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Big businesses projected to bring jobs to North Mississippi BY ROSS CABELL firstname.lastname@example.org
Mississippi residents who haven’t had any luck finding a job might discover that their luck has changed soon. The Mississippi Legislature just approved the development of two new plants that will operate in North Mississippi, including Calisolar and HCL CleanTech. Together Calisolar and HCL CleanTech are expected to bring an estimated 2,000 jobs to the area. Huntington Ingalls, a ship building company that has a site at Pascagoula, is also projected to bring around 3,000 to the area within the next four years. Having large corporations set up shop in Mississippi has become something of the norm in recent years. The first large company to come was the Nissan plant, which opened in 2003, and now companies like Toyota and Winchester are settling in the North Mississippi area, taking full advantage of the large workforce
that is present here. In an Associated Press story, John Correnti, chairman of the board for Calisolar, told the State Legislature that he plans on utilizing this workforce. “The reason we’re coming here, and I’m going to be frank, is the Mississippi farm boys and the farm girls,” Correnti said. “I wouldn’t trade a Mississippi farm boy or farm girl for any Russian, Chinese, Japanese, Mexican, South American.” Associate economics professor Jon Moen believes having these large corporations will not only help by bringing jobs to the area but will also be good for the smaller towns where companies are locating their plants. “I think it will increase the demand on local services and higher paying jobs and help local businesses,” he said. “It will increase intent involvement in local schools.” Sophomore business major Rob Turnage agrees with Moen. “I think with the unemployment rates so high in Mississippi these companies are
going to have a positive impact,” he said. Sen. Gray Tollison serves in the Mississippi state senate for the Oxford area. Tollison was one of the senators who pushed to get these businesses to come here. According to him, developments like these didn’t happen often in the past. “This is something that you didn’t have 20 years ago,” Tollison said. “I recall, there weren’t those types of opportunities, there were some but not like there are now. There certainly wasn’t a Toyota or Nissan.” “Those are the two that we passed and I think are real exciting -- we are in capacity, Toyota is coming along and going to have 2,000 jobs, we have the suppliers so that is a lot of opportunities for college graduates looking to stay in Mississippi,” Tollison said. Calisolar is a Silicon Valley based company that will be
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Recently built plants in Mississippi include Calisolar in Columbus, HCL CleanTech in several locations around the state, Huntington Ingalls in Pascagoula, Toyota in Blue Springs and
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Winchester in Oxford.
Gubernatorial debate cancelled, due to lack of commitment BY MALLORY SIMERVILLE email@example.com
The push for a gubernatorial debate at the University of Mississippi quickly became a waiting game for the campus and student body. The wait is finally over, but it has ended in disappointment. Both candidates denied the invitation sent out by the Associated Student Body, Lott Leadership Institute and the Overby Center. Democratic candidate and Hattiesburg mayor Johnny Dupree asked to reschedule and come at a later date while Republican candidate Phil Bryant did not. The denial of both
candidates resulted in the much-anticipated debate being canceled. According to Litten, both candidates are planning to attend a debate hosted by Mississippi College’s Law School on Oct. 14. After the university hosted Democratic candidates Bill Luckett and Johnny Dupree, but was unable to host a Republican debate, the pressure of hosting both parties was added to the ASB. “None of the candidates wanted to commit before the election,” Meghan Litten, ASB director of student advocacy, said. The Overby Center for Southern Journalism and Politics fellow Curtis Wilkie said he believes the struggle lies with Republican
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candidate Phil Bryant, who also denied the invitation for the Republican debate this summer. “Generally, a guy who thinks he’s the favorite and is going to win is reluctant to debate,” Wilkie said. “Bryant was clearly the favorite and didn’t feel like he had anything to gain by coming.” The event was set for Oct. 15 in Fulton Chapel, and Litten said they are still open to hosting it. Litten said the original idea was to host a debate series between Ole Miss and Mississippi State University. The hope was to host the first debate in Starkville in midSeptember and the second and final debate in Oxford in October. With a packed schedule for
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Innocence Lost BY MEGAN MASSEY firstname.lastname@example.org
Just last week, we all paused to remember the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. We watched TV special after TV special and watched the towers fall over and over again. We grieved for the families who lost loved ones and respected the memories of the fallen. It was a tragic time for our country, one that should never be forgotten. For many of us, that was the day we realized there is greater evil in the world than wicked witches, that there are some who exist who long to murder people they have never even met. But this month also causes
many of us to think about another event, one that’s more clouded, less black and white -- the start of the war we’re still fighting today. I don’t wish to start a heated debate; I think we can all agree there are enough of those. I simply wish to suggest that in the midst of our politics and anger, though justified to an extent, we have forgotten to mourn for another group of people. Kids, who like us, lost a lot of their innocence because of the attacks on our country, but they aren’t American kids. They’re the children of Iraq and Afghanistan. “The world is so scary now.” As I watched the documentary “Iraq in Fragments,” those
words spoken by a young, Iraqi child were heart-piercing. The documentary is meant to give the viewer a look into the lives of those living in Iraq through their eyes. Instead of having a bunch of facts spat at you or someone else’s political viewpoint shoved down your throat, you listen to a young, orphaned boy talk about his everyday life. You see men drinking tea as they talk about the war. You simply observe what their world looks like, something that is vitally important for people in the West to do, especially Americans. At this point, there are children who have only known war. They’ve grown up in the middle of it. They’re all too familiar
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cause some of us to feel guilty. I don’t wish to compare America to the terrorists who attacked her; I’ll leave that to some other columnist. We were attacked, and we chose retaliation. There’s not anything we can do about that at this point; the argument has gotten very cyclical and always ends in more dissension. All I ask is that we be more aware of our actions and their consequences. There are children who are hurting right now, much like the children of the people who were killed in the attacks on our country. Why shouldn’t our hearts ache just as much for them? Why have we chosen to ignore them?
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with the sound of gunfire and the sights and smells of death. I don’t care what your opinion is on the war or what political party with which you align yourself. The fact that there are children who’ve never had any innocence to lose because all they’ve seen is violence is heartbreaking. But most of the time, we choose to ignore these children. We don’t dwell on the thought of children who have grown up orphans because of war, and we certainly don’t want to think about the children who have been injured themselves simply because they were in the wrong place at the wrong time. These thoughts rattle us and even
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A family forgotten BY ADAM GANUCHEAU email@example.com
Forty-nine years ago today, the University of Mississippi was going through the worst of times. James Meredith had just been admitted to the university, causing tension that we as students in this day and age cannot possibly imagine. Forty-nine years ago was homecoming week. The homecoming game against the University of Houston was supposed to be played in Oxford. In fear of more brawls and protests breaking out due to an influx of people, Chancellor J.D. Williams was advised by U.S. Secretary of State Robert S. McNamara to relocate the game to Jackson and to cancel all homecoming activities. Forty-nine years ago, U.S. Marshals were patrolling campus to maintain stability and sanity. The James Meredith situation separated the Ole Miss family, literally. Until very recently, the Ole Miss family was one. Aside from my own family, Ole Miss gives me the best family I could ever want, and I thank God for that every day. We may not lead the nation in every category as far as
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colleges are concerned, but you can bet on the fact that we have one of the most closely-knit families in the country. Today, we are not one. We have allowed certain circumstances to split us. We are not dealing with racism or immorality. We aren’t rioting in front of the Lyceum. We aren’t withdrawing from school. However, we are doing something just as destructive — we are giving up on Ole Miss, and we are giving up on the very family that we have come to love so much. Point fingers at Dan Jones, Pete Boone or Houston Nutt. Sell your season tickets. Complain about our athletic facilities. Run accusatory advertisements in newspapers. Do those things and you aren’t in my family. What exactly are we accomplishing by doing this? For starters, we are showing our players and fellow fans that they are the scum of the world. Also, by doing these childish things, we are showing the rest of the world that we don’t believe in ourselves. To me, this week is one of the saddest weeks in the history of Ole Miss. Not because of our football team’s performance, but because of
the way the Ole Miss family is handling it. This week was the first time I have ever been embarrassed to be in this family. This absolutely cannot continue. Instead of dwelling on and whining about how things should be, let’s get things to where they should be. First, do not give up on this team. Second, do not give up on the administration. Sometimes it takes a bad experience to grow. We will grow from this. In fact, we can speed up the growing process by acting as a family again instead of selfish individuals. We have come a very long way in 49 years. The James Meredith situation was much worse than this, but we grew because of it. We will get past these rough times. The first step to moving on is the Georgia game on Saturday. Go to the game and support this team. Show your support for the administration. They need it now more than ever. Do not dwell on the past; instead, do what you need to do now in order to create a better future. Let’s turn these sad times into happy times. Let’s get this family back on the right track. Let’s be proud of our Ole Miss.
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AllCare Clinic aims to increase diabetes awareness and treatment BY CAITLIN ADAMS firstname.lastname@example.org
Jonas Lutjen, a junior at Ole Miss, has dealt with diabetes since he was 3 years old. He must monitor what he eats, get plenty of exercise and keep track of his blood sugar levels in order to remain healthy and fight off other potential health problems. “The hardest days for me to deal with it are the days when I am not doing anything,” Lutjen, a player on the Ole Miss tennis team, said. Diabetes is the seventh leading
cause of death in the United States and more than 11 percent of Lafayette County residents are affected by this life-altering disease. It can decrease sensation in feet, lead to long-term problems such as hypertension and high cholesterol, and strike at any time. Although usually associated with the elderly, it is becoming more prevalent in younger ages. More than 26 million people in the world have diabetes but are often unaware of their condition or do not take the proper steps to keep the disease controlled. AllCare Mississippi, a family
urgent medical clinic in Oxford, recognizes this alarming truth and is taking a stand to educate Oxonians about living responsibly with diabetes. Kymberly Van Every, family nurse practitioner and owner of AllCare, realized the importance of educating diabetes patients once she saw the poor health conditions in Mississippi. “We are number one in a lot of bad things,” she said. “I want to do my part to change that.” Van Every began hosting a free monthly “Diabetes Day.” The day educates those diagnosed with diabetes on how to control the disease in a way that will not interfere with daily life. First Choice, a diabetes supply company, comes to the clinic and meets with patients to help educate them about the responsibilities that diabetics face. This free event teaches patients about diets, sugar checks and regularly monitoring the body. In addition, attendees receive complimentary arm meters to check blood sugar and can even have molds of their feet taken in order to receive a free custom pair of shoes. Van Every sees every service provided as beneficial, but thinks the free shoe mold is the most
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silicon metal to be sold to the automotive, electronics and consumer industries. Calisolar plans to build its factory in Lowndes County Mississippi. Gov. Haley Barbour and the state have worked with Correnti in the past with a steel company in Columbus. “He has a proven record, he means business in terms of if he says he is going to do it, he will do it,” Tollison said referring to Correnti. HCL CleanTech is a company that has offices in North Carolina and Israel and has plans to relocate its company headquarters to Olive Branch. While HCL CleanTech plans on opening their facility in Grenada, it is also looking in the Boonsville, Hattiesburg and Natchez regions for future sites. HCL CleanTech will
helpful to patients because of the general lack of knowledge of diabetes’ impact on feet. “When one has diabetes, they lose sensation in the feet and often times cannot feel if they have a cut or step on something,” she said. “This loss of feeling can be traumatic and can lead to a diabetic sore or slow the healing process and set the patient back.” First Choice provides technology that takes an exact mold of the foot in order to create custom shoes that cushion the feet and give diabetics the necessary foot support. Those who come to “Diabetes Day” covered by Medicare are offered this service free of charge as a preventative method. Although this is a unique and useful service, every service provided helps those diagnosed. “You never know who or what will come in the door,” Van Every said. “We have to be prepared to adjust accordingly based on patient needs.” Blair Holmes, a student resident at AllCare Mississippi, understands the complicated nature of diabetes and the fact that many patients remain uneducated about how to care for themselves properly. “It is something you always transform wood chips into cellulosic sugars used in animal nutrition, cosmetics and fuel. One reason HCL CleanTech decided to come to Mississippi is because of the abundance of pine wood. Senator Tollison thinks that having HCL CleanTech here also means big business for the State’s timber industry. “It creates this new market for the timber industry and is also good for creating jobs for Ole Miss college graduates,” he said. “To me that is a big deal, to create these jobs that will have an average salary of $60,000.” There have also been talks of using the facility to be located in Grenada for research and development and have students who are involved in the Center for Manufacturing Excellence work there. Turnage feels that this could be a good opportunity to learn something. “I think working at these places could be a good life experience for students who are looking to go into that field.”
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have to ask about,” she said. “There is so much to know about diabetes and to figure it out you have to learn it from somewhere or someone.” Lutjen recognizes the need for patient education when it comes for caring for diabetes. “People with diabetes have to know what to do about it, otherwise it’s really hard or almost impossible to handle it well,” he said. “This event would be a great resource for anyone who is unsure of how to properly care for their diabetes.” Although those diagnosed with diabetes may have to make a few changes to their lifestyle, not all diabetic patients find living with the disease a burden. Hannah Burson, a senior biology major who has family members with diabetes, said it’s important to get into a routine in order to keep diabetes under control and alleviate stress. “Once you get into a rhythm and know how everything works, it’s easy to handle and makes life that much easier,” she said. This rhythm is exactly what Van Every is trying to achieve with patients once a month. The next “Diabetes Day” will be held Sept. 21st at AllCare Mississippi.
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Litten and ASB President Taylor McGraw planned to prepare and finalize six questions for the chosen moderator, Marshall Ramsey, the editorial cartoonist for The Clarion-Ledger. The debate would have been completely studentrun, from the questions, to the stage set up and security. “Everything is done on our side, as far as we are concerned,” Litten said. “As the student advocacy person, we just want the student voice to be heard. We heard that no one was organizing a debate so we took it upon ourselves to get on it.” The university has had a history of hosting debates that have brought large sums of people from across the state. “It’s not a unique idea at all; it’s one that I certainly support,” Wilkie said. “We have had debates here on campus, none bigger than 2008. It’s good for democracy and it’s good for education; they have a lot of impact.” Although the ASB, Lott and Overby are still open to a debate, Bryant made it clear that he will only participate in one event.
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VOX hopes to encourage students to get involved BY KATHRYN WINTER email@example.com
VOX, a non-profit organization that began in December 2009, is starting to use its voice to help encourage students to get involved in literary service. The group met Saturday to organize events for the year. It focuses on providing the Oxford community with service from a literary standpoint, whether it is volunteering or submitting creative work. The VOX mission is to, “educate the general public about innovative avant-garde literature and art, for the purposes of education, enjoyment and enlightenment.” “Our goal is to start writing workshops for schoolage children, Girl Scout troops after school, church programs and eventually, I would love for us to have enough volunteers to go into the school system and have a free tutoring program for children who are struggling
with writing, or children who have a love of literature in general,” said Dede Reed, the chair of the educational outreach committee and Ole Miss graduate. VOX President Gabriel Scala holds degrees in creative writing and American literature and is also chair of the technology committee. “Basically we’re starting a brand new campaign; we’re changing the face of VOX,” Scala said. “We’re trying to reach out to the community, get involved in the community. We have a whole new set of directors and we’re really excited about this coming year.” According to Reed, one of the main goals of VOX is to reach out to the community. “We are very closely tied in to our community and instead of our resources going elsewhere why not stay right here in town and help our children and our artists?” Reed said. VOX Press was founded in 2004 by the artists J.E. Pitts and the poet Louis Bourgeois, and
first started out as a literary journal, but the primary focus is now on publishing books of “new and experimental” literature. Bourgeois has won many awards for his work and was the first graduate of the University of Mississippi’s MFA program in Creative Writing. VOX is also branching out into producing avant-garde music, films, art, theater, etc. Really there are no limits at VOX press, Bourgeois said. VOX has also created the artist series featuring Neil White, John Brandon, Glennray Tutor and Barry Hannah. The artist series was originally started for the purpose of fundraising but has now become a main component of VOX. Betsy Chapman, a local artist and musician is the artistic and program director for the organization. “We developed programming that supports our mission of supporting avant-garde artists, and secondarily we create artistic programming that’s
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firstname.lastname@example.org Free Scantrons are now available at various points around the University of Mississippi campus. Associated Student Body President Taylor McGraw was the catalyst for getting the Scantrons for students as a part of his campaign to be ASB president. “I spoke with our vice chancellor for administration and finance, and he didn’t see any reason why the university couldn’t start providing Scantrons for students,” McGraw said. “The Ole Miss Bookstore sells about $7,000 worth of Scantrons per semester, and those unnecessarily big, oft-broken Scantron vending machines cost $14,000.” The Scantrons are available to pick up outside of the ASB office, located on the top floor of the Student Union and the J.D. Williams Library circulation desk. Business, accounting, chemistry, engineering, biology, psychology, modern languages and math are all schools and departments distributing the Scantrons internally. McGraw said the Scantrons have been readily available to students since the first week
of September. Many students were surprised to hear that the Scantrons have been available. Noelle Ludlum, junior accounting major, said she was under the impression that the Scantrons were not available and was disappointed. “It kind of annoys me (that they didn’t tell us about the Scantrons) just because I was really looking forward to free Scantrons,” Ludlum said. “Always having to run before a test, get my Scantron and make sure I have it is kind of a hassle.” McGraw said he thinks the biggest problem has been spreading the word about the status of the Scantrons. “We had a problem of getting the correct information out, I guess,” he said. “They have been in the ASB office, which is the top floor of the Union, and we have them right inside the door where students are picking them up.”
Schools and departments are also supplying the Scantrons but haven’t spread the word enough to make an impact, McGraw said. “A lot of the departments have them now, and the problem I think is this, they’re not making it clear to students,” McGraw said. “I don’t want to make it sound like I’m criticizing them, so I’m really not sure how they’re trying to get the word out, but I’m getting the impression that students don’t know that all these places have the Scantrons.” All students have full access to the Scantrons and are encouraged to take as many as they need. “I know that we pay the school $7,000 just by paying for Scantrons, and I think it’s ridiculous they get a profit off of that,” Ludlum said. “Now that I know these Scantrons are available, I’m definitely going to be the one making a profit off of them.”
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encouraged to intern. “We would love to see people and students work,” Reed said. “If you feel like you don’t have a voice, we’d love to be your platform.” For more information and upcoming events, go to www. voxpressinc.com, or contact email@example.com.
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Mississippi Blues Trail marker set in Oxford Briefs BY SARAH DOUGLAS firstname.lastname@example.org
Mississippi was the birthplace of a genre of music that has been responsible for influencing American music. Recently, the town of Oxford was nominated to take part in the honoring of blues music by being part of the Mississippi Blues Trail. “Oxford (has been) very active in promoting a wide range of cultural events, and they wanted to sign onto the blues trail,” Scott Barretta, editor of Living Blues magazine, said. The Mississippi Blues Trail, created by the Mississippi Blues Commission, is a project dedicated to honoring those notable blues musicians like Howlin’ Wolfe, Sony Boy Williamson and Muddy Waters. The Blues Trail stretches throughout Mississippi and includes markers for B.B. King’s birthplace, Charley Patton’s gravesite and the Blues
Font Cafe. With funding for the new marker in Oxford approved, Mary-Kathryn Herrington, director of tourism and marketing at the Oxford Convention and Visitors Bureau, has been working on plans for the marker placement before the eminent scheduled unveiling. “Right now we hope the location will be near the flower bed in front of roosters,” Herrington said. Finding the proper location for the marker has proven to be a major obstacle. Herrington purposed three possible locations on Sept. 8. The commission rejected the proposals due to their location on private property. At the Sept. 20 board of aldermen meeting, the city approved the marker but only at a temporary location, Rooster’s Blues House, to be determined later. Barretta said the marker
will include numerous names, noting people and places instrumental in creating the history of the blues. “The (marker) going in the Square is going to address a number of different things, including Fat Possum Records, which started in Oxford in the early ‘90s; artists like Herbert Wiley, who is a soul blues singer; Howard Odum, a blues researcher who was at Ole Miss in the first decade of the nineteen hundreds, (who) was one of the first people to write down blues lyrics,” he said. Another person that will be represented is R.L. Burnside, who, according to Baretta, is probably one of the most famous musicians born in Lafayette County. The unveiling is scheduled for Oct. 12 at 4 p.m. Family members of the musicians, Herbert Wiley, the mayor and Deep South blues fans will attend.
The deadline is approaching for guys who want to sign up for Interfraternity Council Formal Recruitment. The deadline is today at 5 p.m. Students can sign up at olemiss.edu/greek. IFC vice president for recruitment Peyton Thigpen said that over 1,000 students have already signed up for formal recruitment. “This is more than we have ever had participate,” Thigpen said.
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Even though there has been a large increase in the amount of those participating in recruitment Thigpen said everything has gone smoothly so far. “We have done everything we can to ensure that recruitment will be a good experience for everyone participating,” Thigpen said. Convocation for recruitment is Sunday at the Ford Center at 7 pm.
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Mixed among the usual traditions of the first home SEC football game of the season lies a little artistic gem of local culture right around the corner from VaughtHemingway. This weekend, Theatre Oxford is hosting the annual Ten-Minute Play Festival at the Powerhouse on University Avenue. Unlike the average night at the theater with long, overdeveloped plots and extraneous characters, the festival includes five short plays that get the audience in, hooked and done within 10 minutes. “Even if you don’t like it, it will be over in 10 minutes,” festival producer Alice Walker said. While an Ohio man wrote one of the scripts, Mississippians, three of whom are from Oxford, wrote four of the plays. Not only is it a unique experience from the audience’s perspective, but the festival also offers a unique opportunity for community members to act, direct, design and crew a new and original production. “All of us wear many hats,” Walker said. “It’s nice to get professional and amateur and all types together for the sake of the festival and to just experience theater.” Potential scripts were submitted to a contest earlier in the year and chosen in May. The winner of the competition received $1,000 and a financed production of the show at the festival. “Flying Solo, Figuratively” by Austin K. Steinmetz of Columbus, Ohio, is the grand prize winner and the only production not written by a Southerner. The typical father-son story
(except with storks), the son craves to venture outside the nest and achieve his dreams while the father fights to let go of his baby. According to Walker, the grand prize script also sweeps the Audience Award, but this year Beth Kander of Ridgeland claimed the title. Because of this, the festival opted to produce Kander’s “The Pilot Episode,” as well. Much like the new rearrangements in “Two and a Half Men,” the original wife of the show is “canceled” and wife number two announces that today will be the pilot episode for a new season. The other three productions did not win a fancy award or a pretty monetary figure, but they were chosen by the festival committee to be produced for this year’s festival. Local author and editor Neil White, who also cofounded the festival 12 years ago with L.W. Thomas, wrote “Clandestine.” However, the plot of this production is very hush-hush except for two female CEOs and the promise of a “big twist,” so ... no spoilers! The script with one of the longest titles in history, “The Unabridged Minutes of the Theatre Yucca Basin Theater International Ten-Minute Play Competition Selection Committee,” is exactly what it sounds like: a comedy about the festival selection committee. Taylor McGraw, senior public policy leadership major and ASB president, wrote the final script with his older brother and Ole Miss alum Jake. The McGraw brothers’ play, “A Little off the Top,” is a comedy about a small-town barber with a little suspense and drama sprinkled on top. Taylor wouldn’t reveal much about the other characters, but the premise behind the
production is quite clear. “Everybody went to the barber shop and hung out at the barber shop, and so we kind of started thinking about it in terms of the center of town gossip,” Taylor said. “From there, we launched into the idea of a play that centered around that theme.” The brothers wrote the script over Christmas break after joking about writing a play for the festival for a few years now. Growing up in Oxford, the two went to the festival often in its early years and have fond memories of past productions from childhood. One of the most recognized names on campus today, Taylor writes research papers for his classes and had a column in The DM, but hasn’t delved into the creative side of writing much before this. “It’s a really cool form of creative writing because it’s not the length of a long play, but it’s also challenging because you have to develop your characters in a short time frame,” Taylor said. “It was kind of tough to explain through the dialogue who these people were very quickly.” Taylor and Walker both discussed that while overall attendance is not an issue, the amount of Ole Miss students is often less than hoped for. “It really is cool,” Taylor said. “It’s funny, not that expensive, a good form of entertainment and a chance to do something in the community.” Performances are Thursday, Sept. 22 at 8 p.m., Friday, Sept. 23 at 2 p.m., and Sunday, Sept. 25 at 8 p.m. at the Powerhouse. Tickets are $10 for Theatre Oxford members, $12 for non-members and $8 for children under 12 and can be purchased online at theatreoxford.com.
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Sky Shelton, an aspiring musician and song writer, will
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His first album will be released the same day as his concert, and Shelton hopes he can reach his goal with Oxford’s support. At age nine Shelton began playing bass. Soon after, he was playing in a Christian band with his father, Joe Shelton, traveling to youth camps and churches all over the South. In 2010, he decided to pursue a degree in computer science while still pursuing his music dream on the side. “My degree — hopefully have it as a back up plan to music,” Shelton said. “You always got to have something, music is not as stable as people would like it to be. When you mention you are a musician, you get the eye rolls instantly even though you are talented or you have been in music your whole life, and actually have done some things that have made a living.” Born a preacher’s son in the Mississippi Delta, Shelton had the opportunity to travel and play with Christian bands throughout his career. His father has played guitar for artists like Percy Sledge, The Drifters, The Shirelles and toured as the opening act for the Zombies during the ‘60s.
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Shelton had the opportunity to open for well-known artists like Jason Mraz and Nappy Roots. Shelton also wrote the music and popular rifts of all Rhymes with Orange’s songs. They were popular in Oxford after winning Ole Miss’ Battle of the Bands in 2003 and had the No. 8 most requested song on Rebel Radio. Shelton has always been an Ole Miss fan and never saw himself as a prospective student because of his confidence in making a career in Nashville. Shelton will travel to each SEC city throughout the school year promoting his new album, while proudly calling Oxford his home.
He would like to land on the Billboard charts the first week his album releases. To accomplish this, he only needs to sell 1,000 albums on iTunes during the first week his album releases. “One of my friends Andrew Mendelson masters everybody’s music,” Shelton said. “He has mastered people from Mariah Carey to the NBA Allstar Game. And, if I make the Billboard charts then it’s kind of downhill from there so I’m hoping Ole Miss can support me in it.” Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 8:30 p.m. Come out and support your fellow rebel and help him reach his goal.
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Stoudt: “We got to stop talking about it and just freakin’ do it.”
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Junior quarterback Zack Stoudt looks for a receiver downfield during the forth quarter of the 30-7 loss to Vanderbilt.
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Coming off Saturday’s 30-7 blowout loss at Vanderbilt, everyone associated with Ole Miss football knew something had to change or the Rebels would be in for a repeat of the 2010 season. Junior quarterback Zack Stoudt knows there needs to
be some sort of change in a hurry. “It’s not OK to lose,” Stoudt said. “I couldn’t sleep at all last (Saturday or Sunday). I’m not OK with that. “As players, we need to realize that and wake up and start making some plays. I think we’re realizing that talking with some guys in the locker room and around campus.
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That’s what we need to do and that’s the biggest thing.” Stoudt, who threw five interceptions in Saturday’s loss, takes responsibility for the offensive woes against the Commodores. “I put that on myself,” he said. “Five interceptions? You don’t do that. You can’t do that. We’ve all made mistakes at every position, but I’m the quarterback. I’m in charge of the offense. I’m in charge of those guys and responsible for what they do, so it’s on me.” Stoudt is also tired of head coach Houston Nutt protecting his players. For Stoudt, the blame falls on the players. “Coach Nutt has taken a lot of heat for this game that he shouldn’t,” the signal caller said. “He’s being a head coach and doing what he has to do by putting it on himself, but we’re the players. We have to make the plays. “People outside of football are saying the play calling has been questionable or whatever, and that’s not true. We are the players, and we have to do it.” Stoudt went on to say Saturday’s dreadful performance was execution, not the coaching staff overloading the players. “We just weren’t executing,” he said. “A lot of the coaches are saying we’ve got too much in right now, but I don’t think that’s the case. “There’s a big difference between not understanding and not executing. I think after that first interception we start-
ed making little mistake after little mistake. It kept piling up, and we just couldn’t pull ourselves out of it.” Both Nutt and offensive coordinator David Lee have made it clear that the offense will be cut back and simplified. This week, Stoudt and the offense are focused on getting really good at a portion of the offense and then working on that aspect of the passing game or running game. “I think after (Vanderbilt), we aren’t really worried about what other defenses are thinking,” he said. “We just have to get something going for us no matter how simple it is. We’re going to get good. “We’re going to make some plays and get good at them. If
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you’re good at what you do no matter what the defense says, you should be able to execute it.” So now, Stoudt knows the offense needs to step up their game and go out there and prove to everyone that they can be productive. “I think we can do a lot of things well,” Stoudt said. “I think everything we have in the playbook we can do well. We just got to actually do it. We got to stop talking about it and just freakin’ do it. “We’ve got great receivers, a great offensive line, great backs. I would love to get the ball to all those guys, and we can do that. We just have to make up our minds up as players and go do it.”
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