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With the University of Mississippi instituting the new School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, the search is underway to find qualified professors for the multiple new classes being offered in the fall. 

Since the university is cutting costs at every opportunity, school officials have decided to keep the search internal for the time being and fill the positions with current faculty and staff where possible. 


The Oxford Police Department continues the search for an unidentified magic user who closely resembles Taylor McGraw, Associated Student Body president and advanced wizard. The wizard was seen casting transfiguration spells on unsuspecting non-magical citizens, also known as muggles, changing them into a variety of animals from frogs and turtles to cats and dogs.


A lot of “Grindhouse”-style movies that have been released in the past few years usually end up failing for one reason or another, be it from overuse of computer effects or failure to grasp that the “B” in “B-Movie” doesn’t stand for “bad.” There are occasional bright spots though, such as “Hobo with a Shotgun,” which was released on DVD and Blu-ray last week.


There are times I’ve gone into a movie not knowing what to expect, but a Michael Bay movie has never been one of those, and that goes double (now triple) for the “Transformers” movies. Mr. Bay gives you copious amounts of explosions, gratuitous shots of female body parts and plenty of sophomoric humor. 


Not long ago, we were all hanging off the edge of adolescence, relentlessly searching everywhere for a way to rebel against parents, authority or whatever else we opposed. One saying no doubt heard during our childhood is, “I don’t understand why you listen to that devil music!” 


The Oxford Shakespeare Festival is coming to a close, but the best production of the season is running three more times this weekend. Filled with intrigue and deception, “Twelfth Night” is a classic comedy, but probably a classic you haven’t seen like this.

Each season, the festival chooses two Shakespearean shows. One is done in typical fashion, Old English and all, while the other is tweaked to be more modern and distinct.


On the morning of June 14, an album dropped that truly deserves the word “sick.” Junior Boys, consisting of Jeremy Greenspan and Matt Didemus, recently released their fourth studio album “It’s All True.” The band must have visited the world of psychedelic beats and sweet vocals to bring us back this musical treat. The album includes nine songs that dare you to dance whenever you hear it, wherever you are. 


“You bite my lip, you spike my blood. You make my heart beat faster.” These are a sample of the lyrics from “Faster,” the opening track on Matt Nathanson’s new album “Modern Love.”


Not everyone can handle a classic Shakespearean play, but most everyone loves a classic musical, right? Amid the two Shakespeare shows this summer, the Oxford Shakespeare Festival is drawing in the family crowds with Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe’s “Camelot,” a musical extravaganza of medieval proportions.



Inspire. Serve. Transform. It’s funny how three simple words can mean so much to one person. As current Miss University Katherine Barkett prepares for the Miss Mississippi pageant on June 29, these are not only the words she lives by — they are the words that have shaped her pageant career. 


Summer has always meant three things to me: humidity, watermelon and Oxford Shakespeare Festival.

Shakespeare festivals are a popular summer commodity for starving artists to find employment for two to three months of fast rehearsals and long runs. Families across the country pack the outdoor theaters to listen to the melodic and poetic script and get a glimpse of what the theatrical world was like in Elizabethan times.

As I walked through Central Park on a dreary Saturday afternoon, I began to miss my Mississippi home. The trees reminded me of my backyard and I yearned for a sweet Southern breeze. 

A sweet breeze is hard to come by in NYC. In a place so congested and fast-paced, the serenity of home is all but lost.


During the height of his popularity and creativity, Steven Spielberg made some of the greatest movies of all time. 



Callie Daniels is approaching her sophomore year at the University of Mississippi as a journalism major at the Meek School of Journalism and New Media. She attends honors courses, goes out to hear music on the weekends and is dealing with managing time between her boyfriend and her heavy course load. 

Daniels is deaf. Though born hearing, after many sicknesses and much medication in the beginning of her life, she lost the ability to hear. 


When we were in grade school, getting out for summer break felt like a dream come true. Now for most of us, summer break is yet another opportunity to further ourselves academically. As we scurry through the blinding heat on the way to class, we lose track of those summer moments that left a glow in our hearts and memories. However, one can find salvation from a sweaty, zombified state as we go to and from summer classes in the tantalizing sounds of The Naked and Famous.


There hasn’t been a good X-Men movie since 2002 when I was a junior in high school, so I didn’t exactly have high hopes for the newest installment, “X-Men: First Class,” which was released June 3. 


With every new seasons comes new fashions, and there’s no better place to check out the styles than Fifth Avenue in New York City.

Shoppers stroll along with shopping bags in hand as elaborate window displays add color to the gray sidewalks.

Ole Miss graduate Harper Ferguson, an assistant buyer at Saks, is one of the people responsible for what goes in those windows for summer. 


Have you ever been to a party where some drunk guy assigns himself the role of comedian? You humor him at first, but then he keeps going and going and eventually it gets brutally uncomfortable? Me neither, but I have seen “The Hangover: Part II,” and I’d like to think the experience is somewhat similar. 

Junior Brooks with Alpha BrothersJunior Brooks Turner is a white guy in a black fraternity at Ole Miss.

When the Egyptian revolution began on Jan. 25, Ole Miss graduate student Ahmed Abdelrahman had been in the United States for one week.

Expecting the revolution to begin in November because of the elections, he was not surprised when it finally did happen — the Egyptian people had enough and wanted change.

Abdelrahman talked to his family and friends every day, making sure they were safe and getting updates from within the country about what was happening.

The Ole Miss Amateur Radio Club, or “ham radio” as it is sometimes called, is one of the smaller club organizations on campus, consisting of six student members and president Richard Burgett.

Burgett is a researcher and engineer who works for the UM National Center for Physical Acoustics and has been a part of the Amateur Radio Club for three years.

He said it is a privilege to be a part of the Amateur Radio Club and to be an amateur radio operator.