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Two USM players arrested Sunday, out on bond Tyler Cleveland Sports Editor

Southern Miss’ all-time rushing leader Damion Fletcher was arrested outside the apartment complex that houses the football team late Sunday night on charges of discharging a firearm inside the city limits. The 21-year-old junior was booked into the Forrest County Jail at 11:49 p.m. Sunday night, and released on bond Monday morning at 4:25 a.m. Brennan Houston, a 22-yearold junior offensive lineman from Norwalk, Calif., was also arrested and booked on one

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See page 4 for “Our View” charge of possession of marijuana. He was also released at 4:25 a.m. “I have been made aware of the situation and am gathering all the facts,” Southern Miss head football coach Larry Fedora said in a statement released through the University. “After all the facts are in, I

then will make my decision pending the legal process on any action that I feel appropriate.” Malachi Martin, an adjunct professor who lives on nearby Mable Street, said he heard about 15 gunshots late Sunday night. Martin said he looked out his window to see an unidentified male firing four or five rounds from a handgun into the air. “I was working on a lesson plan when I heard the first few gunshots,” Martin said. “When I looked out the window I saw a guy standing over there holding something up,

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see CHARGES page 3 Two USM football players were arrested Sunday night after police were alerted to gunshots at a nearby apartment complex on 38th Ave.

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University President Dr. Martha Saunders spoke to the campus community during an open meeting Thursday to address concerns of deeper budget cuts next year. “Take heart that these problems today are only about money,” she said, beginning the meeting on a hopeful note. She listed recent accomplishments of the university, staff and students as evidence that Southern Miss would succeed despite cuts in state funding. The overall tone of Saunders’ speech was one of hope and unity, underscored by the phrase “everything is being considered,” which was repeated several times. The university will have to save money to meet the budget cuts, Saunders said, but will also work on making more money. Saunders said everyone will be affected by the budget cuts, but some people may be hit harder than others. She expressed her overwhelming concern that when salaries and jobs are cut, money is saved at the expense of people. Layoffs affect employees’ lives and families, she said. After the meeting, Robert Bateman, professor and chair of the department of chemistry and biochemistry said “there’s a lot of cooperation” among administra-

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tion, deans and department chairs to deal with the budget cuts. “I think there’s going to be a lot of questions about next year and what’s going to happen there...There may be some cuts, but everybody will be part of it,” he said. The university has approximately $31 million in savings that have been left over in the past years, Saunders said, but the savings can be very difficult to procure because the money is dispersed among different departments and organizations on campus at the end of the year. “We are preparing for the worst, but working for the best,” she said. Saunders said the university will not know until April or May how much money will be cut from the university budget for fiscal year 2010, which begins July 1. But the university is already preparing for those cuts, she added. Anyone can keep up with news and plans regarding the budget cuts at usm. edu/provost/budget_planning, a Web site set up by Provost Bob Lyman. Students, faculty and staff can submit suggestions through the Web site for dealing with the cuts. Saunders said the university will close down during Spring Break to save on electricity and water as well as salaries

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and wages to pay. The university’s number one priority for dealing with the cuts, however, is student success, Saunders said. She pointed out that if a 2 percent increase occurred in the number of students enrolled at the university and a 2 percent raise occurred in the student retention rate, it could mean 1.2 million dollars for the school over the next year. After the budget meeting, Ty McCleery, a junior physics and math major from Mobile, Ala., said he expects the budget cuts to affect everyone, but “there are things we can do” as students to ensure the success of Southern Miss. He said students can tutor each other, lobby for study spaces and reach out to fellow students who are struggling in an effort to raise the retention rate and hopefully lower tuition. Saunders said students can help the university deal with the budget cuts if they graduate quickly and successfully. “Don’t dilly-dally,” she said, adding that students should plan ahead and keep track of classes so that they can graduate as quickly as possible.

Since the election of the United States’ first black President, some students at Southern Miss are trying to spark a discussion about racism, whether it exists and how to get rid of it for good. The College Democrats hosted a round-table discussion in the R.C. Cook Union Thursday to pose the question: “Is racism dead since the election of the first African-American President?” Panelists were former state Rep. Erik Fleming, Dr. Curtis Austin, head of the USM Center for Black Studies, and Ivory Williams, director of the City of Hattiesburg’s Urban Development Department, who sat in for Mayor Johnny DuPree. Members of College Democrats developed seven questions for the panelists from suggestions submitted through a Facebook group. Many of the questions pertained specifically to President of the United States Barack Obama, while others referred more to racism in general. College Democrats President Roy Logan, a senior administration of justice major from Petal, was the mediator of the event. Some of the questions posed were “If people voted for Obama just because of his race, does that affect his credibility?”, “Did racism play a part in Obama not winning Mississippi?”, “Would Obama have won if he were white?” and “At what point will we overcome racism?” To this last question, Fleming suggested that if race is not the main form of prejudice, people will find another difference between themselves to replace it.

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“We’re going to be prejudiced,” Fleming said. “At some point it’s going to change into how much money we have.” “Racism is something that we created,” Austin pointed out. He added that since people created it, people have to decide to destroy it. “If we can teach it one way, we can teach it another way.” Austin said he is the only African-American to work in the history department, and many of his opinions are backed by specific examples from his life and working in a department of white people. When asked if President Obama would have won if he were white, the overwhelming opinion was yes. Erik Fleming said it would not matter if Obama were purple; he had a great organized party and is a good politician. Austin said it is likely racism that prevented Obama from winning southern states like Mississippi. “It’s easy to say it’s racism,” Fleming said. “In this instance the public offered to look beyond that.” Ivory Williams said she did not even consider McCain as an opponent. She said Obama’s win was not thanks to his skin color, but to Americans wanting to see a change. “It was about getting out to vote and having the American dream come true,” she said, “and I think the numbers will speak to that.”

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Student journalists from The Student Printz took home top honors in multimedia journalism during the onsite competition as part of the 2009 Southeast Journalism Conference Thursday through Saturday in Nashville. Andy Hess, executive editor for The Student Printz, and Sebe Dale, who is the newspaper’s multimedia editor, teamed to bring in the first place awards in SEJC’s first ever multimedia onsite competition during the annual journalism convention held this year at Belmont University. “Major kudos to Andy and Sebe for this achievement,” said Maggie Williams, adviser to The Student Printz. “This was a big win for them and for the staff of The Student Printz. “Sebe has been the driving force behind our multimedia efforts at The Student Printz this year and much of what we’ve done in the multimedia effort is

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because he and Andy share the interest in bringing this kind of journalistic effort to our readers,” she said. “I know they are proud of themselves and they should be. This is a great honor.” The Southeast Journalism Conference is a consortium of nearly 60 colleges and universities in the southeastern part of the United States. The convention, held each year at a different member school, includes the opportunity for students to go head-to-head against others attending the convention in skills categories. There were 17 different onsite competitions during this year’s convention. Jesse Bass, opinions editor for The Student Printz, brought home a third place finish in the

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media law onsite competition and Tyler Cleveland, sports editor for The Student Printz, received an honorable mention in the sportswriting competition. SEJC also conducts an annual Best of the South competition in which student submit their best work from the prior year. In this year’s Best of the South, The Student Printz garnered a third place award in the Best Web Site category and honorable mention in the Best College Newspaper category. “There are a lot of people who work hard to make The Student Printz appealing to its readers twice each week, and these awards recognize those efforts,” Hess said. “Everyone on the staff should be proud of this recognition.”

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PETA targets McDonald’s over chicken slaughter Mike Hughlett Chicago Tribune

Nine years after calling a truce with McDonald’s Corp., People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals says it is going on a new offensive against the fast-food giant, this time over the most humane way to kill a chicken. Should chickens be knocked unconscious with a jolt of electricity and then have their throats cut, the conventional method of slaughter in this country? Or should they be gassed, a practice used to some extent in Europe? PETA, known for its in-yourface protest style, claims the latter induces less suffering. So it’s taken its cause to the U.S. chicken industry’s biggest customers, including McDonald’s and KFC Corp. PETA has been waging war against KFC since 2003 with its “Kentucky Fried Cruelty” campaign, boycotting the firm, staging thousands of protests at KFC restaurants and using shock tactics like dousing company executives in fake blood. KFC has refused to give in. “When PETA protests our restaurants, we have to add additional staff because sales actually increase while they’re there,” the company said in a statement to the Chicago Tribune. Still, KFC franchisees in Canada, representing about 750 restaurants, agreed last year to begin buying chickens from suppliers that use the gas slaughter method. Now, PETA is turning its attention to McDonald’s. PETA kicked off a protest against McDonald’s at a restaurant in Chicago’s River North area on Monday featuring rock star Chrissie Hynde. PETA is largely reinstating the “McCruelty” campaign it last used against McDonald’s in 2000. McDonald’s made major animal welfare changes in 2000, changes it insisted had nothing to do with PETA, including au-

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diting slaughterhouses to ensure humane treatment. PETA is aiming to pressure McDonald’s and KFC into convincing U.S. chicken suppliers to rejigger their plants to the gas method of slaughter. McDonald’s has the power to “require that changes be made” by its suppliers, said Matt Prescott, PETA’s director of corporate affairs. McDonald’s has studied the chicken issue extensively, including conducting its own tests on the gas method of slaughter, said Bob Langert, McDonald’s vice president of corporate social

responsibility. “It’s not conclusive that it’s more humane.” About 30 percent of the chicken McDonald’s buys in Europe comes from slaughterhouses that use the gas method. But in this country, the technology hardly exists in the chicken industry. In most U.S. chicken slaughterhouses, birds are plucked from big bins by workers and hung upside down on assembly lines. Their heads are dragged through a brine bath and a shock is administered, which if done properly knocks the bird senseless. A whirring blade then cuts its throat.

USM groups bowl for kids Chris Deschamps Printz Writer

Southern Miss students were helping kids knock down pins Saturday for the Big Brothers Big Sisters’ third annual Bowl for Kids’ Sake. The fundraiser, held at Hub Lanes, gave students and other volunteers the opportunity to interact with children by bowling with them. In addition to bowling, students offered advice to the kids and talked to them about college. “They get to have a role model, somebody to look up to,” said Melissa Carpenter, an adviser for the Campus Civitan Club and a long-time volunteer with Big Brothers Big Sisters. “They see the students that are already in college, and they know they can achieve that.”

Although USM students participate every year, Carpenter said there were more this year than ever before. Among the groups that attended were the Campus Civitan Club, Alpha Kappa Psi, the College Republicans, Men of Excellence and a group of physical education majors. Groups from USM raised hundreds of dollars for the event while interacting with the kids. “It’s a good cause and a great way of bringing us together,” said Dorothy Horton, a sophomore, who was the captain for the Campus Civitan Club. Many student athletes volunteered to go to the event as well. Erin Hamrick, a senior soccer player, said the event did a good job of keeping the kids entertained. “I think that the bowling thing

is a really good idea,” she said, “because they’re having bowling competitions like ‘Bowl with the Flintstones.’ They make it really fun, and it’s going to a really good cause.” Some of the students who attended the event had been involved with other Big Brothers/ Big Sisters events. Holly Cox, another senior soccer player, said the athletics department sometimes sends its students to take part in the organization’s activities. She said she usually reads with the children. “We’ve never done a bowling thing with them,” she said. “We usually do reading sessions, where we go in and read with them.” Cox enjoyed the experience, though. “Just to see them interact with older people and with each other is fantastic.”

In the method advocated by PETA, as well as the Humane Society of the United States, chickens are gassed and then hung on an assembly line after they are dead. “It causes less suffering than the conventional method, which is archaic and inhumane,” said Paul Shapiro, head of the Humane Society’s factory farming initiative. But there is disagreement even within animal welfare circles. “There is not definite proof either is more humane,” said Marie Wheatley, president of the American Humane Association.

“Both technologies are acceptable in minimizing pain and suffering.” Temple Grandin, a Colorado State University expert on humane animal handling, said both methods can have problems, though gas is the best bet for the future. “Chickens don’t like being hung upside down. They get stressed out,” said Grandin, who is a member of McDonald’s Animal Welfare Council, a group of outside experts who offer pro bono advice. Plus, worker abuse of live chickens on the assembly line is a serious problem, she

said. On the other hand, if gas levels aren’t administered correctly, a chicken’s death can be quite painful. “I have seen them go berserk,” Grandin said. And even when gas is administered properly, chickens still gasp and their heads shake, she said. Still, Grandin said the chicken industry must move toward the gas method, even though it will require costly investment. “I’d like to see someone in the industry put up a full-scale commercial plant and make it work,” she said.

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Charges continued from page one there holding something up, then I saw flashes and heard shots that coincided with the flashes. “The police pulled up and talked to me for a minute or so, then they saw someone moving outside the apartments and flipped on their lights and flew into the parking lot.” A Hattiesburg Police Department release corroborated Martin’s observation, and said that a small-caliber hand gun was found at the scene. Fletcher was the team’s leading rusher for the 2008 season with 1,313 rushing yards, and his 4,287 total career rushing yards make him Southern Miss’ all-time leader in that category. He was also named Conference USA Offensive Player of the Year following

the 2007 season. If found guilty of discharging the firearm within Hattiesburg city limits, Fletcher faces a misdemeanor charge that carries a penalty of up to $500 in fines but no jail time. Houston, a Cerritos Junior College transfer, was named to the the Athletic Director’s and Conference USA Commissioner’s honor roll. He also likely faces just a fine and possibly community service if found guilty. The incident is just the latest of several involving football players that has taken place since the athletic department approved a measure to move the football team to the offcampus apartment complex on 38th Avenue. In early October, police

responded to gunshots and a report of fighting at the complex, but no arrests were made. Two weeks later, a student’s residence across the street from the apartments was burglarized during a Halloween party, and former Southern Miss running back Torris Magee was arrested and charged with burglary after leading police on a foot-chase. “We take this incident seriously and are thoroughly investigating the issue,” Southern Miss Athletic Director Richard Giannini said in another released statement. “We will take the necessary disciplinary action when the review is completed.” Southern Miss President Martha Saunders could not be reached for comment.

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Who owns the road, anyway? During my three years at Southern Miss, I have noticed a plethora of misconducts on campus regarding simple traffic courtesies, and I believe we all could use a refresher in the subject. Pedestrians crossing the street all over the place, drivers disregarding the right-of-way of other drivers and pedestrians, and drivers not abiding traffic signs can surely cause unnecessary stress in everyone’s day. Let’s review the rules about each of these in turn and consider a better course of action. I know, everyone is in a rush during those 10 minutes between classes, and that can make the walk from the Liberal Arts Building to the Walker Science Building pretty tough. However, the Mississippi Code of 1972, our current traffic statute, states “Every pedestrian crossing a roadway at any point other than within a marked

crosswalk or within an unmarked crosswalk at an intersection shall yield the right-of-way William to all vehiCurtis cles upon the Allred roadway.” That means Printz Writer chill out, people. Allow all vehicles to clear the road before making the jaunt across the road, no matter how late you are for class unless you’re in the crosswalk. This keeps traffic flowing smoothly and alleviates road rage. Next, commuters and other drivers on campus tend to rush upon a stop sign without looking, and make a brief stop before slamming on the gas again. This especially happens along the southern portion of univer-

sity grounds. Two things, drivers: a) you probably missed the vehicle to your left or right which is probably about to do the same thing as you, and b) you may be about to hit a pedestrian. Please remember also that whomever first comes to a complete stop at all-way stop signs gets the right-of-way to drive through the intersection first. Makes sense, right? But what if two or more vehicles stop at the intersection at the same time? “When two vehicles enter an intersection from different highways at the same time, the driver of the vehicle on the left shall yield the right-of-way to the vehicle on the right,” according to the code. When you are faced with this situation in the future, keep in mind: the vehicle on the right has precedence. Breathe deep, let them pass and count a good deed on your list for the day.

Also, the code states that drivers should slow down or stop “if need be to so yield…to a pedestrian crossing the roadway within any marked crosswalk or within any unmarked crosswalk at an intersection.” In other words, walkers have the right to walk safely through intersections even if crosswalk lines aren’t painted there, even on campus. Let’s help their day get better and allow them to cross. This is to serve as a review on traffic civility and hopefully help everyone’s life run a little smoother during the chaotic sprints we all make across campus. I hope everyone takes something from this column and gives the proper courtesy to pedestrians and drivers alike. William Curtis Allred is a staff writer for The Student Printz. Comments can be sent to printz@usm.edu

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Here we go again. If you didn’t read the news story, let us fill you in. Southern Miss football players Damion Fletcher and Brennan Houston were arrested Sunday at the football team’s new off-campus housing. Fletcher was booked into jail for discharging a firearm in city limits. Police arrested Houston on charges of marijuana possession. For those with a short memory, this is not the first time members of the 2008 Golden Eagle football team have attracted police attention. In October, former USM wide receiver Torris Magee was arrested for burglary. During the same month, linebacker Korey Williams emerged from a separate altercation with a broken jaw. There were reports of gunshots during that incident as well. The university moved the football team off-campus last summer to help recruiting efforts, the thought being that potential Golden Eagles would be less hesitant to sign on if nicer living arrangements were part of the package. We first heard about the latest incident when an eyewitness called The Student Printz newsroom early Monday. From what the eyewitness said, it was immediately clear that folks in the neighborhood of the 38th Avenue apartment complex were more than a little worried about the ongoing shenanigans at the team’s new home base. For some incoming students, the chance to live off-campus in an apartment may be pretty

enticing. But at what price? Does crime and enough disruptive behavior to strike fear into the hearts of one’s neighbors rank high on a potential recruit’s list of incentives to attend Southern Miss? We certainly hope not. Something needs to be done about this. These young men are terrorizing their neighborhood and soiling the reputation of USM. After all, this university -- and its reputation -- belong to more than just the football team, right? So what’s a university to do? Bring them back to campus? Kappa Sigma was booted from campus for illegal misconduct. To bring the team back after all these incidents would show that morals and ethics take a backseat when athletes and money are involved. Hire some guards to keep them in line at the apartment complex? Sorry, but it would likely take the National Guard. We have a suggestion. If these guys want to act like pirates, let’s build a ship for them, anchor it somewhere a long way from campus and let Athletic Director Richard Giannini drive a bus to the shore every day and paddle a dinghy out to pick them up for classes and football games. This way, they can plunder and disrupt only each other. They can drink their rum, fire their muskets and sing sailing songs as loud as they want to. The campus and the city can be free of the team’s burden but still reap the financial benefits of a football program. Problem solved.

Printz picks for SGA executives In the opinion of those of us on the editorial board who plan to vote, there are a few Student Government Association candidates who stand out as better than the others. Presidential candidate J.R. Robinson seems to be the better choice. He is notably more personable and approachable, and his platform is less vague and more reasonable than the other candidate’s, which includes lowering textbook prices. Good luck with that… Stacy Ahua is the reasonable choice for vice president. She wants to hold open meetings and re-evaluate the SGA. These are both things that definitely need to happen. We hope Zoe Beckham wins the attorney general position. As thoughtful as Mark Hamrick’s ideas about SOAR are, SOAR is enough of a hassle as-is. Beckham wants to de-zone the student parking lots on campus, and since attorney general has proven to be a fancy name for parking ticket arbitrator, Beckham’s plan seems within reach. As far as election commissioner goes, we flipped some coins because the candidates are frighteningly similar. Chris Arguedas, with three heads and no tails, decidedly won our endorsement. We also really enjoy saying his name. It just rolls off the tongue. For SGA treasurer, Jessica Hughes is a shoo-in. Her chances are so great, we foresee a landslide victory in which she destroys her opponents with such incomparable vigor and gusto it will be as if they never even ran for the position. The above columns are the opinions of The Student Printz editorial board. They in no way reflect the opinions of the University of Southern Mississippi, or any employee or department thereof. Please send letters and comments to printz@usm.edu

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Why fuss over North Korea’s bombs?

Hillary Clinton’s first real act as Secretary of State is a week-long trip to Asia, making stops in Japan, Indonesia, South Korea and China. The state of the global economy is top priority, but Clinton made a point to call out North Korea on its nuclear programs before leaving Sunday. Apparently the South Korean coast guard has noticed that Chinese fishing boats have been keeping their distance from the North Korean coast, which led the coast guard to assume the north is testing nuclear weapons, which in turn means that a war between the north and south is coming. Since this makes so much bloody sense, everyone important is once again raising

a fuss about nuclear proliferation in North Korea. W h y does everyone care so Jacob much? NuKey clear weapPrintz Writer onry is a rite of passage, a badge of industrialized nationality. Many nations have them: the United Kingdom, France, India, China, Pakistan...While Russia by far has the most—about 8,000, according to the “Atomic Sciences Bulletin”—the United States has enough to share with Belgium, Italy, Germany, the Netherlands and Turkey. All of the producing nations

above, save for India and Pakistan, have all signed the appropriate treaties of non-proliferation and disarmament. All have made about the same amount of progress on this agreement. Basically none. How can the United States find the gall to say anything to the Koreans, seeing as how our country alone possesses enough weapons of mass destruction (by some estimates) to end the world one and a half times. Don’t you think that would be a little intimidating to anyone not living over here? Would that not be especially intimidating to someone running a non-democratic government, given the United States’ track record of

randomly invading such countries? Kim Jong-il has no intention of detonating any of his country’s estimated six or seven nuclear weapons. He’s just rattling the saber. Jong-il’s a bit like those little lizards with the frills on their necks, the ones that flare out to scare away a predator; this nuclear proliferation business is just an attempt by the North Koreans to climb the global ladder and to defy a far-reaching foe that scares the bejesus out of them. Clinton’s remarks about North Korea have thus far been more or less tame, with the words “peace” and “foreign aid” popping up pretty often.

That “foreign aid” is food, America’s attempt to bribe the the North Koreans into halting their research. North Korea has been repeatedly slammed with famine since 1995. China and South Korea ship in a huge amount of food each year, as much as a million tons in 2005. The United States House of Representatives published a document condemning this humanitarian work in 2006, and Clinton’s recent comments make it apparent that tensions are easing in present times. At least President Obama hasn’t started with the “Axis of Evil” business yet. Jacob Key is a staff writer for The Student Printz. Comments can be sent to printz@usm.edu

Facebook is more egotistical than social While the creation of Facebook began with the good intention of bringing together groups of people with common interests, what it has in fact become is an online testament to the vanity of society. Everyone with a Facebook account is guilty of one or more of the following things: a) Updating your “status” every chance you get with feelings, song lyrics, or just random statements; b) Posting a note about something you are going through/experiencing; c) Posting a note in which you fill out a survey of stupid questions; d) Posting hundreds of pictures that are all of you and various friends holding a camera in front of your faces and smiling; or e) Checking your account obsessively to see if anyone you know has commented on any of the aforementioned things-

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-I am guilty of all five. The question is: why? How arrogant is it to assume Madeline that anyone Livingston cares if you are currently Printz Writer reading, napping, eating Chinese food or cutting your toenails? Why, then, should I assume that anyone cares the same about my current activities? The Facebook-born obsession with posting every detail of our everyday lives has done nothing more than created an impervious image of vanity and self-importance. Scroll down a little further, and there you will find everything you could ever (or did never) want to know about a person.

If I learn in five minutes of reading that you hate soap operas, are allergic to bees, and were runner-up in the third grade spelling bee, what is left to talk about? This broadcasting of every detail of our personalities leaves little left to discover in the getting-toknow-you phase during which friendships and relationships are made. Another vanity monster— although not created by, but certainly popularized by Facebook—is the concept of an online diary. Long gone are the days when feelings were written on the tear-stained pages of diaries that we kept hidden from younger siblings under our beds. Now, instead of keeping our thoughts hidden, we post them for all 700 “friends” to see. In our desperate cry for attention, we post our sob stories of breakups or rants

about back-stabbing friends hoping that the comments of both close friends and near strangers will help us to resolve our problems. Talking it out with close friends and family is one thing, but why should we think that the best friend of our neighbor’s cousin (who lives in Milwaukee) cares anything about our relationship troubles? It’s ridiculous, and yet so many, myself included, are guilty of it. But what’s worse? Posting all this me-focused nonsense and expecting people to read it? Or actually being the person who does read it? As readers we do two things: waste time and enable the cycle to continue. By reading the postings and updates of these people, we actually perpetuate the myth that anybody cares that Johnny just ate the best burrito of

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his life and really misses his old goldfish. I don’t care if you’re Johnny’s best friend, you still probably don’t care about either of those things. In its defense, Facebook is a great place for finding old friends; in ours, it’s understandable that we, in an age where so much communication is done via the Internet, want some kind of interaction with people on an emotional level. However, the self-indulgence of these kinds of posts is only off-putting and damaging to ourselves. We all need to turn off the computer, pick up the phone, and tell our stories to someone who we actually know, who actually cares. That way, everyone wins. Madeline Livingston is a staff writer for The Student Printz. Comments can be sent to printz@usm.edu

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My Fellow Students, It has sincerely been a very distinct honor and privilege to serve you as attorney general over the past year. Our university has, is, and will continue to set its sights on service to its students. It is with that in mind that I address you now. As most of you know by now, it is election season again. The future of our student government lies in your hands, and rests on the shoulders of the individual candidates. Currently our university stares headlong into difficult times, and it is crucial that we elect the best possible officials to deal with these problems as they arise and to lead our student body in the right direction.

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Voting has now switched to the electronic system, making it easier, faster and more accurate than ever. In short, I am encouraging you, asking you, pleading with you, outright begging you to go and vote today. Your ballot is your voice, and your voice should be heard. Thank you, again, for allowing me to serve you as SGA attorney general, and in the future may we always and forever find Southern Miss at the top. Sincerely, Jayson Newell Attorney General Student Government Association

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Dear Editor, I arrived on campus this morning at 6:30 a.m. to be greeted by huge banks of lights shining in the football stadium. It seems to me fiscally irresponsible at this (or any) time to have megawatts illuminating an empty building not in use. This university can ill afford the wasted money at a time when (non-tenured) faculty are being dismissed due to lack of funds. Lawrence R. Mead, Ph.D. Dept. of Physics and Astronomy

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Oscars to honor a great year in film this Sunday Printz Writer

There has been anticipation, certainty, and surprises swirling around the 81st Annual Academy Awards, which will air on Sunday, February 22. Many critics have stated their picks on who will take home Oscar gold, and now I, too, will submit my picks. It has been a uniquely downtrodden year for movies, with many suffering a lack of broad distribution under the crippling weight of the pitiful economy. Optimistically, though, box office receipts have actually been up. This cements the truth buried under all films in general: many people watch films simply to escape their lives for a bit. Especially now, with so much uncertainty, disappearing into someone else’s story can be therapeutic. Let’s begin with the Best Picture category. There were many sure-fire nominees including: “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” “Frost/Nixon,” and “Milk.” Generally speaking, however, none of these three movies are likely to win this category. This leaves two pictures to be nominated and, as it turns out, three surprises. “Slumdog Millionaire” has emerged as the underdog story of the year. Director Danny Boyle is said to have run into problems in nearly every aspect of production, from shooting on location in India to finding a studio that would distribute it. Now, the film has won over 50 awards, including 16 critics groups and four Golden Globes. It is considered the Oscar frontrunner and has been nominated for 10. Though I do not agree that this is the best film of 2008, I can almost guarantee you “Slumdog Millionaire” will win the top spot. Personally, I feel the best film of the year is “The Reader,” starring Kate Winslet. The film’s screenwriter, David Hare, explains the power and unease with the movie. “Here’s a film about a Nazi war criminal who’s unrepentant and is having an affair with an underage boy,” said Hare. “You’d have to be a complete idiot not to know that that’s going to be very difficult subject matter to sell to the mainstream American cinematic audience.” His statement has turned out to be true. To date, “The Reader” has grossed just over $8 million dollars, which is rather abysmal compared to “Slumdog’s” $45 million. On the other hand, “The Reader” has scored five top nominations,

including Best Picture, Director, Actress, Screenplay, and Cinematography. If I had my way, “The Reader” would take home all of these, with the possible exception of Best Cinematography. But what about “The Dark Knight”? The second-highest grossing film of all time, the film everyone just knew would at least be nominated! In the end, “The Dark Knight” did score eight nominations, but not Best Picture or Director. Let’s consider the men who were nominated for Best Director. In short, this category is a toss-up. As of yet, Danny Boyle has won nearly every possible directing award for “Slumdog,” leaving one to assume the Academy will follow suit. My pick is Stephen Daldry for “The Reader.” Daldry has only directed three films in his career (“Billy Elliot,” “The Hours,” and “The Reader”) and has now been nominated for three Best Director Oscars. I would say his time has come, but it seems like a long shot. The other directors, David Fincher (“Benjamin Button”), Ron Howard (“Frost/Nixon”), and Gus Van Sant (“Milk”), seemed to have material - or actors - that outshone their directing. Moving on to the Best Actor category, there are surely not as many surprises. Among the nominees, the two frontrunners are Mickey Rourke for “The Wrestler,” and Sean Penn for “Milk.” Although I am pleased for Rourke and am truly glad he seems to have turned his life around (or, at the very least, taken the role of his lifetime), the transformation that Sean Penn creates as Harvey Milk is one of the most incredible in the history of movies. I will be truly upset if he does not win. As for the other nominees, there are simple and practical reasons why they will not win. For Pitt, his performance in “Benjamin Button” was completely overshadowed by the extraordinary special effects. Frank Langella, though he is a fantastic actor, has played Richard Nixon on stage before and too easily knew the ropes of his character. “The Visitor” was Richard Jenkins’ first leading role, but simply not enough Academy voters will see it. When it comes to the Best Actress race, I feel certain that karma does exist. In 2005, Kate Winslet parodied herself on the British sitcom Extras: “If you do a film about the Holocaust, [you’re] guaranteed an Oscar. I’ve been nominated four times, never won. Schindler’s bloody List? The Pianist? Oscars coming out of their arse.”

As the youngest actress in history to have acquired six nominations before the age of 35, Winslet is a prime candidate. Not only did she given an incredible performance in a film about the Holocaust, but embodied her character with a fearless passion that is very rare. Anne Hathaway (“Rachel Getting Married”), Angelina Jolie (“Changeling”), Melissa Leo (“Frozen River”), and Meryl Streep (“Doubt”) close out the category. Hathaway’s performance is fascinating but not as in-depth as Winslet’s. Jolie, though she did give a powerful performance, seems to be tainted due to her excessively publicized personal life. Melissa Leo’s turn in “Frozen River” is marvelous, heartbreaking and realistic, but not enough voters will have seen it. The legendary Meryl Streep who, with “Doubt” has acquired a record 15 Oscar nominations, is no stranger to awards season. The end factor, though, is that this is Winslet’s year. In the Best Supporting Actress category, not much competition exists. All five actresses gave phenomenal performances, but only Viola Davis’s brief appearance in “Doubt” is worthy of a statue. Davis plays the conflicted mother of a boy who may have been molested by a Catholic priest in 1960s New York City. She is only in the film for roughly seven minutes, but creates one of the most heartbreaking characters I have ever witnessed. Plus, she went toe-to-toe with Meryl Streep the entire time, which is no easy feat. Best Supporting Actor has been sealed since last July. Heath Ledger will be the second actor in history to win a posthumous Academy Award. While it is impossible not to watch “The Dark Knight” without thinking that this was Ledger’s last complete performance, the scope and depth he brought to the Joker will stand the test of time. Awarding him the Oscar will be a tribute, not only to his performance, but also to the legacy the young actor left behind. A crappy economy may have put a damper on some people’s favorite pastimes. Some people, though, are more than willing to shell out $8 dollars to see phenomenal actors at the top of their game. In short, 2008 was a good year. Be sure to tune in to ABC next Sunday and see them receive their due.

Cory Taylor is a staff writer for The Student Printz. Comments can be sent to printz@usm.edu

Need a primer on the Oscar nominees? Here are a few of the major categories:

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ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE Richard Jenkins - “The Visitor” Frank Langella - ���Frost/Nixon” Sean Penn - “Milk” Brad Pitt - “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” Mickey Rourke - “The Wrestler”

ANIMATED FEATURE FILM Bolt Kung Fu Panda Wall-E

ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE Josh Brolin - “Milk” Robert Downey Jr. - “Tropic Thunder” Phillip Seymour Hoffman - “Doubt” Heath Ledger - “The Dark Knight” Michael Shannon - “Revolutionary Road”

DIRECTING The Curious Case of Benjamin Button Frost/Nixon Milk The Reader Slumdog Millionaire

ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE Anne Hatheway - “Rachel Getting Married” Angelina Jolie - “Changeling” Melissa Leo - “Frozen River” Meryl Streep - “Doubt” Kate Winslet - “The Reader”

BEST PICTURE The Curious Case of Benjamin Button Frost/Nixon Milk The Reader Slumdog Millionaire

ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE Amy Adams - “Doubt” Penelope Cruz - “Vicky Cristina Barcelona” Viola Davis - “Doubt” Taraji P. Henson - “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” Marissa Tomei - “The Wrestler”

For a complete list, go to www.oscar.com/nominees

Roumain blends civil rights with progressive classical Eric Nagurney Entertainment Editor

Violinist and composer Daniel Bernard Roumain will combine black history with progressive music in a rare performance of his celebrated Civil Rights Reader next Thursday, Feb. 26. The show consists of a collection of musical portraits of important civil rights leaders, including Maya Angelou, Adam Clayton Powell, Jr., Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr. Roumain has stated that he chose to write a series of pieces on civil rights because he wanted to make something that would cause “musicians as well as audience members [to] think about what civil rights means for them.” Performances of the piece are uncommon and generally only occur around Black History Month. At the moment, Roumain only has two other performances of the Reader scheduled. “We knew we wanted to get [Roumain] in Hattiesburg in February, so we were lucky enough to get on his schedule well in advance,” said Traci Rouse, the Communication/Marketing Manager for the Hattiesburg Convention Commission.

Daniel Bernard Roumain While Roumain is a classically trained violinist, his music is not strictly classical in the traditional sense. Composed pieces by Roumain have been known to implement styles as distinctly different from classical as hip-hop, funk, and rock. Rouse expects the music of the Civil Rights Reader to be “rich in cultural references, elegant in form, and demanding in technique.” Having studied as an undergraduate at Vanderbilt University’s Blair School of Music and receiving his Master’s and Doctorate at the University of Michigan, Roumain has been acclaimed in both

scholarly and classical communities. For the past three years, he has served as Artist-in-Residence of the Seattle Theater Group, along with respected positions such as Van Lier, Composer-in-Residence with the American Composers Orchestra and Artist-in-Residence at Arizona State University from 2003 to 2006. Recently, Esquire Magazine spotlighted the composer as a “New Face of Classical Music.” Performing with Roumain will be the string quartet of his backing band, The Mission. The group has been performing together for the past five years and made their international debut last year at Australia’s Adelaide Festival. In full band performances, the group consists of a nine-piece featuring violin, cello, drums, keyboard, bass, piano and a DJ. During the Saenger performance, Roumain will be backed by violinists Earl Maneein and Matthew Szemela, viola player Jon Weber and cellist Jessie Reagan. Student tickets are priced at $15, while all other tickets will cost $25. Tickets can be purchased at www. hattiesburgsaenger.com. For information about group ticket pricing, call the Saenger box office at 601584-4888. The show will begin at 7 p.m.


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Chris Chew, of the North Mississippi Allstars, plays bass during Saturday night’s show at the Hattiesburg Bottling Company.

AllStars bring jams to BoCo Tyler Cleveland Sports Editor

The North Mississippi Allstars will make stops at Jacksonville, Boston, and New York in the next month, but first completed a statewide college tour with a visit to the Hub City Saturday. There was no shortage of love in the air when the Allstars offered some of their home-brewed Hill Country rhythm and blues to the Bottling Company in a special Valentines Day show. The Hill Country Review, who are opening for the Allstars throughout the tour, played for an hour and a half, sticking to the same hill country blues that made the Allstars famous. The trio of lead singer Luther Dickinson, his younger brother and drummer Cody Dickinson, and bassist Chris Chew offered a sampling from all four of their albums to complement one of the best stage presences in all of the South. The Marshall County, Miss.-bred group took the stage around 10:15 p.m. and led off their high-energy first set with “Teasin’ Brown,” which led into a medley of its patented jam-infused blues that whipped the crowd on the floor into a frenzy. While a stellar light show splashed across the stage, the group offered the crowd a sampling of some newer cuts such as “Eaglebird” and “Blues” off of its latest album of new material, Hernando. The high point of the first set came when the band played a tasty rendition of “Shake” that seemed to raise the energy level of the dance floor to a fever-pitch. Bassist Chris Chew offered

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Hill Country Review guitarist plays with the North Mississippi AllStars during the set Saturday night.

a thumping bass-line for the single, working the crowd as usual in the process with his enormous persona. The band saved for later a taste of fan favorites such as “Po’ Black Maddie” and “Shake ‘em On Down,” as well as the lower tempo “Casey Jones (On the Road Again),” a song rarely performed live, with members from the opening act The Hill Country Review. After a short set-break, the Review returned to the stage with the Allstars and played a few more fan favorites, such as “Mean ‘ole Wind Die Down” and “Goin’ Down South”. Around 12:30 a.m., the group wrapped up the show,

ENTERTAINMENT CALENDAR

Thursday DJ Walt - Mugshots Fly By Radio - Side Street Bar Red Hill City w/ Charmed I’m Sure - The Thirsty Hippo The Remnants (Free Outdoor Concert) - The Bottling Company Werewolf Casey w/ Mordechal Sound and A Fist Full of Fingers - The Tavern

Friday Agony Eclipsed - The Tavern C4 - The Bottling Company Greystreet - Mugshots Rollin’ in the Hay - Bennie’s Boom Boom Room Rufus Hawkins - Side Street Bar The Scramblers w/ The Hot Tamales - The Thirsty Hippo

Saturday Dumpstaphunk w/ Swampnoise - The Bottling Company Face On Mars - The Thirsty Hippo Red Hill City - Side Street Bar For more listings, check out That College Music Show on WUSM 88.5 from 11 p.m. to 3 a.m.

fairly early for a band known for it’s stage performances. Their final selection “Snake Drive”, was a testament to the band’s main inspiration, the late blues artist R.L. Burnside. Tyler Cleveland is sports editor for The Student Printz. Comments can be sent to printz@usm.edu

Valerie Warrington Printz Writer The Fashion Merchandising Organization at the University of Southern Mississippi is hosting the Women in Red Fashion Show to benefit the My Mother’s Heart Foundation tomorrow from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. in the R. C. Cook Union. The Women in Red Fashion Show will provide free heart health information and blood pressure testing, a silent auction, food and drinks, and a fashion show. Tickets

are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. Southern Miss students will receive a discounted rate of $5 in advance and $10 at the door. “The Women in Red Fashion Show is a creative way for the FMO to interact with the public and to raise money for a non-profit organization,” said Naomi Rogers, Southern Miss senior and president of the FMO. This charity event will promote awareness about heart disease in women. All proceeds will benefit the My Mother’s Heart Foundation, a non-profit organization founded by Dr. Charkarra Anderson-Lewis in memory of her mother, Murriel Anderson Cook, who died from heart disease. The foundation helps educate women regarding heart health and preventive health care. “People can expect to learn about their health while having fun

and enjoying the atmosphere,” said Jame’ Irby, a Southern Miss junior and vice president of the FMO. Sponsors for the event include the A Art Gallery, B.T. Threads, Belk, David’s Bridal, Irie, Eve Marie’s, Endless Summer Tanning, Fetiche, Get Lucky, Maurice’s, Olive Garden, Palm Beach Tan, Smoothie King, Steinmart, and United Apparel Liquidators. “We are really thankful to our sponsors for helping us with the Women in Red Fashion Show,” says Rogers. “During such difficult economic times, it is great to see that the community is reaching out to help a non-profit organization and students involved in the FMO.” For more information about the Women in Red Fashion Show or the FMO at Southern Miss, contact Naomi Rogers at (601) 331-2663.


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Memphis pummels USM 72-47 Jermaine Powell Printz Writer

There was plenty of love in the air on a rainy Valentine’s day in Hattiesburg, but none came from the Memphis Tiger basketball team. The No. 8 Tigers defeated Southern Miss 72-47 to remain undefeated in C-USA play and 22-3 overall. Memphis freshman Tyreke Evans led the Tigers with a game-high 19 points, but four other Memphis players scored in double digits. The game got off to a slow start, with both teams were trying to feel each other out. Memphis jumped out to quick 8-2 lead, while the Eagles were ice cold from the outside connecting on only one of their first seven field-goal attempts. Southern Miss roared back behind the hot shooting of senior guard Craig Craft who had seven of the team’s first nine points. The Eagles rode that momentum to tie the game at 15 with 7:59 left to play in the first half. A see-saw battle ensued with Memphis going up by as many

as seven, and the Eagles closing the gap to only three points to end the Half. The Tigers led at the break by a score of 31-28. Junior Jeremy Wise was a big reason behind the late surge from the Eagles heading into the break. The Second Half got off to a good start for the homestanding Eagles, who took the lead 32-31 behind two big baskets by Senior Courtney Beasley just minutes into the second half. The home crowd began to gather faint hopes of a huge upset until Evans dashed those hopes rather quickly. Evans, who had a quiet First Half only scoring four points on two of seven shooting, tallied 15 points to dismantle the hopes of a USM upset. “Tyreke Evans is the best freshman in the country and better than Derrick Rose was as a Freshman,” Memphis coach John Calipari said. Evans took control of the game and sank five of seven second half attempts. Cold shooting and a very anemic offense plagued the Eagles for the rest of the night as the

lead began to baloon for the Tigers to 47-37 with 13:10 left to play. Southern Miss seemed frustrated by the Tiger’s swarming defense that was put on display throughout the game. “ We had a plan and we played them good in the First half, but they just wore us down”, Eagle Coach Larry Eustachy said. Late in the game things began to get a little chippy when Memphis guard Roburt Sallie was fouled hard on a drive to the basket by Eagle Freshman Rodney McCauley. Both teams were seperated and doudle technicals were accessed to Tyreke Evans and Jeremy Wise. The Eagles fell to 3-7 in CUSA play and 13-11 overall. The loss was the team’s fifth straight and sixth in eight tries. “This program is not going backwards,” coach Larry Eustachy said after the game. “I feel like we are steadily going forward.” Up next for the Golden Eagles is a home contest and conference clash against the East Carolina David N. Jackson/Printz Pirates at 7 p.m. tonight at Reed Jeremy Wise attempts a lay up in the beginning of the second half of the game against #8 Memphis. Green Coliseum.

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Men’s Tennis vs. UNO, 2 p.m., Hattiesburg Country Club

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For the second year in a row, it looks like the Southern Miss and Memphis basketball game will be the highest attended game of the season at Reed Green Coliseum. The Tigers rolled into Hattiesburg with a 21-3 record and 9-0 in C-USA ranked No. 8 in the country. An announced crowd of 5,431 fans saw the Eagles fall to Memphis 72-47, but almost all agreed that the atmosphere was the best of the year. “I thought it was fine, pretty good atmosphere for a basketball game,” said head coach Larry Eustachy. “Best atmosphere we’ve had all year.” Southern Miss students who attended the game said that the game should serve as a blueprint for what the atmosphere should be like at all USM home games. “It was good, I kind of wish it could be this way for every game,” USM student Neil Rodgers said. “I think more people are here to see Memphis.”

Men’s Basketball vs. ECU, 7 p.m., Reed Green Coliseum Softball vs. Jackson State, 4 p.m. doubleheader, USM Softball Complex

Thursday

Women’s basketball at Tulane, 7 p.m., New Orleans

Friday

Men’s tennis vs. Troy, 3 p.m., Hattiesburg Country Club Baseball vs. Lehigh, 4 p.m., Pete Taylor Park USM track in LSU Purple Tiger Invitational, All day, Baton Rouge, La.

Lady Eagles down Marshall Special to the Printz

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The student section also known as “Larry’s Loonies” help electrify the crowd at Saturday’s men’s basketbell game against #8 Memphis.

That notion is understandable. The Tigers came into the contest riding a 15-game winningstreak and a Conference-USA regular season winning-streak of 42 games. “It was excellent, a very good game,” student Mitch Mitchell said. “Memphis brought it and Southern Miss gave it all they

had in the first half.” Southern Miss sophomore guard R.L. Horton said that the energy helped keep the tempo up. “It’s really good; you don’t get tired of playing,” said guard R.L. Horton. “You love playing in front of that and hearing the crowd yell.”

HUNTINGTON, W. Va. Southern Miss connected on 9of-11 free throws in the last 1:28 of the game, preserving a 69-61 win over Marshall Sunday afternoon. The Lady Eagles improved to 17-8 overall and 10-2 in conference play, while Marshall dropped to 12-13 and 5-7. “It was a tale of two halves,” Coach Joye Lee-McNelis. “We played selfishly in the first half and then in the second half we played as a real team. Anytime you hold a team to 26 points in a half, you should be up. I believe coming out of halftime this team realized that their opportunity to win this game was going to flash before their eyes.” Andrea Barber paced four Lady Eagles in double-digit scoring with 18 points, followed by Stephanie Helgeson with 17, Amber Eugene had 14 and Pauline Love chipped in 10 points to go with 11 rebounds. “I’m very proud of our second half play, offensively and defensively,” McNelis said. “Stephanie Helgeson came to the bench and regrouped and became a huge factor down the stretch for us. She said ` Coach just get me the ball on the block’ and her teammates did just that. I thought the leadership of our starting five

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7:00 p.m., New Orleans was a key in the win. Also the energy of Tanesha Washington coming off the bench kept us in the game.” Alix Barnette led Marshall with 18 points followed by Chantelle Handy with 15, Tynikki Crook and Casey Baker added 12 and 10 points, respectively. Crook also hauled down 12 boards. Southern Miss trailed by as many as nine points with 12:04 remaining in the game when the Lady Eagles put together a 2310 run over 7:46 to take the lead for good, 53-49. USM pushed its lead to eight points behind five straight points from Helgeson. “The Lady Eagles preserved when times got tough and that’s the mark of a championship team,” said McNelis. Marshall opened the game scoring the first four points before the Golden Eagles finally got in the scoring column on a Barber jumper in the paint. The Herd eventually ran its lead to six points, 8-2, on baskets by

Barnette and Handy. Southern Miss then scored 10 unanswered points, giving the Golden Eagles’ their first lead of the game, 12-8. Marshall responded and tied the game at 12-12. But Southern Miss retook the lead 14-12 on a basket by Eugene, then, Barnette scored six straight points on a threepointer and three-straight free throws for an 18-14 lead. USM tied the game once more when Eugene scored on a layup with 6:01 remaining in the half. Marshall then closed out the half on an 8-2 run, taking a 2620 lead into intermission Southern Miss struggled in the half shooting only 25 percent from the field, but improved greatly after shooting 66.7 percent in the second half and finished with a 45.8 percentage. Marshall shot 36.7 percent from the field, but held the rebounding edge, 41-31. The Lady Eagles return to action on Thursday when they face Tulane in New Orleans at 7 p.m.

feated by Joshua Cameron and Artiom Podgainii, 8-4. Southern Miss continued the lead in singles, as Patricio Alvarado tallied a win against Artiom Podgainii, 6-1, 6-0. Domagoj Anic followed with a win against Simbarashe Happy, 6-2, 6-4. The Eagles then suffered three losses, tying the score, 3-3, as Andrew Poole lost to Michael Moore, 2-6, 6-3, 4-6, Diego Machuca fell to David Jackson, 7-6, 1-6, 6-1, while Oscar Machuca was defeated by Paul Paige, 76, 6-3. With an even score, the match came down to No. 6 Strate Krstevski versus Joshua Cameron.

Krstevski came back, capturing the win with a score of 2-6, 6-1, 6-2. “I thought we played really well in doubles. Patricio (Alvarado) and Domagoj (Anic) also played really well at the top of the lineup,” said head coach Teddy Viator. “I thought we struggled in the middle, 3-6, but Strate (Krstevski) again came through and won the last match for us at No. 6. He is undefeated for the season. We just need to play a little better in the middle lineup and we should be fine. I am really pleased because this team beat us the past two years, so it was a good win.”

Men’s tennis defeats FAMU Special to the Printz

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James Lawson tries to stay in bounds as Marion Military Institute players attempt to push him out. Southern Miss beat the MMI team 26-3.

HATTIESBURG – After a one hour and 15 minute rain delay postponing the match, the clouds cleared and Southern Miss defeated Florida A&M 4-3 Sunday afternoon at Hattiesburg Country Club to move to 4-3 overall. The Eagles took an early lead, winning the doubles competition as the pair of Andrew Poole and Jan Burmeister defeated Michael Moore and Simbarashe Happy, 8-1, while Diego Machuca and Domagoj Anic won their match against David Jackson and Paul Paige, 8-1. Patricio Alvarado and Oscar Machuca were de-


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