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September 12, 2011 | Vol. 49 No. 7

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“Through Tragedy, Education Must Not be Lost”

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Students, faculty and staff show respect in rememberance of 9/11 outside of the Whiddon Administration Building. The plaque is located in front of the Bookstore by the flags.

Cassie Fambro Editor-in-Chief

Sept. 11, 2011 will forever be engraved in the heart of the United States of America. Everyone has their own story of that day, a

USA Foundation In Solid Shape Cassie Fambro Editor-in-Chief

Maxey Roberts, University of South Alabama Foundation managing director, gave The Vanguard insight into what exactly the foundation supports as an endowment fund. Roberts listed scholarships, faculty positions, the USA Honor’s Program and projects such as the acquisition of Brookley as some of the priorities. For instance, the Foundation’s purchase of Brookley allowed the University to move forward with pediatrics expansion at USA Children and Women’s Hospital. In laymen’s terms, USA Foundation is the University’s support structure. At their semi-annual meeting, a portfolio report given by Chief Operating Officer Marc Schneidau of


tions and “we watched the towers fall.” Mitchell said he is especially grateful to still be working with students, because he believes that “change starts at this level, the college level.” He believes that “students are still determined”

flashbulb memory of where you were and what you were doing. USA remembered the victims of the attack in a service incorporating USA ROTC, students, faculty and staff. Dr. Michael Mitchell, dean of students, spoke in memo-

ry of the victims at the event held outside of the Whiddon Administration building early Friday. Mitchell told The Vanguard that ten years ago, he was at the University of Southern Mississippi working on homecoming elec-

Silvant Capital Management revealed that the USA Foundation, with assets over $282 million, was in good condition to stay a strong support structure financially. Schneidau told the foundation board that Silvant values “the relationship we have with the University” because “trustees have a long-term view of assets.” Being upfront with the current economic situation and explaining to the board what it meant to their portfolio, Schneidau called the economy “tenuous” this year. In fact, the Foundation’s portfolio had dropped down to as low as 7 percent below expectations, but, as of June, it had almost broken even. Schneidau likened the economy to a normal U.S. family and graphically represented what the federal government would resemble by taking eight zeroes out of the national numbers. For instance, the family had an

USA Football: 19-0

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University of South Alabama marched down the field to victory on Saturday, remaining undefeated

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Staff Photo Jayson Curry See FOOTBALL page 16

Inside- Student Tip: The Scoop on Broken Fresh Foods Co. Ice-Cream Machine- page. 6 Opinion: page 12 |

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News In Brief Thank you to all contributors.

USA Concert Choir, Choral Present Fall Choral Concert The USA Concert Choir and University Choral will present the Fall Choral Concert on Oct. 10 and 11 at Laidlaw Performing Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. The University Chorale will perform the music of Lauridsen, Vaughan, Williams, Gesualdo and other composers. The Concert Choir will showcase selections from Casals, Eric Barnum and Hrusovsky as well as folk songs, such as “Shenandoah” and “Lock Lomon.” Tickets will be sold at the door. General dmission is $8 and $5 for USA faculty, staff, students, youths under 18 and all senior citizens. For more information, contact 251460-7116 or 251-460-6136, or go online at and click on “calendar.”

the Student Government Association office at 1363 Academic Support Center (the old Recreation Center). Applications must be turned in to SGA by Monday, Sept. 19 by 5 p.m.

Local Artist JoAnn Cox Donates Painting to USA Libraries

Local artist JoAnn Cox has donated a large abstract painting to the University of South Alabama Libraries. Her piece, “Dawn to Dusk,” will be hung in the atrium of the Main Library on camOn Thursday, Sept. 15, the Fairhope pus. Film Series will present the documentary “I was recently invited to exhibit some “The Real Dirt on Farmer John.”Directed of my work at the USA Library where Dr. by Taggart Siegel, the film follows maverWood and all of the staff were very supick Farmer John as he bravely transforms portive,” said Cox. “It is a pleasure for his farm amid a failing economy, vicious me to donate one of my paintings to the rumors and arson, ultimately creating a library.” revolutionary form of agriculture in rural USA Libraries Dean Dr. Richard Wood America. said Cox’s gift will be a focal point for evThe film will screen at the University eryone who walks into the main library. of South Alabama Baldwin County’s PerA native of the Mississippi Delta, Cox has formance Center at 111 St. James Avenue. studied art at the University of Southern Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and the film beMississippi, as well as in England, France Homecoming Court Applications gins at 7 p.m. The film is open to the puband Ireland. Her works have won numerlic, and a $5 donation is appreciated. Call Available ous awards and are represented in many 251-928-8133 for more information or visit Students interested in running for Home- or www.fairhopefilms. public, corporate and private collections. coming Court may pick up applications in org.

Fairhope Film Series Presents “The Real Dirt on Farmer John”

Letter to The Editor JagTran: The Route System Not Without Kinks I have attended South Alabama since the fall semester of 2007. The first friendly advice I received was to take the JagTran until you know your way around campus. I discovered the very first day I rode the Tran that if I wanted to be even almost on time, I would have to show up to the JagTran stop an hour early! From that point, I vowed to avoid the Tran at all cost. Over the years I would hear students complain about the same problems over and over, but I figured maybe they were over exaggerating. I did not ride the Tran, so I had no idea. No longer able to avoid it because of car trouble, I was forced to catch the Tran to the Humanities Building. How bad could it be? The kinks in the system would have been worked out by this time right? Almost five years later, nothing has changed. I stood at the UComm JagTran stop for 30 minutes. True to its reputation, I was 15 minutes late for class and missed a quiz! I was under the impression the JagTran we pay for in our fees every semester should actually be beneficial to the student body.

Instead, while waiting for the Tran, students get to swap stories about their nightmare experiences with the JagTran. I realize riding the Tran is a choice, but should it be an inconvenient choice? The campus is not so friendly at night. We have all seen the stories of robbery in our student emails. Some students have complained they have waited almost an hour at night for the Tran to show up, eventually choosing to walk to their dorms because they were not sure if the Tran was still running after waiting for its arrival so long. Emails and phone calls are frequently ignored when students try to make complaints in hopes to be heard and maybe have some improvements made to this system. I do not use the Tran, but it does not mean I should ignore the problem. Nobody should ignore what is going on because it affects all of us. You never know when you will be subjected to a JagTran ride. Concerned Student Arial McSwain

SGA: Updated Plans Matt Weaver

SENIOR REPORTER Homecoming at the University of South Alabama is just a month away and the USA Student Government Association is hard at work preparing activities for what should be a busy month at the corner of University and Old Shell. The Homecoming Game is officially set for Saturday, Oct. 15 against Tennessee-Martin with activities beginning on the 10 with the annual penny drop. Other activities include Junk the Jungle, a pep rally, Moonlight Madness and a parade. “It’s a lot of work,” SGA President Colin Al-Greene said. “The real praise has to go out to Stephanie Pelonia and her committee as it is all very time consuming. The same has to be said about the Jaguar Production people and USA public relations.” Junk the Jungle will take place on Oct. 11 and will include dressing the trees on Jaguar Circle with toilet paper and streamers, although the SGA and University officials prefer the term “TP’ing.” The football team’s pep rally will take place on Oct. 12 and is

tentatively set to take place at the Moulton Tower. Moonlight Madness will be hosted on Oct. 13 at the Mitchell Center and will introduce the men’s and women’s basketball teams to the student body prior to the start of the season. The SGA will announce the homecoming court, saving the announcement of king and queen for Saturday’s football halftime show. Al-Greene is serving his third term as chair of the court committee. A parade will close out homecoming week on Oct. 14 and feature floats from each campus college. Each department has begun designing their floats and a best design contest will be voted on by the Greek houses. Hearing Set for Accused Attorney General. A trial hearing has finally been set for Attorney General Jean Pierre Arditi. The hearing will determine if there is enough evidence to go to a proper trial and has been set for Sept. 14 at the Biomedical Sciences Library.Arditi has been accused of using his position to usurp the authority of President See SGA page 14

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PoliceBlotter Have a question for USAPD? Ask us, and we can ask them for you/ E-mail us your questions to and we’ll get answers. Total Accidents: 37 Criminal Activity Report for 9/4-9/11 9/3 – Public Intoxication A suspect was arrested at approximately 10:20 p.m. for public intoxication. A minor was found in possession of alcohol and had trespassed into a fenced-in property. 9/4 – Theft of Property Property was reported as being stolen in the third degree ($500 or less) at Cleverdon Pkwy. at approximately 3 p.m. 9/5 –Receiving Stolen Property / Possession of a Banned Substance A suspect was arrested at approximately 11:12 p.m. on USA North Dr. for receiving stolen property in the second degree, carrying a concealed weapon and possession of marijuana and cocaine. 9/6 – Harassment Two separate harassment calls were placed from Delta Dormitory 4 on Greek Row at approximately 9:40 a.m. Additional details were not released. 9/6 – Theft of Property Property was reported as being stolen in the second degree (greater than $500 to $2,500) at the USA Library - North Dr. lot at approximately 4:53 a.m.

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9/7 – Suspicious Bag / Miscellaneous Offense A suspect was pulled over at Stadium Dr., south of University Circle, USAPD reported finding a suspicious bag. No other details have been released. 9/7 – Failure to Assist Law Enforcement Officers A suspect was held for failure to give information and render aid after a traffic incident, following the incident at the USA Library - North Dr. Lot at approximately 6:15 p.m. 9/8 – Theft of Property Property was reported as being stolen in the third degree at the USA Library at the North Dr. Parking lot at approximately 12:42 a.m. 9/8 – Theft of Property Property was reported as being stolen in the second degree at Cleverdon Pkwy. Building 16 at approximately 11:45 p.m. 9/9 – Theft of Property Property was reported as being stolen in the second degree at Cleverdon Pkwy. Building 16 at approximately 10:24 p.m. 9/9 – Criminal Trespass A suspect was arrested for criminal trespass of the third degree on USA North Dr. near the Main Library at 3:52 a.m.

the rubble. As a first responder, “the first from page 1 stage is to rescue. It’s hard to reflect on what you’re to go out into the world seeing. The depression, and make a difference, the post-traumatic stress, just as they were spurred that all comes later,” Mix to do a decade ago. said. Air Force ROTC stuWhen asked what being dent and computer sciat the memorial 10 years ence junior Brian Grant later meant to him, he said said that participating in that “it doesn’t have to the memorial “means a lot, giving a little back of Staff Photo Fambro bring the bad stuff back to me. America was together what we lost and looking Ron Mix that day, regardless of forward to new times.” race, creed, or religion. Ten years Ron Mix, a USA student and later, we’ve gotten away from disabled United States Marine, that. That is what hurts me.” brought his listeners to tears. A “The most important thing former gunnery sergeant, Mix was in life is being happy, and that at the Pentagon after the terrorist through tragedy, education must attacks. Mix called 9/11 “the most not be lost,” Mix said challenging thing I’ll ever face in Mix returned to school after my life.” serving in The Marine Corps for Mix aided in rescue and recovover 22 years, and is now a senior ery at the Pentagon. He avoided at USA in Adult Interdisciplinary eye contact with listeners as he Studies. said he remembered “seeing a body actually burning, smoking” and having to pull remains out of

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outstanding credit card balance (national debt) of $142,710. But the family only made $21,700. Adding eight zeroes to these numbers, Schneidau illustrated that “policies that spur economic growth” would be the solution to the debt crisis, and that the Foundation’s long-term perspective was a “positive” attitude to have. USA President Gordon Moulton also called the economy “a tenuous line to walk” and “politically tough.” The foundation also reviewed its other assets, with Roberts helping to give the timber report. The f=Foundation owns 77,791 acres of timber, and it collected over $150 million in proceeds from harvesting it. The board wrapped up its meeting in approving the second annual payment of $4 million for the Brookley campus and President Moulton led board members on a tour of the Coastal Weather Research Center and then the main campus by bus.

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The Vanguard’s Weather Forecast: Sept. 12-17 We will start off the school week with another beau ful start! We will see sunny skies and highs around 91° on Monday and Tuesday with overnight lows around the mid 60s. On Wednesday, we will warm up a li le to 92° with sunny skies and lows around 69°. Star ng Thursday, there will be a few sca ered thunderstorms with day me highs around 92° and mostly sunny skies when it’s not raining. Friday and the weekend, we will cool down a degree or two and see more of the same with partly cloudy skies and sca ered thunderstorms. Highs will be in the lower 90s and overnight lows will be in the lower 70s.

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Aramark: New Coffee Kiosk, Bonus Buck Changes Cassie Fambro Editor-in-Chief

Students have been vocally concerned about where and how Bonus Bucks (BB’s) are accepted on campus after the recent closure of the Student Center as well as the inability to use BB’s at Papa John’s this semester. An employee with Papa John’s told The Vanguard that they have gradually seen a decline in calls from students asking to use BB’s to pay for their pizzas, but that they still average 15-20 calls a day. No formal announcement has been made until now that the system would not support BB’s any longer. The employee suspected that possible contract obligations and new technology caused the split from service. Aramark’s Senior Food Service Director Craig Stephan set the record straight and confirmed that technology contributed to the change. “Lines to the server were housed in the Student Center,” Stephan said, “we’re trying to find a new system to link the school, Aramark and Papa John’s together.” He stated that he “didn’t want to lose that connection” and that ultimately what upsets him the most is that Papa John’s was a “service to the students” that has been dis-

rupted. To compensate for the pizza loss, Stephan said that the Fresh Food Co. is going to test making pizzas for the Delta Deli to sell during its later hours. In addition to testing the new pizza idea, Aramark is also opening a coffee kiosk on the so-called “second and a half floor” of the Humanities building. It will be an Einstein Bros. kiosk, serving baked goods and coffee tentatively from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Hours will remain flexible based upon business. In order to accommodate handicable patrons to the non-elevator accessible area, a special phone will be located on the second floor that will connect to the employee at the kiosk with which handicapable students can place their order. Places students can use their BB’s will be Delta Deli, Java City, the Rec Center Fresh Smoothie location, Einstein Bros., Velma’s, (located in the administration building) and the Fresh Foods Co. in the event a student runs out of meals or wishes to provide for a guest. In regards to the changes Aramark are making, Stephan says “the best you can do is make an educated guess in favor of the students.”

What’s the Deal With the Ice-Cream Machine? The current machine, which “The issue with the machine is that it is meant to be behind costs about $400 to repair everytime a counit breaks ter. down, will Stube sold dents andare not placed closing the behind the counvalve,” ter at the exsmoothie plains shop Senior inside of Food the Rec Service DirecStaff Photo Cassie Fambro Center. The ice-cream machine typically has this sign on it, prompting a Instead tor of iceCraig replacement due to costly repairs. cream, it will serve frozen yoStephan. In fact, Aramark just received gurt, and a variety of toppings will be offered to accompany approval to order a new one, the yogurt. better-suited to the demand A Facebook question promptthat the Fresh Foods Co. ed us to look into this matter. poses.

Controversy Over Student-Designed English Mural Cassie Fambro Editor-in-Chief

The English department’s new chair, Dr. Steven Trout, has spent his first few weeks on the job getting acquainted with the duties of being chair. He may not have expected the barrage of scrutiny he recently faced for a decision that he has the power to make. Students and faculty took to Facebook and the media to protest the removal of a mural in the English hallway that students had worked on for more than five years. Trout told The Vanguard that there was apparently a maintenance order to paint over the mural before his tenure as chair even began. He stated that the order has since been cancelled. The mural itself is composed of different images depicting various elements of classical literature, including Beowulf and Homer’s The Odyssey. The paint itself is chipping away, a common problem with high-humidity environments.

English senior Katrina Williams helped work on the mural, and had strong feelings about its posed removal. “I think it’s tragic, an artistic waste.” The student that started the petition to save the mural displayed strong emotion as well. Stephen Purnell, a senior in computer science, stated that when he heard about plans to strip the mural, “this really upset me to see the university take such swift action to permanently erase something. This mural belongs to the students.” Purnell also reached out to local news media, to arrange a press conference. At the press conference, the Student Government Association sent their Vice-President (VP) and Attorney General (AG) to show support for the students. SGA VP Jessica Byrd said that even though she is a biology major that “students enjoy this mural, and it shouldn’t be torn down out of spite” or for the desire to “institutionalize the hallways.”

Vice-President of SGA Jessica Byrd and Attorney General Jean Pierre Arditi listen to Louie Gannon AG Jean Pierre Arditi had harsher words, calling it a “slap to the face” of the students that worked on it. In response to the public criticism, Trout stated that nothing was “concrete” and that a possible compromise was on the table. A series of photographs of the mural could be taken and blown up, and then framed and placed on the wall to commemorate the mural and the work that

the students did. Trout thinks the compromise would be a “nice gesture to represent the students that dedicated their time to painting it.” Byrd commended the idea as a compromise. As for his questions about his perceived negative opinion on the mural, he stated that he had no “strong opinion” on the mural.



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Tuesday, September 13 Fall Career Expo 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at USA Mitchell Center Waterman Globe Lobby FREE Professional Behavior: “What You Don’t Prac ce Can Hurt You Seminar” 3:00 p.m. in Career Services FREE Humanist Chaplain, Chris Stedman Talk 6:30 p.m. at the USA Humani es Bldg Refreshments provided Hosted by SSA

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Jaguar Marching Band Pride Lance Wilkinson

LIFE WRITER Suffice it to say that the marching band is a pivotal aspect of every university’s athletic repertoire. Could a football game really be the same without the ringing of the fight song in your ears, the roar of the drum cadences or the infamous and ever-present half time show? The answer is no, but the Jaguar Marching Band has us covered on that one.

Since its conception in 2009, USA’s marching band has served as a key ensemble in the University’s music department as well as the pinnacle of musical achievement. ”It serves as an ambassador for the University, a model of marching technique and instruction for the music education community and a touchstone for Jaguar fans and alumni,” Director Ward Miller said. Though it may still be a young ensemble, USA’s marching band competes and performs with

tenacity comparable to any other major university’s marching band. Yet beneath the uniforms lie over 200 ordinary students, family and friends doing what they love to do and what they do best. This is their story. Conquering college is no easy feat. The Marching Band practices from 4-6 p.m., Tuesday through Friday every week. Well, that just hurts your feet. See Band page 9

Wednesday, September 14 Homecoming 2011 Registra on Packets Due 5:00 p.m. at the SGA office, Academic Support Center (Old Rec Center), room 1363

Thursday, September 15 “My Journey to the Truth...The Life of an American Soldier in the Middle East and Far East.” 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in Biomedical Library Conference Room FREE Presented by Muslim Student Associa on RSVP preferred but not required to msa.

Friday September 16 USA Cons tu on Day Program 3:30 p.m. at HUMB Rm 160 “Upcoming Supreme Court Cases: A Review”

Saturday, September 17 Interna onal Coastal Cleanup Day 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at Municipal Park (Langan Park) near Shelter 11 “T-shirts for the first 250 volunteers; Lunch provided” Contact Dr. Stanfield (251-445-9280) for more informa on Want your event featured? Email the name, date, time, price, place and a brief tagline (under seven words) to Include “Weekly Lowdown” in the subject line. Emails must be received at least seven days before the event.

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A member of the Jaguar Marching Band practices her twirling routine.

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USA drum line practices in the heat in preparation for marching on the field during USA’s third football season.

USA Welcomes Harvard Chaplain Mark Rainey

CONTRIBUTING WRITER On Tuesday, September 13th at 6:30 p.m., join the Secular Student Alliance (SSA) in welcoming Harvard University’s Humanist Chaplain, Chris Stedman, to the USA campus. Mr. Stedman will speak on Chris Stedman the importance of seeking friendship and dialogue across faiths to help us navigate through life.

Stedman is wellrespected in the world of religious writing, and his work is featured on many different blogs including his own, Nonprophet Status. He is on the board of directors for the interfaith social action organization, World Faith. Stedman is also on Courtesy of the leadership team A blog for those who want to promote tolerance and diafor the Common logue across faiths. Ground Campaign and is an advisor for cate not only why the separation the Center for Helpof church and state is important, ing Spiritual and Cultic Abuse but how the opportunity for diaand the Foundation Beyond Belogue builds critical thought on lief’s Challenging the Gap. spirituality. The SSA at USA aims to edu-



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Guilty Pleasures Music Memory Megan Heatherly

CONTRIBUTING WRITER I have a confession. I once attended a Jonas Brothers concert. When I tell people the story, I try to make it seem as if my clueless mom spontaneously bought me tickets for my 19th birthday, but, truthfully, I really wanted to go. For some people that know me, this might be surprising information. First of all, I am not in middle school and I do not have lipsticksmeared posters from Teen Beat taped to my wall. I listen to indie bands like Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros and the Bird and the Bee, scoff at the Top 40 songs. I sometimes start music conversations with “You might not have heard of them, but…” Though I listen to a wide variety of music, I am not always completely honest about all of the music that I enjoy. Like most people, I group my music preferences into two categories: legitimate music and

along with reasons for shamefully enjoying their songs. Why, though, should the editors feel bad about occasionally rocking out to “A Thousand Miles”? Music preference, like all things, is subjective. No one can Courtesy of have “good Kevin hears no evil, Nick sees no evil, and Joe tries desper- taste” or “bad taste” in muately not so sing any. sic, though we may often feel guilty pleasures. like that it is possible. Earlier this year, Complex Of course, there are technimagazine featured an article cal aspects to creating music, titled “Best of the 2000s: The Top but what ultimately matters is 10 Guilty Pleasure Songs,” which whether the listener likes the listed ten songs from the ‘00s that songs or not. the editors secretly loved. I liked the Jonas Brothers’ The article included artists like songs, because it was fun to sing *NSYNC and Vanessa Carlton, along with them and make fun of

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Indie band, The Bird and the Bee, are different in genre, than say, the JoBros, but taste is personal. Kevin. Even though I don’t listen to their songs anymore, I am no longer ashamed of my former fandom. It doesn’t matter if you listen to the Jonas Brothers, Slipknot or Barry Manilow, just embrace what you like and enjoy the music.

Retrofitting g Saves Us Green, Nature Too Jeffrey Gill

gan to see a trend for this exact argument. This issue is special; it involves As a quickly growing universi- the evolution of cities, and how ty of our size, USA has some real they are becoming more and more challenges to face when improv- integral in general to the human ing or maintaining a standard of experience. (Amazing, right?) efficiency. The trend I mention refers to the Several parallels could be made master plans being introduced between a university and a city: a all over by fat-pocketed national form of taxation, an economy that governments, from Masdar City fills jobs and a populace of inhab- in the United Arab Emirates or itants that use the grounds. China’s Dongtan on the Yangtze So what is the most efficient River: “green cities.” road to efficiency? Masdar City was the first green Thumbing through my newest city I heard about. issue of Scientific American, I beIt was a few years ago, when the idea was proposed to have Phase 1 completed in 2009. The idea was to recycle water, use only renewable energy Courtesy of and allow no waste, sewDongtan: conceptualized model of what the city should look like age or othupon completion. erwise, to ENVIRONMENTAL WRITER

accumulate or be released. Construction is going steadily for the “Crown Jewel of the United Arab Emirates.” Dongtan has been planned, and artistically conceptualized (see picture at left), but only a tunnel to and from Courtesy of mainland China has begun in its con- Masdar City is expected to be the “Crown Jevel of the United Arab Emirates.” struction. At first, this seems ting existing cities for sustainabillike a wonderful, if not revolutionary idea: build a ity, given how many [cities] there self-sustaining city in an unpopu- already are.” This means, in essence, that it lated place, or essentially abandoned landscape, move people is an unfathomable investment to into the cities and make no fur- build a city based on the gamble that people will begin to move to ther impact on the environment. This kind of project could make a city beginning with no citizens, a large impact on the world’s no economy and no jobs. Retrofitting is defined by theenergy supply if just a million people were to be taken “off the as, “to substitute new or modernized parts or grid.” According to Scientific Ameri- systems for older equipment.” With infrastructure already in can’s David Biello, “... a larger payoff would come from retrofit- place, and a mass shift in build See Retrofit page 9



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ing code regulation, retrofitting a city with energy- and waterefficient means would be much cheaper in both resources (concrete, steel, and other construction materials) and workforce, not to mention the preliminary land clearing that would take place during construction. There has been a lot of talk about the new buildings constructed on campus over the past few years, but relatively little talk is given on the subject of their LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certifications. The newest buildings such as Shelby Hall and the Dining Facility are seeking or have received LEED certification, according to Jag Smart’s webpage. A recently-published article quotes USA President Gordon Moulton in saying there has been a $42 million decrease in state funding per year. This is an incentive to really make an effort on retrofitting infrastructure, a continuing endeavor by the Facilities and Architecture Departments of USA. It also would allow us as a university to set an example for the surrounding community, by publicizing the advancements being made in infrastructural improvements.

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But they press on. You may ask why. Trombonist Jonathan Faust gave us a bit of insight into this question. Marching Band members have perks such as priority registration and athletic notoriety, but that’s not the only reason Faust enjoys being in the band. “There’s just nothing like that feeling you get when walking into the stadium,” Faust said. Though made up of individuals, a band must have exceptional teamwork for it to be a success. Faust describes The Jaguar Marching Band as “one unit working together for a goal” and states, “you can just feel the emotion in the air through people’s instruments.” The Marching Band also serves as an ambassador for the University of South Alabama, and the members have gained the reputation of being, as dubbed by Faust, the “Rock Stars of Mobile.” Faust summed up the experience of being in the Marching Band in one word: “Awesome.” Indeed, Mr. Faust. Indeed.

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Interview with a Man(pire) Bailey Hammond

The content was already there, we just compiled it. The second LIFE EDITOR season, which will be coming The Vanguard recently sat next semester, will be all origidown with Kris Skoda, Editor in nal content made for the show Chief of, to though. We’re evolving with it. discuss his newest venture into VG: Sounds intriguing. If you the realm of television right here could sum up Mod Mobilian in on the Gulf Coast. one sentence, would it be a runVG: Who goes there? Introduce on or a fragment? Also, what is yourself and state your purpose. your sentence? Kris Skoda: I’m the devilishly KS: Fragment: hood famous. handsome, yet overwhelmingly Sentence: “We’re a pack of modest “Man About Town” at strays.” Yeah, it’s a quote from Mod Mobilian (Dot Com). Life Aquatic, but it applies to Lo-and-behold, I was also a Mod Mobilian. writer at The VanWe all come from guard for a number completely different of years. disciplines. I was a But for the purwriter. One of us is a poses of this interradio host. One of us view, I guess I’m the is actually a neurocreator of MMTV surgeon, believe it or (Mod Mobilian TV). not. VG: So, Mod MoVG: I find it easy bilian TV. Can you to believe, oddly explain that to us? enough. What advice I mean, where’d it do you have for any come from? USA students interWe want the ested in following in entire story—hold your footsteps? nothing back. Well, KS: It’s funny maybe some stuff you ask that, becan be held back. cause ANYONE can Just give us your submit content to best approximation Courtesy of Kris Skoda MMTV. of what it is and how Mod Mobilian TV is taking the local airwaves by might of triceratops and Although most conit all came together. robotic power. tent is created locally, That might work best. we have contributors KS: MMTV is a from as far away as modern day (if really strange) JagTV either; it will come out the New York and New Orleans. variety show. I really hope that people send next day, after airing, on the site The show combines aspects of ( for everyone us stuff. The show is for everythings like Jackass, Adult Swim, one. else as well. Wondershowzen, VICE, SaturAs far as advice, work hard but VG: With that in mind, what day Night Live, Whitest Kids U party harder. It’s the only way I can we, as an audience, expect Know and Mighty Boosh. know to stay sane. from Mod Mobilian? I could totally see MMTV comSupport local stuff, they’re the KS: You can expect to laugh ing on at 1 a.m. on Adult Swim. ones that actually give a s*** if a lot. Then cry. Then get angry. The really cool part is, though, Then maybe a little thirsty. Then you show up or not. almost all content was created in laugh again. Then maybe you’ll And never let Billy Dee WilMobile. liams hold a twenty, but that’s a want to drink a beer and smoke The show format is that it has a joint. Not that we endorse beer- story for another time. no format. joints. You might see a short film, A big thank you is in order to VG: We don’t normally enthen a music video, then a carKris Skoda, “Man About Town,” dorse those either. What has the toon, then a five second clip of for his willingness to be interexperience of filming a show someone getting punched in the and having it on-route to broadviewed. He was certainly a good face. sport, and gave as good as he castdom been like? (Do you feel It’s essentially TV for the ADD. famous?) got. VG: Sounds like most people Remember to tune in on KS: I do feel a little famous, at I know, myself included. And Wednesday, September 14 to least locally, but it has nothing to what exactly is the “purpose” of JagTV (channel 63) at 9:00 p.m. to do with the show. the show? see the series premiere of Mod The Mobile City Council, Do you have a certain audience Mobile Arts Council, the mayor, Mobilian TV. in mind (considering it’s debutIt’s sure to be a show worth they all follow our site. ing on JagTV, we’re just going to looking out for, if only for the It’s sort of strange really...As naturally assume college kids are far as the show goes, we actually reason of seeing our town in a included)? new light. didn’t film anything specifically KS: The purpose of the show is for it. to shine a light on all the things that are going on in Mobile that people have no idea about. There is so much going on here, from short film scrambles to great bands and events. I genuinely believe that folks would enjoy these things, they just don’t know about them. MMTV is definitely geared towards a younger crowd. That’s not to say that an older crowd couldn’t enjoy it. The show just has a very “modern” sense of humor. The show won’t be just on




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Jag Radio Unveiled, Ready to Bring It The Vanguard Staff In order to bring more students into the know, The Vanguard recently sat down with Jason Cooper, program director of Jag Radio, to talk about the staCourtesy of Jag Radio tion’s status as USA’s premier radio entity. Our media sibling at the communication department had a lot to say concerning the program and its growth. The Vanguard: Can you introduce the main heads behind the Jag Radio curtain? Jason Cooper: Of course. There’s me; Joshua Hydock, assistant program director; Professor Matt Logan, faculty advisor; Marshall Trigg, music director; and Eric Balderson, music director. There are many more, but that’s just the short list. VG: What propelled Jag Radio to begin on campus? JC: There’s a longer version, but the short version is that Dr. James Aucoin, communication department chair, and Professor Matt Logan (of the communication department) had talked about creating an online station. I met with Dr. Aucoin about it, and we laid out the plans and went from there. We of-

ficially launched Oct. 1, 2010, and have wherever you go. We are looking into come a long way since then. ways to broadcast over the air campus VG: What are Jag Radio’s goals? wide, so we may aurally bombard you JC: To give students a chance to gain while you’re trying to eat in the cafetebroadcast experience on campus, as ria or while you’re riding a JagTran in well as other behind the scenes work the not-so-distant future. such as PR, marketing, web design, VG: What demographics does Jag etc. Also, since it is on the Internet, we Radio cover? are able to share with the world what JC: The main focus is, of course, the makes the University of South Alastudents at South. We try to make it bama unique. We also want to work as local as possible, and with all the with JagTV and The Vanguard and talent on board for this year, there will have one, big, be something for happy, student everyone. We’ve media family had people from and make sure Russia, Jordan, student media Japan, the Bahareaches as mas and several many people other countries as possible. tune in, but that Oh, and have was probably by fun. Fun is accident. good. VG: Recently, VG: How weather warndoes one acings have been cess Jag Radio? an issue on JC: There are campus. Could several ways Jag Radio help to listen; one Courtesy of Jason Cooper with that? is the embedJC: We would ded player on Jay Birg (left) and Jason Cooper (right) do their like to help with our website that as much as Jag Radio thing in the studio. ( possible. And There you can not just weather, also open Jag Radio in your favorite but anything else that affects the cammedia player such as winamp or Winpus as well, such as events and road dows Media player. Another way is closings. We are gathering followers to download the SHOUTcast app to a on our Facebook page and Twitter acmobile phone from iTunes or Android count, so we plan to utilize those tools market, search “jag radio” and listen as well as the broadcast stream to send

the information as far as possible. VG: What material does Jag Radio play? JC: As much local music as possible. We’re really putting an emphasis on local bands. Any local musicians that want their music played need only to get it to us, and it will be played. As far as genre goes, you’ll hear a lot of “underground” “non-commercial stuff,” indie artists, alternative, etc. But there will also be shows that play any genre you can think, from metal, hip-hop, jazz, electronic, classical, you name it. And sometimes even some music from past decades you may or may not have heard previously. Even beyond music, there will be sports, a talk show or two, comedy skits, and if you listen in the white noise, maybe some EVP. VG: Where can people that would like to be a part of Jag Radio go to learn more? JC: We are on Facebook (facebook. com/jagradio), Twitter (@JagRadioUSA) or we can be reached by email at Carrier pigeon is acceptable as well. (Joking!) Students are welcome from any major, and we need not only DJ’s, but also people to help at live events, public relations, web design, social media and everything else. Thank you, Jason Cooper. That was a great interview and we hope to collaborate for the good of the student body in the near future as well.



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Special: SGA Address SGA President Colin Al-Greene Addresses USA Students To my fellow students, I hope this semester is treating you well. For many of you, this is your first time on a college campus. The experience can be, at the same time, both exhilarating and overwhelming. Do not let the anxiety get the better of you though. These are truly some of the happiest years of your life and need to be enjoyed. I would like to take this opportunity to give you a progress report on what your student leadership has been doing. Football season is in full swing, and of course that means the Homecoming celebration is almost upon us. It will be a week full of Jaguar tradition. Some of the highlights of the week include Junk the Jungle (rolling the traffic circle), the Homecoming Parade, and the crowning of the Homecoming Queen. All of this will take place the week of October 12. We are also continiing to serve you in other ways. At the top of my list is campus

safety and parking. We are working with Campus Police and the Administration to try and make the campus more secure and user friendly. There is still much to do and much to be improved upon, but we are determined. There are also things that you can do to promote campus safety. It is important for you to report suspicious activity and remain aware of your surroundings. Do not walk alone at night or open your door to strangers. Keep your car doors locked, and don’t leave any valuables in plain sight. When out, stay in well lit paths and try to stay in sight of others. By being cautious, it is easy to keep safe. Please feel free to contact me with any of your concerns, and I look forward to working with each of you in the coming year. Best Regards, Colin S. Al-Greene Student Government Association President





STAFF EDITORIAL Cassie Fambro | Editor-in-Chief Genny Roman | Associate Editor Imran Mohiuddin | Opinion Editor

Matt Weaver | Senior Reporter Bailey Hammond | Life Editor Jayson Curry | Sports Editor

Ignorance Not an Acceptable Excuse Time and time again, we hear about students parking somewhere and not knowing the rules. In the hallway, a comment wondering when the student center will re-open, or when scholarship charges end. All of this information is readily available if a little research is done. In fact, the culture of wanting things to come easily seems to permeate the entire campus. Introductory English classes drag their students to the library to learn how to use the databases, USAPD hands out parking brochures, and housing places notices on doors. But still, students look to have information fall from the sky for them. Use your resources, instead of expecting things to be handed to you. The library is staffed with people who know more about books, research and inter-library loan than anyone else on campus. Because that’s their job. Your advisor knows exactly what classes you

need to be in and which are only offered every other semester. It’s their job. Your professors know how to help you pass; it is a miniscule minority that would ever condone seeing a student fail. They are there to teach. It is their job. Don’t be afraid to ask them questions, visit during office hours, and meet them halfway. You’re paying for your education, and nothing worth it is ever easy. If you ever have an administrative issue, take the proper channels to address it. Don’t just let it lie and be bitter about it. Talk to the offender, go above them, write us a letter. If you aren’t sure where to park, go visit the website for parking services. Don’t ask when the test is, read your syllabus Take control of your own independence and your own education and do what you’re here to do. Look for your own answers, USA.

No Sir, It’s Not OK to Touch Me By Genny Roman Associate Editor Recently, I got into a Facebook altercation over an article I posted from titled, “Why Do Strange Men Think They’re Allowed to Touch Me?” The article relayed the experience of a young woman approached by a man at a coffee shop who touched her arm, “leaned in close and said, ‘You’re so beautiful.’” She wrote about how she felt unimportant because this man probably didn’t take into consideration for a second how she would feel if he were to touch her and tell her a validating compliment. The thing she pointed out that really struck me was how he didn’t have to take into account how she felt because he is a man in this society; what he wants to do takes precedence over anything she would want. Now, the Facebook argument came from a legitimate place. A friend of mine thought this was a self-serving article, fueling an agenda. I can appreciate the notion that a single annoying incident being used as a call for social justice is self-serving. It’s definitely discouraging to the feminist movement

when that happens. not threatening or sexist in the least, The thing is, though, she wasn’t callright? The situation is different though. ing for social justice; this woman was If a strange man comes up to me, simply relating an experience that both- touches me on the arm and tells me ered her and offering an explanation how beautiful I am, I’m not supposed through a particular lens of feminism. to be annoyed or feel threatened. I’m She didn’t need the validation that supposed to say “Thank you, teehee” came with the compliment. Why did he and accept it. feel compelled to tell her that? It could I can write a “little rant” about how it have simply been a nice thing to say, bothers me, but a man or woman who but she didn’t reads that article can simply need his opinion say, “You’re overreacting.” of her looks. “What men want While I think it’s inappropriate Her words, for any stranger to reach out matters most, “being touched and touch someone regardless by a stranger and regardless of of sex or gender identification, I told that I was will take this view into account. beautiful didn’t others’ opinions.” I will hear this woman out make me feel because there is an underlying more beautiful; reason for her or any person it made me feel who agrees with her to feel this unimportant,” mean something. way. He touched her, whether she wanted Inequalities between sexes exist in him to or not, and he gave an opinion our society and this woman believes of her, whether she wanted to hear it that manifested itself in this situation; or not. He was a stranger, not someone what men want matters most, regardshe knew in the slightest, and it bothless of others’ opinions. ered her. I would only hope no matter whether Some of the Facebook comments a person identifies as a feminist or bothered me because they made this not, they could consider this woman’s perspective seem petty and foolish. experience and the place where her Old ladies call young men handsome opinion comes from instead of simply and touch them on their arms and it’s dismissing it.



Jag Voice What event are you looking forward to most this year? I’m looking forward to seeing the basketball season . I think the team has a real shot of being great this year. Luka Sogorovic Biomedical Sciences Sophmore

I am eagerly awaiting the rest of the football games. I’m hoping to see the Jags go undefeated for another year. David Armstrong Business Sophmore

I can’t wait to play intramural indoor soccer in the spring. It’s definitely going to be my favorite intramural this year. Justin Jong Biomedical Sciences Sophmore I would say oozeball. It’s pretty unique to our University, providing a full day of fun. Last year, we had a pretty good team, and I feel like if we put together a similar team, we could win it all. Umair Savani Biomedical Sciences Junior

I’m looking forward to the screening of Invisible Children. It’s a really good cause, and I’m sure it will promote awareness for a lot of people. Matthew Holmes Philosophy Sophmore


Vanguard Opinion

September 12, 2011

Point Counterpoint


Should the United States Adopt a Popular Vote System?

Editor’s Introduction: With a new election year coming up quickly many people think it is time for the United States to abandon its Electoral College system and simply adopt a popular vote for determining the president. Still, others believe that the founding fathers had a reason for not employing a purely popular vote and that the current system works well. The P/CP explains.

Every Vote Should Count

Not Everything is about Popularity

“Vote or Die.” It was hard to ed the results, voter apathy would The Electoral College as popularity contests, which avoid hearing P.Diddy’s not be an issue. a system for electing the at its core is all that a highly publicized slogan It’s true that in most president of the U.S. easily popular vote system is. in 2004. Endorsed by MTV, elections the popular vote supersedes one based on In all other facets of this motto was shown corresponds with that of popular vote. government, the rights of during almost every comthe Electoral College, but The Electoral College the minority groups are mercial break and in many this has not always been is far from perfect, but it protected, despite how the printed ads, with t-shirts in the case. ensures that majority feels. high demand as well. In 2000, every indiThis is a crucial part of This slogan encouraged George W. vidual state the Constitution and why youth to vote, a privilege Bush won and region it has endured for so long. that many don’t take advanthe presidenof the counBased on this premise of Surabhi Shivam tage of, and it was successful cy but not try has an minority rights, it is entirely Vinod Amin to some degree. Many young the popular influence on illogical to conclude why a adults voted for the first time vote over Al who becomes popularity contest should be ever, but others remained apathetGore. In this elecpresident. enacted to determine who is presiic, feeling that their votes wouldn’t tion, Gore actually This is because in dent. count. won the popular order to be elected Even though it is possible that Though they sounded really jad- vote by more than president, a candian Electoral College elector might ed, a lot of them were right because 500,000 votes, but date must appeal to vote against the majority of his of the Electoral College system. lost by five electoral a variety of people. constituents, every state in the U.S. Initialized by the founding college votes. However, with has taken an initiative to ensure courtesy of fathers, the Electoral College is a Considering a popular voting this does not happen. Several states system that puts the power of elect- how controversial the Bush presisystem, urban voters would eclipse require formal pledges; some enact ing a president in the hands of a dency was, it’s fair to assume that their rural counterparts. Their fines; and others make it a misdefew hundred “electors.” things might have been drastically needs would dominate the agenda meanor to not vote in accordance Essentially, the idea is that votdifferent if the public got the candiof the elected president, leaving with the citizens of that state. ers will vote in electors who reflect date they elected and Al Gore won rural areas entirely neglected. In essence, enacting a popular their values, and the trend will con- the 2000 election campaign. Proponents of a system of popuvote method in order to elect a tinue up the diplomatic food chain. People want their voices to be lar vote assert that the Electoral president goes against the creed of However, this system undermines heard, and that opportunity is College does not reflect the view the Constitution and the principles the value of an individual voter. something that our government of the people of the U.S.. They base upon which the United States was In government class, we are told is known for. If we want greater their argument on the ideals of created. time and time again, “every vote voter participation, there has to be democracy and disavow the trustThe Electoral College has served counts,” but does it really? a greater incentive to do so. That’s worthiness of electors. its purpose for over 200 years, and If you vote against your state, it why a popular vote is necessary. However, they fail to understand now isn’t the time to get rid of it. seems likely that your vote won’t that the U.S. is not, in fact, a dematter. mocracy but a republic. The course Maybe if the popular vote decidof government is not dictated by

Imran Mohiuddin Opinion Editor

Pushing Boundaries

10 Years to Reflect It’s now officially been 10 years since Sept. 11, 2001. 10 years since terrorists, armed with hatred and fear launched the largest scale attack on American soil since Pearl Harbor. 10 years since the country was brought to its knees in shock. Looking back now, it’s obvious that 9/11 has played a huge role in the way most of us college students think, and we’re definitely the generation that has been the most affected by the incident. 9/11 struck when the majority

of us were still young: elementary and middle school students whose biggest concerns likely revolved around Yu-Gi-Oh or some other preteen fad. I, for one, hardly knew who the president was, let alone the feelings of animosity expressed by a terrorism syndicate halfway around the world. That’s why 9/11 came as such a shock to me and to so many other people my age. We lived in a microcosm of security, brought up thinking that the United States was impervious to any and all threats. But that bubble burst as planes flew into the World Trade Centers and the Pentagon, and the real dangers facing this country were revealed. So here we now, 10 years later and knee deep in two wars that have left an indelible mark on our

generation. Our parents were already introduced to the idea of war by events like the Cold War and Vietnam, and the younger generation still can’t quite understand it. War is just an abstract term to them. We are the progeny of 9/11. We are the ones whose youth 9/11 stole, and we are the ones who must learn the most from this incident. We’ve spent the vast majority of our cognizant lives in a war time, that it almost seems normal to be in a global altercation. While it’s necessary for a country to stand up for itself and protect its citizens like America did, it’s also important to remember that war should be a last resort. Fighting enveloped our childhoods, and I would hate to see it unnecessarily mar our futures.

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Colin Al-Greene and Chief Justice Coleman Wolfe by appealing traffic tickets for acquaintances. Arditi has claimed innocence and has prepared a defense. If the Senate determines that there’s enough credible evidence, the next stage will be a proper trial where both sides will present evidence. “I’m working with my defense team and I’m confident that there’s not enough evidence to move to a full trial,” Arditi said.

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September 5, 2011

Sports Briefs THACKER LIFTS JAGS OVER PRESBYTERIAN, 1-0 Sophomore Kristyn Thacker’s (Ellenwood, Ga.) lone goal was enough to propel the University of South Alabama soccer team to a 1-0 victory over Presbyterian Friday night at The Cage on the first day of the Port City Classic. In the 32nd minute of play a corner kick by sophomore Clarissa Hernandez (Pensacola, Fla.) found the foot of Thacker who put it in the back of the net for the first and only Jaguar goal of the night. ”We’ve been working hard to try to score on corners,” Mike Varga, USA head coach, said. “Tonight we executed what we needed to, and we came in and scored one.” With the win, USA advances its win streak to six matches and its record to 6-1 on the season. The Blue Hose have not been able to pick up a win yet, and fall to 0-5.

KRUGER VICTORIOUS IN SINGLES AT DAY TWO OF THOMASVILLE INVITE University of South Alabama senior Dauw Kruger (Pretoria, South Africa) won in singles, and a Jaguar tennis doubles team was victorious as well at day two of the Thomasville Invitational Saturday. “We are starting to play better, but we need to be more patient and smarter on the court; we take too many risks,” USA Head Coach Nick Brochu said. “But this tournament is to learn and get ready for the more important tournaments coming up in October.” Kruger advanced in his consolation bracket and improved his record on the weekend to 2-1 with a 6-1, 7-6 (97) victory over Michael Lue of West Florida.

JAGS EARN SPLIT ON DAY TWO OF COLONEL CLASSIC The University of South Alabama volleyball team earned a split on Saturday, falling 3-1 to Nicholls State in the opening match of the day, but bouncing back to defeat Jackson State on day two of the PRO-MAG Colonel Classic held at Stopher Gym. “Against Nicholls, we made way too many mistakes that gave them 11 points in the fourth set,” USA Head Coach Nicole Keshock said. “I was glad to see us bounce back and play better against Jackson State in the second match and pick up the win.” USA (4-5) will now close out the non-conference portion of its schedule next weekend when the Jags head to New Orleans to compete at the Allstate Sugar Bowl Classic (Sept. 16-17) hosted by Tulane. South Alabama will take on Lamar on Friday at 4:30 p.m. and then face Belmont (1 p.m.) and Tulane (7 p.m.) on Saturday. -Wire Reports

USA Football Extends Win Streak The Jaguars Beat Lamar 30-8 Saturday Making Them 19-0 As A Program Jayson Curry Sports Editor The South Alabama Football program continued to roll as they beat Lamar Saturday 30-8. The Jags improve on their winning streak, extending it to 19 games without a loss. The word most used by the team and coaches this week at practice and at the game against Lamar was execute. The Jags definitely did that. “Obviously, I thought this was a much better game than we played this week. We played much more soundly. We stayed away from turnover game,” South Alabama head coach Joey Jones said. “Offensively, we were much more efficient. Defensively we played good again.” The game plan for the Jags was obvious from the opening drive: run the football. And the offense Staff Photo Ma Weaver stuck to that plan for the majority of South Alabama Running Back Demetre Baker rushes the ball in Saturdays’s game. the game. The Jags rushed the ball a with a 6.3 yard average and his first ing touchdown came in the second total of 31 times and only threw the touchdown as a Jaguar. quarter when Bennett connected ball 14 times Saturday. “I think we responded very well, wide receiver Corey Waldon on a 10 On the opening drive, the Jags we executed what we needed to yard pass for Waldon’s first career rushed the ball five straight plays execute,” Baker said. “It showed in touchdown. with a mix of Kendall Houston and today’s game. When you do every“It was a great feeling. I didn’t Demetre Baker before they ran a thing right you come out with great really know how to celebrate,” pass play. plays.” Waldon said. “I threw the ball to the The two-headed monster in the Houston rushed 13 times also referee and celebrated with the linebackfield worked extremely well for showing the balance with the two man and then C.J. wanted to go up the offense Saturday. Having two backs. He gained 45 yards and also with me, so I went up. It was a great great running backs like Houston scored a rushing touchdown. experience.” and Baker makes a huge difference “We came out last year, and we With interceptions, fumbles and as both backs can stay fresh. The moved the ball pretty well but didn’t penalties plaguing last week’s game, two backs combined for 129 yards the Jags almost played flawless and two touchdowns this week after finish in the red zone. This year we had the same concept, same game Saturday. The Jags had no fumbles, being the spark in the offense last plan,” Quarterback C.J. Bennett said. interceptions and only three penalweek. ties. Baker rushed 13 times for 84 yards “We came out and ran the ball, we Passed when we “We took away the turnovers,” needed to pass, we Waldon said. “We had a lot of errors, had great blocking and we ironed them out in practice. and great protecWe just executed out offense.” tion.” The only other hiccup came with Bennett had a just over 11 minutes left in the third much better game quarter. Lamar got down to the Jags after being up and one-yard line. Lamar’s quarterback down last week. Andre Bevil fumbled the snap and Bennett completed Enrique Williams recovered the nine of his 14 passes fumble to preserve the shutout. But Saturday for 144 on the very next play, confusion in yards and two the backfield cause Baker and Bentouchdowns. One nett to collide and Baker was tackled touchdown came in the end zone for a safety. 10 yards out of the “I was proud of the offense after goal line when he hit turning the ball over so much last wide receiver Jereme week. That was South Alabama Jones on a middle football out there today,” Jones said. “This team we played looked great Staff Photo Ma Weaver screen and Jones rushed into the end last week and our guys stepped up USA Wide Receiver Jereme Jones runs into the end zone. zone. The other pass- and played a really good game.”






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Jaguars Defense Forces Lamar Offense Off Field The defense did a great job getting the Lamar offense off the field as Lamar was 2-13 on third down The Jaguar defense had another conversions. The defense also only great game Saturday. With the allowed 238 total yards. offense scoring Saturday, the One concern for defense during defense was given a much better the game was that Lamar threw field position to work with, and it the ball down field a lot Saturday, shows in the score and the tackle and, on a few of those tries, the count. Jake Johnson, Charles HarJag defensive back was beaten. ris and Enrique Williams recorded Luckily for the five tackles a Jags, the accuracy piece, which was wasn’t there for the team high Lamar’s Andre Saturday. WilBevil as he only liams had the best completed six of defensive games his 19 passes with with two of his almost half comfive tackles being ing on a 45 yard for a loss where completion. he timed the snap The only score Enrique Williams count and burst Staff Photo Ma Weaver by the Lamar ofSouth Alabama Linebacker Jake Johnson makes a tackle against Lamar Saturday. into the Lamar fense came late in backfield and his the fourth quarter road games. N.C. State. It is a program that has fumble recovery. when most, if not all, of the Jags “We are ready for the road been around for a long time, and “As a whole the defense played defensive starters were out of the trips,” Bennett said. “It’s going our guys are looking forward to an excellent game,” Williams said. game. to be a bear, but we are ready to that challenge,” Jones said. “Our “Everybody was swarming to the The Jags will go on the road next climb that hill.” kids are really looking forward to ball, and we made the plays we week to face their first Division-1 “We are excited about playing go into that environment.” make in practice.” opponent followed by two more

Jayson Curry Sports Editor

“Everybody was swarming to the ball, and we made the plays we make in practice.”

Jaguars Face First Division-1 Football Team Jake Wasdin Sports Reporter

Washington kept Liberty’s defense on its heels. Washington rushed for 67 yards but scored two touchdowns, and Underwood rushed for 117 yards, while punching in a

Wolfpack’s wideouts. Glennon has multiple targets in the roster. Glennon connected with 10 different receivers in the game. With new competition, the Jag-

Houston has scored three touchdowns in the first two games while Bennett scored a touchdown on a Facing their first Division-1 quarterback scramble and has also school since its inception, the South thrown two touchdown passes. Alabama Jaguars will square off NC State’s defense is good against the North Carolina State up front, but if the Jaguars Wolfpack. The Wolfpack, who have success through the defeated Liberty 43-21 in the air, the Wolfpack will have first week, looked fluent on the trouble all game in the secground and through the air. ondary. The “Pack” allowed NC State had three halfbacks nearly 300 yards through the combine for three touchdowns air in its first game. while racking up 208 yards and NC State will be the toughMike Glennon, the Wolfpack’s est opponent the Jaguars starting quarterback, threw a have faced since the football touchdown and accumulated 156 program began. If the Jags yards. can execute their game plan The Wolfpack has a great and not turn the ball over, ground game as well as an exthey could be able to upset cellent passing attack. North South Alabama Jaguars and North Carolina State helmets. The Jaguars and the WolfPack will face off the NC State Wolfpack. Carolina State has the ability to this weekend at 5 p.m. The Jaguars will hope to go either way to score. In order run and gun against the to slow down the “Pack,” the Jags touchdown of his own. uars could see a more uptempo Wolfpack in Raleigh, N.C. The will look to keep consistent presgame will be aired on NC State’s offensive line allowed style of play. USA’s halfback Kensure on Glennon, the halfbacks and four sacks to Liberty. The Jaguars at 5 p.m. for those unable to attend. dall Houston and quarterback C.J. the offensive line. will also keep tabs on each of the Bennett could fill those criteria. Curtis Underwood and James

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Weekly Quotable Quote

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“If four or five guys tell you that you’re drunk, even though you know you haven’t had a thing to drink, the least you can do is to lie down a little while.” ~Joseph Schenck

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