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August 19 , 2010

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ON CAMPUS

Freshmen covered in GEWW CENTURY PARK OPENS Century Park residents adjust to the ups and downs of their new rooms. Students moved into the buildings on Friday.

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NEW FACE OF COMICS Printz reporter sits down with Southern Fried Comics’ owners, Barry Herring and Jayme Foster. The USM alums opened their store this month.

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Freshmen Savannah French of Long Beach, left, and Elliott Harper of Biloxi, right, clean up after participating in Painting the Eagle Walk, a part of Golden Eagle Welcome Week (GEWW), on Sunday.

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BUDGET

UPC: ‘Grim picture’ emerging Meryl Dakin

EAGLES’ NEW KICKER The Golden Eagle kicking game is getting much attention in the preseason practice.

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Managing Editor Southern Miss has by no means escaped the national financial distress. Though the budget for the current fiscal year is set, next year will bring a $15 million cut to the entirety of the university. University President Martha Saunders called it a “grim picture”. She said, however, that

the university is in good shape for the current year and will be prepared for the next. The University Priorities Committee, which formed in January to draft recommendations for how to deal with the reduced budget, will now send their official reports to the Executive Cabinet. The most pressing deadline is Sept. 1, when the programs and faculty to be terminated must be notified.

“Then we have the rest of the year to wrestle with the rest,” Saunders said. The UPC, the college committees, and the deans of each college each “graded” every degree program in the university. These reports and recommendations now go to the Executive Cabinet. Saunders explained that the cabinet will now add the revenue portion to the decisions: they’ll weigh their priorities against the

amount of money the programs cost and how much they make for the school Chair of the UPC Bill Powell said there will be an inevitable impact on “initiatives”, the degree plans and programs. There is also a “definite chance of cuts to tenured faculty,” Powell said. Those degree plans that will be terminated, however, will be phased out so that current students may graduate. ww SEE UPC PAGE 8.

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Student Gov’t Association I know what you did this president outlines goals summer... studied abroad Samantha Schott/Executive Edtor Since her freshman year, she’s been dreaming big for USM. For three years she was a member of the Student Government Association, observing and learning the organization. Now, as SGA president, Kasey Mitchell has a long list of goals to tackle for the 2010-2011 school year.

Stormy Speaks/Printz Writer Since her freshman year, she’s been dreaming big for USM. For three years she was a member of the Student Government Association, observing and learning the organization. Now, as SGA president, Kasey Mitchell has a long list of goals to tackle for the 2010-2011 school year.


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36 Web danger, and a hint to this puzzle’s theme 38 Murcia Mrs. 39 Nutritional stat 40 Like some panels 41 Genesis locale 42 Key of Mozart’s Symphony No. 40 44 Where the Maine sank 46 Expects 48 Consequences of an all-nighter 49 Obsess 50 Titania’s consort 52 General on a menu 53 Answer from LL Cool J? 58 Where Nina Totenberg reports 59 Inuit for “women’s boat” 60 Gives some TLC to, with “in” 61 Doofus 62 They’re heavier than foils 63 Source of brown fur

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On Campus

Tuition increases for fall 2010 Ashton Pittman Printz Writer Seven may not be the lucky number for many students at Southern Miss this fall. For fiscal year 2011, which began July 1, tuition costs rose at all eight of Mississippi’s institutions of higher learning, with USM seeing a 7 percent in-state tuition increase. Out-of-state students are also feeling the effects. While the out-of-state tuition surcharge did not rise this semester, instate tuition is a component of total out-of-state costs. As a result, out-of-state students face a modest 2.7 percent increase. The increase follows a series of sweeping state budget cuts enacted earlier this year. When Governor Haley Barbour affirmed in his State of the State address that “no scared cows” would be left untouched by the cuts, there could be no doubt that cuts were coming to education as well. After Barbour cut $226 mil-

lion last fall, USM was forced to axe programs that were underperforming or deemed “unnecessary,” including degree programs in Technical and Occupational Education. To compensate for the new cuts and prevent further losses, the Mississippi College Board unanimously approved a decision to raise tuition statewide in January. USM Chief Financial Officer Joe Morgan said that the budget cuts amplified the need for a tuition increase. Without the budget cuts, “I don’t think [the increase] would have been nec-

essary,” he said. “The budget cuts were greater than the increase.” According to Morgan, the extra revenue generated by the increase is equal to approximately 35 staff positions and 65 faculty positions; it may have prevented the loss of about 100 jobs. USM Graduate and 102nd district State Representative Toby Barker, a member of the Education Committee in the Mississippi House of Representatives, also weighed in. Barker explained that tuition increases are often recommended after the college board finds appro-

priations to be insufficient. “The last couple of years they have given flexibility to each institution to allow them to recommend what they think the increase should be,” he said, noting that USM already had plans to recommend another 7 percent increase on in-state tuition next year. CFO Morgan confirmed the recommended increase for fiscal year 2012, but said an increase on the out-ofstate surcharge had not yet been decided. “I think the important thing to know is that this doesn’t just affect levels of government,”

said Barker. “It trickles down to students and parents, because what it comes down to is that tuition increases are just tax increases, and that tends to limit access. So when students graduate, they are saddled with debt from student loans.” Barker said he hopes we reach a point someday where “we support higher education to such a degree that we don’t expect erratic increases as much.” For now, however, he said that the increases are helping maintain jobs and programs that otherwise would be endangered.

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Centennial celebration resumes Earvin Hopkins Printz Writer After three months of summer, students may have forgotten that Southern Miss is celebrating its Centennial. The Centennial filled the spring semester with celebrations, and it will open this semester with a blood drive on Aug. 24 and a dance concert called “Have You Passed Through This Night?” set for Aug. 27 - 28. Centennial Coordinator Jennifer Payne wants students to return to a fun-filled semester. “I am very excited about the continuation of the Centennial; we have some truly phenomenal things in store this semester,” Payne said. “We finished out spring 2010 strong, and we’re going to do the same for fall 2010.” First on the agenda is “100 Pints for 100 Years,” the Centennial blood drive set for Aug. 24 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the Union Lobby. “This blood drive is a meet and greet,” said Kristi Womack, who is a recruiter at The United Blood Services here in Hattiesburg. “It’s a time when USM can really make a difference in giving back to the community, and the USM students and faculty are great donors. We need every

blood type, but an emphasis on O Negative and B Positive are the ones that we always need the most.” Womack welcomes any new sponsors who wish to aid the cause. Anyone interested in helping to sponsor these programs can contact her at K.Womack@ bloodsystems.org. Each donor will receive a free tote bag, cholesterol screening and a chance to win a laptop computer. To register online, visit www.bloodhero.com or call to schedule an appointment at 601.264.0743. The Centennial dance concert “Have You Passed Through This Night?” is set for Aug. 27 and 28 at 7:30 p.m. at the Mannoni Performing Arts Center. “The concert is a collection of dances that I started choreographing in 2006,” said Stacy Reischman, Director of Dance and Associate Professor at The University of Southern Mississippi. “I am now putting them together in one long dance. They do relate to one another through repeating characters and story lines. “Essentially, I have been working on this dance since 2006, with a large amount of rehearsals to ‘re-stage’ the dance happening this summer. Alumni performers have traveled from out of town

to work and student performers have rearranged their summer schedules to rehearse. A work of this scale has never been undertaken at USM.” Much work has gone into the production, and Reischman is ready to show off her masterpiece. “Personally, at this point I am ready to see it all on stage. I would imagine the performers are ready for an audience,” Reischman said. “The logistics of the whole production are a bit overwhelming, but when I see the dances brought to life, I am reassured that the whole journey has been a worthwhile one. I think this concert will be a new experience for people accustomed to seeing USM dance concerts, and I think it will open their eyes to dance in a new way.” Senior dance education major Molly Lee Peresich, who will perform in the concert, said the expansive production has required much dedication from the dancers. “We have all worked so hard before school has even started to make sure this concert is the best it can be for such an outstanding event as the Centennial Concert here at USM. I’m absolutely honored and thrilled to be a part of it,” Peresich said.

“The logistics of the whole production are a bit overwhelming, but when I see the dances brought to life, I am reassured that the whole journey has been a worthwhile one.” -Stacy Reischman, Director of Dance and Associate Professor

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Southern Miss debuts new logo Dusty Mercier Printz Writer After celebrating 100 years, Southern Miss is soaring into its next era with a reinvigorated design. The new official university logo, first unveiled on July 1, made its major debut to the Southern Miss community on Aug. 9 via the university’s newly redesigned website. “The new logo is a strong, refreshed representation and says visually who we are and where we are trying to go,” said Jana Bryant, Assistant to the Presi-

dent of University Communications. Crafted by USM graphic designers, the logo keeps tradition alive by retaining the iconic image of the dome, while also embracing progress with its new, modern design. By employing a more abstract rendering of the dome, the new emblem aims to refresh the university’s visibility and attract prospective students. Southern Miss’ updated look stems from years of planning by the university, according to Bryant. When Southern Miss President Martha Saunders

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took office in 2007, Community-Campus dialogues were conducted. Image development was identified as one of four key areas the university needed to improve. Bryant said the new logo aims to represent a unified front for the university. One problem with the former logo was the use of the university’s seal in the design, which caused confusion about what the official USM logo was. When asked, many students had difficulty identifying the logo among the various brands used by USM. “When I first heard about the

logo change, I was confused because I wasn’t even sure what the old logo was,” said Cheryl Cornacchione, a senior dance performance and choreography major from Magnolia, Miss. “I thought it was the eagle we always see branded on merchandise. The new logo is nice, though, because the old logo looked old-fashioned, and the new design is a modern update.” Marketing dilemmas were also an impetus for the move to a new design. The intricate details of the dome in the previous logo made the design dif-

ficult to standardize and reprint for promotions by student organizations. Accompanying the redesigned logo, the university has also issued a new set of graphic standards that outlines the correct usage for the refreshed design. According to these standards, the transition from old to new will take place gradually in a cost-effective manner. Any materials currently branded with the previous university logo may continue to be used, but new materials or reprints will incorporate the new design.

From briefs: WDAM reported that the US News and World Report ranked the College of Business at Southern Miss among the best business schools in the country. Southern Miss is ranked 215 out of 500 accredited programs. USM’s College of Business began in the 1950’s and was first accredited in the 1970’s. The Curriculum Materials Center in Cook Library will host a Scholastic Book Fair August 23-27 from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Books for every age will be on sale. Anna Brannin, Curriculum Materials Center Specialist, said that the fair will be a good opportunity for education majors to stock their classrooms as well.


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On campus

Thursday, August19, 2010

Residents adjust to Century Park Jonathan Andrews Printz Writer Students continue to discover the ups and downs of living in a brand new building after moving into Century Park Friday. Work on Century Park concluded in early August to make a new housing option for 864 students. The “gated, living-learning community” is made up of four buildings, named Century Park 1-4, and a Student Learning Center located in the middle of the community. Century Park 1 houses freshman female Luckyday and leadership scholars, and Century Park 2 is home to freshman females in the Honors College and Y2I students. Century Park 4 houses upper-class females. The only one of the new 4-story buildings that houses campus males is Century Park 3, where 195 freshman male Luckyday and Leadership Scholars and Honors College students now live. The Student Learning Center offers study lounges and meeting spaces for residents, according to Southern Miss Marketing and PR. Some students living in the halls, however, have yet to learn the purpose of the Student Learning Center. Julia Scafidi, a sophomore

from Bay St. Louis, Miss. said she is unsure of how the facility will be used. “I haven’t really found out what it is supposed to be for, but I think I’ll use it when it’s available,” Scafidi said. Christine Pulver, a junior music performance major from Stafford, Va., said she has encountered some minor problems in her new residence hall. “I think they should have had all their stuff together before they had people moving in,” Pulver said. Pulver said she and her roommate, Scafidi, who had to move in early for band camp, got locked out of their hallway and were unable to get into their room. “Our shower also got stopped up, so there was just standing water in the tub and we couldn’t take a shower after band camp,” Pulver said. Lecia Broadus, a junior transfer student from Stone County, has also had problems with the shower in her room. Broadus was placed in a handicap accessible room and when she uses the shower water floods onto the floor. “It’s annoying, but it’s the way the shower in the room is designed,” Broadus said. Pulver said that her overall

experience so far has been almost equal to her former residence hall, McCarty. The total cost of the residence halls to campus was $37.7 million, making Century Park the most expensive development in the history of the university. In addition to costing the most to build, Century Park is also the most expensive residence hall on campus to live in. A double-occupancy room costs $2,500 per semester. An amenity new to Century Park is the use of smart laundry facilities that will text message students when their laundry is finished. Others include private bathrooms in each double room, covered bike racks and special parking for hybrid vehicles. However, the covers for the bike racks are in place, but there are no racks for bikers to lock up on at the moment. The Department of Residence Life is also touting the community as the first “environmentally certified residence hall” in Mississippi. As a safety measure for residents, a raised crosswalk was added to Fourth Street. There are further plans to build an overpass crosswalk which will further increase safety for the residents there. In addition, the speed limit for the stretch of road from the inter-

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Freshman Jasmine Hervey of Grenada, Miss. puts the final touches at her new dorm in Century Park on move in day Friday.

section of the Highway 49 Service Road to the baseball stadium is lowered to 15 mph from 7 a.m. until 10 p.m. University Police Chief Bob Hopkins said the change came through a partnership with the city of Hattiesburg. He said the new limit will “facilitate additional safety for those traveling back and forth to the new

Century Park dorms.” Hopkins said some drivers have been caught speeding through the area but the UPD and the Hattiesburg Police Department have increased their presence there throughout the day to catch offenders. “We’ve made it a priority,” Hopkins said.

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GEWW traditions hold strong

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Freshman speech pathology major Hillary Kinard from Columbus, Miss., washes off gold paint after participating in the Painting of the Eagle Walk on Sunday.

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Chad Duffaut, a history major from Slidell, La., writes his name on the wall after the Painting of the Eagle Walk on Sunday.

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Freshmen Quinn Kourkounis and Heather Mardis discuss their plan for painting their section of the Eagle Walk on Sunday.

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USM students wash off after the Painting the Eagle Walk on Sunday. 1200 students attended GEWW this year.

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USM students clean up after participating in Painting the Eagle Walk, a part of Golden Eagle Welcome Week (GEWW), on Sunday.


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“It’s depressing, but we’re not alone in this boat,” Powell said. “Just google ‘budget cuts’ and ‘university’ and you’ll see what’s happening around the country.” Tim Rehner, co-chair of the Subcommittee on Academic Priorities within the UPC, said, “There are no good decisions to be made. They’re all bad. They’re all no-win.” The offsetting factor is the $26 billion stimulus package signed by President Barack Obama last week. Mississippi State Representative Toby Barker said that approximately nine to ten million dollars will be distributed amongst the Mississippi campuses. “The Medicaid benefits [in the bill] will free up more money within the state budget, so there will be some benefits for Southern Miss because that was passed,” he said. Saunders estimates USM will receive $3 million of that bill. “What I would do, if allowed, is to bank it to offset the loss to next year’s budget,” she said. Even with federal aid, the financial blow to the university will be far-reaching. “This is just a tragedy,” Rehner said. “People are going to start to realize just how massive and how sad it is.”

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At the same time, he harbors no delusions. “To think that all colleges aren’t hurting, even with this tuition increase, would be kidding yourself,” he said. “Every college and academic program is having to scale back, and a lot of them are in jeopardy. I know that, and hopefully the legislature knows that.” Despite the increased financial burden students will face, there is understanding among the student population. “I think they have to do what they have to do,” said incoming freshman Areiona King. “Everything can’t stay the same, especially with the way the economy is. It’s unfortunate for kids who really depend on financial aid because that’s one more worry they have to deal with. But there’s money out there and they have to find a way. It’s just one of those things you can’t help.”

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Prop 8

Editorial

‘Sanctity of marriage’ arguments miss point Student Ashton Pittman Printz Writer

Federal Judge Vaughn Walker made the right decision earlier this month when he overturned Proposition 8, a 2008 law that denied same-sex couples in California equal access to marriage. As his ruling shows, the law was unconstitutional because it violated the Due Process and Equal Protection clauses by failing to offer a rational basis for its existence even as it discriminated against a minority. Bush v. Gore rival attorneys Ted Olson and David Boies joined forces in January to fight Proposition 8. Olson, the conservative former Bush attorney, recently said on Fox News Sunday, “All we have to do is look into the eyes of these individuals and decide, ‘Why are we denying them the right to happiness that we accord to all of our other citizens?’” Why, indeed. At a time when ten developed nations now allow gay couples to marry, the United States has fallen behind on its core promise the promise to acknowledge that all men are created equal. Those who defended Proposition 8 in court failed to offer any legitimate rationale for denying gay couples the fulfillment of that promise. One “expert” witness for the defense, Hak-Shing William Tam, encouraged voters to support

Proposition 8 by asserting that, if allowed, gay marriage would cause “states, one-by-one to fall into Satan’s hands.” Even attempts at non-religious reasoning collapsed under careful scrutiny. The defense claimed that the state’s primary interest in marriage was procreation, which would exclude same-sex couples from the sacred institution. This argument fails to pass muster when one considers that neither elderly nor infertile couples have ever been denied the right to marry. The defense’s other primary argument suggested that allowing gay couples to marry would redefine marriage. If so, American courts have redefined marriage at least twice before: once when the US eliminated the doctrine of coverture, under which the husband subsumed his wife’s legal rights, and again in 1967 when the Supreme Court case Loving v. Virginia overturned bans on interracial marriage. The lack of a sound legal argument in favor of Proposition 8 stems from the fact that one simply does not exist. Despite a desperate attempt by the defense to manufacture one, the underlying truth is that objections to allowing same-sex couples to wed are not rooted in law, but in the personal prejudices and religious beliefs of those who object. The most common religious appeal contends that allowing gay couples to marry will erode

the “sanctity of marriage”. If that is the fear, heterosexual couples are most guilty. In 1997, Psychology Today reported that in Denmark, where gay marriage was already legal, the divorce rate among gay couples registered only 17 percent; divorce rates among heterosexual couples stood at a whopping 46

percent. In a separate study, the Barna Research Group found that 27 percent of born-again Christians in America have been divorced, while the same was true of only 21 percent of atheists. States located in the Bible Belt boasted the highest divorce rates. In the Bible, Jesus never mentioned homosexuality. When discussing the “sanctity of marriage,” he never instructed that it be limited to one man and one woman; in fact, the one commandment he gave was that couples not divorce except in the case of adultery. Yet these moral crusaders never call for a ban on divorce; they focus their effort, not on preserving the sanctity of their own marriages, but on preventing the marriages of others. In a previous generation, religious fundamentalists attempted to ban interracial marriage on similar faulty bases; they failed. They will continue to fail in this case too. In ordering the overturn of Proposition 8, Judge Walker correctly affirmed that personal religious beliefs, while to be respected and left unabridged by the courts, may provide no basis for making laws especially when those laws abridge the rights of others. This was an article of opinion by Ashton Pittman, a writer for the Student Printz. Email questions or comments to opinions@studentprintz.com

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Alums open comics store in downtown Ashlyn Ervin Printz Writer Downtown Hattiesburg hosts an array of cultural and artistic buildings and businesses where artists and art-lovers may go to have a fun night of music, to browse local artists... or to buy comic books. The newly opened Southern Fried Comics (next door to Benny’s Boom Boom Room) offers a new type of shopping experience for both comic-enthusiasts and others curious about the comic book scene and the art surrounding it. “We wanted to be sure there was something for everyone here,” said co-owner of the store Barry Herring, who received his BA in theatre from USM. The other co-owner of the store and Herring’s wife, Jamye Foster, received her MBA from USM. In their store Foster and Herring have the comic books displayed in a way that draws attention to the covers of the books rather than to the spines. Herring said he usually finds the cover art to be the most spectacular. This bright and inviting setup is different from comic stores generally seen in movies. While Herring is a long-time comic fan, Foster is new to the comic scene. “We wanted it to be inclusive - where anyone could feel comfortable to browse around,” she said. And it’s clear that her sensitivity plays a role in how she now relates to customers. Immediately upon walking in, customers are greeted and engaged in conversation, making it easier on those shopping for comicfans who may not be sure what to get. It’s clear that the couple truly values the customer’s experience in the store. “I don’t want the experience to be about high pressure selling,” Her-

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Barry Harring, owner of Southern Fried Comics, poses for a portrait at his new comic store in downtown Hattiesburg on Tuesday. The store opened last week on E. Front St. and aims itself at both new comic readers and avid die-hards.

ring said. “I want it to be about people exploring the merchandise to find out what interests them. And for that reason, we encourage people to grab a book and use the chairs to figure out what they like before they buy.” The store offers more than just the next issue of X-Men or Walking Dead; the store features many local and regional artists’ work on the walls and floor fixtures. Foster stumbled upon artists she enjoyed and asked if they would be interested in doing some comic-inspired art for the store. “Most people are pretty excited about the idea,” Foster said, adding that there’s an artist from the UK interested in having her work featured in the store as well. The store’s grand opening is on Aug. 28. The day will start with

events for children, face painting, pictures with Captain America, coloring, and an art table. Later in the day, there will be an art show with wine and cheese, featuring the artists from the store. From 7:30 p.m. to close, Paul Johnson and The About Last Nights will be have an acoustic performance in the store. Herring said people often ask if he’d ever carry the DVDs of movies and shows after the comics sold in SFC (such as True Blood, or 300). “We want to encourage reading in the community,” Herring said. “Not that we don’t like movies,” Foster said. “But it’s about inspiring creativity more than entertaining.” Herring agreed. “Art and comics are thought-provoking; that’s what this is about.”

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Sports

Thursday, August19, 2010

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Football

Kickers seek chemistry Cade Morrow Printz Writer Last year’s football season was a story of “what ifs”. What if the ball had bounced this way? What if the Eagles hadn’t turned over that ball? Another recurring “what if ” surrounding the Southern Miss football team was “What if we’d made that kick?” The Southern Miss football team was 14-20 on field goals last year and 42-52 on their Point After Touchdown (PAT) tries. That’s ten times that the Eagles failed to convert after a touchdown. USM returns Daniel Hrappman and Justin Estes will compete for the kicking job, alongside newcomer Corey Acosta. Acosta comes in as a two-star kicker, ranked by Scout.com, out of Memphis, Tenn. He lacks the experience of Estes and Hrappman, but the freshman has impressed Coach Fedora during fall camp. “His accuracy is really good, and I like what I have seen so far,” said Fedora. “The only thing he needs to work on is his timing with the snapper and the holder because it’s different from high school.” Hrappman is aware of the talent that Acosta has, but he said the new competition doesn’t affect the way the he plays. “He is really talented, but I don’t really look at what the other guys are doing too much because I don’t want that to get into my own head,” said Hrappman. “So I just do my own thing out there.” Last year, many issues with the kicking game had to be addressed, but Hrappman said he believes that most of those issues have been

Upcoming Schedule Volleyball Southern Miss Invitational at Hattiesburg, MS 8/27 vs. South Alabama 12 p.m. 8/27 vs. Nicholls State 7 p.m. 8/28 vs. Kennesaw State 7 p.m.

Soccer 8/22 4 p.m. at Southeastern Louisiana 8/27 4 p.m. vs. Mississippi Valley State 8/29 7 p.m. at Mississippi State

addressed for the upcoming season. “I think the main thing was the chemistry with the snapper and the holder,” said Hrappman. “The coaches know how much of a difference every small detail has and for them to make a big deal about it helps us out a lot.” Justin Estes is the most familiar name on the kicking staff and his experience makes him the slight favorite to win the job for the fall. Estes was 10-13 on field goals last season. The most puzzling statistic with Estes is where most of

his kicks were made from. Estes was 4-4 on kicks longer than 30 yards. He was only 6-9, however, on kicks ranging from 20 to 29 yards. Quite a few questions are left to be answered during fall camp, but the new competition from Acosta will do nothing but help the other kickers be on their A-game. The Golden Eagles kick off their season against the Gamecocks of South Carolina. The game will be the first college football game of the season and can be seen on ESPN on Sept. 2.

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Freshman Justin Estes prepares for a kick during USM football practice on August 3, 2010.


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FOOTBALL

Thursday, August19, 2010

Eagles train for 2010 season Cade Morrow Printz Writer Among the many new faces at USM is the Golden Eagles’ wide receivers’ coach Kasey Dunn, who has adopted a group of receivers with a variety of talent, experience and youth. Conversations about USM’s wide receivers must begin with Deandre Brown. He burst onto the national scene during the past two seasons, and this year could be his best yet. He may have his sights on the NFL for next year, so he will likely be playing his best to impress the scouts. Behind Brown, the Eagles have Quinton Pierce, who is returning after a successful season last year. “Quinton has done a great job in fall camp,” Dunn said of his sophomore receiver. “He has been very diligent and is a hard worker out there and is going to be a great asset.” Dunn said he believes that the experience Pierce got from last year could help make him a go-to guy this year. “He is one of those guys that you can depend on,” Dunn said. “He always knows his assignment, and if the ball is thrown to him, he is going to catch it.” It is uncertain who will occupy the other starting spot on the wide receiver depth chart, but there are quite a few players competing for the position. Francisco Llanos, Kelvin Bolden, Johdrick Morris and Mookie Assad have all shown promising talent during fall camp, Dunn said.

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The Southern Miss football team drills at the practice fields on Tuesday August 3, 2010. The Golden Eagles take the field on September 11th.

Llanos, a redshirt freshman, has been a surprise for many USM fans. Coach Dunn said he is really excited to see what Llanos can do this season. “It is really good to see a young guy going out there and making good things happen on the field,” said Dunn. Llanos’ versatility could end up

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being his biggest asset as a Golden Eagle, Dunn said. “He is a guy that knows a lot of positions,” Dunn said. “He can play inside or outside, and I would be surprised if he isn’t one of the better players here by the time he gets done here.” Mookie Assad is a name that many USM fans have heard. His

speed caught many eyes when he first arrived on campus, and this could be the year that everyone will see what he can do. “Mookie has done a wonderful job,” said Dunn. “He has really turned it on in fall camp and I like what I see from him.” The wild card in the mix is Markese Tripplett. His work dur-

ing camp has earned him some attention. “Markese has been a pleasant surprise here,” said Dunn. “He has really used his physical tools this fall and could be the guy that we look to.” Their first test will be on Sept. 2 when the Eagles take on South Carolina.

2010 Football Schedule Date

Opponent

09/02/10 09/11/10 09/17/10 09/25/10 10/02/10 10/09/10 10/16/10 10/30/10 11/06/10 11/13/10 11/20/10 11/26/10

at South Carolina vs. Praire View A&M vs. Kansas at Louisiana Tech vs. Marshall vs. East Carolina *Homecoming* at Memphis vs. UAB at Tulane at UCF vs. Houston at Tulsa

Time 6:30 p.m. CT (T.V.) 6:00 p.m. CT 7:00 p.m. CT (T.V.) 6:00 p.m. CT 7:00 p.m. CT (T.V.) 6:30 p.m. CT (T.V.) 11:00 a.m. CT (T.V.) 11:00 a.m. CT (T.V.) 2:30 p.m. CT 11:00 a.m. CT (T.V.) 6:00 p.m. CT 5:30 p.m. CT (T.V.)


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