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Fifty years ago on Sept. 30, 1962, the familiar sights of the Grove, the Lyceum and the Circle were grotesque images filled with smoke, chaos and hatred.

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

On Oct. 1, 1962, James Meredith became the first black man to attend Ole Miss, making history and changing the future of The University of Mississippi forever.

Republican incumbent U.S. Rep. Alan Nunnelee defended attacks on Congress and continued his campaign to repeal “Obamacare” Thursday in a debate with the Democratic challenger Brad Morris at The University of Mississippi’s Overby Center for Southern Journalism and Politics.

Heading into year one in the Hugh Freeze era, there were relatively low expectations for the play on the field, but coming off their bye week, the Ole Miss Rebels (4-3, 1-2 SEC) will make the trip to Little Rock, Ark., to face the Arkansas Razorbacks (3-4, 2-2 SEC), as they look to take another step forward in their quest to become bowl eligible. 

In this week’s installment, The Daily Mississippian football beat writer Bennett Hipp gives his keys to this week’s matchup.

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In this week’s edition of Four Downs, The Daily Mississippian football beat writers Bennett Hipp and Matt Sigler, sports editor David Collier and managing editor Austin Miller answer four questions regarding the week’s matchup.

I mean, really though, who didn’t laugh at Joe Biden’s derisive reactions during the vice presidential debates? Probably Republicans, now that I think about it, but if you’re not a Republican, I bet you were having a grand time. When Obama or Romney make snarky remarks to each other, my friends and I start laughing because we’ve finally got a glimpse of how enraged these candidates are at each other for spreading so many lies over the last eight months.
Incivility makes candidates human.

It is that time of year again, folks: Hallow’s Eve is just around the corner to scare the pants right off you. But in all seriousness, Halloween is by far my favorite holiday. I thought once I went to college, I would have to retire my enthusiasm for Halloween, but actually, it got even better.

Parent-led conversion of low-performing schools has been on the rise across
the nation, and Mississippi schools are being taken into consideration.

The Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) decides if a school should be converted into a charter school by looking at the school’s academic rating and

“Charter schools are independent public schools allowed freedom to be more innovative, while being held accountable for improved student achievement,” as stated by the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools.

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. 

Students walking through the Quad this week might notice something unusual.
The University of Mississippi student organization SistahSpeak! has dyed the water in the Phi Mu fountain pink in support of individuals affected by breast cancer.

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 enters Saturday’s showdown against Arkansas with the potential of having one of their biggest offensive games of the season. The Rebels (4-3, 1-2 SEC) will take on a Razorback defense that is ranked 13th in the SEC in total defense, 12th in scoring defense, last in pass defense and fifth in rush defense. 

A quarterback is looked at to command the offense and establish himself as a leader both in the huddle and in the locker room. Sophomore Bo Wallace has done just that in his first season at Ole Miss. The Pulaski, Tenn., native has been welcomed with open arms to the football team and has taken over as the Rebel’s leader under center.

In this week’s installment, The Daily Mississippian’s sports editor David Collier will rank the 14 Southeastern Conference teams. Opponents, game times and television networks are also included for each team.

The Ole Miss women’s soccer team (12-7, 5-7 SEC) will wrap up its 2012 regular season against Mississippi State (8-10-1, 1-10-1 SEC) tonight in Starkville. The two teams will be competing for the Magnolia Cup, which Ole Miss won last season with a 2-0 win against the Lady Bulldogs in Oxford. The Lady Rebels lead the overall series 10-5-3 and has won four of the last five meetings between the two teams.

After snapping a four-game losing streak with an upset win over Missouri and a sweep of South Carolina last weekend, the Ole Miss volleyball team (10-10, 4-7 Southeastern Conference) will host one match this weekend against the Auburn Tigers (13-8, 4-7) on Sunday at 1:30 p.m. 

I was unaware that Greenville, Miss., is the “Hot Tamale Capital of the World,” but all of Camp Looking Glass found this out last Saturday afternoon when we attended the town’s Hot Tamale Festival.
At Camp Looking Glass, each counselor is paired with a camper at functions. Mine is Antoine, a familiar face for a lot of people in this part of the Delta. The “First Annual” Hot Tamale Festival was a meet and greet for him; he rendezvoused with cousins, friends, church members and so on all day.