HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY
Special Issue Pages 6-9
Vol. 73 / No. 17
February 14, 2013
Jackson State students increase awareness of HIV/AIDS Taylor Bembery Staff Writer
Jackson State University celebrated National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day on Feb. 7 with a series of events to educate students about the epidemic that affects their community. The main event was the “Battle of The Classes” testing challenge which took place from 11 a.m. until 1p.m and was hosted by Project S.A.F.E, The Division of Student Life, and T.R.O.O.P. Human Immunodeficiency Virus short for HIV, can destroy so many CD4 cells that the body cannot fight infections and diseases. When that happens, HIV infection can lead to AIDS. In the midst of this observation of National Black HIV/AIDS awareness day, according to the most recent data released from the Mississippi State Department of Health, Mississippi’s African Americans
remain most likely to be diagnosed with HIV infection. ` Dr. Nicholas Mosca, director of the MSDH Office of STD/HIV, suggests that African-Americans are more likely to be in a situation where HIV status is unknown or disclosed. “Those who have sex outside of a long-term mutually monogamous relationship shouldn’t ‘guess’ a partners status or rely on their honesty,” said Mosca.” Casual sex always requires the correct and consistent use of condoms and routine HIV testing after each sexual encounter to determine exposure to HIV infection.” Kevin Patterson, an Intervention Specialist for Project S.A.F.E at JSU, said “at black colleges and universities we have such a large population of African-Americans, this disease is affecting us more than any other ethnic group. So awareness for JSU students is crucial because colleges HIV/AIDS, Cont. on pg.5
JSU students participate in Rapid HIV testing during National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day.
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Veteran journalist shares lessons at news media conference Candance Chambers Staff Writer
The Blue and White Flash staff members, Diamond Jenkins, Alan Wells and Candance Chambers with their ﬁrst place awards from the 15th Annual HBCU Student News Media Conference in Nashville, Tenn.
John Seigenthaler shared his 85 years of wisdom with a group of young aspiring journalists in a place that not only bears his name, but also emphasizes the freedoms found in the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States. Founder of the Freedom Forum First Amendment Center and Diversity Institute, the veteran newsman and former assistant to Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy in the 1960s, was the opening speaker at the 15th Annual National HBCU Student News Media Conference in Nashville, Tenn. A highly respected journalist, Seigenthaler joined the Nashville Tennessean in 1949 and after working in the Kennedy administration returned to become editor, then publisher and chairman before retiring and becoming the ﬁrst editorial director at USA Today. He is noted for expanding the Tennessean’s coverage and his efforts to integrate newsrooms. Seigenthaler expressed his passionate views about the rights and freedoms afforded everyone in the First Amendment, but warned the group of student journalists to be accurate, fair, and balanced when reporting the news, whether
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through print or the internet. He discussed how the First Amendment was initially controversial amongst the founders of the nation but has proven to be an instrumental force of change in American history in instances such as the 1960s Civil Rights Movement and the National Women’s Party’s demand for equality and the women’s suffrage in the 1920’s. Siegenthaer shared a personal story of injury and involvement in the Civil Rights Movement when he became a key figure in helping the Freedom Riders during the Kennedy Administration. He was hit in the head with a pipe during one of the violence confrontations that occurred when busloads of young blacks tried to challenge the segregation of the South. In encouraging the students to continue their pursuit of journalism and to protect the freedom of the press, he also urged them to be always be honest, factual and ethical in their reporting after sharing a personal story about how he was lied on in a Wikipedia internet article. Other speakers at conference covered a myriad of topics relating to all forms of media, from radio and television, newspapers, HBCU Conf., Cont. on pg.4
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• OPINION- To love or to learn?: That is the question • SPORTS- JSU Lady Tigers fall short in Belmont tournament.
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JSU Campus Briefs FREE ALTERNATIVE SPRING BREAK Join the JSU Alternative Spring Break (ASB) program in a life-changing experience as we “Learn, Build & Explore” the Mississippi Gulf Coast, March 10-15. Applications are available in the Center for Service and Community Engaged Learning, located on the 1st ﬂoor, Jacob L. Reddix Hall. For information, contact Eltease Moore at 601-9791762 or eltease.moore@ jsums.edu. Application deadline is Friday, Feb. 15 PIN HONORS STUDENTS A pinning ceremony for W.E.B. Du Bois Honors College students will be held Thursday, Feb. 21 at 6 p.m. in the Student Center Ballroom. Call the Honors College for information.
BLACK HISTORY MONTH AT JSU, FEB. 19-21
The COFO Center, the Hamer Institute, and the Margaret Walker Center invite the Jackson State University family and community to celebrate Black History Month 2013. Events include the JSU Reading Community to discuss the book Medgar Evers: Mississippi Martyr, Feb 20th 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Dollye M. E. Robinson Liberal Arts Building Rm 166/266 “Black History Makers” forum to celebrate the life and legacy of Medgar Evers, and the Medgar Evers/ Ella Baker Lecture Series to discuss voting as a constitutional right. For more information, call (601) 979-1563 or(601) 979-4348.
JACKSON HEART STUDY CELEBRATION A community block party featuring health screenings and free refreshments will be held on Feb. 23, 8 a.m. – noon-as part of the 13th Annual Jackson Heart Study “Celebration of Life” at the Jackson Medical Mall. For information, contact: Darcel T. Odom, 601-979-8709. JSU WELCOME CENTER CELEBRATES ARTIST HAROLD MILLER On Feb. 26th, the JSU Welcome Center will host Harold Miller, an awardwinning sculptor, potter and painter from Vicksburg. The event is free and open to the public and will start at noon. For information, contact Gwen Caples, gwendolyn. email@example.com, 601-9790883.
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People Speak The Flash wants to know what you have to say...
“What has been your best or worst Valentine’s Day experience and Why?” Compiled by TaKeisha Hoyle
Kesica Jayapalam Junior Entrepreneurship Coimbatore, India
“I haven’t had a worst or best experience because where I’m from my parents were very strict so I didn’t date. It’s just something that people are not too open-minded about.”
Angela Condorelli Junior Management Sandiago, Chile “Last year was my first time celebrating Valentine’s Day. I had a great experience. My boyfriend took me to dinner and gave me gifts.”
Jonathan Smith Junior Business Management Pensacola, Fla.
“My best experience was when I got to spend Valentine’s Day with my crush and I found out she felt the same as me.”
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To love or to learn?: That is the question Diamond Jenkins Associate Editor
Kiara Davis Sophomore Business Management Memphis, Tenn.
“My worst experience was when my boyfriend bought tickets to a Brian McKnight concert and he stood me up.”
Yazmine Brown Sophomore Graphic Design Chicago, Ill.
“My worst Valentine’s day experience was when I caught my boyfriend cheating.”
Jalyn Dixon Sophomore Biology Detroit, Mich.
“My best experience was when my dad and I had a huge argument and he bought me extravagant gifts.”
Travaughn Wilson Sophomore Criminal Justice Memphis, Tenn.
James Reede III Freshman Business Admin. Sacremento, Calif.
Mario Brooks Sophomore Biology Canton, Miss.
Joseph Gooden Sophomore Music Education Clarksdale, Miss.
Jeremy McNeal Junior Accounting Clarksdale, Miss.
Dominique Dean Senior Criminal Justice Hattiesburg, Miss.
“My worst experience was when my date had a meltdown because I put her in the friend zone.”
“My best Valentine’s day experience was when me and my date had an intimate evening which consisted of dinner and a movie.”
“My best Valentine’s day experience was when my girlfriend bought me a very expensive gift.”
“My best experience was when I bought my girlfriend a bracelet three days before Valentine’s Day. She asked what it was for and I told her it was just because I love her.”
“My worst experience was when I got drunk and went to sleep on my date.”
“My worst experience was when I didn’t have a date and I was lonely.”
College couples face some challenges unique to their situation in life. At a time when you are learning about yourself and figuring out what you want, is a relationship a good thing or a bad thing? The greatest challenge facing college couples is that our lives are fluctuating. Deciding what to major in and figuring out what we want to do in the future can put a strain on even the healthiest relationships. From my experiences in college, one of the things that I have learned is that you have to think about yourself more than a relationship. This can be very hard to do, especially when you do not know what you want. The idea of meeting your soul-mate at a bar or club or campus library may sound unlikely to most students. When heading to a party, a student does not usually give off the impression that they are looking for a serious lifelong relationship. Instead, it is usually that he or she wants something casual, a “no-strings-attached” relationship. Why? Because you have to remember why you are enrolled at Jackson State University in the first place, to get an education, right? That has to remain your first priority. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, in 1999 the median marriage age was 22.8 for men and 20.3 for women. If we assume both parties were going to college, women would have been planning their weddings during their sophomore year, and men their senior year. In 2011, the median marriage age was 28.9 for men
and 26.9 for women. These stats show that Americans are delaying marriage for various reasons. With the state of economics in America, my assumption is that they want more financial security before jumping the broom. So what turned college years from the time to find ‘the one’ and settle down into the time for casual, no-strings-attached hook-ups that have become the norm for students today? And is it ever suitable to say “yes” while in college? Andre’ Hardy, a senior biology major from Jackson, Miss., feels that the term relationship does not apply to college couples. “I don’t know how you describe a relationship. If I am in a relationship, I say not officially. When you are in college, you are exclusive, but you are not really boyfriend and girlfriend,” said Hardy. Hardy also identifies a full workload as a large part of the reason he is not interested in seeing anybody at JSU or looking for
marriage as a college sophomore. He said, “I don’t exactly have a list [of what I want to accomplish before marriage]. I’m premed and I’m totally focused on my career right now. I mean, with med school and residencies, it takes a long time to build credentials. If [love and marriage] happens along the way, that’s great; if not, that works too.” Janiece Taylor, a junior mass communications major from Clinton, Miss., feels that longterm college relationships do not work out in the long-run. “Even if I really loved someone here, I wouldn’t be with them,” said Taylor. According to a study performed in 2009 by MTV and the Associated Press, 85 percent of students said they have felt stressed often or sometimes during the last three months. Seventy-seven percent of students felt stressed by schoolwork, 74 percent by grades, 67 percent by financial worries, and 53 percent by relationships. Almost every JSU student can identify with these problems; students juggle extracurricular activities, classes, internships, schoolwork, and friendships on a daily basis. In a bleak job market, students have more reasons than ever to be stressed out. Adding a relationship to the mix; not so logical. 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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Jackson State to send aid to Southern Miss
Alexis Anderson Staff Writer
Days after an F3 tornado ripped through the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, Jackson State University is coming together to assist in recovery efforts. Eltease Moore, community service coordinator with the Center for Service and Community Engaged Learning, is spearheading the collection of items to help students at USM. “In response to those affected, the Center created an opportunity for our JSU faculty, staff and students to step in. The “Stand United” Toiletry & Cleaning Supply Drive is a first response initiative created for those who want to assist in recovery efforts, to do just that. The Hattiesburg and USM community will begin the rebuilding process, by giving essential items to assist students and families.” The CSCEL is asking all faculty, staff, students and alumni to drop off toiletry or cleaning supply item to the New Student Center Booth, located on the 1st Floor, between 11 am-1 pm, daily, or any of the following drop-off locations around the campus by Tuesday, February 19th. Other campus drop off locations includes: • CSCEL, 1st floor, Reddix Hall • Administration Tower-Lobby • Alexander Hall • Campbell Hall • Dixon Hall • McAllister-Whiteside Hall • Stewart Hall • Transitional Hall
Photo: newsroom.redcross.org Winows busted out of Hattiesburgh home.
The powerful storm tore a path through three counties, injuring more than 80 people, but there were not any deaths. Hattiesburg officials said that certain measures were taken to ensure that no lives were lost in the storm. Sirens and tornado warnings gave people as much as 30 minutes to evaluate their homes. According to National Weather Service meteorologist Chad Entremont, the storm was an EF3 tornado with winds speeds reaching 145 mph in parts of Hattiesburg. About 570 homes were destroyed and mobile homes were destroyed or damaged, 100 apartments left uninhabitable. Several thousands of people were without any power; however most of the power has been restored according to Gov. Phil Bryant. On USM campus, trees were snapped in half around the damaged Alumni House,
where the roof was ripped away. Windows in nearby buildings were blown out, and equipment worked to clear streets in heavy rain after the worst of the storm had passed. In all, six buildings need repair including the Music Building, the Historic Olgetree House and the home of the president. William Parks, a junior meteorology major from Madison, Miss., said. “I have former classmates and my frats are at USM, so I have I have a connection with the students at USM. If that would have happen at JSU, I would be devastated because I have a lot family and friends here. I consider JSU my second home.” USM student Latisha Hamilton shared her feeling about the aftermath of Sunday’s destruction. A junior music education major with an emphasis in guitar from Raleigh, Miss., Ham-
Life imitates film in story of vengeful LA ex-cop John Rogers Associated Press It sounds like the plot line to a movie: He’s a former LA cop on a violent, rage-filled rampage who will stop at nothing for revenge. Instead, police say, it is the latest real-life crime story to grip Southern California, a place where fiction frequently blurs with reality and pop culture often plays larger than the truth. Christopher Dorner’s alleged killing spree hasn’t just terrorized a section of the country — it has captured people’s imagination and attention. As of Monday, the triple-murder suspect had more than 70 Facebook fan pages, some with thousands of “likes.” Many people were going on those pages to call him an American hero, a man of true conviction who is fighting for his beliefs. Others praised him for attempting to fight injustice and racism “by any means necessary,” quoting the expression popularized by Malcolm X during the 1960s Black Power movement. Even Charlie Sheen asked the missing suspect to give him a call. “Let’s figure out together how to end this thing,” the star of the TV series “Anger Management” says in a 17-second video posted on the website TMZ.com in which he also thanks Dorner for praising him as an actor. Dorner’s shoutout to Sheen, “You’re effin awesome,” came in a long, rambling manifesto the former cop allegedly posted online in which he accused the Los Angeles Police Department of wrongly firing him, railed against racism and other abuses, and weighed in on his favorite
movies and celebrities. He also vowed vengeance against the police officers he believes wronged him and ruined his reputation. So far, authorities say, he has carried out that threat, killing a Riverside police officer, attempting to kill three other police officers and killing the daughter of a former Los Angeles police captain and her fiance. And then, just like a scene out of a movie, he vanished Rambo-like, presumably into the deep snow of a sprawling national forest 90 miles east of Los Angeles. Authorities found his burned-out car with weapons inside last week but, so far, no trace of him despite a search coordinated by the FBI, LAPD and other police agencies. “My first thought was this is the stuff movies are made of,” said Karen North, a social media expert at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School. But then her second thought, North said, was that unlike the anti-heroes played to such great effect by Sylvester Stallone in the “Rambo” movies and Arnold Schwarzenegger in “The Running Man,” Dorner has no redeeming qualities. “He’s killed people who are real people with real families and real friends, and he’s terrorized entire communities,” she said. His ability to so far elude one of the largest manhunts in memory, however, has quickly elevated Dorner to folk-hero status among some. Dorner T-shirts were selling Tuesday for as much as $18. In addition, a photo of a large man who vaguely resembles Dorner and is wearing a T-shirt with the words “Not Chris Dorner, Please Do Not Shoot,” has been shared repeatedly on Facebook and Twitter. So have pictures of Dorner released by po-
lice that fans later labeled “American Hero.” At least one was altered to resemble Shepard Fairey’s famous “Hope” poster of President Barack Obama. “People, especially Americans, like to identify with anti-heroes and underdogs, and if you take away the fact that he has killed innocent people, people identify with his messages,” North said of the attention and sometimes sympathy that Dorner’s online rants against racism, injustice and police brutality have brought. In that way, she said, some will identify him with popular outlaws of the past such as Bonnie and Clyde or Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. “But when we do this, we often forget that these people are creating heartbreak for the individuals’ lives they affect,” North continued. People watching the case haven’t overlooked that Los Angeles police officers who are clearly on edge have mistakenly opened fire on two different vehicles they thought Dorner might be driving. Since those shootings, one of which wounded a woman and her daughter, some pickups around town now carry handmade signs reading, “Don’t Shoot. Not Dorner.” The manifesto linked to Dorner rambles on for more than 10,000 words, spending much of the first half accusing Los Angeles police of wrongly firing him, destroying his reputation and leaving him with no choice but to kill people to bring those actions to the public’s attention and restore his name. He also tells of enduring racist taunts during much of his school years, when he says he was often the only black student in his classes.
ilton said. “Being a student at the University of Southern Miss during these recent times of turmoil is devastating. To see our campus in such a state of emergency and uproar is sickening. Furthermore, being a music education major, times are even harder. The School of Music is recently without facilities. Many don’t understand, but the SOM was our home,” She added: “The music students spent more time within those three buildings than anywhere else on campus. We are dependent upon our class meetings, lesson times, and practice areas. I’m sure I can speak for my peers, as well as, professors when I say that we have thoroughly missed one another and being in the comfort of our facilities these past few days learning and grasping as much knowledge as possible, but we understand the circumstances and are coping. She added: “We are grateful for no fatalities and that all are safe. As a school and community, we have drawn closer together and are working hard to beat the odds and rebuild and restore our campus. I personally believe that more good than bad will come out of this situation and Southern Miss will continue to be on top.” USM campus officials reopened on Wednesday, Feb. 13 with classes scheduled to resume on Thursday, Feb 14. After receiving several numeral inquiries about the ways to help, the USM Foundation has established an emergency relief fund for financial contributions, visit www.usmfoundations.com/releif. For more information, contact Eltease Moore at (601) 979-1762
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social media, ethics, internships and jobs, etc. The final event was an awards banquet where student media from historically black colleges and universities was recognized. The conference contest is sponsored by the Black College Communications Association, which was established by a grant from the Freedom Forum and comprised of HBCUs with communications programs. The Blue and White Flash won 1st place awards in the Signed Commentary/Column Writing category with entries from Diamond Jenkins and 1st place for Best Editorial Cartoon from Alan Wells. The Flash also received an honorable mention Arts and Entertainment/ feature writing. Attendees from Jackson State included Diamond Jenkins, Kachelle Pratcher, Candace Chambers, William Owens and Alan Wells, along with Ernest Camel and Sylvia Watley, Advisor. Pratcher, a junior mass communications major from Chicago, Ill., said: “I learned so much valuable information that will help me earn internships and job opportunities. This was an exciting event for me to attend.” Reginald Stuart, BCCA contest coordinator and recruiter for the McClatchy Company, said the contest “entries and winners show a real passion for journalism from a new generation of journalists. We’re excited about their future and look forward to seeing their work in media.”
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Continued from pg.1 are where most people make some of the riskiest sexual decisions in their life. “So if students are making risky sexual decisions and yet are afraid to talk about the issues relating to HIV then all we are doing is perpetuating the problem and making it even worse. So it is crucial that we not only talk about HIV but also provide tools for them so they can make better sexual decisions for their health.” Students can come and test at Project S.A.F.E in the Dolly M.E. Liberal Arts Building on the 1st floor and the Health Center on campus. Crossroads Clinic in the Medical Mall on Woodrow Wilson, and My Brother’s Keeper, Building Bridges are several community organizations in the city that also provide HIV testing and most of them are free of charge. In terms of accomplishments in the observation of National Black HIV/AIDS awareness day, JSU has a stand alone HIV testing center. “We wouldn’t exist if we haven’t proven ourselves to do this; we’ve been doing it for six years. The fact that we are here and able to test Monday through Thursday, every time we do one test, to me it’s an accomplishment because its giving a person a chance to be empowered with their health status,” said Patterson.
JSU has been able to work with students and identify people who are potentially infected. If people test positive then it gives the person the opportunity to make decisions about their health as well as help them to be careful with who they can potentially infect. Henry Goss, a freshman mass communications major from Jackson, Miss., who is in the process of trying to become a peer health educator, shared how he feels about his peers and HIV Awareness. “I don’t even know if my peers are concerned even though it’s a life threatening disease but as far as everyday awareness I don’t think that many students are concerned,” he stated. “However, the great thing about the National Awareness Day is it gets more students involved about their health,” said Goss. Students can get involved with Project S.A.F.E by becoming a peer health educator. Students go to classrooms and educate their peers with presentations about HIV/ AIDS, help with the national awareness days, and different programs throughout the year. For more information about Project S.A.F.E., call 601-979-1551, visit the website www.jsums.edu/wethoughtyoushouldknow or visit the Facebook page at Project S.A.F.E. Information can also be obtained from the JSU Health Center; call 601-979-2260.
Honors College students to be pinned during ceremony Nekeisha Walker Staff Writer Some individuals would prefer not to stand out in a crowd, but for the students in the W.E.B. Du Bois Honors College at Jackson State University, a new pin will make them feel a bit more special among their peers. All 605 students in the Honors College will be formally recognized, take an oath of membership and be officially pinned as members on Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013 at 6 p.m. in the Student Center Ballroom. Dr. Loria Brown Gordon, Interim Associate Dean of the Honors College, said: “This ceremony is just a way to say to our students that we recognize that they are the best and the brightest on this campus. We want students to know that there are benefits to being members of the Honors College. This ceremony is just the beginning of a new student focused era.” Students are excited about the recognition. Brent Newell, a civil engineer major from Sallis, Miss., stated, “The first pinning ceremony will be a positive movement to help distinguish Jackson State honor students.”
Shontrice Garret, a sophomore mathematics education major from East St. Louis, IL said: “This pinning ceremony will give me great pride in my accomplishment and great pride in being called an honor student.” Darnesha Doss, a freshman elementary education major from West Point, Miss., added: “This ceremony will honor students for their hard work.” The mission of the W.E.B. Du Bois Honors College at Jackson State University is to foster creativity, encourage intellectual curiosity and enhance critical and analytical thinking among selected high achieving students through exchanging ideas, conducting research, increasing leadership skills, achieving academically, and providing enrichment services; resulting in graduates who are technologically savvy contributing global citizens, scholars and professionals. All undergraduate students who entered the university as a member of the Honors College, regardless of classification, will be honored during this ceremony. Beginning with the 2013 fall semester, the ceremony will take place during orientation week.
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Consumer spending slightly up on ‘Cupid’s Day’ Alexis Anderson Staff Writer
Love is in air this Valentine’s Day, and couples are cautiously spending a little more for their loved one’s as they did last year. Steven Welch, manager of Edible Arrangements in Flowood, Miss., said that this year the demand for their fruit merchandise has increased. “Valentine’s Day is one of our busiest days of the year. We have a lot of consumers every year to purchase Valentine’s Day bouquets. We have gotten so many orders from customers, we had to stop ordering bouquets.” He added: “The normal amount of money is spent annually is $60 on our chocolate strawberry desserts, it is usually one of our most popular items.” According to the National Retail Federation, the 2013 Valentine’s Day spending survey conducted by http://BigSight.com shows only a slight increase in expected sales this year with the average person planning to spend $126.03 on candy, cards, gifts and more, up from $116.21 billion last year. The total spending will reach $17.6 billion. Celebrating Valentine’s Day is not always for couples; though people plan to spend the most on their significant other, 60.6 percent of shoppers plan to show their appreciation for other family members and will spend an average of $26.46. Consumers haven’t forgotten about their four-legged friends either; 20 percent of Americans plan to buy gifts for their pets this year, with total spending expected to reach $815 million. One-quarter of celebrants will buy gifts for friends, spending an average of $8.49, and 13.2 percent say they will buy Valentine’s Day gifts for their co-workers, planning to shell out an average of $5.12 on their colleagues. Greeting cards are the most popular gifts; jewelry is expected to be a big hit as well, with 17.3 percent. However, this is the lowest in history.
Some Jackson State University students believe that there should be a limit on how much money is spent on Valentine’s Day. Ariel Campbell, a junior criminal justice from Atlanta, Ga., said, “It depends on the gifts; last year I spent over $60. My limit is $100.” John Daley, a freshman electronic engineering freshman from Memphis, Tenn., said. “I would spend $100 maximum on gifts, and $50 for a date. The gifts can range anywhere from jewelry, teddy bears, and roses.” The NRF reports that Americans this year will spend an average of $68.98 on their significant other, friend, or family members, up from $63.34 from last year. The average
person will spend $5.04 on their furry friends, up from $3.27 from last year. Consumers will also spend an average $6.30 on friends, $4.97 on classmates and teachers. In 2012, people spent $17.6 billion on the holiday of hearts and flowers; the highest estimate in the past 10 years. Consumers will spend $3.5 billion on jewelry this Valentine’s Day, clothing ($1.6 billion vs. $1.5 billion in 2010) and dining out ($3.4 billion vs. $3.3 billion in 2010) will also be the popular gift options. James Earl Lehaman, a graduate student majoring in communications from Greenville, Miss., said, “I am experiencing the most sincere relationship I have ever encountered. I expect to spend more than I ever have on
Valentine’s Day. I have set aside a personal budget of $400-500 this year. Where no dollar amount is parallel to how I feel about the love of my life, I want to do all I can to make her day special.” According to http://visualeconomics. creditloan.com, gender weighs heavily on the price tag of Valentine’s Day. Northeast residents are the biggest spenders, spending almost $146.30. The southern states came in second place with $128.67, the western region in third at $119.82, and the Midwest spending the least at $110.96. Meanwhile, the 25 to 34 age range spends the most at $176.85. Ages 18-24 spend $148.05, 35-44 spend $141.82; 45-54 spend $122.43; 55-64 spend $88.13.
Top 10 Valentine’s gifts: the infamous day of love is here again
Crystal Killingsworth Staff Writer The infamous February 14, known as Valentine’s Day is upon us yet again. The day dedicated solely to love has couples
everywhere scrambling to find that one gift that perfectly expresses their affection for their special someone. Usually red roses, chocolates, and teddy bears are the most popular gifts given on this day. However, for those persons seeking more meaningful gifts from the heart, acquiring the perfect, yet appropriate gift for their mate can be difficult. For two people who have recently become a couple, finding a suitable proper gift can be stressful, whereas finding a gift for a married couple would be next to impossible considering all of their past gifts. So the question is “what is the perfect gift”. What gift equally symbolizes abiding love and friendship for either a spouse of 5 years or a premature college couple relationship? According to Big Fat Balloons, the top
ten Valentine ’s Day gifts of 2013 are: jewelry, a romantic weekend in Paris, an experience day for two, a romantic meal at a favorite restaurant, champagne and chocolates, a huge bouquet of flowers, a teddy bear, an evening to yourself, a movie night in, and a romantic walk. Kenny Demouchet, a senior mass communications major from New Orleans, La., said that the perfect Valentine’s Day gift would be a simple card. “Valentine’s Day cards are a win win,” said Demouchet, adding that a card is appropriate for any stage of any relationship. “It’s not too serious but it is still heartfelt” said Demouchet. Alicia Meadows, a senior biology major from Detroit. Mich., said that no matter what the relationship, she isn’t picky when it comes to Valentine’s gifts. “I’m appreciative of anything that I get in any stage of relationship that I am involved in,” said Meadows. According to the Legend of Valentine, the day of Love was originated around stories surrounding the demise or death of St. Valentine or Valentinus who was expected of helping Christians escape the harsh treatments of
the Roman Empire’s jail system. While in prison, St. Valentine allegedly fell in love with the jailor’s daughter who came to visit him while incarcerated. It was then that St. Valentine supposedly sent the very first valentine greeting through a card signed “from your Valentine” coining the expression that is still used today. Henceforth the concept of showing affection through gifts was born. Today Valentine’s Day has evolved into couples not only expressing their love through letters but heartfelt gifts as well. However the concept of romanticism is still the same. Kandace Griffin, a senior business management major from Jackson, Miss., expressed her gratitude for the holiday. “I think that it’s great that couples can have a day dedicated to their affection for one another,” said Griffin. Reyanna Stowes, a mass communications major from Vallejo, Calif., said: “For me, Valentine’s Day is just another day.” She added that one should express their affection for their love ones everyday rather than on one specific day. “I feel like if you truly love someone you will show them everyday of the year,” Stowes said.
Dates Worst Valentine’s Dates
With Valentine’s Day upon us, couples are inventing ways to creatively show their significant other their love and affection. Teddy bears, flowers, and jewelry are common gifts that have been associated with the holiday. Though everyone loves receiving gifts, the most important aspect of Valentine’s Day is being able to spend time with someone who shares the same feelings about you as you do with them. This year, as students are making their dates for Valentine’s Day, The Blue & White Flash decided to put together the Hell Date/Heaven Date list, a compilation of students’ experiences on Valentine’s Day. As you read, take note of ideas you could use to make your Valentine’s Day heavenly, and avoid the mistakes that will ensure your date is Hell bound.
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Heaven Dates Best Valentine’s Dates
Lynsey McQueen Senior Jackson, Miss.
Daryl V. Williams II English Ed major East St. Louis, Ill.
“His trifling tail tried to take me to the drive-through at McDonalds.”
“I wined and dined her. We went to a good restaurant and went to a Hookah Bar. Great conversation!”
JaLieya Brown Freshman Greenville, Miss.
Chabree Hackett Freshman Crystal Springs, Miss.
“I thought we were going on a date, just us and next thing I knew his WHOLE family was with us -- His mom, dad, sister, cousins EVERYBODY!!”
“I had a date with a person around a year ago and on that date he prepared a very elegant dinner at his house. Also, he took me salsa dancing.”
KaDeidre Malone Freshman Greenville, Miss. “Going out to eat is all good but not when I order everything on the menu and when the check came I had to pay the bill. So not cool!” Pam Firestone Senior Criminal Justice/ St. Louis, Mo. “My Junior prom date called me the night before telling me he didn’t have a tux. Just found a suit and tie 2 hours before prom, I had to rent the car, pick him up 30 minutes out of the way; he disappeared at the prom, stuck me with the $12 bill at Denny’s and then got upset for me not giving him AT LEAST a kiss.
Jared Henderson Junior San Antonio, Texas “The best date I ever had was when my significant other and I spent absolutely no money, we just chilled and hung out around the house.” Isis Smith Graduate Student Detroit, Mich. “My best date was when Ernest took me to New Orleans and we went to Bourbon Street, got the really big drink, went to Cafe Du’Monde, went dancing and then walked on the pier.”
Andrew Nomura Senior Los Angeles, Calif.
Tyler Johnson Junior Meridian, Miss.
“I remember this girl didn’t say nothing on our date...I had to talk the entire time...she was dryer than gunpowder!”
“My best date was when he took me to Ruth Chris Steakhouse and he paid for everything. I felt special because I didn’t know how expensive that place was.”
Compiled by: Taylor Bembery
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Analyze your relationship: Don’t get stuck in the Friend Zone
Mark Braboy Staff Writer Ladies and Gentlemen, today is Valentine’s Day. It is very important that you know your standing with the woman or man of your dreams. Does that person feel the same feelings as you do? Or do you find yourself stuck in the dreaded Friend Zone? For those who may not be familiar with the term, the Friend Zone is when a person is infatuated with another person, but that same person does not feel the same as you do. Therefore, in order to spare hurt feelings, one person decides to keep a plutonic relationship. In other words, they are strictly friends and nothing more.
Unless those feelings are mutual, being stuck in the Friend Zone is a severely demoralizing and frustrating experience. The impact may vary according to gender. Melisha Grayson, a senior English major from Jackson, Miss., said: “It’s kind of like letting somebody down easy. Like, I’ll still talk to you, hang around you, and be friends with you, but I’m going to keep you in this little box so that the feelings you have for me romantically can’t go any further than that.” Cedric Sorreles, a sophomore psychology major from Greenville, Miss., offers a different perspective. “When a guy puts a girl in the friend zone, it’s more of a companionship just to have that
close friendship, like somebody you can talk to (because) not all dudes want to just talk to their boys at all times. At the same time, a guy also needs that sexual friend. Girls don’t always want that from a dude, but a dude feels that she can be my friend, but we can have sex too and girls don’t always like that because all girls weren’t taught that.” People end up in the Friend Zone for many reasons. The most common ones are because of bad timing. For example, that person being in a committed relationship, has internal issues, or simply they are not in the position to be in a relationship right now. Therefore, it is possible that your time in the Friend Zone could be limited as long as you show that you genuinely care for them. However, being in the Friend Zone could mean that there may be something that the person does not like. Depending on the person, it could be for superficial and/or non-superficial reasons, based on their personality. The average person could put you in the Friend Zone because of either lack of quality hygiene, lack of conversation skills, incompatible personalities, unattractive either internally or externally, excessive use drugs and alcohol, having a stalker vibe, and in some cases, being too nice (showing lack of a backbone) or too mean (showing lack of a heart) for your own good. Samantha Smith, a sophomore accounting major from Milwaukee, Wis., said: “(I would put a guy in the Friend Zone based on) how he responds to certain situations I tell him because I have a male best friend and he didn’t start as a best friend. He was actually a dude I was talking to but we just got along like brother and sister. He always gave me advice and he
would call and ask me for advice about other girls.” It is not difficult to determine whether or not you are in the Friend Zone. First, you must be honest with yourself and whatever progress you have made with that person. Then, figure out what their body language and reactions tells you, because sometimes those speak louder than words. Alternatively, it is better to communicate with that person and have an open mind. There are ways to escape the Friend Zone and all of those take communication, honesty, and patience. All of these steps include: being honest to the person about your intentions from the beginning, a willingness to fix whatever fatal flaw you may have, being selfless towards the person you have feelings for, playing your position as a friend, knowing how to deal with rejection, and most importantly, showing growth as a man or woman. Michael Wilson, a sophomore history education major from Vicksburg, Miss., said: “Usually what puts you in the Friend Zone is that a girl likes you as a person but the things that she absolutely wants in a man, you don’t show. So as you begin to grow and mature and become a stronger man maybe she’ll see those traits and those emotions will start to change.” He added: “Your presence becomes different. When she sees you’re more supportive and strong, and ya’ll are already friends, [it will have an effect]. The only way to get out of the friend zone is to grow with that person, allow that person to see your growth, and to fall in love. Love is the only thing that will come from that.”
Call of Duty: Black Ops a must buy for your guy on Valentine’s Day Mark Braboy Staff Writer Since its release on Nov. 13, 2012, Activision and Treyarch’s “Call of Duty: Black Ops 2” has rocked the world by selling over 11 million copies within the first week, breaking pre-order records on Amazon. com, and grossing over $1 Billion and counting. Its brand new “Revolution” DLC (downloadable content) has also been released to expand on the gameplay. Not only that, but it has become one of the most popular video games of all time and becoming extremely popular among Jackson State University students. Despite its popularity however, does this addition to the billion dollar franchise live up to the expectations and perform as well as “Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3”? When compared to MW3, Black Ops 2 is up to par with the title, but does not exceed it. The game itself does not seem to have much more to offer beside campaign (story) mode, multiplayer, and zombie mode, but unlike the original Black Ops, it does not prevent the game from being enjoyable. Taking place in the late 1980s and 2025, the game includes a nonlinear storyline taking place containing three possible endings, a new edition to the franchise. It gives the player free will over the shocking events occur in the story. What makes this so unique is that it causes
the player to really contemplate the choices that they make because what appears to be a good decision could end up horrifying. The twists and turns make for a compelling and engrossing story, similar to a Hollywood movie. The gameplay and controls are consistently good. It appears that Treyarch carries the “When it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” mentality and carry that into BO2. The innovations on the gameplay are very subtle to
moderate veterans of the series and they’re favorable. The new editions to the first person shooter help it improve upon itself. The Strikeforce Mode within the campaign is more tactical and strategic which adds a new layer of depth to the game. The military technology used this time is a mix between common military weapons and tools used during Iran-Contra to the futuristic ones of 2025 which greatly expands upon the military technol-
ogy that is used today. And the usual favorite, the Multiplayer mode has been revamped with new features in create-a-class, the new scorestreak system which replaces the killstreaks, all new maps, and further expansion on the team modes. Drake Polk, a senior criminal justice major from Memphis, Tenn., said: “Pretty much it got everything you need as far as a Call of Duty game and a first person shooter. It’s a real good indepth game and it’s
more realistic as far as aiming and shooting, because you actually have to move with the target. As far as graphics and everything, it’s pretty good graphics and gadgets on there as far as the cloaking devices. Usually, I’d be a zombie mode player, but now I’ve start liking the gadgets in multiplayer and I like playing with a lot of people, so it’s pretty good.” Speaking of graphics, they continue to give the realistic movie-like quality they always have delivered, including the sound effects and the music. BO2’s score fits the tone of the game with its eerie and conspiracy-like theme music and intense mission suitable songs. Casual game players and new comers to COD must be warned: this is not an easy game to master! It is very fast paced and requires the player to remain on their toes at all times or suffer from a hailstorm of bullets or an unexpected grenade explosion. Seasoned or moderate COD players will find this installment to be quite easy to pick up play with. Overall, while BO2 lacks any significant changes, it still provides players with the same gameplay that Call of Duty fans have grown to love. It is user friendly because the controls in the game play remain consistent. The main storyline is thought provoking and entertaining. The new features keeps the game fresh and entertaining. This game is a must buy for your guy on Valentine’s Day.
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Valentine’s Day history linked to stories and holiday Isaiah Brydie Staff Writer
Every February, according to the U.S. Postal Service, more than 72 million cards are sent through the mail to celebrate Valentine’s Day and the National Retail Federation (NRF) projects that the average American will spend $130 dollars, for a total of 17.6 billion dollars on Valentine’s Day items. Why do we spend so much on this one day? Where did these customs and traditions originate? To whom can we attribute this day when on average 220,000 marriage proposals are made? According to a documentary on the History Channel, Valentine’s Day started as the Roman holiday Lupercalia. This festival, dedicated to Faunas, the Roman god of agriculture was celebrated on Feb. 15, and was recognized as a day of fertility. During this festival, priests would sacrifice a goat and a dog and make whips out of the animal hides, dip the whips in the leftover blood and then parade down the streets of Rome lightly whipping women in an attempt to make them more fertile in the coming year. This might have been the end of the story but around 200 A.D., the Roman Emperor placed a ban on marriage for soldiers because he thought that when soldiers were married their wives and families were a distraction from battle. One priest from Rome, however, would not follow this decree, his name was Valentine. He continued to marry soldiers and was discovered and arrested. During his
stay in prison, he supposedly fell in love with the jailor’s daughter and to express his love for her, he sent her a letter signed, “From your Valentine.” Could this be the origin? The Roman Catholic Church actually has three Valentines referenced who were priests during this time. Another story tells of a priest named Valentine who hid persecuted Christians from prison and death. Sadly, in all the stories, Valentine was beheaded. In 496 A.D., Pope Gelasius declared February 14th St. Valentine’s Day, but it was
not until centuries later that they day was associated with love. The first reference to Valentine’s Day was in the novel Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer (1340-1400?) and the oldest Valentine gift is a letter from Duke Charles of Orleans to his French lover in 1415. So who is the chubby dude with the bow and arrow? According to Roman mythology, Cupid was the son of Venus, the Roman god of fertility and beauty. He was known to make people fall in love by shooting them with love arrows, but he himself fell in love with a mortal woman named Psyche.
Psyche’s beauty was so great that Venus forbids her from looking at Cupid, but Psyche couldn’t resist the temptation of looking at her love. To punish her, Venus demanded that she perform three hard tasks, the last of which killed her. Cupid brought Psyche back to life and moved by their love, the gods made Psyche immortal. Cupid thus represents the heart and Psyche represents the mind (the human soul). Isaac Mitchell, a sophomore business management major and Charles Mayfield, a sophomore civil engineering major, believe the holiday is taken too lightly. “Valentine’s Day is for people who have genuine love for one another,” said Mitchell. Mayfield said, “I think [Valentine’s Day} is for females and married people who actually love each other.” Both Mitchell and Mayfield said that they were indeed ‘buying’ into the holiday with gifts to their mothers. Jasmine Hedgewood, a junior political science major feels that everybody should celebrate the holiday. “I feel like Valentine’s Day is for everybody. I remember when I was little and my mamma use to buy me gifts when I was younger. It’s a day where you show how much you care about someone significant in your life.” Whether you have a Valentine or not, show someone special in your life, whether it is your parents, roommate, or that special someone, that you care.
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Valentine’s Day advice: ‘If it’s not on, it’s not on’ Kachelle Pratcher Staff Writer
Valentine’s Day is the most talked about holiday on a college campus simply because it’s a day to show affection for a significant other in a special way. Girls and guys around the world are buying gifts and making reservations for that perfect night out. “Who doesn’t love Valentine’s Day? I am able to let my boyfriend know how much I care about him and we always have a wonderful day planned,” said freshman chemistry major Mechelle Jones from Detroit, Mich. With all the love going around and romantic dates, don’t forget to practice safe sex with your loved ones. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 19 million new sexually transmitted infections occur each year around this time. Also according to the Institute of
Medicine, five of the top 10 most frequently reported infectious diseases in the United States are sexually transmitted. Many of these STD’s, include HIV/AIDS, herpes, chlamydia and gonorrhea. “To me Valentine’s Day is just another day. Young people must continue to practice safe sex habits. You can express your affection for someone while being safe,” said junior accounting major Dontrell Banks from McComb, Miss. Being romantic is a must on this wonderful day but you have to think smart because one mistake can result in a STI transmission. Instead of thinking why you can’t showcase your romance, think of planning a day that will ensure that both of you are prepared. “Besides the fact that you can catch STI’s anytime of the year, why would you trust someone with your health just because it’s Valentine’s Day. I don’t get it -- think smart people,” said sophomore graphic design major Tonya Fields from Jackson, Miss.
While shopping for those perfect gifts, include condoms on the list. Talk with your partner and examine the seriousness of catching a STI or becoming pregnant. There is noth-
ing romantic about catching a STI from someone you love. Love responsibly and protect your sexual health. Here are a few safety tips from the jeanhailes.org health website: • While the best way to avoid an STI is to avoid sex, you can improve your safety by always using a condom and having regular STI tests. • You can catch an STI at any age – you’re never too young or too old to practice safer sex. • Condoms are not just for stopping pregnancy – they are also the best way to protect against STIs. • STIs don’t discriminate – anyone can be at risk. • Follow the ‘no condom, no sex’ rule if you’re starting a new relationship. • Practice what to say to your partner about using a condom and remember it’s okay to tell your partner: “no condom, no sex” or “if it’s not on, it’s not on.”
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JSU Lady Tigers fall short in Belmont tournament WIlliam Owens Staff Writer
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The Lady Tigers of Jackson State entered the Spring Kickoff tournament after defeating Southeast Missouri State 1-0. The women’s softball team arrived into the tournament with much momentum after winning their first game, and finishing last season as the divisional champions. Jackson State faced many problems in their first game against Belmont. The Lady Tigers lost by a score of 7-4, and left seven runners on base throughout the course of the game. Although Jackson State had two more hits than Belmont, runs were scored through the two errors that JSU had in the game. Right Fielder Kat Hollingsworth was a key player for the Bruins as she hit for two doubles, and had three RBI’s. Starting Pitcher for Belmont received the win as she pitched 5.1 in-
Tiger Sports history spotlight: Cleveland “Buck” Buckner Compiled by Donald Hewitt Staff Writer When you think about great Jackson State University basketball players that made it to the National Basketball Association (NBA), players like Lindsey Hunter and Trey Johnson are the first to come to mind. However, Cleveland Buckner, better known as Buck, was the first JSU player to be drafted to the NBA. Buckner, a power forward from Yazoo City, Miss., entered Jackson College in 1957. During his years on campus, he improved his play each year and by the end of his junior year was regarded as one of the best forwards in the nation. Because of this, he was invited to the 1961 U.S. Olympic tryouts. JSU awarded him his own day, the Cleveland Buckner Day, after his participation in the Olympic tryouts. Buckner won over all of the coaches in the Southwestern Athletic Conference and was voted MVP and all SWAC his junior and senior seasons. He also
Photo: 1961 Jacksonian Yearbook Cleveland “Buck” Buckner receives an award.
averaged a double-double his senior year with 20.9 rebounds and 21.9 points per contest. He continued to leave a mark in sports history by becoming the first African-American from Jackson College (JSU) to be drafted with the 1st pick in the 6th round of the NBA draft by the New York Knicks (51st pick overall) in the 1961 NBA draft. Buckner played 68 games for the Knicks from 1961 to 1963 and played against Wilt Chamberlain when Chamberlain scored the NBA record of
100 points in a single game. In that famous game, Buckner had 33 points and 8 rebounds and shot 16/26 in that game. His Career Average in the NBA was 3.5 rebounds per game (RPG) 6.0 points per game (PPG) in 2 seasons in the NBA. He later died October 5, 2006 at the age of 68. So, when you think of JSU basketball greats, remember the guy who started it all, Cleveland “Buck” Buckner. Source: www.nba.com, the 1961 Jacksonian Yearbook, www.basketball-reference.com
nings giving up 8 hits, but had an even better game on offense as she had 2 hits, 2 RBI’s, and scored two runs. The second team that the Lady Tigers laced their cleats up against was the Valparaiso Crusaders. Jasmine Warren received the loss for the Lady Tigers as the Crusaders steamrolled over Jackson State 11-2. Catcher Jannelle Bouchard was a major factor in the win for the Crusaders as she a blasted a homerun to left center and finished the game with 5 RBI’s. Left Fielder Tori Brown also had an excellent game for the Crusaders as she batted 3-3 with 4 RBI’s. Jackson State’s last stop of the tourney was against the Bears of Central Arkansas.UCA clawed their way to the win defeating JSU 7-3. Br. Jamerson pitched a full game for the Lady Tigers striking out 5 batters, but gave up 7 runs on 6 hits. Third Baseman Lindsay Elliot had a great game from the plate,
batting 3-4 with 1 RBI. Pitcher Taylor Barclay was also a sparkplug for the Bears on the mound as the Lady Tigers only reached base once from a hit in 3.1 innings as she received the victory for the game. JSU softball players explain what the team has to do improve in its next matchup. “For the next game against Arkansas, I think we need to come together and play as a team and bring our talent together to show teams what we have,” said Amanda Vasquez, a senior interdisciplinary studies major from Phoenix, Ariz. Felicia Wilson, a senior interdisciplinary study major from Phoenix, Ariz., said “The biggest strength of the team is how cohesive we are.” Look for many changes to be made for the Lady Tiger’s game Wednesday against the Razorbacks of Arkansas who are currently on a 7 game winning streak.