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Thursday, August 21, 2008

Volume 93, Issue 1

Road woes expected to continue through October Justin Roland Printz Writer

Road construction at the intersection of Hardy Street and U.S. 49 has been an unwelcome addition to the beginning of classes at USM this week. But the worst of the congestion might be drawing to a close. Throughout the summer months, construction delays and lane closures have plagued the busy intersection - among the

most heavily traveled in the city - and the Hardy Street entrances to Southern Miss became inaccessible for days at a time. Sections of Hardy Street have been closed off, leading to detours and lengthy traffic delays The construction has placed a burden on some area residents and USM students, including Preston McDaniel, a sophomore polymer science major. “I’m not a big fan of the barri-

cades they’ve put out,” McDaniel said. “They really inconvenience me.” Benny Sellers, director of public services for the City of Hattiesburg, said the construction has passed its most inconvenient stages. “There will be no more detours in the future,” said Sellers, adding that U.S. 49 might still be reduced to one lane of traffic to accommodate work crews.

Sellers said the detours were a joint decision between Hattiesburg and the Mississippi Department of Transportation and were intended to keep Hardy Street open, preventing even more severe traffic backlogs. The actual construction of the barricades and signs that formed the detours, however, was a city project. Dave Steele, lead engineer for the project, said the construc-

Warming up for the ‘08 season

tion is part of a larger project extending out to Bellevue that is intended to upgrade the road signals and improve traffic flow. MDOT officials expect construction within city limits to be finished by October. An $8 million budget, comprised of both federal and state funds, has been allocated to the project. City funds have been used to obtain right of way for the construction and to relocate

Campus honors Miss Mississippi Sophie McNeil Printz Writer

A homecoming celebration tonight will honor Miss Mississippi 2009, Southern Miss student Christine Kozlowski. A sophomore nutrition and dietetics major from D’Iberville, Kozlowski claimed the title of Miss Mississippi at the state pageant in Vicksburg in June. Southern Miss and the Student Government Association will host the event from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in Ballroom 3 of the Thad Cochran Center. Guests will be able to meet Kozlowski as she makes her debut, and hear a few words from Miss Mississippi. Faculty, staff, students, and the Hattiesburg community are encouraged to attend. “We’re excited about bringing Christine to campus so her Southern Miss family can celebrate her achievement,” said Vice President of Student Affairs Dr. Joe Paul in a news release. “As she carries the banner for the state at the Miss America Pageant, she also represents the university and we’re extremely proud of that fact,” he said. The Luckyday Scholar has used diabetes education and prevention as her platform since her earliest pageants. Kozlowski has been involved with forming Diabetes Advocates Nourishing Children’s Education which helps to educate

Maggie Sanford/Photo Editor

Quarterback Austin Davis, a redshirt freshman from Meridian, stretches with his teammates before practice Tuesday afternoon. The Southern Miss Golden Eagles kick the 2008 season at home, Aug. 30 against Louisiana-Lafeyette. For more on the 2008 football season, see page 8.

B&G Festival aims to spark school spirit Lesley Walters Printz Writer

To kick off a new football season and a new school year, the Athletic Department will sponsor the first Black and Gold Festival from 5 to 10 p.m. Sunday in M.M. Roberts Stadium. Director of the Athletic Department Richard Giannini said the idea for the festival came from an undergraduate and former football player, Vontre Mason. Mason wanted to create an event at which students and football players could come together and enjoy food, music and entertainment with each other before the season or the semester gets too hectic, Giannini said. “Friday Night at the Fountain is a great event on Friday nights but the team, with the game preparation, they just don’t have the opportunity to really experience that,” Giannini said. “So that’s what

we’re trying to create with this Festivalival idea this Sunday night.” Mason, a senior coaching major from Richmond, Calif., is also a musical performer, specializing in hip-hop. He said the idea for the Black and Gold Festival came to him when he held an “unsuccessful performance” in the Thad Cochran Center. Mason, whose stage name is TRÉ, said Giannini and the Athletic Department helped to change what was only an idea into a reality. Mason added there are several students on campus who have talent which goes unnoticed and unexposed without help from a positive influence. “[Giannini] believed in the idea and the Athletic Department picked it up and I am doing everything in my power to make sure that Mr. Giannini is 100 percent proud of the entire event,” Mason said. Tickets for the event are $5

and will be sold at the door. All proceeds will go to the Southern Miss Athletic Department. Musical entertainment for the Black and Gold Festival will include: the West Point Gospel Choir; the Southern Miss Jazz sextet; the Chance Fisher Band; KJ will perform rythym and blues; and TRÉ will perform hip-hop. The Golden Eagles Head Football Coach Larry Fedora will also be in attendance and give a speech. One of the main events, the Mount Olympus Obstacle Course Challenge, was designed by the Golden Eagles Head Strength and Conditioning Coach Scott Bennett. Bennett said the course will test the strength, agility and speed of the three-person teams that will participate. Though the course has not been finalized, Bennett said it will include a sled push, several cones to bob and weave through, and medicine balls

that will weigh between 10 and 25 pounds. The teams will be made up of fraternity and sorority members. The weight of the sled and the medicine balls will be slightly less for female participants, but otherwise, the course is the same. Winners will receive a crown. Mason said a few teams of men and women have already signed up, but that if other Greeks would like to participate, they should contact him by phone at (601)266-1820. The deadline for teams to sign up is Saturday. In the meantime, Mason said football players will be in Shoemaker Square between noon and 1 p.m. today and Friday to pass out fliers, give away tee shirts and sign autographs. “We want to make this whole week a celebration,” Mason said. “Come enjoy the sounds and celebration of Black and Gold Festival 2008, starring the handsome Larry Fedora!”

utilities displaced by construction. For safety reasons, Sellers urged motorists to drive cautiously in the construction zone, and to take extra care near work crews and pedestrians. Drivers should also remember the possibility of future lane closings. “We’re talking about a few more weeks of construction, so drivers should bear with us,” Steele said.

young people about diabetes. Along with DANCE, Kozlowski has been a member of the Student Dietetic Association, Alpha Lambda Delta, Lambda Sigma, Freshman and Kozlowski Student Athletic Activities councils, among other activities. She also performed as part of the Southern Miss Dance Team. Erin Munton, assistant director of Greek Life, said Kozlowski is looking forward to returning back to her university grounds and take a break from her schedule. “This celebration is an opportunity for us to wish her well, and she’s excited about it,” Munton said in a news release. Student body president Melissa Cirino said she believes this will be a great time for students to get to meet one of their own. “Christine is going to be a wonderful representative of our state and our University,” Cirino said. “We are proud to welcome her home.” Kozlowski is taking a oneyear leave from Southern Miss, but will be making public appearances across the state and preparing for the Miss America Pageant. The pageant will be held Jan. 24, 2009 in Las Vegas.

Need a lift? Know your health trivia Maggie Mays Printz Writer

USM students who dread walking across campus in the August heat might want to look over some health trivia before leaving for class this week. Representatives from USM Student Counseling Services and Recreational Sports will be in golf carts waiting to pick up students and drive them to their classes for Prize Cab Outreach, a back-toschool event that will take place from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. today and Friday. Whether students make it to their destination on wheels depends on the number of healthrelated trivia questions passengers answer correctly. Students who answer enough questions to make it all the way to class will receive a prize in addition to the ride. The trivia questions will relate to various health topics college students often face. For example, “How many alcoholic drinks are considered binge drinking?” The event is designed to introduce Southern Miss students to the counselors and wellness services on campus, promote awareness of mental health issues and remove the stigma associated

with seeking counseling. “I think it’s important that we are out there meeting the students and letting them know that counselors are here to talk,” said Deena Crawford, Student Counseling Services interim director. “I also think it’s important to get rid of the stigma of counseling and to give faces to the counselors.” Susan Bone, Recreational Sports assistant director, said Prize Cab Outreach kicks off a year full of activities for all USM students. “Our purpose with this event is to let students know we offer a lot of different activities for those who want to be active and competitive to those who want to exercise on their own individually,” Bone said. “This is a part of their university experience and a great way for us to welcome students to our campus.” Erin Read, a junior English major from Madison, said she thinks the Prize Cab is a great way to welcome new students. “As a transfer student who has no idea where they’re going anyway, it’s nice to know people are there to help,” Read said. For more information about Prize Cab Outreach and counseling or wellness services on campus, call 601.266.4829.

News Monday August 18 • Pride Field - Petit LarcenyA student reported an iPod as stolen. • Off-campus - Citizen Complaint - Report on file. • Thad Cochran Center - Trespassing - Laveal Williams, B/M, 27, Hattiesburg, was arrested and charged with Trespassing. • Roberts Hall - Medical Assist - A student was treated by AAA ambulance service, declined transport. • Honors House - Disturbance - One Post Arrest Citation

was issued for Disturbing the Peace. • Freshman Quad - Disturbance - One state citation was issued for Disturbing the Peace. • Hillcrest - Trespassing - One post arrest citation was issued for trespassing. Tuesday August 19 • Fraternity Drive - Alcohol - three campus citations were issued for Minor in Possession and one for Possession of alcohol on state property. Three post arrest citations were issued for Minor in Possession of Alcohol. • Fraternity Drive - Disturbance - David M. Hawkins, W/ M, 21, Clinton, was arrested

Page 2 and charged with Resisting Arrest and Disorderly Conduct - FTC. • Fraternity Drive - Disturbance - Bryndan J Blasingame, W/M, 21, Jackson, was arrested and charged with Resisting Arrest and Disorderly Conduct - FTC. • Fraternity Drive - Disturbance - Report on file.

Jay Keywood/Printz Photographer Workers put finishing touches on the new area of the Rock. The $31.5 million project is scheduled to be complete for the Golden Eagles’ first home game on Aug. 30.


Today • 11:45am Wesley Foundation Thursday Lunch USM Wesley Foundation • 12:00pm Permanent Collection Exhibition Arts and Letters - Museum of Art • 5:30pm Celebration for Christine Kozlowski - Thad Cochran Center, Ballroom II



• All day SPLASH - USM Wesley Foundation

• All day SPLASH USM Wesley Foundation • 2:00pm Southern Miss Jazz and Blues Festival - Gulf Park Campus

• 12:00pm Permanent Collection Exhibition Arts and Letters - Museum of Art • 3:00pm Gulf Coast Fall Convocation - General Advanced Education Center Auditorium, Gulf Park Campus • 7:00pm The Pride of Mississippi Marching Band Preview Concert - Arts and Letters- Power House

Sunday August 24 • All day SPLASH Wesley Foundation - USM Wesley Foundation • 2:00pm Southern Miss Soccer @ South AlabamMobile, Ala.

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Freshman class breaks record Special to the Printz When the final numbers are tallied, University of Southern Mississippi officials expect this year’s freshman class to be the largest in school history. The number of incoming freshmen at the university is up 12 percent from this time last year, and with the late registration period extending to Aug. 29, that figure is expected to climb, said Southern Miss Vice President for Student Affairs Dr. Joe Paul. In addition, the percentage of transfer students is up six percent from last fall. Paul credits an aggressive effort to promote the university and its quality academic programs for the increase. “More and more students and their parents are recognizing the uniqueness of Southern Miss, that it is a comprehensive university, but yet a place where students can still get personal attention,” he said. “We have stellar degree programs, talented faculty, small class sizes and a friendly, caring and energetic campus community located in a great city. It’s the perfect combination.” Paul said that not only is this

2008-09 freshman class potentially the largest in school history, but also one of the most academically talented. More than 50 are Presidential Scholars enrolled in the university’s prestigious Honors College with ACT scores above 30, and nine are National Merit Finalists. “These students come to us with exceptional academic records, a record of service to their communities and great leadership skills,” he said. Wynde Fitts, director of the Office of the First Year Experience at Southern Miss, said she’s impressed with this year’s freshman class. “It’s one of the most positive and spirited groups of freshmen I’ve encountered at the university,” she said. “They’ve come in understanding what’s expected of them inside and outside of the classroom, and they understand what it means to be a Golden Eagle.” Many of the incoming freshmen participated in Golden Eagle Welcome Week, an orientation program designed to help them become acclimated to the campus and prepare them for their first year at the university. The program included activities designed to help them not

only get to know each other, but also learn teamwork and leadership skills through a variety of planned activities. “We hope we’ve helped inspire them to believe in themselves, get involved in campus life and reach for their goals,” said Southern Miss junior Tim Finnigan, a GEWW crew leader. Freshman Austin Russell of Mobile said the orientation process was beneficial in getting him prepared to be a Southern Miss student. “It was a great experience,” said Russell, who plans to study biological sciences. “It helped me get acquainted with the university and plan out my degree program.” Paul said all Southern Miss residence halls are full, adding that the university has made plans to accommodate future growth with the addition of a 900-bed freshman residential community set to open in the fall of 2010. “It’s clear the word is out about Southern Miss,” said Southern Miss President Dr. Martha Saunders about the large freshman class. “We have a lot to offer students and they want to be a part of it.”

Bryon bridge gets renovated Thomas Lambert Printz Writer

The bridge to the island on Lake Byron recently underwent repairs to replace old, rotting wood. The repairs appear to be done, except for a new coat of white paint. University President Martha Saunders addressed this issue August 12 in her President’s Blog. In that day’s entry, Saunders said the new wood is specially treated and requires about a week to dry before it can be painted. The employees at the Physical Plant are in charge of repairing the bridge. Physical Plant director Rusty Postlewate said that the workers in the Carpen-

ter Shop finished replacing the wood some time ago, but such pressure-treated wood must be allowed to dry out if it is to be painted. With all the rain in the past few weeks, there has not been a long enough dry spell for the new wood to thoroughly cure. “The folks in physical plant want to do the job right so we will be patient and hope for a nice spell of sunshine,” Saunders said in her blog. In addition to poor weather conditions, the workers in the Painting Shop have also had their hands full giving the academic facilities fresh coats of paint, Postlewate said. Postlewate said the bridge

will be completely painted by the Golden Eagles’ first football game August 30, weather permitting. “The existence of a bridge [on Lake Byron] goes back as far as the mid 1950’s,” said Postlewate, “with the current one being built in 1974.” Included in Lake Byron’s long history is a legend, though no one is sure when it started. Sophomore Meryl Dakin said she was lounging around the lake when she heard of the amorous legend. “This is all I know: when lovers hold hands walking across the bridge, it is destined that they will spend eternity together,” Dakin said.

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Glad to see you’re reading the paper. Most people don’t in this age of Facebook, free news and unlimited amounts of content via the web. As national and regional papers continue to sink into further decline, college newspapers are actually doing surprisingly well. Alloy Media + Marketing surveyed 1,200 college students from 550 universities across 50 states over the course of three months earlier this year and the results are looking good. According to the study released in July, three-fourths or 76 percent of students read their university’s newspaper. Readership numbers jump exponentially to 92 percent at campuses with daily papers. Out of these same students a little over one-third read the print edition of their daily community paper at least once a week. Even though Internet readership of college papers is rising it seems that students prefer their print copy. According to the study, less than 20 percent said they had read their campus newspaper online in the past 30 days. Granted most college newspapers are free and there is not much of a web presence for student publications, I would like to think it helps when college newspapers are produced by students. Let’s just say we know how to relate. But I’m not here to bore you with how the newspaper industry is tanking or how we can save it. I’m here to talk to you, the reader. With a new executive editor comes change. If you haven’t noticed the newspaper has gone through a decent amount of redesign. We’re looking to increase the amount of content -- both in print and online -- worth reading. In the past our web presence has been, more or less, a mirror image of the print edition. Look for that to change within the first few issues. We’re adding a twice weekly video -- we already have two from this past weekend -- and a weekly podcast in the near future to supplement the print edition each Tuesday and Thursday. While it’s hard to break news as well as the pros (we are in the classroom as much as we are in the newsroom), we’re going to do our best to be the best source of information regarding Southern Miss. That might be hard to get started, but I would like to think once we get rolling a snowball effect will take place. Want to know why your tuition has increased? We’ve got your back. Want to know what the drink specials are at Mugshot’s this week? We can get you those too. Want to get your campus news via text or on your iPod? Well, that’s in the developmental stages (for now) but I hope you understand what I’m trying to say. This is your student newspaper as much as it is mine. You just have to let us know what you want. Happy reading and see you around campus. This is a column of opinion written by Printz Executive Editor Andy Hess. Comments can be sent to editor@

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Walkmen Take Lighter Approach Here for the year? Eric Nagurney

Entertainment Editor

A lot of deserving praise can be showered upon The Walkmen. They have long transcended the garage rock movement they were originally lumped into. They are equally adept at crafting killer singles and moody slow burners. They fulfill the role of the dignified American band better than anybody, barring perhaps their NYC brethren The National. To top it all off, their songs are even more potent when coated with the appealing lyrical venom of frontman Hamilton Leithauser. Which makes me feel sort of

weird when I say that I’ve never

loved The Walkmen. I certainly can’t deny any of their praise, but they’ve rarely ignited that certain spark of pleasure within me. None of my positions are changing with “You & Me,” the latest fully-realized album by the best band I don’t like. Though my opinion on the band may remain the same, that’s not to say “You & Me” is simply the same old Walkmen. Most notably, Leithauser’s aforementioned venom is greatly reduced. Instead of the band’s previous subtle attacks, we have an album of wistful remembrances. The simple and pretty “Red Moon”

finds Leithauser longing for the arms of his lover, while the

singer sounds positively giddy about acting “crazy as kooks” on rumbling opener “Donde esta la Playa.” On 2004’s “The Rat,” still the band’s best song, Leithauser bitterly decried his lonely nights; the 2008 model

of Leithauser could likely find

something worth remembering about those times. The more cuddly lyrical approach may be album’s most jarring change, but the band’s musical portion is equally transformed. On past albums, the razor sharp rockers and the organsoaked ballads were completely separate entities; here, they appear to have melded into one. “In The New Year” begins like a typical Walkmen weeper until forty seconds in, when ringing guitars burst through the doors. Similarly, “Canadian Girl” displays the Christmas-time keys of past works, but tones down the wash of organs in favor of cleaner guitars. Only on the jangle explosion of “Postcards From Tiny Islands” are The Walkmen found in full attack mode. As effectively as the band has economized their sound, some filler still remains. In its role as the album’s second track, the only thing middling instrumental “Flamingos (For Colbert)” accomplishes, besides a possible shout out to their favorite fake pundit, is a ceasing of momentum. While not terrible, “Long Time Ahead of Us” simply feels like a poor retread of the preceding “Canadian Girl.” Despite my lack of zeal for The Walkmen, I find it hard to not view “You & Me” as another major accomplishment in their discography. It may not be as spirited or varied as their past work, but succeeds in a more subdued and comfortable way. As it stands, I’m still waiting for “You & Me” to connect with me.

Spend your first weekend getting to know Hattiesburg Eric Nagurney

Entertainment Editor

Welcome to college, freshmen. Welcome back to college, returning students. Welcome to, well, a different college, transfer students. Whoever you are, you’d be well-served to familiarize yourself with Hattiesburg this first weekend. What exactly is going on in the Hub City this weekend? That’s where your friends at the Student Printz can help. Hattiesburg has a booming music scene, and this weekend offers no shortage of worthwhile concerts. On Friday, the Thirsty Hippo, located at 211 N. Main St., plays host to the raucous bluegrass of the Mayhem String Band. That same night, electronic experimenters Zoogma are playing at Bennie’s Boom Room, located at 142 E. Front St. Saturday finds a slightly more crowded musical landscape. The Bottling Company, located at 126 Mobile Street, is hosting a Humane Society Fundraiser featuring folk artists Thomas Jackson and Mark Mann, along with rock band The Remnants. Other good options are Bennie’s Boom Room’s triple bill of The Sam Zeanah Band, The Del Mar Boys and Charmed I’m Sure and cover band The Glitter Boys’s show at Fat O’Harry’s, located at 106 S. 37th St. On campus, the Museum of Art is presenting its Permanent Collection from now until August 29th. This new collection contains fifty different works, including paintings, sculptures and drawings, from featured artists like Mat-

thew Yarrell, Thornton Willis, Ed McGowin and Richmond Barthe. The Museum of Art is located between the Mannoni Performing Arts Center and the Marsh Auditorium. If you’re in the mood for a film, the New Yokel Film Festival Triple Feature is taking place Saturday at 7 P.M. at the Saenger Theatre, located at 102 Forrest St. The festival features “Garbage: The Revolution Starts at Home,” “Fridays at the Farm” and “King Corn,” three films celebrating good living. Before you go out to do anything, you’ll likely want to eat supper. While the Fresh Food Company is an ever-present option, Hattiesburg offers many other possibilities. Located directly on the opposite side of Highway 49 as campus are the student favorites of Japanese restaurant Sakura and Mexican eatery La Fiesta Brava. Another great choice for Mexican is Caliente Grille, found close to campus at 3319 Hardy St., which was co-founded by USM alum Charles Arinder. If you’re on a budget, a full meal for less than five dollars can be found at Panda Chinese Takeout, located at 1900 Hardy St. As the school year progresses, it’ll get increasingly easier to find one’s bearings in Hattiesburg. You’ll discover what you like and dislike in town and be able to plan accordingly. For now, hopefully this quick guide will help you get off the ground.

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Matthew Lawrence If you are looking for proof that hard work, talent and a little patience will get you somewhere, look no further than Southern Miss middle linebacker Gerald McRath. In his fifth summer in Hattiesburg, the reigning Conference USA Defensive Player of the Year feels the Eagles are more focused and ready to play than ever since his arrival. Red-shirted as a freshman in 2004 after a knee injury in summer practice, the promising McRath, who is from McEachern High School in Powder Springs, Georgia, returned an interception in his debut at the 2006 opener at Alabama. But after another knee injury against McNeese State the following week, he would have to sit out yet another season. Luckily, McRath was granted a medical red-shirt by the NCAA, allowing him to retain his freshman status leading into 2006. When he finally got on the field, McRath showed why he was well worth the wait by leading the Golden Eagles in tackles with 104, 11 for a loss, and was named to the Freshman AllConference Team as well as a Freshman All-American by The Sporting News.

McRath provided an encore last season with 139 tackles (10.7 tackles per game) and four sacks as he earned C-USA Defensive Player of the Year honors. In a losing effort against Central Florida, he had a career-high 21 tackles battling future NFL first round draft pick Kevin Smith. With the injury troubles seemingly behind him, along with a degree in sports management, the preseason All-American is focusing on football this semester. “This semester I’m kicking back,” McRath said after Monday’s practice. “I just want to focus on football. I’m taking (classes) like yoga and fitness walking.” McRath may be taking it easy this semester, but don’t think he’s a slacker in the classroom. The C-USA Commissioner’s honor roll member finished his undergrad in December, one semester earlier than expected. “He’s is the epitome of a student athlete,” said Southern Miss head coach Larry Fedora. “I feel blessed that he’s on and helps lead this football team.” When asked what it felt like going from a two-star recruit out of high school to being on the preseason Butkus Award watchlist McRath just smiles. “I think the work speaks for itself. You may have a 5-star

recruit, but who’s to say he will work just as hard as a 2-star or someone coming from a smaller school? If you want something bad enough and work hard enough, I think you can accomplish anything..” McRath and the rest of the Golden Eagle defense will have their work cut out for them from day one. Louisiana-Lafayette brings a proven one two punch with dual thousand-yard rushers QB Michael Desormeaux and Brendan Fenroy into the Rock, followed by a road trip to SEC West favorite Auburn’s new fast paced offense in week two. But Fedora’s high tempo offensive system, along with facing Southern’s offensive weapons like co-C-USA preseason Offensive Player of the Year Damion Fletcher on a daily basis, gives McGrath a sense of confidence going into the season. “I love it,” said McGrath. “Once you hit that gate…you’re moving from before practice ‘til the end. Going against guys like Fletch, Shawn Nelson and DeAndre Brown everyday does nothing but make our defense better.” Grateful for the cooling rains he’s rarely seen in five muggy summers on Carlisle-Faulkner field, the former Auburn recruit reflected on his decision to come to Southern Miss. “After coming to Southern

Miss, I got the gut feeling that this was the place for me. I’m so grateful to be a part of this great football team.” Well on his way to a Masters in sports management, McGrath may be managing his own professional career in the NFL if he can continue his domination in the middle. But, he’s not thinking about that right now. “Hopefully at the end of the season, I’ll be thinking about the rings we’re gonna’ get.”





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Sports Shorts SOCCER TRYOUTS SCHEDULED The Southern Miss soccer team and head coach Scott Ebke will hold walk-on tryouts for prospective players the afternoon of Monday, August 25th. Anyone interested in participating in the walk-on try-out should contact Coach Ebke via e-mail at immediately to obtain further information and acquire the necessary paperwork.

Tackle Ryan McKee Senior Height: 6-6 Weight: 304 Major: business administration The (not so) skinny: Earned pre-season All-Conference honors after starting all 13 games without allowing a sack in 2007. McKee worked hard to gain weight in the off-season and is poised for a breakout year.

Tyler Cleveland Sports Editor

One aspect of football that has been constant at Southern Miss since the early 90’s is the steady play of the offensive line. Road graters like Torrin Tucker, Jeremy Parquet and Chris White are some big names with some big shoes to fill. Last season, the Eagles were lead up front by a group of seniors that will be tough to replace. Center Rick Thompson and guards Chris Clark and Nick Dean were run-blocking type players that had solid chemistry and created holes for Golden Eagle running backs to the tune of 201.6 yards on the ground per game. Looking ahead, the offensive scheme might have been spread out a little under new head coach Larry Fedora’s new staff, but one thing that will never change is the need for a strong offensive line. According to redshirt sophomore Cameron Zipp, the need for a big push up front is no different in the spread.

Center Cameron Zipp

Guard Ryan Hebert


Wesley Housley

RS-Sophomore Height: 6’ 1” Weight: 297 Major: general studies The (not so) skinny: Zipp saw action in three games last season, totaling 53 snaps. Zipp’s a hard worker who has picked up Fedora’s offense quickly and worked hard to get stronger.

RS-Junior Height: 6’ 5” Weight: 310 Major: coach and sport administration The (not so) skinny: Hebert played in 11 games last season, tallying 107 offensive snaps. Ryan has the size of a tackle, which is good because he’s on call in case of injury.

RS-Senior Height: 6’2” Weight: 287 Major: coaching and sport administration The (not so) skinny: Appeared in all 13 games last season, including four starts. Was named “Hawg of the week” after arguably Southern’s best win of the season over ECU last year.

“I’ve found that this offense is an easier one to run, and talking to other guys, they feel the same way, but we have to communicate,” Zipp said. “Don’t worry, we’re going to be running the ball just as much as we’re going to be throwing it.” On the surface that would sound like a good plan, con-

warts Ryan McKee (6-6, 304) and Calvin Wilson (6-6, 353) at the tackle positions – that’s if they can keep everyone healthy. “They’re coming along okay, right now we’ve got some guys banged up, like Calvin (Wilson) is out right now,” Fedora said Monday. “So we’re changing things

tility in his players, which already seems to be paying dividends. “We got in here in the spring and we only had nine guys on scholarship so the depth chart was really thin,” Kapilovic said. “Housley had some experience and Hebert had gotten a few reps, but those three inside guys were fairly new. The tackles were both starters last year so we knew what we were getting with them. “The good news is that this

OFFENSIVE LINE A sidering running back Damion Fletcher is on pace to be Southern Miss’ all time leading rusher (possibly by the end of this season), and that whoever lines up under center in week one will have less than five collegiate snaps under his belt. Along the front line, the Golden Eagles expect to start Zipp (6-1, 297) at center, junior Ryan Hebert (6-5, 310) and senior Wesley Housley (6-2, 287) at guard, and stal-

up a bit this week, we moved Housley over to tackle, Kyle Burkhart is also getting a lot of reps at left tackle, and that’s been good. “(Junior R.J. Brown) is working in the mix at left guard and he’s getting a lot of reps right now. Everyone is getting a lot of work, there’s no doubt about that.” Fedora brought in seasoned offensive line coach Chris Kapilovic from Missouri State to instill some versa-

Tackle Calvin Wilson RS-Junior Height: 6’6” Weight: 353 Major: general studies The (not so) skinny: Played in all 13 games last year, starting the last nine. Transferred from Mississippi State after 2006. Has great size and can provide serious run blocking if he can stay healthy.

ference USA coaches. McKee worked hard in summer to reduce his body fat, and gained about 40 pounds in muscle during the off-season. “(The line) is coming along, we’re picking up the new system very well. Depth-wise things are kind of crazy right now. We’ve got guys banged up and guys moving around to play different positions but we’re making progress.” According to Kapilovic, he

MIXED BAG is a whole new system, and the guys did what they had to do as far as learning it. They got better in the spring, worked hard in the summer, then in the fall, we really did a nice job early in the camp.” One player that will be counted on heavily is left tackle Ryan McKee, who started all 13 games last season and was given a preseason All-Conference nod by Con-

might not have the biggest guys around, but his team won’t be outworked. “One thing I won’t fault them on is putting in the time. We’ve got two guys on the outside that are really talented and the three guys in the middle are really hard workers,” Kapilovic said. “As long as we take care of business and have a nasty streak to us we’ll get it done.”

CROSS COUNTRY GETS NEW COACH Southern Miss Track and Field Head Coach Kevin Stephen announced the hiring of Danielle Keplinger as head cross country coach and assistant track and field coach for the Golden Eagle track program. This hiring is subject to approval by the Mississippi Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning. “I am pleased to announce the addition of Danielle to my staff,” Stephen said. “She brings a winning attitude and the work ethic to go along with it. I am excited about her ability to recruit quality student athletes and her technical knowledge of the distance events. Together we will work to get our Cross Country program competing for the conference title in the future.” Keplinger comes to Southern Miss after spending one season as an assistant coach at UAB, where she assisted with cross country and track and field, mainly working with distance runners. Her duties included travel, recruiting, over seeing travel budget, ordering and disseminating team apparel. SOFTBALL WALK-ON TRYOUTS The Southern Miss softball team will hold an open walkon tryout at the Southern Miss Softball Complex on Tuesday, Sept. 2. An informational meeting will be held at 2 p.m. on August 28, to complete the necessary paperwork required for the tryout on the second floor of the Athletic Center in the Athletic Department Suite in Room 264. Students who are interested in participating in the tryouts should contact Melissa Inouye, Assistant Coach, at 601-2666749 for further information.


The Student Printz - Volume 93, Issue 4 printed on August 21, 2008.

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