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Sports Forum / Re: HBCU football games could be affected by Hurricane Ian
« on: September 27, 2022, 10:20:38 PM »
Bethune-Cookman sent its students home already.  I'm not sure where/how they are housing student athletes.

https://twitter.com/bethunecookman/status/1573830564628635648

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After reviewing the definition of the plaintiff class in the suit, I understand your concern @Que82.  I wonder if they can amend the filing or otherwise define a broader class prior to receiving a class certification order, which I assume they haven't received yet.

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I was not doubting the merit of the suit, I was just wondering if the state could get this dropped through a procedural technicality. The reason why I asked is that if the students are no longer students do they still have a compelling interest in this lawsuit? 

That should not be a problem if the plaintiff class is defined broadly.  The Ayers Case (MS) referenced in previous posts was filed in 1975 by Jake Ayers, the father of a then JSU student, and only settled in 2002.  The plaintiff class was "all black citizens residing in Mississippi whether former students, parents, employees or taxpayers, who have been, are, or will be discriminated against on account of race in receiving equal educational opportunity."

I wish the FAMU plaintiffs the best.

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General Discussion Forum / Re: Jackson Mississippi Water Problem
« on: September 01, 2022, 04:33:21 PM »
From Molly Minta, "JSU seeking federal funding to study water system, but state says it’s ‘not a guarantee’" in Mississippi Today
https://mississippitoday.org/2022/09/01/jsu-federal-funding-to-study-water-system/

Jackson State University wants to use federal pandemic relief funds to study overhauling the campus water and sewer system, an investment that officials say is necessary to maintain health and safety as the city’s water emergency has upended the start of the fall semester.

But the Department of Finance and Administration – the state agency tasked with overseeing the $25 million in American Rescue Plan Act funds allocated to Mississippi’s public university system – can’t say yet if it will fund JSU’s proposal. 

Earlier this year, DFA invited all eight public universities to submit proposals that represent necessary investments in drinking water, wastewater and stormwater infrastructure. The department is now evaluating projects for compliance. 

[..]

“This is something that we’re gonna actively try to do,” President Thomas Hudson told students during a virtual town hall on Tuesday following a question about JSU’s water system. “We have been working with state legislators over the years to obtain the funding to do this type of project. Step one is to do a study … that process will begin very soon.”

The study also appears to have support from the Institutions of Higher Learning. IHL thinks the study falls under the parameters for this federal spending and anticipates it will be complete by the summer of 2023, spokesperson Caron Blanton wrote in an email.

“DFA will determine if ARPA funds can be used for this purpose once the study is complete,” Blanton wrote.

[..]

ARPA funds must be obligated by the end of 2024 and spent before the end of 2026.

JSU’s preliminary allocation, per the letter, was about $2.2 million, but the four projects that the university sought funding for totaled $5 million. All four of these plans, JSU’s proposal says, “must be completed regardless of funding by ARPA.”

JSU’s proposed projects and the amount of ARPA funding requested, in order of priority, are:
    - A water and sewer line assessment ($500,000)
    - Making a plan to move the university’s potable water system off of the city’s ($250,000)
    - Repairing and enlarging storm water pipes ($2.3 million)
    - Constructing a water filtration system ($2 million)

Installing a water filtration system will cost more than $2 million, but the proposal says that “without an adequate filtration system, JSU will continue to suffer from environmental and health alerts, boil water notices, and unexpected budgetary emergencies which impacts the ability to provide adequate maintenance.”

[..]

The proposal also says if the university is not able to procure funding for an isolated potable water system, the downside would be “required evacuation of over two thousand students as well as faculty and staff” as well as “loss of our fire protection systems.”

The four sections of the proposal paint a high-level look at the state of the water system at JSU.

The university pays for city water to support heating, cooling, potable and non-potable water on the historic campus, which is located in one of the first communities to be developed in Jackson, a neighborhood just a few minutes west of downtown.

The water lines that feed JSU are among the oldest in the city – more than 100 years old.

“Another aspect of these aged water lines would be the materials from which they were made,” the proposal says. “Some of these materials, which will include cast iron and lead, have become very brittle, fragile, and toxic.”

During heavy storms, water erodes the grounds and intrudes into buildings due to the inadequate capacity of the campus’s storm water lines.


[..]

The goal of the water and sewer line assessment would be to create “a comprehensive capital plan” so that JSU can understand what aspects of the water infrastructure on campus needs to be repaired, replaced or upgraded. The proposal says this will help the university address “any potential concerns” related to deteriorating water lines, unreliable control system, or lead in the campus’s drinking water.

The instability of the water lines on campus also contributes to water and sewer back-ups that cause odors and unsafe conditions, the proposal says, noting that a sewer line on Lynch Street recently collapsed.


During the legislative session, IHL requested more than $17 million in funds for water-related projects on JSU’s campus, but the Legislature did not fulfill those requests. Many of those initial requests are similar to the ones JSU included in its proposal to DFA, according to a funding request IHL provided to Mississippi Today, but others were more immediate – and expensive, like $2 million for the installation of water meters.

A bill proposed last session by Rep. Angela Cockerham, an independent from Magnolia, sought $8 million for JSU for costs associated with building a separate water system. It died in committee.

The city’s water issues have periods of low to no water pressure at JSU as far back as 2010.

[..]

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General Discussion Forum / Re: HBCU Open Houses/College Days
« on: August 27, 2022, 05:04:59 PM »
Jackson State University High School Day
September 24
https://www.jsums.edu/highschoolday/

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As mentioned above the Class of 1970 did not get to march or have graduation.  They were supposed to march as part of the Golden Commencement 50 years later in 2020, but couldn't due to COVID.  In 2021, they finally were able to have commencement exercises.

http://www.jsumsnews.com/?p=48963

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I really don't see how a new medical college can be financially sustainable today. Most hospitals have consolidated into big conglomerates which includes medical schools, multiple hospitals and medical service providers. It's impossible to run an independent hospital/medical college today.

Owning and maintaining a teaching hospital is the financial problem, not the medical school itself.  In the case of Xavier, I suspect that they will leverage relationships with Ochsner Medical Center or others so that they will not have the burden of a hospital, but will have teaching access.  Also, Xavier competes with William Carey (in Hattiesburg, MS) for students in pharmacy and pre-health professions.  William Carey has a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine program, which is the sort of program that Xavier may be planning to add.

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The Drum / Re: HBCU Library Alliance Tour (Podcast series)
« on: April 21, 2022, 12:07:50 PM »
Thank you for posting, this!  Also, one can search Apple Podcasts and subscribe to it.  It shows up as Material Memory CLIR (as on the referenced website), but will also appear if searching for HBCU Library Alliance.

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Forgotten Fridays: HBCU bands have been intertwined with the Super Bowl since its inception

By Rhiannon Walker, The Athletic
https://theathletic.com/3111149/2022/02/11/forgotten-fridays-hbcu-bands-have-been-intertwined-with-the-super-bowl-since-its-inception/

As long as there have been Super Bowls, there have been historically Black colleges performing at the NFL’s crown jewel event. And for as long as HBCU bands have been taking center stage, they’ve torn the house or whatever venue they’re welcomed into down. Especially if they’re playing in their own backyard, or close to it, as the three schools that have been used in more or less of a rotation have done since 1967.

Now, there is one school that holds the record for the most appearances in the halftime show, another that has performed with Prince, and the third school took the stage with a queen in the most recent Super Bowl show featuring an HBCU band.

But there have also been halftime shows attributed to HBCU bands — they’re just that good, folks — that, well, they didn’t actually perform in. In all, there are more than a dozen instances in which an HBCU band or a portion of the unit has done the halftime show. Want to know the backstory of your favorite school or how its selection came to be? You’ve ventured to the right place.

Super Bowl I
School: Grambling State

The Tigers were joined by Al Hirt and the University of Arizona marching band in the very first Super Bowl between the Green Bay Packers and the Kansas City Chiefs in 1967. Grambling State’s inclusion wasn’t without some controversy. Two years earlier in Los Angeles, the Watts uprising had taken place, and some people implored the historically Black college to reject the NFL’s offer to perform. When the school accepted the invitation, there was criticism because of the racial tension, not just in the country, but also in Los Angeles in the aftermath of the uprising.

In addition to playing the national anthem, the bands also worked together to form a paddle boat and the Liberty Bell. Rolling Stone ranked it within its top 10 Super Bowl halftime performances, and to give perspective on just how new the idea was, the Super Bowl wasn’t even the biggest event the Tigers Marching Band participated in, according to an article from the Shreveport Journal on Grambling’s inclusion. It also went on to say that director Conrad Hutchinson Jr. asked his players to move at a cadence of 220 steps per minute versus the 130 to 145 most marching bands used at the time. Hutchinson explained, “the 220 steps per minute offer the necessary tools for the band to move quickly through its routine. The band also uses short, choppy steps for increased animation.”

Super Bowl II
School: Grambling State

When the person running the show and all subsequent reading material tells someone one thing, people tend to believe it. In this case, the NFL and all articles related to the Super Bowl II halftime show indicated that The World Famed Tiger Marching Band did the honors for the performance after doing so during the inaugural Super Bowl. But it was Grambling saying that it didn’t play that forced people to take a look into who exactly performed at the second Super Bowl.

It took Pro Football Hall of Fame archivist Jon Kendle recovering a pamphlet from the “1968 World Championship Game Pre-Game and Half-Time Entertainment Program,” which gave proper credit to the seven Miami-area high school bands who did perform that day. It’s far from the last example of this happening.

Super Bowl III
School: Florida A&M

The Marching 100 went from coming out in what could best be described as an anatomical organ as the unit worked its way through the tunnel, to eventually moving to form a giant and fantastic-looking eagle taking flight. The band played “The Battle Hymn of the Republic,” and there was a tribute to Martin Luther King Jr. and John F. Kennedy, who were assassinated the year before.



Super Bowl IV
School: Southern

Determining who did and didn’t perform in those early Super Bowl halftime shows is a bit like a game of Where’s Waldo? Except swap Waldo out with the halftime performer. In this case, the Human Jukebox most certainly did perform at this game — the New York Daily News mentioned the troupe along with Marguerite Pia--a, Doc Severinsen, Al Hirt and Lionel Hampton. Carol Channing says she sang, “When the Saints Go Marching In” … and yet video evidence doesn’t support that claim. In addition to that song, the Jaguars also added their talents to the performance of “Do You Know What It Means to Miss New Orleans?”

Super Bowl IX
School: Grambling State

Now that all the mystery about whether the Tigers performed in Super Bowl II is resolved — they didn’t in case anyone skipped over that section. The World Famed Tiger Marching Band returned to its first Super Bowl since being the main show for the very first big game. The NFL paired the band with Mercer Ellington, the son of Duke Ellington, who led the Duke Ellington band.

The Tigers and the Mercer Ellington Orchestra split the 50-yard line during the tribute to Duke. The 1975 Super Bowl was the final one to focus on ja-- as its primary entertainment for the halftime show. Whenever the show returned to New Orleans, it was included, but in terms of main acts, this was the last time such an act was brought on.



Super Bowl XIV
School: Grambling State

The Tigers were flown to Los Angeles to perform with the nonprofit group Up With the People. The theme of the performance was to celebrate the big-band era and featured a sort of awkward conga line.

Super Bowl XV
School: Southern

The odds of a Super Bowl using a Mardi Gras theme while in New Orleans? Even a full month out before the actual annual event? Extremely high, and exactly what the league did. But the party vibe was tempered because the real celebration was the return of 52 American hostages who had been in Iran for a year and released five days before the Super Bowl.

Super Bowl XXI
School: Grambling State

The World Famed Tiger Marching Band was one of five performers — the others were George Burns, Mickey Rooney, the USC marching band and several Los Angeles-area drill and dance teams — brought in to help with the NFL’s “Salute to Hollywood’s 100th Anniversary — The World of Make Believe.” As Mickey Mouse moved around with Rooney, the bands played songs from movies such as “Footloose,” “Flashdance” and “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas,” but with a Disney- and family-friendly twist on them.

Super Bowl XXIV
School: Southern

A number of notable things occurred during this halftime, which saluted New Orleans and the comic strip “Peanuts” for Snoopy’s 40th birthday. There was the 120-foot-long, five-story steamboat that took up the entire Superdome and required both of the goalposts to be removed and then quickly reinstalled before the third quarter kicked off. There was also the performance of “Waiting for the Robert E. Lee,” which … wowzers. The rest of the setlist included “(Up A) Lazy River,” “Here Comes the Showboat,” “When the Saints Go Marching In,” with Pete Fountain, one of the headliners, going off on the clarinet, and “Happy Birthday to You.” The Human Jukebox and Fountain were also joined by Doug Kershaw, Irma Thomas, and the Nicholls State and USL marching bands.

Super Bowl XXXII
School: Grambling State

The coin toss featured Tigers legendary quarterback Doug Williams and Hall of Fame coach Eddie Robinson. The World Famed Tiger Marching Band provided the grand entrance for “A Tribute to Motown’s 40th Anniversary,” and came moving and grooving down the walkway as Martha Reeves opened the show with “Dancing in the Street.” As the Tigers hustled into their proper alignment, acts like Boyz II Men, Queen Latifah, Smokey Robinson and the Temptations sang. From start to finish, this was a Grambling-centric Super Bowl and the last of the school’s six halftime performances.



Super Bowl XLI
School: Florida A&M

The Marching 100’s inclusion worked out as a bit of happenstance. After watching the Marching 100 take the stage with Kanye West and Jamie Foxx at the 2006 Grammys, Prince invited the Rattlers’ band to perform with him in Miami. This was their third, and most recent, Super Bowl halftime performance, although they also did a pregame show at Super Bowl XXXIX in 2005. Though the date of the agreement wasn’t disclosed, band president Chandler Wilson told The Famuan that he was made aware Dec. 14 during fall commencement. Wilson also shared that because of concerns from interim university president Castell V. Bryant, the Marching 100 almost didn’t take the trip down to South Beach in the first place.

“From what I understand, it was Prince who invited us,” Wilson told The Famuan. “He saw the band at the Grammys and wanted to know who the band was. Dr. Bryant expressed reservations about us attending the performance, but our alumni came through and fought for us to be able to go.”

It all worked out, as the Marching 100 practiced for a week straight ahead of the game with Prince, then flooded the field and played for 12 minutes with the legendary singer. The group marched out from the tunnels and filled the stadium with the opening horns from “1999,” then transitioned to “Baby, I’m a Star” and closed with a rain-soaked “Purple Rain” performance to shut down the show and put it in the conversation for, if not the very best, one of the best Super Bowl halftime shows of all time.

Super Bowl XLVI
School: Southern

When the Jaguars sent their Dancing Dolls team to the Super Bowl to perform alongside Madonna, it marked the first time an HBCU performed without a band. It all came together thanks to YouTube, actually. Madonna checked out videos of the troupe’s performances after her personal trainer found them while searching for dancers to work with her, the singer told the Dolls. At Madonna’s request, the normally 11-person group expanded to 20 dancers, because that was the minimum the performer said she needed for her set. The students reached out to nine other Southern students they knew to be strong dancers to travel with them to practices in New York.

When the students were initially brought in, they believed they’d be learning something from Madonna, but as it turned out, she wanted them to show her their choreography and moves. Lawrence Jackson, Southern’s director of bands, said Madonna liked long practices to go over the finer details of the performance and she was very hands-on. In addition, this opportunity arose right after the Bayou Classic, he said, which Southern plays against Grambling State in New Orleans annually. The Dolls wore red-and-white outfits for the halftime show.



Super Bowl XLVII
School: Southern

Grambling may own the fact it performed in the first Super Bowl and the record for the most Super Bowls played in. FAMU will always lay claim to performing alongside Prince. But there’s only one HBCU that can boast it played during the same halftime show as Beyoncé. Some people may argue how much of a brag that is … but let’s all be honest, that’s one hell of a thing to be able to discuss with your children and grandchildren one day. This was Southern’s fourth time participating in the big game as a full unit.

At the time, director of bands Lawrence Jackson told The Advocate that the Human Jukebox would do a six-minute, three-song performance that included spelling XLVII, NFL and NOLA with crisp lines. The three songs selected — beginning with Diana Ross’ “The Boss,” Bruno Mars’ “Locked Out of Heaven,” and concluding with Rebirth Brass Band’s “Do Whatcha Wanna”— were intended to hype the crowd at Mercedes-Benz Superdome before the band departed with a second-line parade. The Dancing Dolls were clothed in outfits described by Jackson as “trademark Beyoncé,” while Seaera Cole, their captain, performed with her.


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Thank you, I'll make a point to look for those episodes.

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Sports Forum / Re: New Dolphin head coach
« on: February 07, 2022, 02:21:53 PM »
McDaniels says that his grandmother is black.

https://www.nbcsports.com/bayarea/49ers/why-49ers-oc-mike-mcdaniel-sees-football-more-just-sport

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McDaniel said he had an epiphany at an early age when he was visiting his grandmother on his father’s side of the game. When he looked at the photos around the house, he realized he looked different than other members of his family.

“It is surreal when I think about it, but I remember one particular day, walking around and all of a sudden noticing that, ‘Hey, I’m the only fair-skinned person in all these picture frames,’” McDaniel said. “My grandmother on my dad’s side is Black. My dad’s Black.

“I can honestly say up to that point, I hadn’t noticed that I was different in two fields. I was different in that I was multi-racial to the world. But even within my own family, I was different from them. I was just kind of a unicorn.”

McDaniel said he found comfort in his ability to assimilate in any racial setting. And he believes that likely contributed to him being drawn to the sport of football.

“Where you came from didn’t matter,” McDaniel said. “What people thought of you to be, perceived you to be, didn’t matter.  It was a melting pot, so to speak, from its core.

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https://www.spelman.edu/about-us/news-and-events/news-releases/2022/02/03/spelman-college-receives-$10-million-grant-from-the-arthur-m.-blank-family-foundation-to-support-innovation-and-entrepreneurship

The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation donated $10 million to Spelman for innovation and entrepreneurship programs.  The Spelman Innovation Lab will be renamed to the Arthur M. Blank Innovation Lab.  The lab will be hosted by the Spelman Center for Innovation and Arts, which is scheduled to open in 2024.

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Sports Forum / Re: BREAKING: Brian Flores Suing NFL
« on: February 01, 2022, 07:32:01 PM »
Alleges the Dolphins team owner tried to pay him to tank and violate tampering rules, then labeled him non-compliant when he refused.

https://nymag.com/intelligencer/2022/02/the-most-damning-allegations-in-brian-floress-nfl-lawsuit.html

"But according to the lawsuit, owner Stephen Ross told him to intentionally “tank” the franchise, offering $100,000 for each game the Dolphins lost. Ross also allegedly pressured Flores to try to recruit a star quarterback, which would be considered a violation of the NFL’s tampering rules. Flores refused to do so, and left a 2020 meeting on Ross’s yacht when the owner invited a “prominent quarterback” that day as well. After Flores left the yacht, the lawsuit says he was “held out as someone who was noncompliant and difficult to work with.” He was fired on January 10 after the Dolphins failed to make the playoffs."

In the middle of this, he interviewed for the Saints job. Hmm...

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HBCU Digest's "Editorial Board" recently published the following article.  Parts of it suggest sour grapes and parts of it had me guessing about who wrote it. 



HBCU DIGEST: The Art of the Presidential Search at Southern University
https://www.educationnewsflash.com/p/hbcu-digest-the-art-of-the-presidential

Editorial Board
56 min ago
   
Southern University has revealed three finalists to lead the system and flagship campus following the retirement of current president/chancellor Ray Belton.

University of Arkansas Pine Bluff Chancellor Laurence Alexander, outgoing Dillard University President Walter Kimbrough, and University of Wisconsin Platteville Chancellor Dennis Shields will visit campus next month to meet with campus community members and final interviews.

Like most presidential searches, the art of the selection is pairing campus needs with the skill set of a leader who can outwardly communicate the board's vision for addressing those needs. That art is more displayed in Baton Rouge than at any other HBCU nationwide. The SU Board of Supervisors is well-known for its hands-on leadership approach to oversight, political gamesmanship, and relationship leveraging.

Any president of the Southern University System or chancellor within it, especially the flagship Baton Rouge campus, accepts the job under certain conditions:

    The concession that the Board is always right.

    The Board doesn't want to hear from a president when it may be wrong because it is always right.

    In the rare event that the board is wrong, it is because the president/chancellor failed to provide adequate leadership.

In many ways, Southern has only survived this long against political and economic forces threatening it at every turn because of this model. And when it has struggled, it has been because there have been stages in the system's history where the model has created tension and friction with standard higher education best practices in the face of enhanced pressure from those forces.

Once a candidate can understand that dynamic, it comes down to a concept of who can be the best fit and face for the Southern brand. The best pathways to success in Baton Rouge are:

    An understanding of Louisiana culture.

    A respect for the autonomy of the system campuses.

    A value for athletics.

    An appreciation for political jockeying.

    Coddling key individuals and groups.

If you don't know how to make calls and hold meetings before meetings, if you don't know which promises are required to be made to specific SU faculty members, alumni federation members, and athletic boosters, and you don't know which ring of Leon Tarver's to kiss on which day, the tenure will not be successful.

The details about the finalists' skills, and the names not advanced to be finalists, seemingly say a lot about a new direction Southern may be traveling. James Ammons was brought to Baton Rouge to succeed outgoing president Ray Belton, a Southern system lifer. Ammons had successful-yet-controversial tenures at two HBCUs but has remained relatively inconspicuous in SU scuttlebutt since arriving in 2018.

That Ammons is not a finalist for a job set up for him just four years ago says a lot about relationships he may have failed to cultivate over the years. The same might be true for Langston University President Kent Smith, another candidate and Southern U alumnus whose land-grant experience, family ties, and youth also made him an ideal selection.

He also is not in the final crop.

The backgrounds for each candidate and the skills needed for success seem to shift the odds in favor of one candidate over the others as the preferred choice. But in Baton Rouge, one phone call or a conversation that goes the wrong way can change the entire calculus.

The list of finalists appears to have been built that way, and the last one standing will be chosen by the same means.


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I met him a few times in the mid-2000s covering football games. He was both decent and helpful and that's not always the case for media on the sidelines.
RIP :angel:

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