Celebrating Black History Month: Roosevelt pioneers

I doubt there are many colleges or universities that have as much to celebrate during Black History Month as we do. Our founding story is so remarkable: We were created in 1945 to provide education for all qualified students, whatever their color or religion or ethnicity, at a time when most private universities discriminated against many groups with admissions quotas or just blatant rejection.

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Reading trouble

I heard an ad on a hip-hop radio station that said fatherless children are five times more likely to drop out of school.

It is acceptable, almost natural, to feel sympathy for children who grow up in single parent households. I was raised by only my mother, and for a long time I never understood why others felt bad for kids like me.

It was in the sixth grade that I started to understand the fallout of my father’s absence. It was in the seventh grade when I came close to being just another fatherless statistic.

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Speak up, boys

So, you’re a man; a living, breathing, human male. And you don’t sexually assault other living, breathing humans (as you should not). In upholding this requirement of being a decent human, you probably think you’re doing all you can to diminish rape culture on campus.

However, you can do more. We all can.

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More important than winning

There is a misconception about what I do for a living.

The common belief is that my professional passion as the athletic director at Roosevelt University lies somewhere between sports, generally, and the pursuit of winning, specifically. While there is no denying my love for athletics, and the validation that comes from winning, it is not what gets me excited about coming to work every day.

My passion is our students and the opportunity I have to make a profound impact during a transformational period in their lives.

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