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    SU homecoming parade, party postponed while game moves to 1pm due to weather

     Southern University officials announced changes to Saturday’s homecoming football start time due to weather forecasts involving Tropical Storm Nate.

    Kickoff for Saturday’s football game against Alabama A&M has been moved up to 1 p.m. at A.W. Mumford Stadium. As a result, the annual homecoming parade and the homecoming day party have been postponed until further notice.

    “Our policy is to error on the side of caution for situations that involve the safety and well-being of our students, fans and alumni,” said Southern University athletics director Roman Banks. “With the weather projections surrounding Tropical Storm Nate, we felt it was in the best interest of the Southern University community to move the start time up to allow everyone safe passage home.”

    Southern University Athletics has also postponed Sunday’s Southwestern Athletic Conference home soccer match against Alcorn State and home SWAC volleyball contest against Grambling State. 

    Both games will be postponed until a possible makeup date can be determined by the conference office.

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    A conversation with Grambling State University’s athletic director Paul Bryant

    As the Chicago Football Classic is steadfastly approaching its 20thAnniversary weekend, co-founder and producer Everett Rand along with business partner Larry Huggins have made the Chicago media rounds with the participating school Athletic Directors. HBCU football teams Clark Atlanta University Panthers and Grambling State University Tigers are facing off on Saturday, September 30 at Soldier Field for the only collegiate football classic in the North. The Chicago Football Classic expects a strong turnout of not only both school’s alumni but the support of graduates overall.

    Grambling State University is considered one of the more prominent football programs in the country with a long tradition of championship wins, as a member of the Southwestern Athletic Conference. The university’s athletic director Paul Bryant is excited about being a part of this year’s Chicago Football Classic and working with businessmen and organizers Larry Huggins, Tim Rand and Everett Rand on making sure HBCU schools are highlighted on a national platform.

    Mary L. Datcher, Chicago Defender Sr. Staff Writer sat down with Bryant and discussed the program’s direction, recruitment and continuing the school’s tradition of producing quality students both athletically and academically. Read it on The Defender. 

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    Southern volleyball falls to McNeese, Houston during day two of invitational

    Southern University junior setter Vaterra Calais earned 2017 UTA Volleyball Invitational All-Tournament Team honors as the Jaguars fell to Houston and McNeese State in straight sets on the final day of the tournament.

    Calais recorded 27 assists and three service aces in three matches for Southern, who opened the 2017 season with a 3-0 (17-25, 11-25, 18-25) loss to tournament host UT Arlington Friday night.

    During Day 2 action, SU (0-3) dropped the opening set to Houston 25-13 before responding with gutsy efforts in Set 2 and 3 which resulted in a pair of 25-20 defeats.

    In their tournament finale, Paige Hall’s eight kills and Calais’ eight assists were not enough to overturn a strong McNeese State performance which lead to a 3-0 (13-25, 16-25, 14-25) Cowgirl win.

    Southern will face McNeese State in a rematch in Lake Charles on August 30. First serve is set for 7 p.m.

    For more information on Southern University Volleyball log on to GoJagSports.com for the latest news, scores, and updates. Fans can also access the latest information on the Lady Jaguars through social media by following @SoutherU_VB on Twitter and Instagram or liking the Facebook page at Facebook.com/SouthernUVolleyball

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    Southern University to honor eight football legends Sept 1

    Southern University Athletics will honor eight of the most highly decorated football players in the program’s history during the inaugural SU Football Kick-off Extravaganza on Friday, September 1 in the F.G. Clark Activity Center.

    The fundraising event will salute eight former SU football players who enjoyed extensive NFL careers, which garnered several All-Pro awards, Super Bowl and Pro Bowl appearances, Super Bowl wins, and Hall of Fame inductions.

    Aeneas Williams, Rufus Porter, Mel Blount, Ken Ellis, Harold Carmichael, Rich “Tombstone” Jackson, Isaiah “Butch” Robertson, and Frank Pitts will be recognized as Southern Football Legends and celebrated for their achievements on the Gridiron and as ambassador of Southern University.

    https://foundation.sus.edu/football-extravaganza/The event will serve as a precursor to a special on-field pregame ceremony during the Jaguars opening game against South Carolina State in the MEAC/SWAC Challenge in A.W. Mumford Stadium on Sunday, September 3rd.

    Kickoff for the nationally televised season opener is slated for 1:35 p.m. on ESPN2.

    Blues recording artist Willie Clayton and Zydeco musician Keith Frank will headline a concert that will follow the ceremony honoring the former Southern University football legends.

    VIP tables, which include reserved seating with catered Louisiana cuisine and specialty drinks, are available for purchase. General admission tickets for the kick off extravaganza are $25 and are available now online at https://foundation.sus.edu/football-extravaganza/ or at the SU ticket office. Contact 225-771-3171.

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    SU Lab coach Rebecca Marshall honored

    The Louisiana High School Athletic Association Coaches Convention recently honored Southern University Laboratory School head track coach Rebecca Marshall.

    Marshall has helped to cultivate a rich athletic history for the Southern University Laboratory School Kittens. She has a bountiful tradition of producing track stars who have ranked amongst the states top track leaders. Many former team members under her leadership have gone on to become elite athletes.

    She has won 21 Class 1-A State Championships and 15 of them were consecutive. She currently holds the position as Athletic Director but has worn many hats over the past years. During her 30 years at Southern University Laboratory School she has served as SGA Sponsor, Assistant Volleyball Coach, Cheerleader Coach, Dancing Doll Coach and Dean of Students.

    Submitted by Rene Marshall-Williams

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    Baker High School Boys Varsity Basketball Team reaches state playoffs

    Because of their hard work and endurance and in spite of the loss of their school and/or homes as a result of the Great Flood of 2016, the Baker High School Boys Basketball Team participated in the 2017 Allstate Sugar  Bowl/LHSSA Basketball Tournament. With an overall season record of 25-12 and district record of 7-5, the team made it to the quarter finals of the tournament. We look forward to next year’s team making it all the way! Good luck to the team’s graduating seniors in their future endeavors. GO BUFFS!

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    Celebrity bowling challenge set for April 8

    Baton Rouge Bowling Proprietors will host the “Mayor’s Celebrity Bowling Challenge to Strikeout Hunger” with Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome, Saturday, April 8, benefiting the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank.

     Broome will be joined by television anchors and reporters, and other local celebrities at the Raising Cane’s River Center. The event begins with a VIP reception from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and bowling from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. More than 200 people are expected to participate.

    “This is a fun event for the whole community and it raises money for a great cause,” Broome said. “The Food Bank was hit hard by the flood, so this fundraiser will help them move forward in their recovery efforts.”

    The bowling challenge is a kickoff for the United States Bowling Congress Women’s Championships, which will be held in Baton Rouge starting April 23. The Mayor’s Celebrity Challenge was last held in 2012 during the USBC Open Championships in Baton Rouge.

    The challenge is being sponsored by the USBC, Dudley DeBosier Injury Lawyers, the Kiwanis Club of Cortana and others.

    Tickets are also available for $50 per person for those who want to attend the event, but don’t want to bowl.  For more information, contact call Marc Pater at 225-603-5914 or paterm@bellsouth.net.

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  • SU unveils impressive 2017 football schedule

    Southern University football will make their third appearance in the MEAC/SWAC challenge before facing two Football Bowl Subdivision opponents during the Jaguars 2017 schedule, officials announced Friday.

    Southern welcomes South Carolina State – and a nationally televised audience – to Baton Rouge and A.W. Mumford Stadium on Sunday, Sept. 3. in the 11th installment of the ESPN Events sponsored game. The Jaguars hold the distinction of being the only SWAC school to win in the 10-year history of the challenge, claiming wins over Florida A&M in 2007 in Birmingham, Ala. and Delaware State in 2010 in Orlando.

    The MEAC/SWAC Challenge features teams from two prominent Historically Black Colleges and Universities on the opening weekend of the college football season and is aired on an ESPN network. Prior to the 2016 game, the MEAC/SWAC Challenge originated as a neutral site game at historic Legion Field in Birmingham, Ala. before relocating to the Citrus Bowl in Orlando.

    SU head coach Dawson Odums and former Alcorn State head coach Jay Hobson reunite on the gridiron when the Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles, 2016 New Orleans Bowl champions, host the Jaguars on September 9 in Hattiesburg, Miss.

    Following their first-ever meeting with Southern Miss, Southern heads to the Alamodome for the inaugural meeting against UT-San Antonio led by former LSU assistant coach and current Roadrunners’ head coach Frank Wilson. In his first season, Wilson guided the Roadrunners to a Gildan New Mexico Bowl berth before losing to New Mexico 23-20 on Dec. 17.

    Southern returns to the state of Mississippi to open the SWAC’s new 7-game format against 3-time SWAC eastern division champ Alcorn State before NCAA Division II member Fort Valley State closes the Jaguars’ nonconference schedule at Mumford Stadium on Sept. 30. 

    The league office elected to implement a 4-2-1 schedule format which requires conference teams to play four opponents within their division, two permanent cross-divisional foes and one team rotating yearly as a part of the conference slate.

    The Jaguars, who finished 8-3 – 8-1 in SWAC play – last season and reeled off eight straight wins, host Alabama A&M for homecoming on Oct. 7, then observe their first bye week off the season on Oct. 14.

    Arch rival Jackson State awaits SU following the off week on Oct. 21 in Jackson, Miss. before the Jaguars tangle with Arkansas-Pine Bluff on the road Oct. 28.

    The month of November opens with a pair of Texas schools when Southern salutes their 2017 senior class in the home finale against Prairie View A&M on Nov. 4. After the Texas Southern game on Nov. 11 in Houston, Southern entertains one final bye week before looking to snap a two-game losing skid to Grambling State in the 44th annual Bayou Classic in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans on Nov. 25.

    Teams on Southern’s 11-game schedule compiled a 59-68 record in 2016.

    For more information on Southern University Athletics log on to Gojagsports.com for the latest news, scores, and updates. Fans can also access the latest information on SU Athletics through social media by following @SoutherUsports on Twitter and Instagram or liking the SU Athletics Facebook page at Facebook.com/Southern Jaguars.

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    New Orleans native Adam Rodney ranked #1 Epee Fencer in the US

    NEW ORLEANS - New Orleans native Adam Rodney will represent the United States and his hometown of New Orleans, La. at the World Fencing Cup in Heidenhiem, Germany.  According to a recent announcement by the United States Fencing Association, Rodney is the #1 ranked Epee Fencer in the United States following his accomplishments at the December North America Cup in Richmond, Virginia this past weekend.

    After earning a bye in the first two rounds, 

    Rodney recorded three victories in the third round of pool play action and in the table of 64 he upset the No. 3 seed Yeisser Ramirez in a tightly contested 14-13 bout. He then cruised past his next two opponents to advance to the quarterfinals to set up a showdown with Zeyad Elashry. 

    In a back-and-forth bout on the strip, Rodney won the final touch to take a 15-14 triumph and moved to the semifinals. Next up, he defeated Lewis Weiss, 14-9, to advance to the championship, before falling to Jacob Hoyle in the finals to take home a silver medal.

    Rodney is a member of The Peter Westbrook Foundation in New York, a not-for-profit organization that uses the sport of fencing to enrich the lives of young people from underserved communities in the New York metropolitan area. Founded in 1991 by legendary sabre fencer and Olympic bronze medalist Peter Westbrook, the foundation is committed to empowering participants with essential life skills. The St. John’s alum competes as a member of the New York Fencer’s Club.

    Rodney, who was a close call to make the 2016 Olympic Team, has since represented the United States in the World Cup in Bern, Switzerland.   Rodney also roared to a Silver Medal finish in the North American Cup Championship in Detroit Michigan in November.  He is a graduate of the famed St. Augustine High School in New Orleans, and St. John’s University. Many of his matches are featured on you tube and fencing promotions. 

    Rodney, who always identifies himself as a New Orleanian, but fences with the Olympian Peter Westbrook in New York and as a member of the New York Fencer’s Club, was a close call for the 2016 Olympic Team. He has been selected to represent the United States in the World Cup in Bern, Switzerland later this month.  He is also scheduled to visit Cuba in an exhibition.

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    Youth to Watch: Jason Holliday Jr.

    Every year, The Drum presents individuals who our readers need to watch and take note of. For 2017, we begin with youth to watch. Because of their leadership skills, gifts, talents, and personality, twelve Louisiana youth have been selected as Youth to Watch in 2017. “These youth show exceptional character and work ethics. They have vision and ability to be successful with excellence.”

    Meet: Jason Holliday Jr., 17

    Brusly High School

    Parents: Jason Holliday Sr. and Ledidra Carter

    College and career choice: I am currently undecided about what college I want to attend. I want to become a professional football player or professional basketball player.

    Biggest accomplishments: Being selected as 1st Team All District Basketball, 1st Team All District Football, and All-State Athlete for 2016-2017.

    I was named WAFB’s player of the week last month! I was selected to represent Louisiana in the EPS Texas vs. Louisiana Bowl being played at the AT&T stadium in Dallas, Texas, as well as selected by Louisiana High School Athletic Association to play in the Red Stick Bowl in Baton Rouge. I have been playing sports since the age of four and I attend the AAU Junior Olympics in track and field on the 4×1 relay team for Eagles Wing Track Club  in 2009.

    I also attended the ESPN World Wide of Sports AAU basketball national championship in Orlando, Florida with the AAU team Tarheels Select. We won the championship in 2012. I returned to the national championship in Las Vegas with another AAU team, Elfrid Payton Elite Basketball team 2013.

    10 Jason HollidayWhy was this “big” for you? Because I worked extremely hard to be recognized as one of the best athletes in my district and in the state of Louisiana.

    Life aspirations:  I want to be a professional athlete.  I want to give back to the people who helped me and kids who look up to me, be a positive role model.

    What is your motto, core belief, or favorite quote?  My motto is, “Go hard or go home!”  I believe that there is always someone out there as hungry for success as I am and willing to work as hard as I do, so that makes me work even harder.

    Mentors? My mentors are my mother and  Coach Marc Brown, they both push me to be the best I can be in whatever I do and never let anyone tell me that I CAN’T do something!

    Goals for 2017:  To graduate from high school and sign a full scholarship to the school of my choice.

    What are you reading? “The Mind of Champions” by Jim Afremow

    What music are you listening to? Rap,  Hip Hop, and R & B.

    Hobbies: Play basketball and football and video games.

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    Baton Rouge Crusaders to host Winter Classic Semi Pro basketball game, Dec. 17

     

    Let the winter games begin. The Baton Rouge Crusaders are excited to announce their first Winter Classic Semi Pro Basketball Game Saturday, Dec. 17, at Baton Rouge Community College Gym.

    “The Baton Rouge Crusaders are fairly new to the community, so this will be somewhat of an introduction. We would like the parish to attend and continue supporting these men on their professional journey, as we strive to bring about larger opportunities for them. Some are already known for their athletic and professional skills,” said Isaiah Marshall, the CEO of the BR Crusader’s parent company, Capitol City Crusaders.

    Capitol City Crusaders is a sports organization that houses youth basketball programs for students in second through 12th grade, a post graduation basketball program at Capitol City Prep Academy, and the new military developmental league team called Baton Rouge Crusaders. Their mission is to professionally develop local talent who may need more attention and practice before the big leagues. National Director of Men’s and Women’s Basketball, AAU, P.K. Martin and Demetric Hunter, who is the director of military all sports development league, brought the program to Louisiana, earlier this year and partnered with Marshall.

    Before the Dec. 17 game, the team will host a free youth basketball camp for youth ages 9-15, followed by a free community basketball game. “We think it is important for the players to mentor and work with the youth as much as possible, because it helps not only the youth to grow, but the players themselves, and hopefully we are creating a culture of giving back as well,” Marshall said.

    Sable International, a business management consulting firm in Baton Rouge, is also sponsoring tickets for five single mothers and their children to attend the Winter Classic. Email info@batonrougecrusaders.com to be a Good Neighbor sponsor and assist more families with admission.

     

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    University leader calls high school decision to keep athlete, ban valedictorian ‘height of hypocrisy’

    The following is a copy of Dillard University president Walter Kimbrough’s letter to Tangipahoa School Superintendent Mark Kolwe in regards to the national embarrassment:

    Last night, I watched “The Nightly Show” with Larry Wilmore. In the first segment, he discussed the case of Andrew Jones at Amite High School. Living in New Orleans, I was already aware of the case, but I watched Wilmore present the absurdity of this situation to the nation. For the past week, this case has been a national embarrassment to the school, the parish, and the entire state. For me, it represents a tremendous lack of judgment and a colossal failure of leadership. It also exposed blatant hypocrisy present in your school system, Mark Kolwe, Superintendent Tangipahoa Parish School System.

    So, I began to research this situation more closely and I want to present my findings. My hope is that you will issue a public apology to Mr. Jones and his family. Additionally, since this once in a lifetime event was ruined because of what appears to have been an ego contest with an 18 year old, I recommend that you offer restitution to him in the form of a scholarship for college.

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    In your letter, which appears in the Amite Tangi Digest, you write: The Tangipahoa Parish School Board Student Dress Code Policy states that “beards will not be allowed.” As Superintendent, I am obligated to ensure that all Board policies are followed.

    Indeed, the Student & Parent Handbook explicitly states this on page 8 under Student Dress Code, item #1 under dress code regulations grades 4-12. On page 9, it then describes how dress code violations will be handled, with the first violation resulting in a notice to parents and students (essentially a warning), and a subsequent violation resulting in a one day suspension due to disrespect of authority.

    Jones and his family contend that he has worn a beard all year, and that he shaved part of it before the ceremony. I tend to agree with them, not because I know them, but by this story in the Hammond Star recapping the basketball season found here: http://www.hammondstar.com/sports/season-in-review-amite-warriors-district—a/article_ad9875c6-12e2-11e6-932f-47ef2c0ac71f.html).

    The picture shows a young man, wearing a #3 on his jersey, who looks like Andrew Jones to me, with the fuller beard as he has described. I then checked the roster for the Amite Warriors and confirmed that Andrew Jones wore #3. (http://www.maxpreps.com/high-schools/amite-warriors-(amite,la)/basketball/roster.htm).

    So the question is, why would you wait until graduation, after he has completed all requirements to graduate and will no longer attend the school, to finally enforce a policy that has been unenforced for an entire year? More specifically, why would you punish your top student, 4.0 grade point average, and three-sport athlete with academic and athletic scholarships to Southeastern Louisiana University, on the very last day of his formal association with Amite High School?

    Yes, you are obliged to ensure the policies are followed. But policies were ignored during the football season. He was allowed to play football against Bogalusa in October, where the Amite Tangi Digest reported, “This would help set up a scoring drive that resulted in Walker hitting Andrew Jones for a 33-yard touchdown reception.” He was still playing in November, as the team played against Port Barre, The Advocate wrote “A fumbled punt snap gave Amite the ball at the Port Barre 39, and Walker drilled Andrew Jones with a 39-yard touchdown pass that made it 40-0.” He wore a full beard, in plain view, all through basketball season in the spring.

    The height of the hypocrisy is that you personally made a case for an exception to a rule in the name of fairness for students. In late November, a fight between Amite and Bogalusa resulted in Amite being removed from the football playoffs for violating the Louisiana High School Athletic Association rule that players are automatically suspended for the next game if they leave the bench area during an altercation. In fact, you sued because you felt the decision was too harsh. In an Advocate article, it reads “Taking away the opportunity for senior players to continue their quest for a state title was also deemed unfair by the Tangipahoa contingent.”

    At a school where only 36% of the students go to college within a year, where 80% of them are Black, and the average ACT is below 16, you are more willing to fight for students to participate in athletics than you are for an athlete who shows academic accomplishment to give his valedictory address at his only high school graduation.

    This facial hair rule, one that was not enforced all year long, is now non-negotiable at the very end of the year. Again referencing the handbook, page 10 explains discipline and indicates that administrators will “implement the Student Code of Conduct in a fair and consistent manner” (#3), “implement Board policy in a fair and consistent manner” (#7), and “use professional judgment to prevent minor incidents from becoming major challenges” (#5). There is nothing fair or consistent in the implementation of this rule, and now this minor incident has become a national embarrassment.

    The interim principal, and you as superintendent, failed on these responsibilities. However, if you are willing to exercise leadership, you can work to make amends to Andrew Jones and his family. Here are my suggestions:

    1. A public apology should be issued to Andrew Jones and his family. It is still okay to say “I’m sorry” and “We made a mistake.”
    2. Work within the local community to find a venue for Andrew to give his commencement address. He should still be afforded that opportunity.
    3. Some form of restitution would be appropriate in the form of a scholarship to assist with his first year of college. That moment has passed and cannot be relived, but a scholarship would serve as a tangible expression of regret.

    Please understand that these actions display a, hopefully unconscious, bias that allows you to advocate for Black students on the field or court, but to be punitive when it comes to academics. The vast majority of them will never be professional athletes, but they can use their athletic ability to pay for college. And so when you have a true scholar athlete like Andrew, he must be celebrated profusely so that he becomes a role model for others to follow.

    It is my hope that you will rectify this situation as best as possible.

    z4j1f6mgx9kvyl8i5pqw-1Walter M. Kimbrough, Ph.D.
    President, Dillard University
    2601 Gentilly Blvd.
    New Orleans, LA 70122

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  • Germany resigns from SU football; Jackson and Atkins to leave

    Southern University football confirmed  offensive coordinator Chad Germany has resigned from the program. Germany will remain on staff until Jan.14.

    “Chad Germany has been instrumental in the success of the Southern University football program for four years,” said head coach Dawson Odums.

    “His development of the quarterbacks at Southern helped produced the program’s all-time leading passer and perennial All-SWAC performers. We thank Chad for his service at Southern in helping rebuild the football program and wish him the best in his future endeavors.”

    Defensive line coach Myron Jackson, linebackers coach Lorick Atkinson and cornerbacks coach Chris Scott will not return to the Jaguar coaching staff in 2016. 

    Despite finishing 6-5, 6-3 in league play, Southern placed 11 players on the All-SWAC team announced Dec. 2 by the conference office.

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    N.O. issues Bayou Classic parking, traffic instructions

    The City of New Orleans issued parking instructions and reminders in advance of events for the 2015 Bayou Classic. The public is encouraged to be patient and to prepare for heavy vehicular and pedestrian traffic in the specified areas by making transportation arrangements accordingly.

    Battle of the Bands

    On Friday, Nov. 27, 2015, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., the Battle of the Bands will be held at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. There are no street closures for this event. Traffic will be regulated by detailed officers around the Superdome.

    2015 Bayou Classic Football Game

    On Saturday, Nov. 28, 2015 at 1:30 p.m., the Mercedes-Benz Superdome will host the 2015 Bayou Classic Football Game. There are no street closures for this event. Traffic will be regulated by detailed officers around the Superdome.

    Parking enforcement personnel will be monitoring for illegal parking, including blocking hydrants, driveways and sidewalks, or parking within 20 feet of a crosswalk, intersection or stop signs. Motorists are also reminded to park in the direction of travel on one-way streets, and with the right wheel to the curb on two-way streets.

    In addition, RTA services, including streetcar and bus service may be interrupted during these events. Details on route changes are available at www.norta.com.

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    Southeastern University names homecoming court

    Fourteen Southeastern Louisiana University students have been chosen as members of the 2015 Homecoming queen and beau
    courts. The seven women and seven men will reign over Homecoming festivities Oct. 12- 17. Chosen as members of
    the queen court are (L to r): seniors Jamie Lynn Ban, New Orleans; Allison Etzel, League City, Tex.; Si-Arah McCray,
    Baton Rouge; and Jasmine Wilson, Franklinton; juniors Ashley Nelson, Loranger; and Randi St. Pierre, St. Amant;
    and sophomore Christina Ferrando, Mandeville.

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  • Gales undergoes successful surgery

    Southern University wide receiver Devon Gales underwent a successful spinal surgery Sunday afternoon.

    Gales suffered several fractures in his neck that were stabilized. He continues to have movement in his upper body and remains in good spirits and will remain at Athens Regional until he is released to return to Baton Rouge for further treatment.

    The Gales family, along with Interim Athletics Director Roman Banks and the entire Southern University family, would like to thank Athens General, The University of Georgia and all of the many people who aided in his care during this unfortunate event. We are extremely thankful for all of the prayers and well wishes that Devon has received from many people nationwide.

    Also, special thanks to the Georgia football program and Sports Medicine staff for all of their love and support that they have shown Devon during this difficult time.

    Due to the overwhelming amount of love shown to them from everyone, the family is asking for privacy at this time. They appreciate and request your continued prayers and thoughts.

    If you would like to send cards or well wishes to Devon, please send them to:

    SU Athletics:
    C/o Devon Gales
    PO Box 9942
    Baton Rouge, LA 70813

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    Meet the Team Celebration

    The Hammond High Magnet School Touchdown Club cordially invites students, parents, and fans to the annual “Meet the Team Celebration,” Sat., August 15,  10am – noon at the HHMS football field.

    The celebration is open to the public.

    It will feature the introduction of the 2015 Tornado freshman, junior varsity, and varsity football teams by Head Coach Cecil Thomas. Other activities will include performances by the Torettes and cheerleaders. Concessions, raffle items, 50/50 drawing, and door prizes will be available.

    “We ask everyone to come out to help honor the hard work and dedication of our players and coaches by attending this event. This event is an excellent opportunity to meet the families and friends of our young athletes and coaching staff and allow us to take pride in their accomplishments as we kick off the 2015 season,” said organizers.

    Season tickets and parking passes will be on sale. For more information, please contact Coach Cecil Thomas at cecil.thomas@tangischools.org.

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    1,500 petition to keep Gus Young pool

    Plans are underway to permanently close the community pool at the BREC Gus Young Avenue Park in East Baton Rouge on August 1. Public opposition is increasing, but is it enough to convince the BREC board or  superintendent Carol McKnight  to reconsider closure and re-allocate $400,000  from BREC’s $69 million annual budget to preserve the historic pool and clubhouse?

    Community leaders and residents said they want a pool and are not interested in other option–not even a splashpad that would require $500,000 in donations. Longtime activist Elwin “Bobby” Burns said he has collected more than 1,500 signatures petitioning to restore and open the pool. He will submit the petition to the Mayor’s office and Metro Councilmembers. Burns is concerned that the children have swimming opportunities within walking distance of their homes. “BREC has four dog parks!” Burns wrote in an email to The Drum asking if funds that were once identified for Gus Young park renovations had been transferred to fund the parish’s new dog parks.

    The pool was closed three summers ago for repairs about the same time the Liberty Water Park was built in Independence Park. When the pool was closed the 39 kids who signed up for swimming lessons were referred to other pools which were 2 miles away. Then, the cost of swimming in the Gus Young pool was $1.25 per person. The cost of Liberty Waterpark was $8 for people shorter than 4 feet and $10 for taller people. Today, the Gus Young residents have are given the option to learn to swim at the nearby A.C Lewis YMCA pool on South Foster Drive, which is located about 2 miles away. BREC said 103 people have signed up for the swimming lessons.

    Residents also have the option of swimming at BREC’s Howell Community Park Pool on Winnborne Ave., which is also 2 miles away, or at BREC’s Anna T. Jordan pool which is located farther in North Baton Rouge.

    For many Gus Young residents, this is not a viable option said Metro Councilwoman C. Denise Marcelle who represents the area. According to the Rev. Richard Andrus, pastor of St. Paul Apostle Catholic Church on Gus Young, his congregation overwhelmingly supports keeping the pool instead of permanently closing it or replacing it with a splashpad. He will join Marcelle in meeting with BREC leaders.

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  • Southern’s post-season ban lifted

    Southern University’s NCAA-imposed postseason ban as a result of the unusable data probation has been lifted, interim athletics director Roman Banks announced May 15.

    During a meeting in the J.S. Clark Administration building, Banks told the SU Board of Supervisors all athletic programs are postseason eligible for the 2015-16 academic year and revert to having their Academic Progress Rate scores determine postseason eligibility.  Southern’s fall certification is a key and ongoing component in culminating the department’s unusable data probationary period.

    Beginning with 2012-13 championships, NCAA Division I institutions must earn a minimum 900 four-year APR or a 930 average over the most recent two years to be eligible to participate. For 2014-15 championships, teams must earn a 930 four-year average APR or a 940 average over the most recent two years to participate in championships. In 2015-16 and beyond, teams must earn a four-year APR of 930 to compete in championships.

    Southern als learned the 2013-14 student-athlete data submitted to the NCAA has been deemed accurate and serves as the department’s starting point for the calculation of future multi-year APR scores. 

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    SU breaks ground for new Jaguar Park

    Plans are underway to transform the east side of AW Mumford Stadium into Jaguar Park, an attractive urban sport complex. On May 11, the Southern University System Foundation broke ground to launch construction of the campus’ new addition.

    Jaguar Park will feature a lighted NCAA regulation soccer game field and football practice field, a soccer field house, coaching observation tower, along with javelin and discuss runway.

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    The facility will be enclosed by mesh and aluminum fencing with 40 connecting brick columns.

    SUS Foundation executive director Alfred Harrell talks about the new Jaguar Park at the groundbreaking: http://t.co/iIGIvDQ5x0

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    Tips offered for a safe Bayou Classic experience

    Louisiana highway safety officials are reminding thousands of fans driving to New Orleans for the 40th Annual Bayou Classic football game and the Battle of the Bands that Thanksgiving is traditionally one of the most risky periods for traveling on the state’s roads.

    “Thanksgiving is one of the most heavily traveled holidays in Louisiana and the nation,” said Lt. Col. John LeBlanc, executive director of the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission.  “When the normal Thanksgiving traffic combines with the tens of thousands of visitors to New Orleans for Bayou Classic events over a long weekend, the potential for congestion and crashes is significantly increased.”

    Last year, over the five-day Thanksgiving holiday, there were 689 injuries and five deaths in vehicle crashes in Louisiana.  Blacks accounted for over one-third of the 2013 Louisiana highway crash deaths.

    Last year, more than half of the people killed in crashes in Louisiana were not wearing seat belts. Of the 140 Black drivers killed in Louisiana crashes, 61 percent were not properly wearing seat belts. Although a 2013 survey found that seat belt use reached a record high in Louisiana, with 82.5 percent of drivers and front-seat passengers buckling up, the 77.4 percent of Black drivers and front-seat passengers who buckled up was below the state average for all drivers and passengers.

    The Commission has provided grants to law enforcement agencies and State Police to participate in this year’s Thanksgiving Click It or Ticket campaign, which runs from Nov. 22 to Nov. 30. Local agencies use the grant money to conduct additional overtime patrols and checkpoints during the holiday period.

    “The Bayou Classic is a popular event that brings together friends and families from across Louisiana and many other states,” LeBlanc said. “We want everybody to make this an enjoyable and safe event.”

    The Louisiana Highway Safety Commission offers the following trips for safe travel:
    - Arrange for a designated driver, call a cab or use other public transportation if you have been drinking alcohol.
    - Buckle your seat belts. Louisiana law requires drivers and front and rear-seat passengers to wear their seat belts when a vehicle is in motion.
    - Avoid driver distractions. State law prohibits drivers from texting and using social media.
    - Drive within designated speed limits.

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  • Southeastern seeking new head womens basketball coach

    HAMMOND – Southeastern Louisiana University will immediately begin a national search for a new head women’s basketball coach, university Director of Athletics Jay Artigues announced.

    Lori Davis Jones has resigned after completing her 12th season at the helm of the program. Eric Dumas, who has been a part of Jones’ staff throughout her time at Southeastern, will serve as interim head coach during the search process.

    “We are very appreciative of the contributions Lori has made to our university and wish her well in the future,” Artigues said. “We will immediately begin a national search for a new head coach and we’re anxious to continue to grow our women’s basketball program.”

    During her tenure, Jones finished with an on-court career record of 145-200. She led the Lady Lions to six Southland Conference Tournament appearances and 17 of her players earned All-Southland Conference honors. The Lady Lions finished the 2013-14 season with an 8-22 overall record and a 7-11 record in Southland Conference play, falling short of qualifying for the league’s postseason tournament for the second consecutive season.

    By Kemmler Chapple

    Action 17 News

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    Southeastern Football team ranked top 10 by FCS

    After setting a single season school record for victories, winning its first conference championship since 1961 and making its first-ever trip to the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs, the SOUTHEASTERN LOUISIANA FOOTBALL TEAM finished sixth in both of the final FCS national polls. Southeastern was picked No. 6 by the voters in both the Sports Network and FCS Coaches’ polls. The ranking represented the season high for the Lions in both listings.

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  • Grambing Selects Fobbs

    GRAMBLING STATE University President Frank G. Pogue and athletic director Aaron James announced the selection of Broderick Lee Fobbs as the next head coach for the university football team. Fobbs, a second generation Gramblinite, was chosen from a pool of more than 100 candidates. His appointment is pending University of Louisiana System Board of Supervisors approval.

     

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  • Southern Seniors Plan to End Football Season as Champions

    Southern University  football seniors, will leave SU with a winning season
 

Senior night for the Southern University football team was truly a milestone.

    The Southern University Jaguars demolished the Clark Atlanta Panthers 53-0 Saturday, November 16 at home in A.W. Mumford stadium.

    The game marked the last time the football seniors will play in A.W. Mumford stadium, and after shutting out Clark Atlanta, it is safe to say the seniors are leaving with a bang.

    “This was a great game all around for all of the players.” said senior, quarterback Dray Joseph. “All the seniors were able to go out on senior night with a victory.” continued Joseph.

    The shutout was not the only highlight of the game, senior; quarterback Dray Joseph became Southern’s all-time leader for career passing yards. Early in the first half, Joseph completed to receiver Lee Doss for a 6-yard gain, totaling Joseph’s passing yards to 8,194 yards, advancing pass former Southern quarterback Bryant Lee.

    “I’m really good friends with Bryant, I talk to him almost every day”, said Joseph. “He knew I was going to break his record tonight, he actually told me he knew I was going to break it before I came to Southern.”

    Joseph may have set a new record, but it was the Jaguars rushing game that sparked the attention. The Jaguars finished with the 318 rushing yards, the most since 2009 when they racked up 349 yards against Central State.

    “We were always capable to run the ball” said freshmen, running back Lenard Tillery. “A lot of people have asked me why we do not run the ball, it’s not that we can’t, it’s the point we might get stuck in tight situations and we must let our quarterback and wide receivers handle it.”

    From the struggling seasons to the coaching staff changes, the seniors certainly endured their growing pains at Southern. But after clinching the Western Divisional Championship for the Southwestern Atlantic Conference, the products from the 2009 football team can say they will leave Southern with a winning record.

    Before heading to Houston, Texas in December for the Southwestern Atlantic Conference Championship, the Jags will prepare for their battle on the bayou, as they take on longtime rival Grambling State University for the Bayou Classic. 
 
“Being able to play in the Mercedes Benz Superdome is going to be amazing” said Tillery, excited for his first Bayou Classic. “My family and I have gone every year; it’s a great game and a great tradition.”

    The 40th annual Bayou Classic weekend will kick off Friday. That night, the Southern University Human Jukebox will battle against the Grambling State marching Tigers at the battle of the bands following the Greek show at 6 p.m. at the Mercedes Benz Superdome. 
The game will have kick off at 1:30 pm, Saturday, November 30 at the Mercedes Benz Superdome. Door will open at noon.

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  • Odums Extends Contract with Southern until 2017

    Southern University and head football coach Dawson Odums have agreed to a multi-year contract extension that will keep the 2013 SWAC Coach of the Year in Baton Rouge through 2017 the school announced today.

    Terms of the extension included a three-year extension in addition to the one-year remaining on his contract, at a base salary of $175,000.

    Athletics Director Dr. William Broussard is expected to present the contract for final approval at the SU Board of Supervisors meeting in early January 2014.

    “I’m pleased to extend this offer to Coach Odums as a commitment to continued student-athlete success at Southern,” said Broussard. “We look forward to continuing to win and win the right way with him at the helm of the program.”

    The announcement of Odums’ contract extension comes a day after the one-year anniversary of his introductory press conference naming him head coach in late December 2013.

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    Jesse Owens’ 1936 Olympic Gold Medal Sells in Online Auction

    ONE OF THREE OLYMPIC GOLD MEDALS won by  Jesse Owens at the 1936 Berlin Games has sold for a record $1.4 million in an nline auction. The medal was sold by

    the estate of Robinson’s late widow, Elaine Plaines-Robinson. Owens won gold in the 100- and 200-meters, 400 relay and long jump at the games attended by Adolph

    Hitler,The whereabouts of the other three originals is unknown, but Owens was issued a replacement set that is part of an exhibit at Ohio State, his alma mater.

    A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the medal will be donated to the  Jesse Owens Foundation.

     

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