Courtney Best, a redshirt senior, is an essential player to Fayetteville State University women’s basketball team. Unfortunately, Best’s career took a bad turn on November 11, 2016 when she tore her ACL and broke her femur in the first game opener at Johnson C.Smith University.
It was the first 30 seconds of the game when Best went up for a rebound and a girl from the opposing team hit her than Best came down on her leg the wrong way and instantly broke her femur and tore her ACL.
She immediately fell to the floor in excruciating pain and cried for help. The injury looked so bad that people got up and left the gym because it was very gruesome.
“It was one of the worst pains I had ever felt in my life and all I could think was this is not real,” said Best.
However, when Best was asked was she afraid at that moment that she would never play again she said no.
One of Best’s closest teammates, Yakima Clifton, said, “I was very mad that she was hurt and at that moment I wanted to fight the girl who did that to her.” The rest of her teammates were emotional as well and the team ended up losing that game.
The next step was for her to face what the doctors had to say and the doctors told Best that she would need surgery and to attend rehab.
Best had surgery a month later and from that point on it was all about her recovery and come back for the 2017-2018 basketball season. Once she was well enough to walk on her leg she began rehab.
Best did not start rehab until the summer. She did rehab with trainers from different places but once school started she began rehab with the trainers here at FSU.
Best has been out for a total of 8 months but she is on her way to recovery and she is progressing very fast.
The team is currently in preseason and Best participates in the running portion and weight-lifting, but she is still restricted from doing drills that involve physical contact. She also said that she still has pain in her leg but she works through it.
Head coach Serena King-Coleman said “Courtney is a very hard-working and determined player, and she has to get used to being back on the court.”
Best is currently not cleared by the trainers completely, but she will play this season.
Her coach and teammates have very high expectations of her. Best has also set very high expectations for herself.
“I plan on getting Player of The Year, Comeback Player of The Year. I plan on getting double digits in scoring, rebounds, and assists,” said Best.
However, her main goal for this season is to win a championship with her team. Best said she is more than excited to be back on the court.
This is Courtney Best’s last year, and she plans to go out with a bang.
Muchas veces, padres y abuelos ponen sobre los jóvenes una presión para conservar y proteger la cultura y la lengua nativa de su familia. Los adolescentes pueden luchar con esto y también tener un deseo de aceptar y celebrar su país de nacimiento o donde crecieron.
Este sentimiento es especialmente fuerte en la comunidad de hispana a nuestro alrededor.
Para las personas que no hablan la lengua nativa de su familia con fluidez, se puede crear una barrera entre ellos y su familia. Valeria M., una estudiante de Fayetteville State University, explica su propia experiencia con este dilema diciendo que “La mudanza de Puerto Rico durante mis años de escuela primaria fue una salto de fe”. Valeria era muy joven cuando su familia se trasladó a los Estados Unidos. Ella estaba en el segundo grado y sentía el mismo estrés que sienten muchos de los jóvenes que emigran de otros países del mundo aunque ella no tuvo que confrontar problemas de ciudadanía como otros muchos inmigrantes de países Hispanoamericanos. “No conocía inglés, y no sabía cómo interactuar con los otros niños” explica Valeria.
Uno solo puede imaginar la dificultad de sentirse desconectado de la sociedad del país en el que uno piensa construir un futuro. Por eso, por razones de utilidad y la necesidad de establecer afinidades con otros en su nueva comunidad, muchos inmigrantes toman el tiempo para aprender la lengua y costumbres, sumergiéndose de lleno en la nueva cultura. Sin embargo, muchas veces parece que una vez se inicia este proceso, no hay vuelta atrás. “Cuando aprendí el inglés con fluidez” dijo Valeria, “no tenía un acento fuerte. Hoy, cuando viajo a Puerto Rico, he olvidado como decir ciertas palabras en español, y a veces esto me hace sentir estresada y excluida.”
Es importante considerar el efecto que esto también puede tener en la interacción entre los miembros de la familia y las relaciones familiares en general.
“Alguno de los miembros de mi familia me llaman ‘gringa’, y eso es ofensivo a ratos. Pero, con lo que yo lucho más, definitivamente, es cuando estoy muy emocionada de hablar con mi familia sobre algo y las palabras salen correctamente. Entonces la emoción y su atención desaparecen” Lamenta Valeria M.
Ciertamente, la cultura es uno de los vínculos más fuertes de la estructura familiar. Pero, la verdad es que cambios en la vida pueden causar la necesidad de adaptarse al medio ambiente en el que se vive para conectar con otros. Lo que sigue es que algunos individuos son capaces de mantener parte de sus raíces, mientras, tristemente, pierden otras.
Ahora, Valeria tiene una perspectiva diferente, ella dice “En aquel entonces, yo trataba de no hablar o incluirme en las conversaciones, pero, ahora, yo acepto ambos culturas y no me importa lo que piensen los otros nativo hablantes del español.”
Y para otros como ella, Valeria M. da el siguiente consejo: “ignoren los comentarios que reciban y simplemente, celebra el hecho de que conozcas inglés y español también. Entre más lenguas y culturas a las que te expongas, mejor.”
A Cultural Challenge that Many Hispanic Immigrants Face
Often times, parents and grandparents impose upon their young ones, a certain pressure to conserve and protect the culture and native language of their family. Teens can struggle with this along with have a desire to accept and celebrate that of their country of birth or raising .
This sentiment is especially strong within the Hispanic community.
For those who do not speak their family’s native language fluently, it can create a barrier between them and their family. Valeria M., a student at Fayetteville State University, explains her own experience with this dilemma, saying “moving from Puerto Rico during my elementary school year was a cultural leap of faith.”
Valeria was very young when her family moved to the United States. Although Valeria did not confront problems of citizenship like many others coming from Hispanic American countries, she shared a certain level of frustration felt them . “I did not know English, and I did not know how to interact with the other kids,” explains Valeria.
One can only imagine the difficulty of feeling disconnected from the society of the country in which one plans to build a future.
For the sake of practicality as well as inclusion, many immigrants take the time to learn the language and customs, immersing themselves in the new culture.
However, it often seems that once this process is started, there is no turning back.
“When I learned English and spoke it fluently,” said Valeria, “I didn’t really have an accent. Today, whenever I go back to Puerto Rico, I do forget how to word a few things or how to say some things in the Spanish language, and that sometimes makes me feel stressed and left out”.
It is important to consider the effect this can also have on the interaction between family members and on family relationships in general.
“Some family members call me gringa, and that’s insulting at times. and what I definitely struggle with is when I’m really excited to talk to my family members about something and the words don’t come out right. The excitement and their attention goes away “ regrets Valeria.
Certainly, culture is one of the strongest links in the family structure. But, the truth is that changes in life can cause the need to adapt to the current situation in order to connect with others. It follows that some individuals are able to maintain part of their roots while, sadly, losing others.
Now, Valeria has a different perspective, she says “Back then, I tried not to talk or include myself in conversations, but, now, I embrace both of my cultures and don’t care what other natives think.”
And for others like her, Valeria M. gives the following advice: “Ignore the comments you receive and simply, embrace the fact that you not only know Spanish, but English, too. The more languages and cultures you’re exposed to, the better. “
Unless you are new to FSU, you will have noticed that the university has made a switch from Blackboard to Canvas as our Learning Management System. FSU was the 2nd of all 17 UNC institutions to make the switch to Canvas, after UNC-Greensboro.
Nick Ganesan, Vice Chancellor for Information Technology and Telecommunication Services explained that Blackboard has not done much to modernize its basic platform over the past 15-16 years. Whenever a (rare) update was made with Blackboard, it was “chunky” and resulted in troubles for faculty, staff, and students.
Canvas does regular updates, handles the server, and provides a 24/7 help desk which, according to Mr. Ganesan, “is awesome.”
FSU students seem to agree.
“I like Canvas a lot more than Blackboard,” stated Breanna Washington, junior. “I feel like with Blackboard, you had to search. Canvas makes it easier with the way it’s set up and the to-do list.”
Cleveland Terry, sophomore and Supplemental Instruction (SI) leader, also supports the switch. “I think it was a good change, a more up to date thing. We were in the Stone Age with Blackboard. As an S.I. Leader, it’s easier to connect with my students because it has their list of emails on there.”
Dr. Abdirahman Abokor, Associate Professor of Physics, agrees that there are advantages to Canvas, but also thinks there are disadvantages. “It’s easier to do my class attendance,” he explained, “but, the assignments are more difficult to manipulate.”
When asked if he foresees any potential problems with Canvas, Mr. Ganesan shook his head. He recalled attending a Blackboard Hospitality Event about 6 or 7 years ago. “It was packed,” he stated. “There were about 500 or 600 people. Nowadays, this same event is empty, and it’s the Canvas ones that are packed.”
Mr. Ganesan projects that FSU will continue to utilize Canvas for at least ten or more years.
***Sources include only a personal interview with Mr. . Ganesan, Vice Chancellor for Information Technology and Telecommunication Services and quotes from students and a professor.
Former President (and potential first gentleman of the White House), Bill Clinton, drew quite a crowd during his visit to FSU on Wednesday, October 26.
For some FSU students, such as Samantha Halam, sophomore, it was their first time attending a political event.
“I left my CHEM 162 lab early to attend,” stated Dorien Caldwell, sophomore. “I want to see what it’s all about!”
Eric McAllister, Early College, thought it would “be cool to see a former President.”
Jasmine Accoo, freshman, agreed and hoped to “meet him- or get a photo.”
“It’s a historical event, a once in a lifetime opportunity,” said Nikita Thompson, an early college student.
A definite theme resonated throughout the evening: Get out and vote. Deborah Ross, Democratic candidate for U.S. senate, after asking who had already voted, laughingly asked “What’s wrong with the rest of you?”
“It’s imperative to come out and vote,” stated Jessica Bullock, senior, prior to the start of the event. “It’s important to be knowledgeable about the candidates.”
Many students attended in hopes of gaining a better understanding of Clinton’s goals before placing their votes for President of the United States.
“I want to hear about his wife and her plan for America,” explained Tyrone Bean, sophomore.
Kevin Atkins, freshman, agreed with Tyrone. “I want to see what he has to say and what he has to offer.”
Others, such as Carlin Ashford, junior, needed “more information on the Clinton campaign.”
Paul Bismarck, an online student, had already voted. “I’m just here to see what he (Bill Clinton) has to say.”
Voting takes place November 8.
A category five hurricane struck the coast of North Carolina on October 8. The devastation of Hurricane Mathew was felt by many inland, and Fayetteville State University was not immune to the damage.
The day after the storm, Fayetteville State University’s campus was left in disarray. There were downed trees, broken fences, closed roads, and roads in many areas were coated in a thick layer of mud. There were students living on campus without running water. The school made the choice to close the campus for an entire week- until enough damages could be repaired for the campus to become functional once again.
Ashley Townes, FSU junior studying Business Management Marketing, recalled what it was like to be on campus during the storm. Townes stated that the campus lost power for three hours just after 6 p.m. that evening. After that, the water went out. The residential advisors checked on the students who were residing on campus and the cafeteria was giving away drinks to the students. “I’m just glad that everybody stayed safe,” she stated.
The days following the storm left many restaurants shut down, as well as local grocery stores. Two weeks after the hurricane there are still roadways blocked due to the flooding from the massive amounts of rain.
Fayetteville State University was prepared for the outcome of the hurricane. Students were cared for and their wellbeing was the school’s number one priority. There was visible progress made the day following the hurricane, and there is still evidence of repair not only on campus, but throughout the city of Fayetteville as well.
Ashley Townes, student at FSU
Black History Month is very important to so many people in America and around the world. Black History Month is an annual celebration of important people as well as the remembrance of notable events in American history.
Black History Month first started out as Negro History Week in 1926. The success of the week prospered, as it incited the production of black history clubs, expanded the enthusiasm among educators, as well as the enthusiasm from whites. Negro History Week developed with leaders around the United States embracing it as a holiday. The month was first proposed by students at Kent State University in Ohio in February 1969, and was celebrated there a year later.
In 1976, Negro History Week to Black History Month was officially recognized by the U.S. government. This celebratory month is based on and targeted to those who are of African descent, although many people of all types celebrate and support. During this time, people come together in several different ways so that the African-American legacy can live on.
Although the purpose of the month is a thing to celebrate, good things have not always come from it. Black History Month at times starts an annual debate about its usefulness, as well as its fairness, due to its dedication to one race. Many believe that black history should not be limited to just one month, and that it should be integrated into education daily.
There are many other reasons why Black History Month causes so much controversy, but the main criticism behind it, is that the celebration is racist. Famous people have even spoken about the usefulness of Black History Month, such as Stacey Dash.
According to Vibe magazine, Dash sparked controversy for comments made on Fox News. “If we don’t want segregation, then we need to get rid of channels like BET and the BET Awards, and the [NAACP] Image Awards, where you’re only awarded if you’re black. …If it were the other way around, we would be up in arms. It’s a double standard […] Just like there shouldn’t be a Black History Month. We’re American, that’s it.”
She does not regret anything that she has said and even used Morgan Freeman, who opposes the month on entirely different grounds, as a crutch to backup her comments, according to the Washington Post.
However, her comments should not hinder anyone else from the annual celebration. The holiday is still very important, whether people agree with it or not, otherwise it would not have been recognized from the very beginning.
Black History Month is celebrated everywhere from small communities to schools to other countries. Historically Black Colleges and Universities such as Fayetteville State University, dedicate many events to this holiday. On February 17, SGA is hosting a Color Blind event and discussion. And Bronco Cinema will do a black history double feature on February 20.
HBCUs are critical in the celebration of black history as a month and in daily education. It is important to “seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history,” as President Gerald Ford said.
Black history is a part of American history. Although one month is recognized for black history, it does not take away from people doing their research and educating themselves. If any of you believe that black history should be integrated why not challenge yourself and peers to make it happen? Starting here at FSU and reaching out to other schools could possibly make that happen. Let’s make this year count!
On Friday, January 29, an email was sent to all faculty, staff, and students at FSU from Chancellor Anderson announcing that, as of February 1, there will be no more to-go boxes given to students, staff, faculty, or visitors. This is not a decision that was made by anyone at FSU; the Environmental Health Program Specialist for the Health Department, Ms. Chalisa Y. Davis, R.S., informed university officials that providing to-go boxes violates Cumberland County health code and if FSU continued to violate the health code, the dining hall could be shut down, and the university could be required to pay monetary fines. Health codes are set to protect and promote the health of all individuals and the university, naturally, FSU has opted to comply.
In the instance of student illness, a to-go box can still be delivered if the student has a note from a physician, nurse, or Health center. Additionally, to accommodate students’ eating times, the dining hall will no longer have breaks during the day; popular stations will remain open for students to visit from opening until closing time. Amid the efforts the university is making to ease the transition, there are mixed feelings about the change.
Jazmin Lynn, freshman, feels that she and other students were tricked. “We were told at open house that there would be to-go boxes available at this university. We assumed that would be true,” she commented.
Destiny Smith, Cross Creek Early College, states that even though she is a high school student, she feels the change is a bad thing since it may “hinder study time for students.“
Shamesha Grant, junior, admits that she “doesn’t do to-go, anyway. But, I do like the new extended hours.”
Shaun Williams, Cross Creek Early College, says that he doesn’t always finish all food in one sitting. “The lack of to-go boxes might lead to more food being wasted,” he stated. “Nobody wants to waste food just because they aren’t hungry.”
Other students such as Brittany Burns, freshman, have neutral attitudes about the change. “I really only eat during fried chicken Wednesday, so this change doesn’t even really matter to me,” she says.
Yet, others think that the lack of to-go boxes is “utterly ridiculous.” An FSU employee who wished to remain anonymous stated, “I just don’t have time to sit and eat most days because I have such a heavy workload. I do understand the sanitation and health issues, but it’d be too easy to put a system in place with reusable to-go boxes. When you swipe in and are given a to-go plate, this could be shown on your card. Until you bring the box back, you are not given another one. This is similar to what they do in the military. Employees just have too much to do to be forced spending time sitting in the dining hall.”
Across our nation, and notably in North Carolina, the increase of tuition and fees is out of control. The University of North Carolina system approved an across-the-board average of 4.3% tuition increase along with other fee increases. Apart from a small number of student protestors on hand in Charlotte where the Board meeting was held, little has been publicized about this disconcerting trend.
The alarming rate of increase, the lack of student involvement and the complicities of the constituents make for a recipe to undermine the essence of the public university system in our State. The UNC Board of Governors’ website lists thirty-four members although the vote reported for the increase was 18-9, “an usual split” reported by the News & Observer. The Board list seven women and two African-American men within that list. The names of the members are mostly of a WASP background. This is definitely not a diverse group.
A closer look at the increases across UNC, it is observed that HCBUs are among the highest of the proposed increases: ECSU 3.6%, FSU 5%, NC A&T 6%, and NCCU 4.3%. Chapel Hill’s increase is the second lowest at 2.8% while ECU ranks at the top with 7.3%. Let me remind you that it has been publicized that UNC leaders are saying that there are too many HCBUs and the possibility of closing one of our schools is on the horizon. UNC-Pembroke has been mentioned as one of the first casualties.
4.8% was the reported increase in tuition at Fayetteville State University to the Board of Trustees by the Provost in March. In addition, the Board of UNC has approved a $30 security fee to be paid by all students. The tuition increase is supposed to go toward salary increases as was discussed in the February Staff Senate Minutes but if you dare ask one of your professors if she or he is receiving an increase you might be surprised at the answer. One professor told me he was not receiving anything at this time except for a promised one-time merit pay of $500 this coming June.
So where is this money going? At FSU, there are discussions of creating an advisement center. This will not take your professor-advisor out of the process to assure more time for teaching or research. So far it sounds like another way to create more bureaucracy and jobs without bringing the needed improvements for faculty salaries. The lack of faculty and the low salaries contribute to difficulty in obtaining quality personnel and can affect accreditation.
As for the $30 security fee tacked onto your bill in August, it is supposed to go towards police officer salaries. Again, the Board of Governors approved this because they trust our campus leadership. However, a request to Charles Kimble, the Associate Vice-Chancellor of Police and Public Safety/Chief on how the $30 increase will be spent and how many police officers are on the roster went unanswered. Mr. Kimble also serves as the Assistant Chief of Police for the City of Fayetteville where all that Force’s information is located online for public consumption. Statistically, the City of Fayetteville has one officer per every 515 resident and with an additional grant that ratio was lowered to 491.
FSU has a reported student population of over 6100 but falling. Therefore, it would be of interest to know if we need to hire more officers or if their pay will increase and by what amount. No statistics are available at FSU online and few administrators are concerned with informing those who pay these fees. Fees are rising faster than tuition and now account for the greater portion of the total cost of attending. How many students are aware of this steady increase? There is another increase forecasted for next year.
The United States Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates that the Consumer Price Index (CPI) has been at or below 1.0 for the last decade but university tuition is skyrocketing. The April 17 release of the CPI in the South Region is in line with the nation at 0.6% in March. If student pay is not rising at the rate of inflation and student loan interest remains above that of other lending trends, then how is this scenario going to end?
Student loans are now the largest debt owed in this country. Students at some institutions have already begun campaigns not to repay loans. FSU student apathy is most likely due to a combination of youthful ignorance and government dependence. Many students are funded by FASFA or through the military so the attitude is that it is not their problem. University leadership is savvy to this concept and takes advantage of the economic model.
An April 9, 2015 FSU Press Release boast of the affordability of FSU’s online programs. Online degrees are now the new cash cow of universities. The issue is both the quality of this type of education and how traditional learning is affected by waning interest.
In the end, the public university system could collapse from its present form to where the public school system finds itself today: segregated, unequal and insolvent. Our university leadership has a duty to fight for the values of a UNC HCBU to uplift the first generation of college students without regard for their own pockets. Students must also come to a realization that affordability is a continuing battle and it is important to challenge the decision-makers to guarantee that opportunity for all.
I am Racquel Broomfield and it was an amazing experience to run against talented beautiful individuals in the Miss Fayetteville Dogwood Festival. Although I did not place or win the title I had the honor to take the place of the People’s Choice Awards and that really meant a lot to me. Running for Miss Dogwood Festival was an achievement goal that I have always wanted to do and I do not wish to have done anything different. My friends were there with encouraging words and my mother was sending her support and love from over seas. I would like to thank God for his blessings and everyone who was there for me. I love you guys.