People, Places and Things Worth Your Attention

Published on February 27th, 2013


Justice at Stake Campaign

id=”attachment_7193″ An advocate for Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act.

Hundreds of college students gathered outside the U.S. Supreme Court building to express their support for preserving the Voting Rights Act.

Civil rights and government leaders as well as Supreme Court justices are in dispute over  whether Section 5 should still exist.

Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. asked Solicitor General Donald B. Verrilli Jr. whether “citizens in the South are more racist than citizens in the North.”

Verrilli responded that certain voting rights were kept to protect minorities’ rights in the South. Opponents ask that special regulations on voting rights in the South be removed and equal to all states.


Showcase Your Resume
With a digital presence for everything from job applications to internships, it’s now more important than ever for college students to have a grip on how to present themselves online to employers. Today, many employers will search prospective employees online before even meeting with and interviewing them in person.

Luckily for students, various websites and online platforms are specifically designed for resume hosting, making it possible for students to make their bio, experience, photo, contact information, social media handles and more available for future employers.

For more tips on how to showcase your resume online, read the following article:


The Pain of Sequester Cuts

Americans could come up short with all the back and forth between Republicans and Democrats in the House and Senate over the national budget. Here are some of the across-the-board “sequester” cuts that would go into effect if they cannot come to agreement by Friday.
  • National parks will have limited hours.
  • Federally funded schools and colleges will face cuts.
  • Employees will be furloughed at the Pentagon, FBI, Coast Guard and the air traffic control system, possibly resulting in airline delays.



Average student loan debt

Source: FICO Labs

Prisons Show Less of a Disparity Between the Races, Report Says

The assumption that the U.S. criminal justice system disproportionately locks up African Americans may be curbing. According to research from 2000-09, the arrest and incarceration rates of whites and Hispanics increased. The United States incarcerates more people than any other nation.


Sports Overload? Fans Don’t Think So
It is rare that three professional leagues have major happenings all around the same time. The National Football League completed its invitation-only combine, a dream for college athletes. The NBA is quickly approaching playoff season, and teams are beginning to rest star players in preparation for impending competition. Meanwhile, NCAA basketball fans are filling out brackets for their favorite team or alma mater and pooling their money for upcoming “madness.”

  • NCAA March Madness: March 19
  • NBA layoffs: April 20
  • NFL draft:  April 25

10 Top Spring Break Destinations

College students all over the nation will flood airports as they jet set around the world for spring break. Here are the top 10 destinations:

Panama City, Fla., on the Gulf Coast is a top lure for college students seeking a break from the books.
  1. Panama City, Fla.
  2. London
  3. Paris
  4. Cancun
  5. Miami
  6. Honolulu
  7. New York City
  8. Rome
  9. Los Angeles
  10. San Jose, Costa Rica

Spring Into Style

[/caption]Spring is approaching, and students are more than ready to put away their coats and jackets.  Here are Glamour magazine’s trends for the season:
  • Bermuda shorts
  • Black and white
  • Peek-a-boo pieces
  • Statement sunglasses
  • Bold stripes

Rosa Parks – “Larger Than Life”

President Obama and Congressional leaders honored Rosa Parks with a Capitol statue.on Wednesday. The unveiling of 9-foot bronze statue places Parks among the pantheon of leaders who shaped the course of history. Parks is also featured on a new postal stamp.

Former College President Calls for Boycott of The Onion

Julianne Malveaux, former president of Bennett College, says people should boycott The Onion for disrespecting girls and women by slamming a child on Twitter.

CEO Steve Hannah issued an apology on The Onion’s Facebook page for the “senseless, humorless comment” about 9-year-old Quvenzhané Wallis, the youngest Oscar nominee for her role in “Beasts of the Southern Wild.” Within an hour, Hannah said, The Onion deleted the tweet: “Everyone else seems afraid to say it, but that Quvenzhané Wallis is kind of a c–t, right? #Oscars2013.”

“Miss Wallis, you are young and talented and deserve better,” Hannah said. “All of us at The Onion are deeply sorry.”

Malveaux, economist, author and syndicated columnist, suggested the boycott during a forum being taped Wednesday evening at WHUT-TV at Howard University.

Notebook contributors: Erica Adkins, Kirsten Allen, Khari Arnold, Brandon Banks, Vanessa Charlot, Jeremy Clayton, Rachel Cumberbatch, Chloe Edmonds, Asha Johnson, Phillip Johnson and Megan Sims.


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