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I think the Republican Primary Debates are stalking me. Everywhere I turn, no matter how hard I try to ignore them, they show up begging to be gawked at.
After last week’s insane-a-thon, I vowed to ignore the rest of the lot. Less than six days later, however, I was drawn back into yet another edition of “America’s Got Ignorance.”
The highlight of the night occurred when the crowd shouted in agreement that a sick man who did not choose to buy health insurance should be left on the street to die.

In the 48-year existence of the Porsche 911, it has not only become a capable sports car, but an icon as well.
However, when a car reaches iconic status, it becomes increasingly difficult to redesign, fueled by purists who don’t want to see any drastic changes to their beloved sports car.
Therefore, Porsche developed what they call an “evolution, not revolution” design philosophy in updating the Porsche 911, which might take a trained eye to notice the differences in the new 2012 model.


It’s the second year of Hillel on the University of Mississippi campus. 

Many people wonder why the Ole Miss campus needs another religious organization, but this one is different.

Founded in 1923, Hillel has become the largest Jewish student organization in the world, boasting over 550 chapters worldwide. 

The organization focuses on the Jewish community of Oxford, along with the community at Ole Miss. 


Some say that laughter is the best medicine, which is great news for those who frequently visit the Blind Pig Pub and Deli.

On Tuesday nights, from 9:30 p.m. until close, the Blind Pig transforms into a freestyle comedy club. 

Open Mic Comedy Night at the Blind Pig is open to anyone who has ever dreamed of becoming a comedian, or those who simply want to brush up on his or her comedy techniques. 


Are you from Tennessee? Because you’re the only 10 I see! Going far beyond such a horrible pick-up line, Proud Larry’s presents an amazing band that will literally be the only 10 you see on Sept. 26. 

The band is called “10 Out of Tenn” and is made up of 10 separate artists, each with successful careers of their own. 


Most people are familiar with the term “sex,” or what is referred to as “the birds and the bees.” 

Whatever term you may use, it is safe to say the average college student has had sex. According to the Kinley Institute of California State University, men, on average, lose their virginity at age 16.9, while women lose theirs at age 17.4.

SistahSpeak! is well aware of this observation, which is why the organization is hosting a sex education fair on Wednesday, Sept. 14 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Union lobby.


I am in no way a music critic, so I was shocked when I was asked to cover an up-and-coming artist Thursday night at Soulshine Pizza Factory. 


On Aug. 6, an American helicopter was shot down in Afghanistan — it was the largest loss of American lives in a single event since 2005.

A new season boasting four recent Broadway sensations opens in a month at the Gertrude C. Ford Center for the Performing Arts, and with the new season comes a few changes.

The most notable change: After much deliberation, the shows’ curtain time will be bumped up an hour to 7 p.m.

Eco fashion is becoming more and more relevant every day.

There are over 200 clothing and accessory brands, over 50 makeup brands and even a fashion week dedicated solely to ecological and sustainable fashion. 

Stores like H&M and Urban Outfitters even sell ecological fashions.


To celebrate the artistry of the Gulf Coast, the University of Mississippi Museum is hosting an exhibition featuring John Alexander and Walter Anderson, whose works include paintings, block prints and sketches. 

Michele Bachmann claimed that God is urging Americans to vote Republican by way of Hurricane Irene and this week’s earthquake off the East Coast.
I’m sorry; I should have prefaced that with something, maybe given an amusing anecdote or the like to ease you into all that.
I spent a while trying to figure out something funny to say about it in, but in truth, I instead have come to the sad conclusion that Michele Bachmann is simply much better at comedy than me.

Imagine yourself walking, or stumbling, through the student section on game day.
The crowd stands up to sing the fight song or “Dixie” and usually breaks out the “Hotty Toddy” chant to really get the game started. There is one factor in this string of tradition most students overlook, but without it, the spirit of the game wouldn’t be the same: the band.
This year the band has made some changes to increase the spirit of the game.
For starters, it is moving to the student section.


On June 28, Google launched a campaign to kill Facebook.


Ask any American who has owned a previous generation Ford Focus what they thought about their car, and you prob- ably wouldn’t get many positive remarks.

Ole Miss has always been a hot spot for fun and entertainment for students and the Oxford community.
From its Southern tailgating traditions to its culturally-influenced background, it’s easy to see why.
However, this year I encourage every Rebel to step outside of his or her “football comfort zone” and explore some of the other great things Ole Miss has to offer.
So with that, I present you a list of the top five things to do at Ole Miss this year.
1. Join an organization

Racing the clock and attempting to remember everything while avoiding foot traffic and not getting lost in the vast unknown of the University of Mississippi is the life of an Ole Miss freshman.
As a newcomer, the beautifully historic buildings just look like buildings.
It takes some time before a person can point to a structure and name it, or even give directions to someone who needs a little help along the way.
For a freshman or transfer student, finding one’s way around campus can prove to be quite the difficult task.


I was just watching “Sex and the City 2,” my favorite of the two movies, and the flashbacks took me back to a time when I was first discovering fashion. 

The luscious fabrics, the endless possibilities — it almost made me feel like a little girl playing dress up in my mom’s old clothes again.


Minutes before the start of the final rehearsal, the director gives Stella a note about her performance. 

The cast (Stella included) begins to laugh, and the nervous energy from the final dress jitters begins to wash away.

Based on my minimal awareness of “The Help,” which opened in theaters Aug. 10 and was based on the novel of the same name, I was expecting to have to sit through “White Guilt: the Motion Picture,” but I must say I was pleasantly surprised by this enjoyable, if imperfect, movie.
Set in Jackson in the early 1960s, “The Help” follows aspiring journalist and Ole Miss graduate Skeeter Phelan, played by Emma Stone, and her relationship with two black maids, Aibileen and Minny, played by Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer, respectively.  


Oxford’s skate crowd gathers in the evenings when the heat subsides and the sun casts their shadows gliding on the concrete.

They hang out at Oxford Skate Park, a hub for alternative youth. Many are Ole Miss students, some of which have even come to school here because of the park. 

“Everything that has happened to me in my life has come through skateboarding,” said Austin Beard, 20, an Ole Miss junior who met most of his friends growing up in Horn Lake. 


Using only her voice, Colbie Caillat harnesses the power to influence multitudes and change the feelings of even the universe itself. 

It is not the power that seems to eternally radiate from Christina Aguilera, Jennifer Hudson and Aretha Franklin’s superhuman vocal cords, but a different kind of power that creeps up on you and lulls you into blissful submission. 


The University of Mississippi’s newest edition, the School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, has added new opportunities for students who are looking to major in something less conventional. The offered majors, which range from herbology to potions, have caught the attention of many across the country.