A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

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Entry from December 10, 2010
Second Chance U. (TSU nickname)

ESPN Magazine called Texas Southern University “Second Chance U.” in its October 5, 2009 issue. A school such as the University of Texas recruits the top athletes in the state; TSU get the athletes who need a second chance.

The term “Second Chance U.” has been cited in print since at least 1990 and has applied to many schools.


Wikipedia: Texas Southern University
Texas Southern University (also referred to as Texas Southern or TSU) is a historically black university located in Houston, Texas, United States. TSU began in 1927 when it started as Houston Colored Junior College, through its private college phase as Houston Colored College. On March 3, 1947 the state declared this to be the first state university in Houston, Texas State University for Negroes. In 1951 the name changed to Texas Southern University.

Texas Southern is one of only four independent public universities in Texas (those not affiliated with any of Texas’ six public university systems) and is one of the largest and most comprehensive HBCUs in the nation.

As of October 2009, about 85% of TSU’s students were African-American. 54% of law school students and 43% of pharmacy students were African-American. During that year, the university’s president, John Rudley, said that he would try to court Hispanic Americans as students.

Google News Archive
29 May 1990, Spokane (WA) Chronicle,
Second Chance U allows school dropouts to beat odds
DOUG CLARK columnist
(The Life Skills Training Institute—ed.)

ERIC (Educational Resources Information Centers)
Title: Second Chance U. pg. A3, col. 2:
Authors: Grove, Carole Copeland; Mullet, Judith Hostetler
Source: American School Board Journal, v183 n3 p23-25 Mar 1996
(...)
Abstract:
A brief narrative description of the journal article, document, or resource. An alternative education program in Virginia helps suspended students keep on track. The school district contracts with student teachers at two nearby private colleges--Bridgewater College and Eastern Mennonite University--to tutor middle and high school students who are on long-term suspension of at least a semester. (MLF)

ESPN.com
September 29, 2009
Second chance university
Johnnie Cole has transformed Texas Southern into a reclamation powerhouse

By Carmen Renee Thompson
ESPN The Magazine
This article appears in the October 5 issue of ESPN The Magazine.

Houston (TX) Chronicle
‘Second Chance U’ appropriate nickname for TSU
By RONNIE TURNER
Dec. 7, 2010, 10:13PM
(...)
“(The media) has tried to give this university the nickname of ‘Second Chance U,’ and some guys did have a second chance,” said Clemons, who joined the program before the 2009 season. “Some things happened with those guys, and they had to be removed from where they were. Some guys didn’t have that situation; they left on their own will.

“But it doesn’t matter how you got here. At the end of the day, we’re all here now, and we’re all bonding. That’s all that matters.”

Posted by Barry Popik
Texas (Lone Star State Dictionary) • (0) Comments • Friday, December 10, 2010 • Permalink