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Bennett listed among Ebony’s Power 100

School of Music named EPIC school Kristy Shelley Printz Reporter

Wilton Jackson

The Southern Miss School of Music is now considered “EPIC.” The Kawai Corporation of America named The University of Southern Mississippi School of Music to its roster of Elite Performing Instrument Collection (EPIC) schools. Director of the School of Music Michael Miles said this speaks about the high quality education at the School of Music. “Becoming an EPIC school sends a very clear message to our students, faculty and patrons that this institution is dedicated to providing the highest quality of education to our students,” Miles said. “High performance standards in our music programs must be met with equally high standards for our instrument inventory, and Kawai instruments meet those standards in every way possible,” he added. According to an article on the School of Music’s website, the Elite Performing Instrument Collection is a unique institu-

Printz Reporter University President Rodney Bennett accompanies a distinguished group of individuals after being named to Ebony Magazine’s annual Power 100 list of the nation’s most esteemed African-Americans. In the December/January issue that hits newsstands today, Ebony highlights African-Americans across many disciplines who have made remarkable achievements over the past year. The list of renowned individuals includes President Barack Obama, entertainment mogul Oprah Winfrey and five-time NBA Champion Magic Johnson. The Power 100 list contains 14 categories of recognition. Bennett is included among “The Firsts” for his accomplishment of becoming the first African-American to lead Southern Miss or any of Mississippi’s historically white institutions of higher learning.

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tional program made possible by the Shigeru Kawai Endowment. Qualifying institutions are given the opportunity to acquire an elite assortment of fine Kawai and Shigeru Kawai instruments at sponsored cost levels. This status ranks the school among other EPIC programs including the Conservatoire de Musique du Quebec and the Interlochen Center for the Arts in Michigan. Southern Miss is the only university in Mississippi to receive the EPIC designation. Because of this designation, the School of Music will receive 33 new Kawai pianos, which will comprise half the instruments in the department. In a ceremony held Oct. 29 in the Trent Lott Center, Miles commented on the strength of the school as a whole. “Today we stand in the presence of one of our beautiful Shigeru grand pianos to celebrate not just our EPIC status, but the School of Music’s resolve in the wake of the storm to come back stronger than

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Southern Miss student to host MPB series Monicia Warner News Editor Southern Miss student Courtney Calato was recently selected to host a new Mississippi Public Broadcasting web series, “Geek South.” The show will explore different aspects of geek and nerd culture in the South. Lisa Lott, public relations specialist for MPB, said “Geek South” will show what life is like for geeks in the South. “They’re going to travel to all different places in the southeastern area of the United States,” Lott said. “[They’ll go] to different conferences, talk to different people and find out what makes them a geek.”

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Calato, a senior theatre major, was selected as a host after participating in a three-day audition process in Jackson. During the

audition, candidates had to recite a monologue and complete a cold read, where they read a script on the spot as if they were on camera. “They weren’t looking for a specific type of person,” Lott said. “[They wanted] someone who was interesting [and] who was comfortable on camera to really do a good job of explaining what a geek is.” Calato will join three other hosts as they travel throughout the South, attending festivals and conventions to find out more about geek cultures and subcultures. “The thing I’m most excited about is when I get to travel and go see all these places [and] all the different people I get to talk to,” Calato said. “…Everyone is so

unique and you just have to see what it is about them that makes them unique.” Jennifer Diaz, a senior theatre major, said Calato will be a great addition to the series. “Her quirky charm, strong point of view and passion sparks your curiosity in the subject; she has the ability to make you an instant fan,” she said. Diaz added that Calato completely immerses herself in the fandoms she’s connected with. “The girl owns an authenticated Indiana Jones fedora and named our apartment complex Privet Drive,” Diaz said. “It doesn’t get any geekier than [that].” Calato credits her theatre training with allowing her to be

at ease in front of the camera. “We learn to talk to people and relate ideas and articulate questions,” Calato said. “I think having that training helps me when I go on location to be able to relate to people and make them [at ease around me].” Her first assignment was to report on HubCon, Hattiesburg’s tabletop gaming convention. “I was really nervous when I got there because I’ve never been exposed to that ever in my life,” she said. “These people build their own little models and figurines and its tabletop so they act it out and they conquer buildings and regions and stuff.”

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Corey Smith

No Shave November

Golden Eagle Football

Artist will perform at Brewsky’s Nov. 5.

Let the growing season begin!

USM falls to Marshall 61-13.


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• 4:56 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 24, two wallets were reported missing from The Payne Center. The incident occurred between 4:00 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. The case is open. • 7:22 a.m., Friday, Oct. 25, $150 was reportedly taken from a motor vehicle at an off-campus softball complex. The theft happened between Oct. 24 at 5:30 p.m. and Oct. 25 at 8:39 p.m. The case remains open. • 1:43 p.m. on Oct. 25, a book bag and wallet were reportedly taken from the Payne Center. The incident occurred between Oct. 23 at 2:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. The case is still open. • 6:26 p.m. on Oct. 25, a wallet and keys were reported missing from Pride Field. The theft happened between 4:00 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. The items have not yet been found. • 12:58 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 26, a Samsung Galaxy Nexus cell phone was reported missing from Cook library. The theft occurred between Oct. 25 at 5:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. The cell phone has not yet been found. • 3:17 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 27, a purse was reportedly taken from Pete Taylor Park. The theft

happened between 10:00 a.m. and 4:40 p.m. The case is open. • 8:43 p.m., Oct. 27, a fire pit with accessories, wooden table, five chairs and a Kingsford grill were reported missing from Smalling Drive. The theft happened between Oct. 26 at 10:00 p.m. and Oct. 27 at 8:00 p.m. The case is still open.

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EBONY, from 1 “This recognition by Ebony is certainly humbling, and it serves as a reminder of the responsibility I take very seriously as president of The University of Southern Mississippi,” Bennett said. “As educators at institutions of higher learning, we must strive to provide an environment that helps students achieve their goals and succeed beyond the classroom.” The Tennessee native became the tenth president of the university on April 1. He previously served as vice president of student affairs at The University of Georgia.


“The Ebony Power 100 speaks volumes about the diversity of our accomplishments and the power of our collective influence across virtually every spectrum of society,” said Amy Dubois Barnett, editor-in-chief of Ebony. “We are thrilled to honor these exceptionally talented people who have inspired and enthralled us, and who have helped to shape our lives.” To see the complete Power 100 list, visit Ebony’s website at

MPB, from 1 “The Camp Shelby [soldiers] come because it teaches them battle strategy,” she said. “It was really cool to hear how, yeah it’s a cool pastime for these people, but it also has such a real world application that’s actively being used.” Calato has gotten over her initial anxiety and now looks forward to travelling and interacting with more fandoms. “If I don’t really know some-

thing about it I can figure it out and talk to people about it and relate to them,” she said. “In essence we’re just people, we just like different stuff. If you can just find what makes them special, it’s really fun to just talk.” “Geek South” will premiere on the Geek South YouTube channel on Jan. 28, 2014. For more information, visit

Lonnie Young/Courtesy Photo Cory Callies, left, and Lori Lewis, left center, from Kawai America present Southern Mississippi’s School of Music Director Michael Miles and university president Rodney Bennett with the EPIC award Oct. 30.

ever,” Miles said. According to the Hattiesburg American, Southern Miss School of Music reached EPIC status by reaching the halfway point of its piano replacement partnership with Kawai, which was a $500,000 agreement decided in 2011. In this agreement, Southern Miss launched a 10-year partnership with Kawai Corporation to replace 75 percent of its 85 pianos through a loaner program that allowed the School of Music to purchase 10 borrowed pianos at a time for a discounted price. Because of the Feb. 10 tornado, USM President Rodney Bennett requested money from the Mississip-

pi Legislature to help with instrument repair and replacement and the school was granted $1.1 million for this purpose. The School of the Music was able to purchase 24 new pianos in addition to the 10 pianos that were previously purchased. Bennett said he didn’t mind asking the legislature for money for the School of Music. “What I’ve learned throughout my life is that it is the music and the arts that sustains us through life’s journey,” Bennett said. “It separates us from the madness that we sometimes have to encounter.” According to an article on the School of Music’s website, the school was given a complete elec-

tronic piano teaching laboratory with 16 student keyboards and a master teaching piano valued at approximately $54,000 as a gift for reaching EPIC status. “Our students, faculty and patrons will reap the benefits of EPIC status for years to come as we train future generations of musical artists and educators,” Miles said. He said the target date for opening the two School of Music performance venues, Marsh Auditorium and Mannoni Performing Arts Center, is March 1. For more information, visit


Fidler grant recipients announced Nikki Smith Printz Reporter Two professors at The University of Southern Mississippi were recently selected as recipients of the Paul P. Fidler grant through The National Resource Center for the First Year Experience and Students in Transition. The grant is designed to encourage those researching issues related to college student transitions and make their research possible by providing a monetary award and travel to two national conferences. Forrest Lane and Georgianna Martin’s research proposal was the only one selected out of 100 submissions. Lane and Martin were recognized at the 20th National Conference on Students in Transition on Oct. 19-21 in Atlanta, Ga. “We are incredibly grateful for the opportunity to partner with the National Resource Center to better understand the issues related to

transfer student success,” Lane said in a press release. “An increasing number of today’s college students represent non-traditional paths to degree completion.” “As such, we believe traditional models of student success can be enhanced by better understanding the role of institutional attachment and the specific experiences that impact these relationships for transfer students,” he added. Forrest Lane is an assistant professor of research, evaluation, statistics and assessment in the Department of Educational Studies and Research. He teaches both applied statistics courses and critical issues in student affairs and serves on the editorial board of the Journal of the First Year Experience and Student in Transition. His research interests include the use of advanced quasi-experimental design and issues related to college student development. “This grant enables us to partner with national centers such as the Indiana University Center for

Postsecondary Research along with colleges and universities across the country to examine this important topic,” Lane said. “We hope our research can better aide college administrators, policy makers, and researchers about the specific needs of transfer students.” Georgianna Martin is an assistant professor of higher education and student affairs in the Department of Educational Studies and Research. She is the editor of Oracle and author of more than 20 articles, that have appeared in national publications. Her primary research interests include the college experiences of lowincome students and the impact of out-of-class experiences on college student learning and development. Lane and Martin’s study “Examining the Importance of Attachment and Engagement in Predicting GPA across Stages of Transfer Student Transition.” The completed research funded by the grant will be featured in the Journal of the First Year Experience and Students in Transition.

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Students balance school and work Megan Fink

Printz Reporter Many college students are working full time jobs while taking full-time college courses to make ends meet. Naturally, these students are under significant time and energy constraints. Why are students flocking to jobs that are physically and mentally demanding and that rely on unstable tip income? Kira Wayman, a history major and past waitress at Petra Café and The Martini Spot, said serving is a great job for students. “The hours are more flexible, and there’s the potential to make a ton of money on a really good night, depending on where you work.” “The best part is having time to get school work done and still be able to make money,” Wayman

said. “I think [success] is most determined by work ethic… some people are just ill-suited to customer service,” she said. Jeremy Wise, a junior microbiology major, is not one of those people. He said he loves his serving job at Tabella. “Waiting tables allows me to have a lot of interaction with random people from all over Hattiesburg,” he said. “It’s more fulfilling, in my opinion, simply because of the great conversations and contacts that I’ve made during my time working at Tabella.” Wise said he doesn’t consider relying on tips as too much of a problem. “The amount of money you make completely depends upon you as a server. It’s an additional incentive to always show up with a smile on your face.” He said he feels the stress of school and work sometimes, but his experience at the restaurant

makes it worth it. “Overall, my Tabella family is superb; great attitudes and amazing personalities all around.” Coworkers can sometimes make a job a lot better. Logan Halliburton, 17, is a host at Chesterfield’s in Hattiesburg. “Working a desk job doesn’t seem as fun as waiting tables,” he said. “Personally, I live for socialization. There are so many people to meet and greet.” He said his favorite part of his job is making people smile, but the worst is “the fact that no one really appreciates the service industry.” Sean Murphy, a junior German major and server at O’Charley’s, agrees. “People tend to not respect folks in the service industry and that really shows about 60 percent of the time here in Hattiesburg,” Murphy said of his job waiting tables at the local O’Charleys. “The

hours can be god-awful; the people who come in and stiff you and the inconsistent wages are pretty huge negative aspects of the job.”

I think [success] is most determined by work ethic... some people are just illsuited to customer service

Kira Wayman

He said he works in the restaurant industry because of the convenience of getting hired. “I took the job because it’s one

of the easiest to get,” Murphy said. “They’re pretty much constantly available, and if you’re good, it’s an easy job to keep and make a decent amount of money.” Murphy is right; the annual turnover rate at casual dining restaurants is about 44 percent annually, according to Nation’s Restaurant News. For fast food, that number is about 50 percent. That means most restaurants will almost always be open to training and hiring new servers. The promise of tip money has brought many students into the restaurant industry, whether they stay in the industry for a few months or several years. It takes energy, patience and a strong work ethic to be a server, but these students find that the professional network, energetic atmosphere and financial gains might be worth it.


Brewsky’s to host Corey Smith Sarah Turnage Printz Reporter “Best friends in a pickup truck, we were Panama City bound” is the first line in Corey Smith’s song that relates to many young people. Many college students love the song, “If I Could Do It Again” because they can reminisce about their high school senior trip or their college spring break trip. Smith is a popular country/ rock/blues singer that is best known for making listeners feel nostalgic. This has helped Smith connect with his audiences. According to Smith’s website, he will make a stop in Hattiesburg with tour partners Sundy Best to perform at Brewsky’s Nov. 5 at 8 p.m. Sundy Best’s music sounds similar to Smith’s. Southern Miss student, Erin Bordelon, a junior speech pathology major, already bought her ticket for Smith’s show. Bordelon and her friends bought the tickets as soon as they went on sale in August. “I like his music because it’s relatable,” she said. “His songs are stories about himself whenever he was our age. It’s like nothing has changed from his generation to ours now.” Smith’s honest lyrics are why his live performances are so popular. Crowds of people love swaying to the music with their friends and they love singing along to songs that describe their life experiences. Smith’s most-requested song is “Twenty-One.” The slow, relaxed song debuted in 2011 and peaked on the U.S. Country Charts at number 50.

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The country crooner sings about life as a 17 year old who wishes he was 21. In the song, he describes how he’s ready to feel older and not use a fake I.D. anymore. He goes on to sing about turning 26 and realizing life went by too fast. “Ain’t Going Out Tonight” is Smith’s newest single. The song, which was released on Oct. 15, is

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about a man promising the woman in his life that he is growing up. He is ready to change his life and commit to her. The song has a folk sound that will have audiences singing along and nodding their heads to the music. Tickets to the show are $25 and are available on Brewsky’s Facebook page.

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Greeks rock for philanthropy Alpha Delta Pi hosted its annual philanthropy event “Rockin’ for Ronald” on Nov. 2 on Pride Field. Participating sororities and fraternities prepared an a capella song that was performed outside the day of the event. All funds raised benefitted the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Mississippi. Photos by: Meredith Bennett

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No-Shave November, let the growing season begin! Yolanda Cruz Printz Reporter

It’s that time of year again. I’m not talking about getting ready for Thanksgiving or those dreaded final exams. I’m talking about people getting their faces ready for No-Shave November. Originally started as a charity event, No-Shave November is where men and some women, challenge themselves not to shave for the entire month of November. This started as a pledge system, where a person promised to donate money based on how many days they could avoid using a razor. The money collected is donated to various charities.

While some people still try to raise money through No-Shave November, it has transformed into who can grow the most facial hair in a month. For the men involved, it has almost become a test of masculinity. If your beard doesn’t come in quite right or if you give up before the end of the month, that somehow makes you less masculine. After all, there are some men out there who go more than a month without shaving, so why can’t you? If it helps any men out there, the women probably won’t mind. Some women like hairier men, but I don’t know too many women willing to make out with a carpet. So, what are women supposed to do if their men want to take on this challenge? Do we just sit by and en-

dure the stubble burn on our faces? Do we try not to pick the food out of their beards? Well I guess the only thing we can do is support them. For whatever reason they decide to participate, it’s a challenge. Anyone taking on a challenge needs support, so try not to get on your man’s case too much about how he’s starting to resemble a mountain man. Even if you totally hate facial hair, think about the fact that it’s only for a month. He’ll be back to his clean-shaven face for the remainder of the year. Some women might even be willing to take on the challenge themselves. When you take into account how ridiculous Mississippi weather is, it’s probably more of a challenge for the women than the men. More power to any woman willing to participate in this, but it’s her decision if she vows to have hairy legs for a month. So while students gets used to seeing a much hairier campus, remember not to judge. That person might be doing it for a good cause. They also may be trying to challenge themselves. Then again, there is always the possibility that the person is just too lazy to shave. Either way, let NoShave November begin!

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R A D N E L S A S C E E N I V L A N H F MA S O N O This was an article of opinion by Yolanda Cruz, a writer for the Student Printz. Email questions or comments to yolanda.cruz@

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Engineer named head men’s tennis coach

Wilton Jackson Printz Reporter Southern Miss Athletic Director Bill McGillis recently named Zubin Engineer as the 9th head coach of the men’s tennis team. Engineer brings more than 20 years of coaching experience to USM. He has trained multiple national teams, coached three Davis Cup teams and traveled exclusively with elite players to four different continents. “He has been successful everywhere he has worked and we look forward to having his expertise lead our men’s tennis program,” McGillis said. Engineer first got a taste of

coaching collegiately when he began coaching men and women’s tennis at Loyola University New Orleans in 2009. He was the driving force in encouraging the university to field both men and women’s tennis for the first time since 1997. In 2011, the Loyola men’s tennis team received the NAIA 5 Star Team Champions of Character Award out of 258 teams and nine of his student-athletes maintained a GPA of 3.0 or higher. Other student athletes have received individual honors such as the NAIA Daktronics ScholarAthlete Award and SSAC individual Champions of Character Awards under Engineer. “My mission is to build an ex-

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emplary program at USM by recruiting high-caliber studentathletes who will excel both in academics and athletics,” Engineer said. “ I look forward to working with the faculty, staff, fans and alumni here at the university.”

Before coaching on the collegiate level, Engineer coached in India with Britannia Amritraj Tennis in 1991. It was there that he began his coaching career, working with a program that produced a Junior Wimbledon and Junior U.S. Open champion, multiple Davis Cup players and Indian National Champions. Beyond coaching with Britannia Amritraj Tennis, Engineer held several administrative and coaching positions with elite clubs and academies in India, Thailand and Malaysia. In 1998, he played a significant role in preparing the Thailand team for the Asian Games and South East Asian Games. With his assistance, the team won

the first-ever Asian Games gold medal, four South East Asian gold medals and one of the team members from the Asian Games went on to achieve the status of Asia’s highest-ranked tennis player in history. In 2003, Engineer co-founded the Tennis Academy of Asia in Thailand, Asia’s largest international tennis academy. He served as both a coach and director until 2008. USM will begin their season in Tuscaloosa, Ala. Jan. 18 against the Alabama Crimson Tide.


USM track and field alumnus added to staff Wilton Jackson Printz Reporter Southern Miss track and field coach Kevin Stephen added former track and field standout Jeb Meschke to the staff to assist in training the jumpers. The Garden City, Kan., native received All C-USA honors and was a national qualifier in 2004 after placing fifth at the Mideast Regional Meet. “Jeb brings to the table championship pedigree, expertise in the jumps and genuine love for Southern Miss,” Stephen said. Before coming to Southern Miss, Meschke was the head girls’ track coach at Windsor Forest High School in Georgia. He was an adap-

tive physical education teacher and served as the local Special Olympics

and field at Garden City Community College in Kansas. In addition to his assistant coaching duties at Garden City, he served as the head strength and conditioning coach where he designed workouts for all track and field athletes. “It’s great to be back at the University of Southern Mississippi,” Meschke said. “I am excited to help build on continued success of the track and field program.” The USM track and field team will begin their season December 1 when they participate Birmingham Southern Indoor Meet.

I am excited to help build on continued success of the track and field program.

Jeb Meschke coordinator for Chatham County. Meschke served as the assistant coach for indoor and outdoor track

Southern Miss Sports Box Score Women’s Soccer

10/31 at Colorado College L, 5-1

Women’s Volleyball 11/1 vs. East Carolina W, 3-0


11/2 at Marshall L, 61-13

Track & Field, Cross Country 11/2 at C-USA Cross Country Championship 6th/158 points

Men’s Basketball 11/3 vs. Truman St W, 89-69

Upcoming Games 11/4/13 7 p.m. Women’s Basketball vs. Auburn-Montgomery Hattiesburg, Miss. All Day Men’s Golf at Eagle/Osprey Intercollegiate Jacksonville, Fla. (Deerwood CC) 11/5/13 All Day Men’s Golf at Eagle/Osprey Intercollegiate Jacksonville, Fla. (Deerwood CC) 11/8/13 11 a.m. Women’s Basketball vs. West Alabama Hattiesburg, Miss. 5 p.m. Women’s Volleyball vs. Marshall Hattiesburg, Miss. 7:30 p.m. Men’s Basketball vs. Jackson State Hattiesburg, Miss.


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USM falls to Marshall 61-13 Alan Rawls Printz Reporter The Southern Miss Golden Eagles (0-8, 0-4) continued the nation’s longest active losing streak Saturday with a 61-13 loss to the Marshall Thundering Herd (5-3, 3-1). It is the Eagles’ third consecutive blowout loss of the season. For the first time in the 2013 season, USM won the time of possession battle, having possession for over 37 minutes. But time of possession didn’t matter much to Marshall: Four of their scoring drives lasted less than a minute each. “It was very important,” said Marshall defensive tackle Brandon Sparrow about scoring quickly. “They haven’t won any games this year but they have nothing to lose. They were just coming trying to ruin our season, and we couldn’t let that happen. We just came out and played to our best abilities and got the win.” The Eagles’ defense allowed 636 total yards, 304 of which were on the ground. Opponents have outscored the Golden Eagles 255-71 in the last five games. “We’re beat up a little bit, and we’ve been playing teams the last few weeks that spread you out and really expose

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your weaknesses,” said USM head coach Todd Monken. Southern Miss’ defense has an array of issues. In Saturday’s contest with the Herd, the Eagles had just seven tackles for loss, six quarterback hurries and no sacks. “Number one is our inability to affect the quarterback; that’s first and foremost,” Monken said of the defense. “We’re not affecting the quarterback and we’re not stopping him

from running the football, which is a bad combination, because what do you do now? You’re not giving yourself a chance to win.” The Southern Miss offensive line yielded four sacks and 11 tackles for loss that consistently hindered the offense. The Herd defense hurried Mullens 15 times and forced two turnovers, a fumble and an interception. Despite the offensive line’s performance, USM’s freshman starting

quarterback Mullens was 24 of 48 for 323 yards, a touchdown and just one interception. It was the second time this season USM has had over 300 yards passing in a game. “Marshall is a good team with an active defense,” Mullens said. “They did a good job today. As an offense, we need to score more points, but I thought we moved the ball a little bit better today. We just have to keep building and working hard.” About halfway through the second quarter Mullens tossed an 81-yard pass to receiver Markese Triplett for a touchdown, cutting Marshall’s lead to 28-7. But USM’s only other scores were a pair of Corey Acosta field goals. It was the second consecutive game that a Southern Miss opponent was two-for-two on fourth down. Up 21-0 in the first quarter, Marshall went for the touchdown on fourth and goal at the USM 1-yard line and made their lead 28-0. Later, on fourth and four at the USM 32-yard line, Marshall went for the first down and converted on a pass to receiver Tommy Shuler. The Herd’s kicker Justin Haig was seven of nine on points after attempt, and the Herd punter Tyler Williams averaged over 39 yards per punt. Marshall’s special teams units were well-equipped to handle fourth down situations, so why did

Marshall head coach Doc Holliday go for it on fourth down? “We knew we came out to make a statement,” Marshall strong safety Tiquan Lang said. “We didn’t care that we had a big lead, we just had to keep grinding.” Freshman running back George Payne led the Southern Miss rushing game with 46 yards on 13 carries. The Eagles’ rushing woes continued as they averaged just 2.2 yards per carry. “You can always get better,” Mullens said. “You can always get your team into a better play and make better decisions. There are certainly things to build on as we keep going through the season. We have to finish out strong.” “I think our guys are playing hard,” Monken said of the team. “I think we have tremendous focus. I don’t doubt our team’s effort. I don’t doubt our work during the week, but ultimately, we’re not seeing that on Saturdays, and that starts with me and our coaches. We have to do better. We have to coach better, and we have to play better.” The Golden Eagles travel to Ruston, La., for a 6 p.m. game against Louisiana Tech (3-5, 2-2) on Saturday, Nov. 9. The “Rivalry in Dixie” has been dominated by the Golden Eagles, holding a 31-13 edge in the series. USM currently holds a three-game winning streak against La Tech.





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NABC Hall of Fame Classic

12/07/13 3:00 p.m. CT vs. Georgia State Reed Green Coliseum

01/09/14 7:00 p.m. CT at North Texas Denton, Texas

02/07/14 8:30 p.m. CT vs. Marshall * TV Reed Green Coliseum

03/06/14 7:00 p.m. CT at Tulane New Orleans, La.

12/14/13 5:00 p.m. CT vs. St. Catherine Reed Green Coliseum

01/12/14 12:00 p.m. CT at Tulsa * TV Tulsa, Okla.

12/18/13 7:00 p.m. CT at Western Kentucky Bowling Green, Ky.

01/16/14 7:00 p.m. CT vs. Rice Reed Green Coliseum

BVI Tropical Shootout

01/19/14 12:00 p.m. CT vs. Louisiana Tech Reed Green Coliseum

11/13/13 8:00 p.m. CT at DePaul TV Chicago, Ill.

11/22/13 7:00 p.m. CT at South Alabama Mobile, Ala. 11/23/13 3:00 p.m. CT vs. Houston Baptist Mobile, Ala. 11/24/13 2:00 p.m. CT vs. William Carey 11/18/13 7:00 p.m. CT at North Dakota State Fargo, N.D. 11/29/13 6:00 p.m. CT at Louisville Louisville, Ky.

12/20/13 9:00 p.m. CT vs. Coppin State Road Town, Tortola, British Virgin Islands

01/23/14 6:00 p.m. CT at Old Dominion Norfolk, Va.

12/21/13 TBA vs. Jacksonville State/ArkansasLittle Rock 01/25/14 Road Town, Tortola, British Virgin 4:00 p.m. CT at East Carolina Islands Greenville, N.C. 12/28/13 1:00 p.m. CT at Rhode Island Kingston, R.I.

02/09/14 1:00 p.m. CT vs. Charlotte * TV Reed Green Coliseum 02/13/14 8:00 p.m. CT at UAB * TV Birmingham, Ala. 02/15/14 1:00 p.m. CT at Middle Tennessee State * TV Murfreesboro, Tenn. 02/20/14 7:00 p.m. CT vs. UTSA Reed Green Coliseum 02/22/14 5:00 p.m. CT vs. UTEP * TV Hattiesburg, Miss.


11/8/13 7:30 p.m. CT vs. Jackson State Reed Green Coliseum

02/27/14 6:00 p.m. CT vs. Florida International Reed Green Coliseum

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