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The Reflector

Mississippi State students walk by drill field protestors often.

Drill Field protestors do not foster sense of community on campus

Lucy Hallmark, Opinion Editor February 21, 2024

Like many incoming freshmen, I attended New Maroon Camp. My counselors taught my group the ins and outs of Mississippi State University, from traditions like the fight song to tips on how to avoid parking...

No Way Jose received the lowest rating for queso at 2.5.

Queso Crawl: Mi Hacienda wins best overall chips, dip

Rowan Feasel and Elena Harman February 21, 2024

Sometimes after a long day of class, students want nothing more than a basket of chips, warm queso and fresh salsa. Fortunately, Starkville has many Mexican restaurants that offer a wide variety of cheese...

Community Engaged Learning courses are limited in number.

Community Engaged Learning courses need an expansion

Haylee Morman, Staff Writer February 21, 2024

Mississippi State University's Center for Community-Engaged Learning is an underdeveloped gem of MSU education, and it deserves expansion. According to Michelle Garraway, outreach and engagement coordinator...

Students should beware sports betting, alcoholism, nicotine addiction

Students should beware sports betting, alcoholism, nicotine addiction

John Baladi, Staff Writer February 21, 2024

Feb. 1, 2024, the Mississippi House of Representatives passed a bill to legalize online sports betting. While this is an exciting development, there is an uncomfortable conversation we should all be having...

Leaving people on read is taking back your own time

Leaving people on read is taking back your own time

Elisa Stocking, Staff Writer February 21, 2024

“Delivered.” “Read.” “Sent.” “Opened.” In our online culture, these direct message indications have raised anxieties due to the nature of their messages being left on the "Read" indicator....

Face-off: Corporate greed has ruined Valentines Day

Face-off: Corporate greed has ruined Valentine’s Day

Michael Cassidy, Staff Writer February 13, 2024

As the bitter, cold January nights turn into still bitter but slightly more tolerable February days, a funny feeling starts to fill the atmosphere. A feeling of warmth and compassion. A sense of empathy...

Face-off: Commercialism is necessary to Valentines festivities

Face-off: Commercialism is necessary to Valentine’s festivities

Cadence Harvey, Managing Editor February 13, 2024

The moment the clock strikes midnight on Dec. 26, Christmas decorations come crashing down while behind them, an explosion of bright reds and hot pinks, contained only loosely by white ribbons and hot...

Elisa Stocking has a tradition of hosting a Galentines celebration each year to continue celebrating all things related to love.

Feast of St. Valentine inspires celebration of holiday’s true meaning

Elisa Stocking, Staff Writer February 13, 2024

Love is in the air, but it is not the kind you are thinking of. While most people cringe when stores start setting out the red hearts, seasonal chocolate and cheesy stuffed teddy bears, I feel childlike...

Disney sparked controversy by casting Jeffries as Annabeth.

Ability matters more than appearance in casting decisions

Michael Cassidy, Staff Writer February 6, 2024

You are sitting on your couch with your eyes glued to the screen, unable to contain your feelings of excitement and joy, watching as your favorite childhood series finally meets the silver screen. You...

Sydney Smith serves as President of the Black Student Association at Mississippi State University.

Black Student Association President speaks to significance of Black History Month

Sydney Smith, Black Student Association President February 6, 2024

Black History Month holds a profound significance on Mississippi State University's campus, as it serves as a time to honor the past, engage in critical dialogue and work toward a more just and equitable...

Contract grading is a process where professors meet individually with students throughout the semester to discuss grades.

New system of contract grading should be implemented

Reed Lindsey, Staff Writer February 5, 2024

I was first introduced to contract grading when I took Spanish IV with Mississippi State University professor Dr. Brian Davisson. Contract grading is a system where the professor asks each student individually...

Montgomery Waterer puts in an order at Nine-Twentynine.

Students disclose local coffee shop favorites

Rowan Feasel, Staff Writer January 30, 2024

I have made plenty of tough decisions in my life. I had to confidently choose my college, major, roommate and residence hall, and I am not one to try on eight different outfits before leaving the house,...

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