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Chancellor: No need to modify gun laws BY JACOB BATTE The Daily Mississippian
After Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords was shot outside of a market in Arizona, there has been a big push for the relaxation of gun laws across the country. One of the issues that has arisen from this shooting has been whether or not firearms should be legal on college campuses. While the heat has picked up following the Giffords’ shooting, those in favor of allowing guns on campus cite the incident at Virginia Tech, where a student shot and killed 32 students and faculty, while injuring 15 others. They say that if guns were legal on campus the students and faculty would have been able to defend themselves, and possibly saved some of the lives lost. University Chancellor Dan Jones believes that Ole Miss is prepared for a situation, even without allowing guns on campus. “We have a disaster management plan in place,” Jones said. “And we
go through exercises on a regular basis for implementing that. “We certainly hope and pray that we won’t have to go through anything like that, but that plan is reviewed on a regular basis. It includes communicating as quickly as feasible with current technology with all students and faculty and staff and so forth, but there are disaster management plans in place and we would execute those plans if needed.” Thirty-eight states currently do not allow guns on college campuses, while 11 others leave it up to the school to decide. Currently Utah is the only state that allows students and professors to carry firearms with them on campus. States such as Idaho, Texas, Georgia, Oklahoma, Florida, Colorado, South Carolina and Arizona are pushing bills that would allow students and professors to carry firearms on campus. Georgia, Texas, and Arizona are very close to legalizing guns on their college campuses. Just last April, a lawsuit was filed
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Junior business marketing major Robert Holland sits in his home on Thursday afternoon. Robert owns guns, including two pistols and a semi-automatic AR 15, but says he would never bring them on campus because it is outlawed in Mississippi.
in Colorado against the campus dents everywhere else. firearm ban. South Carolina re“I suppose if the University of cently edged closer to legalizing Texas allows students to have guns them on campuses by letting stu- on campus, that might affect my dents check their weapons into the decision for grad school.” McDowcampus authorities and keep them ell said. “Texas has a top 25 law in a locker at the police station. school, but if at any point I may Senior history major David Mc- feel unsafe, that changes things. Dowell believes that if other states You don’t want to live in a neighmake it legal for students to have borhood if you feel unsafe. If that firearms on campus, that it affects not just those students, but stu- See GUN, PAGE 4
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Leakey urges students to look back in time at SMBHC convocation BY CAIN MADDEN Campus News Editor
Louise Leakey’s family has been piecing together the evolution of the hominoid species for three generations. Thursday, Leakey presented an outline of what they have learned at the Sally McDonald Barksdale Honors College Spring Convocation. “Who are we?” Leakey said. “The only way to know the answer to that is by going back in the past and looking.” The exploration of that question started with Leakey’s grandfather, Louis Leakey, who went to Kenya in 1931 to study in the Great Rift Valley. “He very rapidly turned up stone tools, and the fossils of other animals in the old lake basin that date back two million years ago,” Leakey said. Much later, in 1959, my grandmother, Marry, while walking in the gorge, found the evidence of what we had been looking for — Who made those stone tools?”
This find, Australopithecus, put Africa on the map. “The conventional thinking was that we needed to be looking in Asia and Indonesia,” Leakey said. “This find finally opened up for funding. We had been on a shoestring budget up until then. Thereafter, we managed to get a lot of support from the National Geographic Society, and they continue to support us today. As a family, we have received 128 grants from the National Geographic Society.” It is important to appreciate how difficult it is for a fossil to be made, Leakey said. “Most animals that die will never be fossilized or preserved,” Leakey said. “The chances are less remote that it will be brought back up. It is even less likely that the fossil will be found.” Leakey said hominids make up about 0.1 percent of the fossils they find in the valley. “These are very interesting, in fact, perhaps more interesting than hominids,” Leakey said. “Animals tell the story of what
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context humans lived in. We used these as part of the food chain.” More and more, Leakey is focused on the administrative side of creating the Turkana Basin Institute. “We are building research centers that we hope will make it
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easier to do the research,” Leakey said. “It is very difficult to operate an expedition and get supplies.” Leakey said they run a field school from the center, and she encouraged anyone interested in this field to apply.
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There’s an episode of “Family Guy” in which Asian reporter Tricia Takanawa interviews an avid cyclist. When she asks him why he’s biking in the rain, he replies that “it’s a great way to stay in shape.” While it’s true that biking is a fun and easy way to get some exercise, there is a much more effective way to maintain physical fitness: running. It’s true that running is much more taxing and takes more effort than biking, but there’s a good reason for it: Running is simply more efficient than biking. A 155-pound person who runs five-and-a-half miles burns around 600 calories, and would have to bike 20 miles at 15 miles an hour to burn around the same amount. At the standard eight mph, it would take 45 minutes to run five-and-a-half miles, while it would take an hour to bike it. For people who normally exercise in the morning, that’s
an extra 15 minutes to sleep through an alarm clock. Because running requires a lot of energy, it is an excellent way to lose weight more quickly than other forms of less strenuous exercise. For college students, running is a great way to get rid of the “freshman 15” (or 40, depending on how much freedom one utilizes from being away from home) and achieve an ideal weight. Students who loathe running can simply buddy up with a friend and run together. They can complain about how much homework they have in accounting, discuss plans for the weekend or talk about how much they hate running. There’s a reason Weight Watchers (usually) works: People are more likely to continue to exercise and to eat healthy when someone else is doing it with them. Parents warn their kids
about the dangers of peer pressure because it works. Kids want to fit in with their peers, so they sometimes do mischievous things that force them to stay in the house for two weeks once Mommy and Daddy find out. This same mindset applies to running, although it is much more conducive to your health. If someone expects you to go running with them, you do not want to disappoint your friend and bail on him for a few sessions of Call of Duty. Put simply, you are more likely to stick with the routine when you have a running partner. Running is also a great way for students to exercise because it can be done in any weather. When the standard Oxford weather is present (warm, sunny, girls aplenty) run outdoors and take advantage of the running paths and explore Oxford. You’ll never know what you’ll run into.
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However, students can, much like the fabled mailmen, run in snow, sleet or hail, thanks to the Turner Center. If the weather or temperature in Oxford is inconvenient, students can easily go to the Turner Center to run on the jogging track above the basketball courts in an amiable, air-conditioned atmosphere. An added bonus to using the Turner Center is that it would hopefully put enough pressure on Ole Miss administration into upgrading our unsightly athletics center into one that is more state-of-the-art. There are countless other benefits that running offers students, and I’m sure you can ask our good friend Jeeves and he will gladly share the information with you. One benefit that may be a little harder to find, however, is that running helps alleviate stress. And, since I took two tests today, I think it’s about time for a jog.
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Stirring The Pot on Modern-Day Prohibition BY ANDREW DICKSON Columnist
Speaking on prohibition in an essay called “My First Impression of the USA,” Albert Einstein wrote, “Nothing is more destructive of respect for the government and the law of the land than passing laws which cannot be enforced.” Prohibition has always made for an easy pot to stir. Cannabis — one of God’s most controversial creations. Today, my aim is to distinguish hemp, the soft and durable fiber cultivated from the Cannabis sativa plant that is used for industrial purposes, from its more potent relative, marijuana (often taken from the Cannabis indica plant).
Hemp cultivation literally dates back to the Stone Age. The Cannabis sativa plant is drought-resistant and grows well without herbicides, fungicides or pesticides. Its fiber has countless industrial applications, including fabrics, paper, ropes and building materials. It’s a plant with even more benefits than cotton that can be grown in almost any environment. To sweeten the pot, biodiesel fuel can be made from oils taken from hemp seeds and stalks, and alcohol fuel can be made via fermentation of the entire plant. Hemp biodiesel, or “hempoline,” is clean-burning and non-toxic. In addition, hemp produces more biomass per acre than most other crops. The ecofriendly grass-guzzler may be the car of tomorrow. Industrial hemp is grown in
more than 30 countries worldwide — including China, Spain, Australia, Great Britain and Canada — but is illegal to produce in the United States. Its prohibition is likely the result of its relation with marijuana, even though hemp grown for industrial purposes is not potent enough for recreational or medicinal use. As a result, the United States imports more hemp than any other country — meaning we are one of the hemp industry’s biggest supporters — yet we still prohibit American farmers from growing this cash crop on our home soil. Hemp is the only crop that is both illegal to grow in the U.S. and legal for Americans to import — a law the pot and the kettle can both agree is a bit hypocritical. Some important questions should be raised: Should farmers be allowed to harvest hemp, and should the medical com-
munity be allowed to take advantage of marijuana’s medicinal benefits to treat patients? We’ve taken a broad spectrum (the Cannabis genus), stuffed it into a simple concept (“pot”), and put a lid on it at the expense of ourselves. We classify Cannabis as a Schedule I Drug, which is broadly defined as a drug with “no accepted medical use for treatment” and “high potential for abuse.” Why the United States government does not consistently distinguish between the nonpsychoactive industrial hemp and marijuana in its definition of the Cannabis genus is peculiar. I’m not sure we’re ready for full-fledged recreational legalization yet, but legalizing hemp for industrial uses and marijuana exclusively for medicinal purposes would benefit agricultural and medical communities.
I also understand that a lot of industries are going to have to adapt if a green revolution catches fire, but capitalism is allegedly a marketplace of ideas that encourages competition and new ideas. Regardless, states are capable of making up their minds without the help of the Drug Enforcement Administration and the federal government. America is meant to be a melting pot of different cultures and ideals — why split these states if we can’t trust them to govern themselves? It’s said that watched pot won’t ever boil; if legalization for industrial, medicinal or recreational purposes is a cause you care about, get some likeminded people in office and continue to pray that Ron Paul runs for president in 2012 and uses a legalization compromise as a part of his campaign. I bet you hippies will vote then.
Housing on campus: blunder or blessing? BY ADAM GANUCHEAU Columnist
In an unprecedented move a few weeks ago, the University announced that most non-freshman students must relocate to off-campus housing next semester to accommodate the hoards of new students attending the University of Mississippi in the fall. As could be expected, many current students are outraged at the decision, having to make other living arrangements on such short notice. Although many students had not planned on staying on campus next year anyway, many other students are unexpectedly being forced to find off-campus housing. As a student on our busy campus, I have become exposed to many complaints about this unfortunate circumstance. However, take it from me: This is the best thing that has ever happened. THE DAILY MISSISSIPPIAN HAS TURNED OVER
Dorm life on campus is horrendous. Being a resident of Stockard Hall, I have talked to many fellow residents recently. I have heard many accounts about dorm life in general, in this building specifically and other dorms on campus. In Stockard, the way of life for any student is significantly inhibited. The lobby comes fully furnished with broken furniture, half-eaten burgers on the floor, and a brand-new flat-screen television that is never turned on. The elevators are always broken, sometimes causing many of the 500 residents to be late for class or other meetings. The hallways boast a wide variety of decaying foods scattered along the floor (with no garbage cans in sight, despite requests by the residents) and the aroma of the molding garbage chute rooms located on each floor. The bathrooms have mildewing pieces of food in the sinks, empty toilet paper canisters and ants trailing toward the showers. Wireless Internet on campus
is barbaric. This full school year, I am paying just under $20,000 to attend Ole Miss. About $6,000 of that goes toward housing. As a freshman, I am required to live on campus this year, so there is no manipulating my way out of staying in this hell hole. Paying that much money should qualify me to be able to access my mandatory online homework, right? Not a chance. So far in this semester alone, I have been late on three assignments and have twice had to trek to the library at midnight or later to complete assignments that I could not access on my laptop due to the wretched wireless Internet on our campus. We are on a university campus in the 21st century, so I never expected to have to deal with this kind of treatment. Parking on campus is also atrocious. Are you aware that Ole Miss is one of the two SEC campuses that do not have a parking garage? I bet you aren’t surprised in the least bit. For those of us fortunate enough to have a
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vehicle on campus, we know that parking even at our own residence halls is nearly impossible. At Stockard, if the main lot is full, you are required to park half a mile away from the dorm on top of a 50-foot cliff (no exaggeration). Think you can back into a non-Stockard parking space for ten minutes without getting a ticket? That thought will inevitably empty your pocketbook in the form of a sizable ticket every single time. When the university told me I had to move off campus next year, I was thrilled beyond comprehension. Words cannot accurately express my pleasure in this new rule. Next year, I am living in an apartment that
will be cleaned and maintained to my liking, I will have working internet at all hours of the day, and I will ride a bus to my classes without having to worry about parking. I honestly take pity on the freshmen next year that have to go through what I have gone through in Stockard and on campus. The administration, the faculty, the alumni and the student leaders need to figure this situation out now. It’s a good thing I love Ole Miss so much, or I would probably have transferred by now. I want things to get better because more students as disgruntled as I am can only lead to bad things for the future of our beloved Ole Miss.
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Ole Miss Athletes Give Back to Local Schools BY ELAN LLOYD The Daily Mississippian
Ole Miss athletes have found a way to give back to the community by spending a day at local elementary schools. The student-athletes have visited the school, read to the students and interacted with them in the classrooms through various activities. Reading With the Rebels is an event held each semester and is run by the Ole Miss Athletics Department through the Rebel Ready program, which focuses the athletes on their careers and personal development, as well as on community outreach. Steven Cox works in the athletics department focusing on student-athlete development. He also works directly with the Reading With the Rebels events. Cox said he’s very proud of the turn-out each semester and how eager the athletes are to be able to participate. “The athletes go into the
classrooms and get a chance to really interact with the students,” he said. “They don’t just read to them; they participate in games and activities, and they talk to them about the importance of academics and school throughout the rest of their lives.” Cox said the teachers and staff at all the schools have been supportive and always look forward to having the athletes back. The students who participate are typically between kindergarten and third grade. Cox said the students really seem to look up to the athletes when they come in. “Even when they don’t really know who exactly who you are or what sport you play, they look up to you because you are a college athlete,” said Morgan Springer, junior volleyball libero, who has participated in the program for the past three years. “It’s great to be able to serve as a role model to these kids, and a great opportunity to
give back to the community.” Any student-athlete can get involved, and the events are not required. Cox said students whose sports are not in season are more likely to attend the events, and each event has between 50 and 80 athletes participate during the three days they hold the event. Junior wide receiver Melvin Harris said this year was his second time to participate, and he looks forward to being able to do it again. “When I was young, we had players come into my school and do something similar to the Reading With the Rebels program, and it had a huge impact on me and really inspired me,” he said. “I like being able to do the same thing now.” This semester’s event was held this week at Bramlett Elementary School, Lafayette Lower Elementary School and Regents School of Oxford, with about 45 student-athletes participating.
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weapons can be kept in vehicles. Camille Lesseig, a junior history and Spanish major, believes that the current laws should remain the same. “I think the current laws are fair,” Lesseig said. “I don’t have a problem with someone keeping a gun in their car, if they’re licensed to carry a gun that’s fine, they can have that gun. “But I really don’t understand the rationale of carrying one on a school campus, the risk of someone carrying a gun far outweighs any kind of benefit you could have. There’s no legal use for a gun on campus, you can’t hunt, the self-defense issue is really kind of muted by the fact that we have a police force on campus, and ideally they would take care of any issues that you could come across.” The problem does not just lie with students. In February of 2010, Amy Bishop opened fire during a Biological Sciences Department faculty meeting, killing
three while injuring three others at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. The number of gun related incidents on college campuses continues to rise according to SecurityMagazine.com. Since 2007, there have been 25 major incidents involving guns on college campuses in which someone was either seriously injured or killed. Those 25 incidents, which include the shootings at Virginia Tech and UAH, have resulted in 64 deaths and 52 injuries. William Shughart, F.A.P. Barnard distinguished professor of economics, believes that if guns were legalized on campus, there would be less chance of something like Virginia Tech, or UAH, happening. “There is a substantial body of evidence from economic research that shows that violent crimes, murder, rape and robbery, rates are lower in states that allow people to carry concealed weapons on their person.” Shughart said. “The basic explanation is if you’re a criminal and you don’t know whether your victim is armed or not and could blow you away if he wants to, then you are less likely to commit the
crime. Where the real significant reduction comes is rape, if women can carry guns in their handbag, and a criminal knows that there is a possibility that if they try to assault a woman there is a chance they’ll pull a gun on them, that deters crime. “Criminals know that a school is a gun free zone, and that makes it an inviting target. We’ve been fortunate that it hasn’t been much of a problem in this state, but there have been lots of other events on campuses, where a graduate student has been mad at his dissertation advisor and comes in and blows him away, or confronts a faculty or staff member and to be knowingly unarmed makes you vulnerable.” Junior biology major Hunter Morris can understand why we would want to allow guns on campus but also sees the risk as well. “On the one side, you have the benefit of having guns on campus, because our students have the opportunity to protect themselves in situation like what happened at Virginia Tech.” Morris said. “Anybody who is going to want to come have some shootout and massacre is going to do it. If they really want
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becomes an issue that definitely changes things for everyone.” McDowell doesn’t know why the University of Mississippi would need to legalize guns on campus. “If someone is knocking on your dorm room door, and you think they are going to beat you up, and you meet them at the door with a .22, then you’ve got more problems,” McDowell said. “And you’re probably not at the University of Mississippi because we are a safe place like that. If things get more dangerous, I guess we’ll address that issue, but this is a safe campus. Why add the lethal ingredient?” Mississippi is one of the 38 states that do not allow guns on college campuses. Mississippi law 97-3717 says that it is a felony to carry any weapon on a college campus, unless authorized, for example, university police. If caught with a gun on campus, the person could face a fine of up to $5,000 or three years in federal prison. Concealed
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to, they’ll figure out a way to make it happen. By saying we can’t have guns on campus, we’re not creating a lesser chance of that happening. “However, when you think about how much alcohol is consumed on this campus, it seems to me that there would be a much greater risk of there being an alcohol related gun injury or death, than there would be if someone decided to come shoot up Ole Miss.” While Mississippi has been relatively lucky when it comes to gun violence, we are still no stranger to the dangers that it can cause. Earlier this month a highschool student in Jackson brought a gun to school. While showing it off to his friends in the bathroom, he accidentally discharged it. Luckily, no one was hurt. In 2009 a young woman brought a gun with her on a bus in Yazoo County, but the actions of a brave student kept her from being able to injure anyone on the bus. Of the aforementioned 25 incidents, the University of Mississippi, which is consistently ranked in the top five safest campuses in the United States, does make an appearance on the list, with the fatal shooting of Ole Miss track star Rodney Lockhart at his apartment. Chancellor Jones said he hopes that nothing changes. “As an administrator I find the current gun law in Mississippi to be healthy and am glad to see that in place,” Jones said. “I’m not aware of any movement to change the law in Mississippi, and hopefully we won’t change it.””
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Lyric Theater is more than a music venue
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The Lyric Theater has become Oxford’s premier music venue and a staple of the Square. The Lyric reopened its doors af-
ter a renovation during the summer of 2008. Since then, it has hosted several nationally known artists such as The Black Crowes, MGMT, Modest Mouse, Wilco, Umphrey’s McGee and Bassnectar.
Although the venue holds many of the town’s big-name concerts, the Lyric has also provided a space for organizations to hold fundraisers and charity events. “(The Lyric) has provided a place for the Oxford and Ole Miss community to raise money for fundraisers and charitable events,” Tim Burkhead, head of production for the Lyric, said. “Organizations and events like Hope for Africa, Kappa Alpha Fight Night, March of Dimes, Lafayette Oxford Foundation (For Tomorrow) and John McCain’s post-debate party are just a few beneficial events that have happened here.” Marion Startz, general manager of the venue, said the Lyric has held at least 50 charitable events in the past two-and-a-half years,
and they are often held as frequently as once a month. “People love going to the Lyric, so having our Fight Night event there for two nights was great,” Ty New, chairman of philanthropy for Kappa Alpha, said. “We raised $20,000 just from selling tickets at the door.” Kappa Alpha was able to raise $80,000 overall, and 50 percent of its proceeds went to the Muscular Dystrophy Association. New said the rest of the proceeds went to local charities. “The Lyric has not only benefited philanthropies and organizations but also the town of Oxford,” Startz said. “People come from all over the United States to come see the shows. When they come, they are renting hotels, eating in our restaurants, buying
stuff on the Square and visiting the Ole Miss campus. The Lyric has provided thousands and thousands of dollars to various organizations, charities and to the town of Oxford since it reopened.” Pollstar, the only worldwide trade publication that covers the concert industry, ranked the Lyric at No. 95 on its 2009 Year-End Ticket Sales list, Top 100 Worldwide Club Venues. The venue has sold more than 32,000 tickets since its reopening. The venue will host another fundraiser tonight featuring Hyper Crush, and all proceeds will go to benefiting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. They have the potential to raise $17,250 for the hospital, Brendan Rich, DJ for Hoodrich, said.
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Construction workers finish the pediment of the new Center for Manufacturing Excellence building. Construction is expected to be complete in May with a dedication sometime in the fall.
Ole Miss law professor named to national committee BY JAKE PRESLEY The Daily Mississippian
University of Mississippi professor Joanne Gabrynowicz has kept her mind on high places. It has paid off. The U.S. secretary of the interior has appointed 15 new members to the National Geospatial Advisory Committee. One of the new members is University of
Mississippi professor Joanne Gabrynowicz, a professor of space law and remote sensing law. Gabrynowicz, who is also the director of the National Remote Sensing, Air and Space Law Center, will serve as one of 27 committee members. The committee advises the U.S. on the use of geospatial data, which is data of any kind about a place
or location on the earth’s surface. Gabrynowicz has served on panels and committees regarding space law and remote sensing law before. “There’s a national archive where the United States keeps all of its non-classified satellite imagery, and I used to be the chair of an advisory board to that national archive,” Gabrynowicz said. “So this advisory committee is similar, but it’s addressing a broader subject. I was asked to serve because of my experience on the previous committee and also because of my academic background, what I do and what I teach.” According to the NGAC Web site, the committee provides recommendations on federal geospatial policy and management issues on the development of the National Spatial Data Infrastructure. The NSDI promotes sharing of geospatial data throughout all levels of government, the private and non-profit sectors and the academic community. The committee Gabrynow-
icz will serve on meets three to four times a year and is strictly an advisory board, reporting to the chair of the Federal Geographic Data Committee. According to a press release from the office of the secretary of the interior, Secretary Ken Salazar said geospatial data includes maps, simulations and databases. Geospatial data is an invaluable tool in effective management, including management of utility infrastructure, transportation, energy, emergency management, natural resources, climate analysis, disaster recovery, homeland defense, law enforcement and protection planning. The newly appointed members of the NGAC represent the varied interests associated with geospatial programs and technology. Gabrynowicz said Ole Miss is ahead of other universities in the field of remote sensing law and the use of geospatial data. “The university houses a very special expertise that’s nationally and internationally recognized,” Gabrynowicz said.
“The university is specialized in an area that no other university in the country can claim. We really are the long-term leader in this field.” Richard Gershon, dean of the law school, is proud of the accomplishments of Gabrynowicz and the university. “Commercialization of space will be an area of continued economic growth,” Gershon said. “The University of Mississippi is at the leading edge of the legal issues surrounding this important subject, thanks to the efforts of Professor Gabrynowicz, who is an internationally recognized expert in the field, and the National Center for Remote Sensing, Air, and Space Law.” Regardless of Gabrynowicz’s other duties, she still considers herself primarily a teacher. “I love teaching. That’s what I did first and foremost,” Gabrynowicz said. “I was a teacher before I was a center director or advisory board member. I still teach every year. I make a point of it. That’s the most important thing I do.”
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‘Reasons to be Pretty’ to be performed at Powerhouse BY ASHLEY D. BALL The Daily Mississippian
“Reasons to be Pretty,” a tale that focuses on people’s obsession with physical appearance and its ups and downs, will be performed at the Powerhouse in Oxford this weekend. The original play by writer and director Neil LaBute follows “Shape of Things” and “Fat Pig” (opening on Broadway in April) as the third chapter in a trilogy of
plays. The mature production is a series of monologues by four young adults depicting the do’s and don’ts of a successful relationship. “I remember during the rehearsal process, the cast and I were talking about the play and commenting that maybe this play would represent, instead of ‘how to,’ what not to do in a relationship” Alice Walker, director of the production, member of the Theatre Oxford Board of Directors and member of
the Yoknapatawpha Arts Council, said. So what is all the buzz about? Walker gives a short synopsis of the play. Greg makes the mistake of making an off-handed remark about a co-worker’s pretty face in comparison to his girlfriend. The unflattering comparison gets back to his girlfriend and wreaks havoc on a close group of friends. When Greg’s best friend Kent and his wife Carly get involved, things get
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dramatically more complex. When Greg’s relationship with his girlfriend reaches the point of no return, their friends are pulled into the argument, which brings about a variety of problems. Secrets and opinions are revealed, and the consequences are irreparable. “Despite its fairly basic storyline, the play has many different layers to it,” Walker said. “The story represents very real situations with very real people who we can either
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The University of Mississippi Museum is hosting an exhibit on African American soldiers in World War II and their impact on the civil rights movement. The exhibit in the Skipwith Gallery includes original photographs, prints and cartoons demonstrating the impact of African Americans in Germany during the war. Placed chronologically on the walls, the pieces take viewers through history, starting with World War II and moving through several major events of the civil rights movement. The exhibit is being showcased in the United States and
Germany, and Oxford is the of African Americans during third location in the United World War II and how their States to host the collection. positions were so different It holds several photographs once they were out of the Unitthat have not been shown be- ed States and in Europe,” Tina fore. Lutz, graduate associate at the “The exhibit is so different; University Museum, said. “It It tells a story and shows a part really is important to realize of history that we never really how crucial they were.” hear that much about,” Ashley Director of the exhibit, MaChaffin, museum program co- ria Hoehn, is working on creordinator, said. ating an online database that African American soldiers will allow anyone to access the had a large influence on the photographs from the exhibit. battlefields abroad, making up She anticipates it benefiting two to three million of the 15 teachers and others interested to 20 million soldiers stationed in learning more about African in Germany. American presence in GermaThe goal of the exhibit is ny. to educate people on an often The photographs that Hoeoverlooked subject. hn and her colleague Martin “It is important for us to realize and recognize the role See EXHIBIT, PAGE 8
Help Nominate the 2011 Elsie M. Hood Outstanding Teacher of the Year March 1 Deadline
Each year since 1966, The University of Mississippi has recognized excellence in teaching by presenting the Elsie M. Hood Outstanding Teacher Award. Each recipient receives a personal plaque and a check from Chancellor Dan Jones during Honors Day ceremonies in April, as well as the satisfaction of being recognized for a job well done. Recipients’ names are also engraved on a plaque listing previous winners, which is displayed in the J. D. Williams Library. Nominations for the award are now being sought from students, faculty, and alumni. Faculty who are Assistant, Associate, or Full Professors are eligible, except for previous recipients. To nominate a faculty member, individuals with an Ole Miss WebID can visit the nomination web page at www.olemiss.edu/hoodaward. Alternatively, you can send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or mail a letter to the Chancellor’s Office, University, MS 38677. Each nomination should be from a single person and include reasons why the nominee should receive the award, including examples of exceptional teaching. The submission deadline is March 1, so don’t wait to help bring recognition to an inspiring Ole Miss teacher!
relate to or we know. It is hard to sum up in a few words. This play is most definitely about a person’s looks and how we as a society judge people on whether or not a person is pretty or beautiful, whether we do it consciously or not.” The play will be shown this weekend, Feb. 25 and 26, at the Powerhouse at 8 p.m. Tickets for adults are $10 in advance/$12 at the door and for students and seniors $8 in advance/$10 at the door.
With Bassnectar playing at the Lyric earlier this week, Oxford is making a name for itself in the electronic scene. Hyper Crush will be performing at the Lyric tonight, marking their first appearance in Oxford. Forerunners in electropop (sometimes called synthpop), Hyper Crush has made a name for themselves recently with the singles “Keep Up” and “Kick Us Out.” Hyper Crush has performed as the opening act for numerous tours around the world, opening for Kevin Rudolf, Far East Movement and Lady Gaga. They have also had songs featured on MTV’s “The Hills” and “The Real World.” Consisting of three members, Donny Fontaine, Holly Valentine and Preston Moronie, Hyper Crush is a genre-bending group that knows it has work ahead.
“We want our music to reach as many people, animals and plants as possible,” Preston said. “There are elements of dubstep and hard electro now being injected into pop music; However, if it’s not mixed or fused right with something mainstream or pop it will never become big.” Other than the big names such as Bassnectar and Deadmau5, the electro genre is, for the most part, underground. Most groups incorporate different elements like dubstep (hard-hitting beats and heavy bass lines), keytars (a keyboard played like a guitar) and synthesizers. Hyper Crush embraces all these things, giving them a unique sound. The harmony between rapper Fontaine and vocalist Valentine just gives them an even greater edge. “The dynamic allows us to appeal to a wider variety of people, See HYPER CRUSH, PAGE 8
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TEST DRIVE: 2011 CHRYSLER 200 BY MATTHEW BISHOP The Daily Mississippian
New Chrysler rivals import luxury Those who watched the Super Bowl this year probably saw the Chrysler commercial that showed images of Detroit and Eminem driving the 200 to the famous Fox Theatre. At the end, it has the slogan “Imported from Detroit,” which implies that the Chrysler 200 could hold its own against the luxury brands across both ponds like Lexus and BMW. So I went out to test the validity of that statement. At first glance, the Chrysler 200 looks a little sedate. There is nothing that really pops out to catch the eye, especially compared to the stylish cars that Hyundai released recently. But it is not completely bland either. Things like the LED taillights, dual exhaust and 18-inch chrome wheels give it a little bit of style.
Once actually inside the car, it is amazing how good it looks and feels. Our test car had the limited trim, which came with all of the luxury goodies like heated leather seats, automatic climate control, and tilt and telescoping steering wheel. The leather wrapping the seats had exceptional quality, not unlike something you might find in a Lexus ES350. The front seats were also extremely comfortable, thanks to soft padding and 8-way adjustability. The rear seats were a tad on the hard side but with ample leg room and the same supple leather that was on the front seats– only the pickiest of passengers will complain. The plastics in the 200 use the right textures and colors to make the interior seem much more expensive than our car’s $27,160 price would suggest. Chrysler even added stitched leather to the side panels on the doors, which give it that little extra touch. Our test car also came with
the optional navigation system including a 6.5-inch touch screen and also handles radio and MP3 functions. The GPS was easy to operate and input addresses; however, it was sometimes hard to follow when it gave directions, and if you were to accidentally overshoot your exit, it does not want to recalculate your route. Our car came equipped with the optional 283 horsepower Pentastar 3.7L V-6 and the 6-speed automatic, which worked almost seamlessly. The engine proved powerful enough to get up to speed on highways and has decent gas mileage at 19 miles per gallon in the city and 29 MPG on the highway. It was remarkably quiet (I literally had to try to hear it running), which pays homage to the cabin as well because not only could I barely hear the engine, there was also minimal road and wind noise. The engine is also very smooth without a hint of vibration when starting the car up or shutting
it down. The only negative thing I have to say about the powertrain of the 200 is the very unresponsive gas pedal. To use half of the 283 horsepower, I had to push the gas pedal all the way to the floor. The ride is quite smooth and on par with other vehicles in its segment, rolling over bumps and other road disturbances with relative ease and comfort. The steering is a tad on the heavier side but overall pretty effortless with a little bit of understeer.
The overall quality and performance of the new Chrysler 200 is easily on par with something like the Lexus ES 350. And it is no doubt that Chrysler was using the Lexus as a benchmark, as both the Chrysler 200 and ES 350 are the exact same overall length, 191.7 inches. But the best part is that a fully loaded Chrysler 200 is almost $10,000 cheaper than a Lexus ES 350, affording the same level of comfort and luxuriousness as a Lexus from a Detroit import.
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and there are aspects that a male brings that a female can’t and vice versa. Being able to fuse the two makes you one step ahead of those who can’t,” Preston said. Forming in 2006, Hyper Crush made a name for itself by independently releasing singles through MySpace, eventually leading to their first album “The Arcade” in May of 2008. Toward the end of 2008, Hyper Crush signed with Universal Motown, with a follow-up to “The Arcade” exxpected later this year. In addition to producing original music, Hyper Crush creates remixes, most notably to La Roux’s “Bulletproof,” Usher’s “DJ Got Us Fallin’ In Love” and Enrique Iglesias’s
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“Tonight (I’m Loving You).” “The remix of ‘Bulletproof’ is what really got me into Hyper Crush,” Jose Rodriguez, a graduate Spanish student, said. “I’m a huge fan of the Los Angeles music scene, and the fact they are coming to Mississippi, especially Oxford, is amazing.” Hyper Crush is one band that transcends typical genre lines, and students across the university are getting excited for many different reasons. “I like them because they appeal to the same audience as Pretty Lights and Civil Wars, but it is much more interactive because there are actual lyrics,” John Monteith, freshman journalism major said.
For some, Hyper Crush is more than a band, it’s an experience — one well worth a journey. “Hyper Crush is the perfect mix of techno, 80’s and rap,” Mallarie Pitcher, an Ole Miss alumna who is traveling from Memphis for the concert, said. “Who wouldn’t love a band like that? I’ve been listening to them since I was an undergraduate, and it’s about time this futuristic band made a trip to good ole Mississippi!” Hyper Crush will be playing at the Lyric tonight. Doors open at 9 p.m., and the show starts at 10 p.m. Tickets are $15 and can be ordered at thelyricoxford.com or bought at the door.
Klimke have collected are rare in their subject matter. A photograph showing German soldiers being held hostage by an African American soldier gets Lutz’ attention. “An African American man holding white men at bay — that is something that you would not have seen in America at the time,” Lutz said. “The dichotomy is interesting, and so is seeing how differently people are perceived in other countries.” The exhibit transitions from World War II photographs to pieces from the civil rights movement with a clip from a speech by Martin Luther King
Jr. during a visit to Berlin in 1964. Several images include events from the Black Panther Party, activist Angela Davis and civil rights marches in Germany. “You always hear about Martin Luther King in the states, and especially his involvement in the South, but here in these images, we see civil rights activists going to Germany and places all over Europe,” Lutz said. According to the University Museum, the exhibit has generated a significant amount of interest within the community and will be open until March 14.
JOIN THE LETTER WRITING CAMPAIGN The Ofﬁce of Enrollment Services is inviting all students, faculty and staff to sit down and write a few old-fashioned letters. The department is hosting a letter-writing campaign February 28th-March 4th to encourage high school seniors to attend Ole Miss in the fall.
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Rebs have much to play for despite slim NCAA Tournament chances BY REID BARRINEAU The Daily Mississippian
Barring a Georgia-eqsue Southeastern Conference Tournament run, this will be the ninth consecutive season the Ole Miss Rebels have failed to make the NCAA Basketball Tournament. Despite their ultimate goal appearing out of reach this season, the Rebels, 17-11 (5-8 SEC), still have some things to play for. First, there’s the .500 mark in SEC Play. While, given their play of late, winning the last three in conference play seems like a bit of a stretch, the biggest hurdle is tomorrow afternoon when the Alabama Crimson Tide, 19-8 (11-2 SEC), roll
into Oxford. While Alabama, which currently sits atop the SEC West, is a tall order, Ole Miss has shown this season that it has the potential to play with the league’s better teams. If it lives up to that potential and knocks off a Tide team that’s on the NCAA Tournament bubble, winning out gets a lot more manageable, especially considering Ole Miss is currently undefeated against both Arkansas and Auburn – its final two opponents. A .500 finish in SEC play would, at best, keep the Rebels in contention for a bye in next month’s SEC Tournament and, at worst, send them to Atlanta on a high note. Additionally, another 20-
win season is still an attainable goal. If Ole Miss could reach the 20-win plateau again this season, it would be the fourth such time it had done so during coach Andy Kennedy’s five-year tenure in Oxford. That’s quite an accomplishment. Winning an NIT would also be a notable achievement this season. Though the Rebels have twice made it to the semifinals at Madison Square Garden, they have yet to win a game there, much less the enitre tournament. An NIT championship run would serve as the icing on Chris Warren’s career and keep the Rebels playing well into spring.
Rebel Netters return to action Saturday BY JOHN HOLT The Daily Mississippian
It has now been more than two weeks since the No. 18 Ole Miss men’s tennis team last played a match. The Rebels have not complained about it, but have rather used the twoweek break in a beneficial way. “The two weeks has really given us a chance to get used to the outside (courts),” Ole Miss coach Billy Chadwick said. “It’s been a great two weeks.” The Rebels will participate in their first outdoor match of the season and begin a fourmatch home stand Saturday when they welcome Tulane to Oxford in a match set for noon at the Palmer/Salloum Tennis
Center. “I think the whole team is ready to play in a match,” senior Kalle Norberg said. “We’ve been practicing outdoors now for a couple of weeks, and everyone is ready to go.” Tulane enters Saturday’s contest with a 5-2 record, while the Rebels are currently 3-2. The Green Wave carries some momentum into Saturday after coming off a 7-0 sweep of Jackson State last Sunday. Meanwhile, Chadwick had plenty of knowledge on the Green Wave when asked about them Wednesday. “(Tulane coach Mark Booras) used to be the assistant coach at LSU,” Chadwick said. “He knows the Southeastern Conference well — he knows big-time tennis. He’s build-
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Finally, the Rebels still have next year to play for. I know it’s hard to start thinking about next season while this one is still going on, but it must be done to some extent. Ole Miss will be without Warren and Zach Graham next season, so it will be important for other players to continue to develop over the final weeks of this season. With a number of goals still within reach, this season’s Rebel basketball team still has something to play for, perhaps a few somethings. A win tomorrow afternoon over Alabama would be a nice achievement in and of itself, and might just lay the foundation for whatever future successes Ole Miss achieves.
week honors. Junior right-hander Codey Morehouse got the ball on opening day for Houston and went seven innings, giving up just one run on four hits in his first career start. Junior left-hander Jordan Lewis, another junior college transfer, pitched seven scoreless innings on Saturday, while senior left-hander Taylor Hammack received the start last Sunday for the Cougars. “When you’re on the road, you have an increased focus,” junior Matt Snyder said. “Houston’s a good team. It’s just like last year when we were playing Tulane – Houston’s a good team; Tulane was a good team.” The Diamond Rebels will return home following the Houston series for a season-long 15game home stand, starting with a two-game midweek series against Austin Peay on Tuesday and Wednesday.
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After heavy rainfall, the roof of Tad Smith Coliseum sprung a leak that prematurely ended Thursday night’s match-up between the Lady Rebels and No. 4 Lady Volunteers (33-2, 15-0 SEC). With Ole Miss (10-17, 3-12) trailing 66-39, officials called the game with 5:24 left in the contest. Tennessee asserted itself from the very beginning of the game, and led 27-7 with 9:25 left in the first half. “Tennessee is a better team,”
Ole Miss coach Renee Ladner said. Ladner said the Lady Rebels generally start games slow, but acknowledged it’s tough to gain ground on a team like the Volunteers. At halftime, Ole Miss trailed 43-22, but went on a 6-0 run at the onset of the second half to bring the score to 49-35. Against Tennessee, the Lady Rebels main problem was rebounding. The Lady Vols finished with 43 boards – more than double the Lady Rebels’ 15 rebounds. Ladner had no illusions about out-rebounding Tennessee. “I
never thought we would out-rebound them,” she said. The Lady Rebels shot 31 percent from the floor as opposed to Tennessee’s impressive 52 percent. “Tennessee’s better than we are,” Ladner said. “Tennessee is No. 4 in the country. So you knew what you had coming in.” Valencia McFarland led the Lady Rebs with 14 points and four assists, while She Nelson chipped in nine points. The Tennessee game was Ole Miss’ last home game of the year, but they travel to take on Mississippi State on Sunday at 2 p.m. to end the regular season.
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