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BY TRENTON WINFORD tgwinford@bellsouth.net Recently my class took a tour of the National Center for Physical Acoustics, which is right here on the campus of The University of Mississippi. Prior to this tour, I did not know that the center existed, much less what projects and research were conducted there....

BY ANNA RUSH akrush1@gmail.com Facebook has a new commercial that absolutely enrages me. It shows a girl around college age at a family dinner. One of the ladies at the table, arguably the crazy, unmarried aunt who smells like cats and gives the worst Christmas presents, begins to tell a story. The story is painfully boring, but the girl has a method of escape: Facebook...

BY WANFEI WU wwu@go.olemiss.edu Two weeks countdown to graduation. I did a self-critique of my messy life this semester, and it made me realize just how lazy and idle I am. In China, our education system is different from the one in the United States. We have a tough elimination system before we enter into college. Pressure came from parents, teachers, society and even...

BY LEXI THOMAN alexandria.thoman@gmail.com Each generation has an event that that defines them, characterizes their identity and shapes how their view of the world. For the Greatest Generation, it was World War II. For their “Baby Boomer” children after them, it was the Vietnam War and the social and cultural revolutions of the 1960s. For my parents in the 1980s, the...

BY E.M. TRAN emtran3@gmail.com   A recent poll shows a hike in former President George W. Bush’s approval ratings, which were almost rock bottom at 33 percent when he left Washington, and 25 percent (which he hit three times) at their overall lowest while he was in office. The survey indicates a rise to 47 percent. This upsurge in nostalgia for George W.’s decidedly...

BY ALEXANDRA WILLIAMSON aewillia@go.olemiss.edu   We refuse to be terrorized. People said it after 9/11; if you trade the government your liberty for the promise of safety, you’re letting the terrorists win. And the same can be said now. After the attack on the World Trade Center, we gave up any semblance of privacy for the Patriot Act and the Transportation Security...

BY TIM ABRAM toabram@go.olemiss.edu   In 1903, W.E.B. DuBois coined the phrase “double consciousness” in his book “The Souls of Black Folk.” DuBois defined double consciousness as “(a feeling of) two-ness—an American, a Negro; two souls, two thoughts, two unreconciled strivings … two warring ideas in one dark body whose dogged strength alone keeps it...

BY CHRISTINE DICKASON cdickason11@gmail.com Last Tuesday, I stood on the lawn of the U.S. Capitol with family members, survivors and fellow young people to read some of the names of the approximately 3,000 Americans who have died since the Newtown shooting. Despite never having met any of the people whose names I was reading, I felt personally connected with each of them. I...

BY BRITTANY SHARKEY brittsharkey@gmail.com   On Friday, the country waited with apprehension for the capture and eventual arrest of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the remaining suspect sought in connection with the Boson Marathon bombings. After police killed Dzhokhar’s brother and likely accomplice in a shootout the previous morning, it was hoped Dzhokhar would be captured...

As finals are fast approaching, I find myself struggling to find motivation. I teeter on the tightrope between the two different trains of thought. One is that good grades and socialistic achievement are key to success, and the other is that determination, timing and connections are what land you on the cover of Forbes Magazine. I find myself going back and forth thinking,...