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October, 2015

A Good win for the Football team

A big congrats to the JSU football team on their win yesterday over Arkansas Pine Bluff 37-3. 37 points were the most points scored for JSU this season, and the W also snapped a 2 game losing streak.

Perhaps all that was needed was a QB change, as junior QB Jarin Moriwaka made his season and career debut under center, and passed for over 300 yards in the Homecoming weekend victory. The Tigers defense also held the Golden Lions to only 3 points, and were constantly getting pressure and defenders in the Pine Bluff backfield.

The win also is the first W for Interim head coach Derrick McCall. We’re proud of coach McCall taking over this team after coach Harold Jackson was fired less than two years after he was hired. Coach McCall has been with these boys for a few weeks as the head coach, and has shown the leadership necessary to take the boys to the next level as a Jackson State University football program.

We’re super proud of all the football team athletes sticking through this tough season on the Jackson State University football team. The university as a whole is going through some serious changes, and it would take a massive commitment from anyone to stick around through a head coaching change. We know that the University is going to have a tough decision to make after the season when they have to select a new head coach to take over the program, and because of what coach McCall has done with these fine gentlemen, he’s at least going to get some consideration from the university for his courageous effort.

Next up for JSU is a visit to Mississippi Valley State next Saturday on Halloween at 4pm in Itta Bena, Mississippi. Good luck boys, we’ll be watching!

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Fall Semester is rolling right along

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It’s been a great fall semester so far at Jackson State University, and all of the students and faculty have been extremely grateful for some big news that came from one of our fellow universities yesterday. The Olde Miss student senate voted to take down the Mississippi state flag from university grounds. As everyone in this state knows, the Mississippi state flag contains the confederate flag in it’s imagery. The flag has been a lighting rod for controversy for a long time now, and in many circles, represents a racist and divided past. We here at Jackson State University are very proud that the student senate voted for this to take place, and we will be monitoring how the rest of the University of Mississippi takes this news.

This is sure to upset some people who believe that the Mississippi state flag is a symbol of history of the state. To some extent, that is understandable given that the flag has been around since 1894. But the outcry from people who feel that the flag is a poor symbol for how the flag of Mississippi degrades them. That’s how we feel, and we know for a fact that the rest of JSU feels that way too.

Change is good, and it’s about time for a change to the southern mentality, or the old school way of thinking. As the nation and the southern belt moves forward away from the confederate flag, it’s okay to think about everything that surrounds that emblem that exists as a symbol of hate for most. When we as people move together in a progressive way, we can believe that things can change for the better over time.

Jackson State University salutes the student senate at the University of Mississippi who made this courageous leap. Thanks for making the change, and laying a path for others to do the same at their universities.

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