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Alina Nigmatullina recounts cross-cultural journey

Alina Nigmatullina recounts cross-cultural journey

Teirrah Tidwell, Contributing Writer April 16, 2024

Sunday mornings were carefree for a little girl who stayed in her grandmother’s summer home in Kazan, Russia. For breakfast, she ate pancakes and hot cereals served with coffee drowned in milk. Breakfast...

Bulldogs softball drops weekend series over Tennessee despite Game 1 dominance

Bulldogs softball drops weekend series over Tennessee despite Game 1 dominance

Colin James, Staff Writer April 16, 2024

The Mississippi State University softball team lost two-of-three games against No. 5 Tennessee over the weekend. In Game 1 the Bulldogs run-ruled the Volunteers, marking the highest ranked victory in Starkville...

Eclipse darkens Starkville skies

Eclipse darkens Starkville skies

Cadence Harvey, Managing Editor April 9, 2024

The moon began its crawl across the sun in Mazatlán, Mexico around noon on Monday. After a rainstorm obstructed the solar eclipse for Starkville residents, students, professors and families filed into...

Saddiq Dzukogi frequents the Veterans Memorial Rose Garden, one of his favorite places in Starkville.

Saddiq Dzukogi explores identity through poetry

Samuel Hughes, News Editor March 27, 2024

Saddiq Dzukogi walked, images of the world making lines of poetry on the pages of his notebook. Vague memories of Minna, Nigeria, float back – roasted yam with palm oil, farmers threshing rice husk...

Cliffe Knechtle, a pastor who travels to college campuses, is at MSU this week to answer hard questions surrounding Christianity.

Cliffe Knechtle answers MSU’s religious uncertainties

Samuel Hughes, News Editor March 6, 2024

An audience of nearly a hundred students congregated outside Mississippi State University’s Colvard Student Union. The voice of Cliffe Knechtle, a pastor who travels to college campuses to create open...

MSU student Mattie Graham with a day-old wood duck.

Bulldog Experience to provide novel educational experiences

Emma Hardy, Staff Writer February 28, 2024

Mississippi State University’s newest Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP), the Bulldog Experience, is set to encourage the implementation of more hands-on learning opportunities - things like field trips...

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...

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...

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 7, 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...

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