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ASB Funding For Student ORGANIZATIONS The Associated Student Body had roughly $45,000 for student organizations this year. This past fall, ASB gave an estimated $41,600 to student organizations throughout campus, with about $3,400 left in funding for organization to apply for the 2013 spring semester.
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The Associated Student Body works with the administration to promote and maintain constructive student life. Annually, the ASB is given about $100,000 by the vice chancellor of student affairs. The ASB reserves the right to keep about half of that amount for their internal departments, such as the Senate and Cabinet. The other half of those funds is used to benefit projects and events hosted by various organizations on campus. “This year, the ASB had roughly $45,000 for student organization funding,” said Carson Rutledge, interim treasurer for the ASB. In fall 2012, the ASB gave an estimated $41,600 to student organizations on cam-
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OLE MISS KICKS OFF BLACK HISTORY MONTH
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Today is the kickoff of February’s Black History Month events. There will be an address given at noon in the Student Union lobby by Rev. C. Edward “CJ” Rhodes, alumnus and co-founder of the university’s Department of Minority Affairs. Rhodes is the son of Caroll Rhodes, a civil rights attorney, and resides in Jackson, where he is the pastor of Mount Helm Baptist Church. The University Gospel Choir will sing at the event and political science sophomore Sean Higgins will introduce Rhodes. This is the first in the series of events that will be taking place until Feb. 28.
Tonight at 7 p.m. in the Ford Center, George Will will speak at the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College Spring Convocation, themed “The Political Argument Today.” Will is a Pulitzer Prize-winning author, columnist and journalist and will discuss the political climate and theory of the U.S. Will has been called “perhaps the most powerful journalist in America” and received his Pulitzer Prize for Commentary in 1977. Following the event, there will be a reception and a book signing by Will in the lobby of the Ford Center. The event is open to the public. Admission is free and tickets are not required for entry.
Rep. Alan Nunnelee introduced for consideration in Congress the Stop Abortion Funding in Multi-State Exchange Plans Act in order to curb taxpayer funding of abortions in the U.S. BY KELTON BROOKS firstname.lastname@example.org
On Jan. 22, congressman Alan Nunnelee introduced the Stop Abortion Funding in Multi-State Exchange Plans Act. The SAFE Act is a bill that would extend long-standing federal policy, prohibiting taxpayer funding of elective abortions to multi-state insurance plans offered through the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Under the Affordable Care Act, the federal government is required to sponsor at least two multi-state insurance plans. The Affordable Care Act requires the Office of Per-
sonal Management to administer two multi-state insurance plans. David Rutherford, assistant professor in the department of public policy, said he believes it is imperative to ascertain exactly what the Affordable Care Act mandates. “A lot of people are saying it mandates some known abortion and others are saying maybe not,” Rutherford said. “It is important to really determine what is said in the Affordable Care Act, and that means more than listening to your favorite bias radio station.” Rutherford said he understands both sides of the argument, but acknowledges one
has to look at the legislation as it is to understand fully. “When you have a government that is by the people and for the people, our views on religious issues — moral and ethical — all play into the formation of our opinion on these kinds of issues,” Rutherford said. In his speech to the House of Representatives, Nunnelee emphasized his commitment to preventing taxpayers from paying for abortions in light of newly implemented regulations and requirements of the Affordable Care Act. “While in this body we’ve had much spirited debate See POLICY, PAGE 3
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Your future employer wants to read your drunk Facebook chats BY ALEXANDRA WILLIAMSON firstname.lastname@example.org
Your employer might ask you for your Facebook password when you graduate and eventually get a job, just so you know. I found out this information, and I couldn’t believe it. There’s no reason for them to get my password, I thought. If my profile has decent privacy settings and none of my posts are visible unless you’re friends with me, why should my employer need to know what I’m posting? And not only do they have access to what I’m posting, but they have access to all of my private messages, and they can see which pages I moderate, and they can see with whom I am friends. They can see which groups I have joined, and what I have posted in both open and closed ones. Funny, they never needed to know this information before the Internet, did they? Did they ask people to bring their mail into work for screening? Did T H E D A I LY
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they ask for people’s planners and address books and photo albums? Maybe I’m just remembering history wrong, and correct me if I am, but I don’t recall hearing about that in any stories my parents have told me about the way things were in the bygone Post Office era. They didn’t need to know that information back then because it wasn’t publicly available to everyone, you say. Neither are my private messages. Neither is anything in my profile. The only things you can see are my profile picture, my networks and my gender if you’re not friends with me. I understand employers wanting to do due diligence in an age where what you post is never fully deleted. I understand them wanting to snoop around and see if the person they’re hiring is smart enough to untag themselves from pictures of them partying and doing things of dubious legality, or at the very least, smart enough to use privacy settings. That makes total sense, and if
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the person has enabled proper security settings and they can’t get in to their profile, I think the employer should accept that outcome and leave it at that. Like I said earlier, I don’t see how my having a Facebook page should give any employer the idea that they have a license to make my employment contingent on letting them read my private messages. Next, they’ll be asking to read your personal email and your text messages, because you could theoretically accidentally forward damaging things to people on those, or because people could screenshot them and post them other places, too. The weirdest part about this is that I can’t think of a real way that this is even illegal. It’s technically voluntary, they’re not trying to take your data to sell it or anything, they just want to know what you’re saying — even what you’re saying to your best friend at 2:00 in the morning when you’re coming home from getting drunk Taco Bell. It feels ethically wrong
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somehow, but really, I don’t think it’s illegal. Now, I’m not advocating for a law against this or anything, and if push came to shove, I’d probably give them my password if I had no other options. But the corporate fear of bad publicity needs to be reined in. These big firms need to understand that while they have a pretty good basis for asking to see what’s publicly available on the Internet, they don’t have much ground to stand on to request protected information. Of course, they can offer employment with the requirement that you hand over all of your passwords, but they have to understand that they’re not going to get the best people applying for those jobs because our generation largely sees that as a huge invasion of privacy and an unnecessary breach of the already very flimsy work-life barrier. Alexandra Williamson is a senior accountancy major from Frisco, Texas. Follow her on Twitter @ alyxwi.
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pus. During that time, more than 60 organization applied for and received funding. Although the ASB funds various organizations, it does not have as many resources as others. Many groups on campus function well with their individual events, given the fact that Ole Miss’ ASB is provided with one of the smallest budgets in the SEC. Tyrone King, assistant director of First Year Experience, is a witness to the achievements of an organization provided with ASB funding. “We were able to compete in the homecoming float competition, and we came in third place,” King said. “We also took the freshmen to Jackson for a lunch with university alumni.” Even though King is satisfied with funds that First Year Experience receives from ASB, he said he would like to obtain even more for his organization. “If we had more funds, we could reach out to the community even further than we already have,” King said. There are Mississippian more than 250 The Daily organizations on Ole Ole Miss Miss’ Serving the & campus, but not every orgaOxford Communities nization has the ability to reSince 1911 ceive funding from the ASB. Organizations that are in-
terested in receiving funding must first be a registered organization with the university. After applying, the president of the organization must be interviewed by the executive branch of the ASB, but the Senate makes the final decision on how much each organization receives. Each organization that applies for funding is examined primarily by its past performances, and the significance of its planned events for the year. Organizations that look to receive funding should have a significant intention to do something productive with the university’s campus. “When reviewing applications, we are looking at what niche is being served on campus by the organization,” Rutledge said. “If we feel that the niche is being fulfilled properly, awarding funds is definitely considered.” With about $3,400 left in ASB funding, applications are currently open for organizations to apply for the 2013 spring semester. To apply for ASB funding, go to dos.orgsync.com and complete the 2013 ASB spring funding application.
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over the right to life, there’s one area where we have found bipartisan agreement, taxpayers should not be forced to subsidize the practice that so many of us find abhorrent,” Nunnelee said. “We must protect taxpayers from funding abortion.” As a longtime supporter of the anti-abortion cause, Nunnelee made it clear that he wants to urge private citizens and the government to “do the right thing.” “My bill is an effort to do the right thing and protect taxpayers from funding the destruction of the most vulnerable among us — the unborn child,” Nunnelee said. Nursing junior Kiyanta Taylor said she has mixed feelings about the bill. “Even though I don’t believe in abortions, I know once I start working I can’t have a biased opinion — my main concern is my patients,” Taylor said. “If my patient wants to have an abortion and feels that is the best thing for them, then I’m going to have to respect that. “I can’t give my personal
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opinion and try to make them see things from my perspective.” Nursing sophomore Mary Wren said she believes Nunnelee is not considering the rights of others.
“I don’t agree with Nunnelee because I feel like his feelings towards abortion may stem from his own personal beliefs versus what would actually be right to do,” Wren said.
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Ole Miss, MSU to introduce Excellence in Teaching The University of Mississippi and Mississippi State have teamed up to help improve the quality of Mississippi’s teachers. Twenty students from each university will be accepted into the program each year, which will begin in the fall of 2013. BY WAVERLY McCARTHY email@example.com
The University of Mississippi has partnered with Mississippi State University to create the Mississippi Excellence in Teaching Program (MET), which is designed to resemble an honors college for education and attract high-ability incoming students from high schools to the field of education. “The Mississippi Excellence in Teaching Program is an exciting opportunity to attract the best and brightest students into teaching as a profession and to raise expectations regarding teacher preparation in our university and our state,” Ole Miss Chancellor Dan Jones said. “I am grateful to the Hearin Foundation for their financial support, President Mark Keenum and colleagues at Mississippi State for collaboration and to Dean David Rock and his faculty for developing this program.” Forty students — 20 from
each university — will be accepted each year. They will receive a full scholarship including tuition, room and board, technology, study abroad opportunities and the chance to network with students at the other university beginning fall 2013. Incentives such as these are important because many students believe they will be able to make more money in fields other than education. “Our goal is to try to change the perception of becoming a teacher to show that you can be a top performer in school and that you can be rewarded by going into the teaching profession and there are some huge benefits for doing so,” said David Rock, Ole Miss dean of education. Each student admitted makes a five-year commitment to teach in Mississippi following graduation. The goal of MET is, after five years, to introduce up to 160 new teachers into Mississippi school systems. “This is one of the most
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This program was a result of a joint collaboration between Ole Miss and Mississippi State earlier this summer, through a push for two of the state’s universities to work together to try and improve Mississippi’s education system. “A byproduct of this cooperation should be universities in the state recognizing that we can and should work together across university lines,” said Richard Blackbourn, dean of education at Mississippi State. The program is funded by the Robert M. Hearin Foundation in Jackson. The Hearin Foundation is committed to helping the children of Mississippi and believes the collaboration of the two uni-
versities would greatly benefit the state. “Any time you can keep really ambitious go-getters out there that really have a passion for changing education, I think innovation is going to come from them,” said Andrew Abernathy, communications specialist for the Ole Miss School of Education. “We just help them get to that point.” Rock added that students in the School of Education rarely change their major after junior year, and he believes that the more students who enter the program, the more who will realize how much of a difference they will be able to make in the lives of the children of the state of Mississippi.
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Cinema studies minor presence grows Steeped in literary tradition, Ole Miss and Oxford look to support visual storytelling and independent movie making with a cinema minor and a fast-growing film community. BY ERIN SCOTT firstname.lastname@example.org
Like digital filmmaking, the cinema minor is steadily making its mark on campus as one of the largest and fastest growing minors. With just a great story and relatively lowcost tools, international film festivals have seen new and diverse stories emerging, and the same situation is happening on the Ole Miss campus. “I’m seeing voices coming from all cultures of Mississippi,” said Alan Arrivée, theater professor and director of the cinema minor. He said much of the student work is realistic in process, but possibly with a Southern gothic influence or Biblical references. Some emerging stories are “things that cut against the grain of the culture.” As part of this program, the university has the UM Cinema Competition where students apply and submit proposals for monetary awards to help produce their films. Students submit scripts, storyboards and budgets, among other things, in categories of narrative, musical, dance and documentary. The best of these works will be showcased in “An Evening of Cinema” in Meek Auditorium April 4-7, and there will be an A and B program so each work screens twice. The minor’s curriculum is well-rounded. Students learn critique and analysis, as well as hands-on applications in script writing, cinematography and all aspects of the production process. Arrivée said he sees excitement and groups forming to produce works, similar to what one would see in any film school. “I want this to be empowering,” he said. Most kids would be afraid of watching horror films in the dark at 6 years old, but they form part of an early memory for English major Mack-Arthur Turner Jr. Growing up, he and his family shared movie watching experiences with western, drama and actions genres. In his first semester at Ole Miss, Turner took a film studies class where he put critical analysis and vocabulary to all those years of being a movie fan. That same year, the cinema minor started, and Turner began exploring visual storytelling. Turner said he hopes more students explore classes in the minor. He said the classes re-
flect the diversity on campus and feels that Mississippi stories can compete on an international level. “We should use the Mississippi experience to connect to the world,” he said. “It’s possible to connect with people in Belize or parts of Africa or Ecuador, especially with subjects of poverty, or health and social issues. It resonates with them.” Besides the minor and Oxford Film Festival adding to the culture, the Yoknapatawpha Arts Council Film Endowment has been created, which Arrivée described as a “Junior Austin Film Society.”
The council hopes to support the budding film culture in Oxford, set up educational opportunities and attract filmmakers to the region. Arrivée sees students staying in Oxford to make films after graduation. The Film Council will have an editing bay and equipment cage that will help complement what is already available to cinema minors. As the independent film scene opens up to more people, it’s never been a better time for Ole Miss students to tell their stories and attempt to create the great American film.
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just six points on 2-of-10 shooting, head coach Andy Kennedy sees White as a vital part of the Rebel offense. “He brings a weapon that we desperately need with his ability and his size to attack off the bounce,” Kennedy said. “When he’s making three pointers, it really expands his game.” White is shooting under 30 percent in his career, but was 6-of-7 from three point range against Auburn and Kentucky. With his starting position and the injury to senior guard Nick Williams, White has been looked upon to be more productive. “My role (is to) defend, rebound and attack,” White said. “I have to fill in what Nick did. That means I have to score more or rebound more. I just got to adjust to whatever coach wants me to do.” He is averaging 8.6 points per game in SEC play, and he
frequently draws the defensive assignment of the opponent’s best wing player. Kennedy has cited his size, 6-foot-6, 210 pounds and defensive ability as main reasons why White has gotten the starting the nod. While White’s production has been very inconsistent, it hasn’t been due to poor shooting. He has missed more than five shots just twice this season. Whenever he does take a large number of shots, he turns in big offensive numbers. When shooting at least 10 shots in a game, he is averaging 17.2 points in his career. White, a McComb, Miss., native, is better known as Snoop among fans, players and coaches. Even when he is announced prior to Ole Miss home games, the student sections rings out a cheer of “Snoop.” “Ever since I was young, as long as I can remember, I’ve been called Snoop,” White said. “I thought that was my real name.” For continuing coverage of Ole Miss men’s basketball, follow @ Tyler_RSR and @thedm_sports on Twitter.
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With key injuries for Ole Miss’ top two players off the bench, sophomore guard LaDarius White will be depended upon to be another scorer in the Rebels’ lineup. BY TYLER BISCHOFF email@example.com
Making his debut as a freshman in 2011, LaDarius White burst on the scene scoring 16 points and grabbing six rebounds in an Ole Miss win over Mississippi Valley State. White didn’t continue that success as he failed to reach double figures for the next 20 games, but he ended the season scoring 38 points in the final two games. White started this season coming off the bench, but he has started the last nine games and led the team in scoring twice, scoring 17 against Auburn and 22 against Kentucky. While Florida, which is third in the country in defensive field goal percentage, held White to Sophomore guard LaDarius White
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Second base competition heats up for Ole Miss Last week, it looked as though senior John Gatlin was going to be the starter at second base, but after an injury to Gatlin last week, junior college transfer Lance Wilson and freshman Christian Helsel are battling it out for the starting job. BY MATT SIGLER firstname.lastname@example.org
After losing All-American second baseman Alex Yarbrough to professional baseball, the Ole Miss baseball team knew there would be big shoes to fill. Senior John Gatlin appeared to be the guy who was going to be able to do that for head coach Mike Bianco, but after suffering a dislocated non-throwing shoulder, Gatlin is looking at a substantial amount of recovery time, and now the Rebels will continue the hunt to find a second baseman. Two names that have surfaced as the front-runners for the competition are junior col-
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lege transfer Lance Wilson and freshman Christian Helsel. Both took reps in the middle infield this past weekend during the team’s scrimmages. Bianco believes that things are looking up for the team at second base. “Not as complicated as they were a week ago,” Bianco said of the situation at second. “John is out with a dislocated shoulder and he’ll get an MRI sometime this week and we’ll know a little more, but certainly, out at least the first couple of weeks of the season. Seems like Lance (Wilson) has done the most since we’ve been back and done a great job offensively and defensively.” Wilson, a Tuscaloosa, Ala., native, is in his first season with the Rebels after a two-year stint with Shelton State Community College. Adjusting his game to adapt to this level has been something Wilson has worked on since arriving in Oxford, and he said he believes he is on the right track to seeing plenty of playing time when the season rolls around. “One thing is just being comfortable,” Wilson said. “I’ve always played shortstop and now moving over to second base is a little bit of a transition and took a little bit of time to get used to it, but we get after it and I’ve taken a lot of reps there. So defensively, I feel like I’ve gotten better. “And then just being along with the teammates. Just feeling a lot more comfortable with the guys, great group of guys, makes practice fun.” Helsel is also in his first year with the Rebels and made the See BASEBALL, PAGE 7