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Old 08-23-2012, 10:30 PM
 
Location: The Magnolia City
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In 2012, is there really a need for any university that self segregates?
Non-black students are free to attend any HBCU in the nation that they want.
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Old 08-23-2012, 11:02 PM
 
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I understand that bands are very important to HBCUs, and are even more popular than the football team. But if your school is on life support, how can they in good conscience support a band?


MORRIS BROWN COLEGGE -(HOMECOMING PARADE) 2011 HD - YouTube

It looks like every student at Morris Brown is a member of the band.

If it wasn't so sad, this could make for a very funny new BET comedy show about a failing HBCU that refuses to close. It gets to the point that the entire student body is the band and when they aren't doing the half time show the guys are the football players and the girls are the cheerleaders and dance squad. There's one fraternity, one sorority, and only two classes offered per semester, one at 9 am and the other at 10 am. The students swap rooms on a fairly large and empty campus. One groundskeeper/maintenance man hopelessly tries to keep the campus from falling apart and becoming over grown while the college's president tries to keep up appearances and won't admit there's a problem. Meanwhile, students and faculty at the next door, well endowed, HBCU, look on in disbelief as no matter what they tell them, the other school thinks it is their equal.
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Old 08-25-2012, 11:22 PM
 
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Okay...Morris Brown is indeed going to drag this out.

Morris Brown College seeks federal protection, hopes to prevent auction of campus *| ajc.com

They are filing for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy.

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Morris Brown College officials have filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in a last ditch effort to prevent the 131-year-old school from being foreclosed on and sold at auction, and to give them time to regroup.
A chance to regroup? They've had over 10 years to "regroup"!

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Morris Brown President Stanley Pritchett said the filing will give the school breathing room to find a steady stream of capital to keep it afloat.
They want to find a steady stream of capital? So what have they been doing up till now?

They've lost their reputation, accreditation, and with bankruptcy their last shred of credit worthiness if there was any left. I feel bad for all the people who have been giving MB money to pay off its $300,000 water bill and all the other bills to keep it afloat. They've just been throwing good money after bad.

John Lewis arranged for MB to pay just 5 cents on the dollar for the $10 million it owed the federal government so conceivably, the same could be done to the rest of its debt. So the taxpayers had to eat the loss and possibly the bondholders as well. A little over 3 years ago, a judge gave MB a delay and a smaller amount to pay for its water bill to give them a chance. Considering MB's legacy, it would be a travesty of justice if a judge granted MB Chapter 11. Morris Brown is at Chapter 7...liquidation.

Unless someone like Oprah wants to bail them out...the judge should deny Chapter 11. Shoot this decaying zombie in the head and end this saga now!

The idea of Spelman, Morehouse, and CAU buying up the property sounds like a good option.
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Old 08-25-2012, 11:34 PM
 
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Non-black students are free to attend any HBCU in the nation that they want.
Not many people know this but 3 HBCUs are now majority white.

Bluefield State, West Virginia State, and Lincoln University are majority white. And Kentucky State has a large white enrollment.
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Old 08-26-2012, 10:55 AM
 
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Non-black students are free to attend any HBCU in the nation that they want.
I did not know this.

Do Morehouse, Clark, or Spellman have statistically significant non-black enrollment?
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Old 08-26-2012, 11:14 AM
 
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Sell the buildings or raze them, Morris Brown is pretty much done for.

It had a nice run. It provided a lot of opportunities for black people who couldn't find it in very few if any other areas of the U.S.A. during the bad ol' days.

But now, it's been ran into the ground. The trustees of MBC's board failed in their mission to safeguard the University. Heck they wouldn't even allow Tom Joyner to at least buy the university and give it new life. Such arrogance in that decision-making process, I'd say.

Quite frankly I see it as just another indictment of the failure of the black baby-boom generation who gained so much from their parents' struggles, and yet squandered so much at the same time.

The aforementioned generation was so busy trying to keep up with the Joneses that they failed to realized that they were enslaving themselves to a new master(or maybe a slight variation of the old master) which is the banking industry. And now this precious institution is about to go by the way of the dodo, and what may be left after all is said and done is just a plaque or historical marker for memories.

Cut, print...that's a wrap, folks.
It's truly a sad situation, but thank you for the honest assessment.
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Old 08-26-2012, 11:23 AM
 
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The AJC has a slideshow of MB.

Gallery | Morris Brown College on the edge | ajc.com

The stadium looks especially sad. Way too much for MB. CAU and Morehouse probably have emotional attachments to their stadiums so neither might have an interest in Herndon.

What else to do with MB?

If the Falcons stay in the area, Arthur Blank might want more parking space or an area for tailgating.
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Old 08-26-2012, 03:11 PM
 
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From channel 11

Morris Brown College facing foreclosure | 11alive.com

It will be interesting to see how this plays out. MB might get the reprieve as it is given time to present its case for bankruptcy. Even if it gets its debt knocked down to a few pennies on the dollar, it still has a campus in disrepair that will cost a lot to fix up again. They probably should sell off most of the campus and work with a much smaller one, but they are apparently too proud to do that.

Really, any other college would have closed years ago rather than embarrass themselves like this.

And a Brenda Wood commentary

Brenda's Last Word on Morris Brown College | Video | 11alive.com

Interesting allegation by Spike Lee. He suggests that this is happening because some large entity wants that land. The most likely entity, if there is one, is the Georgia World Congress Center and the Falcons. It certainly would be a chunk of land in a strategic location for the new stadium. Another possibility is Georgia State U wanting nearby land for its athletics. The former has more money and influence. The latter would do more for year round life and activity in the area, not to mention GSU police.
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Old 08-26-2012, 03:25 PM
 
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Not many people know this but 3 HBCUs are now majority white.

Bluefield State, West Virginia State, and Lincoln University are majority white. And Kentucky State has a large white enrollment.
Interesting, didn't know this bit of info. It seems that the WV schools were intentionally transformed into commuter schools by the state, and you're referring to Lincoln University in Missouri, not the nation's oldest HBCU in Pennsylvania by the same name.
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Old 08-26-2012, 03:42 PM
 
Location: The Magnolia City
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Interesting, didn't know this bit of info. It seems that the WV schools were intentionally transformed into commuter schools by the state, and you're referring to Lincoln University in Missouri, not the nation's oldest HBCU in Pennsylvania by the same name.
St. Philips in San Antonio is now only about 16% black. I believe it is now a commuter school.
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