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The Reflector

The Student Newspaper of Mississippi State University

The Reflector

The Student Newspaper of Mississippi State University

The Reflector

Face-off: Honorlock tests allow students to completely focus

Face-off: Honorlock tests allow students to completely focus

Michael Cassidy, Staff Writer May 2, 2024

There is nothing more uncomfortable at school than sitting in a classroom for three hours in silence, tilting your head down at an awkward angle until your neck is sore and aching. Constantly filling in...

 A smaller percentage of students bike to and from campus, but it is still a great mode of transport.

Cycling to class is the next sustainable decision to be made

Brannan Tisdale, Contributing Writer May 2, 2024

As a geography major and someone interested in sustainability, I have thought long and hard about the ways I can cut down on the resources I consume. There are plenty of ways to reduce food or plastic...

Face-off: In-person testing allows for a more focused environment

Face-off: In-person testing allows for a more focused environment

Lucy Hallmark, Opinion Editor May 2, 2024

I was lucky enough to never experience the implications of the COVID-19 pandemic whilst in college. I lived my COVID year when I was 15, doing my online Algebra III and Economics assignments on a Chromebook...

The people are what make Starkville the Best Small Town.

Best Small Town in the South is a deserving title for this charming conglomeration of people

John Baladi, Life & Entertainment Editor May 2, 2024

Starkville was recently named Best Small Town in the South by USA Today. In the aftermath, I heard many say that they were shocked to hear this, but I feel this quaint town is deserving of the title. As...

Prioritizing local businesses is a great way to support them, according to TJ Manna of Proof Bakery.

Students should make an effort to support Starkville’s small businesses

Rowan Feasel, Staff Writer May 2, 2024

I grew up in small-town Mississippi. My hometown has no red light and no Walmart, but we do have a Piggly Wiggly and a few small businesses. However, for as long as I can remember, many of the small businesses...

Adults should think twice before adopting a ‘starter pet’

Haylee Morman, Staff Writer April 23, 2024

There is no such thing as a “starter pet.” The closest thing we have is a houseplant. "Starter pets" is a phrase that some people use to refer to pets for people — particularly children — to...

Learning a second language offers access to global conversation

Learning a second language offers access to global conversation

Brannan Tisdale, Contributing Writer April 23, 2024

As I strolled through Mississippi State University's recent rendition of the annual International Fiesta, I marveled at all the unique cultures that blended together in one place. Mississippi State is...

Ethan Hoover is a believer in the myths, largely driven by the beauty of what is not known.

Bigfoot, Yeti, Sasquatch: Humans need to believe in something

Michael Cassidy, Staff Writer April 23, 2024

He lumbers beside the rushing creek, trampling the foliage and treading the rocky path without a break in his pace. He does not care about the two men on horseback who are recording him. Towering over...

Fables are an accessible source of timeless lessons

Fables are an accessible source of timeless lessons

Rowan Feasel, Staff Writer April 23, 2024

At the beginning of the semester, I started my Latin IV class by reading Latin fables – little stories about peacocks and panthers, donkeys and dogs. After studying these fables, Peter Corrigan, my professor,...

Letter writing is a lost art

Letter writing is a lost art

Brannan Tisdale, Contributing Writer April 16, 2024

In a world of text messages, emails and hurried social media direct messages, communicating with one another has become quicker and easier than ever before. However, it can be hard to create a sense of...

Social dancing promotes social connection

Social dancing promotes social connection

Elisa Stocking, Staff Writer April 16, 2024

Social dancing is a lost art that needs to be recovered. I believe it is the treatment we need for the social epidemic of people who do not know how to talk to each other. I am not referring to dancing...

Attendance should not be mandatory in classes where students teach themselves

Attendance should not be mandatory in classes where students teach themselves

Michael Cassidy, Staff Writer April 16, 2024

A couple of semesters ago, I took a class where I taught myself more of the course material than I learned in the classroom. The teacher often discussed random topics which never appeared in the coursework,...

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