Domestic Violence – With Men.

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Relationships can be an emotional roller coaster. Throughout the ride, men and women can be everything from loving and nurturing, to sometimes verbally and even physically abuisive during fights. Domestic violence is real, and it happens to both men and women. While aggression in heterosexual are believed to stem from men, women tend to commit domestic violence as well. Just as men, women are classed as abusive too.

When it comes to me and domestic violence, there has been a perception made that men whom are assaulted by their partners are often ignored by the police. When reporting for protection via the courts with a domestic violence case, men and women go through the same exact procedure. “In our offie a person can come in and file, and just general questions are asked, (their name and their relationship with the parties) and they would fill out an application that would have their names and the other parties as well – they would then will out a petition. After they fill out the petition, it is then taken to the clerks office to be filed.” Says the receptionist in the Domestic violence intake center, from H. Carl Moultrie I Courthouse of the District of Columbia. (She wanted to remain unknown) After the petition is filled out, because it’s on a first come first serve basis, it all depends on timing to when the two parties can go before the judge.

20150427_170129With researching and traveling to the courts, I gathered as much information and observed as much as I could with domestic violence against men. With all of this, I found that there isn’t a greater ease/difficulty in filling claims and getting assistance for men vs. women, but however, when these two parties get in front of the judge it is indeed a different story. I had the chance to dig deeper and find out what it was like to watch an actual case of domestic violence be presented to the judge. I sat, observed, and saw what I expected to see. A guilty man of domestic violence have his only son taken from him with no mercy from the judge. The judge granted the mother full custody of the child, and twice every other week visitation from the father only, AND IF ONLY he is to enroll in a domestic violence counseling program as well as a parenting counseling program. I left the room speechless. His passion on how much he loves his child and how all he wanted to do was care for his children made me believe he was guilty. It was sad to watch that case end the way it did.

Many men do not report or recognize themselves as victims of abuse. Domestic violence is considered one of the most pressing issues in American society. Everyone quotes the statistics given by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence: 1 in 4 women will be victims of domestic violence at some point in their lives, 1.3 million women are assaulted by their partner every year, 85% of domestic violence reported is against women. However, in a conflicting SURVEY taken by the CDC in 2010, it was found that 40% of the victims of severe, physical domestic violence are men. Although there has been an increase in the NUMBER of fatal domestic violence incidents against women, men are more likely to be victims of attacks with a deadly weapon. According to one study, 63% of males as opposed to 15% of females had a deadly weapon used against them in a fight with an intimate partner.

ResFest 2015.

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Howard University’s Residence Life continues with yet another competitive week of ResFest. ResFest is a week of events that students from every dorm come together and form teams for various activities. These activities include a grand variety; from debate, to field day, even on to a comedy show. The two biggest events of them all are the stroll/dance show and the step show. Teams train nearly all year round to compete for the title ‘ResFest 2015 stroll/dance, step first place winner.  As Howard Residence Life continues the tradition, the theme this year was “The Hunger Games.”

Not only is it competitive for those who are representing the dorms in the events, but also for students as well. Each dorm is given a certain amount of tickets, and residence must wait in line from sometimes 8 a.m and noon for tickets to these events. Overzealous and anticipatory, each student comes to these events ready to represent his or her dorm. When coming to these events the dorms’ entire signature cheers are shouted throughout Burr Gym, and Cramton Auditorium. These chants are, “Q.U.A.D, Awww Yeah!” “22…25, We Are…So Fly,” “Drew Hall!” “Who’s Hot? Mdot”, etc.. “I fell like this event bridges student community, I love how all the students come out to support their dorms. This years theme is The Hunger Games, which is based on the movie and thats really fitting because ResFest is a huge competition that students prepare themselves for all year long.” Says Nayah Harper, ResFest 2015Volunteer.

ResFest is a great opportunity for no matter what dorms come out on top, it’s always fun to see students get excited about their dorms and show school pride.

Below are links to the stroll and step show 2014 ResFest winners.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Azp8z8yHLc – STROLL

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n7gIdoyxLUk – STEP

May finals week be ever in your favor.

images-1As the semester slowly comes to an end, Howard University students are starting to spend more time in the I-Lab, and Founders Library. Decision making when it comes to attending parties are no longer an issue anymore because the answer will automatically be a no. That’s right ladies and gentleman, finals week is approaching.

Finals week is known to be the most difficult time of the semester. Although there are some students that don’t worry about finals week, there are MANY that do. “If college didn’t have finals week, I would not be as stressed about college as I am now,” says Howard University student, Saleaha Davis. Procrastination in the last two weeks of school is more than the eniter rest of the semester combined. During finals week, students usally only have two goals: to do well on their exams, and to keep their stress level to a minimum. Instead of cramming an entire semesters work load the week before, here’s a few tips that can help you prepare yourself for finals week.

1. Keep a High Energy Level. 

  • It is important to have energy necessary for optimizing your studies. You will do better on your exams when you sleep 7-9 hours. Utilizing a good amount of hours in the day to study is smart, so that you can go to bed early enough to wake up and have breakfast. Preparing your brain with breakfast before a test helps.

2. Keep an Organized Calendar.

  • In this calendar should be your important test dates/times along with a studying schedule. Leave time to free your mind as well.

3. Exercise and Eat Healthy. 

  • Exercise and good nutrition cannot only help control your stress levels, but it can also help maintain your emotions stable. Exercise helps keep your blood pressure low and it can help raise your energy level so you can continue to study more effectively.

4. RELAX.

  • It’s good that you worry about your finals, but don’t let stress and anxiety take over you. Complete all your work and try and finish it all up early. The better you distribute your tasks during the week before final exams, the better you will understand the material.

Perhaps the most important thing to remember during finals week is, of course to take care of your precious brain. Prepare for this dreadful week almost every college student hates, and don’t let these finals get the best of you. Good luck !!


1. You realize that finals are only two weeks away.

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2. And that you’ve skipped or slept through so many lectures.

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3. So you’re determined to start studying.

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4. But when you get home you’re like:

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5. You let yourself watch one show on Netflix, to mentally prepare yourself.

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6. But you realize its going to be a rough week, so why not finish the whole season?

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7. Now there’s only one week until finals.

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8. And you still don’t know anything.

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9. So you start considering a new career path.

So you start considering a new career path.

10. But then you randomly get motivated to study.

But then you randomly get motivated to study.

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11. YOU FINALLY START TO STUDY.

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12. And coffee becomes your new friend.

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13. Your new *best* friend.

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14. And your sleep schedule crumbles.

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15. Literally everything becomes more fun than studying.

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16. And you can’t really comprehend the material, anyway.

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17. Plus, you think you heard a pin drop, and it’s distracting you.

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18. So you upgrade from coffee to alcohol…and crying.

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19. And you start to complain about your finals on Facebook.

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20. And your zombie-self realizes:

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21. And this somehow motivates you (again).

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22. And you finally get into a groove, with only one day to go.

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23. But then you stop studying, either out of confidence or because you just don’t care anymore.

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24. You wake up after a 15-minute power nap, and it’s time for your first final.

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25. You go to class, possibly accepting the fact that you’ll fail.

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26. Your professor gives you the test, and you go blank.

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27. And you see questions that weren’t even on the study guide.

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28. So you wish you’d studied just a little bit more.

So you wish you'd studied just a little bit more.

29. But after two hours, you finally turn in your test.

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30. And part of you feels like:

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31. But the other part of you is like:

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32. And, ultimately, you realize that you’ve survived finals week.

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33. Until next semester…

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A change to come.

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Drastic changes will be taking place at the Howard Plaza Towers. Starting May 16th, 2015 Residence life has announced that both East & West Howard Plaza Towers will be closed for renovations. For the last 25 years, the Towers has been a place to call home for many students and faculty members. This renovation for the Towers is to renew one of Howard University’s iconic Residence Halls. As I walked the Halls of the East Towers, many minor problems with the building caught my attention. First, walking into the elevator as a resident tried to push the button for the level he was going to the light did not come on. Again, in the elevator, the ‘Car Call Cancel’ button was broken. (See Below)

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I then decided to ask some residence of the Howard Plaza Towers to voice their opinions on how they feel about the Towers closing for the summer. “I think that its a much needed renovation for the Towers, I believe that this building has been going through some things that need to be changed.The Towers are one of the dorms that are being used 24/7-365, so I guess this is the time they chose to do it,” says Christopher Fredd, graduation grad student, East Towers resident at Howard University. Another resident I talked to seemed to disagree by saying, “I personally feel like the Towers closing this summer is an inconvience, especially to us who are rising seniors and juniors because it doesn’t really give us too many options for summer housing for those who want to stay and do summer school and stay in D.C and get the credits those need to graduate. It’s kind of like putting us out and giving us no place to stay.” -Karen Moore, rising senior, West Towers resident at Howard University.

Over the summer, the only dorms that will be available for summer housing will be College Hall North and South. Many residence also spoke about those two dorms not having enough space for all of those who want to stay over the summer, which may leave many students without a place to stay.

The Towers are in much need of renovation, and Residence Life hopes to transform the living and learning experience for students and residence of the Towers by this very first step

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A Lovin’ Meal.

imagesDuring the 2015 Super Bowl, Mc’Donald’s launched their promotional campaign commercial, “Pay With Loving.” Staring February 2, 2015 through February 14, 2015, Mc’Donald’s announced that they will be accepting a new form of payment.

Randomly chosen customers will have the opportunity to receive a free mean if they pay with spontaneous acts of love.

The question is, How random is this randomness?

“The Pay With Loving promotion is programmed into our registers, and customers get selected at a specific hour, minute and second,” says Manager Jonathan.

Below is the PWL Times Distribution Chart. This is the layout to how Mc’Donald’s controls how many total free meals they give out until the promotion is over.
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“The limit is $5.60. After I tell the customer that they have randomly been selected to participate and they do any act of my choice to pay for their meal, I present them with a “I paid with love” pin. I then ask my customers to post a picture of the pin and their meal #mcdonalds on social media. #mcdonalds is a way to get the promotion trending. The reason Mc’Donald’s came up with this campaign is because they believe that they are slowly loosing their customers because the employees are nasty. This is a way that Mc’Donald’s thinks they will get their lost customers back,” Says Miles, Mc’Donald’s employee.

With two days left of the PWL Campaign, I hope Mc’Donald’s got the result they wanted.

BIO ⭐️

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Dominique Dickerson is a Sophomore, Broadcast Journalism major who attends the Mecca, Howard University. She was born and raised in Yonkers, New York in a household with her mother, step dad, and brother. Dominique’s mother was born in Kingston, Jamaica and in her earlier years decided to move to New York to start a life with more opportunities.

Since Dominique was a young girl, she developed a love for reading and writing. She started with her favorite series of Harry Potter, by one of her favorite authors, J.K Rowling. Later, she started a collection of diaries that she faithfully writes in to this day. For high school, Dickerson attended Palisade Preparatory School, where her class was the first graduating class in 2012. During her Junior and Senior year she became the captain of the volleyball team, and an active member of the Senior Activities Program.

Aside from her love of reading and writing, Dominique has had the opportunity to intern at Howard University’s T.V station WHUT. There, she learned many production skills and promoted one of their shows ‘New View 102’ with Ed Gordon through social media. After graduation, she inspires to become a T.V Producer and Radio and T.V Personality. With these aspirations, one day Dominique also wants to host her own T.V show.

“Never give up, and be confident in what you do. There may be tough times, but the difficulties which you face will make you more determined to achieve your objectives and to win against all the odds” -Unknown.

Dominique is a strong believer in her dreams. Her confidence, self driven attitude, and dedication will only help her to shine.