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Davis Rogers wins ASB presidential election


News personality and media company CEO Soledad O’Brien will visit the Ford Center Monday evening as part of her “Black in America” tour. The tour is sponsored by Google and will include a panel about race to allow attendees to open up about issues that plague the country. “We really wanted to go to a campus where students would be engaged and excited about a conversation,” O’Brien said in an exclusive interview with The DM. “The goal is to have a panel conversation that we can open up to the audience so that people who are interested in a conversation can come and be part of that.” O’Brien talked specifically about race relations at Ole Miss and what she thinks of the race culture in Oxford. The interview occurred before Sunday’s James Meredith statue incident. “I think what makes Ole Miss interesting is its history,” she said. “People are very aware. What has happened at Ole Miss and in Mississippi is the story of the nation. We are a nation of change at a time when the nation is more diverse than ever, and we’re trying to figure it out. “These issues clearly exist because they need to be worked through. The answer is certainly not to keep it to yourselves; it’s to talk about them. I hope that’s what we can do during the panel.” O’Brien has had a long career in journalism, working for multiple major broadcast news outlets. She anchored a CNN documentary series called “Black in America,” the first installment of which aired in 2008. Six years later, she continues the franchise which inspired the “Black in America” tour. In 2013, Soledad left her exclusive position with CNN to start her own media com-


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pany, Starfish Media Group. “I wanted to focus on the things I really wanted to do,” she said. “Mostly documentaries and stories of people that had gone untold. I’m doing stuff that I love to do — the things that really matter to me, personally, and I get to leave behind things that I sometimes had to do as a daily morning anchor that I wasn’t necessarily personally interested in.” O’Brien is producing documentaries for a number of partners, including HBO, Al Jazeera America, CNN and National Geographic. While O’Brien does have an impressive career, she said the focus Monday will be about the tour and the dialogue. “Sometimes people say that race isn’t an issue in America today,” she said. “Someone that would say that is really misunderstanding the state of America today. I hope we are able to have a great discussion with college students and the rest of the community.”   The event will be held Monday at 5:30 p.m. in the Ford Center. The event is free to the public, and attendees do not need tickets. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. for students, faculty and staff of the university and at 5:15 p.m. for the general public. Google will provide free gift bags to all attendees.

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ASB President-Elect Davis Rogers is greeted by campaign supporters Thursday following the announcement of election results.


Davis Rogers won the Associated Student Body presidential election yesterday, defeating Jessica Brouckaert with 57 percent of the vote. “I literally can’t describe it,” Rogers said after the results were announced. “I don’t really know what to do right now except maybe spend the next five or six weeks of my life thanking everybody

who came out to help me. I have a really cool group of friends who really just stepped up for me, and I couldn’t have done it without them.” Rogers discussed his upcoming plans for his term in office. “I want to hit the three things on my platform: Rebel Day, RebAlert and Rebel Ride,” he said. “Those are the three things I’m going to focus most on. There are a few other things I’ll be working on, and I’m open to suggestions,

but for the most part it’s going to be those three.” Runner-up Brouckaert congratulated Rogers on his election. “I’m going to wake up tomorrow and keep working for this university because I love Ole Miss,” she said. The runoff results were announced yesterday at 5:30 p.m. on the steps of the Student Union. Rogers and Brouckaert competed in the runoff after the initial election on Tuesday.

Book sale to be held Monday BY CATY CAMBRON

The American Association of University Women will hold its annual Jan Hawks Memorial Book Sale Feb. 2425 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Student Union. Proceeds from the book sale go toward the Sarah Robinson Scholarship, awarded to women at The University of Mississippi. Each year, two to three female students who are majoring in English, education or creative writing and

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are juniors, seniors or graduate students receive the scholarship. The recipients of the award are nominated by faculty and chosen by the Office of Financial Aid based on merit and financial need. “The book sale is the only fundraiser that raises money for this particular scholarship,” said Amy Gibson, coorganizer of the book sale. The American Association of University Women has been hosting the book sale for at least 25 years, according to Gibson.

Various types of books are donated to the book sale, from novels and cookbooks to political books and textbooks. This year, hardcover books are $1, large paperback books are 50 cents and small paperback books are 25 cents. “It’s a great way to find books to expand your reading tastes and to support those in financial need,” Gibson said. The association hopes to raise $3,000 this year for three $1,000 scholarships.



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I became a trailblazer in my family upon graduation from college; I was the first to obtain a college degree. It was a very special time for my mother, who had wanted to attend college but saw her dreams derailed because of her inability to read well, a challenge that made her even more determined to see her children succeed. Now, her dream was coming true. And it was time for me to reflect on how I arrived at this place and what I learned from it. I graduated from a small-town high school in north Mississippi, and as surprising as it was for some to learn of my plans, it wasn’t difficult for me to choose The University of Mississippi. It is the state’s flagship university, better known as Ole Miss. When I was growing T H E D A I LY

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up, I didn’t read about Ole Miss in my history books. Instead, I heard about it from the people in my community. There was a notion in the black community that Ole Miss was a school still struggling to overcome racial tension. When I told people I would be going there, an eyebrow was often raised and questions were asked. “Are you seriously going down there?” they would say. “You know that school is known for racism, right?” And there was my favorite question: “Why don’t you go to Mississippi State? Isn’t it easier for black students there?” My theory was that if I was going to a school in Mississippi, I was going to the best academic institution in the state. And Ole Miss was the best. It was the flagship, the first in the state. In my eyes it was an academic institution with

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accolades parallel to those of the Ivy League universities. So, despite the negative comments, I enrolled, and I look back four years later knowing it is a decision I would never undo. Ole Miss has challenged me, pushed me, tested me and supported me. Each challenge made me more equipped and ready for the real world. When I was in high school, I always wanted to be on the homecoming court. I wanted to wear the big, beautiful dresses worn by the court. But I was always voted friendliest. Despite my unwavering desire to be on the homecoming court, I was never nominated, so it was no surprise to anyone who knew me that the first thing I did when I came to Ole Miss was run for homecoming court. There are two maids for each class at Ole Miss — two freshman

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maids, two sophomore maids and so forth. One homecoming maid is elected by the student body and the other maid is elected by varsity athletes. There is a trend that most of the student-body-elected maids are white and the maid elected by the athletes is black. When I decided to run for freshman homecoming maid at Ole Miss, my friends all told me, “You need to run for the maid elected by the athletes. You will never get elected homecoming maid by the student body.” That didn’t make sense to me, so I pushed ahead, neglecting my friends’ advice, and placed my name in the running for the homecoming maid position that would be chosen by the student body. I campaigned hard, and maybe all of that experience as “friendliest” See LIFE, PAGE 3


LIFE, continued from page 2 in high school paid off. My campaign was a success. I became the only black maid elected by the student body on the homecoming court. This turned out to be one of the highlights of my freshman year, but victory would not be the only thing highlighted that year. As was the case several times during my college years, there were ups and downs. A couple weeks after I was elected freshman homecoming maid, I witnessed the Ku Klux Klan come to campus and protest after the chancellor demanded students stop chanting “the South will rise again” when the band played “From Dixie with Love.” I never imagined that I would see the KKK standing on the steps of our beloved university, with white robes and Confederate flags. My eyes burned at the sight of them. My sophomore year was a story all its own. I was invited to join a sorority, a traditionally white sorority. And I became the only black member of that sorority chapter. The next week there was a blog online called “Phi Mu Accepts Black Girl — Laughing Stock on campus.” At first, I thought the blog would not affect me. I kept telling myself that they were just words. But those words hurt; they cut me deep. Sometimes today, even late at night, I sit up and think about the words on that blog. The words we speak, type and write linger, and they have power, however much we wish it wasn’t so. But I’ve learned that the amount of power we give words is solely up to us. I gave those words on that blog too much of my power and time. Never again. My junior year I was elected the first black female student body president at Ole Miss. It was a bit of history and an incredible vote of confidence. Yet a couple of weeks after my inauguration, I was denounced with racial slurs by another student. I will never forget his words. But I also remember returning to my room in the Phi Mu house, where several of my sorority sisters came down to my room to check on me. One of my sisters, Ali, came in my room and gave


me a hug. She said, “I’m so sorry that happened to you, but don’t worry; I’m your sister and I’ve got your back.” In that moment, even through the hurt, Ali reminded me that there was still good in the world. Her love and compassion toward me, especially that night, will never be forgotten. The days following the incident were extremely difficult for me. I pressed harassment charges and we began to proceed with the case through the university judicial system. The trial day finally came, and I learned that the young man could face suspension or expulsion. It was not certain what his punishment would be if he was found guilty, but I knew I did not want this student expelled. To me, expelling him would not open his mind about race and diversity, so just before the trial began I told university officials to drop the charges. “I have a better idea,” I said. I hoped that he would open his mind if he knew me.

friends and family members will never understand why I dropped the charges, I know within my heart I made the right decision. That day, I chose not to fight hate with hate. Instead I chose to reach out, to show someone the love that he did not show me. During my senior year, the uni-

the campus of any other Mississippi college that was not historically black. They were not allowed to run, as I did, for homecoming court or student body president. When discouraged, I reflected on James Meredith, the first black student at Ole Miss. I reminded myself of his tumultuous experiences at Ole Miss. And when I thought about the riot and the lives lost the night before he was admitted, it made the struggles that I faced at Ole Miss seem trivial. James Meredith forever changed Ole Miss. Anything I accomplished was because of him. I never thought that I would meet a historic figure like James Meredith. But the opportunity presented itself during my junior year. Shortly after I was elected student body president, I received a call from him. He called to congratulate me, and we began to regularly correspond with one another. He even came to visit several times FILE PHOTO (PHILLIP WALLER) | The Daily Mississippian throughout my

Ole Miss has challenged me, pushed me, tested me and supported me. Each challenge made me more equipped and ready for the real world. After the charges were dismissed, the young man and I began to meet regularly. He apologized to me. We went to dinner, and we even keep in touch today. It took me a while, but I forgave him. I know that I’m not perfect, and I decided I couldn’t expect others to be perfect. Although many of my

versity commemorated 50 years of integration since James Meredith was admitted to the university as its first black student in 1962. I witnessed one of the most remarkable years in our university’s history. It was hard to imagine that just 50 years ago students like me were not allowed on this campus or on

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term. And his message was consistent: “We must keep fighting to move Mississippi forward. Our

schools should be number one in the country. Our churches, our communities and our people need to step up.” It was through those words from James Meredith that I came to understand why I am at Ole Miss. I came to Ole Miss because it is not perfect, but it deserves to be. It is a work in progress. I came to Ole Miss because I knew that there was more work to be done, more battles to fight, more obstacles to overcome, and that it is up to my generation to make a difference. There have been many times when I’ve rejoiced and celebrated at Ole Miss, but I would be dishonest to suggest that all the moments were happy. There were some times of tears and pain. But even through pain there were always members of the Ole Miss family who wiped away my tears and encouraged me. When I walked across the stage to receive my diploma on that Saturday afternoon in May, a proud graduate of The University of Mississippi, the hard work of school and becoming a more seasoned adult had paid off. Ole Miss had equipped me; it had given me a glimpse of real world challenges. I found myself. I learned the meaning of love, compassion and hate. I learned how to forgive. I learned the power of words. I learned how to take risks. I learned that when others think change isn’t possible, there’s joy for you and for them in proving them wrong. In the end, I received an educational degree in journalism, but I earned a doctoral degree in LIFE. As I walked off stage at my graduation, I looked out in the audience; James Meredith sat beside my parents. After graduation he hugged me and said, “I wouldn’t have missed this day for anything in the world; I am here for you.” Kimbrely Dandridge was the first black, female ASB president. She is currently a first-year law student at Texas Southern.


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‘Unexpectedly expected’: Rapper Pell’s ambitions soon to pay off BY PHIL MCCAUSLAND

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“I don’t even know what home feels like anymore,” Pell says later. “I’ve been on tour so long and before that I was on tour and before that I was on tour. I think I’ve spent three days in my ‘bed’ in the past six months.” This is an ongoing theme in Pell’s life. Born in New Orleans, Pell and his family were torn from their home by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. The family was forced to relocate and settled in Jackson, a fair distance from the destruction and heartache. But Pell values what he’s received from New Orleans. Pell started rapping when he was in high school, and he made beats for friends from a beatbox his dad gave him. He’d get home from school and dive into the solitude of his bedroom, constantly writing new lyrics. Then he went to Mississippi State and caught the eye of a young promoter, 38270


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“I got to a point where I couldn’t afford school actually, and it was smarter for me to do what I loved and do what my passion is. And that’s music.” It was an anxiety-ridden time for Pell. He had to drop out of school and move back in with his parents, and he was about to apply for a job at a Subway. But then he realized that this didn’t have to be the end — that this could be an opportunity. “I woke up and I realized, this is all I want to do and this all I’m gonna think about,” Pell says. “I’m eating, breathing, music.” He pauses here and smiles, showing a row of white marble. He’s looking back, remembering that period. He starts laughing. “And then I told my parents.” His parents were surprisingly supportive. He was a man, they told him — he could make his own decisions. They said he’d have to support himself financially, though.


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Chris Cajoleas. They signed a contract, making an official relationship. “I thought he had a lot of raw potential and raw skill,” the mustachioed Cajoleas says outside of the green room. “That when he was put with the right people and continued to develop that it could become something really awesome.” He pauses to close his jacket as a car guns by — it’s a chilly night — then looks up. “We saw the potential in where we could help each other do what needed to be done to get to the next level.” Pell started doing shows around Starkville regularly. But since he was still in school, he couldn’t fully dedicate himself to rapping and touring. Classes came first, and he worked hard, earning good grades. Still, he was torn between his dreams and school. This feeling was soon resolved for him as he discovered he couldn’t pay the tuition anymore.

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The bartenders and bouncers are yelling and pointing toward the door. “Close your tabs and get out,” one calls from behind a yellow mop of beard. But the crowd is moving slowly, as folks pause and stall by a table next to the exit. It’s covered with T-shirts, CDs, stickers — merchandise. Behind it stands Pell, a 21-yearold Starkville-based rapper, who’s about to hit it big. He sports a flat-brimmed Mississippi RiverKings hat and a scraggly goatee and gives a genuine laugh as he types his number into a girl’s phone. He’s gone to Los Angeles recently with his manager, Chris Cajoleas, to meet with producers and discuss his next album. But tonight that doesn’t matter, because tonight Pell is performing. An hour later, he’s in the basement of the bar he just finished playing in, which has been repurposed to serve as a green room. His crew are sitting on beer-brewing buckets and broken wooden chairs. The shelves are littered with boxes of sweetener, chocolate milk mix, enriched macaroni product, jars of mustard and one loan packet of Quaker grits. The ceilings are low, wires dangle and pipes snake above everyone’s head. There are lockers and a large cutout of an Italian chef tugging at his mustache and smiling. The room is thick with smoke and littered with Keystone Light cans. Pell is holding court. “ I threw a party that brought on like 1,000 people,” he tells his friend who is busy twisting his dreads underneath a flowery hat. “It was a helluva fun night, and the cops never came.” The friend nods. “I know. I was there,” he says. “Your mom was pissed, though.” And then they both start laughing. Pell is always keeping things light. He’s making jokes and high-fiving his buddies who have followed him on this tour. They’ve been driving around the country in his car, an old Suburban, for the past five weeks.

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So Pell and Cajoleas have taken on the touring methods of indie bands for the past year. They’ve driven around the country and played bars and clubs, opening mostly for rock ‘n’ roll bands, all in the name of chasing that dream. The sale of merchandise and their cuts from the ticket sales pay for gas and food, and they depend on the kindness of strangers to find accommodations. Otherwise they sleep in the Suburban. But it’s worth it because it’s all for the dream, and soon that dream could be actualized. Pell sits and pensively takes another sip of beer. This is all he’s been working for. “It’s unexpectedly expected,” he says, looking up. “It’s good to see that’s what happens. The result is we get to do all this fun shit and live out our dreams, but it’s expected because that’s what the goal is.” Pell will be performing at the Lyric on April 24 with Cherub and Carousel.


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Presidents of Greek organizations belonging to The University of Mississippi Interfraternity Council issued an open letter Wednesday concerning the importance of diversity in light of the symbolic lynching of the James Meredith statue. Although writing without knowledge of any student involvement, the authors pledged to immediately expel any member of a Greek letter organization found to be involved in the incident.

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The Ole Miss women’s basketball team suffered its seventh straight loss last night, falling at the hands of No. 13 Texas A&M, 73-61. Ole Miss (10-17, 1-12 Southeastern Conference) simply had no answer for the Aggies’ (21-6, 11-2 SEC) twin tower duo down low, as Texas A&M was led by post players Karla Gilbert and Courtney Williams. Williams led the Aggies in scoring, posting 26 points on 50 percent shooting, benefiting heavily from the attention the 6-foot-5 Gilbert drew from the Rebels’ defense. Gilbert posted a double-double with 21 points and 10 rebounds. Head coach Gary Blair pointed to Gilbert’s efficiency as the biggest factor in her effectiveness (8-10 FG, 5-6 FT). Blair also said that Gilbert may be “the most underrated post player in the country,” and lauded her defensive effort. “That stat (one block) is wrong. She had more than that,” Blair said. Ole Miss went on a 9-0 run out of halftime to cut the lead to five roughly midway through the second half, but could get no closer. Rebel head coach Matt Insell said that he was proud of the fight his team showed, but gave credit to Blair for his second-half adjustments. Senior point guard Valencia McFarland’s usual aggression was on display, but shot after shot

continued from page 8 At the plate for Ole Miss, junior Auston Bousfield continues to lead the way. He is leading the team with a .563 batting average, nine hits and seven runs scored. Another guy to keep an eye on will be senior Will Allen, who has been on a tear at the plate recently. Allen is hitting .375 and leads the team with 11 RBIs. For Georgia State, senior Chris Triplett will be the guy Ole Miss needs to look out for. Triplett leads the Panthers with a .471 batting average through four games and is also second on the team with seven RBIs. The Rebels will also need to be aware of Rose, who is also a threat at the plate. He is currently hitting .333 and leads the team with eight RBIs, two home runs and 13 total bases. The series will be the firstever meeting between the two teams on the diamond, and first pitch is scheduled for Friday at 4 p.m. at Swayze Field.


Rebel Hoops hosts No. 2 Diamond Rebs Florida Gators host Georgia State in first home weekend series BY TYLER BISCHOFF

Ole Miss will host one of the best teams in the country as the No. 2 Florida Gators come to Oxford Saturday in a Southeastern Conference showdown. “We’re going to have to play an ‘A’ game to give ourselves a chance,” Ole Miss head coach Andy Kennedy said. “We’ve got to make sure we take the right approach to beat a team of their caliber.” Florida (24-2, 13-0 SEC) has won 18 straight games dating back to Dec. 10, while Ole Miss (16-10, 7-6) has lost four of its last five games. The Gators are one of the best defensive teams in the country, and they are by far the best defensive team in the SEC. Florida has a defensive rating of 90.9, four points better than the second-best team. Ole Miss’ defense ranks in the lower half of the SEC, at 101.2. The Gator defense is led by senior point guard Scottie Wilbekin, who may be the top defender in the SEC. “I think he’s a terrific on-ball defender,” Kennedy said. “Our anticipation would be that he’s going to guard Marshall off the ball. He’s very, very good at fighting through screens, reading defenses.” Florida plays a high-pressure, frequent trapping defense. The Gators will pick up full court and look to trap, and they’ll trap in the post and on ball screens. This aggressive style has led to Florida having the conference’s most efficient defense, but in its last game, Auburn forced Florida out of its trapping. Auburn shot the ball extremely well, making 10 of 19 3-pointers, and shot 47 percent from the field. Only one SEC team has shot over 50 percent against Florida — Alabama back on Feb. 8.


The Ole Miss baseball team will host its first series of the 2014 season this weekend when it welcomes the Panthers of Georgia State. The Rebels (4-0) are off to a nice start with a sweep of Stetson this past weekend and most recently a midweek 6-0 win over UT-Martin. Georgia State (3-1) enters the series on a two-game winning streak with wins over Illinois and Savannah State. The Panthers took two of three from Illinois in a series last weekend. Junior right-hander Chris Ellis will get the nod on the mound for Ole Miss Friday night. In his first start this season, he got the win going six innings, allowing only four hits and striking out four. Redshirt sophomore left-hander Christian Trent will follow up Ellis on Satur-

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No. 11 Sebastian Saiz dunks and scores.

So Ole Miss will have to knock down shots. The Rebels shoot the most 3s in the SEC, 22.2 per game, and make them at the third-highest percentage, 36.5 percent. If Marshall Henderson, Jarvis Summers and someone else like Anthony Perez or LaDarius White can knock down shots, Ole Miss can force Florida to abandon its trapping defense. On Tuesday against Kentucky, Martavious Newby played in his first game since breaking his hand on Jan. 25. Newby missed six games, and the Rebels missed the presence of their best defender. Newby has the best defensive rating on the team. After the Kentucky game, Kennedy said he had no intention of playing Newby but went to him

for energy. Ole Miss outscored Kentucky by eight with him on the floor, in a game they lost by 14. Offensively for Florida, Casey Prather leads the Gators with 15.7 points per game on 62.8 percent shooting. Five players average at least nine points for Florida, including sharpshooter Michael Frazier, 12.1 points per game and 45.1 percent 3-point shooting, and forward Patric Young, who is scoring 10.7 points and grabbing 6.3 rebounds per game. “They are truly the consummate team,” Kennedy said. “I think it is Billy (Donovan)’s best job, since I’ve been a part of the league for eight years.” The game will start at 11 a.m. at Tad Smith Coliseum and will be televised on CBS.

day. In his first start in an Ole Miss uniform, Trent went six innings, giving up three hits and a run and striking out six. Junior right-hander Sam Smith will wrap things up for Ole Miss on the mound Sunday. He threw five innings of shutout baseball and allowed only two hits in his first start of the season. Georgia State will likely combat this with sophomore right-hander Nathan Bates, senior left-hander Andrew Fessler and sophomore righthander Matt Rose, taking the mound Friday, Saturday and Sunday, respectively. None of the three received a decision in their first outing. Bates went six innings, giving up four runs on six hits, while Fessler went three innings, giving up five runs on nine hits. Rose wrapped up the weekend for the Panthers going five innings and surrendering two runs on five hits. See DIAMOND, PAGE 7

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UT-Martin’s Taylor Douglas dives back to first as Ole Miss baseman Sikes Orivs awaits the pickoff attempt.

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