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April 19, 2012

Volume 96 Issue 54


Mississippi’s STI rates climax Justin Mitchell News Editor According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 726 in 100,000 Mississippians are infected with chlamydia, ranking Mississippi first in the nation when it comes to chlamydia cases. Only 10 counties in Mississippi have less than 300 in 100,000 people who are carriers of the sexually transmitted infection (STI). In comparison, only one county in both Utah and Maine have more than 300 people per 100,000 people that are carriers of chlamydia. The CDC also ranked Mississippi as the nation’s leader in gonorrhea cases. Per 100,000 people in Mississippi, about 209 people carry the infection. Comparatively, less than 10 in 100,000 people in Idaho carry gonorrhea. According to the Mississippi Department of Health, Mississippi was ranked fifth in the nation in syphilis cases in 2009, and the state jumped to earn the second place

spot in 2010. Mississippi also holds the sixth place spot for HIV cases in the nation. April is STI Awareness Month, and many believe that students should become more aware of the implications and consequences of the contraction of sexually transmitted infections. The CDC reported that almost half of all new STI cases occur in people ages 15-24. The Mississippi Department of Health also reported that 76 percent of reported chlamydia cases were found in people ages 15 to 24. University of Southern Mississippi professor emeritus Karen Lundy is the adviser for VOX, a student organization that represents Planned Parenthood of America. Lundy said STI screening is necessary among college students. “We advocate that anyone who is sexually active get regular screenings for all STIs at the least annually for men and women,” Lundy said. “College students are the greatest risk for any consequence of sexual activity. Kristen O’Flarity, a community health sciences and Spanish double

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently found that Mississippi ranks first in the nation in rates of chlamydia and gonorrhea. Approximately 726 per 100,000 Mississippians are infected with chlamydia, while 209 per 100,000 Mississippians are infected with gonorrhea.

major, is the president of VOX. “According to Student Health Services, one in four students on this campus have an STD,” O’Flarity said. “Getting tested

would certainly change that.” Sara Thigpen, a junior nursing major, said students should be tested regularly. “College is the time for the young

generation to explore and experience new things,” Thigpen said.

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TEAAM to Rock for Autism TEAAM USM is hosting their second annual Rock for Autism today in the Union lobby from 10 a.m. until 10 p.m. Rock for Autism is an event where student teams work together to keep their rocking chairs rocking for 12 hours while collecting pledges. Last year, the event had 12 teams and raised nearly $2,000, but this year, they exceeded that amount by having 15 registered teams. The goal for this year is $3,500. TEAAM, or Together Enhancing Autism Awareness in Missis-

sippi, is a statewide non-profit organization that is dedicated to improving the lives of Mississippians with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) by cultivating and enhancing family and community support, according to the organization’s website. A branch of the organization was brought to Southern Miss in 2009 in hopes of spreading autism awareness, and in 2011, TEAAM started Rock for Autism. The proceeds will go towards sending children to Kamp Kaleidoscope, an adventure based summer camp in Mississippi designed specifically for children with autism. Kamp Kaleidoscope was creat-



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The Hub Bones, a jazz trombone ensemble at the University of Southern Mississippi in the School of Music, perform in the Mannoni Performing Arts Center Wednesday evening.




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ed in 2001 by Mark Yeager, and it allows ASD children to surround themselves in a fun and educational environment with people who have the same disorders. The camp’s cost is $600. President of TEAAM USM Marie Ferderer said she is hoping for a large turnout. “So many children with autism don’t get to have the regular life experiences like so many kids get to have,” Ferderer said. “We are simply trying to ease the financial burden for these families, and this is a great way to help by just coming out and rocking in a chair.”

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*Tupac’s given name was Lesane Crooks. *Tupac studied drama at Baltimore’s School for the Arts, where he rapped under the name MC New York. *Tupac said that because of his mom’s ties with the Black Panthers, the FBI was always after him and his family. *Tupac was first inspired to rap when a friend of his was killed while he was playing with a gun. His first rap was about gun control. *The track “Something Wicked” from 2Pac’s debut 2Pacalypse Now album was a direct quote from Shakespeare’s Macbeth (i.e. “Something Wicked This Way Comes”). * Tupac was named after Tupac Amaru II, who was an Emperor of the Inca Empire in Peru and led an uprising against Spanish soldiers in his country in 1780. * Tupac had to take an HIV test before kissing Janet Jackson in “Poetic Justice,” where he played opposite of the singer in the role of post office worker Lucky. * Tupac was engaged to Quincy Jones’s daughter Kidada at the time of his passing. * Tupac worked at Roundtable Pizza making and delivering pizza. * Tupac wrote his hit song “Dear Mama” while in prison.


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Panel speaks to LGBT community Justin Mitchell News Editor “The LGBT community is just like the heterosexual community,” Amber Hammons, a sociology major at the University of Southern Mississippi, said. “Some of us are Jewish, some of us are Muslim, some of us are atheists, some of us are Humanists, and the list goes on. I think it is important that the student body understand that we are just like them.”

Hammons is a council leader of USM’s Gay Straight Alliance (GSA) and helped create a panel discussion titled “Spiritual, Religious, and Secular Paths to Enlightenment within the LGBT Community” that will be held tonight at 7 p.m. in the Liberal Arts Building Room 101. GSA and the department of political science at USM sponsored the panel discussion. Hammons said that religion is often a taboo thing to talk about within the LGBT community because there is so much emotion surrounding the issue.

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Amber Hammons, a sociology major, talks about the spiritual panel she is moderating tomorrow evening in the LAB.

However, she and fellow GSA members decided it was important for the issue to be discussed on campus. “We decided to have a panel of speakers come to school who represent various beliefs in the hopes of providing a safe place for productive discussion,” Hammons said. “The topic is pretty controversial and emotionally charged, so most people don’t get the opportunity to openly discuss it in a safe and productive way. Our vision was to provide a space to sponsor that discussion.” Hammons is lesbian woman who identifies herself as a Christian. However, she said most discrimination she faces regarding her sexuality comes from other Christians. “I used to attend a large Baptist church in Brandon,” Hammons said. “In fact, in 2010 I was voted one of Jackson’s Top 20 Christian Leaders by Metro Christian Living.” However, when Hammons revealed her sexual preference, she said she had to increase her privacy settings on Facebook because of the harassment she was subjected to by church members. Hammons also met her current girlfriend while being a Christian camp counselor.


Greeks host annual events Stormy Speaks Copy Editor Throughout this week, three fraternities – Sigma Nu, Sigma Chi, and Alpha Tau Omega – at the University of Southern Mississippi have been preparing for their upcoming philanthropy events this weekend. The Theta Gamma chapter of Sigma Nu, along with cosponsors Men of Excellence, will be holding their 5th annual Catfish Fry on Friday from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Alfa Insurance parking lot on Hardy Street. One catfish plate will cost $7.00 and include three catfish filets, French fries, and coleslaw. Organizations that order 20 or more plates can have their plates delivered to the location of its choice. Last week, Sigma Nu held a money drop contest in the Thad Cochran Center that featured t-shirt designs by Greek organizations for the catfish fry. This year, Alpha Delta Pi sorority won the contest. Sigma Nu will also have a table set up through Friday to sell tickets to the fry, take donations and sign people up for t-shirts. The money raised in the money drop and the catfish fry will benefit St. Jude Chil-

dren’s Research Hospital. “It is for a great cause, and the food is going to be amazing,” sophomore marketing major and Sigma Nu philanthropy chair Zachary Newsome said. “It is a good chance for people on and off campus to meet us and understand what we do and why we do it.” Also on Friday, the Theta Delta chapter of Sigma Chi will be holding Derby Days, a philanthropic tradition that has been at Southern Miss for 30 years. On Monday, the first clue about the Derby Hat will be released. The hat will be hidden by a Derby Daddy, who serves as the face of Derby Days, on campus for one of the sororities to find. The rest of the clues will be posted throughout the week in front of the Sigma Chi house until the hat is found. There will be various other competitions the sororities will partake in, such as a Band-Aid drive and a karaoke competition, as well as a profit share day at Caliente Grille on Wednesday. The week’s events will culminate in a dance competition tomorrow at 4 p.m. at Reed Green Coliseum with a benefit concert at The Frat House to follow. Last year’s Derby Days winner was Delta Delta Delta sorority. The money raised from week’s

events will benefit Children’s Miracle Network. Last year, Sigma Chi raised $8,000. “Derby Days is important because of the true meaning behind why we do it,” said senior health care marketing major and Derby Days chairman Michael Cobb. “People should come out to Derby Days because of not only the great cause we are raising the money for but to also have a great time.” Finally, on Saturday the Epsilon Upsilon chapter of Alpha Tau Omega will hold its 27th annual Crawfish Boil from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event will feature 10,000 pounds of all-you-can-eat crawfish, potatoes and corn. Hotdogs and hamburgers will also be served. A volleyball tournament and dance competition will be held among the sororities in the second annual Queen of Crawfish contest on that day as well. Tickets will be $12 prior to Saturday and will be $15 at the door. The money raised will benefit Adalius Thomas Children’s Fund of Mississippi Gulf Coast Foundation, which raises awareness about childhood obesity. Crawfish Boil Chair Davey Yennie can be contacted at (228) 697-1889 for more information.

Participants in Panel Discussion: Dr. Kate Greene, associate professor of political science Carey Varnado, local attorney, member of Hattiesburg Unitarian Universalist Church Reverand Van Bankston, Trinity Episcopal Church CeCe Garrett, Walk Fellowship (Gulf Coast) Rabbi Uri, from local temple is unable to attend due to a prior engagement. “I think it is really important for students to know there are many paths of enlightenment available to us, not just religious ones,” Hammons said. “To me, it is important, especially in terms of religion, because in conversation it is always the LGBT community against the religious community. It’s a mistake to generalize all religions and gays as being against each other.” There will be religious leaders and prominent figures on USM’s campus that will participate in the panel discussion. Among these is political science associate professor Kate Greene. Greene is the leader of the Buddhist meditation group on campus, although she does not identify as a full-fledged Buddhist. “I decided to participate because I am a lesbian and I am willing to share with the audience my spiritual journey from Episcopalian to atheist to a kind of secular

Buddhist,” Greene said. Green said it’s imperative that the LGBT community know that there are places to practice their spiritual beliefs in the local area. “Of course it’s important for the LGBT community to be aware that there are religious groups that welcome them,” Greene said. “Most Southerners are raised with strong religious beliefs that just because they are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgendered does not mean they have to give up those beliefs. Their home church may reject them because of their sexuality, but there are other communities where they can continue their spiritual journey.” Hammons hopes the panel will open the eyes of many close-minded people. “I don’t understand churches like my old one who teach being gay is a sin,” Hammons said.

sti, from 1 “People are going to have sex. It’s just important to be safe. Using protection and getting tested regularly is key to having a healthy sex life.” Lundy agreed. “The most effective way to protect our sexual health is prevention and to be as responsible for our reproductive system as for any other system in our body,” she said. “The key is breaking the chain of contagion and continuing to pass along these diseases sexually. The way we can do this is educating people about condoms.” Many events are being held on campus during STI Awareness Month to implement sexual health education to students. Student Health Services will be hosting HIV Rapid Testing in which participants will find out if they are HIV positive in fifteen minutes.

“HIV Testing is as easy as a finger prick,” Lundy said. VOX will be hosting a sex forum, and the Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance (FMLA) is will be hosting four nights of panel discussion regarding sexual education next week in Joseph Green Hall 115. Monday through Thursday, various guest speakers will address different sexual health topics, such as orgasms and the basics of sex, pregnancy and abortion, birth control and STI awareness. The panel discussions will begin each night at 6:30 p.m. Lundy said that most STIs carry no symptoms, and that holds true especially for women. “Dentists won’t even screen someone without using gloves and masks,” she said. “Protecting yourself is the moral thing to do.”

teaam, from 1 If TEAAM USM reaches their goal of $3,500, five children will be sent to the weeklong summer camp. TEAAM USM’s vice president Jessica Jelinkski said she joined the organization because it hits close to home. “I know several people with autism,” Jelinkski said. “I want

to help provide opportunities for children with autism so that they can participate in summer camps and normal activities. This is something they usually don’t have a chance to do.” For more information about TEAAM, visit or call toll-free at 1-866-993-2437.


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2Soon: The implications of the 2Pac hologram Corbin McDavitt Printz Writer Sunday night I could not sleep at all. In a half awake/half asleep state, I did the usual and checked my Twitter timeline to see what the world was up to. All over my feed were tweets reading, “Tupac Hologram Video.” I thought the world had gone crazy. Hours later, I found out what all the fuss was about. On Sunday at California’s Coachella Music Festival, a hologram of rapper 2Pac took the stage with rappers Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg for what I consider a performance that will go down in history as one of the greatest in live music. The spectacle of the show itself was incredible. My reaction when first watching the footage of 2Pac’s hologram was my jaw dropping at the incredible spectacle and realism of 2Pac’s physical characteristics. But with some days to ponder, the impact of the performance has left me with some negative feelings. If you know me, and you should, you know that I am a huge hip-hop fan. Particularly, I would say I’m a West Coast rap fan, but having this opportunity to write an article on the greatest rapper of all time has totally refueled my “Ambitionz Az A Writa.” However, it’s a shame that I’m going to have to

argue that the implications of the performance lead to a slippery slope for how we as culture view and treat death. Let’s look at the obvious here: If we can hologram 2Pac, who can’t we hologram? Why stop at 2Pac? We can’t have a Biggie Smalls hologram join the stage with Puff Daddy, P. Diddy, or Diddy? Or maybe even bring back John Lennon to perform “Imagine?” Where do we draw the line in paying homage to the dead? I have to wonder how the Shakur family felt seeing a hologram of their slain son on stage. Not only was 2Pac murdered, but it was an unsolved murder. With all of the unanswered questions and the mysteries surrounding his case, I don’t feel it would bring me any more peace in dealing with the case itself. During one part of the performance, 2Pac’s voice was manipulated to ask the crowd, “What is up, Coachella?” When did it become okay to think that we could put words in a dead man’s mouth? It’s not enough that 2Pac came back from the dead for one show. Now, rumor has it that the hip-hop icon may even tour the United States as a hologram. We can pay homage to the dead by listening and sharing the message of 2Pac’s music, but we can’t believe that the dead are to be manipulated for our own consumption. Currently in the hip hop scene, rapper Drake has swept the scene with his song “The Motto,” which stresses the importance

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of the word “YOLO,” which means, “You only live once.” Now, as usual, the Internet has run crazy with it and maybe inflated the message behind it. However, it does point out the inevitable that death is our final stop. Eerily enough, 2Pac once said, “My only fear of death is coming back reincarnated.” We

should continue to pay homage to slain artists with what we feel in our hearts and not what we wish we could see and bring back in front of our eyes. 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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‘Grapes of Wrath’ sets stage tonight Megan Fink Printz Writer “The Grapes of Wrath” is coming soon to the theatre and dance department at the University of Southern Mississippi. The play is based on a 1939 Pulitzer-winning novel by John Steinbeck. It was adapted to the stage by Frank Galati in 1988 and won a Tony Award for Best Play in 1990. “The Grapes of Wrath” will be the final play of the spring semester and will no doubt make a lasting impression on its audience. The narrative follows the story of a family of “Okies,” migrant Oklahoma farmers during the Dust Bowl of the 1930s. When Tom Joad is paroled from prison four years after being convicted of murder, he finds his family abandoning their infertile Oklahoma land in an attempt to find a new life in California. He and his loyal friend Jim Casy join the migrant group, breaking his parole. After a long trip, two family deaths and the dissolution of some family bonds, the family reaches California, but the land of milk and honey they had hoped for is nowhere to be seen. Through the strength of their family ties and the depths of human endurance, the characters discover the true meaning of sacrifice and leadership in the midst of labor unions, robber barons and economic turmoil. USM’s production of this classic play will star Matthew Judd, a second-year graduate student from Atlanta, Ga. as Tom Joad. Jim Casy will be played by Josh Thomas, an undergraduate senior. Ma Joad will be portrayed by Robin Carr, an associate professor and member of the Actors Equity Association. Derrick Phillips, a

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Senior Theater student Josh Thomas, poses with associate professor of voice and acting Robin Carr and graduate students Derrick Phillips and Matthew Judd at the Grapes of Wrath media call on Wednesday morning.

first-year graduate student, will perform as Pa Joad. “I have done my damndest to rip a reader’s nerves to rags,” said John Steinbeck after the novel’s publication. The play may in fact do the same to its audience. The production includes some strong language and violent elements that may not suit a younger audience, so parents should be cautious. Though “The Grapes of Wrath” is a classic play, its message holds great political relevance to our time. The play opens tonight at 7:30

p.m. in the Martha R. Tatum Theatre. Other show-times are April 20, 21, 26, 27 and 28 at 7:30 p.m. and April 22 and 29 at 2 p.m. The show on April 22 will feature a pre-show talk at 1 p.m. by assistant English professor Charles Sumner.

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Basketball coaching search begins Kyle Smith Printz Writer Not long after Larry Eustachy took the men’s basketball head coaching job at Colorado State, the Southern Miss men’s basketball program began looking for a coach. No one can be expected yet, but it is more likely that a new athletic director will be hired first. However, that does not mean that the search has not already begun. Here is a list of six possible candidates, in no particular order, who

could end up (or end up staying) in Hattiesburg with the position. Steve Barnes - Barnes has been at Southern Miss for eight years as Eustachy’s associate head coach. He has been an assistant under Eustachy at four different Division I institutions, and he also took one head coaching job at San Jose State for three years in the late ‘90s and early 2000s. His career as a head coach is 39-51. Known as a standout recruiter, Barnes thinks he can keep the program going in the right direction. Tim Floyd - Born in Hattiesburg and a former walk-on to the Southern Miss basketball team, Floyd is no stranger to the area. In fact, his father coached here two different times - from 1949-1954 and 19621971. What makes Floyd such an attractive coach is his resume. He

has been the head coach in five Division I programs, going 367208 in his time at these schools. The 367 wins do not include the 21 wins vacated from USC because of NCAA sanctions. He also coached in the NBA for four seasons with a record of 90-231. Kenny Payne - A current assistant at Kentucky, Payne is a native of Laurel. Payne played on the 1986 national championship team at Louisville for coach Denny Crum. Although he has never had a head coaching job, the young coach was an assistant at Oregon for five seasons before heading to Kentucky for the last two. Payne also interviewed for the Mississippi State position earlier this year but ultimately did not get the hire.

Kermit Davis - The current head coach at Middle Tennessee, Davis is also a Mississippi native. Davis has turned the MTSU program around in recent years, going 100-82 in his tenure at the school. Davis has had three additional head coaching jobs in the past, and he has been in collegiate coaching for over 28 years. Sean Woods - Another young coach, Woods has done impressive things at Mississippi Valley State over the past few years. Although he went a combined 29-67 in his first three seasons at the school, Woods led his team to a 21-12 season and won the SWAC conference championship. The championship earned MVSU a trip to the Big Dance, where they were beat in their first game. He has held assistant positions at three other schools before coming on at MVSU.

John Pelphrey - The unlikely one of the group, it would still be wrong to not mention his name in the conversation. The former South Alabama and Arkansas head coach, he is now an assistant coach at the University of Florida. For the five seasons he was at South Alabama, he went 80-67. He then went to Arkansas, where he was 69-59 over four seasons. He was outspoken after his firing at Arkansas, saying he did not receive enough time to turn the program around. It is a matter of time until he receives another head coaching opportunity. This was an article of opinion by Kyle Smith, a writer for The Student Printz. Email questions or comments to


Blake Brown: Man on a mission Barrett Negus Printz Writer

Junior star first baseman Blake Brown hits the home runs and drives in runs for the Golden Eagle baseball team. The 6-foot-5, 215-pound Brown has come a long way since his junior year in high school in small town Semmes, Ala. Brown, a tall, lanky high school senior was told by college coaches that he would never be able to play college baseball because he wasn’t good enough. After hearing this, Brown considered giving up baseball and not even playing his senior year in high school, but instead of quitting, Brown set out to prove his critics wrong. He did just that his senior year in high school, hitting over .400 with 10 home runs. Brown accepted a scholarship to Pensacola State Junior College in Florida. There he was chosen as an all conference performer, hitting 24 home runs in two years. Even after his junior college success, Brown was still shunned by colleges in his home state. Southern Miss coaches took a look at Brown and liked what they saw. In his first season at Southern

Miss, Brown is leading the team in home runs (six), and runs batted in (32). Brown credits his success to coming out to practice every day and working hard to improve his game. “I just wanted to prove to myself that I could play at the Division I level, but I play for the love of the game,” Brown said. “I came here with a goal to start and play every day and do whatever I could to help continue the winning tradition at USM.” His hard work is paying off, as Brown has already been named the C-USA hitter of the week twice thus far this season. These weeks included a three home run and nine RBI week, and another two home run and 11 RBI week in which he hit .438. “Brown came out and had a great fall, filling the void left in the middle of our line-up from last year’s team and has continued doing a great job for us this spring,” head baseball coach Scott Berry said. “He is a great team player with a top notch work ethic and everything a coach could ask for in a player.” Brown is well-liked off the field as well. “Blake is the guy that you love playing with and hate playing

Baseball at South Alabama

against,” left fielder Joe Martin said.” The standout Golden Eagle first baseman went from not knowing if he would ever play another base-

Southern Miss Box Score Baseball:

4/13 vs. UCF W, 1-0 4/14 vs. UCF L, 11-6 4/15 vs. UCF L, 12-3


4/14 vs. South Alabama L, 8-0 4/15 at South Alabama L, 6-0

Women’s Tennis: 4/14 vs. UTEP W, 4-2 4/15 at Arkansas State L, 4-2

Men’s Tennis:

4/15 vs. Louisiana-Lafayette L, 4-3

ball game in his life to being told that he will have a chance to play the game the rest of his life. Brown is expected to be drafted in

the top 20 rounds of the upcoming Major League Baseball draft in June, according to coaches on the Southern Miss staff.

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Time to trade in your cap and gown and prepare yourself for the real world in a 2012 Jeep Compass or Jeep Patriot. Take advantage of these special offers. You’ll be ready to embark on the next chapter of your life and avoid any obstacle in your path from behind the wheel of your stylish, well-built and incredibly capable Jeep 4x4.

J E E P. C O m (1)Eligible customer must be a college graduate or recent college graduate and must meet one of the following criteria: graduating in the next 6 months with any degree, graduated in the last 2 years with any degree, or currently enrolled in a master’s or doctoral program. Residency restrictions apply. See dealer for details. Offer ends 7/31/12. Jeep is a registered trademark of Chrysler Group LLC.



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