Column: The Ole Miss Big Event builds relationships in the Lafayette, Oxford and University community

Each year, the city of Oxford prepares itself to become home to several thousand new students. After a short break each summer, the University of Mississippi’s 20,000 students reunite in Oxford. In response to this reunion, many of the city’s well-known qualities return — Jackson Avenue traffic, long restaurant waits, and rowdy nightlife on the Square. These are all too familiar to permanent Oxford residents.

Column: University of Mississippi should offer a fashion merchandising specialization

The University of Mississippi is known for having one of the best accounting schools in the country. Ole Miss is also known as the “Harvard of the South” for its outstanding law program. The university, however, is lacking in the fashion department. During one of my IMC 205 classes, my professor introduced us to some upcoming IMC classes. Mr. Scott Fiene, who is the assistant dean for curriculum and assessment, listed just a slide full of 300-level IMC courses. One included IMC 361 Fashion Promotion. I immediately got in my course favorites and added the class. I knew this was going to be the closest I could get to a fashion course at this school.

Column: How the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are redefining the British monarchy in the 21st century

Prince Harry married acclaimed American actress, Meghan Markle, in May this past year. Markle, a divorced, vocal feminist, with a mixed-race heritage is not the stereotypical image of an English royal. She has tastefully broken old traditions. Despite people’s opinions and criticism from the press, she has proven she is taking her new role as the Duchess of Sussex seriously.

Column: Cooking has taught me to stay determined, not let little things bother me, and keep the number to the fire department handy, just in case.

Cooking, in theory, does not seem overly complicated. You get the ingredients, a few spices, throw them all together in the oven, and voila, you have a delicious meal in no time. Unfortunately, I have learned the hard way that cooking is not as easy as it looks, and the number of times the smoke alarm has gone off in my apartment can attest to that.

America has more drunk drivers than most countries have people

According to the Mississippi Department of Transportation website, in 2016, drunk driving fatalities represented 18 percent of total traffic deaths in Mississippi. America has more drunk drivers than most countries have people. And each year, more than 10,000 people die on our roadways due to drunk driving. The site says that is the equivalent of 20 jumbo jets crashing each year.

The Vintage Hookup: Mississippians upcycle for style, cash and the environment

In an effort to reduce waste for our environment, more people are turning to used clothing. Thrift stores are popping up on every corner, and customers are looking for unique items. Whether it’s finding that perfect dress for formal or shoes that complete an outfit for a fraction of the price, there is treasure to be found at the bottom of bargain bins. Some people know how to capitalize on the treasures they find, and others add their own touch to clothing.

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Featured Reporter: Michelle Bruce

Michelle Bruce
Michelle Bruce

Michelle Bruce, 20, is a junior general business major with a double minor in English and journalism. She was born in San Antonio, Texas and was adopted when she was 5 along with her older brother and younger sister by parents who both worked in the Air Force.

She has lived in multiple places, including Colorado Springs, Colorado; Oxford, Mississippi; and Warrensburg, Missouri with her military family. When she isn’t at school, she resides in Overland Park, Kansas with her mother, sister; their dog, Bailey; and their cat, Marigold.

Bruce enjoys spending time with her family and friends, reading, writing mainly fiction and poetry, listening to music and creating playlists, napping and watching movies. Her favorite movie is an animated film by Studio Ghibli called Howl’s Moving Castle, which she has seen at least 20 times. Her favorite song is “Rhythm of Love” by Plain White T’s.

She lived in Oxford during 6th-9th grade and wanted to attend Ole Miss since she was a freshman in high school. She hopes to become a writer and editor, and spends quite a bit of time daydreaming about writing the perfect story. She likes to think of herself as being spontaneous, which can be evidenced by the occasional radical haircut or intense wardrobe change. Online shopping is the bane of her existence.

Bruce was most likely named after The Beatles’ song “Michelle,” which she says is simple and lovely, but entirely underrated. Her favorite time of the year is near the end of spring because everything has come back to life and the weather has warmed up to the ideal temperature of 70 degrees with the occasional cool breeze. She also very much enjoys the flowers.

Featured Reporter: Michael Taplin

Michael Taplin
Michael Taplin

Michael Quinn Taplin, 20, is a sophomore majoring in integrated marketing communications with specializations in social media and public relations and a minor in general business.

Born and raised in Edwardsville, Illinois, Taplin was slightly fearful to venture off and move away from his close friends and family. However, his twin sister decided to become an Ole Miss Rebel and stay close to her favorite sibling. 

Taplin recently founded a photography company with plans to capture moments for senior graduates, brides and grooms, families, and expecting mothers. He wants to set up a scholarship program for students in journalism, business, and art-related fields who have created businesses to enhance their skills and give back to others. 

While enrolled in 15 credit hours, Taplin has a journalism-related internship as a social media ambassador. His duties include creating content for UM’s Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Facebook accounts; assisting with email-marketing campaigns; analyzing social media accounts to find trends; and executing promotions with students on campus.

Taplin once served on the board of directors for the Edwardsville Art Center as a student liaison, but recently became the center’s public relations officer to help with marketing needs and news releases. 

In his free time, you can find Taplin surrounded by his friends. Activities include listening to new music, golfing, and attending parties.

After college, Taplin wants to work in politics and hopes to one day become the press secretary for the President of the United States of America. He feels this is the highest level of journalism because it is news for Americans and is broadcast from the White House. Taplin doesn’t mind what political party is in office while holding the position. 

Featured Reporter: Kennedi Cooper

Kennedi Cooper
Kennedi Cooper

Kennedi Cooper, 19,is a freshman at the University of Mississippi majoring in broadcast journalism. She aspires to work for a major network one day.

Known for her outgoing personality and positive attitude, Cooper is involved in Chi-Alpha, a Christian organization. She is a 2020 Most Mentor, and she is a member of the Black Student Union.

She enjoys spending time with family and friends, taking pictures and making fun memories. Her favorite place to visit is New Orleans because of the city’s deeply rooted, vibrant culture and festivities.

Her favorite hobby is dancing, something she has been passionate about since age 4. She also loves writing because it allows her to express herself.