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April 11, 2013
Housing to undergo dramatic changes with renovations underway Mark Braboy Staff Writer Jackson State University’s on campus housing will undergo a series of dramatic changes as Alexander Hall will continue its ongoing renovations and Stewart Hall will be shut down permanently. The upgrades to the dormitories are part of Jackson State’s ongoing aspirations to advance the main campus for its students and to make the living spaces better places for them to live. The legendary freshman dormitory, F.O. Alexander Hall, is currently being renovated, beginning with a facelit to the current female side, Alexander West. The renovations are projected to be completed in December 2014. Dr. Marcus A. Chanay, Vice President for Student Life, said the renovations will be extensive within the long standing and his-
Photo: Dominique McCraney Alexander Hall is currently under rennovation.
torical dormitory. “Alexander East will begin January 2015 with completion by December 2016. During the renovation of Alexander East, the entire lobby will be renovated. The restrooms be completely renovated. Half of the complex will be suites while the other half will remain traditional rooms,” said Chanay. He added: “Changes were made because of the age of the buildings and the replacement of all pipes in the building. The Alexander West and East Halls are being funded by the State through legislative appropriations.” Students said they welcome the upgrades to the building. Danny Jackson, a senior English major from Arlington, Tenn., said the renovations will be good for the campus of JSU. Housing , Cont. on pg. 11
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JSU to rename community service program for late Sen. Alice Harden JSU Media Relations Jackson State University will pay tribute to the late Sen. Alice Varnado Harden during a special ceremony April 17 to rename the Center for Service and Community Engaged Learning in her honor. Harden — a former educator, longtime lawmaker and dedicated advocate of educational progress in Mississippi — died Dec. 6, 2012. The ceremony will take place at 11 a.m. outside Jacob L. Reddix Hall on the university’s main campus, located at 1400 John R. Lynch St. A luncheon will follow at 11:30 a.m. in the JSU Student Ballroom. Gov. Phil Bryant, Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves, legislators and community leaders have been invited to the ceremony. To RSVP, please call 601-979-1731. “Renaming the program for Sen. Harden is a fitting tribute for
such a dedicated public servant,” said Kimberly Hilliard, JSU’s executive director of Community Engagement. “We are honored for the opportunity to show our gratitude for all Harden did to advance education in this state.” Harden, a JSU graduate, was the first black woman to serve in the Mississippi Senate, representing District 28 of Hinds County. She served 24 years in the Mississippi Legislature. During her tenure in the Senate, Harden served as chair of the Elections Committee, Education Committee and Universities and Colleges Committee. She was also a chairperson for the Mississippi Legislative Black Caucus, chairperson of the Mississippi Advisory Committee to the U.S. Civil Rights Commission and the chairperson of the Education Committee of the Southern Legislative Conference. At the time of her death, Harden
The late Senator Alice V. Harden.
was serving as the commissioner to the Education Commission of the States.
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The Center for Service and Community Engaged Learning (CSCEL) promotes civic engage-
ment for JSU students. The center Alice Harden, Cont. on pg. 11
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• OPINION- Keep Calm: The semester is almost over. • SPORTS- Tigers sweep the Bulldogs back into the doghouse.
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JSU Campus Briefs SENIOR ART SHOW The JSU senior art show will held April 11 - May 3, 2013 in the Dollye M. E. Robinson Gallery. The opening reception will be held Thursday, April 11, 2013 from 4-6 p.m. The event is sponsored by the Jackson State University Department of Art. The gallery is located in the Dollye M. E. Robinson Liberal Arts Building, Room 108. Gallery hours are MondayFriday 2-5 p.m. For more information call 601-979-1524.
COFO CENTER COMMEMORATES 50 YEARS The COFO Center will commemorate 50 Years Since the Children Marched on April 16th at 6 p.m. at 1017 John R. Lynch St. The event will include a screening of the Academy Award winning short documentary, Mighty Times: The Children’s March, followed by a panel discussion with local people who participated in the Jackson children’s march. This event is FREE. For information, contact Daphne Chamberlain at 601-9794348.
Jazz Appreciation Week Friday, April 12 The Art and Practice of Jazz Improvisation, a seminar led by Dr. London Branch Location: College of Education and Human Development, Room 100 Noon – 1 p.m.
Saturday, April 13 “Battle of the Saxes” Jazz Concert featuring KimWaters Location: Rose Embly McCoy Auditorium 7 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Sunday Church Service at Rose E. McCoy Auditorium- 1pm Monday Olympic Games “Game Night” Jacob L. Reddix Building (GPR) - 7pm Tuesday “Auction of Champions” Jacob L. Reddix Building (GPR) -7pm Wednesday Clash of the Classes at the Walter Payton Center 7pm HOT SPOT 11-1pm
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The Flash wants to know what you have to say... “How do you deal with the end of the year/semester stress?”
Compiled by Crystal Killingsworth
Alicia Vample Junior Criminal Justice Jackson, Miss.
“I take my difficult classes first, so that at the end of the semester, it’s smooth sailing.”
Antonio Burns Senior Lexington, Miss. Therapeutic Recreation “I put all distractions aside and take care of business.”
Ayanna Hardy-Fuller Junior Civil Engineering Chicago, Ill.
“I usually take care of business, so I don’t have to stress about it last minute.”
Keep Calm: The semester is almost over Cherese Pendleton Sophomore Mass Communications Vicksburg, Miss.
“I go to a quiet area and meditate so that I can gather my thoughts.”
Diamond Jenkins Associate Editor Damien Webster Sophomore Physical Education Lexington, Miss.
“I simply ascertain everything that I need to complete and get it done.”
Harold Johnson Junior Mass Communications Chicago, Ill.
“I prioritize and get everything together on time, but if I get sidetracked, I don’t stress out.”
John Moore III Senior Meteorology Centreville, Miss.
Jovonda Flowers Sophomore Physical Education Jackson, Miss.
Makenzee Brown Senior History St. Louis. Mo.
Melissa Jackson Junior Criminal Justice San Diego, Calif.
Vincent Pitts Senior Industrial Technology Woodville, Miss.
Virginia Gilson Senior Early Childhood Ed. Fayette, Miss.
“I just pray, relax and leave it all up to God.”
“I don’t really stress; I’m just ready to graduate.”
“I try not to stress, but I just accept the fact that it’s pretty much cram time.”
“I relieve all my stress by going to the Walter Payton and working out.”
“I try to get everything done so that I don’t stress out about it later.”
“I really don’t stress at the end of the semester, because I prepare for it.”
The spring season is slowly merging into the summer and I’m sure many of you have already begun compiling “summer todo lists” or “goal sheets,” right? Freshmen, it only gets easier from here. Sophomores, you’re not freshmen anymore. Juniors, only one more year, and seniors, it’s about that time to get your life together, but keep calm. I know this has to be the longest 30 days of your college semester. I’m talking about the end of the semester. Or, not exactly the end but the week or two leading up to the semester’s close. Crunch time, stress time, or whatever you might call it. At most U.S. colleges and universities, the spring semester winds down by uncomfortably sandwiching a week or two of classes plus final exams in between. Not only do most instructors have final projects, papers, and tests to grade before giving and grading final exams, but the end of the semester also creates deadlines for recommendation letters, internship applications, etc. I’m going to be sharing with you, a few tips on how to survive the end of the semester fever and how to
occupy your summer. I present to you three realistic ways to occupy yourself: · Exercise to relieve stress: While college can be a lot of fun, it can also be extremely stressful. One of the best and most healthy ways to relieve stress is through exercise. Whether or not you gained that freshman 15 and forgot to lose it, exercising will help relieve the stress you conjured up during the semester. · Find a new hobby: Learn to play a musical instrument, take up singing, and learn to dance, or develop your artistic skills and find a hobby pertaining to your major. · Get a Job/Internship We all know that work-
ing and interning is important. It’s pressed on me all the time to the point where that’s all I think about. I know working for a company in your industry can give you valuable insight into whether or not the industry is the right choice for you, potentially avoiding the costs of obtaining a degree in a field you’re not interested in. · Travel: I have ridden the bus quite a few times. Take a bus or a train somewhere new. Flying can be so cheap these days that we sometimes forget about the bus or train. But sometimes the journey is half the fun and you’ll see new parts of the country you’d never see from the air. Nevertheless, your time in college has been filled with stressors like classes, papers, lab reports, and exams. It is also happily filled with the fun stuff, like friends, parties, going out, and a seemingly endless schedule of events and activities. During the summer, while you are having fun; remember to come back! The views expressed in the commentary are those of the writer(s) and in no way represent the views of The Blue & White Flash.
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SGA President Charles Cathey discusses how he wants to build together Alexis Anderson Staff Writer Charles Cathey’s goal of representing the students at Jackson State University as the 2013-2014 Student Government Association President was realized on April 4, 2013. To find out more about Cathey and his plans as the next SGA President, The Flash interviewed the new leader. The Flash: What made you want to run for SGA president? Cathey: I wanted to run for SGA President because I truly care about the development and welfare of Jackson State University and the betterment of my fellow Jacksonsians. I want to leave Jackson State University in a better state then when I found it my freshmen year. I want to inspire the next young leader to step up to the plate and lead with confidence and open doors for others because it was done for me, and I wouldn’t be here without those people to help me along the way. So I want to serve as Jackson State’s leader and leave a legacy that impacts students far beyond my days as SGA President with the help of my team. The Flash: What prior experience do you have with the SGA? Cathey: This past year ,I served as SGA’s junior class president, and I had a number of great experiences that have helped me grow as not just a student but as a young man. I learned how to lead in diﬀerent ways and environments that helped influence me to want to do more, and now I am the SGA President. I’m truly humbled by being elected and thankful for those experiences that have lead to this point. The Flash: What is your platform? Cathey: My platform is “Building Together as ONE” because in reality we are supposed to one family, one community, one JSU. We are one family that is supposed to rise together and build one
another up as we matriculate through Jackson State. Working together is the most important aspect of my platform and getting the student body involved next year is one of my key focuses. I definitely want to be extremely engaged with the freshmen class that will be coming in this fall and have programs such as the “Gentlemen’s Academy” and “Essence of a Lady Tiger” at the fore front of our campus initiatives. We all as students can change and avoid some of the pitfalls that we fall into when we come into college if we are guided along the way as soon as we step foot onto this university. I want to change the perception of our young males and women so that we will in turn change the perception of our university. I will set up an executive board with qualified men and women to start the mentorship process for these programs. We can’t change JSU until we change ourselves and way of thinking. The Flash: What are some of the issues you think are the most important for students? Cathey: Some of the most important issues that we as students have are social issues that we face that distract us as students and ultimately become the down fall of some of us. These are problems that can be fixed through campus mentoring initiatives that I will have in place. Other issues that students want to be addressed are parking, campus safety at night, and tuition costs. Every issue won’t be fixed but it is important to me that we address all of them. The Flash: What do you want the SGA to do diﬀerently next year? Cathey: I think this year’s administration under Brian Wilks was phenomenal and outstanding. We accomplished so much, but something that I want us to do next year is really increase campus morale around the entire
Photo: The Blue & White Flash Charles Cathey III
school. Having the student body active in more things so they can feel more connected with the SGA and administration and truly feel like this is their university. Increasing morale will be tough but I’m willing to work hard with my team and SGA members to get it done. I will be committed to this the entire year. The Flash: How do you feel about students and their attitude towards the rules? Cathey: I feel that a majority of our students respect the rules of our campus and follow them. We do have a select few that don’t care about the welfare and up keeping of our university but that’s our jobs as leaders to take a stand and be at the forefront of correcting these problems. If we all work together then change can be made, including with the help of administration. We all have to
do our part, and I don’t feel that most of us want to tear our school down; we just need to get everybody on board with uplifting it. The Flash: What is something that people don’t know about Chuck? Cathey: Other than people in my immediate friend group, most people might not know that I at first didn’t have the vision of becoming Jackson State University’s SGA President my freshmen year. It was because I had influential people such as Christopher Cathey, Brian Wilks, Andross Milteer, Darius Kennebrew, and T’Erica Hudson among others, to see the potential in me that I didn’t see in myself at first. I had people around me encouraging and challenging me in positive ways to strive to become my best and have helped me develop into the young man I am now. I have had so many blessings given to me by God, and I began to gain a spirit of servitude and want to give back to the next person that needs a role model or just someone positive to look up to. I want to inspire that freshman who will be here in the fall that don’t yet know his or her true potential to become great. I just want to pour into someone’s life and inspire them like I had growing at JSU. The Flash: What are some of your hobbies? Cathey: Some of my hobbies include playing sports like baseball, basketball, and football. I’m an extremely competitive person and hate losing, no matter what it is. I enjoy really just hanging out with my friends, networking, and smiling. I enjoy life so much because we often take it for granted and it’s truly too short not to smile at everybody no matter what our circumstances are. I enjoy motivating others and watching documentaries of other people’s lives that have impacted their peers and thousands like Dr. King, and it motivates me to strive to become great.
Q&A: The Flash sits down with Miss JSU 2013-14 Alexis Anderson Staff Writer
A dream came true for Deja Knight on April 4, 2013 when the Jackson State University student body elected her as Miss JSU for the 20132014 academic school year. To find out more about Knight and her plans as the next Miss JSU, The Flash asked the new queen some questions. The Flash: What motivated you to run for Miss JSU? Knight: “Before I was accepted into JSU, my grandmother planted the seed and told me to run for Miss JSU. When I came to JSU, I was intimidated by the crown, due to the expectations and the hierarchy that the queen upheld. But after I received advice and observed the morals and persona of Miss JSU, I became more confident in myself to run for the position, said Knight. “My sophomore year was the year that I realize that I wanted to be Miss JSU.” The Flash: What was your campaign platform during your bid to become Miss JSU 2013-2014? Knight: “My platform is ‘Ready, Set, Go’ which is a plan to prepare stu-
dents to become studious and successful during and after college. College is the time to create your social skills, academic improvement, and realize how the real world will be like once you finish undergrad. ” The Flash: How did you prepare for the pageant and the campaign? Knight: “I prepared myself by doing a lot of brainstorming about my talent. Specifically, I took notes from my participation in the Kappa pageant that helped me for my oratorical portion. I also had to do a lot of thinking for my wardrobe.” The Flash: What are your plans as the next Miss JSU? Knight: “I really want to get involved with the community and let them see what JSU students have to oﬀer as far as community outreach. I want young ladies to become confident about their self growth, self-esteem, confidence.” The Flash: What organizations will be a helping hand during your reign as Miss JSU? Knight: “I am a part of a lot of organizations on campus, such as MADDRAMA, JSU Dance Ensemble, SGA, and a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha
Photo: Lamaar Mateen At right: Deja Knight, Miss JSU 2013-2014 after being selected as one of the top three finalists.
Sorority, Inc. Any organizations I can get help from will help me tremen-
dously with my plans. I am willing to take any advice from them. I am also
willing to work with any individual. ” The Flash: What advice did any past JSU queens give you? Knight: “All of the former queens are influential women; they all helped me in one way or another. A lot of the things I know about being Miss JSU, I learned from them.” The Flash: What is something people do not know about Deja Knight? Knight: “Well, my hair is natural, so ‘Team Natural’ is what I’m repping. I am also down to earth, but a little shy. It took me a while to learn about myself as a person and gain self confidence when it came to stepping out in the public. I wouldn’t say I had low selfesteem, but people had to push me to accomplish things that I was afraid to.” The Flash: What are your hobbies? Knight: “My hobbies are listening to music and dancing. I also like watching First 48 and Law & Order.” The Flash: What are your goals after college? Knight: “My goals are to go to law school and then become an Intellectual Property lawyer for a law firm.”
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Class of 2014 honors students and leaders at People’s Choice Kachelle Pratcher Staff Writer Everyone came out in their best red carpet attire on April 3rd for the ‘Black Elegance, Black Elite Jackson State University Class of 2014 Class Council Awards show honoring student leaders and administrators on campus. “The awards show was an opportunity for those who do great things for our university but never get noticed, it’s always the popular ones that seem to get everything, so we wanted to highlight others,” said Dontrell Banks, a junior accounting from McComb, Miss. The show started off with introduction of the 2014 Student Government Association Class Council: Charles Cathey III, Student Government Association President; T’erica Hudson, Vice president; Adriunna Boyd, Secretary; Y’Tasha Smoots, Assistant Secretary; Dontrell Banks, Business Manager; Darryl Williams, Parliamentarian; Maurice Martin Jr. and William Parks, Senators; Manisha Heard, Miss Junior and Alvin Perkins II, Mr. Junior. Many students in the audience were anxious to see who would win awards. “This was my first time attending my class awards show and I must say I was impressed, it really resembled an
Photo: Taylor Bembery Class of 2014 council .
awards show seen on television,” said Knesha Thomas, a junior accounting major from Anguilla, Miss. With DJ King Kong on the 1’s and 2’s, the awards show was vibrant and lively during the presentation of awards in categories that included: Thee I love; the 20 most phenomenal men and women on campus; and the 14 of 2014, which were seven men and women in the junior class that
have shown hard work and leadership. “The exclusive Class of 2014 awards show was a great success. We gave out several awards to dedicated individuals along with faculty and staff that serve campus and within the community,” said Manisha Heard, a junior mass communications major from Bolton, Miss. During the show, the Jacksonian Award was presented to junior DeAngelo Grant and the Humanitarian Award
was presented to junior Nicole Lewis. Hilliard Lackey, Associate Professor of Educational Leadership, accepted the Lifetime Achievement award. Lackey gave words of encouragement and the show ended with the crowd chanting his well-known JSU quote, “Tiger born, Tiger bred, and when I die, I’ll be Tiger dead.”
JSU civil engineering students place at canoe competition JSU Media Relations The Jackson State University student chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers successfully made its presence known in the 2013 ASCE Deep South Regional Student Conference held in Baton Rouge, La., from March 21 through March 23. This conference features the annual concrete canoe and steel bridge competitions, as well as other competitions related to the civil engineering discipline. About 350 civil engineering students, practitioners and faculty of 12 universities from Mississippi, Louisiana, Tennessee and Arkansas participated in this year’s conference. The year’s team used their canoe, “Sweetness,” named in honor of Walter Payton, to capture five awards in diﬀerent categories including third place overall in the four-part competition. This included a design paper, an oral presentation, overall aesthetics and races to measure canoe performance. This is the third year in a row that JSU has won several awards in the competition. The concrete canoe compe-
Photo: JSU Media Relations JSU engineering students pose with canoe that helped them place in the ASCE Deep South Regional contest.
tition is the most difficult of the competitions held at the annual conference because the use of concrete to make a canoe is unusual and challenging. The idea is to successfully construct an 1822 foot long canoe with a structural mix that has a unit weight less than water and is able to float and safely carry four people. The JSU canoe team consists
of 14 student members. Samuel Rhoads and Chris Herron of the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department directed the project as they secured second place for their presentation skills. In the men’s sprint event, Jonathan Atkins and Ennis Crosby competed and finished in third place. In the women’s
sprint event, Kameron Boggan and Christine Edwards finished second. Samuel Rhoads, Jonathan Atkins, Naomia Briggety, and Christine Edwards also finished second in the co-ed sprint event. Overall, “Sweetness” secured third place. This is the first time that JSU has placed in this category. Other student members
including Ammanuiel Kebede, James Fairly, Ennis Crosby, Chris Herron, Ashlee Ingram, Alesha Jackson, Ibrahim Hinds and Michael Gray-Lewis worked on the actual design and construction. The ASCE student chapter at JSU is currently advised by Dr. Himangshu S. Das, assistant professor of the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department.
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Music, food and fun kick off JSU International Week JSU Media Relations Musical performances, international cuisine, cultural dance and addresses from Mayor Harvey Johnson, Interim Provost James C. Renick and others kicked oﬀ International Week Monday at Jackson State University. This is the 23rd year JSU has held the event to celebrate the campus’ cultural diversity. Students from 67 countries are enrolled at JSU. International Week is sponsored by JSU’s Division of International Studies to promote global and cultural awareness through educational and entertaining activities. “Our hope and our dream is to continue to ensure Jackson State University provides an education that is competitive worldwide,” Renick said. “The diversity our students bring to JSU helps to elevate this campus. ” Mayor Johnson commended JSU for its commitment to diversity and for being one of the few entities to annually sponsor such an event. Also giving remarks was Hinds County Supervisor Peggy Hobson-Calhoun, who spoke about the importance of cultural diversity. Their comments came in between performances by the Piney Woods School Cotton Blossom
Singers. Tarriq Drabi, a 20-year-old from Palestine, stood with other Middle Eastern friends to watch the opening ceremony, which included a banquet table filled with recipes from across the globe. Later, a group danced to African music. Drabi has attended JSU for two years, and he said he looks forward to International Week. “It’s an opportunity for people to learn about me and my culture and for me to learn about others,” Drabi said. Said Emad Nasser, a 20-year-old from Saudi Arabia: “It means a lot because once you know each other’s culture and customs, you have a better understanding of others.” International dignitaries and renowned scholars in the international arena will participate in some of the activities scheduled for the rest of the week. They’ll represent countries including the United Kingdom, South Africa, Australia, China, Brazil, Egypt, Japan, Mexico, Jamaica, Kenya, Germany, and many more. The following is a schedule of activities: International Week Film Festival, April 8-11, JSU Student Center, Theater. The event is free and open
Photo: Lamaar Mateen JSU International students in attendance at the International Week opening ceremony.
to the public. All films will be shown at the JSU Student Center Theater. For movie times and descriptions, visit http://www.jsums.edu/intweek/ international-film-festival-event/. For movie trailers, visit http://youtu.be/ TBT-DDnf6mQ. International Night of Dance, 7 p.m., Thursday, April 11, Rose E. Mc-
Coy Auditorium. This event will feature dance groups from around the metro area. International Peace Conference, April 9 –12. Faculty, staﬀ and students from JSU and other institutions will present papers throughout the week related to the theme of “Peace through Understanding.”
International Scholarship and Awards Banquet,6 p.m., Friday, April 12, JSU Student Center Ballroom. The banquet will feature an awards ceremony for people who have supported the JSU Division of International Studies in a very special way. Scholarships will be awarded to American and international students.
Photos: The Blue & White Flash 1. JPS teachers and students celebrate cultural diversity at International Week Bazaar. 2. Bazaar participants chat during event. 3. Student shares attire with fellow international student during Bazaar. 4. Bazaar attendees view the Columbia display.
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Rapper Rick Ross under fire for controversial lyrics
Mark Brayboy Staff Writer
Hip-hop superstar Rick Ross is once again under fire. He has most recently sparked controversy because of his rap lyrics in a song with from Atlanta, Ga. rapper Rocko. Many outraged fans, fellow artists like Talib Kweli and the women’s rights group, UltraViolet, alleges that Ross’ lyrics promote date rape, drug use and sexual assault against women. In the song “U.O.E.N.O.” by Rocko and fellow Atlanta, Ga. artist Future, Ross spits the lyrics, ‘Put molly all in her champagne, she don’t even know it/I took her home and I enjoyed that, she don’t even know it,’ causing a backlash of criticisms that he was glorifying date rape. Facing intense pressure, he has since apologized for the lyrics, both on Twitter and New Orleans, La. radio station Q93. “It was a misunderstanding with a lyric, a misinterpretation where the term ‘rape’ wasn’t used. You know, I would never use the term rape in my records. I just wanted to reach out to all the sexy ladies, all the beautiful ladies that had been reaching out to me with the misunderstanding: we don’t condone rape and I’m not with that,” said Ross. In spite of his apology, many of his female fans feel as if the apology was not sincere enough and felt that
he was very wrong. Jerlisha Gipson, a senior healthcare administration major from Batesville, Miss, said, “I just don’t believe his apology was sincere and I felt that it was forced. He had to apologize because of the pressure he’s received from women, but I just don’t believe it was from his heart. Why would you even rap about putting a drug in someone’s drink and they don’t know it?” said Gipson. Randrika Anderson, a sophomore theater major from Canton, Miss. said, “I feel that he should be aware of the words hat he says because he has a major influence on young black men and rape is something that should not be made a mockery of in any sense.” The controversy has also jeopardized Ross’s Reebok endorsement in wake of UltraViolet’s campaign and massive protest against Reebok and Rick Ross, demanding that the sneaker company should cut all ties Ross because he glorifies and promotes date rape. “It’s time for Reebok to stop using their brand as a platform to dictate to women what counts as rape,” said Nita Chaudhary, co-founder of UltraViolet on weareultraviolet.org. “Contrary to Ross’ claims, there was no misinterpretation here: Slipping a woman a drug and ‘enjoying that’ is rape, plain and simple. It’s time for them to answer the 72,000 former customers who want them to stop
Hip-Hop artist Rick Ross.
promoting violence against women and fire Rick Ross.” According to their website, weareultraviolet.org, their petition for Reebok to fire Ross has gathered over 51,000 signatures, 15 hours after it went viral and was released. The petition has gathered over 71,000 signatures thus far.
To further add to Ross’ worries, one of his recent concerts in Ontario, Canada has been cancelled due to the protests. The lyrics he layed on the track have recently been removed from radio versions. Jasmine Trueman, a sophomore elementary education major from Baton Rouge, La. said that his lyrics
may have a detrimental eﬀect on the youth. “He still shouldn’t have said it because he would be held accountable if someone follows through with it. He’s still a role model. Younger people have tender minds and can be molded into doing whatever sounds cool.”
JSU student Johnson makes living historic with clothing line Taylor Bembery Variety Editor
Harold Johnson, Historic Living clothing line entrepreneur.
Harold Johnson, is not only earning a degree here at Jackson State University, he is also building his brand, Historic Living. Historic Living, which is based on afrocentrism, is a clothing line that bridges the gap between what being black use to be and what being black is today. “The inspiration came from my auntie. She came up with an idea, along with three other of my family members to create a clothing line based on afrocentrism. I always was interested in history. It originally started off as Historic, and then we came into Historic Living,” said Johnson, a junior mass communications major with a concentration in integrated marketing communications from Chicago, Ill. JSU has several students with their own clothing line but Johnson stated that his line is unique.
“I move towards the graphic design and use more of a historical base for my work. As far as other clothing lines, I don’t like to follow the trend at the moment. There are a lot of trendy clothing lines out here but I try to make a self identity in my clothing,” said Johnson. Historic Living is more than a clothing line to Johnson. He said having his line is a way for him to be self sufficient in his community and he believes that his peers should also have an entrepreneurship mind-set. “You can be an owner, you can have your own employees, and be self sufficient. Black people need to be more self-sufficient. All black people in essence have an entrepreneurship mindset but they don’t capitalize on the opportunities,” said Johnson. T’erica Hudson, a junior criminal justice major from Chicago, Ill., is close friends with Johnson. She said his clothing line can make an impact. “Historic Living is an expression of the African-American
culture. It speaks volumes to our generation. It reminds us to never forget where we come from; the motherland. I believe it’s a humble clothing line that expresses our roots,” said Hudson. Brittany Edwards, a junior mass communications major from Chicago, Ill., stated that she is completely supportive of young people who are starting up their own businesses. “I support students that have their own clothing lines because it shows their originality, work ethic, and dedication to what they love to do,” said Edwards Johnson plans to have his own boutique in the future and have his work showcased on a media platform. He is currently working on a website for his clothing line and on a summer line which will include jerseys and baseball caps. If you would like to make an inquiry to Historic Living you can email: historic.apparel07@ yahoo.com, call: 708.203.7101, or follow on twitter: @historic_201.
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International students discuss experiences at Jackson State George Tan Staff Writer Many of the students at Jackson State University had to only travel hundreds of miles away from home to go to college. But can you imagine being more than 8,000 miles away from home to attend college? There are many international students at Jackson State University who have done just that to immerse themselves in a whole new environment of different cultures and language. Adjusting to the cultural shocks and frustrations of adapting to new surroundings is often a struggle for these international students. Anissa Hidouk came to United States right after high school and spent two months studying English under JSU’s English as a Second Language (ESL) program before enrolling at JSU in the undergraduate studies. The sophomore mass communications major from Algeria said she experienced tremendous emotional changes Photo: JSU Media Relations Photo: Dominique McCraney studying so far away from home. ShuYing Wei started the JSU Chinese Moon Festival. “I was so happy when I first arrived Anissa Hidouk is featured in a JSU advertisement. in the USA and I was amazed by the Jackson State campus,” said Hidouk. ly and helpful and the professors were Association and International Festival “They are helpful, but I need to “But the positive feelings didn’t stay understanding and supportive. at Mississippi College. work extra hard to meet the standards. long.” “All day study and no play makes I would spend hours studying in the li“It is just a hurdle that I had to go Hidouk stated that she felt handi- through. Being an international stu- Jack a dull boy! I appreciate the rich- brary,” said Wei. capped for not being able to commu- dent, I now know we need to work ness of student activities at Jackson She admitted she didn’t understand nicate with other people. She tried to harder than others and put in extra ef- State,” said Wei. the accent at the beginning, but she make friends but experienced difficulty forts but I know I will be able to make She is a big fan of volleyball and at- picked up really fast. She wanted to because of her [lack of ] English profi- it with determination,” said Hidouk. tended most of the volleyball matches thank Mei-Chi Piletz, former Director ciency and began to feel depressed, anxEven though she too experienced at Jackson State and other sports activi- of Office of China Initiatives for helping ious and experienced a strong repulsion cultural shocks and home sickness, it ties as well. her engage in JSU campus life. During of the culture. She said, “I just wanted was not too hard for ShuYing Wei to She said, “As a Tiger, I’m definitely her tenure, Piletz would meet with the to go home.” going to support our Lady Tigers! I am Chinese students every week to discuss adapt to the new environment. Things changed when she started Wei, a junior English education so proud to see our volleyball team won problems they encountered. making friends on campus although major from China, is an active mem- the championship!” “I am just blessed for the help and she doesn’t live on campus. She said ber of International Chinese AssociaWei also participated in Alterna- support I get from my friends, professhe missed the opportunity to have an tion and JSU Chinese Association. She tive Spring Break where she performed sors, and family back home! I love JackAmerican roommate as her first friend. organized the Chinese Moon Festival community service with a group of oth- son State so much!” said Wei. Her first friend on campus was an inter- in Fall 2012 where she performed a er JSU students to rebuild the commuA piece of advice she gave to international student as well. Chinese Cultural dance. She actively nity in Hattiesburg affected by a torna- national students adapting to new enHidouk said that things improved af- promotes Chinese cultures to the do. She enjoyed helping the community vironment was, “Be positive, do not be ter her first semester because she started community and performed Chinese and learned more about social issues. afraid to try new things, and ask quesinteracting with American classmates. dances at the Chinese New Year FestiWei gives credit to the professors for tions.” AD -found MAIN STREET APR 11_Layout 1 3/23/13 PM Pageby 1 Mississippi Chinese being supportive and understanding. She that theJSU students were friendval1:19 organized
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Festival provides cultural expression through film Candace Chambers News Editor Lights, Camera, Action! The JSU Film Festival was held from Monday, April 8 to Thursday, April 11 as a part of JSU International Week. Films from diﬀerent cultures were shown in the Student Center Theater to showcase the art of filmmakers and how they tell their stories through the screen. The event was free and open to the public. Some films were shorts, while others were features. With a total of nine films, students and guests had an opportunity to view life in a diﬀerent form and to interact with local filmmakers. Sunny Fridge, Clinical Assistant Professor in the mass communications department at JSU and also coordinator of the film festival, expressed that by attending, students have a chance to share and make comments about the films, engage in dialogue as well as gain cultural knowledge. “During the time of the International Film Festival, we have an opportunity to experience films from various countries and perspectives,” said Fridge. Walk With Me, directed by Tanisha Christie & Ellie Walton, featured the lives of three women
and how they use art to liberate not only themselves, but those in their communities. The women, including actress Rebecca Rice, urged for social change by visiting places like jails, community centers, high schools. They spoke with drama and dance about housing problems, having a voice in their communities, and how to express frustrations and concerns through the power of a pen. Tanisha Christie spoke with the audience through telephone about her film and her inspirations for others to gain from watching it. She said, “I hope that the film at least created a window for some people or a reflection back.” Some other films that were shown were Ivory Bishop: A Matter of Thieves, The Takeover: What You Really Know About the Dirty South, and I am Woman. The film, Medgar, featured JSU students Lanis Leggett, Zion Pyatt, Cammrynn Stith, and Mickey Nikon, who played the character of Medgar. This fictionalized account of Medgar Evers’ last moments before his assassination, will also be shown at the 7th Annual Creative Arts Festival at Jackson State. Many JSU film students asked the film makers about equipment
used to produce the films and how the process worked as inspiring filmmakers. Some questions were, ”How was it for you to get permits? “What video software did you use?” Noel Dilda, Instructor of English at JSU, committee member of International Week, and a native India believes that students can envision their futures while interacting with filmmakers. “Cinema is an engaging art form. It’s beautiful to actually watch and engage with filmmakers,” said Dilda. JSU students and others from the public enjoyed the opportunity to attend the film festival. Entrepreneur, Johnathan Bates of Johnathan Bates International, attended the film festival with his daughter. He said, “It was diﬀerent. You never know about networking and people you will come across.” His daughter, Shameka Lacey said, “It was good. I liked it. Young people involved in something positive. I learned something.” Titus Rice, a senior computer engineering major from Jackson, Miss. said, “I liked the quote from the film, “Walk with Me” that said ‘When the people lead, the people will follow.’ Art is an expression of one’s ability for freedom.”
Poster for one of the feature films from the International Week Film Festival.
Radha named acting vice president Man shot self twice after killing ofﬁcer JSU Media Relations Dr. N. Radhakrishnan (Radha), who has a diverse career in research and development with the government and at institutions across the country, has been named Jackson State University’s acting vice president for Research and Federal Relations. Radha succeeds longtime JSU administrator Dr. Felix Okojie, who is also a JSU professor of public health and education. Radha was vice chancellor for Research and Economic Development at North Carolina A&T State University from 2003-2010. Under his leadership, A&T became a Carnegie Foundation high research institution in 2006, and Radha had a lead role in the university winning a prestigious NSF Engineering Research Center award in 2008. That was a first for a Historically Black College or University. Radha also established a successful interdisciplinary M.S./Ph.D. Computational Science and Engineering program. Most recently, Radha has been a consultant to several universities and the government in the areas of research, academics, management and information technology. His clients included the Air Force Research Laboratory, the University of Alabama, Central State University in Ohio and Western Carolina University. From 1999-2003, Radha served as director of the Computational and Information
Sciences Directorate and chief information officer for the U.S. Army Research Laboratory in Vicksburg, Miss. There, he managed a $180 million research and development budget and more than 750 government and contract people. He was responsible for research in the areas of battlefield communications, atmospheric sciences, computational science and engineering, cyber security/information and information assurance. He has received numerous awards from the Department of Defense, including the Exceptional Civilian Service and Meritorious Civilian Service Award. In 2004, Radha received the Presidential Rank Award for exemplary and sustained performance as a senior executive in the Army. Radha was an adjunct professor at Mississippi State University from 19701999. He also was a lecturer at the Indian Institute of Technology in Bombay, India, and an assistant lecturer at the College of Engineering, Guindy in Madras, India. Radha received his undergraduate degree in civil engineering from Madras University. He received his graduate degree in civil engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology in Bombay and his Ph.D. in civil engineering from the University of Texas at Austin.
Jeff Amy Associated Press The murder suspect who killed a detective at police headquarters in Mississippi’s capital city last week shot himself twice in the head after shooting the officer four times, the coroner said Tuesday. Hinds County Coroner Sharon GrishamStewart said 23-year-old Jeremy Powell shot himself once in the side of the head and once under the chin after shooting veteran Jackson Police Detective Eric Smith four times on Thursday. Grisham-Stewart had said last week that Powell had died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. “It is unusual, but the first shot didn’t kill him,” the coroner said in a telephone interview Tuesday. Powell was being questioned about a stabbing death when he grabbed Smith’s gun during an interview on the third floor of the department and shot the 40-year-old detective twice in the arm and twice in the chest, authorities say. A person with knowledge of the investigation told The Associated Press last week that the shooting was captured on an interrogation room video. The AP has asked for the video to be released under open records law. Jackson authorities say the request is being processed. Jackson Mayor Harvey Johnson Jr. said in a news release Tuesday that there are two ongoing investigations related to the shooting.
The criminal investigation is being conducted by the Mississippi Bureau of Investigations. Harvey said the Jackson Police Department’s Internal Aﬀairs Division will determine if there were any violations of the department’s policies and procedures. “We realize that there are questions relating to details surrounding this tragic incident. However, at this point both investigations have not concluded,” Johnson said in the statement Tuesday. “We will be prepared to share as much information as possible once the investigations are complete. A news conference will be called and officials will be made available to answer questions early next week.” Ken Winter, executive director of the Mississippi Association of Chiefs of Police, has said each department sets its own policies, but he said that in general it wouldn’t be unusual for a suspect to be unrestrained during questioning and for an officer to be armed during the interrogation. A candlelight vigil is planned Thursday for Smith outside the Jackson Police Department, Johnson said. Smith’s funeral is scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday at Jackson State University’s basketball arena. Smith, 40, is survived by his wife, Eneke, a sergeant with the Jackson Police Department, and two sons.
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Continued from pg.1 helps connect student learning with civic responsibility as a fundamental component of the academic environment. The center will be renamed the Alice Varnado Harden Center for Service and Community Engaged Learning. “Harden set an example for all to emulate, particularly students. The policies she supported were always in the best interest of education, which is the foundation of communities,” said Valerie Shelby, executive director for the CSCEL. “It’s an honor for the center to bear her name because its mission represents the work that was dear to her.”
Continued from pg.1 “It will make the campus look a whole lot better with new dormitories and I’m pretty sure would attract more freshmen since they see that they have better living arrangements. It will also make the students feel a lot better about the campus and the school. I definitely think it will contribute to a beautiful Jackson State community.” E.T. Stewart Hall, one of the oldest male residence halls, will meet a timely end and will be permanently shut down at the end of the 2013 semester, subject to future demolition. According to Chanay, it was not cost efficient for the building to be renovated. Darryl Williams II, a junior English education major from East St. Louis, Ill. had concerns about the living conditions in the old dormitory. “I think the changes are good. I feel like students at Jackson State deserve the best living conditions. My main concern was with Stewart Hall because the living conditions were unacceptable. I’ve lived there before so I would want to really see that improved, especially when alumni come back to campus. I don’t want them
Prior to being elected to the Senate, Harden served as president of the Mississippi Association of Educators for three consecutive years. MEA is the state’s largest teacher organization. Harden was a member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, the National Council of Negro Women and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. Harden received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from JSU, and was a lifelong member of the Jackson State University National Alumni Association. After completing her bachelor’s degree, Harden entered the workforce as an educator. She taught at Callaway High School, Forest Hill High School and Brinkley Junior High School.
to see old buildings that have been there forever. I want them to see improvements so they can know that their money is going toward something that the students can benefit from,” said Chanay. However, some students disagree with the demolition of Stewart Hall. Carlos Smith, a junior psychology major from Jackson, Miss. said, “As a student, I’m glad to see that Jackson State is taking another step towards institutional advancement. As far as dormitories and facilities management, construction and bringing suites to Alexander Hall, that’s a good idea,” said Smith. He added: “As far as the demolition of Stewart Hall, I’m a firm believer in keeping rich traditions and historic sites on the campus. I’m not for it, but if it is bringing the advancement of Jackson State, let’s go.” Chanay said that a grassy area with sidewalks and benches has been proposed for the Stewart Hall area. While it has not been specified yet how incoming freshmen will be accommodated in the midst of the renovations, Chanay stated that there are plans to build a new dormitory that will house both male and female students. The projected date for this project could begin in two to three years.
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JSU Tigers sweep the Bulldogs back into the doghouse Taylor Bembery Variety Editor The Jackson State University Men’s baseball team hosted the Alabama A&M Bulldogs in a Southwestern Athletic Conference three game series at JSU’s Braddy Field on April 6 -7. The Bulldogs of A&M started oﬀ strong, leading the Tigers 3-1 in the bottom of the first inning. But the Tigers roared back in the bottom of the third, tying the game at 3-3. The double-header exemplified that both teams would battle to win each game. The first and second game of the double header were close but the Tigers didn’t back down, winning the first game with a final score of 9-8 and taking the second game 5-4. Defeating A&M in both games on the opening day of the series gave the Tigers great momentum in their bid to sweep the Bulldogs. The Tigers started strong with 3 runs in the bottom scored by senior Malcolm Tate (OF), junior Bryce Taylor (OF), and freshman Gary Thomas (SS). Another run by Thomas made the score 4 -0 in the bottom of the second. Both teams battled from the top of the third to the bottom of
the fifth innings and didn’t allow any runs. But the Tigers came out of the den in the bottom of sixth with an RBI from senior Nick Marigny (INF) that allowed Charles Tillery (OF) to score, giving the Tigers a 5-0 lead over the Bulldogs. At the top of the seventh inning, the Bulldogs of A &M tried to stop their score from flat lining. With Jordan Friend (INF) on third base and Brandyn Crutcher (OF) on second base, the Bulldogs attempted to make two runs. JSU then switched their pitcher to Andre Rodriguez, a junior from Toa Baja, Puerto Rico, whose skills on the mound sent the Bulldogs back to the dog house with no runs and 3 men left on the field. The game started to heat up in the bottom of the seventh when JSU senior Ethan Bright (1B) knocked the ball out of Braddy Field. The home run allowed the Tigers to extend their lead to 7-0, a score the Bulldog’s never overcame with the win by JSU. Omar Johnson, head coach of the JSU Men’s Baseball Team said he wanted his team to play well in every game of the series, even though they team didn’t come out too strong in the first two games. “We never underestimate our opponent, we took advantage of
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some things they did wrong in the other games because at the same time that team was out there trying to win and we have to respect them for that. I expect my team
to come out and play well every game but it doesn’t always work that way,” said Johnson. Bright, a senior from Batesville, Miss. who hit the only
homerun in the third game of the series, said every conference game is important so it is a must that he and his teammates keep hitting balls well. “It felt good to get a little extra insurance runs in, to help get us out the game and keep the momentum going in our direction,” said Bright. Tillery, a junior from Starkville, Miss., said that the team had to keep battling because their opponent would not lay down for them; JSU had to scrap it out. ‘It always feels good when you get a conference win, just knowing that staying in first place is always important especially if we want be first place in the playoﬀs. You can pretty much expect our bats to heat up as we keep going but we need to get better as we keep going as well,” said Tillery. The Tigers have lost only three conference games this season, dropping two games at Alabama State University and losing one at Alcorn State University. JSU has also won two of its three SWAC series this season. JSU will meet Alabama State University in another conference series at Braddy Field to be held on April 20-21.
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Men’s Golf concludes Invitational
a score of 253 (82, 87, 84) and Ian Lovett finished 79th with a score of 256 (87, 89, 80). The Tigers return to action April 20 for the SWAC Championships in Alexandria, Louisiana.
Lady Tiger’s finish 9th at Samford
The Jackson State men’s golf team had a solid finish but closed out the 2013 ULM Wallace Jones Invitational at Southern Pines Golf Club in 13th place. Josh McCormick finished in 26th place with a 231 (76, 78, 77). Kyle Bodenstein bowled a 235 (82, 76, 77) as he finished tied for 38th. DJ Hall finished tied for 56th place as he shot 242 (86, 79, 77) and James Reed finished tied for 77th place as he finished with
The Jackson State women’s golf team concluded the 2013 Samford Women’s Intercollegiate with a ninth place finish. The Lady Tigers shot 1018 (343, 334, 341) in three rounds of golf action. Stephanie Robertson led JSU with a score of 241 (79, 84, 78) to finish tied for 21st place. Stevie Booker followed with a score of 255 (86, 82, 87) for 37th place and Erica Payton shot 259 (88, 87, 84) to tie for 40th place. Amanda White finished 50th as she shot 271 (90, 85, 96) and Barbara Wilson shot 272 (97, 83, 92) to finish 51st. The Lady Tigers return to action April 21 for the SWAC Championships in Alexandria, La.
Published on Apr 11, 2013