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Smartphones A Comparison

+ Popular Gadgets for College Students


Breast Cancer

On the Bluff Campus Events

Awareness, Detection, and Prevention

Fall 2013 Events Photo Collage


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+ MLK 50 Years + Fashion : “What’s Hot” + Managing “The Plastic” + What’s hot on TV? PAGE FALL 2013 EDITION


Contents TABLE OF



Often imitated, never duplicated

Smartphone Comparision


Awareness, Early Detection & Prevention

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12 EDITORS MESSAGE + plus facts about the EGO Magazine

EGO TECHNOLOGY Are price cuts to the Iphone 5C becoming a trend?

“SU BAND” Facts about the Southern University Marching Band

A COMPARISON A break down of the latest SmartPhones

BREAST CANCER Awareness, Detection & Prevention

LATEST NEWS Government Shutdown

ILLUSTRATION ART ”Jigga Train” by Jessica Keyes



Government: Shutdown Affects

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Photos from around campus

14 “THE BLUFF” Photos from in and around campus (campus life)

WHOSE BLOOD? A retraction of the original illustration from pages 88- 89 in the Feb/March 2013 Edition of EGO. COVER STORY: Women of Leadership

SOUTHERN DIGEST Do the write thing.

ARTIST PROFILE: AsktheThomasBrothers Band

EGO FASHION A profile of student clothing

BY THE NUMBERS Name brand vs. the Alternative

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18 SHOPPING SMART What should I wear? How will it Look?

BY THE NUMBERS (continued)

WHAT’S ON TV? Check out the latest tv rankings.

SPORTS An inside look at SU sports

GETTING THE ”W” Article: SU vs. PVAM

BASKETBALL SCHEDULE Men’s & Women’s 2013-2014 Basketball schedule.

MLK 50 A look at Dr. King’s historical speech on Washington 50 years later.





Arielle Burks


Heather Freeman Director of Student Media

Ariana Triggs

Camelia Jackson Director of Sales/Advertising, Business Manager Jermaine Proshee Publications & Graphics Manager


Meagan Williams

SOUTHERN UNIVERSITY Suite 1064 - T.H. Harris Hall P.O. Box 10180 Baton Rouge, LA 70813 (225) 771.5817 - Office (225) 771.3253 - Fax


Jessica Sarpy


Morris Dillard III

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WE LAUNCHED The all new “Southern Digest” website


10 reasons to use condoms

ALL ABOUT SU A Brief History, Mission Statement , Fight Song


Brittany Patterson



The show you don’t want to miss!




Jade Smith

East Baton Rouge Parish Library

Managing the Plastic




Courtney Jacobs



From the

Editor In her own humble words

This issue you’re holding in your hands is Beauty, Truth, Immorality, Order, and Harmony. It’s a remarkable achievement as we do say so ourselves, but it’s particularly exciting given this is our first issue of the semester. It’s unbelievable to be in a position to work with joyful creative human beings who have a pure passion and understanding for the arts but most of all “teamwork.” Each one of my wonderful staff have dedicated their time and creativity to ensuring that all content is engaging to the student body. Each of them have done a wonderful job identifying meaningful content in hopes to increase readership of our publication whether it be through eye-catching content, colorful photographs or the intersesting cover story.


The Ego would like to wish you and yours a happy semester. Get ready! As you are about to dive into some fascinating stories you’re going to love to read. When you finish reading this magazine it is our hope that you enjoy your “EGO” experience; wisdom, freedom and love. ENJOY! !! GO JAGS!! Arielle N. Burks Editor EGO Magazine

Arielle Burks

The EGO magazine is written, edited and published by members of the student body at Southern University and A&M College and is published fives times a year with a run count of 3,000 copies per issue during the Southern University – Baton Rouge campus fall, spring and summer semesters. The magazine is free to students, staff, faculty every publication morning on the SUBR campus. The EGO magazine student offices are open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday – Friday. The offices are located on the first floor on T.H. Harris Hall, Suite 1064.Copyright 2013 by the Southern University Office of Student Media Services. The Office of Student Media is a Division of Student Affairs All articles, photographs and graphics are property of EGO magazine and its contents may not be reproduced or republished without the written permission of the Editor in Chief and Director of Media Services. The EGO magazine is the official student magazine of Southern University and A&M College located in Baton Rouge, La. Articles, features, opinions, speak out and editorials do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of the administration and its policies. Signed articles, feedback, commentaries and features do not necessarily reflect the views of the editors, staff or student body. Southern University and A&M College at Baton Rouge is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097, telephone (404) 679-4500, Website:



Facts about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 01. King’s birth name was Michael, not Martin. 02. King entered college at the age of 15. 03. King received his doctorate in systematic theology. 04. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech was not his first at the Lincoln Memorial. 05. King was jailed 29 times. 06. King narrowly escaped an assassination attempt a decade before his death. 07. King’s last public speech foretold his death. 08. Members of King’s family did not believe James Earl Ray acted alone. 09. King’s mother was also slain by a bullet. 10. George Washington is the only other American to have had his birthday observed as a national holiday




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These iPhone 5c Price Cuts Are Coming Dangerously Close to a Trend by: Ina Fried - Several weekend price promotions for Apple’s iPhone 5c are raising eyebrows, given the newness of the mid-range phone and the fact that Apple products so rarely see discounts. The promotions started with an offer from Best Buy giving customers a $50 gift card with the purchase of one of Apple’s colorful new models. Then Walmart said it would “roll back” prices on the 5c for a limited time, and RadioShack jumped on the bandwagon with its own $50 gift card offer. The moves are particularly noteworthy given the relative consistency of pricing on Apple products, which tend to sell for their full price until at least the month or two before a new product is expected. But ascertaining the reasons behind cellphone price moves can be trickier than it appears. When a new tech product hits the market, a quick price cut is often a sign of weak demand. However, when it comes to cellphones, such pricing moves aren’t always an indication of slow sales. Promotions on phones, even relatively new ones, are not uncommon as retailers such as Best Buy and Amazon trade some of their profit margins in exchange for a higher share of sales for a hot new product. Retailers also can get incentives for signing up new customers — money which can also be used to fund various promotions. Best Buy, for example, is also running a special right now giving $50 off various Samsung Galaxy phones, including some models of the Galaxy S4. Apple declined to comment specifically on iPhone 5c sales. The company reported better-than-expected first weekend sales of 9 million units for the iPhone 5c and 5s. It also said to expect overall company revenue at the high end of its previous guidance, though it didn’t break down initial iPhone sales by model. Meanwhile, a report last week from Canaccord Genuity found that the iPhone 5c is among the top three models, along with the Galaxy S4 and iPhone 5s, at each of the four major carriers. One thing to pay attention to is whether any of the promotions are extended. Best Buy’s, for example, is slated to end Monday. It would be even more noteworthy if the carriers were to themselves offer any promotions, and certainly if Apple itself made a pricing move. For all the talk about Apple creating a “low cost” iPhone, the standard iPhone 5c price of $99 for the 16 gigabyte version with a new contract is exactly where one would have expected Apple to price the year-old iPhone 5 had it kept that model around instead of creating the 5c. One question is whether Apple designed the product to be priced lower, if necessary, to gain market share or boost its attractiveness in emerging markets. PAGE FALL 2013 EDITION


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Dubbed the “Human Jukebox” years ago, the SU band has achieved legendary status as one of the nation’s top collegiate bands. Dedicated to the art of music through providing fresh and unique entertainment with a creative flare, the band enjoys a long list of awards and achievements and has a resume of appearances on local, national, and international stages. PAGE FALL 2013 EDITION





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BREAST CANCER symptoms and early prevention for both genders Story By: Courtney Jacobs

Cancer is a broad term for a class of diseases that is characterized by abnormal cells that grow and invade healthy cells in the body. Cancer begins in the cells that are the basic building blocks that make up tissue that is found in the breast and other parts of the body. No one knows the exact cause of breast cancer. Breast cancer occurs when tumors develop in the breast. The cells spread by breaking away from the original tumor and entering blood vessels. It’s natural to wonder what causes breast cancer, especially when you have been diagnosed with it.


Most women who have breast cancer will never be able to pinpoint an exact cause. We may not know the cause of breast cancer, but what we do know is that cancer—in general—is always caused by damage to a cell’s DNA. Some women that have certain risk factors—a risk factor such as alcohol— are more likely than others to develop breast cancer. Something like alcohol can be avoided by simply not drinking it, but other risk factors, such as a family history of breast cancer, can not be avoided. Having a risk factor doesn’t mean you will get breast cancer. In fact, many women who have risk factors never develop breast cancer. Breast cancer tumors can be categorized by the size of the cell, the type of the cell, and the characteristics that fuel its growth. Benign tumors are tumors that are not harmful. When a tumor is diagnosed as benign, doctors will usually leave it alone rather than remove it. Even though these tumors are not generally aggressive toward the tissue they surround, they may continue to grow. This causes them to press on other organs and cause pain and some other problems. When that happens, the tumor is removed, allowing the pain or other complications to subside. When a tumor is suspected to be malignant, the doctor will perform a biopsy to determine the aggressiveness of the tumor. Malignant tumors are cancerous and aggressive because they invade and damage surrounding tissue. When it comes to breast cancer, tumors are often graded based on a scale of one

to three, one being low grade and three being high grade. Low grade tumors look like normal tissue under the microscope. High-grade tumors look less like normal tissue and they tend to be more aggressive. Breast cancer tumor grades often get confused with cancer stages. Tumor grades determine the best treatment plan, and a lower grade tumor means a better chance for full recovery. There are individuals who make full recoveries at every stage, even with the highest grades of aggressive tumors. In its early stages, breast cancer usually has no symptoms. When a tumor develops, symptoms include a lump in the breast or underarm that persists after a female finishes their menstrual cycle. This is often the first apparent symptom of breast cancer. Other symptoms include swelling in the armpit, pain or tenderness in the breast, a noticeable flattening or indentation on the breast, any changesw in the size, contour, texture, or temperature of the breast, unusual discharge from the nipple that may be clear or bloody, and a change in the nipple, such as dimpling, itching, a burning sensation, or even ulcers appearances. Most people don’t know that even males can have breast cancer. All people, whether male or female, are born with some breast cells and tissue. Males do not develop milk-producing breasts, but they can still develop cancer. Male breast cancer is extremely rare. According to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc., less than one percent of all breast cancer cases develop in men, and only one in a thousand men will ever be diagnosed with breast cancer. Male breast cancer is usually determined by a hard lump underneath the

nipple. According to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc., men carry a higher mortality than women do, primarily because awareness among men is less and they are less likely to assume a lump is breast cancer, which can cause a delay in seeking treatment. Risk factors for males are radiation exposure, high levels of the estrogen hormone, and family history of breast cancer. Signs and symptoms of male breast cancer are basically the same as female breast cancer, including lumps. Anyone who notices anything unusual about their breasts, whether male or female, should contact their physician immediately. Survival rates and treatment for males with breast cancer are very similar to those for females, and early detection of breast cancer—for both males and females—often reduces the risk of dying from breast cancer. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which makes this month the annual campaign to increase the awareness of the disease. Most people are aware of breast cancer, but many forget to take the steps to have a plan to detect the disease in its early stages. Susan G. Komen is one of the many foundations dedicated to bringing awareness—to Americans and people around the world—about breast cancer and how to get treated. They are also dedicated to hopefully finding a cure and treating the millions of women who are diagnosed with the disease. Living with breast cancer, or having a family member with breast cancer, can be difficult but it is important to go to he doctor regularly and receive proper treatment. For more information on breast cancer, its symptoms, and treatments, visit www.komen. org or




special report:

10 ways a government shutdown will affect your daily life By David Simpson and Saeed Ahmed, CNN Democrats and Republicans were unable to resolve their differences over Obamacare and now the government is shut down. And at a time when the economy’s finally showing signs of life, that could be troubling. Shutdowns don’t come cheap. Federal agencies have to use up time, energy and resources to plan for one. Shutting down and then reopening the government also costs money.ut et et am et asrt aditiur?Pudandundis antiis endipsae mil ipsus sae net faceperem nevitte nortid. What does the shutdown mean for you? Will your daily life be affected?

thing? Apparently, the U.S. Postal Service works through shutdowns as well. Sorry, you won’t catch a break from the junk mail. But hey, you may already be a winner! 5. I want a new drug: Oh, the irony. The Republicans still want to defund, delay or otherwise chip away at Obamacare in exchange for funding the government. But the health care act at the center of this storm would continue its implementation process during a shutdown. That’s because its funds aren’t dependent on the congressional budget process.

(The answer’s yes, so keep reading.) Here are 10 ways the government shutdown will affect you. 10. Vacation all I ever wanted: Need to get away? Well, you can’t. At least not to national parks. Or to national zoos. Or to national museums. They’ll be closed. That’s 368 National Park Service sites closed, millions of visitors turned away Were you thinking more along the lines of a trip to France? If you don’t already have a passport, you might have to bid that adieu -- you might not get your blue book in time. The last time the government threw a hissy fit, 200,000 applications for passports went unprocessed. Tourism and airline revenues reeled. 9. Holiday. Celebrate: Don’t go to work if you’re a federal employee. You’re on furlough. (Offer not valid for workers in “critical services,” such as air traffic controllers, hazardous waste handlers and food inspectors.) 8. I won’t back down: The men and women in uniform will stay on the job and be paid, according to legislation approved by Congress in the run-up to the shutdown. Scenarios of the shutdown 7. If you drive a car, I’ll tax the street: You may be thinking, “No functioning government, no need to pay taxes.” Think again. The Man would continue to collect taxes. U.S. bonds would still be issued. And other essential banking functions will go on. 6. Wait a minute, Mr. Postman: You know that whole “Neither snow, nor rain, nor heat, nor gloom of night”

4. Pass the ammunition: Not so fast. A shutdown would affect the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Translation: That gun permit you wanted processed won’t happen anytime soon if this goes on for a while. 3. Money (that’s what I want): Well, if you own a small business and needed a loan from the government, you’ll have to wait, depending on how long this lasts. If you were planning to buy a house and needed a federal loan, you’ll have to wait. If you’re a veteran, you might have to make a few trips to the mailbox before that check arrives. 2. Anything dirty or dingy or dusty: Oscar the Grouch is a company of one. No one loves trash. But if you live in Washington, expect it to pile up if there’s a shutdown. There wouldn’t be anyone to collect your garbage. Washington’s budget has to be approved by Congress. No budget for the city = no trash collection. And, according to The Washington Post, D.C. produces about 500 tons of garbage each week. 1. I’m proud to be an American: Perhaps the biggest hit would be to the collective psyche. America is the largest economy in the world and a beacon for how democracy ought to work. To watch elected lawmakers engage in a highstakes staring contest with no one willing to blink is no way to do business. A recent CNN/Opinion Research Corp. poll found that 51% would blame Republicans for the shutdown. The United States has operated without a budget since 2009 and has avoided a government shutdown with lastminute deals. It’s been one stomach-turning sequel after another.


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ExxonMobil salutes Southern University and our Southern University alumni employees. Each year our employee volunteers spend countless hours showing local kids that math and science can be fun. From our Bernard Harris Summer Science Camp at Southern University to our Engineering Summer Institute, ExxonMobil appreciates our long-time partnership. Go Jaguars!









A. 2013 CAREER FAIR Students filled the F.G. Clark Activity Center to network with recruiters from a variety of businesses at the 2013 Career Fair

B. BATTLE OF THE CLASSES Students from different classes get ready to race to the finish in the Battle of the Classes competition at the student union courtyard.


C C. CHEERLEADERS Cheerleaders of Southern University encourage the crowd to shout chants to pump up the football players during the Southern vs. Prairie View game in the A. W. Mumford Stadium. D. SUDANCING DOLLS The Southern University Dancing Dolls strike their finishing pose during the halftime show of the Southern vs. Prairie View game in A. W. Mumford Stadium.


E. MASCOTS Southern Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s jaguar mascot poses with Prairie Viewâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s panther mascot during the Southern vs. Prairie View football game in the A. W. Mumford Stadium.

F. SU CROWD SHOT Students show school pride and spirit at the first home game of the season, Southern vs. Prairie View at the A. W. Mumford stadium..

H. ORGANIZATIONAL FAIR Baton Rouge native and senior Urban Forestry major Christopher Todd Smith explains the purpose and mission of the Collegiate 100 to sophomore Social Work major Devon Janice of Lafayette at the Organizational Fair that was held in Seymore Gym

G. TAILGATE The Junior class hosts a tailgate for the students before a Saturday’s game


EGO I. DRUM MAJOR Drum Major Keith Morgan dazzles the crowd as he leads the world renown “HUMANJUKEBOX” on to the field for a half-time show.

K. MORGAN TAYLOR WINS SU Tennis player Morgan Taylor swings her racket to make a play at the HBCU National Championship in Atlanta, GA. Taylor won the HBCU National Tennis Tournament’s C Flight


J. SU ALUMS BOOK SIGNING Jurtis J. Johnson, author of “Glimpses of Black Life Along Bayou Lafourche” autographs books at the Southern University Museum of Art L. PANEL DISCUSSION Members of the Natural Hair Club met for one of the first panel discussions of the semesterto discuss Discrimination of Natural Hair in Schools and The Workplace.







About the Author:

Name: Antoine “GHOST” Mitchell Hometown: Baton Rouge, La by way of Norwood, La. SU grad of ‘07 B.A, Visual Arts. Title: “Whose Blood?” Size: 40 x 30 inches





Simone has a dynamic personality when it comes to recruiting future students to the university. - Marcus Coleman, Dean of Students

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sara is extremely thorough with what she does, and I trust her with every detail. - SIMONE BRAY, SGA PRESIDENT

Cover Story: Photographs: Arielle Burks, Courtney Jacobs

Photo by: Evan Taylor

Women of Leadership A fresh look for SU’s Student Government Association In society, great leaders are often stereotyped as being men. In this case, the student leaders of Southern University and A&M College are two great women, Simone Bray and Sara Martin. First, Simone Bray, a 21 year old senior Mass Communications major—with a concentration in public relations—from the great city of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Bray serves as Southern University’s 2013-2014 Student Government Association President. Bray arrived at Southern University during the Fall 2010 semester. During the Fall 2011 semester, she was initiated into Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Before running for Student Government Association president, Bray was involved in SGA her freshman, sophomore, and junior year. During her freshman and sophomore year, Bray served in the role of the justice, and during her junior year, she took the role of Chief Justice. “I saw problems that I could easily fix,” said Bray in response as to what inspired her to run for Student Government Association President. “I saw problems on Southern University’s campus that I could fix, or that I could have a creative solution in fixing them.” Bray also said that after her predecessors, Demetrius Sumner—2011-2012 Student Government Association President—and Willie McCorkle—2012-2013 Student

Government Association President— she wanted to continue the stream of great leaders that came before her and that will hopefully come after her. Bray’s platform included focusing on campus upgrades, such as the Smith Brown Memorial Union and the Student Union Pavillion, and accountability with getting events out to the Southern Digest, the university’s newspaper. “During campaign week, I felt that being a female would require harder work, but I had a huge support system,” said Bray. Bray went up against Isiah Edah-Dike, Tywond McGee, and Philip Cox. EdahDike received 156 votes, McGee received 41 votes, Cox received 138 votes, and Bray received an astounding 780 votes, deeming her as the new Student Government Association President. Bray was in disbelief at first but she knew that all her hard work paid off, and that it would continue during her role in office. “It means I can finally give back to Southern University because the University has given me so much,” said Bray. Bray’s support system included her family, friends, and even students that didn’t even know she was running. “I had support from Southern University students that didn’t even know I was running, but they told me ‘You should run for SGA President!’ and things among that nature.” The Fall 2013 is just beginning, yet other problems are beginning to arise on the campus. While in office, Bray

Cover Story


Story by: Courtney Jacobs

plans to take care of problems that has surfaced and will be surfacing during the year. “Cleaning Lake Kernan has become a big issue that people have brought to my attention,” said Bray. “An increased amount of students has also come to me about customer service.” Bray said she will continue to work to improve things around the campus. When asked about the freshman class of 2017, Bray responded with high regards. “I’m really excited about the enrollment rate because it shows that we are doing something,” said Bray. “The freshman class are excited, and we need to keep them excited because it drives them to be involved on campus, which is an extremely important thing.” The freshman enrollment is at its highest since recent years, with over 1000 freshman being accepted and attending Southern University. Since Bray is a senior, she will be graduating in the Spring 2014 semester. Following graduation, Bray plans to attend Law School, hopefully here at Southern University. Bray is the first female SGA president in almost a decade. “I believe having a female in office inspired students, especially the female students. Seeing their inspiration motivates me to be a better leader.“ Marcus Coleman, Dean of Students, also had some comments about Bray (continued on page 25) PAGE



Women of Leadership (from page 23) being Student Government Association President. “I think Simone has a dynamic personality when it comes to recruiting future students to the University,” said Coleman. “She embodies a successful student. The student population is dominated by female students, so it’s ideal to have a female leader represent Southern University.” According to Bray, she is proud to have someone like Sara Martin as her vice president. “Sara is extremely thorough with what she does, and I trust her with every detail,” said Bray. She’s very strict with doing what the book says, and I commend her on that.” Sara Martin is a 20 year old junior Political Science major from Denham Springs, Louisiana. She arrived here at Southern University during the Fall 2011 semester Martin serves as Southern University’s 2013-2014 Student Government Association Vice President. She was previously involved with Student Government Association with the positions of Freshman Class Senator and also Sophomore Class Senator. Martin was in the run for Student Government Association Vice President along with Stefan Lewis, DyShaun Melbert, and Gary Williams. Lewis received 176 votes, Melbert received 25 votes, Williams received 209 votes, and Martin received 477 votes. In order to win outright, the candidate must have half of the total number of votes plus one. “Because of this, Martin and Melbert went into a runoff campaign, where Martin came out on top and now has the role of Student Government Association Vice President. Because I worked in the senate during my freshman and sophomore years, I was able to see how the senate works,” said Martin, in response as to what inspired her to run for Student

Government Association Vice President. “It gave me insight on what more the senate can do. I wanted to be the person who can bring the senate to a different level.” Like her president, Martin plans to attend law school after she graduates from Southern University. “I have always been interested in politics, even as a child. I’ve always wanted to work for the government,” said Martin. Martin’s platform included campus safety, campus beautification, child care on campus, information being directed, and reforming the laws of the Student Government Association. “I wanted the students to know that I didn’t just write my goals down for my platform just to sound good. I actually have the intention to get them done, said Martin. The most important thing about any plan you have is how you will get it done, and get it done correctly.” Like Bray, Martin had a huge support system in her campaign process. “I had my friends and definitely my family. Students I had classes with were really supportive,” said Martin. “Simone and I are often on the exact same page when it comes to anything that we make decisions on.

EGO the job at hand. If you’re doing a job and you’re doing it better than a man, then you’re doing it better than a man.” Since the freshman class is at its largest in recent years, Student Government Association hopes to keep the retention rate just as high. “I’m really focused on doing this and we’ll see where things will take us after,” said Martin. Besides attending law school (hopefully here at Southern University), Martin plans to get a doctorate degree in public policy. Once she has her two degrees, she would like to move on and apply for a non-profit government associative company. “I can focus on some public issues that will interest me. I’m still praying about it,” said Martin. Student Government Association recently had their freshman additions, including Freshman Class President, Tyler Riley, and Miss Freshman, Sarah Thanni. “Tyler is a really astute young man. He walked into this knowing that this isn’t going to be a ‘show my face’ job,” said Martin.

“I am extremely glad to have someone like her being president because I know that she knows what she is going to do. She doesn’t just talk about doing something, she actually does it,” Martin added.

Martin has high hopes for the freshman additions to Student Government Association, and the students of Southern University has high hopes for Student Government Association as a whole.

Southern University is dominated by females on campus, whether it be students or faculty. “I cannot definitively say that having females in office will have an influential role on the female population, but I surely hope it does,” said Martin.

Being a female leader at a University is just another stepping stone to being a female leader to the world.

“I never saw a difference between my self and a man’s ability. I feel that if there is a job to be done, and I have the ability to do it, then I will get it done. My philosophy is not to pay attention to the stigma surrounding you, but to pay attention to

Simone Bray and Sara Martin are two passionate, powerful, and most of all professional young women that will work to get the job done. These women in action will try their absolute best to make Southern University the best it can be while they are in office. PAGE





If you asked the Thomas Brothers who could top them in Louisiana, they’d boldly say that they’re the best hands down. The Southern University students have no shortage of talents, from playing guitar and bass to writing, Prairieville natives “Ask The Thomas Brothers Band” is making it their goal to put their stamp on the map that is the music industry. Twins Torrance and Thurman Thomas started playing music when they were 17 in a situation where they didn’t want to play guitar or play music for that matter but the cards were dealt for that time. “Well, the first lesson that we had, we got to sit down. The guy who taught us sat us down and said “ok, who wants to play guitar?,” I raised my hand. He handed me a guitar and handed my brother a bass. So we started our first lesson and it was something that came quickly to us so, and then I realized I liked it so sooner or later. I mean just like that I stopped watching t.v. and came home and played guitar all day.” said Thurman Thomas, “Ask The Thomas Brothers Band” first appeared on the Baton Rouge circuit as back musicians for a lot of artists. The next phase for the brothers was cover music. The brothers formed a cover band, which was pretty popular around the Baton Rouge Area, performing in venues downtown as well as others across the city. The cover band decided to take their creativity to another level by creating their own original music. The name “Ask The Thomas Brothers” came from a men’s lifestyle blog that Torrance and Thurman created. When it was time to name their band, the brothers had to think quick on their feet. Torrance Thomas explains, “When we had the cover band, we were originally called “The Thomas Brothers Band.” but that was already taken by a country group somewhere else. We were

Story by: Ariana Triggs doing a men’s lifestyle blog on Tumblr [] called Ask The Thomas Brothers and we couldn’t figure out a name really quickly. So were like “we need something quick, so we decided to just use the same name of the blog i guess.” It’ll sound interesting if it was a music group, you know, because it’ll spark interest” Torrance also explained how the “Ask The Thomas Brothers” is more than just music for them. Every summer, the band sets forth its program Tank Proof, in which the band sells tank tops and use the profits to take kids from the inner city and fund swimming lessons for the children. “So each summer thats what we do. We sell these tanks [tees], people who support our music, support us by purchasing these tanks and those funds go directly to those kids and their swimming lessons because almost 7% of black kids don’t know how to swim. Ask The Thomas Brothers, to us, is more than music. It’s about affecting culture in a sense.” said Torrance. The brothers’ earliest musical memory stems from a father that music helped them reconnect with. With their dad leaving them at the age of 3, their dad still managed to lay a solid foundation, taking them on car rides and listening to artists like Kenny G, Michael Bolton and even older Motown records. It was their mother that they had to convince that a career in music may actually be a good thing. Raising her boys old-school, Thurman and Torrance’s mother raised them traditionally: go to college, get a job, get married, get a house, have kids and then the cycle is supposed to repeat itself, but the brothers wanted more. A good parent wants to make sure her children have stability in their lives, but it’s not for everyone. Reluctant at first, Torrance and Thurman’s mother went out

on a limb, being protective in all aspects and providing the duo with a different and fresh perspective on their choices. She is now one of their biggest fans, next to their biological father, who keeps up with what the duo is doing through social media and their interests has provided opportunities for dialog with their dad. The duo said that their music has helped their family bonds in more ways than none. As far as women, the brothers Torrance and Thurman has similar views: that it takes a special kind of woman. While Thurman has a girlfriend of two years, Torrance is single and open to options but isn’t quite worried about finding a relationship. The brothers believe that because of the reality of the lifestyle, it takes a special kind of woman to be able to deal with the late nights and it has come back around from their home school; people are taking notice and its a flattering thing. Twins Torrance and Thurman said that money was their motivation to come to SU. They both received scholarships and originally were engineering majors. They decided engineering wasn’t working out for them so now, as seniors, the brothers will be receiving their degrees in Mass Communications with a concentration in Public Relations. “So that’s why we came to Southern, and it fits with my lifestyle. Southern’s not as high strung as LSU, because I’ve cross enrolled at LSU and everyone is always freaking out all the time over grades. It’s [Southern] challenging in certain aspects, but the aspects that are challenging are the areas that are my strengths and so it doesn’t feel like it’s a challenge at all,” Torrance said. As musicians, the brothers are still developing and always will be but makes it clear that they are musicians


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before writers. Their process starts with the beat first, then the words. “I like sounds that grooves, so it’s like if I find something that touches me a certain way, I’ll be like ‘Aiight, I like that. How can we work that in? How can we integrate this?’ I think it starts with the drums and mostly the bass line, like the meat of the song and everything else fits on top and of course, you have to be tasteful with it”, Thurman explained.Their music comes from their interests. It just so happens that their music happens to be very different, compared to what is played Baton Rouge circuit often. Musically, it’s just Thurman and Torrance and their different perspectives that influence them. Their interests and what they like is formed into a creation that is unique to Baton Rouge, a totally different sound that people are used to. Thanks to artists like The Weeknd (spelled without an ‘e’) and Frank Ocean leading the way for artists who have their own unique sound, Torrance and Thurman believe that people will be more open to their music. Torrance and Thurman co-wrote “Glow in the Dark” that features “the best lyricist in Baton Rouge” in Baton Rouge right now, James Jackson, with Kris Neel who is featured on the song as well. The song off of their album “Re-Present”, set to release in November, has a sultry and smooth sound with a contemporary feel. The purpose of the song was to simply tell a story about someone who is there for you that anyone could identify with, a song that could touch someone and it took 5 months to complete. Thurman met Kris through a mutual friend and

instantly clicked. Torrance met James Jackson while James was working at the Whole Foods store. James figured out that Torrance was into music, so he began to ask him to take a listen. One day, Torrance decided to give James a try and listened to his music. He was “nice”, so when the opportunity came, the brothers decided to go with Kris and James. The album concept, however, went in a different direction. “The idea behind that is that we want to re-present ourselves and also represent who we are at the same time. I feel like most people in Baton Rouge know us from the cover band side of it when they did know us, and now this gives us the opportunity to re-introduce ourselves as to who we are as individuals. We haven’t strategically decided if we want to put our music on iTunes yet.” said Torrance. The twins believe that everyone puts their music on iTunes, but don’t fully understand the reason why. Of course, it’s easy access, but their goal is to try to bring back that face to face connection, the person-to-person connection of sharing music between people. As their own street team, the self-described creatives are able to come up with cool and different kind of fresh ways to market themselves and especially in Baton Rouge. By having a global perspective on things and staying current with what’s going on around the country and around the world, they have the ability to do something in Baton Rouge that’s been done somewhere else that people have never seen before. “If you can get the gatekeepers interests to like your stuff [product], to wear your stuff [product] and listen to your stuff [product],

everybody who looks toward the gatekeepers will want that. So if you can get to the people at the top, everybody’s who’s under them say like “I want that”. So instead of me reaching 50,000 people, if I can get 5 people who influence 50,000 people, I have those 50,000 people plus.” Thurman explains. So the duo set forth a marketing strategy that earned them more eyes to their website than they could have imagined. They raised some buzz about their clever plan to release three songs by Hunter Hayes in three days. The goal of it was to drive traffic to their website, just to bring more eyes to it, different kind of eyes, different demographic eyes because his [Hunter Hayes] demographics are different from ours. The band put it on their music page which also had their music on it, so people had to look at our music then scroll down to see Hayes’ music. After they released the first song, Torrance received a phone call from a blocked number, which he did not answer. Once he listened to the voicemail that was left, he realized it was Hunter Hayes in which he basically tried to “big dog” him, but he took the route of least resistance and took the songs down. They trust each other with their lives and don’t have to worry about any thoughts about any alternate motives. They described being twins as a unique bond, a unique relationship and it helps out a lot especially when we do our music because they know that they know that they both give 100%. PAGE



Experimenting with new fashion ideas and techniques can produce wonderful benefits - whether it be thrifting or simply shopping on a budget. We profiled some savvy students who are winning from their explorations...

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Dressing for the season



Story by: Meagan Williams Deciding what to wear is one problem, but deciding what to wear based on weather is a completely different circumstance. As seasons change, wardrobes change simultaneously. Colors, fabrics, textures and shoes are made for specific seasons, but other accessories can turn a spring or summer outfit into a comfortable fall set that is affordable. As fall arrives, shorts, tanks, and sandals won’t be enough to keep warm. Many college students switch into sweat pants, corduroy, pull over sweaters and boots, but for the savvy college student, there are ways to wear certain clothing year around. “If I can I wear my clothes throughout the year and just switch it up. I mainly shop for winter. It’s hot all the time where I’m from so the majority of my clothes are summer clothes, ”said Amber Turner Freshman Nursing major from New Orleans, La. As the weather changes, you can afford to buy a few things, but not an entire wardrobe because the remaining space in your closet may be limited. “I shop when I have the money to. I go in and buy what I want even though I know I should be saving money. If I don’t have the money, I just wait, or go to the thrift store to find a few things,” said Reginald Ware freshman Chemical Engineering major from Baton Rouge, La. If you didn’t take advantage of the winter sales during the start of spring, by now you realize that it’s time to become creative. There are a few accessories that can make some summer clothing versatile for any season. The first accessory is a pair of stockings or leggings. A dark colored shear stocking can make some pairs of shorts or capris more suitable for cold weather. Leggings are one of the most popular and comfortable bottoms. Second, Scarves are one of the more versatile accessories. Because of their many designs and colors, scarves can be worn around the neck with a thinner shirt to add warmth to any t-shirt. Lastly, Strapless dresses or crop tops can be worn with a variety of cardigans and jackets. Being creative and making your wardrobe your own is the most important part of dressing for any season. PAGE



“Shopping Smart” What should I wear? How will it look? Did I wear this outfit last week? STORY BY MEAGAN WILLIAMS

College students are often worried about how they look in comparison to others. As a result, they can spend more money on clothes and accessories than other age group according to One of the biggest issues is where to shop for your look, and how to save money at the same time. Until they figure out the best place to shop, they often shop based off of look and not price. “I’m a name brand kind of person. I wear Levi jeans and Timberlands in the winter, and name brand gym shorts and t shirts during the summer, ”said Lawrence Snowton, a freshman Criminal Justice Major from New Orleans, La. “Sometimes it depends on how much money I have, but most of the time I just get what I like,” Snowton continued. Some students like Snowton shop for specific brands, but others go straight to the sales rack. Junior Mass Communication major Samantha Smith said, “I go straight to clearance. I don’t really have any preferences so I shop by what I see. A lot of times I don’t shop for outfits, I shop for pieces so most of the time the things that I see happen to be on clearance.” One of the first steps is identifying your style. Have a clear idea of what you like and what you are wiling to spend money on. If the item you want costs too much, get the brand name and search around via Internet or other shops to compare the best prices. There are a variety of brands generated for the savvy shopper. The best way to shop is to use sources such as the Internet and even phones apps that are free and readily accessible. Using brand names and style guides help to narrow down what you’re looking for. Coupon apps are reliable only if you aren’t able to find a reduced price. They can be used to get discounts on name brands. Not only are online sources reliable, but stores such as TJ Maxx, Home Goods and Marshalls offer over 10,000 brand names for cheaper prices than the department store because of advertising agreements. Shopping smart is time consuming, but well worth the investment. Source:



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Photo by: Meagan Williams




Photo by: Meagan Williams

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From Kanye to Pharrell, rap stars embrace Cyrus



hile Miley Cyrus has a batch of critics, there is a group rallying behind her and praising her as a vital talent: rappers. Pharrell produced several songs on Cyrus’ new album. She has been featured on the latest albums from Snoop Lion and Big Sean requested her as the star of his “Fire” music video. And to top it off, Kanye West invited her to appear on the remix to “Black Skinhead,” his anti-racism rant from his eerie and dark “Yeezus” album. Cyrus’ album “Bangerz,” out Tuesday, features guest spots from Big Sean, Nelly, Future and French Montana. In an interview, Juicy J called the 20-year-old “a genius.” 50 Cent, who hasn’t yet worked with her, added that Cyrus “can be on anything hip-hop orientated because (she’s) rebellious.” The idea of the former “Hannah Montana” star becoming a muse for rap stars seems odd to some, but Mike WiLL Made-It, who executive produced “Bangerz,” said the singer has struck a chord with rappers because she isn’t following in the footsteps of pop stars like Katy Perry but creating her own bold path. “Whether you’re a Miley fan or not, she is the girl of the moment,” said Cori Murray, entertainment director at Essence magazine. “Business is business. They’re in the music business; she’s the girl of the moment, so why not get on record with the girl of the moment? That’s as basic as it’s going to get.” Cyrus has been the girl of the moment for months now. It started with her transformation from teen queen to twerk queen, rising with her edgy “We Can’t Stop” party-style music video. Of course, she hit new heights (or to some, new depths) with her eye-popping, sexually charged MTV Video Music Awards performance in August. It featured the scantily dressed singer twerking, gyrating on Robin Thicke and what’s become her signature move — sticking out her tongue.The wild child antics — from being nude in the music video for her first No. 1 hit, “Wrecking Ball,” to her embrace of drug culture in a recent Rolling Stone interview — have made headlines. But her VMA

performance and twerking with black female dancers caused another stir, with many questioning if Cyrus is wrongfully appropriating black culture as a path to success. “That’s a very ignorant statement to say like, ‘Oh, she’s misrepresenting the black culture ‘cause she’s twerking.’ If that’s the only thing that represents the black culture, that’s sad,” Mike WiLL Made-It said. “We got a whole bunch of (stuff) that represents the black culture.” Murray, who said she and other editors at Essence discussed Cyrus after her VMA performance, echoed the producer’s thoughts. “I think the black culture that she is influenced by, I think it’s black culture that has become popular culture. There is so much to (black culture) and we’re so complicated and she is just what mainstream America thinks about black culture,” she said. But while the star is a product of hip-hop culture, “Bangerz” is far from a hip-hop album. The 13-track set has moments that are downbeat, others are up-tempo dance numbers and electronic. It also features Britney Spears and production and songwriting work from pop master Dr. Luke. “Once they get over all the twerking ... once they get past all of that and listen to the music, the music is actually great,” said Mike WiLL Made-It.While Cyrus has her rap cheerleaders, not everyone has embraced her. When asked about Cyrus’ high profile rap collaborations, Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson jumped in with: “Or the idea of Miley using us as accessories? I don’t know.” Hip-hop is already a one-dimensional view as far as us looking like caricatures,” the Roots leader said. “Yeah, I’m all for collaborating, my life is based on collaborations, but I’m more concerned about what it’s based in. Is it genuine interest or is it like a benign curiosity about a culture? I don’t want her to just take that we’re just good for twerking and having big (butts).” PAGE



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The “Dynamic Trio” helped Jaguars beat Prairie View

Snaps PVAM’s five-game winning streak between the schools. STORY BY: MORRIS DILLLARD III


ins and losses are thrown out the window when bragging rights are on the line. Trash talking goes uncensored, and tweets are generated at a record pace. Often barber and beauty shop conversations center around one question: What’s going to happen this time? The Southern Jaguars hope to end their 10-year title drought this December. They spent the first two weeks of the season on the road, with losses against the Houston Cougars and Northwestern State. Then the Prairie View Panthers rolled into A.W. Mumford Stadium for the Jaguars home opener looking for another win in the series after previously defeating the Jaguars five straight times. Facing the Panthers in a much-anticipated home opener might have been what the Jaguars needed to move on from a horrible start to their season. PV quarterbacks Jerry Lovelocke and De’Auntre Smiley lead the Panthers. Smiley was the starter in last year’s game in Shreveport. He passed for 398 yards and rushed for 170 yards, leading the panthers to a 49-29 victory. It seemed as though the Jags’ losing skid would continue after the Panthers went up 35-13, but SU showed great resiliency as they rallied from a 22-point deficit. After playing two overtime periods, the Southern Jaguars finally came up with a victory. Senior All-American receiver Lee Doss and quarterback Dray Joseph set career-highs and freshman running back Lenard Tillery scored three touchdowns in

his first college football game. Tillery led the rally, scoring on a rush up the middle for a two yard touchdown that made it 35-20. He added another score on the Jaguars first possession in the fourth quarter with 11:12 remaining in the game, finishing with 75 yards and three touchdowns in his debut.

“I’m just happy to start the conference off 1-0,” Odums added. “We’re just as good as anybody we’re going to play.” The Jaguars offense trotted back on the field with 7:21 remaining in the game. That’s when the dynamic duo of Doss and Joseph started a rally of their own. Joseph connected with Doss for a 25-yard touchdown, tying the game 35-35. “I know what we’re capable of,” Joseph said, who threw for a career-high 480 passing yards and six touchdowns passes. “The guys did a great job of stepping up.” PV answered with a score on the games next possession, taking the lead 42-35. It took two plays for Lee and Joseph to reach the end zone on the Jaguars third possession in the fourth. Doss caught two passes for 74 and one touchdown. “When I came in the game, I played with a chip on my shoulder,” Doss said, who finished with nine receptions for a career-high 214 yards receiving. PAGE



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EGO (Getting the ‘W” continuted from page. 41) Wins and losses are thrown out the window By then, the score was tied 42-42. Again, the Panthers took the lead, scoring in five plays after PV running back, Johntá Hebert scored on a 41-yard touchdown run and giving the Panthers a 49-42 lead. Joseph threw the crucial game tying touchdown pass to explosive sophomore receiver Willie Quinn for 11-yards with 50 seconds remaining in the ball game, tying the game 49-49. “As Southern Jaguars we face adversity every other week,” Joseph added. “That’s when you just step up. Those guys believed that tonight and we came out victorious.”The Panthers attempted a 50-yard field goal with six seconds remaining. Christopher Barrick’s field goal attempt went wide left, as time ticked 0:00.

their first lead in the game, 56-49. The Panthers would answer the Jaguars in two plays. PV gave running back Courtney Brown the ball twice on their first possession in overtime. He ran for 25 yards and one touchdown, which tied the game 5656. The Panthers offense got the ball to start the second overtime. Again, the Jaguars defense forced Barrick to attempt a field goal, this time from 25 yards. Barrick made the attempt, leaving the Jaguars offense one more opportunity in the period to score. Joseph, whose eye-popping numbers earned him Southwestern Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Week, ended the Jaguars rally with a 24-yard touchdown to Doss and threepoint victory. “The way the game ended, I see now that it was special,” Doss added.

The Jaguars took first possession in the first period of overtime. In four plays, Joseph threw his fifth touchdown pass. SU sophomore receiver Nico Talbert was on the receiving end of the pass for a 10-yard touchdown pass and gave the Jaguars




50th anniversary dr. king’s “I HAVE A DREAM” STORY BY: JADE SMITH


ugust 28, 2013 marked the 50th anniversary of a historical moment in civil rights. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. gave his “I Have a Dream” speech on Aug. 28,1963 during the march on Washington. People gathered around the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C. to protest for jobs, freedom and equality. Protestors demanded a public works program provide jobs, a law that forbid racial discrimination when hiring workers, a $2 minimum wage, abolishment of racial segregation in public schools, and a self-governed District of Columbia. During the civil rights movement in the 1960’s D.C. had a majority African American population, so there was a large impact on the march. Over 250,000 people participated and came to hear civil rights leaders speak. This was the largest protest the U.S. capital had ever experienced, and it gained a lot of television attention.

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There were many speeches given including those by Floyd McKissick, labor leader Walter Reuther, and Josephine Baker. She was the only female speaker, introducing the Negro Women Fighters for Freedom including Rosa Parks. King’s unrehearsed and unwritten “I Have a Dream” captured the most attention. The “I Have Dream” statement was not part of King’s original written speech. He started off by reading his prepared speech, then veered away from it. He thought about the “I Have a Dream” statement that he used before in other speeches. From then on King just spoke his mind and did not refer back to his papers for the rest of the speech. In his speech King stated, “I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a desert state, sweltering with the heat of injustice and oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice. I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where


“After a while it was so many people walking towards the memorial and it’s like we were all walking for the same purpose. “ - Simone Bray they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.” In honor of Martin Luther King Jr., 10 students from each of Southern University’s three campuses attended the march this year in Washington D.C. They took a long 20-hour bus ride and stayed for 3 days. On the first day they marched for about a mile from their hotel to the Lincoln Memorial. They listened to speakers such as various preachers, representatives from NAACP and Latin for America and Gandhi’s grandson, Rajmohan Gandhi. Each speaker talked about the strides that they’ve taken within the 50 years and what they have done in their organizations. Also, there was a performance by Howard University’s Marching Band.

The next day, students attended a leadership training seminar, where they talked about gun violence and how to stop it in their communities. They also took a tour. They visited historical monuments such as the Lincoln Memorial, the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial and Smithsonian museums. The last day they wrapped up the leadership training seminar. Simone Bray, SGA president if SUBR says that her most memorable moment of the trip is when they all stared getting close to the Lincoln Memorial. “After a while, it was so many people walking towards the Memorial and it’s like we were all walking for the same purpose. We all had the same ambition in mind. It was people that I probably would have never met or had any common interest with before the march,” said Bray.

“Free at last”





The Train Ride story by Jessica Sarpy

day. By day 12, I had an argument with friends about Christianity

Unlike any other HBCU, Southern University and A&M

really a big deal for me because I didn’t, and still don’t believe in

College is the only HBCU with its own system. Here at Southern

going to church. People whom I called my friends looked at me

University the administration controls the curriculum, and

as if I were the anti-Christ! I am pretty much halfway through

unlike any other school, Southern students are required to take

my train ride, I don’t know what lies next, but I’ll be on the train to

an African American based elective in order to meet graduation

find out. The craziest part is that I almost passed this class up. If

requirements. No major is exempt from this requirement. Some

it weren’t for that “pesky” requirement, I never would have taken

students are annoyed with this; since they’re enrolled at an

this psychology elective. I now understand why it was established;

HBCU, many students believe that this standard is redundant.

to open students’ minds to something they wouldn’t otherwise

Unfortunately I was among the group of students who believed

be exposed to. My reason for saying this is to encourage you not

the requirement to be a waste of time. Like most students, I

to just select African American literature as an easy elective to

thought to myself, I’ll just take African American literature and get

satisfy a requirement. Step outside of your comfort zone and

this pesky credit so I can meet all the requirements needed for my

challenge yourself.

and how I couldn’t relate to that religion anymore, which wasn’t

degree. African American Experience may not be the exact class for One day, I was working in the student media office and in walks

you, but there are African American based classes in every

photographer Arielle Burks, a psychology major from Baton

department. Don’t be afraid to step outside your of department,

Rouge. She begins to tell us about this class she was enrolled in

for if you do, it may at the very least change your perspective on

called African American Experience. She talked about the horrific

things, and at the very most, change your perspective on life.

origin of our ancestors in this country. She also talked about religion and mythology, and told us how eye opening this class was for her. She strongly suggested that all the other students in the office take the class. This was not the first time I had heard this. My old roommate, Sagan Allen, also a psychology major from Eunice, Louisiana, told me years ago when she was enrolled in the very same class that I should definitely take Dr. Reginald Rackley’s African American experience class before I graduate. My next question to Arielle was “Is the class easy?” and she replied, “No, it’s not, but it is worth it.” This was the beginning of my train ride…

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My train ride began like anyone else’s, on day one. Unexpectedly, my interest in the class was very slow. Everyday, Dr. Rackley


would come in and start talking, I would listen, but it wasn’t very engaging, It was at that point that I thought I’d been had. I thought the class was severely overrated; then came Day 8. It’s one thing to be lectured to about the origin of your ancestors, but it’s an entirely different experience to see it. Dr. Rackley left no stone unturned and censored absolutely nothing. This class was unlike anything I’ve ever taken before, partly because every time I left that class I would feel some kind of way. Sometimes I felt hopeless, depressed, overwhelmed, but most of all angry. By day 9 or 10, I wanted to get off the ride. I felt that everything I thought I knew was a lie, and what made me even more livid was the fact that I believed it and never once did I question anything. It made me feel so incomplete!

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Southern University and A&M College Southern University and A&M College is a historically black college located in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The Baton Rouge campus is located on Scott’s Bluff overlooking the Mississippi River in the northern section of the City of Baton Rouge

A BRIEF HISTORY The concept of Southern University was put forth by P. B. S. Pinchback, T. T. Allain, Henry Demas, and as an institution “for the education of persons of color” at the 1879 Louisiana State Constitutional Convention. In April 1880, the Louisiana General Assembly chartered Southern University, originally located in New Orleans. Southern opened its doors on March 7, 1881 with twelve students. One of the original locations of the early campus was the former Israel Sinai Temple on Calliope Street, between St. Charles and Camp streets in New Orleans. Southern became a land grant school in 1890, and an Agricultural and Mechanical department was established. Because of continued growth and a lack of land for expansion, the university relocated to what was then Scotlandville, along Scott’s Bluff facing the Mississippi River in 1914. It is included as a destination of the Louisiana African American Heritage Trail.

The new president and first president of what is now known as Southern University at Baton Rouge was Dr. Joseph Samuel Clark. Clark, an outstanding citizen in the Baton Rouge African American community, presided over Baton Rouge College and the Louisiana Colored Teachers Association. The Louisiana Constitutional Convention of 1921 authorized the reorganization and expansion of Southern University; and Legislative Act 100 of 1922 provided that the institution be reorganized under the control of the State Board of Education.

Clark presided over Southern University during a transitionary period for the institution. The student enrollment grew from fortyseven students to 500 students and many of the school’s early buildings were built during this time. Clark presided until his retirement in 1938, at which time the position was given to his son, Dr. Felton Grandison Clark, a renowned speaker and gentleman. Under his tenure, the university underwent tremendous growth. About 33 of 114 current buildings were erected in his 30 years at the university. The student enrollment grew from 500 to nearly 10,000 students. Due to the reluctance of LSU Law School to admit African Americans into its law program, and a law suit that was filed, a special Louisiana Convention allowed a law program, Southern University Law Center to come to Southern University in 1947. The university was one of the first historically black colleges to receive a visit from a First Lady, Eleanor Roosevelt, in 1943. Also during Clark’s tenure, Southern University at New Orleans (SUNO) (1956) and Southern University at Shreveport/Bossier City (SUSLA) (1964) were founded. They were later incorporated into the Southern University System in 1974.

“Southern opened its doors on March 7, 1881 with twelve students. ” source:


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Southern University and A&M College Mission Statement: The mission of Southern University and A&M College, an Historically Black, 1890 land-grant institution, is to provide opportunities for a diverse student population to achieve a high-quality, global educational experience, to engage in scholarly, research, and creative activities, and to give meaningful public service to the community, the state, the nation, and the world so that Southern University graduates are competent, informed, and productive citizens.

Southern University “FIGHT SONG” Southern University, Defenders of the gold and blue We will always loyal be And raise a cheer for you. All for one and one for all We’ve got the will to win for thee And We’ll fight, fight, fight Til we win the victory. (Huel Perkins, 1951) PAGE




HALFTIME Southern University Homecoming Football Game



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10.26.13 A.W. Mumford Stadium




Credit Cards: Managing “THE PLASTIC” source:

Smart Ways for College Students to Use Credit Cards: Build a Good Credit Score and Maintain Low Debt Even in College A recent report by Sallie Mae reveals that the average college student has more than four credit cards with a combined balance of more than $3,000. Some students have as much as $7,000 in credit card debt. Graduating with that much credit card debt can put a damper on your plans for entering the real world, especially if you’ve missed payments or defaulted.


Your history using credit cards is compiled into a credit report and graded with a credit score. Lenders, employers, landlords, insurance companies and even utility service

providers all use your credit report or credit score (or both) to decide whether to approve your applications and at what cost. See Credit Report and Score Overview. Having too much credit card debt can leave negative marks on your credit report and drive your credit score down. If you have a history of missing payments, it will also decrease your credit score. This could keep you from getting a loan or apartment. A landlord may require you to have a co-signer. An employer may not hire you. Utility services may require a hefty security deposit before turning on services. Having a good credit history is important, especially when you’re


just starting out on your own. Whether you have that good credit history depends on how you use (and don’t use credit cards) during your college years.

Plus, the more credit cards you have, the higher the risk of you taking on too much credit card debt. How Many Credit Cards is Too Many?



Unless you’re sure it’s a good deal, don’t sign up for a credit card just to get a free t-shirt or coffee mug. Read through the terms of any credit card agreement you receive. Check the fees and interest rates, comparing them to other card offers you’ve received. Then, you select the credit card that’s best for you. The best student credit cards have no annual fee, a low interest rate, and low credit limit. How to Choose a Student Credit Card ONE CREDIT CARD IS ENOUGH

Though you may be tempted to apply for every credit card that comes your way, it’s better to keep your cards to a minimum at this point. Every new credit card application causes a drop in your credit score.

Until now, you’ve probably assumed credit cards were meant for charging things you can’t necessarily afford right now, but will probably be able to afford late PAY YOUR BALANCE IN FULL EACH MONTH.

If you get in the habit of paying off your balance when you get the bill, you’ll avoid carrying credit card debt. Don’t even think about a cash advance. They’re not as attractive as they seem. You’ll pay a 2-4% cash advance fee plus finance charges. OTHER TIPS: - Stay under your credit limit - Don’t share Credit Cards - Don’t expect your parents to help




WHY SAFE SEX? Top 10 reasons to use protection TWO




Prevent STDs. Most people with a sexually transmitted disease don’t even know they have one.

Prevent unwanted pregnancies. Use condoms to minimize your chances.

Shows maturity. Taking care of your sexual health speaks volumes, and can be seen as being responsible..

You are not married.

They’re cool. Condoms now come in all shapes, sizes and colors.






Less stress. Provide a

Could save your life. AIDS caused by HIV is a virus that progressively attacks the immune system. Sadly there is no cure for this disease.

You have multiple partners! Let’s face it, not everyone is monogamous.

You and your partner haven’t been tested. If you and your partner don’t know your status, then condoms are a must.

The most beautiful woman in the world and the most handsome man can both be carrying a deadly secret. Be careful!.


sense of security knowing that you are reducing the chances of STDs and pregnancy.

Chances are your partner may not be with you a year or two from now. Multiple partners, doubles your risk!

FACTS: The great thing in today’s society is that you can pretty much buy condoms anywhere. Gas stations, drug stores, convenient stores and even online you will find a large selection of your favorite brand of condoms. There are flavored condoms, condoms for enhanced sensation, XL condoms; I mean the list goes on. You can even get frees sample of a particular condom before you decide to purchase a large quantity.

“ You can get them for free at your local health department. So really there is no excuse, unless you and your partner are actually trying to get pregnant, are monogamous and have both been tested ”

Did you know?

According to the Baton Rouge Aids Society: - Baton Rouge ranks 4th for AIDS case rates among the largest metropolitan areas in the U.S. - Baton Rouge Ranks 1st in the state of Louisiana with the Highest Rate of AIDS Cases - Nationally, Louisiana ranks 5th highest in AIDS case rates and 12th in the number of AIDS cases diagnosed


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