Gramblinite 3.17.2016

QUICKREAD Page 2 ART & STYLE Page 8 Hattie Perkins funeral set for Friday at 11 a.m. U.S. NEWS Page 4 Student entrepreneur aspires to make it big GAMES Page 7 Thursday, March 17, 2016 VOL. 87, No. 23 FSUB crowns new Cover Girl Winners in the Calendar Girl Pageant held Tuesday in T.H. Harris Auditorium. Pageant theme was ‘New York State of Mind’ BRE’NEA WRIGHT Contributing writer The 48th Annual Miss Calendar Girl Pageant has arrived and the competition surely had a “New York State of Mind.” Due to inclement weather, the pageant was delayed a few days, but that was no challenge for this year’s contestants. The show kicked off with a dance routine from all the contestants, and they had the crowd in awe. This year’s contestants were judged on daywear, swimwear, evening wear, and only the Cover Girl nominees presented a talent for the judges. As the show proceeded, the contestants took the stage to show off their poise and express themselves to the best of their ability. As the talent portion began, the Cover Girl contestants showed their creativity through dances, poems, singing, and playing instruments. The Calendar Girl winners are Kattera Dooley, Miss September; Breona Hall, Miss October; Charisma Green, Miss November; Lanita Hughes, Miss December; Stasha Burris, Miss January; La’Brittany Beene, Miss February; Aviana Cornelius, Miss March; Jordan Bailey, Miss April; Mecca Muhammad, Miss May; Zaire Sayers, Miss June; Riki Burroughs, Miss July; and Ashely Brown, Miss August. As 2015-16 Miss Cover Girl Joi’Lavia Porter did her farewell walk, she expressed her gratitude for the experience she endured. She also praised those who believed in her and suggested other girls find confidence to express themselves. The 48th Annual Miss Cover Girl, Taylor Stewart of Columbia, Maryland, was crowned. First runner-up was Jamika Jones from St. Andrews, Jamaica, and second runner-up was Zia Gordon from Monroe, Louisiana. The new Miss Cover Girl talked about why she ran. “The pageant allows the young ladies of GSU to break out of their shells and have a good time. I wanted to use my platform to make a positive impact on the university. “I also wanted to do something out my comfort zone and broaden my horizon and I had such a fun time preparing,” Stewart said. Shortly after the pageant, a reception was held in the Black and Gold Room to honor the candidates and winners of this year’s pageant. Each winner will have the opportunity to sponsor a social affair each month. The first Calendar Girl Pageant was presented on March 24, 1969, which originally was a two-night event. The concept was to choose 12 girls to represent each month in the calendar and, of course, a Cover Girl. Over the years, changes have been made such as the talent, enTONY VALENTINO/The Yearbook tertainment, and scholarships Taylor Stewart is all smiles after being crowned Miss Cover Girl for 2016-17. awarded to the winners. Flood cleanup to be costly for university n Meeting with FEMA set for March 23. YA’LISHA GATEWOOD Contributing writer What seemed like a storm from hell hitting Grambling State University last week is going to cost at least $2.7 million to clean up after flooding and roof collapses, according to GSU President Willie Larkin. After several days walking the campus to see the damage and talking with the faculty, staff and students affected and displaced, Larkin said that Grambling State has been hit harder than anyone had imagined and the school urgently needs help from Lincoln Parish, Louisiana and the federal government. He issued a state of emergency to emphasize the critical need, but no state or federal help has come to help. However, GSU has a March 23 meeting scheduled with the Federal Emergency PAGE INDEX: Management Assistance to determine what resources the federal government might provide. “Risk management insurance, not students, will pay for the damage, some of which will not be repaired for use for months,” Larkin said. Charles P. Adams Hall was the hardest hit of the several buildings flooded or otherwise damaged by the storm. Adams had about three inches of water, making it impossible to operate normally on the first floor. The second and third floors were not damaged. “Most of the campus buildings were damaged because of ongoing roof and drainage system problems long overdue for repair and renovation,” said Tremell Turner, director of Facilities. “The school has sought money and help to deal with the existing problems for years without much success.”  Tiles on the roof of the Fredrick C. Hobdy Assembly Center, which houses much of athletics and kinesiology QuickRead (2) Sign of the times: Albany State no longer an HBCU? BRITNEY WILLIAMS Contributing writer GLENN LEWIS/The Yearbook Fans and electrical cords spread along the floor in Charles P. Adams Hall. It was one of several buildings on campus that suffered extensive damage during the storm last week that dumped almost 2 feet of rain within three days across the northern portion of Louisiana. GSU was forced to shut down for three days. classes, were damaged during the thunderstorms, causing a number of leaks and some internal water damage. In addition to Adams and Hobdy, other buildings affected include the Favrot Student Union building, T.H. Harris Auditorium and the Eddie Robinson Museum  The several days of rain and flooding caused 31 faculty members to be News (3) GSU MEDIA: watch, listen, read, learn. U.S. news (4) GSU-TV relocated from Adams, to the second and third floors of Adams and to Jacob T. Stewart. It is uncertain how long they might have to stay in the temporary offices. Woodson was hit by a bad storm last year and repairs were ongoing when the storms hit last week. I Ёݥ