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JAGS win 31-24 vs. Western Kentucky

► News: USA hospital reveals its more than $70 million expansion. See Campus News, page 4.

► Life: Saenger to host Alabama Shakes.

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See JagLife, page 5


Committee announces presidential finalists By NOAH LOGAN


► Sports: Men’s 2013-14 basketball schedule sets up tough road matches. See Sports, page 9

► LOC: Former Jaguar volleyball player shares her experience playing in Senica, Slovakia. See Left of Center, page 11

n Friday, Sept. 13, the USA Board of Trustees announced the names of the three finalists left in the ongoing search for South Alabama’s next president. Those finalists, in alphabetical order, are Dr. Sheri Noren Everts, Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs at Illinois State University, Dr. Jerome Gilbert, Provost and Executive Vice President at Mississippi State University, and Dr. Arthur Ross III, Dean of the School of Medicine at West Virginia University. Each finalist will visit the campus for two days to introduce herself or himself to the various constituencies of the University and participate in an open forum. The forums will be held each Thursday at 4 p.m. for the next three weeks in the Mitchell Center. All students, faculty, staff, alumni and the public are encouraged to attend and ask the finalists questions.

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The forum for Gilbert will be held on Sept. 19. The forum for Everts will be held on Sept. 26. The forum for Ross will be held Oct. 3. University officials say they hope to have a decision by mid-October and to have the new president join the University by early 2014. The Presidential Search Committee,

Dr. Sheri Noren Everts Illinois State University

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which consists of 14 members of USA’s education search consulting and is in the faculty, staff, students, alumni and sup- process of helping Louisiana State Uniporters, has narrowed down the finalists versity and Ohio State University find from more than 130 initial applicants new presidents as well. from all over the country. The consultChairman of the Board of Trustees ing firm R. William Funk and Associ- Steve Furr explained how the student ates assisted the committee greatly in the body will have a voice in deciding on the presidential search process. R. William See Finalists to visit campus for open forum Funk and Associates specializes in higher Page 2

Dr. Jerome A. Gilbert Mississippi State University

Dr. Arthur J. Ross III West Virginia University


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Marshall also went on to explain what identity each candidate offers and what By STUART SOX he or she could positively do for this University. “Dr. Ross is, of course, he Student Government Association at the strongest in the medical South Alabama met to discuss their fall direction, and of course, the budget at the first round budget meeting Monmedical part is a huge part day, Sept. 9 at the Fresh Food Co. of our University,” Marshall More than $15,000 was approved for student said. “That’s really his iden- organization appropriations at the meeting. Totity.” tal, $18,683 was requested by the various student “Dr. Everts is very dy- organizations. However, some did not meet all namic for us. She creates a of the requirements for appropriation, such as very high-profile candidate turning in the Jag Numbers of all organization in the sense that she has a members. very strong presence and Appropriation is the system by which SGA would make herself known allocates funds to official student organizations to everyone in the state very at South Alabama. An organization must be acquickly. I think she is a very tive for at least three semesters before being eligible for appropriation. SAM ANDREWS | EDITOR-IN-CHIEF dynamic leader who can present a vision and conAt the second round budget meeting on The recommendation of presidential finalists by the Honorable Kenneth Simon, Presidential vince everyone to say, ‘Lets Sept. 16, all organizations that turned in their Search Committee chair (second from right), was approved by the Board of Trustees on Friday. get on board because this is appropriations packets late will receive funds. what we have to do.’ If our A total of $42,728 was requested by organizagoal is to reform the University in some fundamen- tions whose appropriation will be awarded or Continued from Page One. been an integral member of the Presidential Search tal way, she’s probably the person who can make that discussed at the second round budget meeting. The SGA encourages all student organizaCommittee, shared his thoughts about the candidates change.” future president at Friday’s board meeting. “Gilbert is probably the most proven at the head tions to take advantage of appropriations from “At the open forum, students will be able to ask and the ongoing search. “We have three really distinct choices, so there are of a university. One thing that will be coming out SGA each semester. “It’s really important that questions to each candidate and fill out response cards about each candidate,” Furr said. “In addition no issues of qualifications. Each candidate offers dif- soon is that he knows us very intimately. He was on these organizations utilize these funds because to meeting with various administration, each candi- ferent and unique opportunities, and we didn’t really our SACS [Southern Association of Colleges and they are part of the student fees that every stuintend for it to be this way, but now the University Schools] visitation team three months ago,” Marshall dent pays in their tuition,” said SGA President date will meet with different student organizations.” Faculty President Dr. Douglas Marshall, who has gets to really choose its own identity going forward.” said. “He knows everything about this University. Riley Davis, a senior and criminal justice major I doubt there is a person besides the committee or at South Alabama. “The primary purpose of apMoulton that knows more about this University than propriations is to allow the organizations to have he does because his job was to investigate everything.” the opportunity to do more in their group and The Honorable Kenneth Simon served as chair further things that their group is doing. … The of the Presidential Search Committee and made the money is there for them,” Davis added. initial announcements of the finalists. He opened up SGA also spent $14,500 on this year’s homeabout how each candidate is unique. coming festivities. Jaguar Productions matched “I can tell you, we were looking for the best can- that amount, making the total cost $29,000 for didates,” Simon said. “At a certain point, everyone homecoming this year. was qualified, but these three stood out the most A total of $24,167 went toward SGA stifrom the standpoint of being able to accomplish pends, funds that members of SGA receive as most things that this University needs.” payment for their work. “There is a specific direction we want this UniverThe SGA encourages all USA students to atsity to go in and we want our president to match up tend their weekly meetings to find out about strategically with those specific goals,” Simon contin- campus events and have a voice in SGA deciued. sions as part of the student forum. The SGA More information about each candidate and the meets Monday nights at 8 p.m. in the conference presidential search process can be found at www. room at the Fresh Food Co. near the residence halls.



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Children’s and Women’s reveal $70 million expansion


Visitors of USA Children’s and Women’s Hospital expansion dedication write messages that will be displayed within the new structure. By EMMA MITCHELL


he University of South Alabama Children’s and Women’s Hospital revealed its more than $70 million expansion last Thursday with a dedication ceremony followed by full-site tours. The ceremony, which took place directly in front of the new, nautical-themed addition, commenced with a children’s choir of former and current patients singing the timeless children’s song, “You are my Sunshine.” The three-year project, which will officially be completed by the spring of 2014, will start being put to use later this year. Phase two of the project will launch in the next few months with the demolition of the old kitchen and dining area in the hospital’s older wing and will include a renovation of the gift shop as well as an increase in the overall size of the lobby. It will also incorporate the addition of a small courtyard area between the new and old wing, uniting the hospital’s contemporary, child-oriented side with the women’s side. With an emergency room admittance of 37,000 and more than 2,700 babies delivered every year, USA Children’s and Women’s Hospital has become a pillar of health care to the Gulf Coast region. Dr. David Gremse, Chair of the Department of Pediatrics, said, “With this expanded facility, we will have access to more [amenities] to help us take care of the children and the families that we serve.” The expansion offers not only an enlargement but also an advancement of both the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. One of the expansion’s many funding part-

ners is The University of South Alabama Foundation, an organization that has been helping fund the university for more than 20 years. The USA Foundation’s managing director, Maxey Roberts, said, “This expansion… continues a long history of this institution providing stateof-the-art health care for children and women in this community.” Several features presented with the addition include larger classrooms for the ClassAct school program, which ensures a child’s education is not hindered by medical problems, two additional Ronald McDonald Family rooms to assist in bringing comfort to patients’ families throughout their stay and continued visits from the trained guests of the Pet Partners program, an organization that incorporates pet therapy within hospitals to assist in the healing process of patients. Nurse Manager and registered nurse, Terri Wright, who has been with the hospital since 1990, said, “We try to make [the hospital] very family-oriented, and with children, that’s how you help them heal.” According to Board of Trustees member and mayor of Mobile, Sam Jones, this level of physical and emotional care is what ultimately makes USA Children’s and Women’s “a health care center of excellence in this region.” Owen Bailey, administrator of the hospital, stated in his dedication speech, “There is a spirit of thankfulness in our hospital right now. … In addition to being thankful, we are also very excited. … We’re excited about the building, but we are really, really excited about what’s going to be happening in the building. …This team with this facility is a very powerful combination.”




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Weekly Lowdown

Campus museum holds Mobile history By NOAH LOGAN


he Archaeology Museum at the University of South Alabama, located in the Delchamps Archaeology Building, is in its second full year of operation. More than 6,000 people have visited the museum since opening. Students looking for a regional cultural and educational experience at no cost will be pleasantly surprised by the different artifacts and information that the museum has to offer. Artifacts that can be found in our local archaeology museum range from two, 12,000-year-old spearheads to a fully-functional, 1984 Apple Macintosh featured in an exhibit that focuses on what future museums will hold of our generation. According Museum Director Dr. Philip Carr, most of the artifacts displayed in the museum were found by South Alabama students. Anthropology majors with concentrations in archaeology have the option to take what is called “Field School.” Field School allows students to “get their hands dirty,” Carr said, and go on archaeological digs and find historical pieces from the region. The museum features a map of the more than 130 historical dig sites in the Mobile area. The museum usually stays busy giv-

ing educational tours to students from several schools in Mobile, from the elementary school-level to middle and high schools. The museum offers schools several options of specialized educational programs for its students. These include Alabama Prehistory and History, Life in Colonial America, Art and ArchaeolDr. Philip Carr ogy, Storytelling Through Time and Archaeology 101. These programs also feature the option for students to have a tour of USA’s campus. Carr took over as the museum’s director in August 2013 and says the experience has been a satisfying one thus far. He attributes his experience to the exceptional staff with whom he gets to work. “It has been a great experience mainly because the great staff had the ball rolling already,” Carr said. “I’ve had

Monday > Sept. 16 •

Study Abroad Fair Student Center Atrium, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Tuesday > Sept. 17 •

Girls’ Night Out Free food and door prizes, 5 p.m.

“Self Compassion” lecture - USA library, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Wednesday > Sept. 18 NOAH LOGAN | STAFF REPORTER

(left) and Barbara Filion (right) displaying a museum exhibit. the real advantage of taking over something that was already working well, and I’ve been able to come in thinking, ‘How do I keep this going, and what can I do to improve?’” When talking about plans for improving the museum, Carr insisted the goal has always remained the same. “Our mission is to bring what’s happening here at South Alabama with our advances in archaeology research to

the public and to the students here. We want to give people a reason to keep coming back to the museum.” The museum is free to students. Carr insists that it is a great place to entertain parents for an hour or two whenever they visit. More information about specific exhibits and museum hours can be found on the museum’s website at archaeology/museum.html.

“How to create a professional resume” Student Recreation Center, 2 p.m.

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Presidential Forum for Gilbert - Mitchell Center, 4 p.m.

Amnesty International - USA library room 181, 4 - 6 p.m.

Jaguar Productions Old School Skate Night - Sunshine Skate Center on Hillcrest Road, 9:30 11:30 p.m.

Question of the edition: Where is your favorite place to study?

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Women’s Volleyball vs. Saint Louis, 4:30 p.m.

Saturday > Sept. 21

Allison Payne Professional Health Science - Junior

Colin Rains Communications Sophomore

“By the pool at the Rec center.”

“In my room with music.”

Rossette Farrow Nursing - Sophomore

“Study hall at Stokes... it’s really convenient.”

Ali Alyami Chemical Engineering Freshman

“By myself in the library.”

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Women’s Volleyball vs. Kansas State, 4:30 p.m.

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VOL. 53, NO. 8 / SEPT. 16, 2013

Saenger hosts Alabama Shakes, new management By STUART SOX


he historic Saenger Theatre, a fixture in Mobile for more than 80 years, is scheduled to host more live music as it undergoes changes in management. On Dec. 8, the Saenger will host a performance by Alabama Shakes, an alternative band from Athens, Ala., that has received national acclaim for their debut album “Boys & Girls.” According to the Saenger’s events and office manager, Stacy Crenshaw, since booking Alabama Shakes, the box office has had a “buzz” about what it has been missing for a long time. “Alabama Shakes are excited to perform here in Mobile and at the Saenger, it’s definitely an intimate setting,” Crenshaw said. Crenshaw says the Saenger box office has received an enormous amount of calls about the show, even from people as far away as Kentucky. Tickets for the show went on sale last Friday at 10 a.m. The ticket cost is $42 at the Saenger box office and slightly more expensive online, according to Crenshaw. “We at the Saenger definitely hope to book more acts like this in the fu-

has had a good 12-year programming at the Saenger, the financial risk in the management of the facility has become far too great for them to continue.” Greg Cyprian and Ben Durant, two city officials with experience in facility management, will serve as interim management until the city can hire a new facilities management firm to handle bookings and management for the Saenger. In the meantime, the Saenger will continue hosting events such as performances by the Mobile Symphony Orchestra and a hair show for this year’s Mobile AUTUMN DE WILDE | CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHER Fashion Week. The grammy-nominated Alabama Shakes due to appear in Saenger Many students at later this year. USA have attended classical music perforgiven back to the city of Mobile after mances at the Saenger as part of the ture,” Crenshaw added. The future of the Saenger, how- being managed by the Center for the university’s music classes. John Michael ever, is somewhat uncertain. In March Living Arts for 12 years. According to Nyeste, a junior and a business major of this year, control of the Saenger was the Saenger’s website, “While the CLA at USA, saw Mithril, a Celtic music

quartet, at the Saenger in the spring of 2012. “The theater itself is a work of art… from the theater style lights on the street design of the hall itself, the Saenger draws you into a classic atmosphere that I don’t think people our age get to appreciate,” Nyeste commented. Nyeste recommends that all students experience live classical music at the Saenger. “Hearing an orchestra play live music, as it is originally designed to be heard, gives you an experience that I believe every student should have. It makes for a classy date, too!” Nyeste added. This past summer on Friday nights, the Saenger held Saenger Night Live, which Crenshaw describes as an “SNLstyle” live performance. Officials at Jams Plus Media, the organization that ran the events, are hoping to restart Saenger Night Live later this fall, according to Crenshaw. Tickets to Saenger Night Live were $10 last summer. “It was a great, family-friendly event, and we hope to see it come back to the building,” Crenshaw said For a full schedule of events at Saenger Theater, visit their website or their Facebook page.

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Brandon Bridge finished with 42 yards rushing and 77 yards passing in the Jags’ 31-24 win over WKU.

Jaguars topple Hilltoppers, defeat WKU 31-24 South Alabama picks up its “biggest win” in school history in Sun Belt Conference opener By PATRICK HERRING


t took three trips to the end zone in the fourth quarter for the Jaguars (2-1, 1-0) to pull out a huge win against the visiting Hilltoppers (1-2, 0-1) of Western Kentucky. An interception return for a touchdown was called back because of a celebration before the score, another touchdown was overturned by the replay official saying the runner was down before crossing the plane, but the third time was the charm as quarterback Trey Fetner dove in from a yard out to give the Jags the winning score of 31-24. “For us to come out on the winning side against (Western Kentucky) is definitely the biggest win we’ve had since I’ve been here at South Alabama,” head coach Joey Jones said. The South Alabama offense used a perfect mix of its quarterbacks to win the contest with starter Ross Metheny throwing for 193 yards on 11 of 15 passing, while also running for 22 yards and a touchdown, and backup Brandon Bridge adding 77 more on 5 of 11 passing and 42 rushing yards of his own. Not to

mention Fetner coming up with the huge touchdown run to seal the victory. Metheny spoke about the play of the offense during the post game. “I think we executed at a higher level tonight, offensively,” Metheny said. “Going in tonight I think we had a better game plan and to be able to respond to adversity the way we did, we just executed at a high level tonight. We can see what we can do offensively when we do that.” Defensively the Jaguars played extremely well, turning in 3 turnovers on the night. Cornerback Tyrell Pearson intercepted two passes from WKU quarterback Brandon Doughty, to go with 2 stops on the night. Defensive end Alex Page came away with the other Doughty interception and added three tackles of his own. Page talked about the play of the defense after the game. “We kind of got behind early on, but we made our adjustments and held them the rest of the game,” Page said. “We tackled better, played the deep ball better and really made improvements, not only from week one, but last week too. We held on at the end so that was big for us.”

Western Kentucky got the ball to start the game, and they came out firing on all cylinders. On their third play from scrimmage, running back Antonio Andrews found a hole and rushed for 40 yards to the USA 24. Two plays later, Doughty hit tight end Tyler Higbee for a 16-yard touchdown pass to put WKU up 7-0 early. South Alabama came out and moved the ball down the field methodically with a good mix of running and passing. Metheny completed his first 4 passes for 49 yards and added a 13-yard rush to get the ball down to the WKU 9. From there, Jay Jones rushed twice to put the ball on the 1. Then Metheny dove in on a quarterback keeper to knot the game up at 7-7. The running score is his third on the year, tying the team high rushing touchdown total from a year ago. On their next drive, WKU used a balanced attack to march down the field. They gained 5 first downs en route to the end zone. Doughty found receiver Nicholas Norris open from 5 yards out to give the Hilltoppers a 14-7 lead. Metheny hit Wes Saxton for a 37-yard gain on the first play of the second

quarter to put the Jags in scoring position at the WKU 31. The offense couldn’t muster another first down on the drive and had to settle for a 42-yard field goal from Aleem Sunanon to close the gap to 14-10. After a three-and-out and a stalled USA drive, the Hilltoppers got the ball back at their own 32-yard line. Leon Allen ran for consecutive first downs of 13 and 11 yards to move the ball to the USA 44. From there, Doughty found Higbee in stride for a 30-yard pass completion. A false start baked them up to the 20, but Doughty still found his man through the air, hitting Norris in the end zone for a 20-yard scoring strike to give Western Kentucky a 21-10 lead. Norris finished with 7 catches for 95 yards and 2 touchdowns on the night. Neither team was able to sustain a drive that yielded any points before the end of the second quarter, so the Hilltoppers took a 21-10 lead into the locker room. South Alabama got the ball to start the third quarter, and Bridge came into the game to lead the offense. After completing a 15-yard pass to Corey

Waldon, Bridge was sacked for a loss of 7 yards. On the next play he found Wes Saxton for a gain of 24 yards. The Hilltopper defense again pulled Bridge down 7 yards behind the line of scrimmage. The Jags wouldn’t pick up the first down, though a 10-yard run by Cris Dinham set up a manageable 43-yard field goal attempt for Sunanon. His try was good to cut the WKU lead to 21-13. The Jaguar defense forced a threeand-out to put the ball back into Bridge’s hands. On third down, he saw a hole in the defense and rushed for a 23-yard gain up the middle. Later in the drive, he found Jereme Jones open for a 25-yard gain to the WKU 34-yard line. Then, from 19 yards out, Bridge scampered for a 15-yard gain to give USA first-and-goal. Jay Jones bulldozed his way into the end zone from there to make it 21-19 WKU. The offense elected to go for the 2-point conversion and used some trickery to throw the defense off. Jay Jones took the direct snap, tossed back to Jake Howton, who passed to a wideopen Metheny in the end zone to tie it See Jags defeat WKU Page 9


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Lady Jaguar soccer hosts inaugural Jaguar Cup By JT CRABTREE


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outh Alabamaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s soccer team put up big numbers in their first game of the inaugural annual Jaguar Cup, defeating Southern University 8-0 on September 10. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s great to get another shutout. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s great to get another victory, but Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m most pleased with the fact that we didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t take our foot off the pedal,â&#x20AC;? said head coach Graham Winkworth. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We kept on moving the ball around. We got it wide. A lot of our goals have a lot of assists, because the goals were attractive ones. We moved the ball around well, and we put crosses in. I was not only impressed with the amount of shots we had, but with how many we put on target tonight.â&#x20AC;? Five different players scored for the Lady Jags, including two from Tina Schaar (52nd and 60th minutes) and Alyssa Mayer (56th and 58th minutes) each. Shelby Owens (7th minute), Jordan Duncan (18th minute), Maha Maarouf (36th minute) and Shawn Meach (72nd minute) also contributed goals. Five of the eight goals came from contributions off the bench. Ten of the 13 team assists came off the bench as well. Lauren Arnold picked up the shutout in goal in her first appearance of the season. South Alabama, now 5-1-1, outshot Southern University 35-5, with 21 of those shots being on target.

In game two of the Jaguar Cup, the Lady Jags hosted undefeated Murrary State. The Racers had not allowed a goal in its first four games of the season, but that quickly changed when Jordan Duncan scored in the 2nd minute en route to a 2-0 victory. â&#x20AC;&#x153;For us to get that early goal, it really set the momentum,â&#x20AC;? said head coach Graham Winkworth. â&#x20AC;&#x153;(Murray State) is a team that works hard all over the field. They are a very wellorganized defensive unit. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m so proud of the girlsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; efforts because we played a different way today, but it was nice to score an early goal.â&#x20AC;? Freshman Lauren Allison scored in the 33rd minute, where the score stayed 2-0 for the remainder of the match. Allison now has nine goals in seven games played this season. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve scored in every game so far this season,â&#x20AC;? Winkworth said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It just shows thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the style of soccer we want to play here. I felt we didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t (win 50-50 balls) against UAB last week, and we found ourselves three goals down very early. Tonight, I asked a little bit more of them, and they did a good job for all 90 minutes tonight. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve worked extremely hard, and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m so proud of the team. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just so difficult to pick an 11 every week, because weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got a lot of talent here.â&#x20AC;? The Lady Jags outshot the Racers 21-5. Melissa Drish picked up three saves on way to her third shutout of the season.


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Jags defeat WKU Continued from Page 7.


Augustine Rubit returns for his senior year to lead the Jaguars in 2013-14

Basketball adds tough schedule Men’s team will play against Gonzaga, Texas and Arkansas By JT CRABTREE


outh Alabama men’s basketball team announced their 2013-14 schedule on September 9, setting the table for several difficult road matchups in Matthew Graves’ first year as head coach. Nine teams on the schedule won at least 19 games last season. The Jags will take on Arkansas, former Sun Belt Conference foe Middle Tennessee, New Mexico State, Rice, Texas and the No. 1 team in the country last season, Gonzaga, on the road. The Jags will travel to Seattle, Wash. on December 14 to face Gonzaga in the 2013 Battle in Seattle. “We’re very excited about the schedule we’ve been able to put together,” Graves said. “We had eight games to try and find in mid-April and were able to fill a few holes and at the same time, give us a schedule will better prepare us to make a run in the conference tournament.” After an exhibition game against in-town rival Mobile on November 5, the Jags will open the season with the University of Detroit, who finished 20-13 last season and earned a postseason NIT bid. “I’m very familiar with Detroit from my time in the Horizon League,” Graves said. “We had a

lot of great battles when we were at Butler so I’m thankful that they took the opportunity to travel down here and it will be great to open the season with a high-level opponent.” South Alabama will play host to a branch of the 2013 CBE Classic tournament, where three yet-to-beannounced teams will play the Jags in a round robin tournament from November 22-24. “We really like this because it gives us some extra home games and gives our fans an opportunity to watch our team play a couple of extra times,” Graves said. “We also have a chance to practice playing three games in three days which is something we hope to be doing come March.” South Alabama will travel to Rice on December 7 before taking on the Gonzaga Bulldogs, the No. 1 team in the country last season, in the Key Arena, former home of the Seattle Supersonics of the NBA, on December 14 for the 2013 Battle in Seattle. “This gives our players an upclose look at what a top-tier program looks like,” Graves said. “The exposure that not only our program but the university gets from playing a nationally-ranked opponent can only enhance our program as we move forward.” The Jags will play a full home-

and-home Sun Belt Conference schedule like last season, but the conference will not be split into divisions for the first time since 1999-2000. South Alabama will host two home games to end the regular season before the start of the Sun Belt Conference tournament in New Orleans. “I think it’s a huge advantage to close out the year at home,” Graves said. “Coming down the stretch, I’m anticipating it being a tight race for the conference championship, so to be able to finish at home gives you a little bit of an advantage. As you head into the tournament, maybe you can get an extra day of rest on Sunday where you’re not traveling back from somebody else’s venue. It’ll be great to have the seniors play at home in their last regular season game.” The Sun Belt Conference tournament returns to New Orleans for the first time since 2003. “I like the fact that the conference tournament will be in New Orleans,” Graves said. “We hope to have a lot of fans drive over and I think it’s a great venue for the Sun Belt as we move forward. They did a tremendous job putting in a city that’s geared towards events. We look forward to it growing and growing each year.”

up at 21-21. Western Kentucky drove down to the USA 15-yard line, and looked to be going for another score before Romelle Jones and Clifton Crews sacked Doughty for a loss of 12 yards. The Hilltoppers would settle for a 44-yard field goal from Garrett Schwettman to take a 24-21 lead. On the first play of the ensuing USA drive, Bridge found more running room and rushed for 26 yards to the WKU 39. Jones added 12 more yards on a rushing attempt on the next play, but that’s all the offense could put together and Sunanon was called on for another attempt. His 37-yard try was good to tie the game at 24-24. The Hilltoppers turned the ball over on downs, giving USA prime field position to start their drive. Metheny came back out and threw a 50-yard bomb to Shavarez Smith, who made a fantastic grab between 2 WKU defenders to come down with the ball on the 3-yard line. Kendall Houston rushed for what appeared to be a touchdown, but after further review, the officials ruled him down at the 1. The offense couldn’t punch it in from there and Sunanon was called on for a chip shot. Well, it turned out not to be a chip shot; he missed wide right. The next WKU possession saw Page came up with his huge interception of Doughty at the Hilltopper 42-yard line. Metheny found Jereme Jones three plays later for a 10-yard gain, but the ball was popped out and recovered by Western Kentucky. One play after Doughty found Norris for a gain of 29 yards down to their

own 46-yard line, Pearson jumped the intended route and intercepted the pass. He would return it all the way to the end zone, but the score was called back because Pearson celebrated prematurely, drawing a 15-yard penalty from the 1-yard line. Metheny then ran around the left side for a big gain to the 2-yard line. Two plays later, Fetner punched it in for his first score of the year to give the Jags the winning total of 31-24. Doughty and the Hilltopper offense drove down to the USA 13-yard line and threatened to score. With 5 seconds on the clock, Doughty dropped back, fired to the end zone, and Pearson came down with his second interception of the night to seal the Jaguar victory. “I had to make up for the unsportsmanlike conduct, I had to make another big play to make it up for my team” Pearson said. Jay Jones led the rushing attack for South Alabama with 49 yards and 1 touchdown on 11 carries. Saxton paced the receiving corps with 4 catches for 91 yards. Jereme Jones added 68 yards on 4 catches, and Shavarez Smith finished with 3 catches for 72 yards. The defense was led by safety Quadarius Ford and Enrique Williams, who totaled 12 and 11 tackles respectively. Ford also chipped in with 2 pass breakups. Romelle Jones tallied 4 tackles, including 1.5 sacks. South Alabama has now matched its win total from the entire 2012 season with 2 in just three weeks of play. The Jaguars get a week to rest before heading to Neyland Stadium to face the Tennessee Volunteers.


Drew Dearman (left) celebrates with Trey Fetner (right) after his go-ahead touchdown.


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he news hit me like a one-two punch. My dad would have to undergo serious back surgery involving two steel rods, six months of recovery and a loss of employment. This was my Superman! I had learned

my work ethic from him and thought he was invincible as well as immortal. A week later, life threw a harder uppercut. My mom was diagnosed with stage-1 diffuse large cell B lymphoma. She would have to start chemotherapy immediately. I come from a long line of powerful, determined, pragmatic women. My mom had taught me always to care for others, follow my dreams and do the right thing. In my 44 years of life, I had rarely seen her in a fragile situation. Suddenly, all the should-haves, couldhaves, would-haves and if onlys hit me with a relentless force, and I wept like a helpless child.

I recalled a quote from an unknown author: “Remember to love your parents. We are so busy growing up, we often forget that they are growing old.” I wondered if I had been doing enough. I had been busy with my own life, raising my children. I could make excuses all day, but the truth is, I could have done more. I could have called more often, cooked dinner, just dropped a card in the mail, written a heartfelt letter, sent flowers for no reason. I could have dropped by to mow the lawn or paid someone else to do it when I lived out of town. I surely could have done better with birthdays, sent gifts instead of just a quick

phone call. The things I could have done to show my love and gratitude for everything these two incredible people had done for me were endless. The point I am trying to reach is this. Quite often, as new freshmen, you don’t realize how hard the adjustment is for your parents as well. Take time to show them that you love them. Let them know you think about them daily. The little things truly are powerful. You may not be in a position to do a lot, but you can always do something! Don’t wait until things are in crisis mode and have to reflect and ponder, “Did I do enough?” Do enough every day!


Just a reminder: remember your parents




Email Kelly Ficarelli at kficarelli@ to write for The Vanguard Opinion section

Point Counterpoint p Should public speaking classes be taught online? Editor’s Introduction: Public speaking classes are typically done in live classrooms, but some classes are offered online. Can public speaking classes prepare students to engage an audience properly if they are not done in public?

Online public speaking unfair



ver since the world catapulted itself into the Industrial Revolution, writers have explored and expanded upon the theme of technological progress coming at the cost of human interaction and personality. Are we fulfilling those prophecies today? You can’t walk around campus or ride a bus without being deafened by the utter silence in a crowd of people. Yet, in an apparent paradox, we are living in the age of social media, where everyone maintains what amounts to an online persona, which, potentially, is completely different than reality. Online classes are another product of our technological advances that are familiar to students. I’ve taken advantage of several of these myself, with varying degrees of comprehen-

sion of the material. Some classes are seemingly made for online work while others should never see the light of cyberspace. Of the latter category, public speaking is a particularly remarkable example. For starters, having the class online invalidates half the title, so you should already be on alert. Secondly, according to those who have taken the class, students deliver their speeches to the teacher via recording, not live using Skype or another video service. How is this method supposed to accustom a student to the whole point of the class? No student who has ever had the misfortune to go through (live version) public speaking would say that it is as easy to talk to 20 strangers on a preselected topic as it is to talk to 20 friends at a party. Yet, in much of life, that is exactly what one has to do, be it at the workplace or a PTA meeting. Offering public speaking to students online may be more convenient, but it robs the students of valuable experience and training in the art (toilsome though it may be) of public speaking. The result, unfortunately, may be students who are as unprepared to interact professionally in the workplace or elsewhere as they were before the class.

Online more beneficial than live


he fear of public speaking is something most of us can relate to, especially when you know your audience is there only because their presence is required. In public speaking classes, you have to stand before a bunch of nervous strangers and attempt to inform or persuade them about a random issue. All the while, you hope you don’t bore them to sleep or make a fool of yourself by tripping on the way to the lectern, stuttering throughout your speech or sweating profusely. Then, you have to face those same classmates every day after that, unable to live down the embarrassment. Online public speaking classes remove that factor. You have discussions, assignments and quizzes online from the comfort of your own home. You meet up only three or four times to deliver your speeches in front of your classmates and professor. Because of this, you never get to know any of your classmates individually. In public speaking, this is good! You most likely won’t remember their names or their topics (nor will they remember yours), and after the speech, you will probably never see them again. The knowledge of that alone really takes the pressure off to perform a speech perfectly, en-


abling you to focus on the actual dynamics of giving your speech, using body language, remembering your lines and interacting with your audience. Once you’ve made yourself comfortable, giving your speeches gets easier and you become less anxious, so the next time you meet with your classmates, you are a little more confident and perform better. Even in classes where you deliver a speech to your professor and classmates via Skype or recording, anxiety is limited because you can do it from the comfort of your own home. Making yourself comfortable really is the key to cutting down anxiety. The more speeches you give, the better you perform and the more confidence you build, and that will prepare you for future presentations.




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As a Jaguar, Olivia Mohler held the second best hitting percentage in a single game.

Former Jaguar shares overseas experience Olivia Mohler shares her experience playing volleyball in Senica, Slovakia By ALYSSA NEWTON


ormer Jaguar volleyball player Olivia Mohler shared a little about her experience playing overseas in Senica, Slovakia. Mohler is a 6-foot-2 redhead who played middle blocker while at South Alabama. At South, she held the second best hitting average in a single game, and she was fourth in the school in total blocks. In 2012, Mohler averaged 2.06 kills per set and 0.91 blocks per set. While many seniors worry about what to do after college, Mohler had many options for where in life she wanted to go next. Not only did she have the opportunity to play overseas, but Ocean Springs, St. Martin and Vancleave High School were all interested in having her become part of their coaching staff after she graduated. She even had an offer from the South Alabama women’s basketball team to spend a year as a member of the varsity team even though she hadn’t played competitively since high school.

But the opportunity to keep playing volleyball is where Mohler’s heart was, even if it meant being away from the States for nine months. Mohler now plays for Senicka Volejbalova Mladez in Senica, a small town in Slovakia about an hour away from the capital Bratislava. After being overseas for more than a month now, Mohler has discovered how much of an impact this opportunity has made. “My life has changed in so many ways,” said Mohler. “I have done a lot of growing up since I got here. I have to figure things out on a daily basis and do so without knowing the language they speak [Slovak].” One of the biggest challenges that Mohler faces is the language barrier between her and her teammates. “It’s very difficult to understand what most of my teammates are saying. Most of them know English, but they are too afraid to speak it. It does help [that] my coach speaks English.” Even with the language barrier and being thousands of miles from home, Mohler has been able to have fun and bond with people who have come into

her life. “I was able to travel with a group of girls who all were trying to become professional volleyball players. We went to different parts of Europe to play and visit. It was an awesome experience, and I loved meeting the girls and guys that had the same dream as me: to play pro ball.” Although Mohler is out living a dream, she still thinks back and thanks those at South Alabama for getting her to where she is today. “I miss yelling ‘Go Jags,’” said Mohler. “I miss the school spirit, the people and the game day feeling. I also miss my amazing teammates and coaches. I would not be here without the help of Shawn [Taylor] and Amy [Hendrichovsky]. They have continued to help me via Skype and Facebook messaging. It always helps to know I have support from them and the girls.” Mohler still has about eight more months in Senica, but even with the challenges and the distance away from family and friends, she is thriving and doing what she loves. Mohler encourages anyone with a dream to do as she has, take chances and

seize any opportunity that comes along. “For anyone wanting to follow in my footsteps, I would say, ‘Go for it!’” Mohler said. “It is not easy being so far away from family and friends, but when this experience is over, no one will be able to take what you have done and where you have been from you.”

Waking up realizing how crazy/ wild/awesome the game was last night>>>> Chris May @CmayFive5: Offensive lineman 1/3 of the way to our first bowl game 1/6 of the way to our first conference championship Shavarez Smith @Shavarez: Recciever so #Thankful. Everything is very surreal right now. Tyrell Pearson @tp_nine Cornerback Big time players make big time plays! #TP9 Terrell Brigham @T_BRIGGS18: Safety I love our fans, cause they’re behind us through the thick nd thin. Our student section is the GREATEST!! Thanks for the support guys!! Derek Westbrook @ thedwestbrook25 Distance runner Volleyball KILLED yesterday. Soccer KILLED last night. Cross Country KILLED this morning. And Football put it ON WKU!! #JagNation

Olivia Molher with Jag teammates while at USA.



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