Howard University at center of financial aid scandal

Zoe Griffin | Contributing Writer In 2017, an auditor discovered that Howard University employees had misappropriated financial aid funds over an astonishing period of nine years. Some of the employees received tuition benefits and tuition remission for the same classes. The investigation concluded that the employees had earned more money than their education cost, and that they had kept the balance for themselves. It was later revealed that six people were allegedly involved in the Howard University financial aid scam. The anonymous writer of the Medium story hinted that that Howard University President Wayne Fredrick and his administration had been … Continue reading Howard University at center of financial aid scandal

Farm Fresh begins liquidation of 21 stores

Kyra Robinson | Contributing Writer   After making a deal worth $43 million, Supervalu Inc. the parent company of the Farm Fresh grocery chain, has begun the process of selling 21 of its 38 stores to Kroger Mid-Atlantic, Harris Teeter, and Food Lion. With these sales, many Farm Fresh stores will be closed for several months, renovated and reopened under the names Kroger, Harris Teeter, or Food Lion. Sophomore Imani Broaden recently visited a Farm Fresh for the first time to take advantage of a 30% off sale. “I had never really heard about Farm Fresh, but my friend was … Continue reading Farm Fresh begins liquidation of 21 stores

Virginia Passes Law for Expungement of Marijuana Charges

Kyra Robinson | Staff Writer On Monday, Virginia took a step towards pro-marijuana reform by passing a bill that now allows those charged with marijuana possession to expunge their first charge by paying a $150 fee. The bill was proposed by Republican Senator Tommy Norment and had a 38-2 vote. Norment considered the bill’s win to be progress for marijuana reform. Norment’s Democratic colleague, Senator Adam Ebbin opposed the bill for its inability to stop the racial disparity of marijuana arrests, according to the Richmond Times-Dispatch. Originally, Norment had planned to push for a decriminalization bill, but ultimately decided against … Continue reading Virginia Passes Law for Expungement of Marijuana Charges

Historic royal engagement excites millenials

Kyra Robinson | Staff Writer After breaking the internet with their historic engagement announcement, Great Britain’s Prince Harry and television actress Meghan Markle have set their wedding date to May of next year, according to CNN reporters. They announced their engagement Nov. 28, and social media went into frenzy, since the love affair was widely considered so untraditional. Markle is half African-American, half Caucasian and a divorcee — the first to marry into the royal family in 81 years, Fox News reported. The most recent time America cared so deeply about social affairs in Great Britain was when Prince William … Continue reading Historic royal engagement excites millenials

Libyan slave trade: 700,000 victims and counting

Odyssey Fields | Staff Writer Hidden between walls of North Africa, over 700,000 migrants and refugees have been secretly kidnapped and sold into the horrific system of slavery. Libya has been under chaos since their dictator, Muammar Gaddafi, was overthrown in 2011. In response, uproar struck the impoverished country, leaving millions of people in danger. According to Brookings Institution (Washington D.C. public policy organization) reports , as the year continued, Libya’s economy plummeted and its resources continued to become limited, with its productive oil reserve declining as well. Their infrastructure began to deteriorate and the country was put at a … Continue reading Libyan slave trade: 700,000 victims and counting