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Since coming back from Christmas break, students at Bramlett Elementary School have been painting and working to get ready for this year’s Brushstrokes for Bramlett. The annual art auction fundraiser raises money to benefit the school’s art program.

Brushstrokes for Bramlett

Elementary school to hold annual art auction and fundraiser tonight BY CHANING GREEN NEWS WRITER

Bramlett Elementary School will be filling the Powerhouse with music, festivities and original artwork tonight as part of their annual fundraiser Brushstrokes for Bramlett. The fundraiser is organized every year by the Bramlett parent teacher organization in order to raise money to benefit the school’s extensive art program and keep it funded through the upcoming school year. Ashley

Windham chairs the fundraiser for the PTO. “It’s a great auction that provides for a great art program for the coming year,” Windham said. “It allows for the children at the school to do some really great artwork with better supplies.” For each of the 28 classes at Bramlett, there will be a corresponding, 20’ by 24’ canvas painting. Each painting is totally different. There are abstracts and landscapes and, due to their popularity at last year’s auction, several animal paintings. Art teacher Brittany Lloyd brings students in to

the art room just a few at a time and tells them where to paint on the canvas. They could be painting a patch in a cotton field, or a foot on an elephant or a pink swirl in a large abstract – it all just depends on the piece. By the time the painting is finished, every single child in that class will have contributed something substantial to the piece in order to produce the finished product. Each child signs their name on the back of TURN TO BRAMLETT, 11

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Special Exhibit coming to Misbits


New media video artist Jennifer Goya will be featured in a special exhibit at Misbits next week exploring Hawaiian culture through several interactive pieces. Goya’s work will be displayed in Valerie Polgar’s new media space Misbits, located in the Edison on University Avenue. Polgar and Goya attended graduate school in New York City together where they both earned a master’s degree working in new media. They stayed in touch over the years and Polgar wanted Goya to host an exhibit, and the two were thinking of just having Goya’s work sent in by mail and then displayed in the space. Goya then became involved in the Ole Miss


New Media artist Jennifer Goya is coming to Oxford from her native Hawaii to share her artwork with students at the University of Mississippi as well as the broader Oxford Community. Her work will be on Display at Misbits from April 25 through May 14. Art Department’s Virtual Visit Artist Program. She received a grant that would fund her travels from Hawaii to Oxford and allow her to be present for both the show at Misbits and her presen-

tation at the University of Mississippi. Born and raised in Hawaii, Goya moved away to the mainland after high school to attend college. She eventually returned to Hawaii with her family

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and now teaches a new media art program at a high school there. She helped to develop the program for the school that not only allows students this unique form of self expression, but

also gives them valuable job skills that can be applied to so many different fields in technology and science. She was also recently hired as an adjunct professor at Hawaii Pacific University.

A lot of Goya’s artwork focuses on this duality of Hawaii that she perceives in this idea of an island paradise that was achieved through violent takeover by Europeans and is fueled by tourism. “My whole body of work focuses primarily on Hawaii,” she said. “I look at the tourism, which affects development and how all of that impacts Hawaiian culture. I look at the way people do or do not understand what’s going on currently or has gone on historically, especially with conquest. Hawaii was a conquest. And then I associate it back to this idea of paradise.” Her show at Misbits will be titled “Destruction Deconstruction” and will play off of this TurN TO GOYA, 12

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‘Albert Herring’ comes to the Ford Center this weekend BY CHANING GREEN NEWS WRITER

The University of Mississippi Opera Theatre and Orchestra will be debuting their production of acclaimed opera “Albert Herring” on Saturday, April 22 at the Gertrude C. Ford Center. “Albert Herring” is a chamber opera in three acts and was written by Benjamin Britten and originally premiering in the summer of 1947. The show is a comedy set in a small market town in East Suffolk, England. The events of the play transpire throughout April and May of 1900. Every year, the town finds the most noble and virtuous young woman to crown as May Queen, a highly coveted honor in the town. But Lady Billows, who is organizing this year’s May Day festival just can’t seem

to find a young lady virtuous enough to be declared May Queen. Lady Billows’ housekeeper, Florence Pike, has managed to uncover something nasty about every single young woman in the town. So, what if they named a May King this year? What if it was Albert Herring? The timid young man lives is often crushed under the scrutiny of his overbearing mother, so surely a he’s never been near any of the young ladies. Surely he is as every bit as virtuous as these harlots are not. Albert’s recognition of as the first-ever May King may not be as much fun as he thinks at first. Maybe it’s not fun at all. Maybe everyone is laughing at him rather than with him. “Albert Herring” has received constant criti-

cal acclaim throughout the 70 years. The play has been referred to as “the greatest comic opera of the century” by legendary Ukrainian pianist Sviatoslav Richter. Carmen Lynn is a graduate of the University of Mississippi and is serving as the stage manager for the show. The cast is made up entirely of student performers under the direction of UM Professor and Director of the Ford Center Julia Aubrey. Rehearsals for the show began toward the beginning of the year where cast members worked on the complex musical aspects of the show. Lynn stepped in several weeks ago once they began taking the production to the stage. Lynn was a part of several operas during her time as a student. Since graduating in 2015, she has been asked back by

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the department several times to help out with the productions behind the scenes. She loves theatre and being able to play an active role in getting a production together. “It’s just fun,” Lynn said. “It’s fun to be a part of the process of working together to create something that’s fun and beautiful that the audience can enjoy. The theater is a place where people can go to escape. They can forget about all their problems and just come and enjoy a two to three-hour show. It’s art. It’s fun to be part of the creation process for that.” Tickets for the show are available through the UM Box Office. For show times and more information, visit www.fordcenter.org. chaning.green@journalinc.com Twitter: @chaningthegreen

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OBITUARIES Melvin “Mel” Davis

Melvin “Mel” Davis, 79, died Monday, April 17, 2017, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North MS in Oxford, MS. The funeral service was held Wednesday, April 19, 2017, at 11:00 A.M. at North Oxford Baptist Church with Rev. David Bodenheimer, Rev. Fish Robinson and Dr. Gary Richardson officiating. Burial followed in North Oxford Cemetery. Waller Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Memorial contributions in Mr. Davis’ memory may be made to Sav-a-life, 295 County Road 101, Oxford, MS 38655, North Oxford Baptist Church Senior Adults, P.O. Box 1700, Oxford, MS 38655 or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-1905.

Mattie Austin Stripling Singletary

Mattie Austin Stripling Singletary, 92, died April 17, 2017, at North MS Medical Center in Pontotoc. The funeral service will be held on Thursday, April 20, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. in the Chapel of Waller Funeral Home with Rev. Everett Childers officiating. Burial will follow in Yellow Leaf Cemetery. Visitation will be held beginning at 12:00 p.m. until service time at the funeral home. Memorial contributions in Mrs. Singletary’s memory may be made to Yellow Leaf Baptist Cemetery Fund, 415 Highway 334, Oxford, MS 38655.


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Hilliard looking to make a difference in Ward 5 BY CHANING GREEN NEWS WRITER

Theressa Hilliard is running for the seat of Alderman of Ward 5. Her candidacy challenges incumbent Preston Taylor for the position. Hilliard is looking to make a difference and be a voice for those in her community. Housing issues and historical preservation are two of the main topics the candidate is concerned with in this race. Hilliard took some time Monday afternoon to sit down with Oxford Citizen Chaning Green to her history, her concerns and the upcoming election. Chaning Green: Are you from Oxford? Theressa Hilliard: I was born and raised in Oxford, but moved away to Dallas for about 20 years. I moved back about 12 years ago. Green: What do you do here? Hilliard: At the moment, I don’t do anything, but most of my career here in Oxford has been as a bank teller and in administrative work at the University of Mississippi. Green: How long have you lived in Ward 5? Hilliard: About 10 years. Green: How long had you been considering running for alderman?

Hilliard: Well, I really have been considering for about three months. I’ve been doing a lot of volunteer work and attending a lot of meetings considering affordable workforce housing. I’m concerned about things in the community, about Price Hill. I think it was the day before the deadline that I decided that I absolutely needed to do it. Green: What pushed you to make that decision? Hilliard: I feel that going to meetings wasn’t enough. It didn’t fulfill my need to help more. I felt that I needed to be part of the change, and the only way to be a part of that change was to be a representative in the community. I want to know the decisions and help make the decisions. Green: What are some issues that are important to you right now? Hilliard: One issue would be affordable workforce housing. We have so many people that can’t afford to live in Oxford, and yet they work in Oxford. I feel as though people who work in Oxford should be able to live in Oxford. This is a big issue for people in our community. Also, the situation with Riverside. I want to address the closing of Riverside and how do we make it work for these people

stand up for people who won’t, don’t or can’t stand up for themselves. Green: Is there anything else you’d like people to know about you? Hilliard: I’m homegrown. My parents Freddie and Jimmie Redmond are well known in the community. I’m running to support our community and to make a difference. I guess the main thing, if I really had to say it, would be that I want to protect secPHOTO BY KEVIN BAIN, UNIVERSITY COMMUNICATION ond-oldest black comTheressa Hilliard is running for the seat of Alderman of munity in the area. I Ward 5. The political newcomer is challenging incumbent feel like with all the new Preston Taylor for the position. growth going on around it, it could get lost and to continue to live and thought they needed me eventually absorbed. work in the Oxford com- to help look after things, but they have more munity. Green: What commuspunk than I do. But one nity are you speaking Green: How do you feel of the things that made about? me want to stay was the about Oxford’s growth? Hilliard: Price Hill, Hilliard: I’m all for growth that I saw com- it’s right there off of change, and I’m glad ing, even before it quite Jackson Avenue, down it’s growing because got here. I could see the that road behind Nooit keeps our dollars in need for it. dle Bowl. They also have the community. Right one of the oldest black now, we have Ross, MarGreen: How have you graveyards that peoshall’s, Honey Baked been campaigning? ple won’t even notice Ham and all those placHilliard: I have yard if they’re not looking es popping up, and that signs as well as signs on for it. The land for the keeps dollars in Oxford my car door. I’m talking community belonged to rather than people go- with people and doing a man named Mr. Price, ing to Tupelo or South- a door-knocking route and he sold lots to black aven to shop. I feel okay this weekend. people in the communiabout that, but at the ty in order to make sure same time, I sometimes Green: Why is being they were able to own feel that perhaps we’re involved in government property. I just think putting to much into re- important to you? it’s important that that tail and not enough on Hilliard: I feel like I area be protected and supporting affordable have a strong voice, as recognized for its sighousing. far as my thoughts and nificance. I came back to Ox- concerns. I’ve always ford because my parents been an advocate for chaning.green@journalinc.com Twitter: @chaningthegreen were getting older, and I other people. I like to

BRIEFING University of Mississippi Museum Family Activity Day Saturday People, Places and Things! Kate Freeman Clark Family Activity Day will be held 10am noon, at the University of Mississippi Museum.

Held indoors, this free, drop-in event welcomes people of all ages. Explore the Museum’s newest exhibit of art by Kate Freeman Clark, an impressionist painter from Holly Springs. Interactive projects inspired by nouns in art people (portraits), places (Earth Day inspired landscapes) and things

(still lifes). Adaptations for all ages will be available, plus Buie Babies play area. All children must be accompanied by a grown-up. For more information, contact Emily Dean McCauley, esdean@ olemiss.edu or call 662-915-7073. The Museum appreciates the sponsorship of Baptist

Memorial Hospital: North Mississippi and the Ignite Ole Miss campaign.

ies along with Mississippi Humanities are presenting several screenings and panels for free to the public as part of Mississippi’s bicentennial Film Fest celebration. All films and celebrates panels are taking place at Locals Restaurant and Bar bicentennial The Oxford Film Festion the Square. val is partnering with the On April 22 will be Sarah Isom Center for “Tammy and the BachWomen and Gender Stud- elor.” On May 20 will be

“Down in the Delta.” On June 17 will be “Miss Firecracker.” On July 22 will be “Cookie’s Fortune.” On August 19 will be “Mississippi Masala,” and the final film in the series will be “Crimes of the Heart,” being screened on September 23. All films will begin at 7 p.m. on their respective days.

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Road construction approval meeting topic for supervisors BY CODY FUTRELL NEWS WRITER

Final road construction approval for a local subdivision and approval for a new tanker truck to join the Lafayette County Fire Department fleet were approved during the regular meeting of the Lafayette County Board of Supervisors on Monday. Road construction that is under bond for South Point Commons subdivision off Highway 7 in Oxford was approved as part of what is being called “Phase 2A”. The County took responsibility of the road when accepting the bond previously. The final lift of 2A will be the final laying of asphalt and the county will perma-

nently accept the roads at South Point Commons according to Board of Supervisor District 4 representative Chad McLarty. “Several years ago, phase 2A in South Point, off Highway 7 South, went through bankruptcy,” McLarty said. “The bank had asked the county to accept the roads under county road maintenance, and they had to put up a bond to help us out. This is the final lift of Phase 2A.” The process of going through the proper legal channels to accept the roads is now complete following the meeting and the roads will go under County control. Also, coming before the board, Lafayette County Fire Coordinator Wes An-

derson came before the board to work out approval for a new custom tanker for the Fire Department. While the Lafayette County Board of Supervisors approved it, the funding will come from the Fire Department through the state contract since it meets purchasing requirements. “There was a little discrepancy on whether this is on state contract or not,” Anderson said before the board. “(County Administrator) Lisa (Carwyle) has an e-mail, sent to me and forwarded to her, from Billy Beard, giving us permission to do it.” In other business, the Board of Supervisors also approved construction of XCavators Storage unit on Highway 7.

BRIEFING Former Gov. Haley Barbour to Speak at UM Law School

School of Law (JD 73), Barbour started his political career in 1968 working on Richard Nixon’s presidential campaign. He The University of Missince has worked closely sissippi Law School Stuwith many Republican dent Body will host former candidates, including Gov. Haley Barbour at Gerald Ford and Ronald noon Friday (April 21) in Reagan. Barbour served the Khayat Law Center, as political director of the Room 2094, as part of the Reagan White House and LSSB Speaker Series. cofounded BGR Group, a “We are very excited to government affairs firm. have Gov. Haley Barbour In 1993, Barbour served as our keynote speaker as chairman of the Repubfor the final LSSB Speaker lican National Committee Series event of the year,” and managed the Repubsaid Gregory Alston, LSSB lican surge in 1994. This president. “Gov. Barbour, led to Republican control having worked on the na- of both the House of tional stage and forefront Representatives and the of government policy Senate. and politics, is one of the In 2004, Barbour took university’s most distinoffice as Mississippi’s 63rd guished alumni. governor. The following “Gov. Barbour has year, after Hurricane represented Ole Miss and Katrina hit the Gulf Coast, the state of Mississippi Barbour earned national with integrity, and we look recognition for his quick forward to having him.” and decisive response to An alumnus of the UM the disaster.

He later published a memoir reflecting on his perspective and leadership lessons that came from the disaster.

CASA MEETING TUESDAY CASA, Court Appointed Special Advocates who serve as independent child advocates in legal cases involving minors, will be holding an information session from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Oxford Lafayette County Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday, April 25. The meeting will not be lasting from 5:30 to 7, but those are the times in which anyone interested in learning about CASA and how they can get involved can come by the Chamber and learn more. More information about CASA and what they do in communities around the country can be found at www.casaforchildren.org

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grants distributed as well as an audience vote grant award for $2,500.00. Any Lafayette County 501©(3) nonprofit organization is eligible to participate and submit a proposal on how they would utilize a $5,000.00 grant award to improve the quality of life in the Oxford-Lafayette community. A formal Request for Proposal (RFP) was released April 15 and the deadline for applications is May 31. For more information regarding the application to participate in the “Night for Nonprofits”, questions can be directed to Jody Holland, Executive Director, 662.418.1936 or loftdirector@gmail.com. Furthermore, one can find specific information regarding proposal submission, grant applications, and criteria at http:// loftms.org/grants/

that honors the state with beautiful arrangements of gospel music by William Grant Still, the contemporary, Can’t Help Falling in Oxford Civic Chorus is Love, as well as the majesa non-profit organization tic, The Mississippi River whose primary goal is to Empties Into the Gulf. provide artistic experiencTickets are $5 for stues to persons in the North dents, $10 for adults and Mississippi area. The are available at the door membership is made up the night of the concert of dedicated musicians as well as through the Ole who come from many Miss box office and from areas and are committed OCC members. to the joy of music and the expressive power that LOFT to host it brings. Night for The Chorus, directed Nonprofits event by Thomas Ardry, and accompanied by Steve August 17 On Thursday, August Taranto, invites the 17, Lafayette Oxford community and music lovers alike to attend their Foundation for Tomorrow (LOFT) will host the annual spring concert May 1, 2017, at 7:30 in the 2nd annual “Night for Nonprofits” event at the Nutt Auditorium on the Powerhouse from 6:30Ole Miss Campus. 9pm, featuring a grant This year, they are celawards ceremony and the ebrating the Mississippi award of grants totaling Bicentennial with music $27,500.00. There will be from Mississippi comfive separate $5,000.00 posers as well as music

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After several months of preparation, local restaurant Tallahatchie Gourmet will open a second location in Oxford soon. Restaurant owner Angele Mueller said they hope to have a soft opening Thursday, April 20, at the Oxford site, located on the bottom floor of J. E. Neilson’s department store on the downtown square. Mueller said Neilson’s owners Patty and Will Lewis, longtime customers of Tallahatchie Gourmet, told her about the available space and said they thought it would be a good fit for the New Orleans-inspired restaurant. “Oxford has always been a great catering market for us,” Mueller said. “This will better enable us to tap into an expansive catering market.” Like the New Albany lo-

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Albany location will also see some changes ahead. Mueller said there will be a few changes to the menu and they will continue to upgrade seating arrangements. “We will also freshen our décor throughout the restaurant,” Mueller said. “We are also in the process of redesigning the front meeting area by adding media connections for small group meetings. New televisions will be added for a better sports viewing experience.” “Jeff [Olson] and I have increased TG’s sales in New Albany to a 1.1 million dollar business,”Angele said. “We have increased our number of employees to 25 and are still growing. The plan is for both locations to work together to maximize Tallahatchie Gourmet’s potential.” david.johnson@journalinc.com

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Tuesday afternoon, Sen. Roger Wicker spoke to a crowd at the Country Club of Oxford during the first ever meeting of the Oxford Pachyderm Club. The conservative political club is the first official chapter of the National Federation of Pachyderm Clubs in the state of Mississippi. Republican Ward 6 Alderman Jason Bailey also spoke at the luncheon.

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Oxford March for Science to be held Saturday BY CHANING GREEN NEWS WRITER

Members of the LOU community will gather together Saturday morning in a march to promote the importance of research and scientific advancement in what is being called the Oxford March for Science. The Oxford March for Science is being held on Saturday, which is also Earth Day, in solidarity with others who will be marching across the globe at that same time. Marco Cavaglia is a physicist with the University of Mississippi and helped to plan the march here in Oxford. He said the scientific community saw the success of the Women’s March in D.C. and around the world and how it forced people to pay attention. Cavaglia said he and other scientists wanted to organize a march as well, depoliticize it and set it up so

that it can both bring attention to and celebrate the important role that science plays in modern science. “The idea is to have this family friendly march in support of what science does for us,” Cavaglia said. “It’s not open exclusively scientists, but the whole community. It’s a celebration of science and what it can do for society.” Organizers want to keep the march absolutely nonpolitical, but Cavaglia said that he and his colleagues do recognize that politics deeply affect the scientific community. Without proper legislation, protections and funding, researchers wouldn’t be able to function. Cavaglia said that when he says the march is apolitical, he means that it isn’t directed to one particular candidate or party. The sad truth of it is that funding and resources for scientists have been on the downslide for years now.

“This is not just something from the past few months,” the physicist said. “Science has been threatened for the past several years, decades even.

The good ole days of space exploration, when scientists were more highly regarded, are gone. Funding has certainly been on the decline over the years, but I don’t believe that, [from a political aspect], should be the primary focus of the march.” Those participating in the march will meet on the steps of the Lyceum on the Ole Miss campus at 10:30 Saturday morning. The march will begin at 11 and go down University Avenue onto the Square. Marchers will be making signs and banners and other things to carry as they march. Marchers will be making signs and banners and other things to carry

as they march. The march will close out with speeches from some of the marchers about how science has impacted their lives for the better. There will be opportunities for marches to meet each other and discuss all kinds of topics. Cavaglia said that he wanted this to be an opportunity for community members, especially children, to have an uninhibited conversation with actual scientists and researchers, to ask questions and get answers. “If you just look around yourself, most of the things you will see originated with science,” Cavaglia said. “It’s in our technology, our improvements in health.

They’re all conquests made by mankind and we have obtained them through science. Think of the first people interested in studying electricity for the sole purpose of just wanting to know more and see what we could do with it. Now think about all we can do with electricity. Think about all the advancements in healthcare with vaccines. I think the main message here is to make people aware science, especially basic research, is so important, not just for the short term, but how it advances society in the long term.” chaning.green@journalinc.com Twitter: @chaningthegreen

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the canvas, the work is titled and the painting is ready for auction. In addition to the large canvasses, there will be smaller works done by each child available for purchase. These pieces are most often bought by the artist’s parents or family members. The PTO also collaborated with Jill Carter Photography and P. Press, both local companies, to produce individual prints of every large canvas piece. The prints are available for purchase at the event for those not wishing to bid on the actual canvas, as well as after the event for those where were unable to attend, while supplies last. Prints are $5 each. Shirts will also be available for purchase at the event. Due to their popularity at last year’s event, Rocket 88 will be performing again this year. Arts and crafts activities for children are being provided by Studio Whimzy and Photobomb Photo Booth will be set up for guests to take silly pictures to carry away as mementos for the night. Though there will be light snacks available at the fundraiser, after the event, everyone is encouraged to visit Newk’s on across the street from the Powerhouse. The restaurant will be holding a profitshare and donation a percentage of sales that night to benefit the Bramlett PTO. “We’ve kinda got a lot going on, but the dynamic really flows well,” Windham said. “This really allows the

children to be involved in the event, whereas before we had the band and Studio Whimzy and the photo booth, the kids were kind of just walking around and didn’t have anything to do. We wanted to engage them somehow, and that’s what we chose to do. It all worked out really well for us last year.” Windham has put in a lot work to get the fundraiser ready and where it needs to be in time for tonight’s opening, but she said that none of it would be possible or worth doing if it wasn’t for the dedication of the school’s art teacher. “The person that really deserves all the credit on

this is Ms. Lloyd,” Windham said. “She works so hard that these canvases are perfect and that every child has an adequate part in each piece. If a child I absent on the day that it’s his turn, she will make sure that he gets the chance to do his part. She has just been so instrumental in the art program over the last couple years and I cannot thank her enough.” Brushstrokes for Bramlett is tonight, Thursday, April 20 at the Powerhouse from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. There is no cover charger for the auction, and the event is open to the public.

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duality. She wants to delve even deeper into this idea that there is beauty in all things, but event the most beautiful things and the happiest of moments are tinged with this inescapable underlying negativity. “I really feel that Hawaii has always had this ongoing narrative for me where I’ve felt compelled to share these observations from a very young age,” Goya said. “My first job was when I was 15 and sold t-shirts in Waikiki. That’s one of the interactive pieces in the show. It always affected me, and was where I first saw this need not to correct people, but show them the full picture. That has been the catalyst of my work so far.” Goya’s “Destruction Deconstruction” will be on display at the Misbits new media space from April 25 to May 14. Goya will be present for the opening reception to be held on April 25 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The exhibition will be active at the Edison throughout the Double Decker Arts Festival. PHOTO COURTESY OF JENNIFER GOYA

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UM Enhances Campus Dining Experience 250 Jobs available for students and local community OXFORD CITIZEN REPORTS

As students at University of Mississippi return to campus in the fall, they will notice many new enhancements to the dining program, particularly in the Ole Miss Student Union. The University of Mississippi and Ole Miss Dining/Aramark are excited to introduce a number of exciting and popular brands including: McAlister’s Deli, Which-Wich, ChickFil-A, Panda Express and Qdoba. With the addition of these locations, Ole Miss Dining will create 250 new jobs. Ole Miss Dining is seeking a number of employees with a variety of skill sets, ranging from dishwashers, general utility workers and food service workers to cashiers, food prep workers and experienced culinary professionals.

“We are pleased to offer students more variety, convenience and value,” said Amy Greenwood, Ole Miss Dining/ Aramark Marketing Manager. “All of the enhancements we made to the dining program are based on student feedback, and are designed to provide students with even more opportunities to enjoy their meals, as well as their overall dining experience.” The first level of the Student Union will feature Chick-Fil-A, with an expanded menu and multiple points of sale for speed and convenience. Current brands Qdoba, Panda Express and Which-Wich, will be part of the downstairs food court. A full-service McAlister’s, featuring soups, salads, sandwiches and entrees with dedicated seating will anchor the second level. Ole Miss Dining is currently hiring students, as well as members of the local community, for these locations and many others. Interview dates and times are as follows: • April 18 & 19 – Ole Miss Dining Services will hold open interviews for students for Chick-Fil-A, and Which Wich in front of Weir

Hall from 11:00am – 2:00pm. • April 25 – Open interviews for students for Qdoba and Panda Express in front of Weir Hall from 11:00am – 2:00pm • June 7, Ole Miss Dining Services will be holding a Job Fair for community members at the Pontotoc WIN Job Center, 182 Hwy 15 North Pontotoc, MS 38863 from 9:00am – 3:00pm. • June 13, 2017 – Job Fair for community members at the Batesville Governor’s Job Fair, Batesville Civic Center 290 Medical Center Dr. Batesville, MS 38606from 9:00am – 3:00pm. • June 28 – Job Fair for community members at the Oxford WIN Job Center, 204 Colonnade Cove, Suite 1 Oxford, MS 38655 from 9:00am – 3:00pm. • July 10- Job Fair for community members at the Batesville WIN Job Center, 103 – 16 Woodland Road Batesville, MS 38606 9:00am – 3:00pm. • July 12- Job Fair for community members at the Tupelo WIN Job Center from, 3200 Adams Farm Road Belden, MS 38826 10:00am – 3:00pm

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ocated in Lafayette County, Oxford is one of the state’s jewels for several reasons. It is, of course, the home of the University of Mississippi – a beautiful campus located within the city itself – but also where one of the states’ four veteran’s homes are found. Unique in its claim to fame, Oxford is where novelist William Faulkner lived at Rowan Oak until his death in 1966. The city has an atmosphere more akin to a larger California town, with a quaint and picturesque court square surrounded by inviting shops, stores and boutiques, and bookstores and eateries second to none. Oxford is very much a college town, but also one intently intermeshed in the arts. Every Thursday evening, the statewide broadcast “Thacker Mountain Radio” is carried on Mississippi Public Radio featuring blues, country and period-centric music performed before a live audience. Oxford is governed and managed by a mayor and seven aldermen; an extensive fire department and a model police department, which has one of the state’s rare mounted patrol units of specially trained horses that effectively keep the peace in the historic town square district, necessary especially during Ole Miss football season when the city’s population can double. Oxford is a diverse city with a

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multi-cultural citizenry thanks to the university, and the residents are blessed with one of the state’s best school systems of elementary, middle and high schools. Houses and neighborhoods vary from adequate to exceptional, since the city’s financial base is broad, thanks to its popularity. Outside the historic town square, off nearly all major thoroughfares, are malls and shopping centers, schools and churches that define Oxford as being one of Mississippi’s most livable communities. The people are educated, sophisticated, yet blessed with small-town charm, making Oxford an inviting and interesting town well worth a visit.

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Tuesday evening, the mayor and City Board of Oxford gathered together in the courtroom on the second floor of City Hall to hold their regularly scheduled meeting for the month of April. Mayor Pat Patterson’s mayor’s report, given at the beginning of every aldermen meeting, reminded community members that the primaries for the upcoming election are just two weeks away. Patterson encouraged everyone to get out and vote. He also pointed out that this was the last scheduled meeting before the 2017 Double Decker Arts Festival coming up at the end of the month. The board also voted to adopt a resolution officially naming April 28 as Arbor Day. The resolution was read aloud by Ward 3 Alderman Janice Antonow which discussed the

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By recommendation of the Downtown Parking Commission, the City has also agreed to start working with Ely Guild Hardy Architects out of Jackson to begin looking at designs for the parking garage that will be constructed on the Square. Matt Davis, head of parking for downtown Oxford, stood in front of the board to discuss the need to replace the parking meters that were taken out last month after a driver suffered a seizure behind the wheel and struck a building on the Square. The cost of replacing the meters will come out to about $1,000 per meter, and that includes everything from cost of materials to the labor required to install the new meters. The to address the issue due to drivers insurance is expected the formal request from ABC. to reimburse the City for the Several moments passed be- expenditure. fore any of the aldermen motioned to move forward with chaning.green@journalinc.com Twitter: @chaningthegreen the passing the change.

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Double Decker offering artist demonstrations April 28 BY CALLIE DANIELS SPECIAL TO OXFORD CITIZEN

On Friday, April 28, at 9:00 a.m. lifelong watercolor artist Janet Barnes will be sharing her tips and tricks in watercolor at the patio between the City Hall and Square Books, Jr. “I have been at the Double Decker since its inception,” Barnes said. “And before that at First Saturday and Art and All that Jazz. I always look before to the enthusiasm, the artwork and the people involved.” Janet Barnes’ son, Mark Barnes, will join her and the Oxford Artists’ Guild by the City Hall under a large tent. At the same time as his mother, Mark will demonstrate how to weave durable baskets from dried kudzu. On Friday, the Oxford Artists’ Guild will teach Double Decker tourists how to paint in watercolor and oil, weave baskets and create fabric art. These demonstrations are a part of the Local Art Market at Double Decker. A member of the Oxford Artists’ Guild, Lori Baylock said, “The demonstrations will take place in the guild area which is located on the patio between City Hall and Square Books, Jr. A few of the demonstrations will take place in front of the patio as well. In addition, various members will be creating their art throughout the day on the patio and in various locations around the Square.” The Guilds’ market will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday as well on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. There will be 22 artists who are creating watercolor, acrylic and oils, snap pictures, weave baskets, spin pottery, and create jewelry as well as fabric, leather and metal art. These artists are Barbara Baine, Jack Barbera, Janet Barnes, Mark Barnes, Lori Blaylock,

Artist Susan Patton will be one of the artists doing demonstrations on the square Friday, April 28. Tammy Oliver Cook, Pat Gillenwater, Andy Hight, Karina Knight, Jim McCauley, Marge McCauley, Lee Ann O’Keefe, Tiffeny Owens, Laila Owens, Jennifer Pace, Susan Patton, Linda Peters, Beth Skinner, Catherine Smith, Jonathan Smith, Ed Tropp and Kathy Ward. Among those artists are six who will demonstrate on the following schedule: 9:00 Janet Barnes – Watercolor 9:00 Mark Barnes – Kudzu Basketry 10:00 Pat Gillenwater – Fabric Art 11:00 – 1:00 – Susan Patton – Oil Painting 1:00 – Debbie Myers – Watercolor 2:00 Pam Locke – Watercolor 3:00 Marge McCauley – Watercolor

Oxford artist, Debra Meyers, isn’t a newcomer to the annual artist demonstration on the Square. In the past she has demonstrated how to transfer a picture onto canvas along with creative watercolor techniques. This year, she will be demonstrating to the tourists how to paint in watercolor.

She said, “I am planning on introducing the attendees to a product called ‘Brusho.’ Brusho is an unique, transparent and highly pigmented watercolor ink powder. There are several different wants to apply the Brusho to paper and you never know exactly how it is going to react! I love the vibrant colors and the unpredict-

ability of the medium.” Meyers will paint a landscape of trees with Brusho, and also plans to use masking flulid and salt during the demonstration. An artist will be joining the Guild for her first demonstration: Susan Patton. “I plan to do an oil painting of an ocean scene using a photo ref-


erence,” Patton said. “I hope the attendees will enjoy seeing my painting process, including how I mix colors and develop a design.” Patton is excited to be a part of the annual Double Decker Arts Festival. She will have original art for sale within the Oxford Artists’ Guild booth next to the City Hall. She said, “I am most looking forward to meeting and talking with visitors to my booth at the Double Decker because I am thankful for being able to be a part of other folks’ lives through my art and the connection it makes to them.” For more information on the Double Decker, be sure to visit its website, doubledeckerfestival. com.

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Ben Mikell Sports Writer

Diamond Chargers sweep defending champion Titans in 2012 Editor’s Note: This is the No. 18 Oxford story in a 40-part series highlighting the 20 most memorable moments in Oxford Athletics and Lafayette Athletics since the turn of the century. This edition is about Oxford baseball’s sweep of Ridgeland in 2012.


n Chris Baughman’s first season as the Oxford head coach in 2011, his team went 19-12 and made it to the North Half series against Ridgeland where they ultimately fell in three games to the Titans who took home the Gold Glove in the days after. The 2012 Chargers didn’t have to wait long in the playoffs to have a rematch against Ridgeland as they met in the second round. Game one was exciting enough on its own to be very memorable. “They had put us out the year before in my first year in North Half in game three,” Baughman said. “It was one of those that a lot of those kids remembered being a part of that team that went down to Ridgeland and got beat. It was one of those series that you look forward to, kind like a reversal of this year. We put them out last year in two games en route to a state championship. Same thing for them this year.” Oxford was trailing 4-2 entering the sixth inning and used big hit after big hit and leaped into the lead on a Luke Gibbs three-RBI triple and then on the same play scored himself while no one covered home plate to give the Chargers a 7-4 lead that Oxford wouldn’t surrender. “Kade (Metts) getting a big triple to tie us up, then Luke Gibbs hitting the big triple and then scoring on an error” Baughman said of the big hits in the seven-run sixth inning. “Steven (Whitfield) was throwing real well down there. It was one of those games that everything went right for us.” The following night in game two, Oxford fell into a deep hole as the CharTurN TO CHARGERS, 28


Lafayette’s Madisyn Cobbs has done a great job as the starting pitcher for the Lady Commodores this season despite being an eighth grader.

Consistent Commodore Cobbs has been cool under pressure for LHS BY JOHN DAVIS SPORTS WRITER

Madisyn Cobbs may just be in eighth grade, but she’s not afraid of hard work. The starting pitcher of the Lafayette High softball team came in and did exactly what coach Katie Jenkins asked her to. Cobbs has been consistent in the circle for Jenkins. All of the success can

be attributed to hard work. “She has done a lot outside of here. She has taken the extra time and put in the work you have to do this, the pitching,” Jenkins said. “She has taken all those private lessons in order to be good. It’s what you have to do, especially in the fall when we only see you for 45 minutes to get in the hitting and fielding.”

Another thing that Jenkins has appreciated from Cobbs is her willingness to work with the younger members of the team on their pitching. “I like that she works with the younger kids as well because I think that helps with your learning. The thing I’ve seen out of her TurN TO COBBS, 28

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Former Ole Miss defensive tackle D.J. Jones is getting ready for the NFL Draft at the end of the month.

NFL Draft Process Not Getting to Jones



Former Ole Miss defensive tackle D.J. Jones is taking the NFL Draft process in stride. Jones, a two-year starter for the Rebels after transferring from East Mississippi Community College, hasn’t gotten swept up in the non-stop interviews or the closely-watched workouts, be it at the NFL Combine or Ole Miss Pro Day. Because the 6-foot-1, 319-pound Jones feels blessed. He’s worked his entire life to get to this point, a professional football career well within sight. The three-day NFL Draft will take place April 27-29 in Philadelphia, Pa. “It’s surpassed my expectations,” Jones said of the process. “I’m just blessed to

be in the position that I’m in. I’m taking every day as it is. Any phone call I get from anybody, I’m listening. I pick brains of guys who’ve already been drafted. It’s just a process that you have to take in. You can’t force anything. You can’t think you’re going here and if it not happen be disappointed. Day by day I continue to work out and think about what’s to come.” Jones flew to New York April 17 for a dinner with the coaching staff of the Giants – the latest of many get-to-know-you opportunities with myriad NFL franchises that have shown interest in him as the draft draws ever closer. Jones is currently projected by CBSSports.com as a seventh-round-to-undrafted selection. But he isn’t sweating his draft po-

sition or where he’ll ultimately end up. At least not much. “Not too many people show their hand, as I can see,” he said. “I’ve gotten grades from third, fourth to sixth to seventh. I haven’t gotten any undrafted reports. I’m praying to God we don’t get any. I’ve gotten a lot of grades. But to tell you the truth, you can’t look at those. What I’ve heard from a lot of people is you can’t look at those. You’ve just got to go off of when your name is called.” Jones was a Top 5 junior college recruit nationally after starring and winning two national championships at EMCC, where he had 21.5 tackles for loss and 12 sacks over two seasons. He moved on to Ole Miss and played in every game in 2015, with three starts,

registering 40 tackles, 5.5 for loss and four sacks. He started all 12 games as a senior. He finished with 30 tackles, 3.0 tackles for loss and two sacks. Jones said the feedback he’s received has generally been positive. He profiles as a one-gap nose with three-down ability in the mold of Atlanta Falcons defensive tackle Grady Jarrett. “Teams are telling me they like my lower center of gravity,” he said. “My ability to take on two blockers, even dominate one. Just be able to make plays by not even making a play; by taking up a double team and allowing my linebacker to make a play. Just the way that I can run and my size.” Jones shined in front of 48 scouts from 31 NFL teams at Ole Miss Pro Day April 3. He improved his

bench press from the 25 reps he totaled at the NFL Combine to 28, and his field drills showed quickness and burst. Jones was pleased with his performance. Good thing, too. The march to the NFL Draft is nothing if not a never-ending job interview. “Going from 25 to 28 is a plus for me,” he said. “It shows that I’ve been working on that bench press. I was hoping for more, but it’s not a bad number. Twenty-eight isn’t a bad number. My field drills, I was just trying to show my explosion, show that I can do the same things a linebacker can do with his feet. I can make the same plays. I felt like I had a good day.” More than anything, though, he was able to end his Ole Miss career

on a good note. Other draft-hopeful Rebels – from Evan Engram and Chad Kelly, to Damore’ea Stringfellow and Quincy Adeboyejo – participated as well. But before the day began, the one-time teammates gathered together to share in the experience and reflect. One final day, officially, as Ole Miss Rebels. “Just being able to get all of us together one more time, we were all in the room together for about an hour before it all started,” Jones said. “I was there for two years, but I’ve still got the memories with the guys. Everybody was talking about what was going on, what they did over the last four years, the last two years. It was a great time, a great day, to have everybody back together.”

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Senior powerlifter Makaliah Littlejohn finished up another successful season for the Lafayette Lady Commodores finishing second in the MHSAA Class II state meet.


Finding a Way

Littlejohn always came through for Lafayette powerlifting, family BY JOHN DAVIS SPORTS WRITER

There were times when Makaliah Littlejohn showed up to Lafayette powerlifting practices wearing her uniform from work. The senior never let anything stand in her way of becoming one of the state’s best powerlifters the past two years. On top of working at Domino’s Pizza and Larson’s Cash Saver, Littlejohn looks after her family, which includes her beloved grandfather and cousins. Littlejohn just wrapped her successful career this past Friday in Jackson at the MHSAA Class II state championship. With her family watching, Littlejohn totaled 840 pounds, the top number in her weight division. She end-

ed up second in the competition after finishing in a tie with a girl from Charleston. (Littlejohn weighed five more pounds than the girl she tied with, making her second due to the tiebreaker.) It was the first time in 12 meets that Littlejohn actually didn’t with the gold medal, but her results were better than in any other meet, so there was nothing more Littlejohn could have done. “It made me stronger. It was a mind reliever,” Littlejohn said about what powerlifting had done for her over the years. “This season was a success. I went there with God and left with God. I was determined. I stayed focused and I went out and handled business.” LHS coach Sandra

Smith has a special place in her heart for Littlejohn, who transferred over from Oxford prior to her junior year. Smith said it was a “surprise” that Littlejohn was actually caught by the lifter from Charleston because she was so far ahead during the majority of the meet. Smith later blamed herself for not giving Littlejohn more weight to lift in order to really secure the title. “She was gracious the whole time and congratulated the other girl. She even told me after the meet that everybody deserves a chance to win,” Smith said about Littlejohn. “She said I won last year and that she was proud for the other girl this year. It’s been an incredible run, having won 11 straight meets up until

Friday.” There is little to be upset about for Littlejohn, who did admit that she could have done just a little better on a lift or two. Deadlift and squat were the two things she did the best in the competition. She wanted to achieve more in the squat, and she did it, which made her happy. Littlejohn and her competitor talked after like they were best friends who knew each other for years. “It was great sportsmanship,” she added. During the meet, Littlejohn was approached about attending Mississippi State to lift. That may happen, but her main focus, after graduation, was to attend Northwest Mississippi Commu-

nity College and study to be a registered nurse. Smith said Littlejohn grew tremendously over the past two years, and more than just in the way she competes. “She inspires me, as a woman, with the way she takes care of her family. Her grandfather has cancer. He inspires me, too, because he goes to everything she does even through chemo,” Smith said. “She has a sister and two cousins that live with them and she loves them with a fierceness that’s pretty remarkable for somebody her age. Usually people her age are selfish. She has worked two jobs and she has clocked out, come back to school for practice, do her lifts and then go back. She never missed. She’s just

remarkable, a kid you get about every fourth year, somebody with that fire and spunk. This year it’s her.” Littlejohn simply said “I just had to make time” when asked how she was able to balance school, family and sports. A story that Smith won’t forget is watching Littlejohn and her family have a jalapeño eating contest after dinner coming back from the state meet. It’s something they routinely do, and the bonding was just another example of how close they all were. “Her grandpa has raised her and he hasn’t given up through all the cancer treatments. He’s been there for them, comes to the school for every event. They’re just an exceptional family,” Smith said.

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Ole Miss linebackers coach Bradley Dale Peveto feels like the Rebels had a productive spring.


Spring football practices can be a chore for some. But not for Ole Miss linebackers coach Bradley Dale Peveto. No one had as much fun as Peveto, who was hired by Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze in December as a part of a complete overhaul of the Rebel defensive coaching staff. In all, Freeze made three new hires in the offseason, including a change at coordinator. Wesley McGriff replaced now-retired Dave Wommack. Ole Miss closed out the spring with the annual Grove Bowl game April 8. “I’m proud to be here. I’m still pinching myself,” Peveto said. “Working for coach Freeze has been unbelievable. Wesley McGriff’s done a great job coordinating our defense, and we’ve got a great staff. Oxford’s as good as place as

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you’d want to live. I’m loving meeting all the people. It’s just been a blast. I’ve really, really enjoyed it. It’s just a great, great place.” Peveto, a high-energy type, brings to Ole Miss an accomplished coaching resume. He spent seven seasons at LSU – his second stint at the school ended with the 2016 season – and the Tigers posted a 59-19 mark and won five bowl games. They claimed the 2007 BCS national championship. But don’t expect a renewed sense of purpose from Peveto simply because he’s made a jump within the SEC West. He’s always had a pep in his step everywhere he’s been. “That’s kind of how I’m geared,” he said. “I’ve got a lot of energy, and I still love the game. I like getting up early, working out and I love a good work day. We work hard here. But there’s always new energy when it’s new.

“The thing about this profession is you never get tenure. Your resume doesn’t really mean anything. What you’ve done in the past and where you’ve been, I don’t even talk about it. I’ve got a national championship ring and I don’t wear it here because it doesn’t mean anything here. It means a lot to me, I was a part of a team that won it in 2007, but that’s behind me. It doesn’t have any relevance to Ole Miss football. Every time you make a move, especially a move at a place that’s so prestigious and has the great tradition of Ole Miss, it puts a little pep in your step.” Peveto admitted, however, the opportunity to work for Freeze has been everything he could have hoped for and more. “It’s humbling when a guy like coach Hugh Freeze wants to interview you and then calls and says, ‘Hey, you’re my guy. I want to

hire you,’” he said. “That’s a great feeling. I’m still an old-school guy. I’m just proud to be here and proud to be part of a great tradition and a great staff. Hugh Freeze has absolutely blown me away. He doesn’t get enough credit for the man he is and the job he does. He is really, really special. (McGriff) is the same way. We’ve got a great staff all across the board. I’ve enjoyed it. I’m very fortunate and very humble to be here.” Peveto is tasked with fixing a linebacker corps that was nothing short of abysmal last season. Ole Miss tried various combinations at the position in an effort to improve, but with little by way of success. The Rebels were 119th out of 128 Division-I teams against the run. Rising senior DeMarquis Gates led the team with 79 tackles. Detric Bing-Dukes – who was named the most improved defensive player

of the spring – was second with 41 tackles. Ray Ray Smith, Willie Hibbler and Tayler Polk all saw time, too. Peveto believes the 15 practices over the last month-plus were positive. The linebackers were bolstered by the additions of junior college transfer Brenden Williams and Donta Evans. Evans redshirted in 2016. “I thought we had a real productive spring,” Peveto said. “I thought we got better on all fronts on and off the field. I really like the room of linebackers. They worked extremely hard. We had 15 really good practices and rotated a bunch of guys. Had some guys we swung positions with them, but I really like how our guys worked. I really liked our progress. We’ve come a long ways in 15 practices.” The linebackers will try to carry over that improvement once fall camp rolls

around in August. For now, though, Peveto is enjoying his time at Ole Miss and embracing each day. “I’ve just always tried to be who I was in (coaching),” he said. “There’s a lot of different ways to do it, but when you’re at a place like Ole Miss and surrounded by a great staff and a great head coach that really works at it and they know what they’re doing, it makes it easy. We recruit here as a staff and everybody pitches in and nobody’s worried about the credit. It’s a bottom-line deal. Let’s get the best players and let’s all work together. It’s fun to be a part of it. Coach Freeze is such a refreshing guy to work for, and you can’t get enough of Oxford. You can’t really describe it until you get here. Everybody’s so friendly and so lovely. You can’t get enough of it. It’s been a blast, man. I’m still pinching myself, hoping I don’t wake up and it’s a dream.”

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Head basketball coach Andy Kennedy think adding Bruce Stevens enhances the Rebel roster.

Jones JC forward Stevens Officially a Rebel BY BEN GARRETT


Andy Kennedy went into the spring signing period looking to improve offensively at the four. The 12th-year Ole Miss head coach believes he’s done just that with the addition of Jones County Junior College forward Bruce Stevens. Stevens, who committed to the Rebels in late March, signed and officially became an Ole Miss Rebel April 14, the third day of the spring signing period that runs from April 12 until May 17. Stevens, a first team NJCAA All-American, was ranked as the No. 6 overall junior college player by JUCORecruiting. com. “Adding Bruce was a big get for us,” Kennedy said. “You’re talking about a kid at 6-foot-8, upwards of 250 right now. He’s a guy that brings a skill-set we were

sorely lacking from last year’s team in his ability to stretch the floor out to 3. He’s also a very good backto-the-basket scorer.” Stevens steps in at a position that sorely lacked in offensive production last season. The Rebels finished 22-14 overall, including a run to the quarterfinals of the NIT. But they did so without much by way of points from their front court outside of AllSEC forward Sebastian Saiz. Forwards Justas Furmanavicius and Marcanvis Hymon combined to average 10.0 points per game at the four. Stevens, by comparison, averaged 16.2 points and 11.2 rebounds while shooting 51.9 percent from the floor and 37.5 percent on 3-point attempts a year ago. “The year before we had Stefan Moody, and he ended up leading the SEC in scoring,” Kennedy said.

“Moody was going to have good nights and bad nights as it related to shooting the ball. But it was very difficult for teams to take him out of the equation because, as a guard, he had the ball. He wasn’t dependent upon others in order to create offense. It was up to us as a coaching staff to put him in a position where he could go make plays, and he did that more times than not. “When you have a big, it’s easier to deny them touches schematically for our opponent if we don’t have other people that can hurt them. That’s what happened to Sebas. He had a monster year, but if we would have had Tomasz Gielo, who made some 60 3s at close to 40 percent the year before with the ability to stretch you and space the floor, I think Sebas would have had more room to be more effective. That’s an issue we had to deal with. We just really

struggled to score at that spot. It was something that was a high priority for us going into the spring period. Adding Bruce with the size, with the experience, with the skill-set, I think it enhances our roster.” In addition to Ole Miss, Stevens received significant recruiting interest from, among others, Georgetown, Western Kentucky, Mississippi State, Oregon State and Memphis. The hope is he can slide in alongside 7-foot Drake transfer Dominik Olejniczak, the readymade replacement for Saiz who sat out last season due to NCAA transfer rules. Olejniczak played in 20 games as a true freshman at Drake in 2015-16. He averaged 6.5 points and 4.1 rebounds per game, including a 72.2 percent mark from the field. He recorded 21 blocked shots. Olejniczak averaged 10.3 points per game and 4.6

rebounds in the final nine games of his freshman season – all starts – and 16.6 points per game and 7.7 rebounds in his last three. “He had a terrific year,” Kennedy said of Stevens. “He was an integral part of Jones, I think, going 29-2 and going to the National Tournament. They had a tough draw and they got beat in the second round, but he had a tremendous year. “He’s a walking double-double, and obviously we’re losing the best double-double guy in the history of our program in Sebastian Saiz. I think Bruce had 22 on the year, which are similar to what Sebas got last year for us. We’re really excited about what he’s going to bring to the table and the compliment he’ll be to the guys we already have in the fold. Obviously Dominik Olejniczak, a 7-footer who we had sitting out last year,

he’s been in the program a year, and Dom’s a big, strong, block-to-block, old-school five. We need somebody that’s going to create some space; a situation that, quite frankly, we did not have this year. Sebas had a tremendous year; as good as we’ve had from a front-court guy maybe in the history of our program. When you look at the numbers that he put up, he’ll go down as one of the best players in the history of our program. Despite him having a monster year of averaging close to 16 and 12 on the year, he was doing in against constant doubles and against constant traffic in the paint because at the four spot we did not have the ability to stretch the floor. They were just sitting that extra defender on top of him, which created some issues. “Hopefully Bruce will alleviate those for Dom moving forward.”

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Oxford holds on to top Ripley, West Point BY BEN MIKELL SPORTS WRITER

The Oxford Chargers finished off the regular season with two victories at Edwin Moak Field. The Chargers defeated the nationally ranked Ripley Tigers 8-6 on Monday and then again on Tuesday in a shootout over Division 2-5A foe West Point 1711. Oxford finished the regular season with a 24-4 overall record and 8-1 in Division 2-5A.


The Chargers jumped out to an 8-0 lead in the first five innings and held off a furious Ripley rally in the sixth and seventh innings to survive the Tigers 8-6. Oxford got on the board in a big way with a three-run homer from nine-hole hitter Parker Stinnett to put the Chargers comfortably in front 3-0 in the second inning. “Right before (Stinnett) hopped up to bat (assistant) coach (David) Webb told him ‘be ready for a fastball,’” Baughman said, “He saw a first pitch fastball over the plate, barreled it up, and he did what we wanted him to do with it.” Oxford added another run in the fourth inning when Sam Bianco drove in Preston Perkins with a RBI single to make the lead 4-0. The Chargers added four more runs

in the fifth inning without the aid of a hit on a parade of miscues from Ripley (20-3 overall) and small-ball play by the Chargers that made it 8-0. The Tigers responded with five runs in the sixth inning and chased Charger starter Carson Stinnett off the mound with the biggest hits being a two-RBI single from Cooper Cox and a two-run homer from Jus Medlin in back-to-back at bats. Ripley closed the gap to 8-6 in the seventh inning before Drew Bianco came to the mound and saved it for Oxford on back-to-back fly outs.


Oxford and West Point has a treasured football rivalry, so it was only fitting that their last game as division opponents in any sport for the foreseeable future ended with a football score as the Chargers outlasted the Green Wave 17-11. A Charger that has missed more than a month of playing time that started off the contest in a big way was Duncan Graeber. He had been out injured with a broken left finger suffered when he was hit by a pitch against Water Valley over spring break. Graeber in his first at bat after being injured crushed his first career varsity home run to give Oxford an early 1-0 lead over West Point (7-17, 1-8 in Division 2-5A).

“From the time he rounded first base, he screamed all the way until he got to the plate,” Baughman said of Graeber’s homerun celebration. “He was excited. We’re glad to hopefully have him back for good.” “He was cleared to play senior night, he hasn’t been cleared to fully play so that’s why I had to pull him altogether,” Baughman continued explaining why Graeber was subbed out after his homer. “It’s good to have him back. He’ll just add a bat to the mix and a defender at first base. It’s going to be one of those things where we sit down and talk as a group that two people are going to be the odd guys out, but that’s going to be a good thing from here on out.” Drew Bianco followed up Graeber’s homer with a solo-homer of his own to double the Charger lead to 2-0 in the first inning. Carson Stinnett and Ben Bianco each added two-run homers in the second and sixth innings respectively for Oxford. West Point put up six runs in the fifth inning to cut the lead in half from 13-1 to 13-7 and prevent the contest from ending early by the 10 run rule. The Green Wave added another three runs in the sixth inning to make the game interesting late at 13-10 before Oxford added four runs in the home half of the sixth to pull away.

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gers fell behind the Titans 7-1 entering the home half of the fifth inning. Hunter Roth started the game and was peppered for six runs before giving way to Noland Parham. Parham’s pitching kept Ridgeland off the scoreboard. “We brought Noland in to just stop the bleeding,” Baughman said. “It was a case of Noland either to stop the bleeding or take the rest of the game so we can save everybody else we got in the case of a game three. I just remember him throwing lights out. He was giving us a chance. We battled back, and battled back, and battled back.” Oxford’s comeback attempt in game two looked to be fading away before a gift by the Ridgeland center fielder helped jump start the Charger bats. Then-Oxford infielder Michael Bianco was a part of the rally that sparked Oxford’s comeback attempt against Ridgeland. “I remember it was 7-1, we were down by a lot,” Bianco

said. “I was batting in the nine spot. Sam Hunter got the first out of the inning, I had walked. Luke lined out to center so there were two outs. James (Lear) hits a pop fly to the center fielder, he had to drift a little bit to his right I think. I was just hustling around because I’m mad because we didn’t make anything happen. He misses it and I end up scoring on that play; James gets to second. William Elliott gets a base hit. Henry Webb hits a bomb, then Parker Adamson came up and hits his second bomb of the day off the scoreboard and all of a sudden we’re back in it.” The five-run fifth inning pulled Oxford to within 7-6. The Chargers tied the game in the seventh with two outs on an Adamson single to score Webb from second to tie the game at 7-7 and send it to extra innings. Oxford loaded the bases in the eighth inning with no outs on a walk by Sam Hunter and then back-to-back bunt singles by Metts and Bianco. The Chargers won the game two batters later on a walk-off Lear single and knocked off the defending champion Titans.

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is correcting, and knowing what to correct herself,” Jenkins said. “I’ve had a few examples this year. She didn’t crumble when situations have been on her. A lot more is going to come in the future, but it’s exciting to see how far she has come in just a year.” Cobbs thought her 2017 season has been better than her 2016 campaign. She’s earned more strikeouts – she had 42 in 48 innings pitched – and kept her facial expressions down to a minimum. Cobbs throws a number of pitches, from the screwball, to the curve, to the drop ball, Cobbs keeps batters guessing. Her most favorite is the backdoor, which is a curveball that gets inside on hitters. “Whenever you’re batting, it looks like it’s going to hit you and then comes back in as a strike, right down the middle,” she said. “I threw it at 58 miles-per-hour the other night, so I can get some

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speed on it.” The part of her game that she seems to be a little bit more pleased about is her hitting. “Both have improved, but my hitting, I’m able to do more things now,” Cobbs adding she has gotten more used to strikeouts pitching than earning game-winning hits at the plate. “It’s bigger for me to get a hit.” The Lady Commodores have learned to come together as a team, Cobbs said. They’ve learned how to play together and combine hits instead of individuals just trying to get hits. Caitlyn Rhea, another eighth grader, is Cobbs’ best friend. She also happens to be her catcher for the past two seasons. When Cobbs isn’t playing with the Lady Commodores, she is helping the Philadelphia Sparks, her travel softball team, win games. Until she can really focus on the Sparks, Cobbs is going to do her best to get the Lady Commodores some valuable experience in the playoffs. Even though Lafayette is

third in the division, making the playoffs is a big deal for this young team. “I think it’s good for us because we can learn as we go. It will just get comfortable in a playoff position,” Cobbs said. “I think we will be better this next year because the younger players will have more experience than we did this year.” Softball is very important to Cobbs, who has been playing the sport since the age of 4. She is motivated to do other things thanks to softball, and being a member of the varsity team so young has shown her that she is capable of accomplishing things she sets her mind to. For eight years, Cobbs played on various Oxford Park Commission youth teams, adding she had a lot of fun in that before having to move on. Before softball season really gets going, Cobbs likes to duck hunt if she gets a free moment. On weekends, when the Lady Commodores aren’t playing, Cobbs likes to watch the Ole Miss Rebels play.

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