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THE PURPLE & WHITE Millsaps College VOLUME LXXX, NO.13 JACKSON, MISSISSIPPI ARTS & LIFE In a pageant, what does it mean to be beautiful? FEATURES Millsaps takes honest approach to sexuality Abed Haddad News Editor C Hewitt’s talent extends beyond the walls of the Lewis Art Gallery. SPORTS Inside tillo, a Foundations leader, recalls “Foundations provided a safe space for students to discuss sexuality openly, and as leaders we provide them with the information they need to be safe, on or off campus.” The Wesson Health Center is also a fountain of information when it comes to sexuality. Every year, Nurse Carol Lowe informs freshmen of the center’s value as a discreet resource. “The Wesson Health Center is here to support all Millsaps students, so they have a positive experience and receive health care appropriate to their needs in a non-judgmental, caring way,” she says. One way is through offering free condoms in the waiting room, but the Wesson Health Center had a plethora of other resources readily available to students. For example, physicians are able write prescriptions for birth control pills if the students has had her annual physical and needs a short supply. Lowe can also refer students to gynecologists in the area as well as free, local clinics. The center even offers pregnancy tests. “There are also several clinics and services in the Jackson area and online that we will help (students) explore based on where they are in the decision process and what they decide to do” Lowe says when it comes to pregnancy cases. And when it comes to the college’s affiliation with The United Methodist Church, Lowe states that “at no time do we offer an opinion based on personal belief.” However, the Wesson Health Center is limited in its scope, because it does not have a laboratory. Sexually transmitted infections testing is not readily available on campus. Lowe quickly points out resources in the area, such as the Crossroads Clinic. “(It) is the best resource for this because testing and treatment are free and confidentiality is guaranteed,” she says. Wesson Health Center hours of operation Monday 8:30 AM - 2:00 PM Tuesday 8:30 AM - 2:00 PM Wednesday 10:30 AM - 3:30 PM Thursday 8:30 AM - 2:00 PM Friday 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM Saturday CLOSED Sunday CLOSED Medical Doctors are available by appointement (walk-ins seen when possible) Monday 10:00 AM - 12:00 Noon Tuesday 10:00 AM - 12:00 Noon Wednesday 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM Thursday 10:00 AM - 12:00 Noon Friday 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM Saturday NO HOURS Sunday NO HOURS (601) 974-1207 The Crossroad Clinic 350 W. Woodrow Wilson Suite 2516 Jackson 39213 (601) 987-6728 Numbers that should change your vote Baseball swings into 2012 with an adundance of talent. ■ hurch affiliated colleges have different approaches to the increased sexuality of their students. Fordham University, a Roman Catholic institution, was in the spotlight recently because the student health center refused to prescribe birth control pills for a studnent. St. Dominic Hospital in Jackson, also in accordance with Roman Catholic tenets, states on its website that it “provide(s) opportunities for today’s busy women to take care of themselves not only medically but also from a wellness perspective,” however, the hospital does not preform abortions. Millsaps College, on the other hand, does not shy away from the issue, openly addressing the sexuality of her students. Awareness starts with the Foundations program’s session on sexuality, where leaders educate students on the importance of safe sex. Sophomore Sara del Cas- THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2012 ■ Opinions........................2 Arts & Life.....................3 Features...................4 & 5 News continued.............6 Sports.....................7 & 8 Commentary by Katie Greer Contributor The lack of transparency in President Obama’s State of the Union address flags potential trouble for Republican presidential candidates. Despite unemployment ratings and a failed stimulus plan, the presidential campaign rests not on a mass turnout of Republican voters, but on all voters and their investigative to President Obama’s economic record. In his State of the Union address, President Obama called for tax regulations where “everyone gives their fair share and everyone plays by the same set of rules.” In defining “fair share,” President Obama calls for a “Warren Buffet Fair Tax,” titled after investments billionaire. Warren Buffet is paying a lower tax rate than his secretary. Buffet’s secretary pays at a higher rater because her taxable income is higher than his. The same goes for Mitt Romney. On paper, Romney’s overall income is astronomically high, with Romney’s main source of income coming frominvestments. Investments have a completely separate tax regulation than income. Not only is Romney paying the exact tax required on what he pulls in as taxable income, he also donates $7 million of his income annually. None of this was mentioned in President Obama’s address. While President Obama manipulates Buffet’s tax record to sell the 2012 tax plan, President Obama does not reveal the lack of regulation on investments income or his personal economic record. In his address, President Obama said that he will no longer support an economy based on “bad debt.” While applauded, President Obama did not mention where the “bad debt” came from- his stimulus plan. The stimulus plan President Obama rolled out in 2009 cost $787 billion, exceeding the cost of the Iraq War initiated by the Bush Administration. While intended to stimulate the economy, the stimulus plan required an increase in taxes and resulted in an increase in unemployment from 7.2 percent to 9.4 percent. On top of the failed stimulus plan, Obama raised the debt ceiling after government spending reached $14.3 trillion just three years after Obama took office. As a result of the raised debt ceiling, the Gross Domestic Product exceeded 100 percent- a figure that has not been reached since World War II, in which the increase was due to war spending, not creating economic stimulus. These are just a few resultsof Obama’s economic stimulus plan. Before you cast your vote, and before you buy your “Four More Years” bumper sticker, ask yourself, “Four more years of what?”

9 Feb. 2012

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