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October 2, 2012

“The Houston Police Department places the highest value on human life, and events like these are tragic and unfortunate for everyone involved.”
This is what the chief of the Houston Police Department in Texas said after one of his officers shot and killed a schizophrenic, wheelchair-bound double-amputee on Monday. The man had impressively cornered the offending officer’s partner — who was, just so we’re all on the same page here, not missing any of his limbs — in a way so that the partner couldn’t get away.

September 3, 2012

“The university is respected, but Ole Miss is loved. The university gives a diploma and regretfully terminates tenure, but one never graduates from Ole Miss,” is a quote from alumnus Frank Everett that hangs from the wall of the Student Union. 

“The university is respected, but Ole Miss is loved. The university gives a diploma and regretfully terminates tenure, but one never graduates from Ole Miss,” is a quote from alumnus Frank Everett that hangs from the wall of the Student Union.
In the midst of tough economic times, the University of Mississippi has been incredibly successful in raising funds through private donations, so much so that the 2012 fiscal year was the second-best fundraising year in the 165-year history of the university.

July 11, 2012

A recent lawsuit involving former NFL player Derrick Burgess and his dogs has spurred some questioning by Oxford and Lafayette County citizens.

 
A recent lawsuit involving former NFL player Derrick Burgess and his dogs has spurred some questioning by Oxford and Lafayette County citizens.
Brent and Jennifer Johnson sued Burgess for allegedly allowing his 10 to 15 pit bulls run free in their neighborhood, according to the Associated Press. The Johnsons claimed the dogs killed several cats and chickens and were aggressive toward children in the neighborhood. Though the lawsuit was settled outside of court, Oxonians were exposed to some questions concerning their own pets.

June 12, 2012

The Volunteer Oxford organization has received a $40,000 grant to continue operation in the Oxford and Lafayette county area.

 
The Volunteer Oxford organization has received a $40,000 grant to continue operation in the Oxford and Lafayette county area. The grant, which is a continuation of the grant that was awarded to Volunteer Oxford last year, was approved by the Mississippi Commission for Volunteer Service (MCVS) this past Friday. MCVS wrote the grant in an effort to increase the rate of volunteerism by building infrastructure for volunteer centers. 

April 24, 2012

Breathalyzers in the form of vending machines have been installed in bars throughout the Oxford Square. 

 

Breathalyzers in the form of vending machines have been installed in bars throughout the Oxford Square. 

The IntoxBox is a wall-mounted, touchscreen machine that has the capability to measure a patron’s blood alcohol content.

Rooster’s Blues House and the Burgundy Room above Old Venice Pizza Co. are the first two homes of the IntoxBox.

April 19, 2012

The University of Mississippi has long been considered one of the safest campuses in the country, but with recent shootings at in-state neighbors Mississippi State and Jackson State, some concern has spread across the campus regarding just how safe we are. 

 

The University of Mississippi has long been considered one of the safest campuses in the country, but with recent shootings at in-state neighbors Mississippi State and Jackson State, some concern has spread across the campus regarding just how safe we are. 

In 2010, the Daily Beast researched nine major criminal incidents and came up with the 50 Safest/Most Dangerous college campuses in the country. The statistics account for the previous three calendar years. 

April 9, 2012

 

The Oxford Police Department plans to send two new officers to attend an annual narcotic-detector dog training course April 30 through May 4 in Vicksburg. 

 

The Oxford Police Department plans to send two new officers to attend an annual narcotic-detector dog training course April 30 through May 4 in Vicksburg. 

While the K-9 program, which started in the 1990s, is not new, Oxford Police Chief Mike Martin said the officers that will attend the training course are new K-9 handlers.

April 8, 2012

The Mississippi Court of Appeals will visit the University of Mississippi School of Law on April 18 with its “Court on the Road” program, which will provide students the opportunity to witness two oral arguments.

The Mississippi Court of Appeals will visit the University of Mississippi School of Law on April 18 with its “Court on the Road” program, which will provide students the opportunity to witness two oral arguments.
“The program is a teaching tool for students,” said Beverly Kraft, public information officer for the Administrative Office of Courts. “It gives them an opportunity to see the court at work.”

April 3, 2012

As one of the top military programs in the nation, the Ole Miss Army ROTC owes much of its success to its encouraging environment and unique camaraderie.

 

As one of the top military programs in the nation, the Ole Miss Army ROTC owes much of its success to its encouraging environment and unique camaraderie.

The program recently received the MacArthur Award, labeling it as one of eight valued programs across the nation. The award, which is given based on evaluations in several areas, like academics and cadet performances, focuses on three key terms: duty, honor and country. 

April 2, 2012

Last Friday was the deadline for petitions to be a 2013 senior class officer. Elections are quickly approaching. This week starts off the official campaigning after a certification meeting Monday night for candidates.

 

Last Friday was the deadline for petitions to be a 2013 senior class officer. Elections are quickly approaching. This week starts off the official campaigning after a certification meeting Monday night for candidates.

Matthew Kiefer, current Associated Student Body attorney general, said senior class officer elections afford rising seniors the opportunity to voice who they would like to represent their class in the coming year.

March 22, 2012

The Oxford-University community is no stranger to automobile accidents. With a hit and run on campus and some traffic accidents already this year, the question is whether the town and campus are safe for drivers and pedestrians.

 

The Oxford-University community is no stranger to automobile accidents. With a hit and run on campus and some traffic accidents already this year, the question is whether the town and campus are safe for drivers and pedestrians.

There have been close to 268 automobile accidents and an estimated 99 DUIs within the Oxford city limits since January, according to Oxford Police Chief Mike Martin.

Martin said there were minor to no injuries with most of these accidents, and there have been no serious injuries that were alcohol-related.

February 17, 2012

The Associated Student Body candidates got in front of a crowd at the Overby Center for Southern Politics and Journalism at the University of Mississippi on Thursday night to debate. 

The Associated Student Body candidates got in front of a crowd at the Overby Center for Southern Politics and Journalism at the University of Mississippi on Thursday night to debate.  
Candidates running for each position pitched why they should be elected, and the vice presidential and presidential candidates took questions from students.

February 2, 2012

I would like to ask all of the Oxford Police Depatment officers to please get on the same page in regard to the Oxford dog leash law. 

 

I would like to ask all of the Oxford Police Depatment officers to please get on the same page in regard to the Oxford dog leash law. 

For the greater majority of the 11 months that I have had my dog Cash, I’ve kept him on a leash in Oxford like the law demands. I have only allowed him off leash after two separate OPD officers gave me their permission to do so as long as I maintained control over him with the assistance of a remote electronic training collar (E-collar). 

September 26, 2011

Every September RAINN, or Rape Abuse Incest National Network, goes out to different big cities and campuses to promote protection from sexual assault.
Elwyn Lopez directed the “RAINN Day” event at Ole Miss this year.
“As a journalist, I believe you should shine light on issues that are unspoken and that most people don’t really talk about,” Lopez, a journalism senior, said.
This year was Lopez’s first time working with RAINN, but it was not her first charity work.

September 11, 2011

 

Everyday officers with the University Police Department patrol the nation’s most beautiful campus in order to protect the student body from harm. 

September 6, 2011

Have you ever looked around the bar and said to yourself, “Wow, that kid looks like he’s 14.” Well, he might have been.

During the first half of 2011, the Oxford Police Department charged approximately 50 individuals with possession of false identification; however, this number represents only a small portion of the fake IDs that were seized in Oxford this year.

August 23, 2011

Quarterback Randall Mackey was arrested for disorderly conduct late Monday night, early Tuesday morning. 

Mackey was not at practice Tuesday due to a class conflict. After practice Tuesday, Nutt said Mackey will not play the first game Sept. 3 against BYU.

Quarterback Randall Mackey was arrested for disorderly conduct late Monday night, early Tuesday morning. 

Mackey was not at practice Tuesday due to a class conflict. After practice Tuesday, Nutt said Mackey will not play the first game Sept. 3 against BYU.

“I’ll take care of it the right way,” Nutt said of his discipline of Mackey. “I always have, always will. Randall Mackey will not play the first game. I’m still looking into everything. The bottom line is he got in a fight. 

July 13, 2011

 

Amid the current period of growth at the University of Mississippi, Chancellor Dan Jones has announced an initiative to improve relationships between the university and the outside world. 

July 7, 2011

 

Former University Police officer, Army National Guard veteran, Ole Miss student, and family man’s memory is being honored with a new scholarship endowment for the criminal justice program at Ole Miss.

July 1, 2011

 

This year’s race for Mississippi governor will make a stop at Ole Miss next week as Democratic candidates Bill Luckett and Johhny DuPree participate in a debate at 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 6, in the Overby Center for Southern Journalism and Politics. 

April 27, 2011

In a world where technology is growing at ever-increasing speeds, social media has become a vital resource for consumers worldwide.

In a world where technology is growing at ever-increasing speeds, social media has become a vital resource for consumers worldwide.

Political candidates and pundits alike have embraced the services of Facebook and Twitter to connect with their audience. Just this year, these outlets have been cited for their roles in the “Arab Spring” revolutions.

So where does Ole Miss fit into the growing social media phenomenon?

The answer to this question may be as easy as one, two, “Zing.”

April 6, 2011

Joseph Urgo, a former professor at Ole Miss, is now the president of St. Mary’s College in Maryland.

Joseph Urgo, a former professor at Ole Miss, is now the president of St. Mary’s College in Maryland.

Urgo, a native of Connecticut, received his master’s degree and Ph.D. in American civilization from Brown University.

He taught at Ole Miss from 2000 to 2006 as both English professor and chair of the department. He became the chief academic officer at Hamilton College in New York in 2006. He received the position of president at St. Mary’s College in July 2010.  

March 28, 2011

Oxford High School Principal Michael Martin faces criticism from some parents concerned about security measures after a fugitive entered a classroom on Wednesday, March 23.

Oxford High School Principal Michael Martin faces criticism from some parents concerned about security measures after a fugitive entered a classroom on Wednesday, March 23.

Waymon Terry Russell entered the OHS campus in an attempt to evade a federal officer who was in pursuit after Russell fled the scene of a car chase that resulted in a wreck, local law enforcement officials said.

March 23, 2011

Some parents of Oxford High School students are pushing for stronger on-site security after a burglary suspect entered the school as he fled from police Wednesday.

Some parents of Oxford High School students are pushing for stronger on-site security after a burglary suspect entered the school as he fled from police Wednesday.

An Oxford police officer attempted to stop a stolen pickup truck carrying two burglary suspects on the Square at 12:35 p.m., but the vehicle fled eastbound on Jackson Avenue, according to police. The driver tried to escape the officer by driving off-road near Jackson Square Condominiums and crashed into a group of trees.