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September 14, 2012

The University of Texas has issued an alert on its website ordering an evacuation "due to threats on campus."

UPDATE: (11:40AM) -- The University of Texas issued an alert  earlier today on its website ordering an evacuation "due to threats on campus."
 
Just before 10 a.m. Friday an alert from the university said people on campus should immediately evacuate all buildings and "get as far away as possible."
 

July 2, 2012

Oxford, Miss., celebrated its 175th birthday on the Square Saturday, June, 30. Features of the event included face painting, a dunking booth and a petting zoo.

 

 

1- Calvin James, 4, holds a 175th birthday balloon to his head to block out the sun.

November 30, 2012

I stepped on to the Ole Miss football beat for The Daily Mississippian at the beginning of the 2010 football season and immediately realized that the Ole Miss football program, which had won 18 games and back-to-back Cotton Bowls over the past two seasons, was headed in a drastically different direction. 

I stepped on to the Ole Miss football beat for The Daily Mississippian at the beginning of the 2010 football season and immediately realized that the Ole Miss football program, which had won 18 games and back-to-back Cotton Bowls over the past two seasons, was headed in a drastically different direction. 
 
The Rebels lost 49-48 that day in double overtime against Jacksonville State, and my first game on the beat was the beginning of the downfall of head coach Houston Nutt.
 

November 27, 2012

Students on campus have created The University of Mississippi Food Bank to provide food for students who are not able to afford meals.

Students on campus have created The University of Mississippi Food Bank to provide food for students who are not able to afford meals.

“The Food Bank was launched Thursday, Nov. 8 and began serving students on Nov. 12 in the old math lab, Kinard Hall,” said Mary Margaret Saulters, co-student director of the food bank.

Robert Cummings, director of the university’s Center for Writing and Rhetoric and faculty sponsor for the food bank, said the food bank is a permanent organization.

November 26, 2012

In President Obama’s first term, 300 drone strikes killed an estimated 2,500 people. Drone strikes are a powerful tool in the war on terror, but they are also a tool without rules.
The New York Times reported yesterday that in the weeks before the presidential election, the Obama administration was scrambling to create guidelines for the use of drones. These rules were to be created in case Obama wasn’t re-elected; the new president would then have a clear set of directives to determine when the use of drone strikes was allowed.

November 16, 2012

Along with Delta State and Mississippi University for Women, The University of Mississippi will begin extending waivers for out-of-state fees next year to high-achieving students.

Along with Delta State and Mississippi University for Women, The University of Mississippi will begin extending waivers for out-of-state fees next year to high-achieving students.

Out-of-state students seeking to have their tuition reduced will be required to apply for aid administered on the basis of merit by the university's Office of Financial Aid.

Laura Diven-Brown, financial aid director at Ole Miss, said that decisions regarding the amount of aid given to reduce out-of-state tuition at state colleges and universities are subject to the individual judgement of those institutions.

November 16, 2012

The University of Mississippi football team has played four away games this season, with one left, and some may not realize the amount of preparation needed to take the Rebels on the road.

The University of Mississippi football team has played four away games this season, with one left, and some may not realize the amount of preparation needed to take the Rebels on the road.

Angela Robinson, assistant athletics director for finance, said that the whole travel process starts with scheduling.

“Once we have the schedule, we sit down and determine which trips are bus trips, which trips we charter and where we will stay on those trips,” Robinson said.

November 13, 2012

In September, The University of Mississippi’s Center for Intelligence and Security Studies (CISS) received the title of an Academic Center of Excellence from the Director of National Intelligence.

In September, The University of Mississippi’s Center for Intelligence and Security Studies (CISS) received the title of an Academic Center of Excellence from the Director of National Intelligence.

In addition to this honor, CISS receives funding from the federal government to develop courses and fund study abroad opportunities, workshops and outreach programs.

Carl Jensen, director of CISS, said he feels that when students apply for jobs in the intelligence community they are well-prepared after being a member of CISS.

November 8, 2012

 
On Oct. 24, athletics director Ross Bjork named Brett Frank as the acting head coach of the Ole Miss Lady Rebel basketball program for the 2012-13 season. Just a day later, Frank was with Andy Kennedy in Hoover, Ala., at SEC media days.

 
On Oct. 24, athletics director Ross Bjork named Brett Frank as the acting head coach of the Ole Miss Lady Rebel basketball program for the 2012-13 season. Just a day later, Frank was with Andy Kennedy in Hoover, Ala., at SEC media days.
 

November 5, 2012

The Mississippi Prepaid Affordable College Tuition (MPACT) Plan is currently undergoing an actuarial audit. Enrollment for 2012 has been deferred temporarily, according to the program’s website.

The Mississippi Prepaid Affordable College Tuition (MPACT) Plan is currently undergoing an actuarial audit. Enrollment for 2012 has been deferred temporarily, according to the program’s website.
The board of the MPACT program has suspended new enrollments until the audit is complete.
“They have frozen it for Mississippi because there is some concern on investments and the rate of return,” said Laura Diven-Brown, director of financial aid at The University of Mississippi. “It’s under financial review to make sure it’s stable.”

November 1, 2012

The University of Mississippi Food Bank will open its doors next Thursday at 12:30 p.m.
Established by a joint committee of students and faculty, the food bank will be located in the old math lab in Kinard Hall.

The University of Mississippi Food Bank will open its doors next Thursday at 12:30 p.m.
Established by a joint committee of students and faculty, the food bank will be located in the old math lab in Kinard Hall.

Dr. Robert Cummings, director of the university’s Center for Writing and Rhetoric, is the faculty sponsor of the project, and the student directors are Jessica Brouckaert and Mary Margaret Saulters.

Brouckaert and Saulters are assisted by Margaret Ann Morgan, who serves as marketing chair.

October 31, 2012

Associated Student Body President Kimbrely Dandridge recently received emails from faculty and students who received parking citations for not having a decal after 5 p.m.

Associated Student Body President Kimbrely Dandridge recently received emails from faculty and students who received parking citations for not having a decal after 5 p.m.

“A lot of students don’t even know they can get tickets (after 5 p.m.),” Dandridge said.

Director of Parking and Transportation Services Isaac Astill said in order to park on campus, one must have a permit, period.

“After 5 o’clock, you still have to have a permit,” Astill said.

“The rule at 5 p.m. is that as long as you have a valid permit, you can park in any valid spot on campus.”

October 30, 2012

Tom Burnham, former superintendent of Mississippi and former dean of The University of Mississippi School of Education, is returning to the university to take on the job of director for the Principal Corps.

Tom Burnham, former superintendent of Mississippi and former dean of The University of Mississippi School of Education, is returning to the university to take on the job of director for the Principal Corps.

The Principal Corps was created in 2009 with a donation from the Jim and Donna Barksdale Foundation. It is an extensive 13-month program meant to help graduate students excel in leadership, educational and directorial abilities. The program includes summer sessions and an internship.

October 30, 2012

Last year I told you about some scary movies you should consider to get you in the Halloween spirit. Would you like some more of that? Good. I tried to make my choices a little more obscure this time in an effort to help you broaden your horizons. Just remember, it’s Halloween. Everyone’s entitled to one good scare.

Last year I told you about some scary movies you should consider to get you in the Halloween spirit. Would you like some more of that? Good. I tried to make my choices a little more obscure this time in an effort to help you broaden your horizons. Just remember, it’s Halloween. Everyone’s entitled to one good scare.
 
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 (2011)

October 29, 2012

 
The Peabody Award-winning ESPN documentary series “30 for 30” continues with tonight’s episode, “Ghost of Ole Miss.” The narrative, based on the long-format story by ESPN.com writer and Oxford resident Wright Thompson, who wrote and narrated the 1-hour documentary, explores the intersection in history of the undefeated 1962 Ole Miss football team and the integration of The University of Mississippi. Thompson worked with Peabody Award-winning director Fritz Mitchell on the project. Mitchell started his television career as a researcher for CBS Sports in 1982 and has produced other long-format documentaries for ESPN and PBS.

 

October 26, 2012

Riots overtook The University of Mississippi on Sept. 30, 1962. The reason – the pigment of a single man’s skin.

 

Riots overtook The University of Mississippi on Sept. 30, 1962. The reason – the pigment of a single man’s skin.
 
The admission of James Meredith, the first black person integrated into Ole Miss, created an integration struggle that allowed prejudice to hang heavily in the air.
 

October 25, 2012

In addition to the 50 year of integration celebration, The University of Mississippi welcomes to its campus the first black United Methodist bishop in the state of Mississippi. 

In addition to the 50 year of integration celebration, The University of Mississippi welcomes to its campus the first black United Methodist bishop in the state of Mississippi.

Bishop James Swanson will be a guest speaker of the Wesley Foundation in the ParisYates Chapel tonight at 7 p.m.

The Wesley Foundation has brought in Swanson as a part of the celebration of 50 years of integration at Ole Miss.

Rev. Eddie Willis, director of the Wesley Foundation, said the timing is “perfect” for the bishop to make an appearance.

October 25, 2012

 
Ole Miss athletics director Ross Bjork announced Tuesday that Brett Frank, who was previously listed as the associate head coach, will serve as the acting head coach of the Ole Miss women’s basketball program for the upcoming season.

 
Ole Miss athletics director Ross Bjork announced Tuesday that Brett Frank, who was previously listed as the associate head coach, will serve as the acting head coach of the Ole Miss women’s basketball program for the upcoming season.
 
Rebecca Kates-Taylor will continue serving as an assistant coach, and Taja Edwards has been promoted from coordinator of video services to assistant coach. Bjork said that they will go into the season without hiring a third assistant coach, but he did indicate there will be administrative additions to the staff.

October 23, 2012

 
Ole Miss announced on Saturday that women’s basketball head coach Adrian Wiggins was placed on administrative leave and two of his staff members, Kenya and Michael Landers, were terminated, in light of an ongoing joint investigation between Ole Miss and the NCAA over “impermissible recruiting contacts and academic misconduct.”

 
Ole Miss announced on Saturday that women’s basketball head coach Adrian Wiggins was placed on administrative leave and two of his staff members, Kenya and Michael Landers, were terminated, in light of an ongoing joint investigation between Ole Miss and the NCAA over “impermissible recruiting contacts and academic misconduct.”
 

October 22, 2012

At the beginning of the fall semester at an Associated Student Body retreat, President Kimbrely Dandridge asked members what frustrated students the most. The answer: parking.

At the beginning of the fall semester at an Associated Student Body retreat, President Kimbrely Dandridge asked members what frustrated students the most. The answer: parking.

“It was that fast when people said parking,” said Chad Bowman, ASB cabinet executive assistant.

The pre-pharmacy senior from Madison serves on Director of Parking and Transportation Services Isaac Astill’s parking and traffic committee. He became a parking representative for the ASB after Dandridge expressed wanting more information on parking.

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 18, 2012

The boil water notice on campus at The University of Mississippi will remain in effect until no earlier than Fri- day, according to physical plant officials. Director of the Physical Plant Department Ashton Pearson said the cause of the boil water notice was a break in a water line at a construction site.

The boil water notice on campus at The University of Mississippi will remain in effect until no earlier than Friday, according to physical plant officials. Director of the Physical Plant Department Ashton Pearson said the cause of the boil water notice was a break in a water line at a construction site.
“State laws require two consecutive days of clean water samples in order to lift the boil water notice,” Pearson said.
The first sample was taken and sent to the state lab yesterday morning, and the second will be taken and shipped to the lab this morning, according to Pearson.

October 15, 2012

Trash left in the Grove after football games has reached an all-time high, and the Baptist Student Union (BSU) is taking advantage of the need to clean up to help raise funds for summer mission projects.

Trash left in the Grove after football games has reached an all-time high, and the Baptist Student Union (BSU) is taking advantage of the need to clean up to help raise funds for summer mission projects. The BSU has been participating in the Grove Cleanup program longer than any other organization on campus. The program, which was developed by The University of Mississippi Landscape Services Department, began in 2004.

October 15, 2012

The University of Mississippi will host its first Dance Marathon for the Children’s Miracle Network in the spring of 2013.

The University of Mississippi will host its first Dance Marathon for the Children’s Miracle Network in the spring of 2013.

Dance Marathon is a nationwide philanthropy movement on college and high school campuses to raise money for their local Children’s Miracle Network hospitals. Proceeds from Ole Miss’ Dance Marathon, called Rebel THON, will go to Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital in Memphis.

Martina Cotelo, senior director of fundraising for Rebel THON, heard about Dance Marathon from an Ole Miss graduate while in Washington, D.C.