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Changes to parking regulations that disallowed many fans from parking on campus for football gamedays have many people scrambling to adjust their tailgating and parking plans. Students and fans voiced their opinions about the changes on social media and in conversations across campus after Saturday’s first home game against Southeast Missouri. Junior biology major Marcus Daniels noted that the Black Student Union had some difficulties setting up its tent in the Grove. “The new rules are a little offputting for an organization such as our own because the logistical challenges of getting everything to the Grove in time were complicated,” Daniels said. “It took several hours of work to get everything set up because of the time spent walking back and forth between the Grove and the limited unloading zones.” University officials have gotten feedback from disgruntled fans and students since Saturday. “We learned a lot from this
game,” said Isaac Astill, director of Parking and Transportation Services. “We know now that we are going to have to provide more shuttles.” Dan O’Dowd, assistant athletic director for annual giving at the Ole Miss Athletic Foundation, acknowledged there were a few hiccups Saturday. “We have asked for feedback,” O’Dowd said. “We have received many reactions and will reflect on the comments of our fans to continue to provide one of the best game day experiences in the country.” On-campus residents and fans who hold gameday parking tags are the only people allowed to park on campus this season in order to preserve Americans with Disabilities Act compliant parking. “The biggest change this season is that you have to have a permit to be on campus,” Astill said. “We had to maintain that we had the appropriate number of ADA stalls on campus in relation to regular stalls, and had to maintain that all of those ADA stalls met federal regulations.” Astill said a committee made See PARKING, PAGE 5
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Construction continues on the new Oxford High School campus. The new building is expected to be ready for students in January 2014.
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Oxford High School is relocating to Sisk Avenue and is projected to be ready for students by January 2014. The new school was needed due to growth in the school district, and more space was required to accommodate the rising number of high school students. The school will include academic space, a gymnasium, a cafeteria and athletic practice fields. The school building itself is estimated to cost $30 million, $760,000 for new furniture, and possibly a new performing arts building that would cost about $10 million. Oxford School District Superintendent Brian Harvey
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said that the money for the new school came from the bond referendum of 2010. “All of what we needed was over budget,” Harvey said. “We had to redesign to stay within our budget.” City Planner Tim Akers said after the city reviewed the redesigned site plan, Oxford High School hired Yates Construction to build the new school, which will house students in grades 9-12 in the Oxford School District. Earl Grissinger, an Oxford resident and parent of an Oxford High School student, said he is very excited about the new school and the opportunities a new location will provide. See OHS, PAGE 5
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What’s for breakfast? By Christine Dickason email@example.com
There’s no better way to start the day than a delicious stack of pancakes from Big Bad Breakfast. For most people in Oxford, this is just an average weekday morning. But for others, both in Mississippi and around the country, breakfast is more of a luxury than a routine. Fifty million Americans are food insecure, which means they are unsure about where their next meal will come from. Mississippi has some of the highest rates of food insecurity in the nation: they hover around 20.9 percent and are perhaps the most obvious manifestations of poverty in the state. In the United States, almost one out of every two children will receive food assistance at some point in their childhood.
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How can we expect the future leaders of this country to be high achievers in the classroom if they are too preoccupied with their empty stomachs? The problem seems dire. Fortunately, we have government programs designed to address the growing problem of food insecurity in this country. Specifically, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as food stamps, has been crucial in the fight against hunger, providing low-income families with resources to make basic food purchases. Data from the U.S. Census Bureau reveals that nearly 4.7 million people were kept above the poverty line due to SNAP. Moreover, the USDA reports that for each dollar in SNAP benefits, there is $1.80 in economic activity. Yet, the stigma surrounding hunger—and food assistance—
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remains. Conservative pundits paint a picture of an abused system, in which manipulative people take advantage of the assistance programs while sitting on their couches. Even in less extreme forms, those opposed to governmental food assistance often rely on rhetoric that falsely depicts those receiving the resources as lazy and unmotivated. But the reality is quite different. The estimated rate of food stamp trafficking has fallen to about one cent per dollar, and the accuracy rate of the program has reached 96.2 percent, placing it well above other government benefit programs such as Medicare. The USDA’s Economic Research Service reports that 85 percent of households that have food-insecure children also have at least one working adult. Seventy-six percent of the households that
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receive SNAP benefits have a child, elderly person, or disabled person. But while the negative stereotype of a food assistance recipient dominates the national conversation, the push to cut such programs will persist. The new proposal by House Republicans, expected to be fully released later this week, is leading that charge. The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities reports that the House proposal would cut funding for SNAP by $40 billion over 10 years. Such an extreme measure would force 4 to 6 million people out of the program, leaving them to struggle to simply put food on the table for their families. As if that isn’t bad enough, the proposed cut would be in addition to the impending expiration of increased benefits the 2009 Recovery Act proSee BREAKFAST, PAGE 3
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vided to SNAP. The end of the act in November will result in the average SNAP benefits per person per meal dropping from $1.50 to less than $1.40. SNAP is a reflection of the idea that any family at any time can experience hardship and need a little extra support. As our country slowly climbs out of the recession, we must recognize that many people have yet to find full-time employment with a livable wage. September is Hunger Action Month, a chance to make an impact in the fight to end hunger in the United States. It’s time to stop worrying about whether a small minority of those receiving benefits might be getting something they “don’t deserve.” Instead, let’s focus on the fact that 28 percent of children in Mississippi face going to bed hungry. Let’s consider that in the richest country in the world, one in six Americans are food insecure. Let’s tell our elected representatives that funding cuts are not the answer to our economic woes. And, finally, let’s recognize that the ability to go to Big Bad Breakfast every week truly is an indulgence that so many Americans will never be able to enjoy.
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Christine Dickason is a junior public policy leadership major from Collierville, Tenn.
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The oft-repeated phrase “political correctness” has become the death knell for meaningful debate within American society. The P.C. madness sweeping the nation was exemplified last Tuesday when UCLA’s student government passed a unanimous resolution to ban usage of the term “illegal immigrant.” The resolution refers to the word illegal as the “i-word” and claims its usage “endangers human rights.” The only concept endangered here is the freedom of speech. The resolution points out that “racially derogatory language … has historically bolstered the foundation for racially harmful actions including … hate crime and violence.” Before we dash to bash certain phrases on college campuses, let’s take a step back and analyze whether they are in fact racially derogatory, or simply a blatant truth. The legal and conversational definition of illegal immigrant is, “a non-citizen who has entered the United States without government permission.” Hmm, nothing in that definition seems to sound a battle cry to incite racial violence. Rather the definition seems quite sensible and devoid of any implicit racially demeaning undertones.
So what brought about this student government resolution? Was it widespread negative racial profiling, socially marginalized groups or perhaps violent hate crimes? None of the above, just the enforcement of federal law. The University of California recently appointed former U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano as their President. While Napolitano was the Secretary of Homeland Security, a record number of illegal immigrants were deported. Instead of being regarded as efficient and committed to upholding federal law, she is being demonized by the “politically correct.” The most disturbing aspect is that the student government at UCLA is supporting undocumented (key phrase there) students who expressed their concerns and fears with the recent appointment of Janet Napolitano. The students in question conveniently managed to document their complaint but not their citizenship. The backwards result of this being a campus resolution forbidding calling an illegal act illegal. If this sounds like utterly absurd logic—it is. The freedom of speech on a college campus, a place where discussion and educational growth through diversification should be encouraged, is being
strategically hushed under the ruse of improving campus safety. Undoubtedly if issues such as the high rates of illegal immigration into the United States could be openly discussed without fear of being politically incorrect, more solutions would be presented to the problem. America’s focus should be on diminishing the $113 billion a year that illegal immigration is estimated to cost federal and local taxpayers, as reported by the Federation for American Immigration Reform. Instead we prioritize maintaining political correctness so extreme as to forbid merely identifying a demographic by their legal definition. All this is done to avoid offending those who have no qualms about breaking our federal laws. And there the backwards logic rears its ugly head once again. The same ideology applies to
all aspect of American culture. Banning issues from discussion to avoid ruffling feathers is simply putting a muzzle on the freedom of speech. By attempting to portray all cultures and races and beliefs as either one in the same or off limits, we are stifling the diversity that makes this nation great. In place of passing needless resolutions prohibiting addressing illegal acts for what they are, time should be spent streamlining the citizenship process and other activities that will yield productive results. Encouraging discussions not based off of being political correct, but on respect for differences, an attachment to truth, and accurately addressing the social issues of modern society should be the ideal. Whitney Greer is a sophomore English major from Medford, Ore.
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Robert Khayat book signing at Square Books Former Ole Miss chancellor, Robert Khayat met with supporters at his book signing at Off Square Book’s in Oxford Miss. Tuesday. His new book “Education of a Lifetime” is about his experiences as an All-American football player, attorney, and university president. Square Books and Off Square books has autographed copies available. Photos by Katie Williamson
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OHS, continued from page 1 “I think that the new location of the school will be easier access for everyone,” Grissinger said. “Right now, getting to and from the school is very congested.” His daughter, Meg Grissinger, a junior at Oxford High School, is also excited about the new space inside and outside the school. “I think they’ll have better parking at the new building; right now everything is really crammed,” she said. “We can
barely get to class on time because there are so many of us, and we have oneway hallways to keep the traffic down.” Ultimately, Harvey said, the school is being built to give students the space and opportunity to learn in the best possible environment. “Oxford High School has been providing a quality education for students for many years. We simply did not have the space required,” Harvey said. “The faculty and students are both excited about the updated space.”
up of representatives from the Gameday Committee at athletics, parking, UPD, the Alumni Association and the Lyceum was assembled to form parking guidelines to preserve ADA access. “We all came to the conclusion that there are not enough tow trucks in the state of Mississippi to keep people off the sidewalks if we allowed everyone on campus,” Astill said. “The city, the residents and the attendees who did not have permits did exactly what we asked.” Both Astill and O’Dowd said they will continue monitoring feedback and make necessary changes to the new regulations before the next home game on Oct. 12 against Texas A&M.
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Rebels seek revenge against Longhorns By JOHN LUKE McCORD email@example.com
Ole Miss entered its third game of the season 2-0 in 2012. They were undefeated in the infancy of the Hugh Freeze era and excitement was at a fever pitch with big bad Texas coming to town. Oxford was packed in the week leading up to the game. Rebel fans could sense an upset. For the young Rebels, better days were ahead as the Longhorns dismantled them 66-31. However, that loss served as a turning point. The Rebels were a different, better team following that loss. “It was quite embarrassing, to be honest,” junior defensive end C.J. Johnson said of last season’s loss. “They came in and beat us like a drum.” The Rebel defense was roughed up by the balanced Longhorn offense for 676 yards of total offense, 326 passing and 350 rushing. “We had a lot of missed assignments, we weren’t as physical and we didn’t tackle real well in the first half,” Johnson said. “It was just a bad game. We played a bad game.” After the loss to Texas, something ignited within the young Ole Miss team. The Rebels went on to big victories over Auburn, Arkansas and Mississippi State to become bowl eligible. And the Rebels came close to beating Vanderbilt, Texas A&M and LSU. “It kind of got personal to a lot of people,” Johnson said. “And we finished our season a lot better than we played that game.” That begs the question, what changes went on after
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Texas’ Mike Davis points to the Ole Miss student section during last year’s game.
that loss that led to a turnaround? “We just couldn’t take anything for grant,” junior safety Cody Prewitt said. “Going into that game, we were a little high on ourselves and were a little overconfident. “I think we know now that we’re going to have to take a lot of extra focus into that game and be physical and take ownership of that game early.” However, junior linebacker Serderius Bryant, who had 15 tackles starting in place of
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Defense prepares for potent Texas offense By MATT SIGLER firstname.lastname@example.org
After facing a Southeast Missouri team that brought a unique option attack to the table, No. 25 Ole Miss will be forced to switch gears in preparation for the explosive offense of the Texas Longhorns. Texas (1-1) is averaging 580 yards a game heading into the showdown in Austin, including 334.5 yards in the air and 245.5 yards on the ground. “They’ve got great skilled athletes,” defensive coordinator Dave Wommack said. “Their receivers can all run pretty well, and I think they are well coached. They are averaging a lot of yards. They have outstanding running backs, all three of them.” Last season when the Rebels hosted the Longhorns, it was all Texas in the 66-31 victory. The Longhorns racked up 676 total yards of offense in the game, including 361 on the ground. However, Wommack believes that was a critical learning experience for the team and gives them even more motivation going into
this season’s matchup. “When you look back on that game, which really benefited us in the long run, our kids learned so much about playing and reading their keys, tackling, and playing physical,” Wommack said. Preparing for whatever comes their way With starting quarterback David Ash potentially out for Texas, Ole Miss may have to take down backup quarterback Case McCoy Saturday. However, the coaching staff said they are preparing as if Ash will play and also taking into account the potential of seeing McCoy. “I think you’ve got to,” Wommack said on expecting Ash to play. “I think it is a big game for both teams, and they have some transition going on there, so I think if there is any way possible, he will play in the game.” On the season, Ash has thrown for 594 yards and six touchdowns with two interceptions. His backup, McCoy, has thrown for just 75 yards. Hilton settling in at corner
Sophomore Mike Hilton recently made the move from huskie to cornerback and got his first start last week against SEMO. Hilton is anticipated to get the start against Texas as well, and the coaching staff feels he has begun to settle in well at corner. “I think he did a nice job of it,” Wommack said. “I knew he would make some mistakes, but Mike is a tremendous competitor, tough, and he’s a good athlete.” In his debut at corner, Hilton was able to record four tackles in the Rebel victory. This week he will be taking on a potent Texas passing attack, led by receiver Mike Davis, who leads the team with 13 catches for 177 yards and three touchdowns, and Jaxon Shipley, who is second on the team with 145 receiving yards. For continuing coverage of Ole Miss football, follow @ SigNewton_2 and @thedm_ sports on Twitter. FILE PHOTO (KATIE WILLIAMSON) | The Daily Mississippian
Mike Hilton goes up for to block a pass during Saturday’s game.
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