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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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While many rave about the tacos from Two Brothers, fawn over the cheese fries from Bin 612 and praise the Dooey Nachos from The Little Dooey, Stromboli’s cookie dough bites are one of the most famous local Starkville dishes that I can also replicate in my own kitchen. The recipe seems simple…

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Loaded tea shops have found their way to Starkville in two locations: Starkville Nutrition, located on Russell Street near McCallister's and 39759 Nutrition, located on Highway 12 near Moreland Storage.

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Many have spotted the painter standing on the corner of Main Street. He does not return their stares, though. Instead, he is completely transfixed on his work, oblivious to the honking horns of passing vehicles and shoppers’ pointing fingers. His brow is furrowed, and he is enveloped in the …

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Sarah Grace Parker is a senior communication major with an emphasis in public relations, but she is not just a full-time Mississippi State University student. Parker is also a baker and entrepreneur. The Mississippi State University student created her own baking company called Meri Mermaid …

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Mats line the floor of Nine-Twentynine Coffee Bar as instructor, Jonette Shurden, prepares to begin this month’s barre class.  Jonette Shurden, Bell Moody and Heather Warren are all owners of Starkville’s Studio Barre and Wellness, a locally owned and operated fitness studio. The trio hosts …

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The Souper Bowl is set to be in downtown Starkville this Saturday, Jan. 25. Cold weather is inevitable in January, but the Greater Starkville Development Partnership has created an event perfect for chasing away those winter chills. The Souper Bowl is a community-wide event that features sou…

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Mississippi State University's Lab Rats Comedy had their first show of the semester Jan. 10 called "The Magic of Comedy." Shortly after, the student-led improv group, which began in 2003, held auditions for the spring semester on Jan. 13 and 14 and were excited about welcoming new members. 

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It is officially mid-January, which, for most of us, means we have already started to stray from the lofty New Year's resolutions we set for ourselves at the beginning of the month. Life kicks in, and we begin feeling distant from the overly ambitious person who committed to eating healthier…

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Starkville natives are familiar with the Strange Brew Coffeehouse, a popular coffee shop on the corner of Highway 12 and Spring Street. The coffee shop opened in 2005, and, according to their Facebook page, a second Strange Brew location opened in Tupelo, Mississippi in August 2017. Followin…

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With the turn of the decade amongst us, many have dubbed this past New Year's the second edition of the 20th century's Roaring Twenties. On New Year's Eve, social media was flooded with renditions of fringed flapper dresses, feathered headbands and elbow-length chiffon gloves, all highlighti…

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"Frozen 2" is the sequel to 2013's inescapable smash hit that captivated the world. The original "Frozen" grossed a total of $1.2 billion at the box office and introduced the world to Anna, Elsa, Kristoff and Olaf, played by Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Jonathan Groff and Josh Gad.

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Dylan Osmon, a senior agriculture business major at Mississippi State University, has a strong passion for music and performing. 

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The word “hypocrisy” was stuck in my mind after leaving Theatre MSU’s “Beowulf.” A significant part of the story was the false appearance of virtue. This rendition combined the cost of being a hero with intense story elements that ask how far someone is willing to go to be remembered.

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Mississippi State University's National Pan-Hellenic Council will host its 26th Annual Homecoming Step Show on Nov. 22 in the Newell-Grissom Building. The doors open at 6 p.m., and the event begins at 7 p.m. 

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Mississippi State University students enrolled in a physical science course take their seats for their 10 a.m. class. After discussing the previous material and homework, the instructor moves behind the desk, grabbing a guitar and a blazer that is decorated with felt clouds and glittery ligh…

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As an avid thrifter, I was super excited to read Mary Madeline LaMastus' article about the thrifting options in Starkville. The article was a really helpful overview of ways to shop second-hand and find bargains in Starkville, and I wanted to use the information for my closet. Thrifting is a…

 

 

 

 

 

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