Senior, Ngebui (Natalie) Chafeh, has been playing volleyball since the third grade. As a first generation African American, (originating form Cameroon) Her parents Monthe and Kweji Chafeh stressed academics, athletics, and religion throughout her childhood. Chafeh was born in Culver City, Los Angeles and is the youngest of five children, (four sisters and one brother), who all are sports players.
Chafeh’s passion for volleyball stemmed from her eldest sister Yaifeh. After seeing the effect Yaifeh had on all the sister’s choice of sport, she took the same route. “When I got recruited from other schools to play basketball, volleyball and track everyone looked at me crazy, like ‘you better choose volleyball’” she says. Even beyond the collegiate level, she wishes to follow her sisters’ footsteps and play for the USA beach team.
Before each game Chafeh has a ritual, where Psalms 29 is recited and a prayer is sent up. This has gotten her through each game, and as a setter she endures the most pressure “the game is basically in my hands, and I’m grateful for having the ability to work so well under pressure” she says.
On and off the court Chafeh possesses strong leadership skills. While holding the position of Co-captain, President of the Student Athletic Advisory Committee, and being a full time student, she still maintains a decent GPA. Her strict schedule doesn’t allow her to have much spare time; but she’s improving her social life during her last year. “Balancing is all about discipline and time management, I feel every college student should have and be able to enjoy a social life” she says “which is why I’m trying to incorporate that into my daily schedule”.
During Chafeh’s years at Morgan State University, her family has been her biggest support system, her mom especially. “ She’s the sweetest person with such a sweet heart she says, “everything I do is for her, I’ve seen her sacrifice so much, she deserves it all.” Since grade school, her classmates would mispronounce her name frequently, so she began to go by Chafeh. After accepting her fathers’ death, Chafeh now goes by Ngebui Chafeh “It’s a way of paying respects to my father, he’s the one who named me”
Growing up with such a tight knit family, she understands the value of teamwork. Chafeh explains her and her teammates relationship as genuine and close. “ I love the fact that I have nothing bad to say about them” she says “every year personalities differ, but we all love each other, were sure to leave what ever happens on the court, out of the locker room.
Chafeh Beyond volleyball, is studying Biology with working toward becoming an OB/GYN. She wishes to continue helping the youth in her community, by coaching volleyball “I want to keep girls out of trouble and encourage them to stay dedicated” she says. With much passion and dedication Chafeh posesses on and off the court, shes believes if she puts God first any door can be open.
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BALTIMORE, MD- As The Student Government Association, The Rebirth Administration, vows to reform and restore, they bring to you Morgan State University’s Homecoming “Morgan’s Not The Same”. Homecoming will begin on Sunday, September 29th 2013 and will end Saturday, October 5th.
This Year’s homecoming theme is based off recording artist Drake’s recently released album “Nothing was the same”.
“Morgan’s Not The Same” will consist of a week full of events. Sunday, “Hold On We’re Going Home” Church Services beginning at 11am at the University Chapel. Monday, Mr. and Miss Morgan State University will bring to you “Started From The Bottom” The Making of a King and Queen Coronation at 7pm in Murphy Fine Arts Center. Tuesday, SGA and Greeks brings to you a panel discussion on the misconceptions on SGA and Greek Life, in the University Student Center, Calvin &Tina Tyler Ballroom 7pm. Wednesday, F.A.M, A.B.C and I.M.E fashion groups present “Own it” The Glorious Revolt Fashion Show at 7:00pm in the Calvin & Tina Ballroom. Tickets for the show are $10.00 for students $15.00 General admission and $20.00 for V.I.P. Thursday, the Talmadge L. Hill Field House plays host to “Come Thru”, the official Homecoming concert featuring singer K. Michelle, Rapper J. Cole, and Rappers Migos. Friday, SGA presents to you, “Worst Behavior” MSU Pep Rally Hosted by Kaddeem Myrie and Anthony Lampkin. Saturday “Too Much” Football Game will conclude Homecoming Week as the Morgan State Bears take on the FAMU Rattlers in the Hughes Memorial Stadium, starting at 1:00pm.
Student Government Association has worked hard to ensure that the Student Body will enjoy their homecoming experience. SGA president Alvin Hill is excited that the homecoming year is falling right in line with the purpose of the Rebirth Administration. “I can Honestly say that it has been quite a long time since we have seen a concert with the caliber of artist that we have,” he says “the fact that our Umoja Council has stepped out to do something different and not conforming to the typical tradition of previous homecomings.
Concert tickets are now on sale, $40.00 for students and $50.00 for general admission. There is a free entrance to the Pep Rally with a valid ticket only. All Tickets can be purchased at the University Center’s Box Office or on TicketMaster.com
Sadly, the “the only way to make it out of the hood is in a casket, or in the back of a police car,” has been the mentality of my surroundings growing up. Growing up, drugs, gun violence, and violence has had a major affect on me. Some of the very people, I have shared those colorful blocks with in pre-school, shared notes with in history class, and even shared lunch with at the lunch table, has proved the saying to be true, they’re either dead or incarcerated.
The countless amount of deaths that has surrounded shootings, violence, incarcerations, and me has numbed my body. Becoming a product of your environment is so easy, especially when you grow accustomed to seeing the same things on a day-to-day basis. But for me, I think it’s also easy to avoid. When speaking about the hood or any urban community, violent behavior is oftentimes associated, but when I think about it, poverty, is the root of it all. Poverty brings fourth frustrations, and frustration brings fourth unwise decision making.
Growing up in Jersey City, New Jersey, I have seen far more things that I’d like to have seen. My mother used to always express her sorrow and apologized to my siblings and I, whenever a close friend lost their life to senseless behaviors. “ I am sorry you have to go through this, no child should know what it feels like to lose a close friend, to a gun, or better yet to even see a gun.” I remember this coming out her mouth more often than anything she’s ever said.
At the age of 13, I experienced losing someone close to me, due to street violence, my cousin Troy Chisholm. The crazy thing about his death was they weren’t even supposed to kill him, it was mistaken identity, which means an innocent man, gone for no reason. I remember the conversations him and I used to have, they were so deep, educational, and eye opening. He was so smart to me, he talked so fast, but I always loved to listen to him just ramble. I was young at age, but wise beyond my years. Our last conversation, the morning before the tragedy, he told me “you’re really intelligent, some girls your age are already lost, you have a good head on your shoulders and I admire you for that.” Funny thing about it is, once I heard those words, I knew he was telling the truth, I promised myself to push harder in school, because Jersey City was home, but nowhere near where I wanted to stay.
Mommy did her best for her children, although she struggled a bit, like any single parent, she left not one sign of it. She always made sure there was a roof over our heads, clothes on our backs and food on the table. I mean, honestly we had the newest kicks, and hardly ever heard the word no, no matter what it was, it came to us. After a recent conversation with her, I asked her, why she gave us so much freedom. She told me, “if freedom is given at home, there is no reason you should go seek it, in the streets.” She sure knew what she was talking about, because, never did we find ourselves in situations that were hard to get out of. My 23-year-old brother, has never been incarcerated, has never used a gun to his defense, and if I am not mistaken, never got into a fight. In school, he never really acted out, but his grades weren’t the best, but that’s a hole other story.
My brother and I have often been called the opposite twins, we are 16 months apart, but have some of the same habits. I was the loud, obnoxious one all throughout school. I never let a conversation end without my point being made, or without my words being the last. I didn’t have much respect for my teachers, or peers to say the least. I’ve seen suspensions more than I’ve seen dress down days on every other Friday. My teachers, principle, and guidance councilors, knew my name better than I did; and to this day, I have no legitimate explanations of why my behavior was an issue. My home was perfect; I was popular in school and throughout the city. I really just think that was the point of finding myself. It was really I time, I took pride in cursing someone out, or beating him or her up. What was I thinking? All I know, is things wasn’t looking to good for me, grades weren’t where they needed to be, and my record was longer than a grocery list. I am so proud that Morgan State University gave me a chance.
With a 65 percent graduation rate the Jersey City, New Jersey has, somewhere in the middle 95 of the percent of the students at University Academy Charter High School, has made it across the stage. Including my self. As the school positively reflects on the graduation rate, the question is why aren’t any of those numbers at 100 percent? The only answer I can come up with, is the lack of dedication. There isn’t enough people pushing these children to go to school, the importance of education isn’t being stressed enough, and most of the teachers rather have a empty classroom, than a classroom full of bad ass kids. At my High school, 10 out of 110 graduates, were accepted into Universities away from Jersey City. Out of those 10, my friends and I took up 4 of those slots and four years later, I am the last one standing.
Graduating high school is normal in Jersey City, but higher education is almost taboo. I take pride in making it out, but when I look back on my childhood friends and see that most of them are parents, working 9-5’s or not, and doing the same things we were doing in high school, I realize that, things has got to get better. I understand that school isn’t for everyone, and many people can’t handle leaving the only place they know, and financially abilities, yea that’s another subject in itself; but lastly, life just happens, and you get what you get. When coming home for frequent visits, my friends express to me how proud they are of me, the joy that they demonstrate, makes me feel like I’m doing the right thing, and in more ways than others, they are also my motivation. When I think about the families who had or have less than me, who were born and raised in the projects, or who’s only role models were, gang bangers, drug dealers, or women, parading around men all day, I thank my mom everyday for the way she raised us. She couldn’t stop our experiences, and the things we have saw, but she always taught us how to walk down the right path no matter what. I may never know how it feels to have to sell drugs, to help mom out, but what I do know is, I can’t go back home, until my work here is complete. My community, my city, will be changed.
After nearly two weeks of digging through evidence, interrogating and questioning witnesses, a Defendants refusal of testimony and a debate on whether the murder of 17-year old Trayvon Martin, was self-defense or murder, at last the case has wounded down to the closing arguments. After a strong argument from prosecutor Bernie De La Rionda yesterday, the world was left with faith and hope that justice will be served on behalf of Trayvon Martin.
De La Rionda made an impactful statement that may have hit the jury much harder than any witness could have. “A teenager is dead, He’s dead not just because the man made those assumptions, but because he acted on those assumptions and unfortunately, because his assumptions were wrong, Trayvon Benjamin Martin no longer walks this earth.” This statement not only impacted the jury, but also the world.
Yesterday, social media was hit vastly with a ”black out” movement, where many Instagram users, and celebrities such as Kevin Hart, Meek Mill and Letoya Luckett joined in.
The blackout (#THEBLACKOUT) is a show of support, where Instagram profile images were replaced with a pitch black photo, posts of Trayvon Martin wearing a hoodie were flooding timelines, Justice For Trayvon Martin were hashtagged, and where the IG community showed their support.
This movement has become very monumental, and an example of how the African American Community is capable of uniting. There has been some debate on whether or not blacking out profile pictures will be relevant to the jury’s decision, Unfortunately for those rebuttals, the meaning of support, and unity doesn’t mean anything.
A post that read…
“Pink Ribbons wont cure cancer anymore than blacking out your page will impact Trayvon Martins’s case, however it is the attention to the cause makes it impactful, it shows you care”
was posted almost immediately after these debates.
Today the defense presents his closing argument, where Trayvon Martin will be painted as the aggressor, and Zimmerman as an innocent Hispanic man who acted in self defense. Like de la Rionda stated, “The law doesn’t allow people to take the law in their own hands”. Tune in today as the world watches this conviction.
With an outstanding shotmaking ability, and the reflex of a mirror, playing professionally, isn’t the dream of choice. Serving a ball, writing a paper or solving a math problem was the easy part, but gaining the motivation was where the problem laid.
Raemel Brooks has always been the child that was way beyond his years.“My mother always told me ‘you’ve been here before’,” he said “I just recently figured out what that meant.” Learning was never a challenge for Brooks, he is the youngest of four children. When his mom, would sit and teach his siblings lessons, he was there, trying to answer the questions. Many of his punishments came from “not minding his business, as he described, how he would interject often, whenever he knew the answer.