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Volume 58, Issue 11

Jaguars seek to stay in West race

Groups: Ban youth solitary

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BET College Tour hits Southern see Culture, page 8

Health fair stresses health by the numbers Charles Hawkins II The Southern Digest

Students focused on health by the numbers at the Fall Wellness Fair Wednesday. Southern University’s BarancoHill Student Health Center joined with SU School of Nursing for the Homecoming Fall Wellness Fair on the SU Museum of Art lawn. The fair provided students with free testing and information; so they can proactively prevent health problems. Sandra Brown professor of Nursing said, students should know their health numbers. “This year we are trying to impress upon students to know their numbers,” Brown said. Brown mentioned some numbers that are important to understand and be aware of. “Blood pressure, Blood sugar, blood count, HIV/AIDs status, Body mass index, and Breast cancer screening,” Brown said. While testing was provided on site, Brown said students were able to sit in seminars on site to learn how to stay properly informed and self-efficient at health checks. “Nutritional counseling, stress reduction, and when they go to stations they get individualized

counseling,” Brown said. Wilfret Lorraine, Outreach Coordinator for the YWCA of Greater Baton Rouge was giving lectures in the Mary Perkins Cancer Center RV, she explained the mission of the RV. “(The RV) goes out around Parishes to find underserved women by working with the Mary Bird Perkins Center and Our Lady of the Lake Hospital,” Lorraine said. photo by ariana triggs/digest Lorraine said that cases of breast cancer are becoming Students ask questions and get vital health information during the annual Homecoming Health Fair. The natural for girls younger, which fair was a collaborative effort of the Baranco-Hill Student Health Center and the School fo Nursing. is why she came to fair to get the the fair was important. able to experience a true health Jackson said. message out. “I learned things I didn’t know Getting tested is the main “Because let’s face it, the young fair. “Wanted to come for first time topic for this year’s fair from the and it’s better to keep yourself up ladies are developing it fast so we need young ladies to get tested,” to experience mammogram,” organization’s viewpoint, Jackson now than wait till your forty will all types of problems,” Ceasar said. Upshaw said. Lorraine said. “The only way to fight is to said. Upshaw cited several reasons Lorraine said at one prior Harrison said she was a diabetic seminar a girl as young as why she thinks other students know you status,” Jackson said. Steven Ingram, a freshman and her condition requires her to fourteen was found to have a should take advantage of free apparel merchandising and stay informed about her health. health screenings. benign tumor. Students were able to give blood “It’s a free screening and it’s interior decorating major from Kiana Upshaw, junior education major from Gary, Ind., beneficial to your health, so you Memphis, said he attended the with the Life Share Blood Center, said her hometown kept her should take advantage of it,” fair because of campus wide get tested for HIV or AIDs with YWCA, pick up VitaminWater conversation. Upshaw said. informed on health issues. “All my friends were talking at the VitaminWater station, Keshala Jackson, director “Well back in my hometown we have Pearls: A pink ribbon of Young Women’s Christian about it, I just wanted to see what find out information about legacy society, which provided Association of Greater Baton the festivities are about,” Ingram sexually transmitted diseases at the health center station, and youth with information on breast Rouge provided information said. Chris Ceasar and Jennifer get mammogram tests with the about their testing program. cancer,” Upshaw said. “The YWCA provides HIV/ Harrison, senior rehabilitation Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center She said attending Southern University Health Fair she would AIDS testing absolutely free,” majors from Baton Rouge, said C.A.R.E. Network RV.

Da Silva discusses race, criminal justice in Brazil Charles Hawkins II The Southern Digest

Jorge da Silva, professor, social scientist and assistant to president of Rio de Janeiro State University discussed the intersection of race and criminal justice, Wednesday as a lecturer of the Global Leadership Speaker Series. Da Silva addressed business graduate and undergraduate students in T.T. Allain room 313. Brazil, often considered culturally diverse is the complete opposite, da Silva said. “Brazilians are encouraged to present themselves as white,” da Silva said. Da Silva was referring to the racial whitening policy that occurred back in the late nineteenth century and early twentieth century in which was thought would better Brazil. Da Silva said Brazil was one of the top slave importation sites during the slave

trade. “Rio de Janeiro was the part of a slave regime and during the beginning of the 20th century they were referred to as a “Black City”, “ da Silva said, “5 million slaves were sent to Brazil, and slavery

black originates from the slave mentality, said da Silva. “Most problems in Rio is a result of slavery,” said da Silva. Da Silva said that there are many people incarcerated in Rio de Janeiro.

“Most problems in Rio is a result of slavery. Over 500,000 people are incarcerated, 40 percent of them are waiting to be tried.”

Jorge da Silva professor, social scientist lasted longer than the United States.” Da Silva discussed the current state of Brazil from the high importation of slaves. “50 percent of Brazil is Afro-Brazilians, yet most blacks claim they are brown,” da Silva said. The desire not to be considered as

“Over 500,000 people are incarcerated, 40 percent of them are waiting to be tried,” da Silva said. According to da Silva, the city of Rio De Janeiro has impoverished area and one of the wealthiest places in Brazil are parallel to each other. “Rocinha, Brazil has over a 100,000

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people living there impoverished next to So Conrado, one of the wealthiest places in Brazil,” da Silva said. The justice system in Brazil reflects the racial disparities. “Arrests resistance deaths have risen each year: 10,916 since 1999,” said da Silva. Da Silva said, the reflection in the number of murdered police officers proves the lack of a true justice system. “1,150 police were killed between 19952004,” da Silva said. Da Silva inferred, all the above statistics point to slavery’s relatively recent ending, which leads to only one conclusion. “We can conclude that race in Brazil is a problem now a days,” da Silva said. Da Silva concluded, racism is just about on every level of field in Brazil. See Race in Brazil page 3


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a Halloween party at a nearby residence. The Conference will address the status of guns in Baton Rouge and America. The keynote adress for the opening session at 7:00 p.m. Friday will be given by Joshua Horwitz, J.D., Executive Director of the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, who will speak on “From Yoshi to Trayvon.” The conference is free and open to the public. The Unitarian Church is located at 8470 Goodwood Boulevard near Tara Boulevard. Call 926-2291 for additional information.

today SU-RACETRAC PATRNERSHIP

Good day all you Southern Fans, We have an exciting partnership with RaceTrac that extends beyond the field this season. From today until the end of the calendar year RaceTrac will be partnering with Southern University to help provide funds for the university. The RaceTrac location down the street across from the airport at 3730 Harding Blvd. will give five percent back to Southern University on all (non-fuel) inside sales. Just let the store associates know that you want your purchase to go towards Southern. They will take care of the rest. Let’s help fuel Southern Programs.

PLATE DINNERS FOR A CAUSE

The Pastor Care Ministry will be selling dinner in the Activity Center October 19. Dinner plates will be $8 each and will have fish, potato salad, rice dressing, peas, bread and dessert. Please direct all questions to Greater First Church Baptist at 225.778.4788.

HOMECOMING PEP RALLY

The 2012 Homecoming Pep Rally, hosted by the SGA, will be today at noon in Seymour Gymnasium. It will feature the SU Cheerleaders, the Human Jukebox, the Gold N’Bluez, the SUBR Royal Court and visiting SUNO and SUSLA royalty, local rap artist Mr. Magic and DJ Cool Supa Mike. The event is free and open to the public. Homecoming 2012 T-shirts will be passed out at the end of the pep rally at Seymour and will be passed out on a firstcome, first-served basis. Only currently-enrolled full-time (12plus credits) SUBR students will receive shirts, and students must have picture ID at time of distribution. Only one shirt per student, no exceptions. If you paid your fees late or had any problems with BANNER, your name may not appear on the roster and you must bring your current class schedule with you to receive your shirt. For more information, contact SGA Deputy Chief of Staff Dontrail Dobison at 225.771.2585.

SOCIAL & BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES CONFERENCE

The Departments of Psychology and Social Work are pleased to sponsor the 6th Annual Social and Behavioral Sciences Undergraduate Research Conference from 9:00am to 1:00pm on November 15, 2012 in the Smith-Brown Memorial Union Cotillion Ballroom. The conference will feature oral presentations of students’ empirical and theoretical research papers. Students in the Departments of Criminal Justice, Economics, History, Political Science, Psychology, Rehablitation and Disability Studies, Social Work, Sociology, and Speech Pathology are encouraged to submit abstracts by October 22, 2012. For more information please contact Reginald Rackley (771-2990). GRAD PREP DAYS

Students receiving their degrees during Fall Commencement need to order their cap and gown, invitations, rings, stoles and Diploma frames during Grad Prep Days. Prep days are October 24 and 25 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at The Southern University Bookstore. A late/rush fee of $20 will be applied to all Cap and Gown orders after Nov. 2. For more information contact the bookstore at 225.771.4330

STOP GUN VIOLENCE CONFERENCE

The Unitarian Church of Baton Rouge will hold a Stop Gun Violence Conference on Friday and Saturday, October 19 and 20. The conference will be held in commemoration of the 20th anniversary of the death of Yoshi Hattori, a 16 year-old Japanese exchange student, who was shot by a home owner in Central, Louisiana, when he and the son of his host parents knocked on the wrong door while searching for

HOMECOMING YEARBOOK GRAB

Are you an alumni/alumnae missing a yearbook? Are you a member of the Jaguar Nation

looking to pick up some paraphernalia? Or you want to see who actually attended Southern University? The Office of Student Media will have yearbooks from select years available for pick-up this week (Oct. 9 through Oct. 13) at the Lakefront Room of the Smith-Brown Memorial Union. All members of the Southern community are welcomed to take as many old yearbooks as they wish, no questions asked. For more information, contact Heather Freeman at 225.771.5819 or e-mail heather_freeman@subr.edu. STUDENT UNION ACTIVITIES

The Smith-Brown Memorial Union is open on Friday in the game room with bowling alley and Burger King. Note: half price game room and bowling alley. NOTICE TO SUBR EMPLOYEES

In preparation for the 2013 plan year, which again will coincide with the calendar year, the Office of Group Benefits is holding meetings for OGB Annual Enrollment October 1-26 across the state. Changes in health plans will be effective January 1, 2013. Employees and retirees can visit the OGB website, www. groupbenefits.org, and click the Annual Enrollment icon to view monthly premium rates, benefits comparison charts and information on Flexible Benefits options for 2013. OGB will continue to oversee administration of all health plans, but will no longer selfadminister the PPO health plan. If you have questions about your OGB health coverage or Annual Enrollment, call or visit any OGB Customer Service office or call OGB Customer Service at 225.925.6625 or 225.925.6770 (TDD) in the Baton Rouge calling area or (toll-free) 1.800.272.8451 or 1.800.259.6771 (TDD). You can also visit the OGB website, www.groupbenefits.org. BLACK HISTORY CLUB

The Southern University Black History Club will hold meetings every Wednesday at 4 p.m. in Higgins Hall Room 117. Come out and join us for the next meeting. CRIMINAL JUSTICE CLUB

The Southern University Criminal Justice Club invites you to their weekly meetings. Every Tuesday at 6pm in Higgins Hall Room 226.

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Who’s Speaking Out? How do you feel about this year’s homecoming?

Traveon Hawkins

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Maringouin, La. freshman business management

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“I am very excited about this year’s homecoming.”

“OMG!! This year’s homecoming is so awesome only Wannamaker because I actually get to participate in some of the things SUBR is doing.”

Kendra

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Matedrial Barrett

Courtney Young

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“So far, this year’s homecoming is going great. The activities have arrett been fun and very upbeat. Being that this is my first homecoming, it has been great.”

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Obama on debate with Romney: ‘I had a bad night’ David Espo & Steve Peoples

The Associated Press

SIDNEY, Ohio — President Barack Obama conceded Wednesday he did poorly in a debate last week that fueled a comeback by his rival in the race for the White House. Mitt Romney barnstormed battleground Ohio and pledged “I’m not going to raise taxes on anyone” in a new commercial. A perennial campaign issue flared unexpectedly as Romney reaffirmed he is running as a “pro-life candidate and I’ll be a pro-life president.” He spoke one day after saying in an interview he was not aware of any abortion-related legislation that would become part of his agenda if he wins the White House. Romney and Obama maneuvered in a race with 27 days to run as Vice President Joe Biden and Republican running mate Paul Ryan looked ahead to their only debate, set for Thursday night in Danville, Ky. Whatever the impact of the Biden-Ryan encounter, last week’s presidential debate boosted Romney in the polls nationally and in Ohio and other battleground states, to the point that Obama was still struggling to explain a performance even his aides and supporters say was subpar. “Gov. Romney had a good night. I had a bad night. It’s not the first time I’ve had a bad night,” Obama said in an ABC interview. Asked if it was possible he had handed the election to Romney, the president replied: “No.” “What’s important is the fundamentals of what this race is about haven’t changed,” he said. “You know, Gov. Romney went to a lot of trouble to try to hide what his positions are,” he said, referring to abortion as an example. Despite the presidential display of confidence, public opinion polls suggested the impact of last week’s debate was to wipe out most, if not all, of the gains Obama made following both parties’ national conventions and the emergence in late summer of a videotape in which Romney spoke dismissively of 47 percent of Americans whom he said pay no income taxes. They feel as if they are victims, he said, adding they don’t take personal responsibilities for their lives. Eager to capitalize on his newfound momentum, Romney told more than 7,000 packed into a western Ohio rally: “We can’t afford four more years of Barack Obama.” The Republican challenger made three public appearances in Ohio on Wednesday and will spend two of the next three days in the state. “Ohio could well be the place that elects the next president of the United States,” he said. “I need you to do that job. We’re going to win together.” Romney’s new television commercial was an appeal to voters’ pocketbooks — and also a rebuttal to Obama’s claim that Romney had a plan to cut taxes by $5 trillion on the wealthy that would mean higher taxes for the middle class. “The president would prefer raising taxes,” Romney is shown saying in an exchange from last week’s debate. “I’m not going to raise taxes on anyone. ... My priority is putting people back to work in America.” Unemployment and the economy have been the dominant issues in the race for the presidency, and while Romney gained

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie accompanies Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney as he signs the apron of an employee of Bun’s Restaurant and Bakery during a campaign stop Wednesday in Delaware, Ohio.

from the debate, last week’s drop in the jobless rate to 7.8 percent gave Obama a new talking point for the Democratic claim that his policies are helping the country recover, however slowly, from the worst recession in decades. Romney also sought to lay any abortion-related controversy to rest as he campaigned across Ohio, a battleground with 18 electoral votes and one of the places where he has gained ground since last week’s debate. “I think I’ve said time and again that I’m a pro-life candidate and I’ll be a pro-life president,” he said, renewing his promise to cut off federal aid for Planned Parenthood and implement a ban on the use of foreign aid for abortions overseas. But by the time he spoke, Obama’s aides had already jumped on comments from an interview with The Des Moines Register in which Romney said “there’s no legislation with regards to abortion that I’m familiar with that would become part of my agenda.” Stephanie Cutter, Obama’s deputy campaign manager, told reporters on a conference call that Romney was “cynically and dishonestly” hiding his positions on women’s issues. “We’re not saying he’s changed his mind on these issues. We’re saying he’s trying to cover up his beliefs,” she said. For entirely different reasons, one prominent anti-abortion group agreed that he shouldn’t. As if to remind Romney of his previous statements on the issue, the head of the anti-abortion group Susan B. Anthony List distributed an article he wrote last summer vowing to prohibit federal funding for Planned Parenthood and to support legislation that would “protect unborn children who are capable of feeling pain from abortion.” “We have full confidence that as president, Gov. Romney will stand by the pro-life commitments,” said Marjorie Dannenfelser, the group’s president. Vice presidential encounters rarely make a significant difference in a White House campaign, although aides engage in the same sort of attempt to shape public expectations as when the men at the top of the ticket are ready to face off. For Ryan’s camp, that meant whispering that the 42-yearold Wisconsin congressman and House Budget Committee chairman was comfortable discussing spending issues and domestic policy, but might not be able to hold his own on foreign policy, a Biden strong suit. The vice president’s side let it be known that Ryan is smart and wonky, a man who knows the budget better than anyone — but it’s a version that omits mention of Biden’s nearly four decades of experience in government and his role as Obama’s point man in budget negotiations with Republicans on an elusive deficit-reduction deal.

Race in Brazil from page 1 “Personal Racism, and Institutional racism are major levels,” da Silva said. Dennaire Anderson, masters in business administration student from New Orleans, said the event was informational. “I learned that we are grateful to be able to gain knowledge, whereas other countries are limited and obsolete,” Anderson said. Anderson described some of the information she found surprising. “I didn’t know Brazil had slavery

nearly three centuries after United States and that the majority of the country was built by slaves. Kimberly Powell, College of Business, assistant professor of marketing said students needed da Silva’s message. “They needed it because of growing globalization. Students need to know what’s going on globally because of a global economy,” Powell said. Powell believed students learned a variety of new information at event. “I would think they got a very good

understanding of Brazil’s growth, that will put them in a global mindset,” Powell said. Brazil has a population of over 200 million with 16.3 million living in the state of Rio de Janeiro. Professor da Silva was presented with a plaque at the end of the program for making his speech at Southern University. This program was part of the Southern University and A&M College’s MBA Program’s Global Leadership Speaker Series.


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Groups: Ban solitary confinement of youths

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David Crary The Associated Press NEW YORK — State governments should abolish the use of solitary confinement for offenders under 18, whether as a punitive or protective measure, two of America’s leading advocates for prisoners’ rights said in report Wednesday. Human Rights Watch and the American Civil Liberties Union said brief periods of isolation may be needed as a security measure. However, they contend that longer spans of solitary confinement can cause serious psychological and physical harm to young people, including heightened risk of suicide. Solitary confinement of adults also can be harmful, the report said. “But the potential damage to young people, who do not have the maturity of an adult and are at a particularly vulnerable, formative stage of life, is much greater.” The report, “Growing Up Locked Down,” said lack of detailed state data made it impossible to estimate the number of juveniles subjected to solitary confinement and other forms of isolation at any given time. But it described the practice as widespread, notably among juveniles held in adult facilities. The report cited psychiatric studies and medical experts warning of the risks that solitary confinement could pose to juveniles. It included input from 49 people who spent time in jails or prisons as minors and described spending at least a month in solitary before turning 18. “The only thing left to do is go crazy — just sit and talk to the walls,” a youth confined in Florida was quoted as saying. “Screaming, throwing stuff around — I feel like I am alone, like no one cares about me. Sometimes I feel like, why am I even living?” The report’s author, human rights researcher Ian Kysel, acknowledged that young people can present serious challenges for corrections officials — both as potential rule-breakers and as potential victims of older inmates. “Officials may need to use limited periods of segregation and isolation to protect young people from other inmates or even from

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Davidson County Sheriff Daron Hall, center, speaks during a news conference in Nashville, Tenn. At left is Gov. Phil Bredesen and at right is Nashville Mayor Bill Purcell. Hall, also president of the American Correctional Association, oversees a 4,000-bed jail system that only has 20 beds set aside for juveniles. Once in isolation in the Nashville system, the offender gets more attention from the staff, not less, Hall said. “It better be important enough to separate someone, because you’re going to spend more time and money on them,” said Hall. “We need to be sure they’re not harming themselves.” In a report released Wednesday, two of the nation’s leading advocates for prisoners’ rights said state governments should abolish the use of solitary confinement for offenders under 18, whether as a punitive or protective measure. For now, however, many state and local corrections agencies do house some juveniles in adult facilities, and options for dealing with problems may be limited by lack of space and resources.

themselves,” he said. “But the extremely stark conditions of solitary confinement that we found across the country, isolation for 22-24 hours a day, often for weeks or months, harm young people in ways that are different than if they were adults.” His report says youths shouldn’t be serving time in adult jails and prisons, and instead should be at juvenile facilities where staff trained to deal with young people could find alternative ways to address disciplinary and security problems. “Punitive schemes can be reorganized to stress immediate and proportionate interventions and to strictly limit and regulate any short-term isolation as a rare exception,” the report says. For now, however, many state and local corrections agencies do house some juveniles in adult facilities, and options for dealing with problems may be limited by lack of space and resources. Daron Hall, president of the American Correctional Association, is also county sheriff in Nashville, Tenn., and oversees a 4,000-bed jail system that only has 20 beds set aside for juveniles. “When you have fights, you’re limited in your ability to separate people without putting them in what you’d call isolation,” he said. “You can’t move them into adult unit, so

you start running out of options.” Once in isolation in the Nashville system, the offender gets more attention from the staff, not less — including visits from chaplains and mental health professionals, Hall said. He traced that hands-on approach to a suicide of a young prisoner about 15 years ago who apparently was distraught being placed in solitary confinement. “It better be important enough to separate someone, because you’re going to spend more time and money on them,” said Hall. “We need to be sure they’re not harming themselves.” Hall acknowledged, however, that some corrections agencies, for example in rural areas, might lack the resources to take this hands-on approach. Martin Horn, executive director of New York State Sentencing Commission and formerly the top corrections official in New York City and in Pennsylvania, said he opposed any sort of “throw them in the hole” policies that involve rigid isolation and sensory deprivation. “But we have to be very careful not to deprive officials of necessary tools,” he said. “There are and always will be predatory individuals in custody, including youngsters, who can prey on other youngsters. Sometimes physical separation may be the only resort.”

LAFAYETTE, La. — Students at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette have approved a referendum that will establish a new fee and set in motion major improvements at the university. The Advertiser reported Wednesday the referendum passed with 54 percent of voters favoring the fee. Funds generated from the fee, which is $7.50 per credit hour and will be assessed starting in the spring semester, will be spent on only master-plan projects. A student taking a full-load of 15 hours will pay $112.50 that semester to cover the new fee, which is capped at that amount for students who take more classes. “What’s good about the referendum is that it’s really been student-driven from the beginning,” UL Student Government Association president Ashley Mudd said, adding that planning sessions were held with students. “Four hundred students participated in actually designing the master plan, and the entire planning for the quad was designed by (architecture) students.” The plan calls for major improvements and less dependency on vehicle traffic by increasing shaded walkways, building a parking garage, expanding sidewalks and building new bike paths. That’s what freshmen Kendreka Stewart and Paula Vargas said they were most excited about. Stewart said parking is “all over the place” and needs to be more organized, and Vargas said the university is not set up for bicycle traffic. “You’ll be walking to class and they’ll run over your feet, or I’ll be on my bike and it’s hard to get around,” Vargas said.


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Mass. gov: Drug firm may have misled regulators Jay Lindsay

The Associated Press

BOSTON — The specialty pharmacy linked to a deadly meningitis outbreak may have misled regulators and done work beyond the scope of its state license, Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick said Wednesday. Meanwhile, a second pharmacy connected to the New England Compounding Center in Framingham has shut down for state and federal inspection. The New England Compounding Center made a steroid that was used in injections for back pain that were later found contaminated. More than 130 people in 11 states have been sickened. Twelve have died. On Wednesday, Patrick told reporters that state and federal agencies “may have been misled by some of the information we were given” by the New England Compounding Center. The company was licensed to fill specific prescriptions for specific patients but exceeded that, he said. “What they were doing instead is making big batches and selling them out of state as a manufacturer would, and that is certainly outside of their state license,” he said. Massachusetts U.S. Rep. Ed Markey seized on Patrick’s statement, and sent a letter

to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, asking if it believes it was misled by the company. “This company may have disregarded federal guidelines, and we need to know from the FDA whether the company misled regulatory authorities and if sanctions against the company are available or warranted,” Markey said. A company spokesman declined comment beyond a statement that company officials are focused on cooperating with the investigation. The company has shut down operations, recalled the funguscontaminated steroid and is cooperating with investigators. On Wednesday afternoon, the state announced that the pharmacy Ameridose has agreed to temporarily shut down, pending inspection by state and federal regulators. Ameridose was founded in 2006 by Greg Conigliaro and Barry Cadden, who opened the New England Compounding Center eight years earlier. Ameridose said in a statement that its shutdown ends Oct. 22, though the agreement with the state allows the shutdown to be extended or shortened. The company said that as part of the agreement, Cadden has resigned all corporate positions with the company, where he has not had a day-to-day role.

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This photo provided Tuesday by the Minnesota Department of Health shows shows vials of the injectable steroid product made by New England Compounding Center implicated in a fungal meningitis outbreak that were being shipped to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta from Minneapolis. About 17,700 single-dose vials of the steroid sent to 23 states have been recalled. The outbreak involves 10 states, including Minnesota.

Ameridose compounds drugs at one of its two facilities in Westborough, but also provides medication in prefilled oral syringes to hospitals nationwide. Dr. Madeleine Biondolillo, director of the state’s Bureau of Healthcare Safety, said there’s no evidence of problems at Ameridose and the state hasn’t requested a recall of any Ameridose products.

A pharmacy manager at Ameridose, Sophia Pasedis, has been a member of the regulatory body, the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Pharmacy, since 2004. But the state said she has recused herself from all matters related to Ameridose and the New England Compounding Center. Compounding pharmacies supply products that aren’t

commercially available, based on an individual doctor’s prescription. Some have grown into larger businesses, operating across state lines and supplying drugs to thousands of hospitals, clinics and physicians. Biondolillo said the state has reminded Massachusetts pharmacies that compounding can be done only in response to a patient-specific prescription.


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Jags look to stay alive in West Morris Dillard III The Southern Digest

The Texas Southern Tigers made plans to visit ‘Virgil Island’ this Saturday, hoping to spoil homecoming night in Baton Rouge. When they arrive, cornerback Virgil Williams will greet them, filled with an ‘electric’ football talent known around the Southwestern Athletic Conference as a impact player. “If the season was to end, right now there’s no doubt Virgil Williams would be our most valuable player,” interim head coach Dawson Odums said. According to Odums, Williams is electric and he expects him to perform at high levels after playing in as many as 24 games for the Jaguars. Williams enters Saturday’s game against the Tigers as the team’s leading tackler (36) and leads the SWAC in punt return average (12.0). “Coach Biagi really pushes the special teams,” Williams told reporters before Tuesday’s practice.

Before trotting onto the practice field, Williams told reporters that he credits the other ten guys present on the field as they set up blocks while he ran around them. Williams, whose No.7 jersey is sought out before every kickoff, also wears the nickname ‘Virgil Island’ similar to All-pro NFL cornerback Darrelle Revis. Like the Jets, the Jaguars need Williams to play well like he has done in his past three seasons. He’s become one of the best, most dangerous and his impact has been crucial in a division led by Arkansas Pine-Bluff. The Tigers sixth rank scoring offense and pass offense will, again, look to arrive at Mumford Stadium in search for a needed win. “Anybody would feel disrespected if you scheduled them for homecoming,” offensive lineman Chris Browne said, a senior who’s playing in his final homecoming game at Southern. “Our job is to punch them in the mouth first. They have good talented players on their team so we have to respect our

SWAC Football Standings EASTERN DIVISION

SWAC Overall W L W L Alabama A&M 5 0 6 0 Alabama State 4 1 4 2 Alcorn State 2 2 2 4 Jackson State 2 2 2 4 Miss. Valley 1 2 1 4 WESTERN DIVISION W L W L Ark.-Pine Bluff 3 1 4 2 SOUTHERN 1 2 2 3 Prairie View 1 3 1 5 Tex. Southern 1 3 1 5 Grambling State 0 4 0 5 ——— NOTE: Texas Southern is ineligible for postseason honors

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Southern defensive back Virgil WIlliams finds room on punt return Saturday pursued by Alcorn State’s Cornelius Brown and LaDarrien Davis at Spinks-Casem Stadium.

opponent. We can’t do what we did last week,” Browne said. TSU has lost its previous five games, being outscored by their opponents 216-61, which the Shreveport native Williams sees as an opportunity for

the Tigers to spoil SU’s homecoming. “I think that they are going to have the mentality we had last See Staying Alive page 7

Last Week’s Results Alcorn St. 20, SOUTHERN 17 Alabama St. 45, Tex. Southern 0 Alabama A&M 35, Miss. Valley 0 Ark.-Pine Bluff 34, Jackson St. 24 Prairie View 31, Grambling St. 14 This Week’s Games Tex. Southern at SOUTHERN, 5:30 p.m. (SWACTV)* Alcorn St. at Alabama A&M, 1 p.m.* Jackson St. at Alabama St., 1 p.m.* Grambling St. at Miss. Valley, 2 p.m.* Ark.-PB, Prairie View — idle All times Central *—Denotes SWAC games

NCAA imposes postseason bans for Texas Southern Chris Duncan

The Associated Press

HOUSTON — The NCAA banned the Texas Southern football and men’s basketball teams from the postseason Tuesday, saying it came close to levying the so-called “death penalty” against the school for repeated rules violations and for lying about imposing sanctions on its own. The Division I Infractions Committee said it found a lack of institutional control and outlined problems spanning 13 sports over a seven-year

period, including boosterrelated recruiting violations, academic improprieties, the use of ineligible athletes and exceeding scholarship limits. The basketball team, currently coached by former Indiana coach Mike Davis, was banned from the 2012-13 postseason and the football team in both 2013 and 2014. Other penalties include five years of probation, scholarship limitations in football and basketball, and the vacating of all team records from 2006-10 in all sports, as well as the 2010-11 records for football and women’s

soccer. In 2010, Texas Southern won its first Southwestern Athletic Conference football championship since 1968. The school released a statement acknowledging the sanctions and saying it agreed with them. “It has taken the NCAA process to learn the things that we were doing wrong,” athletics director Charles McClelland said. “If we had not gone through this process, we possibly could have made the same mistakes again. We concentrated on taking the breath out of these issues and now we’re exhibiting excellence

in the process.” The NCAA said the university allowed a total of 129 studentathletes to compete and receive financial aid and travel expenses when they were ineligible. The majority of these studentathletes had not met progress toward degree or transfer requirements, the report said. The committee also deemed Texas Southern a “double repeat violator,” because the athletics program has either been on probation or had violations occurring on campus, or both, for 16 of the past 20 years. The school had said in the past that

it was self-imposing sanctions, but the committee found that it had not — a factor in the severity of the new sanctions. “That’s a unique circumstance,” said Greg Sankey, a member of the infractions committee and the chief operating officer of the Southeastern Conference. “That may be the most notable piece of the institution’s past circumstances.” The SWAC does not send its teams to the FCS football See NCAA bans TSU page 7


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SU sets sights on SWAC title Aristide Phillips

The Southern Digest

The Southern men’s basketball team is 30 days away from their season opener against Iowa State and head coach Roman Banks and his squad have high expectations to follow up their success from last season. Prior to the entrance of Banks, the Jaguar basketball team went through a streak of losing seasons, only accumulating one winning season from the past 10 years. Banks and his staff changed the atmosphere of the Southern basketball program, finishing with a 17-14 winning record and finishing second in the Southwestern Athletic Conference to the surprise of opponents. But this year the Jaguars will surprise no one … Returning only two starters, from last year’s squad the Jaguars are restocking on talent to reach the prize of SWAC champions. “My expectation for this team is to go out there and compete and represent this university to the best of our abilities and to hopefully like many coaches,

come out on the winning end most nights,” Banks said. Some of the new comers who will look to contribute are players like forward Brandon Moore, a grad student who played for Arkansas and Florida International, came to SU to exhaust his final year of eligibility with the Jaguars. “He’s been around for five years and he hasn’t put up the stats you would like to see on paper but his involvement that you would like to see from his five years being around would hopefully kick in and mature us and bring us some instant help.” Banks said. The 6-foot-9 New Orleans native will be a big addition to the team that is lacking size after the departures of the 6-foot-8 Quinton Doggett and the 6-foot6 Frederick Coleman. Along with Moore, Javan Mitchell didn’t play all of last season and will be on the team to be another contributor down in the paint. “He’s definitely going to have to be a major contributor.” Banks said. The 6-foot-9, 255-pound center is a transfer from Louisiana-Lafayette made six starts for the Ragin’ Cajuns.

ESPN.com ranked Mitchell as the 50th best center in the country and played two seasons at St. Martinville High School and played his final two seasons in Greensboro, N.C., at Day School. The Jaguars also recruited and signed three other freshman during the off-season; Devonse Reed, Chris Hyder and Damian Goodwin. Reed, a 6-foot-4 guard from Wilmer Hutchins High School was named Texas Class 3A player of the year averaging 24.4 points and 7.2 rebounds per game. Hyder, a 5-foot-10 point guard from Cliff High School in Texas lead his team to 4A state semifinals as a senior, and Banks compared him to Avery Johnson in the way he made passes controlling the game. Goodwin is a 6-foot-7 forward that’s a product of Columbia High School of Decatur, Ga., helped his team make it to its third consecutive Georgia Class 3A title. With the season coming near, the Jags will face seven FBS schools including: Iowa State, Nebraska, Wyoming, Tulane, Louisiana-Monroe, TCU, and Texas A&M.

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Southern’s Derick Beltran led the Jaguars in scoring last season. Beltran and the Jags get some frontcourt help this season as they open practice Friday in hopes of improving on their 17-14 record last season.

Staying Alive from page 6 year,” Williams said of the Jaguars 4-7 2011 season. He pointed out that it was key that the Jaguars compete through all quarters, after being outscored by opponents 12787 in all five games so far, which include a 21-0 fourth-quarter rally that allowed Jackson State to pull within seven points in a 28-21 win as time expired. The 5’ 9” 180-pound cornerback told reporters that he felt the defense should force more turnovers and score points, as they returned to practice this week,

looking to improve after suffering a 2017 against Alcorn State last weekend. “We expect the offense to score just like they are expecting us to get stops,” Williams said. Speaking to the defense, as defensive captain Williams said, “We also expect, as ourselves (defense) to score points even if the offense can’t get it going.” Williams is one of the Jaguars’ primary playmakers, which he displayed against the Braves last weekend when he returned a punt 50 yards for a score

that tied the game as time expired in the third quarter. “I plan to get plenty more, he said. Since 2009, the Tigers have held a 3-0 edge beginning under then head coach Pete Richardson, who SU fired prior to hiring Stump Mitchell, who also was relieved of his duties as head coach this season. “That’s a football team that’s found some life since coach Odums has taken over,” TSU head coach Darrell Asberry said during the SWAC’s Monday media

teleconference. Asberry looks forward to traveling back to his hometown of Baton Rouge, where the Tigers last defeated SU 54-7 en route to the 2010 conference title. The team was lead that year by head coach Johnnie Cole, whom the university fired in spring 2011 as they awaited an NCCA report that detailed major rule violations regarding recruiting, unethical conduct, TSU athletic director Charles McClelland told reporters at the time.

NCAA bans TSU from page 6 playoffs, but it does have a conference championship game and in the past teams that have been banned from postseason play by the NCAA were not allowed to compete in the league title game. The NCAA levied heavy sanctions on Texas Southern’s softball and tennis programs in 2008. The softball program was placed on four years of probation and was banned from postseason play in 2009. The men’s and women’s tennis programs were disbanded in the spring of 2007. Texas Southern fired athletic director Alois Blackwell in February 2008 a year after the school received five academic performance warning letters from the NCAA. McClelland, the former AD at nearby Prairie View, took the Texas Southern job in April 2008, and he hired a compliance consultant to clean

up the department. Sankey said the school’s recidivist status raised the possibility of a “death penalty,” which bans a school from competing in a particular sport. The NCAA has used it only once, against SMU’s football program in the 1980s. Sankey said the cooperation from McClelland and school President John Rudley helped persuade the committee not to consider the death penalty in this case. “That was a factor in the committee’s evaluation in the application of these penalties,” Sankey said. The school said in its statement that it has hired seven “professionals committed to compliance and academics.” The statement also said the school has addressed and improved its academics among student-athletes.

The school said that since the 2008-09 academic year, scores have gradually improved for all 16 sponsored sports. Overall the program has a combined score of 958 which is over a 120-point increase from the departments’ score of 834 in 2008-09, the statement said. “If you take a look at where we are now, it’s a new era in TSU athletics,” McClelland said. “I can assure that these concerns have been addressed and corrected.” The most prominent violations involved former football coach Johnnie Cole and former basketball coach Tony Harvey. Cole was fired in April 2011, and Harvey resigned after the 2011-12 season. The committee noted “particularly serious violations” occurred when Cole “knowingly allowed a booster to recruit for the football program” and Harvey “provided

false or misleading information during the investigation.” Specifically, the report said that Cole and former assistants “were all aware that a booster was contacting potential transfers and their parents.” The booster also bought an airline ticket for a recruit’s girlfriend. The committee said Cole and his staff encouraged the booster’s efforts and failed to contact the NCAA about possible rules violations related to the booster’s activities. The men’s basketball team, meanwhile, offered two scholarships that were unavailable after the program was penalized for poor academic performance. During the 200910 season, the team also did not adhere to restrictions on practice time, which were imposed after the team fell short on its academic progress report. The committee also found that

the university exceeded financial aid limits between 2008-11. “Compounding the problems with oversight was that no squad lists were produced by the compliance office during the years the violations occurred,” the report said. The committee concluded that Texas Southern “lacked institutional control” due to its failure to design safeguards to prevent violations, monitor academic standards and keep track of scholarships. The school “insufficiently investigated academic issues that involved 24 student-athletes and allowed 12 of the 24 student-athletes to receive unearned academic credit.” Sankey praised Rudley and McClelland for their efforts to fix the athletic department. “There has been a different level of attention and activity among the university’s current leadership,” he said.


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SU meets music, opportunities Jordan Narcisse

The Southern Digest

Southern University students were able to engage in interactive fun, music, live entertainment and games with the 2012 BET College Tour’s stop on Mayberry Lawn. SU was the ninth scheduled tour stop on the schedule. “I’ve never been to the BET Black College Tour, but it’s cool that BET takes time to come out to the universities,” participant LeLe Crowder said. Megan Clay thought the BET Tour was great. “The BET Tour is great, I like how they show emphasis on AIDS Awareness,” Clay said. Willie McCorkle III, Student Government Association President said he was happy the tour stopped on campus. “For Southern University to be one of the most prominent HBCU’s in the country, I am excited that BET recognizes that, and chose to have us as one of the tops on their tour.” Shamaya Stewart, a sophomore criminal justice major from Fort Walton Beach, Fla., said, “This was a nice experience. I was surprised at the amount of talent SU has to offer.”

Alvin Washington, a senior from Baton Rouge, said that the Freestyle battle was cool and an unbiased competition. “If I would have won, I would have given the $200 gift card to CitiTrends to a child in need of clothes,” Washington said. Christina Rogers participated in the Singer Spotlight contest, and was selected as the winner. The Singer Spotlight involved students to battling to display Southern’s best singing talent. Drop the Beat allowed students to guess the name and artist of each snippet song the DJ played. Cortez Scott showed his music intelligence as the winner of the Drop that Beat. He received a set of Beat Box headphones. Freestyle Battle winner Ralph Griffin showcased his rap talents and came out on top at the during the Freestyle Rap battle. The event had a host of tents set up with different activities and entertainment for students to engage in. Nyaeki Broussard, a representative at the InRoads booth, said that InRoads is a non-profit organization, which has been in operation for over 42 years. Their focus is to work with

undergrad students to find paid internships, which may turn into paid job offers from companies. According to information at the InRoads booth, the information stated that InRoads has ranked top 10 in Princeton’s Review for paid internship providers. The information also stated that InRoads accepts applications from all majors, but focuses mainly on business and engineering majors. According to Rynnie Cotter, a representative from the OppsPlace booth, it is an online community committed to providing valuable content while connecting minority job seekers, minority business seeking to do business with corporations and corporations committed to diversity. Cotter said that jobs are posted daily on OppsPlace website. The site features a broad range of jobs and opportunities from leading U.S. corporations committed to diversity and inclusion, Cotter said. OppsPlace allocates insight from leading bloggers and business professionals who share advice and trends related to career growth, business building and wealth generation.

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Southern student Alicia Archie (center) gets the crowd excited for the live taping of the commercial for the BET Black College Tour’s stop at the university Wednesday.


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‘Argo’ one of year’s best films Christy Lemire

The Associated Press

A movie about the 1979 Iranian hostage crisis probably doesn’t sound like it would be a laugh riot — or should be — but that’s just one of the many ways in which “Argo” is a glorious, gripping surprise. Directing his third feature, Ben Affleck has come up with a seamless blend of detailed international drama and breathtaking suspense, with just the right amount of dry humor to provide context and levity. He shows a deft handling of tone, especially in making difficult transitions between scenes in Tehran, Washington and Hollywood, but also gives one of his strongest performances yet in front of the camera as the film’s star. It’s exciting to see the confidence with which Affleck expands his ambition and scope as a filmmaker. His first two movies, “Gone Baby Gone” (2007) and “The Town” (2010), were both smart and suspenseful, but both were intimate crime thrillers set within the familiarity of his hometown of Boston. “Argo” reveals his further mastery of pacing and storytelling, even as he juggles complicated set pieces, various locations and a cast

featuring 120 speaking parts. And the story he’s telling sounds impossible, but it’s absolutely true (with a few third-act tweaks to magnify the drama). Finally declassified in 1997, the daring rescue mission depicted here still didn’t make a huge splash even then. (Chris Terrio’s intelligent script is based on a selection from “The Master of Disguise” by Antonio J. Mendez and the Wired magazine article “The Great Escape” by Joshuah Bearman.) It’s a fascinating tale of bravery, international friendship and plain old moxie, one that’s seriousminded but crowd-pleasing. Affleck cleverly foreshadows the Hollywood angle with a prelude told in storyboard form, efficiently providing background on the mounting dissent in Iran over the United States’ sympathetic stance toward the Shah. When protestors stormed the U.S. embassy in Tehran — recreated here frighteningly, viscerally — 52 people became hostages for the first of 444 days. But six employees sneaked out a back door and sought refuge at the home of Canadian Ambassador Ken Taylor (Victor Garber). They became known as “the houseguests,” and with each

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This film image released by Warner Bros. Pictures shows Ben Affleck as Tony Mendez, center, in “Argo,” a rescue thriller about the 1979 Iranian hostage crisis.

passing week they spent there, their safety was in increasing danger. Surely their absence would be discovered, with deadly consequences not just for them but for their Canadian allies. Someone had to get them out ... but how? Enter Tony Mendez, a longtime CIA operative who specialized in such rescues — only he’d never had an assignment this perilous before. With the long, shaggy hair and full beard of the era (which makes him a dead ringer for Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters), Affleck

No more sad songs for Vivian Green Bianca Roach

The Associated Press

Longtime fans of singer-songwriter Vivian Green won’t be disappointed with her new album “The Green Room” as she returns with a more R&B sound on a record that oozes growth and creativity. Stepping away from heartbreak ballads such as her 2002 hit single “Emotional Rollercoaster” and the pop sound of her previous album “Beautiful,” it seems the Philadelphia-born Green has made a conscious effort to focus on the happier side of love. That’s a decision sure to satisfy fans. “Anything Out There” is the first single and Green gets straight to the point professing her love for her man. It’s a smooth, contemporary vibe and she

sounds mature showing off a classy, sultry side. “Remedy” is a sweet, uplifting song about love making everything better and “Still Here,” featuring Brian Culbertson, captures a perfect match between his smooth jazz and her soulful melody. Fans wanting to hear more upbeat sounds will relish Green’s collaboration with guest rapper Freeway on “X.” ‘’I’m Not Prepared” offers a groovy start, but becomes one of the album’s few disappointments when the track somehow fails to take off completely and turns tame. This record demonstrates a positive response to critics of her last album. Green shows she’s listened to and answered any doubts regarding her ability. CHECK OUT THIS TRACK: Showcasing her unforgettable vocals, Green bares her soul on the expressive “Free As A Bird.”

plays the part of the quiet, worldweary force who comes up with the craziest of schemes. Mendez would fly to Tehran under a false name and pretend he’d come there with the six U.S. officials. They’d all pose as a film crew scouting locations for a scifi action flick called “Argo.” With fake passports in hand (provided by the cooperative Canadian government), they’d walk right out the front door, get on a plane to Switzerland and fly home to safety. As Mendez’s boss at the CIA

(a commanding Bryan Cranston) puts it, “This is the best bad idea we have.” It could all go wrong at any second, of course, with the capriciousness of those in power creating a dangerous variable. But the Americans had to know their parts inside and out, and the film at least had to look real enough to fool people — and for that, Mendez turns to an old friend, makeup artist John Chambers (John Goodman, with a wonderful mix of warmth and sarcasm).


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It’s homecoming and there are many things going on. Homecoming also means different things to many different people. To freshman, it’s their first year in college. The freshman homecoming is one to remember. It’s your first! Of course, it’s great to be excited. For people like me, on the other hand, I’ve been a Jaguar since Fall 2009. Before that, I was a Gramblingite. I’ve experienced two first homecomings and they both were very different but very exciting. Now, as a last semester junior graduating in May, I anticipate my last homecoming as an undergraduate. There is something about Southern University’s homecoming that takes hold of people. When I was a kid, I used to hear about it. My family used to be excited to go to SU’s homecoming still after years and my older cousins who were students at the time used to brag about it all the time. Homecoming is a time when all of Southern University, past and present, come together for a specific purpose: to celebrate the legacy of the university. Southern University has done a lot

A riana Triggs for me. This university has provided opportunities for me that I would not have otherwise had and in return, I wear my blue and gold proudly, even when my friends from Grambling State call me a traitor. My first homecoming at Southern University was awesome. I don’t know if it was because I already knew people that attended Southern, or if I was just excited to finally be a Jaguar. This is the time where you see old friends and you see old classmates. Whether it be from college or whether it be old high school classmates who are just visiting, you get together and you reminisce. There are only two times in a year at Southern University that provides

this platform. Homecoming is the only time on Southern University campus that you get to hear stories about how things went down in the past from people who use to be in your shoes. It is a time where you get to network with different types of people from all over. As students, we should be grateful that Southern University has such a rich history. This should be an eventful time for us, but as we are having fun and celebrating our legacy and the legacy we are going to leave behind, we cannot forget what we are here to achieve. We cannot forget that we are here first and foremost for an education and that we need to take care of business first. So go out and paarrrrty (safely)! Midterms are over, schoolwork is complete and this weekend is our time! Let’s go out there Saturday and represent our school proud. Let’s go out there and support our mighty Jaguar football team because those boys deserve it! One thing to know though, THERE IS NO UNIVERSITY LIKE SOUTHERN UNIVERSITY! HAPPY HOMECOMING!

Don’t hide your pride Baton Rouge is her home Southern University is now the jungle where she roams Spring 2012 a new jaguar was on the prowl Excited for her first homecoming as a student at SU The many free activities that take place on the yard is something new There is something fun for everyone to do From the fashion show to the parties, concert, step show, poetry slams and art exhibit Or the BET College Tour which includes a wide variety of entertainment Such as games, contests and music There was even a table for voter’s registration If someone asks is she enjoying this year’s homecoming, She’ll reply, “Yes” with no hesitation Homecoming is more than just a word It is an annual celebration Bright and early Saturday morning people find a place in the crowd Surrounding Scenic Highway and the parade route As she strolls down the strip, Soulful sounds of the Human Jukebox practicing enters her ear

Jade Smith The baddest band in the land is what she looks forward to hear Football season is her favorite time of the year Present in the student section cheering on her team “Ay-Ohhhhh talking out the side of ya neck” is one of the many chants the fans scream Waving side to side, pom-poms fill the air with blue and gold string Watching the Gold N Bluez perform their dance techniques And exquisite formations on the field As the drum major takes the lead The crowd-pleasing half time show is what many audience members come to see The stands of A.W. Mumford

Stadium will surely be filled As well as the open areas on campus Where noses take in the aroma of food being grilled Mobile homes, tents and vehicles mark their spots early The early bird gets the worm The saying is true for anyone who has plans to tailgate at SU People walking and talking Vehicles passing with their speakers blasting Sound systems knocking, bottles popping This is only a small glimpse of the scene The yard is show stopping Large painted signs in front the Union Ribbons and paper of the school colors in the trees Students from many different universities Come with family and friends to participate in this experience Some dress up, more concerned about their appearance True Story, this is how it goes down Let’s show school spirit and let Texas Southern hear it Jags get ready to defeat the Tigers Let’s get it! Rep Who? SU

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