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Infant mortality, pregnancy rates decline BY PRANAAV JADHAV Staff Writer

According to the Mississippi State Department of Health, the infant mortality rate has declined in the state of Mississippi. MSDH officials report a significant downward trend in the state’s infant mortality rate from 2005 to 2012. In the recently released 2012 numbers, the state’s infant mortality rate was 8.8 per 1,000 live births, compared to 9.4 in 2011, 9.6 in 2010, 10.0 in 2009, 9.9 in 2008, 10.1 in 2007, 10.5 in 2006 and 11.4 in 2005. On Sept. 13, in an MSDH news release, the

State of Mississippi’s health officer Dr. Marie Currier said there were many factors that played a role in dealing with the extremely complex issue of infant mortality. “In order to continue to see this decline in the deaths of our infants, we must ensure that women are healthy before they are pregnant and have access to good prenatal care when they become pregnant,” Currier said. The state has also seen a decline in teen birth rates from 2008 through 2012. In 2012 Mississippi’s teen birth rate was 46 births per 1,000 teens, compared to 65.6 in 2008. SEE DECLINING, 2


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On Tuesday, Sid Salter, director of University Relations, moderated a press conference with an Abraham Lincoln impersonator. The Symposium on Lincoln: The Movie and the Man took place Monday and Tuesday to commemorate the American Civil War sesquicentennial. The event featured lectures by prominent Lincoln scholars, including former Rhode Island Supreme Court Justice Frank Williams and nationally acclaimed Lincoln character actor George Buss. The Office of President Keenum, Mitchell Memorial Library, the Grant Presidential Library, African-American Studies and Shackouls Honors College sponsored the event. The symposium focused on the president’s influence on the country and the 2012 blockbuster “Lincoln.”

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Secretary of Agriculture reviews MSU research BY KAITLYN BYRNE



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Some Mississippi State University researchers and students met with U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack when he visited campus on Wednesday to learn about current agricultural research projects and discuss the future of the agriculture industry. Gregory Bohach, vice president of the Division of Agriculture, Forestry and Veterinary Medicine, said Vilsack looked at current projects on plant physiology research, biofuels production and beef production, among others. Bohach said the U.S. Department of Agriculture funds much of MSU’s research, so Vilsack’s visit was an important opportunity for MSU to showcase its research efforts in agriculture. “He was very impressed and made several comments about how State’s heading in the right direction,” Bohach said. “He’s very passionate about agriculture, and we appreciate him coming and learning more about research Mississippi State is doing.” In addition to meeting with researchers, Bohach said Vilsack participated in a roundtable discussion with a select group of students to discuss ways to solve future problems in the agriculture industry and answer questions. “Both he and Dr. Keenum talked about how the

In the 1950s, a bench that circled an oak tree called the Bull Ring was in front of the Colvard Student Union. However, after the bench was broken, it was removed from its prominent location on campus. This summer, the Bull Ring was brought back to Mississippi State University so current and future students could “shoot the bull” in front of

has been restored to MSU as the Bull Ring allows them to leave a mark on their university for future students to see. Roger Flier, senior political science major, said it was a great idea that the class of 2012 decided to bring back the Bull Ring. “It is good to see old traditions brought back to life,” Flier said. “It will provide a nice area for students and friends to meet up and hang out on campus.”


Rubin Shmulsky, MSU Forest Products Lab researcher, explains currently conducted research on a process that transforms biomass into fuel to Tom Vilasack, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture. Vilasack visited MSU Wednesday, where he toured research departments and held a press conference with President Mark E. Keenum. world population is going to increase to nine billion in (about 30 years from now), so he started off encouraging the students to contribute to the increased population of agriculture in a more sustainable way,” Bohach said. “He told the students how important


the union once again. The completion of the Bull Ring not only brings back this iconic campus landmark, but also marks the reinstatement of the class gift program, which has been overlooked for several years. The original Bull Ring was a class gift from the class of 1933, and the senior class of 2012 chose to bring it back as their class gift. Many students have also shown a great interest in the class-gift program since it


they would be in molding the future of agriculture.” Jade Cobern, senior biochemistry major, participated in the roundtable discussion and said the students appreciated the opportunity to ask questions and receive feedback from Vilsack. SEE SECRETARY, 3


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BULL RING According to Bill Broyles, assistant vice president for Student Affairs, funding for this project came from the Alumni Association, the class of 2012, the class of 2013, the Student Association and the MSU Foundation.

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“The Bull Ring project is a great example of what we can do when we all work together,” Broyles said. “We are all indebted to these loyal Bulldogs for their generosity.” Roger Baker, campus master planner, said MSU’s his-

tory and traditions are the cornerstone of the campus master plan, and his role in the Bull Ring’s restoration was to assist in bringing back this tradition. “As the campus master planner my role in the proj-

ect was more of helping provide the visioning of the project and how to restore a monument that has been on campus since 1933,” Baker said. “Restoring the original Bull Ring was the tricky part because of the historical sig-

nificance of the original ring versus new construction and the ability of the structure to stand the test of time.” Broyles said current students have been making use of the Bull Ring. “The thing that has really



surprised me is the amount of current students I see enjoying the Bull Ring now. It is amazing how a stone bench can connect so many people from different generations. There really is a special bond among us,” Broyles said.



Left: A student reacts to T-shirts hung on clotheslines during the Clothesline Project. Right: Jodie McGuff (left) and Carmen Brothers (right) participate in the Clothesline Project by decorating T-shirts to raise awareness about sexual assault. The project, which took place this week on the Drill Field, provides an opportunity for men and women to break their silence and share their stories. The project began in Cape Cod, Mass., in 1990. Today, an estimated 500 projects nationally make 50,000 to 60,000 T-shirts if possible.




DECLINING Director for Health Education and Wellness at Mississippi State University Joyce Yates said in an email healthy living is a very important factor in the infant mortality rate decline. Yates said if a woman is healthy before becoming pregnant and if she has access to good prenatal care, her chances of having a healthy infant certainly increase. “Education on healthy living in general is very important to the teen population, but more important is that the teen understands how to practice these health habits,” Yates said. Lynne Cossman, head of the department of sociology at MSU, said in an email that sociologists look at a wide variety of factors, both individual factors and contextual factors, to explain shifts in these trends. “The demographic makeup of the state also plays a critical

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role in our infant mortality rates, which are some of the highest in the nation. Mississippi’s teen pregnancy rates and infant mortality rates are both influenced by the economic circumstances of the state, in that this is a poor state, and we have high rates of teen pregnancy and infant mortality,” Cossman said. Ceci Land, Mississippi resident, said she is curious to know the demographics of the decline, and if it was metropolitan areas in which there were statistics changes. “You probably can make a speculation based on the rural areas where there is a more static population, whereas the urban areas have a more fluid population,” Land said. To promote the birth of a healthy infant, Yates suggests pregnant women should consider good health habits such as

exercise, ample sleep and rest, a nutritious diet, drugs and alcohol and have regular medical examinations. “Teens and all pregnant women need to be aware of the risk of smoking around infants, the use of restraining infants in the car by using approved car seats, the importance of a good sleep and the availability of social support,” Yates said. Land said she believes the improvement of healthy living within people might also be a reason for the decline. “The younger generation seems to have learned possibly from their parents what not to do,” Land said. While Mississippi’s infant mortality rate is on the decline, the state continues to remain above the 2013 national average of 5.9 deaths per 1,000 live births.

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said. “We are the ones who are going to have to deal with that (population) increase and find solutions.” Sid Salter, director of University Relations, said Vilsack

praised MSU’s research as being cutting edge and beneficial not only to Mississippi, but also globally. “USDA-funded research is an integral part of MSU’s on-

continued from 1 going research efforts,” he said. “I think his visit is a good signal that USDA maintains good confidence in Mississippi State and can expect that support to continue in the future.”

Tuesday, Sept. 24 • 8:19 a.m. A student reported his bicycle stolen from Hull Hall. • 12:19 p.m. A student was arrested for minor in possession of alcohol in Hurst Hall. • 12:59 p.m. A student reported her wallet missing from the Swalm Building. The wallet was later found. • 2:14 p.m. An employee reported his vehicle was damaged from a tree branch in the Bowen Hall parking lot. • 8:27 p.m. A student reported her vehicle vandalized while parked in the post office parking lot.

Wednesday, Sept. 25 • 12:00 a.m. A student was arrested in Starkville for driving under the influence and hit and run. • 1:30 p.m. A student reported his bicycle stolen from the bike rack at Dorman Hall. • 3:32 p.m. A student reported losing his laptop between classes. • 4:02 p.m. A student reported her vehicle damaged while parked behind McKee Hall. • 8:15 p.m. A student reported finding her missing bicycle at Critz Hall. • 9:32 p.m. Students were horse-playing by the post office. Officers responded.


• 6 citations were issued for speeding. • 2 citations were issued for having an expired tag. • 2 citations were issued for driving the wrong way on a oneway street. • 5 citations were issued for running a stop sign. • 1 citation was issued for improper passing. • 1 citation was issued for parking in a 15-minute parking zone over the time allowed.


Tom Vilsack, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, attended a press conference during his visit on Wednesday. During his time at MSU, he reviewed agricultural projects and assured students their school is heading in the right direction.

MSU receives research accreditation BY PRANAAV JADHAV

application was actual in truth what was in practice,” Shaw said. AAHRPP’s mission statement Mississippi State University became the first and only uni- is to promote excellent, ethicalversity in the state of Missis- ly- sound research through partnerships with sippi to receive an research oraccreditation from ganizations, the Association for ...and so researchers, the Accreditation this office sponsors and of Human Research the public. Protection Proand the A A H R P P ’s grams. entire mission On Sept. 17, statement this self-regulating university is also says the body that consists working very organization of educators all over hard to be encourages the country from able to pursue effective, efa number of universities, approved additionaly funding ficient and innovative full accreditation to opportunities, and systems of MSU for the next this is just one protection three years. more tool that will for human David Shaw, vice research parpresident for re- help us do that.” ticipants. search and develop- - David Shaw, Jodi Robment at MSU said Vice president erts, MSU the application is of research and Institutiontedious and extenal Review sive. He said a great develpoment Board officer deal of documentawho was retion is required to demonstrate that MSU sets high sponsible for coordination of MSU’s application, said MSU standards. “Above and beyond that, once had to do a self-evaluation to the application was in, a site vis- put together the application, it team actually came and spent which took about seven to eight two days on our campus going months. “There were two steps, afover samples of records that we have, going over procedures and ter the first application went policies that we have, interview- through, AAHRPP came back ing faculty and staff to be sure with some suggestions on how that what we had put in the we could improve few of our Staff Writer

policies and procedures and they worked with us to include the necessary language. We then submitted a second application in March, which resulted in a site visit in June, so it’s been more than a year that the application process started,” Roberts said. Vice President Shaw said this accreditation will not directly lead to an increase in funding for the students but will certainly build a reputation for the university. “Through continuing to enhance the reputation of the research programs at the university, there certainly is every opportunity to impact funding agencies, and so this office and the entire university is working very hard to be able to pursue additional funding opportunities, and this is just one more tool that will help us to do that,” Shaw said. Karin Lee, manage of international institute and scholars at the international institute, said she does not feel accreditation plays as much role as does the research of the major professor. According to the Carnegie Foundation, MSU is among the nation’s leading major research universities. Earlier this year, among other universities in Mississippi, MSU received an endorsement from the Wall Street Journal, which said graduates get top return on investment.


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freshman perspective

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The elusive collegiate victory lap



ow many freshmen en- degree in four years, but I have ter college and plan to chosen a minor in floral managegraduate in four years? ment. Obviously, these are two Unless they seek more than a very different fields of choice. bachelors degree, most figure Each has its own requirements they will graduate their senior that may cause me to spill over year. Freshmen do not want into five years. I do not view this negatively. I to think they will be in school any longer than they have to do not mind putting in the time be. What happens when it takes required to earn my degree, and if it takes me five years to do so, longer than four years? I am a freshman, and my ex- then I will not give up after all pected graduation year is 2017: the work I have put in. Besides the addition of a minor exactly four years from 2013. In high school, I never considered or a major change, the article taking five years to complete my presents many other valid readegree, but now with my new- sons it may take longer than a four-year stint. Students who pay found minor, I may. Chris Denhart, a writer on for their own college degree may n e e d the Forbes staff, to slow recently wrote Students should down an article titled research their their “The Rise and major and course Fail of the Fiveload in Year College determine an order to Degree,” that average time-table, so mainstates an intert a i n esting statistic they do not get shella job. that only 49 per- shocked their freshman S t u cent of students year when they find out dents that enter one they will not graduate in t h a t of our America’s particiBest Colleges four years.” pate in will graduate on co-ops time. or inThe article goes on to state, “More and more ternships during the school year students are taking five years to may find it difficult to fit in all complete what have historically the imperative time to keep up been four-year programs.” For with classes. Also, the student me, this takes some of the pres- may be closed out of a prerequisure off. It means that I do not site class that will not be offered have to stress about not being for another year. Denhart presents another side where fellow freshmen are in their pursuit of a degree. I would that students start to realize they like to complete my English approach the real world and opt

CHELSEA RHODES Chelsea Rhodes is a freshman majoring in English. She can be contacted at opinion@

to stay in school as a way of postponement. They find more classes they “just have to take.” Many are not ready to make life decisions or pay back student loans. He writes it’s just easier to stay in school than face these problems. Some students choose a major, such as pre-veterinarian science, knowing it would take longer than most student’s expected four years, or even five. A student dedicated to getting his or her degree and becoming a certified veterinarian does not balk at the added years. Students should research their major and determine an average time-table, so they do not get shell-shocked their freshman year when they find out they will not graduate in four years. I can only imagine how fifthyear students feel. I know they probably would have liked to graduate when a majority of their friends did. One thing they should not feel is embarrassment. They should take pride in the fact that they stuck it out and are but a breath away from their degree. They should feel accomplished, not saddened by the thought of how much time they put in toward their degree. That time consisted of hard work, long hours of studying and, hopefully, it had a little bit of fun mixed in.



our years. Depending on the context, four years can either be perceived as a rather short or very long period of time. Well, as a senior in college, I’m torn. At times, the past four years have seemed to drag on forever: the first time I failed an assignment, when I was 19-20-years-old and waiting to turn 21, when I walked into the wrong classroom buildings because I was too prideful to carry a campus map. At these points, it seemed like I was never going to get out of here. But senior year has been accompanied by a change in perspective. Everywhere I turn, someone questions my future career plans, and I’m left here wondering, “Where in the blazes have the past four years gone?” With my back against the wall of an ever-approaching graduation date, I realize several discrepancies with the traditional four-year college experience. To preface my stance, let me explain that while I am by no means the world’s most focused student, I have changed my major only once and have taken a minimum of 15 hours each semester. I have never repeated a class and have always felt that academically, I have had a fairly positive college career. That being said, my first question is this: when was I supposed to take the fun classes? I have always strictly followed the list of courses given to me by my adviser with the expectation of graduating in four years, but

was it worth it? Was it worth missing out on pottery 101, gender in politics and wine tasting class? (No, I did not make this up. Wine. Tasting.) Call me nostalgic or afraid to move on, but I say nay. And I would dare to say I’m in good company. With the average student changing his or her major at least three to five times over the course of their college years (, it is nearly impossible for a run-of-the-mill student to finish prerequisites in that brief four-year period, much less have a few spare hours to take classes that feed their personal interests. It just brings to light the question of which area of education is most vital: the routine freshman level core-classes that are required for graduation (whether or not they are pertinent to your specific major) or the enriching experience of furthering your knowledge on a topic you feel personally drawn to. Should everyone be subject to at least one semester of “hey, this may be the only time you ever get to devote all of your attention to learning and we want you to love it” classes? Secondly, I would like to address the fact that I just now feel like I “get” college. After four years, I finally know it takes 12 minutes to get to Dorman, but you shouldn’t take a bike because the sidewalks get really crowded. I know that public area on the second floor of the library is really the only cool place to study, if we’re being honest. I know that the cinnamon toast

SHEALY MOLPUS Shealy Molpus is a senior majoring in communication. She can be contacted at

coffee in the POD is the most delicious (and cost effective) treat in the entire Golden Triangle Area. Unfortunately, it is just as I learn these nuggets of wisdom that I am yanked from my sense of security and forced into the working world, and with a pouty lip and crossed arms, I am screaming, “It’s not fair!” On a more serious note, many colleges, including Mississippi State University, do not always extend scholarships beyond the traditional four years. I understand this from a financial standpoint — I do — but it seems that with the rising percentage of students requiring more than four years to graduate (34 percent of students will require at least five or six years according to the U.S. Education Department), our nation’s colleges need to adapt. By addressing all of these issues, I encourage students to (in the words of John Wooden) “be quick, but don’t hurry.” Take the classes you have to take. Study hard and succeed, but do not be afraid to indulge in some of the diverse courses offered. Don’t live in fear of the taboo fifth year. If you happen to stay longer than four years, but you acquire useful knowledge along the way, I highly doubt you will regret it.


Banned book week illuminates the “Invisible Man”


his past week was the American Library Association’s Banned Books Week — the one week a year when librarians, authors, teachers and citizens band together to raise awareness about the attempts to censor books in schools and libraries across the country during the last year. The week is designed to foster a dialogue about banned and challenged books and to give the people who stand against censorship a larger community to rely on. Books on this year’s ALA list of banned books include everything from “The Kite Runner” to “Beloved” to “Fifty Shades of Grey.” Perhaps the most recent and ironic instance of censorship in America occurred in North Carolina when Ralph Ellison’s “Invisible Man” was banned from school libraries in Randolph County after a parent brought it before the

school board with complaints that the language and subject matter were too mature for high school juniors. After garnering national attention, the school board decided to revisit the issue Wednesday but not before school board members, who had been required to read the book, had said it was “a hard read” and lacked “literary value.” While I’ll give the board chair the fact that Ellison’s novel about being black in twentieth century America is, indeed, difficult to read — both because of its literary mechanisms and its frank approach to racism, — it’s hard for me to think of a book with more value as a work of literature than “Invisible Man.” The fact that a book about ignoring the state of race in America can be silenced fifty years later is far more obscene than Ellison’s use of language in the novel.

Another recent and highly-publicized book banning happened last month in Minnesota when two parents launched a campaign against Rainbow Rowell’s “Eleanor and Park.” I’m going to be up front with you. I read “Eleanor and Park” on a plane back to Starkville last spring break after reading John Green’s review of it in the New York Times, and I haven’t stopped talking about it since. I love this book, and I don’t think it deserves to be called obscene for using the language that young people use daily within its pages. I don’t think the few short references to sex in it deserve to be called pornography. But my book crush is not why this particular banning is so exceptional to me. It’s the fact that, in this case, not only did parents successfully censor “Eleanor and Park” from students, they also canceled a visit by its author

to the local high school. The opportunity to have a published author, much less one as acclaimed as Rowell, speak to young readers doesn’t happen very often. I can only imagine the disappointment felt by the students who were required to participate in the summer reading program to attend when that opportunity was taken away. Being able to interact with Rowell and ask her questions is the type of thing that could change a life, inspiring a writing or publishing career or simply give a face to the woman who wrote a character who gives hope to the hopeless. But we will never know the impact that visit could have had. Here’s the thing about censorship: it’s always begun by a select few, but it affects an entire community of people who are not allowed to have a say in the matter. And the people it hurts the most

are the very people who are already marginalized enough by society: those of low socioeconomic status who can’t afford to buy the book if their library bans it, minorities who are denied access to books like “Invisible Man” that expose the challenges they face, survivors of the “harsh realities” often cited as a reason to ban books who may never know the characters who have been through the same difficulties. The real world is hard, and books can educate young readers about what people are doing to combat that difficulty or provide a comfort in the form of characters and settings that let readers know they are not alone — but not if we allow a select few loud citizens to take them away. If you hear about a challenged or banned book in your community, report it to the American Library Association’s Office for Intellec-

WHITNEY KNIGHT Whitney Knight is a senior majoring in English education. She can be contacted at opinion@

tual Freedom to get support from an entire network of people who work to target censorship. And in the meantime, support your local school and public library systems. You’ll never know what a difference you could make.


Introverts, extroverts, ambiverts, oh my

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he enitre world is taking personality quizzes on the new-found study on extroverts and introverts. Are you an extrovert, an outgoing and talkative person, or an introvert, a quiet and reserved person who enjoys solitude? Extroverts love to be in the spotlight. They enjoy large groups of people and have no problem speaking up and sharing ideas. These are the people you notice at a party who socialize with everyone, whether they know them personally or not. Introverts shy away from large groups of people. They prefer to only associate only with very few people that are close to them. An introvert does not like to speak in public and, the majority of the time, chooses to remain quiet during discussion times, even if they have ideas to share. While extroverts prefer to speak their ideas, introverts prefer to write them down. These are the people you may not notice at a party because they are spending their time trying to avoid socializing by any means necessary. They stand alone by the bar and simply observe their surroundings or frequently move from one secluded corner to an-

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other. Many people find they do not identify with just one category but simply carry more traits of one over the other. Those who fall directly in the middle are called ambiverts. Ambiverts are those who are quiet and like their alone time, but they also like to be around many people and to be social. Ambiverts are not talked about as much because most people usually lean one way or the other. However, once you take a moment to study the characteristics of the three, it seems clear extroverts are the outgoing and preferred category. The outgoing, social butterfly is the ideal personality in the world we live in today. Introverts are seen as people with social problems. From a broad perspective, extroverts seem to be the “right” while introverts are the “wrong.” Have you ever heard the saying, “Closed mouths don’t get fed?” This is seen to be the downfall of introverts. Extroverts are seen as the stronger and introverts the weaker because they do not show as much aggression, but are rather passive. Susan Cain, a lawyer turned writer, addresses this problem in her


No, there is still a lot of work to be done.

book titled, “Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking.” In this book, she speaks on how the world tries to convert introverts into extroverts by forcing socialization upon them, such as increased group work in school and open offices in jobs, disregarding that the world needs introverts and their creative ideas that can only come from their solitude. I, myself, am an introvert. I like being alone and prefer to keep my circle very small and secure — I don’t socialize much outside of it. This does not mean I am not friendly when strangers speak to me, nor does it mean I can’t speak up when I feel I should. I interact with the rest of the world just fine. What need is there to turn me into an outspoken and talkative person? Introverts are known to be deep thinkers. They create some of the world’s best psychological works and findings. As Cain said, we are important to the world, yet so many things are designed to take us out of our comfort zone. Even ambiverts are expected to be more outgoing. Solitude is just as important as socialization. It is


I don’t care.

SEQUOIA RICHARDSON Sequoia Richardson is a senior majoring in communication and political science. She can be contacted at opinion@

great for self-reflection, which is good for everyone, so why is this not stressed? Why do schools not have “alone time” as well as group work. The importance of independent work is only highlighted when taking tests. How do you expect students, especially the younger generation, to work on their own if they have been exposed to mostly group work? How do jobs expect to get new, innovative ideas if everyone is always expected to brainstorm together? It is important for introverts to come out of their comfort zone once in a while and interact with the world around them, just as it is important for extroverts to step out of the spotlight and discover the benefits of alone time. Independence is just as important as socialization. Introverts and extroverts create a balance for society. Why disturb that?


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show was at a friend’s house party. Waller, Watson and White had never practiced together, but Watson said they jumped on stage and played anyway. The three realized they worked well together, and the house party’s successful performance encouraged them to continue playing as a group. Since their first impromptu show, Wolf Cove has performed in venues that range from sweaty, rowdy house shows to bars like Rick’s Café. The band has even played shows on the road, including a recent performance in Auburn, Ala., with he said. “Now, with this thunderous and confident new album, musical promises are delivered in the form of a blistering effort that throttles, dazes and exhausts in all the right ways.” The album starts off loudly, announcing the band means business and this album will not be nearly as contemplative or conceptual as previous albums “A Dramatic Turn of Events” or “Scenes From a Memory.” The album continues churning in the band’s usual metal sound for the next two songs, showcasing the band’s new drummer, Mike Mangini, who successfully replaces the seemingly irreplaceable Mike Portnoy. The album’s beginning prepares the listener’s ears for the album’s fourth song, “Enigma Machine,” which is nothing less than an epic instrumen-

tal. The combined efforts of all five band members amalgamate to create a doom and gloom symphony lasting nearly six minutes. In the middle of the album, the lyrics start to pick up and begin a cry for help that will set the remainder of the album’s tone. James LaBrie has arrived at his full potential after so many years, and the symphonic backing of the rest of the band greatly adds to the harmonic tapestry he weaves. The rest of the album is an outcry for social recognition in a chaotic world of outcasts, working from minor key keening to beautiful piano and organ explorations of peace and joy. The album’s last three songs tie together the material showcased earlier in the album, completing ideas put forth in earlier lyrics. The al-

Wolf Cove consists of MSU students Ben Watson, Clayton Waller and John William “Dub” White. The band’s music and live shows are funky, riff-filled and energetic. Contributing Writer

A self-proclaimed wolf pack roams Starkville, the Palmer Home has a shortage of gas station wolf T-shirts and Rick’s Café holds events like “Wolf SOMETHING.” The culprits are three Mississippi State University students who went from camp counselors to bandmates. Clayton Waller, Ben Watson and John William “Dub” White, are the powerhouse trio that rock the stage as Wolf Cove. The members met as a result of their summer jobs at

Alpine Camp for Boys. This origin follows the band: the name Wolf Cove derived from camp. Waller said the band’s namesake was his summer home at Alpine. “The cabin that I stayed in for most of the summer was called Wolf Cove, and we liked how it sounded,” Waller said. “It would be appropriate to call the band that since it is where it all started.” Whiled the trio threw around the idea to play together at camp, the members followed through on their discussion when they returned to Starkville. Watson said their first

DREAM OR NIGHTMARE? Dream Theater’s 12th album takes listeners on progressive rock journey BY CAMERON CLARKE Staff Writer

Dream Theater is one of modern progressive rock’s most noteworthy bands, having released albums every several years with a distinct and memorable sound more accessible than similar bands Opeth or Porcupine Tree. According to Ryan Reed’s early streaming article hosted by “Rolling Stone,” “Dream Theater have helped carry the torch of modern progressive rock for nearly three decades.” Dream Theater carries that torch again as it releases its

self-titled 12th studio album today. Over the years, Dream Theater has gone from a group of music school graduates giving voice to their virtuosity to a polished and meticulously practiced monument. Chris Epting of “Loudwire” said this album is the culmination of the long buildup of Dream Theater’s reputation. “There may be other prog metal outfits that blend dazzlingly crunchy riffs with swirling, dramatic strings and keyboard textures, but nobody does it quite like the supreme lords of the genre,”

“Breaking Bad” breaks down: BY ALEX MONIÉ Staff Writer

“Chemistry is, well, technically chemistry is the study of matter. But I prefer to see it as the study of change.” – Walter White, “Breaking Bad,” season one, episode one. Television does not usually deal with change. Many shows have one protagonist, and the series evolves around him or her. Settings and situations change, but at the end of the day those characters remain largely the same as when the show began. “Breaking Bad” was always honest about

its intention from the moment Walter White, played by Bryan Cranston, uttered the quote above in episode one. How far could one man go, how far would one man fight to remain relevant in the world after his time passed? The premise of “Breaking Bad” is a middle-aged chemistry teacher gets lung cancer and begins to cook methamphetamine so he can leave behind enough money for his family to survive. Originally, Walt is not a malicious individual. As the show moves on, Walt slowly changes into someone that not only pro-

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Starkville-based band Wolf Cove plays lively shows, attracts large following in short time Knoxville-based band Dirty The genre fits on some levels, members graduate from MSU Guv’nahs. as their primary instrument if proximity allows. “If we all live somewhat Wolf Cove draws sizable lineup includes White on crowds to its shows around guitar, Watson on bass and close next year, then we will Starkville. White said each Waller on drums. The band is definitely keep playing toband member brings varied known to play a range of cov- gether,” he said. However, if future endeavfacets of support because they ers, from songs by the Dead each belong to a different Weather to Miley Cyrus. ors separate them, the name fraternity on campus. The Though the band’s set may be Wolf Cove will stand. Waller said although Wolf members’ social connections an unpredictable mixture of attract diverse crowds, but cuts from its first EP, “Ben’s Cove may experience a time Watson said the band mem- Basement,” and covers out of flux, he plans to carry the bers also display a range of of left field, Wolf Cove’s live band past his time at MSU. “I’m definitely going to personalities. Watson said he, shows carry a trademark enWaller and White think along ergy (and sometimes screams keep writing music under the name Wolf Cove even if the different lines and have varied akin to howling). taste in music, which gives Wolf Cove’s college days original lineup doesn’t work the band a wide-ranging mu- will quickly end, as its three out in the years to come,” he sical IQ. members are seniors. The said. Wolf Cove will live on Watson said this keeps the band members said Wolf band’s music from becoming Cove’s future is somewhat of regardless of the paths each pigeonholed into one genre a mystery right now. Watson member chooses to take afor falling into a repetitive rut. has his eyes set on medical ter college. The sound may Although the band mem- school, and White is looking change and the members may bers play various instruments for a management position in change, but the howling beand rotate during shows, construction. gun in Starkville will continWaller writes the majority of White said Wolf Cove will ue to ring toward the moon in the songs. continue to perform once its times to come. He said his lyrics tend to correlate with happenings in his life at the time he puts pen to paper, but his lyrics strive for an accessible transparency. “I tend to write about stuff I’m going through or about things that people in general go through,” Waller said. “I just want to be real. I mean, I feel like our music is pretty uplifting and positive but at the same time dealing with real stuff.” While the band’s lyrics strive for universality, Wolf Cove stakes out a particularly intense, funky and riff-filled JACKSON DONALD | COURTESY PHOTO sound. Watson said many Wolf Cove practices in and plays shows in houses around fans refer to their genre of music as “post hardcore.” Starkville. The band also plays in venues like Rick’s Cafe.



bum never rests in one place but follows a consistent flow of instrumentation and melody. The music is a sort of composition that laments hardship in life and the ulti-




Dream Theater’s new album “Dream Theater” dropped Tuesday. mate resolution we can find in faith and leaving hopelessness behind us, which are topics Dream Theater has covered

vides for his family but wants Chips and turning him into “Ozymandias,” episode 14 to build an empire. Walt Scarface.” Over five seasons, of season 5, currently has a transforms like a chemical re- the audience saw Walt dive perfect rating on IMDb after action from a guy who puts deeper into an amoral world. 30-thousand critical reviews. in extra hours at a car wash to Every character who posed a This was the episode where someone willing to commit threat to Walt’s empire was everything Walter White murder to survive. had worked for over Carefully watching a a year’s time crashed “‘Breaking Bad was new episode of “Breakalways honest about down around him. ing Bad” compares to Walt let the very anits intention from watching an epic like tithesis of what he the moment Walthe “Odyssey” or “Iliad” represents tear down unfold onscreen. Picking his family and empire ter White, played up on what colors the by Bryan Cranston, uttered the in one fell swoop. characters wear and how Brian Shoup, an certain scenes are filmed above quote in episode one. assistant professor in rewards viewers. “Break- How far could one man go, how the Department of ing Bad” is layered with far would one man fight to rePolitical Science, said symbolism and subtext main relevant in the world after he believes Walter has that make the sum of the not met his match,but show greater than any his time passed?” succumbed to a lesser other production in the threat. modern age of television. either killed, or “sent to Bra“Walt was beat by the Vince Gilligan, creator of zil” as one character puts it, agrarian level people he hates “Breaking Bad,” describes or has had their life ruined by the most. He perceived himWalt’s journey as “taking Mr. rival gangs or Walt himself. self as untouchable, but he’s

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before with less intensity. “Along for the Ride” comes as a melodically and lyrically refreshing wave of catchy, almost pop music before the album ends. The band would hate to be accused of trying to write a pop song, but for this occasion it serves as an island among a sea of instrumentals. The album ends in one of progressive rock’s finest epics yet, a 22:16 orchestration that reminds the listener of Dream Theater’s previous masterpieces, “A Nightmare to Remember” and “Octavarium.” To describe the song would do it injustice, so I can only suggest one take the time to find a copy of this album and give it a listen. It is well worth one’s time to follow the album’s progressive journey as Dream Theater explicates and expands its own sound as “Dream Theater” unfolds.

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really a pitiful sociopath,” Shoup said. Walter White is cancer. He infects everyone he encounters, and his pride leaves them by the wayside. The penultimate episode of the series, “Granite Slate,” saw Walt in shady protection in New Hampshire as his cancer returns, his empire is in the hands of the men who ruined him and his family suffers personally and financially. Fans now wonder, what does Walt have left to fight for? Tenor Kapp, senior finance major, said he hopes to see a finale that delivers both intensity and closure. “This is the single most important episode because it is the last taste we will ever get,” said Kapp. “If it has an unfavorable ending, it could hurt people’s views on the whole series.” Walt fights for what he believes the world owes him because of his genius. Going into the finale, Walter has nothing but a barrel full of money he cannot give the people he loves and his stubborn pride to make sure his name is not forgotten. The lies and secrets have fallen away. The tale of “Breaking Bad” comes to an end Sunday, and Walter White will be the one who knocks no more.




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Women’s golf tees off in home tourney BY QUENTIN SMITH Staff Writer


Junior All-American Ally McDonald follows through on a stroke in competition earlier this year. McDonald posted her sixth-consecutive top-10 finish in last weekend’s play.


MSU Ice Dawgs practice drills at Starkville’s in-line rink in prepartion for the season opener. The Ice Dawgs begin the season Friday against Memphis in Olive Branch.

Ice Dawgs drop the puck in sixth season of hockey BY JOHN GALATAS

three players, MSU expanded its roster to 16 for a highly-anticipated 2013 season. After making its debut in Despite falling short of 2008, the Mississippi State its goals in the 2012 season, University Ice Dawgs hock- Barclay said he already sees a ey team opens its sixth sea- difference in team chemistry son 9:45 p.m. Friday against this year. the University of Memphis “The difference with the in Olive Branch at the Mid- crew this year compared to South Ice House. Although last year is by far our dedithe program cation and our is growing teamwork. Last The in success, year, we had the team has a lot of good difference come a long guys and a lot with the way to estabof great hocklish itself and crew this year ey players, just gain recogni- compared to last not committed. tion. They wanted to year is by far our The Ice go to games and D a w g s dedication and that was it,” he evolved from teamwork ... The said. “The coma dream to a commitment level mitment level reality with has definitely grown has definitely an increasgrown exponening fan base exponentially just in tially just in the in five short the past few weeks past few weeks seasons. For- compared to last compared to last mer students year.” year. We have 5 Alex Palmer, a.m. practices, Mike Milland every single er and Pat- -Tim Barclay, player is at evrick Schwartz ery practice.” were friends Assistant coach Goalie Steat MSU and phen Diaz, developed the sophomore bioidea to bring the sport to medical engineering major, campus. enters his second season in Assistant coach and former the net. Diaz said the team player Tim Barclay, who also does not get much practice helped start the program, time on ice and seeks alsaid the three friends con- ternate ways to prepare for jured up the idea, and other games. schools followed to expand “We don’t get a lot of ice the sport across the South. time, so we make use of the “The three of them kind ice time we do get, and we of got together and had an work hard off the ice to get idea, ‘Why not start a hock- ready for the games,” he ey team?’” he said. “Alabama said. “We’ve adopted team has had one since 2005. Ole workouts twice a week at the Miss got a team the year af- Sanderson Center. That will ter we did, and it kind of help with conditioning and snowballed into one of those strength training.” things where one team starts Along with conditioning it, and then everyone has workouts, Barclay said the one.” team practices by playing a From starting with just form of street hockey to deSports Editor


velop skills and technique. “We have an in-line rink in Starkville. All the guys have golf balls, and I had them paint theirs for something fun to do and to get creative,” he said. “We go to the in-line rink and do stick handling drills, positioning drills and different kinds of plays. We tend to go through things a little slower so that way it’s more developmental.” Since there is little game film to review, Barclay said the Ice Dawgs use past experiences, opponents’ experience and even NHL interaction to prepare for games and get a better understanding of position technique. “We take our past experience and base it on how they played in the past and how we’ve played in the past and try to figure out what we can do better,” he said. “As far as films go, though, we review NHL film. I have NHL GameCenter so I have the guys over. We review games and say, ‘Everybody watch your player, and watch your position. Know what he’s doing.’” Center Joey Weigand, junior kinesiology major, said learning from NHL games is pivotal and helps the team learn each position better. “Replays help us see the correct way to set up in the zones and the tendencies that come from certain set ups,” he said. “It provides a clear look into how to do things correctly on the ice, but you also get to see what happens when flaws in your set ups and positioning start happening. It creates awareness above all.” After Friday’s game, the Ice Dawgs drop the puck Saturday at 4:15 p.m. For more information on the team, visit and follow @msuicedawgs on Twitter.

Mississippi State University’s No. 8 women’s golf team has begun the 2013 season on a torching hot start. This past weekend, the Bulldogs carried a hot streak of consecutive top-10 finishes into the Mercedes Benz Women’s Collegiate Championship, where that streak would continue to sizzle. The Lady Bulldogs finished the tournament tied for ninth, marking their 13th consecutive top-10 finish, which is now a school record. The team started strong in the tournament — finishing the first round shooting 9-over-par 293. A heavy dose of rain suspended play on the second day, but when it resumed on the third day, the Lady Bulldogs finished by shooting 25-over-par 593. Despite the team’s finish in the top 10, head coach Ginger Brown-Lemm said both she and the team felt disappointed with the way they played. “It’s kind of a let-down actually,” Brown-Lemm said. “We went up there and played so well in our first event, but in our second event the golf course was completely different. The team was disappointed as well, but that’s a good thing because that means they’re hungry to do better.” The team also received news

that its All-American and AllSEC junior Ally McDonald finished in the top-10 individually, claiming eighth place in the tournament and notching her sixth-consecutive top-10 finish. Even with the successful performance, McDonald said she still sees room for improvement. “I gave up several shots on the greens due to three putts, which you never want to do,” McDonald said via email. “I could have played a lot better, but overall, it was a solid tournament to pull out a top-10 not playing my best.” With the recent success of the Lady Bulldogs, it is evident the team is on the right path. But with success comes expectation, and Brown-Lemm said the team has set a climate of high expectations. “Since I got here, the coaching staff and I have been committed to setting a standard of commitment. It’s the little things that you do every single day that add up to success,” she said. “I give the credit to those girls. It’s their work ethic and effort they give everyday that leads to this, and it’s paying off.” The team came into the season ranked No. 30 in the country and has now moved all the way up to No. 8. Senior Mary Langdon Gallagher said she credits experience for the team’s early success. “We have four of the five players that played in NCAA’s returning

to play this season along with some great freshmen,” Gallagher said via email. “I think now that some of us have tasted what it feels like to play in a NCAA championship, we want to go back for more.” MSU is now preparing to host its second annual Old Waverly Bulldog Invitational on Monday. The invitational will include 11 top teams in women’s collegiate golf. In this tournament, Brown-Lemm said she is anticipating seeing her team recognize its potential. “I’m looking forward to them being patient out there and believing in themselves,” she said. “The talent is there, and the work ethic is in play, so now they can enjoy themselves. Go play the tournament and take the title they deserve.” McDonald said she thinks playing at home gives the team an edge and adds to the team’s confidence. “Knowing that we have been in certain situations will calm the nerves and allow us to play with a bit of freedom. We know how to play the course. I have no doubt that we are capable of bringing home the trophy as long as we take care of business,” she said. The Old Waverly Bulldog Invitational will tee off Monday and conclude its last round Wednesday. Monday’s tee time is set for 9:30 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday.


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