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Work study helps students earn money, gain experience BY OKSANA DEMCHENKO

President Barack Obama has proposed a $150 million increase in the Federal Work Study program. The president’s budget proposal for fiscal year 2013 provides the nation with $1,126.7 million for just the work study program and $10 billion in total student aid to “those colleges that provide the best value to students by enrolling and graduating students from low-income families, restraining net prices and demonstrating good value,” the administration said in a release. “This is a dramatic increase,” said Laura Diven-Brown, director of the Office of Financial Aid. “We can use more funding because there are more students who want to have it. In both undergraduate and graduate areas there is room for growth.” In the 2010-11 school year, 509 University of Mississippi students received work study funding. The work study allocation for the current year is $973,151, which increased from $951,434 the year before. Of this amount, $20,000 goes to the medical center. “The bulk is used here at the Oxford Campus,” Diven-Brown said. “There might also be people working out at satellite centers in Desoto, Tupelo, Grenada and Booneville.” The United States government pays 75 percent of the wages. The remaining 25 percent is

Work study student Blake Longcrier, music education sophomore, puts books onto the cart Sunday afternoon at the J.D. WIlliams Library.

paid for by the institution, with an exception being the Family Literacy Program. “Within it, students go to local schools and help children with reading and math,” Diven-Brown said. “This program is paid 100 percent by government.” The state of Mississippi does not support the work study pro-

gram directly. “The state gives money to operate the institution,” DivenBrown said. “Departments may use these funds to cover the institutional 25 percent match.” Combining work and study helps students pay for college while also adding work experience to their resumes. “Sometimes students gain ex-

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perience in their field, working, nent positions after work study,” for example, in the biology lab,” Diven-Brown said. “Combining said financial aid adviser Katie job and school, students learn to Tompkins said. “It helps them manage their time and get good to earn money instead of taking work habits.” loans.” Students admit that having an Work study has also been on-campus job is more effective known to lead to more once the for studying than a job working student graduates. off campus. “I’ve seen students being hired into departments on perma- See STUDY, PAGE 6

Ole Miss International Justice group takes action against modern-day slavery BY ANNA DAVIS

The University of Mississippi chapter of the International Justice Mission will take action against modern-day slavery this week in conjunction with the “100 Postcard Challenge” initiated by IJM’s national organization. “It’s a way for everyone to have a small hands-on part in ending slavery,” said Mandi Holloway, a classics senior and member of the Ole Miss IJM leadership team. The event will support a movement for anti-trafficking regulations and services nationally and worldwide by generating support


for the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act and continue the use of funds given by the State Department’s Trafficking in Person’s Office. “We ordered 300 postcards,” Holloway said. “We figure we are a pretty big campus, so we should be able to get at least 300 people to sign.” Holloway said starting a postcard challenge is a simple, effective way to make a difference. “It’s really for anyone who wants to do it,” she said. “It’s on their website as one of their campaigns. All you have to do is send them an email and they will send you postcards. You get people to sign them and send them back.” Tabitha Bandi, an international studies senior and member of the

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Ole Miss IJM leadership team, said she has high hopes for the campaign. “We hope that a lot of people will be willing and open to listen to what this is about and sign it,” she said. Bandi said this campaign is an opportunity to give students ideas about how to make a difference in the fight against human trafficking. “The main goal of the postcard campaign is to give people a voice, a way to actually get involved with the legislation and just let their state representatives know that this is an issue for us, and we do care that there are people being exploited around the world,” she said. Bandi said raising awareness is the beginning to fighting modern-

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day slavery. “The truth of the matter is if people don’t know about it, there’s no way that one day we are ever really going to help it,” she said.

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Nobody’s perfect, and taking drastic measures won’t get you any closer

BY ANGELA ROGALSKI abbeangel@yahoo. com

In a country that promotes physical perfection to the umpteenth degree, we Americans strive for that acme of fitness, whether for purely aesthetic reasons or truly for our health, sometimes to the extreme. Nutrition, diets, exercise programs, health equipment; all of it is big business in the United States today. reports that Americans spend an estimated $42 billion annually on weight-loss foods, products and services. That’s a lot of Atkins’ Bars and Slim Fast. There is absolutely nothing wrong with trying to lose weight or maintaining a healthy lifestyle. In fact, it’s a commendable goal. But where the line gets a little fuzzy is the ridiculousness of trying to do so through off-the-wall cosmetic procedures, which sometimes put us at risk for potential health problems, and even

death, in our quest for the perfect body. One such example comes from an article in, the headline of which reads “‘Black Madam’ arrested in bad buttocks injections.” Of course, that piqued my curiosity, and I had to read on. It seemed there was a woman in Philadelphia who called herself the “Black Madam” and was performing illegal buttocksenhancement injections, a strictly mobile unit of service because she was trying to elude authorities. She would host these “pumping parties” at different locations, usually a hotel or private residence, where she would inject a substance she described as silicone into the client’s buttocks. When the procedure was completed, she would cover the wound with glue and the article didn’t specify if it was of the medical variety. Hmm,

sounds very professional. According to the article, she was arrested and arraigned last week and is currently being held on $10 million bail as a “person of interest” in the death of a 20-year-old London woman who received injections last year at a hotel near Philadelphia International Airport. Having perfect buttocks is right up there with pouty lips on my Richter scale of important physical attributes to maintain or acquire. I mean, it just ain’t happening. There’s this little term called gravity that has to be remembered when I turn around and peer over my shoulder in front of a mirror. And believe me when I say there is no one, not even Dr. Palmer himself, plastic surgeon of the stars (and I don’t mean of the stellar variety), who is going to stick a needle in my derriere with an un-


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known substance simply “described” as silicone. Admitting there is no way to hang on to a tight, shapely buttocks for your entire lifetime is the first step toward aging gracefully. Of course, if you’re like me and never had them in the first place, it’s not a big issue. But for some people, cosmetic enhancement ranks right up there with apple pie. But that’s another surgery. If people are determined to have these procedures done, I hope they go to a reputable doctor, even if they can’t afford a Dr. Palmer, and always remember one important fact: hotel rooms and Elmer’s are never conducive to successful surgeries. Angela Rogalski is a print journalism senior who lives in Abbeville. Follow her on Twitter @abbeangel.


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Myrlie Evers-Williams: opening doors to a closed society


In all my years, I’ve never gained so much insight and knowledge in one sitting. I sat in Fulton Chapel this past Friday listening to the wisdom of a civil rights activist’s widow, lecturer, advocate and, most of all, a black woman. As I sat and listened to the beautifully constructed words of Myrlie Evers-Williams, the widow of Medgar Evers, I was overwhelmed by her willingness to engage in open, honest dialogue. Arguably, that speech was by far one of the greatest speeches I’ve ever heard in my life. Evers-Williams truly opened

the doors to a closed society, a society where whites fear the complexities of race and blacks often negate the discussion in an effort to be progressive. Beginning her speech with the Ole Miss Creed and discussing the values within it, she captured the audience, arguing, “To me it summarizes the heart and soul and mission of this institution of higher learning.” Evers-Williams went on to challenge students to learn the creed and understand its meaning. She also highlighted the changes that have been made at Ole Miss since her last visit and the death of her husband. There were many defining moments throughout Evers-Williams’ speech, but most notable was when she spoke of how she dealt with her husband’s death. Evers-Williams told the story of how each day she would wake up with a smile on her face

as if everything was OK, and when others shared their condolences, she would smile casually and say, “Thank you, I’m fine.” But, when she got home at night, Evers-Williams would find herself pouring her soul out in desperation to seek revenge. Evers-Williams finally learned to do something positive rather than negative. Challenging the crowd to do the same, she said, “When you find yourself in despair and seeking vengeance, do good.” Her unique ability to characterize her disappointments and how she channeled her negative energy into positives was quite remarkable. She grabbed the audience’s attention in ways many of us can only dream of being able to do; it was life altering. The most emotional and defining moment for me was when Evers-Williams reminded us of how it’s possible that we (black

students) are able to be here. Responding to questions as to whether or not black students at Ole Miss were aware of all that was given for us to become students at the university, she said, “Not because of your intellect and etc., but because someone paid a tremendous price for you to be here — they didn’t do it by themselves.” Evers-Williams took us through conversations she had with Evers when he was seeking admission to the Ole Miss Law School. She highlighted the challenges they faced as a family; they had one child and were expecting another and couldn’t afford it. Not only that, she told the story of her late husband’s rejection to the Ole Miss Law School and how he then helped finance and organize James Meredith’s admission. Finally, Evers-Williams talked of the need for a multi-gener-

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ational conversation. She said, “Some way there has to be a coming together of the ages — we need one another.” Even further, she said, “I hope for the unification of the young and old — poor and rich.” Sounding like the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., EversWilliams concluded suggesting that “perhaps one day we will not allow color to be a barrier.” In light of my subject, “Myrlie Evers-Williams: opening a closed society,” it is fair to say that she set a frame by which we can begin a dialogue about the harsh realities of this society’s past, what this society can become working together and, most evident, a discussion about the sacrifices made to get to this point. Cortez Moss is a senior public policy leadership major from Calhoun City. Follow him on Twitter at @Cortez_Moss.

an open mic for survivors who want to share. Every year I stand in awe at the courage of those who step forward and use their voice. For some, it is their first time to speak publicly about their experience. It is moving and inspirational and a sacred part of this event. I can say from personal experience that sharing my own story in that way was not only empowering, but also healing. I invite all of the Ole Miss and Oxford community to join us on April 18 and help us to continue to put a spotlight on this important issue.

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Weekend’s Annual Black Alumni Reunion a success BY KELLS JOHNSON

This past weekend, the University of Mississippi’s campus played host to the Annual Black Alumni Reunion. The Ole Miss Alumni Association hosts the University’s Black Alumni Reunion every three years since its beginning in 1988. The Black Alumni Reunion was created to celebrate black campus legacies and the impact minorities have on Ole Miss’ campus and diversity. This year, the reunion fostered many events. Friday started off with a “Day of Dialogue,” a panel hosted in the Overby Center for Southern Journalism and Politics auditorium to celebrate the univer-

sity’s 50 years of integration. This panel also focused on black students in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) fields. The panel of prominent black alumni included John Hawkins, the university’s first black cheerleader, Jackson attorney Kenneth Grisby and university administrator, Donald Cole. Alumni members were also able to attend a speech by Myrlie Evers-Williams put on by the Subcommittee on Civil Rights Movement, the annual awards banquet, a gospel choir rehearsal, a Greek Show at the Gertrude C. Ford Center for the Performing Arts, amongst many other events happening over the weekend. “Black Alumni Reunion is a

time for alumni to reminisce on great times that we had in our undergraduate years,” said Janeice McCray Pearson, a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated. “It also gives me the opportunity to reunite with other alumni that I haven’t seen in a long time.” Ole Miss graduate Tracey Jeffries, the current independent associate director for Legal Shield, a legal insurance company, and member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Incorporated, said he enjoyed the weekend. “The recruitment efforts of the Black Alumni Reunion has improved the minority experience greatly,” he said. “Each year, more and more people decide to attend the event.” Ronnie Agnew is an Ole

Miss alum who graduated with a journalism degree and is now the executive director of Mississippi Public Broadcasting. This year, Agnew anticipated the reunion so much he flew into Mississippi right after a visit to New York. “The Black Alumni Reunion is all about family – Ole Miss is about family,” Agnew said. “I return to Ole Miss periodically just to celebrate its success. I love the Black Alumni Reunion ... I love Ole Miss.” The reunion was not only a way for alumni to reunite, it was also a way for alumni and current Ole Miss students to network. Several students attended the events in hopes of making connections with alumni that could prove helpful in the fu-

ture. “Networking is very important,” said Natalie WilsonShelton, who celebrated 15 years of initiation into her sorority this year. “I want to be able to reconnect with other alumni and possibly gain even more connections than I’ve already gotten.” The next reunion will be in during the spring semester in 2015. “I hope to see even more interaction with current students in the years to come,” said Dexter Foster, a former Black Student Union member and member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Incorporated. “I want to enlighten the minority population about the experiences and sacrifices that alumni have made for them.”

All Majors Career Fair helps students reach their goals BY FRANCES ALLISON

The All Majors Career Fair took place this past Wednesday at The Inn At Ole Miss, featuring more than 50 companies looking for future employees. Beth Chrestman, a practicum student for the Office of Enrollment Services, greeted students and employees as they entered the fair. “This gives students the opportunity to network,” she said. “Several students have walked away with internships in the past.” Consolidated Graphics and Enterprise Holdings sponsored the fair. Participating companies ranged from Target to Saks Fifth Avenue. Students got the chance to meet several recruiters who reached out to

all majors. The Career Fair takes place in both the fall and spring semesters and has potential to catapult graduates into the professional world. “My concern is the competition to get the job I want and knowing the right information about the company before approaching them,” said business junior Rebecca Calvillo. As many as 50 percent of college graduates under age 25 are under-utilized, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor statistics. Claire Becker, a recruiter for Mass Mutual, said she believes graduates should be prepared when applying and interviewing for potential job opportunities. “Students need to keep their options open,” she said. “They

need to investigate all types of companies. They also need to be sure and not narrow their focus.” Many students are unaware of how to approach a job interview. Lisa Paris, a recruiter for the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Diplomatic Security, said students should bring their most professional self forward. “Students should be prepared with proper attire,” she said. “They need to make their resume complete. Students do not think information such as volunteer work applies to their job but they need to include it. Students should also be skilled in writing.” For help in applying for a job or internship, contact Ole Miss Career Services at 662-9157174.


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Students want university to offer more healthy eating options BY KELLY STROMMER

With around 20 locations to eat on campus, all designed to keep students waiting only a few minutes, some students say it is difficult to eat healthy at the University of Mississippi. In many cases, the healthiest option isn’t always the cheapest. In fact, the meals with lower fat and caloric amounts are generally more expensive than those with higher caloric and fat values. “There are only a few places to go to; many of them seem deceivingly healthy,” said liberal arts undecided major Cara Jerozal. “I used to get chicken burritos from Zoca’s until I saw the online nutritional value. I don’t even know if my Toss It Up salad is healthy since the nutritional values are nowhere to be found.” On Monday, Feb. 27, an average three-meal day at the Johnson Commons’ Home Zone 2 counter totaled up to 1,660 calories and a total of 83.4 grams of fat. That same meal included two servings of vegetables and one serving of meat. The average recommended

daily caloric intake for men ranges from 2,200 to 2,800, depending on how active they are, according to the U.S. Department of Human Services. For women, the average recommended daily caloric intake varies from 1,600 to 2,200. In addition, one’s daily fat intake shouldn’t exceed 20 percent of their caloric intake. Consequently, a 1,660 calorie diet shouldn’t exceed 498 grams of fat, but the nutritional values of that particular Monday at the Johnson Commons summed up to twice the amount of desired fat in a daily diet. The university requires freshmen to purchase meal plans, but students often resort to buying groceries or eating off campus. As a result, in addition to the $2,498 average meal plan fee a year, those students spend more money on food. “The JC is often a hit or miss; sometimes the food is good, other times not at all,” said liberal arts undecided major Mary Katherine Breland. “I try to avoid both the JC and the Union. I’ll have a sports bar if I’m really hungry, but I try and wait until I can eat my own food.”

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A group of students talk while they enjoy a meal at the Johnson Commons. Some students find the dining options at the University of Mississippi good while others say they would like healthier options.

Others find the Student Union perfectly satisfying. “I like this kind of food,” said liberal arts undecided major Remy Dargin as she ate her chicken sandwich. “I restrain from soda just to be a bit healthier, but I like ChickFil-A.”

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Rebel Netters sweep Auburn, ‘Bama

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Sophomore Johan Backstrom


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TOP: Music education sophomore Blake Longcrier checks back in a book at the J.D. Williams Library, where she is a work-study student. BOTTOM: Longcrier puts a set of books back on the shelf.

“It works with my class schedule and I can study while I work,” said library worker Samantha Hopper, who is a sophomore in nursing. “If I had a job off campus, I wouldn’t be able to do that. Having a job makes me more financially independent from my parents.” As departments pay only 25 percent of the wages, they can

hire additional people. “This is a tremendous help,” Diven-Brown said. “The Department of Financial Aid also hires work study students, and we enjoy getting to know them. It helps us carry our core mission ­­— to help students to get education, transform their lives and help to get the best experience for future.”

SUNDAY: NO. 44 OLE MISS 6, NO. 46 ALABAMA 1 The Ole Miss men’s tennis team (5-2, 2-0 SEC) completed a successful Southeastern Conference opening weekend with a 6-1 win against No. 46 Alabama (5-6, 0-2 SEC) Sunday at the Palmer/ Salloum Tennis Center/Galtney Courts. “It was a big weekend for us,” Head Coach Billy Chadwick said. “It was a hard fought match against Auburn, and then we really played well today, especially starting off in the doubles. On paper, the wins looked easy, but we won the key points in almost every match to make it easy. All in all it was a fantastic weekend.” In doubles, freshman Nik Scholtz and junior Jonas Lutjen won 8-2 at No. 2 doubles. The Thiemann twins, ranked No. 19 in the nation, clinched the doubles point for the Rebels with an 8-5 win at No. 1 double. Sophomore Johan Backstrom and freshman William Kallberg were leading 7-4 when the twins clinched the doubles point.

Ole Miss carried the momentum into singles play, where senior Marcel Thiemann, ranked No. 46 in the nation, won 6-2, 6-1 at No. 2 singles to push the Rebels’ lead to 2-0. Kallberg, ranked No. 49 in the nation, followed with a 6-2, 6-2 win at No. 4 singles, and 48th-ranked Lutjen clinched the victory with a 6-2, 6-2 win against Vikram Reddy at No. 3 singles. The Rebels stretched their lead to 6-0 with wins from Backstrom 6-1, 6-2 at No. 6 singles, and 55thranked South Africa native Nik Scholtz defeated fellow countryman Jarryd Botha at No. 1 singles. Senior Chris Thiemann dropped the only match for the Rebels 4-6, 7-6 (7-5 tiebreak) and 6-10 in a super tiebreak at No. 5 singles. The Rebels turn their attention to a big match Wednesday against No. 4 Virginia. The match is set for 2 p.m. at the Palmer/Salloum Tennis Center/Galtney Courts. FRIDAY: NO. 44 OLE MISS 5, NO. 12 AUBURN 2 The Ole Miss men’s tennis team (4-2, 1-0 SEC) opened Southeastern Conference play with a 5-2 win against No. 12 Auburn (103, 0-1 SEC) Friday at the Gillom Sports Center.

“We did an excellent job of coming out and playing with a lot of intensity in the doubles,” Head Coach Billy Chadwick said. “I felt like that set the tone for the entire match. We got the doubles point and played exceptionally well at No. 1 singles, and Jonas Lutjen played fantastic at No. 3, and then at five and six, when it really got down to it; they did a fantastic job.” Due to high winds and expected inclement weather, the match was moved indoors from the Palmer/ Salloum Tennis Center/Galtney Courts to the Gillom Sports Center. The Rebels jumped out early with an 8-2 win in No. 1 doubles by senior twins Marcel and Chris Thiemann. Sophomore Johan Backstrom and freshman William Kallberg clinched the point with a 9-8 (7-5 tie-break) win at No. 3 doubles. Freshman Nik Scholtz and junior Jonas Lutjen completed the sweep with an 8-5 win at No. 2 doubles. Both Scholtz and Lutjen carried the momentum from doubles play into singles play, where both won in straight sets. Scholtz defeated 20th-ranked Andreas Mies 6-2, 6-4 at No. 1 singles. Lutjen, then, gave the Rebels a 3-0 lead with a 6-3, 6-1 win at No. 3 singles. Auburn extended the match with straight-set wins at No. 2 and No. 4 singles against Marcel Thiemann and Kallberg, respectively. Then, for the second straight match, Backstrom clinched the victory for the Rebels with a 6-2, 6-4 win at No. 6 singles in front of his family, who made the trip from Uppsala, Sweden. “It is always great to clinch, especially when my family is visiting,” Backstrom said. “I played a really good match today from the start to the end. It was great doing it at home for the SEC opener. It was awesome.”

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Ladner steps down as Ole Miss women’s basketball coach

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Former head coach Renee Ladner

Renee Ladner announced Friday that she is stepping down as head coach of the Ole Miss women’s basketball team.

“When I was named the head coach five years ago, it was a dream come true,” Ladner said. “And to have the privilege of

coaching such incredible young Valencia McFarland and No. 85 first round of the WNBA Draft in ladies over the last several years is Danielle McCray. McFarland has 2010. simply priceless. I love Ole Miss since played with USA Basketball Ladner, who played for the and will support this program any and Team USA in the Pan Am Rebels from 1978-81, earned her way I can moving forward.” Games and was a 2011 All-SEC bachelor’s degree in health, physiDuring her time at Ole Miss as pick. cal education and recreation in both a head coach and an assistant As an assistant, Ladner worked 1981 from Ole Miss. While at Ole coach, Ladner was a part of six directly with All-American Ar- Miss, Ladner played basketball teams that advanced to postsea- mintie Price, who is a current with former Ole Miss head coach son play, including three NCAA member of the WNBA’s Atlanta Carol Ross and former Rebel asappearances and three WNIT ap- Dream. In addition, Thomas was sociate head coach Peggie Gillompearances. drafted by the LA Sparks in the Granderson. “Renee bleeds Red and Blue, there’s just no other way to put The search committee to replace it,” Athletics Director Pete Boone Ladner is comprised of: said. “Her enthusiasm and positive attitude have been an inspiraCommittee Chair: Lynnette Johnson tion to us all, and we will miss her Executive Associate AD/Senior Women’s Administrator on the bench.” Don Cole Under Ladner’s tutelage, Rebel Provost, Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs guard Bianca Thomas became a Michael Thompson two-time All-SEC first team selection. Ladner had at least one Senior Associate AD, Marketing and Communications All-SEC pick in each of her five seasons as head coach. She also saw her team reach the second round of the SEC Tournament three times and advance to postseason play twice. She recorded six wins over top-25 teams. As head coach, Renee Ladner has a career record of 70-82 overall and 23-53 in SEC play. Her last two recruiting classes at Ole Miss were nationally ranked at 39th and 45th, respectively, and included the nation’s No. 38 player in


Robertson named SEC Indoor Field Athlete of the Year BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – After a fantastic performance at the recent Southeastern Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships, Ole Miss junior Ricky Robertson has been named the SEC Men’s Indoor Field Athlete of the Year. Robertson became only the third person in league history to win three or more men’s indoor high jump titles with his victory in the event last weekend in Lexington, Ky. He has now won every possible SEC high jump crown since his college career began (five overall, three indoor). The Hernando, Miss., native tied for the SEC’s Cliff Harper Trophy, which recognizes the highpoints scorer on both the men’s and women’s sides. He tied Kentucky distance runner Luis Orta with 20 overall points. In addition to tying the UK facility record in the high jump (7-4.50, NCAA automatic qualifying mark), Robertson also placed fourth in the long jump (24-9.75) and fourth in the triple jump (51-7). He now ranks fifth in the NCAA in the high jump, 13th in the triple jump and 30th in the long jump. Robertson is the first Rebel man to achieve SEC Indoor Athlete of the Year status. Ole Miss has had the SEC Men’s Outdoor Athlete of the Year three times (Pablo Sierra in 1993, Barnabas Kirui in 2007

and 2010) and the SEC Women’s Athlete of the Year three times (Brittney Reese in 2007 outdoor, 2008 indoor and 2008 outdoor). Robertson was the SEC Freshman Field Athlete of the Year in both indoor and outdoor in 2010. With his sharing of the Cliff

Harper Trophy, Robertson became the second Rebel man to score the most points at an SEC indoor championship (Tony Dees in 1984). Barnabas Kirui achieved the feat twice at the SEC outdoor meet, and Brittney Reese did it twice on the women’s side.


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Softball finishes third in home tournament with 3-2 record

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Senior right-handed pitcher Kendall Bruning


The Red and Blue Classic finished up Sunday at the Ole Miss Softball Complex with Troy (16-2) taking home the championship, the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga (11-7) the runner-up, followed by the host Rebels (8-6) and Belmont (1-16) in third and fourth place, respectively. GAME FIVE: OLE MISS 5, BELMONT 0 The Rebels faced Belmont for the second time in the Red and Blue Classic and the third time this season. In those three meetings, the Bruins only scored one and were shutout in both meetings this past week. Senior Kendall Bruning got the start in the circle and struck out a career-high 12 batters and tossed a complete-game shutout in a 5-0 win Sunday morning to wrap up

the weekend tournament. For the season, Bruning holds a 7-2 record with a 2.29 earned run average, along with 51 strikeouts through 49 innings. “Her pitching was really effective, and we had to make some adjustments to her pitching because this wasn’t the first time Belmont had seen Kendall,” head coach Windy Thees said. “It is just difficult to beat a team over and over again, and in this case we were able to succeed.” The Rebels (8-6) finished the tournament with a 3-2 record and finished third in tournament. Ole Miss returns to action when they play Central Arkansas Tuesday before opening Southeastern Conference play Wednesday at Arkansas. GAME FOUR: CHATTANOOGA 5, OLE MISS 3 Freshman Lauren Lindsey re-

lieved junior Erinn Jayjohn in the third and pitched a career-high five innings, giving up just two unearned runs on seven hits in the 5-3 loss Saturday night to Chattanooga. “Her performance gives me more confidence in her,” Thees said. The Rebels looked flushered at the plate, striking out 11 times during the game, but scored three runs in the sixth on a bases-clearing double off the wall by sophomore Natalie Nimmo, which cut the lead the two. Ole Miss threatened again in the seventh but stranded two runners in scoring position to end the game. GAME THREE: OLE MISS 6, BELMONT 0 Bruning gave up just two hits and struck out eight batters as she pitched a complete-game shutout to lead the Rebels to a 6-0 win Sat-

urday against Belmont. She made quick work of the Bruins, throwing 68 percent of her pitches for strikes, and she only threw 105 pitches for the game. “She came out and hit her spots really well and pitched to her defense,” Thees said. “It’s really great for one of your pitchers to throw a shutout.” Ole Miss took an early 1-0 lead and opened things up with three runs in the second, highlighted by a two-single up the middle by senior outfield Amanda Hutcheson, who set career highs with three hits and three RBI. “She did a phenomenal job in the field and at the plate,” Thees said. “She’s getting after it and seizing the moment.” GAME TWO: TROY 5, OLE MISS 1 Jayjohn gave up no runs on two hits in a career-long five innings of relief of senior starter Kelly Chandler but could not overcome a four-run second inning by Troy in a 5-1 loss Friday night. “She is an off-speed pitcher; she loves movement,” Thees said. “She just matched up really well against Troy, who are a really aggressive team.” Troy took a 1-0 lead on the Rebels in the first and tacked on four more runs in the second off two walks, a wild pitch and a passed ball to take a 5-0 lead. The Rebels cut the lead to four with a run in the fifth, but struggled at the plate with only five hits for the game. “We have to play a lot cleaner ball game,” Thees said. “Our pitchers are going to let the ball get hit into play, and our defense just

has to make sure that they play everything clean.” GAME ONE: OLE MISS 9, CHATTANOOGA 6 After a one and a half hour delay due to inclement weather, the Rebels rallied with seven runs in the bottom of the fifth to come back to win 9-6 against Chattanooga Friday afternoon. “The rain delay really helped us,” Thees said. “We had an hour and a half. They talked to each other and figured out what they wanted to do, and we were able to put a game plan together.” Coming out of the rain delay, Bruning led off the sixth with a single and was pinch ran for by freshman Dallas Hardin. Sophomore catcher Marina Parra walked, and Hutcheson then laid down a bunt single to load the bases. Senior infielder Cali Overbeck drove in Hardin and Parra on a double off the wall to cut the lead to three. Chandler followed with a hard hit ball to the shortstop, but Chattanooga first baseman Kasey Tydingco missed the throw and allowed Hutcheson and Overbeck to come around and score. “They loosened up and began to have fun,” Thees said. “They found the fun before the hits came.” Sophomore center fielder RT Cantillo gave the Rebels their first lead of the game with a two-run home run, the first of her career. Sophomore infielder London Ladner followed with a solo home run to put Ole Miss up 7-5 after five. Cantillo drove in two more runs for a career-high four RBI with a two-run single in the sixth.


Women’s tennis splits on opening weekend of SEC play SUNDAY: NO. 25 ALABAMA 5, NO. 18 OLE MISS 2 TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Ole Miss women’s tennis senior Kristi Boxx became the all-time doubles career wins leader Sunday afternoon in the No. 18 ranked Rebels’ 5-2 loss at No. 25 Alabama at the UA Varsity Courts. With the loss, the Rebels (8-5, 1-1) split the opening weekend of SEC play after Friday’s 7-0 win at Auburn. Ole Miss had chances to win the doubles point, but Alabama rallied and carried that momentum into singles play. Boxx teamed up with fellow senior Abby Guthrie

for a 9-8 win at No. 1 doubles, giving her 103 career wins, passing former three-time All-American Courtenay Chapman (102). Alabama won at No. 2 doubles 8-3, and came back from a 5-3 deficit at three doubles to win it 8-6 clinching the point. The Crimson Tide won four first sets including at No. 6, where Rebel sophomore Vivian Vlaar dropped a 6-1, 6-3 decision to Taylor Lindsey. In a battle between two nationally ranked opponents at No. 2 singles, 61st-ranked Alexa Guarachi got the best of 63rd-ranked Caroline Rohde-Moe 6-1, 6-2 to put the Crimson Tide up 3-0.

Boxx, ranked No. 22 in the nation, put the Rebels on the board and finished a 4-0 weekend in singles and doubles by topping 22nd-ranked Mary Anne Macfarlane 6-3, 6-3. It marked the second straight win for Boxx against Macfarlane as she also defeated her last fall to win the ITA Southern Regional singles title. The match ended when UA’s Antonia Foehse finished off a hard-fought straight set win against Guthrie 7-6, 6-4 at No. 5 singles. “Alabama played well, but we had our opportunities,” head coach Mark Beyers said. “We were up 5-3, 30-0 serving at three

doubles. Also, Abby’s first set tiebreaker was huge. We need to capitalize on those situations to be able to beat a tough team like Alabama.” The final two matches went three sets, with Ole Miss freshman Julia Jones winning 6-2 in the third at four against Alex Clay, and the Crimson Tide’s Courtney McLane winning 6-2 in the third against Erin Stephens at three. The Rebels return home to host Tennessee and Georgia next weekend at the Palmer/Salloum Tennis Center/Galtney Courts. FRIDAY: NO. 18 OLE MISS 7, NO. 67 AUBURN 0 AUBURN, Ala. – The No.

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18-ranked Ole Miss women’s tennis team got Southeastern Conference play off to a rousing start, shutting out Auburn 7-0 here Friday at the Yarbrough Tennis Center. With the win the Rebels improved to 8-4 overall.


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“I’ll sit back and we’ll revisit the situation once I have a chance to evaluate everything,” he said. White said he was ready to play when called on. “I felt confident,” he said. “At practice, I play with confidence. I feel like when I get on the court, I play with confidence. I feel like if I do that, everything will work out. As long as you play hard and give effort, you’re going to play, regardless.” PLAYER OF THE GAME: On Senior Day, Henry was one of three Rebels to score in double figures. He finished with 10 points, four rebounds, a steal and three blocks, including one with a minute left, which would bring the Ole Miss lead to four points. QUOTE OF THE GAME: “I tried not to think about it much, this being my last game here; I kind of got teared up, just a little bit, just a little bit. But I didn’t let any of them fall, so it doesn’t count. I got a little emotional out there.” - Terrance Henry on the emotions of Senior Day. NEXT UP: Ole Miss will be the No. 7 seed in next week’s SEC Tournament and will play the No. 10 seed Auburn (15-15, 5-11 SEC) in the first round of the SEC Tournament at 6:30 p.m. Thursday. The Rebels and Tigers split the two previous meetings this season. Auburn won 69-68 in double-overtime on their home court, and Ole Miss evened the season series with a 61-54 win in Oxford. The winner of that game will play No. 2 seed Tennessee (18-13, 10-6 SEC) in the quarterfinals of the SEC Tournament at 6:30 p.m. Friday. All first round and quarterfinal games will be televised on the SEC Network, with the semifinals and finals on ABC.



continued from page 12 Ole Miss will continue their 13game home stand Tuesday when the Rebels host the UT-Martin SkyHawks in a single game at 6:30 p.m. SATURDAY: NO. 16 OLE MISS 11, MIAMI (OHIO) 3 A quick start lifted Ole Miss to an 11-3 win in game two against Miami (Ohio) Saturday to even the series, but the real story was on the mound, where junior right-hander RJ Hively shut out the RedHawks bats, giving up just two hits in six innings on the mound. “I felt we played today,” head coach Mike Bianco said. “Proud of the way we came out after not playing well yesterday. When you lose on Friday night, you’ve got to respond on Saturday to even the series, and I think we did. “I thought RJ was tremendous, just really locating his slider. For the offense to come out in the first two innings and give us some separation made it a little easier out there.” The Rebels put three runs on the board in the first and second innings to give Hively an early cushion. It all started when Yarbrough doubled down the rightfield line to score the first two Ole Miss runs. Yarbrough later scored on a wild pitch. In the second, senior designated hitter Zach Kirksey added to his home run total, hitting a solo shot into the right-field student section to lead off the inning. Three straight singles plated another run, followed by a fielder’s choice to extend the Rebels’ lead to 6-0. Then it was the Hively show. The Huntington Beach, Calif., native didn’t allow a hit until the fifth inning and picked up his second win of the season, giving up no runs on just two hits with seven strikeouts and a walk in six innings. “I went out there and wanted to throw up a zero really quick,” Hively said. “It was one of those days where everything was in the strike zone. When you can

do that, we force them to hit and with the defense we have, they make a lot of plays for us.” Ole Miss added another run in the fifth, two in the seventh and two more in the eighth on a tworun double by junior third baseman John Gatlin. The RedHawks scored a run of their own in the eighth off junior right-hander Blair Wright and two more in the ninth off senior left-hander Jon Andy Scott. FRIDAY: MIAMI (OHIO) 9, NO. 16 OLE MISS 8 Miami (Ohio) took game one of the three-game weekend series 9-8 on Friday night. “A tough night at the ballpark,” Bianco said. “You have to give a lot of credit to Miami. I thought they did great. They were the aggressor tonight.” The craziness began in the top of the second when Miami (Ohio) center fielder Alex Johnson singled to right field and advanced to third on a throwing error by junior right fielder Tanner Mathis that got all the way to the backstop behind the plate. The next batter singled to bring Johnson in for the first run of the game. In the bottom of the inning, Kirksey reached on a dropped popup by the RedHawk third baseman, but the Rebels couldn’t get him home. Then there was the third. Miami (Ohio) scored six runs to extend the lead to 7-0. The inning was highlighted by four hits, a walk, a hit by pitch and two errors. “We couldn’t get out of the


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Junior third baseman Andrew Mistone drove in the game-winning run on a sacrifice fly in the sixth and saved at least one run on a diving catch in the ninth.

third inning,” Bianco said. “Certainly, they put a lot of pressure on us, but we didn’t handle it. We didn’t make some plays; we didn’t make some pitches. Another play, another pitch and we could’ve gotten out of there with a lot less pitches.” The Rebels responded with five runs of their own in the bottom of the inning to cut the lead to two. Back-to-back hit batters put freshman Senquez Golson and senior shortstop Blake Newalu on base, then Golson scored on a Mathis RBI single. Freshman center fielder Auston Bousfield loaded the bases with another single, and Yarbrough drove in a pair of runs with a double down the right-field line and scored himself on a RBI groundout by junior third baseman Andrew

Mistone to cut the lead to 7-5. Ole Miss tied the game with a run apiece in the fourth and fifth innings, but Miami (Ohio) wouldn’t go away. Sophomore right-hander Bobby Wahl’s day was done after working 5.0 innings and giving up seven runs, four of which were unearned, on nine hits with seven strikeouts and two walks. The RedHawks welcomed Wahl’s replacement, freshman right-hander Casey Mulholland, with two runs on three hits to go back ahead 9-7. Mulholland (0-1) was tagged with the loss, giving up two runs on three hits in the sixth inning. Ole Miss scratched across a run in the seventh on a Yarbrough RBI single, but didn’t put another runner in scoring position for the rest of the game.

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Rebels turn back the Tide for third straight win

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Senior forward Terrance Henry drives to the basket in Saturday’s 60-51 win against Alabama. Henry was one of three Rebels in double figures with 10 points.


The Ole Miss men’s basketball team was definitely struggling as they headed into the LSU game on Saturday, Feb. 24. The Rebels had lost three games in a row and five of their last six. Despite the rough patch, the players and coaches insisted there were games still to play, and they weren’t quitting on the sea-


son. After a blowout win against LSU, Ole Miss followed with an impressive road win against Arkansas. Saturday’s game against Alabama was no different. Alabama jumped out to an 11-7 lead with 10:03 to play in the first half, which would prove to be its largest lead of the game. Ole Miss grabbed its first lead at the 7:42 mark in the first half and took the lead for good with 6:41 to

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play before the half. The Rebels finished the first half on a 14-2 run and went into halftime with a 28-17 lead. The second half saw more offense from both teams; Alabama quickly cut the 11-point deficit to four early in the second half. Ole Miss called a timeout and stretched the lead back to eight, and Alabama (20-10, 9-7 SEC) would never get within five points as Ole Miss (18-12, 8-8 SEC) closed out its regular season with a 60-51 win to earn the No. 7 seed in next week’s Southeastern Conference Tournament. After the game, senior forward Terrance Henry, who was one of three Rebels to score in double figures with 10 points, four rebounds and three blocks, talked about the Rebels’ three-game winning streak. “It’s just a sense of urgency,” Henry said. “We saw our season slipping away, and we wanted to do something about that. It started with LSU. We wanted to come out and show we still had life in us.” Henry did not shy away from how important Saturday’s game against Alabama was. “This was a big one,” he said. “We’re on a three-game winning streak, and we’re getting hot. It’s not always the best team but the hot team that can make it in postseason.” “Every game is a grind,” said Ole Miss head coach Andy Kennedy. “Every game is hard. We don’t do things easy. We can’t just rise up and shoot in 12 threes and everyone feel good about a Saturday afternoon. It’s a grind. It’s who we are. I’m just proud our guys have continued with a competitive spirit to allow us to get back to 8-8 playing this way.” Junior guard Nick Williams and freshman guard LaDarius White both joined Henry with 10 points each. White was huge coming off the bench, filling in for freshman guard Jelan Kendrick, who did not play on Saturday. After the game, Kennedy declined to discuss the matter, saying it was a “coach’s decision.” Kennedy also declined to say whether or not Kendrick would join the team in New Orleans for the SEC Tournament. See BASKETBALL, PAGE 11

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Mayers, Mistone lead Rebels to series win against RedHawks

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Sophomore right-hander Mike Mayers gave up no runs on four hits with five strikeouts and a walk in Sunday’s 2-1 win against Miami (Ohio) on Sunday afternoon.


SUNDAY: NO. 16 OLE MISS 2, MIAMI (OHIO) 1 After Friday night’s game had the look of a Sunday game with 17 combined runs, Sunday’s game looked more like a Friday night game as Ole Miss (9-2) clinched the weekend series against Miami (Ohio) (4-5) with a 2-1 win. Sophomore right-hander Mike Mayers got the start and gave up no runs on four hits with five strikeouts and a walk in seven innings of work. The Grove City, Ohio, native said it was good to bounce back this weekend against a team from his home state. “Coach Bianco and I watched the film of last week, and yeah, I got dinged last week,” Mayers said. “But it came down to I didn’t make pitches. So that was the big focus to make sure that the whole time I’m out there, I’m making pitches and hitting my spots.” The Rebels struck early for the second straight day when freshman shortstop Jake Overbey, who made his first start of the season, drove in his brother, sophomore first baseman Preston Overbey, on a single to left field. Then the pitchers took over. Miami (Ohio) starter Shawn Marquardt, who tossed a complete

game three-hit shutout against Michigan State the weekend before, went seven innings himself and gave up just two runs on six hits while walking two and striking out two Ole Miss batters. The Rebels added an insurance run in the sixth, which would win the game, thanks to junior second baseman Alex Yarbrough. He reached on a hit by pitch to leadoff the inning, stole second, advanced to third on a groundball and scored on a sacrifice fly off the bat of junior third baseman Andrew Mistone. Junior right-hander Brett Huber pitched into trouble in the ninth and Miami (Ohio) pushed a run across on three straight singles. A groundout to first base then moved both runners into scoring position with one out before Mistone saved at least one run on a diving catch for the second out. A groundout to Yarbrough closed it out for Huber’s fourth save of the season and the series win for the Rebels. “He made a great play,” Huber said of the Mistone catch. “When the ball was hit, it made a funky noise and I thought it was going right at him. I look over, and his face is in the dirt. But he made the play. I had to thank him after the play.” See BASEBALL, PAGE 11

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