Be prepared, Claflin alum and Founders' Day speaker advises


“My topic is simply this: Be prepared,” said Founders Day guest speaker S.C. Rep. Joseph H. Jefferson Jr., a member the Claflin class of 1970.

“Be prepared,” said Jefferson again as he continued by quoting Ephesians 6:11. He stressed being mindful of the world  in reference to Ephesians 6:11 and that people need to cloth themselves with the armor of God in order to go through life.

Jefferson said he is proud to be an alumnus and praised Dr. Henry N. Tisdale, president of Claflin University, for how beautiful the campus surroundings look and for leading the university to greater heights. He praised the teachers as well and hailed them as the core of the educational institution.

Prior preparation is essential,” Jefferson said at the Nov. 22 event. “We don’t all grasp at the same level of information, so it’s imperative that each of us to determine the speed at which we’re able to explore, comprehend and gather information.”

He also said that once one gathers information, confidence is required to explain such information.

“We all fall down, but getting up is the key,” said Jefferson, who was quoting a coach of a high school football team in South Carolina.  He also talks about how lucky the present generation is, because during his time at Claflin in the 1960s, the Civil Rights Movement was at its peak.

He said that he was going to push for a two-year nursing program to be established at Claflin University.

Also at the convocation:

·         Tisdale welcomed new members to the trustee board in his opening address and noted  the day marks the founding of the first HBCU in South Carolina.

·         Tisdale honored the families of the nine victims who were slain on June 17 at the historic Emanuel AME Church in Charleston. A tribute in the form of a memorial citation was received by Jennifer Pinckney, the widow of one of the victims, the Rev. and Sen. Clementa C. Pinckney. Two scholarships have also been set up in the memory of the Rev. Pinckney.

·         This year’s presidential citation was awarded to Barbara Johnson-Williams, president of the Orangeburg chapter of NAACP.


Claflin basketball scores Homecoming victories


The crowd roared as 6-8 Austin Lawton of the Claflin Panthers made a windmill dunk late in the second half to put an exclamation mark on a 78-57 win.

The Panthers remained undefeated at 3-0 on the new season by dominating the Homecoming game against the College of the Bahamas on Nov. 21 at Jonas T. Kennedy Center.

Claflin did a lot of things well:

·         Forcing turnovers

·         Rebounding

·         Defense

·         Scoring inside

·         Scoring on fast breaks

A flashy pass from guard Triston Thompson got fans on their feet just before the end of a first half in which Adolph Caldwell and Trevor Dantzler led a solid shooting performance. Overall the team shot 54 percent from the field in the opening half.

The Panther defense was just as good late in the first half as Bahamas was still stuck with just seven field goals. The halftime score was 39-22.

Rebounding was a key as the Panthers allowed the visitors very few second-chance shots.

Claflin finished the game, shooting 49 percent from the field. The Panthers defense held the College of the Bahamas in check with just seven field goals in the opening period and 35 percent for the game.

Caldwell led the team with 16 points. Dantzler followed with 11, all coming in the first half. He also had three three-pointers. De’shon Nail came off the bench to score nine points and Karee Watson added eight.


Lady Panthers down Allen

Guard Dominique Williams made a three-point shot and drew the foul to get the Lady Panthers keyed up in an 87-75 Homecoming victory over Allen.

Another play that excited the crowd was forward Carnique Marks’ block, sending the ball to the first row in the crowd. Claflin alumni and current Claflin students got out their seats and cheered together on the play.

The Lady Panthers won for the third straight game, improving to 3-1 on the season.

Senior Jaquanna Davis led Claflin with 15 points and 11 rebounds. Senior Shaniece Brown had 14 points.

Williams and NaBresha Hughes contributed 13 and 12 points, respectively. Junior Jhontay Giles came off the bench to score nine points.


Greek Stroll-Off still a popular event


Though Claflin University did not close this year’s homecoming with its annual Greek Step Show, the university still found a way to keep Greek life a part of the week with a Greek Stroll-off.

The participating organizations for the event were the members of Kappa Alpha Psi, Sigma Gamma Rho, Phi Beta Sigma, Alpha Kappa Alpha and Zeta Phi Beta.

Each of the groups came on stage performing three separate stroll for the fast, slow and old school round.

The male winners were the brothers of Kappa Alpha Psi, while the female winners were the sisters of Alpha Kappa Alpha. Both groups were awarded a $500 cash prize.

Alexis Joyner, a Claflin junior, said, “I love the Greeks on campus. My favorite has to be between the Kappas and the Omegas, I love their strolls.”

Nasia Singletary said, “My favorite Greeks on campus would have to be the men of Omega Psi Phi.”

Danielle Abraham said, “I won’t be attending the Greek stroll-off because I have to work, but if I was to go, it would be to see the Kappas.”


Andre 3000, Beyoncé: Students become professional performers



Claflin University presented a Homecoming talent show during which students imitated the personas and performances from popular music artists.

Host La‘Quentin Jenkins hyped up the crowd throughout the event.

Jenkins told students to be courteous to the performers. The audience complied by clapping and dancing along to the music. 

Jenkins introduced the first act, which imitated the hip-hop artist Andre 3000. 

The crowd laughed when they saw Michael handling the microphone the same way Andre 3000 does in his music video “Hey Ya.” 

He moved across the stage in the same fashion as Andre 3000 and mimicked the facial expressions perfectly. 

Most of the crowd was ecstatic about the next performance, two females performing to Salt and Peppa song “Push it.” They moved around enthusiastically on stage and danced like the 90's style.  

Jenkins came out and humored the crowd after the performance. 

"Ain't nothing like a big girl that can dance oooooowwe!"  Jenkins said.

After a girl performed a gospel song made by Tamela Mann, “Take Me to the King,” Jenkins came out and complimented her performance, saying he enjoyed hearing a nice gospel song.