Publication of the University of the District of Columbia's Journalism Program. MARCH 2014

Trustees Finalize Program Cuts; Athletics to Stay



The University of the District of Columbia’s Board of Trustees have finalized the program eliminations under the institution’s right-sizing program

In a vote on Feb. 18, trustees finalized the elimination of the 17 programs from November 2013, including graphic communication technology (AAS), sociology (BA), mass media (BA) and graphic design (BA), just to name a few.

The athletics program, which was initially scheduled for termination last year will not be cut, but its budget will be reduced, the university’s provost, Dr. Rachel Petty said.

“The Athletics program is reported to bring in over $1 million in revenue to the university. This revenue is not including stipends that the university offers student athletes. Although the athletics program is scheduled to take a half a million-dollar budget cut,” she said.

Meanwhile, Dr. Petty said that with both flat city funding and enrollment, the university had to make cuts. Remaining programs that are not current will be revised over the next three years to bring them up to speed, she added.

In addition major investment will go towards, “…creating an online footprint for the university, expanding experiential learning, faulty development and career services and placement,” she said.

Dr. Petty explained that one of the reasons for the program eliminations is to reinvest and streamline the university’s offerings in line with its Urban Land Grant status. “The university is trying to do too many things and are not doing enough of them extremely well. The university seeks to focus their offerings and maximize its benefits to the students and the city,” she said.

She added that the university wants to align its offerings with the Mayor’s economic and sustainability plan as well as the ‘One City Action Plan.’ The plan highlights the fields that will dominate the city’s job market over the next decade. They include six major areas: education, business, hospitality, government, public service and healthcare. According to Dr. Petty, criminal justice, homeland security, education and healthcare are the major areas with the strongest numbers in enrollment between the university and community college.

When asked about enrollment levels in eliminated programs, Dr. Petty said, “When you only have a handful of students and two faculty in an area, you can not hope to give them [students] the kind of robust education and experience that they need. They need peers who can really stimulate their thinking, not the same two or three people taking courses from the same two instructors…so you are not really giving them the quality intellectual experience they need.”

Although students will be taught out of any eliminated majors, the changes have created uncertainty for some. Theodore and Clara McCain are both environmental science majors and freshmen at the university. Clara encouraged her brother, a former student at George Mason University, to attend UDC with her in order to cut the cost of two people from one household being in college at the same time. They were both excited to attend the university because of its affordability and proximity to home. But to their dismay they both had trouble signing up for their classes this semester. Theodore said, “I think this is a big deal because it almost scared me away from coming to the university.” Clara added, “I believe we are two of the few that managed to sign up for environmental science.” They both hope that the university can improve its communication to the students.

The university is currently actively interviewing candidates to fill the position of the Assistant Provost for Enrollment, and anticipate to make an appointment in March. Officials hope that this addition will help target growth in the area of enrollment.

Kenneth Levy Tells Us To Never Give Up




Washington, D.C. - “My mother told me I had to quit school and get a job,” says Kenneth Levy, the Managing Editor, President & CEO of Grind Magazine, an on-line sports and entertainment publication. A former UDC student, his aspirations were to play football, to be a photographer and start is own publishing company. He was unable to finish high school due to the problems and troubles that invaded his personal life. “Those were some very hard times. Although I didn’t graduate from high school, I did get my GED,” he said.

At the age of 19, he registered for an English class here at UDC but was unable to finish. He returned at the age of 25. “It was there that I started taking my TV production class….I didn’t do well, by then I was married and a dad. I didn’t have the traditional college lifestyle through those years,” said Levy.

After being fired from a security job, his wife inspired him to start his own website. He pursued people going through hard times, the ups and downs of life with a dream of one day being successful. Levy stated that, “There’s a whole lot of people out here that have truly worked hard who didn’t have the traditional background like some other people did who are in my situation.”

In spite of the naysayers, Kenneth forged ahead with his love of journalism and his dream of becoming a publisher. Levy reminds us that, “There’s always going to be an underdog, there’s always going to be somebody who needs an extra step to move forward in their life. That’s where Grind Magazine comes in, 100 percent.”

His very first job was at McDonald’s. Today, Grind magazine provides a helping hand to upcoming entertainment artists and athletes, with working plans to go national says Levy, “Where ever there is a sporting event, where ever there’s an artist entertaining people, that’s where I will distribute my magazines; until I can get a larger distributor, to distribute nationally.”

Although making money and being successful is a goal, it’s much more than that. It’s more about being determined says Levy, “Never give up, never give up. Never give up on anything. If you feel it in your heart, don’t let any body else talk you out of it.”

In March 2014 LivingSocial App will be an additional way to reach grindmagzz.com

UDC Track and Field Gets Their Second Championship Win




WASHINGTON, D.C. –The University of the District of Columbia Women Indoor Track & Field made history, repeating as winners of the East Coast Conference (ECC) championship on Feb. 22.

The team of 12 athletes and one coach triumphed over competitors with teams that had a full roster of 32 athletes. Further limited facilities - they don’t have a practice field - and culturally diverse team members created additional challenges.

Junior Kimoy Mais said, “I feel so happy even though we had a small team of 12 players and nobody believed in us, I know that we deserved to win the championship.” She also said, “This year we had a very diverse team and that was a challenge for everyone in the group.” Mais is a TV Production major.

The team was lead by veteran Kaydian Jones from Jamaica who was on the team for the first ECC Championship. Jones, who is a senior said, “It was all about hard work and dedication that we put in and we couldn’t have done it with out the guidance of our coach.” She also added, “This win motivated me to finish my season strong. I am looking forward to my outdoor season. My goal is to achieve new goals and make it to the nationals level to become an all-American athlete.” Jones is Journalism major.

Coach Alton McKenzie has led the team since January 2011. He said, “I am very proud of this group of 12 athletes who pulled this one off. It was a lot tougher than the score reflects. We had some adversity within the meet but as true champions, they showed their toughness and responded well. It’s always hard to repeat but it was definitely a proud moment of achievement.” He added, “I think the key to win the championship was the mix of athletes. We had veterans who had been there before and the hard work that everybody put through all of this season.”

inter_nationalCoaches v.s. Cancer

BY Capricia Galloway

In it’s annual Coaches vs. Cancer event on Jan. 18, the UDC men’s basketball team fell to 3-12 on the season when the Firebirds suffered a 69-50 loss to the Queen’s College Knights.

Peace Makers: "Living the Dream"holiday_families


As the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. advocated, the residents of the Anacostia neighborhood in South East Washington marked his birthday in solidarity, celebrating what they share, rather than what divides them. This year they were two hundred plus strong and included members of the United Black Fund, Korean and Latino communities.

Single Moms Clubisit_me


Everyone knows it isn’t easy being a single parent but Tyler Perry’s new movie “Single Moms Club,” celebrates the power of women who head many of America’s families. Opening in theaters on March 14, the movie centers around five single mothers from different backgrounds, who are forced to come together due to an incident with their children at school, causing them to start a support group.

holiday_giftsSpring Break Vacations


Springtime is approaching and the only thing that we can think about is Spring break. Let’s get as far away from campus as possible and soak up the sun. The following listings are a few affordable places to go this year for spring break