The city of Oxford can be an expensive place to live, yet without many of the people who work here and call it home, the town wouldn’t be the same. Amanda Martin works on campus in the Phi Mu sorority house, and she said Oxford has become increasingly expensive.
A young man sits across the table wearing a Greek letter shirt and a Yeti hat. His beard is roughly three to four days overgrown. He drives a sizable Ford pickup and listens to country music with the windows down, emblematic of the Southern phenotype.
On the first day of classes at his California middle school, Taylor Dowden got into a fist fight. He also met his best friend that day, and they remained close until Dowden moved from California to Memphis with his family and father, who was in the Navy.
While many people attach different words and meaning to states and cities, one UM student who has lived many places, but eventually found his way back to Mississippi, where his parents grew up, describes Oxford as “poised.” “It is a very urbane place,” Ethaniel Ryan Davis said. “Everyone knows everyone, and everyone – for the most part – enjoys each other as well.
William Faulkner’s biggest impact on Oxford was setting the town as the scene of his most famous novels. Thousands come from all over the United States each year to tour Rowan Oak, the author’s Oxford home.
It’s no secret that in the South, we like to do it big. A good football game and an ice-cold whiskey are “big” enough for most Southern men. However, it’s the women of the South who let “big” go straight to their hair.
When Kayle Barnett was in kindergarten, a small, schoolyard bully approached her on the playground to pick a fight and steal her red crayon. Furious, she pounced on the bully to get the crayon and her dignity back.
From playing her first musical instrument in sixth grade to winning a world class championship, an Oxford music teacher has been diligently working to gain experience and build a strong foundation within her programs.
Two University of Mississippi students are working at a local apartment complex while studying mechanical engineering and psychology. Answering phone calls, going over leases, consulting with residents, and breaking up pool parties is sometimes part of the job.
A New York native who has worked with the United States Forestry Service for 35 years with the philosophy of caring for the land and servicing the people is a park ranger in charge of the Holly Springs and Tombigbee National Forests.
For many University of Mississippi students, attending Ole Miss is a family tradition. Students come from all over the United States to carry on their family’s academic legacy. Florida native Michael Cassidy is one.
A young father is demonstrating what it means to provide for his family, achieve his goals, and improve his life by earning a college degree to forge a path as a coach and teacher.
The deep South is a place where many feel at home. Lafayette High School librarian Ann Roberts, 47, has returned to Oxford at several key moments in her life. She made a career out of giving back to her community through education and hopes to inspire others to do the same.
Since beginning school here in the fall of 2014, Morrison has become involved with so much more than the Honors College and band that brought him here. He wears many hats on the Ole Miss campus. He was well prepared and enthusiastic to dive into all the university and its surroundings had to offer.
University of Mississippi student Katarina Beck was raised by a single mother. She discovered her future career nearly four years ago as a high school sophomore, and is now adjusting to the freedom of living away from home.
University of Mississippi School of Education leaders are doing innovative things to improve the state and create high quality educators. This includes the new Mississippi Excellence in Teaching Program.