WBRZ http://www.wbrz.com/ WBRZ Southern News Southern News en-us Copyright 2014, WBRZ. All Rights Reserved. Feed content is not avaialble for commercial use. () () Tue, 25 Nov 2014 20:11:38 GMT Synapse CMS 10 WBRZ http://www.wbrz.com/ 144 25 Southern gets win over rival Jackson State 42-28 http://www.wbrz.com/news/southern-gets-win-over-rival-jackson-state-42-28/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/southern-gets-win-over-rival-jackson-state-42-28/ Southern News Sat, 25 Oct 2014 10:14:48 PM Chris Price Southern gets win over rival Jackson State 42-28

JACKSON, MS - The Southern Jaguars jumped on Jackson State early and beat their rival 42-28 on Saturday. 

The Jags started quarterback Deonte Shorts and he responded by leading the Jags to a scoring drive on their opening possesion. 

Shorts connected with Justin Morgan on a long pass play before finishing the drive with a touchdown run to put the Jags up 7-0. 

Willie Quinn ran a punt back for a touchdown to put the Jags up 14-nothing, and Leonard Tillery added a 76 yard touchdown run that had the Jags leading 21-0 less than 8 minutes into the game. 

Southern moves to 4-1 on the conference season, while the Tigers fall to 1-4. 

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Aeneas Williams honored by Southern at homecoming http://www.wbrz.com/news/aeneas-williams-honored-by-southern-at-homecoming/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/aeneas-williams-honored-by-southern-at-homecoming/ Southern News Sun, 5 Oct 2014 9:08:50 PM Seth Lewis Aeneas Williams honored by Southern at homecoming

BATON ROUGE - What a year it's been for Aeneas Williams. 

In August, the former safety for the St. Louis Rams and Arizona Cardinals was inducted into the NFL hall of fame. Then on Saturday, he was honored by his alma mater, Southern, at homecoming.

The school, celebrating it's 100th year in Baton Rouge, holding a presentation at halftime for Williams. The Southern board of directors presenting the New Orleans native with a proclamation. Baton Rouge Mayor Kip Holden giving Williams a key to the city and declaring October 4th, 2014 "Aeneas Williams Day." Also, Williams fraternity Kappa Alpha Psi administering a plaque to him as well.

The biggest crowd in Mumford Stadium this year giving Williams a nice standing ovation throughout the presentation.

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Jindal orders state help to fix road through SU http://www.wbrz.com/news/jindal-orders-state-help-to-fix-road-through-su/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/jindal-orders-state-help-to-fix-road-through-su/ Southern News Sat, 19 Jul 2014 12:36:59 PM Jindal orders state help to fix road through SU

BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal has ordered the state transportation department to help fix a main road through the Southern University campus in Baton Rouge.

The road has been unusable for nearly a month.

E.C. Harrison Road gave way when an aging culvert crumbled. University officials sought state aid to get it reopened because the financially-strapped school doesn't have money to fix it.

The road's closure has left an unpaved route as the only way to reach residence halls on north side of the campus. Officials say the road break is considered a safety issue and it's an inconvenience.

The Department of Transportation and Development can't work on properties outside the state highway system, unless there's a gubernatorial declaration to do so.

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SU basketball, bowling to miss postseason play http://www.wbrz.com/news/su-basketball-bowling-to-miss-postseason-play/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/su-basketball-bowling-to-miss-postseason-play/ Southern News Thu, 27 Feb 2014 2:59:21 PM Russell Jones SU basketball, bowling to miss postseason play

BATON ROUGE - The NCAA barred Southern University's winter sports teams from playing in the postseason as they continue to investigate issues with the school's academic eligibility paperwork.

The NCAA said both the men and women's basketball teams, as well as the women's bowling teams, will be barred from postseason competition.

The decision eliminates playoff hopes for the two basketball squads, which both currently have 13-2 records.

The problem stems from eligibility and retention data Southern has to submit to the NCAA's Academic Performance Program, which the NCAA found in December 2013 to be incomplete and inaccurate. Without it, Southern can't prove its teams meet the minimum academic standards all Division 1 schools are required to pass in order to participate in postseason play.

The NCAA previously said if Southern met a number of deadlines to submit corrected paperwork the teams would be able to play in upcoming tournaments. Today, they said Southern still had a "significant amount of work" to do, so a postseason ban for all teams would stay in effect.

Southern said they are still working with the NCAA to hopefully restore their spring sports' eligibility.

Sports 2 will have more details coming up in tonight's broadcasts.

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Southern, LaFleur settle lawsuit http://www.wbrz.com/news/southern-lafleur-settle-lawsuit/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/southern-lafleur-settle-lawsuit/ Southern News Sat, 11 Jan 2014 10:30:07 AM Southern, LaFleur settle lawsuit

BATON ROUGE - The Southern University Board of Supervisors will pay former Athletic Director Greg LaFleur about $150,000 to settle his breach of contract lawsuit.

Southern officials say that the settlement represents roughly half of the money the school would have paid LaFleur if he'd been allowed to fulfill the full terms of his contract.

LaFleur had argued the university was too quick to fire him after his 2011 arrest in Houston for soliciting sex from an undercover police officer posing as a prostitute. It took a Houston jury 34 minutes to find LaFleur not guilty of the charge during a 2012 trial.

The case was set for trial on Jan. 22.

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IBM reps at Southern University http://www.wbrz.com/news/ibm-reps-at-southern-university/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/ibm-reps-at-southern-university/ Southern News Tue, 16 Apr 2013 9:14:11 AM IBM reps at Southern University

BATON ROUGE - IBM representatives are at Southern University today talking to dozens of students and others about some 800 new well-paying technology positions that the computer giant will be filling over the next several years.

IBM is bringing those jobs to a new office and residential space in Downtown Baton Rouge within the next two years.

Adrian Pittman will have more on this story starting with News 2 at 5 p.m.

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Longtime educator Dr. Huel Perkins dies http://www.wbrz.com/news/longtime-educator-dr-huel-perkins-dies/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/longtime-educator-dr-huel-perkins-dies/ Southern News Tue, 16 Apr 2013 8:35:53 AM Russell Jones Longtime educator Dr. Huel Perkins dies

BATON ROUGE - Dr. Huel D. Perkins, a longtime music professor and educator who authored Southern University's fight song, passed away last night according to a Southern spokesperson.

Perkins graduated from Southern in 1947 and served as a music professor there from 1951 to 1960. He later served as the school's Dean of the College of Arts and Humanities, before serving at LSU from 1979 through 1998 as Assistant Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, Executive Assistant to the Chancellor, and Special Assistant to the Chancellor.

"Baton Rouge has lost a great leader whose life's work has been to make education exciting and important," said SU Chancellor Dr. James L. Llorens on Monday. "Dr. Perkins was a man of great dignity, who believed in Southern University and its mission. His family is in our prayers."

In May 2005 Perkins was awarded the honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Louisiana State University for his service to education and to LSU. A Doctoral Fellowship Program as Louisiana State University has been named in his honor.

Funeral arrangements are pending.


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Southern hopes to boost enrollment http://www.wbrz.com/news/southern-hopes-to-boost-enrollment/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/southern-hopes-to-boost-enrollment/ Southern News Mon, 11 Mar 2013 3:28:45 PM Rob Krieger Southern hopes to boost enrollment

BATON ROUGE- Southern University discussed ways to increase enrollment and boost graduation rates at The Press Club this afternoon.

Albert Tezeno, Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Success, told reporters the university is working to increase partnerships with high schools and community colleges, a tactic echoed by Southern students.

"Recruit more within the high schools and be more social with them, instead of just giving out fliers and promoting, actually have one on one with the high schoolers and letting them know what Southern can offer for them and how great of an experience it could be to going to Southern University," said Adrian Carr, a student at Southern University.

The school also plans to waive out of state fees for well qualified students, effectively leveling the playing field when students are making their education choices.

"It becomes more affordable now if they qualify for the out of state fee waiver," said Tezeno, who added those students must meet GPA and testing requirements to get the waiver.

Southern already offers ways to get students who don't meet collegiate criteria requirements with their SUSLA Connect program.

"It gives them access to a higher education, they may not have met the minimum criteria for admission so instead of just putting them out and them having nothing else to do, we came up with this SUSLA connect program where the students can go through the developmental stages and take courses on our campus," said Tezeno.

Southern University has a partnership with BRCC, but hopes to make more connection with area community colleges to offer more students access to a four year degree.

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Southern students hold anti-violence march, vigil http://www.wbrz.com/news/southern-students-hold-anti-violence-march-vigil/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/southern-students-hold-anti-violence-march-vigil/ Southern News Tue, 26 Feb 2013 3:44:18 PM Russell Jones Southern students hold anti-violence march, vigil

BATON ROUGE - Students and community members marched together at Southern University tonight in a show of solidarity against violence in the city.

Southern University's Black History Club, Criminal Justice Club, NCAAP and Student Government Association hosted the "Stop the Violence March."

The march comes one year after Trayvon Martin was killed in his Florida neighborhood while walking home from a convenience store. George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch member on trial for his shooting, claims he thought he was armed and shot him in self-defense.

Students also gathered after the march for a candlelight vigil in Martin's memory at the at the Southern University Law Center.


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Southern to shed 2 programs http://www.wbrz.com/news/southern-to-shed-2-programs/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/southern-to-shed-2-programs/ Southern News Thu, 25 Oct 2012 5:16:32 AM Southern to shed 2 programs

BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Board of Regents has given Southern University permission to drop its master of arts in mass communication degree in a budget-cutting move that provoked the ire of faculty when the idea was first floated months ago.

Karen Denby, regents associate commissioner for academic affairs, says Southern's mass communication master's degree was recently denied reaccreditation by a national organization earlier this year, while the bachelor's program was conditionally approved.

Southern System President Ronald Mason acknowledged that cutting a program is rarely a good thing, but called it a necessary evil in a time of financial uncertainty.

Southern also got the go-ahead Wednesday to end its doctor of philosophy in physical education program.

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SU center named most diverse law school http://www.wbrz.com/news/su-center-named-most-diverse-law-school/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/su-center-named-most-diverse-law-school/ Southern News Fri, 12 Oct 2012 8:18:43 AM SU center named most diverse law school

BATON ROUGE - The Southern University Law Center has the most diverse faculty among any law school in the country. That's according to the Princeton Review, an education services company.

The Advocate reports the law center is featured in the Princeton Review's 2013 edition of "The Best 168 Law Schools."

The book doesn't include a single hierarchical rating of schools from 1 to 168, but instead lists the top 10 law schools in various categories, including "Most Diverse Faculty," in which Southern University Law Center earned the top spot.

Southern University Law Center's Chancellor Freddie Pitcher Jr. said in a statement he wasn't surprised by the rankings.

Southern's law school is one of 59 schools in the book that appear on one or more lists.

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Naval simulator gives Southern students edge http://www.wbrz.com/news/naval-simulator-gives-southern-students-edge/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/naval-simulator-gives-southern-students-edge/ Southern News Tue, 9 Oct 2012 4:11:34 PM Rob Krieger Naval simulator gives Southern students edge

BATON ROUGE- Southern University Naval ROTC students won't have to leave the bluff next time they want to practice battle maneuvers or port navigation, thanks to the Mariner Skills simulator.

The $90,000 simulator was purchased by the Navy to help train future sailors on nearly any ship in the fleet in almost any situation.

"It's a real life experience, you know you can get up from that desk and walk away from it, but for the young men and women who are going into a real life experience, it's understanding what mistakes mean," said Dr. James Llorens, Southern University Chancellor.

The simulator will allow students to get a jump start on their training, while providing a gaming-style medium they're already familiar with.

"The Navy really takes advantage of those skills and those talents and it really engages this generation in the training they're going to be conducting, for them, my students, they're having a great time in here everyday and they're learning at an exponential rate from my past classes that had to learn things from a book," said Lt. Erik Gardener, a NROTC instructor at Southern.

"It really does give you a leg up on pretty much anything you'll ever do in the fleet," said Thomas Foster, a Midshipman 2nd class in the program.

Southern is one of a few schools to get the new system. They'll test the simulator before it goes nationwide.

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Southern University gets new degree program http://www.wbrz.com/news/southern-university-gets-new-degree-program/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/southern-university-gets-new-degree-program/ Southern News Fri, 28 Sep 2012 6:13:18 AM Southern University gets new degree program

BATON ROUGE - Southern University in Baton Rouge got approval Thursday from the state's higher education management board to add new academic degree programs.

The Louisiana Board of Regents gave Southern permission to offer bachelor's and master's degree programs in the newly merged mathematics and physics program.

Karen Denby, regents associate commissioner for academic affairs, said Southern has projected initially enrolling about 40 undergraduates and 15 master's degree students as the combined program gets started.

Southern Chancellor James Llorens said the university's separate degree programs were terminated because of low student completion rates.

Southern just recently completed an economics-driven reorganization in which the university's nine academic colleges were merged into five, and about 30 degree programs with low completion and enrollment rates were cut.

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Southern new model for fund-cut schools http://www.wbrz.com/news/southern-new-model-for-fund-cut-schools-40286/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/southern-new-model-for-fund-cut-schools-40286/ Southern News Thu, 27 Sep 2012 10:51:44 AM Southern new model for fund-cut schools

BATON ROUGE - As Louisiana's colleges limp along after losing nearly half-a-billion dollars in state funding over the past four years, educations officials say Southern University may emerge as the model for how universities restructure themselves going forward.

The Advocate reports representatives from the state's four public college systems appeared Wednesday in front of the Louisiana Board of Regents for the annual meeting.

Regents Finance Chairman Bubba Rasberry said Southern's performance over the past year has been "shockingly good."

Southern System President Ronald Mason said the goal is for the university to transform itself into a new kind of institution by focusing on the most popular degree programs and attracting larger numbers of students through online offerings.

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Gov't awards $228M in grants to black colleges http://www.wbrz.com/news/gov-t-awards-228m-in-grants-to-black-colleges/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/gov-t-awards-228m-in-grants-to-black-colleges/ Southern News Tue, 18 Sep 2012 12:54:31 PM Gov't awards $228M in grants to black colleges

WASHINGTON- The Education Department is awarding $228 million in grants to historically black colleges and universities.

The five-year grants will go to schools in 19 states plus the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Schools can use the money to expand their campuses, acquire science equipment, develop counseling programs and train faculty.

Education Secretary Arne Duncan says the grants will enable historically black colleges to help students who grapple with financial challenges as they pursue post-secondary education.

Most of the schools receiving grants are in the South.

The largest grants will go to Florida A&M University in Tallahassee; Southern University and A&M College in Baton Rouge, La.; Jackson State University in Jackson, Miss.; and St. Philip's College in San Antonio. Those schools will receive more than $5 million each.

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Police promote safety at Southern http://www.wbrz.com/news/police-promote-safety-at-southern/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/police-promote-safety-at-southern/ Southern News Mon, 20 Aug 2012 7:42:50 PM Rosa Flores Police promote safety at Southern

BATON ROUGE - The Southern University Police Department celebrated safety on campus with an event for students the first night classes were back in session.

"We are going all out to make sure that they understand that we are here for them. That we are just a phone call away. We are just a unit away. They can flag the guys down. I encourage the guys to talk to them at any given time," says Southern University Police Chief Ronald Stevens.

Hundreds of students gathered near the on-campus housing complex to eat, dance and learn about safety initiatives Monday night. Some students said they also noticed officers checking student identification on their first day back, a new safety measure for the school.

"I feel safe, because I don't have to worry about no strangers going on campus to do no harm to me," said freshman Bernard Tucker.

"I do like that they are cracking down and that they are monitoring both gates a lot more effectively," said sophomore Shante Harvey.

Emergency call boxes are also all over campus. Southern can issue text message alerts, and even call parents in the case of an emergency.

According to Southern Police, the school saw an increase in some crimes from 2009 to 2010.  Robberies increased from 1 to 11, aggravated assaults increased from 2 to 3, and burglaries increased from 10 to 17. Vehicle thefts, meanwhile, decreased from 7 to 2.

Stevens said they were still preparing statistics from 2011, which he believed would show those numbers going back down.

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SU students, volunteers spruce up Scotlandville http://www.wbrz.com/news/su-students-volunteers-spruce-up-scotlandville/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/su-students-volunteers-spruce-up-scotlandville/ Southern News Fri, 17 Aug 2012 8:30:44 AM Russell Jones SU students, volunteers spruce up Scotlandville

BATON ROUGE - Southern University students and volunteers met up this morning to clean parts of the Scotlandville neighborhood in a joint service project.

The volunteer groups met with Southern students around 8 a.m. and fanned out to a projects at Scotlandville High, Ryan Elementary School, and the Banks community.

Students and volunteers pressure-washed buildings, cleaned sidewalks, removed trash and did other cleanup work at the different locations.

Southern held the first such service project back in May, and students decided to join up with the East Baton Rouge Mayor-President's "Love Your Block" program for this project.


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More dolphins turn up stranded in Texas http://www.wbrz.com/news/more-dolphins-turn-up-stranded-in-texas/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/more-dolphins-turn-up-stranded-in-texas/ Southern News Tue, 12 Jun 2012 7:24:08 AM John Pastorek More dolphins turn up stranded in Texas

GALVESTON, Texas - More than 120 dolphins have turned up stranded in Texas since last fall and researchers are trying to figure out why.

Experts are looking at the 2010 BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

They're also looking at an algae bloom or other possible unknown causes.

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Southern offers nursing degree online http://www.wbrz.com/news/southern-offers-nursing-degree-online/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/southern-offers-nursing-degree-online/ Southern News Tue, 5 Jun 2012 4:24:50 PM Sarah Rosario Southern offers nursing degree online

BATON ROUGE - It's named the state's nursing school of the year, and now Southern University is offering a Bachelors of Science degree online for nursing.

The program will be a year-long alternative to what's typically a four-year program, but school administrators say it's not for everyone.

"Its not a situation where you just offer this verses a four-year degree. Its only for nurses with associates degrees so they're already practicing as nurses," said Dr. Jacqueline Hill.

Dr. Hill will be one of the teachers for the program offered starting this fall. In addition to an AA degree applicants must also be accredited by the National League for Nursing, they must have an incumbent license, and at least two years of nursing experience.  It'll cost each student $400 per credit hour and bring in $8,000-$10,000 per student to the university.

Students we spoke to approve of the new online learning experience as long as the nurses are getting the hands-on experience needed in the real world.

"There has to be a clinical portion, that still has to be done, said student Justin Abadie.

Only 30 spots will be available in the fall. The School of Nursing's admissions committee will pick the people selected.

Hill says the online degree program will carry the same prestige as the traditional program. The same accrediting process covers both.

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SU audit notes problems with waiver program http://www.wbrz.com/news/su-audit-notes-problems-with-waiver-program/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/su-audit-notes-problems-with-waiver-program/ Southern News Mon, 14 May 2012 8:16:11 AM SU audit notes problems with waiver program

BATON ROUGE - An audit of the Southern University System for the fiscal year that ended last June says there is no evidence students at the Southern Law Center and the New Orleans and Shreveport campuses were informed in a timely manner on how to apply for hardship fee waivers.

The university acknowledged that it was late adopting a system-wide policy on fee waivers, but said campus websites have information on the waivers. It said it's taking steps to posted waiver information in various social media.

The Legislative Auditor's report, released Monday, details several alleged errors or omissions in various aspects of the system's fiscal reporting and records. The university disagreed with some of the findings, but also outlined numerous steps it is taking to improve timeliness and completeness of financial reporting.

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