Author: Jordan Holt

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 […]

Students Push University to Make Commencement In-Person

On April 8th, Tuskegee University released the news that the 2021 Spring Commencement Exercises will now be held in-person on May 30th at Cramton Bowl Stadium in Montgomery, Alabama. The ceremony will celebrate the students who earned degrees in the Fall 2019, Spring, Summer, and Fall 2020, and Spring 2021. The ROTC Commissioning, the Nursing Capping and Pinning Ceremony, and the School of Education’s Induction Ceremony will also have in-person ceremonies. This news excited many students, as they were the ones who helped make this happen. A year into the COVID-19 Pandemic, all university events were forced to transition to […]

Student Participation Increasing During SGA Week

Excitement is in the air as students experience their first virtual SGA (Student Government Association) Week. The Pulse Administration planned a week full of virtual and in-person events for all Tuskegee University students to enjoy. With their “Islands” theme, the events occurred the week of April 18th to April 24th. With last year’s SGA Week being cancelled due to COVID-19, students have been more eager than ever. The thirteen events throughout the weeks have been planned to accommodate students who are in the Tuskegee area and for those students who may be taking classes at home. The SGA Week events […]