The Black Excel Newsletter
1) U. of Wisconsin Fakes Admissions Booklet
with Black Face!
2) Morehouse Grad Only HBCU Alumnus Awarded
3) "Black Threat Barbie" at U. Texas Called
4) Do Master's Degrees Really Pay Off?
5) Most Applicants Seeking Admission?
6) Morehouse Coca-Cola Leadership Lecture Series
7) Project Excellence/The Freedom Forum
8) Xavier University of Louisiana is #1 in Placing
African Americans in Med School
UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN FAKES
ADMISSION BOOKLET WITH BLACK FACE
Officials of the University of Wisconsin-Madison admitted on
Sept. 20th that they inserted the face of a black student into
a crowd of white football fans in an effort to show that the
university is culturally diverse. The doctored photo appears
on the cover of a new undergraduate application booklet.
A reporter for the Daily Cardinal, a student newspaper, noticed
that the sun was shining on black student Diallo Shabazz's
face but not on the sea of white faces that were originally
snapped at a 1993 Badgers football game. Shabazz's image
was digitally inserted from a layout of an old admissions booklet
in a misguided effort to illustrate the university's diversity.
Red-faced school officials are apologizing for the lapse of good
judgment. With an undergraduate enrollment of over 25,000
students, only about 2% are Black.
MOREHOUSE GRAD ONLY HBCU
ALUMNUS AWARDED HUGHES FELLOWSHIP
The Howard Hughes Medical Institute has named Ronnie
A. Sebro, a recent Morehouse graduate, a Howard Hughes
Medical Institute Predoctoral Fellow. Of the 162 scholars
named last year, Sebro is the only graduate student selected
from an HBCU. Mr. Sebro began his work at Harvard University this fall in biomedical research.
"BLACK THREAT BARBIE" AT U. TEXAS
CALLED RACIALLY OFFENSIVE
An art exhibition at the U. Texas at Austin closed on 9/29
a week after a piece entitled "Black Threat Barbie" was
removed from the Texas Union Gallery. The piece depicted a
black mannequin holding a gun in one hand and a syringe in the
other, and was placed inside a six-foot pink box that resembled
an oversized Barbie Doll package. The piece was part of a Fine
Arts Committee exhibit called, "Have You Seen Me?" A member of the Texas Union Council's Fine Arts Committee and curator of the exhibit made the decision to pull the piece after members
of the student body complained that the image was racially
offensive. The artist, who is white, said the doll was an
attempt to point out and criticize the image of minorities that
society holds. The African American Culture Committee and
the Fine Arts Committee plan to develop a forum to discuss the
effects of the presentation of "Black Threat Barbie." Whatever
the artist's intentions, Black folks didn't appreciate it.
DO MASTER'S DEGREES REALLY PAY OFF?
In a recent study by the U.S. Census Bureau, it was noted that
students with master's degrees earned an average of $46,332
a year, 24 percent more than college grads with just a bachelor's. The Bureau also indicates that between the ages of 25 and 64, a master's recipient earns about $240,000 more than someone with a bachelor's degree. This translates to a lifetime salary of $3.3 million.
MOST APPLICANTS SEEKING ADMISSION?
UCLA received 32,792 applications for admission last year.
Only 10,830 were accepted. 5% were Black.
MOREHOUSE COCA-COLA LEADERSHIP
The Morehouse Lecture Series, endowed by the Coca-Cola
Foundation, is held once a semester. World-class leaders
are invited to share insights about leadership and the challenges
we're likely to confront. Previous lectures have included the
Rev. Jesse Jackson. On October 3rd, Smith College President
Dr. Ruth Simmons, the first African-American woman to head
the New England institution, was the invited speaker. A panel
discussion included Morehouse President Dr. Walter E. Massey, President Dr. Mary Brown Bullock of Agnes Scott College, and
Dr. Dolores Cross, president of Morris Brown College.
PROJECT EXCELLENCE/THE FREEDOM
FORUM SCHOLARSHIP DAY
"Scholarship Day," a program affiliated with Project Excellence
(the late Carl Rowan its founder), took place on 10/2. The
program helps black seniors who excel academically. You
have to be nominated by your high school to attend, and live
in the Washington, DC area. Students are asked to appear
with their transcripts and other information. Top colleges make
on-the-spot grant offers to over 400 of our promising scholars.
Last year, over 555 scholarship were offered, with a value
of more than $18 million. All students and parents in DC
should note this yearly opportunity. Each high school can
nominate 10 students to participate. This year the event was
held at the Washington Hilton Hotel.
XAVIER UNIVERSITY OF LOUISIANA IS #1
IN PLACING AFRICAN AMERICANS IN MED SCHOOLS
Data released by the Association of American Medical Colleges
(AAMC) has again verified that Xavier U. of Louisiana, an historically Black college, has placed more African-American students in medical school in 1999 than any other college or university in the nation. These are the numbers:
Xavier U. (LA)---82
So far this year, Xavier has placed 111 African Americans in
biology- or chemistry-related professional or graduate schools.
As of July 2000, 73 students have already been accepted out of the aforementioned total into medical schools. The honor roll of accepts includes schools like MeHarry, Emory, Harvard,
Temple, Morehouse, and Boston University. Xavier is certain to remain #1 nationally in placing African Americans into medical school for the eighth year in a row, when official statistics are compiled in December.
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