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SU reaches out to Scotlandville Charles Hawkins II & Samantha Smith The Southern Digest

While others were tailgating and getting ready for the Jackson State game, Southern head football coach Stump Mitchell and SU students participated in cleaning up and beautifying the Scotlandville community Saturday as part of Scotlandville Community Outreach Weekend. “It’s what I do, I’m a part of this community,” said Mitchell as he began to cut grass. The community of Scotlandville has been neglected for many years, which has led to its current state. Professors, students and community members wanted to improve the Scotlandville area in some way since it is so important to Southern University’s survival. The real purpose for the cleanup was part of a plan to revitalize the Scotlandville area. Community Against Drugs and Violence, CADAV, in partnership with the SU Center for Social Research and the School of Architecture sponsored a day of service in the Scotlandville community. Volunteers arrived early Saturday morning to clean up litter and debris, cut grass and clean vacant lots. Some students were motivated by a desire to give back. “The Southern University Center for Social Research

received a grant to clean up the community and revitalize homes in the Scotlandville area,” said Kristie Perry, program director at the SU Center for Research. She also went on to explain how the school of architecture has been assisting them in developing this plan, and that they are currently only in phase one. “Our vision started in 2009 with an eight-stop listening tour,” said Jason Lockhart, an architecture professor. “We were able to understand the problems and concerns of the community.” Lockhart said the full plan addresses a wide range of issues, including transportation, community image, education and economic development. The student involvement from the School of Architecture was heavily required to complete this project. Marlon Stepp serves as the student director, in which his responsibilities include setting up events, student liaison, and setting up community meetings to better understand the neighborhood’s complaints. “Scotlandville has always really supported Southern University it’s about time for students to back the Scotlandville community,” Stepp said. Also assisting in carrying out this plan is Exxon Mobil. Architecture professor Jin Lee said the school is working

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Southern head football coach Stump Mitchell pitches in during Saturday’s Scotlandville Community Outreach Weekend. Mitchell raked up grass in a joint effort to beautify the Scotlandville area. Scotlandville Outreach Day was hosted by The Southern University School of Architecture and The SU Center for Social Research.

with Exxon-Mobil to create a solar farm, which will cultivate energy that can be sold in order to give back to the community. Lee also discussed the Devil’s Swamp area near Scotlandville. Devil’s Swamp, according to the Environmental Protection Agency, industrial facilities discharged waste into the wetland and flood plain that makes up the swamp since the 1960s and 1970s.

The School of Architecture plans to meet with EPA officials in the near future to discuss possible environmental impacts on the Scotlandville community and the university. There will be more educational sessions that will assist the community members of learning more about these plans and events. Scotlandville Outreach Day was sponsored by Southern

University Center for Social Research, SU school of architecture, and Community Against Drugs and Violence (CADAV). For more information concerning the Scotlandville Comprehensive Community Development Plan (SCCDP) plan books are located in area libraries. The SCCDP website is www.SCCDP.org and another website with information is www.URCDRC.org.

Edwards: Democrats need to be more moderate Melinda Deslatte The Associated Press

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In a August. 24, 2011 photo, former Gov. Edwin Edwards addresses fifth graders at Walker, La.’s Levi Milton Elementary School as his recent bride Trina Scott Edwards listens, right. Edwards spoke for about 25 minutes, giving a brief introduction, and then answered 11 questions posed by students and filtered by teachers.

As the Democratic Party seeks to rebound from a string of losses in Louisiana, former Gov. Edwin Edwards said Monday he has advised party leaders to shift to more moderate positions and persuade people that the party doesn’t advocate socialized government. “We are not a giveaway party. We are a responsible party who likes to take care of the indigent and the aging and provide education for those who need it and want it. And while we are considered to be of the liberal side, it is only because we have a concern for

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the needs of people,” said Edwards, a stalwart of Louisiana’s Democratic Party for half a century before he was convicted of federal corruption charges. The four-term former governor, who recently completed a more than eightyear prison sentence, spoke about politics and his legacy to the Press Club of Baton Rouge. Always quick with a joke, when asked how the Democratic Party can re-brand itself, Edwards first quipped, “Change the name.” Democrats lost control of the state House and state Senate in the last year See Edwards page 3


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NATIONAL COLLEGIATE ALOCHOL AWARENESS WEEK

The Southern University Counseling Center presents National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Week Wednesday, Oct. 19 and Thursday, Oct. 20. Wednesday’s events include “Drunken Goggles” and “BYOB (Bring Your Own Bananas)” from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. on the front lawn of the union. Thursday’s events include “Mocktails” from 6 p.m.-9 p.m. in the Royal Cotillion Ballroom of the union. Can you make an award-winning non-alcoholic beverage? Prove it. Register to participate in Happy Hour with Mocktails. Contact the UCC for more information at 225.771.2480.

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Vitter not always critical of loan program Matthew Daly

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WASHINGTON — Republican Sen. David Vitter calls the Obama administration “reckless” for awarding billions of dollars in taxpayer subsidies for renewable energy projects, including a $528 million loan to a now-bankrupt California solar panel maker. But Vitter was not always so critical of the loan program. Documents obtained by The Associated Press show the Louisiana Republican wrote to the Energy Department at least seven times since 2009 seeking money for projects that would benefit his home state. One of the projects backed by Vitter — for a company that makes activated carbon to reduce pollution at coal-fired power plants — has received preliminary approval for a $245 million loan guarantee. In April 2009, Vitter urged Energy Secretary Steven Chu to approve a loan for Red River Environmental Products, saying the Coushatta, La., company could help meet a growing demand for products that help power plants comply with stricter federal regulation of mercury emissions. “I understand the importance of accessing the domestic energy resources we have, like coal, in an environmentally conscious manner,” wrote Vitter, who also backed projects for nuclear power, renewable diesel fuel and a company that makes fuel-efficient cars. Vitter and other Republicans have pounced on the bankruptcy of Fremont, Calif.-based Solyndra Inc., saying the White House rushed to approve a loan guarantee to the politically connected company without adequate oversight Vitter said in a statement Monday that he has “always pushed for an ‘all of the above’ energy policy which certainly includes renewables,” but added: “In the age of Solyndra, we need full transparency and accountability.” Rep. Cliff Stearns, R-Fla., who chairs a subcommittee that is investigating the Solyndra deal, also has supported projects that promote green jobs. Stearns, who heads the House Energy and Commerce subcommittee on oversight and investigations, endorsed a battery manufacturing plant in Jacksonville. The Saft America Inc. plant makes lithium-ion battery cells for military hybrid vehicles and solar and wind energy storage. The plant received a $95.5 million grant from the Energy Department through the stimulus law. Stearns and other lawmakers from Florida also backed a Florida company’s bid to win a loan guarantee for biofuel refinery plant in central Florida. New Planet BioEnergy LLC received $50 million from the Energy Department and

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In this Dec. 15, 2010 photo, Sen. David Vitter, R-La., walks near the floor of the Senate during the votes on tax cuts legislation on Capitol Hill in Washington. Vitter calls subsidies for renewable energy projects “reckless,” but he has sought money from the program for his home state.

a $75 million loan guarantee from the Agriculture Department. “I am honored to join in welcoming Saft’s Li-ion battery manufacturing facility,” Stearns said in a March 2010 press release announcing the battery plant’s groundbreaking. “I recognize the contributions of these advanced rechargeable batteries in meeting our energy needs.” A spokesman for Stearns said the congressman did not attend the groundbreaking last year, but merely provided a statement in support. Stearns also did not attend a ceremony last week when the plant formally opened with 100 employees, spokesman Paul Flusche said. Several Florida members of Congress attended the opening event. Stearns said in a statement Monday that he supports clean and renewable energy and the jobs they produce, nationally and in Florida, “as long as taxpayer dollars are not put at risk.” In Saft’s case, the company received a federal grant, not a taxpayer-guaranteed loan, Stearns said. “I had no role in Saft securing that grant; there is no indication that Saft, a French company, is financially troubled; and it has not been raided by the FBI,” as Solyndra was. In response to the Solyndra Inc. debacle, Vitter has co-sponsored a bill that would require an inspector general investigation into any company that receives federal

money for renewable energy and then goes bankrupt. “We can’t afford any more crony capitalism where the federal government picks winners and losers and then leaves taxpayers on the hook when everything falls apart,” Vitter said in a news release announcing the bill, which is co-sponsored by Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis. Vitter’s bill would also require that federal agencies conduct a full audit of any renewable energy projects that have received taxpayer money since 2009. The audits would examine how many jobs were created and what the company’s profits are. Any company that declares bankruptcy or fails to meet the objectives required by the government would be subject to an inspector general investigation. Solyndra filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection earlier this month and laid off its 1,100 employees. The Silicon Valley company was the first renewable-energy company to receive a loan guarantee under a stimulus-law program to encourage green energy and was frequently touted by the Obama administration as a model. The company’s implosion and revelations that the administration hurried Office of Management and Budget officials to finish their review of the loan in time for a September 2009 groundbreaking have become an embarrassment for President Barack Obama.

“I can remember when Newt Gingrich took over (in the U.S. House) and everybody thought the Republican Party was going to take over the country forever. But it was short-lived,” Edwards said. Edwards can do nothing more than advise politicians, comment on the political scene and assist candidates. He remains on probation for a bribery and extortion scheme to rig riverboat casino licenses. He’s unable to run for elected office until 15 years after his sentence

completion unless he is pardoned. The former governor remains popular in the state, and he regularly tells groups that he could defeat current Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal, if he had been able to run — a questionable assertion with Jindal’s high approval ratings in recent polls. “I’m glad I can’t run. Because if I could have run, I would have run, and I would have won and then I’d have all these problems,” he joked about the state’s ongoing budget woes.

Edwards from page 1 and didn’t attract any well-known, well-funded candidates for statewide office this fall, seeming to cede the races to Republicans. GOP leaders say Louisiana is becoming rock-solid red and Democrats no longer represent the views of a majority of state residents. Edwards said he believes the party will attract people in again. He compared politics in Louisiana and the nation to the swing of a pendulum, saying no one party stays victorious.


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Ga. board considers high-profile inmate’s case Greg Bluestein

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ATLANTA — His legal appeals exhausted, supporters of Troy Davis were making a lastditch effort Monday to stop his execution for the 1989 murder of an off-duty Savannah police officer, asking the Georgia pardons board to grant clemency the 42-year-old who insists that he is innocent. The five-member Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles has the power to change death sentences but rarely does. It was considering arguments surrounding Davis, who claims he is innocent of killing Mark MacPhail. He’s set to be put to death by injection Wednesday, the fourth time in four years the state has tried to execute him. Dozens of Davis’ supporters rallied outside the government building where the parole board PHOTO BY david tulis/ap photo met. They hoisted a massive “Save Troy Davis” sign and Protesters hold signs in support of death row inmate Troy Davis outside the Georgia Board of Pardons formed a makeshift drum line and Paroles hearing in Atlanta, on Monday, Sept. 19, 2011. Davis is scheduled to die for the 1989 at one entrance to the building. slaying of off-duty Savannah, Ga., police officer Mark MacPhail. At another entrance, other supporters were holding a have backed off their testimony such a huge concern about this legal team and its witnesses, somber prayer vigil on his behalf. or recanted. Others who did not case, and that this message will although Davis himself is not Inside the closed-door testify say another man at the resonate with them,” said Laura scheduled to appear. The panel meeting, a parade of attorneys scene admitted to the shooting. Moye of Amnesty International, will then hear from prosecutors, The U.S. Supreme Court even who delivered thousands of MacPhail’s family and their and supporters asked the fivemember board to spare Davis’ granted Davis a hearing to prove petitions in support of Davis to witnesses. Davis’ attorneys and life. Defense attorney Stephen his innocence, the first time it the board last week. “The very Marsh said the legal team told had done so for a death row reputation and faith that this supporters packed the pardons the board there was too much inmate in at least 50 years, but public has in its justice system is board for their session. Among the people who spoke were substantial doubt about his he couldn’t convince a judge to on the line.” Among those who support Quiana Glover, who said she guilt to allow the execution to grant him a new trial. The pardons board in 2007 Davis’ clemency request are was at a friend’s house in June go forward. Prosecutors were expected to argue their case decided to delay Davis’ execution former president Jimmy Carter 2009 when another man told for 90 days to grant the courts and Pope Benedict XVI. A host her he killed MacPhail, and later Monday. Davis has captured worldwide more time to review the case. A of conservative figures have also Brenda Forrest, a juror who attention because of the doubt year later, it denied clemency advocated on his behalf, including helped convict him in 1991 but his supporters have raised over and allowed his execution to former U.S. Rep. Bob Barr, ex- is now having second thoughts. “I feel, emphatically, that Mr. whether he killed MacPhail, go forward. Since then, though, Justice Department official Larry who was shot to death while three new members have been Thompson and one-time FBI Davis cannot be executed under these circumstances,” Forrest Director William Sessions. rushing to help a homeless man appointed to the panel. The board, which meets in a said in an affidavit presented to “We are hopeful this who had been attacked. Several of the witnesses who helped tremendous outpouring of closed-door session, first heard the board by Davis’ attorneys. The board will likely issue convict him at his 1991 trial support will demonstrate there’s hours of testimony from Davis’

its decision by Tuesday. The Rev. Raphael Warnock, a Davis supporter who spoke at the hearing, said the board was attentive and inquisitive, peppering the speakers with questions. But he said it’s too hard to predict how the panel will decide. “It’s a very difficult place to be. A man’s life hangs in the balance,” he said. “But we were very clear that an execution should not take place.” Two of the panel’s five members have already reviewed the case several times: Gale Buckner, a former Georgia Bureau of Investigation agent, and Robert Keller, the ex-chair of a Georgia prosecutors group. The other three have been appointed to the board since 2009. They are: James Donald, the former head of the Georgia Department of Corrections, Albert Murray, who led the state’s juvenile justice program, and Terry Barnard, a former Republican state lawmaker. MacPhail was shot to death on Aug. 19, 1989 after rushing to help Larry Young, a homeless man who was pistol-whipped in a Burger King parking lot. Prosecutors say Davis was with another man who was demanding that Young give him a beer when Davis pulled out a handgun and bashed Young with it. When MacPhail arrived to help, they say Davis had a smirk on his face when he shot the officer to death. Concerns about his case prompted the Supreme Court to order the nearly unprecedented innocence hearing. In June 2010, U.S. District Judge William T. Moore Jr. heard from two witnesses who said they falsely incriminated Davis and from two others who said another man had confessed to being the actual killer.

Freedmen vote could sway Cherokee chief election Justin Juozapavicius The Associated Press

TULSA, Okla. — In a rare move by the government, a federal judge will delve in to the interworking of an American Indian tribe this week by deciding whether to allow the descendants of slaves once owned by members of the Cherokee Nation to vote in the tribe’s embattled election for chief. A special election being held Saturday was ordered by the tribe’s highest court after recounts from a flawed election in June were reversed several times, with the longtime chief and his challenger each being declared the winner twice. Tribal experts believe the slave descendants — known as

freedmen — could swing the vote to new leadership of one of the country’s largest tribes. U.S. District Judge Henry H. Kennedy will hear arguments Tuesday in Washington, D.C., from attorneys for the freedmen, who are suing to keep their right to vote and other tribal benefits after tribe members voted to cut them off. They’re asking for a preliminary injunction, which would allow freedmen to vote like other members of the tribe Saturday. The election challenges had been playing out in the tribe’s court system until the freedmen sued, citing an 1866 treaty with the federal government that they argue guarantees their tribal rights. That pushed the case into the federal courts. The

federal government warned the Cherokees this month to reinstate the freedmen, saying Saturday’s election would be illegal if they weren’t allowed to vote. Chad Smith, who was chief until a temporary replacement was named after the June election, has actively campaigned for the last decade to remove non-Cherokee freedmen from the tribe’s voter rolls. His challenger, longtime tribal councilman Bill John Baker, also backed their removal but not as vocally. Although no official breakdown exists, attorneys for the freedmen estimate that between 330 and 500 freedmen voted during that election. The tribe initially announced Smith had won by 11

votes, but subsequent tallies had the margins at seven, 266 and five votes. “My impression is that an overwhelming majority of the freedmen would be supporting Bill John Baker,” said attorney Ralph Keen Jr., who is representing the freedmen in tribal court. “They feel like the past administration was so staunchly opposed to their rights that any change would be a change for the better.” After ballots were counted a fifth time from the June election, the tribe’s Supreme Court said it couldn’t be sure the tally was correct and ordered a new election. But in the meantime, it upheld a 2007 vote by tribe members to revoke the freedmen’s suffrage

rights after three-fourths of voters favored doing so. The Cherokee Nation has about 300,000 members, making it Oklahoma’s largest tribe and one of the largest tribes in the U.S. About 2,800 freedmen held tribal rights after fighting for years to regain citizenship privileges that they believe were granted to them under the 1866 treaty, which gave the freedmen and their descendants “all the rights of native Cherokees.” Smith and Baker both backed the tribal court’s decision to kick the freedmen out of the tribe. But Baker has appeared less vocal about it while on the campaign trail, inviting the idea by his opponents that he is courting the freedmen vote.


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Jags lament missed chances MorriS DillarD

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Southern left tackle Chris Browne observed the field after the game. He noticed that the offense left several touchdowns inside Jackson State territory before limping towards the A.W. Mumford Stadium Fieldhouse for postgame interviews. There he was asked to talk about the offense and its miscues in the fourth quarter of last Saturday’s 28-24 loss. “As an offense we have to convert,” Browne said. “We had some protection breakdowns on the offensive line and we had some miscues. “We definitely need to do a better job.” The Jaguars travel to Atlanta this weekend for the Atlanta Football Classic against the Florida A&M Rattlers, who rank seventh in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference in run defense, a week a after being blown out by Football Bowl Subdivision’s 18th-ranked South Florida. Browne framed Saturday’s game as more disappointing than last year’s loss in Jackson, Miss., where the Tigers escaped with a four-point win in the final seconds. “We had a chance to win the game but we didn’t execute,” Browne said. Southern held a lead 24-21 in

the fourth quarter before they began to collapse. They gained one yard and punted the ball on back-to back possessions before JSU used seven plays covering 65 yards in 3:24 to score the game-winning touchdown. The gained six yards of total offense in the fourth quarter which included three running plays, eight passes, and an inadvertent run by senior punter Manuel Canto that went for four yards and turnover on downs. “We elected to throw some quick passes to keep the clock running but we weren’t able to connect,” Browne said. “Whatever coach call we have to execute it. We practice it over and over. We’ve got to get the job done.” The Jaguars offense is ranked sixth in the Southwestern Athletic Conference with 321.3 yards per game. An ineffective ground game, which is last in the conference, forced head coach Stump Mitchell to depend on a passing attack that leads the SWAC in pass offense with 294 yards per game. “We tried it in the first quarter and after that we went to the three-step drop,” Browne said. “We’ve got to try and run the ball and do a better job so we can eat up the clock.” Jackson totaled six tackles for losses for 22 yards and three sacks — two in the fourth

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Jackson State defensive lineman Donovan Robinson holds on as Southern quarterback Dray Joseph fights for extra yards in last Saturday’s game.

quarter by defensive end Joseph Lebeau, who led with six tackles. Southern’s offense gained 19 rushing yards, which is last in the conference in rush offense with 27 yards per game. “I would love to run the ball but it’s not happening,” Mitchell said during postgame interviews after the game. So far this season Southern has been outgained 557-82 in rushing, led by sophomore quarterback Dray Joseph with 102 yards on 28 attempts. SU is also last in redzone scoring which include two passing touchdowns and one field goal, no rushing scores. Southern gave its best effort at a win in Mumford, but the

Jaguars collapsed in the red zone. The momentum they gained throughout the game was cut short on several occasions. Sophomore receiver Lee Doss’s costly fumble at the two-yard line deflated a scoring drive that began at the Jackson State 40 yard-line. However, Doss scored the go-ahead touchdown with 29 seconds left in the third quarter. Another misfortune was a 39-yard missed field goal in the third quarter by Canto. “It was a four-point ball game,” Mitchell said, identifying the offense’s collapses. “They (Southern’s defense) got five turnovers, we were not able to capitalize.” The Jaguars defense forced

Braves drub Miss. Valley

College finally scored on a 57-yard TD run by Devin Lee early in the fourth quarter. Ark.-Pine Bluff 36, Prairie View 29 PRAIRIE VIEW, Texas — Jones finished with a game-high 86 yards rushing and three touchdowns, including a first-quarter scoring dash. The Panthers (1-2, 1-1) dominated the first three quarters, managing to get three team safeties in the second quarter, and led 29-14. Pine Bluff’s Benjamin Anderson threw a touchdown pass to Desmond Beverly to make it 21-29 early in the fourth quarter. Anderson later ran in for a two-point conversion to tie it after Jones’ touchdown run. The Golden Lions (2-1, 2-0) got the ball back with 3 minutes left and eventually set Jones up for the winning score with 24 seconds to go. Jerry Lovelocke threw for 259 yards and two TDs for the Panthers while Le’Darryae Groover ran for 21 yards and a touchdown.

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Brandon Bridge passed for two touchdowns and ran for a third as Alcorn State outscored Mississippi Valley State 29-7 in the second half and coasted to a 39-14 victory Saturday in SWAC play. The Braves led 10-7 at halftime but scored four touchdowns in the second half to trounce MVSU. In other SWAC action, Alabama A&M defeated Tuskegee 21-6, Texas Southern dismantled Texas College 49-6, Arkansas-Pine Bluff rallied past Prairie View 36-29 and Alabama State knocked off Grambling State 31-17. Alcorn St. 39, Miss. Valley 14 ALCORN STATE, Miss. — Alcorn State (1-2, 1-2 SWAC) got two long second-half touchdown passes from two different quarterbacks. Bridge, who completed 7 of 16 attempts for 148 yards, hit Rodney Whitmore on a 72-yard scoring pass. Darius Smith, who was 7 for 11 for 144 yards, found Terrance Lewis for a 55-yard TD. Jerry Salas also caught a 5-yard scoring pass from Bridge. Alcorn State scored the last 22 points. Trey Bateaste rushed for 118 yards and Garrick Jones passed for a touchdown for MSVU (0-3, 0-2).

five turnovers that include three fumble recoveries and two interceptions against the reigning SWAC offensive player of the year Casey Therriault, who threw the game-winning touchdown pass that sealed the victory. “I thought for the most part, Dray battled him (Therriault) pretty good,” Mitchell said. Joseph finished 19-of-47 for 287 yards and three touchdowns. “They got 15 minutes left on the clock,” Joseph said. “For the most part, we’re not a great running team and we wasn’t doing good running at that time. Coach Mitchell has enough faith in the offense and the passing game to keep passing.”

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Alcorn State’s Darius Smith, right, tries to get around Mississippi Valley State’s Garrick Jones Saturday at Jack Spinks-Marino Casem Stadium.

Alabama A&M 21, Tuskegee 6 HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — The Bulldogs (1-2) limited the Tigers to 54 yards rushing, recovered two fumbles and registered five sacks for minus-31 yards. Willie Fuller was the catalyst on defense for the Bulldogs with 12 total tackles, including five for losses, and a sack. Meanwhile, Alabama A&M got enough offense when it counted. Leading 7-6 in the second quarter, Milton G’Alonzo caught a 3-yard touchdown pass from Deaunte Mason with 28 seconds remaining in the first half. The Bulldogs struck for the final

time on an 18-yard run by Kaderius Lacey with 3:21 to play in the game. Texas Southern 49, Texas College 6 HOUSTON — Texas Southern’s Riko Smalls passed for 290 yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions, and three different running backs scored touchdowns for the Tigers. Texas Southern got the scoring started with a 51-yard TD pass from Smalls to Richard Samuel at the 2:26 mark in the first quarter, leading to 49 unanswered points for the Tigers until Texas

Alabama State 31, Grambling 17 MONTGOMERY, Ala. — The Hornets (1-1, 1-0) also forced four Grambling turnovers (including three interceptions) and held the Tigers (1-1, 1-0) to just 177 yards total offense. Quarterback Devin Dominguez hit Nick Andrews for a 50-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter. Andrews later caught a 15-yard scoring pass from backup quarterback Gregory Jenkins to give Alabama State a 17-10 lead it never relinquished. Jenkins later scored on a 16-yard run in the fourth quarter and Quendarius McKibbens closed the Alabama State scoring with a 3-yard run. Freshman quarterback D.J. Williams passed for 113 yards and two touchdowns for Grambling.


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Emmys with Jane Lynch presiding was a winner Frazier Moore

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Even if your favorite nominee got snubbed, Sunday’s Emmycast could have been the most satisfying in memory. It was funny, bright and skillfully hosted by “Glee” star Jane Lynch. It moved at a brisk clip, free of the usual stumbles and lulls, and, even better, it flowed almost seamlessly, a next-toimpossible feat for any awards show. Production values at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles were eye-popping, from the setting — an omega-shaped arch through which presenters made their entrance — to a tour-de-force comic musical number spearheaded by Andy Samberg and fellow “Saturday Night Live” performers that might have had some viewers scratching their heads in bewilderment, but had to leave them dazzled nonetheless. Yes, “Modern Family” cleaned up — winning five Emmys (including best comedy, supporting acting trophies for TV parents Julie Bowen and Ty Burrell, and best writing and direction). But Mark Burnett, the pasha of reality TV, was the night’s behind-the-scenes winner. Taking over for the first time as executive producer of the Emmys, he gave it a rare measure of class and pizzazz. Best of all with the Emmys, there were startling surprises among the winners and none undeserving. After weeks of speculation over who would win for best actor in a drama (the long-denied Jon Hamm for “Mad Men” or Hugh Laurie for “House”?), Kyle Chandler’s name was called for

his performance as a Texas high school football coach in the final season of “Friday Night Lights.” “I knew for a fact I would not be standing here. I did not write anything and now I’m starting to worry,” said Chandler with a palpable mix of unease and joy. It was a glorious moment for him as well as for the show, which was critically acclaimed but struggled for an audience while its never-say-die football team played by the motto: “Clear eyes, full hearts can’t lose.” Jim Parsons of “The Big Bang Theory” earned his second trophy in the best actor category — no big surprise. But Melissa McCarthy of “Mike & Molly” rocked the room as she was honored as best lead actress in a comedy series with an Emmy and a glitzy prom queen’s crown. “Wow! It’s my first and best pageant ever,” said the beaming McCarthy, who, moments earlier, had broken with tradition along with her fellow nominees by jumping up on stage as their names were called. This display of solidarity earned them a standing ovation from many in the audience. It was a night of good will, even from bad boy Charlie Sheen, a surprise presenter. Sheen, who has been on a fencemending TV tour of late, presented the lead comedy actor award, but took time onstage to make nice with his former “Two and a Half Men” colleagues. In March, he was fired from the show after bitterly clashing with its producer and studio, and was subsequently replaced by Ashton Kutcher.

‘Lion King’ returns in 3D Breanna Paul

The Southern Digest

Nants ingonyama bagithi baba/Sithi uhm ingonyama … Sound familiar? It’s been 17 years since those words have been song; well at least in a movie theater. That’s right! Time flies doesn’t it? The Lion King, the criticallyacclaimed Disney blockbuster, premiered Friday. It was the same movie that we all have on VHS, but in 3D. This just made the movie so much better. The re-released movie topped the Box Office estimating in $29.3 million over the weekend. In 1994, the movie became the highest-grossing animated film in history with $312.9 million, according to CNN Entertainment. It earned approximately $15.7 million when it was re-released in 2002 with IMAX effects. So all in all, The Lion King has made some serious money in the last 17 years, equaling up to about $357.8 million in the theaters. That’s a lot of money for any movie to make, let’s not forget this movie is for all intensive purposes…a cartoon. Some naysayers kept saying, “Oh that movie doesn’t need to be 3D.” However, it was one of the BEST 3D movies that I’ve seen in a while. There were many scenes were the 3D effects actually made

the movie better. I even found myself reaching out into the air trying to grab the objects, even though I knew they weren’t coming towards me. On another note, it was very nostalgic to watch The Lion King, a movie I hadn’t seen since DVDs started becoming popular. The entire theater sang all the songs from, “Circle of Life” to “I Just Can’t Wait to be King” to “Can You Feel the Love Tonight?” and my all-time favorite, “Be Prepared.” I wish I remembered material for tests like I remembered 17-year old songs. Some scenes were funnier this time around. When Scar was singing, “Be Prepared” – the hyenas had a dumb moment. Scar: Be prepared! Hyenas: For what? Scar: FOR THE DEATH OF THE KING! Hyenas: Why is he sick? It was kind of like re-reading a good book. You are able to understand the concept better. You laughed harder and went Hmmm… at certain parts and wondered, “Why did I not catch this?” Oh that’s right! I was 4 years old! Hurry, The Lion King will only be in theaters for 2 weeks, but if you aren’t able to make it to Rave or Perkins Rowe to see the movie, it will released on Bluray 3D on October 4th. It’s a must-see!

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You remember when you were in elementary school and your parents and teachers always asked “What do you want to be when you grow up?” Dozens of kids wanted to be doctors, lawyers, firefighters, policemen/ women, nurses, etc. As you got older your dreams became closer in reach or further away. Then your parents and teachers started asking, what are you going to do with your life? Some responses were go to college, work, have a family, get married, etc. When you became an adult your loved ones and role models began to ask you, what is your purpose? Answers ranged from justice, to helping people, to speaking up for a cause. As you age in your adulthood you began to ask yourself, Am I doing what I need to be doing to make myself better, my family better, my community better, and society better? Those answers are still being written and spoken. Everyone at Southern University needs to be asking those same questions in that order. What do I want to do when I grow up? When the boys stop chasing women, when the girls stop thinking a man will make you feel better about yourself, when you are self motivated and defined. When we stop being

Evan Taylor concerned about how other people feel we are doing, when we have true “self” esteem, and when we learn that this world is not about us. The sun does not rise and set on us. What are you going to do with your life? Notice I said what are YOU going to do with YOUR life … not what is your mama, your daddy, your sperm donor, your boyfriend, your girlfriend, your boo, your family, your community, the world going to do in your life. Part of maturing is taking responsibility for what you can do and will do in your life. What is your purpose? Will you live your life for someone else or for yourself? Will you lead or will you follow? Are you prepared to take your talents and skills to a place where they have never gone before? Are you motivated enough to step outside your

comfort zone to fail a few times and succeed once? Decide for you, what you will accomplish before you leave this world. Overcoming vulnerability, fears, doubt, and adversity is part of growth. Am I doing what I need to be doing to make myself better, my family better, my community better, and society better? Some of this can be answered now; it doesn’t have to be answered in the final stage of your life. There is no age to maturity. You can be what society calls young and mature or what society calls old and mature. When was the last time you volunteered? Not for the hours for a requirement, not for someone else, but, for the prosperity of those around you. When was the last time your family members and talked. Not because you felt obligated but, because you wanted to hold it all together. When was the last time you had some “self devotional” time? Where you can examine yourself in your own shoes, eyes, and mind. Realizing your strengths and weaknesses. No one should know you more than yourself. Southern University it is beyond time to point the finger or smile for recognition. We should stop being a cancer to our selves, our families, our communities, our schools, and our world.


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