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When Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta announced the end to the ban on women in combat roles on Jan. 24, I was stunned. I watched and re-watched his Pentagon press conference, making sure that I had heard every word correctly. Even though a series of modifications to the existing rule had opened 14,000 previously...

BuzzFeed reporter Andrew Kaczynski observed that with gays possibly in the Boy Scouts, comprehensive immigration reform emerging in the House and Senate and with women in combat, this week has been one of the worst weeks in Rick Santorum’s entire life. As the American people continue to progress, the Republican Party insists on moving in the opposite direction. Although...

The beginning of 2013 marks a renewed commitment on the part of United Auto Workers (UAW) to organize Nissan’s manufacturing plant in Canton. The efforts began last summer and continue to receive mixed reactions from employees. Mississippi is a right-to-work state, and lawmakers appear hesitant to endorse any union efforts at the plant, despite increasing complaints...

If you attended a public school at any point in your life, you’ll more than likely remember the food served in the cafeteria. I only attended public school for first through third grade and still have the distinct memory of the rice served. I described it to my mother as being stuck together like Rice Krispies Treats. It could also be described as “gross.” While...

The last months of the year are known for the release of a slew of Oscar-bait movies. One of the most buzzed-about movies going into this awards season was “Zero Dark Thirty,” director/producer Kathryn Bigelow’s vision of the 10-year manhunt for Osama bin Laden. Anyone not living in an isolated compound in Abbottabad will know how this movie ends. In addition to...

Once you’ve graduated from a bachelor’s to a master’s in alcohol consumption, it’s bound to have crossed your mind before: “I’m drunk and desiring hookers.” Just about everything can be served through a vending machine or a phone call or drive-thru, but not sex. No-no, our good, God-fearing society can’t possibly endorse the idea that every gluttonous pleasure...

International Education Week at Ole Miss takes place around the second week in November every year. The Ole Miss Office of International Programs hosts this event for international and American students. It welcomes all the students to experience different cultures. A lot of international student associations and countries represented on campus participated in the event...

For lawmakers, Jan. 1, 2014, is a monumental date looming in the ever-nearing future. That date is when the majority of the measures under the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare as many Mississippians refer to it, will take effect. Among other things, this date marks the deadline for state lawmakers to come up with their own health insurance exchange programs and have them...

On Jan. 21, I rolled out of bed at 4 a.m. and was on the Metro headed to Capitol Hill by 5. Then began the hours of long lines, a handful of security checkpoints and, for some of us, a brief nap on the grass of the Capitol grounds. When President Barack Obama finally came to the podium, I expected his speech to be a routine, somewhat nauseating, politically-motivated plea...