November 29, 2012 W W W. V S U S P E C TAT O R . C O M Inside This Issue VOLUME 84 ISSUE 13 Saying goodbye On the Web Graduating Spectator editors bid their goodbyes on page 6. Check out Ashley Emanuel’s preview of “the TakeOver,” VSU HEROs’ World AIDS Day event! w w w. v s u s p e c ta t o r. c o m - OPINIONS: “Death does not become her” - FEATURES: “Lohan plays unlikely Liz” - SPORTS: “Lady Blazers hit road against GSC” Today at VSU HIV/AIDS AWARENESS “Know Your Status, Get Tested” As part of HIV/AIDS Awareness Week, VSU’s Hearts Everywhere Reaching Out for Children hosts UC Cypress Room, 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Amanda Usher PHOTO EDITOR email@example.com & S P O RT S E D I T O R Miss Black & Gold Scholarship Pageant interest meeting, sponsored by the Mu Omicron Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., will be held in the UC Theater (near the UC Entrance #1) from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. For more information, visit www.muomicron1906.com FINAL RELAXATION - From 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Student Union Theater Lobby. CAB will host a deep tissue massage with Mindful Massage and Beauty Spa. The event is free to VSU students and will have giveaways! AED WANTS YOU! - Alpha Epsilon Delta’s (AED) last meeting of the semester. Meeting will be held in Bailey Science Center rm 1023 at 5:30 p.m. The meeting is for any students in a pre-professional program. For more information, contact the AED vice president Molly Seal at firstname.lastname@example.org. BINGO NIGHT - Feeling lucky? Like to play the numbers? Join Natural High for a night of Bingo tonight at 8 p.m. in the Library Auditorium. Prizes are up for grabs and snacks will be provided. It's all free. Call 259-5111 for more information. email@example.com The investigation continues into the death of Jasmine Benjamin as authorities attempt to determine whether her death is a homicide. The 17-year-old nursing major was found dead in Georgia Hall Nov. 18 in the fifth floor study room. “The Georgia Bureau of Investigation and the VPD are still following up and interviewing people individually and collecting evidence to be sent off to be analyzed at the crime laboratory,” said Cmdr. Brian Childress, Valdosta Police Department Bureau of Investigative Services. According to him, there are no suspects at the moment. Benjamin’s family has taken matters into their own hands after finding out about the death of their daughter via Facebook and not from VSU officials. According to Thressea Boyd, director of communications, VSU contacted the Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office, in accordance with University protocol. Gwinnett authorities then went to Benjamin’s house to notify her family; however, they weren’t home so the authorities left a note telling her parents to contact them. Authorities then made a second visit making contact with parents. Childress stated that the investigation was set back due to the Thanksgiving holiday. Judith Brogdon, Benjamin’s mother, and James Jackson, Benjamin’s step-father, haven’t been shy about voicing their frustration with VSU during this process. “For someone to be so insensitive not to reach out to the family, or not even to keep up with what’s going on because it’s a holiday, and you’re going away on vacation or whatever you’re doing- it’s very, very hurtful to say the least,” Jackson told CBS. The family has now called upon private investigator firm Martinelli Investigation, Inc. in Lawrenceville, Ga., to assist with the case. Attorney Tom Stubbs is representing the Benjamin family. “It’s not unusual to ever hire a private investigator and attorney going through this situation,” Robin Martinelli, private investi- Photo contributed by Jazmin Young (L) Jazmin Young, (Rear) Robyn Carter and Jasmine Benjamin were members of a close group of friends who did nearly everything together.Here, the trio is out on one of their typical adventures. Vigil planned in Benjamin’s memory See BENJAMIN, Page 2 Ashley Emanuel Homicide vs. Murder firstname.lastname@example.org & Neil Frawley Homicide and murder are two terms that people often use interchangeably, but they are actually two very different concepts. Be careful how you use these terms. email@example.com S TA F F W R I T E R S It is with great sadness that VSU says good-bye to fellow Blazer Jasmine Benjamin. A candlelight vigil ceremony for Jasmine will be at 6 p.m. on Saturday on the steps of Georgia Hall. Attendees are encouraged to wear purple--Benjamin’s favorite color. Any questions, concerns, or suggestions in regards to the planning of the vigil can be directed to William Jimerson, Alpha Phi Alpha secretary, at firstname.lastname@example.org or Amber Worthy, SGA vice president, at email@example.com. Born Dec. 1, 1994, Benjamin • Homicide is not necessarily a crime, but rather an ingredient of other crimes. • Murder is always a crime and is separated into different degrees. Weather Friday Police continue to search for answers in death of 17-year-old VSU student. Eric Jackson MISS BLACK & GOLD INTERST MEETING - 2013 Today Benjamin investigation continues Mostly Sunny 71 H 46 L Homicide: “The killing of one human being by the act, procurement or omission of another. A person is guilty of criminal homicide if he purposefully, knowingly, recklessly, or negligently causes the death of another human being. Criminal homicide is murder, manslaughter, or negligent homicide.” Partly Cloudy 74 H 49 L Murder: “The unlawful killing of a human being by another with malice aforethought, either expressed or implied…The crime is defined by statute in most states.” Saturday Partly Cloudy 75 H 51 L Question of the week dent, Benjamin liked to have fun. “She definitely liked to play games- board games a lot,” Young said. “We just liked to go places honestly. A lot of weekends, we would just walk around.” Kimberlen Kelley, a freshman computer science major, agrees with Young about Jasmine’s fun personality. “I know she is looking down on us still laughing at our jokes and funny moments….she was such an amazing person to be friends with and I’m still in shock that she is gone,” Kelley said. Family, friends and VSU students alike have been affected by her passing. To offer support and comfort in this time of need, the resident assistants of GeorSee VIGIL, Page 2 Source: Black’s Law Dictionary Congrats, Grads! NCAA playoffs: Blazers head to quarterfinals Don’t forget to arrive on graduation day no later than one hour prior to your graduation time. GRADUATE SCHOOL CEREMONY Friday, Dec. 7 6 p.m. PE Complex How far do you think the Blazers with go in the NCAA football playoffs? UNDERGRADUATE CEREMONY Saturday, Dec. 8 PE Complex 10 a.m. Dewar College of Education Air Force ROTC Langdale College of Business A. Final Four B. National Champs C. Lose Saturday to Carson-Newman Vote online at www.vsuspectator.com! 1 p.m. College of the Arts College of Nursing Last Week Poll Results College of Arts and Sciences What’s your favorite Thanksgiving food? I like it all. 57% Turkey 24% Sweet potato cassarole 14% I don’t like holiday food. attended Central Gwinnett High School in Lawrenceville, Ga. She was the daughter of Judith Brogdon and step-father James Jackson. She has two sisters. She entered VSU in August 2012 as a freshman to study nursing. At Central Gwinnett High, Benjamin was a DECA student, and planned to follow in her mother’s footsteps in becoming a nurse. Friends close to Benjamin described her as fun and full of life. Jazmin Young, a freshman art education major and friend of Benjamin, remembers the fun times she had with her. “She was real excitable, so she liked a lot of things- or at least trying a lot of things,” Young said. Just like any other college stu- Austen Hutto/ THE SPECTATOR 5% The VSU football team returned to its normal practice schedule this week. The players went back to the drawing board in preparation to host Carson-Newman Saturday at Bazemore-Hyder Stadium in the NCAA Divison II playoffs. Despite the absence of All-GSC kicker Daniel Anderson out again this week, the Blazers are counting on freshmen Jake Thomas and punter Domonic Demarsi (above) to carry the load on special teams. Demarsi landed several punts inside the twenty-yard line in the Blazers 49-21 rout over West Alabama Nov. 24. Check out this week’s Fall Grad Tab!