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September 13, 2007, Volume 72, No. 3

Governor hosts meet, greet Cree Cantrell Staff Writer

Tuesday night ended the seven-year streak since a sitting governor had visited the campus of Millsaps College, with the visit of Governor Haley Barbour. The event began with a meet and greet followed by a few words from Mississippi’s Republican governor. The visit was hosted by the Millsaps College Republicans and was largely coordinated by Millsaps senior Brian Hall. “I have enjoyed heading and planning an event of this caliber,” comments Hall. Hall, the former chairman of the Millsaps College Republicans, now serves as the Central District Chair for the Mississippi Federation of College Republicans. Millsaps, however, was not the only institution in attendance. Students from Jackson State University, Tougaloo College, Belhaven College, Mississippi College, and East Mississippi Community College turned out to hear Governor Barbour’s plans for the future of Mississippi. Jackson State senior, Jimmy Seals, was one such student. “I wanted to come to hear how he would run his campaign and what his plans were for Mississippi,” says Seals, “I wanted to view him (Governor Barbour) as a real person.” Governor Barbour’s

Kathleen Morrison News Editor

Contributed photo Governor Barbour speaks to students during a visit coordinated by College Republicans. remarks following the meet and greet session were largely campaign oriented, as he is currently seeking a second term as Mississippi Governor. In regards to his campaign, Governor Barbour said that he is running

on his record, a record he says is “one of promises made and promises kept.” Governor Barbour cited the balanced budget, increase in funding for universities and community colleges, and the creation of thousands of

new jobs through economic ventures such as the Nissan and Toyota plants as examples of his “promises kept.” “In the past, companies came to Mississippi looking for strong backs and

low wages,” commented Governor Barbour on the economic progress in Mississippi, “Today, they come looking for strong minds, and they are willing Governor continued - page 8

Crowded Caf ’, packed parking lots frustrate, confound Kyle Doherty Editor-in-Chief

With a larger-than-normal freshman class this year, some perennial headaches might be exacerbated. Lines in the cafeteria, for instance, have often stretched back to the cash register at peak hours like weekday noons. “Yeah, it’s ridiculous,” says an irritated Andy Carlsson, a junior. “Last year I could come at, like, six o’clock, and I could find a seat anywhere. Now, if I come between five and seven it’s almost impossible to sit.” Carlsson and other upperclassmen believe that drastic measures are necessary to mitigate the crowded facility. “I think we need more seating,” says junior David Lind. “Possibly a Caf’ expansion,” agrees Michael Price, a sophomore. Taking the reasoning even further, Carlson recommends special restrictions for younger Millsapians. “I think freshmen should be required to eat between four and five,” he suggests. Photo by Mary Clark Rardin Some freshmen take issue with the Many students find the Caf’ impossible to navigate at common notion that they cause the peak dining times. crowding. “I know a pretty good many

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Afghani transfer eager to learn

freshmen and I’ve been in here and it’s been full and I haven’t known anybody. So, I think it’s just as much the upperclassmen,” reasons Will Everett, a freshman. “There are just too many hungry people,” agrees fellow freshman Jaime Jimenez. “What we need to do is cut down on starvation.” Head of Dining Services Chef Dave Woodward is less inclined toward abridging the rights of freshman and favors a hands-off approach as the newcomers find their bearings in the fast-paced world of college cafeteria dining. “Mostly (the crowding) will work itself out because a lot of the freshmen still think they have to show up at 12 o’clock to eat and they don’t realize that we’re open from 10:30 to 2,” he asserts. “We noticed at first that the freshmen all thought they had to go to the traditional line first and then go wherever else. They’re gradually figuring it out.” The veteran chef goes on to suggest that the student body as a whole is in part responsible for the Caf’ crowding by consolidating tables. “As far as finding a seat in there, ya’ll are on your own,” Woodward warns. “We’ve tried to separate them. Ya’ll keep moving them back.” Another issue that stirs great irritation and controversy amongst students is the scarcity of decent parking. “I have noticed on the Bacot side, there are these trucks that form a conga line taking up all Crowded Caf’ continued - page 8

...it is a shame when some of these scholars get so incoherently drunk or high that they simply throw oodles of cigarette butts on the walkway “Custodial staff ” page 2

Last year when Millsaps students campaigned to bring a student from Afghanistan to study at Millsaps, they had no idea how they would change the life of a young Afghani woman. The idea was proposed by Dr. Michael Reinhard, who traveled to Afghanistan with the Soros Foundation to interview women for scholarships. There he met Sabira Ebaady, an aspiring doctor. “Sabira was one of the two or three strongest candidates,” says Reinhard. “She wanted to study medicine, and had already been through a program in Pakistan to learn basic medical care.” Reinhard reached out to student organizations, alumni and even President of the College Frances Lucas to raise the money for Ebaady’s tuition. This fall Ebaady, a native of Kabul, Afghanistan, left behind her parents and five sisters to enroll as a freshman at Millsaps. “This is a good opportunity for me,” says Ebaady. “I really want to achieve my goal to learn medicine and study at a high standard university.” Ebaady is also excited for the chance to practice her English and learn about a new culture by immersing herself in it. “I can learn many new things from the different people of this campus,” she relates. Some students have already learned from Ebaady as well. “She’s so inspiring and strong to leave everything and come here just because she wants to learn,” says sophomore Brittany Tait, Ebaady’s resident assistant. “In America we take education for granted, but no one in her life has ever taken education for granted. No one thought she would go as far as she has.” So far, Ebaady has enjoyed the environment of Millsaps. “I like dorm life a lot,” she says. “I guess the biggest difference is the relationship between students and teachers. Here, students can talk freely, ask questions and have meetings with teachers. It is sort of a friendly relationship. In Afghanistan, students cannot have much contact with teachers. I like it here though.” Ebaady’s transition to Millsaps and the United Sabira continued - page 8


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Custodial staff deserves your respect

Isreal M. Scott Contributor

As we have already begun a new school year, I want to welcome all the first year and transfer students to the Millsaps College campus. I can remember the feeling of freedom that coursed through my veins when I waved goodbye to my sobbing family as they rolled off the parking lot of my first school, Southern Methodist University. When I transferred to Millsaps, I was delighted to see, like my previous school, it was a bubble of green space within an urban setting. After driving on I-55, Highway 80, or I-20, one is happy to get onto the Millsaps Campus where there

are trees, rolling landscape and grassy knolls where individuals can do a number of academic or extracurricular activities in the sun or by moonlight. Now that the pristine picture has been well painted, I must say that we are in danger of losing our urban paradise. I feel the need to speak up about the lack of consideration that individuals are demonstrating in regard to keeping our campus clean and respecting the campus custodial and maintenance staff. Millsaps prides itself on being a “community of scholars.” Prospective parents, prospective students and potential donors will find it hard to see how we can travel and do world altering research projects abroad but fail to throw our waste in the trash recepticle at home. Now, I am not judging anyone, but it is a shame when some of these scholars get so incoherently drunk or high that they simply throw oodles of cigarette butts on the walkway or lay empty beer bottles wherever convenient. Moreover I have seen students drop God-knows-what from balconies in the middle of the night only to leave it there as if the ground were its proper place. Many groups and organizations have beginning-of-the-year festivities to welcome new students but fail to

completely clean up their reserved area(s). I have seen countless bottles placed in parking spaces, in front or behind car wheels, on stairwells and even laying around in the grass after being emptied. Perhaps this is done as a joke, but there is nothing funny about having to replace a tire or having to rush someone to an emergency room because they slipped on an unseen bottle and injured themselves. Compared to many other schools, we are privileged to have the great custodial and maintenance staff that virtually answers every beck and call within minutes and most definitely within 24 hours. Many rich and poor students have the same mentality when they say “the custodial staff will get it.” Yes, the job of the custodial staff is to keep the grounds clean and safe but that only goes so far. In case it is hard for one to agree with me on this point, I say, replace the face of every staff member with that of your mother or father’s visage and I assure that a just line can be drawn as to what is fair and expected by our custodial staff. Would it be fair to throw tons of trash on the lawn of a $300,000 home and say “the maid or my mother will get it? The answer is no. Furthermore, none of our parents would tolerate such disrespect considering how they work hard to provide for us. So

then I say treat the custodial staff with that same respect. After all, the tuition and fees is approximately $30,000 per year and steadily rising. In a previously written article discussing the cafeteria and grounds-keeping staff’s need of a raise, administration stated “the money just isn’t there.” In return, the trash and request to do more than what is in the job description by administration and others should “just not be asked.” When workload outweighs wages, the title of job must be changed to slavery, and I know that no one, black or white, wants to be blamed for bringing back such an abhorred institution of the past. The Golden Rule is to do unto others as one would have others do unto them. This is a question of whether we care about the safety of each other and the staff of this campus. It does not matter if someone is from the high class hills of Highland Park, Texas, or from the high rise housing developments of Chicago’s Southside; while we are here let us appreciate and take care of our home away from home. Throw away the trash and the trashy attitudes so that we can keep our urban paradise. As always, be blessed beyond belief!

Millsaps showers in dire need of attention Meagan Malone Staff Writer

In my two years at Millsaps, I have seen many improvements. The grassy area between Murrah Hall and the Christian Center has been converted into a luscious garden, much to the enjoyment of students who frequent the swing and benches on pretty days to do reading or just to hang out. We’ve also enjoyed the addition of several new classy structures of cement and brick engraved with Millsaps College which welcome visitors to our campus. Purple banners bearing the sacred school crest have been erected on most of the light poles on northside, and new signs have been posted on various buildings to direct those unfamiliar with our campus to their desired destination. Most recent is the arrival of the green patio furniture outside the Ford Academic Complex which seats weary students coming and going from class to class as well as large groups of smokers. And of course, the carpeting in Bacot Dormitory has been replaced several times since I’ve been at Millsaps; however, I imagine that’s out of necessity’s sake as water fountains are known to be demolished in drunken fits and sinks tend to be sat on oftentimes during the year leading to a state of almost perpetual flooding which mildews and thus ruins the carpet. While our humble Millsaps campus can certainly boast a more flattering physical

appearance since my arrival in the fall of 2005 (not that it was in disrepair at that time), there is one aspect which remains in deplorable condition. Prospective students, parents of prospective students, members of the Jackson community, donors, trustee board members, government persons or foreign diplomats may come to our campus and never ever witness this atrocity; however many a Millsaps student will face this

How can the administration even deign to spend money on a banner . . . when the mold on the ceiling of the first floor Ezelle shower last year was thicker than a science fair foam board? problem at least once if not multiple years during their undergraduate experience. Friends, I am speaking of the state of the Millsaps showers. The voice of the suffering Millsapian cries out in anguish at the sight of these “improvements” when he or she continues to live on a hall on which there is only one working shower.

How can the administration even deign to spend money on a banner which serves to remind people that they are on Millsaps campus when the mold on the ceiling of the first floor Ezelle shower last year was thicker than a science fair foam board? Where does the money for flowers and gardens come from when the college can only seem to afford for one of the showers on a Bacot wing to have enough water pressure to wash shampoo out of one’s hair? There are constant shower issues at Millsaps, especially in northside dorms and oftentimes in Ezelle, and I feel that such issues are basic enough that they require real attention. I am aware that most of the funds which provided for the improvements I mentioned were special ones raised by specific groups and designated for specific projects. But I do know that the parent’s council is responsible for the green AC patio furniture, and they are advised by someone on campus as to how they should spend the money that they raise. Perhaps their advisor should in the future recommend that they begin a shower fund that will go toward providing adequate showering conditions for their hygiene conscious children. It’s as easy as admitting that we have a problem; only then can we begin to recover. Of course in the event that the issue is not addressed, let us not forget the power of knocking over the green trashcans, those shining symbols of the sometimes bizarre (but classy) things on which money is spent here at Millsaps. If it can get us Thursday night parties back, clearly an overwhelmingly crucial and necessary improvement, then perhaps it will also lend itself to achieving fully working and non-gross showers for all.

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Equal treatment begins with equal consideration

Chelsi West Contributor

I frequently give tours for the office of admissions and have done so for the past three years. On these tours it is not uncommon for prospective students and their parents to inquire about campus organizations, especially those of Greek affiliation. In addition to asking questions, prospective students usually want to see fraternity houses or sorority lodges so I take them to either the south side of campus or the north side near the library and talk about the houses/lodges. During one of my most recent tours I took a young lady to the sorority lodges, and after I talked about the four that were there she turned to me and said, “I thought you said that there were six sororities on campus.” I told her that yes, indeed there are six sororities here. She then asked why the other two groups did not have a lodge on campus. Once again, I told the same story that we have been discussing since my freshman year. I now realize, however, that I am tired of telling this story. Yes, we all know that history is primarily the reason

that the National Pan-Hellenic Conference sororities and fraternities do not have houses or lodges on campus. The truth is that men and women of African-American heritage were not allowed to join predominantly white Greek organizations when they were first created. As a result, nine groups were formed by African American men and women, groups designed to promote the ideals and interests of black Americans. Men and women who were denied membership in other groups just took the initiative to form their own. Over the years the historically black groups grew in numbers and flourished during times of struggle for blacks in America and during eras such as the civil rights movement. And now these same groups are still strong and active. I realize that it is now 2007 and that many Greek groups no longer discriminate on the bases of race, ethnicity, religion, nationality, etc. However, history shaped racial divisions among Greek communities, thus creating the divisions that exist today. What, then, is the real problem that I want to address? Historically black sororities and fraternities do not have a space to call their own. Okay well let me take that back. Other than a storage facility, we do not have a space to call our own. Last several NPHC members

carried around charters, punch bowls, initiation materials, notebooks, etc., because there was nowhere to put them with the exception of their car trunks and dorm rooms. When this problem was presented to the Dean of Students he acted in a prompt fashion and designated an area to house these items in one of the dormitories. But still what do we do about things

if there is no lodge or house, how does that group secure a location on this campus that would be closed to everyone but its members? I have a question for all the Greek men and women on campus. How would you feel if your initiation ceremony was interrupted by a professor or staff member just walking into a room? For all Greek groups there is some idea of mystery that is supposed to be shared with only members of that group. But if there is no way to protect that aura of secrecy, then what is the point of even doing it? I read an article last week in the Purple & White that talked about the difference between sharing complaints and sharing an opinion that was followed by suggestion of what we can do to solve the problem. Well, the only solution I know for this problem is to get a space for NPHC groups, a space for all the business of the organizations. I know many of you may say that the NPHC groups are not as large in number and since the membership is smaller it reduces the urgency to find a location. I have heard this view several times before but I have to say that just because a Greek group is smaller in size does not make it any less of a Greek organization. The other groups have houses or lodges, why should the NPHC groups have to do without them?

I have a question for all the Greek men and women on campus. How would you feel if your initiation ceremony was interrupted by a professor or staff member just walking into a room? like chapter meetings; it is not likely that a chapter meeting would go over well if it were in a dorm room. And if the groups hold chapter meetings at the same time, who is to say who gets the room? NPHC groups also cannot even have a real open house during Homecoming simply because there are no NPHC houses! To go even further, some groups are required to hold initiation of their members on their college campus. But

If the college would allocate a space then I am sure that the groups could raise the money (or at least the majority of it) to finance a structure. Or perhaps a location already exists that the NPHC groups could work with. There may be a slow start but a lot projects begin slow and develop into something bigger. The purpose of this piece is to highlight this issue, to bring it to the forefront for those that are unaware of the problem. I have frequently heard students say that it is something that they have never thought about before, so now you can think about it. I have also had many people tell me that this really is not a problem because the plans for an NPHC (or an equivalent) are included in the campus’ 40 year plan…well great, problem solved; now my grandchildren will have a house! I am not trying to sound ungrateful, but rather trying to acknowledge the fact that even if in 40 years there will be an NPHC house, what do groups do about chapter next week? And what is going to happen if there are initiation ceremonies throughout the year, or in the next five years, what happens then? This column is not meant to serve as an attack on anyone, so there is no need to think that I am trying to offend readers. I just want to people to be aware of the issue and perhaps initiate a dialogue(s) that could develop some type of idea or solution for the problem. Hopefully with the right people involved a resolution can be determined.

Stand up and say something, Millsaps

Luke Darby Opinions Editor

Since I have been a student at Millsaps, I have learned that the cafeteria is one of the great open forums of our times. Apart from the fundamental social aspect of meal times, the Caf’ seems to spawn some aura that induces the most bizarre conversations and debates and influences more outlandish ideas than I’ve seen in marathons of “The Outer Limits.” I have heard people debate the legitimacy of naming children after obscure characters from Greek epics and argue whether or not it would be possible to replace hair and limbs with single walled carbon nanotubes. I have personally been involved with discussions focusing on the value of mixing carrot and ice cream and what liking pudding has to say about one’s personality. I have heard people say fascinating things about foreign policy, personal heritage, art, film and civil rights. I have seen people get incensed and irate and others come to amiable conclusions, occasionally even changing their stances on an issue. I know people at this school have things to say. It’s hard to imagine any class I’ve taken or function I have seen where everyone left with nothing to say about what they have just seen or heard.

I am absolutely positive that this Opinions section does not accurately reflect the thoughts and feelings of the campus as a whole. I do not mean to say anything against those who have written in Opinions pieces in the past. On the contrary, I admire their willingness to step forward and stand by what they believe. But there cannot be fewer than four people each week with an opinion worth printing. Millsaps is home to some of the brightest minds I have met and more fulfilling conversations than I can even recount to put in this article. Time after time, I’ve heard people express passionate opinions and promptly rescind every word they said when I ask them to write. It makes me think we are all either afraid to commit to anything we say, or that we are concerned that someone, somehow, will be offended and indignant over what we have to say. But we are all mature and rational adults. We should not have to be afraid of being open and truthful in front of one another. People off campus do occasionally read the errant copy of the Purple & White, and it is my opinion that we should embrace the chance to openly share our ideas, our idiosyncrasies, to show how thoughtful, concerned, creative and/or inventive we Millsaps students can be. So I am going to challenge you. Write something. I know there is tremendous creativity and deep thinking on this campus, and I want more than anything to see that expressed here in the Purple & White. Good luck and have fun.


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Greek life: We’re No. 20! Edgar Meyer Staff Writer

In the latest surveys on the Princeton Review Web site, Millsaps College was ranked number 20 in the nation for Greek life on campus. “Greek life is an integral part of Millsaps life,” states the Millsaps web site. Fifty-eight percent of women and 46 percent of all men on campus last year were involved in Greek life, according to Megan James, advisor to the National Panhellenic Conference (NPC) sororities and National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) organizations, and Matt Binion, who advises Interfraternal Council-affiliated (IFC) fraternities. Exploring the popularity of Greek life explains the ranking given by the Princeton Review. Students are eager to speak out about their positive experiences involving Greek life. “You’re able to have leadership, community service and friendship opportunities through one organization,” says James of the benefits of going Greek. James adds that the connections one makes in the organization last a lifetime. She feels strongly that, “Greek life was and is a family away from family,” she says.

and Binion agree that there are disadvantages to the time constraints that Greek life often poses. Rachel Joe, the president of the NPHC sorority Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., also expressed some misgivings. “(The ranking) is only ranked for NPC and IFC, not NPHC,” Joe explains. “There is not a lot of variety for African-American students who want to join [an NPHC organization].” “A lot of African-American hear Photo courtesy of Bobashela males about joining Members of Sigma Alpha Epsilon congregate in the bowl to support the ladies of Chi Omega in ( f ra t e r i n i t i e s ) . their fundraiser, the Chi Olympics. They come to Millsaps and Binion just as adamantly perspectives and opinions “There are financial don’t have a strong base,” expounds on the many to the organization. This issues as well,” he asserts. benefits that Greek life collection of multiple views “You can be more says Joe. Still, her experiences at Millsaps has to offer is ultimately mind opening inclusive in friendships, students. However, he feels for the members. not simply choosing one with her sorority have been that Millsaps fraternities “You get to have a close particular group of people an overall success. “When I came I wasn’t and sororities are not typical bond with people with in one organization,” says planning (on going college organizations. whom you could not have Songy. “These are the guys who had such a close bond Kate Greiner, a through rush). I had no knowlegde about are going to stand by you at otherwise,” says Justin sophomore who is also real your wedding and who are Huckaby, a sophomore. an independent, concurs, (sororities) so I wasn’t going to carry you to your However, Greek life has saying, “There’s a lot of planning on going through,” says Joe. grave,” says Binion. its downsides. Chad Songy, tension between houses.” Some of the young ladies He adds that even though a junior independent, feels Huckaby agrees, saying members of a fraternity or that it is easy for too much that animosities often on campus (who were part a sorority have a common time to be committed to exist between members of Delta Sigma Theta) were goal, they are always able Greek organizations to the of differing Greek role models. I researched it to contribute their own detriment of studies. organizations. Both James for myself,” says Joe.

Now, Joe celebrates her position as president and looks forward to a new future for NPHC organizations at Millsaps. “I have had fun (being president.) It’s a lot of work. It’s been a hard road, but it’s been fun,” says Joe. “I think Millsaps is becoming a good place for Delta Sigma Theta. Along with the Black Student Association, we are working to create a voice on campus,” Joe says. The diversity and unique aspects of Millsaps’ Greek system are what make it so popular. “Yes, there are time commitments, but if you are committed, you’ll put forth the effort. Besides, our Greek system at Millsaps is a lot different from the Greek systems of other schools,” says Catherine Smith, a sophomore. Overall, students seem proud to have received this ranking from the Princeton Review. “I think that the ranking is great for Millsaps,” says Joe. Students hope that this ranking will be another motivator to keep Greek life at Millsaps positive. “The idea that fraternities are simply places for drinking and partying hurts the reputation of Greek organizations, as well as the reputations of the members who seek friendship and service opportunities,” says Binion.

Service through Greek life could reach out further Hillary Hamblen Staff Writer

Community service draws heavy emphasis at Millsaps. Annual events such as Project Midtown and the Student Body Association Carnival only illustrate a portion of the large efforts raised to support the greater Jackson community. Among the organizations that substantially fuel this philanthropic fire are Millsaps’ fraternities and sororities. The Greeks on campus are as involved with their own national philanthropies as well as local philanthropic organizations. For example, the majority of members of Campus Ministry Team are also members of Greek organizations. Chelsi West, Greek active and native Jacksonian, attests that the Greek community is as much an advocate of philanthropic endeavors as organizations founded upon community service, such as the Campus Ministry Team (CMT). “Greek life can work hand-inhand with service organizations because people [who] are actively involved in Greek life are dedicated to service and therefore [dedicated] to other service groups,” says West.

West admits that even though she has lived in Jackson for many “They are a real benefit to years, her love of the city grows the community, and when the more and more with the amount kids all leave for the summer, of service she dedicates. my clientele really changes,” John Kellogg, a senior member Bowdoin admits. of his fraternity, speaks highly Because Fondren is merely of the character of all Millsaps’ a five minute trolley ride from Greeks. campus, it is bound to be “High quality people go to affected by the student body. Millsaps, and the people involved However, just because they are in Greek life, CMT and whatnot making an impact on the area are high-caliber people,” Kellogg surrounding campus, Millsaps believes. students may not realize that Although residents of Jackson their enthusiastic community may not necessarily be aware service is barely, if even at all, of the individual organizations’ noticed in the wider Jackson names and purposes, they do area. notice the fervor with which the Jennifer Samuel, a students invest in Jackson’s wellsaleswoman for Chanel at being. Northpark mall, admitted that In the immediate area, Millsaps her knowledge of Millsaps’ Greek students have been involvement extended only so noticed by locals in their efforts far as fliers she had seen in to improve the community. town. Although she knew of Because the Fondren Millsaps’ reputation for high Photo courtesy of Bobashela academic standards, she was neighborhood is connected with Millsaps through business Greek philanthropic efforts improve local areas but are not as noticenot aware of any community clientele or simply through its able throughout the entire metro region. involvement. close proximity to the college, Ken Carter, an employee of their community and making a or donating items to soliciting residents of this area seem to be difference, Coleman professes. Northpark, has been to Millsaps’ philanthropy projects, businesses particularly in tune with effects campus a few times, in hopes to “College students keep up play host to Millsaps’ students. students have on the community. start his fraternity and to attend the vitality of the neighborhood, “Millsaps students have high Marketing Manager of Lenny’s and they are more involved standards, (are) a little more a football game or two. He also Subs Amy Lee Coleman has a than [students] you see in other worldly and more receptive to said that he was unaware of any front row view to some of the places.” some of my wacky stuff,” says philanthropic projects Millsaps projects hosted by Millsaps. Whether it is hosting parties Matthew Bowdoin, owner of the had to offer. “It’s really neat to see that sororities or fraternities throw Fondren Beverage Emporium. young people interested in


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New letters make new friends Catherine Schmidt Managing Editor

Hidden across campus are 20 boxes full of Greeklettered paraphernalia: Tshirts, banners, flip-flops, mugs, key chains, you name it. You might find stuffed owls in closets, plush lions under beds, furry frogs in car trunks or plastic dolphins in the backs of drawers. The people hiding these items are not kleptomaniacs. Rather, 20 girls have disaffiliated from their sororities to become Gamma Chis during Greek recruitment. “I’m finding that all my T-shirts are sorority shirts,” says senior and first-time Gamma Chi Brenna Spell. “Needless to say, I’m doing laundry often.” Each spring the Panhellenic Council chooses girls from each sorority who have applied to assist those undergoing recruitment. Called Gamma Chis, they serve as unbiased representatives of the female Greek community who lead potential new members through the recruitment process.

“As a Gamma Chi, you’re being more of a role model for the girls than if you were on the other side of recruitment,” says Spell.

Gamma Chis disaffiliate the day of graduation and take up their letters again on Bid Day after the freshman girls are placed.

sorority at a time, forcing them to break away from groups of their sorority friends. “You just have to be more

“It’s more holistic than, ‘I want you to be in my house.’ Being in a sorority is about the betterment of your person, and Gamma Chis let you decide which direction you want to go in. We’ll support you either way, whether you decide to join a sorority or not.”

“The hardest part is not having Facebook,” professes junior Katie Hamm. However, challenges for Gamma Chis extend beyond a limited wardrobe and Facebook deprivation. Gamma Chis are allowed to publicly socialize with only two girls from one

aware of your actions,” says Spell. “You’re changing your lifestyle, but it’s not a negative experience. You’re being more ‘panhellenic’ and making friends you wouldn’t normally make.” Being ‘panhellenic,’ means supportingall of the sororities

and their relationships with each other. Reasons for becoming a Gamma Chi vary from a dislike of the other side of recruitment to making new friends. For those like junior Courtney Helfrich, who has many nonGreek friends, disafilliation is not a difficult adjustment. “I get to make real connections with the girls (as a Gamma Chi),” says Helfrich. “In Rush you feel like people depend on you to make connections with the girls in a 50-minute period so that they will want to join your sorority. There’s a lot of pressure,” she explains. “I would rather spend my time making sure the girls have a positive recruitment experience instead of trying to rush them all the time,”

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she adds. “Rush was a big time committment and was stressful,” echos Hamm. “There’s a lot of pressure involved.” Pressure for Gamma Chis can take on a different form. As confidantes for rushees and voices of experience, Gamma Chis often support those Rushing in difficult and emotional situations. “It can be pretty emotional for the girls,” says Spell. “It’s a hard decision. They’re asking, ‘Where do I fit in?’ versus ‘Where do these friends who I’ve had for the past three weeks fit in?’” All of the Gamma Chis stress aiding rushees in the recruitment process as a primary motive and maintaining an unbiased, helpful stance as a necessity. “As a Gamma Chi, you’re forced to speak positively about everyone and every sorority,” says Spell. “You get away from the cattiness of it all and are representing Greeks in general. Gamma Chis set the tone of recruitment for the freshmen.”

Independent observes the Greeks Commentary by Ben Robichaux Contributor

provided by Greek life is the lifelong bonds and friendships that are created.   I have never seen the companionship and intimacy that is developed in these organizations.  A commonly heard and undoubtedly honored statement is, “I would do anything for my brother/sister.”   This relationship cannot truly be described as friendship.  It is camaraderie, and it is most reminiscent of the bond shared by the soldiers of D-Day.   The union, formed of men holding each other’s life and

death in their hands, is the only comparison that can be allowed.  Shakespeare has put it the most eloquently in Henry V… “We few, we happy few, we band of brothers.” I hope that I have helped to clarify and crystallize the vast benefits of Greek life.   To the original question, why would anyone be an independent?  I have no idea; it makes too much sense.  I would like to say that the time spent writing this article has been very rewarding.   Yet I’m left feeling bereft.  Bereft of the fraternal, leadership, academic and philanthropic gifts of the Greeks.   I firmly believe that those who “go Greek” will receive their just desserts.  And I want anyone, joining or participating in a Greek organization, to know that they will “never be among those cold and timid souls” that are known as rent-a-friends.

My undergraduate time at Millsaps was spent as an independent.  Because of my non-affiliation, I was asked to write a piece on why someone would be an independent.   As I began my investigation, I began to struggle to find some (or any) reasons for not being Greek.  Therefore, I decided to write on why someone would choose to go Greek.   This proved to be a far easier and more fruitful endeavor.  Greek organizations are perfect examples of academic rigor.   If you are firmly committed to academic growth then Graphic by Thomas Richardson Greek is for you.   No While a large percentage of Millsaps students are involved in Greek life, newcomers to other organization puts the campus wonder if fraternities and sororities are the best way to go. such value in academic achievement and effort.  Mother Theresa’s Missionaries of provides valuable social leadership As a Greek, your nights and Charity, to care for “the hungry, skills.  Previously sheltered people weekends will be filled with the naked, the homeless, the benefit from the broad spectrum of those arduous pursuits Greek crippled, the blind, the lepers , all personalities, religions and races organizations treasure so highly.  those people who feel unwanted, that are represented by Greeks.  Another focus, most notably unloved, uncared for throughout The level of leadership demanded for sororities, is philanthropy.   I society, people that have become cannot be found in college must say that the charity and a burden to the society and are athletics, extracurricular activities service provided by those brothers shunned by everyone.” or special interest groups.  and sisters is second to none.  No A main selling point of Greek organizations have infighting and jealous quibbling fraternity and sorority web sites is disproven the idea that leaders mar their purpose.   The members leadership.   Greek Life provides a are born not made.   Leadership are united in their common myriad of leadership opportunities.  is a skill that can be learned and goal: service before self.  The Individuals are challenged to lead acquired.  And it is best refined in philanthropic dedication of many a wide range of people.   The the fires and forges of Greek life. Come to Kaplan’s Open House and learn more about of these institutions can only be diversity of the organizations teaching for one of the world’s leading educational companies. Perhaps the biggest value encapsulated by the maxim of

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Elizabeth Mead blends the organic and the man-made Alyce Howe

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Courtesy of Jessica Westbrook Presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani spoke to the audience at Hinds Community College about his experience in dealing with 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina.

Giuliani likens natural disasters to terrorist attacks in speech Jon Bellish

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Mayor Rudy Giuliani came to the Rankin County campus of Hinds Community College with something to prove. It is the same things that he has to prove to the rest of the country. Not only must he prove that his experiences in dealing with 9/11 make him the best presidential choice when it comes to national security, but also that he is more than just a sum of those experiences. Gov. Haley Barbour touched on the latter objective in his introduction for Giuliani when he says, “A lot of people don’t realize that as the mayor of New York City, Mayor Giuliani did almost everything that any conservative Republican would try to do.” The governor went on to describe how Giuliani increased the influence of the New York Police Department, went from a 50,000 job decrease to a 400,000 job increase and lowered city spending all without raising taxes. The mayor began his speech by drawing parallels between the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11 and Hurricane Katrina. “Though these two types of disasters are very different with regards to prevention,” says Guiliani, “they are almost identical in terms of preparation

and response.” Giuliani also believes that both he and Barbour were fortunate because of the support and strength of the people they lead. “Great leadership only works when you have great people to lead,” he says. The former mayor continued by laying out his plans for a new way to prepare for disasters in the United States. His plan begins with what he calls TerrorStat. Acting as a method to track potential terrorists, this program combines an increase in domestic intelligence communication with the tracking of “precursor crimes.” These crimes, such as the theft of supplies and crimes associated with false identification, are usually committed by future terrorists and could be a key tool in the prevention of terrorism, Giuliani says. The second part of the plan is known as ReadyStat. This program consists of a grade given to different geographical regions corresponding to each region’s level of disaster preparedness. A grading system such as this one, according to Giuliani, would give the federal government an idea as to how much aid any particular area would need should a disaster strike. Beneath this plan is Giuliani’s underlying notion on the nature of disaster response. “In this case, federalism

is not just a good principle. It is a key tool in responding to disasters,” Guiliani noted. “When the hurricane hits, or the bomb goes through, it is not the federal government that is there first. It is the local fire department, police officers, and emergency management officials. The federal government is more like the cavalry that comes in 17 hours later with assistance.” Several Millsaps political science students attended this speech and had a great deal to say about Giuliani’s performance. Junior Mitch Carrington was not impressed. “Quite honestly I felt as though Giuliani could have stopped after the first 15 minutes. After that it seemed as though he kept repeating himself,” he says. “Also, I didn’t think Giuliani came across as sincere, rather to me he seemed completely rehearsed – as if he were just going through the motions with no ‘emotion’.” Senior Whitney Warrington stressed the importance of merely attending events like this one. “An active electorate is one of the most important requisites for any democracy,” she says. “As young people, it is especially important for us to participate.”

understand the second piece, a charcoal as well. An alien creature of some sort with wings hangs freely suspended upside down with two “nests” next to it and a small fly that my eye almost missed the first time I looked. In her artist statement, Elizabeth Mead discusses the influence of the environment on her “objects,” as she calls them, and in turn the influence her objects have on the environment that they are in. She feels the abstract qualities of her work possess a spiritual presence which in turn feeds into the influence Barnett Newman and his “Stations of the Cross” play in her work. I can agree that her work could possess a spiritual presence, and I, for this reason, would have liked to have seen more of her tree-like chairs. For me nature is very spiritual and because her work is so organic and natural I could very well read

When you first walk into the left entrance of Elizabeth Mead’s exhibition in the Lewis Art Gallery, you are immediately confronted with what seems to be the world of the organic. Sitting on the floor before you is what looks like a black wooden chair that has sprouted roots. Behind this sculpture is a series of drawings in charcoal on a large piece of paper of the same types of chairs but each is varied slightly: its “roots” are longer or the rungs of the chairs are different. In just these two pieces you seem to have walked into a manmade world that is trying to morph itself back into the natural organic world it once belonged to. As you continue to move through the gallery, there is another charcoal drawing of what looks like either seals sunning together or a collage of intestinal beings. Not 10 feet away is a sculpture on the floor that seems to be one of those womb or intestinal-like objects hanging on the wall. These two pieces once again seem to be very natural, organic and even kind of supple, as if you could poke them, and they would resist your touch. On the wall directly before you when you first walk into the gallery there is another piece that I found quite intriguing because there is a sheet of steel, Photo by Mary Clark Rardin again in an organic Gallery houses artist’s display of the organic. shape, on the floor that appears to be a shadow. The sheet of white paper on the wall has almost a reflection into that a natural spirituality that of a portion of the “shadow” on the seems capable of existing in her floor that has been projected onto work. However, I do not believe the only the bottom right corner of the space of the Lewis Art Gallery lends paper. It is almost as if the shadow her work that spiritual presence it (where a shadow would normally is due. I do not feel that there is exist, on the floor) is casting its even a balance between what her own shadow back up onto the wall, objects impose upon the space and only catching a piece of the paper. what the space imposes upon her It is a reversal of roles in the real artwork. world. In my opinion spirituality is very The last two pieces are charcoal much interrelated with a sense of drawings as well, one of which warmth and comfort. The art gallery, appears to be rolling sand dunes in despite its natural light, does not a desert or even what the floor of seem to contribute well enough to the ocean might look like. Shading her work, therefore making it hard of various degrees cast shadows, to read as spiritual. making each “dune” pop out and move your eye into the next. I cannot say that I quite

Newspapers hold their own with technology Kate Royals The Life Editor

Challenges to newspapers presented by technology are nothing new, a Mississippi nwspaper publisher told a Millsaps audience. Wyatt Emmerich, president of Emmerich Newspapers, described the first major technological challenge the newspaper industry faced: the television. “In the 1950s, the newspaper industry was dominant until some really obnoxious guy invented the television,” jokes Emmerich. “So basically, the newspaper industry adapted to a new, big competitor and survived.” Emmerich came to Millsaps on Sept. 7 for a Friday Forum in which he discussed his family’s history in the newspaper industry and his thoughts on its state today. Emmerich paralleled his grandfather’s experience with the advent of the television with his experience with the Internet. “This march of technology does not

stop. Not only does it not stop, it accelerates,” he says. As a third-generation publisher who created his own newspaper when he was only 8-yearsold, Emmerich grew up around journalism and can trace its origins in Mississippi back to his grandfather, John Oliver Emmerich, Sr. Wyatt Emmerich said he believes

business in small, local areas,” he says. “The internet and television are more for national and state news.” Emmerich’s grandfather, whom he says “had a lot of charisma” and describes as a “natural born leader,” bought one of the eight weekly newspapers in McComb that existed in 1920. Eventually, Emmerich’s grandfather beat out all the competition and owned the only

latest technology in a directly competitive situation, and then the depression hits,” Emmerich says. “It took him 20 years after the depression to pay back all his debts.” However, Oliver Emmerich came up with a creative way to make money. “The war came, and there was a huge military base located near McComb,” Wyatt Emmerich explains. “These people needed to be fed, and necessity is the mother of Promotional Photo invention. My grandfather, The Northside Sun in Jackson is one of the papers owned by Emmerich. being in debt and having that the newspaper industry will weekly newspaper in the town. no money, organized about 200 always be needed on a local scale However, the Great Depression spinsters and little old ladies and got because it is community building hit soon after and Oliver Emmerich them in to a big warehouse making in a way that television and the struggled to keep his head above bologna, cheese and tomato Internet can not be. water. sandwiches for all the soldiers.” Freshman Evan Parker, who “Just imagine leaving your He was then so successful he attended the forum, echoes state job, starting a brand new was able to pay off his debts, buy Emmerich’s opinion. “I think business in a new industry, out his competitors and invest in newspaper will always have a getting way into debt to buy the technology. He made his paper daily

rather than weekly, joining forces with the other daily newspaper in McComb. “The newspaper industry went through a glory period in the 1950s,” Emmerich says. “Those who had survived invested in equipment and in technology terms it was a ‘barrier to entry.’ Once he merged with the last remaining competitor he was able to make some money and live well.”


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September 13, 2007 • The Purple & White Contact Kate Royals, royalkr@millsaps.edu

Senior-directed plays highlight fall theater preview Caroline Stroud Staff Writer

While other seniors nervously prepare for comprehensive exams, Kelly Shows and Cody Stockstill are also getting first hand experience in directing a production. Stockstill is directing Euripedes’ “The Bacchae” while Shows is directing “Hold Me,” written by Jules Feiffer. “Bacchae is as pertinent to our own times as it was to the ancient Greeks,” says Associate Professor of Theatre Brent Lefavor. “At the center of the play is the confrontation between human arrogance and the primal forces of nature and between logic and irrationality. “Its shattering climax forces us to ponder the psychology of mass violence, the virtues of moderation over pure reason and our ideas of the divine.” Although Stockstill is reluctant to share who is in the play, he admits he owes his appreciation of ancient Greek theater to classics professor Catherine Freis. “I have a little bit of a sick obsession with ancient Greek theatre, thanks mostly to (Catherine) Freis. I read this play for her Interdisciplinary Studies class way back in my freshman year,” he recalls. “I walked up to her after reading it and informed her that this would be my senior project, and I’ve stuck to my word. “I believe that what this play says as much to our modern American culture as it did to the ancients. That this ancient art can be revived even centuries after its

initial conception and can be just as fascinating as it was thousands of years ago, baffles me.” Stockstill additionally urges the Millsaps college population at large to attend the production. “I believe that my vision of a ‘modern’ Greek tragedy will enable the audience to connect with Greek drama on a new and much more intimate level,” he explains. “Hopefully my ideas behind the presentation will not only please and interest the audience but captivate them on a visual and personal level.” Shows’ play is a long-running off-Broadway success that, according to the New York Times, “probes hilariously into the doubtful joys and small terrors of urban living. It is chemically pure, perfectly proportioned, out of its mind, and devastatingly funny.” Shows’ production of “Hold Me” includes a cast of junior Jack Wallace, sophomores Roxann Jackson and Francesca Felgar and freshmen Bethany Law and Bryan Dupree. Shows explains that “this is a type of play that Millsaps students are not used to seeing” and that “[she] wanted to show them another style of theater.” Shows wants the audience to feel a sense of identification with the characters in the play. “When you come see my show, I want my audience to see not just the actors on stage, but themselves in the same situations,” she explains. “By the end of the show, the audience will be saying: ‘Hold Me.’” “Bacchae” will show at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 5 and 6 while “Hold Me” premieres at 2 p.m. on Oct. 7.

Promotional image Senior Cody Stockstill is directing the ancient Greek drama “Bacchae” for his senior theatre project.

Faculty member showcases talent in recital Review by Walt Lott

Contributor

Dr. Cheryl Coker (of the performing arts department) displayed amazing control of the technical difficulties, musical understanding and theatrical demands of very contrasting pieces in her Sept. 9 vocal recital. Each of the eight pieces was convincingly executed in the second faculty recital of the year. Coker, an assoicate professor of music, provided a satisfying approach to each genre of music: the reserved Baroque idiom, the woeful and dark Russian style and the energetic and theatrically dramatic Italian opera. Performance is not Coker’s only sphere of influence; she is also an accomplished voice teacher. She has coached tremendous talent in the past (including a winner of the competitive vocal Music Teachers National

Association competition), and continues to coach many students each semester. The program featured a wide variety of works ranging German Baroque to 20th-century compositions. The concert began with two of the prolific Johann Sebastian Bach’s Kantate. Following these delightful Baroque works was a set of French pieces by Viardot-Garcia and Charpentier, each piece displaying a flowing and colorful character as is typical of French music. The musical direction then took a darker path with three selections by the 20th-century Russian composer Sergei Rachmaninov. Each of these Russian selections possessed the haunting and baleful ambiance Photo by Walt Lott which seems to pervade Dr. Cheryl Coker’s recital on Sunday included a wide all Russian music. variety of pieces which she performed with passion. Rustic English works

by Richard Cumming and Arnold Cooke made up the next set of pieces, and the finale of the concert was an aria from Donizetti’s opera Don Pasquale, in which Coker displayed amazing technical virtuosity. There are weekly opportunities to experience the works of the musical masters of the past in and around Jackson; faculty recitals, the Mississippi Academy of Ancient Music programs, Millsaps’ own Bell Series and the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra are just a few examples of the opportunities to experience art music, the language of the soul. The point here is not that everyone should inherently appreciate and passionately enjoy “Classical” music; indeed learning to understand this genre of music is much like learning a foreign language, and without proper guidance, only the vaguest

interpretations of such deep and subtle music can be gathered. However, this is a tradition that should not be allowed to die, and I stress any who have interest in deep, profound music to take advantage of the opportunities around Jackson and support the arts.

Correction: In the 9/13 issue of the Purple & White, a column entitled “Reason, faith not incompatible” claimed that the Catholic Church had officially condemned the “Harry Potter” series of novels. The Catholic Church has in fact made no such pronouncement. We apologize for the oversight.


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Liberating, reforming Liberal Studies Catherine Schmidt Managing Editor

This semester debuts Introduction to Thinking and Writing, a required Core 1 course for freshmen that was derived from the long-standing Liberal Studies (LS). Core 1 Director Kristen Oertel of the history department began exploring different options for LS several years ago. “For a number of years we have looked at the teaching evaluations of LS and have found that they never measure up to the campus-wide average,” says Oertel. “Not only was the class not rated well, but even professors who had consistently high ratings in their other classes were not rated well. We would talk to students and find that freshmen and sophomores complained about LS, but then when we read the Core 10 essays, seniors would look back on LS as a siginificant experience.” Professors from across the disciplines taught the standardized LS curriculum, requring students to write five directed papers: an autobiographical essay, an in-class arts and letters essay, a science essay, a business paper and an analytical ethics paper. The standardized curriculum was developed 15 years ago, and “it was time to rethink whether the original goals for LS were still working,” says Oertel. Core Director Dr. Michael Gleason of the classics department sees the shift in Core 1 not so much as a complete abandonment of the LS class but as a natural need for reform. “Education is reform,” says Gleason. “We are always looking for a better, sharper, more organized way to do what we do. This is not the first time LS has been reformed. The broader goals may stay the same, but we want to do the best job we get in getting these points across to our students” Gleason can, however, pinpoint some flaws that arose in LS. “Over the years we placed so much responsiblity in Core one. We made it top-heavy. It tried to be all things to all people,” says Gleason. “After listening to professors and students for several semesters we (the Core Council and Oertel) thought, ‘This is a good idea that doesn’t work as well as it should.’” Two years ago Oertel encouraged LS professors to try different approaches to the material. Dr.

Patrick Hopkins of the philosophy department taught an LS course focused on critical thinking, and the Faith and Work Initiative taught LS within the theme “Vocation: The next best thing to Vacation.” The themed classes seemed to be the most popular and the most efficient of the LS courses. The overhaul of the LS program began last spring. The new Thinking and Writing program has many of the same goals and broad requirements of LS, such as introducing and exercising reasoning, communication, historical conciousness and social and cultural awareness. The new course requires four writing assignments, including one timed inclass essay and a paper using documentation. Two papers go through a formal revision process. “These are things we believe are so important to an education that we have requirements,” says Gleason. “We want these things to come across loud and clear in each section. These are Contributed photo endemic to a liberal studies education Core 1 gives teachers freedom to teach to their and have verifiable learning outcomes. strengths. It’s our contract with the students, and “A couple of professors still teach the origiwe define our terms right away.” While similar to LS in intended outcome, In- nal flavor because that’s the way they love it. It tro to Thinking and Writing gives professors the works for them,” says Gleason. The Core 1 professors meet with Oertel and opportunity to teach basic thinking and writing Gleason every Monday to give feedback. The feeskills within their own discipline. “The faculty are liberated from ticking off a back has been positive so far. “I love teaching Core 1. It’s one of my favorite laundry list and can do what they do best under a broad rubric,” says Gleason. “The simplification classes partly because of the range of stuff we aspect liberates faculty to teach to their strenghts get to do,” says Dr. Laura Franey of the English and wrap their material around the four liberal department, who taught LS in past years and currently teaches the Core 1 class “Mysteries of arts abilities.” Students also have the opportunity to sift Human Thought and Behavior.” “I think LS felt random to a lot of faculty and through course titles and descriptions and choose students, but now you can more easily find a a class that interests them. “It made sense. Students have more of a unifying theme for the class, which is probably choice for other Core classes, so why not give more enjoyable for students.” Gleason attests to his “starry-eyed visions” for them more of a choice for Core 1? There are required courses, but students have some choice the new Core 1 format, and Oertel, too, has high spirits about the program. based on their interests.” “I think it’s working well so far. I have a lot For example, Oertel teaches a Core 1 course called “The Problem and Promise of Race in of hope and high expectations (for the course),” America”; Dr. Diane Baker of the business school says Oertel. “The professors are more excited teaches “From Spice Trade to eBay”; Dr. William about teaching within their specialities, and if Bares of the computer science department teach- the professors are more excited then the students will be more excited too.” es “Creation from Myths to Megabytes.”

Barbour continued - page 1 to pay for it.” Barbour also touched on several issues that will be coming up in the next term. A major issue, according to Barbour, was to pay teachers based on their performance, a program that is already in place throughout the rest of the U.S. Barbour closed his remarks by emphasizing

the importance of College Republicans in his upcoming campaign, stating that they can account for as many as 15,000 votes. One issue of importance that was not touched on during the Governor’s remarks was that of the recent Bloomberg Report claiming that Governor

Barbour, his former lobbying firm, and many of his friends and family benefitted monetarily from Hurricane Katrina related business. Governor Barbour did comment on the issue in an interview following the event. “Four years ago when I took office, I agreed to place

all of my assets into a blind trust. At the time, the Clarion Ledger praised me for doing so,” said Barbour. “The trustee manages the assets and files the tax returns. He does not tell me or show me any of these dealings.” Attorney General Jim Hood has stated that Governor Barbour’s blind

trust is illegal. Upon these allegations, Governor Barbour took the issue to the Mississippi Ethics Commission, the agency that handles such cases. “The commission declared the blind trust to be perfectly legal,” said Barbour.

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States has been one adventure after another, according to Tait. “When she first arrived here, the airport had lost her luggage,” Tait explains. “So we had to go replace it all. The next adventure is the month of Ramadan, where she will fast all day and wake up at midnight to eat, which the ‘caf doesn’t exactly allow for.”

After Millsaps, Ebaady plans to go through medical school then return to Afghanistan to put her education to use. “For the future, I personally want to go back and serve my people with what I have learned here,” Ebaady says.

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the spots,” says Jimenez. “I blame the trucks.” Arnett also blames poor parking habits for the crowded parking lots. “There are plenty of parking spots it’s just that people (need to) park in them and not over them,” he opines. Senior Lieutenant of Campus Safety J.W. Hoatland recommends a conscious effort by the Millsaps community to help the parking situation. “If students would stay in their respective zones where they’re supposed to be at, it wouldn’t be as big of a problem,” he asserts.

July 20 - Theft At approximately 4:30 p.m., a Saints employee reported a laptop was taken from a room in the Leggett Center.

Hoatland goes on to cite the dangers of the improper parking brought on by the packed parking lots. “When we need to get emergency vehicles in, we’ll have a harder time. That’s always been a problem,” the veteran officer tells. “It’s hard to get them through when you’ve got a driveway and you’ve got cars parked on both sides. “The guys that pick up dumpsters need to have cars out of the way to where they can get in and load their stuff and not get hurt. A lot of times they will not pick up a dumpster if someone’s blocking it and it will be a few days before they

come back to get it again. That creates other hazards.” Hoatland also reminds students of the consequences of lapses in parking judgment. Namely, the dreaded parking ticket. “Hopefully we won’t have to write that many tickets,” he says. “We’re going to concentrate a good bit on out-of-zone tickets, like people parked under the AC (Ford Academic Complex) that don’t belong there. “If you park in fire zones and stuff like that, yes, you’re going to get tickets.”

SECURITY REPORTS

At approximately 12:58 a.m., a car was broken into on Wendy’s Lane by dispatch. JPD was notified.

lab in Sullivan-Harrell had been damaged. A report was taken and determined that campus patrol will be responsible for locking and unlocking the room.

August 27 – Noise Complaint August 30 - Medical

July 22 – Internal Info Report At approximately 7:30 p.m., a Saints employee was approached by a male and asked to call security and Jackson Police Dept. July 23 – Trespassing

Friday, September 14 Global Warming: An Inconvenient Truth Friday Forum 12:30 p.m. Ford Academic Complex, Room 215 Luke Lundemo of the Climate Project, who was chosen by former Vice President Al Gore to speak on global warming and the environment, will speak at this Friday Forum. His talk features Gore’s computer-based slideshow, which became the basis for the book and film An Inconvenient Truth. No cost for admission. Contact Lynn Raley, 601974-1423 or raleyhl@ millsaps.edu Saturday, September 15 Who Are We to Say? Morals, Religion and Truth in the 21st Century
 9:30 a.m.
 Ford Academic Complex Recital Hall
 Brought to you by Thursday Night Bible Study, in conjunction with the Chaplain’s Office and the Department of Religious Studies, nationally renowned author and Christian apologist Greg Koukl will present a seminar on morals, religion and truth. Millsaps professors James Bowley and Ted Ammon will join Tougaloo’s Loye Ashton and Reformed Theological Seminary’s Ligon Duncan in responding to Koukl’s viewpoints from religious, philosophical and theological perspectives. No cost for admission. Contact Zach Moore, moorezt@millsaps.edu Thursday, September 20 Cirque Odyssey
Arts & Lecture Series
 7:00 p.m.
 Christian Center Auditorium
 Testing the limits of the human body and challenging what the mind believes is possible, Cirque Odyssey is an amazing cornucopia of daring skill, grace, strength and agility. Each act is distinct and set to different textured and special effects lighting, sound and prop. The journey culminates in a breathtaking controlled chaos of color and pure energy. You have to see it to believe it!

September 2 - Trespassing At approximately 11:55 p.m., two unidentified males attempted to access campus through the south gate. An officer stopped them and told them they were not allowed on campus.

At approximately 12:15 a.m., an offcampus citizen complained about noise on Fraternity Row. An officer was dispatched and the crowd of 50-60 people dispersed.

At approximately 6:00 p.m., a soccer player was injured. He was transported to Baptist Hospital by AMR.

September 3 - Burglary

August 29 - Vandalism

September 2 - Vandalism

At approximately 7:08 p.m., two roommates notified campus safety that their residence hall room had been broken into.

At approximately 11:15 a.m., a staff member reported the mag-lock on the computer

At approximately 12:27 p.m., an RA from Goodman reported a broken window.


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Majors rout Wildcats Brian Mitchell Staff Writer After last week’s loss to Mississippi College, the football Majors were looking for a shot at redemption. Coach DuBose’s squad found it on Saturday with a 44-10 pounding of Louisiana College. “We had a let-down against MC, but we went into this one looking for revenge,” says senior receiver Louis Conley. With a potent aerial assault and a stifling defense, the Majors made short work of the host Wildcats. Junior quarterback Juan Joseph led the way for a Millsaps’ offense that racked up 445 total yards. Joseph turned in a standout performance for the second week in a row, completing 37 of 58 passes for 407 yards and four touchdowns. Receiver Donnie Epps, also a junior, caught two touchdown passes on the day. The pair of end zone trips bumped Epps’ touchdown total to a team-high of three, a full third of the receiving corps’ total. The Millsaps defense held the Wildcats to just 159 total yards on the night, preventing their opponents from earning a first down for the first 25 minutes of play and forcing a pair of turnovers. Junior cornerback Marcus Harris, a 2006 Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference First Team All-SCAC selection, led the way for the defense, recording six tackles to go with his two pass deflections. “We played much better all around this week: special teams, offense and defense,” states Epps. “We were focused for all four quarters.” The Majors jumped out of the gate quickly, shredding the Wildcats’ defense for 24 unanswered points with their first seven possessions. Joseph connected on three touchdown passes in the first half, finding Epps, Conley, and junior Eric McCarty for scores. Sophomore Sam Herman chipped in with a career-long 37-yard field goal to give the Majors a 24-3 halftime advantage. Joseph and McCarty hooked up again early in the second half for a 34-yard gain to push the ball into Louisiana College territory,

Football 9/15 Millsaps at Austin College Sherman, Texas 1 p.m. Men’s Soccer 9/13 Millsaps at Huntingdon College Montgomery, Ala. 4 p.m. 9/16 Millsaps at LaGrange College LaGrange, Ga. 2 p.m.

Photo courtesy of Frank Ezelle The offensive line kept Majors quarterbacks on their feet on Saturday, preventing the Wildcats from recording any sacks. The Wildcats finally reached paydirt in the fourth quarter, adding some respectability to the lopsided score. A Pereira pass to freshman J.R. Burnett ended the Millsaps’ scoring for the game. “This game gives us momentum to go into conference play and win it again. We’re going after another championship. This game definitely shows what we can do,” asserts Epps. Millsaps opens SCAC play next week in Sherman, Texas, as they travel to Austin College for a 1 p.m. matchup. Last season the Majors were successful against the ‘Roos, earning a 26-11 victory on the road.

Photo courtesy of Frank Ezelle Quarterback Juan Joseph and corner Marcus Harris turned in team-leading performances against Louisiana College.

and after the Wildcats were flagged for roughing the passer, Joseph found Epps for an eight yard touchdown toss to push the lead to 31-3. On the ensuing possession, senior linebacker Ronnie Wheat came away with an interception to set the stage for yet another score, as backup quarterback junior Burt Pereira found freshman Josh Maharrey from five yards out to extend the rout. “Coach knew we were good going in,” says Conley. “He just put in a great game-plan and got us ready for SCAC play next week.”

Major Calendar

Women’s Soccer 9/14 Millsaps vs. Belhaven Harper Davis Field 6 p.m. 9/16 Millsaps vs. Alcorn State Harper Davis Field 2 p.m. Women’s Golf 9/16-9/18 UAB Invitational Birmingham, Ala. Volleyball 9/14 Millsaps vs. Trinity University Colo. Springs, Colo. 2 p.m. 9/14 Millsaps vs. Southwestern Colo. Springs, Colo. 6 p.m. 9/15 Millsaps vs. Austin College Colo. Springs, Colo. 12 p.m. 9/15 Millsaps vs. Hendrix College Colo. Springs, Colo. 2 p.m. 9/20 Millsaps vs. Loyola-New Orleans New Orleans 7 p.m.

Photo courtesy of Frank Ezelle Offensive coordinator Shannon Dawson’s offense exploded for 445 total yards on the road against the Wildcats.

Major Athletes Hometowns:  Nationwide Future Plans:  UCA (Universal Cheerleaders Association) Number: 14 Position: 2-2-1 Favorite Musical Artist: Anything we can dance to Favorite Pre-game Music: The Millsaps College fight song Favorite Food: Halftime food from the concession stand

Favorite Caf food:  “Ruby special” Favorite Drink:  Water stolen from the football team Favorite Restaurant: Arby’s
 Favorite Coach: Coach Karen Sporl Favorite TV Show: “Cheer Nation” Favorite Movie: “Bring It On” Favorite Millsaps team to watch: Football As explained by Christie Kokel


Sports

Page 10 September 13, 2007 • The Purple & White Contact Ben Cain, cainbg@millsaps.edu

Out in left field

Rookies drive Majors past H-T Rams in home opener Kevin Maloney

Thomas Richardson Graphics Editor

What does it take to classify someone as a champion? Leagues of all levels in every sport have answers to that question. Playoffs are the most common solutions to the problem of having to prove outright who’s the best. Even within that system, though, there are variations. Major League Baseball has a marathon 162game season capped off with three multi-game playoff series (World Series included). On the other hand, the National Football League has 16 smashmouth regular season games followed by three one-game playoff series, leading up to its one-game championship, the Super Bowl. Those traditions have been set in stone, and those leagues believe that they do a pretty good job of naming a champion. Some others, though, have had a little trouble in deciding how they would declare a number one. NCAA Division I football gets the most attention for its controversial postseason protocol, the Bowl Championship Series, or BCS. Through a convoluted combination of polls and space-age stats crunching, two college football teams are declared good enough to compete for a certified national championship. Praise for this system is understandable. In one winner-take-all game, fans can watch a match-up of the official top two teams and see a champion declared. Opposition to this system is also understandable. Maybe the computer doesn’t pick the one-two pairing people want to see, especially when there are multiple undefeated or one-loss teams. It could be argued, then, that a playoff system would best prove who can win week in and week out against teams from all conferences. The driving force behind both of these arguments, though, is that we cannot live without a definite champion. We must have in black and white the name of a team or individual that we can circle and praise for their untouchable abilities. In the pre-BCS bowl system, teams were selected to represent their conferences in postseason games that were hyped as great contests between behemoths that rarely played each other in the regular season. The media typically declared a national champion after all was said and done (which sometimes ended in disputed “shared” titles), but the bowl match-ups themselves were supposed to inspire excitement. I admit that the month between regular season finales and the bowl games is a bit of a downer and filling that time with playoffs would likely give fans something to do, but it would be ideal, I think, if we had more intense regular season schedules (no Ole Miss vs. Louisiana-Monroe homecomings), capped off by explosive bowl games, keeping people excited all season following several elite squads, rather than having to have one winner on paper. Professional golf is experiencing a similar phenomenon. Recently the PGA Tour instituted the FedEx Cup, a playoff system for the tour’s top 144 players. The list of competitors dwindles each week until the top points champion is declared. Golf was one of the last sports where just the tournaments themselves mattered. Now, however, the golf lords and their corporate sponsors feel it necessary to dumb down their sport for the fans (who aren’t dumb to begin with) and qualify the season-long performances. As opposed to the BCS, though, I think the golfers have it figured out. Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson have both skipped playoff tournaments and haven’t apologized. They know the score and I think the general public has the capacity to recognize the sports greats without “made-up” postseasons doing it for them.

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Playing with as many as four freshmen on the court at one time and thriving off the support of a strong home crowd in the Millsaps Invitational, the Majors picked up their first win of the season by a tight 3-1 margin over Huston-Tillotson before falling in the nightcap to Mississippi College in a five-set affair 3-2 on Sept. 7. In the tournament opener for Millsaps, 12 different players stepped on the floor, led by freshman Kate Hall with a season and careerhigh 17 kills followed by another career and season-high 11 kills from fellow frosh Heather Keenan. Thus far, the duo has provided one of the best one-two punches in non-conference action, combining for 143 of the Majors 258 kills (55 percent) through the first six games of the season. Huston-Tillotson took Game 1 by a close 30-28

Photo courtesy of Frank Ezelle Freshman Kate Hall slams home a point against the University of MaryHardin Baylor. Hall recorded 17 kills against Huston-Tillotson.

margin before the Majors rebounded to win three consecutive games by scores of 30-27, 30-25 and 30-21 to take the match 3-1. The match marked the first time all season that Millsaps has won three straight games. Sophomore libero Dixie Krauss continued

her strong play on the back line for Millsaps, digging a team-high 14 balls delivered by the Lady Rams to push her season total to 86. In the nightcap, Millsaps (1-5) and crosstown foe Mississippi College (4-3) battled it out in one of the best matches the Majors have played all season. Nearly eight days removed from the “Backyard Brawl” between the school’s two football teams, the energy and importance of the match was evident as the crowd support was mixed with cheers on both sides of the court. After a 1 hour and 50 minute delay, the Majors took the opener 30-27 after a back-and-forth battle saw the two teams tied at every timeout taken by either coach. The Choctaws responded with a slim 30-26 win in Game 2 and a convincing 3019 win in Game 3 to take a 2-1 lead in the Photo courtesy of Frank Ezelle match. Senior Ani Babiniski (11) sets up freshman Hailey Just when it looked Miranda (14) for the kill. as if Mississippi

Photo courtesy of Frank Ezelle The men’s soccer team is still searching for its first win of the season, but junior midfielder Anthony Amaya earned national recognition for his individual performance in a Sept. 7 match at Louisiana College. Amaya was the accounted for a goal and three points in the 4-3 loss against the Wildcats, striking home a penalty kick in the 49th minute and giving an assist to senior Heath Smith’s goal in the 72nd minute. For his efforts, Amaya was named to the D3kicks.com Team of the Week for Week Two. Amaya is the second Millsaps player to be recognized by the website this season, as Lady Major Erin Sanford garnered Week 1 honors.

College was going to deliver the match-killer with a quick 8-3 lead in Game 4, Millsaps rallied behind the home supporters with an 8-1 run en route to scoring 26 of the final 36 points for the 30-23 win. In only her second appearance of the year, freshman Victoria Romano partnered with Krauss to spark the Majors’ run with spectacular play at the net, picking up an important pair of kills and key blocks en route to forcing a deciding fifth game. Freshman Erica Cook served the final six points in the win. In the fifth, the Choctaws held an 8-3 lead when the teams switched sides, digging every big shot delivered by the Majors. MC seniors Katie Perry and Sam Adams combined for almost every dig, and Adams ended the match with a game-winning spike for the 15-6 win.

Photo courtesy of Frank Ezelle The Lady Majors soccer squad has gotten off to a 2-1 start this season on the strength of two shutout performances by junior goalkeeper Elizabeth Sooby (pictured) and strong play from junior Erin Sanford and freshman Hayley Nemeth, who have contributed seven of the team’s 10 points.


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