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Volume 60, Issue 3

Student questions, met with answers at forum Brittany Patterson The Southern Digest

Questions directly from students were addressed to prominent figures on campus at the student questionnaire forum, Wednesday, in the Stewart Hall Auditorium. Students submitted questions for the Student Government Association sponsored forum via email before, and slips were available to submit questions upon entering the forum. The first questions were directed to SGA, regarding the role of SGA. A question was asked to Ursula Shorty, Director of Financial Aid, was there a way to get our Financial Aid earlier in the semester similar to other Louisiana schools? Ursula Shorty, director of Financial Aid, answered, “One of the requirements of Financial is that they will verification of attendance.” This reduces the fact that if a student does not go to class they can be charged and the University will pay the funds back to Federal Aid. This process has been done to protect both the students and the university as a whole. The question was asked about what was being done to further improve the registration, admissions and financial aid process. “What we are planning to do is make it a one-stop shop. That is the main reason to have everyone in that one location,” Associate Vice Chancellor, Albert Tezeno stated. “Don’t stand in line, go online,” Tezeno said. Regarding registration, another question was asked, when will students be able to register completely online? Carlos Thomas, Chief Information Officer states that everything should be available to be done online by Fall 2013. “One of the key components of Banner is to facilitate a more paperless environment. So there is a component file in the document system that has been implemented and now has become fully functional.” According to Thomas, soon the process for graduation applications can be uploaded and routed to the proper offices to be approved or assessed. Interim Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, Verjanis Peoples was asked if a student did have a complaint about a teacher is there a formal grievance process that the student can follow. “It is in the student’s handbook, the student can also go to the department head of that department and can also find it online,” Peoples responded. Another question asked since the SUSLA project has increased and has altered the number of space and books available for the SUBR

students what could be done to be to accommodate both programs without the confusion that was caused for the Spring 2013 semester? “We see the SUSLA project as a success because we actually are bringing more students onto the BR campus who we hope will continue and will become actually Southern undergraduate students,” Ella Kelley, dean of Honors College and associate vice chancellor for Academic Affairs. Students voiced concern about a plan of action to fix all potholes in the streets to Eli Guillory, Director of Custodial and Landscape Services. “That is Phase 2,” Eli Guillory, Director of Custodial and Landscape Services. He further states later that Phase 1 is the lightening in the campus. Delores Brown, director of Aramark was asked if there was a way for students to use swipes in the ‘Home Zone’ in the Union. She replied that the retail places in the Union are for commuter students to come in and enjoy food while they are on the go. She went on to say that, ”The meal plan is a different price than the ‘Home Zone’ price in the Union. Another question was asked to Delores Brown regarding why students cannot take to go plates at night. She replied, “Due to the fact that students were taking advantage of the to go plates policy and eating in and piling up to go plates and taking them back to their rooms.” However, it might come back if the students continue to not take advantage

photo by Marian Horace/DIGEST Chancellor James Llorens addresses the students concerning the future of Southern University, Wednesday, at the Questionaire Forum held by the Student Government Association. process of building an intramural center and it should be done by the Summer or Fall of this year, “ he continued, “the future plans will be made at a later date.” Briana Jernigan, sophomore mass communications major from Little Rock, AR views on the Student Questionnaire Forum were

“As elected officials, it is our job is to be primary advocates for the students’ concerns.” Willie McCorkle III SGA president

of the to go plate policy during lunch. While Evan Cooper, Senior Business Marketing major from Beaumont, Texas had a different outlook on the SGA Questionnaire Forum. The question was asked if it was possible to have another Lacumba. Chancellor James Llorens replied,” Yes, it is possible.” However they are an endangered species. The cost is extensive to locate, bring one and keeping a live mascot. Another question was asked what was going to be done will the women’s gym located by Mayberry. Eli Guillory answered this question as follows, “We are in the

in a positive sense. “Yes, I feel like it was informative, of course we didn’t have time to get every question answered, “ Briana Jernigan, sophomore mass communications major from Little Rock, Ark. She suggested that SGA should host more SGA Questionnaire Forums. The Vice chancellor of Finance and Administration answered what will be done concerning notification of students of outstanding balances. The Vice Chancellor of Finance and Administration Flandus McClinton stated that students could now go online to banner and check for any

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outstanding balances at anytime. The first question to Interim Housing Director, Tracie Abraham was is there a way to have card washing and drying machines instead of having to search for quarters. She answered saying that if they change the machine there will be a fee assessed to that and the cost will be passed down to the students, however that is something they are looking into and talk about during upcoming round table discussions in upcoming town meetings. There were fourteen administrators from different departments that were on the panel to answer questions. Chancellor James L. Llorens, SUPD Chief of Police, Ronald Stevens, Kelvin Johnson, Deputy Administrator for the SUPD, Dean of Students, Kelwin M. Williams, Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs, Brandon Dumas, Interim Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, Verjanis Peoples, Vice Chancellor of Finance and Administration Flandus McClinton, Carlos Thomas, Chief information Officer, Delores Brown, Director of Aramark, Ella Kelley, dean of Honors College and Associate Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs, Interim Director of Residential Life and Housing, Tracie Abraham, Director of Financial Aid, Ursula Shorty, Albert Tezeno, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Student Success and Eli Guillory Director of Custodial Services and Landscape were among the administrators who participated in the forum.


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national anthem, “Lift e’vry voice and sing” today at noon at the Union, be there.

today It’s NAACP Week The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People Southern University chapter presents NAACP week come join us for Soul Sessions poetry night in Lakefront Room at 7 p.m.

Teens for Jeans Donate your jeans today for homeless teens. Drop them off a the S.O.L.D. office room 133 in Smith Brown Memorial Union. Donations are to be accepted until February 8.

Sociology Club meetings The Sociology Club will hold weekly meetings from 5-6 pm on Thursdays (twice a month) in Higgins room 218.

The Sentinel Of An Enlightened Student Body since 1926 While there is no class on Fridays, Smith-Brown Memorial Union is open. Burger Klng, The Bowling Alley and Lacumba’s playpen are open. If that’s not enough to bring you out of your room Lacumba’s playpen and bowling are half price on Fridays.

Way of Holiness Ministries Bible Class It’s time again! WOHM (Way of Holiness Ministries) Bible Class: Wednesday, February 20 at 7 p.m. in Higgins Hall. Join us & be enlightened. Black History Quiz Bowl The SU Ag Center will host the 19th Annual Black History Quiz Bowl on Feb. 21 at 3:00 pm at Southern University Agricultural Research and Extension Center Studio (Auditorium). Teams who would like to participate must register by February 13. Every team must have four members and the competition will include questions on current events, politics, history, sports and entertainment. For a copy of the study guide and more details contact D.r Owusu Bandele at obandele@cox.net or 225.771.2242. Study guides can also be obtained from Sheila Smith in Fisher Hall 102.

Commemorating African American History and Achievements The SUBR/SUSLA partnership will commemorate African American history and achievements during the month of February and highlight several significant movies and culminate with an “extravaganza of music, dance, and poetry” by and about African Americans. This year’s theme: “Lest We Forget” will bring the SU community events every Thursday from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Lakefront Room of the Union. On Feb. 7 “A raisin in the sun” with Sidney Poitier will be shown. For more information contact Professor O. Plummer at olplummer@yahoo.com.

“I would be happy to attend any event scheduled. It would be nice to see more flyers placed around campus about black history events.”

“I plan on atteninding every event dealing with Black History month. By me attending an HBCU, I feel it is imperative to know about our African American heritage, and the impact it has had on our current generation.” Bryce Steward Accounting Junior Gonzales,La

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Stop the Violence March The Black History club of Southern University, The Criminal Justice Club, NAACP, and SGA is sponsoring the “Stop the Violence March” on February 26; starting at Smith-Brown Memorial Union; the march starts at 5 p.m. and students are encouraged to meet at the Union at 4:30 and wear comfortable clothing.

Black National Anthem Sing-a-Long Come out and join in the fun and fellowship as the members of the black history club of Southern University and The Southern University black gospel choir lead you in the words of the black

What events are you planning to attend for Black History Month?

Brooke Martin English Senior New Orleans

SU Goes Red SU goes Red Luncheon: Healthy Eating, Healthy Living and Healthy Hearts will be on February 14. For more information and tickets contact studentprograms@subr. edu.

African Americans in Cinema John B. Cade Library is showing some African American classics all month for your view. This week, on February 7 catch “The Color Purple”, it will be showing at no one and 3 p.m. on the 3rd floor in Classroom A. February 14, See Coming to America at noon and 2:15 p.m. and February 19 you can see Imitation of Life at noon and 2:30 p.m. Students are allowed to bring a sack lunch or snacks to the viewing.

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“I’ll be attending the Black History event in the library watching the movies.”

Taylor Fergusun Secondary Education Junior Baton Rouge

“I will be attending at least one of the blacksploitation movie showings in the John B. Cade Library throughtout Feburary.” Shatara Hafford Nursing Senior Pineville, La

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Bill seeks to limit Jindal exemption Melinda Deslatte The Associated Press

Two lawmakers want to open more of the Louisiana governor’s office to scrutiny, proposing a bill that would limit the expansive public records exemption used by Gov. Bobby Jindal to hide nearly all documents in his office. Rep. Jerome “Dee” Richard, an independent from Thibodaux, and Sen. Rick Gallot, a Democrat from Ruston, filed the measure this week to be considered in the legislative session that begins in April. “It doesn’t really make a lot of sense that the governor’s records are shielded the way they are. And considering this is the ‘governor of transparency,’ I don’t understand why there would be attempts year after year after year to avoid the transparency that he’s run on,” Gallot said. Under existing law, most of the documents and emails in the governor’s office are shielded from public view, with a broad exemption that hides anything considered part of the governor’s “deliberative process.” The argument is that internal decisionmaking is protected to allow for the free flow of ideas. Richard’s and Gallot’s bill would strip that deliberative process exemption and shield only internal communication between the governor, his chief of staff and his executive counsel, for a period of up to 10 years. Security records and transportation details could be confidential for up to seven days. Records would be required to be maintained and archived. A spokesman for Jindal didn’t directly respond to a question about whether the governor would support or oppose the public records legislation, instead saying the governor’s office was reviewing bills as they are introduced. But Gallot, a lawmaker for more than a decade, acknowledged similar bills seeking to expand public access to governor’s office records have failed in past years with opposition from Jindal and his predecessors. He doesn’t necessarily expect improved chances this time. “The reality is it probably doesn’t stand much of a chance of even making it out of committee, let alone out of the House and through the Senate,” Gallot said. “If nothing else it gives us the opportunity to have the conversation, and who’s to say that there might not be some version that is a compromise.” When running for office in 2007, Jindal campaigned on improving government transparency in a state with a reputation for backroom political deals and public corruption. Since then, the Republican governor has opposed attempts to open more of his office’s records. Jindal backed legislation in 2009 that rewrote the governor’s office public records exemption to assert the deliberative process privilege, and that language has been broadly interpreted and used to expand what can be kept from public view. Records in departments outside the governor’s office have been withheld, and other agencies overseen by Jindal allies have started shielding documents by claiming the privilege and asserting it is established in federal and state case law.

Susan Walsh/AP Photo President Barack Obama walks off of Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Wednesday after returning from a Democratic retreat in Annapolis, Md.

Obama talks strategy with Senate Dems Darlene Superville & Josh Lederman The Associated Press

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — With a big to-do list at the start of his second term, President Barack Obama is trying to sell Democrats on his strategy for tackling immigration, gun control and a host of fiscal dilemmas. Obama met behind closed doors for more than two hours Wednesday with lawmakers from his own party at the Senate Democrats’ annual retreat at a hotel in Annapolis, Md. House Democrats will hear from Obama at their annual retreat Thursday in Lansdowne, Va. Senate Democratic unity will be critical to Obama’s prospects for enacting the ambitious agenda he’s laid out for the start of his second term. Almost all the items he’s seeking face opposition from Senate Republicans — not to mention the even stronger opposition Obama is likely to run up against if and when the GOP-controlled House takes up those items. The White House said Obama spoke briefly, took questions from 10 of the senators assembled, then spent an hour chatting with them in smaller groups. Obama’s spokesman, Jay Carney said the session was focused on coordinating what Democratic senators are doing with the administration’s own efforts to promote Obama’s priorities. High on the agenda was immigration, where Carney said Obama would note the “significant progress” made toward a bipartisan deal. Obama is letting the Senate take the lead on crafting comprehensive immigration legislation, including a path to citizenship for 11 million illegal immigrants. But he is using all the power that the presidency affords to implore lawmakers to

act without delay. A bipartisan Senate group has reached agreement on the broad outlines of such an overhaul, but a few thorny issues remain, including a possible guest-worker program and whether to delay steps toward citizenship until certain border-security measures are in place. Gun control is another of Obama’s priorities where the outcome may rest on whether Senate Democrats stick together in supporting him. Obama says he sees an emerging consensus behind his proposals in the wake of the Newtown, Conn., schoolhouse massacre, but some provisions he’s pushing will make it tough for red-state Democrats and those up for re-election in 2014 to back him. Even the top Senate Democrat, Harry Reid, has declined to say whether he’ll back the most contentious aspect of Obama’s package: a ban on assault weapons. Vice President Joe Biden addressed those concerns head-on when he spoke to House Democrats at their retreat Wednesday evening. Biden said public opinion has shifted on gun control, insisting that Democratic lawmakers can comfortably back the measures he and Obama are pushing without fear they will lose their jobs. “I’m not asking you to vote for something you don’t believe, but I don’t want to hear about, “Well, we can’t take it on because it’s too politically dangerous,’” Biden said. The Senate retreat also offered Obama his first chance to pitch directly to senators his proposal for a quick fix to avert the sweeping spending cuts set to hit the military, domestic programs and the economy at large on March 1. Obama appealed to Congress on Tuesday to pass a short-term set of spending cuts and tax changes to give lawmakers more time to hash out a broader deal.


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Southern gets 26 letters of intent Aristide Phillips The Southern Digest

As colleges around the nation get high school student athletes to sign letters of intent the Southern Jaguar football program unveiled its 2013 recruiting class on national signing day last night. The Jaguar football team will have 26 new faces on their roster come next fall and of the new faces 18 are from the state of Louisiana. “I think we address everything we wanted to address, from top to bottom, we wanted to add depth, we got a good team coming back and we needed some depth from both the offensive line and defensive line and in the secondary,” said head coach Dawson Odums Southern only had two safeties returning next season, so beefing up the secondary was a dire need for the team and the recruiting class shows. Of the 26 athletes signed yesterday 11 of them were either labeled as defensive backs or Athletes. In football the label “Athletes” means that a person has played multiple positions and can possibly play those positions Marion Horace/DIGEST effectively. One player who was labeled as an athlete Southern head coach Dawson Odums’ first recruiting class netted 26 players on National Signing Day. The majority of the Jaguars’ 2013 class was Southern Lab quarterback Deonte come from within a 300-mile radius from the SUBR campus, including 18-in state signees. Shorts, the 6-foot-2 180 pound quarterback was the District 7-1A MVP after passing players, in Athlete Justin Bethancourt, recruit by Rivals, Scout and 24/7Sports; Ouachita Parish high school. With returning quarterback Dray Joseph for 2,315 yards and 31 touchdowns and defensive back Javen Toney, Linebacker and ESPN ranked him as the No. 205 entering into his final season the Southern Dontre Turner, and running back Kylum recruit in the nation. rushing for 675 yards as a senior. Another LSU player turned Jaguar coaching staff addressed the need at He made his decision to come to Favorite. “Coach Valdez does a tremendous job offensive lineman Corey White, the 6-foot- quarterback picking up Cedric McCloud Southern at his high school gym, he chose getting his guys ready to play on Friday 3 328 ponder transferred to Southern and out of Western Arizona. Southern over Grambling State. McClould along with Shorts could be is Another athlete who will see his time nights and getting them prepared for is enrolled and getting ready for spring a good problem to have for quarterbacks playing safety is Trent Anio the 6-foot- college football,” said Odums talking about practice “We got him on our grounds now and coach Chad Germany. 3 190 pounder from East Feliciana high West St. John head coach Robert Valdez Overall the recruiting class has addressed working to getting him eligible and getting who is also a Southern Alum. school. The Prize recruit of the 2013 signing him ready for spring ball and we are excited the needs for the already talented Jaguar “Probably is going to play a little football team and will help the already safety for us to start with,” said Odums. class was Salmen High School standout to have him,” said Odums. Other lineman joining White this year talented Jaguar football team reload for “Extremely talented young men an play Chuck Baker, the 6-foot-2 198 pound wide multiple positions and we are excited to receiver, was originally committed to LSU will be Damien Daniels a 6-foot-4 295 the upcoming season. Spring practice is attentively set for Feb. almost a year ago, but parted ways soon pound Lineman from St. Augustine high have him her on the bluff. school in New Orleans and Reggie Smith 25 and the annual spring football game is The ties to West St. John has prevailed after Baker completed his senior season. The receiver was listed as a three-star 6-foot-5 295 Offensive Lineman from set for March 23. again as this year Southern has signed four

2013 Southern Football Signees

Scan the QR code below to check out the map of where the 2013 class is coming from

(As of Wednesday)

Player Trent Anio Chuck Baker Justin Bethancourt Gerald Brent Dontrell Brown Damien Daniels Kylum Favorite Danshawn Jenkins Mikale Jenkins Francis Kennah Cedric McCloud Randall Menard Jamar Mitchell Skyler Prol Jarkeith Ruffin Deonte Shorts Reggie Smith Javen Toney Dontre Turner Deaquame Varra Collis Walker Tony Williams Kelvin Williams

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SU preps for UAPB Aristide Phillips The Southern Digest

The Southern Jaguar Men’s basketball team concludes there two game home stand with wins over rivals Grambling State, 59-31, and Jackson State, 78-58, and will look to continue there success on the road against Arkansas Pine-Bluff Saturday Feb. 9 and Mississippi Valley State Monday Feb. 11 both times are set for 7:30 P.M. In the Jaguars (16-7, 10-1 Southwestern Athletic Conference) last game against Jackson State it was the Derick Beltran show, the senior guard put up a career high 35 points going 8-14 from behind the arch, in addition he also performed well defensively with three blocks and seven defensive rebounds. “I knew Derick was in pretty good rhythm, kinda watch our guys before the game,” said Men’s basketball head coach Roman Banks after the Jaguars win. ”He’s going to have a series of plays and balls to go to him every game as he zeros in he will have the chance to make the most of his opportunity, he will get a number of opportunities whether he makes them or not. “ Beltran was confident in himself shooting 57 percent from the field. “It was my confidence coach (Banks) wanted me to be more aggressive and that’s what I did,” said Beltran. “Defensively that was

our point today coach said the better one-on-one defense I can play today the better off we’ll be in the end. Also performing quietly well behind Beltran’s career night was Malcolm Miller, the guard had a double-double scoring 21 points and recording 11 boards. “Malcolm is a guy who you don’t have to call his number all the time and he’s going to get points for you,” said Banks. “Its good to see that you have a guy on the floor that can break the defense down and help your team get one.” And the Jaguars were stout at halting the Tigers from making baskets; Jackson State shot a dismal 27.5 from the field and 18.5 percent from behind the arc. I thought we did a good job setting our tone early,” said Banks. “Their guards are a really aggressive bunch, their top four scorers are their guards and we just wanted to be aware of it and make them earn every basket.” The only bright spot for the JSU was guard Jeff Stubbs; he scored 11 points and hauled in seven rebounds. The Jaguars will go on the road to face the second place Golden Lions (10-13, 9-2 SWAC) in a match that will test the Jaguars. Southern’s last road game was in Alcorn State and it was the Braves that handed the Jags their first conference loss of the season.

SWAC Men SWAC Overall W L W L Southern 10 1 16 7 Ark.-Pine Bluff* 9 2 10 13 Tex. Southern* 8 2 9 14 Alcorn State 7 4 9 17 Alabama State 5 6 7 17 Prairie View 4 6 9 14 Alabama A&M 4 7 8 14 Jackson State 4 7 5 15 Miss. Valley St.* 3 8 3 18 Grambling State 0 11 0 18 ——— NOTE: Texas Southern, Mississippi Valley State and Arkansas-Pine Bluff are ineligible for postseason play Saturday’s Games Southern at Ark.-Pine Bluff, 7:30 pm Alcorn St. at Miss. Valley St., 5 pm Prairie View at Grambling, 5 pm Tex. Southern at Jackson St., 5:30 pm Alabama A&M at Ala. State, 7:30 pm Monday’s Games Southern at Miss. Valley St., 7:30 pm Prairie View at Jackson St., 7:30 pm Tex. Southern at Grambling, 7:30 pm Alcorn St. at Ark.-Pine Bluff, 8 pm

The last time the two teams played was in Baton Rouge where the Jags took the cake defeating the Golden Lions 84-50 in that game Beltran had 22 points. “This road trip is really going to see what we are made of,” Said Banks. “ Pine-Bluff is a team that is capable of wining this league, they have bigs and have great athletes that can run the floor and have guys that can shoot from the perimeter

Talor Kinzy/DIGEST Southern University’s Yondarius Johnson dunks on Jackson State’s John Lewis during Monday’s game in the F.G. Clark Activity Center. The Jaguars took home the win, 78-58. very well.” The Golden Lions lead the SWAC in steals and have the second largest home crowed in the SWAC.

The Jaguars will have to keep away from UAPB guard Lazabian Jackson, who leads the SWAC in steals averaging, 2.6 a game.

Jaguars win two close games, seek victory over Lady Lions Deldrick Hunt

SWAC Women

This past week the Lady Jags pulled off two nail bitters against their rivals beating Grambling 83-81 in double overtime and Jackson State 56-54. Southern (11-11, 10-1 Southwestern Athletic Conference) is currently on an eight game win streak. The Jaguars will take their show on the road as they travel to face Arkansas Pine-Bluff on Saturday and Mississippi Valley State on Monday. The play of Yasmin Fuller was key in both games as she was the leading scorer in the Grambling game with 21 and refused to let her team lose by taking over the Jackson State game in the final minutes. “I think Fuller at the end just decided that she wasn’t going to let us lose she just decided to put us on her shoulders and get it done.” Said women’s head basketball coach Sandy Pugh. The game was close throughout the largest lead was seven points by Jackson State midway through the second half. The game almost slipped away as the jags, Southern had fouls to give but were unable to get the refs to blow the whistle. “For whatever reason they slapped a kid in the face hit her on the arm but no called was made,” said Pugh.

SWAC Overall W L W L Southern 10 1 11 11 Tex. Southern 9 1 12 9 Miss. Valley St. 7 4 10 12 Alabama A&M 6 5 7 14 Prairie View 5 5 8 12 Jackson State 5 6 8 12 Alabama State 5 6 7 15 Ark.-Pine Bluff 3 8 7 14 Grambling State 3 8 5 18 Alcorn State 1 10 1 19 ——— Saturday’s Games Southern at Ark.-Pine Bluff, 5 pm Alcorn St. at Miss. Valley St., 3 pm Prairie View at Grambling, 3 pm Tex. Southern at Jackson St., 3 pm Alabama A&M at Alabama St., 3 pm Monday’s Games Southern at Miss. Valley St., 5:30 pm Prairie View at Jackson St., 5:30 pm Tex. Southern at Grambling, 5:30 pm Alcorn St. at Ark.-Pine Bluff, 5:30 pm

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Talor Kinzy/DIGEST Southern University’s Yasmine Fuller drives past Jackson State’s Demara Howard during Monday’s game in the F.G. Clark Activity Center. The Lady Jags bought home the win, 56-54.

Due to the non-call Jackson State was able to get a look at the basket but they came up short. Kendra Coleman who has been the Jaguar’s go-to scorer this season was the leading scorer for the Jags with 15 points. Kewara Ndongo of Jackson State led all scorers with a game high 18 points. It was Ndongo off the bench that kept the tigers in the game,

along with the Lady Tigers bench that poured in 44 points. Ayanna Hardy-Fulle and Dominique Brothern chipped in 10 points a piece off the bench. The Jags have been able to pull of close games. “Teaching teams how to win is not hard sometimes when they have won teaching them how not to lose becomes the bigger issue,” said Pugh. Next on the Jaguars schedule is Arkansas Pine Bluff, and in their last match up against the Golden Lions the Jags won easily by 23 points. Lechell Rush dominated their last match putting up a doubledouble scoring 20 points and bringing in 17 rebounds. The Lady Lions were held under 30 percent shooting from the field. Arkansas Pine Bluff is lead by Chigozianyi Okwumbua who is the sixth leading scorer in the Southwestern Athletic Conference. Pine Bluff is currently in eighth place while lady jags sit a top the SWAC standings in first place and Lakendra Marsh the 10th leading scorer in the SWAC. The lady lions are Second in the SWAC in three-point field goal percentage, but however are next to last in scoring defense. As long as Southern come into the game focused they should be able to get another SWAC victory.


photos of the WEEK What’s your label? Ja’el Gordon, coordinator for student organizations along with Imani Robinson and Keyondra Hall talk to students, Tuesday at the What’s Your Label Forum. (Marian Horace/DIGEST)

Bring questions get answers (From left to right) Sara Martin, Clifton Blouin, LaWayla Golden, Kayla Golden and Isaiah Edah-dike listen attentively this wednesday at the Questionaire Forum held by the Student Government Association. (Marian Horace/DIGEST)

SGA Questionaire Forum

Student Government Association president Willie McCorkle moderates the Questionaire Forum by asking questions provided by SU students to the panel of administators, Wednesday, the event was sponsored by the SGA. (Marian Horace/DIGEST)

Football Class of 2013 Attendees of the SU Recruiting Celebration listen to representatives from Blue & Gold Century Club, The Quarterback Club, The Legends and A Nation of Dominance, Wednesday in the Cotillion Ballroom of Smith-Brown Memorial Union. (Evan Taylor/DIGEST)

Erosion work begins The Army Corps of Engineers beagn work on an erosion stabilization project, the project is expected to last 2-3 months. (Evan Taylor/DIGEST)


Fisher 106 Refurnished Fisher Hall 106 was renovated with fixed seating, and new flooring for students to be more comfortable and have more amenities in the classroom. (Evan Taylor/DIGEST)

Out with the old

James 142 Renovated

James room 142 received new desks and seating It was beyond time to be out with the old and in with the new as rooms in James, Lee and Fisher in the facilities project, other maintenence projects are underway including the continuation of LED Hall were renovated. (Evan Taylor/DIGEST) lighting on campus. (Evan Taylor/DIGEST)

The Legends Richard “Tombstone” Jackson from The Legends introduced former Southern athletes, Wednesday at the SU Recruiting Celebration in the Union. (Evan Taylor/ DIGEST)

A Nation of Dominance Don Shelmire speaks about the services ANOD provides to the athletes including a Thanksgiving feast and Senior Day, Wednesday at the SU Recruiting Celebration.(Evan Taylor/DIGEST)

Blue & Gold Century Club Paula Braxton, president of the Blue & Gold Century Club shared, “It’s great to be a Jaguar.” Braxton extended the pledge of comtinued support from the club, Wednesday at the SU Recruiting Celebration. (Evan Taylor/DIGEST)

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Make a shot in a Jag’s shoes During the media timeout, a little boy ‘dresses like a Jag’ to shoot for a prize. With giant (in comparison) shoes to fill he reaches down to tie the laces, Monday. The Jags didn’t have any problem taking their shoes up and down the court to prevail over Jackson. (Talor Kinzy/DIGEST)


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Softball sets out to improve Aristide Phillips

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John Oubre/SU Publications Southern’s Jeremy Lopez takes a swing against New Orleans during nonconference play last season. The Jaguars open the 2013 season with a three-game home series against Stillman College Feb. 15-17.

Expectations remain high for Southern baseball Torrance Latham The Southern Digest

After much anticipation, the Southern University baseball team is finally set to begin her season next Friday, hosting Stillman College in a weekend series at Lee-Hines Field at 6pm. Last year, the Jaguars had a tremendous season, finishing regular season holding first place in the Southwestern Athletic Conference’s Western Division. Then advancing all the way to semifinals of the SWAC tournament, before getting upset by Mississippi Valley State. They will look to build on the success of last season. Playing just one day after Valentine’s Day, head coach Roger Cador, now in his 29th season, feels there is a lot to love about this team and look forward to for this upcoming season. “We put last season behind us. It’s a new season, giving us a fresh new start. Chemistry looks to be strong,” said Cador. With 23 players returning from last season, there is optimism for what could be a successful campaign for this year’s baseball

team. Once the winter months are over and spring time arrives, Coach Cador has had one concrete goal in mind for almost 30 years that never changes, no matter the players who are on the team. “Win the conference championship. Been the expectation since I arrived as a student-athlete here in the 1970’s and since coaching here in 1984.” Defense was one of the strengths for the Jaguars last season, leading the SWAC in earned run average. With pitching aces Jose DeLeon (8-3, 2.62 era), Jesse Holliday (7-3, 3.09 era), Daniel Garcia (4-2, 4.55 era), and relief man Josh Powell (8 saves, 3.93 era) leading the way, it should be another strong year for the pitching unit. Though losing two quality hitters from last year in Stephen Wallace and Cameron McGriff, from the Jaguars should be just as solid offensively. They led all SWAC teams last year in four batting categories: slugging percentage (.411), runs scored (335), home runs (33), and total bases (681). Returning infielders Derrick Hopkins (third in the SWAC last season with a .344 batting average) and Brian Rowry

(.287 batting average) will provide consistency and experience on the offensive side. Coach Cador will look to rely on all of the veteran, more experienced players to not only lead the team, but guide the new players along through the strenuous grind of a season. “We have some solid, veteran guys on our ball team such as Danny Garcia, “Doc” Holliday, Josh Powell, Jeremy Lopez, Derrick Hopkins, and Kevin Williams,” said Cador. “We will be looking for vets to provide strong leadership this year.” The Jaguars will begin their quest for another successful year on the Bluff starting next weekend. Excitement around the team is building as they prepare to regain that top spot in the SWAC, hoping to once again take home the conference championship and receive that elusive ticket into postseason play. Coach Cador wants his team to simply relax, have fun, and take it one goal at a time. “I don’t want to put any added pressure on these guys,” said Cador. “Winning the championship comes first and everything else will fall

The Southern Lady Jaguar softball team is looking to improve upon last season, as they will look to start the 2013 season competing in the Jimmy John’s Lion Classic Tournament Friday Feb. 8-10. Southern opens play in the eight-team tournament Friday against Nicholls State at 12:30 p.m., followed by a 5:30 p.m. game against Delaware. Saturday play features two games — a 10 a.m. tilt against Jacksonville State and a 3 p.m. game against host Southeastern. The Lady Jags end play in the tournament Sunday in a 10 a.m. game against Tennessee-Martin. The Lady Jags will look to improve on an 8-33 record that had them finish last in the Western Division of the Southwestern Athletic Conference. The team’s expectation is really high and their attitude is much different from last year even though we are in smaller numbers,” said head softball coach Nancy Marshall. “But we actually have greater heart this year than we did last year, we had the heart but we ended up losing a lot of kids due to injuries as of right now we are pretty good so far.” Last season the Lady Jaguars had a team batting average of .251 percent finishing in the middle of the barrel in fifth, this season the Jaguars will look to improve at the plate. And one of those players that will help the Jaguars improve is third baseman Alicia Barajas. “Alicia Barajas who is going to see a lot of time she’s a young kid she has great feet has great hands a great athlete she’s going to be one of those athletes that’s going to be an up and coming star,” said Marshall.

Trevor James/DIGEST Outfielder Danielle Jackson catches a fly ball. The Southern softball team opens its 2013 season on the road this weekend at Southern Louisiana’s Jimmy John’s Lion Classic. Last season the Jaguars lost players to injuries and killed the moral of the players going throughout the season, and some of those unfortunate injuries carried on to this season, but the Jaguars were fortunate enough to replace those loses. “We don’t have Harley Roller she tore her ACL last semester so we won’t have her for the season, but we were fortunate enough to get another catcher in from a junior college by the name of Macy Maurer she is going to come in and be our secondary catcher,” said Marshall. “and we have Shabanese Brown who is coming back from her broken ankle injury from last season also.” Maurer came from Hill Junior College out of Hillsboro, Texas playing third baseman. And the Jaguars will look to other young players to help contribute to the team early in freshman from Monroe Louisiana Emily Wright and freshman transfer pitcher Delphia Holmes, and first baseman Megan Maile, “We are trying to improve upon our record, because the way we ended up with all the injuries our scoring is going to be one of our top high points I think we are going to be one of the top scoring teams in the conference,” said Marshall.


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Section M-9 returns to root on Jags, boo foes Aristide Phillips

The Southern Digest The 2013 basketball season is in full swing with Southern’s men’s and women’s teams atop the Southwestern Athletic Conference. With both teams winning in such a dominate fashion has given rise to the rebirth of the M-9 student section. Like a majority of student section names in basketball there is a reason for their name. The Job of the M-9 section is to get in the head of the opponents. How does the M-9 achieve such a feat? The location of the unit, section M-9 is located right behind the opponent’s bench and students do all they can just about any and everything to get into the opponent’s head except for physically harming the players. The section will get personal with the opponents from talking about their mothers and fathers to blowing up Facebook pictures of players and torment them into a bad game. The group’s high point was in the late 90s by a group of band members or “band heads” (if you’re a student) and students in Horace G. White Hall, would all gather in M-9 and get into the heads of players. The whole thing evolved, because at first nobody was on it, it was just some guys from the band and some guys from White Hall,” said former SGA president Wayne Hardin II.

“But in the early 2000s what I did do was get M-9 chartered as an official student organization.” And since its charter then the M-9 section has seen its ups and downs over the years and now the students have revived the section and are doing it’s predecessors proud. The M-9 section has seen major success thus far in support of the Jaguars, opponents that come into the Mini Dome have left with a field goal percentage no higher then 40 percent. Example Jackson State came into the Mini Dome and left with a field goal percentage of 27.5. The section has help the Jaguars basketball team to a perfect 9-0 record thus far for the men’s team and a 6-3 record at home for the women’s team. “The M-9 is a big part of what we do, it’s a big part of our team The M9 is really what gets us going some games,” guard Cameron Monroe said. “We don’t always come out hitting a lot of shots but they are very much encouraging, they keep the game alive, they keep us full of energy, they really just keep the game going.” And to keep the M-9 section hype along with all the other fans that make up the sixth man in the Mini Dome you’ll see Mark Jones, the creator of the Go Team. Some may not know this name but if you go to the games you’ll recognize the reoccurring chant during media timeouts ...

Talor Kinzy/DIGEST The students heckling opponents in Section M-9 have spurred on Southern basketball teams for years, and now in the middle of voting for the Naismith Student Section of the Year Award. MIKE CHECK! MIKE CHECK! ONE, TWO! ONE, TWO! and you the fans replay buy saying SU!!! And during the timeouts he along with the other Go Team! Members are giving out shirts, towels, coupons, and are entertaining fans with quick shooting games for the kids. “Dr. Broussard does a great job at getting all the sponsorships, and corporations to donate t-shirts to

us and he just gives me everything I need for the whole season and it’s up to us to divide it out and evenly distribute it to the fans,” Jones said. And Jones says the reason for the timeout entertainment is to get the fans into looking forward to getting the prize and to get the fans more into the game. And with the efforts of the Go Team and the success of both

basketball programs has motivated more fans to show out and for that, the M-9 section is up for the Naismith Student Section of the Year Award. “Its all about having fun, its really about developing a bond between other students having fun and supporting our basketball team,” Go Team member Alicia Archie said.


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Talking Politics with Caesar Smith Jr.: Let’s Talk Policy, Jindal policy Elections have come to a close and Mardi Gras will be over Tuesday. Have you thought about any of our governor’s policies and the position of the state since he has been in office? Many of his policies have not been well thought out, unconstitutional or have failed us. Now the governor is proposing a central tax instead of municipalities collecting their own taxes. At the center of the conversation, is a federal push to capture sales tax when someone buys a birthday gift on Amazon.com or logs onto Barnes and Noble’s website to purchase a book. The Internet is a largely tax-free zone. The University of Tennessee estimated that $11.4 billion in sales tax on e-commerce sales would not be collected in 2012. Last year, U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., backed the Marketplace Fairness Act, which would allow remote sellers to be required to collect and remit sales taxes. To participate, states must join the Streamlined Sales Tax Project, of which Louisiana is not a member, or task a single entity with administering all sales and use tax laws. The bill has not been introduced in the 113th Congress. The Louisiana Legislature made the sales tax system more uniform in 2003 by making the administration of the law the same from parish to parish. However, the state still collects its own taxes and locals collect their taxes; a situation that critics claim is a headache for businesses with locations in multiple parishes. Local officials contend the system works well and ensures dollars are readily available for public services. Now, Gov. Bobby Jindal is reopening the discussion by proposing to eliminate the state’s personal income and corporate taxes. Nearly $3 billion in revenue will have to be replaced, sparking the governor’s interest in something he had previously spurned — collecting sales taxes on Internet sales.

Collecting those taxes most likely means changes to the state and local sales tax structure. The Jindal administration envisions putting sales tax collections in a new bucket that would have state and local oversight. Zachary Mayor David Amrhein said, he can pinpoint when city dollars are coming, where they’re coming from and what day he will receive them. He said he is adverse to anything that impedes the revenue flow. “They can’t keep messing with the way we do business,” Amrhein said. Bob Rainer, an attorney who represents the majority of local governments and school boards across Louisiana, said his clients are nervous about central collection. Local governments want to preserve the local sales and use tax base that funds schools, law enforcement and other public services, he said. Driving the anxiety is a lack of details from the Jindal administration. The governor has only released broad points of his package. The Public Affairs Research Council, a Baton Rouge-based public policy group called PAR, is in the process of studying the state’s tax policies. One of PAR’s initial recommendations is for a centralized, single sales and use tax administration system. PAR’s president, Robert Travis Scott, said very few states handle sales taxes the way Louisiana does. The problem, he said, is that businesses with multiple locations have different tax collectors and different paperwork before even dealing with their state tax obligations. Another concern is online sales that escape taxes and put local retailers at a disadvantage, Scott said. The simplest thing to do would be to let the state collect all sales taxes, he said.

Serious Answers to your SEXtions: How clean are you, really? Let’s be real, a good number of us are already sexually active. Most of you probably have more than one partner, but only a few of you are aware of proper sex hygiene. Hygiene is one of the most important subjects to cover when you are thinking about becoming sexually involved with someone. You are going to get close to a person, really, really close. So it is important to be clean in between. If you are sexually active, it is important to create a pre and post sex hygiene routine. Creating a routine can help prevent infections. Men and women should urinate before sex. This can wash away any built up bacteria. Just remember to clean yourself afterwards. Even if you do not participate in anal sex, it is important to clean that area. You may not be using it, but I am sure your partner does not want to see any toilet paper or worse hiding in the crevasses of your body. Women, focus on your outer genital area. The vagina has a natural pH balance. Using excessive body or vaginal washes can throw the balance off. Try staying away from scented products. Scented products can easily throw off the balance. Men, it is important for you to be just as clean as women. Even if you just came home from the gym and you are ready to get busy, take a shower and thoroughly wash yourself. Your genital area rarely has time to breathe because it is always covered up. It

is easy for bacteria to build up especially after a good work out. Smegma can build up on both male and female genitals. Smegma is a combination of dead skin cells and skin oils. This whiteish substance can build up between the labia on a vagina and on the glands of a penis. Letting smegma build up can cause a pretty bad odor to form. Plus it provides a perfect place for bacteria to form. Smegma is a natural lubricant that will often be produced. Thankfully, it can easily be removed with warm water. If you like to indulge in foreplay, make sure your hands are clean. Our hands to most of our touching and can easily spread bacteria. Dirt and germs have a tendency to build up under the fingernails so spend some extra time cleaning there. If you plan on having your fingers to venture inside something, keep your nails short. This will reduce your chances of cutting something sacred and the spread of bacteria. The bottom line is be clean. You would not want someone touching you if they were not clean, right? When you become sexually active with someone, you want to impress that person. Your sex game means nothing if you do not have proper sex hygiene. Remember to always be safe when engaging in sexual activities. Use a condom and always be aware of who you are getting involved with. We only have one life to live, so never be pressured into doing something you will regret.

“If you do have a new structure that leans more toward sales tax, then you need a good system for compliance,” Scott said. “In the end, the local governments would be better off. They managed to do this in all these other states.” John LeBlanc, the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry taxation and finance director, said his hunch is that the Jindal administration will propose a centralized administration instead of centralized collection. Exactly what that means is unclear, he said. LeBlanc said it may be more of a streamlined, single collection point that allows the state and parishes to act more seamlessly as one. He said his organization has talked to local governments for a few years about consolidating into one local commission for sales tax collection. The next step, he said, would be to include the state and form a consolidated body. “There’s not a huge fiscal note to it,” he said of the possible hurdles. “It’s more political will.” The governor’s tax plan is not clearly spelled out, which is no surprise. None of the things he has pushed has been or produced any value or investment into the state’s coffers. Since he has taken office there have been cuts to revenue producing entities, once revenue is cut, programs are due to follow. Fallout from cuts in revenue, budget cuts and social spending has put the citizens of Louisiana in a hard position. His programs are simply not benefitting us. Cuts to higher education, the unconstitutional voucher program, now this, a tax plan that is not well planned; be objective about such policies. Please feel free to contact your State Representative, Senator and Congressman to talk about these issues; they work for you. By all means contact any elected official who represents you. They are to represent your best interest.


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I’m Jessica, and I’m a WorldStar addict... WorldStarHipHop.com is no secret. I’ve known of the website for a few years now. The first time I ever logged on to it was probably my freshmen year. The first time I visited it I wasn’t too impressed. It was just something else entertaining to do online other than Facebook. Throughout the years I don’t know when I became so obsessed with it. Recently I’ve noticed that I’d spent a good 30-45 minutes on WSHH just watching videos. WSHH is one of the most trafficked websites on the web today and of those traffickers I would assume that more than half are black. Alexa is a very powerful tool used to rank web site traffic. WSHH has an Alexa ranking of 267 in the United States, and 1,019 worldwide. The magic about Worldstar is that it has an array of randomness. Some days you can learn something, other days it can scar you. No topic is off limits. WSHH will post anything without discrimination.

Jessica Sarpy Drug use, street fights, theft, mutilation, hate speech, half naked video vixens shaking it to the newest beats., you name it they got it. The foulest people and things mankind has to offer can be found on this site. WSHH will post any and every kind of video. They only care about traffic, because that traffic equals dollar signs. Even though hip-hop is in the title I hardly see much hip-hop on the site at all. There’s not too many music videos, but more like random foolishness

surrounding the Hip-Hop industry. With all this being said, why can’t I stop? I hate WSHH and everything it stands for. It is probably one of the worst things to happen to mankind since weave extensions, 2 Pac’s murder, and Rick Ross bare chested, -- combined. Why is this so entertaining for me? Why do I watch and replay mollywhoppings and people getting stole on? Why is it that every time I hear “WORLDSTAR!” I almost fumble my phone trying to hit record? I guess it’s just one of those things I’ll have to ask my maker when I meet him or her. In the mean time I will, and also urge others to try to be more productive. WSHH is, in my opinion, one of the most entertaining ways I can spend the better half of an hour two, but it isn’t the most productive. Even though it’s ridiculously hypocritical, I hate WSHH, but love to watch it. It’s a guilty pleasure.

Black History Challenge (Warning: Reading Required) Get in touch with yourself. It’s Black History Month, even though every month we should celebrate black history. As a Black American, I take the time out to learn about my heritage and to learn about myself. Even though there are people who do the same thing, how many of us actually take the time to learn who we are and what we have accomplished as far as improving our race? How many people understand the struggle that people like Betty Shabazz and Coretta Scott-King had after the deaths of their husbands who died for us to become equal. Look at politics today and how the Republican Party refuses to compromise and would rather send the country into another depression than to work with President Obama or even respect him enough to call him President Obama. If you think it’s just politics, then think again. We look at the rights, the privileges and the black president that we have now and think we’re really doing something, but we don’t realize that the struggle is still real. It’s true, we have come a very long way, but there is still more to do. The average college student usually

Ariana Triggs doesn’t think about what type of competition they will face after graduation. In some cases candidates must consider racially motivated hiring. For instance, I was watching the latest episode of ‘Love and Hip Hop’ when Jen and Raqi got into an argument. At the end of the argument, Jen made the point that she will work again because she is white. Even though most people probably looked at her like “WTH! She has lost all of her mind!” for saying that on national TV, she has a point. If she tries to work in urban radio, it can work for her, and it can work for Raqi, but if Raqi and Jen apply to get hired by Howard Stern, Jen would most likely get the job, realistically.

We, as a people have to work on ourselves because it’s not impossible to get that job with that ‘Fortune 500’ company as long as you prove your worth and appreciate your heritage. You can’t prove your worth if you don’t know and understand what has been done for you. I have had talks with some people about culture and struggle and a few of them have said, “My people weren’t slaves, my people are from ‘such-nsuch’. That goes back to learning and understanding your heritage. If you are black in America, then you have roots in African culture and American tradition. Most people think that the “white man” enslaved us and brought us here and that’s the story. That’s only apart of the story. Our own people enslaved us first and our own people are still enslaving us with that “crabs in a barrel” mentality. Unless we break the barrier and step out on our own; with our own identity and know who we are, who we were and what we stand for. So I challenge you SU, to learn a little bit about your heritage, African and American, everyday this Black History Month.

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