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THE PURPLE & WHITE Millsaps College

VOLUME LXXX, NO.15

JACKSON, MISSISSIPPI

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2012

ARTS & LIFE

Mission complete: Self-designed theater studies major.

FEATURES

Breakdown or chance? Stickup demands security review by Victoria Sherwood Contributor

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er a Feb. 13 incident involving an armed robbery, attention has focused on the college’s safety protocol. “e event that took place was the first of its nature in five years. It is highly unusual,” says Director of Campus Security John Conway. “Part of my job is to look at and examine these instances

Local lingo: Millsaps slang translated.

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and determine whether it is a breakdown in campus security or a random occurrence.” On Feb. 16 a group of campus leaders met to discuss Millsaps security protocols. Among those attending included Dean Brit Katz, Conway, student body representatives Kendall Gregory and Brittany Ford. Ford says that prior to the meeting she made a point to talk to students about concerns she could bring to the council. “As representatives of the SBA,

we recommended that timeliness was one of the biggest issue that arose from the event,” she says “We encouraged the council that getting the news out faster to students would help ensure students safety. Dean Katz was very receptive to our concerns.” Students express that they generally felt safe on campus prior to this incident. Sophomore Sarah orton says she used to feel safe walking back to her dorm alone at night. “ings have changed a little

Le: Officer Fred Hawkin Genny Santos

bit. I’m definitely more aware of my surroundings now. If I’m walking back at night, I’ll take a more well-lit path.” Aer an incident such as this, students call for noticeable action to be taken. Calls for a more strict visitors policy, more security guards and a guard at the Ford Academic Complex gate have all been discussed. “We have, in the past, tried to institute a policy for visitors where the Millsaps student had Security continued - page 6

Welcome, families! see weekend event calendar pg. 5 Millsaps theater department presents No Exit by Josh May Staff Writer

Saps Lax ready for a second season

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Opinions........................2 Arts & Life.....................3 Features...................4 & 5 News continued.............6 Sports.....................7 & 8

French writer and existentialist Jean-Paul Sartre’s “No Exit” tells of three people who are guided into a room for all eternity. None of them know why they have been put together since none of them have met. ey realize that they are in Hell, and they become fearful of the impending torture. Soon, they realize that they are each other’s Hell because Hell is other people. “No Exit” will be performed 7:30 p.m. tonight, tomorrow, Saturday and Sunday in the atri-

um of Olin Hall. “First, I really enjoyed the script,” says director Dr. Shane Grant, “Second, I thought Olin was a great place to do this because the atrium adds to the characters’ sense of claustrophobia despite being in such an open space. e architecture lends itself well to a major theme of the play.” e play’s set utilizes both the large staircase and the 360-degree space. A major theme of the play is taking responsibility for one’s actions. No Exit continued - page 3


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O PINIONS Vowing to love every moment

By Kenya Strong Johnston Editor-in-Chief

Perhaps this is coming in a bit late for Valentine’s Day, but I think the beauty of The Vow lies in its unexpected non-cliché presentation. In fact, I believe if the film had been presented at another point during the year, the genuine meaning of the film would have been more moving. The presentation of experiencing (love in) every moment could have been more appreciated. However, even now, The Vow offered a fresh sense of thrilling desire and love that was so real it was almost tangible. Just having seen the movie for the second time, I am caught in a transitory state about what I am supposed to be learning

from the film. I think I left the theater the first time with postValentine’s Day jitters and the excitement of a different love story. I had claimed I loved the movie. The second time through, about half way into the story, I began to have doubts about my liking the film. Something about Channing Tatum’s awkward presence struck me as almost unprofessional. Rachael McAdams’ dark hair still bothered me. But then it hit me. The movie was so real. Granted, the story line was fact and based on a couple that experienced all that I had just watched on the big screen. But the way that the love existed in the film was different from anything I had seen before. It was simple, like in the brave “OK” of their real first date or the quick “alright, a date” of the second do-over. Like the moments that Leo refers to throughout the film, those are all so real. What partly makes the movie non-cliché is the reality that very few viewers can actually connect with the plot much less the frustration, stress and

Vow continued on pg. 5

Contact Genny Santos, santogl@millsaps.edu

Letter to the Editor

By Katie Greer Staff Writer

In her response to my article about the negatives of President Obama’s campaign, Grace Williams questioned my credibility without so much as googling the facts. All of the numbers presented in my article were backed by highly reviewed sources. The report of the national debt exceeding 100 percent of the Gross Domestic Product was provided by The Bureau of Economic Analysis and The New York Times. Other numbers, the $787 billion stimulus

plan, the 9.4 percent unemployment rating, and the $14.3 trillion dollar debt accumulated in President Obama’s term, were individually backed by New York Times, PBS, ABC and The Congressional Budget Office. Based on those numbers, I am indeed recommending readers not to vote to re-elect President Obama. The Purple & White specifically asked me to write an article that inserted my political voice. So, under political commentary status, my article discussed the lack of transparency in Obama’s State of the Union address. In his address, Obama said billionaire Wa r r e n Buffet’s secretary pays more taxes than Buffet. That’s a fact, but he did not specify that Buffet makes billions in capital gains, investments taxed at a flat rate of 15 percent, not in earned income. In earned income, Buffet makes between $100,000 and

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Bursting the Millsaps bubble

By Mo Wilson Staff Writer

Last week our campus emails were bombarded with messages about the on campus robbery. Dean Brit Katz sent an email with the subject line “Emergency - PLEASE READ – Emergency” telling us that a “slender black male” had robbed a student at gunpoint. The Millsaps security Twitter tweeted that everyone should “STAY INSIDE” even though the suspect was believed to have left campus. Many students on Twitter questioned security’s priorities, saying it should be more wor-

ried about possible robberies and remaining vigilant at the guard posts instead of worrying about beer pong games at frat houses. A concern of mine was the possibility of stereotyping based on the description of the perpetrator. I hoped and continue to hope that Millsaps will not regard every slender man of color with fear and suspicion based on this incident. Fear and suspicion are the feelings these events evoke in us all. The rhetoric used by the school feeds into a general air of unease that Millsaps seems to have about Jackson, particularly the Midtown community. These concerns are partly justified due to Jackson’s high crime rate and recent crimes committed against students such as the armed robbery last week and last fall’s shooting of a car on Riverside Drive. However, the reaction is a tad extreme for these instances. I’m no security expert, but it seems better to inform students to act cautiously when walking around campus at night, as opposed to ordering

that they stay inside. Yes, staying inside would guarantee that no one would rob them, but at what cost? Many students have blown this incident out of proportion, saying that it is unsafe to walk around campus at night. I’m all for being vigilant, but this seems to be taking vigilance to the extreme—especially if you consider the fact that this culture of fear existed before this incident. Students frequently refer to the “Millsaps Bubble” as the small and insular world we’ve created. As a freshman, I rarely left campus and have only very recently begun to break that habit as a sophomore. Millsaps students are actively encouraged to avoid walking off campus, even to relatively safe neighborhoods such as Fondren. I’ve had friends express shock and reservations about walking to Sneaky Beans at the “dangerous” time of noon. “You could get robbed” or “you could get shot” are the main reasons people seem to keep off the sidewalks and stay inside the campus gates.

While these are real fears, we have to look at the reality of the situation. Millsaps is an urban campus with all of the pros and cons that an urban campus posseses. Sometimes there will be crime, but living in Jackson also comes with pluses such as concerts at Sneaky Beans and exhibits at the art museum. After graduation, many students will move on to larger and more dangerous cities where they will not be able to stay sequestered from the outside world. Crimes do happen, but it’s no reason to live in fear. The idea that Jackson is a dangerous city has prevented us from getting out and seeing it for ourselves. If we continue to stay inside the gates and fret about what could happen, we will miss all of the opportunities this city could offer us. So by all means stay careful and vigilant, but try not to let the fear of crime sentence you to a life lived solely inside the Millsaps Bubble.

Correction: The decision to more strictly enforce campus security policies was made by the administration and not by the Student Body Association. A recent article in The Purple & White left this point unclear. The Purple & White regrets the error.

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Editor-in-Chief... Kenya Strong-Johnston Managing Editor... Lana Price Visuals Manager... Sonum Sanjanwala Layout Editors... Catherine Pereira Maryam Qureshi Photo Manager... Genny Santos Graphics Editor... Sonum Sanjanwala Business Manager.. Juan Fernandez News Editor... Salvo Blair Opinions Editor... Genny Santos Arts & Life Editor... Madeline Rardin Features Editor... Anna Nations Sports Editor... Ellen Bouyelas Advisor... Woody Woodrick Staff Writers...

Mo Wilson Katie Greer Josh Mays

Contributors...

Emily Johnson Victoria Sherwood Misa Pjevac Amelia Woolard Payton Mansell

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A RTS & L IFE

Contact Madeline Rardin, rardimr@millsaps.edu

By Emily Johnson Contributor

Sophomore Amanda Michaud makes Millsaps history recently when she became the first student to haves a self-designed theatre studies major approved. After a five-month process of developing her major, submitting it and presenting it to a committee, Michaud received an email approving her major. Michaud says that having a self-designed major was never on her agenda. “When I first visited Millsaps and they spoke about the self-designed major program, they described participants as determined and someone who knew exactly what they wanted to do,” she says. “As a freshman that’s not how I would have described myself.” When Michaud discovered that the theatre program was only offering a minor, she was disappointed. She began to research other majors that Millsaps’ school offered “I thought about math. I thought about business. I even thought about obtaining a miPassion continued from above

time she was afraid her proposal would get rejected Amanda says, “Until I got the confirmation e-mail I was terrified. Selfdesigned majors are typically for combining majors, not a major that was cancelled,” she adds. Michaud admits that her curriculum as a theater studies major is different from courses that were required for the previous theater major curriculum. “The two can’t really be compared because my major is still a self-designed major. Everything I’ll be learning is the same, the way I’m going about it is different,” she says. Michaud plans to pursue a career in theatre management with her theatre studies major. “I’ll be spending my undergrad degree doing what I want to do,” says Michaud. No Exit continued from pg. 1

“The author believes that people are largely unhappy because they are not taking responsibility for their lives and their actions. The characters are trapped because they can’t look to themselves for the solutions to their problems,” Grant says. Sartre’s play serves as an extension of his existentialist philosophy—more specifically existential angst that deals with

A passion pursued

help build the theatre departnor in art history,” she says. When classes ended for the ment as strong as it could be.” Michaud also considered summer last year, Michaud In September, Michaud spoke transferring to another school. was concerned whether there to Theatre Program Director Dr. “I couldn’t be at a school with- would be a theatre program Stacy DeZutter and Chair of the out theatre. But Curriculum Comthen, I thought mittee Dr. Sarah about how much Bares to make I love the peosure that it was ple at Millsaps, possible to create a the campus, the self-designed theliberal arts curatre studies major. riculum and the As soon as they faculty and I detold her yes, she cided to stay,” rebegan researchflects Michaud. ing theatre proFor the past grams at other five years she has colleges, comparworked at Gooding their course speed Theater, in requirements to her home state classes already of Connecticut. offered at MillShe has worked saps. She chose an usher, an to model her selfContributed intern, a clerk Sophomore Amanda Michaud has made Millsaps designed theatre in the gift shop history with her self-designed theater studies major. major on the theand this sumatre program at mer she will be Rhodes College in Memphis. the assistant house manager. when she returned in the fall. “I chose Rhodes’ curricu“I always knew what I wanted “But, I’m pleased to say it is lum because it emphasized the to do. I just denied it,” she says. alive and well and putting on four aspects of theatre that I “By going through the process fantastic shows,” says Michaud. feel are the most important: of creating a self-designed major “Once I met the new theatre pro- performance, technical profor Theatre Studies, I proved to fessor Dr. Shane Grant, I knew I duction, management and dimyself this is what I want to do.” wanted to stay at Millsaps and recting,” remarks Michaud. dread and anguish as it relates to responsibility and freedom. The play will be the final performance for senior theatre major Ellen Burke before she graduates this may. “(I am) really sad. I’m trying not to think about it. I feel like I’ll be more upset on closing night than graduation due to the play being the end of my college experience,” says Burke. Burke shares that “No Exit” was the first play she studied in her first college theatre class as a freshman. Burke is no stranger to the Millsaps stage. She has participated in every play produced at Millsaps since the second semester of her freshman year. Burke says there is one important theme that she wants viewers to take away from the play. “Accepting your life for what it is and what you’ve done. It’s important for people to take that away, especially in college,” says Burke. “Come out and support your fellow students. They’ve worked really hard. With the exception of myself and the light designer, everyone involved with the production is a student,” says Grant. To reserve tickets, call the Millsaps Theatre Office at 601974-1422 or submit an electronic reservation at millsaps.edu/ academics/theatre_events_calendar.php.

Before she could begin the application process, she needed to have three faculty advisers from three different departments and secure a theatre-based internship. Then, she completed a 1000 word essay that states why she needs a self-designed major, why she wants to pursue the designated major and proves that it could be completed by her scheduled graduation date. She officially submitted the application after her three advisors had reviewed it. “Going through the application process would not have been possible without the support of my advisors,” Michaud says. “All of them have been extremely supportive since I first decided to pursue a self-designed major.” However, submitting an application did not guarantee Michaud her theatre studies major. “If my major had not been approved the first time around, then the committee could either reject it completely or have me revise my proposal and resubmit a second time,” Michaud says. When asked if there was ever a Passion continued below

Glèmot’s inspirations

Contributed

By Madeline Rardin Arts &Life Editor

From oil ink monoprint on plexi glass and creating devious looking clowns to portraying young children with watercolors and elaborate costume work, junior Suzanne Glèmot is a jackof-all-trades. A studio art major with a diverse background, Glèmot has moved every four or five years due to her parents’ positions as international bankers. Born in France, she lived there until she was five years old and has since lived in Morocco, Bulgaria and Serbia. “For one thing, I tend to work a lot from pictures that I have taken in different places I’ve lived or to which I have travelled, and I am often drawn to the day-today scenes that I observe while (I am) abroad,” reflects Glèmot. Her parents now live in Vietnam. She visited them over winter break and took photographs that she will use

to create future art work. Glèmot also notes that people she encountered while living abroad have influenced her work. “I find inspiration in the human interactions which I come across, as well as in my own reactions that I experience while travelling within a certain culture,” says Glèmot. Art has always been a part of her life, starting with trips to museums with her parents. “I remember being surrounded by art since I was kid. My parents were always going to museums or galleries on weekends when I was growing up,” Glèmot recalls. Glèmot has used these experiences to create an arsenal of influences from which she can draw inspiration. Glèmot names some of her influences—many of which are impressionists including both French photographer Robert Doisneau and graphic novelist, author of “Watchmen” Alan Moore.

Although she admits it has been challenging, Glèmot’s says experience as a studio art major has shaped her into a well-rounded artist. “Millsaps has trained me to push my critical thinking as it applies to art, as well as, to try and apply a ‘what-if ’ approach to mine and other works with respect to choice materials, subject, composition and communication of an idea,” says Glèmot. She also has high regard for her professors, who she says are active listeners who are attentive to her needs and as well as the needs of others. She also enjoys the environment the professors create. “(The professors) encourage art production in the context of a dynamic art community, which is something upon which I greatly rely,” says Glèmot. She plans to pursue a Ford Fellowship next year while developing a senior thesis.


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Contact Anna Nations, natioal@millsaps.edu

Common colloquialisms: Millsaps edition Compiled by Payton Mansell

Epic (adj.)

Contributor

Because Millsaps is a small campus, students often hear bizarre things that people from different places have said or created. The “Purple and White” interviewed students about what words or phrases they hear and created a dictionary of the most popular words said on campus.

Caf’ Sitting (v.)

The verb phrase used when a student sits in the cafeteria with friends for an excessive period of time after a meal is finished. The term is often associated with procrinastinating and generally avoiding any form of productivity. Ex. Taylor and Christina were cafe sitting until chapter.

Cray- Cray (adj.)

An adjective that is an abbreviation for the word “crazy.” Ex: Becca: “Oh my gosh, that party was cray-cray.” Rana: “Like, I know, right?”

An adjective used to describe or to enhance an action. Ex: Sam: “Dude! Did you see Bailey do nine shots of Whiskey?” Nick: “Yeah, man; epic fail.”

Haters gonna hate

A phrase used when someone neglects another person’s comment because the comment was a negative accusation. Ex: Caroline: “She kept glaring at you when Billy was flirting with you.” Destiny: “Haters gonna hate.”

Is this real life?

A phrase used under the circumstances of something bad, good, outrageous or over whelming. Ex: The frozen yogurt machine in the Caf ’ is not working. Is this real life?

Jank (adj.)

An adjective used to describe an object in a negative manner. Ex: The air conditioner in Bacot Hall is jank.

Millsaps goggles

“A phrase the guys use because apparently you have to put on ‘Millsaps goggles’ to think girls here are attractive,” says freshman Taylor Zeigler. Ex: Dylan: “Do you think she’s hot?” Ben: “Eh, she’d look better if I had my Millsaps goggles on.”

Millsaps Problems

A term used by students who vent their dilemma about Millsaps; a problem that is normally caused by Millsaps. Ex: I was about to eat my yogurt when I noticed my spoon was attached to crusty old food from another spoon. Millsaps Problems.

Party Foul (n.)

“When someone spills a drink, breaks something or does something stupid that causes people to pause the party and clean up whatever foul was committed,” says freshman Christina Tilton Ex: I hate partying with Michelle because she is the biggest party foul when she is drunk. She is very sloppy.

Shacker Shirt (n.)

The shirt that a guy gives a girl when she spends the night in his room. Ex: Lauren: “Did you go to Kappa Alpha’s formal?” Megan: “No, it’s a shacker shirt.”

Sorry not sorry

A phrase meaning, “[I’m] sorry [that I’m] not sorry.” Mostly used as a sarcastic gesture. Ex: Ryan: “Babe, I know I cheated on you, but I love and miss you. I want you back.” Pam: “Sorry not sorry.”

Stacks (n.)

A secluded section of the library with desks situated between bookcases. It is the most silent area of the library, not suited for those prone to claustraphobia. It is also a hot spot for couples on campus. Be careful not to stumble across any canoodling while looking for books. Ex: Caleb was missing for 24 hours before finally emerging the from the stacks ready for

the Heritage test he had been cramming for.

Sucks to suck

A phrase used when someone encounters misfortune or acknowledges someone else’s misfortune. Ex: Kayla: “I cannot go to the swap tonight. I have a heritage paper and a biology test tomorrow.” Raven: “Sucks to suck.”

Walk of Shame (n.)

The phrase used when a student is walking across campus in yesterday’s clothes after spending the night in another person’s dorm room. Ex: Morgan: “Did you see her take the walk of shame in her shacker shirt this morning?” Jessica: “Yes. I bet she was in Scotty’s room.”

Sudoku Fill in the blank squares so that each row, each column and each 3-by-3 block contain all of the digits 1 thru 9. If you use logic, you can solve the puzzle without guesswork.

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Anna Nations

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Contact Editor-in-Chief Kenya Strong Johnston for more information stronkk@millsaps.edu


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Spring Family Weekend Event Calendar Friday, February

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*12:30 - 1:30 p.m. - Millsaps Forum: Jason Ward presents “Mississippi’s Hanging Bridge and the Racial Politics of World War II” *5:30 - 7 p.m. - Parent’s Reception with President Pearigen and Faculty. For registration or information visit: www.millsaps.edu/news_events/ spring_family_weekend_rsvp_form. php *7:30 p.m. - Millsaps Theatre Department presents “No Exit” by Jean-Paul Sartre. For tickets visit www.millsaps.edu/academics/ theatre_events_calendar.php

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*8 a.m. - Chi Omega 5K Walk-fora-Wish benefiting the Make-a-Wish Foundation - Registration begins at 8 a.m. at Riverside Drive and North State Street.

*11 a.m. - 1 p.m. - Sigma Alpha Epsilon Chili Bowl benefiting Blair E. Batson Children’s Hospital. Hosted in the Plaza at Millsaps. Cost is $5 per person with an optional $1 raffle ticket available. For more information, contact Tim Gillis at gillitl@millsaps.edu. gillitl@millsaps.edu

*9 a.m. - 1 p.m. - Showcase of Student Organizations in the Student Center

*12 p.m. - Women’s Lacrosse vs. Colorado College at Harper Davis Field

*9:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. - Millsaps bookstore open

*2 p.m. - Men’s Lacrosse vs Berry College at Harper Davis Field

*1 p.m. - Faculty/Student Forum featuring Dr. Harvey Fiser, Associate Professor of Business Law, with students Drew Moroux and Sarah Hartzog; Dr. Amy Forbes, Director of European Studies with student Kelly Brignac; and Dr. Brent Hendrixson, Assistant Professor of Biology with student Brendon Barnes. *7 p.m. - Kappa Delta Emerald Evening silent auction benefiting Prevent Child Abuse America. Hosted at Mississippi Children’s Museum. *7:30 p.m. - Millsaps Theatre Department presents “No Exit” by Jean-Paul Sartre

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Vow continued from pg. 2 strenuous love of the situation. In my second viewing, that is where I began to feel my opinion changins. For a moment, I was expecting the same “love story jitters” I had experienced the first time, and when they didn’t come, I was let down. After I knew what was going to happen, I had to look for more. What I found was the depiction of something so sincere that the connections to a story I couldn’t begin to imagine were laid out before me if I took them moment-by-moment. There were the obvious things, like don’t take your moments for granted, especially those involving love. You never know when something could change. Less obvious were things like

don’t be afraid to make a fool of yourself in the name of completely unselfish intentions. Leo, in his quest to understand why a critical event had happened and to regain the Paige he once knew, beautifully displayed the reality that sometimes pouring out your heart will get you nowhere. But he also proved that in the end, it would most likely change someone else’s life. I was inspired by the fear and intimidation that every character felt by an unknown situation. Paige, who I felt at first used the accident as an excuse, craved so badly to understand herself like we all do. That can be scary. Her parents, who initially appear to be abusing a situation, simply desired a family. What is so wrong with that? Lily, when she catches Leo playing the guitar, is caught of guard by his decision

to give up. In reality though, we all give up sometimes though. Do we not? The Vow is an honest depiction of imperfections in love and in life. Channing Tatum’s awkward presence is a gift behind the camera because in reality, who would know how to handle such a situation? Rachel McAdams’ dislike of her dark hair (that quickly became my own) is a detail so many real people would consider. The love that is felt and denied between the two illustrates an utterly real depiction of the curiosities of love that happen every day. One moment it is so full and free and the next you’re wondering if you know the person sitting next to you like you ought. In the end though, every moment is what makes up the mo-

ment in which we exist. This is reality, and if we vow to accept this, then we too, in our own lives, can represent raw emotion and misunderstanding without pretending we don’t have fear about it. Letter continued from pg. 2 $200,000 while his secretary makes between $200,000 and $500,000, as reported by Forbes and ABC. Buffet pays fewer taxes in earned income because he makes less in earned income. President Obama did not provide these facts in his address. I do agree with Williams that this style of writing belongs in the Opinion’s section. However, the numbers I provided are published facts, not opinions. Furthermore, neither Williams,

nor anyone else, raised questions when two liberal-biased articles were published under the news section weeks before. In the Jan 26 issue, Dylan Watson wrote an article on the lack of good Republican presidential candidates. The week following, Feb 2, Madeline Rardin wrote an article critiquing the morals and social affairs of Newt Gingrich. While good points were made in both articles, the articles also expressed each author’s political opinion. If there is going to be a policy for strictly separating news articles from those with an expressed political opinion, it needs to be applied across the board.


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N EWS

Contact Salvo Blair, blairws@millsaps.edu

Election 2012: On the issues Compiled by Amelia Woolard Contributor With all of the information swirling around about each 2012 presidential candidates it can be difficult to keep the facts straight. However, focusing on the issues Women’s rights

Barack Obama (D)

Newt Gingrich (R)

LL Fair Pay Act; government shouldn’t “intrude on private family matters.”

Rick Santorum (R)

Same sex marriage Declared Defense of Marriage Act* unconstitutional; have been “evolving” opinion.

Economy Wishes to be reelected to further stimulus plan; added 2.6 million jobs since 2011.

Immigration

Health care

dency status *** the Affordable Health Care Plan: Obama’s healthcare bill which forbids healthcare companies from discriminating against companies, expanding Medicaid eligibility, and establishing standards that health care plans must meet, among many other things

Foreign policy

Education

Affordable Health Care Plan.***

Passed treaty with Russia to tighten nuclear weapon control; was involved with capture of Osama bin Laden.

Doubled funding for Pell Grant; Race to the Top program rewards states for school reformation.

Has signed antiDefined marriage Favors Bush-era Favors using abortion pledge; between a man and a tax cuts; opposes boards to determine anti-Planned Parent- woman. most Obama-backed which immigrants hood. plans. should stay in the U.S.; heightened border control.

Wishes to repeal Democratic health care bill and pass medical malpractice reform.

Wants to refocus overseas efforts; unsupportive of Libya efforts.

Wants to protect rights of homeschoolers; more power to state and communities, not Dept. of Ed.; encourage part-time teaching.

Supports repeal of Democratic health care bill.

Opposes military actions in Iraq and Afghanistan; anti-expansionist; wants to limit Libyan involvement.

Favors giving parents choice of childrens’ education; protection for homeschoolers.

Wants to “assist countries who choose freedom to become stronger”; supports measures to take burdens off of the U.S.

Lessen power of Department of Education; give options, not requirements, for schooling.

Defends traditional Wants to eliminate notions of marriage the Federal Reserve; but opposes federal voted against raising involvement. the debt ceiling.

Voted against the DREAM act; wants to eliminate birthright citizenship; heightened border control.

Identifies as prolife; vetoed antiabortion bill that restricted abortion for victims of rape and incest.

Thinks of it as an issue for the states; personally against the issue.

Reduce federal spending; lessen small business regulations.

Wants to hold busi- Against Demonesses accountable cratic health care for ignoring laws; bill; favors medical adjust immigration malpractice bill. quotas.

Anti-abortion except in cases of rape, incest and risk to mother.

Feels that manwoman marriage is better for family life, wants this to be nationwide standard.

Wants to curb federal deficit spending; lower taxes; pro-free trade.

Abolish “magnets” designed to attract illegal immigrants; opposes amnesty laws.

Anti-abortion, even in cases of rape and incest.

Has signed multiple documents upholding traditional views of marriage.

Does not support raising taxes currently; critical of government spending.

Highly supportive Anti-healthcare of legal immigration; bill; pro “patient cenhas voted in favor of tered solutions.” fencing along USMexico border.

Ron Paul (R)

Mitt Romney (R)

Sources: Politico.com; CNN.com; FoxNews.com; Campaign websites for all candidates.

* the Defense of Marriage Act: 1996 act signed by Clinton, defines marriage between a man and a woman ** the DREAM Act: bill introduced in 2001 that would reward illegal immigrants with good moral character and who have graduated high school, arrived as minors, and have lived in the US for at least five years legal resi-

Defends DREAM act**; taken measures to ease getting legal immigration status.

Anti-abortion.

Buddy Roemer (R)

that will influenc day-to-day life for the next four years is essential. Here, is a chart detailing where each candidate stands on a handful of America’s most pressing issues.

Repeal health care Favors more forcebill; wants states to ful measures abroad. be able to option out; wants states to craft own healthcare bills. Wants to better fund Dept. of Defense; generally expansionist and interventionist; wants strength abroad.

Supports concept of No Child Left Behind; emphasize family values and economics in schools. Favors homeschooling; wants to minimize federal involvement in school system.

Student conduct recap Fall 2011 Security continued from pg. 1 to be contacted before the visitor could be allowed on campus, but a more active policy has proven to be unwieldy,” says Conway. Ideas passed along during the security meeting may provide the administration with possible guidelines for future improvements to protocol. “I would hope the administration would respond accordingly after these events, but students also need to be aware,” says Thorton. “I do think students have become more aware on campus, maybe even paranoid at times.” Katz and Conway share the view that safety is a joint effort between students and security. “Safety and security is best accomplished when it is a community effort. We are committed to examining our protocol after these instances, and we welcome students to come to us with problems. so they can be addressed,” says Conway.

Contributed to the P&W The Student Conduct system addressed 42 cases last fall, comprised of categories including: *Vandalism *Possession of marijuana *Possession of paraphernalia *Underage drinking *Violation of alcohol policy *Offensive language *Causing physical harm *Reckless driving *Weapon possession *Tampering with fire safety equipment *Disregarding an administrator Campus Security released the figures in a recent report.

Forty of the 42 cases were handled by conduct administrators. One organization’s case was handled by the Interfraternity Council (IFC) conduct board, while one student chose to have his case heard by the College’s Student Conduct Council. Students were found “responsible” for violations in 32 of the cases. Seven of the cases were either handled informally or resulted in no charge because of particular circumstances. Three organizations were found “responsible” for conduct violations. While a punitive component to the conduct process is often necessary, the Millsaps College Student Conduct System hopes to be educational in nature whenever possible, the reports states.

The goal is that students learn from their mistakes, stand accountable for those mistakes and correct their behavior accordingly. Sanctions for misconduct included community service to the campus, monetary restitution, disciplinary probation, behavioral counseling; alcohol and drug education courses, loss of campus privileges, letters of apology and fines. The majority of the fall cases were alcohol-related, the report stated. Many students violated the college’s alcohol policy, and in a number of cases, drank extremely recklessly, often with severe consequences, including hospitalization, according to the report. The college’s policy fol-

lows Mississippi state law concerning underage drinking (i.e., underage possession is illegal; for students 21 or older, the Millsaps policy states that alcohol must be in an opaque cup when consumed in public.) Students also continue to take risks with illegal drugs, which can have serious consequences, not only from a conduct perspective, but also from a legal perspective, the report states Conduct and legal charges involving alcohol and/or illegal substances can negatively impact students’ College records, graduate admissions and career options, according to the report.


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Millsaps golf progresses with confidence

By Ellen Bouyelas Sports Editor

The Millsaps Majors golf teams enter seasons with confidence. “We have eight guys that are capable of putting up low scores on any given day,” says senior Jake Sherrington. “And we also have a coach that is dedicated to making sure we are one of the top teams in the nation, Head Coach Eddie Brescher. says, “I feel very good about the upcoming season. Our teams have been doing a lot of hard work with practice and workouts; we have been really working hard even through the tough weather. We have been putting in a lot of good hard work, and really preparing for the upcoming semester.” Sherrington tells more about the men’s team saying, “We have not been ranked in the top 25 in over 10 years. So it is going to be a challenge to get there considering the other top golf teams we will face in upcoming tournaments.” He feels “very confident about the season starting up. We have a bunch of great golfers on the team and with all the work we have put in, it should be a strong

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Freshman Lauren Barrattini will take her first season as a growing experience.

season.” Freshman Lauren Barattini is the only playing golfer on the women’s golf team. Even though she is so young and new to the program she plays with enthusiasm.

“I feel confident that I will improve. My biggest challenge is time management, because golf takes up a lot of time. In my game, I think it would be focus and getting used to my new clubs. Also, consistency,” Barat-

tini states. “Our strengths,” says Brescher, “are the mentality of our players and really always fighting till the end to post a good number. We have five guys fighting to post a number that’s gonna add up.” Commenting on Barattini, Brescher says, “This year has been a big learning process for Lauren as a freshman. The biggest thing you can do is learn your first year of college. When we do bring in a few more girls Lauren will have seven collegiate events under her belt.” Sherrington says that the biggest goal for the team this season is to be SCAC champions, “I think anything less than that would be disappointing.” Brescher adds, “based on the strength of our men’s recruiting, we are looking to have a very strong team on the men’s side. With the team already starting to work on recruitment for next year, Brescher also anticipates having a full team of girls.

Women’s lacrosse finds strength through preperation By Victoria Sherwood

work together,” said Rossano. Freshman Nicolette Hannah agrees with the equality brought by having no set leader. In its second season, “It helps the whole the Millsaps womteam get along and en’s lacrosse team has not have to worry found a unique stratabout who the team egy- no team captains. captain is because our Coach Tracey Cepteam does not need noo says the scrimto rely on just one mages helped tosee girl,” says Hannah. how everyone worked The team’s overall together on the field. good communica“Our goals (this seation on and off the son) are to be more field was a comfort focused on what we to Hannah coming need to make this team on to a new team. better, and overall to “It takes a little have a winning atwhile for a new team titude,” says Cepnio. to be able to work toReturning player gether as a team and Dani Rossano says not a bunch of indithat a strength of the viduals,” says Hanteam this year is how nah. “The returning well members are conplayers have been very Contributed ditioned and how Sophomore Haleigh Williams anticipates much improvement for the Majors open and supportive.” they prepare mentally. The women play this “We play a man down a in te upcoming season. upcoming weekend at lot, so when you’re down Millsaps took Tulane 15-4, people have been playing for a 12p.m. on Saturday, at Millsaps. a man you realize that you can’t get frustrated as much,” said but fell to Ole Miss 10-4. The very long time whereas others are Rossano. “You have to be able Majors also won their last just starting out. Its nice to have to work through frustrations scrimmage against University everyone be equal it allows us on the field and keep playing.” of Southern Mississippi 22-2. to make decisions as a team and Contributor

This plan seems to be working well after splitting Feb. 10 doubleheader against Tulane University and University of Mississippi.

“It’s a good thing because we hold each other accountable. There are so many different levels to this team. Some younger

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Ellen Bouyelas Sports Editor

Intramurals bring so much to a college community. They give students a way to be involved on campus with friendly competition between peers. With basketball intermural season in session, students have been crowded in the HAC for the past few weeks to cheer on their friends and their teams. Teams range from Greek fraternities and sororities, to the “Average Joes” on campus. Intramurals foster the fun spirit of competition, sportsmanship and exercise for those looking for an enjoyable way to get in shape for the upcoming spring break. If you’re not athletic and find it more fun to shout chants from the sidelines, that is not only welcomed, but encouraged. If you’re not athletic, but still want to be a part of the team, this is also encouraged. Though it’s basketball season now, many other intramural sports exist. In the fall, flag football was popular, and many students would crowd around Harper Davis Field to watch the games. The greatest part of intramurals at Millsaps is the memories and friendships you can make that will live on with you and your friends even beyond your college years. To get involved go online to www.millsaps.edu, look under “Student Life”, and click the link that says “Intramural Sports.” Here is where you will find registration forms, eligibility, rosters and policies. So come out to cheer on your favorite team, and keep a look out for all upcoming intramural events online.


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Motivation outweighs young program, undersized roster By Misa Pjevač

the team. We are always organizing team dinners and playing FIFA 2012.”

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Sophomores and freshman will have to play like juniors and seniors during Millsaps’ second season of men’s lacrosse. Coach Luke Beam says sophomores will have to lead the team, but he will also, “rely on the freshman heavily to make playsthat are normally reserved for upperclassmen.” Beam believes the 2012 team is a “more competent, more capable an athletic group” than the previous year. However, “college experience and roster size” are some of the bigger issues a young team like this has to deal with. The Majors open with two home games this week. The first one Wedneday against Augustana College, followed by a game against Georgia College on at 1p.m. on Saturday.

Sophomores Brandon Allison (above) and Ryan McKay (right) look forward to Millsaps second lacrosse season.

Sophomore Brandon Allison points out, “The team chemistry is great; probably my favorite aspect of

Dinners and games aside, there have been immense im-

provements all around on the team. Both Beam and the players express enthusiasm about the upcoming season. Allison believes the “team’s strongest asset is probably motivation. No matter the situation we are always fighting until the end of every game,” says Allison. Coach Beam agrees, with nothing but praise for his team. “ T h i s is the toughest group of guys I have ever had the pleasure to work with,” he says. “They have no Contributed quit in them. They play hard from the start to the end of the game.”

A new year brings lots of hope to this young team and both team and coach have ample goals in mind. For the squad, they’d like to “win a good bit of (their) conference games.” In addition, Allison points out that the Majors “can’t wait to beat the mess out of Dallas.” For Beam, the success of the team “will not be strictly measured by the win loss column but by the growth (they) show daily”. In response, Allison points out that with a small bench, each and every player’s “fitness is always a focus”. Moreover, Coach Beam adds that the success of this season “will be a team effort.” Expectations are for the sophomores to lead the team, but Beam will also “rely on the freshmen heavily to make plays that are normally reserved for upper classmen.”

Kappa Delta Emerald Evening Silent Auction benefiting Prevent Child Abuse America and the Jackson YMCA’s Family Support Services

7 p.m. -10 p.m. on Feb. 25th at the Mississippi Children’s Museum Live music, heavy hors d’oeuvres and silent auction items Come and have a great time with Kappa Delta and support our philanthropy!

Major Athlete: Lauren Williams Classification: Senior Major: Administration Hometown: Baton Rouge, La Sport/Position: Tennis #1 Doubles, #3 Single

1. What was your favorite toy as a kid? My dog- I practically treated her as a toy as a small child. My dog was a trooper and was surprisingly still nice to me even after I pretended that she was a horse, used her back as the runway for Barbie pageants, and constantly followed her around the house! 2. What is your most embarrassing moment? There are many, but one definitely tops them all! I was waiting for the elevator at a Broadway play and I noticed that everyone was making faces at me. Unfortunately, I didn’t find out the reason for these reactions until what seemed like hours later- I had tucked my dress into my underwear. 3. The last movie you saw: Indiana Jones

4. Favorite day at Millsaps: Spring days when you can sit in the bowl and catch up with friends. Oh, and it has to be pasta day in the Caf! 5. Dogs, cats, or neither? Dogs, any day! 6. If you could be any Disney character, who would it be and why? Ariel- being able to breathe underwater has to be better than scuba diving, snorkeling, or coming up and down for air! However, I would not want Ursula to be there! 7. What song would you say is your “theme song”? I love the message of Tim McGraw’s “Live Like You Were Dying.” It is a reminder to live each day to the fullest and to always be thankful for the many blessings in life.


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