The Weevil
 September 3, 2003
Volume 4                                                        No. 2
Staff: Kathryn Stewart-Editor, Laurin Smith, Will Whiting
Advisor: Dr. Linda Webster
News & Events
Public Safety:No More Waiting Lines
First Official SGA Meeting Held
Patio Cafe and Cafeteria Changes
Aimed at Students
Mud Olympics
UAM Gets Blasted
Final Report on Columbia
Public Safety: No More Waiting Lines

    UAM students will have to find a new way to troll for parking spots in the lots south of the Sorrells Hall, the BBC, and Willard Hall.  As of Wednesday, August 27, drivers who form waiting lines behind the parked cars will be asked to move on or face being cited by Public Safety. 
    “I was almost given ticket on Friday,” said Kelly Doggett, a senior from Monticello.  “I’ve always lined up to wait for a parking space to open up when I come to class in the morning, but I found out today that we couldn’t do it any more because some ‘higher ups’ got mad.” 
    After meeting with John Kidwell, Director of UAM Public Safety, Doggett learned that both students and faculty were complaining about being blocked in by the waiting vehicles.

    “Mr. Kidwell told me that they would be checking for students waiting for parking spaces on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays,” said Doggett. “He also told me that 12 parking spaces would be given to the commuters from the reserved faculty spaces in the Sorrells lot.”Doggett also met with Dr. Mark Davis, Vice-Chancellor for Finance and Administration, who agreed that there is a parking problem on campus. 
    “In college, we did the same thing,” Davis to Doggett, “but they shouldn’t clog up the area.  We are out of parking and need to build more lots.” 
    Doggett noted that Davis was looking at converting some of the fields surrounding the campus area into parking rather than expanding the Sorrells lot or paving more of the quad area in the center of campus. 
   Public Safety is in the process of devising a formal policy governing vehicles waiting for parking spaces.  No policy has yet been submitted to Dr. Davis. 
Kelly Doggett contributed to this article.
First Official SGA Meeting is Held

     The 2003 Student Government Association held its first official business meeting of the fall semester on Wednesday, August 27, 2003.  The meeting was held in the University Center Capitol Room and conducted by SGA President Brett Eckert. 
    The meeting, which was very brief, was intended to bring student representatives up-to-date on current issues relating to the SGA.  In addition, suggestions as to how the SGA could better serve the students at UAM were taken from the members in attendance. 
    Currently, SGA is working on several projects to benefit UAM students.  One of these projects involves developing a calendar of events for students to use to learn more about the activities which take place on campus.  According to Eckert, the project is still in the planning stages. 
    “With the addition of a centralized calendar of events, students could easily go to the UAM webpage to find out what is going on at UAM.” 
    In other news, the SGA is working to expand communication on campus to both current and prospective students.  The plan, as it holds now, would be to develop several distribution links for students to download worthwhile information about various programs available.  According to Eckert, “students would receive e-mails on what they are interested in.” 
    The SGA is also considering updating the Constitution to eliminate problems which arose last year.  The goal is to have a new draft of the Constitution ready for students to to vote on by homecoming this fall.

    In addition to these projects, Sarah Waltermire, Director of Student Programs and Activities was on hand to announce that new furniture has been ordered for the University Center Green Room.  The furniture will be available to be used by all UAM students once it arrives. 
    The SGA is currently recruiting new members for the 2003-2004 school year.  If any student is interested in becoming involved with SGA, they are encouraged to attend the next meeting which is scheduled for Wednesday, September 3, 2003, at 3pm in the University Center Capitol Room. 
    The mission of the UAM Student Government Association is to promote the interests and opinions of the students on matters that affect them and to establish projects that are beneficial to the student body.  According to Eckert, “SGA is the official voice of the students on campus.” 
    This year, the executive board officers include Eckert, President; Rickey Booker, Vice President; Sammi Jo Warren, Secretary; Will Collins, Treasurer.  The complete list of SGA senators is expected to be released within the next few weeks. 
By: Will Whiting



Patio Cafe and Cafeteria Changes

    The Patio Café and the cafeteria, both located on the southeast side of campus in the University Center, have new looks, menu items, and dining plans.  While waiting for an order in the Patio Cafe, students can relax in the new booths, watch the latest music videos, or play air hockey.
    “We wanted to give them a more modern look,” says Dr. Peggy Doss, Vice-Chancellor for Student Affairs and University Relations. 
    Comfortable booths, contemporary style tables and chairs, and modern light fixtures are some of the new features that have been added to the Patio Café.  New food stations and posters have been added to the cafeteria. 
    According to Doss, who is beginning her tenth year at UAM, the University has also purchased new games that include air hockey, foosball, and an electronic dartboard.  These games are located in the Patio Café. 
     “We want the students to be comfortable.  By installing these games, we hope that the students will feel like this is a place where they can come relax and have fun,” says Doss. 
    In addition to new looks, the Patio Café and the cafeteria have new menu items and dining plans.  According to Paul Jackson, Food Service Director at UAM, ARAMARK and UAM are working together to provide the students with dining options that are designed to appeal more to students than previous options did. 
    “Everything is where you can see it.  You know what you’re getting because you can see it right in front of you.  Students can come in and pick out fresh vegetables they want for a salad or stir-fry dish.  We also have a deli station where students can see their sandwiches being made,” explained Jackson. 
    Sheneka Wheeler, a junior CIS major, says she likes the restaurants better now.  “It’s more healthy, and I like the smoothies,” William says while eating in the Patio Café. 
    Samantha Williams, a transfer student from Mississippi Delta Community College, says, “It’s great compared to my last school.  You can really lounge in here.  It’s so unique.” 

     ARAMARK, whose core businesses include food and facility support services, has introduced a new theme, Real Food on Campus, to both campus restaurants.  The RfoC program has  introduced new food stations in the cafteria that includes a station with a special waffle iron that imprints UAM into each waffle made.  According to Jackson, waffles can be made all day. 
     Students, who are members of one of the dining plans, use their student ID card to purchase meals.  The dining plan choices include Semester Meal Allowance and Declining Balance Dollars.  The meal allowance plan allows students to purchase a certain amount of meals per semester, depending on which plan the students chooses, with their ID card.  Each of these plans includes a set amount of Declining Dollars Balance.  The DDB plan works like a bank debit card.  Each time a student makes a food purchase, the total cost of the meal is subtracted from the dollar balance in their account.  A DDB plan can be set up alone with as little as twenty-five dollars. 
    Anyone interested in setting up an account for one of the dining plans should contact Paul Jackson at 460-1076.
By: Kathryn Stewart-Editor


UAM Takes the Plunge

    A fifteen year old tradition stands strong—or better, slips, slides, and soils the clothes of students, professors, and faculty of the University of Monticello like no year before.  The annual Mud Olympics, sponsored by Intramurals, Student Health Services, and Student Programs, was held August 28.  This year, students and organizations were brought together from across campus for a day of nice, “clean” competition.  Though the games were played fair, no one walked away from the contest spotless. 
    For Markel Riggins, a senior speech major, this annual event has made a lasting impression.  “I graduate in December and I will always remember Mud Olympics.  It seems to get muddier every year.” 

    The Missionary Baptist Student Fellowship team got down right dirty in order to take home the title of overall winner.  The group, consisting of Crystal Rippie, Courtney Price, Amber Cooper, Chelsey Woodall, Paul Hoggatt, Dainel Sheffer, Kris McCrea, and Matt Terry, competed along with six other teams in six events with a final showdown in Mud Volleyball.  Competition consisted of teams Alpaha Sigma/Sigma Tua, Forestry Club, Tri Sigma, Ambassadors, Mud Shovelers, and Teke Friends. 

    The afternoon started off with a slipping and sliding good time.  Each team chose one female and one male to participate in Slippy Slide event.  The competitors lathered up with baby oil before rushing toward a long tarp being sprayed with by a fire-hose.  The longer the distance, the more the points were added up to get the Forestry Club started off in the lead.  Teammates David Routon and Jannette Dyer formed the combined length of over 128 feet. 

    After the Slippy Slide, it was time to get dirty.  In the Egg-n-Spoon Race, teams were required to have 3 females and 3 males crawl under strings in the mud pit.  This might not sound difficult, but each member had to hold a spoon in his or her mouth while keeping an egg balanced on the end of the spoon.  A teammate had to crawl on hands and knees to the other bank to pass the egg on to an awaiting member of his or her team. 
    The Alpha Sigma/Sigma Tua was grateful for their first place win in this event.  Team member, Junior Kristi Brannon stated, “This is my second year to play at Mud Olympics.  It’s really fun.  Alpha Sigs and Sig Tuas got first place in the spoon race, which was really great. I have really enjoyed myself.” 

    MBSF showed all the teams how the wheelbarrow race was played.  Three males and three females competed together forming pairs: one female couple, one male duo, and one co-ed team.  While one person paddled through the muddy water, the other person held the paddlers legs.  This made for a challenging obstacle.   But the MBSF team seemed to be able to paddle the fastest while having the nasty water flung in their faces. 

    Next was a traditional event, but this year there was a twist.  The bucket fill event was something that every spectator enjoyed watching.  Each team had to have at least 3 females and 3 males to compete.  One member was to remain in the pit, using a sand castle bucket to scoop up mud, water, or both.  The other members rotated male, female racing with the bucket filled with mud to the large bucket placed outside the pit.  This doesn’t seem hard to do, but when you add that the members of the team racing from the pit to the bucket and back had to wear flippers, it made for an interesting contest.  The team that seemed to be able to run the fastest in flippers was the Tri Sigma. 


    Next, the teams were backed paired: one female team, one male duo, and one co-ed pair.  Riding piggyback is not easy no matter what the conditions might be. Adding water and a mud pit complicated this event.  One person on the pair had to ride the other person’s back from one side of the pit to the other.  Carrying someone while trying to run in slippery mud was not has easy as some found out.  Others found out that holding on to someone who is soaking wet is not the easiest task in the world.  The Ambassadors took this event all the way to market by placing first. 

    Teams were paired off once again as they have been in the previous events.  This time partners had to lock arms while back to back.  The trick to this event was the partners had to keep a hula-hoop above their waste while dashing to the other side of the mud pit as fast as they could.  The pairs came up with some interesting ways of competing in the hula-hoop race.  Some pairs actually had one person lift the other on to the back and dash across the pit.  The forestry club was the team that mastered this event.  They were able to shows their skills and agility by leaving the competition in the mud. 

    Crab walking is not the easiest thing in the world to do on dry land.  Try crawling on your arms and knees with abdomen region expose towards the sky.  Then add a foot of nasty water and mud being the conditions you are to crawl in.  Another obstacle that the teams faced was having a plate rest  on their abs while racing to the other side of the mud pit.  Once again MBSF showed their talent and skills by coming in first place. 

    Volleyball was the final competition of the day.  Every team was placed in a bracket to compete against another team.  This is when things got down and dirty.  After the first and second round, the Ambassadors and the MBSF were in the final face off.  Both teams really got into the game.  Many people took the muddy water in the face to help their team advance forward to win the Mud Olympics.  In the end, only one team could go home as the Mud Olympic champions.  This year’s champions were the MBSF. 

    According to Jeffery Ogle, Pre-med Senior of the Ambassador’s team, “If you get a chance you should always play in Mud Olympics because it’s a lot of fun!” 
    Many of UAM’s students would agree with Ogle.  It is a time for students across campus to come together, including students, professors, and faculty. 
    Sarah Owens, a freshman on the Ambassador’s team, simply described Mud Olympics as, "Fun, but muddy."

By: Nancy Davis


Mud Olympics, 2003
Event Winners

1.  Slippy Slide:     Forestry Club 
David Rowton        Jannette Dyer 
2.  Egg-N-Spoon Relay Race:    Alpha Sig/Sig Tau 
Bridgette Moore    Wes Wever 
Lori Andrews        Ben Coulter 
Kristi Brannon       Cody Eason 
3. Wheelbarrow Relay Race:    M.B.S.F. 
Crystal Rippie          Kris McCrea 
Amber Cooper        Daniel Sheffer 
Chelsey Woodall      Paul Hoggatt 
4. The Bucket Fill Relay Race:     Tri Sigma/ Kappa Alpha 
Amy Platt                      Derrick Lyons 
Hannah Hackney           Zachary Diemer 
Stephanie Hackney        Zachary Williams 
5. Piggy Back Relay Race:    Ambassadors 
Crystal Bean            William Collins 
Kelly Stone              Markel Riggins 
Sarah Owen             Daniel Freeman 

6. Hula Hoop Relay Race:     Forestry Club 
Melissa Guillot         David Rowton 
Jannette Dyer           Roy Prince 
Stephanie Tarango    Bud Sypert 
7. Crab Walk Relay Race:     M.B.S.F. 
Crystal Rippie         Kris McCrea 
Amber Cooper        Daniel Sheffer 
Courtney Price        Matt Terry 
8. Volleyball Tournament:    M.B.S.F. 
Crystal Rippie         Kris McCrea 
Amber Cooper        Daniel Sheffer 
Chelsey Woodall     Paul Hoggatt 
Courtney Price        Matt Terry 

Overall Team Champion:      M.B.S.F. 
Crystal Rippie        Kris McCrea 
Amber Cooper      Daniel Sheffer 
Chelsey Woodall    Paul Hoggatt 
Courtney Price       Matt Terry 

UAM Gets Blasted

The Blaster worm reeked havoc across the world, and UAM was no exception.  The university’s offices and labs, as well as student’s personal computers, were struck. 
According to Allan Riggins, DP network manager, the worm is not a virus. 
  “In order for a virus to infect a system, an infected file must be downloaded. However, a worm can infect a computer simply by it being online.  No action is required of the user,” said Riggins. 
This worm, in particular, causes a dialog box to appear and then continuously reboots the machine. It affects computers running Microsoft XP, NT, and Microsoft 2000 operating systems. 
Riggins also said, “The computer labs were heavily hit, with the library lab completely shutting down. Computers in the Babin Business Center Labs are still infected. The offices have been fixed, but the student side of things will take several more days conservatively.”

   The IT department safegaurded the dorms from outside infection; however, many returning students brought the worm along with them in their own personal computers.
If you are concerned that your computer is infected, there is a way to check for it. 
1.Press Ctrl+Alt+Delete 
2. Click task manager 
3.Click the processes tab 
4.Scroll through the list for msblast.exe 
If in fact the worm is present, the IT department is providing disks at the RA’s office for students. The worm must be fully eliminated before the internet can be reconnected to residence halls. A patch was also released on the Microsoft website. The IT department apologizes for the inconveniences this has caused.
By: Bradly Gill

Blaster Worm Warning Image


The Exercise Center has resumed regular hours of operation:
Monday – Thursday 6:00 a.m. – 7:45 p.m. 

Friday 6:00 a.m. – 5:45 p.m. 

Saturday & Sunday 3:00 p.m. – 6:45 p.m.


Walk, Jog, or Run your way to: 
Walk, jog or run 50, 75 or 100 miles by the end of the Fall Semester to earn a GREAT STUDENT BODY t-shirt and be well on your way to having a physically fit, "GREAT" Student Body. 

Participation is open to all CURRENT UAM students, faculty and staff. Miles completed on treadmills, stairmaster, etc. count toward total miles. *Athletes may NOT count miles completed as part of their practice. 

SIGN UP in the Intramural Office (lower level - University Center) before September 9. 
Mileage must be completed by December 12, 2003. 
Participants are required to record their weekly mileage on the official chart in the Intramural office. 


Final Report on Loss of Columbia
    Last week the Columbia Accident Investigation Board (CAIB) released its final report on the loss of the Space Shuttle Columbia.  Columbia broke up during re-entry on February 1, 2003. The independent investigators found that NASA, like many other institutions, had let budget concerns supercede safety concerns.  They concluded that this entire way of thinking among many NASA administrators needs to change.  I believe NASA will make the necessary changes and something positive can come from this tragedy. 

    NASA has changed the world.  Since its inception in 1958, NASA has accomplished many great scientific and technological feats in air and space.  NASA technology has also been adapted for many non-aerospace uses by the private sector.  Many NASA developments in plastics and other materials have resulted in improvements in everyday life on Earth.  From computer chips and MRI’s to smoke detectors, satellite TV, and cell phones, NASA research has changed the way people live.  Perhaps more importantly, NASA exploration of space has taught us to view the Earth, ourselves, and the Universe in a new way.  While the tremendous technical and scientific accomplishments of NASA demonstrate that humans can achieve previously inconceivable feats, we are also humbled by the realization that the Earth is a tiny “blue marble” in the cosmos. 

    For me, NASA embodies the human spirit of adventure and discovery.  It is this spirit that has thrust mankind forward throughout human history, though not without its costs.  I recently attended a conference at Johnson Space Center in Houston about the planned Mars missions.  NASA has been given the goal of making several manned spaceflights to Mars between the years  2010 and 2030.  Keynote speakers at this meeting were Apollo astronauts Tom Standford and Jim Lovell.  They both spoke of how the research needed to accomplish the Mars missions would spinoff into tremendous new technologies which could change the very way of life on Earth.  Jim Lovell told us as university faculty to remember that “the first humans to walk on Mars, as well as the engineers and others who will get them there, are now undergraduate students sitting in classrooms across the country.”  We, therefore, need to nurture the spirit of adventure and discovery in our students because they are the future.  As President George W. Bush stated on February 1, 2003,  “Mankind is led into the darkness beyond our world by the inspiration and longing to understand.  Our journey into space will go on!” 
By: Dr. Rose McConnell





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Parking/Traffic Appeals, 12:30, Library "B"
Journalism Majors Meeting, SOR 223 - 12:40 pm
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Women's Singles Tennis Tourny

Last day to buy tickets for Tailgate Party,  460-1022

Weevil Wecome, McCloy Park, 6:00 pm

Just a Minute Game Show 6:30 pm UC Gym
Guest Artist Recital                        FAC, 7:30 p.m.  Zarina Melik-Stepanova 

Yearbook Staff Meeting, 12:40 - Jeter #201

TKE - BBQ Mixer
3:00, Sand VBall Court


Lion's Club
12:30 - Patio Cafe

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Countess Interest Mtg
5:30, House Rm

6:00 - UC
Greek Week

Tri-Sig Student Auction
6:30, UC Green Room

Weevil online Staff Meeting, 12:40 - Patio Cafe

3:30 - UC
Greek Week


Pride Day/
Greek Week

Linux User Group, 6:00 pm
BBC - 307

Bahama Bash
10:30 pm
Sigma Tau Gamma


Phi Beta Lambda
12:40 - BBC 307

Phi Alpha Delta
Interest Meeting
12:40 - MCB 204

Co-ed Flag Ftball
6:00 - Intramural Field
Greek Week

Sidewalk Party
7-10:00 - UC
Greek Week
Parent/Family Appreciation Day
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MAT interviews
Art, French, Spanish
Weevil online Staff Meeting, 12:40 - Patio Cafe
MAT interviews
Drama/Speech, English
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Weevil online Staff Meeting, 12:40 - Patio Cafe

Capitol Room


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Catholic Weevil Mass - 7:30
Jeter Hall #22
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Alpha Chi
MCB 105
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 Fall Opera      FAC, 7:30 p.m.
Fall Opera      FAC, 7:30 p.m
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Alpha Chi 
MCB 105

Alpha Chi Initiation
7:00 pm, FAC

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Fall Choral Concerts             FAC, 7:30 p.m.
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Christmas Concert 
FAC, 7:30 p.m.
SAH Recognition Ceremony
Capitol Room
7:00 pm
Christmas Program
FAC, 3:00 pm
SEARK Concert Association