Charles Dickens writes in his novel A Tale of Two Cities, “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief,” he said.
Dickens continues, “it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way – in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only.”
With this in mind, let’s look at the best of times and the worst of times in 2014!
1. Virgin Islands Now has the Highest Alumni Giving Rate Among HBCUs
According to reports The University of the Virgin Islands (UVI) now has the highest alumni contribution rate of any historically black college and university (HBCU) in the nation after achieving an alumni giving rate of 52.49 percent for fiscal year 2014.
Cheryl Miller, former WNBA superstar, is now coaching at historically black Langston University.
Virginia State named Pamela Wilson as interim president. She is the first female to be the president of VSU.
Morgan State University was awarded a $23.3 million competitive grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) that will go towards developing new approaches to engage researchers, with an eye to attracting more minority students to biomedical fields.
5. Xavier University’s $19.6 Million Dollar Grant Will Help Diversify the Future’s Biomedical Workforce
Xavier received a $19.6 million dollar grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to support the biomedical programs.
At 10,734, A&T is currently the largest HBCU in the country.
Areisa Peters, a student at historically black Oakwood University, launched a project called “Project Chocolate” which questions the stereotypes facing young Black women and rewrites the narrative of Black women.
Howard received nearly $11 million in federal grants to research a new Ebola drug and HIV resistance related to sickle cell disease.
Paul Quinn received the largest donation in school history — $4.4 million from Dallas philanthropist Trammell S. Crow.
The Hampton University had a great 2014. Among its many accomplishments, arguably its best was a $3.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education.
Spelman College, which has had strong ties to Bill Cosby for decades, distanced itself a bit from the beleaguered star when the college indefinitely suspended his endowed professorship.
2. Howard University’s Running Back Fatally Shot
A Howard University Running Back was fatally shot in a robbery attempt over winter break.
The NPHC condemns the VH1 show “Sorority Sisters,” saying the show is “harmful, negative and stereotypical imagery of African-Americans in their quest for ratings”
4. NCAA: Arkansas Pine Bluff Allowed 124 Ineligible Players to Compete, Face Five Years of Probation
A NCAA Division I Committee Infractions panel banned UAPB from postseason play tied with a five year probation penalty for allowing at least 124 ineligible players to compete.
A Tennessee State student was shot three times while heading back to campus from a local Wendy’s.
Toni Morrison decided to give her papers to Princeton instead of her Alma Mater Howard.
A Texas Southern student was shot and robbed two weeks before graduation.
Norfolk State raises tuition for both in-state and out-of-state undergraduates to $7,552 and $29,320—an increase of $326 for in-state and $250 for out-of-state students.
For some in-state students, the cost of living on campus will now be just over $16,000, with the rate for room and board raised to an additional $250—$576 more than this year.
9. How the Obama Administration Failed to Support HBCUs
The Obama Administration and his Department of Education appropriated more than $171 million in federal funding to increase S.T.E.M. professional development at colleges and universities nationwide for the sake of equity for low-income and minority students. But just three historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) were given this same grant.
10. Charles Grant, Bowie State Coach Caught on Video Body-Slamming Student
University police is investigating Charles Grant. He can be heard shouting and cursing at the student before throwing him to the ground then into the bleachers as people are heard laughing in the background.
1. Lincoln University President Resigns After Sex Assault Remarks
After Langston University President makes derogatory remarks towards women, he resigns.
2. 654 Students at Kentucky State Sent Home for Unpaid Tuition, Room and Board Bills
Approximately 25 percent of the student population at Kentucky State University were forced out of their studies because of nonpayment on tuition and room and board bills.