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March 29, 2012

Volume 96 Issue 48


Bill seeks to waive out-of-state fees Tyler Hill Printz Writer A bill circulating in the Mississippi legislature would allow state universities to waive out-of-state tuition to students. If passed and signed by Gov. Phil Bryant, the law will take effect on July 1, and eligible nonresident students will have lower tuition starting in the fall. The principal author of the bill is Rep. Toby Barker, who represents Forrest and Lamar counties, which embodies the University of Southern Mississippi and William Carey University. Known as House Bill 1095, it will allow universities to waive the tuition for out-state-students if the state’s Institution of Higher Learning College Board deems it fiscally responsible. The college board can decline a university’s request if they infer that it might create a fiscal

problem for that particular university, at which point the university would rethink a new proposal. The bill allows universities to set waiver policies that are specific to their individual institution. According to Barker, some universities can choose to offer waivers based on how far away the student lives or on ACT or GPA scores. Some universities might not opt-in at all. Many colleges in nearby states already offer this service for Mississippi residents, but current law doesn’t allow Mississippi to reciprocate. Alabama is one of those states. The University of South Alabama allows Mississippi residents living at or near the Gulf Coast to receive instate tuition, but Alabama students can’t receive the same benefit in Mississippi. This bill could potentially change that. Barker says the legislation is long overdue. “This bill finally allows Mis-


sissippi to compete with its surrounding states,” Barker said. “Right now, universities in neighboring states are taking some of our state’s best high school talent and turning them into permanent residents of Arkansas, Louisiana, Alabama and Tennessee.” Current tuition at USM for instate students is $2,917 per semester. The tuition for an out-of-state student is more than double the previous figure: $6,895 per semester. Waiving non-residents tuition will “give Mississippi universities the same leverage to not only recruit good high school students but also to build the long-term human capital of Mississippi,” according to Barker. The political landscape across the country has been cantankerous to say the least, but this bill seems to defy those odds. It passed 120-1 in the House and unanimously in the Senate. Barker said that he and

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Rep. Toby Barker of Forrest and Lamar counties authored the bill that aims to allow state universities to waive out-of-state tuition for students.

the other authors have seen strong bipartisan support, especially from legislators that have universities in their districts. The bill has been in motion since the 2010 session, and the legislature had the opportunity to pass the measure this year. “This will hopefully be a great tool

for Southern Miss to bolster recruiting efforts in markets like Mobile and New Orleans,” Barker said. The bill is currently awaiting Gov. Bryant’s signature, and Barker fully expects him to sign the legislation. To read the bill in its entirety, visit

Annual festival to draw crowd downtown Saturday The culture and talent of Hattiesburg will be showcased Saturday as the annual downtown event Hubfest is put on by the Area Development Partnership and the Hattiesburg Zoo. Hubfest, which has been held for 28 years, has become a staple in Hattiesburg business and culture and attracts both local vendors and those from surrounding states. The event will be held on Main Street in downtown Hattiesburg from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Saturday. Everyone is invited to attend. “The success of Hubfest over the years says a lot about the city

of Hattiesburg,” ADP intern Leanna Weaver said. “It is something that people want to be a part of, which makes it a highly sought after festival for potential vendors and businesses.” Hubfest is a successful festival for multiple reasons. The event brings inhabitants of Hattiesburg and surrounding communities to the downtown area. It also boasts a unique historic downtown district with history and influence that is complimented by a sense of prominence and renovation. Hattiesburg’s downtown district has become the perfect setting for the talent that Hubfest seeks to highlight. The talent at Hubfest ranges from art, music and food, accompanied by business booths from



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surrounding communities. More than 250 booths will be set up at the event, all with something different and interesting to offer to those who head downtown. The streets will be full of homegrown talent and art, and while browsing various booths and businesses, visitors will also be able to hear sounds from four entertainment stages where local acts such as the Adam Doleac Band and Dr. E and the Voodoo Kings will play. The full day’s lineup consists of 17 performers. “Hubfest is a great way to support the community and its talent, not to mention a great way to pick up artsy women,” senior broadcast journalism major James Skrmetta said.


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Greeks to host weekend fundraisers Stormy Speaks Copy Editor Throughout this week, the Epsilon Nu colony of Kappa Sigma fraternity at the University of Southern Mississippi has been preparing for South Seas Games, a field day type event consisting of nine activities to challenge participants’ strength, speed and teamwork skills. It is also their annual philanthropic event to benefit the fraternity’s national philanthropy, Fisher House Foundation, which provides homes to the families of service men and women who are undergoing medical treatment after returning from overseas. The money raised from the event will benefit the Fisher House located at Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi. Since Monday, Kappa Sigma has held a money drop in the Thad Cochran Center in order to raise money for Fisher House and promote competition among the Greek Life organizations that are participating in the event. They will also be selling South Seas t-shirts and raffling a Mississippi Snowball necklace

donated by Lights Jewelers & Gemologists. They will be hosting a blood drive by the Union from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. today and will have a profit share night with Firehouse Subs and Bop’s Frozen Custard from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. The South Seas Games will begin Friday at 4 p.m. on the intramural fields. There will be three divisions of crews consisting of ten people each. The divisions are fraternity, sorority and co-recreational. The teams are encouraged to dress like pirates, and points will be awarded to the best dressed team. The winning crew from each division will receive a trophy, and the points received during the games will also be added towards each organization’s final total of points accumulated throughout the week. The overall winner will be deemed the South Seas Champion. Teams are also encouraged to tailgate throughout the event. “South Seas has a variety of events that can allow participation from a wide range of groups,” junior pre-social work major and Kappa Sigma grand scribe Daniel Cook said. “I think that it will be a

News in brief: Models needed for Fashion show The Fashion Merchandising Department at Southern Miss is holding a model casting tonight at 6 p.m. in JGH 301. Men and women of all shapes and sizes are encouraged to participate and try out for a spot in Lights, Camera, Fashion: A Premiere Fashion Show Event that will be held on April 20.

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lot of fun. And let’s be honest; who doesn’t like pirates?” Senior advertising major and Kappa Sigma president Zach Knight hopes to see student groups and the Hattiesburg community unite to enjoy a friendly day of competition while supporting Fisher House. “It’s not just about Greek Life or Kappa Sigma,” Knight said. “It’s about giving the whole campus the opportunity to come together, play games, have fun and support an amazing cause.” “No matter the outcome, we as a fraternity have been honored to make any contribution to the Fisher House Foundation,” junior paralegal studies and geography double major and philanthropy/ community service chairman Chris Foxworth said. “Knowing that one dollar we raised helped a family in need is enough.” For more information, contact Chris Foxworth at 601-

550-9092 or Also this weekend, the women of the Alpha Omicron chapter of Phi Mu sorority at Southern Miss will host their second annual Phi Music Fest benefiting Children’s Miracle Network on Saturday. The money raised during the festival will benefit the Blair E. Batson Hospital for Children in Jackson. The Mario Mena Band and the Adam Doleac Band will be performing, and food and games will be available for purchase at the event. There will also be a money drop and freestyle competition among the fraternities and sororities, and at the end of the festival the division winners will be announced. Last year, Delta Delta Delta won the sorority competition and Sigma Nu won the fraternity competition. Admission is free, and attendees are encouraged to bring chairs and blankets to sit on. On Monday, Phi Mu held a benefit

night with Caliente Grille, and today they will be holding a benefit night with Old Athens Grill. Last year, the sorority raised nearly $19,000 for Children’s Miracle Network. “We [Phi Mu] took a trip to Blair E. Batson this semester, and it was so good to visit the kids and see what we raise money for,” sophomore nursing major and Phi Mu philanthropy chair Tatianna Mondaini said. Junior marketing major and president Cally Biagini said meeting and forming relationships with the children they support is the most special part of their philanthropy event. “We are so excited to host our second annual Phi Music Festival this year because it gives us the opportunity to get our campus and community involved in helping such a wonderful cause,” Biagini said. For more information about Phi Music Fest, contact Jacquelyn Moor at


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Washington re-elected as SGA treasurer Arielle Edwards Printz Writer A few weeks ago, senior business management major Davontae Washington was elected treasurer of the Student Government Association at the University of Southern Mississippi. As treasurer, he will be in charge of the budget and oversee the philanthropy commission. “I have a passion for this position and for serving my community as a whole,” Washington said. This will be Washington’s second year to serve as treasurer. Last year, he and Erick Brown, the outgoing SGA president, began developing the philanthropy commission, which focuses on funds that

go toward Southern Miss, general funds and funds that may be used for a particular project. Washington decided to run for SGA treasurer again in order to mature and develop this project. “I didn’t want to leave this position in the baby stage,” Washington said. “I wanted to grow this project so that the new SGA officers will have something easy to work with that is not a burden.” In order to ease the burden during the school year, Washington did preliminary work for his office last summer. “This summer I was in the office every day organizing spread sheets, so when money started getting spent all I had to go do was go in and plug in the numbers. The total budget automati-

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cally changes,” Washington said. Despite the laborious work, Washington has a passion for doing it. “This is something I would like to do for a career,” Washington said. “This is great experience for me.” Washington plans to keep the budget orderly and make it known to each and every student. “I would like to grow the philanthropy commission to become a premier auxiliary of SGA,” Washington said. During the campaign process, Washington strived to keep himself calm under stress. “On the other hand, it is always a fun experience,” Washington said. “One of the greatest learning experiences and bonding mo-

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Amber Grubbs Printz Writer University of Southern Mississippi theater students are bringing “Anna Karenina” to the Florida tropics in their production of “Anna in The Tropics.” The play, based on Leo Tolstoy’s novel “Anna Karenina,” is set in 1929 Ybor City, Fla. “Anna in the Tropics” was written by Nilo Cruz and focuses on the lives and relationships of several Cuban-American cigar factory workers. The workers’ lives begin to change when the factory lector reads Leo Tolstoy’s “Anna Karenina” to them. Soon, the workers realize their hopes, dreams and passions because of Tolstoy’s novel. Director Alicia Hanley said she is excited about the play, which is her first of the season. A graduate student at USM, Hanley said she chose this play because of its idea of impossible love and depth of character. “Anna Karenina becomes a catalyst for the characters,” Hanley said. The play will feature an ensemble cast, including senior Kyle Chesney as Palomo and graduate student Shelley Johnson as his wife Conchita. “Before she was an everyday wife and worker, but Tolstoy and the lector inspire her,” Johnson said about how Tolstoy’s novel affects her character. “Palomo is not satisfied with his life, and Tolstoy’s novel causes him to find a new measure of love in his marriage,”

Chesney said of his character. “It’s great for the audience because it allows them to pick favorite characters, and each audience member can pull something from each character,” Chesney said. The actors and director have each found a new love for the Cuban dialect that is spoken throughout the play. “The language is beautiful,” Johnson said. The play will also be an emotional one for Chesney, who is graduating in May, as well as Johnson. “We’ve been husband and wife in every play we’ve been in together,” said Chesney. Kyle Chesney mentioned the hard work it took to get the production rolling. “We have been working for five months and have a very talented cast and crew,” Chesney said. “I feel like the story is human with its real-life conversations, and people will walk away with a sense of hope,” Johnson said. “Tolstoy understands humanity more than any other writer, and he has a deep way of reaching people,” Hanley said. “Anna in The Tropics” begins today and runs through April 4. The show begins at 7:30 p.m., with a matinee showing at 2 p.m. on Sunday. The play will take place in the Gilbert F. Hartwig Theater in the Theater and Dance Building. Tickets will be $8 for the public and $6 for students and can be purchased online or by phone at 601-266-5418.

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Letter from the Editor: Thanks for reading Pulse Magazine! Pulse is a music magazine highlighting the great and different talent in the Southern Miss and Pine belt community. Pulse is the very first music magazine to be published at The University of Southern Mississippi. I am very excited to help bring you information about artists, venues, and knowledge about the music industry. Pulse is happy to bring you SMAASH this month. These six charming men have caught the attention of audiences across Southern Miss. Aubrey, Ben, Cerod, Chris, Raymond and Willie have classified themselves as rock hop. This group has shuffled their members over the past few years but always performed their unique, SMAASHing sound. My team and I are looking for bands/artist in any genre who are passionate and serious about their art. Pulse wants to reward your hard work and talents by showcasing your events and allowing your fans to connect with you on a personal level.

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Delta Spirit in the “Big Easy” by Jeremiah Stricklin

  New Orleans, La. is known for its vibrant culture, delicious seafood, and one incredible music scene. Sure, if you’ve never been, you think of an older gentleman in a Saint’s jersey whaling on the trombone. But for the Big Easy connoisseur, one can expect that and so much more. With a music club on every corner, the night may begin with some smooth jazz and end with some black metal. However, on April 10, one band in particular will be making its way down to the city of spirits that can promise one incredible evening.   That band is none other than San Diego’s own Delta Spirit. The rock outfit is known for their strippeddown, driving music and their honest, poetic lyrics. The band’s most recent and self-titled album was released on March 13. With a new member and an expanded sound, the band is hitting the road and taking good vibes with them. The University of Southern Mississippi’s own Paul Linden, an entertainment industry professor at the university recently sat down with newest Delta Spirit member William McLaren to learn more about what to expect from the Californian rockers this time around.   Every time an artist gears up for a new record, a crucial decision must be made: What direction are we taking this record? Delta Spirit’s self-titled album was no different. Although the guys never compromise who they really are, the option to take new and exciting routes is always on the table. With that in mind, McLaren’s presence was not the only change for the new album. The band decided to take a new approach to define the sound we know and love as Delta Spirit: synthesizers.   The band felt they had arrived at the sound they’ve been working towards for years. But what exactly promoted this new feel? According to McLaren, “most of it came from being off the road and not being tied to the material

we were so used to.” A separation from the old tunes allowed the band to step into a new realm. This, in no way, is a means of selling out or over producing the raw talent for which they are known. “We’re not putting on masks or anything,” said McLaren. To further this point, the band chose to use only analog synthesizers to keep everything as human as possible.   But how does that impact the highly anticipated concert in the beloved New Orleans? Unfortunately, more often than not, a more synthesized album can compromise the integrity of a live production. Fear not, fellow music lovers, this is a wonderful exception to the rule. Even McLaren touches on this matter. He noted that, after long sessions in the studio, their producer “would work for hours to get it to sound the way [they] wanted so [they] could play it live.” It is now safe to exhale. If you’re anything like me, and you probably are, you would agree that nothing is worse than when an album is faked in the studio. Seeing an artist butcher a beloved album live is nothing short of horrific.   So here we are on the arrival of a new sound and new songs. The same guys that brought you killer tracks like “St. Francis” and “Salt in the Wound” now deliver rock anthems like “Empty House” and “California.” The epic soundscape of synthesizers doesn’t compromise the integrity in structure of what has always worked for Delta Spirit. More importantly, the live sound is just as monumental as before. After hitting the road with My Morning Jacket, the guys of Delta Spirit are out to prove themselves as showmen once again. So make sure to head to Cajun country when the moment is right. You never know when an opportunity like this comes again. On April 10, New Orleans may never be the same.


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Eliminating Songs Musical with Segregation

Simon by Lauren Tolbert

  “Do what you love because you love what you’re doing, first and foremost,” said Gina Simon, music publisher and songwriter in the Hattiesburg area. Simon owns SSSongs, a music publishing company. She says that her publishing business is an extension of her songwriting. “Few know the position [music publishing] exists. I didn’t,” she admits. The responsibilities of a music publisher might not be what one expects.   “There is nothing glamorous about song publishing. It is extremely tedious, repetitious paper work,” said Simon. However, there are definite positive aspects to music publishing. “The high point is having the opportunity to listen to new, undiscovered talent.”   New and unknown artists are some of Simon’s target clientele. Simon states that she spends hours doing research and looking for new opportunities which include up and coming song artists. What does she look for in potential clients?   She explains that it is difficult to say exactly what stands out the most with a new artist, whether it be their style of song writing or their attitude. Nevertheless, she is clear that professionalism is a must. “A whiner is a real turnoff,” said Simon, “A professional will handle constructive criticism as a chance to grow. Rejection is part of the business, of life.”   SSSongs will be holding an artist showcase on their website. It will feature a spotlight section each month of a local artist that stands out with their picture, biography, song sample, and link to their website. Simon said that the showcase is still in the planning stages but should be available for viewing by May. Check out http:// for more information about SSSongs and to view the artist showcase. In our Feb. 23 issue, the Artist Spotlight on Orlando Jones Jr. was written by Ashely Simon

by Ashley Simon

  December of 2008 is when it all began for the talented, sensational band known as SMAASH. SMAASH is a local band that is on its way to the top. It all began when the band’s six members were involved in the ASO gospel choir at The University of Southern Mississippi back in 2008. The band’s first official performance was at Brownstone Restaurant in Hattiesburg, Miss.   The members of the band include Aubrey Stanton, pianist, band manager, and vocalist; Benjamin Langston, lead guitar and vocalist; Chris Carter, lead vocalist; Raymond Bradford, bass player; Willie Taylor, rhythm guitar; and Cerod Butler, drummer and vocalist.

  SMAASH classifies their music as “Rock Hop.” The band collects its distinctive sound from combining different genres together such as pop, rock, hip hop, metal, R&B, jazz, and reggae. Tracks that SMAASH have recorded include “Cool,” “Without You,” and “Go Girl.” “Certain tracks give a more realistic feel of music,” said Langston. People can find SMAASH’s music on iTunes, Reverbnation, Amazon, and Youtube.   SMAASH has also performed in several places including BET’s 106&Park in New York City, Sherlock’s Bar & Grill in Dallas, Texas; multiple fraternity events throughout the southeast, and Club

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Ashley Anderson HATE- Give Me All Your Luvin’ by Madonna   “It’s awful because she’s ancient, but she tries to sing about current girl problems.” Andrew Easterling LOVE Shuvi Elai by Avishai Cohen HATE- anything by Daughtry

Libra in Atlanta, Ga. for Grand Hustle Entertainment. They have also opened up for quite a few big name music artists at the Mississippi Coliseum in Jackson, Miss.  Stanton, the band’s manager and pianist made it very clear that change anything about music it would be to convince more people to appreciate true musicianship. Their musical influences are The Roots, Kings of Leon, N.E.R.D., Avenge 7 Fold, Foo Fighters, and Van Halen. Lyrical influences are Lupe Fiasco, Big KRIT, J. Cole, The Beatles, Cold Play, along with many more.   The fans are very important to the band. SMAASH wants their fans to be able relate to the music and to feel like they are a part of the music that is being made. To show how much SMAASH cares about their fans, they dedicated their song “Without You” to their fans.   Be on the lookout for SMAASH as they get ready to do a major label showcase at the end of March in Atlanta, Ga. involving Atlantic Records and Maybach Music Group. SMAASH is also currently working on a CD and planning their first tour.

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Amanda McDaniel HATE- It All Belongs to Me by Brandy and Monica   “You would think musical legends would dig deeper.”

Aubrieann Shinall LOVE- We Are Young by Fun.   “It’s such a fun and delightful song. It makes me feel like dancing.” HATE- Refill by Elle Varner   “It’s stupid, and I hate it.”

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Mississippi: The inhospitable state Kennytta Bolton Printz Writer Hospitality has always been one of the things that defines Mississippi, as well as the South. As a young child, I never knew there was a word for the way folks treated one another here. I just knew that being nice to people was how things went. Kindness has always been the way of life here, and there was a time I could never have imagined it any other way. That is, until I left the South. Upon my recent return to Mississippi, I have been deeply disturbed or moved, whichever best suits this situation, by how

much Mississippi has changed. There used to be a time when one couldn’t mention Kentucky, Alabama, Louisiana, Tennessee or Mississippi without mentioning the warm southern hospitality that we southerners displayed, but lately something has changed. Things seem to be far different here than they were 10 years ago, and I can’t help but to notice a decline in our friendly demeanor, a decline in the very thing that makes us the state that we are. Despite our history and the many things that have brought negative attention to our state, what has kept us together through the years has been our treatment of one another. It has been our conscious acknowledgement for our fellow man that has made us the hospitality state that we have been known

for. I am not sure what is happening. Maybe it’s the rash acts of violence that are beginning to occur statewide that keep people to themselves, or maybe it’s due to the fact that our city is growing, causing everyone to adapt to city-like attitudes and losing the “small town” feel most of us had when we were more familiar with the people that surrounded us. I remember when people would hold open doors for you when they saw you coming, when people would smile at you if you made eye contact with them and when people would say “hi” in passing. It used to be normal for strangers to talk, but now you couldn’t get half the people around you to speak if you paid them. We are beginning to lose the one thing that makes us “us,”

and, frankly, with all the attention we have been getting lately, we can’t afford to lose. There are many negative things tied to the South and to Mississippi in general, but let’s try to change the things that we can, especially when they’re small things. Start by saying “thank you” when someone does something for you,.Smile next time you pass someone and you make eye contact and say “hi” to your neighbor. Let’s bring back hospitality in full force and make Mississippi the hospitality state that it is and has always been. This was an article of opinion by Kenyatta Bolton, a writer for the Student Printz. Email questions or comments to Kenyatta Bolton@


America’s ticket to crazy town Corbin McDavitt Printz Writer R&B and soul icon Seal in his song “Crazy” once sang, “But we’re never going to survive unless we get a little crazy.” Seal would know a thing or two about crazy; he divorced Heidi Klum. It appears that in current political discussion in the United States that “crazy” not only has made its way into the media, but crazy seems to be our only way to discuss major issues. This surplus of crazy isn’t helping us survive. It’s killing our political discussion. When it comes to crazy, no one may be more associated with crazy than radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh. On Feb. 29, Limbaugh called Georgetown University Law Center law student Sandra Fluke a “slut” when she testified before House Democrats in support of mandating insurance coverage for contraceptives. Not only was Limbaugh’s “Fluke” a personal attack on Fluke, but statements like this create stereotypes about what people really think conservatives are and what they believe. In addition, his remarks draw attention away from the debate over con-

traception to focus our attention on how absurd his statement was. With the tragedy of the controversial shooting of 17-yearold Trayvon Martin, the national discussion has already invoked passion and outrage from black leaders, celebrities and politicians. The question still remains as to whether or not George Zimmerman should have been arrested and charged with murder. In the latest example of crazy, journalist Geraldo Rivera remarked, “I think the hoodie is as much responsible for Trayvon Martin’s death as George Zimmerman was.” To claim that Martin had it coming because he was wearing a hoodie is equivalent to saying a woman who was raped had it coming because she was wearing a short skirt. Statements like this divert our attention from the facts of the case and the tragedy of the situation. In my personal life, my walk with God and faith has had its doubts. But one verse that has stuck out for me in the Bible is Proverbs 15:2, which says, “The tongue of the wise commends knowledge, but the mouth of the fool gushes folly.” We need a resurgence of civilized, knowledgeable and formal discussion in America. We can start by contacting advertisers that sponsor programs that contribute to harmful speech by asking them to pull funding towards those programs, such as has been done with Limbaugh’s radio show. It’s time to

rein in our attention and get back to get conviction. Does believing in such a thing make me crazy?

This was an article of opinion by Corbin McDavitt, a writer for the Student Printz. Email questions or comments to corbin.mcdavitt@

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I’m pretty sure that Parking Management thinks that their job is more important than Martha’s. I hate to inform the person who said the saints cheated, hitting in football isn’t cheating, if the hits were illegal the refs would have thrown flags IK hears that MuXi train coming! #SkeePhi Are there any Doctor Who fans on this campus? I need more people to be friends with and that is always my #1 standard for choosing friends. MUST love Doctor Who. Yep. Cool. Rise above the rest, and just be the BEST. Pi Kappa Alpha To The Top!

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Final Four, part 2: Kentucky vs. Louisville Jeff Haeger Printz Writer The first of Saturday’s two Final Four match-ups will feature a rematch between the Kentucky Wildcats and the Louisville Cardinals. The Wildcats will enter Saturday’s contest boasting a 36-2 overall record as the No. 1 seed from the South region, while the in-state rival Cardinals represent the West region as a No. 4 seed with an overall mark of 30-9. Kentucky has hardly been tested en route to its second Final Four appearance in as many years, as the Wildcats have trounced each of their opponents in the tournament by at least 12 points. Kentucky’s last National Championship came in 1998, and its 1996 championship team was coached by current Louisville head basketball coach Rick Pitino. Louisville has not made its run through the tournament look so easy, as the Cardinals earned their only double-digit

margin of victory against No. 1 seed Michigan State. In an Elite Eight match-up against No. 7 seed Florida, they overcame an 11-point deficit on the strength of a 23-8 run over the last 8:33 of the game, as they ultimately prevailed 72-68. Louisville last appeared in the Final Four in a loss to Illinois in 2005, and their last National Championship came in 1986. In the regular season matchup between the two schools on Dec. 31, Kentucky came away with a hard-fought 69-62 home victory. This win came on the strength of 32-43 free throw shooting as well as a +21 rebounding advantage for the Wildcats. Louisville guard Russ Smith was the only Cardinal who scored in double figures, as he burned the Wildcats with a strong 30 point effort off the bench. Kentucky forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist led the Wildcats with 24 points and 19 rebounds. When the Wildcats and Cardinals face off for a chance to advance to the national cham-

Baseball vs. ULM



Southern Miss Box Score Baseball:

3/27 vs. ULM W, 7-5 3/25 vs. Houston L, 10-5 3/24 vs. Houston W, 17-2


3/27 vs. Ole Miss L, 5-3 3/25 vs. Tulsa L, 6-3 3/24 vs. Tulsa L, 6-1

Women’s Tennis:

3/25 at Southern University W, 5-2 3/24 at LouisianaLafayette L, 4-3

Men’s Tennis:

3/23 vs. Marquette W, 4-3 3/23 at Boise State L, 6-1

Southern Miss Sports: Upcoming Games 3/29/12 All Day Track & Field, Cross Country at Texas Relays Austin, Texas

3/31/12 10:00 a.m. Men’s Tennis vs. East Carolina Birmingham, Ala.

3/30/12 6:30 p.m. Baseball at Rice Houston, Texas

3/31/12 1:00 p.m. Softball at Memphis Memphis, Tenn.

pionship game, both sides will look to their previous match-up for the keys to victory. While Kentucky will hope to create a fast tempo by controlling the glass, the Cardinals will try to slow the pace to their advantage. Louisville will look to get a more balanced scoring effort in this game, and keeping Kentucky off the charity stripe will be at a premium. If the Wildcats are able to impose their will and attack the Cardinal defense on the interior,

however, they should be able to avoid the upset and move on to the title game. Two opposing freshman forwards are the players to watch in this match-up, as Anthony Davis and Chane Behanan are the anchors for Kentucky and Louisville, respectively. Davis leads the Wildcats in points, rebounds, blocks, steals and field goal percentage, while Behanan is getting hot at the right time for the Cardinals. He has aver-

aged 16 points in his last two outings, and his 245-pound frame is a physical presence to contest with the big men of the Wildcats down low. John Calipari’s Wildcats will face off against Pitino’s Cardinals at 5:09 p.m. on Saturday at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, La. The game will be televised on CBS.


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Connor Barron: Phenomenal Freshman Josh Seabrook Sports Editor He steals bases, plays shortstop and is the lead-off hitter for the Southern Miss Golden Eagle baseball team. He is Southern Miss freshman Connor Barron. Barron attended Sumrall High School before coming to Southern Miss. Out of high school, Barron was tempted by thenFlorida Marlins, who chose him in the third round of last year’s Major League Baseball draft. Barron had to make a difficult athletic choice. “It was a tough decision, but I know I made the right decision,” Barron said. “This is something I have always wanted to do and it’s always been a dream of mine, so I’m very happy with my decision.” For those who do not take the time to get to know athletes who don the black and gold, there are more sides to Barron than baseball player. For example, he is currently undecided in his major. “I’d like to say I’m majoring in baseball, but I can’t,” Barron said. “Baseball is who I am.” Barron was a highly sought-after recruit upon graduating from high school. His final decision came down to the University of Southern Mississippi or Mississippi State University, and Barron chose Golden

big one, too. I would probably say that signing with Southern was my best one.” While not playing ball on the field or in the weight room working out, Barron can be found in nature. “I’m a real outdoorsy guy,” Barron said. “I like to hunt and fish and spend time with my family.” Barron has been one of the major bright spots to this point in the Golden Eagles’ season and has been consistent for the Eagles in the lead-off spot. He has a .355 batting average on the year and 11 RBI. Barron is also a demon on the base paths and has plus speed to go Justin Mitchell/Printz along with his good Freshman shortstop and lead-off hitter Connor Barron was a third round pick in the MLB draft upon graduating from batting average. Barhigh school last year. Instead, he chose to puruse a college career and signed with the Southern Miss Golden Eagles. ron has been successful of three to five Eagle Gold over Bulldog Maroon. “I’ve always been really com- manager saying he has been sestolen base attempts on the seaMany factors led to Barron to petitive,” Barron said. “I don’t lected by a major league team. son to this point and is expectchoose Southern Miss. know what it is about baseball that Barron lived that dream when ed to be on of the Eagles’ major “For one, the atmosphere; we have I love. I’ve never really thought the Marlins used their thirdspeed threats on the bases. Goreally great fans,” Barron said. “I love about it. I just love the game.” round draft pick to select the ing forward in the season, Barthe coaches too, and I just saw myYoung baseball players, from young shortstop. ron is prime to be a key part of self going here.” tee-ball on, often have a com“My favorite baseball memthe Southern Miss attack, and Since a young age, Barron has mon dream and goal to one ory I would have to say was loved to compete, and baseball day hear his name announced when I got drafted. That was he has high hopes and expectaquickly became the outlet for his on television and receive a call pretty special,” Barron said. tions for the season. competitive nature.

from a Major League general

“Signing with Southern was a


Timely hitting helps Eagles beat ULM Kyle Smith Printz Writer Travis Creel had a career night at Pete Taylor Park Tuesday, and the Golden Eagles needed it. Creel recorded a career high three hits and batted in three runs to help Southern Miss defeat the Louisiana Monroe Warhawks 7-5. The win avenges an early season loss in Monroe, La. Louisiana Monroe (13-12) got off to a quick start when they recorded three runs in the top of the second inning off Eagles starter Boomer Scarborough. Scarborough also gave up a run in the fourth before he was relieved, finishing with six strikeouts on four walks and five hits.

Southern Miss (15-10) was quick to strike back, gaining two runs in the bottom of the second inning off an RBI single by Creel and sacrifice fly by Michael Sterling. The Eagles evened the score in the fourth inning with a basesloaded walk by Joe Martin, followed by an RBI by Kameron Brunty, who made his first start since fracturing a bone in his hand on Feb. 29 against Alabama. Southern Miss added its final run in the seventh inning on a Fowler single, while LouisianaMonroe added a single run in the ninth inning. Southern Miss was led by Creel with three hits, one of which was a two-run home run. Isaac Rodriguez added three singles for the Eagles, and

Chase Fowler recorded a multi hit game with two hits. Jay Myrick continued his stellar season. Throwing four scoreless innings, Myrick allowed just one hit and two walks while striking out two to earn the win. Bradley Roney survived a shaky ninth inning to earn a team high third save on the season. Roney allowed one run on two hits while walking a batter and striking one out. Fraser Adams recorded the loss for the Warhawks. Adams gave up three runs on four hits while walking two and striking out two. Southern Miss earned a much needed win before heading to Houston, Tex. to continue Conference USA play against Rice (19-8, 2-1 C-USA) this week-

end. Game times are set for 6:30 p.m. on Friday, 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, and 1 p.m. on Sunday. Sunday’s game will be televised on Fox Sports Net.

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