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Roses and thorns 9/27/09




  • A thorn to the leadership of Kappa Sigma and Lamda Chi Alpha fraternities at Mississippi State University, both of which now are on probation until May 15, 2010.<.li> 


    Last week -- for the second time in the past month -- college police and officials investigated fraternity members for violations of university policy. 


    Kappa Sigma was placed on probation for violating the college''s alcohol policies outlined in the MSU Code of Student Conduct, at a Sept. 18 party at the frat house. 


    An Aug. 30 party at the Lamda Chi Alpha house resulted in allegations of a sexual assault and underage drinking and the issuance of nearly a dozen citations to students. The university''s Epsilon-Chi Zeta chapter also faces sanctions from the fraternity''s national office. 


    Both the offending frats admitted to violating the Code of Student Conduct. Some students'' conduct has possible legal ramifications. 


    Fraternities are supposed to be about camaraderie, enjoying the company of fellow students. It''s a shame these groups have sullied the names of their organizations and MSU as a whole. Aside from that, because of the incidents and restrictions of probation, these fraternities won''t be able to enjoy the bonds of the brotherhood to the fullest extent for some time.  




  • A rose to local YMCAs and attendees who participated in America on the Move over the past week. Columbus and New Hope YMCAs hosted fun walks throughout the week, taking participants on mile walks. 


    Taking a few extra steps every day is a good way to burn a few extra calories with very little effort.



    And while we''re at it, the Y and Yolanda Troupe-Williams deserve a rose for their Teen Life Skills classes. 


    Through the class, instructor Toupe-Williams helps high school seniors learn about life after graduation -- how to give back to the community through volunteering and how to build a résumé and move ahead in life. 




  • Roses to Columbus Air Force Base and those they have recognized with events this week honoring prisoners of war, those missing in action and Air Force retirees.


    Recently, CAFB held ceremonies in remembrance of POWs and MIA servicemen. 


    Saturday, the base also honored retirees with a luncheon and discounts at the AAFES Base Exchange and Commissary. 


    Those who have served and those who continue to serve in the armed forces are such an integral part of all the freedoms we enjoy. 


    Thank you, CAFB, for reminding us to remember them, not just in special ceremonies, but every day. 




  • A rose to Roy Hazzle, an institution in Aberdeen athletics, for whom the "Aberdome" high school gym recently was named.


    Hazzle went to college at Itawamba Community College and Mississippi Valley State University and pursued a baseball career in Portland, Ore., before taking a teaching and coaching job with Aberdeen schools in 1977, where he''s coached everything from basketball to baseball to football. 


    In 2008, Hazzle led the Aberdeen boys'' basketball to their first state championship at the MHSAA Class 3A tournament. 


    But what he hopes his students and players will take away from working with him lies deeper than books and basketball. 


    "I have always tried to make them better than they are, to teach them to give back, to do their best, and to take advantage of all of the things that God has blessed them with and to use those things to the best of their abilities," he said. 




  • A rose to Trinity Place, as it celebrates its 30th anniversary. 


    "It has truly been an honor to serve the elders of this community and the surrounding area for the past 30 years," said Joni W. Seitz, marketing director for Trinity Place.



    Today, the facility will celebrate its three decades of service with an open house, from 2:30- 4:30 p.m., when they will honor Cassie Neal, a certified nurse assistant at Trinity, who gets a rose of her very own. 


    Neal was chosen as the Mississippi Healthcare Association''s 2009 Caregiver of the Year.



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