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Tim Burton's "The Nightmare Before Christmas" is a multi-seasonal cult classic including whimsical spooks, quirks and laughs. It simultaneously scares and warms the heart through both the Halloween and Christmas settings present. However, it is commonly wondered which holiday category this f…

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"Die Hard" is not a Christmas movie, and that is an essential precedent. Bruce Willis said so himself during a Comedy Central roast in 2018. A movie does not belong to whatever holiday it takes place during; my argument is bigger than just "well the movie is a countdown to Christmas, ergo it…

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Cheese. Delicious, delicious cheese. Melt it, shred it, munch it or slice it, cheese is a staple of most forms of cuisine. Mississippi State University's agriculture department clearly recognizes this and has stepped into the ring with the various cheeses of the Mississippi Agricultural and …

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If you are looking for something to eat in Starkville and you happen to be in the mood for Mexican food, then you are in luck since Starkville hosts a whopping 10 Mexican restaurants in its city limits. If none of those establishments pique your interest, we have five separate chicken places…

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Communities bring together varieties of individuals and allow them to take part in the larger goal of nourishing the region. For college students, community service may seem like a tedious way to boost the appearance of their resume, but service participation can mean a lot more than appeara…

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If you are a student, chances are, at some point, you have been slated to occupy a nondescript beige box. If you are particularly unlucky, your beige box — a "room" in a "dormitory," to use the standard charitable language — dates to middle of the last century, is a little musty when it rain…

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Mississippi will be making significant strides in the coming year to meet the mental health needs of the state's residents. The impetus to improve mental health resources in the state follows the recent ruling in a lawsuit imposed by the U.S. Department of Justice. According to Leah Willingh…

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Mississippi State University students are going to have the opportunity to vote on Tuesday to raise the student activity fee from $5 to $25 a semester. There are dozens of reasons for MSU students to vote in favor of this change, far too many to fit in one article, so I will have to try and …

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It is common to find different eras set apart and glamorized when looking back at the history of the U.S. Individuals who lived in certain time periods are praised for their character and work ethic, while other generations are the subject of ridicule. Furthermore, the present times are ofte…

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David, a senior at Mississippi State University, contracted the Sars-CoV2 virus three weeks ago. After days of crippling gastrointestinal symptoms, fatigue, body aches and difficulty breathing, he was admitted to the emergency room at Oktibbeha County Hospital Regional Medical Center after t…

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Starting college can be one of the most exciting times in one's life. For most, it is the first true experience of independence, responsibility and freedom which comes with becoming an adult. In the midst of this new chapter, a student is now responsible for regulating their own education, e…

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Racism against Asian Americans has been prolific since Asian workers began immigrating into the U.S. in the mid-1800s. Even before the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 and long before Japanese internment during WWII, the concept of "Yellow Peril" was born, which existed as sort of a catchall fo…

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As college students, finding good and affordable meals is extremely important, especially after having to regularly experience our fair share of Ramen noodles and Easy Mac cups. The food on campus generally satisfies the requirement for a good meal, but after months of eating the same food, …

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The world can be a dangerous place, but why is it a woman's place to be cautious and carry Mace? Here is the scene. You are walking home with a key gripped tightly in your hand, only one earphone in and a friend has your location. You check your surroundings and walk fast. Does this sound fa…

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Two weeks ago, coffee chain Strange Brew found themselves in hot water when their company was threatened with boycotts and harassment online following the termination of one of the chain's employees. The employee had eaten a pastry during her shift and had forgotten to pay for the product be…

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Today the general public is more ecologically conscious than it has ever been. The market for goods produced and sold under the sustainability banner is growing, and the push to become "green" permeates virtually all economic sectors. Areas such as manufacturers of automobiles, cleaning solu…

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The term "third place" was introduced by Ray Oldenburg in his book "The Great Good Place," a sociology study concerning human relationships with their spaces. According to the concept, first places are places where we live, second places are places where we work and third places are where we…

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Italy, France, Spain, Japan and China all have one thing setting them apart from other countries. No, it is not their booming economies but rather their bustling high-speed railway (HSR) systems which distinguish these countries. The U.S. may have the strongest economy globally, but it under…

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The U.S. has always prided itself on being known as the land of opportunity, and it has been further described as a melting pot of cultures, ethnicities and more. With our country becoming increasingly diverse, it is only logical this diversity reflects not only in laws but in our education …

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It is green day! No, I do not mean the band. I mean St. Patrick's Day. While many of us have participated in St. Patrick's Day festivities, I bet not many know the history of the holiday. To many of us, it is just a day to drink and wear green, and in general, that is not too far off. There …

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While it may seem like having different dietary restrictions only affects your diet, in reality, it affects so much more than that. Unfortunately, something not often discussed when it comes to the topic of different people's diets is the social aspect. If you look back to a pre-pandemic tim…

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Movie night rolled around, as it often does, leaving me with no fruitful suggestions. To prevent the otherwise inevitable lapse into a profound sofa stupor, the gathering resignedly settled for the good-old-fashioned American standby: the action movie. A modern, fast-paced one, of course, re…

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Last week, Gov. Tate Reeves lifted the statewide mask mandate and any remaining COVID-19 related restrictions on businesses. This is the second time Reeves has lifted the mask mandate, doing so as well last September, as reported by Bobby Harrison with Mississippi Today. It was reinstated a …

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Last Tuesday, Gov. Tate Reeves announced he will be suspending business regulations as a result of the COVID-19 crisis as well as a lifting of the mandatory county mask mandates which have persisted since the beginning of the pandemic. After months of massive government overreach, billions o…

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An artist posts a picture of a hyper-realistic portrait of a woman encased by a floral frame they just completed. Most people would agree this to be a work of art, but when I mention this portrait is not displayed in an art gallery but as a tattoo on someone's skin, your opinion probably cha…

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We all have opinions, and we use the internet to prove it. While leaving a rude comment on someone's post is a good reason to receive backlash, what if you faced backlash for an honest review of a service, company or product? Censorship for reviews should not exist, but some people attempt t…

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Black people have one of the most versatile and unique hair textures with an unlimited number of styles we can pursue. From braids and dreads to afros and relaxers, our hair has evolved over the years to allow us to slay a variety of hairstyles, but as many of us begin to embrace our hair an…

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Go ahead; cancel your cable plan. You have been thinking about it for years, but now more than ever, there is finally a reason to do it. It is over $60 a month given to a company which does not care about you or your life. However, it is not just cable companies taking advantage of you. It i…

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Starkville is an ever-growing city with many available fast-food options and great local restaurants. However, as a college student, I find it difficult to find myself a meal late at night, and the Cookout drive-through line is almost intolerable, as it quickly wraps around the building and …

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Pre-pandemic wedding planning was stressful and crazy enough. Ask any engaged couple or single woman with a Pinterest. Now with a global pandemic factored in, there are added complications and uncharted waters of regulations and health risks. While some have postponed their weddings, others …

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As Valentine's Day approaches, it seems like everything becomes increasingly more pink and covered in hearts. Some really love this time of year and buy into the cheesy scam of sending all their friends and loved ones candy, flowers and treats, while other people are not as into it, and this…

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What do we know of the literature of classical antiquity? Such works as the "Aeneid," the "Republic" and "Ars Poetica" spring to mind. But, soberingly, this pantheon of great literary pieces is more like a greatest-hits list than an exhaustive catalog, for those writings meant for short-term…

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As we progress through the COVID-19 pandemic and continue to grow past the difficult circumstances it has brought, a possible solution for this past year's chaotic downfall has been uncovered. Two vaccines have been manufactured to prevent the virus from causing further destruction among the…

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Amidst the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, we have recently developed the most powerful weapon yet in the battle against the virus. American pharmaceutical companies Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna have developed vaccines in a time unprecedented in human history, and for the first time in almost a year…

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It is a little early to be thinking about your next Christmas list, but when the gift-giving season draws closer, a great present to ask for is a 3D printer. A 3D printer is not a typical gift most people might think to ask for or even know about, so in case you are unfamiliar with what it i…

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The Republican Party, the great bastion of conservatism in America which I ashamedly count myself a member of, walks away from the 2020 elections discovering new ways to lose in spectacular fashion unrivaled in the world of politics since the Jimmy Carter administration. 

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Mississippi State University sponsors a variety of sports ranging from football and basketball to golf and cross country. However, gymnastics is one prevalent sport MSU has yet to adopt. The sport requires high precision, intense training and immense talent to both safely and gracefully exec…

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"Life itself is something of a tragedy." That judgment seems quite harsh, indeed even shockingly pessimistic. But perhaps the taboo surrounding such declarations is due to many years of concerted effort at glossing it over. No one wants to wake up everyday bemoaning existence or feeling life…

 

 

 

 

 

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