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September 25, 2012

Increased traffic on campus is not a new issue to us. The university has increased funding for the Oxford-University Transit bus program and has modified parking lots and decals. But there is still the issue of pedestrian and cyclist safety.

September 7, 2012

On April 10, the Mississippi Senate passed House Bill 921 by a 34-14 vote. If approved by the U.S. Justice Department, it will require voters to provide a government-issued photo ID. 

On April 10, the Mississippi Senate passed House Bill 921 by a 34-14 vote. If approved by the U.S. Justice Department, it will require voters to provide a government-issued photo ID.  The bill is required to go before the U.S. Justice Department as a part of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

September 5, 2012

The Dodge Dart that most people remember was a V-8, rear-wheel drive, drag strip king that put fear into any driver who dared to cross its path. 

 
The Dodge Dart that most people remember was a V-8, rear-wheel drive, drag strip king that put fear into any driver who dared to cross its path. 
Of course, it also had an interior that could be rivaled by a Greyhound bus and put fear into many Dart drivers because its brakes worked about as good as a Roman Chariot’s. 

August 29, 2012

Another crop of freshmen have made the journey from their homelands to Oxford. Once again, about half of them are from Houston and Dallas.
As I have split my life between New Orleans, Oxford and Dallas, I think I have a helpful perspective about Texans in Oxford. I’ve heard rumor that Texans can be obnoxious and irritating with our pride about our home state. I have a few tips to help these Texans make a smooth transition between the Once and Future Republic of Texas and Oxford.
Call Texas “The Once and Future Republic of Texas.”

July 3, 2012

 
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. 

 
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. 

June 3, 2012

COLLEGE STATION, Texas – No one really gave Ole Miss a shot of winning the College Station Regional before the weekend began. And that was to be expected considering they had lost six of their previous seven games.

 

COLLEGE STATION, Texas – No one really gave Ole Miss a shot of winning the College Station Regional before the weekend began. And that was to be expected considering they had lost six of their previous seven games.

However, the Rebels (37-24) are in the driver’s seat of the Regional after defeating the No. 1 seed Texas A&M Aggies (43-17) 6-3 on Saturday night to advance to the Regional Championship in front of an announced crowd of 5.445 at Olsen Field at Blue Bell Park. 

April 16, 2012

 

The Mississippi Senate voted in favor of House Bill 921 this past Tuesday, which will require voters to show their photo ID before voting.

The bill now has to be approved by the U.S. Justice Department. Federal officials rejected similar laws in Texas and South Carolina. Whether they will approve the Mississippi bill remains unclear.

 

The Mississippi Senate voted in favor of House Bill 921 this past Tuesday, which will require voters to show their photo ID before voting.

March 9, 2012

Today is the last day of classes for Ole Miss students before spring break begins. According to travel writer Kathleen Crislip, approximately 1 million students will be out of school for spring break during the week of March 12. Many of those 1 million plan to travel. If you are one of them, there are several things you can do to protect yourself and your residence. 

Today is the last day of classes for Ole Miss students before spring break begins. According to travel writer Kathleen Crislip, approximately 1 million students will be out of school for spring break during the week of March 12.  Many of those 1 million plan to travel. If you are one of them, there are several things you can do to protect yourself and your residence. 

February 26, 2012

 

The University of Mississippi Police Department is looking for a student involved in a campus hit and run that sent a student to the hospital.

 

The University of Mississippi Police Department is looking for a student involved in a campus hit and run that sent a student to the hospital.

University Police Chief Calvin Sellars said UPD has identified a suspect behind the wheel, but no arrest has been made.

“We’re going to give him a chance to turn himself in,” Sellars said. “If he hasn’t come in by (today) we’re going to the judge and have a warrant taken out for him.”

January 29, 2012

2012 proved to be another exciting year for the North American International Auto Show in Detroit with many new production and concept cars being unveiled.

 2012 proved to be another exciting year for the North American International Auto Show in Detroit with many new production and concept cars being unveiled.

October 30, 2011

Hyundai has had great success in recent years, in part because it has been willing to take chances on exciting, enthusiast-oriented vehicles while its Japanese counterparts have relied on more conservative designs and clinging to their reputation for value and reliability.

 

Hyundai has had great success in recent years, in part because it has been willing to take chances on exciting, enthusiast-oriented vehicles while its Japanese counterparts have relied on more conservative designs and clinging to their reputation for value and reliability.

But the Japanese are slowly losing market share (especially to the youth market) to the South Korean automaker, and the Hyundai Veloster is a good example why. 

October 23, 2011

The Ole Miss student body seems to have missed Dexter McCluster’s plea to not text and drive.

The Ole Miss student body seems to have missed Dexter McCluster’s plea to not text and drive.

A recent poll conducted by The Daily Mississippian found that nearly half of all respondents text while driving, an additional 24 percent only text at stop lights and another 24 percent talk on the phone but don’t text. Only 6 percent of those polled do not use a cell phone at all while driving. There were 123 respondents to the poll.

October 9, 2011

 

I’ve spent the past three years complaining within the confines of my car about the driving in Oxford. 

If I’m not complaining about the students who deliberately ignore the cross walks on campus, it’s the folks on Jackson and University Avenue who switch lanes without considering those behind them, or simply the folks who have no sense of safe driving. 

October 2, 2011

If you are driving uninsured, you might want to rethink that.
With Mississippi having one of the highest percentages of uninsured drivers, police officers are working harder to get uninsured motorists off the road.  
The national average is 13 percent, while Mississippi is at 28 percent according to the Insurance Research Council.  
Like the rest of the state, Oxford has a problem with uninsured motorists. To prevent this, police officers are charged with the task of ticketing uninsured motorists.  

September 29, 2011

 

After a two year hiatus, BMW’s über-sedan returns next summer with two less cylinders, two more turbochargers and a lot more sophistication. 

The F1 inspired V-10 from the previous generation is gone and is replaced by a 4.4-liter twin-turbocharged V-8 that makes 560-hp and 502 lb-ft of torque. Not only is this a 53-hp jump from the previous M5, but it is the most powerful engine BMW has ever produced.

August 22, 2011

 

The consequences of not choosing to designate a sober driver can be expensive.

The fine, alone, for a person’s first DUI arrest can cost anywhere from $250.00 to $1,000, and it can also include imprisonment for up to 48 hours.

 

The consequences of not choosing to designate a sober driver can be expensive.

The fine, alone, for a person’s first DUI arrest can cost anywhere from $250.00 to $1,000, and it can also include imprisonment for up to 48 hours.

July 1, 2011

 

President Barack Obama is holding the first-ever town hall Q&A session with Americans via the social network Twitter on July 6. 

I for one, am very interested in the leader of our country’s attempt at intertwining social networking with government business. I don’t think I have any real problems with it; after all, the president held a Facebook town hall in April and successfully used the site during his 2008 campaign. 

April 18, 2011

First of all, this is not a column about writing the perfect title.

First of all, this is not a column about writing the perfect title.

Obviously.

Instead, it is a statement about miscommunication and monikers that defy understanding. Simply put, it’s about ridiculous headlines.

And while they may reel us in, forcing us to notice the story, they don’t necessarily entice us to read it, as was the case with a recent story I didn’t read in one Alabama newspaper. The title of the article read “County school sees break-in.”

March 27, 2011

Waymon Russell, 40, and Justin Carol, 26, both of Collierville, Tenn., have been apprehended after a police chase that led to the lockdown of Oxford High School on Wednesday, March 23.

Waymon Russell, 40, and Justin Carol, 26, both of Collierville, Tenn., have been apprehended after a police chase that led to the lockdown of Oxford High School on Wednesday, March 23.

Both men have been charged with at least three counts of burglary with further charges pending. According to Oxford police chief Mike Martin, Carol and Russell have been linked to four burglaries in the Oxford area.  

March 23, 2011

Some parents of Oxford High School students are pushing for stronger on-site security after a burglary suspect entered the school as he fled from police Wednesday.

Some parents of Oxford High School students are pushing for stronger on-site security after a burglary suspect entered the school as he fled from police Wednesday.

An Oxford police officer attempted to stop a stolen pickup truck carrying two burglary suspects on the Square at 12:35 p.m., but the vehicle fled eastbound on Jackson Avenue, according to police. The driver tried to escape the officer by driving off-road near Jackson Square Condominiums and crashed into a group of trees.

March 9, 2011

Taking the SAT, going to senior prom and getting a driver’s license are usually among the most important things on the minds of most 16 and 17-year-old teenagers in the U.S.

Taking the SAT, going to senior prom and getting a driver’s license are usually among the most important things on the minds of most 16 and 17-year-old teenagers in the U.S.

But for Vivian Vlaar, a freshman on the Ole Miss women’s tennis team, her goal was just to get to the United States.

Vlaar, a Kinrooi, Belgium native, arrived in Oxford last August without any idea what to expect.

Not only was it her first visit to Oxford, it was her first visit to the United States.

February 27, 2011

Around 2 p.m. Monday afternoon a week ago, at least a dozen student passengers witnessed a cyclist cut in front of the Green Route Oxford-University Transit system bus and continue to ride in front of it while in the South parking lot. 

 

Once the driver stopped to let passengers off, the cyclist rode up to the doors of the bus and tried to confront the driver, but the driver shut the doors and drove away.

February 9, 2011

Three adults were killed and at least a dozen high school students were hospitalized after an 18-wheeler collided head-on with a bus yesterday afternoon around 2 p.m. on a highway bridge in North Mississippi.

Three adults were killed and at least a dozen high school students were hospitalized after an 18-wheeler collided head-on with a bus yesterday afternoon around 2 p.m. on a highway bridge in North Mississippi.

January 27, 2011

Ole Miss Police Chief Calvin Sellers said even though arrests were up in 2010, making arrests takes a backseat to educating people on crime prevention.

Ole Miss Police Chief Calvin Sellers said even though arrests were up in 2010, making arrests takes a backseat to educating people on crime prevention.

Sellers said unlike the Oxford Police Department, the university population is primarily 18 to 30-year-olds, and that means the university police department has to operate differently.