Texas Southern University Women’s Soccer

Kickin’ Back with The Lady Tigers soccer team

Lady Tigers 2015 Season Look

I will be posting about the women’s soccer team at our campus. I will write about how the team is doing up to midterms week and if they are considered a high-ranked college team. I will also have statistics on their current season, and perhaps a little history of the program. I’ll include a few profiles of the star ladies of the team. I also would like to include a profile of their head coach and assistant coach.





Story Ideas

  • Profiles on team’s star players
  • Statistics on this season
  • Team’s season so far trough midterm week
  • History of the program

TSU Students and Faculty on Different Media Users


On Intercultural Communication Day, Texas Southern University (TSU) students and faculty members talked media usage at the second panel in the Martin Luther King Auditorium to engage everyone worldwide.

Joining TSU professor Stephanye Perkins and Texas Tech student James Zhang’s respective presentations, the second part of this panel’s members included Deborah Chambers, development manager for TSU’s radio station KTSU-FM, and Frederico “Fred” Novak, Computer Science major and Brazilian native. Part of their segment was to summarize the theme of TSUCommWeek: “Building Bridges Globally Through Communication and Media”.

In the 35th Annual Intercultural Communication Conference, the second panel focused on their segment called Choices of Audiences as Active Users of Media.

TSU’s own and communication students LaMonde Howard and Raleigh Fletcher’s presentation was Social Media in The Classroom – From Dynamite To Dyn-o-mite! Their topic revolves around positives and negatives of social media, whether it’s Facebook, Twitter, or YouTube among others. Its usage in the classroom lets students know of current events, but it also distracts students from their tasks.

Chambers, also a graduate student at the university, spoke about her presentation called Use of Communication Technology in Correctional Facilities. Here is where she elaborated on the topic of communication technology in prison or other correctional facilities by showing its benefits and its dangers.

TSU student Zenoria Abdallah said, “I learned a lot of different things about social media.”

Abdallah enjoyed this fourth day of TSU CommWeek, especially this part of the panel.

“I’m glad I came,” Abdallah said.

TSU graduate student LaVonda James spoke on a brand new topic capturing interest of everyone including the other panelists. Her topic was called Examination of The Texts of Televangelists by Viewers.

The word televangelist was broken down into two parts to know its meaning. In the presentation, James said, Tele means “Television”; evangelist means “to preach the gospel.” In other words, a televangelist is one who preaches the gospel via television. She spoke about media’s usage on these individuals and issues.

TSU graduate student and Day Four Panel One member Andrea Boronell saw some of the presentation.

“It (The presentation) peaked my interest,” said Boronell.

Boronell and everyone in the auditorium doesn’t watch any televangelist, yet she will try to watch for more information.

“I’ll watch it to give it a critical view,” Boronell said.

A short film by TSU professor Vera Hawkins was shown following the presentations. Her video had students from TSU talking about their use of social media in study-abroad programs.

Novak took part in the film along with Shariese Martin, Julian Kane, and Sierra Williams. They use some sort of social medium to stay in touch with friends, family, and their professors while they attend their sessions overseas.

TSU professor Humphrey Regis and RTF Chair Chris Ulasi emphasized on the main idea of these informative presentations with one word: engage. A reason this segment and all other segments on Intercultural Communication Day is to engage everyone. With communication and media’s growing usage, everyone can and will “build bridges globally”.


The Ideal Texas Southern University Student


Her goal when she started four years ago in college was to graduate with honors.

Now she is awaiting the month of May as graduation is inching closer. Soon she is on her way to obtaining her degree and the very goal she set is now a reality. A goal set by Texas Southern University (TSU) student Kendra Pete.

Kendra, a senior and journalism major, is one to balance her things in life and as a student. In college, she does everything the average college student does, only to go beyond average. She does her best to attend every class day. When there are assignments colliding with projects, she manages and plans out what is due and what has to be done, which is honor-student material and she happens to be one, as a matter of fact. She is also a member of The National Society of Collegiate Scholars. Kendra, because of how she performs in college, is considered as the ideal TSU student.

Kendra describes an ideal TSU student as “a highly, self-motivated individual who sets goals and accomplishes them.”

In addition, Kendra said that an ideal TSU student also “utilizes their resources such as textbooks, teachers, and the library.”

Resources are there when a student needs them. Kendra is that type to seize those resources given if and when she needs that extra help.

She believes that she sets an example to other students.

“I have always been the type of person to take care of my business.”

Throughout class after class at TSU, Kendra has handled them with patience and no hesitation.

Also, the people she is surrounded by adds to that example. Some of the students on campus are just like her, even her friends.

“I have a great group of friends that do just as much, if not, more than me.”

Surrounded by a great group of people can influence one’s ability to focus on the goals at hand. It has now gone to the point where all other students want to be like her.

If a student wants to be like her, Kendra’s advice is one to follow.

“Remain focused,” she said.

“If you’re not distracted, you’ll be able to accomplish goals you set for yourself.”

Goals that a student sets for themselves can be achieved through planning and not let negativity get in the way of those goals. He or she does their best to have those goals accomplished. Take Kendra Pete for instance. Known as an intelligent young woman and an amazingly, brilliant scholar with a grade point average (GPA) of 3.94, Kendra has earned the title as the ideal TSU student.

Kendra Pete

Story of My Career-To-Be

A Future Reporter

“Multiple sources say that Brad Davis, midfielder for the Houston Dynamo, has been included in the roster of the United States Men’s National Soccer Team. He along with 20 other gentlemen will fly to Brazil for the upcoming World Cup, the tournament of all sports tournaments. Not only are Dynamo fans excited, Davis himself is also excited and honored to be representing his country as well as the other players alongside him. With him on the team, many can expect the United States bringing the competition to the 31 countries that will also play for the tournament’s trophy.” There, I visualize myself doing that, perhaps even being that.

A vision like this is somewhat of a wake-up call, translating into a career I’d really want to enjoy. I could say that this job definitely has a good pay, but that’s not me. Money is the last reason why I want to be a reporter. Soccer is the reason why I want to be reporter.

Growing up, soccer was my first love. I put that at the top of my list of “Favorite Sport”. But then there came the writing. I take notes on paper and writing about ideas was a habit of mine. Also, there were times throughout my life where I wasn’t given the full facts or information on things me and my peers spoke of.  Not only were they sports-related, but we spoke on music, as well as other friends and events around school and the neighborhood parks. I felt as though I wasn’t getting the entire story. Only rumors and gossip and false information, which sort of got me pondering whether it was real or unreal.

Mr. Ulasi was speaking at the student orientation in the fall semester. I was one of the transfer students joining the incoming freshmen at the school of communications. He spoke about how communicating is important and it leads to a story, no matter the degree. He added that everyone in the auditorium, including me, has a life story.

The Texas Southern University’s School of Communications, also called the Martin Luther King Humanities Center, was the place for journalism majors. I chose print journalism as my field of study under the degree in communications because I want to report, I like writing, and I want the facts. I may report all things, and those things equal soccer.

Football and basketball are sports I talk about, but none come close to soccer. Watching it or playing it, soccer is my sport. There’s times where I would even bring up a soccer conversation or I bring up a fact involving it. Whether I go the whole day or just say one thing about soccer, something is going come out.  In fact, I am that big of a fan that I might report on the World Cup one day.

Everyone has a passion, and I found mine. Soccer is why I wanted to become a journalist and a reporter. Whichever one, I see myself doing something I love and always will love.

Texas Election Day

While many Texas Southern University (TSU) faculty members and students could say Texas has been a “red” state for 14 years, students shouldn’t be discouraged to go out and vote.

All individuals in the U.S. have had the option to have early voting in early October in order to choose their candidate in their proper state, including Texas.

Then along came Election Day. That is, faculty members, all other eligible individuals and eligible students vote on their candidate, for today is “the deadline” for election.

Other than that, there are so many different political parties who have their top candidates such as the Green Party and the Libertarian party, but it is more than likely that Republicans and Democrats are the big favorites to control and dominate office.

Some of these TSU faculty members and students shared their thoughts on Texas Election Day.

Terrence Bolton, president of TSU’s Student Government Association (SGA), spoke a little on the governor election.

He said he has voted for Wendy Davis because “I believe she is what Texas needs.”

Bolton was able to sit and talk to her whenever she came to TSU during her campaign.

What Davis said about the issues she will fix, if elected governor, Bolton favors, and she had his vote.

On the other hand, Edward Moore from TSU’s Thurgood Marshall School of Law gave his opinion on the election.

He said that, even though “statistically, the Democrats are favored, historically, Texas has always been a ‘red’ state.” So history may be the factor in the Texas election.

Maria Lumbreras from TSU’s Hispanic Students Association brought up an interesting response to her opinion.

She said that Republicans are going to win because “Texas is a ‘red’ state, even though it has a ‘blue’ heart.”

Autumn Gray, who is a member of the NAACP, said that Democrats would win because the education issue and “ideas” are why she leans toward the Democrats.

Then there came expectations for this election.

Bolton said that he expects “proper results”, and that this election “empowers the voter and the voter would say ‘Yes, I made a difference’”.

Moore said that he expects the government to “function, get things straight”. He continued to say “the country can move forward and put politics aside”.

Madeline Spence from the Office of Student Services at TSU’s Barbara Jordan-Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs said she expects that the election “improves the well-being of this country, all aspects.”

Gray expects the election to be “a shocker, if the Democrats win” most of the offices.

James Beard, also from TSU’s School of Law, said the election’s expectations “depend” on a couple of factors, such as the demographics and the political parties other than the Republicans and the Democrats.

TSU student Gustavo Bautista on expectations: “Not much. It’s going to stay the same. No change.”

Overall, these individuals discussed the expectations for this election and it began with how a vote is considered a key factor, because a vote leads to a big difference in this election.


Texas Governor Candidates

Some Texas Southern University students and faculty have strong opinions or votes on the candidates in this year’s Texas governor election.

Many people have read, spoken, or heard about this gubernatorial election.

Midterm elections, as it is also called, become crucial for a candidate running for Texas governor. And this year’s election is sparking quite a buzz.

Both Wendy Davis and Greg Abbott have gone back and forth over issues that were facing Texas.

Both come from different political parties; Democrat and Republican, respectively.

Besides those, many candidates from other parties like the Green Party, for instance, quietly join in the running for a chance to become governor.

But only time will tell if Texas is ever going to have a governor whose political party is one other than the Republican or the Democratic.

Throughout history, Texas has been a “red” state, as in, Republican. There have only been fewer Democratic governors in the state of Texas.

If one were to speak in sports terms, Republicans are considered the “favorites” while the Democrats are known as the “underdogs”. And, Republicans candidates in Texas have taken governor office a majority of the time.

Chances are that the favorite, in this case Abbott, is projected to become Rick Perry’s replacement. But in comes along Davis, who has been known to become the Democratic candidate to win office as governor of Texas.

Their debates, their positions in certain issues, and some of their persuasive actions have intensified the race, making it a very, close race.

Some students and staff members on Texas Southern University have been keeping up with this election. Some even talk about why this candidate or this candidate is going to be governor. Those that go to the TSU Thurgood Marshall School of Law discussed about who they say could be governor.

School of Law student Pamela Moreno said she is voting for Wendy Davis because Davis’s “policies for women and equal pay” is what she, “as a woman”, agrees to those policies.

Marcos Soto, another law student, said he thinks Abbott becomes governor but is voting for Davis because Davis’s “policies” on the issues discussed in her debate are what he follows.

Then “a lack of education” is what Davis will fix if she gets elected.

On the other hand, two others being interviewed favored Abbott as Texas Governor.

Adam Andrews said he is going for Abbott because “Texas is a ‘red’ state.”

He went on to say that “his (Abbott) values are for Texas”. He also didn’t approve Davis’s wheelchair advertisement, which aimed at Greg Abbott.

Thomas Lee said he is voting for Abbott because “he is better situated for governor”. He also gave fair points on his take.

He discussed that Abbott is from Austin, Texas and “he studied legislature . . . learned under Rick Perry” and also has solutions to Texas laws and the border wars.

One interesting candidate is Kathie Glass. This Libertarian candidate, chosen by law student Gavin, has a solution to the “private property tax” issue. On this main issue is a reason why he is voting for her.

Silent candidates have been voted on or spoken of, but in the end, the Lone Star State may have another Democratic or Republican candidate as their governor.