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Southern Miss wide receiver charged with burglary Tyler Cleveland Sports Editor

Southern Miss head coach Larry Fedora confirmed Monday that former Golden Eagle wide receiver Torris Magee left the football team on Thursday, Oct. 23, one day before Magee was arrested and charged with one count of burglary of a 38th Avenue home. Police said Magee entered

a house, stole property and then fled on foot. Magee was arrested behind a local apartment complex. House tenant and Southern Miss student Sammi Guinan said that she called police around 1:30 a.m. after it was discovered that several items were stolen from her and other guests attending a Halloween party at her home at 309 N. 38th Avenue. “My camera was missing,

but I thought ‘Hey it’s a party, I probably just misplaced it,’” Guinan, a senior theater Torris Magee major, said. “Then not 10 minutes later one of my friends came running in with my wallet, which she found in the street. Stuff was everywhere, my checkbook and I.D. were in the

bushes, credit card receipts and bank statements were lying in the yard. “I didn’t get anything back, I found my checkbook in the bushes the next morning and my I.D. had been jammed into the trunk of a friend’s car.” Another guest at the party reported having her cellphone stolen. Guinan said that the carrying case to her digital camera was found in the bushes of

the apartment complex that houses the football team, which is located directly across the Larry Fedora street from the residence. Magee was released from the Forrest County Jail at 8:49 a.m. Saturday for medical reasons. Fedora made the announce-

ment of Magee’s decision to leave the team at his weekly press conference Monday. “Torris left the football team on Thursday afternoon and isn’t a member of the team,” Fedora said. “Whatever happened from there is his business and not mine to comment on. “It was his choice, and he did not give me a reason.” Magee led the team in See MAGEE on page 3

Homecoming events kick off Lesley Walters News Editor

In line with Southern Miss tradition, the week before the Homecoming game is filled with events aimed at raising school spirit and excitement until kickoff Saturday. Student Government Association President Melissa Cirino said most of the Homecoming events this week will involve competitions between the six Homecoming teams. Five of the teams are made up of specific student organizations. The sixth, the Black and Gold Team, includes any members of the student body who wished to join, regardless of membership in a student organization. The celebrations began when the Student Government Association hosted its Homecoming Kickoff Party Monday. Melissa Cirino, president of the SGA, said the event meant “to give students the chance to all come together to begin the celebration as one student body.” The main event today is the Fountain Sit. Each team will send a representative to sit in the fountain in Shoemaker Square for as long as possible. The team representative who

can stay in the fountain the longest wins. Competitors who correctly answer Southern Miss trivia questions earn privileges, Cirino said, like bathroom breaks. Answering incorrectly can send a soaking student into deeper water, or closer to the fountainhead. SGA will host the Miss or Mister Varsity Pageant in the Bennett Auditorium from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday. In this Halloween-themed pageant, male competitors will wear traditionally female clothes, and vice versa. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday night from 9 until midnight, SGA will host Powerhouse Late Night. A spelling bee will take place in the restaurant’s courtyard, with a “twist.” The Eagle Step Contest will be held at 5 p.m. Thursday in the Eagle Plaza, the area between M.M. Roberts Stadium and R.C. Cook Union. Each team has prepared a two-minute routine for the hop contest. During an all-day event called “Go Gold, Go Fright Win!” Friday, students can sign in at Shoemaker Square from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. wearing any Southern See HOMECOMING on page 3


Maggie Sanford/Photo Editor

Luke Post, a freshman sports broadcasting major from Mandeville, La., balances an egg on a spoon in hopes of being the first to make it to the pole during a relay race in the District Monday. The race was a part of SGA’s homecoming kick-off party for this week’s events.

Trick-or-treating helps local animal shelter Bob Worth Printz Writer

Local families will have a chance to trick-or-treat in a safe environment while supporting the Southern Pines Animal Shelter at Delta Tau Delta’s “Spooky Trails for Wagging Tails” fund-raiser Friday night from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., in front of the Payne Center. The event is free, but trickor-treaters are encouraged to donate items to the shelter. “We’re asking the general public to donate laundry detergent, bleach, toys for dogs,

toys for kittens and cats, nonscoopable cat litter,” said Karen Reidenbach, president of the Board of Directors of Southern Pines. One item the shelter does not need is dog food, Reidenbach said, since Hill Brands, the maker of Science Diet, now donates all of the shelter’s food. Members of Delta Tau Delta will dress in Halloween costumes and hand out candy to the trick-or-treaters, and animals from the shelter will be on hand as well. Delta Tau Delta member Jamani Johnson expects the event will be a success, adding

that, “20 or 30 people usually come out” to the annual event. “We have candy for the kids, as they walk around, they play with the dogs,” said Jamani Johnson, a member of Delta Tau Delta. “It’s just a fun time.” Reidenbach asks that trickor-treaters not to bring their pets. The event “is for the twolegged kids, not the four-legged kids,” Reidenbach said. Reidenbach said the animals’ names and information would be available to anyone interested in adopting a pet. But no animals will be available for adoption Friday night.

“Anyone interested in adopting them, we’ll tell them how to get in touch with the shelter the following week,” Reidenbach said. Senior guitar performance major Dan Kyzer, a member of Delta Tau Delta from Jackson, calls the event “something that our whole chapter can really embrace,” where everyone “has fun for a good cause.” “We are so appreciative of Delta Tau Delta,” said Reidenbach. “We look forward to (the event) growing, and the community coming out, bringing their kids to trick or treat.”

“Instead of only including the other sororities, we wanted to do something that would incorporate the entire community,” Bryant said. “Usually we only celebrate the day; this year it’s a whole weekend thing.” The festivities began Friday. Parents brought their children to visit USM’s sororities, where the members had created events to entertain the girls and boys. At the KΔ house, Bryant said they had as many as 50 children around the age of 7 or 8 pass through, including girl scouts and children of USM alumni and supporters. “We had a KΔ ‘spa’ set up, a little like ‘Club Libby Lu,’” Bryant said. “We did their hair, painted nails, gave mini-makeovers and even had costumes for them to dress up.” The event wasn’t just for the

girls, Bryant said. “We had a father and son come along as well,” she added. “We gave them both Mohawks, and I think even they had fun.” The children were able to visit some of the other Sorority Village houses as well, each holding activities specific to their sororities. At the Chi Omega house, sophomore fashion merchandise major from Bay St. Louis, Alexa Smith, said they set up a “pin the wings on the owl” game for the kids. Towards the end of the evening, children in princess and Superman costumes were sprawled across the living room watching “Ice Age” with the girls. “The alumni came and dropped off their kids while they went off and enjoyed their Friday night,” Smith said. “It was kind of like

babysitting, but more fun – probably for the kids too.” Senior Biology major Gail Sims, from Meridian, shared Smith’s sentiments. “Our alumni do so much for us, so this was a nice way of giving back to them while helping out with another sorority’s philanthropy,” Sims said. Saturday, which was Friendship Day, KΔ celebrated the culmination of the weekend with featured speakers Bonnie Warren and Elee Reeves. Warren is President of the National Council for Kappa Delta and Reeves is the wife of Tate Reeves, Mississippi State Treasurer. Sorority chapter presidents, sorority chapter advisors, and Erin Munton were recognized for their commitment to the Greek system at USM.

Women’s Friendship Day a success Meryl Dakin Printz Writer

Maggie Sanford/Photo Editor

Participants in the SGA Homecoming kick-off relay race attempt shaving a balloon without popping it. The race also involved passing oranges to a team member using their chin and racing while balancing an egg on a spoon.

The Kappa Delta sorority celebrated National Women’s Friendship Day over the weekend, complete with makeovers, dress-up and animated movies. National Women’s Friendship Day usually consists of an evening spent with the other sororities to promote “friendship with our Greek sisters,” said junior marketing major from Hattiesburg, Melissa Bryant. “We all get together and hang out, watch movies, eat, et cetera, to promote good relationships among all of Greek life,” the public relations vice president of KΔ said. This year, however, Bryant said they wanted to switch things up a bit.

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DirtyBirds 10-17-08 Hillcrest - Harassment - Incident report on file.

10-18-08 4th St - Vehicle Traffic Stop - The driver was turned over to Hattiesburg Police for possible DUI. 10-19-08 Sorority Village - Suspicious Person - A witness reported seeing a black male, wearing white t-shirt and blue jeans, attempting to open vehicle doors. 10-20-08 Scott Hall - Fight - Referred to Dean of Students office. Liberal Arts Lot - Motor Vehicle Accident - MS Uniform Crash report on file. McCarty Hall - Vandalism - A resident reported unknown person damaged a decorative pumpkin. E Memorial Dr. - Auto Burglary - A student reported the theft of a MP3 player, cord and headphones. Cook Library - Petit Larceny - A student reported the theft of a bicycle. 10-22-08 118 Fraternity Dr - Alcohol - Two campus citations were issued for USM Alcohol Policy Violation. Union - Citizen Complaint - Referred to Dean of Students. Elam Lot - Destroying Private Property - A student reported his parked vehicle was damaged by unknown means. Kelley Hall - Suspicious Person - UPD identified and interviewed a subject who had been seen attempting to open vehicle doors. Hillcrest Lot - Auto Theft - A student reported the theft of her vehicle. It is a 1987 Chevy Caprice Classic, Tag# WYI734, blue in color. Performing Arts Sidewalk - Larceny - A student reported the theft of a blue Roadmaster bicycle.

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Alpha Tau Omega member Ben Weldon scares a group of people while dressed in a clown mask with a chainsaw in ATO’s haunted house Friday. All proceeds from the event were donated to Hattiesburg’s chapter of Habitat for Humanity.

Jennifer Olmstead, of Drew University, leads a discussion during the Oct. 23 forum on “Gender and Conflict in the Islamic World” at Southern Miss. Olmstead was one of four panelists at the event held in conjunction with the university’s national exhibit “Breaking the Veils: Women Artists of the Islamic World.” Photo courtesy of USM PR

10-23-08 Campus - Harassment - A student reported being harassed by an ex-boyfriend. Black & Gold Blvd - Motor Vehicle Accident- Incident report on file. Campus - Harassing Phone Calls - A student reported receiving harassing phone calls from an acquaintance. 10-24-08 115 Fraternity Dr - Fire - House residents built a fire in the backyard. UPD officers stayed on scene until the house members extinguished the fire. Scott Hall - Medical Assist - AAA ambulance responded but the student refused transport. Field House - Burglary - A staff member reported that the equipment room had been broken into. Follow-up by USM PD Investigations division. Elam Lot - Hit and Run - Incident report on file. 10-25-08 115 Fraternity Dr - Fire - UPD responded for the second time to a fire in the backyard of the house. Thad Cochran Center - Fire - A dishwasher in Fresh Food on Campus kitchen caught fire. It was extinguished with no further damage to or in the building. Golden Eagle Ave - DUI - A juvenile was arrested and charged with DUI and Driving with No Headlights. 4th St Lot - Field Interview - One Campus Citation was issued for USM Alcohol Policy Violation.

Campus Events

10-26-08 Scott Hall - Lost Property - A student reported a wallet as lost or stolen. Sorority Village - Field Interview - Three non-students were identified and released with a verbal trespass warning. Championship Lane - Malicious Mischief - UPD officers recovered an MDOT highway sign from two students. Report forwarded to Dean of Students office. Rails to Trails - Medical Assist - AAA ambulance responded but the reporting party declined treatment. 118 Fraternity Dr - Fire - House residents had a fire in the backyard. UPD remained on scene until the fire was extinguished.


“A Private Collection of Japanese Prints,” 10 a.m., Museum of Art Horn Choir Concert, 12 p.m., Aubrey K. Lucas Administration Building Wesley Foundation JAM, 8 p.m., Wesley Foundation Tomorrow Young People’s Matinees, 10 a.m., Mannoni Performing Arts Center How to Get Into Graduate School, 12:15 p.m., TEC 102 Bobby Chain Roots of the Great Migration: Race Relations in Mississippi from WWI to the New Deal, 3:30 p.m. Cook Library Room 123 Thursday Wesley Foundation Thursday Lunch, 11:45 a.m., Wesley Foundation Cathy Kilroe-Smith Guest Recital 7:30 p.m. Marsh Auditorium Fall Dance Concert, 7:30 p.m., Mannoni Performing Arts Center


Letters Day, 9 a.m., Thad Cochran Center, Ballrooms I, II, III Order of Omega Trick Or Treat, 4 p.m., in front of the Administration building at each organization’s Homecoming float Haunted Halloween Trail 4 p.m., Biological Sciences Learning Center Fall Dance Concert, 7:30 p.m. Mannoni Performing Arts Center Camerata Concert, 7:30 p.m., Marsh Auditorium

Magee continued from page one both receptions (44) and receiving yards (632) in 2007, but had only 10 catches for 86 yards in this season, and did not travel with the team to Arkansas State on Sept. 13 or to Memphis last weekend. “The hardest part about coaching is not being able to reach a young man and help him realize all of his dreams and goals and not be able to help a person achieve goals they had and keep them focused on those goals,”

Fedora said. “As a coach, that’s the most difficult thing. It’s not motivating, not getting after people, not discipline. “I don’t have a problem disciplining people. When you mess up, that’s part of the consequences, to be disciplined. I don’t have a problem with that. I do have a problem not being able to reach someone.” Offensive coordinator Darryl Wyatt also spoke Monday at

the press conference about the frustration of losing a player like Magee. “To lose a young man as talented as Torris is disappointing,” said Darrell Wyatt, USM offensive coordinator. “But you have to move on. There are choices in life that each individual makes and we wish the best for him. But we have to move on and get ready to play football again this weekend.”

Homecoming continued from page one in at Shoemaker Square from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. wearing any Southern Miss apparel to earn points. Locals are invited for the Community Trick or Treat from 4p.m. to 6 p.m. Friday Night at the Fountain will begin at 7:30 p.m. with Bag of Donuts as the evening’s entertainment. John Gernon Glorioso, SGA executive administrator of student affairs, said that as a native of Mandeville, La., he is a fan of Bag of Donuts. ““They dress up in costume,

so it’s going to fit right in for Halloween,” Glorioso said. “It’s going to be a lot of fun.” The teams have been preparing Homecoming floats since Sunday. The billboard-sized setups, made of wood, chickenwire and bathroom tissue, will be judged in a contest for best float. As a tribute to the new Fedora Era of Golden Eagles football, a Fedora hat cut-out will be included in the design of each float. The Game Day Parade will roll out at 1 p.m. Saturday

starting from its line-up spot in the parking lot of Rose’s Shopping Center on Hardy Street. Christine Kozlowski, a Southern Miss student better known as Miss Mississippi, will act as grand marshal. During the Homecoming Game against the University of Alabama – Birmingham, at halftime, the Homecoming Court will be presented and the Overall Winners of Homecoming Week will be awarded. |News

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Nancy Stone/Chicago Tribune/MCT

Tacara Juarez, right, prays with another unidentified mourner in front of the Chicago home of Jennifer Hudson’s slain mother, Darnell Donerson, Monday, October 27, 2008. Police searching for Hudson’s missing 7-year-old nephew found the body of a young boy Monday in the same SUV that was the part of the massive manhunt.

Hudson tragedy gets worse Younger cousin found after four day search comes to a close William Ford The Chicago Tribune

Jennifer Hudson stood again in the Cook County, Ill., medical examiner’s office Monday afternoon, clutching the hands of loved ones as they identified the body of yet another slain relative -- her 7-yearold nephew, Julian. Even before the family arrived at the morgue, they had been told the search that spanned four days for the second-grader had ended when the boy’s body was found slumped in the back seat of an SUV parked on a Chicago side street. Amid visibly shaken family members in the office, Hudson bowed her head as if in prayer, then looked up. “Yes, that’s him,” she told medical examiner officials as the family stood with her in an adjoining room and looked at a video monitor showing the boy’s face. The toll was inescapable: The Oscar-winning actress had lost her mother, her brother and now her nephew to a murderous rampage. Even as the family gathered to answer one painful question, police searched the Chevrolet Suburban to answer others. Officers questioned William Balfour, 27, the estranged husband of Julian’s mother, on Friday night, but he stopped talking when police suggested he take a polygraph, law enforcement sources said. Balfour has not been charged in the murders. While the sources say Balfour remains the focus of the investigation, the motive remains murky. Police say there have been ongoing disputes between him and his estranged wife, Julia Hudson, and her family. Hudson’s mother and brother had thrown him out of the house in the past, sources said. Julia Hudson also told police that Balfour had threatened the family. A source said Balfour told Hudson he would kill her if he found out she had a boyfriend, despite the fact that he had other girlfriends. In yet another incident, sources

say, Julia Hudson arrived Friday morning at Sunrise Bus Company on payday and discovered her wages had been garnished because of unpaid car payments. Sources said Balfour had taken her car months earlier but promised to make the payments on the vehicle. After seeing her pay stub, Julia complained to Balfour about the unpaid bills over the phone, sources said. Police believe Balfour then went to Hudson’s family’s home, where he shot through the front door, striking Hudson’s brother, Jason Hudson. Hudson’s mother, Darnell Donerson, came into the living room, screaming, and Balfour shot her as well, law enforcement sources said. Shell casings were also found in the child’s room, but there were no bullet holes or other signs of violence there. Much of the account of what police believe happened that day came from an interview with a girlfriend of Balfour’s, sources said. The sources also said that Balfour’s girlfriend contradicted his alibi and said she told police that he was involved in the murders. Police have not ruled out the possibility that more than one person was involved, though Supt. Jody Weis said Monday that Balfour was currently their only “person of interest.” Julian King was found slumped over in the back seat of the Suburban Monday morning and had been shot in the head. A bullet was found lodged in the vehicle, leading detectives to believe he had been shot in the vehicle. Police don’t know precisely when he was killed, saying they are waiting for more information from the medical examiner’s office. Police are hoping to find physical evidence at the two crimes scenes that breaks the case. On Sunday morning, officials transferred Balfour to Stateville Correctional Center, saying because he was a suspect in the murders, he violated conditions of parole for a 1999 conviction for attempted murder. Over the weekend, the city

NEWS BRIEFS • The USM Gulf Coast Department of English will produce Coastlines, a literary journal featuring poems, short fiction, and essays written by Gulf Coast students, alumni, and faculty. The deadline for submissions, which will be considered for the 2nd Annual Gulf Coast Literary Prize, is January 30, 2009. Submissions may be sent to, or mailed to Dr. Will Watson, Coast Lines, Department of English, USM, 730 East Beach Blvd., Long Beach, MS 39560 • The USM Paralegal Studies Program, the oldest ABAapproved paralegal program in Mississippi, has been re-approved by the American Bar Association. The program is a part of the Department of Political Science, International Development, and International Affairs. • Members of the USM community will be honored for their scholarly contributions at the LETTERS, or Lives Enriched Through Their Endeavors: Research and Scholarship Day Friday in the Thad Cochran Center Ballroom. • An arrest warrant has been issued for Samuel “Rickey” Dupree, a suspect in the October 14th armed robbery of Seymour’s Grill. Dupree, who is 5’4” and weighs approximately 150 pounds, is not a USM student. Anyone with information regarding Dupree should contact the UPD at 601-266-4986, or Crime Stoppers at 601-582-STOP. • Dr. Aubrey Lucas, Southern Miss President Emeritus, has been named Interim Commissioner of the College Board following the retirement of Thomas C. Meredith amid controversy surrounding the use of MSU personnel and equipment to landscape Meredith’s home.

scoured the area near the first shooting scene and a grid east of where the boy eventually was found. Officers and volunteers taped missing-person posters up in area shops, and vigils were held in Englewood. But Julian was found Monday morning on the West Side after a tiny dog named L’il Man howled and barked at an unfamiliar white SUV parked in the 1300 block of South Kolin Avenue. The Chihuahua’s reaction drew the attention of his owner, John Louden. The SUV matched the description of one police had sought in the killings since Friday. It remains unclear if police had canvassed the block, but some neighbors say they saw the SUV since Friday. But no one called police before Monday. Louden, 75, went inside and told his wife Lynnette. Neighbors said the pace of drug dealing nearby often brought strange cars to the block. But when the Loudens saw the Chevrolet Suburban’s license plate numbers appear on television, Lynnette called 911. “The first thing I thought,” she said, “was ‘Lord, don’t let the baby be in there.’ “ But he was.

Michael Tercha/Chicago Tribune/MCT

Police investigate the scene where a child’s body was found in a 1994 white Chevrolet Suburban, Monday, October 27, 2008, in Chicago, Illinois. Authorities didn’t identify the body of a young black boy found in the SUV, but police Cmdr. Wayne Gulliford said the license plate on the SUV found matched the one sought in an Amber Alert issued after singer Jennifer Hudson’s mother and brother were found shot to death at home on Friday.


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John, we need to talk Patrick Laughlin Printz Writer

Dear Senator John McCain, You’re losing in the polls, as I’m sure you know. Actually, I think the word “nosediving” is closer to the mark. I imagine you’ve spent the past few mornings wringing your hands out, watching Fox News, watching Barack Obama’s blue bar pull even farther ahead of your red one. Yet you still manage to put on that ghost of a confident smile – a tiny smirk upturned a little more on one end – one that doesn’t even begin to compare with the youthful warmth of your opponent’s smile. You, Senator, need a rescue plan more than our stock market does. Begin by taking a deep breath, Senator. Relax a little, like Sen. Obama does. Keep in mind what he never forgets: first and foremost the election process is largely a popularity contest. A catwalk. The presidential debates are over now, but think back to the last few. You spent a good amount of time pacing, stumbling on your words, throwing contemptuous remarks at Obama, and making absurd puns that cause me to blanch with embarrassment for supporting you. This is all unattractive, to say the least, as are your constant, frantic, assurances to us all that you will be nothing like President Bush. Your campaign needs some image-grooming, if I may be so bold. And why the all cynicism,

Sen. McCain? All it does is make you look nervous and cantankerous. Forget this guerrilla campaign on Sen. Obama’s reputation. In the past few months you have been trying to find a relationship between your opponent and the alleged terrorist William Ayers. Don’t you think it a bit heavyhanded to doggedly search for a Watergate in Obama’s campaign? Your television ads have become more and more disparaging against your opponent, and have done little in the way of progressing your own doctrine. Sen. Obama has been far more moderate than you in this regard, and this is one of the reasons why you are losing this election, Sen. McCain. Enough Public Relations, though, Sen. McCain. Your shortage of Miss Congeniality points is not the only factor dragging your campaign into a recession. Your rescue plan also needs a revamping of your policies, or rather the way you present them. Quite frankly, you fail to call Senator Obama out on any of his plans, illustrating their flaws for the American people. Instead you charge ahead like a bull elephant or a proud soldier. Reconsider your siege, commander. For instance, to dispel Senator Obama’s universal healthcare plan, all you need to do is calmly point out Canada’s healthcare program, which closely resembles Obama’s plan. Point out that on average, Canadians wait 18.3 weeks for surgical procedures according

to Canada’s Fraser Institute, or that a recent study called The National Pulse on Health Strategy has found that 80 percent of Canadians very much disapprove of their national healthcare system. Spin the globe, Senator McCain, and use the country of France to disillusion Americans to Obama’s economic policy. Show us how France’s spread-thewealth economy has caused the country to fall into one of the highest unemployment chasms in the developed world, a grand 8.7 percent of people jobless. In America this would be unacceptable – think riots in the streets. Why am I telling you this, Senator McCain? You know these facts already; you are a well-traveled and experienced man. But you cannot seem to convey simple facts such as these that would outstrip Obama’s rhetoric. Instead, you have spent the past weeks polishing your “maverick” badge and tattling on Senator Obama with rickety accusations. Perhaps I am just ignorant to your master plan; maybe you are poised to show us all a whopper of a comeback. But your campaign has never looked bleaker. So I urge you to approve this rescue plan: redefine your image, change your strategy. Sincerely, A Disgruntled Republican

Patrick Laughlin is a staff writer for The Student Printz. Comments can be sent to

Economic policies hurt US Sarah Coleman Printz Writer

If you haven’t heard by now, our nation is experiencing what could be the most serious economic downturn since the Great Depression, and Americans are suffering. Needless to say, this is going to be one of the most important issues awaiting the next president when he is inaugurated in January 2009. Looking back, it’s not hard to see how we got into this mess. America simply spent more money than it actually had. Under the Bush administration, the United States has gone from a surplus of money to a record deficit. With Republican Presidential candidate John McCain’s record of voting with George W. Bush 90% of the time, it doesn’t seem wise to elect someone who will only continue this deficit that has put our economy into such bad shape. Still, John McCain says Democratic Presidential candidate Barack Obama’s plan to cut taxes for working people, and not the wealthy, sounds like socialism. I’m here to tell you that Barack Obama is not a socialist. Obama

is a capitalist; one who wants to make our nation economically sound, while making our tax system fair. Barack Obama wants to cut taxes for the large percentage of American workers who earn less than $250,000 per year. Obama’s opponents might say that this plan punishes those who have worked to become wealthy enough to make more than $250 thousand annually. Not true. Barack Obama is not trying to punish the wealthy; he plans to stimulate the economy by easing the burden on the people whose spending drives the economy. He’s just saying if anyone deserves a tax cut, it’s the middle class—not the upper crust of society making more than a quarter of a million dollars a year. You and I are the middle class. We make up a majority of the country—ninety-five percent. We’re the ones putting money into the economy by buying groceries, gasoline, clothes, etc. If we’re going to buy these things, the money must be in our hands; not going to Wall Street or Halliburton. Recently, Obama got a lot of grief for telling a citizen that he wanted to “spread the wealth” in

America. What he meant is that we shouldn’t concentrate the wealth in the hands of rich by not making them pay their share of taxes. A system that makes the rich richer and the poor poorer is not only unfair, but dangerous. It has contributed to this economic mess. Barack Obama’s plan is to put money back in the hands of the people who spend it—the middle class. You can call Obama a socialist, a communist, or a “taxand-spend Democrat,” but the truth is that Republicans—like McCain—have spent billions without figuring out where the money will come from. Our economy is in trouble. The middle class is suffering, but the wealthy aren’t. If anyone needs a tax break, it’s the middle class—if you earn more than $250,000 a year, you aren’t middle class, and you don’t need a tax break. It isn’t socialism, communism, or a scheme to rip off the rich. Obama’s plan is one that will change what has been a foolish economic policy. Moreover, Obama’s plan is just plain fair. Sarah Coleman is a staff writer for The Student Printz. Comments can be sent to

Smoking hurts environment Brandon Drescher Printz Writer

One thing I could live without is smoke being blown into my face by someone who does not have high regard for their health or for the environment. On average, one cigarette shortens your lifespan about 11 minutes. By all means, shorten your own life, it is not mine. I would just rather all the smokers throw away their cigarette butts and packages into a receptacle so that it may be disposed of properly and safely with minimal harm to the environment--instead of the ground I walk on. I prefer to see the earth beneath my feet and the sidewalks built for walking, not a discarded piece of trash that has been hanging in someone’s mouth. Cigarettes are made of paper and several other chemicals; gee, I wonder where the paper and tobacco comes from…the environment. The time it takes for cigarette filters, which are made of cellulose acetate, to break down is about 1 month to 3 years, and in some places, depending on environmental conditions, 10 to 15 years. I prefer not to see this garbage at all. Each year, people across the world participate in an Inter-

national Coastal Cleanup for one day and in 2006, cigarette butts made up 25% of the total garbage collected. The chemicals including tar and nicotine leach into waterways and supplies. The water quality in Hattiesburg is bad enough, not only does my water turn a yellow color at least once a week, but now I must bathe in cigarette chemicals. Cigarettes contain more than 4000 chemicals. Some chemicals include benzene, arsenic, and cadmium--a heavy metal that can cause flu-like symptoms. Ask anyone who has had the flu and they will tell you it may be the worst health problem to go through. Benzene has been linked to a variety of health problems including leukemia. Go online and look up leukemia and you will find lovely pictures of people puking up blood and suffering painfully. A recent study shows that because pesticides are used on tobacco plants, the chemicals make it into the cigarettes. At least three pesticides have been found in cigarettes, and all affect the endocrine system of your body, your hormone communication system. This negatively impacts how your body functions, from maintaining fertility to managing

blood sugar. Mississippi was ranked number 4 in smoking prevalence a few years ago with a percentage of 25% of adults admitting to smoking, and I doubt the ranking has changed much in recent years. Even with the bans on smoking in public places people are still lighting up too much in our state. People say they get a “high” from smoking and that is why they continue to smoke. If that is the only way you can receive an enjoyable “high,” you live a pathetic life. There are plenty of things to make your life more enjoyable and to get that “high.” Put the cigarette down (and not on the ground), think for a bit, and go do something that will not shorten your life, because in essence you are slowly committing suicide. Even if that does not convince you, at least stop throwing that junk on the ground and instead place it into a trash receptacle. Hopefully, the upcoming campus-wide smoking ban being discussed will turn this university around in terms of health and looking less like a garbage dump for smokers. Brandon Drescheris a staff writer for The Student Printz. Comments can be sent to |Opinions



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Costumes aren’t the scariest thing Tracy Reiman PETA

Just in time for Halloween, several candy companies _ including Cadbury, Mars and Nestle _ have been caught up in China’s tainted-milk scandal. Candies made by the companies’ subsidiaries in Asia were found to contain melamine and were recalled, although the companies claim that the levels were too low to pose a health risk. Milk and baby formula contaminated with melamine are believed to have killed four children in China and sickened tens of thousands more. Only one brand of recalled candy is sold in the U.S., but does that mean that milk chocolate and other candies

made with milk are safe? Not by a long shot. As a mom, I wouldn’t dream of giving my young son products containing cow’s milk. Milk in the U.S. might not be tainted with melamine, but it is loaded with other unsavory substances. Most cows on U.S. dairy farms are injected with growth hormones, which are passed along to the people who consume their milk. Growth hormones are intended to boost cows’ milk production, which is already far higher than it naturally would be, thanks to selective breeding and genetic manipulation. But all that extra milk causes cows’ udders to become swollen and inflamed. So cows are routinely given antibiotics in an effort to combat mastitis

and other infections that run rampant on dairy farms. Like hormones, those antibiotics can be passed on to milk drinkers, along with the pus that results from the infections. In fact, knowing how common infections in dairy cows are, the government actually allows up to 200 million pus cells (euphemistically called “somatic cells”) in every liter of milk. Eww! Now that’s as scary as any ghost story. Even if it were contaminantfree, cow’s milk would still have problems. It is linked to many common childhood ailments, including allergies, ear infections, recurrent bronchitis, juvenile diabetes and asthma. Studies have also linked dairy products to health problems that plague adults, including

heart disease, obesity, cancer and even osteoporosis. Experts are moving away from recommending cow’s milk for kids. The American Academy of Pediatrics says it shouldn’t be given to children under a year old. Dr. Frank Oski, the former director of pediatrics at Johns Hopkins University, thinks that no one of any age should drink it: “There’s no reason to drink cow’s milk at any time in your life. It was designed for calves, it was not designed for humans, and we should all stop drinking it today, this afternoon.” In Baby and Child Care, the late pediatrician Dr. Benjamin Spock wrote, “I no longer recommend dairy products . . . The essential fats that are needed for brain development are

found in vegetable oils. Milk is very low in these essential fats and high in the saturated fats that encourage artery blockage and weight problems as children grow.” So when you head out to do your last-minute Halloween candy shopping, leave the Milky Ways and Snickers on the shelf. Let the kids enjoy healthy snacks like raisins, fruit roll-ups, mixed nuts and dairy-free dark chocolate _ which is rich in antioxidants but just might get nabbed by Mom.

Tracy Reiman is the executive vice president of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, 501 Front Street, Norfolk, Va. 23510; Information about PETA’s funding may be found at www.

Bright side: Record sales up Government needs to try fixing it differently Jeff Vrabel

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Sure, you’re thinking, things are bad right now. Your 401(k) will lose several thousand dollars by the time you’re done reading this, and America is glued in two dismal wars. Cheap-looking strip-mall developments are reproducing like Spears children, and every time you drive on U.S. 278 there’s a delightful new stoplight for your enjoyment. Hurricanes are growing stronger, thousands of sponge-brained jokers still think Obama’s a Muslim, “Beverly Hills Chihuahua” is a hit and the general national mood is dour, black and blour, which is a word I just made up because we don’t really have many words that can effectively describe how lousy things are. But amid all this turmoil, there’s one group that’s having a pretty darned good month: the record industry. You may remember The Record Industry as the comical supervillains who charged $18.99 for Limp Bizkit CDs for about 20 years before people realized you could get music online either by paying more reasonable rates or not at all, which is how many of them started doing it. Needless to say, that caused the heads of The Record Industry and Don Henley to retreat into their sanctums, which are only accessible by passing through rivers of the undead, to figure out solutions to the problem, which involved suing 11-year-olds, giving hilari-

ous speeches at the Grammys and making everyone hate them more, which they do, in force: The Record Industry currently enjoys the kind of approval ratings you might expect if you stapled Dick Cheney to the reunited New Kids on the Block, duct-taped them all to the Senate and glued them to Lindsay Lohan’s dad. The problem, of course, has nothing to do with the changing marketplace or the discovery that artists can get music to fans in other avenues besides relying on slimy-haired 24-year-olds named Tork whose main job involves finding 50 people who look and sound like Taylor Swift each year. No, the problem, of course, is Pirates _ nefarious, doughy Pirates who must be stopped so badly that this month President Bush signed into law a bill that


Billion Again. Turns out Piracy won. Go figure.) The delightfully named Prioritizing Resources and Organization for Intellectual Property Act was pushed by your friends in the MPAA and RIAA, the folks responsible for telling you what’s good for you (the former) and battling daily with Apple to make you pay their preferred price for a “Womanizer” MP3, which is $35.99 (the latter). It’s especially important for the movie industry, which in recent years has had barely enough money to pay actors to star in massive comic-book films. Yes, yes, I know, stealing is bad, we all went to third grade, (except the people who still think Obama is a Muslim). Lots of things are bad, but surprisingly few of them have lobbies strong enough to require government intervention. But if

The Record Industry currently enjoys the kind of approval ratings you might expect if you stapled Dick Cheney to the reunited New Kids on the Block...

created a cabinet-level czar to address piracy issues. It’s hard to tell who stands to gain more by this: the still-damp residents of New Orleans or the nine million American children without health care. (Actually, the slot came down to two positions: either a Piracy Czar, or a Czar For Making Sure We Never Have To Bail Out Unrepentant HopeSucking Tycoons With $700


you think this is a problem that requires immediate attention today, right now, this month, this year, please put down your stock portfolio, your orders, your tuition statement or your credit card bill and raise your hand. Not you, Britney. Visit The Island Packet online at Distributed by McClatchy-Tribune Information Services.

Palin’s wardrobe problem Mike Cassidy San Jose Mercury News

I know. I know. This whole deal with the Republican political machine blowing $150,000 on an extreme makeover for Sarah Palin and her family is just the sort of distraction we should be avoiding in the campaign’s home stretch. I tried. I really did. But One Hundred Fifty Thousand Dollars?!! On clothes? (OK, and hair and makeup, too.) It’s almost as hard for me to get my head around as the notion that having the super-rich pay slightly higher taxes so those in need need a little less is somehow a bad thing. Yes, yes. Some have said that even discussing Sarah Palin’s wardrobe is sexist. Really? Here’s the thing, and my wife can back me up on this: I honestly hadn’t noticed Palin was dressing any differently. So there. I’m gender blind. The thing is I’d be just as interested in knowing that a male candidate for the highest or second-highest office in the land blew $150,000 on clothes. I mean, I’d want to know how _ man or woman. Say a designer suit goes for $1,500, which is really, really nice _ a Willie Brown suit. You’d end up with 100 of them. What are you going to do with

100 suits? Why, I heard the other day even the queen of England is wearing some of her outfits twice in these austere times. Anyway, the whole McCain campaign shopping spree says something about judgment. In other words: Are these guys nuts? You take a huge risk on an unknown and inexperienced VP candidate, the idea being she’s “one of us, a hockey mom, a regular working stiff.” And then you dress her up in designer clothes? The truth is, we don’t elect or-

dinary people to be president, or to be a heartbeat away from the presidency. We shouldn’t want to. It’s a job for exceptional people. Deep down, the McCain campaign knows this. As the credit card commercial says (sort of): spending spree at Neiman Marcus, Barney’s, Atelier and Macy’s? $150,000. Dressing your Joan the Plumber in designer duds? Clueless. Mike Cassidy is a technology columnist for the San Jose Mercury News. Read his Loose Ends blog at and contact him at or (408) 920-5536.

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You’re violently ill, so your doctor gives you an antibiotic. But you don’t get better, so a team of doctors changes the drug and recommends a different treatment. This is what governments across the globe are doing, betting on an unprecedented, coordinated mega-dose of financial chemotherapy. European governments have committed trillions of dollars to the sickest patients, while the U.S. Treasury has promised to use all options, including the federal government buying shares in troubled companies. These weren’t initially the preferred choices, but they are the best ones to try next to unclog credit markets. What could be more reassuring to wary bankers than virtually every industrialized nation promising banks access to unlimited cash from public funds? The goal is to prevent another failure the size of Lehman, whose collapse made banks terrified to do business with one another and dried up credit from Wall Street to Main Street. The irony is that easy money created this mess, and easy money might be the way out of it. While necessary, these moves

aren’t a panacea. The overall U.S. economy will remain fragile because of poor corporate earnings, diminished consumer spending and increased job losses. Longer term, inflation will become an issue. And while Wall Street rebounded yesterday from last week’s devastating losses, the real test will be whether banks resume lending. Washington’s financial rescue plan must continue to stoke this glimmer of optimism. The Treasury’s decision to consider buying more direct stakes in banks than envisioned in the original rescue package adds flexibility to its rescue efforts. So far, Great Britain’s use of this strategy has been warmly received in Europe. Central banks have made emergency interest-rate cuts and dumped cash into their banking systems. The Federal Reserve has promised to buy commercial paper. European governments have rescued banks. Christine Lagarde, France’s finance minister, summed things up well this weekend as she compared the financial crisis to her time as a synchronized swimmer. With both, she said, “you have to hold your breath and for long periods of time.”

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Petticoat Junkies to open for Mountain Goats Petticoat Junkies

Eric Nagurney Printz Writer

Local country-rock group The Petticoat Junkies will be opening for indie rock band The Mountain Goats. The group will open on the Austin and New Orleans dates of The Mountain Goats’ “The Last Happy Night Of Your Life” tour with solo guitarist Kaki King. It was through the concert marketplace section on music networking site www.ourplace. com that the band got the opening spot. “Our guitarist [Stephen Scott] applied for this high-profile gig opening for The Mountain Goats and Kaki King,” said Petticoat Junkies singer/guitarist Brian Nobles. “Somehow in the

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The Petticoat Junkies will be opening for the Mountain Goats on Nov. 3. Tickets are $16.

way he does, he got somebody’s number and made phone calls and sent e-mails and we landed it.” Since forming nine months ago, Petticoat Junkies have become a fixture of the Hattiesburg

music scene. The idea of forming a country group was conceived by Nobles while living in Austin, Texas, two years ago. When he moved to Hattiesburg, he began working at Clan of the Red Claw tattoo parlor and put

his musical aspirations on hold. After running into Stephen Scott, the guitarist expressed interest in playing in a country group. Bassist Cody Ruth and drummer Davis Townsend signed on shortly after. Existing originally as an outlet for the home recordings of songwriter John Darnielle, The Mountain Goats have since evolved into a full-fledged band. While Darnielle remains the group’s only constant member, the group’s music has changed

considerably since switching from boombox recordings to professional studio recordings in 2002. This year’s Heretic Pride is the band’s ninth full-length album, in addition to dozens of EPs, cassettes, and singles compilations. The pair of shows with The Mountain Goats will be The Petticoat Junkies’ second highprofile opening gig this year. Through bassist Ruth’s connections, the group scored a show opening for blues legend B.B. King in Greenville. “It was a totally different crowd, but I think we stood our own,” said Nobles. “It’s been really cool, because older and younger people really like us. Blues people like us, country people like us, rock ‘n’ roll kids like us, and that’s

what I wanted when I started this thing.” Fans of The Petticoat Junkies can expect a full-length album around the beginning of next year. The band has been testing out new material live, including a song unveiled at their show in Mobile last Friday. For next summer, the group plans to embark on a west coast tour. If they can establish some industry buzz and contacts, an east coast tour will follow later in the year. The Petticoat Junkies will play at The Republic in New Orleans with The Mountain Goats and Kaki King on November 3rd. Tickets are on sale now and cost $16. The band will play a special Halloween show with Dark Knights of Camelot at The Thirsty Hippo this Friday.

Annual concert opens Special to the Printz University of Southern Mississippi Repertory Dance Company choreographers and dancers will present new dance works that investigate human relationships in various forms at the annual Fall Dance Concert, Oct. 30-Nov. 2, on the Hattiesburg campus. Performances will be offered at 7:30 p.m. each evening, including a 2 p.m. matinee on Sunday, Nov. 2 and a special homecoming performance at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 1 at the Mannoni Performing Arts Center, in conjunction with the College of Art and Letters’ homecoming/alumni events. The Sunday matinee also includes a pre-show talk with choreographers at 1 p.m. USM Public Relations The concert opens with “ConThe anual Repertory Dance Concert will take place at the Manoni Performing Arts Buiding on October 30-November 2. strained Embrace,” a new work by instructor of dance Kelly Ferris that explores partnering work. Ferris said her work “investigates how we often hold onto people, ideas or memories of the past which may hinder our future endeavors.” Later in the concert, “The

Idea of Decline,” a duet piece choreographed by assistant professor Julie White, explores the idea of “battling with one’s self, with hopes of resolution.” She said the dance “will leave you wondering about separation and resolution” as the performers dance near and far from each other. Stacy Reischman, associate professor and director of dance, returns her ever-popular aerial dance series to the stage with a new edition called “Extremophile.” The aerial piece is a solo work, where the dancer uses sharp, accented and at times, awkward movements to pull the audience into her “extreme world,” Reischman said. The fifth dance in a series of eight and performed to the music of “Explosions in the Sky,” this aerial dance begins with the dancer hanging from the ceiling and descending onto the stage space. Reischman “intends for the audience to feel as if they have met someone new, a new species of being perhaps, after watching the dance.” Drawing inspiration from

high school relationships, senior performance and choreography dance major Rachel Rizzuto of New Orleans has assembled an unusually large cast of 12 dancers in her work, “And the Skirt Must Reach the Top of the Knee.” Set to the music of Robert Schumann’s Kinderszenen suite, Rizzuto “respectfully pays tribute while simultaneously pokes fun at social interactions, indecisions and pubescent lightheartedness that seem to be the hallmark of those years.” The result is both elegant and humorous. Also featured in the concert are the works of assistant professor Erin Leigh and seniors Sarah Latza and Lauren Soutullo. Tickets for each show of the series are $6 for students; $10 for Southern Miss faculty, staff, military, and senior citizens; and $15 for general admission. A reduced ticket price of $10 will be offered for the Homecoming show only. For tickets, call the Southern Miss Ticket Office at 601.266.5418 or 800.844.8425. Order online at http://www.

Voodoo brings the noise Patrick Laughlin Printz Writer

This weekend, The Voodoo Experience in New Orleans’ City Park celebrated its tenth anniversary in style, with a more ambitious band line-up, the usual staple New Orleans food, and a particular fondness for ’90’s super groups. This year’s Voodoo Fest, dubbed ‘The Tenth Ritual,” was headlined with performances by the power-house bands Stone Temple Pilots, Nine Inch Nails, and R.E.M., each of whom marked the end of a full day of music and festivities. They were in good company too, with other artists such as TV on the Radio, Wyclef Jean, Mars Volta, Dashboard Confessional, and Panic at the Disco exciting the crowds throughout the festival’s three days. Add a healthy smattering of folk and indie artists, and of course, the quintessential jazz and blues performers, and you have the winning recipe that has kept people spellbound at Voodoo Fest for ten years now. The highlight of the Festi-

val certainly came on Saturday night. Voodoo Fest transformed every night. During the day, it carried the smell of sunscreen and andouille sausage under charming oak and cypress. But at night, the ghostly pallor of large lamp globes under the drapes of Spanish moss combined with the enormous peace sign created in the sky by four spotlights to create an ambience that was both haunting and exciting at once. Underneath the peace sign, Nine Inch Nails unleashed a visual and audible feast to a crowd thousands strong, as lead singer Trent Reznor played mallets to the instrumental “Ghosts I-IV.” The eye candy was really dished out when, during the instrumental piece, a giant semi-transparent digital board was dropped in front of the band and showed what appeared to be Hurricane Katrina brewing in an African terrain and eventually deluging a cypress swamp. The image dissolved wherever Reznor placed his hand, allowing a glimpse of the band to be seen behind it. Fantastic light shows seemed to abound on Saturday night, as

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Scott Weiland, frontman of the Stone Temple Pilots, performs at the tenth annual Voodoo Experience in New Oreans City Park Friday night.

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the electronica duo Ghostland Observatory put on a one-of a kind show featuring a rainbow of frantic laser lights. “They didn’t want you to look away for a split second,” said prospective USM student Luke Charboneau, a two-year attendee of Voodoo. It wasn’t like anybody had much of a choice but to be immersed in many of the performances, though, between Wyclef Jean playing a guitar solo with his lips and the Stone Temple Pilots’ lead singer Scott Weiland serpentine dancing on stage. Panic at the Disco played one of the most crowd-friendly shows on Sunday, invoking the most relentless crowdsurfing of the weekend as they finished off their concert with a cover of the Isley Brother’s “Shout.” “I think the Voodoo Experience is amazing,” said USM student Howard Pritchartt, who has attended Voodoo Fest three times. “I’m so glad that it’s only a short hour and a half south so that it’s one of the most accessible music festivals for USM students.” |Sports

Golden Eagles place fourth after day one Special to the Printz HATTIESBURG, Miss. - The Southern Miss men’s golf sits seven shots back in fourth-place at the Sam Hall Intercollegiate, being played at Hattiesburg Country Club. The team shot rounds of 292 and 296 to be 20-over par in the team competition. Sophomore Derek Plucienski and junior Alex Park lead the Golden Eagles, as they are tied for eighth-place at five-over par. Plucienski fired rounds of 74-73, while Park, playing as an individual and not part of the team competition, shot 73-74. Redshirt junior Paul Apyan shot a six-over 148 (78-70), which puts him in a 16thplace tie. Junior Tyler Sparks and redshirt freshman Freddie Janneck are tied for 27thplace. Sparks shot 73-76, while Janneck, playing as an individual, shot a 77-72. Senior Rocky Cleland is eight-over par in a tie for 39th-place by shooting rounds of 77-77. Junior Wes Carter is tied for 42nd-place, shooting a 79 after firing an opening round 72. Redshirt freshmen Nicholas Brown and Darren Chapman,

playing as individuals, round out the play. Brown shot a 7875 for a tie for 52nd-place, while Chapman is in 64thplace (76-80). New Orleans (296-285) leads the team scoring with 581 overall strokes. Middle Tennessee State (289-297) and Jacksonville State (295-291) are five-strokes behind with 586 strokes, while Southern Miss sits in fourth. Illinois State (300-290) is in fifth at 590 and Arkansas State (293301) is in sixth. Longwood (299-298) sits in seventh with 597 strokes, followed by Troy (300-299) at 590, Austin Peay State (298-302) at 600, Murray State (298-303) at 601, Jacksonville (300-302) at 602, Texas-Pan American (297-306) at 603, Winthrop (301-303) at 604 and Rhode Island (302-305) at 607. Hunter Hawkins of Jacksonville State leads the tournament by one-stroke. Hawkins opened with a 73, and then bettered that in the second round by firing a 69 for an even-par 142. The tournament finishes up Tuesday morning with the final 18. Play begins at 8:00 a.m. from the No. 1 and No. 10 holes.

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B.A. Vollmuth, a freshman infielder from Biloxi, waits for the pitch from the Gold Team Sunday during the Black and Gold scrimmage game in Pete Taylor Park. The scrimmage game was the ending for the Golden Eagles fall practice.

Sunday exhibition game wraps up fall play Black tops Gold 5-4 in dramatic tenth inning finish Tyler Cleveland Sports Editor

Bret Shattles grounded a single down the left-field line to knock in the winning run as the Black team edged the Gold 5-4 in 10 innings in the annual Southern Miss Black and Gold fall game Sunday at Pete Taylor Park. The scenario should sound familiar to baseball fans. Gold squad reliever Matt Warren intentionally walked Daniel Covert to set up Shattles for the winning hit, much in the same way that Saturday night’s World Series game ended after Tampa Bay’s Grant Balfour issued a free pass to Greg Dobbs to set up Carlos Ruiz to knock in Shane Victorino to seal Game 3 for the Philadelphia

Phillies. The game marked the end of fall baseball, a five week stretch of practices and scrimmages, at Pete Taylor Park. “I thought there was some good competition,” Southern Miss head coach Corky Palmer said. “It was a good five weeks. We found out some things that we needed to know. “It’s evident that we need these five weeks because I’ve got some guys that I didn’t think would play that I’m going to have to give a second look, and some others that I thought would play immediately that need some more work.” Sophomore Todd McInnis, who started on the mound for the Black, faced Moses Munoz to start the game for the first two innings before being relieved by Wade

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Weathers. Weathers and Scott Copeland were the only pitchers other than the starters to pitch more than one inning. Shattles put the Black team on top in the second inning with a double to right-center field to score Josh Fields from second base. The Gold team answered in the top of the third when Northwest Mississippi Community College transfer Taylor Walker doubled home Nick Smith from third and Anthony Doss from second The Gold team added two

more runs in the sixth when Doss doubled with the bases loaded. But a rally by the Black team in the eighth inning knotted things up. Michael Ewing doubled to score Brian Dozier from second base, and B.A. Vollmuth hit a sacrifice fly to score Travis Graves, and Ewing scored on the next play, a single from Fields. Collin Cargill and Warren held their opponents scoreless in the ninth to set up the 10th inning rally. Several players that saw little or no playing time last year played a big role Sunday. Shattles, a redshirt freshman from Long Beach, had three hits total including the game winner. Fields, a senior from Springdale, Ark. who appeared in 36 games last season, led all batters with four

singles. Pearl River transfer Nick Smith also had two hits. Pitchers Cody Schlagel, Scott Copeland and Kyle Lindsey all pitched without allowing a runner to reach second base. Southern Miss assistant coach and recruiting coordinator Chad Caillet said it was nice to see some of his recruits contributing in a game-like situations. “It’s a learning curve for all the new guys, “ Caillet said. “Sometimes the hardest thing for them to do is to fit in and play with the confidence of a Michael or James Ewing, the kind of guys that have been here a while.” After the game, the team and their families were treated to a barbeque dinner courtesy of the Southern Miss Dugout Club.

Tigers leave USM black and blue Memphis racks up 516 total yards in 36-30 win Special to the Printz MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Curtis Steele ran for 178 yards and two touchdowns to help Memphis beat Southern Mississippi 36-30 on Saturday night. Even though the Tigers (4-5, 2-3 Conference USA) used a variety trick plays with a thirdstring quarterback Brett Toney heading the offense, racking up 285 yards rushing -- 516 totaled yards on offense. Starter Arkelon Hall and backup Will Hudgens were injured last week against East Carolina. Fourth-stringer Tyler Bass, who shared time with Toney, was injured in the third period on Saturday night, leaving Toney as the lone quarterback. The Golden Eagles (2-6, 04) had a chance to drive for a winning touchdown, but an interception by Josh Weaver 1:31 left setup Steele’s 22-yard touchdown to give Memphis a 36-24 lead. Steele, who finished with 29 carries, took a direct snap from the quarterback position for the score. DeAndre Brown caught a 2yard touchdown from Austin Davis as time expired for Southern Mississippi. Davis completed 21-of-40 for 186 yards and two touchdowns on the night. He also rushed for 121 yards for the Golden Eagles. Damion Fletcher had 100 yards on 14 carries for the Golden Eagles. The loss was the fifth straight for

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the Golden Eagles, and marked the first time they have lost four conference games in C-USA. It also assured Southern Mississippi of doing no better than .500 for the first time since 1993. The Tigers drove 79 yards on seven plays, capped by a 14-yard touchdown pass from Toney to Carlos Singleton, who used his 6foot-8 frame against the smaller defenders. The drive included a reverse option, had a receiver and running back taking direct snaps at quarterback and ran other misdirection plays. On the next series, Bass came in the game, and on the third play, Memphis ran a hook-andladder, Bass throwing to Earnest Williams, who flipped to Steele, who carried the ball to the Southern Mississippi 11 for a 55yard play. Bass swept right end for an 11-yard score to give the Tigers a 14-0 lead. Bass connected with Singleton from 3 yards late in the half to put Memphis ahead 20-10 at halftime. The Golden Eagles had 83 yards rushing in the first half, 76 of them by Davis. Fletcher, Conference USA’s secondleading rusher with an average of 124.1, had only 9 yards in the first half.

n what turned out to be a real banner weekend for the Southern Miss football program, the Tyler Eagles fell Cleveland 36-30 to their Sports Editor rival Memphis (4-5), who trotted out some guy named Bass to play quarterback. I’d tell you his name, but he’s not even in the Memphis media guide. The Tigers proceeded to gouge the Eagles on the first two drives with church-league plays like a reverse and a hook-and-ladder, and just six minutes into the game led 14-0. After the game, as I’m mulling over the 500-plus yards that Memphis racked up on a Southern Miss defense that is now statistically among the worst in school history, and I look up to catch wide receiver Torris Magee’s mug on WDAM with a cutline that reads “Southern Miss player arrested”. I don’t want to get down on the university, or the program, or on Fedora for that matter. After all, a good bit of these events are out of their hands. Coaches will tell you that once a team hasn’t won in a while, sometimes they forget how. Sometimes, folks, you just have to sit back, have a good attitude about things, and not take this stuff so seriously. Magee’s arrest and Korey William’s jaw aside, you have to admit some of this is rather comical. After 14 consecutive winning seasons, the last few of which I will admit were a bit stagnant, the University decided to go in a new direction. Enter Larry Fedora, and possibly the worst-timed ad campaign ever: “Attack! Attack! Attack!” The comparisons between Fedora and Bower have to stop, because the differences between the two coaches are too stark to even compare the two and nobody knows what Bower would have done with this squad. Also, quit making the excuse that these are Bower’s players and not Fedora’s and that the cupboard was left bare. I don’t buy it and Fedora and his staff don’t buy it. The fact is that Southern Miss has the league’s reigning offensive and defensive MVP’s. If you read the message boards, you know that the fan base is just as fractured now as it was before we made a coaching change, and ironically it’s for the exact same reasons. Southern Miss has had so much success over the past decade that the fans have become spoiled, and some of them are already calling for Fedora’s job. But the change has been made people, and there is a zero percent chance that this fact will change in the future. It will take time for Fedora to implement his system and for his staff to establish a better rapport with the local recruiting pipelines around the southeast. Fedora has a record of winning everywhere he goes, and he will win at Southern Miss if he’s given enough time. So just sit back and ride this thing out with me. Laugh when something deserves to be laughed at, cheer when the team shows improvement and, at least for now, go to the concession stand for a coke while the other team has the ball. Just don’t try to disect every little detail. Trust me, it will drive you crazy. Tyler Cleveland is the sports editor for The Student Printz. Comments can be sent to


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