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Hub City runners safe after Boston bombings Mary Margaret Halford Executive Editor Three people were killed and more than 140 were injured Monday afternoon when two bombs exploded near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, and several Hattiesburg residents were in attendance at the race. Those who traveled from the Hub City were close to the explosions, but they were not injured in the attack. Jeanetta Bennett, who works in the communications department at South Mississippi Electric, was with four runners from Hattiesburg who participated in the race, including her boyfriend, John Chandler. “We had been right across the street from the explosion about an hour before,” Bennett said by phone Monday night. “All of the Hattiesburg runners got in before the bomb. I didn’t see the explosion, but I saw the fire trucks. I didn’t know what was going on.” Bennett said one Hattiesburg runner, Ginny Dufrene, made it across the finish line about five

or ten minutes before the bomb went off. “She heard it and saw all the smoke,” Bennett said. “I was waiting on Ginny to get in, and I really didn’t know what had happened until I got back to the hotel.” The two blasts occurred within about 12 seconds of each other and happened about 100 yards apart, just near the finish line of the 26.2-mile race. According to CNN, of the 144 who are injured, 17 were in critical condition while 25 were listed as serious Monday night. One of the three fatalities was an 8-year-old boy. “It’s really hard to comprehend how someone could do this,” Bennett said. “You’re sitting there watching all the injury numbers continually go up, and it’s a difficult thing to process.” After the explosions, cell phone service in Boston was temporarily inaccessible. “I’ve cursed Facebook many times, but this one time I was very grateful for it,” Bennett said.


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USM to play major role in aftermath of marathon attack

Southern Miss has a leading role to play in the response to the Boston Marathon bombings, said Lou Marciani, Director of the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4) at Southern Miss. “I think our university is a leader, an academic leader in the area of sports safety,” said Marciani, who was named one of the nation’s top security professionals by Security magazine in 2011 . That’s because NCS4, which has been housed in the Trent Lott Center on campus since 2006, is the only institution in the country that focuses on research and training in the area of sports security and safety.

NCS4 works closely with the Department of Homeland Security in the event of terrorist attacks – like the one in Boston. “Any event with multiple explosive devices – as this appears to be – is clearly an act of terror, and will be approached as an act of terror,” NBC News reported a White House official as saying Monday night. “However, we don’t yet know who carried out this attack, and a thorough investigation will have to determine whether it was planned and carried out by a terrorist group, foreign or domestic.” If confirmed as a terror attack, it would be the first on the American homefront since 9/11. The role of NCS4 really comes in once that investigation is complete, Marciani said.



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From left: Terri Ward, John Chandler, Jeanetta Bennett and Ginny Dufrene stand in Boston Sunday afternoon.






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“The University of Southern Mississippi will be a facilitator of the best information that facilitates the best practices and training,” he said. “Our role is to digest this issue, work with the field, work with those that manage these events and first responders, and gather all we’ve learned from this tragedy so that in the future people can feel free to go to events like this and feel safe.” NCS4 has previously focused on preventing terrorist attacks at sports stadiums, but Monday’s events may change that. “We have been concentrating on stadiums since the beginning of NCS4 because of the risk factors, but we’ve kept in touch with open space events,” Marciani said. “I guess we all thought we were pretty safe in the

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Poetry week events set to begin today Chase Ladner Printz Writer

The University of Southern Mississippi Department of English is hosting several free poetry related events over the week. The first event begins today with two visiting writers, Farrah Field and Jared White, reading from their collections of work in the Woods Theatre in the Theatre and Dance Building at 5:30 p.m. On Wednesday, USM will host poet Mariahadessa Ekere Tallie

for a poetry workshop and a reading in the Cook Library Art Gallery at 3 p.m. Field and White have four books between them, and both own a bookstore in Brooklyn that specializes in low circulation and self-published poetry. Tallie is a professor at York College in New York City. Her collection of poetry, “Karma’s Footsteps,” tackles many themes such as race, womanhood, rape and the African American experience. Thursday is Poetry in your Pocket day. Students are encouraged to bring their favorite poetry

to share with other students. On Thursday, some departments will also receive poems pertaining to their field. “We are hoping that faculty and staff will share their poems with their students,” said Rebecca Frank, English professor and primary organizer of the upcoming events. “We also hope students will share their own poems. “I am also very excited for our two poets coming,” said Frank. “It should be very fun.” “Poetry will find its way into the class in some way,” said Sherita Johnson,

English professor with a specialization in African American literature. Johnson has been working with Tallie in order to organize Tuesday’s workshop. “I’m very excited to have her (Tallie) here,” said Johnson. “I read her work in the middle of the night and I cried, and I laughed.” Besides the official events, some students have also been honoring poetry month both in and out of the classroom. Graduate student Andrea Spofford is continuing a tradition of a poetry marathon. In it, USM students and faculty past and present

write one original poem during the month of April. “It’s a really great way to write new poems, to read new poems, and to celebrate poetry itself, said Spofford. There was also poetry reading and discussions at last Friday’s Live @ Five event downtown. “In poetry we get to know each other on a really deep level,” said sophomore Bridget Page. National Poetry Month was established by the Academy of American Poets in 1997. For more information about National Poetry Month, visit


Assoc. of Black Journalists hosts Heritage Week Monicia Warner Printz Writer The Southern Miss Association of Black Journalists hosted an Honoree Lecture Monday night featuring Department of Mass Communication and Journalism faculty member and former journalist Riva BrownTeague. The lecture, part of SMABJ’s service-learning Heritage Week, focused on Teague’s childhood and undergraduate experiences at Southern Miss. She was chosen to speak because of her long-standing connection to Southern Miss and her courage to speak about race issues.

“I feel like it took a lot of bravery to write things during a certain time period where people were afraid to speak about race,” said Christopher Thompson-Walls, president of the Southern Miss Association of Black Journalists. “She deserved to be recognized for her courage.” Teague, now an MCJ doctoral student, has come a long way since her humble beginnings at Southern Miss. She was the first African-American executive editor of The Student Printz and also spearheaded an editorial magazine for AfricanAmericans known as The Unheard Word. “I woke up in the middle of the night and grabbed a pen

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Bennett said she and her friends are no strangers to such races as the Boston Marathon, but she never expected to have an experience like this. “This is the elite, the best runners in the world,” Bennett said. “You have to work for a very long time and qualify to even get here. Many of them didn’t get to finish because they were pulled off the

Tuesday, April 16, 2013 course. You feel disappointed from a race standpoint, and it’s overwhelming that all this happened.” Though flights in and out of Boston had been canceled Monday, Bennett said she and her crew were on schedule to return to Hattiesburg today. “It’s an unreal experience,” Bennett said. “It’s just very difficult.”

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Sophomore graphic design major Leanna Roberts sits at her booth selling hand-etched jars and pitchers at the Spring Art Walk on Saturday evening. The Art Walk was held from 4 until 9 p.m. and exhibited local Hattiesburg artists and crafters including the senior drawing and painting show in Oddfellow’s Gallery.

sense that the risk factors for a marathon race wouldn’t be the same as the Yankees playing in a baseball stadium or the Saints playing football.” “We’re here to support the industry to try to prevent and respond better than we did yesterday,” Marciani said. Marciani said the Boston bombings will likely be a major topic of discussion for NCS4 at the fourth annual National Sports Safety and Security Conference, which will be held July 16 in Orlando. NCS4 will take the results of the investigation and look into training programs

to equip future managers of other marathons, he said. In a 2010 Student Printz article on NCS4, Dong Young Lee, a visiting South Korean Security Expert and professor, explained why NCS4 was concerned about terrorism at sporting events. “We cannot see any case except sports games where there are so many people in one place at the same time,” said Young Lee, a visiting professor from Daebul University in South Korea. “So that’s why terrorists are very interested in sporting events, because our airports are very secure right now.”


Movie Awards offer OMG moments Every year, the MTV Movie Awards are infamous for outrageous stunts, crude humor and awkward acceptance speeches. This year’s award show had plenty of OMG moments from Rebel Wilson’s fake double nipslip to a teaser trailer for “Catching Fire” to Aubrey Plaza’s Kanye moment. The big winner of the

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night was Marvel’s “The Avengers,” which took home three awards, including the top prize: “Best Movie of the Year.” The night started out as “Pitch Perfect” star and Aussie funny girl Rebel Wilson took to the stage as the awards show host for the evening. She started off the night with a rendition of

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Miley Cyrus’s song “The Climb.” I’m hoping that portion of the opening performance was supposed to be a joke because if I thought the song couldn’t sound any worse, Wilson proved me wrong. After the song, the actress was joined by her “Pitch Perfect” co-stars for an anything but pitch perfect performance. The cast performed renditions of “Girl on Fire,” “Thrift Shop,” and “Lose Yourself.” I’m thinking they should stick to the autotuned safety of the big screen. The other two big musical acts of the night were Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, who gave a very entertaining performance of their newest single “Can’t Hold Us,” complete with sombreros and trumpets. The duo was introduced by Snoop Lion (formerly known as Snoop Dogg, formerly known as Snoop Doggy Dogg) and Ke$ha, who were both clad in ridiculous outfits and smoking together on stage. What the two were actually smoking was the biggest mystery of the night. Selena Gomez premiered her newest single “Come and Get It,” which left me feeling completely underwhelmed. This awards show is unique in that viewers vote on all of the awards. Jamie Foxx received the Generation Award with his family and friends supporting from the audience. Taylor Lautner received the award for “Best Shirtless Performance” and wore a fat suit while slurping a soda during his acceptance speech, which was funny in theory but

not so much in execution. “Silver Linings Playbook” took home “Best Male” and “ Best Female” performances in addition to the coveted “Best Kiss” award. Emma Watson stole the show with her gracious and poised acceptance speech for the Trailblazer award. The most buzzed about moment of the night came during Will Ferrell’s acceptance speech for “Comedic Genius.” The actor came out in a money-covered suit and oversized sunglasses and immediately began cracking jokes. About midway through the speech, “Parks and Recreation” actress Aubrey Palaza took to the stage with Ferrell and tried to wrestle the golden popcorn from his hands. After a few minutes, the actress left the stage, spilling her drink along the way, and returned to her seat, where the camera showed she had the name of her latest movie written across her chest. Ferrell played the incident off as a joke while on stage; however, MTV confirmed that the actress was asked to leave the event shortly after the incident. Overall, I’d say the awards show went about as well as planned. Wilson’s humor fit perfectly for the MTV Movie Awards and was a great choice for the show. This was an article of opinion by Caitlin Seale, a writer for the Student Printz. Email questions or comments to caitlin.seale@eagles.

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Shine your light on slavery. Go to to find out how you can stop human trafficking. It’s national Autism Awareness Month! Show your support by visiting the ROCK FOR AUTISM event this Thursday! Open from 9am to 9pm in the Union! S/O to all the students in the International Lunch last Thursday, and the rude BSU lady who obviously doesn’t know the definition of “donation,” since she wouldn’t let us in without supporting their conversion trips. A Truman Scholar and a Goldwater Recipient/Most outstanding Junior of the year WAS NOT placed in office this year. Just saying. Dear preview coordinators, I understand we have to do preview for new students, but do you really have to schedule something in the stadium at 9pm on a Sunday night? I mean what? People have to study and sleep, and the stadium’s right across the street from at least four residence halls. #howrude Shout out to all NPHC sororities that are making a difference on campus. I’m glad not all of you walk around looking “devastated,” and I DON’T mean that in a good way. Truman AND Goldwater. Who’s really winning? #HerseySimmsTTT SMAC: anti-formal dance with DJ Hurricane be there!! Doors open at 7p.m Free Food and Free Drinks #TurnUP #SMTTT #SMAC #SADD #APO You ever get the feeling that you’ll eventually accomplish something great in life? Yeah, me neither. Tuesday, April 23 at 7pm the men of Pi Kappa Alpha are holding a Pajama 5k. Tickets are $10 and include a burger and drink provided by Mugshots. For Tickets contact any USM Pike.



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To pirate or not to pirate? Caitlin Seale Printz Writer While the series premiere of the HBO hit show “Game of Thrones,” viewership was at an impressive high, the illegal downloads of the show skyrocketed to record-breaking numbers. Because the show airs on such an exclusive channel, viewers have no access to episodes until each season is complete. Though downloading the show through file sharing websites seems logical and perhaps the only option to view the show, the reality is that online piracy is illegal and wrong. Granted, this particular case is a tricky situation because of the inconvenience of it all. To watch the show, viewers either have to upgrade their cable package to include a subscription to HBO or wait for the show to hit Netflix or for the DVD release. It seems to me that the fault really lies with the network. Until the networks provide a viewing option for shows that not all consumers have access to, illegal sharing of the show is inevitable. However, this case is not a norm when it comes to online piracy. Most software, movies, music and TV shows are available to the general public, provided they are willing to pay for it. The reality is that most people do not want to pay for the products they want to consume. I just can’t wrap my head around this concept. To me, pirating an album online is just the same as walking into a store, grabbing the CD off the shelf and leaving without so much as a glance toward the cashier.

According to the Recording Industry Association of America, record piracy costs the music industry $300 million a year in the United States alone and $5 billion a year worldwide. You could argue that the artists and labels don’t get much from the sales of the music and that big corporations take a lot of the money from sales for themselves for featuring the music on their services. I guess you could be right. However, when you pirate music, you withhold all money that the artist, producer and composer would get from that sale. So, you obviously aren’t all that concerned with the artist and composer, are you? Of course, the publicity that the circulation of the music, software, games etc. resulting from piracy is something to address. Social media sites such as YouTube, Facebook and Twitter have all become powerful tools for advertisement. I’d venture to guess that any advertisement that piracy sites provide is matched by the hype that social media sites generate—and they are free and legal. Some artists will even put their music out for free in order to generate buzz about their band, which is their right as artists. The truth is that with advances in technology, certain demands for physical sales that once existed are dying out as online alternatives pop up. Record labels, TV networks and the like must come up with new creative ways to create product appeal for consumers before they are left in the dust.

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Chris Greene Webmaster HBO’s season premiere of the “Game of Thrones” series brought in an impressive 6.7 million viewers, but not nearly as impressive as’s claim that at least another one million viewers resorted to online pirating to view the episode. More than 160,000 simultaneous peers were downloading a single record-breaking torrent, narrowly beating the previous record of 144,663 held by the TV series “Heroes.” Stories like this, along with accounts of rebellious teens pirating software, video games and countless .mp3 files keep fuel on the fire for those against online piracy. Online piracy today is obviously illegal, but I believe it’s actually just another example of technological advancement inconveniencing antiquated concepts and greedy executives. To begin with, artists don’t make a lot of money from online album sales. Take iTunes, for example: According to InvestingAnswer. com, 30 percent of all sales go to Apple, roughly 60 percent goes to the record company and the remaining 10 percent goes to the artist. That’s 30 percent of the money you pay going towards just the convenience of the download, which to me seems a bit steep. To supplement the low income from online sales, artists generally sell merchandise and tour, which are much more profitable. Some folks say, “Well, pirating still isn’t justified – that’s still 10 percent of their income that the artist doesn’t receive!” That’s a valid point, but many are forgetting the free advertising and virality provided by

piracy sites. That’s no joke; with sites like that have a “Top 100” search for each category such as games, software and music, the site is effectively converted by its many users into a promotional listing of the most entertaining media in the world. If you don’t believe me, recall just how quickly “Gangnam Style” reached one billion views on YouTube. It only takes average users like us to share via Facebook or Twitter and make something popular. If you pirate music and happen to really enjoy the artist, there’s a good chance you’ll probably invest in tickets to see the artist in concert, and purchase merchandise (which again are the most profitable areas for a musician), in turn, you end up paying for music you otherwise might have never known existed. No matter what side of the piracy debate you stand on, technology will always win. Physical newspapers are dying to compete against online apps and websites, and the various communication features of social media outlets like Facebook and Twitter almost nullify the need for smaller bands to have a record label or a band manager. It doesn’t stop there; with the convenience of just being a click away on YouTube and Spotify, there is virtually no reason to ever spend a dime on digital music tracks ever again. The record breaking piracy of “Game of Thrones” isn’t surprising – there’s no cheap, affordable way to watch the series without subscribing to a ridiculous cable provider package with 900 channels, 95 percent of which are never even watched. We saw Blockbuster fall to the convenience of Netflix’s shipping and online streaming, and if television networks can’t catch up with the times, they’re going to lose a lot of money to piracy. Television networks: Provide online streaming of current and popular content at a reasonable price and you will cash in on your dwindling profits.

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Eagles sweep, take over top spot in C-USA Barrett Negus Printz Writer

Game 1 The Southern Miss Golden Eagles took advantage of a Marshall Thundering Herd error in the bottom of the ninth inning to score the only run of the game to win the opening game of the series behind a strong pitching performance from Jake Drehoff on Friday night. Drehoff threw 7 2/3 innings of scoreless baseball, striking out a career high eight Thundering Herd hitters while allowing seven hits and walking only two in a no decision. Drehoff gave way to Jay Myrick in the eighth, who came in and shut-

down Marshall without giving up a hit over 1 1/3 to earn his second win of the season out of the bullpen. Three Thundering Herd pitchers held the Southern Miss bats to only four hits through eight innings before Chase Fowler and Austin Roussel put together hits in the ninth to push across the winning run. Fowler hit a one-out single before Roussel hit a two-out single to left field. The Thundering Herd left fielder then overthrew third base, allowing Fowler to score the gamewinning run. The Golden Eagles stretched their winning streak to five games with the win. Fowler led the Eagles at the plate with two hits while scoring the game’s only run.

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Games 2 and 3 The Golden Eagles finished off a series sweep of Marshall by sweeping a doubleheader on Saturday afternoon at Pete Taylor Park, 4-1 and 8-7. Andrew Pierce dominated the first game of the day, striking out eight batters on the way to his second complete game win of the season in a 4-1 win, lowering his earned run average to 1.83 on the year. He has thrown at least seven innings in all nine of his starts. Pierce retired the final ten batters of the game to improve to 7-1 on the campaign. Southern Miss took the lead with three runs in the fourth, a lead they would not relinquish. Blake Brown

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drove in the first run on a double, before scoring on a two-run triple to right field by Chase Fowler. Marshall plated their only run on a single in the sixth before Mason Robbins pushed the lead back to three with an RBI single of his own to complete the scoring. In the nightcap, the Golden Eagles trailed the entire game before plating four runs in the bottom of the eighth to take an 8-7 lead. Trailing 7-4, Tim Lynch led off the inning with a single. Blake Brown followed up with a single to left field, which was misplayed, allowing pinch runner Michael Sterling to score. Brown moved to third on a sacrifice bunt before an Isaac Rodriguez walk put runners on the corners.

Fowler’s ground ball to second was thrown away into left field plating Brown before a pair of walks plated Rodriguez. A Thundering Herd wild pitch plated Fowler to round out the scoring for the Golden Eagles. Bradley Roney came on to work around a leadoff double and walk to earn his fourth save of the season. Freshman Jake Winston garnered the win, giving up a single hit in two thirds of an inning in the eighth, improving to 2-1 on the season. The win stretched the Golden Eagles’ (18-17) season long win streak to seven games, and they now stand in first place in Conference USA standings.

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USM beautification underway after tornado Tyler Hill News Editor The project to restore the University of Southern Mississippi’s landscape and front campus beauty is officially underway. Members of the USM Foundation, Physical Plant, Department of Biology and other university officials announced Monday the preliminary planting and phasing plans to restore the front of campus. The Feb. 10 tornado that devastated parts of Hattiesburg and surrounding areas left the front of Southern Miss’s campus bare and open. The tornado took 75 trees across campus, many of which occupied the front just north of Hardy Street and Highway 49 entrance. Known as The Front Cam-

pus Landscape Restoration and Enhancement Plan, it is a multi-phase effort to restore campus to not only redevelop what was damaged or lost, but also make improvements that enrich the experience, according to the USM website. Landscaping architect Russ Brian said he and others immediately began to make plans to restore campus landscape. “The process began moments after the storm and when we witnessed the damage,” Brian said. “I became involved days later to formulate a plan for restoration because views around the front of campus are the major icon of Southern Miss. A lot of memories are here, especially for the alumni.” The project includes seven phases, starting with the Gateway

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Phase. Officials expect this phase to be completed by graduation, which is May 10. It includes fixing existing sidewalk, landscape and irrigation problems, while creating a new sidewalk and planting new trees and plants, including a live oak. The District Phase will follow the Gateway Phase, and it will include new landscape and repairs on damaged irrigation systems. The next phase, and perhaps the most detailed phase, is Lake Byron. Under this phase, Lake Byron’s perimeter will be expanded and will feature an aerating pond fountain. Physical structures will also be improved, including a new bridge, sidewalks and a retaining wall that will serve as a memorial to honor donors or distinguished individuals. This phase will also include a new pathway allowing a pedestrian gathering space. Other phases include Hardy West and East, Marsh, Rose Garden and Highway 49 phases. Many of the improvements offered in the proposals are framed to reveal historic architecture of key buildings and features. The new design’s purpose is to give primary views of Aubrey K. Lucas Administration Building, College Hall, Southern Hall and secondary views of Ogletree Alumni House and

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The Southern Miss Foundation announced the Beautification Campaign Monday at the front of campus. Their mission is to restore the beauty of campus from the torando in February.

Lake Byron. The campaign needs $3 million to fully restore campus. USM insurance allows $250,000 to restore it, $150,000 of which will be used for landscaping. At the announcement on Monday, the Southern Miss Alumni Association donated $100,000 to the project, bringing the total campaign fundraiser amount to roughly $370,000. Executive director of the Alumni Association Jeffrey DeFatta said he believes private funding is absolutely essential for the recovery efforts and the restoration is important to the alumni association.

“We want to build a feeling of pride and loyalty,” DeFatta said. Kenneth Rhinehart, member of the Tree Management Task Force, was quoted in a USM Foundation video, and he said the destruction brought an opportunity for Southern Miss to provide meaning to campus. “We’re going to design this campus with great meaning and purpose,” Rhinehart said. “You’re going to really like the results.” The restoration plan is available for online viewing on usm. edu/physicalplant.