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UNEMPLOYMENT RATES ON THE RISE Mississippi has reached its highest unemployment rate since last February, hitting 9.3 percent in January. Professionals and students are concerned not only with the job outlook, but the absence of rising employment as well.
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Summer experience for Ole Miss law students The UM School of Law will host a clinic this summer to provide Ole Miss students the opportunity to explore human rights and criminal justice policy issues, both in Mississippi and abroad. BY JEREMY K. COLEMAN email@example.com
Law students are going to get some practice outside of the classroom this summer, as The University of Mississippi School of Law hosts the MacArthur Justice Clinic. Richard Gershon, dean of the Ole Miss School of Law, outlined the goals of the program, saying it will
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Dear seniors, job prospects in Mississippi haven’t improved yet this year. The state’s unemployment rate jumped to 9.3 percent in January – the highest it’s been since February 2012 – according to the Mississippi Department of
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Last spring, I wrote a column entitled “Sexual assault, rape and our culture of victimblaming: How some women are fighting back.” Unlike many of my pieces, it was not in response to a specific national headline or breaking news. I wrote the column with the help of several strong women in the Oxford community because I believe that sexual assault is a crime that is not only despicable, but misT H E D A I LY
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understood. We have all heard the statistics: One in four women will be sexually assaulted in their lifetime, and 60 percent of those attacks go unreported, according to the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN). Yet the perpetuation of misinformation has contributed to the culture of victim-blaming, where victims of sexual assault and rape are told that they brought the violence upon themselves. That they were asking for it, as if their own actions somehow justify the attack. We’ve all heard the excuses: They were drunk; they led him/her on; they dressed provocatively; they already
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have a reputation. Even when our society doesn’t use these excuses to pardon the attacker, it uses them to put at least part of the blame on the victim. When a rapist is convicted, society often laments the loss of their “future,” their “potential” and not the loss of the victim’s dignity, mental health or physical health. Which brings me to the subject of this column. This past Sunday, a guilty verdict was handed down to Trent Mays and Ma’lik Richmond, two star Steubenville, Ohio, football players who were on trial for the rape of an unconscious 16-year-old girl at a party on Aug. 11. The two boys shamelessly posted evidence on Face-
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book, Twitter, Instagram and in text messages. Smartphone pictures taken by other partygoers only corroborated the existing ones, showing the girl unresponsive as two boys carried her by her wrists and ankles. But even though social media and testimony provided irrefutable evidence for the case, when the police took the boys into custody on Aug. 22, their arrest divided the town and the country. While some were supportive of the victim and called for justice, an equally vocal faction blamed her. Some even went so far as to claim that it was a plot to sabotage the football team or See JUSTICE, PAGE 3
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fell back to the classic “crying rape” excuse. Victim-blaming ideals were even perpetuated by leaders of the football team itself: “The rape was just an excuse, I think,” assistant coach Nate Hubbard said. “What else are you going to tell your parents when you come home drunk like that and after a night like that ... ? Now people are trying to blow up our football program because of it.” Regardless of public opinions, the country followed the case as developments progressed. The two boys were put on trial. As news of the guilty verdict broke on Sunday, cable stations immediately picked up the story. CNN was one of them. CNN’s immediate coverage took an unexpected, sympathetic tone toward the nowconvicted rapists, and they failed to mention the victim at all. Correspondent Poppy Harlow’s statement says it all: “(It is) incredibly difficult, even for an outsider like me, to watch what happened as these two young men that had
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such promising futures — star football players, very good students — literally watched as they believed their lives fell apart.” Now, I realize that two crying boys in court make a better visual focus for cable TV than an anonymous victim. But regardless of how unintentional CNN’s sympathetic commentary may have been, it is the perfect example of how our society perpetuates the idea of victim-blaming.
Instead of talking about how these two young men affected a 16-year-old girl’s life after raping her, CNN chose to talk about how their lives “fell apart” because of the charges she pressed. The blame is thus not put on the rapists themselves, but on the victim for causing the trial in the first place. A viewer is left to wonder what she did to cause the rape, and falls back on the classic idea of “She was drunk, so she was asking for
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it.” If this idea holds true, does that mean that every girl who gets drunk during a weekend at Ole Miss is “asking” to get raped? The first step toward correcting the victim-blaming phenomenon in our society is
to recognize that there is an issue to begin with. The second step is to shift the blame off of the victim and onto the perpetrators. We have to stop making excuses for the people who take advantage of others in the most intimate and violating of ways. As I wrote in my last column, rape doesn’t just happen to girls you think are putting themselves at risk. It happens to women, men and children of all ages, races, religions, shapes and sizes. It happens to mothers and daughters, fathers and sons, your sisters, your brothers and your friends. If one good thing has come out of the CNN blunder, it is the fact that their insensitivity has drawn national and international attention to our persistent culture of victimblaming. Maybe, just maybe, this could be the first step towards change.
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Gerald McLeod said he believes the new clinic will have a significant impact on his future within the law school. McLeod, alongside other undergraduate students, plans to participate in the clinic this summer. “It will give the students a hands-on experience and help them to decide if this profession is one that they want to pursue,” McLeod said. Phillip Broadhead, director of the criminal appeals clinic and clinical professor of law, said the clinic will benefit law students through practice and the advance preparation that law firms expect students to undergo.
“Clinical instructions in law school are increasing,” Broadhead said. “The first year of law school is mainly core courses, reading the law and getting to understand legal analysis.” Gershon agreed that the impact of the program lies in its real-world application. “This is an opportunity for our students to work with live clients on real issues that will have impact throughout the state,” he said. For McLeod, participating in the clinic will be a chance to improve his chances of securing a job after graduating. He said the clinic will be an experience that will facilitate networking within the law community. In addition to community and theory, Broadhead said the clinic will also establish a public interest law firm
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designed to help third-year students gain practical experience as attorneys. “The cases that the Rod-
erick MacArthur Foundation wants to find are highprofile cases that people will be reading about in the
newspaper,” Gershon said. “They will know that students at The University of Mississippi School of Law are helping to handle these cases.” The MacArthur Justice Clinic will be added to an already extensive list of services and programs the law school offers to help students gain experience. “The opportunities for students to actually become involved in public interest law will open many doors for students who otherwise will have a difficult time finding jobs,” Broadhead said. The law school is currently seeking a tenure-track clinical faculty member to teach in the clinic. To receive more information about the position or submit an application, visit the Department of Human Resources website.
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er compared to the nation, this is usually true historically and is not an artifact of the recent recession,” he said. Garrett also said both the U.S. and Mississippi should be more concerned that unemployment rates have not fallen as much as they usually do following previous recessions. These numbers do not include those who are only looking for work sporadically, working part-time or have given up looking for work altogether. In 2012, unemployment including these individuals in Mississippi averaged 15.1 percent. Nationwide, it averaged 14.7 percent. In Lafayette County, the unemployment rate is 9 percent, and according to the Mississippi Department of Employment Security, roughly 2,170 county residents are without jobs. Of Mississippi’s 82 counties, 60 have unemployment rates above the state average. Rankin County has the lowest unemployment with 6.6 percent jobless, while Tu-
nica County has the highest rate with 20.9 percent. “It is almost four years since the official end of the recession and unemployment rates are much higher than they were before the recession,” Garrett said. Garrett said one reason for these higher rates is the significant uncertainty in the business community regarding future costs. “Businesses are performing average to good, but instead of expanding, hiring more workers and making additional investments, they are storing cash,” Garrett said. “I think that until many of these factors turn around, unemployment rates will remain elevated for some time.” Sophomore public policy leadership and English double major Sara Elizabeth Baker said she thinks most students are worried about the job possibilities available after college. “I feel that this is especially a concern in Mississippi and this is causing many of our educated youth to go job searching in other states, which truly worries me because right now we need young leaders to help better our state,” Baker said.
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Ford Boulevard, the National Center for Products additions, Ventress Hall restoration, Stockard-Martin brick replacement, Alumni House guest wing roofing, Fulton and Meek Hall stage rigging and the University Gates at Jackson Avenue are all current projects. The total cost of the current construction projects on campus come to approximately $88 million. “I think the construction on campus is great, and it’s good that buildings are being modified and updated, but I still think some of that $88 million could go toward building a parking garage on campus,” Broadcast journalism senior Landon Heath said. Some students are frustrated with the parking issues and road blocks on campus, seeing those as bigger issues than appearance; however, others appreciate the updates.
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The University of Mississippi Theatre Department, law professors and Oxford residents will present a stage reading of the play “8” at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 22. The play exposes the personal side of the Proposition 8 decision.
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There aren’t many times when a music fan can “claim” a particular genre. People everywhere can adore rock and roll or country, but who can truly call any genre their own? These genres provide a backbone of character for many, but what group’s identity do they belong to? Fortunately for Mississippians, we can stake a bit of claim in a genre. For years now, the music world has come to blows about the questionable origins of the blues. Did it start in Memphis with the huge onslaught of popular nightclubs on Beale Street? Did it emerge on the streets of New Orleans as a by-product of jazz? Or maybe it was in Chicago with their previouslyunmatched efforts at recording the blues. Some go back further and assert that the blues was born from the institution of slavery – a descendant of the slave
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song and the camp holler. There is one place who has a more reasonable stake. Mississippi has produced a sizable amount of bluesmen, and nearly all of the first ones. In this question of blues origins, it is hard for any place to make a better claim on them than our humble home state. The first name that comes to mind, for better or worse, is Robert Johnson, the Hazlehurst native.
The classic media explosion over a boy who “sold his soul to the devil” launched the blues into an American phenomenon, a foreshadowing of the next 30 years when America would obsess over finding, recording and mass-producing the porch-bound guitarists of the Delta. However, Robert had his own predecessors. The humSee BLUES, PAGE 9
Proposition 8 defines who can and cannot legally marry. The theater world is challenging that law, starting with a play in small-town Oxford. “It’s amazing how the power of theater can hone in on human nature,” Director Rory Ledbetter said. “There is language, words and conflict and because you are sitting in an auditorium, you are going to become engaged with it. You put yourself in their shoes.” He added that personalizing the characters can allow the audience to learn from a different perspective. This Friday, Kris Perry and Sandy Stier, a lesbian couple with four boys, and Paul Katami and Jeff Zarril-
lo, a gay couple, will spend 90 minutes sharing their lives during the stage reading of “8” at the Gertrude C. Ford Center for the Performing Arts. Dustin Lance Black, screenwriter for “Milk,” created the play to illustrate the struggle for gay marriage by using the actual testimonies from the Perry v. Schwarzenegger (currently called Hollingsworth v. Perry) trial. Since 2012, readings of the play have become more common in the U.S. as a way to illustrate the personal side of a court case. Since this specific case will be argued later this month, Ledbetter thought it would be important to introduce the play to students. “The neat thing about this See PROP 8, PAGE 9
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play is that it displays both sides of the argument,” he said. René Pulliam, associate professor of theater arts, said she believes the play will make the court case clear to people who are confused about Proposition 8. “One of our key goals is to embrace diversity, and it’s important to show ideas on stage that help explain events that people have questions about,” Pulliam said. The cast is made up of law professors, Oxford residents and students and faculty from The University of Mississippi’s theater department. “By having people from different walks of the university, people can experience skills that students didn’t think their professors had,” Ledbetter said. “The community can see itself in a brand new light.” Katharine McNair, administrative assistant to the chair for the theater department, said she thinks the genre should not scare people away from watching the show. “The show is heartwarm-
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ble blues accompanist Willie Brown from Clarksdale had a slightly earlier start than our soulless hero. Son House, perhaps one of the most intriguing and unconfirmed stories in blues lore, was a rabble-rousing bluesman one day and a repentant preacher the next. Son came before Robert, and his voice and style have been vital to the creation of the Mississippi blues vernacular. The blues’ early creators are not the only names native to Mississippi though. For the first 30 years of the blues, the names that mattered were Mississippi names. Quality increases as one gets closer to the source, and I’m of the opinion that Mississippi has been the wellspring of blues in America, one of the many things that contributes to my deep obsession with the character of this place. This culture is a direct result of the long days, the longer nights, the cheating women, the flowing alcohol and the mythical porches of Mississippi that provided a backdrop for the blues completely
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ing and has a lot of laughs to be had along with the tears. So it is not just drama,” she said. The event is free and plays for only one night. Ledbetter said he programmed the play this way to allow the audience to experience a stronger sense of community while observing the human condition displayed on stage. Ledbetter also said he hopes the audience will marvel at the work as much as he did. “I think that a lot of the information is going to blow people’s minds,” he said.
unique to this amazing place. Like any organism, the body of the blues grew and grew, but its heart stayed in the Delta. Something happened in the sprawling flatlands of Northwest Mississippi during the early 20th century. With names like Charley Patton, Son House, Robert Johnson, Muddy Waters, Junior Kimbrough, John Lee Hooker and Honeyboy Edwards, the Delta developed into a microcosm of blues, prolific in creativity and vital in genre-making. It would be a true sin to address the entirety of the blues in 600 words, and in fact my plan to approach the topic is
still not a just depiction of the gigantic legacy it possesses, but it’s something. My next few columns will focus on a different aspect of the blues, perhaps a particular performer or place or moment. It is my hope that, by the end of it, I’ll have produced a survey definition of blues origin and culture through short columns and vignettes about the blues identity, its founders, their homes and the almostmythical blues history they’ve created. This is the first in a series of columns about the blues in Mississippi.
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‘We’re not just happy to get here’ Lady Rebs host Samford Head coach Andy Kennedy, senior guard Nick Williams and senior forward Murphy Holloway talked to the media Tuesday about the NCAA Tournament matchup Friday against Wisconsin. BY TYLER BISCHOFF email@example.com
The Rebels have made it to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in a decade, but that doesn’t mean they are content with bowing out in the second round to higher-seeded Wisconsin. “We’re not just happy to get here,” senior guard Nick Williams said. “It’s been fun to this point and we did some great things, but we want to win.” Ole Miss hadn’t won an SEC Tournament in three decades and had qualified for the NCAA Tournament just six times before this year. So pulling off three comeback wins in three days, including a three-point victory over Florida in the championship, would seem like the peak of this year’s success. But along with Williams, senior forwards Murphy Holloway and Reginald Buckner don’t want their careers to end with a loss to Wisconsin on Friday in Kansas City.
“I think that our guys will be excited about the opportunity,” head coach Andy Kennedy said. “For those three seniors, they know when that buzzer sounds, if we come up short, it is over. And with that, comes a real sense of urgency. I hope that we play with the same kind of enthusiasm, the same kind of focus that we did in Nashville.” For Ole Miss, the enthusiasm and desperation to win will be necessary. The Rebels didn’t play perfect basketball en route to the SEC title. Over the three games, they were out-rebounded by opponents and committed more turnovers than assists. But, after studying the game tape, Kennedy said Ole Miss got to 70 percent of the loose balls in Nashville, a rough measure of desire and luck, which will likely be needed to knock off Wisconsin. The Badgers are known for their slow pace and their ability to limit quality offensive looks. Ole Miss clinched the auto-
matic bid to the Big Dance but was on the bubble and likely wouldn’t have been deserving of an at-large bid had they lost their first SEC Tournament game to Missouri. But by winning the SEC Tournament, Ole Miss proved its worth. “I think we belong (in the NCAA Tournament),” Holloway said. “Coach (asked) us when we were playing Florida, ‘Do you actually think we belong here?’ At halftime, everyone said, ‘Yeah.’ He said, ‘Play like you belong here. You have earned it.’ “I think we have earned it. We belong to be in the spot we are.”
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The Ole Miss softball team (18-15, 1-5 SEC) hosts Samford (9-13, 1-5 Southern Conference) today in a midweek tilt before traveling to No. 23 Georgia for a three-game set that begins Friday. The Lady Rebels (18-15, 1-5 SEC) are looking to snap a fourgame losing streak, which includes a three-game sweep at the hands of No. 8 Missouri on the road, when the Lady Bulldogs (9-13, 1-5 Southern Conference) roll into town for the start of the second half of the season. “We are ready to come out Wednesday and play some good softball,” head coach Windy Thees said in an Ole Miss athletics release. “Our focus is taking
on the second half of the season and winning games.” Juniors Shelby Jo Fenter (6-6) and Carly Hummel (7-8) lead Ole Miss in the circle, as Fenter has a team-high of 69 strikeouts to go along with a 3.40 ERA, and Hummel boasts a 3.77 ERA with 62 strikeouts on the year. At the plate, junior center fielder R.T. Cantillo leads the Lady Rebels, hitting .385 with 22 RBI and five home runs. Sophomore Allison Brown is second on the team with a .330 average to go along with 25 RBI. Samford holds a team ERA of 2.99 and are led by Mollie Hanson (7-8), who has a 1.76 ERA. Offensively, the Bulldogs hit just .225, but Madison Dickey leads the team with a .385 average. First pitch is set for 6 p.m. at the Ole Miss Softball Complex.
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Andy Kennedy Vindicated COLUMN
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He’s the all-time winningest coach in Ole Miss history. He’s now guided the Rebels to a record seven-straight winning seasons. But Andy Kennedy still has had to prove his worth to the Ole Miss fan base. With a 66-63 victory over the Florida Gators to claim the SEC Championship, Kennedy proved his worth and secured a spot in the NCAA tournament for the first time in his tenure at Ole Miss. His job security has been questioned every time his team failed to receive an NCAA Tournament bid. This year, he’s been criticized for creating too weak of a schedule. The Rebels’ biggest nonconference win
is Rutgers. They traveled to and lost to Middle Tennessee State. Ole Miss was counting on drawing tough opponents in the Diamond Head Classic, but after falling to Indiana State in the first game, they missed the opportunity to play Arizona, Miami or San Diego State. Kennedy’s been criticized for not getting his players motivated, which was highlighted by this year’s losses at South Carolina and Mississippi State. He’s been criticized for not winning big games, for losing every game where something important was at stake. But his team just won three games in less than 48 hours to exorcise all of those demons. They knocked off an NCAA Tournament lock in Missouri, which has some of the most individually talented players in the SEC from Phil Pressey to Alex Oriakhi to Laurence Bowers. They defeated the hometown, and suddenly streaking,
Vanderbilt Commodores who manhandled Kentucky the day before. Then they knocked off the Florida Gators, the SEC regular season champions. They trailed by as many as 14 and gave Florida just their third loss after leading at halftime. And they did it all as a battered group. Ole Miss basically received no production from junior forward Demarco Cox this season as he suffered multiple leg injuries. Then sophomore forward Aaron Jones went down for the season, leaving Ole Miss desperately thin in the front court. Ole Miss had time to adjust to these blows, but during the first game of the tournament, starting sophomore point guard Jarvis Summers went down with a concussion. This left Ole Miss with one true point guard. Kennedy adjusted and rode freshman point guard Derrick Millinghaus to a thrilling win
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over Missouri, but during the next two games, Kennedy alternated between Millinghaus and his impromptu backup point guard, sophomore LaDarius White. Of course, none of this would have happened if tournament MVP Marshall Henderson
hadn’t sparked the Rebels in all three games. The junior guard has fueled the Rebels all year, and Kennedy deserves all the credit for bringing him to Oxford. Henderson has a past that would prevent most coaches from pursuing him, but Kennedy knew his team had a desperate need. They needed a shooter, a scorer, a life source. Henderson led the SEC in scoring. He broke the single season record for 3-pointers made. He sparked this team game after game. All this happened because Kennedy allowed Marshall to be himself. As dangerous as that may have been, it worked. Kennedy managed the injuries and the personality. He eliminated the bubble and is now dancing as the Ole Miss head coach. For continuing coverage of Ole Miss men’s basketball, follow @ Tyler_RSR and @thedm_sports on Twitter.