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LAW STUDENT SENATE PROPOSES Congressman Nunnelee and ALTERNATIVE TO sMOKING BAN UM host National Lab Day The University of Mississippi’s Robert C. Khayat Law School Student Body Senate passed a proposal regarding alternative measures for the new smoking ban.
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The Law School Student Body (LSSB) Senate of The University of Mississippi’s School of Law has passed a proposal regarding the university’s new smoke-free campus policy. With the new smoking policy taking effect in January 2013, the Senate’s goal is to stop the implementation of the ban. “We are confident there are better solutions than an outright ban,” said Cory Ferraez, second-year law student and LSSB senator. The new proposal consists of alternatives such as enforcing the previously designated smoking areas and increasing signage that warns others of the designated
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smoking areas. The finalized proposal will be sent to the Associated Student Body, the implementation committee and the university administration. The proposal was first introduced in the LSSB Senate during its Sept. 18 session and received a favorable vote in the Oct. 29 session. The new proposal is not a flat opposition to the ban, but an alternative measure that the university can take, according to Ferraez. Ferraez said that the Senate understands the good intentions of the new policy; however, the policy infringes upon a person’s right or ability to engage in a legal activity. “The LSSB Senate wants one point to be clear; this is
not just an opposition to the ban,” Ferraez said. “We are offering alternative solutions that can accommodate all parties involved.” Dean of the School of Law Richard Gershon said the smoking policy on campus is a university policy. “I support our law students’ right to exercise free speech on this issue, but any change in the policy will have to be adopted by the university,” Gershon said. With the new proposal circulating throughout campus, there has been some negative reaction. “Apathy is our main reaction,” Ferraez said. “People feel there is nothing we can do about the ban.” The LSSB Senate plans to have surveys and hold more forums to discuss the proposal. As of now, the proposal was passed in the LSSB Senate 6 to 1 in the amendment stages, and the LSSB Senate is working on a formal letter to go with it. Accompanying the proposal will be a petition for students to sign. Ferraez said the LSSB Senate recognizes the health implications of smoking. “The alternatives advocated in the proposal should aid in helping nonsmokers avoid the smoke and smokers,” he said. The proposal’s intentions are to represent a broad approach for students, according to Ferraez. “This proposal not only presented specific solutions,” he said. “It was intended to represent the freedom to conduct or engage in a legal activity and discourages an overly paternalistic mentality by our university.”
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Recently re-elected Republican Rep. Alan Nunnelee, national lab leaders and representatives from four Mississippi research universities met Thursday on the campus of The University of Mississippi to host National Lab Day. Representatives from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Argonne National Laboratory and Oak Ridge National Laboratory all attended the gathering. Nunnelee said that it was an exciting day for the state of Mississippi because all ANNA BRIGRANCE | The Daily Mississippian four of the state’s research Thom Mason, Oak Ridge National Lab institutes — Ole Miss, Mis- director sissippi State University, about doing research and University of Southern Mis- about creating jobs and opsissippi and Jackson State portunities for MississippiUniversity — gathered to- ans.” Nunnelee said “(This gether for the purpose of re- day) is also important besearch and development. cause we’ve brought in three “Those four universities are cooperating together See LAB, PAGE 4
Bowl eligibility on the line for Ole Miss and Vanderbilt For the second straight weekend, the Ole Miss Rebels will look to become bowl eligible for the first time since 2009. This weekend, the Rebels will take on a Vanderbilt team that is also one win away from bowl eligibility. BY MATT SIGLER email@example.com
The Ole Miss Rebels (5-4, 2-3 Southeastern Conference) will look to become bowl eligible this weekend when they take on the visiting Vanderbilt Commodores (5-4, 3-3 SEC) Saturday at 6 p.m. in Vaught-
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The tone of the “political” get-together on campus Tuesday night was far too serious for my taste — we all should have been dancing. The states of Colorado and Washington voted to legalize the recreational use of cannabis for persons age 21 and up Tuesday, while Massachusetts became the 18th state to legalize medicinal marijuana. A high tax rate will be imposed in Washington, and Colorado has pledged to spend the first $40 million in tax revenue T H E D A I LY
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rado passed Amendment 20 in 2000, legalizing medical marijuana in the state for patients with other conditions. Now, in 2012, Colorado has crossed the last line left by legalizing the recreational use of marijuana for adults via Amendment 64. “The voters have spoken, and we have to respect their will,” Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper said after the results of the vote were in. “This will be a complicated process, but we intend to follow through. That said, federal law still says marijuana is an illegal drug, so don’t break out the Cheetos or Goldfish too quickly.” This brings me to the election results: When Barack Obama ran for president in 2008, he said he was “not
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going to be using Justice Department resources to try to circumvent state laws” in regard to regulating marijuana. However, raids on medicinal cannabis providers have been carried out in states that have legalized marijuana during Obama’s administration. In a 2012 interview with the Rolling Stone, Obama clarified his position on the regulation of cannabis: “What I specifically said was that we were not going to prioritize prosecutions of persons who are using medical marijuana. I never made a commitment that somehow we were going to give carte blanche to largescale producers and operators of marijuana — and the reason is because it is against See SOIL, PAGE 3
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continued from page 2 federal law.” Two states that voted to reelect the president voted to put their new laws in direct conflict with federal law, and Obama will have to deal with this soon. If the citizens of Colorado and Washington are able to set up shop without fear of being shut down by the federal government, we might be able to see what effect legalizing cannabis has on crime rates and economic growth; however, the impact of legalization will be impossible to measure if the states are consistently given hassle. I hope the producers of marijuana who choose to follow the law in a state where marijuana has been legalized by the democratic process are allowed to do their business. There is no use in splitting these states up if the federal government will not tolerate the results of two statewide votes. Those who disagree with legalization in Colorado and Washington had their chance to vote; if the people wanted something different, both of the states would have voted the measures down like Oregon did. While these measures might make it to the Supreme Court before Colorado and Washington are allowed to enact their new laws, I am optimistic for the future. With countless industrial and medicinal applications, the legalization of cannabis is a good idea. And like all good ideas, this one will get in men’s minds, and then it will grow and grow. The more minds it gets in, the more pressure other minds have to adopt it, and the powers working to contain it weaken and lose their control. Let it burst and bloom. Andrew Dickson is a religious studies senior from Terry. Follow him on Twitter @addoxfordms.
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national labs, and they’re responsible for a lot of research funding throughout the nation.” Nunnelee said he believes Mississippi’s universities can compete with the world’s best and that this event gives them the opportunity to let universities be in touch with the people funding research projects. Horst Simon, deputy director at Berkeley Lab, said that Berkeley Lab’s mission was to reach out to more states like Mississippi to help the country on a national level. “Mississippi is a state that has no national labs, and the national labs have a national mission, so we need to reach out to many more states,” Simon said. Simon said their mission in Mississippi is to explore opportunities for collaboration to help the researchers of the universities receive access to the big facilities of the national labs. Eric Isaacs, director of Argonne National Laboratory, said that Argonne came to the event to find partners in researching some of the na-
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On the first day of spring semester 2013, students, faculty and staff will be able to donate to and earn funding from The University of Mississippi Green Fund (UMGF). According to Anne McCauley, co-author of the UMGF charter and assistant director in the university’s Office of Campus Sustainability, the fund is a pool of money created with voluntary contributions from students, faculty and staff. The university is donating a base amount of $15,000 and will match 50 percent of the funds generated by student contributions. Once the spring semester begins, anyone can submit a proposal regarding sustainability and energy efficiency, in addition to donating. If approved, the individual will receive money from the Green Fund to finance his or her project. “We want the projects to re-
flect university need and also student interest as it relates to sustainability and how that’s operating on campus,” McCauley said. Public policy leadership sophomore and co-author Will Bedwell said the process of getting the charter approved took longer than a year. Both he and McCauley said the idea for a green fund was generated among the student body. In fall 2011, the idea was passed in a student vote, and from there it was introduced and adopted as a resolution by the Associated Student Body. After ASB approval, the fund was discussed with several university administrators, and the final step was to write a charter and get it approved by Larry Sparks, vice chancellor for administration and finance. McCauley, Bedwell, Taylor Cook and Zachary Jarjoura are all co-authors of the charter. “It’s been a student-led ef-
fort that has been something students have been intensely interested in and have not lost sight of and continued to push, even with the cycle of students in and out of ASB and other leadership positions,” Sparks said. Students will be able to contribute to the fund via their MyOleMiss portals. Proposals will be accepted at the beginning of the semester, and approvals are expected to be announced late in the semester. The fund will be overseen by the UMGF committee, which will consist of five students, two faculty members, two staff members and one Office of Campus Sustainability representative, who will chair the committee as a non-voting member, according to McCauley. “(Everyone should) contribute — it can’t be a success without student involvement, both with paying into the Green Fund and submitting proposals,” Bedwell said.
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tion’s biggest issues. “We try to solve these big problems, but we can’t do it alone,” Isaac said. “We already have collaborations going. We’ve got, in fact, dozens of scientists from here in the universities coming to Argonne to work with our scientists.” David Shaw, vice president for research and economic development at Mississippi State University, said that the way the institutions in the state of Mississippi work together is what makes them unique among institutions around the country. “We very closely work together on a number of different projects already,” Shaw said of the state’s research institutions. “The ability to bring faculty from social sciences all the way to engineering together to work on things is how we will develop solutions.” Nunnelee said the great research capacity that Mississippi has is what makes it unique in research and development. “We bring a lot to the table,” Nunnelee said. “And research that is done today will affect quality of life for several generations to come.”
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Lazarus Project recovers fingerprints from Rowan Oak Researchers with The University of Mississippi’s Lazarus Project recovered two fingerprints from William Faulkner’s rifle shell casings to compare to a fingerprint found on his writings. BY LANIE KING firstname.lastname@example.org
University of Mississippi researchers of the Lazarus Project and police officers recently found two fingerprints at Rowan Oak to compare with a fingerprint found on a poem by William Faulkner. The search for Faulkner’s fingerprint at Rowan Oak began after Dr. Gregory Heyworth, associate professor of English and director of the Lazarus Project, and students from the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College (SMBHC) examined the Wynn-William Faulkner Collection at J.D. Williams Library. Douglass SullivanGonzález, associate professor of history and dean of SMBHC, said they found a fingerprint on one of the collection’s poems and wanted to compare it with those on one of Faulkner’s personal items at Rowan Oak. “It’s a left fingerprint of some sort that they thought might be related to William Faulkner, and they have some particular items in the collection (at Rowan Oak) only Faulkner could have touched,” Sullivan-González said. Bill Griffith, curator of Rowan Oak, gave researchers a tin tobacco box that contained Faulkner’s Remington .308 Winchester shell casings for examination. Now that they have two fingerprints from the casings, participants in the project will do subsequent research to see if either of these prints matches the left fingerprint on the poem.
Griffith said he was impressed with the researchers’ desire to match fingerprints from Faulkner’s items with those on his actual work. “I think it shows a lot of creativity and critical thinking to want to verify that it is William Faulkner’s fingerprint,” he said about the print on the poem. The Lazarus Project, created in 2010 and supported by the SMBHC, was designed to offer this kind of opportunity by providing transportable multispectral imaging technology and a trained staff of operators and image processors free of charge to researchers at the university and around
the world in order to facilitate manuscript recovery and lay a foundation for continuing research. The Lazarus Project is unique because it offers students hands-on experience with advanced multispectral technology, and SullivanGonzález said this is an important aspect of the project. “Any time the document can come to life, that student gets to participate and help in improving the body of knowledge that we have before us to study,” he said. For more information about the Lazarus Project, visit http://www.honors.olemiss. edu/lazarus-project/.
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Men’s hoops host MVSU The Ole Miss men’s basketball team tips off its season tonight against Mississippi Valley State at 8 p.m. from Tad Smith Coliseum on its quest to reach the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2001. BY TYLER BISCHOFF email@example.com
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Coming off a win in its lone exhibition contest of the season on Monday, the Ole Miss men’s basketball team will begin the regular season tonight against Mississippi Valley State in Tad Smith Coliseum. The Delta Devils of the Southwestern Athletic Conference qualified for the NCAA Tournament last season after posting a 17-1 record in conference play and won the SWAC Champion-
ship. However, Mississippi Valley State lost its top nine scorers from last season. The returning leading scorer, Blake Ralling, scored 25 points all of last season. Mississippi Valley State also replaced its head coach, as Sean Woods left for Morehead State. Former assistant for the Delta Devils Chico Potts will make his head coaching debut against the Rebels. Ole Miss head coach Andy Kennedy is going into this game with little knowledge of the opponent.
“We’ll go into it a little bit blind, which is not bad,” Kennedy said. “It makes me a little uncomfortable, obviously, but I think it is good for guys to figure some things out.” Ole Miss has a lot of new faces this season with six newcomers. Marshall Henderson, the National Junior College Player of the Year, led the Rebels in scoring with 19 points in their exhibition victory over Montevallo. Henderson also led the team with 15 shot attempts, which included 12 3-point attempts. “(Kennedy) just says shoot,” Henderson said of shot selection. If you’re open, shoot it. That’s the reason he brought me here; that’s what he told me from day one. It’s green light all the way, until he tells me stop.” Ole Miss returns four starters from last year’s team in senior forwards Reginald Buckner and Murphy Holloway, senior guard Nick Williams and sophomore guard Jarvis Summers. Those four combined for 29 points and 23 rebounds in an 80-56 victory over Mississippi Valley State last season. In that game, Ole Miss held the Delta Devils to under 30 percent shooting from the field, forced 13 turnovers and blocked 12 shots. Ole Miss has won eight straight season openers and is 35-0 all time against current members of the SWAC. The Rebels are also 51-2 under Kennedy in nonconference matchups in Oxford. The Rebels were picked to finish seventh in the Southeastern Conference this season by the media. The team looks for a high finish and qualify for the NCAA tournament for the first time under Kennedy. Tipoff for the start of Kennedy’s seventh season is set for 5:30 p.m. For continuing coverage of Ole Miss men’s basketball, follow @ thedm_sports and @Tyler_RSR on Twitter.
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teams are one win away from becoming bowl eligible. “I hope our fans understand the importance of this game and will be here ready to cheer very, very loudly in the Vaught on Saturday night,” head coach Hugh Freeze said in his weekly press conference on Monday. The Commodores come into Oxford riding a three-game winning streak in which they defeated SEC foes Auburn (17-13) and Kentucky (40-0), and also secured a win over UMass (497). Freeze said he and his staff have been impressed by what they have seen from Vanderbilt so far this season. “They rank very high in all of the defensive stats,” Freeze said. “Coach (James) Franklin and his staff have done a marvelous job. His kids play extremely hard. They know exactly who they are and who they want to be.” Vanderbilt ranks fifth in the conference in scoring defense (20.7 ppg), seventh in total defense (351.5 ypg), 12th in rushing defense (197.8 ypg) and first in pass defense (153.7 ypg), which could prove to be another tough task for the Ole Miss offense this weekend. “They don’t do a lot of things, but what they do, they do very well,” offensive coordinator Dan Werner said. “They are based out of everything looking the same. They will show the same presnap read and have about four or five different defenses that run out of it, and it makes it tough for the quarterback to see.” Sophomore quarterback Bo Wallace will be the one forced to make quick decisions this weekend for Ole Miss. Wallace enters the game eighth in the conference in passing yards per game (204.0 ypg) and fifth in total offense per game (233.4 ypg). “As soon as the ball is snapped, he has to know where to go with the football,” Werner said. “He’s got to see those safeties. The safeties will start rotat-
over margin on the season, and in what is expected to be a close game, Ole Miss has to avoid committing bad turnovers like it did against Georgia. For a team that doesn’t score a ton of points against good competition, the Ole Miss offense can’t afford to cough up the football and allow Vanderbilt to have a short field to work with. Ole Miss’ defense is already beat up, especially in the secondary, and the offense will need to do its part to keep the pressure off of a young Rebel defense.
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ing to where they need to be, and we throw the opposite way. He’s done a good job of that this year.” The Rebels will also look to revive their running game, which has struggled in their past two games. Ole Miss only ran for 77 and 46 total yards against Arkansas and Georgia, respectively. Defensively, the Rebels will face a Vanderbilt team that Freeze said will give them a lot
of different looks. The biggest worry for the Rebels, however, will come from Vanderbilt running back Zac Stacy, who ranks fifth in the conference in rushing yards per game (83.6 ypg) and ran for 178 yards on 11 carries with a touchdown in last year’s contest. “He is a physical, tough runner,” defensive coordinator Dave Wommack said. “I don’t think he is a burner, but he sets up those gaps so well
and bounces out and in. He is a good SEC back, and he is a guy you’ve got to stop on the run offense.” For continuing coverage of Ole Miss football, follow @thedm_sports and @SigNewton_2 on Twitter.
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After an offseason that seemed like it would never end, the Ole Miss women’s basketball team finally gets to start its season tonight as it takes on Southeastern Louisiana in Tad Smith Coliseum. Ole Miss finished last season 12-18 and 2-14 in Southeastern Conference play before head coach Renee Ladner stepped down. Adrian Wiggins looked to lead the Rebels into the 2012-13 campaign before finding himself in the middle of an NCAA investigation, which led to his termination. In steps Brett Frank, an assistant on Wiggins’ staff, who will serve as the acting
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Four Downs: Ole Miss Rebels vs. Vanderbilt Commodores In this week’s edition of Four Downs, The Daily Mississippian football beat writers Bennett Hipp and Matt Sigler, sports editor David Collier and managing editor Austin Miller answer four questions regarding the week’s matchup. 1. What does Ole Miss have to do to get the running game going again?
Bennett Hipp (@bennetthipp): Players and coaches have said that rejuvenating the running game begins up front with the offensive line, so winning the battle in the trenches is a must against the Commodores on Saturday. The Rebels have talked about making adjustments in both the running game and the read-option game, so this game will tell whether those adjustments were effective. Matt Sigler (@SigNewton_2): Ole Miss will have to have their offensive line stay on blocks longer than they have been. Running backs and coaches have noted that the holes are there, but the blocks just need to be held longer. David Collier (@DavidLCollier): For the running game to get going again, it has to start with the offensive line. If they open holes for Jeff Scott like they were earlier in the year, it completely changes how dynamic the Ole Miss offense can be. Austin Miller (@austinkmiller): The Rebels have to win the battle up front. There were no running lanes against Georgia, as the offensive line was manhandled by the Bulldogs’ front seven. Success in the read-option game opens up not only the running game, but the passing game as well. 2. How impressed have you been with Vanderbilt this season?
will be tough to stop in the running game. Collier: James Franklin has his players playing with emotion week in and week out like we saw last year, so it’s no big surprise to me. With that being said, Vanderbilt is certainly on a roll and always has a ton of confidence against the Rebels. Miller: The Commodores won the games they were supposed to win to this point, but were also blown out by Georgia. However, any time you can win 40-0 on the road in the Southeastern Conference, regardless of the opponent or circumstance, it’s impressive. 3. How will Ole Miss hold up physically after having several guys get beat up last weekend?
Hipp: That’s the big unknown. Vanderbilt isn’t going to out-athlete Ole Miss, but the
Commodores play hard, and Ole Miss will have to match that intensity while nursing injuries. It looks like most (of) Ole Miss’ injured players will be available, outside of Wesley Pendleton and Aaron Garbutt, but staying healthy during the game (especially on defense) will be important. Sigler: I think they will. Depth has been an issue that has been addressed multiple times this season, but by the looks of things, only two or three people will be missing in Saturday’s game. Collier: I think this is what is going to decide the game. If the Rebels’ injured guys can step up and make their normal impact, I see Ole Miss walking out bowl eligible. However, if those injuries slow them down, I don’t think they can overcome the lack of depth. Miller: Ole Miss has to be healthy in the secondary. The lack of depth at the position showed itself with the big plays given up against Georgia. It will be interesting to see how this plays out on Saturday. 4. What’s the key to get the Rebels bowl eligible on Saturday?
Hipp: Both teams are evenly matched, and Vegas has the Rebels favored by three, which means it’d basically be a toss-up game on a neutral field. In a close game like this one should be, the Rebels must hold on to the football and win the turnover battle. Vanderbilt is minus-5 on the year in turnover mar-
gin, while Ole Miss is neutral at 0. Avoiding turnovers will be a must in a game that could shift on one play. Sigler: For Ole Miss to win this game, I think they will have to have some guys step up on the defensive side of the ball if injuries become an issue. Collier: Win the third-down battle. If Ole Miss can keep their offense on the field and their defense on the sideline, they will win the game. Miller: Offensive balance. Turnovers are, of course, key with two even-matched teams and both playing for bowl eligibility, but Ole Miss is a different team when both the running and passing game are working.
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Hipp’s Tips: Ole Miss vs. Vanderbilt In this week’s installment, The Daily Mississippian football beat writer Bennett Hipp gives his keys to this week’s matchup. BY BENNETT HIPP firstname.lastname@example.org Junior running back Jeff Scott
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have to avoid a sluggish start. Jump-start the running game Vanderbilt overall is an above average defensive club, but the Commodores have had some trouble against the run so far this season. Ole Miss has had trouble running the ball in recent weeks, but spent this week making some tweaks to the running attack and the read-option game. The Commodores rank 77th in the country against the run in yards per carry allowed at 4.35 yards per attempt. The Rebels are averaging just about that at 4.37 yards per carry offensively. The Commodores are tight against the pass, so opening up the running game will be important to allow sophomore quarterback Bo Wallace to have places to throw the football. Win the Turnover Battle Vanderbilt is -5 in turnSee TIPS, PAGE 9