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November 15, 2012

Letter to the Editor,

November 12, 2012

I understand that it’s been a little while since the smoking ban has been in the news, but let us revisit it once more. I find it critical to point out a few more things that have failed to be addressed in this newspaper, and I’m going to start from square one: health.

November 9, 2012

The Law School Student Body (LSSB) Senate of The University of Mississippi’s School of Law has passed a proposal regarding the university’s new smoke-free campus policy. 

The Law School Student Body (LSSB) Senate of The University of Mississippi’s School of Law has passed a proposal regarding the university’s new smoke-free campus policy.
With the new smoking policy taking effect in January 2013, the Senate’s goal is to stop the implementation of the ban.
“We are confident there are better solutions than an outright ban,” said Cory Ferraez, second-year law student and LSSB senator.
The new proposal consists of alternatives such as enforcing the previously designated smoking areas and increasing signage that warns others of the designated smoking areas.

October 23, 2012

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) wrote a letter to West Lincoln Attendance Center in Lincoln County, Mississippi telling them to stop holding prayers and condemned other religious behavior by the school and faculty as it violates the U.S. Constitution. The ACLU also had problems with various religiously-themed posters found on campus and religious messages given by even the principal Jason Case.

October 23, 2012

Growing up can be tough — during the teen years especially.
For many teenage girls in Mississippi, their formative years are even more difficult because they are rearing children themselves.
Mississippi has the highest teen pregnancy rate of any state, with 55 births per 1,000 teens aged 15-19.
This summer Mississippi implemented a new law requiring every school district to adopt abstinence or abstinence-plus education into its curriculum. The law was designed to address, and hopefully reduce, the number of teen pregnancies in the state.

October 17, 2012

It’s that time of year again. Time to buy roughly 15 gallons worth of Halloween candy. If you are like me, you tell yourself it’s just in case trick-or-treaters come by, but deep down you really know it’s to consume copious amounts of Reese’s and Milky Way Midnight Darks.
Halloween has always been my favorite pastime. I rarely miss a trick-or-treat opportunity, and luckily with young cousins I still get to relive the childlike wonderment of trick-or-treating.

September 25, 2012

Dear Editor,

I read Adam Blackwell’s article on September 20th, and I feel that his opinion on the smoke free policy had a few flaws.
First, his using the ban on cigarettes in “the workplace, bars or restaurants” was completely irrelevant to the situation. Those are enclosed buildings, and I don’t believe anyone is asking to be allowed to smoke in any buildings on campus.

September 24, 2012

Students, faculty and staff alike have recently found the University of Mississippi community divided by debate concerning the university-wide smoking ban enacted this past summer.

Students, faculty and staff alike have recently found the University of Mississippi community divided by debate concerning the university-wide smoking ban enacted this past summer.
 
Shannon Richardson, assistant director of campus recreation and co-chair of the Smoke-Free Policy Implementation Committee, said a resolution was passed last year for a smoke-free campus by the Associated Student Body.
 

September 20, 2012

 
When I came back to Ole Miss this semester, I noticed something different about the landscape and buildings on our beautiful campus.
Everywhere you look, yard signs, posters and stickers signal that The University of Mississippi is now a smoke-free campus. Personally, I am extremely happy with this policy shift; however, many students, faculty and staff are upset with the policy. This smoke free policy has been a major point of debate since the fall semester began, and the debate doesn’t seem to be quieting down.

September 11, 2012

I am a conservative who leans very libertarian, except on moral and social issues. If you’ve read my articles then you know there’s no doubt about this.
This is why my attitudes toward the smoking ban will surprise some people. I’m talking John Roberts and the Obamacare ruling type of surprise; I doubt any conservative or libertarian will agree. Here it is: The logic behind the smoking ban is perfectly sound.
The smoking ban is a terrible idea, but the reasoning behind it is acceptable. We choose to attend Ole Miss, go to games here and work here.

September 10, 2012

What has been a big controversy since the beginning of the school year has received student and faculty responses. On Friday in the Grove, a peaceful, non-violent protest was led by the Facebook group, “Smoke Up The Grove,” started by two Ole Miss law students.

What has been a big controversy since the beginning of the school year has received student and faculty responses. On Friday in the Grove, a peaceful, non-violent protest was led by the Facebook group, “Smoke Up The Grove,” started by two Ole Miss law students. The group invited anyone interested in smoking to smoke during the protest. Also, any non-smokers who were against the ban were welcomed to attend the protest. Ole Miss students and faculty protested the zero-tolerance smoking ban by signing a petition to stop the university from passing the zero-tolerance law.

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 23, 2012

Dear Editor,

July 2, 2012

If most of us were to publish our autobiographies right now, it is highly unlikely they would sell millions of copies and be featured on the New York Times' Best Sellers list. However, I firmly believe that everyone has a story worth sharing. 

 
If most of us were to publish our autobiographies right now, it is highly unlikely they would sell millions of copies and be featured on the New York Times' Best Sellers list. However, I firmly believe that everyone has a story worth sharing. 

June 27, 2012

Ole Miss will officially be a smoke-free campus beginning this fall.

Ole Miss will officially be a smoke-free campus beginning this fall.
 
The Smoke-Free Campus Policy Implementation Committee finalized and approved a policy that will ban smoking on the Oxford campus of the University of Mississippi.
 

April 18, 2012

I have never smoked a cigarette in my life. Really, I have never even had the desire. I understand and have researched the health related problems that are linked to smoking. In this same column a few weeks ago, I called for the Mississippi Legislature to raise the state cigarette tax.

Based on that, one would think that I would be in favor of a campus wide smoking ban. However, I am not.

April 12, 2012

I want to discuss my breathing habit with you today.

I want to discuss my breathing habit with you today.
It’s OK to admit it if you are still too proud to meditate — I was not long ago. “Give me one good reason to sit cross-legged for half an hour of my busy day,” I contested. “What can I gain by sitting still?”
Studies into meditative habits have revealed that participants show an increase in the “relaxing” alpha waves produced by the brain and report decreased feelings of depression and anxiety.

April 2, 2012

Through the efforts of University of Mississippi Panhellenic officers, Greek life will soon welcome a new chapter on campus.

 

Through the efforts of University of Mississippi Panhellenic officers, Greek life will soon welcome a new chapter on campus.

“As of Wednesday, March 28, 2012, we are open for expansion and everything has been approved,” said Panhellenic President Katie Kellum.

The process started after Bid Day 2011.

At this point, the quotas for pledge class sizes have grown too large for each of the nine sororities on campus.

March 27, 2012

The empty sensation of freshman year was a surreal feeling for computer science major, Lakeshia Brock. 

 

The empty sensation of freshman year was a surreal feeling for computer science major, Lakeshia Brock. 

Brock had only been on campus three weeks when she started wandering through the maze of social activities to find her place on campus. After finding no outlet to exemplify both of her heritages, Puerto Rican and African American, she created Goddess, a social group that strives to become the first multicultural sorority on campus. 

March 1, 2012

On Wednesday, a federal judge ruled against federal regulations requiring graphic advertisements to be placed on tobacco products.

 

On Wednesday, a federal judge ruled against federal regulations requiring graphic advertisements to be placed on tobacco products.

The images range from smoke in the face of a baby held in its mother’s arms, rotting lungs and a man smoking through a tracheotomy hole in his neck. 

The push and pull between health groups and tobacco companies revolves around the fact that, in our country, cigarettes and other tobacco products are not only legal but popular.

February 29, 2012

The Eightfold Path is one of the principal Buddhism teachings; it is the pathway to “enlightenment.” 

 

The Eightfold Path is one of the principal Buddhism teachings; it is the pathway to “enlightenment.” 

February 29, 2012

We are often obsessed with the next great diet or approach to health and fitness.

 

We are often obsessed with the next great diet or approach to health and fitness.

This piece, however, takes a look at the physical and psychological benefits of a holistic approach to health that has been in existence for more than 3,000 years.

Yoga, a practice classified as a “Complementary and Alternative Medicine” by the National Institutes of Health, was championed by Catherine Woodyard, a UM exercise science professor who practices and promotes yoga due to its healing benefits.

February 21, 2012

Well, our semester is now in full swing. Papers are due, tests are coming up and group presentations have been scheduled. If you’re like me, you’ve also got multiple meetings scheduled during the week, dinner dates, interviews, sporting events, service projects and more meetings.

 

Well, our semester is now in full swing. Papers are due, tests are coming up and group presentations have been scheduled. If you’re like me, you’ve also got multiple meetings scheduled during the week, dinner dates, interviews, sporting events, service projects and more meetings.

I’m not in a fraternity, so I can only imagine how crazy my life would be if Greek life was thrown into the mix as well.