Gramblinite 3.10.2016

Basketballers named Freshman of Year Domond picked as SWAC Coach of Year SPORTS Page 3 Thursday, March 10, 2016 VOL. 87, No. 22 RAIN, RAIN, GO AWAY! Much of area floods, shuts down YA’LISHA GATEWOOD Contributing writer At 11:21 p.m. Tuesday, an emergency alert announced that “classes will be closed on March 9th and 10th, due to in climate weather, with 15 mile an hour winds and 90% chance of rain.” That chance of rain was a deluge. “This weather was such an inconvenience for me. I felt trapped,” said Imani Goff, 19, a sophomore therapeutic recreation major. She wasn’t alone. “This weather makes it hard to do anything,” said Yaiwan Gatewood II, stepping out of his car, crossing puddles to get to McCall Dining Hall. The cafeteria issued a statement, changing the hours from its regular schedule to a weekend schedule until the weather abated. Jacob T. Stewart and other buildings along R.W.E. Jones Drive suffered major flooding Tuesday night, making it extremely difficult and dangerous for students to drive or walk on the main thoroughfare through campus. The weather alerts kept coming. The National Weather Service issued a flash flood warning for areas of Monroe, Ruston, Grambling, West Monroe, and Jonesboro until 8:45 p.m. Thursday. Interstate 20 westbound was shut down due to an 18-wheeler flipping over. This severe thunderstorm issued rainfall amounts of 8-12 inches, and even higher in areas that experienced major flooding. In the next 24 hours there will be an added 4 to 8 more inches of rain in some areas until Friday morning. Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards announced a state of emergency in several parishes in northern Louisiana. Ordering them to move to higher ground. As of Wednesday night, a flash flood warning was going to be in full effect until 11:45 a.m. Friday morning. In northwestern Louisiana, officials worried that floodwaters could rise above levy level. Floodwaters already damaged some roads and made others impassible, officials said. The deluge could not have come at a worse time since this is midterm exam week. The Miss Calendar Girl Pageant, scheduled for Saturday night, will now be held Tuesday. Some students say that this gave them extra time to study and hope to finish the midterm testing next week. “I hope the teachers are somewhat understanding,” said elementary education major Franisha Duncan, 23. The National Weather Service issued a Record Report at 2:53 a.m. CST. Ruston Lincoln Parish, flash flood was reported by 911 call center. Numerus roadways flooded in Ruston. Tonight, more widespread rainfall of 80% will be in effect. Temperatures drop to about 65 with light winds. In order to keep this from happening to you here are some helpful tips on what to do before a flood: Keep away from flood waters, don’t drive or walk through moving water, be aware of drainage channels and other areas known to flood suddenly. If floodwaters rise around your car, abandon the vehicle and move to higher ground. Following theses safety percussions can prevent an injury or even death. The Miss Calendar Girl Pageant has been rescheduled to Tuesday at 7 p.m. MINIYA SHABAZZ/The Gramblinite A car is stuck in thigh-high water that flooded R.W.E. Jones Drive on Tuesday night. GSU was closed Wednesday, Thursday and Friday due to flooding. The floodwaters shut down much of northern Louisiana, including sections of Interstate 20. Group tackles ‘Black Men Hate Black Women’ myth KAI BOOKER The Gramblinite With the growing miscommunication between the sexes in the Black race, an event such as “Why Do Black Men Hate Black Women” seemed it would do nothing but add fuel to an already raging fire. The event’s coordinator, Micah Perkins, Miss Omega, believes that events such as hers can offer a foundation for understanding one another as well as strengthen the Black community as a whole. “Events like this can defi- nitely help the Black community, but in order to do that we have to be willing to listen to one another so that we can understand each other,” said Perkins, a junior from Denver, Colorado, majoring in history. The event was held in the Favrot Student Union theater. Despite a few other events happening on campus, the event had a healthy turnout. Exercises such as the Step On The Line icebreaker had some in tears and others in awe. An exercise where signs plastered with derogatory remarks Black women hear every day were pinned to the back of men’s shirts and they were asked to read them aloud once removed caused an eruption of feedback from the audience. Some men could not fathom that Black women hear some of the harsh comments and a few were in agreement with several of the comments. One comment in particular caused an uproar. “You’re pretty for a dark-skin girl” was the topic of discussion for nearly 10 minutes as a man in attendance attempted to state why he feels it is OK to say it. His response was not very popular from the sounds of sucked teeth and appalled looks in the crowd. “I don’t think he actually understood what he was saying or the fact that comments like that can really offend someone,” said Shelby Dickerson, a senior social work major from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. “I could have low selfesteem and honestly, growing up I hated being a darker complexion because people would call me “Blackie” and that hurt my feelings.” Other guys like Dylan Jackson, a junior kinesiology major from Delhi, Louisiana, disagreed completely. “If the room wasn’t tense before, that guy surely made the air thick. We need events like this to better understand one another and to effectively communicate for a solution,” said Jackson. “Too many people wanted to voice their opinions and that’s fine, but there wasn’t e