THE PURPLE & WHITE Millsaps College VOLUME LXXX, NO.12 JACKSON, MISSISSIPPI THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 2, 2012 ARTS & LIFE Lady Majors: 18-2 Drummond unfolds “Generational Anecdotes.” FEATURES Got a question? Fisher’s got an answer. SPORTS Two years ago, the Lady Majors basketball were a team that was reduced to freshmen, was 1-24 and at the bottom of the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference. Now, the Lady Majors are 18-2 (10-1 SCAC) and have already clinched a spot in the SCAC tournament. Coach Winkelman is working alongside his athletes in a journey of success. However, this journey is not over. The team is back home at The Hangar Dome for the next two weeks playing at 6pm on Feb. 3 against Birmingham-Southern College, 1pm on Feb. 5 against Oglethorpe University and at 3pm on Feb. 11 against Rhodes College. The absurdity of Newt Gingrich’s Campaign trail The death of Joe Paterno stirs fond memories. Commentary by Madeline Rardin Arts & Life Editor ■ Inside ■ Opinions........................2 Arts & Life.....................3 Features...................4 & 5 News continued.............6 Sports.....................7 & 8 N ewt Gingrich’s foolish rants and recent scandals are not going to help him win the Republican nomination for the 2012 race. Gingrich is already haunted by a history of infidelity and failed marriages, but his ex-wife’s re- cent accusation, claiming that he asked his former wife for an open marriage, has only further hindered his chances of becoming the Republican nominee. Gingrich added fuel to the fire by handling the situation with a complete lack of grace. After being confronted with the accusations in the Jan 19 Southern Republican Presidential Debate by CNN moderator John King, Gingrich responded with anger. “I think the destructive, vicious, negative nature of much of the news media makes it harder to govern this country, harder to attract decent people to run of for public office and I am appalled that you would begin a presidential debate on a topic like that,” Gingrich says. His inability to comment on the recent scandal without throwing a temper tantrum further proves that he would be incapable of handling the Republican nomination or the presidency. Gingrich’s three failed marriages and history of infidelity did not deter him from commenting on the importance of preserving heterosexual marriage. The website Right “Wing Watch” was able to obtain excerpts of a conference call headed by Jim Garlow and other religious right wingers in which Gingrich states, “The effort to create alternatives to marriage between a man and a woman are perfectly natural pagan behaviors, but they are a fundamental violation of our civilization.” Dawn Turner Rice of the “Chicago Tribune” highlights Gin- grich’s blatant racial profiling when he says,“(African-Americans) should demand paychecks instead of food stamps.” Finally Gingrich, managed to paint himself as utterly incapable of showing compassion in regards to child labor laws and poverty. While visiting Harvard University, Gingrich said that child labor laws are “truly stupid.” Needless to say, his actions on the campaign trail have made him appear more as a tabloid celebrity than a possible Republican nominee. If Newt Gingrich has any desire to actually gain the position of Republican presidential nominee, he needs to stop making sensational comments and start appealing to the interests of the American people.