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UPDATE: According to a MSU press release posted on Thursday, Nicholas Smith has been located alive and well in the neighboring city of Columbus. Smith has been reunited with his family. 

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In Sept. 2020, The Association of Public Land Grant Universities (APLU) announced Mississippi State University's status as a national finalist in the 2020 APLU Innovation and Economic Prosperity University Awards in the "Place" category. MSU's mission to improve economics and quality of life…

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As Mississippi State University persists in the battle against COVID-19, preparations for the annual outbreak of the influenza virus are emerging on campus. From spontaneous outdoor setups to appointments in the Longest Student Health Center, MSU is offering flu vaccinations to all students …

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Mississippi State University recently instituted amendments to the official COVID-19 rules and regulations such as the cancellation of spring break, random testing of students and faculty and a change to the number of people allowed at an outdoor event, including Greek life parties and swaps…

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This Nov. 3, Mississippi voters will be provided with the option of legalizing medical marijuana on the ballot, but the vote will have multiple options. Voters will be able to vote in support of a medical marijuana program through the options of initiative measure no. 65 or alternative measu…

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Outraged by the injustices surrounding Black lives, Mississippi State University sophomore Aspen Humes decided to organize The Sit Down. The event was initially planned to be held at the MSU Amphitheater, but it was relocated to Bettersworth Auditorium in Lee Hall due to inclement weather.  

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Peter Allen stood on a catwalk overlooking two swirling, bubbling tanks. The droning noise of aerators did not bother them, but as Allen began to discuss the importance of Mississippi's catfish industry, the hundreds of blue catfish in the left tank instinctively moved into a tight ball whil…

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"Fake news isn't just news you don't like or news that you don't agree with. It can actually take a variety of forms. It can be anything from innocuous misinterpreted parody or satire to malicious disinformation," said Beth Downey, associate professor and instruction librarian at Mississippi…

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This month, Mississippi State University is honoring its Hispanic students and faculty with multiple events and initiatives in place for National Hispanic Heritage month. The Holmes Cultural Diversity Center (HCDC) and the Latino Student Association (LSA) along with other partners have organ…

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The Mississippi State University Climate Reality’s second annual climate march was held in Starkville on Friday with the stated goal of bringing recycling back to the Starkville city budget and demanding MSU rewrite their climate action plan, as well as make more recycling initiatives in dor…

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George Awuni, an assistant research professor in the department of plant and soil sciences in Mississippi State University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, works consistently with soybean production and technology to improve food security in Ghana. Since Awuni is from Northern Gha…

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Over the last 14 years, the Mississippi State University Space Cowboys have launched MSU to the top of competitive high-powered rocketry since its founding in 2006.

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Mississippi State University's Joe Frank Sanderson Center reopened for the fall semester with adaptations to meet health and safety guidelines for COVID-19. These changes include online or in-app reservations for individual and group workouts as well as distancing in group classes and heavy …

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COVID-19 has brought many changes to the city of Starkville, including the way in which local small businesses operate. Some businesses have flourished during the onset of COVID-19, while others have seen a decline in their operations and are now functioning on a limited capacity.

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An Instagram account calling for the abolition of Greek life at Mississippi State University has caused a stir among the MSU student body, Greek and non-Greek students alike. The account, featuring anonymous testimonials that detail negative experiences students have had with Greek life at M…

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During the unprecedented time of COVID-19, bicycle shops, like Boardtown Bikes of Starkville, are facing many unforeseen challenges. The local business has dealt with a massive demand since schools and businesses shut down earlier this year and has been unable to keep a steady inventory of b…

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Mississippi history was made on Sept. 2 when a committee tasked with deciding the finalist for Mississippi's new flag selected the "New Magnolia Flag" with an 8-1 vote. 

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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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The City of Starkville has decided to eliminate the town's standard recycling process and has found another way to stay green. This new system ensures Starkville will remain an eco-friendly city while cutting recycling costs for the city and its residents.

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Within two weeks of the return of Mississippi State University students to campus, six MSU Greek houses have been required to quarantine due to COVID-19 outbreaks in their chapters. 

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"Starkville wouldn't be Starkville without the kids. I love having them in town. This is just a time when we want you to be a little more cautious," Starkville Mayor Lynn Spruill said of the return of Mississippi State University students to campus.   

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Despite a less than normal start to the semester, Mississippi State University sororities found a way to push on. This August, the eight sororities on campus held an entirely virtual recruitment for the freshman class of 2020.

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This year's Dawg Days have been different as Mississippi State University students and organizations continue to adapt to the university's Cowbell Well rules.

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At 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, the sound of gunshots rang through Aspen Heights. Emergency responders from the Oktibbeha County Sheriff's Office as well as medical personnel were dispatched to the apartment complex on Blackjack Road and found a man who was shot at the scene.

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Mississippi State University Libraries is creating a COVID-19 digital archive where MSU students, faculty and Starkville residents can document materials that tell a story about their experiences during the pandemic.

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Citizens gathered for the Starkville Stand Up march at Unity Park in downtown Starkville on Saturday morning. Pastor Abdurdal Lee of Peter's Rock Church addressed the crowd, highlighting the vision and mission of the event before leading the crowd in an opening unity prayer.

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"What I can tell you with a great deal of confidence is that it might not have been the exact right thing to do, but it was not the wrong thing to do. So from my perspective, it was better to have aired on the side of greater caution," Starkville Mayor Lynn Spruill said of the city's earlier…

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Earlier this month, State Urgent Care of Starkville announced they would begin offering COVID-19 antibody testing. Before the antibody testing was made available, State Urgent Care only tested using the nasal swab method to tell whether a symptomatic patient was positive or negative for COVI…

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Mississippi State University's campus may be barren due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but several hundred students are still residing at MSU, getting food from the Perry cafeteria and doing their homework in their dorms as if it was any other semester.

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After years of planning, the repair and renovation of Starkville's Blackjack Road is finally underway. This February, county supervisors selected the bid from Burns Dirt Construction, a Columbus-based, family-owned company with years of experience with both Oktibbeha County and Mississippi S…

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Mississippi State University students and faculty have worked in the university's Paul B. Jacob High Voltage Laboratory this week to convert over 500 battery-powered ventilators to AC power. These converted ventilators will be used for medical relief from the systemic stresses of COVID-19 at…

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Mississippi State University announced Monday that they would be going to an optional pass/fail grading system. According to the university press release, students will be allowed to choose per individual course to keep their actual letter grade or to change their grade to an S, P or U.

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In a March 26 press release, Mississippi State University reported a total of five members of the MSU community with positive cases of COVID-19. According to Chief Communications Officer Sid Salter, there has since been one new case of confirmed COVID-19 in a student. 

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When Mississippi State University students packed their bags and left Starkville for spring break a few weeks ago, they did not know they would not be coming back. 

 

 

 

 

 

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