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Howorth remembered for her spirit
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Students fight Sallie Mae’s forbearance fee BY KATHRYN WINTERS Kathryn.Winter2011@gmail.com
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She was known for her endearing spirit, and she embraced her philanthropic activities with just as much zeal and devotion. Susan Barksdale Howorth, 44, a stalwart of the arts and education, died suddenly of a pulmonary edema on Sunday, Feb. 5. Born in Memphis on Dec. 23, 1967, Howorth was the daughter of Jim Barksdale, businessman and benefactor of several University of Mississippi programs, and the late Sally McDonnell Barksdale. “The Barksdale family has changed this university like none other,” said honors college dean Douglass SullivanGonzalez. “They have returned far more to us than we have ever given. They have created opportunities like the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College and created multiple scholarship possibilities here and at the medical school.” Howorth held an undergraduate degree from George Washington University and received a law degree from the University of Mississippi School of Law in 1995. She continued her life in Oxford following law school graduation and in the 1990s she restored and opened a bed and breakfast, the Barksdale-Isom Home, an antebellum home just off the Oxford Square. A lover of the arts, Howorth supported the Ole Miss Women’s Council, the Yoknapatawpha Arts Council, the Center for the Study of Southern Culture and the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College. Howorth was an avid decorator and collector of art, photography and antiques. Her love of the arts spiked her interests in Europe. Her many excursions included Cambridge, England and Paris. She is survived by her husband, Circuit Judge Andrew K. Howorth; their children, Marian and Stewart; her father, Jim Barksdale and his wife, Donna; siblings, Betsy Pokorny (John) and David Barksdale (Stephanie); and Donna’s children, Jay, Ken (Suzanne) and Megan (Marty). “Susan’s wit and charm endeared her to all who knew her,” Sullivan-Gonzalez said.
Sallie Mae, a loan company that is not sponsored by the government, implemented a new policy of charging graduated students a $50 fee for forbearance on their student loans. The new penalty has sparked an online petition on Change. org, with 114,714 signatures as of Monday afternoon. The petition was created by Stef Gray, a former student from Brooklyn, N.Y. Gray took out private student loans through Sallie Mae and is currently unemployed. On Feb. 2, Gray took 76,000 signatures to Sallie Mae’s Washington, D.C., office. Three hours later, the company changed its policy and no longer pockets the unemployment penalty, but it is still charging it. Sallie Mae only charges the $50 fee on private loans, not federal loans, according to Gray. “I just want Sallie Mae to charge the same amounts to both federal and private loan customers, and I want to have the option of paying the fee or forbearing,” she said. Anyone who cannot pay the extra $50 will go into default on the loan. Sallie Mae makes money off students who default. “I’m not looking for a free handout, I’m trying to make a difference for the thousands of people before me and the thousands of people who will come after me,” Gray said. “I want to fight student loan debt.” Sallie Mae also does not offer loan consolidation, and if
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An example of what some students face when they graduate from college. It’s possible the student pictured above was thinking about debt.
a borrower has several private loans, he or she might have to pay up to $150. Martha Holler, spokesperson for Sallie Mae, said when customers experiencing temporary financial difficulty ask to suspend scheduled payments, Sallie Mae asks for a good-faith payment to emphasize the terms and long-term implications of their decision to use forbearance. The payment goes on customers’ balances after they resume making payments on time, according to Holler. Gray said Sallie Mae advertises in financial aid offices all over the nation but doesn’t really help students. “The student loan crisis stuck a lot of people where they don’t want to be in their lives, and this is financial suicide for the
American dream,” she said. “People can never rent a car, apartment, get married; it’s a very toxic situation.” Melissa Roughton graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi in 2006. In 2010, she finished her master’s degree from New England College. Between her bachelor’s and master’s degrees, Roughton has about 10 Sallie Mae loans she is still paying off. “If you have a private loan through them, then you can pretty much guarantee that you will not be treated very well,” Roughton said. “I have had their customer service representatives tell me that I need to get a better-paying job and that I must be stupid to have a job that makes me not able to pay my student loans.” Roughton also said she has
dealt with different customer service representatives that have been more respectful and helpful, but she said Sallie Mae generally doesn’t care about students; they just care about getting their money. Students can get involved by signing the petition at Change. org or by emailing Gray at email@example.com. Change.org’s senior organizer William Winter said campaigns like Gray’s are an example of the website’s platform, which is standing up to corporate giants and making a difference. “I think it’s exciting that Stef has been able to accomplish what she has accomplished over the course of three weeks,” he said. “Change.org is empowering ordinary people to take action against issues that matter to them.”
Fundraiser hopes to fill the bowls of the homeless BY JENNIFER NASSAR firstname.lastname@example.org
Oxford-University United Methodist Church is hosting the 9th Annual Empty Bowl Pantry Fundraiser today in an effort to stop hunger. A $15 donation buys a bowl of soup, a bottle of water, bread and a ceramic bowl created by artists of the Ole Miss Mud Daubers, advanced student ceramicists, as well as other local artists. All proceeds will go to the Oxford Food Pantry. Barbara Smith, administrative coordinator of Mississippi Mineral Resources, said the fundraiser is simple.
“You just walk through and pick up a bowl,” she said. Local businesses have made generous donations to help with the fundraiser. “Eighteen restaurants have donated soup, and the bread baskets are donated from bakeries,” Smith said. “Basically, everything is donated.” Smith said she is determined to raise as much money as possible with the intention of helping those in need throughout the community. “The more we raise, the better,” she said. The Oxford-University United Methodist Church is located on North 9th Street
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Empty Bowls, a fundraiser for Oxford Food Pantry, is being held today at the Oxford-University Methodist Church.
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Drug tests for those on welfare stereotypes the poor
BY JAY NOGAMI email@example.com
Recently a bill was introduced in the Mississippi Legislature that would require drug tests for recipients of welfare. Instituting drug testing does not make sense financially and reinforces stereotypes of the poor. Additionally, there are more effective alternatives that can be enacted. The first thing to consider when thinking about any bill is a cost-benefit analysis. The average cost of a drug test is in the realm of $30 per person per test. This is the cost of the test itself and does in-
clude persons who must be hired to administer tests and measures that must be taken to ensure confidentially. In Florida, where similar legislation existed, 96 percent of those on welfare passed the test. Is it really worth the cost to the government to root out those few people who might be using drugs? In an era when Republicans are obsessed with cutting spending, it’s hard to justify. Keep in mind, too, that there has been an injunction put in place preventing Florida from continuing to test those enrolled in welfare, as it is seen as a violation of privacy. This just gives further reason that it is not worth government resources, not to mention valuable legislative time, to pursue such action. The benefits of the program
will be minuscule compared to the costs. A proposed measure like this one greatly reinforces negative stereotypes about the poor. Welfare recipients are no more likely to use drugs than those who are not on welfare. We all receive services from the government every day in one form or another, so why single out the poor? When Michigan implemented random drug testing of welfare recipients in the past, the percentage of welfare recipients using drugs was the same as that of the general population. Subjecting those who need the most assistance to such measures is not only unnecessary but also harmful. Additionally, drug testing in and of itself is not an effective way to uncover drug abuse.
Drug tests can do nothing to determine whether a person has an alcohol addition. When alcohol is widely the most abused drug, implementing programs that completely ignore it seems illogical. In fact, drug tests are only useful in detecting marijuana use. Any signs of hard drug use, such as methamphetamine or cocaine, can filter out of the body within hours. Drug testing as it is commonly used today misses the mark. If the Mississippi Legislature determines that rooting out those who use drugs is necessary when considering welfare, there are many alternatives that are more effective and much less invasive. Additional funding for centers and organizations that help people who are suffering from addiction would be beneficial. Sim-
ple questionnaires are effective at determining substance abuse 94 out of 100 times. Training case workers to better recognize symptoms of drug addiction would even be a more practical measure. Drug addiction is a serious problem in our society. If we want to prevent government funds from going to those who abuse drugs, the best solution is to help those who need help. Create more funding for addiction treatment rather than ineffective tests. For once, Mississippi’s government should reflect its culture: be kind, caring and generous instead of closed off and cold. Jay Nogami is a sophomore public policy leadership major from Denver, Colo. Follow him on Twitter @JayTNogami.
Welfare recipients should not use assistance on drugs
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In 1988, Congress passed the Drug-Free Workplace Act, which requires federal contractors and grantees to provide drug-free workplaces in order to receive a contract or grant. Then in 1989, the Supreme Court ruled that it is constitutional for private railroad companies to require employees to test negative for use of drugs upon hire and return from extended leave. Later, in 1992, the Supreme Court ruled that schools can require students to pass a drug test as a prerequisite for extracurricular activities, like
sports. As a result, drug testing is commonplace in many businesses and schools. However, it is currently not required that a person pass a drug test in order to receive assistance from the federal government. This means that many people have to test negative for drug use in order to hold a job, get an education or receive contracts and grants from the federal government, but not in order to receive assistance. The same arguments that are being made against drug testing for businesses and schools are being made against drug testing for public assistance. First, opponents claim that drug testing is an invasion of privacy. However, not all drug tests use urine samples, and
even those are not required to be performed in front of others. Urinalysis is also performed routinely in doctors offices without much complaint. Second, opponents point out that requiring a person to pass a drug test as a prerequisite is violating the “innocent until proven guilty” theory. They say it is more like “guilty until proven innocent.” However, with drug testing as a prerequisite, action is only taken if drug tests are failed. Therefore, all persons are treated equally, and assumed innocent, until the drug test results come back. Third, and the reason that is most likely to turn legislators off drug testing legislation, opponents falsely claim that drug testing is expensive and inefficient. However, if drug testing is so expensive
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and inefficient, then why do so many businesses and schools consider the benefits to outweigh costs? The most prominent benefit of drug testing is determining those who have used drugs recently. Next, drug testing is also used as a deterrent. At schools especially, many people pass on drugs because they know at some point they might be tested and do not want to fail. So the drug test caused a person to choose not to use drugs, a great benefit of drug testing. Where exactly does public assistance come into all of this? Public assistance exists to help those in unfortunate situations who need aid to meet their needs. Drugs do not qualify as a need. Thus, public assistance should not be used to pur-
chase drugs. People who do use the assistance to purchase drugs should not be receiving assistance, and a failed drug test would alert social workers and provide a course of action. Those who do not use assistance to purchase drugs have nothing to worry about, even a false positive, since they could take another test. The inefficiency of the welfare system is that people are allowed to use assistance to purchase drugs instead of food and water, not that a drug testing system is expensive. It’s time the social welfare system caught up to the private and education sectors of our country. Trenton Winford is a sophomore public policy leadership major from Madison.
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The long legal road ahead for the Prop 8 ruling
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In a historic move on Tuesday, the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals overruled Proposition 8, the statewide initiative banning gay marriage in California. The opinion stated what many of us have thought to be clear from the outset: the only purpose of a same-sex marriage ban is to deny a minority group access to a fundamental right. However, what many are hailing as a victory of equality still has a long road to travel before equal access to the institution of marriage is identified as a nationally fundamental right. Tuesday’s decision is very much a step in
the right direction, but the road ahead is one filled with several detours and potholes. Tuesday’s opinion puts the same-sex marriage debate one step closer to the Supreme Court. In a 2-1 vote, the court held that even though the ballot initiative power is an important way to exercise the will of the people, it cannot be used to deny a minority group a fundamental right. However, the Ninth Circuit’s decision is very narrow. It only overturns Prop 8 because it revoked a right that had already existed in California. We are unlikely to see samesex couples lining up at city halls across California right away. First, the proponents of Prop 8 have a chance to appeal the ruling with a larger panel of Ninth Circuit judges. The other possibility is bypassing the Ninth Circuit and going straight to the U.S. Supreme Court. While this decision is in the limbo stage of
Letters to the Editor To the Editor: Tuesday night’s GOP caucus results have probably already refuted Sean Higgins’s opinion piece sufficiently, but I’ll try to add something to the discussion. Higgins claims that Gingrich is hurting the “potential nominee” (instead of “candidate”) by continuing his attacks on Romney. While misrepresentations are problematic, genuine attacks on a candidate are not. If candidates believe there are problems with the frontrunner’s record or platform, it is good for them to point those problems out to the voters and the party. Also, if they believe they are offering the people something different, these candidates should stay in the race. The caucus results have been mixed, and it makes no sense for candidates who have serious concerns about Romney’s positions and credibility to give up and throw their weight behind him. Furthermore, I do not recall Gingrich’s accusing Romney
of “hating the poor.” Perhaps this is also a “false and baseless” attack, much like those Higgins dislikes. I’m also concerned that Higgins focuses on only two candidates because doing so misrepresents the field. Gingrich and Romney are not the only candidates in the race with the potential to secure a significant amount of delegates. Santorum’s victories and Paul’s strong showings indicate that the GOP has not yet settled on a candidate. It is true, as Higgins points out, that Romney has a great deal of financial support, and both Gingrich and Santorum have had debt trouble. However, Paul is not in debt, and while he cannot boast the $20 million that Romney can, he is by no means running out of cash. Raising $13 million from October through December may not show an ability to “out-fundraise Romney,” but it isn’t exactly pocket money, is it? Romney may end up being the nominee, but the race is
the appeals process, the actual marriage of same-sex couples is likely to be left in a similar judicial limbo. What was interesting in this particular opinion was the fact that the court addressed the right to marry as a fundamental right. One of the cornerstones of the whole issue is the idea of being fundamentally allowed to fully marry. The other side argues that civil unions and domestic partnerships were a viable alternative without having to offer actual marriage. This court addressed the issue of being fundamentally married in a unique way; the opinion referenced such disparate cultural icons as Frank Sinatra, Groucho Marx, Marilyn Monroe and Shakespeare. The court raised the point that marriage is a fundamental part of our culture. Countless books, movies and songs celebrate the institution and our laws have long de-
nied access to that institution for a specific minority group. The dissenting judge raised all the main arguments that proponents of Prop 8 have long rehashed. It is an imperative social good to preserve the sanctity of marriage and that children should be raised in a nuclear family with two heterosexual parents for the good of the children. Clearly this man has never read the books of Jonathan Franzen. It seems fairly obvious that heterosexual parents are capable of raising children who turn out to have a multitude of problems, just as they are capable of raising normal, well-adjusted children. And the whole sanctity of marriage argument? Ask Kim Kardashian, Britney Spears and Larry King what they’ve done to uphold that. They’ve done more damage to the sanctity of the institution than any gay couple would. In this way, the Ninth Circuit
got it right. The government has no right to prevent access to the institution of marriage. However, all of this will probably be a moot point. If this case does advance to the Supreme Court, it is likely the main thrust of the ruling will be as narrow as the Ninth Circuit’s and will focus specifically on California and Prop 8. However, it is absolutely a step in the right direction in guaranteeing marriage equality on a large-scale basis. This decision now faces a long uphill battle before it becomes a nationally guaranteed right. But every great social change that has ever come about in this country started out as a small-scale, hard-won victory. Hopefully the fight for marriage equality is no different.
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According to the National Cancer Institute, “Approximately 3,000 lung cancer deaths occur each year among adult nonsmokers in the United States as a result of exposure to secondhand smoke.” Thus, I would prefer not to inhale other people’s cigarette smoke on campus on a daily basis. Arguing from the harm principle, governmental institutions are legitimate in limiting individual freedom to prevent harm to others. Regarding the green fund, I would like to point out that the ASB voted on the green fund after the student body had the opportunity for input through multiple online surveys. The ASB “elites” are not arbitrarily imposing their will on students. At the end of the column, Mr. Jones concludes, “In the
name of fairness, Ole Miss needs to welcome lectures and courses discussing all angles of how environmentalism and health mandates affect society. It’s unlikely that will ever happen.” This is an interesting insight coming from an accountancy major. As a public policy major, I’ve had the opportunity to take multiple courses in which the merits of different environmental and health mandates are discussed. In fact, the recent ASB vote to ban smoking was talked about just the other day in my Advanced Policy Analysis course taught by Dr. Melissa Bass.
Benjamin Lowery Graduate instructor English To the Editor: I would like to respond to Alec Jones’ column on colleges overstepping boundaries. I argue that he is wrong in his assessment that recent ASB votes on the green fund and on banning smoking on campus amount to “elitists stripping the public of its rights.” In regard to smoking on campus, I’d like to point out that governments and governmental institutions in liberal societies, without controversy, often limit individual freedom in order to prevent harm to others. The philosophy behind this is articulated best in John Stuart Mill’s On Liberty in which Mill posits the Harm Principle – the idea that society may only interfere with individual action to prevent harm to others. For example, people are not allowed to bring firearms on campus in order to protect students and faculty.
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County agrees to foot its end of the bill on tennis complex
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The city of Oxford in conjunction with Lafayette has approved a plan to remodel the tennis complex off of Molly Barr. Ally Bowen receives a tennis lesson in the existing facility.
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sippi and Oxford and Lafayette County have been struggling with the details of how to ex-
pand the John Leslie Tennis Facility for over a year now. Earlier this week, the board of aldermen announced that each side has come to an agreement. The facility currently holds eight courts. However, park officials began looking for an expansion to 20 courts, viewing deck and clubhouse back in September 2010. The project would have cost $3 million, according to Oxford Park Commission director Rob Boyd. While the city and Ole Miss have been on board for several months, the county board of supervisors has held up the project for financial reasons. The three finally agreed on a scaled-down project, which elements the deck and clubhouse, for $550,000 coming from Ole Miss, Oxford and Lafayette County. The plan now calls for 12 new courts and a building to house bathrooms, storage and a small meeting room for teams. The $1.65 million for expansion of the tennis courts will also be used to help renovate the two city-owned baseball fields, with any funds left over going toward construction of new baseball fields.
Oxford Film Festival seeks student involvement BY JACOB BATTE email@example.com
The Oxford Film Festival has entertained citizens of Oxford for nearly a decade, and this year, the OFF crew is asking for more involvement from the festival-goers — particularly those in fraternities and sororities. The film festival will kick off its ninth season at The Lyric tonight and spend the rest of the weekend at the Oxford Malco theater. Those in charge are looking to the Greeks to take a bigger part in this year’s festival. “To make this community effort bigger and better, we strongly encourage Ole Miss student involvement,” said OFF volunteer manager Sherrod Taylor. “By volunteering and participating in the Oxford Film Festival activities, students will be exposed to numerous independent films, acquire experience in film production, network with industry professionals and gain community service hours.” The added Greek component includes three competition categories, according to Taylor. The categories include one for the
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most outstanding banner design during the week of the festival, the organization with the most volunteers selected for the festival and the one with the most members to attend the festival. The banner will be judged by a panel who will evaluate each banner on its creativity, quality of content and overall design. The fraternity and sorority with the highest number of points at the end of the weekend will be recognized at the festival’s awards ceremony, Taylor said. The festival will then donate to the chapter’s philanthropy of choice. “We’ve had an impressive response from the fraternities and sororities,” Taylor said. “Everyone is excited about the competition.” Taylor also said those students who are actively involved with the festival help the Oxford and Ole Miss community with their efforts. “The students gain experience and watch films while benefiting several philanthropies, everybody wins,” Taylor said. For more information about the Oxford Film Festival, visit http:// www.oxfordfilmfest.com/.
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Mississippi Cup on the line for No. 21 Rebel Netters
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Senior Marcel Thiemann returns a volley in a doubles match against Southern Miss last month.
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In another matchup featuring Ole Miss and Mississippi State tonight, the No. 21 nationally ranked Ole Miss men’s tennis team will battle the 14th-ranked Bulldogs of Mississippi State in the annual Mississippi Cup. Play from the River Hills Tennis Club in Jackson is scheduled to start at 5 p.m. The Rebels (2-1) carry a 12-match winning streak in the Mississippi Cup, but the Bulldogs finally snapped a 26-match losing streak with a 5-2 win this past April in the regular season Southeastern Conference meeting in Starkville. Ole Miss head coach Billy Chadwick said he knows it will be a challenge and an impor-
tant match for both teams before the start of Southeastern Conference play later this spring. “Any time we play Mississippi State, it’s important,” the Jackson native said. “It is extremely important because you have two top 20 teams competing against each other for ranking purposes and for hosting. For NCAA purposes, this is a big match.” The Rebels look to rebound from a tough loss to then-24thranked Tennessee in the ITA Kick-Off final this past weekend, in which they surrendered a 3-2 lead. Senior Marcel Thiemann, ranked No. 27 in singles, said he believes the loss can be used positively in moving forward. “It was tough after the loss. Everybody was disappointed because we should have won the match. Since the loss to Tennessee, everybody has been working hard to get ready for this match,” Thiemann said. “That’s the good thing in tennis; you have so many matches where you can improve and get better the next time.” Chadwick said he is seeing a lot of motivation from the team since the loss. “The team is very determined because of that loss,” he said. “We learned some from that match, and, hopefully, we are going to be better prepared when we play Mississippi State.” Tonight presents a perfect opportunity for the Rebels to get a solid win against a Mississippi State team that won the SEC Western
Division last season and enters tonight’s at 5-2 with its only losses coming at No. 11 Texas A&M and No. 3 Ohio State. “This is the most important match of the season,” Thiemann said. “If we win it, then we have a good base to build on for the outdoor portion of the schedule.” The Bulldogs return a talented group from last year’s team with four singles players in the top 90 in the nation, led by a pair of seniors in No. 32 George Coupland and No. 45 Louis Cant. Another senior, Artem Ilyushin, has mostly played the top spot for Mississippi State. Other ranked players are No. 79 James Chaudry, who clinched the win against TCU this past weekend, and No. 90 Malte Stropp. “State’s strength is that they are very strong from 1-6,” Chadwick said. “So, this is going to be a big time challenge for us.” Chadwick said he believes the key to tonight’s match is not only the play at the top of the lineup, but also success from the number four to number six spots. Senior Marcel Thiemann is a perfect 3-0 at No. 2 singles, while senior Chris Thiemann and sophomore Jonas Backstrom are both 2-0 at No. 5 and No. 6 singles, respectively. “I feel that our strength is that we are strong at every position from top to bottom,” Chadwick said. “The ones always playing at the top get the most attention, but the heart of the matter really is when it gets down to a little bit lower in the lineup.”
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continued from page 8 other double-overtime loss at Alabama. Kennedy said he isn’t worried about the mental state of his team. He said they are resilient and moving on to the next day. “They don’t take it nearly as hard as their old coach,” Kennedy said. In their last meeting, the Rebels held Arnett Moultrie to 10 points, well below his 17-point average. The Rebels will look again to contain Moultrie. “We are just going to stick to the same thing,” junior forward Murphy Holloway said earlier this week. “We want to hold him and Renardo Sidney down from rebounding and hurting us inside. We just have to be aware of where he is at all times.” Holloway said that while it is always hard to beat a team twice, the better team usually wins. “If you are better than the other team, then it becomes easier,” Holloway said. “We beat them
the first time. I think we are the better team.” Thursday’s game from the Humphrey Coliseum in Starkville will tip-off at 6 p.m. and will be televised on ESPN2. Lady Rebels look for season sweep of Alabama tonight Coming off two tough road losses at No. 7 Kentucky and Florida this past week, the Ole Miss women’s basketball team (12-12, 2-8 SEC) returns home and hosts Alabama (10-14, 0-10 SEC) tonight. In their first meeting this season, the Lady Rebels won 69-55 in Tuscaloosa, Ala. Ole Miss had their best offensive performance of the season, shooting a season-best 66.7 percent from the field. The Lady Rebels have lost the six games since and look to snap that losing streak and get back to their winning ways. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. at the Tad Smith Coliseum. It is also “Tickled Pink at the Tad Pad” night with prizes and a silent auction. Daily Mississippi women’s basketball beat writer Jake Thompson contributed to this report.
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Rebels seek statement win and season sweep of Mississippi State BY DAVID HENSON email@example.com
When the Rebels (14-8, 4-4 SEC) travel to Starkville tonight to take on the 18th-ranked Mississippi State Bulldogs (18-5, 5-3), they will try to return to Oxford with their first season sweep of their in-state rival since 1998. The two teams last played on
Jan. 18 with Ole Miss pulling the upset 75-68 in Oxford. In that win, junior forward Reginald Buckner scored a career-high 19 points to go along with 15 rebounds, and three other players scored in double figures for the Rebels. Ole Miss head coach Andy Kennedy said he knows Thursday night’s game won’t be easy. “We know it’s going to be a dif-
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ficult challenge,” he said in his weekly press conference on Tuesday. “Mississippi State is good. They have good players and (Mississippi State head coach) Rick (Stansbury) knows what he is doing. It is going to be in a road environment in which statistics show that it’s tougher to win away from home. “We know they have made some changes since last time we played. And we have made some changes, so, basically, it comes down to who plays best in those two hours.” When the two teams met in January, Ole Miss was coming off a tough double-overtime loss at Auburn. This time around, the Rebels are coming off anSee REBELS, PAGE 5
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Sophomore Demarco Cox throws down a dunk for two of his seven points in the Rebels’ 7568 win against Mississippi State on Jan. 18.