What Is Love?

By: Shelby Christianna

What is Love?

What is love?
Some say love is beautiful.
Some say it is the most wonderful thing to be in.
The bible says that love is patient and it is kind, that it does not boast.
What is love?
Is it painful?
Does it hurt?
Is it supposed to make you feel so low that you can’t stand to be around?
What is love?
It is amazing.
It does no wrong or evil.
The bible says love does not delight in evil but rejoices with truth.
Love is the best thing that could happen to someone.

Drug and Alcohol Use on Campus

By Sheridan Butler


Pic Courtesy of: nineronline.com

Pic Courtesy of: nineronline.com

College is an optional experience. Those who chose to attend surely realize that it’s a major stepping-stone that lays the foundation for future opportunities in one’s life. The process of deciding which college to attend comes after days of completing college applications, visiting colleges and waiting for the acceptance letters to roll in. Eager to venture out of parents advisory and restrictions, students look forward to new found independence; In addition to this new found independence is the “opportunity to experiment”. Students are faced with the curiosities and pressures of student and campus life, and some eventually experiment with drugs and alcohol. Though colleges do not endorse drinking for students under the legal drinking age, students find ways to access alcohol. Nationally, very large majorities, about 80 percent, of college students use alcohol [Villanova].

As for many college campuses, Howard University’s campus is no stranger to being labeled as a “party school”. According to “College Prowler”, Howard University is ranked 16th as “the most raging party scene”.  After taking a survey of about 50 students who participate in social drinking and drug use, 60% admitted to social drinking and also a surprising 20% admit to some form of drug use–the other 20% declined to respond specifically. Between the use of “Molly” (the pure form of ecstasy) for social use and the pill “Adderall” prescribed for patients with ADHD like symptoms (which is usually used for studying purposes), the range of drug use on campus is almost alarming.


Most students are indifferent when it comes to partaking in social drinking or minimal drug use; “As long as you know your limit and no one is using any hard-core drugs, it’s just all in fun,” says senior Amiah. So is this pattern of drug and alcohol use all about experimenting or may it be potentially harmful?


Unfortunately, it’s difficult to distinguish between the students who use drugs and drink alcohol as merely a short-term college experience and those who may develop long-term detrimental dependency. “Abusing prescription stimulants can result in death, addiction, respiratory problems, seizures and cardiovascular issues, such as an irregular heartbeat.” [Tutino]

Although college drinking is only a precursor for long-term abuse for a small amount of students, (probably about 9 percent), it may still be a very significant concern seeing that it can lead to a lifelong problem [Tutino]. While students may take prescription drugs to get a “high” feeling, to “break the ice” in a party environment, or to enhance an experience, the side effects can be detrimental and lethal, if proper precautions aren’t adhered to. Students should be educated at their universities on the risks that come with drug and alcohol abuse and use at their own risk, and responsibly. More information on how drugs and alcohol may affect the body is available at the US Department of Health and Human Services website, http://www.hhs.gov/.

YOUTUBE: Use it to Your Advantage

By Sheridan Butler


Technology has become a breeding ground for consumer-generated content. It has broadened, and in some cases created unique jobs that weren’t even thought about 15 years ago. This generation has seen YouTube sensations such as Rebecca Black, and Antoine Dodson gain fame and fortune, while some have even landed record deals—in the case of Justin Bieber. What do all of these claims to fame have in common? Key Word: Viral.  Just in case your plan to become the net YouTube sensation doesn’t work out, here are some ways you can use YouTube to your advantage (all you really need is a camera):


1.Create Something Viral

When something “goes viral” it simply means that it’s become popular in a short amount of time; It’s the goal of most online and social media content. Everyone is talking about it, viewing it or doing it! So whether you create a catchy new dance, like the Psy’s “Gangnam Style” or song like Carly Rae Jespen’s “Call Me Maybe”—you just may be the next to sit on the couch of some talk-show host like Wendy Williams or Ellen DeGeneres.


2. Review Products

There are certain products that we use daily, (whether they be household products, beauty products, hygiene products, movies, or games) and certain products that we’d like to consider using but need to know more about in order to make an informed decision before purchasing. So, take a look at all of the products you have and figure out which ones you like enough to do an honest and full scope review about. More importantly, you could save someone that extra 5 bucks that they were going to waste on an unworthy purchase of product.  Furthermore, your review could end up being seen by the company and in some cases, you may be sent free products to review. What’s better than reviewing products that you love, for free?


3.Showcase Your Skills

We all have talents. An obvious way to get valuable feedback is to document your skills and upload it to YouTube. If you’re a singer, dancer, rapper, actor, comedian, musician you may want to try taking your talents to YouTube. Warning: This is not for those who can’t take criticism—there is no sugarcoating on the Internet (viewers tell it like it is). Some comments may be an eye-opener.


4. Give Advice

As much as people love to talk, there are an equal amount of those who love to listen. Getting advice from an unbiased outside opinion is sometimes better than asking for guidance from a close friend. We as humans are not perfect, and are subject to mistakes. To know that we are not alone in certain situations is comforting .If you have insight on a particular topic, please share your experiences and advice. There’s always someone out there who feels like they are alone, or are in need of an answer—Wouldn’t it be great if you could help someone reevaluate their situation?


5. Create Tutorials


People love to learn about things that interest them, whether it be baking red velvet cake, or how to fishtail braid; Conversely, people also need help understanding subjects like Algebra or how to repair a broken dresser. YouTube is one of the premiere places people will look to get free “help” on things are involved in their everyday lifestyles. So, whip out that recipe, braid-up that hair


Don’t worry about purchasing editing software if you’re a beginner—YouTube already provides simple editing options to make your videos simply professional. YouTube is a fairly easy and fun way to generate buzz and gain exposure! Plus it gives you a sample of the skills it takes to work in the field of consumer-engagement and social media when it comes to finding a real job!


Scholarships…Apply Often, Apply Early

Several scholarships go unused each year. Here are just a few to consider. Check back regularly for updates….


MassMutual Scholars Program


The MassMutual Scholars Program is open to students of African American, Asian/Pacific Islander or Hispanic descent. You must be a sophomore, junior or senior, be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident and have a minimum GPA of 3.0 to qualify for this award. Preference will be given to students who demonstrate an interest in pursuing a career in the insurance and financial services industry and show leadership and participation in extracurricular activities.


Youth Voter Awareness Scholarship


There are 29 million eligible voters under the age of 24. But only 44% voted in the last election. DoSomething.org and Virgin Mobile have launched a national campaign to get everyone over the age 15 to register or preregister to vote, and make sure that the youth voice is heard. Go to www.dosomething.org/vote and register (over 18) or preregister (under 18) to vote. Share a message with 5 friends on how to sign up to vote, and you’ll be automatically entered to win a $4,000 scholarship. Already registered? Send 5 friends information on how to sign up to vote and you ll also be entered to win a $4,000 scholarship. No minimum GPA. No essay. You must be under the age of 25 and a U.S citizen to be considered for this award.


Foot Locker Scholar Athletes Program


The Foot Locker Scholar Athletes program honors high school athletes for flexing their hearts on their sports team and in their communities. So, we’re celebrating YOU not just because you scored the winning touchdown or goal but because you’ve used sports to become a strong leader and volunteer in your community.


MesotheliomaHelp.net Essay Scholarship


Belluck & Fox / MesotheliomaHelp.net Essay Scholarship is open to undergraduate and graduate students who are currently enrolled in a college or university located within the 50 United States or the District of Columbia. U.S. territories are excluded. One (1) essay per student is allowed; essay must be no fewer than 750 and no more than 1,500 words long.

Mesothelioma is a terminal cancer diagnosed in close to 3,000 Americans each year. The only established cause of mesothelioma is exposure to asbestos. Most victims were unwittingly exposed to asbestos at work or while serving in the military. Others developed mesothelioma because of exposure from family members coming home from work with their clothes covered in asbestos fibers. The average survival time after a mesothelioma diagnosis varies from four to 18 months. Those interested in entering the essay contest must select one topic from those listed below:

– A mesothelioma survivor’s personal story
– A history of asbestos use in American manufacturing/industry
– The latest developments in the treatment of mesothelioma

The winners of the Belluck & Fox / MesotheliomaHelp.net Essay Scholarship will be awarded a check from the law firm of Belluck & Fox, LLP. These funds must be used to pay for college tuition and/or education-related expenses.To learn more about this award, please visit our website.


Delete Cyberbullying Scholarship Award


The Delete Cyberbullying Scholarship Award is available to high school, undergraduate, and graduate students. To be considered, you must submit a maximum 500 – word essay on one of the following topics: “Why is it important to work to delete cyberbullying?” or “How has cyberbullying personally affected you?”


“Hit The Books” Scholarship


The “Hit The Books” Scholarship is available to students between the ages of 18 and 25. To be considered, you must submit a maximum 500 – word essay on the importance of education in your life and how the scholarship money will assist you in achieving your goals. Bonus points will be awarded to students who find a creative way to include their passion for coffee within their essay without losing sight of the primary topic.


The Shop Smart Scholarship (this one is 2013-2014)


Brad’s Deals is pleased to announce the Shop Smart Scholarship Competition to recognize, encourage and reward students whose college experience is enabled by remarkable frugality, ingenuity, effort and thrift. Five finalists will receive $2,000 scholarships for the upcoming academic year.

To be eligible for this award, students must do the following:
– Write a 500-word essay explaining how your college experience is or will be enabled by remarkable frugality, ingenuity, effort or thrift; applicants are encouraged to discuss topics such as student loans, other scholarships and grants, personal savings, working full or part time while in school, or any other creative or remarkable approach to paying for college or saving money as a student
– Break down your all-in educational costs (tuition, room, board, other) and how they are or will be paid (given the “shop smart” theme, there is a bias against both high annual tuition costs and student loans)

Essays will be judged on the creativity of the money saving strategies described, along with the overall remarkableness of the author’s experience paying for school in the spirit of thrift. For more information about this award and to fill out an application, please visit our website.


WyzAnt College Scholarship


The WyzAnt College Scholarship is available to students who plan to be enrolled in a four – year college or university sometime between August 1 and November 1. To be considered, you must write a maximum 300 – word essay about the most important lesson you have learned in your life. Finalist selection will be based on votes from your email and social media contacts.





The Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant Program will provide grants of up to $4,000 per year to students who intend to teach in a public or private elementary or secondary school that serves students from low-income families.

In exchange for receiving a TEACH Grant, the student must teach for at least four academic years within eight calendar years of completing the program of study for which he/she received the award. Those who fail to complete the service obligation will have to repay the grant in the form of a Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loan.

To be eligible, the student must:

1.Complete the FAFSA (although the award is not need based)
2.Be a US citizen or eligible non-citizen
3.Be an undergraduate, post-baccalaureate or graduate students attending a college that participates in the TEACH grant program
4.Meet certain academic requirements (generally, scoring above the 75th percentile on a college admissions test or maintaining a cumulative GPA of at least 3.25)
5.Sign a TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve

High-Need Fields Include:

-Bilingual Education and English Language Acquisition.
-Foreign Language.
-Reading Specialist.
-Special Education.
-Other identified teacher shortage areas as of the time you begin teaching in that field. These are teacher subject shortage areas (not geographic areas)


The NFWF Budweiser Conservation Scholarship Program (current college student 21yo)


Anheuser-Busch and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (Foundation) are seeking applications for the Budweiser Conservation Scholarship Program. This competitive scholarship program supports and promotes innovative research or study that seeks to respond to today’s most pressing conservation issues. The Budweiser Conservation Scholarship Program seeks to support the next generation of leaders by providing scholarships to eligible graduate and undergraduate students who are poised to make a significant contribution to the field of conservation.

To be eligible for consideration, a student must be a United States citizen at least 21 years of age and enrolled in an accredited institution of higher education in the United States pursuing a graduate or undergraduate degree (sophomores and juniors in the current academic year only) in environmental science, natural resource management, biology, public policy, geography, political science or related disciplines. Recipients are eligible for one year of scholarship support.


SMART Scholarship for Service Program


The SMART Scholarship for Service Program is available to undergraduate and graduate students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields. You must be a U.S. citizen or national and be at least 18 years of age to be eligible. This program provides students with a stipend (starting between $22,500 and $38,000 per year), full tuition, health coverage, book allowance of $1000 and other education expenses. An employment opportunity with the Department of Defense is also possible.


Daylon E. Kinney Scholarship (current college students)


The Daylon E. Kinney Scholarship is available to students who will be attending an accredited university . You must submit an essay in fewer than 600 words that describes your most interesting college spring break experience. Explain how this experience influenced your life and why you believe you are deserving of this scholarship.




By:Olivia C

Dancing makes me feel AMAZING! The following is information on a few dance groups that have greatly influenced me as a young lady.

Out Loud Artistry (OLA) is a performing arts training program designed for ages 5 & up. OLA is a performance group with summer and after-school programs. Their primary areas of focus include: dance, drama, voice, live instrumentation, and mentorship. Their program uses different approaches to performing arts education, including discipline-based arts, cultural literacy, interaction with others, professionalism, arts and obtaining & processing knowledge.Dance1


 SubCulture Royalty Culture Studios is a professional development Dance company is Memphis’ undeniable commercial dance training grounds. They have succeeded with many different dancers traveling and performing with different r&b artist. They also were featured in a video named All That by Cymphonique Miller.Dance2

“Reflecting the love that all children have for performing arts activities and the rich and historical musical culture of African American people, the Watoto De’ Afrika (Swahili for “children of Africa”) performing arts program was formed. Watoto is a program that uses performing arts such as blues, jazz, gospel, and Negro spiritual, to introduce students to the historical experiences of our ancestors.” Watoto youth have very unique experiences of singing, dancing and performing their way through history. Several children have experienced great results through the Watoto program. I am a former Watoto performer that was impacted. I learned how to express myself through performance. They also improved my technique and way of thinking. There were always great mentors there to speak to. They have good teachers in each area to help the performers do a wonderful production.


My Thoughts: Dance is a life away from life. When you dance it can be used to clear thoughts, express yourself, or break away from something or someone. Dance is also a physical exercise. If you enjoy dancing you can lose weight without even realizing it. This is a social activity so it can help you with communication skills. It can solve a lot of problems just by releasing stress which can make other things in your life flow better. It’s something that can be rehearsed or just free styled. Dance is in you even if you don’t know it.

For more information on these dance groups:

http://www.watotomemphis.com/ Watoto de Afrika

http://www.subroystudios.com/ Subroy Studios

http://olatn.org/ Out Loud Artistry

Help End Cyber Bullying!!

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I hate you!                     You’re ugly!                I’m gonna hurt you!

Have you been a victim of cyber bullying? Are you guilty of hurting someone in this way? Well together, it is time to help end cyber bullying. Some of the more extreme cases of cyber bullying have caused young people to harm themselves to avoid harassment. Others suffer daily from embarrassment and fear from cowardly acts. IT IS NOT OK! CYBER BULLYING IS NEVER OK!  Here are some tips to avoid cyber bullies and help eliminate its effects:

(1)     If you stand by and watch as one person bullies another, you are just as guilty. SAY SOMETHING!!! Tell the person it’s wrong. Tell an adult. Let the person that’s being bullied know that you’re there to talk if necessary. Take action.

(2)     The old saying, “If you cannot say something nice, then don’t say anything at all” holds true. Think about the words you speak or type before you deliver them to avoid being hurtful. Put yourself in the person’s situation. Would you want someone saying anything hurtful to you (no matter how funny it seems)? Keep it positive or keep it moving!

(3)     Avoid sharing so much personal information. The more information a negative person knows about you, the better able they are to continue to follow and harass you. Only those close to you should know certain information.

(4)     IGNORE THEM!!! BLOCK THEM! Bullies need a target. Without a target, a bully’s actions do not matter. It may not seem like it in the beginning, but in time, they will go away.

(5)     Remember that cyber bullying includes activities online, text messaging, and any other methods of mass communication. In any of these areas, only communicate with those that you trust and remember to JUST BE NICE!

Comments? Do you have any other helpful advice or tips? Stories you’d like to share?