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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...

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...

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...

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...

Ashlyn Burse, a freshman marketing major, exercising in the Sanderson Center.

Second floor of Sanderson to close amid renovation

Michael Cassidy, Staff Writer January 30, 2024

Beginning March 1 and lasting through July 31, Mississippi State University’s Sanderson Center will undergo a $2.5 million interior renovation project. Patrick Nordin, the director of MSU's University...

MSU Roadrunners are one of the many tactics MSU is using to curb the projected enrollment decline to start in 2026.

MSU works to combat projected enrollment decline

Elisa Stocking, Staff Writer January 30, 2024

Mississippi State University is working to combat a predicted decline in enrollment through innovative recruitment initiatives across departments. The College and University Professional Association...

MSU art majors atop the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Flore in Florence, Italy.

Global Game Changers program prepares for study abroad in Italy

Jadyn Anthony, Staff Writer January 30, 2024

Mississippi State University’s Global Game Changers study abroad program will be taking students to Italy to gain experience across multiple disciplines from June 9 to June 23. This two-week study...

Wireless outages to occur on campus; MSU ITS applies emergency updates

Samuel Hughes, News Editor January 30, 2024

Mississippi State University Information Technology Services (ITS) will be applying emergency updates to MSU's wireless network on Tuesday evening, January 30, beginning at 8:00 p.m. Users can expect...

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