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Thursday, March 6, 2014

Volume 98 Issue 41

Campus fountain to be replaced by August

After years of deterioration, of marketing and campus USM’s Physical Plant is relations at the Physical Plant, demolishing the existing the new fountain was designed fountain in front of the Aubrey with the help of the Mississippi K. Lucas Administration Department of Archives and Building. According to Michelle History in order to create a Shinall, assistant director fountain that is similar to the

current one. Despite appearing like its predecessor, the new fountain will be built using upgraded mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems. The project should be completed around August 2014.

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Southern Miss in brief

President Bennett’s media roundtable Nikki Smith News Editor

University President Rodney Bennett hosted an informal media roundtable in the Polymer


NEWS IFC Awards Council awarded for excellence.

Science building March 5 to discuss campus updates and give recognition to highly achieved individuals in the Southern Miss community. Bennett said he is looking forward to the completion of


Century Park South and Scianna Hall scheduled to be completely in early 2015. There will be three main events that will happen in the upcoming week: Southern Miss representatives will join the state’s seven other public institutions in Jackson for a University Day at the Capitol to discuss pressing issues in the state. March 6 is the kickoff for the “Health is Golden” campaign sponsored by Blue Cross/Blue

FEATURE USM ‘flag guy’ Student’s southern spirit knows no bounds.


Shield. Bennett said the support the campaign. purpose of the campaign is Bennett was excited to to promote wellness on our announce that senior point campus by educating faculty, guard Jamierra Faulkner staff and students about received the C Spire Gillom nutrition and exercise. Trophy that is awarded to Also, faculty and staff from the top women’s collegiate across the university will basketball player in Mississippi. compete in the ballroom dance Sophomore criminal justice competition “Dancing with the major and ROTC cadet William Dean” Thursday, March 6 to Landrum was recognized by the begin the annual giving campaign. Mississippi National Guard as Bennett encourages the campus See BENNETT, 2 community to come out and

OPINION Spring break What to do (not to do) next week.


SPORTS Baseball Gators defeat USM 4-2.


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EVENTS Thursday, March 6

Sunday, March 9

Men’s Basketball 7:00 p.m. Tulane New Orleans, La.

Baseball 12:00 p.m. Missouri Columbia, Mo

Friday, March 7

Monday, March 10

Baseball 6:00 p.m. Missouri Columbia, Mo.

Happy Spring Break!

Tuesday, March 11 Women’s Basketball TBA Conference USA Championship El Paso, Texas

Saturday, March 8 Baseball 2:00 p.m. Missouri Columbia, Mo.


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Soldier of the Year. Landrum represents over 10,000 soldiers in the Mississippi Guard and has received basic combat training and advanced individual training. After serving as interim director for the past year, associate professor Jeffrey Wiggins has officially been named new director of the

School of Polymers and High Performance Materials. Since joining the school in 2005, Wiggins has developed a high performance football helmet cushioning system, established an aerospace materials development infrastructure at USM and graduated five doctoral candidates. The next media roundtable hosted by Bennett will take place in April.


Information gathered by Kirstie Lowery •

11:32 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 20, a Ford vehicle was reportedly taken from Southern Miss Drive. The theft happened between 11:15 a.m. and 11:30. The car has since been found and the suspect was arrested.

1:02 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 20, a silver and black desktop computer was reported missing from Owings-McQuagge Hall. The crime occurred between Friday, Feb. 14 at 5 p.m. and Thursday, Feb. 20 at 1:02 p.m. The case remains open.

1:27 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 21, a Playstation 3 with two

Urban term of the week:

wireless controllers was reported missing from McCarty Hall.

Silent Video Chat:

case is open.

To video chat someone and not say a word. You mostly just stare at the screen and type things to the other person who is engaged in a video chat with you. “I had a silent video chat with kellie… not fun at all man.”

The theft happened between 5:30 a.m. and 1:10 p.m. The •

the Thad Cochran Center. The crime happened between Saturday, Feb. 22 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 23 at 6:30 p.m. The case remains open. •


8:20 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 26, an engine was reportedly removed from the basement air compressor in the Payne Center. The crime happened at approximately 8 a.m. The case is still open.

7:23 a.m. on Monday, March 3, a Nissan Centra was reportedly taken from Championship Lane. The theft

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4:33 on Tuesday, Feb. 24, $120 was reportedly taken from

happened between Sunday, March 2 at 9 p.m. and Monday, March 3 at 7:24 a.m. The case is under investigation.

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IFC awarded at conference Mercey Livingston Printz Reporter

Members of the Southern Miss Interfraternity Council (IFC) traveled to the Southeastern Interfraternity Conference in Atlanta, Ga. Feb. 20-23 and took home several awards. The Interfraternity Council is a governing council for the 10 affiliated fraternities on campus. “We attended SEIFC, the Southeastern Interfraternity Council’s yearly conference,” said Daniel Paul, IFC president and member of Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity. “Over 600 people from various schools across the country attended this year.” “As far as awards, we received five in total,” Paul said. “These included Excellence in Outstanding Publications, Excellence in Single Publication, Excellence in Outstanding Educational Programming, Excellence in Academic Achievement and lastly we were selected as one of just seven schools to receive the Fraternal Excellence Award.” Gardner Hewes, vice president of event planning for IFC

and member of Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity, attended the conference along with other officers from the Southern Miss IFC council. “The Fraternal Excellence Award is the highest award given out at the conference,” Hewes said. “It shows that everything we have been working on has results and makes an impact on Greek Life at Southern Miss.”

Hewes helps plan all of the community service project as events IFC puts on every year, part of the conference. including recruitment. “I help “We attended seminars and with any event that has the IFC listened to various speakers at the name, but my main event is Greek conference. We were constantly Week. That and recruitment taking in information from 9 a.m. events for all of Greek life are my to 9 p.m. every day,” Paul said. main focuses,” Hewes said. “We attended a service event Paul said he and the where we created fraternities with other IFC representatives children from ‘CHRIS Kids,’ a participated in seminars and charity that houses and develops were able to participate in a youth who have suffered from

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mental or physical abuse,” Paul said. “It was a great experience and good chance to give a piece of our fraternity experience to an amazing group of kids.” Paul attributes Southern Miss’ IFC success to the efforts of not only the 2014 IFC board, but to the past year’s leadership. “Last year’s IFC executive board did a great job of putting us in a position to succeed. Thanks to their efforts and our hard work and new ideas we were able to come away with five awards,” Paul said. IFC received an award in the publication category for their recruitment booklet that highlights each chapter’s strong points and for creating a resource that provides scholarship opportunities. IFC also was recognized for their efforts in educational programming for partnering with career services to host an IFC career night and for holding a GPA that is higher than the average for Greek men. “It’s a great feeling, but we return hungry and driven to continue to improve our IFC, our Greek community and the entire (university),” Paul said.


Freedom Summer activist talks civil rights issues Patrizia Dwyer Printz Reporter

On March 4, veteran civil rights leader Bob Moses sat down with students and professors to open the Freedom Summer Dialogue at the Hattiesburg Cultural Center. The University of Southern Mississippi collaborated with Hattiesburg to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Freedom Summer. This event was not just a celebration, but a continued conversation about civil rights in Mississippi and educational concerns within the state. One Voice special coordinators Amber Thomas and Charles Taylor of Jackson State University opened discussion about an education ballot initiative that makes free public education a constitutional right for all children K-12 and proposes a formula to fully fund the Mississippi Adequate Education Program. Precious Vines and Brandon Taylor, graduate assistants for the Council of Federated

Organizations at Jackson State University, are raising awareness for the lack of an affirmative right to vote on the U.S. Constitution. Dialogue about the education ballot initiative was led by Charles Taylor, who produced statistics to prove Mississippi public schools were being grossly underfunded.

“In the 2014 budget year alone, MAEP was underfunded by $293 million and teaching positions were cut,” said Sara Miller, senior policy analyst for the Mississippi Economic Policy Center.

The obvious lack of funding is coupled with students’ frustration with the educational system. Many believe teaching is an underpaid profession, creating a network of dispassionate educators. Hattiesburg High School students also agreed that standardized testing is a burden on both teachers and students. They feel it takes the curriculum out of the hands of

their educators and creates an to the Fifteenth. impersonal atmosphere. The Second Amendment “Our school cares more about states: “the right of the people to our test scores than about who bear arms shall not be infringed.” we are,” said Sarah Kavanagh, a Meanwhile the Fifteenth says: junior at Hattiesburg High. “So “the right of citizens of the they get more money. But what United States to vote shall not are they spending that money be denied or abridged by the on? These big flatscreen TVs United States.” that we don’t use.” Vines said the language of the Taylor assured those present Fifteenth Amendment should be that supplementing the altered to reflect affirmatively educational funding is only step an absolute right for Americans one in a multi-step process. to vote. Restoration of prisoners’ “Sixty-seven percent of voting rights was also almost Mississippi citizens polled unanimously agreed on. Charles agreed this initiative should be on the ballot,” Amber Davis, an attendee of the Freedom Summer Dialogue, Thomas said. suggested rekindling projects She believes strongly about like the one he undertook in creating a change in the 1998, when he brought voter Mississippi educational climate. registration into prisons. “Education is an elixir for some of Many prisoners lack the ills in our state,” Thomas said. understanding of their rights. The voting rights section of Workshops in prisons to educate the Freedom Summer Dialogue them on their options and special also delved into education: voter registration campaigns educating the people about their were some of the things discussed rights, or lack thereof. during the dialogue. COFO members Vines Also, this year 10 states and Taylor used the Second including Mississippi will be Amendment, which uses requiring citizens to present affirmative language, as a foil

photo identification to vote. Members of COFO plan to poll citizens upon voting to gauge the discrepancy between those that have voted in the past and those that could not due to this new law. They hope to prove that this constitutes as voter discrimination and that, as long as the language of the Fifteenth Amendment goes unchanged, the door for discrimination will always be open. Moses, though revered and celebrated at the Freedom Summer Dialogue, only consistently spoke of these new civil rights issues. He is determined to continue a conversation he started way back in 1961, when he became director of the Student NonViolent Coordinating Committee, followed by his organization for the Freedom Summer of ’64. His closing remark was a bid to repeat after him the Preamble of the Constitution, ending a celebration of past victories and beginning an excitement for those to come.


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‘Flag guy’ talks Southern Miss passion Crystal Garner Printz Reporter

James Bueno goes by many names, but he is best known as the “flag guy” to sports fans at The University of Southern Mississippi. “I used to be the guy with the dreads and the flags, now I’m just the guy with the flags,” he said. Bueno, a staff member with Southern Miss Athletics and a sports management major, covers audiences with original flags during football and basketball games in an effort to promote school spirit and engagement with fans. Inspired by soccer traditions in his home country of Brazil, Bueno decided to share his excitement with USM. “It is a way for me to express my enthusiasm at games and support Southern Miss,” Bueno said. “Every year (that) it gets bigger, the bigger the enthusiasm.” Bueno currently has three flags, all of which he made himself. “The Nasty Bunch flag, I had to sew the whole thing with a $20 sewing machine,” he said. “It took me three weeks to sew it.” Bueno said the larger flags take more work.

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James Bueno stands in front of one of the Southern Miss flags he designed. He has a passion for sports and wanted to share it with the university by creating flags to be used for school spirit at sporting events.

“The biggest one I have is so big that I have to put it in my trunk,” he said. “It fills the whole trunk of my car and I need to have at least three or four guys to help me out.” When it comes to the sizes of the the flags, Bueno gave a rough estimate. “In the coliseum, it goes from the first row all the way to the last row,” he said. “It covers the whole student section.” According to Bueno, with a large crowd, the flag can cover up to 1,500 students.

It takes more than the love of the game to produce such large flags. Bueno puts in time and his own money. “The black and gold flag is the biggest, and I’ve spent around $2,500 on it,” he said. “On the Nasty Bunch flag, I spent around $600 dollars, including fabric and paint.” So what keeps Bueno inspired to keep making and extending the flags? “I just feel like if I don’t, no one else will, at least not on their own,” he said. “I’m a really

passionate sports fan.” That is how it is done in Brazil. “At home games, that’s what we do; we have flags,” Bueno said. “Back home, it’s a big deal.” Bueno said he would carry over ideas from being a fan for the Brazilian soccer team. Bueno’s girlfriend, Malin Collin, a tennis player at William Carey University, called what he does remarkable. “It’s remarkable how much passion he has for all of the games,” Collin said. “Even when they were losing, he was

still there.” According to Collin, there were many times when their friends would discourage him from attending. “No matter what, he would still be there,” she said. In 2011, Bueno was recognized for attending all of the football games during USM’s winning season, including the Hawaii Bowl. When it comes to the home games, Bueno said he only has one request from fans. “If you see the flag, try to help out; I don’t try to block anyone’s view of the game,” he said. “Don’t be that person that stops the flag from going up; it just ruins it.” Bueno encourages fans to try to enjoy it and have some fun. “Flags will not come up at every game,” he said. “It gets too heavy if there aren’t enough people under it,” Bueno said. “I need a good group of at least 12 people to help with the big flag.” Like the sports he supports, Bueno said managing the flags requires teamwork. If students would like to get involved with flag management, contact Bueno at Leandro.


Sorority recognized for St. Jude donation Kristy Shelley Printz Reporter

The Phi Epsilon Chapter of Delta Delta Delta Sorority at The University of Southern Mississippi donated $68,000 to St. Jude

Children’s Research Hospital. The St. Jude Hospital in Memphis, Tenn., has a Southern Miss flag hanging on the wall with each member’s signature on it. Other university flags hang alongside to represent top fund-

raising chapters. The flag represents the Phi Epsilon chapter raising the most money for the medium division of the sorority nationally. Tri Delta member Becca Daniel said seeing the flag hanging in St. Jude was humbling. “The fact that the USM flag is hanging in St. Jude gives me such a sense of pride for my chapter, my school and my community,” Daniel said. “Having personally seen the flag there with all of our signatures is extremely humbling and it really makes all of our hard work worth it. It really puts into perspective what all of our efforts are for.” Tri Delta Philanthropy Chair Elizabeth Whitehead said she is overjoyed. “Words cannot describe it,” Whitehead said. “It is so humbling knowing that we are a part of something that is moving mountains. It just makes us more hungry and eager to do more and beat the next goal St. Jude challenges us with.” White said they are eagerly

waiting to hear the new goal in June. In 2010, Tri Delta set a goal to raise $15 million in five years, but the goal was completed a year and a half before. Daniel said she is proud to have been a part of it. “Prior to the goal of 15 in five, Tri Delta had a goal of $10 million in 10 years and met that goal in just four years,” Daniel said. “Meeting these goals so far ahead of schedule just proves how much Tri Delta cares about the children at St. Jude and the impact that we know we can make for them.” Whitehead said Tri Delta not only is recognized for the contributions, but the university is also recognized. “I have fallen in love with the mission and am so honored and eager to lead our chapter in achieving our new goal,” Whitehead said. For the 2014 year, the Phi Epsilon chapter hopes to raise $72,000 so the Southern Miss flag can continue to hang on the Tri Delta Patient Care floor. “Knowing we can really make

a difference changes our whole mindset when it comes to fundraising,” Daniel said. “After several visits to St. Jude, we all know where our money is going and how much of an impact we can make if we continue to work hard.” Whitehead not only agreed, but also said it is an honor to work toward these goals. “It’s overpowering to know we have had the privilege to contribute to saving the lives of many children,” Whitehead said. “St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is a place that all of our members will truly hold close to their hearts for a lifetime.” Whitehead said their annual Triple Play Cheer Competition will be March 26 and the softball tournament will be March 28-29. Both of these events are fundraisers for the Phi Epsilon chapter and all proceeds will go to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. For more information, e-mail Elizabeth.Whitehead@


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2014 Oscars lacked excitement Sarah Turnage Printz Reporter

The 86th annual Academy Awards aired March 2 on ABC. The scheduled three hour program ran over 30 minutes, making the Oscars last three and a half hours, which was about two hours too long. Countless video montages, musical guests and speeches made by winners of categories that most people could care less about made the Oscars seem rather boring this year. The host, Ellen DeGeneres, played it safe with her opening monologue. She poked fun at Jennifer Lawrence who fell at the Oscars both last year and this year. She also poked fun at the 84-year-old Best Supporting Actress nominee, June Squibb. However, there were no politically incorrect or shocking jokes that caught people’s attention and made them laugh hysterically. DeGeneres redeemed herself somewhat during the Oscars by ordering pizza for the starstudded audience and for taking the best selfie of all time. She grabbed Meryl Streep, Jennifer Lawrence, Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, Lupita Nyong’o and several other A-list actors and actresses to take a selfie for Twitter. The picture broke a record for the highest number of retweets -over a millionand even crashed Twitter for several minutes. Pharell Williams performed his hit song “Happy” and had Meryl Streep shimmying to the music. Pharell even wore his infamous hat that he wore to the Grammys during the performance. Pink, sans trapeze, performed her own rendition of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” which was met with mixed reviews. Bette Midler performed the classic song, “Wind Beneath My Wings” during the in memoriam tribute which was a

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bit of a yawn to most viewers. Julia Roberts was very moved, however, and cried like a baby. Idina Menzel’s highly anticipated performance of the song “Let It Go” was met with disappointment. John Travolta introduced her and butchered the pronunciation of her name. Kaelyn Wolfe, a sophomore communication studies major tweeted after the performance that, “maybe she’s mad her name was mispronounced? Idk” in regards to why the singer did not perform as well as usual. There were no surprising upsets. Out of the major categories, the frontrunners all took home the Oscar. Best Supporting Actor went to Jared Leto of “Dallas Buyers Club” where he played a transgender stricken with HIV. His speech was aimed at thanking his mother and urging viewers to not be ashamed of who they really are.

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Best Supporting Actress went to Lupita Nyong’o, the first time Kenyan actress, who recently graduated from Yale University. Her speech was given with poise and class, and viewers expected nothing less. Best Actress went to Cate Blanchett of “Blue Jasmine.” There was absolutely no surprise there seeing as how she has won at every possible award ceremony this season. She chose to direct her speech to people who do not appreciate films with women as leading characters. She said, “to the audiences who went to see (‘Blue Jasmine’) and perhaps those of us in the industry who are still foolishly clinging to the idea that female films with women at the center are niche experiences: they are not. Audiences want to see them and, in fact, they earn money. The world is round, people.” If you were not already in love with Blanchett, this speech was sure to make you change your mind. Best Actor was awarded to Matthew McConaughey of “Dallas Buyers Club.” While he was the frontrunner to win, a lot of people were pulling for Leonardo DiCaprio to take home the Oscar. DiCaprio, the five time Oscar nominee, has yet to win the award. This had led to several hilarious memes on the Internet dedicated to his losing streak. McConaughey’s speech was

a tad odd. He advised viewers to choose themselves in 10 years as their hero. While I did not really follow his logic, McConaughey redeemed himself by ending the speech with his signature line, “all right, all right, all right.” Best Director went, unsurprisingly, to Alfonso Cuaron of “Gravity.” The film took home several awards for visual effects, totaling seven Oscars.

The big award of the night, Best Picture, went to “12 Years a Slave.” The Oscars ended its program with director Steve McQueen and members of the cast and crew excitedly accepting their award with huge smiles on their faces. Maybe the 2015 Oscars will provide more upsets, more shocking jokes and less musical performances and montages. Until then, Americans have the best selfie of all time.

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Spring Break Do’s and Don’ts Mary Sergeant

Printz Reporter & Photographer All right ladies and gentlemen, grab your sunblock, towels and a margarita. Spring break is finally upon us. If any of you are like me, you are already counting down

the hours until you are sprawled out on the beach, drink in hand and with all of your friends by your side. Spring break is all about letting loose and forgetting about all of the worries you have being a college student. But, as with any

vacation, there are some things that you do and some things you don’t do. I have compiled a list of do’s and don’ts for you, my fellow classmates, to follow as you celebrate the end to midterms and the beginning of the best season of the year.

Don’t: Cheat on your significant other. They will find out one way or another.

playlist, a pregame playlist, a beach playlist and a hangover playlist on hand at all times. Don’t: Sit on the beach with your headphones in the whole time. Is the sexy lifeguard going to approach you when you can’t hear them catcalling at you? No.


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Do: Wear protection. Out on the beach and in the beach house. Don’t: Come unprepared for all this week has to offer. Do: Girls, bring many bikini options with you. Don’t: Bring just one bikini. If you end up tossing your top off of the balcony, you are basically screwed for the rest of the week. Do: Branch out from Southern Miss and meet some new people from other universities. Don’t: Go off with these people alone. Stranger danger is the real deal. Do: Take some blackmail pictures of your friends. Nothing is better than capturing the best moments, and the tragic moments, on camera. Like when your friend’s face is glued to the toilet at noon and your other friend is caught making out with a senior in high school. Don’t: Put these pictures on social media. That’s just not nice. Do: Have a local taxi speed dial because let’s real, who wants to be the during spring break? Don’t: Drink and drive. all.

on be DD At

Do: Be the best wingwoman or wingman ever. Spring break is the perfect time for all the single people out there to mix and mingle with a whole new crowd of eligible bachelors and bachelorettes. So, help your friends out.

Do: Get crazy and do something you have never done before. Get a tattoo or go skydiving. Don’t: Lose your dignity. Or at least try your best not to. Do: Bring a good amount of cash. You never know if your whole condo is going to have to pitch in to bail the crazy friend out of jail. Don’t: Max out your credit card. Number one, it’s not going to make mommy and daddy happy. Number two, spring break is not worth taking out a loan. Do: Pack your favorite sunglasses. They can help you block out the sun, unwanted sights and of course, the haters. Don’t: Let beer goggles lead you astray. Do: If you are under 21 and insist on drinking, put it in a cup. Spring break is a cop’s fairground. You don’t want to be the friend walking away from Day one with a Minor in Possession (MIP) in hand. Don’t: Be stupid. Be smart if you plan to drink and you will have a much better time! And you will be less likely to wake up in the sand alone at 5 o’clock in the afternoon. Do: Go swimming. Don’t: Drown. Do: Order the 30-day free trail for Spotify premium. You are going to want a roadtrip

Do: Have some friends over and throw a party. Don’t: Get evicted the first night of spring break. Do: Share sunblock and towels. Don’t: Share hookups. Or do, it’s spring break after all. And last, but not least…. Do: Have the time of your life. You only get four collegiate spring breaks; only four weeks out of four years to live without one care in the world. Don’t: Let the small things bother you. Yeah, you are going to get annoyed with the crowds and cramming 20 people in an eight-person condo will give you a headache at some points during the week, but those little worries are nothing compared to the fun you are sure to have. Spring break is my favorite week of the year for many reasons. It’s fun in the sun and sand with your best friends and the friends you will make as the week goes on. So, students of Southern Miss, get out there and make some memories you won’t remember with some people you might never see again. You’re only young once, right?


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Faulkner wins C Spire Gillom Trophy Wilton Jackson Printz Reporter

The Lady Eagles’ senior point guard Jamierra Faulkner received the C Spire Gillom Trophy, given to the top women’s college basketball player in Mississippi. The West Palm Beach, Fla., native became the first Southern Miss player to win the award, leading the Lady Eagles to the most wins since the 1993-94 season with 23. The Lady Eagles also set a school record for the most Conference USA wins with 12. “We are excited for Jamierra and it is an honor that is well deserved,” said USM women’s head basketball coach Joye Lee-McNelis. “She has been the difference maker and the heart and soul of this team.” McNelis also said without the stellar point guard, the program would not be as successful. Faulkner leads the NCAA in assists, averaging 8.5 per game. She also set the record for the nation’s top single

game performance in posting a career-high 17 assists, tying the C-USA record and breaking the Southern Miss single game record. The standout guard is the only player in Southern Miss history to dish out 800 or more assists and only the second player in Conference USA to accomplish this. In addition, Faulkner set a single season record with 238 assists and recorded doubledigit points or assists in 26 of the 28 games this season. “I am very honored to receive this award,” Faulkner said. “There was a lot of hard work that went into this.” Selected by College Sports Madness, the Preseason AllConference USA point guard sits third all-time in school history in points scored with 1,940 points and eighth alltime in Conference USA. She registered a career-high 39 points this season, which is the fourth-most ever in a Southern Miss game. She almost broke roughly a 16-year-old record for the most made three-point

field goals in a game with eight against Old Dominion. Defensively, Faulkner produced 348 steals and sits as the school’s all-time leader in steals and second in Conference USA. Some of Faulkner’s recognition includes being a finalist for the prestigious 2014 Nancy Lieberman Point Guard of the Year, second consecutive Preseason All-Conference USA First Team by the league, College Sports Madness MidMajor National Player of the Week and MVP of the Hampton Inn Thanksgiving Classic. “I thank my coaches and teammates for help making me a better player,” Faulkner said. “All my hard work has paid off.” Going into Wednesday night’s game, Faulkner is averaging 17.3 points per game, 8.5 assists, 3.2 rebounds and 3.1 steals for the season. She will look to lead the Lady Eagles to their ninth NCAA tournament appearance by winning the C-USA tournament.

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Senior point guard became the first Southern Miss women’s basketball player to ever receive the C Spire Gillom Trophy.



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Golden Eagles fall to Florida 4-2 Joshua Campbell Sports Editor

The Golden Eagles were unable to carry their momentum from last week that resulted in four wins and just one loss as they fell to the Florida Gators 4-2 in Pensacola, Fla. The game was played at a neutral site, Bayfront Stadium, which is used by the Pensacola Blue Wahoos, a Double-A affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds. However, Florida was considered the home team for the contest. Southern Miss struck first in the top of the fourth inning when Mason Robbins doubled down the line to score Michael Sterling who reached on an error by right fielder Braden Mattson. Two batters later, Tim Lynch singled home Robbins to take a 2-0 lead. USM starting pitcher Christian Talley dominated for the first five innings, but ran into trouble in the bottom of the sixth. Florida second basemen Casey Turgeon led off the inning with a double before being brought home on a single my Mattson two batters later. Talley pitched 5 1/3 innings, giving up two runs on five hits while striking out five before being replaced by reliever Jay

Myrick who struggled to find his command early on. He walked the first batter he faced before allowing an RBI single to tie the game. Myrick settled in after that and got the next two hitters out to end the inning. Nick Johnson replaced Myrick to start the seventh and did not fare much better. He allowed two base runners while only recording one out on a sacrifice bunt before being replaced by Luke Lowery. Lowery only faced one batter after throwing a wild pitch to advance the runners to second and third then walked the batter to load the bases. Ryan Milton replaced him and gave up an RBI single to Mattson to give Florida a 3-2 lead. A fielding error by Sterling allowed another run to score before Milton got Florida third basemen Josh Tobias to ground into a double play to end the inning. USM’s offense laid dormant the rest of the game as they only had two base runners over the last two innings, both by walks. For the game, the USM offense only mustered six hits and only had one inning with two hits. The bullpen has been a major issue for USM so far this season. They have gotten quality starts almost every game, but the

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Southern Miss third baseman and closer Bradley Roney ropes a single to center field in the top of the seventh inning Tuesday night in a 4-2 loss to the Florida Gators.

bullpen has surrendered far too many untimely runs. Also, the defense for USM has been shaky to say the least. The USM defense has

committed 24 errors in their 13 games compared to just nine by their opponents. They have also had 20 wild pitches to just 10 by their opponents. If USM is to

reach their goal this season, the NCAA Regionals, they will have to start playing better defense and have better outings from their bullpen.


Tulane matchup has astronomical ramifications Joshua Campbell Sports Editor

With the men’s basketball regular season wrapping up tonight against Tulane on the road, it is time to start thinking about the big picture. Will Southern Miss make the NCAA tournament? Winners of four consecutive games, the Golden Eagles have secured their spot among the top four seeds in the Conference USA tournament which means they will receive a double-bye in the single-elimination format. However, they could end up anywhere among the top four seeds which will determine who they play in their first matchup of the tournament. The Feb. 22 win against UTEP has proved to be vital for USM’s prospects. Had they lost, UTEP would be among the top four teams in the conference rather than USM. While UTEP only sits one game behind USM in the conference standings with one game to play, they cannot jump USM

for the fourth seed because USM holds the head-tohead tiebreaker. If they defeat Tulane, they will receive the no. 1 seed in the tournament. If they lose, they will most likely land the fourth seed considering the other three teams in the conference with identical conference records as USM (Louisiana Tech, Middle Tennessee State and Tulsa) are all facing weaker conference opponents to close out the season. So what does this mean? It means that if USM has the no.1 seed, they will play the lowest seeded team left in the tournament. If they have the no. 4 seed, they will play the highest-rated team left in the tournament that did not receive a double-bye. This could play huge in determining their success in the tournament. USM has a very strong resume and could get an at-large bid in the NCAA Tournament if they do not win in the conference tournament. If they were to lose their first

game, there is a high chance that USM does not go dancing this season. They will at least need one or two wins in the tournament to secure an at-large bid. The best-case scenario for USM is that they win the C-USA tournament and get an automatic bid to the field of 68 with a decently high seed probably anywhere from a fifth to a ninth seed where they will play a team who is either equal or worse than them. If they receive an at-large bid, they will be lucky if they get a 12th seed. Having such a low seed could spell doom for them in the big dance. So while this Tulane game tonight may not appear to be an important game considering Southern Miss has a vastly superior record and blew out Tulane earlier this season, this game decides a lot. It will have huge ramifications as to where they get seeded in both the conference and NCAA tournaments, if they do get in the NCAA Tournament.

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Southern Miss men’s head basketball coach Donnie Tyndall looks to lead the Golden Eagles into March Madness.

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