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The Southern DIGEST Volume 71 ● The sentinel of the enlightened student body at Southern University and A&M College ● Since 1926

Power Up: Entergy donates $2 Million to Southern University; Governor Edwards vows Louisiana will match.

SUS President-Chancellor, Dr. Ray L. Belton shakes hands with Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Entergy Corporation, Leo Denault, before addressing the audience at the Special Grant Announcement in the Royal Cotillion Ballroom of the Smith-Brown Memorial Union on Monday, September 10. (Courtney Jacobs/DIGEST) Gabrielle Hutchinson | Jacqueline Morgan ● DIGEST News Editor | Editor-in-Chief

On Monday, September 10 Southern University announced a partnership with Entergy, a well-known energy provider for the Gulf Coast region: Louisiana, Texas, Arkansas, and Mississippi. Dating back to 1913, Entergy has developed a massive footprint in the south and is on the rise right here in our backyard. Providing a true Southern welcome, Katara Williams began the program, “We are Southern. We are the nation’s only Historically Black College System … and we are very excited that you are here with us as we officially announce that Entergy has granted Southern University $2 million,” said Williams as the audience erupted in applause.

“Two million dollars to support engineering education right here on our Baton Rouge campus. This partnership will power,” Williams joked, “not only the engineering students who are currently matriculating in our programs, but those who choose this career path for years and years to come.” Entergy has granted the university $2 million for the funding of building infrastructure in the Engineering department, internships, scholarships, and initiatives that will ultimately benefit the students in the P.B.S. Pinchback building. Williams was followed by Entergy Chairman, Leo Denault, who approached the podium to offer a word of solidification, establishing a clear-cut assertion about the partnership between the company and Southern University. see POWER UP on page 3

Louisiana Governor, John Bel Edwards braces to announce the states’ commitment to match Entergy’s $2 million grant for Southern University at the Special Grant Announcement in the Royal Cotillion Ballroom of the Smith-Brown Memorial Union on Monday, September 10. (Courtney Jacobs/DIGEST)

5 REASONS TO GET TO KNOW JOHN B. CADE Gabrielle Hutchinson● DIGEST News Editor

Last winter in Louisiana was one for the books; students and faculty enjoyed a few days off due to snow and inclement weather. Unfortunately, that same frigid weather caused unbelievable damages to Southern University’s John B. Cade Library. Each floor of the library sustained nearly two inches of water after pipes succumbed to freezing temperatures. The unforeseen winter disaster called for some major renovations, the most recent of which were funded by The Home Depot annual Retool Your School competition. A

total of 67 HBCUs participated, and SUBR placed second in its cluster, winning a $40,000 grant intended to improve our campus. The grant was put to use on August 17 at the Home Depot’s kickoff day. Volunteers from the community, the Alumni Federation and SUBR joined forces to take care of some of the library’s smaller needs. “We were able to paint some of the bathrooms, we were able to get furniture from that grant and you probably saw some of that furniture on the first floor,” Dean of Libraries Emma see 5 REASONS on page 3


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ID OFFICE Attention students, those who are returning students do not need the new ID card at this time as your cards are still valid. Only incoming freshmen and transfer students are required to get an ID card at this time. There will be an announcement when returning students will be required to get the new ID card.

MEN & WOMEN OF EMPOWERMENT INCORPORATED On Saturday, September 15, the Men & Women of Empowerment Incorporated will clean up Scotlandville. Meeting Location will be at Scotlandville Community Development Corp. 70807 1920 Goudchaux Street from 7:30AM to 12PM. For more inforMation contact E. Rico Williams (225)250-8100 or Pat LeDuff (225)964-7824.

TUTORING SERVICES Interested in being a tutor? Stop by Stewart Hall Room 155 to see if you meet the requirements. For more information call 225-7712206 or email brittany_

Need a tutor? Stop by the tutoring center in Stewart Hall Room 155 or the CSE ISTAR Learning Center on the 1st floor of Pinchback Hall.


This Saturday, September 15 the Jaguars will host the Lions of Langston University in A.W. Mumford Stadium for the 1st Annual “Pete Richardson Classic, at 6PM.



ELEV8N Dance Troupe tryouts will be held on Tuesday, September 11 from 5PM-9PM in the Southern University Recreation Center.

The Lady Jaguars will be headed to Lake Charles Wednesday, September 12 to take on McNeese State JAGUAR FOOTBALL at 6PM.

New season tickets can now be purchased online at Ticketmaster. When you purchase season tickets, you can get baseball and basketball season tickets for an additional $100. SUS employees can now purchase season tickets through Payroll Deduction. Call the Ticket Office at 225-771-3171 for more information.

COMBINED CROSS COUNTRY This Saturday, September 15 the Jaguars will be racing to LSU to face the Tigers. Time and location are TBA.

The soccer team will be headed to Nicholls State in Thibodaux, LA. on Sunday, September 16 at 1PM


771 ALLIANCE The 771 Alliance presents Reclaiming Our Legacy, an Environmental Justice Workshop on September 16 from 2PM-4:30PM in the Southern University Law Center Room 130.

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OSM GRAPHIC ARTIST The Office of Student Media is seeking students interested in learning graphics design. Call (225) 771-5812

Meeting our 20182019 News Editor

FALL 2018 STAFF EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Jacqueline Morgan MANAGING EDITOR Vacant COPY EDITOR Contara Mayfield COMMENTARY EDITOR Debrandin Brown NEWS EDITOR Gabrielle Hutchinson LAYOUT EDITOR Caleb Penn MULTIMEDIA EDITOR Devin Hadrick A&E EDITOR Najeri Evans SPORTS EDITOR James Eaglin, Jr. PHOTO EDITOR Keith Lewis DIGEST WRITERS & PHOTOGRAPHERS Destiny Speaks Courtney Jacobs Ra’Shae Trosclair Taylor Jeanlewis Vincent Honey Jodeci Ashford Jamilah Stith Contara Mayfield Aislinn Wheeler Julian Alvarez

Gabby Hutchinson

Greetings, everyone, and welcome back to The Yard. I’m Gabby, a junior Biology major from New Roads, Louisiana, and I serve as the Fall ‘18 News Editor of the Southern Digest.

My love for writing began at McKinley Senior High School in the heart of South Baton Rouge. Having developed a personal interest in the city of BR, I knew I was in the right place when I joined the Office of Student Media in 2017. I began to familiarize myself with students and faculty in many different departments and quickly learned that there is always something going on, on both sides of the hump. Every week, SUBR has a new story to tell. Many are stories to be proud of; others are not so pretty. Either way, it is my goal to deliver those to our readers in a tasteful and inclusive manner. With that being said, we at the Digest, primarily utilize information as it is presented to us and I would like to encourage you all to reach out to us and have your voice heard in a place it can be appreciated. Feel free to stop by in room 1064 Harris Hall or you can visit us on most major social media platforms. The Southern Digest delivers news weekly on popular media platforms and is distributed in most buildings on campus. With our friendly, dedicated staff covering everything Southern, you will always have an opportunity to show off or speak out. Yours in Gold & Blue,




The Student Government Association (SGA) has been a part of Southern University since the university’s inception in 1880 and serves as representation for the student body to the administration. SGA is responsible for many aspects of student life on Southern’s campus. This includes, but is not limited to, planning events, raising money for said events, and to represent the student body when decisions affecting students are made by the governing figures at Southern. Upperclassmen (Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors) hold their elections during the latter part of the spring semester. It is at this time that the SGA President and Miss Southern, among other elected positions, are named. Freshman elections are different in this regard, as they are not yet students when spring elections take place in April. Taking this into consideration, freshman elections have traditionally been held during the fall semester, more specifically towards Homecoming. Each class has its own set of elected officials who represent that particular class’ ideals and vision for what the university should be. According to Alexis Evans, however, it is more about the student body as a whole rather than any individual class. “I have the voice, and so does my Chief Justice, to make any changes to the constitution or election code that we feel would better support the student body and the Student Government Association.” said Evans, Sophomore Class Justice and Nursing major from Frisco, Texas. Similarly, Evans was also able to detail the duties of the Student Government Association within the Scotlandville community as well.

elementary schools and homeless shelters [around the Baton Rouge area],” said Evans in regards to the SGA presence around the community of its university. The Southern University SGA conducts S e n a t e meetings multiple times throughout the semester, and it is in these meetings where finances are decided upon and events for the student body is planned out. Southern’s Senate meetings are always open to the student body to sit in on and voice their opinions on things that happen on campus. Devin Raby, a sophomore civil engineering major from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, has taken note of said fact. “As far as events, they plan the budget out and conduct how everything will happen,” Raby disclosed. Another member of the freshman class of 2021, Joshua Williams, shares the sentiment of what the SGA is responsible for and what they actually do on campus. “They help bring students together by planning activities around the school and actually making those things happen [once they are planned],” said Williams, a sophomore therapeutic recreations major from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. With freshman election season underway for the current class of freshmen however, there are several new faces that will soon join the Student Government Association in representation of the freshman class of 2022.

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He went on to highlight exactly why the $2 million grant is not only beneficial to the university, but to all four of the company’s stakeholders and those who invest in the university as well. Denault asserted that Entergy does, in fact, need students who come from Engineering programs like Southern’s to take the company to greater heights. Denault posed the question, “How did that $2 million that we’re contributing to Southern University benefit all four of our stakeholders?” to which he proudly answered, “New technologies are on the forefront that are going to change the way we do business and interact with our customers. We need the best, the brightest, the most talented, and most importantly, people who want to work here and help us create an environment where we represent the rich diversity of the service territory that we have here along the Gulf South. We’ll have young people that we bring in to the workforce who are local and represent those customers. When they represent those customers, they help us evolve more quickly to help us be better and better for our customers.” As one of only two Fortune 500 Companies in Louisiana, Entergy brings in over $11 billion in revenue, currently maintains roughly 5000 employees, and is striving to grow and change with the ever-changing educational and technological era. Denault introduced Louisiana Governor John Bel

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Edwards, who humorously began by referencing the potential natural disaster the state recently dodged. “We’re not talking about power restoration because of a storm,” Edwards joked, knocking on wood. Edwards expressed how proud he was to have Louisiana house the only HBCU System in the country, and announced that the state of Louisiana will generously match the $2 million, with a special investment in Fisher Hall -a building that is home to many STEM majors. “It’s an investment in the university, but really into the lives of the future workforce,” said Edwards. News of the grant traveled quickly and was widely appreciated by faculty and students alike. Mechanical Engineering major, Jonathon Banks from Sacramento, California expressed a personal sentiment, “I am very grateful for the grant given to the Engineering department because it allows for the department to reach out to even more companies and [host] even more informational sessions for all Engineering students to attend in hopes of gaining an internship.” As a Junior, Banks is one of many jags who are preparing to enter the workforce, seeking as much enrichment as possible. The program welcomed more speakers and Entergy left the building with two clear motives: supporting the workforce of the future and powering life.

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Perry reported. Other renovations left some students in disbelief. These repairs were made possible largely in part by SU students, and the library staff is ready to give back. If you have not yet checked out John B. Cade, here are a few reasons you may want to: Elevators With the help of The Home Depot Retool Your School award monies, the library extended its repairs to every floor. Students can now ride new elevators for the first time in nearly four years. Freshman Mechanical Engineering major, Cailan Williams, took the elevator for a ride, herself, noting, “They’re great. Hopefully students keep them clean so they can be useful for a long time to come.” Cleanliness should be no problem with as much attention to detail as the library staff pays. Dean Perry has seen to it that the library has been taken care of, down to the freshly painted handrails on the stairs; but we won’t be needing those anymore!

Textbooks By now, professors have hit the road running in their courses, leaving behind those of us waiting for refund and scholarship funds to be released to purchase textbooks and other materials. For those of you in classes where professors will not allow more time before diving into the course work, the library likely has what you need. Visit the [desk by Java City] and get what you need; when it’s time to return it, just take pictures. Late fees are charged at 10 cents per hour, but a picture is worth one thousand words. Courtesy Charging Stations If you ever need somewhere to pass the time during that gap between your classes, stop by the library. Grab a drink in the [food] area, check Moodle in one of the second floor computer labs, or take a seat on some of the new furniture to use one of [how many] courtesy charging stations. Printers When your suite mate’s printer finally runs out of ink, stop by before that assignment is due and print in the copy center on the first floor or a computer lab on the second floor.

The first few pages are printed free of charge and student IDs can be reloaded with a few spare dollars to print at 10 cents per page. Electronics If you require a resource more portable than the library’s desktop computers, check out its laptop computers and iPads. Take one around the library to a comfortable spot or take care of it at home, but please be aware of late fees! The library is documented as far back as 1889 when it first began to spread its roots. Now in 2018, Dean Perry updates, “We’re really pleased about where we are now, but there is still a lot of work to be done.” As the very first dean of libraries, Dean Perry is devoted to this library and ensuring that it can provide students with the very best. As contractors continue to work, Dean Perry and her staff look forward to welcoming students back with full services and restoring John B. Cade to its full glory.




Of the many that try, only a few football players ever fulfill their dreams of making it to the National Football League. Last Sunday, former Southern standout defensive back, Danny Johnson, watched his dream become a reality. After the conclusion of the NFL preseason in early September, teams were required to reduce their active roster sizes from 75 to 53 players. While most undrafted free agents typically don’t survive final cuts, the 5 foot 9, 181-pound product of East Feliciana, LA earned his spot on the Washington Redskins roster, officially listed as a cornerback and kick returner. The star collegiate defensive back enjoyed an illustrious college career while defending the gold and blue. He amassed a total of 17 interceptions over his career, including 7 picks during his junior year alone. As a senior,

he was placed in multiple on-field situations on both sides of the ball. He scored a rushing, receiving, and passing touchdown, along with 3 interceptions and 55 tackles. Southern University PresidentChancellor took to Twitter to congratulate Johnson. “We are so very proud of you at your alma mater.” It was during the Redskins Organized Training Activities (OTAs) where the former jaguar caught the attention of Redskins head coach Jay Gruden. When asked about Johnson and fellow UDFA Cam Sims, making the team, he said, “Consistency, really, and then when you turn the lights on they play in games and make big plays”, according to NBC Sports Washington. While he may have to climb the depth chart to receive defensive snaps, he may not have to wait long to see in game action. DIGEST Illustration

Jacobs, Lady Jags Still Seeking First Win Following Offseason Moves

ADULT LEISURE Breanna Hawkins, a sophomore computer science major from Chandler, Arizona serves the ball during Southern University’s home game against ULL at Seymour Gym on September 4, 2018. (Debrandin Brown/DIGEST) Debrandin Brown | Taylor Jeanlewis ● DIGEST Sports Writers

Venessa Jacobs entered her sixth year as the head coach of the Southern University Volleyball team (0-7-0) without assistant coach, Kendra Broussard. “We really miss Kendra,” said Jacobs. “She was a big part of the program. Not having her was difficult for us, and we really had to make an adjustment to no longer having her.” Along





Broussard, the Lady Jags also lost Libero and team captain, Mariah Clayton, who in her final season had 231 digs and 25 assists, and Ranaja Taylor, who was a key defensive player who contributed 178 kills and 149 digs. To fill these positions, Coach Jacobs started by bolstering her coaching staff with two new assistant coaches, Coach Roneolyn Bryant and Coach Bridget Bowmen. Bryant is a native of Baton Rouge,

Tea Dances


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stopping them,” said Head Coach Dawson Odums following the game.

Jame Eaglin, Jr.● DIGEST Sports Editor

Despite staying in the game for most of the first game, Southern went on to be outscored 23-3 in the second half.

Despite winning the time of possession battle, the Southern University Jaguars (0-2) had a hard time translating extended drives into points, resulting in a 54-17 loss against the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs (2-0) last Saturday at Joe Aillet Stadium in Ruston, LA. Louisiana Tech scored touchdowns on their first three offensive possessions, creating a 21-0 hole the Jaguars had to climb out of before the first quarter was over. With less than four minutes in the opening quarter, SU finally found the endzone, courtesy of sophomore quarterback John Lampley finding sophomore wideout Kendall Catalon for a 38 yard touchdown, reducing the margin to 14. After a forced fumble from sophomore defensive back Chase Foster, the momentum was shifting back to Southern. Catalon was credited his first passing attempt

Lampley finished the game 1724 for 179 yards and a touchdown. Redshirt sophomore Devon Benn led all rushers with 53 yards on 15 carries. Catalon led all receivers with 6 catches for 89 yards. On defense, redshirt junior Montavius Gaines and senior Demario Houston led the team in total tackles (6). Courtesy: SU Athletics Media Relations

and completion of his college career, as he found grad transfer wide receiver Trey Smith for a gain of 37 yards. Lampley would cap off the drive by finding the end zone using his legs to bring the score to 21-14 early in the second quarter. Louisiana Tech responded with a touchdown of their own, increasing their lead back to 14. A pivotal moment in the game came toward

the end of half, as sophomore kicker Cesar Barajas missed a 38yard field goal following a 14-play drive. The Bulldogs then conducted a two minute drive that resulted in a field goal. The Jaguars were forced to play catch up for the rest of the game. “It’s tough when you don’t get points against good teams, and then defensively, you’re not

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Louisiana. She is a graduate of McKinley High School. She then went on to play volleyball at the University of New Orleans and is now a graduate assistant coach for the Lady Jags. Bowmen is an alum of the Southern University Volleyball program. Jacobs and the team are very excited about the new coaching additions, This season, Jacobs is also relying on the team’s three seniors, Outside Hitter Paige Hall, Setter Vaterra Calais, and Libero Troi Jefferson to help coach on the floor. “All three of these seniors are vocal and they all communicate differently. They are able to get in with the underclassmen and help them understand the pace of Southern University Volleyball,” said Jacobs. The Lady Jags looked to rebound against the Lady Cajuns (6-2) of Louisiana-Lafayette (ULL) in Seymour Gym last week, after a tough start to the 2018 season. Southern dropped the first set to the Lady Cajuns with a score of 16-25. While the Lady Jags managed to match ULL in the beginnings of the set, the Lady Cajuns pulled away towards the latter parts of the set. Unlike the first, the second set was where the talent of ULL took over the show. With a score of 10-25 in favor of the Lady Cajuns, the Jaguars went into intermission trailing ULL going into the third set. Led by Paige Hall and Shelby

Jolly, the Lady Jags were able to rebound during the third set that featured a high-scoring performance from both squads, winning the third set 29-27 in a back-and-forth contest. “Fight. You have to find it in yourself to have the drive to want to win,” said Jolly, a junior animal science major from Cypress, Texas after the game. The Lady Jags went into the fourth set at a 2-1 match disadvantage. ULL was able to take advantage of this fact and played an attack-oriented style for the entirety of the fourth set. Despite a late rally in the fourth, Southern never led during the set and ultimately fell to the Lady Cajuns in four sets. The Lady Jags went on to lose the fourth set by a score of 16-25. When asked what could be done from a team perspective to win more games, Paige Hall, a senior civil engineering major from Dallas, Texas had this to say: “I think [that] we need to focus on activating each player individually.” Coach Jacobs saw passing and communication as two areas of improvement for the team. “We did let the game get out of hand in the first two sets. We need to do a better job at protecting our house.” The Jags will be on the road Wednesday September 12th at McNeese State University before being back in action at home on September 18th to host Southeastern University.

“You just can’t get behind when you play FBS schools. You have to make timely plays. There’s no way I thought this team would be 54 to 17 points better than us,” added Odums. The Jaguars now shift their focus to September 15th, where they will look to enter the win column in front of their home crowd as they face off against Langston University in the Pete Richardson Classic.



ROUND OF APPLAUSE: (Center) Former National Alumni Federation President, Preston Castille and Executive Vice President/Executive Vice Chancellor, James Ammons give a front row round of applause to the Entergy presenters at the Special Grant Announcement in the Royal Cotillion Ballroom of the Smith-Brown Memorial Union on Monday, September 10. (Courtney Jacobs/DIGEST)

THANKFUL: SUS President-Chancellor, Dr. Ray L. Belton takes the podium to formally thank Entergy and its’ constituents at the Special Grant Announcement in the Royal Cotillion Ballroom of the SmithBrown Memorial Union on Monday, September 10. (Courtney Jacobs/DIGEST)

SPREADING THE WORD: Students recieving information about the Center for Service Learning at the Counseling Center Meet and Greet on August 30, 2018 in the Smith-Brown Memorial Union. (Leah Williams/DIGEST)

WHAT’S HAPPENING: Apparel Merchandising and Textiles Professor, Dr. Jungim Seo and Junior, Fashion Design major, Fairy Mixon discuss upcoming events on Tuesday, August 28. (Jodeci Ashford/DIGEST)

MLK CENTER: Students relax in the MLK Center during their “Welcome Back Event” on Wednesday, September 5. (Contara Mayfield/DIGEST)

THE NUPES: Members of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., Alpha Sigma chapter, show off a few moves at their “Karaoke with the Nupes” event in the Cotillion Ballroom on Tuesday, August 28. (Contara Mayfield/DIGEST)

GIVING PRAISE: SU Gospel Choir singing at their informational concert on August 29,2018 in the MLK Student center. (Kyndall Jones/DIGEST)

ANSWERING THE CALL: Freshman, Finance Major, Lance Davis, signs up to volunteer for the Men’s Federation at Meet the Feds in Ulysses S. Jones Lobby on Wednesday, August 29. (Jodeci Ashford /DIGEST)



BUILDING PARTNERSHIPS: Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Entergy Corporation, Leo Denault, addresses the audience at the Special Grant Announcement in the Royal Cotillion Ballroom of the SmithBrown Memorial Union on Monday, September 10. (Courtney Jacobs/DIGEST)

BAKE SALE: Members of the Beta Sigma chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, inc. and Mechanical Engineering seniors, Tony Richardson ,II and Wayne Griffin, engaging with students at their annual brownie bake sale. (Destiny Speaks/DIGEST)


GIVING MORE: Louisiana Governor, John Bel Edwards braces to announce the states’ commitment to match Entergy’s $2 million grant for Southern University at the Special Grant Announcement in the Royal Cotillion Ballroom of the Smith-Brown Memorial Union on Monday, September 10. (Courtney Jacobs/DIGEST)

WHAT NOT TO WEAR: Dress Code seminar hosted by the Alpha Tau Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., AWS, and Collegiate 100 Women on Thursday, September 6 in T.T. Allain. (Ra’Shae Trosclair/ DIGEST)




Last Friday, rapper Mac Miller was found in his home, dead. The reported cause of death being an overdose on codeine and promethazine concoction, lean. Born, “Malcolm McCormick” the rapper was just 26 years old. Faced with early recognition for his talent, in 2011 Miller’s first album “Blue Slide Park” debuted on Billboard 200 at the number 1 spot. Rolling Stone described the artist’s style, “He transitioned from party rap to heady backpacker lyricism to jazz-inflected songwriting in his final two albums.” Miller died the same day he was scheduled for a music video. He was set for an upcoming tour in October, following his latest album released in August, “Swimming”. Having semi-public struggles with mental health and substance abuse, the overdose appears accidental. In a 2016 Fader documentary, Miller is quoted, “Overdosing is just not cool. There’s no legendary romance. You don’t go down in history because you overdosed.” Along with several other celebrities, Chance the Rapper tweeted, “...Great Man. I loved him for real. I’m completely broken. God bless him.”

FILE - In this July 13, 2013 file photo, rapper Mac Miller performs on his Space Migration Tour at Festival Pier in Philadelphia. Miller, the platinum hip-hop star whose rhymes vacillated from party raps to lyrics about depression and drug use, has died at the age of 26. A family statement released through his publicists says Miller died Friday, Sept. 7, 2018, and there are no further details available on how he died. (Photo by Owen Sweeney/ Invision/AP, File)

J. Cole also made a point to tweet, “ This is a message for anybody in this game that’s going through something. If you don’t feel right, if you feel you have a substance problem, if you need a ear to vent to. If you uncomfortable talking to people around you. Please reach out see MAC MILLER on page 10


The Happytime Murders, released August 24, is a combination of the old school noir detective, selfnarrative style and the comedic nature of muppets makes for an odd couple. The unexpected hodgepodge of movies genres rolled into one has the potential to work well, but fall short. Alex Bailey, a freshman Animal Science major from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, thinks that the two genres can’t mix well. He also believes that the Happytime Murders is “an attempt to bring the muppet genre back into the mainstream.” While watching the story unfold it becomes harder and harder not to call it anything other than predictable. Two seemingly unrelated cases turning out to be two halves to the same puzzle, expendable secondary characters jumping to the forefront while the main protagonist is indisposed, and the final confrontation as the antagonist makes their getaway are all done in a way that makes it seem as though the writers thought the premise of muppets was unique enough in and of itself. Gratuitous violence and sex jokes are what carry

the film for the most part, and even those only warrant a brief chuckle at best. There’s nothing inherently wrong about a sex joke, but when they just keep coming one after another there is an issue. Where is the originality, the creativity, or the imagination? World Civilization and American History instructor, Professor Glynn, was very disappointed at the trailer for the film. “I just believe it’s very lowbrow, crude humor,” he said, initially having been somewhat speechless. Some socio-political commentary is sprinkled throughout, but the story being told as it is leaves no room for nuance. That isn’t to say that comedic films can not have intelligent commentary, just that this one does not. In any case, the film touches on issues such as economic disparities, racial, and gendered issues.

This image released by STX Films shows the poster art for “The Happytime Murders,” a film starring Melissa McCarthy. A judge in New York has ruled against the makers of “Sesame Street” in a dispute with the distributor of the upcoming film. U.S. District Judge Vernon Broderick ruled Wednesday that The muppets are referred to by humans as distributor can continue to use the tagline “No sesame. All street” in promoting the “Socks,” a clear parallel to racial slurs in today’s world. R-rated film, which features Muppet-like There are sock ghettos, drugs specifically used by puppets in a comedic crime story. (STX Films via AP) see HAPPYTIME on page 10




Disney Rumor: Black Mermaid in the works Aislinn Wheeler ● DIGEST Staff Writer

On August 23, 2018 a press rumor leaked revealing Zendaya Coleman may be cast as Ariel in the upcoming live action remake of Disney’s ‘The Little Mermaid’. Social Media is ablaze over the possible casting of an African- American actress, in a role traditionally meant for a character with red-hair and European features. A possible new black princess leads to a public divide of polarizing thoughts and opinions. Many are in favor of the change believing Disney is in need of more diverse casting. Kyler King, a 19-year-old Southern University IT volunteer shares, “I’m ok with that. I love Zendaya. She is an awesome person and a great actress.” 23-year-old Mass Communications Major, Ra’Lisa Smith from Alexandria, Louisiana adds, “In my opinion, I think that we need more black representation as far as cartoons and princess and queens. You

know, to glorify the black woman because we don’t get enough attention in that light.” Others do not feel the need for change. Such as 19-yeard old NyKera Dixon, an Accounting Major from Atlanta, Georgia. She explains, “I don’t really feel any type of way about it. I think that Zendaya will be a good lead. I don’t know why they would use a black woman, instead of a white woman because Ariel was white in the movie.” Some commenters have expressed concern that a black Ariel will call for an all black cast. This was not the case in Disney’s Broadway musical of ‘The Little Mermaid’. It featured a diverse cast including a black King Triton, Ariel’s father, who was played by Norm Lewis; picked for his baritone voice. Ticket sales proved the theater’s casting did not put off audience seekers. Many Zendaya fans hope the movie will have the same effect. see MERMAID on page 10


his combination of photos released by Julien’s Auctions shows various outfits belonging to the late singer Aretha Franklin. More than 30 dresses and accessories worn on stage by Aretha Franklin are going up for auction on Nov. 10. The items will go on display between Nov. 5 and Nov. 9. at the Hard Rock Cafe in New York. (Julien’s Auctions via AP) APNewsNow

NEW YORK (AP) — More than 30 dresses and accessories worn on stage by Aretha Franklin are going up for auction. The Queen of Soul died at age 76 in Detroit on Aug. 16. Julien’s Auctions include a red Franklin wore at Hall in 1991, a

says the items sequined dress Radio City Music knit jacket she

appeared in with President Bill Clinton at the National Medal of Arts ceremony in 1999 and a denim jacket given to crew members of “The Blues Brothers.” The items will go on display between Nov. 5 and Nov. 9. at the Hard Rock Cafe in New York. The auction will take place in person and online on Nov. 10 as part of a two-day Icons & Idols: Rock-N-Roll at the Hard Rock.





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MAC MILLER from page 8

to me.” Outside of music, Miller is being remembered for a 2016 speech made on The Nightly Show directed at then presidential candidate Donald Trump. “Make America great again? I think you want to make America white again. So, I come here today as white man, with the hope that maybe you’ll listen to me.” Celebrities and fans alike spent

most of the weekend basking in memories surrounding the rapper. Many used social media as a coping mechanism, sharing memorable photos with Mac Miller, and remarks about the necessity of mental health and substance abuse counseling. “People change and things go wrong but just remember life goes on.” -Mac Miller

HAPPYTIME from page 8

Muppets, and even equivalents to plastic surgery in getting fabrics bleached to lighter shades. While the cast isn’t exactly stacked with what the average movie goer might see as powerhouses of comedy, their talents still feel wasted on this project. When the likes of Maya Rudolph (SNL, Grown Ups) Melissa McCarthy (Mike and Molly, Syp) and Leslie David Baker (The Office, Raven’s Home) come together the expectation should be to leave the theatre in tears. Instead, what’s left is a want for more, not necessarily out of their performances, but the characters they play. Delano Matthews is a Computer Science major from Atlanta, Georgia and believes that the casting for the movie is fantastic. He pointed

out that Maya Rudolph and Melissa McCarthy have both had wide success in comedy on the silver screen. However, Matthews said, “The cast doesn’t make the movie, the writing does,” which is something many fans of different film franchises tend to forget in the event a film does not pan out the way they want it to.

MERMAID from page 9 Zendaya would not be the first black actress to star in a role meant for a white person. In August 2017, black actress Anna Diop received backlash for being cast as Starfire, an orangeskinned red-haired alien, in the Teen Titans live action remake. Her social media account was taken down as a result of the negative commentary. It has since been re-uploaded. Although once again in April 2018, when a set photo was leaked online, Diop was met with even more outrage. The outrage came from people of all races, even African Americans. Many complained she was the wrong skin tone, and too dark for the role; believing a lighter-skinned black actress would be more

Baker’s character of Lieutenant Banning only appears a handful of times, and is simply stuck in the humdrum stereotype of crime scene C.O. wrangling in the loose cannon, no nonsense cops. McCarthy is relegated to the cliche deuteragonist cop begrudgingly working with her former partner. The Happytime Murders is playing in theatres now.

befitting for the character. Smith shares more, “Was Starfire white from the beginning? How do we know what race was supposed to be depicted? It’s a cartoon. If that person is qualified and it’s what the producer or the director envisioned, then it doesn’t matter what tone of skin that they have.” Whether Zendaya will play Ariel or not is a far ways off. Over the years, the Disney remake has gone through numerous changes in directors and casting. Until official announcements are made, only rumors and speculation are left for the public.




9/11: A CONSPIRACY THEORY BY: COURTNEY JACOBS | DEVIN HADRICK Q: How do you feel about widespread drug addiction in the music industry? Would you say that this is an issue on campus?

Kaia South Major: Animal Science Classification: Freshman Hometown: Monroe “ With it being in the music industry it’s glorified entirely too much, which makes annoying. Of course Southern has their occasional weed smokers who claim that it’s a stress reliever, but they tend to abuse it at times. ” Evan Powell Major: Mass Communications Classification: Junior Hometown: Chicago, Illinois “It’s unfortunate that it has gotten to the point of being considered cool . . . When you talk about drugs you can’t just talk about one school, it’s in the area . . .” Lealer Sims Major: Mass Communications Classification: Freshman Hometown: Houston, Texas “A large amount of artist rap about drugs in their music, but they never address the issue or speak on awareness of drugs and how it impacts the children that look up to them . . . It absolutely an issue on campus . . . [with] the proper counseling in a private setting you can seek change in your substance dependency. De’quan Dantley Major: Nursing Classification: Freshman Hometown: Lake Charles “I feel that it’s an overrated cliche that should’ve been left in the past. I wouldn’t say that it’s an issue on campus, but if anyone was to overdose then it would definitely become a major issue. “

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seem mildly resembling of this theory of security over freedom?

Devon Federick ● DIGEST Staff Writer

Mention the date 9-11 and you can almost feel the tension arise in the room. The very thought of that day creates invisible lines between many Americans. On one side, there are those who believe it was simply a terrorist attack and the government had nothing to do with it. Then, there are those who think the entire attack was orchestrated by the government. Lastly, there are those who agree that it was a terrorist attack, but, the government had knowledge of it but did nothing to prevent it.

Before you call me crazy. Hear me out. The movie is about S.H.I.E.L.D, the governmental organization that Captain America works for. Now over the course of the film we find out that since the start of S.H.I.E.L.D, it was compromised by another organization called Hydra.

Then, there is me. Personally, I have never been big on conspiracy theories, but I once heard that 9-11 was planned so that American could see what terrorists were capable of, realize that America was in grave danger and give up their freedom for security. Today marks the 17th anniversary, yet something has been tickling in the back of my mind when I think about September 11 . . . Something about the entire event seems . . . familiar.

So slowly, accident-by-accident, Hydra planned on pushing America to the point where it would sacrifice it’s freedom for it’s security. Clearly there is a difference between real life events, that affect real people and real lives, and movies. My point however is that after 9-11, on October 26, 2001, just a little over a month after the fact, America lost many of its freedoms in the passing of the USA PATRIOT Act. If you don’t believe me here’s a little proof. It’s in the name. The USA PATRIOT Act is an acronym for “United and

Is it just me or does the plot of Captain America The Winter Soldier,

Basically, for years Hydra was behind countless “accidents” in U-S History. All with one goal in mind, total control. However, Hydra learned early on that Americans weren’t willing to simply give up their freedom.

Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism”. From that point on there was no such thing as privacy in America. The PATRIOT Act grants permission the government to collect information through various surveillance measures. This helps them to detect and stop future threats before they start. But for Americans, this pretty much means that unless you stay in your house all day every day. You’re being watched, constantly. Honestly even if you somehow managed to stay inside all day, unless you don’t own any tv or smart phone or laptop and you basically live completed secluded and isolated from the world, you’re being watched, constantly. I’m not saying that its good or bad that the government has taken the measurements it has towards National Security, but I am saying that the responsibility that they have to the American people trumps any self-ordained purpose they believe they are working towards.


Contara Mayfield ● DIGEST Staff Editor

It’s almost that time of the semester! The time when prices really don’t mean a thing. The time when college students treat themselves a little more than usual. That’s right, I’m talking about student refunds! There are many things we do with our refunds, but there are also many things we should not do with them.

I feel like every college student needs a good break every now and then, so use some of that refund money to take a little vacation to clear your mind. You don’t need to fly out of the country; though. A trip to a neighboring state will most likely do. Now let’s get into the things I wouldn’t advise you do with your student refund.

things. I mean, these stores also have name brand items. You’re not obligated to go out every weekend. It’s cool to go out and purchase a drink or two, but there’s no need to purchase a section in the club with the most expensive bottles. The same goes for going to restaurants. No, you don’t need to go to an expensive place and order an expensive drink with an even more

Let’s begin with the dos of student refunds. One smart thing to do is use that refund money to go towards your student loans. By doing this, your student loan payments won’t be as expensive once you graduate. Another thing to do is get things that you may need throughout college, and possibly after. A good example of this is a car. Every college student wants a vehicle to be able to get to and from campus. A car can also allow students to get a job to make money and support themselves. I would even advise a little shopping spree if your refund amount allows. Nothing feels better than buying a new shirt or a new pair of jeans. This definitely does not mean go out and purchase the most expensive shirt and pair of pants in


Number one is thinking that you are no longer broke. Yea, you may have a little money now, but you have to also remember that this money doesn’t replenish every week or two like a work check does. Don’t go out and purchase things you don’t need like designer handbags or shoes. There is nothing wrong with going to an inexpensive store such as Marshall’s or T.J. Maxx to get nice

expensive entrée. You may even feel risky and feel like you need a dessert. I’m here to tell you that you don’t sis. I am definitely not a refund expert, and I don’t want to be the one to tell adults what to do. I’m just giving advice from past experiences. Check out more commentaries via our website: (1.) Being a Strategic Black Journalist (2.) Domestic Violence Awareness







Wednesday, September 19, 2018 How To Prepare


What To Do When It’s Your Turn

• Review the list of companies in attendance and determine the companies you want to target. • Prepare your elevator speech and be able to state your interests, skills, strengths, etc. in under three minutes.

What To Bring-F.G. Clark Activity Center

• Multiple Resumes: You will need a copy of your resume for every company or organization with whom you plan to speak.

• Portfolio/Briefcase: To store your resumes, pad, and pen as well as the literature and Business cards you will accumulate.

• Smile, shake hands and introduce yourself. Ask the company representative about his/her company to get more information. • Answer questions enthusiastically making eye contact regularly. • Listen carefully, answer clearly and offer your resume if you are interested in the company. • Ask for a business card and thank the company representative for his/ her time.

After Your Career Fair Interview • Capture quick notes about your conversation. • Put the card and literature away and head to your next company.

What To Wear • Professional Dress: If you are going to the career fair from class, take the time to change to professional attire. Remember, you are selling yourself. You also want to make a good impression. • Dress in business attire: A suit is appropriate for both men and women, as is a shirt and tie for men and a blouse and skirt/dress slacks for women. • Pick up the DRESSING FOR THE INTERVIEW tip sheet in the Career Services Center.

• Follow up on company instructions from Career Fair.

After The Fair • Send thank you letters to the company or organizations you would like to pursue. • Watch for posting on JOBS4JAGS and apply to the posting on time. • Attend company sponsored events on campus and visit the Career Services Center.

What To Do When You Arrive • Survey the layout of the room and locate your target companies. • Quickly walk around and take note of how the company reps are engaging with the students. Know what type of student the company is looking for and pay attention to the questions being asked. • Pick up additional literature for your target companies and review it briefly while waiting to speak to the representatives.

Career Services Center T.H. Harris Hall Suite 1100 (225) 771-2200 Office (225) 771-3272 Fax

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