Advertisement
YOU ARE HERE: LAT HomeCollectionsSouthern University
IN THE NEWS

Southern University

FEATURED ARTICLES
NEWS
July 1, 1985 | Associated Press
Joffre T. Whisenton has been named president of Southern University, the nation's largest historically black university. Whisenton, 51, has been affiliated with the Southern Assn. of Colleges and Schools, one of the nation's six regional accrediting agencies.
ARTICLES BY DATE
ENTERTAINMENT
December 27, 2013 | By Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times Theater Critic
The Times asked its reporters and critics to highlight figures in entertainment and the arts who will be making news in 2014. Here's who they picked: Taraji P. Henson | Actress She may not be a household name, but Taraji P. Henson has notched quite a few milestones in her young career. Nominated for both an Oscar ("The Curious Case of Benjamin Button") and an Emmy (Lifetime's "Taken From Me"), Henson has garnered attention for her portrayal of detective Joss Carter on the CBS crime drama "Person of Interest.
Advertisement
NEWS
September 2, 1993 | GARRY BOULARD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
When history major James Wilson uses the library at predominantly black Southern University here, he encounters a facility that has almost no computer technology, a skeletal support staff and a book collection that is more typical of a junior high school. If Wilson gets hungry, there is no food--the college closed its only cafeteria last year because of budget cuts. He must sleep off campus because Southern has never had enough money to build dormitories for its students.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 5, 2013 | By Deborah Vankin
The Pasadena Playhouse announced Thursday that Academy Award nominee Taraji P. Henson (“The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”) will star in the world premiere of “Above the Fold.” Written by former New York Times correspondent Bernard Weinraub, "Above the Fold" is set in a journalism world in transition, amid a shift from print to digital storytelling. Jane, the character to be played by Henson, is an African American newspaper reporter covering three white fraternity boys accused of raping an African American woman at a Southern university.
SPORTS
January 16, 1992 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Southern University officials recommended that Athletic Director Marino H. Casem be named temporary head football coach after Houston Markham, the leading candidate for the job, decided to remain at Alabama State. Casem, who compiled a 14-8 mark as Southern's coach in 1987-88, replaces Gerald Kimble, who was fired last month after compiling a 14-18-1 mark.
SPORTS
March 4, 2002
Most wins in a season without being selected for the men's NCAA basketball tournament (1985-2001): Howard, 1987 ...26 Southern Illinois, 1990 ...26 Davidson, 1996 ...25 Wisconsin Green Bay, 1992 ...25 UC Irvine, 2001 ...25 Southern University, 1990 ...25 New Mexico, 1987 ...25
NATIONAL
April 2, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
A worker in Southern University's registrar's office took money to change grades for 541 current and former students, the school's chancellor said. The scandal probably will cost at least some students their degrees and could lead to criminal charges. Undergraduate and graduate students at the nation's largest historically black university were implicated, and some paid to have as many as 20 grades changed, Chancellor Edward Jackson said.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 5, 2013 | By Deborah Vankin
The Pasadena Playhouse announced Thursday that Academy Award nominee Taraji P. Henson (“The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”) will star in the world premiere of “Above the Fold.” Written by former New York Times correspondent Bernard Weinraub, "Above the Fold" is set in a journalism world in transition, amid a shift from print to digital storytelling. Jane, the character to be played by Henson, is an African American newspaper reporter covering three white fraternity boys accused of raping an African American woman at a Southern university.
SPORTS
December 30, 1995 | Associated Press
As an incoming freshman, Eric Randall was touted as the player to lead Southern University to a national title. "This is it," the senior said Friday after throwing two touchdowns to lead the Jaguars to a 30-25 victory over Florida A&M in the Heritage Bowl, a match of the top two teams in the Sheridan Poll for historically black universities. "Our defense stepped up and our offense too," Randall said. The Jaguars held off Florida A&M, which chopped away at a 17-0 lead and later into a 30-11 edge.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 20, 2013 | Christopher Hawthorne, Los Angeles Times Architecture Critic
DALLAS - What do neo-classicism and neo-conservatism have in common? That's the question at the heart of the design by New York's Robert A.M. Stern Architects for the George W. Bush presidential library, set to open to the public May 1 on the campus of Southern Methodist University. The $250-million complex holds the president's archive as well as a museum, restaurant, auditorium, policy institute and foundation. Officially known as the George W. Bush Presidential Center, it is carefully and cannily contextual, like much of Stern's work.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 14, 2009 | Duke Helfand
The word of God has appeared in many forms over the centuries, as scribes and printers have transmitted holy writings by hand and machine. Now two Southern California universities are preserving some of this history with separate sets of rare religious texts that originated 1,500 years apart but share a common biblical thread. Azusa Pacific University has acquired five fragments of the Dead Sea Scrolls, the earliest known versions of the Hebrew Bible. The 2,000-year-old goatskin shards, featuring passages from the books of Exodus, Leviticus and Deuteronomy, will be exhibited in May at the evangelical Christian university in the San Gabriel Valley.
SPORTS
May 4, 2009 | JERRY CROWE
At the time of his famous father's unusually public death, Aaron Stewart was 10 years old, a fifth-grader. "I was in class and I got called into the principal's office," Payne Stewart's only son recalls of that nightmarish moment nearly a decade ago. "I thought I was in trouble." If only it had been so. Instead, he soon learned what millions of television viewers already knew: His father, one of golf's most recognizable figures and winner of three major championships, was gone. It was Oct.
NATIONAL
December 23, 2006 | Lianne Hart, Times Staff Writer
Southern Methodist University has all but won the competition to host the George W. Bush presidential library, with officials announcing this week that the school will be the "sole focus" of talks next month. That means the two other finalists -- Baylor University and the University of Dallas -- will wait on the sidelines as the selection committee enters what Chairman Don Evans in a statement called the "next phase of deliberations." A final decision may come in late January or early February.
BOOKS
December 3, 2006 | Veronique de Turenne, Veronique de Turenne is the book critic for National Public Radio's "Day to Day."
SOME guys just can't win. At least not in "My Chaos Theory," Steve Watkins' intriguing and exasperating debut short-story collection. The 12 tales range from the darkly comic to the just plain dark, each with boys and men as their protagonists, though who's the grown-up isn't necessarily a matter of age. They're dopes and dopers, wannabe saints, willful sinners, clueless dreamers and ne'er-do-wells.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 14, 2006 | Thomas McGonigle, Special to The Times
ALTHOUGH 700 pages seems awfully long for a novel with an obscure title by a relatively unknown author of four works of well-received fiction, by the time you finish reading "Tehano," you will be wondering why it was so short. Set in Texas before, during and after the Civil War -- although by no means limited to that geography -- this massive novel was defiantly conceived, as author Allen Wier states in the prologue: "Most folks are hooked on the here and now.
NATIONAL
May 9, 2004 | Maria L. La Ganga, Times Staff Writer
Sen. John F. Kerry exhorted graduates of Southern University here Saturday to choose a life of service in their community or around the world to help overcome the damage done to America's image abroad by the widening Iraqi prisoner scandal. The Democratic presidential candidate told 670 graduates of the historically black college that the photos "now require us -- all of us -- to work even harder to present who we really are. And if you choose to, you can help to do that."
SPORTS
May 22, 1987 | JIM McCURDIE, Times Staff Writer
Some first impressions of Bayou Country from a bunch of Californians who were expected to have nothing but big fun here: --Humidity is not conducive to long-distance baseball travel. --High praise from pollsters is a guarantee of nothing. --Cooking isn't the only thing they do well down here. It took an unheralded team from Southern University to teach the Titans these lessons in humility.
NATIONAL
May 9, 2004 | Maria L. La Ganga, Times Staff Writer
Sen. John F. Kerry exhorted graduates of Southern University here Saturday to choose a life of service in their community or around the world to help overcome the damage done to America's image abroad by the widening Iraqi prisoner scandal. The Democratic presidential candidate told 670 graduates of the historically black college that the photos "now require us -- all of us -- to work even harder to present who we really are. And if you choose to, you can help to do that."
NATIONAL
April 2, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
A worker in Southern University's registrar's office took money to change grades for 541 current and former students, the school's chancellor said. The scandal probably will cost at least some students their degrees and could lead to criminal charges. Undergraduate and graduate students at the nation's largest historically black university were implicated, and some paid to have as many as 20 grades changed, Chancellor Edward Jackson said.
Los Angeles Times Articles
|