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In this day and age, it is so easy to want to completely avoid the topic of politics. With what we have been hearing from both sides of political debates, a lot of the time it feels so toxic to read about and stay informed when it comes to politics. 

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As the 2020 U.S. presidential election swiftly approaches, politics are coming into the spotlight more and more every day. One can find a political agenda around every corner and at every moment. This charged atmosphere has only furthered opposition between opposing parties. As politics atte…

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The Mississippi 3rd Congressional District race provided new opportunities for the people living in this region of Mississippi. Dorothy "Dot" Benford, a community activist from Jackson, is the Democratic challenger for Republican Michael Guest's congressional seat. Guest has represented Miss…

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Mississippi State University's Dorman Hall is not the shiniest or nicest of buildings on campus. In fact, one could not really be faulted for labeling it as slightly dilapidated. The current home of plant and soil sciences, biochemistry, molecular biology, entomology and plant pathology is o…

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Before the Christmas décor is completely thrown at us, we briefly get to enjoy spooky season. It may look a little different this year, but costumes are still an integral part of this holiday. Even though this year has not been absolutely the best, we can still make this Halloween better tha…

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In January of 1861, Mississippi was already flying a magnolia flag. Whitney Smith with Britannica notes that since the establishment of the state of Mississippi, and for some time before that, the state used a flag design known as the Bonnie Blue design, a holdover from when part of Mississi…

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On Sept. 30, Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves became the first governor in the nation to end a statewide mask mandate after COVID-19 case numbers dropped across the state of Mississippi. Regardless of Reeves' decision, the city of Starkville's mandate remains set in place for indoor, public areas. 

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Medical marijuana is becoming a common ballot item across many states, and the option to legalize it will be presented to Mississippians this November in not one but two different initiatives. The two initiatives are strikingly different, which is most likely due to the source of each initia…

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On Sept. 2, Regina Hyatt, Mississippi State University's vice president of student affairs, sent an email to the student body where she noted, despite the student body's indicated "strong preference" for a face-to-face model, there has been a drop in attendance for face-to-face model classes…

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How much control do you have over your preferences? This existential-angst-inducing question immediately brings the interaction between "nature" and "nurture" to mind; it remains a complex relationship the sciences and philosophy still have yet to unravel. It might be easy at times to compar…

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Following the recent passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg of the U.S. Supreme Court, the stakes of the most divisive election in modern American history have significantly raised at the eleventh hour. The debate rages over judicial supremacy over the nine justices.

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Starkville has very few roundabouts, and it should stay that way. Adding more roundabouts in Starkville would simply require even more roadwork around the city.

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Anyone who drives in Starkville knows the familiar drudgery of waiting at the stoplights. No one likes waiting for the light to turn green, especially here in Oktibbeha County, where it sometimes seems a misanthrope programmed the traffic lights. Certain intersections let one way go for a lo…

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There has been a lot of uncertainty swirling around the fate of the popular social media app TikTok. Is Walmart buying it? Is Microsoft buying it? Is Trump banning it? Who even is Oracle? But there is one thing you need to be certain of: TikTok is worth saving. 

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Since its launch in 2016, TikTok has become an increasingly popular social media outlet especially among younger adults, tweens and even celebrities. In fact, according to Nick Wolny at Entrepreneur, TikTok is the most-downloaded free social media app, ranking second among all app downloads …

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With the spread of COVID-19 still rampant, Mississippi State University made the decision to resume normal campus procedures all within the boundaries of certain health and safety guidelines. Where the campus was essentially a ghost town from March to July of this strange and confusing year,…

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It can be tempting for new Mississippi State University students to look at the Shackouls Honors College and see only the benefits. The MSU Office of Admissions and Scholarships website says honors students enjoy priority registration, honors housing, research and study abroad opportunities,…

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The beauty industry is everywhere. It is thrown at us from Instagram to our grandmas setting their hair in rollers. It is the inescapable daily routine which makes us look alive in the mornings. I enjoy having the option to paint my nails or to put on makeup if I want, but I still have probl…

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With the arrival of COVID-19, many colleges and universities across the nation are finding newer and safer ways to resume class instruction. From completely online to other hybrid methods, these uncertain times have produced some unconventional methods of both learning and teaching for our s…

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College during a pandemic is an absolute chaotic thing to figure out for the students, their families and the universities. There have been a variety of small solutions implemented to help solve the larger problem, one of them being HyFlex classes.

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As masks and social distancing become the new normal, online education is sparking the interest of many educators and students. What was formerly a costly option for long-distance students and those looking to avoid classroom settings has now become a necessary reality for us all due to the …

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This year has been insane. The global COVID-19 pandemic has been the main facilitator of this year's absurdity. It highlighted the supply faults, general ignorance and failing infrastructure within the U.S. 

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Maintaining an effective educational environment that accommodates for seeing students in person every day of the week in the middle of a global pandemic is a tall order for any institution to meet, but this is exactly the situation we find ourselves in this current semester. Mississippi Sta…

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Finally, we get to return to our beloved Mississippi State University soil for classes. After the sudden shift to online instruction in March, I think it is fairly universal to assume we were all confused, scared and barely learning. Basically, 2020 has become a synonym for chaos, but it is …

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We, the editorial staff of The Reflector, recognize the fundamental right of the governed to speak their minds to the governing, for there can be no true "government of the people, for the people, by the people," if we do not hear the people. Therefore, we believe it is our duty as one voice…

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This is the 12th article I have written for The Reflector, yet I find writing it has a unique challenge I have not experienced with previous articles. I am an opinion columnist who writes about my personal opinions. I mostly write about my thoughts on international relations with an occasion…

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Major points in history are often defined and preserved within the writings of people experiencing such seismic movements of the time, often with these people not even realizing the scope of their situation. For our generation, the COVID-19 pandemic is arguably the most monumental moment thi…

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It is hard to write a piece on the events we face today, for it is hard to express and distill such intensity into a concise opinion article. I could write an entire opinion article on the fact there have been over 100 incidents of police "press freedom violations" since May 28, at least 90 …

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During this COVID-19 pandemic, people have lost jobs, have been isolated and have passed away, but we have learned many things about ourselves as humans. We have learned the importance of having toilet paper and being good neighbors. We have learned things we should have already known, such …

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In March, the Trump administration signed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act, or the CARES Act, into law. This act offered a $2 trillion stimulus package designated for taxpayers and small businesses that have been economically impacted by the arrival of COVID-19. However,…

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When the issue of government control during this present crisis is discussed, one cannot avoid this simple fact: China's excessive governmental overreach may have directly caused and certainly exacerbated this catastrophe. According to Isabel Togoh of Forbes, the U.S. Department of Homeland …

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I, like so many others who are bored in quarantine, stooped to watching Netflix's docuseries "Tiger King." This show is a wild ride, from its colorful personalities to its murder-for-hire plot, and it has exploded into a major source of memes and TikTok content during these hard times. Joe E…

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Netflix's docuseries "Tiger King" continues to be ranked as a quarantine favorite as it grasps and entertains audiences with its appalling, twisted plot lines and giant, sharp-toothed cats. Docuseries director Eric Goode allows onlookers to label their own protagonists and antagonists as he …

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The coronavirus pandemic and the ensuing hysteria the virus brought with it has sent the U.S. into a tailspin across nearly every aspect of American life. The Dow Jones Industrial Average is down 6,000 points from an all-time high in February. Thousands of Americans have died as a result of …

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In the past few weeks, we have truly seen the world go to heck in a handbasket as widespread panic has coerced people across the U.S. into snatching up cleaning supplies, paper products, non-perishables and various other groceries in order to brace for a potential lockdown crisis. Shelves al…

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In a shocking twist this past week, the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) made a levelheaded decision when it extended the eligibility for all spring-sport student-athletes by a year regardless of his or her current year in school. As reported by Michelle Hosick with the NCAA, …

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The declaration of a world pandemic has put a hold on all, hopefully, personal social interaction and caused a specific type of panic among college students. The switch to online instruction has blindsided students as they approach the end of the spring semester. The sudden change of habit h…

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Just last week, I scolded people for being so apocalyptic about the novel COVID-19 virus. Now, I am locking myself in my house. What I would have considered a comical overreaction only five days ago, the thought of life being brought to a standstill to stop coronavirus from advancing is now …

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At the 2020 Golden Globe Awards, Ricky Gervais spent his opening monologue criticizing the worst Hollywood had to offer and poking fun at the loss of integrity of the modern film industry.

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Over the past few weeks, people have garnered major frenzy over the recent outbreak of the infamous coronavirus. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the coronavirus disease has been around for over 50 years, mostly found in animals like camels, cattle, cats and bats;…

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Like many college students, I want a pet. No, I do not want a cat nor a dog. My dream pet is a pig. This pig would not be slaughtered for meat. As someone who does not eat meat, I feel I am not missing out by not slaughtering an animal. I want to get a pig from a rescue and let it live a lon…

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In recent years, one question has stood out to me in a huge way: Why are police officers, staples of any community and armed with the authority to ruin someone's life or even end it, allowed to wear the uniform without extensive mental health evaluations? Sure, there is the academy, but when…

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The time period Mississippi State University students have to make a judgment on which classes to drop out or add on is ludicrous. According to the MSU Office of the Registrar's website, there is a five day window between when classes start and when students can drop them without any penalty…

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Last month, President Donald Trump announced a ban on all flavored vape pods. To clarify what exactly this means and what specifically is off-limits, Jamie Ducharme for TIME states, "The new plan applies to the cartridge-based e-cigarette products made by companies like Juul Labs, which are …

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Water is a renewable resource, and our bodies need it to survive. Although the Earth is roughly 71% of water, not every human being has access to clean water. This is unacceptable considering the human body can only survive a week without water and nearly 60% of the human adult body is made …

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After the Blackberry and Motorola flip-phone craze, the Apple industry appeared on the mobile radar in the year of 2007 with the release of the first iPhone. With the release of this technologically diverse device came a storm of notoriety for the brand, especially in America.

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I hate the endless feuds between Apple users and everyone else. As a Business Information Systems student, I have seen the "Mac vs. PC" debate for ages. I am tired of it, but I refuse to bring previous frustrations into this argument. The subject of this article is to look at mobile operatin…

 

 

 

 

 

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