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Riding a bike helps with parking problems, health The happiest day who are either oblivious of my life, the day I to my presence or lack first experienced freeunderstanding of how dom, was the day my to share the road. Yet, mother took the trainin the last thirty years, I ing wheels off my bihave ridden my bike on cycle and I took off crowded college camdown the sidewalk Kate Greene puses, through the streets under my own power Guest Columnist of large cities and small and control. Forty-five towns and through the years later, my bikes neighborhoods of Hatare still my most important pos- tiesburg without being hit by a sessions. They are my main form car or hitting a pedestrian. Since of transport to USM as well as more and more people are riding vehicles for exercise, meditation bicycles on campus and around and thrills (when I go the moun- town, I would like to share my tains). I love my bikes. best advice with you. The problem is that I have to First, wear a helmet. If you share the road with expensive, ever see me on a bike without massive, gas guzzling, polluting a helmet, then you know I am cars and trucks driven by people suicidal. Riding a bike can be BIKING continued on page 5

Texting on road more dangerous than drunk driving Meryl Dakin Printz Writer

Administration addressing parking, gives advice to help Craig McNeese Justin Sawyer Printz Writers

Jimmy Driskell, a senior geology major at USM, knows that if he wants to park on campus and get to class on time, he has to start early. “When it comes to parking for me, I usually have to leave an hour before my classes starts,” said Driskell, who is from Alabama. “It’s a really struggle for me to park sometimes.” Lucy Bowens, interim director of parking management, said there are 7,648 parking spaces on the USM campus, including reserved spaces. She added that parking management sells more parking permits than there are spaces because “everybody’s not here at the same time.” Campus officials said about 9,000 students commute to campus on weekdays. That creates gridlock for a lot of students who try to get class quickly. Joe Paul, vice president of student affairs, said there are longrange plans in the works to ease parking on the USM campus. “We going to have a new multi-level

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parking structure with 1,000 extra spaces,” in the next two years, said Paul. “We are thinking of putting more parking spaces next to the new Trent Lott Center.” Sid Gonsoulin, associate vice president of student affairs and former chair of USM’s Master Plan Program, said the one remaining hurdle to breaking ground on a parking garage is the ongoing effort to secure a “partnership” with a private developer. “One of the goals (of the master plan) is to have a parking garage open prior to completion of the new residence hall being built north of Fourth Street,” Gonsoulin said. “In order to build, we need the partnership of a private developer” which members of the administration are actively seeking. Also under consideration are a campus shuttle service and a reconfigured Eco Eagle bike loan

program. The Eco Eagle bike program, which began earlier this month, hit an immediate snag when many of the 17 bikes went missing. Larry Lee, chief sustainability officer, told The Student Printz last week, he’s disappointed that the program’s debut was so unsuccessful but added ways to continue the program are being explored. In the meantime, what is a commuting student to do to get to class on time? Until some longer range projects are complete, Paul said the answer is simple. “Wake up earlier, know where you are going to park, and don’t pray to God that you’ll get that ‘lucky open one’ space when your running late,” he said. Bre Bradley agrees with Paul’s suggestion. “I get here 30 minutes early to get a parking spot,” said Bradley, an English major who commutes to campus daily. Bradley said usually she can find a spot even if she’s running a bit late, but she makes a point to get to campus early because “I want a good spot.”

Quincy St. Pierre, a history major, said early birds can have their pick of parking on campus. “If you get here at 7 a.m., there’s no problem,” he said. “But who wants to get here two hours before class?” Driskell had a scooter last semester that he used to commute around campus. “Parking my scooter was very easy for me, because I could park it right next to my classroom,” he said. Until a replacement part for his scooter arrives from Hong Kong, Driskell said he will have to continue the hunt for a more traditional parking place. John Cobb, an economics major, said he doesn’t look at parking as a problem. “There’s always a parking spot,” said Cobb. “People just don’t want to have to walk a mile or so to get to class.” Bowens said the Fourth Street commuter lot near Hillcrest Hall is always a good spot to find an open parking space. “It’s never filled to our capacity,” Bowens said, adding that there are at least 450 spaces in the lot.

A recent study shows that texting while driving is considerably more dangerous than driving under the influence of alcohol or marijuana. Transport Research Laboratory conducted the experiment using a simulator on drivers between the ages of 17 and 24. The affect on steering control worsened by 91 percent for those texting, as compared to 35 percent when using marijuana. The results of texting and driving outside of a simulator speak for themselves. Los Angeles recently banned the use of cell phones for anyone operating a train after a wreck that killed 25 people and wounded 130. The conductor was found to have been texting when he drove his commuter train into a freight train. Mississippi’s neighbor, Louisiana, banned all cell phone use while operating a motor vehicle in July. “As much as people will hate me for saying it, I think it’s a good idea to ban it,” said Carrie Prior, a sophomore nursing major. “I think it will result in fewer accidents altogether.” “When I even look down at my texts, I swerve,” Proir said. “The other day I almost ran clear into the back of somebody looking at my text messages.”

Zachary Lamplugh, a junior, disagrees with the ban entirely, saying that too much government regulation i n -

fringes on Americ a n rights. Sarah Odom, a mass communications major, said the issue is one of personal responsibility. She said a ban against texting while driving would not be useful because “people are still going to do it.” “I know a girl who got in a bad wreck maybe three weeks ago because she was texting,” Odom said. “She flipped the car, totaled it and was in the hospital for a little while. Is she still going to text and drive? Yeah.” Prior concedes that while banning cell phones from vehicle use is a good idea, it won’t help anything until people are required to change their habits.

Biking to class eliminates worry for commuting students Thomas Lambert Printz Writer

For some students, riding a bike to class is an obvious solution to the parking predicament. “Riding to class is the way to go,” said Daniel Shemper, a business major from Hattiesburg. “I get from place to place (on campus) in a fraction of the time it takes to walk, and I don’t have to worry about wasting time looking for a spot or getting a ticket.” Lucy Bowens, interim director of parking management, said the cost of a bike permit is $10 annually, compared to the $50 yearly fee for a parking spot. Bikers also help facilitate a more green attitude around the USM campus. “I save money, get a work-out

and I feel like I am doing my part in cleaning up the environment,” said senior Michael Gray-Lewis, who pedals to every class. “The only real downside is cold or rainy mornings, and that more people aren’t joining in.” Campus statistics show that there are approximately 7,600 parking spaces available on or near campus in official parking lots while there are about 9,000 students commuting to class weekdays. There are also about 2,000 employees who park on or near campus. USM recently introduced Eco Eagle, a new program that provided bicycles for students to use on campus for free. The idea was to encourage more drivers to park and ride a bike instead, which would alleviate some of the campus parking problem. Eco Eagle bikes were placed

on campus for use from building to building, with a sign attached explaining that they were not to be taken off campus. Within a week, many of the 17 EcoEagle bikes were missing or damaged, which has forced organizers to go back to the drawing board and seek new ways to make the program work. James Moore, owner of Moore’s Bicycle Shop on Hardy Street, sold the university the Eco Eagle bikes. Moore said despite the fact the program wasn’t an immediate success, it has still benefitted the entire community. “With the amount of exposure this program has gotten with the media, we have definitely raised awareness about the benefits of biking,” said Moore. “People who ordinarily wouldn’t ride a bike might have realized how much quicker it is to get around

on a bike and how handy it would be to have one waiting on them outside. “Whether they used the campus bikes or not, the idea may persuade folks to go purchase one at Wal-Mart for $100 or from a bike shop for $300; either way USM is benefiting in that it is one less driver trying to park,” he said. One concern many have when biking to class is contending with traffic. But for most students, living a bit dangerously is worth it. “I live across (U.S.) 49 from campus and even though sometimes I have to wait on traffic to clear, I can easily make it anywhere on campus in a matter of minutes,” said Shemper. “No matter how you look at it, riding a bike to school is less of a hassle than driving.”

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Molly Peresich, a sophomore dance education from Ocean Springs, locks her bike on the rack outside of the Thad Cochran Center.


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09-15-08 •Softball Comples - Suspicious Person - Two trespass warnings were issued to non-students. •Printing Center - Hit and Run - Incident report on file. •Black & Gold Av - Trespassing - Three verbal trespass warnings were issued. •Walker Science - Medical Assist - AAA ambulance responded but patient declined transport. •Cook Library - Petit Larceny - A student reported the theft of a wallet. 09-16-08 •Hattiesburg Hall - Service Non-Criminal - Forwarded to Residence Life. •Panhellenic - Service Non-Criminal - A vehicle became stuck on a concrete block causing damage to the tire. 09-17-08 •Scott Hall - Medical Assist - A student was transported to the USM Clinic. •Cook Library - Petit Larceny - A student reported the theft of a Diamond Back mountain bike, burnt orange in color, 22” size. •31st Ave - Hit and Run - A student reported being struck by a vehicle while in the crosswalk. •Montague blvd - Disturbing the Peace - One post arrest release was issued for

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09-18-08 •McCarty Hall - Harassing Phone Calls - Incident report on file. •Panhellenic - Destroying Public Property - Forwarded to Parking Management. 09-19-08 •Panhellenic - Medical Assist - A student was transported by UPD to FGH ER. •Honors House - A staff member reported the theft of a reserved parking sign. •Thad Cochran Center -Citizen Complaint - Forwarded to Aramark. •Bolton Lot - Vandalism - A student reported a broken window on her parked vehicle. 09-20-08 •Fraternity Dr - Alcohol Violations Seven campus citations were issued for Minor in Possession of Alcohol; three campus citations for USM Alcohol Policy Violations; eight state citations for Minor in Possession of Alcohol; two state citations for Public Drunk; two verbal trespass warnings issued. •Polymer Science - Public Drunk - Justin C Sowder, W/M, 23 yoa, Hattiesburg address, was arrested and charged with Public Drunk. •East Stadium - Public Drunk - Charles

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Martin, W/M, 19 yoa, Bailey MS address, was arrested and charged with Public Drunk and Disorderly ConductFTC. •4th St - Hit and Run - MS Uniform Crash report filed. •East Stadium - Medical Assist - A game spectator was transported to FGH by AAA ambulance. 09-21-08 •Fraternity Dr. - Warrant - Caitlin Sheree Hennig, W/F, 19 yoa, Biloxi address, was arrested on a Fugitive warrant from Biloxi Police Department. •4th St Lot - Medical Assist - A game spectator was transported to FGH by AAA ambulance. •Golden Eagle Av - Welfare Concern A visitor was taken to UPD office and picked-up by his parent. •Cent.for Intl Ed. - Suspicious Person - One state citation was issued for Obstructing Traffic. •Lakeview Golf Course - Suspicious Person - Two state citations were issued for Indecent Exposure and one for littering. •Hardy St - DUI 3rd - Joel Paul Peresich, W/M, 22 yoa, Saucier address, was arrested and charged with Felony DUI. •Pinehaven Apt - Domestic Disturbance - Incident report on file.

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Rocking out at Friday Night at the Fountain

Dems open office on Hardy Bob Worth Printz Writer

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Michael Warren Band, a rock/soul artist from Birmingham, plays for students during Friday Night at the Fountain.

Workers began moving furniture into the new Forrest County Democratic Party headquarters, located at 906 Hardy Street, Thursday afternoon in anticipation of its official opening Monday. In selecting a site for the first Forrest County Democratic Party Headquarters, Richards Jones, Chairman of the Forrest County Democratic Committee, said “We felt it was necessary to have a central location.” The office will support all Democrats running for office in Mississippi, including those competing in local races, as well as Senate candidate Ronnie Musgrove, but the Presidential race is the current focus. Workers from the ObamaBiden campaign visited the site Saturday to provide training and information. “We feel very positive about the campaign; we feel very positive about the election,” Jones said, referring to the Presidential race. “We feel like it’s our time.”

Center aids cops with technology Special to the Printz While the University of Southern Mississippi’s Center of Higher Learning, located at the John C. Stennis Space Center, is known for its educational and workforce development offerings, two applied technology programs, Geospatial Applications and Visualization, also call CHL their home. Over the last year, the Geospatial Applications Lab has updated a computer-based system to assist in the decision-making process for counterdrug technologies that aid the Mississippi National Guard and the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics. The heart of the system is a map showing the areas in the state most likely for outdoor growth of marijuana. The Geo

Lab produced this map by coupling two cutting-edge technologies, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and an Artificial Neural Network (ANN). Jim Matthews, director of the CHL Geospatial Applications Laboratory, said, “This technology highlights areas with the highest potential for marijuana cultivation and has proven very useful in the strategic planning to eliminate marijuana.” The ANN is supplied with a large number of GIS themes such as demographics, roads, topography and land cover as well as data about marijuana growth. By testing the themes to see which ones have the potential to separate growth sites from the random locations, the ANN produces a map that shows the similarity of every point in the state to the characteristics of where marijuana has been grown

USpeak gives voice to college students Bob Worth Printz Writer

Uspeak, an organization sponsored by the Mississippi Student Body Presidents Council and composed of representatives from Mississippi’s eight public colleges and universities, has assembled a list of the five issues considered most important to college students. Uspeak will present this list to state lawmakers in anticipation of the Presidential debate being held Friday in Oxford. A committee made up of Student Government representatives from across the state and chaired by USM Student Body President Melissa Cirino met at Jackson State University on September 6, and developed a list of issues uniquely important to Mississippi college students. “They were asked to develop the issues that they felt were the most pertinent concerns for college students today,” said Bentley Anderson, Legislative Liaison for the USM Student Government Association. “They debated, discussed, and agreed on five issues.” The organization is non-partisan, and has received input and assistance from a variety of student political organizations, including the College Republicans and College Democrats. The idea for the survey stemmed from the Mississippi Youth Ballot Campaign, which began in Oxford but “never took off,” according to Anderson. He described Ole Miss and USM as the “flagship schools” leading the campaign, and said that Southern Miss currently had the highest student body percentage responding to the

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ranking survey. USM sophomore entertainment industry major Austin White, from Hattiesburg, said that the Uspeak campaign was “overall a pretty good idea.” He was glad to see green issues, as well as the rising cost of college tuition, included in the list of concerns to be presented, saying “anything that will help students financially – that’s always going to be a good thing.” Students from each college and university are being asked to rank the five issues selected by the delegation order of personal importance. The Uspeak campaign will then give a statement to the Ole Miss student body in Oxford before the debate begins Friday, and state lawmakers will be asked to address the five issues. Robin Robinson, a freshman fashion merchandising major from East Chicago, Indiana, hopes to see similar campaigns in the future, and thinks that the Uspeak campaign was “making people more aware.” The symbolic objective is the debate,” Bentley said. “We want to be viewed as something more than the insignificant youth,” he added, and then quoted the group’s motto: “We are not apathetic. We are not insignificant. We are Mississippi collegians. We will be heard.”

in the past. The Office of National Drug Control Policy, an organization of the federal government, has shown interest in the process as a way to estimate domestic marijuana production. By identifying areas where marijuana is most likely and least likely to be grown, ONDCP can conduct statistical surveys to estimate its production. “Producing counterdrug information is just one of the ways this technology can be utilized. It also has promising wide-spread applications to the analysis of many types of spatial data,” said Joe Swaykos, director of the Center of Higher Learning. For additional information about geospatial technologies, course offerings, visualization capabilities or other activities, contact the Center of Higher Learning at 228.688.7663.

Obama trailed McCain nationally by as much as 4 percentage points in the days following the Republican National Convention, but now leads by the same margin, according to Pollster. com, a political tracking website. Pollster.com identifies Mississippi as a “strong” Republican state, and reports McCain as leading Obama by 14 percentage points. The new Hattiesburg Democratic Headquarters will host a viewing party for the first presidential debate, which will take place Friday in Oxford. A work session will be held in conjunction with the debate, which will be shown on a large-screen television. Roy Logan, a senior administration of justice major from Petal and a member of the USM chapter of the College Democrats, stressed the significance of having the headquarters in Hattiesburg. “This will make the community feel like they are part of the campaign,” he said, adding that before the headquarters was opened, “Obama supporters didn’t have

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anywhere to go.” Jones agreed, and said that extensive voter registration drives would be conducted from the headquarters in the run up to the Presidential election. “We’re going to canvas the whole county,” Jones said. The Mississippi Republican Party has an established office in the Arbor behind Newk’s Express Café, where they will host a debate viewing party as well, according to Fred Drews, a member of the party. The party will also have a voter registration drive at Gander Mountain today from 5:30 to 6:30.


Opinions Americans have lost touch In the haze of political debate and knee-jerk rhetoric that we currently find ourselves in, I Jesse Bass think it’s time Opinions Editor to take a step away from the situation and think about where we‘re going as a nation. I was raised from a puppy in a small, hole-in-the-road town between Hattiesburg and New Orleans called Poplarville. For those of you unfamiliar with small-town politics, everyone in Poplarville knows everyone else in Poplarville. For the most part, all the residents share the same space while essentially ignoring each other. We stand in line together; we recognize neighbors in traffic; we silently occupy adjacent restaurant booths. Yes, of course we talk amongst ourselves, but so very little is said. I can‘t say that I‘m innocent of this myself, or that I expect every conversation to be of utmost importance--just observing a social phenomenon I don‘t understand the reasoning behind. It’s not just small towns, either. I spent the weeks following hurricane Katrina in Poplarville, and watched firsthand this habit of our community quickly melt away, along with many other habits of

equally questionable motivation. We stood in the street and talked about things worth talking about-most of which could have been said years ago. We cooked for each other. We helped each other survive. Did it take something like the hurricane to bring us together? Did we act that way because we were somehow touched by the disaster, or because we didn’t have TV to distract us? We are losing something as Americans in the cultural whirlpool we live in. Perhaps our cell phones, YouTube and the like are distracting us from the responsibility we should have to our neighbors. The presidential candidates we choose reflect our values as Americans, at least to some degree. After researching Barack Obama and John McCain’s strategies on foreign policy, I think the aspect of society I am criticizing shows up well. Catch the presidential debate this week, maybe you’ll see what I mean. Obama wants to fix things in Sudan and Zimbabwe amongst other places. McCain wants to prolong the War in Iraq and continue to wrestle with nations like Syria and Iran. While stopping acts of genocide halfway around the world is a commendable cause(Obama‘s idea), I believe we should spend more time working on our politics at home. I

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cannot expect a political figure to fix our social problems in one fell swoop, but am I wrong for expecting them to care more than it seems they do? In the era of the American isolationist politician, I believe we did a far better job of living together as a nation. I was obviously not alive during that time, but judging by the history we revere so much, I think today we may be losing an essential part of American culture. The politicians aren’t to blame, I don’t think, their behavior is a symptom of our culture’s ailment. Maybe the politicians are to blame, I don’t claim to know these types of things. I think our communal obsession with globalization, mass media, and cable internet connections has made us forget about something I believe is more important--our own American community. Is it worth more to know the news from 1000 miles away, or to know the people who live 1000 feet away? Our forefathers left us with old pieces of parchment and big bells, but what does any of that mean

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Belt laws are rediculous Haskel Burns Printz Writer

Pardon me for laughing, but this is one of the funniest things I’ve heard in a long time. I just read an article about a dress code law that was being enforced in Riviera Beach, Florida. Apparently, a bill was proposed in March that made it illegal to wear saggy pants if the wearer’s underwear was visible. The bill was made into law after 5,000 city residents voted to pass it. Last week, a 17-year old Riviera Beach resident spent the night in jail after police spotted him with his underwear poking out over his saggy jeans. He would have only been fined or sentenced to community service, but because of a prior history of marijuana use, the teen was sent to jail. A Florida court repealed the law, saying that it was unconstitutional. According to the public defender, Florida didn’t want “fashion

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police.” However, similar laws are waiting to be passed in other states, including Louisiana. I think this is just hilarious. I’ve hated saggy pants my entire life, but I never thought it would cause this much controversy. Pants are meant to be worn around your waist, not your bum or your knees. That’s why pants have a waist size, such as 32. Before long, though, you’ll probably go to buy a pair of jeans and it will have 3 measurements– waist, bum, and ankle. But should it be illegal to wear your pants that way? I don’t know about that. If you make that illegal then you have to make every other unconventional style of dress illegal also. I wish saggy pants could be illegal. I really do. But I just don’t think it would be fair. If, however, it was against the law to sag your pants, that’s cool with me. But in the mean time, pull up your pants. Haskel Burns is a staff writer for The Student Printz. Comments can be sent to printz@usm.edu

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without the people to go along with it? We are straying from our original American ideals. With these lengthy parables and endless ramblings, I’m trying to say that our fast, hustle-or-die culture has caused us to forget how much we as humans really need each other. This is exemplified even in the superficial--could you build that nifty iPhone by yourself? After Katrina, I saw that we as a nation still had our human sensibilities about us. We definitely haven’t lost this battle yet. I just hope it doesn’t take a real pandemic disaster (nuclear winter, perhaps) to remind us of our respect for those who share our homes and lusts for freedom. I challenge all of you; go talk to your neighbor. Love them, revel in their companionship. Know that you may need their help one day, as they might yours. You may disagree with them about many things, just remember to feel lucky you don’t live next to Osama Bin Laden.

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continued from page one liberating and pleasurable, or just functional, but it is always a risky undertaking. There was once a professor at USM who rode his bike everywhere, but he did not wear a helmet. One day he was finishing up a ride and almost home when he took a fall on his bike. His head hit the pavement and he died instantly. While this kind of accident is rare, I tell it to illustrate the fragility of our brains. It doesn’t take much to kill us. And if your head hits the pavement because you have been hit by a car, chances are the force will be ten times that that killed the professor. Our brains are too valuable to leave unexposed in such a dangerous situation. While a helmet may not always save you, it will certainly reduce the risk of brain injury and death. Now, I can already hear the complaints. It’s too hot to wear a helmet. It will give me helmet hair. I can’t afford one. Well, just get over it. A helmet may save your life. End of story. Second, do not ride listening to music (or talking on the phone or texting). The big bad cars out there aren’t paying attention to you, so you need to be completely aware of them. That means listening as well as seeing. You must rely on your hearing to know what is approaching behind you. This is especially important on the road but as important on the Longleaf Trace. Not long ago another USM professor and a postal carrier friend of mine were injured when a cyclist on the Trace who had on headphones did not hear a large group of fast moving riders approaching, even though they had announced themselves. As they were about to

pass him, he swerved over and caused a huge crash and my friends were hurt. You have seen what the crashes on the Tour de France are like. It was like that. Next, when in town, ride your bike just as if you were a car. That is, ride on the street with the traffic (sidewalks are for the pedestrians, not you), signal your intentions to turn, slow down or stop, and obey the traffic signs, signals and laws. That means stop signs and stop lights. I may not always come to a complete stop at stop signs (though I can balance my bike at a stop sign for a pretty long time if I have to), but I do approach them carefully and slowly. And when you do encounter cars at stop signs, do not pass through the intersection even if it is your turn unless you have made eye contact with the driver. My closest calls have always been with drivers pulling out in front of me or going when it

was my turn because they did not see me. Ask any motorcyclist about this. They will tell you that is the biggest problem they encounter. My last piece of advice is to ride confidently and predictably. Take your share of the road on the side and hold your ground. You should not let cars that pass you too closely force you off the road. Yet, neither should you swerve back and forth uncontrollably making it difficult for the cars to pass you. I am asking each of you who is venturing out on a bike to do these things, not just for your safety, but for mine. If we are to have the respect of automobiles, then we need to respect them. So, get out and discover the joys of riding – the wind on your skin, the health benefits, the environmental benefits, never having to worry about a parking space near your classroom – but do it safely, confidently and respectfully.

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Cell phones sucking your manhood dry Will Nunnery Printz Writer

Dr. Angwar Ashak, director of the Cleveland Center for Reproductive Studies, found in previous studies that “men who used their cell phones for more than four hours a day had significantly lower sperm quality” than those who used a cell phone less. But this isn’t even the point. The phones were most likely held to their ears. Now the Center for Reproductive Studies fears for the sex lives of men who use headsets. Why a headset? Because cell phones emit radiation. Because it’s bad enough to hold it to your ear for hours and let that radiation go into your skull. But when you wear a headset, where do you put your phone? …in your pocket. What is close to your pocket? In a nutshell, you’re bombarding your boys with radiation! The Center for Reproductive Studies took 32 test and control sperm samples and subjected them to a cell phone and its ra-

diation for one mere hour. Their results were disturbing, even sickening.“…an increase in oxidative stress such as a significant increase in free radicals…” Free radicals? Last time I heard the phrase, “free radicals,” I was sitting next to my dear old grandpa as he died of cancer. To quote Dr. Ashak, “…that equals a decrease in sperm’s quality, including motility and viability… our study has not provided proof that you should stop putting cell phones in your pocket. There are many things that need to be proven before we get to that stage.” I hope, gentlemen, that this makes you as uneasy as it makes me. We’re all in our primes here at Southern Miss. We are, as perhaps the Marquis de Sade would have said, “the veritable fountains of youth.” I’m not too worried about leaving a cell phone idling in my pocket, waiting for a text. It is only when they’re on talk that they’re sucking your Mojo faster than Austin Powers lost his. Think of the poor 361 men who reported to the Center for

Reproductive Studies that they had “lower sperm quality” –with phones at the ear. Now think of your phone. Think of it on talk in your pocket. Keep in mind that most of us use our cell phones for much longer than the one hour used in the tests. The plea I am about to make speaks also to the lovely women on campus: they expect as much of you as you expect of yourself. Could you imagine (or have you?) the embarrassment of grinding the gristmill of love for four hours, finally reaching the glorious finish, and realizing there was no volume? What a terrible thought! So please, I beg, throw away your headsets, or at least put the phone in your shirt pocket while you talk on it. Then you might get free radicals in your lungs instead. Would you rather get lung cancer or be an embarrassment in bed? …I just made my decision.

Will Nunnery is a staff writer for The Student Printz. Comments can be sent to printz@usm.edu


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Japan showcase opens today Special to the Printz The University of Southern Mississippi Museum of Art will present the exhibition, “A Private Collection of Japanese Prints,” Sept. 23-Nov. 1 that highlights a selection of wood block prints from the collection of Joseph W. Bailey of Hattiesburg. An opening reception will be held from 4-6 p.m. Tuesday at the museum. Bailey began his collection 25 years ago and it has the charm, the originality and the personal character of the private collector, according to museum director Jan Siesling. “Collecting art helped me to relax from a stressful job in the very technical branch of telecommunications and the business of big telephone companies,” Bailey said, adding that collecting art is not an easy task, especially in the beginning. “It was during trips to an antique mall in Pensacola with my wife (Southern Miss President Dr. Martha Saunders) that I would admire a pair of Japanese woodblock prints,”

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Utagawa Hiroshige, The Sugatami Bridge, from the series One Hundred Famous views of Edo, c. 1856

Bailey said. “After hearing a number of comments that I made about them, she finally said, ‘Why don’t you just buy them?’ I did and paid far more than they were worth.” Bailey traveled extensively throughout America and Europe and in many other countries. He found dealers that specialized in the woodblock prints in Paris, London and Amsterdam. “With the emer-

Japanese prints

The opening reception will be held from 4-6 p.m. Thursday at the Museum of Art

gence of the Internet, Japanese and European dealers started to sell prints via online auctions. It has changed the whole field,” he said. Siesling likes to call the ex-

hibit “a rare bird’s eye view of 175 years of Japanese wood block art.” For the exhibit, he and his museum staff have mounted the show in such a way that the visitor can “discover the print just as Joe Bailey did in the art markets and malls.” “I look forward to our visitors being as surprised as I was when I first saw the print collection,” Siesling said. “One can get a sense of the art hunter who made his way through antique stores in the Old World.” Even the novice will be impressed with the fine works of famous Japanese authors such as Hiroshige, Kunisada and Kuniyoshi. The prints range from mid-19th century to contemporary print makers. One special collection of prints came from Paul Jacoulet, a French-born Japanese artist. “He is a unique figure, even extravagant in his daily life, but is a great artist and print maker, and his prints are rarities. Joe Bailey is the proud owner of a dozen of them,” Siesling said. The exhibit begins showing at the Museum of Art today.

Cory Taylor Printz Writer

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Lakeview Terrace staring Samual L. Jackson and Patrick Wilson opened Sept. 19, 2008

Terrace is a thrilling, but uncomfortable movie Cory Taylor Printz Writer

“Lakeview Terrace” is the kind of movie bound to make audiences very uncomfortable. Why? Well, not since 2005 - the year of “Crash”- has a film so blatantly examined the suburban culture war of race. Many would argue there isn’t a culture war and, even if there were, it doesn’t involve ethnicity. Those are the people who aren’t going to like this movie. Director Neil LaBute has a history of putting his characters, and thus his audience, in uncomfortable situations meant solely to make them think. Samuel L. Jackson stars as a bitterly-racist LAPD officer with nearly 30 years on the job and just as many questionable incidents on his record. He is a widower raising two teenagers in an upper-middle class cul-de-sac outside Los Angeles. Jackson’s character, Able Turner, seems to be a subtle caricature of a 1950s Deep South sociopath. But as the film progresses, he may be just plain crazy. One day, a young married couple, played by Patrick Wilson and Kerry Washington, move in next door. Able is greatly unhappy about an interracial couple liv-

Movie Review

Lakeview Terrace Rated PG 13 1 hr. 51 min Showtimes: (12:20), (2:55), (5:35), 8:05, 10:30

ing next door, for reasons the film dispels slowly. Tension and hostility grow between these two households, allowing the characters to discover truths about themselves they were not ready to consider. There are twists and turns throughout the film that are genuinely fascinating. The film could be billed as a thriller, for sure, but it is certainly much more than that. LaBute has made a film that works more as a social case study than an agenda-driven formality. Are we, as a nation, still so conservatively-minded that the sight of an interracial couple brings discomfort? Some would agree and some would disagree; this is exactly what Neil LaBute wants. If nothing else, conversations would start and people would be forced to examine their own personal views about race. Vehicles of debate are just a few of the glorious tools of the cinema; the audience just has to want to drive. Cory Taylor is a staff writer for The Student Printz. Comments can be sent to printz@usm.edu

WUSM to play local acts Eric Nagurney Entertainment Editor

WUSM’sProgrammingSchedule:If you’re a local musician, WUSM wants your music. USM’s public radio station is looking for music by local artists to play throughout the broadcast day. “We have always put local acts in program rotation, but we want more,” said station assistant manager Elliot Crawford. “We are very focused on the Pine Belt area, and we are advocates for local artists in every genre trying

WUSM Programming Schedule

The Classical Source - 3 a.m. to noon American Roots - 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Hub City Roots - 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. The Sounds of Jazz - 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. That College Music Show - 11 p.m. to 3 a.m. to get their names out there.” Music for all of WUSM’s programs will be accepted. Interested artists can send MP3 files to Crawford at wusm@usm.edu. CDs are to be sent to WUSM, 118 College Drive #10045.


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Volleyball sweeps teams as host Will St. Ledger Printz Writer

Southern Miss swept North Texas and McNeese State Friday and Saturday to claim second place in the inaugural Southern Miss La Quinta Inn Invitational Tournament. The Eagles faced tournament champion Central Florida on Thursday night, but due to Conference-USA rules the match counted towards the Lady Eagles’ conference record and the two teams did not face each other in the tournament. The Lady Eagles bounced back from Thursday’s loss with an impressive 3-0 victory over North Texas on Friday to open the first tournament hosted by the Golden Eagles under head coach Ricci Luyties. Southern Miss started off well in the first set by jumping out to a 7 point lead and never looking back. The Lady Eagles showed an extremely balanced attack in the first set, as four players registered kills in the 25-17 victory. Ashley Petrinec and Stevi Cherry led the team with 8 kills and Cherry led with 15 digs in the match. The Lady Eagles jumped out to another big lead in the second set, leading by 9 until late. Later in the set USM blew a 10 point lead but managed to hang on to win by 2 with a 2523 final. The team fought off another late rally in the third set by North Texas and took the match 25-22. “We played good,” Senior Ashley Petrinec said when asked about how she felt of her team’s performance. “It felt good to redeem ourselves after

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yesterday with a quality win. It was hard fought and I think we played very well. We could’ve talked more which would have made it easier, but that all comes with experience.” Petrinec said she believed the match did a great deal for the Lady Eagles’ confidence. “We broke our losing streak and gained some confidence. We gave it our best and we came out on top.” Southern Miss concluded tournament play on Saturday with a 3-0 victory over McNeese State. The Eagles claimed the first game 25-21, the second game 25-22, and dominated the final game 25-18. Petrinec and Angela Hlavaty both registered 10 kills, and Maia Ivanova finished with a match-high 18 digs. The Lady Eagles moved to 10-4 on the season with the wins, and will return to action on Sept. 26 when the team travels to Tulsa for a C-USA match. Info Bryant Hawkins/Printz Kelsea Seymour, a freshman setter from Long Beach, Calif., sets the ball for Lauren Sears, a freshman middle back from Ashburn, Va., in Friday night’s game against North Texas. Southern Miss won the match 3-0.

Softball announces 2009 schedule Matches against Arkansas, Mississippi State and LSU highlight non-conference games Special to the Printz Southern Miss Head Softball Coach Howard Dobson released the 2009 schedule Thursday that features nine teams, (Arkansas, Mississippi State, Louisiana Tech, LSU, Louisiana-Lafayette, East Carolina, UCF, Houston and Tulsa), that reached the postseason play last season. Home games against Baylor and LSU, four tournaments including two at home also highlight the slate. “We definitely will have a challenging nonconference schedule,” said Dobson. “We open up at home with a our own tournament with two teams that played in the NCAA, then, we play at Mississippi State, before playing in the UNLV Tournament that has at least nine postseason teams. Several of those teams will be ranked in the Top 25. We will have some strong competition in non-conference before we open our conference play.” The Lady Eagles open the season with their own Southern Miss Invitational (Feb. 6-8) that include Arkansas, Samford, Western Kentucky and Central Arkansas, before traveling to Mississippi State for a single game (Feb. 11). Southern Miss then plays in the second of four tournaments when they travel to the UNLV Tournament which features nine teams that also played in postseason a year ago. Southern Miss then will play Jackson State in a twin bill (Feb. 18), before hosting its second tournament (Feb. 20-22) as Louisiana Tech, Nicholls State, Alabama State and South Alabama come to the Southern Miss Softball Complex. The Lady Eagles will also play non-conference opponents LSU (Feb. 25), travel to the Kennesaw State Tournament (Feb. 27-28), McNeese State (Mar. 3) and Louisiana-Lafayette (Mar. 4). The Lady Eagles open C-USA play on the road against UAB (Mar. 7-8) with a three-game series. “Our Conference USA teams are getting better and better each year and this season is no different,” Dobson said. “This non-conference schedule will get those freshmen prepared for conference play.” Southern Miss hosts Baylor (Mar. 10) and Nicholls State (Mar. 11) before opening its home C-USA ledger with a three-game series against East Carolina (Mar. 14-15). Other conference home series include Memphis (Mar. 28-29), UTEP (April (18-19) and Houston (April 2526). Southern Miss also then travels to Marshall (Mar. 21-22), UCF (April 4-5) and Tulsa (May 2-3), which other road tilts include single games at Ole Miss (April 14) and South Alabama (April 16). The Conference USA Championship is scheduled for May 7-9 in El Paso, Texas.

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The Lady Eagles return nine letterwinners, including five position player starters and two starting pitchers from last year’s squad that finished 25-30.

2008-09 Softball Roster: Brandi Alonzo Lauren Castellvi Samantha Davis Britney Dinelt Hannah Griffin Courtney Hill Megan Hill Alexis Hurley Logan James Brittney Jones Leslie LeJune Casey Jo Matthews Kristin Pilgrim Courtney Ramos Ashley Razey Stephanie Shiflet Chanell Thurman Lana Vaughn Head coach: Howard Dobson

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Lack of focus, penalties finish Eagles

Sebe Dale IV/Printz Top: Freshman defensive lineman, Cordarro Law, attemps to stop Darius Passmore, a senior wide receiver for Marshall Saturday. The Golden Eagles fell to the Herd 34-27. Left: Quarterback Austin Davis searches for a receiver during Saturdayʼs game against Marshall. Davis threw a total of 308 yards and scored on a 12 yard run late in the third quarter.

Despite comeback Eagles fall short against Thundering Herd NEXT UP

Tyler Cleveland Sports Editor

Sports Calendar TODAY • All Day – Men’s Golf in Adams Cup -Newport, R.I. FRIDAY • 3 p.m. – Women’s Cross Country at Southern Miss

XC Invitational -Hattiesburg • 7 p.m. – Women’s Volleyball at Tulsa -Tulsa, Okla. • 7 p.m. – Women’s Soccer at Memphis -Memphis, Tenn.

SUNDAY • 1 p.m. – Women’s Volleyball at SMU -Dallas, Texas • 2 p.m. – Women’s Soccer at UAB -Birmingham, Ala.

Southern Miss head coach Larry Fedora didn’t beat around the bush Saturday after his Golden Eagles’ 34-27 loss to Marshall. “Give Marshall credit,” Fedora opened. “They were the better football team today. Their coaches did a great job of preparing them to play at our place, and they beat us. We were out-played and out-coached in every phase.” It may sound harsh, but Fedora’s criticism was fairly accurate. After jumping out to a 7-0 lead in the first quarter with a 68yard home run ball to freshman sensation DeAndre Brown, the Eagles were out-gained, outblocked and out-focused by a young Marshall team. After falling into a 34-20 hole, the Eagles made a fierce attempt at a comeback. Damion Fletcher punched in a touchdown from two yards out to cut the Marshall lead to seven with just over a minute and a half remaining, but the final Eagle drive stalled at the Marshall 35yard line. “There was never a point int he game where I felt like we couldn’t get it done,” Southern Miss quarterback Austin Davis said. “The whole time I was just thinkg to myself, ‘If we just calm down and do what we do, we can win this thing.’” Marshall true freshman quarterback Mark Cann completed 16 of 25 pass attempts for 228 yards and two touchdowns. Nine of those completions went to Darius Passmore, who finished with 139 yards. Four other Cann passes went to all-conference tight end Cody Slate, who gave the Eagle linebackers all they could handle with his size and speed. The Southern Miss defense, which prides itself on its runstuffing ability, was gashed for 201 yards, with the bulk of the

The Golden Eagles have a bye week this week before they come home to host UTEP on Oct. 4.

carries coming in the second half when the Eagles were trying to come back. The Eagles’ fast-paced offense had trouble getting anything going in the first half after that initial touchdown, but for the most part was hitting on all cylinders when the final gun sounded. Davis showed a steady hand, completing 27 of 49 pass attempts for a career-high 308 yards, with two touchdowns and one interception. The Eagles’ offensive ground game, which came in averaging over 200 yards a contest, gained just 123 yards, 45 of which were gained by a scrambling Davis. “Anytime the defense takes away something, it’s real hard to be a one dimensional offense,” Davis said. “We got it going a little bit better in the second half, but we have to put together two halves.” The worst thing about the loss, which was Southern Miss’ first ever to Marshall, is that the Eagles don’t get a chance to get back on the field for two weeks, leaving the bitter taste of a home loss in their mouth during the off week. “I think any loss sits bad,” Southern Miss linebacker Gerald McRath said. “This hurts a little extra because you have a week longer to think abou it, but you have to come in to watch firlm, have a short-term memory, take criticism, and take coaching.” The Eagles will have a full two weeks to prepare their next opponent, the UTEP Miners, who will come to town Oct. 4. “We’re going to continue to get better,” Fedora said. “We’re not anywhere close to where we need to be, on offense, defense or special teams. There is still a learning curve, and we need to keep working.”

Don’t sound the alarm yet Southern Miss may have lost a home-opener to a team they were favored to beat, but this is no Tyler Cleveland reason to pull the fire alarm. Sports Editor Marshall is a very talented team. Not a good team, but a talented team – kind of like our beloved Golden Eagles. The difference in a good team and a talented team is that a good team is going to give a B-plus or better performance every week, while a talented team has the potential to do the same, but on occasion goes out and lays an egg or shows flashes of problems that keep them from getting over the “good team” hump. The Eagles fall into the latter category. Southern Miss’ 11 penalties for 129 yards, as coach Larry Fedora said after the game, came at the worst times and hurt bad. One of the worst examples was a fourthand-one in the third quarter where tight end Jonathan Massey was called for a false start, leading to a missed field goal instead of a first down at the Marshall 20yard line. If the Eagles go on to score a touchdown on that drive, the game is tied going into the fourth quarter. Marshall took advantage of these mistakes and in turn won the ballgame. Massey wasn’t the only Eagle called for a mental mistakepenalty, but that is just one example of how the Eagles shot themselves in the foot Saturday. Looking at the schedule ahead, the Eagles are going to have to pull out some tough wins on the road if they want to go bowling. My guess is that Fedora will get this stuff straightened out, he’s not the kind of guy that puts up with anything less than his team’s best effort. A TIP OF THE HAT Several phases of the team deserve a tip of the hat this week, and that starts with Davis. The freshman is the first quarterback in Southern Miss history to start his career with four 200-plusyard passing games. Davis could be a four-year type player if he can hold off true freshman Bret Jefcoat, who will likely get a red-shirt this season unless something happens to Davis and backup Martavius Young. Another tip of the hat to the entire team, who never seem to give up. No matter what the score or how much time is left, this team has showed that it will not quit on their coach or their school and will play hard until the final gun. They didn’t quit on the road against Auburn, and they didn’t quit when they were trailing Marshall by 14 in the fourth quarter. Kudos to Fedora for instilling that sense of pride in the players. ON A LIGHTER NOTE Let me be the first to say that I like the idea of wearing alternative jerseys. It’s a good marketing technique, and a welcome change of scenery on game day. But those jerseys at Saturday’s game were U-G-L-Y. The design is great, but since when did Southern Miss change it’s colors to black and yellow? Not just yellow, but neon yellow, ugly yellow. Take a page from the baseball team, they wear yellow home jerseys (which also should be gold) that look good with white pants with black trim. I’m all about the gold jerseys, just make them gold or call them yellow. Tyler Cleveland is sports editor for The Student Printz. Comments can be sent to printz@usm.edu


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