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Mass Comm students learn to build brand and image Taylor Bembery Associate Editor

Building your personal brand in the media industry but still maintaining your personal image is what media students were encouraged to do at Jackson State University’s Department of Mass Communications annual Mass Comm Day Celebration held on April 16 at the MS e-Center. The event began with a breakfast roundtable with media practitioners. Students were able to converse one-on-one with experts and get critiques on their resumes and portfolios. Vivian Brown, on-television meteorologist at the Weather Channel, was the guest speaker. Brown is no stranger to her alma mater and served as the keynote speaker for JSU’s 136th Annual Founders’ Day Convocation. Brown, a native of Jackson, Miss., graduated from Jackson State in 1986 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Meteorology and joined the Weather Channel soon after. She was also a member of the

Photo: Dominique McCraney JSU alummne and Weather Channel meterologist, Vivian Brown.

track team with a full scholarship and earned her place in the JSU Sports Hall of Fame. She currently co-hosts “Day Planner” on the Weather Channel every Monday through Friday from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Her advice to the students showed how to maintain your individual image while protecting their corporate brand. She also talked about how JSU prepared her to go above and beyond in her field

for the past 25 years. “The Weather Channel provides an accurate forecast around the world; that’s the corporate brand. For over 25 years I have supported that corporate brand but all the while maintaining my individual image by providing those forecasts with the style, education, and experience that I got from Jackson State University and from God who has blessed me,” said Brown.

She added: “Becoming a professional, know that representing yourself to the highest level and holding true to your beliefs will always maintain your image and by doing that the company you work for will be a better company.” After Browns speech, students were able to ask her various questions about career, time management, and tips for life after JSU for graduating seniors. There was also a showcase of student projects and portfolios. The Department of Mass Communications, University Communications, The Blue and White Flash, WJSU-FM, JSU TV, and Tiger TV gave award certificates and cash prizes to students to appreciate their hard work and dedication. The 23 graduating seniors were also honored for their completion of the mass communications program. Tenesha Hughes, a mass communications major from Columbus, Miss., was inspired by the entire event.

“Seeing someone like Vivian Brown, who has come from Jackson State and that is actually applying what she learned and being successful actually gives me hope to know that I too one day can become successful. It’s just great to see my fellow colleagues and classmates also win awards and I think it was a special day for the department,” said Hughes. John Clark, a mass communications major from Jackson, Miss., was happy to see more student participation at this year’s event. “I enjoyed seeing students who won awards and seeing the work they’ve done and actually participating in the programs JSU has to offer. Everything from Tiger TV to The Blue and White Flash, seeing them shine is what I enjoyed the most.” He added: “Vivian Brown’s speech was also great. I liked how she highlighted how to maintain your individuality at the same time your moral ethic and work ethic,” said Clark.

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Disability Street Team brings awareness to student body

Photo: Taylor Bembery Kita Williams, Thaddeus Wright, Mario Henderson, Karen Knox and Aspen Wilson.

Taylor Bembery Associate Editor

INSIDE Jackson State University students are coming together for a great cause, and that is to

promote the well-being of our handi-capable students. Monica Jones, assistant director of Disability Services at JSU, hopes the Disability

Street Team will help to bring awareness to the Jackson State community and encourage them to be mindful of not hitting the handicap panels, not park in the handicap parking spaces, and to be considerate of disabled students. Jones services 430 students at JSU with various disabilities. On April 10th, the street team hosted a wheelchair demonstration guided by student Mario Henderson. “Mario is doing a day in the life of what he does around Jackson States campus in a wheelchair. Just to show nondisabled students how it actually is maneuvering in a wheelchair

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to complete daily tasks. We just created the street team about three weeks ago and have over 35 members who are going to start promoting awareness on campus. We don’t use handicap, we use handi-capable, it will bring a better campus for students who are disabled,” said Jones Thaddeus Wright, a senior English major from Chicago, Ill., is the director of the student disability services street team, where he promotes, serves, and advocates for JSU students with disabilities. “We have a total of 40 members that signed up but we have a total of 20 students

that showed up to participate in the demonstration. We are trying to get acclimated to how our students with disabilities live on a daily basis to promote awareness. Also to let nondisabled students know to stop hitting the disable door panels and parking in the disabled parking spaces on campus,” said Wright. Wright, who is not disabled, said he has more respect for people with disabilities after the demonstration. “It is not as easy as people think getting around on campus in a wheelchair,” said Wright. Disability Cont. on pg.7

• OPINION- Exercise your right to Vote! Vote! Vote! • HEALTH- Getting ‘turnt’ up’ can be hazardous to your health

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JSU Campus Briefs SEE CREATIVE QUILTS The Department of Sociology invites everyone to spend the evening with the Black Female and Family Class as its hosts A Display of Creative Quilt Work on April 24, 6-7:30 p.m. on the 3rd Floor of the College of Liberal Arts. A reception will follow. For more information, contact Dr. ConSandra McNeil at 601979-8276. VOLUNTEER FOR JSU EVENTS The Jackson State University Events Department is recruiting volunteers to assist during three major upcoming events at JSU. Faculty, staff and students are needed to assist in various capacities (registration, stuffing bags, host/hostess, provide directions to campus facilities, etc.) during these events. Volunteers are asked to wear a blue JSU t-shirt or polo and blue/black slacks or skirt when serving. Help us showcase our beautiful campus to a statewide and national audience by volunteering your time. Shifts are available ranging from 1hr-4hrs. A brief volunteers meeting will be held on Monday, April 21, 2014 from 11:30 p.m. -12:30 p.m. in the Student Center Theater. For more information, and to volunteer, contact LaTonya Boyd at 601979-2121 to sign-up for an available shift time. JSU G.U.Y.S. (Guiding Undergraduates through Yearly Support) Student Dinner will be Tuesday, April 22 in the JSU Student Center – Room 3213, 11 a.m.– 1 p.m. For information, contact Dr. Rodney Washington at 601-979-3414. WELCOME CENTER EARTH DAY The JSU Welcome Center will host an Earth Day Seminar, 12 p.m. – 1 p.m. on

April 22. Guest speakers are Kantave Greene, meteorology instructor in the Department of Physics at Jackson State University; and Ken South, JSU alumnus and awardwinning meteorologist from WJTV. Refreshments will be served. Interested persons should R.S.V.P and contact Gwendolyn Caples or Latona Banks at 601-979-0883. TAKE DAUGHTER-SON TO WORK DAY JSU will observe Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day on April 24 in the Jacob Reddix Building – General Purpose Room, 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. For information, contact Terry Bennett at 601-9790861.

ACADEMIC ADVISEMENT Evening Academic Advisement will take place in the Student Center – Ballrooms A & B, 6-9 p.m. For information, contact Alfred Jackson (601-9792300) WHITE HOUSE SUMMIT: 2014 SUMMIT ON EDUCATIONAL EXCELLENCE April 25-26 at the Jackson State University, Rose E. McCoy Auditorium, Jackson, MS with the Coalition of School Educating Boys of Color. The summit includes: 1. Raising awareness about the importance of investing in African American educational excellence to ensure African American

students, schools, and communities are supported in learning and development opportunities beginning at birth; 2.Highlighting individuals and organizations who are successfully supporting African American educational excellence; 3. Supporting community engagement by creating opportunities for parents, grandparents, guardians and caring adults to increase the number of African American’s who graduate from high school prepared for future success. Onsite registration will also be available for the White House Event. For information, call 601979-1031.

People Speak


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“Did you vote in the previous mayoral election and do you plan to vote in the upcoming election on Apil 22? Why or Why not?”

Compiled by Avi’Yam Jordan

Ricardo Gates Sophomore Business Management Jackson, Miss.

“I didn’t vote but I do plan to vote for the run off because I just want to know who’s going to put in the effort to build Jackson.”

Charles Cathey III Senior Business Management Chicago, Ill.

“Yes I voted because I thought it was really important because this precinct holds a lot of weight and I thought that us having a large number would be impactful.”

Rashad Sayles Junior Industrial Technology Jackson, Miss.

“I did and I do. I believe that elections are important and that we pick good leaders for our future.”

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Exercise your right to Vote! Vote! Vote! Linzy Jackson Senior Accounting Detroit, Mich.

“No I didn’t vote because I didn’t know about it, and I probably still won’t because after I graduate I’m leaving.”

Fred Owens Junior Criminal Justice St. Louis, Mo.

“I plan on voting in the upcoming electionsbecause I think it’s going to make a difference. My vote will count, and I got the privilege and opportunity to so why not?”

Daniel Howel Sophomore Mass Communications Jackson, Miss.


“I did vote. I feel like it’s my right to go out and vote because my forefathers and ancestors fought for me to get the right to vote.”

Mark Braboy News Editor Tommy Gooden Senior Education Atlanta, Ga.

Th’marvis Brooks Freshman Psychology Jackson, Miss.

“I didn’t vote, I don’t plan on voting. I don’t plan on being here too much longer so I said forget it.”

“I plan to vote. I didn’t before because I didn’t have the time, but I plan on voting because we need more things to do in Jackson.”

Michael Wilson Junior Speech Communication Vicksburg, Miss.

Tatiyana Blood Sophomore Mass Communications Jackson, Miss.

Robria Daniels Junior English Journalism Jackson Miss.

Demarcus Whitlock Sophomore Industrial Technology Jackson, Miss.

“I voted in the past election for Lumumba and plan to vote for him in the upcoming one.”

“I did vote and I plan on voting again in the runoff because I do believe Jackson needs a mayor that is concerned about the improvements of this city.”

“I plan on voting because it is a privilege that our people worked extremely hard to get and these are the people that are going to govern where our campus is located and where we live.”

“I did vote, because it’s my right to vote.”

With the Special Mayoral Election heading towards the finish line, candidates Tony Yarber and Chokwe Antar Lumumba are in a neck to neck battle to become the next Mayor of the City of Jackson due to a runoff. Much has been done to get students registered and actively participating in city politics, but it seems that all these efforts have been in vain. According to the Jackson City Clerk’s office, statistics shows that only a dismal 1.5 percent of 2043 people registered to vote at the Jackson State precinct participated in this year’s Special Election. This is a disappointing statistic compared to the amount of people who participated in this year’s Student Government Association election, which tallied to over 1,000 students. This seems to be an ongoing trend evident in last

year’s election where 3.8 percent out of 2271 registered voters voted in the precinct. Keep in mind that our Precinct #49 is the second biggest district in Jackson, Miss. The number of people who voted for the winning SGA president eclipses the number of people who participated in these city elections. This is a disturbing statistic to me because it shows that students care more about elections that are popularity contests than issues that directly affect the city and the university. That is not to disregard the significance of the SGA election because it is something that directly affects the student body. Many can argue the Special Election does not or should not matter to students who are not from Jackson or Mississippi. However, this election can have a drastic affect on what happens to the city and in turn can affect Jackson State. City politics and the effects it can have on universities go hand in hand whether it’s with the students as citizens and the university as a whole. During the late Chokwe Lumumba’s term in office, he and President Carolyn Meyers established a bountiful relationship between JSU and the City of Jackson. In fact, when Tiger Plaza was established, Jackson State police officers and the Jackson Police Department collaborated to secure the

new dormitory. It should be noted that 3,934 students who attend JSU are from Jackson and more than likely voted off campus. None of these arguments however can legitimately answer why those who are registered at Jackson State are not voting because the problem lies within the low number of voters. For as many voter registration drives that happen on campus each year, you would think there would be more active voters. Princess Williams, a senior political science major from Jackson, Miss. and a volunteer for the election, agrees that the city elections affect students just as much as citizens. “It is important that we vote and participate in the political process. Our vote is our voice in our city government. Our ancestors died so that we could enjoy this right as African Americans,” said Williams. With the evident assault on voter rights taking place, it is important that students take the full advantage of their rights while they still can. Like the saying goes, you never know what you have until it is gone.

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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Getting ‘turnt’ up’ can be hazardous to your health

Alexis Anderson Staff Writer S ome college students’ def inition of a go o d time may include s omet hing more t han go o d music and hanging out wit h f r iends. An alar ming numb er of college students engage in binge dr inking, a dangerous addic tion t hat prompts s er ious he alt h concer ns for young adults. The C enter for Dis e as e C ontrol rep or ts t hat ab out 90% of t he alcohol consumed

by yout h under t he age of 21 in t he United St ates is in t he for m of binge dr inks. One in six U.S. adults binge dr inks ab out four times a mont h, consuming ab out eig ht dr inks p er binge Binge dr inking is ass o ciated wit h many he a lt h problems, such as •Alcohol p ois oning •Sexually transmitted ......dis e as es •Unintended ..........pregnanc y •Hig h blo o d pressure, stroke, and ot her cardiovas c ular dis e as es •L iver dis e as e •Neurological .............damage •Po or control of ...........diab etes According to t he National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, binge drinking is a pattern of drinking that brings a person’s blood alcohol concentration (BAC) to 0.08 grams percent or above. This typically happens when men consume 5 or more drinks, and when women consume

4 or more drinks, in about 2 hours. The NIAAA also explains that two out of f ive male and female students take par t in binge drinking. “ The legal drinking age is 21, so ever yone should comply with that law. It’s not a wise decision to par ticipate in binge drinking or driving impaired,” said freshman mass communications major Kennedy Brown from Memphis, Tenn. “I think underage drinking shouldn’t happen. The health effects are severe for those who aren’t mature enough to drink alcohol. Some people drink just to fit in with the crowd, some others do it due to peer pressure.” According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), there are several reminders of the severe effects of alcohol that may begin in preteens and extend into young adulthood, ages 1820 years old. For example, research studies found that when college students engage in binge drinking, they are at risk of failing school, destroying property, or getting an DUI. Fortunately, when it

comes to college campuses, Mississippi schools are not among those noted as party schools where alcohol drinking is common. The Princeton Review released its 2013-2014 annual ranking the top party schools in the nations, based on sur vey questions related to students use of drugs and alcohol, and the top five included: University of Iowa, University of California/Santa Barbara, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champion, West Virginia University and Syracuse University Even though binge drinking is more common in other states, underage drinking is considered widespread in Mississippi. According to http://www., approximately 131,000 underage customers in Mississippi drink each year and in 2009 consumed 12.6 percent of all alcohol sold in the state Earnestine McNealBrown, director of JSU Interdisciplinar y Alcohol/ Drug Studies Center, believes that early conversations and open discussions could impact

teenagers and college-age students’ views about the problems of alcohol abuse. “ The number students that were referred to the center has decreased since last year ; we only see only 8-10 students at our center annually,” said Brown. “We conduct screenings to discover any problems for students who are referred to us. If it is extremely problematic, we contact advance drug rehab centers. The center does offer 6-8 weeks of short term counseling for students.” Some JSU students believe that students should be cognizant of how much alcohol they consume Derricka Vereen, a senior physics major from Germany, said: “I know students will ignore the age rule when it comes to drinking. If the drinking age is 21 years old, then ever y college student should follow the law. They should keep in mind that excessive drinking can have life-long effects.” For more information, please contact the Interdisciplinar y Alcohol/ Drug Center at (601) 979-2350.

Upcoming JSU Honors Week: “Relay for Knowledge” University Communications Jacks on St ate Universit y w i l l hold t he 2014 Honors and Awards C onvo c at ion at 10 a.m. Thurs d ay, Apr i l 24, in t he R os e E. McC oy Auditor ium. The convo c at ion is t he c u lminat ing e vent of Honors We ek, w hich b eg ins Mond ay, Apr i l 21. Honors We ek ac t iv it ies are for a l l honor students w het her or not t he y are a memb er of t he W.E.B. D u B ois Honors C ol lege. Ple as e s e e b elow for a list of e vents. S ome 1,200 students w i l l b e honore d dur ing t he Honors and Awards C onvo c at ion. Honore e students shou ld che ck in at t he lobby t ables to pick up t heir name and accol ade c ards to b e s e ate d by appropr i ate col lege and

hand to re aders. Guests are aske d to ar r ive d by 9:50 a.m. to come in and b e s e ate d. A l l JSU fac u lt y are to dress in t heir ac ademic rega li a, avai l able for rent in t he b o okstore, for a for ma l pro cession. Fac u lt y are re queste d to ar r ive by 9:30 a.m. and to ass emble outside t he bui lding to line up for t he pro cession. CSET fac u lt y shou ld gat her outside t he lef t ent r y do ors. Fac u lt y f rom a l l ot her are as are to gat her outside t he r ig ht ent r y do ors. C l ass es w i l l b e c ancel le d f rom 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. to a l low fac u lt y, st af f and students t he opp or tunit y to attend Honors and Awards C onvo c at ion. For inv it at ions, students may cont ac t t he W.E.B. D u B ois Honors C ol lege at 601-979-2107 or honors col lege@jsums.e du.


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Jackson State celebrates International Night of Dance 1.







1. Belhaven University 2. Montage Theater of Dance 3. Thomas Beck 4. College Hill Church 5. Mahogany Dancers 6. JSU Ethipoian students 7. Belhaven University

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Keke Palmer discusses career and upcoming projects

Mark Braboy News Editor Actress, singer, and 2014 Image Award Winner Keke Palmer has had a busy year. After receiving rave reviews for her portrayal of Rozonda “Chili” Thomas in the VH1 movie: “CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story”, she was also featured in the television film “The Trip to Bountiful” and hit shows “Single Ladies” and “Grey’s Anatomy”. In a one on one interview, she discusses her upcoming projects and her experiences with her

career thus far. Mark Braboy: Out of all the roles you have played thus far, which one is your favorite and why? Also, what kind of roles do you aspire to play and would turn down? Ke-Ke Palmer: I’ve been so blessed in my career to play some extraordinary roles and work with so many amazing people. My favorite role is a hard question to answer, but if pressed I would have to say Akeelah Anderson because that was my break out role. I cannot say what roles I would turn down it really just depends on the script. I recently read a script loosely based off of a true story about a female pimp, now just hearing the subject matter would turn a lot of people off to that role, but I read the script and the raw gritty world created by the writer is fascinating. We have not seen a female character this way in film before, so that is intriguing to me, I would consider this role because it would challenge me as an actress. Mark Braboy: What are your ultimate aspirations with your

music and tell me about your upcoming album. Ke-Ke Palmer: I have a music video coming out in May for a song I recorded for a movie soundtrack called “Animal”. I’m very excited about that film, it will be out in June. I also recorded a song for a film called “Brotherly Love” which is a project I did for Queen Latifah’s company, Flava Unit. I’m in the studio writing and recording constantly so hopefully there will be a new album early 2015.

Mark Braboy: What was the inspiration behind the song, “Work like You Love Me”? Ke-Ke Palmer:We just loved the track and it had a fun quirky beat. I guess the inspiration was young fun. Mark Braboy: What was an interesting moment when working with Cicely Tyson and what was something that you learned from her? Ke-Ke Palmer: Mrs. Tyson reminded me so much of my grandmother Mildred, who is no longer with us, everyday on set was a joy. I learned so many things from her, as an actress she is a legend and I just watched her quiet strength on and off camera, a

very classy lady.

Mark Braboy: How important is philanthropy to you? Ke-Ke Palmer: Extremely important, too much is given, much is expected! Over the years I have worked with several charities, in particular the ones helping children. Currently I work with Covenant House for the Homeless, Red Cross, Boys and Girls Club, YWCA, and Chideo. Mark Braboy: Talk about the role you play on “Masters of Sex” and how that experience is different from other roles you’ve played. Ke-Ke Palmer:The character that I portray in “Masters of Sex” is Coral, she is the nanny for Libby Masters. The series takes place in 1957 -1958 so being a domestics was one of few jobs that were offered to black woman in those days. What made me want to do the role was after I spoke with the producers and they told me of their plans for Coral, they want to use her character as the catalyst to introduce the Civil Rights Movement into the scripts, when I heard their vision for Coral, I agreed to do the role, so she is not just a nanny but a pivotal character in the show. I am very

much looking forward to seeing where she will end up.

Mark Braboy: What’s something interesting that they may not know about you? Ke-Ke Palmer: I am very silly, an incurable romantic and extremely loyal to my friends. Loyalty is very important to me. Mark Braboy: Unlike many celebrities your age, you are evolving gracefully without sacrificing your dignity? How do you manage to do that? Do you ever feel any pressure of being more like Miley Cyrus? And what are the aspects of maintaining your tasteful image? Ke-Ke Palmer: I don’t judge anyone in this industry, thank you so much for the kind words. Truthfully, this is a tough business and I just pray a lot asking God to help guide me, but I am not perfect, far from it! This year, you can look for Palmer to stay in headlines with upcoming projects. She will be featured in the films “Animal”, “Imperial Dreams” and “Brotherly Love” and has been working with famed hip-hop producer Bangladesh with her single “Work Like you Love Me”.

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Avoid plagiarism and copyright infringement in college Alexis Anderson Staff Writer Due to the massive amount of information and resources available on the Internet, plagiarism and copyright infringement are serious issues faced by college students desperate to make A’s in their courses. However, colleges and universities including Jackson State want students to understand that to deliberately take someone else’s work without giving them credit violates the principles of collegiate conduct. A survey conducted by the Pew Research Center in September of 2011 found that most college presidents (55%) say that plagiarism in students’ papers has increased over the past 10 years. Among those who have seen an increase in plagiarism, 89% say computers and the Internet have played a major role. Daoying Liu, a JSU instructor at the Richard Wright Center for writing, rhetoric, and research, said that it is important that college students know the difference between deliberate and unintentional plagiarism. “Whether you summarize,

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paraphrase, or use researched information, it is vital that you use the proper citation when crediting someone’s work. This is a good way for students to learn respect for others work. A lot of students who write at the center don’t use the right citations or give the sources for their research. Some students plagiarize because they don’t want to take time to write their work appropriately, students just want to copy and paste,” said Liu. Preselfannie McDaniels, Assistant Professor of English at JSU stated there are a number of reasons why college students

choose to plagiarize. “I think it depends on the student. I had a student who told me she never attempted to plagiarize because she was too afraid that she was going to get caught, excluding the fact that it was morally and academically wrong. Sometimes, students are lazy; some don’t understand the material given to them. There are students who aren’t confident enough to think analytically. They don’t realize their potential or have confidence in their work,” said McDaniels. McDaniels also stated that after getting familiar with a student’s work, she can easily

spot plagiarism. “I use, http:// and to check for plagiarism. I give all of my students a warning, if they are found plagiarizing, I will give them a failing grade and a second chance to rewrite their story or choose another assignment. We have MLA documentations, workshops, handouts, and I give examples and feedback in class. I let the first paper be the draft, granting them the opportunity to review their mistakes. The faculty wants to encourage students to become better researchers, but they have to understand they must give credit where it’s due,” said McDaniels. Many JSU students agree that the university should crack down on the prevalence of plagiarism. “Plagiarism is a lazy man’s excuse of becoming successful. It happens more often in college, they (students) don’t want to put in the time and effort. Plagiarism is a form of educational cheating, some students feel like they won’t get caught,” said Jarrett Adams, a sophomore biology/pre-med

major from Atlanta, Ga. Kelly Randall, freshman sociology major from Kosciusko, Miss. who attends Milsaps College, believes more should be done to teach students about plagiarism before college. “Nowadays, students are lazy, the Internet has endless sources. Most of the time, people have similar ideas to the writers and researchers, so they don’t see the need to cite their work. They seize that time to take advantage. It’s 50/50, some of it is the teachers fault for not recognizing it and other times, students aren’t educated. They should be taught earlier in high school that it is unacceptable,” said Randall. Jackson State Students should be aware of the following policies concerning academic dishonesty that can be found in 2013-2014 Student Handbook: 2.25 Digital and Electronic Copyright Infringement. Digital or electronic use of copyrighted materials without authorization from the owner of the copyright Sanction: Fine of $50$250 + Probation +removal of privileges; Termination of network access; suspension

Jackson State computer science student Entrepreneurship major to engage local youth in STEM participation joins national fellowship

Dominick Sanders

University Communications Jackson State University computer science student Dominick Sanders was elected Region III Pre-College Initiative Chair at the 2014 National Society of Black Engineers annual convention. “I am honored to have been selected by my peers to help to lead an incredible organization that I grew up in,” Sanders said. “I started in the 6th grade, and if it had not been for this

organization, I probably would have never pursued a career in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math).” With 29,000 members worldwide, including middle school, high school, college students and professionals, NSBE aims to increase the number of blacks enrolling in engineering programs, provide support to retain them at the college level, and grow their ranks in the profession. As the Pre-College Initiative chairperson, Sanders’ role is to support and encourage K-12 participation in STEM throughout the region, which is comprised of six states, the Caribbean and South America. Sanders also plans to push mentoring throughout the region. “Mentorship is a key factor that enables students to understand their potential early,” he says. Sanders’ winning campaign was called G.U.T.S (Growing

Up Thinking STEM). He chose the name because he feels that there are not enough minorities majoring in the STEM fields. “The opportunities are there,” says Sanders. “We are just not taking advantage of them. I asked myself what I could do to help.” He came up with an idea to expose kids at an early age to STEM to lure them in. He believes that early exposure is the key. Sanders soon plans to start a NSBE chapter in Jackson. The chapter would serve students in grades 6-12 by providing activities to help students discover firsthand how engineering and technology relate to the world around them and discover the excitement of academic excellence, leadership, technical development and teamwork. Sanders’ overall goal is to become a computer science professor and eventually teach students who will be part of the NSBE program in Jackson.

Jevon Grant

University Communications Jackson State University entrepreneurship major Jevon Grant recently completed training to join University Innovation Fellows, a national program that empowers student leaders to bring more entrepreneurial activity to their campuses. Grant joins a national network of 110 total University

Innovation Fellows from 78 schools across the country. The program is operated by Epicenter, which is funded by the National Science Foundation and directed by Stanford University and the National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance. Grant is supported by faculty sponsor, Dr. William McHenry, to create new experiences for students at JSU. Grant also was among the student team that developed the business plan for the Apple Authorized Campus Store at JSU. Grant plans to implement two strategies during his fellowship: Stategy #1: Change the student culture on campus to empower the students at JSU to step into roles as producers and initiators. Stategy #2: Improve university technology and transfer and commercialization which will incorporate the JSU Mississippi e-Business Innovation Center (MBIC) Entrepreneurial Ecosystem (E2).



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Mario Henderson, assistant director of the disability awareness street team, gave students a firsthand experience of what it’s like to be in a wheelchair. He appreciates the support of the new street team at JSU. “It will bring respect to those who have disabilities, we have a lot of students that use the door panels and also the handicap parking and it’s a struggle for those who are disabled. We feel that if we can get them to experience what the

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Congratulations to the winners of the 2014-15 Student Government Association elections at Jackson State University. Students are to be commended for participating in the student leadership process and going out to vote for the candidates of their choice. Students who voted have made their decisions and not only should that process be respected, all the winning candidates deserve the support of the entire JSU student body. In addition to casting ballots for your peers, all registered JSU students are encouraged to participate in the election of the next Mayor of the City of Jackson by going to the polls to vote on Tuesday, April 22. The on-campus precinct #49 is located in the JSU Student Center, and will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. as will all other precincts throughout Jackson. As university students, you are a part of the citizenry of Jackson and you can and should play a part in the election of the next city leader. Vote!

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