When Hunter Hitt came home from school, he couldn’t help but cry as he told his mother what had happened to him. That day, 12-year-old Hunter had received a paddling at school for fighting with another student in his class. The fight was Hunter’s first disciplinary offense at Eupora High School, and James Courtney, a coach at the school, was the instructor who inflicted...

On Nov. 6, 2010, Ole Miss junior offensive lineman Derrick Wilson found out that his mother, Jelks Wilson, had been diagnosed with cancer. Wilson was at Horn Lake High School at the time and wanted to go see his mother when he got the call. “When I found out, I wanted to go home, but my mother called and told me to stay at school,” Wilson said. As time went on, Derrick’s...

When I sat down to write this column, my last one for The Daily Mississippian, I thought it would be easy. Graduation for me is right around the corner. I would just write what the last four years at The University of Mississippi have meant to me and how much I’ve enjoyed doing a weekly column for our school newspaper. Maybe include a few anecdotal comments about an...

I have been in the U.S. since August 2011. Since then, I have been to two football games at Ole Miss and three NBA basketball games in Memphis. I still remember the first football game I went to last September against BYU. American sports enthusiasm was beyond my imagination. It is odd to me that people can spend several days driving across the country just to watch a...

After Wednesday night, two Americans became a lot richer. I mean over $100 million richer. What did they do to amount this wealth? They bought a lottery ticket. On Wednesday, the multi-state lottery reached a record $588 million. More than 42 states, as well as the U.S. Virgin Islands and the District of Columbia, participate in the lottery, according to the Multi-State...

Space is something I want more of most weeks. It’s hard to scratch the surface of some topics with 700 words and a week of writing. This semester, I rehashed exclusivism, marijuana prohibition, freedom, what love is and so on. Before I go, I have some final thoughts. The column on marijuana prohibition was cut for space, but we should note the measure to legalize...

Well, it’s that time of year again. With less than two weeks left in the semester, I know I am not alone in saying that the mounting pressures of final papers, assignments and exams have pushed me to the ultimate level of procrastination. I, for one, have terrible self-control when it comes to Internet browsing. In past years I have stooped so low as to have my...

I just want to say right up front, that this subject is not really up my alley … or across my street, down my road or next door at the house that sits empty although we hear noises there all the time, either; or at least, I hope not. But, as I debated about writing my thoughts on Measure B, I decided that as a journalist, I need to be able to write about most anything;...

I’ve had a curious relationship with Ole Miss since I began seeing her in adolescence. One of the earliest memories I have of her is how she looked when Florida came to Oxford in 2002. I remember all of her admirers being elated to call themselves her Rebels that day – and I began to admire her as well. I wanted to see Ole Miss more, so September of 2003 it...

This week, the Supreme Court is likely to decide which cases they will hear regarding same-sex marriage and the rights of gay and lesbian couples. Some of the possible cases include the constitutionality of California’s Proposition 8 and the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). This term we really have the opportunity to see the true colors of the Supreme Court. Will...