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MSU Tailgating Changes
A new policy at Mississippi State will attempt to strike a healthy balance between commercial tent operators and traditional tailgaters. Sid Salter, Director of University Relations at MSU, says the special events and game day committee wants to provide the best possible game day experience. "Traditionally and historically, tailgating spaces have been on a first come, first serve basis on the campus. The game day committee found that protecting that tradition and trying to ensure that commercial tailgate customers and individuals traditional tailgaters enjoy the same right of access of that space," said Salter. "As a student, I think it's good that it's restricted to certain areas and to someone who's about to be an alumni, I think it's good as well because it saves room for the students to set up their own tailgates too as well as the alumni who are visiting town for football," added student Claire Faccini.
Mississippi State adopts new commercial tailgating policies
Mississippi State University has adopted new policies designed to manage the expansion of commercial tailgating companies in areas traditionally used by fans who set up their own tents and tailgating facilities. MSU's Special Events and Game Day Operations Committee adopted the new policies after extensive debate and study of the issues developing at MSU. "We were concerned about the potential encroachment on the traditional tailgate atmosphere brought about by multiple commercial operators on campus and others seeking to begin operations," said Don Buffum, MSU's director of procurement and contracts.
MSU adopts new commercial tailgating polices
Mississippi State University has adopted new policies designed to manage the expansion of commercial tailgating companies in areas traditionally used by fans who set up their own tents and tailgating facilities. Under the policies, MSU will designate two areas for commercial tent operations -- to be comprised of one-half of the amphitheater area and one-half of the Agricultural and Biological Engineering Building's grass area. A commercial operator will be defined as anyone who is paid to set up 10 or more tents.
MSU adopts new tailgating policies
Mississippi State University has adopted new policies designed to manage the expansion of commercial tailgating companies in areas traditionally used by fans who set up their own tents and tailgating facilities. "We were concerned about the potential encroachment on the traditional tailgate atmosphere brought about by multiple commercial operators on campus and others seeking to begin operations," said Don Buffum, MSU's director of procurement and contracts. A commercial tailgating fee system for commercial tailgating companies outlined in the new policies will be waived in 2013, but will be levied during the 2014 season to pay for the costs of management and enforcement.
Civil rights monuments could be unveiled in August
Tarp-covered plaques honoring champions of civil rights and education could soon be removed and officially dedicated in a late-August ceremony, supervisors said Monday. County board members discussed recommendations Monday presented from a group of citizens concerned over the still-covered plaques at Unity Park. The green space, located between Mugshots and the Oktibbeha County Sheriff's Department, was constructed as an aesthetic enhancement in tandem with the county education building in 2011. A third plaque honoring the 1963 "Game of Change" between Mississippi State and Chicago's Loyola University was suggested as a future dedication.
Mississippi State receives $2.1-million juvenile grant
Mississippi State University has received a $2.1-million grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse to conduct a five-year study on prevention and treatment services for drug abuse and HIV in the juvenile justice system.
Endowment funds academic camps
For the past couple of weeks, 53 middle and high school students have worked hard to create a play from scratch. Tonight and tomorrow, they will showcase their labor during the 2013 Summer Scholars on Stage camp at Mississippi State University. When the group stages its original production, its number will include seven campers from Lee County whose admission was funded by an educational endowment. The Toyota Educational Endowment Fund provided money this summer for students from Lee, Pontotoc and Union counties to attend various educational summer camps at the University of Mississippi and Mississippi State University. "We thought it was important to directly help the students," said Mike Clayborne, president of the CREATE Foundation, which administers the endowment. "We thought it would be a good fit to focus the first year on camps at Ole Miss and Mississippi State, and we hope to consider expanding the opportunity in the future."
Scholars build on 'Dimension 13'
When about two dozen high school and middle school students put their heads together to write a musical for Mississippi State University's Summer Scholars on Stage, the result is often a comedy.
MSU Riley Center Announces Fall-Winter Season
The MSU Riley Center in downtown Meridian has a calendar full of events to keep the community entertained during the fall and winter months, including several classic theatrical performances and numerous big name musicians. "Well, we've been spending months putting this season together," executive director Dennis Sankovich says. "And I think we are really excited about the variety and breadth of artists that we've got, as well we've got some really big names. We've got something that I think people are going to enjoy. We've got a terrific season. I hope they'll take a look at it."
MSU Riley Center announces fall/winter lineup
The MSU Riley Center announced Thursday the lineup for its 2013–2014 Fall/Winter Performing Arts Series that has been dubbed an "adventurous variety" of musicians, theater, and family-friendly shows. "Whether you love legendary music or prefer to hear new, contemporary sounds, whether you like serious theater or want to bring the whole family to a lighthearted show, the MSU Riley Center's upcoming season will treat ticket holders to a wide range of exciting entertainment," according to a press release.
MSU professor arrested on sexual battery charge
A professor at Mississippi State University has been charged and indicted with sexual battery. Yoginder Dandass, 45, of 701 Sherwood Road in Starkville was indicted by the grand jury in Oktibbeha County for one count of sexual battery earlier this month. He was arrested Monday by the Oktibbeha County Sheriff's Department. Sid Salter, Director of University Relations for MSU, said Dandass is on paid administrative leave pending the investigation. Salter added that Dandass' access to online documents has been suspended.
DNA test granted for Mississippi death row inmate
The Mississippi Supreme Court has granted death row inmate Willie Jerome Manning's request to seek approval for DNA and fingerprint testing as Manning pursues a new trial in the slayings of two Mississippi State University students. The order, dated Tuesday, reversed an earlier decision in which the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 against Manning's request for DNA testing. Manning argues technological strides in the past two decades in DNA testing could lead to proof that he is innocent of killing two Mississippi State students in 1992.
Belle Foods to sell remaining stores under agreement
A federal bankruptcy judge has approved an agreement between Belle Foods and its largest creditor that requires the company to sell 44 stores not already targeted for closure or sale. The agreement made public Wednesday includes an agreement by C&S Wholesale Grocers to continuing supplying the supermarket through at least Oct. 4. The latest agreement to sell its remaining stores includes the Piggly Wiggly in Starkville.
North region's judgeship awaits panel vote, again
Jackson attorney Debra M. Brown's nomination to be a North Mississippi federal judge must wait, the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee decided. The committee postponed her vote, which was on its agenda for Thursday, as well as votes on three other judicial picks. When the nominations will come back up for a committee vote wasn't immediately clear, but Chris Gallegos, a spokesman for Sen. Thad Cochran of Oxford, said it's likely to be next week. "It's not unusual for the committee to allow nominations to hold over for more comment," Gallegos said after the panel's decision to wait. If ultimately approved by the full Senate, Brown will become the state's first black female federal judge.
William Faulkner's Heirs Aim to Preserve His Legacy and Profit From It
At a recent Sotheby's sale of fine books and manuscripts, an unusual lot came up for auction: William Faulkner's 1949 Nobel Prize and drafts of his acceptance speech, written on Algonquin Hotel stationery. The medal and speech were among the most anticipated lots of the afternoon, estimated to sell together for $500,000 to $1 million. The bidding reached $425,000, but stalled. The prize went unsold and will remain with Faulkner's heirs. Lee Caplin, the agent for the Faulkner estate, sighed when the auction ended. He'd been expecting a good price. Mr. Caplin, a former federal prosecutor and independent movie producer, is leading a full-frontal assault to capitalize on Mr. Faulkner's works. Along with the Faulkner family, he's tried to sell the Nobel Prize medallion---which had been the centerpiece of the "Mississippi Room" in the library at the University of Mississippi, where it was on loan for almost six decades. The moves are raising complex questions about what happens to the works of great writers after they die.
Expert witness: 375 absentee ballots in Hattiesburg mayoral election illegal
They might as well have called it Pete Perry day Thursday at the Forrest County Courthouse. Election consultant Pete Perry entered the witness stand shortly after 10 a.m. and never left it -- making it a good day for the Dave Ware legal team, as its expert witness testified to numerous instances of irregularities during the June 4 mayoral election in Hattiesburg. The day ended with Malcolm Jones still questioning Perry, while the defense team fruitlessly raised repeated objections to what they deemed Perry's dubious expert qualifications. Specially appointed Judge William Coleman shot most of them down, however -- causing frustration on the part of the defense team.
The Cantor-Boehner farm bill two-step
The chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus, Rep. Marcia Fudge, signaled Thursday that she is prepared to make new concessions on food stamps to advance Farm Bill talks with the Senate. But having met face to face with Majority Leader Eric Cantor this week, Fudge, a Democrat from Ohio, said she came away more skeptical that the Virginia Republican is willing to move from his own positions to get a deal. "He doesn't want a bill," Fudge told Politico of their Tuesday meeting. "Just in terms of our discussion, it was clear to me, it was my sense that he really does not want a bill."
Obama: 'World-class infrastructure shouldn't be a partisan issue'
President Obama pressed for new infrastructure improvements to the nation's ports and roads during a visit to Jacksonville, Fla., Thursday, accusing congressional Republicans of holding up projects that are "a key ingredient to a thriving economy." "The longer we put this off, the more expensive it will be, the less competitive we will be," Obama told workers at the city's port. It was Obama's third economic speech in just over 24 hours, part of a blitz intended to refocus attention back on economic matters.
Email 'phishing' attacks by hackers growing in number, intensity
At least 2 million people received the email May 16 notifying them that an order they had just made on "Wallmart's" website was being processed, though none of them had done any such thing. Still, thousands of people clicked on the link in the email, taking many of them to a harmless Google search results page for "Walmart." Others weren't so fortunate. The link led to the invisible download of malware that covertly infected their personal computers, turning them into remotely controlled robots for hackers, according to email security firm Proofpoint Inc. These sorts of "phishing" attacks are not only becoming more common but also are getting more lethal, with fake emails becoming harder to distinguish from real ones.
New banners go up to welcome travelers, promote Delta State
Cleveland is putting up new banners around the city to welcome travelers and promote Delta State University. The 56 new banners, that will hang at intersections from Bishop Road to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive and from Rosemary Road to White Street, started going up on Tuesday. The idea for the banners was first discussed at a Delta State Community Meeting after someone noticed the banners in Starkville promoting Mississippi State University, according to the Cleveland-Bolivar County Chamber of Commerce Marketing and Communications Director Brian Blansett.
MUW Holds Alumni Meeting
The Lowndes County Chapter of the MUW Alumni Association held its annual meeting Thursday morning. Members gathered at the Lion Hills Golf Club in Columbus. MUW President Dr. Jim Borsig spoke at the event -- highlighting some of the university's recent achievements.
Committee formed to aid in search for next MVSU president
Commissioner of Higher Education Dr. Hank M. Bounds and Mississippi Valley State University Board Search Committee chair Shane Hooper announced a Campus Search Advisory Committee has formed to aid in the search for the next president of Mississippi Valley State University. The campus listening sessions will be held Aug. 27 on the Mississippi Valley State University campus in Itta Bena. Following the best consideration deadline, Campus Search Advisory Committee members will submit at least five candidates unranked to the Board Search Committee.
New Energy Camp at MGCCC features race cars, robot Frisbee, red cabbage
Some South Mississippi children are having an "electrifying" time this week. They are taking part in the first Energy Camp at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College in Jackson County. Their fun and educational activities ranged from car racing to robotics. The J.C. campus of MGCCC in Gautier and Mississippi Power hosted the Energy Camp. The Energy Camp is already sparking creativity and generating an interest in future careers in engineering, science and technology.
William Carey breaks ground for new business education facility
William Carey University have broken ground on the new School of Business, a 20,574-square-foot facility that will sit on Tuscan Avenue across from the William Carey University College of Osteopathic Medicine complex. The new building, which will cost just under $3 million, will include state-of-the-art multi-media, two lecture halls on the first floor and five classrooms and a computer lab on the second floor. The lobby will feature a grand staircase and an eight-foot European crystal chandelier that was given as a gift by a donor.
UGA taps ex-Quick Start official for new economic development post
The University of Georgia recently appointed Sean B. McMillan as the director of economic development at the university's Atlanta office. The appointment is part of UGA's expanded economic development efforts, a move championed by new UGA President Jere Morehead. He announced in April, before he officially entered into his new role, the creation of the Atlanta office with the hopes of building a closer link to the business sector and the Georgia Department of Economic Development. "UGA economic development programs play a vital role in supporting job creation in Georgia, which is an elemental part of UGA's mission as a land-grant institution," said Jennifer Frum, vice president for public service and outreach.
U. of Florida antivenin trial saves snake-bitten critters
Snakebites are not uncommon in pets -- especially dogs. Summertime is known as "snake season" because the intense rains force snakes out of their hiding places. A timely trial at the University of Florida small animal hospital is testing an investigational antivenin in dogs who were bitten by snakes. Dr. Carsten Bandt, the study's lead researcher and an assistant professor of emergency medicine and the service chief of emergency and critical care at the small animal hospital, said hospital personnel do a quick review of the dogs' cardiovascular condition, physical appearance and ability to form clots before giving them the first vial of antivenin. Dogs have to come in within six hours of getting bitten to qualify for the study.
U. of Missouri chancellor search committee is selected
A university curator and an academic dean will co-chair a committee working on the search for the next chancellor at the University of Missouri. The UM System on Thursday announced members of the 18-person committee, which will be led by UM Curator Ann Covington and Dean Mills, dean of the journalism school. The committee was formed with the intent of representing a variety of interests, including faculty, staff, students and alumni. California-based Storbeck/Pimentel & Associates has been hired to coordinate the search for candidates. Finalists for the position will be interviewed by the campus committee.
At second U. of Missouri chancellor search meeting, speakers ask for diversity
Hiring diversity and salary concerns were key issues Thursday in the second of two public forums for the University of Missouri chancellor search. Rebecca Calvin, marketing specialist for the Chancellor's Diversity Initiative, said the next chancellor should promote diversity by focusing on campus climate. Joan Hermsen, chairwoman of the Department of Women's and Gender Studies, said the search committee should focus on finding qualified female candidates. "The fact that we haven't hired an external candidate in two decades does sort of symbolize the entrenched old boys network on this campus," Hermsen said.
U. of Missouri System wins lawsuit over rights to faculty syllabuses
Faculty in the University of Missouri System will not be required to release syllabuses to an outside advisory group, the Boone County Circuit Court ruled. UM System President Tim Wolfe announced the decision by Circuit Judge Kevin Crane in an email to faculty Thursday. A judgment in the case heard June 21 was entered July 17, according to court records.
College Enrollment Falls as Economy Recovers
The long enrollment boom that swelled American colleges -- and helped drive up their prices -- is over, with grim implications for many schools. Signs point to 2013-14 being the year when traditional four-year, nonprofit colleges begin a contraction that will last for several years. The college-age population is dropping after more than a decade of sharp growth, and many adults who opted out of a forbidding job market and went back to school during the recession have been drawn back to work by the economic recovery. Hardest hit are likely to be colleges that do not rank among the wealthiest or most prestigious, and are heavily dependent on tuition revenue.
Embattled head of American Academy of Arts and Sciences resigns after questions about resume
The controversial chief executive of the prestigious American Academy of Arts and Sciences has agreed to resign on July 31 following reports that she embellished her resume, the institution announced today. She will receive a one-time payment of $475,000 for retirement and other benefits, according to an academy statement, but no severance payment. Leslie Cohen Berlowitz, who has overseen the 233-year-old Cambridge honorary society for the past 17 years, had been on paid leave from the academy for more than a month after the Globe reported that she falsely claimed a doctorate from New York University and misstated her work history in federal grant applications and other documents over the past decade.
New GAO report on spending patterns of veterans' tuition benefits
Nearly 1 million student veterans used $10.9 billion in education benefits from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to attend college in 2011, according to a new report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office. The study released Thursday gives perhaps the most in-depth picture of the college-going patterns of large numbers of veterans who are returning from Afghanistan and Iraq. And while it does not name individual colleges, the report includes separate numbers for the for-profit, public and private nonprofit sectors. Public institutions enrolled the most veterans, according to the report, and had the lowest Post-9/11 GI Bill payments per veteran. Those payments were half the amount, on average, of those received at for-profits.
Our view: Education Works ...but not at this level of funding
The Dispatch editorializes: "It is hardly 'breaking news,' but the state of Mississippi has never put much stock in education. Yes, the state continues to be the one place where you are like to hear the admonition, 'Jest cause you got ye one of them fancy high school de-plomer don't mean your better'n us!' Oh, it's not as though our state leaders don't talk about the value of an educated population. They absolutely love to talk about it. Doing something about it is entirely a different matter, however."
Editorial: Cochran tries to ease Senate into a new era
The Sun Herald editorializes: "The United States Senate has its own pace. For instance, it was not until 1986 that senators permitted cameras to record their sessions. By then, the House of Representatives had been televising itself for seven years. Now, nearly three dozen senators, including Thad Cochran of Mississippi, want to ease their colleagues a little farther into the 21st century. They are cosponsoring a bill that would increase transparency and save taxpayers an estimated $500,000 by requiring Senate candidates to electronically file election-related reports with the Federal Election Commission."
Capitol Chronicles: Red dirt, political speeches, and cabin dwelling means it's Fair time again
Rebekah Staples writes: "It's that time of year again -- The Fair! No, not the one with the corn dog stands where folks like my brother serve you fried meat on a stick, nor the kind of carnival where the laffy taffy is served up to people like my mother who love its taste but hate its can't-get-it-out-of-your-mouth chewiness. I'm talking about THE Fair -- the one where you're more likely to see a politician's face on a stick (being used to fan his or her political supporters) than fried meat. But hey, this fair has that too. I'm talking about the Neshoba County Fair, of course, an event revered among the state's political class. The yearly trek to this Mississippi political mecca is made by nearly everyone who considers themselves to be even remotely politically inclined. ...Whether your interest is political or you're simply looking to experience something uniquely Mississippi, the Neshoba County Fair is the place for you. It's political; it's relational; it's gustational; it is, quite simply, magical."

Cowbells OK'd to ring at Mississippi State's 2013 opener
Mississippi State will be allowed to use cowbells for its football season opener against Oklahoma State on Aug. 31 in Houston's Reliant Stadium. MSU Athletic Director Scott Stricklin made the announcement Thursday morning via Twitter. "Just got word that cowbells are being allowed in Houston," Stricklin wrote. "Let's fill Reliant Stadium with Maroon & White."
Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board approves Kyle Field plans
The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board has given its blessing to Texas A&M Univerity's $450 million redevelopment of Kyle Field. A&M University System Chancellor John Sharp announced the news Thursday afternoon through a press release. "We appreciate the consideration and support of this groundbreaking project by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board," said Sharp in the release. "Their formal approval paves the way for the most ambitious redevelopment ever envisioned." Construction on the stadium will begin in November 2013 and close in August 2015. The stadium's capacity will be increased to 102,500, making it the largest stadium in the Southeastern Conference and Texas.
U. of Florida removes plaque honoring Aaron Hernandez
The University of Florida is in the final stages of erasing Aaron Hernandez from in and around Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. The 23-year-old Hernandez, the former Gator and New England Patriots tight end, is in jail in Massachusetts awaiting trial on six charges, including first-degree murder in the shooting death of 27-year-old Odin Lloyd. Hernandez has pleaded not guilty. On Thursday morning, Hernandez's All-American brick in front of the Heavener Complex was removed by workers with All Seasons Planning, Inc. and taken to the company's plant in Lake City. "We didn't feel it was appropriate to celebrate Aaron Hernandez," UF said in a prepared statement.
Video game offers possible preview of new U. of Tennessee football uniforms
A video game might be making a summer fashion statement regarding Tennessee football. A possible preview of UT's uniforms comes courtesy of EA Sports' "NCAA Football 14." This season's version, which was released on Tuesday, showcases several alterations to Tennessee's football attire. The biggest changes involve UT's away jerseys. They have "Tennessee" in small type running across the front with the iconic checkerboard end zone pattern adorning the orange numbers. While Tennessee hasn't varied much from its traditional colors, it has some history of donning different uniforms.

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