r&b group visits sU
STATE & NATION
Also: public makes budget pleas. pg. 4
Jags, Grambling in key series. pg. 9
lawmakers adjourn ‘til monday
Hamilton Park hits the yard. pg. 3
negro leagues classic on tap
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FRIDAY, APRIL 8, 2011
LaFleur falls from grace
VOL. 57, ISSUE 13
SpringFest slate set by brandi morrison digest contribUting Writer
AD fired after arrest; Pugh recommended for interim spot by morris dillard digest sports editor
For days, Southern University athletic director Greg LaFleur’s arrest Sunday night for allegedly soliciting prostitution in downtown Houston has become a perplexed story on the campus: nobody could figure out how things had gone wrong for a program decaying of funds and coaching changes including the dismissal of men’s basketball coach Rob Spivery. Ultimately, the stability of the athletic program overruled any attempt to save his job. On Wednesday, Chancellor Kofi Lomotey, who submitted his resignation in November, brought LaFleur’s resignation to a conclusion. Days after the university spokesman Edward Pratt said that Southern
photo by april bUFFington/digest File photo Former southern University athletics director greg LaFleur, right, walks with head football coach stump Mitchell after the sWac-Meac challenge game last fall. sU officials fired LaFleur Wednesday after LaFleur’s arrest sunday night for allegedly soliciting a prostitute in houston. Women’s basketball head coach sandy pugh is pegged to take over sU athletics on an interim basis.
officials will investigate, then “determine what actions are necessary,” Lomotey announced the dismissal in a university news release-a decision that had to be made and made quickly. “Given the circumstances, I think it would be difficult for the university to move forward with Mr. LaFleur as the head of the athletic program,” he said. This decision was reached after consultation with campus and system administrators.” LaFleur has been AD at Southern for six years, replacing Floyd Kerr in the summer of
2005. The Ville Platte native is a former LSU football player who also played in the NFL. “I was shocked,” said Julius Ingram, who played basketball for Southern and graduated in the summer of 2010. “I got the message through a text message. I only knew him as an AD, not personally, I just never expected a person in a high position like that to make that mistake.” Lomotey praised LaFleur for his guidance of Southern University athletics during tough economic times and coaching changes. “I appreciate
his effort and the hard work he put in during some difficult situations,” Lomotey said. “I speak for the rest of my staff in wishing him well.” He said Pugh — whose teams have won four regular season Southwestern Athletic Conference championships, been to four NCAA tournaments, and made two Women National Invitational Tournament appearances — provides intelligence and knowledge for the next critical See LAFLEUR FIRED page 9
SpringFest weekend is in fully swing after Thursday’s Miss Southern Pageant. SpringFest continues today with the “NPHC Greekshow” which is being held in the F.G. Clark Activity Center tonight at 7 p.m. with doors opening at 6 p.m. Admission is $10 at the door. The Greek Show will also feature performaces from the Sigma Alpha Iota music fraternity and the Gold’N BLuez Dance Team. Saturday’s schedule includes the annual concert on the Mayberry lawn. The concert is scheduled to begin at noon, and all students are encouraged to attend early. SU student ID is required for entry. The concert lineup includes artists like Jeremih, who is set to rock the crowd with hits like “Down On Me ft. 50 Cent” and “Birthday Sex”. Also on this hot line up to rock the stage is no other than Louisiana’s own MystiKal with chart toppers like “Danger” and “Shake it fast”. Last but not least on this line up set to hype the crowd is Roscoe Dash with bangers like “ShowOut” and also a feature on “No Hands” with Waka Flocka.
Hopefuls debate issues by norman j. dotson jr. digest editor-in-chieF
With Election Day drawing near, candidates vying for top positions in the Student Government Association push to gain a leg up in the SGA Debates Wednesday night. The debates began with the candidates for every position presenting their platform and giving a brief statement to try and garner more votes in their favor. Following the introductions of the participants and panel by moderator Jason Hughes the debate went underway. The panel was allowed to question each candidate first and the respective candidate or candidates were allotted a specific amount of time to answer or, if granted, deliver a rebuttal to another candidate’s response solely at
the discretion of Mr. Hughes. “To the Miss SU candidates, what would you do if you or one of your Queens were to become pregnant during your term on the court?” asked Former Miss Southern Shantrice Hurst, one of the panelists that night. While all of the candidates responded by stating that they would gracefully step down or ask that the pregnant member of the court to step down, candidate Meagan Callier took it a step a further. “I would step down or ask that the Queen relinquish her thrown and give that spot to the runner-up but I would also use this as an opportunity to promote safe sex on campus,” said Callier. “It’s a reality and we have to take advantage of any adversity in our lives.” When the candidates for vice
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president were asked what their position’s duties were, candidate Kiara Stewart elaborated on the previous answers given. “I would also like to add that the
vice president is a liaison between BRCC and LSU and is the ex-officio of the executive branch of SGA,” said See SGA DEBATES page 3
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The Spring Fest Greek Show is today at 7:30pm. The doors open at 6pm. The show will be in F.G. Clark Activity Center. Tickets are $10 at the door. Come out and see SU Greeks at their best. relay For liFe
Southern University will host its’ annual “American Cancer Society Relay For Life” from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m., April 8-9, at A. W. Mumford Stadium. “Relay For Life” is an overnight community celebration. Individuals and team members come together to camp out, barbecue, dance, and take turns walking around a track -- relay style -- in an effort to raise funds, while celebrating the lives of cancer survivors and remembering those that have died. There will be food, fun, games, entertainment and much more. For more information about the Relay For Life of Southern, call Jennifer at 225.767.4561, e-mail her at, Jennifer.graham@ cancer.org or visit www.relayforlife.org/ southernuniversity. APRIL 9 springFest
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All students are encouraged to participate in Election on Monday April 11 in the Royal Cotillion Ballroom of Smith-Brown Memorial Union fron 9am-5pm. Students are required to bring there student id in order to vote. If there is an Election run-off the Run off Debate is scheduled for April 12 at 6:30pm in the Cotillions Ballroom and the Run off Election will be held in the Cotillion Ballroom on April 13 from 9am-5pm. caFÉ lacUmba
Come join your colleagues and faculty for a delicious and healthy lunch! All items are made fresh and can be enjoyed as dine-in or on-the-go. Café Lacumba will be serving up sandwiches, wraps, soups, salads, snacks, and beverages every Wednesday from 11AM-1:30PM. Café Lacumba is located in 161 Pinkie E. Thrift Hall (between Tourgee A. DeBose Hall and James Blaine Moore Hall). For more information, please call 225.771.4660.
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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. antigone in hayden hall
The Frank Hayden Hall Theatre will host Sophocles’ ‘Antigone’ adapted by Emily Mann on April 13-16 at 7pm. Tickets will be sold at the door $5 for adults and $3 for students. APRIL 21 prospective sU mba stUdent inFo sessions
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. APRIL 22 retool soUthern University
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R&B group visits SU By erica s. johnson ego magazine managing editor
Hamilton Park, one of Atlantic Records newest groups, stopped by Southern University Thursday as part of their grassroots tour. Group members Anthony, Mr. Marcus and Royce P set up a table along side Miss Southern contestants for a meet a greet with SU students. The fourth member, Chris Voice, was in Atlanta handling personal matters. The three singers handed out free, signed CD’s and posters as well as making a point to give every lady who approached the table a hug. “A young man wants to get into the bed,” Mr. Marcus said, so they combine that motivation with compassion and conviction that might remind the listener of being in church, Mr. Marcus added. HP got their start singing in church and at the basketball courts at Hamilton Park Recreational Center in Atlanta, where each member is from. In 2005 the men decided to pursue their vocal dreams and went from church hymns to the love making music genre that now dominates their theme. “We’re tasteful and graceful,” Royce P said. Although every song is geared to a female audience the group is convinced they will still be able to attract male fans. “We sing about what men do so they
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Members of R&B group Hamilton Park perform during Thursday’s Miss Southern Pageant. The group is currently touring in support of their new single.
can relate,” Mr. Marcus said. The music industry is currently flooded with single male artists and HP is looking to change the game. The men combine clean-cut wholesome images and sounds with raw, sexual bad-boy lyrics to set them apart from other male groups. “R&B (now) has no conviction,” Mr. Marcus said. The men are not looking to give listener’s style or finesse when they sing, but instead they are singing with their souls, he continued. “We’re following the proper tradition of real genuine R&B” Anthony said. He goes on to discuss group influences like 112, Jagged Edge, Guy, New Edition and Jodeci. The men have received nothing
but positive feedback through their myspace.com website and other Atlantic team members. They are using soulful tones to entice woman and bring sex to the masses via melodic tones. Only the future will reveal if HP can make it past the streets of the south and into the homes of Americans. “Failure is not an option,” Mr. Marcus said. “But either way SU can say they were one of the first to host the sweet yet spicy R&B vocals of Hamilton Park.” The male R&B group was signed to Harrell Records/Atlantic Records in 2010 and recently debuted their first music video “Computer Love” in January 2011.
SU candidate won’t pursue top position by the associated press
One of the five semifinalists withdrew his name Wednesday night from further consideration as the next chancellor for Southern University. Walter M. Kimbrough withdrew his name to pursue other job opportunities, search committee CoChairman Pat Magee said. Kimbrough, 43, became president of small Philander Smith College in Little Rock, Ark., in 2004. Kimbrough told the DHR International search firm of his decision, Magee said.
“Personally, I’m disappointed Dr. Kimbrough has withdrawn from consideration. I certainly understand his desire to enhance his career in seeking another direction,” Magee said. The remaining four candidates will be interviewed in Baton Rouge on April 18-20. The chancellor would head Southern’s Baton Rouge campus. The committee is set to make a recommendation to Southern University System President Ronald Mason Jr. at the next search committee meeting, scheduled for April 21.
The remaining candidates are: •Belinda Childress Anderson, Ed.D., president, Vanguard Anderson LLC, Richmond, Va. •Robert R. Jennings, Ed.D., administrator, Gems Inc., Union City, Ga. •James Llorens, Ph.D., assistant chief administrative officer, Office of the Mayor-President, Baton Rouge/ East Baton Rouge Parish. •Earl G. Yarbrough, Sr., Ph.D., president, Savannah State University, Savannah, Ga.
James. Dadrius Landus stuck to his platform that at its core stood on three points: communication, education, and participation. Landus stressed the importance of communicating with one another and making sure that the people are properly informed about the circumstances that they face. “Communicating with one another in a language that we can all understand and then taking it a step further and
participating with one another in large forces is what its going to take to keep Southern moving forward,” Landus said. The debates were finished off with a question and answer segment from students in the audience who inquired about the candidates prior involvement in SGA or any other important matters surrounding SU and how they feel that they can best serve the student body.
SGA DEBATES from page 1 Steward. Panelist Ted James questioned the presidential hopefuls about their ability to encourage students to become more vocal in issues surrounding Southern University such as the SUNO/UNO merger and rallies against budget cuts. “Without all the quotes, how will you ensure that as leaders you will get the students to follow you to make sure that their voices are heard,” asked
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Lawmakers break amid disputes By melinda deslatte the associated press
Negotiations will continue behind the scenes this weekend over how to redraw Louisiana’s congressional seats, after state lawmakers abruptly took a break until Monday amid skirmishes over legislative district maps. Legislative leaders said they remain optimistic that the work can be wrapped up by session’s end Wednesday, though some lawmakers questioned their ability to reach a compromise on a plan to shrink the U.S. House districts from seven to six in the short time left. “I’m concerned at this point, waiting until Monday now, whether we’ll be able to get a congressional bill through the process,” said Sen. Neil Riser, R-Columbia, the sponsor of a congressional proposal favored by Gov. Bobby Jindal. Lawmakers are meeting in a three-week special session to account for population shifts under the latest federal census data. They’re working to redraw
the political boundary lines for the 144 legislative seats, the congressional districts, the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education and the Public Service Commission. None of the maps have received full legislative approval yet. Riser’s bill had been scheduled for Senate debate Thursday, but Senate President Joel Chaisson scrapped the work after he learned the House planned to wait until Monday to discuss the redesign of Senate districts. House Speaker Jim Tucker quickly followed, adjourning the House. Tucker, R-Terrytown, talked of technical problems with the Senate map, and said he wants his staff to have the weekend to comb through the proposal. He noted the maps would be reviewed by the U.S. Justice Department and would govern elections for a decade. “We’ve got to get this right, and we have no problems completing this by Wednesday,” Tucker said.
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Reps. Herbert Dixon-D, Alexandria, left, Roy Burrell-D, Shreveport, second from left, Patrick Connick-R, Marrero, and John Schroder-R, Covington look over amendments to a bill that would redraw voting districts for House members Wednesday during a meeting of the House Committee on House and Governmental Affairs.
Chaisson, D-Destrehan, disagreed with Tucker’s assessment of the redesigned Senate districts, saying the map was fine. He said the Senate’s legal staff could have alleviated Tucker’s concerns and the special session could have been wrapped up early before Tucker decided to wait until Monday for House debate on the Senate map.
Lawmakers hear public complaints about budget By melinda deslatte the associated press
Legislators heard a variety of state budget requests from the public Thursday, among them: Don’t sell the state’s prisons. Don’t cut school-based health clinics. Provide more money for assisted living programs for the elderly. Those were just a few of the pleas made to the House Appropriations Committee, as members of the public came to talk about Gov. Bobby Jindal’s nearly $25 billion budget proposal for next year. Jindal’s 2011-12 budget would close a $1.6 billion gap with a mix of cuts, onetime patches and long-term financing changes. Lawmakers on the Appropriations Committee spent two weeks hearing from agency chiefs about the spending plans before hearing public testimony. Cindy Bishop, representing health centers in public school districts, urged lawmakers against a proposed $2.4 million cut. The Jindal administration said the clinics could make up the additional money with new billings through Medicaid, but Bishop said they can’t make the transition within a few months and need more time. “Some of them will have to shut down as a result. Some of them, their services will have to be curtailed,” she said. “A lot of these kids, that’s their only access point for health care.” Mike Futrell supported a $600,000 addon for the Louisiana Assistive Technology Access Network, or LATAN, a program that works with disabled people to find technology that can help them work, study or cope with daily life. Futrell has a degenerative retinal disease that has taken away part of his vision. He
said the technology program helped him find computer software to enlarge text, so he can balance his checkbook and read documents. “LATAN has served me well, and it serves other people well,” Futrell told the committee. Steve Kauffman, with the Advocacy Center, which provides legal services to people with disabilities and to senior citizens, asked lawmakers to restore $123,000 for an independent living program. The reduction would be a 23 percent cut from the state funding the program received this year, he said. Committee members were sympathetic to the requests and said they would try to find dollars for some of the programs even in the tight budget year. The new fiscal year begins July 1. The Legislature is expected to craft a final version of the budget in June. A large portion of Thursday’s testimony came from critics of Jindal administration plans to privatize prison operations in Avoyelles and Rapides parishes, along with plans to sell the Avoyelles facility in Cottonport and prisons in Allen and Winn parishes to private operators. Among the most vocal complaints were from current and former elected officials in Avoyelles Parish, who said the plans would force the layoffs of state workers and could threaten public safety. They said while some current employees could be rehired by the private managers of the prisons, they would get lower pay and lesser benefits. “I can see the anxiety and fear that these individuals have on their faces, worried about what’s going to happen to them in the future,” said Rep. Robert Johnson, D-Marksville.
“Unfortunately, that has resulted in us not being able to finish the session on Saturday and save the taxpayers money,” Chaisson said. Senators suggested Tucker might be trying to create problems for the Senate district redesign in the hopes of making other changes to the proposal — and violating a time-honored
legislative tradition that the House and Senate don’t meddle with each other’s maps. But Tucker said the delay wasn’t a ploy. The dispute spilled over into work on a congressional map, however, derailing Senate discussion of how to tweak the proposal in a way that might get support from both chambers of the Legislature and from Jindal.
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Candidate Profile sga elections
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Candidates for Student Government Association President marlin hollins senior
demetrius sumner junior
dadrius lanus junior
business management Jackson, la.
political science dallas
political science/ history baton rouge
“Communicate, Educate and Particpate: Believe. Let’s Do It.”
“We have come a long way. We can’t turn back now. Let’s #KeepMovingForward.”
SGA Election Day. Smith-Brown Mem. Union 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
TUESDAY SGA Run-off Debates 6:30 p.m.
Candidates for Miss Southern
michelle anderson senior
megan callier senior
psychology baton rouge
jillian crawleyfoster junior
mass communications mobile, ala.
“Your SU Ringleader: Set forth a legacy that will continue for anderson generations to come. The Purpose is the Promise!”
mechanical engineering baton rouge
“Megan Alexandria Callier = Making A Change”
Candidates for SGA Vice President
olusegun craig adetoba senior jr. burrell
julien singleton senior
ELECTRICAL Junior ENGINEERING criminal justice maringouin, la. kankakee, ill.
kiara stewart senior
mathematics lake charles, la.
“We can do it! SU fire it up.” singleton
lau-maurlence martin sophomore ren d. political science fish- dubach, la.
“Equal “Help the justice for all students.” Student Government Association to be productive
vance mitchell sophomore architecture atlanta, GA
“When there is justice, there is peace.” mitchell
Candidates for Chief Justice
See page 8 for additional candidate profiles
biology new orleans
political science napoleonville, la.
“Win a Game,thinking Lose a of “Realistically “W” Program; Rhodes SU” Rebate
SGA Run-Off Elections Smith-Brown Mem. Union 9a.m.-5 p.m.
chisolu isiadinso junior
janea jamison junior
“Southern’s Best Kept Secret”
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Men’s Federation President
Assoc. of Women Students (AWS) President tanequa franklin junior psychology crowley, la.
“Making progress for the benefit of our future ... to be continued ...” Gordon
Senior Class Vice-President
political science franklinton, la.
amber trahan junior criminal justice st. martinville, la.
Miss Junior Jemiela Castleberry sophomore castleberry
Breshatta davis sophomore
freshman mass communication minden, la.
di’shun melbert freshman psychology alexandria, la.
erin miles freshman
ayanna spivey freshman
nursing geismar, la.
adria smith freshman smith
steffen lewis freshman
chemistry/chemical engineering chicago
charissa carroll freshman
Sophomore Class Senator kakayla golden
political science monroe, la.
Sophomore Class President
Sophomore Class Justice mass communication baton rouge
english baton rouge
social work Bogalusa, la.
simone bray freshman
ebony yarbrough sophomore
political science breaux bridge, la.
plant & soil science mamou, la.
Sophomore Class Vice-President
chemistry/chemical engineering alexandria, la.
bryson alexander sophomore
samuel terry sophomore
travis davidson freshman
chemistry new orleans
Junior Class President
apparel merchandising & textiles shreveport
agricultural economics opelousas, la.
megan henderson sophomore
rashanique quarels senior
biology baton rouge
Junior Class Senator floyd ford sophomore
amber jarrell junior
Junior Class Justice
alana rhone junior
computer science new orleans
elementary education lafayette
agricultural economics texarkana, texas
Junior Class Vice-President tevoy dyson sophomore
jasmine benoit senior
willie smith junior
mass communications new orleans
Senior Class Senator
curtis morton junior apparel merchandising opelousas, la.
jamel franklin junior
mass communications new orelans
Senior Class President
christopher williams senior
civil engineering amite, la.
marketing los angeles
“Snap back to reality. MEN making a difference.”
Men’s Federation Vice-President jasper knighten junior
mark jones senior
political science franklin, la.
history baton rouge
“Make a plan, Be the plan. Women, we are the plan!” franklin
shaquille dillon sophomore
ja’el gordon senior
agricultural economics salina, kan.
social work moreno valley, calif.
sports Friday, April 8, 2011 - Page 9
Jags put lead on line
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Holiday earns SWAC pitching honor
Southern’s Jessie Holiday earned SWAC Pitcher of the week Honors for games played March 29-April 4. Holiday (5-0) became the first SWAC pitcher to get to 5 wins on the season with a 1-hit, 7.0 inning performance against Texas Southern. The Jaguars swept the Tigers, thanks in part to Holiday leading SU to a 9-4 victory in the opening game of the series. He struck out 9 TSU batters in the game as well.
BY MORRiS DillARD digest sports editor
Two teams will meet at LeeHines Field this weekend, renewing their in-state rivalry while paying tribute to their forebears. Southern University and Grambling State, never far from each other’s consciousness, meet again for the Negro Classic baseball series, wearing throwback uniforms. Southern have won 10 of their last 12 games, but Grambling clinched the 2010 Southwestern Athletic Conference Tournament. “It’s more than baseball when you look at Southern and Grambling,” 27-year coach Roger Cador said. It’s a wonderful tradition plus we are going to wear the Negro league uniforms. The thought of a throwback game at Southern came during the 1999-2000 season and the first games were played in 2002. Also, Cador reflected upon the moment when former player Kenny Clark, who was the starting pitcher for the Jaguars,
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the annual negro league classic series between rivals southern and grambling pays homage to the history of the game. however, this weekend’s series has a little more as stake as the tigers come to baton rouge two games behind the first-place Jaguars in the swac western division.
hit a grand slam in game one of the series to win the game. “When you think about that, it was a big moment to have happened and I was a part of it Cador said. “There were other great moments but this one was the one that really the very first one as a coach for me.” The games will be played Saturday with games at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., and ending with a noon getaway game Sunday. Saturday’s afternoon tilt will be broadcast on Cox Sports Televsion.
Southern (18-9) are more ready to defend its two-game SWAC Western Division lead on Grambling, after getting a 6-4 win over Nicholls State Tuesday. Belfred Pryer (3-2) made the start and pitched seven innings giving up two walks and seven strikeouts. “We did a lot of things well,” said Cador. “We pitched well and we swung the bat well. In their first series of the season, in north Louisiana, the Tigers were swept 3-0. “We need to be able to do
something to challenge them,” Cador said. “There are a lot of people expecting us to win.” Grambling finished their three-game home series last weekend with 22-4 win over Arkansas-Pine Bluff, whom Southern swept 3-0 in March. The best example of homegrown talent, though, will be on display when left-hander Jesse Holliday (5-0) takes the mound. “We are hoping that his knowledge and experience will be the key,” Cador said.
LAFLEUR FIRED from page 1 months when they meet with the NCAA. Attempts to reach Pugh were unsuccessful. “It’s been a challenging year academically and athletically,” Lomotey said. “The situation with the AD has been extremely unfortunate.” Lomotey will recommend to the university’s Board of Supervisors that 11-year women’s basketball coach Sandy Pugh become the interim athletic director. “Her presence and background will be invaluable in guiding our athletic department over the next several weeks and especially next week during crucial meetings with representatives from the NCAA,” Lomotey said. For Pugh, who was hired in 2000, played at Northwestern State from 1983-87. Her team went 20-12 this season including a season ending loss to Tulane in the first round of the WNIT. Pugh will remain as the women’s basketball coach but will oversee the program, which includes the hiring of the next men’s basketball coach. The university issued a
“i feel it’s real stupid for you to end up getting in trouble for something like that. hopefully he learns from his mistake.”
Hannah Kador SU guard, All-SWAC performer
statement last week saying Spivery will be terminated effective April 21. The statement also said the decision was made on March 18. “It’s tough when you lose somebody that’s been here,” Ingram said. Regardless of the results, change can be a good thing and change can be a bad thing.” “Something needed to be done. I guess that’s the move the athletic department felt was better for the program.” Spivery led Southern to a 20-13 record in 2005-06, his first year as coach, and the NCAA tournament where they lost in the first round to Duke. Southern was 4-26 last season. Spivery’s contract has one year left.
On Wednesday, Southern called a news conference to address the situation at AD but canceled, according to a news release sent by the athletic department. Attempts to reach LaFleur were unsuccessful. “I feel it’s real stupid for you to end up getting in trouble for something like that,” said Hannah Kador, who made second team All-SWAC in her final season with the women’s basketball team. “Hopefully he learns from his mistake.” Since 2009, the athletic department has cut women’s golf, men’s tennis, and hired Stump Mitchell as head football coach, despite a 2-9 finish and school record for most losses. Also, Southern announced the
dismissal of 17 year coach Pete Richardson, who had one year remaining on his contract. Southern had an APR of 847, below NCAA requirement of 925, which can result in penalty to the department. Lomotey said the University will launch a nationwide search for a new athletic director. “The person hired will come into the job with the full support of the campus, administration and the Jaguar Nation,” he said. “That person will be expected to help our coaches attract and graduate the best studentathletes available.” “But more importantly,” Lomotey said, “her teams have consistently averaged an APR score well above the standard.”
SU tennis defeats Xavier
NEW ORLEANS—Southern University defeated Xavier 9-0 Sunday in a women’s dual at City Park Tennis Center. The Lady Jaguars (9-5) won every set but one and picked up defaults at No. 3 doubles and No. 6 singles to defeat the shorthanded Gold Nuggets (3-14) for the second straight season. Jo’Vonna Gaines, Carlista Mohammed and Kathryn Curtis won singles and doubles matches for Southern. Gaines and Mohammed defeated sisters Melissa and Nicole DeLoach 8-0 at No. 1 doubles, and Mohammed beat Amber Brown 6-0, 6-1 at No. 1 singles. Curtis and Lois Alexis improved their win streak to 10 matches with an 8-0 decision against Brown and Carmen Nelson at No. 2 doubles. Nelson won her first set against Demetria Woods at No. 3 singles, but Woods rallied for a 2-6, 6-2, 1-0 (10-6) victory. Freshman Lisbeth Castaneda clinched the dual with her 6-3, 6-0 victory against Ashley McGill at No. 5 singles.
ASU’s Heard Finalist for Ashe Award
ALCORN STATE, Miss. — Alcorn State soccer student-athlete Jadtrl Heard is one of 10 female finalists for the 2011 Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar Award. Heard will be profiled in the April issue of the magazine Diverse: Issues in Higher Education. Heard is a junior Radiation Health Physics and Homeland Security GIS major at Alcorn State. An active member of the Health Physics Society, Alpha Kappa Mu Honor Society and the Lady Braves soccer team, she not only excels in the classroom but on the field as well. Heard maintains a 3.75 GPA and is a Presidential Scholar and honor student. She volunteers at the Natchez Children’s Home and tutors weekly at the Southern Dreams facility.
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Government by blackmail The Jindal administration is gushing with one bad policy idea after another these days. Last Wednesday, Commissioner of Administration Paul Rainwater told the House Appropriations Committee that the legislature had two options: go along with the administration’s plan to sell three state prisons or cut health services to the poor. The following day, the newly appointed Commissioner of Higher Education Jim Purcell urged the same committee to support the administration’s package of tuition and fee increases included in the governor’s $24.9 billion budget proposal. Without these cuts, the commissioner warns, higher education stands poised for an additional $95 million in budget cuts (on top of the $315 million in cuts that higher education has suffered in the last two and a half years). And since the governor refuses to consider any tax increases (no matter how sensible they might be) the legislature is given a choice: support Jindal’s proposals or cut the budget. It is almost as if Governor Jindal has placed a proverbial revolver to the heads of every legislator in order to coerce them to go along with his agenda. This approach asks that the legislature and the citizens ignore how the state’s finances got in such a sorry state in the first place. Louisiana, like every other state, has experienced revenue declines because of the national impact of the Great Recession. Tax revenues decline naturally during recessions, as unemployment rises and business activity contracts. People who lose jobs usually also lose their health insurance, thereby they often are forced to enroll in Medicaid. Demand for services such as LaCHIP and food stamps increase. In addition, those impacted by recession frequently respond by seeking more education and training; therefore, community college enrollment typically increases during economic downturns. And all of these things have happened in Louisiana. But Louisiana’s problems are also self-inflicted. The precipitous
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decline in state revenues are also attributable to the fact that the Louisiana legislature in 2007 and 2008 enacted the two largest tax cuts in the history of the state. These tax cuts effectively repealed the Stelly Tax Plan, the “income tax-sales tax swap” approved by the voters through referendum in 2002. At the time these tax cuts were enacted, critics warned policymakers that, in the event of an economic downturn, the state would not have enough revenues to pay for state services. The economic collapse of September, 2008 came and that is exactly what happened. There is bipartisan culpability for this turn of events: the Stelly rollbacks started under Democratic Governor Kathleen Blanco’s administration. The actions of the legislature and Governor Jindal in 2008 accelerated the pace of the rollback that Blanco’s signature set in motion. According to the Institute of Taxation and Economic Policy (ITEP), the three-year cost of the Stelly tax rollbacks have been $1.8 billion. More pointedly, the Stelly rollbacks cost Louisiana $649 million in Fiscal Year 2010, $82million dollars less than the budget shortfall during that budget cycle. And the budget deficits in the succeeding years would have been considerably less than what Louisiana has actually experienced. In fact, the ITEP estimates that, had Louisiana kept the Stelly Plan in place, lawmakers would be facing a $328 million deficit for Fiscal Year 2012 (a far cry from the $1.6 billion deficit the legislature faces today). In fact, had it not been for the federal stimulus which Governor Jindal and his Republican allies like to lambast, the state’s financial picture in the last two years would have been far worse. Now that the stimulus dollars are no longer available, Louisiana faces a record $1.6 billion deficit. What is worse, state policymakers have known since the 2009 legislative session that. once the stimulus ended in 2011, the state would be facing deficits north of $1 billion for years to come if nothing changed. But they did
1. How many candidates owe royalties for violating copyright laws? 2. Will the businesses shut down campaign season like Pizza Hut closed BR franchises? 3. How many SGA candidates will quote their GPAS next semester? 4. Will they still qualify for there prospective organizations then? 5. Did the former Athletic Director forget to clock out? 6. Did he miss the sign for the police station up the street?
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nothing of any real substance to avert the current situation. However, rather than admit that they made a mistake in repealing the Stelly Plan, Governor Jindal and his legislative allies have insisted that the state has no alternative but to savagely slash education and health services. This is what conservatives like to refer to as “big government” (as if teachers and janitors and state workers are somehow aliens from another planet). The problem is made worse by the fact that Louisiana’s constitution insulates most of the budget from deep budget cuts – consequently, higher education and health care (the two largest “unprotected” areas) bear a disproportionate share of budget cuts during lean years. (The governor did “support” a proposed constitutional amendment in the 2009 session to “unprotect” the constitutionally protected funding areas of the budget. However, he did not really spend any serious “political capital” to ensure its passage; consequently, it predictably died in the Legislature and never reached the voters.) Louisiana, they insist, does not have a revenue problem; it has a spending problem. Once again, the hypocrisy of supply side economics is on display. The very ones who pride themselves on their “fiscal conservatism” have created the largest deficits in the history of this state. We should not be surprised – after all, supply side economics in Washington, D.C. created trillion dollar annual deficits at the national level. Ronald Reagan would be proud. And yet, even Ronald Reagan raised taxes. In fact, in 1982, Reagan signed into law what was then the largest tax increase in
7. Did he submit a purchase requisition for his company? 8. Did he plan to Chris Brown her? 9. Don’t we need an SGA President with a vehicle? 10. Or will his dependence improve CATS service on campus? 11. How many times will we hear communicate, educate, and participate? 12. Would it be easier to just do it? 13. What if we don’t believe? 14. So who’s gonna vote for LeRoy Brown for SGA President? 15. Did he get his wardrobe insight from Lady GaGa? 16. Is he really your Best Buy? 17. So is SU full of circus freaks? 18. Will they have acrobats and flamethrowers at
the nation’s history. Amazing how even Reagan, the conservative icon, raised taxes in response to a deep recession, a record deficit, and the conclusion that the 1981 budget cuts had been too deep. Reagan’s willingness to compromise his conservative principles in the face of stiff political and economic realities would be lambasted as treason by the Right today. Belief in the inherent efficacy of tax cuts has calcified into an idolatrous religion on the right – and they refuse to be confused with the facts. Despite all the hero worship of Ronald Reagan from rightwing Republicans, it is amazing how the present generation of Republicans (Bobby Jindal included) do not do what Ronald Reagan did. Consequently, conservatism has deteriorated from a necessary critique of the tendency to locate the solution to all of society’s problems in government into a inflexible, uncompromising brain dead ideology wholly detached and divorced from the lives and interests of average citizens and the real choices confronting policymakers. Contrary to conventional wisdom at the State Capitol, the public is far more pragmatic that some of the rigid ideologues that currently hold office (especially those within the House of Representatives.) . In the annual public opinion survey conducted by the LSU Public Policy Lab, a majority of those surveyed indicated that the repeal of the Stelly Plan was a mistake. It is simply not true that the public is opposed to all tax increases. Rather, support for raising taxes increases when the new revenues are targeted for specific programs that voters favor – such as improving public education or providing health care services. Is anybody listening at the State Capitol? The administration’s approach is an artful dodge from the substance of Jindal’s agenda. He wants to put the onus on the legislature to either agree with his proposals or to play the role of “Bad Guy” by cutting payments
the Coronation? 19. Do we really need an SU Ringleader? 20. Or did he just copy and paste his platform from the website? 21. Will one SGA Vice Presidential candidate get more votes than last year? 22. Or will the number be so low we can count it on two hands? 23. Will their vote count require tabulation? 24. Will one of the SGA Vice Presidential candidates fire it up at coed cheer tryouts? 25. Does it really mean more than words to her? 26. Can you really mention in your experience a position you were fired from? 27. Does it count if you were deemed ineligible? 28. So next year will AWS stand for Angry Women Students?
to doctors and hospitals and/ or causing universities to lay off faculty members and reduce class offerings. This allows the governor to tell voters that he proposed no further cuts to higher education and health services – consequently, if they are unhappy, blame the Legislature. But why should we sell state prisons in the first place? There are some fundamental things that government should do (and by extension, private companies should not be allowed to do some things). The provision of certain services (namely law enforcement and corrections) is partly the reason we have government in the first place. Moreover, the prison sales will only raise one-time money (roughly $86 million). But the underlying budget problems are not solved. What’s going to happen next year? What will the administration propose that we sell next – the State Capitol building? Will we sell Angola State Penitentiary? Or the State Library? In the face of a historic fiscal crisis, is this the best idea that the administration can come up with – that the state, in effect, have one great big garage sale? Furthermore, it is disingenuous for the administration to continue to repeat a “no new taxes” pledge while raising college tuition on working and middle class families in Louisiana. These tuition hikes are tax increases by another name. The tuition hikes included in the governor’s budget are on top of ones already scheduled to go into effect as a result of the LA GRAD Act. The governor’s policies will make it more difficult for many struggling Louisiana college students and their families to afford a college education. What is more, Jindal’s policies tilt heavily in favor of the state’s most well-off citizens. For example, the TOPS program, which disproportionately subsidizes the college education of many upper income Louisiana families who could afford to pay for their children’s education, is projected to cost the state $152 million in the 2011-2012 academic year (up from $54 million when the program began in 1998).
29. Are they going to stick to the plan? 30. Do you need us to repeat that question? 31. Will the moderator allow us to? 32. Will he tell them their time has expired? 33. Will he grant her a five second grace period to answer? 34. Don’t be silly for real? 35. So does Willie want us to do it Big Willie Style? 36. So will the Kappa Step team recreate the Kream Factory for the greek show? 37. Will you need a golden ticket to see it? 38. How many Willie bars from his tent will you have to open to get one? 39. Does anyone really want to go this year’s “Is you wet yet?” Spring Fest? 40. Should they change the name to “Are you excited yet?”
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