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Pillow exploring other avenues, working to pass student campaign amendment BY ADAM GANUCHEAU firstname.lastname@example.org
Associated Student Body Attorney General Rob Pillow is “exploring all other avenues” to pass an amendment which was killed by the ASB Senate last Tuesday regarding student election campaigning on campus. The ASB Senate killed the proposed amendment which would allow only 20 campaigners per candidate at the Union Plaza, 15 in the Circle and five in front of Fulton Chapel. The bill, which Pillow thought would help increase voter turnout and decrease student annoyance complaints, was killed by a vote of 25-19-9. “I wish (the Senate) could have been a little more open to what we were trying to pass,” Pillow said. “It was obvious when I came in that many senators weren’t supportive of this. There were clearly some that were very
rigid and unwilling to see both sides. I think the majority of their constituents, the student body, would have supported this bill.” Pillow, alongside ASB Senators Rod Bridges, Austin Dean and James Parrett, presented the bill after Pillow received “numerous complaints” following this fall’s personality elections. Pillow and the other authors answered questions from concerned senators during the meeting. Many senators argued that the proposed campaign limits would limit free speech. “That’s never what this bill was about,” Pillow said. “I think free speech is breached when campaigners corner or surround students as they are walking to their classes. In local, state and national campaigns, you can’t just force something on people as they are walking to work. That’s what we are trying to avoid
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Associated Student Body senators discuss a bill to limit the number of open campaigners allowed on campus for campus campaigns Nov. 12, 2013.
here with this amendment.” Pillow is looking into changing specifics in the bill in hopes that he can re-present
it to the Senate before the end of the semester. Thursday afternoon, Pillow met with ASB Senator Cody Smith,
one of the senators who voted against the amendment, to See PASS, PAGE 5
2014 Miss University ASB ‘Adopting-A-Basket’ for the Oxford community crowned tomorrow BY ALLISON SLUSHER
BY BRIDGET QUINN
The Associated Student Body is serving as one of three official sponsors for the ninth annual Adopt-A-Basket in Oxford as part of a service initiative before Thanksgiving break. Adopt-A-Basket’s goal is to put together baskets of ingredients to make a Thanksgiving dinner that will then be given to local families who are in need during the holidays. Each year, various campus organizations volunteer to collect items to fill baskets for the program. ASB President Gregory Alston is excited to be a part of the service initiative. “This year I wanted ASB to get involved with a service project that benefits the Ox-
Eleven contestants will compete for the title of Miss University 2014 Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. in the Ford Center for Performing Arts. The competition is hosted by the Student Activities Association and The University of Mississippi’s Student Union. “The pageant provides scholarship money for the winner and first and second alternate,” said Carly Eason, student director of pageants. “Additionally, the pageant provides an opportunity for Ole Miss students to showcase their talents, lifestyle and fitness and philanthropic platform.” The winner will be crowned Miss University and will advance to the Miss Mississippi Pageant, held in Vicksburg in July 2014. “The categories the competi-
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ford community,” Alston said. “We saw Adopt-A-Basket as a great way to do that.” The ASB, sponsoring the program alongside the Big Event and the Office of Volunteer Services, will help with
food donations this week. The ASB is looking for students to get involved by donating items such as cans of corn, green beans, gift cards to local groSee BASKET, PAGE 5
I nnovative S teps with Mississippi: T he Dance C ompany
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tion features are evening gown, interview, on-stage question, lifestyle in swimwear, and talent,” said Bradley Baker, student union director. “The judges look for the most well-rounded contestant to represent Ole Miss as Miss University.” Ole Miss supports the Miss University Pageant by providing it with a $2,000 scholarship and $2,000 stipend for the newly crowned Miss University. Caroline Conerly, Miss University 2013, and Chelsea Rick, Miss Mississippi 2013, will host the pageant. Entertainment will feature students from Oxford Ballet School. “I want to encourage the ladies competing to relax, but we all know that is easier said than done, right?” Conerly said. “But honSee MISS, PAGE 5
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A walk down memory lane BY TRENTON WINFORD firstname.lastname@example.org
I got quite an interesting start writing for The Daily Mississippian. Instead of applying for a position or intending to land a weekly column, I submitted an Op-Ed that I felt needed to be read about charter public schools. Two weeks later I was again asked to submit a column to cover for someone who could not fill her slot that week. After that, I was asked to write on a weekly basis, as I have for the past three years. Over that time frame, I have T H E D A I LY
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covered many topics about which I was already knowledgeable. Other topics required a good bit of background research. Some columns would just flow from my fingers to the page without a hitch. Others have given me the most extreme case of writer’s block. In fact, I still have about 10 unfinished columns in various stages that I felt were not good enough to run in The DM. I have received feedback and responses from those who strongly agree with me and those who strongly disagree with me. In some occasions I would change the opinions of those who disagreed, and once I changed the opinion of someone who had agreed with me through the way I presented the other viewpoint.
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What I always tried to focus on were issues that meant something to the readers of The DM. This meant sometimes focusing on Mississippi politics even when national issues seemed to be dominating the media. I have been told by a few that they wanted to start writing for The DM because of me. Although, for some, that was to write columns opposing everything I said. During my time as a columnist, I have seen fewer and fewer political columns fill the pages of The DM. I have seen far more liberal writers than conservative, including a semester or two where I was the only regular columnist who would identify as such. In the end, I hope the things I wrote were at least read with open minds. I hope that for each
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column at least one person can say that they learned something from it. I hope that in some fashion my column will be missed each week. Lastly, to those who desire to write for The DM as well, whether that be as a political columnist or sports news writer, why not give it a chance? You already aren’t writing for The DM. So, if you give it a try, you can’t end up worse off. As my time at Ole Miss draws to a close, I know I will use the things I have learned from this endeavor, and I hope each of you takes something with you, as well. Trent Winford is a senior public policy leadership major from Madison.
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America’s forgotten war BY ORION WILCOX firstname.lastname@example.org
In September of this year, the U.S. war in Afghanistan passed the 12-year mark. Let us put this fact into perspective. For the majority of those of us preparing to graduate this May, the United States has been at war since we were 10 years old. Whether or not the war in Afghanistan is “America’s longest war” is debatable; the Vietnam War may take that dubious honor depending on when U.S. involvement in that “conflict” actually began. Regardless, there is no doubt that over a decade of
U.S. involvement in a foreign conflict has left its mark on our generation. While the conflict has certainly influenced different members of our generation in different ways, one of the overreaching results may be a certain level of complacency with war. Although you might not know it by watching the evening news, there currently remain over 68,000 active duty military stationed in Afghanistan. Twice as many as when President Obama first took office. For those veterans who have returned, some after multiple tours of duty, many have found that the country they were sent to defend has largely passed them by. Others have been forgotten entirely, considering that one in eight homeless people are veterans. Recently, due to political infighting, the U.S. government even failed to meet its obliga-
tion of paying bereavement benefits to the families of U.S. troops killed in combat. Throughout the past 12 years, the conflict in Afghanistan has often been pushed to the margins of public awareness as other conflicts began and ended. In 2003 the Bush administration invaded Iraq because of the imminent threat of Saddam Hussein’s alleged WMD arsenal. In 2011 the Obama administration led a NATO mission in Libya to help rebels topple that country’s long-time dictator, Muammar Qaddafi. All the while, the CIA has been running a drone strike program in Yemen and Afghanistan’s neighbor, Pakistan. Dictators have come and gone, terrorist leaders have risen and been killed and all along American troops have remained in Afghanistan. In the wake of the Sept. 11
attacks on the World Trade Center, the mission in Afghanistan was supported by a vast majority of Americans. Today, according to an ABC/ Washington Post poll, Americans are almost evenly split as to whether or not the U.S.’s long war in Afghanistan has had any positive effect on U.S. national security. In 2008, 32 percent of Americans favored withdrawing all U.S. troops ASAP; today that percentage as more than doubled. The implications of Americans’ complacency toward the war in Afghanistan are difficult to fathom. Whether or not we should set an exact date for the withdrawal of troops is an important question. However, the fact that the debate over answering this question has been highly subdued is indicative of this generation’s views toward both politics and war. It is my opinion that citizens
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Taking innovative steps and ‘Breaking Boundaries’ with Mississippi: The Dance Company BY ASHTON DAWES firstname.lastname@example.org
Mississippi: The Dance Company will be performing “Breaking Boundaries” this week in Meek Auditorium. Jennifer Mizenko, professor of movement and dance at Ole Miss, is excited to present the show with her cast of talented dancers and choreographers. It is designed with Ole Miss Theatre’s theme of the same name in mind and includes eight different pieces of dance that fit under the overall genre of modern dance. “We have dances that range from more theatrical in style to more abstract,” Mizenko said. “Each one is set apart by its own theme within ‘Breaking Boundaries.’ There’s not a single piece like another.” Within the show, former limitations of dance itself are being exceeded. “Breaking Boundaries” includes a piece that combines both filmed dance and live dance on the same stage. Patrons will be able to see film playing behind the dancers, but neither part is separate from the other. “I think it’s going to surprise a lot of people,” Mizenko said. She has included an allmale piece in this year’s show. She is pleased to be presenting this piece, entitled “Figaro,” because it is a special occurrence in the dancing world to have enough men to create an entire dance. She nods to this year’s freshmen as the source of this possibility. “I didn’t plan to do this piece,” she admitted, “but
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Mississippi: The Dance Company performing November 2012.
when I saw the talent coming in, I knew I had to create something.” There is also a dance based on this year’s common reading novel, “The Unforgiving Minute” by Craig M. Mullaney. However, don’t expect a musical or a play, but rather a representation of the text’s emotion through abstract dance. Although she is the artistic director of Mississippi: The Dance Company, Mizenko is
not the only choreographer to present her hard work in the performance. Bailey Baker and Jade Genga are both seniors in the theater arts program who have taken on the role of student choreographers for this show. Handpicked by Mizenko, the two women have put their own spin on the idea of breaking boundaries. Baker has turned her dance into something reminiscent of a rock show, with the lighting effects and
t h e sensual demeanor of her dancers. As impressive as the dancing itself is, Mississippi: The Dance Company has something special behind the scenes. It has created a family atmosphere for itself. Returning to their family at Ole Miss this year, alumni Roxie Thomas and Brad Howard have returned to both choreograph pieces in “Breaking Boundaries” and to perform
together with Mizenko. The show will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 20, 21 and 22 in Meek Auditorium. Tickets are on sale at the Ole Miss Box Office and online at olemissboxoffice.com. Tickets are $9 for students, $12.50 for adults and $8 for children and seniors. Break away for a short time to see this spectacular, upcoming performance.
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discuss other alternatives to passing the amendment. According to ASB Vice President and ASB Senate President Morgan Gregory, the last chance for a bill to pass this semester is Dec 3. “I am hopeful it can be done before the end of the semester,” Pillow said. “What I will not do is make a lastminute change and throw off spring elections for those candidates.” Pillow encourages students to contact their senators, who are listed on the ASB Senate website, and voice their opinions on the issue.
cery stores, cans of cranberry sauce and other nonperishable food items. Students are also encouraged to help pack the baskets at the Jackson Avenue Center. Students can volunteer and donate items this week from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. today and from 8 a.m. to noon tomorrow. ASB cabinet member Brittani Acuff is helping to lead the project after she heard of the need to help those less fortunate in the Oxford area. “ASB Senate is also really helping as well,” Acuff said.
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“The ASB Senate Student Life Committee has been serving on the Adopt-A-Basket committee since the beginning, and each Senate committee is donating a basket.” Alston said he considers this project a good way to remember the purpose of the holiday season: to be thankful for what we have and to serve others. “Thanksgiving is a time where we can spend time with family and friends and be thankful for what we have been given,” he said. “I am happy that several families will be able to enjoy a nice meal over the Thanksgiving break.”
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estly the best advice given is to let go and let God. The judges want someone who is confident in who she is.” The judges pay special attention to the amount of service that the winner of Miss University has done, according to Baker. “The Miss America Organization places great emphasis on service, and the Miss University Pageant is no different,” Baker said. “Our Miss University spends a large amount of time giving back to the L-O-U community.” Conerly has greatly appreciated the experiences she has had as a result of being crowned Miss University. “This year, being Miss University has helped me grow and learn,” Conerly said. “I have even more love for this university than I did before. My time representing Ole Miss is one that I will never forget, and I hope the next Miss University cherishes every moment like I did.” To compete for the title of Miss University, individuals must be between the ages of 17 and 24 and enrolled in 12 hours while also being in good standing with the university. They must raise a mini-
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Caroline Conerly is crowned as Miss University 2013 on February 25,2013.
mum of $100 for the Children’s Miracle Network. “The name ‘Miss University’ is much more than a title someone wins,” Baker said. “It is a job that requires a special person to fills its shoes. Miss University has a very
strong legacy that is respected throughout the state and nation.” Tickets for the pageant are available at the UM Box Office in the Student Union for $10 with an Ole Miss student ID and $15 to the general public.
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Robert Nkemdiche finally shines for Ole Miss BY TYLER BISCHOFF email@example.com
Midway through the second quarter, with Ole Miss already out in front of Troy 20-7, freshman defensive lineman Robert Nkemdiche finally got his first career sack. He dragged down Trojan quarterback Corey Robinson for a 12-yard loss that ultimately caused another Troy drive to stall. That wasn’t the only time Nkemdiche made an impact in the game, as he posted four tackles, all solo, one more for a loss and a quarterback hurry. He tied his season highs from the Southeast Missouri game with four solo tackles and two tackles for loss. It was also his second career quarterback hurry. Simply, it was the freshman’s biggest impact game of the season. And he was recognized for his impact play, as he was named SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week. The first career sack was a long time coming for the No. 1 overall recruit in last year’s class. Nkemdiche hasn’t feasted on offensive linemen like so many predicted he would. In fact, he hasn’t put up stats anywhere near dominant. He is 12th on the team, third among defensive linemen, with 23 tackles on the season. He hasn’t played a part in any turnovers this year, as he has no forced fumbles or fumble recoveries. The defensive line has totaled four of the 11 Ole Miss forced fumbles and two of the seven recovered fumbles, but Nkemdiche hasn’t been involved in any of them — he missed two games against LSU and Idaho due to an injury.
He is second on the team with seven tackles for loss, but only two came in SEC games; he’s averaging four tackles per game in nonconference games, but just 2.2 per game in conference play. Nkemdiche hasn’t been the constant impact player this season that many expected him to be. But that indicated that expectations, on a true freshman playing in the SEC, were too high. Given his size – 6-foot-5, 294 pounds – his recruiting ranking and the way he dominated high school football, it was expected he would roll right through offensive linemen and disrupt offenses constantly. But no one should be expected to come into the best conference in college football, during its greatest stretch, and dominate. But all of this doesn’t mean he hasn’t played well for Ole Miss. Coaches have been pleased with his play, and he has made the defensive line even better with his versatility. He started the Troy game at defensive tackle, his third career start on the inside of the defensive line to go along with five starts at defensive end. That positional diversity has allowed Ole Miss to better handle its injury and depth issues on the defensive line. But it also has taken a toll on Nkemdiche’s ability to rack up stats. Many defenses aren’t asking their defensive tackles to accumulate tackles. Rather, they are supposed to fill gaps and take up extra blockers, allowing other players to make the tackle. Also, Ole Miss has lined up against multiple teams that like to spread their offensive formations and find space all over the field. This negates some of the opportunities that defensive linemen have to get tackles, although it can create more one-on-one matchups
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for defensive linemen when rushing the passer, which could lead to more sacks. Ole Miss has not tallied many sacks at all this season. The Rebels have just 14, which is tied for 12th in the SEC. They are getting just 1.4 sacks per game, and no player has more than 2.5 sacks. Last year, Ole Miss had six players with
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Rebels look to carry momentum into showdown with Missouri Saturday BY DAVID COLLIER firstname.lastname@example.org
After facing one of the toughest schedules in the country through the first seven games of the season, Ole Miss got a break, facing just one Southeastern Conference opponent in the past three games. However, the schedule toughens up once again this weekend, as the Rebels (7-3, 3-3 SEC) will host No. 8 Missouri (9-1, 5-1 SEC) Saturday at 6:45 p.m. from Vaught-Hemingway Stadium. “It’s an exciting week for us,” Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze said Monday in his weekly press conference. “You get in this game as a coach and as a player at this level to play in exciting atmospheres, and also against great competition. All of those ingredients are in play for this week. We’re going to enjoy the preparation for it. Hopefully, elevate our kids’ focus for a great task at hand against what I consider to be one of the most well-rounded teams that we faced.” The Tigers are second in the SEC in scoring offense (41.3 points per game) and fourth in total offense (492.6 points per game). They rely on good play from their quarterback, and Missouri has two dependable players to man the position. Senior James Franklin has missed the past four games because of a sprained throwing shoulder, but this weekend he will make his first start since receiving the injury. Before the injury, Franklin threw for 1,577 yards and 14 touchdowns with just three interceptions, while adding 290 yards and three touchdowns on 65 carries on the ground. Redshirt freshman Maty Mauk did a good job filling in for Franklin, as Mauk has racked up 951 yards and 10 touchdowns with just two inter-
ceptions on the year. Although Franklin moves back into the starting role, Mauk’s number could always be called. Regardless, Freeze doesn’t think it makes a big difference who is taking the snaps for the Tigers. “They know who they are,” Freeze said. “They’ve done the exact same things with their second guy that they do with their first one. It’s not like you’re preparing for two different schemes. They have confidence in both of them and have good reason to. The schemes are going to be the same. That helps in that regard.” While a lot of attention is on the Missouri offense, Freeze and the Rebels will be going up against a solid defense as well. Missouri is eighth in the SEC in total defense, giving up 386.8 yards per game, but it ranks third in scoring defense, giving up just 20.2 points per contest. The Tigers really do a good job defending the run; they give up just 111.9 rushing yards per game, which is second in the SEC. They also lead the conference in interceptions (17) and sacks (34). However, Missouri has not done a good job defending the pass this season. They are last in the SEC in pass defense, giving up 274.9 yards per game through the air. The Tigers’ leader on defense is senior defensive end Michael Sam, who has 34 total tackles, including 10 sacks, 16 tackles for loss, seven quarterback hurries, a forced fumble and fumble recovery. “Defensively, they stop the run,” Freeze said of Missouri. “Very few people have been able to line up and just run the ball effectively. They get you one dimensional. Those ends are quick and cause problems in the backfield. We’ve got to try to find a way to run the ball ef-
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Coach Hugh Freeze looks down the sidelines during a timeout of the football game against Troy on Saturday.
fective enough so that we can be who we are and want to be and keep them thinking we’re balanced. We’ve been very effective being balanced as of late.” Rebels finally healthy Ole Miss has had a plethora of injuries this season, but nearly all of those players who are not out with season-ending injuries are back in the mix. Last week, senior running back Jeff Scott returned and got snaps at both running back and at punt returner. Redshirt freshman John Youngblood was out
against Troy, but he will be back in the fold this week, according to Freeze. Senior cornerback Charles Sawyer remains the only player in question. Sawyer has missed a lot of time this season with various injuries, but he did some work in individual drills in practice Sunday and will see how he comes along the rest of the week leading up to Saturday. Nkemdiche honored Freshman defensive lineman Robert Nkemdiche was honored by the Southeastern
Conference Monday, as he was named the SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week. Nkemdiche, who was the nation’s No. 1 overall recruit coming out of high school last season, has dealt with a hamstring injury, but he looked back into form Saturday. He totaled four tackles in the Rebels’ win over Troy, including two tackles for loss and his first career sack. “He’s gotten more comfortable as the year has gone on,” Freeze said. “He is getting healthy again. That’s helped. And he’s getting more comfortable with his transition to playing an interior position instead of on the edge. He certainly looked good the other day, and hopefully he’ll play big Saturday night. He’s certainly playing faster and being more comfortable.” For continuing coverage of Ole Miss football, follow @DavidLCollier and @thedm_sports on Twitter.