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Shepard Smith returns to Alma Mater to teach BY JACOB BATTE News Editor
While many students would love to get the opportunity to learn from someone who is at the top of their chosen profession, many don’t get that chance. During the May intersession, 12 journalism students got such an opportunity when they took a class taught by Ole Miss alumnus Shepard Smith. Maggie Day, senior journalism major, said it was simply unreal to be taught by someone like Shepard Smith, who goes by “Shep.” “The class immensely helped me prepare for the future,” she said. “It reassured me that hard work, at the very least, is required to be successful, but every experience is completely what you make of it.” Day said she learned that it is actually preferred to be passionate. “There’s nothing to be gained in playing small,” shez said. “As Shep said, ‘We’re in this to win, we’re not in this to be bad at it.’” Alex McDaniel, a journalism grad student, said that Smith and Fox Broadcasting Company were so hands-on with involving the students with the production process, as well has helping them develop their own stories, that the learning process never ended. “Whether we were on the street covering our own stories, finding our own people, honing our reporting skills or in the studio or the control room shadowing someone and watching how they do their job every single day on a national
level, we were learning,” McDaniel said. “And I think that was a little surprising for all of us but it was definitely the most rewarding thing about the trip.” Smith said the opportunity to teach the class was special. “That my company is willing to allow these 12 outsiders to come into this very secure place is an enormous challenge,” he said. “For them to allow me to do this made me feel really good.” Smith said he hopes he inspired the students. “I learned from Gale Denley and from Jim Pratt,” he said. “Jim Pratt inspired me to think about documenting moments in time and putting them to a medium where they are kept forever. So that things that have happened that are big, whether big to one person or big to one world, are captured and don’t just fly away like a soap bubble that burst. If you are there to capture that soap bubble, it lives forever. “And that is sort of your job,” Smith said. “It sounds a little dated now because everybody has everything but the concept is still the same. I hope they come away with some of that. As it happens, the news has come to us.” Smith was born in Holly Springs in 1964, but would later graduate high school in Florida. Though he was several states away, Smith returned to his home state to attend the University of Mississippi. “I love it here,” he said. “My family is here. I’m from here. This
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is what I know. This is who I am in many ways. I like coming home to this pace, I like these people most of the time. It’s just a little slice of utopia.” Smith majored in journalism and his talent for presenting the news came about early in his college career. He noticed unsafe practices with a burger restaurant in the Union, filmed them and confronted the manager. Smith said that informing the people about things like that was worthwhile. “When I came here (Ole Miss), I was pretty sure I wanted to be a journalist, but after that I knew,” he said. Smith worked for NewsWatch, the campus television station, until
his departure from the university just two credits shy of his degree, when he went to work for WJHG in Panama City. “It was 1987, and we were in a horrible recession. There were no jobs and I got one,” Smith Said. “I was getting married, I had been here for nine semesters; it was time to move on.” Smith said that while he wishes he had inished his degree, there are plenty of ways for journalists to learn. “I got a great education here,” he said. “I should have worked harder, I should have done more, I should have gotten better grades, I should have been more involved in classes day to day. But in the journalism
school, I got a lot hands on experience.” Smith said he had a very full, enriching experience at Ole Miss. “I think one of the things that Ole Miss tries to do is bring in little boys and girls and turn them into men and women,” he said. “I never got to ‘man’ here, but they got me close.” “Ole Miss is a collective thing for me. Ole Miss isn’t an experience, but a series of experiences. Ole Miss is a feeling. All of those cliche things that you read from the handbook for me are very real. Ole Miss is a thing; It changes the way I think, it’s very comfortable and also exciting and vibrant and rich. It’s a bigger thing.”
Nunnelee coming to Oxford, holding town meeting BY JACOB BATTE News Editor
Congressman Alan Nunnelee is hosting a town hall meeting May 8 at the Lafayette County Courthouse on the Square at 6 p.m. “My goal is to be to be accessible to my constituents. The people of North Mississippi are my friends and neighbors – town hall meetings give us a chance to talk about the issues face to face. Congress is making tough decisions for the future of our country, and I hope the North Mississippi community will use this as an opportunity to ask questions and voice their concerns,” said Nunnelee, a Tupelo native, in a press release. Nunnelee, R-MS, has been a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, representing Mississippi’s first district, since January 3 of this year. He pre-
viously served as a member of the Mississippi Senate for District 6. Prior to the town hall meeting, the Nunnelee will introduce Dr. Arun Majumdar at the Department of Energy/ARPA-E Mississippi Energy Technology Event at the Lyceum at 1 p.m. On May 9, Nunnelee will host a morning Lafayette County Community Roundtable with community leaders and citizens from the business and development sector at the OxfordLafayette County Chamber of Commerce. According to the press release, the focus of the discussion will be growth, development and the Lafayette County community. Brannon Miller, a senior public policy major, said that it is good for representatives to talk to their constituents. “I’m glad Congressman Nun-
nelee is holding a town hall meeting in Oxford,” he said. “These sorts of events keep our representatives accountable to the people who elected them and give constituents a chance to voice any concerns they may have about the actions of Congress or the state of the country as a whole.” Miller said he hopes Nunnelee will elaborate on his questionable stance involving Medicare. “In the 2010 election, he ran ads criticizing Democratic plans to make minor cuts to Medicare,” Miller said. “Then this year, he voted for the Ryan plan, which would effectively end Medicare as we know it. That seems to dishonest to me, and Nunnelee needs to explain his reasoning for, on the one hand attacking Democrats for making cuts to Medicare, and then oting to end Medicare or
at least the program as it currently stands.” Earlier this week Nunnelee, along with 76 other freshmen in the House of Representatives, sent a letter to President Barack Obama asking him to join them in discussions on how to reduce our nation’s debt in response to his request that Congress raise the debt ceiling. “Last week the House of Representatives showed that we are in no way interested in voting for a debt ceiling increase without some very specific conditions,” Nunnelee said in the press release. “House Republicans have put forth a budget that tackles our debt problem while addressing entitlement programs. Right now, the only plan the Administration and Treasury Secretary Geithner have is for Congress to pass the debt limit increase. Before we can entertain any meaningful
discussions, President Obama must show a willingness to produce a plan that contains significant spending cuts and reforms, including Medicare.”
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Facebook in a time of revolution BY ADAM HAGAG Columnist
Less than a year ago, there was a big talk about social networking, especially Facebook. Many people saw it as time consuming and privacy intruding. People who will never say hello in your face, will send you their best wishes on your birthday. Many thought that Facebook would cage you in a virtual world where you would prefer texting your friends rather than speaking to them. Others regretted the fact that you can know so much about someone by only visiting his or her Facebook profile. Many went further, they called for banning Facebook on universities’ campuses. I admit that all of the previous makes some sense. But, if you think of it that way, then we should ban the Internet altogether. After all, not everyone uses Internet for scientific research. Many forget the fact that any technology can be used in many different ways. No one
technology can be limited so as to be used only for good purposes. These talks continued discretely until the beginning of 2011. Suddenly, people heard of a totally different role for Facebook. That was when revolutions broke through Arab countries in what is called the Arab Spring. Facebook was now used as a communication tool between people to exchange ideas and opinions; to announce decisions or plan for the next step. People used Facebook to spread real news that was not told on official television stations or newspapers. I don’t think that anyone , including Mark Zuckerberg, ever thought that Facebook would help change the fate of millions of people’s lives that way. In Egypt and Tunisia, people have already gained their freedom after decades of dictatorship. In Libya, Syria and Yemen, people are still fighting for their freedom and for
their right to live a better, more dignified life. And in all of this, Facebook has stayed the common factor. Facebook groups triggered the Arab spring. They called people to move, to fight for what they dream of, for a better future for their children. And it was through Facebook that the message kept moving over and over, through millions of computers, to be read by millions of people. And surprisingly, the message did not consider any borders. It moved quickly from one country to another. It started in December 2010 in Tunisia, one month later it was received by Egyptians. In February, it was already spreading through half of the Middle East. And not surprising, dictators in each country banned Facebook as their first step to suppress revolutions. But people had already received the message and there was no turn back. Now, in mid 2011, Facebook has changed the lives of millions in the Middle East.
And is still changing the lives of many others. I do not think any other technology has had that much effect in the modern history of the world. Not only were the lives of millions living now changed, but also were those of millions to come. People who have lived most of their lives oppressed in their own countries, can now breathe the air of freedom. They at last can live without fear of being sent to a place where no one would ever hear of them again. At last they can feel alive. I think no one would ask again whether we should ban Facebook or not. And, as for myself, being an Egyptian, I send many thanks to Facebook. Because of Facebook, I know people in my home country now have something to live for: hope in the future. Adham Hagag is a PhD student in electrial engineering from Egypt. Email him at email@example.com.
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run rampant. Businesses are also buying into the notion of suburbs. Think about a massproduced product that you use every day and look up the manufacturer’s headquarters. Ten dollars says that you have never heard of the city in which the headquarters is located. A quick Google Maps search will show that the unknown city is a suburb of a large city that you have heard of. Churches and schools are created to cater to a growing population. The suburbs have more people than ever, so these establishments are flourishing. Oxford is located about an hour from one of the most lifeless large cities in the country — Memphis. Memphis is still a very populated city, but the numbers have decreased. One of the largest suburbs of Memphis is Southaven, Miss. The 2000 Census showed that Southaven had a population
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SUBURBIA, USA The streets and sidewalks are cracked and overgrown with weeds, the buildings that once stood tall are drooping and falling apart and the overall atmosphere is dreary. No, I am not writing the next cliché Armageddon screenplay that Hollywood will produce — I am describing nearly every modern-day large city. However, Armageddon has arrived in these cities’ cases, and it is quickly becoming more evident than ever. Since the 1920s, population shifts have occurred in large cities. As we all know, suburbs are the main beneficiaries to these shifts. Suburbs are bustling with people, businesses, churches and schools. People, for various reasons, are attracted to suburbs. They want to live there and raise families there. Minivans full of children and luxury vehicles on the way to suburban offices
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are giving a whole new meaning to the words, “concrete jungle.” Detroit, Mich., arguably the most deserted city in America, has resorted to plowing down buildings and streets to create farmland. As ridiculous as that sounds, what else are they supposed to do? Like trying to stop a hurricane from hitting land, it is impossible to stop a trend that has already become the norm. Activist groups can try to save or restore these cities, but they will fail. The sad thing is that no one cares — we will just watch the sheer madness on the local news from our suburban homes. How do we stop the madness? The answer in its simplest form — we don’t. Adam Ganucheau is a journalism major from Hazlehurst, Miss. Follow him on Twitter at @GanucheauAdam.
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WHEN DOES TRADITION BECOME ANNOYANCE? The Daily Mississippian Editorial Board consists of Amelia Camurati, editor-in-chief; Jacob Batte, news editor; Jon Mosby, opinion editor; Austin Miller, sports editor; Nick Toce, visuals editor; Kelsey Dockery, design editor; and Petre Thomas, photo editor. The board meets weekly to discuss city and campus issues. For the first time in 36 years, Mississippi State University was given a second chance with their cowbells. Strict regulations were put into place last summer, and the fans followed them blindly. Only, that’s not what happened. By the end of the season, the fans began to realize they were ruining their chances at keeping the beloved tradition and started to abide by the rules. They were still fined $30,000, $5,000 for the Auburn game and $25,000 for the Georgia game, respectively. The other three early games were not against SEC schools and therefore were not included in the fines. The rules are simple: The arrangement allows fans to use the cowbells during pregame, halftime, between quarters, timeouts, after scores and during possession changes. Other than those times, the bells are to remain silent. They even dedicated part of
their scoreboard to showing when the fans could ring the bells and when they needed to use their voice to cheer on the team. However, during their final two home games, the fans rang the bells only at the correct times and showed drastic improvement from their first five. The fans knew what was at stake and didn’t dare risking the cowbell for another 36 years. Lesson learned. “Those last two games showed the rest of the league that we could make progress with it,” Mississippi State athletic director Scott Stricklin said Friday. Now, the SEC has voted 11-1 (with Dan Jones and Ole Miss abstaining from the vote) to have another chance to prove they know how to behave after proving the opposite in the majority of their home games. Mississippi State president Mark Keenum hailed the extension as a good day not just
for the school, but for “fans everywhere who believe traditions are an important part of the college football experience.” While the topic is some of the biggest news in the SEC right now, we commend Dan Jones for abstaining from the vote. Everyone knows that the Ole Miss/MSU rivalry is one of the strongest in the SEC (next to Alabama and Auburn). Rebel and Bulldog fans alike will fight to the death for their school and their traditions, and it’s refreshing to see the two working together for the good of the state instead of only the university. “I thought the best thing for Ole Miss to do was simply to stay out of the conversation, not try to influence the conversation one way or the other,” Jones said. However, the thought that we can’t shake is simple: If the SEC voted, would they let us keep “From Dixie with Love?”
No one wants to lose their traditions, no matter how annoying or awful they seem to anyone else. None of the SEC schools voted down the cowbell compromise because they don’t want the same thing happening to them. Each school has traditions that mean something. Whether they came into play after the defeat of their biggest rival or because of the fan’s adoration for the school, they all mean something. When we were warned about “From Dixie with Love,” we didn’t listen and only yelled louder to defy the administration. Now, looking back, we regret said decision and offer a heartfelt apology to Dan Jones and the administration. We understand that the decision to continue with the chant after being warned of the consequences was idiotic, but we’re a defiant bunch of Rebels who admittedly made a mistake.
We agree with the retirement of the flag and Colonel Reb, but “From Dixie with Love” is a tradition based in love and adoration for our home. The lyrics talk about the beauty of the South and the longing to return. Whether we like it or not, the history of the school and the South cannot be changed, but what we do with it makes the difference. When you scan the athletic websites of the remaining SEC schools, there are quite a few traditions for each. Ole Miss lists four: Ole Miss, Rebels, Rebel the Black Bear and Red and Blue. For a school so based in tradition, we seem to be losing more than we’re gaining. The chant made us look racist and gave the nation the wrong impression of the true meaning to be an Ole Miss Rebel: to support your fellow Rebels. If Mississippi State can get a second chance with their beloved tradition, why can’t we?
Rewriting history - Sarah Palin’s way BY ANGELA ROGALSKI Columnist
I’ve discovered you either love Sarah Palin, or you don’t. There is no in between. Whether she’s enforcing America’s need to stand with our allies the “North” Koreans, or creating new words for the English language “refudiate,” the Tea Party conservative certainly knows how to keep herself and the movement in the news. Unfortunately, in her case, that’s not always a good thing. Take her latest faux pas, the Palin rewrite of Paul Revere’s famous midnight ride. As a member of the political party that prides itself on keeping the principles of the American Revolution alive, Palin’s misrepresentation of the ride from Boston to Lexington seemed a bit ludicrous to even the poorest of history buffs; her bumbling description one of the more comical of her verbal errs. “He who warned the British that they weren’t going to be
taking away our arms by ringing those bells and, um, making sure as he’s riding his horse through town to send those warning shots and bells that, uh, we were going to be secure and we were going to be free.” The written version of the Palin account of history was taken from one of many news articles about the former governor of Alaska as she takes her family on a tour of U.S. landmarks. She made the erroneous comment as they stopped off in Boston to visit the Old North Church and Bunker Hill. One would think that if she was going to make it a point to talk to the media during the excursion, she would at least make an attempt to get the facts right; especially about something as important and as well known as Paul Revere’s ride. Of course, I guess she assumed the event was so notable there was no reason to worry about her own accuracy. We knew what she meant, right? What are the first three letters of assume, Sarah? This may be a rule of thumb she needs to keep on a flashcard in her back pocket. Of course, if she really believes Revere’s ride was to warn
the British that night, then I think the Tea Party should consider sending their number one spokesperson on a ride of her own: straight past microphones and cameras, to a really good PR firm. Maybe if she had all
of her comments written out for her by a professional, she wouldn’t be as prone to opening her mouth without thinking. Just an idea for them to consider. Of course, then she wouldn’t
be Sarah Palin either. Angela Rogalski is a senior print journalism major who lives in Abbeville, Miss. Follow her on Twitter @abbeangel.
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Intramurals kick off summer with sand volleyball tournament BY JACOB BATTE News Editor
On an extremely hot afternoon with temperatures topping out at around 96 degrees, 24 students participated in the Ole Miss intramural sand volleyball tournament at the Blackburn-McMurray Outdoor Sports Complex. Six teams of four battled the heat, the sun and each other as they each competed for the infamous t-shirt that shows they are intramural champions. The double-elimination tournament opened with a random draw, which allowed Team USA, a team composed of intramural volleyball champions from the spring, and OHS ‘10, some upcoming sophomores who graduated from Oxford High School together, to get first roundbyes. In tournament’s opening game, which used rally scoring
to 21 and a best of three series, The Landsharks, a group of free agents, defeated the Real UT in the first round, while Team Sarah disposed of THE BEST, a group of orientation leaders. Despite having a break to start, neither of the teams with first-round byes could grab a win as The Landsharks defeated Team USA, and Team Sarah won over OHS ‘10. In the losers bracket, Team USA ousted the THE BEST, while OHS ‘10 eliminated the Real UT. In the winners bracket, The Landsharks, playing a man down in the first game, came back to defeat Team Sarah in the only three-game match of the night. Inspired, Team Sarah ousted Team USA in two games, setting up a rematch with The Landsharks. Sunburnt and dripping with sweat, both sides battled it out
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A recent ruling by a U.S. District Court judge has given students the right to look at campus crime reports, but university police chief Mike Stewart said Ole Miss students won’t have that opportunity. “I’m not going to pay any attention to it,” Stewart said about the Missouri judge’s ruling. “We’re not going to give you (students) the records.” Stewart said that in this month’s issue of The Chronicle of Higher Education, it is stated that university police departments cannot release crime reports without the university being subject to federal
penalties. The lawsuit that ruled in favor of students’ rights to campus crime reports was brought by Traci Bauer, editor of the student newspaper at Southwest Missouri State University. Bauer’s case prompted U.S. District Judge Russell Clark to rule that students must be given the same level of access to police reports as any other group. Clark wrote that the U.S. Constitution does not entitle student crime suspects and crime victims to any greater privacy rights than those of the public. Closed crime reports on college campuses formerly were a part
in the rematch under the newly installed volleyball court lights, but Team Sarah was able to get their revenge and become the first intramural champions of the summer. Team Sarah consisted of Sarah Sabbatini, Traci Meredith, Harrison Hunt and Louis Rogers. Jason Darby, team leader for summer intramurals, said he was pleased with the turnout for the first summer tournament. “The participants all seemed to enjoy the set-up and the chance to come out and play against other teams,” he said. “We hope to see even more participants at the next tournament.” Intramurals will be hosting several athletic tournaments on Mondays throughout the summer as well as a tennis league that plays every Thursday. The tournaments include a softball tournament June 13, a disc golf tournament June 20, a kickball tournament July 11
and a 7-on-7 flag football tournament July 18. “These events will give students the chance to stay involved with intramurals through nightly tournaments and events that will be a bit more laid back but just as fun and competitive as the season-long events held throughout the fall and spring semesters,” Darby said. All events will take place at the Blackburn-McMurray Outdoor Sports Complex. Registration for all tournaments begins at 5 p.m., with games beginning at 5:30 p.m. All participants must have their student IDs to play. All information and rules will be posted on the Campus Rec bulletin board in the Turner Center. Registration for every event will be held on-site. For more information, visit the Intramural Sports office between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Monday through Thursday, or call (662) 915-5573.
of the 1974 federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, which said universities could lose federal funding if they released students’ educational records without the students’ written permission. Southwest Missouri contended that campus police reports are considered educational records, whether a student is victim or crime suspect, an article in the Wall Street Journal reported. Jeanni Atkins, assistant professor of journalism at Ole Miss, said the privacy act was intended to protect students’ educational records, not for the purpose of withholding crime reports. “It was a good decision (the ruling in favor of students’ rights to crime reports),” said Atkins, who worked at the University of Mis-
souri at Columbia’s Freedom of Information Center for about 12 years before coming to Ole Miss. “The Privacy Act of 1974 has been misconstrued and used to cover lots of areas.” Atkins said the practice of university police denying students access to crime reports is widespread, but it’s important for students to know what kind of crimes are being committed on campus, so they can be more careful, she said. “If there are repeated offenders on campus, that ought to be known,” Atkins said. “If a student has been charged with a crime, it should be a public record.” Gordon Beasley, vice chancellor for student affairs, said the university’s policy is not to release names in misdemeanor cases, to
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release them in felony cases and to never release the names of victims. Some names just don’t need to be disclosed in certain cases, Beasley said. “If we make you (students) aware of a rape on campus, what else do you need to know?” said Beasley, who is over the university police. “We take pains to inform our students and our public.” Beasley said that overall, the university police has done a “very good job.” He said he doesn’t see the university’s policy concerning crime reports changing in the near future, regardless of the new ruling. “The board of trustees would tell us if they wanted to change something,” Beasley said. “I don’t see the policy changing.”
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Tiger Woods to skip US Open JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Tiger Woods pulled out of the U.S. Open on Tuesday because of lingering issues with his left leg, leaving him uncertain how soon he can resume his pursuit of Jack Nicklaus’ record for major titles. It will be the first time Woods has missed the U.S. Open since 1994, when he had just graduated high school. “I am extremely disappointed that I won’t be playing in the U.S. Open, but it’s time for me to listen to my doctors and focus on the future,” Woods said on his website. “I was hopeful that I could play, but if I did, I risk further damage to my left leg. My knee and Achilles tendon are not fully healed.” Woods said he hoped to be ready for the AT&T National, which starts June 30 at Aronomink, and the next two majors. Then again, he said two weeks ago he would do everything possible to be ready for the U.S. Open, which is far more significant. “We’re very disappointed that he won’t be playing in the National Open,” USGA executive director Mike Davis said, whom Woods called Tuesday morning. “He certainly brings excitement to the event. He’ll be missed, but the U.S. Open will go on. The event is bigger than one player, but he certainly will be missed.” The U.S. Open starts June 16 at Congressional, where Woods won the AT&T National two years ago and tied for 19th when the U.S. Open was last played there in 1997. Woods was replaced by Michael Whitehead, a senior at Rice who was first alternate from the Dallas qualifier. Whitehead also was an alternate from the first stage of 18-hole local qualifying, and now takes the spot of golf’s biggest star. The future of Woods, meanwhile, is as muddied as ever. “The hardest thing in the world as a golfer, or any athlete, is to stay out,” two-time U.S. Open champion Curtis Strange said. “It’s smart what he’s doing. Unfortunately, the U.S. Open falls in that time frame. But every time something happens, and the longer he’s away from the game, it’s going to make it tougher for him to come back. “It’s going to be harder and harder the longer this goes.” Woods hasn’t won since the 2009 Australian Masters, a stretch of 22 tournaments. He not only lost his No. 1 ranking late last year, he has plunged to No. 15 in the world, his lowest spot in the ranking since the spring of 1997. Woods announced his decision on Twitter: “Not playing in US Open. Very disappointed. Short-term frustration for long-term gain.” He had said in his most recent press conference that his injury was “not the doomsday that some of the press members are writing about.” Some in his camp believe if he had skipped The Players Championship, his left leg would have been fully healed perhaps in time for the Memorial, which he missed last week. Only Woods knows what kind
of shape his leg is in, although he said another surgery has never been brought up by his doctors. The Masters is now the only major Woods has played every year since turning pro. He was recovering from knee surgery in 2008 and did not play the British Open and PGA Championship. “It’s been a frustrating and difficult year, but I’m committed to my longterm health,” Woods said. “I want to thank the fans for their encouragement and support. I am truly grateful and will be back playing when I can.” The question is when will he return. Woods is recovering from injuries to his left knee ligaments and left Achilles, “and his Achilles” is believed to be giving him more trouble. “My man is hurting,” Arjun Atwal, a close friend and frequent practice partner, said last week at the Memorial. “He’s in a boot, he’s on crutches. Not doing good.” The most recent of four surgeries on Woods’ left knee came a week after the 2008 U.S. Open, which Woods won in a playoff for his 14th major. He had reconstructive surgery and was out for eight months, then returned and won seven times the following year before his personal life imploded on Thanksgiving night in 2009. Woods was tied for the lead at the turn in the final round of the Masters this year and wound up in a tie for fourth. But he said he hurt his knee and Achilles’ hitting from an awkward stance in the pine straw on the 17th hole of the third round at Augusta National, and he was limping toward the finish on Sunday. He described it as a “minor injury” in April. Woods sat out the Wells Fargo Championship, then tried to play in The Players Championship, only to withdraw at 6-over par after nine holes because of what he called a chain reaction of pain in his knee, Achilles’ and eventually his calf. He later said he tried to come back too early. “My gut feeling is I think it’s a good thing for Tiger,” said Mark O’Meara, who no longer spends as much time around Woods. “You’re throwing yourself back in the fray at a major when you haven’t really played besides Augusta — you can’t count The Players. To be prepared to do that, you’ve got to have some reps, and not reps at home. “He drives the needle and he always will,” O’Meara said. “I’d rather see him come back when he’s ready. And if he’s not prepared, that he shouldn’t come back.” The first time Woods missed a cut in the major was the 2006 U.S. Open, his first tournament in two months as he coped with the death of his father. The U.S. Open will be the 12th straight major without Woods winning, the longest drought of his career. He remains four majors short of the 18 professional majors that Nicklaus won, the ultimate benchmark in golf.
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X-Men Gets ‘First Classy’ BY JOSH PRESLEY The Daily Mississippian
There hasn’t been a good XMen movie since 2002 when I was a junior in high school, so I didn’t exactly have high hopes for the newest installment, “X-Men: First Class,” which was released June 3. The first X-Men movie was good, but nothing special. It showed that a movie based on a Marvel comic could be well done and successful, and it also made a star of Hugh Jackman. The second film is still, in my opinion, the best pure comic book movie ever made (don’t boohoo to me about the Dark Knight; it was meant to be “realistic” and not really comic book-y), and it showed how to do an X-Men movie to perfection. Then things start to go downhill. When it came time to do the third film, Bryan Singer, director of the first two, skipped off to make “Superman is Jesus: the Motion Picture” and left the XMen franchise in the hands of Rush Hour director and noted hack Brett Ratner. Unsurprisingly, “X-Men: the Last Stand” wound up being terrible, and although it certainly made a lot of money at the box office, fan backlash was loud and harsh. Next came the prequel “XMen Origins: Wolverine,” which wasn’t much better. In fact, in a lot of ways it was worse. At this point, the franchise seemed in need of a long break, perhaps even a reboot. Turns out, a reboot is what we wound up getting. Sort of. “X-Men: First Class” details the origins of Professor X, Magneto and the original X-Men team. I recall thinking this was a terrible idea when I first heard about it. I never like the idea of prequels anyway, plus I didn’t see how the series could be as successful without Jackman, it’s most bankable star.
Things started looking up when Bryan Singer returned to the fold as writer and producer, and kick-Ass director Matthew Vaughn signed on to direct, but I still adopted a “we’ll see” mentality about “First Class.” Turns out my skepticism was all for naught, as “First Class” is without a doubt the best X-movie since X2 and is a rousing summer action flick. The movie is set in the early 1960s, around the time of the Cuban Missile Crisis and shows us the first time the mutants make themselves widely known to humanity. The film oozes the cool ‘60s culture of the early James Bond movies while maintaining the same tone of the first two X-Men movies. The action is big without being gratuitous, the characterization and dialogue is mostly stellar, and the acting is pretty stellar all around. James McAvoy is convincing as the young Charles Xavier without copying Patrick Stewart too much but Michael Fassbender as Magneto is the real star of the show. Fassbender plays a much more understated Magneto than Sir Ian McKellen and is a genuinely sympathetic character. The rest of the X-Men are rounded out by capable actors though Oscar nominee Jennifer Lawrence as Mystique and Nicholas Hoult as Beast are given the most attention. The young actors bring a delightful sense of wonder at discovering and learning to use their powers, a feeling that has been sorely missing in the past few installments and in comic book movies in general. The young mutant heroes are still fairly angsty, but they still give the impression that it might, on occasion, actually be fun to be a mutant. Of course the heroes are only as good as the villains, and the baddies in “First Class” are, well, first class. KEVIN BACON(!!!!) plays Sebastian Shaw, a deliciously evil mutant who can absorb energy. He has major plans to, you guessed it, take over the world
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and destroy all the humans in the process. Bacon definitely gives Ian McKellen a run for his money as best X-villain and his suave yet mercilessly cold and evil portrayal is fantastic. Aiding him in his quest is Emma Frost, played by Mad Men actress January Jones. Jones is certainly very pretty and fits right in with the ‘60s setting, but isn’t given much to do other than prance around in lingerie and generally look bored. Their group is rounded out by Azazel and Riptide, who don’t say much but are certainly fun to watch. Comic fans will know that Azazel is the father of Nightcrawler and has the same powers. Nightcrawler was one of the most fun things about X2 so it’s great to see a similar character in the mix. Most of the human characters are given very little to do, but there are some fun cameos from Oliver Platt, Glen Morshower, Michael Ironside and Ray Wise. There are also two other big cameos but I won’t ruin them for you, though I will tell you that one of them has quite possibly the best use of the f-word ever in a PG-13 film. Is there anything I didn’t like about the movie? Well, the plot can be a little wonky at times if you stop to think about it; so I recommend you never stop to think about it. At around two hours and ten minutes, the movie starts to feel a little long but always kept my attention and I certainly didn’t keep checking my watch like when I saw “The Hangover: Part II.” I also loved that the XMen finally had their blue and yellow costumes from the comics and this movie showed that the team doesn’t have to be wearing black leather to look cool. So what does that leave us with? A great X-Men movie and a great movie in general. I can’t imagine how any of the upcoming summer blockbusters could top “First Class,” but I assure you I’ll be here to let you know, one way or another.
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Moore looks to cap successful School-record sixteen track and field year at NCAA Championships athletes ready for NCAA Championships BY MATT SIGLER The Daily Mississippian
hurdles in 2009, returns to the NCAA Outdoor Championships in his main event for the third time. He qualified after a fourthplace finish at the NCAA Championships East Preliminary May 28 with a time of 50.29. “I am very excited about running in the NCAA Championships this year,” he said. “It will be a very strong field as usual.” Moore hopes he can improve his standing in the competition from previous years after finishing 10th his freshman year and ninth as a sophomore. He would like to finish somewhere in the top eight and also score points for the Ole Miss men’s track and field team, ranked 19th in the country. “Because I run for the sake of the name of Christ and His glory, not my own, I can say that I really don’t feel any pressure,” he said. “I am not running to please men, but I seek to please my father in heaven. My athletic talent is nothing more than an instrument to use for spreading his Kingdom here at Ole Miss and wherever else my legs take me.” Moore plans to keep building upon his career at Ole Miss and he can solidify his name as one of the all-time greats in Ole Miss track with a strong finish this week. He plans to become a doctor one day, but believes his track career won’t here and looks ahead to the 2012 Olympic Games in London. “I plan on running professionally this summer and on running in the Olympic Trials in 2012,” Moore said, “I will be beginning medical school in August, so I will see, then, if I will have enough time to train and get fit enough to continue to compete at the world-class level.”
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The NCAA Outdoor Track and Field National Championships start today on the campus of Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, featuring the best of the best from across the nation. The Ole Miss Rebel track and field team sends a school-record 16 athletes to the four-day event with hopes of bringing home a national title. Sophomore Ricky Robertson and Junior Lee Ellis Moore headline the men’s team, ranked No. 19 country, while a school-record nine women will compete this weekend. When it comes to the goals of the meet, Robertson summed it up with two words: national title. A two-time runner-up the indoor championship, Robertson ranks second in the nation in the high jump with a season-best mark of 7-06.00. He also earned AllAmerican honors in the event in his two previous indoor and one previous outdoor appearances, including a 5th finish in last year’s outdoor championships. Robertson comes into this meet excited and ready to compete after capturing the SEC title in the event and finishing tied for first at the NCAA East preliminary earlier this spring, but it won’t be an easy road. “I feel I’m one of the best there,” Robertson said. “I believe I have a good chance of winning.” Not only does Robertson have an excellent chance of winning his event, so does his teammate, junior Lee Ellis Moore, who will run in the 400 meter hurdles this weekend. “I am very excited about running in the NCAA Championships this year,” Moore said. “It will be a very strong field as usual. In collegiate track and field, there is no bigger stage.” The stage is set for this talented and ambitious group of 16 athletes 2 1 1 s . l a m a r , O x f O r d • 6 6 2 - 2 3 6 - 0 0 5 0 that will compete in 13 different events from today through Satur-
Lee Ellis Moore has become one of the most dominant runners at Ole Miss. Since his freshman year in Oxford, Moore has excelled on the track and in the classroom for the Rebels. However, in a way, track stumbled upon Moore as a young boy. “I originally started running track because of my twin brother, Chase,” Moore said, “(Chase) and I were pretty fast as kids and one of our friends asked if we wanted to join his team.” After choosing Ole Miss over Harvard University, Moore went on to be named to the SEC Freshman Honor Roll and set the fourth fastest outdoor time in school history in the 400 meter hurdles his first year on campus. Moore earned All-SEC first team honors and was recently named the Southeastern Conference Men’s Track and Field Scholar-Athlete of the Year. Moore, who graduated in May with a bachelor’s degree in biology and minor in chemistry, also received the prestigious Taylor Medal, the highest academic award a student can receive at Ole Miss. Last month, Moore captured the SEC Championship in 400 meter hurdles with a time of 50.93 and ranks sixth nationally – top in the East Region – in the event. Moore qualified and will be one of 16 Ole Miss athletes competing at this week’s NCAA Outdoor Championships on the campus of Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. Moore, who earned All-American honors in the 400 meter
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Junior Lee Ellis Moore runs a leg of the 4x400 meter relay. Moore, the SEC Track and Field Scholar-Athlete of the Year, returns to the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championship for the third time after a fourth-place ﬁnish in the 400 meters, his main event
day. Not only did Ole Miss set a new record for overall participants in this meet, but a new record was also set with nine female competitors at the championships. Among them, senior Sofie Persson will be competing in the 400 meter hurdles, an event in which she ranks 17th nationally. Head coach Joe Walker believes he is bringing in a strong team, but also recognizes the competition they will be up against. “There is a thin line between stud and dud at this meet,” he said. “Anyone can do good. There is so little difference between everyone here, you have to put up your Agame.”
Walker said he looks for all his competitors to make a serious impact and that they already have, in making it this far. He is anticipating for each individual to score well, since in track, scoring is based upon individual performance. “A win is 10 points and (an) eighth is one point,” Walker said. “So there is a significant difference in points but maybe not in times.” Points will be the key for the Rebels as they look to have a strong showing in Des Moines. After an 11th-place showing by the men and a 23rd-place showing by the women at the indoor championships, the Rebels look to improve those marks as they move outdoors today.
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