Three times a year, University of Mississippi students join residents of a small community in Belize to build a road. The San Mateo Empowerment Project in Belize is one of the university’s most popular Study Abroad programs. More than 100 Ole Miss students have participated in the project since 2010, raising more than $40,000 to support the construction of the road. San...

The fires of revulsion spread wildly and untamed in Mississippi and on The University of Mississippi’s campus on Sept. 30, 1962, injuring several people and resulting in the death of two men. It was on this day that 29-year-old James Meredith made history by becoming the first black student admitted to Ole Miss. However, his arrival in Oxford and admittance into the...

Raymond Martin of Atlanta was 9 years old when James Meredith made history as the first black student to attend The University of Mississippi. As a little boy in 1962, Martin remembered troops around Oxford, a lot of confusion and “just a prayer for the future.” The tense and violent atmosphere led his parents’ decision not to walk around town anymore....

    The Class of 2016 gathered in the Tad Smith Coliseum for the 2012 Freshman Convocation. Students heard from Common Reading Experience author and creative writing professor Tom Franklin and received uniquely designed coins to commemorating the 50 years of integration at the University of Mississippi. Franklin signed books and programs for students who attended...

        Ole Miss’ Kayla Snow arrived in style at the Miss Mississippi competition wearing a red one-shoulder, ruffled M.M. Coutoure dress by Miss Me.   During her pageant interview, Kayla wore an elegant, side-swept, dark blue Calvin Klein dress with a diagonal ruffle. Adorned with a jewel neckline, this classic yet flirty dress showed off...

  Novelist and former Ole Miss instructor Jesmyn Ward was recently profiled in a Los Angeles Times article titled, "Jesmyn Ward ('Salvage the Bones') writes of Mississippi." The piece concentrates on her struggle for literary success, which she achieved in 2011 by winning the National Book Award for fiction.  Ward's award-winning...

Gov. Phil Bryant signed House Bill 1390 yesterday, requiring all physicians performing abortions in Mississippi to be board-certifiied obstetrician-gynecologists and to have admitting priviliges at an area hospital.  "Today you see the first step in a movement, I believe, to do what we campaigned on- to say we're going to try to end abortion in Mississippi,"...

Mississippi has the highest teen pregnancy rate once again, according to state data released on Tuesday. For 2010, Mississippi reported 55 births for every 1,000 teen girls aged 15-19. That number is 60 percent higher than the average birth rate for the whole country. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that although Mississippi's teen birth...

Do you consider yourself to be very religious? According to the latest Gallup poll, 59 percent of Mississippi residents do. Respondents were classified as "very religious" if they reported that religion "is an important part of their daily life and they attend religious services every week or almost every week." The study also reported that 40 percent...

  Today is International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. March 21 was marked for the world to focus on conflict caused by racism because it is the anniversary of the day in 1960 when dozens of peaceful apartheid protestors were killed by police officers in a South African town. United Nations officials hope that this day will inspire...