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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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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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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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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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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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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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"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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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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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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Thrift and resale shopping has skyrocketed in popularity in the last few years, leaving the industry’s mark evident from Macklemore’s “Thrift Shop” blaring through every adolescent’s speakers, to statistics released through the Association of Resale Professionals confirming resale “continues…

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Modern awareness of bias and bigotry are difficult to ignore when doing a period piece. Starkville Community Theatre kept that focus in mind with their production of "Moonlight and Magnolias." Christopher Walrath directed this comedic interpretation that depicts the bizarre creation of one o…

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Many people have a sour taste in their mouth for the word "fermentation." After bearing witness to the kombucha craze this year, I decided to visit the second annual Fermentation Fair put on by Starkville's Homestead Education Center. The fair took place this past Friday at the education cen…

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Mississippi is a state full of unique breweries and places to try local beers. As a recent member of the "21 and over" club, I have been dabbling in the different facets of alcohol in general, and beer is a favorite of mine. Through my trials and tribulations, I have noticed some of my favor…

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Across comic books and movies, through each characterization or backstory change, the core of the Joker is that he is always an agent of chaos, committing violence to create hysteria and disorder. Past iterations of the Joker have furthered this idea by obfuscating the character’s past, maki…

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At first glance, it is easy to see why analysts had pegged “Downton Abbey” to earn a mere $16-20 million domestically in its opening weekend. It does not have a racially diverse cast; the audience at my screening was entirely white. The film is essentially a continuation of the television sh…

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Donna Tartt’s 2013 Pulitzer Prize winning novel, “The Goldfinch,” finally made its way to the silver screen this weekend. The book received overwhelmingly positive acclaim upon its release for its endearing cast of characters and unique story about a catastrophic event that changes the life …

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The 20th annual Bulldog Bash took place this past Friday in downtown Starkville. The night was full of good music, great vibes and an overall fun atmosphere for the Mississippi State University family. Friday was filled with festivities for students, faculty, alumni and the Bulldog community…

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“If you think this is going to be a stiff period piece, think again. It’s loony and silly,” said the Director of "Pride and Prejudice" and Mississippi State University English professor, Michele Crescenzo

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Mississippi State University Dining Services offers a variety of meal plans for students. This year, a new meal plan has been made for commuter and upperclassmen students called the Meal Kit. This meal plan offers a combination of 30 block meals, $180 flex dollars and $120 Home Chef Kits.

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In 2017, “IT Chapter One” took the world by storm, becoming a record-breaking horror movie (grossing $700 million worldwide on a $35 million budget) and cementing itself as a cultural phenomenon that has not quite died down. Pennywise and Losers Club memes littered social media, and the forc…

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Taylor Swift gifted her fans, once again, with a new musical diary last Friday, Aug. 23. The album was practically a surprise, as it dropped this summer and serves as a break from her traditional fall releases.

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Welcome to another year of college. Some students are new, and others know Starkville better than their hometown. Unfortunately, many find college completely overwhelming at the beginning of the semester. Figuring out class locations, navigating campus and working out the best path can be di…

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There is nothing quite like a freshly baked loaf of bread, though most people do not have the skills or patience to execute such a fantastical edible feat—or should I say feast?

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Buying textbooks can feel awful, especially after looking at the receipt total. No one knows if the book is even going to be used enough to justify the small fortune paid in exchange for it. Luckily, there are a variety of options to know if the books are required and to get the best price i…

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With the dimming of the lights, the magnificence of the stage and a bombastic introduction, the audience of McComas Hall fell eerily silent. They remained still throughout the entire production, reacting solely with outbursts of awe and gales of laughter.

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Khalid, who is known for his unique R&B sound, released his new album "Free Spirit" April 5. This is Khalid’s third album release and has scored the highest for him on Billboard 200, but fans have a different story. Songs such as "Location," "Young Dumb and Broke" and "American Teen" cha…

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DC movies have a tendency to lack a certain captivating aspect Marvel movies possess. Whether it is a good storyline, strong character development or something else, DC’s movies have been missing something since the "Batman" trilogy.

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Proving Hollywood still holds nothing sacred, "The Twilight Zone" was rebooted, again. Offered as an exclusive to CBS All Access (another useless streaming service), this rendition aims to bring more nostalgia into 2019.

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Billie Eilish, a new age pop star, is a 17-year-old musical genius. Born and raised in Los Angeles, Eilish released her first single in 2016 with the help of her brother, producer and co-writer Finneas O’Connell. Eilish later released an EP including "Bored," which was featured on the Netfli…

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"Us" hit the movie theaters March 22 and has left everyone who watches it asking questions. Produced and directed by Jordan Peele, "Us" has everyone talking.

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Marvel’s latest film, "Captain Marvel," provides surges of disappointed expectations. The 21st entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe has entertaining moments, but ultimately offers a mediocre experience. This bland and forgettable entry absolutely baffled me, reminding me of ‘Phase One’ fil…

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Before I launch into my review of the 50th Masterworks Concert by Starkville-MSU symphony from Saturday night, I would like to insert a personal anecdote: when I was a small, four-foot-something sixth-grader, I was introduced to the world of orchestra.

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One of the most glorious things that came into the world is binge watching. The Magnolia Film Festival is an annual event in Starkville, and one of the best things about it for students is that it is basically the definition of binge-watching.

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Expect a slew of unique motion pictures, incredible popcorn and an endless amount of creativity to be on display at the Magnolia Film Festival this weekend. Held at the Hollywood Premiere Cinema, multiple nights of intimate film will be showcased throughout the event.

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While hover boards similar to "Back to the Future" never arrived in 2015, there is an exciting development within the longboard community at Mississippi State University. Electrically Modified-Boards is one of the latest projects to receive funding through MSU’s E-Center. Called "EM-Boards" …

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The X Ambassadors came to the Mississippi State University’s Horse Park last Friday night thanks to Music Makers Productions. The DLX, a band based in Hattiesburg opened and got the crowd pumped, ready for the main act.

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The Streetcar, Mississippi State University's student-run creative arts journal, hosted their first open mic event of the semester this past Monday at the DawgHouse.

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I have a soft spot for cheesy horror flicks where the singular goal is to entertain the audience. Last year, when I watched "Happy Death Day," I enjoyed it so much it ended up taking space on my shelf. The original follows the protagonist, Tree, in a "Groundhog Day"-style slasher in which ev…

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Mississippi State University's Department of Music's 12th annual Poetry and Song Program, co-directed by MSU instructor Karen Murphy and MSU professor emeritus Nancy Hargrove, filled Old Main Academic Center's Turner A. Wingo Auditorium with an astounding amount of talent, song after song.

 

 

 

 

 

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