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It is rare to find a band where you will hear a spontaneous performance of Eminem’s “Lose Yourself,” a violin solo while missing an entire string and a drummer who plays a whole set with a bleeding hand all in the same concert. Happy Landing performed this past Friday in Duling Hall in Jacks…

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Two former MSU students came home from the holidays with one goal: to revisit the restaurants in Starkville that they once enjoyed in college. Hunter McMillin and his fiance Mandi Johnson called me in, and I was struck with inspiration from The Reflector's Cheese Fry Crawl last spring. Thus …

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Over the course of the past two weeks, I have begun to ask myself deeper questions. Why are some bathrooms disgusting, but others are practically spotless? Am I the only person on the planet who has thought to review bathrooms? How is there not a Yelp for this already? 

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If it hadn’t been for my fish Sweetpea, my first year of college would have been a wash. That sweet, pink, tropical creature did more than just swim in circles and eat freeze-dried worms all day. He kept my sanity intact. Sitting at my desk, watching him move gracefully about his tank eased …

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Evan Giia is a name I had never heard of before Bulldog Bash, and now that the concert is over, it is a name that I will struggle to forget. I referred to Bryce Vine and Surfaces’ music as “feel-good” in a previous Bulldog Bash article. While that might could work for Giia, serotonin laced m…

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In recent years, Taylor Swift has been rerecording some of her old albums, and the differences between the rereleases and the originals are striking. The new recordings bring a new spin on old favorites. 

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In September, Netflix released a limited series about the infamous serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer titled "DAHMER — Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story," and it has left everyone with a lot to say.

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I am not in a fraternity, and I should say that up front. I have a hard time taking instructions from peers, and from what I have heard from my research, you have to tolerate a lot of unqualified individuals designating you menial tasks.

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There are two distinct groups: those who want to blend in and those who would prefer to stand out. Wherever you fall on the spectrum, you are influenced by ideas of popular culture. Of course, where there is popular culture, there will be an opposing force. That is fine. Without diversity in…

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Martin Luther King Jr. once said, "You don’t have to see the whole staircase. Just take the first step." This has very little to do with my point, but it is a killer hook.

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Football season is upon us, which, of course, is just another way of saying the tailgating season is upon us. Some fans pass on mentioning the sport altogether because football is simply the event that happens for tailgating to be allowed.

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Why have I seen so many pictures with dead babies on them? Why are the people most publicly opposed to the concept of dead babies the ones showing me these pictures? They usually tell me I am going to Hell, which feels rude since they hardly know me. "They" here means the protestors that mak…

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When asked about dining options on Mississippi State University's campus, students have strong opinions. Whether it is about the quality of the food, the environment or the facilities, each dining hall on campus has something different to offer. However, the one dining hall that does not get…

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The first time I walked into McComas Hall, I was a high school senior visiting for the weekend to see the theater performance of “All-American Boys,” which was conveniently held on the first floor. It was lovely in both performance and location. The second time I walked into McComas Hall, it…

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Most students probably do not imagine spending the end of summer at the college they will attend in the fall. Most students imagine luxurious summers filled with friends, parties, and sleeping in. What if I told you that all of that was possible with New Maroon Camp? (Although, there is no s…

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As with all new programs, I understand there will be unforeseen issues and technical glitches with Bulldog Bundle. The issue I have is not a lack of patience. I feel the basic concept of the Bulldog Bundle is flawed.

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One of the first things I remember noticing when walking into my Chemistry 1 class during my first semester at Mississippi State University was the condition of the Hand Chemical Laboratory.

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In these first few weeks of classes, students have wasted no time voicing their thoughts about the changes on Mississippi State University's campus. However, no one mentions the Bully statue that has sat outside of the Colvard Student Union for years.

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Thursday, I stood in line for an hour at Barnes & Noble, waiting to pick up my Bulldog Bundle selections. Upon reaching the counter, the clerk said my order was not ready yet; I had to wait until I received an email announcing its arrival. Disappointed and slightly sweaty due to the lack…

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Meal plans are an important aspect of the college experience for many Mississippi State University students. Freshmen are automatically enrolled in a meal plan at the start of the year, while commuters and upperclassmen are encouraged to enroll in one at the start of every semester. For many…

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There is nothing like parking on Mississippi State University's campus. I have lived on campus for four years and have had no troubles with it. Some people may try to say parking on campus is the worst way to park. Those people are mistaken.

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Last week, I participated in a student-led focus group. It was late in the evening in McCool Hall, and a handful of undergrads asked a series of leading questions about our study habits and practices. The prevailing conversation topic for the duration of the hour was the private study rooms …

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The mission was simple: determine the best cheese fries in Starkville. After hearing Starkville proclaimed as the "Cheese Fry Capital of the World" by Twitter user @cheesefrystark, I decided defining the best cheese fries in Starkville would be my final contribution to The Reflector for the …

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Two weeks ago, Will Smith struck Chris Rock across the face after Rock made a joke regarding the condition of Jada Smith's alopecia. As a result, the slap at the Academy Awards sparked the internet into two distinct camps with some defending Smith's defense of his wife and others condemning …

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Traditionally, hiking is about going out into the wilderness, walking a trail and appreciating natural scenery. For cities like Starkville, where hiking isn't always convenient, it can be challenging to find the time to hike and monotonous to walk the same familiar trails.

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It is approaching lunchtime on a Tuesday. You are waiting for the bus. It does not come. You check the interactive map and notice that both of the buses that run your route are stopped— next to each other. You sigh. You recently learned the two drivers on your route eat together everyday. Yo…

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We have all been there— you are running late for class and think to yourself, "Parking services is never over here," only to walk out and find a bright yellow envelope on the windshield of your car. Stress sets in and you begin to wonder how you will pay yet another parking ticket.

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Since the COVID-19 pandemic began in March 2020, many major studios halted the production of million-dollar projects for the safety of everyone involved. Films were canceled, delayed and delayed again. Some were released on streaming services, stripping away any chance at earning revenue fro…

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When I was in fifth grade, I had a class where I learned to crochet and had a square-dancing lesson in my physical education class. While I appreciate my poorly made scarves and handy square-dancing knowledge, I often wonder why my teachers chose these skills over things like nutrition, fina…

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Acquiring a degree often feels like a job of its own, since life as a college student is busy and unpredictable. It is easy to get caught up in finishing school without considering what to do after graduation due to the demands of being in this intense environment. College goes by quickly, s…