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The United States has often found itself locked in wars where there is no easy or apparent way out. As the world's police force, we have flown B-12 bombers into Vietnam and invaded countries in the Middle East in the name of protecting America's ideals of freedom. These are rightly called wa…

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When making Christmas shopping lists, it can be difficult to figure out what a perfect gift is for someone. You might be making your list and checking it twice to make sure you get the best deals. You may have even seen the 2019 Best Gifts for Women list made by Samantha Matt of USA Today. H…

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In recent years, opinions have become more divisive than ever. Arguments start, typically, over issues that are important, but it is easy to see divisiveness in other things as well, such as Star Wars.

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Each generation yields new and promising innovations. From the wheel to Netflix, mankind has truly planted its foot in the digital age. From this point, we can only continue to advance. A recent innovation, video streaming, has become extremely popular within the last couple of decades. Netf…

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During the coming weeks, our Thanksgiving turkey should not be the only kind of turkey on our minds. Last week, President Donald J. Trump welcomed the President of the Republic of Turkey, Recep Erdogan, to the White House to discuss our military strategy in Syria. During the meeting, our pre…

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For those of you who are too familiar with sprinting to the Barnes and Noble to grab a last-minute blue book, or those who lose pens and pencils like it is your job, it has probably crossed your mind why there is not a closer location where one can find class essentials.

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Richard Spencer, president of the National Policy Institute, recently came under fire for spewing racist comments and white supremacist remarks on a leaked audio tape. This revelation should come as no surprise to anyone familiar with Spencer and his political ideology. Richard Spencer is on…

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Every week, people from all over the world tune in to watch the National Football League as the teams compete to make playoffs and be crowned national champions. The athleticism from every player and the high stakes of each game make each season as entertaining as the last. Down in New Orlea…

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First-year freshmen often come to college not knowing what to expect, as it is usually a new town, a new experience and their first real taste of independence. Most colleges tend to assume because it is a new experience, most freshmen are not prepared for it, and they insist they have a meal…

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I like my coffee strong—rattle your bones and jump-start your heart strong. The steady drip of the coffee hitting the pot in the morning is my heartbeat as I stand by the coffee-maker, waiting for the moment when I know enough has filtered for a cup. I can only take so many drips.

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Once upon a time, in the land of the iPhone 5 and during the year of the "Harlem Shake," an app was created to end all apps. This app was called Vine, and it was used to bring happiness to people all over the world. Vine, though short-lived, is still impacting lives today. Not a single perso…

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'Tis not the season to be jolly. Here we are in the early days of November, where the beautiful leaves are falling and the temperature is not hellish, yet we cannot sit and enjoy this time of year. Christmas has already invaded, and some people are already in the Christmas spirit. For shame.…

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When the going gets rough in school, it is tempting to wonder what the point of all our work is, and when the only answer is "maybe a good job in the future," it is hard to not feel downtrodden and disillusioned. However, education is worth much more than the number of digits on your paychec…

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Now that it is officially Christmas season, the old question returns: Is "Die Hard" a Christmas movie? According to Bruce Willis, who famously played the protagonist, the film is not, as reported by Ryan Gerhardt with ScreenRant. On the other hand, Stephen de Souza, the co-writer of the scri…

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Over the past month, Blizzard Entertainment, a company known for releases like World of Warcraft, Starcraft and Diablo, made itself a centerpiece of the Hong Kong controversy that has made its way to America. This started last month when they began what amounts to a censorship campaign on co…

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Each year, Mississippi State University cashes out for new renovations such as new educational buildings, new filtered water fountains, new parking lots and more. However, some things that remain outdated year to year are the washing machines and dryers in residential halls. Incoming freshme…

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As a point of disclosure, I did not have any social media beyond Snapchat until I joined The Reflector staff, where I got a Twitter and Facebook in 2018. My parents never let me set up social media accounts in middle school, and they heavily pressured me to still abstain from it in high scho…

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Growing up, I always looked forward to dressing up for Halloween and extorting candy from my neighbors. I am sure many readers will fondly recall trick-or-treating throughout their neighborhoods. Although my fellow revelers are in the majority, I have met a few people since I came to Mississ…

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Nowadays, technology is such a huge part of our lives and our culture that we never really can catch a break. Despite our efforts to keep the balance of technology and reality, these lines do not exist anymore. While many technological advances are great, there are negative consequences to t…

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Behold, the best time of the year: spooky season. It is the time when playing dress-up is not weird and people eat disgusting candy corn out of an obligation to tradition. During this time, stores are packed with festive décor, such as bones, pumpkins and all things wicked. Black cats are of…

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The fantasy of loving a job is one too many people hold. The reality is, most are depressing voids of time and energy. A small, privileged few will disagree, but that fantasy goes out of the window at a certain point. It is usually the point where their family, life, security and shelter dep…

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The 2020 election has been hijacked by the Democrats and the Republicans, as each vies to influence and appeal to the most wide-reaching base as possible. Of course, this is the nature of political discourse. The parties fairly competing for power, as should be the case for the representativ…

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How many times have you stared longingly at Sonic, Zaxby's or Cook Out from the other side of the street and been unable to access your desired destination because of the medians along Highway 12? In other towns, and previously in this one, one can simply pull into the middle lane and turn i…

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Despite the searing losses we have all witnessed in past games, there is, at least, one glimmer of hope as the team moves forward. This hope can be found in true-freshman quarterback, Garrett Shrader. 

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October is, hands-down, the best month of the year. First of all, we made it halfway into the semester with, hopefully, only a few mental breakdowns. Therefore, congratulations to everyone. Now, we have the perfect reason to keep persevering through our midterm exams, and here is why.

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Working to find solutions to the many problems posed by hunger and poverty have defined much of my professional life. As a former United States Department of Agriculture Under Secretary and now as president of one of our nation's leading land-grant universities, I have seen first-hand the po…

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The knee-jerk reaction of some people upon reading the headline of this article is probably, "How absurd! College athletics is built on the bedrock of amateurism. It keeps it pure!"

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In June of this year, protests erupted in the People's Republic of China's autonomous special administrative region of Hong Kong over China's proposal to allow extraditions from Hong Kong to China. China and Hong Kong currently operate under a governance style they refer to as "one country, …

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With the rise of the internet came the fall of print journalism. In fact, according to Douglas McLennan and Jack Miles of The Washington Post, U.S. newspaper printing has dwindled from 60 million to 35 million in 24 years. While there are many reasons I am able and willing to argue for picki…

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I believe Ms. Hamilton is incorrect on two points. The definition of "pastor" literally means "a shepherd." This raises the question: Who are the ones that "shepherd" a church? Notice in Acts 20:28 that the elders of the church of Ephesus were told to "shepherd the church of God …"

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This past spring, one of the mainstays of the gaming youTuber sphere, ProJared, found himself embroiled in controversy following a public Twitter announcement explaining his decision to divorce his wife, Heidi. Following this announcement, Heidi took to Twitter herself to level a boatload of…

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As Mississippi State University continues to grow, so do the advantages. However, this expansion may be too much. We may be starting to see some negative effects of this growth, like increased traffic and massive class sizes.

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At the beginning of August, the Democratic Socialists of America held their biannual convention in Atlanta to discuss what changes they would make to the American system should they hold political power. Their dreams of creating a socialist utopia aside, looking at how this organization oper…

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As of now, SMART, Starkville-Mississippi State University Area Rapid Transit, campus bus routes run Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., according to the SMART website, and they vary in size and location, such as Central, Greek, Research and Wise.  These bus routes are extremely bene…

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Racism has always been, and is, a prevalent issue we face throughout the world. Whether it be through violence, racial slurs or the disapproval of interracial relationships, the denial of a place to wed for the happiest day of an interracial couple's life while using Christian beliefs as an …

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It is not a pleasant topic to think about, but it is a part of life. There are many opinions on what happens after we die, but there is one inevitable event—in some way or another, we find ourselves in dirt. The great thing is, there are many options and paths we can take to get there. For e…

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Try to name some albums you have actually completed. I mean sat down, played all the way through and are familiar with every song. For some, that can be challenging because we tend to enjoy specific songs from artists. Everything else is either not as catchy, or simply not our cup of tea. Mo…

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It is a common view in many churches and denominations that women should not be pastors. According to Halee Gray Scott with Christianity Today, only one in 11 Protestant pastors are women. With this being said, the Religious News Service reports 77.8% of Americans polled would support having…

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This Halloween, a catastrophe is scheduled for the United Kingdom. The UK is set to leave the European Union on Oct. 31 with a very limited deal with the EU. During his campaign, Prime Minister Boris Johnson pledged to fight for a better deal, but has remained adamant on that date, much to t…

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There is a common phrase which people say as they get older: "If I had known then what I know now, I would/would not have…" Perhaps if our grandparents had known the harmful side effects of cigarettes, they would have never gotten addicted in the first place. If they had known tobacco produc…

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According to the American Civil Liberties Union, between 1976 to 2015, 1,392 prisoners have been executed within the United States as a form of punishment, and 995 of them took place in the South. But what good comes from this punishment, and how can justice be served by finding comfort in s…

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When I recently heard one of my colleagues at The Reflector was wanting to write a piece against the premise of minority student organizations, I knew it was my duty to deviate from the typical international politics columns I write to serve as a voice of opposition to such an idea.In full d…

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Before the time of "passing the aux" and Spotify playlists, I would fiddle with the car radio dial from the passenger seat of my parents' car to find the perfect song on the perfect station. I had the preset buttons to switch stations memorized by heart, and pressing one would get 89.9, whic…

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With the beginnings of a fresh, new school year quickly kicking into a high gear, students are discovering the ins and outs of their schedules and the navigational aspect of the university's campus.