If You Can't Get The Call, Argue.

By Lara Boyko - April 03, 2007

We just saw our second instance of where if you argue enough, you can get the ball.

This is where right in front of me on Press Row and a very vocal group of Tennessee cheerleaders and band, Rutgers Matee Ajavon just argued her case and won possession of a ball that came out of bounds.

I just checked and while she's not a pre-law major, her powers of pursuasion should help her cause with Africana studies.

Stay tuned, more from the WAC report to come...

In case you are interested, here's the mission statement and definition of what Africana studies entails at Rutgers:

The Department of Africana Studies is an interdisciplinary department encompassing the study of the history and culture of Africa and the African Diaspora. Its professors are trained in a broad range of disciplines including anthropology, folklore, history, language and literature, musicology, political science, and sociology, among others.

Africana Studies is the study, research, interpretation, and the dissemination of knowledge concerning African American, African, and Caribbean affairs and culture. Using the tools of the social sciences and humanities, Africana Studies examines the structure, organization, problems, and perspectives of the peoples of Africa and the African Diaspora. Africana Studies also examines issues of politics and social change in African American communities and various African and Caribbean nations. The term 'Africana' incorporates the three areas of concentration within the department--African, African American, and diaspora/comparative social sciences and humanities. The African diaspora comprises people of African origin outside the African continent, and is studied in comparative context.

The Department of Africana Studies at Rutgers University is committed to "scholarship in the service of social justice worldwide." The nexus of intellectualism, culture, and activism embodied by Paul Robeson is of central concern to our faculty and is reflected in our scholarship, teaching, and student opportunities.

And I thought being a Communication major at USC was intense.

Posted by Lara Boyko at 10:06 PM on April 03, 2007

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