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I’ll never forget the first conversation I had with James Meredith. I answered the phone and he mumbled softly, “Hello, this is James Meredith. Is this the president of the Ole Miss student body?” I replied, “Yes, this is.” I immediately stopped what I was doing and gave the...

“The Houston Police Department places the highest value on human life, and events like these are tragic and unfortunate for everyone involved.” This is what the chief of the Houston Police Department in Texas said after one of his officers shot and killed a schizophrenic, wheelchair-bound double-amputee on Monday. The man had impressively cornered the offending...

There is something pleasing about seeing items placed in a list and categorized in some sort of order. There are lists for everything these days. Some lists are fun and offer nothing more than bragging rights. For instance, I will happily claim that I went to the No. 1 tailgating school and experienced the Grove (to understand the importance of that, you must know that...

A half century ago, James Meredith drew the world’s attention to The University of Mississippi when he became the first black man to walk onto campus as a member of the student body. After battling the administration, state legislature and even Governor Ross Barnett himself, Meredith was finally allowed to transfer from Jackson State College – after the intervention...

Bill Nye is in the news this week following the release of an online video in which he criticizes the teaching of creationism, calling on parents to “question their beliefs” before passing the philosophy on to children. Nye is known as “the Science Guy” in middle school classrooms everywhere, and his foray into the evolution debate comes as a surprise...

I asked myself the other day if I knew what starvation felt like. The slow decay of the body as it eats itself until there is nothing left, the lack of energy and motivation, time slowing down and meaning nothing without food. I thought about if I knew what that felt like. I tried imagining the Oxford Dictionary’s listings of starvation; I used every bit of imagination...

The concept of our lives being stories has been haunting me lately. I keep coming across it in conversation, in class and in books. The idea is basically that our lives are telling a story whether we realize it or not. In his book, “A Million Miles in a Thousand Years,” Donald Miller decides that what makes a good story also makes a good life, and I think I...

Increased traffic on campus is not a new issue to us. The university has increased funding for the Oxford-University Transit bus program and has modified parking lots and decals. But there is still the issue of pedestrian and cyclist safety. As an avid pedestrian, I can think of three occasions in which I have nearly been hit by a vehicle — this semester alone. Some...