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Thursday, September 26, 2013

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Vol. 102, No. 23

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UM students and faculty receive Robert F. Kennedy Award By Randall Haley arhaley@go.olemiss.edu

University of Mississippi students and faculty travel to Washington, D.C., this week to accept the 2013 College Journalism Award from The Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights. The RFK Journalism Award is given to recognize outstanding reporting on issues that reflect Robert Kennedy’s dedication to human rights and social issues and his belief in the power of individual action. The winter intersession study abroad course, called “Multimedia Storytelling,” was a collaboration between the journalism school and the Division of Outreach and Continuing Education. Five students – Aubry Killion, Cain Madden, Margaret Ann Morgan, Katie Williamson and Jajuan McNeil — and three faculty members in the Meek School of Journalism and New Media produced the multimedia project. The project included a print depth report, titled “M-powered: University of Mississippi students learn through service in Belize,” a television series and online content documenting the interdisciplinary work of

study abroad students in Belize. The students were accompanied by Director of Student Media Patricia Thompson, who was the editor for the project, and Meek School of Journalism and New Media Assistant Professor Mikki Harris, who was photography/video editor for the project. They traveled to Belize in January 2012 to document the service learning work. Meek School Assistant Professor Darren Sanefski was design editor for the print publication. “It was such a joy to get a phone call from Mrs. Ethel Kennedy congratulating us,” Thompson said. “The journalism students worked 24/7 for many weeks. We wanted to help tell the story of this community in Belize, and the inspiring story of the empowerment project. I am proud of the students’ work, and proud to be part of a journalism school that offers students such unusual and incredible international journalism opportunities.” Kim Shackelford, former associate professor of social work at Ole Miss, was instrumental in the success of the service learning work in Be-

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lize, which was focused on a road-building project. “Highlighting Kim Shackelford’s work was incredible and being able to show the entire world the San Mateo Empowerment Project through The M-Powered Magazine was life changing,” said Aubry Killion, now an Ole Miss graduate who works as a television correspondent in Fort Smith, Ark.

“It seemed weird to me at first when thinking about a road as a state-of-the-art thing,” said Jajuan McNeil, who graduated with a master’s degree in May and now works as a marketing professional. The people of San Mateo “longed for something better, and as they created their ‘something better,’ life changed, inch by inch,” Mc-

Neil said. The 33rd RFK Book awards ceremony will be held Thursday, Sept. 26 at the Newseum in Washington, D.C., at 6 p.m. The Meek School of Journalism and New Media won the only college award. Winners of the professional categories include NBC News, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times and CNN.

Former UM Department of Music Chair remembered By Pete Porter tjporter@go.olemiss.edu

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The Ole Miss community is in mourning after professor and Chair of Music Charles Gates died Monday at his home in Oxford at the age of 53. A faculty member for 25 years, Gates served as department chair from 2005 to 2013. He was greatly loved and appreciated by colleagues as well as current and former students. “I can tell you that the whole faculty is quite shocked and devastated by the loss of Charlie Gates,” said current department chair and professor of music Robert Riggs.

“He was a great man and an excellent former chairman of the music department.” Gates received a B.M.E. degree in instrumental music education from Louisiana State University in 1983, and then the M.M. and D.M.A. degrees in trumpet performance and literature from Ohio State University in 1985 and 1992. Gates first came to Ole Miss in 1988, joining the faculty as an assistant professor in the Music Department. He held numerous roles on campus including Director of the Academic Support Center, Faculty Fellow in the Sally McDonnell-Barksdale Honors College and Professor and

Chair of Music. Gates is survived by his wife of 30 years, Kathryn Gates, his daughter Sarah, his son William and two step-brothers, B.J. and Shane Dorrell of Lafayette, La. A visitation will be held from 5-7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 27, at the Coleman Funeral Home. A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 28, at the Oxford Church of Christ. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to the UM Foundation, Charlie Gates Memorial Fund, The University of Mississippi Foundation, P.O. Box 249, University, MS 38677.

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Is America ready for a female president? Someone recently asked me that question and my response shocked me. “I’m not sure,” was my answer. Let me be clear, I am not a sexist. I believe that women have all of the capabilities to perform any job like men and in some instances, better than men. But my initial visceral reaction revealed to me the internal prejudices that I have to explore and resolve. Oftentimes, I write about racial inequalities, whether it be on the national scale or just here on this campus. However, after much introspection, I have realized that I have overlooked another glaring ill of our society—gender inequality. The male privilege that I

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benefit from seemingly clouded my perspective on this issue. Seldom do I ever pause and reflect on the ongoing struggle for inequality that women face. While reflecting on this, I have come to realize why white privilege is so difficult for some to fathom. To clarify, I am not suggesting that white privilege and male privilege are analogous, but rather one privilege provided me insight on the other. Rarely do individuals consciously think about the societal benefits they readily enjoy. In fact, doing so, would make you extremely novel. However, when I think about white privilege, I see myself and how I do not benefit from it. But now, when I reflect on the gender inequality I think of two people—my mom and my sister. It troubles me that questions such as the one I was asked are legitimate concerns for some people. I for one do not wish to be a member of a society that puts limitations on the expec-

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tations of women — like my mother and sister. I constantly refer to my mom and sister because I believe making the issue of gender inequality a personal one will evoke more men to take action. It’s quite discouraging to think that the moment I left my mother’s womb, I would have many opportunities in life that she would not have simply because she is woman. If this is not a quandary to you, something is wrong. However, it is important to realize that admitting one benefits from any form of privilege is a huge ego deflator. I’m sorry to tell you that everything you have achieved or gained in your life is not exclusively based on your merit. In order for male privilege, along with other types of privileges to go away, somebody has to make a sacrifice on their benefits. An article from Salon best articulates the difficulties of acknowledging privilege by suggesting, “Privilege not only

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gives you better boots than others; it may also give you a few extra paces in the climb to success.  To accept privilege is to squash the egotistical notion that you made it there on your own. For some, that can be hard to let go of.” Men, we have to realize that we enjoy male privilege. In addition, we must acknowledge that the privilege produces an unequal society. It is one issue to be totally ignorant about an issue which results in inactivity about a given problem. But it is totally different issue, when you become knowledgeable about an inequality and tacitly approve of it. So now that you know about gender inequality, what will you do? I’ll tell you what I am going to do. I’m going to think about my mom and sister. I suggest you all do the same. Tim Abram is a senior public policy leadership major from Horn Lake.


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Hey skeptics, Mississippi is still prevalent on campus By ADAM GANUCHEAU dmeditor@gmail.com

I graduated from a small high school in Gallman called Copiah Academy. My graduating class yielded 46 graduates, which, at the time, was the most in the school’s 43-year history. Today, two Mr. Ole Miss candidates will square off in a runoff election: Houston Brock and Rob Pyron. In what some would call a truly amazing coincidence, both guys graduated in my class at Copiah Academy. Because of my great amount of pride for my high school, I would argue that it’s not a coincidence at all. Instead, it’s a

testament to the leadership values and education we received there in Gallman (shameless Copiah plug is over now, I promise). To me, the fact that the two finalists for The University of Mississippi’s most important male personality position are from the same small high school in rural Mississippi is a strong indicator that in-state students at Ole Miss are still relevant on our campus. For the 2011-2012 and 20122013 school years, the majority of the incoming freshman class at Ole Miss were out-of-state students. While this school year’s numbers have not been released publicly by the university, many have speculated that this year’s numbers will be similar to last year’s. The trend is certainly something that confirms that the

Ole Miss brand has protruded through the confines of the Magnolia State’s borders, which is wonderful in its own right. But if the trend continues, the overall number of outof-state students will surpass the number of in-state students in about ten years or less. Many have continued to express concern that Ole Miss will lose the essence of Mississippi if that happens. Today, students from Mississippi still have the greatest influence on this campus. Ole Miss is still the flagship higher educational institution of the state of Mississippi, and our students are showing it. I don’t write this column to complain about the UM Office of Admissions. Everyone in that office should be applauded for their recognition of the importance of a good balance

of in-state students and out-ofstate students, and their tireless, diligent work is admirable. I also don’t write this column to degrade out-of-state students in any way or make them feel unwelcome in Oxford. Many of my good friends and great leaders at this university are from other states and countries. This column is for the skeptics of the Office of Admissions and the vision of the administration. I trust the administration has their eyes on the future, which is proven by continuing work on the UM 2020 plan that was launched in the summer of 2010. Two small-town Copiah Academy boys are running the table in a campus-wide personality election. Products of other high schools across the state of Mississippi are still making a huge difference for

Ole Miss, too. The Associated Student Body President is from Mississippi. Mr. Ole Miss will be from Mississippi. Miss Ole Miss is from Mississippi. The Homecoming Queen will be from Mississippi. And the list goes on. If I was a student at Ole Miss a few years down the road, I might not be able to write this very column. But I strongly believe our administration has our future under control. For now, I see no need whatsoever to be worried about the future of Ole Miss. We Mississippians are still here. We Mississippians are still kicking. We Mississippians still attend The University of Mississippi. Adam Ganucheau is a senior journalism major from Hazlehurst.

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Not all those who wander are lost By Anna Rush akrush1@gmail.com

“Not all those who wander are lost.� This line from a poem in J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Lord of the Rings� has become more and more popular, almost to the point of becoming a trite expression. It is used to express a feeling or state of wanderlust. This wanderlust in turn is used to identify the urge to travel, sometimes without knowing exactly where you are headed. Another more figurative use for the term and the quote as well is when you are not quite sure what direction your life is going. This type of wanderlust is prevalent on college

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campuses. From freshman to senior year and even in post-graduate endeavors it can be quite common to not have your future plans set in stone. For some, the unknown future can be a thrill. You may wander from major to major, friend group to friend group or even school to school without feeling lost. This wandering is, thankfully, becoming more of a social norm. You do not have to have all the answers just yet, and it is okay to figure things out on a trial and error basis. While it may be accepted, wandering has a darker twin – Lost. Lost is a genuine emotion, and not a fun one to deal with. You can try to sweep it under the rug or shrug it off and call it wandering, but for some this emotion keeps creeping back. Students may find

themselves identifying as lost ally. Counseling services and not simply as those who through the school or the wander. The key is to identify religious affiliation of your this emotion and to seek help. choice are also here to help. Think of this when you are Like Siri or your dad, they are actually traveling. You may places you can ask questions wander until you find yourself and seek answers. actually lost, perhaps on the Also, speaking of dad, never wrong side of town or so far feel ashamed to call your paraway from where you started ents or another adult figure that you don’t know how to with which you have a strong get back. Your instinct would bond and let them know if be to get help, consulting you are struggling. They are MapQuest, Siri or even call- not only there for support but ing dear old dad. This holds may have experienced a simitrue for when you are feeling lar situation and can provide lost in your personal life. you with helpful insight. You may feel lost academiNot all those who wander cally or career-wise. Career are lost, but those who are lost Services, academic advisors don’t have to be lost forever. or even faculty that you trust Information pertaining to and feel comfortable with career services can be found are all avenues in which to seek help. Like MapQuest, w they have tools to help you find your bearings and orient yourself in the right direction. You may feel lost emotion-

at http://career.olemiss.edu/ Information pertaining to the Counseling Center can be found at http://www.olemiss. edu/counseling/ Anna Rush is a law student from Hattiesburg. She graduated from Mississippi State University in 2011.

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Ole Miss School of Engineering sees growth over past decade By Caty Cambron cjcambro@go.olemiss.edu

In the past 10 years, enrollment for undergraduate students in the University of Mississippi School of Engineering has increased by 132 percent. According to statistics gathered at the beginning of this school year, the number of undergraduates enrolled in the program has increased by 732 students, jumping from 553 in 2003 to 1,285 in 2013. According to Alex Cheng, dean of the School of Engineering, the biggest cause of the enrollment increase is due to people talking with others. “Word of mouth seems to be the biggest contributor to our growth,” Cheng said. “They heard from other students who told them that they can receive an outstanding education here.” Cheng also said that faculty and staff within the engineering school have not heavily advertised or done much recruiting over the past decade.

Due to the overall growth of undergraduate enrollment in the engineering school, the geology and geological engineering program has become the largest in the nation. According to Gregg Davidson, department chair and professor of geology and geological engineering, more students are enrolling in the geological engineering program because their out-of-state tuition can be waived if no state school offers a geological engineering program. The chemical and mechanical engineering programs have also seen a dramatic rise in numbers. Last year, the majority of undergraduate students enrolled in the chemical engineering program had been offered jobs and had been accepted into graduate schools. Undergraduate enrollment for the mechanical engineering school has tripled over the past five years. The engineering school prides itself on the close relationships between faculty and

students. Associate professor of mechanical engineering and senior scientist in UM’s National Center for Physical Acoustics James Chambers credits the boost of new students to Dr. Arunachalam Rejendran. “His constant interaction with students, getting faculty buy-in on changes to the department and his commitment to the alumni and rest of the ‘Rebel nation’ caught on and blossomed into an explosion of new students,” Chambers said. “I started with 15 people in my class which has moved up to around 50 or 60 people in the past year,” said senior geological engineering major Chris Frascogna. “Your senior year everything is really put together to become one subject focused on how you will apply everything you have learned into real world situations. The teaching staff have a good understanding of what exactly you will encounter working in this field.”

UM Green Fund donation campaign reaches out By Grant Beebe beebe.thedm@gmail.com

Students for a Green Campus and faculty allies have begun a fundraising project this week to run through October 10. The UM Green Fund has been provided a baseline contribution from the University of $15,000 per year, with an additional 50 percent match for all funds donated by students promised. Administered by the University of Mississippi Green Fund Committee, the organization aims to provide money toward the implementation of energy efficiency, renewable energy, and sustainability projects, programs, and policies. Will Bedwell, co-author of the UMGF Charter and SGC Member, believes that the importance of donating

to the fund cannot be understated. “After two years of campaigning by SGC and  the former Campus for Clean Energy, our University has a way to fund sustainability projects imagined by students,” Bedwell said. “To make these these projects benefit our campus in a massive capacity, the fund must be increased.”

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Welcome to the second official “On-A-Stick.” Each week we want to hone in on one aspect of Oxford and the university that we love. This week we want to share books, authors and just plain ole good writing with you. From New York Times best selling authors to popular television show writers, we believe that Oxford is packed full of talented people who are making their mark across the country and taking some inspiration from our beloved Oxford. These folks have helped create a unique culture in this small Mississippi town. They continue to uphold a tradition that has been here since William Faulkner called Oxford home. Barry Hannah, Larry Brown, Square Books and many others grew and cultivated this literary culture, and now we students get to enjoy the bounty. We hope that you dig in, explore the features and gain an irritable itch. The kind of itch that drives you out of your plush armchair into the warm, open embrace of a Square Books employee who hands you the works of one of these local literary heroes and then back into that plush armchair, exploring an interesting fictional world within that sweet cranium of yours. Learn, enjoy and treat yourself.

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Denis Johnson visits Oxford for first time By Mallory Simerville and Ann-Marie Herod thedmfeatures@gmail.com

Excitement filled the literary world of Oxford as author Denis Johnson made a much anticipated appearance. “I’ve never been to Oxford and it’s possible I’ve never been to Mississippi before either and it’s just beautiful,” Johnson said at his book signing Tuesday night at Off Square Books. “I haven’t actually seen the delta country yet and I’m a big blues fan so it’s kind of a special experience to come visit this part of the country.” Johnson was scheduled to share his work in Oxford in spring of last year, but canceled. Author and director of the MFA program Beth Ann Fennelly invited Johnson to appear at the university and at Square Books. “Well we were disappointed last year when he got sick and he cancelled so we were glad he was able to come,” said Lyn Roberts, Square Books manager. “You see all the pictures on the wall here of all the great writers who have been here so it’s great to have somebody who is very important like that.” Johnson made two appearances in Oxford this week. One Tuesday night at Off Square Books and another

last night in Bondurant Hall where he read some of the unpublished works he’s been working on for the past six or seven years, including “Silence,” “Accomplices,” “Ad Man,” “Farwell” and “Casanova.” Johnson said these writings focused on the interaction between people and social issues, capturing the everyday struggles of people. “The overall reading was just thrilling and hands down entertaining,” senior English major Garret Estes said. “What I found most interesting about his work tonight was this idea that he took snippets of real life,” Ole Miss alumnus Kenneth Jones said. “It was all stuff that you could see in any given day.” Although Johnson traveled to Mississippi for the literary aspect, he also spent time with students and ate plenty of local cuisine. “I’ve found out a lot about them by the questions they ask,” Johnson said in reference to the students he had lunch with. “They teach me a lot too, but today they were asking me about short stories. I started telling them about my early short stories and I realized that I had never been able to critique my early short stories before.” Johnson said he wished he could go back and edit them. See JOHNSON, PAGE 9

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From top to bottom: Writer Dennis Johnson reads unpublished work Wednesday night in the auditorium in Bondurant Hall. Dennis Johnson and Chris Offutt pose before Johnson reads in Bonduraunt on Wednesday.

Step into the world of Jack Pendarvis By Emily Crawford eacrawfo@go.olemiss.edu

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Or at least try to. And if you make it in, there’s a good chance you’ll never want to leave this unique world that he puts onto paper and television. He makes you feel like you’re following your best friend on a satirical adventure that guarantees gut wrenching laughs, a lot of hope and even a sprinkle of sadness from time to time – just to remind you that there’s no better hero than the underdog. “I once was reading before class started. Jack walked in, stomped over to my desk and threw my book across the room. He told me he wanted to feel like a ‘schoolyard tough,’ and that was all he said. I learned a lot that semester,” former student Andy Paul said, recollecting his junior year in Pendarvis’s class. Combining an imaginative, unique writing style that gives an impressive amount of visual depth, mimicking the struggles of the real world with an easygoing, adolescent-esque diction, Pendarvis establishes a different

intimacy with his readers. He interacts with his readers the way most would interact with their best friends – quirky, heartfelt and especially honest. “I tell my stories in a way that comes naturally to me,” Pendarvis said. “Reading certain other writers, for example, James Thurber and Woody Allen when I was very young and George Saunders when I got older, helped me understand my way was acceptable.” With two collections of short stories (“The Mysterious Secret of the Valuable Treasure” and “Your Body Is Changing”) and a novel (“Awesome”) as well as writing for Cartoon Network’s animated series, “Adventure Time,” Pendarvis has brought laughs and maybe even some tears to his audiences. “Jack can make writing a thought-out, affecting, hilarious story seem simple,” Paul said. “Then you try it and realize that it’s the hardest thing you’ve ever attempted, and that Jack knows something you don’t about how See PENDARVIS, PAGE 9


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Square Books: An Oxford staple By Natalie Dreyer ngdreyer@go.olemiss.edu

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Mary Marge Locker looks through books at Square Books in Oxford on Wednesday.

Square Books, located on the Historic Courthouse Square in the center of downtown Oxford is an independent bookstore that opened in September of 1979. However, Square Books is not just a bookstore, it is much more. With three separate buildings, this store has become a member of the Oxford community over the past 30 years. The first addition, Off Square Books, opened in late 1993. This lifestyle branch has an extensive collection of art, photography, cooking, gardening and travel books, although it has a large collection of used books, as well. The second addition, Square Books Jr., opened in 2003 and houses not only a large selection of children’s literature, but also games, educational toys and puzzles. Between the three different locations, Square Books proves to be a literary hub in Oxford and throughout the world. What makes this bookstore

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such an attraction? The important role it plays as a member of Oxford’s community. Housing more than 150 author events per year, Square Books has “established itself as a sort of Mecca for bibliophiles,” said previous employee Kaleb Hilton. It is known for its literary fiction, books on the American South, and its showcases of southern writers. “When I say working at the bookstore wasn’t just a job, I meant that it is also a chance to be part of something very special and important, both to myself as well as to the collective consciousness of the South,” Hilton said. Owner Richard Howorth opened Square Books with his wife, Lisa, in the late ‘70s after a relocation back to Oxford from Washington, D.C. For two years Howorth and his wife worked at a prominent D.C. bookstore called The Saville. While he was growing up, Howorth mentioned there was no bookstore in Oxford and therefore it was the perfect place – it was the perfect time. He and his wife were at a time in their life in which they were making a career change. “Opening a bookstore in Oxford had always been in the back of my mind growing up,” Howorth said. “While Oxford has always been the home to the university and William Faulkner, it is a different city now than it was back then.”

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This year Square Books was named the 2013 Publishers Weekly Bookstore of the Year, a very prestigious title. “I feel like I could be in New York City, San Francisco or Seattle when at Square Books because people, tourists and authors alike, come from all over the world to visit this special place – it exposes you to the world,” said Alissa Lilly, employee of Off Square Books. This sense of intellect and culture also carries over into the children’s branch. “A bookstore for kids and adults who act like kids,” said Jill Moore, buyer for Square Books Jr. “Community is number one and what it absolutely takes to be a success.” Square Books Jr. has weekly story times, inviting all members of the community, Wednesday and Saturday mornings at 10 a.m. Community involvement is the central theme throughout all Square Books locations. With story times, book signings, readings and the weekly live Thacker Mountain Radio Show; there is much to offer. “If I were to return to college as a student at The University of Mississippi, I would make sure to take advantage of everything the bookstore has to offer – all of the events are free of charge,” said Lyn Roberts, manager or Square Books.


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Megan Abbott proves she can hang with the boys By Casey Holliday cahollid@go.olemiss.edu

Megan Abbott’s response when asked about adjusting to life in the South shows her awareness of the oldest truth surrounding southern literary circles: If you want to write with the best of them, you got to drink with the best of them. But Abbott, following in the footsteps of Southern writers (and Ole Miss faculty) like Tom Franklin and Jack Pendarvis, has another way in. Abbott is the current John and Renée Grisham Writerin-Residence at The University of Mississippi, and the first non-southerner to be selected for the position. Chosen internally by his or her peers, the position highlights an emerging writer and gives him or her time to write, along with teaching one class a semester. Through this appointment, Abbott currently teaches a graduate fiction writing workshop and will teach an undergraduate workshop in the spring. “I was totally thrilled,” Abbott said of her selection. “It’s a tremendous honor to be part of such a storied tradition of writers. I’m so grateful to John and Renée Grisham and to the MFA Program.” Megan Abbott was born in Detroit, Mich., and received her degree from the University of Michigan, soon followed by a PhD in English from New York University. She won an Edgar Allan Poe Award for her third book, “Queenpin,” and her sixth book, “Dare Me,” was named by Entertainment Weekly and Amazon as one of the best books of 2012. With six published novels, along with a nonfiction book, an Edgar award, an upcoming film adaptation and a new novel, “The Fever,” set to be released in June of 2014, Abbott has already begun to leave her mark on the literary world. Even when switching from 1930s period pieces to modern day high school life, Abbott’s personal style is maintained, resulting in something closest to crime fiction — a genre that particularly attracts Abbott. “It’s a way of dealing with the big drives of the human heart, of life: love, desire, greed, ambition, revenge,” Abbott said. “And it’s the perfect

setting to explore the nature of morality. How we fight ourselves, how we make amends.” Though her earlier books are set decades in the past and her newer ones are in the present, Abbott still weaves her personal thread through all of her novels. While characters, plots and settings may change, the themes explored remain consistent. “The way the heart can lead us into dark places, the way power operates among women,” Abbott said. “The power we all have to survive even our own worst impulses. The complicated nature of girlhood.” If any of this is sounding remotely reminiscent of Oxford’s own William Faulkner, Abbott cites him as one of her major influences and the reason she first began visiting Oxford. She also draws inspiration from the noir novels by Raymond Chandler and James M. Cain and the writers of the Southern Gothic tradition, like Flannery O’Connor, Truman Capote and Carson McCullers. The result is a voice that is just as distinctive as any of the others mentioned. “Abbott is one of the few writers I’ve come across that seamlessly blends lyricism with compelling, approachable stories,” said Mary B. Sellers, a recent Ole Miss graduate. “Abbott can take the grittiest crime novel, maintain the seedy trappings of noir, and make a murder scene excruciatingly nostalgic. She is deft with her descriptions, a master in embroidering actions with evocative adverbs.” As the writer-in-residence, Abbott receives housing to live in Oxford while continuing her writing and teaching at the university. Because of this, she is able to experience Oxford culture from a local’s perspective. “I’ve been to Oxford several times before,” Abbott said, referencing book signing events at Square Books. “But living here means I get to explore on a whole other level — the incredible food, the football weekend experience, the nightlife and the greatest bookstore in the world, Square Books.” Abbott is not the only person excited about her current post in Oxford. Students are

excited to have Abbott joining the Ole Miss family, one being Eliza McClure, senior English major, who highlighted the believability of Abbott’s narratives as part of their appeal, particularly in in her most recent work, “Dare Me.” “What is unusual about ‘Dare Me’ is that even though it is told from a sixteen-yearold cheerleader’s point of view, the problems and emotions are so familiar that anyone can relate to the material,” McClure said. “Overbearing friendships, Adderall and alcohol abuse, eating disorders and the utter mundaneness of teenage years are all things we either experienced or witnessed in high school.” Sellers agreed, noting that while she was at first “very skeptical about the whole cheerleading premise,” it became one of her favorite books of 2013. For Abbott, the experience has so far been a positive one. “I’m so happy to be here,” Abbott said. “The students I’ve worked with so far are wonderful, earnest (and) inspiring.”

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The Tilted World: Review By Teresa Spears taspears@go.olemiss.edu

Get excited, y’all. The king and queen of contemporary Southern literature have combined forces to bestow upon us a novel so intoxicating and radiant that it’s going to be one of the biggest titles of the season. Due on shelves Oct. 1, “The Tilted World” is the first collaborative effort of New York Times bestselling author of “Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter,” Tom Franklin, and his wife, award winning poet and author of “Great With Child,” Beth Ann Fennelly. The result of this pairing, “The Tilted World” is a pageturner imbued with Franklin’s eye for grit and suspense and polished with Fennelly’s adept lyricism and sensitivity. Set in 1927 Mississippi, this story is underpinned by the impending devastation caused by the Great Mississippi Flood that destroyed much of the Mississippi Delta as, according to the authors, a

PENDARVIS, continued from page 5 to write a story.” Spending most of his life in the South, the Alabama native has taken a lot of inspiration from his surroundings. Writing for the Oxford American, having a monthly column in The Believer, chosen as the 20072008 Grisham Writer-In-Residence here at The University of Mississippi, and after staying in Oxford to teach in the English department, Pendarvis has made a notable impact on his colleagues and students and vice versa. “Jack is my oldest friend. The way his humor and intellect intersect amazes me over and over,” said colleague and close friend Tom Franklin. Pendarvis shows no fear in finding new creative ways to challenge himself, such as his parody of “folksy wisdom” in The Believer that will feature his last column in October. “The Believer column was one joke that I told over and over, sometimes more successfully than others,” Pendarvis said. “I think I really got away with something, telling the same joke 40 times over the course of four years. It was a fun challenge.” With challenges come great rewards. In the beginning stages of writing for “Adventure Time,” he was attending the writers’ meetings in Burbank, Calif., via Skype while here in Mississippi. The other writers welcomed him graciously. “That’s what I love about the

wall of water “with twice the force of Niagara falls” swept over the land. But “The Tilted World” is as much a portrait of an era as it is a story of the South. It encompasses an America rebuilding after Word War II, battling over prohibition, redefining ideas of race and gender — an America as tumultuous as the Mississippi River swelling against the levees straining to keep it at bay. Fennelly and Franklin vitalize this age through the stories of the novel’s characters: a charming bootlegger named Jesse Holliver and his wife, Dixie Clay, whose spunk is nearly extinguished as she struggles every day, unfulfilled, to cope with an overwhelming loss. A war veteran turned federal agent adrift in his meaningless life sent with his partner to bust the Holliver still. An orphaned baby. Morphine-addict flappers. Chicago blues singers. A saboteur. Things get sticky, and “The Tilted World” seamlessly weaves all of these lives

into a thrilling tale of deceit, tension and love. In keeping with the theme of strain and fracture, this novel is gripping and suspenseful, but, most of all, it is a story of renewal and redemption. The levees broke on Good Friday of 1927, making this historic event the ideal impetus for a narrative about the flow and resilience of living and of life beginning anew. As well as being an intriguing story, “The Tilted World” is a beautiful meditation on second chances and growth from destruction and chaos that will resound with the humanity in all its readers. It’s a novel full of heart and spirit that is both expansive and intimate, truly a whole to the best parts of Franklin and Fennelly’s perspectives. The book release event for “The Tilted World” will be on Oct. 1, at 6 p.m. located at the Powerhouse in Oxford. Signed copies of the novel will be available at Square Books for $25.99.

men and women of ‘Adventure Time’: they couldn’t be nicer, shier or easier going,” Pendarvis said. “At the same time, they can be intense and mysterious. They’re also the greatest professionals- really serious about the job. I have met some geniuses working on that show. I only knew the barest details about “Adventure Time” when I started, from watching it with my nephews. I’ve really enjoyed diving into that world, which, as you say, has unexpected depths.” Unexpected depths are evident in all of Pendarvis’s work. His characters, from their actions and angst to their optimism and hope, entice you to dive into his eccentric world … and never want to leave.

JOHNSON, continued from page 5 “Their questions made me see what was wrong with it,” he said. Many other Oxonians were excited for Johnson’s arrival and his time spent around campus and town. “I think he’s an important American writer and from what I understand, he also does not get out a whole lot to do book signings, such as the one he’s doing right now,” owner of Square Books Richard Howorth said. “I’ve read his books for maybe 25 years and I’ve always hoped that he might come to the bookstore one day, so for me it’s remarkable that he’s here. I’ve never

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met or seen him before so it’s nice.” Denis Johnson is best known for his short story collection “Jesus’ Son,” which came out in 1992, but his most recent work has earned him some of the highest literary accolades. His 2007 novel, “Tree of Smoke,” earned him the National Book Award and a Pulitzer Prize nomination. “I’ve read some of his poems and some of his shorter works. My favorite is probably ‘Jesus’ Son’; it’s the first book I ever read cover to cover,” MFA student Joe Zendarski said at the book signing Tuesday night. “It was a story that was vivid and continuous which was nice and it just kind of kept me there for the entire duration.” As a visitor, Johnson said he

has not yet been to William Faulkner’s house but he has read every book by Oxford’s own. “A lot of writers have been to Square Books and I’m so happy that this is one great writer who has,” Howorth said. Natalie Wood contributed to this report.

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Feature: Bakima making early impact for Lady Rebs

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Marie-Pierre Bakima goes up for the ball during the volleyball game against Southern Miss on Sept. 20.

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After a disappointing season last year, the Ole Miss women’s volleyball team is off to a good start, posting a 10-3 record heading into the Southeastern Conference opener against Arkansas on Friday night. The early success is a result of seven new players on the Rebels’ roster this season, and none have arguably been more productive than junior college transfer Marie-Pierre Bakima. Bakima, who is known to

her teammates as “Mapie,” is a native of Paris. The starting outside hitter began her career in France before coming over to the United States. “I saw volleyball when I was 10 and started playing, then I was playing for the junior national team,” Bakima said. Two years ago, Bakima began putting out applications to U.S. schools; she ended up at San Jancinto Junior College in Houston. After one season in junior college, during which Bakima earned 2012 NJCAA Regional XIV Player of the Year,

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Last weekend featured the worst slate of Southeastern Conference games I can remember since I began seriously keeping up with college football 24 years ago inside my mother’s belly.  (I got cable in there somehow, and, oh yeah, hi, Mom!) Even the games that were supposed to be mildly entertaining (Florida vs. Tennessee, LSU vs. Auburn) turned out to be about as stimulating as watching a Houston Nuttcoached Ole Miss offense in 2011. Yeah, the games were that bad. Thankfully, the sports gods are benevolent gods, and they’ve rewarded us with two marquee SEC matchups after last weekend’s garbage.  First up is LSU at Georgia in the late afternoon — a contest that has major implications on both division races. In the nightcap, trendy Ole Miss tries to score an upset against the gold standard of college football in Alabama? Do the Rebels stand a chance? Find out my thoughts below. (Note: I’m now 40-2 straight up when picking SEC games this year. That’s pretty good.)   Alabama vs. Ole Miss: Bo Wallace shall now be referred to as Dr. Bo Wallace — Dr. Bo, for short — after obtaining his medical license over the summer from a mildly sketchy Scandinavian website in exchange for a lock of his golden hair and $19.95. This is according to Twitter and other parts of the Internet, so it must be true. Regardless if this is true or not, Dr. Bo has to be surgically precise in order for the Rebels

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Texas A&M provides blueprint for Rebels

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Ole Miss wide receiver Donte Moncrief celebrates following a second half touchdown during the Texas game Sept. 14.

By John Luke McCord mccordjohnluke@yahoo.com

It’s no secret that Alabama head coach Nick Saban and his defense are not fond of spread, up-tempo offenses. When the Rebels were able to use their up-tempo pace against the Tide last year, the Alabama defense had few answers for it. Texas A&M was successful a few weeks ago for the second straight year using their scheme, similar to Ole Miss’, to rack up 628 yards of total offense in a loss to the Crimson Tide. The Rebels’ lack of depth last season did not allow them to run at the pace they would like for long last season. That really hurt them when they faced the two-time defending champions. This year, the Rebels still

aren’t where they would like to be as far as depth is concerned on the offensive line, especially after losing junior Aaron Morris for the season, but they will be able to run the fast pace more often. “I think we can put points on them,” quarterback Bo Wallace said on Monday. “I think we can put points on anybody. We just have to show up and play. It’s the same thing every week. We have to stay on schedule, control the tempo and don’t have any turnovers.” Just a year ago, Ole Miss lost to Texas in an embarrassing fashion. Then, they came back and won in a blowout this year. Similar to the turnaround the Rebels experienced in just a season against the Longhorns, they will be trying to improve their fortunes against the Crimson

Tide in 2013. “I think it’s the exact same as Texas,” Wallace said. “We didn’t really know what to expect going in. Now we do, we’ve played in a lot of games like that, close games. It’s going to be a close game, I feel like. So we just have to go in there and give it our all.” With added depth on the offensive line and even more receivers and more experience at running back, the Rebel offense should be able to run more tempo drives, with the hopes it works as well as it did in 2012 and similar to how it did for Texas A&M just a few weeks ago. “Oh yeah, we’re going to go pretty fast,” junior wideout Donte Moncrief said. “That’s our offense. Once we get you tired, we like to throw the ball deep. So we’re going to run the ball, play action and use

some deep threats.” The success that Texas A&M had against the Alabama defense, not only served as a bit of a guide to how to attack the Tide, but also gave the Rebels some confidence knowing they have similar strengths. “If the ball is in the air, the receivers have got to make a play,” Moncrief said. “(Texas A&M wide receiver) Mike Evans was making great plays. So we just have to come out and focus, get better in practice and take shots.” Another positive for the Rebel offense going into their matchup with Alabama is that they return junior receiver Vince Sanders. The Macon native was the playmaker opposite of Moncrief last season. In his absence, senior Ja-Mes Logan has played out wide, which is out of position for him. Logan will now move back into the slot, which should really open up the Rebel offense even more. “It’s exciting,” Wallace said of Sanders’ return. “Glad to have him back. Seems like he’s been gone forever. Excited to have him.” It’s not likely that Ole Miss will have anyone put up the numbers that the Aggies’ Evans did against Alabama, but with Sanders returning to an already deep unit, Wallace will have plenty of weapons available to try to pick apart the Crimson Tide defense.

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Rebels ‘as far along preparing for Bama’ as they could be By John Luke McCord mccordjohnluke@yahoo.com

After practice Wednesday, Hugh Freeze said his team has been focused and attentive, which is exactly what you want from your team in practice the week leading up to playing the two-time defending national champions, Alabama. “I like where our kids are right now,” Freeze said following Wednesday’s practice. “We practiced hard, got after it. Maybe too physical at times, but I think we’re as far along this week preparing for Alabama as we could be.” Then came the good news for the Rebel defense. Denzel Nkemdiche practiced again today. Freeze said earlier in the week that Wednesday would be when they would be looking for swelling on his knee. “He didn’t have any swelling today,” Freeze said. “If that is the case tomorrow, we’ll put him on the travel squad.” Freeze also spoke about the development of highly-recruited junior college defensive lineman Lavon Hooks at tight end. Hooks split time at tight end and defensive tackle during Wednesday’s workout. “Learning, swimming a bit, trying to go fast. So we’ve scaled it back this week. We’ve got one package for him. I think he understands that and he gives us a different look,” he said. Freeze said that Hooks will continue to split reps at each position for the remainder of this season to maintain the current depth at defensive tackle in case of injury at that position. Next spring, Freeze noted, would be when they would have to make a final decision on Hooks’ permanent position. Freeze also spoke about the overall health of his team to this point this season. Assum-

ing Nkemdiche plays on Saturday, and with the return of Vincent Sanders, the Rebels will have all hands on deck, minus Aaron Morris, who is out for the season. “We’re fresh. Pierce (Burton) gimps around a bit, but he’ll go through this game for sure. I feel like we’re as healthy as we could be at this point,” Freeze said. Secondary coach Jason Jones said after practice on Wednesday that Senquez Golson and Mike Hilton played every snap against Texas. Naturally, the return of Charles Sawyer to that group of cornerbacks this week will be a major help. “(Sawyer’s) going to help us at boundary some. He’s been in these battles before. Him and Hilton both will probably share that spot. Bringing Derrick Jones along, he’s going to help, too,” Freeze said. Freeze also noted that Devante Kincade has been taking second string reps at quarterback this week because Barry Brunetti has had issues with his shoulder. “I’m not sure what will happen the first time he gets hit on it, but I know he’ll try to go,” he said. One thing that stood out during Wednesday’s work was how much different the offense looks with the return of Vincent Sanders. As was expected, Ja-mes Logan was moved back inside to the slot, so that Sanders could man the outside spot opposite Donte Moncrief. Logan was very explosive and made a lot of big plays in the slot during the part of practice media was allowed to watch. The Rebels have a nice rotation of slot receivers now that Logan is back at that spot. They rotated Laquon Treadwell, Jordan Holder, Collins Moore, Korvic Neat and Logan at that spot on Wednesday.

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Top to bottom: Ole Miss linebacker Denzel Nkemdiche celebrates after the 39-35 Vanderbilt win Aug. 29. Ole Miss wide receiver Vince Sanders poses for a portrait at the Indoor Practice Facility.

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The Daily Mississippian – September 26, 2013