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    Dillard University student to compete for $100,000 tuition prize during AT&T Cotton Bowl PDF Print E-mail
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    By Anthony Cave, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune
    on January 03, 2014 at 8:00 AM, updated January 03, 2014 at 8:12 AM


    Ne'tra Trotter has done the math. The Dillard University senior built a replica goal, PVC piping, cement, bucket and all, in order to practice throwing footballs. 

    It might win her $100,000 in tuition from Dr. Pepper. 
    The New Orleans native will need to beat out another college student by throwing footballs into a two-foot hole inside an oversized replica Dr. Pepper can during halftime of the AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic Friday in Arlington, Texas.
    Trotter, a physics major, calculated the amount of time it would take her to pick up a football and throw it in the goal as "accurate and as fast as possible." Her average is about eight makes for every 10 footballs. 
    "I came up with a technique for throwing the ball," Trotter said.
    Trotter became a finalist for the Dr. Pepper Tuition Giveaway by submitting an online video entry explaining why she deserved to win college tuition. Besides paying off college debt, if she wins the $100,000 grand prize, Trotter wants to start a non-profit for disadvantaged young women interested in science.
    At a young age, Trotter herself faced challenges in a male-dominated science sphere. In her senior year of high school, her physics teacher didn't want her in a group project with a bunch of boys. 
    Even in college, she said while "it can be intimidating" being the only female physics major in most of her classes, she uses the adversity to "boost her confidence." And, Trotter has already started doing speaking engagements for the non-profit. 
    "I really want to use this as a platform, to pay it forward to the community," she said.
    Even she doesn't win, Trotter will receive $20,000 in tuition money as a runner-up.  
    She joked that there might be a slight margin of error with her football throwing calculations. It might take her longer to bend down and pick up a football Friday. 
    "I kind of haven't calculated it just yet," Trotter said. 
     
    Five Gifts that won’t Break the Budget! PDF Print E-mail
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    FOX 8 WVUE New Orleans News, Weather, Sports

    Dillard University's Kemberley Washington talks to Fox8 News about not breaking your budget for the holidays.


     
    Guest commentary: Common Core is for the common good PDF Print E-mail
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    By Johne’tra Trotter - DU Student, The Advocate
    December 05, 2013


    dt.common.streams.StreamServerAs a graduate of Louisiana public schools, I believe it is time to raise our academic standards. High K-12 standards ensure every child receives a quality education, no matter his or her neighborhood or socioeconomic background. High standards help give children the tools they need to succeed today so they may achieve all of their dreams tomorrow.

    I graduated from a rural high school in Louisiana in 2009 with what I thought was a great grade point average and ACT score. However, when I applied to colleges as a first-generation student, I was denied or waitlisted because I could not compete with other applicants across the country. It did not seem to matter that I was a high-performing and curious student capable of much more than the “busy work” assigned to me in high school. Without a track record of success in college-level classes, admissions officers did not consider me college-ready. Ultimately accepted to Dillard University, I became one of the few from my class to attend college, while most of my peers either did not go at all or did not complete their undergraduate studies due to disinterest or unpreparedness.

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    Dillard University Student Nicole Tinson Helps Feed the Hungry on Thanksgiving PDF Print E-mail
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    Posted on November 28, 2013 at 5:37 PM

    Sheba Turk / Eyewitness News


    NEW ORLEANS -- Many homeless people spent their Thanksgiving holiday at the New Orleans Mission, and there were dozens of volunteers to make sure they had a hot meal.

    Hard Rock hosted dinner at the Mission where dozens of volunteers served the guests restaurants-style to make them feel special for the holiday.

    Over at the convention center, Sheriff Marlin Gusman and hundreds of volunteers created one large dining room. Local favorites like Charmaine Neville and Irvin Mayfield performed.

    The sheriff's office was prepared to provide nearly 3,000 people with a warm meal.

    At both events, volunteers said they were grateful to be able to help the less fortunate, and those who came for a meal were more than appreciative of the help.

    The struggle to find a decent meal doesn't end for many of these people after thanksgiving that’s why New Orleans Mission feeds the homeless all year round. It is located at 1130 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd.


     
    Dillard University's Office Of Community Relations Helps Gentilly Stay Healthy PDF Print E-mail
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    Chrisean Mitchell shows me around the community garden in back of her Gentilly school.

    “That’s Daisy’s chicken coop, and over here is China, Elizabeth, Sleepy, Mardi Gras and Fat Tuesday’s coop. Daisy has her own coop, because when chickens are in a group, they pick that one chicken that they’re going to pick on, so Daisy has her own coop so she can kinda relax and not get beat on.”

    Chrisean is in the fifth grade at Langston Hughes Academy, but her education in gardening has taken her all the way to college.

    “When we go to Dillard we learn about different things,” says Daisy.  “We up-pot, we learn about greenhouse effect.  We learn about putting plants to germinate.  And then we bring them back to our garden and put them in the ground.”

    Nick Harris is director of Community Development Relations at Dillard University. “The Kids are learning all about fresh fruit and vegetables.  And the reason for this is because this part of Gentilly was known as a food dessert.”

    Along with their partners, like Chrisean’s school, Langston Hughes, Dillard’s Community Development arm is working to combat obesity, poor nutrition, and bad eating habits all over Gentilly.

    “The kids come to Dillard University to learn about Botany and Biology from our students in Botany and Biology,” says Harris. “We have a greenhouse so we start the seeding process at Dillard.  Once they get to a certain height or maturity, we bring them back over to Langston and we plant them.”

    Click here for more and listen to the, 89.9 WWNO's, recorded broadcast.


     
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