The best stories being published on the SNO Sites network

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The best stories being published on the SNO Sites network

Best of SNO

The best stories being published on the SNO Sites network

Best of SNO

Stories from The Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science
Snodgrass: Reeves’ ‘Confederate Heritage Month’ is a disgrace to our state
Opinions

Jillian Snodgrass | May 3, 2021

Mississippi’s government repeatedly brings shame upon our state and its citizens through ridiculous measures and laws. The latest? Governor Tate Reeves’ designation of April as “Confederate Heritage…

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Chen: Colton Underwood’s coming out and the treatment of the LGBTQ+ community in entertainment
Arts & Entertainment

Katy Chen | April 22, 2021

Earlier this week, former NFL player and “Bachelor” star Colton Underwood, came out as gay on “Good Morning America.” The NFL player turned reality TV personality has been known, as of recent years,…

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BROCKHAMPTON shows us ‘THE LIGHT’ behind the darkness on ‘ROADRUNNER’
Arts & Entertainment

Caleb Jenkins | April 21, 2021

America’s favorite boy band is back. Brockhampton’s latest album, “ROADRUNNER: NEW LIGHT, NEW MACHINE,” is the energetic follow-up to 2019’s comparatively somber “GINGER” that fans have been…

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Sharp: France’s hijab ban is yet another example of not-so-thinly veiled sexism and Islamophobia
Opinions

Chloe Sharp | April 16, 2021

On Mar. 30, 2021, the French Senate declared a war on Islam by passing a bill banning women under the age of 18 from wearing hijabs in public places and mothers from wearing hijabs on school field trips.

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MSMS Eighth of May project featured in HBO documentary
Arts & Entertainment

Jillian Snodgrass | April 13, 2021

MSMS is soon to be seen on screens across the world with the premiere of HBO’s documentary “Our Towns.” The documentary follows stories of small town life across the United States.

The towns featured…

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Bowles: MLB makes the right call by moving All-Star Game from Georgia
Sports

Luke Bowles | April 8, 2021

Georgia governor Brian Kemp and well-known Republicans such as Donald Trump have already begun criticizing Major League Baseball (MLB) after their decision to move their All-Star game out of the state…

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Zhang: Atlanta shooting and subsequent performative activism prove that Asian Americans still aren’t taken seriously
Opinions

Amy Zhang | April 5, 2021

In the days after the Atlanta shooting, my parents never spoke of the hate crime with me. Instead, an uneasy silence settled at home. What more could they have possibly said? They had been warning me to…

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Snodgrass: Alabama’s bills regarding transgender youth healthcare are ‘egregious’
Opinions

Jillian Snodgrass | March 26, 2021

State congresses across the nation have recently moved to create bills that infringe upon the rights of transgender youth. Perhaps most notably, Alabama’s congress, where HB1 and SB10 are active, has…

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Snodgrass: Queer history is US history and should be treated as such
Opinions

Jillian Snodgrass | March 25, 2021

When looking through my American History textbook at the chapters to come, I noticed something that, while unsurprising, disappointed me: a total lack of historic events related to LGBTQ+ people. In fact,…

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Yan: Lunar New Year xenophobic attacks show the effect of anti-Asian rhetoric
Opinions

Jessica Yan | February 26, 2021

Red envelopes, dragon dances and firecrackers — a telltale sign that Lunar New Year is here. But what was supposed to be a celebration of a new year for Asian communities quickly became a time of fear,…

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Classes canceled as snowstorm grips the South
News

Muneebah Umar | February 22, 2021

Snow rarely falls in Mississippi, but this year students saw snow twice: once for one day, and the other for almost four. Across the state, people have lost power and coped with dangerous road conditions…

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Sharp: Marjorie Taylor Greene should serve as a cautionary tale for Southern voters
Opinions

Chloe Sharp | February 19, 2021

Marjorie Taylor Greene: a QAnon sympathizer, an anti-Semite, a conspiracy theorist and a member of the US House of Representatives. Greene represents everything that is wrong with the American South, and…

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‘Malcom and Marie’: beauty inside the disaster of reality
Arts & Entertainment

Madison Meeks | February 18, 2021

Romance movies should be easy-going and light-hearted. They should be laced with cheesy pick up lines and a few missteps to resemble reality. Romance movies, especially Black romance films, hardly reflect…

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Lana Del Rey’s new song reveals her performative activism
Arts & Entertainment

Gracie Rowland | January 27, 2021

Lana Del Rey has made her fortune by singing about suicidal ideation, dating older men and drug abuse. However, the main theme that runs throughout her discography is a clear romanticization of excessive…

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Video

Muneebah Umar | January 26, 2021

Educators across the world have had to adjust to teaching in a pandemic for the past few months. For many university professors, this meant compressing the content of their courses to fit within a shorter…

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‘Death to 2020’: The comedy special we all deserved.
Arts & Entertainment

Jillian Snodgrass | January 19, 2021

“We’re taking a look back at the year 2020.” 

So begins Netflix’s mockumentary “Death to 2020.” The past year left no room to breathe between the major world events that occured over its…

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Eaton: Disappointingly, Attorney General Fitch fails to address socioeconomic challenge of uniform education in MS
Opinions

Elena Eaton | January 14, 2021

Mississippi Attorney General Lynn Fitch intends to file a “writ of certiorari” to ask the Supreme Court to review a lower court’s record of the recent court case against Mississippi’s current constitution….

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Sanders: A phone call for 11,780 votes proves to be worse than Nixon
Opinions

Henry Sanders | January 14, 2021

On January 2, 2021, President Trump pressured Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger to overturn the election results of the state of Georgia based on false claims of voter fraud. The phone call…

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Pixar puts heart and ‘Soul’ into their newest film
Arts & Entertainment

Caleb Jenkins | January 13, 2021

Pixar has become synonymous with movies marketed toward children that can be appreciated by viewers of any age. Their newest film “Soul” delivers on these expectations while simultaneously creating…

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Springer: Hallmark movies’ diversity problem
Arts & Entertainment

Cadi Springer | December 17, 2020

In the Oxford dictionary, the definition of heteronormative is “denoting or relating to a world view that promotes heterosexuality as the normal or preferred sexual orientation.” If you’ve ever seen…

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Anderson: Amazon is ruining small businesses across the nation
Opinions

Hayden Anderson | December 10, 2020

In today’s society, especially in a COVID-19-filled world, if we need something that we typically cannot find in stores, we usually go to Amazon. From TVs to groceries, Amazon stocks everything that…

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Aesop Rock crafts quite the ride on ‘Spirit World Field Guide’
Arts & Entertainment

Caleb Jenkins | December 7, 2020

Aesop Rock’s style has long been defined by a blend of esoteric lyricism and hypnotic hip-hop beats. His latest album, “Spirit World Field Guide,” is no different in this regard.

Where this new…

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Sexton: Liberal arts programs need to be preserved amid college budget cuts
Opinions

Hailee Sexton | December 3, 2020

Colleges and academic institutions around the nation are facing vast budget cuts because of the costs of the ongoing pandemic, causing significant losses and forcing programs to be cut – usually starting…

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‘Bad Hair’: the evils of Black adoption of Eurocentric beauty standards
Arts & Entertainment

Madison Meeks | December 2, 2020

Black Hair. The kinky, coily, curly hair that grows from a black person’s head. Associated strength, expression, femininity, and attractiveness of the black person. Often considered unprofessional, “nappy”…

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Yan: Raising a new flag, a symbol of hope for Mississippians
Opinions

Jessica Yan | November 19, 2020

After a century of bearing a flag that symbolized the dark Confederate past of the state, Mississippi raised a new magnolia flag, signaling the end of a troubling era and marking the start of a newfound…

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Woods: Our fight isn’t over
Opinions

Mabrie Woods | November 16, 2020

It’s easy when you get caught up in all of the fuss around the election to be discouraged by the fact that many of us voted in a “lesser of two evils” type of way and do not feel like any of the…

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Medlin: One Million Moms, American Family Association stain Mississippi’s legacy
Opinions

Zach Medlin | November 12, 2020

What does a hate group look like in America today?

Last month, conservative activist group One Million Moms, based in Tupelo, Miss., announced plans to boycott Oreo for selling rainbow-colored cookies…

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Two MSMS students publish books over summer break
Features

Kate McElhinney | October 13, 2020

While the COVID-19 pandemic kept most students from fulfilling their summer plans, junior Raeed Kabir and senior Shanay Desai wrote and published their own books. Kabir wrote a self-teaching AP Chemistry…

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Patel and Vanga: The quarantine ‘glow up’ obsession is unhealthy
Opinions

Vineeth Vanga | October 1, 2020

At first, when families all over the United States began to quarantine themselves due to the influx of novel coronavirus cases, fitness was the last thing on anyone’s minds. The rise of COVID-19 was…

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Woods: Amy Coney Barrett is terrifying for the LGBTQ community
Opinions

Mabrie Woods | October 1, 2020

President Trump’s list of potential Supreme Court nominees has been troublesome from the start for many activists. The list features a host of conservative, right wing judges which for many screams “this…

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‘Ratched’: a spectacular look through the eyes of a serial-killer
Arts & Entertainment

Hayden Anderson | September 30, 2020

Ever since Ryan Murphy left 21st Century Fox for Netflix, fans worldwide have been wondering what will happen next. The variety of shows that Ryan Murphy created with the company ranged over many different…

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Sanders: Florida fine for sagging uncovers America’s racist laws
Opinions

Henry Sanders | September 24, 2020

If you are looking for racist laws in America, it’s not that hard to spot some. Whether America’s own citizens believe it or not, America’s racist past still affects the nation’s laws today. 

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MSMS senior starts hair braiding business
Features

Madison Meeks | September 22, 2020

Growing up in Greenville, Miss.—deep in the Mississippi Delta—MSMS senior resident Ayana Wright recalls the excitement surrounding getting her hair done to be able to tackle the week—and life. 

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Snodgrass: President Trump’s threat to defund schools over 1619 project is empty but concerning.
Opinions

Jillian Snodgrass | September 18, 2020

Slavery and its consequences have affected every aspect of the United States’ history, and therefore should be placed at the center of historical education. That’s the essence of The New York Times’…

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Gordy: Rugged individualism is destroying America 
Opinions

Colin Gordy | September 11, 2020

“If it ever reach us, it must spring up amongst us. It cannot come from abroad. If destruction be our lot, we must ourselves be its author and finisher. As a nation of freemen, we must live through all…

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Djedjos & Vanga: Mississippi schools should have handled reopenings amidst COVID-19 better
Opinions

Vineeth Vanga | September 10, 2020

As the back to school season powers ahead nationwide, a difficult question for many families has presented itself at the front of their doorsteps: whether to send their children to school in person or…

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‘TENƎꓕ’: Mind-blowing spectacle, lacking in emotional depth
Arts & Entertainment

Caleb Jenkins | September 10, 2020

“Don’t try to understand it. Feel it.” 

Over the past 22 years, Christopher Nolan has made a name for himself as a modern-day auteur in the realm of high-concept blockbusters. His latest film,…

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MSMS students demonstrate wide range of political views
Features

Fiona Dawe | September 9, 2020

Mississippi is known for having one prevalent political mindset: conservatism. It’s present in its voting results, and many state officials align themselves with conservative values. Despite this, seniors…

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‘Chemical Hearts’: a paradigm of the male savior complex
Arts & Entertainment

Gracie Rowland | September 8, 2020

Amazon released a new film called “Chemical Hearts” on Aug. 21, starring Lili Reinhart (Riverdale) as Grace Town and Austin Abrams (Euphoria) as Henry Page. The movie centers around Grace and Austin’s…

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MSMS seniors split on affirmative action
News

Luke Bowles | September 4, 2020

As MSMS seniors apply to colleges in the midst of the quest for racial justice by the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement, affirmative action, or steps taken to increase the representation of minorities…

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Troye Sivan’s ‘In a Dream’ meets all fan expectations
Arts & Entertainment

Elena Eaton | September 4, 2020

As a sequel to the paradoxical yet harmonious union of melancholy lyricism and upbeat tempo featured in his 2018 “Bloom” album, Troye Sivan develops his sound by pushing the boundaries of indie pop in…

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Coronavirus

Alden Wiygul | May 13, 2020

Since stay-at-home orders have been issued in various states across the country, many people are finding they now have a lot more time on their hands. While some are picking up new hobbies, many are utilizing…

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Jira: The college application process–universally flawed and selectively rewarding
Opinions

Violet Jira | May 1, 2020

“What do you want to be when you grow up?” 

It would be nearly impossible to find a child in America who hasn’t been asked this question. This question is usually followed up with a statement:…

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Teenage Mental Health Epidemic: Jordan Thompson
Features

Gracie Rowland | April 27, 2020

“You can’t let it get too late. Your teenage years aren’t supposed to be sad; they’re supposed to be happy. You may have some mood swings but no one is supposed to be miserable. No one is supposed…

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‘Killing Eve’ returns with everything viewers expected
Arts & Entertainment

Violet Jira | April 22, 2020

The game of cat and mouse is one we have seen a thousand times. From sophisticated dramas like “Sherlock” to Saturday morning cartoons like “Tom and Jerry,” the trope is everywhere and can sometimes…

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‘Uncorked’ finally combats the issue of self-determination in the black family
Arts & Entertainment

Madison Meeks | April 17, 2020

The black community has struggled with the concept of self-determination since Reconstruction. We see this in the history books with Booker T. Washington, W.E.B DuBois, Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcom…

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Sanders: Quarantine is the best thing to happen for esports
Sports

Henry Sanders | April 14, 2020

The new competitive look for the 2020 season takes place in a chair and on a monitor. The world of esports is rising to the top, despite its already popular presence. Due to the spread of COVID-19, league…

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Wiygul: Why guns are disappearing as fast as toilet paper
Coronavirus

Alden Wiygul | April 14, 2020

As the world rides the waves of the coronavirus crisis, Americans are mass buying up anything they can in stores. While the loss of toilet paper in markets has the Internet confused, there is a more concerning…

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Jira: Reeves pulls Mississippi backward with ‘Confederate Heritage Month’
Opinions

Violet Jira | April 13, 2020

Living in Mississippi, especially the Mississippi Delta, has always felt a bit like living in a time capsule. I pass Dockery Plantation on the way home from school, and in the summer the sprawling cotton…

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Conan Gray’s tribute to teenage angst, ‘Kid Krow’
Arts & Entertainment

Lily Langstaff | April 7, 2020

In case you weren’t around in the indie pop scene in Nov. 2018, 19-year-old Conan Gray debuted his first EP, “Sunset Season.” Flash forward to March 2020, and Conan, now 21, just released his first…

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