With the presidential election a little more than 30 days away and the deadline to register to vote in Mississippi set for Saturday, students at The University of Mississippi are encouraged to register today and Friday in the lobby of the J.D. Williams Library from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Students may register to vote in Lafayette County rather than by absentee ballots in their...

The scrapbooks of newspaper clippings Robert “Bob” Herring III recently donated to the J.D. Williams Library Archives and Special Collections immortalize daily media accounts of the events surrounding James Meredith and the integration of The University of Mississippi in 1962. The three scrapbooks, composed of various news sources including the Oxford Eagle,...

With this week’s integration celebration events coming to a close, the Ole Miss community is challenged to continue working toward change. This past Thursday at the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College convocation, Chancellor Dan Jones said The University of Mississippi, as well as the country, have made many strides with race relations but are not where they need...

“I believe in segregation like I believe in Jesus.” The previous statement is entirely fictitious. Admittedly embellished, as well, yet it embodies the ideology of some of those who were strongly opposed to James Meredith enrolling in classes at The University of Mississippi. Meredith had to overcome more than Ross Barnett’s personal rejection to the...

I imagine Ole Miss herself singing in my ear about her problems with racial equality when I hear the song “Ooh La La” by the Faces: “I wish that I knew what I know now … When I was younger.” In middle school I wrote a report on James Meredith detailing his admission to The University of Mississippi. I was old enough to be writing about a...

On Sept. 11, Muslims across the Middle East re- acted to a YouTube trailer for the anti-Islamic movie “In- nocence of Muslims,” pro- duced by Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, by burning the U.S. flag, shouting anti-American chants and storming U.S. em- bassies in Sudan, Germany and the United Kingdom. Rather than resorting to violence in response to the video, however,...

Oct. 1, 1962, is a date every Ole Miss student should know. It was the day James Meredith successfully registered as a student, thus integrating The University of Mississippi and “opening the closed society.” It was the day progress began at our university. James Meredith is a hero to the students of The University of Mississippi and to all students who came...

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 phone my undivided attention. I could hardly believe James Meredith...

  Oxford police are never too far away to make sure students and Oxonians are abiding by the law on the Square, according to Oxford Police Chief Mike Martin. “The main thing that gets you in trouble is getting intoxicated and causing a scene,” he said. Martin said an average of 15 people are arrested on the Square each weekend, and most arrests involve people...

In 1962, U.S. Marshals were ordered to go to The Univer- sity of Mississippi to escort James Meredith so he could enroll in classes. Five of those marshals returned to the Ole Miss Student Union Monday morning to speak about their experience on campus during the 1962 integration. People filled the ballroom in the Union to hear the panel of five former U.S. Marshals and...