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November 30, 2012

This week, the Supreme Court is likely to decide which cases they will hear regarding same-sex marriage and the rights of gay and lesbian couples.
Some of the possible cases include the constitutionality of California’s Proposition 8 and the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). This term we really have the opportunity to see the true colors of the Supreme Court. Will the Supreme Court let the injustice and subjugation of gays and lesbians continue? My hope is that they will finally end the rampant discrimination against same-sex couples by DOMA.

November 16, 2012

Although she is new to The University of Mississippi, assistant professor Jasmine Townsend has ambitious plans in store for the recreational therapy program in the Department of Health, Exercise Science and Recreation Management.

Although she is new to The University of Mississippi, assistant professor Jasmine Townsend has ambitious plans in store for the recreational therapy program in the Department of Health, Exercise Science and Recreation Management.

November 15, 2012

University of Mississippi student and journalism senior Jared Burleson was robbed at University Trials apartments Tuesday night.

University of Mississippi student and journalism senior Jared Burleson was robbed at University Trials apartments Tuesday night.

“I was leaving the building when I saw a girl I knew pass by me,” Burleson said. “I turned to say hello to her and this man was standing right behind me.”

Burleson said he felt the man following him.

“He looked right at me and I continued to walk straight to my car,” he said.

November 8, 2012

Two arrests were made early Wednesday morning during a disturbance on campus that followed the election results Tuesday night, but no one was injured according to University officials.

Two arrests were made early Wednesday morning during a disturbance on campus that followed the election results Tuesday night, but no one was injured according to University officials.
 
Chancellor Dan Jones said the use of the term “riot” was inappropriate in light of the real scale of the event.
 
University Police Chief Calvin Sellars declined to provide details about the disturbance beyond the statements made by university officials.
 

October 2, 2012

I’ll never forget the first conversation I had with James Meredith. I answered the phone and he mumbled softly, “Hello, this is James Meredith. Is this the president of the Ole Miss student body?” I replied, “Yes, this is.” I immediately stopped what I was doing and gave the phone my undivided attention. I could hardly believe James Meredith was actually on the phone. We talked for a while about my recent election, and he congratulated me on my success.  

September 24, 2012

Even though years had passed since James Meredith took one of the most infamous steps on campus, the lingering effects of racism didn’t completely subside.

Even though years had passed since James Meredith took one of the most infamous steps on campus, the lingering effects of racism didn’t completely subside.
 
John Hawkins, Ole Miss’ first black cheerleader, came under fire when he refused to wave the confederate flag after he made the team in 1982. Clara Bibbs, Hawkins’ friend and also an African-American, auditioned but did not make the team.
 

July 24, 2012

July 3 marked the opening of the late Estelle Faulkner’s art exhibit at the University of Mississippi Museum. 

 
July 3 marked the opening of the late Estelle Faulkner’s art exhibit at the University of Mississippi Museum. For the next 3 months, 19 of Estelle’s paintings will be on display together for the first time in front of an audience. Estelle was known for giving away her paintings for free and pursued art as an outlet. She also played the piano and enjoyed reading.

July 16, 2012

As part of the birthplace of the blues, the third annual Oxford blues Fest will be held throughout Oxford this weekend. Darryl Parker founded the festival on the tagline “just a reason to celebrate” and believes Oxford needed something extra to happen in the midst of a college-town summer.
As the students leave for the summer, so do the majority of Oxford business consumers. Parker wanted to create something that would attract people to Oxford to “get something growing”  and to serve as “another boost” for the local economy.

As part of the birthplace of the blues, the third annual Oxford blues Fest will be held throughout Oxford this weekend. Darryl Parker founded the festival on the tagline “just a reason to celebrate” and believes Oxford needed something extra to happen in the midst of a college-town summer.
As the students leave for the summer, so do the majority of Oxford business consumers. Parker wanted to create something that would attract people to Oxford to “get something growing”  and to serve as “another boost” for the local economy.

July 11, 2012

Feel free to leave messages and condolences for friends and family of Caroline Bartley and her parents.

Ole Miss biology sophomore Caroline Bartley and her parents have been confirmed dead after a plane crash south of road 4111 in Prentiss County Sunday, July 8, according to the Daily Journal. 
 
Prentiss County EMA Director Ralph Lauderdale told the Daily Journal a thunderstorm in the area during the time of the flight may have caused the plane to crash. 
 
Lauderdale said the family of three and their dogs were traveling from their vacation home in Andrews, N.C., to Oxford before the plane crashed. 
 

July 11, 2012

Feel free to leave messages and condolences for friends and family of Brad Taggart.

University of Mississippi student David Bradley Taggart, 21, was confirmed dead by Madison County Coroner Alex Breeland yesterday evening, according to WAPT of Jackson.

 
Friends close to Taggart on campus said his death was the result of a gunshot wound.
 
Taggart was a junior business student this past fall. 
 
Dean of Students Sparky Reardon said he had not heard anything official as of this report but the loss is devastating if true. 
 

July 10, 2012

Ole Miss biology sophomore Caroline Bartley and her parents have been confirmed dead after a plane crash south of road 4111 in Prentiss County Sunday, July 8, according to the Daily Journal. 

Ole Miss biology sophomore Caroline Bartley and her parents have been confirmed dead after a plane crash south of road 4111 in Prentiss County Sunday, July 8, according to the Daily Journal. 
 
Prentiss County EMA Director Ralph Lauderdale told the Daily Journal a thunderstorm in the area during the time of the flight may have caused the plane to crash. 
 
Lauderdale said the family of three and their dogs were traveling from their vacation home in Andrews, N.C., to Oxford before the plane crashed. 
 

July 10, 2012

University of Mississippi student David Bradley Taggart, 21, was confirmed dead by Madison County Coroner Alex Breeland yesterday evening, according to WAPT of Jackson.

University of Mississippi student David Bradley Taggart, 21, was confirmed dead by Madison County Coroner Alex Breeland yesterday evening, according to WAPT of Jackson.
 
Friends close to Taggart on campus said his death was the result of a gunshot wound.
 
Taggart was a junior business student this past fall.
 
Dean of Students Sparky Reardon said he had not heard anything official as of this report but the loss is devastating if true.
 

June 20, 2012

This summer, John Z. Kiss will transition from Oxford, Ohio, to Oxford, Miss., to begin work as the new dean of the University of Mississippi Graduate School. Kiss, formerly a professor and chair of botany at Miami University in Ohio, is replacing Maurice Eftink as dean.

 
This summer, John Z. Kiss will transition from Oxford, Ohio, to Oxford, Miss., to begin work as the new dean of the University of Mississippi Graduate School. Kiss, formerly a professor and chair of botany at Miami University in Ohio, is replacing Maurice Eftink as dean.

June 19, 2012

Call her what you want – artist, professor, mother, wedding cake-maker, conversationalist – the list goes on and on; yet one thing remains certain: Ole Miss faculty member and Oxonian Cory Lewis is not a woman who likes to sit still.

 
Call her what you want – artist, professor, mother, wedding cake-maker, conversationalist – the list goes on and on; yet one thing remains certain: Ole Miss faculty member and Oxonian Cory Lewis is not a woman who likes to sit still.
“Change is the one thing we can all count on in life,” she said. “Whether we go with it or not is our decision.”

April 22, 2012

Former Mississippi Governor William Winter and his wife Elise Varner Winter received the Legacy Award from the Ole Miss Women’s Council for Philanthropy on Saturday. 

Former Mississippi Governor William Winter and his wife Elise Varner Winter received the Legacy Award from the Ole Miss Women’s Council for Philanthropy on Saturday. 

“It’s one of highest awards we’ve ever had,” Winter said. “To come here to our alma mater and receive this recognition obviously has special meaning for us.”

March 21, 2012

Ross Bjork, athletics director for Western Kentucky University, has been named the next Director of Athletics at Ole Miss, Chancellor Dan Jones announced today. Bjork, who will take over for retiring AD Pete  Boone in mid-April, spent five years as a senior associate athletics director at UCLA before joining WKU as AD in 2010.

Ross Bjork, athletics director for Western Kentucky University, has been named the next Director of Athletics at Ole Miss, Chancellor Dan Jones announced today. Bjork, who will take over for retiring AD Pete  Boone in mid-April, spent five years as a senior associate athletics director at UCLA before joining WKU as AD in 2010.

Bjork will be formally introduced at a Thursday press conference, and fans can watch the event live at 4 p.m. CT in a free webcast on OleMissSports.com's RebelVision.

March 6, 2012

University of Mississippi alumnus Bill Courtney didn’t plan on changing anyone’s life when he started coaching at Manassas High School, located in the impoverished area of North Memphis. He also did not realize that documenting his last season at Manassas would bring home an Oscar for best documentary.

University of Mississippi alumnus Bill Courtney didn’t plan on changing anyone’s life when he started coaching at Manassas High School, located in the impoverished area of North Memphis. He also did not realize that documenting his last season at Manassas would bring home an Oscar for best documentary.
It all started in 2004 after his friend Jim Tipton told the school he knew a guy who could help out. Courtney agreed, with no intention of staying there long — much less for six years.

February 26, 2012

Photojournalist Dan Habib’s award-winning documentary “Including Samuel” screened this past Thursday at the Oxford Conference Center Auditorium.

 

Photojournalist Dan Habib’s award-winning documentary “Including Samuel” screened this past Thursday at the Oxford Conference Center Auditorium.

The free event was sponsored by parents of inclusion students in Oxford in recognition of inclusion and special education parents, teachers, staff and administrators.

February 16, 2012

A civil rights activist who was once an advocate against Mississippi’s poverty and racial discrimination is returning to the state to discuss her journey of defending Americans, especially children. 

A civil rights activist who was once an advocate against Mississippi’s poverty and racial discrimination is returning to the state to discuss her journey of defending Americans, especially children.  

February 8, 2012

She was known for her endearing spirit, and she embraced her philanthropic activities with just as much zeal and devotion.
Susan Barksdale Howorth, 44, a stalwart of the arts and education, died suddenly of a pulmonary edema on Sunday, Feb. 5.
Born in Memphis on Dec. 23, 1967, Howorth was the daughter of Jim Barksdale, businessman and benefactor of several University of Mississippi programs, and the late Sally McDonnell Barksdale.

She was known for her endearing spirit, and she embraced her philanthropic activities with just as much zeal and devotion.
Susan Barksdale Howorth, 44, a stalwart of the arts and education, died suddenly of a pulmonary edema on Sunday, Feb. 5.
Born in Memphis on Dec. 23, 1967, Howorth was the daughter of Jim Barksdale, businessman and benefactor of several University of Mississippi programs, and the late Sally McDonnell Barksdale.

January 29, 2012

The new year is off to a good start for the University of Mississippi’s J.D. Williams Library.
The estates of a recently deceased couple from Northport, Ala., has provided a $1 million donation to the library, according to a press release.
Ole Miss alumnus Oscar Ainsworth, who received his bachelor’s degree in 1945 and master’s degree in 1946, spent approximately 36 years as a member of the math department faculty at the University of Alabama.

The new year is off to a good start for the University of Mississippi’s J.D. Williams Library.
The estates of a recently deceased couple from Northport, Ala., has provided a $1 million donation to the library, according to a press release.
Ole Miss alumnus Oscar Ainsworth, who received his bachelor’s degree in 1945 and master’s degree in 1946, spent approximately 36 years as a member of the math department faculty at the University of Alabama.

January 25, 2012

The University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC) lost former Vice Chancellor A. Wallace Conerly earlier this month.
Conerly, who also served as the dean of the School of Medicine, died Jan. 10 at age 76 due to complications with Parkinson’s Disease.

The University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC) lost former Vice Chancellor A. Wallace Conerly earlier this month.
Conerly, who also served as the dean of the School of Medicine, died Jan. 10 at age 76 due to complications with Parkinson’s Disease.
The Tylertown native served as vice chancellor from 1994 to 2003, spent his last few days in the hospital that bears his name, the Wallace Conerly Critical Care Hospital.
Under his guidance, the medical center saw an expansion to the physical plant, research departments, enrollment and national presence.

December 12, 2011

Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze added a familiar name to his football staff Monday, as former Rebel player and assistant coach Matt Luke returns to Oxford as the offensive line coach. Barney Farrar has also been named Assistant Athletics Director for Community Relations.

Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze added a familiar name to his football staff Monday, as former Rebel player and assistant coach Matt Luke returns to Oxford as the offensive line coach. Barney Farrar has also been named Assistant Athletics Director for Community Relations.

“For a coach like Matt Luke to return to Ole Miss – a place where he is so loved and loves so dearly – is a home run for us,” Freeze said. “He is tireless recruiter and is a great representative of our university.”

December 5, 2011

A Mississippi native, inspirational leader and one of the nation’s top rising coaches, Hugh Freeze was the first choice to return championships to Ole Miss Football and will be introduced as the Rebels’ 37th head coach today at 2 p.m. CT at the Gertrude Castellow Ford Center for the Performing Arts on campus.

The event is open to the public and will be streamed free online at OleMissSports.com.

A Mississippi native, inspirational leader and one of the nation’s top rising coaches, Hugh Freeze was the first choice to return championships to Ole Miss Football and will be introduced as the Rebels’ 37th head coach today at 2 p.m. CT at the Gertrude Castellow Ford Center for the Performing Arts on campus.

The event is open to the public and will be streamed free online at OleMissSports.com.