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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.

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"Location, location, location" is the familiar refrain of those in the real estate realm. Buyers, sellers, leasers, renters and squatters all know that above all else, a spot's site is its draw. President Donald Trump has been drawn recently by the allure of the massive island, Greenland. Th…

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There are a few things in life that are unavoidable. To name a few, death, taxes and public restrooms are the most prominent. Whether you are at a gas station or even on campus, public restrooms are present for your convenience. These places can vary on upkeep, soap smells and hand drying ma…

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When I first went to Mississippi State University's Organization Fair this past spring as a transfer student, I was overwhelmed by the number of clubs and organizations MSU has to offer. From student government, intramural sports, STEM, literary clubs or to a Disney movie watching club, MSU …

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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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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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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.