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Sumner cruises to win second term as SGA president by eVan taylor DigeSt MAnAging eDitor

Minutes after regaining his seat in landslide fashion Monday incumbent SGA President Demetrius Sumner began planning for his end of his first term and the beginning of his second. Sumner’s 853 votes were good enough for him to win outright garnering more than 50 percent of the voting student body. The win makes Sumner one of few SGA presidents ever to win re-election. “I was stunned. It’s very seldom someone takes 50-percent-plus-one on the first go around,” said Sumner. “I was so thankful for everything that the students have given me. They have blessed me with a second term … I am ready to work.” Sumner won with more than a majority against opponents Marlin Hollins, Dadrius Lanus, and Langston Williams.


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“I am very shocked. I’m baffled by the results. I wish Demetrius lots of luck and I will be around to offer my support,” said Hollins. Williams was proud to have participated in campaign season win or lose. “God’s will be done. I gave a good race considering I only had two days of campaigning,” said Williams. SGA Vice Presidential candidates race was much closer in numbers; leading to a run-off between Myeisha Webb and Kiara Stewart. “It’s game time. My strategy is to look at the numbers where I lacked and hit those people hard,” said Webb. Webb and Stewart now have to prepare for the Run-off Debate and Election. Stewart said, “My fight is not over. I’m not sleepy. I’m not tired and I’m ready.”

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“I guess I’ll just have to get out there and grind harder.” However there was an outright victory in the Association for women students and Men’s Federation elections. Incumbent president Ja’el Gordon reclaimed her seat with 631 votes more than half of the overall votes over her opponent Tanequa Franklin capturing 222 votes in total. “I am so thankful and humble about all of the female students who took time to come out and vote. Thankful that they understood my process and how I want to give back to women, minorities,

Southern University’s advisement process has undergone major changes over the last year due to the budget cuts. Consequently advisors from several departments were laid off due to recent cuts. Some students agree with these changes while others don’t see much of an improvement because they don’t really have a direct relationship with their advisor. Professors are expected to carry out the intended duties that advisors were once responsible for in an attempt to improve services. During an interview with Associate Professor of English Cynthia Bryant she stated, “The real purpose of advisors is to keep students on track and help them graduate in a reasonable amount of time.” She later went on to say that she personally tries talks to professors of the students she advises in order to make sure her students are doing well. “Not just anyone can be an advisor,” Bryant said, “they must be a person willing to take their time to learn the curriculum and keep up with the students.” Proper knowledge of and experience with the curriculum is said to help a person be more qualified for an advisory position. The only persistent problem in advisory positions has been the lack of communication between the advisors of each department. Chair of the Foreign Language Department Dr. Lassiter said, “There is a need for more articulation and communication between departments so that the advisement office can convey the right information to the student.” This problem has caused students many problems from registering into unnecessary courses to delayed graduation. “Once the budget crisis is over an advisement office will still be

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incumbent SgA President Demetrius Sumner garnered nearly 300 more votes than the three other candidates combined in his successful reelection bid in Monday’s student primary elections.

Adetoba shared his dedication to SGA beyond his

Webb and Stewart in the run-off edged out in front of opponents and fellow candidates Olusegun Adetoba and Julien Singleton.

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Janea Jamison leads the field for Miss Southern after Monday’s student primary elections.


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With the end of general elections the winners and run-off candidates have been selected I this years Student Government Association. “It’s a feeling of accomplishment that’s going to push me a little step closer to my dream,” said Janea Jamison a candidate for Miss Southern in the upcoming run-off elections. While Jamison captured 451 votes her run-off opponent Chisolu Isiadinso followed close behind with 403 votes. To win outright a candidate must obtain 50 percent plus one in order to claim the position without

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Jillian Crawley-Foster 103 a run-off. In order for a Miss Southern candidate to do so she would have needed to acquire 726 votes. Also in the run-offs are chief justice candidates Corey Smith with 511 votes and Maurlence Martin trailing with 467 votes. “I feel like I did pretty good, I want to thank my campaign team for their hard work,” said Martin.


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Election run-off Debate is scheduled for today at 6:30pm in the Cotillion Ballroom and the Run off Election will be held in the Cotillion Ballroom on Wednesday from 9am5pm. Students must have a picture ID to vote. APRIL 13 antiGone in hayDen hall

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Southern University’s Alpha Tau Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. will host its Sickle Cell Awareness Walk at 9 a.m., April 16, on Southern University’s campus. The event is a fundraiser for the Baton Rouge Sickle Cell Anemia Foundation. The walk will start at F.G. Clark Activity Center and end in front of Smith-Brown Memorial Union. They will provide screenings and information concerning blood pressure, blood sugar, hemoglobin levels, etc. This event is free to the public. Food, drinks, and music will be provided. 7th annual Jazz brunch anD silent auction

Southern University’s Center for International Education’s 7th annual Jazz Brunch and Silent Auction will be held on April 16 from 10am- 1pm. The sounds of smooth Jazz by the Herman Jackson Jazz Ensemble, international dancers, an international fashion show and a silent auction of items from around the world will be featured. Funds generated from the brunch will assist students and faculty members their travels for the University’s Study Abroad program. Tickets are $35 each, $250 for a table of 10. For group table reservation or to purchase tickets, call 225.771.2613.


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Any students who are interested in the SU MBA program have an opportunity to attend the information session held by the program, The session will be a source of information and place to get your questions answered about the SU MBA program. The last session will be held on April 21. The session will be held in T.T. Allain Room 313 from 6-7pm. retool southern uniVersity

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Myeisha Webb


Olusegun Adetoba


Jullien Singleton




Maurlence Martin 467* Vance Mitchell




Tanequa Franklin


landslide from page 1 loss in the SGA Vice Presidential candidacy. “I am still going to do everything I promised on my platform. Like I previously stated I’m a man of the people. I am senate person. I’m gonna try to get in the senate and take care of business,” said Adetoba. Webb and Stewart turn to bring in more voters while Sumner’s focus takes a shift. “One thing I am going to do better at is putting my face out there. I’m going to have to get out there and show the people actively and engage them in the process,” said Sumner. Sumner along with the other winning candidates will give a short statement at the Run-off debate. The debate will feature the Vice Presidential candidates at 6:30pm in the Royal Cotillion Ballroom in Smith-Brown Memorial Union.



Mark Jones


MEN’S FED. VICE PRESIDENT Christopher Williams 320* Jasper Knighten




Jamel Franklin


MISS SENIOR Terah Gibson


Amber Jarrell


Rashanique Quarles 35 JUNIOR CLASS PRESIDENT Bryson Alexander 212* Ebony Yarbrough 165 MISS JUNIOR Jamiela Castleberry 209* Breshatta Davis




Charissa Carrol




Erin Miles





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Daniel Dona pumps gas at a Shell gas station in Menlo Park, Calif. With the price of gas above $3.50 a gallon in all but one state, there are signs that Americans are cutting back on driving, reversing a steady increase in demand for fuel as the economy improves.

Drivers start to cut back as prices rise By chris kahn ap energy writer

elections from page 1 and out of state students,” said Gordon. “It’s about giving back.” Current sophomore class president Shaquille Dillon claims the Men’s Federation presidency with 319 votes to Mark Jones’ 267 votes. Other newly elected candidates express a feeling of surprise in their victory. A candidate such as the newly elected Miss junior, Jemiela Castleberry, put a lot of hard work into her campaign but was still shocked by her victory. “I am very surprised, I worked hard but I still was shocked,” Castleberry said. Castleberry defeated Breshatta Davis 209 to 167 votes in the general elections. Also on the ballots this year was the “Support Your Field” fee referendum. The referendum recommended that students pay a one-time fee of $50 to the athletics department to help acquire turf for the stadium. Also it said if the rest of the cost to purchase the turf is not raised by athletics in three years the money that is already collected would be donated to SGA for events and other expenses. This was voted against with 809 votes for no and 594 votes yes. The run-off debates will be held today at 6:30 pm in the Royal Cotillion Ballroom of the Smith-Brown Memorial Student Union.

advisers from page 1 needed,” continued Dr. Lassiter. Baton Rouge native Darnell Chapman, sophomore majoring in mass communication said, “ I haven’t seen any differences in the new arrangements because I’ve never had any problems with my advisor.”

NEW YORK — With the price of gas above $3.50 a gallon in all but one state, there are signs that Americans are cutting back on driving, reversing a steady increase in demand for fuel as the economy improves. For five consecutive weeks, Americans have bought less gas than they did a year earlier, according to MasterCard Spending Pulse, which tracks the volume of gas sold at 140,000 service stations nationwide. For the week of April 1, drivers bought about 2.4 million fewer gallons than they did one year earlier, or 3.6 percent. That was the biggest decline since December, when people were staying home because of snowstorms. Before the decline, demand was increasing for two months. Some analysts had expected the trend to continue because the economic recovery is picking up, adding 216,000 jobs in March. “More people are going to work,” said John Gamel, director of gasoline research for MasterCard. “That means more people are driving and they should be buying more gas.” Instead, about 70 percent of the nation’s major gas-station chains say sales have fallen, according to a March survey by the Oil Price Information Service. More than half reported a drop of 3 percent or more — the sharpest since the summer of 2008, when gas soared past $4 a gallon. This year, gas prices have shot up as unrest in North Africa and the Middle East rattled energy markets and increased global demand for crude oil squeezed supplies. A gallon of unleaded regular costs $3.77 on average, and only Wyoming has an average lower than $3.50. Gas is already 41 cents more expensive then at this point in 2008, when

it peaked at $4.11 in July. Most analysts are sticking to forecasts of a high of $4 a gallon, though some have predicted $5 gas. Across the country, some drivers are already hunting for cheaper gas, sometimes with the help of a mobile phone app. Others are checking out bus and train schedules, reconsidering mass transportation, or trading in their SUV for a more fuelefficient model. Kim Cramer, who works for Radio Flyer in Chicago, has started walking and carpooling more. She’s also learned to be choosy, buying gas in suburbs, where she’s learned she can save as much as 20 cents a gallon. “I try to fill up anywhere besides the city,” she said. About two and a half days’ worth of Whitney Shaw’s pay each month goes just to fill up her 2001 Hyundai Accent. The administrative assistant is thinking about taking the bus for her daily commute, 50 miles each way between Branford, Conn., and Hartford. “It’s three hours of pay from work just to fill up my tank even once, so I’m definitely feeling it,” Shaw said while filling up for $3.61 a gallon at a Valero station on the Berlin Turnpike. Americans also appear to be turning to smaller, more fuelefficient cars to save on gas. Sales of the Hyundai Sonata and Elantra soared 55 percent in March. Meanwhile, sales of Chevy’s Suburban SUV dropped nearly 24 percent. MasterCard’s report shows drivers bought 2.7 billion gallons of gas last week, down 3.6 percent from the same period in 2010, when it was 80 cents cheaper. The decline is somewhat puzzling because Americans typically curb their driving only as a last resort, after sacrificing other forms of discretionary spending, like shopping for new clothes, or going to movies,

concerts and restaurants. But demand for gas is falling while other types of spending are on the rise. Retail sales rose 2 percent in March compared with a year earlier, surprising economists who were expecting no increase or even a decline. Gamel said it’s too early to tell whether this is the kind of longterm decline in demand that the economy endured during the recession. Prices already are in the range when Americans started to leave their cars in the driveway several years ago. Drivers began to cut back on gas in October 2007, when the national average approached $3 per gallon. Even if demand for gas keeps falling in the U.S., it probably won’t be enough to force the price down. That’s because worldwide demand for crude oil keeps rising. Global demand for oil is about 87 million barrels per day, matching its peak from 2007. It is expected to grow to more than 88 million barrels a day by year’s end, with most of the increase coming from China. At the same time, supply is shrinking because of uprisings in Libya and elsewhere in the Middle East. In the United States, people are watching their local gas stations a little more carefully. Some are even getting rid of their old gas-guzzler. Andrea Meyer of Manteno, Ill., has done both. She buys gas in the middle of the week because prices seem to jump over the weekend. And she recently sold her 2005 Chevy Envoy SUV and bought a 2011 Chevy Cruze, which gets 30 miles per gallon. She still spent about $200 on gas for the new car from mid-February to midMarch. “I won’t go hungry tomorrow,” she says. “It’s just taking away from me getting ahead faster. It throws off everything. It immediately makes you reprioritize.”

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Jury gets fatal beating case against 2 NO officers By michael kunzelman the associated press

NEW ORLEANS — A federal jury began deliberating Monday in the trial for a New Orleans police officer charged with beating a 48-year-old handyman to death and another officer charged with helping his partner cover up the deadly encounter. Prosecutors said Officer Melvin Williams broke four of Raymond Robair’s ribs and crushed his spleen when he kicked and beat him with a baton after he and Officer Matthew Dean Moore approached the man while patrolling the city’s Treme neighborhood nearly six years ago. Robair died of massive internal bleeding after the officers drove him to a hospital, according to prosecutors. The officers deny beating Robair and claim he slipped and fell on a curb as they approached him on July 30, 2005, less than a month before Hurricane Katrina struck the city. The officers also said they suspected Robair had ingested drugs. But the jury heard testimony last week from residents who said they saw Williams beat Robair. “Williams believed he had the power to beat a man in broad daylight, in front of multiple witnesses and get away with it,” Justice Department attorney Forrest Christian told jurors during closing arguments Monday. “You know that Melvin Williams is not above the law.” The officers’ lawyers tried to shift the blame for his death to the hospital doctors who treated him for a heart attack for about

90 minutes before they discovered his spleen had ruptured. Williams’ attorney, Frank DeSalvo, said he agrees with prosecutors that residents have a right to be free from unjustified use of force by police officers. “By the same token, every man — rich or poor, drug addict or not — deserves to have the same medical treatment that you or I would get in a time of need, and (Robair) didn’t get it,” he said. Prosecutors said the officers are the blame for the delay in treating Robair’s ruptured spleen because they lied to the doctors and nurses at Charity Hospital. “If the defendants hadn’t done anything wrong, they would have told the doctors exactly what happened,” said Justice Department attorney Jared Fishman. Moore’s lawyer, Eric Hessler, said the officers responded properly and told the truth about their encounter with Robair. “They did their best with what they knew,” he said. Williams faces a maximum sentence of life in prison if he’s convicted of violating Robair’s civil rights by beating him. Both officers are charged with falsifying a report. Moore, who faces up to 25 years in prison if convicted, also is charged with lying to the FBI when he said Williams never struck Robair. Dr. Michael Baden, a nationally known forensic pathologist, testified as an expert witness for the defense. DeSalvo said Baden concluded that none of Robair’s injuries could have been caused by a police baton. Hessler said the doctors who treated Robair didn’t find any external injuries on him.


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Interim athletic director Sandy Pugh, whom guided the women’s basketball team to four Women’s NCAA Tournament appearances during her tenure at Southern University, was entrusted with an athletic program left in disarray by former AD Greg Lafleur. LaFleur, 52, a former college football star and NFL player who served as Southern’s athletic director for six years, was dismissed last week after being arrested for allegedly soliciting prostitution in downtown Houston during the Final Four. Pugh, one of his former coaches, will replace him. She now adds overseeing an athletic department full of decaying funds and vacant coaching positions to her duties. A native of Campti, Pugh is the head coach of the women’s basketball team, who finished 15-3 in the Southwestern Athletic Conference and won back-to-back regular season titles for the first time in school history this season. “It was put to me that my university needed my services so how can I turn that down,” Pugh said Monday afternoon. Pugh coached Southern for 11 seasons, twice SWAC Tournament Coach of the Year, and only coach with player drafted into the WNBA (Jacklyn Winfield was drafted by the Utah Starzz in the fourth round of the 2002 draft). “I think that bringing Sandy Pugh into the job provides us

with someone who has done a great job of recruiting student athletes, who is a rising star in her profession and who commands respect immediately,” Chancellor Kofi Lomotey said, whom submitted his resignation papers in November. “But more importantly,” Lomotey said, “Her teams have consistently averaged an APR score well above the standard.” Pugh takes over with knowledge of what sanctions Southern may face next season. The NCAA docked the men’s basketball team two scholarships last year because of its low APR, a system used to assess how well teams retain players and keep them on course to graduate. The low APR score could cause Southern to face a one-year postseason ban next season. “We’re at the end of the road with that,” Pugh said Monday afternoon. “ We want to definitely claim victory there. After this piece, three four months we’ll know our fate.” Depending upon the program, the role of recruiting can largely fall to associate head coach Carlos Funchess, a former two-time AllSouthland Conference performer and Co-Player of the Year for the Louisiana-Monroe men’s basketball team. “He’s been outstanding for the program,” Pugh said. “He’s been my right hand. I don’t have to come to work and oversee the women’s basketball program. As long as he’s here, we’re in good


Southern women’s basketball head coach and interim athletics director Sandy Pugh has her hands full with issues including the hiring of a men’s basketball head coach, APR issues with the NCAA and managing the athletics department until a full-time athletics director is hired.

shape.” Pugh does not exactly know how long she will interim, but she does plan to make the most of this chance. For her first major move while serving as interim AD, she wants to reinstitute a picnic, sponsored by the athletic department, which will award and recognize student athletes for their achievements on and off the field beginning April 29. Additionally, each coach will set up social media accounts on Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube that will update periodically. Plus, June 17, the department will host a gala, auctioning property and

selling memorabilia. “We want to renew their spirits and renew their hope that we’re going to say and do the right things,” Pugh said. “In efforts to raise funds and help support our gender equity projects.” When asked what experiences she would take from coaching and apply to her new role, Pugh said: “It’s about managing a team, challenging the team to do their individual best efforts. Being creative, a problem solver and navigate through situations that may or may not be pleasant.” Pugh and her staff members are excited of the months

forthcoming. Pugh feels that she can help Southern get back on their feet. “The business of Southern University is paramount to Sandy Pugh. Getting Southern in a foothold to where we’re stable and we’re moving forward as an athletic department.” Pugh indicated that the department was still in search of a new men’s basketball coach and possibly will announce the move in May. “I won’t say it’s closed, I won’t it’s still opened, I’ll just say it’s on going.”

Jags drop two to GSU Southern softball sweeps BY MORRIS DILLARD DIGEST SPORTS WRITER

The Southern Jaguars have feasted in recent weeks on some of the league’s worst pitching staffs. Then the Grambling State Tigers came to town. There were high expectations that The Jaguars (19-11, 10-4) would conquer the weekend series, which looms as an obstacle against their in-state rival. “We were down a great deal and we were able to come back and make a good stand which I was really pleased to see because the kids would’ve given up early,” 27-year coach Roger Cador said. Grambling (15-15,10-5) left Lee-Hines Baseball Field with a 5-4 win (game one of Saturday’s double header) and 14-9 Sunday-the series finale while Southern left wondering what happened to the offensive prowess that had won them 11 of 13 games before the Tigers came to town. “Our third principle rule is that we must punish the fast ball,” GSU coach James Cooper said after the game. “We were able to get good swings on those good fast balls they were throwing up to

the plate.” Left-hander Jesse Holliday started game one, but was relieved by red-shirt sophomore Daniel Garcia (2-1) in the fifth inning. Grambling rallied three runs in the top of the eighth for the win. In the second game, Zephan Rochelle (2-0) threw six innings in relief of starter Jose De Leon, who allowed five runs in four innings. Southern scored one run in the eighth and tied the score on a three-run homerun by designated hitter William Marrero, his second of the game. Cameron McGriff hit a triple into right field to lead Southern over Grambling and gain split in two games. Sunday, however, The Jaguars’ came alive in the eighth inning, when senior Frazier Hall hit a two-run double and scored after a fielder’s choice for a 9-8 lead. Grambling rallied six runs in the top of the ninth then held on for the victory. “We can take a lot from this game and try to learn what not to do again,” Cador said. “We need to burn the tape and go from there with it.” Southern travels today to Hammond to face Southeastern Louisiana.


The Southern University softball team clinched their first Southwestern Athletic Conference weekend series over the visiting Grambling State Tigers, which included senior day. “ The three wins this weekend was big,” head coach Nancy Marshall said. “They weren’t pretty wins but they were wins.” Freshman Michael Pless, native of Tucson, Ariz., earned her fifth victory of the season in game one. Pless had two strikeouts and allowed five hits in seven innings pitched. “Pless is a hard worker. Once she gets that first inning out of the way that kid is going to give you 100 percent,” Marshall said. At the top of the sixth inning in game one, Grambling rallied two runs before Pless forced R. Alvarado to hit a pop up with two outs and a runner left on base, while hanging on for a 3-2

win. “We actually didn’t hit the ball as well as we should have but we hit enough to get what we needed,” Marshall said. Freshman Lindsay Konopelko, started in game two for Southern. She went seven innings, allowed three hits, five walks and three strikeouts for a 3-2 win. Freshman outfielder Destanie Agee scored the game-winning run in game two after two error by the Grambling defense. Pless capped the series finale with a 2-0 victory. She allowed three hits and had one strikeout. Southern will return this weekend as they travel to Pine-Bluff, Arkansas for a three-game series against the Golden Lions. “They’re going to play hard. Our thing is that we just have to out hit them and pitching has to outlast there’s.” “ I believe we can go up there and get three.”

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Let me tell you about the DIGEST I’ve been hearing a lot of talk about student media this semester … some good, some not so good. I always expect to hear complaints regarding poor grammar, punctuation and misspelled names. However, I do not understand the following statement: “They don’t have enough studentgenerated stories in the paper (in a snarky, nasal voice).” We are a student newspaper, but as journalists, we are obligated to deliver news that affects our readers. A good bit of the time, those stories are not studentgenerated. So what would you rather have? A story about possibly losing a campus in your system or a story about a Greek step off that happens every year? Not to take anything away from the Greeks, you guys are valued members of the SU community (when you all aren’t suspended for “violations” of the student handbook) but I think losing a whole institution trumps a 56-year old tradition of bashing another’s group with songs set to the rhythmic stylings of your feet while making hand signals that can be sometimes misconstrued as gang signs. (again, not bashing the Greeks). It just seems as though a lot of people just need something to talk about at times.

NORMAN DOTSON JR. I look at it like this, and I’m quoting my adviser on this, if you’re not apart of the solution you’re part of the problem. I think we do pretty well. We placed second overall for HBCU student newspapers in February, despite being short-handed and sometimes unappreciated. Our staff’s coverage of Southern’s ongoing budget issues took first place for best news series while a staff photographer earned second place for one of his Homecoming pictures. Those are just the most recent additions to our laundry list of awards on the state, regional and national level the DIGEST has accumulated over the last decade or so. Not to brag, but I think our awards speak for us. Also if you feel so strongly about having more student stories, feel free to stop by Suite 1064 TH Harris Hall

and write. Don’t pout or stand on your soapbox because you think you know everything. I rarely entertain comments like that because I feel … unless your in that office until two or three in the morning and then have to roll over and go to a class that is offered way too early for you to function properly just to get the news out to a handful of actual concerned students … I really don’t think you have the right to say anything to me or my staff. Sounds like I’m angry right? Well I am. We put up with far too much just to have a group of apathetic students that learned the phrase “student-generated stories” from a passer-by moments before approaching me with some crap about journalistic professionalism and they only read page seven (Viewpoints/ Opinions) for I’m Just Asking. When your sources of news include, or wherever else you celeb-reality engrossed Twit-wits get your daily fix of senseless gossip, I doubt you have any grounds to step to real journalists with a complaint about news content. Oh, don’t worry students, you guys aren’t the only ones I have a bone to pick with. We have the same beefs with faculty and staff on the same issues.

Last I checked, most of you don’t have the news background to tell us what is or is not acceptable in a student newspaper (How many Student Press Law Center sessions have YOU attended, lately?) I think we have enough competent staff members that know what they are talking about to guide us. Did I mention they are award winners too? I understand we should write stories geared towards students written by students, but it is nearly impossible to do so if I have a staff of maybe 12 — and that’s stretching it. Maybe you should send students here to write, and I know a few professors who do so (and the DIGEST thanks you for it). Don’t get me wrong, I fully understand that I should always be open to criticism. For the most part I am. However, I will not stand for people belittling the hard work we do just because a story idea they had didn’t make the cut. Do you think the editors at The Advocate, the Times-Picayune, the Shreveport Times, USA Today or the New York Times care if the public complains about a story? I seriously doubt it. If you want a “better” newspaper that best represents you, come to 1064 Harris Hall and join the staff. If not, well tweet about it. Maybe someone else will care.

The follow-up Just as we develop a well-rounded education in college, we must develop our experience in the work world. In college you learn how to put your best foot forward, market yourself on paperand present yourself to an employer. Through your resume’, biography, cover letter, and degree you can get your foot in the door in the work world. Outside of college you learn how to market yourself off paper; How to mention your skills, conduct yourself, what gets you noticed, and how to maintain your access and achieve greatness. We can think of an election as a job applicant (the candidate for office) submitting his/her documentation for a job (their position) in the people’s company. Every campaign is the same … Candidates dress in their church clothes or t-shirts (depending on how much is in their budget), meet with their

EVAN TAYLOR supporters (you can never have too many pens and posters), hear concerns (moans and groans), promote their platform, kiss babies, take photos (with their Cheshire cat smiles), and beg for your vote. Every aspect of the campaign serves as a connection between the applicant and his/her employer. The push flyer or the yard sign serves as the resume, cover letter, and bio. It’s your initial connection to the candidate whether it’s handed to you by a campaign member or a yard sign you pass driving into work. It will tell you three things; who they are, what they are running for, and

how they intend to change the current situation. When you meet the candidate this serves as their interview; you get to hear what they want to tell you and ask questions to expose what you want to know. Your interview can quickly shift from how many schools they plan to build to how many indiscretions have they had. (on and off the clock/ in and outside of the office) The interview will make or break any employer’s mind about whether they will truly consider that candidate. Unless the employer and candidate are related or they truly invested in the candidate’s campaign. (ie. Southern University or The State of Louisiana) Election day is the day we cast our ballot for the candidate we believe is most qualified and prepared for the job they will receive. But, seriously what good employer doesn’t have a follow-up or evaluation after the candidate gets the job? As citizens with the power to select the

candidates we want to represent us, we have neglected to follow up. We depend on small interest groups, individual lobbyists, and media to evaluate for us. But don’t you want more than the rubric set by the people who have their own agendas? We take a wait and see approach to advocate for our issues, concerns, and needs. We have failed to evaluate. We have avoided holding those who we elected responsible for their words, actions, promises, and failures. We have failed to stand up on behalf of our children, schools, churches, organizations, communities, and cities. The importance of the follow-up is to monitor progress, understand challenges, celebrate successes, and evaluate efficiency. Should we continue to allow those represent us neglect us? Or are we going to stand up and follow-up?


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The April 12 issue of the Southern Digest  
The April 12 issue of the Southern Digest  

Sumner wins reelection by a landslide; Miss SU race down to two; Pugh discusses SU athletics