Just a few of the stories the great Meterites didn't publish this year
Hefner denied tenure, applies for South Carolina State University presidency Unlawful guns on campus not uncommon --Va. Tech anniversary Class presidencies least popular SGA posts Summer school on the rise Africana Studies head retires Career Center director to retire College of Arts and Sciences dean to retire Cracked, uneven tennis courts not fixed Gentry to get new seats Disbursed student activity fees less than collected --$365K of $1.26M accounted for University spends $27M, excluding salaries International travel awarded from $180K in student fees NCAA review under way $6M Women's Center leaps over other priorities Football coach rebuked Field house off table Webster asks alums for field house money The Meter wins Online Pacemaker The Meter wins regional awards Meter photographer wins first place twice Newspaper's 18 awards down from 28 Newspaper budget still short, event to raise money NABJ, alumni, others donate to The Meter Newspaper cuts issues to 27 from 41 Faculty salaries vary widely, few raised Low-producing programs in jeopardy Employee honored for working at TSU for more than 55 years College loan scams on the rise Referendum landslide shows students want right to vote for Mr. TSU Votes support raising $140 student activity fee Forensics tourny means no classes for 2 days Forensics wins big in London, Texas Research VP resigns Officials call for 2% '08-'09 budget cuts Third try for Communications head now in dean's hands --He's not bound by faculty and student preferences Intelligence Studies seeks new director Depts have approved posts they don't fill Freshman play foiled by copyright snafu, unfit stage Student Affairs bulks at media questions Ousted nursing students get attorney Pageant correographer sacked, hired by winning contestant More students doing work study off campus Test performance, federal funding down Presidential candidates' platforms for college students Wright's anger at America familiar to students No suggestions in electronic box Required GPAs boosted Athletes opt for extra year of eligibility Banned activities still common outside Boyd Mascots not hyping crowds Interdisciplinary Studies is fastest-growing major Spring concert slated for Gentry Midterms to precede spring break next year Freshman Week extended again Alumna says Graduate Co. lying about helping her Few sign up for emergency text messaging University fundraising lackluster Teacher of the Year nominations Distinguished Teaching Award nominations Blue and White Awards Aug. 22 Campus boasts 2 multimedia work stations Faculty development pushed to Student Affairs New leader cracks down on Greek weeks TigerXstream.com launched with faculty in control Band director calls students "niggas" Lawsuits filed against university Wireless access spotty Students no-shows at university committee meetings Woes of Banner's first year Office renovations take toll HBCU newspapers face censorship, funding issues Chief of staff makes major decisions Developmental courses popular, revised Student fist fights common at events No university image plan yet Quality enhancement plan down to 3 choices Student Affairs sets goals of apartments and professional experiences University falls off rankings, stops publicizing TSU prof leaves American Baptist College to marry student Faculty Senate opposes research faculty track Faculty Senate chairs to serve two-year terms Asamani to be next Faculty Senate chair Faculty Institute delayed, shortened Faculty Handbook still in revision Senate Constitution still in revision Faculty Senate to use $50K provost gift for faculty travel Online courses only reason enrollment up Students react to Obama's 'bitter' comment Campus comedian stirs up audience Students fail SGA certification Campus shooting aftermath Sports Zone reopens Sports Zone closes? Commencement speaker unknown Prez Johnson descrepencies clarified Adviser assigned to extra class, less advising Admin offices see more students during extended hours Tigers in MTV's Choose or Lose online coverage High school graduations bring revenue Counceling Center gets new head, focus Library moving to 24 hours? Dorms to get faculty fellows, RAs out Blue Ribbon safety plan unfunded, unimplemented First-year Students Program director out Hankal Hall to be torn down Ideas still circulating for The Hole Riverfront development on horizon Land purchases near both campuses? Facilities plan to be completed by July Departments fail to have "required" 2005-2010 strategic plans Johnson leads TBR presidents in travel hours, costs School chronically late paying bills AKAs could return in fall
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Pamela E. Foster is director of Student Publications at Tennessee State University, a tenured journalism faculty member, and a former newspaper reporter who has written four books—My Country, My Country Too, Nashville’s Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, and With the Faith of Benjamin.
She covered business, politics, and the country music industry for ten years at The New Pittsburgh Courier, Business First (Columbus, Ohio), and The Nashville Business Journal, winning numerous SPJ and other awards. At TSU since January 1998, she motivates students by focusing on their journalism freedoms and responsibilities. She has written extensively about administrators’ unethical attempts at mandatory prior review in such articles as “Grambling Adviser Should Just Say No.” (blackcollegewire.org/voices/070126_statement-on-grambling/).
Under her advisement, TSU’s The Meter student newspaper (tsumeter.com) has won 116 awards, including HBCU best twice-a-week newspaper and Associated Collegiate Press Online Pacemaker.
She’s a native of Pittsburgh, Pa., and earned an undergraduate degree in economics at Smith and a master’s degree in journalism at Medill.