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THE PURPLE & WHITE Millsaps College VOLUME LXXX, NO.16 ARTS & LIFE Sit down with honors students Whitney Gilchrist, Alex Cashman. FEATURES JACKSON, MISSISSIPPI Senior Janice Okeke (far right) and sophomore Shatoya White played key rules in Millsaps posting a 22-6 record and reaching the finals of the conference tournament. Lady Majors celebrate breakthrough 2011-12 season Amelia Woolard Contributor A Weighing the truth behind health myths. SPORTS THURSDAY, March 1, 2012 dream season? Well, not quite, but definitely not the nightmares the Millsaps women’s basketball teams had in years past. e Lady Major reached the finals of the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference tournament last weekend, falling to Centre 60-48. Hopes for an atlarge bid to the NCAA Division III women’s tournament were dashed despite a 22-6 record. Despite those disappoint- ments, the Lady Majors are celebrating their newfound success and respect. Coach Chuck Winkelman says that people now recognize Millsaps as a force. “People are talking about (us) now,” says Winkleman. Record-setting senior Janice Okeke echoes that sentiment. “I am proud that Millsaps women’s basketball actually means something to our conference,” says Okeke. “When I came to Millsaps as a freshman, the other women’s basketball programs did not respect us. I am glad to see players and coaches from around the conBasketball continued - page 7 Photos by Frank Ezelle Internet alters political news views Majors baseball sweeps through Georgia over weekend. ■ Inside ■ Opinions........................2 Arts & Life.....................3 Features...................4 & 5 News continued.............6 Sports.....................7 & 8 Commentary by Salvo Blair News Editor Based on casual interviews conducted across Millsaps, it appears that the Internet is the preferred medium to stay current, whether it is by reading newspapers online, social newsfeed or watching youtube clips. How does this affect the political atmosphere across campus, and in which ways does it affect students’ voting perspective? e United States Statistical Abstract states some 1.7 billion people use the Internet globally; meaning that one out of every four individuals is Internet friendly. is statistic reaches a nearly mandatory nature among Millsaps’ students and the other 72 million college-aged people across the U.S. With so many young people online, the Internet plays an integral role in reporting current events. In the 20th century, the only media for political communications were television and newspaper. So, the majority of the information the public had access to was limited to a small number of mass media contributors, such as ABC. ese media outlets held enormous pull in the political process, and this is seen in viewers’ disapproval of Richard Nixon following his sweaty performance against make-up clad John F. Kennedy in the 1960s televised debates. e prominence of televised journalism in the political process led to changes in how policy was viewed by the public. It can be argued that televised news during this period was more policy and less opinion than the “infotainment” that has become so popular today due to several facets of commercial journalism. e Internet brought a diverse lens for the public to become informed about policy. Along with the expansive amount of information made accessible to the public, pitfalls have been associated with the Internet. Collegeaged readers are more prone than their parents to personalize their flow of information by how they direct their searches online. It is easy to get lost amid the slew of information available. It requires conscious effort to obtain the iron-core of factual News continued - page 6

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