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6 Policing Panhandling Jackson City Council shelved an amendment to increase punishments for panhandling in the city. COURTESY KNO, INC
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and philosophy and minoring in environmental studies. “It’s such a powerful way in which we’re all connected and in terms of trying to build communities and trying to build environments where people can have their feedback and become more self-sufficient,” Porter says about environmental studies. “It’s important to understand the materials around us.” Porter has worked at the Mississippi Children’s Museum since it opened in December 2010 and loves interacting with the children. “They ask questions that we have to unlearn to try to answer.,” he says. “I ask questions right alongside those little natural philosophers.” Each Saturday, starting in September, Porter will be in charge of the Linking Learners to Lessons program at the museum that teaches children to apply morals from books to real-life situations. Last week, Porter was at Montclair State University for a workshop at the Institute for the Advancement of Philosophy for Children. Porter is also the character education coordinator at Brown Elementary and works with Project Innovation and Operation Shoestring. Born in Baltimore, Porter has moved nearly a dozen times in lifetime, but feels at home in Jackson. He says that he’s glad he is here because of the city’s passion and history. “I’ve allowed Jackson to take me in, and it has returned the favor,” he says. “Talk about reciprocity.” —Briana Robinson
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ast semester, Jayson Porter flew to Washington, D.C., with Dr. Darby Kathleen Ray, former professor of religious studies at Millsaps College, to speak on a panel on bringing civility theory to practice. More simply put, they discussed reasons for being kind and understanding. What’s cooler than that experience, however, is the fact that Porter can walk down Midtown streets in Jackson and get shoutouts. Porter, 21, helped build his first house with Habitat for Humanity there in 2010. Since then he helped the nonprofit organization build houses nearly every weekend. “With Habitat, I go there to learn. That’s for me,” Porter says. “Then I feel more comfortable taking people on walks in different communities and know better how a home is built. I wouldn’t even say I help Habitat, because it helps me. It’s a transformative effort.” He also volunteers with Gleaners, which collects otherwise discarded food from restaurants and stores, then donates it to food kitchens and shelters. Porter collects about 100 pounds of food each week just from Millsaps. Stop Hunger Now, a similar organization, enlisted Porter’s help as well. There, he’s a certified hunger event facilitator. Porter is a senior at Millsaps and will be a teaching assistant for three courses in the fall: ways of knowing, environmental ethics and Wellspring, a freshman community service course. He’s double majoring in history
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4 ............... Editor’s Note 4 ....................... Sorensen 6 ............................... Talk 10 ........................... Tech 12...................... Editorial 13 .................... Opinion 13.................... Mike Day 14 ............... Cover Story 17 ....... Chicks We Love 20 ......... Auction Guide 28 ................. Diversions 29 ......................... Music 30 .......... Music Listings 32 ........................... Film 34 ............................ Arts 35 ....................... 8 Days 36 ................ JFP Events 38 ........................ Sports 39 ................... Astrology 40 .......................... Food 43 ..................... Hitched 46 ............ Fly Shopping
by Victoria Sherwood, Intern Editor
Get Out There
JFP summer interns gather in the classroom. Front Row: Sam Suttle,Vergie Redmond, Adria Walker, Lindsay Hayes. Back Row: Elyane Alexander, Christiana Jackson,Victoria Sherwood, Aaron Cooper, Sara Sacks, Darnell Jackson, Dylan Irby, Whitney Menogan.
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hen I first arrived in Jackson two years ago to attend Millsaps College, I wasn’t fortunate enough to know what Jackson had to offer. I had stepped out of my hometown of Tuscaloosa, Ala., and into what we on campus call the “Millsaps bubble.” Being inside the bubble is all about college—the friends you make, the classes you take, the teachers and the social scene. That first year is crucial to new students as they adapt to their new school and surroundings. Breaking through the bubble and getting to know Jackson is just as important. Stepping outside your basic comfort zones offers important new experiences. When I chose Jackson as my new home, the first thing I heard about was how unsafe it is. Everyone from my grandparents to random strangers were telling me to be careful, and most of them had never even visited Jackson. The negativity didn’t end there: Once I got to school, upperclassmen said it was unsafe, and even more people told me there was nothing to do. Talk about a deterrent to keep me from trying to branch out. I wouldn’t have known where to start if I tried. I still have those preconceived notions when I decided to spend my summer in Jackson for an internship here at the Jackson Free Press. I remember thinking the second I moved into my apartment, “What am I going to do all summer?” I figured I would get a lot of reading done. My summer internship has not only taught me about myself as a writer, but it’s taken those negative notions about Jackson as a boring, unsafe city and blown them to pieces. Excuse my geek-out moment, but Jackson is great! During my internship I was able to
meet an amazing group of people, not only in the office, but during interviews as well. Our intern class was incredibly diverse and large, with 17 editorial interns, it worked. Most of the interns were Jackson natives, so they knew their way around the city much better than I did. Which leads me to the first and most important thing I learned here: As a journalist, and a new person to the city, it’s important to get out there. Sounds obvious, right? You would think so, but not many people are willing to go exploring, especially in a city with a “reputation.” We were encouraged to get to know our city, because you cannot write about something you’ve never seen. Over the summer, I’ve shared some amazing experiences with my fellow interns, including putting together this entire issue. I conquered a fear of heights while exploring Mississippi from a hot-air balloon, listened to talented musicians and visited many of the museums Jackson has to offer. The second thing I learned from my internship is to be fully present. In an interview, being present is crucial; you have to actively pay attention and engage in conversation to get a good story. It’s the same with going out in a new city. Be present; be actively engaged in whatever you are doing. In a new town, that can only lead to great experiences and introduce you to new and exciting people. Putting these learned experiences together are the most important part. Jackson has a wide net of culturally diverse opportunities. Stepping out of your bubble is just the first step to experiencing everything this city has to offer. Whether it’s the Mal’s St. Paddy’s parade, the rodeo, a new museum exhibit or a band passing through town, the city of Jackson is constantly offering something interesting.
At the fashion shoot: Back Row: Lindsay Hayes, Christiana Jackson, Sara Sacks, Ceili Hayes, Victoria Sherwood, Matthew Bolian, Adria Walker, Whitney Menogan, Allie Jordan, Darnell Jackson. Front Row: Aaron Cooper, Elyane Alexander, Sam Suttle. Inset from left: Piko Ewoodzie, Ben-cuda Stowers
Our annual Jackpedia issue is generally dedicated to welcoming newbies, especially students, into our city. Throughout its pages, you can find helpful advice for being in a new town, the cheapest places to eat and a variety of great events to look forward to. We boast about the best things our city has to offer here, which, contrary to popular belief, is a great deal of exciting options, far more than we have room for in this edition (so visit Jackpedia.com for many more ideas, and add your own!) Now that summer is over, I constantly
get asked the slightly sarcastic question, “How was your summer in Jackson?” The satisfaction comes when I can seriously tell people that I had a great time here over my summer break. Whether or not they believe me, I know that if you get out there and venture past your comfort zone—whether it’s your school’s campus or your own bubble—you can have really great experiences. Try it. Victoria Sherwood was an intern-editor of this issue. She studies communications at Millsaps College, enjoys watching soccer and hopes to one day own a huge orange cat.
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Thursday, Aug. 2 Preseason practice begins today for Jackson State University Football. Their first game, at Mississippi State University, is in 30 days. ... A crowd in Florida sings to President Barack Obama for his upcoming 51st birthday Aug. 4. Friday, Aug. 3 Touglaoo College announces that it has acquired television station WUFXTV, Channel 35, in Jackson, which can be seen on Cable One channel 9 and Comcast channel 11. ... Kim Jong Unâ€™s meeting with a Chinese delegation about building North Koreaâ€™s economy, is Unâ€™s diplomatic debut as leader of his country. Saturday, Aug. 4 Several hundred Jacksonians gather outside the Convention Center in 90degree heat to kick off the start of the upcoming school year. ... Michael Phelps becomes the most decorated Olympian in the history of the games with his 22nd medal and 18th gold. Sunday, Aug. 5 The Mississippi Braves lose to the Chattanooga Lookouts 6-4. ... Usain Bolt wins the 100-meter dash at the London Olympics for the second time.
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Monday, Aug. 6 Hinds County Supervisor Kenneth Stokes holds a hearing for an ordinance to ban sagging pants. ... The Mars Science Laboratory Roverâ€”NASAâ€™s $2.5 billion inventionâ€”safely touches ground on Mars.
Tuesday, Aug. 7 Ole Miss track star Isiah Young qualifies for the finals in the menâ€™s 200 meters, and former Rebel Brittney Reese earns a spot in the womenâ€™s long-jump finals at the Olympic games in London. ... NASA releases the first color images of the Mars surface from its rover, Curiosity. Get news updates at jfpdaily.com
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Council Shelves Panhandling Sanctions by Jacob D. Fuller
ome believe goodwill may have tri- any harm to anyone, he said. After that, nent housing, instead of â€œtrying to get blood umphed when the Jackson City Coun- Quarles began obeying the law. He became from a turnip.â€? He said exacting a fine from cil shelved Ward 1 Councilman Quen- the â€œBucket Man,â€? always carrying a bucket people who donâ€™t have anything only creates a tin Whitwellâ€™s amendment to the cityâ€™s with soap and a few rags so he could wash cars revolving door of crime. That effort needs to panhandling ordinance July 30. for money. start with church leaders, though, not the city. Seeing the Council reconA self-professed minister, Quarles sider the amendment, which added that if churches get involved, would have tripled the fine and the city would see a drastic decrease implemented longer jail sentences in crime and homelessness. for illegal panhandling, comes as a â€œIf the churches were funcrelief to those who depend on pantioning in the communities the handling for survival. way God ordained them to, then Raymond Quarles was one the communities wouldnâ€™t be as of those people. He lived on the bad as they are,â€? Quarles said at streets of Jackson for more than his new home in Vicksburg July five years, beginning in 2005 after 26. â€œBecause the church leaders an accident while working on an are not in the communities dooffshore drilling rig left him with a ing what theyâ€™re supposed to do in broken back. the communities, the drug crime Within a few months, his is overflowing.â€? wife divorced him, and his mother Raymond Quarles was arrested at least 10 times while he was Ward 6 Councilman and new living on the streets in Jackson. Now, he lives in this home in died, leaving him with the funeral Vicksburg, where he ministers at local churches. Council President Tony Yarber, an expenses. When his disability active church leader, had a similar check could no longer cover his response when asked whether it is rent, he moved from Brookhaven to Jackson During a stint in a Baton Rouge home- the cityâ€™s or the churchesâ€™ responsibility to take to find a place to sleep. less shelter in 2011 and early 2012, Quarles care of the homeless. In the first few months after he arrived, was able to save up his disability money, and â€œThe pecking order lies with the church police harassed Quarles every day for panhan- he found a home in Vicksburg, where he has first,â€? Yarber said. â€œThatâ€™s the first call of dling. He said they arrested him at least 10 lived for about six months. the church.â€? timesâ€”twice a week for a couple of months. If the city wants to put a stop to panhanThe cityâ€™s plan to help homeless people Things changed, though, when officers got dling, Quarles said, it needs to spend money has a serious problem, though, Yarber said. to know him and realized he did not mean to help the homeless find work and permaPANHANDLING, see page 7 JACOB FULLER
Wednesday, Aug. 1 Jackson City Council President Tony Yarber announces two new committees for city council and reassignments to existing committees. ... As mandated by the Affordable Healthcare Act, beginning today, new and renewing health-insurance plans must offer a range of womenâ€™s preventive-health services, including coverage of birth control, at no upfront cost.
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1. Uggs, especially from Memorial Day to Labor Day and with gym shorts 2. Ankle socks with sandals 3. Muumuus 4. Anything by Ed Hardy, including fragrance 5. Sunglasses indoors and/or on the back of your neck 6. Tweety Bird shirts, or adjectives written in glitter 7. Camo Crocs 8. Mullets (should do double time for this one) 9. Camel toe (women); squirrel-wrestling (men) 10. Church hats outside church 11. See-through leggings, jeggings, tights as pants 12. Baseball (or cowboy) hats at dinner 13. Pajamas anywhere but at the house 14. Anything Madonna wore back in the day 15. Skinny pants without a permit 16. Sheriff Joeâ€™s pink underpants 17. Neck tattoos 18. Pleated khakis 19. Polo horse logos bigger than the wearerâ€™s face 20. Jean shorts with heels 21. Anything with a Twilight characterâ€™s face plastered on it
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PANHANDLING, from page 6
The city has to empower faith-based organizations that are creatively and actively working to help those living in poverty to find ways to deal with poverty and social-justice issues. Whitwell agreed that charity is not the Councilâ€™s job. â€œI support a lot of those (charitable) efforts on an individual efforts, but thatâ€™s not the job for government. Thatâ€™s the job for dogooders,â€? Whitwell said. â€œI consider myself to be one, too, but not in this realm.â€? The proposed amendment would raise the penalties for panhandling, called â€œcommercial solicitationâ€? in the city ordinance, including tripling the fine, already $1,000 for a third offense, and lengthening jail time for multiple offenses. The amendment would not redefine illegal panhandling in the city. The current ordinance sets penalties for soliciting in certain locations, between sunset and sunrise and for â€œaggressiveâ€? solicitation. Passive soliciting, such as holding a sign asking for money, in legal areas during the day is permitted by law. Yarber said Aug. 3 that the Intergovernmental Committee voted July 30 to keep the amendment in committee while council members reviewed the existing ordinance. Whitwell formerly chaired the committee, but as of Aug. 1, Ward 4 Councilman Frank Bluntson is the committee chairman. The change came as part of Yarberâ€™s rearranging of the council committees.
Whitwell is vice chairman of the committee. He said Aug. 6 that he believe Bluntson will work with him to keep the amendment moving. Since he has brought the ordinance back into the spotlight, police have begun enforcing it again, Whitwell said. As for Whitwellâ€™s amendment to the city ordinance, Yarber said council members expressed a desire to compare the cityâ€™s existing ordinance to panhandling ordinances in other cities. That, he said, will take time. Whitwell said Aug. 6 that he has received ordinances from Memphis and Atlanta, as well as other cities for comparison. Bluntson said last week that he has never supported fining someone for panhandling. â€œHow do you (give) a person a fine when theyâ€™re begging for something to eat? So we canâ€™t do anything but put them in the jail and feed them three meals a day. And weâ€™re still paying for it. It doesnâ€™t make any sense,â€? Bluntson said. Whitwell pulled the amendment back into committee during a city council meeting July 24, after Bear Atwood, legal director of the state ACLU, and other council members raised questions of the ordinanceâ€™s constitutionality. Atwood said it violated First Amendment rights of free speech. Whitwell disagreed. He said at the meeting that commercial solicitation is not free speech. Comment at www.jfp.ms. Email Jacob D. Fuller at email@example.com.
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Jackson Teens Fight the Power Grenada. Carthage, Pass Christian and Biloxi. Seven years ago, the ACLU started receiving calls from frantic parents whose kids were being suspended and kicked out of school— and in some cases, arrested—for normal teenage behavior, Kohsin-Kintigh said. Realizing that it would be impossible to advocate individually for every child, the ACLU initiated trainings for kids and parents, and eventually convened the first Hip Hop Summit. One strategy involved teaching students to “parent up” when called into an administrator’s office, especially if law enforcement officials are present. “We’ve gone overboard,” Kohsin-Kintigh said. “Administrators have taken zero-tolerance policies to whole new level.” Through hip-hop, an art form rooted in storytelling, youth learn how to craft and disseminate their own messages. Students also developed a 10-point Student Bill of Rights (see jfp.ms/sbr) that demands have equality, respect, safety and access to information for young people. In many ways, the message from Jacksonarea youth in 2012 seems to be: “We’re fired up and not taking it no more.” Indeed, youth activism has been on full display in recent months, as a series of national and local inci-
n a second-floor classroom at Millsaps College, instructor Jason Thompson asked a room full of teenaged boys to jot the names of their favorite rappers on large sheets of white paper that covered the tables. The group of 13- to 17-year-olds excitedly scribbled names such as Boosie, Rick Ross, 2 Chainz, Future, Yo Gotti and Lil Wayne. But this exercise wasn’t intended to be hip-hop’s answer to the white peoples’ Sammy Hagar vs. David Lee Roth debate. Rather, Thompson, who also goes by the MC moniker of PyInfamous, used the lists to spur a conversation about how musicians talk about women in their lyrics. (For the record, the consensus was that Wayne “dogs” women, while Rick Ross “treats them like a boss,” holding women in higher esteem than his hip-hop cohort.) The session was one of the workshops offered during the 5th Annual Mississippi Hip Hop Summit, which concluded July 22 with a march from Millsaps to the Capitol. Other workshops focused on statewide justice organizing, student journalism, relationship violence and constitutional rights. Nancy Kohsin-Kintigh, program director for the Mississippi ACLU, said the summit drew 400 young people and 200 parents, many from far-flung regions of the state such as
The ACLU’s Hip Hop Summit was just one of several Jackson-area that put youth activism in the spotlight.
dents have spurred young people to fight back. In March, hundreds of protesters, including many youths, rallied for justice in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, a 17-yearold young man from Sanford, Fla. Protesters carried signs that read “I am Trayvon Martin” and “No Justice, No Peace,” a chant that roared from the crowd more than once during the gathering. On Monday, Aug. 6, youth staged a protest before a public hearing took place on a proposed county-wide ordinance to ban sagging, the popular fashion of wearing pants low. David Denney, an ACLU youth advocacy
coordinator, said the law would mostly affect young African American males and “criminalizes normal behavior.” The state already spends millions of dollars to lock up kids. In 2007, Mississippi incarcerated 219 youth at a cost of $426.51 a day each, or $93,405.69 a day for all of them, according to Children’s Defense Fund America’s Cradle to Prison Pipeline Report. That comes to more than $34 million Mississippi spent in 2007 alone to incarcerate kids. Nationwide, states spent about $5.7 billion in 2007 to imprison 64,558 youth committed to residential facilities, the report states. Aasif Muhammad, who spoke against the sag ban at a public hearing Monday, worried that the ordinance would allow law enforcement officers to treat him like a thug, despite the fact that he is an honor roll student. Nafiah Muhammad, Aasif’s sister, said clothing is a form of expression and told supervisors that people should be left alone to be who they are. “They’ll make mistakes but you’re supposed to let them make their mistakes and learn from it—and if you don’t like it, deal with it,” she said. Comment at www.jfp.ms. Contact R.L. Nave at email@example.com.
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sk almost any college student whether they have student-loan debt, and youâ€™ll probably get a groan for an answer. If the student is in a graduate program, that groan will likely turn into a whimper. Between ever-increasing college tuitions and flattening of personal incomes for most middle- and lowincome families, the only way many students can pay for college is to borrow. And even if the education is sub-par, students have no way to discharge that debt legally, making student loans and murder about the same in the eyes of the law; as Ohio State economic historian Lawrence Bowdish wrote in 2010â€”no statute of limitations exist for either. Last year, about 52 percent of Mississippi collegians graduated with student-loan debt and, on average, the bill came to about $22,000 for a four-year undergraduate degree, putting Mississippi in the middle of the pack in the United States. Nationally, the figure is more than $27,000 by some estimates. Add credit-card debt, for books, clothes or nights on the town, and the debt climbs to around $40,000. Many Americans have lost confidence in the value of a college degree. The average starting salary for a college graduate is around $45,000, meaning that many students begin their careers with debt equal to a yearâ€™s pay. President Barack Obama declared recently that it is imperative that all young people have the opportunity to go to college, and the long-term outlook still bears him out. Over a lifetime, college grads will make about a $1 million more than those with only highschool diplomas. College educations ensure that young people will contribute more to the economy and are better prepared for taking on the challenges necessitated by a world hungry for the expertise that will keep humanity humming along on an upward trend. But at the same time that higher educa-
Sallie Mae (the largest lender specializing in education loans) in â€œHow America Pays for College 2012.â€? The proportion of students receiving scholarships is down to 35 percent. College loans make up for those deficits. In fact, student-loan debt is the only form of consumer debt that has continued to climb when other forms of consumer debt have fallen for the past four years. The total bill to Americans is now in excess of $1 trillion. Itâ€™s critical that students understand the type of colleges and loans available. The riskiest type of student loan is a private loan, states the Project on Student Debt in â€œStudent Debt and the Class of 2010.â€? â€œNo more a form of financial aid than a credit card, private student loans typically have uncapped variable interest rates that are highest for those who can least afford them,â€? the report states. Congress backed up that premise in â€œPrivate Student Loans,â€? a report based on a two-year investigation of for-profit colleges. Publicly traded companies and private-equity firms own about three-quarters of those institutions, which include Antonelli College and Virginia College in the Jackson metro area.
The scathing report states that they have made recruiting their primary function, instead of quality instruction. â€œEnrolling students, and getting their federal financial aid is the heart of the business,â€? summarized The New York Times just a few weeks ago. The Hillâ€™s Congress Blog states that Goldman Sachs owns 40 percent of Education Management Corporation, which runs online schools such as The Art Institutes with locations across the U.S. Private student loans arenâ€™t limited to for-profit schools, and students would do better with federal loans. The Project on Student Debt says that for the 2007-2008 school year, more than half of the students with private loans borrowed less than they could have in federal loans; about a quarter of them relied solely on private loans. The bottom line, based on numerous reports on the subject, is that college students will fare better financially at public or private non-profit colleges and universities with federal Stafford or PLUS loans, which are all subject to regulations and oversight. It may not be ideal, but at least students can find a modicum of comfort in know that the overall goal is quality education instead of profits to shareholders. Comment at www.jfp.ms. Email Ronni Mott at firstname.lastname@example.org.
MISSISSIPPI STUDENT LOANS Percentage of Mississippi students with student-loan debt: 52% Average amount of student-loan debt for under-grads: $22,000 Average amount of other debt: $12,700 Average starting salary for new college grad (nationwide): $45,000 Increase in lifetime earning potential for a college grad: $1 million
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eaded to college—or back to college —and want to take some tech with you? As there are some great tools for taking notes, studying and managing your time that can help a busy college student make the most of the experience. (And, as a bonus, if you’re still hitting up the “units” for an iPad without success, this column may help with your pitch. Good luck!) Actually, before I get to iOS products, I do want to mention the LiveScribe Smartpen (livescribe.com), as it’s really pretty darned cool. First, the “magic pen” (my name for it) makes a visual record of everything you write in the special LiveScribe notebooks: notes, drawings, outlines, etc. When synced to a computer— or, via LiveScribe Connect, you can also sync to an iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch—you can view those notes on-screen, scroll through them and access the video. Another cool feature of the magic pen doesn’t even require a computer. As you’re writing, the pen can record the audio in the room, as well, so that you can, for instance, record lectures or meetings while you’re taking notes. The best part is, you can return immediately to a given portion of a lecture or meeting by tapping the notes you were taking at the time. If you write down “important point about ballistics functions” around the same time your professor said something you need to remember, you can tap that note, back up a few seconds, and you’ve got exactly what was said. Livescribe even has something called a Pencast, which makes it possible for you “relive” a lecture by playing the audio and showing the notes being taken at the same time. For a cram session or for sharing notes with others who missed a class, it might be a great study solution. Meanwhile, back to the iPad; if you have one, a few key apps can really improve the college-attending experience. (Of course, some of these are great on iPhone.) Here’s a quick round-up: • Evernote (evernote.com) It’s free, at least until you need a ton of storage, and Evernote is great
The Kno iPad app offers digital textbooks, with on-screen annotation, highlighting and handy features to help you study.
to it in the cloud. You can even take photos in the library of key book pages, if necessary, all ready for quick access for your research needs later. And, of course, your Everstore archives typed notes and drawings. • Workflowy (workflowy.com). Absolutely my number-one recommended killer selfmanagement tool. Easily create outlines, hierarchical lists, brainstorm ideas and topics, jot quick notes. It’s not the only tool you’ll use to get things done, but it’s absolutely fabulous for helping you remember items in a pinch. • Wikipanion (wikipanion.net). Offers quick access to Wikipedia using a special app instead of Safari. With the paid version you can track the articles you’ve been reading and store them offline for access later. • Notabilty (gingerlabs.com/cont/notability. php). Import PDFs and highlight or annotate them on the screen, draw notes on the screen, type new text, and sync it all on DropBox. It’ll
even record while you’re taking notes, enabling you to manage all of your class-attending needs from one app. • Kno (kno.com) enables you to download textbooks to your iPad, take notes in the Journal (clipping text and images), bookmark special sections, add virtual sticky notes and generally manage your books digitally, even creating flashcards automatically from the terms in the book for studying. The textbooks are still pretty expensive, but you’ll see some savings compared to buying new dead-tree versions. (Coursesmart, a competitor, offers “rental” textbooks and a number of free apps; the reviews aren’t as glowing, but you might find the textbook you need at a good price.) • iStudiez Pro (istudentpro.com). Yes, you could use any of the popular to-do or taskmanagement apps for managing your class and study schedule, but iStudiez may be tempting because it does it all: class schedules, assignment tracking, grade and GPA tracking, plus a schedule planner for studying, extra curricular activities and relaxation. iStudiez offers its own cloudsync service, giving you a familiar interface on your iPad and in a browser window. If you are new to using the iPad to create (rather than just consume) content, you might not realize what a boost it is to have an external keyboard. Cases abound that include a keyboard, although I find that I do great by simply packing an Apple Wireless keyboard (the small one) in my bag along with my iPad. You can get the Origami Workstation (incase.com) to pack the keyboard and display the iPad when in use. The ClamCase (clamcase.com) is interesting: It’s not cheap at $149, but it essentially turns your iPad into pretty well-protected little netbook, and of course, you can pop it out for reading and carrying around. And, if you don’t have an iPad yet, but this stuff looks too awesome to pass up, Apple is offering a $50 App Store credit for any new iPad 3 purchase, including at educational pricing. See apple.com/education/store for details. Todd Stauffer is publisher of the Jackson Free Press. Email him at email@example.com.
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he Rev. Jesse Jackson came to town this week and promptly took Hinds County Supervisor Kenny Stokes to task for his campaign against saggypants. If Stokes and other leaders don’t focus on what’s actually important in children’s lives, “people will be arguing about sagging pants, and not sagging (access to) computers. Sagging pants, not sagging salaries,” Jackson said. For reasons unclear to us, Stokes is putting remarkable energy into the unconstitutional regulation of young people’s clothing. Meantime, the ward he and his wife, Councilwoman LaRita Cooper-Stokes, represent is in serious trouble. Significantly, it loses too many of its smart young people as soon as they get old enough to get the heck out of Dodge. They either move for college and never return, or they go to other parts of the metro. We don’t place all the blame on the Stokes’ front porch, but we do call on them to form alliances that will help the ward, not waste people’s time on an effort sure to fail in the courts and, as Jackson said, takes the attention off the greater needs of Jackson’s challenged families. Smart young people aren’t going to stay in communities whose leaders think that criminalizing clothing—or, for that matter, attacking duplexes with sledgehammers, which Stokes condoned—is going to lift the quality of life. Stopping brain drain will. A 1991 study by University of Illinois sociologist Jonathan Crane found that neighborhoods need “high status” professional residents to keep young people on the right track. When that group drops below 5 percent, teen pregnancy and dropout rates explode. We call on Mr. and Mrs. Stokes to lead an effort to get successful young professionals to stay in or move to Ward 3. They can start by stopping silly fashion-police initiatives.
Screw U: A Higher Ed Bubble?
n economics, a bubble is something that trades at prices far beyond its intrinsic value. Fasten your seat belt: the next bubble may be higher education. The $1 trillion of student debt is clearly a bubble—one that could wreak as much havoc as the housing bubble. Forprofit colleges are a bubble; in fact, even greed-satiated Wall Street has figured that out, sending the stocks of these so-called schools plummeting. Big-time college athletics is a bubble, and the Penn State disgrace is awakening the public to it. But there is an even bigger question: Is higher education itself a bubble? “Research is now challenging the economic value of a college degree,” says New Jersey–based economist A. Gary Shilling. While college grads still do much better economically than those who only make it through high school, today’s high tuition and excessive debt, combined with lost wages while attending school, make a degree less desirable, he says. In short, the notions we have long held dear are looking like a bubble that is being pierced. “Going to college does not make one smart and ready for a good, well-paying job,” says Shilling. There is a statistical relationship between going to college and financial success, but there is not a causal relationship. “Bright people would be successful without college,” as in the old days. Four years ago, 81 percent of adults thought a college degree was a good investment. That has dropped to 57 percent, according to Rasmussen Reports. Let’s take these bubbles one by one. Credit card, mortgage, and home-equity debt dropped sharply in the past four years, but student debt continued to balloon. Now the average student who graduates with a student loan has a debt load of $23,000 to $27,000. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and United States Department of Education recently released a report criticizing lax loan standards by private lend12 ers. “As the industry rapidly grew, the quality of the loans de-
clined,” says an official of the bureau. He sees “big parallels to the housing market.” The biggest offender is the for-profit college sector, which accounts for 12 percent of students but 46 percent of loan defaults. These companies get 85 percent or more of their revenue from federal loans and grants to students. But the education quality is often dismal, the dropout rate stunningly high, and the costs excessive. Stock of San Diego’s Bridgepoint Education lost most of its value after one accreditation group thumbed it down and another issued a warning. Without accreditation, the company is doomed. The stock was as high as $27.26 this past year. Last week, it was trading at $8.41. College athletics is a colossal bubble. Penn State’s coverup of a coach’s pedophilia makes the point. Preserving the university’s football reputation was more important than stopping the sexual violation of young boys. In 2010, the university had $72.7 million in football revenues and netted $53.2 million. But the National Collegiate Athletic Association says that 43 percent of 120 major schools lose money on football. Penn State will likely become one of the money losers. There are other examples. Football coaches often earn more than university presidents. In 2010, Brady Hoke of the University of San Diego got $675,000 as a football coach. The next year he signed a six-year contract that could bring him $3 million a year at the University of Michigan. The new president of San Diego State will make $400,000. Conservative columnist George Will, although an athletics nut, says that when sports is grafted onto education, there is a “bubble of entitlements” and eventually “moral derangement.” Some say universities should spin off football and bas-
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ketball into separate entities; the teams might be affiliated with the university, but players would be relieved of the burden of attending class. For-profit colleges have dismal dropout rates, but public institutions aren’t doing so hot, either. In 2008–2009, a stunning 84 percent of Bridgepoint students in a two-year program dropped out before completing the first year, and 63 percent of those seeking four-year degrees left within a year. Shilling quotes data that 65 percent of those who start community college haven’t earned a degree six years later. The same is true of 56 percent of those enrolling in four-year schools. Says Shilling, “Only 49 percent of graduates from the classes of 2009 to 2011 found jobs within their first year out of school, compared with 73 percent who graduated three years earlier.” Inflation-adjusted wages for male college grads 23 to 29 dropped 11 percent in the last decade to $21.68 an hour. Women were down 7.6 percent to $18.80. High tuition and board, and staggering interest costs, make a college education less valuable, says Shilling. College Board data shows that a student entering college in 2010 at age 18, and piling up debt, takes until age 33 to break even. The National Association of Colleges and Employers reports that there is demand for engineering, business, accounting, and computer science graduates but little for social sciences, humanities, and education grads. Shilling laments the “dumbing down” of college curricula —a result of pressures to open universities to more students. He believes that high school students with high IQs, grades, and test scores should be encouraged to go to four-year colleges, while those in the middle should be directed to community colleges. Those doing well there may go on to four-year schools, and others should be directed to vocational training. Thus, the bubble might slowly deflate, instead of bursting with a sis … boom … bah! This piece originally appeared in the San Diego Reader. Comment at www.jfp.ms.
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Some Things Aren’t Funny
magine a picture of 25 bodies of African descent sprawled lifeless across the ground with their faces hidden. Their clothes are worn and torn, and behind them is an eroding, paint-chipped building. In the middle of this picture is a man carefully trying to step over the bodies; his hands are in the air to help him balance as he desperately tries to make his way through the awful consequences of what appears to be a massacre. Not horrified yet? At the bottom of this picture in bold, white letters appears: “Excuse me … pardon me … excuse me…” This is a prime example of an image macro, a picture with overlaid text often pointing out characteristics of the depicted character or ideal displayed in the picture. I stumbled upon this image as I scrolled through my Facebook news feed a few weeks ago. Seeing these types of image macros on social networking sites is common, and websites such as reddit.com and 4chan.org cater to people who create and share image macros and memes. By definition, a meme is an idea, behavior, style or usage that spreads from person to person within a culture. They can be shared rapidly through the Internet—causing the memes to “go viral.” In turn, countless people form new ideas about that meme and the culture it stemmed from. Often when joke image macros go viral, they become memes. Viewing image macros like the one I described, can make people desensitized to what the picture is displaying which, in this case, is a massacre. In other cases, it can perpetuate stereotypes of races, women, religions—the list goes on, and none of these people or groups can defend how they are being displayed. All too often, image macros and memes are humorous only at the expense of another person or group of people. This is a call to hold humor to a higher standard. If a joke can’t be made without it being at the expense of another person or group, how will we ever resolve our differences and become a more unified human culture? Image macros and memes may not aim to cause divisions between groups of people, but some of the images highlight concepts that are inherent and enduring cultural differences between groups. Pointing out the faults of another group of people does nothing but make the person viewing feel more powerful and “right” for not being a part of the culture or group at the butt of the joke. Another image macro to imagine: a photograph of a young, voluptuous woman. She’s all dolled up with her hair and make-up styled perfectly, wearing a low-cut blouse. At the top of the picture in bold letters it says, “That awkward moment when …” In the middle of
the picture, just above the young woman’s chest it says, “when,” and at the bottom of the picture it just says, “damn.” The phrase, “that awkward moment when …” is used in a lot of memes; the phrase and images became popular through rapid digital sharing. There are plenty of innocuous ones: a picture of a person with their fly unzipped and the phrase, “that awkward moment when … you forget to examine your zipper.” However, the woman in a low-cut blouse is reduced to having nothing of interest or worth but her body. In reality, she has hopes, dreams and thoughts. And she’s probably never seen herself displayed in this image macro. We must recognize our privilege when sharing and viewing these types of images. Some of us are fortunate enough to own a computer and have Internet access. Even if we do something as simple as “liking” a picture on Facebook of a discriminatory image macro, we are perpetuating a stereotype, continuing to belittle those unlike ourselves, and reducing human beings to nothing but what the image and bold, white letters makes of them. When a friend of mine confronted the person who posted the two above described image macros on Facebook, he quickly responded, “It’s for the LOLZ,” and continued to post more degrading images. That phrase, a meme-ified version of the Web classic LOL (laughing out loud), shows that, to him and to whoever actually constructed the images, it’s all just a joke. Our culture, and especially our youth culture, is unaware of the consequences of these images. A joke is funny when it doesn’t hurt you personally, but what about the people that it does hurt? Image macros that stereotype those of Asian descent as overly studious or label African Americans as “ghetto” perpetuate the oppression of those groups. Images are too easily available for viewing by too many for them not to have consequences. I’d be lying if I said that I didn’t find some memes and images hilarious. I’ve looked through thousands of them throughout the past few years. But, needless to say, I do not LOL upon viewing image macros and memes that reduce women as only valuable in the bed or the kitchen, or images macros and memes that make light of genocide. These images degrade and attempt to homogenize our beautifully diverse cultures; and, come on, there are just some things that are never funny. Intern Allie Jordan is a senior communications studies major at Millsaps College who loves Wilco, photography and travelling. She denies her brick city hometown and strictly identifies herself as a Jacksonian.
CORRECTION: In “Inside the Abortion Clinic Battle” (Vol. 1 No. 47), reporter R.L. Nave misreportedthat RU-486 is “otherwise known as the morning after pill.” RU-486 is an abortifacient drug. Plan B is the “morning-after pill” used to prevent pregnancy. CLARIFICATION: In “Why Are Our Kids Last?” (Vol. 10 No. 47), reporter R.L. Nave attributed the following information to Mississippi Economic Policy Center Executive Director Ed Sivak: Because Medicaid comprises 16 percent of revenue for hospitals around the state, growing the program could represent an economic boon to Mississippi. To clarify, Sivak said growing Medicaid would help the state’s economy, but did not provide the percentage of hospital revenue from Medicaid. The Mississippi Hospital Association provided that data for a previous story. The Jackson Free Press apologizes for the errors.
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Itâ€™s Cool, We Promise by Matthew Bolian
f you havenâ€™t heard it yet, you will: â€œThere is nothing to do around here. I canâ€™t wait to move somewhere else.â€? That is complete nonsense. Why would you listen to me? Well, I am the antithesis of brain drain. I didnâ€™t leave Jackson never to return; I left Jackson only to realize how awesome it really is despite the fact I lived in â€œdestinationâ€? places. I went to college in New York and got my masterâ€™s in London, England. So, why do I want to move back to Jackson after living in places that are supposedly so much better? For me, the answer to that question canâ€™t be condensed to a list of where to eat or party (which Jackpedia and the Best of Jackson already do anyway) because the essence of Jackson is so much more than just places. First, letâ€™s talk people. There is no doubt about it: Jacksonians are some of the friendliest and most welcoming people in the world. You can start up a conversation anywhereâ€”elevator, bench, bar, churchâ€”and at any time, day or night, and people will talk to you. But they do more: They listen to you and your story. People here are just nicer. If you donâ€™t believe me, try this test in London and Jackson and compare the results: Walk up to a random stranger and ask for help. At this point you might say, â€œSo the people are great, but that doesnâ€™t change the fact that Jackson is boring.â€? That is hog-
Some people might think Jackson is boring, but theyâ€™re wrong.
wash! Sure, technically there are more â€œthingsâ€? to do in other cities, but the capital city has plenty of places to go and events to attend to keep you entertained. Boredom in Jackson is an attitude, not a reality. Period. Letâ€™s say you agree with me so far about great people in Jackson and more than enough cool things to see and do, but now you start wondering about jobs and money. You think, â€œOther cities have more openings for jobs, and they pay better.â€? Those statements are not necessarily true.
One of the traits that makes Jackson awesome is also one reason people assume Jackson is boring. This city has much room for development. People with negative attitudes might spin and call Jackson underdeveloped. I ascribe to a different belief; I call it opportunity. Young people in Jackson with big dreams, unwavering determination and a strong work ethic can effect positive change. In Jackson, you can make your mark. It is much harder to do that in other cities. Yes, jobs in other cities might pay better, but the cities also have a higher cost of living. Take another look at highpaying jobs in places like L.A. or Chicago. You might actually be making less money thereâ€”thanks to expensive facets of life like commuting, competitive rents and cost of utilitiesâ€”than if you were living and working in Jackson in a similar position. I am in no way discouraging new experiences. I lived outside my hometown for five years, and I think I am better for it. My point is that life in Jackson is vibrant and full of potential. I am excited to be a part of Jacksonâ€™s renaissance and even more thrilled to be part of it with you. To get started, use this JFP intern-generated guide to the city and visit jackpedia.com. Intern Matt Bolian is a full-time redhead, Christian, husband, property developer (blackwhitedevelopment.com) and Army officer who loves ultimate frisbee, tacos and dreaming BIG.
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2OG5LYHU3ODFH PVFHQWHUIRUMXVWLFHRUJ The Mississippi Center for Justice is a non-profit, public-interest law firm committed to advancing racial and economic justice. Attorneys, community leaders and volunteers help the Center develop and pursue strategies to combat discrimination and poverty statewide.
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dren through the use of family intervention, parent support, reading instruction, an off-site residential summer camp, a neighborhood health clinic, aroundthe-clock crime prevention and after-school care.
HCHRA is a part of a state and national coalition of community-action agencies, whose goals are to eradicate poverty in local communities. HCHRA serves eligible disadvantaged residents of Hinds County through programs and services that foster economic empowerment and self-reliance.
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left standing in Jackson after Union troops burned the city during the Civil War.
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PVUDLQERZDOOLDQFHFRP Mississippi Rainbow Allianceâ€™s goal is to provide education on issues that affect the gay community, to work with other regional organizations, to promote advocacy on important matters and to provide a place where people can support and encourage each other. /XFNQH\5RDG%UDQGRQ PXVWDUGVHHGLQFFRP Mustard Seed is a Christian-based community home for developmentally challenged adults, all of whom are unable to live independently due to developmental disabilities. The institution boasts a gift shop where residents sell ceramics and artwork.
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Freshman 15 by Liz Hayes
he transition from high school and living at home to a college environment and living on campus can be difficult. Here are 15 tips from students who have been there and done that.
â€œDonâ€™t befriend everyone!â€? â€”Alvin L. Ward II, Delta State University graduate student
â€œDonâ€™t fall into debt. Manage your loans, refund check, money from parents, etc., wisely so you wonâ€™t regret it later.â€? â€”Portsha Franklin, Bethune Cookman University alumna
the on-campus clinic where you can get free health care and a doctorâ€™s excuse for class.â€? â€”Megan Elizabeth Moore, Mississippi Delta Community College sophomore
â€œDonâ€™t be afraid to be yourself. Get involved!â€? â€”Samuel Martineau, Southern Utah University alumnus
â€œTry lots of new things, because youâ€™ll never know what youâ€™re capable of.â€? â€”Sara Sacks, Millsaps College junior
â€œI learned not to skip classes unless necessary and to go to
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â€œNetwork with upperclassmen to see if they have the books you need.â€? â€”Christopher Lockhart, Mississippi State University graduate student
â€œStrangers make the best roommates, and be friends before you date!â€? â€”Rebecca McCracking, Delta State University alumna â€œTake classes that really count toward your major; study at least two hours a day and do assignments ahead of time.â€? â€”Corderro Roberts, University of Mississippi senior
â€œDonâ€™t overwhelm yourself by taking too many hard classes. Give yourself a semester to adjust.â€? â€”Qwynton Evans, University of Southern Mississippi senior
â€œRemain focused, and try not to let social activities distract you from your studies.â€? â€”Otisha Paige, Louisiana State University graduate student
â€œIf youâ€™re unsure of what you want to study, ask yourself, â€˜what do I really want to do?â€™ Donâ€™t just choose something.â€? â€”Sam Suttle, Belhaven University senior
â€œUse the gym. Itâ€™s probably included in your tuition anyway,
When it comes to college, books canâ€™t teach you everything.
and exercise is a great stress reliever.â€? â€”Marissa Humphrey, Mississippi State University alumna
â€œResponsibility before recreation. Learn how to manage your business and time before the fun starts.â€? â€”Gary Burks, Jackson State University senior
â€œNo 8 a.m. classes!â€? â€”Chas Walker, William Carey University senior
Bailey Brothers (Blues)
The Juvinators (Blues)
Karaoke w/ Matt TUESDAY 8/14
Open Mic with Jason Bailey
â€œIntern early in college to find out what you really want to do.â€? â€”Victoria Sherwood, Millsaps College junior
*&0 ).4%2.3 7(!4 $/ 9/5 ,)+% -/34 !"/54 *!#+3/. â€œI like how itâ€™s small enough to not be overwhelming, but big enough to have every food, store and activity I need.â€? Ceili Hale
â€œI like all of the different attractions, especially the Natural Science Museum and Mynelle Gardens.â€? Vergie Redmond
â€œThere are a lot of diverse people in Jackson of all races, religion, background and experience.â€? Elyane Alexander
â€œI like Jacksonâ€™s bustling art scene. Itâ€™s a marvel that the city the size of Jackson can support a full-time symphony orchestra.â€? Adria Walker
â€œI like that it is so easy to become politically and socially involved. All you have to do is show up at Koinonia and start talking to someone there.â€? Piko Ewoodzie
â€œThe people. Thereâ€™s always someone interesting to meet and new stories to hear.â€? Allie Jordan
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â€œChange is constantly happening in the city. We are always moving forward.â€? Sara Sacks
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Shut Up and FALL CLASSES FORMING NOW!
All for only Monday: Hamburger Steak Tuesday: Grilled Tilapia
Sign up for one of Donna Laddâ€™s creative non-fiction writing classes.
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Thursday : Chicken Diane or Grilled Pork Chop Friday : Meatloaf or
Chicken & Dumplings
â€œI feel like Jackson is one of the best examples of urban and rural living working together. If I want to be out and living the city life, I can, but I can easily get lost if I feel like it.â€? Aaron Cooper
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