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From Black Voices
Following recent allegations of racial discrimination within the Greek system at the University of Alabama, one of the majority white sororities elected an African American president for the first time in history.
Sigma Delta Tau, a historically Jewish sorority, elected 22-year-old engineering student, Hannah Patterson, who joined the organization one year ago according to WBRC-TV.
“We’re welcoming of any girl that wants to join our chapter and best fits our chapter,” Regina Broda, who was president before Patterson, explained to the campus paper The Crimson White.
“We were founded by seven Jewish women because they, in 1917, couldn’t find a home. They were discriminated against. They weren’t allowed into sororities. Sigma Delta Tau nationally does not discriminate because it goes completely against our founding principles.”
In the spring of 2011, Delta Tau accepted its first black member and since then has initiated three other African-American women. Patterson was recruited to the organization through informal recruitment, after she was unable to find a fit during formal recruitment.
Patterson says she is honored to take the position but insists race never crossed her mind during the process, she just wanted to help her sorority.
“I never saw color or race or ethnicity. It’s never been in the front of my mind,” said Patterson. “I tried to never let it hinder anything I did or judge people on that. I guess I never really thought about, ‘Oh, I’m the first African-American that has been president.’ I’m just excited for my term and to see where my chapter has gone and where it is going to go.”
Her sisters in the sorority also say that Patterson’s race did not impact their decision to elect her as president, she simply was an active member who proved her leadership capabilities.
“We know that Hannah is going to be the best for the future of our chapter at this time,” said Erinn Forbes, a member of Sigma Delta Tau. “That has nothing to do with her ethnicity, but it is definitely a really cool thing. I think our chapter is happy to be a part of the change that’s going to be happening here.”
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The First Lady has just joined President Barack Obama‘s efforts to get the United States on track to have the highest percentage of college graduates by 2020.
Recently, Michelle Obama spoke to students at Bell Multicultural High School not far from the White House. The event is part of what will be a broader focus for the First Lady on getting students — particularly those in underserved communities — to attend college.
“No matter what the president does, no matter what your teachers and principals do, or whatever is going on in your home or neighborhood, the person with the biggest impact on your education is you,” FLOTUS said.
Mrs. Obama, who went to one of the best high schools in Chicago, told the story of how she had to wake up at 6 a.m. and travel at least an hour on the bus. The First Lady grew up in a working class family and went on to Princeton University and Harvard Law School, reports The Grio.
“Some of my teachers straight up told me that I was setting my sights too high. They told me I was never going to get into a school like Princeton,” Obama said to the 10th graders. “It was clear to me that nobody was going to take my hand and lead me to where I needed to go; instead it was going to be up to me to reach my goals.”
She is working with Education Secretary Arne Duncan, who is overseeing the effort. Right now the U.S. ranks 12th globally in the proportion of people who hold college degrees.
Mrs. Obama encouraged the students to be inspired by Menbere Assefa, 22-year-old Bell Multicultural alumna who graduated on scholarship from James Madison University in May. Her family, who emigrated from Ethiopia when she was eight years old, stressed the importance of education.
“There’s scholarships out there, there are funds out there for people to get and make sure that they attend higher education,” said Assefa, who works as a management assistant in policy and compliance administration for the District of Columbia government.
Are you a proud former Howard University Bison, NC A&T Aggie, Temple Owl or UCLA Bruin? Do you bleed that blue and white, red and black or blue and orange for life? Joining your college or university’s alumni association is one of the best ways to show your pride after matriculating. Those four years of hard work, hard partying and great memories were worth it. Now that you’ve gotten the diploma, give back to your university by being active in your alumni association. Here are some benefits to becoming a member.
Just when you thought all of the controversy surrounding Robin Thicke’s summer smash hit, “Blurred Lines,” had somehow died down, you find out that there’s more. According to NBC News, five British universities have banned the song from their campus bars, arguing that it “excuses rape culture.”
The student union organizations at Kingston, Edinburgh, Leeds, Derby and West Scotland universities have all axed the controversial track from their campus playlists due to what they have perceived to be misogynist lyrics.
“The song hugely objectifies woman and excuses rape culture. It is a man suggesting that there are ‘blurred lines’ when it comes to sexual consent and that is unacceptable. We felt we needed to take a stand,” said Hollie O’Connor, student union president at the University of Derby.
Hollie went on to say that she received a ton of supportive emails since pulling the song from the school’s playlist and “not one which comes close to a complaint.”
“If I had 1,000 students in one of our bars and only 10 percent felt uncomfortable with the song being played then we’d have failed them.”
A similar ban implemented over at Edinburgh University was set in place by a larger campus campaign to “end rape culture on campus.” According to campaign organizers, “a significant proportion of students and the wider population hold dangerous victim-blaming views about women who experience rape and sexual violence.”
As for the students at Leeds, education officer Alice Smart says, “the lyrics of the song [Blurred Lines] conflict with our core value of equality and our commitment to having zero tolerance of sexual harassment… we have asked our resident DJs to remove the song from their playlists.”
Smart added that although there are many other songs with similar themes and offensive lyrics,”‘Blurred Lines’ was singled out in-particular due to its commercial success and the recent negative publicity surrounding it.”
While everyone’s college experience can be unique, going to an HBCU is quite different than going to a predominantly white institution. If any of the following things happened to you while you were on campus, chances are you were at an HBCU.
Strolling At Parties
After a particularly long week of working on a term paper or knocking out the required lab hours for biology, you and your friends decide to hit up a couple parties that are being held around campus. You get there, ready to blow off some steam, but you can’t dance. Why? Because this sorority or that fraternity wants to stroll through the crowd. Truly getting your dance on at an HBCU party can be quite tricky, especially if there are several sororities and fraternities there because they wind up trying to outdo each other all night.
Here is something the thing about for future business leaders. There are certain colleges that produce high numbers of CEOs.
Times Higher Education (THE) recently released a list of the universities around the world that produce the most CEOs, based on the alma maters of Fortune Global 500 CEOs.
According to THE’s methodology, university rankings were determined using “the total number of degrees awarded to CEOs; the total number of CEO alumni; [and] the total revenue of the alumni CEOs’ companies,” reports Business Insider, who broke down THE’s list to the top American schools, as well as the U.S. News and World Report‘s rankings of undergraduate and graduate business programs.
At the top of THE’s list was Harvard, for both for international and American universities. Harvard produced 25 alumni CEOs most recently, more than double the next American university on the list — Stanford University.
At Stanford, some 11 CEOs in today’s corporate world got their degree. Coming in third was the University of Pennsylvania, where eight CEOs studied. MIT was number four, followed by Cornell University. Surprisingly, Yale University was even further down the list at number nine. Last on the list was New York University, where four CEOs earned their degrees.
MBAs are top-of-mind this time of year as applications are coming due. Financial News reports on the changes to this year’s application, with many schools, including top-ranked ones from the THE research, shortening the essay portion.
Whether you graduated 10 years ago or are going to school for the first time next week, there are a few things that never change in college. And that’s the people. Sure, every year a class graduates and a new one comes in but the types of people you’ll meet are pretty much the same university to university. Here are some of the types of women you’ll meet in school.
From Black Enterprise
It’s getting harder to find a job in this economy, so many adults are heading for their nearest college campus to increase their chances of career advancement or change their careers altogether. If you’re going back to school this Fall, you’re most likely looking for ways to reduce costs as much as possible. One way to do this is by taking advantage of educational tax breaks. Two popular tax-relief options are the American Opportunity Tax Credit and the Lifetime Learning Tax Credit. Here’s a breakdown of the qualifications for these credits and what each provides…
For more information about tax breaks for college students, click through to Black Enterprise.
Time and time again, we hear about the importance of attending college in order to land a nice-paying job in hopes of living the good life. While it’s true that having a degree (especially an advanced one) can and will open many doors of opportunities, we also have to consider those who make the choice not to attend a college or university.
Maybe finances are too tight to pay out of pocket for higher education? Or maybe the college thing just isn’t for you? There are still many options a person can take who does not graduate with a college degree. We have already heard about jobs that pay a nice salary to those with a two-year degree. Now it’s time to look at some that don’t require a bachelor’s degree.
As interest rates for federally subsidized Stafford student loans double this month, new analysis of federal data shows that more than 260 colleges and universities across the country have students that are more likely to default on their student loans than full-time freshmen students who will graduate.
A new report from USA Today explores this grim educational statistic, which comes at a time when we’re grappling with a $1 trillion dollar college debt crisis in America. According to the report, student borrowers are defaulting at higher rates then graduating at schools like community colleges, or private, four-year for-profit colleges, schools like Everest College and ITT Technical Institute. At New River Community and Technical College in Beckley, W.Va., the graduation rate is five percent, but there’s a 25.7 percent default rate.
Current full-time freshmen enrolled in 265 schools across the country and Puerto Rico are expected to have lower graduation rates in their class than loan default rates, including University of the District of Columbia in Washington D.C. (default rate: 14.2 percent versus graduation rate: 12 percent), Macon State College in Macon, GA (default rate: 17.9 percent versus graduation rate: 12 percent) and historically black college and university, Benedict College in Columbia, South Carolina (default rate: 29.3 percent versus graduation rate: 27 percent).
This statistic raises a flag concerning the stigma of students who attend community colleges, technical institutes and for-profit colleges, who are more likely to take out loans for their education throughout their entire two- to-four year academic career. Administrators say it speaks to the socioeconomic issues prevalent at these schools.
With more students expected to default on student loans versus full-time freshmen who are less likelier to graduate, along with the rise in interest rates from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent, this news is an alarm that foreshadows the bursting of the college debt bubble. Many students are expected to graduate with more debt that exceeds one year’s annual income, which is common, but not easy to manage, as reported by USA Today.
With the grim reality of the student loan crisis versus the job market, current graduation rates and doubling interest rates, this raises the question of whether a college education is still a good investment. Many would argue it is, but the strategy for achieving it and maintaining financial stability has to change.