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The Reflector

Left to Right: Robert Barnes, Harvest Collier, Doug Milton, Linda Milton and Vernon White, some of MSU’s first Black alumni. They spoke of their experiences on MSU’s campus after integration.

‘We would not accept being second-class citizens;’ First Black MSU graduates discuss desegregation

Samuel Hughes, News Editor February 21, 2024

“I was born and raised in Starkville, right over the hill,” native of the Needmore community, Harvest Collier, said. “In fact, on Spring Street, I sit on the front porch of my mom's house. I can...

Obamas Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, 14 years later

Obama’s Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, 14 years later

Teirrah Tidwell, Contributing Writer February 21, 2024

Turkey and ham club sandwich, hamburger or grilled chicken salad, potato wedges, steamed broccoli florets and fresh or chilled fruit, white, chocolate or strawberry milk — these are typical lunch options...

MSU installs SECs largest on-campus solar facility

MSU installs SEC’s largest on-campus solar facility

Ivy Rose Ball, Photography Editor February 21, 2024

Mississippi State University is achieving two significant milestones with the construction of the largest on-campus solar facility in the SEC and the nearly completed transition from fluorescent to LED...

The social media platform TikTok is emerging as a method to promote and review literary works.

‘BookTok’ online community provides literary exposure

Grace Sullivan, Staff Writer February 19, 2024

“That was what I'd always loved about reading, what had driven me to write in the first place. That feeling that a new world was being spun like a spiderweb around you and you couldn't move until the...

The number of small flower farms is increasing in Mississippi. These producers cater to their surrounding community, offering specialized products that the international market cannot replicate.

Local flower farmers overlook Valentine’s Day, focus on specialty markets

Samuel Hughes, News Editor February 13, 2024

Mary Dowell, Starkville resident and owner of Petal Row flower farm, stepped outside on a warm summer morning. Her small farm – an area of about 2,600 square feet in her backyard – was filled with...

Ciana Thompson, a junior horticulture major, aids in the production of bouquets.

Relocated University Florist faces Valentine’s Day rush

Kaitlin Mapp, Contributing Writer February 13, 2024

The University Florist is experiencing its first Valentine’s Day rush since relocating to the A.B. McKay Food Research and Enology Lab last September. Mississippi State University's University Florist...

Many Starkville businesses offer Valentine’s Day specials.

Starkville businesses respond to Valentine’s excitement, demands

Anne Louise Phillips, Staff Writer February 13, 2024

Valentine’s Day is a day associated with friendship, romance and pink glitter that spreads everywhere. Starkville businesses have been getting involved with the spirit of the holiday by offering unique...

The Coffee Depot rolls coffee cart into Starkville

The Coffee Depot rolls coffee cart into Starkville

Anne Louise Phillips, Staff Writer February 6, 2024

The Coffee Depot, located on South Jackson Street, is in the process of launching their new full-service coffee cart for catering and events. Sarah Morgan, owner of The Coffee Depot, opened the shop...

The S.M.A.R.T. bus system faces a driver shortage, limiting the number of buses on route.

SMART bus ridership increases despite reports of unreliability

Lizzie Tomlin, Staff Writer February 6, 2024

In the cold months that ended the fall semester, Jenna Sutherland layered up for her commute to campus. Two sweatshirts, a puffer jacket and an extra pair of socks were not Sutherland’s usual attire...

MSU communication professor Melody Fisher.

‘I hate that we’re still having firsts;’ Fisher tells stories of minority PR professionals

Emma Hardy, Contributing Writer February 6, 2024

Melody Fisher, Jackson native and associate professor in Mississippi State University's Department of Communication, has made a lasting impact through her teachings and research of advocacy for minority...

The “Hiplet Ballerinas” fuse dance styles from communities of color and will visit MSU Feb. 29.

‘Hiplet Ballerinas’ among events to showcase Black culture

Kate Myers, Staff Writer February 6, 2024

Mississippi State University is celebrating Black History Month by hosting on-campus events that feature history, music and the arts throughout February. Sydney Smith, an undeclared sophomore and president...

The new lab will research solutions to problems facing Mississippis aquatic life.

New Gulf Coast Aquatic Laboratory to research marine life

Kaitlin Mapp, Contributing Writer January 30, 2024

Mississippi State University is constructing a new Gulf Coast Aquatic Laboratory to help protect aquatic environments and improve the health of Mississippi's aquatic animals in the Gulf of Mexico. Funded...

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