Rawle Nelson Update: Students demand apology from Editor in Chief for offensive article

A number of students are threatening to have a petition signed with the view of having student Evangeline Byars removed from all association from Adafi News. This threat recently surfaced after a number of students publicly voiced their disapproval over what they termed as her very distasteful, evidently biased articles that were contained in the February edition of the newspaper.

Indepth news spoke to several students who are demanding that Evangeline Byars apologized immediately noting that should she fail to apologize they will seek to boycott activities being hosted by her and associates of her. They are also calling on the newspaper’s faculty adviser former Congressman Major Owens to disassociate himself from the newspaper while using his influence as the newspaper’s advisor to apologize for the very offensive and highly disrespectful remarks that were contained in Byars article.

Penned under the caption, Editor’s Note, Byars sought to berate Caribbean nationals for taking advantages of the many opportunities that African Americans ignore or failed to maximize. Professor Major Owens is as equally guilty as Evangeline Byars because as the newspaper’s Faculty Advisor he must see what goes into the newspaper.

Another student speaking to this newspaper said that the still respected Professor is as guilty as Evangeline Byars and maybe it is time that he resigns from the college as it’s evident that he has anti Caribbean sentiments and seeks to impart it on campus, thus resulting in unnecessary conflicts. He is as guilty as her because they both share an excellent relationship and in the newspaper his name was proudly listed as faculty Advisor being a part of the editorial team.

“If according to school records you have some 30 plus percentage of Caribbean students attending the college then it is highly offensives, disrespectful and out of place for the Professor to condone such articles knowing very well the likely implications that it has. it is therefore important that he should consider tendering his resignation as he is not bringing positive actions but ultimately creating animosity among students,” the student stressed.

A student who recently got admitted into the school said that he is confident that the professor would have seen the article but because they are not bothered and interested in students from the Caribbean attending they choose to allow it to be published adding that most of the students that are part of the current student Government has Caribbean roots. “You see Ms. Byars and Professor Owens has issues so they will do whatever it takes to accomplish their ultimate objective while not being interested with the damage and hurt that they create along the way,” an evidently upset student said.

Another student voicing their disapproval to the long list of students who continues to voice their concern said, “It is comments and actions like these that the people of the Caribbean had rejected Professor Major Owens as their congressman and its evident that he seems to have issues with the people from the Caribbean.”

Calling on Dr. Brenda Greene to voice her disapproval with the contents of the article, several students said that while Dr. Green and Byars share a very good relationship they are confident that Dr. Greene will not echo similar sentiments that years wrote in her article. ‘Dr. Greene is a fair persons and while we are aware that she is closely affiliated to the newspaper we are confident that she will call a spade a spade‘ a student said. They pointed out that adding their voice to the growing list of persons who are annoyed and disgusted with the contents of the article should be a prominent member of the school’s student Government Camille McIntosh.

“Camile had already indicated that she has interest in being the Student Government president and has been campaigning in a very strategic manner and therefore if she is serious and really interested in our support then we are watching to hear what she has to say about the article. You cannot want us for one purpose and then want to get rid of us for another,” a student declared.

The students noted that should Dr Green, McIntosh and Professor Owens voice their disapproval of the contents publicly then they are confident that Ms Byars will apologize.

In a statement issued to this newspaper a number of students under the name of “Students of the Caribbean” demanded a complete retraction of the article which they are claiming seeks to denigrate the character, ability, skills and intellectual ability and integrity of Caribbean nationals in the United States of America.

Students pointed out contents of an article that was penned by the Editor In Chief Evangeline Byars who has both publicly and privately expressing her disgust and disapproval of Caribbean nationals coming to the USA. the students stressed that with Byars should carry an admission that her piece was disrespectful, harmful and hateful towards students from the Caribbean adding that it had no factual basics.

Students pointed out contents of an article that was penned by the Editor In Chief Evangeline Byars who has both publicly and privately expressing her disgust and disapproval of Caribbean nationals coming to the USA. the students stressed that with Byars should carry an admission that her piece was disrespectful, harmful and hateful towards students from the Caribbean adding that it had no factual basics.

We would like to declared that as students from the Caribbean we wholly condemn this cheap, poorly written, distasteful and totally unimaginative attempt to denigrate the character and integrity of students from the Caribbean studying at the Medgar Evers College. we are further alarmed and concerned that Professor Major Owens who happens to be a distinguished professor at the college would have allowed such a piece to be published. This further serves to confirm that Professor Owens continues to be involved in activities that seeks to discriminate and victimized Caribbean nationals since he was rejected overwhelmingly at the polls some years ago.

We would like to remind both the Professor who seems unclear as to his role and responsibility at Medgar Evers College and Ms Evangeline Byars who is evidently being motivated and supported in her antics and actions which seems to further bring the school into chaos and confusion that the laws of the United states of America has strict penalties for persons guilty of committing libel and slander and would therefore seek to urge them to forbid false publications, libel, defamation and sedition.”

Despite the fact we are from the Caribbean, at the same time we’re making a positive contribution to the continued a growth and development of the college and therefore it is important that they note that ignoring tell-tale signs that even cub reporters elsewhere would have spotted right away, Ms Byars backed by Professor Owens created and conceptualized this very despicable garbage attempting to be disguised under the name of journalism in pursuit of their personal goals to control the school while getting rid of anyone that they deem a threat to their personal desires and ambitions.”

“This grossly disrespectful piece of writing which was poorly written and edited seeks to create an atmosphere of animosity and distrust at Medgar Evers College and we would like to point out that it has the potential to private and incite violence and we call on Professors Owens who is the Faulty Advisor, Dr Greene who serves to provide advice and editorial guidance and Ms Camille McIntosh who is attempting to include a number of key persons from Adafi on her ticket to join the call already being issued by others in condemning this article which further puts the credibility of Adafi in question,” the statement said.

It said that the contents of the piece are laced with anger, hate and animosity towards Caribbean nationals who rightfully seek a better life in the United States of America.

No attempts were made by Ms. Byars to garner any facts to include in her article thus leaving one to conclude that her intentions were ill conceived and deliberate. We hereby call on the school’s President to take necessary actions against Professor Owens and Ms Byars as we are confident that the article spoke for two or three persons however it is pertinent to note that we command some 30 plus percentage of students. We further would like to bring to the attention of the school’s administration that the article is entirely the product of the imagination of both the Faculty Advisor and Ms. Byars,” the statement added. It further stated the commitment of Caribbean Nationals to pursuing their tertiary education at Medgar Evers College if persons who are bent of creating hate, mischief and confusion are removed.


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  1. Are you saying this obviously biased article against and attacking Evangeline Byars has nothing to do with the money you took from her or your personal experience with her? Or is this a weak and libelous attempt at trying to get even because you couldn’t weasel any more money from her, the MEC Newspaper, or the students of Medgar Evers College? You use the art of Fox news propaganda in your article Mr. Nelson by excluding many names of so-called outraged students, and you state that there are a “number of students” who threaten to petition against Evangeline and you spoke to several of them, yet you fail to name even one. It is widely known that the current SGA are not fans of Ms. Byars, could those be the “several students” you spoke with? And by several, do you mean 3 or 30? You confound me with your vagueness yet we are supposed to trust this article as factual? You present yourself as a Journalist on the side of the MEC students Mr. Nelson but your nothing more than a two bit con artist which will be exposed himself when the Police Reports come to light.

  2. Mr. Nelson is a conartist, stalker and evil. Nothing in this article is true. I have two police reports against Mr. Nelson. Rawel Nelson aka Devils advocate is banned from the campus of Medgar Evers College, do to stalking and harassment. His lies and tricks to try and destroy my character will not prevail. Mr. Nelson is angered that he was unsuccessful in his attempts to extort me for money 400.00.

  3. Dear All,

    I have decided to make this information public as I have recognized that Ms. Evangeline Byars continues to attempt at destroying my credibility and character.

    Asked to write letters fabricating allegations

    Evangeline Byars has embarked on a destructive and unprofessional campaign where she seeks to destroy the character and credibility of persons for enjoyment and pursuit of her personal and selfish desires.
    As a professional journalist with some 17 years’ experience, I had ventured to MEC with two primary objectives which were to conduct an exclusive interview with President William Pollard and also to explore studying at MEC.

    However, after recognizing that there was a need for articles I sought the permission of Ms. Byars to pen some articles which she readily agreed to. Things started off fairly nice. Shortly after Evangeline Byars approached me, she disclosed that she was assisting Professor Major Owens in being selected as the interim President of MEC because he would like to get the position so that he can ‘help out black people’. She indicated that once he gets the position that she along with Camille McIntosh and Jamal Nicholas were going to get very good jobs. She also stated that while Jamal and her share similar desires in going to law school, she was more interested in working preferably as an advisor to the professor.

    One evening I was asked by Ms. Byars to visit Professor Owens office where he immediately inquired if I knew the reason I was coming to see him. I told him no. He gave me a poster which sought to promote him as the Interim President for MEC. He then said that this poster should be viewed as coming from the students and therefore he needed my help. I was asked to visit Evangeline where she would inform me better.

    I subsequently returned to Ms. Byars where she said that they needed my help in drafting two letters one of which seeks to make very serious and damaging allegations against President Pollard, while the second was geared towards getting CUNY’s help in making Professor Owens the Interim President. I immediately asked Evangeline what allegations and statements she wanted to be made and after she told me what they were, I informed her that I was not interested in destroying anyone’s character and integrity with lies and false information.

    Ms. Byars not satisfied with my decision informed me that should I write the letters, she would ensure that Professor Owens rewards me handsomely. I then stated to Ms. Byars that I will not engage in lies, unethical or unprofessional acts.

    Grades being given freely

    I inquired from Ms. Byars why she was so determined to get rid of President Pollard. I pointed out that it was evidently affecting her grades due to the fact that she was unable to complete assignments in a timely manner and also to properly study for exams. She indicated that she was being funded by Professor Owens and a few other persons including Dr. Brenda Greene. She also stated that a few of her professors were willing and had assisted her in enhancing her grades so as to ensure that she met the required grade point average.

    I told Ms, Byars that this was not a good sign and reflected terribly on the College that grades were being given freely to students. She indicated that it was a long standing ‘thing’ that occurred at MEC and I should not focus on it as it benefited both sides of the fence.

    She however had expressed anger over the fact that one lecturer had given her a F instead of a B that she had requested as she needed certain grades to ensure that she stayed in Student Government as well as to run for a Student Government position the following semester. She said that the lecturer had given her an F despite the fact that she explained that she was busy trying to get rid of President Pollard which she credited for affecting her grades. She quickly stated that it is clear the aforementioned Professor is on Pollard’s side.

    Publication of Adafi

    After I had expressed my deep and serious concerns over the level and content of several articles published in the ADAFI newspaper I was told that Professor Owens backed by a few other persons had played a key part in the rebirth of Adafi. According to Ms. Byars the newspaper was restarted with the primary and only objective to get rid of the President and the Provost.

    When I pointed out to Ms. Byars that this was not the primary objective and or function of a media house she blatantly told me that was her primary focus and if I had any issues I was free to leave. I immediately sought an audience with Professor Owens. While not stating that he had no interest in what I had to say indicated that he was busy and despite leaving an email contact with him to get back in touch with me I have never heard from him.

    However, Ms. Byars had stated that Professor Owens had informed her that he was getting personally involved in getting rid of President Pollard because he wanted the job and because of the fact that President Pollard was from “down south” and was not a New Yorker.

    She said the Professor was helping to finance Adafi and nothing would be used to make President Pollard or anyone that supported him look good.
    She subsequently informed me that Pierre Oasis had conducted an interview with President Pollard and with the instructions of Professor Owens they were told not to publish the article. As such, the article was never published. I pointed out to Ms. Byars that it was not professional to do such a thing and therefore they should apologize to the President as it can be considered as being highly unprofessional. Ms. Byars told me that my role was to write and not ask further questions. I then told her that with such an environment it would be very difficult for anyone to progress.

    Camille McIntosh proposed meeting with President Pollard

    Camille McIntosh had indicated to Evangeline Byars after it was made public that President Pollard was resigning, that she would like to meet with President Pollard. She told Ms. Byars that while they had pushed for his resignation she had recognized that he had made significant positive contributions to MEC. She had told Ms. Byars that looking back at the campaign against him she felt guilty that she had played a part in his resignation and she had sought to meet with him in an effort to discuss some issues that she had.

    Ms. Byars told her that Professor Owens and Dr. Greene would not be comfortable and happy with such a meeting. Ms. Byars subsequently said that she had instructed Ms. McIntosh not to meet with President Pollard. Professor Owens had stated that should she disobey such an order they would no longer support her bid to be the Student Government President and as such, they would support Jamal Nicholas bid.

    However, Ms. Byars said that she later found out from inside sources that Ms. McIntosh had indeed met with President Pollard. This led to Professor Owens calling an immediate meeting where he instructed Ms. McIntosh that no support would be given to her to run as SGA President. He indicated that Jamal Nicholas should run as the President as he would be much easier to control than Ms. McIntosh adding that if Ms. McIntosh wanted she can still run on Jamal’s slate but in a lesser position.

    I subsequently asked Evangeline Byars what was really happening on campus as it seems that she took instructions from Professor Owens. She indicated that Professor Owens can make anything happen on campus. She went on to say that she got assistance in motivating students adding that at the walk out and protest that took place last semester which she and Professor Owens had organized with assistance from Dr. Greene, they had gotten significant assistance from a number of persons who were not students. Many of the protestors were not students of the school but were encouraged to come and join the protest thus creating the impression that they were students.


    I further call for an investigation into what can possibly be considered as questionable with regards to checks paid to Adafi. Ms. Byars had informed me that in order to garner monies they would inflate invoices while they would also submit invoices in other people’s names for services so as to get money for themselves. When I told Ms. Byars that this is considered unprofessional and unlawful she said that they were very careful in doing this and besides there are other persons from the school who are getting rich.

    One such incident occurred when a check from the school was given to Jamal Nicholas to pay for services, however; Ms. Byars was very angry when Jamal had deposited the check into his account instead of cashing it. She stated that because of this they were being delayed in using the money and she stressed that this was affecting her in completing her registration as she owed the school some money and wanted to use part of this money to pay what she owed.

    Nicholas was expected to make some purchases of ink and other things for the office but he had stated that by depositing the check directly into his account he had to wait for a few days. She subsequently told him that had he cash the check directly they would have had the money.

    Request for Layout Artist to inflate Invoice

    In trying to bring a professional lift to the newspaper Ms. Byars informed me that she needed someone to do graphic designs and layout temporally as the school was paying for five to six students to take a Graphic Design course. She said that after completion of this course they would be able to do the newspaper themselves. I told her that while I can secure the services of someone to do the layout of the newspaper he would require payment for his services.

    She said that she would like for him to inflate the invoice. I asked her why would she want him to inflate his invoice and she indicated that it was geared towards creating another avenue to garner revenue to help run Adafi and also to get her newspaper business started. In explaining the newspaper business she said that she was starting a Brooklyn Community Young People centered newspaper geared at highlighting the positive things being done by young people in Brooklyn. She noted that she did not have the money to get things started but heading Adafi she has found ways of getting money to start the business. One such way was attempted to get the layout artist to inflate his invoice. I explained that I do not feel comfortable asking someone to do such a thing and knowing my friend he wouldn’t either.

    She subsequently informed me that she had gotten a student who attends the college to do the layout but to ensure that the school does not suspect anything she asked him to use his small business name. I told her that she has to be careful with such transactions as it doesn’t sit well and can lead her into trouble. She said that he owns a business and no one can ever find out that she asked him to inflate his invoice.

    I am not sure how it went but what I know is that she was able to secure his services in the layout of the newspaper. I subsequently found out that to distract persons who may have gotten suspicious as to her actions she claimed that I wanted $400.00 to pay the layout artist that I knew. This was not true, at no time had I discuss a cost with Ms. Byars since my contact could not have made a determination with regards to the cost as he did not have sufficient information to provide a quotation.

    Campaign to get rid of CUNY Chancellor

    Ms. Byars said that they were beginning a campaign to get rid of the CUNY Chancellor because according to Professor Owens they seemed reluctant to appoint him as the Interim President. She noted that because of the perception by several students about Professor Owens it would be very difficult to have a petition done to mobilize for him to be the Interim President. She pointed out that riding on the success of getting President Pollard to resign it was now easy to start a similar campaign against the Chancellor of CUNY.

    I must admit that my information on this is somewhat limited due to the fact that after I had indicated to both Professor Owens and Ms. Byars that their approach of tarnishing someone’s character and reputation was unprofessional and unfair I have ceased communications with them. I had requested from Professor Owens his assistance in pointing out to Ms. Byars that she cannot be engaged in such acts and he told me that he saw nothing wrong with what she had written in the newspaper.

    Kevin Adams

    Ms. Byars said that she was able to secure the full support of Kevin Adams on her side as he now had a personal axe to grind with the President. She informed me that Mr. Adams acted in a position for a period of time and subsequently someone else got the job despite the hard and dedicated work that he had put in. Because of this Ms. Byars said that Mr. Adams had told her that he was prepared to support whatever she was doing against President Pollard as he wanted President Pollard out also.

    In deciding the names of persons who were going to be honored with Adafi awards she informed me that in writing the article I should not mention Kevin Adams name as she wanted it to look like a surprise award being given to him thus not attracting any suspicion. She said that this was important as she didn’t want President Pollard and others to suspect that Kevin Adams has a close relationship with Adafi. She said that similarly Dr. Brenda Greene was providing assistance and services to Adafi but had instructed her not to make it known publicly as it would have created some conflict of interest.

    She said that whenever they needed financial support and assistance Kevin Adams along with Camille McIntosh told them how to ‘beat the system’ thus ensuring that they encountered no difficulties in securing the assistance and support. She also stated that she had a long meeting with Kevin Adams and she informed him that she was going to honor him but wanted the information to remain confidential. She subsequently said some days after that she was not sure if she was going to proceed with honoring Mr. Adams as it seems as though his support was not consistent and she believes that he might be secretly reaching out to President Pollard and furthurmore if she found out that he was getting close to President Pollard she would strike his name off of the list of awardees.

    Sexual Harassment Claims

    Ms. Byars while accusing me on 27th February in front of the S Building at Medgar Evers College of sexual harassment said that I have been telephoning two female students from Adafi. I inquired from her the names of these two students and she said they were Feona Williams and Valerie Arthur.

    I pointed out that I had written a feature article on Feona so how could I have been sexually harassing her, she answered that I was calling Feona very late and very early at nights and mornings respectively. Let me state for the record that I never telephone Feona as my phone records would show that I never telephoned her, however; her telephone records would indicate that it was her who had telephoned me on two separate nights.

    The first night that she called me was sometime after 1am to discussed the article. I also interviewed her via telephone. She had also related some issues that she was experiencing confidentially to me among other things. The second night she called was around the same time, seeking my advice and help in an issue that she was facing and also my help with some school related work. On both nights that we spoke she had telephoned me as I never called her. I would therefore like to know how am I sexually harassing her when I never called her. I have requested that my telephone records be examined to ascertain if I am telling the truth.

    Secondly with regards to Valerie Author I have never called her and once again my telephone records can show this. She had requested my telephone number and I had given it to her. Some days after she said that she wanted to call me but misplaced my telephone number and informed me if I wanted hers and I indicated to her that I have difficulty remembering telephone numbers so it was better for me to give her mine again. I asked her what she wanted to talk about and she said that she was experiencing emotional difficulties and I told her that it was ok to call me.

    Regarding allegations that I was sexually harassing Pierre Oasis I found those allegations very strange. After Ms. Byars ranted about me sexually harassing the aforementioned young ladies she told me that I was attempting to intimate Pierre because of his sexual orientation.

    When Ms. Byars had spoken to me the very morning she was verbally assaulting and making damaging allegations she indicated that I had attempted to intimidate Pierre because of his sexual orientation. I had again informed her that I do not know Pierre’s number and while I did have his number I no longer have it as my phone was not working. I subsequently saw in an email that she had stated that I had sexually harassed Pierre. This is yet another lie as Pierre had asked me for my number and when I was giving it to him he had no pen and asked me to dial it so that he can save it in his phone. I did, and once again telephone records would show that I telephoned his number for approximately six (6) seconds. I subsequently received a text from Pierre a few days later which if carefully examined can be considered as an attempt to sexually harass me.

    Allegations of being asked to leave SGA

    In a continued rampage of lies being disseminated by Ms. Evangeline Byars she had stated that I was asked to leave SGA office. It is clear that she is attempting to create the impression that I was arrested and or asked by security to leave SGA. Let me state for the records that I visited SGA as I have friends who attend MEC and as such I had visited SGA as I needed their assistance in a matter that I was addressing.

    It is clear that Evangeline Byars backed by a few students and others are bent on attempting to discredit, damage and stain my character and integrity in attempt to feed their personal and selfish desire. I am therefore, calling for an immediate and full investigation into all the allegations being made so that the public can ascertain who is actually lying.

    I have sought the assistance of the police and the courts in addressing what many have agreed to is harassment for the claims that have been issued by Ms. Byars. For the record let me state some of them:

    That I am living illegally in the United States – it is a clear lie as I am not living here illegally and while she shouted and kept repeating this I calmly requested that she desist as there is no bases of truth with regards to this allegation.

    That she gave me $70.00 to complete my registration – This is not true. Why would she give me $70.00 when she herself was unable to register as she was experiencing financial difficulties? I never even applied to MEC.

    That I told her I am from St. Kitts- Again a lie since I am from Guyana. On another note the father of her child is from St. Kitts and maybe she got the countries confused since we are all from the Caribbean.

    She verbally threatened me in the presence of Pierre Oasis. She promised to destroy me and when I pointed out that this was a threat she told Mr. Oasis that he was a witness and he joined in the verbal abuse.

    She kept pointing her fingers into my face and every time I attempted to walk away she attempted to prevent me from walking as she kept standing and blocking my path while hurling derogatory abuse at me.

    She told me that she will destroy me. This is a threat which I take seriously as I do not understand the context in which she speaks and taking into account the increasing crime situation in the country I do not know if she was making death or injury threats through her statement.

    She claims to have all the power on campus. She went on to say she will show me just how much power she has. She proceeded to speak to a security officer who I later asked for a phone call since I did not have a phone and he denied me the call. This also has given me cause for concern with Professor Owens.

    Being a lecturer at the school I do not know if he would attempt to discriminate or victimize me should I attempt registration at this campus. This concern increased significantly as he saw the conduct of Ms. Byars but while he stopped to listen on and watch he didn’t attempt to lend any assistance or intervene in any way while he entertained Ms. Byars telling him her side of the story.

    As I indicated that I am a professional journalist and the conduct and actions of Ms. Byars and Major Owens were highly unprofessional. Being an investigative journalist I am hereby now calling on the relevant authorizes to launch a thorough and immediate investigation into the actions and conduct of such persons. I could not believe that a person seeking a college education and more so the editor in chief of the school newspaper can be so uncouth. I was highly disgusted by the lack of professionalism and the lengths that these persons will go to in order to achieve their goal.

    I am confident that some persons who are receiving this email know the true character of Evangeline Byars and Camille McIntosh and are also aware of these allegations.


    Rawle Nelson


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