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A lot of people, myself included, scoffed at the idea of rebooting the Spider-Man franchise so quickly. After all, it's only been five years since "Spider-Man 3," and even though that movie was 50 shades of awful, it still made a boatload of money and all signs pointed toward a fourth film. For whatever reason, that never happened and now we've got "The Amazing Spider-Man."  

In honor of William Faulkner, the man who helped shape the town, the Oxford and Ole Miss community will honor the 50th anniversary of his death this Friday, July 6, with a “William Faulkner Remembrance”, followed by the 39th Annual Faulkner and Yoknapatawpha Conference “Fifty Years After Faulkner,” July 7-11.

 
Last week we pointed fingers and honked horns at careless, unpredictable pedestrians at cross walks, but as there are two sides to every story, I'm ranting about the other side of the pavement battlefield today. 
So, you know what really grinds my gears? People who do not know how to drive. 

I should make clear at the beginning of this column that I am not vegan, and I’ve never had any interest in being vegan until I moved in with a family who is vegan. Well, the wife/mother of the family is vegan; her husband identifies himself as “plant strong.” All the same, I have been thrust into the world of veganism for the summer, and to be honest, I’m loving every minute of it. I haven’t had tofu yet (that I’m aware of), but I have had some fabulous food.

 
Going green has become an increasingly more popular trend in the past few years, and the world of construction and architecture is following close behind. Builders and contractors alike have been studying ways to make homes and structures less expensive and more energy efficient.
Local Oxford builder Britton Jones of Winters Construction has done just that, and his green efforts have not gone unnoticed. 

In the first volume of the book, The Life of Reason, author George Santayana wrote: “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”
 
The University of Mississippi will remember its own past and work to grow from it with “Opening the Closed Society: 50 Years of Integration,” a year-long celebration of diversity at Ole Miss organized by the university’s civil rights subcommittee.

Call her what you want – artist, professor, mother, wedding cake-maker, conversationalist – the list goes on and on; yet one thing remains certain: Ole Miss faculty member and Oxonian Cory Lewis is not a woman who likes to sit still.

So, let’s get some personal biases out of the way. Things I like: ‘80s hair metal, movies about music and bands, Julianne Hough when she isn’t speaking. Things I don’t like: jukebox musicals, pretentiousness, Julianne Hough when she is speaking. Things I used to like but stopped liking once they became insane: Tom Cruise.

Yesterday I was having a conversation with a new transfer student from Mississippi State University who will be joining us next semester. She was telling me about the troubles of having an intercollegiate relationship.  Many of us have been there, trying to date someone who is two or more hours away, while still under the pressures of balancing your study and work schedule.

Well readers, we have survived another week despite the stupid stuff we do and witness. Last time we talked about the money-hungry demons we call textbooks, but this week’s gear grinding is taking us to the streets. So you know what really grinds my gears?
People using crosswalks. 

Oxford is a town known for many things, and the fashion scene is one of them. Every time you step on the Square for a night out or head to the Grove on game day, the women never cease to amaze people with their impeccable sense of fashion. But where do they get these designer duds?

Getting healthy and staying in shape is something that seems to be constantly in the minds of college students across the nation, especially here at Ole Miss.

At a football game, my favorite thing is the atmosphere — the feeling you get when you are in a group all hoping for the same thing and fighting for it together. 

Of all the movies coming out this year, “Prometheus” was the one I was looking forward to the most. I expected it to be the next great sci-fi film and to explore the origins of man and the mythology of the “Alien” franchise. To paraphrase a line from the movie, “I was wrong. I was so wrong.”

 Best friends are one of the highlights of life, especially during school. Friends are there for us when we feel down and when we are looking to have some fun. However, many students who share an apartment or a dorm with their best friend have let their social contract expire. When two best friends who have endured a whole spectrum of experiences decide to move in together, one or both of them may find themselves getting upset.

Stretching is easily one of the most ignored components of fitness. It happens all of the time. People come into the gym, spend an hour working out and take only two minutes out for stretching.
And to an extent, it’s understandable.  Stretching is slower, takes more time, and is often more frustrating. People often believe that they simply are not flexible and never will be, but that is simply not true. 

 

Meet 17-year-old Erica Yeager, a self-described country girl from Waterford who enjoys fishing, riding four-wheelers and spending time with her family.

In October 2010, she was diagnosed with paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria or PHN, a life-threatening blood disease known to lead to leukemia.  

Fast forward to today — after multiple rounds of chemotherapy and a grueling bone marrow transplant — doctors have now proclaimed Yeager a healthy teenager. After conquering a rare disease and completing a full year of recovery, how will she celebrate?

With many Mississippians still being affected by the 2010 BP oil spill, it is no wonder as to why University of Mississippi researchers are exploring ways to clean up crude oil found in oysters from the Gulf.

The small, pleasant town of Oxford will be a relaxing, lazy place in midsummer. Most students will be enjoying their laid-back schedule, tak- ing a few classes and maybe squeezing in some pool time. But on June 29, one group of students will set out from Oxford, leaving school and boredom behind, for a weekend of adventure.

The scent of comfort food fills the front of the bakery as you enter off the Oxford Square, home to a few mixers, some cake racks and a ton of buttercream icing.
Oxford’s very own Emiliegh’s Bakery has been around for about 10 years. Its catering business started one Christmas when owner Linda Fleming and a friend decided to make gift baskets.

Opportunity is everywhere. Being a student today means being submitted to a range of different experiences and opportunities, like choosing a good lifestyle now that we are on our own, joining campus organizations and applying for major-related internships.

The scent of comfort food fills the front of the bakery as you enter off the Oxford Square, home to a few mixers, some cake racks and a ton of buttercream icing.

Opportunity is everywhere. Being a student today means being submitted to a range of different experiences and opportunities, like choosing a good lifestyle now that we are on our own, joining campus organizations and applying for major-related internships.

I bet all you graduating seniors and Ole Miss new alumni still don’t know one thing even after learning just about everything your brain can hold – that being how easy and cheap it is to obtain official alumni status.