Be prepared, Claflin alum and Founders' Day speaker advises
By AUDREY ANCHIRINAH
“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
Claflin basketball scores Homecoming victories
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.
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.
did a lot of things well:
Scoring on fast breaks
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
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.
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.
Panthers down Allen
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.
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
By ANTHONY STIDDAM
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
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
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
By TARRYN DELYONS
Claflin University presented a Homecoming
talent show during which students imitated the personas and performances from
popular music artists.