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Students Ask For Release Knowing There’s More That He Require of Thee

January 22, 2010

With the tragedy that struck Haiti fresh in his mind, Trey Campbell stood before an audience, who was waiting on a release or a miracle, cloaked in faith.

Campbell, graduating senior psychology major, recalled watching CNN and hearing people praise and worship in Haiti after the earthquake hit. He said he could not see the people, however, because there was nothing but darkness. “In the midst of darkness, they’re still lifting him up knowing that blessings are about to come down.”

He said there may have been bodies to the left of those worshippers in Haiti and bodies to the right, but they chose to say, “I fear no evil.”

Hope in the heart of despair was the recurring theme of Wednesday Night Live, which was entitled “The Release Party”, held in the Andrew Rankin Memorial Chapel. Testimony after testimony gave students hope that this too shall pass.

“Somebody is trying to break through right now. Somebody is struggling right now,” Campbell said.

During a skit, one of the actors, junior political science major Dorien Blythers, said, “Where was God when my dad died?” Tatiana Bien-Aime, a member of the Haitian Student Association, gave his scripted words life, when she stood before the congregation and shared her story. Her story currently has no ending because she said everyday there is something new as she and other Haitian students make contact with loved ones in Haiti and learn of another death or misfortune.

“Where is God through all of this? How can there be a God through all of this?” Bien-Aime said wrestling to find the answers. Both Bien-Aime’s and Blyther’s words caused the audience to sit in a mournful silence.

One of the actors in the skit, sophomore television production major Allen Reynolds, said, “When we have the most tragic moments, God is the biggest in our lives.” Sharing the same sentiment, senior jazz studies major Jessica Brooks performed an original song, Fantasy Jesus, with the lyrics “No one can love you like Jesus can.”

The skit ended with the words, “Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but God delivers us from them all.”

As more disasters occur and tragedies strike, there is still no party like a Holy Ghost party because the lessons learned at Wednesday Night Live will never stop being relevant.

New Provost and Chief Academic Officer

January 20, 2010

January 19, 2010

Dear Howard University Community:

It is with great pleasure that I announce the appointment of Dr. James H. Wyche as our new Provost and Chief Academic Officer, effective February 15, 2010. Dr. Wyche is a highly respected biochemist, cell biologist, researcher and renowned academic affairs professional whose distinguished career has been groundbreaking, award winning and prolific. Dr. Wyche comes to Howard University from his position at the National Science Foundation.

In a career spanning four decades, he has held numerous appointments including: Vice Provost for Academic Affairs and Edith Kinney Gaylord Presidential Professor in the Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center; Vice Provost and Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and Professor of Biology and Molecular Pharmacology, School of Medicine, University of Miami; Associate Provost and Professor of Medical Science, Department of Molecular Biology, Cell Biology & Biochemistry, Brown University; Adjunct Professor, Biology Department at Morgan State; and Visiting Professor and Scholar-in-Residence at other institutions. In addition, he served as Interim President of Tougaloo College in Mississippi.

With a notable commitment to addressing the underrepresentation of Blacks in the fields of mathematics and science, Dr. Wyche has lectured and written ardently about the issue and has participated in analysis and policy recommendations regarding the subject. His passion inspired him to co-found and serve as executive director of The Leadership Alliance, a consortium of 23 leading research and teaching colleges and universities (including Howard) dedicated to improving the participation of underrepresented students in STEM area graduate programs as well as the public and private sectors.

Dr. Wyche has an admirable research record of innovation. As the holder of two U.S. patents, as principal investigator (and co-principal) on dozens of grants and projects and as presenter and writer of more than one hundred professional papers and publications, he has helped define and refine his discipline. He holds an A.A.S. from Morrisville College (SUNY), a B.S. from Cornell University, an M.A. from Brown University, and a Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University.

Please join me in welcoming Dr. Wyche to the Howard University family. We look forward tothe new opportunities his experience will bring and the collaborative work we will do. As I announce this selection of a new Chief Academic Officer, we applaud the leadership and extraordinary commitment of Dr. Alvin Thornton who has served as Interim Provost for nearly two years. Dr. Thornton has led our academic programs with integrity during a time of transition and has helped lay the groundwork for future developments. We thank Dr. Thornton as he continues to serve Howard University, leading the Presidential Commission on Academic Renewal and the Budget Advisory Committee.

Sincerely,

Sidney A. Ribeau

President

Howard Unites for Haiti

January 15, 2010

Hundreds of concerned students gathered in the Blackburn ballroom with one thought in mind, “How can I help Haiti?” The Haitian Student Association, Howard University Student Association (HUSA), Religious Fellowship Council (RFC), and Office of Religious Life held a planning meeting Thursday evening to turn students fervor into action. With the organization of five committees (PR, Fundraising, Logistics, Event Planning, and Spiritual Relief), Chair of RFC Melech Thomas promised that Howard University is going to make a grand presence.

It is not a time to come together to talk about our feelings or to share our thoughts about what happened, we’ve come together to talk about our action. (Thomas)

According to HUSA President Bryan Smart, students were driven by a desire and passion to act now and make a difference. After seeing students break down in tears at Wednesday’s vigil, Smart said they knew they needed to do something. HUSA Vice-President Jerome Joseph said they will place bins around campus within the coming weeks in dormitories and Blackburn to help collect the items the Haitian Embassy listed on its website.

Baby formula (dry/powder)
 Baby wipes
 Baby bottles
 Diapers
 Baby clothes
 Toiletries (shampoo, soap, toothpaste)
 Hand sanitizer
 Vitamins
 First aid kits
 Over the counter medicines
 Socks
 Blankets
 Mosquito repellent
 Flashlights
 Batteries
 Candies
 Flip Flops
 T-shirts, pants, lightweight jackets

Smart said they will continue to collect money, and they will continue to offer support to those students affected by the tragedy. Furthermore, HUSA plans to use money from the Emergency Fund to help with relief efforts in addition to fundraising (The Emergency Fund is money set aside each year from student fees due to a student vote in the 90s).

Thomas said students are beginning to see beyond the superficial and return to a heart of service and justice.

The Haitian Embassy will collect items listed above on Sunday, January 17 from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. at 2311 Massachusetts Avenue NW.

Students wishing to join a committee can e-mail SmartJoseph09@gmail.com

New Health Course

January 14, 2010

Because of an overwhelming request by potential May graduating seniors for overrides into health education (Health Science, Women’s Health or Controlling Stress and Tension) classes the Department of Health, Human Performance and Leisure Studies is currently attempting to add another section of Health Science. The class would take place Mondays and Wednesdays from 8:10am-9am. Only May graduating seniors would be permitted to enroll in the section. We are hoping to have this posted to Bisonweb by late Thursday (1/14)/ early Friday (1/15). Please pass this message along to your friends and colleagues.

Update on Five Young Men Arrested in Pakistan

December 10, 2009

The FBI confirmed the arrest of five American citizens in the Sargodha region of Pakistan. New information adds one additional man, bringing the total to six men in Pakistani custody. In an exclusive interview with CNN, Subira Farouk, the mother of one of the young men revealed that her son was in the country to get married, not to commit terror. Farouk’s son attended George Mason University in Fairfax, Va. and was arrested along with his father.

However, the deputy superintendent of police in Sargodha, Tahir Gujjar is convinced that the men came to engage in terrorism. He said they made attempts to connect with terror organizations via Facebook and YouTube. He believes the young men wished to become martyrs and pursue jihad.

Upon arrest, officials retrieved laptops and maps outlining specific regions of Pakistan known for terrorist activity.

CNN has also reported that a farewell type video was left behind by Ramy Zamzam, the Howard University dental student. Although the video has not been made public, those who have viewed it described it as emphasizing the importance of defending Muslims and contained violent images. In addition, the ethnic backgrounds of the five individuals have been identified as three Pakistani-Americans, one Ethiopian-American, one Egyptian-American, and one Eritrean-American. They were previously thought to be three Pakistani, one Egyptian, and one Yemeni. All reside in the northern Virginia area and are believed to have attended the same mosque.

En route to accepting his Nobel Peace Prize, U.S. President Barack Obama declined to make a premature statement on the arrests, saying, “There will undoubtedly be a series of investigations surrounding these events, so I’d prefer not to comment on them at this point.”

HU Student Suspected of Terrorism

December 9, 2009

UNIVERSITY STATEMENT

There are reports that a Howard University student was arrested today overseas. By law, universities must maintain the privacy of student records and Howard is committed to that.

There is no evidence of imminent harm to the University community.  If students are in need of counseling, please contact the University Counseling Center.

Kerry-Ann Hamilton
University Spokesperson

Student Ramy ZamZam

Howard University dental student Ramy Zamzam is one of five U.S. citizens currently detained in Pakistan under suspicions of terrorism. 3 of the men are of Pakistani descent, 1 of Egyptian, and another of Yemeni descent and were picked up in a raid on a house in Sarghoda. WTOP Radio reports that the five men disappeared from their U.S. homes under mysterious circumstances shortly after Thanksgiving. One of the men left what investigators say is a farewell video saying Muslims must be defended and featuring images of American casualties, AP sources report. 

Crime Alert: Shuttle Robbery

December 6, 2009
HOWARD UNIVERSITY POLICE DEPARTMENT
2244 10th. Street, N.W. Washington D.C.  Tel: 202-806-1100.
Leroy K. James, Chief of Police

                                                          
Release Date 12/04/09

Incident:

The Howard University Police Department is investigating a robbery incident that occurred on December 3, 2009. A student reported that he was a victim of an attempted robbery that occurred while he was a passenger aboard a shuttle bus near the intersection of Irving Street NW. and Georgia Avenue NW., Washington, DC.

On Thursday December 3, 2009 at approximately 4:00 pm, an unknown male subject boarded a university shuttle bus, approached a student and told him that he had a weapon.  The subject then demanded that the student hand over his IPod and other personal belongings; however the student refused to comply with the subject’s demands.  The subject did not display a weapon. He later exited the bus several blocks away without obtaining any property.    

Suspect Description:  Black male, approx. 6’2, 160 lbs, unknown years of age, with a dark complexion, and a short hairstyle.  The subject was wearing a dark grey sweatshirt and blue jeans pants.   

The Howard University Police Department (HUPD) notifies the university community when crimes are reported to the HUPD or the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) which present a continuing threat to the students, faculty, or staff, in a manner consistent with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act.

Anyone with information on this case or with additional information should contact the Howard University Police Department at 202-806-1100, or ext 6-4747, or 911 for the Metropolitan Police Department.

Safety Tips:

•       Walk in groups whenever possible and look out for one another.
•       Avoid isolated and dark areas.
•       Carry your cell phone and keep it accessible.
•       If you are approached, take note of the person’s appearance, clothing, and anything that will help to identify the subject.

General Tips:

•       Immediately report any suspicious activity or suspicious individuals to the HU Police Department at 202-806-1100; and program this number into your cell phone for quick access.
•       Use the Shuttle Service or the Campus Escort Service to avoid traveling on foot across campus during the hours of darkness.

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