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THE PURPLE & WHITE Millsaps College



THURSDAY, April 5, 2012



The Buried Life: kicking the bucket list.

President Pearigen pursues student interests


Kenya Strong Johnston Editor-in-Chief


Millsaps writers take home awards.


illsaps College, amid changing times, seeks its focus and strives to become excellent at all it does.. In the eyes of President Dr. Robert Pearigen, the future of the institution holds great things. Pearigen believes Millsaps “should be unrelentingly focused on excellence.” With a strategic plan in process and an intent focus on what is best for current students, all members of the college are driven to maintain the desired level of excellence. Pearigen’s goal is to further develop an environment for success and distinction. “This is an outstanding place,” says Pearigen. “It is a real privilege to serve here.” However, he also recognizes that “we do have some areas we need to look at

closely.” Among these areas are enrollment and retention, financial security, academic departments and student life. The plan focuses on campus life and community engagement. This includes an emphasis on the larger community, student leadership and excellence, relations with the church and campus enhancements. The committees involved in this process include student voices, and Pearigen wants all students to know “student involvement is greatly appreciated.” In this planning process and review, Pearigen values the lives current students live on campus. “We need our students to know they are home,” he says. He hopes to transform the corner at Woodrow Wilson and State Street where the current Texaco station stands into a grand college entrance. “We own one fourth of the busiest intersections in Mis-

sissippi,” he says about the importance promoting Millsaps. He also believes this will help Millsaps’ relationship with the greater Jackson area. “Our location is key in developing leaders,” he says. “We have an opportunity unlike so many places.” Pearigen also wants to focus on campus facilities that students interact with on a daily basis. These include considering athletic facilities and the addition of a track, renovating or rebuilding buildings that need attention for health and safety reasons and reviewing the effectiveness of academic spaces in student success. In addressing concerns of security, Pearigen believes “if we have stated an expectation of security, then we need to adhere to that expectation.” When confronted with questions about the cafeteria, Pearigen plans to create a place

that students can bring their complaints. Students have to understand there is “a bit of trade off with the current plan,” he says regarding the 21 meal weekly plan all students are required to purchase. “There is an assumption that you won’t eat all the meals,” he says “and this actually reduces the cost of the plan.” What Pearigen is focusing on now, is having students feel like this trade off is worth it. Pearigen knows campus life factors influence retention and enrollment. The classes of 2013, 2014, and 2015 present an array of situations concerning enrollment and retention. “It is a changing time for admissions,” says Pearigen. “In a six month period we have celebrated successes and lamented challenges.” Enrollment is down for

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Tragedy strikes schools state-wide By Salvo Blair

Men’s lacrosse on victory streak.


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

News Editor

Two separate homicides on college campuses in Mississippi—Mississippi State University and Jackson State University—have brought distant violence up close and relatable to the Millsaps community. A homicide at MSU in Starkville resulted in the death of Jon Sanderson, a 21-year-old student from Madison. Three assailants killed Sanderson in his friend’s dorm room. WTVA

TV in Tupelo reports that suspects Trent Deundra Crump, Deaunte Harvey and Mason Perry Jones are in custody and charged with capital murder. Hayden Ellis, an MSU senior calls the shooting in Evans Hall on the MSU campus “ridiculous and insensible.” Ellis knew Sanderson from attending Madison Central High School. “I didn’t really hang out with him that much or anything. I think he may have been in a gang or something, but I never had a problem with him,” Ellis says. Attorney Kathleen Baydala

reveals that Sanderson was among a group of teens who lived in the Sandalwood neighborhood where police “served six search warrants in search of explosive devices late October 2008.” King says Sanderson was involved in a 2010 incident involving a BB gun. The Clarion Ledger reported that (Sanderson) extended his hand to shake hands with a man. When the man shook hands, Sanderson pulled him from a vehicle and shot him with a BB pistol.

The Clarion Ledger also reports Crump and Jones have a record of violent crimes. However, Harvey has only been convicted of possession of paraphernalia. Evan Goodson, a long-term friend of Harvey, who turned himself in to the authorities, says, “I don’t believe Deaunte shot anyone. No way he did that. I mean, he was probably involved somehow, but he didn’t kill anyone.” The authorities still have not declared a motive to the crime.

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Contact Genny Santos, santogl@millsaps.edu

Millsaps’ Top Five: Caf Stations

Favorite Cars


1. Koenigsegg CCX 2. Ferarri Dino (1968 3. Aston Martin One-77 4. BMW M3 5. Mercedes SL

1. The Oasis 2. Deli Pot 3. Cafe Classics 4. The Garden Club 5. Trends (Featured Fare)

1. “Lawrence of Arabia” 2. “Alien” 3. “Seven Samuri” 4. “Star Wars” (ESB) 5. “Godfather”

List by Ben Clemenceau

List by Juan Fernandez

List by Alex Cocke

Students: Don’t complain, just pay up

By Sarah Bolt Contributor

During the 2009-2010 school year, the Millsaps senate passed legislation that designated areas on the south side of campus where north side residents are allowed to park from Thursday to Saturday night. Students who do not oblige would be given a ticket. I was baffled at the idea of north

side residents even thinking about driving over when they knew they would be drinking, especially when the walk across campus is pretty short. An injury would be the only good excuse to drive from the dorms to the fraternity houses or the Caf ’. Working with the security office, we only had one student sign up for our most recent ticket appeal several weeks ago. Judging from that, I would assume that not all the students who have received tickets have paid them. When I was walking around with Campus Security the officers mentioned that many students continue to park in what the guards see as obviously off-limit areas. If you get one ticket and pay or appeal it, once is not that big of a deal, especially if it is an improper parking ticket. But it becomes a problem if you are so lazy you “need” to continuously drive from your south side

dorm and park behind the Caf ’. Students need to realize that Campus Security does notice when you park in the wrong place, and officers will give you a ticket. You need to ask yourself if saving the extra minute and a half from Goodman or the fraternity house is worth the $25 ticket. Extra exercise never hurt anybody. When I think about students not taking care of their parking tickets, I question where all their time and money go. When Millsapians talk about meetings or class, they always complain about how little time they have. I do understand, since 16 hours is a normal course load here and then, we pile on the extra-curriculars. You’ve got to be kidding me… At the same time, we are wasting the time we complain we don’t have and whine about how much our professors think

we have when we are actually here to get an education. Extra-curriculars just make normal classes bearable, right? If you feel you have been wrongly accused of parking “improperly” or any other citation, complaining may seem easier since it requires no actual action and allows you to continue eating, checking your almighty e-mail or “reading.” But appealing the ticket would actually stop your annoying complaining and could keep you from having to pay…imagine that. And, if they don’t end up appealing your ticket…sorry my friend but you have to pay. But you do get it over with and does not give the idea that Campus Safety tickets are the one thing the student body does not care about.

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Contact Madeline Rardin, rardimr@millsaps.edu

What do you want to do before you die? Keri Elizabeth Walker

We asked you...


Everyone questions what they should do once they graduate high school. Most high school graduates decide to go to college or start working. Jonnie Penn, Duncan Penn, Ben Nemtin and Dave Lingwood choose a different route. The young Canadians decided that they wanted to do something more meaningful with their lives. They wanted to make a difference. The Buried Life was the result. The four men created a list of 100 things that they want to accomplish before they die. With each task they complete on their list, the men of “The Buried Life” have helped a stranger cross something off of their bucket list. The Buried Life was formed in Jan 2006, after Duncan Penn and Nemtin happened to met. They both attended college, but decided to leave for different reasons. Duncan Penn and Nemtin realized that they believed there is more to life than going through the motions and doing

only what was expected of them. After their meeting, Duncan Penn contacted his brother, Jonnie Penn and Lingwood to join the group, thus forming The Buried Life. The guys began weekly meetings. Soon, they were meeting multiple times a week. During one of those meetings, Duncan suggested that they create a bucket list. After they completed their list, they chose a name, inspired by the title of an 1852 poem by Matthew Arnold. After Duncan Penn and Nem-

tin’s first meeting, the guys decided to go on a two-week-long road trip in an effort to cross off as many list items as possible. For each task that they fufilled on their list, they also helped a stranger. To date, 75 items have been crossed off the list. Jonnie Penn filmed their entire two week road trip and posted the videos on YouTube, where they were viewed by many people, one of which was a representative for MTV. In 2010, The Buried Life premiered on MTV and ran for two seasons.



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Publish a novel

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Star as Finch in How to Succeed

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Live in a different country for a year

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Go to Egypt on an archaeological dig

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Scuba dive and go in a shark cage

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Go to New York

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Go to the Vatican and see the Pope say mass at Saint Peter’s basilica

On the show, the men continued their quest to cross off all 100 items. The Buried Life and MTV are currently in talks to redesign the show, which will return sometime in 2013. The Buried Life’s most recent endeavor is a book, called What Do You Want to Do Before You Die? The book opens with Jonnie Penn explaining their project, followed by blurbs from the rest of The Buried Life members and other people who have been inspired to do something different with their life.

The Buried Life asked their fans: What do you want to do before you die? They received thousands of responses, picked their favorites and asked artists to interpret the different items. The majority of the book is composed of these illustrations. The book also includes stories of how some of their favorite items were accomplished. The group hopes that they will be able to cross of an item on their list with the book, which is #19: Write a Bestselling Book. Now, the question is, “What do you want to do before you die?”



As part of our accreditation process, the College has been developing a Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP). A QEP is a new program created by a school that is intended to enhance student learning in measurable ways. The Millsaps College QEP—entitled “Major Health: Enriching Students’ Lives Through Health Education”—is designed to enhance student learning by adding education, reflection and goal-setting about the body and health to an existing educational curriculum that already deals thoroughly with the intellectual and spiritual dimensions of student lives. The selection and development of our plan was guided by an institutional process spanning 18 months, involving an examination of institutional assessment data, the broad-based participation and collaboration of all college constituencies and a thorough analysis of relevant research. Ultimately hoping to improve our students’ lives by promoting health and its many and varied associated benefits, the Major Health program has identified four overarching goals: 1. Improve students’ understanding of health; 2. Improve students’ ability to locate and interpret health information; 3. Improve students’ appreciation of health and its importance; 4. Increase students’ engagement in healthful activity. These goals may be outlined respectively as addressing knowledge, skills, values and behaviors associated with health. In order to promote these goals and to determine whether our plan, in fact, does promote these goals, we have designed Major Health to be a comparative study of the effects of a health education program. All freshmen at Millsaps currently participate in a required one-semester, one-credit course called Foundations. Foundations is intended to acclimate students to college life and inculcate various skills related to college success. For four years, the Major Health program will modify Foundations as follows: When they arrive on campus, freshmen will be randomly divided into 2 groups—F1 and F2. Members of F1-the control group-will go through the regular Foundations curriculum. Members of F2-the experimental group-will go through the regular Foundations curriculum plus a series of health education modules and personal health-related goal-setting tasks. To determine the effects of health education and goal-setting, both groups will undergo a set of pre-test assessments during the first few weeks of their first semester and a set of posttest assessments scheduled at three regular points throughout their college careers. These assessments will measure students’ knowledge, skills, values and (indirectly) behaviors related to health. The specific desired outcome for the Major Health program is for students who undergo the health education version of Foundations and goal-setting tasks to demonstrate a statistically significant improvement in health knowledge and skills as measured by assessment instruments, with the experimental group scoring at least 10% higher on the post-test than the ordinary Foundations students. It is our hope that this QEP will provide a significant and valuable addition to our curriculum, furthering one of the stated purposes of Millsaps College-to “provide a learning environment that increases knowledge . . . and inspires the development of mature citizens” (Millsaps College Catalog, p. 4).



What is the QEP ? • A new program to enhance student learning in a specific, measurable way • Our QEP is about health and is called “Major Health: Enriching Students’ Lives Through Health Education” Why Health? • Studies show college students are having more problems with obesity, high blood pressure, metabolic syndrome, poor nutrition, alcohol abuse, anxiety and depression • Millsaps’ students report less exercise and fitness activity than comparison schools • Mississippi consistently ranks at or near the bottom for inactivity, obesity, smoking, poor nutrition, diabetes, stroke, heart disease, early death age, lower life expectancy, infant mortality, teen pregnancy, depression and overall well-being QEP Goals: • Improve students’ understanding of health (their knowledge) • Improve students’ ability to locate and interpret health information (their skills) • Improve students’ appreciation for health and its importance (their values) • Increase students’ engagement in healthful activity (their behavior) How it Works: • A comparative study of the effects of a health education program over a four year time period, starting fall of 2013 • Using the Foundations course, freshmen will be divided into two groups F1 (the control group) regular Foundations curriculum F2 (the experimental group) regular Foundations curriculum with health education component • The effect of the program will be determined by a pre-test assessment (taken in the first few weeks of class) and a post-test assessment (taken at three regular points during college career) • The desired outcome is for the experimental group to show a statistically significant improvement in health knowledge and skills



Contact Abed Haddad, haddaag@millsaps.edu

Mad Men: the times they are a changin’

Commentary By Allie Jordan Contributor

The award winning television series, Mad Men, is back on the air, and more people than ever are watching to see what Don Draper will do next to tangle the web of ad agency relationships. It had been almost a year and a half since the season four finale, but “A Little Kiss,” season five’s premier episode, certainly made up for lost time. Don, Peggy, Joan, Roger, Pete and company have returned to their Madison Avenue office; it’s early summer of 1966, and we immediately see that they are faced with the arrival of the Civil Rights Movement. The episode opens with AfricanAmerican protesters demanding equal-opportunity employment outside the offices of SCDP’s rival advertisement firm. The protesters are accosted by water bags dropped on them by that firm’s annoying employees. But if the arrival of the

Blair continued from pg. 1 Many Millsaps students, especially those who are native to the Jackson area, heard about the Sanderson killing but are unaware of a school shooting that happened much closer to Millsaps. On the same day Sanderson was shot, JSU student Nolan Ryan Henderson, 19, was fatally

heightening 60s counter-culture movements doesn’t interest you, then perhaps the scandalous changes within the Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce office will. Joan Harris, the SCDP agency’s voluptuous head secretary, is the mother of a new baby boy; but the father is not her husband. After Don’s divorce from Betty and several relationships in between, Don spontaneously proposed to his mysteriously sexy secretary, Megan Calvet. (But, don’t hold your breath; the couple got married over the season’s break and forgot to invite us). The old Pete Campbell is back to being cocky and with good reason; Pete’s bringing home the bacon for SCDP. So much bacon that Roger Sterling, one of the oldest partners in the ad firm, is mooching off of his clients. And for Don, well, he may have settled down with one woman, but the enigma that is Don Draper will remain the same even though The Times surely Are A-Changin’ on the streets Madison Avenue wounded by a gunshot in the Palisades Apartment complex right off the JSU campus. WJTV Channel 11 news reports that the shooter was Jerrod Henderson, the victim’s cousin. JSU senior Matt Draper describes what he believes happened. “(Nolan) was at this pool party in the Palisades and for whatever reason, a bunch of



The fifth season of the popular show Mad Men premiered March 26, 2012.

and within the SCDP office. football players jumped him and beat him up. (Nolan) called his cousin on his cell phone to come ‘back him up.’ Nolan left the party and then came back with his cousin who was carrying a 9mm pistol. A fight led Nolan’s cousin to discharge the firearm into a brick wall and the bullet ricocheted, and hit Nolan in the head. How did (Jerrod) even get a 9mil pistol? He clearly

hasn’t been through a firearm safety course,” Draper says. Millsaps students acknowledge occasionally hearing staccato bursts of gunfire from within the security of campus, but haven’t been terribly concerned. A meeting, named Stop Violence, hosted Tuesday on Millsaps’ campus to discuss the JSU and MSU shootings and the slaying of Trayvon Martin in Florida

drew people from around the community, many of them JSU and Tougaloo College students to promote conversation that extends peaceful conflict resolution. Calls to “stop the violence” rang out, as participants pledge to be active in resolving violent situations.

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depth program review and cost analysis which are being made across all departments. This includes reanalyzing every aspect of the college from admissions to academics to athletics. Pearigen hopes the Millsaps community understands it “does not mean we are not a financially secure and solvent institution.” Some simple examples of financial review include considering whether athletic teams should charter one bus service or teams could travel together. Also, Millsaps is reviewing an energy audit to improve cost and sustainability. Academic focus is important to Pearigen, who believes academics “are the heart of our school.” With an assessment committee in place, information is being gathered from each department to give a good sense of everything from faculty effectiveness to class size to student involvement to department challenges. Over time Millsaps has expanded its faculty and departments to include a “fantastic entrepreneurial faculty,” says Pearigen. But now the college is in a place

where the student body is smaller than necessary and not appropriate for the size programs. “Over a period of years we have edited by addition,” says Pearigen. “There is a point when you have to edit by rethinking.” The drafted Academic Excellence and Strategic plan, recently presented to a group of student leaders, is doing just that – rethinking the academic plan. The focus is to help all students “become leaders in a dynamic world.” By focusing on the individual needs of each department, class and student, the assessment committee hopes to expand upon an education already known for its success and prestige. The academic review, along with the financial analysis, will parallel the greater strategic planning process across all departments. “We are looking more at who is here, where we are and who we want to be,” says Pearigen. Pearigen also hopes that all students feel welcome to turn to him or any member of the student life team with questions or concerns.

the institution, currently standing at a little more than 900 undergraduate students. Ideally, Millsaps would like to be in the 1,100 range. There is no simple answer for the smaller numbers in enrollment; however, the students that have transferred from Millsaps in the past two years have been through a series of personal analysis. “I want to understand them individually and collectively,” says Pearigen. He hopes this open line of communication will help answer questions about the students who have transferred and also attract students who are committed to four years at Millsaps. As in any institution, finances influence a large part of retention and enrollment. “We find ourselves (currently) in a position to grow our revenue and reduce costs,” says Pearigen. The college is working to strengthen its financial position as a whole through an in



Contact Anna Nations, natioal@millsaps.edu

Millsaps students continue to collect awards By Anna Nations Features Editor

Two Millsaps students prove to be award-winning writers at this year’s annual Southern Literary Competition, a festival for collegiate writers. Emma Spies placed first in the formal essay category with “‘I Love Mischief Strangely’: The Rise of the Female Libertine in Restoration Comedy,” and Whitney Gilchrist was awarded second place in short story with “Brothers.” Millsaps professors collected submissions and chose a few, including the works by junior Spies and senior Gilchrist, to be entered into the competition. Every year the culmination festival is hosted at a different college. This year’s event was held last weekend at Lipscomb University in Nashville. The Southern Literary Festival Society was founded in 1937 as a collaboration of colleges in the South. The original allegiance of Mississippi schools grew to encompass many colleges and universities across the South counting schools such as Vanderbilt University, Furman University and Rhodes College as members. Nowadays, the festival is a prestigious show-

case, highlighting the talents of up and coming writers in a broad spectrum of categories. “I think the Southern Literary Festival is beneficial for college writers because it provides

ronment for writers to learn from each other. This can serve as an invaluable experience for growth towards a writing career.

successful writing career. Her plans include to get a doctorate in English literature, enabling her to teach at a college level. Spies’ interest lies in academic writing based on literature, which is well represented in her award-winning “‘I Love Mischief Strangely’: The Rise of the Female Libertine in Restoration Comedy.” The piece was originally written for Dr. Laura Franey’s class, Restoration and Eighteenth Century Sex Comedies, which Spies recommends. The essay explores the role of female libertines in two 17th century plays, William Wycherley’s “The Country Wife” and Aphra Behn’s “The Rover.” “Through close readings, I basically determined that Wycherley’s female libertines represented a largely negative male view of female sexuality, and Behn’s female libertine represented a not-altogether positive, but different and more tolerant, perspective on female sexuality, ”explains Spies.


Emma Spies receives first place at the annual Southern Literary Competition.

an opportunity for students who enjoy different types of writing, be it creative fiction, poetry or formal academic writing, to submit their pieces to a major festival, be applauded for their efforts and gain exposure to the regional literary scene,” says Spies. In addition to choosing categorical winners, the festival also functions as a workshop, in a sense, creating an envi-

(See an excerpt of Emma’s essay below.) “Students who attend also get to participate in panels on different types of writing and meet successful writers, which can

definitely help them improve their own skills and work on their networking within the literary community,” says Spies. Spies is well on her way to a

‘I Love Mischief Strangely’: The rise of the female libertine in restoration comedy For the mistresses of Charles II (1660-85), theatricality and power were inextricably linked. In the seventeenth century, even the most privileged women lacked equal rights and opportunities, and they were certainly restricted from any official participation in the political world. . . . Charles II was, of course, a notorious libertine who kept many mistresses, and his entire court reflected his fondness for a libertine lifestyle. For the women at his court, a particular kind of public image was necessary for their patronage networks [through which they influenced pro-

motions and privileges given to men] to function properly. On one hand, it was important that they be respected for their ability to unofficially influence male advancement in the public sphere. On the other hand, they undoubtedly allowed themselves to be highly, and theatrically, sexualized, openly flaunting their expensive clothes, jewelry and other material items that indicated which of them was the king’s current favorite. They also made no attempts to hide their sexual rivalries from public view. At the theatre, for example, they fought over who could sit near the

king, and “[s]ome people spent as much time watching the courtiers at the theatre as the play itself ” (Wynne 173). In other words, Charles’s mistresses allowed their rakish, excessively libertine behavior to become part of their public identity and their public “performances,” but this was a necessary part of the struggle to retain influence in the patronage networks of the court. Thus whether they realized it or not, they fostered the connection, in the public mind, between women who had power and women who were libertines. Such real-world performances of this newly sexual-

ized female power within the political sphere likely influenced the portrayal of female libertines in literature during the 1660s, but the exact characteristics that authors gave to these libertines varied depending, at least in part, upon how the authors interpreted the social and moral function of female sexuality. William Wycherley, for example, depicts a group of female libertines in his play “The Country Wife” (1675) as sexually aggressive, selfserving and competitive. Aphra Behn, however, features a female libertine in her play “The Rover” (1677) as the highly sympathetic

protagonist, spirited, intelligent and believable. Both representations of female libertines seem inspired by the real women at Charles’s court, but Wycherley’s female libertines reflect a fearful, wary understanding of female sexuality, rooted in male apprehension about losing personal and political power to women, whereas Behn’s reflects the much more progressive idea that women who engage in rakish behavior can still act morally and nobly.



Contact Ellen Bouyelas, bouyeen@millsaps.edu

Men’s lacrosse earns first win in program’s history

By Ellen Bouyelas Sports Editor

The Millsaps men’s lacrosse team ended March with the first two wins of the program’s history. The most recent win was the team’s first Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference victory, with sophomore Hunter Stevison scoring the winning goal with 7 seconds left on the clock. “In the last two games we have played with more confidence, smarter and with more intensity than before,” says sophomore co-captain Julien Speyer. “It was nice to win our first game ever at Huntington but it was also great to win our first conference game at home especially the way we won the game with Hunter’s last minute goals.”

Fellow co-capOn March 17, the team defeated Hunttain Hunter Stevison ingdon College earnechoes his teammate. ing it the first win of “I believe we have the season and the surprised a lot of peofirst win in the prople in our conference. gram’s history. The team’s reaction Though the Huntwas really special, esingdon Hawks took pecially for the sophthe lead at first, Millomores who had wait saps was quick to so long to get the first come back. Sophowin,” he says. more goalkeeper The team’s bigGenny Santos Chris Hood blocked gest goal for the sea13 of 19 opposing The men’s lacrosse team earns two consecutive wins, the first in Millsaps history. son is to make it to the shots. With freshSCAC tournament. Rhodes College. game. Less than a minute later man Scott Budd picking up six “(It) will take a lot of hard Millsaps made the game look he shot the winning goal earngoals in the game, Brandon Al- easy with a 10-5 lead in the be- ing Millsaps its second victory work, but we are capable of dolison three, and freshman Jake ginning of the third quarter. and first of the SCAC. ing it,” Speyer concludes. Kaple one, the Majors broke the Though, Rhodes took an 11-10 Julien Speyer says, “We still school record for most goals lead in the fourth quarter. have plenty of room for imscored in a game. With one minute and five sec- provement but after these last The men kept up the pace onds left on the clock Stevison two wins the team finally startthe following weekend against scored the goal that tied the ing to play with confidence.”

It’s Nerf or nothing Commentary by Ellen Bouyelas Sports Editor

Have you ever encountered a student frantically running between classes, Nerf gun at the ready? Have you ever seen a lone Nerf gun hiding near the bushes of Becky Bacot Hall? Have you ever been caught in the crossfire of a Nerf gun battle? I have. And I wanted answers. Checking with my super secret Sports Editor sources, I knew I had to find freshman Kyle McKeough to get the scoop on this newfound pastime. The Rules: “There are two basic games we play,” says McKeough. “In the first game, we split into teams of three. Each player on each team has 3 lives. A body shot or head shot counts as a full life, while a shot to the arm or leg subtracts half of a life. Anywhere on campus is open territory with the excep-

tion of the Caf, dorm halls and class. If players are shot in a legal zone of campus, they are considered dead and cannot be shot again until they leave a safe zone. If players lose all of their lives, they are out. The last team remaining wins. Nerf weapons cannot be stolen, but ammo is fair game as long as it is returned when the game is over. Also, no off brand weapons are allowed. It must be Nerf. Anything Nerf is legal, footballs, guns of any size, swords. As long as it is Nerf, you can use it. The lives remaining are recorded on my door,” continues McKeough. “Honesty is essential in this game. We have only played one game of this type so far and it lasted about a week. The second game is called Assassin. It has a Grandmaster, someone who does not physically play who assigns everyone

in the group a target person. The goal is to shoot that target. If you do, you obtain your initial target’s target, and your initial target is out of the game. The last man standing wins. Unlike the first game, dorm halls and the Caf are legal for play. If you manage to kill your assassin when he/she tries to kill you, you get a 30 minute period of immunity.” The Players: “Anyone can play,” continues McKeough. “Initially there were six of us. We picked up a few more for the first game and finished with nine. However, the news had gotten out, and there were about 15 additional people wanting to play. If anyone is interested, I encourage them to join,” he says. “In the first game, the teams are listed. In the second game, everyone knows who is playing (posted on the Grandmasters door), but the targets remain unknown. Both

games are open to everyone. Single players can join Assassin as long as they do so before the game begins. If you wish to join the teambased game, please have a team of three ready,” he says. The Origin: “The game was thought of by Mitchell Blumka and me,” says McKeough. “We thought of it as a fun way to keep us on our toes between classes. As soon as we decided we liked the idea, we added in Dustin Garig, Matt Rec-

erally trust no one. James Harrigan agreed to be the Grandmaster, and the first game should start soon.” With all of this new Intel from Kyle, I encourage all to come out and play. Take this new sport as a between class study break. Anyone interested in playing can text McKeough at 228-2166175 with his or her name and desired game to play. The next game to start will be Assassin, so grab a Nerf gun and aim for your target.

tor, Alex Barnes and Chris Lawrence to help us work out the dents in the rules and establish the two opposing teams. As the game winded down, we thought of incorporating Assassin to make a slightly faster paced game where you can lit-


Congratulations to Coach Rich Scangarello Football coach Rich Scangarello accepted his new position of Offensive Coordinator for the Division I football program at the Northern Arizona University. This is a role he has held since he started here at Millsaps two years ago. Scangarello had his final day at Millsaps on March 14. Scangarello’s dedication and contributions to not only the football program, but to the students and college as well, will be missed. He is congratulated on his new position and wished the best of luck in his future endeavors.

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