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October 30, 2012

 
In a column a few months ago, I wrote in favor of the National Popular Vote movement that would change the winner-take-all system that America currently uses to a system that uses the popular vote. As Election Day nears, the need for a change in the current system is amplified.

October 29, 2012

We celebrate the 50th anniversary of integration at Ole Miss this year. This anniversary happens to take place four years after the nation watched the man who would become the first black president debate his opponent right here in Oxford. We should all take a moment to appreciate just how far our nation and community have come.
We’ve evolved dramatically in the past several decades but the growth has not come without pains. This university had to endure riots, tens of thousands of National Guard soldiers and the loss of two lives before accepting integration.

October 22, 2012

 
Ole Miss announced on Saturday that first-year women’s basketball head coach Adrian Wiggins will no longer serve as head coach and has been placed on administrative leave as the university and NCAA continue their joint investigation of “impermissible recruiting contacts and academic misconduct committed by members of his staff.”

 
Ole Miss announced on Saturday that first-year women’s basketball head coach Adrian Wiggins will no longer serve as head coach and has been placed on administrative leave as the university and NCAA continue their joint investigation of “impermissible recruiting contacts and academic misconduct committed by members of his staff.”
 
These staff members, the husband-wife team who serve as director of basketball operations and assistant coach, Michael Landers and Kenya Landers, have been terminated effective immediately.
 

October 14, 2012

If you’re looking for a weekend getaway, Charleston, Miss., may be a viable option.

The Gateway to the Delta Festival is bringing local music, unique art and good food to Charleston’s historic town square.

This year’s band lineup features only artists based out of Mississippi. The bands all started in Mississippi and tour both state and nationwide.

October 1, 2012

The fires of revulsion spread wildly and untamed in Mississippi and on The University of Mississippi’s campus on Sept. 30, 1962, injuring several people and resulting in the death of two men.

The fires of revulsion spread wildly and untamed in Mississippi and on The University of Mississippi’s campus on Sept. 30, 1962, injuring several people and resulting in the death of two men.
 
It was on this day that 29-year-old James Meredith made history by becoming the first black student admitted to Ole Miss.
 
However, his arrival in Oxford and admittance into the university provoked a riot that resulted in chaos across the campus.
 

September 25, 2012

People, this is college – the time allotted to the youth of America to challenge ideals, question traditions and dabble in the occasional radical activism. Instead, we become bogged down with meaningless social events and shirk physical interactions for a few taps on an electronic tablet.

September 11, 2012

“We the people” are the first three words of the preamble to the U.S. Constitution, and they identify those responsible for upholding the foundations of that document. This description comes from a nonprofit website called TED (Technology, Entertainment, and Design) that according to its mission statement is devoted to ideas worth spreading.

September 4, 2012

Outside of Hurricane Isaac coverage, the news and social media was saturated with commentary and footage from the Republican National Convention this past week in Tampa, Fla.
Prominent Republicans took the the stage to rally support for the party and convey their goals for the future of America. Party conventions were originally the last determining factor for establishing who would be the candidate for the respective parties in the general election.
Today, candidates are decided well before the conventions, leaving it to be more of a formality.

August 30, 2012

 James Meredith returned to Oxford last night where his journey began 50 years ago, to sign and discuss his new book, “Mission from God: A Memoir and Challenge for America.”

 
 James Meredith returned to Oxford last night where his journey began 50 years ago, to sign and discuss his new book, “Mission from God: A Memoir and Challenge for America.”
“This is the most important event of my life,” Meredith said during his book signing at Off Square Books. 
Meredith is no stranger to important events. Fifty years ago in the fall of 1962 Meredith became the first black student admitted to the University of Mississippi. 

August 30, 2012

Before Isaac set his course to drench North Mississippi, there was supposed to be a protest of the University’s new smoking ban in the Grove today. Smokers and nonsmokers alike have RSVPed to the facebook event, which states in the description that “[t]his isn’t about smokers versus non smokers. It’s about freedom and personal responsibility.”

August 29, 2012

 
Some television shows and columnists will periodically take time to answer questions and comments sent to them from their respective audiences. I figure that after a year of writing for The DM, it is time for me to devote a column to a few of the questions and comments I have received from columns throughout this period. If you have kept up with my columns, hopefully, these will answer some questions you might have had.

August 29, 2012

James Meredith will be in Oxford this weekend as the 50th anniversary of his admission into Ole Miss approaches, but the purpose of his visit has nothing to do with the historic milestone 

James Meredith will be in Oxford this weekend as the 50th anniversary of his admission into Ole Miss approaches, but the purpose of his visit has nothing to do with the historic milestone.

August 24, 2012

To some, the Delta is known for cotton fields and the origin of the blues, but for those involved in the Sunflower County Freedom Project (SCFP), the Delta is home to kids who need them.

To some, the Delta is known for cotton fields and the origin of the blues, but for those involved in the Sunflower County Freedom Project (SCFP), the Delta is home to kids who need them.
An after school program, the SCFP was founded in 1998 by three Teach for America instructors with the purpose of giving children from middle school to high school extra help in their studies and providing enrichment opportunities that many schools in the Delta cannot offer.

August 23, 2012

When Ronald Reagan ran for president he asked Americans if they were better off than they were four years ago. Americans can answer that question for themselves this time around. The Republican Party poses a much more urgent question this election cycle: How much worse will you be in four years if Barack Obama still resides in the White House?
Believe whatever you want about Mitt Romney, but Paul Ryan is the smartest choice for vice president in nearly 60 years.

August 20, 2012

The University of Mississippi’s beauty is well-known, but how it is kept that way is more than a mystery to most. Holding on to Ole Miss' "Most Beautiful" title is a complex financial and logistical operation.

The University of Mississippi’s beauty is well-known, but how it is kept that way is more than a mystery to most. Holding on to Ole Miss' "Most Beautiful" title is a complex financial and logistical operation.
The campus grounds is maintained by The University of Mississippi Landscape Services Department, which operates under the Office for the Vice Chancellor of Administration and Finance.

August 20, 2012

The University of Mississippi’s beauty is well-known, but how it is kept that way is more than a mystery to most. Holding on to Ole Miss' "Most Beautiful" title is a complex financial and logistical operation.

The University of Mississippi’s beauty is well-known, but how it is kept that way is more than a mystery to most. Holding on to Ole Miss' "Most Beautiful" title is a complex financial and logistical operation.
The campus grounds is maintained by The University of Mississippi Landscape Services Department, which operates under the Office for the Vice Chancellor of Administration and Finance.

July 17, 2012

The University of Mississippi’s beauty is well-known across the country, but how it is kept beautiful is more of a mystery to most.

 
The University of Mississippi’s beauty is well-known across the country, but how it is kept beautiful is more of a mystery to most. Keeping Ole Miss' "America’s Most Beautiful Campus" title, as it was named by Newsweek in 2011, is in fact a complex financial and logistical operation.

July 17, 2012

The University of Mississippi’s beauty is well-known across the country, but how it is kept beautiful is more of a mystery to most.

 
The University of Mississippi’s beauty is well-known across the country, but how it is kept beautiful is more of a mystery to most. Keeping Ole Miss' "America’s Most Beautiful Campus" title, as it was named by Newsweek in 2011, is in fact a complex financial and logistical operation.

July 17, 2012

University of Mississippi and Oxford public school graduate Billy Crews returns home after 30 years as a public media executive and education advocate to join Teach for America’s Regional Staff as vice president in the Mississippi Delta region.

 
University of Mississippi and Oxford public school graduate Billy Crews returns home after 30 years as a public media executive and education advocate to join Teach for America’s Regional Staff as vice president in the Mississippi Delta region.
“It was the opportunity to work for Teach for America that brought me here, but my commitment to Teach for America is rooted in values planted in me since my childhood in Oxford and the Ole Miss campus,” Crews said.

July 17, 2012

University of Mississippi and Oxford public school graduate Billy Crews returns home after 30 years as a public media executive and education advocate to join Teach for America’s Regional Staff as vice president in the Mississippi Delta region.

 
University of Mississippi and Oxford public school graduate Billy Crews returns home after 30 years as a public media executive and education advocate to join Teach for America’s Regional Staff as vice president in the Mississippi Delta region.
“It was the opportunity to work for Teach for America that brought me here, but my commitment to Teach for America is rooted in values planted in me since my childhood in Oxford and the Ole Miss campus,” Crews said.

July 17, 2012

 
The controversy surrounding voter ID has had its fair share of the spotlight. From cries of Jim Crow to claims that voter fraud does not exist, the policies have mostly been approved into law in a number of states.
Both supporters and opponents of voter ID legislation want this to be the focus. However, in the grand scheme of the voting process, voter ID is a small issue, really a non-factor.

July 9, 2012

 

July 4, 2012

The city of Oxford has been named one of the ten “best small towns for business in America” by the financial company American Express.

The city of Oxford has been named one of the ten “best small towns for business in America” by the financial company American Express.
 
The list, compiled by author Jack Schultz, was featured on the Open Forum section of the American Express website, a resource designed by the company to help small business owners exchange insights for success.
 

July 2, 2012

Ole Miss graduate Marie Wicks was crowned Miss Mississippi this past Saturday, earning the honor to represent the state in the Miss America Pageant in January 2013.

 
Ole Miss graduate Marie Wicks was crowned Miss Mississippi this past Saturday, earning the honor to represent the state in the Miss America Pageant in January 2013.
The pageant took place in Vicksburg over the course of three nights, on the fourth of which Wicks won her first title. She has competed in the Miss Mississippi Pageant since her freshman year at Ole Miss, and in 2011 she cracked the top 10 for the first time, getting third runner up.