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Too many ‘alpha dogs’

The hoopla surrounding the MUW controversy and Burns Bottom has really gotten old. It's like going past a wreck on the highway. You're sorry it's happened/happening; you don't want to look, but you can't help yourself.

 

 

Angels in scrubs

While visiting the Joe Thompsons in Columbus, I had a bad fall. We called 911. What a blessing!

 

Roses and thorns 11-29-09

Posted 11/28/2009 in Roses & Thorns

Andrea Cannady; Columbus-Lowndes Recreation Authority, Concerned Citizens of Ward 1, the Columbus Police Department and all area volunteers who helped bring Thanksgiving to more than 1,000 area residents; Mississippi State University students; West Point and the Aberdeen high school football teams; and East Mississippi Community College Lions

Steve Mullen: Be thankful, shop local

Posted 11/25/2009 in Local Columns

For many, this long weekend is about family and friends, turkey and football, and most of all, gathering around a table and giving thanks. It’s also about shopping.

 

The gulf between town and tower

Posted 11/23/2009 in Dispatch Editorials

While it was disappointing to see less than a dozen townspeople at a Sunday meeting of Friends of The W, it wasn’t altogether surprising. Most of the seats in the Nissan Auditorium were taken, but they were taken by the school’s students, faculty and alumni.

 

Birney Imes: Georgia school offers example for MUW

Posted 11/21/2009 in Local Columns

In 1889 the state of Georgia established in Milledgeville the Georgia Normal and Industrial College to prepare young women for secretarial and teaching jobs. (Five years earlier the Industrial Institute and College, the first state supported school for women in the country, was established in Columbus, Miss.)

 

Show your support for The W

Posted 11/21/2009 in Dispatch Editorials

 

 

MUW is alive and kicking

Reading the newspaper lately, I’ve begun to feel like the man who survives a shipwreck and when he finally makes it home, learns his family has already buried him and is so thrilled about the insurance money, they won’t accept the fact that he’s still alive. Or perhaps I should say, I feel like the Grandma whose ungrateful family wishes she’d just keel over so they can get their inheritance sooner rather than later. Too bad for them, Grandma is a smart old bird and she ain’t dead yet.

 

Bert Montgomery: The mellowing of a former peacenik

Posted 11/19/2009 in Local Columns

Uncle Obed, from over in the northern Mississippi Delta, drove a mobile medic truck during World War II. His son, my cousin Ricky, says the stories Uncle Obed told resembled the chaos that was made famous by M*A*S*H (even though that was set in Korea). Uncle Obed returned from Europe and continued farming in the Delta.

 

A Vietnam vet says thanks

My hat is off to Mississippi State University. I was fortunate enough to attend a Vietnam Veterans Luncheon hosted by MSU Veteran’s Center the day after Veterans Day in the Foster Ballroom of the Colvard Student Union. Not only was it a delightful meal, but the company was great!

 

Steve Mullen: Keeping Uncle Haley out of the kitchen

Posted 11/18/2009 in Local Columns

We thought, over the past several years with two elementary-age kids, that we’d seen all the cutesy Thanksgiving-themed things students could possibly produce. Of course, there’s the perennial favorite: Drawings and cutouts of turkeys made by tracing their hands. We’ve seen the Indian feathers and headbands from construction paper, and the Pilgrim hats and buckles. We’ve seen turkeys made out of pine cones and Coke cans.

 

No to a merger, yes to a new identity

Posted 11/17/2009 in Dispatch Editorials

As was widely expected, Gov. Haley Barbour advocated Monday for the merger of Mississippi University for Women with Mississippi State University.

 

 

Bill Crawford: Mississippi State University for Women

Posted 11/17/2009 in Local Columns

The ex-MUW Alumnae Association must think the sky is falling. First came their nasty divorce from the university. Then, the unwanted name change recommendation by President Claudia Limbert, the College Board, and the Mississippi Economic Council. Now, Gov. Haley Barbour has put merger back on the table!?!

 

 

The W, a gem that should be polished

Talk of closure and merger is aggravating, because it has the power to turn into a self-fulfilling prophecy. Students lose confidence. Professors seek employment elsewhere. In light of hysterical headlines, who can blame them?

 

 

Same-sex marriage

I am writing to express my disgust that you would choose to print the repugnant letter from Gerry Jones on 11/9. I am tired of hearing that the “people have spoken” on the issue of same-sex marriage. Marriage is a basic civil right.

 

 

Save The W

We need your help. Certain politicians in this state have suggested the closure and/or merger of MUW with another institution. Either choice spells the end of The W.

 

 

Merging and closing colleges wrong way to go

I read Jason Browne’s Nov. 11 article on Governor Barbour’s comments from Afghanistan on merger or closure with disbelief. I am a graduate of The W but now live in Georgia. Barbour is traveling with four governors, one of them, Sonny Perdue, is from Georgia.

 

Roses and thorns 11-15-09

Posted 11/14/2009 in Roses & Thorns

Ward 3 Councilman Charlie Box; The Friends of the W; and the 1,000 households in Starkville that have signed up for the city’s curbside recycling program.

Birney Imes: Namaste from a hep cat

Posted 11/14/2009 in Local Columns

Just finished John Dufresne’s “Love Warps the Mind a Little,” a lively and humorous exploration of love and death. The book is almost too clever, but the longer you read the more you get drawn in. By the time I finished, I felt like a friend of the protagonist, Lafayette Proulx (Laf as he’s called in the book) and was sad to part company.

Steve Mullen: Denialism and The W

Posted 11/11/2009 in Local Columns

In his new book “Denialism,” author Michael Specter explores how, on occasion, “an entire segment of society, often struggling with the trauma of change, turns away from reality in favor of a more comfortable lie.” Denialism is all around us. We often ignore reams of evidence, if it contradicts something we find more comfortable or easier to believe.

 

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