VOL. 54, NO. 5
“If it matters to the USA family, it matters to us.”
FEB. 10, 2014
USA has its next president
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Dr.Tony Waldrop, with his wife Dr. Julee Waldrop, accepts the presidency position at the board of trustees meeting Feb. 6. By STEPHANIE FEATHER firstname.lastname@example.org
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r. Tony Waldrop has accepted the offer from the board of trustees to become the University of South Alabama’s third president in history. The board met Thursday, Feb. 6 in the boardroom of South’s Whiddon Administration Building to discuss the finalist. They took into consideration the surveys collected from the community following the public forum held Jan. 31. Walking into the boardroom, it was evident a decision was going to be made. Many news sources from around Mobile, Ala. were present to capture the historic event. The board voted and made a unanimous decision to offer the presidential position to Waldrop. Waldrop and his wife, Julee, were welcomed into the crowded boardroom after the vote with rounds of applause. Dr. Steve Furr, chairman of the board, formally offered Waldrop the job. Waldrop accepted the offer to become South Alabama’s third
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president in history. “Together we can make this an even better university,” Waldrop said in his acceptance speech. Waldrop has been provost and executive vice president at the University of Central Florida since 2010. Before UCF, Waldrop served as the vice chancellor for research and economic development at the University of North Carolina and vice chancellor for research at the University of Illinois. Waldrop succeeds the late President Emeritus Gordon Moulton, who retired in July and died Sept. 28 after a long battle with brain cancer. Geri Moulton, Pres. Moulton’s widow, welcomed the Waldrops to the University. “This is truly a historic day on this campus,” she said. “You chose us and we chose you.” The members of the board and the presidential search committee took turns welcoming the couple, and thanked everyone who worked so hard throughout the almost yearlong search process. “We couldn’t be happier with the outcome of the search,” Doug Marshall, president of USA’s Faculty Sen-
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Dr. Tony Waldrop makes history by becoming the third University of South Alabama President ate and a member of the search committee, said. He spoke on behalf of the faculty senate and the faculty as a whole, saying that they are all very excited. He also said that the search process was invaluable to prepare the University for the next president. Riley Davis, Student Government Association president, also welcomed Waldrop to the University. “On behalf of the student body, I’m very excited for Dr. Waldrop,” Davis said. “I think student life is only going to flourish with Dr. Waldrop’s help.” She also thanked the board and administration for giving her “the opportunity of a lifetime” to be a part of the search process. The board thanked to John W. Smith, who has been the University’s acting president since February 2013. They thanked Smith and his wife, Jean, for all they did for the University. Smith became emotional when he spoke about his experience. “It has truly been an honor,” he said. “What makes the University of South Alabama so special is the people. You will not find a more dedicated, loyal group of individuals. It has been my plea-
sure to work with them in this interim role.” He welcomed the Waldrops, and said he looked forward to working with the new president and said he felt the board “picked the right person at the right time.” “I don’t know what makes Tony Waldrop run,” Furr said, referring to Waldrop’s history as a world record holder in track and a gold medal recipient in the Pan-American games in 1975. “He used to run for fun, but I know he now runs for a purpose,” Furr continued. “I believe he runs to make a difference, and that’s why he’s coming to this university.” “It will be a very hard race, but it’s one I welcome very much,” Waldrop said. He also thanked his wife. “She is the rock that makes me successful,” he said, adding that they come as a team. “We’re just delighted to be here,” Waldrop said. He thanked the board for making him and his wife feel so welcome, and said that he looks forward to working with the leaders of the University as well as the community. He stressed that it’s not about an individual, but instead it’s about working together as a team.
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USAPD Police Blotter 02/03/2014 23:42 Criminal trespass third degree Delta 3 Individual was arrested for trespassing. Officer confiscated BB gun. 02/02/2014 3:19 Criminal trespass third degree and possession of marijuana second degree The Grove While on patrol, officers came in contact with two non-students trespassing. They were arrested and charged for possession of marijuana. Both individuals were transported to Mobile County Metro Jail. 01/31/2014 14:20 Medical emergency Dining facility Victim slipped while pussing food cart into the walk-in cooler.
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Killer picks up life sentences By SAM ANDREWS email@example.com
uinten Orlando Godfrey, 23, has been sentenced to two life terms for the murder of USA student Andrew Saxon, according to a recent AL.com article by Michael Dumas. According to Dumas’ Jan. 27 account, Saxon was gunned down on Jan. 12, 2012, and about a week later, Godfrey, Christopher Case, 28, and Tevin Wells, 21, were arrested in connection with the crime. Case and Wells are to appear in court Feb. 20 and are currently free on $100,000 bond. All three have been accused of breaking into Saxon’s home in the 400 block of N. University Blvd. However, prosecutors claim Godfrey was the one who had a gun and shot Saxon, who was found in his neighbor’s carport with a gunshot wound in his chest. Assistant District Attorney Keith Blackwood told AL.com that Godfrey could make parole in 15 years during his first life sentence. If paroled, his second life sentence would begin, giving him another possibility of parole.
Quinten Orlando Godfrey is to carry out two life terms for the murder of USA student Andrew Saxon.
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Women of Excellence gather, celebrate Black History Month By MITCHELL KAHALLEY firstname.lastname@example.org
new group of South Alabama students was inducted into the Women of Excellence program Wednesday, Feb. 5. This was one of the first in a long list of events sponsored by the University in honor of Black History Month. According to Petre Freeman, the coordinator at the Office of Multicultural Affairs and the adviser for Women of Excellence, the organization was created to promote leadership amongst African-American women as well as to promote academics. All the new inductees were required to have at least a 2.8 GPA and 15 credit hours. The Office of Multicultural Affairs and the African-American Student Association will be hosting various oncampus events throughout February to highlight the diversity of the University as well as to celebrate the accomplishments of African-Americans in the student body. The centerpiece of these events will be a lecture given by Jeramey Anderson. At 21 years old, Anderson is the youngest person ever to be elected to the Mississippi House of Representatives. He will speak on the topic of making history at any age. The lecture will be held Feb. 12 at 7 p.m. in the Laidlaw Performing Arts Center and is sponsored by Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority. On Feb. 10, Black History Jeopardy will be held in the USA Library Auditorium. “It was a good turnout last year,” Martha Mayo, the African-American Student Association’s black awareness chair for Black History Month, said. “It’s fun to come see even if you’re not participating in the game.” The Mitchell Center will host AASA Night at the Jaguar men’s basketball game against Arkansas State Feb. 13 at 7:05 p.m. The AASA dance team will be performing during halftime. The “If You Really Knew Me” forum will be held Feb. 18 in the humanities building. “This is one of my favorite events,”
Mayo said. “The ‘If You Really Knew Me’ forum is a way to express yourself and tell your story. It creates a sense of ‘if you can do it, I can do it’ and a sense of student bonding.” On Feb. 19, Laidlaw will host the MADDRAMA Performance Troupe out of Jackson, Miss. “MADDRAMA is a student organization that creates theatrical performances through song and dance to tell a story,” Freeman said. This year’s theme is “There’s A War Going On.” The Mobile Museum of Art will host A Night of African-American Art, sponsored by Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc., on Feb. 20.
Freeman stresses that the Black History Month events are open to all students and encourages all to come out. Most events are free of charge. If students want to stay up-to-date with these events and others held throughout the year, they can “like” the USA Office of Multicultural Student Affairs on Facebook and follow them on Twitter @OMSAUSA. All events presented by the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs can also be found on the Jaguar Productions calendar. If students wish to get involved with AASA, meetings are held every other Tuesday in the humanities building, room 160.
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Monday, Feb. 10, 7 p.m.-Black History Jeopardy will be held in the USA Library Auditorium.This event is co-sponsored by the African-American Student Association and the Abeneefoo Kuo Honor Society. Tuesday, Feb. 11, 6 p.m.-The Black History Scavenger Hunt will be held at the USA Student Center. The event is co-sponsored by Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Inc. Thursday, Feb. 13, 7 p.m.-AASA Night at the Basketball Game will be held at USA’s Mitchell Center. Friday, Feb. 14, 5:30-7:30 p.m.- Minority Preview Night will be held at USA’s Mitchell Center on the main floor. This event sponsored by the USA Office of Admissions is for prospective minority students. Monday, Feb. 17, 7 p.m.-Abeneefoo Kuo Honor Society inductions will be held in the USA Health Sciences Building in the Pat Capps Covey College of Allied Health Professions main auditorium. Tuesday, Feb. 18, 7 p.m.-The “If You Really Knew Me” forum will be held at the USA Humanities Building, Room 160. Wednesday, Feb. 19, 7 p.m.-MADDRAMA Performance Troupe will present “There’s a War Going On” in the USA Laidlaw Performing Arts Center. For more information, visit http://www.maddrama. com/. Thursday, Feb. 20, 7 p.m.-A Night of African-American Art event will be held at the Mobile Museum of Art. The event is sponsored by Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc.
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Petre Freeman, coordinator of Office of Multicultural Student Affairs and adviser for Women of Excellence, honors new inductees Feb. 5 in USA’s library.
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Alum explains impact of rising sea level
Dr. John B. Anderson Rice University Professor By JAVAN ANDERSON
he Geology Club has invited Dr. John B. Anderson, a South Alabama alumnus, for a presentation on the sea levels and their direct impact on our area. Anderson has spent many years studying the Gulf Coast, and he will present his findings Friday, Feb. 14 at 3:30 p.m. in the library audito-
rium. During the presentation, he will explain how sea level rising will impact our area directly. Anderson is very excited to return to South and deliver this presentation. His affiliation with the University defines a special bond. Laura Rufin, president of the Geology Club, spoke about this connection. â€œI know that regardless of time or location, when I am in a position to give back to South, I will do so with pride,â€? Rufin said. â€œDr. Anderson feels the same. He has even offered to cover a significant portion of his travel expenses in order to provide this opportunity.â€? By inviting Anderson to speak, Rufin hopes, â€œWith his discussion, attendees will realize how fragile our environment is and renew efforts to protect and improve our community.â€? â€œThe most compelling impact of global warming is accelerated sea-level rise, which has increased sixfold in historical time,â€? Anderson said. â€œThis increase in sea-level rise is causing widespread acceleration of coastal erosion and wetlands loss.â€? As stated on Andersonâ€™s personal page at Rice University, he received his bachelorâ€™s degree from the University of South Alabama, masterâ€™s degree from the University of New Mexico and his doctorate from Florida State University. He went on to become an assistant professor at Hope College before finally
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