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    President of Hip Hop Caucus at Dillard PDF Print E-mail
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    Written by: 
    Mona Duffel Jones
    Director of Communications and Marketing
    August 22, 2013


    (New Orleans) Dillard University’s class of 2017 will begin the 2013-14 academic year with a visit from Rev. Lennox Yearwood Jr., president and CEO of the Hip Hop Caucus, minister and nationally known leader in engaging youth in the electoral process.

    The Hip Hop Caucus is known for its mobilization efforts in registering tens of thousands of young people to vote. In 2008, the group set a record by registering 32,000 people in one day in 16 cities across the country. 

    Yearwood founded the Hip Hop Caucus in 2004 as a means of demonstrating the power of the Hip Hop Community and to get the attention of government in Washington, D.C.  as well as throughout the nation.  The group has been actively involved in a number of social justice issues.  Most notably, after Hurricane Katrina Rev. Yearwood led a coalition of national and grassroots organizations to advocate for the rights of Katrina survivors in regards to housing, education and employment.

    He has collaborated on a myriad of activist projects with widely known individuals and populr artists such as Russell Simmons, Dr. Benjamin Chavis, Jay Z, P. Diddy, and Keyshia Cole, amont others. Rev. Yearwood’s dvocacy initiatives include environmental campaigns, a 2007 pro-peace  tour, “Make Hip-Hop Not War,” and the “Vote or Die!” campaign, to name a few.

    Yearwood has been recognized as one of the 100 most powerful African American by Ebony Magazine, and one of the 10 Game Changers in the Green movement by Huffington Post. He was also named to the Source Magazine’s Power 30, Utne Magazine’s 50 Visionaries changing the world, and the Root 100 Young Achievers and Pacesetters.

    Born is Shreveport, Louisiana, Yearwood’s family is from Trinidad and Tobago. He is a graduate of Howard University School of Divinity and the University of the District of Columbia (UDC). Rev. Yearwood taught Social Justice at Georgetown University prior to his work as a civil rights activist.


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    Dr. Kimbrough Offers Comments and Advice Regarding use of Social Media by Fraternities PDF Print E-mail
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    Richard Luscombe in Miami, Tuesday 27 August 2013 12.52 EDT

    DSC 1408 4x6One of the largest university fraternities in the US was under a new police investigation on Tuesday after the suspension of a Florida chapter whose students set up a Facebook page allegedly advertising drugs and featuring photographs of topless or semi-nude underage girls.

    Officials at Florida International University confirmed that its police department was looking into the activities of the Miami campus chapter of the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity, which is already facing a lawsuit in Illinois over the hazing death of student David Bogenberger in November.

    The Facebook page has since been taken down, but screen grabs leaked to the Miami Herald and Miami New Times last week show posts from students seeking cocaine or selling Adderall, a popular stimulant "study drug" that enables users to stay awake.

    In addition, a caption below one photograph of a topless girl claims she was 17 when the picture was taken.

    National leaders of the fraternity have suspended the Florida chapter for the "disgraceful, offensive and indefensible" behaviour of some of its members and, in a statement by executive vice-president Justin Buck, promised to support the police and university investigations to "hold individuals accountable to the fullest extent of the law".

    But the episode in which students allegedly posted cellphone numbers advertising the services of a campus "Pike Pharmacy", referring to the fraternity's nickname, and added other obscenity-laden messages and photographs, is more unwelcome publicity at a delicate time for Pi Kappa Alpha's leadership.

    The worst incident, the death of freshman student Bogenberger, 19, from alcohol poisoning after a drinking game that was part of an initiation ritual at Northern Illinois University last November, led to a wrongful death lawsuit from the teenager's family. They claim he and others passed out after being made to drink excessive quantities of vodka in separate rooms and that organisers of the unsanctioned party discussed calling for medical help but decided against.

    But the fraternity, which boasts more than 250,000 past and present members, and whose mission statement is to "develop men of integrity, intellect, and high moral character", is no stranger to other controversies, many of them alcohol-related.

    In Florida, its chapters have been suspended from several campuses in recent years, including the University of Miami, Florida Atlantic University and the University of Central Florida.

    "It's a hard nut to crack," Dr Walter Kimbrough, an expert on the role of university fraternities and president of Dillard University, New Orleans, told the Guardian on Tuesday.

    "Every year they have intense education and training programmes, they work really hard to change that behaviour, but these incidents just keep coming. They must feel kind of helpless.

    "There are parents sending their kids off to college, seeing all this going on and thinking that as a national fraternity you guys aren't doing something right. For the leadership it's continually dampening down fires, and with these very high-profile cases they have two wildfires burning right now."

    Mark Rosenberg, the FIU president, announced that the chapter would be suspended indefinitely and called the episode "a learning opportunity".

    "The Facebook posts disgusted me, angered me and saddened me," he said in a message addressed to the "leaders of Greek organisations" on campus. "Pi Kappa Alpha will no longer be part of our university.

    "College years are a transformative period when young adults make the transition to adulthood and, we hope, learn to become respectful law-abiding citizens and leaders in our community."

    Justin True, director of communications at the Memphis, Tennessee, headquarters of the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity, declined a request from the Guardian for an interview. "We are not open for any additional questioning regarding the former FIU chapter," he wrote in an email, suggesting that the fraternity had expelled the group. The chapter was the subject of eight disciplinary actions in five years, according to FIU records.

    Dr Kimbrough said the episode highlights the need for students to think of the consequences before using popular sites such as Facebook and Twitter. "Social media hasn't been their friend. If anything it makes it easier for them to be caught," he said. "This isn't the first time. Every year someone gets suspended because somebody posts something on social media."

    Dillard University Professor Dr. Dorothy Smith and student Nicole Tinson featured in local story about the "March on Washington" PDF Print E-mail
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    Sabrina Wilson
    Fox8 News

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    New Orleans, La. — Scores of locals will be part of the commemorative "March on Washington" Saturday to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the event that helped turn a big page in the nation's civil rights history. Meanwhile, some locals who took part in the 1963 march reflect on what the historic event meant then and now.

    On August 28, 1963, more 200,000 people marched through the District of Columbia to the Lincoln Memorial, calling for jobs and freedom.

    "It was once in a lifetime we felt, if you didn't go now it'll never happen again," said Rev. Samson "Skip" Alexander, who participated in the march on the hot August day.

    The journey to Washington had been a difficult one. Segregation ruled the south. There had been many marches, and speeches around the country. Alexander, who worked with King and other civil rights leaders on numerous activities remembers how New Orleanians were excited to be heading north for 1963 March on Washington.  

    "We were in an old raggedy bus that was out of Harvey, Louisiana…They didn't know how we were going to get back but all we had to do there is get there, they said, and we'd have food and we sleep on the bus and then we could go to the hotel and they'd give us permission to wash up," he said.

    Other locals played important roles not only at the March on Washington, but throughout the south.

    "I joined Rev. [Avery] Alexander and others on the picket lines, then ultimately got involved in the sit-ins on Canal Street," recalls Jerome Smith,  a "freedom rider" during the turbulent days of segregation in the south.

    He weathered brutal beatings as a "freedom rider," but relished his participation in the March on Washington.  Still, he said much work remains to be done to cure social injustices.

    "One of the things that was at the march that impressed me more than anything was that it was a collective feeling for goodness. And one of the failures of the march, we were not able to maintain that feeling during this 50 years," Smith said.

    King's speech came at the end of a very long program at the Lincoln Memorial.

    "Mahalia Jackson said it before she got near Dr. King she wanted him to preach, and this why when he was on his speech and she was saying Martin, Martin, the dream Martin, the dream Martin," said Smith.

    Alexander recounts how Dr. King started off slowly in his address, and did not immediately mesmerize the crowd -- but he said that changed as King's words began to crescendo.

    "And we were just talking and whatever and he said 'I have dream,' and everybody stopped, everybody stopped and looked forward at the podium… It meant that there was a dream coming and that everybody would be free," stated Alexander.

    "It was a glorious time for blacks to talk about this notion of jobs and freedom and how this was going to expand the American dream, not just for blacks, but for America as well," said Dr. Dorothy Vick Smith, historian for Dillard University.

    Five decades later, students from Dillard and Southern Universities joined in Saturday's march.

    "It's really, really important I feel for the youth to be here to have a voice, to network with older people who were here 50 years ago," said Nicole Tinson, a Dillard student who traveled to Washington for the march.

    "Out of this will come many leaders. Out of this will come many whites and blacks who will unite together," Alexander said of the events marking the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington.

    Dillard’s Class of 2017 to Prepare 10,000 Meals for “Stop Hunger Now” PDF Print E-mail
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    Freshmen start the year with Community Service Project

    Written by: 
    Mona Duffel Jones
    Director of Communications and Marketing
    August 22, 2013

    (New Orleans) - On Friday, August 23, Dillard University’s Class of 2017 will package 10,000 meals in partnership with “Stop Hunger Now,” an international hunger relief agency, as part of a freshmen community service project. Students will prepare the meals from 9 a.m. until noon in Henson Hall.   Carretta Cooke, director of the Center for Career and Professional Development, said that this is the first time Dillard students are partnering with the non-profit agency that operates out of Raleigh, NC.

    “We hope that by participating in this event our students will have a better understanding about hunger and how a brief time of service can affect people on a global scale,” Cooke said.  “This is important for our students because they get to view the world through a global lens of inclusion and are educated about hunger and its impact,” she added.

    Dillard University has been recognized nationally for its student engagement efforts in the New Orleans area. As part of its graduation requirements students must complete a minimum of 120 hours of community service. Last year, the Class of 2013 completed more than 36,000 hours of volunteer service.

    Since 1998, “Stop Hunger Now” has been distributing food and other lifesaving aid to children and families in countries throughout the world. It began its meal packaging program in 2005. The program perfected the assembly process that combines rice, soy, dehydrated vegetables and a flavoring mix including 21 essential vitamins and minerals into small meal packets. Each meal costs only 25 cents. The food stores easily, has a shelf-life of two years and transports quickly. “Stop Hunger Now” works with international partners that ship and distributes the meals in-country.

    Thursday's Financial Tips 3 Steps to Get Your Bills Under Control PDF Print E-mail
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    Kem Cents by Kemberley Washington, CPA

    AUGUST 22, 2013 - Each month we are bombarded with bills in our inbox, smartphone, or mail. Of course with anything, without having a sound system in place, we can easily be overwhelmed.

If your bills have gotten the best of you, here are three steps to help manage your monthly bills.

Create a System
Having a system for your bills is key. A great idea is to pay your bills according to your pay schedule. For example, if you are paid on the 1st and 15th, you may want to pay your bills on the same dates. Let's say for instance if a bill is due on the 7th, paying this bill on the 1st will not only reduce late fees, but also give you peace of mind knowing this bill has already been paid.

Write it Down
It doesn't matter where or how, but writing your bills and due dates somewhere visible can help you better manage your bills. Consider using a bill calendar or making one of your own. There are also apps that are available that can help you manage your bills. 

Reduce Them
Of course bills could be overwhelming, but there is something you can do about it. After you have taking the time to write your bills, review each one to determine whether you can eliminate or reduce it. This will not only help you better manage your bills but in the long run, help save you money as well!

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