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Martin to open SU series DIGEST NEWS SERVICE

Bethune Hall reopened temporarily after oncampus space filled BY MARY DAVIS DIGEST STAFF WRITER

With enrollment on the rise and budget cuts effecting students campuswide, many students seeking on-campus housing were left with no where to go when they returned at the start of the semester. Southern’s Residential Life department had filled every available room, reaching its limit of 2,200 students before the end of the first week of school. The lack of on-campus space left students seeking other options, at least 50 male students were left without housing and asked to temporarily stay with friends and family. Residential Life reopened Bethune Hall — which has


Residential Life reopened Bethune Hall — which has been closed for two years due to the drop in enrollment — temporarily to assist male students left without a room. University officials said the dormitory should hold up to 140 additional male students.

been closed for two years due to the drop in enrollment — temporarily to assist male students left without a room. University officials said the dormitory should hold up to 140 additional male students. Head resident Lisa Hammond said cable should be installed soon, along with air conditioning units in the lobby to provide comfort of students spending time in Bethune’s lobby. As enrollment rises, it is

imitative to show there is a need for more residential houses. We can’t build a residential hall and it be empty on a long term bases, but be a consistent pattern for on campus living.” Other efforts have also been made by Residential Life to accommodate students and to make campus living more desirable. Boley Hall housed male students last year, but is

agreed that more dormitories need to become available to students seeking on campus residency. Assistant director Morris Anderson said he does not see any new residences being built in the immediate future in the current economic climate. “In order to receive funding for new residential halls, Residential Life has to show a demand for new resident construction,” Anderson said. “We will support the chancellor’s

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SUPD announces 2009-10 traffic rules BY CANDACE EDWARDS DIGEST STAFF WRITER


A Southern University officer directs traffic going down Elton C. Harrison Drive, also known as The Strip

There are various things that students, faculty members and staff members can agree and disagree about when it comes down to Southern University, but one thing that everyone can agreed on is that the parking and traffic laws of the university can become quite aggravating at times. According to the 2009-2010 issue of the Traffic and Parking Regulations and Map that is given to students and faculty members after registering their

vehicles for the year, there are various “do’s and don’ts” that can prevent you from being fined by the police. First and foremost, all vehicles must be registered and parked in their designated zones. Students that commute are to have a red, rectangle shaped 2009-2010 parking permit placed above their inspection sticker in the bottom left hand corner of the front window. Designated parking for commuters is located in the See TRAFFIC page 3

The 2009-10 Chancellor’s Lecture Series kicks off Wednesday with nationally syndicated columnist Roland Martin. Martin will speak at the Royal Cotillion Ballroom of the SmithBrown Memorial Union. The event is scheduled to start at 6 p.m. the event is free and open to the public. Martin, a Houston native, is syndicated with Creators Syndicate. He is a commentator for TV One Cable Network and host of “Washington Watch with Roland Martin, a one-hour Sunday morning news show. He is also a CNN Analyst, appearing on a variety of shows. In October 2008, he joined the Tom Joyner Morning Show as senior analyst. According to Martin’s web site, Ebony MARTIN Magazine listed him as one of the United States’ 150 most influential African-Americans in 2008. He received the 2009 NAACP Image Award for Best Interview for “In Conversation: The Michelle Obama Interview.” He won the award in 2008 in the same category for his interview with then-Sen. Barack Obama. Martin, named one of the top 50 political pundits by the Daily Telegraph in the United Kingdom, was also awarded the 2008 President’s Award by the National Association of Black Journalists for his work in multiple media platforms. In 2008, he was also inducted into the Texas A&M University Journalism Hall of Honor. He has won more than 30 professional awards for journalistic excellence, including a regional Edward R. Murrow Award from the Radio Television News Directors; top reporting honors from NABJ the National Association of Minorities in Cable and the National Associated PressManaging Editors Conference.


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The Southern DIGEST is scheduled to run on the following dates during the Fall Semester: Sept. 11, Sept. 15, Sept. 18, Sept. 22, Sept. 25, Sept. 29, Oct. 9, Oct. 16, Oct. 22, Oct. 27, Nov. 6, Nov. 10, Nov. 20 and Dec. 1. ULL SPIRIT BUS TICKETS

Get your bus tickets to the first football game of the season as the Jaguars face the Ragin’ Cajuns in Lafayette Saturday, Sept. 5. Seats are approximately $40. Fifty seats are available on a first come, first served basis. Sign up for the trip in Suite 227 of the Smith-Brown Memorial Union. “THE BLUFF” ONLINE RADIO STATION

Would you like to enhance your radio skills either on or behind the scenes? The Mass Communications Department is providing the opportunity to all students, regardless of major, to apply to work at their online radio station called “The Bluff.” Some of the positions available include station manager, program director,


The Carter G. Woodson Historical Society, also known as the Black History Club, will have its first organizational meeting Wednesday, Sept. 9 in Room 119 Higgins Hall at 4 p.m. The organization is open to all majors and freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors are strongly encouraged to attend. Office seats are available, join to vote or be elected. For more information call 337.990.2534. INSURANCE LICENSING COURSES

SU’s Division of Continuing Education and College of Business will sponsor insurance licensing courses on the Baton Rouge campus. The courses, which are open to anyone interested in becoming a licensed insurance agent, will include continuing learning classes for those who are already licensed. Registration is ongoing for the classes. The





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starting date for the class will be determined at the end of registration. For more information about the courses or registration, call 225.771.2613.

The league will begin play on Monday, Sept. 14. Intramural aerobics is offered each Monday and Thursday in the Moore Auditorium. Class begins at 7 p.m. Aerobics is free to all SU students, faculty and TYRUS THOMAS INC. Tyrus Thomas Inc. staff. is looking for volunteer tutors to tutor 9th-grade STEP OFF NATIONAL math, science, English COMPETITION and foreign languages The national Pan-Hellenic Mondays and Wednesdays council organizations from 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Those has partner with sprite interested in volunteering to launch the largest please attend the volunteer stepping competition ever. and mentor informational Featuring 30 events in over Wednesday, Sept. 9 at 20 cities, with the largest 6:30 p.m. at the McKinley combined stepping prize High Alumni Center, pool in history with $1.5 located at 1520 Thomas million in scholarships up H. Delpit Drive. for grabs. The Sprite step TTI is also accepting off qualifying rounds will applications for an assistant begin in September, those coordinator for the Youth organizations who qualify Retention Program will have an opportunity to C.A.T.C.H. Login to advance to the national finals in January 2010 in Atlanta. to secure an application. A For more information visit resume must accompany all applications for this position. Completed apSEPT. 28 plications and resumes should be mailed to Tyrus Thomas Inc., HONDA CAMPUS ALL-STAR ATTN: C.A.T.C.H. Jobs; CHALLENGE 1520 Thomas H. Delpit Student applications for Drive, Suite 224; Baton the 2009 Honda Campus Rouge, LA 70802. The All-Star Challenge’s deadline for applications campus competition are is Wednesday, Sept. 9. being accepted now until Monday, Sept. 28 at 5 p.m. The campus tournament SEPT. 10 will be held Wednesday, Sept. 30 at the SmithINTRAMURAL SPORTS UPDATE Brown Memorial Union. Registration for men Participants in the campus and women intramural competition are eligible flag football league play to be selected to represent is open for SU students Southern University in the until Thursday, Sept. 10. 2010 Honda Campus AllRegister in J.B. Moore Star Challenge National Hall Auditorium or the Championship Tournament. Student Union Game For more information, Room in Mr. Jones’ office. contact the Honors College at 771.4845 or go to www.



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BETHUNE from page 1 currently being used to house female students. Anderson says a bed was removed from each room to create a more private setting in Boley, a decision in hopes to entice students to move into the dorm. Though Boley Hall will remain open, the status of her brother dormitory — John Sebastian Jones Hall—remains unknown. Another male dormitory, Bradford Hall, is expected to be reopened Fall 2010. “When they give me Bradford back, two more will be needed in addition, to avoid housing problems in the future,” Anderson said. “My statement to administration or whomever is taking the residential hall for repair is, when you take down one you can’t just give me one back but you must give me two resident halls in order to take one back.” Students must re-apply for housing annually because contracts are only good for one year, officials said. Priority deadlines will remain the same each semester until further notice. Students seeking housing for Fall 2010 should fill out an application no later than Dec. 20. Students currently housed do not have to reapply for Spring 2010, but those who are not currently housed have until Nov. 1 to apply for the spring. The Summer 2010 deadline is May 1. All students looking to move off campus must cancel their housing as early as

possible. Confirmations on room assignments will be sent electronically to student e-mail accounts starting Fall 2010. “We are trying to get out of the paper business and will do a test run this summer of sending confirmations to student’s email accounts,” Anderson said. On-campus room inspections are expected to begin in the upcoming week, Anderson said, and will be conducted monthly in the University Apartments and weekly in all other dormitories. “Room inspections are necessary to inspect rooms for safety, policy and we want to make sure we are checking on our students as well; not just to make sure rooms are clean,” Anderson said. “We do want the rooms to be maintained properly. We want to make sure rules and regulations are followed and that students are not sick.” Students either living in or interested in living in University Apartments asked questions regarding purchasing meal plans when the apartments are equipped with stove tops for student use. Anderson said Southern’s food service contract requires all on-campus student pay for a meal plan. Another area of student concerns is not on the radar of Residential Life at this moment. “At this time there is no plan on the agenda to make them coed,” Anderson said. “We have to put a proposal together and it is not feasible at this time.”

TRAFFIC from page 1 parking lots of the F.G. Clark Activity Center, A.W. Mumford Stadium (side across from Southern Lab), and the parking lot on the corner of B.A. Little Drive and Jesse N. Stone Ave. (behind the University Police Station/ diagonally across from T.T. Allain). The parking permits for those that reside on campus are similar; however; the colors of the stickers vary, depending on the area that the dormitory is located in. For students that reside north of campus, the permit is purple. To be classified as a student that resides in housing on the north of campus, you must reside in either Shade, Toddy, Carroll, Octavia, Moore or Satterwhite Halls or in the Millennium Apartments. Parking is available around the grounds of the residential areas. For students that reside south of campus, the permits are green and rectangle shaped with the same information as the other permits. To be classified as a resident of south campus, you must reside in either: Washington, Bethune, White, Reed, Bradford, Owens or Grandison halls. Parking is

available for these students on the opposite side of A.W. Mumford Stadium (across from the Office of Student Financial Aid), next door to Bethune Hall, next door to Bradford Hall, behind Bethune Hall and in the old Reflections bookstore parking lot. In order for a residential student to register his or her vehicle, they must have achieved a minimum of 24 credit hours. Only one permit may be issued to a student residing on campus. All other parking is reserved for faculty or staff, handicap or visitors. Faculty and staff are to have their yellow hangtags on their rearview mirror and are to park in their designated parking areas. Visitors should register with the police station before parking to receive a visitor tag. This will ensure that he or she will not be fined. Besides parking violations, there are other ways to be fined. Things such as driving on a restricted street or lawn/ sidewalk or even driving the wrong way on an one-way street can lead you to being fined.

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Prices not bookstore’s fault BY TREVOR JAMES DIGEST STAFF WRITER


Members of the media gather outside Forest Lawn Memorial Park on Thursday. Michael Jackson is scheduled to be interred in the Great Mausoleum, where he will be joining Hollywood legends such as Clark Gable, Jean Harlow and W.C. Fields.

Jackson laid to rest GLENDALE, Calif. (AP)— Michael Jackson was mourned by his family and celebrities including Elizabeth Taylor, Barry Bonds and Macaulay Culkin at a private funeral service held Thursday night outside the elaborate mausoleum where the King of Pop will be entombed. The funeral began about an hour and a half late because of the tardy arrival of his parents, Joe and Katherine, and other family members. They included the singer’s three children, Prince Michael, 12, Paris Michael, 10, and Prince Michael

II, 7, known as Blanket. The invitation notice indicated the service would begin promptly at 7 p.m.; it began closer to 8:30. The 77-year-old Taylor and about 200 other mourners were left waiting in the late summer heat, with the temperature stuck at 90 degrees just before sunset. Some mourners fanned themselves with programs for the service at Forest Lawn Glendale. A vivid orange moon, a mark of the devastating wildfire about 10 miles distant, hung over the cemetery.

Most, if not every student has found him or herself upset at the bookstore for a multitude of reasons. High prices or not having a much needed book in stock, long lines or being forced to purchase package materials when only one may be needed are just a few. Immediately everyone looks to the employees for answers to these critical issues. John Dyar, store manager of the SU bookstore, stated that although they sell the books it’s the publisher who decides the price of these materials. Dyar also adds that despite the fact that the bookstore sells the materials they cannot control how quickly they are sold and how quickly the publishers print or send in more of the materials. This semester lines may have seemed particularly long and that was because this fall was the first time students could use book vouchers for purchases. “A lot more people purchased books this time (people) that otherwise wouldn’t have,” Dyar said. “One way in the future to avoid the lines is to order your books

online at Southern University’s bookstore website, www.bkstr. com. You won’t have to stand in line because those books get priority.” Dyar stated. Another student concern is the low refund money received at BuyBack, an end of semester return textbook policy that allows students to have their used textbooks bought back by the bookstore. Many students report receiving only a fraction of the original cost of the book, a much lower price than what the books were originally purchased at. According to Dyar a way to increase the value on BuyBack books is to make sure the instructors adopt the same book for the following year. Another thing that will help with textbook costs is the Higher Education Opportunity Act, Dyar said. Although the textbook revisions will not be implemented until July 2010, the bill requires publishers to work harder to provide instructors with more information and better options, resulting in lower prices for students. Regardless of problems students face at the bookstore, SU’s Bookstore should not be looked at negatively. “We are

here to serve the students.” Dyar said. They are looking for ways to save students money. A perfect example is e-textbooks. Textbooks that are in an online format that allow the user to take notes, highlight, and share the information they collected with other users. Students can make use of this program to access notes from their classmates or from a certain study group that they are apart of. With this program there is no need to worry about those over sleepers who borrow books. The bookstore has expanded their selection and now has dorm room supplies and makeup. Students can receive a free sample of the make-up products on Sept. 18. The providers of the products will be coming in and supplying a free makeover for any young lady that desires one. Students can help the bookstore give back by purchasing 2009’s “The Shirt”. “With every shirt that we sell 10 percent of the proceeds go to athletics, 10 percent to student programs, which can be divided up into smaller groups that need money, and five percent goes to alumni,” Dyar said. “We’re just trying to help people.”

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Jags ready to get answers against ULL S AT URDAY

6 p.m. Cajun Field

By larry yoUng

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southern head football coach Pete richardson addresses members of the media during wednesday’s press conference. richardson opens his 17th season with the jags saturday at UL-Lafayette.

As Saturday’s season opener against UL-Lafayette nears, Pete Richardson is getting back to being his normal self. At Wednesday’s press conference Richardson walked with pep in his step. The gleam in his eyes that’s been there his last 16-years on the Bluff was there. As usual he used the word individual, and yes, though he’s still business like, he even found time to smile. After all, Richardson has a lot

Keys to Victory • Stop the run • Protect the ball • Establish run game Ice Cold richardson said Lee missed practice sunday due to the sniffles and rB Brian threat missed a few days with a cold.

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UL-Lafayette (0-0) to smile about these days. His Jaguars return undoubtedly the SWAC’s most lethal duo in conference firstteamers QB Bryant Lee and WR Juamorris Stewart. For the first time in three years there is depth on the offensive line and the stable of wide outs is plentiful, the running backs are deep also. The unanswered question: defensive line. Last season, even with a seniorSee su-ull page 6

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Key Moves warren Matthews slides from quarterback to tight end, while gary chatman has moved from linebacker to strong safety. richardson said Matthews’ move was made in an attempt to get the best athletes on the field. “that’s working out well for us because he’s able to make us more explosive offensively,” richardson said. “He’s too good of an athlete to be sitting back and not have an opportunity to play.” Sleepers curry allen (wr), richard wilson (wr), jordan Miller (dL), Brandon rice (rB) Firsts sU will play its first-ever thursday night game at home against Prairie view Oct. 22. the jags also have a game after the Bayou classic that’s not the swac championship. sU and texas southern will play in reliant stadium in Houston on dec. 5. New teams sU has central state and fort valley state on its schedule. according to the college football data warehouse, the games will be the first meeting between the jaguars and the schools in nearly 60 years. sU is 2-0 against central state, winning two games over the Mauraders in 1949 and 1950. csU comes to Baton rouge next week for the jags’ home opener. sU only played fort valley once, defeating fvsU in the 1947 yam Bowl in dallas. the wildcats come to Baton rouge Oct. 17 as sU’s homecoming opponent.

By rosalinda clay digest staff writer

The sun is shining, the birds are chirping, and blue and gold are the only colors that mattered on Fan Day. An experience above and beyond all other experiences that unites fans across the world in a fashion like no other. It is on this day when fans learn the true meaning of “Going All Out.” When it comes to football and Southern University, the Jaguar Nation usually shows up and shows out. Today players come out to meet the ever-loving audience that is in


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fans wait in line to get autographs from southern quarterback Bryant Lee and wide receiver juamorris stewart during sU fan day at the f.g. clark activity center. the duo is receiving national attention for their play heading into their final season together.

Notes there will be a pregame handshake between the teams before the coin toss. Beer will be sold at cajun field.

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Honore: ‘No ill will’ towards SU By rosalinda clay digest Staff writer

Barry Honore — an Oklahoma-born, Dallas-bred junior — was an accomplished Southern men’s basketball player. Honore originally committed to attending Oral Roberts University while in high school at South Garland High School. When the contract fell through, he committed to SU. He attended Southern for two years before deciding to transfer to Oklahoma University this summer. “Okalahoma actually pursued me in high school also,” Honore said about making his decision to engage in higher education, “but my family and

I determined that Southern would be a better fit. Besides, a lot of my family are alumnus of this great institution.” Honore has two seasons of eligibility left, but will have to sit out next season under the NCAA’s transfer rules. Honore will be a walk-on for head coach Jeff Capel’s Sooner squad. Honore’s father played basketball at the University of Central Oklahoma. The final move to Oklahoma was a natural decision, with the help of his family. He is now closer to his grandmother, aunt, uncle, and only two hours from his home. Before he had a six-hour drive to endure being in Baton Rouge. “It was just a better move

for me.” Honore said. “I have no ill-will towards the Jaguar Nation, in fact I miss it. I miss my friends.” Some of those friends in fact were fellow teammates—seniors Douglas Scott and Brandon White. “Man, it was bittersweet when I found out (Honore) was going to be leaving this summer. I mean I know he’s trying to make it to that new level, and maybe being at Okalahoma will give him a better opportunity.” Scott said. “I was looking forward to playing with him this coming year, us hanging out, completing our college experience together, and possibly even receiving that SWAC championship as a team.

But I hope he has a great season there, after all he was like my brother.” “The thing I will miss the most about (Honore) is his personality,” White said. “I mean we were in summer school and when I found out I was truly shocked, surprised even, but I wish him the best, he’s my boy.” It was a shock to many, bittersweet to most, heart wrenching for some, and for others they were simply upset at the loss of Barry Honore to the Jaguar Nation. Honore, the Southwestern Athletic Conference’s freshman of the year in 2007-08, averaged 8.8 points and 4.8 rebounds in his two seasons at SU.

time of mine and my loved ones.” Reginald Norman, a Baton Rouge native, and avid fan of the Jaguar Nation, said. “I love Southern University,” said Karl Franklin, a Houston native who drove four hours to Baton Rouge just to be apart of the fan day experience. “My homeboys and I have been coming down here for years to enjoy the games. It just so happened that this year all of us were able to come down for fan day, something we generally miss due to work schedules. We won’t be able to attend the season opening so fan day at Southern this weekend was kind of our season opener.”

Franklin said. “It was quite uplifting, the turnout was great, and if felt really good to shake hands and sign autographs for fans who have been supporting the Southern football program for ages.” Ted Jones Jr., a junior defensive end said about his experience with the fans on Fan Day. “These are die-hard loyal fans who have amazing stories.” Jones said. Jones talked about the responsibility the football players hold to their fans. “We’re like a representative not just for Southern University but for the Scotlandville community and Baton Rouge

as a whole.” The expectations for the players are high this year, and were especially high the weekend of Fan Day. “We just have to take care of business,” Jones said, “be a sound-minded football team, and execute, execute, execute.” This is the essence of Fan Day. Fusing players and fans alike, all with one common goal: winning and getting each other hyped and motivated for the upcoming games. The road ahead for fans and players alike will be a long one, but Fan Day is about forming a bond that both parties can take with them to future games.

fan day from page 5 the stands with them every weekend ; cheering them on, praying that something magical besides them winning happens. Something besides a great game or making another touchdown. These fans support their team in a fashion like no other. They travel with them and also get to personally meet and encourage them. That is a true fan, and their experience is part of Fan Day. “Because I’m retired 31 years from the school board system, coming to the games is an outlet for me and my family. Supporting Southern University is a favorite past-

su-ull from page 5 laden group, SU had trouble corralling mobile quarterbacks. This year, however, Richardson believes the defensive front is more athletic and won’t have a problem chasing down quarterbacks. “We lost some talent on the defensive line and that was one of the things we were concerned about,” Richardson said. “I think (Don) Holloway, (Dexter) James, (Ted) Jones and (Jordan) Miller have come along fine.” ULL, who returns nine defensive starters, has been bowl eligible three of the last four seasons. The Ragin Cajuns averaged 33.1 points per game last season and 263.7 yards rushing. If the Jaguars hope to stay competitive or have a shot at an upset, they must contain the run. That task will hinge heavily on the newly assembled defensive line. “We’re going against the big boys as they call it,” Richardson said. “Being heavy underdogs will be challenging for us but we’re going to compete.” If the Jaguars compete, like Richardson, in due time will be back to being themselves.

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Are parents getting too tech savvy? SPEAK OUT Is it just me or are parents getting too tech savvy? I’m all for my parents being able to work a computer competently enough to where they wont call me bothering me about how to make the little paperclip get off the screen, but I think they cross the line when they start getting Myspace and Twitter. They don’t see our generation tampering with technology from their time and I have yet to even see an 8-track player in person. Also most online gaming sites are over populated with middle-aged men staying up at all times of the night battling each other on World of Warcraft. Don’t you people have careers or other “grown folks” things to do? I was just out one day minding my own business when I saw a lady in her late 40s playing a game on her iPhone, since when is it cool for them to know how to work an iAnything. Furthermore, why have many

NORMAN DOTSON JR. parents resulted in fussing through a text message, or better yet, why can they text as fast as us. Also why do they get more excited about new technology coming out than their children? Is it because they can afford to buy this stuff with their “real job” money? I have witnessed many parents buying Playstation 3s, mind you not for their children but instead for themselves. It makes no sense to see a grown man with a 401k standing in line outside of Gamestop to buy Guitar Hero 5 and get angry when a little kid buys the last copy. Why cant these parents be more

like their parents – closedminded and unwilling to use a device smaller than 1990s cellphone (you know the ones so big that you have look for a slot to put in a quarter before dialing a number). The world is moving forward in technology this much is true, but when we as a generation do we say “OK dad, stop sending me this forwarded text message telling me to this to 10 other people,” there is nothing wrong with using the old fashion ways of bugging or embarrassing your children so please don’t take our most popular way to talk about you to our friends. There is no need for you to be your child’s friend on Facebook and leaving them messages in their honesty box—they know its you—its just down right wrong to mix the two. The only thing worst than a parent that is tech savvy is one that isn’t but still buys all this stuff and want you teach them how to use. I don’t mind

showing anyone how to use anything but let me do the talking, I spend more time listening to you tell me how to explain this contraption than actually explaining. Do everyone a favor and let the guy at Best Buy show you what to do before you leave the store, its less stressful on our youth. Another thing if you don’t trust my word or the certifiable help provided by the store—read the instructions—that way you won’t have some smart-aleck so-and-so trying to tell you what to do. All in all, its good for parents to know how to function in this ever growing technological age but please respect our boundaries. Stay out off of these social networks and chat rooms, steer clear of these high price games that you won’t share with your children, and please don’t fuss at me through a text message —that’s just rude.

How do you think SU will fare against ULLafayette Saturday?

BY trevor james Digest Photographer

edward rivers plaquemine sophomore civil engineering


“I think Southern is going to win 27-3. Our defense isn’t gonna ULL score.”

antonio thomas shreveport junior criminal justice

“I predict the game is going to end 34-26 thomas Southern with Stewart scoring 3 TDs and Lee scoring 2 TDs.”

jeremy jason new orleans senior mass communications

“Southern will do pretty good under leadership jason of Bryant Lee, But the defense is going to have to step up and execute.”

james eaglin

opelousas sophomore chemistry/ urban forestry


“I have a lot of confidence that he team will be ready, and win 28-21.”


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