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Officials investigate a reported suspicious package found in the University of Mississippi Lyceum.


Emergency responders were called to the Lyceum after reports of a suspicious package Wednesday afternoon. Ray Hawkins, assistant chief of police for the University Police Department, said a woman who works in the Lyceum opened a package. Then, shortly after, her eyes started watering. “We told her, ‘Just stay in place,’” Hawkins said. “We were going to send some officers over to assist (her).” Hawkins said a student worker who also came in con-

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tact with the package stayed in the building. “The person who opened the package, we didn’t necessarily evacuate them,” Hawkins said. “Those people who weren’t in the area, we had them leave the building in order to evacuate. Those people who were in direct contact with the package were instructed to stay in the building until the fire department arrived, and then they removed them from the building.” Amanda Sanefski, a freshman special education major, said she was working in the Lyceum when everyone was evacuated. She said

people working on the situation thought there might be something in the air from the package. “They just told us that they thought there was something in they air,” Sanefski said. “They (told us they) wanted to make sure everyone was safe.” Tom Eppes, the chief communications officer for the university, said the emergency responders checked the air when they first entered the Lyceum. “They went in first to test the air,” Eppes said. “There was nothing in the air.” Kyle Chandler, a junior general studies major, was

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taking part in a learning symposium when the building was evacuated. “I was in the student learning symposium on the second floor,” Chandler said. “Then a gentleman came into the room and told us that there was an anonymous package and that we had to evacuate.” Oxford Fire Chief Cary Sallis said the fire department sent the hazmat team in first to receive the package. “Basically what we do is we respond to our hazmat team,” Sallis said. “We went in there, got the ladies out of their office, had them deconned which is get in See PACKAGE, PAGE 4




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The intensive search for retiring dean Sparky Reardon’s replacement came to an end yesterday as Melinda J. Sutton was announced as The University of Mississippi’s new dean of students and assistant vice chancellor for student affairs. “This is a new chapter for The University of Mississippi and the dean of students,” Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs Brandi Hephner LaBanc said. “I’m excited about that.” With more than 15 years of experience in higher education, Sutton, a native Texan, currently serves as the associate dean of student life at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. Prior to her tenure at SMU, she served students in various administrative positions at the University of Texas at Austin, Indiana University – Bloomington and Vanderbilt University. “It’s hard to find somebody who has all of that experience,” Hephner LaBanc said. “It’s Melinda J. Sutton like any job. You kind of find a niche area and you develop. I think she’s got a very good basis of experience coming into this position that will help her to be really successful here.” In a telephone interview, Sutton told The Daily Mississippian she has always been interested in Ole Miss because of its similarity to her undergraduate alma mater, SMU. After arriving on campus during the hiring process, her

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Not so little talks middle ground.” And that is the problem — there often are shared values I have been thinking a and common complaints forlot lately about a sentiment gotten while focusing on difshared with me about argu- fering conclusions. ments. Disputes of position, wheth“You can argue from either er between politicians, siblings position or issue, but not both or any other persons, frustrate progress. They interject an at once.” Disagreements, as a reality undefined and unknowable of everyday life, neither need “there,” a physical distance to control nor define our rela- into the frame of already tionships. We forget, all too of- strained conversation. Overten it seems, that our opinions, coming divergence requires values and mores are not our building logical bridges. whole human identity. While Common ground is necesimportant, these are merely sary to discuss the differenccharacteristics that shape who es that shape our individual worlds — few can escape that we are. I generally submit that a experience informs conscioustraditional liberal arts analy- ness. sis affirming that there is truth It is what we share, then, in all positions is admirable.  that needs to be remembered. However, it lends itself toward Consider the next argument conversations that observe dif- you encounter an opportunity ferences rather than wholly to disagree rather than disengage. Converse toward the become productive. Argument often occurs goal of understanding the iswithin the synthetic vacuum sue at hand rather than the of imposed dichotomy. This nuances of either person’s posounds like “I believe X, and sition. I hope that this brings a you believe Y. There is no BY GRANT BEEBE


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Correction more productive understanding to light. Pluralism does not excuse preference; we are all equally obligated to think in good faith. Convincing argument does not require that we bludgeon one another into submission. Rather, addressing common problems together begins to build consensus. This is argument of issue, and requires no one to cede their position. Issue envelops position by encouraging individuals to apply relevant experiences and judgements toward solving a problem, rather than against one another. Differences become an asset — vision. Depth, as a function of the visual field, requires contrast. Appreciating that we approach issues in differing ways allows for this variety and promotes consensus we are all too happy to otherwise neglect. Grant Beebe is a sophomore business major from Jackson.

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Southern hospitality for all people BY CHRISTINE DICKASON

Living in Mississippi can be exhausting. From articles about atrocious sex education curricula to a new gun tax holiday to the refusal to expand Medicaid, it seems that the state continues to take steps backwards while the rest of the country progresses, leaving us behind. Most recently, I was among many of the Mississippians appalled at the passing and signing into law of Senate Bill 2681, a piece of legislation that has the potential to open the doors to discrimination — particularly against the LGTBQ community — and unnecessary and costly legal battles. Now, before I go any further, I want to make clear that I am fully aware that there were changes made to the original version of the bill that removed some of the most offensive clauses, many of which closely

resembled the Arizona discrimination bill. However, this hardly calms my concerns over this new law: The alterations in no way erase the potential harm the law could have on individuals within the state. In a state that already lacks any workplace protections for LGBTQ individuals, any laws that represent a pathway to discrimination should be opposed. Specifically, this bill is so vague that even those who voted for it are not sure what it will mean for Mississippi. It’s possible that no one will ever attempt to use this bill to exclude others. On the other hand, a landlord may decide that renting to an LGBTQ individual burdens his “right to exercise of religion,” or a baker might express that he feels “burdened” by selling a cake to a gay couple. The text of the bill does include a convenient way to solve any possible issues—state

action can burden a person’s religious exercises if it is “essential to further a compelling government interest.” But, honestly, I place little faith in the state to argue that protecting LGBTQ individuals is a “compelling government interest.” If our elected representatives refuse to even pass a law to provide workplace protections for this community, why should we expect any better in this case? Thankfully, there’s some good news (finally!). Eddie Outlaw and Mitchell Moore, two business owners in the Fondren district of Jackson have launched a campaign aimed at encouraging an open, non-discriminatory atmosphere within communities across the state of Mississippi. The campaign, called If You’re Buying, We’re Selling, already has more than 30 participating businesses, ranging from Millsaps College to Pritchett Engineering & Plan-

ning to Steve’s Downtown Deli and Bakery. Assisted by Equality Mississippi, an organization that advocates for LGBTQ individuals, businesses involved in the movement will display cards in their windows that read, “We don’t discriminate. If you’re buying, we’re selling.” This is exactly what we need more of in Mississippi: an open embrace to anyone wanting to come to our state. A clear sign that no matter your skin color, your religion or your sexual orientation, you are welcome and valued here. Isn’t that what the hospitality state should encourage anyways? I have always found it ironic that the same people who boast of “Southern hospitality” are oftentimes the first ones to close their doors when someone expresses a different opinion or breaks from tradition. I’m tired of hearing the rhetoric of hospitality and family thrown around.

Since moving to the South as a young child, I have experienced that exclusive attitude more times than I care to count, often because of my religious beliefs and political views. This exclusive environment must change. It is time the elected officials embrace the state’s nickname in their policy decisions and accept that people that are different from themselves do not pose a threat. Rather, diversity is what makes this country so special, and no individual should ever be made to feel that they don’t belong simply because of what god (if any) they pray to or whom they love. As Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.”

lowers who participate in this type of behavior. Every tweet and Facebook status tells us how much fun you had this weekend and how great your friends are. Usually what I have seen with this behavior is a creation of an online persona that in no way matches who the poster is in reality. Herein lies the problem. You cannot live the life of a princess on Facebook and live like a pauper in real life, just like you cannot tweet like the Big Bad Wolf and act like scared

little piggies. If you have never noticed this type of behavior before, just be conscientious of it when you scroll down your newsfeed next time. Whether we realize it or not, many of us do things on social media that we may well not be fully aware of. Hopefully, our future timelines are more than blatant lies and illusions.

Christine Dickason is a public policy leadership major from Collierville, Tenn.


Social media identities BY CARL CASE

How much influence does social media have in our daily lives? Many people would be inclined to say that it doesn’t extend very far, but proof can be found with a quick glance at most anyone’s Facebook or Instagram timeline. We all have friends on Facebook who look like they live the most glamorous lives — every picture they upload shows them hanging out with tons of friends,

having ungodly amounts of fun, looking beautiful and so on. How much of this is show? I am sure many of you have pondered this very question. Psychology studies indicate that people intentionally represent themselves favorably on social media. Pictures and posts submitted are carefully and meticulously thought out to make you think highly of them. I am sure a lot of people already knew this, though. What does this selective behavior say about an individual’s personality?

We, of course, all do this. Many of us post funny tweets and pictures so that others will affirm our own thoughts of how hilarious we are. I think that it’s a different story entirely when that social media behavior is used to make others jealous. Some people with lower selfesteem tend to need outward verification — they need other’s affirmation to feel adequate because they aren’t able to inwardly manifest feelings of selfworth. We all have friends and fol-

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attraction to Mississippi’s flagship university expanded even more. “As I got to know people on campus and learn more about the opportunity, I became more and more excited, Sutton said. “I think personally, I’m ready for that next step. I’ve worked in a couple of dean of student’s offices now, and I’m ready to take on that next challenge. For many reasons it seemed like a great time for me, and a great opportunity for me to take advantage of.” Sutton said she was not actively searching to leave SMU, but came across an ad regarding the dean of students opening online. She saw the position as a professional op-

portunity that she could not ignore. “I believe she’s coming here because she knows that this will grow her as well,” Hephner LaBanc said. “That’s part of the reason why I came here. You want, when you move into your next professional position, for it to make you a better professional, for you to be surrounded by new colleagues that will challenge you in different ways. “My hope is that it’s a winwin. That she brings good things to us, but we also help her to be a better professional.” Sutton said one of the first things she plans to do during her service as dean of students is to simply listen and get to know Ole Miss as well as her Student Affairs colleagues and faculty and staff across campus. The most


important acquaintance she hopes to make is one with the student body. “I want them to know that I am their dean of students,” Sutton said. “I want to be accessible to them. I want to be approachable to them. I’m here to listen to the good things, but also the bad things. I want to advocate for them and really work with them to help make Ole Miss as great a place as it can be.” Hephner LaBanc hopes for the same. “I hope to see a high level of engagement with students,” Hephner LaBanc said. “I hope to see the opportunity to take our departments and our programs to the next level. I think that her fresh perspective will add to that climate.” Sutton will fully assume her new position June 1.

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there, change their clothes into a protective suit, so they could be evaluated. Then we opened the suspicious package, checked it, made sure, see if we could tell anything about it.” Eppes said the responders tested the package in the Lyceum. “They actually opened the package and tested it in the Lyceum,” Eppes said. Sallis said that after inspecting the package, it did not seem to pose a threat. “There ended up not being anything to it,” Sallis said. “Then we just basically brought the package out and turned it over to UPD.” Eppes said the emergency workers did well responding to the situation. He said the

woman’s eyes most likely watered because of a reaction. He said they would follow up with the woman to make sure she recovered. “Everybody did a terrific job,” Eppes said. “Apparently she had a reaction to something. We’re probably just going to answer some questions to make sure there aren’t any complications, but it wasn’t that package.” Chancellor Dan Jones was in the Lyceum during the time of the evacuation. He said he was thankful for the people who were working to resolve the issue. “I have appreciation for the folks who put themselves in harm’s way,” Jones said. Logan Kirkland and Maggie McDaniel contributed to this report.

Beer festival looks to build on inaugural success BY DREW JANSEN

Chefs and brewmasters from around the country will mingle with local beer lovers this Saturday for the Second Annual Oxford Craft Beer Festival. The main event will begin at noon at the Colonel’s Quarters at Castle Hill and end at 6 p.m. The festival will feature sampling of more than 140 craft beers in an environment designed to bring out the best in each brew. “If you love beer, good food and hanging out with friends, you’ll have the time of your life,” festival founder Darryl Parker said. As part of the tasting expe-

rience, local chefs are preparing entrees, appetizers and desserts to pair with particular beers. Samples of the food pairings will be available on a first-come, first-served basis, but local vendors will also sell food onsite. Additionally, the Mississippi Cattleman’s Association will be providing complimentary steak cuts throughout the event. The festival’s second incarnation also features the first South Eastern Pizza Classic. Pizza chefs from Nashville, Tenn., to Gainesville, Fla., will represent various Southeastern Conference schools and compete for a spot on the U.S. Pizza Team. Attendees will have the opportunity to sample the competing pizzas. Parker reflected on the sim-

ilarities between organizing the Craft Beer Festival and the Oxford Blues Festival. “They’re similar, but also different beasts. Both require a lot of time and effort in getting the right lineup,” Parker said. The second beer festival also seeks to improve the experience with live music and organized, beer-centered discussions. Parker described the festival as a good introduction to the world of craft beer for those interested in brewing, tasting or just learning. Joe’s Craft Beer owner Joey Vaughan shared similar sentiments about the event. “It’s an excellent way for people to try a lot of beers and a lot of styles of beer

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without having to make the investment of buying a whole six-pack of something they’re unsure about,” Vaughan said. Conor Whitmore, junior international studies major, commented on how the change in city policy on alcohol sales helped create the scene exemplified by the festival. “I would say that the law changes, especially the one about alcohol percentage, have allowed people in Oxford to be introduced to a much more expansive range of beers,” Whitmore said. The first 1,000 festival ticket holders will receive a souvenir glass mug, and festival t-shirts will be available on site. Last year, the inaugural Oxford Craft Beer Festival


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Possible parking meters on Old Taylor Road BY LOGAN KIRKLAND

The city of Oxford has discussed placing parking meters along Old Taylor Road, near Swayze field, in order to increase revenue for infrastructure. Mayor Pat Patterson said the city is always looking for ways to generate revenue for improvement. “It actually came up in a work session,” Patterson said. “It’s a working idea.” Patterson said funding is needed for everything dealing with infrastructure — not just the roads — especially with more students enrolling at the university. “The university is growing at a very rapid pace,” Patterson said. “We are behind with infrastructure.”

Patterson said the city is evaluating a number of ways to increase revenue for the city, which could mean the possibility of a road- or infrastructure-specific ad valorem tax — a tax based on the value of real estate or personal property. This tax would help fund special projects intended to increase the city’s capacity for citizens and visitors, such as a $15 million sewer trunk line project, according to Patterson. Patterson said with whatever decision is made he expects healthy cooperation between the city and university. “We’re going to ask the university for some help, don’t get me wrong,” Patterson said. “We have a great relationship with the university, and we’re going to keep it that way.” Patterson said Old Taylor Road

belongs to the city of Oxford and placing meters on the road could be an option. “We reserve the right to control parking on Old Taylor Road,” Patterson said. “We may choose to meter Old Taylor Road.” Patterson said even though students are producing revenue for the city, students can cost the city more money than they contribute. “Think about going up and down the roads, the trash you generate and all the DUIs,” Patterson said. Alderman Jay Hughes said this discussion is in the elementary stages and the city will continue to discuss how to introduce more outlets for revenue. “I think there are all sorts of ways to get revenue for the university and city,” Hughes said. “I hope some-

thing other than parking meters is the final solution.” Hughes said this discussion is important because the university and city are always in need of additional funding. “It’s our job to find the best avenue for revenue,” Hughes said. George Harris, the director of parking and transportation said, it all comes down to what the city and university work out. “This is something the city and university should work on together, “ Harris said. “I think communication is key.” C.J. McCabe, a junior political science major, said it is important for the city to look for ways to generate revenue, especially with the amount of construction around campus and the city. McCabe said if the parking me-

ters were to be placed on Old Taylor Road there would be a negative student reaction. “Students are already overreacting to the parking right now because of all the spots that were taken away,” McCabe said. McCabe feels that the cooperation between the university and city is important when approaching these revenue options. “If it wasn’t for Ole Miss, I feel like the city would not be as big as it was,” McCabe said. “It’s pretty vital for there to be cooperation.” Patterson emphasized that this is not an issue between the city and the university, it is just a way for the city to fund projects. “This is an issue of Oxford looking for ways to generate revenue to help with infrastructure,” Patterson said.

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book to be written with a deft hand. “The book really impressed me,” Atkins said. “I’ve known Bill for a long time, and his knowledge of crime fiction and1970s movies and noir is really first rate. So I really wasn’t surprised when I got an early copy of the book, maybe five or six months ago, that it was really impressive. It does not read like a first novel. I can see all that love and appreciation that Bill has for the noir art form.” It’s a testament to the work Boyle has put in over the years. He’s always written, finding storytelling his desired field. As a child, he used to record

his grandparents sitting on the porch in his native Brooklyn, helping him grasp the challenging aspects of dialogue. In his twenties, he wrote a few failed novels, which eased future disappointments and made him understand the depth and breadth a novel requires. And he never quit it as he earned his undergraduate and graduate degrees in upstate New York. Tenacity and commitment carried him. Oxford finally showed up on his radar when he picked up one of Larry Brown’s books in an Austin bookstore, a writer whose own tenacity to the craft is well documented. After reading a number of Brown’s books, Mississippi seemed like a place Boyle needed to be, so he moved. Here in Oxford, Boyle was able to work with some of his

Elmore Leonard, James Ellroy, Jim Thompson, David Goodis, Charles Willeford, Dennis Lehane and many more. Author and professor Chris Offutt was unsurprised by the news. Noir is very popular in France, and he believes Boyle’s book revolutionizes the genre. “Bill is doing more than keeping the noir tradition alive,” Offutt said, “he’s moving it forward into the 21st century. He’s not just duplicating what’s come before, he’s breaking new ground with ‘Gravesend.’” Boyle came to Oxford as a mere student, but tonight he is going to read on Thacker Mountain Radio, an event he’s often attended to hear authors he respects. Now he’s the author, and he’ll have the crowd and radio audience listening to his gritty, awesome, dark and beautiful novel. It’s tough to get him to talk about his success – the guy’s as humble as Moses – but he eventually admitted that he’s both thrilled and grateful for the opportunity. “I’m really excited,” Boyle said. “It’s not like people are planning things for me. You know, big gun writers have their publishers paying for things for them and setting up tours and doing all that stuff. It’s all on me for the most part. But people here have been so great to me, and I’m so excited to read on Thacker. It’s cool to be on the other end of it.” Boyle is working on his second novel and has forthcoming work in Needle: A Magazine of Noir, Lazy Fascist Review and Memphis Magazine, where he was named the grand-prize winner of their 2014 fiction contest.



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William Boyle can do a killer impression of Robert De Niro. He folds up his face, thins his lips, scrunches up his eyes and tosses out a couple lip licks. It’s an awesome sight. But what’s even more impressive is the mind behind the De Niro impression. Boyle, a graduate of the university’s MFA fiction program and now a professor here as well, recently published his first novel, “Gravesend,” a 21st century noir that explores the deep emotional pain we host inside ourselves and the neighborhood mindset we can never escape. It centers on an almost 20-year-old crime that haunts all those affected and follows characters whose true colors frighten even themselves. “I knew I didn’t want it to be predictable,” Boyle said. “It would’ve been so easy to make someone that you just feel total sympathy for. I want you to feel sympathy, but I wanted my characters to get progressively worse to the point that you think, how could I feel sympathy for him? “I knew I wanted everybody to be complex and not easy and just twisty,” Boyle added. At times “Gravesend” will make you laugh, and other times Boyle punches you in the gut so hard his fist comes out the other side. It’s beautiful, brutal and exactly what you want out of a novel. New York Times best selling author Ace Atkins agrees, finding Boyle’s

heroes. Studying under accomplished authors like Tom Franklin and Jack Pendarvis attached a jet pack to his writing. It was under their tutelage that he began working on his first draft of “Gravesend,” which then became his thesis. “I was thrilled when Bill turned in a full-blooded crime novel as his MFA thesis, and such a great one,” Pendarvis said. But having a first draft didn’t mean the work was done. Boyle had to shop the book around and continue editing it. And that became a surprising challenge, as agents and publishers sent him letters saying they enjoyed the book but didn’t think they knew how to market it. It was brutal for a time. Boyle felt dejected after getting a series of ridiculously nice rejections. People telling him the novel was great, but it just didn’t work for them “at this time.” Then a friend told him about a guy named David Osborne, an author who was attempting to create his own indie press. Boyle read Osborne’s novel and thought they’d work well together, so he sent “Gravesend” to him, they hit it off and came to an arrangement. The only remaining worry was that the press, Broken River Books, wouldn’t get funding. Osborne was attempting to get it off the ground via the crowdfunding site Kickstarter. Boyle worried and tinkered with his novel until they finally raised more than the necessary $5,000 to print the books. Since then “Gravesend” has taken off. Even being picked up by a French publishing house, Rivages/Noir, which published some of Boyle’s idols:

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For 16 years, the Thacker Mountain Radio program has been bringing the written word and music together for the Oxford community. Tonight, Thacker Mountain Radio will host none other than authors William Boyle and Abby Geni, who have both produced critically acclaimed new novels. Boyle is a Brooklyn-born, Oxford resident and a University of Mississippi faculty member. His recent novel, “Gravesend,” has been receiving rave reviews since it hit the shelves in November 2013. He is quick to thank those who supported and encouraged him in his writing. “I owe so much to the University of Mississippi MFA (Master of Fine Arts in English) program and the teachers I had here,” Boyle said. Set in Brooklyn, this 21st century noir-style novel contains true characters that come from dark pasts and unforgettable backgrounds. A rising master of his genre, there is much to be expected from this Oxford author. Boyle said he is honored and looking forward to reading to the show’s audience. “I’ve been living in Oxford for five years and watching and listening to the show every week as a fan,” Boyle said. “So many of my favorite writers and bands have been featured. I’m also really nervous about it. It’ll be the biggest crowd I’ve ever read in front of. But, mostly, I’m just thrilled beyond words.” Abby Geni said she was pleased to be invited to the show as well. “It’s such a treat. My aunt has lived here for several years, and I remember my first time visiting — how kind everyone was, how lovely the scenery was, how welcoming the community was,” Geni said. “And, of course, I spent many hours in Square Books during that

trip. In my experience, home is where the bookstore is.” Geni’s new novel, “The Last Animal,” is a series of stories in which human characters connect with animals and the natural world. Geni said the inspiration for her work came to her one day in the library when she picked up a book about octopuses. “There was something so electric about the combination of emotion and science, family and work, human and animal,” she said Geni is also looking forward to reading on the radio for the first time “I’ve done readings before, but this will be my first time on the radio,” Geni said. “It’s also nice because people who aren’t local, like my Chicago community, will be able to hear the reading online.” Both Boyle and Geni have become rising stars of the literary world. Their unique approaches towards their subjects and their absorbing writing styles have made each of them a writer to watch in their own right. Those curious of what exactly critics have been raving about in reviews for each of these authors should tune in or check out Thacker Mountain Radio tomorrow evening. Music lovers should also listen in to hear a few local bands. Alongside the two authors, The Smittle Band and Kenny Brown with the Hill Country Picnic Jam Preview will be featured. Both Boyle and Geni will be signing their works following Thacker Mountain Radio. The event will take place at Off Square Books and begin at 6. Admission to the event is free. For those readers unable to attend the live session, the reading will be available on Rebel Radio, 92.1 FM or online at


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Women’s tennis team set for SEC Tournament

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Following a 4-0 shutout of the Missouri Tigers, the Ole Miss Women’s Tennis team remained in Columbia, Mo., this week, as the SEC Tournament gets underway beginning Wednesday at the Greene Tennis Center. The ninth-seeded Rebels will take on eighth-seeded South Carolina Thursday at 2 p.m., in second round action. The Rebels head into this year’s SEC Tournament ranked No. 33 in the latest Intercollegiate Tennis Association rankings. At 13-8 overall, the Rebels are looking to get revenge for a regular season loss to the Gamecocks as well as gain some momentum for the NCAA Championships. Ole Miss faces the exact

scenario it did a year ago. The Rebels lost to South Carolina during the regular season last year and then defeated the Gamecocks two weeks later in the second round of the SEC Tournament, 4-3. The two teams met here in Oxford on April 4, and the Gamecocks won the doubles point on their way to a 4-2 victory. “Obviously, we did not play well the last time we played them at our place, so we hope to play a lot better match against them this time around,” head coach Mark Beyers said. “Since that match, we have played really well, and we are looking forward to the rematch.”

The Rebels are led by junior Julia Jones, who comes in with an 11-4 record at No. 3 singles. She has 25 wins on the year and has not dropped a set in any of those wins. Junior Erin Stephens boasts a nine-match winning streak, while Mai El Kamash is 13-4 at No. 4 singles. The Gamecocks (15-9) enter the contest on a one-match losing streak after dropping a match to Vanderbilt, 4-2 last week at home. The winner of Thursday’s match will face the No. 1 seed and SEC Champion, Alabama, who heads into the tournament ranked No. 3 in the nation.




Surging Rebels go to historic Mt. SAC Relays The historic Mt. SAC Relays is one of the nation’s top track and field meets every year, and the 11th-ranked University of Mississippi men’s team will be among the impressive field of squads competing this Thursday-Saturday in Walnut, Calif. The Rebels moved up to No. 11 in this week’s USTFCCCA national rankings after an outstanding performance at the Alabama-Mississippi Border Clash last week in Tuscaloosa,

Ala. Ole Miss’ men claimed seven event titles and posted several marks that rank among the nation’s best while helping Team Mississippi to a victory over Team Alabama. “We’re beginning to gel as a team, and we’re looking forward to this weekend’s competition,” said head coach Brian O’Neal, whose men’s team has been ranked in all but one indoor and outdoor national poll during his two-year tenure. “For us, we just concen-

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trate on the process of getting better week to week, and then at the end of the season, we’ll concern ourselves with where the rankings lie.” Competition at the 56th annual Mt. SAC Relays at Hilmer Lodge Stadium begins Thursday evening with the 3,000-meter steeplechase and 10,000 meter run. Events on Friday and Saturday will last all day long with top athletes from children’s age all the way to Masters level, and even

Paralympians. Collegians and pros will go toe to toe in some “elite” divisions, as well. “Mt. SAC Relays is one of the premier relay events on the West Coast,” O’Neal said. “For us to continue to put our brand out there, we felt that it was a need for our men to travel out there this weekend and compete and see where we stand at this point in the season. It’s a high-level meet similar to the Texas Relays. We’ll get a chance to see how we stack up against some of the best teams in the country.” Some other men’s college teams in attendance will be No. 2 Oregon, No. 3 Arkansas, No. 6 Wisconsin, No. 7 Alabama, No. 8 Texas Tech, No. 9 Georgia, No. 12 Nebraska, No. 14 USC, No. 15 UCLA, No. 17 Tennessee, No. 19 Arizona, No. 20 BYU, No. 23 Cal and No. 24 Illinois. Veteran stars Sam Kendricks and Ricky Robertson have paced the Rebels so far during the first half of the outdoor season. Kendricks leads the nation in the pole vault (188.25) and even FILE PHOTO (IGNACIO MURILLO) | The Daily Mississippian holds the top spot in this year’s out-

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door world rankings. Robertson leads the nation in the high jump (7-6) and is second in the world rankings. In fact, Robertson has excelled in his first season on the track since 2012 indoors. He is currently the only athlete that ranks top 20 in the NCAA in the high jump, long jump (14th, 25-0.75) and triple jump (16th, 51-2.25). Only three other athletes even rank top 20 in two of those. Other Ole Miss men that rank among the nation’s top 50 are Jalen Miller in the 100 meters (15th, 10.24) and 200 (34th, 20.85), Mike Granger in the 100 (32nd, 10.34), Sean Tobin in the 800 (10th, 1:47.99), Robert Semien in the 110 hurdles (19th, 13.91), the 4x100 relay (22nd, 40.06), the 4x400 relay (33rd, 3:09.92), Phillip Young in the long jump (27th, 24-9.75) and triple jump (15th, 51-3.75), Malcolm Davis in the long jump (34th, 247.75) and Nathan Loe in the hammer throw (23rd, 210-3). Members of the Ole Miss women’s team will compete at the War Eagle Invitational in Auburn, Ala., on Friday and Saturday. Junior Kierra White is coming off a breakout performance with a big PR of 206.25 that won the long jump competition at the Border Clash. She now ranks sixth in school history, 13th in the NCAA and fifth in the SEC this year. Senior Mary Ashton Nall posted a season-best score of 5,278 at the Bulldog Heptathlon (Athens, Ga.) that ranks her 22nd in the nation and sixth in the SEC this year.

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Ole Miss men’s tennis team set to start SEC Tournament against Tennessee in Nashville BY DYLAN RUBINO

The regular season is now over, and the Rebel Netters will enter the SEC Tournament as the 11 seed as they face the six seed Tennessee in Nashville. The Rebels (14-12) enter the tournament on a sixmatch win streak, only losing three points overall during that span. Three of those points came in the SEC home finale against No. 10 Texas A&M, where the Rebels held on for the upset 4-3. Beating the same opponent twice in a season is a tough task to tackle, but it’s one the Rebels will face when they face the Volunteers for the second time. The Rebels traveled to Knoxville March 7, which started a four-game road trip for the team. Tennessee won the doubles point, but the Rebels picked up four straight wins in singles to win the match 4-1. The Volunteers enter the SEC Tournament with a 17-9 overall record, winning four straight SEC matches and finishing 6-6 in conference play. “It’s a new match,” junior Nik Scholtz said. “We aren’t

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Fresh off taking two out of three games against in-state rival Mississippi State last weekend, No. 10 Ole Miss will be looking to keep things rolling in conference play as No. 7 LSU rolls into town. The Rebels (29-9, 9-6 Southeastern Conference) currently sit second in the SEC West, while the Tigers (28-9, 8-6 SEC) are just one game behind. The three game series between the two will run Thursday through Saturday. Ole Miss will send junior right-hander Chris Ellis to the mound Thursday. Ellis has been the ace of the staff all season with a 5-0 record in nine starts. He also has a team best ERA at 1.81 and has also recorded 35 strikeouts. LSU will counter with one of the best pitchers in the country, junior right-hander Aaron Nola. Nola is 7-1 in nine starts this season and holds a 0.70 ERA, which ranks fifth in the country. He

is also the team leader with 64 innings pitched and 84 strikeouts. Sophomore lefty Christian Trent will get the nod for the Rebels in Friday’s contest. Trent is 4-0 on the year in nine starts and holds a 2.44 ERA. He has only walked eight men through 59 innings this season and also leads the team with 49 strikeouts. The Tigers will turn to freshman left-hander Jared Poche’ to face the Rebels on Friday. He has compiled a 6-2 record in nine starts in his first season with the Tigers and currently has a 2.54 ERA. In his 49.2 innings of work he has given up 14 earned runs, walked 15 and struck out 34. Junior right-hander Sam Smith will close out the series for the Rebels on the mound. Smith sits at 5-2 through nine starts with a 2.30 ERA, while LSU will likely look for junior lefty Kyle Bouman to take the mound. He is 3-2 in seven starts with a 3.24 ERA. Offensively for Ole Miss, seniors Austin Anderson and Will Allen continue to lead

the way. Anderson is hitting a team high .356 and is tied for the team lead with 32 runs scored. Allen is just shy hitting .353, but leads the team with 14 doubles and 40 RBI. Another bat to look out for is junior Sikes Orvis who has a team high eight home runs and is also second behind Allen in RBI with 28. For LSU sophomore Andrew Stevenson will pace the offense. He is hitting a team best .376, and has scored a team high 26 runs. Another Tiger bat the Rebels will need to keep an eye on is junior Kade Scivicque. He is hitting .345 and is tied for the team lead with four home runs, is third on the team with 24 RBI, and leads the team with 57 total bases. First pitch tonight is set for 6:30 and will be televised by ESPNU. Friday’s game will kickoff at 6:30 p.m., and Saturday’s is set for 1 p.m. and will be televised on FSN.

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