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Soledad O’Brien continues race dialogue on campus
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Soledad O’Brien, right, speaks with Dr. Barbara Combs, Rev. C.J, Rhodes and Tim Abram during a panel discussion Monday.
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Following last week’s desecration of the James Meredith statue on campus, the dialogue about race at Ole Miss continued Monday night during a keynote speech and panel discussion featuring award-winning journalist Soledad O’Brien. O’Brien, who was scheduled to attend before the incident occurred, visited campus as part of her “Black in America” fivecity tour, which ended at the Ford Center last night. She de-
livered a keynote speech about the importance of discussing being black in America today. Three panelists then joined her on stage for a town hall meeting: Ole Miss student Tim Abram, sociology and Southern studies professor Barbara Combs and Ole Miss alumnus and current pastor C.J. Rhodes. O’Brien addressed last week’s incident in her first statement during the keynote, and panelists spoke at length about the importance of continuing dialogue about racial issues on campus.
“Given the recent events on campus, this was a necessary conversation to have,” Rhodes said after the event. “I could sense from the questions that were asked tonight that there is a lot of conversation to be had. Similar conversations are so necessary moving forward.” In her introduction, O’Brien admitted that the incident made for “tough timing.” However, throughout her speech and the panel discussion, participants generally agreed that recent events made the discussion even more vital.
O’Brien’s talking points included racial issues ranging from median income to unemployment to infant mortality. She discussed multiple current events that impacted the country’s racial landscape, including Seahawk defensive back Richard Sherman’s postgame outburst and the Super Bowl Coca-Cola commercial, which created social media firestorms that were sometimes racially charged. 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 company, Starfish Media Group, and is producing documentaries for a number of partners, including HBO, Al Jazeera America, CNN and National Geographic. Several people, including Ole Miss students, faculty and Oxford residents asked the panel questions during the town hall segment. Kaitlyn Barton, a public policy leadership major from Brandon, asked the panel how a culSee PANEL, PAGE 5
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Representatives of the Class of 2014 convened to select a senior gift for the university and will begin fundraising this week for a commemorative historical marker to be placed in the Grove. Senior Class President Matthew Kiefer said the marker will be a special gift to the university because of the Class of 2014’s involvement in the funding of the project. “Our goal is to have $5 from every senior,” Kiefer said. “Anyone interested in donating in addition
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to the funds being raised by seniors can give to the representatives who will be collecting money.” Costs for the sign have been estimated to be $3,500-4,000. Kiefer said he hopes to see most of the funds raised before spring break. “We have 22 student representatives – 19 student council members and three officers — who will be collecting donations,” Kiefer said. Kiefer said that the sign placement must first be approved by the university’s facilities planning department and will be announced this semester.
The Class of 2014 will begin raising funds for a commemorative historical marker to be placed in the Grove.
‘Following threads’: CIA analyst shares perspective with OM community
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The Associated Student Body, the Black Student Union and One Mississippi will host “Talk It Out” today on the Student Union Plaza. The event will give students the opportunity to discuss the events that occurred on campus last week. ASB Cabinet member William Fowler sees the forum as a joint effort to help students on campus. “ASB, BSU and One Mississippi put their brains together and decided that to serve our students best we needed to provide an outlet of expression so that everyone has the opportunity to get their feelings off their chest,” Fowler said. “Talk It Out” is open to students, staff, faculty members and administrators. The event will give students the opportunity to express their opinions in an open-mike style of forum. Each participant will be allowed two minutes to speak on his or her feelings about the issues on campus. Profanity and violent language are restricted. Sophomore integrated marketing communications major Erin McMurray said she thinks this will be a positive event with the potential to move things forward in regard to last week’s incident. “It allows students and other people on campus to talk about the events,” McMurray said. “I think it will help with the whole situation because it will help clear the air.” Representatives from the Black Student Union and One Mississippi were not available for comment regarding the forum. “Talk It Out” will begin today at noon.
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Carpe diem and logic BY CARL CASE
One thing I can definitely say that I’ve learned through college — and a great liberal arts education — is to think logically. This is such an invaluable tool when doing almost anything. I find myself using logical thinking to analyze themes in Spanish literature, when discussing ideas with friends, when determining how dumb people sound on Facebook/Twitter, etc. And through my logical analyses, I’ve learned that many people do not possess this very strategic tool. Many people have barriers on their thoughts that do not allow them to breach the perimeters of their thought T H E D A I LY
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processes and consider/learn about things that didn’t know they didn’t know. Does this make any sense? I’ll elaborate shortly. Part of thinking logically comes from broadening the scope of one’s vision. This includes, as I stated previously, learning things that you may not have known. I mean seeking knowledge about foreign cultures, languages, economics, world affairs, other disciplines that may not have seemed interesting in high school or college and things of the like. The quest to be learned never stops, at least for the person who knows how much this can benefit him/her. Being from an impoverished and misunderstood place such
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as Mississippi motivates me even more. It motivates me to live, experience, seek and dip my toes in waters that exist in different places of the world. Being insatiable in terms such as these can be rewarding, as well as exciting. Life is short. I know this is a cliché, trite expression, but it really is devastatingly true. Going through the motions in life isn’t rewarding or meaningful. A lot of life involves unconscious thinking, but what about the parts that do not? Big life decisions require logical, conscious thinking. Should you go to grad school in Chicago? Should you move and take that internship in San Francisco? It’s perfectly fine to try something new and fail. Fail-
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ing conditions us to be resilient and ambitious. As J.K. Rowling stated during her 2008 Harvard commencement speech, “It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all – in which case, you fail by default.” Life really is what we make it. We are born with certain capabilities and develop various interests and thirsts. I don’t think we can find ourselves until we seek new things, new experiences, new knowledge. Through these endeavors, we learn things that we carry with us, that we share with others, that we can See LOGIC, PAGE 3
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BY ORION WILCOX email@example.com
The recent racist events on our campus have fueled a familiar narrative about this university. To someone reading about the incidents in The New York Times, L.A. Times or on CNN, it may seem like The University of Mississippi is trapped in some kind of time warp where the battles of the civil rights movement are still being fought and Jim Crow is alive and kicking. This narrative portrays our university as an institution steeped in a history of bigotry, struggling unsuccessfully to move beyond racism and closed-mindedness. Of course, university officials and many students reject this narrative. They argue that these events have been perpetrated by a small faction of individuals who are in direct opposition to the values of
The University of Mississippi. As Chancellor Jones has said, “Their ideas have no place here, and our response will be an even greater commitment to promoting the values that are engraved on the statue — courage, knowledge, opportunity and perseverance.” The reality is that both of these narratives are partially true. Over the past couple decades, university and ASB officials have made conscious decisions — removing Colonel Reb, banning the Confederate flag at football games, etc. — in order to move the university beyond its shameful past. On the other hand, as in events such as the protests following the 2012 presidential elections, “The Laramie Project” incident and the Meredith statue incident, our past continues to rear its ugly head. In response to the most recent incident, university officials have condemned the perpetrators’ actions and there is no doubt that the punishment will be harsh and welldeserved. But let’s imagine for a moment what would happen if the university had simply ig-
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nored these incidents. What if the university police had simply removed the noose and Confederate battle emblem from the statue and no student ever saw it? What if university officials, upon hearing about the desecration, had simply swept the incident under the proverbial rug and moved on to other business? In this scenario there would be no media uproar and people in New York and Los Angeles would not be reading about racism in Mississippi again. Of course, this would be a completely unjust manner of handling the incident. The perpetrators would have avoided punishment and would continue to attend classes as if nothing had happened, and the rest of the student body would be unaware that this type of public racism could actually exist. The above scenario may seem absolutely ridiculous, but I would argue that it occurs on a smaller scale every day. Every time we hear a racist joke or the N-word and simply say nothing, we are perpetuating a line of thinking that, after festering long enough, leads to the
type of public racism we saw last week. If we have such an uproar every time an act of public racism occurs, why do we continue to allow private racism? I am asking this question because it is one I had to ask myself while reading about another incident that occurred at The Retreat apartment complexes last week, when a group of white students threw an alcoholic beverage on a black student and called her the N-word. Growing up in Mississippi I have heard more racial slurs, mostly whispered under someone’s breath, than I care to recount. Shamefully, I have often said nothing or pretended not to hear anything. To all of those students who are angry that people outside of our state view our university as a racist institution because of public incidents of racism, you do have a role in changing those perceptions. If we stop accepting private racism, we may avoid the next incident of public racism.
use in our finite lives. Logic is something, like language, that is uniquely human. Our logic, which is associated with our brains, is what puts us at the top of the food chain. Make use of it. Never take logical thinking for granted. It helps us to have a larger discourse when we converse about problems and issues that plague our lives, and it helps us achieve a more meaningful life. Carl Case is a senior psychology and Spanish double major from Brookhaven.
Orion Wilcox is a senior economics major from Bay St. Louis.
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Students, faculty and members of the Oxford and Ole Miss community are invited to participate in the Otter 5k Charity Run Feb. 26 benefiting senior Carson Otter from Bloomington, Ind. On Sept. 14, 2013, Otter was knocked unconscious while in Austin for the Ole M i s s - Te x a s football game. After undergoing immediate brain surgery, Otter spent more than two weeks in the hospital recovering and going through intensive rehabilitation, including speech therapy and cognitive training. After taking off the re- Carson Otter mainder of the fall semester to recuperate, Otter is attending classes this spring semester. “We decided that a 5k run on campus is a great way to have an unlimited amount of people come together to support Carson,” said Bailey Braswell, co-organizer of the event and Otter’s Sigma Nu fraternity brother. “Carson’s friends and myself are thankful he made such a great recovery, and we are happy to have him back on campus with us.” Those participating in the race must purchase a $20
wristband. Wristbands, as well as $15 T-shirts, can be purchased in front of the UM Student Union on Tuesday and Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wristbands and Tshirts will also be available for purchase at 2:30 p.m. before the race. The 5k race starts at 3:30 p.m. in front of the Lyceum. The course is spread throughout the Ole Miss campus and ends at the Lyceum. “I’m thrilled that the Sigma Nus are putting this together,” Ole Miss Dean of Students Sparky Reardon said. “I think it shows the spirit of Ole Miss and what students on this campus are willing to do for one another.” All proceeds from the race Courtesy Facebook will benefit Otter’s family in helping offset the expenses incurred. Those who finish first in the race will be awarded prizes such as a 50-inch flat-screen TV or an iPad. Braswell said he believes the 5k run has the potential to show how close the Ole Miss family really is. “There has been a tremendous backing for this cause, often by people who do not even know Carson,” he said. “It says a lot when so many people can give up their time and come support a fellow Ole Miss Rebel.”
‘Following threads’: CIA analyst shares perspective with UM community BY GRANT BEEBE email@example.com
CIA analyst Cynthia “Cindy” Storer assisted in the collection, organization and reporting of data leading to the discovery of al-Qaida. Storer visited The University of Mississippi Friday to share her experiences with students enrolled in the Center for Intelligence and Security Studies program and the community at large. While popular representations in film represent interpretation of the reality that is investigative work, Storer noted that many viewers forget the continual process inherent to a functional intelligence community. “‘Zero Dark Thirty,’ among others, casts a little light on the part of the intelligence world that many people forget exists,” Storer said. “I mean, who ever heard of analysts?” Storer believes there is an importance in understanding the work of an analyst. “An analyst tries to explain the world,” Storer said. “Once they get a really good explanation, they try to forecast what is going to happen, based on what they understand.” Interests in history, political science and geography led Storer to seek a more intimate understanding of the world through her work in the intelligence community. “I was always interested in Afghanistan,” she said. “I love solving puzzles, and I like archaeology — I like mystery, and it all just came together.” Storer said that either “being in the right place at the
right time, or the wrong place at the wrong time” allowed her the opportunity to begin to uncover the organization of al-Qaida. “I was working on Afghanistan in the early ‘90s and had colleagues working with the counterterrorist center on this Bin Laden guy, whom I had never heard of,” she said. “They were writing a paper
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point. A lot of the information we were receiving was specific to what we were interested in, and what has changed with big data is that sorting becomes necessary.” Storer described her experience as one of “following threads.” “You follow threads from one bad guy to the next,” Storer said. “I was not convinced that scooping up everybody’s data is necessary, and I am still not.” Weighing the balance between having enough information to complete the mission and providing the luxury of excess is an ethical challenge Storer said must continually be addressed. “We do not have the answer to that yet,” Storer said. “And, as a world, we are addressing that right now — how much of your personal data do you want to give up in order to catch terrorists that may kill 2,000 people?” Storer encouraged students who may be interested in pursuing a future in the intelligence community to consider beginning the process of honing judgement skills early. “Take classes that require you to think critically, learn about the world, master foreign languages and write well,” Storer said. “Critically thinking, observing the world and reading the news every single day is necessary — you never know what you are going to get involved in, and having a broad perspective is extremely important.” According to Storer, weighing information and comparing data is the primary challenge of the intelligence
on the training camps in Afghanistan, and that was the beginning of my transfer to the counterterrorism center.” Working without Internet databases and instant access to information, Storer said that the working team of analysts housed in the CIA’s counterterrorism unit had to face the unique challenge of connecting data without instantaneous connection. “We did not have a lot of data at that time,” she said. “People did not even use the Internet that much at that See CIA, PAGE 5
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community. “The one thing my students tell me that they learn above all else is to ask, ‘What is the source?’” Storer said. “Nine times out of 10, they cannot tell you; and, if they cannot tell you, go out and find it for yourself.” Carl Jensen, director of the Center for Intelligence and Security Studies, said that hosting Storer was an educational opportunity for all in attendance of her lecture. “There is a lot of misunderstanding about what intelligence agencies actually do and how they do it,” Jensen said. “Part of the mission of our center is to inform both our students and the public about the ‘real’ intelligence community. Professor Storer had a ringside seat to the most important U.S. intelligence mission of the first part of the 21st century — the hunt for
Leaders of the Interfraternity Council, the governing body over the 16 traditionally-white fraternities on campus, released a letter Monday night condemning the acts of three Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity members, who are believed to have been involved in the Feb. 16 desecration of the James Meredith statue.
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ture change can begin. Abram answered that it was up to us as individuals to take small steps in changing “the conversations we have behind closed doors with friends and family.” Ole Miss alumna Krista Wright Thayer asked the panel members what they thought about self-segregation concerning higher education and historically black colleges and universities. All the discussion participants agreed that historically black colleges and universities were positive in “nurturing black students for the courage to succeed,” as Dr. Combs stated. Vice Chancellor for Aca-
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demic Affairs Don Cole, who closed the event with a challenge to the Ole Miss family to continue similar conversations, said he thought the event went extremely well. “It offered the type of dialogue that we need right now,” Cole said. “It also alluded to the fact that these issues are complex, not simplistic. We cannot stop the dialogue because this particular program is over.” For 68-year-old Oxford resident Robert Allen, the discussion was informative and encouraging. “I was very satisfied with the discussions that were had tonight,” he said. “I want to commend the university for hosting this event during this tough week. I thought it went very well.”
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al-Qaida.” Jensen said that Storer gave an honest perspective on the intelligence gathering process. “Her insights and candor peeled back the veil of secrecy that often accompanies such missions and gave our students a better understanding of what to expect as analysts,” Jensen said. The Center for Intelligence and Security Studies will continue to host lecture series and engagement series when possible, according to Jensen. “Our center will continue to provide an honest perspective on America’s intelligence community,” Jensen said. “For example, we are partnering with the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College and the Meek School of Journalism to present a panel discussion on the Snowden affair and the role journalists play in dealing with classified material. The panel will take place on March 19, and discussants will examine all sides of the issue.”
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J.D. Williams Library features Faulkner book exhibit until December BY SAMANTHA ABERNATHY firstname.lastname@example.org
The J.D. Williams Library is currently home to “William Faulkner’s Books: A Bibliographic Exhibit” in the Faulkner Room on the third floor. Located within the Special Collections division of the main library, the Faulkner Room now holds all of the first editions of the famous writer’s work. Before this exhibit, the Faulkner pieces had only been featured in smaller exhibits. “We haven’t had a full Faulkner exhibit since 1997, which was done to celebrate the 100th anniversary of his birth,” said Jennifer Ford, head of Special Collections. “We felt it was time to do a full-room exhibit.” The exhibit fills the entire Faulkner Room. According to the Ole Miss Event Calendar, it features 20 cases of books and artifacts. Books such as “Soldier’s Pay,” “As I Lay Dying,” “The Sound and the Fury” and “Absalom, Absalom!” are featured among other works, including Faulkner’s 1921 play
“The Marionettes,” handbound and illustrated. Poetry manuscripts, original short stories published in periodicals, photographs and numerous other items are all on display as well. Ford said it took two months to complete the exhibit and have it ready for the public. “All the curators worked together a great deal to put this exhibit together,” Ford said. Various university courses have hosted class meetings in the Faulkner Room, and the exhibit also sees community and on-campus groups come through. Junior biology major Amber Moore is one such student who visited the exhibit with her literature class. “We talked about the history and works of William Faulkner and it actually helped me understand ‘As I Lay Dying,’ the book that we are reading right now,” she said. Senior education major Ciera Burnett also visited the exhibit with her literature class. “The exhibit was way more interesting than I thought it
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would be,” Burnett affirmed. “While l am an education major, I have a concentration in literature and hope to teach elementary and high school English.” Both students expressed that
they enjoyed seeing the works in their original form and how it was noteworthy that Ole Miss exhibited such collections for the benefit of the students. Because the exhibit took months of hard work to set up,
Ford said she and the other curators want to keep it for a long time. The exhibit will be in the J.D. Williams library from now until Dec. 12 and is open to the public Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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Ole Miss club hockey team advances to nationals for second straight year BY DAVID KENNEDY email@example.com
The Ole Miss club hockey team defeated the No. 5 seed Florida Gators 7-3 and rival No. 3 seed Alabama Crimson Tide 3-1 to advance from the regional qualifier to the Division 3 ACHA national tournament this past weekend in Irmo, S.C. Despite the Rebels finishing fifth in the Southeastern Conference tournament two weeks ago, they were able to regroup and defeat the Gators, who finished third, and the Crimson Tide, who finished second, in the SEC tournament. “The thing about regionals, you know, once you are in there anything can happen,” Ole Miss coach Angelo Rosena said. “You can finish anywhere in the SEC, but at the end of the day, some teams are going home and some teams are going to nationals. So, we won where it counted.” Junior goalie Justin Ragland had a career weekend. He started both games in net, allowing only four goals, including a 37-save performance against Alabama, and was able to turn around his play after a 5-2 loss to South Carolina in the SEC tournament. The St. Louis native credited his performance to his defensemen. “I was seeing the puck really well,” Ragland said. “I felt pretty good about my game; I was able to play pretty confident. My (defense) really supported me. They did a really good job clearing out my rebounds if there were any and clearing the passing lanes.” One of the biggest plays
made during the weekend was made by sophomore defenseman Danny Bates. With four minutes left to go in the third period against Alabama, Bates made a clutch play to help out his goalie settle out the Tide. “It was about four minutes left, 3-1. I got a shot through the point that got tipped and went five-hole and through my legs,” Ragland said. “He came back and pulled it out before it crossed the goal line and shot it back out. That was a pretty huge play and kept us at a twogoal lead in the waning minutes of the game.” One major struggle the Rebels have faced all season has been discipline. The Rebels registered 36 minutes in the penalty box in a three-game span against South Carolina, all three of which were losses to finish off their season. “This weekend was night and day,” said senior defenseman John Chicoli, who returned this weekend from a separated shoulder injury. “I mean we stayed out of the box, and that’s what won us the games. “We can compete against any team five on five. So, it was a big improvement having all the guys stay disciplined, stay out of the box and get away from all the BS.” The Rebels will travel to Coral Springs, Fla., during spring break for the ACHA national tournament. Pool play will begin March 11. In their pool, the Rebels will face California University of Pennsylvania, Davenport University and Aurora University. The Rebels lost to Davenport earlier this season on Oct. 4 by a score of 10-2.
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Top: Members of the Ole Miss club hockey team pose for a photo in front of their bus after advancing to the AHCA national tournament this past weekend. Bottom: Goalie Justin Ragland stands guard in front of the Ole Miss goal.
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Reigning C Spire Howell Trophy winner Marshall Henderson is joined by teammate Jarvis Summers as finalists for this year’s edition of the award, which will be presented next Monday by the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame. The Howell Trophy, named for Bailey Howell, goes to the most outstanding men’s collegiate basketball player in Mississippi. The trophy will be presented Monday, March 3,
Sunday, March 2, at 5 p.m., by going to www.csopavoting. com. The fan vote will comprise 10 percent of the final total. Henderson, a senior guard from Hurst, Texas, leads the SEC and ranks third in the nation in 3-pointers, making 4.5 per game. He has hit a 3-pointer in 60 consecutive games, which is tied with Pat Bradley for the SEC record. Summers, a junior guard
from Jackson, is one of the most improved players in the SEC, raising his scoring average (17.1 from 9.1), his field goal percentage (49.7 from 40.4) and his 3-point percentage (47.1 from 34.0) this season over last year’s totals. He is the only player in the SEC to rank in the top 10 in the league in scoring and field goal percentage and also in the top five in assists. For ticket information, con-
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14. She has tallied career highs in points (31 vs. Kentucky), rebounds (16 vs. Washington State and Kentucky) as well as free throws made (15 vs. Kentucky) this season. Faleru is also closing in on the 1,000 point mark and needs just 66 more points to become Ole Miss’ 26th 1,000-point scorer. The trophy will be presented Monday, March 3, at an 11:30 a.m. Awards luncheon at the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum. Richard Williams, who guided Mississippi State to the Final Four in 1996, will be the featured speaker. For tickets to the March 3 banquet, call 601 982-8264. The finalists were selected by a state-wide panel of media who cover college basketball in Mississippi. The final vote will take place this week, a weighted vote (90 percent media, 10 percent fans). Fan voting, which is available for the award for the first time, will begin on Tuesday, Feb. 25 at 9 a.m. CST and end on Sunday, March 2 at 5 p.m. By visiting C Spire’s new fan voting website, www.csopavoting.com, fans can vote for their favorite college basketball player by simply providing an email address and name, or connecting through Facebook or Twitter. Once an account is created, the voting can begin and fans can choose their first, second and third place winners. Fans will be able to vote via Facebook, Twitter and text messaging and can submit up to three votes per day during the week-long voting period. Ole Miss will close out the regular season this week. The Rebels will travel to Missouri on Thursday for a televised contest on Fox Sports Midwest that will air locally on Sports South. Tipoff is at 7 p.m. CT from Missouri’s Mizzou Arena. The Rebels return home on Sunday (March 2) to take on Auburn in the regular season finale. Ole Miss will honor seniors Valencia McFarland, Kenyotta Jenkins and Diara Moore. Tip is set for 2 p.m.
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Valencia McFarland looks for room to pass during Thursday’s game against Texas A&M.
SEC to be named to the watch list in January, is the lone SEC player to be named a finalist. “This is such an honor,” said McFarland. “To be considered among many great players that are on this list, really is an accomplishment. I’d like to give credit to my coaches and teammates for helping me to achieve such recognition.” The award sponsored by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and named after the Hall of Famer Nancy Lieberman, recognizes the top point guard in women’s NCAA Division I college basketball. The original watch list of candidates was narrowed down to the below list of 22 by a nationally based committee and will be trimmed to five finalists in March. The Lieberman Award winner will be announced during Final Four weekend activities. “We are honored to be recognizing these 22 athletes for their strengths, skills and commitment to the game of basketball and are excited to move forward in the selection process,” Lieberman said. “All of these young women deserve to be on the list for this wellrespected award and deserve recognition for their determination.” McFarland has etched her name in Ole Miss women’s basketball history. The Edwards, Miss., native became the 16th 1,000-point scorer during her junior year and cur-
rently has 1,568 career points. She currently ranks No. 6 on Ole Miss’ all-time scoring list. She is on her way to becoming one of just three players in school history with 1,000 points and 500 assists and is just 55 assists away from joining former Rebel greats Carol Ross and Glenda Springfield as the only players in program history to hit those marks. Through her career, McFarland has dished out 445 assists and has topped 100 assists in each of her seasons in Oxford. For her career, she has posted seven games of double-figure assists and set a career-best with 12 assists against Baylor earlier this season. Not only does McFarland score and dish out assists, she is also poised to become just the second player in program history to lead her team in steals all four years, joining Ole Miss great Armintie Price-Herrington. To date, McFarland has 152 steals and has posted 48 steals this season to lead the Rebels. Previous winners of the Nancy Lieberman Award include last year’s recipient Skylar Diggins (Notre Dame), Sue Bird (Connecticut), Renee Montgomery (Connecticut), Diana Taurasi (Connecticut), Lindsey Harding (Duke), Courtney Vandersloot (Gonzaga), Temeka Johnson (LSU), Kristi Toliver (Maryland), Ivory Latta (North Carolina), and Andrea Riley (Oklahoma State).
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McFarland named Lieberman Award finalist. SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – Ole Miss senior point guard Valencia McFarland has been named a finalist for the 2014 Nancy Lieberman Award it was announced by the Basketball Hall of Fame on Monday (Feb. 24). McFarland, who was one of four players from the
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Ole Miss baseball takes on UL-Monroe in midweek series BY MATT SIGLER firstname.lastname@example.org
The Ole Miss baseball team will welcome Louisiana-Monroe to Oxford today and Wednesday afternoon for a two-game midweek series. The Rebels (6-1) are coming off a series win over Georgia State this past weekend where they took two out of three, while the Warhawks (4-3) enter the game after taking down Western Illinois this past Saturday. On the mound for Ole Miss will be sophomore right-hander Jacob Waguespack, who is 1-0 on the year in two appearances. Waguespack started last Wednesday, and he has not given up a run this season. Waguespack has given up three hits and three walks while striking out three. UL-Monroe will send redshirt sophomore right-hander Alex Hermeling, who comes in with a perfect ERA through one start. Hermeling has given up one unearned run in six innings of work to go along with three strikeouts, four hits and three walks. Ole Miss will look to keep up
its hot start to the year at the plate and hopefully carry over from a weekend where the team recorded 32 hits. Leading the way this season so far has been junior center fielder Auston Bousfield. He leads the team in batting average (.462), hits (12) and runs (8). Another name to look for is senior catcher Will Allen, who has been on a tear to start the year. He has a team-high 11 RBIs, is tied for the team lead in home runs with two and is third on the team with a .417 batting average. Ole Miss will need to account for UL-Monroe’s sophomore right fielder Jacob Stockton at the plate. He is hitting .348 and is tied for the team lead with eight hits. Another dangerous player for the Warhawks at the plate is senior center fielder Dalton Herrington. He is hitting .308, is tied for the team high in hits with eight and leads the team in RBIs with five. First pitch for both games is scheduled at 4 p.m. For continuing coverage of Ole Miss baseball, follow @SigNewton_2 and @thedm_sports on Twitter.
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