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Farrakhan puts emphasis on education Charles Hawkins II The Southern Digest

Students were inspired by the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan’s speech at the F.G. Clark Activity Center Wednesday. Farrakhan addressed black education, politics, health, and blacks depending on themselves to build their communities. Farrakhan stressed how the current state of most black communities displays the need for more their community to take care of itself. “The real burden on us is to make change that is necessary that will make changes for our people,” Farrakhan said. Farrakhan compared the major difference of the Asian and Indian communities with the black community. “They are building their communities,” Farrakhan said. He mentioned how keeping money within community builds a better and stronger community. One method of building a better community mentioned, by Farrakhan, was agriculture. “Agriculture is the founder of any

nation, and everyone should aspire to own land,” Farrakhan said. He said personal agriculture, as being a method of protection against the radiation is used in many facets of society such as heating of food, processed food, cell phones, cell phone towers, X-rays, and Magnetic Resonation Imaging otherwise known as MRIs. Farrakhan said how the “supposed” equal education in the United States is actually being found to be unequal because of the Western methodology used. “We need a superior education not an equal education,” Farrakhan said. Farrakhan talked about the disparity in Asian and Indian success with Caucasian success because of their commitment to including their culture in their education process. Despite the idea that gaining a degree to be able to be a better prospect for a job, Farrakhan believes it should be used for creation of employment. “Your education should employ us to create employment,” Farrakhan said. He told of the process of gaining a degree for higher financial

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The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan discussed issues such as education and economic development during his lecture at Southern University Wednesday.

possibilities being a Western ideology and how it is not productive to the world. Farrakhan encouraged students to choose majors that would be more important to society. “Challenge yourself with majors that make a difference,” Farrakhan said. While stressing education, Farrakhan discussed his displeasure with people judging President Barack Obama, not addressing the black people’s needs directly. “Unjust to judge the President on a black agenda because he is President of America not Black America,” Farrakhan said. Marcus Hooper, a senior

sociology major from Mansfield, La., spoke of some things he learned from Farrakhan’s speech. “I actually learned it’s more to education than what we are being taught,” Hooper said. He revealed his reason for attending was to hear a different voice of inspiration other than what he has been hearing. Jerrell Smith, a junior computer science major from Shreveport discussed how he will inform absent students of the missed opportunity. “I would tell them they missed out on insight about their true history,” Smith said. He said he had done some prior research on black history.

Jade Williams, business management grad student from Linden, New Jersey discussed what the speech motivated her to take action in. “It helps me to stay focused to creating my own business,” Williams said. Bre’ona X, a freshman chemistry major from Walker, La., talked the organization of the event. “Sister Deborah Muhammad originally planned it for last semester, but it was moved to the beginning of this semester,” said X. She said for those who missed the event they can purchase the DVD online at

SU celebrates with artists Norman J. Dotson Jr. The Southern Digest

Through hardships and strife the Visual Arts Gallery kicked off Homecoming Week for the fourth year in the row and this year they helped celebrate the 21st anniversary of the New Orleans chapter of the National Conference of Artist (NCA). “Its always difficult because it costs money and I operate without a budget so every year we’re pulling a rabbit out the hat and this time we were fortunate that SGA stepped up and supported us financially,” Robert Cox, art professor and art gallery director, said. However the lack of funding couldn’t stop the drive of the hungry artists who were featured in this year’s exhibition. This year’s exhibition consisted of artists in primarily from the New Orleans area who are members of the NCA and have some sort of ties to the Southern University System. All but, two artists were either students photo by arielle burks/DIGEST or had spouses that attended Southern Charlie T. Johnson describes details from his artwork “Abundance” at the Art University at New Orleans. Exhibit in Hayden Hall Monday.

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Charlie T. Johnson, NOLA chapter president, opened up the nights festivities with brief history of the organization. “The National Conference of Artists was started in 1959 but there were artists who met before then in Atlanta every year there was a national arts competition there and Margaret Burroughs with some others decided that they needed to bring these people together because they couldn’t get into these larger galleries around the country,” Johnson said. “Using churches and HBCU’s they were able to get their work to travel but Marg Burrough had the vision to get these individuals together.” Burroughs works with linoleum cuts were displayed alongside other members of the NCA. Each artist in attendance got a chance to give a brief description of his or her artwork displayed. The selection that garnered the most attention was the “Injustice Series” by Shelia See Artists Celebrate page 3

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The Southern Digest/Mass Communication Alumni Association is looking to award a deserving mass communication major with $500 to help toward their education. Applicants must be currently enrolled mass communication majors, and must provide a copy of his/her transcript to show he/she is in good academic standing with the university. Applicants must also write a 500-word essay explaining to the scholarship committee how he/she would use the money, why the scholarship is important and how it would enhance his/her education. All materials may be e-mailed to fredrick_batiste@ or hand-delivered to Fredrick Batiste in the Office of Student Media, located in 1064 Harris Hall. The deadline for applications is today at 5 p.m. The winner will be presented the scholarship Friday, Oct. 12. For more information, call 225.771.5812.


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Who’s Speaking Out? What are you anticipating the most for homecoming?

Tramaine Harrison

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“I am most anticipating the football game. Harrison The team is doing well and I want to see them improve on their record. I’m also looking forward to seeing the Greeks do their thing.”

“I am most anticipating the comedy show. I love to laugh and Benji Brown is hilarious.”

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Harvey, La. Freshman Engineering

New Orleans Sophomore Criminal justice

“I am most anticipating the concert and the game.”

“I am most anticipating for all of SU to be united and have a great time.”


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Students battle on ‘The Slab’ Charles Hawkins II The Southern Digest

Southern University students participated in ‘Battle of the Slab’ Basketball tournament on the newly paved outdoor courts in front of J.S. Jones Hall, Friday. Students often complain about more activities on campus and residential life provided a response. Nine teams out of a possible twelve entered into the tournament to prove their skills, and to have a good time. Ezekiel Hamilton, Residential Life hall director for over a year discussed why he wanted to organize the event. “Well with the new courts we needed to let people know it’s here,” Hamilton said. He said residential life is making efforts to create a more productive living environment for students on campus. Dewayne Fuselier, a senior political science and criminal justice major from Lake Charles, La. said why he entered the tournament. PHOTO BY Charles Hawkins/DIGEST “It’s my last year, it seemed like Quentin Thomas, a sophomore mass communication major from New Orleans, something fun,” Fuselier said. He told of jumps for the shot against Erin Jordan, a senior therapeutic recreation major from the having something to prove because Baton Rouge, in “The Battle of the Slab” Friday. he isn’t old yet. was organized well. Joskie Frank, a freshman mechanical planned out for many reasons. “Yea, it was organized compared to “Honestly it was because they had engineering major from Opelousas, La. Powerade, ample people, teams, and it others I have been to that weren’t as agreed with Fuselier. “It was fun and I wanted to experience was sectioned off greatly,” Fuselier said. organized,” Brooks said. He said having Giovanni Brooks, a freshman biology events on campus gives students on playing in the tournament,” Frank said. Fuselier said the tournament was well major from San Diego said the tourney campus a lot more to do.

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Artists Celebrate from page 1 Phipps. Each piece in the series was a portrait of young men who were wrongfully convicted of crimes they did not commit, many of whom are still incarcerated. One of the portraits was of Phipps own son who has served 12 years in prison and still serving time in the penitentiary. “We are still currently fighting to get him out but he was accused of something many people know he did not commit,” said a sorrowful Phipps. “In February it will be 13 years and we are not only working on his case but the others that are up here as well.” Phipps eagerly explained her reasoning behind painting these very bold and strong portraits in order to show the world the faces of injustice in the black community. Earl Truvia, who was the only one painted in black and white, is the only man currently exonerated for his crimes after serving 27 and half years in 2004 through DNA. “Ironically he [Truvia] met his ‘accomplice’ in the murder in prison and before then they never met one another,” said an astonished Phipps. “It was just amazing that two men who didn’t know each other were convicted for a crime that supposedly committed together.” Randall Henry, art professor expressed his feelings on the need of art across the board and explained its importance to students in every field. “People need the arts to become creative, and we want to make sure that the students receive that message so that they may be able to apply that to their respective fields,” said Henry.


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‘Spinks Jinx’ dooms Jaguars Aristide Phillips

LORMAN, Miss. — After defeating Grambling State in week one in the Port City Classic, Alcorn State can be considered Louisiana state champions with their victory over Southern 2017 last Saturday. Southern (2-3, 1-2 Southwestern Athletic Conference) came off a two-game winning streak over rivals Jackson State and Florida A&M, but when SU came to Jack Spinks Stadium the Braves outplayed the Jaguars. “It was a tough loss I take my hat off to those guys at Alcorn their team performed very well and played very hard we got down in that game 14 to nothing, and we battled back to take the lead but we just didn’t make enough plays in the end to finish,” interim head coach Dawson Odums said. A blocked field goal on the Jags second possession stalled the Jaguar offense from scoring any points until the second half. A drive later Alcorn State (2-

4, 2-2 SWAC) scored the games first points going 81-yards on 13 plays when running back Jordan Payne scored from two yards out. The Braves went into halftime with the lonely touchdown lead. When the second half came around ASU went an impressive 95 yards on 10 plays and scored when Quarterback John Gibbs connected with wide receiver Joe Price for a 38-yard score. Down 14-0 in the third quarter photo by TREVOR JAMES/DIGEST with 5:20 left in the game the Jaguars finally got themselves Southern linebackers Demetrius Carter (39) and Anthony Balancier (49) stop Alcorn State’s Joe Price on the board when Quarterback during the Jaguars’ 20-17 loss to the Braves at Spinks-Casem Stadium. Dray Joseph connected with “We just got to find a way to In the fourth quarter the throughout the third and early wide receiver Mike Berry for an 80-yard touchdown Berry lead Jaguars took the lead for the first fourth and we just made some make execution better on offense the Jags with four receptions for time when freshman kicker Greg mental and a few bad throws and we got to be able to come Pittman made a 33-yard field the kids responded in the fourth up with stops on defense, and 107 yards. quarter and did a good job in we got to play better on special SU then tied the game up at goal with 10:47 left. Two drives later with less that last drive and pulled out teams,” Odums said. “Overall the end of the third quarter when cornerback Virgil Williams, than seven minutes remaining the win,” said Alcorn State head we competed, and we tried to overcome a lot of mistakes that Football Championship Sub- in the game, Alcorn State coach Jay Hopson. Despite the loss the Jaguars are we made.” division leader in return yards, went 66 yards on 10 plays and The Jaguars’ homecoming scored on an electrifying 50- scored with 38-seconds left on still in second place in the SWAC yard punt return where Williams the clock, Southern could not Western Division behind Arkansas game against Texas Southern (1somehow kept his knee from answer giving the Braves their Pine Bluff (4-2, 3-1 SWAC), and 5, 1-3 SWAC) this weekend will are still in the driver seat to make a be a key game in determining touching the turf despite being second win of the season. their title hopes. “Some adversity struck run for the SWAC title. tackled.

Lady Jags fall to Valley

Bulldogs romp past MVSU

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The Lady Jaguar soccer team suffered a tough loss in Itta Bena, Miss., as the Delta Devilettes defeated Southern 2-1 in double overtime. After hard fought matches against Arkansas Pine-Bluff going into a double overtime tie, and a lengthy 2-1 loss to Alcorn State, the Lady Jaguars (0-71, 0-1-1 Southwestern Athletic Conference) came into Sundays match ready to compete. MSVU (2-8-1,1-0-1 SWAC) came out with a strong offensive attack attempting 14 shots with 10 of those shots on target in the full 110 minutes of the game. Lady Jaguar Goalie Sarah Forde had eight saves and Middle Fielder Jazmine Harrell scored the first goal of the game 37:15 into the game. “It was a hard fought heavy weight battle to the end, it was definitely a game that we needed to see if we can fight as one for a

defeating Alabama State. Denu added that the winner of the tournament usually goes on to win the conference title, which was won by JSU in 2011, winning their last 25 contests before a shutout loss in the NCAA tournament against the University of Nebraska. “We have to continue to focus on defensive play,” Denu said. “Everybody knows that defense wins

Alabama A&M continued its romp through the Southwestern Athletic Conference Saturday, thanks in part to quarterback Deaunte Mason’s four-score day against Mississippi Valley State. Mason passed for two touchdowns and ran for two more as the Bulldogs (6-0, 5-0) 35-0 win over the Delta Devils (1-4, 1-2). Meanwhile, Alabama State crushed Texas Southern 45-0 as Isaiah Crowell ran for two touchdowns and the Hornets (4-2, 1-4) forced two turnovers in the second quarter to romp past the Tigers (1-5, 1-4). In other SWAC action from the weekend, Arkansas-Pine Bluff defeated Jackson State 34-24 and Prairie View A&M knocked off Grambling 31-14 at the State Fair Classic. Week 7 of SWAC play features Southern hosting Texas Southern for homecoming,

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Southern’s Jacquia Bell scores the 14th point for Southern in the second set in Monday’s volleyball match against Prairie View at Seymour Gymnasium.

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The Southern Jaguars volleyball team let go of its grip of claiming their first conference win, losing 3-2 at home against Prairie View Monday. The victory became the Lady Panthers third straight after sweeping Grambling 3-0 twice this season. “We had our feet on their throat,” head coach Nathaniel Denu said after the contest. “We gave them

the confidence level that that they needed to win.” The Lady Jaguars last won against Arkansas-Pine Bluff during their 28th annual Volleyball Invitational, which began Friday and ended Saturday. All matchups were considered non-conference and counted towards the teams’ overall record. However, SU was defeated in the semi-final round by Jackson State, who eventually claimed the tournament title after

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Size-ing the opportunity Aristide Phillips

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In Sunday’s game against Mississippi Valley State the Lady Jaguar Soccer team suffered injuries to the team, assistant coach Courtney Prather looked at her reserves and faced a sophomore walkon who has stepped up to the task every game. Taylor Size, a sophomore nursing major from Lafayette, has always been attached to the game of soccer. She has been playing the game since the age of seven, and says that it is something that she can’t get away from. Size came to Southern longing for the HBCU experience and to get a taste of life away from home just like many other students here on campus. As a freshman she was a regular student taking up electives along with other students but something was missing. Soccer … Since her first time at age seven, Size has played soccer every year and her freshman year was the first time she had ever been away from the game for a entire year.

SWAC Recap from page 4 Alabama A&M entertaining Alcorn State, Jackson State (24, 2-2) at Alabama State and Grambling State at MVSU. UAPB and Prairie View are idle this week.

“I was missing it a lot, I never went a few months of not playing, so it was kind of rough and I enjoy being a regular student but it was kind of boring I was use to being busy,” Size said. Without soccer to fill her day, Size contemplated what to do with her spare time. “I was used to the routine, do your work then get ready for practice, but since I wasn’t PHOTO COURTESY OF JOHN OUBRE/SU PUBLICATIONS playing it was just do your Southern defender Taylor Size fights for the ball with Grambling work and then now what are State’s Alyssa Ward earlier this season. The Lafayette native went you going to do now? I just from a walk-on to a starter prior to the start of the season. couldn’t get it off my mind I and my mindset was just to having on the team. just have to play.” “When I found out I made go along with whatever the So the next year Size decided to walk on, being away from the team I was like will I schedule is and whatever any sport for a year will leave start? Will I actually play, but coach has in mind,” Size said. Fast tracking to the Lady an athlete out of shape, and eventually I calmed down and the two-mile conditioning test just do what I was suppose to Jaguars’ loss to the Delta do,” Size said. “I was ready to Devilettes, Size was given a proved just that. “I woke up trying to prepare be a sub and just sub in for like break from the last two games myself mentally and the first 10 or 15 minutes and come out but when asked to step up she exercise I had to run 2 miles,” I wasn’t really expecting that was able to look into the eyes of Prather and said, ‘I’m going to Size said. “My mindset was really.” What she didn’t expect was do my job coach’, and she did. like, please don’t pass out on Playing for 60 minutes in the first day because I haven’t being the named the week one worked out in a whole year starter against Lamar beating a position that she had little I wanted to keep up with out other players who have experience in. “She made a huge contribution been on the team prior. everybody.” And she has been a starter which was staying in the game After making it through for as long she did, that’s a walk training and working with the since … “I wasn’t expecting that, on sophomore taking a seniors team, she was able to show Prather and the coaching staff because they had other girls spot and just did a great job that she was someone worth that were already on the team again,” said Prather.

PV denies SU from page 4 matches.” Breanna McNeil led the Panthers with 21 kills and 14 digs, tying a season high. She hit .300 and had one block. For SU, Jaquel Watts and Jacquia Bell tied with nine kills. “We kind of let it get away from us,” assistant coach Tacho Cloud said after the contest. “It was good to see them fight all the way through.” The Panthers defense managed to closeout the fifth set with a 7-0 scoring run that began with a kill shot by McNeil, who had four in the final round.

SU brought set five within four for a score of 15-11. At times the Lady Jaguars took control of set five, tying the match three times. It was in the second and fourth sets where SU took control of the match, winning 25-21, 25-22. SU fell behind and never recovered in set three. The Panthers opened with a 15-4 scoring run led by McNeil, who scored the final point in the set for a score of 2512. “We kept the same rotation but I

needed somebody to go in and lead,” Cloud said. “I think in the first couple of games, our senior Breanna took that lead. But I think, defense is what kept us going.” The Lady Jaguars return Wednesday at home against the University of New Orleans, who defeated SU 3-0 Sept 26. The Privateers also won Monday night, defeating Arkansas Pine Buff 3-0. “In our division we’re 0-2,” Denu said. “Prairie View was picked to win the division and we were picked to come out number three.”

Falls to Valley from page 4 common goal,” assistant coach Courtney Prather said. Prather referred to the hardest challenge of the game leaving all their effort on the field but, to come up short. “It was a tough thing it was one of the hardest things to see watching the pain and the hurt and your players literally left everything they had on the field and unfortunately we didn’t come up with the W,” Prather said. At the 53:09 mark into the second half when defender Shanesse Spratt scored Mississippi Valley State’s first point tying the game. From then the game was

a defensive stalemate when Forde defended two shots in the last 10 minutes of regulation. The only significant stat in the first overtime period in overtime period was when Harrell received a yellow card at the 91:46 mark of the first overtime period. Another save by Forde 17 seconds into the second overtime period, wasn’t enough to keep the Delta Devilettes offensive attack at bay, 35 seconds later Defender Josee Primeau scored the second goal giving Mississippi Valley State the lead sealing their victory. Although the Lady Jaguars

have had their woes they have been more competitive against their opponents. “After our game against Grambling, we know as a coaching staff and players wise, we weren’t as prepared as maybe we should have been and the staff we took a lot of the responsibility,” Prather said. “Since then we kind of changed the tone a little bit in practice we added some extra responsibilities and this is our third game in a row between Pine Bluff and Alcorn.” The Jaguars have suffered a number of injuries during the season and has forced

young players to come in and contribute. Prather said that this season has been one of the toughest years in reference to having players go down due to injury and that the coaching staff is asking the players who are healthy to make a lot of changes that would have them playing in different spots that their normally not use to in order to keep the program moving forward. The Jaguars are currently in fourth place in the SWAC western division standings and travel to Jackson, Miss. to face Jackson State Friday.

Alabama A&M 35, Miss. Valley 0 ITTA BENA, Miss. — Mason, the conference’s Offensive Player of the Week for the past three weeks, completed 21 of 32 passes for 235 yards, including a 31-yard score to Montaurius Smith 25 seconds before halftime to give the Bulldogs (6-0, 5-0) a 21-0 lead. Mason, who hasn’t thrown an interception this season, completed the scoring with his second touchdown pass, a 14-yarder to Bobby Goldsby. The Delta Devils, who came into the game leading the conference in total defense, were outgained 366 yards to 168 by the league’s leading offense. Alabama St. 45, Tex. Southern 0 MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Crowell finished with 149 yards on 17 carries and opened scoring with a 63-yard run midway through the second quarter. After Brandon Slater recovered a Kendall Denson fumble on Texas Southern’s next possession, Crowell scored again, this time with a 34-yard run. TSU turned the ball over for the second time in the quarter when Jeff Anderson was intercepted by Darius Knox. Greg Jenkins connected with Landon Jones from 32 yards two plays later to make it 21-0. ASU outgained Texas Southern 432 to 133, including just 29 rushing yards for the Tigers. Justice Jones completed 13-of25 passes for the Tigers but was held to 52 yards and threw two interceptions. Arkansas-PB 34, Jackson St. 24 PINE BLUFF, Ark. — Dennis Jenkins ran for 154 yards and two touchdowns, helping ArkansasPine Bluff defeat JSU. Both of his touchdowns came in the first half. Arkansas-Pine Bluff (4-2, 2-1) led 27-24 late in the game when Benjamin Anderson connected with Aaron Lagrone on an 8-yard touchdown pass to gain some breathing room with 1:39 left. Jackson State (2-4, 2-2) had three players rush for 100 or more yards —Tommy Gooden (104), Rakeem Sims (101) and Clayton Moore (100). Prairie View 31, Grambling 14 DALLAS — A 75-yard kickoff return helped Prairie View win its first game of the season Saturday night, defeating Grambling State 31-14 at The State Fair Classic at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas. Johnta’ Herbert scored a touchdown after a 75-yard kickoff return in the first quarter. He also scored after catching a 41yard pass from Jerry Lovelocke. Later, Lovelocke kept the ball for a 1-yard run and Courtney Brown added a touchdown after a 45yard run. The Panthers are now 1-5 overall and 1-3 in the SWAC.

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Many people had mixed feelings about the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan speaking at Southern University. Farrakhan’s message to the students was very inspirational and truthful. The basis of his message was finding yourself, education and thinking outside the box. He touched on the subject of blacks and the community. I was surprised, though, that many local mainstream media outlets were not in attendance. Farrakhan talked about blacks in the community and what we haven’t been doing. One of his points was that we do not cater to our own needs. If we want our hair done, we go to a hair store to buy owned by Asians who know nothing about our hair. If we want our nails and feet done, we go to a salon owned by Asians. He pointed out what’s obvious to most; other nationalities come to this country for a better opportunity and to provide better opportunities to their children. There are nationalities that have come to America within the last 100 years and have more than us and we’ve been here the longest and fought the hardest. They also cater to their community. Farrakhan talked about education.

A riana Triggs He stated that education is important in society. He mentioned that when you receive your degree; don’t ever think that you know everything in your field because the moment that you think that is the moment that you lose it. One should never stop learning because their always something you to learn. I was impressed on how much he knew about Southern University and how in-depth his research of the university was. He singled out the agriculture students that were in the audience and he was surprised that there were only two of them there. Farrakhan said that the future is in the sciences (nursing, agriculture,

architecture and engineering) and technology. These are the concentrations that build communities and it is better that we learn these things now in order to be able to build up our communities. He was honored when Chancellor James Llorens welcomed him to the University because he said it shows that the chancellor has faith that his students aren’t easily influenced; that the students are capable to receive information, go back and do research on the information, and make informed decisions on whether they want to accept the information presented or reject it. Most importantly, he discussed finding yourself. He said that it is important to trace your genealogy and find out who you really are. Most last names, he said, come from the slave masters that owned our ancestors. I think that it is necessary, as a black person in America, that you do research your genealogy because when we came to the Americas as slaves, we lost a lot of our history. We started new traditions and joined new religions and most really haven’t looked back to see what we could have been if we had not been captured.

Houdini strikes again So it seems as though Houdini is back to magically rob the Office of Student Media of funds. It’s the week after midterms and for some odd reason we can’t seem to find our money…we know it exists but it seems as though Voldermort has cast an amnesia spell on whoever has access to our budget. It’s bad enough that students voted to not only take seven dollars (per full time student) from the office and merge our accounts into one but they also willing chose to accept an increase in $40 in special events fees for events that I personally have yet to see. We had to accept the will of apathetic and ill-informed people but what we won’t accept is blatantly being lied to about our funds, what have we done Houdini? Why must you practice your disappearing act on our money? We were thoroughly impressed with what you did with our original budget codes and the conjuring up of brand new ones without even telling us we were unwilling participants in this act. Now your in cahoots with Voldermort and the dark lords of the Sith to mind trick and magically alter everyone’s memory who has access to our funds into thinking that over the summer the funds either don’t exist or just flat out don’t belong to us. You and the rest of the League of Diabolically Dastardly Villains (L2DV) are holding up progress in our office, we have things that need to be paid for like career building trips to conferences to compete with the best and brightest in student media and our bribes to whoever continuously puts our air conditioner on furlough. Again, whom must we call to save our money?

Norman J. Dotson Jr . Scooby Doo and Mystery Inc.? Sam and Dean Winchester? Jedi Masters Yoda, Mace Windu, and Obi Wan Kenobi? Sherlock Holmes? Batman? Or maybe we should fight thievery with thievery? Anybody know how to get in touch with Ocean’s Eleven? Catwoman maybe? I mean if we could get a hold of these people we’d write them a postdated check that they can’t cash until…I can’t even give them a round about date. It just seems that OSM has been targeted in terms of money. First our Editors-in-Chiefs had to go around the world in order to get paid (minus myself of course whom still hasn’t gotten paid), then we were told that our budget codes were changed without informing us, and then we were told that we had to justify why we needed our funds. That’s like the bank telling you to give them a good enough reason to give you your money…uhmmm cause its mine maybe? How is that Houdini and L2DV can become budget Nazis at the back of campus and get upset when someone is

ready to kick in the door in order to get what rightfully belongs to them? Come on, just be up front and tell us you want to keep the funds to do “temporary pay overloads” in other offices to people who don’t do have half the workload as those who have been underpaid for their services these past three years and then won’t allow them to defend themselves when questioned about why they should receive these funds. But I mean isn’t that common practice here on campus. It seems as though that underhanded and deceptive practices are in more common across the board. We elect ineffective student leaders who can’t even hold simple senate meetings or even announce that they have had any. We allow administration to cut and rob our professors of money when they themselves can’t, no, refuse to take a small cut out of there pay when they make more than enough to help alleviate the problem collectively rather than put it all on one group. But what really takes the cake is that people have the nerve to not even try and hold said people accountable but rather complain about a satirical commentary written about relationship statuses. Come on people, it was meant to make you laugh not meant for you to make life decisions with. But I digress… Houdini all we want to know is what it will take to get our money? If we have to we will call in Liam Neeson’s character from Taken, Bryan Mills, oh he will find you and when he does….well you know the rest. “I don’t have any money thanks to Houdini, but I do have a set of skills that deserve pay… I will find my money.”


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Homecoming Week begins with laughs Christie Carral

The Southern Digest

Southern’s homecoming week opened with comedy at the 2012 Comedy Show hosted by Cocoa Brown and featuring Benji Brown and Ronnie Jordan in F.G. Clark Activity Center, Monday. Cocoa Brown engaged the audience asking, “Where’s the love SU?” Brown followed her introduction with a rant about the bigger girls wearing too little clothing. “You walk in the club with a tube top on and you can’t even put your arms down, looking like Iron Man,” Brown said. Brown, a Newport News, Va., native and comedian for 16 years, said that when she does her shows, she just wants her audience to walk away with a little bit of wisdom. “I try to teach them between my jokes. I have a lot of experiences, gained a lot of wisdom in 40 years. When I switch around and do colleges, I want to give my sisters a head’s up about a lot of things,” Brown said. Brown said she does not want ladies to waste 20 years like she said she has done. “So, I hope they take away a little bit of knowledge along with laughs,” said Brown. She said she is the type of comic who does not tell jokes;

instead she tells truth. “It’s all about putting that truth out there. That’s why I talk about safe sex and I talk about how women need to handle hers,” Brown said. Brown said, “It all boils down to we rule the world. Every man chases us and every gay man wants to be us…Let’s keep it real, women rule the and we must conduct ourselves and accept it,” Brown said. Next on the lineup was comedian Benji Brown, who’s known for the infamous ‘Keke’ impersonation. Brown began his show with the question, “Where are all you single ladies?” According to Brown, the ladies that clapped and applauded after his question, he called them lonely and made a mockery of their loneliness in song. Then Brown posed another question, “Where are all the people in relationships?” Again, once the audience clapped and applauded in the same manner, he said jokingly, “He doesn’t want you.” Once Brown was finished joking around with the people in relationships, he then warned the crowd by stating, “Ladies, you better be careful, it’s that time of the year.” Referring to ‘cuffing season’ he said, “Ladies, I sympathize

with you all.” Brown, a Miami native, said when he does his shows, he wants his crowd to know that they had a good time and he has given them the best that he has given, and for his audience to want more of him. “Once they see me, I want to leave a lasting impression,” Brown said. He said has been blessed to accomplish such task as to leaving his audience with wanting more from his shows. “I want to continue to keep that going,” Brown said. With nearly 15 years experience, Brown said with the delivery of his shows, they are versatile because he is very versatile too. “I’m able to adjust. I pride myself on being versatile. Whatever the genre, whatever the age group, I am able to perform, pretty much, in front of anybody,” Brown, said. Lastly, to perform at the comedy show was comedian Ronnie Jordan. Jordan began his performance with a statement about the social network, Twitter. Jordan asked, “Don’t you just get tired of people saying stuff on Twitter?” Jordan stated that people are very bold on Twitter because they say what they want.

PHOTO BY trevor james/digest

Headliner Ronnie Jordan performs his famous Ruben Studdard impression to the Southern University crowd at Monday’s homecoming comedy show.

He continued his performance by recognizing and doing a roll call with the Greeks. Jordan called each Greek’s name and then told them to acknowledge themselves and to do their distinct calls. Jordan said, with all jokes aside, he wants his audience to

know that everyone is different. “You don’t have to be from a certain area to get a certain joke. If it’s funny, it’s funny,” said Jordan. Jordan said that each of his shows is different. “A show I do at Southern would be different from a show I would do in Vermont,” Jordan said.

SU shows off style for St. Jude Christie Carral

The Southern Digest

PHOTO BY arielle burks/digest

A model shows off a design by Courtney Johnson’s Smace Clothing Line at the Homecoming fashion show Sunday at the F.G. Clark Activity Center.

Southern University’s 2012 Homecoming week started with fashion for a cause Sunday with the ‘Hot Styles’ Fashion show in F.G. Clark Activity Center. Attendees donated $1 or more for admission to benefit St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, the show raised over $500. “To my understanding, it was a very successful turnout of students and a very successful revenue,” Willie McCorkle, Student Government Association President said. The show continued the initiative by Miss Southern University to raise money for Up ‘til Dawn. “That just speaks volumes for the students. So, support Miss Southern University, support the administration of the student government and just support Southern University as a college in itself,” McCorkle said. McCorkle said the show proved to be better than last year. “When it first started, I’ve been getting compliments of how much better the show has been. I don’t want to compare

my administration to any previous ones. I just want to speak on my success of the event,” McCorkle said. McCorkle said the fashion show was put on, directed and produced by members of his executive cabinet on his activity planning team. “Without them working collaboratively and hand in hand with each other to get this show a success,” McCorkle said. Lawrence Christy, the 2012 Homecoming Fashion Show coordinator, said, “We have been preparing for this since August and it’s been a crazy ride but I’ve enjoyed every second of it. I would not change anything about the fashion show. Everything’s a learning experience and we all have our difference in weakness and strong points.” Christy said. Christy said that he plans to do another show for Spring Fest, after putting his first planned show under his belt. “Yes, we’re coming for part two,” Christy said. Trashawn Hudson, a junior, environmental management systems major at SU from Monroe, La., was one of the models. “I really enjoyed the show and it was great

experience and I liked the different styles of fashion that I had seen,” Hudson said. The line that Hudson said he was modeling for was named Truly. “I had on a plaid, button-up shirt and light blue jeans,” Hudson said. Hudson said that he had heard about the casting call for the fashion through one of the designers who was featured in the line-up. Artesha Murray, a senior fashion merchandising major from Tallulah, La., said that the 2012 Homecoming Fashion Show was the first SU show she had been a part of. “It was really exciting and I’ve done this many times before,” Murray said. Murray said she owns her own boutique, Xclusions, and she had 11 pieces featured in the show. “Everybody did great. My music was great, my girls were good and there was a little mix-up between the scenes, but in the end, we all did good,” Murray said. Murray was happy to show off the merchandise in her collection above all else. “We all got out there, we were all able to show our merchandise. So, that’s all that matters.”

The October 9, 2012 Issue of The Southern Digest  
The October 9, 2012 Issue of The Southern Digest  

Farrakhan puts emphasis on education; SU celebrates with artists; Spinks Jinx dooms Jaguars; Homecoming week begins at SU