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Yes, you read that right. I would much rather drink dirty leaf water over dirty bean water. Like many college students, I tried to dive into the world of coffee culture, which is "the social atmosphere and social interactions that are related to coffee and coffee houses" as defined by South …

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Mississippi State University's campus does a very good job of balancing the feel of a mostly natural campus with the necessities of a college setup, but with the Sam D. Hamilton Noxubee Refuge being under half an hour away and the Tombigbee National Forest being about double the travel time …

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Everyone knows the weekend is the best part of the week— free time galore as the reward for making it from Monday to Friday. But, it is always gone too soon. Between clearing the chore buildup from the week, trying to catch up on sleep and bracing mentally for the upcoming week, the time rea…

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Mississippi is not as weird as the rest of the country thinks it is, but Mississippi State University sometimes does its best to live up to the stereotype. During my first week at MSU, I attended the "Fall Convocation." During this event, we were joined by Abraham Lincoln and Ulysses S. Gran…

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November is National Adoption Month. Adoption is a good thing— everyone knows this— but what everyone does not know are the vast array of difficulties which can come with being an adopted individual. According to an article written by the Center for Treatment of Anxiety and Mood Disorders, a…

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HARDY, the 2021 Bulldog Bash headliner, was no commonly used name (outside of the country music realm) before the announcement of this year's lineup. Since the development of the annual show, many have wondered what HARDY will depict within his performance. A general concern has presented it…

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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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