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2013-2014 Edition


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THE VOICE OF eXperience A letter from 2013-2014 editor Mark Braboy


WHO WE ARE A look at the demographics of JSU

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HEALTH & WELLNESS One Fit JSU Who the Heck is Molly?

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CAMPUS LIFE Reign of Roman Royalty The Legacy! The Experience! The Dream! The Senior Experience

Cover Story JSU’S TALENT SPOTLIGHT 20 Spotlights of talented students 24 26 28

Praise Is What We Do What’s Hot & What’s Not at JSU Managing Student Loan Debt

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ENTERTAINMENT/ FASHION Silly Billy: Thrifting is for Everyone Reality Check! Do Some Reality TV Shows Promote Bad Bahavior?



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SPORTS 34 A Look at JSU Student Athletes 38 Lady Tigers Volleyball Team Spotlight 28

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The Voice of

Hello Fellow Jacksonians: Bishop T.D. Jakes once said “A setback is a setup for a comeback.� Since the time I started in Student Publications, I’ve seen and eXperienced my share of setbacks, especially when it came to my craft as a writer and student reporter. This year alone was a tough battle for all of us here at The eXperience Magazine as we diligently worked on our major comeback after not being able to release a 2012 edition. Thankfully, like a phoenix, we rose from the ashes and soared with new wind beneath our wings. So it is with great pleasure that I bring to you the return of the eXperience magazine. Throughout the creation of this edition of the magazine, I learned a lot about myself as an editor when it came to leadership. After fighting for what I wanted, I had a rude awakening about myself this year. After eXperiencing some major losses from careless mistakes in the process of crafting my contributions and trying to get others to complete their promised offerings, I learned a ton of valuable lessons. I realized the importance of preparing for worst case scenarios and leading by example, especially when you are a leader. So like any other person with potential, Ms. Sylvia Watley and Ms. Shannon Tatum gave me an old fashion mule kick of motivation. We all need that sometimes and ultimately the entire eXperience shaped me into being a stronger leader and a more responsible one overall. This issue of our magazine is the epitome of the Jackson State University eXperience this year. We are giving you, the reader, stories and perspectives from individuals who are making a meaningful impact on campus whether it is through sports, entrepreneurship, entertainment and campus life, as well as some of the important issues that affect us as Jackson State students. Thank you very much for picking up this awesome magazine and I sincerely hope you enjoy each article that the staff has painstakingly created with our beloved readers in mind. Sincerely,

Mark P. Braboy Managing Editor



eXperience Staff Mark Braboy – Managing Editor Taylor Bembery Tenesha Hughes Avi’Yam Jordan Crystal Killingsworth Brandi McKinney Kachelle Pratcher Dominique McCraney

Mass Communications Contributors: Ashley Norwood Robria Daniels Cherese Pendleton Dharan Hall Kevin Perez Reagan Harvey Demonte Rule Manisha Heard Simone Taylor David Jackson Dominique Triplett Marshatta Johnson Jillian Ware Taylor Johnson Dominique Lewis

Photography/Graphics: Dominique McCraney Crystal Killingsworth Anetra Yearwood University Communications

PRODUCTION STAFF Sylvia T. Watley, Adviser/Production Editor Shannon Tatum, Production Manager

Kierra Thomas, Art Director/ Graphic Designer

is an annual magazine written and edited by Jackson State University students with the counsel of an adviser. Views expressed do not necessarily represent the opinions of the administration, faculty/staff, student body, or the Board of Trustees State Institutions of Higher Learning. Articles, photographs and other materials in the eXperience magazine cannot be republished without the expressed written permission of the editor, adviser and the Student Publications Board at Jackson State University. For additional information, contact JSU Student Publications. For more information about joining the staff, submissions, advertising or additional copies, please call 601-979-2167 or send an email to Student Publications Division of Student Life Jackson State University JSU Post Office Box 18449 Jackson, MS 39217 Phone: 601-979-2167 Fax: 601-979-2876



Artavis Anthony Atlanta, Ga.

Aechari Terrell Kingston, Jamaica

Sarah Hidouk Nigeria

Leria McClendon Clinton, Miss.

Yu Shi China



Top Five Counties: Hinds - 3,934 Holmes - 162 Madison - 579 Copiah - 189 Rankin - 461

Top Three Countries: India - 18 Ethiopia - 12 China - 42

Jermaya Davis Milwaukee, Wis.


Allison Hervey Tucson, Ariz.

Top Five States: Illinois - 224 Texas - 94 Georgia - 128 Tennessee - 149 Louisiana - 133

As you stroll around Jackson State University, it’s hard to imagine that the university started as Natchez Seminary, a private school, under the auspices of the American Baptist Home Mission Society of New York, for the purpose of educating Mississippi’s newly freed and underprivileged blacks. Jackson State has become such a melting pot of cultural diversity that if you tried to name all the states, countries, languages, religions and cultures represented here, it would be a daunting task. In addition to attracting Mississippians and students from many other states, according to the Department of International Studies, JSU has approximately 90 countries represented on our campus as faculty, staff and students. For the last decade, there have been increases in Caucasian and Latino students applying and attending HBCU’s. The environment, the passion, the nurturing, low tuition costs, cultural and racial diversity and many new programs are some of the reasons students from diverse backgrounds have chosen JSU and other HBCU’s to obtain their degrees of choice. JSU is Mississippi, the United States, the Americas, Africa, Asia and Europe! That is who we are!


Health & Wellness

One fit JSU

Taylor Bembery’s goal for staying fit By Ashley Norwood Taylor Bembery has found her passion in an area that was once disappointing for her, maintaining a healthy weight. A year later and 75 pounds lighter, this natural-haired sister loves the skin she’s in. “I feel like I’m here for a reason, to save our young people,” said the Detroit native and senior mass communications major at Jackson State University. The baby girl of two older siblings, Taylor’s older brother Mike is a force in her emphasis on student weight loss at JSU. Mike Bembery is a senior finance major and one of the Jackson 5 drum majors for The Sonic Boom of the South. Having served as a member of J5 since 2011, Mike has survived the rigorous exercise regime of running, marching and practicing routines for hours. “The marching style takes much training, which got me in really good shape throughout my time at JSU,” said Mike. The eight-month training process demanded healthy living in order to succeed. Taylor made the decision to make healthy living a goal for her and others. The younger Bembery encourages everyone she comes in contact with who might be struggling with weight issues to not just lose weight, but to eat right and exercise and the weight loss will follow. “It can happen but it’s not going to happen overnight. I started my lifestyle change in August of 2012. I was at my heaviest of 230 pounds and now I am 155 pounds. I lost 75 pounds, she said. Taylor does not encourage those with weight issues to diet; she encourages them to commit to a healthy lifestyle for life. “There is no such thing as a diet, you have to eat healthy, workout, and love it for life to make it work. You need to be consistent and dedicated to make it happen. Being healthy is an on-going journey, it never ends,” said Taylor.


The means for becoming healthy starts within you, but this dedicated duo is hoping to make things a little easier for students. Every Sunday at 6:30 p.m., Mike and Taylor meet at the Lee E. Williams Athletics and Assembly Center parking lot and with a group of students, they run or walk at least three miles around the campus. The “We Run the Streets” fitness group began its campaign against obesity Sept. 22nd. So far, the highest number of participants has been 10. Tenesha Hughes, a senior mass communications major from Columbus, Miss., is a faithful participant. “A healthy life is very important, especially at our age,” said Hughes. The team is using Instagram and other social networks to promote the weekly run/walk and is striving for a bigger crowd each Sunday. Taylor and Hughes both participated in the annual Latasha Norman Run/Walk in November on behalf of the The Blue & White Flash and won third place. “Our weekly ‘We Run the Streets’ run really served as training for me and Tenesha in the Run/Walk. We were proud to actually place this year,” said Taylor. Taylor’s healthy initiatives have not gone unnoticed. She was recently named the campus correspondent for the “Student Health 101” magazine. Over the past several years, the “Student Health 101” program has evolved into a fully integrated wellness communication system that seeks to create valuable content for students in the areas of health, wellness and fitness. Taylor hopes that her fitness goals for JSU students and the surrounding community will help combat Mississippi’s rank as one of the fattest states in the country. The state has always gotten bad publicity for the number of obese people suffering and dying from chronic diseases like heart disease, stroke and diabetes. The Mississippi State Department of Health will receive $8.5 million from the Centers

for Disease Control and Prevention in the next five years to implement programs that will address the issues of obesity through education and funding for recreational purposes. Taylor also encourages students to take advantage of the state of the art gym located conveniently on the campus. The Walter Payton Recreation and Wellness Center has made keeping students, staff and faculty fit its goal since 2005. Rachel Cowan, Executive Director of the Payton Center, said fitness is her passion. “This is where I need to be,” said the Trinidad native who attended JSU on a track scholarship. Cowan studied business administration and was first hired as a fitness instructor when the center opened. Cowan said that while working out every day, people would come to her for help and tips on how to get fit. It was the joy of helping people and seeing their amazing results that inspired her career. Free programs run five days a week from 6 a.m. until 7 p.m. to accommodate students, faculty, staff and the community. The top two classes are Zumba with certified fitness instructors Xorica Adams at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays and Old School Spin with Lionel Knight at 6:00 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays.

Taylor is quick to say that healthy living is more than exercise; it’s what you eat as well as how you prepare. She offers these tips for beginning a healthy lifestyle: • Cut out all commercialized fast food from your diet ASAP. Fast food is why half of America is overweight. • Fitness and health is not only an action... it is a state of mind. Let go of things that are hindering you from losing weight. Social media, ex boyfriends, toxic friends etc. Anything that’s bringing you drama. LET IT GO! • Start planning your meals and DO NOT skip breakfast. Have as much food in the morning as you want as long as it is fresh, whole, and nonprocessed. • Cut out the excessive drinking of juice and soda. These contain high fructose corn syrup and women gain most of their weight from sugar intake. • As far as exercise, start slow then slowly build up. When you build up, start doing high intense interval training. Suicide drills, cross fit, jump roping, and interval sprints burn the maximum amount of calories.



Who in the heck

Mark Braboy, Dharan Hall, and Crystal Killingsworth

arty scenes around the country, pop culture, the media and yes, Jackson State University have been inundated with stories about a very popular girl. Her name is Molly. Who is this “Molly” that everybody seems to want to befriend? The better question is what is “Molly”? According to the, “Molly” is the pure form of methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA) or ecstasy. Usually found as a free powder or in capsules, MDMA is a synthetic, psychoactive drug with a chemical structure similar to the stimulant methamphetamine and the hallucinogen mescaline. Police departments across the United States have discovered that while “Molly” may have similar traits of ecstasy, it is also a synthesis of numerous dangerous chemicals. Walter Tabb has worked in law enforcement for 15 years and specialized in narcotics. Tabb said, “In years past and as recently as a few months ago, ecstasy was widely known as the club love drug because it lowered people’s inhibitions toward sex and risk-taking.” The ecstasy replacement “Molly” is the new drug of choice according to the Jackson, Miss. native. According to “Because it is similar to methamphetamine, Ecstasy causes the heart to beat faster, the vascular system to constrict and overheating to occur. If the body temperature goes high enough, a person’s organs (particularly liver, kidney and cardiovascular system) can fail, resulting in death. Between 2004 and 2008, emergency room visits due to problems with Ecstasy increased 75 percent, to more than 17,000. It’s not unusual for there to be one or a few deaths following a major music festival.”

such as Trinidad James proclaiming: “Pop the Molly I’m Sweatin,” in the song “All Gold Everything” or “Molly” by French Montana ft. Meek Mill and Wiz Khalifa with lyrics stating, “She got that feeling, feeling/ Shorty be twerking off the pill/ Her clothes start peeling peeling/ This ain’t no joke these girls for real/ She touched the ceiling ceiling/ She bought that party here for real/ I call her molly molly/ She brought that party here for real.” And these are only two of many songs that can be heard on the radio airwaves, BET, MTV or the club party scene. Kanye West’s “Mercy”; Lil Durk ft. Wiz Khalifa -”Molly Girl”; Tyga ft. Wiz Khalifa and Mally Mal - “Molly”; and Cedric Gervais’ - “Molly”; all seem to promote the effects of ‘Molly’. And who could forget the controversial lyrics from Rick Ross, “Put Molly up in her champagne, she didn’t even know it / Took her home and I enjoyed that, she didn’t even know it” from the hit track from Rocko ft. Future and Rick Ross’ “U.O.E.N.O.” These controversial lyrics had many women’s groups calling for a boycott of the artist and his music.

“The drug ‘Molly’ is a psycho-stimulant and has the reputation of being a ‘performance enhancer’. Research suggests that “Molly” or “Ecstasy” is a party drug. It allows the user to feel confident, powerful, intimate and loving. Its purpose is to help individuals temporarily alleviate or escape inferiority and/ or unwanted emotions that prohibit expected desires,” said LaQuita Sims, Marketing/Outreach Specialist for the Latasha Norman Center for Counseling and Disability Services.

Laquala Coleman, Associate Dean of Students at JSU, also feels pop culture is one of the main culprits to the use of “Molly”. “Although some young people may have been exposed to “Molly” from their personal surroundings, many young people were introduced to the existence of the drug through musical lyrics, as well as social media. There are numerous songs that encourage the use of the drug “Molly.” As a result, research has shown the majority of “Molly��� users actually range from 1217 years of age,” said Coleman.

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So, if this drug is so bad, why are so many young people using it? Many believe that the entertainment industry’s constant references to this drug in popular culture may be the culprit.


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contributed to this story. Graphics by Anetra Yearwood the dangers affiliated with the drug. Unfortunately, many of the same young people are willing to risk their lives in order to be accepted by their peers.” Coleman also stated that a few upper-class students reported that “molly” is not very popular among their peers at JSU. Other drugs/addictions are more relevant. “From a societal standpoint, “Molly” has become very popular. Yet, we have not had any judicial services cases associated with the use or possession of the drug,” said Coleman. Some students at JSU have no qualms about admitting that they use the drug. “I’ve tried ‘Molly’ plenty of times,” said a senior business administration major. The 22-year-old Chicago native said he has used the drug before he went to parties. “It gives you a lot of energy, I be turnt up after I pop one.” Another JSU senior, who admitted using the drug, believes that “Molly” in its purest form is harmless and acts kind of like a truth serum because it makes the user very honest. “Molly is just a slang name for MDA which is the purest form and I guarantee you that no one is going to get the real ‘Molly’ in Jackson, Miss. They’re going to step on it. It’s too rare and too expensive to sell at an affordable price on the street. So they take it and they cut it. The only danger is when you get a hold of something impure. A psychedelic in its purest form is almost harmless. Even at extremely high rates.” The Columbus, Miss. native also stated, “Even if you were to do it once every weekend you wouldn’t see very

strong adverse effects. You would still seem normal. In fact, they would see improvements in your behavior and your mood. It can be a very spiritual experience; it can get you in touch with your emotional self and it can open you up to your centers. Your experiences are profound and can stick with you.” The dangers of the drug however, have not escaped many students at JSU who plan to stay far away from Molly. “I will never, ever, ever, pop a ‘Molly’,” said Khristian Foreman, a junior computer engineering major from Detroit, Mich. The 20-year-old Foreman stated, “I’ve seen people go to the hospital messing with that stuff.” Jasmine Harvey, a junior social work major from Macon, Ga., also stated that she would never take “molly”. “I’m not really into drugs and I feel that “Molly” is something that would have longterm, detrimental effects on the body. The effects wouldn’t last for a couple of days. It would take years to repair the damage that was done to the body,” said Harvey. Latasha McLemore, a senior biology major from Lumberton, Miss., has seen the effects of the drug on others and vows never to take “Molly”. “I don’t do ‘Molly’ because I have seen firsthand what it can do to people. I had a friend who did it once and they acted as if they had schizophrenia. They seemed to be really angry. I never wanted to try it because it scared me,” said McLemore. While this drug reportedly is not common at JSU, the Latasha Norman Center and Judicial Services offer drug education services for the campus. “The mission of the Latasha Norman Center for Counseling is to assist students with coping skills and/or adjustment concerns. Stressors may entice the use of drugs and alcohol on college campuses. Our Therapists and Outreach Specialists are trained to be proactive; with the goal of targeting harmful and risky behaviors that occur on campuses and in the community; which could definitely interfere with successful matriculation as a student,” said Sims. JSU’s Judicial Services Office also provides a drug education on-line module program for students who violate Student Code of Conduct # 2.50 POSSESSION OF/USE OF DRUGS (Illegal)/ DRUG PARAPHERNALIA. So if you run into “Molly”, stay far away. This chick is bad news!



Knight’s Reign of On Oct. 17, 2013, Déja Deanna Knight, the 74th

Miss Jackson State University, was crowned in front of hundreds of students, faculty, staff, friends and family. The Texas native “captivated the guests with her grace and poise as she entered the room,” explained 2012 graduate Sara Benson. This year’s coronation theme “Reign of Roman Royalty”, created a Grecian ambiance with a replica of flames burning, golden towers and high chairs as decorations. Reverend Elbert McGowan, Director of Campus Ministries, gave the invocation and compared Knight to the virtuous woman referenced in Proverbs 31 of the Bible. Knight was escorted by the JSU Saber Team and sat on her thrown to be greeted by the high, higher, highest and royal courts of honor. Kings and Queens of each organization bowed at Knight’s feet and sat in high chairs to witness the night unfold. Knight was full of smiles. “Isn’t she lovely?” said Charles A. Cathey III, Student Government Association President as he prepared to give a presentation. The senior, business major from Chicago, Ill. said, “I thank God for such a friend.” He then presented her with a gift and gave well wishes for her reign on behalf of the SGA and student body. “It was amazing to see Déja crowned as Miss Jackson State and also to witness the recognition of my other sisters who are also campus queens. What a joy for the school and for our sorority,” said Jordan Carter, a sophomore political science major from Dallas, Texas. Knight was enthralled by the presence of her sisters of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. as they filled the room with excitement and applause as Knight recognized them for their unwavering support and love. “Gamma Rho, Yes! I love y’all so much and you have helped me more than you will ever know,” said Knight. Knight was serenaded by over 50 of her sorority sisters and presented with a gift. “I’m excited about it all, it seems a little unreal,” said Knight.


Roman Royalty The Coronation of Déja D. Knight By Taylor K. Johnsoon and Simone Taylor

The crowd honored the newly crowned Miss Jackson State University with a standing ovation as she walked her royal promenade throughout the room waving her royal scepter and wearing her crown and royal robe. “Ms. Déja Knight, we are so very proud of you, you look simply beautiful, “said Dr. Carolyn W. Meyers, JSU President. Terry Woodard, President of JSU National Alumni Association, added: “We appreciate your service to this school as a student, and hope it continues once you become an alumnus of this great university.” Tributes were given by the JSU Dance Ensemble and MADDRAMA Performance Troupe, two organizations Knight has been an active member of since her freshman year. A special surprise tribute was given by three former queens who were also members of MADDRAMA, Courtney Rutledge, Miss JSU 2006-2007, Jasmine Searcy, Miss JSU 2007-2008 and Christen Scott, Miss JSU 2009-2010. Rutledge also gave a spotlight tribute singing “The Prayer” by gospel singer Yolanda Adams. As tradition, the escorts performed a bow drill to the queen, this year their precision and appearance left Knight speechless. Tears fell from Déja’s eyes as she saw the love her school poured out to her as she accepted the official oath of office. Knight thanked the student body for their support. “Jackson State, you have transformed me. You remind me every day of why I ran and why I came here. I now have a never ending list of friends and mentors.” As her mom stood to take pictures of her on her throne, Knight reminded her that she was her backbone and has been one big listening ear since she first left for college. Knight also thanked her family, church, and a long list of others. “Everyone in this room makes a difference in my life whether you know it or not,” concluded Knight as she prepared to end the night with the royal dance with her father and singing of the alma mater. “I’m extremely proud of Déja, as long as she holds it together I think I will be fine and won’t cry,” said her mom, Clara Saafir. Saafir is also a former queen of University of Southern Mississippi.


This year’s theme for the Jackson State University’s 2013 Homecoming, “The Legacy! The Experience! The Dream!”, was the creative submission of JSU alumna Angela Moffett. Moffett, a middle school teacher from Carrolton, Texas, joined more than 100 people who submitted ideas in a theme contest started by Lori Stewart with the JSU Center for Engagement and Inclusion. Homecoming week began on Oct. 13th, with a worship service led by College Hill M.B. Church at in the Rose E. McCoy auditorium. College Hill, located just a few blocks from the JSU campus on Florence Avenue, is led by Pastor Dr. Michael T. Williams. On Oct. 14, the JSU Division of Athletics launched the 2013-2014 basketball season with a night of fun, games and fireworks during the second annual “Midnight Madness” in the Lee E. Williams Athletics and Assembly Center on the JSU main campus. The night consisted of several activities and attractions, such as a dunk contest featuring members of the men’s basketball team, music by D.J. Unpredictable (97.7FM), and a fireworks show outside the Athletics and Assembly Center at the conclusion of the event. Other features of the night included: 3-Point shoot out, alumni basketball game, Greek stroll, JSU Baby Tigers miniature skills competition, Sonic Boom of the South and J-Settes, tug of war, and face painting. Additionally, fans had an opportunity to meet and get autographs from the players and coaches of the men’s and women’s basketball teams. Students, alumni and community supporters of Jackson State University enjoyed an evening of gospel and inspirational music on Monday, Oct. 14th at the 2013 Homecoming Gospel Concert in the Lee E. Williams Athletics & Assembly Center. The powerful vocals of Grammy Award winning singer and Pastor, Smokie Norful and praise and worship melodies of JSU’s Interfaith Choir, Tougaloo College Choir, Hinds Community College Choir, and local gospel artist


Jason Gibson and the Destiny Project, filled the air during the spirit-filled occasion. The bright lights shined on Norful as he opened with the song “Imperfect Me.” According to Norful, a native of Muskogee, Okla. and alumnus of the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, his style of music is urban inspirational, meaning that it reaches a wide variety of people with a message of empowerment, hope, love, and encouragement. Aja Swayne, a freshman mass communications major from St. Louis, Mo. and a member of Interfaith Choir who performed a solo at the concert, enjoyed the moment they shared with Pastor Norful. “Performing alongside Pastor Norful was mind blowing! He made the experience very fun. Unlike other artists, he didn’t seem so stuck up. He wanted us to have as much fun as he was having and it was great,” said Swayne. On Oct. 15th, the annual Street Jam celebration, hosted by the Division of Student Life, featured a memorable evening of fun, food and entertainment as various clubs and organizations used the event as a fundraising tool. The festive atmosphere provided a great opportunity for students, alumni, faculty and staff to fellowship. The event was held in the B. F. Roberts Parking Lot. What do you get when you mix Homecoming Week with three of the hottest urban comics around? You get a comedy show like none other that kept the crowd roaring with laughter. Comedians Benji Brown, Sean Larkins, and Shaun Jones headlined the 2013 Homecoming Comedy Show and related to the crowd with jokes about everything from dating and fraternities to tattoos and clubbing. The audience at the Rose E. McCoy Auditorium eagerly awaited the beginning of the show while DJ T- Money opened up for the stand-up acts. “We were going crazy waiting for the show to start,” exclaimed junior biology major Jerecia Williams. “They were a little late but so worth the wait.” Some students enjoyed the show so much they did not want it to end.

Junior business major Derrick Moore said, “I wish I could tour with the guys to wherever they’re headed.” The show ended with a final message from Jones. “You guys are the future of our nation, keep it up,” he said. From Spike Lee’s “School Daze” to “Stomp the Yard,” Greek stepping has evolved from a campus pastime to a cultural phenomenon. JSU Alumnus DJ Unpredictable and former J-Sette, Myra Hall served as host and hostess of the 2013 Homecoming Greek show while DJ T-Money was on the ones and twos. The announcement of the cancellation of the JSU vs. Grambling Homecoming Game and plans for alternate activities was announced and met by boos from the Tiger fans in attendance. “The step show is my favorite Homecoming week event next to the football game. The AAC is always packed to see everyone’s performances. It’s a big campus event,” said Darryl Bufford, a junior criminal justice major. This year’s step show lineup included: Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc., Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., and Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc. “The step show is a big deal among Greeks. There’s always fierce competition between everyone,” said Ashlee Brown, a senior political science major. Phi Beta Sigma placed first with a “Friday” skit. Laughter erupted from the crowd as the men of Phi Beta Sigma took the stage with a very technical, yet funny show. These first place winners of last year’s step show took home the top trophy yet again with the highest overall score of 488 points. Coming in at second place, the AKAs thrilled the crowd as they almost blindingly made costume




changes. The third place winners, the ladies of Zeta Phi Beta, entertained the crowd with their “World War Z” theme which included an intricate step routine and detailed makeup and costumes. Christian Lewis, a 2012 graduate of JSU, related his first alumni homecoming experience as one to remember. “Homecoming week wouldn’t be the same without the Greek step show. Students and hundreds of Greek alumni from all over come to show support to their alma mater and the undergraduate Greeks. That’s a big deal,” said Lewis. What did Jackson State University students, alumni and community supporters do in the wake of Grambling State University’s football team not showing up for the scheduled Homecoming game at JSU? They showed up at the stadium in large numbers and continued the festivities in support JSU. The contest between Grambling (0-8) and Jackson State (6-2) was declared a forfeit on Friday after Grambling players refused to travel due to issues with the athletic program and administration. JSU President Carolyn W. Meyers said in a statement released by the University, “This is an unfortunate situation for JSU fans, but it is beyond our control. I want to encourage the JSU community, including students, alumni and supporters, to participate in the other activities scheduled as part of our Homecoming celebration.” All other Jackson State Homecoming activities continued as scheduled including the Homecoming Parade in downtown Jackson that featured over 150 entries. A crowd of parade-goers lined a new route in downtown Jackson due to construction on Capital Street. In an effort to appease those who traveled many miles, instead of a Tigers vs. Tigers matchup, the JSU Tigers played a “Blue and White” scrimmage game instead at the Mississippi Veteran’s Memorial Stadium.


After the game, fans were treated to an extended performance from the Sonic Boom of the South marching band and a free concert featuring Lyfe Jennings, Terrell C. Moses and Larry Johnson. All of the events were free and open to the public. In the wake of Grambling State University’s unprecedented forfeiture of Jackson State University’s Homecoming football game, JSU released a statement on Oct. 22nd of their plans to pursue litigation against GSU. The statement from Eric Stringfellow, Executive Director of University Communications, read in part: “Our Homecoming game draws tens of thousands of fans. The university intends to use litigation to be made whole for our direct and indirect financial losses. We have a fiduciary responsibility to Mississippi taxpayers and the JSU community to mitigate our ongoing and substantial losses. Jackson State plans to pursue litigation against Grambling State and others. Grambling’s issues are well documented and long standing. Those issues, however, are not JSU’s issues nor are these JSU’s responsibility.” Current students and alumni like Sharon Rosell, a 1993 graduate of JSU with a degree in accounting, stated that the game cancellation was a unique experience but Jackson State did a great job in spite of the circumstances. “I was disappointed that Grambling’s team did not show up because I am a football enthusiast, but as far as enjoying Homecoming, that was not affected,” said Rosell. “It was great seeing old friends and celebrating with my line sisters of Delta Pi Spring 93 especially.” Mark Braboy, Reagan Harvey, Octavis Lawson, and Derrick Walton contributed to this story.



eXperience By Dominique Lewis

Everything changes your senior year in college. Many seniors are doing internships or trying to find jobs they can go straight into after graduation or making plans for graduate school. Some already have a job lined up and are just waiting to walk across that stage. There are also some that get really lazy, and let “senioritis” get to them. They act as if they don’t have to work as hard as they did when they were freshmen. Although, this is the last semester, we still have to work just as hard as we did coming in. Everything needs to be put in perspective now to prepare for the future. “My most memorable eXperience at JSU was my freshman year. I had the most fun I’ve had in years. I think I may have had too much fun because I was on academic probation that spring semester. I was so excited to be a part of something I’ve watched growing up. My whole family went to JSU. I came to almost every football game. I knew this is where I wanted to go to college,” -- Dominique Lewis


When asked what they will remember most about being at Jackson State, many seniors said their freshman year and Homecoming provided their most memorable eXpereinces.

“My most memorable eXperience at JSU was when Obama won in ’08. The whole yard was packed. We were so happy that we finally got a Black president. We didn’t leave the plaza until 1:00 in the morning,” said Jennifer Moore, a senior political science major from Jackson, Miss.

“I loved the football games and watching the Sonic Boom play at halftime. I haven’t missed a game since 2009 and even when I graduate I’ll still be here to cheer for my alma mater,” said Rasheedah Flowers, a senior business major from Jackson, Miss.

Corey Brown, a senior English major from Jackson, Miss., stated his most memorable eXperience was when he pledged Phi Beta Sigma in spring of 2009. “I’ve been wanting to pledge all of my life. My brothers and my father are all Phi Beta Sigma men. It was only right for me to follow in their footsteps.”

Jade Hewitt, a senior biology major from Jackson, Miss., stated, “My most memorable eXperience here at JSU had to be running for Miss JSU. I didn’t win but it was nevertheless one of the best experiences I’ve had ever in life. I never knew so many people would vote for me and actually wanted me to be the face of Jackson State University. I’d do it all again if I could.”

Kachelle Pratcher, a senior mass communications major from Chicago, Ill., said her most memorable eXperience was when she joined SGA. “I knew I wanted to be a part of something big when I got to JSU. The SGA seemed to be just the perfect group to join. I’ve been in all four


years of my college career.”

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Jose Smith, a senior English major from North Panola, Miss. stated his most memorable eXperience was when the University Apartments opened up. “It was a very good look for our school. One of the best things JSU could’ve ever added.”


“Helping better my school will always be a memorable eXperience for me. I’ve been in SGA for three years and it warms my heart that I’ve been a part of making a change for the better for my school,” stated Resethia McMahon, a senior criminal justice major from Memphis, Tenn.

“When Hurricane Katrina happened, a lot of New Orleans natives came to Jackson to stay. JSU was very active in helping out with this horrible tragedy that happened so close to our city,” stated Brian Thompson, a senior mass communications major from Florence, Miss.

Natalya Smith, senior biology major from Greenville, Miss., stated when Cornell West came and spoke in the AAC, it was very memorable. “I learned so much when he came and spoke to us. He even took time out of his day to talk to me one and one and gave me his number to call for advice.”

Aleisha Williams, a senior biology major from Jackson, Miss. said her most memorable eXperience was when BET’s College Tour came to JSU in 2010. “We were all trying to be on TV when they came. They had a rap battle, door prizes, singing contest, and they set up booths giving away free stuff. It was so fun.”

There are so many memories that were made at JSU and there are more to come for the rest of the senior class of 2013-14. I encourage incoming freshmen to get active in things around campus, such as MADDRAMA, writing for the Blue & White Flash, or even joining the SGA (Student Government Association). Stay on top of your classes and try not to fall through the cracks. It’s very good to be a part of something while you’re in college. It looks good on your resume and you’ll cherish the experiences. Roberia Daniels and Cherese Pendleton contributed to this story


JSU's talent

By Dominique Triplett and Taylor Bembery

JSU Students shine in fashion, design, entertainment and business Jackson State University is filled with shining stars from athletes, to members of the Sonic Boom of the South, to photographers and designers, these students let their light shine bright by exemplifying their craft to the student body. They all agree that being an entrepreneur and student isn’t easy, but with the right attitude, street smarts, book smarts, and belief in themselves they will continue to shine. Some of those shining stars have a knack for clothing design, photography, and playing the drums. They have turned these gifts into small businesses, and have gained them popularity on and off the campus of JSU.


Charence Higgins

I shine bright through: Acting and Fashion Design Charence Higgins is a sophomore speech major from Madison, Miss., You may think that because Higgins is a speech major, she would automatically be apart MADDRAMA Performance Troupe. Higgins is not just a member though, she is a great contributor that lends her acting and singing skills to the organization as a part of Scene 50 from 2012. In 2013, Higgins was nominated by the national adjudicators of the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival to attend a conference. That’s a big deal! Though Higgins’ light shines bright while she is acting and singing, her passion for fashion shines a brighter light. Higgins, who’s known for taking t-shirts and turning them into dresses, got the fashion bug when she was in middle school, when her grandmother bought her a sewing machine. From then on, Higgins has been creating her own clothing pieces and pieces for others. The sophomore fashionista admits that she is different from everyone else, and likes to incorporate that aspect in her style. “I never wanted to be normal,” said Higgins. “I consider myself to be somewhat of a hipster.” Higgins gets her inspiration by just observing what other people are wearing. A new project that she is looking to create is a layered skirt.

Keiquanae Smith I shine bright through: Photography

Keiquanae TaTayana Smith, a junior social work major from Union Church, Miss., has always had a passion for photography since she was a little girl. “Being a young female photographer I always had the passion. When I was young I was always taking pictures of myself and my family,” said Smith. She now has her own photography business called KTSiMAGES which she started on December 25, 2012. Smith found inspiration in herself to take pictures. “I think of it as you have to capture a different moment. Like when you are first born you capture that moment, those are memories that will last forever. I really just like taking pictures I met a lot of people that love being in front of a camera. Once you start doing it you can make other people feel comfortable in front of the camera. I met some people that don’t even like taking pictures but once they get in front of your camera you can make them smile,” said smith. She has also upgraded her expertise by purchasing a new professional camera which allows her to take vivid snapshots! 21

Brian Hart

I shine bright through: Clothing Design Brian Hart, a junior graphic design major from Jackson, Miss, is the designer of his own clothing line named Team Uptown Clothing. Hart has put hard work and effort into his line since 2010. “Ever since high school I’ve been a “different” type of person and I dressed different from everybody else. I know I wanted to do something with art, so I figured I might as well start my own business and be known for something,” said Hart. He thought having his own clothing line would be successful so he started Team Uptown his senior year of high school. “I started my senior year towards the summer. It turned from an idea from one personal shirt, then it turned to a whole concept of a company,” said Hart. Hart believes having a business is like taking care of a baby. “You’re taking that responsibility to make sure that your business grows like a child would grow. It teaches you life lesson like not giving up on certain things. You have to stay strong and keep believing in what you want,” said Hart. He added that he was discouraged at first. “I felt like, ‘do I really want do this? Am I wasting my money?’ But I thought through it and it has grown year by year so I’m glad I didn’t stop.” Hart has done four fashion shows which were in New Orleans, Atlanta, Canton, Miss., and at Jackson State. He is also expanding the brand and in 10 years Hart hopes Team Uptown Clothing will become a household brand.

Diante Rogers

I shine bright through: Dance

Diante Rogers, a freshman biology pre-med major raised in Atlanta, Ga., is a dancer, whose style is a mix of popping, locking and robotics. The Atlanta native and New York born gentleman has experience in such styles as: ballet, jazz and tap, but favors the hip-hop style the most. “I just like dancing,” said Rogers, who has been dancing since the age of four. Rogers also admits that it’s the crowd that drives him. “The more people there are, the harder I dance,” he said. The dancing phenom first showcased his talent for dance at a school talent show when he was just in the 1st grade. He won 4 years straight, which apparently was a problem for his school because they advised that he should not be in the talent show his 5th grade year. That advisement was confirmation to Rogers that his talents were truly impeccable, especially at the age that he was. In high school, Rogers got more involved with his dancing. He created his own dance crew called Chronicles. The crew was popular, and not just 22

at the school. The crew also was a part of the underground dance scene, where they entered into competitions. Upon coming to Jackson State, Rogers of course had to leave his crew, but that does not slow up his dancing. Rogers still gets his dance fix by putting up tutorial videos and even posting videos on different company’s websites for money. It provides a great means of income for him, especially since he is constantly making dance videos. “It usually takes me three days to come up with a dance, but it just depends,” said Rogers. He gets inspiration from cartoons and just funny things in general. “I like to create a story,” said Rogers, “I just like to make people laugh.” The solo dancer is also currently looking for potential members for another crew, but in the meantime, he continues to do his own thing, making as many videos as possible.

Keenan Renfroe

I shine bright through: Music & Barbering Keenan Renfroe, a junior management major, from Memphis, Tenn., is multi talented in all aspects. He started his business Chopstar Kutz in 2007 and recently established himself as a drum teacher in May of 2013. Renfroe shared his inspiration for playing drums and the barbering craft. “I love teaching people to play the drums. I love reacting with different students my age and also children. I just love sharing my craft with other students because I get to mold and cultivate students the way I was taught,” said Renfroe. He has been playing the drums since the age of two. He has also been exposed to the craft of cosmetology his whole life. “My cousin cut my hair and I was influenced by him and I just mixed that with my business endeavors and came up with my own service,” said Renfroe. He believes that everyone should have an entrepreneurial mindset. “Nothing is promised, so having some sense of business helps you to relate with anything,” said Renfroe. Renfroe is currently working on a partnership with Calloway High School and the Band Director there to be able to teach the high school drummers. He has been able to play drums for local artists, gospel singer Darrell Pettis and will also be featured in the James Brown movie “Get on Up” which will be in theatres Oct. 17, 2014. “It was crazy. A friend of mine was riding with me to the mall and mentioned that the audition was on that Saturday. The auditions would end at 5 p.m. and it was like 4 p.m., so I stopped exactly what I was doing and went straight to the audition. I got a call back to audition in Natchez, then got another call back and received the opportunity.” Renfroe plans to become a business mogul. “I know I will have some type of establishment or at least one company. I plan to own many barbershops in Memphis, Tenn. and in Jackson, Miss. My dad has a moving company in Memphis and I plan to expand it. I know the company like the back of my hand. I plan to apply everything I’ve learned from my major and experiences at JSU,” said Renfroe. Photos by Dominique McCraney


Praise is What We Do Students discuss faith on campus By Avi’Yam Jordan


raising God and focusing on faith while in college can be a challenge for many students. Research from the Pew Center’s Religion & Public Life Project reveals young Americans ages 18 to 29 are considered less religious than older Americans and fewer young adults belong to any particular faith. Things seem to be different at Jackson State University, given the variety of campus ministry organizations that help provide diverse spiritual outlets for praise and worship on campus. “I know of some students who do worship, read and pray because they have those community of people around them holding them accountable for their actions,” said sophomore history major Iasia Collins, who leads the group YoungLife at JSU. “I believe college students are more likely to express their faith by being alone when no one is watching. I think some of us have become so self-conscious of ourselves. I minister to other students by first just talking and finding the good in them. Then I pray for them and continue to check on them and finally bring up Christ in a way they would understand.” One of the most popular ministries on campus is Reformed University Fellowship (RUF), lead by director and adviser, the Reverend Elbert McGowan, known to students as El. His messages of wisdom and scriptural knowledge along with food and praise music lead to capacity crowds at the weekly services in the JSU Student Center.


Realizing the needs of students who are not able to attend their more familiar ‘home’ churches, McGowan was inspired to form RUF. His goal is to reach students with the Gospel of Jesus and to meet the needs of those students seeking to serve the Lord during their regular weekly meetings. “Students can know and walk in the Lord in college within the bounds He has set. This is an amazing time to build good friendships and be groomed to be Godly mothers, fathers, friends, etc…” said McGowan. Morgan Gallan, a junior English major from Pine Bluff, Ark., has actively attended RUF since her freshman year. Gallan said the welcoming environment and the Christian community motivates her to frequently attend and recommends RUF to everyone, not just Christians. “RUF has helped me keep a level head and active with positive people. It encouraged me to stay involved in school,” said Gallan. Tamarcus Lott, a freshman biology/premed major from Memphis, Tenn., is a new participant in RUF, and was informed of the organization through a convocation reception. “RUF was organized with interesting people, and a popular organization,” said Lott. YoungLife focuses its ministry on local high school students by befriending and building relationships with them. “We go to games,

concerts, party, and much more. By building this relationship with the students we hope to gain the right to introduce Christ to them, which is the most amazing part,” said Collins. “I love teenagers and I want to be a positive influence to those who rarely see that. I do this because it what I feel like God created me for and I know through Him I was changed as a troubled teen. Watching teenagers and young adults I feel that they think religion is just a fad you pick up for a while and that its just something you get to get yourself to where you want to go.” InterVarsity Christian Fellowship also connects with students about the struggles of living a Christian life on a college campus and encourages them to help others. Jason “Smiley” Abrams, the founder of InterVarsity at Jackson State, saw a need for the Gospel of Jesus Christ among his peers after moving to Jackson. This need inspired him to form InterVarsity in hopes of inspiring other JSU students to be change agents among their peers. Abrams’ goal with InterVarsity is, “to see disciples make disciples. To see students help other students and to let them know people are praying for them. In summary, creating leaders is a big goal and seeing student disciples on campus as prayer warriors and also to see students leading multiple small groups focusing on any area that other students can relate to.” His message to the students is inspired by one word: mission. “The world is broken. We all live in this broken world. Some circumstances won’t change or improve,” said Abrams. “There is the unexpected and hurt, but it is not the way God designed it. God created a way for people to have peace and joy, to accept Jesus Christ into their lives. Destin Benford, a senior speech communications major from Drew Miss., is president of InterVarsity and his goal is to represent Christ and reach students in a way to learn about God and to be a Christian at a college campus. “My goal is to keep students grounded in what it means to be not only spiritual but aware of others and what they are going through. To be aware first and foremost and grounded in the Word,” said Benford. “Being grounded in the Word makes life easier, and when one obeys God, order comes. As a Christian, we all have a purpose and campus ministry can help with defining the self and the people one wants to deal with.” Another ministry affiliated with the United Methodist Church is the Wesley Foundation, lead by the Reverend Kordell Sims. Sims said he wanted a ministry that would move students, help them not miss God’s blessings and connect them to the community, the world and to Christ. “I want to let students know it is alright to be at their university and love, adore, and praise God during their college experience,” said Sims. Sherita Gayden, a freshman biology major from Kilmichael, Miss., said that without ministry, she would have been one of the ones who are, “loose and wild.” Gayden, Wesley Foundation president, feels that it is important to have a relationship with God in college, and that He helps students make it through the process. “Wesley Foundation’s goal is to build JSU more and reach out to the community. It is necessary for us to recognize that it is time for us to do something towards making changes,” said Gayden. On Wednesday nights in the Student Center Theater, Word on Campus meets to praise and worship with Pastor Roderick Richardson. Richardson said he was inspired to form his ministry because he made mistakes in college and does not want others to make the same mistakes. Richardson discusses relationships and dating, as well as money management, debt, financial aid and offers student loan seminars during his meetings. “My message is that you can have fun and still be Christians. You don’t have to be perfect, just strive. Even Drake stated in an album that he’s still working on stuff. That he doesn’t smoke, drink, or cuss like he use to. Strive for excellence,” said Richardson. Ministry Vice President Devonte Lee, a junior computer science major in from Milwaukee, Wisc., said Word on Campus gives motivation and strength, and is a church home if needed. Lee said, “Word on Campus on Wednesdays is a mid-week burn and it gives motivation. It’s like a second wind.” JSU campus ministries strive to reach all students of various faiths through its many religious organizations. Other active groups include: Church of God in Christ (COGIC) Collegiate Club, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, JSU Interfaith Gospel Choir, Muslim Student Association, JSU Catholic Student Association and Young Life Leaders.


What’s hot &What’s not

at JSU

Compiled by Tenesha Hughes

Jackson State University is more than just a place of academic excellence. Most wellrounded students take part in all that makes JSU a community. We surveyed many students at JSU to find out the many places and things on or around campus that are considered ‘hot’ or favorites and the ‘not’s or things they could do without at Jackson State University.

What’s hot Favorite place to study:

1st: The H.T. Sampson Library The H.T. Sampson Library has five floors and is complete with computer labs, study rooms and a relaxing atmosphere conducive to studying. 2nd: Cyber Lounge located on the 2nd Floor of the Student Center 3rd: Dorm Room. “The 3rd floor of the library is the best place to study because it’s what I’m used to and what I’m comfortable with so I tend to get a lot more work done. I’m comfortable but not too comfortable where I can fall asleep.” said Brittany Edwards, a senior mass communications major from Chicago Ill.

Favorite Place to Eat on Campus:

1st: Legacy Dining Hall “The Legacy is the best to me because the food seems to be just a little more prepared to my liking,” said Aaron Cain III, a senior business/marketing major from Zion, Ill. 2nd: Heritage Dining Hall 3rd: Java Café’ 26

Favorite Sports Team on campus

1st: JSU Football Team “The football team is my favorite because I just love football season here at Jackson state and I really enjoy Homecoming time. Go tigers,” said Roneshia McConnell, a biology/pre-physical major from Jackson, Miss. 2nd: JSU Basketball Team 3rd: JSU Volleyball Team

Favorite Song played by the Sonic Boom:

1st: Jackson Fair, Jackson Dear “Jackson Fair is my favorite song because it’s something my aunts would sing when I was a baby. I grew up dancing to the tune, now I can my pom pom with pride in my heart,” said Ashley Norwood, an English major from Jackson, Miss. 2nd: Get Ready 3rd: The Show by Doug E Fresh

Favorite Scenic Place on campus

1st: The Plaza at Sunset 2nd: The View of Campus from the H.T. Sampson Library on the top floor 3rd: The Courtyard of the College of Liberal Arts “The Plaza at sunset has the best scenery because it looks beautiful as if the sun was setting on JSU,” said Shelsie Nichols, a biology/pre-physical therapy major from Jackson, Miss

What’s not 1) Campus ID’s “I don’t like the whole ID situation and how every 5 minutes a police officer is in my face about wearing it around my neck,” said Ashley Hulitt, a senior mass communications major from Clinton, Miss. 2) Parking on Campus “Well, parking is not what’s hot because it sucks. There is not anywhere to park on campus,” said Raven Johnson, a junior business management major from Memphis, Tenn. 3) Social Events “I feel like even though we are young adults we shouldn’t look off campus to have events that are safe and that everybody can relate too,” said Nikyta Wilkins, a senior mass communications major from Chicago, Ill. 4) Dorm Life “I don’t like people walking around having loud conversations. I shouldn’t hear everything you’re talking about on the 1st floor from my room and I stay on the 4th floor,” said Kimani McCullough, a junior mass communications major from Detriot, Mich. 5) Cafeteria Food “The cafeteria food because they have same food every week, there is no variety in choices,” said Kendall Anderson freshman, a civil engineering major from Memphis, Tenn.


DENT U T S G N I G A N A T M B DE N Students discuss how they A LO

deal with mounting student loan debt By Kachelle Pratcher Students face huge student loan debts after graduation. Recent college graduates often do not have much time to celebrate the milestone of walking across the stage before being plagued with worry about how they will repay student loans that have accumulated over four or more years. According to the Federal Reserve Board and Chronicle of Higher Education College Board student loan debt is on the rise in the United States along with the number of loan defaults. The average student loan debt is $24,301 and 60 percent of students borrow annually to cover educational costs. “I feel student loan debt is absurd to a certain extent because the interest rates are ridiculously high and the six month period that you are given to find a job and repay loans is not long enough in this tough job market,” said Myiesha Moore, a junior business administration major from Columbus, Miss. Senior Isiah Brydie said he had to take out student loans to afford college. “I believe that the university system is now designed to get students in debt and have bad credit,” said the business administration major from Tulsa, Okla. “We are continuing to feed the financial institutions in this country that are built on debt.” Interest rates this year are at an all-time high varying from 6.8 percent and above and are steadily rising. The Education Sector analysis, a snapshot of the Education Department’s studies, shows that graduates are defaulting on loans that they agreed to pay at the highest rate in nearly two decades. According to the Huffington Post website, annual figures made public by the Department of Education state that one in 10 recent borrowers defaulted on their federal student loans within the first two years, the highest default rate since 1995. “Student loan debt is supposed to help people but yet it sets them back. A person is going to school to be able to better themselves and make a life for them and their family,” said Kenisha Hayes, a sophomore biology/pre-med major from West Memphis, Ark. “With the high cost of school, it causes students to take out loans bigger than what they can make in a lifetime. There are plenty of people who graduated over 20 years ago who still owe loans.” Federal Reserve Board research data from July 2013 reports that an estimated


7.4 million students will pay more for their student loans if the rates go up, according to the White House. However, each year the lower interest rate is extended represents $6 billion in lost potential revenue. In addition to worrying about repaying their loan debt, some students are concerned about their credit scores. According to the 360Degree of Financial Literacy website, student loan debt can potentially hurt credit scores and limit graduates from buying big ticket items they may need after college including cars, apartments, or funding for graduate school programs. According to the website, more students and their parents are taking out student loans to pay for education. Based on recent FICO research looking at a large data sample from one of the credit bureaus, myFICO found that 6.2 percent of US consumers had two or more open student loans on their credit report in 2005. By 2012, that number grew to roughly 11.8 percent. Student loan debt is not treated any differently than other debt in your calculating a credit score. What once was looked at as good debt is now a financial burden and can run banks away, as well as potential employers who check credit scores, according to the MyFICO website, which has an entire section targeted towards student loan debt. These are risks that borrowers must think about before setting up different installment loans for an education that can cost them more than they may earn in a lifetime.

According to the Project on Student Debt initiative website there are 10 tips for recent graduates to follow when hoping to lower student loan debt and keeping up with payments. 1. Know Your Loans: It’s important to keep track of the lender, balance, and repayment status for each of your student loans. 2. Know Your Grace Period: A grace period is how long you can wait after leaving school before you have to make your first payment.

3. Stay in Touch with Your Lender: Whenever you move or change your phone number or email address, tell your lender right away.

4. Pick the Right Repayment Option: When your federal loans come due, your loan payments will automatically be based on a standard 10-year repayment plan.

5. Don’t Panic: If you’re having trouble making, there are legitimate ways to temporarily postpone your federal loan payments, such as deferments and forbearance. But beware: interest accrues on all types of loans during forbearances.

6. Stay out of Trouble!: Ignoring your student loans has serious consequences that can last a lifetime. 7. Lower Your Principal If You Can: When you make a federal student loan payment, it covers any late fees first, then interest, and finally the principal. If you can afford to pay more than your required monthly payment - every time or now and then – do it!

8. Pay Off the Most Expensive Loans First: If you’re considering paying off one

or more of your loans ahead of schedule, start with the one that has the highest interest rate.

9. To Consolidate or Not to Consolidate: A consolidation loan combines

multiple loans into one for a single monthly payment and one fixed interest rate. Never consolidate federal loans into a private student loan, or you’ll lose all the repayment options and borrower benefits!

10. Loan Forgiveness: There are various programs that will forgive all or some

of your federal student loans if you work in certain fields or for certain types of employers. “I have taken loans out for school and knowing debt is waiting on me once I complete college is scary,” said Kayn Jones, a senior art design major Kalyn Jones from Meridian, Miss. “I have secured more scholarship options over my last two years, so that helps significantly with educational cost.” For students’ just starting college and those looking to pursue advanced degrees, applying for scholarships is key. Scholarships are often specific to majors, career aspirations and grade point averages. According to the website, lenders give free money to students to complete their education. Websites like FastWeb,, and Thurgood Marshall College fund help students locate monies to help them achieve their goals of completing college.



Silly Billy thrifting is for everyone By Ashley Norwood and Tenesha Hughes

Who needs Prada when you can be “beautiful, at

Silly Billy’s opened in March 2011. “I always had a passion for fashion,” said Hall. The two-story shop located in the Fondren community in Jackson features wall-to-wall clothing and accessories -- from vibrant vintage to patterned modern-day apparel, and gold chains to softly worn suede shoes.

As you walk down the Gibbs-Green Pedestrian Walkway, better known as the plaza, on Jackson State University’s campus, you will notice a lot of students wearing unique and vintage clothing. Thrifting become the current fashion trend among many students at JSU.

The financially challenged economy and high cost of higher education have many making the decision to shop at resale stores. Candace Fairley, a junior biology pre-med major from Magee, Miss., participates in thrifting because she likes the prices and originality of the items she finds. “I thrift because it is cheaper than going to the mall. It is very convenient for me as a college student. Plus, thrifting requires imagination and creativity. It’s like playing dress up,” said Fairley.

According to, thrifting is when one visits several different thrift shops, second-hand shops, and vintage clothing stores in the hopes of buying several items of cheap and unusual clothing and other items. “Look beautiful and go on,” said Silly Billy’s fashion guru and storeowner, Rodale Hall, better known as Billy.

Even though thrifting has been around for awhile, it seems to be really popular among college students. There are plenty of thrift shops in Jackson Miss. “This was my first time visiting Silly Billy’s, and I must say that it won’t be my last,” said Tira Erwin, a Vicksburg, Miss., native and senior elementary education major. “Not only do they have great things, but the prices are very

a reasonable price?” That’s the motto at Silly Billy’s Resale Store and other thrifting stores in and around the city of Jackson.


affordable.” Silly Billy’s shop prices range from $2 to $25. The price depends on the type of clothing. Hall gave his advice on how to thrift properly. “The best advice you can give someone who wants to go and thrift is to get the idea of retail mall out your head. You cannot walk into a thrift shop and think mall or boutique,” said Hall. Hall and Randy McDonald, store assistant, say they strive to be a blessing. “You never know how someone’s day is going. Just as our customers make us smile, we want to be a blessing to them,” said McDonald. Silly Billy’s is a well-known shop among JSU students who are attracted to the environment because of its fluorescent vintage zipper hoodies, uniquely patterned over-sized sweaters, gold-plated bamboo hoops and patent leather clutches. For the guys, there’s a large selection of tailored suede and pinstriped blazers, seasonal ties and suede loafers. The affordable prices and proximity to the campus have made Silly Billy’s a hot topic among students. “I know I’ve come in once or twice with a ton of stuff,

and when I can’t stretch my last twenty, Billy has blessed me out of the kindness of his heart. Anything to keep his customers happy,” said Raynetra Gustavis, a JSU alum and Mississippi College Law student from Hazlehurst, Miss. Many students feel that thrifting is a way for someone to show their style. It gives you the ability to be free, open minded and express the way you feel with a creative mind. “Everybody wants to be vintage, but vintage is an art, not a trend because it captures a beautiful time in era,” said Fairley. A lot of times while thrifting you will only find one specific item that no one else would be able to get. Kris Campbell, a junior mass communications major from Mobile, Ala. shared why he chooses to wear clothes from the thrift. “I thrift because I’m kind of old school. I admire Kid and Play type styles, and they don’t make that type of stuff anymore so I go to the thrift store to try and find it,” said Campbell. If you would like to jumpstart your fashion selections, try thrifting, it will take your style to another level.


Reality some reality TV Check! Do shows promote bad behavior?

By Crystal Killingsworth You’ve heard about them – “The Real Housewives of Atlanta,” “Project Runway,” “Basketball Wives,” “Catfish” and many more. It seems that reality television has become what reality star Lil’ Scrappy would call, the “Biznyee” for those individuals seeking entertainment these days. It should come as no surprise considering the current generation’s love for drama, money, and anything scandalous in nature. What’s more is that the Internet has practically given everyone the green light to post any and every outrageous thing on the web. This accessibility to catch real life moments has left viewers fiending for more uncut material and thus providing a market for even more reality shows. Reality TV first appeared on network radar in 1971 in the form of a documentary styled program entitled “An American Family.” The show featured many of the same issues that producers today highlight in their programs -- family issues, relationship problems, emotional distress and some kind of spin or twist that usually gets the audience riled up. The show lasted only one season, but it launched a new era in television. In 1992,


the “The Real World” aired and thus the presentday reality TV monster was born, leaving an unprecedented mark on its viewers. Just as diversity defines the campus make-up at colleges and universities like Jackson State University, so does the TV viewing choices of students. At JSU, a random poll revealed the top five most popular reality shows -- “Love & HipHop”, “Basketball Wives”, “The Real Housewives of Atlanta”, “Teen Mom” and “Catfish”. “I honestly only watch it [Real Housewives of Atlanta] for a good laugh. I don’t watch it for gratification or an inside look into the lifestyles of rich black women. I just think they’re funny and I can always count on getting a good laugh out of each episode,” said Tiffany Thompson, a senior mass communications major for Atlanta, Ga. Basketball Wives chronicles the lives of a group of women who have all been somehow romantically linked to professional basketball players. Mark Jimerson, a junior childcare and family education major from Raymond, Miss., said, “I found it [Catfish] quite amusing and interesting especially when I found out one of the characters was from Jackson.” Catfish: The TV Show is a reality-based docudrama television series airing on MTV about the truths and lies of online dating. It does not come as a surprise that producers realized the sudden infatuation with “real” TV and decided to capitalize on the idea. The producers exploited the public fixation on reality TV to increase their ratings and make more money. However, unlike the original reality show structure that depicted “real” situations and struggles that were initially frowned upon, producers today have other intentions. What was once frowned upon and considered unruly and shocking behavior is now encouraged and rewarded. Now before you say “a little reality never hurt anybody” consider the possibility that it does. We have all heard about the studies on television and how too much TV will rot your brain, well is it too far-fetched to consider reality TV rotting one’s morals? Do the phrases “get your life” or “have several seats,” or maybe the most popular, “gone with the wind fabulous” mean anything to you. If so, it’s time that you have a reality check!

In addition to a newfound vocabulary, what is possibly most alarming is when people begin to unconsciously or intentionally mimic the unruly and sometimes outrageous behavior found in most reality shows. In essence, it’s the “monkey see, monkey do” concept. However, do you really want to follow in the footsteps of many reality stars? Take Jersey Shore’s Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi for instance. One day while “living her life,” Polizzi was arrested for public drunkenness on a beach. I don’t know about you but when did packing an alcoholic beverage make for a fun day at the beach? Since when did it become okay to condone getting drunk in public and getting arrested. Reality star or student, would you want either of the above mentioned credentials on your resume. Morgan C. Gallon, a junior English major from Pine Bluff, Ark., said she regrets even watching reality TV. “You’ll never catch me watching reality TV today,” she said and explains that she only watched the program over the summer because she had absolutely nothing else to do. When asked if she felt that reality shows promoted bad behavior, she agreed referencing a show on MTV called “Love & Hip Hop” where three people were involved in a love triangle that caused much vulgarity and confrontation. “The whole Stevie J and Joseline thing was stupid.” Also, Gallon felt that reality television was contradictory to its name saying that “I feel that the entire show is scripted.” Elizabeth J. Donnelly, a junior elementary education major from Memphis, Tenn., said she watches reality TV religiously and she loves it. “When I watch television, 9 times out of 10, it’s some sort of reality show. Watching other people’s drama allows me to escape my own.” Donnelly feels that the messages portrayed on some reality programming are not always negative. She referenced VH1’s reality series, “Teen Mom” which aired from 2009 until 2012, saying “they (four girls navigating their first years of motherhood) actually promote awareness about teen pregnancies.” There is no official verdict on whether reality television promotes negative or scandalous behavior. However, if you happen to watch these programs all the time, you may want figure out if you need a reality check!




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JSU Student Athletes JSU MEN’S BASKETBALL Jeffery Stubbs Standing at six feet, 1 inch and weighing 165 pounds is the guard from Jackson, Miss., Jeffery Stubbs. The College Sports Madness 2013 – 2014 SWAC Preseason All-Conference Men’s Basketball Teams picked the top men’s basketball players from the conference and Stubbs was one of the players expected to make significant contributions to the team during this season. Stubbs received a fourth team nod. Stubbs attended Ridgeland High School where he was a high School All State player and Dandy Dozen selection. Stubbs transferred to JSU after playing two years of basketball at Holmes Community College. He averaged 8.3 ppg, 2.4 RPG and 1.1 APG last year for the Tigers. He started playing basketball at the age of 10 but most people don’t know he played football first. “The most memorable moment as a basketball player was dunking on 3 people in high school” he said. “Choosing Jackson State was an important choice in order to be close to home and to be close to my 2 year old daughter” said Stubbs, a senior Interdisciplinary Studies major. After graduation Stubbs has plans to become a successful NBA player or play overseas and eventually coach the game he loves so much.


to score around the basket and she also makes good passes out of the post area. She has a knack for being around the ball, grabbing key rebounds. “At the end of the season last year, she really started to come on, and after going home and spending the summer in the weight room, she looks great,” Dixon said in the SWAC teleconference. “We’re just excited about where she is right now, and she’s going to definitley going to be one of the leaders, as well as Ekwara Ndongo.”

JSU BASEBALL Charles Tillery Charles Tillery, a 6-0, 195 pound junior from Starkville, Miss. helped lead JSU to the 2013 SWAC title and the automatic bid in the NCAA Baseball Tournament Regional. The outfielder closed out his first season at JSU with a .352 batting average which ranked second in the SWAC. He also led the league in on-base-percentage (.475). Along with his batting average, Tillery led JSU in runs scored (52), hits (68), walks (33) and stolen bases (26). He was named SWAC Newcomer of the Year and voted to the conference second team in the postseason. Tillery was selected to the 2013 American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA)/Rawlings South Central All-Region team and was one of 26 players named to the teams and he received a second team nod. JSU hopes to take the SWAC title again with the help of Tillery.


Ayanna Hardy-Fuller

Kelsey Townsend

Ayanna Hardy-Fuller, a six-foot redshirt junior forward from Chicago, Ill., finished last season ranked second on the team in scoring with 9.1 points per game. She averaged 5.1 rebounds per contest. Ayanna dished out nine assists, tallied seven blocks, and registered 16 steals on the seasons, which placed her second on the team. She recorded a .528 field percentage; which ranked her first in the conference and a .510 free throw percentage. The Southwestern Athletic Conference named Hardy-Fuller to its Preseason All-Conference second-team. Ayanna is a hard-working forward who has the ability to create shots

Kelsey Townsend, a 20-year-old San Diego, Calif. native, has been a softball pitcher since she was five years old. She says she loves the game, but she admits it was not her first love. It was Townsend’s twin sister who initially showed an interest in the sport, and their dad was to be the coach. “I didn’t want to play but my mom convinced me that I would be bored just watching their games so I gave it a try,” said Kelsey. The 5’2 junior college transfer won 20 contests in the circle for the Grossmont Community College Griffins last season. Rick Fremin, Kelsey’s softball coach, attests


to her athleticism and scholarship also. “Kelsey is very competitive as well as a team player; she realizes the importance of academics and will be very successful throughout her career after college.” Kelsey anxiously awaits attending JSU. “The opportunity to play at a Division 1 school has been a lifelong dream and I am excited to be playing with JSU,” Townsend said. Townsend is anticipating playing for Jackson State University beginning the spring semester 2014, where she will major in General Studies.

JSU MEN’S Cross Country Samuel Rhoads Samuel Rhoads, the Tigers lead runner for JSU was able to finish ninth and place in the top ten in the SWAC with a time of 27:21. Rhoads, a senior, believes his hard work and training paid off and his strategy to have a good second half contributed to his success in cross country. Cross country is his favorite, although he does plan to run during the upcoming track and field season in 5k and 10k distance running events.

JSU WOMEN’S CROSS CONTRY Krissle Nicome Leading the Lady Tigers’ in women’s cross country was junior Krissle Nicome who was selected to represent JSU in NCAA XC South Regional. Nicome finished in 6:38. The perseverance of this runner helped JSU to place third in the 2013 SWAC Cross Country Championship in October. Nicome is proud to have set personal records in both the 5k and 6k competitions this year and hopes to keep improving, not only on the field but also in the classroom. Nicome joined three Lady Tigers who were sent to compete in the 2013 NCAA South Region Cross Country Championship hosted by the University of Alabama on Friday, on Nov. 15 in Tuscaloosa, Ala. at the Harry Pritchett Running Park. Nicome, along with Sabrina Welch and D’Andrea Eashmond were giving the opportunity to compete based on their overall performance during the 2013 cross country season. Nicome’s goal is to continue to better her times and to set new personal records in running and in class. She encourages her fellow schoolmates to come and support the cross country team.


JSU FOOTBALL Qua Cox Qua Cox, a 6-foot, 185 pound star cornerback was named Preseason Defensive Player of the Year. Last year, Cox led the SWAC with five interceptions leading JSU (7-5) for a consecutive season. He helped the Tigers pick up five consecutive wins to close the regular season en route to winning the Eastern Division with an appearance in the SWAC Football Championship. Cox led the JSU defensive backs with eight pass break-ups and 13 passes defended. He closed the year with 50 tackles (36 solo) including five for a loss and two sacks on a defensive unit that led the league in sacks with 43. He was named to the All-SWAC First Team at the end of the regular season. For the preseason, Cox was placed on the watch lists for the College Football Performance Awards (CFPA) and The Sports Network (TSN). He was also named a TSN FCS preseason All-American and selected to the network’s Buck Buchanan Award watch list. Cox has had plenty of memorable moments at JSU, but one of his most vivid was during the 2010 Southern University game. In the fourth quarter with 19 seconds left on the clock and the Tigers on their own 5- yard line, JSU ran 95 yards in 19 seconds to win the game. “I had never seen a team drive down field 95 yards and win the game with 19 seconds on the clock in the fourth quarter off of two plays.”

JSU MEN’S GOLF Kyle Bodenstein The Jackson State men’s golf team finished in second place in the 2013 Southwestern Athletic Conference golf championship at Oak Wing Golf Club with the help of Kyle Bodenstein. Kyle Bodenstein led Jackson State as he fired a 72 on the final day and 218 for the tournament, as he finished in third place in the individual standings and earned an All-SWAC first team nod. Josh McCormick also earned an All-SWAC first team spot as he finished fourth with a score of 224. James Reed finished in sixth place with a score of 227 to earn a spot on the All-SWAC second team. The Tigers finished with a score of 898, 17 strokes behind the Alabama State Hornets. Alabama State finished the three day, 54-hole tournament with an 881. Jackson State cut the ASU lead to eight strokes going into Wednesday’s final round.



Stevie Booker

A’Kendra Lewis

Stevie Booker, a junior from Goodyear, Ariz. has been a driving force for the Lady Tiger golf team. Booker finished fourth in the individual standings in the SWAC championship and fired a 163 (83, 80). JSU’s team finished second overall. She was named an All-SWAC first team member but the Jackson State women’s golf team was unable to overcome an 11 stroke deficit to Alabama State on the final day of the 2013 Southwestern Athletic Conference women’s golf championships. Booker, who was named Most Dedicated at Athletics Awards Banquet, hopes to bring home the SWAC championship next year.

A’Kendra Lewis is a major part of the JSU Women’s Track team. She runs the 400, 4 x 400 meter relay team and the sprint medley relay team. Possibly the more impressive thing, is that she does all this while maintaining a 3.4 grade point average. Now imagine having a third obligation, something that was equally as important for and offered positive opportunities. Lewis is also a pageant queen and competed in the Miss Mississippi Pageant. Lewis, a fourth of the Lady Tigers 4x400 meter relay team which also includes Munirat Balogun, Shannon Parker, and Cameia Alexander finished sixth with a time of 3:55.47, in the 2012-13 SWAC Outdoor Track & Field Championship. Her stats include a time of 23:21.09 in the 5k cross country, in Indoor track, Lewis ran a time of 60.21 in the 400m, she ran a time of 58.83 in the 400 in outdoor track.

JSU MEN’S INDOOR TRACK Bentrell McGee For most people, running will take them a few miles from their home, but for Bentrell McGee, his love of the sport and natural ability has taken him all over the country to compete at elite levels. McGee is a junior mathematics major and currently holds the title of 60-meter hurdle SWAC Indoor Track Champion with a time of 7.92 seconds. The New Orleans native began competing at the age of 15 as a sprinter, but it wasn’t until his senior year that a new coach helped him reach his full potential. He also credits the coach with making him a hurdler, “I got a new coach who trained me well…He pretty much turned me from a sprinter to a hurdler and that’s what’s made me top of the list— top-notch.” McGee values his role as a leader of the track & field team and knows that his leadership skills will apply outside of the sport as well. “That leadership ties to anything and it keeps everyone dedicated motivated and just focused on what to do.” McGee sets an example for his teammates by excelling on the track while maintaining his Dean’s List status.

JSU MEN’S TENNIS Jose Luque Jose Luque, native of Ecuador, has won titles in his native country for playing tennis, and is now playing for the Tigers at JSU. Luque holds the awards/titles for 1st place team Singles SWAC, freshman of the Year, Captain of the Men’s Tennis Team, Highest GPA in the Men’s Tennis (3.98) and 2nd Place in Teams Doubles SWAC. Luque believes in having fun during a competition. Luque, who has been playing tennis since he was 8 years old, realized his dream of coming to the U.S. to play tennis at major university when he enrolled at JSU. When offered a scholarship to attend JSU, he stated that the decision was not hard because he knew it was a good school and it has not disappointed him yet. Luque says the most rewarding thing about tennis is the fact that it keeps him healthy and helps to release stress and forget about life problems.

Contributors: Manisha Heard, David Jackson, Marshatta Johnson, Kevin Perez, Demote Rule, Jillian Ware


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The fall 2013 season of the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) has been highly competitive and intense. Within the upper echelon of the conference, lie the dominant two time SWAC champions, the Jackson State University Lady Tigers Volleyball team. The team has won back to back SWAC championships in 2011 and 2012, and competed in the 2013 SWAC Tournament in hopes of winning their third consecutive championship. However, after defeating Alabama State University 3-2 in its first elimination game of the morning, the Lady Tigers fell short in the semifinal round of the 2013 SWAC Tournament 3-1 to the Alabama State University Lady Hornets, who went on to win the tournament. To have a dominant and competitive team, it takes more than having a few good players. It takes having a dedicated coach, staff, and a gutsy, high-spirited, and close-knit team who plays with an impressive level of heart. Rose Washington, the head coach of the Lady Tigers, has passionately crafted the young ladies into excellent players not only on the court, but off the court as well. A native of St. Croix, Virgin Islands, Washington has coached the team for 13 years and graduated from Jackson State University in 1977 with a B.S and M.A in Physical Education. She played volleyball for


many years in the Virgin Islands professionally. “I got my first opportunity to coach when I was a graduate assistant. They needed someone who knew volleyball and I was the only one on campus that they remembered. I was at home teaching. I got my B.S. and went back home and was teaching at my high school and they wanted to kind of start up the program at another level and they were trying to remember who knew volleyball, because you’re talking about a time where no one knew about volleyball. In my hometown we were taught how to play the correct way, not the picnic way.” said Washington. Washington instills in the young team the traditional volleyball fundamentals with a heavy emphasis on defense. “Defense is very important to me. We’re number one in the conference in blocking and that’s where the defense starts. We’ve always been number one in the conference in defense, especially blocking and that’s where we are right now. Defense wins games,” said Washington. Paige Williams, the senior middle blocker, team leader, and psychology major from Dallas, Texas is one of the key role players that makes the Lady Tigers so dominant. She has won many accolades this season such as SWAC preseason player of the year and has been named the All-SWAC second

we tried to get for that game. Not only that, but we had to stay focused because we really needed to win that game, not only to send a message to the conference but also to capture at least the 2nd seed. Just because we lost to Alabama State and Alabama A&M before, we’re still the champions. And we’re going to defend our title.”

team. Her regular season statistics were 192 kills, 16 assists, 13 served aces, 77 digs, 12 solo blocks, and 62 block assists. “I would say that I do play a big role, not only as a player but as a leader. I have the role of someone that other people can look up to just because I’ve been here, I have the experience, I’ve dealt with coach for four years, I’ve seen the conference and I just kind of have an insight on what to expect or maybe advise for those who need help in a certain area or issue,” said Williams. Their most intense games this season were their Think Pink game, their annual volleyball game for breast cancer awareness month, where they played against their rivals Alabama A&M Bulldogs and Alabama State Hornets. Jasmine Knight, a sophomore outside hitter and biology major from Belle Rose, La. said, “It was already an intense game because for one, it was a Halloween carnival and celebration. We had a lot of kids come out and we had a lot of support that

If she instills nothing else, Coach Washington makes sure to stress the importance of academics and conducting themselves as young ladies and professionals. She diligently creates young ladies who are the epitome of student athletes by making sure they have high GPAs along with an impressive transcript and being women of good moral character. “I take pride in a commitment that I made to the parents when I recruited them. I assured them that I’m going to make them the best they can be and it starts in the classroom, so I’m very driven with self commitment because I know what it takes. This matriculation at Jackson State only represents four years of their life and I want it to be at their highest level so when they leave here and have that transcript, they can be proud to present it when they’re asked to. That’s what’s number one. And then volleyball.”




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