Monday, Sept. 19, 2011
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Ole Miss head coach Houston Nutt walks off the field at Vanderbilt Stadium following the 30-7 loss Saturday. Ole Miss is now 1-9 in their last 10 Southeastern Conference games, and Vanderbilt Commodores have won back-to-back and three of their last four meetings with the Rebels.
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Outplayed. Outcoached. Outmatched. The Rebels (1-2, 0-1 SEC) are 1-9 in their last 10 conference games, while head coach Houston Nutt’s hot seat gets hotter and rumors swirl about his uncertain future in Oxford. “Looked really bad,” Nutt said. “It’s a little bit of everything. I never felt that way on the sideline.
Just didn’t feel right. “We just didn’t have that confidence. We didn’t make first downs and move the ball like we normally do. That was a first.” Coaches, players and fans are all looking for answers after Vanderbilt (3-0, 1-0 SEC) routed Ole Miss 30-7 in Saturday afternoon’s Southeastern Conference opener. “I don’t think anybody saw anything like that happening at all,” senior running back Brandon Bolden said. “Everybody
saw it as shocking. It’s just something you got to work at and not let happen again.” The offense was anemic and looked out of sync from the start, gaining only 234 yards of total offense, while junior quarterback Zack Stoudt (13-for-26, 139 yards), who had not thrown an interception through the first two games, unraveled and threw five interceptions. “I don’t have a lot of answers right now other than you can’t win with five interceptions; I
know that,” offensive coordinator David Lee said. The offense was also shutout until junior quarterback Zack Stoudt found freshman wide receiver Donte Moncrief open down the sideline for a 47-yard touchdown pass with 2:15 left in the game. That 47-yard connection was one of just two plays that gained 20 or more yards in the game for the Rebels. Miscues on the offensive line included four false start penalties and a snap over Stoudt’s head for
a safety, while also struggling to protect Stoudt and junior quarterback Randall Mackey and open holes and running lanes for Bolden and sophomore running back Jeff Scott. “Sometimes I had enough and didn’t do anything with it,” Stoudt said. “Sometimes we had something and didn’t have enough time to throw it off. Mistakes – it was all over the field.” “It was everybody, but it starts See FOOTBALL, PAGE 11
Miss. marriage and divorce rates higher than national average BY MARIDANE HEWES email@example.com
Recent studies are showing the South, particularly Mississippi, which touts family values, has some of the highest divorce rates in the country. According to the U.S. Census American Community Survey Reports released this year, there are 10.2 divorces per 1,000 men
in the South and 11.1 per 1,000 women, which is above the national average in 2009, 9.2 for men and 9.7 for women. In the same report, Mississippi edged the South’s average divorce rates, 12.5 for women and 11.1 for men. In the Northeast, which had the lowest divorce rates, average divorce rates were 7.5 among women and 7.2 among men, according to the American Community Survey Reports. Southerners are also marrying
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at a higher rate than their Northeastern counterparts, 20.3 for men and 18.6 for women. In the Northeast, these totals are 16 and 14.4, respectively. “Southerners have romantic thoughts about marriage,” Oxford family lawyer Mary Milek said. Milek said she has seen an increase in divorce rates lately, as a result of an improvement in the economy. She said her most popular clients are those who have been divorced multiple times.
Milek said the most common age group of people getting divorced is 60, which is around the time most people retire. The main reasons for divorce are infidelity and different opinions about spending and saving money. “The South is very traditional when it comes to marriage,” Devon Dykes, sophomore English education major, said. “People just need to actually get married for the right reasons, such as love.” The fact that Mississippi has some of the highest divorce rates
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was surprising to Dykes, since Mississippi is an extremely religious state. “When two people are married, it’s a lasting bond throughout life, so the belief in the permanence of marriage leads to us not believing in divorce,” said Father Joe Tonos from St. John Catholic Church in Oxford. Mississippi is part of the Bible Belt, which refers to the fact that it is one of the most religious states See DIVORCE, PAGE 4
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We all know there are potential disasters waiting just beyond our fingertips each time we go online. With every website we visit, we risk contracting a fatal virus that could close our portal to the highways of the Internet forever or at least until we take our magic machines in for an overhaul or buy a new one. Of course, the latter was my experience.
But what you might not be aware of (I know I wasn’t) is that there is a top 10 list of people who are most likely to infect your computer with spyware, adware, spam, phishing, viruses and other malware, should you go Googling them. According to a story that ran in the SunHerald, the Internet security company, McAfee, for the fifth year in a row, researched pop culture’s most famous people to reveal the riskiest celebrity athletes, musicians, politicians, comedians and Hollywood stars on the Web. The McAfee Most Dangerous Celebrities found that movie stars and models out-risk singers and sports figures this year on their list.
It seems their research shows that cyber-criminals often use the names of popular celebrities to lure people to these hidden catastrophes, chock full of malicious and deadly software and potential viruses. “While slightly safer than last year, searching for top celebrities continues to generate risky results,” Paula Greve, director of Web security research at McAfee, was quoted as saying in the article. “Consumers should be particularly aware of malicious content hiding in ‘tiny’ places like shortened URLs that can spread virally in social networking sites, or through e-mails and text messages from friends.” This year Heidi Klum tops
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ed to go to McAfee’s website every other word to download the “latest” protection. While I appreciate the fact that McAfee conducted the study, as I was reading the article, I found myself getting my back up at their blatant attempt to advertise their product. I guess I thought they might want to just “inform” rather than promote themselves — my mistake. Iinformation loaded with lessthan-subtle advertisement sometimes makes me wary and think twice about the validity of the subject matter. Angela Rogalski is a senior print journalism major who lives in Abbeville. Follow her on Twitter @abbeangel.
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their list, with Cameron Diaz falling to No. 2 and Piers Morgan coming in at No. 3. Thankfully, I don’t remember feeling the impulse to search and read anything about those three. Nothing against them, I was just too busy Googling Justin Bieber for my kid, and luckily the teen heartthrob wasn’t on this list. The story went on to tell how the study uses McAfee’s Site Advisor ratings to indicate the riskiest sites and calculate an overall risk percentage, and while I found all of this very enlightening (and scary when I saw Brad Pitt was also on the list, and I do have to read about him and Angelina every now and then), I also found it a bit disconcerting to be instruct-
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Complaining gets us nowhere BY TRENTON WINFORD email@example.com
I once heard someone say that complaining gets you nowhere. If you do not like something, then work to change it, complaining is not working. Placing blame is not working. Advocating, pushing and researching are working for change. One thing that draws a lot of complaints but little action is Mississippi’s public education system. Our results and scores show the failure of the system year after year. Our 2011 graduates scored an average 18.7 composite on the ACT, placing us last in the nation and almost a full point behind 49th. While we have bright spots in our system, like Madison and
DeSoto Counties, as a whole our system is failing. In the 2011 Accountability Report, the Mississippi Department of Education listed 70 of 152 districts on academic watch or lower. Thus, we cannot simply complain about the problem and hope someone else is forced to fix it. We must work to fix it. One solution to the problem is charter public schools, something that has proven to better public education systems in other states. While this is not a fix-all, it is a necessary step in the right direction. A charter school is a publicly-funded school that operates like an independent school. This means that school personnel, curriculum and day-to-day operations are determined by the school officials rather than by the MDE. Also, charter public schools are held to higher accountability
standards in exchange for greater autonomy in control. Charter public schools are the free market solution because they add competition to the equation. Jurisdictions with poor public schools give parents no choice but to send their kids to a failing school. For many, independent schools are unaffordable, and home schooling is not always an option due to work. However, charter schools allow parents to choose where to send their kids. Once there is an alternative to the public school, there is pressure placed on the public school to perform better. Essentially, competition between the traditional public schools and the charter public schools for state per pupil allocations will lead to better services provided by both parties. We see this every day in the
Letters to the Editor To the Editor: Three things became very apparent Saturday: 1. David Lee doesn’t deserve to be an offensive coordinator in the SEC. 2. Houston Nutt doesn’t deserve to be a head coach in the SEC. 3. Because of the previous two facts, Ole Miss is the worst football team in the SEC. I am not putting down the talent or work ethic of the players in any way. They work extremely hard, and they are by no means the least talented group in the league. But the men being paid outrageous salaries to guide and lead them are not giving those talented young men the leadership, guidance and play-calling needed to give them the chance to win what they deserve. I am a life-long Ole Miss fan, a former student and a 4-year season ticket holder. I have nev-
er publicly called for a coach to lose his job. After Saturday’s loss to Vanderbilt, though, I cannot deny the very serious problems with our school’s football staff. For two straight season now, the offensive play-calling by the coaching staff has failed to give the Rebels a chance to beat any team with an even remotely similar talent level. And it culminated with, in my opinion, the most embarrassing loss in the 15 years I have followed Ole Miss football. Without a late Vanderbilt mistake, Saturday would have been the first shutout in an SEC game for the Commodores in more than 40 years. That is simply inexcusable. The Forward Together Rebels campaign has shown that the athletics department is taking huge strides to make Ole Miss sports teams the best they can be. It is now time they admit that it cannot happen with the current foot-
ball coaching staff. Any chance of this football season being something that can be considered a success got trampled into the ground Saturday by Vanderbilt. We must now look to the future. I ask that David Lee be let go this week and that the search for a new head football coach begin immediately. If Houston Nutt is allowed to finish the season, I ask that he be replaced the day after the Egg Bowl, which will most likely be a loss, again. I love Ole Miss. I was born a Rebel and will die a Rebel. I want this university to succeed in every aspect of academics and athletics. And I want to see leaders who will take us there. Houston Nutt and David Lee are not those leaders. And so long as they are employed by the University of Mississippi, the athletics department will not receive another penny of my hardearned money, by way of tickets, donations or memorabilia. Hotty Toddy!
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To the Editor: I was disappointed to read the article in the DM about the freshman class “outpartying” other classes. It is shameful that the Mississippian, which represents the students of this university, chose to force a negative label on an entire incoming class. The truth is, the freshman class is full of students who are here for much more than liquor and partying six days a week. The honors college just received its largest ever incoming class, with an increased average ACT score. A student organization, Freshman Focus, is bringing freshman
ing sure that legislators receive and understand research supporting charter public schools, as well as pointing to successful charter schools in other states as a model, like those supported by KIPP, Knowledge is Power Program, which has received national acclaim for its work. I realize many college students are not thinking about children at the moment, but imagine what type of education system you want your child going through one day. The time to work for change is now, not when your child is in the system. By that time, it is too late. Let’s make being a product of a Mississippi public education system something of which our children will be proud. Trenton Winford is a sophomore public policy leadership major from Madison. students together to make a difference in our community through service to others. And many students here, myself included, have chosen to avoid drugs and alcohol during our college years. Instead of attempting to blacklist a large portion of the Ole Miss student body, the Daily Mississippian should try to tell a different story. Unlike the freshman in the picture on the front page, a large number of us freshmen do not flip off the University of Mississippi. Sincerely, Austin Sigl Freshman public policy leadership major
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Secretary of State announces amendments to sports agent laws
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Lafayette County redistricting vote postponed OXFORD, Miss. (AP) - The Lafayette County Board of Supervisors has decided to postpone adoption of proposed redistricting plans for two supervisor and justice court districts. The board opened a public hearing Thursday on the redistricting plans by voting to allow the new board, which takes over in January, to decide which plan will be implemented. The Oxford Eagle reported that once the plans are approved next year, the process is expected to take several months to make the necessary changes. Essentially, the new districts should be in place by the time of the presidential election in November but not much earlier. Around 30 members of the public were on hand to listen to a presentation on the new voting districts by representatives of Elliott and Britt Engineering and County Attorney David O’Donnell. After the 2010 U.S. Census revealed that Lafayette County voting districts were not in compliance with the “one man, one vote” rule, the county hired Elliott and Britt to help re-draw district lines.
The county’s population jumped 22.2 percent from 38,744 to 47,351 in the past 10 years, making it the fastest growing non-metropolitan county in the state. In the city limits of Oxford, the population grew 60.9 percent to 18,916, but much of that growth is the result of an annexation that took place after the 2000 census. As a result, Oxford has jumped from being the 35th largest city in the state to No. 20. “There are lots of ways to change the districts to equalize them,” Larry Britt said. “At some point in time, you try to develop a plan that moves as few people as possible.” Britt said both plans satisfy the “one-man, one-vote” rule and maintain District 3 as a minority-majority district as ordered by the court in 2000. In the redistricting plans proposed for the justice court voting districts, the two options more closely resemble the voting districts for the board of supervisors’ districts and also help to solve numerous split precinct issues at the current polls. The split precincts under both proposed options would be lowered from 10 or 12 splits to just two splits. The supervisors noted that they will try to put the proposed maps online soon and likely will hold more public hearings.
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The state of Mississippi is strengthening its rules on sports agents interactions with players. The Secretary of State’s office announced this past summer the revisions that have been made to the Uniform Athlete Agents act, or the laws which govern sports agent operating in the state. The office said that this change was made to “provide greater protection to our student athletes.” Delbert Hosemann, Mississippi’s secretary of state, said recent events brought forth by the media targeting the relationships between student athletes and agents provided the inspiration to amend the law within the state. “Mississippi’s new law will provide greater accountability to sports agents who wish to recruit our student athletes and will bring more responsibility to the recruitment process,” Hosemann said in
the press release. Matt Ball, senior associate athletic director in charge of compliance, said he thinks the new law is good for the state in that it’s progressive. Ball said he thinks the incident that Hosemann is referring to is what happened to the University of North Carolina’s football team this past summer. In that case, 13 Tar Heels, including several projected first-round NFL draft picks, were suspended, with three missing the entire season. “I think they reviewed a lot of these laws and strengthened their law with those rules applying to agents a little more broad,” Ball said. The rules do not just apply strictly to registered agents but to their coworkers and associates as well. “(The secretary of state’s office) closed a loophole and that’s good for our perspective,” Ball said. “The secretary of state does not want the problems that happened (at North Carolina) to fall on any schools in the state.”
The amendments to the act focus on requirements for sports agents, strengthens the punishments for violators and broadens the definition of compensation to a student athlete to include anything of value. Agents are now required to register with the secretary of state before signing a contract with a student-athlete, to agree to a background check before applying for registration, to notify the university or community college before soliciting a student athlete and to disclose to the state any litigation they may be involved in, as well as other states they are licensed to conduct business in. “I think the next couple of years are going to be really interesting to see how things evolve a little bit in the realm of college athletics,” Ball said. “We have tremendous athletic talent in our state,” Hosemann said in the press release. “Our goal is to protect not only the eligibility, but also the future of our student athletes.”
Chamber starts ambassador program BY HILLARY HOUSTON firstname.lastname@example.org
The Oxford-Lafayette County Chamber of Commerce announced the inauguration of its new ambassador program in September. The program began this year as a group of volunteers from the Chamber of Commerce membership, who helped enhance communication with chamber members and business professionals to help them to get the most out of their membership investment and benefits. “Our ambassadors volunteer their time to be on this committee and help us with promoting the benefits of being a part of our organization to some people who may not have heard of the chamber before or who may not know the reasons why they should join,” chamber Vice President Pam Swain said. The Chamber of Commerce, a nonprofit membership organization, operates to support local businesses and the growth of
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in the country. “I was shocked by the high divorce statistics,” Pat Ward, pastor at the Orchard, said. “I think one of the reasons that it is so high is because a lot of times in our religious culture some of the things that really need to be talked about, such as sex and finances, are not.” If you get married for the right
private enterprise in Oxford and Lafayette County. “Our long term result is trying to keep businesses in Oxford by supporting and networking with each other,” said Holli Ratcliffe, owner of Holli’s Sweet Tooth and ambassador chair. “We want to make our business community the best it can be.” As the new official representatives of the chamber, ambassadors will help with professional seminars, public events, leadership programs, ribbon cuttings and other projects. An ambassador’s responsibilities include attending chamber functions, recruiting new members and communicating with current members. “We’ve created this group, kind of like our ‘street team,’ of people who will help serve as ambassadors but also as representatives of members of our organization to help us get feedback from other members of our organization,” Swain said. Chamber programs will offer members opportunities to represent their businesses while networking at chamber functions and
events to increase communication between business owners. “The number one benefit of joining the chamber is networking,” Swain said. “We provide networking opportunities for business owners to get together and to not only promote their business but to also promote a sharing of ideas among small business owners and large business owners in the Oxford and Lafayette County area.” Every month, the ambassador with the most volunteer hours will be recognized as the BancorpSouth Ambassador of the Month. In June 2012, BancorpSouth will present an Ambassador of the Year Award. The ambassador with the most hours for the year will be awarded two season passes for the 2012 Ole Miss Football season. “We are still accepting applications for ambassadors if anyone is interested in joining,” Swain said. “Anyone can be an ambassador — you do not have be a business owner, but you do have to work for a business who is a chamber member.”
reasons, some think it will turn out better, including Tevin Brown, a sophomore political science major. “Marriage is a sacred bond between a man and woman, and is the best way to allow us to experience the connection we have with God,” Brown said. “You can marry when you are young, but only if both people are willing to commit to it.” Public policy leadership junior Rebecca Ruleman views marriage as something that should last for life.
“Sometimes people enter into it and then realize that it just isn’t for them,” she said. “It is a complicated decision that people need to wait and see if it is the right thing to do.” The economy plays a major part in marriage and divorce. During recessions, fewer people get divorced because, “there is less to get out of it during bad economic conditions,” Jon Moen, economics department chair, said. However, since the recession has improved, people are willing to take the chance, Moen said.
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Old Walmart to be rennovated for $2.6 million BY DJ JONES email@example.com
After spending most of the last seven years providing nothing more than storage space, the Old Walmart building will receive a minor, yet expensive facelift. The renovated building was purchased by the University of Mississippi in 2003 for $2.6 million. Now, it will house the university math lab, a multipurpose room and additional classrooms, a reconstruction expected to cost $3.2 million. The project, which was approved by the Institution of
Higher Learning in August, will also add new heated, ventilated and air conditioned restrooms complete with new plumbing and electricity. Over 7,000 square feet will be reworked for the math lab. Although this renovation may seem like a monumental project, associate architect Chad M. Hunter said it should be “pretty simple,” as it will only require some minor demolition. The public bid process began Sept. 9, and the university hopes to begin construction on Oct. 31., projecting the renovations to be completed
in May 2012. The building was purchased by the university with the intention that it be used for extra classrooms and offices, but it has mostly been used for transitional storage with a small section for the Center for Mathematics and Science Education. Michelle Robinson with the CMSE told The Oxford Eagle she didn’t expect for the transition to impact the department much. “It will take a little off our office but add more to our office later,” Robinson said in the article. For students who have had
to trudge up the hill to Kinard to the current math lab, this may sound like great news, but others are concerned about finding transportation to get to there. Junior nursing major Ayoshia Washington said the move would be really inconvenient. “I don’t see why they would move it,” Washington said. “That’s a long walk, especially for someone who doesn’t have a car.” Washington said she understands the move has its upsides but is concerned about the lengthy trip to get there.
“I think it would be worth it just because it would have more space for the students, but that walk would not be fun,” Washington said. “At least it’s only once a week. If they had to walk every day, I don’t think it would be worth it.” Sophomore exercise science major Jesse Wright goes to math lab once a week. “I would hate for the building to move,” Wright said. “It’s not really that bad, just a 10-to-15 minute wait. I would rather go up the hill and wait for a bit than trek over to the Old Walmart Building.”
Oxford farmers market continues to thrive after being certified BY HAYLEY HAMPTON firstname.lastname@example.org
This summer the Oxford Midtown Farmers Market was certified by the Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce. The certificate gives recognition to the farmers market by other businesses, meaning the market meets the standards of a small business or a large company. As part of its certification program, the market is considered a thriving business and capable of running itself. “We started this market so we would have something close to home and to give
other farmers and vendors the opportunity to sell what they raise,” Freddy Bost, farmer and board member, said. Bost and his wife Aileen said the certification makes no difference to them; the market is still the same market it has always been. “I love the Farmer’s Market,” blueberry vendor Larry McCullough said. “It’s a great opportunity for anyone. My wife and I raise organic Pumpkin Creek blueberries, and we run out just about every year.” The market itself is funded by the vendors and has been under the supervision of the Bost family for almost 10 years.
“We have a variety of produce –– there are tomatoes, squash and even more vegetables and fruits of all kinds,” Bost said. “We also have fresh-baked breads and cakes. There’s nothing secondhand here. All of our produce is either harvested the day of or the day before; it’s not like what you get in a grocery store where they use chemicals to make their stuff look pretty.” According to Aileen Bost, the Oxford farmers market is special. “You can see all the people and the friendships they form with each other,” she said. “There’s just an overwhelming sense of community here.
“We have live music each weekend, and there are all kinds of activities for the enjoyment of the young and old.” The couple is also very proud of the standards the market upholds. “We have a very strict board,” Aileen Bost said. “Our members actually go and visit the incoming farmers and their farms before they’re allowed to sell. We make sure it comes right from the Mississippian who grew it.” In addition to the certification, the market has also made efforts to go green and give back to the community. “Anytime we need power of some sort, we use solar ener-
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gy,” McCullough said. “Also, at the end of each market day we take what’s left over of our produce and baked goods and donate it to the Food Pantry.” McCullough also said the vendors often share their extra produce and products with each other. “Our market would be the same whether it was certified or not,” Aileen Bost said. “The certificate really doesn’t improve us as a market; it’s our customers and all the people who are a part of it.” The Farmer’s Market is open until Oct. 30 on Wednesdays from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m., and on Saturdays from 7 a.m. until 11 a.m.
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UM students enjoy summer through different experiences BY ELLIE TURNER email@example.com
While many students spent their summers getting some rest and relaxation, some chose to mix their fun in with preparing for the future. Come fall, three students talked to The Daily Mississippian about it. Alise Darnell chose to spend half of the summer in school and the other half out of the country. Chris Presley remained in Oxford all summer doing lab research and school. Erika Watson left Oxford as soon as spring semester was finished and went north to spend the summer with a bunch of girls. Each student is glad to be back in Oxford for another semester but has memories from the summer that will last forever. Darnell, a senior speech pathology major, stayed in Oxford for the June summer session, but when July approached, she packed her bags for somewhere far away from this college town: Peru. Darnell has spent seven summers in the slums near Lima, and she wouldn’t have it any other way. She was an intern for a mission organization called “Frontline Peru,” which works with churches in the states by connecting them with churches in Peru. During her month there, Darnell traveled to Lima, Cuzco and the jungle. Her days were filled with construction work and Bible school with native children. Her exhaustion was indescribable, but she pushed through because she can
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LEFT: Senior elementary education major Erika Watson spent her summer in Yellow Springs, W.Va., as a counselor at Camp Rim Rock, a summer program for girls. RIGHT: Senior speech pathology major Alise Darnell went to Peru for the second half of her summer as part of a missions trip.
see the progress of the places and the people every year she returns. “When we first went there in 2004, there was no running water or electricity,” Darnell said. “It’s just cool to see that now there is a hope for the slum outside of Lima.” Darnell is also very thankful for the friends she’s made over the years. She can now have meaningful conversations with the native girls she has practically watched grow up. Presley, a senior biology major, didn’t have too many conversations at all during his summer break. The Ole Miss drum major had a great experience a little closer to home. He was participating in a eightweek program called Summer
Research Institute for Undergraduates. He was paired with faculty member John Williamson, with whom he did a research project where they determined which fungi could be used for anti-bacterial drugs. Staying in a lab with no outside communication for large amounts of time does not sound like an ideal summer plan, but the program prepares students for graduate school and gives them an idea of what they can do as a science, technology, engineering or math (STEM) student. “It’s pretty much like we are graduate students, but we’re undergrads trying to get a feel of graduate school here at the university,” Presley said. Along with the program, Presley took a research methods class,
so needless to say, he was doing school work all summer. As the program came to an end, Presley and six other classmates went to Destin, Fla., to celebrate the completion. He is glad it is over, but Presley would advise any STEM undergraduate to consider the opportunity. Not only does it look good on resumes and applications, but the experience is helpful, even if you find that it’s not what you want to do. Watson is a senior elementary education major and her summer correlated perfectly with her career plans. She chose to go north for the summer to supervise 50 girls ranging in ages from 12-to-13 years old and 12 counselors. Watson spent last summer at Camp Rim Rock, which is in Yel-
low Springs, W.Va. She helped with activities like horseback riding and arts and crafts. This year brought additional responsibilities, as she had to make sure her girls arrived where they needed to be at the right time and were involved in the activities. Along with spending her summer interacting with children, Watson also had the opportunity to build relationships with women from around the world. The camp partners with Camp Across America, so she met women from various countries including Sweden, Australia and New Zealand. “There is such a strong bond because you are working with them all summer,” Watson said. While camp life was not ideal, it does not seem to bother her. “I can’t imagine doing anything else for summer,” she said.
Are You Ready… For the Big Game of Life? Fall 2011 All Majors Career Fair at the Inn at Ole Miss Ballroom Wednesday September 21, 1 – 4:00
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In the 48-year existence of the Porsche 911, it has not only become a capable sports car, but an icon as well. However, when a car reaches iconic status, it becomes increasingly difficult to redesign, fueled by purists who don’t want to see any drastic changes to their beloved sports car. Therefore, Porsche developed what they call an “evolution, not revolution” design philosophy in updating the Porsche 911, which might take a trained eye to notice the differences in the new 2012 model. The new interior was designed to be similar in concept to the Carrera GT. They raised the center console to place the shift lever closer to the steering wheel, and this will no doubt decrease shift times in a manual transmission equipped car. The interior still manages to keep most of its traditional features, like the instrument cluster with five round gauges (though one is now a high resolution multifunction screen) and center tachometer, and the ignition is still placed to the left of the steering wheel. Notable exterior differences include smaller, squinted taillights as well as the lack of bulky blocks around the license plate. Other tweaks to the rear of the car include a wider, variably extending rear spoiler and redesigned exhaust tips for both the dual outlet Carrera and quad outlet Carrera S. Up front, the 911 receives a bolder, lower fascia and widearched fenders that are made possible by the new wider front track. The side mirrors have also been moved from the A-pillars to the
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upper edge of the doors. These updates not only give the new 911 a cleaner look but are also functional. The 911 is now said to have virtually zero lift in the front and rear while still retaining a 0.29 drag coefficient. Porsche has increased the wheelbase of the 911 by 3.9 inches. This will not only make the car a tad longer, but will also reduce the overall height and give the 911 a more aggressive stance. The biggest change to the exterior is something even the most observant car enthusiast wouldn’t notice, and that is the new body construction. The new body is made from an aluminum-steel composite, and it reduces weight by 100 lbs compared to the previous generation 911. This is no small feat considering some manufacturers struggle to get every ounce possible removed from their sports cars. The engines for the new 911 have also been revised. The Carrera returns to the 3.4-liter flat-six engine and makes 350-hp (torque numbers have not been released). The Carrera S receives a 15-hp bump to 400 for its 3.8-liter flatsix. Both engines are to receive
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better fuel economy with an estimated 29 MPG for the Carrera and 27 MPG for the Carrera S, according to a European rating. EPA has not rated the cars yet; however, the EPA has a more vigorous test cycle, so expect official EPA numbers to be lower. The most radical mechanical change to the new 911 is the addition of the world’s first 7-speed manual transmission. The addition of the extra gear helped a lot in receiving higher MPG ratings and should be very interesting to use. The PDK dual-clutch transmission is also going to be available on both models and will feature the ability to “sail” or coast. This is yet another feature to help improve fuel economy by eliminating the effect of the transmission slowing the engine down. Coupled with the PDK transmission, the Carrera S is estimated to accelerate to 60 mph in 4.1 seconds. If the Carrera S is equipped with the optional launch control available on the Sport Chrono package, the time reduces to a scant 3.9 seconds. The Carrera with PDK gets to 60 mph in 4.4 seconds or 4.2 seconds when optioned with the Sport Chrono package. The new 911 will also get electro-mechanical power steering. Porsche states that the system will still offer the same precision as the previous generation’s mechanical unit while increasing efficiency and fuel economy. However, previous experience has shown that this kind of system can be hit or miss — the system in the Mustang GT has worked beautifully but has been not so great in BMWs. The first new 911 models are to arrive in dealerships beginning in February 2012. The base price of the Carrera is $82,100, and the base price of the Carrera S is $92,400. These are both price increases from the previous model, but Porsche has stated that they will include a more substantial amount of standard equipment. This is just the beginning of the new seventh generation of the Porsche 911. So you can expect more potent versions like the Turbo, GT2 and GT3, as well as the drop-top Cabriolet in the future; and, in true Porsche fashion, I’m sure that none of them will disappoint.
I think the Republican Primary Debates are stalking me. Everywhere I turn, no matter how hard I try to ignore them, they show up begging to be gawked at. After last week’s insane-athon, I vowed to ignore the rest of the lot. Less than six days later, however, I was drawn back into yet another edition of “America’s Got Ignorance.” The highlight of the night occurred when the crowd shouted in agreement that a sick man who did not choose to buy health insurance should be left on the street to die. Shortly thereafter (or maybe it was before, time seems to have no meaning during these debates), Michele Bachmann described Rick Perry’s HPV vaccination program as a “government injection” of a “potentially dangerous drug.” As the debate concluded, I wiped the seizure-induced foam from around my mouth, and I decided then and there it was time to buy a firearm. Either way I looked at it, a shadowy, vicious, smelly mob was coming to kill me. On one hand I had the callous, fast food nation that is the Tea Party with their hatred of the uninsured (which, incidentally, seems to be what they are accusing the Obama administration of, but nevermind). On the other hand, I had the hospital disinfectant odor emanating from the death panels of the radical left. According to the media outlets, I’m threatened from both sides. I need firepower. With this in mind, my friend and I set out to a local pawn shop to peruse their fine selection of hand cannons. The first thing my friend noticed upon entering was a father and daughter in the midst of a transaction with one of the owners. I paid no attention; plenty of people come in to shop at places like this. Then my friend motioned toward the young girl, who I then noticed was bent over the counter with a highpowered rifle resting right next to her. The gun was eas-
ily her height, and with this I was introduced to the world that is Mississippi gun handling. After spending a while window shopping for the proper weapon, I realized that I probably needed some form of permit to purchase a device whose sole function is to take away life. “What would I need to buy a gun here?” I asked the owner. “A valid license and you gotta be at least 21,” he replied. “Oh, OK,” I said, doing my best to mask my complete shock and terror. I then attempted to forget the images in my mind of recently-turned 21 year olds, legally drunk and armed. I moved toward the movie rack, and I noticed I could buy “Fiddler on the Roof ” on VHS for $5. My friend walked up to join me, and I told him what the owner said regarding rules for buying a gun. “You can’t be serious,” he said, “Maybe he meant, like, a valid gun license?” “You meant driver’s license, right?” I asked the management. “Uh huh,” one said, obviously growing annoyed at the two guys in tight pants who know nothing about proper manly pawn shop etiquette. It was then and there that I decided that maybe gun ownership wasn’t in my immediate future. A system which allows you to buy a gun, literally walk next door, buy a fifth of Jack Daniels and then go a-waltzing down the street sort of rubbed me the wrong way. That, and all the guns were way too expensive. I could buy 60 copies of “Fiddler on the Roof ” for the price of one gun. You tell me which is the better deal. As I drove my friend to his house, he pointed to a sign in his neighbor’s window which read “This House Operates under the Castle Doctrine,” and explained that this meant under state law, the homeowner could legally shoot-to-kill any intruder in his home. However, should the homeowner be harmed in any way by said intruder, and he is not covered by health insurance, he deserves to die alone in the streets, at least according to certain Tea Party constituents at the GOP debate. I guess you have to pick your battles.
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Ole Miss senior running back Brandon Bolden attempts to tackle Vanderbilt senior safety Sean Richardson.
With the loss, the Rebels have lost back-to-back games and four of their last five to Vanderbilt. In Southeastern Conference openers, Ole Miss has not won since 2003 and is 2-17 in their last 19 conference openers. The Rebels also found themselves on the wrong side of history in the Commodore record books.
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with me.” After Stoudt’s first inception of the game, senior defensive end Wayne Dorsey sacked Vanderbilt senior quarterback Larry Smith and forced a fumble that senior cornerback Vincent Moss recovered at the Commodores’ 38yard line. Ole Miss squandered the opportunity with a three-andout, and the first quarter ended scoreless. Midway through the second quarter, a statue-of-liberty handoff to junior running back Zac Stacy went for 26 yards to move Vanderbilt into the red zone. Smith then put the Commodores on the board with a 19-yard touchdown run. Things went from bad to worse later in the quarter. Backside pressure got to Stoudt and junior cornerback Trey Wilson intercepted the batted ball, returning it 52 yards for a Vanderbilt touchdown. Just before the half, on 2nd-andlong, Smith threw a backwards pass to Stacy, and he turned the broken play into a 34-yard gain. Vanderbilt freshman running back Jerron Seymour then powered his way from nine yards out for another Commodore score. On the last play of the first half, Stoudt tried to make something happen and threw his third interception of the game. “Most surprising to me goes back to the offense because I thought first half defense played well enough that we should have put points on the board, but we couldn’t get that seven,” Nutt said. Coming out of halftime, on the third play from scrimmage, junior center A.J. Hawkins snapped the ball over Stoudt’s head and soph-
omore running back Jeff Scott kicked the ball out of the back of the end zone for a safety to give Vanderbilt a 23-0 lead. “I think we needed to relax,” Stoudt said of being down 21-0 at halftime. “I don’t think we were in as bad a situation as we were going into halftime. “We got the ball back to start the third quarter, but I think we were all just pressing too hard and trying to make too much happen, and we kept making more mistakes.” After the ensuing kickoff, the Commodores drove down the field and converted a 3rd-andlong on a 33-yard screen pass to Seymour. The Ole Miss defense finally stopped the bleeding when senior cornerback Marcus Temple intercepted Stacy’s throwback to Smith in the end zone for a touchback. Stacy added to his career-high 167 rushing yards when he ran untouched down the Ole Miss sideline for a 77-yard touchdown run to put Vanderbilt up 30-0. Mackey, who left the game in the fourth quarter with an apparent injury, and Stoudt drove the Rebels into Commodore territory for the first time since early in the second quarter and then into the red zone, but Stoudt was intercepted for the fourth time at the four-yard line. In the closing minutes of the game, Stoudt broke up the shutout when he found receiver Donte Moncrief for a 47-yard touchdown pass, but Ole Miss unsuccessfully recovered the ensuing onside kick. “I’ve got to let (the players) know I still believe in them,” Nutt said. “I got to do a much better job of getting them ready to go.” Vanderbilt head coach James Franklin became only the second coach in program history to win in his SEC debut and improves to 3-0 in his first season, becoming the first first-year head coach to do so since World War II. The Commodores’ 23-point margin of victory is the largest in a conference game since 1971.
“I think every day we see a little bit more of the old Regina come back,” Getzin said. “Just with physicality you know. I don’t think she is quite back to where she was, and I know that really frustrates her.” FRIDAY: LSU 3, OLE MISS 2, The Rebels (4-5, 0-1 SEC), dropped their first match of the weekend to LSU (8-3, 1-0 SEC) in five tough sets (25-15, 16-25, 25-27, 26-24, 6-15). “Three of the games we played really well,” Getzin said. “In two and five (sets) we just got a little tentative. You’re not going to beat a team like LSU if you get tentative.” The Rebels jumped out early on the Tigers and won the first set in commanding fashion, 25-16. However, LSU stormed back to win the second set, 25-16. The third set was back-andforth with neither team leading by more than four points at any time, but the Tigers pulled it out, 27-25. In the fourth set, Ole Miss redeemed themselves with a 26-24 win, which tied the match up at two sets a piece. In the fifth set, LSU took over early and would not look back, taking the set and the match. “I think that we played good in a few sets,” senior Regina
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Senior Regina Thomas tips a ball over the net in a four-set win over Northwestern in the Magnolia Invitational earlier this month. Thomas put down a season-high 15 kills to lead Ole Miss to a five-set win over Arkansas Sunday.
Thomas said. “But we kind of let off the gas at a couple of points, especially that last game.” The Rebels received solid play throughout the match from junior Allegra Wells,
who led the team with 12 kills, senior Morgan Springer, who had a team-leading 16 digs and last week’s SEC player of the week, junior Amanda Philpot, who added 38 assists.
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Soccer’s Comeback At UAB Falls Short BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Two late goals from Mandy McCalla and Rafaelle Souza weren’t enough as the Ole Miss soccer team fell at UAB 4-2 Saturday night. With the loss Ole Miss fell to 4-3-1 while UAB improved to 3-5. The game marked the final non-conference game for the Rebels. Trailing 4-0, McCalla scored her second goal of the year for Ole Miss in the 68th minute off an assist from Souza while Souza scored her team-leading seventh goal of the year in the 81st minute off an assist from McCalla. “We put ourselves in an early
hole getting down 2-0 at halftime,” head coach Matt Mott said. “Giving up two goals early made it hard to comeback. Credit UAB. They worked hard and played well, and we were not able to get ourselves back in the game.” Ole Miss recorded 13 shots in the game (seven on goal) while UAB recorded 19 (14 on goal). McCalla led the Rebels with four shots. Ole Miss keeper Kelly McCormick made a career-high 10 saves in her first career start for the Rebels. The Blazers got on the board in the 13th minute as Johanna Liney scored a goal off
an assist from Carolyn Polcari. UAB increased its lead to 2-0 in the 37th minute as Sarah Hopper beat McCormick who had come out to track down the ball. UAB added another goal in the 52nd minute as Emma Smith scored from a shot 35-yards out. Smith added her second goal of the match just one minute later as the Blazers went up 4-0. McCalla hit the post in the 86th minute. Ole Miss will open SEC play on the road next week, playing at Arkansas on Friday at 7 p.m. and at LSU on Sunday at 1 p.m.
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Boxx, Guthrie Win Doubles At Duke CARY, N.C. – The Ole Miss women’s tennis team wrapped up play at the Fab-4 Invitational Sunday in North Carolina by taking the B-Draw doubles title for the second year in a row. The 15th-ranked senior
duo of Kristi Boxx and Abby Guthrie won both matches Sunday to cap the weekend for the Rebels. Boxx and Guthrie took out the Duke team of Mary Clayton and Ester Goldfeld 8-5 in the final for the title.
In the Black singles final, Boxx, ranked No. 22 in the nation, fell to Alabama’s Mary Anne Macfarlane, ranked No. 27, 6-1, 6-2. All told on the weekend, the Rebels won nine matches in singles and doubles.
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ACC adds Pittsburgh, Syracuse from Big East The Atlantic Coast Conference has extended its northern reach, adding Pittsburgh and Syracuse. Now the question becomes will the league stop there — or keep growing to 16? The ACC announced Sunday that its council of presidents unanimously voted to accept those two schools, a move that increases its membership to 14 and sends the Big East scrambling — again — to replace two of its cornerstone programs. “We are constantly evaluating the competitive landscape to ensure the conference’s viability for years to come, and this, I believe, has staying power,” ACC Commissioner John Swofford said on a conference call. “First of all, we are very comfortable with this 14,” he added. “The only thing I would add to that is that we are not philo-
sophically opposed to 16. But for now we are very pleased with this 14. We think it is just an excellent group.” The announcement caps a turbulent week of reshuffling for the ACC. It will likely lead to another dramatic shift in college athletics and could mark the next step toward the era of 16-team superconferences. “I can say that in all my years of collegiate athletics administration, I’ve never seen this level of uncertainty and potential fluidity in schools and conferences,” Swofford said. “Schools, they’re looking for stability, and when that stability doesn’t exist, for whatever reason, as long as that’s going on, I think the conferences that appear to be stable moving forward are going to receive inquiries from schools that are desirous of having that kind of
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stability.” Swofford said “double-digit numbers of schools” recently expressed interest in possibly joining the ACC but declined to identify them. When asked if any other Big East members could be targets for further expansion, — published reports indicate Connecticut and Rutgers could be under consideration — Swofford said, “I don’t think it would be appropriate for me to go there.” The ACC said its invitations were issued after Pittsburgh and Syracuse submitted letters of application to join the league. It is unclear when the schools will begin competing in the league, with Swofford saying, “We will fully respect the bylaws of the Big East Conference” and that “whatever fits within those bylaws is when we would expect them to join the Atlantic Coast Conference.”
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SUNDAY: OLE MISS 3, ARKANSAS 2 After a five-set loss to LSU, the defending Southeastern Conference Western Division champion, Ole Miss (5-5, 1-1 SEC) looked to rebound against the Arkansas Razorbacks (9-4, 1-1 SEC). They did exactly that. They commanded the first set and won the match 3-2 (25-16, 1825, 25-13, 22-25, 15-4). The
Rebels continue in SEC action on the road next weekend at Georgia (Sept. 23) and at Auburn (Sept. 25). After taking the first set, the Razorbacks, just like LSU, evened the match at 1-1. Patterns seemed to be repeating themselves from earlier in the weekend, but the Rebels came out stronger than ever and swiftly disposed of Arkansas in the third set. Looking to take the match in the fourth set, the Rebels gave the Razorbacks a run but fell
three points short. In the game-deciding fifth set, there was no stopping the attack of Ole Miss as they took the set and the match. “It’s a great rebound win,” head coach Joe Getzin said. “Another five-setter, and I think our kids showed a little bit of growth after Friday night’s loss.” The Rebels were led by senior Regina Thomas, who put down a game-high 15 kills. See VOLLEYBALL, PAGE 11