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Southern University Student Government Association campaigners are hoping to get out the vote Monday in the Fall 2012 Elections. With thirteen positions open and campaign week almost over, hopefuls anticipate voter turnout and selection at ballot time. Miss Freshman contender, JaMya Magee a freshman nursing major from Bogalusa, La. explained her campaign sprouted from courage. “I wanted to do something out of character,” Magee said. Magee seeks to get the freshman class involved in community service. While Magee spoke of assisting community, Mar’Lesha Hollins, a freshman biology major from Jackson, La. prioritizes serving as a role model and leaving a legacy with new programs. “I want to be a role model, initiate new programs,” Hollins said. Riquita Jackson, a freshman nursing major from Baton Rouge






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aims to be role model, commit to service and serve as the liaison for freshman class concerns. “My platform includes being a recruiter, positive role model for university, a advocate for community service projects around campus, the advocate for community service projects around campus, the liaison between SGA and the freshmen class as well as Southern University’s surrounding community,” Jackson said. Hollins’ platform contained similar plans. “First creating networks for freshman class, assisting Miss Southern in activities, becoming role model, taking initiative in creating programs, and civic duties as well,” Hollins said. In a position open to all classes, Men’s Federation vice president contestant Joshua Freeman, a junior mass communication major from Baton Rouge’s platform is focused on brotherhood. “It’s simple: make Men’s Federation is a brotherhood and not just an organization,” Freeman said.

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JaMya Magee’s campaign team reaches out to a prospective voter trying to get out the vote for the Fall 2012 Elections. JaMya Magee joins Riquita Jackson and Mar’Lesha Hollins in the race for Miss Freshman. Elections will take place Monday, September 17 from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. in the Cotillion Ballroom.

Freeman plans to make Men’s Federation active in the greater Baton Rouge area and believes voters should vote for him because of his track record. “Students should vote for me because I have proven myself. I have proven myself as a leader and an advocate for change while involved,” Freeman said. Freeman serves as the Alpha Eta chapter of Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc. vice president, SGA communication director and in various positions around campus. Freeman will be running against Dmitrius McGruder and Di’Shun

Melbert who were unavailable for comment. Kayla Peterson and Olivia McCann, a freshman English major from New Orleans, are in competition for freshman vice president. McCann’s platform focuses on the academic performance of the class. “To work on academics by working on helping each other with homework and projects,” McCann said. Jacque Harvey is the new freshman class president due to his run without opposition. Beyond the freshman class,

the sophomores of 2015 and the juniors of 2014 have positions to be filled as well. Travante Johnson, a sophomore political science major from Bogalusa, La. who is competitor for a sophomore senator position. “I’m running basically to assist the senate and class president and just helping my class,” Johnson said. Johnson said his determination, as a person is a major reason why students should vote for him. Jasmine White is the Association for Women Students vice president elect after qualifying without a running mate.

SUMA fights for legacy, funding Jessica Sarpy

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Due to budget cuts at Southern University Baton Rouge last year, The Southern University Museum of Art was almost closed and was faced with the fight to remain relevant. With student fees increasing by at least 40 dollars due to an approved special events fee gain; SUMA is left seeking funds from other sources. Vivian Kerr, SUMA executive director said, “We’re always fighting to survive. We have to generate money to ensure that we SUMA will remain a presence in the SU community.” SUMA operates with a staff of two, with one returning as a volunteer after retirement.

“It’s kind of touch and go with volunteering and fund raising to keep the museum open. Krystal Hills retired but she volunteered to help keep the museum open,” Kerr said. The museum operates with eight galleries featuring African art and Southern University special collections. “It’s very difficult to run an operation like this without an income or staff. It’s a challenge to operate the museum with just one person but I have been able to maintain with Krystal’s help,” Kerr said. Addie Dawson-Euba, professor and chairperson of visual arts said there is a sense of urgency to address the concerns at SUMA. “As our educational intuitions

are faltering due to a weak economy, there has never been a more urgent need for museums to speak about their potential as hands-on learning environments that can support the well-being and intellectual empowerment of students, faculty, and communities,” Dawson-Euba said. To address the lack of income, staff and volunteer attrition and the fight to save the legacy, Kerr has decided to start a “Save Our SUMA” campaign. “We will be conducting the ‘Save Our SUMA’ campaign to generate money and funds to go into the foundation,” Kerr said. The campaign will aim to fundraise the needed funding and a possible petition for a SUMA fee of $5 to be added in

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African Art in the Southern University Museum of Art. The “Save Our SUMA” campaign aims to address staff attrition, lack of income for maintenance and preserve the legacy on the Baton Rouge campus.

student tuition and fees. “We have had donations from a family who have left the museum some money and those funds have kept us going for a little while. Students can always help, if every student gave $5 that would be enough to keep us functioning,” Kerr said. Kerr is open to suggestions

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T-shirt contest

Junior class t-shirt contest— winner gets their design on the class shirts and a $50 gift card. Contest ends september 12, 2012. Turn in creations to the sga office or email to sujrclass@

today Madden 13 Tournament

Register today for the Madden 13 Tournament. The fee is $5 a person, the tournament will be held on September 19 from 6-9p.m. Come and test your skills against the best in Madden!

Play auditions

Department of speech and theatre will hold auditions for a doll’s house today from 2-pm4pm in hayden hall. Contact at and Dr. Hendricks for more info.

COB Scholarship


attached is the application for the fall 2012--gala on the bluff scholarship!

 the contest opens: september 1, 2012
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Walgreens internship

Students-- the walgreens internship informational and interview sessions will take place during career week- sept 10-14, 2012. They are looking to interview candidates for the retail position listed below. More information will be sent via your subr email account and social media networks, meanwhile---do your homework now and be prepared!

alsoplease feel free to contact your department chair for additional information.

Campus parking

Attention: all student vehicles operated on the southern university campus must be registered and parked in their designated areas as follows:

commuter students: east and west side of mumford football stadium (excluding the field house).

ballentine rv lot, rows 2, 3 and 4 (between school of nursing and laboratory school).

zone 110, northeast corner of b.a. little and jesse n. Stone avenue.

north campus residential area (beyond north checkpoint). This is temporary parking only, until the activity center parking lot opens.

law school students: must park in lot next to the su museum and rotc.

residential students: must park in the area of their residence hall.

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Student union activities

Smith-brown memorial union. We are open on fridays in the game room with bowling alley & burger king. Note: half price game room and bowling alley(fridays)

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Movie Screening
 The movie screening of “pitch perfect”, which was filmed on the subr campus last fall, will be shown in advance to the subr community on thursday, september 20th at 8pm at the rave motion pictures theater located by the mall of louisiana.

tickets for the screening will be available next week, however, this event is free & open to the public.

if you have any questions, you can contact Dontrail Dobison at 318.717.0761.
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Who’s Speaking Out? What do you want the SGA to address on campus?

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“I would like the SGA to address the importance Daranque of the upcoming election and to be more involved on campus.”

“I want the SGA to address the negative attitudes from some faculty and staff.”

Gabriel Gournier

Jaleska Holman

Baton Rouge Freshman Biology

Houston Freshman Mass Communications

“I want the SGA president to help address Gournier the rules on parking so there is clarification and no misunderstanding the rules.”

“I want SGA to be more organized.”



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Come and hear the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan on Wed. October 3 at 7 p.m. at F.G. Clark Activity Center. The doors open at 5 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. Sponsored by The Nation of Islam Student Association Southern chapter. For more info call 225.357.3079.

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Students vet campus hopefuls Charles Hawkins II The Southern Digest

Southern University students vetted the candidates seeking to fill the vacancies in the Student Government Association, Wednesday. Elections will take place Monday from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. in the Cotillion Ballroom of Smith-Brown Memorial Union; only full-time students will be able to vote with a picture I.D. Thirteen positions are up for grabs Monday in the elections, including Men’s Federation and Association for Women Students’ vice presidents. For a candidate to win without a run off they must garner 50 percent plus one of the votes, in the event that no candidate wins with the majority there will be a run-off for that position. Run-off elections will take place on Wednesday September 19 from 9 a.m. until 5p.m. in the Cotillion. Krystal Norris, a freshman, nursing major from Alexandria, La. hopes the student body will be well represented by the candidates when you report to their post. “They should be a professional, have a good attitude and personality, be outgoing, and stick to whatever they say,” Norris said. Lavelle Roquemore, a freshman, mechanical engineering major from Lafayette has similar expectations but, takes into consideration the seriousness of the positions.

“They have got to be someone serious about it, not stuck up, and doesn’t joke around a lot,” Roquemore said. Roquemore said he believes a few candidates can actually make a difference in their tenure. Shanna Sanders, a junior animal science major from Little Rock, Ark. Has high expectations for the campus leader candidates. “Just to be a leader, know what your talking about, have a vision, and press forward,” Sanders said. Sanders said how important she feels the vote is and how she feels a vote equals a voice for the students. “Yes, because it exercises my right to speak,” Sanders said. Sanders said she believes that candidates make a difference by voicing the student body’s opinions to the administration. Kai Burks, a freshman, political science major from Marksville, La. thinks all the Miss Freshman candidates are good. “They have pretty good positive reasons for being Miss Freshman,” Burks said. Burks said she considered Mar’Lesha Hollins the best candidate for Miss Freshman after the Miss Freshman Revue. “ I think Mar’Lesha is very positive and got her speech across best,” said Burks. Although Burks thought Miss Freshman prospects presented positive reasons, Jayz Clemente felt the candidates needed more ideas.

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JaMya Magee’s campaign team plays music to bring interested students to their tent in between Blanks and Thift Halls on the lawn. Magee is one of the 24 candidates vying for the student’s vote in Fall 2012 elections.

“They need to consider helping more than freshman,” Clemente said. She wished the best candidate to win. Norris plans to vote on Monday for candidates representing her class in SGA. “Yes, I don’t know who’s all running, but I do know some of the candidates for Miss Freshman,” Norris said. Manuel Vega, a business management major from Houston will vote in SGA elections for the first time this year. “Yes, well my first time voting and I want to take advantage of the opportunity,” Vega said. Students vote to exercise their rights and see their beliefs in action and they follow whether candidates make good on their promises. Taj Stewart, a junior history major from Long Beach, Calif. Expressed his content

with the goals previous campaigners achieved. “Last years candidates did what they said they would do,” Stewart said. Sanders agreed with Stewart and feels that the hopefuls are easily related to. “Yes because they share the same beliefs as I do and they will do what they can to better Southern University,” Sanders said. Tanzenia Griffin, a freshman criminal justice major from Milwaukee believes all the Miss Freshman competitors are queens, win or lose. “ Everyone is a Queen,” Griffin said. Norris said that the campaigners with the right mindset, can make a difference. “I believe that most of them most likely will (make a difference),” Norris said.

SUMA Fights from page 1 regarding SUMA I’m all for, as long as those ideas stay inside the guideline of the university,” Kerr said. When asked about a potential addition to student fees on top of steadily climbing tuition, Sylvia Smith, a junior, mass communication major from Shreveport said SUMA is important to the university. “I wouldn’t mind donating 2-5 dollars out of my student fees, SUMA is an important attribute to this university,” Smith said. Roderick Banks, a senior, visual arts major from Shreveport said he doesn’t think anyone will miss 2-5 dollars, but it added up could make a big difference. “I think it’s a good idea. More good than harm would come

from it. A lot of students would benefit in the long run. We wont really notice the $2-5 it would take to keep it afloat. SUMA is nice. There’s a lot of cool stuff in there. I would hate to see it close down,” Banks said. Banks earned his community service credit hours for the center for service learning in SUMA. “I’ve been in there a few times and I actually did my service learning in there so I am familiar with Ms. Krystal and Ms. Kerr,” Banks said. On the other hand, some are unaware of the museum’s current position and so, have not voiced their concerns. Kevan Duncan, a freshman political science major from Harvey, La. feels SUMA is a part of history but, had no idea about

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it’s troubles. “I had no idea anything was wrong with the museum. We should do everything we can to keep it… That’s apart of our history,” Duncan said. Kerr explained how Dr. Leon Tarver’s vision resulted in the museums’ extensive collections on display today. “It was Dr. Leon Tarver’s vision. He was president at the time he began collecting African art and wanted to share his collection with others and so I came in 2000 and we opened in 2001,” Kerr said. Willie McCorkle III, Student Government Association president and mass communications major from New Orleans, was concerned with SUMA’s publicity or lack thereof.

“I feel that the museum should be publicized a bit more. Also it should be doing a lot more things in conjunction with Hayden Hall art exhibits and the creative arts department Marcus Tomlin, a junior, visual arts major from Los Angeles, said the museum has good work but doesn’t showcase it. “They have really good work back there but I feel like no one really knows about it,” Tomlin said. Kerr is looking forward to the campaign and feels it is a way to contribute back to Southern. “I feel very blessed to have the opportunity. It’s a way of giving back. People come here and they enjoy their experience, and they come back with friends and family. That’s the reward

I get when the little ones to the seniors come here and thoroughly enjoy themselves,” Kerr said. SUMA is currently frequented by students visiting to experience the art SUMA has on exhibit. “What we are experiencing now is a lot of professors are requiring their students to visit SUMA for a homework or extra credit assignments to open their eyes to art and experience it in some way shape of form,” Kerr said. Students who would like to volunteer their support or time can stop by SUMA for more details on how to help and talk to Kerr as updates occur. SUMA is currently open between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Tuesday through Friday.

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Poverty rate unchanged; record numbers persist Melinda Deslatte The Associated Press

WASHINGTON — The ranks of America’s poor remained stuck at record levels, although dwindling unemployment benefits and modest job gains helped stave off what experts had predicted would be the fourth rise in a row in the poverty rate. With joblessness persistently high, the gap between rich and poor increased in the last year, according to two major census measures. Also, the median, or midpoint, household income was $50,054, 1.5 percent lower than 2010 and a second straight decline. A Census Bureau report released Wednesday provides a

mixed picture of the economic well-being of U.S. households for 2011, when the unemployment rate improved to 8.9 percent from 9.6 percent in the previous year. The numbers are coming out not long before the Nov. 6 election in which the economy is the No. 1 issue and President Barack Obama is trying to make the case that the labor market, while not fully healed, is on the right track. The overall poverty rate stood at 15 percent, statistically unchanged from the 15.1 percent in the previous year. The rate was better than a consensus estimate of demographers who had predicted, based on weak wage growth, a gain of up to half

a percentage point, to levels not seen since 1965. For last year, the official poverty line was an annual income of $23,021 for a family of four. By total numbers, roughly 46.2 million people remained below the poverty line, unchanged from 2010. That figure was the highest in more than half a century when records were kept. The 15 percent poverty rate was basically unchanged from 1993 and was the highest since 1983. Broken down by state, New Mexico had the highest share of poor people, at 22.2 percent, according to rough calculations by the Census Bureau. It was followed by Louisiana, the District of Columbia, South

Carolina, Arkansas and Georgia. On the other end of the scale, New Hampshire had the lowest, at 7.6 percent. “This is good news and a surprise,” said Sheldon Danziger, a University of Michigan economist who closely tracks poverty. He pointed to a continuing boost from new unemployment benefits passed in 2009 that gave workers up to 99 weeks of payments after layoffs and didn’t run out for many people until late 2011. Also, job gains in the private sector that helped offset cuts in state and local government workers. “It would indicate the stimulus was even more effective than believed,” he said.

Bruce D. Meyer, an economist at the University of Chicago, said it was disappointing that poverty levels did not improve. He described it as a sign of lingering problems in the labor market even with recent declines in unemployment. “The drop in the unemployment rate has been due in significant part to workers leaving the labor force, because they are discouraged, back in school, taking care of family or other reasons,” he said. The official poverty level is based on a government calculation that includes only income before tax deductions. It excludes capital gains or accumulated wealth, such as home ownership.


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Jags, Devils set for ESPNU clash ariStide PhilliPS

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The Jaguars won’t have to travel 1,070 miles to face their next opponent, as they host Mississippi Valley State today in their Southwestern Athletic Conference opener at 6:30 p.m. The game will be broadcast live on ESPNU (Cox Cable Channel 243/1243 HD, AT&T U-Verse Channel 605/1605 HD). The Jaguars are coming of a 66-21 loss to Football Bowl Subdivision member New Mexico. Since that season opening loss the Jaguars have taken time to recover and prepare for their SWAC and home opener. “Going into this week we are excited about playing Mississippi Valley its an opportunity for us to be in first place in the SWAC west, for teams that are actually eligible in our conference,” said head coach Stump Mitchell. Texas Southern is 1-0 this year but the NCAA suspended the Tigers for having a low Academic Progressing Rate. Stopping the run game will be key in the Jaguars success against MSVU today.

The last time SU faced the Delta Devils Southern’s defense gave up 230 yards on the ground in a close 28-21 win in Itta Bena, Miss. The Jaguar defense gave up 347 yards on the ground against the Lobos. “During the off week we had a lot of time to really focus on the mistakes that we made and put it behind us,” cornerback Virgil Williams said. “This game we want to come out and make a statement as well as the team but most importantly the defense.” The Jaguars had issues containing opponents on the ground last season, finishing last in the SWAC allowing 185 yards on the ground. “Its all about understanding what gap you got, understanding what’s important to you, it comes down to young men executing the call all we can do as coaches put them in position,” Defensive Coordinator Dawson Odums said,“we can’t go out on the field and execute for them, ultimately its their responsibility and we hold them accountable for doing the job that we asked them to do.” The Delta Devils are coming

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Alabama A&M 14, Ark.-PB10 Alabama St. 29, Miss. Valley 7 North Texas 34, Tex. Southern 7 James Madison 42, Alcorn St. 3 TCU 56, Grambling 0 Tennessee St. 38, Jackson St. 12 Lamar 31, Prairie View 0 souTHern—idle

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Southern defensive back Levi Jackson dives after Mississippi Valley State running back Trey Bateaste during last season’s game in Itta Bena, Miss. The Jaguars and Delta Devils take the field tonight at A.W. Mumford Stadium in an ESPNU nationally televised SWAC game.

off a 29-7 loss to Alabama State and have 14 returning starters (9 offense, 5 defense) including running back Trey Bateaste who rushed for 86 yards and a touchdown in their last meeting against the Jaguars. “We got a chance to look at last

year’s film and we understand some of the weaknesses of the defense that we play, we know that they have a good athlete at quarterback they also have good running backs its going to be a challenge for us to do the things that we been coached to do,

This Week’s games

Miss. Valley at souTHern, 6:30 pm* (Thursday, ESPNU) Ark.-Pine Bluff at Alcorn St., 2 pm* Prairie View at Alabama A&M, 6 pm* (Louis Crews Classic) Alabama St. at Grambling St., 6 pm* (SWAC-TV) Jackson St. at Tex. Southern, 7:30 pm*

stopping the run no mater who got the ball,” Odums said.

SU’s Joseph determined to improve MorriS dillard iii The Southern Digest

Junior quarterback Dray Joseph debuted as the starter for Southern University Week 1. It was a “C-minus” performance he said. Joseph’s comments came after SU’s 66-21 loss at the University of New Mexico two weeks ago. Joseph said after Tuesday’s practice that he was working on correcting his mistakes and getting better every game. “I’ve been here for like three years now so I should be able to improve on what I’ve been doing,” he said. Joseph put up ok numbers against the Lobos, but the junior quarterback knows he needs to play better for the Jaguars to have a chance against Mississippi Valley State (0-2, 0-1 SWAC), which lost four straight dating back to the final two games of the 2011 PHOTO By ariana Triggs/digesT season and only two wins in its last 23 Quarterback Dray Joseph will lead the Jaguars games overall. against Mississippi Valley State tonight in SU’s Valley went toe-to-toe with SU last SWAC opener.

season, however, the Jaguars escaped 28-21. In that game, Joseph was 5-of10 for 60 yards, threw one touchdown, two interceptions, and was benched for the second half. “As quarterbacks we have to make right decisions,” Mitchell said. “We threw an interception last year in that game for a touchdown. We have to better at those things.” Joseph said he spent this week studying film and learning from his mistakes. Mitchell says Joseph will get better with more repetitions and practice. He also loved the way Dray passed against the Lobos defense, which allowed 242 yards and 12.1 yards per completion. “He had his best completion percentage even with four drops. He was on, ready to play, and I think he’ll be ready to play Thursday,” Mitchell said. Joseph says he’ll continue throwing the ball to receivers confidently, but will be without senior captain Charles Hawkins, who was ruled out of the

starting lineup with a hamstring injury. “Like I said after the game at New Mexico, you got to keep throwing them the balls because those are the same guys that are going to bail you out on a catch. You can’t lose all faith in those guys. I think that me still throwing them the ball shows that I have confidence in them.” Junior wide receiver Lee Doss is the second leading receiver for SU with five receptions for 35 yards a one score, which came in the second quarter against the Lobos. Valley suffered a 29-7 loss at Alabama State last weekend. They allowed 167 passing and 10.0 yards per completion and the Hornets scored four times in the red-zone. At 0-1, SU is the only teams remaining in the West standings without a conference win. A win and the Jaguars are in first place. “Once you’re at number one you don’t want to let it go,” Joseph said. “Don’t sleep on those guys because they play like there’s nothing to lose.”

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Guy among Kennedy honorees Brett Zongker

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WASHINGTON — Years after playing a Washington newspaper reporter, Dustin Hoffman is returning to the nation’s capital to share an honor with David Letterman — who appears surprised at how culturally important his Top 10 lists have been. The actor and comedian are among seven people who will receive the 2012 Kennedy Center Honors, the performing arts center announced Wednesday. They join Chicago bluesman Buddy Guy, the surviving members of the rock band Led Zeppelin and ballerina Natalia Makarova. The award is the nation’s highest honor for those who have influenced American culture through the arts. It comes with a dinner with Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and a reception hosted by President Barack Obama. The honorees will be saluted by fellow artists Dec. 2 in a show to be broadcast Dec. 26 on CBS. Hoffman, now 75, said in an interview that he was last

in Washington for Obama’s inauguration in 2009. “It’s maybe the coldest I’ve been since I was in Calgary, Canada, when it was 70 below for a film,” Hoffman said. “Since I froze my (behind) off watching him be inaugurated, the least he could do is to shake my hand under the circumstances.” While being honored for his long career as an actor, Hoffman said he’s most proud of his most recent work directing his first film. The film called “Quartet” stars Maggie Smith and follows aging opera singers and musicians who are reunited at a retirement home. Hoffman said he may have found a new calling as director. “God willing, I’m happy to do this from here on out,” he said. Kennedy Center Chairman David Rubenstein called Hoffman “one of the most versatile and iconoclastic actors” of any generation. Hoffman has played lead roles ranging from “All the President’s Men” and “Rain Man” to “Tootsie.” Guy, 76, was a “titan of the blues” who has influenced countless electric guitar players

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This undated handout photo provided by the Kennedy Center shows Buddy Guy in Chicago. Dustin Hoffman and David Letterman will soon find themselves in company they never expected in the nation’s capital. The actor and comedian are among seven people receiving the 2012 Kennedy Center Honors, according to an announcement Wednesday. They join Chicago bluesman Buddy Guy, rock band Led Zeppelin and ballerina Natalia Makarova.

over the past 50 years, Rubenstein said. Eric Clapton has called him the best guitar players alive, “without a doubt.” Guy, born into a family of sharecroppers with no electricity or running water in Louisiana, said he’s still pinching himself after hearing about the honor. He recalled that as a child, a guitar player would visit his family at

Apple to unveil new iPhone Michael Liedtke

The Associated Press

SAN FRANCISCO — Apple is holding an event in San Francisco during which it is expected to announce a new iPhone capable of faster data speeds. It may also come with a taller screen. The iPhone 5 will likely go on sale in a week or two. It’s expected to work with fourth-generation, or 4G, cellular networks, something Samsung’s Galaxy S III and many other iPhone rivals already do. Apple Inc. also plans to update its phone software and will ditch Google Inc.’s mapping service for its own. The two have become rivals as Google promotes phones running its Android operating system. In anticipation, several gadget makers refreshed their lineups last week, hoping to beat Apple on the buzz. Nokia Corp. and Google Inc.’s Motorola Mobility division announced five new smartphones between them, while Inc. updated its Kindle Fire tablet computer and announced new stand-alone e-reader models. Sales of Apple’s iPhones are still strong, though the company lost the lead in smartphones to Samsung this year. Samsung Electronics Co. benefited from having its S III out in the U.S. in June, while Apple was still selling an iPhone model it released last October. A

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Apple CEO Tim Cook walks on stage at the beginning of an event in San Francisco, Wednesday. Apple is holding an event in San Francisco during which it is expected to announce a new iPhone capable of faster data speeds. It may also come with a taller screen.

new iPhone will allow Apple to recapture the attention and the revenue. Analysts are already estimating that Apple will sell 8 million to 10 million iPhone 5s before the company’s quarter ends Sept. 30. That said, the iPhone has been trailing Android phones in sales. On Tuesday, Google executive Hugo Barra declared on his Google Plus social networking page that 1.3 million Android phones are added each day, with 500 million devices activated globally. As of June, Apple has sold 244 million iPhones since the first one came out in 2007. Apple’s event Wednesday is taking place at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Theater, where Apple has held many product launches.

Christmas. When all the other kids went to play with their toys, Guy wanted to strum that guitar. “I just felt like if I could learn to play guitar, like a sore thumb, I would stand out,” said Guy, who visited the White House earlier this year and persuaded Obama to sing a few lines of “Sweet Home Chicago” with Mick Jagger. He pioneered the use of

distortion and feedback with his electric guitar, a sound British musicians would embrace before mainstream American bands were ready to turn up the amplifiers. At the time, Guy said he didn’t know what he was doing. He just wanted to turn up the sound so somebody could hear him when he was playing with BB King, Muddy Waters and others.


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What exactly is Cuffing Season? Well for those who don’t know the dynamics of cuffing season it goes a little something like this. Throughout the fall semester (or winter months) people who would normally rather be single or promiscuous find themselves along with the rest of the world yearning to be ‘Cuffed’ (or tied down by a serious relationship.) The cold weather and prolonged indoor activity causes singles to become lonely and desperate to be cuffed. Ladies, the weather is still warm that mean you are likely to be wearing shorts, skirts, tank tops, V-necks and dresses, more than likely most of you have already been scouted by someone or a few guys and just don’t know it yet. Like it or not you’re going to get chose. Your advantage in the situation is that you have options! You can choose to participate in this seasonal game and get drafted to someone’s team or ‘cuffed’, You can have a draft, create your own team, fill your roster and cut when necessary or just be single and choose not to participate. Gentlemen, according to my

Jessica Sarpy cuffing season calendar some of you are already behind. This is the fall semester! You’ve got a lot of freshmen competition to deal with. If you haven’t already started scouting you’d better start making moves. Its already the third week of cuffing preseason which means you should have already approached your prospects, exchanged numbers, and made some kind of verbal contact. Guys basically have the same options as the ladies, you can play and win the championship, possibly get played, or not play at all. Personally I’m not too fond of cuffing season.

Yeah it’s a game to some but often times it’s the girls or guys who are unaware of the game that gets hurt the most. Some people don’t see relationships and sex as a sport. It’s the casual sex mentality that has STDs and HIV on the rise in the black communities, and it makes our youth even more emotionally detached and insecure. The only outcome of cuffing season, in my opinion, is destruction. It deteriorates respect for women and ultimately destroys men’s outlook on women. It can assault a women’s self esteem problems and causes women to wage war on themselves using weave and makeup as their weapons. It kills the concept of love, making it so alien that marriage becomes a myth. So no, I don’t choose to partake in the cuffing season game. It doesn’t get my stamp of approval but to each his or her own, right? I gave you all the schedule and the rules, make your own playbook but that’s only if you choose to play the game.

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Week Dates Objective Week 1 Aug. 30-Sept.1 Scout him/her. Get them digits, playa! Week 2 Sept. 2-8 Text him/her, but don’t call. Don’t want to seem desperate. Week 3 Sept. 9-15 Surprise phone call or ask him/her out. Show some backbone. Week 4 Sept. 16-22 Start late night flirting (phone and visits) Week 5 Sept. 23-29 Let him/her know he/she may be cuffed/drafted, placed on the practice squad (back-up) or cut from the roster

Regular Cuffing Season

Week Dates Objective Week 1 Sept. 30-Oct. 6 Dating starts. Week 2 Oct. 7-13 Make it “official” Week 3 Oct. 14-20 Seal the deal. Make it happen, cap’n! Week 4 Oct. 21-27 Thirst rush! The uncuffed will try to steal your prospects and offer them better contracts to join their team. Don’t let your star players get away, or even worse, allow other teams to use negative recruiting tactics to steal your franchise player away (dirty mackin’ and outright hatin’ is punishable by substantial fines, loss of draft picks and other punishments as deemed appropriate by the Cuffing League Commissioner). MID-SEASON Oct. 28-Nov. 1 TRADE DEADLINE. You have to decide whethim/her you want to keep him/her or whethim/her to trade him/her in for some spring semester draft picks. After this point, if you don’t move him/her to another team, you have to keep him/her for the rest of the fall season. Week 5 Oct. 28-Nov.3 Good morning text messages begin. Make him/her think you’re constantly thinking about him/her. Week 6 Nov. 4-10 Good morning text end. Now that thirst rush is over you. You’ve got him/her so you don’t need to do extra work. Week 7 Nov. 11-17 Thanksgiving is next week. You don’t want to him/her to meet your family? Start an argument. Week 8 Nov. 18-24 DEAD SILENCE! Don’t send/respond to any calls or text. Week 9 Nov. 25-30 This is it! This is the last week of Fall cuffing season. Time to break it off with your fall franchise player and evaluate your roster for the spring semester draft/season. ——— Cuffing season ends Dec. 1. It’s finals time, you’re about to go home and you want to go home an uncuffed champion for the spring semester. DISCLAIMER: This guide is for rookie cuffers or newbies to the cuffing game. Experienced cuffers have their own guides to follow. The creator of the Cuffing Season Guide is not responsible for the consequences of the readers’ actions. THIS IS ENTERTAINMENT, NOT ADVICE!

A CUFFING SEASON PLAYLIST (Songs to help you get your game up) PRESEASON: Drake, “Practice”; Chris Brown, “Strip”; Marques Houston, “Naked”; Trey Songz, “Love Faces”; Ludacris, “Sex Room” START OF THE SEASON: Big K.R.I.T ft. Ludacris, “What You Mean”; Don Kennedy, “Girls on Stage”; 8 Ball and MJG, “Space Age Pimpin’”; UGK, ft. Outkast, “International Players Anthem”; TrillVille, “Some Cut”; Rick Ross, “Bag of Money”; Flo Rida, “Whistle” MIDSEASON: Miguel, “Adorn”; Frank Ocean, “Thinking About You”; Elle Varner, “Refill”; Pretty Willie, “My Good Thing”; Ginuwine, “So Anxious”; The Roots, “Break You Off”; Lady Gaga, “Love Game”; 2 Chainz, “Birthday Song” MIDSEASON ROSTER CUTS: Young Money, “She is Gone”; Kanye West, “Flashing Lights” END OF THE SEASON: Project Pat ft. Three 6 Mafia, “Don’t Call Me No’ Mo’”; P. Diddy ft. Keyshia Cole, “Last Night” *—Try Love Faces Station on Pandora if you don’t have time to prepare a playlist.

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