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Green Fund Initiative Initiative 27 to solve voter fraud? passes student vote This part of a four-part series highlighting important issues on Tuesday’s Ballot. This part of the series focuses on Initiative 27, which deals with Voter Identification. On Monday we will take a look at the Gubernatorial race and Amendment 26.

Initiative 27: Voter Identification Proposed Ballot Title: Should the Mississippi Constitution be amended to require a person to submit government issued photo identification in order to vote? Proposed Ballot Summary: Initiative #27 would amend the Mississippi Constitution to require voters to submit a government issued photo identification before being allowed to vote; provides that any voter lacking government issued photo identification may obtain photo identification without charge from the Mississippi Department of Public Safety; and exempts certain residents of state-licensed care facilities and religious objectors from being required to show photo identification in order to vote. GRAPHIC BY KELSEY DOCKERY | The Daily Mississippian ASHLYN PEDERSON | The Daily Mississippian

Freshman student Chandler Clarkson voices her opinion about the proposed Green Fund. Voting took place this past week and results came in Thursday.


University of Mississippi students have voted, and 85 percent of the 2,433 students who expressed opinions in the Green Fund Initiative survey were in favor of paying more tuition for a specific fund for sustainability projects around campus. Of the responders, 95 percent were in favor of a the sustainability-project fund. The next step for the Green Fund is for legislation to be drawn up and voted on by the Associated Student Body senate. Support of the Green Fund Initiative will provide a cuttingedge educational experience in the area of sustainability, advance their ongoing commitment to

support innovative research and improve the efficiency of campus operations, according to students behind the initiative. Taylor Cook, junior liberal studies major, is pro-Green Fund and said that Ole Miss could benefit from a program such at this one. “It’s a really great idea,” Cook said. “Other schools have them and are benefiting from them, so I am confident we could benefit from one as well.” Cook said there are a lot of great benefits to the Green Fund, ranging from student opportunities to saving money. “We can create opportunities for student leadership on campus; we can save our university money, See GREEN FUND, PAGE 4


For next year’s presidential election, there is chance that Mississippi voters will have to bring a little extra baggage with them to the ballot. Initiative 27, the proposed Mississippi Voter Identification Amendment, is not a widely known or understood initiative in Mississippi. The initiative is an attempt at ending supposed voter fraud by requiring every person that votes to have a state issued photo identification. Supporters of the initiative feel that even though it wouldn’t solve all the state’s voter fraud problems, it would be a step in the right direction. Mississippi’s Secretary of

State Delbert Hosemann is a huge proponent of the initiative and played a big role in getting the Mississippi Republican Party to donate money to the initiative. Political Science professor Cy Rosenblatt said that Initiative 27 was “a touchy subject.” He said that democrats killed the bill a few years ago and that it doesn’t seem like that will happen again. “A lot of people seem to be on board with this initiative,” Dr. Rosenblatt said. Supporters of this initiative also include Joey Fillingane, Mississippi State Senator District 41, and the Voter ID PAC. Opposition to this initiative also have very compelling arguments.

American Civil Liberties Union officials have spoken out against initiative 27 through their webpage stating, “Voter ID laws have the potential to deny the right to vote to thousands of registered voters who do not have, and, in many instances, cannot obtain the limited identification states accept for voting.” Opponents feel that this initiative would actually be taking a step backward in voting legislation. They feel strongly about the idea that it would ultimately deprive some people the right to vote. One extremely important argument the opposition uses is the fact that if the initiative See INITIATIVE 27, PAGE 5

ASB works to fix Scantron issues on campus this semester BY JOHN MCEACHIN

In the past, buying Scantrons has been an inconvenience for University of Mississippi students. The Associated Student Body took new steps in changing the process by making Scantrons free earlier in the fall semester; along with that, however, came a few kinks that the ASB is still working out.


The ASB freely provided a certain number of Scantrons to different departments about three weeks into the school year, said ASB director of student life Hunter Spragins. Spraggins said ASB President Taylor McGraw followed up on his campaign promise to provide free scantrons and was the “driving factor” in implementing the new policy. “I think they’re very useful and very easy to get to,” business sophomore Walker Dowell said. “It saves a lot of time, for one, and it’s very handy hav-

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ing it there right in the business school at all times.” Although Scantrons are now free, certain issues still linger. Spragins said some depart-

ments run out of Scantrons because some students will take more than the needed amount if that option is open to them. One such location is the busi-

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ness school, where racks held Scantrons for anybody to take. Scantrons are still available at the Ole Miss library, where students may only take three per visit. The ASB is now strongly encouraging all the departments to have teachers give out Scantrons by next semester. However, they will only encourage it, not require it. Currently, some departments have teachers hand out Scantrons, but Spragins said the goal See SCANTRON, PAGE 5

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Why we should be able to sue Kim Kardashian BY BRITTANY SHARKEY

As I’m sure everyone, including previously undiscovered Amazonian tribes, has heard Kim Kardashian filed

for divorce. She married her tall drink of water basketball player just 72 days ago in a multi-million dollar televised spectacle that some called the wedding of the century. I referred to it as “proof that no amount of money can buy taste.” However, what many of you may not have heard is that comedian and Twitter celebrity Rob Delaney has hatched an

ingenious plan to sue Kardashian for her failed marriage. While this suit may on its face appear to be an act of self-publicity with no actual legal grounds, for this wannabe lawyer, it represents the ultimate case of wish fulfillment. As many have pointed out, Kardashian profited outrageously from her televised nuptials.


that to make sure it wasn’t going to work out. If I can deal with chunky zebra stripe highlights for six months, Kim Kardashian can stay married for that long. However, sadly, there are certain requirements to bring a lawsuit in this country. Normally I’m a proponent of these requirements, as they ensure See KARDASHIAN, PAGE 3


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It was bad enough that she didn’t have to pay for a single thing, but then selling the rights to broadcast the ceremony and publish the photos netted Kardashian and husband a cool $17 million. The crux of Delaney’s suit is oddly altruistic; he wants Kardashian to either donate the money or give her marriage another shot. He has a point. I’ve stayed with bad dye jobs longer than

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Is ‘The Real World’ in real trouble? By Emily Stedman

Since 1992, MTV has provided 26 seasons (520 episodes) of the “true story of eight strangers picked to live in a house, work together, and have their lives taped, to find out what happens when people stop being polite and start getting real.” Few of us can remember our lives before discovering this, the original reality show. Many of us experienced the realization that the show was quite “adult” and promptly changed the channel when our parents walked into the room (and changed it back as soon as they left). Originally, the show focused on serious issues: sexuality, prejudice, substance abuse, etc. But when the show moved out of the standard American metropolis and to more vacation-like atmospheres (Hawaii, Las Vegas, Sydney, Cancun, etc), the cast began to change

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that the courts aren’t flooded with ridiculous and frivolous lawsuits. In a normal lawsuit, you would have to be able to prove that you had suffered some kind of injury and that the person you were suing was plausibly the cause or contributed to that injury. However in this case, while this is absolutely a frivolous lawsuit, I think Delaney should be able to sue Kardashian.

as well. MTV continued to balance male, female, gay, straight, white, black, Asian and Hispanic castmates, but sex appeal and alcohol became a major factor. In 1996, a spin-off series began. The Boston cast was sent to vacation in Puerto Rico. While there, they “ran into” the cast of “Road Rules:” Islands. The crew set up a competition between the two casts and a spin-off was born: “The Challenge.” There have now been 21 seasons of “The Challenge” and its various pseudonyms. This series has taken the shenanigans of the modern “Real World” era to an extreme. Not only does it increase the number of castmates present from eight to sometimes as many as 28 people, but the cast is dropped in exotic places, such as Costa Rica and Thailand. The sexes share bedrooms and bathrooms. The teams are pitted against each other

in intense competition and stress inducing elimination scenarios. Seemingly copious amounts of alcohol are pushed upon the players. Even though we all get caught up in the drama and hook-ups, I think many of us come to a point where we realize that this show is no longer about the daily stress of adult life and is mostly about the entertainment value. If you’re like me, you began to wonder if alcohol, sex and drama were all we had to look forward to in college and beyond. I mean, quite frankly, not only has “The Real World” lost its appeal, but it has lost all control. The lack of control over castmates has come to a head this week. Chicago castmate and regular on “The Challenge,” Tanya Cooley, has brought a suit against MTV, the producers, and two fellow competitors, Kenny and Evan. Her complaint, filed with the Los Angeles Superior

Court, alleges that at the 2009 “Challenge: The Ruins,” the MTV crew provided loads of alcohol to the cast and then encouraged male competitors to mistreat the females. Cooley claims that after drinking enough to pass out, Kenny and Evan sexually assaulted her with a foreign object. Cooley claims that when she awoke with lacerations and abrasions, a fellow castmember informed her of what happened. She also claims that the crew did nothing other than provide the boys with a replacement of the foreign object that was used. In a twist of irony, that same day, Tanya was kicked off the show for slapping a female competitor. Of course, no one is surprised by this, as “not hitting your castmate” is the cardinal rule of “The Real World.” Tanya is known for being somewhat of a blonde-bombshell, ditz and pot-stirrer.

Outside of “The Real World,” she has been in Playboy and an adult series on Cinemax. Originally from Walla Walla, Wash., she has transformed from an innocent and even naïve girl to an overly sexual and somewhat crazy woman. These extracurricular activities and her general disposition displayed on national television will be difficult to overcome. But it’s not like it’s hard to imagine this actually happening if you’ve watched even five minutes of the latest “Real World” or “Challenge” seasons. Although MTV has made an official statement claiming that, after researching the incident, they have found Cooley’s claims to be completely baseless, it is hard to imagine how they will recover from this.

One potential suit could be for breach of an employment contract. Kardashian was essentially paid $17 million to get married and abide by that whole “till death do us part” thing. Since both parties are still alive and kicking and arranging tabloid interviews so fast it would make your head spin, they clearly failed in that regard. If you do the math, Kardashian was paid about $10,000 an hour to be married. If you’re going to pay somebody that high of a rate, they better be really darn good at that job. Clearly, Kar-

dashian was not worth the fee she was paid. At the end of the day, Kardashian was paid to do a job, and she failed miserably at it. Another potential lawsuit is for breach of warranty. Everyone in the developed world was bombarded with news of the Kardashian wedding, from television commercials to magazine covers and Internet banner ads to billboards, you couldn’t even check Twitter without some reminder of Kardashian’s impending nuptials. And for those of us who could get past the fact that she

was marrying a man with the same name as her mother, we were kind of happy for her and wanted things to work out. Frankly, after only 72 days I feel lied to. All the advertisements billing this as the wedding of the century and the ultimate love story lied to me. I feel cheated; the marriage was not the love story I was promised, and I’m probably not alone. Given the particularly gloomy state of the world today, the fact that this reality starlet who’s famous for her role in a sex tape made $17 million off of a marriage that

lasted 72 days is offensive in every conceivable way. While Delaney may have suggested the suit as a joke and there are absolutely no legal grounds to support a lawsuit, it would be oddly satisfying to see Kardashian sued. And maybe, just maybe before the next starlet thinks about entering into a marriage for a publicity stunt, she might think twice.

Emily Stedman is a second year law student from Marietta, Ga. Follow her on Twitter at @EmilyLStedman.

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Campus police strive to keep vandalism to a minimum BY AVE MAYEUX

With the end fall semester fast approaching and only two home games left in the season, it is safe to say the University of Mississippi campus has fared well this semester, as far as vandalism is concerned. Only 19 vandalism cases were reported to the University Police Department during the football season. Most of these cases have taken place in or near the residence halls and Greek houses. The other common places for vandalism are the parking lots during football game weekends, UPD’s Crime Prevention Coordinator Thelma Curry said. Most parking lot cases include scratches, etches or a mirror being knocked off of a vehicle. There are very little cases where people have tampered with the inner workings of the vehicles, and these types of incidents are more often personal attacks rather than random acts, officers said. For the most part, the vandalism that takes place on campus is done as a prank, dare or is due to intoxication. “It’s not where you have a group of folks who go out and say, ‘Let’s just go out and do this for the meanness of it;’ it’s just something that happens,” Curry said. Many people don’t think anything at the time of some of the cases reported.

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which might save students from future tuition increases,” Cook

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LEFT: A cross walk sign in front of the Rebel Shop is vandalized. RIGHT: An Oxford stop sign on Shiloh Drive is vandalized. The University and Oxford police departments are trying to reduce sign vandalism and theft.

Another common form of vandalism is the knocking down or stealing of signs. The most commonly stolen oncampus signs include the “police parking only” and the “18 mph” signs, officers said. “It’s mostly college students stealing the signs who feel that they would make a nice, new addition to their residence halls or Greek houses. However, as a whole, theft of these signs is not a major problem on campus,” UPD Patrol Captain Michael Harmon said. “I don’t think they really mean it in a malicious way, I just think that it’s their way of having fun.”

The housing department and UPD are in good-standing with each other and often, at the end of the semester, someone from housing will call UPD and return left signs to the police department who then get them back to the physical plant department or to the correct place or person. Students who are caught stealing signs or with the stolen sign can face a variety of consequences. “Usually, if we can find out where the sign came from and talk to those people, most of the time they don’t want to press charges or have any-

thing done to the person that had it, they just want the sign back,” Harmon said. “If we can get the sign back without having to go through the legal process, we’d rather go that route.” If the owner does decide to press charges against the person he or she could be facing criminal misdemeanor or felony charges, depending on how much damage is done to the property. Also, a student could be put through the university’s judicial system. The UPD takes measures to ensure the protection of personal and university property. “We try to patrol and if we

see something out of place or somebody doing something that they’re not supposed to, we’ll stop and talk to them,” UPD officer Jeremy Cook said. “Even if we see a suspicious person just standing by a car, or sitting in their car we’ll stop and talk to them.” Vandalism is an unpredictable crime and the best way to prevent it is by precaution. “All you can do is make folks aware and have people who report stuff as they see it happen,” Curry said. “You just try to educate folks that this is not cool and it is malicious mischief and it is a crime to do it.”

said. “We’ll be helping our planet by investing in projects that will help us achieve our university and national goals of sustainable development.” The fund continues to promote their work for improving the uni-

versity’s sustainability, however, some students don’t seem to buy it. John Woods, senior double major political science and philosophy major, said he is concerned with the vagueness behind the

initiative. “In principle, I don’t give my money away to causes when I don’t know how that money will be spent. Be it $5 dollars or $50,” Woods said. “The Green Fund wants to tax me for some purpose, but they haven’t made clear what that is exactly. Until they give me a cogent argument for it, I don’t see why I should support it.” Woods said the fund is charging students for issues that are inand-out of the public eye. “The Green Fund wants to ignore the problems of their logic and tax students for their flavorof-the-day issue,” Woods said. “I think the money can be better spent on things we know it will have a positive effect on, like decreasing tuition or providing more competitive professor salaries.” Zachary Jarjoura, sophomore sociology major, is pro-Green Fund and said being anti-Green Fund is more ideologically related, than it is monetary related. “Some people may be against a student fee to support the Green Fund. This argument I could definitely understand IF the fee was large, but we’re talking about, as Alec Jones stated (in a column in The DM), “...[a] lunch at ChikFil-A.” each semester,” Jarjoura said. “Opposition to the Green

Fund is more about ideological reasons than any fear of negative effects of it.” Jarjoura said people associate the terms “sustainability” or “green” with liberal or Democratic standpoints, which he said are not. “Environmental issues should not be politicized, they are issues that affect and should be important to us all,” Jarjoura said. “But unfortunately there are politicians like Michelle Bauchman who are crusading against environmental sustainability and some people are influenced by this.” Cook said the only downsides of the initiative are the word associations and added fee. “I think the only downside to a Green Fund is some people can’t look past the word “green” or the phrase “addition to tuition” and see the potential for an awesome investment opportunity,” Cook said. Cook said he hopes for a positive outcome of the Green Fund, which could help improve our school, state and nation. “We have a chance to not only make Ole Miss better for future students, faculty and staff, but also to maintain our role as leaders in sustainability initiatives for our state and our nation,” Cook said.

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is for all the departments to do likewise. “Honestly, we just want the students to have free Scantrons, it doesn’t matter which way they get them,” he said. “The reason why we would in theory like for teachers to give them out is because it reduces the amount of wasted Scantrons.” Senior accountancy major Adam Buckheister said he would be in favor of teachers handing out Scantrons because the same problem exists in the accounting school. “It would help with the rush of forgetting a Scantron during a test and having to go and get one,” he said. “It would be really beneficial to us, and it wouldn’t be that much out of the way for the teachers to get them for us.”

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passes, it would cost the state 1.5 million dollars. There is a fiscal note added to the initiative that states, “Based on Fiscal Year 2010 information, the Department of Public Safety issued 107,094 photo IDs to U.S. citizens of voting age. The individuals were assessed $14 per ID to offset a portion of the $17.92 cost per ID. The cost is estimated to remain the same, but the assessment will no longer be allowable under the provision of Initiative 27. Therefore, the Department of Public Safety is estimated to see a loss of revenue of approximately $1,499,000.” That fiscal note will appear on the ballot and opposition to this initiative utilizes this fact. Both gubernatorial candidates, Republican Phil Bryant, who is the Lt. Gov., and Democrat Johnny DuPree, who is the mayor of Hattiesburg, are against the initiative. Students around campus, however, have mixed feelings. “I’m all for enforcing photo identification at the polls, but I’m absolutely against the fact that government has to pay for it.” Sam Garner, Music senior, said However one other student, Tyler Ferrell, Sophomore Forensic Chimistry major, asked whether this initiative would actually stop voter fraud “How much voter fraud would this initiative stop? If it’s not a substantial amount, then there is no point in making the government pick up a 1.5 million dollar tab,” Ferrell said. All of these questions and opinions will be expressed in the polls next week.

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The White Cross helps the Red Cross move BY JOSEPH MILLER

The Red Cross is often there to help people in need, so when they needed help, members of the Sigma Chi fraternity returned the favor. Thursday, the pledge class of Sigma Chi helped the Northwest Chapter of the Red Cross move in to its new location just west of campus. The new office, located at 2706 West Oxford Loop, covers 17 counties in Northwest Mississippi. Jennifer Coleman, manager of the Northwest Chapter, said the reason for the move was having “a space that was more

visible in the community”. The decision for Sigma Chi to help move the Red Cross was collaborated by Sigma Chi Advisor Geoffrey Yoste and Jennifer Coleman at church. Yoste offered to help with the move and Coleman contacted Sigma Chi pledge trainer Sean Farrell. “The Red Cross helps everybody in every situation when they’re in need,“ he said. “Volunteering gives a sense of giving back.” Farrell and a force of 45 new members aided the Red Cross in relocating, spending five hours loading and unloading equipment into loading trucks and U-hauls.

“Absolutely anytime we can help a great organization like the American Red Cross, we will do it,” Geoffrey Yoste said in a press release. “Sigma Chi’s philosophy is ‘Give where you live’ and helping the American Red Cross is one way we can show support to our local chapter.” The Red Cross is well known for its support of victims of natural disasters, but one lesser known service the Red Cross provides on an almost daily basis is aid to victims of home fires. “If we have a victim of a fire, we put them up in a hotel for three nights and give them a debit card for food and clothing,” Jennifer Coleman said.

“A lot of people don’t really realize how many home fires there are.” Another lesser known service the Red Cross provides is the reintegration into society for the armed forces coming back from war. The Red Cross is always looking for volunteers for all sorts of jobs, but are particularly in need of those with disaster training who can be on-site giving basic necessities like food and water to victims and working in shelters. Those who wish to help the Red Cross need only visit the new office at 2706 West Oxford Loop, Suite 105, call 662-8426101 or visit



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In pursuit of a dream, the story of a student in search of an experience


Dirk Can Oostendorp participates in a class critique in William Boyle’s English 311 class. Van Oostendorp hopes to write a novel about his life experiences.

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Nearing the end of the roll call, English professor William Boyle looks around the room at the circular arrangement of desks where the students of his English 311 “Beginning Fiction Workshop” class are seated. “Rachel’s here,” said Boyle. “Katie’s here.” Boyle’s eyes continue around the circle until they meet with the last person on the roster, Dirk Van Oostendorp. “Alright, Dirk’s here. Ok, so I’m going to make some quick announcements then we’ll get started with the critique,” Boyle said. Van Oostendorp looks down at his desk searching underneath a black drivers cap for a yellow folder containing a copy of the manuscript up for class critique.

Every student in the class is writing a story, Van Oostendorp is no exception. However, at 77 years old, Van Oostendorp has more than one story to be told including the story of his return to a university to assist in his pursuit of his dream: a novel. Beginning in his birthplace of Germany in 1934, Van Oostendorp started his journey. This journey led him through crowded streets in the Netherlands during wartime, over the pond to America in search of space, around the country looking for job opportunities, and then finally to Mississippi for retirement. This journey, and the events that it contains, have been his inspiration. “I came here with two pairs of clothes and $35 in my pocket,” Van Oostendorp said. “I was ready for America, but America wasn’t ready

for me.” Van Oostendorp started on the East Coast working at an immigrant’s wage. He migrated to Texas to see more of the country and to find better work. After working in the Texas heat loading freight cars with tomatoes, he decided he preferred the East Coast life and made his return to New York. It was there that he met his wife and the job of his dreams. “I got a job on the tugboats, which had been my dream all my life,” Van Oostendorp said. “In the Netherlands it’s tugboats. I always liked adventure so there was my chance.” While working on the tugboats, his mind wandered in between shifts when he was not occupied with painting or reading a book. He used this time to think of a story that he could one day write. This


story, “Dutch and Blondie” as he has titled it, uses Van Oostendorp’s experience on the tugboats as one of the main settings for his elaborate cast and dramatic plot. Van Oostendorp’s quest to add creative writing to the list of other attempted art forms, such as musical composition and painting, led him into the doors of the university. “I have always pursued every possible art,” he said. He took English 101 to help him with grammar and punctuation, considering English is his second language and the English classes he took in Germany used the King’s English, a guide that is now considered outdated and differs greatly from the English used in America today. This semester he said he is excited to finally take a course specifically catered to creative fiction writing and said it has been better than expected. “I like the comments I get from the classmates,” Van Oostendorp said. Teaching Van Oostendorp has been an enriching experience for Boyle, even though Van Oostendorp is not Boyle’s average student. “I didn’t really have initial reservations, though I was a bit worried that I’d have nothing to offer as a teacher to someone who has led such a full life,” he said. “Dirk’s commitment to writing, and to learning about writing, has been a great thing to witness. I thought maybe he was taking the class because he had a burgeoning interest in writing fiction, but I’ve come to understand that his desire to tell stories is much deeper than that.”

Katie Smith, a senior history major, sits next to Van Oostendorp in class. “I love hearing from Dirk,” she said. “He has such an interesting point of view and really gives good insight in our critiques.” Smith said she has also enjoyed reading his pieces for class. “Dirk wrote a short story about a woman who lost her dentures while she was buying ice cream,” she said. “I loved it. It totally fit Dirk.” Mary Houston Matthews, a junior broadcast journalism major, said he has also grown from being around Van Oostendorp. “It has been interesting having Dirk in our class,” she said. “He is much older and wiser, so he has experienced much more and shares things with the class that many of us would not know otherwise.” La’Kamaree Pride, a senior communicative disorders major, has found Van Oostendorp’s pursuit inspiring. “I know there are older people who take classes, but this has been my first experience witnessing it,” Pride said. “His energy and knowledge never cease to amaze me. Dirk is part of the reason why I give my all to this educational experience. If he can come to class every day, participate, and complete all assignments as best he can, so can I.” Van Oostendorp’s short term goal for his novel is to simply finish it, but he has no real long term goal, as far as trying to get it published. “That’s not the point,” he said. “The point is writing it, just to have done it. It’s all about the experience.”




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Oxford Civic Chorus presents Chantez-Vous en Francais BY KRISTEN PETERS

Have you ever wanted to visit France? Have you longed to gaze at the Eiffel Tower or take an afternoon stroll down the streets of Paris? If you answered “yes” to any of these, then you are invited to travel with the Oxford Civic Chorus to France through song. This Sunday, the Oxford Civic Chorus will perform its concert Chantez-Vous en Francais to celebrate French music and composers with the Oxford community. Chantez will feature prominent French artists, including Gabriel Fauré, and music from the popular French theatrical production “Les Misérables.” The Oxford Civic Chorus is celebrating its 14th season. Started in 1998, the chorus has enjoyed great success among members and the general public. The chorus features singers from all backgrounds and talent levels. “The chorus is open to everyone, including students,” said Linda Sperath, a singer and member of the Oxford Civic Chorus board of directors. “Student members in the chorus enjoy reduced-prices on fees, and there are even scholarship opportunities that make choir fees more affordable for students.”

The chorus has a wide range of ages from college students to members in their 70s. The chorus performs two concerts in an average season, and has two to three social events a year. Chantez is sure to be one of the many successes achieved by the chorus. “We started preparing for (Chantez) in mid-August,” Sperath said. “We’ve been on the Summer Sunset Series in the Grove and the Lenten Luncheon Series at the Oxford United Methodist Church, but Chantez has been a great challenge for us.” Some music featured in Chantez will consist of “Pavane” by Fauré, “Arrangement of the Can Can” and “The Swan” from The Carnival of Animals. The true “Grand Finale” to conclude Chantez is sure to be a medley of songs from the hit musical “Les Misérables,” according to Sperath. Brooke Worthy, the academic programs and administration coordinator for the Croft Institute at the University of Mississippi, is the director of the Oxford Civic Chorus. Worthy began working with the chorus in 2009; this is her third year with the group. In 2004, Worthy studied abroad in Hungary while getting a master’s degree in music. It was


there that she discovered Fauré and other composers. “I fell in love with Fauré’s music,” Worthy said. “I love the expressionism of his music.” Worthy, a former member of the Concert Singers and the Women’s Glee club, chose the music for Chantez because she believes it would challenge not only the chorus, but the community as a whole. “The music is very challenging,” Worthy said. “I wanted to challenge the singers, and I also wanted to share my love of French music with the commu-

nity.” Worthy believes the concert will be a success simply because she has a deep appreciation for the music and Romanticism as a whole. Aside from the concert itself, Chantez will also feature an orchestral ensemble featuring members from the community, the university and Oxford High School. The Oxford Civic Chorus invites everyone in the community to journey with them to France through the power of song. Auditions for the chorus are held in August and January. Re-

hearsals are held every Monday from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., and all ages are encouraged to try out. “We are always looking for new singers, especially men,” Sperath said. On Dec. 11, the chorus will perform at the Gertrude Ford Center during the “Sounds of the Season” program, which features the Tupelo Symphony Orchestra. Tickets for Chantez are $5 for students and $10 for all others. The concert is at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 6 at North Oxford Baptist Church located on Old Highway 7.


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“What’s your favorite Jew joke?” I was asked this as I finished giving a presentation about Judaism to a bunch of Religion 101 students earlier this week. It wasn’t meant to be offensive; I specifically told them to ask me anything they thought they couldn’t get away with otherwise. But I certainly had an answer. As a religious minority in the South, you amass an arsenal of jokes pertaining to your beliefs as time goes on. It struck me as odd, though. The guy obviously wasn’t trying to get a rise out of me. He wasn’t trying to impress his friends by asking an offensive question. He simply seemed curious, and wanted to know my answer. I was shocked at his lack of ulterior motives. “Jew” is a word that has inadvertently come to define me. As

much as I try not to write about it in articles, or talk about it with friends, it continues to reappear. In the end, though, what else is there to say other than “I’m Jewish and live in the Deep South?” It’s both a sad and hilarious situation. But that’s all it is. I obviously don’t have it nearly as bad as just about any other minority one can think of in the nation. But words still have their implications. I don’t have to explain what the word “Jew” can sometimes conjure in our society. I think that’s why I’ve generally only dealt with the word when others make jokes about it to me. But what does one think of when a Fox News correspondent or Republican primary candidate blasts the “Liberal East Coast media elite?” Despite the word substitution, I’d say there’s a similar image in one’s head to the Jew in any joke’s punch line. This word game is becoming more prevalent lately, unfortunately. Suddenly, a microscopic mass of cells with absolutely no capacity for self-awareness has a face, a soul and a desire for you to vote “Yes” on Proposition 26. It’s not a zygote, it’s a “person.” A campus environmental fund

isn’t so appealing when someone thinks of its potential “Communist” implications. It’s not funneling precious time, money and resources into only the athletics program on campus during a deep recession, it’s “Moving Forward” as Rebels. It’s confusing how paradoxical this all is. Somehow, things have become

far more offensive to me during these games of word substitution. It’s easier to say these things when you sidestep the key hotbutton phrases. Manipulation too often plays a key role in modern political and social debates, and I think those who have become the best at it are the ones I worry about the most.

What’s the solution? I don’t have the slightest idea right now. I’m part of the Jewish liberal media — I’m only here to highlight the things which make me neurotic in any given week. But maybe if we start addressing these issues head on, asking real questions not out of spite or anger, but out of honest curiosity, we’ll get somewhere.

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Rebels roll North Alabama in exhibition tune-up BY DAVID HENSON

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Sophomore Dundrecous Nelson finishes a breakaway with a layup for two of his game-high 22 points in Thursday night’s 91-62 win over North Alabama. Nelson also had nine assists and seven steals.

The Ole Miss men’s basketball team tipped off its 2011-2012 season with an exhibition win over North Alabama 91-62 Thursday night at Tad Smith Coliseum. Four Rebels scored in double figures, led by sophomore Dundrecus Nelson with 22. Junior forward Terrance Henry finished with 14 points and junior guard Nick Williams added 10 points. The new-look Demarco Cox drew the start Thursday and took full advantage of the opportunity, finishing with 11 points and six rebounds. The sophomore center from Yazoo City lost 40 pounds in the off-season and now weighs 275 pounds. He said he could tell a difference on the floor. “Last year it was a lot faster because of my weight I could hardly move,” Cox said after the game. “This year I am able to move, so I can get around pretty fast.” Andy Kennedy, who enters his sixth season at Ole Miss, talked

about the performance of his four freshmen that saw playing time on Thursday. Freshman Jarvis Summers, a guard from Jackson, scored nine points with three assists and two steals in 25 minutes of action. Freshmen Maurice Aniefiok, Aaron Jones and Jamal Jones also got their first action in Ole Miss uniforms Thursday night. “There is something about putting a uniform on, especially for the new guys,” Kennedy said after the game. “Because everyone of them is nervous and having people in the gym where you are going to be playing with the uniform on. I think has real value, so I think tonight was real good for us.” Kennedy said overall he was pleased with the performance from him team, but he would like to see fewer fouls from his team. “When you are trying to develop an intense defensive mindset, many times you foul too much and you don’t call that in practice and it carries over so those things are good for us.” Kennedy said.

PLAYER OF THE GAME: Nelson - Started at point guard and led the Rebels in scoring with 22 points. Nelson also finished with six rebounds, nine assists, seven steals and only one turnover in 20 minutes of action. QUOTE OF THE NIGHT: “I told ya’ll I was going to shoot free throws better, I told you.” - Junior forward Murphy Holloway after being asked if it was a relief to see his first free throw of the game to go in. NEXT UP: The Rebels open the regular season next Friday against Louisiana-Monroe. Tipoff is set for 6:30 p.m from Tad Smith Coliseum. Admission is free to students for all Ole Miss basketball home games this season.

Volleyball takes three-game winning streak to South Carolina, No. 17 Florida BY MATT SIGLER

Riding a three-game winning streak, the Ole Miss volleyball team will hit the road this weekend to take on South Carolina and No. 17 Florida. The winning streak started with a big road win at LSU before sweeping Georgia and Auburn at home last weekend. “We had a great weekend for our program,” assistant coach Shannon Wells said. “Swept both conference opponents this weekend so it is the first time we have done that all season.” The Rebels are playing with a newfound spark and Wells believes the team has found the answer they have been searching for. “I think it is confidence,” Wells said. “If you look at all of our

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match scores we’ve been there in so many games. I think beating LSU on the road was that little bit of confidence for our kids. They remembered how to win.” Things have turned around for the Rebels (8-14, 4-10 SEC), who began Southeastern Conference play this season with a dismal 1-10 record. They now sit at 4-10 in the SEC with six matches left on the schedule. “We didn’t really have the results we wanted at the beginning of the season,” Wells said. “But our kids are really responding right now and finishing out games, which I think that was our biggest struggle at the beginning of the season just finding ways to win.” The weekends gets started at South Carolina (11-12, 2-11 SEC), who won in four sets earlier

this season in Oxford. Last weekend, the Gamecocks were swept in straight sets on the road at Kentucky and Tennessee. “Definitely a big rematch for us,” Wells said of the South Carolina match. “I think if you ask anyone in our program that was match that we just didn’t really show up to play. We’ve got a little bit of revenge there.” Not only will the Rebels be looking to avenge an earlier loss to South Carolina, they will also look to take down national powerhouse Florida (17-5, 10-3 SEC), who won in straight sets earlier this season in Oxford. Last weekend, the Gators lost at Tennessee and Kentucky, the top two teams in the SEC standings. “Florida had a tough weekend so they’ll definitely be ready to come after us,” Wells said. “We’re excited just to get out there and continue the momentum and the confidence that our kids are playing with and really be put to the test.”

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Hipp’s Tips: Kentucky

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Take advantage of a Kentucky offense in flux After facing a trio of explosive offenses the past three weeks in Alabama, Arkansas and Auburn, Ole Miss will see a Kentucky offense this Saturday that is in flux. Junior quarterback Morgan Newton suffered a high-ankle sprain in Saturday’s 28-16 loss to Mississippi State, so freshman Maxwell Smith will get the start at quarterback this Saturday for the Wildcats. Head coach Joker Phillips, however, wouldn’t rule out that Newton could see the field this Saturday. Smith has played in five this season and hit his stride against Mississippi State, completing 26 of 33 passes for 174 yards. At running back, freshman Josh Clemons, who was the starter, is out for the season with an ACL injury. Junior CoShik Williams didn’t practice Wednesday, but practiced Thursday and looks to get the starting nod this Saturday. He ran for 148 yards two weeks ago against Jacksonville State and 64 yards against Mississippi State. This game is a great chance for Rebels’ defense to set the tone early and play a complete game against a freshman quarterback and a beat-up stable of running backs. Unleash Brandon Bolden Much of the talk this week at practice from the coaches has been about how glad they are to have senior running back Bran-

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don Bolden back at full speed. After splitting carries with sophomore Jeff Scott last week against Auburn, this is the perfect time to get Bolden going early and often while picking their spots with Scott. The Wildcats have given up 196.75 yards per game on the ground, which ranks 100th in the country. Kentucky holds up better against the pass, having allowed 193.13 yards per game that ranks 22nd in the country. Look for big runs early that could open up the passing game for quarterback Randall Mackey and the young group of receivers. Here comes the youth movement With Ole Miss sitting at 2-6 and slim-to-none bowl chances, head

coach Houston Nutt continues to play more and more players from his highly touted freshmen class, starting this Saturday. In addition to the freshmen who have already been playing, like Nick Brassell, Donte Moncrief, Tobias Singleton, Senquez Golson, Aaron Morris, and C.J. Johnson, two freshmen will make their first career starts against Kentucky. Cody Prewitt will start at safety over Damien Jackson after impressing on special teams, and Serderius Bryant, who ranks sixth on the team in tackles, will start at linebacker. Keith Lewis, another freshman, appears to be in line for his second career start at the spur position as well. “Just win, baby” In the words of the late Oak-

Know Your Foe: Kentucky PREVIEW, Name: University of Kentucky Nickname: Wildcats Location: Lexington, Kentucky (472,099 pop.) Enrollment: 19,292 Colors: Blue and White Mascot: Scratch Head Coach: Joker Phillips, 2rd year (9-12) Conference: Southeastern Conference All-time Record: 562-552-44 2010 Record: 6-7, 2-6 SEC National Championship: 1950 Notable Football Alumni: George Blanda — Hall of Fame quarterback and kicker, played a record 26 seasons of pro football Tim Couch — 1st pick of the 1999 NFL Draft by the Cleveland Browns, an expansion team Howard Schnellenberger — 1983 National Championship coach (Miami), played football at Kentucky Other Notable Alumni: Ashley Judd — Actress Mitch McConnell — Senate Minority Leader John T. Scopes — Defendant in the Scopes Trial Interesting Fact: Before coaching at Texas A&M and Kentucky, Paul “Bear” Bryant was the coach at Kentucky for eight seasons. The Wildcats reached four bowl games, winning three of them. In 1950, Kentucky defeated No. 1 Oklahoma in Sugar Bowl, ending the Sooners’ 31-game winning streak. The final polls were released before the bowl season, but Kentucky was named National Champions by some publications.

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the game plan in, worked hard. You got to throw them in the water. We’ve still got (senior safety) Damien Jackson and a lot of guys that are going to help us, but Cody Prewitt is getting better and improving. And I tell you, Serdarius Bryant and Keith Lewis just keep getting better.” With so many freshman playing significant roles on defense, more responsibilities fall on veterans like senior defensive end Kentrell Lockett, sophomore linebacker Mike Mary and sophomore safety Charles Sawyer. As the roles for these freshmen expand, they prepare themselves for next season. On the other side of the ball, offensive coordinator David Lee wants to see his guys play differently in the second half. Ole Miss struggled mightily in the third quarter each of the past three games against Alabama, Arkansas and Auburn. Junior quarterback Randall Mackey makes his second SEC road start and the Rebels will lean on senior running back Brandon Bolden and sophomore running back Jeff

land Raiders’ owner Al Davis, “Just win, baby.” Ole Miss and Kentucky are both winless and have lost a combined nine Southeastern Conference games this season. The Rebels have lost 11-straight SEC games, dating back to last season’s win over none other than the Kentucky Wildcats. This Saturday presents an opportunity as good as any to end this slide. Each of the past two weeks, Ole Miss hung with Arkansas and Auburn before unraveling in the second half. This Saturday hinges on playing a complete game. Win or lose, momentum for this team will shift one way or the other, as the Rebels finish the season with Louisiana Tech, LSU and Mississippi State. Scott to lead the offense. However, Lee’s biggest concern is getting his guys to not underestimate the Wildcats. “We better be ready to play,” he said. “That bunch up there in Kentucky believe they can beat Ole Miss. I don’t want the scenario of Vanderbilt to happen again where we think because we show up they aren’t going to play, and we are better than them. “Hey, that’s not the case. They’ve got good players up there. They’ve got three guys on defense that could start for anybody in this conference. Our guys have to know that. My biggest concern is for our guys not being deep down ready to play.” Two of those guys are Trevathan and Guy, who are No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, in total tackles among SEC players. Trevathan has totaled 94 tackles this season to go along with 6.5 tackles for loss and three interceptions while Guy has totaled 83 tackles, 8.5 tackles for loss and two interceptions. Kickoff between the Rebels and the Wildcats is set for 2:30 p.m. from Commonwealth Stadium in Lexington, Ky., and will be televised nationally by ESPNU.

FLUSHING, N.Y. - Ole Miss senior Kristi Boxx won an epic threeset match against Kansas State’s Petra Niedermayerova in the first round of the USTA/ITA National Indoor Championships here Thursday at the USTA Billie Jean King Tennis Center. With the 4-6, 7-6(3), 7-6(4) win, Boxx advances to the round of 16 for the second time in her career. In a match with plenty of momentum changes, Boxx, ranked No. 22 in the nation, used the second set tiebreak to go up 5-2 in the third. However, Niedermayerova, ranked 35th in the country, picked up her game and won four straight for a 6-5 lead. Boxx tied it up again. At 4-4 in the tiebreaker, Boxx served an ace leading to a 7-4 win. “There was a lot of momentum switches. She’s a good player, so I am really excited to be able to pull out the win,” said Boxx. “I may have let up a little at 5-3 (in the third), but she picked up her game. In both tiebreakers I started off serving and had an ace both times. I played really well in the second set tiebreak. I had to work really hard in the last tiebreak to come out on top. I served much better in the tiebreakers than I did the rest of the match.” Boxx will face the No. 4 seed Mallory Burdette of Stanford in the second round Friday at 11:30 a.m. CT. Burdette, who is ranked No. 17 in the nation, downed Ana Veselinovic of Auburn Montgomery 6-2, 6-2. In first round doubles, Boxx and Abby Guthrie lost to Alex Kelleher and Olga Khmylev of Boston College 8-5. They will play the Oklahoma duo of Marie-Pier Huet and Whitney Ritchie in the consolation Friday at 8:30 a.m. CT.

Rebel Netters Drop Close First Round Match At National Indoor FLUSHING, N.Y. – Ole Miss men’s tennis players Jonas Lutjen and Johan Backstrom dropped a close match to the No. 4 seeded team in the first round of doubles action at the USTA/ITA National Indoor Championships Thursday here at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. “The guys did a good job of battling back to pull even and they had chances to break, but missed by an inch,” head coach Billy Chadwick said. “Jonas and Johan played well against a very good team. Hopefully we can pick up some good wins in the back draw.” Lutjen and Backstrom (6-1) will have another opportunity for a big win on Friday in the consolation bracket as they face 13th-ranked Christopher Aumueller and Benedikt Lindheim of Nebraska. The two teams will square off at 9:30 a.m. CT.



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Rebels travel to Kentucky in search of first SEC win BY DAVID COLLIER

This Saturday, Ole Miss (2-6, 0-5 SEC) travels to Lexington in hopes of ending its 11-game Southeastern Conference losing streak with a win over the Kentucky Wildcats (3-5, 0-4 SEC). Ole Miss leads the all-time series 27-13-1, including a 42-35

win in Oxford this past season. While the Rebels prepare for the Wildcats, head coach Houston Nutt sees some similarities between his team and Kentucky. “Kentucky plays hard,” he said. “(Safety) Winston Guy Jr. and linebacker Danny Trevathan, who has been an All-Conference guy, play hard. They try to be disruptive. (Defensive coordinator)

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Rick Minter does a good job with their defense. A lot like us, they have let some games slip.” Nutt said Kentucky has not been as productive on offense with the losses of wide receiver Randall Cobb and running back Derrick Locke from a season ago. “They have a quarterback they moved in,” he said of Kentucky’s offense. “He is 6’4” and is more of a thrower. (Junior) Morgan Newton does both. He is more of a run-pass guy. They do a good job. Offensively, they are more play action with Newton. Freshman Maxwell Smith is more of a thrower. Again, our whole deal is stopping the run and not giving up explosive plays.” Those two quarterbacks, Newton and Smith, will be important for the Rebel defense to contain to keep Kentucky off the board. After practice Thursday, Kentucky head coach Joker Phillips named Smith starting quarterback. Smith has played in five games and, most recently, completed 26 of 33 passes for 174 yards against Mississippi State Saturday. So far this season, Kentucky is averaging 16.5 points per game, but Ole Miss must play a complete game to leave Lexington

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with that elusive SEC win. Part of that Ole Miss defense will be two freshmen, who are in line to get their first career starts on Saturday. Safety Cody Prewitt and linebacker Serdarius Bryant have both had limited playing

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