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Keillor speaks to a packed Ford Center
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The Black Student Union hosts an Associated Student Body presidential debate. Candidates Kimbrely Dandrige and Kegan Coleman present their platforms.
Pearson unopposed for judicial chair BY WARREN BISHOP firstname.lastname@example.org
Junior English major Courtney Pearson is the current Associated Student Body judicial chair and has been so for about a year. Tonight, the ASB and the University of Mississippi chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists are sponsoring a debate for the candidates running for ASB positions. Pearson, who has no one running against her, has already won by default. She applied for the ASB Judicial Council her freshman year and sat on the council for a semester and a half. After that time on the council, Pearson applied to be chair of the council. The council is part of the University Judicial Council as a whole, but when it comes to things such as election violations and appeals, only the ASB Judicial Council hears these matters, Pearson said. Those who are on the council are considered part of both the ASB Judicial Council and the University Judicial Council. Other than election and appeals, the ASB Judicial Council also deals with issues within the Senate, mainly procedural issues, Pearson said.
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Judicial chair Courtney Pearson speaks at the Black Student Union debate. Pearson runs unopposed in this year’s election.
“We don’t really deal with issues that senators have with other legislation,” she said. “For example, if the smoke-free campus initiative were to be enacted, we would not be the people to deal with someone’s distaste in that initiative.” The ASB Judicial Council
hears cases that have been filtered through the Dean of Students Office and that deal with student conduct or anything that violates rules in the M Book. While the ASB Judicial Council is made up of only students, the University See PEARSON, PAGE 4
The Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College’s convocation keynote speech was delivered by American author, monologist and radio personality Garrison Keillor to a packed house at the Gertrude C. Ford Center for the Performing Arts. Keillor, who is from Minnesota, said it was an honor to come down South and get a look at the Rebels he had read about as a boy growing up. From reading the stories, Keillor had to admit he admired the Rebels. “The victors get to write the official history, but the losers get to create literature,” he said. “Which would you rather do? I’d rather write literature.” Keillor talked about love in honor of Valentine’s Day, sang duets and basically performed his public broadcast radio show, “A Prairie Home Companion.” “It is a pleasure to be here to be here, among you rebels,” he said. “I hope one day, ‘A Prairie Home Companion’ will be done from this stage.” Being taught that life is suffering growing up, Keillor said he was happy to have teachers who taught him the opposite. Keillor’s English teachers taught him, an English major, of poetry — of Elizabethan poetry — which told him to seize the day, to live the day. With that, Rick Dworsky, pianist and music director of the radio program, came onto the stage and started playing
the grand piano, to which Keillor sang poems, including those by William Wordsworth, Christopher Marlow and Robert Herrick. “People had high ambitions for me, all had to do with the second coming,” Keillor said. “In the meantime, what does one do? Well, I love poetry. And poetry does not talk about the second coming, as much as the coming of each day, each beautiful day.” Vocalist Heather Masse, from the folk group The Wailin’ Jennys, would take the stage next and perform duets with Keillor by artists including Elvis Presley, Bob Dylan and Ella Fitzgerald, and all songs had a theme of love. Keillor had thoughts about love, especially among those who view life as suffering. “If people think life is suffering, how do they form a bond together?” he said. “Perhaps they do not? “The rules for maintaining marriage through hard times are similar to living in a life boat for more than 30 days: no sudden moves, give the other person plenty of room and keep any thoughts of disaster to yourself.” Before ending on a song, Keillor told jokes — “bad” but funny jokes. “When God created woman, he gave not two breasts but three,” he said. “When the middle one got in the way, God performed Surgery. Woman stood before God, with middle breast in hand. Said, ‘What do we do with the useless boob?’ And God created man.”
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New bill to prevent undocumented children from receiving financial aid hurts everyone
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A bill was recently introduced in the Mississippi State Senate regarding college funding for illegal immigrants. Senate Bill 2022 would “prohibit college or university students who are unlawfully present in the United States from receiving financial aid awarded by any state institution of higher learning or public community college.” SB 2022 is simply a bad idea because it takes away opportunities for low-income youth, and it isn’t cost effective.
Let me start with a question: when you were young, did you get to choose where you grew up? Of course not. You grew up wherever your parents raised you. When they moved, they didn’t ask you first, and they certainly didn’t let you decide to stay where you were. Just as you had no say in the matter, when an undocumented family enters the United States, the children certainly don’t either. Oftentimes, the children aren’t even aware they aren’t legal citizens of the United States. Now, let’s consider a child of one of these undocumented families. Her parents don’t speak a word of English, but she learns how to speak watching TV or early in school. She starts to excel and does well in school.
She then gets accepted to college. What a great success story, right? Wrong. With this bill, she wouldn’t have any way to afford college because the school she attends, be it a community college or a university, would be prevented from offering her financial aid. In what world is this good? Why would we as a state want to prevent those who aspire to be college graduates the opportunity? Just because a child’s parents brought him or her to the United States doesn’t mean he or she shouldn’t be allowed a quality education. It is unfair and about as far from American as one might imagine. SB 2022 would actively stifle the American dream. Further, this bill isn’t cost
effective by any stretch of the imagination. Entirely new processes would have to be enacted to determine who is and isn’t unlawfully present in the United States. It is easy to falsify a Social Security number, and unless there are further checks put in place, this system would prevent literally no one from receiving financial aid. This would cost the universities an inordinate sum of money, all so they can prevent giving financial aid to probably dozens of people. It is estimated that there are anywhere from 8,000 to 90,000 people in the state illegally. Even when considering the higher education bound, which is unlikely to be true, that accounts for a whopping 3 percent of the population.
At what cost is it justified to prevent, at maximum, 3 percent of people in the state of Mississippi from obtaining a college education? I’d argue that it is never justifiable to prevent anyone from obtaining a degree, or at least from the opportunity. There is already a shortage of highly educated workers in Mississippi, and anything that will set us further back as a state is a bad idea. I urge you to contact your local senator and tell him or her that Mississippians value education above choices that youth themselves don’t even get to make. Jay Nogami is a sophomore public policy leadership major from Denver, Colo. Follow him on Twitter @ JayTNogami.
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The University of Mississippi is a public institution of higher learning, which means a large percentage of the school’s funding comes from American taxpayers, primarily those in Mississippi. As a result, scholarships and grants should be reserved for Americans, primarily Mississippians. While America is the land of opportunity, one should not benefit from the system
without paying in. Senate Bill 2022, which was sent to a committee of the Mississippi Legislature earlier this week, aims to do just that. The bill, if passed, will “prohibit college or university students who are unlawfully present in the United States from receiving financial aid awarded by any state institution of higher learning.” Essentially, illegal aliens will be barred from receiving financial aid by a public college, but they will not be barred from attending the college. Therefore, illegal aliens still have the opportunity to advance their education in Mississippi. However, they will not receive assistance from taxpayers.
Some legislators are concerned that this bill will hurt students who are not responsible for their parents’ decision to cross the border illegally. Oftentimes, “students who are unlawfully present in the United States” have grown up in the United States under undocumented parents. While they are correct that the students should not be held responsible, there are paths the students can take to receive aid even if this bill passes. If they have lived in the United States for a minimum number of years, they can apply for citizenship. However, if they do not meet the year requirement, they do have the option of applying for a stu-
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from public colleges and universities. Instead, the aim is to reserve financial aid for students who are legally a part of the system that is funding the institutions. This is no different than Social Security and the welfare system. Illegal aliens are ineligible for benefits from these systems because they are designed for and funded by lawful individuals. When it comes to financial aid for higher education, American scholarships and grants should be reserved for those authorized to be in America.
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dent visa. With a student visa, they are eligible to apply for financial aid like any other student because they are now lawful residents. Also, this bill only applies to scholarships and grants from public institutions in Mississippi. Unlawful students can still receive financial aid from private colleges and universities at the discretion of those institutions. This bill simply makes sense. Unlawful students should not be receiving financial aid paid for by Americans. Certain things should be reserved for those who pay into the system. The aim of this bill is not to shut out unlawful students
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Religious liberties vs. women’s rights
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Believe it or not, there is more controversy over President Barak Obama’s health care plans. This past week, Obama announced that he has revised a rule concerning birth control and sterilization for employees of faith-based organizations. This revision basically says that if an employer is against providing birth control due to religious beliefs, then the employee seeking birth control can deal directly with the insurance company who must provide the birth control free of cost. This way, according to Obama, the employer does not have to pay for something against his beliefs and the woman can still receive the care she desires. Sounds pretty simple, but it has received major backlash from U.S. bishops and many in the Republican party. In a statement, U.S. bishops said they want protection from the birth control mandate for “religious and secular for-profit employers” too. This means that if a Catholic person owns a grocery store, they should be allowed to choose not to provide birth control in their employees’ insurance plan. House Republicans say this mandate is an infringement on religious liberties and are promising to reverse it. One representative from New Hampshire said this was not a “women’s rights issue but a religious liberties issue.” The White House has said it will continue talks with re-
ligious leaders and be open minded. After all, this is close to the third time this particular mandate has been altered. Some organizations are surprisingly not inflamed by this new regulation. Sister Carol Keehan, head of the Catholic Health Association of the United States, is quoted in a Washington Post article saying the “framework developed has responded to the issues we identified that needed to be fixed.” Now, whether or not you agree with Obama’s health care plan is not the issue at hand here. At least for now, the health care plan is something that is in place to stay. The issue here is whether women’s rights trump religious liberties or if there can be some sort of compromise between the two.
This isn’t merely one issue or another, as the New Hampshire representative would like for us to think. Is one right more inalienable than another? The issue of women’s rights gets fuzzy, to say the least. Women’s rights aren’t spelled out anywhere; it’s not like they’re explicitly mentioned in the Constitution. It boils down to how your world view frames this particular issue. The argument of the White House is a fairly rational one — it’s cheaper to provide prevention of childbirth than actual childbirth. But is this an infringement on the Roman Catholic Church’s rights since it is vehemently opposed to contraceptives? Or is it actually a reasonable compromise between
women’s rights and religious rights, keeping one from infringing upon the other? Religious liberties also become clouded because of the statement released by the bishops concerning the rights of “religious and secular forprofit employers.” Is that overreaching and no longer in the realm of religious liberties? Or is this a valid point raised — are we watching our religious rights
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dicial Council members have increased responsibility when there is a run-off because it extends the election week and the possibility of hearing more cases. “As judicial chair I do not vote at any hearing,” she said. “I’m really a liaison between the Dean of Students Office and ASB, as well
as ASB and the rest of the student body.” Because of the two different councils, Pearson’s time is more heavily invested in university hearings, depending on the number of cases. “We never know when there will be a numerous amount of cases needing hearings or vice versa,” she said. As ASB judicial chair, Pearson has followed in the footsteps of her father. She said her father was the first black judicial chair at Ole Miss in 1989. That is one thing that hits close to home for her. “I like to make my university the best place it can possibly be and that means holding everybody accountable whether it’s individually or collectively as a group,” Pearson said. Pearson will continue to be the judicial chair for another calendar year.
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The Ole Miss women’s tennis team begins a three-match home stand Saturday, with its home opener against No. 36 SMU. Doubles play will begin at noon, followed by singles matches at the Palmer/Salloum Tennis Center. After starting the spring season 4-0, highlighted by wins against No. 29 Texas A&M and No. 18 Florida State to reach the ITA National Team Indoor Championships for the first time since 2000, the Ole Miss women’s tennis team has lost four straight matches, including all three matches at the ITA National Team Indoor this past weekend in Charlottesville, Va. “Once we lost those matches to Duke, Clemson and Miami, people were disappointed because we felt like we should’ve won at least one of those if not more,” head coach Mark Beyers said. “After we got over that initial disappointment, I think the kids understood that this is going to give us so much valuable experience. We’ve seen the best teams in the country now, and we’ve been able to play with them and really go toe to toe with them.” Despite the outcome of the tournament, Beyers and the Rebels still have high hopes for the season and believe they have the potential to become one of the elite teams in college tennis. “I think having reached the Sweet 16 at the indoors, we want to do that outside as well,” Beyers said. “Winning the SEC West is something that is on our agenda, and I would like to finish in the top four in the SEC. Now if you do that, then you automatically achieve some of those other goals.” Senior All-American Kristi Boxx is looked at to restart the Rebels’ success. “She has played No. 1 for her entire career pretty much and is currently ranked No. 12 in the country in singles, and she and Abby Guthrie are ranked fourth in the country in doubles,” Beyers said. “She has led us for the last few years, and that is something we’ll do again this year. She is somebody we are going to count on a lot.” Another player to watch this season is sophomore Caroline Rohde-Moe, who leads the team with a 6-1 record at No. 2 singles and is also ranked No. 54 in the nation. Beyers said he knows that his team will have to play well throughout the doubles and singles lineups. “In tennis, one doubles and one singles just counts as a one point (each), so you’re going to need the depth as well,” he said. “I feel like we have the opportunity to get points all the way from the top to the bottom of the lineup.”
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schedule. Also, with a win tonight, Ole Miss would move into a tie for third place in the SEC standings. Senior forward Terrance Henry said Tuesday he feels that tonight’s game could be a must-win game for this team, especially with only two home games left this season. After tonight’s game, the Rebels play back-to-back road games against No. 1 Kentucky on Saturday and then Tennessee next Wednesday. “I go into every game say-
ing it is a must-win, but there is no doubt about this one,” Henry said. “It is a home game against a top team in Vanderbilt. It is a must-win.” The Rebels must contain the SEC’s top two scorers in John Jenkins (19.5 ppg) and Jeffery Taylor (17.6), and an offense that ranks third in the SEC in scoring (73.8 ppg) and second in 3-pointers (8.8). Festus Ezeli also averages double figures at 10.2 points per game while Lance Goulbourne leads the team in rebounding (7.1 rpg). “They have so many options,” Ole Miss head coach Andy Kennedy said in his weekly press conference Tuesday. “Whether it be the best shooter in our league in
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Jenkins, or possibly the best athlete in our league in Taylor or quite possibly the best low presence in our league in Ezeli, they have a number of different challenges for us.” Henry said the team knows what they need to do tonight. Now, it’s just up to them to follow that plan. “We have to go into the game, play our game and stick to the game plan,” he said. “If we do that, we will be OK.”
One of the keys to tonight’s game will be how well Henry, as well as junior forwards Murphy Holloway and Reginald Buckner, play against Ezeli. “Ezeli is going to be one of the big keys to the game,” Henry said. “We have to limit Taylor and Jenkins’ touches. We have to make other players do something for them.” Tip-off is set for 8 p.m. at the Tad Smith Coliseum and will be televised on ESPN2.
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