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Sarah Hodges crowned ‘The Voice of JSU’ 2012-2013 Taylor Bembery 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 20112012 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. Latia Peavy, a junior biology pre-med major from Carthage, Miss. and a contestant who did not advance to the final round from Carthage, Miss., still had the attitude of a winner. She explained how her experience in this program has made her gain new friendships and confidence in performing on stage. “I am new to the campus and I don’t know a lot of people. Being a part of “The Voice of JSU” has helped me meet new people and also gain new friends,” said Peavy. The final round was a battle of the feminine felines of JSU with tributes to music powerhouses such as Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, Tina Turner and many more. Each contestant was accomThe Voice, Cont. on pg.5

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Sarah Hodges, “The Voice of JSU” 2012-2013.

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JSU Supercard is running out of gas

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SGA President Brian Wilks pumps gas at Ellis Avenue Food & Gas. Likoya McCune Staff Writer


Students are wondering how super the Supercard really is with recent controversy over the lack of

gas vendors accepting the Supercard. According to Alcinia Pugh, director of Contractual Services at Jackson State University, the campus card program was initially

designed to assist students with the purchase of their educational needs such as textbooks and other course materials. “The card program has grown to surpass that need and now is accepted at more than 170 locations in the city of Jackson. These establishments include pharmacies, dental and eye care, restaurants, car repairs, wireless providers and more,” said Pugh. Pugh states that it is the business owner’s discretion on what goods can be purchased with the Supercard. “Several gas station owners opted not to accept the Supercard at their establishments because of the high cost of gasoline and some were not willing to give back to the University. Currently, there are three gas stations that accept the JSU Supercard; Ellis Food and Gas, West Express and Sheriff 66 locations.” Students are urged to check the

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vendor list available online at http:// to find current vendors. “I always glance at the JSU application to see that the gas station is still listed on the Supercard approved list,” said senior biology major Erica McIntyre. “I’m glad I could still use my Supercard to purchase gas at the Exxon gas station nearby on Terry Road when they told me no at the Fuel Time gas station on the same street.” Trerica Roberson, a senior Art major from Louin, Miss. feels that the vendors who do not want to honor the Supercard should be deleted from the program. “If the Supercard is good enough for chips, drinks and other stuff, why isn’t it good enough for my gas purchases. Why give them any business if they don’t want all of our business?” said Roberson. Pugh states that Contractual Services is working closely with the manager of both applications to en-

sure that updates happen simultaneously. Supercards can be used in several different capacities on and off campus such as identification cards, meal plans, vending, athletic events, recreational facilities, postal services, library services, and residence hall entry. However, they are limited to purchases from approved vendors only. Many students wonder if JSU will move toward the card program like Alcorn State’s Gold Card for its students. The ASU Gold Card is the new Money Network Enabled Discover prepaid campus ID card. The cards can be used at ATMs, businesses, and even online. The card has two strips for multi-purpose use. There is a wide strip for activity on campus such as going to the library, dormitory, etc., Supercard, Cont. on pg.5

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• OPINION- It’s not all about the party, celebrate by giving back • SPORTS- JSU vs MVSU Homecoming football preview

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JSU Campus Briefs J. LEE PRODUCTIONS PRESENTS THE MOVIE “MURDERER” Jackson State University Alumnus J. Lee presents the movie, “Murderer” on Saturday, Nov. 3rd at 7 & 8:30 p.m. in the Russell C. Davis Planetarium located at 201 East Pascagoula Street in Jackson. The ticket price is $10 and may be purchased at JACKSON STATE PEP RALLY DATES

JSU vs. MVSU (Homecoming) 10/19/12 12-4 p.m. Gibbs-Green Pedestrian Walkway JSU vs. Alabama A&M 11/9/12 6-7 p.m. Gibbs-Green Pedestrian Walkway JSU vs. ASU (Homecoming) 11/16/12 6-7 p.m. Gibbs-Green Pedestrian Walkway

For more information call the Center for Student Engagement and Inclusion 601- 9794224 or visit studentlife. TRANSPORTAION TO OUT-OF-TOWN FOOTBALL GAMES JSU Tiger fans can reserve seats on buses to all out-oftown football games. The pick-up and drop-off location will be the parking lot of the Lee E. Williams Athletics and Assembly Center at JSU. The cost and reservation deadline for each game is listed below. Please add $35 to the cost of the bus if you would like the association to purchase your ticket for you. Lorman, Miss. $24 Deadline Nov. 1 Birmingham, Ala. $53 Deadline Nov. 20 To make a reservation, call business manager Nita Welch at 601-946-0705 or president Joann Jones at 601-214-9574. WHO’S WHO AMONG AMERICAN COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES Do you qualify? The Who’s Who Among American Colleges and Universities is deadline Oct. 26th. Applica-

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FACULTY TRUMPET RECITAL FEATURING DR. DAVID N. WARE One JSU Under One Groove: An evening of Classical, Afro-Cuban, Bossa Nova & Traditional Jazz Music will be presented at the Faculty Trumpet Recital featuring Dr. David N. Ware on Tuesday, Oct. 23rd at 6p.m. in the Jackson State University, F. D. Hall Music Center, Recital Hall. For more information contact the Department of Music at 601-979-2141. AFRICAN IDENTITY IN THE CARIBBEAN: CULTURAL CONTINUITY AND CHANGE The Department of History presents: African Identity in the Caribbean: Cultural Continuity and Change on Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012 at 11:30 in Room 266 of the Dollye M. E. Robinson College of Liberal Arts Building. Dr. Lomarsh Roopnarine, Associate Professor of Latin American and Caribbean History will be the speaker. The academic community and the general public are invited to attend. For more information contact the Department of History and Philosophy at 601-979-2191. RICHARD WRIGHT CENTER FALL 2012 WORKSHOPS The Richard Wright Center will present its 2012 Workshops on Rhetorical Conventions of American Academic Writing on Wednesday, Oct. 31st and Using Sources Effectively and Responsibly in Your Writing on Thursday, Nov. 1st. Students can register online at JSU CENTER FOR UNIVERSITY SCHOLARS PRESENTS 2012 HOLDEN LECTURE The JSU Center for University Scholars will present the 2012 Holden Lecture on Thursday, Nov. 8th at 10 a.m. in JSU Student Center Theater. Ronald Davenport, Sr. will be the guest lecturer. For more information visit jsucus@jsums. edu, or call 601-979-6949.

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“One JSU: Honoring the Past, Embracing the Present, Creating the Future” Dr. Carolyn W. Meyers, President the Faculty, Staff, Students and Alumni of Jackson State University request the honor of your presence at our

135th Founders’ Day Activities The Jake Ayers Institute of Research in Urban Higher Education History Series Forums October 22 - 24, 2012 Dollye M.E. Robinson Liberal Arts Building 135th Founders’ Day Convocation Speaker: Dr. Earlexia Wilson Norwood, ’84 Thursday, October 25, 2012 Gibbs-Green Pedestrian Walkway 10 a.m. The Mississippi Learning Institute’s Hip-Hop Activism in the Obama/Tea Party Era Forum Thursday, October 25, 2012 Rose Embly McCoy Auditorium 6 p.m. 135th Founders’ Day Anniversary Banquet Speaker: Terry L. Woodard, ’88 Friday, October 26, 2012 JSU Student Center Grand Ballroom 7 p.m.

People Speak


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“What homecoming event are you most looking forward to? Why?” Compiled by Mattie Rush and Wiliiam Owens

DiAndria Harris Sophomore Elementary Education Yazoo City, Miss.

“Midnight Madness to support the basketball team with high hopes of hearing from the band.”

Jalyn Dixon Sophomore Biology/Pre-Dentistry Detroit, Mich.

“Midnight Madness because I’m performing and ready to see everybody come out to support the JSU boys basketball team.”

Mario Brooks Sophomore Pre Physical Therapist Canton, Miss.

“Street Jam because Money Team is going to turn up!”

It’s not all about the party, celebrate by giving back COMMENTARY Demelia Lloyd Sophomore Biology Yazoo City, Miss.

“The homecoming game because I look forward to the band and the half time performance.”

Jade Boles Freshmen English Atlanta, Ga.

“The comedy show because I love to laugh and the comedian is suppose to be funny.”

Perrymon Wright Sophomore Mass Communications Madison, Miss.

“I am most looking forward to the comedy show because I missed the one last year.”

Diamond Jenkins Associate Editor Arekia S. Bennett Sophomore Physics Jackson, Miss.

“I am most looking forward to coronation to see Miss JSU, Sarah Brown’s reaction to her crowning. We just want to see her happy!”

Tashundra Banks Sophomore Psychology Jackson, Miss.

“The homecoming game because of the band and hoping that the team will win.”

Cordarius Hill Junior Speech Communication Memphis, Tenn.

DeVonta’ Rowls Sophomore Psychology Jackson, Miss.

“The comedy show because I’m a person that enjoys laughing and making people laugh.”

“The Greek show because I’ve never been before.”

Kenya Gilkey Sophomore Health Care Admin. Macon, Miss.

Ayanna Hardy-Fuller Junior Civil Engineering Chicago, Ill.

“The coronation because of the tradition of the crowning of the queen and royal court.”

“Street Jam and the game because you get to eat and party and also because it’s inexpensive.”

Jackson State University… “Thee I love my dear old college home!” This phrase will resound all over campus during Homecoming Week at Jackson State University. Many successful alumni will be here celebrating tradition and reconnecting with friends and loved ones. My question to those returning to Tigerland is, ‘Are you giving back to the university that gave you so much? Now is the time for all students, especially graduating seniors, to think about how they will support the university when they become alumni. It is nothing new to hear alumni gloating about how “their” football team will win the homecoming game, but what have you done for the team? I believe great alumni should be trained! This will leave prospective graduates with potentially one of the most positive experiences they have before leav-

ing the school and entering into the real world. According to ‘ in its Voluntary Support of Education report, among historically black colleges and universities, donations provided by alumni have decreased by 6 percent. Nationally, alumni participation declined from 11.9 percent to 11.7 percent. The average alumni donation for non-HBCU’s graduate was $1,195 compared with $475 for HBCU graduates. Terry Woodard, the national president of the JSU Alumni Association expressed the importance of Jackson State alumni giving back. “Well, I believe that it is always good to give back to the university. We should want to be interested into giving back to our own,” said Woodard. “And even outside of homecoming, we should all give back, because Jackson State University has given to us.” There are many ways to give back to the university. Institutional programs and organizations like the Miss JSU Queens Campaign and The Blue Bengal Association collect money from alumni and others with the sole purpose of helping students financially. The Voluntary Support of Education report also revealed that while alumni giving declined, charitable donations for both traditionally White institutions and historically Black colleges and universities both saw significant gains in private giving via foundations, corporations or religious organizations. Donations reached a recordbreaking $29.75 billion. Hearing statistics like these should make you wonder. How

does this make us look? While you alumni are screaming ‘thee I love, my dear old college home,” and attending every homecoming party and event, we what to say, “Show us the money!” Freshman biology major Francine Jackson from Detroit, Mich. said, “My parents went to Jackson State University therefore, I understand the importance of alumni giving back. Alumni [like my parents] receive so many benefits to just coming from this institution, why not give back to the place that you got your great education from?” There are many different avenues to take when trying to give back to your institution of higher education: • Lead, lend a helping hand • Hire other alumni for internships or jobs • Share Your Expertise • Refer prospective high school students to JSU by communicating • Give what you can. I am challenging you to involve yourself in charitable giving on behalf of Jackson State University to help develop the next generation of leaders. You can get involved with giving back to JSU by visiting So for all Jackson State Tigers, do not forget where you came from and give back to JSU. Happy Homecoming! 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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Homecoming starts with a bang during Gospel Explosion

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JSU student performs with choir during Gospel Explosion. Kachelle Pratcher Staff Writer Jackson State University opened up its 2012 Homecoming Week “One Nation Under the Blue” activities with the Fall Gospel Explosion Concert on Oct. 14 in the Rose E. McCoy Auditorium. The event was hosted by the

JSU Interfaith Gospel Choir and featuring the RUF Praise Team, Sunday Best competitor Ashford Sanders and gospel recording artist Jonathan McReynolds. The concert opened up with greetings from SGA president Brian Wilks and mistress of ceremony, alumni Jerrica Stimage. The explosion was filled with great performances, tears rolling

down your face and excitement throughout the auditorium. “This was my first time attending a gospel concert and I must say I was really engaged with every performance and song along to every song I knew,” said Torin Adams, a freshman business administration major from Jackson, Miss. The fully engaged audience

was cheering, shouting praises and you could feel the energy that moved through everyone that was in the room. Sanders, who performed from a stool on the stage, expressed to the audience that he had recently had surgery but that didn’t stop his talent from showing. Sanders had the crowd on its

feet by singing various songs that the audience loved. “I had the time of my life. I was upset that I missed church this morning but I was able to make up for it with tonight’s gospel explosion,” said Knesha Thomas, a junior accounting major from Anguilla, Miss. McReynolds gave the audience a different feel, opening up with an R&B song by Usher with the words changed to make it a catchy gospel song. He captured the audience with his smooth soulful sound and his skills on the guitar while performing his hit single ‘I Love You’. The finale to the gospel explosion was Jackson State’s Interfaith Gospel Choir that took the audience to every feeling imaginable. The choir’s upbeat songs and energy on the stage was an exciting sight for the audience. Practicing every week since school started, Interfaith is known to stimulate and enhance the quality of the spiritual outlook of JSU students through traditional and contemporary gospel music. “Performing with interfaith was a great experience. It was a chance for students, including myself, to sing God’s praises together. I enjoyed it,” said Kristi Williams, a junior biology premed major from Jackson, Miss.

Cockrell shares his vision for Jackson State students

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Dr. Phillip “Flap” Cockrell, Associate Vice President for Student Life. Candace Chambers News Editor On the third floor of the Student Center, Phillip Cockrell, Associate Vice President for Student Life, glances out of his office window onto the GibbsGreen Pedestrian Walkway as college students walk to and from their destinations. The sun’s rays beam onto the displayed plaques and certificates on his walls. With an enthusiastic smile and a colorful bow tie, Cockrell eagerly

awaits anyone who needs his assistance with a warm, welcoming spirit. For two months, Cockrell has served as JSU’s Dean of Students and is striving for the ultimate success of students. A native of Columbus, Miss. Cockrell goes by the name, “Flapp,” a nickname, given by his cousin in high school. He received his undergraduate degree in family studies education from the Mississippi University for Women in Columbus, Miss. in 2003. While pursuing his studies, he was

involved in the choir, Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc., and the Student Government Association. He made history at the university as the first African-American SGA President. This leadership opportunity allowed Cockrell to network with people across the United States. “That was a huge accomplishment for me. I didn’t think too much about it when I was elected at first. But after thinking more about it, I was like these people, my peers, elected me for a reason because they saw something in me,” he stated. In 2005, he obtained his Masters of Science degree in educational leadership with an emphasis in student affairs administration from Florida International University. His involvement included working with student leadership, multicultural programs, and studying abroad on a tour of England, Scotland, and Ireland to study higher education practices. He earned his Ph.D. in August of 2011 from Jackson State University. As a first generation college student, he dedicates his Ph.D. to his parents. “My parents were unable to go to college. My dad only has a third grade education. My mom only has a high school degree. Although they’ve always wanted to go to college, they couldn’t go. I believe going to college and obtaining my PhD. is pretty much theirs.” Cockrell worked at Ohio State University and Mississippi Univer-

sity for Women before beginning his employment at Jackson State. As a professional, working at JSU is his first HBCU experience. Some of the areas he will oversee are Housing/Residence Life, Veteran Services, the Center for Service/Service Engaged Learning, and Student Life Operations. He considers it an honor to work at the JSU. “Being provided with the opportunity to work at Jackson State, with a population of African -American students, who are passionate about their education; I couldn’t imagine being anywhere else besides here.” His vision for JSU is to continue working with the administration to provide quality educational programs that students can transition into their careers. He is striving to implement Living Learning Programs within the residential halls. He believes students will be able to learn and grow in their personal living spaces. Commuter students will also be able to engage in similar opportunities. While working at Ohio State University, Cockrell was involved in two Living Learning Programs. “The faculty was engaged with the students. They would come to the resident halls to do programs. They would come to the resident halls to do academic advising. I see that as an opportunity here at Jackson State.” Along with Living Learning Programs, he hopes for more available leadership opportunities and advanced uses for technology.

“Now that those students (firsttime freshman) have those iPads, academic advisors can come to the residence halls and advise those students. They don’t have to walk across campus. They can actually come into their space.” On the issue of the Decorum Policy, Cockrell believes that students should always exemplify professional dress and etiquette while attending an institution of higher learning. “I believe every day that you leave your resident hall, apartment, or wherever you reside, you should look like a scholar,” he stated. “When you dress professionally you feel better.” He stressed that students should become able to distinguish what is appropriate in preparation for the work force. Cockrell also loves interacting with students. He enjoys the sense of family and community at Jackson State and often walks up and down the plaza along with having lunch meetings with students in the Heritage and Legacy Dining cafeterias one or twice a week. “I’ve only been here for two months. But, everyday has been outstanding,” said Cockrell. Cockrell states that he has an opendoor policy. He welcomes students and is willing to discuss issues stating, “I’m just a normal man that wears a suit.” He added: “Believe in yourself. You’re not in this race alone. It’s gonna be a little hard. But anything worth wanting is worth working for.”

News Teasley remembered by family, staff and students Mark Braboy Staff Writer 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 AntiProposition 26 Movement, the non-violence on college campuses rallies, 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. “Some of his students were gang members that he tried to combat the issues of the school to prison pipeline. He also worked with Planned Parenthood to protect women’s rights,” said McCraney. “He worked tirelessly to protect those he felt were unfairly persecuted including the Scott Sisters and helping his neighbor who he felt was wrongly accused of a crime.” McCraney added: “Michael was prolific as well as an artistic person. He wanted a better Mississippi and worked from the ground up in grassroots movements to help Mississippi one person at a time.” McCraney stated that Teasley

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Michael Teasley and supporters in a march to the capitol in support of the Scott Sisters. kept voter registration papers on him at all times to make sure every person he encountered was registered to vote. His long term goals included attending Howard Law School where he hoped to major in civil law, working for the NAACP, ACLU, and the State of Mississippi to make changes for the better. His ultimate goal was to one day run for mayor of the city of Jackson. Since his death, the JSU community has reflected on the contributions Teasley made to the university. “What was interesting about Michael was that he really wanted to be successful in the classroom,” said Michelle Deardorff, Interim Chair and Professor of Political Science. “But he had a sense of urgency regarding the issues of injustice in the world and he felt that there was never enough time to do all of it.” Former JSU NAACP Vice President and biology major Timothy Fizer of Jackson, Miss. said, “Michael Teasley was a Godsend as a friend and as a human being. He had a beautiful soul. He transcended so much more than what a man really is, he was really like a guardian angel. He provided a lot of insight. Even on this campus he had a lot of respect for African-Americans, knowing that they had to struggle but he also appreciated all of the good things and all the good qualities that come from struggling.” According to older brother, Gregory Teasley, he was proud to realize how important his brother was in the lives of the people he served and the impact he made on JSU after his passing. “I understood what Mike

was involved in, but at the same time, I didn’t know what Mike was involved in until he passed away and I got an opportunity to communicate with his friends and associates at Jackson State. After reading all of the articles about my younger brother, it really opened my eyes to the impact that he made on so many people,” his brother stated. Before attending JSU, Teasley was a successful real estate manager and was also involved in telecommunications, but according to his father, Oscar Teasley, all of his success and money caused him to become a person that his family didn’t recognize. “The best thing that ever happened to Michael was when he lost his edge. He went from being a ‘got everything executive’ down to zero, down to the only option I got is to get an education,” said Teasley. His father credits Jackson State as being influential in Teasley’s growth and development as a man. “The best thing that ever happened to Mike was losing his telecommunications deal, being broke and enrolling in Jackson State. Jackson State created an environment where he could find out who he was. My prayer for Michael was always for Michael to find his place. Years and years of constant prayer and Mike found his place at Jackson State University.” Jackson State University is currently raising money for the Michael Teasley Endowment fund. If you would like to give, contact Tangelia Kelly, Associate Director of Annual Giving at 601-979-1760 .

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Cont. from pg.1 panied by a live band, back-up singers and dancers. Everyone competing brought their own style and flavor to the final round. After the final performances, the decision of who would be crowned the new Voice of JSU was up to the audience. The audience voted by texting “thevoicejsu” to “72727” then received instruction’s afterwards. To cast their vote, the audience had to send the contestants number to the receiving number. People were able to vote for their favorite contestant as many times as they liked for 10 minutes. Once all the votes were in, the decision was made. All the contestants were brought back to the stage to see who would become the new “Voice of JSU” for the 20122013 school year. After some taunting and teasing from the hosts, the winner was finally announced. Sarah Hodges, a senior music education major with a vocal concentration from Magnolia, Miss., was crowned “The Voice of JSU” 2012-2013. Hodges won over the audience with a powerful tribute to the late Whitney Houston with performances of “I Wanna Dance With Somebody”, “I’m Every Woman”, and “I Look To You.” “Singing is something that I am extremely passionate about


Cont. from pg.1 just like with the Supercard. There is also a thin strip that is used to activate use with a student’s Money Network account. ASU Gold Cards are accepted in 7 different cities that have a total of 72 vendors accepting the ASU Gold Card off-campus. There is a range of 1 to 18 different vendors in each city that accepts the ASU Gold Card. Unlike JSU students ASU students are able to go to an ATM to remove cash from their personal Money Network enabled Discover Gold Card accounts. Current ASU junior physical therapy major, Roosevelt Kelly stated that he has not encountered any problems with the ASU Gold Card. “You can use the Gold Card at every restaurant on campus,” said Kelly. “I can use my aid refund to go shopping for clothes during the school year and do other fun things because the Gold Card works like a prepaid debit card.” Roosevelt states that there is more than one type of mon-

and I actually want to pursue it as a career, being the winner of “The Voice of JSU” is a good step towards that. It gave me real life experience as a performer,” said Hodges. Perrin Bostic, a junior healthcare administration major from Little Rock, Ark., had nothing but great things to say about the new “Voice of JSU” winner. “Sarah Hodges hands down won “The Voice of JSU” rightfully. She had stage presence, she was strong, and she had great song selections. She was amazing tonight and I’m happy that she won,” said Bostic. William Jenkins, a junior mass communications major from Mobile, Ala., added what he liked about “The Voice of JSU” program. “‘The Voice of JSU’ had a live band and dancers making it feel as if our peers were giving a concert. It seemed like they sought out the best singers at JSU for the competition,” said Jenkins. Jenkins also added how he felt about the winner of the competition. “During the second round, Sarah really brought it home and peaked at the right moment with the Whitney Houston Tribute,” said Jenkins Hodges had some advice to aspiring singers. “Work hard, pursue you dreams and goals in life. That’s what I’m doing and I’m having a wonderful time! I feel so satisfied following my dreams.” said Hodges. ey on the ASU Gold Card. The first type of money is the FLEX money that comes with a meal plan to purchase food and other things on campus, which is similar to JSU Tiger Bucks. The other type is debit money, which is only granted if you have an aid refund for your current semester term. Pugh stated that other uses for the Supercard are being explored. “Currently, we are in the process of the identifying additional avenues to enhance the card program, in addition to seeking out the possibility of a “national brand” as well. This way students will have unlimited purchasing power to spend their funds wherever they desire,” said Pugh. Roberson feels that the controversy surrounding the gas vendors would end if students could use their Supercard like debit cards. “I hope Jackson State gets with the program and does whatever Alcorn did to get the additional benefits that the ASU Gold card offers. It is a shame that we have stores right down the street from JSU that accept the ASU card, and not the Supercard,” said Roberson.

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Homecoming Snapshots Photo: Terry Haley, Jr.

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Photo: Terry Haley, Jr.


Photo: Terry Haley, Jr.

1. Canton native Ashton Sanders performs during the Gospel Explosion. 2. Members of Zeta Phi Beta during Basketball Madness. 3. Jonathan McReynolds performs during the Gospel Explosion. 4. JSU students show their class spirit during Basketball Madness. 5. The JSU Voice Judges Dathan Thigpen, Kandi Burruss, and Ruben Studdard. 6. Alumni members of the Men’s Basketbal team play game during Basketball Madness.


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Celebrity Beefs: Is it a publicity stunt or reality?

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Left: Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey. Right: Diggy Simmons and J. Cole Anna Baynham Staff Writer Celebrity beef is becoming all too familiar in public media today. Sometimes we don’t even know the two artists are even into it, or have problems with one another. That is until they take the beef and make it a lyrical diss or they decide to bring the feud to social networks.

Celebrity beefs aren’t something that we take seriously; unless of course it leads to a scuffle at a major celebrity event. Lately, a lot of celebrities have been expressing publicly how they really feel about one another. Below are some of the most recent celeb beefs of 2012. 1. Gucci vs. Jeezy These two have had it out for each other since 2005. Well documented beef anyways. It began

quickly after they collaborated on the single “Icy”. In between now and then something has brought the beef back to life, leading Jeezy to insult Gucci. Gucci then retaliating and came out with a song called, “Truth”, disclosing details about the beef. He even mentions how Jeezy got someone to try and kill him! 2. Nicki Minaj vs. Mariah Carey The two collabed on Mariah’s

single, “Up out My Face”. Now these two are judges on American Idol and can’t seem to get along. The two divas reportedly got into a heated discussion because Mariah was disrespecting Nicki. We all know Nicki was definitely not having that. 3. Diggy Simmons vs. J.Cole Their beef hasn’t been for long. It was said that both parties squashed a previous beef. Until

recently J.Cole dissed Diggy at the Music Matters Tour. Diggy came back surprisingly hard with a diss track entitled, “Falls Down”. 4. Rick Ross vs. Young Jeezy Taking shots at each other on different records since 2010, these two have also been beefing behind the scenes for a while now. The feud was then escalated to a scuffle/fight at the 2012 BET Hip-Hop Awards. 5. Drake vs. Chris Brown We all know about the brutal club fight that had these two in every headline on social media networks. Supposedly over Chris Brown’s ex Rihanna, but that has not been a proven fact. After all of the fuss has died down the owner of the club is now suing both Chris Brown and Drake for $16 million. Letting their fans and anyone else who cares know about their grudges, celebs don’t beef behind the scenes anymore. Which leads me to think that most, if not all of these beefs are for publicity reasons only. These people are making way too much money to be worried about the next person. I think it’s all just a stunt to get people to buy their latest album, follow them on twitter, etc. Just so we can be hooked into their world of foolishness. I know if I was making as much as some these celebs it would be more like “beef, smeef”. The crazy things about a lot of these beefs are that a good handful of the artists have coloabortaed with each other on songs previous to the beef.


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Fall Festival proves JSU students have talent

Photo: Terry Haley, Jr.

MADDRAMA members perform their “One Nation Under the Blue” rendition. Candace Chambers News Editor Music, food, and fun are three words to describe the JSU 2012 Homecoming Fall Festival. On Tuesday, October 16, 2012, students, faculty, and alumni gathered on the Gibbs-Green Pedestrian Walkway to celebrate their dear old college home. The festival included perfor-


mances by JSU’s Dance Ensemble, Maddrama Performance Troupe, finalists for the Voice of JSU, OutSpoken, and the Insatiable Modeling Squad. JSU’s Dance Ensemble began the evening showcasing pink and black attire, while also demonstrating their flexibility and creative moves. JSU students showed their excitement. Photo: Terry Haley, Jr.

“I had so much fun. This fall festival made me too excited about the weekend,” said Ashley Patterson, a freshman political science major from Canton, Miss. Maddrama Performance Troupe performed: A Tribute to Homecoming: One Nation Under the Blue. Performers spoke of the unity of the university evident throughout history. They asked the audience, “What is so true about that blue at JSU?”

Sarah Hodges, the 2012 Voice of JSU, sang “Golden” by Chrisette Michele. Martika Ross, one of the finalists for the Voice of JSU, sang while playing her acoustic guitar. In the midst of the activities, food was available including cotton candy, hot dogs, chips, chicken wings, and caramel apples. People could also register for the 5th Annual Latasha Norman Run/Walk. Johnathan Milner a senior biol-

ogy major from Greenville. Miss. said, “I plan on participating in the Latasha Norman walk because my family is in Greenville and we support the cause. I am glad that the fall fest helped advocate that for the students, while having a good time.” Modeling blazers, fishnets, colored jeans, scarves, suspenders, ties, and other fashionable clothing items, members of the Insatiable Modeling Squad walked the runaway to Rihanna’s “Where Have You Been.” The show featured male and female models. Brianna Washington a sophomore mass communications major from Jackson, Miss. expressed her experience in the fall festival fashion show. “I love when my team gets to show off our cool outfits and walk down the runway in front of everyone. Everybody out on the plaza supported us and we all had fun,” said Washington. OutSpoken began their tribute to Jackson State by singing an excerpt from the alma mater. The poets expressed their love for the university through poetry. The crowd danced and sang to the music provided by DJ T. Money. With celebrating the past and present, the night’s festivities provided entertainment during the 2012 Homecoming at Jackson State University. Diamond Jenkins Contributed

Photo: Terry Haley, Jr.

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Photo: Terry Haley, Jr.


Photo: Terry Haley, Jr.

1. Vice President for Student Life and staff member with JSU student. 2. OutSpoken performs during festival. 3. Latasha Norman Center student representatives. 4. JSU Dance Ensemble performs during festival.

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Tigers square off against in-state rival Mississippi Valley State Clayton Moore entered last game displaying pure efficiency with 5 total touchdowns (2 passing, 3 rushing). Moore played as a dual-threat quarterback throwing for 269 passing yards, and running for an additional 131 yards. The Tigers defense suffered much of the game allowing 419 total yards, but made some key stops that lead to the victory. Qua Cox made the ASU quarterback think twice with a late 4th quarter interception that lead to a tie game. MVSU is led this season by veteran running back, Brandon Stansell. Stansell has averaged 71 rushing yards per game this season (3rd best in the SWAC), and leads the league with 10 rushing touchdowns. Senior linebacker, Keven Woods is the heart of the Delta Devils defense leading the team with 45 total tackles,

which ranks ninth in the conference. Junior defensive tackle Robert Simpson is also a player to keep your eyes on. Simpson leads his team, as well as the SWAC in tackles for loss with 14. Students have shown great interest for the rivalry game Saturday. Devonta Woods, a sophomore biology pre-physical therapy major said, “My main interest for the homecoming game is to see how consistent our running game can be against their defense.” Gentle Calhoun, a sophomore computer engineering major said, “I really want to see how good the defense plays, but I am ecstatic to watch the Sonic Boom of the South perform.” This homecoming game should be a great competition as both teams have been awaiting to strap up their helmets against each other since the beginning of the season.

Photo: Dominique McCraney

JSU football players making a stop on defense. William Owens Staff Writer Entering this week’s game, the Jackson State Tigers will take on instate rival, Mississippi Valley State University. The game will be played at Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium in Jackson Miss. at 3:00 pm. The Tiger’s enter their homecom-

ing game with a record of 3-4, but look to gain some extra momentum after winning their last game against Alabama State 37-34 by a late field goal. The Delta Devils of Mississippi Valley State arrive to the game with a record of 2-4, but look to expand their win column after defeating Grambling State 45-21.

Jackson State Volleyball increases streak to 11 games JSU Sports Media Relations The Jackson State women’s volleyball team continues its recent dominance by beating rival Alabama A&M 3-1 in Southwestern Athletic Conference Tuesday night at the T.B. Ellis Gymnasium. During JSU’s Dig Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness night, the Lady Tigers held off a tough Lady Bulldog team. JSU won by a score of 25-19, 25-21, 25-27 and 2522. The match pitched two of the better teams in the SWAC against each other. AAMU won the conference championship two seasons ago and JSU captured the title last season. JSU’s Christine Edwards dominated, as she finished with a season high 30 kills to go along with her nine digs. Jenna Siddiqui recorded 48 assists and 13 digs. Clairissa Moore led AAMU with 17 kills.

Jackson State will return to action Friday, Oct. 19 when the Lady Tigers host Mississippi at the T.B. Ellis Gymnasium at 7 pm. The game will be video streamed live on SWAC TV ( Photo: Dominique McCraney

JSU volleyball celebrating during the game.

THURSDAY, October 18, 2012

12:00-4:00 p.m. Welcome Home Yard Fest StreetJam on the Gibbs-Green Pedestrian Walkway/ B.F. Roberts Parking Lot

11:30 a.m. Freedom Mile Marker Program 12:00-1:00 p.m. Noontime Series Location: Gibbs-Green Pedestrian Walkway

SATURDAY, October 20, 2012

7:30 p.m. The Coronation of Miss JSU – Sarah A. Brown Theme: “Harlem Nights at JSU” Location: Lee E. Williams AAC

FRIDAY, October 19, 2012 9:00-11:30 a.m. Parents and Family Welcome Reception JSU Welcome Center

9:00 a.m. Annual Homecoming Parade Homecoming Grand Marshal: Dr. Robert A. Smith, Sr. Homecoming Grand Marshal: Micheal Tinsley Location: Downtown Jackson 9:00 a.m. Baseball Alumni Game Braddy Field

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3:00 p.m. Homecoming Football Game: Jackson State University Tigers vs Mississippi Valley State University Delta Devils Location: JSU Stadium (formerly Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium)

SUNDAY, October 21, 2012 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Parent and Family Brunch Cabot Lodge 2375 North State Street Jackson, MS 39202

1:00 p.m. Soccer Game Jackson State University vs Alabama A&M Soccer Complex Admission is free.

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