The Daily Mississippian

Online version of the Daily Mississippian, student newspaper for the University of Mississippi in Oxford since 1911


Local mother-daughter duo confront stigma surrounding mental illness

On her 14th birthday, Cassie Howard heard members of her favorite boy band, New Kids on The Block, singing happy birthday to her from the air conditioner.  Her mother, Donna Howard, knew then that something wasn’t right. After a year of traveling to different hospitals, doctors and spending time in a mental institution, Cassie was diagnosed with chronic paranoid schizophrenia. Now almost three...


Opinion: ‘Free the ballot box’

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Due to felony disenfranchisement laws, an estimated 6.1 million United States citizens cannot exercise their right to vote, according to the Sentencing Project, a nonpartisan criminal justice advocacy organization. Its recent report, “6 Million Lost Voters,” shows Mississippi, one of only 12 states enforcing a lifetime felon voting ban, claiming “the second highest felon disenfranchisement...