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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
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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
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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
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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.
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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 
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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
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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
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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’
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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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Jira: Amazon deserves frowns for their employee treatment–now more than ever
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Violet Jira | April 6, 2020

In today’s world of big business, only one company can overnight ship you the TikTok lights you impulsively ordered at 3 a.m., deliver groceries directly to your doorstep with the press of a finger, aid…

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Was “Self Made” the story of a black hero or another political agenda?
Arts & Entertainment

Cameron Thomas | April 3, 2020

To me, black history is an endless story of resilience–telling, no matter how far we are set back, we will always find a way to overcome. To the makers of “Self Made,” however, black history is an endless…

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Megan Thee Stallion give her fans a sweet treat with the release of ‘Suga’
Arts & Entertainment

Violet Jira | March 30, 2020

Hot Girl Summer isn’t here yet, but new music from Megan Thee Stallion is! Nearly a year after the Houston rapper graced us with her first full-length project “Fever,” Megan has blessed us yet again,…

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Rowland: Harvey Weinstein sentencing, a monumental verdict for the #MeToo movement
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Gracie Rowland | March 27, 2020

The New York prosecution of movie mogul Harvey Weinstein drew to a close on March 11 when he was sentenced to 23 years in prison for multiple sex crimes. He received a sentence of 20 years for criminal…

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Seniors share grief about COVID-19 pandemic
Coronavirus

Cameron Thomas | March 27, 2020

“I waited 18 years for my senior year, and now, it seems as if it’s been taken away from me,” said MSMS senior Mykailla Foster. Foster traveled home from school on Friday, March 6, for Spring Break….

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Update: MSMS response to COVID-19
Coronavirus

Aiden Leise | March 16, 2020

UPDATE: MSMS will extend Spring break for one week (the week of 3/15-3/21). Then, classes will resume via distance learning for one week (3/23-3/27), before students return to campus on Sunday, March 29,…

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MSMS readies for potential spread of COVID-19
Coronavirus

Aiden Leise | March 9, 2020

MSMS is beginning to prepare its students and staff for the potential scenario of the disease known as COVID-19 spreading to Mississippi, encouraging measures ranging from hand-washing to self-quarantine….

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Bowles: Oklahoma, Texas reveal nationwide problem with racial bias 
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Luke Bowles | March 2, 2020

In 1921, after the smoke cleared in Tulsa, Oklahoma, 300 people lay dead–almost all African Americans. More than 1,000 homes were burned and looted, and the alleged sexual assault committed by a black…

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Jira: The Black News Channel fails to address journalism’s diversity problem
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Violet Jira | February 28, 2020

I grew up on broadcast journalism. Whether it was listening to “All Things Considered” on road trips with my dad, watching “Meet the Press” on Sundays before church or eating dinner over “NBC…

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Rowland: White privilege needs to be addressed
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Gracie Rowland | February 28, 2020

As Black History Month draws to an end, I am once again reminded of my own privilege. While this statement may seem odd or bristling, it’s true. I don’t have to fight for recognition or equality regarding…

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Kobe Bryant’s Controversial Legacy
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Ada Fulgham | February 25, 2020

While so many lament his death and praise his incredible legacy, I can only imagine what Kobe Bryant’s sexual assault accuser feels like knowing that the side of Bryant that fueled her nightmares ever…

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Arnoldus: Why Angie Thomas’ New Book is “On the Come Up!”
Arts & Entertainment

Linda Arnoldus | February 21, 2020

Angie Thomas has done it again. Her debut novel, “The Hate U Give,” became a #1 New York Times Bestseller, touching the hearts of many with its lovable characters and politically relevant commentary…

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Gipson: New immigration policy closes a door on opportunity
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David Gipson | February 18, 2020

America: the land of opportunity…or is it? 

Recently, the Trump administration put forth a policy to wealth-test all green card applicants. The so-called “public charge” rule would deny any immigration…

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Students address concerns with Mississippi K-12 education
News

Cameron Thomas | February 17, 2020

With it being an election year, people are discussing policy and social issues now more than ever. Whether about universal health care, gun control or immigration policies, people tend to be the most passionate…

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Nanney: Clearview AI demonstrates online users’ lack of control over their privacy
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Andie Nanney | February 14, 2020

How many times have you been told to be careful about the things you post online? That everything you put onto the internet is permanent and public no matter what you do?

With the rise of increasingly…

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‘P.S. I Still Love You,’ a Valentine’s Day classic
Arts & Entertainment

Kate McElhinney | February 14, 2020

As someone who watched “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before” four times within the first week of its release in August of 2018 and has watched it at least 60 times since then, it would be an understatement…

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Back again: the return of MCR
Arts & Entertainment

Lily Langstaff | February 13, 2020

What comes to mind when you hear the word ‘emo?’ Dyed hair, the color black, band tees, and Converse? My Chemical Romance? Emo has changed over the decades from a music genre to, for some people, a…

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‘1917’ sheds light on the past
Arts & Entertainment

Kate McElhinney | February 3, 2020

The phrase “World War I movie” doesn’t generally bring about warm, fuzzy feelings. It reminds students of the horrid memories of watching in-class documentaries and completing graded worksheets based…

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It’s not ‘just hair’: HyunA and cultural appropriation in K-pop
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Ada Fulgham | January 31, 2020

Cultural appropriation in K-pop isn’t new, so Korean solo artist HyunA’s appearance on her Instagram sporting half-done “box braids” earlier this month was, while not surprising, controversial…

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“Sex Education” arrives on the issue of toxic masculinity
Arts & Entertainment

Gracie Rowland | January 24, 2020

Toxic masculinity: a phrase widely misused and consequently viewed as a fictitious radical idea. However, toxic masculinity does indeed exist, just as toxic femininity. The discussion of these issues is…

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Awkwafina’s Golden Globes win reminds us that representation matters
Arts & Entertainment

Gina Nguyen | January 21, 2020

When Awkwafina took the stage at the Golden Globes earlier this month to accept her award for Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy and became the first person of Asian descent to do so, she looked into…

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Reece: Parchman, a prison in peril
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Davan Reece | January 17, 2020

Nestled between the fields and crops that decorate the Mississippi Delta rests an infamous house of horror that has become a blemish on Mississippi and America’s prison-industrial complex as a whole. 

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Reece: Trump admin lights a flame under the Food Stamps safety net
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Davan Reece | December 13, 2019

I know first hand the blessings that come with government-funded welfare programs. When I was living in a dark and damp motel located in the Bayou of lower Alabama, sleeping on the moist and dingy green…

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Thomas: Was #NotAgainSU the reawakening of racism in America or proof that it never rested?
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Cameron Thomas | December 13, 2019

I am a black man in America.

I take pride in saying that, whether I am embracing my nappy hair or admiring how the melanin in my skin helps me avoid getting sunburned in the Mississippi heat. Sometimes,…

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BTS nowhere to be seen in 2019 Grammy nominations
Arts & Entertainment

Adriana Mays | December 10, 2019

Many people collectively known as ‘ARMY’ were on the edges of their seats a couple weeks ago, waiting to see if the K-pop boy band BTS, also known as the Bangtan Boys, would be nominated for a Grammy….

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Is Billie Eilish’s “everything i wanted” everything we wanted?
Arts & Entertainment

Reggie Zheng | November 27, 2019

In the span of two years, Billie Eilish—comically known as Billie Eyelash—has rapidly proven herself to be the new angsty alternative artist on the block. Known for iconic songs such as “bad guy”…

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2019 Country Music Awards: silently monumental and severely disappointing
Arts & Entertainment

Violet Jira | November 22, 2019

Gone, it seems, are the days where successful country music was almost always the product of straight, white men exclusively. Never before has something that used to be so niche felt so mainstream. Country…

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