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November 16, 2012

The University of Mississippi football team has played four away games this season, with one left, and some may not realize the amount of preparation needed to take the Rebels on the road.

The University of Mississippi football team has played four away games this season, with one left, and some may not realize the amount of preparation needed to take the Rebels on the road.

Angela Robinson, assistant athletics director for finance, said that the whole travel process starts with scheduling.

“Once we have the schedule, we sit down and determine which trips are bus trips, which trips we charter and where we will stay on those trips,” Robinson said.

October 9, 2012

The town of Salerno, Italy, is known for its proxim- ity to the Amalfi Coast, not for housing destitute under- grads, but that is exactly the situation a handful of Ole Miss students found themselves in this summer while studying abroad.

The town of Salerno, Italy, is known for its proxim- ity to the Amalfi Coast, not for housing destitute under- grads, but that is exactly the situation a handful of Ole Miss students found themselves in this summer while studying abroad.

“I had no money in a foreign country,” finance soph- omore Kristin Leaptrott said. “It was a really stressful ex- perience.”

September 5, 2012

Paul Ryan is the best thing to happen to the Democratic Party this presidential election.
Vice presidential nominee Ryan is a man with extreme views in almost every circumstance and who lies constantly about them and about his opponent, Barack Obama.
Let’s first take a look at his speech at the Republican National Convention, which Fox News columnist Sally Kohn called “an apparent attempt to set the world record for the greatest number of blatant lies and misrepresentations slipped into a single political speech.”

July 24, 2012

Last week at the Oxford Tourism Council Meeting, positive numbers were released for the most recent figures in tax revenue. 

 
Last week at the Oxford Tourism Council Meeting, positive numbers were released for the most recent figures in tax revenue. For the month of April 2012, hotel and motel taxes collected increased dramatically. The food and beverage tax collected from restaurants also increased.

April 22, 2012

With over 3,000 volunteers and close to 300 projects this year, the Big Event was more successful than ever.

 

With over 3,000 volunteers and close to 300 projects this year, the Big Event was more successful than ever. Even though it takes place on only one day, the planning process continues year-round. Preparation begins in the spring with the selection of the directors. Following that begins the application process for staff members. 

April 17, 2012

Students, faculty and staff have noticed the various construction projects around campus. From the construction of new dorms to road projects, Ole Miss is staying busy. 

 

Students, faculty and staff have noticed the various construction projects around campus. From the construction of new dorms to road projects, Ole Miss is staying busy. 

Larry Sparks, vice chancellor for administration and finance, said this is the beginning of many current and future projects.

A new central mechanical plant is being built, which will house things we use on a daily basis, like water, air conditioning and heating.

April 9, 2012

The exams required to enter business school and medical school will soon be reorganized.

 

The exams required to enter business school and medical school will soon be reorganized.

The GMAT, or Graduate Management Admission Test, will have a new format starting in June 2012. The Educational Testing Service will introduce a new chapter called “Integrated Reasoning,” based on analyzing different pieces of data, in lieu of the usual second essay question. 

April 4, 2012

Graduation is right around the corner; you’re probably ready to get rid of the car that you’ve had since high school.

 

Graduation is right around the corner; you’re probably ready to get rid of the car that you’ve had since high school.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m sure your ’93 Camry has done you well, but it is nice to have a car with a working air conditioner, a headliner that doesn’t sag, doesn’t need two quarts of oil at every fill-up and doesn’t have that bottle of grape juice that’s been in the trunk since 2006 and has now fermented into wine.

April 3, 2012

American graduates owe nearly $1 trillion for higher education. It’s no secret we’re a nation of debt — housing debt, credit card debt, automobile debt, corporate debt, government debt and so on. However, Student loan debt is a monster in and of itself. To top things off, nearly 50 percent of that debt is already in default.

 

American graduates owe nearly $1 trillion for higher education. It’s no secret we’re a nation of debt — housing debt, credit card debt, automobile debt, corporate debt, government debt and so on. However, Student loan debt is a monster in and of itself. To top things off, nearly 50 percent of that debt is already in default.

April 1, 2012

During the recent controversy surrounding insurance coverage for contraceptives, many proponents of the mandate maintained that the government should not cave to pressure from religious groups requesting an exemption.

 

March 27, 2012

As the 2007 College Cost Reduction and Access Act nears its expiration date in July, advocates are working hard to campaign against rising student loan interest rates.

 

As the 2007 College Cost Reduction and Access Act nears its expiration date in July, advocates are working hard to campaign against rising student loan interest rates.

The College Cost Reduction and Access Act lowered student loan interest rates from 6.8 percent fixed to 3.4 percent fixed, in attempts to help keep interest rates for student loans lower.  

As the summer months are coming up, a new student loan relief campaign aims to prevent student loan interest rates from doubling.

March 7, 2012

In Mississippi, it seems that just about every year there is a movement to cut the grocery tax.

 

In Mississippi, it seems that just about every year there is a movement to cut the grocery tax.

The Mississippi grocery tax, though, actually isn’t a grocery tax. It is simply the sales tax that applies equally to sales of food for consumption in the home.

The 7 percent applies to the purchase of groceries as equally as it does to the purchase of any good. I seem to be missing the unfairness in that.

March 7, 2012

Groceries in Mississippi should not be subject to full sales tax. Taxing essential items like food is, simply put, the most regressive existing form of taxation.

 

Groceries in Mississippi should not be subject to full sales tax. Taxing essential items like food is, simply put, the most regressive existing form of taxation.

Currently in Mississippi, groceries are taxed at full sales tax rates, which is 7 percent. Only one other state in the nation, Alabama, charges full sales tax on groceries. In recent years, other poor states, including Arkansas and South Carolina, have moved away from the extremely regressive sales tax on groceries. All told, 30 other states completely exempt groceries as taxable goods.

March 7, 2012

Oxford is often referred to as a cultural haven, so it may be surprising that until Friday, March 2, there was no record store in town.

 

Oxford is often referred to as a cultural haven, so it may be surprising that until Friday, March 2, there was no record store in town.

The End of All Music is a new store in Oxford that sells new and used vinyls, record players and other hard-to-find trinkets that are dated but still used today. 

Owner Bruce Watson and general manager David Swider started cultivating their idea around November 2011 and in nearly four months had the store ready for customers.

March 2, 2012

The University of Mississippi Moneythink chapter is votes away from becoming one of the winners of the Campus Champion of Change Challenge, a contest created by the White House.

 

The University of Mississippi Moneythink chapter is votes away from becoming one of the winners of the Campus Champion of Change Challenge, a contest created by the White House.

Moneythink was one of 1,400 clubs that applied for the contest and is now in the top 15. 

Voting is held online at www.campuschallenge.uservoice.com and the five clubs with the most votes will be recognized as champions by President Barack Obama. 

February 29, 2012

Recently, a fervent and impassioned debate hit both houses of Congress. It has caused hours of contentious discussions and set the political blogopshere on fire. However, this debate isn’t about the national debt, the unemployment rate, Syria or even our continued military presence in Afghanistan. Nope, this debate is about whether or not insurance is required to cover contraception. 

 

Recently, a fervent and impassioned debate hit both houses of Congress. It has caused hours of contentious discussions and set the political blogopshere on fire. However, this debate isn’t about the national debt, the unemployment rate, Syria or even our continued military presence in Afghanistan. Nope, this debate is about whether or not insurance is required to cover contraception. 

February 2, 2012

 

In response to Trenton Winford’s “Pre-existing conditions unfortunate, but should not be covered.”

The Affordable Care Act is a controversial piece of legislation that seeks to address one of America’s most complex issues. This short, one-sided article ignores aspects of the ACA that act to protect not just patients, but insurance companies as well.  

February 1, 2012

John has an unfortunate story. He and his wife want to start a family, so they began searching for a house. The house they end up buying has a few problems, but it is a good starter house. The roof leaks, the cabinets need to be replaced and the foundation has some problems.

 

John has an unfortunate story. He and his wife want to start a family, so they began searching for a house. The house they end up buying has a few problems, but it is a good starter house. The roof leaks, the cabinets need to be replaced and the foundation has some problems.

After buying the house, like any responsible couple, they shopped for home insurance. They were told that the foundation will need to be repaired within the next year, so no insurance plan would cover the home’s foundation at a price John could afford.

December 1, 2011

Public policy leadership senior Cortez Moss said rising tuition costs really started to concern him when he heard a friend more concerned about paying for their education than actually learning.

November 13, 2011

Major banks across America are eliminating monthly debit card fees.

 

Major banks across America are eliminating monthly debit card fees.

After widespread customer outrage, Bank of America recently announced that it will be axing the $5 fee. Customers who use their debit cards will no longer incur the fee beginning in January. 

David Darnell, co-chief operating officer for Bank of America, said the cancelling of the fee is a result of listening to their custumers, according to Forbes.com.

November 2, 2011

What is the 9-9-9 plan? 

 

In recent weeks, presidential hopeful Herman Cain has established himself as a front-runner for the Republican Party nomination in 2012. 

Cain has been riding a mantra that consists solely of “9-9-9,” his plan to reform the tax code and create economic growth. Even if his tax plan does spur economic growth, which is questionable, in the end it will only serve to hurt the poorest people in our nation.

November 2, 2011

For the more than 36 million Americans who carry federal student loan debt, totaling more than one trillion dollars, President Barack Obama’s new plan could significantly lighten the heavy burden of debt for those who qualify.

 

For the more than 36 million Americans who carry federal student loan debt, totaling more than one trillion dollars, President Barack Obama’s new plan could significantly lighten the heavy burden of debt for those who qualify.

The new Obama plan to help alleviate college student loan debt might not be much help to current students, with loan consolidation not starting until 2012 and loan debt repayments being lowered to 10 percent from 15 percent in 2014.

November 2, 2011

For the more than 36 million Americans who carry federal student loan debt, totaling more than one trillion dollars, President Barack Obama’s new plan could significantly lighten the heavy burden of debt for those who qualify.

 

For the more than 36 million Americans who carry federal student loan debt, totaling more than one trillion dollars, President Barack Obama’s new plan could significantly lighten the heavy burden of debt for those who qualify.

The new Obama plan to help alleviate college student loan debt might not be much help to current students, with loan consolidation not starting until 2012 and loan debt repayments being lowered to 10 percent from 15 percent in 2014.

November 2, 2011

What's behind President Obama's new student loan plan? 

 

According to Kimberly Hefling of The Huffington Post, student loan debt in the United States recently surpassed the trillion-dollar mark. Under Obama’s plan, anyone’s student loan payback would be no more than 10 percent of discretionary income, as opposed to 15 percent, and loans would be forgiven after 20 years instead of 25.  

This does not apply to those already in default or to loans from private institutions, like banks, which is great news for me but not for a large majority of that trillion-dollar debt.