Esports Making Its Mark At Ole Miss

Esports is seen as a “nerdy pastime”. However, what many don’t know is that there are thousands of people that make a living off of esports. Players get to travel nationwide and compete in tournaments. Not too long ago there was a tournament at the Staples Center, and it got sold out. Winners can earn thousands of dollars in scholarships from competitions. Some individuals even get as lucky to make a career out of esports just by getting to know the right people and improving their skill. I got to interview Ole Miss esport founder , Chris Pennison, more on the topic.

-Nadja Jauregui

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Students React to Mac Miller’s Death- Erin Pennington

By Erin Pennington

On September 7th rapper Mac Miller was pronounced dead due to an overdose at the age of 26.

Fans and close friends including Chance the Rapper expressed their reactions on Twitter.

“I don’t know what to say, Mac Miller took me on my 2nd tour ever. But beyond helping me launch my career, he was one of the sweetest guys I ever knew. Great man. I loved him for real. I’m completely broken. God bless him.”, tweeted Chance the Rapper.

Ole Miss students reacted to the rappers tragic death, some even stated that drugs are being glamourized in the Hip-Hop industry.

” Honestly, I was very shocked. I had taken a nap and I had woke up and it was all over social media. It still has not processed that he’s actually not here anymore, it was so sudden”, said Senior Communications and Sciences Disorder major Azjah Watson.

“I feel like Hip-Hop always glamourizes things they shouldn’t glamourize, or they either sexualize things they shouldn’t sexualize. So I really feel like Hip-Hop is glamourizing drugs and all these different things. Then when someone dies, everyone looks around like how did this happen?,” said Junior Broadcast Journalism Major Semaj Dordan.

While Mac Miller is still being mourned, fans have now returned his famed album “Swimming” back to the Top 10 of the Billboard 200 chart.

 

 

Serena Williams Accuses US Open Final Judge of Sexism

Serena Williams was penalized for her actions when playing at the US Open Final match against Naomi Osaka this past weekend. The judge accused her of receiving coaching which is prohibited during matches. Williams swore she did not and would never receive coaching.

“I’d rather lose than have to cheat to win,” Williams said during the ESPN conference. “I don’t need to cheat to win. I’ve won enough.”

Williams is a strong advocate for women’s rights and equality and having to go through an issue like this caused Williams to act in the manner that she did. Dr. Harker from the Sarah Isom Center for Women and Gender Studies at Ole Miss addressed her thoughts on the match. Harker noted that women and sports continues to be an ongoing struggle for equality because of past cultures and norms. The way people view women athletes might be subconsciously influenced by past views whether people realize it or not.

There is not much else that can be done on how the match turned out, but there can be actions made to prevent similar future events.

Article by: Nadja Jauregui

Serving Children of Incarcerated Parents

 

By Erin Pennington

On April 17th, 2018 Ole Miss Most Beautiful winner Asya Branch kicked off her brand new organization, SCIP.

SCIP, Serving Children of Incarcerated Parents, is a new service organization that will aid children with incarcerated parents with mentors and many wonderful opportunities.

Branch is also the child of an incarcerated Parent and understands the suffering that loved ones can endure. She is also working alongside Applications Analyst, Deetra Wiley, to advocate her platform.

Wiley was also the child of an incarcerated parent and believes that is is important for the community to come together and advocate for children on campus and off campus who are just like her.

For more information or questions email:

Asya Branch, adbranch@go.olemiss.edu

SCIP, scip@olemiss.edu

Deetra Wiley, dawiley@olemiss.edu

 

Oxford Community Market opening soon

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Story by Allen Brewer

Oxford community market is kicking off its 2018 season on Tuesday, April 17, but earlier this week a test testing event was hosted by the Lafayette County-Oxford Public library.

The event was hosted at the library on Tuesday, April 10 at 5 p.m. The food was catered by Carrey Drigger from 7D farms.

“The library and the friends of the library are putting on this program to also celebrate the wonderful Oxford Community Market and all they do for the community,” the library’s district manager, Laura Beth Walker, said.

The director of the farmers market, Betsy Chapman, was excited about the upcoming season.

“Next week is a very busy day for us,” Chapman said. “We will have our 2018 season kick off, which is our first market of the year. It is totally free to the public and it is going to be a big community get together with lots of music and a lot of fun.”

Foods that will be sold at the market include honey, vegetables, fruits and meats.

“The Farmers Market offers a variety of things like eggs, bread, ice cream and strawberries,” Drigger said. “There will be a lot of fresh strawberries this year.”

The farmers market is located across the road from the Library, on Bramlet Street, in the Old Armory Pavilion.

Citizens are welcomed to come to the markets opening event and speak with the farmers and buy fresh produce. Along with food,  the market’s will host live music, actives, games, giveaways and cooking demos.

The Market will open on April 17 at 3 p.m.

 

The Big Event is THIS SATURDAY

By Annie Sharp

OXFORD, Miss-  On March 24th Ole Miss will be hosting another Big Event the help serve the community of Oxford and Lafayette County. In the past The Big Event has been named the largest community service event in the history of Ole Miss. The president and other board members hope to keep that tradition up by inviting as many volunteers to come out and serve the community, as they can. Last years Big Event had a tremendous turn out even through the rain and early call time, this year the sun is said to be shining so Savannah Smith, co director of The Big Event, is eager to see the turn out at the Pavilion on Saturday. For anyone who has yet to sign up to volunteer can still be a walk on the day of the event.

March 24th at the Pavilion all volunteers will meet at 8AM with a ceremony following at 9AM. Around 9:30AM people will go out in to the community and serve until they finish. This is a great way to give back to the community that gives the college students and other residents so much during the year.

 

 

 

Women’s History Month: Tarana Burke

By: Seyna Clark

 

OXFORD,Miss– On March 20 The Center for Inclusion and Cross Cultural Engagement, In partnership with numerous departments and student organizations, hosted the Women’s Empowerment Address at Fulton Chapel in celebration of Women’s History Month. Tarana Burke, Founder of the #metoo movement and the keynote speaker, conveyed a substantial and far-reaching message about her involvement in the fight against sexual violence.

 

Tarana Burke started #metoo in 2006 to help survivors of sexual assaults. #metoo went viral 6 months ago on twitter after the Harvey Weinstein controversy. Within 24 hours 12 million people from around the world used the hashtag #metoo, now the hashtag has been used by 94 million individuals. The movement is a global community of survivors.   #metoo gave them words and a safe space to talk about their traumas. With #metoo victims are heard and seen and can share their stories. #metoo is committed to helping and taking down sexual harassment.

 

In Burke’s message she said, “I stand up here for the people who said it, and the people who didn’t.”

 

Her goal to give empathy to say ” I see you, I hear you, i believe you, I am you”.

 

Jasmine Minor, junior,  said how student organizations are involved in the #metoo movement

“Organizations like RASA and FEMISS are really important in this #metoo movement because they do real work on campus, to educate students about sexual assault and how do you avoid this.  What do you do when you see it? What does bystander intervention look like? How do you help survivors? And i feel that moving forward as a university with Tarana Burke’s message we can learn how to help survivors.”

 

For more information on the #metoo movement visit www.metoomvmt.org

There are several events to celebrate Women’s History Month. For a calendar of these events visit The Sarah Isom Center for Women and Gender Studies website.