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Volume 98 Issue 43
SXSW victim dies
USM advances to play Missouri Joshua Campbell
Sandy Le, a University of Southern Mississippi alumna, died Monday as a result of injuries sustained in the deadly car crash at Austin’s annual South by Southwest Music Festival March 13. Le was a 26-year-old graduate and native of Pass Christian who attended the festival with a group of friends. She was one of 25 total injured in the crash, including the driver, whose blood alcohol content was recorded as 0.114, according to the Clarion-Ledger. “(Le) was full of life, she was quirky and she was always someone you were looking forward to seeing,” said Stuart Gates, Le’s brother-in-law. “We’ve lost someone who knew how to live life and knew how to make people happy.” Gates created an online fundraising campaign to help the Le family in this difficult time. For those wishing to donate to help the Le family cover medical, travel, legal and other expenses, visit fundly. com/assistance-for-sandy-le.
NEWS WUSM Radio station recognized for national award.
Senior Neil Watson goes for a layup during the first NIT game against The University of Toledo at ReedGreen Coliseum Wednesday night.
FEATURE Sean Payton Saints head coach talks football.
OPINION Politics in black and white Race should not determine political party affiliation.
At halftime, it appeared as if the Golden Eagles would cruise to a first round win in the NIT tournament after leading 34-19. USM got to that point by shooting lights out, converting on 50 percent of their shots from the field in the first half while pressuring Toledo into bad shots and mistakes. This was evident in USM’s 12-2 run that covered nearly six minutes. “I thought in the first half, we defended real well,” said head coach Donnie Tyndall. “Any time you can hold a great offensive team to 28 percent like that, you’re doing some good things.” However, Toledo came out on a mission early in the second half and Southern Miss was not rising to the occasion. In just over seven minutes of play after the break, Toledo claimed their first lead of the game following a 22-6 run. After Aaron Brown hit a pair of free throws, Daveon Boardingham gave USM the lead for good with a dunk that was assisted by Michael Craig with 7:19 remaining. Up 5451, Brown connected on a 22foot three pointer that gave USM some breathing room. With just over a minute and a half remaining in the game, Watson found Craig for an alley-oop that gave USM a 6155 lead. “It was a great back cut by Mike and obviously Neil makes the pass and delivers,” Tyndall said of the play that gave USM the momentum going forward. After a free throw by Craig and two more by Jerrold Brooks, USM had nine point
See NIT, 3 SPORTS Baseball Grand slam in 18-2 win over ULM.
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EVENTS Thursday, March 20
Sunday, March 23
Women’s Lacrosse Club 11:00 a.m. Bake Sale
Baseball 1:00 p.m. UTSA Hattiesburg, Miss.
Friday, March 21
Monday, March 24
Baseball 6:00 p.m. UTSA Hattiesburg, Miss.
The Legacy 11:00 a.m. Founder’s Day Promotion
Saturday, March 22
Tuesday, March 25
SGA 8:00 a.m. Big Event
Student Eagle Club 11:00 a.m. Info Tabling
Baseball 2:00 p.m. UTSA Hattiesburg, Miss.
Baseball 6:30 p.m. Ole Miss Pearl, Miss.
Urban term of the week:
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An annoying ex-reality TV star that managed to get • 9:13 a.m. on Wednesday, March 5 a black everywhere on TV. wallet, two credit cards and a handgun were
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lead with less than a minute to go that iced the game for the Golden Eagles. “Like our guys have done almost every game this year, when things didn’t go our way, we didn’t hang our heads,” Tyndall said. “We kept plugging away and guys stepped up. It was a heck of a college basketball game. That’s a really good Toledo team.” Watson signed with Toledo out of high school, but when Toledo head coach Tod Kowalczyk took over the program, he was asked to leave the program because Kowalczyk believed Watson could not compete with the new guys he was bringing in. “(Watson’s) a great guy. I’m really proud of what he’s become. It all worked out. It’s a great lesson for everybody,” said Kowalczyk in the press conference after Wednesday night’s game. Watson finished second on the team in points with 12, had two steals and hit two big three pointers. Tyndall said he was very pleased with Watson’s play, especially with the way he
Thursday, March 20, 2014 | Page 3 protected the Michael Craig led the team in both points with 16 and rebounds with nine, as he has done all season. Brown turned in a solid all-around effort with ten points, four rebounds and four assists. Sixth man Matt Bingaya also turned in an all-around performance with seven points, eight rebounds and two steals. Jerrold Brooks added 11 points while knocking down three shots from distance. Four Toledo starters hit double figures in points, led by Julius Brown’s 19 points and Justin Drummond’s 14 points and seven rebounds. Guard Rian Pearson created havoc for the Rockets on defense with four steals to go with his 13 points. Southern Miss would hold on to win the game 66-59 to advance to the second round. They will face no. 2 seed Missouri (23-11) on Sunday. The Tigers defeated Davidson 85-77 Tuesday night. Tyndall knows his Golden Eagles will have their hands full in a tough environment. “Obviously, ( they are) a very talented team,” Tyndall said. “They were a top 25 team at different times during the year. It’s a top 25 team on the road. We’ll have to play really well to have a chance.”
McCracken named Truman finalist it in on Feb. 4. On Feb. 21, McCracken received a text Printz Reporter message from her academic advisor Robyn Curtis University of Southern informing her that she had Mississippi Gulf Coast student been selected as a finalist. Stephanie McCracken was McCracken said she was named a finalist for the Harry S. extremely excited to be one of Truman Foundation Scholarship. the students that was picked McCracken, a junior to be considered for the highly geography major, began her competitive financial award. “I application for the scholarship am very honored to be named a last semester before turning Truman finalist, and to represent USM in this competition,” McCracken said. Each university that is involved can nominate a maximum of four students to represent their school. In 2014, the foundation received approximately 655 applications from college juniors across the nation, and out of those schools only 204 were selected as finalists. According to Curtis, the officer of national scholarships and fellowships, the Truman Foundation has a national screening committee who reads applications from all students who chose to apply. Afterward, they select some of those students to move forward to the next interview. Stephanie McCracken Courtesy Photo
Along with a strong academic record, each competitor must also have a substantial background in community service, as well as proven leadership skills. Students must desire to have a career in helping others. McCracken was nominated as a potential Truman candidate by assistant professor of geography in the College of Science and Technology David Holt in fall 2013. She then kept in contact with Curtis and they discussed details such as her life goals and her background. McCracken, who is also an Air Force veteran and a former paramedic, was surprised to learn that she had been nominated for a scholarship so prestigious. In order to prepare for the next stage in this competition, a final interview on March 24, Curtis, along with former Truman scholars Brandon Hersey and Lance Brown, are conducting mock interviews for McCracken. McCracken is very thankful for all of the support she has received from others.
WUSM radio receives first national award Allison Edwards Printz Reporter
On March 8 Southern Miss Today, WUSM’s student-run news show, received their first national award at the Intercollegiate Broadcasting System College Radio Awards in New York for first place in Best Community News Coverage. The station was also in the finalists category for Best Event Promo and Best Music Specialty Show. Assistant manager of WUSM and four-year member of Southern Miss Today community Courtney Ingle said she was confident in the station’s winning ability. “I was surprised that we got first place on our first national competition, but at the same time I knew what we were capable of,” Ingle said. “I feel that WUSM has a unique stance. We’re (a) campus, student-ran radio, but we are also the only community radio station in the Pine Belt. We’re a hidden gem, (and) now we’re getting to shine.” Although this will be WUSM’s first national award,
it only complements the many the host and the newsreader. I other awards the station has know what they are doing, how received locally. Both Southern it works, what they need to do. Miss Today and Wise Guys But they made the decision to Sports Show, WUSM’s two live do their best and exercise their shows, as well as Drew’s News talent. That’s why we are where and Drew’s Sports Fix, have we are now.” received recognition. Listeners can like WUSM Ingle said despite the 88.5 and Southern Miss Today station’s recent success, she on their Facebook pages for still hopes to see WUSM strive more information. They also for improvement. stream worldwide at www. “I feel that in all areas, news, southernmissradio.com to interviewing, producing, etc., make requests and keep up we can do better,” Ingle said. with events. “My ultimate goal is for us to continue to go up from here. We’re a valuable asset to the community, the university and the future career of our students. By continuing on the track we are on, we’re only reaffirming why we are here.” Ingle said she is excited that this year the department was able to add Advanced Audio Production to the list of available mass communications and journalism classes. She hopes the class will generate new contest material for future competitions. “The students did this. I only guided them,” Ingle said. “I have been in their shoes. I’ve been the producer, the engineer,
Manager Justin Martin and the WUSM Southern Miss Radio staff win the first place award for Best Community News Coverage at the Intercollegiate Broadcast System College Radio Awards.
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Sean Payton headlines JCJC Foundation James Johnson
coaching days with the Dallas Cowboys and the two talk on a weekly basis. Parcells told Payton once he took over as head coach New Orleans Saints head coach for the Saints, “there are only 12 Sean Payton spoke at the JCJC good teams in the NFL. What Foundation at the Lake Terrace are you going to do to become Convention Center Tuesday night one of the 12?” Payton said and covered a variety of topics the most important process of that gave insight into his life. converting the Saints into one of The foundation is held annually those 12 teams happened in the to help raise money for JCJC’s state of Mississippi. athletic program. Last year’s Even when he was the president event raised close to $10,000 with of the Miami Dolphins, Parcells New England Patriots head coach was still mentoring Payton. Bill Belichick as the guest speaker. “In 2009, when the Saints made The event started with JCJC it to the Super Bowl, he (Parcells) President Jesse Smith giving a would get a call from me every welcome to all the guests before night asking questions about how they were served dinner and I should approach this game,” dessert. Once dinner and dessert Payton said. “He was behind the were finished, it was time for Sean idea of stealing a possession from Payton to speak. then-Indianapolis quarterback Payton started his speech by Peyton Manning. Not necessarily making sure everyone in the room the onside kick.” knew how important the state of Payton revealed what he called Mississippi is to the New Orleans one of his most memorable Saints. Payton’s first year as head games as a head coach. It came coach of the Saints was the ‘06-’07 in 2006 when the Saints took season after Hurricane Katrina on the Cowboys to decide the hit New Orleans. This forced the number two seed in the playoffs. Saints to hold a training camp This game was important to in Jackson at Millsaps College for Payton because it was the first the first three years of Payton’s opportunity he had to coach coaching career. against his mentor Parcells. “This relationship for the Saints “You want to beat your mentor and Mississippi is an easy one. Just and here it is on national TV, it under 20 percent of our season was one of those games where ticket holders live in Mississippi,” everything falls into place, and Payton said. I had a chance to prove myself Payton spoke heavily on his worthy to someone I have a great relationship with coaching legend amount of respect for,” Payton Bill Parcells. Parcells has been said. The Saints would win this a mentor to Payton since his matchup against the Cowboys Printz Reporter
leaving a lasting memory for Payton. When asked what the most important season to him was, Payton gave an answer that surprised most of his audience. Just about everyone figured the answer to be the ‘09 season, the year the Saints brought the Lombardi Trophy back to New Orleans, but Payton said the ‘06 season was the most important to him. “The most important, not just for the team but for the region, was that very first season,” he said. “It was a time (when) we had trouble recruiting, most of the city was shut down and there was a lot of concern about the future of the city with the Saints and the Super Dome eighth and ninth on the list of issues. The fans rallied behind us that season and when it ended I realized this was the start of something special.” Payton closed by talking about the 2012 season. This was the season the NFL suspended Payton from coaching the Saints after accusing him of covering up a bounty system that targeted key opposing players. “That 2012 season, there’s a month or so where I’m extremely bitter and angry at what took place knowing how the league had spun that and how they tried to the best they could (to) make the public feel a certain way.” During the suspension Payton would help coach his son’s middle school football team Liberty Christian as the offensive
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coordinator. He would not let Payton thanked the audience the suspension keep him down for letting him tell his story, for too long though, instead he and received a standing ovation used it to catch up on a lot of the with his ending remark. “We’re things he missed as a head coach going to win another Super for a professional football team. Bowl and bring that same thrill, He spent most of his time with joy and happiness back to this his kids and being a part of their region,” he said. school activities.
What are your go-to pieces? A: My black and white striped shirt. I literally wear it with so many things. High-waisted shorts and pants, skirts and over dresses. Really for me, the possibilities are endless. I could not live my life without it. How would you describe your style? A: I would say it is sweet and quirky with a little bit of an edge. Who is your style inspiration? A: Zooey Deschanel. My love for her is deep. I love her attitude toward life and her style is something that I have loved since high school. Where do you buy most of your clothes? A: Forever 21 and honestly, Hudson’s. I love a good bargain and finding gems in that store makes me feel accomplished. Definitely 60 percent of my closet is Forever 21 and 40 percent is Hudson’s.
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New sorority rep talks recruitment that the campus might have give back to their community. “Alpha Chi Omega looks for about our process and ways to Printz Reporter five basic membership standards get involved.” Holley said Alpha Chi in all of its members, which are Alpha Chi Omega will be joining Greek Life at Southern Omega will officially start leadership ability, character, Miss next semester. Each month recruiting members after Fall personal development, financial until then Alpha Chi Omega Formal Recruitment ends in responsibility and academic interest,” Holley said. “Because will have two representatives on August 2014. “For about a week, we will do a we are building a new member campus to promote Alpha Chi, as well as learn more about the marketing blast around campus class of all founding members, and make Alpha Chi as visible we are looking for women who Southern Miss community. In March, resident consultant as possible,” Holley said. “After are really exceptional and want Sami Holley is doing just that. that, the interview process will to leave a legacy on campus.” “Founding membership is once She has spoken with many begin with Alpha Chi Omega different organizations about alumni who have worked in a lifetime,” she said. After being on campus, Holley Alpha Chi Omega and has with new chapters before and plans to keep promoting and really know what to look for in believes Alpha Chi Omega is a great fit for Southern Miss. advertising all that it has to offer founding members.” “When I first came to After the interview process, non-Greek women, Greek life as there will be a bid day and Southern Miss for our extension a whole and Southern Miss. “Our main focus when the chapter will have similar presentation, I fell in love with marketing in the spring is to schedules as the others on this campus and the students, raise awareness of Alpha Chi so campus, including swaps and faculty and staff,” Holley said. the transition is smooth when sisterhood events. Holley said “As soon as I walked onto campus we start recruiting in the fall,” they are looking to recruit women I felt so welcomed and that’s the Holley said. “We love to use this of all grade classifications and same way I felt about Alpha Chi.” “Alpha Chi Omega really time to answer any questions want to start something new and
strives to empower our members to be the best version of themselves, just like USM strives to give their students all of the best opportunities.” “Our open motto is ‘together let us seek the heights.’ Doesn’t that just flow nicely with ‘to the top?’” Holley said Alpha Chi Omega is excited to be a part of the Southern Miss community. “We are looking to develop a vibrant, engaged membership that would contribute to develop with the Greek community on campus,” Holley said. “The Southern Miss community is so driven and accomplished and we want to be a part of that success.” Holley said Alpha Chi is creating a lasting impact by offering a new experience to the community. “Alpha Chi is a sisterhood that extends past your four years in college. It is something that truly lasts forever,” Holley said.
“Alpha Chi gave me a sisterhood that I can find no matter where I am or what I’m doing. It is friendship that will last a lifetime and memories you will never forget.” For more information about joining Alpha Chi Omega, email SouthernMiss2014@ alphachiomega.org.
Pet food bank assists families in need Kirstie Lowery Printz Reporter
Many families in America are pet owners. While some of them have no issues buying what is needed for themselves and their animals, others who have a lower income often make sacrifices to make sure that their furry loved ones are well taken care of. Now, locals will have aid in taking care of animals. Southern Pines Animal Shelter and Edwards Street Fellowship Center (ESFC) are in the midst of partnering with each other to create a pet food bank for needy families in Hattiesburg. According to a press release, ESFC has a food bank that provides over 1,000 emergency
meals for lower income Edwards St. Monday through individuals on a monthly basis. Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. However, branching out to Donations can also be taken to feeding animals is a new event Southern Pines Animal Shelter at 1304 Hardy St. for the organization. Research and Development Ann McCullen, executive director for EFSC, said one of Manager of Southern Pines the two reasons for the creation Animal Shelter Valerie Rachal of the pet food bank is to ensure said they were inspired to that animal owners are not build the food bank in 2013 going without what they need when employees of the shelter to keep their pets well-fed and distributed food, dog houses, healthy. The second reason food bowls and dog toys to is to reduce the amount of lower income pet owners animals that are sent to shelters after the tornado hit in simply because their families February 2013. Rachal said families from can no longer afford to take care of them. eight counties surrounding The bank is asking that Hattiesburg who qualify as men and women donate dry low income according to EFSC or canned dog, cat, puppy or standards and who have applied kitten food to Edwards Street to receive emergency food for Fellowship Center at 1919 themselves will also be eligible to
receive pet food for a maximum of six dogs and cats. “It was hard to imagine how some of these families could
afford to care for pets, but clearly they loved their pets and they were doing their best,” Rachal said.
Brittany McAlister loads the Southern Pines Spay and Neuter Clinic van with pet food for the pet food bank.
St. Paddy’s in NOLA Sophomores Daniel Fontenette and Kendra Mitchell catch beads during the St. Patrick’s Day parades in Uptown New Orleans.
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Say it loud: ‘I’m a black Republican, and I’m proud’ President Barack Obama is indeed a registered black Printz Reporter Democrat, but there is no Only five percent of black unwritten law that states that as registered voters in the United a fellow black, your allegiance States identify as members goes to him or his party. Yet black Republican Jimmie of the Republican Party, the same party Lincoln led that Walker, best known for his worked effortlessly to abolish former role as J.J. in the slavery and support equality television series, “Good Times,” has been ridiculed by the black among blacks. According to data from the community for his open views Pew Research Center for the against President Obama. In 2012, actress Stacey Dash People & the Press, the five percent in 2012 is an increase was also ridiculed by the black from the the four percent of community for her political registered black Republicans views. She openly supported Mitt Romney during his campaign in 2008. The party championed by for presidency and black social 19th century whites and which media got angry. While having the first Africanhelped maintain a system that suppressed the rights of African- American president of the Americans so long ago is now United States is a historical the party supported by most accomplishment, having more black Republicans or having African-Americans. Why is it, by numbers, blacks the first black Republican have so easily turned their backs president would be an even on the group of people who greater accomplishment. In order for blacks to be played a vital role in African more represented in a white, American freedom today? This is a big problem in male-dominated government, there must be a good amount black politics.
of both black Democrats and Republicans. In 2012, 76 percent of registered black voters identified as Democrats, far more than those that identified as Republicans. Where is the equality in that? Unfortunately, there is a stigma in the black community that if you’re poor and black, you must be a Democrat and if you’re rich and black, there’s a reason of financial or political gain if you’re a Republican. If you break the understood rules, you’re often considered a traitor or sellout. The truth is: Democrat doesn’t equal good and Republican doesn’t equal bad, and vice versa. There should be no need to have blacks afraid to come out of the political closet as a Republican. It should be socially acceptable for a black person to walk into a room of their black peers and say, “You know what? I’m a black Republican and I’m proud!”
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Golden Eagles rout ULM 18-2 USM relievers Luke Lowery second base, Matt Durst put a charge into a 2-1 offering that and James McMahon combined Sports Editor resulted in his third home run of to pitch a scoreless ninth to preserve the 18-2 blowout win. Southern Miss’ bats came the year. The lead stayed at seven Starter Cody Carroll picked up to life Tuesday night as they pounded out 17 hits and three through six innings with each his first win of the season; he home runs in their 18-2 rout of team scoring one more run pitched five innings, allowing until the USM offense broke just one run on four hits while Louisiana-Monroe. The Golden Eagles put two through again in the seventh striking out five. The first five batters in USM’s runs on the board in the first, inning. Nick Dawson led off the but did so without registering inning by getting hit by a pitch lineup, Barron, Sterling, Lynch, a hit. They took advantage of as did Sterling after Barron Durst and Robbins, combined to go 13-23 (.565 batting average) ULM’s starter Jared Dye being grounded out. Consecutive singles by Lynch with 15 RBIs. The outburst was extremely erratic early on. Dye issued three walks in the first and Durst scored Dawson and by far USM’s biggest of the Sterling to give USM an 11-2 season. In their last five games, along with hitting two batters. ULM would add a run of their lead. Mason Robbins added USM combined for 18 runs. The Golden Eagles will look own in the second inning before an RBI double before Michael USM broke the game open in the Gilbert struck out looking to end to continue to swing the bats fourth inning. Connor Barron the inning, but USM’s offense well when they host UTSA this weekend in their second would get the scoring started was not done. when he drove in two runs with After USM scored two runs to conference series of the season. a single to right field. start the eighth inning, Robbins USM (10-11, 2-1) will have Barron stole second base stepped to the plate with the bases their hands full with UTSA (15before being brought home by loaded and one out. He fouled off 6, 2-1) as the Roadrunners have a Michael Sterling double down the first pitch from ULM reliever won nine of their last 11 games. Game times are for 6 p.m. the line. Tim Lynch followed Logan Dopson before launching a suit with a double to center ball over the wall in right center Friday, 2 p.m. Saturday and 1 field that scored Sterling to give for a grand slam. It was Robbins’ p.m. Sunday. USM a 6-1 lead. With Lynch on second home run of the season.
Southern Miss starter Cody Carroll (1-0) threw ﬁve strong innings for the Golden Eagles, allowing just one run on four hits with a walk and a career-high ﬁve strikeouts to get the victory over ULM Tuesday, March 18.
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