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“What are you going to sing for us?”
“Pistol Annie’s ‘Hell on Heels.’”
And so our journey with Brandon native Skylar Laine begins. As soon as she burst into song in her American Idol audition, the judges, along with Americans across the country, were smitten. It was an easy decision for the judges — Skylar was Hollywood-bound.

Oh, boy, it’s finally here. The summer movie season officially kicks off tomorrow with “The Avengers,” and I can finally stop scraping the bottom of the barrel for stuff to review. It couldn’t come at a more perfect time either.

Hey, come on in. Take a seat on the sofa. How was school today? That’s good to know. Keep up the hard work. I just know it will pay off in the end. So ... listen. We need to talk about something. This has been in the works for a long time, and there really is no other way around it. I’m not going to sugarcoat this for you because you are old enough to handle it by now. The Daily Mississippian and I are separating.

In the two years that we have been doing test drives, we have done almost every modern pony car, ranging from a base V-6 Mustang, to the Camaro SS, to the venerable Mustang BOSS 302. One vital car that we were missing, though, was the Challenger. Well, we finally got a hold of one, and it’s the bad-ass of the Challenger line-up, the SRT8 392.

Each year, students, parents, locals and people from across the South head to Oxford for a weekend filled with entertainment, and The Double Decker Festival packed people onto the Square this past Friday and Saturday in honor of local art and tradition.

A majority of the people who have picked up The Grove Edition this semester were either confused, thrilled or had no idea what it was or why it existed. And as the editor and semi-creator of the Grove Edition, I have felt confused, thrilled and had no idea what was going on at various points during the semester.

The subject of this week’s article is a bit out of the ordinary. The plan was, in a nutshell, to travel to what used to be Nanih Waiya State Park and have a vision quest in an all-but-uncharted sacred cave that belongs to the Choctaw Nation.

In 1837, the year Martin Van Buren succeeded Andrew Jackson in the presidency and the year Michigan became the 26th state admitted to U.S., three pioneers, all named John, bought 50 acres of land from two Chickasaw Native Americans, Princess Hoka and E Ah Nah Yea. They named that 50 acres after a town in England to promote an air of class to their new settlement.

This year’s Double Decker Arts Festival will feature a first — Saturday’s Van Buren Stage, which is completely devoted to bands from Oxford, new and old.

Rooster Blues is a self-described, Hattiesburg-based brother-duo that hails from the birthplace of rock ’n roll. These Jimi Hendrix acolytes have been laying down their blend of blues, funk, jazz and good old-fashioned rock ‘n roll into an electrifying live show since 2003. Since then, they’ve recorded three albums and picked up a bluegrass flavor to their style.

It’s that time of year again. Flowers are blooming, the weather is warm and the Double Decker Arts Festival is looming on the horizon. On Friday and Saturday, the Square will be filled with food, art vendors, music and people from all over.

One hundred years ago this month a great tragedy occurred in the North Atlantic. More than 1,500 people lost their lives in the middle of the ocean, and years have been spent retracing exactly what went awry that fateful night.

When most people think of the opera, words like jazz, Marxism, risqué or social themes dealing with corporate greed, poverty or the subjugation of women don’t come to mind. Another two words that don’t appear to be synonymous are opera and Mississippi.


I love horror movies — or rather, I love good horror movies — and I sure as heck don’t see many good ones anymore. 

It was an ordinary day in the late spring semester. Students scarfed down their food and complained about finals, while others delighted in being one year closer to graduating. Suddenly, amid the normal ruckus, a lone girl started dancing to “Jai Ho.”

This year, the Student Programming Board pulled out all the stops, bringing arguably the biggest star to grace the Grove stage: Gavin DeGraw.

The Vin Diesel of sports cars returns for the 2013 model year with a few differences and refinements, while still retaining a good bit of familiarity. 

If you walked by Brittney Reese on the sidewalk, you would most likely pass by her slender frame and shy grin without realizing who she is. She blends in around here with her love of Ajax catfish, piano lessons and Xbox 360, and word of her success never passes through her own lips.

I’ll start off by saying that I had higher hopes for the content of this week’s article. I was hoping to get at least two hours outside of Oxford to something really off the beaten path, but thanks to rainy weather, chilly nights and the fact that all of my friends are constantly as busy as I am, I had to settle for making my own fun in good ole’ Oxford town. In retrospect, that’s not necessarily a bad thing; realistically, weekend vacations take a decent amount of effort to plan, most of which goes toward working around everybody’s individual schedule. At such a critical point in the semester, not many people have time for a lengthy trip of any kind, but we do have a few hours here and there. That’s what this week’s article is about. True enough, it’s not a nail-biting read, but there’s something to be said for finding ways to relieve some stress whenever you can.

Afternoons are lasting longer in the newly green Grove, while fresh blooms and home runs put some extra sweet in our tea. Springtime brings celebration to all things Mississippian and Southside Gallery will join in this April, exhibiting two different homegrown artists. 

Ever since Ford revolutionized the Mustang in 2005 with retro styling and new engines, the Mustang has kept getting better. In 2010, they updated the retro look, and then in 2011 they came out with the all-new 5.0-liter, 412-horsepower engine.

Cancer never sleeps. The disease claimed more than 572,000 lives in 2011, according to the American Cancer Society. 

I’m sure a grand total of no one was asking for another “American Pie” sequel, but the past decade has given rise to the trend of the belated “fourquel,” the fourth entry that comes long after the heyday of the original trilogies. 

Ever since Ford revolutionized the Mustang in 2005 with retro styling and new engines, the Mustang has kept getting better. In 2010, they updated the retro look, and then in 2011 they came out with the all-new 5.0-liter, 412-horsepower engine.