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There is genuine evil in this world that society fails to acknowledge. Baby seal poachers, Goldman Sachs mortgage bond salesmen, biological weapons engineers and college textbook companies are just a few examples.


Ole Miss has been fond of changes lately. Criticism came after banning Colonel Reb, “From Dixie With Love” and the Rebel flags in Vaught-Hemingway Stadium. Ask any committee member from a historical preservation board or something like it: people do not react well to change.

As most students were enjoying their Spring Break last week, Mississippi Republicans held their primary elections and, unsurprisingly, Sen. Rick Santorum finished in first with almost 33 percent of the vote. Because Mississippi is dominated by evangelical Christian conservatives, it was no surprise they would lean toward the purported more ideologically conservative candidates — Santorum and Gingrich, who finished in first and second place, respectively.

The week after Spring Break is always great for one of my favorite pastimes at Ole Miss — people-watching. You can divide the student population into two groups by simply judging the color of their tan: those who went to the beach for a week of sun and partying, and those who went home for some R&R. 

How many times have you heard, “Where is religion in schools?” or “God has a place in the education system?” If you’re even somewhat interested in politics, especially Mississippi politics, you know the religion-in-school debate makes an appearance quite often.

The Center for Manufacturing Excellence at the University of Mississippi will be named in honor of former Gov. Haley Barbour, a decision approved by the Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning.

Just so you know before you read, I do not live in Gregg Harper’s district and do not agree with him on most political issues.

Coming back from Spring Break can be like that extra hour of sleep we lost when daylight savings time took over our clocks: it’s hard at first, we’re groggy and yawning, but eventually our bodies readjust and we forge ahead.

Last Sunday on an episode of “The Firm” (a television show based on John Grisham’s novel by the same name), a U.S. Army-man’s son was murdered by the federal government; he was assassinated in a Washington, D.C. suburb due to his associations with terrorists and as a means to stop the son from bombing a D.C. landmark.

Occasionally I find myself appealing to members of a previous generation to discuss how their perception of a topic has changed from when they were my age to what it is now.

In Mississippi, it seems that just about every year there is a movement to cut the grocery tax.

Slowly but surely, attention is being drawn to an issue that many of us are uncomfortable thinking about. Sex trafficking is a difficult subject. No one wants to think about anyone being forced into slavery in any form, let alone sex slavery. And the fact that children and runaway girls are preyed on by human traffickers makes the topic that much more painful. But I can’t help but feel that 50 years from now, people will look back and wonder why it took so long for us to start caring in the same way that we look back on the slavery of blacks and the injustices they suffered during segregation and ask the same question.  

Groceries in Mississippi should not be subject to full sales tax. Taxing essential items like food is, simply put, the most regressive existing form of taxation.

Perhaps you’ve heard there’s an election this year. From the incessant media coverage to the Super PAC attack ads, you’re probably ready for it all to be over with – even if 2012 is supposedly the year the world ends. 

After months of waiting, spring break is almost here. 


Dear Editor,

An article published in yesterday’s DM, “Some ASB Elections Were Won on Empty Promises” by Sean Higgins, called last weeks’ ASB elections “disappointing.”  

Some of the statements made were unfair. All of the candidates who ran for president and vice president were certainly qualified for the positions they were seeking. 


Dear Editor,

Response to “Some ASB elections were won on empty promises”


If you told me in September that I would be in a long-distance relationship while studying abroad, I would have said you were absolutely crazy. I was single, happy and had every reason to stay that way, especially with my year in Brazil drawing ever nearer. 


This past Friday, I had the pleasure of listening to Myrlie Evers-Williams, civil rights activist and wife of the late Medgar Evers. Evers-Williams has experienced so much in her lifetime — witnessing the assassination of her husband, the integration of the University of Mississippi and countless civil rights and women’s rights events. However, Evers-Williams did not just witness history; she helped create it. 

In a country that promotes physical perfection to the umpteenth degree, we Americans strive for that acme of fitness, whether for purely aesthetic reasons or truly for our health, sometimes to the extreme. Nutrition, diets, exercise programs, health equipment; all of it is big business in the United States today. Medicinenet.com reports that Americans spend an estimated $42 billion annually on weight-loss foods, products and services. That’s a lot of Atkins’ Bars and Slim Fast.

In all my years, I’ve never gained so much insight and knowledge in one sitting. I sat in Fulton Chapel this past Friday listening to the wisdom of a civil rights activist’s widow, lecturer, advocate and, most of all, a black woman. 

I would like to say a huge thank you to Lexi Thoman for her opinion piece in the Feb. 28 DM, “The culture of victim blaming.” This is such an important issue, and it is great to see one of our students speaking up and giving a voice to the many survivors in our community.