After graduating from college in May, I am leaving the state of Mississippi. I’ve known Mississippi for my entire life. She feels safe. She feels comforting. She feels familiar. I grew up in her schools and learned from her people.
My experience working as a member of the Mississippi Capitol Press Corps has been eye-opening. Prior to our trip to the state capitol building in Jackson, I had never done any reporting outside of my Oxford, Mississippi bubble. The trip was about experiencing new opportunities and returning to Oxford a better reporter than when I left. I can say without a doubt that is what happened.
Politicians are notorious for smooth talking and skirting policy specifics while highlighting their achievements in office. State politicians are no different, and in Mississippi, where politicians haven’t had many achievements in recent years, the conversation truly must shift from one of past accomplishments to future workings.
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The Northern and Southern regions of the United States are known historically for their differences, most infamously during the Civil War. Even in our present day, there are still vast differences in the social and cultural behavior of people from the North and South.
Community service is the core of the University of Mississippi, and the employees who work in the Chancellor’s Office, located inside the school’s oldest building, aim to help students.
On Aug. 21, 2015, Kassidy Bailey sat beside her friend Wyatt Hemmings as he drove the two around his property on a Canadian-American Challenge Cup, or Can-AM, vehicle in Strayhorn, Mississippi at midnight. It was her first time on the ATV.
We said goodbye to our new furry friends and continued on our trek to the unknown. We came around one last bend, and that’s when I saw her for the first time. An iconic old house sits at the stop sign when you enter Taylor. Instinctively I turned left, and found Taylor Grocery.
There’s a magical little record store called The End of All Music, one of the greatest gems this town has to offer. The minute I walk in, I am greeted with the aroma of old records, a smell I’ve come to appreciate in my years of collecting.
The Honors College is more than just a place for the elite; it is a home. With only 10 percent of each freshman class gaining acceptance, and class sizes capped at 15 students, the Honors College is a special place at the University of Mississippi.
Growing up in Madison, Mississippi, Jack Blumenthal developed a love for football at a young age. Watching a young NFL quarterback named Tom Brady grow from a forgettable sixth round draft pick into arguably the greatest man to ever play the game inspired Blumenthal to pursue organized football at age 10.
Crossroads Cultural Arts Center is in the heart of the Delta in Downtown Clarksdale, a place known all over the world as the home of the blues. The Mississippi Delta is the birthplace of many music legends like Muddy Waters, Howling Wolf, and Ike Turner.
Mark Burson began teaching at the University of Mississippi on Jan. 27, 2016, but not before spending 43 years in California. “My only regret is that it took me so long to discover Oxford, Mississippi,” he said. “I wish I had done it 30 years ago.”
Oxford and the University of Mississippi offer opportunities to thrive academically, socially, artistically and spiritually. Some have a unique story about what Oxford has meant to them as a student, resident or visitor.
Newswatch field reporter, Daniella Oropeza, recently received her degree in broadcast journalism. Daniella joined Newswatch as a junior in 2015. Although she’s sad to leave, she has plenty to look forward to.
Members of the North Mississippi band, The Mother Infinite, have dedicated their lives to create unique and innovative musical art. The group has spent the last 14 months or so writing, recording, and mixing their own songs.
Oxford, Mississippi isn’t the first place that comes to mind if you were to ask someone to name a “tech hub.” It probably wouldn’t be the second or third either. That’s why it’s exciting to see a promising tech startup here.
When the Bible was created, polytheism was the main method of worship. Polytheism is the belief in many gods – “poly” meaning many and “theism” meaning god. The idea behind the polytheistic way is the belief that there was more than one power or force within the universe.