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Southern University Changes to Four-Day Schedule

Round Sourthern University SealStudents at Southern University, located in Baton Rouge, will only have to attend class four days week. By the beginning of the spring semester, SU will no longer have Friday classes.

Chancellor James Llorens made the change in hopes that it will reduce the cost of utilities. Additionally, he hopes that it will make more time for student advising and give instructors more office hours. “It’s more of a four-day class schedule than a four-day workweek,” he said. Some universities in the state of Louisiana have no classes after noon on Fridays, but SU will be the first in the state to have absolutely no classes on that day.

“The students think it’s a great idea,” Llorens said. “I think you’ll see more institutions starting to move to it.” SGA President, Demetrius Sumner, said that the four-day schedule is a great idea, and he said that he is receiving a lot of positive feedback from other students.

“A three-day weekend is much more energizing,” Sumner said. “If it proves to be a cost savings, then it’s a double whammy.” The change is made possible by making the classes longer. Monday and Friday classes, that were only 50 minutes before, will be increased to one hour and 20 minutes. Tuesday and Thursday classes will remain the same.

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Randy Jackson’s Education Background

randy jacksonRandy Jackson was born on June 23, 1956 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He is best known for his musical talents and his role as a judge on American Idol, where he has been complimenting contestants by calling them “dawg” since 2002. He is also the executive producer for MTV’s America’s Best Dance Crew.

Jackson attended Southern University in Baton Rouge. He graduated in 1979 with a BA in music. Jackson has appeared on more than 1000 albums, putting his degree to good work by playing bass and keyboards.  He also taught recording industry classes at UCLA for several years in the 1990s.

Jackson has been married twice. He has one child, Taylor, with his first wife, Elizabeth Jackson and two children, Zoe and Jordan, with his second wife, Erika Riker. Read the rest of this entry »


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