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Athletics to Change Student Entry Procedure with New Scanning Program

April 1, 2010

HATTIESBURG, Miss. - The Southern Miss Department of Athletics will begin scanning Golden Eagle student IDs for admission, beginning with this weekend's baseball series versus St. Mary's.

This new program was developed by USM iTech and with coordinating input from the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security, which is based on the Southern Miss campus.

"It has been evident that there was a need to validate student entrance to our sporting events," Southern Miss Associate Athletic Director for internal Operations Kent Hegenauer said. "With the assistance of iTech and NCS4, we put together a program that fills those needs."

The previous way of entry for Southern Miss students was by showing an ID prior to entrance. A student currently enrolled at any Southern Miss campus can obtain free entry with a valid student ID at regular-season contests.

The Southern Miss athletics department asks all USM students to use the main entrance this weekend during the implementation of this new program.

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