The Daily Mississippian http://thedmonline.com Online version of the Daily Mississippian, student newspaper for the University of Mississippi in Oxford since 1911 Fri, 05 Jan 2018 15:33:21 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.1 TV review: Latest season of Black Mirror fails to deliver http://thedmonline.com/tv-review-black-mirror-season-4/ Fri, 05 Jan 2018 15:33:21 +0000 http://thedmonline.com/?p=61772 All six episodes of the fourth season of the critically-acclaimed Netflix series “Black Mirror” were released last week, giving fans plenty of content to binge watch at the end of the holiday season and into the new year. Over the past three seasons, “Black Mirror” has offered viewers twisted tales of technology with an almost […]

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All six episodes of the fourth season of the critically-acclaimed Netflix series “Black Mirror” were released last week, giving fans plenty of content to binge watch at the end of the holiday season and into the new year. Over the past three seasons, “Black Mirror” has offered viewers twisted tales of technology with an almost nihilistic spin, a “Twilight Zone” for the internet age. Season three delivered one of the most widely praised episodes, “San Junipero,” so can the team behind the anthology series deliver another solid season with an award-worthy episode or two?

While season four of “Black Mirror” is still good, it seems that they went for quantity over quality. Season three suffered from the same problem, as that was the first time they went from three episodes a season to six, but “San Junipero” really stood out as an anchor for that season. Season four has no real standout like that. Some of the episodes were solid, but with nothing spectacular. In fact, one certain episode was downright boring, weakening the season overall.

The episodes that stood out as especially bad are episodes three and five, “Crocodile” and “Metalhead,” respectively. In “Crocodile,” the technology used felt out of place and unnecessary. The story of a woman’s desperate attempt at covering up murders does not need a tech-based spin. The technology felt shoe-horned in, especially in comparison to episodes like “USS Callister” and “Hang the DJ,” where the tech used in each was central to the plot. In “Metalhead,” it felt like they were going for a story about technology taking the world over from humans, a la “The Matrix.” However, the pacing made the shortest episode in the season feel like the longest. Other episodes ran nearly 30 minutes longer, and this episode could have benefited from more time, possibly fleshing out the world and giving a motivation to the robots.

On the topic of “Hang the DJ,” some of the episodes felt a little preachy about reliance on modern technology. “Hang the DJ” is clearly a commentary on dating apps, “Arkangel” is a cautionary tale about monitoring children too much and “Metalhead” is, as mentioned earlier, about technology becoming too powerful. The problem, though, when trying to convey a message in a television episode is that the message should be clear. “Metalhead” does not give any backstory to the world and how these robot dogs took over. Everything about “Hang the DJ” feels purposefully obscure, from the strange ending to referencing a song in the title that is infamous for having an incomprehensible meaning.

This isn’t to say that everything in this season is bad. “USS Callister” and the final episode, “Black Museum,” were great episodes that felt more reminiscent of old “Black Mirror” than new. Without spoiling anything, the ending of “Black Museum” would be a very suitable ending for the series, as long as “Black Mirror” does not have a fifth season. However, if this is the end of the series, as that episode suggests, it is disappointing to see it come to an end with a such a mediocre season.

Grade: B

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New year, new beginnings: How to make 2018 your best year yet http://thedmonline.com/2018-positive-tips/ Fri, 05 Jan 2018 15:04:16 +0000 http://thedmonline.com/?p=61768 As 2018 starts, the resolutions, planning and expectations for the new year rapidly spiral out of control. As everyone begins to embark on those new year resolutions, the most important aspect of the new year is to start it positively. Take time to reflect on 2017 A new year means many things, but mostly it […]

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As 2018 starts, the resolutions, planning and expectations for the new year rapidly spiral out of control. As everyone begins to embark on those new year resolutions, the most important aspect of the new year is to start it positively.

Take time to reflect on 2017

A new year means many things, but mostly it is a chance to reflect on the past year and look at areas you can improve upon in the upcoming months ahead. 2018 is a year for creating change and new beginnings. What did you accomplish that you’re proud of?  Realize what worked for you and what didn’t. Maybe studying the night before a test worked last year but it isn’t as good of a strategy for the harder classes you have to face this semester. Make note of these little things and plan ahead in order to ensure a stress-free semester.

Get organized

One of the best ways to start the new year on a good note is to get organized early. A new year also means a new semester. Think about your class schedule, order books ahead of time, and be ready to start the school year on the best foot possible. Getting a planner not only provides structure on what plans you have in the next year but also ensure you don’t miss out on any details.

“Using my planner weekly has been of one of the most successful tools for me during college,” senior English major Gina Iozzo said. “It helps me keep track of not only school assignments but also helps me balance my different organizational commitments and social life.”

Getting organized is one of the easiest and best ways to begin your new year right. Organization ultimately leads to less stress, which all college kids could use less of in 2018. Even if the new year throws you some curveballs, having a plan ahead of time will allow smooth sailing no matter what obstacles come your way in 2018.

Set goals

Another tip for a productive 2018 is to set goals. Whether it’s losing 10 pounds before spring break or striving for that 4.0 GPA spring semester, writing down your goals for the new year can serve as a helpful reminder. No matter how big or small, it is imperative to have something to strive towards during the new year ahead. Having a tangible list of things you hope to accomplish in the upcoming year is a great way to identify what you hope to achieve. Writing down your goals also helps as a useful tool throughout the year, you can check off the goals you meet and be reminded of the things still left to do.

Have an accountability buddy

However, even writing down what you hope to accomplish doesn’t always mean you will get it done. That is why having an accountability buddy who is as dedicated to the same goals as you will help you complete them together in no time. Find someone to help you to have the most successful year possible. A friend to hold you accountable for your weekly workout classes together or even a roommate helping make sure you go to that one class you always want to skip. Having a friend not only makes it more fun but also ensures you’re more likely to do it.

Focus on positivity

Lastly, remember the power of your thoughts this 2018. Your thoughts control your life and thinking positively has the ability to impact your life in unexpected ways. Think positively about yourself, your future and the year ahead. Take time to remind yourself how awesome you are, how much you can accomplish and how much there is to look forward to in 2018.

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10 movies for anyone not willing to let go of the holiday season http://thedmonline.com/christmas-movies-keep-holiday-spirit/ Tue, 02 Jan 2018 15:15:14 +0000 http://thedmonline.com/?p=61761 It’s the most wonderful time of the year, not only because we get a break from school but also because of Christmas. Though Christmas is long-gone, watching these holiday favorites will keep you fa la la’ing all winter break. A Christmas Story (1983) This 1983 movie is about Ralphie (Peter Billingsley) trying to figure out how […]

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year, not only because we get a break from school but also because of Christmas. Though Christmas is long-gone, watching these holiday favorites will keep you fa la la’ing all winter break.

A Christmas Story (1983)

This 1983 movie is about Ralphie (Peter Billingsley) trying to figure out how to get the Red Ryder 200 range air rifle for Christmas. From the “I can’t put my arms down” scene, running from bullies and the “triple dog dare ya,” this movie is a classic.

Home Alone (1990)

This family comedy starring Kevin (Macaulay Culkin) is a Christmas staple. It isn’t Christmas until you watch Kevin set up booby traps for the wet bandits when he gets left behind from his family vacation. Being alone, he notices that two con men, Harry and Marv, were trying to rob his house, and he does what he can to defend it. Kevin must find a way out of this sticky situation.

Home Alone 2 (1992)

It’s been said that follow up movies aren’t as good as the first one but this one only gets better. Yes, his family leaves him behind again but this time at the Chicago/O’Hare airport. Somehow, he ends up in New York City. Luckily, he has a credit card, cash, and brilliant ideas. When exploring the city, he runs into Harry and Marv who are trying to rob a toy store, but Kevin sets booby traps to stop them. We all know how good he is at that.

Elf (2003)

This hilarious movie is a knee slapper. Buddy (Will Ferrell) is an orphan who was accidentally sent to the North Pole and raised by elves. At 30-years-old he found out he wasn’t an elf and went to New York looking for his father. In the process, he meets a woman, falls in love and doesn’t care who knows it. His dad has trouble adapting to the fact that he was raised as an elf and has too much Christmas spirit for a grown man. 

How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)

“You’re a mean one, mister Grinch.” Well at first, but then his heart grows three sizes bigger. Before the Grinch (Jim Carrey) had a change of heart, he decided to wreck Christmas for the people down in Whoville that never stop singing Christmas songs. Cindy Lou (Taylor Momsen) is the only one in Whoville that believes in the Grinch, even after stealing Christmas. After realizing that Christmas isn’t only about presents she pays him a visit because nobody should be alone on Christmas.

The Holiday (2006)

If you’re emotional, make sure to have tissues with you while watching this Christmas flick, because unlike Amanda (Cameron Diaz) who can’t get herself to cry, you will. Amanda and Iris (Kate Winslet) decide to switch homes for the holidays after they both end things with their boyfriends. Amanda who lives in America goes to Iris’s cozy home in Britain, and Iris goes to America. Both women find love but discover that their new relationships won’t work because of the distance they will face. This movie is truthful yet refreshing for those of you who deserve so much more in a relationship.  

Love Actually (2003)

Yes, another romantic movie. This one may also get you a little teared up, but with tears of joy. It’ll remind you of why love is beautiful. I mean who learns a different language or how to play the drums for a girl’s attention? The nine different stories in this film face different love scenarios. The prime minister falls for a young staffer, a boy is in love with a girl who doesn’t know he exists, a couple meets while doing an adult film, and a married man is tempted by his striking secretary. Trust me, you’ll be smiling by the end of the movie because there is something for everyone.

A Madea Christmas (2013)

Who doesn’t like a little Madea in their life? This Christmas movie sends Madea (Tyler Perry) and Eileen (Anna Horsford) to the country. They surprise Lacey, (Tika Sumpter) Eileen’s daughter for Christmas. Lacey got secretly hitched, and now she must find a way to tell her mom. There will be lots of Madea jokes and a lesson to learn, like always.

Frozen (2013)

You might argue that this isn’t a Christmas movie, but come on – Olaf is a snowman. And no, you aren’t “too old” to watch it. The family-friendly movie is about Princess Anna (Kristen Bell) who tries looking for her sister Elsa (Idina Menzel) in order to save her kingdom, Arendelle, from freezing. With the help of Kristoff (Jonathan Groff) and his reindeer, they face challenging obstacles and meet magical trolls. Elsa, who has astonishing ice powers, can’t find a way to control them. Warning: you will definitely be singing “Let It Go” weeks after watching this.

Almost Christmas (2016)

This humorous movie will have jaws dropping. Especially when Cheryl (Kimberly Elise) finds out about her husband’s mistress at the Christmas dinner. The dinner was planned by Walter (Danny Glover), a father who wanted to spend 5 days with his children after his wife died. Aunt May (Mo’Nique) who also goes to visit will have your stomach hurting from laughing so much. The Christmas comedy shows you the importance of family and forgiveness.  

Now that you know what to watch, go grab a blanket and some hot chocolate with marshmallows. Snuggle up with the socks you got for Christmas, binge-watch all these movies and enjoy the break as much as you can because next semester is around the corner. 

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Movie review: ‘The Last Jedi’ proves to be a welcome addition to Star Wars series http://thedmonline.com/movie-review-latest-installment-star-wars-trilogy/ Thu, 28 Dec 2017 14:00:37 +0000 http://thedmonline.com/?p=61749 After two consecutive Christmas blockbusters with “The Force Awakens” and “Rogue One”, “The Last Jedi” had a lot of momentum behind it. A number of fans felt that Episode VII was a return to form for the series, and while it garnered much praise from critics and fans, the film leaves many questions unanswered. Many […]

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After two consecutive Christmas blockbusters with “The Force Awakens” and “Rogue One”, “The Last Jedi” had a lot of momentum behind it.
A number of fans felt that Episode VII was a return to form for the series, and while it garnered much praise from critics and fans, the film leaves many questions unanswered. Many fans wondered if “The Last Jedi” would be able to capitalize on the success of the previous film and successfully answer the mysteries left unsolved.
If anyone was expecting a continuation of the story set up by the previous film, they will be slightly disappointed. “The Last Jedi” suffers, in part, from picking up immediately after the events of “The Force Awakens.” Rey’s adventure becomes the centerpiece of the film, with fan favorites Finn and Poe taking a backseat. Part of the success of “The Force Awakens” was due, in large part, to the trio of Finn, Poe and Rey. Removing two of those characters from the central plot of the movie felt like a mistake. This isn’t to say that Finn and Poe get no screen time, as they get an entire side plot. The writers on this film were clearly trying to make this side plot equally important, but anything involving Luke Skywalker will always come front and center, in the film and the eyes of the fans.
Another valid criticism of this film is the length. The final runtime of “The Last Jedi” is 2 hours and 32 minutes. Multiple times while viewing the film, it felt like there were a few places that lended themselves to a natural stop. Also, some part of the film felt superfluous, and the runtime could have been cut by at least fifteen or twenty minutes. There is also a slight tonal shift in the movie about an hour and thirty minutes in. While it might have been an artistic choice, it made the movie feel a little disjointed and too long.
This isn’t to say that the movie is not good. “The Last Jedi” is an extremely fun film. It brings all of the action, adventure, and drama of its predecessor. The movie also has a few funny moments, just like “The Force Awakens.” In addition, a common criticism of “The Force Awakens” was that it was too similar to either “A New Hope” or “The Phantom Menace”. “The Last Jedi” is unlike all other “Star Wars” films. It does feel a little self-indulgent at times, but those moments feel more like homages to the original films as opposed to a copy and paste of the plot.
While some people may be upset that the new movie does not answer some of the questions asked by Episode VII, “The Last Jedi” never claimed to provide answers. Even though parts of “The Last Jedi” felt fluffy and unnecessary, it is still a very welcome addition to the “Star Wars” series.
Grade: A-

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Movie review: ‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri’ confronts the filth of the world http://thedmonline.com/movie-review-three-billboards-outside-ebbing-missouri/ Wed, 27 Dec 2017 20:58:12 +0000 http://thedmonline.com/?p=61752 There have been plenty of superheroes, comedies and the usual holiday fare in theaters this winter. A big break and a breath of fresh air has arrived in cinemas with “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.” Well timed and painfully realistic, this film confronts the ramifications after the unthinkable happens to a family and a town. […]

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There have been plenty of superheroes, comedies and the usual holiday fare in theaters this winter. A big break and a breath of fresh air has arrived in cinemas with “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.”

Well timed and painfully realistic, this film confronts the ramifications after the unthinkable happens to a family and a town. The incredible Frances McDormand stars as Mildred Hayes, the grieving mother of a young woman raped and murdered while walking into town one night, seven months before the beginning of the film. Hayes, increasingly frustrated and enraged by the lack of arrests or leads in her daughter’s case, decides to drastically take things into her own hands. Hayes posts bold and unflinchingly aggressive messages on three billboards on the outskirts of her hometown of Ebbing, Missouri, asking why the police department has been able to do so little in her daughter’s case.

The earnest Sheriff Willoughby, the focus of much of Hayes’ criticism, is played by the spot-on Woody Harrelson. Well-qualified and well-meaning, he represents much of the moral high ground missing in the other characters. Few of the characters on screen are truly endearing. Even Mildred Hayes is often off-putting in her fanatic focus for finding her daughter’s killer.

There is Officer Dixon, played by the indie dynamite Sam Rockwell, the bumbling and racist policeman repeatedly protected by Willoughby. Multiple references are made to his previous assault of a black man in police custody. Dixon constantly tries to pressure Hayes and others around her to take down the billboards, sometimes violently.

His and Hayes onscreen battles force you to question the role of the powerful in our society. When most of the town is more focused on preserving Willoughby’s reputation, their harassment of Hayes to take the billboards down strikes a bitter chord. Everyone who tries to get Hayes to take down the billboards seems more concerned with their Sheriff’s reputation than the plight of a mother trying to find her daughter’s murderer. In their society of hero worship, there is no tolerance of dissent. Sound familiar?

That plot would typically lead to an unrelentingly heavy and dark two-hour film, but Academy Award nominated director Martin McDonagh keeps “Billboards” from being anything but predictable. Much of what makes this such an exceptional movie is the several surprisingly hilarious comedic scenes that pop up throughout the film. Little of what actually goes on fits neatly into the murder-mystery category. Every character is so real in their actions that even though Mildred Hayes might be the toughest woman you’ve ever met, you might be tempted to do the same if you were in her shoes.

The beauty of this film is that from beginning to end, its characters are so relatable, so human. Hayes’ daughter whose murder is central to the plot is shown on screen only once and very briefly. Though her death is integral to the film, “Billboards” is totally focused on the reactions of others in its aftermath. McDormand absolutely soars as a real woman grappling with the life-altering, to-the-bone grief that has consumed her life. Yes, half of her head is shaved and most people might be more careful not to cuss out an entire police department, but her actions and her grief are those of any mother in her place.

There is no melodrama to be found in “Billboards,” and likewise, no tidy ending to be found either. This movie won’t leave you hopeful, but it is by no means a waste of time. “Billboards” addresses the real filth in this world and how humans in all their imperfections try to handle it. Raising the issues of guilt, corruption and the effects of mishandled power, “Billboards” is spot on for today’s world.

This is not a movie for the whole family. Given its mature subject matter, language and several violent scenes this movie is powerful and can be disturbing. You will laugh, you will cry, but most importantly you will have to think. Make time in this season of hustle and bustle to see “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” because there aren’t many like it.

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BREAKING: Sigma Alpha Epsilon closes Ole Miss chapter http://thedmonline.com/breaking-sigma-alpha-epsilon-closes-ole-miss-chapter/ Tue, 12 Dec 2017 22:37:22 +0000 http://thedmonline.com/?p=61733 Updated with a statement from the university at 8 a.m., Wednesday: The Sigma Alpha Epsilon, also referred to as SAE, national headquarters has closed its chapter at the University of Mississippi due to health-and-safety concerns and members not upholding the fraternity’s national standards for behavior. All current members of the chapter have been suspended from the […]

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Updated with a statement from the university at 8 a.m., Wednesday:

The Sigma Alpha Epsilon, also referred to as SAE, national headquarters has closed its chapter at the University of Mississippi due to health-and-safety concerns and members not upholding the fraternity’s national standards for behavior.

All current members of the chapter have been suspended from the fraternity indefinitely and members recruited this fall have been released, according to the statement. The statement also said SAE hopes to one day re-establish a chapter at the university. The chapter had been on campus since 1866.

The university released a statement to The Daily Mississippian Wednesday morning saying the closing of the chapter came after reports of hazing allegations and an investigation by the Office of Conflict Resolution and Student Conduct.

Here is the full statement from the university:

“Following an investigation of reported hazing allegations, the University of Mississippi’s Office of Conflict Resolution and Student Conduct uncovered serious and concerning conduct within the Mississippi Gamma Chapter of Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity. Those findings and concerns were shared with representatives from the national organization. Late last week, the national board decided to suspend the charter, close the chapter and disband the undergraduate group for several years.

The actions that led to this decision are deeply disappointing and troubling. Hazing will not be tolerated and we support the actions of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity to close the chapter.”

Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity house. Photo by Marlee Crawford

Here is the full statement SAE headquarters released:

“Sigma Alpha Epsilon regrets to inform the Realm about the closure of one of our chapters. The charter for the Mississippi Gamma at the University of Mississippi has been suspended, the chapter closed and the undergraduate group disbanded. This action is the result of health-and-safety concerns and an inability to adhere to the national organization’s standards and expectations.

Fraternity leadership received information of continued activity following the initiation of a cease-and-desist operations order. The investigation that followed provided important and concerning details, and the Supreme Council took swift action to intervene.

All current initiated undergraduate members have been suspended from the fraternity indefinitely, and members who have been recruited this fall have been released from the organization.

The loss of this long-standing chapter is unfortunate, but it serves as a crucial reminder to our collegiate members, chapter officers and alumni that violations to Minerva’s Shield and failure to follow our membership-education program known as the True Gentleman Experience will not be tolerated and may result in closure. Those types of violations jeopardize other chapters and colonies and devalue the positive membership opportunity we should enjoy as a brotherhood.

Sigma Alpha Epsilon has zero tolerance for any actions or behaviors that are not consistent with or mission or our creed, “The True Gentleman.” We are committed to the safety and well-being of our members and others with whom they interact. Furthermore, our leadership will not hesitate to impose sanctions when guidelines are not being followed.

Although we regret the closure of any chapter, there are situations in which it becomes necessary and warranted. We remain optimistic that we can re-establish Mississippi Gamma in the future and members who exemplify our Ritual and beliefs and who serve as leading role models on campus and the greater Oxford community.”

The Daily Mississippian will continue to report on this.

– Lana Ferguson

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Civil rights leaders, President Trump celebrate opening of Two Mississippi Museums http://thedmonline.com/civil-rights-leaders-president-trump-celebrate-opening-two-mississippi-museums/ Sun, 10 Dec 2017 01:39:07 +0000 http://thedmonline.com/?p=61725 JACKSON — President Donald Trump joined a crowd of civil rights leaders, government officials and citizens in Jackson on Saturday to celebrate the state’s bicentennial and the opening of Two Mississippi Museums, the Museum of Mississippi History and the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum. Trump spoke to veterans of the civil rights movement prior to the opening […]

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JACKSON — President Donald Trump joined a crowd of civil rights leaders, government officials and citizens in Jackson on Saturday to celebrate the state’s bicentennial and the opening of Two Mississippi Museums, the Museum of Mississippi History and the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum.

Trump spoke to veterans of the civil rights movement prior to the opening ceremony and ribbon cutting open to the public. Although he was originally supposed to attend the ceremony, that plan changed after he received criticism from several groups, including the NAACP.

US Congressman John Lewis, who was scheduled to deliver the keynote address, announced Thursday that he would not be joining the President on stage.

Gov. Phil Bryant, former governors William F. Winter and Haley Barbour, Myrile Evers, Katie Blount, and many others cut the ribbon in front of the new Two Mississippi Museums

Gov. Phil Bryant, former governors William F. Winter and Haley Barbour, Myrile Evers, Katie Blount, and many others cut the ribbon in front of the new Two Mississippi Museums. Photo by Ariel Cobbert

“President Trump’s attendance and his hurtful policies are an insult to the people portrayed in this civil rights museum,” Lewis said in a statement.

Although the President was not on stage for the opening ceremony, Lewis did not speak.

In his address to a small crowd, Trump spoke highly of the new museums.

“It really is a beautiful, beautiful place,” Trump said. “These museums are labors of love; love for Mississippi, love for your nation, love for God given dignity written into every human soul.”

He spoke of the hope that Americans have held for generations as well as hope for the future.

Just outside of the museum grounds, several dozen protesters gathered to voice their disapproval of Trump’s presence.

Protesters lined the streets near the two museums chanting “impeach Trump” and holding signs reading “Trump does not care about human rights, much less civil rights.”

After the president’s tour of the museums, Master of Ceremonies Justice Reuben Anderson welcomed the opening ceremony.

Anderson said he appreciated the President acknowledging the importance of the new additions to the state.

“Earlier this morning, the President of the United States was here to see these two beautiful museums and we are grateful for his recognition of the importance that Mississippi has played in the history of this nation,” Anderson said.

Anderson said he worked on the creation of a Civil Rights Museum for more than 40 years and he is excited to celebrate the opening of the two museums alongside the state’s bicentennial.

“I am proud of the people these museum celebrate, the stories that they share, the experiences that they offer our children, our families, and all of the people across this nation who visit these museums,” Anderson said. “These museums will be a place of civic discussion, learning and for inspiration.”

The Two Mississippi Museums are connected by stairs and a lobby. Photo by Rachel Ishee

The Two Mississippi Museums are connected by stairs and a lobby. Photo by Rachel Ishee

Gov. Phil Bryant attended the ceremony and said the museums were constructed with the help of thousands of individuals.

“Today is not about us, it is about Mississippi,” Bryant said. “It is about the history that we see inside. From the earliest of times. It is about the Native Americans that were here far beyond our appearance.”

The governor said it was an emotional experience to walk the museums with the president.

“As (Trump) peered around the room at the exhibits, the President said, ‘Ya’ll have done something great here.’ and I said ‘Mr. President, they did something great here long ago,’” Bryant said. “They fought for freedom, as surely as any soldier has ever done so upon any battlefield. The war raged here in our home. These stories must never be forgotten or obscured.”

The governor went on to talk about how although Mississippi has a dark history, it is important to remember the past so the state can improve in the future. He said the two museums will help to preserve the history and show how Mississippi has endured.

“The photographs and exhibits here are memories that should be rightfully preserved and celebrated,” Bryant said. “The dark days of segregation cast a shadow across our beloved state that could only be eliminated by the light of the civil rights movement.”

Myrlie Evers, the widow of civil rights leader Medgar Evers who was murdered in his driveway in June of 1963, was also in attendance.

The rifle that fired the lethal bullet at her husband is now on display in the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum.

Evers talked about how even though the world seems to have a negative perception of Mississippi, it is a place she has grown to love and is proud to call home.

“Mississippi is not all that people think that it is. It is so much more. It is so much more because of the people who have given so much, such as the people who are included in Two Mississippi Museums,” Evers said.

She said that while she is proud of the state for opening the museums, she was not initially thrilled with the decision.

“When I first heard of the concept of two museums, I immediately thought, ‘Are we going back to our old practices? Are we having two separate but possibly equal museums?’” Evers said.

She said former Mississippi Gov. William Winter said the two museums are joined by steps, but each have a different goal that completes the other museum.

“I had the opportunity of going through both with time to look and digest what is there. These museums are priceless.” Evers said. “You know the souls that are on exhibit, you hear the sounds of the horror, but you (also) hear the sounds of coming together and building not only a strong nation, but the state of Mississippi.”

People look at exhibits within the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum. Photo by Rachel Ishee

People look at exhibits within the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum. Photo by Rachel Ishee

Evers said although the day was a moment for celebration, there is still much work to be done. She said modern challenges are similar to those she and her husband had faced.

“He said, ‘But where is the depth of your understanding? It’s not just about me, it’s not just about you, but it is about each and every one of us who live in this state and who embrace this country… because regardless of race, creed or color, we are all Americans and that is what this institution brings to the front and that if Mississippi can rise to the occasion, then the rest of the country should be able to do the same thing.’”

Although these two museums are places everyone can enjoy, former Gov. Winter said they were built specifically with children in mind.

“Supporting the education of Mississippi children has been the work of my lifetime,” Winter said. “(The children) are the future of our state, and if we send (children) into this world without a strong understanding of where (they’ve) come from, then we have let (them) down.

Saturday was the first day that the two museums were open to the public, and Mississippi will celebrate its bicentennial Sunday.

DeAndria Turner covered the event for Rebel Radio 92.1. Listen to her radio package below:

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Congressmen, NAACP leaders oppose Trump’s visit to Mississippi museum http://thedmonline.com/congressmen-naacp-leaders-oppose-trumps-visit-mississippi-museum/ Fri, 08 Dec 2017 22:05:01 +0000 http://thedmonline.com/?p=61716 Visit thedmonline.com today and tomorrow for updates on this developing story and coverage of Saturday’s ceremony. President Donald Trump’s upcoming stop in Jackson for the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum’s opening ceremony has triggered a firestorm response from politicians and civil rights activists. This week, a handful of state leaders decided to boycott Saturday’s ceremony in protest of Trump’s […]

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President Donald Trump’s upcoming stop in Jackson for the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum’s opening ceremony has triggered a firestorm response from politicians and civil rights activists. This week, a handful of state leaders decided to boycott Saturday’s ceremony in protest of Trump’s visit.

Gov. Phil Bryant personally invited Trump to attend the museum’s opening ceremony as part of Mississippi’s bicentennial celebration, and CNN reported Monday that the president accepted. Since then, other Mississippi politicians have criticized Bryant’s offer.

Rep. Bennie Thompson, Mississippi’s only Democratic congressman, was quick to speak up in opposition to the president’s proposed visit. In a statement released Monday, Thompson compared Trump’s policies to the Jim Crow era.

“With President Donald Trump accepting Gov. Phil Bryant’s invitation to attend the opening of the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum, I am hopeful he will begin to understand the pain he is causing in the black and underserved communities across America,” Thompson said. “His unfair budget cuts in agriculture, education, healthcare and housing disproportionately impacts people of color and is viewed by many as an act reminiscent of Jim Crow policies of the south.”

Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga, later joined Thompson in condemning Trump’s visit. The two congressmen released a joint statement on Thursday explaining their decision. Lewis has served Georgia’s 5th congressional district since 1987 and has long been on the forefront of the Civil Rights movement. The 77-year-old was one of the original Freedom Riders and helped organize the March on Washington.

In their statement, Lewis and Thompson contrasted Trump’s ideology with the efforts of civil rights leaders such as Fannie Lou Hamner and Medgar Evers.

“President Trump’s attendance and his hurtful policies are an insult to the people portrayed in this civil rights museum,” they said. “The struggles represented in this museum exemplify the truth of what really happened in Mississippi.”

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People has also offered formal criticism of Trump’s scheduled presence in Jackson. NAACP President and CEO Derrick Johnson issued a statement on Tuesday denouncing Trump’s approach to civil rights issues.

“President Trump’s statements and policies regarding the protection and enforcement of civil rights have been abysmal, and his attendance is an affront to the veterans of the civil rights movement,” Johnson said. “He has created a commission to reinforce voter suppression, refused to denounce white supremacists, and overall, has created a racially hostile climate in this nation.”

Amos Brown, a Jackson native and NAACP San Francisco Branch President, echoed Johnson’s concerns about Trump’s silence on civil rights.

“As a freedom fighter and contemporary of Emmett Till, Trump’s visit is an insult. He has never been a supporter of civil rights or equal opportunity or justice,” Brown said.

Yesterday, former Democratic governor Ray Malbus tweeted that he, too, plans to stay away from the opening ceremonies due to Trump’s presence.

“His support of white supremacists and racism exact opposite of what [the museum] is about,” Malbus said.

After carrying the support of the state’s black population to election, Malbus served as governor from 1988 to 1992. He sought to represent a progressive Mississippi, passed record legislation to improve education and did not win re-election in 1991.

While these leaders and other activists across the state have spoken up, Bryant stands by Trump’s visit. On Wednesday, he called for Mississippians to join together and welcome the president.

Trump is not slated to formally address the crowd at Saturday’s ceremony. Bryant’s office announced yesterday that the president will instead tour the museum and then speak privately to a group of “civil rights veterans, museum patrons and elected officials.”

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Ole Miss athletics director Ross Bjork releases letter on football’s NCAA Committee on Infractions ruling http://thedmonline.com/ole-miss-athletics-director-ross-bjork-releases-letter-footballs-ncaa-committee-infractions-ruling/ Thu, 07 Dec 2017 20:27:55 +0000 http://thedmonline.com/?p=61714 Athletics director Ross Bjork released a letter directly to all Ole Miss email accounts yesterday regarding the NCAA Committee on Infractions ruling. The ruling on 21 allegations against Ole Miss Football was announced Friday morning after months of waiting. The school was found guilty of lack of institutional control and received another bowl ban in […]

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Athletics director Ross Bjork released a letter directly to all Ole Miss email accounts yesterday regarding the NCAA Committee on Infractions ruling. The ruling on 21 allegations against Ole Miss Football was announced Friday morning after months of waiting.

The school was found guilty of lack of institutional control and received another bowl ban in addition to the self-imposed ban that affected the 2017 season. Chancellor Jeffrey Vitter and Bjork spoke at a press conference that day and said the university would be appealing the both of those, and would determine what to do with the rest of the rulings later.

Rising seniors are allowed to transfer without penalty, but must notify the university before speaking with any other programs about this possibility. Quarterback Shea Patterson was granted permission last Saturday, the day after ruling was announced.

Here is the full letter from Bjork:

Between the NCAA Committee on Infractions decision last week and some recent news regarding a handful of current players, Coach Luke and I know the Ole Miss family is anxious. We can assure you that we are being proactive with each player and their families, and we are communicating with them on a daily basis. Our focus is on their well-being while also making sure that we protect the present and future of our program. The Ole Miss Football program is bigger than one person, and we want our players to know that they can, and will be part of something special.

Furthermore, we will not allow outside influences to define who we are, and we will use every avenue available to hold those accountable who tamper with our student-athletes. Our great University has been through a lot over the past few years, and we are focused on building upon the strong foundation that is already in place. Because of this strong foundation, we know we can compete at the highest level, and we are working every day to earn the confidence and support of Rebel Nation.

Thank you for all of your support and GO Rebels!

Ross Bjork

Vice Chancellor – Intercollegiate Athletics

Here is coverage of the allegations announcement, coverage of the press conference, an interactive timeline of events and former head coach Hugh Freeze’s statement.

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Ole Miss quarterback Shea Patterson obtains permission to transfer after NCAA ruling http://thedmonline.com/ole-miss-quarterback-shea-patterson-obtains-permission-transfer-ncaa-ruling/ Sat, 02 Dec 2017 21:57:48 +0000 http://thedmonline.com/?p=61700 Multiple sources have confirmed Ole Miss quarterback Shea Patterson has been granted permission from the university to discuss the idea of transferring to other programs. The university officials and Patterson completed a “permission to contact” form Friday, which means he can contact other programs and other programs can contact him. Patterson is not eligible to […]

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Multiple sources have confirmed Ole Miss quarterback Shea Patterson has been granted permission from the university to discuss the idea of transferring to other programs.

The university officials and Patterson completed a “permission to contact” form Friday, which means he can contact other programs and other programs can contact him. Patterson is not eligible to transfer within the SEC or to any school on Ole Miss’ schedule in the next two years.

The University of Michigan is a favorite to land the former No. 1 quarterback recruit in the nation, who has not played since tearing his PCL during the game against LSU. Reports indicate the Wolverines’ head coach Jim Harbaugh will be in Oxford this week, but no visit is confirmed.

The request from Patterson comes after the university received its final ruling from the NCAA’s Committee on Infractions on Friday, but does not mean the junior signal-caller will leave Oxford. Rather, Patterson will explore his options.

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