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Thursday, March 10, 2016
VOL. 87, No. 22
RAIN, RAIN, GO AWAY!
Much of area floods, shuts down
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
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
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,
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
major Franisha Duncan,
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
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
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,
“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