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September 20, 2012

Volume 97 Issue 8


Students speak out at search sessions Mary Margaret Halford Executive Editor

Stormy Speaks Chief Copy Editor On Wednesday, students, faculty, staff and community members came together to voice their opinions about the type of person they would like to see hired to lead the University of Southern Mississippi as the school’s tenth president. The Institutions of Higher Learning Board Search Committee held five presidential search listening sessions on campus, open to anyone, to hear feedback about what qualities people want to see in the new president. In addition to the sessions held in the Thad Cochran Center Wednesday morning, sessions were also held on the Gulf Coast campus. MC Price, a senior interdisciplinary studies major, attended a session and told the board she wants to see a president focus

mainly on the student body. “I said I’d like to see our new president focus on quality of students over quantity,” Price said. “The majority of the meeting focused on students wanting transparency between the student body and the administration.” Price added that the tone of the meeting remained “optimistic and very positive” as students detailed what problems they think the university has and how they would like to see a new president fix those issues. Van Arnold of University Communications said the sessions had audiences of anywhere from 30 to 200 people, and he estimated that a total of 750 people attended throughout the morning. Jazmyne Butler, a senior and Student Government Association president, said she was very pleased with the student turnout at the meeting. “I’m so proud of the students and all the great feedback they had,” Butler said. “It really speaks to the type of students we have at Southern Miss.”

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Southern Miss senior and interdisciplinary studies major MC Price speaks to the USM Board Search Committee at Wednesday’s listening session in the Thad Cochran Center. Price and other students gave feedback about the qualities they would like to see in the new president of the university.

Butler said the feedback that stuck out to her from the sessions included servant leadership, diversity, retention and academics.

“We have a high rate of students coming into this school, but we need to focus on keeping those students here and seeing that they graduate,” Butler said.

“I want what the students want; as SGA president it’s not about me, it’s about the students.”



USM celebrates 100 years of classes today Sitting in class today may feel like any other day to students anywhere, but at the University of Southern Mississippi, Sept. 20 marks a special day in its history. Today is the 100th anniversary of the day classes officially began at Mississippi Normal College. In 2010, the university celebrated its first 100 years of existence, which marked the year USM re-

ceived its legislative funding in 1910. Classes, however, were not held regularly at the Hattiesburg campus until Sept. 20, 2012. Mississippi Normal College, as USM was originally called, was established to train and prepare teachers already in the profession to receive a teaching license good for five years, which would lead the teacher to a four-year diploma program, lending itself to a lifetime professional license. The Normal College’s class of 1912 saw 227 members along with 17 faculty members. Stu-

dents attended classes in College Hall, which is currently under renovation and is one of the original five buildings still standing on campus. USM has grown exponentially throughout the last 100 years. Currently, more than 180 degree programs in six degree-granting colleges both at the undergraduate and graduate level are offered, and the university serves 17,000 students. The university prides itself on its diversity and currently enrolls students from all 50 states and 70 countries.

University Provost Denis Wiesenburg said he is proud of the university USM has become today. “Southern Miss will continue to grow and adapt to the fast-paced, ever-changing society we live in today,” Wiesenburg said. “Faculty members are creating knowledge and scholarship that is right at the forefront of their fields.” Wiesenburg also said some jobs students take when they graduate did not exist when they were born, and because of that USM plans to expand offerings both at the Hattiesburg and Gulf





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Coast campuses. Today marks the first day of the next century for USM to continue growing, changing lives and impacting the community and world. “We have built this university in the last hundred years and will continue to build it in the next hundred,” Wiesenburg said. “We want students, faculty and staff to pay attention to the past and acknowledge where we came from, while we move forward to the exciting future the Southern Miss family is proud to call ours.”


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* Daniel Radcliffe has been through 160 pairs of glasses during the shooting of all the Harry Potter films. He also wore out 60-70 wands during the making of the films. * Robbie Coltrane once got a mini-fan caught in his Hagrid beard and had to have it cut out. * Harry’s infamous scar has been put on by makeup approx 5,800 times. * To keep brooms light-weight and aesthetically pleasing, aircraft-grade titanium is employed in their structure. * 900 Memory Vials were made for the cabinet in Dumbledore’s Office, 250 paintings for the Marble Staircase and 210,000 coins for the Gringotts bank scene for the final two films alone. * Producers David Heyman and David Barron were immortalized in portraits for the Marble Staircase. * Book 1 is actually titled Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, but the title was changed to Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone in the U.S. * Hermoine Granger began life as Hermoine Puckle. * Voldemort, Malfoy and Quidditch are all figments of Rowling’s imagination. * Michael Jackson wanted to create a musical based on the series, but Rowling declined this and many other offers for Potter offshoots and merchandise.

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Mississippi sees record high enrollment Southern Miss notes largest freshman class in school history, Ole Miss becomes largest state university. Tyler Hill News Editor This year, Mississippi’s public universities are enrolling more students than ever before, and the University of Southern Mississippi gained a record-breaking sized freshman class, according to preliminary fall enrollment figures from the Institutions of Higher Learning. A total of 457 more students than last year were enrolled in Mississippi’s eight public universities this fall. However, despite the largest freshman class Southern Miss has ever had, overall enrollment at the university decreased by 0.8 percent, or 133 students, from fall 2011. In a story by University Communications, officials at USM attributed the decrease in overall enrollment numbers to the closure of both the Hattiesburg and Gulf Park campuses during Hurricane Isaac in August. In the story, Vice President of Student Affairs Joe Paul focused on the larger-than-ever freshman class, saying he is excited about the increase. Freshmen numbers have clocked in at more than

1,900 new students for the fall 2012 semester, continuing a fiveyear record streak. “We’re pleased to see more freshmen choosing Southern Miss for their higher education needs,” Paul said. “We offer a wide variety of quality academic programs, supportive faculty and staff and a beautiful campus that add up to make the perfect environment for a student to learn and grow as a person.” According to IHL, system-wide enrollment has increased annually since 1994. With five universities (Alcorn State University, Jackson State University, Mississippi State University, Mississippi University for Women and Southern Miss) seeing overall decreases, a boosted enrollment at other schools contributed to the state’s higher overall numbers. Ole Miss now has the most undergraduates in the state, seeing an increase of 569 students at the main campus in Oxford and 135 at University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson. Delta State University and Mississippi Valley State University also saw an increase of 3.5 percent, collectively. Although the increase is small,

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Commissioner of Higher Education Hank Bounds said it is still impressive. “This enrollment increase is smaller than the increases we have seen over the past few years, but having more than 80,000 students enrolled is still great news for our students and our state,” Bounds said. “Our students understand that the key to a better tomorrow begins with earning a college degree.”

SESSIONS, from 1 Both Butler and Price said the board was impressed with the responses students came up with during the sessions and that everyone who attended had useful things to say. “The students were very engaged,” Butler said. “I’m

proud to represent a student body that was so engaged with what’s going on and excited about putting in their input for a new president.” For Price, participating in the meetings was a positive experience.

“It was a great turnout,” Price said. “I’m proud to be a part of it, I’m proud of the students of Southern Miss.” Interim President Aubrey K. Lucas said a new president will hopefully be named by the start of the spring semester.

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Sigma Tau Delta to sponsor The Big Book Read

will host The Big Book Read this fall. Students and faculty will read Ovid’s “Metamorphoses” the entirety of On Friday at 7 p.m., Little The Department of English the fall semester through Dog Cinema will screen the at the University of Southern monthly reading group sesfilm “The Princess Bride” in the backyard of Keg and Bar- Mississippi and English hon- sions. The first meeting is rel. Prior to the screening, a lo- or society Sigma Tau Delta Sept. 26 at 5 p.m. cal independent short film and other content will be shown. Admission is $5, and all ticket holders will be entered to win a prize package worth $100. Profits will be used for similar events in the Hattiesburg area. Children under age twelve get in free. For more information, find Little Dog Cinema on Facebook at




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ZeitNite to be held in downtown Hattiesburg Global sustainability activist group to host “Mississippi ZeitNite” at Hattiesburg’s Downtown Grill & Grocery Saturday at 7 p.m. Paul White Printz Writer Hattiesburg will host an advocacy event dubbed “Mississippi ZeitNite” by its compatriots on Saturday at 7 p.m. at Downtown Grill & Grocery. The event is being put on to raise awareness of the international and ever-growing Zeitgeist Movement. The Zeitgeist Movement (TZM) is a “global sustainability activist group working to bring the world together for the common goal of species sustainability,” according to the TZM home page. It’s main tag-line and wholly futurist goal is to achieve a “resource-based economy,” a term

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Apple to release iPhone 5 Friday Chris Greene Webmaster Last Wednesday, the release of the iPhone 5 was announced to widespread optimism and approval. Pre-ordering has been available since Friday, and the demand generated by the phone’s release has pushed Apple’s stock to more than $700 a share, valuing today’s market value of the company at $658 billion. Apple updated its website to showcase the new product, with a production manager in their release video stating, “When you think about your iPhone, it’s probably the object that you use most in your life. It’s the product that you have with you all of the time. With this unique relationship people have with their iPhone, we take changing it really seriously.” Paul West, an entertainment industry major at Southern Miss, has been using Apple products for years. “I love the iPhone 5,” West said. “The new design and hardware make it a very nice upgrade when compared to my iPhone 4. From what I’ve read, the iPhone 5 just blows other phones out of the water in terms of speed and design. I will be camping out to get one of the first ones.”

MCT Campus Apple CEO Tim Cook gets ready to introduce the Foo Fighters band during the product unveiling of the iPhone 5 at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, Calif. on Wednesday. Becca Morris, who works with artist relations for Winter Circle Productions in New Orleans, plans on upgrading to the new phone.

“I have the iPhone 4S now, and I plan on getting the iPhone 5 because I like all of the features it has, plus it has a bigger screen,” Morris said.

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Kate faces Di’s paparazzi problems

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Rachel Beech Printz Writer

To the best big diamond ever, Emma B. You pretty much rock :) Love, Little Diamond! HAPPY BIRTHDAY MOM!!! WHY THE HELL DID YOU HIRE MATH TUTORS THAT DO NOT UNDERSTAND THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE??? Happy birthday Mary Alice Truitt!!! #stillonlyajunior DIBS!!!!! To the guy talking about not being able to date girls in sweat pants. If you can’t accept and love a girl at her worst, you don’t deserve her at her best. Don’t expect us to be Victoria Secret models if you’re not going to be Calvin Klein models! So stop being a Dbag and STFU! Sincerely, all women. Happy 9th 21st birthday, J! We are so proud. We love you! Please vote Chelsea Townsend for Graduate Maid in the SGA homecoming elections Sept. 25th & 27th! She is involved in the community and on campus, and she would consider it an honor to represent the university she has loved and attended for the past 4 years. On September 25th and 27th, get out and vote Marcus Williams for Mr. USM. He is dependable, smart, and puts time and effort into the community here! He is the BEST candidate!! People booed Alford? I’m pretty sure I, and the rest of the stadium, were booing the embarrassment of a coaching staff that we have. No boos to AA. He played the hand the coaches dealt him.

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In times like this, one my friends would say, “Kate Middleton is having some serious #princessprobs.” The British royal family filed a lawsuit against the French magazine “Closer” for taking topless and bottomless pictures of Catherine Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, while she and Prince William vacationed in France. Although the pictures are shocking, people shouldn’t be surprised in the least bit over these invasive photographs. The British royal family is pressing charges and with good reason. The family is being especially careful to avoid a second fatality caused by the merciless endeavors of the paparazzi. Whether Middleton’s predicament aligns with the paparazzi chase that killed Diana or not, it would be of the family’s best interest to go forth and file suit. The family’s lawsuit against “Closer” may go through successfully because France’s privacy laws are stricter than British or American laws. Whether the family arises triumphant in a court of law, it is clear who the true winner will be in the court of public opinion. Is Princess Diana’s death foreshadowing impending doom for Princess Kate? It could be, but many think there are solutions to being literally “hounded to death” by those overbearing vultures that stalk the lives of those in the limelight. Ultimately, what led to Diana’s death in 1997 was a conglomerate of paparazzi photographers who

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Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge pursued her in a dangerously fast pursuit through the Alma Underpass in Paris. Many assume the paparazzi would have taken a hint 15 years ago

after Diana’s death, but the paparazzi will never learn. The reason those filth-mongering victimizers will never learn is because, for some sick reason, they want to own people’s

lives while sneering behind their SLRs and point and shoots. Some people have no ethical standards. Commentator for TV One cable network and host/managing editor of its Sunday morning news show, “Washington Watch with Roland Martin,” Roland Martin thinks Middleton should do as Michael Jordan has done by keeping a low profile. I have a hard time comparing Michael Jordan to Kate Middleton without giggling a little, but Martin has a point. Even though the only similarity Middleton and Jordan share is warding off the insatiable desires of sickos with long lenses, Middleton should consider taking notes from the former basketball superstar. According to Martin’s report, Jordan took extreme precautions to protect his privacy and safety by avoiding ventures into the public arena, keeping a low profile and steering clear of the press. Maybe those high-profile celebrities should take advice from my mother before stepping into the public eye; think before you act and always make good choices. Even though Princess Kate was at a private chateau, she was outside in the open. That was not a wise move on her part, especially considering her social stature. She should not be embarrassed because she chose her high-profile lifestyle. After all, her bikini didn’t magically disappear into thin air. This was an article of opinion by Rachel Beech, a writer for The Student Printz. Email questions or comments to rachel.beech@eagles.


Students misuse and abuse parking garage Chase Ladner Printz Writer There are some things about the University of Southern Mississippi I don’t get. If it’s the football traditions, the fountains or the city’s fascination with swans, there are some things I don’t think will ever make sense. Maybe it’s because I’m a transfer student; maybe I just lack school spirit.

In any case, the biggest mystery to me is the rituals surrounding the parking garage. By no means am I an anthropology student, but I’ve read enough National Geographic magazines that I think I can analyze what it means to be a Southern Miss student in the parking garage. The first thing I noticed on my first day of class is the overwhelming amount of people who turn left.

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Turning left alone is no big deal (it is generally a pretty fair alternative to turning right), but to the particularly brave students of USM, it is obviously some sort of rite of passage. Imagine the young college student, full of life and vigor. He can’t wait to test his nerves as he takes the sharpest turn possible into the oncoming lane. He goes blindly and confidently, willing to face death (or at least to the body shop) to show he is a fearless Golden Eagle. He does not wave in apology to the people he cut off: to those right-turners who are not worth his time. He is truly the bravest among us. While left turners are the bravest, they are certainly not the boldest. That distinction goes to the people who urinate in the elevators. While I’ve never witnessed this firsthand, I’m making a leap of logic in that the smell isn’t cleaning ammonia. I’m a bit of an optimist, so I re-

fuse to believe that grown people, proven that they are smart enough to continue their higher education, would do something so disgusting. My only explanation for this behavior is classic territory marking. These are truly the alpha dogs of the campus. Not only do they leave their mark on the school, but they also they keep droves of students from entering their territory. These are the ones with the true school spirit. Not only do they feel comfortable enough on campus to urinate in public, but they also become part of the USM experience, from the smell to the reason your shoes stick to the floor. This was an article of opinion by Chase Ladner, a writer for The Student Printz. Email questions or comments to chase.ladner@eagles.

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There and back again: 75 years of ‘The Hobbit’ Chris Greene Webmaster

A legacy begins:

“In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit.” These were the words that introduced the world to the story of Bilbo Baggins and his journey to Lonely Mountain and back home to Bag End. For years this novel and its sequel have brought life to the imaginations of readers around the world, and together they have set the standard for today’s fantasy novels. This week, known as Tolkien Week, holds some exciting news for the Tolkien fan community. Friday marks the 75th anniversary of “The Hobbit,” J.R.R. Tolkien’s second bestselling novel. Since its publication in 1937, the novel has sold more than 100 million copies worldwide, just 50 million under its sequel, “The Lord of the Rings.” Hobbit Day is also this week and is celebrated worldwide on Saturday. It marks the birthday of Frodo and Bilbo Baggins as revealed in “The Lord of the Rings”. This year, fans will celebrate in anticipation of Peter Jackson’s upcoming movie rendition of the book, titled “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.” Kaylee Gentry, a senior biology major at USM, has been an avid Tolkien fan since she read “The Hobbit” in elementary school.

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life is impossible.” Tolkien is considered by many, including Gentry, to be the father of modern high fantasy. “Tolkien has created a world all its own, with a mythos and heroes set that rivals the ‘Iliad,’” Gentry said. “You feel with the characters. You know them, you’ve journeyed with them and their families and friends. You’ve felt their loss and their pain, and to finally see it on the big screen is going to kill me. I’m both elated and terrified to see it.”

An unexpected party:

Taylor Meyers, an English education major, has been reading Tolkien’s works since she was twelve years old. This year, she decided to celebrate the anniversary of the release of “The Hobbit” by hosting a “Second Breakfast” party. “The event itself will be a small, private event,” Courtesy Photo Meyers said. “Unfortunately, because of classes and work, those invited “‘The Hobbit’ is the lead in to weren’t entirely able to celebrate dur‘The Lord of the Rings,’ which is ing the traditional time of 11 a.m. So basically my bible,” Gentry said. instead we decided to have ‘Second “It’s my book of morals and he- Breakfast for Dinner,’ and we moved roes that I look to when I feel like the celebration to 7 p.m.”

Among the list of foods that will be served are “Sam’s Coney and Tater Roast” (pot roast with garden veggies) as the main course, “A Shortcut to (Stuffed) Mushrooms” (stuffed mushrooms) as the second dish, and “Bilbo’s Pumpkin Teacakes” (pumpkin dark chocolate chip cookies) as dessert. Other items will include lembas bread and Hobbiton’s Finest Tea. “Other people are planning on bringing various dishes and sides such as cookies, tarts, pies, spreads, breads, cheeses, beer, wine and tea,” Meyers said. “During the meal, we will watch ‘The Lord of the Rings’ movie series and probably just talk about our favorite characters.” When asked about opening her doors to more Tolkien fans, Meyers looked crestfallen. “My apartment is very hobbit hole-like: small, cozy, and perhaps a little cramped, but ultimately, the best place to celebrate with a small group of friends,” Meyers said. “If I could have more of Hattiesburg’s hobbits I would, but unfortunately I can’t.”

The film:

Peter Jackson, the director of the “Lord of the Rings” movie trilogy, joined in this year’s celebration of Tolkien Week with a personal video and the release of stills from the up-

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coming movie. “Our contribution to these celebrations is going to be to debut our new trailer for ‘The Hobbit,’ Jackson said in the video. “We’re also going to share some special content with you, the fans, so check back with us.” Jackson announced this July that the anticipated movie would be split into three films: An Unexpected Journey, The Desolation of Smaug and There and Back Again. “It has been an unexpected journey indeed, and in the words of Professor Tolkien himself, ‘a tale that grew in the telling,’” Jackson said. “The Hobbit” will feature actor Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins and will include many of the actors in “The Lord of the Rings”, such as Ian McKellen (Gandalf), Andy Serkis (Gollum) and Hugo Weaving (Elrond). To justify three movies for

the novel, Jackson plans to elaborate on the roles of minor characters, casting Sylvester McCoy as Radagast the Brown, a character who was only briefly mentioned in “The Hobbit.” “We recognized that the richness of the story of ‘The Hobbit,’ as well as some of the related material in the appendices of ’The Lord of the Rings,’ gave rise to a simple question,” Jackson said. “Do we tell more of the tale? And the answer from our perspective as filmmakers and fans was an unreserved ‘yes.’” Happy birthday, Frodo and Bilbo Baggins, and to all hobbit-kind out there, remember – even the smallest person can change the course of the future. “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” arrives in theaters Dec. 14.


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Eagles aim to end losing streak Saturday Ben Welch

against SEC foe Kentucky, WKU rushed for 163 yards and passed for 160 yards. The player to watch for is junior running back Antonio Andrews, who leads the team in rushing, is second in receiv-

answered for the Southern Miss offense. Who will be the quarterback? How will injuries to left guard Joe Duhan and wide receiver Tracey Lampley hinder their contribution on Saturday?

in Wilson’s ability and hope not to face the possibility of replacing him. Replacing him would mean moving players around, which could interfere with the cohesion of the offensive line. A lack of ef-

expects Lampley to be ready for Saturday. The biggest issue with Printz Writer Lampley will be getting him the ball; he recorded only five touches Southern Miss defensive coordiagainst East Carolina. nator Tommy West looked to simFreshman quarterback Anthony plify things on the defensive end Alford was named starter last weekend against East against East Carolina after Carolina. He hoped to aljunior Chris Campbell low his players to think was dubbed the starter less and play more, and out of camp. This week’s it worked. After allowing starting quarterback 632 yards and 49 points could be announced right to Nebraska, the Golden before the game. JohnEagles allowed 228 yards son described their play and 24 points to East Carin East Carolina as “hot olina, seven of which were and cold.” The difference on a fumble recovery. between the two was the “I’m going to move at potential for explosive their pace, not my pace,” plays from Alford and the West said. “The opposteadiness of Campbell, nent was different, but I according to Johnson. thought we were more agCampbell and Alford split gressive. I think that had snaps this week in pracsomething to do with me tice, and the staff will deletting them play and not cide who gets the start. trying to out-coach the The Golden Eagles will other team.” face a team with a lot of This week will proconfidence coming off vide a different test for maybe the biggest win Southern Miss’s defense. in school history against The first week tested the Kentucky. It could be a Eagles with a spread oplong season at The Rock tion attack while East if Southern Miss stumbles Carolina, like most of Mary Alice Truitt/Printz on the road this week. Conference USA, at- Senior defensive lineman Kalid Wilson attempts to take down an East Carolina running back during the Golden Eagles’ “Right now they’re tacked with an air raid home opener last Saturday. playing as well or betstyle. Western Kentucky ing and is their main kickoff and Duhon injured his hamstring fectiveness by the offensive line ter than we are, ” Johnson said of runs a West Coast style offense, punt returner. Senior quarterback during the East Carolina game but could be the Eagles’ doom, as the WKU. “They’re a very good footwhich means running backs and Kawaun Jakes will look for fellow still was able to contribute. SophoHilltoppers have recorded nine ball team. ” tight ends are involved in the passing game as opposed to go- senior Jack Doyle, who leads the more Tyler Wilson will step in if sacks through three games. team in receiving as the starting Duhon is not able to play and has Lampley has a banged-up knee ing with four wide receivers. tight end. been practicing with the first team and will be limited in practice this The Hilltoppers run a balanced Two big questions remain to be this week. Coaches are confident week. Head Coach Ellis Johnson offense. In their overtime win


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Saturday’s game against ECU was an important game for many reasons. It was the first home game for new head football coach Ellis Johnson. It was the first time many fans would get to see the Golden Eagles play in person this season. It was the first conference game of the season for the team, and it was the game centered around the Fill To The Top campaign developed by Athletic Director Jeff Hammond. Although the Eagles lost the season opener against Nebraska three weeks ago, fans came out in full force to watch the East Carolina game on a hot, humid Saturday afternoon. Midway through the

third quarter, the attendance for the game was announced as 34,140 - a new record for a conference game at M.M. Roberts Stadium. This was the largest crowd ever for a conference game, but only the fifth largest crowd to ever attend a Southern Miss home football game. According to the athletic department, the 2009 season opening win against Alcorn State was the largest crowd ever recorded at Southern Miss, with 36,232 fans in attendance. The second-largest crowd recorded was 36,152 against Nebraska on Sept. 25, 2003, the third-largest occurred against Jackson State with 35,169 in attendance on Aug. 31, 2002 and the fourth was during Brett Favre’s time, when Southern Miss hosted Mississippi State on Sept. 9, 1989 in front of 34,189 fans.

M.M. Roberts Stadium is designed to hold only 36,000 fans, but with the recent renovations in 2008, more fans can now stand on the top level of the south endzone suites. Before the home opener, many tickets were sold through the Fill To The Top campaign, which aimed to sell upper deck tickets for lowered prices, allowing more fans to be able to see the game. Also helping with the record attendance was an increase in season ticket sales. According to Brent Jones, the Associate Athletic Director of Marketing and Communication, the athletic department “was above last year’s pace with season ticket (sales).” The next home football game is scheduled for Sept. 29 against No. 17 ranked Louisville. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.