Five Awesome Books to Begin your Summer Reading List

Lauren Hendricks | Staff Writer

Summer is the time where you can catch up on everything you weren’t able to do during the school year, and one of those things may be reading. If you are looking for a little self-help or motivation this summer, here is the perfect fix for you. These five books are a great way to begin your summer reading!

Don’t Waste Your Pretty by Demetria Lucas

This is the “go-to guide for making smarter decisions in life and love.” The dating and relationships manifesto is a collection of questions and answers that solve dating and relationship dilemmas by the relationship queen expert herself, Demetria Lucas.




Michelle Obama: A Life by Peter Slevin

Peter Slevin tells the inspiring and fascinating story of the life of the First Lady, Michelle Obama. The biography travels back to her childhood in Chicago and follows her all the way to her days as the First Lady of the United States. The story also takes a peek into her and President Obama’s journey to making it to the White House.





The Power Playbook by La La Anthony

La La tells us personal stories of her own professional ups and downs and how she found success. The self-entrepreneur and business guru discloses her own secrets to discovering victory and triumph once and for all.





You are a Badass by Jen Sincero

Sincero spills all the tips on “how to stop doubting your greatness and start living an awesome life.” In this self-help book of hilarious stories and simple exercises, you are able to discover how to accept the way you are and make the changes you want. You’ll learn how awesome you really are and what all you are actually capable of in this quick and witty read.





God Help the Child by Toni Morrison

Morrison’s latest novel tells the story of a woman whose traumatic childhood experiences and issues molded and misshaped her adult life. The woman learns something about herself in each person that she comes across in her lifetime. Not only does she learn something from them, but each of them discovers something about themselves in their relationship together.



These five books are a great place to start this summer to get into the reading groove. So sit back, relax and enjoy these books and learn something along the way.


Internship Do’s and Don’ts: Becoming the Perfect Summer intern



Amber Gardner | Contributing Writer

The season known as summer has attracted much publicity and love over the years. From Will Smith’s rap hit  “Summertime” to blockbuster films being released with hopes of popularity and profit, this time of year tends to be a money maker. That is why it comes as no surprise that most college students tend to seek an internship opportunity during this time frame.

With the competitive nature of many of the job fields and industries that students are receiving training for while in school,a chance to gain early exposure and first-hand experience in one’s sector is priceless.

According to Bloomberg’s official website, “Many full-time…students…feel as though…making a good impression and securing a full-time job offer at the end of the summer is always beneficial”

When Mariska Warren, a 3rd year 5 year MBA major from Knoxville, Tennessee was asked about the impact of an internship she responded that, “An internship is your first opportunity to make your life great.”

Due to this hope for more experience and exposure from an internship, more and more oung people  taking advantage of internship positions. However some of those who are taking advantage of internship opportunities may wonder about what they should and should not do when on the job. Thankfully various sources have attempted to offer their expertise by offering advice regarding what is and is not acceptable when interning with a company or an organization.

The most important tip mentioned by Bloomberg Business was to, “Complete the assignment you’re given,” especially when assigned a project or a final presentation. Another piece of advice given by the career directors at Bloomberg is to ask for help if their is confusion with the assignment. Bloomberg Business believes that by deciding not to “talk it out,” students may get off schedule and eventually turn in a disappointing product.

Katrin Baker, the associate director of the MBA Career Management Center of the University of North Carolina’s Kenan-Flagler Business School encourages finding a, “sweet spot between asking too much and not asking enough” According to Baker finding this balance is critical to success.

Finally, Susan A. Kline, a director of master’s programs career development at MIT’s Sloan School of Management, recommends that, “you should be the person with whom others want to work,” She states that one should be respectful of other’s time, do what is required, and be dependable.

When asked about working with others in your work environment and meeting requirements Michael Eley, a 2nd year 5 year MBA Major from Raleigh, NC stated that, “Every job has it’s own environment…So in order to be successful you have to do things in a way that that company likes it done.” Now, just like there are certain things that can be done to help employees succeed there are also specific things or practices that can be done that will cause employees to fail.

One habit that was identified as being counterproductive by Frances Cole Jones of Forbes magazine is gossiping in the workplace. This can cause extreme damage to one’s reputation and image in the office. Another discouraged behavior that is referenced by Jones is dressing inappropriately for your work environment. It truly is best for one to observe and follow the culture of their team. Following one’s own instincts if misguided could cause disaster for one’s career.

The final very influential piece of advice given by Jones is for the employee to give off the impression that they are energetically eager to be at the workplace. This can be done by always trying to be there early and always volunteering to give extra assistance. By doing this the employer is more likely to get the feel that the intern is grateful and appreciative for the position.

In the end the success of one’s internship experience is truly up to  Make sure you are entering your working environment with an open mind and positive outlook. If you lay down the right foundation who knows what kind of doors you will open?

Five Tips to Get Single For Summertime



Kristyn Beecher | Contributing Writer

Rising temperatures, pool parties, and summer vacations signify one thing: the end of winter relationships. You no longer need someone to keep you warm, and that means that cuffing season is over. Summer brings on a lot of temptation, and if your significant other doesn’t live near you the long distance over summer break can put a strain on your relationship.

Vaughn Dowdley, a sophomore biology major from Atlanta, Georgia thinks that maybe going into the summer as a single person is a good idea. He says, “During the summer people have more free time, and that sometimes means trouble. Some people don’t trust themselves enough to not hurt whoever they are with.”

Honestly, if you haven’t ditched your winter love by now, you’re pretty late. Sundresses are already out, and the beaches are filling up. If you feel that it’s best that you go into this season alone it is now time to say goodbye. Breaking up is hard to do. That is more than just a song title, or a cliché saying, it is the truth. So, when you decide to officially end your winter relationship, use these tips to make it easier on you.

The first tip when deciding to end a relationship is to always maintain control. It is important to stay in control of the situation no matter what is said or done. Don’t let him or her take over. Prepare what you are going to say before hand and stick to the script. Don’t let your emotions take over, do what you came to do. The second tip is  to break up in public places to avoid trouble. Pick a neutral place. No one wants to make a scene in public and this is best way to end a relationship with dignity. Besides, you can leave the situation and go somewhere else if things get messy.

According to a Cosmopolitan magazine article a park is a great public place to have a break up. “Going on a walk is good, because that’s when men and women communicate best.”

As you’re deciding that a relationship has run its course make sure you hold to this next tip and make sure the timing is right.Did your love just get fired? Did his or her dog die? Have a heart and pick a time that is both convenient to you, and easy for your love to deal with. Just because you are breaking up with someone doesn’t mean you have to be cruel about it.

Deanna Walker, a 4th Year 5-Year MBA major says “it’s important to be considerate, you don’t want to hurt anybody, but you just want to do what’s best for the both of you.

As you’re finding the worlds that will have the least amount of sting, a great strategy is to take on the relationship blame yourself.It’s easy to take the blame in this situation, after all, it was your idea to break up in the first place. Make sure that you own up to your feelings and let him or her know that this relationship ending has nothing to do with their actions.

Lastly, if you feel comfortable then why not say the traditional “let’s remain friends” line. Its always a good idea to  leave a door open to continue the relationship in the fall. Summer is only four months, and before you know it the temperatures will begin to fall. It is only right to leave the relationship with possible hope of rekindling once cuffing season starts again.

Hopefully these tips help you end a relationship with as much finesse as possible. While any relationship is hard work it can sometimes be even harder to find the right words, moment or courage to end a love connection so think hard and make sure you are making the right decision for you. Don’t misinterpret a rough spot as the ending to your happy ever after.



South Carolina Officer Indicted in Walter Scott Shooting



Marquise Brown | Contributing Writer

For Michael Slager, his five-year career with the North Charleston Police Department, in South Carolina has ended after he responded with deadly force that killed Walter Scott.

Scott, a 50-year-old man was unarmed when he was shot by Slager in the back as he was running away from being pulled over. According to CNN News, “His death was recorded by a stander and reignited a national conversation” that happened Monday June 8th, 2015.

A grand jury indicted former North Charleston, South Carolina police officer in connection to the April shooting death. Chris Stewart, an attorney for the Scott family, stated, “Today was just an example that if you just keep the faith, even in the darkest times, you’ll see the light.”

According to CNN, Slager’s Attorney Andy Savage said that his defense team has not yet been given the prosecutor’s investigative materials, as requested, and he would not comment on any aspect of the case until he was given that information. “Life in prison,” is the sentence Scott’s brother wants Slager to receive. “Never to do something like that to another human being again.

According to People, Anthony Scott, brother of Walter Scott, said “I believe some change can come from this, like more accountability for cops so citizens won’t have to fear for their lives if they’re stopped,” he says. He added that “They won’t have to suffer like Walter did. Citizens need to be aware of their rights so they are not killed”.

The Tragedy of Kalief Browder: Guilty until Proven Innocent



Treasure Tabor | Contributing Writer

In 2010, the Bronx-native was arrested at the age of 16 for supposedly stealing a backpack. He spent more than 1,000 days on Rikers Island as he waited for his trial to commence. Of those 1,000 days, Browder spent about two years in solitary confinement. He was also the subject of physical abuse from guards and inmates on many occasions.

This mistreatment led Kalief down a road of depression which culminated in a series of failed suicide attempts. The charges against Kalief were later dropped and he was released from prison. However, the damage had been done. Browder tried to live a “normal” life by earning his GED, going to community college, and working a part-time job.

Nevertheless, he still struggled with despair due to his years in prison. On at least two occasions, he attempted suicide again and had to be admitted into a psychiatric ward twice.

This past April, Jennifer Gonnerman, a staff writer for The New Yorker, obtained surveillance of a guard assaulting Browder and of a separate incident when he was assaulted by inmates. After they viewed the footage together, Kalief gave permission to have the videos published on The New Yorker’s Web site.

His story and the footage caught the attention of numerous individuals, such as: Mayor Bill de Blasio, Rand Paul, Jay Z, and Rosie O’Donnell. On June 6th, Browder’s mother found him hanging from a second-floor window in their house with an air-conditioner cord wrapped around his neck. He was only 22 years old.

The tragic death of this young man has raised more questions about the justice system, specifically in New York. A call to reform the bail system and Rikers Island has been presented as a step in the right direction by the public.

Rachel Dolezal Still Identifies as Black Amidst Controversy



Jerica Deck | Campus Co-Editor

After resigning from her position in the NAACP, Rachel Dolezal recently announced on The Today Show that she still identifies as black. The civil rights activist allegedly hid behind, what her brother Ezra Dolezal describes as, “perms and dark makeup”. However the facade was uncovered when Rachel’s white parents outed her as a Caucasian woman.

Dolezal was the president of the Spokane, Washington NAACP and is a professor in the Africana Studies Program at Eastern Washington University.  She is also a chairwoman of Spokane’s police oversight commission. On her application to this commission she marked that she was black, white, American Indian, and two or more races.

Previously when asked in interviews if she was African American Rachel has vaguely replied “That question isn’t easy as it seems. There’s a lot of complexities, and I don’t know that everyone would understand that”.

“We hope that Rachel will get the help that she needs to deal with her identity issues,” says her mother Ruthanne Dolezal. “Of course we love her, and we hope that she will come to a place where she knows and believes and speaks the truth.” After speculation about whether Rachel lied about her racial identity, her mother revealed that her family is Czech, Swedish, and German, with some Native American roots.

As a teacher she’s given several lectures about her experience as a black woman. She’s described being born in a teepee and living in South Africa, both of which her family members claimed are false.

Dolezal also stated that her parents abused her family with “baboon whips…pretty similar to what was used during slavery,” varying the beatings according to skin tone. One of her former students wasn’t allowed to be in an activity because Rachel thought she didn’t look Hispanic enough to know about racial discrimination.

“She just told me, ‘Over here, I’m going to be considered black, and I have a black father. Don’t blow my cover,’” said her brother Ezra Dolezal. Ruthanne Dolezal claimed her daughter began to take on this African American identity after her family adopted Rachel’s four black siblings. Rachel took that a step further by pretending one of her brothers was her son and naming an African American man as her father.

Ezra told Buzzfeed how he felt offended that his sister pretended to endure the African American struggle after she grew up privileged in a nice home and with a great education. “She puts dark makeup on her face and says she black,” he said, “it’s basically blackface.”

This has sparked a major debate about race and identity in America. People are questioning whether a person can be transracial in a similar way to being transgendered. Some are supporting the idea that racial identity isn’t necessarily tied to skin color including actress Raven Symone.

On The View, Raven noted that everyone’s ancestry traces back to Africa. She also said “Black women straighten their hair every day. Black woman do it all the time…White women can’t do the same thing?”

Still, there is an immense amount of backlash. Hip hop artist Lizzo tweeted “My prob w/ #Transracial: Black folk can’t decide to be white when the cops raid their pool party. But a white woman can be NAACP president.”

John Stewart from, The Daily Show had a skit spoofing the situation where a white man jokingly tried to be the black correspondent. Jessica Williams then joined the skit by saying “You can’t just appropriate persecution because it’s ‘cool’…We need allies not replacements”.

Whether Rachel Dolezal is a pioneer or a cultural appropriator, she has opened up a nationwide conversation about race.

Chinese Government takes steps on banning public smoking



Marquise Brown | Contributing Writer

The Chinese government is considering tighter  restrictions on smoking by making it illegal to smoke in public places. New Rules will be put into place banning smoking at certain outdoor areas like sports venue, restrict selling of tobacco to minors and force tobacco companies to include multiple warnings about the dangers of smoking prominently on their package labels, as was reported by the New York Times.

China is the world’s largest tobacco consumer in the world, and also the largest producer of tobacco in the world today.  Its cheap prices doesn’t make the Chinese government levy taxes on tobacco products.

If this continues China will just be digging a deeper hole according to Vice President Joe Biden. “The Chinese have figured out that they have a giant environmental problem,” Biden commented. “Folks in Beijing, some days, literally can’t breathe. Over a million Chinese die prematurely every year because of air pollution.”

There is a huge push and priority this year to make smoking illegal in public areas. China’s government wants to slow down the consummation of tobacco in the Beijing streets.  The nationwide Bejing law has been put into motion.

Several cities around China have banned smoking in public places but the enforcement of the law has been very relaxed.  Beijing even pledged in 2008 for the Olympics to prohibit smoking from occurring in most public venues, including government run facilities.  but most no smoking signs are frequently ignored by citizens.

The National Health and Family Planning Commission have proposed “Steps that range from beefing up the education on the dangers of tobacco to banning smoking in schools and hospitals.”

As China wants to continue to grow into a superpower it has to protect the interest of its citizens. it will be very interesting to see how much of an enforce the Chinese government will do to protect the health of others.

“Orange Is The New Black” Season 3 is Out for Early Release



Kelsey Marrow | Contributing Writer

The series was scheduled to release it’s third season through Netflix, on June 12 but to the viewer’s surprise, was released a day earlier.  The release was confirmed via Twitter by Netflix and the series’ cast member, Uzo Aduba. Aduba known in the series as ”Crazy Eyes”, announced the surprise at Orange Con,  an event featuring cast members and fans of the series held in New York City. She broke the news to fans with a detailed tweet.

It takes a lot of work to be one the most anticipated comedy-drama series. The show created and executively produced by Jenji Kohan is based on the book “Orange is The New Black: My Year in a Woman’s Prison,written by Piper Kerman. Throughout the series viewers are taken on a journey into the life of Piper Chatman,  and many other inmates at Litchfield Penitentiary. Chatman, played by actress Taylor Schilling goes through a variety of obstacles while in prison.

The beloved prison series is filled with a star-studded cast and dramatic storylines. Joining the inmates is model/actress Ruby Rose who plays Stella Carlin, Piper’s new love interest . In a Vanity Fair interview Jenji states “We talk about this country as this big melting pot, but it’s mosaic.”

“There’s all these pieces, they’re next to each other, and they’re not necessarily mixing. And I’m looking for those spaces where people actually do mix and prison happens to be a terrific one.”

While most fans choose to binge-watch the show, Orange is the New Black is becoming Netflix’s new summer hit. After seasons one and two being rated 4.5 out of 5 stars by Netflix viewers, questions about where season two left off are still in the air. With fans raving over the early release, Netflix wasted no time renewing the show for a fourth season .

Although, streaming service has confirmed the returning season, most details have yet to been announced. If the show continues to follow it’s scheduled  pattern, season four is predicted to release the summer of 2016.

Parallel Nightmares? Maryland eliminates parallel parking from the Driving Test



Dazha Austin | Contributing Writer

On May 19 parallel parking was officially removed from the driving test in Maryland. In a statement given to Fox News, Buel Young- a Maryland Motor Vehicles Administration spokesperson- said this change came after state official had determined “The man, the maneuvers and skills required to parallel park — which include backing up, using mirrors and depth perception — were already being evaluated in other parts of the test.” Young says parallel parking will continue to be a teaching requirement in state-controlled driver’s education courses in Maryland.

When you arrive to the MVA on test day, after all paperwork is completed and you get your car checked out you drive out onto a course on the MVA’s lot where you either are tested on parallel parking or on two point reverse turns. This is where you often see the walk of shame, where the instructor has to get out and switch sides of the car with you. Even though you get three minutes to complete this maneuver it’s still very nerve wrecking to sit in complete silence wondering if you’re doing everything right. Antony White, a student driver that has had his license for over a year said, “I don’t think it is completely fair to those who have taken the test over and over just to pass. Especially if that’s what made them fail.”

But don’t fret, Maryland is not the only state that has eliminated this portion of the test. Others include California, Oregon, Virginia, North Carolina, Tennessee, Florida, Maine, Ohio, Arkansas, Illinois, Wyoming, Alabama, South Dakota, Colorado, and Nebraska. Kayla Hollis, a student driver from New Jersey, believes, “It’s necessary because if the only place to park is between two cars then you don’t want to owe money for a hit car.”

David Resnick, treasurer for the Maryland Professional Driver Education Association and owner of Elite Driving School, which has 14 locations in Maryland tells John Kelly of the Washington Post, “I’m actually in favor of it, we have a lot of parents who want us to make sure we spend a lot of time on parallel parking and make it a focus of a large portion of behind-the-wheel-training. Our response is, nobody dies [while] parallel parking. We want to work on entering and exiting expressways and focus more on dangerous maneuvers.” Samuel Hill, a Maryland resident who is also a parent, says, “ It is extremely important. It is an easy technique once you learn it. As a parent I am still going to teach it to my kids.” Coming from a teen  who lives in Maryland, and has failed their drivers test four times because of this skill, it comes as a  great relief that it is being eliminated.

If anything, merging should be included in the test because in major cities, the Capital Beltway is always a mess in the acceleration and deceleration lanes. Although I am happy with this decision, students living in DC, Maryland, and Northern Virginia – the DMV- should be tested on parallel parking because of the proximity to DC, which has over 17,000 curbside parking spaces. Truthfully, I agree with people like David and Sam. The agony of trying to parallel park is not worth it. The test is stressful enough as you are worrying about speed, hand placements, and other cars. At least now there is one less thing to worry about.

Zoe Saldana is Playing Nina Simone in a Biopic: Good or Bad?



Timia Whitsey | Contributing Writer

Biopics appear to be the new trend, from the TLC story to the Marilyn Monroe Biography, and now the latest to be released, the Nina Simone Biopic starring Zoe Saldana. Although many attempt, very few biopics have properly portrayed the life of the person of interest. Fingers crossed that this one will change the reputation of them all.

While Zoe Saldana is a  well-known and successful actress, America doubts that she is capable of properly honoring legendary jazz musician, Nina Simone. Most believe that her light skin and her partially Hispanic roots rule her not “black enough” for the role. Others such as Marvin Martin, a victim of racism during the segregation era, are “enraged that she has to use paint in order to darken her skin so that she can better resemble Simone”.

Zoe Saldana fan Shonda Patterson says “What’s the big deal? When she played in Avatar, she was transformed into a creature”. In my opinion, a more versatile actress with a less monotone personality would have been more ideal. However, I have no doubt that Zoe Saldana will deliver. Zoe admits that this “is one of the scariest projects [she had] ever been involved in” seeing as she is most known for her sci-fi and action themed movies such as Guardians of the Galaxy and Colombiana. Hopefully she can get the job done.

Zoe may surprise us all and do a better job than expected however because of their common personal backgrounds. Saldana has a musical background which is beneficial considering that Nina was a singing superstar. Simone was also an activist and Saldana appears to be extremely passionate when it comes the empowerment of women and black excellence. Above all, Zoe has the utmost confidence that she will play the role to her best ability. ”

At the end of the day, the producers simply chose who they felt would be the best fit” claims film fanatic Tonya Neely. This statement is very accurate and a reminder that just because someone looks like the celebrity does not mean that they are the perfect match for the movie. We saw this in biopic ‘One in a Million’ about singer, Aaliyah Haughton. Her look alike was almost perfect yet actress Alexandra Shipp did not do Aaliyah any justice. All we can do is have faith that movie producers made the right call.

Zoe may be the best candidate for “Nina”. After all, not all biopics have bad reputations. For example, the Malcolm X story starring Denzel Washington and Jamie Foxx, who delivered an excellent performance in “Ray”. Overall, the idea behind these biographies is more so to take a further look inside the life of legendary celebrity and less about how the actor playing the celebrity looks. As long as the actor follows the script, the message will still be conveyed. If a viewer is on the fence about the movie like myself, I suggest watching it with an open mind and low expectations. Whether “Nina” receives amazing or horrible reviews, it is one movie that is not worth missing.