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VARIETY Skrilla motivates youth with music Page 5 Vol. 73 / No. 22

April 4, 2013

JSU Campus-Wide Election Results 2013-2014 SGA Candidates

President Charles A. Cathey, III

Class of 2014

Associate Chief Justice Douglas Moore, II

President Roland E. Swanson

Vice President T’Erica S. Hudson

Justices Willie Bell, III Anthony Watkins, Jr.

Business Manager Rashad D. Sayles

Academic Council Senators Matthew U. Lampley

Palimentarian Arekia S. Bennett Chief Justice Jade King

Miss JSU Deja D. Knight Executive Secretary Ebonee S. Swilley

Vice President Maurice Martin, Jr.

Mr. Senior Jason M. Gibson

Class of 2015

President Keonte M. Turner

Secretary Tira L. Erwin

Vice President Jennifer B. Cotton

Class Senators Alvin Perkins, II Byron A. Steele

Business Manager Amber T. Brown

Miss Senior Canisha S. Howard

For remainder of list see pg.6

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Flash staff earns accolades at O.C. McDavid Journalism Conference Diamond Jenkins Associate Editor Members of The Blue & White Flash joined students from Mississippi community colleges and other four year universities at the 15th Annual O.C. McDavid Journalism Conference on March 27 at the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame Museum. Named after the late O.C. McDavid, former managing editor of The Jackson Daily News, and hosted by the Mississippi Press Association, the annual one-day conference is held in Jackson, Miss. Funding is provided by the McDavid family to honor his memory. Each spring since 1999, the MPA Education Foundation has sponsored the conference to recognize excellence in news reporting and advertising at college and university newspapers. Student newspapers compete for various awards and are judged by newspaper professionals from sister press associations. Gene McDavid, son of O.C.


McDavid was the first to speak. “I started off in my diapers, so I know a little bit about the Mississippi Press Association,” said McDavid. “My dad was a wonderful writer and his life was a true testament to what talent, hard work and good upbringing get you.” McDavid talked about his father’s legacy and what he remembered from him. He also provided everyone in attendance a copy of his father’s autobiography, “My Name is O.C.” One of the highlights of the conference included a presentation from Rick Cleveland, the executive director for the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and journalist. Cleveland, began his full-time journalism career at The Hattiesburg American in 1970 and worked at The Clarion-Ledger from 1979-2012 as a sports writer and columnist. “Journalism [back then] is nothing like today,” Cleveland said to the college journalists. “Back then, newspapers were printed on metal presses and photos were developed in a dark O.C. McDavid, Cont. on pg. 7

Photo: The Blue & White Flash The Blue &White Flash members, (l-r) Taylor Bembery, Crystal Killingsworth, Mark Braboy, Dominque McCraney, Diamond Jenkins, Trerica Roberson, Alexis Anderson, Kachelle Pratcher and Megan Moffet, display awards received during the O.C. McDavid Journalism Conference.

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• OPINION- Take advantage of JSU’s cultural diversity. • SPORTS- Former Harlem Globetrotter gives advice to youth.

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JSU Campus Briefs SENIOR ART SHOW 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. CUR ANNUAL SPRING CONFERENCE The Center for Undergraduate Research will hold its second annual conference on April 4th from 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. where students and faculty will present their research findings. The day’s activities will showcase the students and their research activity in power-point presentations, panel discussions and poster presentations. The event will be held in the Theater Room of the JSU Student Center. For more information, contact Edna Caston at 601-979-0839 or ANNUAL WOMEN’S FORUM The Annual Women’s Forum: Examining Issues that Affect Women of Color, hosted by the Department of English and Modern Foreign Languages will be held on April 10th. There will be four hourly sessions from 9 a.m.12 p.m. focused on women in media, mentorship, and students and domestic violence. Presentations will be held at Dollye M. E. Robinson Liberal Arts Building, Room 166/266. For more information, contact Dr. Preselfannie McDaniels at 601-979-6928 in the Dept. of English and MFL.

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INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL April 8 - 12, 2013 JSU Student Center - Theater Room OPENING CEREMONY Monday, April 8, 2013 12:00 Noon to 1:00 p.m. - Tiger Park INTERNATIONAL TASTE Monday, April 8, 2013 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. - Tiger Park INTERNATIONAL PEACE CONFERENCE April 9 - 12, 2013 INTERNATIONAL CULTURAL NIGHT Tuesday, April 9, 2013 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Jacob L. Reddix Hall, General Purpose Room PARADE OF FLAGS Wednesday, April 10, 2013 9:15 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Begins at Lee E. Williams Athletic & Assembly Center INTERNATIONAL BAZAAR Wednesday, April 10, 2013 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. - Pedestrian Mall INTERNATIONAL SPORTS Wednesday, April 10, 2013 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. – Intramural Track & Field MODEL UNITED NATIONS Thursday, April 11 2013 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. - Jacob L. Reddix Hall - GPR INTERNATIONAL NIGHT OF DANCE Thursday, April 11, 2013 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. - Rose McCoy Auditorium INTERNATIONAL SCHOLARSHIP & AWARDS BANQUET Friday, April 12, 2013 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. - JSU Student Center - Ballrooms A & B


People Speak

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The Flash wants to know what you have to say... “Do you feel that JSU is doing enough to make international students feel a part of campus life?”

Compiled by Crystal Killingsworth

Camilo Patino Freshman Undecided Colombia

“More or less; Sure JSU has a variety of events and activities, but there is still a gap between international students and other students.”

Darsha Campbell Junior Math Education Mobile, Ala. “I feel that JSU should include international positions in the SGA to make the students feel welcomed.”

Henry Goss Sophomore Mass Communications Jackson, Miss.

“No, I feel that International students are excluded from campus life activities until the initial International Week itself.”

Cartoon: Alan Wells

Take advantage of JSU’s cultural diversity George Tan Staff Writer

Hernan Geria Freshman Business Management Argentina

“I feel as if it’s not just up to the International Affairs or the University, but all of the students as well.”

Loai Alkhazam Junior Accounting Yemen

“The International office at JSU is doing enough to help international students become involved in campus life by orchestrating events and of course International week.”

Tyler Ward Junior Accounting Cincinnati, Ohio

“I feel that JSU is doing the minimal when it comes to interacting with international students. I feel that there is definitely room for improvement.”

Shuying Wei Junior English Education China

Swayze Bolden Freshman Accounting Madison, Miss.

Porfirio Rubirosa Sophomore Biology Dominican Republic

Perrin Bostic Junior Healthcare Admin. Little Rock, Ark.

Kyon Lomax Sophomore Business Admin. Wiggins, Miss.

Kandace Griffin Senior Business Management Jackson, Miss.

“Yes, all of my teachers make sure that I am included in scholastic activities such as other opportunities on campus.”

“International Week should not be the only time that we as a campus family try and incorporate international students into campus life.”

“I feel that in a sense, JSU is making an effort to make international students feel as welcomed as possible, but they should do more to actually incorporate them into campus life.”

“I feel that sometimes the International students don’t want to participate or take advantage of the activities because they are uncomfortable.”

“In my opinion, international students at JSU are not incorporated into campus life.”

“I feel international students should step their game up. That is why I am hosting an International Awareness Program to help students socialize.”

Even though HBCUs were originally established in the 1800s to educate AfricanAmericans when they were not afforded the same educational opportunities as Whites, there is an increase in enrollment of other ethnic groups including international students from other countries. Institutional diversity provides students with cultural experiences beyond the AfricanAmerican experience, which promote mutual understanding and global awareness. At Jackson State, there are approximately 270 international students from more than 65 countries. Does this diversity prepare students to deal with differences in the larger diverse world in the future? The answer varies. Some use their access to international students as an avenue to develop friendships and learn more about other cultures, others might not talk to international students because of language barriers and their fear of being offensive when asking about the different cultures and practices of international students. Many students feel that international students tend to isolate themselves. To enhance the cultural experience of African-American students, I believe that there is a need to first help international students incorporate themselves into the American student community. It is important for international students to feel at home and to immerse themselves in the culture because by doing so there is interaction between American students and international students, which is the es-


sence of diversity. Even though there is an increase in international student involvement in student activities, there is still room for improvement. The university holds a responsibility to incorporate diversity into their university strategic plans. A well-organized plan that could benefit students of all nationalities and races is needed. Many international students feel that the university is responsible for helping international and American students build connections. This can be achieved by better educating university employees to work with foreign students, setting up a system of international and American conversation partners, organizing activities with inclusion of diverse students and even recording a video on cross-cultural differences. At individual levels, both the American students and international students must extend their network to talk to other races and nationalities. However, there are many students who have benefited from the diversity of Jackson

State and the awesome cultural experiences. ShuYing Wei, a junior English education major from China who participated in the Alternative Spring Break in Hattiesburg, expressed her love towards Jackson State for providing such a good HBCU experience. Chris Winfield, a junior chemistry pre-med major from Jackson, Miss. said he enjoyed “chilling” with international students because there is so much to learn from them. It is up to you to initiate the first move to start talking to each other. I think both international and American students should put in the their fair share of efforts to interact with each other. The barriers between interactions among American and international students are based on false assumptions. Mutual understanding cannot be achieved unless you start talking to someone. Once you start interacting, all the stereotypes and false assumptions will be resolved. Only by talking, will you know how others think and be able to express yourself. Being at a diverse HBCU with so many international students, it is a privilege for Jackson State students to have an opportunity for an eyeopening and mind-broadening cultural experience. Enrich your collegiate life by taking advantage of the diversity of the campus and interact with people from diverse cultural backgrounds! 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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JSU students advertise skills at Teacher Recruitment Day Candace Chambers News Editor Education recruiters from more than 60 school districts all across the United States gathered in the Student Center Ballroom to meet aspiring educators at the Spring Teacher Recruitment Day 2013. This event was sponsored by the Jackson State University Career Services Center and was open to all majors. Students dressed in their finest business attire, carried resumes, and came looking for jobs in the teaching profession. The event included districts from within the state such as the Biloxi Public School District, Vicksburg-Warren School District, Jackson Public School District, and the North Pike School District, and districts from out of state including Little Rock School District in Arkansas and Lee County Public Schools in Florida. Jeremy Hodge, Career Services Coordinator, stated that events like Teacher Recruitment Day provide students with a chance to advertise their good qualities to potential employers.

“Networking is key. Statistics show that 80 percent of jobs aren’t advertised. You’re actually putting yourself in the mind of the recruiters. You’re marketing yourself and your skills.” Recruiters were interested in individuals who were ready to educate and mold the minds of young students. Shey Edwards, Director of Public Relations and Information Services for Lee County Schools, said, “We look for somebody that is caring, energetic, knowledgeable of today’s education issues and trends, especially common core, and who is technologically savvy.” Marqueta Perkins, Personnel Specialist of Teacher Recruitment at Jackson Public Schools in Jackson, Miss. said, “We look for highly qualified individuals that are looking to be beneficial to students; individuals who are open-minded and ready to work.” To give potential employees a visual representation of their schools, Webster County Schools in Eupora, Miss. displayed pictures and facts about their highperforming 2A schools on display boards. Students were able to pick up

Photo: Dominique McCraney Students speak to education professional during Teacher Recruitment Day.

applications, learn information about the various school districts, and network with recruiters. Some asked students their majors, explained if the district had openings in their specific field, and provided ways to access their districts website for vacancies. Jackson State students came prepared for the day and said they enjoyed the friendly atmosphere of the event.

Justin Ficklin, a senior health/ physical education major from Morton, Miss., researched before attending. “I got a little information on teacher salaries across Mississippi, and the job outlook and duties.” Steven Reed, a doctoral student majoring in political science from Brandon, Miss. said, “I targeted a specific school and my

experience was enjoyable. The recruiter was very helpful.” Oluwaseun Akintola, a graduate student majoring in science and mathematics education, from Nigeria, shared similar views. “They [recruiters] were very friendly. They were interested in the qualifications I had. The environment was good and friendly. I’m looking forward to the next recruitment session.”

City Council brings political process to Jackson State University Mark Braboy Staff Writer As part of an initiative to bring city council meetings to colleges and universities within the city, the Jackson City Council held its regular meeting at Jackson State University on April 2nd inside the Student Center. Mayor Harvey Johnson Jr., his constituents, and the entire city council were in attendance. The council consists of Quentin Whitwell, Ward 1 (R), Chokwe Lumumba, Ward 2 (D), LaRita Cooper-Stokes, Ward 4, (D) Frank Bluntson, Ward 4 (D), Charles Tillman, vice president, Ward 5, (D), Tony Yarber, president, Ward 6 (D), and Margaret C. Barnett-Simon (D), Ward 7. “The purpose of bringing the council meetings to the colleges and universities is to strengthen relationships with leaders as well as to provide students an opportunity to see city government in action,” said Beatrice Byrd, deputy city clerk of the City of Jackson. At 10:00 a.m., the meeting was called to order by Council President Yarber. JSU Interim Provost/Vice President of Academic Affairs James C. Renick, gave a warm welcome to those in attendance. The introduction of the council members were given, however the public comments were skipped. The regular agenda included 32 orders and agreements involving the City of Jackson that the council voted for or against by majority vote. Several notable orders included: an agreement making victim relief

ministries available to the Jackson Police Department for victims of traumatic incidents; acquiring surface materials for Battlefield and Tougaloo Park; an agreement between the City of Jackson and the Hinds County Election Commission for the 2013 municipal elections; and executing a resolution to observe the 45th Anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. as a ceremony. During the meeting, Cooper-Stokes introduced a resolution honoring the late Gene “Jughead” Young. Young served as the former acting director of the Margaret Walker Alexander National Research Center and professor at Jackson State. The civil rights activist died on March 30, 2011. Young became famous as a young man during his involvement with the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) when a photo was circulated all over the nation of him getting his haircut in a Kansas City Hotel by a white barber who had refused him service just the day before. This was also the day President Lyndon Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Mayor Johnson stated that bringing the council meetings to college campuses helps students learn the political process. “Well it’s always a pleasure to be on Jackson State’s campus but it was a special day today where we literally were able to bring government to the campus,” said Johnson. “I know that there are students who study local government and all stu-

Photo: Jackson City Council members.

dents are affected by local government, but rarely do you get a chance to see them up close and personal. And so this is what this has done today and we’re very glad to be here. We appreciate the hospitality extended to us by Jackson State University.” Students enjoyed the rare and educational opportunity provided by the council’s visit. “I think it is a very productive experience considering the fact we have JSU students that are running for city council. I also

believe that it helps us in class everyday and at work. We, the political science department, value and appreciate this opportunity,” said Jasmine McDonald, a senior political science major from Morton, Miss. Princess Williams, a junior political science major from Jackson, Miss. said, “I think it is great that the city council held their meeting at JSU. It provides the students with an opportunity to see government in action. It also gives the council a chance to be closer to their constituents.”


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Skrilla motivates youth with hardwork and determination

Crystal Killingsworth Staff Writer

“Get Em’ Skrilla!” is all that Jackson State student, Daryl “Skrilla” Williams II hears when he sets out to captivate his fellow peers with his unique approach to modern day rap. Williams, a 21 year old junior English education major at Jackson State University, combines his love of hip-hop with his passion for promoting positive messages to his student body. Skrilla’s infatuation with hiphop was originally influenced by the East St. Louis community where he grew up as a young boy. “I remember hearing people on the street listening to artists like Master P, and I remember liking what I heard,” said Skrilla. Skrilla’s fascination with hiphop continued to evolve when he began to listen to other genres of music and eventually began to experiment with his own technique of rapping music. While Skrilla loved the idea of hip-hop and the representation that precedes it, he felt the words that he said during his rap should convey a deeper meaning rather than stereotypical luxuries such as money, cars,

and clothes that lace most rappers songs in this day and age. “I wanted to make music everyone liked to listen to, but with something with a more meaningful message,” said Skrilla. Skrilla is currently at a point in his music career where he is simply advertising his music to his fellow students and the surrounding Jackson area utilizing social media sites such as Twitter and Facebook to promote his music. “I test the impact of my brand by releasing my songs on Twitter to see how my fan base responds to the music as well as to generate more fans,” said Skrilla. “I want my fans to feel me before they invest in me.” T’Erica Hudson, a junior criminal justice major from Chicago, Ill., who considers Williams family said, “Skrilla is an inspiration to all. His music is relatable and inspirational to college students. He’s necessary for our generation,” said Hudson. Skrilla has recently been working on a new project dedicated to his father has always been one of his big supporters. According to him, his father who coined the trademark “Get Em’ Skrilla,” has always encouraged the young rapper to pursue his dreams. The song is called “Senior”.

Daryl V. Williams II also known as Skrilla.

“It’s my way of showing appreciation to my biggest fan,” said Skilla. Skrilla’s passion for motivating others not only stops at college students, but high school students as well. He is currently the founder of an outreach program called “Better Off in College”. The project was initiated in 2011 when Skrilla got tired

of hearing complaining and excuses in regards to education. He sought out to teach the younger generation that hard work and dedication pays off in the future. “I decided to give something back to the younger generation and give high school students the courage to succeed past high school

graduation,” said Skrilla. His newly dropped single with local artist, Rich Kidd, entitled “2 cups & we Gone” is scheduled to play soon on the radio. Skrilla said that he plans to on traveling the world sharing his music with others. “I hope to bless more people with my gift,” he said.

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Sweetness Run/Walk raises obesity awareness Taylor Bembery Variety Editor The streets surrounding Jackson State University were filled with 500 runners and walkers who donated their time to walk or run for one common goal -- to fight against obesity during the 7th Annual Walter Payton Sweetness 5K Run/ Walk on March 30th. Mississippi holds the title of being “The Fattest State” in the country and studies show that 34.9 percent of its residents weighed in as obese in 2012. This percentage has more than doubled in the last 20 years, from 15 to 35 percent since 1991. Patrick House, winner of Season 10 The Biggest Loser from Vicksburg, Miss., was a guest and host at the event. House shared how losing 243 pounds helped him get to a healthier lifestyle. “Changing my life, people always ask me ‘what diet are you on now?’ I always tell people I’m not on any kind of diet, I’m on a lifestyle change. I just don’t do the things that I use to do,” said House. Hosted by the Walter Payton Recreation and Wellness Center at JSU, this event was the culmination of a week of fitness and health-related activities that was designed to get the community and students aware of their health and to kick start their journey to a healthier lifestyle. Rachel Cowan, Director of the Payton Center, said this year’s run/walk was different from past years. “This year we partnered with Patrick House, because the 5K is the fight against obesity. He’s the winner of the Biggest Loser who lost over 243 pounds. We partnered with him to help lay the foundation and bring about awareness and educating about obesity by letting people know that you can have fun and be physically fit,” said Cowan Cowan also stressed the importance of students being aware of obesity. “Being a college student, it’s important not only to be healthy but also [to look healthy]. You can have the education but if you are walking into a job interview 330 pounds, your employer is looking at health insurance, how much is it going to be to keep you at this job,” said Cowan.

Election Results Continued from pg.1 Secretary Joyce Winston

Vice President DuShane O. Lockett

Assistant Secretary Lianna Norris

Business Manager Jordan A. Carter

Parliamentarian Secretary Chuks Agusieghe, Jr. Grace E. White Class Senators Parliamentarian Shontrice N. Garrett Kentonio J. Johnson Kelli A. Gills Class Senators Miss Junior Jasmine R. Douglas Arianna C. Stokes Michael P. Gorden

Photo: Taylor Bembery

Mr. Junior Daryl E. Bufford

Miss Sophomore Robin Y. Jackson

Class of 2016

Mr. Sophomore Rashad J. Moore

President Henry S. Goss, Jr.

Sweetness 5K Run/Walk participants.

Cowan said she always tells people who want to get fit to first start doing things you love. “For example if you like to dance join a dancing class, if you like to run join a running club. Get yourself around the same people with the same positive mindset as you and set small goals to start a healthier lifestyle.” All proceeds from the event went to the Live Well Fund, which provides scholarships for students, aged 5 to 16, to attend Camp Tiger Tails in the summer. The fund also awards memberships for individuals that are struggling with weight, fighting obesity and that need help and cannot afford it, or may be able to afford it but don’t know where to start or how to keep going with a lifetime membership The recipient this year of the Lifetime Membership from the Live Well Fund was Cynthia Thompson, a Payton

Center member and Jackson native who worked diligently over the past year to lose 100 pounds. Students appreciated the opportunity to learn more about healthy lifestyles Tirra Braddy, a graduate student majoring in biology from Jackson, Miss., said that involvement in the run/walk shows support for other people and encouragement to live a healthy lifestyle. “I support events like this around the city, health fairs, and staying involved in the gym. I’m also starting my own nonprofit organization that will target going around the state of Mississippi to help people lose weight and create weight loss support groups in the state,” said Braddy. After the run/walk, there were festivities like healthy cooking demonstrations, music, face painting, a health fair, and an Easter egg hunt for small children.

CSCEL Community Service Corner

Students looking for community service opportunities have plenty of ways to become involved. Contact Eltease Moore for more information - 601-979-1762.

Community Sponsored Events:

Friday, April 5- Saturday, April 6, 2013: The Biggest Loser Run/Walk The Biggest Loser Run/Walk is looking for volunteers for our Half Marathon and 5K that is coming back to Jackson, Miss. on April 6, 2013. They are requesting volunteers to assist with packet-pick up day on Friday, April 5th from 2:00-8:00 p.m. at the Jackson Convention Complex. On the day of the run, volunteers are needed from 5 a.m.-12 noon to assist at the start & finish line, volunteer check-in, secure check-in, the kids course, water stations, and directional areas on the course. Students participating on Friday will receive 6 hours. Students participating on Saturday will receive 8 hours of community service. Stop by CSCEL for volunteer forms. For more information, or to sign up email:

Saturday, April 6, 2013: Zapp Out Trash Day Zapp Out Trash with the Capital City Clean Up scheduled for April 6th from 8:30-11:30 a.m. The clean-up location with be along the Capital Street Corridor and around the Jackson Zoo. Students participating in this event will receive 5 hours of community service. For more information on this event contact Ms. Marsha Hobson with Keep Jackson Beautiful at 601-260-2632. Saturday, April 27, 2013: On the Road To Health Students are needed to assist with registration with the “On the Road to Health” event scheduled for Saturday, April 27th beginning at 7:00 a.m. Students assisting with this project will receive 7 community service hours. For more information about this event, please contact Mr. Jason Brookins at 601-979-5802.

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room.” Cleveland shared his introduction to social media and how he has learned the importance of using it in the journalism field. “You need to tweet and you need to blog. I came into Twitter kicking and screaming. I was told I had to tweet and said ‘What?’” Cleveland said, “You can’t be lazy and be a journalist.” Chris Todd, a sports photographer, was another featured speaker at the conference. Todd, the former photography director at The Clarion-Ledger, started as a staff photographer in 1981. He was promoted to picture editor of the Jackson Daily News in 1984 before taking over the department during the merger with the Clarion-Ledger in 1986 and working there for 30 years. He now works as a freelance photographer covering most of the high school sports events in Mississippi among other events. Todd used pictures to get his message across and began his presentation with a powerful video slideshow highlighting some of his best action shots taken during high school championships. “High school sports is pure...I’ve shot big stuff before, I’ve shot Superbowls and

NCAA Championships and if you want to do that you need to be positioning yourself to that now.” Kachelle Pratcher, a mass communications major from Chicago, Ill., stated that she has gained much experience from writing. “This was my first time attending the O.C. McDavid Journalism Conference. I enjoyed the experience because I saw other students wanting to do similar thing that I want to do as a career and it inspired me,” Pratcher said. “I know I am gaining a lot of experiences being a member of the Blue and White Flash.” Trerica Roberson, a senior graphic design major from Louin, Miss., won four awards in advertising and graphic design categories. Alan Wells, illustrator for The Blue & White Flash won the first place award for Best Cartoon. “I was happy when I got the award because art and photography is something that interests me,” said Wells, a junior chemistry major from Greenville, Miss. Wells also received the first place award for Best Cartoon at the 2012 conference. The Blue & White Flash received nine other awards in categories for Best Miscellaneous Advertisement, Best Graphic, Best Feature Story, Best Generic News Photo, Best Layout and Design, Best Single Advertisement, Best Website, and General Excellence.

Intersession classes are May 6 - May 24

For more information, call Enrollment Management @ 601-979-2300


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JSU Baseball falls to UTPA in third game of series JSU Athletic Media Relations

Ethan Bright and Jose Cruz each recorded timely hits in leading the Jackson State baseball team to a split with the University of Texas Pan American Broncos Saturday evening. The Tigers lost the first game of the double header. In the second game the Tigers bats came alive en route to the nightcap victory. In the opening game, JSU fell 8-3 to the UTPA Broncos. JSU scored its three runs on nine hits. Bright and Curtis Stephens each had two hits for the Tigers. Bright had two runs and a RBI. The Tigers scored their first two runs in the first inning and the third in the sixth inning. Brandon Gregory (4-3) suffered the loss. He pitched 1.1 innings and gave up seven runs on five hits. The Tigers bounced back to take the night cap, beating UTPA 4-2. In the second game JSU scored its four runs on 12 hits and committed no errors. UTPA scored its two runs on six hits and had two errors. Cruz led the Tigers offense going 4-4 at the plate with a run and a RBI. Aneko Knowles and Bright each finished with two hits.

After trailing 1-0, the Tigers tied the game in the fourth inning. Bright doubled to get on base and scored on a Fred Hampton double. JSU took a 2-1 lead in the fifth when Knowles scored on a Bryce Taylor single. JSU increased its lead to 4-1 at the top of the eighth. Bright doubled to get on base. He advanced to third on a passed ball and scored on a Cruz single. Cruz scored on a Knowles single. UTPA added a run at the bottom of the eighth to make the final score 4-2. Vincent Anthonia (4-2) pitched 7.1 innings for the win. He allowed two runs on five hits while striking out four batters. Bright pitched 1.2 innings, striking out three batters, for the save. Jackson State (15-13) and UTPA (8-12) return to action Sunday for the final game of the series. First pitch is set for 1:00 p.m. The Jackson State baseball team fell 13-2 in the final game of the weekend series to the UT Pan American Broncos Sunday afternoon at the Edinburg Baseball Stadium. With the loss JSU fell to a 15-14 record and UTPA improved to 9-12. The Tigers recorded four hits and the Broncos had 11. Gabriel

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Babineaux went 1-2 at the plate with a run and RBI to lead the Tigers. Chris Wingard (1-3) pitched 1.1 innings, giving up eight runs on seven hits for JSU. The Tigers scored their two

runs in the sixth inning. Bryce Taylor reached base after getting it by a pitch and scored on a Babineaux triple. Babineaux scored on a wild pitch. JSU returns to action Tuesday,

April 2 when the Tigers travel to New Orleans, Louisiana to take on the University of New Orleans. First pitch is set for 6:30 p.m.

Former Harlem Globetrotter gives advice to todays youth

Photo: Trerica Roberson Neal Paul Woods, former Harlem Globetrotter.

Trerica Roberson Staff Writer The Harlem Globetrotters, who gained worldwide recog-

nition for combining basketball playing skills with comedic tricks and stunts, have entertained and wowed audiences for over eight decades. Com-

peting in more than 20,000 games in over 125 countries, the Globetrotters established themselves as the world ambassadors of basketball, becoming a global attraction. In the 1970’s, Neal Paul Woods, a young man hailing from Jackson, Miss. joined the Globetrotters. A graduate of Lanier High School and Alcorn Agricultural and Mechanical College, which later became Alcorn State University, Woods moved to St. Petersburg Fla. where he worked at the St. Petersburg Hilton Hotel as a waiter. After learning that the Globetrotters where holding tryouts at the Bravefront Center in St. Petersburg, Woods decided to tryout and made the team. Woods played for seven years with the team in hundreds of games across the United States and England, proudly wearing the Globetrotters distinctive red, white, and blue striped uniforms. His nickname, “The Demon” followed him from his playing days at Lanier. The

moniker was given because during the time of big afros, Woods always kept his head shaved bald. His aggressive style of play and temper on the court further fueled the moniker. “The biggest impression on my life and basketball career was when I was in high school during the summers. I would come over to Jackson State (College) and talk and learn from Coach Wilson.” Coach Harrison B. Wilson worked as a professor, administrator and head basketball coach from 1951 to 1960 at Jackson State College (now Jackson State University). When asked about his experiences with the Globetrotters Woods said, “My best experience while playing for the Globetrotters was being able to inspire people but mainly the children. My worst experience was when I started playing for the team, which was before integration came into effect. We weren’t allowed to stay in certain hotels or eat in certain restaurants but we could perform in front of an all white crowd.”

Woods offers advice to the youth of today. “You have to have an education, but you also need to listen and learn from older people, otherwise the youth of today will be in for a world of trouble,” said Woods. Woods, along with his wife Ann, currently resides in Louin, Miss. According to, the team was the creation of Abe Saperstein of Chicago, who took over coaching duties for a team of African-American players originally known as the Savoy Big Five, named after the famous Chicago ballroom where they played their early games. At a time when only whites were allowed to play on professional basketball teams, Saperstein decided to promote his new team’s racial makeup by naming them after Harlem, the famous African-American neighborhood of New York City. The son of a tailor, Saperstein personally sewed their red, white and blue uniforms emblazoned with the words “New York”.

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