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Transfer Student Association holds involvement fair BY JOHN GALATAS Campus News Editor
The Transfer Student Association Cabinet within the Student Association will host a transfer student involvement fair today at 5 p.m. in the Foster Ballroom of the Colvard Student Union. Taylor King, co-director of Transfer Student Affairs, said representatives from nearly 30 organizations across campus will be available at the fair to answer questions and increase interest of involvement. King also said some organizations will take applications to accept new members. “We have about 30 organizations signed up right now. We have alumni delegates, who are actually taking applications right now and orientation leaders,” King said. “(There will be) other organizations like Fashion Board, Show Choir and Blitz! Show Choir – leadership positions to fun little clubs, to places to live, things to eat — all that kind of stuff is going to be in there.” She also said MSU Dining Services and local apartment complex booths will be set up to help students transition and offer a better student experience on and off campus. SEE FAIR, 2
THINGS TO DO THIS WEEK ON CAMPUS Wednesday: Spring Bake Sale Colvard Student Union, Drill Field 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Artist William Dunlap printmaking presentation Briscoe Hall room 204 12 p.m. Thursday: MSU’s 135th birthday party The Junction 11 a.m.
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Bats found in academic buildings, Hathorn situation improves BY KAITLYN BYRNE Managing Editor
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Daryl Norris doubled in two runs in MSU’s 7-6 win over Purdue Saturday. State averaged 6.5 runs per game in four wins last weekend.
Diamond Dogs sweep Diamond Classic, off to best start since 2006 BY PATRICK BESSELIEVRE Staff Writer
After a grueling four-game stretch in three days, the No. 5 Mississippi State Bulldogs baseball team stayed perfect on the season to improve its overall record to 9-0. This marks the best start since 2006 when the Dogs won their first 18 games. Throughout the weekend, the Bulldogs continued their great pitching combined with clutch offense, which is the recipe State has used all season. Sophomore Will Cox got the start in the final game versus Samford Sunday and did not disappoint. Cox tied his career high with seven innings pitched and gave up only two hits. Cox also retired 17 batters in a row at one point in the game.
The right-handed pitcher said he is proud of his off-season transformation and how it has helped his game. “I think it’s just maturity,” Cox said. “This summer really helped me out and just growing into my body more. Losing weight helped a lot. I think I am more athletic.” LHP Ross Mitchell also had an impressive outing in the first game of the double-header Saturday in an 8-2 victory over Samford. He captured his second victory on the year in his six innings of relief work, improving to 2-0 on the year. Mitchell, who announced he was the “upside-down man” and the limbo pole during the rain delayed game with Purdue Friday night, said he tried to go out-
side on the hitters and then come inside late to force ground balls. “I just relied on my defense and they came through like they have all year for everybody,” Mitchell said. “We just got to keep that up, and we will keep winning ball games.” MSU had extra motivation this weekend playing a Samford team who knocked State out of the Tallahassee Regional last season. Mitchell said the Samford lineup was different from last year when it was primarily a fly-ball lineup. “We came out today just wanting to put it on them because they really disappointed us last year when we threw our best against them and they still beat us,” Mitchell said. “We really wanted to attack them early, and we were able to do that.” SEE BASEBALL, 8
Mississippi State University officials say the bat situation in Hathorn Hall is improving; however, bat sightings have recently been reported in some academic buildings. Sid Salter, director of University Relations, said there have been no new reports of bat-related problems in Hathorn Hall. Salter said 15 of the 233 Hathorn Hall residents asked to be relocated, but no new relocation requests have been filed since the bat problem was first brought to attention. “MSU Housing and MSU Campus Operations moved as quickly as possible in responding to those initial concerns,” he said in an email. “The situation in Hathorn Hall has improved significantly ... We continue to monitor the buildings where bats have been sighted.” Salter said there have been sporadic reports of bats in McComas Hall and McCain Hall. On Monday, MSU closed McCain Hall at 5 p.m. due to bats flying in the building at night, he said. “There are no night classes scheduled to meet in (McCain Hall), but there were some student meetings scheduled,” Salter said. “They are attempting to find other campus space to host those meetings.” Salter said MSU will continue to provide reminders of safe practices for students, faculty and staff while working to remove bats from campus.
Montgomery Leadership Program aims to inform students of rights in alcohol-related crimes with Wednesday program BY ALEX HOLLOWAY Contributing Writer
A program titled “What to do When Sh*t Happens” aims to make students more aware of their rights and options available to them in regard to alcohol. The event is being organized through the Montgomery Leadership Program by junior political science major Lauren Kellerhouse and senior finance major Lenora Christopher. It will be held in McCool Hall’s Taylor Auditorium Wednesday. Kellerhouse said the goal of the program is to better inform students
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of the options they have in problematic situations that may arise when alcohol is involved. “It came from personal experience where, at many points in the semester, we realized that it would be beneficial to know what our legal options are,” Kellerhouse said. “There’s no easy way to know because no one tells you what your options are. We just wanted to be informed, and we want to try to inform as many other people as we can.” Three guests are scheduled to speak at the program: attorney David Mays, assistant dean of students Tabor Mullen and Sergeant Shane Kelly from
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the Starkville Police Department. Kellerhouse and Christopher said Mullen will speak to students about what has to be done to follow up on incidents with the dean of students and addressing what effect incidents might have on a student’s education. David Mays will talk to students to let them know the consequences of their actions. “My main point,” Mays said, “is to inform students of the law and the repercussions of their actions and to hopefully allow them to make informed decisions.” Mays will address a range of issues, including basic misdemeanors, road-
blocks, Minors in Possession, Fake IDs, unreasonable search and seizure and more. “It’s my job to defend people and to inform people on the front side,” Mays said, “because a lot of the time I don’t think students really realize the type of fire they can be playing with.” He also said part of the purpose of the talk is to help students decide what they might do in cases where they are charged with a crime. Kellerhouse and Christian recounted that, in their personal experiences, they have known sober students who have been designated drivers for others and still gotten in trouble. SEE ALCOHOL, 2
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Mississippi State athletic director Scott Stricklin is among MSU leaders who will speak at the event, and King said Stricklin will highlight his experiences with getting involved. “He was a student here as well,” King said. “He just kind of put his foot in the door, met some people, shook some hands and got involved. Because he put himself out there, that’s how he got where he is today.”
She also said SA President-elect Michael Hogan will speak to students about SA changes, and residence hall director Jake Hartfield will discuss his transfer experience and how it impacted his involvement at MSU. King said tonight’s event will not only be limited to MSU, but students across the state have been invited to attend. “We also invited transfer students from all across the
state. Anyone who wants to come to Mississippi State next year who is in a community college, we have invited them,” she said. “Just because it’s nearing the end of the semester and about to start a new year soon, we thought ‘why don’t they go ahead and get their foot in the door and see what’s out there before they get to Mississippi State?’” Over 150 transfer students attended TSA’s welcome
meeting last month, and King said the large crowd allowed the committee to expand its activities and will host more events in the near future. “We got awesome feedback from transfer students,” King said. “It was awesome to be able to put that on and see in the faces the changes that we’re already making just from this first thing, and to know that with the first 150, how much is it going to grow in the next few years?”
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They said they hope to help prevent more such instances and to equip whatever students they can with knowledge that can help in later situations. They emphasized that the purpose of the event was not to get students off the hook once they are in trouble. “This isn’t about getting students out of trouble,” Kellerhouse said. “It’s about how to act once you’re in a situation to help minimize the consequences. College students often find themselves in these situ-
ations and no one tells you how to respond once you get in these situations.” Christopher said the knowledge they plan to present at the program is good for anyone, not just students who are over the age of 21. The program is sponsored by the Montgomery Leadership Program. Free gifts will be provided by Night & Day Vending, makers of the IntoxBox, and Bulldog Cab Company.
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• 1:30 a.m. A student was arrested on Spring Street for possession of paraphernalia. • 2:25 a.m. A student was arrested on Kirkcauldy Drive for minor in possession of alcohol. • 2:26 a.m. A student was arrested at his residence on Kirkcauldy Drive for minor in possession of alcohol. • 2:26 a.m. A student was arrested at his residence on Kirkcauldy Drive for possession of beer in a dry county. • 2:28 a.m. A student was arrested at his residence on Kirkcauldy Drive for possession of beer in a dry county and disorderly conduct. • 10:45 a.m. A student fainted in Cobb Institute. The subject was transported to OCH. • 1:26 p.m. A student was issued a student referral for possession of a flare gun and flares in Oak Hall. • 2:00 p.m. A student struck a curb while exiting the Lloyd Ricks parking lot and caused damages to his vehicle. The subject refused to file a report.
Saturday, February 23 • 12:09 a.m. A student witnessed a truck hitting several vehicles in the parking lot in front of Griffis Hall and left the scene. • 4:43 a.m. A student was arrested on University Drive for public drunkenness. • 4:53 p.m. A non-resident/visitor was transported to OCH from Dudy Noble Field for medical assistance. • 7:16 p.m. A student was arrested on Stone Boulevard for speeding and a suspended driver’s license. • 9:08 p.m. A student reported he was hit by a vehicle that left the scene in the Rice Hall parking lot. The subject reported no injuries.
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It would also be in poor Editor’s note: This is a response to “Black women poor- form for me not to mention ly presented in media,” which one of my favorite TV personwas published in The Reflector alities, Wendy Williams, who hosts her own talk show. on Feb. 21. As for the comment about am a regular reader of The Reflector and find many of “Walking Dead,” in no way do the articles to be well writ- I mean this to be rude, but do you watch the show? ten or on point. Sure many of the male AfriHowever, I had concerns over the article “Black women can Americans have passed on, but so have people of poorly presented we could other races. Everyone in media” that I could not let go look at strong, is subject to becoming a walker, no matun-addressed. successful ter what background There is not they come from. an equal reprewomen, My biggest problem sentation of Afsuch as with the comment rican-American beyonce or made is Michonne, women in the media, but many ashanti who a central character (and fan favorite) of the arguments empower portrayed by Danai made to support women and Gurira, is completely this statement were inaccurate. disregarded. extend into The article A strange person all facests of to ignore considering said, “...in mainstream media, media beyond she wields a samurai the lead character sword, which makes music.” on popular TV her hard to miss. I shows is almost always white” understand the comment was and if they are on the show it is geared toward scary movies (or that is how I interpreted it), as a minor side character. This statement is not true. but if you think about it everyKerry Washington stars in the one dies in scary movies, just new ABC drama “Scandal” like “The Walking Dead.” In fact, “I Still Know What and Jada Pinkett Smith stars in the medical drama “Haw- You Did Last Summer” actually has Brandy as one of the throne.” For children, there is Chi- only three survivors. Speaking of films, what na Anne McClain on “A.N.T. Farm” and Zendaya Coleman about the actresses like Halle on “Shake It Up” that air on Berry, Keke Palmer, Gabrielle Disney Channel. We could Union or Zoe Saldana? Even on a smaller scale, I even go back into the past and look at shows such as “Sister, recently watched a movie starSister” and “That’s So Raven” ring Toni Braxton on Lifetime. or even “The Cosby Show” In magazines, I can understand which still re-run on occasion. what you mean about not as
ou may be familiar with the massive nature of much of scientific research. One of the first things brought to mind when talking about physics is the continuing race to build the biggest accelerators, with the largest yet, the Large Hadron Collider at CERN in Switzerland even now undergoing another upgrade. In fact, particle physics is not the only realm where scientists are rushing to build the biggest devices. Over in astronomy, different countries are competing with each other to see who can build the largest ground-based telescope. Currently, according to eso.org, the European Southern Observatory is planning to have built the next record breaking telescope by 2020, the aptly named European Extremely Large Telescope in the Chilean Andes. In my opinion, our perception of much of modern science is as a person who has a jar of nitroglycerin and wants to open it but hasn’t found a big enough hammer yet. Realistically, one could use a different and far less dramatic technique to open the jar, like trying to screw the top off or pry it open gently with a screwdriver or lever. For physics, the jar of nitroglycerin is the fundamental forces and subatomic structure, and the oversized hammers are high energy particle accelerators. Sure, you can understand a wide array of phenomena, but even the best high energy particle accelerators struggle to gather enough precise data. Many researchers, therefore, opt for the approach of gently screwing or prying open the top of the jar, which is manifested in modern precision and medium energy particle physics. Many scientists do research in the fields of precision and medium energy particle physics. To be a physicist does not require blowing things up with the largest accelerator you can find, to which many researchers will attest. Dipangkar Dutta, associate professor of medium and high energy nuclear physics at Mississippi State University said in an email interview that precision experiments are complementary to high energy measurements when it comes to understanding modern physics.
Black women well-portrayed in media Technology of grandest scale often small
many African-American women on the covers of magazines like Vanity and Cosmopolitan, but flip open the magazine (I did before writing this) and you will find plenty African-American models posing through out them. Or we could look at models in television and see Tyra Banks from “America’s Next Top Model” and Naomi Campbell as judges for modeling competitions. The argument is also weakened by the fact music, an important form of media, was not addressed. We could look at strong, successful women, such as Beyonce or Ashanti who empower women and extend into all facets of media beyond music. Beyonce acted in movies such as “Austin Powers Goldmember,” “Obsessed,” “Pink Panther” and “Dream Girls.” Ashanti starred in two of my favorite movies, “John Tucker Must Die” and “Coach Carter.” The intention was not to be negative, but the article was negative when the topic is presented from a glass-half-empty viewpoint. The argument should have been “Black women making leaps in media, but still a long way to go.” From there some of these women could have been mentioned, but also stated while their achievements great, the numbers don’t compare. Failing to recognize the African-American women currently in the media does those women a great injustice.
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First impressions rely on appearance
ou can look around any classroom on this campus and immediately make assumptions about the people in it by their looks alone. One row of students could contain a variety of people. There’s the group of five girls dressed in T-shirts, leggings and baseball caps every day. Behind them is the guy who never washes his hair. Two rows up are the kids with sarcastic and satirical graphic T-shirts, who are diagonal to the group of five who dress professionally every day. Are these stereotypes? Maybe, but more importantly, these are first impressions. I do not wish to come across as vain or even bitter; however, the impressions you make in a college classroom (even by the way you dress for class) are impressions that could affect you for the rest of your life.
Let’s be blunt. Looks can take you a long way in life. They can be the deciding factor in whether or not you are offered the job you want to have. I typically try to stay away from clichés, but you do have to dress for the job you want. Granted, a business or prelaw major should not necessarily wear a suit to every class every day, but gym shorts and an old T-shirt are less than desirable attire for such a setting. As students, some days we just don’t feel like putting any effort into how we look. I get that. We all get that. There have been plenty of mornings I have pressed snooze on my alarm until I absolutely had to get out of bed, found a pair of shorts or yoga pants and a T-shirt that will get me through my four classes and pulled my hair into a ponytail. However, laziness should be
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no excuse for poor appearance. Honestly, how you appear to a professor during class can make or break you. Sure, how well you perform in that class is what ultimately matters, but if a professor sees you putting effort into your schoolwork and your appearance, this effort can only add to his or her likelihood to write a recommendation for you. The more I consider what I want to do with my life after I graduate, the more I realize how easy it is to wake up 30 minutes earlier and put myself together. Ladies, it takes maybe 10 extra minutes to fix your hair and put on makeup. Guys, it literally takes two minutes to change from those gym shorts or sweatpants and T-shirt into jeans and a collared shirt. Do yourself and your future a favor and make an effort to look good for class.
“While LHC and other large colliders work at the ‘energy frontier’, we do our experiments at the ‘intensity frontier,’” she said. At the LHC they explore the highest energies achieved in man-made machines to proCAMERON CLARKE duce new particles that have never been seen before. While, Cameron Clarke is a we measure parameters of the sophomore majoring in same (well-tested theory) us- physics. He can be contacted at ing processes that are described firstname.lastname@example.org. very well … but with higher and higher precision to look for at which two objects are distinsmaller and smaller deviations guishable from each other. One technique that many which could also arise due to astronomers use to overcome new forces.” The screwdriver or lever that this limit is a technique called Dutta uses is the high intensity, interferometry. Interferometry medium energy beam at Jef- uses the concept of interference ferson Lab in Newport News between light that is in phase, from the exact same source, Virginia. The benefits of using lower to connect numbers of smallenergy beams is the higher in- er telescope together as if they tensity. “We rely on machines were a large telescope that had the effecwhich push Remember the value of tive diamthe limits of eter of the intensity. Here precision, quality and distance larger intensity dependability when it between implies larger number of incomes to obtaining a full t h e m , with teractions and understanding of how the just less light hence better universe works.” collecting chances of oba b i l i t y. serving rare events,” Dutta said. Although This larger diameter allows the the two regimes of science vary group of telescopes to resolve in many ways, they are both objects that are smaller and to make phenomenally better resimportant. “Ultimately they are com- olution judgments. Many other kinds of astronplementary since a discovery at one frontier must be confirmed omy require neither power nor high resolution, but rather reliat the other,” Dutta said. In astronomy, too, as I men- able calibration and stability. Such are the techniques that tioned before, there is a great amount of momentum for require counting the number or building the largest instru- wavelength of photons from a star. ments possible. Angelle Tanner, assistant proModern telescopes like the projected ELT are finally ap- fessor of astronomy at MSU, proaching the same scale as the has just returned from a twostructures which gave birth to week trip to Chile where she astronomy such as the Great and two students operated a Pyramids at Giza and ancient 36-inch diameter telescope that observatories like Stonehenge has been around for decades. When asked “why this parand Machu Picchu. The ELT is projected to be ticular telescope” she respond39.3 meters in diameter, nearly ed, “Dependability; it hasn’t four times wider and 16 times changed; it is well calibrated the light collecting power of the and stable. Also, if you want to current largest telescope, the look at stars that are nearby and bright the larger telescopes will Great Canaries Telescope. The dome and building laugh at your proposal. All of holding it are so large that they the stars you can see with your are almost the same size as the eyes at night are too bright for third largest of the Great Pyra- even small telescopes to look at.” mids of Giza. Although high energy and Just like in particle physics though, bigger is not always big budget science is awe-inbetter for astronomy. Modern spiring and usually ends up telescopes are limited in re- paying for itself, remember the solving power which is directly value of precision, quality and proportional to the diameter of dependability when it comes to the circular mirror and deter- obtaining a full understanding mines the minimum distance of how the universe works.
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Time for immigration reform has come
he Obama administration is more than keen to pass the immigration reform sooner than later which will create a long pathway to United States citizenship for the 11 million undocumented illegal immigrants into the United States. The million-dollar question in this divisive decision in American politics is whether the immigration reform is good or bad for the people of America, for the economy and more interestingly for the working class. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports an unemployment rate drifting around 7.8 percent as of December 2012. With this factual data at hand, one should be skeptical of adding more people into the workforce; what will be the end-result? James Suroweicki, staff writer at the New Yorker said in an article on Feb. 22, that barring few men who are without high-school education this immigration reform will be a genuine boom to the U.S economy. America’s dream of continuing the world dominance will require high-skilled professionals from the branches of science, math, engineering and technology to stay back and
be worthy contributors to the economy. In the presidential election month last year, former governor of Mississippi Haley Barbour said, “We are in a global battle for capital and labor, and we need to have what is good economic policy for America on immigration because we do need labor. We need to have an immigration policy that is good economic policy, and then — and then the politics will take care of itself.” The stereotypically opinionated believe Republicans are against a good immigration policy; but with supportive views seen across party lines there lies a different story. Turning down the extreme rhetoric minimally, Sen. John McCain and Sen. Marco Rubio came out in open support for the reform, shattering the claim that the GOP has used immigration as demagoguery among minorities. The caps on green card holders and the methodology to acquire one is also grieving, which the lawmakers will have to shed light upon. Engineers from countries like China, South Korea and India who are great in numbers have gotten their degrees from the U.S.
but are queued up for years together to even have a chance at acquiring a green card. The blue print of President Obama’s immigration reform on the official website of the White House suggests anyone who obtains a master’s degree from an American university in science, math or engineering will automatically be eligible to receive a green card. This is an efficient and easier way to boost the number of skillful workers in the U.S. economy straight out of college. The key obstacle, though, which the Obama administration will face is the rancor and debate in Congress on reform. Few congressmen will be varying about alienating their voters who believe comprehensive immigration reforms amounts to amnesty. Political pundits and analysts will also have a watch on who receives the most political mileage out of this decision. It will be a rather tedious task for the Republicans to be in the driver’s seat. If the immigration reform does go through to become a law, President Obama will be portrayed as the captain of the ship; if it fails, then the blame will result in anti-incumbency in Congress.
These are tough but interesting times in the politically fractured city of Washington, D.C. If things go as planned according to President Obama, the immigration reform will be a reality by the end of this year. Republicans face a tough challenge of decision-making in the days ahead. They will be on the constant look-outs for opportunities that will give them an advantage to take back the house and also win the presidency. In November last year, President Obama secured around 70 percent of the Latino vote, the growing number of immigrants who play a role in shaping American politics cannot be overlooked or denied. The Huffington Post in an article on Feb. 22 reported the possibility of 40 million Latino voters by the end of 2030 and more if this reform is a reality. The numbers above will force both the parties to take a decision on the issue. It cannot in these changing demographics ignore immigration reform or shy away from it. An effective strategy to turn the cards around will be the top priority of the Republican legislators. How they do it and when they do it is something we will have to wait to see.
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Paintbrushes & Pocketknives MSU welcomes first artist-in-residence
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During a demonstration for Robert Long’s ceramics class, Misssissippi artist William “Bill” Dunlap sculpts writer Gore Vidal’s face. BY DANIEL HART Staff Writer
Mississippi State University’s first artist-in-residence William “Bill” Dunlap is here to raise more questions than answers. He is by no means the mild-mannered artist type with a paint-smeared smock and a brush hanging from a shirt pocket. One minute (maybe less) in Dunlap’s exhibit at the Cullis Wade Depot Gallery, “Look At It — Think About It” clears up any preconceptions in the way a tornado clears a field: with Dunlap, confident presuppositions do not stand a chance. Dunlap has extensive artist-in-residency experience and said he will be “test driving” the position here at MSU. Lori Neuenfeldt, programs coordinator for the Visual Arts Center Gallery and outreach programs, said the program is something of a laboratory in its trial run. “Because we are doing this for the first time, you could say the MSU artist-in-residence is a scientist open to experimentation — someone who is creative and thinks outside the box to find ways to collaborate with students, faculty, staff and the Starkville community,” she said. Neuenfeldt said Lydia Thompson, head of the Department of Art, noticed the impact Dunlap had on students during a visit to MSU last year and tossed his name into the pot as a possibility. “I think the enthusiasm of our students and that of Dunlap fed off each other,” Neuenfeldt said. “Lydia noticed this and thought it was a perfect match.” Thompson said the often informal, intimate way students interact with an artist-in-residence and observe his or her work is an invaluable element of artist-in-residency programs. “He’s going to be in the studio where students can ask questions and observe his work process. That’s what’s really important. They (artists-in-residency) are actually making their work in the classroom where students can ask questions,” she said. Dunlap’s residency allows students unfettered exposure to an artist of professional caliber, and Thompson said Dunlap also sets a precedent for what can be achieved with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Mississippi, the exact degree students are pursing. “Bill Dunlap is a good role model in terms of demonstrating what you can actually do with a Bachelor of Fine Arts, and because he is from the state of Mississippi, he demonstrates the excellence the state offers,” she said. Dunlap said one of his primary goals is to impart to students the idea of “a life in the arts” outside of paint-splattered college classrooms. “It’s one thing to get the degree, to make good grades and do well in critiques, but I tell students that after that last critique, nobody gives a damn whether you make another painting, write another poem or make another photo,” he said. “You’ve got to make an audience for what you do. It’s not enough to make the work. You have to make the audience.” Dunlap received a Bachelor of Science from Mississippi College and a Master of Fine Arts from the University
Dunlap said he juxtaposes both fashioned and real of Mississippi. Although he is a proponent of the university system, he said he finds the importance of rules objects in close proximity. Whether contrastingly or harmoniously, or somewhere in between, jars of locusts learned is the freedom to shatter them. “To my mind, the only reason to learn the rules is to and bullet-holed deer skins interweave with paintings and drawings. A knife even stabs canvas in “Bad Dog,” a break them,” he said. Dunlap conforms to no standards and seemingly nev- piece Dunlap said resulted due to one stubborn canine. “This is a piece of self-criticism. That canvas didn’t beer has. He said he’s the same kid he once was growing up have, and I was painting this dog that insisted on being in Webster County, Miss. “I’m still that nine-year-old kid with a pocketful of a cheetah, so in frustration, I took a tube of yellow paint arrowheads, marbles, Minnie balls, rabbits feet and an and painted ‘bad dog,’” he said. “Bad Dog” consists of an unfinished landscape of ever-present pocketknife,” he said. His reputation as an exhilarating rush-of-a-person be- cracking paint depicting a red-roofed house, shed and gan as far back as his time at Mississippi College in the three dogs; one of which, the aforementioned unlucky ‘60s. In an on-campus painting demonstration last week pup, is a lumpy figure covered with a vibrant yellow X with friend and well-known Mississippi watercolorist and scribbled letters deeming him “Bad Dog.” AnothWyatt Waters, both Mississippi College alumni, Dun- er wooden-framed painting of two seemingly violent dogs joins one end of the landscape, a lap reminisced on his knife stabs a white canvas attached in exciting (and telling) one corner and Dunlap’s old mailbox relationship with That’s all I’m trying to resting atop a rugged barn timber rests the Baptist Student do is literally be underneath. Union there. “The BSU had provocative. I don’t have “Bad Dog” is no exception: “Look At It — Think About It” is filled with una prayer list, and I one story. I can tell you expected fusions on every wall. managed to work my way to the top of it, my story, but if someone “He’ll Set Your Fields on Fire” is an amalgamation of snakeskin, wood, a but that was only beelse’s story is different, human-like skull and a taxidermic bull cause Barry Hannah squirrel whispering into an old micrograduated the year I am very democratic phone, perched above an unfinished before I did,” he said about this. I don’t insist “Get right with God” sign. All this riffs with a laugh. on and exists underneath what Dunlap Dunlap has work that people see it one said is a painting inspired by the burnexhibited in muway or the other. ” ing fields of an old Christian tune. seums across the “This is about an old Gospel song: country, including - William Dunlap ‘If from sin you don’t retire, He will the Metropolitan set your fields on fire,’” he said. He inMuseum of Art in New York, yet his dialogue and work remains peppered dicated the bull squirrel and the sign: “This is one of with Mississippi. In discussing “Red Gin and Walker those preachers on the radio,” he said. “I like the sign Hound,” a painting of expansive fields populated by unfinished — it’s like some guy was working on it and a proud bird dog, stoic red barn and white clapboard God struck him with lightning. A lot of these things are house, Dunlap said Mississippi, as both subject and in- unfinished.” Dunlap said his work is intentionally stimulating, but fluence, is inseparable from his work. “I call what I do hypothetical realism. I couldn’t take he does not credit his tale of the paintings and construcyou that place, but if you drove from here to Greenville tions as inherently correct, singular meanings. “That’s all I’m trying to do is literally be provocative. I on (Miss. Hwy) 82 and you hit the Delta, you’d see some don’t have one story. I can tell you my story, but if someof this,” he said. The exhibit is a whirlwind. There are rural landscapes, one else’s story is different, I am very democratic about stacks of New York Times from the War on Terror, Rem- this,” he said. “I don’t insist that people see it one way or brandt sporting a do-rag, even a decaying hawk’s foot. the other.” Dunlap’s works and talks draw more tensions than resNothing in Dunlap’s exhibit exists alone, and he said olutions. His provocations not only suggest, but require these compositions are deliberately experimental. “I want them to have layers. I just put something next many questions; nothing is sacred. What it truly means to engage art, to be an artist, a Mississippian, a teacher, a to something else and see what happens,” he said. Dunlap said he gathers objects, often without know- student of the arts — Dunlap At calls these things into ing what will come of them, for instance, a shell-turned- question through his juxtapositions, his talks and conversations. Dunlap wants (and causes) reconsideration helmet. “I picked up this horseshoe crab shell in Martha’s of many things, and his work furnishes one overarching Vineyard. I didn’t know what I was going to do with it,” result: “Look It — Think About It” leaves its title as the he said. “I turned it into a fascist helmet, and it worked.” single concrete answer Dunlap has brought with him.
The time has come for students living in on-campus residence halls to decide where they will live for the upcoming 2013-2014 school year, a choice which is sometimes difficult and confusing to make. Ann Bailey, director of Housing and Residence Life, said students who are conflicted about whether to leave the residence halls or not should be aware it’s not unusual for students to live on-campus after freshman year. “It is very common, especially if they are in a living-learning community. I lived in many types of residence halls throughout my undergraduate, masters and doctoral degrees,” Bailey said. Since Bailey lived on campus while she worked toward her degrees, she said she admits to being slightly biased toward the residence halls. “They met my needs and provided a level of convenience that was important to me. Take advantage of the opportunity to live on campus during your college years and delay the multiple bill scene,” Bailey said. Some advice Bailey offered to students is to sit down and weigh the pros and cons of living on and off campus. “Look at cost, especially hidden costs that may not be readily apparent. Students have their entire lives to pay bills and keep up an apartment or house. At the end of the day, it depends on the individual, what their needs are and what they can afford,” Bailey said. Some students, such as sophomore computer engineering major Jhona Gipson, have made the choice to make the big move off campus and into an apartment. Gipson said she lived in Herbert Hall last year as a freshman and chose to live in the residence halls a second year as a sophomore and currently lives in Cresswell Hall. “I wanted to move off campus after freshman year, but I just didn’t think I was quite ready to be out on my own. I wanted to be babied a little more, so I decided to go back to the dorms,” Gipson said. Getting an apartment is something for which Gipson said she feels she is completely ready and mature enough. “Now I’m feeling ready to be on my own. I’m ready to have my own space, my own bathroom and just be off-campus,” Gipson said. While she is ready to move off campus, Gipson said she understands it is not for everyone and there should not be any rush to leave the residence halls. “It just depends on the type of person. If you’re not ready to move off campus and you know it’s not for you, don’t do it. There’s no rush. The apartments will always be there. I had to stay on campus a second year, and it wasn’t a big deal,” Gipson said. Jordan Moore, freshman undeclared major, said his experience living in South Hall has motivated him to live in the residence hall again for his sophomore year. “I really like living in the dorms. You make more friends, and it’s more convenient to live on campus than off campus because you don’t have to drive every day, and the dorm parking is better than commuter parking,” Moore said. Though Moore said he is personally adamant about living on campus again, he encourages students to look into whatever suits them best. “I think you should do what works best for you. If you don’t like the rules of the dorms, then go get an apartment. But if you like the convenience and the people you live with, get a dorm,” Moore said.
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Hollywood’s growing neophilia: movie adaptions and sequels trend increases, original stories decrease
here seems to be a trend in Hollywood lately, and it’s not something new so much as something very familiar. Try to think back to the last movie you saw that was a genuinely novel story — nothing based on a historical event, not a new twist on a classic piece of literature but a movie that actually had an original story. If you had trouble coming up with one, it isn’t necessarily your fault. Hollywood has a sequel addiction — an irrational fear of new ideas. Out of the top-10 grossing films of 2012, only two were original screenplays: “Brave” and “Ted.”
Out of the other eight, three were prequels or sequels and five were adaptations of previous works. One could argue that production companies are simply making what the people want. After all, “The Avengers” smashed box office records in its opening weekend. If consumers don’t seem to mind the lack of original ideas, why bother? To get to the bottom of this I compared some box office stats from BoxOfficeMojo.com for 2012, 2002, 1992 and 1982. The data seems to confirm my fears that original movies are going the way of the buffalo. The leader of the pack was 1982 with six origi-
nal movies. By 1992, the number had dropped to four. In 2002, the only original movies were “My Big Fat Greek Wedding,” “Signs” and “Ice Age.” The worst of the lot was 2012 with a measly count of only two original movies. The numbers don’t lie. Original ideas are taking the backseat in the movie industry. What’s equally interesting is how well these original films did as the years progressed. Out of the four years, 1982 was the only year that had an original movie as its highest grossing film (“E.T.”). After that, no original film made the top five. The worst year for these films out of the four was 2012, where the
highest an original film achieved it has in the past decade, studios was the number eight spot. are far less likely to gamble their One might assume Hollywood capitol on something that doesn’t makes so many sequels and adaphave a predecessor that can pretations because these films make dict its success. more money. The truth is, it’s acThere is still hope for original films though. 2012 showed a tually the opposite. Ticket prices 6.1 percent increase in ticket in 1982 were a little over a dollar sales from the previous year. This cheaper than the average ticket CALEB BATES increase in box office turnout today. The film industry was rakcoupled with a steadily recovering a lot of money, and this was Caleb Bates is a junior ing United States economy may reflected in the price of the tick- majoring in English and make for an economic environets. communication. He can be ment that encourages HollyAs a general business principle, contacted at zorsborn@ wood to gamble on more origa company is more likely to take reflector.msstate.edu. inal ideas. If not, you may have risks in the presence of a strong to settle for “Generic Superhero market, and a film with an original story is a big risk. Sequels and are fairly safe bets. When the Movie 4” or “Bestselling Teen adaptations, on the other hand, movie industry hits a slump, like Book: The Movie.”
TUESDAY , FEBRUARY 26 , 2013
Dogs seek to spoil Cats’ tournament hopes BY FORREST BUCK Staff Writer
On Wednesday the Mississippi State men’s basketball team will travel to Lexington, Ky., to battle John Calipari’s Wildcat team. Coach Cal and the Wildcats have experienced a disappointing season thus far, coming into the season ranked in the top five but now finding themselves unranked and in danger of missing the NCAA tournament. According to ESPN’s bracketology — where analysts project the 64 teams that would make the tournament if it started that day — the Wildcats would not be in the Big Dance at this point of the season. On top of that, the Cats lost their big man and topfive projected overall NBA draft pick Nerlens Noel for the season to a torn ACL. With just four games left in the regular season, Ken-
tucky will now be playing come out here and play like with a sense of desperation that against Vanderbilt is disand urgency unlike most of appointing.” the season. And with State Junior Jalen Steele said shorthanded, the Dogs could it feels like when the team very well find themselves takes one step forward, it chasing the Cats around takes two steps back. Rupp Arena. “It’s like we’ll play good The Bulldogs are coming one game, and then the next off their second worst loss of game we’ll fall all the way the season and back-to-back off,” Steele said. “I guess we 40-point blowout losses at go into the games thinking home. it’s going to be easy and don’t On Saturday the Bull- play as hard, and teams end dogs hosted Vanderbilt after up lighting us up.” playing a tough, competitive Saturday was the second game against Alabama, where home game in a row where it seemed like the Dogs were MSU never led in the game. getting back on track. State’s The Dogs were out-reenergy did bounded by an I guess we go into overwhelming not carry over to Saturday’s games thinking it’s margin of 51game, howev17. Even more going to be easy and surprising was er, as MSU was beaten handeddon’t play as hard, the 20-3 disly 72-31. parity on the and teams end up Head coach offensive glass. lighting us up.” Rick Ray said Fatigue due he thought the to the lack Jalen Steele, team would of depth and junior guard come out and heavy minutes play well after its perfor- played by so many young mance against Alabama. players is clearly playing a “I felt like we played good role, but when a team gets in all aspects of the game out-rebounded like that, lack except turnovers against Al- of effort plays a role, as well. abama,” Ray said. “So to The Bulldogs offensive
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Craig Sword and the rest of the Dogs will take on Coach Cal’s Kentucky Wildcats at Rupp Arena Wednesday night. eight available players. Even without Noel, the Wildcats have a big seven-footer in the middle in Willie Cauley-Stein, who is averaging two blocks per game. His inside presence will allow Coach Cal to use the same strategy Vanderbilt and Missouri used and make the Bulldogs shoot perimeter shots. At the end of the day, if Kentucky loses to a seven-win Bulldog team with six active scholarship players, the Cats can kiss the NCAA tourna-
ment goodbye, forcing an uphill battle for MSU Wednesday night. Ray said he has not necessarily told his team to win to gain momentum, but just to win no matter what the case and continue to get better. “You’re always trying to give your guys a way to beat the other team regardless of what the situation is,” Ray said. “I think it’s fair to say no one else in the country has been through what we’ve been through this season, both on and off the court.”
TUESDAY , FEBRUARY 26, 2013
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One of the oldest sports of the modern Olympics takes place at Mississippi State University. The fencing club sport at MSU, more commonly known as Dueling Dawgs, began several years ago and focuses on teaching students the technique and skill of an ancient activity. Fencing evolved from early European dueling among nobles. Over the years, it has become a sport of strength, agility, balance and honor. Around 600 years ago, Italian dancers tried to imitate the movements of fencing, eventually creating a sport we now know as ballet. Jennifer Lee, senior graphic design major and club captain of the Dueling Dawgs, said fencing reflects the procedure of dueling. “Before you begin your bout, COURTESY PHOTO | DUELING DAWGS you salute your opponent. It’s a sign of respect and honor. We Mississipi State’s club fencing team offers a new, thrilling experience for students to stretch the first 15 minutes of learn the techniques of fencing while exercising and being mentally challenged. practice — it’s very physical. After that, we will do footwork and are rules about who gets the out on foil so they can get the We tell newcomers to not be follow that up with drills and go point based upon ‘right of way’ basics down,” she said. “We like afraid to get hit or hit someone over new techniques. After that, which refers to who initiated the foil because there are certain with your blade. You’re wearing we do free fencing. We pick a attack. rules of the foil, and if you learn protective gear, so you won’t get weapon, and as long as they have The second weapon is called to fence it first, you’ll catch on to hurt,” she said. experience with that weapon, épée. It is a larger, thicker blade the others quickly.” She also said the club is lookyou challenge them,” she said. Keeley said fencing is mental- ing toward attending compethat is also only scored with the Jared Keeley, assistant profes- point. However, too many no- ly and physically challenging. titions in the near future. The sor in the psychology depart- bles were dying, so they switched “The cardio workout is vastly Dueling Dawgs keep their door ment, also serves as the facul- to ‘first blood’ being the indica- underestimated by people who open during practices in the ty adviser to the club. He is a tor of who won the duel. Épée have not fenced before. We’ve Sanderson Center. certified fencing “You don’t have to have expeWhere else do you is a first blood had cross-country runners windcoach, has been weapon, in that ed after just 10 minutes. Plus, rience to join. We welcome evget to poke people you can hit any- the sport is intellectually engag- eryone. We want to offer a new fencing for 19 years and comwhere on the ing at the same time. We call it experience to people, some enwith swords and peted competibody and there ‘physical chess’ because you are richment, something new,” Lee have them come tively in national are no rules trying to out-strategize your op- said. back for more?” tournaments. about who has ponent,” he said. Lee also said students do not “Fencing is acAside from getting exercise, priority to hit have to provide their own equipJared Keeley, tually three sepaKeeley said fencing is a fantastic ment. After the first three practiclike in foil. club fencing adviser The rate sports, each third way to have some fun. es, new members pay dues of $10 with its own history and rules,” sport, saber, is based upon the “Where else do you get to per semester to cover the costs of Keeley said in an email inter- cavalry weapon. Here, you can poke people with swords and equipment and weapons. view. score with either the point or a have them come back for more?” Dueling Dawgs practices on “The first is called foil. It is slashing motion with the blade. Keeley said. Mondays and Wednesdays from based upon traditional Europe- Like foil, there is right of way. Lee also said fencing is a great 5 to 7 p.m. in Studio B and on an dueling among nobles. It is The target area is from the waist outlet for students. Fridays from 5 to 7 p.m. in Stua light, flexible blade that was up (including arms and head) “I enjoy it for its stress relief. dio A. small enough to go through the because you wanted to be polite holes in someone’s armor. The and not hit the horse,” he said. only valid target area is the torso. Lee said the club likes to begin Points (or touches) are only teaching new fencers foil first. scored with the point, and there “We typically start everyone
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No. 11 men’s tennis team defeated Samford 7-0 Saturday and came from behind to beat No. 47 Middle Tennessee State University 4-3 Sunday. Freshman and No. 19 in the nation Romain Bogaerts clinched Sunday’s match for the Dogs with a 7-5, 6-1 singles match win. MSU travels to Auburn and Alabama to start SEC play this weekend.
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Daryl Norris, junior, baseball Favorite Restaurant: Firehouse Subs Favorite Candy Bar: Twix Favorite T.V. Show: “Workaholics” Dream Job: Ski/Snowboard instructor Favorite Artist: Eric Church
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through the first two weeks of baseball, the sec west is 46-7 and the sec east is 24-24.
BASEBALL Saturday night, closer Jonathan Holder moved into the top 10 in career saves for MSU, posting his third save of the season and his 12th of his career. Only a sophomore, Holder has struck out 12 of the 20 batters he has faced this season. At the plate, MSU has struggled early in the season with stringing hits together and pushing across runs. This was not a problem for the Bulldogs this weekend as they averaged 6.5 runs per game during the fourgame stretch. MSU came back from trailing 5-2 against Purdue Saturday night and scored seven runs in the game. Center fielder C.T. Bradford, who also saw time on the mound in the game and struck out both batters he faced, said he was glad the Bulldogs were able to be in a situation like this and respond. “There will be plenty of times the rest of the season that we are going to be down,” Bradford said. “It’s just a matter of how we handle that.” Head coach John Cohen said this weekend was a huge learning experience for the Bulldogs. They faced situations they had yet to see in this young season. Cohen said he liked what he saw and thinks this weekend will serve as a teaching tool for later in the season.
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Adam Frazier and the rest of the MSU defense have been solid all season and have a fielding percentage of .983. “I think what we learned was who can come off the bench and help us and who can come into the game situationally on the mound,” Cohen said. “I think we have learned pinch-running and pinch-hitting duties and late inning defensive replacements. We had an idea about that, but until kids actually go out and do it, it’s difficult.” The No. 5 Bulldogs return to action today at
4 p.m. when MSU faces the Rhode Island Rams at Dudy Noble Field.