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pants about “protecting their brand” student loans,” said Soror Gibbs. “It After attending the Closing Ses- on online social Web sites in “The wasn’t until he became president be- sion, collegiate sorors left the Col- Power of Our Voice.” She also ad- fore he could pay off his loans.” legiate Forum armed with informa- vised members to be informed and She also advised that students tion that will benefi t their personal, know the political landscape for the consolidate federal loans separate professional and politically involved 2012 election. from private loans in order to be lives that will undoubtedly carry “Your power and leverage lies in eligible to participate in President over into the well-being of the com- knowing the demographics of your Obama’s income-based “pay-as-you- munities served by Delta Sigma The- district,” said Roche. earn” proposal. ta Sorority. ▲ During “The Power of Our Capital” workshop, Rahiel Tesfamariam, Soror Lori Jones Gibbs, founder and editorial di- member of the National rector of Urban Cusp mag- Program Planning and azine, and Soror Chelsea Development Committee C. Hayes, national second and president of YES En- vice president, provide words of encouragement terprises, LLC, provided to collegiate sorors during participants with new the 8th Annual Collegiate credit card and student Day, “Unveiling the Pur- loan laws put in place by pose of Our Power.” President Barack Obama PHOTO BY SHARON FARMER to protect students and young consumers. “President Obama un- derstands the struggles of Collegiate members discuss issues such as physical and mental health; higher education; politics and social action; and fi nancial stabil- ity at the 8th Annual Collegiate Forum, held in conjunction with Delta Days in the Nation’s Capital. PHOTO BY SHARON FARMER 24 ▲ DELTA SIGMA THETA SORORITY, INC.


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