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Edwards urges calm as coronavirus case reported in Louisiana


About the Coronavirus: A COVID-19 Update


Volume 74, Issue 5

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Senior Night: Jaguars push past Prairieview



Wellness Among Women

Mid-Term Survival Guide

Jaguar Preview Day: Seeing Life on the Bluff

see News pg.3

see Sports pg. 4

see A&E pg. 9

Diamond Butler

Diamond Butler

see CORONAVIRUS page 3

New & Improved: Understanding Moodle

The Southern Digest

The Southern Digest

The Coronavirus, or COVID-19, is a respiratory disease that started in the city of Wuhan in China and has since spread to approximately 70 international locations, including the United States. According to the Center for Disease Control, the “Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that are common in people and many different species of animals, including camels, cattle, cats, and bats.” As of now, scientists have found that the most common symptoms of the virus, after a two to fourteenday exposure, include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. The virus is spread through close person-to-person contact, and from touching infected objects and surfaces. There have been several cases of the coronavirus showing up in the United States since January 21, 2020. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there have been a total of 164 cases in the United States, between 19 states, with 11 fatalities. Of the 164 cases, 36 cases were “travel-related” infections, 18 were direct “personto-person” infections, leaving 110 cases as “to be determined.” As far as scientists have found there are no vaccines or treatments, but countless tests are being run to create one. Currently, there are no open cases within the state of Louisiana, but officials have started working on identifying and evaluating any suspected cases. Like the rest of Louisiana, Southern University has also begun preparations to help prevent the spread of the virus to students and faculty. According to the Southern University website, “System administration is continuously meeting with respective campus administrators and staff to determine plans for student housing, classes, and workdays in the event of a campus shutdown as a result of further coronavirus impact.” One of the prevention tactics that the administration has put into effect is the cancellation of

see Op. pg. 11

To summarize the forty page packet outlining the Quality Enhancement Plan, the university

The Southern University System recently consolidated Moodle into a single platform that can be seamlessly used across all three campuses. This new version is an overall improvement in almost every way when compared to the old version, however, the launch of the new site has brought along with it confusion, some being due to the software but more times than not being due to the user. Prior to the new, consolidated Banner and Moodle systems, each campus had its own completely independent system. The goal of combining all of the campus’ systems together was to save costs for the entire Southern system, as well as making the login and password management easier for the New Orleans and Shreveport campuses. At these schools, the independent systems forced students and faculty to remember up to six different usernames and passwords. Many Jags claim that their login information is not working, or that they have forgotten their password. This new Moodle has a new login to go along with it as well as a new email, written as the user’s firstname.lastname@ sus.edu. It was created based on many students’ attributes in the Banner System. According to the DoIt Help Desk, “Any issues with the mySUlogin credential or using the wrong credential such as SUBR email account can prevent a student from accessing the platform. We are also seeing instances where students are changing their mySUlogin under the Email Preferences in Banner, which in turn prevents them from logging into Moodle.” A tool that was created to help with Moodle login is the lookup page, located on the main Moodle landing page. Even though some students are expecting problems with the website and app, the DoIT department plans on making the experience of using Moodle more efficient for future usage. Dr. Gabriel Fagbeyiro, Associate Vice President & Chief Information Officer states that “...we recently put a mechanism in place to prevent students from

See QEP page 3

See MOODLE page 3

High--School Seniors sign up to receive information on the College of Business during Jaguar Preview Day on March 7 in F.G.Clark Activity center. (Kiyanna Givens/DIGEST)

Kiyanna Givens

The Southern Digest

Southern University’s Office of Admissions and Recruitment hosted the biannual Jaguar Preview Day at the F.G. Clark Activity Center on Saturday, March 7. The one-day event is geared towards giving graduating

Journey to Achieve Greater Success, QEPS for Short

high school seniors a transparent display of life and education at Southern University. The morning began with check-in for the visiting high schoolers. The students then had the opportunity to take “Jag Spirit” pictures with a small group of Southern University Cheerleaders before

getting guided campus tours from Southern University Jag Ambassadors. As the tours cycled, the remaining visitors met with officials, staff, and students from different departments and majors inside the Activity Center. Student-led organizations, See PREVIEW page 3

Dante Davis

The Southern Digest

Southern University recently released details regarding its Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP). The QEP was developed in order to remain compliant with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, SACS for short, which is the institute responsible for determining whether or not Southern University remains accredited. In the past, all three of Southern University’s campuses have faced accreditation problems, so rather than being reactive, Southern


University administration is attempting to be proactive in its approach to how it is implementing its Quality Enhancement Plan.


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Sun., Mar. 1 ~ 1pm vs Arkansas-Pine BLuff Lee-Hines Field

SU 1 Card If you have completed the registration process and have not received your Southern University ID “SU1 Card”, please follow the attached instructions to obtain your card. Only first time students, transfers and returning students who require an ID at this time should complete the SU1 Card ID Form. The ID office is currently located in J.B. Moore Hall.

Reaccredited by the International Accreditation of Counseling Services (IACS), the UCC offers individual, couples counseling, psychological evaluations, medication management, referrals, and consultation to the greater campus community. For more information, call them at 225-7712480, or visit them at their office M-F from 8am - 5pm (located next to the Student Health Center)

MEN’S BASKETBALL Tue., Mar. 10 ~ 7:30pm vs. Alabama State F.G. Clark Activity Center

FOOD PANTRY SU students are able to visit the Jaguar Eats food pantry located next to the computer lab in the Smith-Brown Memorial Student Union every Mon, Wed, and Fri from 4:00pm-8:00pm to receive free food items. Student IDs must be present.

CENTER FOR STUDENT SUCCESS Free peer tutoring is available in Pinchback Hall, T.T. Allain Hall, and James Hall. For more information, contact Lindsey Butler at lindsey_butler@subr.edu or by calling 225-771-4312.

Sat., Feb. 22 ~ 9am vs Mississippi Valley State

RETOOL YOUR SCHOOL Voting is open to help our campus win a $50K campus improvement grant. You may vote as many times at, https://retoolyourschool.com/ vote. #SouthernU_RYS20 #HomeDepotRetool #WeAreSouthern SCHOOL OF NURSING The SUSON will be holding its annual WIC clinic weekly, Mon - Fri from 9am - 3:30pm in the nursing building. For more information or to set up an appointment, contact the clinic at (225) - 771 - 3324. UNIVERSITY COUNSELING CENTER

CAMPHOR MEMORIAL UMC Wesley Foundation Bible Study, Fellowship, Food and Fun! Join Pastor Elenora M. Cushenberry and Camphor Memorial United Methodist Church every Wednesday at 5:30 pm at the Wesley Foundation. ALL students are welcome! Please call (225) 7754106 for more information! JAGUAR ATHLETICS (AS OF 2/18) BASEBALL Tue., Mar. 10 ~ 5pm vs UNO Baton Rouge, LA Fri., Feb. 28 ~ 3pm Sat., Feb. 29 ~ 2pm

TENNIS Fri., Mar. 11 ~ 9am vs Middle Tennesse State *SWAC Pod 2* Montgomery, AL

Sun., Feb. 23 ~ 9am vs Alabama A&M Fri., Feb. 28 ~ 3pm vs Jackson State SOFTBALL Wed., Mar. 11 ~ 6pm vs North Alabama Huntsville, AL Fri., Mar. 13 ~ 12pm & 2pm Sat., Mar. 14 ~ 11:30am vs. Alabama A&M WOMEN’S BASKETBALL Tue., Mar. 10 ~ 5:30pm vs. Prarie View A&M F.G. Clark Activity Center TRACK & FIELD Tue., Mar. 10 ~ 5:30pm vs. McNeese State F.G. Clark Activity Center

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Edwards urges calm as coronavirus case reported in Louisiana Melinda Deslatte

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BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A Louisiana resident has tested positive for the new coronavirus and is being kept in isolation in a New Orleans hospital, Gov. John Bel Edwards said Monday, as the state joins nearly three dozen others reporting cases of the disease caused by the virus. Edwards said the patient is a resident of the New Orleans suburb of Jefferson Parish, but he offered no details about the patient’s background or how the person may have contracted the virus. The patient’s positive test results were being sent to the QEP from page 1 is making a more concerted effort to help first-time freshman adapt to college better. The pass/fail rate for courses taken almost exclusively by first-time freshman shows a staggeringly high percentage of those students failing. Courses such as Math 135, Pre-Calculus, and Biology 104, General Biology, are the worst offenders with as much as seventy-seven percent of students failing the course. The QEP is intended to address this issue as well as increase the amount of academic support all students have, “[the QEP] was created to serve as a platform to achieve greater success in gateway courses inclusive of Developmental English, Mathematics and Biology… Incoming freshman will truly benefit from the QEP and course redesign due to its ability to not only change the way the curriculum is taught,” said Executive Director of First and Second Year Experience, Zackeus D. Johnson. The Quality Enhancement Plan calls for an overhaul of the tutoring department on campus on two fronts: facilities and personnel and training. In order to ensure enough space to accommodate the expected demand increase, the department recently opened a writing center on the second floor of John B. Cade Library and has plans to open a new tutoring center in T.T Allen next fall alongside the old tutoring center in Stewart Hall. In conjunction with the space accommodation, the number of tutors is also expected to increase with graduate students being hired to help fill subject vacancies, ” We will mostly utilize our graduate tutors to tutor [subjects lacking undergraduate tutors]. Additionally, we are collaborating with the professors to offer study groups [for subjects such as Chemistry 132, General

Centers for Disease Control for final confirmation. The governor said confirmation may take several days, though he added: “We are confident in the result of our test.” Edwards told lawmakers about the case Monday afternoon as Louisiana’s legislative session opened. He said people “must take action individually” to help prevent the spread of the virus. But he also urged calm. “Now is the time for seriousness. There is no place for panic or hysteria,” the Democratic governor told a joint gathering of the House and Senate. For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms, such Chemistry],” said Executive Director of Center for Student Success, La’Trina Collins. Drawing inspiration from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, the Quality Enhancement Plan calls for the implementation of a peer-led tutoring method called “supplemental instruction.” Rather than students going to one of the centers and getting help from a tutor, the tutor sits in on classes from day one and leads weekly, group study sessions and traditional, one-on-one tutoring as needed, with the idea being that tutors would be able to better assist students by taking the class alongside the students. The success of the QEP, ultimately, depends on how well it can market itself. According to the QEP, focus groups revealed that the majority of students and faculty are unaware of many resources offered by the university, including the tutor center. As such, the QEP also includes a marketing campaign to get the word out to students and faculty but, as it is not very detailed or extensive, it is too soon to say whether or not it will be effective, “The university] needs to do a better job making sure students get help, and it starts by making sure that the students know where to go to get help,” said sophomore, business marketing major Safari Thompson.


as fever and cough. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia. The vast majority of people recover from the new virus. According to the World Health Organization, people with mild illness recover in about two weeks, while those with more severe illness may take three to six weeks to recover. In mainland China, where the virus first exploded, more than 80,000 people have been diagnosed and more than 58,000 have so far recovered. Louisiana’s governor was meeting Monday evening with health care officials, including hospital and nursing

home representatives, to talk about ongoing emergency preparedness and response work. “While today is the first time that we can confirm that we have a presumptive positive coronavirus case, Louisiana has been preparing for this moment for many weeks,” Edwards said. The state’s public health office has started an investigation, he said, to determine which people have been in close contact with the patient, the risk of spread and the possible need to quarantine people. “The CDC still believes the risk to the general public is low, but we will work quickly and decisively to assess the risk to those around this patient,” Edwards said.


CORONAVIRUS from page 1 all International Travel and Study Abroad programs. Students and faculty are encouraged to consult university officials for travel advice per the CDC, in an open letter from the Southern University President Chancellor, Ray L. Belton. If a student or faculty member travels to any level 1 or 2 classified country should self-monitor his/her health for 14 days upon return to the United States and those traveling to a level 3 or 4 country should “not report to campus unless they have remained asymptomatic for the entire 14day period. This recommendation also includes any individual with known contact with a CDC confirmed COVID-19 case or MOODLE from page 3 accidentally changing their mySUlogin and Campus email addresses in the Banner system. We hope these measures along with continued education will alleviate the issues. We welcome students to contact the DoIT Help Desk for assistance.” Southern University students can access the app, mySUlogin by downloading it from the

Department of Health Person Under Investigation for possible COVID-19 disease.” For more information on what Southern University administration plans on doing about the spread of the novel Coronavirus, there will be an information session presented by the Southern University College of Nursing and Allied Health, and the Southern University System Foundation on March 10 at noon in the Valdry Center for Philanthropy building located near campus. This session will feature updates presented by Dr. Dawn Marcelle of the Louisiana Department of Health’s Office of Public Health. To help prevent the spread of the virus, please wash your hands and keep your everyday items clean. Apple Store or Google Play. If any Southern University student is still experiencing trouble with their Moodle login or with accessing the app, they can contact the DoIT Help Desk. They can either go to J. B. Moore Hall or call the desk at 225-771HELP (4357) and report any issues they may be having and get assistance.

Tuesday, March 10, 2020 - Page 3 PREVIEW DAY from page 1

Greek life, and various colleges and departments from around campus were also in attendance to set up interest booths inside the Activity Center. The booths provided an opportunity for the prospective students to hear from current Southern University students that were involved in a wide range of different organizations and departments. Afterwards, the students were treated to a pep rally where they were given a preview of several jaguar traditions like the SU Shuffle, performed by Southern University’s Royal Court and the Human Jukebox. The Human Jukebox also performed alongside Southern University’s Code Blue Stomp and Shake team. “The team excelled and enjoyed themselves while performing for the high school students. This definitely boosted their confidence and opened their eyes to many things,” said president and founder of the Code Blue Stomp and Shake Team, Justin Plummer. Both students, prospective and current, and administration felt that the event was a success with Nicollette Johnson, an employee of the Southern University Office of Admissions and Recruitment, stating that “Jaguar Preview was a complete success. Leading up to the event we had plenty of meetings, a few obstacles, but with teamwork and communication, the event was successful. With a hundred eighty students, which is big for a spring preview day, I expected the day to be a little hectic, but everyone came together and made Spring Jaguar Preview Day 2020 perfect.” One graduating high school senior, Alexcia Smith from Alexandria Sr. High School, particularly enjoyed her time at preview day. “My overall experience with Jaguar Preview Day was amazing! It felt like home to me. I loved how everyone was welcoming and warm-hearted. I can’t wait to attend in the fall.” The event was capped off by an appearance by the baseball team and tickets for the men’s and women’s basketball games that evening against Prairie View. This event served the perfect amount of pride, legacy, and tradition and displayed who Southern University is and what the institution represents.

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Relentless: Southern outlasts Northwestern State in home opener

Evan Funchess

The Southern Digest

On Thursday night Southern played their first home game of the season against Northwestern State. Going into the game, Southern had just come off a series win against Prairie View. Notably, in the last game of the three-game series, they scored 20 runs against their opponents. They would look to replicate that offensive outburst at Lee-Hines field. The game started off slow for both teams as pitching kept the game scoreless through three innings of play. Northwestern State struck first with a two-run home run at the top of the fourth inning. The Jaguars early on had a very difficult time getting on track. By the fifth inning, the Demons increased their lead to three, but Southern would soon reply. After a key pitching error, Southern was able to bring home their first run of the night from Junior outfielder Hampton Hudson. The error sparked Southern who then went on to score five straight unanswered runs. Sports Commentary

March Madness

Logan Williams

The Southern Digest

Sports lovers around the world are rejoicing because March, one of the best months in sports, is finally here. This month signals the start of baseball season, NBA playoff races, and the best month for college basketball. March also bring March Madness, the NCAA basketball tournament for men and women. The tournaments feature 64 teams from the “blue bloods” in men’s basketball like Duke, Kansas, and Kentucky to the mid major programs like Northern Iowa, Montana, Radford. This year has been full of upsets in college basketball. Earlier in the year, the number one ranked team at the time in Kentucky was upset by an Evansville team that hasn’t won a conference game this season. Duke was upset in November by Stephen F. Austin at home as the number one team in the country. The NCAA tournament is always due to have upsets every year. Just a couple years ago, UMBC became the first 16th seed to beat a number one seed See MADNESS page 5

Freshman catcher, Brandon Green, up to bat at the Jaguars homeopener against Northwestern State University on March 3 at Lee Hines Field. (Sean Musgrow\DIGEST)

The sixth inning turned into an absolute offensive onslaught from Southern. They showed

great confidence at the plate and were able to capitalize on errors made by Northwestern

State. By the seventh-inning stretch, the game was hotly contested between both parties

with a score of four to six with Southern leading. In the eighth inning, Southern’s pitching maintained the lead and was able to hold their opponents scoreless. The ninth inning was a significantly different story for Northwestern State as they scored a threerun home run to tie the game. Southern’s offense was unable to return the favor in the ninth so it would take extra innings to find a winner. In the tenth inning Sophomore, left-handed pitcher Larry Barabino came in the game and delivered a scoreless inning late. Pitching would be the story of the entire inning as Southern looked to take advantage of a discombobulated Northwestern State. At the bottom of the tenth with Southern having Brad Jenkins on third base the unexpected happened. A wild pitch was thrown into the ground from Northwestern State pitcher Kyle Swanson that brought Jenkins home. Southern won the game on a walk-off error from Northwestern State. See BASEBALL page 5

Jaguars pull off Overtime Thriller on Senior Night

Debrandin Brown

The Southern Digest

The Jaguars came into Saturday night’s game against the Prairie View Panthers with the intentions of not only closing out their regular season with a victory, but also securing the second seed in this year’s SWAC Tournament. After winning their last six games in the SWAC, the Jags carried that intensity over to the court as they competed with the Panthers from tip-off. The first half saw slow pace and stout defense from both sides as the score stayed relatively close throughout the opening minutes of the game. The biggest lead of the night belonged to the Jaguars, as they led Prairie View 31-20 with less than three minutes left in the half, however Prairie View would respond quickly as they managed to shave the SU lead down to two points as the game went into the halftime with Southern sporting a 33-31 lead. The second half started off with much of the same with both teams competing on the defensive side of the ball and making baskets hard to come by for each other. As a result

Redshirt junior, guard Brendon Brooks surveys the Panther defense while setting up the offense during the Jaguars final regular season home game against Prairieview on Saturday, March 7. Jairus Moore/ DIGEST

of this, the second half also saw its fair share of free throws as both teams increased their aggressiveness in the paint. Despite maintaining their lead for most of the game, the Jags would surrender their lead with around twenty seven seconds left in the game as Prairie View took it, 72-70. The

Jags would respond on their next possession, which was capped off by two free throws from Ashante Shivers to send the game to overtime. Shivers led both teams in scoring with 22 points on 6-12 from the field in 36 minutes of play. Overtime for the Jags saw the team get back to the defensive

mindset that they displayed in the first half of the game. Shivers continued shooting with accuracy from the freethrow line to secure a Jaguar victory. Southern defeated top-ranked Prairie View by a score of 8980 to bring their home record to 11-1 on the season. “That’s the best team in the league, and I thought we were in control of the game,” Coach Sean Woods said. “Even when it went into overtime, I never doubted we would win. I didn’t think they could score at the same pace we could.” After the game, Woods spoke to the satisfaction the team felt in avenging their loss against the same Panthers team that defeated them handling earlier in the season. “This shows how far we’ve come,” Woods said after the Jaguars avenged their 64-54 loss on Jan. 6 at Prairie View. “We’ve been ahead in games by 20, 24, 18 points, and we couldn’t get it right. Now we know how to win.” The second-seed Jags will face the seventh-seed Alabama State at home in Tuesday’s firstround match of the SWAC Tournament.

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Runaway: Women’s basketball defeats Prairie View in final regular-season game Evan Funchess

The Southern Digest

On Saturday night the Jaguar women’s basketball team matched up against the Prarie View Panthers in their regularseason finale. Both teams came into the game with four-game win streaks. Southern in their last outing against Texas Southern won a close one. Winning this game would give momentum to Southern heading into the SWAC tournament. While also securing the third seed in the tournament. The first quarter was a showcase of defense as Southern forced multiple turnovers. They struggled to score consistently but, they left the quarter only down two points. In the second quarter, Southern flipped the script on their opponents. Offensively, they came out with a new sense of urgency as they shot 50% from the field and 67% from the arch. They were led in scoring by sophomore guard Amani McWain who had nine points at the break. They also only allowed one make from the field from the Panthers. Southern exited the half holding a 15 point lead. The second half was more or less the same for the Jaguars. They maintained the lead throughout and were able to slow down Prairie View. In the third quarter, Prarie View’s offense made a

valiant effort to come back. They made the game competitive but, they were never able to fully recover. Southern continued to play solid defense and were able to close the book on the game in the fourth quarter. The scoring leader for the Jags was once again Brittany Rose who scored 10 points. Once they jumped out to their huge lead in the first half they were able to seal it away in the second. Coach Carlos Funchess reiterated those sentiments as well. “It’s always good to build that lead so that you have a cushion to fall back on when they do make a run”. After the halftime Prarie View got it going offensively but, Coach Funchess simply told them to “maintain”. “We came out a little flat but, I’m thankful that we were able to hold on for the victory”. With this win, Southern locked up the third seed in the conference and will faceoff once again against Prarie View. “They’re going to make adjustments and we’re going to make adjustments and it will be a chess match from here on out”. For Southern, they will most likely look to improve on their offensive consistency. In the second half, there were times where Southern just couldn’t seem to score. With a rematch against Prarie View looming, they might look to change strategies on that end of the floor.


BASEBALL from page 4

Head Coach Kerrick Jackson said that he was happy with the win and provided thoughts about their pitching on the night. “For the most part, I felt that those guys battled through and did a good job.” Coach Jackson also spoke glowingly about the pitching from Barabino. “He put up a big zero in the tenth which helped us out tremendously.” Another part of the game that stuck out was Southern’s huge sixth inning. When asked if there was a change in strategy from a coaching perspective Coach Jackson gave his players the credit. “It was a combination of our players settling in and also capitalizing on their pitchers having trouble throwing strikes”. Southern’s next matchup is a three-game series against Tulane. Both teams come into the match up with four-game winning streaks. The Jaguars will look to extend their winning streak on Friday. MADNESS from page 3

Sophomore, Forward Taneara Moore, drives through the lane for a layup in Saturday’s SWAC finale against Prairie View. (Tiffany Williams/DIGEST)

as they beat Virginia handley. In 2014, Duke was shocked as 2 seed led by future NBA players Rodney Hood, Jabari Parker, and Quinn Cook as they were defeated by 15th seed Mercer. The seeding is mostly determined by conference bids and how the team did during the season. For example, Southern won’t get into the tournament unless they win the conference title which garners an automatic bid in the tournament. But for a team like LSU, they will get into the tournament off of playing in a tougher conference. The predicted number one seeds look to be Kansas or Baylor (depending on what happens in the Big XII conference tournament), San Diego State, Gonzaga, and Dayton who has been consistent all season. The NCAA tournament, aka The Big Dance, is where players can also make a name for themselves. Many players can raise their draft stock and become household names after a good showing in the tournament. For example, CJ McCollum led a 15th seed Lehigh team to a first round win over 2 seed Duke in 2012 in which he dropped 30 points in the upset. The next year after his senior season, Mccollum was drafted 10th overall by the Portland Trail Blazers. My prediction for the NCAA tournament is that the four teams that will meet in Atlanta for the Final Four will be Duke, Baylor, Kentucky, and a team that might surprise everyone in the tournament this year, Penn State. My prediction for the National Championship is Baylor vs. Kentucky, with Baylor winning the national title.

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In Bloom:

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The Spring’s Showcase Shania Simms

The Southern Digest

Hayden Hall has featured numerous art exhibits from many notable artists. This spring featured one of Louisiana’s local artists in an exhibit of her own works. Born in Kenner, Louisiana, Kristen Downing is a selftaught visual artist based in New Orleans. She began her career as a sought-after tattoo artist and developed a passion for painting. Kristen’s work is largely fueled by the social and political climate of America. According to Downing, she believes it is the artist’s responsibility to “speak to the times,” and the focus in her latest work is to leave an impression of the current realities in which people of color and minorities live in America. The exhibit currently on display in Hayden Hall is titled “In Bloom,” and opened Thursday, February 20, 2020. It will continue to be on view until April 2. The exhibit itself shows a multitude of different

(Courtesy Kristen Downing)

artistic designs and perspectives, and spectators had nothing but praise for the quality of Downing’s pieces. “Her imagery captures the brashness of our current reality in a political context that isn’t nice, sweet, or pleasant. It’s in your face, it’s bold, it’s brazen, and it’s reality. She uses her art in the way protesters use their voice, leaders use their influence, and nations use their

(Courtesy Kristen Downing)

power,” said Kimmy Ducasse, a journalist from The Urban Realist. With dozens of pieces featuring various color schemes and patterns, Downing’s paintings do a great job of making the viewer relate to the subject of the piece. With themes ranging from noire backgrounds and abstract water art, there’s no shortage of a perspective and variety in this

March Madness with FYE Ti’Ja Taylor

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The First and Second Year Experience Program, or FYE, presented their March Madness event at the Intramural Center with the goal of getting students to bond with mentors while being physically active. FYE’s mission is to help students gain on-campus experiences that will help them throughout their matriculation at Southern University. Many students were most eager to participate in the dodgeball and kickball tournaments that took place throughout the course of the event. FYE members in attendance wanted to get students pumped about midterms and to participate in fun, physical outdoor activities while doing so. Alexis Jeanpierre, a therapeutic recreation major from New Orleans said, “My experience was great. I was able to actually have fun outdoors. It took me back to my elementary school days. I often find that I don’t make time for outdoor activities, but I really feel like it’s important that I start.” See FYE page 10

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adept artist’s works. Kristen established KAWD Art Gallery in Baton Rouge in 2018 with a mission to educate, inspire, and increase social consciousness by telling [our] stories. She actively exhibits and commissions her work in New Orleans, Atlanta, and Baton Rouge. Her work has been on See BLOOM page 10

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Wellness Among Women

Sydni Sanders

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“A Different World: Conversations Around Collegiate Women’s Wellness” was hosted by a group of organizations in the University Event Center on Wednesday, March 4, 2020 at 7 pm. Beta Psi Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., Alpha Tau Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., along with the Association for Women’s Students of Southern University and the Collegiate 100 Black Women of Southern University joined together to promote, sponsor, and organize the events and food for the night. The event was also powered by the Maxine Firm, a nutrition and wellness firm dedicated to the prevention of chronic diseases directly related to nutritional practices. The event also featured guest speakers and alumni such as Dr. Gia Landry Tyson, MD; Dr. Kourtni Atkins Luster, FNP-BC, Nicole Scott RN MSN, and Dr. Maria Shantell Williams, who came to speak to attendees about the importance of their health, as well as give tips and encouragement to those that needed it. The ladies in attendance started the night off with some light and relaxing yoga.

This was followed by a video presentation and panel discussion commentated by Irene Lewis, a Baton Rouge native and senior Agricultural Science Major, and Southern University’s organization for Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences (MANRRA). The discussion covered several important topics such as physical, mental, and spiritual wellness, and how to maintain all three as college students on a budget. Similarly, focus was placed on how to maintain a good nutritional status, how to incorporate exercise into your daily schedule, meal prepping, the importance of reading nutrition labels, and the pros and cons of different types of diets. “Lifestyle changes are much better and easier than diets,” said Ms. Scott. Panelists even touched on the subject of mental health, expressing how mental health is a form of self care and is important in its own right. “Everyone should have a therapist,” said Dr. Williams in regards to what she would recommend for those in attendance to improve their mental health. Among black women specifically, an emphasis on keeping tabs on mental health was an important talking point on the night. After the panel’s discussion, the floor was opened up for the audience to ask

The End of the Wait for Eternal Atake

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Debrandin Brown

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After almost three years of suspense, the long-awaited project from the Philadelphia-based rapper Lil Uzi Vert has dropped to the masses. Being one of the biggest stars on the planet and having a fan base that rivals that of some pop stars, Uzi has produced high-quality projects such as Luv is Rage 1 & 2, and The Perfect Luv Tape. The recent hiatus that the rapper has been on since mid-

2017 prompted some fans to think that new music from the artist would never drop, until now. Composed of eighteen tracks in total, Eternal Atake does a good job of not being repetitive in its tone despite having very few guest verses. With each song having its own brand of soulful harmonies and melodies along with traditional trap drums and samples, there were very few See LIL UZI VERT page 10

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the panelists more questions. This was followed by the Power Coalition for Equity and Justice taking time out to break down the importance of the upcoming census and its impact on college students and the calculations of voter turnout. To end the night, everyone, including the panelists, played an interactive game to

win featured door prizes. Overall, this event had an admirable student turnout, touched on several topics, and was very informative. Mindful students in the Jaguar Nation are looking forward to the next event.

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The Sentinel Of An Enlightened Student Body since 1926 BLOOM from page 8 display at the New Orleans Contemporary Art Center, Aqua Art Miami and Spectrum Miami during Art Basel Miami, and Capitol Park Museum of Baton Rouge. Kristen received First Prize at the Louisiana Contemporary Exhibition in Prospect.4 at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art. Art professor and curator of the exhibit, Mr. Randell Henry, encourages as many people as possible to come and view this exhibit while they can. “Come and enjoy the art show,” he said. “I wanted to get people to come to the art building to see this work.” FYE from page 8

LIL UZI VERT from page 9 times that the same type of song was found twice. Despite this, the flow of the album is concise and there aren’t any songs that feel out of place next to their contemporaries. In songs like “Lo Mein,” “Homecoming,” and “Silly Watch,” listeners were able to get a taste of how refined Uzi’s pen can be when he puts effort into being a wordsmith. This being said, like many rappers of his generation, the best of Uzi can

be found in his production and delivery. “Slidin’ all on the ice like a hockey shot, Seventeen-five for a t-shirt; he got half like he pulled up just with a crop. Gators on me, you can’t catch me in bummy Crocs,” rapped Uzi in “Silly Watch.” This is an example of an unimpressive bar becoming a hard bar due solely to its delivery and production around it. Despite the production value and simplistic bars, the album in itself showed an improved pen

from Uzi that was only interested in staying in its lane and having a good time, which can be found on any track in the album. The track “Homecoming” is a perfect example of this as we are given a catchy hook that’s then followed by 16-bars from Uzi. While there’s no direction for the song itself theme wise, it’s the type of turn-up song that clubs will have in rotation all summer. “I’m movin’ the bit just like an alien, chop with a fifty, my Uzi Israeli. See, I turned to the boss,

can’t deal with no middleman; Anthony Davis, don’t deal with the Pelicans (What?),” rapped Uzi on the track. All in all, Eternal Atake filled the role that it was supposed to and will satisfy the fans who have been waiting for the project for so long. While it’s not clear when a new project will come from Uzi, the artist confirmed that a deluxe version of Eternal Atake is already in the works with names like Young Thug attached to it.

According to Jeanpierre, the First Friday March Madness event “took everyone back down memory lane with throwback games. There was plenty of competition and lifelong friendships being made.” Many of the mentors believed the physical activities helped them have a workout for the day and connect with their mentees more. “Playing sports not only provides physical activity, but also other positive benefits such as building team characteristics and developing internal skills. This event was a true example of teamwork and bonding,’’ said mentor JaMarcus D. Jackson, a junior nursing major and child development minor from Mobile, AL. According to Jackson, it is important that students find balance in staying fit and staying focused in school. This event was a part of “The Momentum Continues”, an FYE approved event for freshman seminar students. Carrington Turner, FYE mentor and junior mass communications major from Dallas, TX said, “The First Year Experience’s First Fridays are always a tremendous time to connect with one another and enjoy each other’s presence. FYE is a family, so getting together and playing field games took us back to old times. The students felt that this event was a time to gain stronger connections with their mentors and they look forward to the other wonderful things FYE has planned.” FYE will have more events coming up as a part of their “Momentum Continues” campaign, including the Midterm Grab ‘n’ Go Breakfast on March 11, and The Last First Friday on April 3.

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Diamond Butler

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It is midterm exams week, one of the most stressful times for college students. You’re trying to study for several exams at once, you’re getting little sleep from pulling all-nighters, all while still trying to complete assignments or projects that were already assigned to you. Going through all that can cause anyone to become highly stressed. However, it doesn’t have to be that way. From some personal experience and research, I have found some techniques that can help us stay well rested while still managing to get good grades on exams. The first thing that to do is find out what your exams are going to cover and what additional materials will be necessary.

SU Midterm Survival Guide

During midterms week, the best thing you can do for yourself is to find out what curriculum will be covered and be absolutely sure of what you need to study, so you should go and talk to your professor about it. Your professors are one of the best resources to use for midterms. Since they wrote the exam, they can best help you understand the concepts you do not understand and can advise you on what material is best to focus your attention on. Next, the best step would be to go ahead and create a study plan for yourself. Now, understand that having a study plan and planning to study are two separate things. Instead of just trying to cram all the information into your memory at once, you should prepare a study schedule. For instance, one day you could plan to review and highlight your

Te’yanah Owens

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Who runs the world? Girls! 2020 is a fantastic time to be a woman. Women are being hailed for their strength and smarts. Times have changed, and we’re practically capable of doing everything men do. The female race has made so much progress that we’re ready for anything! This is a gratifying change, as we are often overlooked and unappreciated for many of our great qualities. James Brown once said, “This is a man’s world, but it wouldn’t be nothing without a woman or girl.” I completely agree with him. The power that we have to reproduce and bring humans into this world is so amazing, and is the one thing that a man cannot do. This is

Shakearah Winston

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Democratic candidates are dropping like flies from the Presidential race. Are the remaining candidates genuinely concerned about the wellbeing of Black people or are they using us to secure the Black vote? I think the world has finally realized that the Black opinion matters. We have a big impact on anything when we come together, and the political implications of that collective strength is enormous. Candidates have tried so hard to fit in and relate to Black people that they have nearly disregarded their policies regarding the general public. Their main priority has been things that can potentially relate to Blacks and secure their vote. For instance, let’s take a look at former candidate Kamala Harris. Yes, she may be Black, but all skinfolk ain’t kinfolk. This woman

notes for a math class, and plan to study your English notes on another day. Overall, you would be making a to-do list of what to study so that when you do sit down for some quality study time, your efforts are maximized. Another aspect that is important is to make sure you eat healthily and get enough rest. Eating the right foods can not only help with your body’s energy, but improve aspects of the brain like processing, focus, and memory. Some of the best types of foods to have are avocados, tea, lean meats, eggs, dark chocolate, and water to remain hydrated. These foods will aid your focus and allow you to feel good as you devote all your focus to exams. During midterms, the one thing you do not want to do is be stressed and panic over your tests. To prevent that from happening,

I found that taking thirty minute study breaks often help ease my mind. After spending a certain amount of time studying, I would get up and walk around, listen to some music, or go and get myself a healthy snack to keep my energy up. According to the research I have done, taking breaks can prevent fatigue, and increase motivation, creativity, and productivity. The one thing you want to avoid doing is pulling all-nighters. Pulling an all-nighter is not as helpful as getting some much-needed rest, as sleep allows the brain to process all of the information it has been absorbing. You want to be as physically, emotionally, and mentally alert as possible so that you can concentrate on the task at hand, which is getting those As. Finally, the most important thing to do as a student is to

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get plenty of sleep during the night. As stated, before you want to avoid pulling all-nighters. Getting your eight-hour sleep is important because it allows your brain time to synthesize the information you’ve been studying. Proper rest can also keep you from feeling groggy or sleep-deprived during your exam—which can greatly impact your test-day performance. You want to be as alert as possible and able to fully engage your working memory when you take the exam. Everyone has their ways of preparing for exams, but these tips are what I have found to be the most effective. These suggestions not only help you physically, but also mentally. Regardless of what strategy you use, the main thing is to remember to remain calm and to do the best that you can on your exams.

undoubtedly one of the greatest gifts that women can provide to the world. In order to better honor the underappreciated women around the world, we have a whole month devoted to feminine impact. Women’s History Month has been celebrated annually in the month of March in the United States since 1987. It is a celebration of women’s contributions to history, culture and society to reflect on the often overlooked contributions of women in United States history. It began as a week but then turned into a month long celebration. Women are backbones, cheerleaders, counselors, and so much more. We take up so many important roles. I say women should be recognized everyday. Who’s going to love you, look out for you, and lift

your spirits like a woman? We’re selfless, empowering, and hardworking. We’ve had a lot of setbacks. We go through the toughest situations in life and come out on top, stronger than ever. We’re a blessing in disguise and men should be grateful to have us in their lives. Misogynists think that women were put on Earth to serve men. They have these expectations of how women should dress, behave, and present themselves which are gender roles. I believe that these expectations set imaginary limitations on us women. Some men like to claim that they have all the control, but we’re steady taking our power back from them and they hate to see it! They get intimidated if we act with aggression instead of being coddling. Then, we are told to conform, or

“act like a lady.” Sexism is based in unequal and unfair treatment because of one’s gender. We’re all capable of getting the same job done! Not every woman wants to clean and cook, and let men have all the fun. Some of us like to get down and dirty too. We have women that are dominating in sports, arts, and sciences. They deserve to be celebrated. Something’s got to give. We have to break the stereotype of a women’s role. We’re more than just looks. Guys need to start appreciating women more. Not only is March about us, everyday is about us. Gender shouldn’t be a factor in whether a person can be a great leader. Fellas, please start celebrating the women in your life year round. Ladies, let’s enjoy our Women’s History Month!

used her HBCU alumni status to form relationships with the Black youth, but her entire career as a prosecutor revolved around her throwing Black men in jail. Her former career and current policies do not align. She was one of the most hardcore proscecutors in the state of California yet she’s for prison reformation? Her Public Relations team underestimated Black people and our intelligence, and it showed. Harris began to overplay the “I am a Black woman’’ role. Next thing you know, she has her hot sauce in her bag and is eating pork chops as if that is all that matters to us. Then, we look at Andrew Yang, the man who attempted to buy our votes publicly. I think that these candidates definitely oversold themselves this time around. They look desperate if you ask me. As we get closer and closer to elections, we realize that Black people really decide everything.

Joe Biden has been in The Shade Room twice in one week. Biden uses his history as Vice President to the first Black president to try and connect with Black people when, in all honesty, we see right through it. The Black vote is so important to these candidates this season because people have realized the impact that we have on the culture and society as a whole. Michael Bloomberg just dropped out of the Presidential race to support the “best” candidate, who in his eyes is Joe Biden. People were ecstatic that he dropped because they were absolutely tired of seeing his commercials regarding Black people. As I stated before, I think that the Public Relations specialists and campaign managers over these campaigns underestimate the power and intellect that Black people have. Your history and past actions do not disappear just because you listen to hip hop now and

want to legalize marijuana. Black men and women specialize in receipts. Kamala Harris’ prosecutor history came up as soon as she announced her candidacy. Joe Biden’s lie about getting arrested in South Africa while visiting Nelson Mandela was immediately exposed as well. He exaggerated his experiences and his fight for equal rights during the civil rights movement to engage and draw in Black people, but in the end, it backfired. When Black people come together we can do an amazing thing. If we cancel something, it’s cancelled. If we boycott an artist, their career is over. People aspire to have the attention of Black men and women because we keep topics trending and people relevant, but that is not how you go about winning a Presidential election.

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FOUNDERS’ DAY Celebrating 140 Years 2020 of Excellence and Impact


Celebrating 140 Years of Excellence and Impact

Monday, March 23 – Saturday, March 28 SpringFest Week

Sunday, March 8 SOUTHERN Sunday Unified Church Fellowship

Wednesday, March 25 Opening of Frank Hayden Exhibit, “Lift Every Voice” 6 PM | Louisiana Arts and Science Museum

Monday, March 9 SU Laboratory School Pilgrimage 9 AM | Clark Gravesites Saturday, March 14 SUBR History Department Gala 8 PM | Smith-Brown Memorial Student Union - Royal CotillionCelebrating Ballroom140 Years of Excellence and Impact


Friday, February 26 through Friday, March 27 John B. Cade Library Founders’ Day Exhibit 1st floor, J.B. Cade Library lobby


This exhibit depicts SUBR alums who also have been inducted 140 Years ofsports. Excellence and Impact into the HallCelebrating of Fame for their respective

Monday, March 16 System-wide Convocation 10 AM | F. G. Clark Activity Center Keynote Speaker: Governor John Bel Edwards

Library Hours Sunday: 2 PM - Midnight Monday-Thursday: 7:30 AM- Midnight Friday: 7:30 AM - 5 PM Saturday: 1 PM - 5 PM

Tuesday, March 17 The Bluff Experience with Scotlandville Magnet High School and Southern University Laboratory School 9 AM | Royal Cotillion Ballroom and campus sites

Tuesday, March 31 SU Day at the Capitol Noon | Louisiana State Capitol

Thursday, March 19 Ag Center presents Queen Sugar author, Natalie Baszille 4 PM | Classroom 1 - John B. Cade Library

For more information, go to www.subr.edu

FOUNDERS’ DAY 2020 Celebrating 140 Years of Excellence and Impact

FOUNDERS’ DAY 2020 Celebrating 140 Years of Excellence and Impact

Friday, March 20 Board of Supervisors Meeting 9 AM | Board of Supervisors Meeting Room The Bluff Ribbon Cutting Noon | Mississippi River Bluff

Alumni Events

Saturday, March 14 – East Baton Rouge Parish Chapter Alumni Breakfast 9 AM | University Event Center Saturday, March 21 – Bay Area Alumni Chapter Crab Feed 6:30 PM | St. Benedicts Catholic Church Hall, Oakland, CA Blue & Gold Scholarship Soiree 7 PM | Magnolia Park Community Center, St. Martinville Saturday, March 28 – National Academic Signing Day 8 AM | University Event Center/Nationwide Sunday, March 29 – Lafayette Chapter Scholarship Banquet 1 PM | The Garden Plaza Conference Center, Lafayette Sunday, March 29 – Tri-Parish Chapter Champagne Soiree 4 PM | Estate of Joshua and Ecenthia Burnett, Prairieville For additional information on alumni events please visit www.sualumni.org


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