Despite late start, Dillard Men wore suits on first day of class

NEW ORLEANS – Hurricane Isaac forced Dillard University to cancel classes for a week but that didn’t stop men from starting a new tradition of wearing suits on the first day of class.

About a week before Hurricane Isaac arrived in New Orleans last Tuesday night, Student Government Association’s Mister Dillard 2012-2013 Jerome Bailey challenged all Dillard men to wear suits on the first day of school. Recognizing the possibility that every man at Dillard wouldn’t own a suit, Bailey produced a video that acknowledged other outfit possibilities of men wearing a shirt and tie or polo, and khaki pants. Classes resumed last Tuesday after Labor Day.

“I’m trying to elevate the standard for the appearance and image of Dillard men. I don’t want to change the way they dress.” said Bailey.


Many of Dillard’s faculty and staff were aware and exited about this call to action of Dillard Men. The university President Dr. Walter Kimbrough publically supported the event through his twitter account.

Jerome D. Bailey Jr.

Jerome D. Bailey Jr. is a 20-year-old senior mass communications major and marketing minor with a concentration in public relations at Dillard University located in New Orleans, Louisiana. Bailey currently serves on the Student Government Association as Mister Dillard University 2012-2013. In addition to his writing contributions for HBCUBuzz, Bailey is a writer for Dillard University’s newspaper, Courtbouillon and the associate editor for Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated’s official magazine, The Sphinx. He previously served as the Vice President of Collegiate 100 Black Men of Dillard University and currently serves as a host and the marketing director of Dillard’s in-house radio station, WDUB. He is also a member and the PR representative of intercultural exchange program, The Melton Foundation. With a passion for all things mass media, Bailey enjoys film making and editing. Stay tuned to his YouTube channel, JeromeBaileyTV, for upcoming documentaries and commercials.

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