Homecoming has passed, and it seems security had their hands full during several events. Fights broke out at the battle of the dorm and at the glow tent party. Tennessee State University Interim Police Chief Emmett Turner said in an interview regarding the fights at the battle of the dorms, “I think it was dealt with very quickly because when the fights broke out, they just shut the show down.”
Other incidents happened during the homecoming parade. Two males ,one 18 years of age and the other 19 years of age, were shot in an alley behind the Wendy’s closest to TSU. Metro Police Officer, Eric Snyder said in an interview, “When they heard the shots fired, they took off running and realized they were hit. One was shot through the arm, the bullet then ultimately lodged in his friends back, and they’re both being treated and released at the hospital. Non-critical injuries.”
Emmett Turner said that he feels that these homecoming preparations were good, and that they are preparing for next year. Officer Eric Snyder says because this homecoming that is approaching will be the 100 year homecoming, they will need extra preparations. He went on to also say that the parade is a family friendly event with vendors and food, yet there is just a hand full of individuals that they do not want their and he is all ears for suggestions on fixing the problem.
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As some Departments at Tennessee State University are being taken out of the curriculum, the department of Agriculture, human and natural sciences is growing. They have been given a 1.9 million dollar grant to expand their teaching, research and extension programs. The grant was given by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and this is the second time in two years that TSU has received the maximum amount.
A lot of the money from the grant goes to research conducted by students during their work aid. Work aid student Brittany Woodard, said in an interview about her research “We work with micro algae. We are trying to convert micro algae into bio diesel fuel.” She went on to say that this fuel can be used to fuel vehicles and even airplanes.
Other research that was strengthened by the grant, was the research of fat increasing in birds. This department looks for ways to reduce and increase fat levels in birds, particularly the west African Guinea Fowl. The researchers claim these studies may find a cure for obesity in humans.
Department Dean, Dr. Chandra Reddy claims he feels he has the right staff to do the tasks, saying that almost all of the faculty are involved in the research. He claims this is unique within TSU. For a list of the amount of money that is going to each department you can click here http://tnstatenewsroom.com/2011/10/agricultural-faculty-awarded-1-9-million-in-new-research-grants/
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