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Like many college students, I want a pet. No, I do not want a cat nor a dog. My dream pet is a pig. This pig would not be slaughtered for meat. As someone who does not eat meat, I feel I am not missing out by not slaughtering an animal. I want to get a pig from a rescue and let it live a lon…

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In recent years, one question has stood out to me in a huge way: Why are police officers, staples of any community and armed with the authority to ruin someone's life or even end it, allowed to wear the uniform without extensive mental health evaluations? Sure, there is the academy, but when…

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The time period Mississippi State University students have to make a judgment on which classes to drop out or add on is ludicrous. According to the MSU Office of the Registrar's website, there is a five day window between when classes start and when students can drop them without any penalty…

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Last month, President Donald Trump announced a ban on all flavored vape pods. To clarify what exactly this means and what specifically is off-limits, Jamie Ducharme for TIME states, "The new plan applies to the cartridge-based e-cigarette products made by companies like Juul Labs, which are …

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Water is a renewable resource, and our bodies need it to survive. Although the Earth is roughly 71% of water, not every human being has access to clean water. This is unacceptable considering the human body can only survive a week without water and nearly 60% of the human adult body is made …

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Imagine you are at the movie theater watching the newest, forgettable movie, which is mostly explosions and high-speed car chases, but you are startled by an unexpected sound. It is not the creation of yet another explosion from Michael Bay but rather your stomach growling. What do you do? Y…

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In an article that is inherently political and actively criticizes the left, preaching about the dangers of partisanship and politics while advocating for Americans to be more apolitical will likely not accomplish anything. The concept of encountering politics daily is not new, not for this …

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In the era of President Donald Trump, the United States is entering a new stage in the country's history where there is polarization on the political spectrum and a different culture we have yet to experience. We live in a time where encountering politics on a daily basis is an expected rout…

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From major feats like long-distance communication to smaller accomplishments such as editing a facial blemish from an Instagram photo, we live in an era where digital technology intersects with nearly every aspect of our lives. With each major stride in technological advancements, the world …

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In light of the disgusting conditions the prisoners at the Mississippi State Penitentiary, also known as the Parchman Farm, have had to live in, I believe it is time to discuss how our society treats both prisoners and ex-convicts. While I firmly believe in justice and doing the time for you…

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In 1974, towards the end of the Vietnam War, a Vietnamese Buddhist monk wrote a letter from exile in France to a staff member of the School of Youth for Social Service in South Vietnam. Thich Nhat Hanh was the founder of the school and author of the letter which was translated in 1991 for pr…

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Growing up, Disney movies were my primary form of entertainment. From animated movies like "Aladdin" to the classic Disney Channel afternoon lineup with "Gargoyles," a lot of my adolescence was shaped by a company focused on making families happy around the world. Disney has been successful …

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Hunting and conservationism seem to be polar opposites of each other, and without further examination, it would be easy to think that. After all, why would someone who kills animals be concerned with their well being? Part of being a hunter is appreciating the outdoors and the species living…

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Does the thought of a barbecue make you ravenously hungry? Imagine a mouth-watering image of beautifully seasoned meat, fresh off a grill or right out of the smoker, a charred texture, intoxicating aroma and deliciously satisfying taste only well-cooked meat provides. Now, imagine if you did…

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Recently, the Australian wildfires have been all over the media, from the news to celebrity posts. While many celebrities told the world just how much money they donated, some, on top of that, also gave their audiences information of organizations that were helping with the fires so they cou…

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2019 has not been a kind year for the Trump Administration. It marked the most defining moment of President Trump's legacy—his impeachment by the House of Representatives—while his ongoing trial in the Senate continues to loom over every action his administration takes.

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It has officially been two weeks since we have joyfully swayed to "Auld Lang Syne" whilst gazing at the steady descent of a crystalline ball hanging above Times Square. Already deemed "part two" of the 20th century's Roaring Twenties, the beginning of a new decade befalls us, and thus, the p…

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Yes, you read that headline correctly. If you seek to prosper this year and this decade, you should consider emulating that maligned generation, the boomers.

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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…