You couldn’t have asked for a more lively atmosphere for a college basketball game. The Tennessee State fans were loud throughout, but so were Murray State surprisingly large crowd. The acoustics are pretty bad in the Gentry Center, so it made for a very loud venue. For at least the first portion of the game, it served the home team well.
What really made the atmosphere so great was Tennessee State band. It may have been the best performance by a college band that I have ever witnessed in-person. The band did a superb job at making the place even more electric than it already was. The Tennessee State dancers and cheerleaders also provided quality entertainment during commercial breaks and halftime.
Like many college venues, the Gentry Center is located directly on-campus. The campus itself has a lot of pretty areas, but there’s absolutely nothing to do in the form of tourism or dine-in restaurants. The interstate is within five minutes of the Gentry Center, but it’s important to keep in mind that the Tennessee State campus is really in the downtown area. Plan on making a short drive to the downtown area if you want to do anything more than going through the drive-thru window at a fast food restaurant.
This is kind of an inconvenience due to the fact that there’s limited options offered at the game as well.
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The site stadium journey reviews all or most home game environments from various sports. Below is a review of one our home games at LP field. Obviously from the picture, it is one of our OVC games that wasn’t HC. The review gave us a 3.1 out of 5 stars.
To truly understand how good this atmosphere could be, you have to see TSU play at what locals and TSU alumni over age 35 call “The Hole.” Hale Stadium was the home to the Tigers before moving home games to where the Titans play eight Sundays a year in 1999.
A review on Hale Stadium will be on the horizon. After TSU renovated The Hole in 2012, the team began playing some of its home games there again, giving the Tigers a decided home-field advantage. I write all that to say this — TSU has a great alumni base and they will attend games faithfully. The problem is that a decent FCS crowd of 6,412 becomes scattered mumbles and grumblings in a cavernous NFL stadium, compared to 6,412 fans inside a 10,000-seat capacity facility. If you want to do the easy math, on an overcast day with intermittent showers, The Hole is roughly 60 percent full, while at LP Field, it’s roughly 10 percent full. In other words, playing at LP Field is, for all intents and purposes, an absolute atmosphere killer.
With that being said, TSU’s Aristocrat of Bands gives the Atmosphere score a one-star boost. The pomp and circumstance — from entrance into the stadium to the halftime show as well as the in-game tunes — gives this group of musicians a rock star presence, which makes it clear why many fans talk about halftime then discuss plays made in the game.
For those 10 days Winfrey and the former South African president swapped stories, exchanged ideas and passed newspaper sections back and forth. When the topic turned to poverty, Winfrey spoke up. It was a subject she knew something about.
Tennessee State University President Glenda Baskin Glover has been elected to serve on the board of directors of Pinnacle Financial Partners, company officials announced Monday.
She joins 12 other prominent business and community leaders who serve as Pinnacle directors.
“Glenda (Glover) has a breadth of corporate experience, and her educational background in business, law and accounting makes her an extraordinarily valuable addition to our board,” said M. Terry Turner, president and chief executive officer of Pinnacle Financial Partners.
“We are extremely pleased to welcome her as a director and know that her experience will serve Pinnacle and our shareholders well,” he said.
BIRMINGHAM, Alabama – Catana Starks will be featured when the Birmingham Golf Network hosts a Christmas golf mixer at 6 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 9, at the Tutwiler Hotel in downtown Birmingham.
Starks, a former swim coach at Tennessee State University, made history as she became the first woman golfer and first African-American woman to coach a men’s college golf team, according to a BGN release.
It must be noted that the downward trend in Black student graduation rates at HBCUs has occurred during a period of extreme economic difficulty. Many publicly operated HBCUs have seen a decline in state appropriations and cutbacks in state financial aid for college students. Private HBCUs have also faced cutbacks and difficulty in fundraising. This undoubtedly is reflected in lower student graduation rates. Prior research has shown that the major reason that Black students drop out of college is money. Thus, cuts in financial aid programs at HBCUs undoubtedly have contributed significantly to the downward trend in Black student graduation rates at these schools.
This is a move up from 2011 when we were tied for 20th. While these rankings have some good information, let’s not get caught up too much in rankings.
Our average freshman retention rate is 68% while our six year graduation rate is 35%. We definitely need to continue to increase those graduation and retention numbers to stay in line with the Complete College Act of Tennessee.
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