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.