financial information for the future,” said Harris, “It was very beneficial to me.” “In preparation for this event, our young professionals worked hard and endured through various tasks I required them to complete,” said Dorman, “With the intent to expose them to factors and characteristics that will make them strong, marketable and relevant in the workforce.”

The 6th Annual HBCU Career Development Marketplacein Washington D.C. from January 30, 2013 to February 1, 2013. “The two weeks prior to the event was the busiest,” said Dorman, “I was receiving text messages and emails asking me to look over their resume revisions all hours of the night, including after midnight. It’s a good thing I sleep with my laptop beside my bed.” “But it was all worth it,” said Dorman, “I am happy our young professionals were able to see that hard-work does pay off when you’re least expected. We had no idea this award existed, but it was well deserved,” she said. The goal for this event is to create a positive experience that will allow HBCU students the opportunity to network with HBCU alumni and seasoned industry professionals, as well as, to acquire valuable knowledge and the tools necessary to ensure success in corporate America.

The conference provides a great deal of information, inspiration and encouragement to motivate young professionals of HBCU’s. In addition to Delaware State University, colleges from Georgia, Mississippi, Louisiana, the Carolina’s, Virginia and Maryland were present. It is estimated that approximately 200 students of HBCU’s were in attendance. During her speech and upon accepting the award on behalf of the University she said: “I brought 26 fantastic students here, but believe it or not, I have 4000 more back home that are just as good!”

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Is Delaware State University safe?

March 7th, 2013 · No Comments

By Amanda Alexander and India Lee for The Hornet
   Hornet February 27, 2013 issue

With all of the violence going on around the country today, how safe are students on the Delaware State University campus? Back in December of 2012, the most horrific school shooting happened at Sandy Hooke Elementary School.  “This was definitely a tragedy and affected everybody to some degree,” said Sgt. Dominick Campalone.  Sgt. Campalone also stated that no parent should ever have to bury their son or daughter before them.  Just last week, Lone Star College in Houston, TX had a shooting, but had taken precaution months prior to this incident so that students and faculty would always be prepared.  “Chief Harry Downes is working on an emergency preparedness plan for students and faculty to practice,” said Sgt. Campalone.  He also stated that more officers are being assigned to different dormitories on campus and officers will be walking through the Administration Building because of the anxiety of long lines and frustration that people can build up.  Here at DSU, there are frequent robberies, which the students get notifications of through email. Many question what is being done to counteract campus crime.  “I don’t feel like we’re safe here, at least not anymore with all of these robberies,” said Camille Fletcher, a DSU sophomore.  Lately, on-campus robberies have been occurring regularly in the late hours of the night. Although students should know better than to walk alone in the dark, many simply disregard the advice and become vulnerable to danger.  “I can say that I feel safe during the day time definitely but however, I would never take that walk to the courtyards by myself in the nighttime. That’s just too dangerous,” said Agnes Everett, a DSU junior.  One student, Kailani Capote states, “There should be more security cameras installed around campus and also more police should be posted up in the problem areas, such as certain residence halls. But at least we have a closed campus, most colleges don’t have that,” said Capote, a DSU junior.

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Delaware State Education Association Forms DSU Chapter

March 7th, 2013 · No Comments

By Jasmine Manley for The Hornet

DSEA  27, 2013 issue

DSU Education majors have an exciting new opportunity: there is now a student chapter of theDelawareState Education Association right here on campus.  Previously known as the Teachers in Progress Club or T.I.P, this student organization has been reborn and has emerged as D.I.R.E.C.T. Teachers Association (D.T.A.). The name comes from the standards of DSU’s Education Department’s Professional Education Unit Model.D=Diversity, I=Interpersonal Communication, R=Reflection, E=Effective Teaching and Assessment Strategies, C=Content and Pedagogical Knowledge, and T=Technology.  D.T.A.’s decision to become a student chapter of the Delaware State Education Association (DSEA) comes from the wealth of resources that DSEA and its national affiliate, the National Education Association (NEA) offers its members.  New members were inducted during the Chapter Celebration and Member Recognition Ceremony, which took place on January 30, 2013 in the Martin Luther King Jr. Student Center.  Students received words of wisdom from DSEA President, Frederika Jenner, received membership pins and certificates, and were awarded tons of freebies—a perk these students will have to get used to.  As NEA and DSEA student members, DSU students will be eligible for various discounts and opportunities for professional development at conferences held all over the country.  “We plan on doing big things. Education majors will receive more opportunities than before because of  NEA and DSEA!” says chapter president Renee Horn.

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John Legend Inspires DSU!

March 6th, 2013 · No Comments

By: Allison Hazel for “The Hornet”

John Stephens better known by his stage name John Legend, is more than a musician.  He is also a philanthropist who wants to cease poverty and improve the education system.  On Wednesday Feb. 27 John spoke about his career, philanthropy, and global concerns, during “An Evening with John Legend” at Delaware State University.  Over 500 people filled the Memorial Hall Gymnasium for the event.  “An Evening with John Legend” began with an exceptional speech, followed by a Question and Answer portion in which audience members were given the opportunity to ask John a question.  The event ended with a brief performance. Members of the audience sang along as John performed some of his greatest hits such as ‘Ordinary People’ and ‘Tonight’.

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“Being a big John Legend fan, I really enjoyed the event”, said Krystal Francis, a junior majoring in mass communications.  “He’s such a great musician and he sounds just like the CD! I also learned a lot from his speech”, she added.  Prior to the event, John attended a reception at President Harry L. Williams’ home.  At the reception, John mingled and conversed with invited guests.  At approximately 7 p.m. John arrived at the Memorial Hall Gymnasium for the main event.  The crowd welcomed him with a standing ovation as he made his way to the stage.  During the introduction of the speech, John emphasized the importance of education.  He believes that a student comes to college in order to open their mind, challenge ideals, and become a better thinker.  “Without education doors remain closed”, John explained.  Then he began talking about his life and career beginnings.  After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania, John worked in the corporate world for a few years.  Although John had a nine to five, he pursued music on the side and played gigs at midnight.  “Whatever your passion is, follow it! Do whatever it takes”, said John.  From 1998 to 2004 John worked on building his career. In December of 2004, John released his debut album ‘Get Lifted’.

The Hornet: Not only are you a singer, but you’re a songwriter, producer, and musician as well. How were you introduced to music?

John Legend: Music was in my family, I grew up around people who played music in church. My mother was the choir director and my dad played the drums. I was around people who loved to sing and I began playing the piano at the age of four.

Hornet: Songs such as ‘Ordinary People’ and ‘Everybody Knows’ are so relatable, Are your songs based on personal experiences?

Legend: No matter what, I’m trying to tell a story that connects to the audience. Sometimes it’s personal feelings or [it could be] something I’ve read.

Hornet: So, do you write the music first and compose the rest of the song from there?

Legend: Yea, I write the music first so I could figure out the melody.

Hornet: You’ve collaborated with a ton of artists. At this point is there anyone you aspire to work with?

Legend: Not really aspire but I’m willing to work with new and established artist.

Hornet: Okay, interesting.

Legend: [nods] if I respect that artist, I’ll work with them.

Hornet: Aside from music, you’re a philanthropist. What inspired you to get involved and become the remarkable humanitarian that you are today?

Legend: I was raised by parents who had a mission in life to help other people. We volunteered at church and took in foster children. I knew what it meant to be a good person.

Hornet: I know you’re a firm believer in education, what piece of advice or words of encouragement would you give the youth in terms of staying in school?

Legend: [as for college students] you have the ability to use your knowledge for good don’t waste the opportunity.

Hornet: What about the younger kids?

Legend: Stay in school, study hard, and don’t be afraid to succeed.

Hornet: Lastly, do you believe HBCU’s are still relevant and important?

Legend: Yes.HBCU’s have done a great job of educating young people when other schools didn’t want to. HBCU’s have brought up people like Dr. King [as well as] the doctors, professors, and business people. So it’s important to support HBCU’s, the UNCF committee, and encourage our young people.

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MLK Jr. Goes Digital

March 5th, 2013 · No Comments

The King Center Imaging Project, sponsored by JP Morgan Chase, kicked off it’s Exibition here at Delaware State University. WDSU-TV reporter Allison Hazel covered the story.


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Help With Your Job Search

March 4th, 2013 · No Comments

WDSU-TV Reporter visits the DSU Career Services Center where students go for advice on searching for a job.

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It’s Getting Hot!

February 28th, 2013 · No Comments

Dr. Mingxin Guo, from the College of Agriculture and Natural Sciences, spoke about the current climate change and the efforts that are being made to reduce the disastrous effects that a climate change could bring.

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