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“If it matters to the USA family, it matters to us.”

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Veteran’s Day is Nov. 11: From USA to all who have served and their families, thank you.

JagTran issues still persist BY ALLSION ROBERTS AND KAYLEA SAUCIER Contributing Writers


Sgt. John Sibley, USA student, holds the Jaguar flag in Tallill, Iraq. He is part of a MEDEVAC company responsible for the entire southern portion of Iraq. The helicopter is an HH-60M Blackhawk Helicopter. His company is C Co (AA) 1/111 AVN. Go USA, and go Jags!

LGBT amendment reexamined Discrimination policy under fire once again after 2010 battle to include LGBT rights BY GENNY ROMAN Associate Editor After almost a year of discussion about the Non-Discrimination policy, the University’s policy remains the same. However, the University changed the Sexual Harassment policy to include sexual orientation during the summer. Originally, the issue brought by USA’s Gay Lesbian Bisexual and Transgender Alliance (GLBTA) at the Oct. 11, 2010 SGA meeting was about the Non-Discrimination policy. Former President of the GLBTA Patrick Collins spoke in front of the SGA stating that the policy as written did not protect students from discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. The SGA formed a committee to write a

resolution amending the policy to include sexual orientation and gender identity. After a long process of drafting and review from legal affairs, the resolution passed with only two votes against it at an April 2011 meeting. The resolution the SGA wrote explicitly states “this University does not have a policy in place that protects individuals from discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity and expression. Let it be resolved that the University invent a discrimination policy to protect individuals being discriminated based on sexual orientation and gender identity and expression.” From there, the resolution went to Vice President of Student Affairs John Smith.

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Students continue to voice their disappointment with the JagTran system despite efforts over the past years to increase efficiency. Since its debut in early 2005, JagTran transportation officials have been trying to address student concerns by redrawing routes, monitoring drivers and supervising the spacing between buses. The most persistent complaint students have is the long wait times and buses making them late for class. Chris Willis, director of facilities management, recently issued a report for The Vanguard entailing the current state of the JagTran system with information on routes and statistics regarding ridership from Aug. 22 through Sept. 13, 2011. According to the report, daytime routes consist of Green, Red, Blue and Yellow routes, all in operation between the hours of 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. According to Willis, because the Green and Red routes have a total of three buses each during the day, the maximum time a student would have to wait on the bus would only be five to seven minutes. However, this factor is highly affected by proper time spacing between buses and the amount of traffic on campus during certain times of the day. Some students argue that traffic doesn’t excuse JagTran systems for making students late for class. Ariel McSwain, a student who recently voiced concerns about the system in a letter to the editor, spoke on the recent installment of traffic lights. “I don’t think traffic has anything to do with it. There is a system that gives the JagTran the rightof-way.” Some students have raised other concerns about the colored route system itself. “I know some students are confused

USA changed the Sexual Harassment and Sexual Violence policy, but the Non-Discrimination policy remains the same.

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Jags news in brief >> when all you’ve got is the two minutes before class starts Important election in MS Tues.

Clery Act shows USA assaults

Occupy Mobile moving in

Jazz Ensemble fall concert

Initiative 26, or as it is also known, the “personhood” initiative, would declare that life begins at fertilization. Initiative 27 would require voters to show governmentissued identification at the polls. Initiative 31 would ban the government from using eminent domain to take land for private economic projects. State law says that for any initiative to pass, it needs a simple majority, and it must receive at least 40 percent of the total votes cast in the election. That means an initiative might be in jeopardy if it receives significantly fewer votes than are cast in top-of-the-ballot races such as the governor’s election. Initiatives are expected to be at the bottom of the ballot in most counties.

At the University of South Alabama, which reported 18 forcible sexual assaults in the six-year period, officials said that most of those cases happened between students who knew each other and, though they were reported to the campus counseling center or other authorities, no legal action followed. “USA has a very strong sexual assault victims advocacy and counseling program, and reporting of sexual assault is strongly encouraged,” said USA spokesman Keith Ayers. “For this reason, it is not surprising that our numbers might appear high compared to other institutions.” To help counter sexual offenses and other crimes, USA has started what it calls the first on-campus domestic violence program in the country. It’s designed to help students recognize the signs of an abusive relationship -- from controlling behavior to vandalism to actual assaults -- and give them the resources to get out..

Protestors with the Occupy Mobile movement have set up camp at Spanish Plaza and plan to stick around for a while. They’ve protested every Saturday, now they are making a bigger statement. “We plan to stay out here for the long haul,” said Laci Gagliano. She first heard about the movement on the Internet, and now has set up camp. “We would like to prove that we are here, we have a voice and we’ll be heard.” The Occupy Mobile group emphasizes they are peacefully protesting. Saturday will be the first night they spend in Spanish Plaza. As for when they plan to leave, Tyler Henderson says it could be awhile. “We just made a countdown schedule, and it looks like it goes all the way to this time 2012.”

USA Jazz Ensemble, directed by Dr. Tracy Heavner, will perform a fall concert on Tuesday, Nov. 8 at 7:30 p.m. in the Recital Hall of the Laidlaw Performing Arts Center. This concert will feature a variety of jazz styles for big band and small ensemble including swing, jazz, latin, funk and the blues. Tickets for this Musical Arts Series event will be sold at the door only. Admission is $8 general and $5 for USA faculty and staff, USA students, youths under 18 and all senior citizens (cash or check only). Persons needing more information about this event or in need of special accommodation may call 251-460-7116 or 251-460-6136.

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Letters to The Editor: Opposing views Response was necessary to band drug incident As a former member of the JMB, as well as a former member of SGA, an alumnus of the USA honors program, a former RA and a current Southbound Orientation Leader, I feel like I know something about what it means to be in the public eye. It sucks. I feel that here The Vanguard was only doing what they felt was right. Every story that was ever published about SGA that was negative hit my heart. Every one. But does that mean that The Vanguard was wrong for publishing it? No. Students deserve to know what is happeneing, even if it isn’t always wonderful. Perfect examples: the Glen Gardner debacle; Jean-Pierre’s impeachment trail; The article on the lackluster leadership that is currently being exhibited within SGA. The list goes on. Did it suck? Yes. Did it hurt? Yes. Were they right? Yes. Instead of attacking and getting feelings hurt, burning bridges and all that, let’s stop and think. When you are in the public eye, especially as a group, other members of your group are likely to do something stupid. What hurts the most is that it reflects dierctly on the group as a whole and, in turn, you. It is easy to take something like

that to heart, to view it as a marr on something that you have dedicated so much time, energy and passion into. Instead, look at it objectively. It was not you. It was two individuals with a problem, one that led to destructive (and stupid) decision making. Does it relfect on the group as a whole? No. Was it ever precieved that way? No. At least, not how I read the article. I felt it was objective, telling what there was to be told, not pointing fingers or assigning blame. The new article was especially well done, I feel. The JMB does too much for something like this to tear them down. Idiocy is the language of our time, and some are much more fluent then others; however, you cannot allow for those who try and spread discord through stupidity to win. The Vanguard did their duty, as they would if it was an other organization, club or team on this campus. It was not a personal assault or attack on the band, one that I have heard the staff numerous times support. It was news. Ugly news, but news. And news must be reported.

Response was disrespectful to band drug incident The Vanguard has been a big disapointment to me. Is this school paper here to build up the school reputation or make the University look dishonorable? To the Vanguard I was a guest in the hotel with the band students, on Saturday morning. A visitor (not affiliated with USA) walked up to me, voluntarily commented on HOW POLITE AND WELL BEHAVED THE UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH ALABAMA MARCHING BAND had presented themselves at the hotel!!! I felt very proud to be wearing a USA logo shirt and thanked this gentelman so much for taking the time to share his opinion and that I would pass this compliment on to the JMB and director. VANGUARD: where are you when the JMB works thousands of long, hot hours practicing for pre-game and halftime shows? Where are you when they are traveling on recruiting trips to cities throughout Alabama (while the football team is at away games) - long hours on buses and getting in at 2 a.m.? ALSO, get your facts straight - don’t

even have the year right 2008 - Wrong! They began in 2009 (FACT), look it up. You want to take what two students did wrong out of 200 and more students that do things right. Most of the band students are honor students, work two jobs and march from August to November and in outside events for one credit hour. How many students would want to do this? Call it dedication - and not lazy students. Well, JMB you have my upmost respect no matter what “The Vanguard” says, and I hope outsiders that read this will think how low the Editor is - no matter who wrote it - it had to be accepted by “her”. To the editor of Vanguard and whoever wrote the column get another job cause you have failed on this one. And to your gossip conncection that was in Atlanta, find something better to do with your life - like looking for good things in people and organizations than digging up dirt! I hope I have made my feelings clear about The Vanguard. Thank you. -Becky Mothershed McDonald

-Alan Sells Editor’s note: Please visit and search for the September 13 article, “Jaguar Marching Band Pride.”


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“University of South Alabama’s Student Voice”

editorial editor in chief associate editor senior reporter copy editor life editor opinion editor sports editor web editor

Cassie Fambro Genny Roman Matt Weaver Carey Cox Bailey Hammond Imran Mohiuddin Jayson Curry Naquita Hunter

distribution distribution manager Johnny Davis

advertising advertising manager Wesley Jackson graphic designer Brittany Hawkins Assistant Mohammad Al-Zarrah

management adviser James Aucoin accounting Kathy Brannan

mission The Vanguard, the student-run newspaper of the University of South Alabama, serves its readership by reporting the news involving the campus community and surrounding areas. The Vanguard strives to be impartial in its reporting and believes firmly in its First Amendment rights.

submission and editorial policies Send letters and guest columns to: The Vanguard University of South Alabama P.O. Drawer U-1057 Mobile, Ala., 36688. or Letters and guest columns must be received by 7 p.m. on the Wednesday prior to the Monday publication. Submissions should be typed and must include the writer’s name, year, school and telephone number. All submissions become the property of The Vanguard. Unsigned letters will not be published. The Vanguard reserves the right to edit letters and guest columns for length and clarity. Letters will be limited to 300 words. Letters and guest columns are the opinion of the writer. The Staff Editorial represents the consensus opinion of the Editorial Board, which is composed of the Editor in Chief, Associate Editor, Copy Editor, Senior Reporter, and Opinion Editor. All members of the Editorial Board have the same weight during weekly Editorial Board meetings. The Vanguard has a commitment to accuracy and clarity and will print any corrections or clarifications. To report a mistake, call the Editor in Chief at 251-460-6442 or e-mail The Vanguard is published Mondays during the academic year, except for exam periods and vacations, and is published twice each summer. The Vanguard is supported in part by an allocation from student activity fees and operates in the Student Media Department of the Division of Student Affairs. Issues are available at most University buildings and select off-campus locations. The first copy is free. Additional copies are $1 each.

Police blotter 10/28 Driving Under the Influence A suspect was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence near Jaguar Dr. at approximately 1:10 a.m. The suspect was also in possession of alcohol and violation of government law.

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into near the humanities building at approximately 9:15 p.m. $120 cash and a Mississippi driver’s license was reported as stolen. 11/03 Buying and Receiving Stolen Property Stolen property was purchased near Old Shell Rd. at approximately 1:24 a.m.

10/28 Criminal Mischief A suspect was arrested for causing damage to private property and a count of criminal mischief near the 11/03 Unlawful Breaking and Delta 6 parking lot at approximately Entering 1:07 p.m. A vehicle was broken into near the Chemistry Lot at approximately 10/31 Hit and Run 11:06 a.m. A hit and run occurred at approximately 3:05 p.m. near Greek Row. 11/03 Domestic Incident A domestic incident was reported 11/01 Abandoned Vehicle near Stadium Blvd. at approxiA vehicle was reported as abanmately 11:06 a.m. doned near the Gamma Lot at approximately 2:34 a.m. 11/04 Burglary of Automobile (No theft) 11/01 Driving with Suspended Li- A vehicle was broken into near the cense rear lot of the Kappa Alpha house A suspect was pulled over near the at approximately 11:49 a.m. Delta Lot and was found to be driv- Have a quesion for USAPD? Send it ing with a suspended license at apto proximately 10:10 a.m. and we’ll get an answer for you. 11/01 Unlawful Breaking and Entering a Vehicle A black pickup truck was broken

weather forecast >> November 7 - Nov. 13

We’ll start off the school week with sunny skies and highs in the low 70s and overnight lows near 50. Clouds will start to move in on Tuesday as a cold front approaches. Highs will warm to the upper 70s. On Wednesday, showers and thunderstorms move in with mostly cloudy skies, highs will be in the mid 70s and low near 60. Some storms could be strong. Thursday and Friday will be sunny, breezy and cool with highs in the upper 60s with overnight lows in the mid to upper 30s. The weekend looks good with sunny skies and highs near 70 and lows near 40.

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Thousands of Vanguards stolen week of Nov. 1 USAPD is investigating the theft of up to 5,000 Vanguards Monday night, Nov. 1. The first copy of The Vanguard is free, but each additional copy is $1. This means that the perpetrator(s) owe the University thousands of dollars. The Vanguard is partially paid for by student fees, so the theft is from the University, and it is considered censorship. Jim Aucoin, chair of the department of communication and advisor to The Vanguard, said. “We estimate the stolen newspapers’ value at somewhere between

$3,000 and $5,000. The Vanguard publications are paid for by students and advertisers. But beyond the value is the outrageous but unsuccessful attempt at censorship by the person or persons responsible. The attempt was unsuccessful because the story they may have wanted to cover up is on The Vanguard’s webpage and there were copies of the paper that did get into the hands of students, faculty and staff. Nothing was covered up. We intend to punish whoever took the papers when we identify them.”

CORRECTION The two band students suspended after being caught with cocaine are 18, not 19, as the blotter contained last week. The article said that they were 18 was correct.

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VOL. 39, NO. 15 / NOV 7, 2011

LGBT dissapointment voiced

JagTran looking to improve

LGBT, from Page One

JAGTRAN, from Page One

state regulations. An administrative “I’m disappointcommittee was formed ed in the University to review the resoof South Alabama,” lution and possible Collins said in rechanges to the Nonsponse to hearing Discrimination policy. the Non-DiscrimAccording to Smith, ination remained the committee worked through the spring unchanged. and summer, review“If you look ing USA’s policies. at the other poliIn April, the Unicies in the state of versity received a Dear [UniGENNY ROMAN Alabama, Colleague letter from versity of Alabama the U.S. Department – Birmingham] and “Why are our policies [University of Alaof Education, sent to bama] have beat us. all federally funded outdated?” Two of the other colleges and univermajor schools in the sities, concerning the state are ahead of Office of Civil Rights’ – Patrick Collins us in terms of policy interpretation of fedFormer GLBTA President change… if we’re eral law Title IX and supposed to be the guidance on how to ensure colleges and universities are in leading edge of Alabama education, then why are our policies outdated?” compliance. The Vanguard will continue to follow The University reviewed their policies and changed the Sexual Harassment and this story and let readers know of any deSexual Violence policy to include sexual velopments. orientation. The Non-Discrimination policy remained the same and, according to Smith, is in compliance with federal and

about which lines go to which buildings, so maybe they should show which places they go to on the trams,” communication major Jalisa Ambrose said. Willis’ report also states that South Alabama offers a pedestrian-friendly campus with paved side walks for students and encourages an alternative means of commuting by bike or foot. Student, and JagBike mechanic, Jacques Chouinard, spoke on the advantages of this newly instituted form of transit on campus. “[The bikes] cut down on traffic. More people on bikes means less people driving around campus and clogging up the roads,” Chouinard said. Although the report supports walking or biking, it also puts into consideration students’ reliance on vehicle transportation due to frequent heavy rains and hot summers in Mobile. JagTran routes and drivers are being monitored and supervised more now than in the past to keep the buses on an efficient time schedule and running smoothly. Each year, the routes are redrawn by the SGA due to complaints filed by student riders, and the altered routes help make the JagTran more effective. Periodically, the JagTran has student employees who act as “secret shoppers”

during the year to notify officials of reoccurring problems with drivers and routes as well. This year the JagTran trams will be retired from daily runs. Willis said that the trams were too slow and expensive to maintain. The trams will be replaced by new buses that will be slightly larger, holding up to 28 passengers with more standing room as well. The new buses are expected to be placed on the Green route, which holds an average of 6,000 students per week. Eliminating the trams and replacing them with larger buses will further improve the current JagTran system by allowing more room for riders. “Our Goal is to have a reliable system,” Willis said. “We want students to contact us when they have problems.” The JagTran, while not perfect, has made many improvements over the past few years and continues to strive to satisfy student needs. Willis encourages students to report any issues they have with the JagTran on the day it occurs, so it can be addressed immediately. Students can email or call 460-7777 to report a JagTran problem or register a complaint.


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The deal with the missing Jag Bikes BY MATT WEAVER Senior Reporter

Despite being released back onto campus, bikes are still difficult to locate for students opting to rely on the public program. Theft is one of the chief Once plentiful on campus, Jag Bikes reasons for missing bikes according to USAPD. have become a scarce commodity. “We are seeing scenarios where stuThe only Jag Bikes South Alabama students are likely to find now are dam- dents are taking bikes off-campus to restaurants and back aged, have flat to their apartments,” tires or are miss“If you look at the USAPD Lt. Keith West ing chains. number of private said. The Vanguard “I wouldn’t call a scoured the bikes on campus, we’ve student taking a bike campus grounds succeeded.” across the street for last week, findan hour to eat lunch ing seven bikes, – Dr. Jim Connors stealing, but when only one of them Jag Smart you see someone with unusable. a bike at 1 a.m., a line The Vanguard ran a story on Sept. 26 (Pedaling For- might have been crossed.” One such scenario occurred on Nov. ward: Jag Bikes 2.0 Unveiled) announcing that dozens of Jag Bikes were to be 2 when a student had ridden a Jag Bike re-released to the University after un- to the nearby Picklefish restaurant at 1 dergoing repairs at the University Com- a.m. where Mobile Police notified USAPD of a Jag Bike sighting off-campus. mons. The initial bike design featured frag- Bikes have also been sighted as far as ile frames and required renovations just Airport Blvd. and Hwy. 90 respectively. A secondary problem is that many weeks after roll-out.

of the bikes are still being held at the University Commons for repair and restoration. Other bikes are being used by students and brought back to dorms to stay overnight. This is not a banned practice, but it is recommended that if a student chooses to do so that they keep only one and remember that the bikes were intended as community property. Jag Bikes were the brainchild of South Alabama’s Jag Smart committee and intended to pave the way for a greener campus. The project was all about changing the culture of transportation on campus according to the council’s advisor, assistant professor of geology Dr. Jim Connors. On that front, the project has been viewed as a success. “We set out to change the culture of riding bikes on campus, and if you look at the number of private bikes on campus, we’ve succeeded,” Connors said.


Many students have been asking, along with local media, just where the infamous Jag Bikes have ended up three months after their intial introduction.

Spotlight: Jaguar Productions perks BY PATRICK HERRING Staff Reporter

Have you ever taken money out of your wallet and thrown it on the ground? How about flushed it down the toilet? That is basically what you are doing when you don’t take advantage of the numerous events brought to campus by Jaguar Productions, your student activities board. Every student that attends this University pays something called a student activity fee. Many of you probably had no idea you were paying this fee, and the ones that were aware of the fee probably don’t know where that money goes. Well, among other places, that money goes to Jaguar Productions to sponsor both entertaining and educational events for the student body. The majority of events put on by Jaguar Productions are free because of this fee. In other words, you’ve already paid for them. This semester Jaguar Productions has already sponsored numer-


Jaguar Productions sponsors an annual foam party, one of their most popular events. They host it at the residence halls, and hundreds of students dance in foam.

ous events that were free and open to all students. From a block party with food, games and music to a stand-up comic and even a foam party, just to name a few. There are many more events com-

ing later this semester. But putting on events isn’t the only thing Jaguar Productions does. They also sell discounted tickets to several different entertainment destinations all around Mobile, including Car-

mike theaters, Bayfest, the Mobile Symphony and Bellingrath Gardens. Jaguar Productions is open to all students who wish to join. It is comprised of 10 student-run committees. The students have most of the sayso in programming events on campus. So if you’ve been unsatisfied with the events Jaguar Productions has been sponsoring, join the group so your voice can be heard. “Jaguar Productions is the most fun organization I have been a part of since I’ve been at South,” Christian Lee, the organization’s president, said. The Vanguard’s back page always has the events Jaguar Productions is planning for the current week. You can follow Jaguar Productions on Facebook “JP South”, or contact them by email at jpclubsouth@


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Mortar Board hosts top prof event BY CASSIE FAMBRO AND BRADON CATEN Editor-in-Chief and Contributing Writer The Azalea chapter of Mortar Board at the University of South Alabama recently honored the University’s “Top Profs” at their annual Top Prof Banquet on Nov. 1, 2011. Lauren Gessner, the Mortar Board Vice President, describes Mortar Board as “an accumulation of motivated seniors.” The National College Senior Honor Society annually asks each member to choose the faculty or staff member that has impacted their lives the most throughout their collegiate career at

Mortar Board students

George Aaron Eric Jennifer Olivia Brandon Kamil Arif Sarah Hijrah Cassandra Lauren Paul Kelley Meagan Sidney Sara DusƟn Sarah Derrick Mark Lyndsey MaƩhew Ashley Daniel Ian Genny Richard Omar Jordan Samantha Misbahudin Julie Jake Kristy ChrisƟna Hannah

Alvey Bearden Beovich Black BuƩers Caten Dolbear El Sabae Fambro Gessner Hixon Jackson Jackson King LoƩ Mouret Naylor Nelson Norris Pate Pischek PiƩman

South Alabama. Dr. Sally Steadman of the College of Engineering and faculty advisor for Mortar Board called the event a “resounding success.” “I can attest to how meaningful it is to hear these things from great students,” Steadman said. “The faculty were so appreciative of the students remarks and the administrators all told me what a classy event Top Prof was.” With a co-sponsorship from the Student Government Association, Mortar Board members were able to invite their professors to enjoy an evening off campus at the historic Bragg-Mitchell Mansion while enjoying food and beverages

and its huge success. Gessner says that “the Top Prof event is now one of my favorite college memories.” Applications to join Mortar Board will be available to upcoming Seniors beginning in January and are usually due in the middle of March. Gessner would like to make sure that upcoming seniors have the same opportunity as she has. “To enjoy the company of such people in your senior year is incredible! I highly encourage underclassmen to keep the honor society in mind as they approach senior year. It has opportunities that you’ll never forget.”

Mortar Board top profs

Dr. Keith Blackwell Dr. Jerry Alan Bush Dr. Larry Gurchiek Mr. Joel Borden Dr. Romulus Godang Dr. Laura Moore Dr. Robin MockeƩ

Dr. Sandra Stenson Dr. Jim Connors Dr. Corina Schulze Dr. Cindy Stanfield Dr. Brenda Beverly Dr. John McMenamin Dr. Jim Connors Dr. Richard Rogers Dr. Dan Rogers Dr. F. Caroll Dougherty Dr. Mark Adams Dr. Bret Webb Ms. Mara Kozelsky Dr. ScoƩ Carter Dr. Shokolenko Dr. Jennifer Langhinrichsen Robinson Rohling Rogers Dr. Julio Turrens Roman Dr. Kevin Meeker Salter Mr. Ward Miller Silva Ms. Kelly Taylor Spidle Ms. PaƩy Davis Sundeman Ms. Kelly Byrd Syed Dr. Kevin West Tanner Dr. William Gillis Walker Dr. Thomas G. Thomas Welch Dr. ScoƩ Miller Wright Dr. Robert Holm Yeats Dr. Zohair Husain

Courtesy of Dr. Sally Steadman

provided by Naman’s Catering. Brandon Caten, Mortar Board member and Top Prof chair, said that each “Top Prof” was invited for different reasons, but they all seemed to share one common attribute in the eyes of the members. “Education doesn’t just happen during the years you are in college,” Caten said. “Education continues throughout your life, and every one of the Top Prof recipients were chosen because they are giving use the tools to learn long after we graduate.” Even a week after, members are still singing their praises of the event


Students such as Honors senior Jordan Spidle dined at the Bragg-Mitchell mansion for the Top Prof banquet and reception. Spidle and other Mortar Boarders honored professors that made a difference in their lives.


Faculty and administrators also joined Mortar Board to show their support for the students and the professors. Dr. John Smith, vice president of student affairs, said that the professors that go the extra mile speak to the true credibility and reputation of the University.

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Time to reconsider “marriage” IMRAN MOHIUDDIN OPINION EDITOR Earlier this week, I learned that Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries have decided to call it a quits; the two filed for divorce only 72 days after exchanging “I do’s.” In an interview with David Koch and Melissa Doyle, the hosts of Australian morning talk show “Sunrise,” Kardashian hinted that irreconcilable differences were the cause for the split, mentioning that, “I think when you know so deep in your heart that you just to listen to your intuition and follow your heart, there’s no right or wrong thing to do.” While the indirectness of Kardashian’s speech make the words seem original, the statement ultimately boils down to the same cheesy and cliché Woody Allen line that we’ve all heard a million times: the heart wants what the heart wants. It took Kardashian and Humphries less than three months to decide that they weren’t soul mates, and the institution of marriage opened its doors for this mismatched pair. Despite the fact that most critics believed that Kardashian and Humphries were doomed to failure, the government never called into question the two’s right to wed because they are consenting adults. Both understood the implications of marriage when they decided to marry, and that’s the only confirmation our bureaucratic system needs for a man and a woman. So why should the process be so different when two consulting adults of the same sex want to exchange vows? Looking at the arguments against gay marriage, it’s easy to see why so many people find the ban on gay marriage so reprehensible. Technically, marriage is nothing more than a legally binding contract, but most of the arguments I found centered on religious scripture. Those that didn’t, attempting to appeal to a secular mind, weren’t much more substantial. They assert claims like homosexuality is a choice, even though the American Psychological Association has repeatedly stated that sexual orientation is an inborn characteristic. We are no more free to determine our sexual orientation than we are to determine the color of our skin. Taking a look through the pages of history, we can see that mankind has a problem with persecution. Less than 50 years ago, a commonly held idea was that blacks and whites couldn’t peacefully coexist. Today, when we analyze this assertion with the clarity of hindsight, we can recognize the absurdity of this claim. After looking at persecution of the homosexual community, it becomes obvious that the cycle of discrimination is repeating. If we allow people like Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries to marry and divorce in 72 days, then there is no reason why we shouldn’t extend the privilege to all adults.




Our view >> a staff editorial

Censorship not an american ideal “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” The Universal Declaration of Human Rights states that “Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference, and impart information and ideas through any media regardless of frontiers.” The Student Press Law Center states that “newspaper theft is a crime. It is also a terribly effective form of censorship. Each year dozens of student newspapers and other publications across the country fall victim to thieves whose intent is to prevent the dissemination of news, information and opinion with which they disagree.” Censorship is flat out idiotic. The University of South Alabama isn’t China, and this isn’t Facebook. You don’t get to hide reality from the newsfeed that is real life and you don’t get to block the media from your life. We suspect that we know exactly who took the newspapers last week from our racks on Monday night. We also believe the cameras will prove us right, and we’ll wait until then to confirm or accuse in any manner. Common sense would dictate that most people would be able to figure it out, though. Alas. The point is that making a sweep of campus to obtain newspapers paid for by student fees is theft. The people who did it are theives. They didn’t just steal free papers; they stole from the students of the University of South Alabama. Unknown to many, page three has always had a little blurb at the end of the fine print that states that any additional copy after the first one that is free, is $1.

Editorial Board

Cassie Fambro > Editor in Chief Genny Roman > Associate Editor

We believe three to five thousand copies were stolen last week. Meaning, someone owes the students $3,000 to $5,000. Not only is stealing newspapers petty, childish and immature, it is very much illegal. A similar incident occured almost a decade ago with The Vanguard. There have been repeated instances of newspaper thefts across the country when a negative article runs about an organization or even a bad restaurant review. Racks are suddenly barren way before they usually are. That means to whoever did it, you’re not original. The University of Texas, the University of Kentucky, the University of Florida, and Pennsylvania State University all have something in common: successful prosecutions of newspaper thieves. At first glance, many people may not think that the prank of stealing thousands of Vanguards is that big of a deal. There are eight Vanguard student employees that put a total of over 100 hours a week into this paper. That’s not including the advertising staff. This paper is funded by student fee money as well as advertising contracts with local businesses that do nothing but support South Alabama and their sports teams and goals. Stealing the paper and robbing readers is not the way to state your opinion about coverage of an unpopular story. News is news and must be reported. We sincerely hope that USAPD continues to fully investigate this and that the culprits are brought to justice. Have a little class, respect, and maturity, folks. Free speech doesn’t always mean roses and lollipops.

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Jag voice >> opinion poll

Should the police have been involved in the cocaine scandal? “I do believe that the police should be involved in the matter because it concerns an illegal substance. It’s under their jurisdiction. Students are arrested on campus for possession of drugs all the time, why should this incident be any different?”

“I think that USA made a good decision in not getting local law enforcement involved. Had they done so, one extremely stupid decision by those students could have ruined their entire futures. USA has given them a chance to get their acts together and get back on track, which I applaud. One chance, however, and only one, is what should be given.”

“While my first reaction is that the police should have been involved because it is a felony. I would certainly hope for the same treatment if I were in the students’ shoes. I’m glad that University decided to handle it rather than the police.”

Aysha Rizavi Chemistry Freshman

Jake Howell Biology Junior

Tony Green Computer Science Sophomore


POINT COUNTERPOINT Is Amendment 26 the right way to go for Mississippi? Editor’s introduction: This Tuesday, Mississippi voters will head to the polls and vote on Amendment 26 to the Mississippi Constitution. This amendment redefines life as including “every human being from the moment of fertilization, cloning, or the equivalent thereof.” While some find this amendment necessary for preserving the lives of the unborn, others see it as an attack on personal freedoms. The P/CP explores this question.

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Choice is what matters most

According to the non-profit research group Guttmacher Institute, Mississippi had more than 9,000 unplanned teen pregnancies in the past year. This number is sure to rise if Amendment 26 passes on Nov. 8. Although the amendment primarily aims to end abortions in the state, it will come with many other consequences. Megan Heatherly First of all, this amendment could ban certain forms of birth control, such as the IUD and “morning after” pills. In addition to preventing fertilization of the eggs, these and other types of birth control also thin the lining of the uterus. This is done in order to prevent a fertilized egg from attaching to the uterine wall. If personhood is determined from the point of fertilization, as the amendment desires, this would be illegal. Additionally, miscarriage could also be considered illegal if the initiative passes. Under Amendment 26, a woman could be held liable for a natural miscarriage. According to most studies, 10 to 25 percent of all pregnancies end in miscarriage or stillbirth. The liability of this common occurrence would not just put an emotional and financial strain on the individual woman. It would also exert the court system and local law enforcement, resulting in a higher cost to the taxpayer. Another consequence of the amendment is the impediment to scientific progress. Amendment 26 will effectively ban embryonic stem cell research. The National Institute for Health states that stem cell research is one of the most highly invested research fields due to its potential for curing various diseases and status as a renewable resource.

Another recent scientific development that is endangered by the amendment is in vitro fertilization. In this method of reproduction, eggs are fertilized outside of the uterus. Many of these zygotes do not survive this process, making in vitro fertilization illegal under the amendment. As the state has seen with its failed abstinence-only initiative, ignoring reproductive issues does not make them go away. Amendment 26 will ensure the rise of teen pregnancies and “back alley abortions” that will endanger the lives of many disadvantaged young women. However, it is not only teenagers that will be harmed by the passing of this amendment. Ultimately, the core of this issue is the attack on all women’s rights. Personhood Mississippi, the group behind the initiative, states that the purpose of the amendment is “to protect all human beings, irrespective of age, health, function, physical or mental dependency or method of reproduction, from the beginning of their biological development.” Who will this amendment really protect? It will not protect women whose lives are endangered by pregnancy complications nor those who become pregnant through rape or incest. It will not protect women who need access to birth control for pregnancy prevention or nonsexual health problems, such as PCOS. It will not protect women who should have the right to decide what happens in their uteruses. The only thing that Amendment 26 will protect is the belief that it is okay to force your religious beliefs on other people, despite the economic and social ramifications. Vote for the freedom to choose. Vote no on Amendment 26.

Counterpoint >> We need to establish boundaries “Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness,” these few words of the Declaration of Independence are the creed of the United States. The U.S. Constitution was written to uphold these ideals of the Declaration so that they would come to define this nation. “Life” is an unalienable right, yet the definition of “life” is one that has lacked clarity. Shivam Amin Amendment 26 to the Mississippi Constitution ends this dilemma. It declares one to be a person at “the moment of fertilization,” and it is an initiative that is going to solve a lot of problems. “The moment of fertilization” can be defined in medical literature as, “when the deoxyribose nucleic acids from the spermatozoon and the ovum come together to form the zygote.” As a result, Amendment 26 does effectively outlaw abortion, but why is this “moment of fertilization” chosen as the moment life begins? Upon fertilization lies the potential to become a full-fledged human being. The first cell of an individual contains the information that will determine one’s future health, intellectual potential, and even criminal tendencies. The American Bioethics Advisory Commission even says “that a human life begins at the moment of fertilization.” There is no such thing as a “potential life.” As a result this amendment makes perfect sense. It preserves the sanctity of life, one of the cornerstones of the U.S. If we compromise this cornerstone, than we are no longer the same nation. As individuals, we often struggle to reconcile our desire to help rid a woman of such a massive burden as that of a child with our desire to preserve that same child’s life. But is it really fair to deny a person the

opportunity to live on this Earth? Constitutionally, morally and ethically, the answer is an unequivocal no. Opponents of Amendment 26 often point to the financial burdens that would arise if the practice of abortion were outlawed. However, can you really put a price tag on what a life is worth? Should we kill off a couple of hundred thousand people so we can meet our budget? It is entirely unethical to make such a claim. In the instance of a woman being raped, things get a little testier, but a life still needs preservation. Imagine telling a woman you meet at a grocery store who is alive because her mother was raped that her mother should have had the right to abort her, that it should have been someone else’s decision whether or not she live. It’s not fair for someone to be raped, but it’s even more unfair to deny someone the opportunity to simply live. Those who advocate against Amendment 26 also allude to a supposed ambiguity of the bill’s words. They misconstrue its meaning to apply to ridiculous cases such as a woman being charged with murder for having a miscarriage. The intent of the amendment is to simply provide a framework upon which to build upon. It is entirely unreasonable to currently apply this amendment to every scenario that may arise. Questions regarding certain forms of birth control, in vitro fertilization, etc. are intended to be answered with time by the courts and legislatures of Mississippi. The purpose of Amendment 26 is to define life, a term that has needed a definition for a very long time.

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Going mobile in Mobile BAILEY HAMMOND JagLife Editor In this world of technology, the turnover rate for new gadgets and gizmos is ever-increasing and doesn’t seem to be reaching a plateau. The same can be said for the power of Google. Since its inception in 1998, Google has become a massive behemoth of the Internet. Just this September, Google has even managed to digitize the Dead Sea Scrolls in a partnership with the Israel Museum. With a plethora of applications and products under its belt, Google has the closest thing to a monopoly on the Internet as can be had by any multi-national company. It’s enormous, and it’s here to bring the mobile to Mobile. Through its newest project, Google is offering a rare free service to local businesses that will allow them to make their websites compatible for mobile devices. This project is called GoMo. Partnering with Google in this initiative is Red Square Agency, Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce, Downtown Mobile Alliance, Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce, DudaMobile and Mobify. There will be a meeting for advertising professionals on Monday, Nov. 14 at Red Square Agency, and it will be to discuss the details of utilizing mobile sites for clients. Advertising professionals can request an invitation on event page. There will also be “Mobilization Jams” for businesses of any size on Tuesday, Nov. 15 at Space 301 from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. More information can be found on the events page as well, but the sessions will be aimed at helping the business owners to understand the importance of going mobile. The same day, there will be a special session for the senior leaders of larger businesses and it begins at 7 p.m., also at Space 301. There will be a second chance for business owners to attend the “Mobilization Jams” on Wednesday, Nov. 16, from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. More information on these sessions and registration is available on the GoMo website.


As the judges are deliberating on the winners, Dr. Cunningham “steps” into the spotlight, awing onlookers, as reddressed Chi Omega darlings grace the stage. Some are more surprised than others.

Songfest 2011 ‘Party in the USA’ The ladies of Chi Omega welcomed organizations and the public for a night of songtastic fun. JAKE HOWELL JagLife Writer

Chi Omega’s Songfest is always an entertaining event on the University of South Alabama’s campus. Where else can you see the future doctors of Alpha Epsilon Delta getting crunk, the brothers Kappa Sigma “rollin’ on the river,” and Dr. Carl Cunningham Jr., of the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs, break it down? This year’s Songfest theme, “Party in the USA,” allowed an incredibe diversity of songs to be performed by five sororities, six fraternities and two independent groups. Songs ranged from the National Pan-Hellenic Council’s performance of LMFAO’s “Party Rock Anthem” to Pi Kappa Phi’s rendition of The Beach Boys’ “Surfin’ U.S.A.” While the night was undoubtedly entertaining, the purpose of the whole event can’t be left out. Chi Omega goes to such great lengths to put on such an enjoyable show in order to support their national philanthropy, the Make-A-Wish Foundation. The Make-A-Wish Foundation is an organization that grants wishes to children with life-threatening illnesses. As stated on their website,, since 1980, 214,172 wishes granted, a wish granted every 40 minutes. One wish story from the Foundation’s website is of Dalton, a 9-year-old born with cerebral palsy, whose one wish was to have a voice. Through volunteers and donations, the Make-A-Wish Foundation was able to provide this young boy with a computerized

speech device. Dalton’s mother told the Foundation, “There are no words to explain what it means. It’s going to change our lives.” Chi Omega’s dedication and hard work over the past year raised a grand total of $16,224.35 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. John Sweeney, the Alabama Regional Director of Development for the Georgia and Alabama chapter of the Make-A-Wish Foundation, attended Songfest. Onstage, he told the ladies of Chi Omega that, out of all the events he’s attended, Songfest “sets the bar for creativity.” Songfest, however, is not just a fundraiser. The sororities, fraternities and independent organizations put in hours of work practicing their routines in order to win the Songfest competition. After deliberating, the panel of four judges declared the ladies of Alpha Omicron Pi the winners of the sorority competition, the men of Kappa Sigma the winners of the fraternity competition, and the National Pan-Hellenic Council the winner of the independent competition. The men of Sigma Chi were named most entertaining of the night with their version of Old Crow Medicine Show’s “Wagon Wheel,” and The Guess Who’s “American Woman.” Runners up in the sorority category were the ladies of Kappa Delta, while the men of Tau Kappa Epsilon took second for the fraternities.


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‘Salvage the Bones’ author interview Interview with Jesmyn Ward--on her book and on being a National Book Award finalist. BAILEY HAMMOND JagLife Editor Every year, 20 novels are chosen as finalists for the National Book Award. Books of fiction, nonfiction, poetry and young people’s fiction are considered and the committee has to narrow down the large field of applicants to just five for each category. This year, the Gulf Coast is represented by author Jesmyn Ward, associate English professor here at USA. Her second novel, “Salvage the Bones,” is one of the five chosen for the fiction category for 2011. On Nov. 16, Ward will find out if her book has been chosen at the National Book Award ceremony in New York City. The Vanguard recently sat down with Jesmyn Ward and asked her some questions about writing, being a finalist and her experiences being an author. VG: Has it set in yet that your book is a finalist for the National Book Award? Ward: This is totally unexpected for me. I never thought that this book would receive the kind of attention that is has at all. I think part of that is due to the fact that my first book didn’t really get a lot of attention. So, I didn’t think that this was going to happen, but now that it has happened, I think that that mindset, like I’m still stuck in that mindset of, you know, it’s not really going to be recognized. You know what I mean? That’s why I can’t even think about the fact that it might win, because it’s not a reality for me yet, I think.

VG: The ceremony is coming up on Nov. 16. Ward: Yep. The sixteenth. And I’ll be there on the fifteenth; I have to read on the fifteenth. And that’s even worse! Like, putting on the pressure. VG: Do you know which section of your book you’re going to read? Ward: I have no idea what section I’m going to read. If you have any suggestions, I would love to hear them, if you’ve read it yet. VG: I haven’t read it yet, but if it makes you feel any better, I haven’t even heard of the other books, so you have a big step up in that regard. Ward: [Laughs.] That does make me feel a little better. VG: I know that when you were writing this book, you tried to capture something of the event of Katrina. And you modeled each chapter after a day? Ward: Yes. Each chapter’s a day. VG: And there’s 12 chapters, so 12 days? Ward: Hurricane Katrina happens in the eleventh chapter. VG: So it’s building up to the event? Ward: The twelfth chapter is sort of the day after Katrina, the aftermath of the storm. VG: Do you think it will have a lot of emotional impact on local readers, people who were there for Katrina? Ward: I think so. Because I think that the fact that I lived through Hurricane Katrina with my family, that that lends some sort of, not credibility, but some sort of, you know—

weekly lowdown mon > nov 7 USA Women’s Basketball vs. West Florida

7:05 p.m. Mitchell Center Tickets $5, kids under 12 free, USA students free with student ID.

tue > nov 8 Top Group Presents an Information Session

10 a.m to 3 p.m. University Library Rm 171. “Specialized for Japanese-related business in the U.S. and Japan, then Top Group is the solution for you.” USA Mens’s Basketball vs. Dillard COURTESY LINUSSBLANKET.COM

This sophomore novel by USA professor Jesmyn Ward is on display in the English department.

VG: Validity, maybe? Ward: Yeah, because the reader will know that I experienced it, that I’m not imagining it. Although there’s power in imagining things, but I think that it changes the reader’s experience when they know that the writer has gone through it or something. The second part of this two-piece interview will be in next week’s issue, as Ward prepares for the award ceremony.

7:05 p.m. Mitchell Center Tickets $5, kids under 12 free, USA students free with student ID.

wed > nov 9 Latin-American Student Association Second Meeting

4 p.m. Main campus library Rm 171. “We are an organization made up of people of various backgrounds, any individual that appreciates the diversity of the Latino culture is invited to participate.” Cooperative Education and Internship Program Orientation Seminar

3 p.m. Career Services, 2100 Meisler Hall. “Detailed overview of the benefits, requirements and process of gaining experiential education in your field of study prior to graduation.”

fri > nov 11 HONK! the musical

7:30 p.m. Laidlaw Performing Arts Center. “A children’s musical based on the story of the ugly duckling.” SANDRA HUYNH/ CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHER

“Ghouls for Good” had 103 participants sign up. The night of trick-or-treating fun ended with approximately 2,554 cans, almost 500 books, and a $100 check made payable to Bay Area Food Bank, with the numbers expected to rise as other donations come rolling in from other departments. Pictured above is just one “haul” from a group that was added to the collection effort. Numerous campus organizations participated for this worthy cause.


Flash Mobs overtook campus in several key locations, as members of the USA Show Choir showed off their suave moves for a varied and quite surprised audience. Pictured above is the mob at the Humanities building courtyard. There was also another flash mob at the Fresh Food Company dining facility. These performances were designed to gather interest for the USA Show Choir and to get the word out about their presence.

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Jags take down the Devils, 35-3 South Alabama’s J.J. Keels fueled the USA team with big returns and big runs JAYSON CURRY Sports Editor It might be USA’s J.J. Keels freshman year but in Thursday night’s game, Keels played like a Jaguar veteran. Keels led his Jaguar team to a 35-3 victory Thursday night to keep the Jags undefeated at home. After Mississippi Valley State stalled on the opening drive of the game, the Delta Devils were forced to punt. After injuries to returners B.J. Scott and Jereme Jones in the past two weeks, USA decided to allow Keels to try his hand in the return game. It turned out to be the right choice as Keels fielded the punt off a bounce and returned the punt 45 yards to the MVSU 2-yard line. “It was big for J.J. to come in there as a true freshman and make those types of plays. We lost B.J. and Jeremé, so we have gotten thin in our return game,” USA head coach Joey Jones said. “I thought he stepped up and did really well.” Keels was close on his punt return to scoring for the first time in his career at USA and later came even closer. Keels took a handoff from C.J. Bennett around the left side and burst into the MVSU secondary and seemed to cross the goal line. The play was reviewed and he was called out at the 1-yard line. Keels was full of big plays for the Jags in this game as he opened the second half with a bang. The MVSU kickoff sailed a few yards deep into the end zone forcing Keels to turn his back to the kick coverage. After catching the ball Keels turned around and saw a lane. He then took the kickoff 100 yards for a score, his first in his career and the longest play in school history. “Everybody was telling me at the beginning of the game, ‘You know, today you have to get a touchdown.’ My whole thing coming into the game, though, was to put forth effort and help my team win, if I score one, I score one,” Keels said. “I want to go down in history for something; I have to do something in this game. I ended up doing it on a kickoff return, which was history, as well as my first touchdown.” That spark provided by Keels fueled the Jaguar team all game. The Jags Ken Houston would rush into the end zone for the first score of the game just two plays after Keels’ punt return. Houston would


Above- South Alabama’s defense huddles up prior to the snap against MVSU on Thursday. Bottom right- South Alabama’s special teams punt returner, J.J. Keels.

score again in the second quarter and finished the game with six rushes for 31 yards and his two scores. The Jaguar offense was very steady and methodical when driving on the Delta Devils. USA quarterback C.J. Bennett finished the game with only nine pass attempts completing seven for 65 yards. Bennett also scored one of USA’s five touchdowns on a 1-yard quarterback sneak in the first quarter. Backup quarterback Myles Gibbon came in for Bennett later in the game and completed two of his three passes including a 56 yards catch and run to Wide receiver Greg Hollinger. The touchdown was Hollinger’s only catch of the game. After losing suspended cornerback Damond Smith and injured safety B.J. Scott, the Jaguar defense was becoming thin in the defensive backfield. During Thursday’s game, that problem was made a little bit worse as Greg Loper, who took over for Smith, left the game with a leg injury. In spite of missing some key defenders, the Jag defense only allowed a field goal that was set up by a muffed punt return. The Delta Devils were given great field position inside the Jag red zone, but the defense played bend but don’t break all night. The defense gave up only 166 total yards to MVSU and only allowed MVSU’s

quarterback Garrick Jones to complete seven of his 23 passes for 67 yards. The defense was led by Charles Harris, who finished the night with 12 total tackles to lead both teams. Harris also was credited with a forced fumble that was recovered by USA’s Alonzo Long. USA linebackers Ben Giles finished with nine total tackles and Enrique Williams with seven. “We are kind of a methodical football team; we don’t have big-play guys on offense. J.J. came in and sparked us in the return game, and he had a couple of good runs. But we are the kind of team that if we don’t make mistakes and have a lot of penalties, we have a chance to beat a lot of people,” Jones said. “When we play like we did tonight then we end up on the winning side, so we just need to keep that up.” “I thought we played really sound in the first half, the defense gave up a little yardage in between the 20s but got stiff down there toward the goal line. The offense had a short field a couple of times, and then we had an 80-plus yard drive in the first half, which is big,” Jones added. “The special teams played well — the return game was good and we kicked the ball well. Overall, I am real pleased with the game.”


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Running the Point: USA’s Trey Anderson Brandiii_19 Brandi- Drinking sprite for the first time since August.. My year is made. Kevin_Michael12 Kevin-Michael Helms- “Have a mouth as sharp as a dagger but a heart as soft as tofu. -Chinese Proverbs” UnoDosTrey123 Trey Anderson- Will smith is my idol #mancrush lol UnoDosTrey123 Trey Anderson- Appreciate all the fan support tonight! We are gonna keep it rolling for y’all!!! #southinyamouth #pawsinyadraws Bj_Scott_1 Bj Scott- This way diff 4rm when I grew up Halloween in Prichard was crucial lol getting egged all the time havin 2check dangerous tampered wit candy Bj_Scott_1 Bj Scott- In desperate need of a kid right now my neighborhood is jumping for Halloween. .. Need an excuse to get candy. Smh DrewPac72 Drew DearmanLooking for my friends on gameday, somebody make a move and get seen!!! DrewPac72 Drew DearmanGoing to bed with no alarm set... Possibly the best part of having an off weekend CJBennett15 cj bennett- How can people not believe in God when there’s things like honey butter chicken biscuits... and yes I’m at whataburger jgeezy54 jon griffin- The last person i will ever accept a friend request on facebook from...The Grove Managers #wallofshameforlife Eazy_E13 Ellis HIll- In the room locked up trying to catch up on this studying...! Test tomorrow. I’ll be doing a lot of studying today I lilwaldon_81 Corey WaldonCall buffalo wild wings “we want overtime” Lavend_ER_ Bryant Lavender- Jus seen one of the chefs for cafe Ridin a jag bike lol

J.T. CRABTREE Sports Reporter Last Tuesday not only marked the beginning of a new men’s basketball season but also an introduction to a new team. With only six returning players from last season, many fans may not be familiar with the new look team. Let me introduce you to our new point guard, Trey Anderson. The 6”3’ junior transfer has a passion for the game that is rarely matched by his opponents. Being the son of two former collegiate basketball players, basketball is second nature to Trey. “I always knew I was going to play basketball. It was always around me,” Anderson said. “I think I picked up my skills from my parents, they both played point. It’s in my blood.” Playing the point guard position requires a player to be a leader, and Trey feels that he will fill that role well for the Jags. “I see myself as a leader. Aug (Augustine Rubit) isn’t very talkative, but he leads by example,” Anderson said. “We have a couple other guys that definitely speak up when we’re not doing what we should be doing.” Trey also brings a wealth of big game experience with him to the Jags. Through his previous stops before South Alabama, Trey has been exposed to the Big Dance, and feels the Jags can bring similar results this year. “I played at St. Mary’s my first two years, and we made it to the Sweet Sixteen, which was pretty cool,” Anderson said. “Last year I played at Neosho County Community College in Kansas. Assistant coach Taylor was actually my coach over at Neosho, he came with me here.” Of course coming over from a new team means getting used to new surroundings, and Trey feels confident in his new team and its coaching staff. “Coach Arrow is very demanding, but he knows what he is talking about. As soon as you buy into his system, you’ll be successful. I think what I can do with what he’s preaching,” Anderson said. “I think the sky’s the limit for us. This team is very comparable to St. Mary’s talent-wise. We can go as far as we let ourselves go.”

Athletics updates JAGS FALL 3-0 TO DIVISION LEADER WESTERN KENTUCKY In the first match of its four-match home stand, the University of South Alabama volleyball team dropped a 3-0 (20-25, 21-25, 14-25) decision to Sun Belt East Division leader Western Kentucky Friday evening at Jag Gym. “I thought we were very competitive in each of the first two sets,” South Alabama head coach Nicole Keshock said. “Those two sets came down to just a few things at the end. The third set was disappointing. We had talked about staying in the match the whole way. The first two sets came down to a point here or there, a dig here or there, better coverage. Western Kentucky started blocking us better towards the latter part of each of those sets. If we had of had better coverage, maybe the set would have been different.” USA (9-16, 4-9 SBC) will next host Middle Tennessee on Sunday with first serve set for noon. With the win, the Toppers improve to 26-3 overall and 13-1 in the conference.



USA point guard Trey Anderson

After the home opener against Mobile, the Jags face a big challenge as they hit the road to take on Florida State and LSU in back-to-back games. With the current setup, Trey feels the Jags can do more than most expect. “I think we have a chance, as long as we stay with coach Arrow’s game play, I think we can make some noise and shock some people,” Anderson said. “A lot of people don’t think we’re as good as we are. I think we can grab some attention with those games.” Trey also expressed encouragement in the fan turnout for the game. “It was good. It was a lot of fun,” Anderson said. “I think as soon as more people hear how good we are, more people will show up to come check us out.” After the Jags played on Tuesday, it showed why Trey was so confident in his team. The team showed a much more team oriented system, and improved passing and free throw shooting. Anderson finished Tuesday’s game with a team and game high of eight assists, six points and five rebounds. If the Jags continue this, fans will definitely have something to look forward to in the 2011-2012 season.

The University of South Alabama soccer team had a pair of student-athletes named to the 2011 Capital One Academic All-District Team Friday afternoon. Sophomores Clarissa Hernandez (Pensacola, Fla.) and Shelby Owen (Trussville, Ala.) were voted to the District 4 Second Team as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America. The Academic All-District teams recognize student-athletes for their combined performances on the field and in the classroom. Hernandez carries a 3.9 grade point average and is majoring in chemical engineering. She started all 20 matches for the Jags at midfield and contributed five assists this season. Hernandez also added three goals on the year.

CARDEN NAMED DIRECTOR OF BASEBALL OPERATIONS University of South Alabama baseball head coach Mark Calvi announced the hiring of Andrew Carden as Director of Baseball Operations Friday. Carden joins the USA staff after spending the past three years as an assistant coach at Central Alabama Community College in Alexander City, Ala. Carden is a native of Hartselle, Ala., and a 2000 graduate of Hartselle High School. He lettered four years in baseball and football for the Tigers, and helped the HHS baseball program capture back-to-back 5A state championships from 1999-2000. -Wire reports


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USA baseball prepares for 2012 season JAYSON CURRY Sports Editor As the USA baseball team wraps up their fall practices, new head coach Mark Calvi has a simple goal in place for him and his players. “Our goal around here is to win championships,” Calvi said. “That’s our goal.” As high of a goal as that is, Calvi truly believes the Jaguar baseball program can do it. “My goals every year, I never set a goal that we have to win this many games as a bench mark or we can’t win an amount of games. We want to win the Sun Belt. We want to win the league. We want to win the regular season. We want to win a regional, and we want to win a super regional, and we want to get this program to the college world series and take our chances,” Calvi said. “And I just know that if you have the right bunch of guys and they are buying in too. You can’t just get there in one day. It is a daily thing. You have to practice like you want to win a championship so when you get there, you are ready.” After spending the past six years as an assistant coach at South Carolina, where his team won a national championship, Calvi was hired by USA to be the head coach in waiting, behind Steve Kittrell last year, and to become the head coach this season. The baseball program not only has a new


USA baseball head coach Mark Calvi

head coach but new players. Calvi has brought in assistants Bob Keller and Jerry Zulli and 31 new players. “This fall was very productive,” Calvi said. “We have 31 new players, so it is quite an undertaking for the coaches to know the players, the players to know the coaches and the players to get to know themselves and for them to gel and play in a team concept.”

“They worked extremely hard every single day, and that’s what it’s going to take to build a championship program or a program that challenges to win championships. You have to have guys that are motivated and like each other and buy into the team concept.” USA earned being ranked 47th in the country for their 2011-12 recruiting class because of Calvi and part of the 31 new players. The Jaguars brought in Mississippi Press Boys Athlete of the Year award winner Colin Bray and Spanish Fort’s Cole Jarmon, who helped the Toros win back to back 5A Alabama State championships in baseball. “I think it’s good to have any little bit of notoriety, but I’m never into rankings, and I think if you have the right guys in the end, it will take care of itself,” Calvi said. “At South Carolina, I was part of two No. 1 recruiting classes, and we never got passed a super regional. It was the class ranked 18th and 19th in 2008 and 2009, and those kids won backto-back national championships. It’s just a matter of having the right guy.” Calvi and his assistants have done well recruiting so far, but it’s more than just finding good baseball players, it’s about finding the “right guy” as Calvi said. “All the guys in the program this year not only passed the recruiting test but they passed the make-up testes as well. Guys are going to class and going the

right thing, and they are representing themselves and the program and that’s what you have to do to build a program around,”Calvi said. “I will avoid the guys who have some baggage or some issues. It doesn’t matter how good they are, I will steer clear of them. I’m not looking for angels, but there are some guys who are incapable of doing the right thing on a consistent base and those are the guys that bring down your program.” This fall the baseball program has been focusing on practicing and gelling together as a team. The team has recently finished the Red-Blue World Series, which is USA’s intrasquad games. The series allows the players and coaches to get ready for the season by going through every situation they will face during the real season. “Basically what the intrasquad is for is, it puts them in a competitive atmosphere. I put a lot of stock in the fall, but I don’t base everything off the fall,” Calvi said. “From a situational standpoint it has been really good. It put them in situations where they had to execute.” The baseball team has finished up their fall practices. They won’t practice again until late in January before their first game on February 17th against the College of Charleston at 6:30 pm. who all’s seen the new website say yeaaaah


VOL. 39, NO. 15 / NOV 7, 2011


Jag Life- By Ben Lewis

Weekly Quotable Quote “As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” -John F. Kennedy


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