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ASB candidates debate for votes Big Event gets bigger BY MEGAN SMITH

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The Associated Student Body candidates got in front of a crowd at the Overby Center for Southern Politics and Journalism at the University of Mississippi on Thursday night to debate. Candidates running for each position pitched why they should be elected, and the vice presidential and presidential candidates took questions from students. The ASB budget increased from approximately $70,000 a year ago to $100,000 this year. Both presidential candidates Kegan Coleman and Kimbrely Dandridge have ideas on how the money allotted should be distributed, which has been a concern for students. “As chief budget officer for the ASB, one thing that bothered me was that there’s not much leeway for the ASB to do a lot with the money, and if I’m elected president, I would like to change our account type to allocate more money to organizations,” said Coleman, a junior public policy leadership major. Junior journalism major Dandridge would also like to allot more money to organizations. “I definitely think the budget is a huge issue,” she said “I would

With four weeks of registration still left, the number of volunteers for the Big Event at the University of Mississippi has already nearly matched last year’s number. Currently, 1,185 students are registered for the event, according to Melinda Pullen Carlson, associate dean of students and the project’s faculty advisor. Last year, the final number was 1,261. The biggest challenge when organizing the Big Event is the timing, according to Carlson. The committee needs to get the right number of projects for the right number of students. Project registration ends March 4. At this point, Carlson and the steering committee will look at the numbers and see if they need to extend the deadline for project registration or to encourage more students to register so that all the projects get completed. At this point, 36 projects are registered, said Carlson. In spring 2011, students completed 125 projects for the community. Each project requires dif-

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The Society of Professional Journalists hosted a debate and presentation of Associated Student Body candidates on Thursday night at the Overby Center for Southern Journalism and Politics. The candidates present were (Left to Right): Emmalee Rainey, Garner Reesby, Kimbrely Dandridge, Kegan Coleman, Mary Margaret Johnson, Matthew Kiefer, Samuel McKay and Rebecca Ruleman.

like to give student organizations more money than we have in the past.” Coleman and Dandridge, who serve on sitting ASB president Taylor McGraw’s cabinet, agree with the president’s recent suggestion that the attorney general, secretary and treasurer should be appointed positions rather than student elected. The ideas did not stop there. Coleman said he wanted to initiate an iPad program that would allow students to rent notebooks and iPads through the university. Dandridge said she would like to extend the printing options by

allowing each student 160 copies per semester, as well as subsidizing student season football tickets with a discount for each class. If elected, both Coleman and Dandridge plan to continue some of McGraw’s initiatives. However, Coleman would like to the green fund supported financially in a different way. Vice presidential candidates Mary Margaret Johnson, Samuel McKay and Emmalee Rainey would all like to see more transparency between the senate and students. See DEBATE, PAGE 5

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A Big Event student volunteer works in Oxford last year as a way to say “thank you” and gain valuable experience in service.

ferent numbers of students, ranging from five to 60, according to Kristen Volker, director of marketing and public relations. The projects range from painting a community member’s house to raking leaves to helping teachers get their classrooms ready for the end of the year. The projects do not have to be need-based. Any project submitted from community members will be accepted. See BIG EVENT, PAGE 4

Buyers also to blame in creating the housing crisis BY LEE HARRIS ltharri1@olemiss.edu

Earlier this month, President Barack Obama unveiled the details of his home mortgage refinancing program, which allows homeowners to take advantage of low interest rates and lower their monthly mortgage payments. When financial institutions received TARP funds from the Treasury Department in 2008, much of the political conversation focused on their lending practices. Now that a consumer assistance program is in the works, people are examining the role home buyers played in creating the crisis. Jason Simons is the president of National Settlement Solutions. He has spent 15 years working in debt counseling

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and settlement. While he acknowledged the government and banking industry’s role in the housing crisis, Simons said consumers must also accept their share of the blame. “There’s a lot of blame being pushed around, and it starts, probably, with the state or federal government,” he said. “The banks certainly went in the wrong direction by giving as many people as they did credit, but I do feel as though a lot of individuals are to blame. They knew they were getting a home that they couldn’t afford.” The federal government, in its push to encourage home ownership, created a policy environment that encouraged banks to make loans to individuals who would not otherwise qualify. Despite this, Simons said individuals must have the sense and the restraint to say no. “People get all bent out of

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shape, but it’s like they don’t want to look in the mirror,” he said. “Even though you qualified for it, and even though the bank shouldn’t have allowed

that part of it, you have to have a level of responsibility that says ‘I should have looked at the houses that were within my limit, based on (my) income

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and what I can afford.’” University of Mississippi economics chair Jon Moen has See DEBT, PAGE 5

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BY JOSH CLARK @dm_toons

The West Memphis Three: “Justice delayed is justice denied” BY EMILY STEDMAN stedmanemily @gmail.com

On May 5, 1993, three 8-year-old boys were reported missing in West Memphis, Ark. After discovering a shoe floating in a ditch, the bodies of Michael Moore, Christopher Byers and Steve Branch were found hog-tied, naked, bloody, stabbed and beaten. In February and March of 1994, three teenagers were convicted of murder. West Memphis was generally gripped by fear as a result of these murders, and the need to explain the situation created an almost irrational fear of occultism. Known as a loner and associated with gothic tendencies and anarchism, Damien Echols was the first to be questioned by the police. A month later, Jesse Lloyd Misskelley was pursued because he was a known associate of Echols. As a result of Misskelley’s confession, Jason Baldwin was implicated last.

Misskelley confessed in the last 45 minutes of a 14-hour police interrogation. Those were the only minutes recorded, and the transcript indicates a heightened level of leading questions. It was later demonstrated that Misskelley operated at an IQ of 72, just three points above the classification of “mild mental retardation.” Despite the discrepancies in his confession and the facts of the crime, and despite his learning disabilities, Misskelley’s confession served as the key piece of evidence in his subsequent conviction. Misskelley was convicted of first-degree murder for the death of Michael Moore and second-degree murder for the deaths of Steve Branch and Christopher Byers, and he was sentenced to life in prison. But even after prosecutors offered to lower his sentence, Misskelley re-

fused to testify at the trial of Echols and Baldwin. Baldwin and Echols, however, were convicted of capital murder of all three boys, receiving a life sentence and the death penalty, respectively. What happened in that year and what has happened since has been the subject of documentaries, TV specials and general media frenzy, including three HBO documentaries called “Paradise Lost.” The episode culminated on Aug. 19, 2011, when the convicted murderers struck a deal with an Arkansas prosecutor. At the surprise plea hearing, four months in advance of the scheduled evidentiary hearing, Echols said, “Your honor, I am innocent of these charges, but I am entering an Alford guilty plea today based on the advice of my counsel and my understanding that it is in my best interest to do so, given the

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entire record of the case.” Baldwin followed, “I am innocent of murdering Christopher Byers, Michael Moore and Steve Branch. However, after serving 18 years in the penitentiary for such, I agree that it is in the state’s best interest, as well as my own, that based upon North Carolina v. Alford, I plead guilty to first-degree murder for these crimes.” Lastly, Misskelley pleaded, “I am pleading guilty under North Carolina v. Alford in the Arkansas rules. Although I am innocent ... this plea is in my best interest.” Although the men were let go under time-served and they consistently maintain their innocence, the convictions stand. After the deal was struck, and a judge set the “Three” free, the

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Associated Student Body elections a win-win situation

BY ADAM BLACKWELL ablackwe@olemiss.edu

After attending the Associated Student Body Debate, I can confidently say that no matter which candidates come out victorious, the students of the University of Mississippi will have qualified, dedicated and diligent representation. Both the judicial chair and attorney general candidates are unopposed. Courtney Pearson, current judicial chair, and Matthew Kiefer, candidate for attorney general, have the qualifications and commitment to represent the student body skillfully in their positions. Treasurer candidate Rebecca

Ruleman wants to make the budget and budgeting process more open to students by making the budget available on the ASB website. Garner Reesby, also a candidate for treasurer, focused more on his qualifications. While he has worked with current treasurer John James and has helped in the budgeting process, Reesby did not express what improvements he would like to make. I feel there is always room for improvement, however, Reesby does not seem to have that same opinion regarding the ASB budget. I feel Ruleman would best serve the interests of the student body as ASB treasurer by working to improve the budget process and making the process more inclusive to students. ASB secretary candidates Emily Rast and David Horton both have wonderful ideas and drive to be secretary. While Horton wants to increase community involvement in the ASB and be an advocate

for students, Rast wants to be as accessible to students as possible. She has offered to extend her office hours and give out her contact information to ensure that students would be able to reach her. Rast certainly seems the most interested in making the secretary’s office more transparent and open to students. Mary Margaret Johnson, Samuel McKay and Emmalee Rainey are all vying for vice president. They all want to work to make the senate more student-friendly and open to suggestion; every candidate mentioned some way of allowing students to have a greater voice in the senate. In the debate, Rainey made sure to mention that she was not a public policy leadership major. It is important for students to understand his or her academic affiliation, but a candidate who alienates one group of students is not a candidate I want. I think both Johnson and McKay

have impeccable qualifications and effective ideas; this election will be a close one to watch. Both Kegan Coleman and Kimbrely Dandridge, candidates for ASB president, offered ideas to benefit students. Dandridge talked about allowing each student 160 free copies per semester. She did not outline cost predictions but did mention that she had been in touch with Committee of Student Affairs. Coleman proposed iPad rentals, a cheaper alternative to expensive textbooks. LSU has implemented this, and it is expected to cost around $10,000. Coleman has met with the IT department and the chancellor to discuss implementing this idea. Both candidates have exciting and innovative ideas and solutions to improve ASB and involve students more. However, Dandridge said she would keep every campaign promise, which includes discounted football tickets for students. While I commend

her thoughtfulness, I do not think it is smart for Dandridge to promise this when she has been unable to meet with the chief decisionmaker of the athletics department – the new athletic director – who has yet to be hired. I feel Coleman would be better suited to serve as our next ASB president. He has proven he will think outside of the box to come up with smart, efficient solutions and ideas. Innovate ideas are highly important in our current environment when funding to this university is being cut every year. As I said before, the students of this university will come out on top, no matter what. Be sure to read each candidate’s platforms and be informed, and don’t forget to vote Tuesday via MyOleMiss. Adam Blackwell is a sophomore public policy leadership major from Natchez. Follow him on Twitter @AdamBlackwell1.

Meet this year’s Associated Student Body candidates BY ANDREW DICKSON addickso@olemiss.edu

The Associated Student Body held its presidential debate last night at the Overby Center. I was in attendance and found myself examining the purpose of the ASB while investigating the candidates and their key issues. Put simply, the ASB is an student-led organization on the fourth floor of the Student Union, which aims to engage students, learn their needs and communicate those needs to our administration in hopes of making life on campus more comfortable. This year, five of the six electable ASB positions will be new faces. This piece introduces each candidate and their biggest talk-

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prosecutor admitted that a new trial would have likely ended in an acquittal, acknowledging the acquisition of prominent attorneys, decaying evidence and recanting witnesses. The prosecutor also said the plea was palpable due to the potential for the defendants to sue the state for millions if subsequently acquitted. That type of reasoning undermines the purpose of the Alford plea and calls into question why these men were encouraged to take a plea deal that maintains their convictions when the opposing counsel subsequently admitted to the likelihood of vindication

ing points. Candidates for ASB president are rising seniors Kegan Coleman (public policy leadership) and Kimbrely Dandridge (journalism). Both have platforms aimed at making life on campus more convenient: Coleman plans to work on the parking situation and implement an iPad rental program before next semester that could cut the cost of textbooks; Dandridge has proposed complimentary printing of up to 160 pages per student each semester and a plan to decrease the cost of football season tickets for students. Both candidates have great intentions and interesting ideas, but the plausibility of each fulfilling their campaign promises should be considered. Vice president is a three-way race between juniors Emmalee Rainey (psychology), Mary Margaret Johnson (public policy leadership and political science) and Samuel McKay (public pol-

icy leadership). Each candidate harped on transparency: McKay proposed that senate hearings be televised (like C-SPAN); Rainey proposed town hall meetings for students to meet their representatives and podcasts of some senate activity; and Johnson invited students to help contribute to writing legislation and also proposed a senate broadcast. The ASB treasurer allocates funds for student organizations on campus, and juniors Rebecca Ruleman (public policy leadership) and Garner Reesby (accounting) are vying for the position. Ruleman wants to make the budget available online to encourage transparency while Reesby stressed his experience, saying “I’ve had over half a year of experience with the fall budget and have handled the entire spring budget (in current treasurer John James’ absence), so to say I’m familiar with the budget might be an understatement.”

for the “Three.” Jason Baldwin, in open court, declared that he “did not want to take the deal from the get go but they are trying to kill Damien,” and sometimes it is necessary to “bite the gun (in order) to save somebody.” The case of the West Memphis Three shocks the con-

science of many. Why do three men, whom the prosecutor admitted would likely be acquitted and who continue to profess innocence, still have murder convictions on their record? Emily Stedman is a second-year law student from Marietta, Ga.

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ASB secretary is a very involved position, and junior candidates Emily Rast and David Horton (public policy leadership majors) stressed making the ASB more “available” to students. Rast’s platform pledges to increase the use of the suggestion box and make her cell phone and email address available to all students. Horton plans to increase the involvement of the ASB within the community via service projects and make senate news more readily available. The judicial chair and attorney general positions will be taken unopposed - an example of how easy it is to get involved if you’re truly interested in the ASB. Junior Courtney Pearson (English and education) will win the judicial chair and sophomore Matthew Kiefer (public policy leadership) will serve as our new attorney general. Many of the candidates I talked to last night were stuck on a single buzzword: transparency. There is

a thought among many students, including myself before last night, that the ASB is a group of individuals shrouded by darkness and shut-in a room with no windows on the fourth floor of the Union – the 2012 candidates want to change that perception. Last night’s debate and further information regarding the elections being held next Tuesday can be found on today’s edition of thedmonline.com. I won’t tell you who to vote for, but I urge you to vote. A number of upcoming and ongoing issues – the smoking ban, the green fund, parking, etc. – may affect your campus life. Silence conveys acceptance when decisions are being made – if you fail to speak up when called upon, a miscommunication occurs. Be heard. Andrew Dickson is a religious studies major from Terry.

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Club hockey qualifies for ACHA regionals BY TYLER BISCHOFF Special to The DM

For the first time in program history, the Ole Miss Hockey team will play in the American Collegiate Hockey Association South (ACHA) Regional Tournament. The Rebels finished eighth in the final ACHA South Regional rankings, which qualified them for the regional tournament. Ole Miss will head into the tournament with a 20-7 record, its highest win total in the threeyear history of the program. Ole Miss will play fifth-ranked Loyola University Maryland in the first round of the regional tournament Friday. The top two teams in the South region receive automatic bids to the ACHA National Tournament. Teams ranked third through 10th will battle in the regional tournament for the last two spots in the national tournament. Ice Rebels coach Kristian Skou said he believes the success of the team is more than

just physical ability. “It’s not all about your skill on the ice,” Skou said. “It takes a winning attitude.” Ole Miss has been on a tear since returning to the ice after winter break. They have won all seven of their games, including two wins over 10th-ranked Vanderbilt and one over sixthranked Florida. The Rebels also competed in the South Eastern Collegiate Hockey Conference, posting a 7-3 record. Senior Cody Johnson is the team president and an alternate captain. Johnson said he had high expectations coming into this season, including an SECHC tournament championship. “Winning the SEC tournament would help solidify how far we have come and show that we can be a national contender for years to come,” he said. The SECHC Tournament will take place Feb. 24-26 in Huntsville, Ala. The Rebels are the No. 2 seed from the Western Division and will take on

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Georgia in the first round. Ole Miss will represent the SECHC in the regional tournament, along with Alabama and Florida. Arkansas would have participated in the regional, but the team was disqualified after

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one of its players was found academically ineligible, according to the University of Arkansas Newswire. The South Regional Tournament will be played in Irmo, S.C., this weekend.

UM Feminist Majority presents ‘The Vagina Monologues’ BY MADISON FEATHERSTON AND KYLEA BOUTWELL madison.featherston@gmail.com kgboutwe@olemiss.edu

Valentine’s Day is, surprisingly, the most popular day for a play about violence against women. The University of Mississippi Feminist Majority is putting on its annual presentation of “The Vagina Monologues” this weekend. The show opened last night and will continue to run both this evening and Sunday afternoon. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. tonight and at 3 p.m. Sunday. Both

are in the Tupelo Room of the Barnard Observatory and admission is $5. The show stars Karina Popp, Courtney Jackson, Susan Van Fleet, Jalisa Giles, Xinyi Long, Lindsey Clark, Amy Harwell, Megan Loria and Mariel Parman. The Mississippi Coalition Against Domestic Violence will receive 90 percent of the proceeds from ticket sales, and the V-Day Foundation will get the remaining 10 percent. V-Day is an international movement to raise awareness

about stopping violence toward women. One of its many campaigns is for various groups to put on a rendition of “The Vagina Monologues” during the months of February, March or April. The campaign has grown, and now there are various groups and collegiate members around the country who put on a show close to Valentine’s Day every year. Eve Ensler is the founding woman behind the monologues; she wrote the original play in 1994. Ensler conducted interviews with 200 women that included their views on relationships, sex and violence against women. The stories, from all types of women, range from comedic to poignant and moving. In 1998, Ensler said “the purpose of the piece changed from a celebration of vaginas and femininity to a movement to stop violence against women.” On Valentine’s Day this year, she founded V-Day with a group of women in New York City. Mariel Parman, who has appeared in two earlier productions of the play, said the reason she participates in the “Monologues” is to inform people about an uncomfortable subject. “Many people don’t really understand it,” she said. “It’s a topic around here that you just don’t talk about. “We are putting on the monologues because of our passion for raising awareness about violence against women; we hope to be able to raise a good sum of money to donate to the Mississippi Coalition Against Domestic Violence and the V-Day Foundation.”

Parman is directing this year’s performance for the first time. “It’s all been pretty relaxed,” she said. “We are all friends, and we just want to have a fun time.” Each monologist is referred to by the title of her piece. Parman will play “Because He Liked To Look At It,” a girl who is so selfconscious about her body she hates it. But after meeting someone who loves her body, she begins to love it too. “Sometimes it can be a little embarrassing, but that is sort of the point,” Parman said. Every year “The Vagina Monologues” features a new story, usually related to an issue of violence against women around the world. This year Harwell will assume the new, featured role. Her monologue is called, “For My Sisters In PORTAUPRINCEBUKAVUNEWORLEANS.” “It’s more like a poem than anything else,” Harwell said. “It was hard for me to work it out to be a monologue, but it is really powerful.” The monologue brings to light issues surrounding the women of the war-torn Congo, Haiti, after the earthquake and post-Katrina New Orleans. This spotlight monologue hopes to reveal to people just how dangerous it has been. They enjoy performing in “Monologues,” Parman said, but they are really trying to focus on the issues of violence and hope the audience will understand the message. “We want to convey that it’s not OK,” she said. “Violence against women is not OK.”

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“There’s just a lot of different stuff out there this year,” Carlson said. These projects could help any number of people, ranging from only four to 35, Carlson said. The day of the Big Event will begin with registration in the Tad Smith Coliseum between 7:30 a.m. and 8 a.m., Volker said. The final time has not yet been set. After registration, students will divide into their groups. Students can register either as part of a group or as individuals. Group registration ends Feb. 23 while individual registration ends March 8. Students who do not register as part of a group will be placed where needed. The groups will then go to their projects, which will generally last about five hours, according to Carlson. Upon returning, students will be served lunch. They will view a 10- to 15-minute presentation on service learning, said Big Event director Cortez Moss. This lunch and discussion time is meant to cater to one of the goals of the Big Event — the service component. The philosophy behind the Big Event is two-fold, according to Moss. “It’s a combination of a thank you and service,” he said. Most institutions center similar events around saying thank you to the community. This is a large part of the Big Event at Ole Miss, but the service component is also important. “I guess we simply want to say, ‘Thank you,’ Moss said. “In doing that, our students get a valuable experience to what it’s like to participate in service.” After the presentation, students will have a chance to discuss the service they participated in. They will talk about their particular projects with their group leader, and faculty members will be present to guide these discussions, Moss said. Students have until March 8 to sign up for what Volker called “the largest day of community service here at the university,” and Carlson said it’s not something students want to miss. “It’s an amazing thing to be a part of,” she said. “I think we are all lucky to live in a town like Oxford. The list of Oxford’s accolades could go on forever. I think it’s important to help those that are sharing that space with you and to thank the community for being so open to college students.”


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a similar view. “I don’t think it’s the case that banks were taking advantage of everybody,” he said. “It takes two groups or parties to make a problem.” Moen said he believes the media coverage of the crisis has also been misleading. Instead of reporting on the group of mortgage holders who are in trouble as a whole, the media have selected certain cases that portray homeowners as victims of the banks. “It just makes for much more fun news and NPR broadcasts to interview some old retired person who’s lost their home,” Moen said. Simons, who operates his company in Massachusetts and Florida, said he also saw potential homebuyers using deceiving tactics to try to secure loans to purchase houses. “There were people who were fudging the numbers,” he said. “They were finding ways to show that they had enough and could do enough to get into those loans. One of them was credit cards. You could take a cash advance and use it for a down payment.” In the process Simons described, the homeowner would wait until after the credit check was performed then borrow a substantial amount of money against his or her credit card for the house’s down payment. This keeps his or her credit score good before the credit card advance and then allows him or her to have the cash to put up front on the house. One of the key problems identified by the Obama administration in implementing the refinancing plan is how to keep this program from benefiting buyers who were dishonest or looking to buy and sell houses. However, Moen said he believes this policy may be the wrong approach to solve this issue. “Housing prices went way up to abnormally high levels, and they seem to be slowly retreating back to long-term trends,” he said. “Why would you have government policies that are designed to prop up housing prices when that was the problem in the first place?” Regardless of what the administration decides, Moen said someone is going to have to incur loss. “Somebody’s going to have to take a loss somewhere,” he said. “You can’t just make them go away. Either the banks have to take a loss by writing down (the loan), the homeowner has to take a loss by losing the house or if the government bails them out, then the taxpayers take the loss. But you can’t just make this go away magically — someone’s going to have to lose money.”

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Founders of Miss. Republican Party speak at Overby Center BY JACOB BATTE thedmnews@gmail.com

For the first time since the Reconstruction Era, Republicans control both the House of Representatives and the Senate in Mississippi after the November elections set them in control. Fifty years ago, however, it was considered suicide to run for Mississippi legislature as a Republican, but many of Thursday’s panelists at the Overby Center for Southern Journalism and Politics did just that and laid the foundation for the party’s current success. The panel featured Wirt Yerger Jr., who founded the Mississippi Republican Party in 1956; Clarke Reed, the state chairman for the Republican Party from 1966 to 1976; Michael Retzer, former state chair of the party and U.S. ambassador to Tanzania; and Ebbie Spivey, who served as party chair from 1982 until 1988. It should come as no surprise that the consistently conservative state has elected a Republican to be three of the last four governors.

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Junior public policy leadership and political science double major Johnson has had experience in the senate as parliamentarian to current vice president Abby Olivier. Johnson would like to see students more involved in legislation. “I would like to ask students to

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The Overby Center for Southern Journalism and Politics hosted a discussion with some of the people who laid the foundation of the Mississippi Republican Party in 1956. In attendance were Wirt Yerger Jr., Clarke Reed, Michael Retzer and Ebbi Spivey.

However, in the mid 1900s, Yerger said it was “dangerous” to be a Republican in Mississippi. “We didn’t have any office holders, we didn’t have any candidates,” he said. “It was quite a challenge.” When asked how the media treated the Republican Party during its formative years, Yerger responded with laughter. “It was scathing,” he said. “They were vehemently against us. I can’t even believe it myself looking back on it. The media

was not our friends.” Though Democrats dominated the state, Reed said they weren’t your average Democrats. “The South was being conned I thought,” he said. Retzer said because college students have a tendency to differ from their parents that the students on campuses were going to begin favoring the Republican Party. “The Republican organizations both here and throughout the state were powerful for the

Republican Party, so I knew that future generations were on our side,” he said. Spivey said a majority of the struggle was over by the time she became state chair. “It was the good days,” she said. “I reaped the benefits of the work that these guys had already done.” A panel of Democratic legislators will appear at the Overby Center to discuss the party’s diminished role since the uprise of the Republican Party on March 7.

come and be part of the senate and to write their own legislation and have the senate debate it, because that’s what we’re elected to do,” she said. McKay, a junior public policy leadership major, said he would like to involve students more through different forms of media. “I would like the senate to be televised on the OM network so it would give students the ability to hold senators accountable,”

he said. “I would like to have a suggestion box, with students’ names and phone numbers, so I can contact students when that piece of legislation comes up.” A junior psychology pre-med major, Rainey would like to make sure students know what’s going on in the meetings by implementing town hall meetings or a podcast after meetings. “I want to make sure students

know what’s going on in the meetings, so I want to do a podcast after senate and talk about a recap of what we did in senate and what’s coming up in the future, that way students can hear what happened in the actual meeting,” she said. ASB elections are set for Tuesday, Feb. 21. Watch the full video of the debate at www.thedmonline.com.

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He’s got next: Wahl the ‘total package’ atop the weekend rotation

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Sophomore right-hander Bobby Wahl makes his first weekend start tonight at No. 10 TCU.

BY DAVID COLLIER dlcollie@olemiss.edu

When Bobby Wahl was recruited to Ole Miss, he was expected to be the next guy in line to join the list of prolific Friday night starters for the Rebels under head coach Mike Bianco. Wahl was expected to perform with the likes of Mark Holliman, Lance Lynn, Will Kline, Scott Bittle and Drew

Pomeranz. Now, it’s his time. “It’s a huge honor,” Wahl said of being named the Friday night starter. “It’s just a blessing to be here and to be a part of Ole Miss baseball, which is such a historic program. It’s unbelievable just to be here, honestly. Now to be the Friday night starter, it’s like as a little kid always dreaming about being one of the Friday night

guys for a great college program like this. That dream is coming true, so it’s a great feeling.” The sophomore from Springfield, Va., finished the 2011 season with a 0-2 record and a 4.80 earned run average over 30.0 innings, mostly in relief, but Wahl thinks he’s a lot different than a year ago. “As a freshman, it was tough facing guys from Florida, LSU and all of that,” he said. “It was definitely a learning experience for me. Just knowing you can’t take off one through nine – every guy from the three-hole hitter to the nine-hole hitter. They’re all tough outs. You’ve just got to be able to battle from pitch one.” And battle from pitch one is what Wahl has done throughout fall and spring practices. He has been so impressive, in fact, that Bianco thinks the transition from the bullpen to the weekend rotation will be seamless. “Although he hasn’t been a weekend starter, he’s a tremendous talent,” Bianco said. “He’s a kid that started in high school, so I don’t think the transition will be quite as difficult a transition (as) it was for him last year being a starter then all of a sudden being a short reliever. “I think Bobby has the arm strength and the stamina to be a tremendous starter. He’s got great

stuff. He’s a great competitor, and he’s been a great leader. He was elected captain by his teammates, and I think he’ll be a big difference for us. I think that is one thing we were missing last year.” Early last season, Wahl missed nearly a month of the season due to soreness in his elbow, but this year he’s ready to go. “I’ve been working with our trainer, Tony (Barnett),” he said. “Ever since (I missed some time last season), he’s presented a different mindset toward me. We go in there doing my (strength) bands, doing my weights and doing everything I need to do before I throw to make sure my arm maintains the strength it needs to have. And, of course, working with coach (Rich) Levy, who’s unbelievable in the weight room, has been a great honor.” Another thing Wahl knows is vital for him to be successful this season is the mental game. There’s no doubt that more focus will be required than a season ago when he was primarily used as a closer, but Wahl said he is up for the challenge. “It’s a little different being a starter,” he said. “You can’t just come out of the bullpen and throw hard for an inning anymore. It’s more of a methodical way of pitching where you have to stay down in the strike zone, hit

your spots and command your fastball and changeup. The biggest thing I’ve learned is that you have to stay strong from inning one and pitch one.” One thing that will take some pressure off Wahl is the Ole Miss offense, which is being touted as the strength of this year’s squad. “One of the best feelings ever as a pitcher is to watch the ball go over the fence sitting in the dugout,” Wahl said. “Just to know those guys are backing you up and hitting for you and, with the speed that we have, stealing bases and running around the bases. It’s a great feeling.” Bianco is high on Wahl’s ability because he has the “total package.” “(Wahl) is a fastball, slider, change guy,” Bianco said. “His fastball can be electric. You look on the scoreboard, and he’ll throw some ball in the mid-90s. But he also has very good command and can work his fastball on both sides of the plate, and rarely at this level do you see that. He’s got a terrific breaking ball and changeup. He’s a great athlete on the mound. He’s worked over the past year and a half to control the running game and his pickoff move to first base. “All of that a year in a half into it, I think he would tell you he’s grown a lot as a pitcher.”

Yarbrough returns home for start of junior season BY DAVID COLLIER dlcollie@olemiss.edu

As the Ole Miss baseball season gets set to begin, junior second baseman Alex Yarbrough hopes to get off on the right foot at home. Yarbrough played his high school ball in Allen, Texas, which is just north of Dallas. Needless to say, he is excited about the opening weekend at TCU. “I can’t wait,” Yarbrough said. “I’ve been looking for-

ward to this since I found out we were going to TCU to start the season. I’ve probably played close to 30 games there in summer ball growing up in high school. It’s going to be a little weird to be playing for Ole Miss there, but I can’t wait. It’s going to be a great series.” Aside from playing in front of his friends and family, Yarbrough is just ready to get the season started. He said he likes what he’s seen from the middle infield

through the fall and spring practices. “We feel really good,” Yarbrough said. “Middle infield wise, I’ve gotten to play with Austin (Anderson), Blake (Newalu) and Jake (Overbey). I feel as comfortable with any of them as I do with any of the others. They’ve all done really well.” Throughout fall and spring practices, Yarbrough has been the definite starter at second See YARBROUGH, PAGE 8

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Junior second baseman Alex Yarbrough led the team with a.350 batting average and .542 slugging percentage, and was named an All-SEC second team selection this past season.


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Shutting the door: Huber looks to Healthy Snyder to lead provide stability to Ole Miss bullpen Rebels in senior season

ALEX EDWARDS | The Daily Mississippian

Junior right-hander Brett Huber will fill the closer’s role as he did his freshman season when he recorded 12 saves and a 3.54 ERA in 48.1 innings. This past season, as a sophomore, Huber recorded four saves, a 2-1 record and a 3.60 ERA in 30.0 innings.

BY DAVID COLLIER dlcollie@olemiss.edu

In 2010, Brett Huber was a redshirt freshman for the Diamond Rebels. In 2010, he became a dominant closer for Ole Miss with 12 saves and a 3.54 earned run average in 48.1 innings. In 2010, he was named second team All-SEC, in addition to being named to the All-Freshman team. In 2010, he was named a Freshman All-American by Collegiate Baseball, Baseball America and NCBWA. In 2012, Huber wants to prove he can be that dominant again. In his sophomore campaign, the junior from Belleville, Ill., did not have the same look as his freshman season, but Huber still had a solid season with four saves, a 2-1 record and 3.60 earned run average in 30.0 innings. A year later, Huber thinks he knows what it will take to return to his freshman form. “I’ve got to stay focused,” he said. “I’ve got to pound the strike zone. There were times last year where I would pound the strike zone, but I think there were some times where I wasn’t as focused

as I should’ve been. I left a lot of balls up and had a lot of walks. “That’s something we’ve been working on a lot since I got back (from semester break), and I’ve been doing a pretty good job at it so far.” For a pitching staff with a lot of new guys taking on new roles, head coach Mike Bianco likes the luxury of looking at Huber to close out games this season. “It’s nice to have somebody that has been in the program for four years and that has been there before,” Bianco said. “It’s not an easy thing to close games. It’s nice to have somebody that’s been through the wars and the rigors of the Southeastern Conference.” Now that sophomore Bobby Wahl is taking the role of Friday night starter, Huber knows it is his responsibility to shut the door on opponents at the end of games, but he also said there is no added pressure. “Being back there alone doesn’t really hurt me at all,” Huber said. “I kind of like that more. I’m excited to see Bobby out there on Friday nights. I talk to coach (Carl) Lafferty a lot. I’m not going to be the only one back there, but I’m

going to try to hold the (closer) spot to myself.” When he got back from Christmas break, Huber had a little soreness in his elbow that kept him out of the first weekend of intersquads this spring, but according to him, everything is good to go heading into the season opener. “It’s pretty good,” Huber said of the elbow. “I kind of got beat around (two) weeks ago, but I’ve got to take little steps at a time. I didn’t think that was going to happen, but it also didn’t surprise me. I threw a bullpen (session) last week and felt really good, and coach Bianco said I looked pretty good. So, I’m really excited.” Being a closer, Huber has the ability to sit in the dugout and really see everything that goes on with the team, and he likes what he sees this year. “This team just wins,” Huber said. “We come out here, and everybody competes. There’s a lot of depth at every spot. We have a lot of speed this year. We’re just excited; we’re a team that’s going to come out here, and we’re going to be ready to play every day and play with as much energy as possible.”

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Senior designated hitter Matt Snyder returns to Ole Miss after recurring shoulder injuries and being selected in the 44th round of this past summer’s MLB Draft.

BY DAVID COLLIER dlcollie@olemiss.edu

After his freshman season, Matt Snyder had Ole Miss baseball fans anticipating his sophomore season to see what kind of offensive numbers he could put up, and man, did Snyder deliver. But what is more amazing than that is how he did it. Snyder dislocated his shoulder early that season, which caused him problems throughout, and he missed 21 games. Despite the injury, Snyder still managed to hit .347, including 12 home runs and 40 RBI. Then everyone was anticipating his junior season, which was sure to be his last year in a Rebel uniform, right? Wrong. Snyder struggled mightily for a good portion of last season. Due to his shoulder injury from the previous year and a re-tweaking of that elbow before the season, Snyder was forced from his usual

first base spot, which left him to fill the role of designated hitter. While it’s hard to say for sure, a lot of people speculate that Snyder couldn’t get into an offensive rhythm this past season because he could not play out in the field. During his junior campaign, Snyder hit .301 with nine home runs and 39 RBI. While those are still very good numbers, they aren’t up to his standards. Then, just a few days before last summer’s MLB Draft, Snyder injured his face when a pitch hit him square in the cheek. The ball broke his jaw and made the next few months a difficult path for the Centreville, Va., native. Following the injury, he fell all the way to the 44th round of the MLB Draft before his hometown Washington Nationals picked him. Now it’s his senior season, and Snyder’s ready to lead the Ole See SNYDER, PAGE 8

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base, but his double-play counterpart at shortstop hasn’t been so clear. Both Newalu and Anderson are the top two shortstops on the team, but Yarbrough said he’s comfortable with either guy getting the nod. “I don’t really feel like there’s a chemistry thing there,” he said. “I’ve played so many inter-squads with all of them; I don’t think it really affects too much.” Yarbrough got some preseason praise as the scouting service Perfect Game named him as one of the top 10 middle infielders in the country. In 2011, Yarbrough led the team in hitting with a .350 average to go along with seven home runs and 38 RBIs. The sky is the limit for Yarbrough, especially after what he’s already been able to do, according to head coach Mike Bianco. “He just continues to get better every year,” Bianco said. “He’s come such a long way from his freshman year and freshman fall (when he was a guy that) was a skinny, little second baseman/shortstop. He’s a good player, but you weren’t sure physically. He found his niche at second base and played a lot as a true freshman. “I really believe that year helped him a lot. If you look back at last year, his sophomore year, with the new bat, and (he) still hits about 80 points higher (than his freshman year) and hits home runs. You watch again this year, and he just continues to improve offensively.”

Bianco is also impressed with the way Yarbrough has grown from a physical standpoint. “(Yarbrough) is stronger,” he said. “I’m proud of his commitment in the weight room with coach (Rich) Levy. He continues to gain weight and gain strength, and this year he’s kind of developed into a big leader out there. It’s one of those things that you need your stars to become leaders, and he certainly has become one.” Although he may be considered a leader among this year’s team, Yarbrough said that doesn’t put any more pressure on him. “I know what I can do,” he said. “I know the skill set that I bring. I think the most important thing for me to concentrate on is to be a leader for the younger guys. We’ve got a lot of new guys that are going to have to step up. I just want to be someone they can look to when times get tough.” Yarbrough has certainly come to be one of the most reliable players for the Rebels, but Bianco really had no idea he would be such a complete player. “I don’t know if I projected (him to be such a complete player) to be honest with you,” Bianco said. “I just thought he was a good player, but as a hitter, he continues to get better and better with each practice with each spring and fall, and physically, he’s matured a lot, and as a hitter, I think he’s matured. A lot of kudos to him because he’s one of those guys that just comes out and works really hard and continues to get better.”

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Miss bats in a lineup that looks to be much improved. “Seeing what happened (last) weekend with the scrimmages and how well our offense did, I know for a fact that this is the best offense I’ve been with since I’ve been here,” Snyder said. “What coach (Cliff) Godwin has done with us, it’s unbelievable the things we can do as an offense. A lot of the time there is a guy on the team that has a tendency to strike out, but I haven’t seen that one time this year in the fall or in the spring. It’s just so hard to strike us out and to have us not make good contact with the ball. “We’re going to be a good test for TCU, and I can’t wait to play those guys. It’s going to be unbelievable; it’s going to be a great weekend.”

As far as Snyder’s health is concerned, he said he’s 100 percent. “Everything feels great,” he said. “I’ve worked really hard with our athletic trainer, Tony Barnett, on my shoulder the past few years. My face is one of those things you can’t rehab. You just have to give it time. It feels great; everything on my body feels awesome. I’ve worked really hard in the weight room with coach Levy to get stronger and make sure I don’t get hurt as much or at all. “I’m looking forward to having a clean bill of health right now. I had no problems this fall or spring with any injuries. I’m extremely excited to get out on the field with the guys and be out there with them every single game.” Now all of his attention is geared toward the upcoming season. Snyder likes the addition of coach Cliff Godwin to the staff, and according to him, it’s already easy to see the difference.

“Coach Godwin came in right away with all different kinds of things for the offense,” Snyder said. “One of the biggest things I would say we do as a team is early practice hitting. We go in there about an hour before practice, and everyone gets their hacks in. Everybody gets loose for (batting practice). I think that’s probably one of the biggest things for us because we try to focus on the teamwork, the front toss and the (batting practice). We have a sign in the cages that says ‘Build it here. Use it out there.’ “That’s probably the biggest thing for us right now. He’s helped everybody out with the strikeouts a lot too. The approach he tells us is you have to dig your feet in there. Personally, that’s helped me out a lot, and I know that’s helping a whole lot of other guys, especially the energy he has brought to us. There is no way we can’t get better with the things he’s been doing.”


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Diamond Rebels begin 2012 with top-25 showdown at TCU BY DAVID COLLIER dlcollie@olemiss.edu

While most top-25 teams around the country will be starting their seasons with so-called “cupcakes,” the 22nd-ranked Ole Miss baseball team will travel to Fort Worth, Texas, to take on the No. 10 TCU Horned Frogs this weekend. “It’s been a neat year to this point as far as practice and fall ball goes,” head coach Mike Bianco said in Monday’s press conference. “We had one of the best falls that I can remember, but not necessarily stats-wise. I’m one that looks at a lot of statistics from fall practice, batting average, home runs, ERA and throughout the season. When you look at the fall statistics they were very average. “They were very comparable to years past, but at the end of the fall we seemed to accomplish so much more. It felt so much better as a team.” When he talked about that team feeling, Bianco talked about the team chemistry that makes this year’s group different than past teams. “I certainly think that this team

is a little different,” Bianco said. “They’re unique. They’re a team that you hear a lot about in athletics. The team chemistry, the camaraderie, how the players get along and how they associate with one another; this is one of those special teams. I think we started off in the beginning of the fall mentioning that fact.” The 2012 version of the Diamond Rebs looks a lot different than the 2011 version, with a lot of new faces. Those new guys are going to be tested in a big way this weekend. “I don’t like to play on the road the first weekend, especially against the No. 10-ranked team in the country, but it just kind of worked out that way,” Bianco said. As for the players, they can’t wait to get out on the field against the Horned Frogs. “I can’t wait to face TCU,” senior first baseman Matt Snyder said. “I know everybody on the team can’t wait to face them either. As a team, you can look at wanting to start off the season with a team that’s easy to play and you can go in thinking you’re going to roll over them, or you can

go in against a team that you’re going to have good competition with and that’s ranked 10th in the country. “It’s going to be a good test for us. I think it’s also something that’s going to let us show the country how good we can be and how good we’re going to be this year. We’re ready to go.” Getting the opening day nod Friday night for TCU is sophomore Andrew Mitchell, who was named a Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American this past season with a 6-1 record and 2.84 ERA. Sophomore Bobby Wahl will get the start on Friday night for the Rebels, and he knows he has a tall task going against the Horned Frog offense that returns Josh Elander and Jantzen Witte to lead TCU at the plate after hitting .333 and .331, respectively, in 2011. “TCU is a great team,” Wahl said. “I’m really excited just to face them. It’s one of the best competitions – they’re preseason No. 10. They have a great hitting lineup, a great pitching staff and they’re coached very well. “We’re just really excited to go in and compete against one of the best teams in the nation.”

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Things fall apart: Rebels routed and tempers flare BY DAVID HENSON dahenson@olemiss.edu

Jeffery Taylor set his career high in points in December when he put up 30 against Davidson. Taylor, the Southeastern Conference’s leading scorer, nearly set a new mark in the first half Thursday night after he went for 23 on 8-of-10 shooting, including 5-of-5 from behind the arc. After getting to within one at 22-21 with 11:42 left to play in the first half on a Demarco Cox dunk, it was all Vanderbilt. The Commodores (18-8, 7-4 SEC) finished the half on a 31-7 run, including a more than six minute scoring drought for the Rebels (15-10, 5-6 SEC), to take a 53-28 lead into the break. Ole Miss was never able to make a comeback in the second half as they fell 102-76 on Thursday. Not only was it a blown opportunity for a quality win, the Rebels’ NCAA Tournament chances are all but over, barring a dramatic turn of events. Things also turned ugly post-game with an altercation between Reginald Buckner and Jelan Kendrick. “I didn’t see that coming,” head coach Andy Kennedy said after the game. “I didn’t anticipate the whipping we just took.” The league’s second leading scorer, John Jenkins, also came out hot for the Commodores and was a perfect 4-of-4 from the field,

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including 3-of-3 from behind the arc. Due in large part to Taylor and Jenkins, Vanderbilt shot 71 percent (17-of-24) from the field and 83 percent (10-of-12) from 3-point range. “It was pretty bad from my vantage point,” Kennedy said. “They shot the ball incredibly, and we

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PLAYER OF THE GAME: Taylor single-handedly put the game away for Vanderbilt in the first half after scoring 23 points. Taylor finished with game highs of 28 points and nine rebounds. QUOTE OF THE GAME: “When a team is hitting you

Ole Miss was able to get some offense going in the second half and scored 48 points on 54 percent (13-of-24) shooting and reached their highest point total in league play this season. However, they could never find a way to stop Vanderbilt’s high-powered offense. The Rebels seemed determined in the second half to stop Taylor and only allowed him five second-half points as he finished with 28, two shy of his career high. Ole Miss finished with three players in double figures as Jarvis Summers finished with 14, followed by Murphy Holloway with 13 and Nick Williams with 10. Buckner, Holloway and Aaron Jones all finished with six rebounds. While the game itself lacked fireworks from the Rebels, Buckner and Kendrick got into an altercation outside of the Ole Miss locker room and had to be sepawith a barrage like Vandy hit us with, the only way to feasibly stay around if you can not get stops, which obviously we could not, is to continue to score and stay in range, and we weren’t able to do that either.” - Andy Kennedy

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rated by assistant coach Bill Armstrong. Kennedy eventually came out to ask Kendrick to come to the locker room. “You’ve got to talk to me, coach,” Kendrick told Kennedy, refusing to go to the locker room. “I’ve got to hear something. Coach, I’ve got to hear something before I get in there.” Kennedy said he would figure it out later if there would be any punishment due to the actions of the two players. “Guys are going to get emotional at times,” Kennedy said. “Obviously, there is a line that can’t be crossed. And I was in the locker room dealing with one thing, and so, I didn’t see everything but I know emotions were real high and guys made some comments and actions that we can’t have. “The reality is we have to get on a plane and fly to Lexington tomorrow to play the No. 1 team in the nation.” NEXT UP: Ole Miss faces a quick turnaround Saturday when they travel to Lexington to take on SEC leader and top-ranked Kentucky (25-1, 11-0 SEC). Tip-off is set for 3 p.m. and will be televised on the SEC Network.


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