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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.

 

Fighting obesity

A poster to your Web site expressed concern for people that are “slightly obese.” We have to be politically correct and not call people “fat;” also, we have to use polite words like “high sugar” or “high blood.” You speak of education. Have you ever tried to educate a person addicted to cigarettes or alcohol to quit? If so, it is like talking to a brick wall.

 

 

Honor Christian heritage

On Nov. 11, we as a nation will pause to honor those who fought to protect our country and especially its Christian heritage.

 

 

Hooray for Maine

Hooray for pro-life and traditional family values! I wish to congratulate the voters of Maine — one of the most liberal states in the Union — for rejecting the counterfeit and oxymoronic notion “same-sex marriage.”

 

Steve Mullen: Burned over Burns Bottom?

Posted 11/4/2009 in Local Columns

Well, at least we could say we got close this time. This community has talked about building a soccer complex for years. After working to vet several candidate sites over the past several months, the city and county finally struck a deal on locating a soccer complex and community park in Burns Bottom — not just a bunch of fields, but a plan to keep the land’s natural beauty intact. After out-of-town planners and architects showed us the property’s potential, most dissenting voices came around.

 

Sir, send me

I've heard about your offer of big bucks to all the Taliban terrorist who will switch and join our side in the fight for liberty in Afghanistan. Well I'm not a terrorist but I do want to join the fight and I'll not ask for a bonus of big bucks to join up. I'm retired from the U.S. Air Force and I proudly volunteer to serve for one year in Afghanistan, back home for six months then another year in either Iraq or Afghanistan.

 

Bert Montgomery: A student's murder, a teacher's reflection

Posted 11/2/2009 in Local Columns

Reid's note grabbed my immediate attention: “Jury selection begins today in the capital murder trial of Bobby Batiste. Batiste stands accused of murdering Andreas Galanis. Both young men were students at Mississippi State. Andreas Galanis was a friend of mine.”

 

Change The W’s residency standard

Posted 10/31/2009 in Dispatch Editorials

When it comes to the student recruitment game, Mississippi University for Women is too often forced to play with one hand behind its back — some reasons obvious, some not so.

 

Roses and thorns 11-1-09

Posted 10/31/2009 in Roses & Thorns

Columbus Convention and Visitors Bureau; Mississippi University for Women nursing department;and vandals who have damaged or stolen more than $750 in autumn decorations in downtown Columbus

Birney Imes: Cooking from the soul

Posted 10/31/2009 in Local Columns

“You have a Mr. Beauregard R. here to see you.” It was Felicia in the front office. Beauregard or “Beau” was in town visiting a friend and I’d invited them for lunch on Thursday. He lives in St. Augustine, Fla., and is a painter.

 

Costs and losses

Those who support changing the name of MUW to Reneau University are missing a critical link in the Profit-Loss-Costs equation..

 

Steve Mullen: Amid wrestling over MUW’s name, the 900-pound tag team in the room

Posted 10/28/2009 in Local Columns

As the need to reach a consensus on a new identity for Mississippi University for Women becomes ever more urgent and more dire, I find it pleasing to imagine all the different sides of the debate crowded face to face, in one arena, going at it. I can picture a wrestling ring — or better yet, a cage match.

Roses and thorns 10/25/09

Posted 10/24/2009 in Roses & Thorns

Roses to Mississippi University for Women for bringing us another year of the Eudora Welty Writers’ Symposium, held at the college last week. Each October, the Department of Languages, Literature and Philosophy sponsors the Eudora Welty Writers’ Symposium to honor the Pulitzer Prize-winning author.

 

Name makes town look ignorant

If an institution is a private one, then its passionate supporters can call that institution whatever they want.

 

 

Time to speak out

I have been amused by the constant criticism that MUW’s enrollment issues are the result of poor marketing and inept admissions personnel.

 

Birney Imes: A call for unity

Posted 10/24/2009 in Local Columns

Our Wednesday editorial on name change at Mississippi University for Women has drawn a flurry of online responses from many of the usual suspects. In that editorial, we again urged lawmakers and the public to proceed with a name change and to go with Reneau University, the name chosen through a long and painstaking process.

 

Change the name and ‘let’s move on’

For the past year, I have been watching the MUW name change drama unfold from the comfort of my porch on College Street. I have heretofore kept my opinions to myself because I am a business owner in a small town, and the last thing we want to do is write letters and ruffle feathers. However, the last few articles in The Commercial Dispatch have spurred me to action.

 

 

Former W student and prof supports Reneau

I am writing this letter to say that I strongly support the proposed new name, Reneau University for MUW. I am a graduate of MSCW, now MUW, Class of 1945. I taught in the Art Department at MUW from 1949 to 1985.

 

 

MUW: Stay the course on name change

Posted 10/21/2009 in Dispatch Editorials

As each day passes, the discussion surrounding the renaming of Mississippi University for Women more resembles the Abbott and Costello comedy skit, “Who’s on First?”

 

 

MUW writers’ symposium an invigorating event

I just wanted to remind readers that the MUW Writers' Symposium is this Thursday (7:30 p.m.) and Friday (all day) on the MUW campus. I attended last year for the first time and was really knocked over by the entire event. I had incorrectly assumed that it was something just for very literary people and it is not. It offers a personal glimpse of the authors' creative processes and is often humorous, emotional, thought-provoking and just plain fun.

 

 

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