Roses & Thorns




A rose to outgoing Ole Miss Chancellor Robert Khayat as he retires. Khayat announced his plans to step down Tuesday morning, ending a career that helped transform the site of one of the South''s most violent integration battles into a pioneer in bettering racial relations. 




Khayat, who took the University of Mississippi reins in 1995, will retire June 30. During his tenure at the college, minority enrollment increased by nearly 79 percent. He also had a hand in making Ole Miss one of the region''s most prosperous schools. Its operating budget grew from $114.3 million in 1995 to its current $472 million. 




Forbes Magazine ranked Ole Miss among the nation''s top 25 public universities last year. 




Congrats to Khayat on his successes and his retirement. 




A rose to local artist Robert "Uncle Bunky" Williams, whose exhibit opened at the Rosenzweig Arts Center, Thursday. 




Williams is best known as "Uncle Bunky" for his two-decade tenure as host of "Fun Time with Uncle Bunky" on area television. The show featured creatures Uncle Bunky created from merging different animal parts. 




The exhibit, which includes about 20 paintings and 13 matted drawings, as well as pottery plates on which Bunky has etched scenes, will remain up until February.



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