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Dean Prakash: An Advocate for Arts and Sciences

Tuskegee University’s College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) is the largest college across the university. It houses a diverse range of departments. It covers some of the most foundational fields of science/knowledge, encapsulated in its name Arts and Sciences. To get a better grasp of what is going on in CAS, we sat down with Dr. Prakash, Dean of the College, for an interview about the state of CAS. Thinking about the job description of a college dean, many may imagine someone sitting at a fancy, dark brown desk, making decisions concerning the educational well-being of the college. However, after […]

The Need for Black Humanists: What Tuskegee University’s College of Arts and Sciences Has to Offer

In a world characterized by its placed importance on the fields of science and mathematics, the humanities are often perceived to be lackluster and unprofitable. Specifically for black students, they are often encouraged to memorize math formulas and understand bodily functions rather than analyzing a novel written a number of years ago. Not only has society deemed these two areas to be separate entities (rather than two elements that work together), but it has minimized the importance of the humanities; this is detrimental to the progression and well-being of society. Tuskegee University’s College of Arts and Sciences is the university’s […]

HBCU Vs. PWI Homecomings: The Importance of Black Culture

Recently the university administration announced that in order to ensure the safety of students and alumni, the 2021-2022 homecoming would be a virtual event for alumni and student events would be held at limited capacity. In addition to all events being virtual, only current students will be allowed into the homecoming game. While this situation is not ideal, it is a major improvement from the previous year of no homecoming at all. In the months leading up to homecoming, I had the opportunity to attend the homecoming of a large midwestern PWI, and from this new experience I was able […]

Dr. Karanam: The Man Who Chose to Fight Cancer for Others

When it comes to the history of medical research, Tuskegee’s name is often associated with the infamous Tuskegee Experiment (Syphilis Study). Today, by contrast, Tuskegee University is taking the lead in using medical research to serve the African American community. World-class scientists and researchers are furthering research that targets to improve the health and well-being of minority populations. In a series of stories, we intend to feature the work of our scientists. In the present story, we introduce Professor Balasubramanyam karanam, a leading scientist who studies common cancers in the black community and targets to develop drugs for them. Professor, […]

Not a Cultural Deficit: Why Student Participation Has Dropped So Heavily at TU

Aside from the massive academic benefits and sense of history, culture is one of the main draws for most students when coming to the illustrious Tuskegee University: The chants, keying people, homecoming, and a plethora of other traditions that make Tuskegee what it is. But this school year, there seems to be an astounding lack of participation and appreciation for culture and tradition, especially from the underclassmen. Whether it be not knowing the chants, not coming to Student Government Association (SGA) events, not filling the shed, not dressing for Fried Chicken Wednesday, or just a general sense of unenthusiasm, there […]

“Why Doesn’t Tuskegee Have a Walmart?” Understanding Underdevelopment of Tuskegee

Attending Tuskegee University comes with a litany of unique experiences, students are coming from all over America and sometimes all over the world and thrust into a brand new environment that may be vastly different from their hometowns. While difference in experience comes with a vast amount of pros/benefits such as: a Black majority in the community and university, a rich history, HBCU life and Culture, the southern experience, and so on, it can also come with some cons and one of the main cons about the area and University can be summed up in one simple phrase, “Why doesn’t […]

Game Day Preview: Tuskegee Football is Back!

In the world of Tuskegee this time of year is exciting for all. New students are getting their first taste of Tuskegee culture; returning students are being reunited with friends and school family; classrooms are filling with hungry minds; and most importantly, HBCU football is back! This year is vastly different from any other year in any of our lifetimes, because of the multiple pandemics (viral, social, racial) currently plaguing the world. Not only is this the first time since the 2019-2020 school year that students are being allowed back on campus and in class, but last Sunday will also […]

From HBCU to Ivy League: The Impact of an HBCU Education

When she graduated from Clark Atlanta University with her Bachelor’s degree in Communications, she was the first person in her family to graduate from an Historically Black University. “While walking across the stage, I felt that I was not only taking that stride for my future legacy, my daughter who would later go on to graduate from Clark Atlanta University, but for all of my community who wished that they had the same opportunity to receive an education from such an excellent institution. It was one of the proudest moments of my life, but I knew that I was just […]

Least Likely to Teach: Student Overcomes Disability, Pursues Career in Teaching

Valencia Winston was the daughter of two educators, but was not the expected straight-A student. She hated school due to her challenges from a learning disorder known as dyslexia. According to Child Mind Institute’s Understanding Dyslexia and How to Help Kids Who Have It, “Dyslexia is a disability where one’s brain has trouble processing both letters and words.” While Dyslexia is not a reflection of a person’s intelligence level, this has led dyslexia to become widely associated with difficulty learning to read, write and spell. Despite these odds, Winston overcame her disability and ended up with a successful career in […]

New Royal Court Elected

On April 9th, Jasmine McCollum, a Junior from Tupelo, Mississippi, majoring in Chemical Engineering was crowned to reign as the 92nd Miss Tuskegee University. Inspired by her mentors, Courtney “Alexis” Landrum who served as the 89th Miss Tuskegee University and a family member who is a part of the Miss Tuskegee University lineage, McCollum was drawn to one day vie for the crown. “Being in the presence of style, grace and poise and seeing how those women encouraged others to create their own legacy inspired me to be selfless and want to serve Mother Tuskegee,” McCollum said. Running on the […]