Houston VS Southern U. Softball Striking Out Breast Cancer

The anchor does a horrible job here but the game is for a great cause. We’ll see if we can find some footage to post later.

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Louisiana Universities to Fight Cuts

LSU, Southern University and University of New Orleans faculty members are meeting late this week to map plans for a statewide mobilization effort in defense of state higher education funding.

LSU Faculty Senate President Kevin Cope on Thursday invited a UNO representative to LSU’s Thursday meeting “regarding the overall plight of higher education.” The two of them are meeting today with the Southern Faculty Senate.

Steven Striffler, a UNO Latin American studies professor, said he is sick of hearing that $250 million in statewide budget cuts to colleges the past 14 months are only examples of “belt-tightening or feeling the pinch.”


2010 Honda Battle of the Bands Footage


If you didn’t get to attend, here’s what available online so far in summary of the Honda Battle of the Bands 2010.


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Ex-SU President Slaughter asks ‘hostile’ judge’s Recusal

Former Southern University System President Ralph Slaughter testified Monday that the judge who threw out his wage dispute lawsuit against the school was “hostile’’ toward him and his attorney.

Slaughter, during a hearing on his motion to recuse state District Judge Tim Kelley from the case, accused the judge of showing “complete bias, prejudice and contempt’’ toward Jill Craft, who represents Slaughter, during last month’s trial.

“Are you referring to racial bias? Gender bias? What exactly are you saying?’’ state District Judge Janice Clark asked.

“Bias toward my attorney. Bias toward me,’’ Slaughter replied.

Clark said she will issue a ruling by the close of business today

In his Dec. 3 ruling, Kelley called Slaughter’s trial testimony “the least credible’’ he had heard in his 13 years on the bench and said Slaughter’s June 30 departure from Southern marked the end of a “very, very dark era’’ in the school’s history.

“It wasn’t his responsibility to evaluate my performance at Southern University,’’ Slaughter testified Monday.

Slaughter, who was president of the Southern system from April 2006 until the end of June 2009, is seeking more than $100,000 in unpaid annual leave and sick leave.

Kelley awarded him nothing.

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SU Tennis Star is a Hard Hitter in Class as well

Southern University tennis star Carlista Mohammed showed recently that her brilliance is not limited to the courts as she picked up an award for Excellence in French.

Carlista received the award from her French teacher Dr. Sybill Carter for being the most outstanding student in the language last semester.

Carlista, the Tennis Trinidad and Tobago 2008 Player of the Year, revealed that she prefers French to English.

“French is my favorite language because I like how it sounds and the culture,” she said.

The national champion was very elated upon receiving the accolade. “I feel very accomplished and happy to have received that award,” she explained.

Carlista has been enjoying success on the tennis courts as well, leading her university to victory in the 9th annual HBCU National Championship in September last year.

Carlista took the top honours in the Flight “B” women’s singles division, defeating Florida A&M’s Alexis Brown in a three setter 7-6, 4-6, 7-6.

Carlista received a tennis scholarship from Southern University in 2008 and is currently majoring in linguistics with a minor in sports psychology.

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Southern Alumni President Calls for Fair Treatment of HBCU’s in LA

The national president of the Southern University Alumni Federation on Thursday backed off statements he reportedly made in December to the newly formed Monroe chapter of the Southern University Alumni Federation saying the state’s higher education streamlining commission is attempting to downgrade the state’s two historically black universities, Grambling State and Southern.

According to an e-mail message sent by a Grambling alumni group, which had representatives at the meeting, to its members, Domoine Rutledge said the Postsecondary Education Review Commission in a few months will release a report that will call for drastically reducing the role of Southern and GSU.

Rutledge reportedly said the commission’s plan is to drive more students into community and technical colleges and fund colleges based on graduation rates rather than enrollment, which would harm GSU and Southern more than the state’s other universities, Rutledge reportedly said.

He reportedly characterized the plan as being specifically aimed at GSU and Southern.

Rutledge said Thursday he was not aware his statements would be reported and said the statements attributed to him in the e-mail “are not direct quotes.”

Rutledge said Thursday there was license in the account of his remarks, and said some of the statements attributed to him were not accurate.

Rutledge said he still has some concerns with recommendations that will come from PERC, created legislatively last year and tasked with finding ways to streamline higher education, including trimming higher education spending for the 2010-11 fiscal year by $146 million as part of the state’s reduction in spending that is due to a budget shortfall (estimated at $1 billion for the fiscal year that starts July 1).

“We are concerned about Grambling and Southern being lost in the shuffle,” Rutledge said.

“My intention all along is to make certain Grambling and Southern have a seat at the table.”

PERC member James Davison Thursday defended the work of the commission, which will meet for two days next week and in February before making recommendations to the Legislature.

“Nothing like that has ever been discussed,” Davison said.

“If anything, the commission is looking for ways to enhance those universities as well as the others. I don’t sense anything from the commission that would indicate anything else. Personally, I’ve been an advocate for Grambling for years and plan to continue my support.”

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Commission to review college consolidation

louisianaTaking college tuition control away from the state Legislature and other financing issues dominated discussions Monday with the state higher education review commission.

What was not discussed — but could take up much of today’s meeting — are controversial recommendations to consolidate the LSU System, University of Louisiana System and Southern University System management boards into one state board.

Other proposed recommendations include merging the University of New Orleans and Southern University at New Orleans and, in the Shreveport area, merging LSU at Shreveport with Southern University at Shreveport and Bossier Parish Community College.

The review panel, often dubbed the Tucker Commission after House Speaker Jim Tucker who sponsored the formative legislation, is tasked with advising ways to streamline higher education.

Gov. Bobby Jindal has asked the commission to recommend how to cut $146 million from college budgets during lean financial times.

“There’s just no money,” Terrell said. “There’s no way to increase anything.”