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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Volume 95 Issue 31


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Southern Miss student and long jumper, Markus Norwood, competes in the long jump at the team’s Black and Gold Inter-squad competition at USM on Saturday, Jan. 22.


Two Sig Ep members take plea bargain Tyler Cleveland Printz Writer Two Southern Miss students are on probation after entering a plea agreement with the Forrest County Justice Court Wednesday. Andrew Asaro and Steven Quaintance were accused of simple assault by fellow-Sigma Phi Epsilon member Zachary Ridge stemming from an Aug. 12 inci-


dent, but plead guilty to a lesser charge of criminal mischief. Quaintance and Asaro were originally charged with simple assault, but plead guilty to criminal mischief and received 60-day suspended jail sentences and 10 months probation, along with court costs, according to a statement by Forrest County Prosecuting Attorney Pam Castle. Simple assault can carry a fine up to $500 and/or six months in jail. If either violates probation, they will

have to serve the 60-day sentence. The Hattiesburg American reports that in the affidavit, Ridge claimed Quaintance and Asaro had “handcuffed him, punched and kicked him, sprayed him with Lysol and damaged various items in his room” at the fraternity house. The accuser’s father, Leo Ridge, said he was content with the punishment handed down by the court. “When you cross the line, you’ve got to pay,” Leo Ridge told the Hattiesburg American. “I



didn’t want anybody to have their lives ruined, but I didn’t want it to just slide by and have everybody go about their business.” A suit against another Sigma Epsilon member, Chase LaGarde, is stillwaiting for the grand jury and district attorney to convene. LaGarde is charged with the aggravated assault of Stuart Ramsey on the night of Dec. 4. LaGarde’s charge is a felony, and could carry up to 20 years in prison. The university officially sus-


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pended the fraternity on Dec. 8, but Southern Miss Vice President of Student Affairs Joe Paul said the decision to issue the suspension was based not on those two events, but “because of the chapter’s failure to govern its own members and comply with university rules over time.” There has been no announcement as to how long the suspension will be. LaGarde is out on $15,000 bond.

INDEX Calendar ...................... 2 Sudoku ......................... 2 News ............................. 3 Feature ......................... 5 Arts & Entertainment ......6 Opinion .......................... 7 Sports .......................... 8


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Student Printz Serving Southern Miss since 1927 Exectuive Editor Samantha Schott

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Mark Your Planner 25 26 27 28 29 All Day Harlem Ambassadors ticket sales HUB 110 and across campus

All Day Harlem Ambassadors ticket sales HUB 110 and across campus

All Day Harlem Ambassadors ticket sales HUB 110 and across campus

All Day Harlem Ambassadors ticket sales HUB 110 and across campus

Managing Editior Meryl Dakin

11:00 a.m. NPHC Hop Contest Ticket Sales Union Lobby

12:15 p.m. Amnesty International meeting LAB 106

3:30 p.m. British Studies interest meeting IC 101

Art Director Eli Baylis

4:00 p.m. AASO general meeting TCC 218

5:00 p.m. Lambda Sigma meeting Union Room H

5:00 p.m. Big Even informational meeting Union Room D

7:00 p.m. Harlem Ambassadors and “Hoops for Habitat” William Carey University Clinton Gymnasium

5:00 p.m. College Democrats meeting HUB Gold Conference Room

6:00 p.m. HULK It Out At The Hub Student Activities HUB

Web Editior Ashton Pittman

Cheif Designer Christopher Bostick

Webmaster Chris Greene

7:30 a.m. 10th Annual Issues on Aging Conference College of Health

All Day Horn Day 2011 College of Arts and Letters 2:00 p.m. SMAC Retreat Union Room B 7:30 p.m. Roberts Brown Student Guitar Recital College of Arts and Letters

7:30 p.m. Maryann Kyle, Soprano Faculty Recital College of Arts and Letters

News Content Adviser Chuck Cook


Writers Jonathan Andrews Earvin Hopkins Stormy Speaks Hannah Jones Mary Margaret Halford Michelle Holowach Deonica Davis Sarah Rogers Sabrina Brown Mara Lees Marie John Tierra Clemmons Travis Thornell Photographers Jordan Moore Jay Van Orsdo Mary Alice Truitt Brittany Carroll Designers Lisa Gurley Taylor Fesenmeier Ila Higginbotham

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Dirty Birds

01-19-11 False Pretense Thad Cochran Center - A student returned an empty box for a purchase refund. Follow-up by UPD detective division. 01-20-11 Medical Assist Payne Center - AAA ambulance responded but the victim declined treatment. 01-20-11 Vandalism Sigma Phi Epsilon - Residents reported the house was vandalized. Paint had been poured on walls and floors. 01-20-11 Motor Vehicle Accident Championship Lane - Incident report on file. 01-21-11 Vandalism Sigma Phi Epsilon - A coke machine was damaged. 01-21-11 Medical Assist Payne Center - AAA ambulance transported a student to FGH ER. 01-22-11 Fire Sigma Chi - A curtain caught on fire inside the house. Hattiesburg Fire Department along with USM Fire Safety responded and the fire was extinquished. 01-23-11 Unauthorized Visitation McCarty Hall - Incident report filed. 01-23-11 Hit and Run Hillcrest - Incident report filed. 01-23-11 Public Drunk McCarty hall - Aaron L Pruitt, B/M, 24 yoa, Hattiesburg address, was arrested and charged with Public Drunk and Disorderly Conduct. 01-24-11 Medical Assist Century Park - Incident report filed.

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Watch State of the Union at the Union Marie John Printz Writer President Obama will address the nation tonight at 8 p.m. CST with an outlined agenda to discuss job creation and deficit reduction, two common topics that are central to all major political parties. This new, centralized viewpoint may be a direct result of emboldened Republicans taking office in recent elections. For some students, watching the broadcast is only one step in the process to political activism. The Southern Miss chapter of the Political Society will be tuning in to President Obama’s speech in R.C.’s Lounge inside the Student Union, with an open invitation for all students to join in. Alex Strahan, a journalism and political science double major from Petal, Miss., president of the Political Society, would

like to see students attend the free event for education and political discussion with the organization. “We are a bipartisan group of students that meet twice a month to discuss current political topics and events,” he said. “This event is an opportunity for students to hear what the president has to say, regardless of which side of the aisle you stand.” For President Obama, this address will serve as a halfway mark of his term. In the weeks surrounding the broadcast, the President has hinted at some proposals that can be expected in the address. In his speech given in North Carolina last month, Obama said that the country must invest in a more educated workforce to make the United States more competitive, with focus on research and technology. In his weekly radio and Internet address this past Saturday, free trade was offered as the so-

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lution to increasing U.S. exports, putting Americans to work and decreasing the current 9% unemployment rate. “That’s how we’ll create jobs today,” Obama said. “That’s how we’ll make

America more competitive tomorrow. And that’s how we’ll win the future.” Ric Mccluskey, a junior political science major and Hattiesburg native said, “Watching

allows students to hear how our president perceives our current problems and exactly what his plans are to fix those problems. Students should take the time to watch it because it will be informative and may encourage more civic engagement.” Marija Bekafigo, assistant professor of political science and adviser for the Political Society, describes the importance of this historical event. “The State of the Union Address is prescribed by the Constitution and is one of the most important speeches that the president makes. Obama’s speech is likely to set the tone for the current session of Congress. Is he willing to work with the House Republicans or will he dig his heels in and continue to increase the deficit and spending? Students who are graduating soon may find it particularly relevant.”

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Hulk it out in the Hub to get in shape Marie John Printz Writer

As students kick off the New Year with self-promises of getting fit and staying healthy, The Office of Student Activities aims to help fulfill those resolutions by hosting the first annual “Hulk it out in the Hub” event.

The event, a brainchild of a group of student leaders from SMAC, The Southerner, AASO and SGA, will include many different ways to get healthy and stay fit. Eryka Wallace, a sophomore public relations major from Biloxi, who helped plan and promote the event, described what is to be expected: “We will have everything from Zumba dance

classes and Wii Fit games to a Q & A session with health professionals,” Wallace said. Students can also participate in yoga classes to ease the stress of starting a new semester, as well as have their blood pressure checked and BMI tested. Both a dietitian and medical doctor will be present to answer questions and give students advice on health-related topics. Frantz Solomon, a senior music major from Chicago, would like to see a large number of attendees at the event because of its unique programming.

“We feel this is an important part of the college experience to not only have fun but to be healthy and have fun doing it,” Solomon said. “This is just what our campus needs to promote personal health and wellness.” Wallace added: “This interactive program will be the first stepping stone to better health for Southern Miss students. The last thing we want is for students to come in and listen to a lecture. We want you up and moving.” Other options for students attending include free AquaMassages, which will be locat-

ed outside the Hub in the old post office, and informational booths for students to utilize. Student Activities Assistant Director Audrey Charoglu said, “This event was created by students for students. We’ve also teamed up with the Payne Center and Health Services to create awareness of healthy living among our students.” For students looking for ways to get fit in the New Year and have fun, stop by the Student Activities Hub in the Union on Thursday, Jan. 27 at 6p.m.


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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Wesley hosts skits, singers, s’mores Courtney Carter Printz Writer

The Wesley Foundation is kicking off the new semester and New Year with its annual Resolution Week. Events will be sponsored through Thursday, Jan. 27, at the Wesley Foundation Center. The Wesley Foundation is the student ministry of United Methodist at Southern Miss. The foundation holds praise and worship services every Tuesday at 8 p.m., and sponsors a free lunch every Thursday from 11:45 to 1 p.m. Monday night featured bowling at Hub Lanes, which served as a great chance for friendly competition and fellowship. Tuesday night the Wesley Foundation presents singer/songwriter Josh Wilson in a free concert. Wednesday is s’mores and hot


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Jonathan Campbell, an Information Technology student of New Orleans, LA, bowls for a strike at Hub Lanes hosted by the Wesley Foundation on Monday, Jan. 24.

chocolate night at the Wesley Foundation, starting at 9 p.m. The week will be concluded with an open-mic night and talent show on Thursday. “Resolution Week is a welcomeback event for the spring semester,

since so much emphasis is placed on the fall,” said Wesley Foundation President Crystal McKee. “It creates a place for people to check things out, meet new friends and maybe fulfill any resolutions they

may have had.” Monday night served as the start of Resolution Week with a night of bowling at Hub Lanes. Members of the Wesley Foundation provided transportation. Josh Wilson will be performing tonight at 8 p.m. Wilson is a contemporary Christian singer/ songwriter and is currently on the Matthew West Tour. According to, Wilson’s debut album Trying to Fit the Ocean in a Cup brought on his first Top 10 radio success “Savior Please” and launched him headlong into tours with award-winning contemporary artists such as Big Daddy Weave and Matthew West. Wilson will perform songs from his first album as well as his latest album, Life is not a Snapshot. The Josh Wilson concert will be held at the Wesley Foundation tonight, and admission is free. Wednesday, Jan. 26, Resolution

Week will continue at 9 p.m. with a night of free s’mores and hot chocolate. Resolution Week concludes on Thursday night at the Wesley Center with open-mic night and a talent show. “We have several acts ranging from silly parodies of the Spice Girls to serious singing acts and balloon animal making,” said Wesley intern Marjorie Hurder. “Anyone on campus is free to join in on the fun.” Auditions were held within the foundation to prepare for the show. “I always loved Resolution week because it gave me time to see my friends and have fun before classes got too stressful,” said USM alumna Joelle Blackwood. For more information regarding Resolution Week or the Wesley Foundation Student Ministry, call 601-268-6689 or contact online at

Parking garage to be complete in March Mary Margaret Halford Printz Writer

After nearly three years of waiting, construction on the USM parking garage is scheduled to end in late March, and open sometime shortly after. The work began in October

2008 and everything is running according to schedule as far as construction and opening, said Chris Crenshaw, director of the physical plant. The parking garage, located at the corner of Golden Eagle Avenue and Fourth Street, will have about 1200 parking spots in its five stories. The structure

will also include two elevators and four stairwells. The project is aimed at alleviating the parking issues on campus that students and faculty often complain about. The structure will be sectioned off with spaces for faculty, staff and students, though the exact number of spots for each zone is not yet known.

Precast concrete is being used to build the parking garage, meaning the concrete is formed before it reaches the construction site. This type of material is said to be stronger, more environmentally friendly and low maintenance. Crenshaw also has received positive feedback about the project. “Everyone seems to be excited about this project being completed,” Crenshaw said. Crenshaw also said that so far, no incidents or setbacks have been reported in the construction.

Kasey Mitchell, president of SGA, is hopeful that the parking garage will help with some of the problems people experience when trying to park on campus. “Parking is always something we hear about from students consistently, and I do believe this parking garage will help,” Mitchell said. “From what I have heard, students are just ready for it to finally open to help relieve some of the parking inconveniences they feel they have dealt with this semester.”

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The unfinished parking garage on the campus of USM on Saturday, Jan. 22. The five story, 1200 parking spot parking garage will open in March 2011.

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Students get creative in job search Hannah Jones Printz Writer

It is not uncommon for students to seek job opportunities during their college years whether it is for monetary needs, personal experience or means to fluff up a resume. However, with unfavorable conditions in the economy and a constantly rising unemployment rate, students are beginning to seek unconventional job opportunities to overcome market setbacks. While some students resort to typical part-time employment options such as waiting tables, tutoring and sales, more students are taking their employment into their own hands by choosing more innovative job opportunities. University of New Orleans junior Ryan Myhand, works as an extra for both movies and television in his spare time. Myhand’s resume ranges from action films such as “The Green Lantern” and “Jonah Hex” to comedies like Miley Cyrus’s upcoming movie, “So Undercover,” to television shows such as TNT’s “Memphis Beat.” Beginning his part-time career as an extra while a freshman at Pearl River Community College, Myhand soon caught the acting bug, jumping at any opportunity to grace the silver screen. “I heard that the place to look was Craigslist so I started scanning that daily,” Myhand said. “When I finally came across a listing for a background casting call for ‘Jonah Hex’, back in 2009, I jumped all over it.” Although an extra’s job is generally the same, Myhand expressed that there are always challenges to face such as weather conditions, set duration and, of course, difficult assignments. “An extra’s job can be really hard depending on the project you’re on,” Myhand said. “When I was on ‘The Green Lantern,’ we were running every day from five in the morning until five in the afternoon. It was late July of last year. It was pretty grueling.” Though Myhand, has had a “normal” job working part-time at a local AutoZone, he embraces his new career, calling it “fun” and “intense.”

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Junior dance performance and choreography major Jamie Fisher works part time as a model for local businesses and photographers.

Hoping to one day work as a triple threat – actor, director and writer, Myhand said his part-time career as an extra has allowed him to actively engage in his future by networking and gaining legitimate experience within the film industry. For junior dance performance and choreography major, Jamie Fisher, working as a part-time model for various local businesses and photographers allows her to further involve herself in the arts more so than any other type of employment. “I feel that modeling, as an art form, allows me to convey myself in a different way than dancing does,” Fisher said. “The greatest part of modeling is being able to be someone different. Models have to play the part, and I enjoy being able to help a photographer execute a beautiful picture.”

One the other end of the lens, Katherine Miller works as a freelance photographer, which allows her to have a job while maintaining her extra-curricular activities such as being a member of Chi Omega sorority and SGA. Miller began her side-career while in high school. After acquiring a camera and attending a senior retreat, Miller’s love for photography grew. “I love making people feel beau-

tiful and making things look beautiful,” Miller said. “Portraits are my specialty. It is really fun working one on one with someone and finding out how to capture them at their best.” Though Miller does not seek a future career in photography, at the moment, photography acts as a fun, manageable way to earn an income. “It is a skill I can always keep on the side,” Miller said. “It’s re-

warding to know you are making money off of something that you love to do.” Students haven’t given up on the job market, despite the slim opportunities. They’ve learned to get creative and embrace a skill that can be expanded upon whether it be for a few extra bucks, to comply with a copious schedule or to act as a gateway to bigger and better things. Out with the old, in with the innovative.

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Arts & Entertainment

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

New team of judges to resurrect Idol Ashton Pittman Web Editor American Idol returned last week for a tenth season. Notably missing from the judging panel was brutally honest Brit Simon Cowell, who exited the show amidst falling ratings last season. Newcomers Jennifer Lopez and Aerosmith front man Steven Tyler joined Randy Jackson, the last of the original judges, at the judges’ panel for the premiere to usher

in a new era of Idol. But is the shakeup really enough to reverse Idol’s slow descent into ratings oblivion? Maybe so. Tyler certainly made an impression with his zany antics. Clearly, Tyler is trying to live up to his rock star image with crude language and sexual innuendo. But it’s impossible to say whether his shtick will be interesting a few weeks from now. His judging style can be a little confusing at times and sometimes overly complimentary. In that regard, he’s no Cowell; those looking for the dry humor Cowell employed while systematically obliterating the hopes and dreams of contestants should look elsewhere; while Tyler is constructive,

he is never cutthroat. But if Tyler was unfit to fill Cowell’s shoes, Lopez was more than prepared to jump into exjudge Paula Abdul’s former seat. Aside from the fact that Lopez is a singer and dancer with Hispanic heritage, like Abdul, Lopez also seems to be channeling Abdul’s personality and judging style. By the end of the premiere week, Lopez had already been brought to tears by at least one contestant, hugged and consoled one of her biggest fans, and struggled – constantly – to say the word “no.” Essentially, Lopez was Paula Abdul with the addition of a Bronx accent. However, she did not appear to be under the influence of painkillers or alcohol.

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The new face of American Idol pictured from left to right: Steve Tyler, Ryan Seacrest, Jennifer Lopez, and Randy Jackson.

Overall, the panel is good, but not extraordinary; it feels like the heart (or lack thereof) of the show is missing without Cowell onboard. Still, Idol executive producer Nigel Lythgoe said he is positive about the reaction to the new season. “I am thrilled and delighted at the reaction to the new panel,” he said. “Wait until the talent begins to surface. There will be more than one star this year.” The crop of talent was predictable and not unusual for an Idol audition show; it included the usual awful talent, the very good talent and the average singers who managed to attain a yellow ticket to Hollywood based solely on the novelty of an emotional story.

Despite its shortcomings, Idol is still worth giving one more chance. It will be interesting to witness the evolution of Tyler and Lopez as they settle into their new roles over the season. This early on, it’s impossible to tell if the show can produce another superstar like Kelly Clarkson, Chris Daughtry, Jennifer Hudson or Carrie Underwood. But if the show is to regain its former glory, it must return to the days when the reach of its impact on the entertainment industry stretched beyond its annual May finale. This was an article of opinion by Ashton Pittman, a writer for the Student Printz. Email questions or comments to


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Student Shout-outs

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The Student Printz’s Editorial Board

Make the most of college. Graduating editors of The Student Printz offer advice they wish they’d had as freshmen.

Riding the elevator Topher: There’s experience from the first floor to the somewhere on campus doing second floor of the LAB is whatever your field is, get in on it. LAZY, so don’t do it! Even if it’s just a little at first, do it

as soon as you can. You need to get your work out there, whether you’re an artist, photographer, researcher, writer. Every major has something you can get involved in – a society, a job, a volunteer program.

experience if you have inspiring teachers and a multitude of opportunities rather than a subpar education in a poorly funded and managed field.

What the crap? Our new Miss America is 17... and she was home-schooled... and she wears a wig just because she doesn’t Meryl: Get involved with some like her hair short. group on campus, and try to

stituting boring classes for more interesting higher level courses. I took a lot of my core classes as an upperclassman, so instead of taking PS 201, I took Political Theory from Hobbes to Nietzsche – one

Eli: Study abroad. It was the best experience I’ve had at school. Worth every penny I’ve spent.

SMTTT? Nah, we’re not to the top. We’re at the Sam: Find an organization you top. We’re even OVER love, and find your place in it. Make time for it, make friends, THE TOP. SMOTT!

The Powerhouse needs to get it together. They never bring my food on time. Good job, theatre kids. I loved The Last Five Years!

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and make it better before you leave. Eli: Don’t believe those people who say there’s nothing going on in Hattiesburg. There’s always something going on to see, to do, every day. Don’t just write it off. Go downtown, check that place out. Spend your money there. Sam: Go to the movies, go to the zoo, go on a picnic. Meryl: Don’t just stay in your dorm room or apartment, get out and see what there is to do. The best part is that almost all the coolest places are small businesses with friendly owners who are all invested in making Hattiesburg a better place. Topher: Keg and Barrel is one of the top 150 pubs in the country, they brew their own beer, and they always have special events, like the chili cook-off this weekend. Meryl: If you don’t know what you want to major in, find out what your school does best, which department has the most resources and best professors, and do that. You’ll have a much richer

Topher: Study abroad at least once. Sam: Study abroad. Not only that, make the most of it. Make a plan, wake up early, go to museums. See and learn as much as you can while you’re over there.

branch out of your major. It could turn into a new passion.

I would like to point out that out of all the appeals that were made, there was not one vote in support of eliminating or even retaining ANY of the sport programs at USM.... I don’t know many people who don’t support the sporting programs at USM. So why can USM not afford to retain some money from those programs to be shifted around to other programs that may be suffering? Due to the amount of support that USM’s athletic department and programs receive from the “outside,” can they not share the wealth that the university already provides for them?

Meryl: Don’t take the Fresh for granted. You’ll miss it when you have to forage for food on your own.

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Topher: As easy as it is, go easy on the student loans, cause you gotta pay ‘em back. Only take out what you absolutely need; don’t overdo it. Meryl: Go to class, pay attention, and allot yourself study time. It doesn’t have to conflict with your down time if you keep on top of it. Eli: Don’t be afraid to take a class just for fun. And don’t be afraid to talk to your teachers. It made classes a lot easier. Meryl: Teachers are the most important part of the class, not the subject. Choose your classes by teachers, because even topics that sound boring could turn into something fascinating with the right guidance. Eli: I wish I hadn’t just studied for the tests. I wish I’d studied to learn, because I’d have that knowledge now that I could rely on. Meryl: Take classes you want to take, take advantage of sub-

of my favorite classes I’ve had. Topher: Pace yourself with those bonus bucks. Don’t spend them all during the first few weeks, or you’ll be stuck in the Fresh for the rest of the year. Eli: I don’t care what you say. I love the Fresh Food Company. Sam: I second that, Topher. And limit yourself to one Starbuck’s trip a day.

Meryl: Study abroad as early in college as possible. You won’t be as tied down as an underclassman, and the experience you have in another country will shape what you want and are able to do here. Meryl: Don’t stress out so much about what you’re going to do after graduation that you forget to enjoy yourself now. Sam: Don’t just think about tomorrow. Think about the future and where you want to go with your life when you graduate, because it’ll be there before you know it.


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Lady Eagles win in overtime Travis Thornell Printz Writer The Southern Miss Lady Eagles won a hard fought 70-67 overtime victory over the East Carolina Lady Pirates Sunday afternoon. The Lady Eagles (8-11, 3-3 Conference USA) played a sharp first half, but a slow start allowed ECU (7-11, 1-4 C-USA) to climb back into the game. With key player Tanesha Washington out with an injury, the Lady Eagles knew their depth would be questionable. Junior Forward Rachel Vigers, Freshman Point Guard Jamierra Faulkner, and Senior Center Geneshia

Dunbar all played more than forty minutes to overcome the fact that the Lady Eagles’ bench was held scoreless. Coupled with their stamina on the court, the three players each had a double-double. Vigers tallied 23 points and grab 14 rebounds, while Dunbar threw in 13 and 11. Conference assist leader, Faulkner, netted 16 points and dished out 11 assists. Coach Joye Lee-McNelis commented on the key contributions by the three players said, “To be able to get a win, to have three players in doubledoubles, that’s huge.” Southern Miss fought hard to hold a 9 point advantage over East Carolina in the first half, but

a slow start offensively allowed ECU to sprint out a 12-2 run early in the second half. The teams swapped the lead back and forth until Dunbar hit one of two free throws to tie the game at 63-63 to force overtime. Dunbar, who battled Lady Pirate defenders in the paint all game, said, “Coach kept saying ‘you can’t be hurt’ so I kept pushing through.” Lady Eagles struck first in overtime with Freshman Guard Niesha Pierce’s jumper to take the lead for good. The Lady Eagles went on to outscore the Lady Pirates in the overtime period, 7-4, to take the victory 70-67. Coach McNelis praised the will of her team, “When the game

was on the line, we stepped up and made the plays we needed to make. You don’t see them frazzled in that situation.” This was the third game of the season that the Lady Eagles have needed extra time to settle things. They continue to be undefeated in overtime and with Sunday’s game, they have played backto-back overtime games. Vigers added, “It doesn’t really matter if it’s overtime or a straight up win, as long as we win. It is just good to see some W’s.” The Lady Eagles will play at home against SMU on Thursday at 7 p.m. Things did not go as smoothly for the men’s team this week-

end. Coming off a close game against Memphis, the Eagles dropped a 79-65 decision to the SMU Mustangs (11-8, 2-3 C-USA) on Saturday. Southern Miss has now lost consecutive games to fall to 3-3 in conference play and 14-5 overall. Junior Guard Angelo Johnson led the Eagles with 16 points and Senior Forward Gary Flowers added in 12 points. Their efforts were not enough to overcome the outrageous 69.8 field goal percentage the Mustangs shot. The Eagles look to get back on track when they play at East Carolina, Wednesday. They will be back at home to play Tulane Saturday at 4 p.m.


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Southern Miss freshman, Alex Doleac, returns a serve at the tennis match on Sunday, Jan. 23. Southern Miss lost 6-1 against Jacksonville State. Eli Baylis/Printz

Zuna Portillo of the Golden Eagles Track and Field team starts the 4x400 race at the Black and Gold Inter-squad at USM on Saturday, Jan. 22.

Men’s Basketball vs. East Carolina Day: Date: Location: Time:

Wednesday January 27 Reed Green Coliseum 7:00 p.m.

East Carolina’s last 5 games:

Overall Record 12-8

1/08 at Memphis 1/15 va. Tulane 1/17 vs. UAB 1/19 at UCF 1/22 at Marshal

L, 61-85 W, 76-67 L, 66-59 W, 74-62 W, 82-81

Southern Miss Box Score M. Basketball:

1/22 @ SMU L, 79-65

Southern Miss Sports: Upcoming Games Tuesday, Jan. 25 at 2:00 p.m. Women’s Tennis @ Mississippi Oxford, Miss.

W. Basketball:

Wednesday, Jan. 26 at 6:00 p.m. Men’s Basketball @ East Carolina Greenville, N.C.

M. Tennis:

Thursday, Jan. 27 at 7:00 p.m. Women’s Basketball vs. SMU Hattiesburg, Miss.

1/20 @ Tulane W, 86-81 (ot) 1/23 vs. East Carolina, L 70-67 (ot)

1/22 @ Ole Miss , L 6-0 1/23 vs. Jacksonville St. , L 6-1

Friday, Jan. 28 at 1:00 p.m. Women’s Tennis Hattiesburg, Miss.

Sunday, Jan. 29 at 1:30 p.m. Men’s Tennis vs. Alcorn State Hattiesburg, Miss. Sunday, Jan. 29 at 4:00 p.m. Men’s Basketball vs. Tulane Hattiesburg, Miss.