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Intramural complex on its way Justin Broussard The Southern Digest

The Southern University $6.5 construction of the Horace Westley Moody Sr. Intramural Complex is near its completion, awaiting the arrival of furniture and exercise equipment. With more than 33,000 squarefeet in dimensions, the complex will include three aerobic rooms, locker rooms, a volleyball court, three full basketball courts, a health studio and a rock-climbing wall. Endas Vincent director of Facilities Planning said the complex should be open by next month in October. “It’s been a long time coming,” said Vincent. Vincent said the plan to build the complex has been longer than ten years. He said that there was a full set of plans that were abandoned. “I think they didn’t have the funding for the other set of plans because they had to cut back on it,” said Vincent. Vincent said that the university had to create new plans for the project that caused for a smaller project. “It’s a nice size building for what we had to work with,” said Vincent. According to Vincent the construction of the building has been complete since April. Although the construction was completed, Vincent said the building still has more work to be

DIGESTFILE The new edition to southern unversity is the brand new Horace Wesley Moody Intramural Sports Complex. The Intramural is a project that southern has been planning for over 10 years. The complex cost Southern University 6.2 million dollars. The complex is nearly done, just need to be refurbish with brand new equipment and furniture. The Intramural Complex is supposed to be opening up sometime in october of the fall 2013 semester. done. “There’s a lot of little details they have to work out,” said Vincent. Even though the intramural complex’s completion is underway, Vincent said the university has over 80 projects lined up. “We have a lot of Gustav projects that’s still in planning and progress,” said Vincent. Vincent reported that there are

over 60 renovations to be done from Hurricane Gustav. “We do have some new projects that we’re looking at,” said Vincent. He said the University is looking forward to a new cultural center to be added next to the Southern University Museum of Art near the Mississippi River. According to Vincent some projects to take place have more

than one fund going towards them. “The President’s House has two sources of funds,” said Vincent. As of now Vincent reported that there is no set budget for new projects due to the fact there are no designs drawn up for them. “We’re not going to put a cost to them until an architect designs those projects,” said Vincent.

FYE seeks to retain new students Christie Carral

The Southern Digest The First Year Experience has launched its new program at Southern University to help new students succeed academically and improve retention. Through the Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence, the program assists students in getting acclimated with the SU atmosphere as they transition from high school to college. Jil Massucco, coordinator for FYE, said that the program demonstrates concerted efforts and a commitment to make the experience at SU successful, memorable and rewarding. “We want to reach out not only to students who live on campus but freshmen commuters and transfer students so that they are given the opportunity to participate in FYE,” said Massucco. The FYE program is seeking an experience that students can positively and purposefully

interact with other students, faculty and campus programs and organizations. “We must learn to pass the torch and motive and inspire our students to be at the helm of campus programs and activities while striving for excellence,” said Massucco. Massucco said one of the critical factors for their program to ensure is to broaden student success and deepen their commitment to learning by getting freshmen involved in programs, activities and events. “Students are in a much better position to thrive by involving themselves in programs such as Freshmen Convocation,” said Massucco. As the organizer at this year’s convocation ceremony, Massucco said she was thrilled to work with the campus youth leaders who took the stage to participate in the program. “Teaching youth to value public

speaking has always been on the forefront for me and it will definitely continue,” Massucco said. The program is under development and in its beginning stages according to Massucco. “We’re still trying to get it off the ground and make sure that we have our students in the right direction,” said Massacco. Although the FYE program is not an extension of the Center for Student Success, FYE program will be working closely with that program. “Center for Student Success will be one of the catalyst and main resources that will keep students connected to success,” said Massacco. According to Massacco’s reports, SU has nearly first time freshmen on campus. She also said because of so many students, there are over 15 freshmen seminar classes and 10 instructors.

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Massacco said that the launching of FYE introduced new learning outcomes and the replacement of learning materials that had been used for more than a decade. Brandon Parker, assistant project director of CTLE, said his students learn time management skills, themselves, library visits and different resources on campus. “We are retention, retention, retention,” said Parker. “We are trying to retain students and increase the retention rates.” Alberta Robertson, instructor of FYE, said she teaches her students about the many resources on campus. “To me, that’s what we’re suppose to do,” said Robertson. “They are our customers and we’re suppose to take care of them.”


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supports staff including trainers, equipment managers and strength coaches are required to contact Southern Athletics Director Will Broussard at 225.771.5930 or email him at will_broussard@subr.edu for verification purposes and to receive their tickets. Individuals wanting more than the allotted two tickets can purchase additional tickets for $30 in Sections 5W and 6W. The 1993 team produced four All-SWAC first team selections including Sean Wallace, the SWAC’s Defensive Player of the Year. Pete Richardson was also named the conference’s coach of the year in 1993, the first of five awards the former coach received during his 17-year career at Southern.

today SGA Senate Meeting The meeting will convene on this Thursday, September 12th in Harris Hall Annex Auditorium at 6:00 PM. Pep Rally There will be a pep rally along with a battle of the classes tommorrow at 5:00- 7:00 pm at the Union Courtyard. Dress for success Come dress for success at Jones hall September 19th 6 pm - 8 pm BRAABJ Mentoring Program BRAABJ will launch its year-long mentoring program on Thursday, Sept. 12 at 6:30 p.m. at Southern University in the Stewart Hall Auditorium. Media professionals and students are invited to attend to meet their mentors and mentees and kickoff this wonderful partnership. The mentoring program will pair Southern University and LSU journalism students with local media professionals to help guide their careers. It will run from September to May. There will also be a panel discussion featuring media professionals talking about how to make the most of the mentoring program and giving tips on how to succeed in the business. The deadline to sign up for the program is Friday, Aug. 30. For more information on how to get involved, go to our website www.brareabj.org or contact Cheryl Stroy at 318.820.9284.

Ambassadors Needed The Office of Excel is looking for Jag and Vice Ambassadors. Ambassadors must be looking to serve the university and community, have a positive personality, work well with others, be a full-time SU student, be in good academic standing with the university and be willing to work. Please e-mail a completed resume, fall class schedule and an interest statement to SU@subr.edu by 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 18.

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What do you expect our Southern Jaguars to do on saturday and why? I expect our Southern Jaguars to win. I expect them to win to prove we learned from our loss. Kelle Lewis Education Freshman Ferriday, LA

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Southern to honor ‘93 team at Sept. 14 home opener Southern University athletics will commemorate 20th anniversary of the 1993 Black College and SWAC champions during pregame of the Sept. 14 home opener against Prairie View at A.W. Mumford Stadium. In conjunction with the game’s Alumni Day/Unite in White promotion, Southern is providing two free tickets to each member from the 1993 team and support staff along with a special pregame tailgate hosted by the Southern University Football Alumni Association. For more information about the pre-game festivities, contact SUFAA President Darryl Hurst at Darryl.Hurst@yahoo.com. Former players, coaches and

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Nation pauses on 9/11 to pay tribute to victims JiM FitZGerald & MeGhan Barr The Associated Press

NEW YORK — Life in lower Manhattan resembled any ordinary day on Wednesday as workers rushed to their jobs in the muggy heat, but time stood still at the World Trade Center site while families wept for loved ones who perished in the terror attacks 12 years ago. For the families, the memories of that day are still vivid, the pain still acute. Some who read the names of a beloved big brother or a cherished daughter could hardly speak through their tears. “Has it really been 12 years? Or 12 days? Sometimes it feels the same,” said Michael Fox, speaking aloud to his brother, Jeffrey, who perished in the south tower. “Sometimes I reach for the phone so I can call you, and we can talk about our kids like we used to do every day.” On the memorial plaza overlooking two reflecting pools in the imprint of the twin towers, relatives recited the names of the nearly 3,000 people who died when hijacked jets crashed into the towers, the Pentagon and in a field near Shanksville, Pa. They also recognized the victims of the 1993 trade center bombing. Bells tolled to mark the planes hitting the towers and the moments when the skyscrapers fell. In Washington, President Barack Obama, first lady Michelle Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and wife Jill Biden walked out to the

White House’s South Lawn for a moment of silence at 8:46 a.m. — the time the first plane struck the south tower in New York. Another jetliner struck the Pentagon at 9:37 a.m. “Our hearts still ache for the futures snatched away, the lives that might have been,” Obama said. A moment of silence was also held at the U.S. Capitol. In New York, loved ones milled around the memorial site, making rubbings of names, putting flowers by the names of victims and weeping, arm-in-arm. Former Gov. George Pataki, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and others were in attendance. As with last year, no politicians spoke. Mayor Michael Bloomberg watched the ceremony for his final time in office. Carol Eckna recalled the contagious laugh of her son, Paul Robert Eckna, who was killed in the north tower. “Just yesterday, you were 28,” she said. “Today, you are 40. You are forever young. Dad and I are proud to be your parents.” The anniversary arrived amid changes at the Flight 93 National Memorial in Shanksville, where construction started Tuesday on a new visitor center. On Wednesday, the families of the passengers and crew aboard United Flight 93 recalled their loved ones as heroes for their unselfish and quick actions. The plane was hijacked with the likely goal of crashing it into the White House or Capitol, but passengers tried to overwhelm the attackers and the plane crashed into the field. All aboard died. “In a period of 22 minutes, our loved ones

made history,” said Gordon Felt, president of the Families of Flight 93, whose brother, Edward, was a passenger. Outside Washington, hundreds of people gathered for a short, simple ceremony at an Arlington County plaza three miles from the Pentagon. First responders from the county were among the first on the scene that day. Fire Chief James Schwartz said ceremonies like Wednesday’s — which featured an honor guard and a moment of silence— serve as a reminder of why first responders spend so much time preparing for disaster. “I’ve often said this has been the fastest 12 years of my life,” Schwartz said. “But if you are a surviving family member, I’d imagine this has been the longest 12 years of your life, because you’re waking up every day with a hole in your heart.” Bloomberg also spoke at a remembrance service for the 84 Port Authority employees killed on Sept. 11 at St. Peter’s Roman Catholic Church, in the shadow of where the World Trade Center once stood. “On that terrible day, we were united in prayer and compassion for all of you who lost loved ones,” the mayor said. “As we woke up this morning, our first thoughts were with you as well.” Dozens of family members and colleagues filled the pews as the Port Authority Police Pipes and Drums played during the posting of colors. Around the world, thousands of volunteers pledged to do good deeds, honoring an anniversary that was designated a National

Day of Service and Remembrance in 2009. By next year’s anniversary, a 9/11 museum is expected to be open beneath the memorial plaza in New York City. While the memorial honors those killed, the museum is intended to present a broader picture, including the experiences of survivors and first responders. “As things evolve in the future, the focus on the remembrance is going to stay sacrosanct,” memorial President Joe Daniels said. Douglas Hamatie, whose 31-year-old cousin Robert Horohoe worked for Cantor Fitzgerald and died on 9/11, drew applause from the crowd when he declared that the day should become a national holiday. “The kids today, they know when the next iPhone’s coming out, and they know when the next Justin Bieber concert is, but they don’t know enough about 9/11,” he said. “So let’s change that, please.” The organizers have said they will always keep the focus on the families, and that was evident this year as relatives gathered on the tree-laden plaza, where a smaller crowd gathered — only friends and family of the victims were allowed. Vicki Tureski, who lost her brother-in-law on Sept. 11, said the victims’ families will help each other through the years to come. “Strangers who are now friends, friends who are now family, family who pull us to our feet each day,” she said. “I promise to continue to keep you in my prayers as we go through decade two of carrying the tragedy of 9/11 with us.”

SU organizations host a‘ ll about the business’ seminar Justin Morris

The Southern Digest An assortment of Southern University’s student organizations hosted “All About the Business” seminar to provide educational information to the Southern University National Pan Hellenic Counsel Greek life and non-Greek students about the proper planning and protocol of obtaining a career. The discussion included information about careers in business and dressingthe-part suitable for a business. Director of Career Services Tamara Montgomery explained the importance of preparing students for careers. “We don’t allow our students to go out, and not have the tools they need,” said Montgomery.

Montgomery said there are mock interviews to develop helpful interview skills held on Fridays. “It is our job to make sure that you’re successful,” said Montgomery. Ebony West senior business major and president of Phi Beta Lambda business organization gave advice to students also. She said to focus mainly on dressing the part and to be a well-dressed businessman or woman. She gave fashion tips and educated students on the difference between business casual and business professional attire. “You want to present yourself in the best image as possible to the company or whoever you are trying to impress,” said West. She advised students to lean towards

dark colors that do not draw too much physical attention and make employers remember words and not clothes. “Your first impression is a lasting one, so make sure you’re remembered for the right things.” Carlton Jones president of the Black Executive Exchange Program discussed résumés and cover letters and how to properly fill them out when applying for a job. “It’s important that you write and efficient cover letter and résumé,” said Jones. “When you graduate, you are not competing for jobs on a local level. You’re competing on a global level.” Jones also said that there are no absolute guidelines to writing a resume and instructed students on how to accurately draft and write an effective

resume and cover letter. Jonathan Irving president of Pi Sigma Epsilon explained the importance of business skills and what to do after receiving a chance to be interviewed. He also talked about body language and how to stay calm when asked difficult questions about a previous job. “Body language is everything,” said Irving. “When you walk in to a room greet whomever you are speaking with, stand until you’ve been asked to be seated and make sure your body posture is positive.

If you use marijuana, experience daily anxiety, and are 18-65 years old, you may be eligible to receive free treatment and a chance to earn up to $100. For more information, contact the LSU Anxiety & Addictive Behaviors Clinic at (225) 578-5778, aabc@lsu.edu, or www.surveymonkey.com/s/lsustudy


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SOUTHERN SCOREBOARD FOOTBALL STANDINGS EASTERN DIVISION SWAC Overall W L W L Alabama A&M 1 0 1 1 Jackson St. 1 0 1 1 Alcorn St. 0 0 1 1 Miss. Valley 0 0 0 2 Alabama St. 0 1 0 2 WESTERN DIVISION W L Prairie View 1 0 Arkansas-PB 0 0 Southern 0 0 Tex. Southern 0 1 Grambling St. 0 1

W L 1 1 0 2 0 2 0 1 0 2

Last Week’s Results NW State 55, Southern 14 Texas State 28, Prairie View 3 Tuskegee 23, Alabama A&M 7 Jackson St. 30, Alabama St. 23 Mississippi State 51, Alcorn St. 7 UL-Monroe 48, Grambling 10 McNeese State 58, Arkansas-PB 14 Delta State 31, Prairie View 0 This Week’s Games Prairie View at. Southern, 6 pm Alabama St. at. UAPB 2 pm Alcorn St. at. Miss. Valley 2 pm Grambling vs. Lincoln (Mo.), 4:30 pm Alabama A&M. at SC State, 6 pm Jackson St. vs. Tennessee St., 6 pm Tex. Southern at S. Houston St., 7 pm

Players of the Week Co-Offensive Players of the Week Isaiah Crowell, Alabama St: Despite Alabama State’s 30-23 conference loss to Jackson State, Crowell tied a careerhigh with 18 carries while setting two career records. He rushed for 179 yards, the most since his arrival to ASU and his 84-yard run in the first quarter was also a career-high. Zach Pendleton, Jackson St.: Pendleton finished with six receptions for a game-high 177 yards and two touchdowns. He was named the W.C. Gorden Classic Offensive MVP. Defensive Player of the Week Derrick Billups, Alabama St.: Billups set a career-high in tackles with 12 (4 solo, 8 assists). He also recorded a sack, forced two fumbles, a quarterback hurry and a pass break up. Specialist of the Week Darcy Williamson, Jackson St.: Williamson recorded eight punts for 335 yards (41.9 yds/punt), landing five punts inside the 20. Newcomer of the Week Davon Jones, Miss. Valley State: Jones finished with a pair of INTs and six tackles despite MVSU dropping a 24-14 loss to Delta State.

VOLLEYBALL McNeese State def. Southern U. 25-16,25-22,25-19 McNeese State (5-3) Kills-Aces-Blocks: Sanchez, Malina 11-3-0; Tenbusch, Sophie 9-1-2; DeMarque, Carly 8-0-1; Fryer, Amber 6-0-2; Bauer, Courtni 3-0-3; Bentley, Vanessa 1-0-0; Graham, Kelly 1-0-0; Patterson, Kimberlyn 0-1-0; Totals 39-5-4.0. Assists: Bentley, Vanessa 33. Digs: Sanchez, Malina 8; Bentley, Vanessa 4 Southern U. (1-6) Kills-Aces-Blocks: Beasley, Simone 8-0-1;Macias, Marisol 8-00; Lealaimatafao, Leila 6-0-0; Clark, Phalen 6-2-1; Jones, Sarah 2-0-2; Watts, Jaquel 1-0-0; Burden, Deyshia 1-0-0; Williams, Diamond 0-2-0; Journet, Chanda 0-2-0; Totals 32-6-2.0. Assists: Clark, Phalen 15; Journet, Chanda 10. Digs: Burden, Deyshia 3; Clark, Phalen 3

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SU seeks to bounce back

After an 0-2start the Jags come home seeking to gain its first win of the season in home opener Del Hunt

The Southern Digest Facing the Prairie View Panthers (1-1, 1-0) in a much-anticipated home opener might be what the Southern Jaguars (0-2, 0-0) need to move on from a horrible start to their season. Following the celebration of the return of the 1993-94’ championship team, the Jaguars hope to get back on track while trying to snap a five game losing streak to the Panthers. “We’re playing against another spread team with a no-huddle attack,” SU coach Dawson Odums said. “We’ll have our hands full, but we’ll be prepared for this home opener.” Odums is preparing his defensive unit without senior linebacker Anthony Balancier, whom Odums’ feels hasn’t been acting like a senior leader for the Jaguars of late. Balancier was suspended for inappropriate comments made about the University of Northwestern State (2-0), who defeated the Jaguars 55-14 last weekend in Natchitoches. Balancier is tied for second on the team in tackles with 11. Sophomore linebacker Treyveon Evans will replace Balancier. Odums team has been outscored 117-27 in their first two games, with losses to the Houston Cougars (2-0) and Northwestern. So far, the defensive unit has struggled against opposing offenses. But it’s been the up-tempo, spread attacks that’s given them fits, giving up an average of 577 yards per game, which ranks ninth in the Southwestern Athletic Conference. “It’s a SWAC game,” Odums says. “Everything we want to achieve is still in front of us. The Jaguars definitely want to correct their mistake and hope to put a better product on the field this Saturday. Odums believes his team be motivated following the pregame festivities. The Panthers opened the season with a conference win over division rival Texas Southern 37-13. Texas State handed them their only loss, winning 28-3. “We didn’t get off to a particularly good start in either phase of the football game,” PV coach Heishma Northern said, who was a member of the 93’ championship team. “We gone get back to the drawing

Ariana Triggs/DIGEST Southern quarterback Dray Joseph passes the the ball to running back Darrius Coleman during the match-up against Northwestern State in Natchitoches Saturday. The Jaguars lost the game 55-14. boards. We look forward going to another home opener and hopefully we’ll play a better ball game than we did last week.” In last year’s home opener, which was televised on ESPNU, the Jaguars loss 6-0 to Mississippi Valley State, for the first since 2005. At the time, Stump Mitchell was coach. SU later named Odums interim coach. After the season, he was announced head coach. Senior quarterback hopes the team bounces back on track after he was held to 19 of 28 passing for 187 yards and one touchdown. SU’s offense also allowed five sacks. “We just got to stay positive,” Joseph said, who leads the conference with 221 passing yards per game. “You can’t just turn it on game night.” PV quarterbacks Jerry Lovelocke and De’Auntre Smiley lead the Panthers into this matchup after teaming for a 68.9 completion percentage in two games. 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. Odums added that he believes his teams’ mentality after a 0-2 start has to change or they’ll continue with the same results. “In order for us to change the results we have to change what we’re doing,” Odums says. He added that redshirt running back Lenard Tillery would make his college debut this weekend. “Even though he was redshirted last year, what you see in Tillery is guy that determined.” With the Jaguars averaging 85.5 yards rushing per game, Odums

hope Tillery can fix some of the problems that caused them to rank ninth in the league. SU rushed for 104 yards as a team against the Cougars. The Jaguars can help their defense by keeping the ball away from the Panthers, while trying to sustain drives behind an offensive unit that’s ranked fifth. Sophomore receiver Willie

Quinn has emerged as a playmaker, leading the SWAC in all-purpose yards with 143 yards per game and three touchdowns. “Willie Quinn is a great guy, I knew what he was capable of last year as a redshirt,” Joseph added. “He plays with a lot of heart and that’s the type of things you’re going to need from everybody.


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Lady Jags drop home opener Morris Dillard III The Southern Digest

Fresh off the road from the UTEP Invitational, the Southern (1-6) volleyball team was swept by McNeese State (5-3) 25-16, 25-22, and 25-19 in their home opener Wednesday night at Seymour Gym. Senior Simone Beasley and junior Marisol Macias tied with eight kills for Southern. Freshman Phalen Clark added six kills and one block. McNeese had a .545 hitting percentage in the first game. Although McNeese open the season 3-1, since then the Cowgirls took a step back finishing 1-2 in the Louisiana Tech Tournament last weekend. The Cowgirls knew SU would be tough in front on their home crowd. “They’re one of the more athletic teams we’ve played all year,” McNeese coach Terry Gamble. “We lost our composure in game two which bothered me.” At one point during game two, SU led 10-3,which may have caused the letdown. Southern head coach Vanessa Jacobs said she was excited because she saw her team play well against a taller team. “When we have the opportunity to put it away, we have to put it away,” she said after game three. “We just need to learn how to capitalize when they are making mistakes.” McNeese jumped out to 13-8 and

19-15 leads in games one and three, despite losing their composure in the match. Their composure nearly cost them game three. The game was a back and fourth struggle before the Cowgirls gained control of the match at 9-8. SU got as a close as 16-15 before the Cowgirls closed out the match. Although the Jaguars are 1-6, Jacobs said the team still has things to work out. “We have a really tough weekend and we need to bounce back,” Jacobs said. In their win at the UTEP Invitational last weekend, SU won 25-18, 25-19, 15-8 in five sets over Texas Southern. Beasley earned All-Tournament honors for performance. Freshman Deyshia Burden led with 15 kills, four blocks, and a .385 hitting percentage. Sophomore transfer Leilani Lealaimatafao added eight kills and also had a .353 hitting percentage. As a team, Southern had a .272 hitting percentage. “I that the girls started to understand that this is our gym and wee need to protect it,” Jacobs said. “We represented as far as the home crowd. I hope that we continue to get that and at the same time we get the victory.” The Jaguars will return home October 2 to battle Prairie View for conference opener at 6:00 p.m. at Seymour Gym.

Ariana Triggs./DIGEST FILES Middle blocker Deysia Burden throws up the ball for a serve in yesterday’s game against McNeese State in Seymore Gym during the home opener.

GSU fires head football coach Doug WIlliams The Associated Press

GRAMBLING, La.— Grambling State fired head football coach Doug Williams on Wednesday after the Tigers lost the first two games of the season. The university announced it bought out the remainder of the former NFL quarterback’s contract.

Running backs coach George Ragsdale is taking over as interim head coach. Grambling had a 1-10 record in 2012 — including going 0-9 in the Southwestern Athletic Conference — under the 58-year-old Williams. Grambling lost its opener to Alabama State 23-9 and was dominated by LouisianaMonroe 48-10 last weekend Williams, who led the Washington Redskins to a win over the John Elway-quarterbacked Denver Broncos in

Associated Press Doug Williams head coach was fired yesterday after Grambling started the season 0-2

1988, became Grambling’s head coach in 1998. Then in 2004 he moved to a front-office job with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He returned to Grambling as head coach in 2011, when he led the Tigers to a SWAC championship. The university said in a statement that it decided to “move in another direction” in ending Williams’ contract, which ran through next season. “We recognize Doug Williams’ many contributions to our football legacy, and we express our deep appreciation for his service to Grambling State University and we wish him well in the future,” Grambling President Frank Pogue said in the statement. Williams told The (Monroe, La.) News-Star that Pogue informed him of his firing during a meeting in the president’s office on Wednesday morning. “There wasn’t a lot of conversation. I told him, ‘OK,’ and I was gone,” Williams said. Williams’ son, D.J., is a quarterback on the team. “I know D.J. is emotional, but I told him he has to be strong and he told me he will,” Doug Williams told the newspaper. “That’s all I need for him to be strong. If he’s strong, his daddy is going to be all right.” Williams quarterbacked Grambling State. He was a first-round draft pick of the Buccaneers in 1978 and played for Tampa until 1982, when he went to the startup USFL. He joined the Redskins in 1986.


Photos of the Week Photo by Ariana Triggs/DIGEST The SU Human Jukebox high steps into Turpin Stadium with battle faces ready in Natchitoches Saturday for the second game of the season against Northwestern State.. Photo by Courtney Jacobs/DIGEST Students interact with each other as they wait to see the Miss Freshman candidates in the Cotillion Ballroom in the student union.

Photo by Ariana Triggs/DIGEST Southern University fans crowd into Turpin Stadium in Natchitoches, LA Saturday for the face-off between Northwestern State and SU. Northwestern won the match-up with a Final Score of 55-14.

Photo by Steven Goodman/DIGEST Coordinator of Student Programs and Greek Life Jonas Vanderbilt addresses students at the Divine Intervention program “All About Business” Tuesday night in Smith-Brown Student Union’s Cotillion Ballroom..

Photo by Courtney Jacobs/DIGEST Photo by Ariana Triggs/DIGEST Students turn up in the Cotillion Ballroom while they wait for the Miss Freshman Middle blocker Deysia Burden throws up the ball for a serve in yesterday’s game against McNeese candidates to come out during the Miss Freshman Revue. State in Seymore Gym during the home opener.


Photo by Ariana Triggs/DIGEST Percussionist of the SU Human Jukebox came together for a group stretch right before their halftime performance during the second game of the season against Northwestern in Natchitoches, LA.

Photo by Ariana Triggs/DIGEST Southern University cheerleaders lead the crowd with chants in Natchitoches, LA during the SU Vs. Northwestern State game Saturday in Turpin Stadium.

Photo by Ariana Triggs/DIGEST Outside hitter Michelle Williams puts her gameface on as she prepares to hit the ball against McNeese State yesterday in the home opener in

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Photo by Courtney Jacobs/DIGEST Fans of both Northwestern State and Southern stand in line in the scortching heat to buy tickets for the game Saturday between Southern and Northwestern in Natchitoches, LA.

Photo by Ariana Triggs/DIGEST Right side and Outside hitter Simone Beasley puts her focus on hitting the ball during the volleyball match against McNeese State during the home opener in Seymore Gym yesterday.


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Tillery makes season debut Jade Smith

The Southern Digest Southern Jaguars (0-2, 0-0) running back Lenard Tillery is excited. The sophomore running back will play his first collegiate game this weekend against Prairie View (1-1,1-0). He’s already imagined how his first college game would play out plenty of times. After sitting out the first two games of the season with a leg injury, Tillery returned to practice Sunday and participated in full pads with his team. “As soon as I got out there, I just kept on reminding myself you back, you back,” Tillery said at practice. “So I was trying to push it to a full speed and push my teammates so they could go full speed so we could have a great practice.” Tillery, 5’10 181 pounds, walked-on at Southern and was redshirted for the 2012 season due to his injury. According coach Dawson Odums, Tillery is working hard to prove himself. In SU’s spring game, he had 18 carries for 111 yards., leaving no His coaches and teammates are anxious to see what he will bring to the home field this weekend. Tillery is also anxious to see how well he will do Saturday. “Nobody has seen me in a real game yet so everybody is anxious to

93’ Championship team to be honored

see what all the hype is,” Tillery said. “I’m anxious to see myself.” Odums said Tillery is a ball of energy and his teammates feed off of him. “When you see him on the field, you see our offense move at a different pace,” Odums said. “Even though he was redshirted last year, what you see in Tillery is a guys that’s determined.” So far the Jaguars have rushed the ball 63 times for 171 yards and zero touchdowns. Senior Darius Coleman leads the Jaguars in rushing and ranks fourth in the league with 70.5 yards per game. Coleman has averaged 3.6 yards per attempt, and finished with 44 yard on 19 carries last weekend in the Jaguars upsetting 55-14 loss against Northwestern State (2-0). Tillery has already given his teammates solid proof that he can resolve the Jaguars well-publicized backfield issues and he’s coming into this season with a substantial chip on his shoulder. Improving the running game has been at the top of the SU’s to-do list coming into the season, and Odums believes Tillery is a positive step for the ground game. Saturday’s game will be the first home game in A.W. Mumford stadium kicking off at 6pm.

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Southern University hopes to end their 10-year title drought this December. The Jaguars (0-2) will get back to the drawing boards, challenging themselves to start a better product on the field after an 0-2 start. On the road two straight weeks, they’ve dropped games against the Houston Cougars (2-0) and Northwestern State (20). Meanwhile. On Saturday, the Jaguars will celebrate the 1993-94 championship team that won the crown, with a ceremony before their game against Prairie View (1-1), who’s head coach was listed on the 93’-94’ Jaguars, defensive back Heish Northern. “I think it’s a great idea,” Northern told reporters during SWAC’s weekly football conference. That’s gone be fine and dandy for everyone else, but I’m here to win a football game for Prairie View.” The Jaguars haven’t won SWAC since 2003, a decade ago. That team featured 11 All-conference members, which included the league’s offensive, defensive, and freshman player of the year, quarterback Quincy Richard, defensive back Lenny Williams, and Jarmaul George. The 93’ team featured seven members, including defensive MVP Sean Wallace, who was drafted by the Arizona Cardinals in the 94’ NFL draft. “We’ve heard from about between 30-40 members from that team,” Southern athletic director William Broussard announced Tuesday.

At the time, Pete Richardson coached SU, whose tenure ended in 2009. The team defeated South Carolina State 11-0 in the Heritage Bowl in front of 36,128 fans packed inside the Georgia Dome. “It’s going to be great, getting a chance to see Richardson and some of my teammates,” Northern said. In that season, Richardson led Southern to an 11-1 record and won coach of the year. He came in and gave the team an attitude adjustment after four straight losing seasons. SU’s defense ranked second in Division I-AA, allowing 253 yards per game. The Jaguars also ranked third in scoring defense (allowing 12.9 ppg) and ninth in rushing yardage allowed (109 ypg). Lately, the Jaguars have been unable to duplicate the formula. Shortly after Richardson’s tenure, former Cardinal running back Stump Mitchell became coach. He was reassigned after two seasons. Last season, SU announced defensive coordinator Dawson Odums interim head coach after the second game, finishing 4-7. Odums added that he hasn’t spoke with any of the members for the 93’ team, but had a chance to speak with Northern at the 2013 SWAC media day. “I understand he was apart of this program,” Odums said. “It’s football. We talked about film exchanged and making sure those things are in order, but other than that, he trying to get his team ready and I’m trying to do the same thing.”


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Thrifting:

“The New Normal” Meagan L. Williams The Southern Digest

College students are always looking for different ways to save and successfully invest money during their college careers. The “new normal” for some college students is shopping at local thrift stores, in hopes to add a vintage flare to their wardrobe. Approximately 68 pounds of clothing are discarded each year and 20% of these items go to your local thrift store. Thrift stores such as the GoodWill, Dirt Cheap and America’s Thrift Store provide services that can cater to any college student looking to shop at thrift stores. Not only can the thrift store be utilized to find clothing, but there are also a variety of shoes, home décor, luggage, books, video games, accessories, and furniture available. For the student who has too many clothes in their closet that aren’t being worn, the thrift store is a great place to donate gently used clothes. In addition to donating, tax forms are also available for deductions.

For the student who wants to find great bargain prices on jeans and other common apparel, the thrift store has a variety of brands available. Darnisha Dunn, a junior Education major said,“ I shop at the thrift store because it’s cheap and affordable. I never spend over $6 on any single item.” Other savvy shoppers like Dunn often set prices on their thrift experience. The most common way to shop at a thrift store is to go in with a game plan. A person can easily go into a thrift store and overspend, so it’s a good idea to have a shopping list. Thrift stores such as America’s Thrift, located in the Cortana shopping center, offers additional discounts everyday of the week. Each item is tagged with a specific color. When customers enter the store, two colors are displayed on a wall, and an additional percentage is taken off of the tagged price. “Thrift shopping is taking used goods from someone that placed them in a thrift store, bought by someone else, and made into something new,” junior Apparel

PHOTO BY Meagan L. Williams/Digest Junior Fashion Apparel and Merchandising Major, Sage Edgerson heads to class from Smith-Brown Student Union Merchandising and Textiles major Sage Edgerson said. Shopping at thrift stores, or “thrifting,” is a common way for the creative individual to personalize their new items. For example, creating a pair of distressed, bleached jeans or turning a sweater into a tank top can be creative yet affordable ways for any college student to revamp their closet by visiting the thrift store. Thrift store finds can be the best way to diversify a wardrobe. The probability of finding two of a kind

in a thrift store is very unlikely, so for students who are keen on originality “thrifting” would be a great option for you. With reoccurring fads and styles from the 1990’s resurfacing, it can be a fun experience to find clothes from the 1960’s while thrift shopping. Keeping an open mind can better the thrifting experience by looking into different styles such as high wasted pants, crop tops and patterned clothing.

Janelle Monae: The Electric Lady Courtney Jacobs

The Southern Digest One of the most anticipated albums of 2013 is Janelle Monae’s The Electric Lady, which was officially released on Tuesday, September 10. According to Biography.com, Monae was born in Kansas City, Kansas on December 1st, 1985. In 2001 she moved to Atlanta, Georgia, where she met Big Boi of OutKast. She was featured on several of their tracks, and eventually got noticed by Sean Combs. He signed her to his label, Bad Boy Records in 2006. She eventually founded her own record label called the Wondaland Arts Society. In 2003, she released her first EP titled The Audition. It didn’t do very well on the billboard charts but it still showcased her vocal abilities as well as her unique concept called Metropolis that would eventually show up on future releases. In 2007, Monae released her first solo work, Metropolis: Suite I (The Chase), which is a part of a seven suite concept series. Suites two and three were released in her first studio album, The ArchAndroid (on May 18, 2010), which tells the story of Monae’s alter ego— who is an android—named Cindi Mayweather. Cindi is also the protagonist of Metropolis: Suite I

(The Chase).

Suites four and five are revealed in The Electric Lady, which presents itself in a more plainspoken, personal territory in addition to experimenting with different genres. While “The ArchAndroid” touches on genres such as hip hop, folk, electropop, glam rock, and classical, The Electric Lady focuses more on funk and soul genres such as jazz, pop punk and even gospel, along with sensual and riveting vocal ballads and duets with artists such as Miguel and the magnificent Erykah Badu. Thematically, The Electric Lady continues the story of the android, Cindi Mayweather, who was introduced in its predecessors. The title of the album was inspired by a painting that Monae would always paint while she was on tour: a woman’s silhouette represented with the words “the electric lady.” “The music is rebellious, it is of love, of unity, it’s innovative, and it has new concepts that has new ideas and that tells universal stories in unforgettable ways. I didn’t want to repeat anything,” said Monae in an interview with NMETV. The album starts with a sort of Cowboy Bebop/orchestral sound with “Suite IV Electric Overture”, that sends you into

(AP Photo/Bad Boy) This CD cover image released by Bad Boy shows “The Electric Lady, ” a new release by Janelle Monae.

the utopian cyborg world. It then blends into the second track, titled “Givin Em’What They Love”, that features the androgynous music icon Prince. He and Monae both use their rebellious vocals and Prince ties it all together with his signature guitar riffs and melodies. The album is coming to a close and Monae has taken her listeners on a thematic and vocal journey. Monae closes the album with “What An Experience”, a smooth track that sort of looks back on Cindi Mayweather’s journey so far. Even though

it’s as if the journey is over and she has given up, the concept series is not yet complete. There are two more suites to go, and it’s unknown what Monae will do next. “The Electric Lady” will feed it’s listeners soul with confidence to be themselves and to give them a voice they may have not had, and to rebel against control, which may not necessarily be a bad thing.

For the traditional student, the thrift store offers a variety of dressy casual options from buttoned down collared shirts, to khaki pants and slacks. Not all thrift stores provide dressing rooms so it is very important to know your pant, dress, skirt, shirt, or shoes size to make a beneficial experience.


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“Q&A”with John Legend Ryan Pearson

AP Entertainment Writer LOS ANGELES — John Legend has one more thing to do before launching his fall tour: get married. The 34-year-old R&B singer is engaged to 27-year-old model Chrissy Teigen, the subject of most of the romantic songs that make up his new album, “Love in the Future,” released last week. The wedding will be some time before he kicks off his tour Oct. 20 in Mashantucket, Conn., and marks a turning point for the piano-playing crooner, who since 2004’s “Get Lifted” has been crafting songs about hook-ups, cheating and heartbreak as well as long-term commitment. Appropriately, the nine-time Grammy winner’s latest takes an overall more optimistic perspective on affairs of the heart, so much so that he says he’s already considering how married life will affect his writing: “My fans probably don’t want to listen to everything being awesome all the time.” Legend reconnected with longtime collaborator Kanye West for his fourth solo album, which includes hip-hop drum patterns and moments of humor the singer credits to West. “I finally got to take the night off, so we can make some little tax writeoffs,” he sings in “Caught Up.”

Legend recently sat down with The Associated Press to talk about fame, stability, wedding plans and international policy. ___ AP: Your fiancee is very witty on Twitter, and you slide some jokes into many of your songs. How important is humor to you? Legend: Chrissy is hilarious and I’m a big comedy fan. We go to comedy clubs ... I wish I was funnier myself ... I surround myself with people who are different from me. Obviously, people always ask me, ‘How are you and Chrissy together?” And then people also ask me, ‘How are you and Kanye working together for so many years because you’re so different?’ But I think I gravitate toward people that are a little more outrageous than I am. And we complement each other well. AP: Do you want Kanye-level fame? Legend: I want Kanye-level success. I don’t think I’m craving any more fame. But success and being recognized for making great work all around the world, I think it’s a great thing. And I’m already not far from there. But Kanye has been a really singular artist that’s made a unique contribution to pop culture, and I respect that and I wouldn’t mind being known for that as well. AP: What’s your vision for your

(AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) In this Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013 photo, singer John Legend poses for photos after an interview, in Los Angeles. Legend’s fourth album, “Love In The Future,” went on sale on Sept. 3, 2013. wedding? What do you want from it? Legend: I’m excited to get married, but I look at it as just a fun party where I want my friends to have a great time. ... I guess we should look good, too, so the pictures come out nice. But other than that, I feel like it’s no pressure. AP: Are you going to sing? Legend: We’ve got a DJ and most of the night, it’ll be a DJ. But we do have a piano set up at dinner. So I’ll probably sing a song or two. And who knows who else will jump on the piano? AP: Some songwriters make their best music when they’re not in a stable relationship. It can also go the other way. Is that something you’ve thought about? Legend: I’ve written some of my better songs about the ups and downs of relationships. ... I’ve thought about, you know, what am I going to do two years from now? ... But I imagine that

we’ll have some ups and downs too, so I’ll tell those stories, too. AP: You’re a supporter of President Barack Obama, but covered several anti-war songs from the 1960s and 1970s on the 2010 album you created with The Roots called “Wake Up!” Are you worried about U.S. military intervention in Syria? Legend: I am not anti-war in general. I am just anti-wars that I think are not a good idea. I didn’t think the Iraq war was a good idea. ... I do understand the impulse to want to punish countries for using chemical weapons. I do understand the humanitarian impulse when you see 100,000 people getting slaughtered ... but we have to be very cautious about getting into another long conflict in the Middle East. ... We know that al-Qaida’s infiltrated the rebel forces in Syria. We know that either way, no matter who wins, there are significant groups

within each side that might not be pro-America. So I think it’s a very difficult decision to involve ourselves militarily in Syria. AP: After doing “Wake Up,” do you wish there was more political pop music today? Legend: Looking at the radio right now, you just hear nothing that’s the least bit socially conscious or aware, and I think artists are doing that because they don’t feel like the fans want to hear it. So what we have to ask ourselves (is), ‘Why don’t the fans want to hear it?’ ... It’s not like there’s nothing going on. We had the war in Iraq, which you could parallel to the war in Vietnam. Perhaps the biggest difference is there’s no draft — because when there was a draft, everyone felt the war.

Six Candidates seek the crown of “Miss Freshman” CANDIDATE #1: ZANA HARRIS Chemistry major from Baton Rouge, stated why she should be chosen to represent the freshman class.“My vision for becoming Miss Freshman 2013-2014 involves helping Miss Southern raise funds for her COPS program.” She went on to say what she would like to do involving the freshman class. “I would also like to create a freshman class Powerade drive for sickle cell anemia, as well as participate in the No Glass Slippers prom shoes giveaway in the spring. I would also like to create events that would help unify our class, such as class roundups as well as campus beautification projects,” said Harris.

CANDIDATE #2: VANITY HAYWARD Chemistry pre-education major from Bunkie, was the next candidate to speak. “I feel that Miss Freshman should be someone who is well known on campus and is ready to serve,” said Hayward. “Miss Freshman is also a representative of the freshman class and I feel that I can be that young lady.”

CANDIDATE #3: LYRIC LONG Mass communications major from Franklinton, was the third candidate to speak. “I aspire to be Miss Freshman because I know that I can handle any task given to me. I have the confidence and poise to represent my class of 2017.”

CANDIDATE #4: TAROLYN OTIS A native of Baton Rouge, was the fourth candidate to present why she wanted to be Miss Freshman. “I care about my class and I want to help my classmates become more involved in the school.”

CANDIDATE #5: SARAH THANNI Biology major from Baton Rouge, was the fifth candidate to present her platform and why she wanted to represent the freshman class as Miss Freshman. “I am the voice, speak on it and you will be heard,” said Thanni. She also stated that she will have projects unifying the freshman class and getting them more involved with the university.

CANDIDATE #6: ALEXUS MOSELY The sixth candidate to speak about her plans and why she wanted to be Miss Freshman. “I believe that it is important for every student to be involved and leave their mark.” Last, but certainly not least, is Kyler Lastie, a civil engineering major from Houston. “I believe that I am well equipped to be our class leader. I will unify our class, implement community service projects, and assist Miss Southern in all of her endeavors to the best of my ability.”

Candidates for Miss Freshman showcased their talents, swimwear, and formal wear during the Miss Freshman Revue last night in the Cotillion Ballroom located in the Smith Brown Memorial Student Union.

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with Caesar Smith Jr.

Here at home We are nearly one month into the semester and the campus has been buzzing with a larger freshmen class, one that that has been the largest in quite some time. That’s great and for good reason. The object of this column is to get one to think critically. The purpose of this publication and the Student Government Association is to serve the student body. A note to students Students at Southern University are no longer home; the choices made now affect those who come here after your tenure is up. Please be advised there are those who really do not mean well. Do not be fooled or tricked into voted or supporting something that cannot be explained or an item(s) that show up on the ballot at the last minute. Often things are not delivered as promised and it is nothing new. Students have more authority within their number to stop any practice that is not beneficial to the body wholly or in part.

Do not be sold a bill of goods Do not allow yourself to be sold a bill of goods by any individual or party. Go to hearings held by the Student Government Association. Ask questions when things do not make sense. Follow up on what you requested. After all, if the position was held by election it was something they petitioned and ran for. At any time there is a question or issue they wish to avoid it should be noted. Our purpose Southern’s Board of Supervisors are to raise funds

to ensure our survival, the administration is to set policy and govern the campus, the faculty and staff should ensure EVERY student matriculates and earns a degree. That is the intended goal. Trouble brewing at LSU There is an investigative series that has been conducted by Sports Ilustrated; one case involves Les Miles’ tenure at Oklahoma State University citing many NCAA violations including cash-for-play schemes and according to The Advocate, “On Friday, the magazine will release a portion reporting that OSU’s hostess program, known as Orange Pride, nearly tripled under Miles’ watch, and that Miles and current OSU coach Mike Gundy “took the unusual step of personally interviewing candidates.” Players told the magazine a small subset of the group had sex with recruits, a potential NCAA violation.”

LSU Board could face jail time for not releasing records District Judge Janice Clark is threatening members of the LSU Board of Supervisors with jail time if they do not immediately comply with her order to publicly release the records from their secret presidential search. Clark’s stern warning came after she said daily $500 fines have failed to grab board members’ attention. A lawyer for LSU said the release should be delayed pending appeal, and releasing the names any sooner would make the appeal moot. But Clark said the appeals court’s only role is to make sure the lower court handled the case properly.

Caesar Smith, Jr. LSU lawyers scramble to reach settlement in public records case Lawyers representing The Advocate, The TimesPicayune and the LSU Board of Supervisors will try to reach a settlement this week in a case brought against the university for failing to disclose the names of candidates who applied to serve as LSU’s president. LSU has repeatedly failed to comply with a court order to overturn the documents, leading District Judge Janice Clark to threaten board members with jail time and to order East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff Sid Gautreaux to seize records associated with LSU’s presidential search. Neither of those efforts have lead to the disclosure of the public records. Following a closeddoor meeting between all parties on Tuesday, lawyers announced that they will work the rest of the week to reach an agreement that would have LSU produce the records to the judge. Affordable Care Act would lower Louisiana’s high HIV and AIDS rates Nearly 19,000 Louisianans live with HIV and AIDS - and the state’s rate of new HIV infections is almost twice the national average. National Minority AIDS Council

director Paul Kawata says part of the high rate is explained by poverty, stigma and homophobia, but “perhaps the most significant factor in the epidemic’s increasing impact on the South, and Louisiana in particular, is the region’s inadequate health care infrastructure and high rates of individuals who lack insurance coverage.” Kawata writes he struggles to understand why states like Louisiana - which ranks sixth in the nation for the percentage of residents without health insurance - are fighting against the Affordable Care Act. “[B]y refusing to implement aspects of the law,” Kawata writes, “these states are actively impeding the ability of their citizens to access much-need insurance coverage.” Special education funding hit hard by new federal sequester cuts The U.S. Department of Education estimates that new a new round of automatic federal budget reductions, called the “sequester,” will cut about $579 million in federal funding for students with certain disabilities. As Stateline reports, Louisiana is expected to lose $9.7 million. The cut means as many as 300,000 students nationwide would see service reductions, unless states and localities can find a way to replace the money. Food for thought 19,000 - The number of Louisianans who are living with HIV or AIDS, twice what it should be given Louisiana’s population. (Source: National Minority AIDS Council)


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