Black lawmakers to confront Trump on policies in meeting
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Black lawmakers to confront Trump on policies in meeting

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Congressional Black Caucus plans to push President Donald Trump on the changing priorities of the Justice Department’s monitoring of police departments and cuts in education funding for college students. The Congressional Black Caucus’ leadership will meet with Trump on Wednesday at the White House, and chairman Cedric Richmond of Louisiana said … Continue reading

NSU Athletics unveils new weight room
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NSU Athletics unveils new weight room

From NSUSpartans.com — Norfolk State University unveiled its new weight room in James D. Gill Gymnasium earlier this month. The room, located on the first floor of Gill Gymnasium, includes all brand new equipment from Hammer Strength and will service all NSU student-athletes in addition to the University’s ROTC program and physical education department. Click … Continue reading

Norfolk State University closing the African American science gap
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Norfolk State University closing the African American science gap

by Barry X. Campbell In 2014, there were more than 99,000 engineering graduates from American colleges. Among them, only 3,500 were African American. African Americans are a rarity in the tech space and it’s calling for a change. This low statistic of involvement has even prompted the government to involve themselves. Why are blacks not … Continue reading

Norfolk State raises tuition for 2017-18 academic year
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Norfolk State raises tuition for 2017-18 academic year

The Norfolk State University Board of Visitors voted at its regular meeting on Friday, March 17, to set tuition and fee rates for the 2017-18 academic year. The board approved a $160 increase in tuition and a $138 increase in mandatory fees for resident undergraduate students. The tuition for graduate students increased $850 and mandatory … Continue reading

Fontaine named Vice President for University Advancement
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Fontaine named Vice President for University Advancement

Norfolk State University President and CEO Eddie N. Moore Jr. has selected Dr. Deborah C. Fontaine as the university’s Vice President for University Advancement. She provides leadership and administrative oversight for the departments of Alumni Relations and Annual Giving, Communications and Marketing, Corporate and Foundation Relations, Fundraising, Development Services, University Events and the L. Douglas … Continue reading

A look at some Israeli high-tech successes
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A look at some Israeli high-tech successes

JERUSALEM (AP) — Intel announced Monday it will spend more than $15 billion to acquire Mobileye, an Israeli company that develops technology that essentially gives computers a sense of their physical surroundings — the largest high-tech acquisition in the history of the Jewish State. Faced with limited natural resources, Israel has fostered a vibrant high-tech … Continue reading

AP FACT CHECK: Black colleges hardly school choice pioneers
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AP FACT CHECK: Black colleges hardly school choice pioneers

Publishable Editors Notes: EDITOR’S NOTE _ A look at the veracity of claims by political figures. WASHINGTON (AP) — Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is praising the country’s historically black colleges and universities as pioneers on school choice. She said in a speech Monday that African-Americans “took it upon themselves to provide the solution” when they … Continue reading

Harvard publicly acknowledges historical ties to slavery
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Harvard publicly acknowledges historical ties to slavery

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — Harvard University publicly acknowledged its deep ties to colonial-era slavery on Friday, casting a light on parts of its history that long remained in the shadows. At a conference that Harvard organized to explore the relationship between colleges and slavery, university President Drew Faust said the school must confront the grimmer … Continue reading

Trump signs executive order on black colleges
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Trump signs executive order on black colleges

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump signed an executive order Tuesday aimed at signaling his commitment to historically black colleges and universities, saying that those schools will be “an absolute priority for this White House.” HBCU presidents are hoping Congress will bolster Trump’s actions to strengthen the schools with dramatically increased funding in the upcoming … Continue reading

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Need experience and work product to show a potential employer? Get it at the Spartan Echo! We’re now accepting applications for fall positions.

Attention all writers, photographers, and graphic designers… The Spartan Echo is accepting applications now for all editor positions. Student editors will serve during the fall 2017 semester and may receive a performance grant for their service. Amounts vary by position and funding availability. Some work–done from home–will be necessary during the summer break to prepare for the fall semester. … Continue reading

Historically black colleges push for financial support
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Historically black colleges push for financial support

WASHINGTON (AP) – Presidents from a majority of the country’s historically black colleges and universities are in Washington this week, calling for $25 billion in the upcoming budget to help address priorities including infrastructure, college readiness and financial aid as President Trump prepares to sign an executive order aimed at signaling his commitment to the … Continue reading

McAuliffe signs bills to continue fighting opioid epidemic
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McAuliffe signs bills to continue fighting opioid epidemic

Focus on prescribing and help for recovery Richmond – Governor Terry McAuliffe signed several bills on Feb. 23 that will help fight the epidemic of opioid abuse and overdose. “Abuse of opioids continues to kill Virginians,” said Governor McAuliffe. “We recognize that addiction is a disease, not a moral failing, and our proposals for this … Continue reading

UN Syria envoy not expecting breakthrough at Geneva talks
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UN Syria envoy not expecting breakthrough at Geneva talks

GENEVA (AP) — Playing down expectations, the U.N. envoy for Syria said Wednesday that he’s not expecting a breakthrough in the first U.N.-mediated peace talks between government representatives and the opposition in 10 months, rather hoping to build momentum toward peace after nearly six years of war. Staffan de Mistura spoke a day before convening … Continue reading

Norfolk State honors Dr. Sandra DeLoatch, Friday, Feb. 24
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Norfolk State honors Dr. Sandra DeLoatch, Friday, Feb. 24

February 17, 2017 To the University Community: Please join me in wishing Dr. Sandra J. DeLoatch well as she retires from Norfolk State University. Over her more than 40 years of dedicated service, she has distinguished herself among her professional peers in the STEM field, at Norfolk State and throughout the community. Dr. DeLoatch has … Continue reading

Fake news: Tips on how to distinguish it from the real thing
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Fake news: Tips on how to distinguish it from the real thing

Teachers from elementary school through college are instructing students on how to decipher fact from fiction when it comes to online news, after an election season that saw made-up stories abound. Many of those lessons involve these handy tips. URL look odd? That “com.co” ending on an otherwise authentic-looking website is a red flag. When in … Continue reading