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The Reflector

The Student Newspaper of Mississippi State University

The Reflector

The Student Newspaper of Mississippi State University

The Reflector

Nash Heady, aged 22, has made at least six figures by selling rare sports memorabilia.

Smithville’s king of cards deals fortune in sports memorabilia

Lizzie Tomlin, Staff Writer April 9, 2024

As tornado sirens blared through the small town of Smithville, Mississippi, the Heady family had a limited amount of time to grab their most valuable possessions before heading to the local tornado shelter. While...

In recent weeks, MDWFP and MSU researchers have been visiting black bear dens across the state to study the reproductive success of female bears.

Mississippi black bear population expands as state intensifies monitoring efforts

Samuel Hughes, News Editor March 20, 2024

On a cool morning in March, Black Bear Program Leader for the Mississippi Department of Wildlife Fisheries and Parks Anthony Ballard, hung from a rope 50 feet up an old cypress tree. He braced himself...

Last year was the worst production year in recent memory for Mississippi beekeeping.

Beekeepers pressured by high rates of colony collapse, MSU researches solutions

Samuel Hughes, News Editor March 20, 2024

Mississippi beekeepers make between $2.1 and $3.1 million annually from the sale of honey and beeswax, starter colonies, queens and fees to pollinate farmers’ crops. According to Jeffrey Harris, an associate...

Delta-9 THC is the main psychoactive ingredient in cannabis.

Arrival of ‘Delta-9’ in local stores poses legality questions

Michael Cassidy, Staff Writer March 6, 2024

Feb. 19, the Mississippi government proposed two bills that would alter state regulations on medicinal cannabis and the hemp market. House Bill 1676 and Senate Bill 2922 would allow medicinal cannabis...

Mississippi University for Women plans to continue branding itself as The W.

MUW’s ‘Wynbridge’ name change fails under alumni pressure

Ivy Rose Ball, Photography Editor February 28, 2024

The Mississippi University for Women, commonly known as “The W," announced last Wednesday in a letter to alumni, faculty and students that it will keep its current name until the next legislative session...

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...

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...

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...

Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves at a digital equity rally last year.

Reeves opts out of food aid program

Ivy Rose Ball, Photography Editor January 23, 2024

Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves, along with governors from 15 other states, recently opted out of a federal program that would provide families with school-age children grocery benefits in the summer. The...

Mississippi farmers and researchers are employing new management techniques to adapt to climate change. 

Mississippi agriculture adapts to changing climate

Caleb Bowman, Staff Writer November 22, 2023

The Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce reported in 2022 that agriculture was the Magnolia State’s largest industry — outputting $9.72 billion through roughly 34,700 farms...

Biloxis river marshes, like many other coastal wetlands, face risks associated with sea level rise and erosion. 

Gulf Coast ecology, communities face a shifting climate

Samuel Hughes, News Editor November 22, 2023

2019 was the United States' second wettest year on record, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association. Intense rainfall in the Mississippi Valley caused the Mississippi River to swell...

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