Students kick off holiday season with charity

By Ashli Coggins

Staff Writer

Many Jackson State students are welcoming in this year’s holiday season with of acts of charity and philanthrophy.

Several events are taking place on and around campus that engage these students to get involved with the community.

“I’ve always had everything I wanted and needed for the holidays. It’s saddening to know that others don’t and a part of me wouldn’t be able to rest if I didn’t do anything to help the less fortunate, knowing that the smallest act could bring so much joy,” says Treasure Stegall, a junior music major.

Some campus organizations are hosting events that invite students to participate such as, “Thee Great Thanksgiving Giveaway.” This event is hosted by Mr. Debonair, Mr. Junior, Mr. Freshmen, and the entire junior class, “Thee Great One8.”

Other events are being hosted in partnership with large, statewide entities such as the Salvation Army and the Mississippi Food Network. Along with Jackson State University, these organizations have partnered together to form the third annual “Turkeys from Tigers Turkey Drive,” which is intended to help feed disadvantaged families.

Tahzija Sykes, a sophomore from West Point, Miss. feels that participating in charitable events is necessary for all students.

“Many people fail to realize how fortunate they are for the things that they have. I feel like I could have been in one of the families in need this holiday season, and even though I’m not, it’s not right for me to live lavishly while others suffer. Personally, I feel like giving back to the less fortunate is a task that everyone should take on at least once in a lifetime.”

For a full list of all charity events taking place around JSU, visit the JSU website.

Black Friday sales attracts JSU students


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By Ashli Coggins

Staff Writer

With the holiday season swiftly approaching, many Jackson State students are excited to shop in the midst of several sales.

“I love when Thanksgiving rolls around, because I know the Black Friday sales are going to be awesome. They get better and better every year,” says Jamessa Davis, a junior social work major from West Point, Miss.

In addition to just thinking about the sales, these students are also taking note of the major retail chains, their commercials, and the advertisements that are expected to draw in customers.

Junior, Health Care Administration major Kamron Calvert added her thoughts about the upcoming sales.

“I always look forward to going to Belk, and I was ecstatic when I saw a commercial saying that their sales would start earlier than usual.”

According to Forbes, Black Friday is the biggest retail-shopping day of the year.

Large franchises such as Walmart, Best Buy, Macys and Belk often compete for customers, moving up the times of sales, and offering a series of discounts and coupons. Even online markets, such as Amazon provide an array of different offers to gain the business of many shoppers.

This year, Black Friday takes place on Friday, Nov. 25, 2016.

JSU students prepare for the holiday break

By Ashli Coggins

Staff Writer

As the end of the fall semester nears, many students are excited to leave school for the holiday break.

“Break! All I can think about is break. I need a break!” says Jamia Webber, a speech communications major.

Several students feel that after midterms are over, large amounts of stress are piled up upon them, and sometimes, these things are too much to handle.

Desimen Robinson, a junior therapeutic recreation major spoke about the necessary struggle to make it to the end of the semester.

“It’s like you have to pull up midterm grades, while handling the grades that are currently being processed. You have to balance money, study, and prepare for the finals that are coming entirely to fast. It’s a struggle, a very hard one, but in the midst of all of that, you have to try to keep your sanity in knowing that it will all pay off.”

For these Jackson State Students, however, the constant struggle is swiftly coming to an end. Thanksgiving break lasts Nov. 21 through Nov. 25.

Holiday recess for the university begins on Dec. 9.