Magazine article Diverse Issues in Higher Education

Risking It All

Magazine article Diverse Issues in Higher Education

Risking It All

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When we first began reporting on the situation at Texas Southern University in April, "Texas Southern President Placed on Leave While Investigation Into Spending Continues," the article and subsequent articles got the attention of many of our readers. Afterall, under the leadership of Dr. Priscilla Slade, TSU appeared to be moving in a positive direction. The fact that Slade was under investigation and later terminated came as a shock to many in the Black college community.

So to get a better understanding of what really happened in this case, senior editor Christina Asquith headed to Houston in October.

Upon her arrival, Christina found a campus community that is very much committed to TSU and one that is disappointed and saddened by the current series of events. She also found a university that is experiencing tremendous growth, as TSU staff gave her a tour of the various construction projects underway on campus. But what surprised Christina the most were three students, known as the "TSU 3," who assisted authorities and played a significant role in uncovering much of the alleged wrongdoings on campus.

"These students were willing to risk everything to right this wrong," Christina says.

The students did, in fact, risk a lot, as they were often harassed and one was even suspended. One of the students says he was offered everything from a job to a semester abroad in Italy, in efforts, he believes, to keep him quiet. In "Trouble at Texas Southern" Christina chronicles the series of events that would eventually cost Slade her job and, possibly, her freedom.

In other features, Diverse contributing editor Lydia Lum reports on the growing recognition Japanese-American draft resisters of World War II are now receiving. More than 300 men of Japanese descent refused to be drafted into the U. …

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