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If you have not been following my tumultuous relationship with this movie, you should know I walked into the theater quite biased. I was not happy this movie was being made. I even went so far as to break down the trailer and interpret what this was movie was signaling to the viewers. I want…

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Food is an important part of college life. Students eat to socialize, curb their cravings, strengthen their brain power for tests or simply kill time. At Mississippi State University, there are two main campus cafeterias—The Marketplace at Perry, or "The Perry," and The Fresh Food Company, o…

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At Mississippi State University, the student body is blessed to have access to countless resources and benefits that help students grow as scholars and as people. In the relentless pursuit to better ourselves as individuals, the Bulldog Family can work up quite the appetite. Fortunately, the…

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During the first semester of my freshman year here at Mississippi State University, I made my schedule to where I had a class at 8 a.m. every day. My misguided logic when creating my schedule was to take my classes as early as possible, so I could be done for the day as early as possible. Af…

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Living in a college town is a great thing. It has its advantages, but just because it sometimes feels like its own tiny world does not mean you have to stay in Starkville, Mississippi all the time. Freshman year, I stayed in Starkville for the entire school year, with a few small exceptions.…

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I have grown up as a horror fan, reveling in the fear of childhood monsters and allowing the likes of Wes Craven,  John Carpenter, Tobe Hooper and Dario Argento to play in to my fears on a psychological and physical level. I allowed the creations of Tom Savini, Greg Nicotero, Stan Winston an…

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There will always be the occasional movie night. Regardless of genre, nothing fulfills the desire for a compact story, hot popcorn and a night off like a great film. Picking the right option sets the mood, especially when watching with others. If the choices are narrowed between a comedy or …

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Privatization, or the removal of government organizations in favor of private companies, is a privileged view of what is or is not a public good. When schools were solely private, about 60% of white males in New England could read. However, according to Jack Lynch of the Colonial Williamsbur…

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There is a lot of nuance to politics. Surely, it is due to the fact politics are comprised of people, which are themselves nuanced, but just as rhetoric tends to do with people, rhetoric tends to generalize politics. What I mean is words have meaning, and the English language has nuance to d…

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Earlier this year, an enormous scandal that has been going on for years was finally brought to public attention. As many people now know, 50 people, including Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman, were charged in a case which involves parents accused of paying millions of dollars in bribes to …

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In February, Democratic representative from the state of New York, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez proposed a piece of legislation that would completely overhaul how the United States confronts what Democratic politicians see as the environmental crisis our planet is currently facing. The Green New…

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While abortion has strong arguments against it, any and every woman should have the right to decide what they want to do with their bodies. While I agree abortion should have certain limitations, banning abortion entirely has more negative consequences than most people think, and it is simpl…

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I have worked for The Reflector's editorial board for two years now, and I started off as the Opinion Editor. I am the first to admit, when I ran Opinion, it was very liberal. It was the beginning of President Donald Trump’s term—how could it not be liberal?

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The 2020 presidential campaign is just starting, and as with every presidential campaign, controversy is not far behind. Despite nearly 20 Democratic candidates officially running, the man currently in the lead of every poll is a man who has not even announced his candidacy—former Vice Presi…

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Prison is an unfortunate reality of civilization. As much as I adhere to a sense of idealism, crime is the product of the human condition, and until the end of civilization, crime will continue to occur within the borders of human society. The reasons behind crime are too numerous to count, …

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For anyone acquainted with higher education's trend in the last few decades, it goes without saying that attending a four-year university is an egregiously expensive endeavor. Students are nickeled-and-dimed at every turn with overpriced parking passes, ambiguous fees and tuition rates which…

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In a recent issue of The Reflector, one editorialist argued there is no emergency at the border. While he did his research, his views do not match facts, and the data in the article is very difficult to verify.

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Mississippi State University was visited by the Consuming Fire Fellowship radical religious group last Friday, seeking to engage in an argument with any student or faculty member who would listen.

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This past week, Starkville celebrated Pride with a week full of events on campus, by holding viewings of different LGBTQ films, and in town, by having The Queer Arts Market held at Fire Station Park on Saturday. The pinnacle of Pride week, though, was Saturday's Pride Parade.

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According to Jacob Pramuk of CNBC, last week, President Donald Trump announced plans to keep his $250 billion of tariffs on Chinese imports. While sticking to his guns is admirable, Trump's decision here hurts the overall economy.  

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Last Wednesday, Mississippi State University students welcomed the Young Americans for Freedom’s chapter here at MSU with a juvenile chorus of "F-yous" and middle fingers from the more politically radicalized students among us. Apparently, anyone right of Karl Marx who peacefully stands next…

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Many people rely on the media to bring important local and national issues to the forefront. If the mainstream media does not report on an issue, then it is often overlooked. I believe this may be the case of the Flint, Michigan, water crisis, as its coverage has significantly declined.

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The United States’ southern border has been the subject of political contention for the entirety of President Donald Trump’s time in office. With Trump’s recent declaration of a national emergency to fund a border wall, the topic has reached a fever pitch.

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Attending a well-known agricultural school in the South famous for its dairy, the following may seem controversial. However, we should take a critical look at what we consume and how it, and other products, are produced.

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At what age did you receive your first smartphone? I am not talking about a brick that played snake or called your family members, but the one with online access. The instant nature of the internet is addicting and beneficial, so we use our digital sources to keep up to date.

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Imagine living in a country where you are unsure of which bathroom you are allowed to use, where you are characterized as mentally ill and where you have no legal protection against discrimination in work or education in the majority of states. Infuriating, right? According to the Human Righ…

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There are many things high school failed to prepare me for, but one aspect of college in particular has stood out lately as a recent pain in my side: trudging through a monsoon to make it to class. These past few weeks brought pelts of rain and sluggish gray weather that made hopping out of …

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Folks, it is that time of year again. Slowly but surely, all across the country, candidates for the 2020 Democratic nomination for president (and also Howard Schultz) are crawling out of the woodwork and making their way to the home place of American democracy: Iowa. 

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They are sneaky, they are annoying and they can cause a lot of damage; and no, I am not talking about siblings. That is right, I am talking about potholes.

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There are few moments in today’s society that truly teach us how there is a difference between the races. I grew up in Germany and remember my white mom telling me, "I don’t really get the race issues in America. I mean is not slavery and real racism over?"

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"This Constitution, and the Laws of the United States ... shall be the supreme Law of the Land." This is an excerpt from Article VI of our Constitution, unambiguously enumerating its purpose for every citizen within the U.S.

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As Black History Month comes to a close, I want to talk about a woman who has changed our world for the better. Both during and after her husband’s time in office, Michelle Obama was undoubtedly an outstanding First Lady. Not only was she a classy representation of our country from the start…

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In today’s highly political and divisive climate, it is odd to see both sides of the aisle agree on any issue. In a weird twist, a certain level of unity has been formed between both conservatives and liberals on one important issue: the ISIS mom, Hoda Muthana.

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2019 has been dubbed "The Year of Disney" with "Dumbo," "The Lion King" and "Aladdin" upcoming as live action films. Many are frustrated Disney continues to make live action remakes of classic films, but I think we should give Disney a break.

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Less than a week ago at the time of this article’s writing, Bernie Sanders announced his candidacy for the 2020 presidential election and many college students rejoiced once again. Well, as I am prone to do, I am here to ruin that optimism.

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Lately, there has been much controversy about the amount of plastic being used, especially in regard to water bottles and straws. The majority of plastic waste finds its way to the ocean, and the concentric revelation of one environmental issue impacting another, poses concern for environmen…

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Throughout medical history, insulin has been prescribed to Type 1 diabetics in order to provide them with a somewhat normal life due to their bodies being unable to make insulin on its own. With that being said, insulin prices have increasingly changed for the worse in the recent years. Due …

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Crispy shoestring fries, lightly tossed in seasoning and thickly coated in rich layers of steamy, golden nacho cheese. The concept of the cheese fry is an ingenious idea combining two foods which appease the American taste bud: melted cheese and something fried. This simple food duo revoluti…

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The Crocs catastrophe has swept the nation since their reboot in 2017, and the tragic effects of this regeneration can be seen on the feet of students here at Mississippi State University.

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In honor of National Women in STEM Day, I would like to address an issue that goes ignored and cannot be solved with the institution of a "day."