GRAMBLING SGA PRESIDENT ADARIAN WILLIAMS “CAPTIVATING THE PRESENT WHILE INNOVATING THE FUTURE”

You would think that being from Grambling and becoming the new Grambling State University 2017-2018 Student Government Association President would put the pressure on Adarian Williams. It didn’t. He has plans for the upcoming Fall semester to engage the community, university and students as one unit. In other words Adarian did not come to play. Grambition was able to sit down with Adarian briefly and find out what is up his sleeve. Peep the video below, leave comments and keep Adarian encouraged and motivated on this endeavor as he has hands full. We think he will handle it just fine. #GRAMbition

LEGENDS SQUARE “WALK OF FAME”

This weekend on 7/8/2017, the city will be hosting the grand opening of Legends Square. The event which is open to the community will feature city officials, sports Hall of Famers, state representatives and plenty of honored guests. The grand opening of the retail plaza which covers 48,300 square feet of ground features the city’s only full service grocery store and pharmacy. It already has a Dollar Tree and Hibbett Sports available to the community. Also the city will be introducing the Legends Square “Walk of Fame”. It will induct 24 honorees. These honorees are being recognized for their dedication and contributions to the community as well as Grambling State University. The inductees and their families have been invited and will receive plaques from the city in their honor. The event will take place from 10 to 10:45 am. Everyone is welcome to this celebration of Legends. Hope to see you all there. Legends Square is located at 920 RWE Jones Drive. Below are the names of those being inducted. Grambling Legends Square Walk of Fame Inductees: Judson Hartwell Grambling, “Grambling Namesake” Lafayette Franklin Richmond, promoted economic self-sufficiency  Bennie T. Woodard, Grambling’s first mayor  Andrew Mansfield, Grambling’s second mayor  Richard Gallot Sr., Grambling’s third mayor  Richard Ludley, Grambling’s fourth mayor  John Williams, Grambling’s fifth mayor  Martha Woodard, Grambling’s sixth mayor  Edward R. Jones, Grambling seventh and present mayor  Calvin Wilkerson, Grambling businessman  Charles P. Adams, Grambling State University’s first president  Ralph Waldo Emerson Jones Sr., Grambling State University second president  Collie J. Nicholson, Grambling State University’s first sport information director  Eddie G. Robinson, Grambling State University legendary football coach for over 56 years  Fredrick Hobdy, Louisiana’s winningest basketball coach  Conrad Hutchinson, Grambling State University band director  Willis Reed, NBA Hall of Famer  Paul “Tank” Younger, the first player from a historically black university to play professional football  Junious “Buck” Buchanan, NFL Hall of Famer  William Brown, NFL Hall of Famer  Willie Delford Davis, NFL Hall of Famer  Charles Joiner Jr., NFL Hall of Famer  James “Shack” Harris, first African American quarterback to start in the NFL  Douglas Williams, first African American to win the Super Bowl #GRAMbition

#GRAMbitionSPOTLIGHT CHRISTOPHER DUPREE & THE LOUIE BEAR PROJECT

Every now and then you may come across someone who is concerned about the trash laying round on the street or those empty coke bottles sitting right in front of a trash can. Recycling is almost non-existent and extinct to the most common human. But for Grambling native and Alumnus Christopher Dupree he saw a problem that was on life support and he feels he is the one to breathe new life back into it.  Grambition: What are your ties and/or affiliations to Grambling? Chris Dupree: I have deep ties to Grambling. My family is pretty much from the Arcadia, Simsboro, and Grambling area. My father was a stand out baseball athlete at GSU, my mother graduated and taught at GSU, my cousin is the city councilwoman, so I grew up in the Grambling culture. All but 6th & 7th grade were spent at a Grambling school; GSU Nursery, AJB, GMMS, GHS, & GSU!! In high school I was a 3 sport athlete basketball, baseball, and track. My senior year we made it to the Top 28 in basketball and I was apart of the State Runner Up track team running the 4×4. In college I earned my Bachelors of Science Degree in Biology and pledged Kappa Alpha Psi. I also met my wife at GSU so I’m pretty much a LOCAL, my family still remains deeply tied to Grambling. Grambition: Good deal. Why did you choose this particular idea or project you are engaged in?  CD: I chose to focus my projects’ agenda towards anti littering/recycling awareness because it is a lost topic especially in communities of color. I wanted to help create a narrative that went against the advertised torn down black community. The Louie Bear Project allows me to positively affect change in areas throughout the state with the goal of creating a brighter future through green practices. We not only want to educate everyone about recycling but also display why this benefits us. It keeps our communities clean, brings our communities together, and it helps reduce our ecological footprint on the world. Grambition: That is a good look there. What inspired “Louie Bear” and why “Louie Bear”? CD:  I was inspired by my peers who I would talk to and still talk to about making a difference in our communities. I knew I wanted to do something more than keep our children off the street, but also give them something to do and be proud about besides sports. One day after work I noticed a 2 liter bottle just sitting in the road of my apartment complex and wondered who would even do that. And although I was not living in Louisiana at the time I knew Louisiana was facing the same issue. So I had my cause but didn’t know how I was going to positively affect this change so I googled the benefits of recycling. In doing that I found out about the United States low recycling rates but also the many things that could come from recycled material like notebooks, pen, pencil, and even clothes. All that was great but how was I going to present this to students, then I remembered D.A.R.E. and how they would come to our school talking about Just Say No and then I realized that was how I wanted to present my project. From there I just needed my mascot. My line brother would do a painting of Kanye West’s Dropout bear with his own twist. I saw that and thought it was pretty dope so I tweaked my version and Louie was born. Louie is short for Louisiana and I added the bear similar to Smokey the Bear since I wanted Louie to be public service figure as well. Two years later The Louie Bear Project is an official Louisiana nonprofit. Just last year The Louie Bear Project was awarded the Health Community Grant awarded by Keep Louisiana Beautiful but due to the lack of recycling resources in the area, the grant was withdrawn. Currently we are looking to partner with area schools and groups to bring more awareness to our platform. Grambition: That’s dope. Being that many are either unaware or don’t care about recycling, what are some future plans you have for the Louie Bear Project? CD: My future plans for The Louie Bear Project include; hosting an annual Back 2 School Drive in the G and statewide, visiting schools throughout the state raising awareness, hosting community clean up events, and updating area parks that have seen better days. The Louie Bear Project is a dope concept. It’s even better that it is headed by one of Grambling’s own. You want to get down with something so positive or find out more information about this blossoming project, visit one of Louie Bear’s social media pages or hit him by email. #GRAMbition @louiebearproject (Instagram) The Louie Bear Project (Facebook) www.thelouiebearproject.org (Website) greenlouiebear@gmail.com (Email)