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Heart breaking!

USA equality group reports sequence of vandalism

Jags lose to Troy 34-33 South Alabama held the lead 33-27 until seven seconds remained in the game.

► Life: The 19th annual Bayfest concludes in Mobile, Ala. See JagLife, page 4




Healthcare laws affect USA ► Life: Those closest to Gordon Moulton share their fondest memories in tribute. See JagLife, page 6

► LOC: USA’s lesser-known cricket team stays active. See Left of Center, page 9

► Sports: USA’s baseball team has 29th best recruiting class. See Sports, page 13



package that, if you never dialed out, you wouldn’t know if you were actually paying for your phone to connect or not.” He continued, “Most people never use their health insurance, so most people thought they had really great health insurance because they never knew. Prior to the ACA, 20 percent of claims were denied because, when people tried to use their insurance, their insurance companies would say, ‘Well you didn’t pay for that.’ What the Affordable Care Act does is it changes to where insurance companies can no longer do that.” In addition to reorganizing insurance policies for those who work, a major part of the ACA is providing health insurance to those who don’t have it through work or can’t afford it. The government will pay all or a portion of insur-

ct. 1, 2013 marked the beginning of the biggest significant change in United States health care since Medicaid. Regarding the Affordable Care Act, Dr. Allen Perkins of Family Medicine at USA addressed whether or not the act would be successful. “Part of it depends on whether or not we as a country are ready to embrace the concept that all of our citizens deserve access to adequate health care. If we’re not able to embrace that, it’s going to get a whole lot uglier. So I think we’re going to learn a whole lot about ourselves in the next five years.” Since the beginning, Republicans have been fighting the bill, but a Democratic majority in the Senate has prevented any full repeals. On Tuesday, Oct. 2, the popularly coined ‘Obamacare’ began linking See Healthcare Page 3 uninsured Americans with federally subsidized insurance. According to different federal sources, more than 600,000 Alabamians are eligible. Perkins attempted to explain what the ACA is in simpler terms. “The Affordable Care Act is mostly a reorganization around the way insurance is delivered to Americans. … It reorganizes a lot of what is sold as an insurance product.” When asked why these insurance policies needed to be reorganized, Perkins likened the problem to unused cell phones. “It used to be NOAH LOGAN | STAFF REPORTER that you could buy insurance that really meant nothing. In the same way, Dr. Allen Perkins talks to students after his Biomedical you could buy a monthly cellphone Sciences Society lecture at Allied Health on Oct. 2.

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student leader at USA says she believes her organization’s members have been targeted by vehicle vandals. Rachel Docter, president of USA Spectrum, told the Vanguard five vandalisms took place during the month of September. According to Docter, a bumper sticker was ripped off, a windshield wiper blade was taken, a license plate expiration sticker was scratched through and tires on two different vehicles were deflated. Each vehicle vandalized allegedly had an equality sticker on it, which is an “equal” sign and may come in a variety of colors. The meaning of the nationally-used sticker is consistent with USA Spectrum’s stated mission to promote “equality for all people, no matter their sexual orientation or gender identity.” USA’s police department is aware of the suspicions, but has been offered little in the way of information or evidence. “We’ve only had one incident reported to us,” USAPD Chief Zeke Aull said, referring to the report of a sticker being removed from a vehicle. “We want them to come in and file. Because then I can apply my resources wherever they need to be. But I need to know about it.” USAPD, with so little information so far, has no suspects. It is also impossible at this point to determine if actual criminal activity has taken place, especially any targeted activity motivated by discrimination. “Based on one report, I struggle trying to make that connection,” Aull said. “I guess they don’t agree with the sticker,” Docter said, speculating on the motive behind the vandalism. “Which is fine, but at the same time, everybody has the right to what they believe. There’s no reason you should damage anyone’s sticker.” Docter has no lead on who is behind the alleged damages either. “I hope it wouldn’t be more than one person that would want to do that,” Docter replied when asked whether she believed the culprit acted alone or with a group. Docter is concerned about the future as well. “There is a worry,” she said, “but I wouldn’t call it a fear. Honestly, I don’t fear being who I am, and that’s

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SAPD’s police chief sat in his office contemplating his task: “Work on the Clery stats.� At the front of his desk, a nameplate, carved by a street vendor in Bali, introduced him as “Chief Zeke Aull.� On the wall directly across from his door, a photograph of Aull standing with George W. Bush hangs next to several official certificates. Aull is a warm and welcoming man, even when his routine is interrupted by a campus reporter. His Zeke Aull report on campus crime was due Oct. 1. The interChief of USA Police Department view took place in late September. He could certainly encourages student involvement and aims for dehave used this time to comply with the requirements partment transparency. of the Jeanne Clery Act. In fact, the chief invites students to eat lunch But he smiled and made time. When asked about with him on Wednesdays. He wants to create an such job pressures, he acknowledged that pressure open dialogue that makes students feel more comcomes with the territory. “Some of it,� he said, “is fortable with the USAPD, and he hopes to instill brought on by myself because I care. You know? positive images that will continue into students’ adult It matters to me. I worry about what people think, lives. The “If You See Something, Say Something� or what they don’t think. My heart is very student campaign demonstrates the department’s goal of friendly,� he added, “and I want the very best for our encouraging student communication. students. I am proud to say I work here. I think we Aull said law enforcement was always in his have a great student body.� plans, but his father wanted him to become an apThe 48-year-old Baton Rouge, La. native said praiser. He chose his own path, something to which South’s growth and progress attracted him to the many of us students can relate. He majored in crimijob. Aull has worked in university law enforcement nal justice and minored in sociology. for more than 25 years. He led the detective division “It’s really worked out for me,� he said. “I always at LSU and served as Chief of Police at Centenary knew I wanted to be a cop. I enjoyed it. I still enjoy it. College, a small liberal arts school in Shreveport, La. If I ever wake up and don’t enjoy it, it’s time for me The photo of Aull standing with former Presito do something else.� dent G.W. Bush was taken when Bush visited CenteWhen asked about his position, Aull described nary College. Aull was assigned to be the president’s himself as a goal-oriented man. “I think you always shadow while he was there. For several days, he need to improve yourself,� he commented. “ I think worked with the Secret Service and other authorities you should always want to be moving up the ladder. to ensure Bush’s safety. Whatever it is, you’ve got to set goals for yourself, Aull said he competed against South Alabama and my goal was to someday be chief.� when he was a student at LSU. “I played baseball in Concerning interdepartmental affairs, Aull said, college against South and knew it to be a quality insti“Behind the scenes, when we leave the office, it’s tution,� he recalled. “I really liked it when I got here. business, but we have some office knuckleheads Everything was really sprouting up. You know – all and people playing pranks. It actually happens all the of these things were starting to really come alive.� time.� He said Louisiana was stagnant. “Nothing was Aull said that police officers are “just people“ being built. I got here, I interviewed, the students and that they “put on their and the folks who interviewed pants just like everyone else. me were great. There was a lot And they have families. The of student interaction, which I think you should badge is just a badge. It’s just was cool. I liked that.� always want to be a job. It’s not like they’re any Aull’s history in campus law different from any other guy enforcement reveals many new moving up the ladder. walking around. They’re not suprograms for South’s students, Whatever it is, you’ve permen.� But Aull does expect like the “Check Your Ride� them to be efficient, friendly program. If you are unfamiliar got to set goals for and courageous. with this event, the USAPD yourself, and my goal Behind his desk, a framed schedules a day before each poster titled “Courage, Birbreak to personally inspect was to someday be mingham, Alabama 1963� students’ cars. Fun fact: Aull chief. speaks to the issue. The poster said the program runs 50-50 featured a photograph of three between males and females. -USAPD Chief Zeke Aull individuals being blasted with a He added that the service is all fire hose. Beneath the photo, about the students. The departcourage is defined: “Mental and moral strength to ment wants to guarantee students have a safe travel endure, persevere, and withstand danger, fear and home. difficulty.� Aull has been at South for two years. In those Aull said, “(The job) can be bothersome at times, two years, he said, the department has made great but I’m very fortunate. My faith is strong. My wife strives to become more student friendly. The deis wonderful. My family is hugely important to me. partment has created student job opportunities and My wife was a cop for 20 years; she knows the job.� expanded the Auxiliary Police program. The chief




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not what our organization is about.” Aull says this kind of crime does not occur often. “This is so unusual for this type of stuff to go on. If you feel like you’re being targeted, we need to know about that,” Aull commented. “So, whether it’s this situation or any situation,” he said, “we encourage reporting.” The phone number for USAPD is 251-4606312. “Now that I know what I know,” Aull concluded, “we’re starting to use resources in the area. My investigators have this information, and they’re trying to follow up and do as much as they can, but we’re limited in our information.”

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ance premiums for individuals earning up to 400 percent of the federal poverty level, about $45,000 a year. People earning less than 250 percent of the poverty level, about $29,000 a year, can also receive federal money to help cover deductibles, co-payments and co-insurance costs. Perkins also addressed the main knock on the bill. “The argument is that it’s going to increase government control, and it’s going to increase money that government takes in and pays out. Both are true.” However, he said the unfavorable polling results and reactions are skewed a lot of the time. “When you look at the polling for the Affordable Care Act, with exception to the mandate which doesn’t poll very well, everything else polls well. If you take out all the elements and you say, ‘What do you think about this?’, everybody likes all the elements. When you take it as a package it doesn’t poll well.” He explained, “It doesn’t poll well because there are two groups of people. One group that says America was founded on the freedom to die if you want to die and that we are going down the socialist pathway. There’s another group of

9/28/2013 16:05 Property damage Moulton Tower The driver backed into a pedestrian light pole near Moulton Tower severely damaging the light pole. 10/1/2013 9:58 Theft of article from auto Sigma Chi fraternity $200 was stolen out of a vehicle. 10/2/1013 14:31 Harassing communication 307 North University Blvd. Victim became aware of several Twitter postings written about her that she deemed harassing. 10/3/2013 6:36 Driving under the influence of a controlled substance Old Shell Road and Stadium Boulevard An individual was stopped for passing a stopped school bus and subsequently arrested for driving under the influence of a controlled substance. An inventory of the vehicle also turned up a controlled substance and paraphernalia. The individual was booked into Mobile County Metro Jail on all charges. people on the other side that say it didn’t go far enough. … Those people are unhappy, too. If you look at those people and you fix the system to where it goes a nudge further, all of a sudden you have 70 percent of people that are for it.” In principle, the new law requires everyone to purchase health insurance or pay a penalty. Insurance can be either through existing systems (e.g., employer-provided plans), the new health insurance exchanges or other public programs. Those unable to afford their own insurance will be eligible for a federal subsidy. However, these federal plans are already not going as intended. One of the first steps in covering more people was allowing individuals and families to earn more and still be eligible to qualify for Medicaid. The Supreme Court ruled that the federal government cannot force the states to expand Medicaid conditions, and consequently, more people will have to shop for ACA exchange plans. There is still time for more bickering and arguing in the House and Senate though, as the new policies won’t actually take effect until January 2014. The “exchanges” as they have been called started on the first of October, which allows marketing and selling ACA plans and distributing subsidies to help lower income individuals afford coverage.




Weekly Lowdown

Thousands flock to 19th annual Bayfest

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Tuesday > Oct. 8 •


IMC presents Richard Buckner at Satori, doors open at 7:30 p.m. - $5 for nonstudents

“Medical and Surgical Education” lecture USA Library, Room 181, 7 p.m.


WOW “Diversity... Racism... Injustice... Still relevant in 2013?” at FFC, 2 p.m.

Educational Career Fair, LPAC lobby 4 - 5:45 p.m.

Gary Allan (left) and more than 50 other acts perform at Bayfest 2013 on Oct. 4 - 6. By TIMOTHY BORLAND


ayfest is a great event for both the city and the local community. Thousands of people attend the event each year, bringing a boost in commerce to downtown businesses. Additionally, with inexpensive weekend passes amounting to roughly $20 a day, the volume of music presented is well worth the price of admission. This year the impending threat of a hurricane suggested a possible cancellation of the festival. All the smaller stages were shut down for safety reasons. The Coca-Cola, AT&T and Miller stages remained operational and all the headlining acts went on as scheduled. Thankfully, the weather held off, and no rain dampened spirits until Sunday. The main stages are typically divided up by genre. The Miller stage hosts all the hip-hop and R&B acts. The AT&T stage is home to country performers. The Coca-Cola stage is for the rockers. Three Days Grace kicked Friday evening off with an enthusiastic crowd, ripping through the tracks “Animal I Have Become,” “I Hate Everything About You” and “Pain.” Other rock bands such as Sevendust, Filter and Godsmack inspired head banging, metal horns and even isolated moshpits within the crowd. Filter performed several of its hits, including “Welcome to the Fold,” “(Can’t You) Trip Like I Do,”

“Where Do We Go From Here” and “Hey Man, Nice Shot.” “That’s the beauty about making music,” said Richard Patrick, lead singer of Filter, of the impact his music has on fans. “It’s about bringing people together.”

That’s the beauty about making music. It’s about bringing people together. -Richard Patrick, lead singer of Filter

Sully Erna of Godsmack proved that he knew how to work an audience. The lead singer taunted the crowd, repeating, “Take it up a notch, Bama!” By the time the band played their first major hit, “Whatever,” audience members were jumping up and down with both hands stretched high in the air. Except for the slow burning “Voodoo,” the majority of the show was high energy with a blast of heavy metal. Hip-hop artist T.I. anchored the Miller stage with an enormous crowd. Many people brought their camping chairs and sat in the alleys and gaps between buildings on Dauphin Street to catch a glimpse of the stage. Even the main gate at Bienville Square was overflowing, with those who could not purchase a ticket enjoying what they could hear from the

entrance and dancing along with the disc jockey’s thumping bass. Perhaps the biggest crowd of the weekend assembled for Zac Brown Band. Ages of the audience members varied, from the middle-aged lounging in camping chairs toward the back of the crowd to young fans dancing in the standing area toward the front. The band surprised the audience with a full-fledged cover of “Enter Sandman” by Metallica. In addition, they performed several of their number one country hits such as “As She’s Walking Away.” “I love country music,” Taylor Clay, a sophomore marine biology major at USA, said, “and Zac Brown Band was the best country artist at Bayfest. The crowd got really into it. People were singing along with every song. It was awesome. I had a lot of fun.” For some local bands, Bayfest presents an opportunity to perform in front of a larger audience than ever before. From established acts like punk rockers The Handsome Scoundrels to the recently formed Vivid Verbs, Mobile was very well represented with the original lineup. Several South Alabama students and graduates were scheduled to perform. Senior vocal performance major Erica Washington was due to contribute her stunning voice to the festival. Unfortunately, due to the cancellation of the Launching Pad and other local stages, many of these great musicians were not able to perform.

“Performing in front of such a large audience is really exciting,” said USA graduate and keyboardist Rachel Fowler when her band, The Vivid Verbs, made the original lineup. “It’s a great opportunity to spread our sound to more people.” A few local bands were still able to perform on the Coca-Cola stage. The well-known band Uglistick was also able to make its scheduled appearance. Andy Cobb of the band Peek is a junior at South majoring in information technology and proud member of the USA Concert Choir. “We were very pleased to finally play the Coke stage,” Cobb said. “There is nothing like playing the big stage with the monster PA system.” The weekend was not without some complaints, though. Some areas of the layout appeared to be understaffed, which raised some concerns about safety. A few fights that broke out went unchecked due to the lack of a nearby authority or security figure. The high level of crowd congestion made it somewhat difficult to navigate from one area to another. The absence of walking lanes within the chair areas was partly to blame. Without walking lanes, impassable walls of chairs formed, blocking access to the standing area up front. Each year, the city attempts to improve Bayfest and learn from previous experiences. Hopefully some of the concerns raised by locals will be addressed at next year’s event.

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Graduate and Professional school fair at Mitchell Center globe, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Jaguar Productions movie night at Student Recreation Center indoor soccer field, 8 p.m.

Skate for a Cure at Sunshine Skate Center, 9:30 - 11:30 p.m., $5 admission.

Friday > Oct. 11 •

The Real Hooks opening for Aaron Carter at Soul Kitchen, 8:30 p.m. - $15 in advance, $17 at door

Saturday > Oct. 12 •

Jaguars vs. Georgia State University in Jaguar Gym, 7 p.m.

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USA raises awareness By STEPHANIE FEATHER


ctober is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Many campus organizations are hosting events around South Alabama’s campus to raise money for breast cancer research. The Epsilon Upsilon chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. will be painting the campus pink Thursday, Oct. 10! From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., stations with breast cancer awareness pamphlets and goodies will be set up in front of the Humanities Building, the Student Center and the cafeteria. They will also have sheet signs and paint available for students to create a message in honor of a breast cancer survivor or in memory of someone who has been lost to the fight. Monetary donations will be collected. That night, the sorority will be hosting “Skate for a Cure” at Sunshine Skate Center at 950 Hillcrest Rd. from 9:30-11:30 p.m. Admission is $5, and skate rental is an additional $2. All proceeds will be donated to the University of South Alabama Mitchell Cancer Institute to aid in breast cancer research. “When Life Doesn’t Turn Out the Way You Planned” is a one-woman show starring Katie Anderson at the Laidlaw Theater at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 10. In partnership with the Mitchell Cancer Institute and the University of South Alabama, Dr. Sue Walker and Dr. Windy Dean will share how you can help women in our community by attending the play. Walker, Distinguished Professor of Creative Writing at the University of South Alabama and former Alabama Poet Laureate, is the


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author of the play, a story of a single mother diagnosed with breast cancer. After the performance, a panel of medical experts including a medical oncologist, radiation oncologist, surgeons, survivors and a nurse navigator will be available to answer questions. Tickets are available online only for a $100 donation. The donation includes admission to the play and reception immediately following, $75 of the $100 donation is tax-deductible, and all the money raised will stay in the Mobile area to provide mammograms to women in need. Dean, a medical oncologist at the Mitchell Cancer Institute, will be accepting a research award during the event. “Tennis for Tatas,” an annual charity event held at the Mobile Tennis Center, will take place Oct. 27 from 1 – 5 p.m. The tournament is a coed doubles format, and entry is $35 per player. All proceeds will go toward breast cancer research at the USA Mitchell Cancer Institute. The USA Mitchell Cancer Institute and USA Children’s and Women’s Hospital are sponsoring this year’s “Think Pink Tea” on Oct. 24, from 4 – 6 p.m. as part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The event is a celebration of breast cancer survivors featuring pink refreshments and door prizes. Dillard’s of Mobile will also be sponsoring the runway show at this event, which will also host a keynote speaker providing an inspirational message to all of those in attendance. Last year’s speaker was Dr. Elizabeth Chabner Thompson, a radiation oncologist and breast cancer survivor. The event is free to the public, and welcomes all women and families touched by breast cancer.

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President Moulton

Through Gordon Moulton’s 47-year hug, we did it By NOAH LOGAN


aughs were had, smiles were made and tears were shed as thousands gathered to mourn and celebrate the life of President Emeritus Gordon Moulton Wednesday, Oct. 2. As if a stadium full of crying people wasn’t enough, the skies opened up and the tears of God poured down as well. His legacy was on full display in the Mitchell Center in front of faculty, students, politicians and friends with speeches from those closest to him and performances by various USA choral and instrumental groups. President Moulton passed away after a yearlong battle with brain cancer on Sept. 28 at 12:35 p.m. In an almost storybook ending, the South Alabama Jaguars were playing the Tennessee Volunteers at the time and Chair pro tempore of the USA Board of Trustees, James A. Yance, pointed out, “What will forever be etched in our memory is the scoreboard at the time of his death. That

scoreboard read University of Tennessee – 0 and USA – 7. Only Gordon Moulton could have had the vision to see that scoreboard four years ago.” Gordon and Geri Moulton arrived at the Univeristy when it was only 3 years old. Their involvement has now lasted 47 years, the last 15 of which Moulton was president. Forty-seven years spent here was more than half President Moulton’s life, which shows how committed he was to the University. Acting President Dr. John Smith said, “Integrity is the quality of being complete, whole or undivided. While this definition may be referring to structural integrity, it reminds me of Gordon. He was whole and undivided in his tireless devotion to the University of South Alabama. He was a man of integrity.” While the speakers before her showed the man Gordon Moulton was, Mrs. Moulton painted the picture of the young boy who was never any different. Everyone in the silent auditorium stood in respectful reverence as Geri Moulton strode to the podium to deliver the most spell-


Gordon Moulton (left) and colleague Warren Beatty (right) in the early years of Moulton’s time at the university.

Over the years, President Moulton and his wife Geri have played a pivotal role in the advancement of not only the University but also the city of Mobile and the entire Gulf Coast region. There is so much work that goes on behind the scenes of university administration that most students can never fully appreciate. -Catherine Zivanov

binding words of the night. The audience remained standing throughout the duration of her speech. Mrs. Moulton began by showing a picture of Moulton as a child. “This is the little boy with the ample ears and a cautious smile. Little boy, his dog and his wagon who became your University President.” She continued to detail Moulton’s life and his accomplishments. “He didn’t seem to notice that he had been born into abject poverty at the end of a dusty dirt road in Georgia. … He developed an insatiable appetite for reading and a curiosity that could not be quenched.” In high school, Gordon Moulton was student body president, spelling bee champion and editor of the yearbook. Mrs. Moulton went on to explain that his almost perfect grades allowed him to pursue a degree at Georgia Tech University but the same attitude always remained. “He didn’t seem to notice that he had never been to Atlanta, Georgia. Not a problem for this pumped up 18-year-old. The population of Atlanta was about to expand to a million and one persons. He packed up everything he owned … and boarded a Greyhound bus for the 12-hour ride to Atlanta.” Four years later, Gordon proposed to Geri, and she accepted. Upon earning his degree at Georgia Tech, Moulton received a full scholarship to attend Emory University. As Mrs. Moulton put it, destiny had determined that he would apply for a job as a professor to “a university on the top of a hill that used to be a full day’s ride by mule and wagon into Mobile.” Mrs. Moulton recalled they stopped for gas at a service station and, “with an expanded ego and the idea of becoming an important college professor at the age of 26, he asked the attendant for directions to the University of South Alabama. … The attendant at the service station looked puzzled and said, ‘I’ve never heard of the place.’” Forty-seven years later, it would be difficult to find anybody in the Southeast, let alone Mobile, who has never heard of the University of South Alabama. This is the legacy that Gordon Moulton leaves behind.


Gordon Moulton and Geri Moulton at the dedication of Moulton Tower in October 2010. With perfect symmetry, Geri Moulton ended her speech with a resounding message of his last sentence. “September the 26, 9 a.m. Screaming with almost unbearable pain, my husband attempted to sit on the edge of the bed. … For nearly 40 minutes he struggled to achieve the simple act of placing his feet on the floor. … For several weeks my husband had not been capable of speaking a complete understandable sentence. He was exhausted and frustrated. Suddenly he stopped trying to touch his feet to the floor. … The little boy with the ample ears and the cautious smile became quiet and still.” The final sentence Geri Moulton ever heard her husband say was “If you hug me, I can do it.” Even the strongest of people need help. Gordon Moulton hugged the University of South Alabama for 47 years. The Mitchell Center, the Mitchell Cancer Institute, South Alabama football, the Moulton Bell Tower and Shelby Hall are just a few recognizable feats that scratch the surface of his career. Gordon Moulton hugged the University for 47 years, and because of him, we did it.

I think both [Geri and Gordon], it’s not just him, it’s both. Right through the whole time, it’s a team effort that’s been around, and they’re always apart of everything. … Most schools you never even see your president. He’s some aloof person that’s out of sight, and to see [Gordon] on move-in day helping people carry stuff in just like anyone else, it didn’t matter to him, he was one of the team. -Dr. Lewis Pannell, Mitchell Cancer Institute


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My favorite time with Gordon was on the golf course. He loved to play golf, and he loved to get out on the weekends with us. He was just himself and not President Moulton. He was just one of the guys. -President John W. Smith

He was such a bold leader and had such a vision for the university. -Senator Chad Fincher

He was a visionary – such a humble person – and what he’s done with the university, the fruits of what he did, will be sung for years and years and years. -Sandy Stimpson

President Emeritus Gordon Moulton 1940 - 2013


My favorite memory of Gordon was when he first layed out the idea of the Mitchell scholarship for me. Before that, I had always invested my money into concrete things--buildings, colleges and what not. When he first laid that out for me, it changed my entire way of thinking completely.

gotten to work with President Moulton over the past four years because I’ve been in SGA since my freshman year. This last year, I really got to work with him through presidential search committee and the board of trustees meeting. It’s a great loss for the student body, and I really think he leaves his legacy as being the student’s president. … I think the biggest impact he left on my life is that he cared. Personally, he took time to get to know my name and get to know what I was doing in school and get to know things about me that most university presidents don’t know about their students. And that’s incredibly special to know that your university president knew who you were.

-Abe Mitchell

-Riley Davis, SGA President



Gordon Moulton (seventh from the right) and Geri Moulton (sixth from the right) at the 2010 dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony at Moulton Tower and Alumni Plaza.

My favorite memory is a story of his kindness. My mother died in 1999, and she was the first African American graduate of the University. When she died, our family got a personal letter from President Moulton. It just shocked me because how many graduates of any institution have that kind of privilege that he took note of it and took the time to write a letter. So that was just a special moment that I will treasure forever. -Kenneth Simon




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-South Alabama vs. Georgia State 7 p.m at The Cage


-Southern Region Championships in Tuscaloosa, Ala.

Friday, Oct. 11 ►

VOLLEYBALL -South Alabama vs. Louisiana Lafayette

6 p.m at Louisiana Lafayette

South Alabama sailing team travels from Texas to East Coast to race in ICSA races.


Sailing club looks to grow, represent USA South Alabama sailing club has been a part of USA for 14 years, keeps its stride

Saturday, Oct. 12 ►

RUGBY South Alabama vs. USM at Southern Miss.



ailing is defined as “the sport of operating or riding in a sailboat.” To the South Alabama sailing club, though, it isn’t just a term— it’s a passion. Ben Posey, president of the sailing club, has been a member of the club for three years but has been sailing for more than 20 years. To him, sailing is something much more than a simple dictionary definition. “Sailing is the chance to enjoy nature in a way that you normally wouldn’t get to,” said Posey. “You’re using wind to guide you. You could sail all around the world without ever firing up a gasoline engine.” At South Alabama, you can do just that, both recreationally and competitively. Sailing has been a club at South Alabama for more than 14 years. It has competed nationally and ranked nationally while sending students to California, South Florida and the northeast. But what does it mean to race and

compete in sailing? “In the sailing world, competition can vary immensely,” Posey said. “We participate in collegiate sailing, which are primarily small boats with two people on board, and you race for twenty minutes. Sailboat racing can range from that to high performance with 50- to 60-foot boats. You have a wide range of competition you can get into.” Sailing is considered a non-contact sport. Although many people believe that sailing is simply drifting down a body of water, it takes a lot of manpower to race. “The boat doesn’t go anywhere without people,” said Posey. “The wind moves your boat, but you have to adjust your sails. In racing, how you adjust those sails and where you place the sails has everything to do with how fast the boat goes. It can be very physical. You can be winded, sore and beat up by the end of the race, depending on how much you push yourself. It is a huge workout.” Racing takes the sailing club all over the United States. “Our district is the largest district

in ICSA (Intercollegiate Sailing Association),” said Posey. “Our region goes from the Florida Panhandle to West Texas and as far north as Colorado, Utah, Kansas. We can compete against any of the schools within it such as Texas, Texas A&M, Tulane and many other northern schools. The farthest we drive is to Austin, Texas, which is about a 600-mile drive.” With the sailing team traveling all around the country, it allows them to meet and connect with students from all over the United Sates. To Posey, this is the best way for the club to be able to represent South Alabama. “We put USA’s name out there here in the Southeast when other schools visit our district and when we travel,” said Posey. “We allow the students to network with other students from other schools. In addition to that, we encourage our members to go out into the local community to network with local sailors and help our students connect with people who can help them.” The sailing club offers membership to anyone, whether you are a

lifelong sailor looking to compete or you have never stepped foot in a boat before and just want to learn. “You don’t have to have experience to come out and sail,” Posey said. “Most people take to it easily. We have plenty of members who know what they are doing to help teach. You are able to learn it hands on.” The sailing club offers “101 classes” to students who have never sailed before. They will take students out one of their boats and experienced members teach students one-on-one the steps and basics it takes to understand sailing. If you would like to know more about the sailing club, you can email the group at usasailingclub@gmail. com or find them on Facebook. As a last thought, Posey summed up the sailing club’s overall goal for its members. “Sailing club has been here for a long time,” said Posey. “We want to benefit the student body. We want you to go out, meet people and have some fun. That’s really what we’re all about, having fun.”

SOFTBALL South Alabama vs. Pensacola State 1 p.m. at Pensacola State

Sunday, Oct. 13 ►

SOCCER South Alabama vs. Western Kentucky 1 p.m. at The Cage

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Lauren Allison asset to Lady Jags soccer team By ALYSSA NEWTON

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s a girl soccer player, coming to America is the dream.” This dream became a reality when Lauren Allison joined the South Alabama Jaguar soccer team. Allison grew up in the town of Oxfordshire, England, where she played for four years with the Oxford United Ladies Football Club. During her time in high school, she helped her club team to win two league titles and four county cups. Allison contributed over a third of her team’s total goals, scoring 29 of the team’s 75 goals in South West Combination Women’s Football League competition. She scored nine more in cup competition, bringing her season total to 39 for her last season. “When I left them last season, it was the best we had ever done,” said Allison. “I won a lot of trophies and cups with them. They have just been promoted to a professional league.” Her talent did not go unnoticed. Head coach Graham Winkworth, who is in his first season as the Lady Jag’s coach, happened upon Allison. “He came across me by chance,” said Allison. “Our coach is English and had recruited someone from my league before. He was on the Internet and happened to see I was scoring

regularly. He kind of kept an eye on me from there and asked me if I’d be interested in playing.” Allison said yes. She left everything she knew in England and came to play the game she loved in Mobile, Ala. But even with the season only just beginning, Allison has already had plenty of time to make memories with her new team. “Everyone here has been crazy friendly,” said Allison. “But this team has been the best bunch of girls you could play with. The chemistry is just building as the season goes on.” Allison’s favorite memory so far happened at her very first game at home as a South Alabama Jaguar against Mississippi State. “The crowd was incredible,” said Allison. “We weren’t expected to win that game, and we won 3-2. It was an amazing feeling. Being an underdog and coming out on top against a team like that was a good feeling.” Though she is a freshman, Allison knows a bit about coming out on top. She now leads the Sunbelt in shots (50), shots per game (4.55), points (25), points per game (2.27) and assists (7). Allison is tied at two for the league lead in game winning goals. Allison is also on pace to break USA’s single season points record with only three points standing between her

and the top 10. She is also only two goals away from tying USA’s singleseason goals record. Nationally, Allison is ranked 10 in points per game (2.27), 28 in goals per game (.181) and 21 in assists per game (.64). Allison’s 25 points scored put her in a tie for the sixth most in the nation, her seven assists put her tying for 15thmost in the nation and her nine goals place her as 19th-most. “I didn’t even realize until my dad mentioned how I was ranked,” said Allison. “I asked, ‘In the nation? Do you know how big the United States is?’ It’s crazy. I’ve never experienced the amount of detail the United States has. I wasn’t expecting any of this, so I’m just taking it as it comes.” With the season still in its infancy, Allison looks forward to more games to come, especially the teams that underestimate the Lady Jaguars. “I think everyone is going to be shocked,” said Allison. “Hopefully we do what we need to and South Alabama will stand out, ring a bell when they hear our name and learn to fear us.” When it comes to expectations, Allison prefers to be an underdog. “It’s a good thing to be an underdog; I prefer it,” said Allison. “You don’t have any expectations, and you have nothing to lose. Other teams

come out with their reputations, and you just come out and take it from them.”

The Lady Jaguars’ next game will be Oct. 10 at Georgia State in Atlanta.


Allison is three points away from breaking USA single-season points record.

Insight into cricket basic game concepts, explained By ALYSSA NEWTON



The cricket club gets together after a match during the 2012-2013 season.

outh Alabama’s cricket team is striving to represent USA and keep the heritage of cricket alive. But many don’t even know what cricket consists of. Many compare cricket to baseball, and there are similarities to America’s favorite past time. When it comes to the goal of the sport, the two are very similar. You play with a bat and ball, and the objective is to score more runs than the opposing team. Teams consist of 11 players on the field but are allowed to have more to relieve those playing. Cricket consists of only one inning, during which each side bats twice. When a side (the cricket term used instead of “team”) comes up to bat, they send the first two in their batting order. The two batsmen then bat until one of them is out. When one gets out, the next up replaces him, and it carries on in that fashion. This pattern continues until 10 of the 11 are out.

Most games last only about three hours. However, in international matches, cricket can last up to five days. Cricket can be extremely dangerous. Players bowl the hard playing balls up to 85 mph. A fielder’s only protection consists of a helmet and leg guards as they catch with their bare hands. South Alabama is a part of American College Cricket and is able to compete against teams such as Harvard and other Ivy League colleges. Cricket’s season began on Sept. 15 when they played Auburn University at Montgomery. They lost by a small margin but continue to look forward to the season ahead. Cricket will be on the road to schools such as The University of Alabama as well as a rematch with Auburn University. The team looks to one day be a part and represent South Alabama at international competitions. South Alabama Cricket will be taking part in the South East Regionals in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. at the end of November.




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Jaguars lose a heartbreaker 34-33 to Troy South Alabama loses rivalry game on last-second touchdown By RENATO MAZARIEGOS


t seemed as if South Alabama (2-3, 1-1) would spoil Troy’s homecoming in the second “Battle of the Yellowhammer,” but their late rally would prove futile. The Jags would lose 34-33 to the Trojans. “It’s heartbreaking,” said head coach Joey Jones. “With 40-plus seconds left in the game, when you go up six points, you feel good about it. My hat’s off to the guys in our locker room. They’ve got a lot of fight in them. We’re a way better football team than we were last year—they proved that today—but credit to Troy for making that last drive and putting it in the end zone.” The Jaguars erased a 24-7 deficit in the second half. They even took the lead for the first time all game on a miraculous juggling 65-yard touchdown reception by Jereme Jones with 48 seconds remaining. His catch was the second longest

touchdown reception in South Alabama history. The drive started on their own 1-yard line. To make it a full six-point game, the Jags went for two and got it on a Corey Besteda jumping reception in the end zone. A crowd of 23,024 at Veterans Memorial Stadium fell silent, excluding the multiple sections of South Alabama fans. The Troy Trojans (3-3, 1-1) felt otherwise about having their homecoming spoiled. Getting the ball with 41 seconds left, and all three timeouts, quarterback Corey Robinson, who finished the game with 210 passing yards and two touchdowns, completed four straight passes. On the fifth pass, he found receiver Eric Thomas for 20 yards in the end zone in coverage with seven seconds remaining in the game. A Will Scott PAT would give the Trojans a 3433 lead, which would end up being the final score. A last chance, Hail Mary pass

from Brandon Bridge to Shavarez Smith was complete for 50 yards, but Smith was tackled 18 yards short of the end zone. The scoring began when Troy quarterback Deon Anthony, who finished the game with two passing touchdowns on 95 yards, found receiver Bryan Holmes for a 9-yard touchdown on their opening 12-play drive. South Alabama would answer with a score on their first drive that was 12 plays as well, ending in a 5-yard Cris Dinham rushing touchdown up the middle and would tie the game up at 7-7. South Alabama’s second possession ended in a turnover on downs with quarterback Trey Fetner getting hit just short of the first down marker. Troy would take advantage and open up the second quarter with a deep 62yard touchdown pass from Anthony to Thomas, taking the lead 14-7 on a fiveplay drive. Troy would add to their lead on their next possession ending in a Will Scott 20-yard field goal to make it 17-7.

A Troy fumble on their next possession would give the Jags the ball on their own 25-yard line. Bridge, getting his first action of the game, would march South Alabama down field, but the drive ended in a missed 22-yard field goal attempt by Aleem Sunanon with 13 seconds left in the first half. On their first possession of the second half, Troy would go up 24-7 on a 10-yard pass down the sidelines from Robinson to Holmes. South Alabama would answer by going down the field in six plays, ending the drive on a Jay Jones 10-yard touchdown run. However, Sunanon’s point after was blocked, and the score was 24-13 at the end of the third quarter. On South Alabama’s first full possession of the fourth quarter, they would get the game closer, making it 24-19 on a 56-yard Bridge touchdown See Football Page 11

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pass down the sidelines to Bryant Lavender. The Jaguars would go for two, but Ross Metheny’s pass to Shavarez Smith fell incomplete. Troy would add a 23-yard Will Scott field goal to add to their lead making it 27-19 with 5:22 left in the game. On South Alabama’s drive after, they would get closer, making it 27-25 on a 16-yard Metheny rushing touchdown with 2:51 left. The Jaguars would go for two but would come up unsuccessful again. Troy would punt on the following possession, a punt that Scott placed at the South Alabama 1-yard line with 1:27 left, setting up a potential gamewinning drive. Aided by a targeting penalty on Troy to give South Alabama breathing room, Metheny found Jay Jones for a 9-yard pass, then scrambled for 10 yards for a first down. On the next play, Metheny would throw it up to Jereme Jones. The ball was tipped by a Trojan defender but fell into Jones’ hands, and he ran 65 yards to the end zone to take the lead for the first time in the game and lead 31-27 with 48 seconds left in the game. South Alabama would convert the twopoint conversion to make it a six point game 33-27. Troy would get the ball and then march down the field, in heartbreaking fashion, as Thomas would get his second touchdown of the game with only seven seconds remaining. South Alabama racked up 630 yards of total offense, a school record. Quarterbacks Metheny and Bridge combined for 471 passing yards, also a combined school record. Each threw a touchdown and continuing the trend of the two quarterback

system like in the previous four games. “I think the offense did a great job,” said Bridge. “Even though we lost, the play calling was great. Coach (Robert) Matthews called a great game. Coach (Bryant) Vincent did a great job substituting me and Ross and Trey in the game.” Leading the receivers was Shavarez Smith with 106 yards on six catches. Wes Saxton had 95 yards receiving on six catches. Jereme Jones had three receptions for 84 yards receiving and a touchdown. Bryant Lavender also had three receptions for 68 yards and a touchdown. Metheny was South’s leading rusher with 55 yards and a touchdown. Bridge was not far behind, racking up 54 yards rushing. Running back Jay Jones had 38 yards and a rushing touchdown. Running back Cris Dinham chipped in with 11 yards and a touchdown. On the defensive side, linebacker Maleki Harris led the way with nine total tackles, a sack and a fumble recovery. Defensive tackle Romelle Jones had two sacks and four total tackles. Once again, the Jaguars had to overcome a deficit and come up with a rally. “We don’t quit, I can promise you that,” Joey Jones said. “You can get that out of your mind and everybody else’s mind, because I’m d--- sure not going to quit. I’m not going to and these kids aren’t going to quit either.” “It seems like something we do every week, we go into halftime, make our certain adjustments, we come out angry and motivated, and honestly, if we can play like that for four quarters, I don’t think we can be beat,” Romelle Jones said. The Jaguars have this week off before they take on Kent State for Homecoming Oct. 19 at LaddPeebles Stadium.


DB Antonio Carter and DL Jesse Kelly pressure Troy QB Deon Anthony late in the fourth quarter


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Boyanov looks to contribute with men’s basketball Bulgarian native played with Overgas club team and U-20 Bulgarian National Team By PATRICK HERRING


ew men’s basketball head coach Matthew Graves didn’t waste any time on the recruiting trail when he was hired in March. One of the fruits of his labor hails all the way from Lovech, Bulgaria, a whopping 5,800 miles from Mobile, Ala. One of the first recruits in the Graves coaching era, freshman forward Georgi Boyanov is looking to make an impact on the South Alabama basketball program. The 6-foot-8, 20-year-old lives under the basket and has a propensity for dunking. Graves was a big reason for Boyanov coming to play at South. “The decision was very easy because the coaching staff was new, and I knew a lot about Coach Graves and (assistant coach) Dan Matic,” Boyanov said. The admiration goes both ways as the head coach is also excited about his new project. “Georgi possesses a good amount of athleticism,” Graves said. “His versatility was really intriguing to us. He’s able to step out on the floor and make threes, and also play inside as well.”

“He has the ability to guard a couple of different positions defensively and, with his ability to shoot from the perimeter, it will definitely help to space the floor.” There will ,of course, be an adjustment period as there are some major differences between the European style of basketball Boyanov played growing up and the way the sport is played in the States. “Here basketball is faster than European basketball,” Boyanov said. “The level of speed and physicality is higher than it is in Europe.” Luckily for Boyanov, his frame is big enough to adjust for the physical aspect. He dominated in the U-18 and U-20 leagues where he averaged 12.9 rebounds per game in the 2011-12 season for club team Overgas Homeline in Sofia, Bulgaria. Boyanov started the season with a double-double in four consecutive games and finished the season with 11. He played with the club for six years. During this time his team won the U-18 national title in 2010 and finished second in 2011. Boyanov also played for the U-20 Bulgarian national team at the 2012 championships, where he averaged 10

points and 6.3 rebounds over a sevengame stretch. Now at South Alabama, the big Bulgarian hopes to develop chemistry with his teammates, and cites that as one of his favorite parts of the school so far. “I like spending times with my teammates, especially on the court during practice when I learn new things about the game of basketball,” Boyanov said. This season the towering freshman will likely spend much of his time learning from the big men in front of him on the depth chart. There is plenty for him to learn from returning starters Augustine Rubit and Mychal Ammons. “He has a chance to grow and learn in our system, and our goal for him is to just continue to get better each day,” Graves said. International players are a staple in the college game these days as players come from all corners of the globe in hopes of making it to the next level, and Boyanov is no different. With such a significant distance between a player and his homeland, one might think it would be a challenge, but not for Boyanov.


Boyanov’s home in Bulgaria is 5,800 miles away from South Alabama. “It’s not that bad (being far away from home) because I have connections with my parents and my girlfriend. We talk on Skype,” Boyanov said. “I’ve been to the USA twice be-

fore I came here, so it is familiar for me to be a long way from home.” Even though he is thousands of miles from Bulgaria, Boyanov is right at home in Mobile.

Errors doom Lady Jags, lose 3-0 to Troy in volleyball By JT CRABTREE



Mechell Daniel had 15 kills in the Lady Jags 3-0 loss to Troy on Oct. 2.

rrors at the end of the first and second set doomed the University of South Alabama women’s volleyball team, as they lost 3-0 to Troy on Oct. 2. “I think we have a great team, and it’s a matter of our girls believing we are a great team,” head coach Amy Hendrichovsky said. “Tonight, Troy came ready to play, and we came ready to play. They were just able to make plays at the end. We’re going to work on things, and I’m going to prepare my team to do better the next time we are in this situation.” First set: Troy 26, South Alabama 24 The Lady Jags were tied 8-8 when they started to pull away 12-9. Troy then answered back, scoring five of the next seven points to tie it 14-14. The Trojans later took a 19-17 lead before the Lady Jags rallied back to tie it 23-23. The Lady Jags then committed a critical attack error on set-point, and the Trojans scored two straight points to win 26-24. Second Set: Troy 26, South Alabama

24 South Alabama jumped out to a 6-2 lead over Troy before the Trojans closed the gap to just one point (12-11). The Lady Jags then reeled off an 8-2 run to go up 20-13. Troy, however, did not bow out, scoring nine of the next 11 points, tying the set 22-22. USA came within one point of winning the set (24-22), but a serving error and three straight attack errors on the Lady Jags paved the way for the Trojans to take the second set 26-24. Third Set: Troy 26, South Alabama 24 After starting the set 5-5, the Lady Jags took an 8-5 lead. South Alabama maintained a three-point lead for the next eight points (12-9) before the Trojans tied the set 12-12. Troy then took its largest lead of the match, leading 21-16. South Alabama was able to fight back and tie the set again at 24-24, but Troy scored the next two points to win the set and take the match at Jag Gym. The Lady Jags have now lost three of the last four to Troy, but South Alabama still leads the all-time series, going 37-24 against the Trojans in volleyball.


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Top 5 Heisman Candidates through Week 6 Contributing analyst Samuel Brown returns to break down the nation’s top players By SAMUEL BROWN


. Marcus Mariota, rSO, QB Oregon Marcus Mariota is one of the few preseason Heisman candidates to play consistently, while winning, thus far against decent competition in the national spotlight. The Oregon Ducks are arguably the best offense in the country, averaging 59.8 points per game (second in the country) and averaging 332.5 rushing yards per game (first in the country). Mariota has led his Oregon Ducks to a 4-0 record, while beating their opponents by an average of 49 points per game. Mariota has 1,003 yards passing through four games, tossing 9 touchdowns while not throwing any interceptions. 2. Teddy Bridgewater, JR, QB

Louisville Teddy Bridgewater’s Heisman candidacy is similar to Andrew Luck’s two years ago. Luck didn’t put up the most insane stats, but he was viewed by many as the best player in the country while being projected the number one pick in that year’s NFL Draft. The Heisman is supposed to go to the best player in the country, not necessarily the player with the most impressive stats, and that is why I think Bridgewater has a legitimate chance. He is viewed by most to be the number one quarterback for the 2014 NFL Draft, and viewed by many to be the best overall player. Louisville is currently 4-0 and ranked the seventh best team in the nation. As long as Louisville continues to win, Bridgewater will continue to be at the top of the Heisman discussion. 3. Tajh Boyd, SR, QB Clemson

Tajh Boyd is another one of the preseason Heisman candidates who has handled business and keeps winning. Boyd got off to a magnificent start this season with a huge win against the Georgia Bulldogs. Since then, Clemson has kept winning, and Boyd has stayed solid on the field. Much like Louisville and Teddy Bridgewater, if Clemson continues winning and is in the National Championship picture at the season’s end, I fully expect Boyd to be invited to New York for the Heisman Trophy Presentation. His numbers are impressive thus far, with 13 total touchdowns and no turnovers. 4. Johnny Manziel, rSO, QB Texas A&M Of course, the reigning Heisman trophy winner will be in the discussion. Off-the-field issues

aside, his play on the field has been stellar. It’s not even halfway through the season and he already has a handful of plays that are of the same magnitude as last year’s famous “fumble recovery touchdown pass” during the upset win over Alabama. Manziel is fourth in the country with 1,489 passing yards while adding almost 300 yards on the ground. Despite no drop off in production from a season ago, I believe, to win the Heisman, Manziel will have to lead Texas A&M to an SEC West Crown to overcome all of the offthe-field issues. Right now, it seems unlikely as A&M does not control their destiny. But as we have seen in years past, anything can happen in college football. 5. Jameis Winston, rFR, QB Florida State Jameis Winston burst onto the

college football scene like many expected, and that helps him. Hype surrounded Winston before he even took an official snap. He can thank the reigning Heisman winner, Johnny Manziel, for that. Because of Manziel’s shocking year a season ago, the media was looking for the “next Johnny Manziel” in any freshman who could burst onto the scene similarly. Winston was and is that freshman. During his first game against Pittsburgh, nationally televised on Labor Day, he threw for four touchdowns and threw only two incompletions. Through four games, Winston is second in the country in QBR (Quarterback Rating) and fourth in the country in completion percentage (73.6 percent). Oct. 19 could be a huge decisive week in the Heisman race, when Florida State takes on Clemson.


South Alabama baseball has 29th best recruiting class The Jags look to replace 17 players from last year’s squad that made it to a NCAA Regional



he University of South Alabama’s baseball program has the 29th best recruiting class in the country, according to Collegiate Baseball Newspaper. The Jags, who finished the 2013 season 43-20, were the only team out of the Sun Belt Conference to be ranked in the top 40. USA ranked higher than Louisville (38), a team that made it to the 2013 College World Series, as well as Regional participants Clemson (32), Arkansas (33), San Diego (34) and Georgia Tech (35). “Coach (Bob) Keller and Coach (Jerry) Zulli worked tirelessly on the road, and they did a great job,” head coach Mark Calvi said. “We

had to replace a lot of good players. It’s next to impossible to replace 15 seniors and the couple of juniors we lost to the draft, but we did the best we could. We feel like we brought in a bunch of solid baseball players. I think we filled a lot of holes, but the big question is the bullpen. Those guys at the end of the game, (Jordan) Patterson, (Kyle) Bartsch and (Dylan) Stamey, they’re super hard to replace. But there is a lot of time and effort put into bringing in this year’s team.” South Alabama signed 10 studentathletes to National Letters of Intent for this season. South Alabama lost 15 seniors to graduation and two juniors to the MLB Draft from last year’s Sun Belt Conference champion and NCAA Regional team. “We’re not young or old, we’re just new,” Calvi said. “There are a

lot of good players at each position; it’s just a matter of how they jell and play together. I feel as though we brought in some good pitchers, (but) the question mark is the bullpen. We brought in a good mix of high school and junior college players, so we have some guys who have already played college baseball, along with our returners, as well as some good high school players who you hope won’t take too long to transition to Division I baseball. There are a lot of things you have to conquer before you get down to playing really good baseball. Hopefully, this year’s team can get through those things quickly and learn how to play together as a team.” Fall scrimmages begin for the Jags Monday, Oct. 7, at Stanky Field and are open to the public.


Logan Kirkland (right) hopes to return to form after missing the 2013 season.




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Staff editorial: Everyone is equal on South’s campus Recent reports of vandalism targeted at gay rights supporters have begged the question of equality at USA By KELLY FICARELLI


t is truly regrettable that, in this day and time, society still tolerates discrimination of any kind. Unfortunately, injustices happen right here on our campus. USA Spectrum is a student activist group in support of the equality of all people regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity. The president of this group, Rachel Docter, says that during the month of September, five of the group members’ vehicles were vandalized on campus and that each

vehicle had an equality sticker on it. Only one of these incidents has been formally reported to USAPD. Taking this information into account, The Vanguard’s editorial board believes that the five acts of vandalism were targeted at vehicles with the equality sticker adhered and that the crimes were motivated by discrimination. There is the possibility of these incidents being isolated or that someone related to the organization could be targeting the group’s members with another motivation. However, in ac-

cepting these reports as true, the most likely motivation seems to be the intolerance of gay rights. It is alarming to think that we have this kind of bigotry and hatred walking around on our campus. When asked if she was concerned that things like this might happen again in the future, Docter stated, “There is a worry, but I wouldn’t call it a fear. Honestly, I don’t fear being who I am, and that’s not what our organization is about.” No one should have to be afraid to be a student at South. Everyone de-

serves to be treated with respect, no matter his or her race, religion, handicap, social class, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender or group association. No one should be discriminated against. Regardless of one’s beliefs, everyone is equal. It shouldn’t have to be stated or published that it is wrong to damage someone’s vehicle for any reason, especially because of a bumper sticker. If you take a drive around campus, you will see bumper stickers in support of liberals and conservatives, some that are anti-abortion and some in sup-

port of abortion rights, some against gun control laws and some for it, stickers that are pro-atheism and those endorsing coexistence. No matter your personal beliefs, you have absolutely no right to harm another person or damage their property, and no one deserves to be discriminated against. The person or group that committed these crimes does not speak for the rest of the student body at South Alabama. Too many Americans have fought hard—even died—so that discrimination will be a part of history. We cannot tolerate any form of it.

Narcissy: Find the courage to be humble everywhere



ocial media needs no introduction. Heck, even the platforms I use for writing are ultimately built to operate at a social level. This should be no surprise given the old adage that “word of mouth is the best form of advertising.” Therein lies the power of social networks. They harness the opportunity for word-of-mouthiness and exploit it to the max (and I really intend “exploit” to be taken in a neutral way as it can be good or bad depending on the situation). The point is that “social” allows “exponential” to be part of the language we use when discussing how we communicate. But enough about the beauty of social media and all the many networks we’ve now become both accustomed to and inundated with. Many

people are beginning to wake up to the fact that there very well could be a dark side to this whole thing. The New York Times recently published a piece about children being raised to be narcissists thanks to the overly empathetic and pampering nature of parenting that has flown out of our self-esteem culture. This then sparked a nice little roundtable concerning the role of Facebook in the trend that researchers have been finding (i.e., we are, in fact, more narcissistic than previous generations). I haven’t read through every word of these articles, but even the perusal I did was edifying. Fittingly enough, a friend posted the debate link on (you know what’s coming, right?) Facebook the very day I started sketching out some ideas for a post in this vein. I don’t have all that much to contribute to the discussion, especially considering the credentials of those six authors, but I’ll toss my hat into the ring all the same. I really dig some of Macklemore’s thoughts throughout the album The Heist. I remember the first time I listened to “10,000 Hours” because of the honesty and insight in these lines: “Put the gloves on, sparring with my ego Everyone’s greatest obstacle, I beat him, celebrate that achievement.” “Everyone’s greatest obstacle.”

Yes and amen. Facebook is a new, incredible technological achievement. It’s really an incredible thing to see from a sociological point of view as well. But this whole narcissism thing isn’t new. As the author of Ecclesiastes wrote, “What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun.” Facebook, Twitter and every other social platform that we hang out on all day every day is simply a means to the same ol’ thing: our ego wanting to come out and make a grand appearance. We post pictures of our food. We attempt jokes (very poorly) via our #hashtags. We assert our bad-to-thebone-ness when we passive aggressively tell off the person who was in front of us in the checkout line even though we and our friends don’t know the person. We make sure that everyone knows (‘cause they really do care, right?!) that we watched that TV show last night and have an opinion about it — as if you were the only person in the world who experienced the infamous “Red Wedding” (P.S. If you have watched it but never read it, then it’s your loss). There has previously been talk about how Facebook can mess up the way we think about friendships and relationships. True enough. But we need to make sure we recognize that

it messes up the way we see ourselves. Not only do we lose the meaning and, subsequently, the value of true relationships with others, we lose sight of our very selves. With these tools, we get the chance to curate our lives. We can cut and edit things just like we’d like them to be. We are busy writing a digital script to the theatrical version of our lives for everyone else to enjoy. And then we find ourselves buying into the narrative just as well. Narcissus is a figure from Greek mythology who fell in love with the reflection of himself that he saw in a looking pool and from whom the word “narcissism” is derived. These tools are our looking pools, and we are far too often falling in love with what we see. And is it any surprise considering how very often we are looking? There is, for many people, hardly anything else to see as we are constantly refreshing the page, opening the app, “liking” that post, and on and on. If the only thing we see is self, what else is there to love? But here’s the issue with that: objects in these makeshift mirrors always appear larger than they actually are. Thus, what we need is the courage to look at ourselves as we truly are. The call to know oneself isn’t a call that Facebook or Twitter have any part in aiding us with. Humility isn’t easy and it is rarely a fun process. It

requires us to pump the brakes on our habits of me. It means we put a limit on our otherwise ramped self. It means we learn to shut up. It means we finally realize that just because we have something to say doesn’t mean we need to say it and, still less, that anyone needs to—still more, wants to—hear it. It means that we learn to appreciate silence above the drone of our own voice. While humility isn’t easy, it is in fact pretty simple. Gaining humility doesn’t require much more than being self-absorbed since, after all, no one who has been on a pedestal (much less those who have built their own) has been able to stay atop it for long. Humility requires little more than facing the less-than-perfect reflection in the mirror and seeing it for what it is: imperfect, just perfectly human. As the late theologian and scholar, C.S. Lewis, once put it: “Humility isn’t thinking less of yourself, it’s thinking of yourself less.” And here’s the kicker. This required self-inspection, in order to be truly accurate, requires friends. It requires relationships and community. The best mirrors we can find are in our friends and family. And, to be clear, we’re talking about actual friends and family. Not the kinds that require a valid email address and password.

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Let t er tto o tthe he Edi Editor t or Immediate action needed to reopen government I am an alumnus of the University of South Alabama, a federal employee and serve as the Vice President of the National Treasury Employees Union (NTEU), Chapter 168. We represent bargaining unit employees of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) in Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Tennessee. I am disgusted at our President and Congress’s inability to enact a budget for FY 14. Our elected officials have failed the federal employees that serve this country, including right here in the Port of Mobile, Ala., and the citizens that depend on the services we provide. The president and Congress must consider the damage they are causing our country and end this government shutdown! CBP employees perform critical functions relating to both national security and economically important trade functions. These federal workers not only ensure the safety of our country, but are also the second largest generator of federal revenue, behind only the Internal Revenue Service. Federal employees have already contributed over $114 billion toward deficit reduction by having pay frozen for three years and by requiring new federal employees to pay higher contributions for their retirement benefits. Many federal employees have already served unpaid furlough days this year and now we are either at home today without pay or working as an excepted employee not knowing when we will get paid. It is a disgrace. Just like other Americans, our costs for food, health care, housing and transportation have increased. Our families cannot afford for us to go without being paid. Federal employees work hard and are proud of the services that we provide to the public. The U.S. House of Representatives and Senate must take immediate action to reopen the government, and send a budget to the president that provides adequate agency funding, and stops the sequester. We are paying close attention to the decisions our elected officials will make this week. They must take action now! Sincerely,



What’s your preferred method of getting news - online, newspaper, TV or radio and which site, paper or station do you rely on? Ryan Wallace: Online - Drudge, BBC, Al-Jazeera Briana Barr: Online along with TV and radio. Depending on what type of news I’m looking for depends on where I look it up. Micah Messer: Online - Fox News Nick Grondin: Online - local news stations’ webpages like WKRG, as well as, Huffington Post and NBC News Whitney Davis: CNN or NBC News Jonathan Robichaux: Online, usually Yahoo for quick hits Uriel G Lopez: Online and Twitter for CNN Daniel Moran: Twitter

John M. Turner Jr. Vice President NTEU Chapter 168

William Pearson: Online - BBC, Al-Jazeera, Fox

Replace group work with Team-Based Learning



o be a student in the new millennium is to grow up with an acquired loathing for group work. When teachers admonish, “This is how the real world works!” and “You have to learn to work with people,” students across America instead hear, “Your grade depends upon your ability to cover for the inadequacies of one partner who will never show up, one partner who will do no work and another who will also do no work but will come with the added feature of constantly telling you how you should do it.” Thus it is no surprise that USA’s announcement of the new Team-Based Learning initiative was met with a mix-

ture of dread and loathing by students across the campus. My own expectations were much of the same, as more than a few years of higher education had taught me to distance myself as far as possible from group work classes. Nonetheless, I couldn’t run forever, and so I found myself sitting in a geography class this summer with six other equally suspicious and sullen students, bound together for four hours a night, twice a week by the need to fulfill our Natural Science credits. On the first night, the various intricacies of TBL were explained to us. Much of it flew by us unheeded, but it was undeniable (judging by the panicked looks of my teammates) that this was something completely new and certain only to make our group-learning experiences even worse, if that were possible. The biggest change that TBL brings to the group-work dynamic is the steps it takes to ensure that the group is actually a TEAM. For example, since there are frequent individual and team tests on material (known as Readiness Assurance Tests, or RATs), students are forced to read their assigned materials, lest they find them-

selves not only behind on their own grades, but a constant impediment to the learning of the rest of the group. This, in turn, is likely to lead to a bad performance review from their peers at the end of the course, which are usually worth around 10 percent of the grade in TBL. Also, the frequent activities, designed to be done with your team in class under the supervision of the instructor, puts the pressure on students to come to class prepared. The risks of not doing so could be the difference between letter grades, along with the points lost from failing knowledge tests. The added features of the TBL model mean that not only are students actually held accountable to their team, but that the student gains in-depth knowledge of the subject by learning in a more hands-on, interactive way. My wife thinks I never say this, but about TBL, all I can say is I was wrong. Not only did I learn (and I mean REALLY learn) about atmospheric processes, but I had fun. Lord, did we have fun. I found that hands-on activities coupled with frequent testing, both individually and as a team, led

to me retaining more information and understanding key concepts more fully than I had done with a science class in a long, long time. A large bit of credit goes to Dr. Mimi Fearn and her team, but the TBL style deserves recognition, too. After that summer session, I was a believer. Since then, I’ve had a couple of other classes that utilized TBL, with mixed results. Based on my experiences in these classes, as well as talking with other students, I can offer a few critiques of the system for both students and administrators. First, TBL should not be combined with “blended” class styles, by which I mean the practice of having one meeting in person a week as a class, with most of the work being online. TBL classes require maximizing the time students spend in the classroom with each other doing the various projects and activities. Meeting once a week means that the class can only do either the RATs or the activity, which diminishes the value of the TBL model. Second, to get the most out of the frequent testing style, chunks of the text need to be broken up into smaller chunks. This will allow

for more frequent checks on learning, as long as the tests are followed up on by a lecture afterward that revisits the major concepts of each section. Third, and perhaps most importantly, students need to be educated on the concepts of TBL via a universal video or virtual pamphlet system. This would not only save time at the beginning of each semester but also ensure that the students land on their feet faster under the new system. With those criticisms stated, I think TBL is an excellent tool for our school, and it will only get better as it is used more and more. It does require a certain level of hard work from students, but it should go without saying that this should be expected in a university setting. I think it does a much better job of squeezing more actual learning from that hard work than more traditional methods, and I hope that, once it is implemented a little more broadly within the university curriculum, it will foster the same admiration for the process in others as it has in me. More remarkably, TBL could be the end of an entire generation of students’ loathing for group work.


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