Ole Miss was sitting pretty at the top of the SEC as a top-5 team a week ago. Now, after the team’s second consecutive series loss, things are looking a little different.

The Rebels battled against No. 2 Arkansas last weekend, but they were only able to come away with one win. In the previous weekend, the Rebels traveled to take on No. 5 Florida in Gainesville and managed just one win. While both of their opponents are incredibly well-rounded, dropping a series at home in the SEC is never a good look.

The SEC is really good at baseball. So as a team in the SEC, expectations are a little bit lower in terms of how many games you are going to win in conference play each season. That being said, every single game counts, and you can’t lose close ones. When selecting teams for regional play, the committee will look at every loss and dissect it. Even close wins against bad teams can hurt you in the long run.

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The University of Mississippi hosted its first food truck festival on Thursday, and many students considered it a step back toward normal.

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New Miss started as a gift: one hat given to an iconic figure in the University of Mississippi’s history. It later turned into a clothing brand, then became a student’s campaign platform and now, the two words represent a mission centered around love, compassion, equity and equality.

The story of New Miss begins with James Meredith in 1962 and continues today with the help of one of Meredith’s long-time friends and two UM students hoping to heal, grow and reform the University of Mississippi and the state as a whole.

Meredith, the first Black man to attend the university and a civil rights icon, was given the original New Miss hat by Pastor Robert West about three years ago. He’s worn it nearly every day since, according to Suzi Altman, a photojournalist and friend of Meredith for the past 20 years. Altman said West had the hat made for Meredith, telling him, “The day you stepped on the Ole Miss campus, it ceased to be Ole Miss. It became New Miss. October 1, 1962, it became New Miss.”

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