Bowie State University’s cheerleaders showcase contemporary rallying cries for black equality during the CIAA tournament.
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Weeks after a Morgan State University student was stabbed and killed in an apartment complex adjacent to campus, members of the campus police department have filed a vote of no-confidence in department chief Lance Hatcher.
Citing aged and damaged equipment, a hostile work environment, high officer turnover and a lack of response from university administration, the officers disseminated a letter to media this morning and specifically cited Hatcher’s lack of response and follow-up to the stabbing death at the Morgan View apartment complex.
…Chief Hatcher has never provided a strategy for the department to combat the rising violence we are experiencing at Morgan State University. A simple example would be the recent homicide that occurred at Morgan View. Chief Hatcher still has not met with the rank and file to lay out a strategy or even update us on the matter in hopes of deterring this from happening again. We have been woefully neglected of any leadership, guidance, or exposure to active shooter training, communications training, and have yet to receive riot gear for every officer which is a violation of the Collective Bargaining Agreement by and between Morgan State University and FOP Lodge 142.
MSU Spokesperson Clinton R. Coleman said that the university had not been made directly aware of concerns among officers, but that only two officers had filed formal reports for internal issues, and that crime is down on campus.
I believe we have two issues going on here – a perception problem and a contract year for the officers, both combine to make it appear that, somehow, they are being mistreated. We just don’t want the public to be misled into thinking that our students and this campus are not safe…to say otherwise is an unfair characterization of reality.
Officials say that Morgan State President David Wilson will meet with union representatives later this week.
Faculty members from Maryland’s four historically black colleges and universities will hold a rally this week to protest inequitable funding from the state towards its HBCUs, and the unsatisfactory remedies it has promoted to fix the separate-but-equal system of higher education for black and white students.
The Afro-American Newspaper reports on the rally planned for Mar. 2 in Annapolis, which is likely to be attended by students and alumni from Bowie State University, Coppin State University, Morgan State University and the University of Maryland – Eastern Shore.
Faculty leadership from the two schools say that the assembly will attempt to raise public awareness about the disparities between Maryland’s historically black and predominantly white colleges, and to emphasize the state’s continuing maltreatment of its HBCUs through a proposal to create collaborative programs between HBCUs and PWIs, while funding these programs with $50 million over five years. From the Afro-American:
“This is an opportunity to inform public opinion on what the state proposed. As faculty, it doesn’t meet our needs. We want to raise awareness. We’re not just asking for money; we’re asking for the opportunity to have equity across the universities,” said Claudia Nelson, faculty senate chair, Coppin State University. “A grant program of $10 million to be shared across HBCUs and TWIs is inadequate. It does not come anywhere near the funding of the needs of institutions in terms of enhancement and programs. The state, making those proposals, undermined HBCUs in a way that is shameful.”
In 2013, federal judge Catherine Blake ruled that the state had willfully duplicated unique programs originated at the state’s four black colleges amongst its predominantly white colleges, limiting enrollment and diversity at the HBCUs, along with potential funding which typically accompanies expansion.
Virginia is the unofficial capital of CIAA basketball for the next year, as Virginia State University and Virginia Union University stood alone on championship Saturday at the CIAA Basketball Tournament yesterday in Charlotte’s Time Warner Cable Arena.
The top-seeded Trojans defeated Livingstone College 89-79 in the championship nightcap, and will advance to the NCAA Division II tournament as the only HBCU team to place in a top ten NCAA regional ranking – seventh in the Atlantic division.
Senior Javon Moore and tournament MVP junior Kevin Williams combined for 54 points and all six of the team’s three pointers. VSU head coach Lonnie Blow became the first coach in CIAA history to lead two different teams to a conference championship, leading Saint Augustine’s to the 2010 CIAA title.
In the women’s bracket, Virginia Union edged Shaw University 70-66 to clinch its first CIAA title since 1982. Tournament MVP Kiana Johnson scored 32 in the finale, and averaged 33 points over her three-game stretch in the Queen City.
The northern division champions will enter the NCAA national women’s tournament ranked 13th in the USA Today national coaches’ poll, and first in the Atlantic regional rankings.
The CIAA Championship Game is set: Top-seeded Virginia State will take on two-time defending champion Livingstone as it seeks its first CIAA Championship since 1988. Check out how we got there and what to look for on Saturday night.
Posted by HBCU Gameday on Saturday, February 27, 2016
Arkansas Baptist College President Fitz Hill will resign this fall after ten years at the helm of the private black college in Little Rock. Hill, who had four years remaining on his contract, will assume control of the university’s foundation, and leaves with the full support of the school’s board of trustees.
Hill announced his resignation this week on Facebook, saying that his tenure has been ‘a blessing’ to himself and the campus community.
This has been an awesome experience and God has placed it in my heart that it’s time to serve ABC in a different role. Excellent leadership can come in a form of obedient followership. As I transition to new roles at ABC, I do so with a determined focus to help advance our College from Good to Great. My new venture excites me much like 10 years ago when I first started at ABC. I thank God for his covering and protection during my tenure. I have witnessed the highest of the highs and the lowest of the lows, and I have been blessed through it all. I have loved blessing our students and the community we call home. I’m going to try and elevate and accelerate the blessings to our students and community over the next five years.
The school, which has made historic gains in enrollment and fundraising during Hill’s leadership, is also on show-cause accreditation status with the Higher Learning Commission, and faces heightened cash monitoring from the federal Department of Education, which does not give student aid funds directly to the school, but allows the school to apply for reimbursement of tuition awarded from institutional cash reserves.
Trustees said the resignation was solely Hill’s decision, and that his leadership of the college has exceeded expectations. From ArkansasOnline.com:
When asked if Hill’s leaving the president’s office was a board decision, (Trustee Richard) Mays replied: “No, no. no. He’s too talented and has done too much to bring these communities together in this city. We think this move would ultimately be extremely beneficial.”
Alabama A&M Trustee James Montgomery has been censured by the board, which alleges that he sent thousands of harassing emails and leaked confidential information to local media.
According to WHNT, members found Montgomery, an AAMU alumnus, guilty of public misconduct in official university events, and malfeasance in board business.
The board also claims that Montgomery demanded for an associate to receive contracts from the university, a violation of state ethics guidelines. The state’s ethics commission this week served notice of receipt of the board’s complaint against Montgomery, who remains as a full member of the board.