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Stereotypes: those pesky labels we place on people before we truly know them. Every day, we are constantly stereotyping people and placing them into defined groups based on simple presumptions and characteristics. Even when we don’t intend to, our mind still stereotypes every person we encounter. 

 
Dear incoming college freshmen,
Congratulations on getting to this point in your life. To those who are from Mississippi, I’m glad you decided to stay in the state that I love. To those from elsewhere, welcome home, and I know you will come to love this place nearly as much as I do.

Enough is enough. It is time for conservatives in Europe and the United States to face the facts. Austerity is a failed idea.

President Barack Obama is in campaign mode right now. It’s an election year, and since he is a politician, he will say, do or deny anything to get reelected. Enter his latest attempt to woo lower-class voters by targeting the upper class: The Buffet Rule.

To the editor:

I am writing in reference to this morning’s final edition of The Daily Mississippian and your choice to run an inflammatory piece on the first Oxford Middle School – OleMiss World Religions Day.

 

At the beginning of the semester, Chancellor Dan Jones challenged me to enjoy the ride. What he meant was that in an overly busy life that is being lived out in the public where you will get your fair share of criticism, sometimes it is easy to get so stressed out that you don’t enjoy the experience.

When I leave the University of Mississippi this month I will be taking a few things with me: a diploma, an aggregation of friends I hold close, and the experiences through which I learned to better understand and appreciate life.

 

Last week, the U.S. media circuit was abuzz after Hilary Rosen, a prominent Washington insider and well-known adviser to many members of the Democratic Party, made an insensitive statement in which she said that the Republican Party nominee Mitt Romney’s wife, Ann, “had never worked a day in her life.” 

 

“Dance like there’s no tomorrow.” This clichéd quote is one that I include in my life as often as possible. If you ask any of my friends, they will quickly tell you that I absolutely love to dance. Hopefully, they’ll tell you that I’m an extremely good dancer, too. 

If you buy a new car in 2015 and onwards, it’s a safe bet that you’ll be getting a little bit extra for your money: a black data recorder box fitted perfectly for your new ride.

Some readers knew what would fill this space before I began writing this week. 

Mississippi consistently ranks at the bottom of education lists and statistic reports. Are charter schools the answer? Not necessarily. 

I have never smoked a cigarette in my life. Really, I have never even had the desire. I understand and have researched the health related problems that are linked to smoking. In this same column a few weeks ago, I called for the Mississippi Legislature to raise the state cigarette tax.

Based on that, one would think that I would be in favor of a campus wide smoking ban. However, I am not.

Gov. Phil Bryant will soon sign into law House Bill 1390, effectively removing the ability to perform abortions from all but one doctor in Mississippi.

I want to discuss my breathing habit with you today.

The right to life is one of the most dearly held freedoms that we enjoy as Americans, followed closely by the right to make choices without government force or coercion. These two rights are fundamental from the Declaration of Independence to the Bill of Rights — life and liberty.

On Tuesday, George Zimmerman, the man who shot and killed teenager Trayvon Martin in the highly controversial case that has gripped the nation, had both of his attorneys quit his case. 

As a student at this so called great institution, where the University creed states “I believe in respect for the dignity of each person” and “I believe in personal and professional integrity,” I find it hard to believe that as  managing editors for The Daily Mississippian that you would allow such an offensive and insensitive cartoon to appear in the DM paper, April 4 edition. This university is known historically for it’s harsh treatment, racist beliefs and in justices toward African Americans.

The Aerosmith song “Livin’ on the Edge” starts with the line “There’s something wrong with the world today; I don’t know what it is. Something’s wrong with our eyes.” It’s embarrassing for me to admit this, but anytime I hear or read something disturbing in the news, that line plays in my mind. It’s practically been on loop for the past few weeks.

In the face of sickness, they persevere. They are often told they may not live to see the next day, much less their child’s next birthday. Some are forced to quit school, and others, their jobs. They fear for their future and take each breath with pride and faith. Some surpass the challenges while others succumb.

Many stories and graphics come across an editor’s desk that have a huge question mark stamped across their subject matter. And it’s at the discretion of that editor whether or not to run them.

Two weeks ago, I began the long, arduous journey that every college student must take — the job hunt. Now, I’m certainly not to the point of looking for a permanent, career-type job. I just need something to do, so my parents see the reasoning in spending my summer in good ‘ole Oxford town.