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BY LEXI THOMAN alexandria.thoman@gmail.com Each generation has an event that that defines them, characterizes their identity and shapes how their view of the world. For the Greatest Generation, it was World War II. For their “Baby Boomer” children after them, it was the Vietnam War and the social and...

BY E.M. TRAN emtran3@gmail.com   A recent poll shows a hike in former President George W. Bush’s approval ratings, which were almost rock bottom at 33 percent when he left Washington, and 25 percent (which he hit three times) at their overall lowest while he was in office. The survey indicates a rise to 47 percent. This upsurge in nostalgia for George W.’s decidedly...

BY ALEXANDRA WILLIAMSON aewillia@go.olemiss.edu   We refuse to be terrorized. People said it after 9/11; if you trade the government your liberty for the promise of safety, you’re letting the terrorists win. And the same can be said now. After the attack on the World Trade Center, we gave up any semblance of privacy for the Patriot Act and the Transportation Security...

BY TIM ABRAM toabram@go.olemiss.edu   In 1903, W.E.B. DuBois coined the phrase “double consciousness” in his book “The Souls of Black Folk.” DuBois defined double consciousness as “(a feeling of) two-ness—an American, a Negro; two souls, two thoughts, two unreconciled strivings … two warring ideas in one dark body whose dogged strength alone keeps it...

BY CHRISTINE DICKASON cdickason11@gmail.com Last Tuesday, I stood on the lawn of the U.S. Capitol with family members, survivors and fellow young people to read some of the names of the approximately 3,000 Americans who have died since the Newtown shooting. Despite never having met any of the people whose names I was reading, I felt personally connected with each of them. I...

BY BRITTANY SHARKEY brittsharkey@gmail.com   On Friday, the country waited with apprehension for the capture and eventual arrest of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the remaining suspect sought in connection with the Boson Marathon bombings. After police killed Dzhokhar’s brother and likely accomplice in a shootout the previous morning, it was hoped Dzhokhar would be captured...

As finals are fast approaching, I find myself struggling to find motivation. I teeter on the tightrope between the two different trains of thought. One is that good grades and socialistic achievement are key to success, and the other is that determination, timing and connections are what land you on the cover of Forbes Magazine. I find myself going back and forth thinking,...

Charter schools will finally become a reality in Mississippi, thanks to a bill passed this session. While it will take a few years for any charter to start up, this was long needed for a state that consistently performs poorly in just about every aspect of education. During the session, and even after passage, many legislators continually repeated misconceptions about...

If you lost your phone, how would you feel? Would you feel like you almost lost your whole world? Would you feel like your daily life had been disrupted?Would you feel that you needed to get another one immediately and that you couldn’t live without it for another minute? These were my feelings when I lost my phone last Friday. I left it on the couch in Farley Hall for...

Today Gov. Phil Bryant signs the state’s newly passed education legislation into law. The law allows for the growth of charter schools in the state, and this change concerns legislators who contend that these schools will decrease the quality of the state’s public education system and leave failing schools with fewer options. Other lawmakers contend that charter schools...