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Lee Eric Smith, former communications specialist for the University of Mississippi media and public relations department, was sentenced to two years supervised probation after pleading guilty to a charge of aggravated assault. Smith was arrested in October 2008 for allegedly molesting his then-2-year-old daughter, accord-

ing to an Associated Press article. The accusations were brought against him by his wife, Chanelle. The two have since divorced. He was indicted on charges of sexual battery and touching a child for lustful purposes in March 2009. The District Attorney dropped the charges filed in the Lafayette Circuit Court in January and charged Smith with the aggravated assault charge. Smith pleaded

guilty on Jan. 4, 2011. According to court documents, he was fined $1,710 for court costs, crime victim fees and district attorney investigative fees as well as his probation sentence. Ashley Allen, assistant district attorney and prosecutor for the case, was not available for comment. Smith graduated from Ole Miss in 1992 with a degree in journalism and psychology. In the early 1990s, he was the first black edi-

tor-in-chief of The Daily Mississippian. He no longer works for the University. He blogs for the Memphis Grizzlies fan blog 3 Shades of Blue, www.3sob.com, and runs www. amessagefromgod.org, a “spiritual guidance” website. According to the website’s “About” page, inspiration for the project came in October 2006 and is meant to stress “relationship over religion.”

OPEN CAMPUS ATHLETICS FORUM An open campus forum on student athletics at Ole Miss will be held Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at the Indoor Practice Facility on campus. The meeting, open to all Ole Miss students, will provide discussion and information on competing with recreational, intramural, club and varsity teams. 6:30 p.m. TA D S M I T H C O L I S E U M

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Associated Student Body president Virginia Burke recently met with Lieutenant Governor Phil Bryant in Jackson. She did this with the Mississippi Student Body Presidents Council, who went to the Capitol in January. “We went to thank our legislators for their support of higher education, and remind them how important higher education is for the future of Mississippi,” Burke said. The group met with the chairmen of the senate, house of representatives, the universities and college committees and Lt. Gov. Bryant. “It was very interesting to meet with the lieutenant governor, and we were glad to be able to deliver our message about the importance of higher education,” Burke said. They also attended the Institutes of Higher Learning board meeting and met with senator Perry Lee and representative Kelvin Buck to talk about higher education. “We talked about the value of higher education and the need for our state legislators to continue to make higher education a priority,” Burke said. “We also discussed how along with growth in the size of our student population, our universities are financially stretched to meet all of the needs of students and encouraged them to keep this in mind when making the budget. “It is clear to me that both Rep. Buck and Sen. Lee understand the See CAPITOL, PAGE 5

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Ole Miss theater department ready to break a leg for spring semester BY CHARLES ROBINSON The Daily Mississippian

The University of Mississippi theater department has big plans for performances this semester, with students not only acting but also taking on more roles behind the scenes. “This is the first time we’ve been able to showcase students’ directing and writing work, and I think it’ll be great,” Carey Hanson, interim chair of the theater department, said. “The Uganda Project: Come & See — Go & Tell,” created by two Ole Miss instructors, is based on their missionary work with the people of Uganda. Dance professor Jennifer Mizenko and assistant professor of art Brooke White have combined their photography

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and choreography to capture their experiences in Uganda. Their goal is to communicate their experiences through the performance of Ole Miss’ Mississippi: The Dance Company. The students will perform Mizenko’s choreography in Ugandan attire in front of a projection of the photography to tell a story of the Ugandan people. “For me, there are two main goals for this production: One, the Bishop asked me to ‘Come’ to Uganda and then ‘Go’ back to Mississippi and ‘Tell’ what I saw — thus the name of the production,” Mizenko said. “Two, I am fusing modern dance with physical theater principles and photography, creating a fusion of different art forms. It’s the first time I’ve

attempted this on a large scale, and I am very excited to see how it all comes together into one piece of art.” “The Uganda Project” will be shown at 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 17 through Saturday, Feb. 19., in Fulton Chapel. A matinee performance will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 20. The next event planned, “Two New One Acts,” will consist of two separate plays. The first play, “Dollhouse,” was written by Ole Miss alumnus Derek Van Barham and will be directed by Ole Miss theater student Sam Damare. “’Dollhouse’ is a short oneact play about an artisticallydriven couple, Mark and David, and their journey to try to See THEATER, PAGE 2

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child,” Damare said. “Mark, the writer of the two, is writing the play, as the audience watches, to convince his partner David, the singer, that they would be good parents for a child.” “This is a wonderful show about a couple who is trying to save their relationship while humanizing an otherwise alternative lifestyle,” Damare said. The second play, “Young Blood,” created and directed by Anna Donnell, will be based on the ups and downs of modern student life. “I began working on my one-act this summer in Chicago,” Donnell said. “I was working on my

honors college thesis by observing and interviewing a collaborative Latina theater group called ‘Teatro Luna.’ “These women used their personal stories to write and create a show that was unique and relevant. After observing their process, I decided to bring the process they used to put together a show at Ole Miss.” “Two New One Acts” will be performed Tuesday, March 29 through Sunday, April 3 at 8 p.m. and Saturday, April 2 through Sunday, April 3 at 2 p.m. in the Meek Hall auditorium. In the first annual “An Evening of Cinema,” The University of

Mississippi Cinema Competition will present the work of its winners, Jordan Berger and Houston Settle, with their short film “The Ninth Floor.” The event will also show work from the competition’s runnersup, with Lauryn DuValle and Alla Jeanae Frank’s “Pickett” and Britt Allen’s “Circulation.” Award-winning short film “Silent Radio,” by professor Alan Arrivee, will also be shown. “An Evening of Cinema” will take place in Fulton Chapel at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 7 through Saturday, April 9. The final event of the semester will be Rachel Sheinkin’s Tony

Award-winning musical comedy “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.” Directed by assistant professor Rory Ledbetter, the show tells the story of a middle school spelling bee. “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” will show at 8 p.m. Thursday, May 5 through Saturday, May 7, and at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 7 through Sunday, May 8 in Fulton Chapel. Tickets are available at the UM Box Office in the Student Union which can be reached at 662-9157411. For more information, contact Carey Hanson in the main office of Isom.

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U.S. gasoline prices have jumped to the highest levels ever for the middle of February. The national average hit $3.127 per gallon on Friday, about 50 cents above a year ago. The price is about 6 percent higher than on this date in 2008. Although gas prices are expected to rise, most experts aren’t expecting a reprise of 2008, when the price spike forced many drivers to join car pools and trade in gas-guzzling SUVs for fuel-efficient cars. “It would be a mistake to think we’re going to have that all over again,” said OPIS chief oil analyst Tom Kloza. He said oil demand will slide in the U.S. by May, as refineries slow fuel production while they switch to summer blends of gas. World oil consumption also may not rise as much as expected. Still, Kloza said he expects gas to reach $3.50 to $3.75 per gallon this spring because of the usual run-up in prices ahead of the summer driving season. That would mean an increase of 12 to 20 percent from the current level. Obama wields scalpel to budget devoid of painful political choices President Barack Obama’s budget submission on Feb. 7, will take a surgical approach to a deficit problem that his Republican rivals say warrants a meat axe. As Obama seeks $53 billion for high-speed rail over the next few years, House Republicans are trying to pull back $2.5 billion that’s

already been promised. He’s seeking increases for his “Race to the Top” initiative that provides grants to betterperforming schools; Republicans on Friday unveiled a five percent cut to schools serving the disadvantaged. Confederate License Plates? A fight is brewing in Mississippi over a proposal to issue specialty license plates honoring Confederate Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest, who was an early leader of the Ku Klux Klan. The Mississippi Division of Sons of Confederate Veterans says it wants to sponsor a series of state-issued license plates to mark the 150th anniversary of what it calls the “War Between the States.” The group proposes a different design each year between now and 2015, with Forrest slated for 2014. Student arrested after shot fired at Miss. school Jackson police have taken a 17-yearold student at Wingfield High School into custody after a shot was fired in a bathroom. Police Department spokeswoman Colendula Green says three male students were in a restroom Thursday when the gun discharged. Green says officers believe the student was showing off the weapon when it went off. There were no injuries. The names of the students have not been released. Founder of 2 natural food gro-

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The Mary Buie Museum recently opened an exhibit that introduces a collection of quilts from Gee’s Bend, Ala., to the University of Mississippi campus. The quilts arrived Jan. 11 and will be on display at the museum until April 2. William Andrews, director of the University Museum, said he has wanted to bring this exhibit to the museum for a while.  “I saw The Quilts of Gee’s Bend at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta in 2006,” Andrews said. “I was enthralled like everyone else by the beauty of the quilts. The exhibit had a tremendous amount of critical acclaim and had been shown at the Whitney Museum of

American Art.  “After the Hattie Mae Edmonds Fund for Southern Folk Art was established at the museum, bringing this exhibition to the University of Mississippi Museum became a priority.” Freed slaves settled in a small town called Gee’s Bend after the American Civil War. The women made quilts out of their old clothes or any discarded materials as a means of survival. These quilts can help give outsiders insight into the lives of the women quilters of Gee’s Bend. Although the quilts were not intended to serve as an art form, the quilts have taken a new stance in the world with their bold and sophisticated colors and have a new name — modern art. Living in shacks with little or no insulation, one of the quilters recalls needing four quilts on a single bed just to

stay warm. Electricity was not introduced in Gee’s Bend until the 1960s, followed by telephone service in the 1970s. The quilters began to receive recognition for their works during the art exhibition entitled “The Quilts of Gee’s Bend” in 2002.  The artists are currently revisiting older quilts and creating new quilts with the intent to make the quilts more artistic. These quilts have been referred to by The New York Times as “some of the most miraculous works of art America has produced” and have been praised around the world.  The quilts were loaned to Ole Miss by the Souls Grown Deep Foundation and Tinwood Alliance, whose mission is to better help people understand that there is more to art than putting paint on a canvas.

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Miss football game, much less a season. After tryouts when I saw that my 40-yard-dash time was far from SEC caliber, I realized that I could do more to support Ole Miss sports from my seat in the stands and the ASB Senate. The coaching staff agreed, and my dreams of dressing out in the red and blue ended in coach (Clifton) Ealy’s office with a handshake and a “Thanks for trying out.” I hope to continue my support as ASB President. But I think it is fitting that there will be a lot of blue and red

stickers on campus today. Because no matter which candidate you support, we’re all Rebels. From Cortez Moss When Daily Mississippian sports editor Paul Katool called me to write this article I immediately thought about my experience with high school athletics. I only played tennis, but I worked for my hometown newspaper where I covered all sports – basically, I was the sports writer. Then, I thought about my experiences with Ole Miss sports. I have always been a basketball fan, perhaps because I come

from a family of basketball players and coaches. I never cared much about football until I came to college. I marched in the Ole Miss Band both freshman and sophomore year and I thought I would have the same experience as high school. I was proven wrong. My first Ole Miss football game was crazy – I had never been in the Grove before so this was indeed a new experience for me. As a band member it was different: We were commissioned with getting the fans pumped about Rebel football. As Mr. Willson stood on the

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needs of college students across Mississippi. They are both in tune to the issues and doing all they can to help strengthen the university and college system in our state.” Lt. Gov. Bryant said he enjoyed getting to meet with the presidents from the universities from around the state. “I was honored to meet with fellow university student government presidents from around the state,” Lt. Gov. Bryant said. “We discussed a variety of issues including additional funding for Mississippi Universities. I appreciate their interest in the legislative process and taking Mississippi’s higher education to the next level.”

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podium to count us off to play the warm-up, the crowd went wild, and I didn’t know what was about to happen. Then we played “From Dixie with Love” and the crowd became even crazier. I thought that would be the end of things, but upon entering the stadium I realized what it means to be a Rebel. We played Memphis and won 41-24 – it was an awesome game. The third quarter is what really inspired me when we played “I Saw the Light.” During band camp, Mr. Willson talked about how emotional we would be, but I never believed him.

That year was coach Houston Nutt’s first year in Oxford, and we went to the Cotton Bowl. For me, it was an experience of a lifetime that I will never forget. Although I was never really into sports in high school other than tennis and baseball, I did cover them for the local newspaper. But Ole Miss truly helped me become a sports fan. I have since tried not to miss a football game, I occasionally attend baseball games to see my good friends Matt Snyder and Brett Huber and I try to never miss a basketball game in the Tad Pad.

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Cortez Moss Candidate for ASB president

When I sat down to make a decision about running for ASB President, I first consulted my faith. This is a huge responsibility to undertake, but as I thought about why I wanted to be ASB President and what I offered as a Rebel, and as a candidate, I knew that it was a position I could hold with a maximum amount of integrity and passion. I thought about the experiences I have had at Ole Miss. From being an orientation leader and helping with the 2008 Presidential debate, to being a member of the Pride of the South marching band, the experiences I have had here have been nothing short of amazing. Then, I thought about the University itself, what she stands for, the spirit she embodies, the kinds of individuals she has produced, her accomplishments and her controversies. After I thought about these things and wondered what I could do to continue the legacy and spirit of Ole Miss as ASB President, I sat down and looked at where we were as an institution, where we hoped to be and what we needed to do to get there. All of these plus my

years of tireless work through ASB leads me to where I am now in my candidacy for ASB President. My goal as ASB President is to rebuild Rebel pride throughout the Ole Miss family and create an environment on our campus in which we are all proud. I want the Associated Student Body, in congruence with Cardinal Club, Student Programming Board and others campus organizations to build upon a community that is already rich in tradition and pride. Instead of focusing on what songs are played at the football game or what our on-field mascot is, I want to focus on reinforcing a strong network of faithful Rebels that consistently come together, even when times are not ideal. There is more to my platform than just building Rebel pride. Here are just a few issues that are on my platform that have derived from many conversations I have had with students, faculty and Ole Miss Rebels across the way. Parking: One consistent issue that students, faculty and visitors all have problems. I propose that we implement a

policy called “First Ticket Forgiveness.” This policy will allow students to be forgiven one parking ticket per semester. My commitment to always being the Ole Miss Rebels: I would like to begin by assuring my fellow Rebels that I will fight to ensure that we always remain the Ole Miss Rebels. In a goal of maintaining this name and increasing school spirit, I hope to see fellow Rebels work together to name the student section at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium that would include “Rebel” in its title. New Student Union and Recreation Center: We need to put pressure on administrators to move swiftly on a plan for these new facilities. We can no longer wait; the living room of our campus is not conducive to the needs of us as students. Administrators can no longer ask us to wait to have more meeting space, better food options and a better place to exercise. Switching from Webmail to Gmail for campus e-mail: “RebelMail” will give students 7.5 GB of space, the familiar Gmail interface and will maintain their current address. Switching to Gmail will

save the University thousands of dollars. The service is offered free to universities. The money we save from switching can be re-allocated to meet other student needs. Funding Rebel Ride: A means for us to travel to and from the Square safely on weekends. Thanks to the work of some great peers,  Stephen Worley and Alex McClelland, we have been able to ride to and from the Square free of charge. Let’s keep that up. It’s time that ASB works to make sure Rebel Ride is fully funded, whether that comes from local sponsors or corporate sponsors. These are just a few of the issues that I am concerned with for our beloved University. I am always willing to discuss matters with fellow students, faculty and alumni, and would love to hear what you have to say. As ASB President, I am interested in more than just issues. I want to be a leader for all students, a friend outside of the office and one that students can confide in and trust to continue to build upon the legacies and increase the spirit of being an Ole Miss Rebel.

Ritchie from campus recreation on putting some outdoor basketball courts by the intramural fields to free up some space inside the Turner Center. I won’t promise you I can get you out of parking tickets or build you a new Union or Turner Center, but I will work my hardest to make it more transparent where you can and can’t park, while making parking services more online-oriented so you don’t have to waste time filling out appeals slips or driving to Kinard and waiting in a never-ending line. And I will work my hardest to push for more efficient uses of the facilities we currently have while we plan for long-term improvements. Too often, the ASB tells students what the administration wants and not telling the administration what students want. But that’s something I’ve never been afraid to do; I do it weekly inside these very pages.

The other day, I received a note from the former editor of this newspaper. Here’s what she wrote: “You possess the unique ability to be completely and constructively honest...without being condescending. You damn sure kept me accountable last year and continue keeping the university community accountable in your columns. It’s a rare quality.” I’m a journalist, not a politician. I’m the guy who asks tough questions, not dodges them. Win or lose, I’ll remain dedicated to serving this university community that has raised me since I was the 6-yearold son of a pair of Ole Miss professors chanting the clean version of Hotty Toddy from my seat in the Tad Pad as my favorite mascot rapelled from the catwalk amid red and blue streamers. Ole Miss is my home. All I’m asking is that you give me a chance to take care of it the best way I know how.

Taylor McGraw Candidate for ASB president

Dear students, In the past, you probably have ignored ASB elections like Ole Miss Today e-mails. I don’t blame you. The ASB never really does much that affects you. But that will change if you elect me president. My platform goals are not vague bullet points I made up for a flyer. They are items from my to-do list as the Student Affairs and Athletics Committee Chairman in the ASB Senate. They are practical solutions to common problems. I spoke with our Vice Chancellor for Administration and Finance, and he didn’t see any reason why the university couldn’t start providing scantrons for students. The Ole Miss Bookstore sells about $7,000 worth of scantrons per semester, and those unnecessarily big, oft-broken scantron vending machines cost $14,000.

I will continue my research on athletic ticket prices and put together a presentation that compares our total student contribution to athletics (through both tuition and tickets) to that of other SEC schools. Then I will work with student leaders to make a recommendation that keeps our student sections packed and our teams competitive. After collaborating with the IT department, today I will be the first student to test the university’s brand new wireless printing system. If all goes well, you’ll soon be able to print papers from your laptop in the Grove and pick them up at your convenience from Weir Hall. I am going to meet with the director of dining services next week to discuss our options for a smoothie place on campus. I hear that the owner of Smoothie King in Oxford is excited. I am working with Bill and Jason


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Today, all 14,000 or so Ole Miss students in Oxford will have the opportunity to make a huge difference in the direction of this campus. I speak, of course, of the chance you all have to pick new student leaders. This is not an appeal for votes to one candidate or another. This is my fifth go-round on the ASB election circuit. I’m not writing this to tell you who to vote for - merely to vote. Period. This year, though it’s really on neither of the candidates’ platforms, there is an opportunity for the next ASB president to have an otherwise abnormal influence on the future of the University through service

on the Strategic Planning Council, which is hard at work on the UM 2020 plan. The goal of the plan is to figure out what the University is going to do over the next 9 years: what we’re going to build, expand, etc. The ASB President will be expected to speak up for the students during this process, which means it’s very important to pick the correct man. The same thing goes for each candidate for vice president, which I think is really the most important race this year, though I will admit a bias in this thought process. Since the VP is in charge of the ASB Senate, this year’s VP has their work cut out for them to reverse a decline in procedural knowledge that’s gotten worse over each of the

past two years and leads to such spectacles as the one which occurred last Tuesday with the Senate taking an hour to pass a bill to buy a chalkboard. In the end, of course, the choice will come down to you, the students. The candidates themselves can only do so much to persuade you to vote for them; I can only ask that you do. On the one hand, it’s encouraging to stand on the steps of the Union or the Lyceum and hear that 1,000 people voted for you, even if 3,000 people voted for your opponent. On the other, it’s depressing to know that out of 14,000 voters, only 4,000 voted and only 1,000 of those voted for you. Please, please vote today, y’all.

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HOW TO VOTE IN ASB ELECTIONS Any student with a myOleMiss account is eligible to vote between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. today. To vote, log in to myOleMiss and click “vote in student elections” under the main tab. The results will be released at 5:30 p.m. on the Lyceum steps. If you have any questions, contact the ASB office in Union 408 or at asb@ olemiss.edu.


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Cracking the seal on a new season BY ANDREW DICKSON The Daily Mississippian

American sportscaster Ernie Harwell readily admitted that baseball is just a game – as simple as putting a bat to a ball – but simultaneously recognized it for being as complex as the American spirit it symbolizes. It’s a sport. It’s a business. And for some, it’s even a religion. For Ole Miss Baseball fans, the game is cruel and unusual– yet strangely addicting.

Fans have packed University Stadium at Swayze Field on the Ole Miss campus in record fashion these last two years, averaging nearly 7,000 a game over the 2009 and 2010 seasons – third highest nationally in average attendance both years. And why wouldn’t we be at the ballpark? During his tenure as the skipper for Ole Miss, Mike Bianco has led the Rebels to tremendous success. The highlights include winning the SEC West twice, winning the SEC baseball

tournament once, making it to four NCAA Regional Championships (‘05, ‘06, ‘07 and ‘09) and hosting three NCAA Super Regional Championships. But with great success comes great expectations, and though Bianco has made it to college baseball’s equivalent of NCAA Basketball’s “Sweet Sixteen” with some frequency, he’s yet to make it to Omaha for the College World Series – the benchmark of the college game. Frustration among our fan base after some of our recent heartbreaks is understandable. In the three Super Regional Championships we’ve hosted (against Texas, Miami, Florida and Virginia), we’ve won the first game out of three and fallen short in the next two games. Ole Miss is 0-6 in Omahaclinching games under Bianco. Harwell once said this: “For nine innings baseball is the story of David and Goliath, Samson, Cinderella, Paul Bunyan, Homer’s Iliad, and the count of Monte Cristo.” But for Rebel

fans, baseball is more analogous to Shakespeare’s “Macbeth,” where a number of interchangeable teams can easily fill the villainous role of Macduff. Perhaps this year the story will play out a bit differently. Despite some key losses to the roster, it is not short on talent. The weekend rotation will likely consist of Matt Crouse, David Goforth and Austin Wright. Stellar closer Brett Huber (12 saves in 2010) also returns, as well as former closer Jake Morgan (9 saves in 2009), who appears be ready to go after missing last season and recovering from Tommy John surgery. Few – if any – leads should be lost after the seventh inning this year. The new bats being introduced to college baseball this season are likely to reduce power numbers according to prognosticators, which could be considered a plus for a team that puts an emphasis on pitching. But the Ole Miss batters will be dealing with the same perceived disadvantage.

With that said, our position players are worthy of attention as well. Outfielder Matt Smith, first baseman and designated hitter Matt Snyder and second baseman Alex Yarborough return to anchor the lineup, which also features plenty of youth. Look for freshman third baseman Preston Overbey to provide a spark and the winner of the Blake Newalu/Austin Anderson battle at shortstop to contribute on offense as well. Though there are holes to fill, the average Ole Miss Baseball fan has little to worry about in 2011. The stadium is still one of the best in the nation, and so is the party going on in right field. Thousands of students are still going to fill right field and fill themselves, crafting perhaps the best college baseball atmosphere in the country on any given game day. The party begins again more than an hour before first pitch this Friday – don’t be late. Attendance is always taken.

OLE MISS STUDENT ATHLETICS An open campus forum on student athletics at Ole Miss will be held Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at the Indoor Practice Facility on campus. The meeting, open to all Ole Miss students, will provide discussion and information on competing with recreational, intramural, club and varsity teams.

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