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14th annual Bulldog Bash artists announced, location confirmed The Black Crowes and Chris Young are scheduled to play at this year’s event BY PRANAAV JADHAV Staff Writer

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MSU alumnus Cameron Spann stars as a biochemist in the film, “Headrush” which premiered in Starkville Thursday.

HEADRUSH BY MARY KATE MCGOWAN Staff Writer

From accidentally stumbling onto a movie set at eight years old to producing, writing, directing and editing films, a Mississippi State University alumnus debuted his movie in Starkville Thursday. “Headrush” is a science-fiction short film by Johnson Thomasson. The film was premiered at Hollywood Premier Cinemas in Starkville last night. All members of the “Headrush” cast and crew are from Mississippi. Thomasson graduated in December 2010 with a degree in computer science and a communication minor. But Thomasson is not the only MSU alumni involved in “Headrush.” Along with other alumni, Cameron Spann stars in the film as Kurt Schuler, a

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biochemist doing cutting-edge son said. “I thought they were research on the deceased. like real-life stories and you Spann graduated in Decem- just witnessed them. But then, ber 2010 with a degree in com- it became apparent that peomunication ple made careers and an emphaoff making movies, It never sis in broadand that’s the first occurred casting. time the thought Both Thomto me that occurred to me.” asson and As a child, people Spann began Thomasson said their film ca- made movies. I he would use his reers at early thought they were grandparent’s video ages. camera to record like real-life stoWhile bik- ries and you just family holidays and ing around events. his hometown witnessed them.” “I would get my of Indianola, -Johnson siblings and cousMiss., Thom- Thomasson, ins, and we would asson witnessed MSU alumnus, make scary movies a downtown — which were not building explo- writer, producer very scary but fun,” sion on the set he said. of John Grisham’s “The ChamThomasson’s love for film ber.” grew as he did. After complet“It never occurred to me that ing his first summer job at 15 people made movies,” Thomas- years old, he bought his first

video camera. He grew serious and began to make short films and tests. While at MSU, Thomasson continued to make films with small crews. “It was always with a handful of friends — four or five of us — that would work on the projects, and other MSU students would help us,” he said. As a student, Thomasson took communication classes in order to create his own film studies curriculum. With his engineering background from MSU in computer science, Thomasson is familiar and enjoys working with computers — something that helps with his behind-the-camera duties. Spann was also always interested in film as well, but the jumpstart of his career was developing short films with friends, including Thomasson, in high school.

Starkville’s 14th annual Bulldog Bash will be held Oct. 4th in the Cotton District. The headliners of this year’s event are The Black Crowes and Chris Young, as announced by the Mississippi State University Student Association. The Atlanta-based Black Crowes mix 1970s-era rock infused with Southern soul and blues. The group has sold more than 35 million albums. Chris Young has put five songs on the country charts. Justin Cooper, co-director of Bulldog Bash, said the artists chosen each year are based on the their reach to a wide spectrum of audience. “This year the Black Crowes has been picked because it kind of bridged the generational gap between people our age, stu-

dents and alumni that grew up and listened to them in college in the 90s,” he said. “Chris Young was chosen because we felt he was an uprising country musician right now, and obviously Starkville has a large country following.” Bulldog Bash begins at 3 p.m. on Oct. 4 and is free for the public. Paul Walker, junior political science and economics major, said he believes the SA did a fairly good job in the selection process this year. “I’m excited about the Black Crowes. I have heard good things. I am more excited this year than I was for last year, but I hope next year they go in the direction they went my freshman year, maybe get someone a little more recent than the Black Crowes, which is an old band,” Walker said.

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Construction on campus results in opposite flow of traffic BY KYLIE DENNIS Staff Writer

Recent changes to a central road on Mississippi State University’s campus mark the continuation of progress for the university’s master campus plan. Following summer alterations, commuting on Lee Boulevard. between Walker Road and the YMCA building will now be restricted to one-way, east-flowing traffic. Additionally, Walker Road will now admit only oneway, west-flowing traffic. Roger Baker, campus master planner, said these modifications are necessary to accommodate future construction projects and larger road renovations in the surrounding area. “The traffic and parking on Lee and Walker was made into a counter-clockwise, one-way route. All of the traffic coming up on Tracy to Lee must turn right [onto Lee Boulevard.], and traffic coming south on George Perry must turn right

onto Walker,” he said. “These changes were made because of the expected construction of a new classroom building just to the north of the YMCA, which will cause George Perry to be closed from Barr to Lee.” Mike Harris, director of parking and transit services, said the recent changes to central campus infrastructure will also help to promote a new system of commuting at MSU, prompting motorists to remain primarily on the outer edges of campus. “Most [people] want to park as close to the center as possible, so this does create COURTESY PHOTO | MIKE HARRIS significant traffic,” Harris Anticipated construction projects have influenced street changes by the Student Union. said. “Traffic is always something to consider with a cam- Lee Boulevard said while this “It is going to confuse the there have been no signifipus of our size. We have added development has welcomed a upper classmen,” Koren said. cant incidents attributed to additional shuttle routes and greater concentration of pe- “And when alumni come back the changes at Lee Boulevard Park-N-Ride lots to help alle- destrian traffic in the center to go to football games and thus far. However, as with any viate some of this.” of campus and an increased try to park, they’re going to major changes on campus, he However, students like Jena interest in businesses located be confused. I think it is going said “there is a learning curve.” Koren, junior horticulture on Lee Boulevard, traffic re- to cause more traffic than it is Baker said small-scale altermajor and an employee of form will not settle easily with going to help.” ations like those at Lee BouUniversity Florist located on everyone. In this regard, Harris said levard reflect the campus-wide

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adjustments to parking and transit envisioned by university officials. “The campus master plans’ goal for traffic is to promote safety and convenience for the following groups in this order: pedestrians, bike, shuttle and vehicles,” he said. Ultimately, Baker said new traffic regulations on Lee Boulevard and Walker Road are temporary solutions devised with the best interest of commuters and pedestrians in mind. Meanwhile, numerous university organizations will continue to monitor the area and areas like it around campus as MSU moves forward with the master campus plan. “Changes to traffic are being planned daily and as opportunities arise, it is the hope that these changes will promote safety and ease of commute for all that travel in and around our campus,” Baker said.

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HEADRUSH “I was never involved with theater other than an ‘Aladdin’ musical when I was nine years old,” Spann said. Since making films with high school best friend Thomasson, Spann’s career has flourished. “After a film we shot in El Paso and New Orleans called ‘Blood Feud’ premiered, I signed with an agent,’ Spann said. “Having an agent landed me some cool roles in commercials and films like ‘As I Lay Dying.’ It’s been cool seeing my career go from shooting horror films with my little sisters, to working alongside James Franco. It’s taken a lot of hard work, but I am blessed for sure.” Over the last few years, Thomasson has also grown as a filmmaker. He has raised funds for his film budgets to create small budgets and film crews. “Headrush” is his biggest film yet. “With every project, I try to do something bigger and more challenging,” he said. In “Headrush,” a student and professor study the chemistry of death with a corpse in the classic setting of a laboratory on a stormy night. Through a flashback, everyone in the film is a potential victim be-

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fore the scientists’ reveal their been my best friend since high school, and we both have alvictim. “Johnson wrote ‘Headrush’ ways been very interested in with me in mind, an honor to filmmaking,” Spann said. “Afsay the least,” Spann said. “I ter years of practicing our craft with making a was by his side few short films during the writJohnson and fun videos, ing process. He we decided to would bounce wrote ideas off of me, ‘Headrush’ step up our game and show the and we would with me world what we meet many-anight to work on in mind, an honor were both capable of.” the smallest of to say the least. details,” Spann “ H e a d r u s h” I was by his side said. has helped furThomasWith a budget during the writing ther of $30,000 and a process. He would son’s career as a film crew, “Head- bounce ideas off filmmaker. rush” is ThomasC u r r e n t l y, of me, and we son’s biggest film Spann focuses to date. Grants would meet on his personal from the Missis- many-a-night life while taking sippi Arts Com- to work on the a hiatus from mission and the acting. Mississippi Film smallest of Thomasson and Video Alli- details.” will begin atance from online -Cameron Spann, tending the Unicrowd-funding actor versity of Southcampaigns and ern California’s personal contributions sup- film school in January. ported the budget. According to the Hollywood Spann said “Headrush” has Reporter, USC’s film school is developed over the years in- the top in the country. “It’s an incredibly selective cluding their time at MSU. “My involvement in ‘Head- program, and I’m fortunate rush’ goes back to tenth grade, for having gotten in. When I believe it or not. The director was making ‘Headrush,’ I was of ‘Headrush’, Johnson, has keeping in my mind that I

needed something polished on my resume that will grab some attention out there and show that I belong to be there,” Thomasson said. Both MSU alumni attribute some of their personal success to MSU. For Thomasson, English professor Kelly Marsh’s literature and film class impacted and deepened his passion and appreciation for film. Marsh said her literature and film course compares the writers’ techniques and those used by filmmakers to guide their audiences’ ethical judgments. “All of us in the class had a great deal of experience as readers and viewers, but Johnson’s personal experience with film production, along with his insightful analysis of both literature and film, enabled him to provide a different point of view, which really enriched the course,” Marsh said. Spann also has been affected by MSU. “I know it’s obvious, but there is a special bond between Bulldogs – even between complete strangers,” Spann said. “Seeing ‘Headrush’ as a finished product makes me proud; not only as an actor, but as an MSU alumnus. It’s State where I made some amazing friends and had an amazing ride.”

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Amanda Fones, co-director Mississippi State come togethof Bulldog Bash er for one great said freshmen night of fun,” come to MSU and Fones said. That’s look forward to As of Tuesone of the day, the city of this event because important Starkville has ofthey have heard about it when they ficially approved aspects were younger. of Bulldog Bash is the Cotton Dis“That’s one of trict as the venthe important that we have it in ue for Bulldog aspects of Bull- the Cotton DisBash. dog Bash is that trict, and we have Michael Howe have it in the those 30,000 gan, president Cotton District, of the Student and we have those people in the Association said 30,000 people in street.” a turnover in the the street. It brings -Amanda Fones, city planning the small-town co-director Bulloffice caused atmosphere back disruption with to Starkville. You dog Bash planning the are able to see that board of alderall the students, the communi- men. ty and the alumni and fans of “When you attempt to get

continued from 1 on the board of aldermen schedule, you contact the chief administrative officer who at the time was Lynn Spruill. We attempted to get on with the old board of aldermen and they asked us to wait because this will be an event under the new board of aldermen administration, so we had to wait,” Hogan said. Hogan said the SA encourages feedback about Bulldog Bash on Facebook and Twitter and also in the surveys it sends out. “We do a SA survey every spring which is sent directly to your mystate email in which it addresses everything that we do, not just Bulldog Bash, and with our social media sites we always encourage people to let us know their feedback,” he said.

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Pizza Hut Express offers new dining option BY QUENTIN SMITH Staff Writer

Mississippi State University has decided to bring in a new dining option for students this year by partnering up with Pizza Hut Express. The university expects Pizza Hut Express to add a new dimension to the food court in the Colvard Student Union and give the students a better variety of foods to choose from. The new restaurant is located next to Miso Sushi. The whole idea of adding a new Pizza Hut Express came from the results of various on-campus surveys. The university set up surveys in the union and other various locations, asking students which foods and food restaurants they would like to have implemented into the student union the most. Over the past two years, the university has collected that data from the students and found out that pizza was the missing element that everyone wanted. Jason Nall, Aramark executive dining services director, said adding a Pizza Hut along with the other dining options

that are already in place was a big need for campus. “When we went back to check our feedback we saw that pizza scored really high, and out of all the pizza scores, the Pizza Hut brand was the highest scoring brand,” N a l l said. Nall a l s o added Pizza Hut Express is a value driven product. “Having a Pizza Hut adds another powerful brand that our students have grown up with,” Nall said. “It is a brand that we are comfortable with, and we felt like the price point

was right so we took this opportunity to bring it into the union.” Students with meal plans can use their block meals a n y time after 4 p.m. Also, students m a y purchase items by using flex dollars, cash, credit card or any other university tender. The food menu and price range will be the exact same as it is at all of the other Pizza Hut locations, along with the food

being served in pre-made boxes. Courtney Bryant, Aramark/MSU Dining marketing manager, said she thinks Pizza Hut Express will be a huge success here on campus. “Pizza Hut is an easy, fast and portable option for students. It’s great for them to re-heat and eat later which is really important to students, and it’s a good value, you feel full once you get a meal at Pizza Hut,” she said. The Pizza Hut Express will be open Monday-Thursday from 10:30 a.m-9 p.m, Friday 10:30 a.m-9 p.m, closed on Saturday and open Sunday 4-8 p.m. Telvin Hadley, junior business administration major, said he felt thrilled when he found out Pizza Hut Express was being brought to campus. “I’m enjoying having another place to eat lunch at in between my classes,” Hadley said. “Pizza Hut is a great place to eat especially with all of the different types of food they serve. I definitely think the school did the right thing by bringing the Pizza Hut Express on board.”

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Alpha Delta Pi, the most recent sorority to colonize at Mississippi State University, anxiously awaits the arrival of its house on sorority row. Construction on ADPi’s house officially began at the groundbreaking ceremony on Aug. 9. Construction expects to finish in August 2014. Jackie Mullen, director of student activities, said the groundbreaking ceremony drew in a crowd of people, both from MSU and from other cities. “ADPi’s international pres-

(in the foundation),” Mullen said. “A lot of people were in attendance, including the construction company, the architect, Dr. Kibler, Dean Bourgeois and Dr. Keith. It was really exciting.” Mullen also said MSU ADPi alumni came to the event. “Alpha Delta Pi has previously been a chapter at Mississippi State, and they still have quite a few alumni that still live in Starkville and the surrounding area,” Mullen said. “They got to come out and

support their sorority recolo- idents move out, everything has nizing.” to be out of the Chi Omega house,” Cohen is expanding said. “The conIt can be their house and struction worktough for a undergoing a ers will come in, lot of people gut and comcomplete renoto vation as well. pletely renovate. Olivia Co- maneuver around, It was built 30 hen, president but if a college years ago, and of Chi Omega the way it’s built at MSU, said campus doesnt have isn’t really funcc o n s t r u c t i o n construction, then tional for us anyon the house it’s not growing.” more.” will block the Cohen said back door but -Jackie Mullen the renovation will not require will accommoany girls to date the growing move out this year. number of Chi Omega mem“In May, when the house res- bers.

“We currently house forty girls in the house, but after the renovation it will be sixty,” Cohen said. “It’s also going to give us a chapter room. We currently use the dining room or the living room for chapter meetings, and there’s just not enough space for our chapter.” Cohen said the Chi Omega members are very excited for the new addition, although the seniors feel “bittersweet.” “They had to live with the construction, but they don’t get to enjoy the new house,” Cohen said. “But we’re trying to get some rooms named after us, so we haven’t lost hope yet.”

Jackie Mullen said the construction of new houses creates excitement not only for the Greek system, but for MSU as a whole. “The construction shows a growth and that students like what we (at the Center for Student Activities) are doing,” Mullen said. “It’s a really cool time to be here and to be a part of it. That’s definitely the plus of being on a college campus that has a lot of construction going on. It can be tough for a lot of people to maneuver around, but if a college campus doesn’t have construction, then it’s not growing. We are growing tremendously.”

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LEADERSHIP Freshman Council and Freshman Forum are designed specifically for freshmen in SA. Freshman Council helps to improve first-year experience along with the SA and MSU administration. The Freshman Council helps plan the Big Event. Being apart of the Freshman Council and Freshman Forum also means being a member of SA. Freshman Council and forum applications are due by Sept. 1. The first rounds of interviews will be held Sept. 3-5. Freshmen can print out an application on sa.msstate.edu and turn it on the third floor of the Colvard Student Union in the SA office. Group interviews can be signed up for at the SA office.

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As the largest student organization in the state with over 500 active members, the Mississippi State University Student Association seeks to serve the campus by being the voice of the students. For freshmen, SA presents two opportunities to be involved on campus: Freshman Council and Freshman Forum. Sophomores Adam Pitts and Ashton Braddock co-direct Freshman Council. Pitts, who was a member of Freshmen Council last year, said he has enjoyed every minute of his involvement with SA and has no regrets. “Being involved really sets you apart as an individual, and it gives something back to the university. It’s been a blessing to me to be a part of such a special group,” Pitts said. “SA is just a blessing to be on. Once you’re a part of the committee and you see how stuff works and how involved SA is, you’re like, ‘I want to be a part of something big like this.’ To serve on it and actually see it happen is such a privilege.” The main responsibilities of Freshman Council include attending weekly meetings, sitting in on SA meetings to learn how SA works and sitting in on Senate meetings to learn matters such as how laws are delegated, assist in all SA events and help plan the

EcoCAR2 hosts celebration BY KYLIE DENNIS Staff Writer

Mississippi State University’s EcoCAR2 team will host a kick-off event on Aug. 27 at 5 p.m. in room 112 of Carpenter Hall to celebrate the team’s continuation into year three of the EcoCAR2: Plugging into the Future competition.

Students of all majors are invited to enjoy pizza from Stromboli’s and participate in an interest session with special guest speaker and dean of the Bagley College of Engineering, Achille Messac. Claire Faccini, MSU’s EcoCAR2 communications manager, said she hopes the event will help share the team’s mission and commitment to

the Bulldog community and encourage students to take an active role in the team’s success this year. For more information on MSU’s EcoCAR2 team, visit msuecocar2.com or follow the team’s progress on their Facebook, Mississippi State EcoCar2 Team, Twitter @MSStateEcoCAR2 and Instagram @ msuecocar2.

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Big Event in late fall or early man class, and they represent the freshman class, and in spring. Six out of the eight mem- return, they serve the univerbers currently on SA Execu- sity,” King said. “That’s what tive Council, as well as various we’re looking for is a really diverse group of presidents of othstudents that er organizations, each freshman were on either That’s can look up to Freshman Forum or Freshman what we’re and just know that they can Council their looking for go and ask freshman year. is a really them about While Freshanything man Forum also diverse group of that’s going works closely students that each on around with SA, the freshman can look campus and committee also focuses on re- up to and just know people that are really encruiting by that they can go working with and ask them about t h u s i a s t i c about getting the Office of anything that’s involved and Admissions and serving this holding a leader- going on around university.” ship conference campus and peoFre s h m a n in early spring. ple that are really forum memHigh school juenthusiastic about bers will also niors and seniors work closely attend the con- getting involved with other orference to get a and serving this ganizations on feel for MSU and university.” campus such learn how to be as Alumni leaders on cam- -Caitlin King, Delegates and pus. Co-director Road RunCo-director of Freshman Forum ners, which Freshman Forum co-director sophomore CaitMatt DeBerry lin King, who attended the leadership con- said is one of the differences ference while she was in high between the two committees. “Where Council specifschool, said Freshman Forum and Freshman Council pres- ically focuses on preparing ent great ways to get your foot recruiting members to be in SA involvement, we (Forum) in the door at MSU. “With Council and Forum, not only do SA but also being they’re the leaders of the fresh- involved in Road Runners,

Alumni Delegates and Greek life – being leaders in that,” DeBerry said. “We’re more the big picture where they’re more focused in one area and trying to nail that.” Freshman Council and Freshman Forum work together on a can drive around Christmas time and have a retreat together to help form relationships among the members. Pitts said SA plans to have about 250-300 applicants this year, and both organizations will take 30-35 members. SA will hold an interest meeting for Freshman Forum and Council Aug. 28 in Taylor Auditorium (room 124) in McCool Hall at 5 p.m. Freshmen wanting to apply can fill out an application online at sa.msstate.edu or print out that application and turn it in at the SA office on the third floor of the Colvard Student Union. Applications for Freshman Council and Forum are due by Sept. 1, and the first round of interviews will be held Sept. 3-5. The first interview is a group interview for those interested in either committee. Freshmen can sign up for group interviews in the SA office after submitting the application. The next round of interviews will be individual and separated between those applying for Council and those applying for Forum.


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he Maroon Edition book for 2013, Richard A. Muller’s “Physics for Future Presidents,” is a wonderful foray into some of the charged scientific questions in modern political policy. Muller’s easy to read and well laid out structure make his book a must-read for anyone interested in the important issues we will likely face as a country and a planet in the near future. This book serves to guide conversations dealing with political policies of important physical concepts, as Muller expounds on the most pressing issues, including climate change, nuclear warfare, manned spaceflight and the future of clean energy. Mississippi State University

has chosen to make “Physics for a talking point for relevant poFuture Presidents” the Maroon litical and scientific discussion Edition book for the 2013-2014 — I, for one, look forward to school year, and I am happy seeing what everyone has to say with their about these choice. As issues that This year’s book a physics have too major, I aims to give every often been like the incoming freshman n e g l e c t choice of ed but are book this student a common ground now open year be- and talking point for releto general cause my vant political and discussion. experience Everythe last two scientific discussion.” one, even years with u p p e r the Maclassmen roon Edition has been less excit- and faculty, should do theming and less relevant to everyday selves a favor and participate in life. This year’s book aims to this year’s Maroon Edition acgive every incoming freshman tivities, even if you want to take student common ground and it all with a grain of salt or dis-

agree with Muller’s arguments in “Physics for Future Presidents,” and I am not the only person who thinks this. Mark A. Novotny, professor and head of the Mississippi State Department of Physics and Astronomy recommended that everyone read the book. “I definitely think that not only every freshman on campus should read it, but every professor on campus should read it… All students at all levels should learn this as it will affect them in their future,” Novotny said. Interestingly enough, the book is written to future presidents, but it still makes an attempt to emphasize understanding issues from as many perspectives as possible so that every citizen is

knowledgeable about relevant issues. One shortcoming is that “Physics for Future Presidents” is simply unable to cover all of the important issues available. Some of the issues it does cover may seem somewhat trivial, but overall, the book is excellent. Reed Clay, freshman aerospace engineering major, commented about Muller’s efficacy at dealing with sensitive issues. “The author does an excellent job illustrating the misconceptions people have about the dangers of nuclear power. And I sincerely hope that future presidents understand the issues as much as readers of this book,” he said. Reasoned debate and careful consideration of important

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CAMERON CLARKE Cameron Clarke is a junior majoring in physics and mathematics. He can be contacted at opinion@reflector.msstate.edu.

issues drive society forward. Therefore, it is great that hopefully everyone on campus will be able to participate in the Maroon Edition discussion this year.

Student life teaches lesson on reliability College may be like a John Hughes film after all

mong the many chal- consequences of rule-breaking. lenges presented when In terms of accountability, inentering college, being dividuals in this stage should forced to rely on others is one. only be relied on if the conSchool faculty and the friends sequences of failing to follow you make will be crucial not through are harmful. The second level deals with only in helping attain everyday needs, but in helping you dis- the moral expectations that surcover who you are as an adult. rounding friends, family and Unfortunately, one of the big- teachers have for an individual. gest complaints I’ve encoun- Living up to these expectations tered is how unreliable college drives their behavior. At the third level, human students are. As a first year, out-of-state rights and social justice are the student without a car, I’ve ex- factors behind moral reasonperienced the uncomfortable ing, and an individual is no situation of constantly being longer solely concerned with forced to depend on others. outcomes for the self. It is the Mostly desperate for rides, I rationalization behind followalso depended on others for ing through, the justification help and advice as I transitioned to living College provides a unique on my own. environment and Often times, I opportunity that forces us simply wanted someone by my to actively participate in this cogniside as I worked tive growth.” through these new experiences. As I reflect on my first year of college, I that leads to the conscious derealize my relationship with cision to be dependable that my roommate was more of a distinguishes our maturity levpartnership than anything else: el. College students are living a tag-team we created to tackle somewhere between the second the adult transition. But as young adults, we and third level, progressing towill let those around us down, ward a higher, universal moral and they will do the same. Psy- code together as we receive edchologist Lawrence Kohlberg, ucation and approach self-acwhose work appears within tualization. Consistent reliability takes a student development theories, focuses on moral development, certain level of skill and matucategorizing morality in three rity that most college students do not have yet. As college levels. The first level, which most students, we depend on each of us have progressed through other while discovering our prior to beginning college, fo- own level of dependability. As cuses on rules. Moral decisions a group, learning and growing are based on punishment and together, it is our responsibilibenefit only self by avoiding ty to have expectations of each

ANNA WOLFE Anna Wolfe is the news editor at The Reflector. She can be contacted at news@reflector. msstate.edu.

other, pushing for moral behavior and reliability towards one another. Most importantly, we must recognize our faults, remembering that no one is perfect. We can all demonstrate selfish behavior. Not because we are young or students in college, but because we are human. Forgiveness is crucial in creating healthy relationships with others. Unconditional forgiveness is crucial in becoming a well-rounded, fulfilled individual. Young adulthood is an interesting time that involves questioning sets of values and becoming conscious of our thought processes. College provides a unique environment and opportunity that forces us to actively participate in this cognitive growth. If I have any piece of advice, it’s to put your trust into others anyways, have an overwhelming gratitude for those who follow through and give unconditional grace when they inevitably let you down.

f there is a single piece of ad- fast Club’’ (if you haven’t seen vice I can impart to you as an it, open Netflix immediately.) It incoming freshman, it is to tells the tale of five students who use the gift of presence. You are are forced to spend a day togethabout to embark on four years er in a classroom. They have difthat flash by faster than a sum- ferent backgrounds, interests and mer storm. The single greatest ambitions, but for one day they tool you possess is intentionality. are present in a classroom and Freshman year can be awk- intentionally discuss their beliefs ward, lonely, confusing and ev- and see they are fundamentally erything in between. The temp- all students striving after their tation is clinging to individuals dreams. Hughes never allows his audisimilar to you and never to stray from the perfect life raft you’ve ence to fully realize if the breakmade of your new-found soror- fast club continues their friendity sisters or your neighbor two ship after that day, and I cannot guarantee you will either. You doors down. That life raft is fine for the first may never talk to your neighbor months. But ships were made for from Dr. C’s general psychology the sea, not to float next to the class again, but you tried. The harbor. Mississippi State Univer- extrovert may befriend the insity is a sea of over 20,000 peo- trovert, or vice versa, and for a ple, made up of different beliefs, moment you reversed the tables. Majors, sororities, fraterethnicities, ages and goals. As you enter your freshman nities and campus ministries comp classes or senior level cap- are all wonderful tools to strike stone course, instead of sitting up friendships in a sea of new down next to the guy you vague- faces, but for a moment, you ly knew in high school or the intentionally took the time to girl wearing the same letters as befriend someone with beliefs you, sit down next to the strang- different from yours. You may er on the middle row, second to be the princess and your neighlast seat. You never know, he or bor may want to travel the world with nothing she may be more than your best her paint set. friend, or Meet as many your polar different people It may not lead to a lifeopposite. as you can, ask long friendRegardless, their stories, ship, but it treat every may lead to encounter show kindness and let with intenthe world teach you les- a lifelong discovery about tionality sons you can only learn yourself and because you by living and loving loving indinever know viduals differwho he or others. ” ent from you. she may It worked for be. Get to Molly Ringknow others, escape your self-instated box. wald and Ally Sheedy, so hey, John Hughes wrote a movie why couldn’t work for you? If I was to explain my best in the ‘80s entitled ‘‘The Break-

ALIE DALEE Alie Dalee is the opinion editor at The Reflector. She can be contacted at opinion@reflector. msstate.edu.

friends to you, there would be an architect, a hippie, a sports fanatic, a spaz, a writer, Greek life fanatics and a world traveler. I’m not sure how they would describe me, but I do know had I never removed my rose-colored glasses, I’d never have befriended any of them. We’re all very different. We teach each other new things every day — like when the MSU football quarterback sits in front of you in mass media and you have no idea who he is. It’s times like this it’s good to have a sports fanatic as your best friend. An author named Augusten Burroughs once wrote, “Because how do you meet a new person? I was very stunned by this for many years. And then I realized, you just say, ‘Hi.’ They may ignore you. Or you may marry them. And that possibility is worth that one word.” Don’t spend the next four years, or one year, on your life boat floating aimlessly on the lazy river you’ve created for yourself. Travel the seven seas. Meet as many different people as you can, ask their stories, show kindness and let the world teach you lessons you can only learn by living and loving others.

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ive me 1,000 pushups. Run 223 miles in one hour. Put down the Nutella. Roll this newspaper into a ball and eat it (it is a great source of fiber and light on the calories, you know.) While I imagine newspaper ink must taste horrible, and I do not condone doing any of the aforementioned activities, I understand getting a workout or diet plan together can appear just as insane. Seeing as we are now underway with the new school year, many of you are wondering what it takes to avoid putting on the pounds. I am here to offer some simple advice for things to do to achieve a healthy lifestyle. As someone who also works for Mississippi State University Rec Sports, I hear tons of information regarding exercise and maintaining a physical routine. My goal with this is not to create a diet plan but it is to help provide a guideline for achieving some exercise goals. It is important to realize being physically active is more mental than anything. Do not feel discouraged just because the big guy on the bench press can rep 275 lbs with ease or give up on trying yoga because the first day is rough. An integral part of setting your goals is realizing your starting point and go. Some people will start out in better physical condition than others — a reality of life — but even Usian Bolt had to begin somewhere. So now you have made it through day one and are drained. After trying a spin class with a friend, you are exhausted and drenched in sweat. Between doing a seemingly endless amount of some crazy maneuver called “booking it” and pushing up an endless hill

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have done enough to take a week off. The question remains whether you will be back tomorrow for more. T.J. Legler is a senior majoring in cultural While a challenge in itself to acknowledge anthropology. He can be contacted at your personal starting point, the real mental opinion@reflector.msstate.edu. test begins after the workout is over. Try to push yourself to get back in the routine day not only relieves tired muscle groups, it can after day. I tell people whenever they come also have cross-training effects. Take running and swimming, for examby that if they work a little harder each day, then they will walk out better than when they ple. While both are excellent forms of cardio the shock the human legs absorb from runcame in. While it is not easy to give more each time, ning can cause damage overtime; however, enough persistence, and it will begin to pay swimming can provide an equally challengoff. Try and keep a “snowball effect” going ing cardio workout minus the wear associated so that each day can be viewed as a personal with running. In the instances you find yourself feeling gain, and remember it is not so much about making huge amounts of progress at once as particularly sore from exercise, it may be time it is about a lot of gradual advances. Activities to take a break. A rest day after so many constant days of working out is that once seemed extremely well-deserved, and there is difficult at the beginning no shame in it whatsoever. become easier, and the reAn Rest days provide the opsults slowly become apparintegral part portunity for the body to ent. heal itself where most musof setting Many months from now the day has arrived where your goals is realizing cle growth occurs. Reaching the end of our exercising is a normal part your starting point hypothetical scenarios, it is of daily life. You walk in time to reflect on what we to the gym and speak to a and go.” have learned. Pursuing an few friends before getting active lifestyle begins with down to business. An hour a mental choice to take the of weights should be sufficient for today, but as you go through the routine, you have an initial plunge. Small gains add up overtime and patience is key. epiphany. Remember that changing your normal “This is way too easy, and I’m not seeing the results anymore — do I need to take a break?” routine can do a lot in terms of reaching the The answer to this one depends on the work next level, and also keep in mind that when you have accomplished so far. If what you are your body says, “Give me a break,” you have doing does feel like it has become redundant, indeed earned the right of taking a day off,


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1. Get to know your neighbors. 2. Get involved early. Try out different clubs around campus. 3. The fifth floor of the library is 9. Eat at MacArthur. the most wonderful place to 10. Take a nap in the chapel. study. 11. Don’t carry your map around campus. 12. The refuge is great to see the stars. It is also closed at 5. Eat the bakery’s muffins. It night. So, sometimes, a game will change your life and give warden will catch you. you “Freshmen 15.” 6. Take your Perry to the Drill Field. It tastes better with grass and friends. 7. Stay up all night at least once.

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SUMMER 2013: THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE GATSBY GOOD A SUMMER OF NOSTALGIC TUG OF WAR by Anna Wolfe

An incredible nostalgia can accompany the melancholy many college students experience as spring semester ends and they prepare to leave the friendships and lives they’ve built at school. Going “home” for most means dealing with parents and an awkward docile situation but also reconnecting with old friends in an old hometown and, although cliché, “getting back to one’s roots.” For me, this grounding meant spending my summer revisiting music I had been exposed to when I was much younger but never found a taste for. My mother, who admits, “Every twenty-something-year-old is angsty,” raised me while listening to U2, Pearl Jam and Lilith fair gals like Paula Cole and Shawn Colvin. She “likes the sound,” and, after introducing myself again to the genre, I do too. Though I enjoyed being unapologetically sentimental this summer, the break between school years is not always positive. It can be a time of tugof-war for students trying to forge a new identity that has evolved past their hometown self-image. It is not hard to fall back into old patterns when at home, which creates hesitation for some to return. I, however, tried to use the experience to look back on the time I have spent growing, changing and appreciating how people, towns and schools have shaped the person I have become. Music, I have realized, has been an especially powerful influence. Two categories of artists formed my summer soundtrack: `90s alternative rock bands and the women who appeared at Lilith Fair. Paula Cole’s debut album, “Harbinger,” which I dug up from the glove box of my mother’s Subaru, sent me on a quest to rediscover powerful wom-

en artists like Tracy Chapman, Fiona Apple and Alanis Morissette. Best known for the song, “You Oughta Know,” Morissette’s sound captures the typical young adult attitude – the restlessness and rebellion against conventional methods and formal institution. Her lyrics, however, do not express the whiny, teenage, “I’m so misunderstood” angst you would imagine. Positivity drives her songs. “I’m broke but I’m happy / I’m poor but I’m kind / I’m short but I’m healthy / I’m high but I’m grounded / I’m sane but I’m overwhelmed / I’m lost but I’m hopeful / What it comes down to is that everything’s gonna be fine, fine, fine.” Is this not the college student anthem? We are poor and working part-time as we balance a 15-hour course load, but we’re happy to pursue an education while creating lifelong friendships with people who share our goals. We are overwhelmed by tests, projects and our prospects after graduation. We are lost as we search for our place in the “real world,” but we’re hopeful we’ll succeed because of our schooling. This song, called “Hand In My Pocket,” is realistic but optimistic, which is why I listened to it and others from Morissette this summer. The Foo Fighters, whose drummer, Taylor Hawkins, previously played for Morissette, was one of my favorite bands this summer. Very much inspired by `90s grunge (considering front-man Dave Grohl was the drummer for Nirvana), the Foo Fighters surprised me with their slower, acoustic ballads. The song “Home” is especially touching, as it expresses the desire to return “home,” which, for college students, may not be an entirely concrete concept. Though returning to the

house I grew up in can be positive and nostalgic, the experience reminds me it is not my home. This realization pairs with a hunger to identify myself to the world and find out where I belong. College years are awkward but profound. I hope students around me appreciate this period in their lives when they are growing, learning and remaining optimistic. After all, even the angstiest music carries the sound of promise. This is especially true for Pearl Jam, who sings my favorite song of the summer, “The Fixer.” I enjoyed listening to the alternative rock band again and recognized the music from my childhood. Songs like “Better Man,” “Daughter,” “Elderly Woman Behind The Counter In A Small Town,” and, of course, “Jeremy,” were all familiar. This time, though, I registered what I was listening to. This allowed me to associate the specific artist with my memory. “The Fixer,” however, was one I had not heard before. I couldn’t help but move to this fast-paced, up-beat, punky tune. Instantly putting me in a good mood, this song has an optimism that suggests people are in control of their happiness. It is our choice to “put a little fixin’” on what has been broken and “try to love again” if there is no love. “The Fixer” reiterates Morissette’s idea in “Hand In My Pocket” that “everything’s gonna be fine, fine, fine,” assuring a promising outcome through choosing to act. “When something’s bored, I wanna put a little exciting on it / If something’s low, I wanna put a little high on it / When something’s lost, I wanna fight to get it back again.” It is this positive, “fix-it” approach college students must take to survive spending a summer in the town they grew up in.

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When I was telling my family how I was “working hard” and “being really productive” over the summer, I failed to mention that I was not really doing any of that. Instead, I was underneath layers of blankets, clutching a Doritos bag and pressing “next episode” on Netflix. Forget about exploring nature or getting third-degree sunburns; I binge-watched way too many shows on Netflix (including “Hannah Montana” because why not?). I’m sure you saw a billion Facebook statuses containing quotes and Bluth family shenanigans from the new season of “Arrested Development” that premiered on the streaming service. And, of course, the countless tweets saying “OMG JUST FINISHED ‘BREAKING BAD’” or “Why did they take “That’s So Raven” off?!” Hint: that last tweet was mine. But what made Netflix special this summer came from the original series “Orange Is The New Black.” Created by my homegirl Jenji Kohan (who created my favorite, “Weeds”), the show delves into the lives of women behind bars. At first,

you think it’s about some privileged white lady who finally fesses up for a drug crime, but as you get deeper into the show, it becomes a menagerie of female characters, from a short-tempered Russian cook to a frizzy-haired junkie to a crazy-eyed eccentric. And lesbians. Lots of lesbians. Which is a good thing, as LGBTQ characters aren’t explored thoroughly in the entertainment industry. “Orange Is The New Black” captures womanhood and homosexuality beautifully and honestly. Especially with Laverne Cox’s character, Sophia, who is a transgendered woman played by an actual transgendered woman – mind blowing. Along with her phenomenal acting skills, Cox rose as a transgender role model. She’s just the best. Renewed for a second season, Kohan proved that a show with a nearly all-female cast can be brilliant and way better than the male-flooded casts generally seen in the entertainment industry. You’ll laugh, cry and begin understanding stories that are never told.


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“The Great Gatsby” featured lavish parties and spectacular visuals but fell short of reaching the level of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic.

BAD BAZ LUHRMANN’S “THE GREAT GATSBY” by Alie Dalee Baz Luhrmann’s adaptation of “The Great Gatsby” is not your typical Hollywood blockbuster. Luhrmann makes sure his film, like Gatsby’s parties, is seen and heard amid quirky indie films and Marvel madness. The first 30 minutes include camera shots so haphazardly changing it makes you wonder if the cinematographer suffers from undiagnosed ADHD. Due to Luhrmann’s careful focus on the party scenes, the film comes across as an ode to the jazz age. Luhrmann seems to use “The Great Gatsby” as an excuse to show off the roaring `20s in all its splendor. However, in his adaption, rap moguls and British songstresses replace jazz crooners. The result is spectacularly misplaced music. The music takes away from the poignant tale rather than adding to its century-old mystique. The rest of the film plays as a period

piece, while the music leaves the audience confused. And so we, the audience, find ourselves, “boats against the current borne back ceaselessly into the past.” The parties: on first thought, you have to wonder how Fitzgerald would have felt. They’re over the top, grandiose and filled with alcohol, streamers, gangsters, movie stars – and all this just to win a girl. Initially jarring, the movie slowly entrances the viewer. Sadly, though, it seems Luhrmann is only here for the party. The terrible moment, the resolution of the novel, where Fitzgerald paints Gatsby alone in his house for a party no one attended, was cast aside. Instead, Gatsby’s funeral receives more coverage. This missing scene leaves one wondering if Luhrmann grasped the novel’s meaning at all. Shining moments in “The Great Gatsby” come to the audience

through the film’s cast. Leonardo DiCaprio brings an intensity to Gatsby that seems to wholly embody the original character. Mulligan also becomes Daisy, a half coy, half docile personality. The effect is a movie led by its leads. Even as the director bombards your senses with music and streamers, your eyes are wide and you are mesmerized by the film’s characters. Luhrmann may have missed Fitzgerald’s point, yet it seems DiCaprio, dignified, and Mulligan, doe-eyed, understood Fitzgerald’s classic portrayal of the jazz age all along. As an ocular masterpiece, “The Great Gatsby” succeeds. It will be a twenty-first century staple across college dorm rooms for movie nights to come. However, as a serious cinematic effort to tell Fitzgerald’s tale with the gravity associated with the author’s work, Luhrmann fell flat.

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During the summer, scenes like the one above at Bin 612 characterize Starkville while the majority of students are away out of town.

GOOD PEACEFUL STARKVILLE SUMMERS by Kaitlyn Byrne Imagine a world where you can drive all the way down Miss. Hwy. 12 in a matter of minutes; where you can wear a T-shirt and shorts for nights out in the Cotton District without judgment; where you can actually park on campus without feeling like an extra cast member in the Hunger Games. In this world, there are no students wandering aimlessly into the streets with frightened expressions while you slam on your breaks to narrowly avoid reducing Mississippi State University’s record-breaking enrollment numbers. There are no such things as club meetings or deadlines or crazy color-coded to-do lists. There is just you, a pool and maybe a part-time job or summer class (which we all know puts the “A” in GPA, if you know what I’m saying ... They’re easy. I’m saying summer classes are easy.). This utopia I speak of is none other than our beloved Starkville during the summer. After recently completing my second summer in Starkville, I have come to realize I get weirdly possessive of this

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town during the long break. It takes me a while to get used to sharing it again once all of you people come back. I like being able to drive from campus to Walmart in less than 10 minutes (yeah, I bet that got your attention, huh?). I like walking into a restaurant on a Friday night and not having to wait 45 minutes for a table. And I like wearing a swimsuit under my clothes while running errands, OK? I’ve heard people complain that

Starkville is boring during the summer, that there is nothing to do and nowhere to go. All I can say is this: If you don’t like Starkville summers, you’re not doing them right. What’s not to love about wide open streets, afternoons at the pool and casual nights in the District? Hang around next summer, and I’ll show you how it’s done. Or don’t, because I don’t really want your car taking up the good parking spaces anyway.

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GOOD “MODERN VAMPIRES OF THE CITY” by Daniel Hart Vampire Weekend’s “Modern Vampires of the City” bookended my summer. The album carried me on a long drive in mid May to a Josh Ritter concert in Atlanta and then back to Mississippi. At the end of summer, a handful of days ago, the album played on my way back to Starkville. It played from my laptop resting in the passenger seat, replacing my broken CD player. This bookending is significant because I was a skeptic. Vampire Weekend had become a bit gimmicky. “Contra,” their last album, was rife with moral dilemmas of rich versus poor. This provided nice New York City escapism for me as a Mississippian, but the music wasn’t as catchy or New England-y as their self-titled debut. I’m not wealthy or from the Northeast. Where did we Mississippians fit in? “Modern Vampires of the City” fills in all gaps, both in sound and lyrical themes. Musically, it’s the closest record to Paul Simon’s “Graceland” since, well, “Graceland.” The album skitters and steps across New York City, from falafel shops to Hudson Bay and everywhere in between. “Modern Vampires” paces like a drive from the outskirts into the heart of the city. “Obvious Bicycle” begins pastorally, buoyant with harmonies, opening the album like an awakening city as the musical peaks and troughs rise and fall. “Unbelievers” then whirs into gear with Elvis Costello-style organs and acoustic guitars, only to dissipate into “Step,” a harpsichord drenched slow burner doubling as an over-the-shoulder wink at Vampire Weekend’s debut. The album’s tempo fluctuations continue, from whining synths in “Hannah Hunt” to lightning quick melodies in “Diane Young” and “Finger Back.” Experimental vocal and percussive effects characterize “Ya Hey” and “Hudson.” “Young Lion” shines for only a brief

moment of final respite. The album pulsates and grooves along its trajectory, alternating from danceable to docile and back again. Vampire Weekend’s seamlessly constructed sound on “Modern Vampires” opens the floor for the album’s deep lyrical growth. “Graceland”-esque cultural explorations show up in “Modern Vampires of the City,” as in the band’s first two albums, but in minute doses of urban life: the New York Times, Hudson Bay and laminated Dome of the Rock posters appear. These touches of the city ground the album in Vampire Weekend’s previous catalogue while paving the way for expansive discussions of mortality and deity. Focus slowly shifts upward on the album, above the streets, to God and the afterlife. The rollicking “Diane Young,” littered with auto tune and tempo changes (and a music video including marijuana smoked from a saxophone) illustrates the first of the album’s wordplay: “Diane Young” can also be heard as “Dyin’ Young.” Reckless abandon, musically, swirls with lyrical anxiety over where life heads. Deep questions pervade the album: “Everlasting Arms” wonders whether we were meant to serve a master but admits ���I’m never gonna understand.” Eventually, the sweep of “Ya Hey” comes, a modern retelling of Moses and the burning bush. As “Rolling Stone” illustrated, “Ya Hey” doubles as “Yahweh.” The tune could be worship or blasphemy, but Vampire Weekend gives no straight answers. It is clear that while the band has questions for God, God has a strong grip on the band, in return. Endlessly explorable, the juxtaposition of grooving and God, the amalgamation of a maturing urban sound and spiritually ponderous lyrics, makes the album infinitely listenable. And for that, it is the best of summer 2013.

GOOD DILLON DAY’S STRIKE by Kristen Spink

August 14 was a special day for the Mississippi State University football team. Head coach Dan Mullen canceled afternoon practice and replaced it with a trip to the bowling alley. While at the lanes — MSU center Dillon Day, who was included on the Rimington — Trophy watch list given annually to the nation’s most outstanding center, decided to get in some extra practice. He snapped the bowling ball from his center position stance, and, on the first try, bowled a strike. Thankfully, the bowl was recorded and placed on the Hail State YouTube site, where it currently has over 119,000 views — the most views of a Mississippi State-related video in MSU history. The video also made it to the front page of yahoo.com, which gets over 500 million views per month. As if that was not enough, the video was shown on ESPN College Football Live. Good work, Dillon Day. Hopefully the voters for the Rimington Trophy will catch a glimpse of that video before they vote.

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MSU baseball played for national championship in College World Series MSU publicist Joe Dier retired after 25 years at MSU 83 students athletes made spring academic honor roll Tyler Russell and LaDarius Perkins named to football Maxwell Award watch list Gabe Jackson and Nickoe Nic Whitley named to football pre-season award watch lists Baseball coach John Cohen named ABCA regional coach of the year SEC media days MLB draft Release of volleyball schedule Women's Wome golfer Ally McDonald wins North & South Amateur Leah Beasley named assistant athletic director for marketing Football season tickets sell out Men's golf schedule released Women's golfer Ally McDonald tees off in amateur open Cross Country releases schedule Track standout Erica Bogard competes in IAAF world championships in Russia Men's golfer Chad Ramey competes in US amateur 2014 football schedule released

Tell us your name, home- cheer for teams ever. My favorite part about this town and what you did this summer,” most every team was they realized sports is professor said to start the first about more than just winning. Yes, winning is the goal of every day of class. One response particularly team. But these guys learned stood out to me: “I went to you better have some fun along Omaha for the best two weeks the way. From the Bench Mobb of my life.” Others were simi- (second B is silent), to the “fear lar: “I flew to Omaha for one the beard” motto, to “team no week and then drove there for undershirt,” it was easy to see the next week,” and, “I went how much fun this team had to Omaha and supported our together. So often teams and players Dogs.” More than two months later, lose sight of that and have a the hype still encompasses the “win or die” motto. Enjoying campus of Mississippi State the game itself is overlooked University. Omaha T-shirts by performances. But the baseball team had a fill the hallways lot of fun, and I and line the guess they did a sidewalks. And More little bit of winrightfully so. than two ning along with You would that. have thought we months But what won it all from later, the hype does the first the commoappearance in a tion heard from still encompasses national chamDudy Noble the campus of pionship game Field June 27. Mississippi State really mean for Cowbells rang University. Omaha MSU? It means as loud as ever, we can do it. We and cheers never T-shirts fill the hallways and line can play with stopped. the best, and we For MSU the sidewalks. And can be the best. fans, the finish rightfully so.” We are right up did not dictate there with the the dedication. Tigers and the At the baseball celebration two days after State Tide – and yes, I said “we.” fell to UCLA in the College The sense of unity that World Series championship se- came with the national chamries, hundreds of faithful Bull- pionship appearance may be dog followers gathered to show one of the biggest takeaways their support for a team that from the season. gave this college and city more The fact this baseball team than they could have dreamed. finally pushed through and As commentators and writ- persevered all the way to a ers agreed, this team was one national championship seof the most easy-to-like and ries means every other MSU

KRISTEN SPINK Kristen Spink is the managing editor of The Reflector. She can be contacted at managing@ reflector.msstate.edu.

sport can, too. The confidence that returned from Omaha returns to MSU athletics, not just to Dudy Noble Field. You have to wonder what student-athletes like Tyler Russell, Jalen Steele, Alison Owen, Kendra Grant and Malte Stropp were thinking as they watched their fellow student-athletes play for a title, anxiously awaiting their return to center stage. So what effect will this have on the upcoming year for MSU athletics? That remains to be seen. But what is for sure is that our school has momentum heading into the fall. We were the last SEC team to play a major sport last year, and we are the team that has just tasted success and awaits eagerly for a whole feast of it. With soccer officially starting off the year for MSU athletics this weekend and other sports looming in the near future, I cannot wait to see what may happen in Starkville this year.

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Aug. 30 Southern Mississippi A Sept. 6 UAB Sept. 13 @ South Alabama Sept. 20 @ LSU Oct. 4 Texas A&M Oct. 11 Auburn Oct. 25 @ Kentucky Nov. 1 Arkansas Nov. 8 Tennessee-Martin Nov. 15 @ Alabama Nov. 22 Vanderbilt Nov. 29 @ Ole Miss ZACK ORSBORN | THE REFLECTOR

South Carolina: The Gamelabama: The Tide is the number one team in the cocks have the best overall playpreseason polls, and they er in the nation in defensive deserve it. Complete on both end Jadaveon Clowney, who is sides of the ball, Alabama will a once-in-a-lifetime prospect, be tough for any team to deal and South Carolina’s defense with. It all starts with terrific should be one of the best in the defense, led by linebacker C.J. SEC. But it is not just because Mosely, loaded with NFL-cali- of Clowney. The rest of the defensive line ber talent. It will not be just about de- is pretty good as well, and the fense this year as Bama could team is loaded in the secondary have the best offense it has ever featuring one of the best corhad in the Saban era. A.J. Mc- nerback tandems in the nation Carron has developed from a in Victor Hampton and Jimmy game–managing quarterback Legree. The offense is not as good as into one of the best quarterbacks in the nation with an the defense, but it is effective NFL future and has proven in its own right led by senior he can make big throws in big quarterback Connor Shaw. He’s a dual threat guy who makes games. With another great offensive plays and wins games. He plays line, one of the top running behind an offensive line that backs in the country in T.J. Yel- can be dominant run-blocking but must be don and the up better this seaand coming Amari Cooper at reThe Aggies son in pass protection. ceiver, Alabama have the Overall, it is will have a great most not an elite ofchance to win fense, but with its third national electrifying the Gamecock title in a row this player in college defense, the season. offense doesn’t Georgia: The football right now, Bulldogs only quarterback Johnny need to be. They just need bring back 13 Manziel, who the offense to starters, but nine took the SEC and be effective and of them are on efficient, and offense, and they the entire nation under the Old have the best all- by storm a year Ball Coach, around offense in ago winning the they are certhe nation. Heisman trophy tainly capable They have a of doing that. star quarterback as a redshirt Texas A&M: in Aaron Murray, freshman.” The Aggies one of the best have the most O-Lines in the electrifying nation protecting him and a ton of talented skill player in college football right players surrounding him. Most now, quarterback Johnny Mannotably, Georgia boasts the best ziel who took the SEC and the running back duo in the coun- entire nation by storm a year try in sophomores Todd Gurley ago winning the Heisman trophy as a redshirt freshman. and Keith Marshall. Who knows how the autoOn the defensive side, there are a lot of new faces but plenty graph signings scandal will play of talent for this group to hold out and if he will get suspendup its end of the bargain. They ed or not. If he gets to play in lost some really great players, 2013, the Aggies will once again but their young guys will be be one of the top SEC teams ready to step in and contribute, and have a shot to win the conand veterans Jordan Jenkins and ference and play for the title. It’s not just about Johnny Damien Swann will take over as the leaders and stars of this Football with this team as they have a good offensive line and defense.

FORREST BUCK Forrest Buck is a senior majoring in sport pedagogy. He can be contacted at reflectorsports@gmail.com.

a lot of talented skill players around him. They are four deep at running back – the best of the bunch being senior Ben Malena. They have some really good receiving options for Manziel to throw to, headlined by sophomore Mike Evans, who is now a rising star after a fantastic freshman campaign. The defense is another story. Losses of Damontre Moore and Sean Porter have significantly drained this unit of elite defensive talent, and this season they have no top tier players on that side of the ball. If Texas A&M does not win the SEC this season, its defense will most likely be the main reason why. LSU: The Tigers come into 2013 with less hype than normal but still remain a threat in the SEC. The key to LSU’s success this year will simply be old-school football. The Tigers have a great defense led by one of the top NFL prospects in senior defensive tackle Anthony Johnson, and it will be up to the defense to really come through for this team to be successful, as most of the question marks about this team lie on offense. For instance, can Zach Mattenberger be more consistent, more accurate and play at the level he did towards the end of the season for a full year? How will all the changes on the offensive line affect them? Is running back Alfred Blue fully recovered? These are all concerns right now for the Tigers offense.

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STAT OF THE DAY: MSU FOOTBALL ONLY RETURNS 43 CAREER CATCHES AT THE WIDE RECEIVER POSITION. JOE MORROW, JAMEON LEWIS AND ROBERT JOHNSON ARE THE LONE RETURNING VETERANS.

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Adidas, along with Mississippi State University, unveiled the new MSU football jerseys for the 2013 season Thursday afternoon. The maroon jersey and pant combination with gold numerals and trim will be worn in the Egg Bowl against Ole Miss on Nov. 28, Thanksgiving Day.

Student ticket sales, annual Fan Day scheduled for Saturday By John Galatas Sports Editor

Student tickets for the 2013 Mississippi State University football season go on sale Saturday morning at 8 a.m. at the M-Club ticket office at Davis Wade Stadium. Ticket sales will end at 2 p.m., and for students unable to receive tickets Saturday, a limited number of tickets will be held back and sold Monday at 8:30 a.m. at the Bryan Athletic Ticket Office behind the Sanderson Center. MSU has sold out regular-season tickets for a fourth consecutive season, and the 11,000 student ticket allocation is highly anticipated to sell out fast. In order to receive tickets, students must be enrolled in the fall semester with no holds on university accounts. Tickets are $45 and charged to each student’s account, and a valid student ID is required for purchase. Along with tickets, students can also purchase this year’s True Maroon T-shirt Satur-

day morning while standing in the ticket line. True Maroon shirts will be sold for $12 with one dollar per shirt sold being donated to United Way. Following ticket sales Saturday, the Maroon and White faithful are invited to the Palmeiro Center behind Dudy Noble Field for MSU’s annual Fan Day. The event is free and doors open at noon while festivities will be held from 1-3 p.m. Head football coach Dan Mullen said the athletic department will provide items to be signed for athletes. “The whole team will be there for pictures and autographs,” he said. “We’re going to hand out posters for everyone who comes in and players and coaches will only be allowed to sign the official university posters.” MSU football, soccer and volleyball players and coaches will be on site to meet fans and sign autographs. Fan Day will also boast new events and appearances this season in anticipation for the 2013 kickoff.


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