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August 20, 2012

Mosquitoes. Hordes of them. Thousands, no-millions. As thick as the night sky, they descended like the blood-thirsty vengeance of mother nature herself. For six long hours we suffered through the plague of insects. I tried everything I could think of. We emptied a can of 40 percent Deet repellant. We wrapped ourselves in our hammocks. At one point I even tried burying myself and smearing my body with mud.

 
Mosquitoes. Hordes of them. Thousands, no-millions. As thick as the night sky, they descended like the blood-thirsty vengeance of mother nature herself. For six long hours we suffered through the plague of insects. I tried everything I could think of. We emptied a can of 40 percent Deet repellant. We wrapped ourselves in our hammocks. At one point I even tried burying myself and smearing my body with mud. 

July 10, 2012

 
Neck pain is a common, unpleasant sensations, and it’s becoming increasingly more common. Sometimes referred to as “tech neck,” a stiff, sore neck is often the result of hunching over a laptop or desktop computer for long periods of time. It can also occur if you’re like me and cradle your cell phone between your ear and shoulder. Other common causes are sleeping in an awkward position, frequently carrying a heavy bag on one shoulder or just bad posture.
 
There are a few things you can do to avoid this neck pain and/or to remedy it if you are already experiencing it.

 
Neck pain is a common, unpleasant sensations, and it’s becoming increasingly more common. Sometimes referred to as “tech neck,” a stiff, sore neck is often the result of hunching over a laptop or desktop computer for long periods of time. It can also occur if you’re like me and cradle your cell phone between your ear and shoulder. Other common causes are sleeping in an awkward position, frequently carrying a heavy bag on one shoulder or just bad posture.
 

July 10, 2012

West Nile Virus has not disappeared in the South, despite the low number of reported cases.

 
West Nile Virus has not disappeared in the South, despite the low number of reported cases.
The Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) reported three human cases of the West Nile Virus (WNV) this past week. The report was last updated July 3, and three different counties have been affected this year: Hancock, Lauderdale and Lincoln. Mosquitoes in Forrest, Lincoln, Rankin and Pike county tested positive for the virus as well.

March 5, 2012

The Bennie Abram trial is still under way, as the University of Mississippi tries to get the case dismissed. Judge Andrew Howorth will rule on the motion to dismiss soon and is waiting on the plaintiffs to amend their complaints.

 

The Bennie Abram trial is still under way, as the University of Mississippi tries to get the case dismissed. Judge Andrew Howorth will rule on the motion to dismiss soon and is waiting on the plaintiffs to amend their complaints.

Abram, a former Ole Miss football player, died Feb. 19, 2010 from complications involving sickle cell trait following a football practice.

February 5, 2012

More than three months ago, Kappa Alpha Order lost three pledges in a car accident. Now, the fraternity is encouraging everyone to give blood Tuesday in memory of Sam Clayton Kelly, Mason Wilbanks and Walker Kelly.

 

More than three months ago, Kappa Alpha Order lost three pledges in a car accident. Now, the fraternity is encouraging everyone to give blood Tuesday in memory of Sam Clayton Kelly, Mason Wilbanks and Walker Kelly.

“Giving blood saves three lives, and with that being the same number of boys we lost, let’s put names and faces to the people they are saving,” sophomore KA member Matt McDonald said.

November 28, 2011

The number of people testing positive for HIV in Mississippi is approximately 600 every year for the past 10 years.
Mississippi has a reported higher rate of HIV-positive people than the rest of the nation as a whole.
Mississippi reported 7,577 cases to the Centers for Disease Control in 2010 and ranks 25th among the 50 states for reported AIDS cases.

November 1, 2011

Not sleeping in college could affect your health after graduation.

Not sleeping in college could affect your health after graduation.

Working late, partying later, studying in between and sleeping in small increments seems to be a common pattern for several students, especially those who want a social life. However, studies show that a lack of sleep could affect the mind and body both short- and long-term.

October 18, 2011

The TEA Party of Oxford met Tuesday night at the Lafayette County Chancery Court Building to discuss political issues cropping up this election season. 

 

The TEA Party of Oxford met Tuesday night at the Lafayette County Chancery Court Building to discuss political issues cropping up this election season. 

The goup’s mission statement states the belief in a strict interpretation of the constitution, free enterprise, responsible management of the treasury, limited government, private property rights, border security, personal responsibility and a strong defense of American freedom.

October 17, 2011

The time for seasonal flu shots has come yet again, and the Student Health Center at the University of Mississippi is encouraging students to get vaccinations.

 

The time for seasonal flu shots has come yet again, and the Student Health Center at the University of Mississippi is encouraging students to get vaccinations.

During a regular flu season, several hundred students are diagnosed with the virus. The highest the Health Center has seen was in 2009 during the outbreak of the swine flu when approximately 700 people were diagnosed with the flu.

October 17, 2011

Simms Haguewood, a senior education major, donated blood for the first time, and she did not know what she was getting herself into. 

Simms Haguewood, a senior education major, donated blood for the first time, and she did not know what she was getting herself into. 

She had heard horror stories about past donors fainting and vomiting, and the mere sight of needles was enough to send her over the edge. Therefore, Haguewood walked into the blood drive expecting the worst.

“When I went in the door, I figured it was going to be an awful experience and was already mapping out an escape route or excuse before they even asked me to roll up my sleeve,” she said.

August 31, 2011

 

To most, the sound of a bug buzzing in the ear warrants a simple wave of the hand without a second thought. 

However, this lack of concern may be coming to an end, as the total number of reported West Nile cases in Mississippi continues to rise.

August 24, 2011

 

Your body is a beautiful, natural work of art and you should be ashamed of it.   

At least, that was the mantra I encountered growing up. Sex education was a couple of days in health class; get the flu and you miss it.

 

Your body is a beautiful, natural work of art and you should be ashamed of it.   

At least, that was the mantra I encountered growing up. Sex education was a couple of days in health class; get the flu and you miss it. 

June 20, 2011

 

The University of Mississippi pharmacy department is continuing to make headlines this year.

May 18, 2011

The University of Mississippi is now a defendant in a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the family of the late Bennie Abram. 

The University of Mississippi is now a defendant in a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the family of the late Bennie Abram. Abram died after collapsing at a spring football practice in 2010. University Attorney Lee Tyner said Ole Miss has not formally received a lawsuit.  

April 19, 2011

Richard Buchholz, associate professor and biologist at the University of Mississippi, has discovered that female wild turkeys choose their mates based on physical appearances.

Richard Buchholz, associate professor and biologist at the University of Mississippi, has discovered that female wild turkeys choose their mates based on physical appearances.

“Turkeys are heavily ornamented, and I was interested in understanding how such strange structures could evolve,” Buchholz said. “Most birds are drab in coloration, but turkeys have those bright bare heads, glossy feathers and weird beard and spurs. They seemed like a perfect model species to answer my scientific question.”

April 7, 2011

The sun is starting to shine, the temperature is on the rise and spring has finally arrived — bringing more than just flowers, bees and leaves on trees.

The sun is starting to shine, the temperature is on the rise and spring has finally arrived — bringing more than just flowers, bees and leaves on trees.

Spring also brings sneezing and itchy eyes. As students attend classes, many are affected by the common symptoms of spring allergies.  

Dr. Barbara Collier, director of Student Health Services, said that some students come into the clinic thinking they are ill.

March 31, 2011

Leaves of three, leave it be.

Leaves of three, leave it be.

This is the age-old saying parents or scoutmasters teach children who are going to play outdoors.

If Ole Miss researchers have their way, leaf counting may be a hobby left to botanists.

Senior research scientist Dr. M. Khalid Ashfaq and Dr. Mahmoud A. Elsohly, president of Elsohly Laboratories, are working on a medicine that would help people be less sensitive to exposure of the poison ivy plant.

February 27, 2011

 

When I first heard the term “GM foods,” I thought General Motors was branching out. But as I read on, I became fascinated. 

USA Today had an article that literally opened my eyes to something going on over at the United States Agriculture Department. 

February 27, 2011

 

 

One out of every four college students has a sexually transmitted disease, according to a 2004 study by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. 

January 31, 2011

Bennie and Erma Abram, the parents of deceased Ole Miss football player Bennie Abram, III informed Chancellor Dan Jones Friday that they plan to sue the University for $10 million for actions they call “negligent and intentional” in regard to their son’s death.

Bennie and Erma Abram, the parents of deceased Ole Miss football player Bennie Abram, III informed Chancellor Dan Jones Friday that they plan to sue the University for $10 million for actions they call “negligent and intentional” in regard to their son’s death.

Abram, III passed away at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Oxford on Feb. 19, 2010, the same day that the 20-year-old collapsed during the first day of the Rebels’ spring football practice.

December 2, 2010

The City of Oxford has made new amendments to the leash law during the Board of Aldermen meeting on Nov. 16. The new ordinance states that dogs have to be on a leash within the city of Oxford unless they are on private property. This includes parks, sidewalks and the like. 

 

The City of Oxford has made new amendments to the leash law during the Board of Aldermen meeting on Nov. 16. The new ordinance states that dogs have to be on a leash within the city of Oxford unless they are on private property. This includes parks, sidewalks and the like. 

 

December 1, 2010

I really enjoyed the article on Wednesday about Mississippi law enforcement fighting new drugs. While I agree that bath salts could be the death of us all if not immediately banned, I want to bring to people’s attention a far more serious malady afflicting our community: spinning in office chairs. 

 

Dear Editor,

 

November 18, 2010

 

Thanksgiving has always been one of my favorite holidays. 

 

Thanksgiving has always been one of my favorite holidays. 

 

For me, it always meant going to the mountains of North Carolina with my mom’s side of the family and staying in a cabin.

November 5, 2010

In the late 1800s, there were thousands of black bears in Mississippi.

 

In the late 1800s, there were thousands of black bears in Mississippi.