A VAMPIRE’S HOLIDAY See “Vampire “ on page 11
Serving the Tennessee State University community since 1950
December 8, 2008
Winter break a gift for all
By Christopher Patterson
Contributing Reporter festivities, and will be celebrating the holi-
days as well.
As the fall semester comes to an end "[I focus on] spiritual renewal and being
and the holidays approaching, TSU students a positive influence in the world," said Lynn
start to trickle off campus. Lewis, an English professor.
Classes ended Friday, and now remain- Lewis also prefers reconnecting with
ing students are studying for final exams, her family and putting up the family stock-
preparing for graduation and anticipating ings.
the long-awaited holiday break. Spirituality seems to be a recurrent
"My birthday is on Christmas Eve," said theme among the faculty and staff, as evi-
Laneise Hurt, a cardio-respiratory therapy denced by Lewis and Duane Brown.
major from Detroit. "So, I will be celebrat- "I celebrate Christmas by celebrating
ing my birthday, going to church to be with the birth of Jesus," said Brown, TSU book-
my church family and carrying on the fam- store's text manager. "I attend my church's
ily tradition of putting up the Christmas tree Christmas service remembering the most
at home and wrapping gifts for my younger important gift, Jesus.
cousins with the family." “A lot of times I travel back to South
For most, the holidays are all about Carolina like this year, to visit family and
gathering with family, spending quality exchange gifts, he continued.
time together, reminiscing about years past Eleanor Bass, director of the Ford
and telling funny family stories, but for oth- Residence Complex, celebrates by visiting
ers it is just another day in the year. family in Minnesota, going sightseeing ,
"I will be working over Christmas break using the time for reflection and putting up
and won't be able to spend that much time decorations.
with my family, but I'm excited about grad- She also uses the holiday for reflection.
uating and working," said Marlena Strong, "I celebrate Christmas by remembering
a senior psychology major from Memphis. what the holiday is for, strengthening our
A vast majority of students at TSU will relationship with God and Jesus," Bass said.
be traveling home for the holidays, and "The older you get, the more you realize the
many faculty and staff wish them happy importance of the holiday."•
holidays and a safe trip home.
TSU faculty is not excluded from the
Left 4 Dead is 2008’s top game.
See “First-person” on page 16
2 December 8, 2008 • The Meter NEWS Tennessee State University
Obama names new Secretary
President-elect Barack Obama named medical advances. ness and seems to be quite popular amongst
political party rival Bill Richardson as One illusion of having your stomach the occupants.
Commerce Secretary of the United States. slashed with a kitchen knife provides real-
The New Mexico governor will fill the top ism and fear. Both sensations, however, felt In State Tuition Affordable
economic position with a plethora of finan- real to most participants in a Swedish sci- Tennessee and New York are the only
cial woes to eradicate and eliminate. ence project exploring how people can be two states in the U.S. reported to have
Obama describes Richardson as an tricked into the false perception of owning lower in-state tuition after a biennial study
“economic diplomat for America”.
Obama went on to explain how
another body. by the National Center for Public Policy
and Higher Education. NCPPHE evaluates
Richardson has seen from every Ducks get new
from the staff of
how well higher education is serving the
angle what makes our economy
and what makes it work better.
Briefs home public, handed out "F"s for affordability to
In Memphis, the 49 states, up from 43 two years ago.
New York and Tennessee have made
Out of Body
Peabody Hotel will expe-
rience a renovation fit for
multiple entities. The new penthouse will
even minimal improvements since 2000,
but they are still considered to be failing.
become a resident for the famed Memphis Everywhere else, families must fork over
Sweden a greater percentage of their income to pay
Stockholm, Sweden students from Ducks. Now, instead of straddling about
the hotel foyer, the beaked creatures will for college.
Karolinska Institute discovered body-swap
illusions. The out of body experience of entertain themselves in a state-of -the art
facility filled with Astrotouf carpets, gran- Compiled by Ashleigh Taylor•
shaking hands with yourself opens new
doors for even greater technological and ite floors and caged bars.
The Duck Palace has opened for busi-
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Fraternity Queen reigns in district
By Seth E. Davis
Opinions Editor The task of hosting the scholarship District competitions and predicts that she
pageant is rotated among the participating will win the national title.
schools. "I believe she is the total package,"
Dezirae Spain, The Beta Omicron According to Dr. Andre Bean, Beta said Hibbert, a senior architectural
chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Omicron chapter advisor and district engineering major from Lansing, Mich.
Incorporated's Miss Black and Gold, Miss Black and Gold chair, the pageant "She has the intellect and the talent. She
won the district title of Miss Black and improved from previous pageants. is a great representation of what Alpha
Gold Association of Tennessee Alpha "The production was better and very stands for."
Men during the November 22nd district well orchestrated because we brought As part of the title, Spain receives a
competition. Dwight Pope in," said Bean. $3,000 scholarship and a wardrobe stipend.
The scholarship pageant took place in Bean was also pleased with the However, Spain sees opportunities outside
TSU's Kean hall. Spain, a junior business participants. of the perks to make a difference and
management major from Memphis "The talent pool was great. The ladies impact the lives of others.
competed against six other girls for the were exceptional," said Bean. "My goal as Miss Black and Gold
title. The girls competed against each Spain spent almost a month preparing ATA is to be a good role model for women
other in oratorical, evening gown and to compete in the pageant. Along with the like me on campus," said Spain.
talent portions. competition, Spain believes the intense Bean believes that Miss Black and
"It was a life changing experience," month long preparation and week of strict Gold's role is essential to the fraternity.
Spain said. "The girls were nice and it rehearsal were challenging. "She has the opportunity to reach out
was nice bonding with them as well as the "The hardest part of the competition to others on campus that the fraternity can
Alpha men I was representing." 2009 Miss Black and Gold, was preparing but when I got up there, it not," said Bean.
The scholarship pageant included Dezirae Spain just came all out," said Spain. The next step for Spain will be
contestants from district schools such as Daniel Hibbert, Beta Omicron chapter competing in the March regional Miss
Vanderbilt, Middle TSU, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and Fisk. president, is not surprised Spain won the Black and Gold in Atlanta.•
4 December 8, 2008 • The Meter FORUM Tennessee State University
What We Think
All I want For Christmas…
Cara Anthony- Being surrounded by wish God’s blessings and true happiness about to be happy & safe. Oh and a new among men.
my family and friends, is truly the greatest for myself, my family, and those other laptop.
gift I could receive this Christmas. There special ones in my life. I also want a new Mario Stuart- I want all my friends
is nothing like eating a home cooked meal cell phone since the one I have now works Ashley Washington- For Christmas I and family to be happy and safe and to
and watching a holiday movie with my when it wants to! want year round Christmas cheer. During bring in the new year right.
family. Family is the greatest gift of all. the season everyone is so happy and nice to
Winston Mize- Clarity one another and caring. I wish that it could Michael Hart- I want to be with my
Kevin Terrell- I want to continue be that way year round. family•
to grow closer to God, have a good time Seth D. Davis- Peace on Earth and
with my family, and enjoy my break from Good will towards men Jasmine Locklin- I want an Easy bake
Tiffany Williams- I want everyone to
Greg Brand- I want peace and
happiness for the world. For me, Noel
oven, remote control car, and the game
have a safe and happy holiday season and a
new cell phone.
Gourdin cd and any Black Panther-era
book, fiction or non-fiction
Jennifer E. Butler- I want to see
Barack Obama’s inauguration in D.C., and
John Legend live in Nashville on the lower
Rechelle Jackson- For Christmas I Patrick Comer- For everyone I care level, oh and peace on Earth and goodwill
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Editor reﬂects on rollercoaster semester
university to prevent history from repeating There are mixed feelings about this discus- When Barack Obama was elected
itself next semester. sion because visiting juicycampus.com on as the next U.S president in November,
Cara Maybe next year disgruntled students campus is no longer an option. Now the I saw a new friendship among students.
Anthony and parents will not scorn alumni for not Web site’s founder thinks that the university Recognizing our demographic and that the
Editor in chief giving back to university but instead encour- has taken away students freedom of speech city of Nashville voted democratic, I think
age them to contribute. Hopefully student, rights. many TSU students voted for the first black
faculty relations will improve as well. Although our campus was plagued with president.
from where i sit Besides monetary and administrative some misfortune mishaps; there are some In fact, it became clear that many TSU
This semester was a roll coaster ride. adjustments, the student body experienced good things that we experienced this semes- students voted when more than 2,000 stu-
Our university as well as the nation a lot of changes as well. In the Nov. 24 ter that will help to make our university dents gathered to march down Jefferson
experienced plenty of highs and lows this issue of The Meter, an article explained new stronger. Street to celebrate his victory.
year. With a shaky economy and dwindling rules for students that potentially wanted to TSU’s light shone bright when our With the semester finally coming to an
resources for gas, money and food few become king and queen of the university. Freedom Rider 14, were awarded honorary end we have a lot of events and moments to
people are able to avoid hardships. These changes may have come as a degrees at a special convocation for them. look forward to: graduations, the presidential
Our university was not excluded from shock for some students, but at least now we This was a true highlight of the semester inauguration, Student Election Commission
budget cuts and tuition increases. It may can vote for Mr. TSU who serves as the king as thousands of students watched a historic week campaigns and much more.
have taken some major deficits to occur of the university. moment take place. The Freedom Riders During the winter break take sometime
first, but maybe more people, organiza- Another change that students faced was paved the way for current students and we to reflect and refuel so next semester will be
tions and companies will give money to the the blocking of a popular gossip Web site. should remember how far we have come. an even better one. •
A goodbye dream from 4-year senior staff reporter
I never got a chance to tell incoming sweat the small stuff. I know that it is easier me tell them how much they really should
freshman that you do not have as much said then done but this little advice will help appreciate this wonderful institute. I know
time as you think. As soon as you enter the you go a long way. that sometimes it seems like we are in con-
Ashley K. school you need to hit the ground running. To the seniors, they will never know,how stant struggle with this school and it is like
Do not let friends (or family) make you much I really enjoyed working with a lot of a really bad abusive relationship where they
Washington lose sight of your dreams and aspirations. them. Just because they have reached a do us wrong and we keep coming back.
Senior Staff Reporter Experience all that college has to offer you great plateau, does not mean that there is In the end, you really see that it is not
but do not let the dream get deferred in the not more ahead. Plan for the next step and what we think it is and that things have
last goodbye process.
I never got to tell the sophomores that
keep on moving.
The Meter staff has never heard me say
changed. We have to show TSU the love it
I had a nightmare one night. I dreamed college is all about two things, education that they are like the brothers and sisters The administration does not know that
that I was attending the best university in and networking. If you are lacking those that I never wanted but glad I have. Greg I love this school with all my heart and soul.
the world and then the day for graduation two things now that everything will be so and Deshanee have taught me so much I will be back every year to check on them
came. Now to some that does not seem so much harder in the future. about life and with how to deal with some and to make sure the job is done right. They
bad, but to me this was horrid. There was I never thought the day would come of the biggest obstacles and some of the either need to love my school and show it,
so much that I never got the chance to do when just knowing the right person would time did not know it. or get ready to move along.
before my time was up. help me get some of the biggest goals that The “Royal Sapphires” gave me hope I woke up from this nightmare and real-
I never got to tell the members of I had for me achieved. The doors of oppor- that just because you get older does not ized that it was not so bad. Everyone knew
Restoration Praise Dance Ministry, WTST tunity are never locked to someone who mean you can not still have fun. All of the all of those things already and that made me
The Blaze, Tiger News and of course the knows a locksmith. The more people you new people that work for The Meter still feel better.
“award winning” The Meter, that they have really get to know, the more locksmiths you do not know that they really need to hang That made the graduating part not so
all changed my life for the better by allow- have on your side. in there because they really are part of the bad, so I went back to sleep and prepared
ing me to grow and become the best woman I never told the juniors that it is not family and so much rides on them. myself for the dream about “the afterlife.”•
possible. over yet. Do not get discouraged and do not The student body never got to hear
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Tennessee State University NEWS December 8, 2008 • The Meter 7
Juicy Campus sues TSU
By Ashleigh Taylor "At any moment they could decide to put They have also taken out an ad in The students have experienced this semester,
Staff Reporter JuicyCampus back online and so far they Meter. some students feel as if the university should
haven't. Freeman seems to feel that he's "We would normally put a banner up reverse their decision.
justified to censor the website and we on JuicyCampus.com, but TSU students can "I believe JuicyCampus has the right
JuicyCampus is working collaboratively don't—so this may be a battle we have to not access the website," Ivester said. to sue TSU," said Demetrius Sudduth, a
with the Tennessee chapter of the American fight out in court." The Foundation for Individual Rights sophomore biology major from Chicago.
Civil Liberties Union to bring a lawsuit Students have mixed reactions to the in Higher Education has also expressed "There are other blogsites such as Yahoo
against TSU for a direct violation of the site's ban, and many have sided in favor of their opinions about the oppressive ban on Blogs and RateMyTeacher.com. TSU can
First Amendment rights of students. the university. Supporters suggest that the student's freedom of speech. not ban all those Web sites.
Matt Ivester, the Web site’s founder site is a complete waste of time and energy, In the Nov. 20 article posted on their "Obviously, TSU has seen a big budget
and CEO, believes administrators' decision and reflects negatively on the university. Web site, officials argued that blocking the cut on everything, so of course this will
to ban access to the Web site disables the The announcement of pending legal site disrupts the objective of the online hurt," Sudduth continued. "I don't know
purpose of the open forum and violates action against the school by JuicyCampus. forum, where students are encouraged to how it will directly affect me, but it will
students’ freedom of speech, assembly and com has caused a stir. post what they want anonymously without hurt."
press. "I don't think its right," said Stephanie limitations. Jarredd Cochran expressed similar
"The point of the lawsuit is to get the Straight, a sophomore speech pathology In Papish v. Board of Curators concerns.
Web site back on campus, then to declare major from Chicago. "It's a site that the of the University of Missouri, 410 U.S. "I don't think it was smart for the school
a message that administrators should not school doesn't want students to have access 667, 670 (1973), the Court wrote "'the to actually ban it like that," said Jarred
be choosing what students can and cannot to and attention that we do not need. I can mere dissemination of ideas—no matter Cochran, a senior psychology major from
access online," said Ivester. agree with that 100%. how offensive to good taste—on a state Chicago. "Administration should have put a
On Nov. 12, TSU administrators banned “As far as suing the school, I don't think university campus may not be shut off in the little more thought into it before banning the
access to the site for "gratuitous unwarranted they had to take it that far,” she continued. name alone of 'conventions of decency,'" the site entirely because the people who go to a
attacks." Michael Freeman, vice-president Students who have accessed the site article states. "By ignoring these precedents, school makes up its image, not a Web site."
of student affairs, wrote a letter to students in the past few days may have seen the Tennessee State—as a government actor—is Others students feel as if the exploitation
explaining why the ban took place. following message at the top: "Are you inviting a lawsuit." JuicyCampus provides discredits the school
In response to the ban, JuicyCampus a student at TN State? Want to be part of Although legal action has not been and ridicule tradition.
officials began considering legal action a landmark anti-censorship lawsuit? Email officially announced, the announcement of "I don't like to say anything is definite
against the university. firstname.lastname@example.org." a pending lawsuit has caused speculations until the papers are filed, but we are moving
Freeman declined to comment on the Ivester and his legal team are inviting about the financial ramifications of losing forward," said Ivester.
matter until a lawsuit is announced. Ivester, TSU students to participate in the lawsuit the lawsuit. At press time, ACLU, media relations
on the other hand, had much to say. as possible benefactors, and have said that In light of rising tuition costs, the and TSU's legal counsel were unavailable
"The ball is in [TSU's] court," some students have already expressed official announcement of a global recession for comment.•
Ivester said during a phone interview. interest. and the financial aid discrepancies many
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8 December 8, 2008 • The Meter ADVERTISEMENT Tennessee State University
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C U L T U R E Monday, December 8, 2008 Volume 59, Issue 13
Murs soars on major label debut
By Gregory Brand, Jr.
Arts & Culture Editor
Amid a storm of promotion of his newest album, Murs
for President, hip-hop artist Murs took the time to talk with
The Meter about his mission with music and what he plans
to accomplish with his new LP Murs for President.
Gregory Brand Jr: How would you categorize this
Murs: I'm trying to make a statement. In regards to music
right now, I want to be a positive representation. Every
song on here
makes positive statement.
GBJ: Is there anything new and innovative on the album?
Murs: You're going to hear good things and good music.
nothing new under the sun but the goal is to do it for the
GBJ: What makes you so dedicated to emceeing and
Murs: Artists are driven to be creative. Being on a label
Photo Courtesy of mursmusiC.Com like Warner
Murs performing live on tour. Brothers, I get a chance to do that. Not every artist has that
Murs for President what life is to him through a unique album with mixing different genres. GBJ: What kind of advice do you have for people and
Murs point of view. There is also the presence of old- students here
The talented artist could be com- school hip hop mixed with new-school
Grade: A pared to other artist such as Talib hip-hop.
interested in getting into the music game?
Murs: It requires a lot of hard work. In most cases, the hard
Kweli, Common and even Kayne West Love and Appreciation II, is a work is
A much-needed breath of fresh air
with some of the topics he brings up in song uplifting women. Telling men more important than the talent. You have to work. Graduate
is brought to listeners with the smooth
his songs. to treat women like ladies, stop dis- and build
and up-tempo hip-hop groove of an
This album will definitely inspire respecting them and show them love. something to stand on too.
album by an artist who goes by the
thought about what is really going on This song will be a winner with the GBJ: Is there anything the students of TSU should know
in our world. ladies, and is when listening to the album?
While Murs has been in the game
The Science is an in your face definitely a banger. Murs: That you should listen, enjoy the music and receive
for a while, Murs for President is his
type of song. It begins of Murs telling Murs opts to collaborate with art- the positive
major label debut. With this collec-
everyone in the "barber shop", that ist such as Wil.I.Am from the Black message. It's for you. Also go checkout the 10-song album
tion of solid lyricism and a knack for
they do not know what real hip-hop Eyed Peas and Snoop Dogg. Even of me and my
clever wordplay, this album proves
is, so he has to drop the science. It with collaborations, it is clear who the brother 9th Wonder did. Go to www.mursand9thwonder.
to be a step in the right direction for
describes his feelings on how corrupt star is. com and get it for free.•
the government is and also how we Solid delivery and great music
For years the emcee has made a
need to open our eyes and realize that permeate the disk and the work is
name for himself with independently
race is not everything. some of the best hip-hop for the con-
released album and his turn to the
Me and this Jawn, is a love song scious and alert hip-hop fan.
majors has not hurt him in the least.
and happens to be very catchy because Overall, this album is a sure win-
While being on an independent
it uses an old-school sample of Al ner; Murs will be the next president in
label, Murs sold music outside his
Green. This song would attract young hip hop.
vehicle and travelled all around the
teenagers who may have young love in Kristan Taliaferro•
world promoting his music.
On this new album Murs brings
Murs does a great job with his
listeners into his world by sharing
10 December 8, 2008 • The Meter ARTS & CULTURE Tennessee State University
Sasha not as fierce as expected
Beyonce The amazing voice is still there, but caught the attention of the charts for its The album also fails to prove it is
sadly, not much else survives. The first honest and frank lyrics, it alone cannot
I Am Sasha Fierce worth two whole disks in what equals
thought the album will no doubt gener- redeem this set of songs. up to 14 songs (depending on what
Grade: C- ate is, who the hell is Sasha Fierce? Thankfully, the second disk is version of the album you have). With
Listeners soon learn that Sasha is where the party gets going. It con- the exception of two or three tracks,
With the release of her new album, the fiery alter ego of Beyonce. Since sists primarily of dance tracks and this album is a collection of pure pop.
I Am Sasha Fierce, the 'baddest chick there is a difference between the art- sassy anthems. The most notable gem In fact the album is almost along
in the game' sings hard but fails to ist and her alter ego, the album has among them is the hugely popular sin- the lines of Euro-pop. Interestingly
show how fierce she really is. two sides. The funny thing about the gle, Single Ladies. This song finds the enough, the album does not have a
I Am Sasha Fierce is an interesting album is that Sasha Fierce is actu- singer belting out a tune that rallies all single poorly produced track. Every
collection of pop-idol posturing and ally more like the Beyonce listeners single ladies to forget about the guys song is very well done.
over-the-top diva-isms that has plenty already know. that fail to commit. While it may not be possible for
of potential, but this double disk never One side caters to pop fans and The other tracks on the upbeat Beyonce to make a bad album, I Am
quite proves its worth. those who enjoy slower, more senti- side range from the clever club banger, Sasha Fierce is a bold step away from
As the third solo album released mental tracks. One of the best appears Diva and the over-produced dance- R&B comfort. Whether or not this is a
by the big-voiced siren, I Am finds the in the form of Halo, a sweet dedication track, Radio. While both succeed on good idea has yet to be seen.
singer struggling to maintain attention to a lover who she will always be loyal different levels, there is not much to Bottom Line: Beyonce's album is a
amid tons of production, instrumenta- to because of his loyalty to her. Sasha Fierce's side. strong departure from previous efforts
tion and disconnected songwriting. The other five or so songs on the This album is unapologetically pop but a deep listen will reveal a few jew-
While the album is not punishment 'Beyonce' side of the disk fail to move savvy. It would not be so bad if it did els worth a listen.
for the ears, it is confusing to listeners faster than mid-tempo and the result not sound like all the soul was cut out
who have come to expect more relat- Gregory Brand, Jr.•
forces the album to lag. While the of the album at the last minute. It is as
able material from the singer. albums opening single, If I Was A Boy if the singer forgot she has R&B fans.
Tennessee State University 11 ARTS & CULTURE December 8, 2008 • The Meter
Spears proves to be star of her own ‘Circus’
tasteful lullaby-ish tune. From someone who it works. The song alludes to the fact that
is trying to keep people from comparing her like a mannequin, Spears is unmoved or
Grade: B+ to her past music, Spears steadily seems to untouched by the criticism of the masses.
give reminders that will cause listeners to While there are no musical duets or
After living a life where she was the compare this to her past works. cameos, the production of the album was
main attraction of the media circus, the self- The album features many allusions that devilishly stellar, with returning Blackout
proclaimed Queen of Pop is back with her listeners may or may not catch, like in the producer Danja, who incorporated a golden
sixth studio album. song Kill the Lights, where Spears’ clever guitar solo on the aforementioned Lace and
Almost one year after the release of the allusion to the paparazzi is spot on. Leather, and a swinging sixties sound for
astounding but ill-fated Blackout, Britney The album, in a typical fashion of the track Mmm Papi.
Spears charms the masses again with the Spears, features songs heavily garnished The fact that listeners will not be
release of Circus. Circus successfully with sexual innuendoes, such as the ones able to listen to all the bonus tracks when
delivers the sound that Spears was trying to Photo Courtesy of brittneysPears.Com in Lace and Leather, the bonus track purchasing the deluxe edition is a letdown.
grace us with in Blackout. Britney Spears releases sixth album Phonography and the catchy and clever The songs Quicksand, and Amnesia are
For those unfamiliar with the sound of her Circus dance track If You Seek Amy, where sex some of her best works and will not be
previous album, it can be best described as a with the exclusive track Trouble. seems prominent and the chorus seems to featured on the American release of the
techno dance album with a twinge of pop. The album starts off with the mildly have no correlation to the verses. deluxe edition of Circus.
Circus is a polished product of what popular single Womanizer. The track seems The verses are about whether listeners Nonetheless this is the comeback audiences
Blackout wanted to be, only Circus seems to be as out of place as Radar is on the have seen Amy, whereas the chorus blast have waited for from Spears. The sound of
to prove that Spears is back, with a healthy album seeing as it bears no resemblance to the lines Love me or hate me/Say what you Circus is somehow similar but completely
mindset and a sound fitting of the entertainer the feel and theme that is set forth by the want about me/ but all the boys and the girls different from Blackout and has something to
that listeners have come to either love or title track Circus. are begging to/ If You Seek Amy. offer to everyone, not just her fans.
hate. Circus happens to be one of the best But unless listening to song trying to find This album is one of the best of
The album features 12 new tracks, and songs on the album thanks to the cleverly something other than nonsense, it suffices Spears entire entertainment career, equally
a re-vamp of the song Radar, which was mixed tune and the raspy, breathy and and is as listenable as everything else on the blending; cleverness, curiosity, and
originally featured on Blackout. Several almost seductive vocals. album. That also happens to be the case with creativity. Buy tickets for this Circus; it
deluxe editions are available, depending on The album features two ballads, one, the delicious dance track Mannequin. is one that will be highly memorable and
the consumers’ geographical location, and Out From Under, samples and older Spears The verses are so synthesized that worth attending.
those who pre-order on iTunes are rewarded song, whilst the other My Baby delivers a what Spears is saying is barely heard yet Winston Mize•
Vampire ﬂick proves entertaining, much different from books
Twilight While the students in the high school
Grade: A- view the Cullen’s as the strange and pale
new kids, Bella's intrigue in the family is
From the imagination of author, soon driven toward Edward as her crush on
Stephanie Meyer, comes the fantasy/action him catches his attention and spawns him to
drama, Twilight, and the film does a good reveal his attraction to her as well. They fall
job of making fresh literature smile for the in love soon after.
motion picture camera. As Edward and Bell become closer he
By utilizing a rich story grounded by reveals that he and his family are all vam-
the original novel, Twilight offers a brilliant pires. Even thought they have just moved to
film for fans and casts an enticing hook to town, they are hundreds of years older than
the legions of potential new fans that will go the town believes them to be.
and see this film. They are also not the typical vampire.
For readers of the now four-part novel Instead of feeding on the blood of humans,
series, the characters are interestingly inter- they prefer the blood of wild animals, thus
preted for the screen and newcomers will making them a type of vampire vegetarian.
Photo Courtesy of twilightthemoVie.Com
be instantly drawn in by both the charming For a while, the Cullen’s are able to
good guys and despicable bad ones. maintain their cover as vampires in Forks Twilight, hit theaters Nov. 21.
The film opens as Bella, Kristen Stewart until a trio of vampires begin killing inno- proving family, the pressures of school, the Somehow, this film also proves to be
is leaving her warm and sunny home in cent people. An accidental confrontation pain of divorce and even the need for blood visually stunning. The setting may place it
Phoenix for the rainy cold of Forks, Wash. between the Cullen’s and the trio lead to a from a girlfriend, are addressed. in the cloudy and dreary mountains of the
Once this fish out of water gets to town, she battle that may cost Bella her life and the Stewart as Bella is one of the film's Pacific Northwest, the camera work is gor-
is faced with the task of fitting into the new vampire she has begun to love. strongest components. She is honest and her geous and so are the visual effects.
school along with reconnecting with her The film that follows does a great job of emotions drive the story. While Pattinson's While some shots may read as a little
father. telling an unconventional story with charac- facial expressions are almost always off, he cheesy, the film is definitely worth the price
Just after getting into the swing of her ters that are believable and interesting. The does great job of mixing vampire lore and of admission.
new school, the monotony is interrupted story also manages to be pure fantasy but theatrics on screen. Bottom Line: Twilight is a well-done
once Bell takes notice of the inconspicuous- still sting with lots of real-world angst. As the main villain, James, Cam slice of vampire fiction, even if the concept
ly strange Cullen family and their youngest Every element of the real world is Gigandet is flawless. He manages to be may be a little hard to digest.
son, Edward, Robert Pattinson. attacked here in addition to problems nasty and entertaining all at once. Gregory Brand, Jr.•
any 'normal' vampire would. The disap-
12 December 8, 2008 • The Meter ARTS & CULTURE Tennessee State University
West Coast rockers show style
HERE I STAND
By Evander Montgomery
HERE I STAND
With thought-provoking lyrics and AS A MAN
a lead singer with one of today's most TAKING ACTION ON GOD'S COMMAND
unique voices, the San Francisco-based BUT IT SEEMS WHEN IT COMES TO
band Thriving Ivory has hit what could LOVE
be industry gold. IM SINKING IN SAND
The five-member band recently
I MEAN I'M FALLING SO DEEP
released their first mainstream album
Thriving Ivory and quickly became one LIKE A DEEP SLEEP
of Vh1's You Oughta Know artists. LIKE A COMA
While Ivory has released two ITS LIKE I'M BACKED UP IN A CORNER
previous albums, Secret Place, as well as Photo Courtesy of thriVingiVory.Com
I JUST WANT WHAT I NEED
the indie release in 2006 of the self titled Thriving Ivory release self-titled debut album AND NOT I WANT
album Thriving Ivory, this album shows I THOUGHT I NEEDED JUST PURE
the improvement of the band over the that make viewers reflect upon memories audience. BEAUTY
past four years since their 2004 debut. or call upon the forces of inspiration. The album's only setback is that it is BUT NO I DON'T
The first track, Runaway has an All tracks seem to be in place on the so good, it only leaves room for them to I NEED ONE WHO IS BEAUTIFUL
interesting rock infused element that album, the songs all flow right into the be greater
INSIDE AND OUT
strengthens the message behind the song. next and provide a feel that will make From vocals to instrumentals, the
Runaway provides a great transition listeners want to listen again and again. album presents a flawless sound in a ONE WHO I CAN DEPEND ON WITHOUT
to the first single released off the album, The twelve-track album features no manner that seems almost effortless on A SHADOW OF DOUBT
Angels on the Moon, which is a flawless duets or collaborations and functions just the bands behalf. Hopefully Ivory can ONE WHO IS THERE THRU IT ALL
track within itself, creating the perfect fine without them. keep up the wonderful work and delight WHETHER WE FALL
harmony of instruments and vocals. The genre on the album ranges from listeners for years to come. OR WE HAVIN A BALL
This album also features a new track folk, to light rock and even to even pop. But for now the self-titled album WE ARE ALWAYS SMILIN
that was previously unreleased on their Thanks to the sound on Unhappy, and serves as a good listen and as a prominent ONE WHO WON'T GO OFFSIDES OR
indie album called Alien. Long Hallway with a Broken Light, the example that musical genius is still COMMITT TO FOULING
Alien strengthens the album format album gives an all around devout indie appreciated. THIS IS SOMETHING
with feel good instrumentals and lyrics feel while still catering to the mainstream Winston Mize• I HAVE COME TO EXPECT
AS I REFLECT
New T-Pain album delivers sweet sounds
I HOPE THIS WILL CAUSE US TO
AND WE WILL DEFLECT
Thr33 Ringz remake of the song. THE DEFECTS
T-Pain For those that love the party side of THAT WE SUFFER
Grade: B- the musical leader of the circus, he didn't IN THE LONG RUN IT MAKES US
leave them out. Songs like Dance Like TOUGHER
The well-known synthesized voice Me and Techno Music give audiences AND NOT ROUGHER
of T Pain has done it again. Thr33 Ringz a song to really take to the clubs with
BUT SMOOTH LIKE A FLOOR THAT
joins the list of other successful albums them.
that he already has under his belt. This The overall album has a nice blend HAS A BUFFER
album is similar yet different from the of ballads and club rockers to satisfy BECAUSE IF I CAN GET THIS SPECIAL
other albums in only one major way… it any musical appetite. The numerous GIRL
"runneth over" in collaborations. collaborations may be the albums only I WILL INDEED CUFF HER
With the exception of three songs, downfall. LIKE METRO
the remaining part of the album has at Listeners rarely get the chance to AND I WONT RESIGN FROM IT
Photo Courtesy of t-Pain.net
least one other artist featured. Artist such really hear T Pain as they did in previous LIKE FIDEL CASTRO
as Ludacris, Lil Wayne, Akon, Chris T-Pain releases his third album albums. The playlist comes off more like
Thr33 Ringz. SO PLEASE BELIEVE ME WHEN I SAY
Brown and Mary J. Blige help to make a mix tape than his actual album. THIS
this album a success. Songs like Keep Going give a softer For those that buy the album,
MY HEART IS OPEN LIKE MY HELPING
The album begins with a welcome side to the party man that audiences they will not be disappointed, if they
and explains why T-Pain deems himself everywhere have grown to love. This prepare themselves for the compilations. HAND
as the Ringleader Man of the music song can easily be related to anyone who For those that only want to hear the IM A GOOD MAN HARD NOT TO FIND
industry circus that he remains a steady has ever felt like quitting but the keep ringleader take lead, they might be AND
and key part. going. slightly let down but will quickly get HERE I STAND
Following the intro, are a few The remixed version of Eric over it.
love songs that show that he does Clapton's If I Could Change The World Ashley K. Washington•
possess actual singing ability, not just a features Mary J. Blige and Akon, voices
synthesized one. that combine and create a descent
T E C H N O L O G Y Monday, December 8, 2008 Volume 59, Issue 13
TSU wins at State Capitol
Technology Editor By Ashleigh Taylor
Students from all across the state
WEBSITE BAN PROHIBITS gathered together at the state capitol for
the Tennessee Intercollegiate Student
STUDENTS’ FREEDOm OF SPEECH Legislation 39th general assembly.
The four day event, allows stu-
dents from different colleges around
Tennessee to gather to mock the process
Students were surprised when they found that they of the State Legislature.
could no longer access the increasingly popular gossip Many of the students attended the
website juicycampus.com. The website was created to assembly simply because they have an
allow students to share gossip about their colleagues and interest in politics; in fact, some of the
warn others about clandestine circumstances. although delegates were not even political sci- Photo Courtesy of shannon Cohen
two hundred campuses are listed on the site, TSU, how- ence majors.
ever, is ranked number one. “It was a great experience especial- 2008-2009 TSU Delegates
TSU students quickly took onto the site revealing ly for me not being a political science
floor, where they answered questions and outstanding delegate. The award
some of the most appalling secrets ever told. The topics major,” said Cassie Martin, a sophomore
from the entire General Assembly and was named after Dr. Carlisle, a for-
include, but are definitely not limited to, biggest man psychology major from Chattanooga.
debated. After the debate, the bill was mer political science professor at the
whores, down low TSU guys and worst weaves. Students “The things I most enjoyed were the
either passed or failed. University of Tennessee at Knoxville,
did not hesitate to post their comments as to who they debates and the whole feel of the House
“I really enjoyed my experience who founded the idea of TISL.
believed best fit respective topics. of Chambers.”
with TISL, it was an accurate portrayal Delegate Rachel Richardson was
Coincidentally, when some of the more popular stu- Students come armed with bills
of the State Legislature and our roles honored by the Attorney General for
dents were insulted, the website was suddenly banned on which they plan to introduce, debate
as delegates were completely realistic,” her great job done in the AMC3 Moot
campus. This action immediately raised the question, is and hopefully get passed in the House
said Allison Manning, a senior political Court.
this violating the first amendment? of Representatives.
science major from Nashville. “I am very pleased with the fact
The First Amendment of the United States Constitution The TISL General Assembly is
More than 47 colleges attended that the hard work that was put in paid
clearly prohibits the United States Congress from making very similar, if not identical, to the State
from University of Memphis, Sewanee off with us winning best delegation,
laws "respecting an establishment of religion" or prohibit Legislature. Students, or delegates,
and East Tennessee State University. Patrick winning best delegate and I’m
the free exercise of religion, laws that infringe the freedom were given the opportunity to introduce
The students, some of which who also honored with Rachel Richardson
of speech, infringe the freedom of the press, limit the right their bills to committees that directly
had never even seen the process of being on the attorney general team,”
to peaceably assemble or limit the right to petition the gov- tied to their bill.
the Legislation in Tennessee, quickly said Hoyt King, a political science pro-
ernment for a redress of grievances. For example, any bill that had any-
picked up the parliamentary proce- fessor and advisor of TSU’s TISL.
The key words in the amendment that directly ties to thing to do colleges went to the Higher
dures, and debated bills just like true Overall, TSU received two awards
the banning of the site are freedom of speech. Students Education Committee. The committee
Tennessee politicians. and was honored once. The delegation
were simply expressing their freedom of speech on the could then decide to change bills per-
Their hard work and passion to for hopes to increase its delegation size so
site by posting their opinions of their colleagues. What is taining to the subject.
politics eventually paid off, as TSU and more students can attend next year, and
the harm in that? After students were given the chance
Jackson State Community College were experience politics hands on.
It is apparent that those who were directly insulted to introduce and answer questions about
announced best delegation. The next TISL meeting is February
were so hurt by the site that they went the extra mile to get their respective bills, the committee
“I’m very excited. I think it shows 4th at 6:30pm in the Graduate Building
it banned. If the allegations were false then there should either voted to send it to the floor with
the quality of people that represent room 207. Students who would like to
not have been any problem with students accessing the a recommendation for passage, a recom-
TSU,” said Philip Stoecklein, a senior join or have ideas of laws they would
site and posting their opinions. mendation for defeat or with no recom-
political science major from Nashville. like to see changed are encouraged to
The university felt the need to ban the site based mendation.
New delegate, Patrick Calvin was attend. •
on the emotions of a few students mentioned on the site. Afterwards, delegate had to wait
awarded the Carlisle award for best
The prohibition of the site disallows students to openly until their bill was brought up on the
express their opinions.
Check us out online at tsumeter.com
Unfortunately, the university does hold the right to
ban any website they please. Welcome to state school.•
14 December 8, 2008 • The Meter BUSINESS & TECHNOLOGY Tennessee State University
Epic Games brandishes impressive sequel
Gears of War 2 Most gamers will finish Gears 2 in less against fifty waves of foes. After ten waves,
4.5/5 than ten hours on either the lenient Casual the baddies receive health/weapon upgrades
or moderate Normal difficulties, but chal- that make them tougher to kill. Horde is
Gears of War, Epic Games’ breakout hit lenge seekers can try Hardcore or even best played with a group of four or five
in Nov. 2006, was heralded for its visceral Insane after finishing campaign mode once. friends.
violence, groundbreaking visuals and inno- Also, stick around after the end credits for a The creative new maps are mostly
vative cover system that put a fascinating neat Gears 3 teaser. inspired by campaign mode scenarios.
spin on the shooter genre. Multiplayer is mostly the same cha- Some like ‘Hail’ or ‘Avalanche’ contain
Prior to Gears 1, shooter fans could otic and hilarious frag fest fans remember. environmental hazards that players must be
never use pieces of the environment to hide, Gears 2’s strictly five-on-five team based mindful of during battle. Gears 2’s fifteen
flank and scramble to gain a tactical advan- games rewards interdependent squads that maps (five from Gears 1) grace the multi-
tage. It also introduced the quirky ‘Lancer’ coordinate strategic ambushes, rather than player experience with enough variety to
chainsaw gun to rip enemies to shreds, gangs of lone wolves, bum rushing enemies. keep shooter enthusiasts entertained.
Photo Courtesy of gearsofwar.xbox.Com
and timing based ‘active reloading’, reward- Epic also gives it a nice facelift. Gears veterans will also be delighted to
ing perfect timing with swifter reloads and Gone are Gears 1’s limited lobby setup, hear the latency boosting ‘host advantage’
enhanced bullets, while punishing bad tim- foes, including mobile landmine Tickers, indistinguishable game types, and symmet- and bullet detection issues are ironed out.
ing with a jammed firearm. Gatling-gun carrying Grinders and gigantic rical maps that limit tactical complexity out- As a corollary, Epic downgraded the mul-
Now, two years later, Epic releases a Brumaks. There are also some vehicle sec- side hurrying to the center and/or snagging tiplayer graphics, but the smoother internet
worthy successor. tions and split paths to break up the monot- power weapons. Gears 2 in contrast contain play is worth the sacrifice.
Gears of War 2 follows the same guide- ony. Save the underwhelming final boss, additional game modes, imaginative new Also, Epic tweaked Gears 1’s over-
lines, but improves the base game-play with Gears 2’s campaign is vastly superior. maps and Halo 3-style matchmaking. powered shotgun. Although it gives the
significant additions. Alongside new weap- However, do not expect much from the Gears 1 fans will remember the death- chainsaw too much leeway in close quarters
ons comes the ability to attach grenades on story. Like its predecessor, Gears 2 only match modes Warzone and Execution, battles, a future patch will hopefully remedy
the wall, use downed enemies as shields gives enough exposition to explain the cur- with the latter requiring instant kills from this.
and provide more execution techniques to rent conflict. Now, the human COGs must explosives/headshots or finishing downed Less encouraging is the downtime
satisfy the inner sadist. The oft adver- strike at the heart of the Locust’s headquar- foes up close. Guardian (a.k.a. Gears 1’s between games. Although matchmaking’s
tised chainsaw duels, though gimmicky, is ters to save the Jachinto stronghold from the Assassination) improved significantly, improved since Gears 2’s release, waiting
undoubtedly cool. Locust Hoard. thanks to the respawn aspect. Everyone over ten minutes for a match is inexcusable.
For campaign mode, once again, gam- Despite some notable scenes, Gears has the ability to revive until the designated Compared to Halo 3, Gears 2’s matchmak-
ers control COG soldier Marcus Fenix, 2’s story is mostly derivative sci-fi with team leader perishes. ing is not as seamless. There is also the
and for co-op devotees, player two controls enough ‘war is hell’ clichés, stereotypical Other modes include: occasional lag and sometimes being unable
Dominic Santiago. Gears 2’s campaign machismo, and vulgar yet insipid dialogue • Two king-of-the-hill variations to unlatch away from cover. Though minor,
goes the extra mile to improve Gears 1’s to annoy most gamers. Although Epic • Wingman, a free-for-all death- these flaws sometimes irritate.
shortcomings, thanks to diverse new levels claims they fleshed out Marcus, Dom, Baird match mode for five teams of two Fans will unquestionably latch onto
and larger scale battles. and Cole, they • Submission, an alternate version Gears 2, but gamers new to the franchise
While traversing through cities engulfed changed little, save Dom’s search for of capture-the-flag formula, with the ‘flag’ will not regret trying out its second tour-
in flames, ice caverns and underneath train his missing wife. Gears 2’s narrative isn’t being a human that attacks anyone trying to of-duty.
cars through dangerous ‘razor hail’, gamers as superb as Half-Life or Bioshock, but ‘capture’ him
campaign’s intense battles make the lame Darius Williamson•
will mow down waves of beefed up new • Horde, a tremendous, co-op
plot forgivable. focused endurance mode that pits you
By Shannon Cohen
Top 5 thrifty meals for students
and stirred in with the noodles until it is Quesadillas are tasty Mexican treats chili and cheese on top.
Business and Technology Editor warm and all pasta is covered. Meat can and also do not require much preparation. Red beans and rice with Italian sausage
also be added. The only items necessary to make them are This is a Cajun favorite that can be
It is winter time, final exams are Loaded baked potatoes pre-cooked chicken strips, cheese and torti- prepared by the world's worst cooks, and
approaching and refunds and declining bal- Loaded baked potatoes are ideal for llas. In order to prepare this, all one has to still come out nearly flawless. Red beans
ances are long gone. Students are left facing students because they can be cooked in the do is add chicken and cheese to one side of and rice with Italian sausage only requires
the woes of eating cafeteria food, budgeting microwave. Potatoes can be customized by a tortilla, fold and place it in the microwave. a few more ingredients than the others: rice,
and trying to prepare inexpensive meals. adding toppings to fit the consumer. All that After only about a minute, it is all done. red beans or kidney beans, Italian sausage,
Fortunately, below is a list of meals that can is required to make a baked potato is the Chili cheese dogs chopped onion, chili powder and garlic salt.
be prepared quickly and cheaply. potato, butter and salt and pepper. Chili cheese dogs are an all-time However, there are only three steps
The first step to making the baked pota- American favorite. They are delicious, required. The first step is to drain the beans,
to is, by using a knife; poke several holes quick and, most importantly, cheap. There reserve the juice and add water as needed.
Pasta is quick, does not require many
in all the sides. The next step is to place the are only four ingredients necessary to cre- The next step is to combine all the ingredi-
ingredients, cooking skills or experience.
potato in the microwave. Different sized ate this inexpensive cuisine: chili, cheese, ents in a large skillet, stir and bring to a boil.
The only things needed to make this dish
potatoes and different microwaves cause the hotdogs and hot dog buns. The last step is to simmer for approximately
work are pasta noodles, the sauce of choice
cooking times to vary. There are even fewer steps to preparing 20 minutes, remove from the heat, keep it
and parmesan cheese.
After the potato is cooked, cut the it. The hot dogs must first be boiled, after covered and allow it to stand for five min-
The first step to preparing pasta is to
potato and add butter. Afterwards, one may which the chili is warmed. Once all ingre- utes.•
boil it. Afterwards, the noodles must be
drained and a tablespoon of vegetable oil add their toppings of choice. dients have been cooked, the next step is
added. The sauce of choice is then added Quesadillas to place the hot dog in the bun and add the
Tennessee State University BUSINESS & TECHNOLOGY December 8, 2008 • The Meter 15
Apple introduces new iPod nano
By Shannon Cohen included a new font size option, making the
Business and Tech Editor menus more legible.
The gadget’s new music playback
Just when the Apple pandemonium screen has also been revamped, as it now
seemed to come to an end, the company presents a full screen album art, the cover
shocks consumers with their exceptionally flow view is trendier, and it a
thin and innovative mp3 player, the iPod llows consumers to easily choose songs
Nano 4G. with the use of new alphabetization keys.
The popular new gadget is incredibly The new Nano has experienced much
light and constructed of metal in efforts to remodeling, and all the features from the
prevent easy breakage. It is also thinner, second generation model have migrated
seamless, circular and taller than the older to the fourth generation model, including
version. music, video and the ability to playback
Although the shape has become more podcasts.
circular, the dimensions between the fourth The gadget also has a few new features
generation and the second generation iPod such as photos, calendar, games, alarms,
Nano are virtually indistinguishable. The stopwatch, contacts, notes, and clocks.
dimensions measures at 3.5 inches tall, 1.6 Another unique feature that is available
inches wide and .25 inches thick. Other in the fourth generation that has consumers
features that remains the same are the two yearning for it, is the fact that users are able
inch sized screen and the one inch wide to create a 25 song playlist based around the
scroll wheel. musical characteristics of a single song.
Although the headphone and dock For example, if one enjoys songs pri-
connections are relocated on the bottom, marily about nature and is soft and melo-
another feature that makes reappearance on dious, then the gadget will create a 25
the fourth generation is the holding switch many unique features such as the flipped increased menu text size. song playlist with songs similar that song.
located on the top of the gadget. Nano screen, the newly revamped menus, In efforts to increase convenience However, the feature will not work if the
The fourth generation also consists of new album cover art and user interfaces, and for those with impaired vision, Apple has iTunes Genius software is not installed.•
E-bay seller becomes first to reach one million in feedback
Just in the past two months, 33 year old Behavioral screening may soon be to utilize a combination of infra-red tech- After Taylor found her husband cheat-
Jack Sheng and his company have received the future of airport security nology, remote sensors and imagers, which ing online, she immediately filed for a
more than one million feedback points from Waiting in long lines, removing jewelry will flash subliminal images such as photos divorce saying although it is in the virtual
items they have sold on the well-known, and shoes and walking through metal detec- of Osama bin Laden. The technology intent world, it is still cheating.
online auction website eBay. tors at airports may soon be a thing of the is to rule out terrorists by detecting the Pollard admitted to the online relation-
Sheng began selling electronics past. suspect’s reaction to certain stimuli by read- ship, but stated he never cheated. Taylor, on
on eBay after starting his own company According to security experts, focus- ing ones’ body temperature, heart rate and the other hand, begs to differ, and is now
EForcity Corp in 2000 in Los ing on analyzing pas- even respiration. dating a new man she met in an online game
Angeles. With the aid of two of sengers’ intentions Quicker and less invasive than metal called World of Warcraft.
his childhood friends, the com-
pany quickly boomed, leading
the race with a 246,000 point
Business and emotions are far
more important and
detectors, these systems may ultimately
reinstate some efficiency in the airplane Compiled by Shannon Cohen•
beneficial than focus- boarding process.
EBay sellers obtain these & ing on the contents in
British couple divorces after an
positive feedback points by alleged online affair
quickly sending items to cus-
tomers and being willing to
Tech Due to Israel’s
threats, the country
After being married for five years in a
virtual world called Second Life, a British Check us
quickly resolve any issues that
Briefs has turned its primary
couple calls it quits after one was accused of
surface after customers have an alleged virtual affair.
focus on ensuring the
purchased the items. Twenty-eight year old Amy Taylor said
safety of its citizens by
These positive customer that she caught her husband, 40 year old
greatly improving its
points help offset the negative rat- David Pollard, having sex online with a
ings and make consumers more comfortable in prostitute. The couple met in an online chat
Numerous technology companies
buying products. room in 2003, and married in real-life in
mainly based in Israel are developing sys-
Ebay along with its Chief Executive
John Donahoe held a ceremony Dec. 4 at
its headquarters in San Jose, Calif to honor
tems which will detect signs of emotional
anxiety and red flag security officials to
However, the virtual world sort of
eclipsed the relationship, and the couple
further investigate the suspect.
Sheng for a job well done. often used the Second Life as if it was the
Other companies such as WeCU, plan
16 December 8, 2008 • The Meter BUSINESS & TECHNOLOGY Tennessee State University
First-person shooter earns perfect praise
Left 4 Dead on teams, leaving an unlimited number of
Xbox 360/ PC playing experiences with online play.
Online play proves to be great, espe-
5/5 cially the versus mode. In versus, one team
If something is going to be shot, it might acts as the survivor team (humans) while
as well be a digital zombie, and Left 4 Dead others act as the special zombies. Teams
leaves gamers with plenty of fodder for an take turns trying to see how far they can get
itchy trigger finger with Valve’s latest romp in each level, while the other team tries to
into the video game world. put an end to them.
Gamers looking for a plot, should play This introduces a certain level of team
another game because there is not one; but work, especially on behalf of the zombie
it is not necessary. Left 4 Dead is a game squad, that needs to try to utilize the special
that plays out like a high budget Hollywood attributes from each of the undead to stop
slasher flick minus the customary sex scene the human squad.
in the woods. In the game, up to four other The game is not a staggering mass of
survivors may battle a zombie apocalypse graphic beauty, but it is clean enough to
with a simple goal; get out alive. make gamers feel like their HDTV was
Left 4 Dead brings an amazing game- worth the money spent. Some of the zom-
play experience. Valve has moved against Photo Courtesy of l4d.Com
bies just look down right corny if not lazy.
convention and delivered a game that is Left 4 dead released by Valve for Xbox360 . If there is a downside it is the AI, not
built almost entirely around cooperative they go on their merry way attempting to and hop fences. With features such as vomit because they are bad, but because they are
multiplayer action. This is a game that survive. blinding players and being attacked contin- good. The AI are solid and good about kill-
comes to life when played with at least one The name of the game is team work, so uously, the zombies do their share of scare ing zombies while not hitting players, tak-
other human player, and it is even better if much so, that it is evident from the begin- in this game. ing little damage, and always managing to
there are four humans in each game. ning of the game to work together to sur- Each adrenaline pumping level pushes patch players up when they become hurt.
In each of the game's four scenarios, vive. Digital commando’s who like to run players to their limits as they are knocked Left 4 Dead also has a staggering gap in
players battle their way to a series of safe off and kill everything by themselves will down, time and time again. Everything difficulty when turned on the expert mode,
houses that ultimately lead to a place of be punished first. There are many enemies weapon as well as the environment can but despite those minor details the game
salvation. As players maneuver their way in the game which can not be beaten on a come into play to help dispatch a foe. is still incredibly fun to play. It is a social
through to each check point, the game dis- solo effort. The game is also terribly short. All four adrenaline rush with high replay value that
plays neat little statistics like who killed the The zombie horde battled is based on scenarios can be conquered over a couple is a must buy.
most Zombie’s. These updates can lead to the fast zombies seen in movies like 28 of hours, but the game is highly replayable.
some friendly one-ups between gamers as David Houston•
Days Later. They sprint, kick down doors The game experience is different depending
Mirror’s Edge lacks dynamic edge, needs more refining
Mirror’s Edge ble of beating it in one afternoon. characters sound cheesy or off base.
PS3/ Xbox 360 The game has two basic modes of play, Gamer’s are able to feel Faith’s physi-
3.5/ 5 story mode and time trial, but that almost cal presence as she traverses the landscape
Mirror’s Edge is a fresh new spin on feels like enough. The time trial mode is which also adds to the appeal of the game.
what gamers are used to from a game of this somewhat addictive, leaving players crav- Long falls, slides and running at a con-
genre. Its innovation may not be enough to ing to hone in on their skills, as they bound stant pace are highlighted by a progressive
some gamers to make it worth the currency from rooftops and poles trying to beat scores blur, giving a true sense of momentum.
exchange at local retailers. from others posted on Playstation Network Unfortunately after continuous play,
Mirror’s Edge takes place in alternate or Xbox Live. things begin to become repetitive and there
society where data flow and information is This feature probably would have been really is not a full sense of freedom with
completely controlled by the government. a bit more interesting if players could race the places gamers can go and while there
Information is shared between members against a friend or over the net as opposed are several different ways to complete the
of the underground by using agents called to just their times. Both the story mode and chapter, there are not many.
runners. time trial are interesting to say the least and Mirror’s Edge can be frustrating as
Faith, the character players’ control, Photo Coutesy of Photogoon.Com should be enough to keep players occupied well. While its simplistic control schem-
is eventually contacted by her sister, Kate, for a period or two. e20can be easily mastered, and is ultimately
Mirror’s Edge features action-heroine, Mirror’s Edge boasts some pretty breath rewarding when chaining together move-
who says it’s urgent. Faith pursues Robert Faith
Pope, a mayoral candidate whom people taking graphics. It is not quite Metal Gear ments to fly though the city it will often fail
well as her own. gamers.
felt would be able to bring about change to Solid 4, but has its own unique style the
The game is definitely an experience, In reality, the game is a great idea that
the government, but upon her arrival Pope is does an outstanding job giving the impres-
which is the high point, as well as its short just did not quite hit the mark. Those plan-
found dead in the company of Faith’s sister. sion of a city ruled by an oppressive govern-
coming. It is the first of its kind but can ning on buying the game might want to wait
With the framework of foul play set in ment.
leave gamers feeling somewhat unsatisfied until the price drops down to 29.99 before
place, Faith sets off to find the truth behind The soundtrack in Mirror's Edge is on
at the end.For starters, Mirrors Edge is not taking this leap of faith.
Pope’s murder to clear her sister Kate’s new point delivering surreal music and the voice
terribly long. Most will be more than capa-
found title of Public Enemy number one, as acting is also pretty solid as at no point do the David Houston•
Monday, December 8, 2008 Volume 59, Issue 13
Fierce as a tiger, bright as a gem
By Jessica Moseley
Editor Staff Reporter
KEEPIN’ IT REAL Tangela Smith, Tan according to her
friends, is a sophomore psychology major
8 wins, 4 losses… from Atlanta, Ga., who started dancing at
age 4. She attended Carla’s dance factory
and competed in many dance competi-
For most of the season, the Big Blue Tigers
starred down the possibility of a conference title,
Ms. Smith did well in school, and
like any champion would, only to have it escape
was apart of Mu Alpha Theta math team,
their gaze with one game remaining in the season.
Beta club honors and deans list her fresh-
This caused disappointment in the eyes of many
man year in college.
Big Blue’s fans, and while it should not take away
“Dancing is my life,” said Smith.
from the season this great team had, to many it did.
“When I’m dancing I can forget my prob-
In the opener, against Alabama A&M
University, the Tigers snapped a 4 game losing
Her junior year in high school, Smith
streak to their annual opponent, including a spectac-
won first place in a competition along
ular showing from transfer student JaJuan Spillman,
with a few group awards. From 2005 to
who in his first game with Big Blue returned a kick
2007, Tangela was a cheerleader for the
for a touchdown that would spark the rout.
Patriots, her high school team. Tangela
At the John Merritt Classic, the Tigers showed
was featured in basketball games, football
a fighting spirit and determination that would seem
games and competitions with her cheer-
to define this season in a 34-32 victory over the
Southern University Jaguars.
Now in her second year at TSU,
They would follow up the big win, with an even
Smith is a member of the Tigergem dance
bigger performance at the Southern Heritage Classic it takes hard work and dedication. All “My Christmas wish list isn’t so big
team. Tigergem’s are featured at basket-
against Jackson State University, crushing the Tigers 41- 21 girls have to go through an interview this year,” Smith said. “As a college stu-
ball games on the sidelines and short per-
18, and earning a spot in the Division 1 AA top 25 poll. process, learn a dance, practice for a day dent, money works for me.”
formances during half time.
After the game, Antonio Heffner, the Tigers start- and audition. Smith is ready to take on finals, so
“I wanted to be a Tigergem because I
ing quarterback who had been battling injuries all This ‘Gem’ is looking forward to she can get ready for the holiday.
liked the team,” Smith said. “I really liked
season, delivered a fitting ending to the night by pro- seeing and spending time with family and “This break never comes soon
the dances they did last year.
posing to his girlfriend in front of the entire crowd. getting her things together for her new enough, but it’s the most wonderful time
Do not think being a ‘Gem’ is easy;
At the Atlanta Football Classic, the then 4-0 apartment during the holidays. of the year,” Smith said. •
tigers would drop their first game to the20hands of
Tigers drop conference opener to EIU
Florida A&M University.
On Oct. 18, on a chilly night in Nashville, one
of this years best moments played out at LP field, as
senior Kicker Eric Benson sent the entire Tigers’ fans By Patrick Comer charge. The Tigers used a 6-0 run at the 8 the team in scoring with 14 points on only
home happy as they took on Austin Peay University. minute mark to close the margin to 56-53 5-of-15 shooting with seven assists. His
Benson booted a 29-yard field goal through the Sports Editor as Jerrell Houston and Gerald Robinson shooting woes on the night were much
uprights with only two seconds to pull out a 37-34 made back-to-back lay-ups. like that of the rest of the team as the
victory. For him, it was the second time in three Jeremiah Crutcher pulled TSU to Tigers shot a meager 35 percent from the
weeks where he was called on to deliver the decid- The Tigers dropped their second
straight game on Thursday night against within three points with 3:55 left on a pair field. This also includes a 4 for 22 shoot-
ing blow to their opponents. of free throws but that was as close as the ing night from behind the arc.
Homecoming proved to be a memorable night Eastern Illinois University, 71-61.
The game was the conference opener Tigers would get. Darius Cox and Stephen Evans each
for the fans as Javarris Williams tied Charles Anthony EIU would extend their lead as a added 13 points for the Tigers including
for the most rushing touchdowns in school history. for both teams as the Tigers dropped to
2-4 overall. EIU improved to 2-4 on the result of free-throws and an Ousmane Evans 11 points he scored in the second
He would then go ahead and move atop it all Cisse lay-up to go up by seven, 62-55, half.
along the next week as the Tigers would complete year, 1-0 in the OVC.
Tyler Laser led the Panthers with with 2:53 on the clock. Jerrell Houston pulled in, a game
a perfect record at home for the first time since LP Cox's baseline jumper on the next high, 11 rebounds and scored seven points
field opened up. 10 first half points as they opened with a
37-26 halftime lead. Laser would finish possession brought the Tigers within five to go along with them.
Despite what happened the last two weeks of but EIU's seven-of-eight free throw shoot- Up next for the Tigers are the
the season Big Blue’s fans have had a lot to cheer with 15.
Laser later pushed the EIU lead to ing down the stretch held off the Tigers Alabama A&M Bulldogs Sunday Dec.14
about take away from this great season the team for the win. in Normal, Ala. at 5:00p.•
had and should be excited looking forward to next 13 points at 49-36 with 11:56 left in
the game before the Tigers made their On the game three Tigers scored in
season.• double digits. Gerald Robinson, Jr. led
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