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Endevco Inc. road workers Larry Marion and Chris Brown of Oxford work to complete a storm drain on Anchorage Road. The city is widening the road, adding a sidewalk, and adding new drainage systems to Anchorage and Anderson roads. The work will continue to Park Drive and Sisk Avenue if the city receives adequate funding from MDOT.
BY CAIN MADDEN The Daily Mississippian
A first glance at the Oxford Street Department budget might be deceiving. The city budget shows the street department was cut by $200,000, but if Public Works Director Bart Robinson’s gamble pays off, he pulled a fast one. “If everything works out with (the Mississippi Department of Transportation), we will actually have a $300,000 increase this year,” Robinson said. Every year, the street department has two types of projects: capital and maintenance. Maintenance projects are those that last 5 to 10 years and then must be done again, while a capital project adds a new improvement and has a 20-year lifespan. Robinson said he is betting this year’s capital projects on receiving the MDOT Service Transportation Funds. He said he felt confident about receiving them. “You can spend the MDOT money to improve or maintain federal aid routes,” Robinson said. “Oxford
has about a dozen federal aid routes.” The mayor and board of aldermen chose Park Drive and Sisk Avenue to receive the work. Robinson said the city will add bike lanes and sidewalks, while also redoing the storm drain system on the two streets. “If we don’t get the money, there will be no capital improvements this year,” Robinson said. “We will only do maintenance projects.” Robinson said there are projects the street department will not get to, but it will not be due to the slashed budget. “The running list that we think needs overlaying in the next 12 months adds up to about $1.4 million,” Robinson said. “We are typically only able to get to about half of those streets on our list every year.” The inability to get to all of the roads is caused by changes to the list as some streets become more desperate than others or other unexpected problems arise that merit a quick turnaround. The street budget as adopted by the board of aldermen is $2,345,260.88, while last year it was $2,526,307.05.
Ole Miss seeks minor in Cinema BY REID KELLY The Daily Mississippian
“Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps” grossed $19 millionn dollars during its opening weekend. Now Ole Miss students have the opportunity to hone their film making skills, and will soon be able to earn a minor in cinema. “It’s going to be an interdisciplinary minor; it’s not just the theatre department,” Rhona Justice-Malloy, chair of the department of theatre arts, said. “It will also involve the modern wednesday
A grant from the Department of Agriculture may help Oxford fund the placement of surveillance cameras on and around the Square. Oxford applied for a Rural Development Grant and could receive up to $100,000, according to emergency management director Jimmy Allgood, who first discovered the city’s eligibility for the grant. If approved, the grant will cover 55 percent of the project, leaving the other 45 percent of the cost to the City. “Our total expenditure for the equipment and everything will be about $186,000 if we want to utilize the full $100,000 of the grant money,” Allgood said. The rural development grant is available to cities with a population of 20,000 or less. Allgood said the Department of Agriculture has several similar grants which can be used for a variety of public safety purposes including cameras, fire department equipment, and police cars. The grant the City applied for will help fund other projects in Oxford as well. “It’s not just cameras, there’s other items tied into this grant, too, like some fire department equipment and some more police equipment,” Allgood said. Each separate department requesting grant money was required to fund the requests from their budget, Allgood said. “When we submitted an item, we made sure those department heads put the 45 percent match for whatever item they wanted in their budget,” Allgood said. Police Chief Mike Martin said cameras located on the Square would be beneficial both for safety of citizens and store owners as well as boost tourism in Oxford. “Anyone will be able to go online and see the picture that it is projecting. So it’s good for tourism. People want to go and see what’s happening in downtown Oxford and see the festive atmosphere,” Martin said. Earlier this month, Agriculture Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan announced 86 different projects that would get funding from similar loans and grants from the Department of Agricul-
languages and English departments. To help students’ dreams become reality, Alan Arrivée has been added to the staff as the director of cinema. “Everyone feels a connection with films because they watch films,” Arrivée said. “So they’re curious to see how the films actually come about.” Arrivée, a product of Northwestern University’s theatre arts program, brings with him years of experience in the film industry. See CINEMA, PAGE 4
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It’s a Southern life for me BY STEPHANIE THOMAS The Daily Mississippian
I was born and raised a Yankee. Call me crazy for admitting this in a Southern newspaper, but it is what it is. Growing up, I learned virtually nothing about the South. Instead of actual facts, my opinion was based strictly on the snide comments that I have heard since kindergarten. In other words, I was pretty much taught to hate the South and anyone who took pride in it. It was evident that my fellow northerners outwardly took pride in their ignorance. The summer before my senior year, I moved to Brookhaven from Fort Wayne, In. I rode along in the backseat of my dad’s car as we drove 17 hours south to the middle of nowhere. I was horrified when I saw no shopping malls and only one Walmart. Needless to say, the move was a big deal and very different from my previous environment. I had always been a big-city
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girl. I had already made up my mind about Mississippi before I actually experienced it for myself. There was no way I wanted to make friends with anyone who lived here. Eventually, I did make friends. I made plans and I found things to do in that small town. The heat did not bother me so much, and my former accusations towards all things Southern subsided. Soon, it came time to pick a college. I knew a little bit more about the South, but still lacked quite a bit of knowledge. If I was going to go to school in the South, I knew I would have to do some research. I remembered reading something about Ole Miss in my History book a few years back. The South in general may have been viewed as cruel where I came from, but Ole Miss had made quite the impression. Indiana is not much more than an infestation of people and cornfields. Sure, it has history, but not the kind that is interesting or remembered. Unlike Indiana, Mississippi has culture.
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I went to Vicksburg two summers ago and I fell in love with the Civil War monuments. The look, the feel and the history behind them was fascinating. I didn’t want to leave. I could have stayed right there with the souvenirs of the past forever. Now, I know I am not the only person here who is from another state, and I know that sometimes it is hard to find your place in a big university. Sometimes it is hard to relate to people or make friends because you have no connections. My advice? Go out and meet people. Don’t be shy. Sometimes it takes some extra initiative to get the job done. If you find someone who is from around here and can help you better understand your Mississippi experience, all the better. You’ve probably heard this a million times before, but you really shouldn’t judge a book by its cover. Or in my case, by its past. Mississippi truly is a beautiful place, if you just open your eyes.
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Education or manipulation? BY JACOB FULLER Columnist
What do you do to prepare yourself for a test in school? Do you read the text, make flashcards of key terms, read and reread notes from Powerpoint slides or write definitions five times each? Whatever the method, they are all for the same purpose: memorizing facts. That is what the education system, especially at the K-12 levels, has become: teaching children and young adults to memorize information so they can regurgitate it onto a page by filling the term in the blank or selecting it from four or five choices and bubbling in the corresponding letter. Oh, and if memorizing those facts is too much trouble, they’ll be happy to dole out some medication that will turn a student into a studying machine. Is this really education? How much time do we spend outside of school bubbling in Scantrons while quietly sitting in neatly organized desks? When we cram information in our brains, we may be able to conjure it back up the next morning when it is given in multiple choice, but we forget it soon after. For the most part, that is just fine. It’s not every day that most
In Monday’s edition of the DM, a story ran about the Lanes and Brass Monkey building burning that said Gary Churchill was the owner of the building. Churchill was once the owner of the Lanes Bowling, but never the Brass Monkey. The owners of the building are Kay and Robert Churchill. Gary
people need to remember the atomic number of phosphorous or who was king of France in 1784. The fact is, outside of school, life is not lived on paper. The world constantly presents situations and problems that are never covered in textbooks and with no one to narrow the possible answers down. When faced with real life problems, the answers are rarely something taught by an algebra teacher. Unfortunately, in the American education system, organic problem solving and creativity have been the least focused on. Instead, students have been given the answers to memorize and told exactly how long before the next quiz. This is the most catastrophic offense our government has ever performed. Beyond dropping the atom bombs in Japan or even murdering our own civilians and burning much of the southern states to the ground for exercising their constitutional right to secession, our government has caused devastating, irreversible damage to tens of millions of American children. Through mandatory government education, they have managed to squash creativity and free thought in exchange for adults who only know how to spit facts they are given and do what they are told. They are too scared to stray far from the herd, so they stay
was no longer the owner of the center, and it was closed at the time of the fire. The Lanes at this time had been leased to a company out of Tupelo and had planned to reopen soon. Also in the article it was stated that Anthony Montgomery was the manager of the Brass Monkey,
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but he worked for the Lanes. He was never employed by the Brass Monkey. While ATF agents have been working to find the cause of fire, Gary Churchill asked his family, friends, and past employees not to make any comments until investigators were finished with their work.
BY MATTHEW HENRY The Daily Mississippian
My apologies for the hiatus in writing, I’ve been settling into my life here in Edinburgh, Scotland. Life across the Atlantic is similar to life in the States. There are, however, some key differences. At risk of sounding unpatriotic, I have to admit they do several things better here than in the United States – though we have cornered the market on fast food. One aspect of getting settled that struck me was getting a cell phone. I decided after the second time getting lost walking around that it was probably a good idea to purchase a cell phone. I brought my iPhone 4 to use as an iPod and a back-up camera, but didn’t pay for a data and voice plan . I decided to get a cheap phone and just get a voice and SMS plan. I expected to spend a good hour buying a phone and setting it up; I was surprised that it took me all of three minutes to buy a phone, select a plan, and have my number set up. On top of that, my phone (which is a decent phone by American standards) cost me only $1.50. All in all, the experience was extremely easy. The reason for this is because the UK mobile market is structured completely differently from the American market. In the UK, phones are not tied to a certain mobile carrier. Instead of going into a mobile phone store and buying a phone with a twoyear contract, you simply pick out a phone, then select from the five or six major mobile carriers. Since there
is more consumer choice, prices are driven down for the consumer. And since the idea of phones tied to mobile carriers does not exist here, you can use any phone (such as an iPhone) on any compatible network. Why not try that system here? Sure, the mobile carriers make a great deal more money forcing people into a two-year contract and having exclusivity agreements with phone manufacturers. In the United States, we always seem to champion the free market and the benefits of consumer choice. But when it comes to our cell phones we turn a blind eye. We end up giving the mobile carriers more money each year because we do not have greater competition between carriers. When a carrier blocks services like Skype, we should have the option to choose a provider who will allow it. Unfortunately we allow carriers to go as far as to “lock” phones to their network (I’m looking at you, AT&T). Even the Library of Congress has seen the absurdity of this practice, making an exception to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act allowing people to “unlock” their phones from a network. I have been happy with my service so far in Edinburgh. It was very easy to find a phone that worked for me and then which carrier offered the best plan for that phone.. It is time Americans started looking at cell phones and smart phones as mobile computers. We should be able to easily choose the best carrier and use our phones on any compatible carrier we choose.
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SKY BOXES SERVE AS COMFORTABLE LUXURY AND GIVE BACK TO THE UNIVERSITY BY MOLLY HUTTER The Daily Mississippian
A Grove-worthy spread lines the counters of the kitchen, including beverages, appetizers, main courses, and desserts. Leather couches surround a wooden coffee table, encouraging an atmosphere of conversation. Flat-screen televisions, artwork, air conditioning, and personal rest rooms complete the space, adding a private touch to the comfortable room. Located above the crowd of metal bleachers, screaming fans and loud cheers down below, the skyboxes of Vaught-Hemingway Stadium provide priority seating to a certain few Ole Miss football fans. The stadium contains a total of 52 skyboxes, with 27 located above the south end zone and 25 overlooking the west sideline. Priority seating is located on the same level as the boxes themselves and is available to skybox owners. Revenue generated from the seating and box sales is a significant source of funding for Ole Miss athletics. Ownership is obtained by making sizeable donations to the university’s athletic program. Eric Gross, assistant director of development athletics for the UMAA Foundation, said that the boxes are not bought, rather they are obtained by contributors who donate the minimum required amount. “That’s an important distinction to make,” Gross said. “They’re giving a philanthropic donation to the UMAA Foundation.” In 2001, the south end zone suites were given to donors of at least $250,000. With this original donation, owners signed a thirteen-year contract with the UMAA Foundation. Gross said that the original contributions are all inclusive to a certain point, providing around 30 box seats and catering each season in addition to the ownership itself. Many owners share boxes, splitting the cost of the original donation. Chris Jones of Booneville is a co-owner of a south suite. He and
three others made the contribution together nine years ago, and have been sharing the box since. The price per season for ownership is less than $5,000 per owner, however he said they do pay extra each year for additional catering. When the south suite contracts run out in 2014, those who currently own a box will have the “right of first refusal,” Gross said — giving them the first opportunity to contribute again and keep their ownership. No contracts are signed for ownership of west sideline boxes. Length of ownership is unlimited, and original ownership is granted for $100,000 donations and up. West sideline box owners must donate at least $27,000 annually in order to keep ownership from season to season. These costs also include 12 to 16 season tickets and catering. Because there is no length on priority of ownership, west side boxes have very little turnover rates each year and, consequentially, a long waiting list. This year had one opening which was filled quickly. Gross said there are few differences between the west side skyboxes and the south suites. However, while the south end zone boxes are a newer venue, the west side boxes provide a better vantage point for viewing the game. Gross said to get on the waiting list, potential donors should call the UMAA Foundation. Only renewals of existing ownership are offered online. Skybox donations go directly to the UMAA Foundation. “It’s such a significant source of revenue for the athletics department,” Gross said. He also said that in addition to covering the costs of the original construction and general upkeep of the skybox facilities, the contributions go towards an array of athletic department needs. Scholarships for student athletes, future facility enhancements and athletic administration salaries all depend greatly on
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these donations, he said. With increasing operational costs of the Ole Miss athletic programs, Gross said that the minimum donation for south suites may be higher in 2014 than it was in 2001. Jones said he would not be surprised if the rate goes up substantially, estimating that it may reach up to $500,000. The UMAA Foundation, however, is unsure at this time what the rate will be. In a stadium that can fit more than 62,000 people, priority seats makes up less than 2 percent of all seating. While the perks offered in the skyboxes are hard to deny, some people prefer the mood of the regular stadium seating instead. Andrew Kennedy, a senior from Jackson said that the atmosphere of the student section is something special. “You don’t ever sit down in the student section,” he said. “You’re a lot closer to the action on the field and your cheering is actually heard by the team.” Although Kennedy has sat in a box seat before, he said for exciting or
important games, he prefers to be in the bleachers down below. The atmosphere in the boxes is more subdued, he said. In contrast to the constant cheers and shaking pompoms of the student section, the boxes provide a more formal environment. John James, a junior accounting major from Corinth, watched the Sept. 18 Vanderbilt game from the Chancellor’s Box, located in the south suite box section. As a member of the Ole Miss Columns Society, James and a few others served as student hosts during the game, mingling with wellknown university and state-wide public figures. A mix of alumni, administrators and political figures filled the Chancellor’s Box, coming together to create a friendly, business-like atmosphere, he said. Congressman Travis Childers, Senator Thad Cochran and Chancellor Dan Jones were a few in attendance. “It’s a great way for the university to give back to those who give a lot,” he said.
In order to better prepare students for the ever-changing needs of today’s workforce, the Oxford-Lafayette School of Applied Technology has started an advisory committee to explore changes in the curriculum or structure of the school. “Our job as committee members is to give them some input on what the market dictates as the skills needed for students to be successful,” committee member Ryan Miller, project manager for the Ole Miss Center for Manufacturing Excellence, said. The first of a year-long set of meetings took place on Sept. 21. During the meeting, the committee took a tour of the facilities and learned the mission of the school and the skills taught there. The committee is a joint effort of several different groups from around the community including government officials, business owners and school district officials from both Oxford and Lafayette County. “We’re meeting to let the committee see what we offer currently and to see what parts of our curriculum we may need to make changes to,” school director Marybeth Lowery said. The school serves students in grades 10 through 12 from both Oxford and Lafayette High Schools. It offers elective courses in agriculture power and machinery, allied health, automotive technology, building trades technology, business and computer technology and cooperative education. “The stuff these kids are able to do with this older machinery is pretty impressive,” Miller said. “The projects that students get to work on while they’re there, even with older equipment, they’re able to do a lot of the things that you might go out and find in the See CHANGES, PAGE 6
UM Museum holds “Artists On Art” Lecture BY LANCE INGRAM City News Editor
The University of Mississippi Museum wraps up its fall brown bag series “Artists on Art” on Thursday at noon. This week’s presentation will be done by Lou Haney, painter and assistant professor of art at Ole Miss’ art department, who will talk about her own art and present about 10 artists that she’s watching. “This is unique because you
get to see the work of the artist in an exhibition, but you never really know what their influences are,” program coordinator Laura Parkinson said. “So this is a unique opportunity for attendees to see who Lou is watching and who is influencing her work.” Haney’s presentation will be the second and last in the series of artists that examine contemporary influence in context with his or her own work.
Parkinson said the turnout last week for Katherine Rhodes Fields was great and estimated about 40 people attended. The idea for the lecture series came when William Andrews, director of the museum, made a presentation at the art department similar to the artists series. The response was so great that they decided to make it a series. “Faculty, students and community members want to see
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STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS GET ACCESSIBLITY WITH WEBUS BY ERINI DUFF The Daily Mississippian
Student organizations looking for a way to advertise and promote upcoming events now have easy accessibility through the new program. WEBUS, a new system that allows them to advertise free of charge through television, will air on Channel 10. During the Associated Student Body meeting Sept. 12, president Virginia Burke discussed WEBUS, which stands for Web-Based Updating System. The concept of the program is to create an easy and budget-friendly method for organizations to advertise and hopefully increase student involvement. “The idea for WEBUS originated from the need for student organizations to have a free way to advertise because of their limited budgets,” Burke said. “It also came from a desire by students to get more involved.” Prior to WEBUS, organizations had several methods to relay information, including posting flyers around campus, buying advertisements in the DM or Oxford newspapers, and spreading information through word-of-mouth. Burke said WEBUS will give them one more way to
spread the word. “The more information that’s out there, the more potential for student involvement,” Burke said. The television-based program also provides an alternative to more common advertising methods. “Organizations in the past only had the DM as the main mode of advertising,” ASB member Bethany Stanfil said. “Now, student organizations can advertise for free.” WEBUS has the potential to post not only student organization events and information, but also allows for different parts of the university to post to the channel as well, such as the Recreation Center, athletics and the Office of the Provost. ASB will present WEBUS to organizations this week and during student organization orientation sessions. Stanfil hopes that the presentations will encourage organizations to become involved. “Once word gets out, I hope most all organizations will use it to post information or events,” Stanfil said. Elizabeth Day, a freshman, said that WEBUS would be beneficial in keeping students updated on organizational
news. “I learned about all the organizations that are available to students through my professor that teaches my EDHE 105 class, the DM, and the campus and student organization fair that was held in August,” Day said. “I think that WEBUS will enable students to have a way to constantly view what is going on. I think it’s a great way to get more students interested in school events and opportunities.” Reed Kitchens, also a freshman, said that most information he receives regarding different organizations is through wordof-mouth. He said that he also thinks WEBUS will help get messages out to people. WEBUS accommodates the shift to the increasing dependency on technology. “In an increasingly digitalized world, students look to technology to provide resources on campus,” Burke said. “Providing campus announcements via the campus cable network makes it easy for students to access announcements through technology.” If the program is not as successful as originally hoped, a different approach will be tested. “We will reevaluate our approach and
attempt to relaunch the program in a way that will be more successful,” Burke said. Anyone that wishes to advertise must fill out an online registration form, which is available on OrgSync. ASB will need approximately ten days’ notice about what the organization wants posted so the information can be passed through administration and approved before the event is shown. If the program becomes a popular medium, more televisions will be placed on campus. WEBUS, to air on Channel 10, will be available for students to watch on the televisions in the Student Union, Johnson Commons and Subway, as well as on the televisions with basic cable. Organization members would also have the option of incorporating pictures and music into their advertising. Through WEBUS, organizations will have one more medium at their disposal to link students and the university community closer together. “The overall goal of WEBUS is to increase transparency and give students and student organizations better tools for uniting the university community,” Burke said.
administration is helping strengthen the nation’s rural communities by providing a foundation for job creation and economic growth.” Allgood said he happened across the grant while looking for funding to help the city. He said after talking to other officials from around Mississippi who have applied for similar grants, he investigated and found the USDA’s Rural Development Grants. “That’s part of my job. I’m always on the lookout for these types of grants that’ll help with either physical security enhancements or homeland security issues,” Allgood said. “And we’ve been wanting to put cameras on the Square area for a while now. So this grant, if we get it, will help do it.”
The Oxford Board of Aldermen authorized Mayor Pat Patterson to sign the grant application at a meeting July 6. Chief Martin said he can never be sure when a grant will be given, but he thinks it is more a matter of when it will be approved than if it will be. “I feel like assured it will be up and going before school starts next year,” Martin said. The Department of Motor Vehicles currently has five cameras similar to the ones on the grant application located on Jackson and University Avenues, which feed live video to the Oxford Police station. Jason Plunk, owner of Taylor’s Pub, said he hopes the cameras on the Square will be
up soon. He said a few years ago, one of the cameras on Jackson Avenue alerted police to a break-in at his previous establishment, NightTown Billiards. “(Oxford Police) called me and said ‘your backdoor is swinging wide open.’ They could see that as it happened because they had the camera,” Plunk said. The initial grant may not fund cameras at all of the proposed locations around the Square. The City has plans to apply for further Rural Development Grants from the USDA in the future if approved for the initial grant. Allgood said there is no limit to the number of times a city can apply, and Oxford will try to continue to use the grant.
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ture’s Rural Economic Development plan. The projects included a biomass energy system to help make a high school campus in southwest Missouri more energy efficient, as well as a $740,000 loan to help in the expansion of a feed mill in Lincoln County, Miss. The loan was applied for by the Magnolia Electric Power Association and the Gatlin Corporation and is expected to help create 10 new jobs, according to a Department of Agriculture press release. “The assistance we are providing today will build a stronger economic future for rural areas,” Merrigan said during a September 23 speech to the Agricultural Business Council in Kansas City, Mo. “It is an example of the ways in which the Obama
Oxford High School theater dept. launches 2010-2011 season BY BLAKE JOHNSON The Daily Mississippian
The Oxford High School Theatre Department has begun its 2010-2011 season. The season began with a performance of the tragic piece, “Blood Brothers,” a musical by Willy Russell. “Blood Brothers” ran from Sept. 23-25 and was the debut of the Oxford High School Theater productions. With one show already completed, the next begins in two months. “It was a great success. ‘Blood Brothers’ is a special show for us here, and it’s probably one of the best that we’ve ever done,” John Davenport, theatre director at Oxford High School, said. The next performance for OHS theatre will be the comedy, “She Stoops to Conquer,” which will be featured Nov. 11-13 at 7:30
p.m. Oliver Goldsmith wrote the play in the 18th century, but it still holds relevance to a modern audience according to Davenport. “It’s a comedy of manners and we’ve never done that here,” Davenport said. “We wanted to expose our students to something different and new.” After winter break, the theatre will perform its annual musical. This year’s selection is “The Wizard of Oz”, based on The Royal Shakespeare Company’s adaptation. “The annual musical requires a lot more preparation than anything else,” Davenport said. “It has been going on here since 1974, so we try to make it the big number each year.” The high school’s final piece is the dark comedy, “The Firebugs,” by Mike Frisch. It will run April 14-16.
“The Firebugs” is another type of play that Davenport said the students have never performed. “The Firebugs,” known in Germany as “The Fire Raisers,” is about a businessman who falls prey to arsonists who trick him into letting them stay at his home. Davenport said the school typically chooses well-known titles for the big musical, while the other plays are lesser known but prominent in the world of theatre. The high school theatre has also competed in the Southeastern Theater Conference, where they won “Best in Show” last year. Ticket prices for all shows are $5 for students, including those at Ole Miss, and $10 for adults. Tickets can be bought at the door for each show. “The Wizard of Oz” will be the only show with pre-sale tickets.
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“About a year after I graduated, I got in my beat up Ford EXP and drove to LA to be an actor in film,” Arrivée said. The short film, “Silent Radio,” in which Arrivée acted, directed and wrote, won him numerous awards, including the best foreign film at the European Independent Film Festival in 2007. “The fact that I made a film here (in America) involving a sort of cowboy figure in Wyoming that was appealing to the Europeans is something I’m proud of,” Arrivée said. Arrivée said he was originally attracted to acting through movies. “My own interest in film began long before high school,” Arrivée said. “I’ve been acting since I was in the fist grade production of ‘South Pacific.’ I was being boiled in a pot I think.” After living in LA and around Chicago, a move to small-town Mississippi might seem like a major cultural adjustment. But Arrivée said the move has come with some welcome changes. “I do find that many of the students have good material for storytelling,” he said. “I’m
not always dealing with a sort of ivory tower situation.” Telling their stories is exactly what Arrivée is encouraging students to do. The department of theatre arts is hosting a film making competition that encourages students from any major to participate. “We’ve had tons of interest,” Malloy said. “There are graduate students in many departments, particularly English, that want to write for film. Our hope is to get submissions from all over campus.” The top film idea will receive $500 and use of any equipment that the department has to make the jump from just an idea to reality. “The winning film will be screened on April 9, 2011 as part of the theatre season,” Arrivée said. “So there will be some glory, no matter the product.” As for his own personal film favorites, Arrivée’s interests vary widely. “I’m not the kind of person who worries about how I’ll look if I watch a certain movie,” Arrivée said. “The last movie I got really excited about was ‘No Country for Old Men.’” Amidst his personal favorites you’ll find obvious choices including “The Godfather”
and “All the President’s Men,” alongside some you might not be as familiar with such as “The Seventh Seal” and “Blue Velvet.” “But I’ll turn right around and watch a romantic comedy with my wife,” Arrivée said. With many degrees across campus requiring a minor, Arrivée is confidents that the new proposed minor will quickly become popular. “I would definitely be interested in learning how to make my own movies,” James Hunter, a sophomore from Memphis said. “I feel like with everyone having Flip cams and Youtube that more and more people will be making short movies now anyway.” Digital technology has made the production side of making a movie not only cheaper, but simpler while keeping the product at a high quality. “I can’t even imagine the amount of work that goes into creating a movie,” Ginny Webb, a freshman from Mobile, Ala. said. With so much public involvement in cinema, programs in the subject are among the fastest growing in the country. “I think it’s going to be really popular,” Malloy said. “We’re excited to have Alan here, he’s a great guy.”
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the context of someone’s work in comparison to who they’re watching so they find it very compelling,” Parkinson said. She added that the timing of the series at noon allows students, faculty, and community members the opportunity to come together. “We have a nice collaboration of different groups and ages. That’s the great thing about this time of day, because it allows the chance for everyone to attend,” Parkinson said. “We’re right here with the city of Oxford and next door to the university, so it works.” Haney’s presentation is the final one of the fall series; Parkinson said they hope to continue in the spring with another two or three artists. “We’re not sure about the duration, because we might broaden that program to another few weeks,” Parkinson said. The event will be held at the University Museum and begins at noon. Attendees are encouraged to bring a lunch and a friend. Admission is free but a donation of $5 is suggested.
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job market.” The students at the school are able to receive practical, hands-on experience. Students learn to do a variety of things such as metal fabrication, auto reconstruction and repair, basic carpentry and home building, basic nursing and office management. Lowery said that a smaller classroom environment and a hands-on approach is a positive for the school. “We are small and more family oriented. Most of our teachers have been here for years,” Lowery said. “Students who are attending the University now have said one of the biggest advantages for us that made a difference for them is our faculty gave them the time of day. When you get into bigger classes you often get lost.” Lowery said they want to be a school where kids can learn, get some hands-on experience, and see what their interests are. The next committee meeting will take place in November.
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The Guardian Angel Howard Lenhoff fought for Ethiopian Jews. Now he wants to rescue Delta children.
OXFORD — All his life, Howard Lenhoff has loved helping people, even if it’s meant putting up a fight. In his 81 years, Lenhoff, a biochemist, has fought successfully to help more than 100,000 persecuted black Jews escape war-torn Ethiopia and make it to Israel. He has written scientific books on water plants and on his daughter’s Williams syndrome. He even helped start a camp and a music academy so that those with mental disabilities could learn musicWhen he left California for Oxford eight years ago, Lenhoff could have lived out his years in quiet retirement. Then he saw “Lalee’s Kin,” a documentary of one poor Mississippi Delta woman’s fight to survive and get her grandchildren through school. Often, Lalee didn’t have enough money to buy her children the most basic supplies — clothing and shoes so they could attend school. When Lenhoff saw firsthand the effects of poverty on children in the Delta, he could not resist jumping into the fray. “I’m usually involved in some kind of fight,” he said. He met Evelyn Jossell, a driven woman who heads Youth Opportunities Unlimited (Y.O.U.) in Quitman County. The program tackles such deeply ingrained problems as high teen poverty rates, high teen pregSee ANGEL, PAGE 8
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nancy rates, high dropout rates and low high school reading levels. After meeting with Jossell, Lenhoff knew this was the perfect starting point, a place where he could fight to make a difference. He began a program to help Y.O.U. raise money to provide the materials poor children need for school — books, pencils and even school uniforms. After Jossell heard about Lenhoff ’s idea, she thought, “Gosh, God has sent us another guardian angel.” The name stuck. Lenhoff ’s program became known as The Guardian Angel Initiative. Lenhoff has recruited Don Alexander of Oxford as a volunteer to start Y.O.U.’s latest initiative: carpentry instruction for high school students. Alexander, with money Lenhoff raised for tools and supplies, trains students to construct hoop houses – mini-green-
houses made of thin plastic sheathing spread over metal hoops driven into the ground. The hoop houses protect plants from the weather and promote faster growth. After the students master their skills and participate in the repair of rundown Delta homes, they are given a set of the basic tools they will need to get jobs in construction. The program also teaches gardening, so kids can grow the food they need for a healthy diet. Eventually, this Y.O.U. initiative hopes to make a dent in the Delta’s rates of obesity, diabetes and heart disease, which rank among the highest in the nation. Lenhoff is part of a growing core of charitable individuals who feel moved by the plight of those live in poverty in the Delta, and want to make a difference. Movie star Morgan Freeman has spent huge chunks of cash to im-
prove schools in Tallahatchie County. Bluesman B.B. King serves as a Y.O.U. board member and praises the efforts of the group. In Lenhoff ’s case, the desire to help others comes from deep-seated Jewish tradition. He said he tries very hard to live by three commandments: all people are responsible for working with God to repair the world, you should do anything to save a human life, and finally, free the captives. “I figure if you want to do something usual, though important, you’ll be one more doing the usual. I prefer working on important things that nobody else wants to do.” That same driven spirit can be seen in the way he has tended to the needs of his daughter, Gloria, who was born with Williams syndrome, a rare disorder caused by the deletion of about 26 genes. With Lenhoff ’s research, activ-
ism and loving care, his daughter developed her innate talent and became a nationally acclaimed accordionist and lyric soprano featured six times on “60 Minutes.” “You don’t have to be rich to make a difference,” Lenhoff said. Lenhoff ’s philanthropy is all the more notable as he battles pancreatic cancer. He says it slows him down physically, but motivates him mentally. “I have had some unique and exciting experiences, and if I don’t write about them, no one is ever going to profit from them. So I am motivated to get a lot done.” But there’s another reason Lenhoff spends his time and money trying to help reverse a century of poverty — a reason his wife, Sylvia, knows well. Her husband, she says, has “the lowest threshold for injustice that I have ever encountered.”
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Bringing the Red Sox to Miss. BY KAITLYN DUBOSE The Daily Mississippian
Becoming a fan can happen many different ways, whether by family tradition, proximity to a team, or following the team that’s winning at the moment. But no matter how it happens, it’s remaining with that team through it all that really matters. Ole Miss journalism professor Garreth Blackwell may not have the most conventional way of choosing a team to become a fan of, but he certainly knows how to stand by them. Blackwell’s biography on the University website describes him as a “rabid” Red Sox fan for the past eight years. With nothing on his office walls but Red Sox memorabilia and nothing but pride in his face when he talks about his team, that seems a fitting description. However, the way Blackwell became a Sox fan isn’t exactly a poetic tale. “I thought, if I want to be a self-respecting American male I have to have a baseball team,” Blackwell said. “But it had to be a team that stunk so I wouldn’t be a bandwagon fan. But not the Cubs because they stink too bad.” Following the Cubs would be a form of bandwagon just reverse, rationed Blackwell. And because becoming a Braves fan was just too cliché for him, Blackwell began his search for the team that was just bad enough. There were plenty of baseball teams that were no good but Blackwell wasn’t just looking for poor stats, he was looking for a team that represented traditions that are slowly fading from modern day baseball. And that’s when he found the Boston Red Sox.
“The Sox represent what baseball used to be about,” said Blackwell. “When players were loyal to a team and not to the money,” This romantic vision of baseball days gone by helped cultivate Blackwell’s dedication to the Red Sox. Before the steroids and the million dollar players baseball was about the team and, according to Blackwell, this is what the Red Sox stand for. Blackwell is the governor of Mississippi for what is known as Red Sox Nation. That makes him the first person in the state of Mississippi a person should talk to if they are a Red Sox fan. His gubernatorial duty is to create easy access to other Red Sox fans in the state. The “governor” has been to a number of Red Sox games, he’s never attended a game where his team has won. “I once drove all the way to Seattle, Washington to watch them play,” said Blackwell. “And they lose on me.” But their failure to provide a sufficient score while in the stands has not stopped Blackwell from supporting Boston. Blackwell described himself as “that guy,” who has three Red Sox bumper stickers on his vehicle. Blackwell’s wife, Callie, is also a Red Sox fan making the love of the game all the sweeter. A Red Sox game was their first date, and a visit to Fenway was also part of the couple’s honeymoon. In true diehard fan fashion, Blackwell had his own Boston Red Sox version of a groom’s cake at their wedding. Even with the Red Sox not making to the playoffs this year, Garreth Blackwell is standing by his team. “I’m not a baseball fan,” said Blackwell. “I’m a Red Sox fan.”
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Ole Miss journalism professor Garreth Blackwell stands next to photographs of his beloved Boston Red Sox in his office at Farley Hall. Blackwell hasn’t yet attended a game where his Red Sox have been victorious.
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Eldrick Woods is a family man with two beautiful children, an entrepreneur with countless successful endeavors, a brilliant thinker with a Stanford education, and as personable and easy to advertise as any human being on the planet. Tiger Woods, however, is none of the above. Though “Tiger” serves as Eldrick Woods’ alias, it is a pseudonym in and of itself; Tiger is much more of a lone wolf still searching for more — in spite of the fairytale habitat Eldrick and his successes have provided. In the clubhouse, Woods lights up the room. His smile has made him millions, and his wit always made him a hit with the media. But on the golf course, that million-dollar smile is replaced by a menacing scowl, and his clever wit devolves into curses. If those descriptions seem contradictory, it’s because they are. Eldrick and Tiger are two personalities sharing the same soul – which explains why Woods constantly curses himself in
the third person. When I hear character for each bad shot. Eldrick exclaim, “Dammit, Ti- Woods is just like all of us, ger!” after slicing a ball in the constantly trying to find a balwoods, I laugh audibly, because ance between the character sodeep down, Eldrick knows that ciety makes us out to be and a good, old-fashioned “Dam- who we truly are. mit!” will do – there’s no need See WOODS, PAGE 12 to pin the blame on this Tiger
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Ole Miss point guard Chris Warren rises towards the basket in a game against Vanderbilt last year. Warren is one of only two seniors this season for the Rebels.
A look up and down this year’s Ole Miss basketball roster reveals a shortage of veteran players – mostly freshmen and sophomores instead. But one of the seniors, Chris Warren, the Rebels’ two-time All-Southeastern Conference point guard, is expected to make a huge impact on a team hoping to make a trip to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in nine years. While the future appears to be bright with the influx of underclassmen, it’s what the Rebels lost last year that is of the most concern. Terrico White opted for the NBA draft this summer and was selected by the Detroit Pistons in the second round where he eventually signed a guaranteed contract. Eniel Polynice, surrounded by off-the-court issues last season, transferred to Seton Hall where he is eligible to play immediately, thanks to the same rule that has Jeremiah Masoli at Ole Miss. And finally, Murphy Holloway transferred to South Carolina where he will have to sit out a year per NCAA rules. Last year, the 6-foot-8 power forward led the Rebels in rebounds, averaging 7.6 a game. But Ole Miss coach Andy Kennedy isn’t letting the loss of talent become an issue. “Chris Warren is probably the most experienced and without question the most productive returning player in the Southeastern Conference,” Kennedy said. “I can see a sense of urgency in Zach Graham that you want to see all seniors approach their last year with. He’s been very dedicated and he’s
changed his body. For the first time he’s healthy.” Kennedy also mentioned the maturation process of Reginald Buckner and Terrance Henry that will be both be counted on in the post for defense and rebound ability. Newcomer Demarco Cox will help Buckner and Henry hold down the post without Holloway and DeAundre Cranston, a senior last year. Cox arrived on campus weighing a hefty 323 pounds but has since dropped to 297 pounds since arriving on campus. Junior-college transfer Steadman Short and freshman Isaiah Massey round out the Rebels’ frontcount for the 2010-11 campaign. Another newcomer on the floor is guard Nick Williams. Williams transferred from Indiana after the 2008-09 season where he started in 29 games and averaged 8.9 points. He was with the Ole Miss team all of last year but was unable to play per NCAA transfer rules. Freshman Dundrecous Nelson, recruited out of Jackson will also fight for playing time in Rebels’ backcourt. Kennedy said their expectations are the same they have always been before every season. “We want to compete for an SEC Championship, which we know would then put us in a position to participate in the NCAA Tournament with an opportunity to advance,” the fifth year coach said. “In four years we’ve accumulated 85 wins and been a part of two SEC West Championships, and it’s time to take that next step. We’ve been really close in three of the four years that we’ve been here, and we hope that this is the year that we can break through.
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Woods didn’t make himself the world’s most recognized athlete or a social pariah — we did. Yes, I do mean to say that Woods is only a role model because we look up to him. He did not choose — but rather he was chosen — by us to be both admired and maligned. Woods is not the first man guilty of infidelity, but he is the first athlete to have such personal matters become a media sensation. It was quite comical, really, seeing ESPN turn into the National Enquirer for a few weeks after reports of Woods’ transgressions began to surface. ESPN took fire and barbecued the golden calf it had created in front of God and everyone for days on end. Oh, but how those cheesy TV grins would change to expressions of utter horror if they were revealing their own deepest, darkest secrets to a national audience.
And where was the talk of Woods’ tireless dedication to philanthropy and children? Surely the American media wouldn’t sensationalize the areas of his character that society frowns upon while intentionally omitting all of his charitable acts of pure intention, would they? Surely they wouldn’t. Surely no one missed the moral of the story, that even one of the wealthiest and most successful human beings on the planet is still susceptible to being human. Yes, no one has a clue what they would do placed in his position, shouldering the burden that comes with being “the chosen one.” If anyone for one second thinks that they’re any better than Woods, then they should walk a mile in his shoes before jumping off a bridge. Whoever lives can do it again. The need to know every little detail about a favorite celebri-
ty is not worth pinning a scarlet letter to the chest of a man who has dedicated much of his life to others and inspired an entire generation of young athletes to be the best they can be. But luckily, the universe has its way of putting things in their correct context. Decades will soon come and go, and Woods will be at worst looked upon as the Babe Ruth of his day. A mere ten years will turn jeers to cheers, I guarantee it. The smiley glad-hands of the media will instead fade into anonymity, only to be replaced by new ticks and leeches looking to make a living sucking the life out of another celebrity. What people think about Woods the golfer is fair game, but what they think about Woods the person should be kept to themselves. God only knows when the Karma Police will let them out of the bag too.