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Finding the right study spots has always been a foundational part of college academic success, but with an influx of online classes and quickly-approaching end of the semester deadlines, safe, socially-distant study spots are more crucial than ever. Despite the COVID-19 related challenges, g…

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Mississippi State University's own Theatre MSU is performing "Anne and Emmett," a hypothetical conversation between historic figures Anne Frank and Emmett Till that vocalizes racial injustice and promotes healing in the world. The play will be performed at 7:30 p.m. from Nov.10 through Nov. …

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Clay Cavinder sees potential and promise through his role as an equine professor in the Department of Animal and Dairy Sciences and an extension horse specialist at Mississippi State University.

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Due to the high risk of COVID-19, members of assisted living facilities have been isolated from the rest of the community since March. Loved ones are missing the wisdom they once often gained from their elderly friends and family. 

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During quarantine, staying active was no small task. It was easy to brush the priority of physical fitness aside because, with nowhere to go, there was no reason to look fit. Many people just avoided exercise altogether. Yet others dove headfirst into working out, coming out of quarantine mo…

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Mississippi State University's Music Maker Productions (MMP) hosted their Halloween concert, "Fright Night" on  Oct. 24. The spooky show featured the bands Bedon and Flight Attendant and took place in Bettersworth Auditorium in Lee Hall. To go along with the theme, students were encouraged t…

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With Halloween just around the corner, many people have incorporated scary movies into their media repertoire to get into the spooky spirit. Mississippi State University students are no different, so grab your apple cider and a blanket to hide behind as you choose your next seasonal film.

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One of the unfortunate changes for Mississippi State University in a COVID-19 world has been the regulation and limiting of the arts programs. From major productions by Theatre MSU to casual performances from small student groups, COVID-19 challenges have made influential alterations in the …

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This November, Mississippians have the option to vote in approval of a new state flag for the first time since 2001. The new flag, now called the In God We Trust Flag, has received overwhelmingly positive feedback from Mississippians, and the change has inspired residents.

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COVID-19 has taken its toll on all activities, but according to Mississippi State University students, the spirit of game day lives on amidst the new rules and regulations. Students all over campus are still finding ways to cheer on the Bulldogs in a socially distant, safe manner.

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From a very early age, Americans have been taught about the racial injustices committed against Black Americans since their country was formed. In weak attempts at equality, Americans have read small sections in history books and passively celebrated Black History month at schools, only for …

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A new Hawaiian-inspired food trailer is bringing the island spirit of aloha to Starkville. At NutriGroove, acai, smoothies, bagels and herbal teas are served up daily in hopes of spreading happiness and health.

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The Fleet Foxes, an indie-folk band led by singer-songwriter Robin Pecknold, released their new album "Shore" on Sept. 22.  The group gained recognition in the music scene when they released the EP "Sun Giant" back in 2006. Since then, Pecknold and company have released four studio albums in…

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As the recent winner of Music Maker Production's Battle of the Bands, Wesley Thomas' talent has recently been highlighted on Mississippi State University's campus. However, MMP's event on Sept. 25 is merely a single point on the map of his musical journey. For Thomas, musical aptitude was no…

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Chanu Cherukuri, a junior biomedical engineering major with an emphasis in pre-med, is a well-known student at Mississippi State University among peers and faculty alike. He is said by many to be a friend to all on campus.

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As September comes to a chilly end, class loads and COVID-19 fears weigh heavy on Mississippi State University students, prompting the desire for an escape of some sort. For many MSU students, this escape came in the form of Battle of the Bands, an annual concert hosted by Music Maker Produc…

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While Mississippi has traditionally claimed a bottom-rung spot in nationwide education rankings, recent reports have indicated massive improvement in the Magnolia state's public education.

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Metri Lyons, a senior theatre major, is a friend to many at Mississippi State University. Known by students for his involvement in multiple on-campus organizations and impeccable fashion taste, Lyons attributes his success and growth in self-expression to MSU's inclusive and diverse atmosphere.

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For most people, buying hygiene products such as soap and lotion is as mundane and mindless as buying garbage bags or toilet paper. This banal process is a stark contrast to the bright, colorful transparency Starkville's new Magnolia Soap and Bath Company offers customers. The store welcomed…

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When Mississippi State University Student Association executives were sworn into office this past March, no one could predict the unique challenges this year would bring. The current executive members of SA have had to adapt and lead in a way perhaps no MSU Student Association has before. In…

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Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, there have been many changes. Face masks have quickly become a constant in our 2020 lives. Fashion changes in extreme ways throughout the decades, but the incorporation of surgical masks into everyday fashion is something not even the most style-savv…

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As Mississippi State University students return to campus, the stress of transitioning back to college life amidst COVID-19 hangs heavy in the air. Moving back to a familiar place can create an illusion of "normal life" that is a stark contrast to the reality of the world. Between juggling a…

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Following the deaths of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and George Floyd, conversations about racial injustice in the United States have dominated politics, education, social media and the homes of American citizens. These conversations have bled over into media of all types, including books, …

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In a typical year, Mississippi State University students can be caught looking forward to summers spent at camp or gaining job experience through an internship by January or February. Unfortunately, the majority of these plans were changed or cancelled once COVID-19 hit the U.S. Many MSU stu…

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According to an analysis of data by Robert Fairlie at the University of California, Santa Cruz, 41% of Black business owners reported they were not working in April, while only 17% of their white counterparts reported they were not working.  

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Considering the amount of devastating concert cancellations that have occurred in the last few months, the idea of live music feels like a luxury from a past life. However, this past Friday a handful of Mississippi State University students were able to safely attend a concert performed by T…

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These days, many people have much more free time on their hands. There are countless ways to stave off feelings of boredom during this newfound free time, but perhaps one of the most fruitful is to interact with the local art community. Thanks to the internet and social media, people can dig…

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Since the COVID-19 outbreak, there has been a worldwide struggle to provide enough masks for health care workers and facilities. The people of Starkville, Mississippi have come together to create a Facebook community to help those in need. The group, "Starkville SEW Strong," was created by m…

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It is no secret the COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically changed the way people around the world interact with one another. Humans crave social interaction, and Mississippi State University students are no different. Students have had to get creative in order to stay connected with each other …

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In any given year, creativity is a defining trait of Mississippi State University's graduating class of graphic design majors. However, this year's group of seniors stretched the word "creativity" past the limits of a global pandemic, as they successfully transferred their senior exhibition …

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COVID-19 has upended the lives of countless college students, and students at Mississippi State University are no different. The virus has also created feelings of stress and anxiety for many people, especially students. Most have now had to transition to living back at home with their paren…

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In the wake of the ongoing pandemic, people all over the world have found themselves making countless adjustments. From newfound work routines, Zoom birthday parties and home-barista endeavours, everyone is working to redefine "normal." During the extended hours spent at home, many Starkvill…

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As many states' stay-at-home orders persist through the month of April, people across the country have been exploring new and creative hobbies. Baking bread, sewing and binge-watching are a few of the ways some are filling the sudden influx of free time. 

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It seems no one will go unaffected by the COVID-19 pandemic, and Starkville is no exception. The mayor and the board of aldermen of Starkville passed a resolution on March 20 declaring a civil state of emergency and called for certain businesses and public places to adhere to a strict set of…

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As students crammed for tests and pulled all-nighters to finish assignments during this past week, there was one thought in the back of their mind keeping them motivated: spring break is almost here.

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“I honestly can’t think of anything else I’d want to be doing during my college career… I don’t think there’s anything more rewarding than stepping back on the day of a show after long months of preparation and seeing the happiness it brings to those around you,” said Bailey Berry, Music Mak…

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As students sit perched in Mitchell Memorial Library, staring intently at laptops and munching on Einstein's Bagels, it is safe to say the secret "Dragon Room" underneath their feet is the farthest thing from their minds. The Dragon Room seems more like something J.K. Rowling would have scri…

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On Saturday, Feb. 22, Fostering LGBTQ Advocacy, Resources and Environments (F.L.A.R.E.) and the International Student Advisory Board (ISAB) will host a "Starry Night" semiformal in Colvard Student Union Ballroom U from 7:30-9:30 p.m. 

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Excited murmurs swept the crowd of Theatre MSU’s “Mamma Mia!” on opening night. The musical provided heightened anticipation, especially since it featured the popular works of ABBA, the Swedish pop supergroup. This rendition merged musical storytelling with comedic antics and provided an ent…

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The Starkville community offers a variety of outlets for independent artists to showcase their work. The Magnolia Independent Film Festival is one opportunity that gives independent film directors from around the globe a place to showcase their talents. Started by the late Ron Tibbett, the f…

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As Valentine's Day approaches, college students everywhere scramble to plan a romantic day for their significant other. They look for something that is a little out-of-the-box but still encompasses the spirit of the holiday; however, there appears to be an increasing struggle between plannin…

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As he prepares to step into his new role as associate dean at the Noonkester School of Arts & Letters at William Carey University, Tim Matheny, assistant professor of theatre at Mississippi State University, has a love for people and theatre that will be missed. Born in Tennessee but a s…

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All artists dream of the day they release their debut album. For up-and-coming artist Bedon Lancaster, this dream is now a reality with the release of his debut indie rock album, "Morning." Memphis, Tennessee native and former Starkville Battle of the Bands winner, Lancaster is a 22-year-old…

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Mississippi State University takes pride in the diversity of its students. According to Director of the International Students Office Lauren Wright, MSU is home to over 21,000 students and roughly 750 of those students are international students who collectively represent 80 different countries.

 

 

 

 

 

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