A Look Back
2012 Year In Review Pages 4-8
Vol. 73 / No. 13
January 17, 2013
Jackson State University students to attend inauguration Tiffany Edmondson Associate Editor
Hundreds of thousands of people will flock to the nation’s capital on Monday, Jan. 21 to see the 44th United States President, Barack Hussein Obama, be sworn into office for a second consecutive term during the 57th Presidential Inauguration. A group of Jackson State University will be among those in Washington, D.C. to witness the historic event. In addition to swearing in President Obama, the nation will honor and celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The inauguration will coincide with this holiday. A National Day of Service is the official kick-off for what has been named as inauguration weekend.
With politics placed on the sidelines, President Obama is encouraging everyone to join him to live out King’s dream by working and volunteering in their communities. A massive tent has been built in front of the Smithsonian Institution to serve as a hub for the community service fair. Nearly 100 community service organizations from across the country will be present at the fair. President Obama stated that he wants service to be a big part of his inauguration because it played such a huge role in his life. Locally, at Jackson State, the Division of Student Life and the Center for Service and Community Engaged Learning will sponsor the “MLK Day of Service 2013” on Saturday, Jan. 19 in honor of King’s legacy of equality and empowerment.
“We welcome students to be a part of our special campus observance for the upcoming Martin Luther King Jr. holiday on Monday, Jan. 21, 2013. Join us in this fun day of community building and fostering change in our city,” said Eltease Moore, coordinator of Community Service. She added, “Our confirmed community partners include: Community Nursing Home, Gateway Rescue Mission, Hope House of Jackson, Inc. and Operation Shoestring.” After a naional weekend of community service projects, the ceremonial swearing-in will take place on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol. The program lineup consists of Kelly Clarkson, James Taylor, and Beyonce, who File Photo
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Evers-Everette, daughter of Medgar Evers to speak at MLK event Taylor Bembery Variety Editor The 44th annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Birthday Convocation will be held at 10 a.m. on Jan. 18 in the Rose Embley McCoy Auditorium on the Jackson State University campus. The event will be free and open to the public. The Margaret Walker Center has announced that Reena Evers-Everette will be the keynote speaker. Evers-Everette is the daughter of civil rights activists Medger and Myrlie Evers. Born in Mound Bayou, Miss., she moved with her family to Jackson so her father could expand his fight for human justice and equality. Evers-Everette was eight years old when she witnessed her father’s brutal assassination when he was gunned down in front of the family home. Today, Evers-Everette serves as Executive Director for the Medgar and Myrlie Evers Institute, a national organization founded by Myrlie Evers to fulfill the vision of civil rights leader Medgar Evers through education and civic engagement programs. Some JSU students who are interested
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in attending the MLK birthday convocation stated their reasons for why it is important to celebrate and honor the legacy of King. Lorrie Coleman, a senior social work major form Los Angeles, Calif., believes it is most important that the young generation continues to build and remember the legacy of King. “Martin Luther King Jr. fought so hard and
he genuinely cared about the rights of not only black people but all people. This season of celebrating King is to bring people together, so we can remember how far we have come and where we are now,” said Coleman. Terica Hudson, a junior criminal justice major from Chicago, Ill., said that the values and legacy of King should be implemented everyday not only in the month of January. “I believe what Martin Luther King Jr. stood for should be recognized every day. It’s unfortunate that we only get one day to recognize his legacy. When we are celebrating him, we should also keep in mind to honor all the civil rights leaders that contributed to the advancement of African-American people as well,” said Hudson. Hudson will be participating in the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service on Jan. 21 which has been organized by The Division of Student Life and the Center for Service and Community Engaged Learning at JSU. This service day will give students the opportunity to volunteer in the community as a way to honor, remember and appreciate the legacy of King. King’s holiday coincides with the inauguration of President Barack Obama, who has called for a national day of service to honor his
memory and legacy. The MLK Convocation will be immediately followed by the 18th Annual For My People Awards luncheon at 11:45 a.m. in the JSU Student Center Ballroom. JSU holds this annual convocation to honor the legacy of King, who contributed so much to the African-American civil rights movement. Though he became a civil rights activist in the 1950s, to this day, his legacy and words are still affecting people who are familiar with him. King led the 1955 Montgomery Bus Boycott and helped commence the Southern Christian Leadership Conference in 1957, serving as its first president. King’s efforts led to the 1963 March on Washington, where he delivered his “I Have A Dream” speech. On Oct. 14, 1964, King received the Nobel Peace Prize for resisting racial inequality through nonviolence. In the next few years leading up to his death, he expanded his focus to include poverty and the Vietnam War. The campaign for a federal holiday in King’s honor began soon after his assassination in 1968. President Ronald Reagan signed the King holiday to law in 1983, and it was first observed on January 20, 1986. It was officially observed in all 50 states for the first time in 2000.
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JSU Campus Briefs DAY OF SERVICE 2013
The Division of Student Life and the Center for Service and Community Engaged Learning announces “MLK Day of Service 2013.” The event is held in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy of compassion and empowerment. Organizers welcome you to be a part of the special campus observance for the upcoming Martin Luther King Jr. holiday on Jan. 21. It will be a fun day of community building and fostering change in the city. Conﬁrmed community partners include: Community Nursing Home, Gateway Rescue Mission, Hope House of Jackson, Inc. and Operation Shoestring. Volunteers must complete a registration form. For more information about the event, contact Eltease Moore, Coordinator of Community Service, at 601-979-1294.
FILM SCREENING AT GALLERY 1
Gallery 1 will host a screening and discussion of “AMANDLA! A Revolution in Four-Part Harmony.” The ﬁlm is about music’s role in South Africa’s ﬁght against apartheid. The event is scheduled for Jan. 17 at 6 p.m., at 1100 J.R. Lynch St., Ste. 4.
AIR FORCE ROTC OPEN HOUSE
The Air Force ROTC invites all students interested to attend an open house to get acquainted with the Air Force ROTC, and learn how to become an ofﬁcer. The open house begins at 2:30 p.m. on Jan. 17 in the John A. Peoples Science Building Auditorium, Room 209. For more information, contact 601-979-1630 or visit http:// www.jsums.edu/~AFROTC.
THE UPhat FITNESS CHALLENGE
Orientation for the UPhat ﬁtness challenge will be held on Jan. 31 at the Wal-
ter Payton Recreation and Wellness Center at noon. The ﬁtness challenge starts Feb. 4. For more information, contact Tyrone Hargro at 601-979-1559.
A mandatory meeting for all summer camp directors will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 17, for all individuals who plan to host a summer camp on the campus of Jackson State University. The location is the Staff Senate Chamber on the 3rd Floor of the Student Center. Each camp director should bring information needed to market the summer camp, including camp name, location, dates, contact name, and phone number.
RUTH SEARCY LITERACY CONFERENCE
The Jackson State University College of Edu-
cation and Human Development, Department of Elementary and Early Childhood Education will host the Sixth Annual Ruth Searcy Literacy Conference from Jan. 23-24 at the Mississippi e-Center @ Jackson State University located at 1230 Raymond Road, Jackson, Mississippi 39204. For more information contact Dr. Rodney Washington, Department Chair at 601979-2341 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
DISMISSAL OF CLASSSES
The University will celebrate the 44th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Convocation Friday, January 18, 2013, beginning at 10 a.m. in the Rose E. McCoy Auditorium. All faculty and staff are encouraged to participate. Classes will be cancelled on that day between the hours of 9:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.
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Special Flash Back Commentary
-WHAT STUDENTS HAD TO SAY IN 2012“Did you choose your major for ﬁnancial stability or because you have a passion for it?” Compiled by TaKeisha Hoyle & Mattie Rush
Rolando King Senior Political Science Natchez, Miss.
“Both because I want to help my people and make a difference, it’s also a plus that lawyers have a healthy income.”
Jazmyn Hunter Sophomore Psychology Buckeye, Ariz.
“I chose my major for ﬁnancial stability, but also because I like helping others with their problems.”
Shamiya Taylor Sophomore Psychology Canton, Miss.
“I have a passion for psychology because it helps me learn more about myself and then I can help others. I would love to help guide others with their life decisions.”
“What is your deﬁnition of hazing?” Compiled by Taylor Bembery and Terry Haley, Jr.
Toni Davis Junior Minneapolis, Minn. Criminal Justice
“When somebody does something to you mentally or physically to get you to do something you don’t want to do.”
Henry Moore Sophomore Jackson, Miss. Accounting
“When someone thinks they are superior and make you do things you don’t want to do to become apart of an organization.”
Valerie Jackson Freshman Jackson, Miss. Social Work “Making students do things that are outrageous and uncalled for.”
“What issues surrounding the Presidential Election is a major factor in determining who you will vote for?” Compiled by Taylor Bembery and Terry Haley, Jr.
Zackery Hubbard Freshman Tupelo, Miss.
“The fact that President Obama is trying to keep financial aid in his plan, I like that.”
Amelia Hilson Junior Webb, Miss.
“Pell Grants, I’m a college student and I can’t afford to vote for Mitt Romney.”
Monica Cotton Junior Jackson, Miss. “Financial aid and health care because I believe those are the main things that affect people.”
Photo: Tamikia Dunomes JSU students don hoodies to show solidarity for the justice for Trayvon Martin movement.
In life and in death, who will stand for you? De’Arbreya Lee Staff Writer
Never would I have imagined that in 2012 I would hear news of a tragic event whose victim would be called a modern day Emmett Till. It pained my heart and disturbed my soul when I tuned into the Michael Baisden show on 97.7 one afternoon to hear of the February 26 murder of another young boy, 17- year-old Trayvon Martin. Since Martin’s murder and the poor measures that have taken place in the investigation, outcries of injustice have been heard across the nation. A “Million Hoodie March” was held in Manhattan, N.Y. on March 22, and many other marches were held in states such as California, Illinois, and Texas. According to the WHCE News 10 website, hundreds of protesters participated in the march. Just this weekend a rally was held outside the city hall in Jackson, Miss. in memory of the slain young man. In recent news, there have been reports made that Trayvon was suspended for having marijuana residue in his backpack and when looking at his Facebook and Twitter activities, his character has been questioned. My question is what relative purpose does the information about Trayvon’s suspension have to do with his murder case? Anybody? Instead of calling Trayvon’s character into question, why not call George Zimmerman what he really is, a killer who should be brought to justice. It is obvious that Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch captain and person responsible for Trayvon’s death has taken
his volunteer duties a step too far. He obviously believes himself to be the judge, jury and executioner. People, we should be tired of hearing about the thousands of stories like Emmett Till, Oscar Grant, Amadou Diallo, Sean Bell, Yusef Hawkins, Michael Grifﬁth and Troy Davis. If these names do not sound familiar, do the research. The information that you will ﬁnd should cause you to feel uncomfortable about every injustice, those that have received national publicity and those that have not. Not everyone has had the opportunity to have a building or movement named in their honor and for those millions of lives lost, young and old, we need to come together, talk about these issues and ﬁnd a way to protect our people. If today was your last day on earth and something were to happen to you, if you were silenced, unable to defend yourself, who would stand up for you? It warmed my heart to see the many pictures of supporters
of all races and backgrounds dressed in hoodies, the online petition signing, the footage of the protest demonstrations, but what’s next? Will we continue to sit around and wait for more cases like these to emerge? I have a 13 year-old brother who has had to defend himself due to racially offensive matters, and through it all, my parents stood behind him the entire time, letting him know that he had their support no matter what the outcome may be. After hearing about Trayvon, I immediately thought about my little brother. It would hurt me deeply if something like this happened to him. I truly commend the Martin family for standing up for their son but the responsibility to stand for him is not theirs alone. In all of this, I have one major concern: When the cameras stop ﬂashing and the interest of the world comes to an end, who will continue to stand for Trayvon and the many others whose lives were taken from them? For any goal to be achieved there must be a plan. A team will either effectively execute that plan or watch the plan fail. If we do not work together, displaying results that will move the human race forward, we as a people will have failed the millions of people like Trayvon. If we do not stand up for one another, who else will? 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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iPads advance technology in classrooms Henderson remembered at
University candlelight vigil
September 6, 2012 Nekeisha Walker and Tiffany Edmondson Staff Writers
Approximately 900 incoming Jackson State University freshmen have received a new Apple iPad, thanks to the iPad Technology Advantage Scholarship Initiative at JSU. With the help of the Mississippi e-Center Foundation, the TASI program was able to award each student an ipad with only a $50 insurance fee for two years. The package includes student apps, a blue-tooth keyboard and a protective cover. After a student has completed five semesters at JSU, they will be granted ownership of the iPad. Jackson State is the first institution in Mississippi and one of the first in the nation to comprehensively integrate the iPad into the curriculum. The program, funded by the Mississippi eCenter Foundation, is estimated to cost between $600,000 and $700,000. This week, several University Success classes lined up in the Student Center Ballrooms A& B to receive their iPad and attend miniature workshops about the iPad usage policies. Dr. William McHenry, Executive Director of the e-Center
March 29, 2012 Diamond Jenkins Associate Editor Jackson State University students, friends and family mourned the loss of Nolan Ryan Henderson III during a candlelight vigil Monday, March 26, on the GibbsGreen Pedestrian Walkway. The Atlanta, Ga. freshman’s life came to a tragic end at an off-campus pool party after he was shot Sunday, March 25 at the Palisades Apartments on Valley Street. The Palisades houses hundreds of Jackson State students, as well as other residents. “It is a sad occasion as any other tragedy like this across the nation. Nolan could have been
the next biochemist to discover a cure for cancer, the next minister to give hope, or the next president of Jackson State University. We lost him to violence ..., all violence is senseless. We offer prayer and my condolences to the family at this dark time,” said Jackson State University President Carolyn Meyers. She added: “Let us take a solemn vow to do all we can to stop violence. Be friends to each other and celebrate our victories together and push towards the Godliness in the friendship. What better way to remember Nolan than by coming together to take that vow.”
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JSU students be trained to use their new iPads.
said, “Equipping the students with iPads is JSU’s attempt to help students improve their adaptive learning skills and to also help them save money on buying books.”
McHenry stated that as time passes, ebooks will be available for the majority of the courses and professors will be encouraged to incorporate the iPads into the class curriculum.
Students remember Henderson at candlelight vigil.
Jackson State University JSU students serve during spring break students can ride JATRAN free Service and Civic Engaged Learning March 29, 2012 Diamond Jenkins Associate Editor
Jackson State University students now have the option of parking and riding JATRAN, Jackson, and Mississippi’s public bus transportation system for the remainder of 2012, free of charge. Currently enrolled JSU students can visit the JSU Office of Student Life in the Student Center on campus to get a special JSU sticker to place on their student I.D. card to present to JATRAN drivers when boarding the bus. “I feel that this means transportation is convenient for JSU students and I love how there are many advancements being made around campus, for campus,” said Derrion Jones, a sophomore criminal justice major from Memphis, Tenn. Partnering with the City of Jackson, JSU hopes the Tiger Park-andRide Initiative will aide in increasing the mobility of its students while also providing economic assistance. Many students are excited about this new convenience for Jackson State students. Adrienne Coins, a senior business management major from Jackson, Miss. said, “I am a commuter
Representatives announce new service.
student and sometimes it’s hard to drive my car all the way to school just for one class. So, it would be nice to ride the JATRAN.” Alex Pollard, a junior integrated marketing major from Richmond, Va. said, “Gas is at an all time high right now and I feel as though this will save me hundreds of dollars.” “This initiative is the latest measure the university is taking to help protect the environment while adding measurable benefits for JSU students,” said JSU Marketing Manager Pamela Berry-Johnson in a press release.
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JSU students at a community service site during Alternative Break.
March 22, 2012 Brooke Kelly Staff Writer No beaches and water were on the horizon as 27 Jackson State University students exited the Amtrak train to start their spring break of
service. After a 22 hour train ride, the students, all participants in Jackson State University’s 2012 Alternative Spring Break trip, arrived in the nation’s capital accompanied by JSU staff from the Office of Community
to begin community service projects and explore the city. “It was a great experience. I learned about myself. It broadened my horizons,” said Terica Hudson, a sophomore criminal justice major from Chicago, Ill. Timothy Abrams, CSCEL Assistant Director said, “Overall, it was a wonderful experience due to the fact that the students got a chance to increase their academics and social skills.” He added: “All activities were centered around global social issues; homelessness, hunger, poverty, education, and they focus on social justice too.” A combination of students, staff, and faculty chose D.C. for this year’s Alternative Spring Break trip. The trip to D.C. was Abrams fifth alternative break trip. In 2007, he went with another group to D.C. and has been with groups to New York, Chicago, Atlanta, and New Orleans. CSCEL took students on their first international Alternative Fall Break trip to Shanghai, China in November of 2011. “I loved the trip. I learned a lot,” said Paige Wiggins, a sophomore criminal justice major from Chicago, Ill.
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Hurricane Isaac forces campus closure Miss Jackson State implements
September 6, 2012 Diamond Jenkins Associate Editor The first week of the fall 2012 semester at Jackson State University found students and others watching the weather. What
started out as a tropical depression turned into Category One Hurricane Isaac that made landfall on the Gulf Coast on Tuesday Aug. 28, producing severe thunderstorms, high winds, tornadoes, and causing power outages to approximately 500,000
homes in Mississippi. For those who remembered the severity of Hurricane Katrina that struck Mississippi seven years ago on the same date, much attention was given to safety and preparation. Jackson State officials took lessons learned from Katrina and applied them to their emergency management plans, which included constant monitoring of the storm, frequent updates to the campus community and precautionary alerts. The threat of the storm coupled with flash flooding and partial power outages on the Jackson State campus caused the closure of classes and non-essential offices from Wednesday, Aug. 29 until after the Labor Day Holiday on Sept. 4. The major impact felt at Jackson State was the loss of power in several residence centers and the campus dining hall. Because Dixon and Stewart Halls and Heritage Dining are on an older system, newer power lines will have to replace old ones. According to Housing Director Vera Jackson, everyone was prepared to carry out their emergency plan based on weather conditions. Although housing oﬃcials were prepared to move students to the Walter Payton Center and T.B. Ellis Gymnasium, that was not necessary because facility and power crews were able to isolate the problem areas.
her “Molding the Minds” program
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October 4, 2012 Taylor Bembery Staff Writer
Sarah Brown, Miss Jackson State University 2012-2013, has put her “Molding the Minds” mentoring program into action. “Molding the Minds” pairs JSU freshmen with upperclassmen, and upperclassmen with JSU alumni and employees in an effort to provide guidance to students and produce student leaders and academic scholars. More than 100 freshmen have signed up for a mentor, and over 50 upperclassmen have enrolled to mentor them. “When I first came to JSU as a freshman, I had no one who was around my age to talk to about general advice only an upperclassmen would know; simple things like that. I said that once I got in a leadership position, I would give the in-
coming freshmen what I never had,” said Brown. Mekel Johnson, a junior marketing major and mentor in the “Molding the Minds” program from Los Angeles, Calif., believes that the program has given her the chance to better herself. “I wanted to be a mentor because I didn’t want anybody to start school how I started school with no positive guidance,” said Johnson. Johnson also believes that the program is helping her gain more responsibility. “I’m learning that my actions affect other people and they can be mimicked by my mentee. I’m trying to better myself by mentoring someone else in a positive way,” said Johnson. Jessica Stubbs, a freshman psychology major from Ridgeland, Miss. and Mekel Johnson’s mentee in the “Molding the Minds” program, explained that being in a mentoring program was nothing new to her. ”During my senior year at Ridgeland High School, I was a mentor at an elementary school and I thought it would be interesting to actually be a mentee to someone,” said Stubbs. Stubbs added that being in this program gives her the opportunity to call someone her “Big Sister”.
JSU NAACP and SGA urge community to “ Turn Up The Vote”
September 20, 2012
SGA President Brian J. Wilks helps sign-up voters.
Kachelle Pratcher and Taylor Bembery Black College Wire
Photo: Lamaar Mateen
More than 80 volunteers participated in the Jackson State University chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Voter Registration Action Day and the This Is My Vote Mississippi Campaign to turn up the vote and get people registered. The event, which was held Sept. 15, canvassed the surrounding streets of the metro-Jackson area. “This event was ultimately assembled in reverence of our late President Mr. Michael Teasley. The overall mission of Action Day was to highlight the importance of voting and voter registration,” said JSU NAACP chapter president Jason Hardiman, a senior biology pre-vet major from Jackson, Miss. He added, “Because a lot of people don’t know their rights, the NAACP acts as the people’s voice and organizing this event was a big thing. Getting people registered to vote is a timeless effort that many people have died for and exercising your right to vote is a must. So ‘Turn Up The Vote.’”
In attendance were 100 volunteers including Blackburn Middle school students, Jackson State staff and students, NAACP members and the Student Government Association. “As a student I know the importance of voting for this years’ election, canvassing the streets I hope we made an effort to increase voting to all,” said junior mass communications major Manisha Heard from Clinton, Miss. This Is My Vote, a statewide project conducted by the NAACP, will register thousands of Mississippians to vote and equip communities with the resources to fight back against attacks on voting rights. There is no voting ID law in Mississippi, so individuals can’t be turned away from the voting polls because of an ID. Volunteers walked around the neighborhoods with their Jackson State and This Is My Vote apparel with clipboards chanting ‘This is my vote, turn up the vote’ while knocking on doors and stopping cars asking individuals if they are registered to vote. Splitting up into various teams gave each group certain areas to canvass. “I had a lot of fun today registering voters. I never knew that walking
up the streets would get a response from people and they actually took the time to register on the spot,” said Knesha Thomas, a junior accounting major from Anguilla, Miss. Jackson State voter registration is happening on campus every day until October 6, Monday-Friday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Ayer Hall. If you live on campus, you can vote! The NAACP in conjunction with the Student Government Association (SGA), Royal Court, NPHC, RHA and many other organizations around campus will host forums, hot spots, and voter registration drives to get the message of voting importance across to the student body “Registering over 50 individuals to vote, I feel that Action Day was a HUGE success. We really relayed the message to our community on how important it is to get out and vote, letting their voice be heard,” said Hardiman. Brian Wilks, JSU SGA President, was also in attendance at the “Turn Up The Vote event. For more information on getting registered to vote on campus contact Keith McMillian.
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Inaugural event is show of talent for President Meyers
March 29, 2012 Anna Baynham Staff Writer
Students at Jackson State University wanted to open the inauguration of Dr. Carolyn W. Meyers in a unique way, and Wednesday, the “Voices of JSU” entertained her with their renditions of songs from some of her favorite artists like “Boogie Wonderland,” “September,” and “Before I Let You Go.” Miss JSU Mea Ashley and Student Government Association President Matthew Thompson extended greetings before presenting Meyers with a huge bouquet of flowers from the student body. “President Meyers, on this day as we are graced with many students paying tribute to you, look amongst the JSU student body, and know that the ultimate tribute is for us to excel in our education and continue to support our University,” said Thompson. The Voice of JSU, Tyra Suggs, a junior criminal justice major, opened the show by singing an original piece for President Meyers entitled “Real Woman.” Suggs said she wrote the song with Meyers in mind. “I was reminded of her achievements. As an engineer, academic professional and the first female president of Jackson State, we salute her. She does a great job, and I
am honored to have a great president like Dr. Meyers.” Hundreds of students, faculty and staff members, children from the JSU Early Childhood Center and the Sonic Boom of the South crowded the east end of the Gibbs-Green Pedestrian Walkway to kick off three days of inaugural activities. The College Impalas, consisting of nine young men, serenaded Meyers with “Love Me with all your Heart.” Dr. Marshall Longmire, a JSU retired professor and the group’s adviser, said: “I think highly of Jackson State having a female president. I wish her well through her reign.” The melodies included Frankie Beverly and Maze’s classic, “Before I Let You Go;” Chaka Khan and Rufus’ “Tell Me Something Good;” Al Green’s “Let’s Stay Together;” Dorothy Moore’s “Misty Blue;” Patti Labelle’s “If Only You Knew:” Earth, Wind and Fire’s “Boogie Wonderland” and “September.” Meyers danced a bit to “Boogie Wonderland,” and a special jazz arrangement by Darius Brown of “Jackson Fair, Jackson Dear” brought the audience to their feet. In addition to Suggs, the other “Voices” were Tamika Smith, Bianca Hancock, Aaron Cain III, Mickella Adindu, Raynetra Gustavis, Carlos Smith and Darius Brown.
Photo: Dominique McCraney The Voice contestants sing to President Carolyn W. Meyers.
Success and swagger urged at Black College Day
Teasley remembered by family, staff and students
Dressed in a bronze blazer, pink collared shirt, blue and white polka dot tie, and light blue faded jeans, Fonzworth Bentley expressed his “swagger” through his unique style of dress and words of wisdom at the Black College Day celebration held on Sept. 25th. Black College Day, first celebrated in 1980 in Washington D.C., draws attention to the successes and goals of Historically Black Colleges and Universities across the nation. Jackson State University students, faculty, and staff gathered in Ballrooms A&B of the Student Center to honor HBCU’s and to listen to Bentley’s address on how confidence, manners, and style affect the journey towards success. Bentley, whose birth name is Derek Watkins, started in the entertainment business at Morehouse College in Atlanta, Ga. with mentor Bill Cosby. He studied at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York and became a popular maître d in New York City. He received his famous moniker from music mogul Sean “Diddy” Combs’ while serving as his high profile assistant. Bentley has also appeared in many music videos including “I Like the Way You Move” by Outcast, and served as a mentor on MTV’s “Making the Band 2,” along with much more influential work. He guides his life with these words of Morehouse alumnus, Benjamin E. Mays, “Whatever you do, strive to do it so well that no man living and no man dead, and
Jackson State University lost one of its most outspoken students on Aug. 6. when Michael Teasley, 2011-2012 JSU National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) president, passed away from heart failure. Many JSU students, staff and faculty members were left with vivid memories of his fight against injustice. Prior to his arrival at Jackson State, Teasley lived a life of spiraling highs and lows. When he was younger, he dealt with the divorce of his parents and then dropped out of junior high school and lived a troubled lifestyle. Years later, he lost his mother at the age of 18 and as a result, was motivated to turn his life around and earn his General Equivalency Diploma (GED). Teasley first gained national attention as the first elected white NAACP president at a historically black university. A political science major and aspiring attorney, Teasley joined the NAACP and held the position of vice president before being elected chapter president in 2010. His other activities included being the first white person to join the J.I. Martin Lodge #701 in Jackson, Miss. where he became a Freemason. While at JSU, he was a Blue & White Flash staff member and a photographer with Domina Photography. Teasley became active in the community for notable causes such as the Cradle to Prison Pipeline campaign, the 2010 Jamie and Gladys Scott case and their fight for full pardon and release from prison, the Anti-Proposition 26 Movement, the non-violence on college campuses rallies,
September 27, 2012 Candace Chambers News Editor
Photo: The Blue & White Flash
SGA President Brian J. Wilks with Bentley.
no man yet to be born can do it any better.” After receiving a standing ovation, Bentley commended the audience’s mass presence and instructed everyone to hug at least seven people in the room. The Morehouse graduate also stated that he believes HBCUs should be embraced as monuments. Reading an excerpt from the introduction of his book, “Advance your Swagger: How to use Manners, Confidence, and Style to Get Ahead,” he gave the following tips for success: set high goals, sow seeds of faith, show integrity, and align oneself with people who are going in the same direction.
October 18, 2012 Mark Braboy Staff Writer
Photo: Dominique McCraney Former JSU NAACP President Michael Teasley.
and other social issues. According to Dominique McCraney, Teasley’s fiancé, one of his community outreach efforts included starting a GED program for dropouts in the neighborhood surrounding JSU.
2012 A Year In Review Nation moves forward with Obama
JSU students celebrating the victory of President Obama.
November 8, 2012 Candace Chambers Staff Writer The votes are in. They have been counted. President Barack Hussein Obama has been re-elected as the leader of the United States of America. He beat Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, 303 electoral votes to 206. President Obama delivered his victory speech to a crowd of supporters in Chicago, Ill. stating, “While our road has been hard. While our journey has been long. We have picked ourselves up. We have fought our way back. And we know in our hearts that for the United States of America the best is yet to come.”
Photos: Dominique McCraney
While waiting out the night at a watch party in the Student Center, an estimated crowd of more than 400 at Jackson State University discussed politics, gathered around televisions and enjoyed music and food as the election results rolled in on Tuesday night. The watch party was sponsored by the JSU Student Government Association and the NAACP. As the night progressed, issues were discussed, such as the number of blue states, the impact of electoral votes, which candidate would win the state of California, and what should be the focus of the U.S. president for the next four years.
Students remember Pop icon Whitney Houston
Grammy award winning singer Whitney Houston.
February 16, 2012 Natosha Hubbard Staff Writer Grammy Award winning singer Whitney Houston was found dead in her Beverly Hills Hotel room on Feb. 11, 2012. The multi-talented Houston was born on Aug. 9, 1963 in Newark, New Jersey. According to Biography.com, She began singing in the choir at The New Hope Baptist Church in Newark. By the age of 15 young Houston was singing back up vocals professionally with her mother on Chaka Khan’s 1978 hit, ‘I’m Every Woman’. She went on to provide
backing vocals for Lou Rawls, Jermaine Jackson and her own mother and worked briefly as a model, appearing on the cover of ‘Seventeen’ magazine in 1981. Students at Jackson State University joined the world in expressing their love for Houston. “She had more number one hits than any other female singer. She was a model, vocalist and actress and her talent was immeasurable,” said Kenneth Loggins an interdiciplinary studies senior from Jackson, Miss. “She had a unique non-competitional voice. It made music sound real and you believed every word that came out of her mouth,” said Erica Pierce a senior accounting major from Clinton, Miss. Houston worked as a featured vocalist for the New York-based funk band Material. Her vocal work with the band attracted the attention of Clive Davis and major record labels, including Arista with whom she signed in 1983 and where she stayed for the rest of her career. Houston’s self titled debut album was the best selling debut album by any artist. She had seven consecutive number one hits beating out the Beatles previous record. ‘Saving All My Love For You’, ‘How Will I Know’, ‘You Give Good Love’, and ‘The Greatest Love of All’ were all released from that album. The album sold 3 million copies in the U.S. 25 million worldwide.
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Students reflect on Muslim outrage due to video October 4, 2012 Tiffany Edmondson and De’Arbreya Lee Staff Writers The man responsible for creating an anti-Islamic video that sparked violent protests around the world has finally been arrested. Fifty-five year old Nakoula Basseley was arrested last Thursday, Sept. 27 for violating terms of his probation, which had nothing to do with the video. Nakoula has been identified as the primary individual behind the United States produced anti-Islamic video entitled “The Innocence of Muslims”, which portrays the Prophet Muhammad as a fraud, womanizer and a child molester. The video was released on YouTube in July and has since sparked controversy and violence in North African and Middle Eastern countries. The high profile video has also contributed to several killings and uprisings in several countries, including the death
of United States Ambassador Christopher Stevens, a diplomat and two American State Department security officers who were killed by a mob attack on the U.S. Consulate in Bengazi, Libya. Dozens of other people have been killed in recent protests. President Barack Obama and other international leaders have tried to block the video in several countries but it has not ended the riots and people’s perceptions of the Muslim’s reaction to the video. People around the world are now pointing the finger to decide who is really responsible for bashing and rocking the Muslim nation and if the violent murders and riots are justified because of the 14 minute video. Thousands of miles away, Rim Marghli, a Jackson State University graduate English Literature student from Tunisia, Africa said that the video does not justify a backlash of violence.
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2012 A Year In Review
Hodges crowned ‘The Voice of JSU’
Photo: Terry Haley, Jr.
November 1, 2012 Taylor Bemberry Staff Writer “The Voice of JSU” returned bigger and bolder in its second year as a featured event during Jackson State University’s homecoming activities. The finale took place on Oct. 15, 2012 in the Lee E. Williams Athletics & Assembly Center with featured celebrity judges Kandi Burruss, Ruben Studdard and Dathan Thigpen.
This year’s finalists were Victoria Agnew, Aaron Cain III, Derrick Griffith, Sarah Hodges, Jasmine Howard, Calandra Jones, Latia Peavy, Martika Ross, Tameka Smith, KD Walker, and Kristi Williams. Phillip Cockrell, Associate Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students, Judicial Services, and the student justices played a key role in organizing this event. The event had a twist this year with special performances from the JSU Dazzlers and Dance Ensemble. Presented not only for students to showcase their talents vocally, “The Voice of JSU” was also used to share information on Student Life’s “Pause for a Cause”, an educational awareness for domestic violence. The 2012 hosts were James Earl Lehaman Jr. and Britney Johnson, former senior class president and one of the founders of “The Voice of JSU.” The production of the event was organized by JSU Tiger TV 22. Tyra Suggs, a senior criminal justice major from St. Louis, Mo. and winner of the 2011-2012 competition, opened up the show with a spunky ballad entitled “Call Tyrone” by Erykah Badu. After all the contestants performed, the celebrity judges deliberated and chose the top five contestants: Victoria Agnew, Martika Ross, Jasmine Howard, Tameka Smith, and Sarah Hodges.
‘Sandy’ strands JSU students in New York City
Photo: provided by Gary Crosby
JSU students in NEw York City.
October 18, 2012 Tiffany Edmondson Staff Writer Hurricane Sandy has left its mark on Jackson State University as well as the lives of millions of east coast residents. Days after Hurricane Sandy made landfall, it’s tropical remnants savaged the east coast leaving 22 Jackson State students stranded in the Big Apple. On Friday Oct. 26, 17 students and two campus advisors flew to New York City to attend the 12th Annual Thur-
good Marshall Leadership Institute and Career Fair. Danny Jackson, a senior English major from Memphis, Tenn., is one of the more than 500 Historical Black Colleges and University students who attended the institute and who is now stranded in the Hilton Hotel. Luckily, they are provided three full course meals a day. Jackson said that the area where they are residing didn’t experience much damage compared to the Queens, Bronx, lower Manhattan and New Jersey. “There are millions of people without power and some homes have been burned and flooded. Wireless service was also out making it extremely hard for people to call their loved ones and call for help.” Traveling to NYC ahead of the storm was a big risk but no one ever imagined that the storm would impact the tristate area as much and as fast as it did. Storm surges as high as 13 ft splashed onto the coastal areas flooding homes, streets, airports and the subway system. Even hospitals were closed due to power outages and failed generators. Once the LaGuardia Airport was shut down, all inbound and outbound flights to New York were canceled leaving the JSU students wondering if they will ever be able to depart the storm ravaged city. However, the JFK and the Newark airports have reopened. Terica Hudson, a junior criminal justice major from Chicago, Ill. and the JSU student advisor for the Thurgood Marshall Institute, said that the students are all safe but they are very concerned about returning back to JSU. “We are worried about getting back so we can get back to class for our grades,” said Hudson.
JSU students angered by pro-life activists November 15, 2012 Taylor Bemberry Staff Writer
Students were greeted by graphic images of aborted babies, the lynching of a black man, and also the genocide of the Holocaust on the morning of Nov. 8 near the cross path of McAllister/Whiteside and Transitional Hall residence centers for women at Jackson State University. Pro-Life activists posted the images from Operation Save America under the campaign of ‘States of Refuge’ and Life Link. Even though the organization was there to spread awareness about abortion, students were angered because they felt the activists were promoting everything but Pro-Life. One female student who would like to remain anonymous was very angry about the views of the activist. She explained that she thought she would find comfort from one of the pastors associated with the organization because she had an abortion when she was 15 years old; but she was shocked by his response. The female student told the pastor her situation and got this response. “Even though you go to church and talk to your pastor about your abortion, you’re still going to hell!” said Pastor Flip Benham, one of the Pro-Life activists. “I’m very liberal about things and I feel like people should be aware about what happens during an abortion but to put up signs and to compare abortion to
Photo: The Blue &White Flash JSU students react to images displayed by activists.
the lynching of African-Americans, to the genocide of the Holocaust, and the KKK is beyond ridiculous. Every woman has a choice, they shouldn’t be out here making women feel bad about the decisions they decided to make to their body,” said the female student.
Jackson State University Honors College students volunteer during ‘Red Kettle Campaign’
Photo: Dr. Loria Brown-Gordon
Students from the Jackson State University Honors College earned valuable service hours while helping the Salvation Army during their Christmas Red Kettle Campaign. The Red Kettle Christmas Campaign enables The Salvation Army to provide food, toys and clothing to over 6 million people during the Christmas season and helps more than 34 million Americans recovering from all kinds of personal disasters nationwide. This is one of the many opportunities students have to earn their required 120 hours of community service in order to graduate. For information about community service hours, contact the Community Service Coordinator Etease Moore at 601-979-1762 or send an email to email@example.com.
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“Django Unchained” wows audiences despite controversy
Django confronts masters in the film ‘Django Unchained.’
Megan Moffett Staff Writer “I like the way you die boy,” said the hard ﬁghting, justice searching freed slave named Django. With thrilling backgrounds, top notch action and a Romeo and Juliet type love story,
“Django Unchained” written by Quentin Tarantino, has grossed over $106 million unseating competing with movies like New Line and MGM’s “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” which broke opening weekend sales records. With A-list actors like the main character Jamie Foxx, Leonardo DiCaprio, Kerry Washington and Samuel L.
Jackson, “Django Unchained” pulls the audience into a captivating journey from beginning to end playing on every emotion they have. The story lines starts with a retired dentist named Dr. King Schultz who buys and befriends a slave named Django, sets him as a free man and hires him as an accomplice to his new “interesting career”. Along the way Django lets his new friend in on the fact that all he wants to do is to go get his wife back who was sold because they were both trying to run to freedom. With a plan and a lot of blood Django was able to ﬁnd his wife and get her back, but not before he faced antagonist Mr. Candy played by Leonardo DiCaprio, a slave and plantation owner who owned his wife. With death whispering in his ear, it looks as though Django would be defeated but he had a plan to get himself and his wife their freedom. This critically acclaimed movie makes a statement. Though criticized for its constant use of the “N-word” in both the African American community and the professional Hollywood community, the ﬁlm really hits home, allowing all types of people to get a glimpse of the past and for everyone to enjoy the movie. Kristin Lane, a freshman mass communication’s major from St. Louis, Mo. said, “I thought the ﬁlm was great. I would recommend it to anyone.” Lane also commented on the negative cri-
tiques of the movie. “I have absolutely no negative critiques. It was a western love story not a movie about slavery. I didn’t think that Quentin Tarantino meant to base the movie just on the matter of slavery but wanted to show the love story during the time of slavery to add an extra boundary the hero would have to overcome.” Billy Reginal Jr., a freshman biology major from Greenville, Miss. said, “I give the movie two thumbs up. I think anybody could watch this movie.” He was also asked if he felt offended by the numerous use of the “N-word” in the movie. “No, I didn’t feel offended at all. I mean, that’s how it was back then, everywhere you went you heard it and that was played out in the movie,” said Reginal. The ﬁlm has been nominated for four Oscar Nominations which include: Best Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Sound Editing and Best picture nominations. With mixed reviews from moviegoers, “Django Unchained” is a movie that either makes you love it or dislike it. If you haven’t seen this movie yet, go and watch what everyone else is talking about and judge for yourself. In my opinion, Django Unchained is a beast unleashed and remember, “The ‘D’ is silent.”
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In 2012 over 600 films came into theaters around the world according to www.boxoﬃcemojo.com. Some made you laugh; some made you scream; some made you cry; some made you wonder who approved something so crazy. Here is a list of the top five movies that came out in 2012. 1. The Avengers grossed the most money of any movie of 2012. Released April 11, 2011 this movie made a grand total of $623,357,910. The Avengers starred Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans and Scarlett Johansson. 2. The Hunger Games, released March 23, 2012 grossed a grand total of $408,010,692. The Hunger games starred Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth. 3. Twilight Breaking Dawn 2, released November 16, 2012. Starring Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner, this movie has grossed $209,177,709. 4. Safe House, which starred Denzel Washington, Ryan Reynolds and Robert Patrick, was released on February 10, 2012. This movie grossed a total of $126,373,434. 5. Django Unchained, grossed a total of $125,374,607 and is steadily moving up the movie charts. This movie, released on December 25, 2012, stars Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, Leonardo DiCaprio, Kerry Washington, and Samuel L. Jackson.
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Medgar Evers’ widow Myrlie EversWilliams to offer invocation for Obama
Brett Zongker Associated Press
The widow of slain civil rights activist Medgar Evers will deliver the invocation at President Barack Obama’s second inauguration on Jan. 21. The Presidential Inaugural Committee announced Tuesday that Myrlie Evers-Williams would deliver the prayer. It comes 50 years after her husband was gunned down in the driveway of his Mississippi home. The inauguration falls on Martin Luther King Jr. Day Evers-Williams is a distinguished scholar at Alcorn State University in Lorman, Miss. She was chairwoman of the NAACP from 1995 to 1998. Inaugural organizers said the Rev. Louie Giglio of Atlanta’s Passion City Church will deliver the benediction for Obama’s swearing-in. In a statement, Obama says EversWilliams and Giglio represent the ideals of justice, equality and opportunity that he pursues. In 2009, the Rev. Rick Warren delivered the invocation.
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Continued from pg.1 was personally tapped by the first family to sing the national anthem. It was reported by several news agencies that President Obama will be sworn in on Monday Jan. 21 with President Abraham Lincoln’s bible and Dr. Martin Luther King’s Jr.’s bible. A little known fact is that he will also be sworn in on Sunday in a private ceremony because the constitution requires a president’s term to begin on Jan. 20. JSU is not only observing Dr. King’s birthday, but is showing its support by sending a bus load of students and staff to the inauguration. Brian Wilks, Student Government Association President, is excited to be one of the students heading to Washington, D.C. to witness the inauguration. “Both the election and re-election of President Barack Obama have been historical events. As SGA President, I felt it was important for our students to be afforded an opportunity to attend and witness his 2013 Inauguration in Washington, D.C.,” said Wilks. “The SGA pledged our support this past year to work to educate our fellow students on the importance of not only getting registered to vote but to actively participate in the election by voting.” Jumbotrons will be displayed for the thousands of people standing throughout the national mall to witness these moments. Wilks believes that the number of students who turned out and voted in the 2012 elections show that JSU students want to be a part of the political process. “I knew that JSU had to be there. We sponsored a 2012 Election Watch Party that had record attendees. Our students were very engaged in every step of the election process...voter education, voter registration and voter participation. We will continue this same energy with our upcoming local elections too,” said Wilks. He added, “As young generation voters, we have had to prove to society that we are not apathetic and that our vote and voice does matter. We owe so much to our parents and grandparents, some who have not and others who may never witness another African-American President being elected during their lifetime.” Wilks is not the only JSU student who is excited about the inauguration. Chelsea Swanier, a senior marketing major from Gulfport, Miss., said: “I
am so excited to see President Obama. I am expecting to be around a bunch of people that are enabling progression for our country.” William Jenkins, a junior mass communication major from Mobile, Ala., said he is ready to watch history to be made. “I find it amazing knowing that the day we are swearing in President Barack Obama for the second time is the day we are commemorating Martin Luther King Jr. and his legacy. If it wasn’t for King and his involvement in the Civil Rights movement President Obama might not have had the opportunity to become the President of the United States,” said Jenkins. Jade King , a sophomore biology major, from Detroit, Mich., said: “I’ve never been to anything like this before so I really don’t know what to expect, maybe it will be life changing for me. It will definitely be something I can tell my children and grandchildren about when I’m older.” Inaugural activities will include the U.S Marine Band. President Obama’s inauguration marks their 200th anniversary and 54th consecutive presidential inauguration; the first inauguration in 1801, which was for President Thomas Jefferson. The band will also march in the inaugural parade along with other bands, military troops, native tribes, and other organizations from nearly every U.S. state. The Pearl River Community College Band from Mississippi and the Grambling State University Band from Louisiana are just a two bands that are representing the south in the parade. There is no fee associated with getting on the parade route but it is getting pass security that is going to cost. It is going to cost anxious parade attendees patience and determination to get through the United State Secret Service check points in frigid temperatures. The Swearing-in ceremony is an outdoor event held on the West Front Lawn of the U.S. Capitol. Inauguration day is typically cold -- normally 37 degrees at noon and occasionally wet. President Obama and First Lady Michele Obama will only attend two official inaugural balls on Jan. 21 at the Washington Convention Center. A-List stars such as Smokey Robinson, Brad Paisley, Usher, Stevie Wonder, Katy Perry, the cast of “Glee”, and Marc Anthony will all be performing. To stay connected and for a front row seat to the ceremonial swearing–in, download the official inaugural app at www.2013pic.org.
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Lady Tigers win second SWAC JSU represented title: Compete in NCAA tourney by Jobodwana and
Tinsley in Olympics The Blue & White Flash
Photo: JSU Athletic Media Relations JSU women’s volleyball team in conference with coach between action during the match.
JSU Athletic Media Relations The Jackson State women’s volleyball team, the 2012 Southwestern Athletic Conference Champion, found out where it will play in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. The Lady Tigers will travel to Stanford, California to take on the No. 2 seeded Stanford Cardinal (27-3) in the opening round of the NCAA Volleyball Tournament on Nov.
30-Dec. 1. The JSU Lady Tigers ended the 2012 season with a 3-1 victory over Alabama A&M in the SWAC title game, to earn their second consecutive conference title. JSU (24-11) ended the season with a 22 match win streak and was undefeated in conference play. JSU will make its second trip to the NCAA round of 64, while Stanford makes its 32nd appearance.
JSU loses in SWAC title game
Jackson State University alumnus and 2012 Summer Olympics silver medal winner, Michael Tinsley, competed in the 400-meter men’s hurdles, finishing with a personal best of 47.91 seconds. Tinsley, born in Little Rock, Ark., finished behind Dominican Republic’s Felix Sanchez’s gold medal time of 47.63 seconds. Puerto Rico’s Javier Culson took bronze. Tinsley returned to his alma mater to enjoy 2012 homecoming festivities and to pay homage to the university that has made an impact on his career as an athlete. Jackson State freshman Anaso Jobodwana represented his home nation of South Africa in the 200-meter dash in the 2012 London Olympics. Jobodwana participated in the 200-meter event in a field that included Jamaicans Bolt, Yohan Blake and Warren Weir, who finished first through third, and American Wallace Spearman, who finished fourth. Although he did not bring home a medal, he finished with his personal best time of 20.27 seconds in the semifinal and looks forward to the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janiero. Jobodwana received All-America honors at the NCAA National Indoor Track and Field Championships. The native of Eastern Cape, South Africa won his heat in the preliminaries with a time of 20.66 (his personal best). He was ranked third heading into the finals. In his first ever NCAA Championship, Jobodwana finished eighth.
N’Dongo named S WA C P O W
Michael Tinsley and Anaso Jobodwana.
JSU dominates S WA C g o l f The Blue & White Flash
Photo: Dominique McCraney Ekwara N’Dongo
Photo: JSU Athletic Media Relations JSU taking on Arkansas Pine-Bluff.
William Owens Staff Writer A 95-yard touchdown pass from ArkansasPine Bluff quarterback Benjamin Anderson to Willie Young with 2 minutes left in regulation forced overtime, and the Lions emerged with a 24-21 victory over Jackson State in the Southwestern Athletic Conference championship game at Legion Field. The winning points for the Lions (10-2) came on Tyler Strickland’s 26-yard field goal. Jackson State (7-5) had the ball first in over-
time but Ryan Deising’s 43-yard field goal attempt was blocked. Jackson State dominated the first half, outgaining the Lions 270-78, but led only 21-14 at halftime. Clayton Moore threw a 40yard touchdown pass to Rico Richardson and rushed for another score, but his fumble at the end of the first half kept things close. After Moore was hit from behind by linebacker Xavier Lofton, linebacker Bill Ross scooped up the fumble and raced 73 yards for a touchdown with 4 seconds left in the half.
JSU Athletic Media Relations Jackson State guard Ekwara N’Dongo has been named the Madness SWAC Women’s Basketball Player of the Week for her exceptional performance during the past week. During the past week she averaged 10.6 points, 4.5 rebounds, 2 assists, 2.5 steals and .5 blocks per game. In JSU’s 82-51 victory over the University of New Orleans, she scored a team high 16 points on 8-11 shooting and had 5 rebounds, 3 assists and 5 steals. College Sports Madness identifies the highest impact players nationally and from each conference in our weekly feature. Check out the entire list at http://www.collegesportsmadness.com/womans-basketball/weeklyawards.
Proving that academic success is just as important as success on the course, Jackson State University head golf coach Eddie Payton takes academics extremely seriously. In the last 15 years, coach Payton has had the pleasure of his golf program holding the title as the team sport with the highest grade point average. Six of his former athletes have gone on to become doctors, eight have become lawyers and close to 30 of them currently work in the golf industry. But the success does not stop there. Under the direction of Payton, the men’s teams have garnered 22 SWAC championships in the last 23 years. The Lady Tigers Golf team earned their15th SWAC Championship by dominating the field at the 2012 Southwestern Athletic Conference Championships at Links on the Bayou in Alexandria, La. en route to its 15th conference title under head coach Eddie Payton. This is not out of the ordinary for the Lady Tigers. They have won 14 conference titles since the team was started in 1990-91. Cammrynn Stith recorded the best rounds of golf for JSU, as she finished with a 158 (81, 77). Stephanie Robertson had a 159 (78, 81) in her first SWAC Championships.