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International students on campus experience holiday first hand By Lesley Walters News Editor As a majority of Southern Miss students prepare to evacuate campus for the Thanksgiving vacation, there is one segment of the student body that tends to hang around for the holidays. International Student and Scholar Services welcomed 92 new international students this semester, drawing its to-

tal enrollment this fall to 325 students, 100 scholars and international visitors from 62 countries, according to its most recent newsletter. This year, many of those students will be celebrating Thanksgiving for the first time. ISSS Administrator Barbara W. Jackson said there are more than 300 students in her program, and most of them will be staying on campus for the holidays. With so many

students, it is nearly impossible to set up American homes for all of them, though students in the study abroad program are sometimes set up with a host family, she said. Others will travel during the vacation to visit friends in other states, Jackson said, while some join new friends’ families to celebrate the American tradition. Tommy Fernandez Soto, a 21-year old student from

Jaen, Andalusia, Spain, said that he would be staying a few days at his host family’s house and was invited to celebrate along with them. “They just mentioned that we would eat a lot, and nothing else, I suppose,” the information technology major said. While he has never celebrated the holiday, he knows most of the history, especially since Columbus was from

prep for Black Friday

Spain, he said. His only other impression of America during the holiday season is that there tends to be more focus on spending money than in Spain, but is otherwise not so different. Soto has been studying in America since August, and By Meryl Dakin will be going home in a cou- Printz Writer ple of weeks when the semester ends, he said. One of his Almost as traditional as the international acquaintances, Thanksgiving turkey are the See HOLIDAY on page 3 Black Friday festivities. The day after Thanksgiving Day, when the leftovers are parceled out and Macy’s Day Parade has passed, Black Friday will mark the beginning of the 2008 Holiday shopping craze. Regardless of how dismal our economic sights are set, Circuit City employee Cassie Brantley thinks people will spend just as much as always on the holiday sales. The senior business and photojournalism student from Natchez said the store tries to cut down on the chaos shoppers experience by being more organized. “We have designated people who go through the lines and try to figure out what everyone wants and they’ll just bring it to them so it’s not too much of a hassle,” she said. “It’s definitely busiest and craziest this time of year.” Senior film major Edward Worthy just began working at Target last Sunday, but can already appreciate how busy Friday will be. The Jackson native mans the toy


“It’s definitely busiest and craziest this time of year.


-Cassie Brantley , Circuit City

David N. Jackson/Printz Hattiesburg residents, Jay Yates and Kristen Tillery, do some early Thanksgiving shopping at the Corner Market. With the economic crisis, families are more likely to spend less this weekend than in yearʼs past according to CNN.

Tree lighting leads way for charity By Samantha Gholar Printz Writer Lighting the Way for the Holidays, a celebration event founded by two Southern Miss students, will be hosted by USM on the front lawn of the Aubrey K. Lucas administration building Dec. 2 at 5:15 p.m. Brian Harris, a senior and president of the Southern Miss Activities Council, came up with Lighting the Way with the help of John Glorioso, a junior and officer in the Student Government Association. “I wanted to find a way to bring holiday spirit to our campus and also find a way to give back to the Hattiesburg community,” Glorioso said. “By organizations coming together we can have a greater impact on the Hattiesburg community.” Lighting the Way for the Holi-

days is a tree-lighting ceremony to raise charity funds for Hattiesburg’s Habitat for Humanity. Student organizations can make a donation and in return receive a tree displayed in the front of campus in that organization’s name. “The whole idea behind the event is to raise money for a charitable organization while celebrating the holiday spirit,” Harris said. “The greatest gift is giving and that’s what we want to promote with this event.” Harris and Glorioso recruited the help of three other students to ensure that the future of this two-year-old event continues as an important part of holiday tradition on the Southern Miss campus. Harris said the other students have helped to plan activities for the event and help set up trees and festive lighting. See CHARITY on page 3

David N. Jackson/Printz Brook Wedajo and Laura Garcia walk back toward campus after looking at a house they are looking into renting for next semester.

section, and says he was surprised at how busy it was even before the sale day. “From what I saw last week, there’s an increase in customers even leading up to Black Friday,” he said. So where are the deals going to be? One place to start is the Turtle Creek Mall. Aeropostale will kick off the week with 50% off everything store-wide. On top of the regular sales, Charlotte Russe is offering 25% off everything as well. Looking for some pampering? Purchase $40 worth of merchandise at Bath and Body Works, and a special VIP bag full of spa specialties is yours for $15. Even Blockbuster is in on the game: customers can get a $5 gift card with the purchase of a $50 gift card. For the hard-core shoppers, many retailers offer the famous “early-bird” specials, usually consisting of extra discounts or store giveaways. New York & Ccompany at the Turtle Creek Mall is giving its first 100 customers a free watch with any purchase. From 6 a.m. to 10 a.m., shoppers at 5-7-9 get a storewide 20 percent discount. PetSmart’s first 100 customers receive a coupon book worth up to $150. At Books-A-Million from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m., club members can receive 20 percent off all the books they can fit into one BooksA-Million canvas bag. While there are many more sales and specials than those listed here, students should keep in mind that not all stores participate in the holiday sales. Ross’ Dress See SHOPPING on page 3

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CampusEvents TODAY All Day -- “Breaking the Veils: Women Artists from the Islamic World” -- Hattiesburg Train Depot 10 a.m. -- Free November Festival, exhibition -- Museum of Art 5:30 p.m. -- Women’s Basketball @ Louisiana Monroe -- Monroe, La. 6 p.m. -- CANCELLED -- Fernando Volgon Junior Cello Recital -- Marsh Auditorium 7:30 p.m. -- Saxophone Quartets Concert -- Marsh Auditorium TOMORROW All Day -- “Breaking the Veils: Women Artists from the Islamic World” -- Hattiesburg Train Depot 10 a.m. -- Free November Festival, exhibition -- Museum of Art THURSDAY All Day -- “Breaking the Veils: Women Artists from the Islamic World” -- Hattiesburg Train Depot Students study in front of the library Monday afternoon. With finals getting closer the library is getting more crowded by the day.

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FRIDAY All Day -- “Breaking the Veils: Women Artists from the Islamic World” -- Hattiesburg Train Depot 5 p.m. -- Women’s Basketball v. Alcorn State @ Thanksgiving Classic -- Reed Green Coliseum 7 p.m. -- Women’s Basketball v. Belmont/Michigan @ Thanksgiving Classic -- Reed Green Coliseum SATURDAY All Day -- “Breaking the Veils: Women Artists from the Islamic World” -- Hattiesburg Train Depot 2 p.m. -- Football @ SMU -- Dallas, Texas 2 p.m. -- Women’s Basketball Consolation Game @ Thanksgiving Classic -- Reed Green Coliseum 4 p.m. -- Women’s Basketball Consolation Game @ Thanksgiving Classic -- Reed Green Coliseum SUNDAY All Day -- “Breaking the Veils: Women Artists from the Islamic World” -- Hattiesburg Train Depot -- Compiled by Andy Hess

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News Briefs MTV AWARDS GO TO AFRICA Two Nigerian singers won top awards Saturday as MTV held its first-ever music award program for Africa. D’banj won the artist of the year award and Naeto C was named best new African act at the ceremony in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital. Winners were selected by fans sending text messages. Famous African artists include Senegal’s Youssou N’dour, Nigerian legend Fela Kuti and South African impresario Miriam Makeba, who died this month. MTV hopes the awards offer more exposure to Africa’s vibrant music scene. WEEKEND BOX OFFICE Drawing from its huge fan base of teenage girls, Catherine Hardwicke’s vampire romance “Twilight” topped the box office at $70.5 million in sales, making its opening the biggest ever for a female director. Also on top were: “Quantum of Solace,” “Bolt,” “Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa,” and “Role Models.” TENNIS GREAT STILL STUBBORN

Jimmy Connors, who frequents sporting events near his Santa Barbara, Calif., home, was arrested Friday night. Police said he refused to leave an area outside the arena where the University of California at Santa Barbara and top-ranked North Carolina played basketball. He was booked and released, but further details were withheld.

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Esli Konink, a 21-year-old political science major from The Hague, Netherlands, has been studying at Southern Miss for the semester as well. Konink said she will be staying with another student from the Netherlands along with her host family to “eat all day” for Thanksgiving. She said she has never celebrated the holiday before, but seems to have a thorough grasp of the tradition. She described her impression of the American holiday as: “Eat turkey, watch football, eat more, and then wait for Christmas.”

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for Less employee said that because they offer “rock-bottom prices all year ‘round,” there’s no call for price slashing. For students who want to avoid the hectic traffic and crowded shopping centers, remember that many stores offer freebies, online discounts, free shipping and more for those surfing the shopping sites on Friday. Find ads for multiple stores at Black Friday websites, like,, or www.

Charity continued from page one Terrence Antonio James/MCT President-elect Barack Obama with and Vice President-elect Joe Biden introduced members of their economic team from left to right, Timothy Geithner, treasury secretary-designate, Christina Romer, council of economic advisers chair-designate, Lawrence Summers, national economic council director-designate, and Melody Barnes, domestic policy director, during a press conference in Chicago, Illinois, on Monday, November 24, 2008.

Obama announces team President elect names economic staff to help give sinking economy a ‘jolt’ By Steven Thomma McClatchy Newspapers CHICAGO - President-elect Barack Obama worked to send a message of confidence to jittery markets and consumers Monday, unveiling an economic team tested in crises past and present and promising a massive stimulus package big enough to send a “jolt” through the economy. Obama vowed quick action, ordering his team to produce a plan in coming weeks. He said he hoped they could send the blueprint to the new Congress in January, even before he’s sworn in. The goals of that plan, Obama said at a news conference, include stabilizing the financial system while “addressing our growing foreclosure crisis, helping our struggling auto industry and creating and saving 2.5 million jobs.” The jobs he wants to create, Obama said, would include “rebuilding our crumbling roads and bridges, modernizing our schools and creating the clean energy infrastructure of the 21st century.” He said he’d offer more details about his future budget Tuesday. Stock markets reacted favorably. The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 396.97 points, or 4.98 percent, to close at 8,443.39. The tech-heavy NASDAQ Composite Index rose even more, up 87.67 points, or 6.3 percent, to close at 1472.22. The S&P 500 index rose 6.5 percent, or 51.78 points, to close at 851.81. In an unusual sign of cooperation during a change at the White House not just of presidents but also of political parties, Obama said he’d told his economic team to work with the outgoing Bush administration, which he’d criticized repeatedly as a candidate. He said he’d spoken with President George W. Bush earlier Monday, as well as with Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke, and would honor all public commitments that Bush made to

fight the economic crisis. That’s a sharp change from a similar and oft-cited precedent in 1932, when Democrat Franklin Roosevelt refused to work with outgoing Republican President Herbert Hoover, preferring a clean break as the best sign of a fresh start. “With our economy in distress, we cannot hesitate and we cannot delay,” Obama said as he emerged from two weeks of near seclusion. “Our families can’t afford to keep on waiting and hoping for a solution.” The president-elect, who’s announced his White House staff picks via written statements, appeared in person to unveil his first Cabinet appointment and his economic team: •Timothy Geithner as the secretary of the treasury. As the president of the New York Federal Reserve Bank, Geithner already is deeply involved in the federal rescue of Wall Street and will spearhead Obama’s plan for the overall economy. •Lawrence Summers as the director of the National Economic Council. A former secretary of the treasury under Bill Clinton, Summers helped manage financial crises in Mexico, Asia and Russia. He’ll coordinate Obama’s administration-wide economic policies from inside the White House, with an eye on making sure that the poor and the middle class do better. •Christina Romer as the director of the Council of Economic Advisers. An economics professor at the University of California-Berkeley, Romer also has worked with the National Bureau of Economic Research and the Federal Reserve. •Melody Barnes as the director of the Domestic Policy Council. Barnes is a former aide to Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass., and a vice president of the Center for American Progress, a liberal research center in Washington headed by Obama transition cochairman John Podesta. She’ll help develop a health-care overhaul - providing coverage to the uninsured and reducing

costs for those with insurance an issue that Obama calls key to economic recovery. “We know this won’t be easy, and it won’t happen overnight. We’ll need to bring together the best minds in America to guide us, and that is what I’ve sought to do in assembling my economic team,” Obama said, as the four stood behind him. In dispatching them to write a new plan for rescuing the economy, he signaled a willingness to be pragmatic, even about some of his own campaign promises. Obama is likely to propose a stimulus plan with a price tag that will dwarf the $175 billion he proposed as a candidate. Though he refused to say Monday how much he’d propose, congressional Democrats say it could cost $500 billion to $700 billion. He said that “we’ll have to scour our federal budget line by line, and make meaningful cuts and sacrifices.” He warned, however, that next year’s federal budget deficit could be jarring, given his new proposals atop the extraordinary measures already approved, such as the $700 billion bailout of Wall Street. “It’s going to be costly,” Obama said. “Even if we did nothing further for the remainder of this year . . . we’re going to see a substantial deficit next year, bigger than we’ve seen in a very long time.” Obama stressed that there’s a rare consensus among conservative and liberal economists that a massive federal stimulus is necessary to revive the economy even if it swells the federal budget deficit temporarily. He also said he was open to delaying his proposed tax increase on those who make more than $250,000 a year but that they eventually would have to do more to help pay the bills. He said he’d wait to hear whether his economic team recommended repealing the Bush tax cuts next year for top earners or keeping them intact and letting them expire as scheduled at the end of 2010.

“We all put time and energy into this event to make is special for anyone who comes,” he said. Members of the Southern Miss campus and Hattiesburg community can take Christmas photos with Seymour Santa, sip hot chocolate, and make ornaments, and kids can make reindeer food. Shortly after the opening of the ceremony, the university’s School of Music will feature a French horn ensemble, and Vice President of Student Affairs Joe Paul will speak to the community members and student body. Christmas trees will be lit at the end of the ceremony. As a joint effort of the university to celebrate the season and encourage charity, several organizations have helped to put on this event for the public, including: The Office of Community Services and Learning, the Physical Plant and the Office of Marketing and Public Relations.

Campus News Briefs •The Recreational Sports

Department of Southern Miss is currently collecting gently worn shoes for victims of a natural disaster or those living in extreme poverty. They will be accepting donations until Nov. 26, at the Payne Center. •Give the gift of life this holiday season. Donate blood at the Turtle Creek Mall, November 29th, from 11 to 3pm. •The Great Hattiesburg Gun and Knife Show will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 29 and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 30, held in the main arena of the Forrest County Multi Purpose Center. Cost: $6 adults; kids 12 and under are free. •There will be a memorial and healing service Dec. 1, at the AIDS Services Coalition for those with HIV/AIDS and

those who have lost someone to AIDS. Details: (601) 4504286. At the Thad Cochran Center, there will be free HIV testing from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 1. Also a panel of the AIDS Quilt will be on display from 10 a.m to 6 p.m. Dec 1, and all day Dec. 2. A memorial reception will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. in Union 1 and 2, sponsored by Pine Belt Mental Health Resources. •The University of Southern Mississippi Symphony Orchestra will present its annual Holiday Spectacular Dec. 2, featuring Sandi Patty. Patty will join the Symphony Orchestra, Hattiesburg Choral Union and Temple Baptist Church choirs for a celebration of the season. •The Pine Meadow Alzheimer’s Special Care Center will

be the drop off location for the Toys for Tots donations until Dec. 13. Donations are accepted from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Moviegoers are also asked to donate new, unwrapped toys for boys and girls to place under the 12-foot tall Christmas tree at the Grand Theatre. •Miss Hattiesburg Scholarship Pageant, an official preliminary to the Miss Mississippi pageant, is accepting applications through Jan. 5. Miss contestants must be unmarried young women 17 to 24. The pageant will be held at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 10 in the Jackie Dole Sherrill Community Center. Details: (601) 3101269 or visit

--Compiled by Meryl Dakin


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President-elect, please don’t let us down By Sarah Coleman Printz Writer

Dear President-elect Obama, Your inauguration is in less than two months. Since Election Day, you’ve had advice, suggestions, opinions, even insults aimed at you from every conceivable angle about what you should do when you take office. That being said, allow me to throw in my two cents. I come from what I believe to be an interesting, if not perplexing, generation, one that had a record voter turnout this year. In fact, a significant number of your sup-

porters are around my age. Your young supporters, along with everyone else who elected you, are hopeful that you represent a better brand of leadership. In order to live up to what you promised during your campaign, there are a few things you should know about our generation as a whole, regardless of who each of us voted for. Be aware that we as a generation are used to getting what we want. Growing up, our parents told us that we can achieve anything we put our minds to. Our guidance counselors started talking to us about college when we were barely freshman in high school,

and some of us started thinking about college way before that. We are used to being praised and rewarded for putting effort into just about anything. As products of the late ‘80s and early ‘90s, worrying about money is something many of us have never had to do. Take for example a story about a girl named Caroline, an eightyear-old I used to babysit before I moved to Hattiesburg. She and her parents recently discussed the economic situation on our nation’s hands and how that might affect their family. When the subject of paying for the holiday season arose, Caroline was quick to re-

mind her parents that they didn’t need to worry about that, because “Christmas is free!” Problem solved. Right now, Mr. Obama, we’re coming to the realization that Christmas in fact isn’t free, and neither is anything else. Sure, it would be nice if Christmas were free. I also wish law school were free. A lot of us wish we didn’t have to pay for graduate school, studying abroad, rent, or adding Dining Dollars to our student accounts. So, why does this matter to you? You need to know what you’re

dealing with. My peers and I have high expectations—for ourselves, each other, our country, and for you, future president. I know this is a transitional period for you, with George W. Bush passing the torch of the presidency. However, it’s a transitional period for us, too. Not only are we crossing the threshold into the “real world,” where we have to pay for things ourselves, but now there is less money going around with which to do that. With all this in mind, I beg you: please do what you promised during your campaign. We college kids have already been disappoint-

ed by this recession (some are calling it a depression), and what we do not need is another politician with empty promises. I trust that you mean what you say—I did vote for you—but I still want to stress to you the importance of keeping your word with my age group. It has been said that we are a generation of optimists. Like I said, we have high expectations. So please, Mr. president-elect, when you take office in January, don’t give us a reason to abandon that attitude.

Sara Coleman is a staff writer for The Student Printz. Comments can be sent to

Conservation needed By Jennifer Lamb Printz Writer We are in, and are the cause of, the sixth mass extinction. This is a worldwide event, and while it is difficult to estimate the number of species lost, approximately 30,000 disappear annually. That is a harrowing figure--an estimated three species per hour. The Mississippi Museum of Natural Science lists these species as desperately needing conservation efforts; the dusky gopher frog, red cockaded woodpecker, northern bobwhite, black pine snake, gopher tortoise, swallow tail kite, Swainson’s warbler, black bear, ivory billed woodpecker, and yellow blotched and Pascagoula map turtles. This list does not contain every animal threatened in Mississipppi, but each species is endangered or “of concern.” Price’s ground nut and Louisiana quillwort are two of Mississippi’s endangered plants, and while listing members of other groups clinging to life would be beneficial for education’s sake, space will not permit it. Dr. Niles Eldredge, curator-in-chief

of the “Hall of Biodiversity” at the American Museum of Natural History, pegs the exodus of human beings out of Africa as the point at which the sixth extinction began. Humans exterminated megafauna species and developed agricultural practices. Dr. Eldredge calls agriculture “the single most profound ecological change in the entire 3.5 billion-year history of life.” While agriculture has a great influence on the acceleration of the current mass extinction, there are other anthropogenic players. H.I.P.P.O., an acronym for forces chipping away at global biodiversity, stands for Habitat destruction, Invasive species, Pollution, Population, and Overharvesting. These forces are ranked in descending order of severity, and often work synergistically to alter Earth and the species inhabiting it. Effects of habitat destruction can easily be seen in local Mississippi species. Once an inhabitant of Mississippi forests and now a victim of deforestation, the ivory billed woodpecker was declared extinct everywhere by the IUCN in 1996. However, some have recently suggested that the species survives in eastern Louisiana. The dusky

gopher frog is a Mississippi species with fewer than two hundred adults in the wild. The species is restricted to two known breeding ponds in Harrison and Jackson counties. Economic and medical benefits are not all that is risked when a species disappears. All of the sea turtles that pass through Mississippi coastal waters are threatened or endangered. Imagine watching “Finding Nemo” with your grandchildren and having your descendants ask if those turtles were real. Science has shown that we are hardwired to the natural world, not matter how we might protest. We have two choices; continue down this path and watch the sixth extinction grow to rival the massive end-Permian extinction, or effect change locally and internationally to prevent our own demise. The Southern Miss Green Initiative Website has tips about how to “go green.” While the changes may seem small, if done consistently, they can help to prevent an impossibly depressing future. Jennifer Lamb is a staff writer for The Student Printz. Comments can be sent to

Obama needs to focus on climate By Bob Fisher MCT Campus Not long ago, all eyes focused on Nashville, specifically Belmont University where I serve as president, and where John McCain and Barack Obama engaged in the second presidential debate of the 2008 election season. The subject of the debate was largely centered on the American economic crisis, with scarce discussion of, as then-Sen. Obama put it, “one of the biggest challenges of our times,” global climate change. These two issues, however, are more intertwined than either candidate indicated in the debate. When I served as chairman of the Nashville Chamber of Commerce, I had a simple mission _ to create a business environment where entrepreneurs could realize opportunities to grow their businesses and enrich the community as a whole. But global warming poses a serious threat to every kind of business environment across our nation, including Nashville’s. Recent reports have shown that more than 2 million new “green jobs” can be created in coordination with efforts to tackle the climate crisis. We must embrace this challenge with creative and innovative ideas that continue to strengthen the economy with jobs here in America. In 2007, after a comprehensive review of the world’s best science, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change found that the evidence documenting our changing climate and the role of human activity in climate instability is unequivocal. If left unchecked, global warming could threaten communities around the globe with more severe heat waves, drought and other extreme weather events by the end of the century. In a 2006 report, former World Bank chief economist Nicholas Stern estimated that the international cost of unabated climate change is already at least 5 percent of global per capita GDP. This, Stern warned, could rise to 20 percent of GDP or more

when accounting for a wider range of impacts. President-elect Obama clearly understands that the threat global warming poses to the world is so significant that the solutions must transcend partisanship. The candidates didn’t agree on the specific solutions during the election campaigns, but both acknowledged the economic benefits of reducing greenhouse gas pollution and ultimately solving the global warming challenge. Obama has recently stated that he will tackle the economy and energy within the first 100 days of office, which is likely to include climate change. The Presidential Climate Action Project sent letters to both candidates on Oct. 7, advising them to embrace energy efficiency and greenhouse gas restrictions as a way to stimulate the economy. That letter was endorsed by the Environmental Defense Fund, Environment America and the think tank Center for American Progress as well. The PCAP also published a “100 Day Action Plan” aimed at the 44th president, emphasizing goals of cutting greenhouse gas emissions 30 percent by 2020 and ultimately 80 percent by 2050. The Obama camp’s “New Energy for America” plan lists these as goals, and that is an extremely encouraging start. What remains unclear is whether President Obama will invest the political capital necessary to turn our nation’s course on climate change after years of denial and delay. What this country and the planet needs is a president who is passionate about working with the 111th Congress to transform America’s energy economy _ as soon as possible. Beyond that, the United States must position itself as a leader in negotiating and implementing a worldwide global warming solution. If reducing U.S. greenhouse gas emissions 80 percent by 2050 sounds ambitious, consider that the scientific community posits the alternative as a cascade of natural disasters. Let us hope that the bipartisan discussion of climate change during the Belmont debate was only the beginning of a new chapter in finding the solution to “one of the biggest challenges of our times.” I urge President-elect Obama to make climate change a top priority, and regard the issue with the extreme urgency climate science suggests it requires. In the past we’ve issued similar pleas on behalf of endangered animal and plant species. The time has come for us to get selfish and to plead on behalf of future generations of humans, too. Bob Fisher is president of Belmont University in Nashville, Tenn., and a former chairman of Nashville Chamber of Commerce. Readers may write to him at: 1900 Belmont Blvd., Nashville, Tenn. 37212; e-mail: fisherr@mail.

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bigger than bailout It is now clear that the administration is groping in semidarkness for answers to the nation’s cascading economic woes. The $700 billion bailout plan that once was supposed to buy up troubled assets held by Wall Street has instead become a rescue plan for banks and credit markets. With so much government money being doled out, it should come as no surprise that many troubled businesses, including the Big Three U.S. automakers, are lining up to get their share. Who can blame them? Now is the time, though, for America to take a deep breath, exhale gently and just say No. Instead of a bailout, Detroit needs some tough love. Sure, the U.S. auto industry could use some help - but so, too, could the rest of America. A few weeks ago, Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson predicted an economic meltdown if Congress refused to approve a bailout plan. Lawmakers responded with $700 billion. Now, in hindsight, we know that even with billions flowing to banks and credit markets, the economy has continued to deteriorate. So the administration’s pitch now is to ask for patience. Without the cash infusion, the situation would be much worse, Paulson says. And, yes, he says, the money has brought some stability to troubled credit markets. Really?


What is obvious is that the administration is making up the answers as events unfold. Also obvious is that the U.S. economy is in deeper trouble than anyone could have predicted. Companies everywhere are declaring bankruptcy, eliminating jobs, going into survival mode. Consumers, too, are hunkering down. In this economic free-fall, the U.S. auto industry is asking the president and Congress to pick favorites. Yet the economic forces at play are beyond the federal government’s ability to control. This is where the administration and Congress must draw a line. GM, Ford and Chrysler have already gotten a $25 billion loan to convert to the production of “green” vehicles. They should not be given another $25 billion. U.S. automakers must find ways to rescue themselves. The bill that Congress will consider this week to help the industry has some impressively stringent requirements in return for giving the industry money. These include a thorough restructuring, placing limits on executive pay and banning “golden parachutes” for top executives. But why should the taxpayer be left on the hook when the Big Three ignored years actually, decades - of warnings that they were headed for ruin? Bankruptcy laws are made for cases like these. Congress must tell the automakers to look elsewhere for answers. The federal government can’t print enough money to save every troubled company - nor should it try. Visit The Miami Herald Web edition on the World Wide Web at http://www. Distributed by McClatchy-Tribune Information Services.

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In his editorial “Marriage should be reserved for heterosexuals” writer Jonah S. Taylor asks the question: “Why is this instantly about hate?” Perhaps his question is a good one, although most likely not in the way he intended. It is utterly irrelevant whether the opponents of gay marriage want to ban it because they hate gays, because they fear gays, or simply because they are enamored with tradition. The end result is the same: opposing same-sex marriage denies gays equal treatment under the law. Mr. Taylor seems completely oblivious to this very core, elementary fact. Instead he writes paragraph after paragraph about how offended he is that gays would dare want to have their relationships legally recognized. This is typified by the expression of incredulity that gays are not satisfied by simply not being burned at the stake by

Christians. Let that sink in. Mr. Taylor is suggesting that the most Gay Americans should expect from their country is to not be executed because of who they are. He goes on to posit several more bizarre arguments, and in one low point cites a direct quote from an anonymous Internet message board user as evidence to suggest that same sex couples are somehow less effective parents than traditional couples (not true, by the way, according to a source more trustworthy than an unnamed internet poster: h t t p : / / e n . w i k i s o u r c e . o rg / w i k i / C h i l d r e n ’s _ D e v e l o p ment_of_Social_Competence_Across_Family_Types). This all culminates in perhaps Mr. Taylor’s most offensive point: that the popularity of “Will & Grace” is somehow evidence that gays in America have it great. One wonders whether Mr. Taylor would cite “Amos n’ Andy” to

prove that race relations were just peachy in the 1950s. I am sure Mr. Taylor will take offense at this comparison, as he seems unable to grasp the similarity between the treatment of gays today and African Americans in the past. Perhaps this lack of understanding is why he felt comfortable using the same arguments (e.g. that heterosexual marriage is a long-standing institution) that segregationists used to preserve that long standing institution. This all just further drives home the point that Mr. Taylor doesn’t get it. In America we are not guaranteed almost fair and equal treatment or fair and equal treatment unless it steps on someone’s toes. No, we are guaranteed fair treatment no matter who we are or who we love. That’s the center of this controversy, the rest is just a convenient distraction

The reasons why same-sex marriage or civil union should be allowed are extensive, but I am not going to discuss that here. In response to the article “Marriage should be reserved for heterosexuals” it is important to make clear that most gay organizations have also a religious purpose. I believe that the problem is not about religion, but could be Christianity. Many Christians tend to be extremist when something is against the rule of “their” God. Things are either right or wrong, while other religions see the concept of life in a different way. Another question is why the U.S is so concerned about the issue of gay marriage. The U.S is considered to be the best example of “democracy” and “freedom”, but if we look back in history we all know this is not true. Americans are again behind when the issue is human rights.

While most of the world was desegregated, the “world model of liberty and freedom” remained segregated. While countries like Spain, Canada, Netherlands and even the traditional Mexico recognize same-sex marriage for their citizens, The United States is still struggling with this issue. Gay marriage does not mean to accommodate the homosexual lifestyle. It means a human right that soon or later will be fully conquered based on the development of the cause. What does it mean “crossing the line?” There is no line to be crossed. We are all standing on the same level of equality and that’s what we are fighting for. I encourage the author of the article to read more African American and gay literature and see the similarities between both causes. We are talking about the fear that we have to face sometime. We are talking about the

disapproval of our own family and friends for fighting for our cause like many African Americans faced when they decided to fight for their equality. We are talking about the idea of asking ourselves “if my neighbor has some rights why I do not if we are all equal in society?” Let’s keep in mind that one of the roles of the government is to represent and assure rights of the minorities, and our rights have been denied in this country so far. We are not asking churches to marry. We are not asking God to marry. We are asking for civil rights that do not belong to religious institutions or the government but to all of us as equal citizens and human beings.

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Graduate student Patricia Silva will be performing tomorrow for an audience that includes one very special guest: Pope Benedict XVI. The bassist will perform alongside the Youth Orchestra of the Americas at the Vatican’s Basilica di San Petro in the opening concert of the Vatican’s seventh Festival Internazionale di Musica e Arte Sacra (International Festival of Sacred Music and Art). The orchestra consists of 100 musicians between the ages of 18 and 26 from over 20 countries in the western hemisphere. For the

performance at the Vatican, the orchestra will use a reduced format of 49 performers. This performance will not be the first major concert Silva has performed at this year, having toured with the I Sphinx Chamber Orchestra across the country last month. The I Sphinx Orchestra is part of the Sphinx Organization, whose goal is to reflect cultural diversity through classical music. Last month’s tour hit major cities such as Chicago, Memphis, and most notably a performance at New York City’s Carnegie Hall. “All performances were important, but I had big expectations to play at Carnegie Hall,” said

Silva. “It is very emotional to think that many great musicians that I admire had played there and I was there.” Last year, Silva won the the William T. Gower competition on campus. The competition is an annual event that showcases the solo work of USM music students. Silva was the first bassist to win the competition. Despite the pressure, Silva is excited about her opportunity to play for the pope. “I feel very honored because of what he represents,” said Silva. “The pope is the leader of the Roman Catholic church and I feel very special to have the opportunity to play sacred music for him at the Vatican.”

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Chinese Democracy hits shelves after 14 year wait By Eric Nagurney Entertainment Editor We’re living in a new world now. For approximately fourteen years, the world had lived under at least one constant: Chinese Democracy, the third full-length record by Guns ‘n’ Roses, still had not been released. This past Sunday, that constant disappeared forever, as Chinese Democracy was actually released. This is something that many thought would never come to pass, including soft-drink manufacturer Dr. Pepper, who offered the entire country a free soda if the album was released by the end of the year. Now that the country is one Dr. Pepper and one Guns ‘n’ Roses album richer, the question of the album’s musical value is still up in the air. It’s a difficult question to



answer, mainly because Chinese Democracy is almost impossible to divorce from context. Chuck Klosterman said it best in his excellent review of the record: “Reviewing Chinese Democracy is not like reviewing music. It’s more like reviewing a unicorn.” He’s right, it’s not like reviewing any other album. Chinese Democracy is a completely unique entity in the world of music, though not for the music contained within. Any discussion of this album is inevitably going

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to touch on its unprecedented fourteen year gestation time, the departure of every member of the original band not named Axl Rose, and the obsessively perfectionist nature of Rose. Still, the reason people still care about this record is to actually hear what Rose has been working on all these years, so let’s actually talk about that. Chinese Democracy is not a train wreck. It’s somewhat unfortunate that this statement is a necessary preface, but, honestly, an absolute train wreck is what more than a few were expecting. Thankfully, the record is not an endless parade of terrible, inexplicable Axl Rose decisions. There are plenty of those, but there’s also a lot of epic hard-rock that will more than satisfy a number of people. In fact, it takes a good three songs into the record to really run into a head-scratching moment, that

being what sounds like talk box squelching at the end of “Better.” Everything prior is fairly solid, nononsense rock. It’s not necessarily great, but your mileage will vary depending on how much you value such a thing. In the years of its creation, Rose must have made thousands of decisions concerning this album. Apparently, every single one of those decisions involved the addition of another element to each song. This is an incredibly dense album that leaves the listener with basically no room to breathe. Nobody was really expecting subtlety from Guns ‘n’ Roses, but I don’t know if anybody was expecting a record that is constantly aiming to be incredibly epic. Guitar solos are thrown in with seemingly no regard to structure, a grandiose choirs opens “There Was A

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Stephenie Meyer’s teen-vampire novel “Twilight” finally made its way to the big screen this weekend and took in a record 70.6 million dollars. Director Catherine Hardwicke’s (“Thirteen,” “Lords of Dogtown”) film is the highest grossing yet by a female director and is sure to pass the 100 million dollar mark by next week. To date, the Twilight book series has collectively sold 17 million copies. Why the enormous success? Considering the profitable franchises of Harry Potter and Hannah Montana, it comes as no surprise. “Twilight” tells the story of a socially awkward, though completely normal, high school girl. She is Bella (Kristen Stewart) and has moved to a small Washington town to live with her father, who is the town’s police chief. Bella is introduced to the mysterious Cullen family, and it is the pale skinned, darkeyed Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson) that quickly catches her gaze. One day, a car nearly crushes Bella, but Edward crosses the parking lot, jumps between her and the car, and shoves it away. Bella is, from that moment on, completely infatuated with Edward. Edward is attracted to her, as well, partly out of physical attraction and partly out of his thirst for her blood. When Bella discovers that Edward is a vampire, and that he has no intention of causing her harm, her besotted state inflames ten fold. As far as the adaptation from book to screen, the result contained varied opinions. “When I T:10”





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Time”, Rose has a falsetto duet with himself on “Scraped,” and there’s even an attempt at Pink Floyd-esque space-rock game on “Sorry.” Some of it works, but mostly it’s just exhausting, if not a little annoying. What’s interesting about Chinese Democracy is that it likely won’t be compared to the duo of Use Your Illusion albums that it follows up. Instead, it will likely be most directly compared to Appetite For Destruction, the group’s debut masterwork. In reality, this is an odd comparison, as the two records are basically exact opposites. Appetite dances through its world of apocalyptic misanthropy, while Democracy retreats inward into Rose’s paranoias. Most of Appetite feels like a simple work of accidental genius; obviously, the belabored songs of Democracy leave no

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heard Catherine Hardwicke was directing the movie, I was excited because I knew she wouldn’t make another stereotypical teen movie,” said USM sophomore Amanda Lucius. “Though with every scene you could see her more creative style, I felt my intelligence questioned by little details spelled out in extreme close-ups. I know this movie was made for tween-girls but even they have the ability to infer.” Freshman English major Beverly Locker was not at all concerned with the nature of specific scenes. “I felt as though the general themes of the book were kept intact,” she said. “This is really the most important thing.” It is no surprise that a story such as this is so warmly received by its target audience. Teenagers rampantly spout the phrase “I love you” about as commonly as “your face,” leaving it to seem normal that such an emotion can be genuinely felt with a few burning glances. Cory Taylor is a staff writer for The Student Printz. Comments can be sent to

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No. 2 UConn casually defeats No. 17 Miami Manny Navarro MCT Campus

ST. THOMAS, U.S. Virgin Islands _ If there was a moment that served as an example of the type of night the University of Miami had against second-ranked Connecticut on Sunday night, it happened during a quick series of plays with about 10 minutes to play. Dwayne Collins had just made the type of play you see on highlight reels, grabbing the ball in the post, muscling his way inside and dunking on UConn’s Hasheem Thabeet. About 12 seconds later, the Huskies’ 7-3, 260-pound center was on the other end doing

the same - but with ease over three defenders. The No. 17 Hurricanes threw all kinds of double- and tripleteams at the likely future NBA lottery pick, but that along with a 27-point effort from Jack McClinton wasn’t nearly enough to overcome their former Big East rivals in a 76-63 semifinal loss at the Paradise Jam. “At times, I felt like I was able to do some things,” Collins said of his battle with Thabeet, who finished with 19 points, 14 rebounds and set the defensive tone for the Huskies with seven blocks. “He’s just so big.” Miami (2-1) came out do-

ing exactly what coach Frank Haith wanted. The ‘Canes went right at the former Tanzanian soccer star. Two minutes in, Collins had scored on a jump hook and then a dunk - as he was on his way to his second doubledouble of the season with 16 points and 14 rebounds. But every time the Hurricanes made a play, Connecticut’s towering big man answered with a momentum changing block or a rebound over one of Miami’s post players, all of whom were at least seven inches shorter than Thabeet. “It’s not about me hitting the first shot or the last shot,”

since her sophomore year. In 2008, Judson led Blessed Trinity to the brink of the Georgia AAA State Championship as the team finished second to Ware County losing on the third hole of a sudden death playoff. Judson placed 5th individually in the state overall and helped lead the team to the Georgia AAA Region 5 championship.

ern Miss volleyball team defeated Marshall both times they play. On Thursday evening in the Elma Roane Fieldhouse, the Thundering Herd made sure the third time was the charm as 10th-seeded Marshall upset the No. 7 seed Golden Eagles, 3-0, in the third match of the 2008 Conference USA Championship. Marshall squeaked out a twopoint win in the opening set, 25-23, but rolled to 25-19 and 25-13 victories in the next two games to improve to 13-14 on the year. Southern Miss, meanwhile, concluded its season at 17-13.

In Brief Special to the Printz Women’s golf inks Judson HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Blessed Trinity’s Lauren Judson signed a National Letter of Intent on November 13 to play golf for the University of Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles in fall 2009. The signing is a culmination of a stellar career as a high school and junior golfer. Judson is a 4-year member of Blessed Trinity’s girls varsity golf team and has been team captain

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No Bowl Championship Series President-elect has his priorities in order Mike Bianchi MCT Campus

His presidency has yet to start and he’s already turned the sports realm into a blue state. Just as promised during the election, he is concentrating on the problems at home rather than abroad. Who knows if Presidentelect Barack Obama will someday blow up Iran, but the good news today is this: He wants to blow up the BCS. God Bless America! “If you’ve got a bunch of teams who play throughout the season, and many of them have one loss or two losses, there’s no clear decisive winner,” Obama said this week during an interview on “60 Minutes.” “We should be creating a playoff system. “Eight teams,” he added. “That would be three rounds to determine a national champion. It would add three extra weeks to the season. You could trim back on the regular season. I don’t know any serious fan of college football who has disagreed with me on this. So, I’m going to throw my weight around a little bit. I think it’s the right thing to do.” Excuse me for my premature exhortation, but . . . “Four more years!” And, please, spare me the partisan rhetoric about how Obama should be worried about restoring the economy, overhauling the health care system and coordinating the end to two wars. Even Republican presidents stick their nose in sports. Richard Nixon once drew up a play and sent it to former Washington Redskins coach George Allen, who used it (unsuccessfully) in a playoff game. And a few years ago, George W. Bush used part of his State of the Union address to rail against steroids in baseball. Normally, I’m one who believes the president should be trying to identify the whereabouts of Osama bin Laden instead of identifying the national college football champion, but this is just too funny. Is there anything better than watching the BCS bigwigs and their money-grubbing cartel sweat out the threat of government intervention?

And don’t think the BCS conference commissioners aren’t genuinely worried about Obama and vice president Joe Biden. Don’t forget, it was Biden who called the BCS “rigged” and “un-American” a few years ago when the Senate Judiciary Committee started talking about looking into the inequitable nature of college football. The BCS commissioners were so eager to head off government interference back then they added an additional BCS bowl to give easier access to non-BCS teams. “I am glad (Obama) has a passion for college football like so many other Americans,” BCS Coordinator John Swofford said in a statement. “For now, our constituencies _ and I know he understands constituencies _ have settled on the current BCS system, which the majority believe is the best system yet to determine a national champion while also maintaining the college football regular season as the best and most meaningful in sports.” It should be noted Swofford is also the commissioner of the Atlantic Coast Conference _ a league that gets an automatic invitation to a lucrative BCS bowl even though this year the ACC doesn’t have a team that merits such a bid. Meanwhile, there likely will be undefeated and deserving teams from non-BCS leagues (see Boise State) that will get shut out of a $15 million bowl because they weren’t fortunate enough to be born into a bigmoney conference 100 years ago when college football leagues began forming. It’s laughable when Swofford talks about his “constituencies” as if he has the backing of college football fans. The fact is, most fans would vote for a playoff, but Swofford and his “constituency” of the five other major-conference commissioners have ignored our wishes for years. They control the BCS and the bowl system and want to call all the shots and keep all the cash. They’re almost as financially bloated and brazen as banking executives who wanted to deregulate the mortgage industry years ago. Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac certainly need legislative oversight, but

so do the SEC and Big Ten. In case you missed it, ESPN earlier this week bid a half-billion dollars for a four-year TV deal with the BCS. Nearly all of that money will be split by the six major conferences while the non-BCS leagues get a few shekels worth of hush money to keep them from complaining too much. If Barack Obama is truly serious about “spreading the wealth” in America, a great place to start would be with the BCS and its institutions of higher earning. If Joe the Plumber can own his own business then shouldn’t Boise State be able to play for a national title? Even if you don’t like politicians meddling in sports, you should relish Obama’s plan if for no other reason than this: Seeing the terror-stricken look on the faces of the BCS good ol’ boys when Hillary Clinton is appointed the new czar of college football.

Thabeet said. “I give credit to my teammates and my coaches for executing the plays.” “I know the other team is in for a long day when he comes out with that fire. It’s not too many times he feels challenged,” UConn point guard A.J. Price said. “I think tonight he felt challenged.” UConn coach Jim Calhoun called it a quality win for his team and praised the play of Collins and McClinton afterward. Both were huge in bringing Miami back from 19and 17-point deficits. Miami’s first comeback started after the Hurricane’s went ice-cold from the field, missing 19 shots in a row as it

started 3 of 22 from the field. UM freshman DeQuan Jones finally ended a near 10-minute scoring drought with a beautiful reverse layup with 8:42 left in the first half. McClinton then went off for nine points in a row, keying a 172 run to help the Canes cut UConn’s 19-point lead to 3831 at the half. “McClinton probably gets the jump shot off faster than anybody we’ve played against, and that includes going back to guys like Kerry Kittles and Scottie Reynolds,” Calhoun said. “I thought we did a reasonably good job on him but some of his three-pointers were just unstoppable. He’s a

terrific basketball player.” After UConn went up 17 in the second half, McClinton and Collins put together a tagteam effort to to help the Hurricanes pull within 70-63 with 2:37 left. But they got little help from their teammates down the stretch. James Dews, Lance Hurdle, Eddie Rios and Brian Asbury - among Miami’s top six leading scorers - produced a combined eight points on 3 of 17 from the field. “We played as hard as we could,” McClinton said. “But we can’t keep our heads down. We got another one to play (Monday). We can a learn a lot from this and move on.”


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Golden Eagles bowl eligible with win Saturday By Tyler Cleveland Sports Editor The Southern Miss Golden Eagles know what they have to do if they want to extend their bowl appearance streak to eight seasons: defeat SMU this weekend. The game is scheduled for Saturday at 2 p.m., with Rock 104 (104.5 FM) providing radio coverage locally. The Mustangs don’t present much of a challenge when compared with the past three teams the Eagles have defeated. Under new coach June Jones, who was hired away from Hawaii after the Warriors went undefeated and earned a BCS bowl big in the Sugar Bowl in 2007, the Mustangs are 1-11, with their lone win coming against Division 1AA Texas State. The SMU offense has been effective this season, and has played its best football towards the end of this season. The Mustangs rank No. 16 nationally in passing offense, averaging 274 yards a game. On the other hand, the Mustangs are currently No. 119 in rushing offense with just 44.8 yards rushing per game.

Southern Miss defensive coordinator Todd Bradford has faced Jones’ offense before, and knows what to expect. “I have faced Jones’ run-andshoot when he was at Hawaii, and looking at film it doesn’t look like it has changed much,” Bradford said. “They are going to be throwing it all over the place and they’ll run when they have to.” Bradford said that he will probably use as many defensive backs as he can to try to counter the heavy passing attack. SMU quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell, a redshirt freshman, has thrown for 24 touchdowns and 21 interceptions, so the Eagles will be playing some opportunistic defense when they can. Mitchell has nursed a sore shoulder the past three weeks but should be ready to play this weekend. The Mustang defense has had a tough season, and currently ranks 118 in the nation in total defense. SMU has yet to hold an opponent under 31 points. The Mustangs are also 118 in the nation in rushing defense, and earlier in the season lost to Navy without the Midshipmen completing a single pass.



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Southern Miss running back Damion Fletcher sidesteps SMU defensive tackle Charlie Berry in the second quarter of last season where the Golden Eagles won 28-7.

Southern Miss quarterback Austin Davis emphasized that the team isn’t taking anything for granted. “It doesn’t matter who you are playing, you have to take care of

business,” Davis said. “You can’t take anything for granted in college football, if you don’t perform, you are going to get beat.” When asked how important closing out the season with four

straight wins would be, head coach Larry Fedora didn’t hold back. “It would obviously be huge. There was a point there where everybody had written us off,

but these guys kept fighting and they fought back,’ Fedora said. They have gotten themselves in a position now, where if we win on Saturday, we will achieve one of our goals. “If we don’t, all of those things will have been for nothing. If we take care of our business here, and get into a bowl game, who knows what will happen.” The Golden Eagles’ all-time record against SMU is 1-0.

Lady Eagles lose heartbreaker Special to the Printz South Alabama overcame a 10-point deficit and literally stole the game when Shakira Nettles stole a Southern Miss inbound pass, got fouled, then converted both free throws giving South Alabama a 66-64, win over the visiting Golden Eagles Thursday night. On the other hand, Southern Miss missed a golden opportunity to seal the win when Stephanie Helgeson missed two free throws with 19.8 seconds remaining while holding a two-point lead, 64-62. The Lady Jags extended its winning streak to six straight games over Southern Miss. Helgeson paced Southern Miss (2-1) with a teamhigh 18 points to go with 10 rebounds, Tanesha Washington came off the bench to score 11 points and Amber Eugene added 10. Jessica Starling led all scorers with a game-high 24 points and Nettles added 16 points for South Alabama (3-0). “When you play against good teams, games are won four ways,” Head Coach Joye Lee-McNelis said. “They are won at the free throw line, taking care of the basketball, taking away their best shooters and getting the key rebounds down the stretch. We didn’t do that tonight.” Southern Miss led twice in the first half, 2-0, and 6-4, and from there, the Lady Jags took control. USA led by as many as five points early, but Southern Miss battled back to tie the game at 14-14, but the Jags came right back with a three-pointer from Nettles, a free throw from Morriah Smith and another basket by Nettles to take a 20-16 lead. “I believe our short cuts caught up with us,” McNelis said. “We have to do the little things like take care of the basketball and make free throws. We just didn’t execute in the last seven seconds of the game. But goes back to the 10-point lead when we didn’t defense the bounce; we gave up threes; we did not execute defensively when we needed to; and we quick rebounding during crunch time.”

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The Southern Miss Golden Eagles rallied twice in two days to beat LaSalle and Iona after losing to No. 17 Miami (Fla.) Hurricanes.

Every time Southern Miss threatened or tied the game, South Alabama had an answer. The Jags led 36-32 at the half despite the Lady Eagles holding a 22-to-8 points in the paint advantage. Southern Miss outscored South Alabama, 7-2, to take a 39-28 lead, but it was short lived as the Jags scored on a quick basket and a three-pointer off a USM turnover, pushing the lead back to four, 43-39. From there, the Lady Eagles regrouped and put together a 12-0 run for a 51-43 lead with just over 11 minutes remaining. The Golden Eagles eventually led by as many as 10 points, 57-47 at the 8:21 mark. to Monroe, La., to play LouisianaMonroe.

The Lady Eagles return to action today when they travel to Monroe, La., to play Louisiana-Monroe. Game time is set for 7 p.m.

Basketball rallies from 14 to beat Iona Saturday and Iona 64-63 on Monday. The Eagles won both games in come-from-behind fashion, overcoming a 14-point halftime deficit against LaSalle and a 10-point second half deficit against Iona. Junior guard Jeremy Wise led the Eagles with 62 points in three games. The tournament featured a deep field, with second-ranked Connecticut, No. 22 Wyoming and ACC powerhouse Miami. Connecticut won the tournament by defeating Wisconsin in the final round. The Bad-

Tyler Cleveland Printz Writer

The Southern Miss Golden Eagles had a successful showing in their first-ever appearance in the Paradise Jam Tournament in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands. The Eagles went 2-1 in the tournament and finished fifth in the tournament. Southern Miss lost it’s opening-round matchup with Miami 70-60 on Friday, but fought their way out of the losers’ bracket by defeating LaSalle 76-72 in overtime on

gers placed second, followed by Miami in third, San Diego fourth, Southern Miss fifth, Iona sixth, La Salle in seventh and Valparaiso finished eighth. The Eagles came into the tournament 2-0, and left 4-1. Southern Miss head coach Larry Eustachy called the second-round victory over La Salle “one of the most satisfying wins of his career at Southern Miss.” The Golden Eagles return to action when they host South Alabama on Tuesday, Dec. 2 at Reed Green Coliseum.

Thanksgiving weekend bad for turkeys, great for Eagles Tyler Cleveland Sports Editor

Happy early Thanksgiving everyone. I hope everyone is looking forward to both the break and the great football we can look forward to in the next week. It’s been a long month, but a great month for the Southern Miss football program. As I’ve written in this space before, the turnaround that the Southern Miss football team has pulled off this season has been remarkable. After falling in five straight games, the Eagles have a chance to redeem themselves by becom-

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ing bowl eligible with a win over SMU this Saturday in Dallas. Head coach Larry Fedora and defensive coordinator Todd Bradford have to be walking on air after the complete Mr. Hydeto-Dr. Jekyll shift that the defense has made. The defensive line has stymied the rushing attacks of Central Florida and East Carolina in back-to-back games, ushering in the return of the “Nasty Bunch” cheer to M.M. Roberts Stadium. The defensive backfield, which was horrible at times last season and only got younger in the offseason, has improved tremendously over the course of the year and could end up being the difference in the final two games of the season. On the offensive side of the ball, the Eagles went from good

to great. The Eagles are on the verge of breaking the school record for total offense (5,066 yards in 2007), and total plays run (946 in 2007). The off-the-field problems seemed to be quelled (at least for the moment) and the Eagles should take care of business in Dallas and run the bowl appearance streak to seven seasons. SMU IS HOW BAD? The Mustangs (1-10, 0-7 in C-USA) shouldn’t prove to be much of problem for the Eagles, who are currently riding a three game win-streak. SMU is allowing 490.6 yards of total offense a game, good enough for 118th out of 119 Division-1 schools. Star quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell, a redshirt-freshman, has thrown 24 touchdown passes this

season in coach June Jones’ runand-shoot offense. Problem is, he’s also thrown 21 interceptions. SMU star running back... wait, they don’t run the ball at all. The Mustangs average 44 yards per game rushing, and have rushed for 465 in 11 games this season while allowing 2,548 yards on the ground to opponents. And you thought Southern Miss had problems. THANKSGIVING TURKEYS This year has given us plenty of turkeys in the world of sports, here are a few to remember: - Notre Dame head coach Charlie Weis admitted that last year’s Irish team was bad, but said that this season his team had improved to “decent” status. After falling to the 2-9 Syracuse Orange on Saturday, Weis was

pelted with snowballs by the Irish faithful in South Bend. - Washington coach Ty Willingham is on the verge of going 0-12, making them the only team in college football from a BCS conference to go without a win. - The SMU athletic department broke out all the stops to promote the hiring of June Jones from Hawaii as their head football coach. SMU produced 150,000 wall posters, 200 FatHead cutouts and unveiled press credentials with the “June Cometh” slogan on them. All that marketing has garnered just one win all season, and that win was against Division 1-AA opponent Texas State. - Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban may be one of the most animated team owners in all of sports, but last week was named in an investigation of

improper use of information in an insider trading scandal that could land Cuban’s pocketbook in a world of hurt. - Les Miles and LSU are still the reigning national champions, but the Tigers have lost four games this season and have the 11th-ranked pass defense in the SEC. I guess they used up all their lucky pennies last season. - Packers general manager Matt Murphy was hell-bent on trading former Southern Miss star Brett Favre and make Aaron Rodgers the starter in Green Bay. At the start of the season it looked like a good move, but now in week 13, the Packers are 5-5 with the 15thranked offense and the Jets are 8-3 with the 10th-ranked offense. Tyler Cleveland is a sports editor for The Student Printz. Comments can be sent to

TODAY 6:30 p.m. -- Women’s Basketball @ Louisiana-Monroe --Monroe, La.

7 p.m. -- Belmont v. Michigan -- Thanksgiving Classic -- Reed Green Coliseum

FRIDAY 5 p.m. -- Women’s Basketball v. Alcorn State -- Reed Green Coliseum

SATURDAY 2 p.m. -- Football @ SMU -- Dallas, Texas


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