N.C. Central University basketball split a doubleheader with Bethune-Cookman University Saturday on Senior Day in McDougald-McLendon Arena.
NCCU women’s basketball (6-20, 5-9 MEAC) put up a good fight against the Wildcats (17-9, 13-1 MEAC), who secured sole possession of the MEAC regular-season championship for the second straight season with their 62-52 win over the Lady Eagles.
The Eagles men’s team (22-6, 13-1 MEAC) fought past Bethune-Cookman (7-21, 4-10 MEAC) with a 78-63 win that clinched the MEAC regular-season championship—NCCU’s third in the last four years.
Following this win, NCCU men’s basketball is also the top seed in the upcoming MEAC Basketball Tournament. The Eagles will play the winner between the eighth and ninth seeds match-up on Wednesday, March 8, 2017.
McDougald-McLendon Arena also played host to visitors from other schools besides Bethune-Cookman on Saturday night.
The NCCU Marching Sound Machine and local high school students from the first annual “Eagle Funk Brass” band clinic performed during halftime at the women’s game.
J. F. Webb High School in Oxford, N.C. had its junior varsity and varsity cheerleading squads adding their voices to those of NCCU’s cheer squads for both games.
The arrival of the C-SPAN Bus in front of the Alfonso Elder Student Union transformed George Street into a digital classroom on Wednesday.
C-SPAN is a not-for-profit company that documents and broadcasts coverage of government proceedings without commentary or editing. “Created by cable,” C-SPAN was founded in 1979 as a public service and is funded by cable and satellite companies.
“We get six cents a month, that’s it, from your cable bill. It pays for this bus, pays for all three networks, my paycheck, everything. So because of that we don’t get any funding from government, from political parties which is what makes us nonpartisan,” Jenae Green, a C-SPAN Marketing Representative, said.
N.C. Central University was one of about a dozen stops on the C-SPAN HBCU Tour 2017. The tour is part of C-SPAN’s community outreach initiative. The bus travels to campaign events, middle schools, high schools, and universities.
“It’s really cool to see the inner workings of what they can do on the road and great that they are doing the HBCU tour and giving African-American students a chance to get internships,” said Chris McKoy, one of the first students to visit the bus.
According to C-SPAN Marketing Representative Doug Hemming, the bus provides a mobile presentation space where students and educators can explore more than 200,000 hours of C-SPAN footage.
The 40 foot-long bus was first commissioned in 1993 to serve as a travelling learning center and production studio. In the front section of the bus is an exhibit filled with screens where students can quiz themselves on legislative knowledge.
The back of the C-SPAN bus is outfitted with a soundproof production room where politicians like Senator Bernie Sanders and Ben Carson were interviewed during the 2016 campaign.
NCCU student Sanesha McPherson said she had no idea what C-SPAN did before touring the bus. Ayanna Holmes, a social work major, said she was getting extra credit for touring the bus.
“I was just on FaceTime with my grandparents, and they were very excited,” said Holmes whose grandparents regularly watch C-SPAN.
Aboard the bus, Hemming used a large touch screen monitor to demonstrate the capabilities of C-SPAN’s video clip function, which allows anyone to edit and download nonpartisan primary sources for their research. He also told students about internship opportunities at C-SPAN’s Washington, D.C. office, an opportunity sophomore Kierra Dobbins said she would definitely follow up on.
C-SPAN offers internships in their marketing, history, television and political departments. Hemming said C-SPAN, which has about 270 employees, relies heavily on their interns.
“It’s not getting coffee and donuts; it’s hands on, and it’s a valuable experience,” he said.
The C-SPAN bus began its HBCU tour with visits to Virginia Union University in Richmond and Virginia State University in Petersburg. After visiting NCCU, the bus stopped by Winston Salem State University Wednesday evening before traveling to Johnson C. Smith University on Thursday.
Polish your resume, and iron your business attire. N.C. Central University’s Spring 2017 Career and Internship Fair is right around the corner.
Hosted by Career Services and Outreach, this opportunity is open to all majors and classifications. The fair will be held March 2 from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. in the Leroy T. Walker Complex.
Career Services has hosted the fair for the past 15 years, but the fair has evolved over the years, said On-campus Recruiting Specialist Monica Stuckey.
“There used to be three separate fairs: a career fair, an education fair, and a non-profit fair. We’ve combined them all to make it a little more beneficial to the students,” said Stuckey.
The fair offers something for every student. Students will be able to engage and network with approximately 75 employers including government agencies, law enforcement departments, technology companies, and some graduate school programs.
A list of participating employers is posted on the Eagle Career Network, an online portal offered by Career Services to help students prepare for a career. Students can access the list by clicking “Events” – “Career Fairs and Conferences” – and then selecting “Spring 2017 Career & Internship Fair.”
In addition to meeting with potential employers, students will also have the opportunity to secure interviews with certain companies which take place the following day in the Office of Career Services.
Career Services has been planning the fair for about four months. The entire career services staff plays a role in preparing for the event including putting up large signs around campus that show students the proper dress.
“It’s definitely a team effort. The entire staff helps to get the employers on campus,” she said. “There are also logistics to take care of, such as securing the event space and marketing the event to the employers and students.”
Career Services is open year round for students who need career advice and guidance. During the week leading up to the fair, students can visit the office to receive tips on how to dress for the event and how to enhance their resumes.
“Career Eagle Officers (CEO) for the office of career services and outreach will be set up outside of the career center distributing handouts for effective resumes and other helpful materials that could help students potentially land a job or internship,” said communications junior and CEO Terri King.
NCCU graduate student Clarke Eaves recommended that students work on elevator pitches, “so you’re not stumbling over what you’re trying to say.” She said students should remember to “ask for business cards to keep in contact.”
The career and internship fair is held once in the fall and once in the spring. Most students come to the spring fair to find summer internships and opportunities for after graduation, said Stuckey.
Career services doesn’t have the exact number of students who have gotten jobs through the career fair, but, Stuckey said, some students were offered second interviews after meeting employers at previous fairs.
“I hope that my peers take advantage of this opportunity,” King added.
About five years ago Ingrid Saddler-Walker, a certified yoga instructor, spoke with a Durham VOICE reporter about her passion for yoga and her new children’s yoga camp.
Since then, Walker has opened up her own yoga studio, Wytha Balance, and has continued to teach yoga in the community.
“I wanted to have a location where I could offer the summer camp, kid’s yoga classes and adult classes without traveling from different places. I wanted to create my own space.”
While the studio is located near South Point Mall, at 5117 Highgate Dr., Suite 200, she maintains strong contact with Northeast Central Durham.
She has been the school guidance counselor at Eastway Elementary School for 17 years and eventually brings her yoga talents to the classrooms by offering children’s yoga for kindergarten to third-grade students.
She started out having children’s yoga classes at the school, and began Wytha Balance Creative Summer Camp in 2011.
“The summer camp is still offered. It’s from June 19 until August 11.”
The camp is separated into three different age groups.
Living Yoga is for ages 6 through 8, yoga around the world is for ages 9 through 12, and the tween yoga camp is for ages 13 through 15.
During the camp the students also study new languages, sample food from different cultures, and create artwork.
Students have the chance to develop cooperation skills, sportsmanship, and social skills.
Walker said there will be two summer camps offered this year. One will be in Chapel Hill and the other at her Durham location, which will be taught by certified yoga instructor Kayla Shivers.
For the first time Walker will be having a babies and toddler training workshop from March 3-5.
“My purpose is for yoga teachers and caregivers who work with children as well as parents to learn how to teach and participate with their child while practicing yoga with games, fun and music,” said Walker.
The training will include an illustrated manual, sample lessons, and a list of resources.
There will also be a Mindfulness Children’s Yoga Teacher Training on September 22 -24 at Wytha Balance Yoga. Registration will open soon.
Kids Night, teen night, and mindfulness groups are also offered throughout the year.
Aside from the classes dedicated to the youth, Walker offers early morning yoga and gentle flow yoga in the evenings.
One particular practice for adults is called Soul Yoga-Flow. According to her website it’s a practice that “returns you to your natural rhythm.”
This 6-class series is available to all levels and body types. The event offers complimentary wine and cheese along with soft tunes from artists like Jill Scott, Erykah Badu, and India Arie.
Along with yoga, Walker offers free doTerra Essential Oils workshop for adults.
The workshop teaches students about the many uses of essential oils and aromatic benefits. Some uses include food preparation, beauty treatments and can also be used to help children concentrate in school.
The classes are the first Thursday of every month.
More information regarding classes and registration can be found on Wythabalance.com.
With a win against Howard University Monday night, NCCU Men’s Basketball upped its winning streak to 12 games and improved to 21-6 on the season.
The Eagles lead the MEAC at 12-1. Overall, the team is 10-1 at home and 11-5 on the road.
Head Coach LeVelle Moton said the 66-59 win over Howard showed that players are starting to lock in for the post season.
“You can see the synergy starting to click. Basketball is a game where if synergy is not there, you can see it, but when it is there you can see things coming together,” Moton said during a post-game press conference Monday night.
Redshirt Senior Forward Kyle Benton was key in the win against Howard, providing defensive effort and nine rebounds. Benton said this season has been a noticeable improvement from last year.
“We were a little younger, last year,” he said. “But everyone knows the system, now.”
Benton said that the team’s recent success is thanks to the work players put forth in the preseason, facing tougher opponents than the MEAC has to offer.
“We have worked very hard to be here. The preseason actually got us ready. Playing big teams like Ohio State, LSU, and beating Mizzou let us see some size and speed with lots of skilled players,” said Benton
Another motivating factor Benton pointed to stems from the number of seniors on the team. Of the 14 players listed on the team’s official roster, seven of them are in their last year of eligibility.
That’s something that Moton hasn’t let his team forget, Benton said.
“He just reminded us that we are all seniors and this is our last go round,” Benton said. “He said we can be a team that drops the ball or be a team that could be legendary.”
The team’s priority now, said Benton, is staying focused on having a strong finish to the season.
“We’re trying not to let it get to our heads, staying away from social media and fans telling us how good we are and staying focused on the goal of winning the tournament,” Benton said.
Moton said during the press conference that he’s satisfied with the his players’ level of effort.
“The team is improving and starting buy into the defensive end of floor, which predicates into everything that we do,” he said. “I told them we have to set the standard for us. I concentrate on our principal of playing clean and maintaining our focus.”
The Eagles are three games away from the MEAC tournament. They’ll host two games at McDougald-McLendon Arena, taking on Bethune-Cookman University on Saturday and Savannah State University on Feb. 25. The team will wrap up conference play at North Carolina A&T University.
“We’re going all out to win the regular season and tournament to make it to the NCAA tournament,” Benton said. “We want to be there on the big stage.”
The Department of Theatre at N.C. Central University is preparing to take the stage for the second week with their production, “Underground.”
This play is a musical adapted from writer and director Akil DuPont’s original short film “Underground,” which won two Student Emmys.
The plot tells the journey of Bali, a brave slave who escapes slavery to rescue his daughter, Emala, from an abusive slave master.
The production thoroughly explores the horrors of slavery. Nothing is left to the imagination of the audience. On stage the actors portray scenes of rape and torture. At the same time, video projections plaster images of real-life beatings, lynching, and assassinations of social leaders.
Professor Arthur Reese chose to direct the production immediately after reading the script.
Soon after, he reached out to DuPont to see if he would mind NCCU Theatre performing his work on stage. According to Reese, DuPont was excited and gave his blessing for the production. He was also open to Reese’s creative direction.
However, Reese would face many obstacles leading up to opening night.
He said it took a lot of creativity and effort to get the production ready. Reese went through several cast changes, financial restraints, and losing his assistant director.
“About three times, I wanted to cancel this play,” he said. “I wanted to say nope, can’t get it done.”
Despite these barriers, Reese persevered through his setbacks.
Reese hopes that “Underground” opens more conversations regarding the truth about slavery and what it means today. When asked about how the audience would react to some of the production’s raw content he responded, “I hope we make someone think.”
“Arts, theatre in particular, at best not only entertains but educates,” Reese added. “It lets people open their minds, hopefully.”
He said he is proud to have the production underway, but knows more work must be done for “Underground” to be at its best. He hopes, in the remaining shows, that he can manifest every part of his vision for the play.
“Underground” will be showing this weekend in the Farrison-Newton University Theatre on the following dates:
In the second installation of my Black History Month series, I introduce Pauli Murray, the driven and studious heroine of the week.
She was born as Anna Pauline Murray in Baltimore, M.D. on November 20, 1910. Her mother perished from a cerebral hemorrhage four years later and her father was murdered in a state hospital when she was barely thirteen. These tragic events left her in the care of her aunt and grandparents who lived in Durham.
Once she graduated from Hillside High School in 1926, she moved back up north to go to Hunter College in New York. After some mishaps with trying to find steady work, she worked for the Works Projects Administration as a school teacher.
She wrote articles for different journals such as the “New York Call” and penned “Angel of the Desert,” which established Murray as a celebrated author.
Her induction into civil rights activism began in 1938 when she petitioned for admittance into the University of North Carolina, where only white students were admitted.
Although Murray had the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People on her side, the first black student wouldn’t be admitted to the school until 1951. However, her activism helped bring exposure to the issue.
Other acts included her protesting the segregation of public transportation, which got her arrested at one point.
These experiences set Murray on the path to get her law degree from Howard in 1944, and she still continued to pen essays and poems about race relations and civil rights.
She attempted to continue her education at Harvard Law School by applying for the a Rosenwald Fellowship. Despite winning the distinction, she was ultimately rejected on the basis of her gender.
Murray was the first African-American to coin the term “Jane Crow,” what modern, internet-wise folk might recognize as “misogynoir,” to refer to the simultaneous discrimination that black women experience on the basis of sex and gender.
She was also openly critical of male dominance in different organizations of the civil rights movement. She pointed out the lack of representation of black women in leadership and policy-making roles, despite the fact they were the ones protesting and marching in large numbers.
In 1977, she became the first African-American Episcopalian priest. A lesser known fact about Murray is that she mostly had relationships with women.
She was married to a man only once as a young woman, and the marriage was annulled months after.
She died of cancer in Pittsburgh, P.A. on July 1, 1985. Her influence continues to live through the Pauli Murray Project, a community outreach project focused on education and social justice.
Applause erupted from the crowd in B.N. Duke Auditorium on Feb. 10, just before Dr. Cornel West took to the podium.
West, a Democratic Socialist, stood before the audience to talk about 21st century social issues concerning millennials. From the start, West made it clear that molding the younger generation into something great was his primary focus.
“My priority—before the worms get my body—is to make sure I can touch as many young folks and let them see that they are going to have to build on this great tradition; because if we lose this tradition, it’s like slapping grandma across the face.”
West was the fifth guest speaker in the 2016-17 Rock the Mic Lecture Series hosted by N.C. Central University’s Department of Student Engagement and Leadership. The lecture series, in its second year, is designed to engage students in topics of politics, education, and social justice.
West is well known by his books Race Matters (1994) and Democracy Matters (2004). Appearances on “Real Time with Bill Maher” and “The Colbert Report,” as well as his criticisms of former President Barack Obama, have given him a controversial but respected reputation as an intellectual.
He didn’t shy away from criticizing the audience, either, claiming that the younger generation has become “a bunch of followers” instead of leaders. He said young people have become more selfish and even labeled them “a bunch of peacocks.”
“I’m successful. I’m so smart. I’m so rich. Here’s my trophy box. Look at me. I’m somebody,” West said, mimicking today’s generation. “But what about your cousin still locked in the basement? What about the people on the other side of town still dealing with social misery?”
West reminded students how their black ancestors overcame the “post traumatic slave syndrome” and said that today’s generation is lacking some important qualities.
“Even given all of that material poverty; we have been a people who still had spiritual strength; but now we live in an age of increasingly cowardliness,” he said. “Spiritual strength is steadily on a decline. But it’s a thing that will be much needed for the next three years under the Trump administration.”
He called the election of President Donald Trump a “very dangerous moment.”
“Now Trump has Wall Street in the front, back, sides, and Goldman Sachs everywhere,” he said. “I think that Trump is not brilliant, he’s not charismatic, and I do not discern a lot of decency there at all.”
West stressed to audience members that integrity, self-determination, and dignity were traits students would need to develop in order to unify and create positive change.
“All of the hardships that black ancestors went through to give future generations an opportunity was not accomplished by one person. Instead, it was earned by all people coming together as one,” he said. “I could hear Harriett Tubman say from the grave, peacocks strut because they can’t fly.”`
Toward the end of his time, West left students with some life advice.
“You want to work hard, play hard, and love hard. That is, the willingness to put your heart, mind, soul, and body on the line in the form of sacrifice for those who are catching hell.”
The next Rock the Mic lecture is set for March 1 featuring social activist and Ilyasah Shabazz, the daughter of Malcolm X.
We all enjoy a little bit of humor every now and then. But what about in a violent, brawl-like action film?
Director Chris McKay steps up to the challenge in his spin of the Lego franchise, “The Lego Batman Movie.”
THIS REVIEW MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS
Not only does the character of Batman, played by Will Arnett, attempt to save the day against The Joker’s will, but he brings to the table a tiny bit of wit, sarcasm, and overall comedy to the character of Batman.
But aside from the comedy, the movie delivers another important characteristic that Batman seems to be struggling with – vulnerability.
As we all know, Batman’s parents are deceased, but what this movie depicts (that sets it apart from any other Batman film, where he always seems stoic) is how that negatively affects him.
Besides his father figure and butler Alfred, Batman has no one by his side.
To compensate this, he is very vocal about him not needing anybody – even making the Joker cry when he tells him that their rival relationship means nothing to him.
But behind the façade, Batman is incredibly lonely and miserable.
He lives on a massive island by himself; he eats a plate of lobster at dinner time by himself, and repeatedly laughs at Tom Cruise’s line of “you complete me” in the film “Jerry Maguire” by himself.
The only sense of comradery he feels is when saving Gotham City from its treacherous villains.
But that is threatened once Detective Barbara says that Batman has done more harm than good, and that they only way to truly save the city from its villains is for him to team up with the police department.
Although Batman would rather work and keep to himself, he is forced to team up with Detective Barbara, Alfred, and his new adopted son (courtesy of Alfred), Richard (whom Batman nicknames Night-wing) to stop the Jokers plan of unleashing all the dangerous villains to Gotham City from the “phantom zone.”
In the mist of working with them, Batman is forced to understand the blessing of comradery, vulnerability, and relationships even when he is afraid to.
He even teams up with the Joker to help stop the city from splitting in half when a bomb explodes in the middle of the city.
In the end, Batman finally has the family (Detective Barbara, Alfred, and Richard) he has secretly dreamed off – they all live together on Batman’s island, can now eat lobster together at dinner time, and even laugh together at Tom Cruises line of “you complete me” in his film “Jerry McGuire.”
The film’s Director Chris McKay should be given credit for his ability to contribute a sense of wit to the serious character that is Batman.
But what should also be applauded is McKay’s ability to include a goal that Batman was able to achieve that we as humans simply long for – to belong.
A box of chocolate, flowers, and a cozy movie date with your significant other sounds more appealing than sore arms, tight thighs, and a sweaty face. Although Valentine’s Day is to celebrate romance between couples, it’s also a day to celebrate loving yourself.
In N.C. Central University’s LeRoy T. Walker Complex, 28 women shook their hips and strengthened their bodies through the art of dance and fitness at Campus Recreation’s “Love Your Body” party this week.
The “Love Your Body” party is an event hosted by Campus Recreation director and fitness instructor Donnae Ward-Laughinghouse to celebrate Valentine’s Day. Each participant received raffle tickets for prizes, a rose, and treat bags filled with sweets. The event also asked for participants to wear red or pink for the celebration.
This party was combined with Campus Recreation’s new group exercise class, “Twerk and Tone,” which is taught by Ward-Laughinghouse. This is the first semester class has been taught at Campus Recreation. It was created by Ward-Laughinghouse based on the popularity of last semester’s Campus Recreation Halloween event called “Twerk Out,” which promoted staying fit in fun, creative ways.
“It was perfect. [The class] fell on February 14,” said Ward-Laughinghouse. “I turned ‘Twerk and Tone’ into the ‘Love Your Body’ event because what I’m trying to promote is self-love and self-care. I want for people to love their bodies and take the time to see what they’re grateful for.”
According to Ward-Laughinghouse, one of “Love Your Body” party’s goals is for participants to celebrate and love all the quirks, curves, and other flaws of the human body.
Before the women walked into the aerobics room for the party, Ward-Laughinghouse encouraged participants to write what they loved about their bodies on a sticky note and place it on the small “Love Your Body” wall.
Some responses included “my personality is on fleek,” “I love my beautiful belly,” “I love my bright smile and little boobs,” and “[I] love all of me.”
“I wanted them to record it so that they can kind of think about it because a lot of times, there are women who always say ‘I wish my hair was like this,’ ‘I wish I was this skinny,’ or ‘I wish I had a bigger whatever,’” Ward-Laughinghouse said.
In the “Twerk and Tone” class, gym-goers are able to experience a full-body workout while having fun and dancing.
Participants start with five to 10 minutes of cardio warm-up, which involves squats, high knees, and simple dance steps, circulating blood flow.
Then from there, the group focuses on strength and resistance training using heavy dumbbells, bench-press bars, and their body weight.
“I really wanted to add in resistance training,” said Ward-Laughinghouse. “Especially as women, we don’t focus on resistance training so that’s why we have to add the ‘tone’ in there. You dance a little bit, have fun, and then have the strength training between.”
Before Ward-Laughinghouse ends the “Twerk and Tone” class with a cool-down exercise, the class forms a large circle for a “Twerk Off.” Participants are encouraged to show off their best twerking moves in the middle of the circle.
Kala Hayes, a pharmaceutical science junior, said it was her first time attending “Twerk and Tone.” She wasn’t sure what to expect when she walked in, but was surprised about how much of a work out the class was.
“The choreography and everything else was easy to pick up on,” she said. “But by the third round, I felt everything.”
Hayes added that she wouldn’t mind attending the class again.
She said she liked the “Twerk Off” because Ward-Laughinghouse used dance moves others created to form more exercises during the class.
“The types of choreography she did praised the body from the booty to the arms,” she said. “I like that the instructor doesn’t take just her own back of choreography and exercise, she looks at others for inspiration.”
“Twerk and Tone” is held once a week in the aerobic room B101 on Tuesdays on 6:30 p.m. in the LeRoy T. Walker Complex.