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Constructing the Wright idea Michelle Holowach Printz Writer Being a leader isn’t always about getting in front of a group of people and landing in the spotlight, but it’s about being among the people and leading from within. Garrett Wright, a senior construction engineering major, has embraced this definition of leadership and was recently recognized for his persistent dedication to serving others by being awarded the Pearson Prize for Higher Education. A prize that is awarded nationally to students who have shown outstanding leadership and extraordinary involvement in communities, the Pearson Prize was awarded to 70 students in 2011, and Wright is one of over 20,000 applicants

who became the recipient of this prestigious scholarship. “I thought it was a prank call at first,” Wright said when describing his reaction to receiving the news this past summer that he had won. “But after I started getting emails I realized it was true.” The Pearson Prize awards its winners with $10,000 to use towards furthering their education. The enormous project Wright undertook that caught the attention of the Pearson Foundation was building an outdoor classroom for Hawkins Elementary School. Director of Luckyday Scholars Program at Southern Miss Larry Sparkman said that Wright had gotten involved volunteering at Hawkins Elementary and heard them talking about the needs they had for an outdoor classroom.

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Garrett Wright, senior construction engineering major and a Pearson Prize winner, built an outdoor classroom for Hawkins Elementary School located in Hattiesburg.



USM violates NCAA rules Mary Margaret Halford Executive Editor

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Barnes and Noble, a student token textbook hot spot, has faced issues with lengthy checkout lines the first week of the fall semester. After implementing a new policy, students are now required to purchase textbooks on the second floor and will not be allowed down the escalator without paying for them first. Students have reported average wait times of more than an hour and frustration mounted as lines grew longer.



The athletic department at Southern Miss has self-reported 21 NCAA violations in seven sports over a period of two years, records obtained by the Hattiesburg American show. The violations were all filed as secondary violations, meaning they aren’t considered major infractions, USM athletic director Richard Giannini said. According to the Hattiesburg American, a secondary violation is defined as one that “does not produce any significant competitive damage” and one that is “isolated or inadvertent in nature”. “This is no different from what we usually report on an annual basis,” Giannini said. “That’s all they are.


No penalties will fall over into this coming academic year.” Though the violations aren’t being considered major problems for USM, Giannini added that the athletic department is taking them seriously. The following is a list of some of the violations obtained through an open records request by the Hattiesburg American. • Teddy Viator, USM men’s head tennis coach in 2008 arranged a foreign tour in the Bahamas to play matches against one of the Bahamian national tennis teams. While in the Bahamas, the USM team did not compete, although every team member played “a set or two against individuals.” This trip was then considered a practice, and NCAA prohibits teams from traveling more than 100 miles for practice.




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• In a men’s tennis tournament at the University of Alabama in 2009, seven members of the USM team saw USM head coach Viator offer $200 if a player in a close match won that match. Viator placed the $200 in the players’ equipment bag, but removed it after the player lost the match. • USM football coach Larry Fedora, while attending a high school game his son was playing in November of 2008, gave a radio interview at a game, which is not permitted by NCAA rules. • The USM football strength and conditioning staff created videos and summer workouts and put them on a YouTube channel the staff created for the public to view in 2011. Since USM’s football coach had the

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USM and MC Law unite Tyler Hill Printz Writer The University of Southern Mississippi recently teamed with Mississippi College School of Law to provide future students the chance to enroll in an esteemed law school program. The program will allow eligible students to finish their four-year Bachelor of Arts degree with USM while advancing their law studies at MC Law. Students must meet many requirements, however, until they are fully admitted into the program. Those requirements include a minimum ACT score of 27 or SAT score of 1180, intention to join the program before advancing to 24 hours of credit at USM, a maintained GPA of 3.25 and a 150 on the Law School Admission Test (LSAT). After the completion of three years at USM, students will then be eligible to enter MC Law. Their first 21 to 22 hours of credit in their first year at MC will then transfer back to USM to complete the 124 hours credit requirement for the B.A. degree. Dr. Mark Wrighton, associate dean of Undergraduate Programs & Assessment, said the program should decrease tuition cost for students in the program. “The way we make this work is that the program waives the minor requirements,” Wrighton said. So, it’s really squeezing what could be seven years into six and it, to some degree, has the potential to reduce the tuition cost because they would finish their fourth year of USM at MC.”

Wrighton does not believe that the loss of tuition from these students will negatively affect USM’s budget. “We don’t think it will particularly because many of those students opt to go to a junior college on scholarships for the first couple of years. This is something that those institutions can’t necessarily offer them. We don’t, however, only look at it from a business prospective, but as an opportunity to prepare high-caliber students through our programs for the rigorous training they will

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I’d like to give a shout out to the Instructional Tech department, what’s left of it, somewhere. Great centralization USM!

be getting at MC law.” Going forward, Wrighton is optimistic about the future of the program. “It’s still very new. We very much don’t expect current stu-

dents to be able to take advantage of the program, but we are very hopeful that in the future we will be able to attract even more high-quality students to the university as a result of this program.” At the moment, USM has only partnered with MC for this type program. It does not, however, exclude future partnerships with other universities. For more information, contact the College of Arts & Letters at 601.266.415.

I love USM so much that I don’t even mind being nearly run over by bike riders every morning. “What do we want?” “A cure for ADD!” “When do we want it?” “SQUIRREL!” If tablets are ‘like the Swiss Army knives’ to education, then why are we giving them to students who already have the highest grades? Ashton, I enjoy your pieces more than any other section of the paper. Amazing job this week and look forward to reading more of your work throughout the year. SMTTT. Elizabeth Coker, you are amazing and your hardwork and determination continues to inspire everyone around you. I hope you read this issue of the Student Printz! I understand that leggings might be the ‘it’ thing, but girls, can we please refrain from wearing them without anything over them. I do not feel like seeing your cellulite everytime you walk in the classroom. Plus, the darn things are see through half the time!!! Dear girl wearing a sorority shirt who was playing guitar and singing in the Medicine Wheel Garden, let’s get married. The ladies of Pi Beta Phi wish their seniors the best of luck this semester! New school year, new shout outs! Bring it!

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Intruder reported in The Village Rachel Beech Staff Writer At approximately 8:15 Monday morning, a Village resident spotted an unfamiliar face gazing down the stairwell of the Kappa Delta house. “I couldn’t believe what I saw,” said Claire Dulaney, who said she saw a black man standing at the

top of the staircase. “I panicked, so I called my boyfriend.” As soon as the trespasser locked eyes with Dulaney, he fled—sprinting down the stairs toward the front door, she said. Residents of the KD house immediately locked their doors after receiving a warning text message from Kaitlin Dement, president of KD. Women who were locked in

their rooms remained calm, quietly sending text messages to each other in different rooms assuring the other was safe. When police arrived 15 minutes later, they advised Dulaney to lock her door at all costs. Although police officials thoroughly searched the Kappa Delta house for evidence, Dulaney and other residents of The Village still feel uneasy.

Dulaney stressed to UPD that it doesn’t matter whether or not the rooms were locked since the intruder had already entered the building. “He shouldn’t have been able enter our house, regardless,” said Dulaney. Dulaney wants the student body to take heed of this scary situation. “I want nothing but my girls to feel safe. It’s so important to feel secure in

your own home,” said Dement. Police assured the women that one must have an identification card to gain entrance to the sorority houses. The intruder is described as a black male who appeared to be 5’5” and in his late thirties. This occurrence is under investigation until further notice.

was 17x25 inches, with three inches being a tear-out registration form. The NCAA allows only a 17x22-inch brochure. • A student-athlete, a football kicker, who had not signed a student athlete statement and drug testing consent form, was allowed to participate in practice activities in 2009, contrary to NCAA rules. • The USM head women’s basketball coach, Joye Lee-McNelis, instructed her son, who was an 11thgrade prospective student-athlete,

to practice with the USM women’s basketball team in Octover of 2010. Lee-McNelis also instructed a team manager to practice with the team. An NCAA rule prohibits this. • USM men’s head basketball coach Larry Eustachy attended a practice of a non-scholarship based basketball program in Jackson, against NCAA rules. Eustachy said he was curious about seeing a player but that he was not recruiting the player. • A senior USM football player in

2009 competed in a game after he had dropped a class to go below fulltime enrollment. Official paperwork regarding the dropped class was not processed within the allowable time, and was declared invalid. • At a USM women’s home basketball game on Dec. 15, 2010, a group of prospective student-athletes were allowed to line up on the baseline of the court during the national anthem and player introductions during the pre-game period. Such public display is in violation of NCAA rules during an unofficial visit. Lee-McNelis said some of the student-athletes returned to their seats and others remained on the court, without her staff ’s knowledge. • On Aug. 23, 2010, a freshman student-athlete, who had been deemed a non-qualifier, was instructed to participate in required athletically related activities prior to receiving the required sickle-cell screening, in violation of NCAA rules. The student-athlete was asked to be present at team workouts, drills and was asked to walk the upper concourse of the coliseum. USM was actively working to have her

eligibility status changed (which it was, 10 days later). • An assistant coach in the USM men’s golf program, Jim Garren, purchased airline tickets for $815.60 for a prospective student-athlete and his parents to travel from Tulsa, Okla., to Jackson and back for an official visit to USM in November of 2010. Jerry Weeks, the USM head golf coach, when he heard about the ticket purchase, realized this was an NCAA violation and reported it. • A USM men’s basketball player received permission to compete for a team in a summer basketball league in Philadelphia, Pa., in June 2011, but he later competed for a different team in the Delaware County Pro-Am League in King of Prussia, Pa., without approval from the athletic director, in violation of NCAA rules.

NCAA, from 1 opportunity to view the video, it was a violation of NCAA rules. • A media member, Lanny Mixon, attended an event for football prospects on campus on Feb. 26, 2011, and published photos of prospects at the event, which is against NCAA rules. • A non-coaching member of the football staff helped the coaching staff send in signals during the 2011 football spring game, contrary to NCAA bylaws. • A football camp brochure

These, along with seven others, were reported by USM to the NCAA and to the conference, as part of normal procedures. Each violation has been dealt with in various ways, including letters of reprimand and educational sessions about NCAA rules.


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Hub City dazzles with exciting nightlife From bars to dance clubs to music venues, Hattiesburg supplies Southern Miss students with a variety of entertaining options.

Jonathan Andrews Printz Writer Being new in town doesn’t mean having to spend Friday nights in a dorm room or at the local Taco Bell. Hattiesburg offers plenty of options for anyone wanting to enjoy a night on the town. Looking to dance or have a few drinks with friends? Nightclubs like The Frat House or Taste Bar and Lounge can cater to those specific nightlife needs. Rebekah Segraves is a Hattiesburg native who spends

many of her nights at The Frat House. “It’s fun to go to The Frat House and listen to music and dance on Thursday nights,” Segraves said. Segraves, who said she is a regular at the popular bar, enjoys going out with her friends on Thursday nights, as many students do. “Thursday nights are usually college nights,” said Racheal Edwards, a senior. Edwards is a regular patron of Taste Bar and Lounge as well as Pascha, The Shed and Ropers. Edwards said she mostly frequents Pascha and Taste, but

News in Brief

Registration forms are available online for women interested in formal recruitment for College Panhellenic Council sororities. Forms are due Friday and are available at A Meet and Greet will be Wednesday from 7 to 9 p.m. on Weathersby Lawn for all potential new members interested in CPC or IFC recruitment. Call the Greek Life Office for more information. The Residence Life staff at USM is encouraging all students who live on campus to conserve energy over the Labor Day holiday weekend.

For those students who will be away during the holiday weekend, Res Life is asking that everyone remember to turn off all electronic equipment; empty and unplug micro-fridges; unplug items such as fans, chargers, radios and power strips; close blinds and tilt slats upward; set thermostats to “auto”; and close and lock all windows and doors. Student Eagle Club members can pick up their membership cards, t-shirts and

discount cards this week. Items will be available for pickup Thursday and Friday outside the Fresh Food Company from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., and Saturday at the Pat Ferlise Center from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Chi Alpha Christian Fellowship, a new campus ministry organization will host an interest meeting on Thursday at 6 p.m. in the Thad Cochran Center, room 228. Everyone is invited, regardless of background. Email info@ or text 985-414-4812 for more information. Metal artifacts from the World Trade Center twin towers that collapsed on Sept. 11, 2011 will be brought to a permanent memorial site in at the University of Southern Mississippi. Each piece is 72 inches long and 12 inches wide, and weigh about 200 pounds. The pieces will arrive Friday and will officially be given to the university during halftime at the football game against Louisiana Tech Saturday night.

doesn’t have a favorite, choosing to “keep [her] outings diverse.” Being social and balancing life as a student can be challenging, but Edwards feels she has become adept at balancing the two during her senior year. “Really it’s just a matter of managing your time well and deciding when you should go out and when you shouldn’t,” Edwards said. Segraves, a sophomore, is still working on that balance but feels that in her second year it’s going to be easier to achieve. “I go out when I have the time to,” she said.

“Sometimes I just can’t because I have to stay in and do homework. My first year I underestimated how much time I needed to put into schoolwork.” Jacqueline Lee, program manager for the Historic Hattiesburg Downtown Association, said downtown Hattiesburg offers something for everyone. Lee said there are roughly 10 bars and restaurants in downtown Hattiesburg that cater to nightlife, be it dancing, eating or imbibing. “The best way to experience downtown is to get together with a group of friends and

organize your own pub crawl, just go door-to-door to find out which one is the best fit for you,” she said. Lee said one of the best parts of nightlife in downtown Hattiesburg is that when frequenting a place, waiters, bartenders and even owners begin to notice. “These aren’t big corporations, they’re privately owned. It really is personal,” she said. “Sometimes it takes people a while to find out about what downtown has to offer,” Lee said. “It is one of Hattiesburg’s best kept secrets.”

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Pub Crawl to toast Golden Eagle football Stormy Speaks Copy Editor With the first game of the 2011 Golden Eagle football season kicking off this Saturday, students and members of the Hattiesburg community are buzzing with excitement. For those who like to pre-pregame by knocking back a few, the inaugural Kickoff Pub Crawl, a “rowdy, bus ridin’, bar hoppin’ pub crawl,” according to the Facebook event created by John Herron, who came up with the idea, is a great way to gear up for the late-night game. On Friday, the night before Southern Miss’s first home football game, local venues The Gold Pub & Grill, The Tavern, Caliente Grille, Old Athens Grill and The End Zone are teaming up to host an event similar to the bike pub crawl hosted earlier this year. For this crawl, though, buses will take participants from venue to venue throughout the evening, and at each stop participants will receive a a specialty drink. Herron, a USM alumnus and

owner of The Gold Pub, said the event is being held the night before the game rather than on game day because it “gives you plenty of time to shake off the effects of the fun time that will be had.” “The idea of a bus pub crawl sounds so fun,” said Charles Arrinder, owner of Caliente and also a USM alumnus. “Anything with that kind of fun-tential we [Caliente] are always up for. He [Herron] approached me to be a part, and I couldn’t resist.” Caliente is bringing back its seasonal Go Gold Pineapple Margarita for the event, as well as the rest of football season. Arrinder called it “the perfect drink to get you into the Southern spirit.” Herron would even like to see the crawl become a part of football tradition at Southern Miss. “We want the kickoff pub crawl in peoples’ minds every year, just like art walk or Eaglepalooza is,” said Herron. Early registration costs $25.00, which covers the cost of the bus ride and drinks, plus a t-shirt and koozie. Payment can be made at The Gold, Old

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Athens or Caliente. Only three buses will be available, so Herron encourages participants to


sign up quickly. If spots are still available on the day of the crawl, the cost is $30.00, which only covers the bus ride and t-shirt. Sign-up on the day of the event begins at 6 p.m. at The

Gold Pub, and the buses will leave for the crawl at 7 p.m. “Jump on the bus. This will be the Burg’s biggest party of the year,” Herron said.

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VMAs offer celeb surprises Hannah Jones

Managing Editor It goes without saying that every year MTV’s Video Music Awards promise a televised array of drug-induced trainwrecks, Kanye-inspired outbursts, heinous fashion choices and enough celebrity-fused drama to fuel entertainment blogs year-round. The 2011 VMAs were held Sunday in Los Angeles, managing to stay true to classic MTV hot mess methodology. Here are the highlights of this year’s MTV VMAs. Tony Bennett paid tribute to Amy Winehouse. Over a month has passed since the announcement of Amy Winehouse’s death. Celebrities and fans alike have mourned the loss of the talented songstress. Friend and fellow musician Tony Bennett, who recorded with Winehouse earlier this year, honored the late singer by praising her work to Access Hollywood reporter Shaun Robinson during a VMA pre-show. “I’m so regretful that she died so young,” Bennett said. “It’s a tragedy. Amy Winehouse was an artist of immense proportions… and when we recorded together she gave a soulful and extraordinary performance. I was honored to have the opportunity to sing with her.” The video tribute featured during the VMA ceremony included

footage of Bennett and Winehouse at Abbey Road Studios in London during the March recording of “Body

and Soul” for his newest album, Duets II. The session was Winehouse’s last recording before her death on July 23. After the video tribute, The complete listing of the Bruno Mars performed “Valerie” 2011 VMA award winners in her honor, altering the lyrics include: to say, “Amy, oh Amy, I love you, darling. … We’ll miss you, baby. Video of the Year You got the world singing.” Katy Perry, “Firework” Beyoncé announced she’s Best New Artist pregnant. Tyler,The Creator It’s the pregnancy heard ‘round Best Male Video the world. Beyoncé, 29, and rap Justin Bieber, “U Smile” mogul husband, Jay-Z, 41, anBest Female Video nounced they are expecting their Lady Gaga, “Born This Way” first child. The “Run the World Best Hip-Hop Video (Girls)” singer arrived at this Nicki Minaj, “Super Bass” year’s award show sporting an orBest Pop Video ange Halson ensemble and an evBritney Spears, “Till The World Ends” er-present baby bump. MTV first Best Rock Video confirmed the news via TwitFoo Fighters, “Walk” ter, “OMG Beyonce just made Best Collaboration a huge announcement on the Katy Perry featuring Kanye West, #VMA carpet! #baby!!!!” Her rep “E.T.” confirmed the news by making Best Video with a Message the statement to reporters, “I’m Lady Gaga, “Born This Way” happy to say it’s true.” During the Best Choreography official ceremony, the proud maBeyonce, “Run The World (Girls)” ma-to-be performed her single, Best Editing “Love on Top” exclaiming to auAdele, “Rolling In The Deep” dience members and viewers at Best special effects home, “I want you to feel the love Katy Perry featuring Kanye West, that’s growing inside of me.” “E.T.” Lady Gaga got in touch with Best Cinematography her masculine side. Adele, “Rolling In The Deep” Lady Gaga turned up the tesBest Art Direction tosterone and downplayed the Adele, “Rolling In The Deep” glam for her performance of Best Direction “Yoü and I.” Mother Monster, Adele, “Rolling In The Deep” dressed as her male alter ego Joe Calderone, began her understat-

ed performance with a four minute plus speech on how she’s just “one of the guys.” However, Gaga’s male persona, which is featured among a cabaret of couples in the official video for “Yoü and I,” couldn’t help but evoke images of a cross between Ralph Macchio and any given member from The Outsiders. Adele melted hearts. America’s favorite British songstress Adele offered audiences a simple yet moving rendition of her second single, “Someone Like You” from her album 21. The raw performance lacked any form of typical unnecessary gimmicks and theatrics, featuring only Adele, a pianist and an endless amount of emphatic hand gestures. According to MTV News, Adele’s record, 21, is the most successful album so far this year, selling more than three million copies. Such success proves that a halo

of flashing lights, a barrage of backup dancers and bizarre stage costuming is not needed to truly move an audience. Kanye managed to keep his mouth shut. After last year’s “Im’ma let you finish, but uh,” Taylor Swift debacle, Mr. West kept it simple when accepting the VMA for “Best Collaboration” with pop princess Katy Perry. The rap-star and king of all loudmouth celebrities remained seen but not heard for the majority of the evening’s festivities. However, his cocollaborator, Mrs. Russell Brand’s, fashion choices said enough for the famous duo combined. Perry flubbed in the fashion department wearing a yellow, cube-inspired headpiece, which seemed to channel a Green Bay Packers’ cheesehead, making her game-day ready but a failure in the art of haute couture.


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Frat Fashion: the good, bad and ugly Justin Mitchell Printz Writer Lady Gaga once said, “I’m obsessively opposed to the typical.” While Gaga’s fashion is overthe-top and out of this world, the iconic pop star is right-typical is boring. And there’s nothing more typical on Southern Miss’ campus than those wretched Nike athletic shorts paired with oversized fraternity tee shirts, leggings and Ugg boots. Ladies, what are you thinking? This staple casual-wear outfit has caused students to label this look as “the typical sorority girl”. Unless a label has a famous designer on it, it is condescending, judgmental and rude. Men and women who join Greek organizations on campus tend to get better grades, join more student organizations and are more involved on campus. Most of these men and women have also started fabulous fashion trends on campus. Chacos, bow ties, Polo oxfords, baggy

shirts and loud-colored sports bras paired with over-sized tanks are all staple fashion pieces that can be seen in day-to-day looks around campus. All of these styles were started by those men in fraternities and women in sororities. However, there are some components to “frat fashion” that can be considered a fashionista’s worst nightmare. First of all, unless you’re going to the gym to pull a Fergie and work on your fitness, there is no reason to sport those Nike athletic shorts around campus. They are not flattering and are even worse in winter when paired with leggings and Ugg boots. It’s 90 degrees outside, and everyone knows you’re feet are sweating. Wouldn’t it be easier just put on a pair of wind pants or jeans? Ugg=ugly. They are NEVER okay. Spend your $100 on a staple piece you can wear for many occasions like a little black dress or a cute cocktail dress from Eve Marie’s or Click Boutique. To all you ladies who think piling on ten pounds of bronzer and using a whole can of Aqua Net hairspray to tease the hair on your crown when going out The Frat House is attractive, the only men you are attracting are the gay ones. To you ladies who go out in

groups and wear the same romper and wedges but in different colors: stop it. Buy a crop top and a pair of high-waisted shorts. Set yourself apart from your friends. Be bold. Be different. As for those feather hair-extensions that have become so popular in girl world: it’s a fair to assume that girls who get these feel that they are getting something edgy or original. What these extensions really say is, “I think I’m Carrie Bradshaw, but I’m really just Ke$ha’s little sister.” Frat boys, you are not forgotten. Short shorts are cute, but if people have to ask, “Is that a roll of quarters in your pocket, or are you just happy to see me?” it’s clearly time to pick out shorts with a longer inseam. No one wants to see your junk. Unless you are deep-sea fishing on a yacht, there is no need to wear Costa Del Mar sunglasses with that tacky fishing cork strap attached. You’re in class all day and nowhere near water. You’re not gonna be catching fish or attention from girls. Hook, line, sinker. Replace those awful glasses with a pair of fun aviator shades that can be purchased from any gas station or gift shop. Those festive Columbia shirts

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Jack Branning, junior music education major from Meridian, Miss. sports frat fashion in the Fresh Food Company.

with tons of pockets are fun, but I’d rather see you in tee shirts that support your fraternity and not in those Guy Harvey tees with big fish all over them. This is the University of Southern Mississippi, not Bass Pro Shop. Everyone has those days when they come to school looking like a hot mess--it’s inevitable. However, there are some

looks and outfits that should always be avoided. It’s always better to make the worst dress list by trying something original and failing than not trying at all. This was an article of opinion by Justin Mitchell, a writer for The Student Printz. Email questions or comments to justin.mitchell@


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Conservative or Liberal: How do you know? Justin Mitchell Printz Writer In lieu of current local elections and in anticipation of the upcoming 2012 presidential elections, it’s very important for students to understand the differences between liberal and conservative ideology. College students are the voice of the current generation, and it’s integral that they get out and vote. However, how can one properly vote if he or she is not familiar with the specifics of each party’s identifing characteristics? Dr. Marija Bekafigo is an assistant professor in the political science department at Southern Miss. Bekafigo teaches numerous classes within the department including senior capstones, American government, and a U.S. Congress class for graduate students. Bekafigo stressed the importance of student’s familiarity with different ideologies. “Not knowing everything your candidate represents is okay as long as you know what your party stands for,” Bekafigo said. Bekafigo said that understanding ideologies is integral in making political decisions because not everyone is classified as a Republican or Democrat. “Ideally, you would come to college and learn the nuances with party affiliations and ideologies,” Bekafigo said. “Students should be able to form their own opinions.” Alex Strahan, a recent USM

graduate with a bachelor’s degree in political science, said it’s extremely important that students affiliate with an ideology. “If students are more aware and informed, I believe they will become more politically active,” Strahan said. Strahan also said that the

terms “liberal” and “conservative” are an ideology, while “Republican” and “Democrat” denote party affiliation. “Not every Democratic candidate has the same liberal policies as the others – and may even have a conservative policy or two,” said Strahan. “The same may be true

with a Republican candidate.” Political science graduate student Leigh Haas feels that many college students are often misguided when choosing party affiliation. “Whether it be from their parents ideology, religion, morals, or even the media, the misguidance

is always there,” said Haas. “It is unfortunate that many of these beliefs do not emerge from their own accord.” A political ideology chart can help students choose what side he or she affiliates with. When deciding the future, there is no reason to sit on the fence.



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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Not your average Joe: We asked, Paul answered Arielle Edwards Printz Writer Joseph Paul, more commonly known as Joe Paul, has worked at Southern Miss for more than three decades. He has volunteered his time not only for the school, but in getting to know the students as well. Since 1993 Paul has served as Vice President of Student affairs. The following interview gives details of what his job entails, while also delving deeper into his persona as VP of Student Affairs. Q: Please tell us what your job as VP of student activities entails. A: The Vice President of Student Affairs reports to the President as a part of the executive cabinet and is responsible for leading the student service and student development functions of the university, from recruitment to career placement and all other student non-academic functions in between. Q: What is the thing you most enjoy about your job? A: That is easy to answer. The

very best part of my job is developing relationships with students, helping them along the way at times, and watching them prosper when they leave Southern Miss with a diploma and, more importantly, an outstanding education. Q: Southern Miss is a big campus, yet you still remember everyone’s name. How do you keep up with all of the students? A: Well, I wish I knew everyone’s name! I do try to focus on individual students when we meet and learn some things about them. It is important to the distinctiveness of Southern Miss to create a welcoming and engaging environment and that is best-accomplished one student at a time. Q: How do you think Southern has improved this year from the last? A: We are on track to have the largest and most academically able freshman class in Southern Miss history. Great students make Southern Miss a great university as they accept the chal-

lenge to leave this special place better than they found it. The opening of our 1200-capacity, multi-level parking garage is certainly a nice improvement that will relieve some parking stress. Q: If you did not have this job to come to everyday, what else would you do with your time? I feel as if you are always available for everyone. What would we do without you? A: It is hard for me to imagine my life without Southern Miss as a part of it. I would certainly be on campus a lot attending athletic and arts events. Paul’s leadership skills are some of the best here on the Southern Miss campus. Will he ever be forgotten? How could someone possibly forget such a memorable man. Not only does his leadership shine through, but his kindness also radiates from every action he accomplishes. So next time you see the VP of Student Affairs; be sure to tell him your name because he will not soon forget it.

University Communications

Vice President of Student Affairs Joe Paul

wright, from 1 “He took his major- construction engineering- and applied it to a need in the community,” Sparkman said. “He didn’t go create something they weren’t asking for, he went and created something there was a stated need for… and that’s where real service takes place sometimes; you meet real legitimate needs in the community, and you’re able to learn things and grow as

a result of that yourself.” The outdoor classroom project began in April 2011 and took Wright and his team a little over a month to complete. Wright said that the most rewarding part of the project was actually getting to see the kids enjoy their new classroom. Wright also said his motivation in taking on these projects is to improve the community

and take initiative many people do not take. “When somebody asks you to do something, always think of how it will positively affect your life in the future, Wright said. “Always seize the opportunities you are given.” Josh Duplantis, director of the Community Service Learning Office, has known Wright since he was a freshman and has worked with him on sev-

eral service projects. He also mentored Wright throughout the Pearson Prize application process and was there when Wright got the call that he was a finalist. “You know he’s really got a heart for service, and Garret will do things that he doesn’t necessarily need to be praised for all the time,” Duplantis said. “He’s very unselfish. He does all the behind the scenes work and just so long as he knows that what he’s doing is making a difference, like his outdoor classroom at Hawkins, and some of his other projects, he just gets it done for the right reasons. He just does it because he wants to.” During his time at Southern Miss as a Luckyday Scholar, Wright has taken on a leadership role in many and various ways, a few of them being as the President of Luckyday, as a member of Freshman Associates, as a volunteer with Habitat for Humanity and as a graduate assistant in the Office of Community Service Learning. “I’m super proud of Garrett,” Sparkman, who has worked closely with Wright for four years, said. “I just think Garrett’s worked really hard, he’s

worked really hard at learning to lead and serve. He’s a servant leader by nature I think now, and it just comes out of him. He’s done of great job of inviting others on that journey too.” As Duplantis explains, Wright also sets an example to other students of what opportunities they can grasp hold of at Southern Miss. “Garrett takes Dr. Paul and Dr. Saunder’s advice; to ride all the rides, and he’s definitely leaving Southern Miss better than he found it… he could be a good example to the rest of our students, to heed their advice and really dive headfirst into some of the programs offered. Get involved, take advantage of the things, utilize campus service and dive in, and these are the kinds of things that can happen.” “My time at Southern Miss has opened my eyes and helped me want to be involved in communities my whole life,” Wright said. Upon graduation in December, Wright plans to start his Masters in economic development at Southern Miss and hopes to either continue to law school or own a commercial construction company.


Tuesday, August 30, 2011

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New organization kicks off Saturday Mary Margaret Halford Executive Editor For years, the Eagle Club has been an organization that allows Southern Miss fans to be more involved with USM athletics and better show their support for the school. That same opportunity to foster more Golden Eagle pride became available to students this year through the Student Eagle Club. “Our goal with this organization is to create a more exciting atmosphere on campus and at athletic events,” said Chad Foote, who has led the push for the Student Eagle Club. “We’re doing this for students and we’ll give back to the university at the same time.” A major draw for club membership is the special seating members get at football games. Beginning Saturday when Southern Miss takes on Louisiana Tech in the Rock, and for all other home games, only Student Eagle Club members will be allowed to sit in the lower deck of the student section. Other students will walk up the ramp to Gate 8, where they will be allowed to sit in the upper level seats. Foote said the club has 1,200 spots, which is the same number of seats available in the lower deck

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The lower deck of the Student Section will be reserved for Student Eagle Club members at all home football games this year, beginning with the Louisiana Tech game Saturday. All other students will sit in the upper deck.

of the stadium, and about 1,800 people had signed up by Monday afternoon. He added that about 1,000 of those people have signed up since the start of classes. “We’re definitely excited with the turnout,” Foote said. “The support the student body has given us has been unbelievable and we’ve been happy with everyone’s willingness to try something new.”

The cost of membership is $10, and students can charge that fee to their student accounts until Thursday. After Thursday, new members will have to pay the $10 at the time of registration. Members also get a t-shirt, a discount card for local businesses and access to tailgating events before all home football games. Stew Deen, a graduate as-

sistant with the Eagle Club, is excited for the chance to work with the organization. “I think this organization is something that needed to happen,” Deen said. “This is obviously a passion of mine and I hope this encourages students to have a better connection with the university, especially with athletics.” Foote hopes that students will

take advantage of the organization and show their Southern Miss pride in the stands. “Everything at this school lives and dies with the students,” Foote said. “If students are in that stadium having fun and being rowdy, everyone else is, too. We want our members in that lower deck creating the best atmosphere possible for our players and fans.”


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Tuesday, August 30, 2011


Lady Eagles show improvement at home Jeff Haegar Printz Writer The Lady Eagles improved their record to 1-1-1 with their first victory of the season on Friday as they beat the visiting Jacksonville State Gamecocks 2-0. The Lady Eagles took a 1-0 lead with 18 minutes left in the first half on the right foot of freshman forward Macie Wallace. They then seized control of the game 10 minutes into the second half with a powerful strike on goal from sophomore forward Chelsea Cruthirds, making it 2-0. “We attacked in speed today and when we attack in speed good things are going to happen,” said Lady Eagles head coach Scott Ebke. “We created some width in the attack, and both of our flank players in Macie and Chelsea had outstanding strikes on goal.” Senior goalie Hannah Vanderboegh also had several tremen-

dous saves on her way to an impressive shutout performance, which allowed the Lady Eagles to play the game almost entirely with a lead. The conclusion of this game marked 208 consecutive minutes of shutout gameplay for the Lady Eagles, and in three games this season Vanderboegh, as well as redshirt sophomore goalkeeper Lindsey Schwaner, have only allowed two goals to their opponents. “Both of them are outstanding goalkeepers, both give us a great chance to win,” said Ebke of his keepers‘ performance. “I’m proud of both of their efforts and I’m looking forward to the continued success and the continued competition between both of them this year.” While the Lady Eagles held a clear edge in time of possession against the Gamecocks, they have not made a pattern out of scoring many goals this season, as Wallace’s first half goal on Friday was their first this year. When asked if he was disap-

pointed about not scoring any goals off set pieces yet this season Ebke said, “A little bit. We train them all the time, I’d love to get one as soon we can. The runs were there, just a little more execution on that and we’ll be okay.” The Lady Eagles still have room for improvement, but their solid performance on Friday was certainly a step in the right direction. “We’ve had 208 consecutive minutes of scoreless game so far and the back line is tremendous,” said Ebke of using this shutout victory as momentum going forward. “Our back line in Elisha [Tarbell], Conner [McKie], Caitlin [Leumas], and [Amy] Davis across the left has been outstanding all year. We know that we’re in a game if we have them in the back line. It could be 0-0 in the 85th minute, and [they] give us the chance to win it in the last little bit.” The Lady Eagles look to build on this momentum in their next home game on Friday against Southeastern Louisiana at 4 p.m.

Homecoming Court & Mr. and Miss Southern Miss Applications are now available! Pick one up in the Student Activities Hub, 2nd floor. Applications are due September 9, 2011 Primary Elections will be held on September 27, 2011 Runoff Elections will be held on September 29, 2011

Football vs. Louisiana Tech

Southern Miss Box Score Soccer:

Day: Saturday Date: September 3, 2011 Location: Hattiesburg, Miss. Time: 9 p.m. CT

8/26 vs. Jacksonville St. W, 2 -0 8/28 at Louisiana-Lafayette L, 3-2 OT


8/26 vs. Chattanooga W, 3-0 8/27 vs. Northwestern St. W, 3-1 8/27 vs. Jackson St. W, 3-0

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Freshman forward Macie Wallace dribbles down the field against Jacksonville State. Wallace scored the first goal of the match Friday.

2011 Football Schedule Date



09/03/11 09/10/11 09/17/11 09/24/11 10/01/11 10/08/11 10/22/11 10/29/11 11/05/11 11/12/11 11/17/11 11/26/11

vs. Louisiana Tech at Marshall vs. Southeastern Louisiana at Virginia vs. Rice at Navy vs. SMU *Homecoming* at UTEP at East Carolina vs. UCF at UAB vs. Memphis

9:00 p.m. CT 2:30 p.m. CT 6:00 p.m. CT TBA 6:30 p.m. CT 2:30 p.m. CT 7:00 p.m. CT 7:00 p.m. CT 3:00 p.m. CT 7:00 p.m. CT 7:00 p.m. CT 3:00 p.m. CT

Southern Miss Sports: Upcoming Games 09/02/11 12:00 p.m. Women’s Volleyball at Iowa St. Iowa State Tournament 09/02/11 4:00 p.m. Women’s Soccer vs. Southeastern Louisiana Hattiesburg, Miss. 09/02/11 4:30 p.m. Women’s Volleyball vs. Iowa Iowa State Tournament

09/03/11 11:00 a.m. Women’s Volleyball vs. Arizona St. Iowa St. Tournament 09/03/11 9:00 p.m. Football vs. Louisiana Tech Hattiesburg, Miss. 09/04/11 1:00 p.m. Women Soccer vs. Miss. State Hattiesburg, Miss.