2018 RebelTHON


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OXFORD, Miss- Keep dancing until every child has the opportunity to be a kid.

That’s why the University of Mississippi plans on hosting the largest dance Marathon of the year. RebelTHON participants plan to dance from 3 p.m. till 3 a.m. on March 24 in attempt to make the patients of Blair E. Batson Children’s Hospital the center of attention.

The Marathon will take place in the Tad Smith Coliseum in Oxford.

RebelTHON is part of the Miracle Network Dance Marathon, a nation-wide movement in which high school and college students are more than welcome to participate.

It started with a group of Ole Miss students who attended Oxford High. When they tragically lost one of their classmates, they found out about RebelTHON and decided to bring it to Ole Miss.

This will be the 6th annual dance Marathon fundraiser for the University.

2018 RebelTHON President Hailey Cooper stated that with each year, the event gets bigger and better.

“For the patients of Batson, we really try to make it the best 12 hours of the year,” Cooper said. “For those 12 hours they are here, everything is about those kids. We want to make them feel like celebrities.”

When asked about the goal for this year’s Marathon, Cooper didn’t want to ruin any surprises but she mentioned “It’s bigger, more exciting, and more FTK (For the Kids).”

This year there will be new surprises, blow up slides, and a new entertainment set-up.

Not only do participants plan to dance the night away but participants are also making donations. Once you have registered, participants receive their own personal fundraising page to help with fundraising efforts.

During 2016, the University of Mississippi students raised $112,603 for the Batson Children’s Hospital, which is double what they initially set out for. In 2017, students generated more than $172,000. This year the students are seeking to make a profit just as huge as they did in the previous years.

Among those participants is returning participant, Kailey Ready. Ready initially set out a goal of $1,500 and is currently at $620.

“I haven’t reached my goal yet, but every penny counts,” Ready said. “I know it’s for a good cause so even if I don’t reach my goal I know I contributed to help make a difference.”

Another participant is Tatjana Olinyk. Olinyk initially set her goal to $250, and has since surpassed her goal reaching $1,265.

“Fundraising was fun but I’m really just looking forward to dancing all night.” Olinyk said.

According to President Cooper nearly 1,233 participants have registered for the upcoming event.
Registration ends on February 25 at 2:45 a.m. and the donation cutoff is March 8 at 12 a.m.

Check in time will begin at 1:30 p.m. till the starting time of the marathon, 3 p.m.

“Honestly, I’d advise everyone to come,” Ready Said. “This will be my second year and I honestly can’t wait to be back on the dance floor. Not only are you helping make someones day, but you’re having the time of your life.”














Black Love Matters

February is national Black History Month and The University of Mississippi has a full calendar of events hosted by the Center for Inclusion & Cross Cultural Engagement & the Black History Month Planning Committee.

One organization on campus, The Black Student Union (BSU), is hosting a hand full of their own events that coincide with Black History Month.

Last night they hosted an event called “Black Love Matters” to talk about relationships between people of color and the stereotypes that go along with that. Secretary of Black Student Union, Zacchaeus McEwen, told us about the event and what he hopes comes out of it.

“It is just to discuss black love and black relationships, and the stigma that most people of color feel when it comes to dating, relationships, and things of that nature. And also how media portrays us as well… I hope that people come out with a fresh new perspective and understanding of dating here in a predominantly white institution, such as the University of Mississippi.”

If you are interested in attending future Black History Month events, you can check out the full calendar on the Ole Miss website under The Center for Inclusion and Cross Cultural Engagement.

Tonight’s event, Black History Month Concert, features the Fisk Jubilee Singers with the UM Concert Singers, the Ole Miss African Drum and Dance Ensemble, and the University of Mississippi Chorus. The concert is tonight at the Ford Center starting at 7:30, and admission is completely free. You can pick up tickets at the Ford Center Box Office or online.


Study Abroad with Ole Miss


(photo of flyers available at the study abroad office) by Allen Brewer

If you have ever dreamed of staying in a Castile or climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, Ole Miss’s study abroad program might be for you.

Ole Miss is offering serval summer courses that will allow students the opportunity to travel to exotic locations while gaining college credit.

“There is data that supports that students who study abroad actually earn more in their first job and get into their top three graduate program,” study abroad advisor Skip Langley said.

Courses and destinations include, but are not limited to, IMC in Dublin, Ireland; creative writing in the United Kingdoms; international business in the Asia Pacific and psychology and environmental science in Tanzania, Africa

Students studying German, French, Italian, and Spanish can also get six hours of a foreign language by studying in a native speaking country.

The price of the course will pay for tuition, housing, meals, and international health insurance. While some courses may last three months, others will only last a few weeks.

Students interested can go online to apply at studyabroad.olemiss.edu to find more information about applying. Students are also asked to come to the Study Abroad office, located on the third floor of Martindale, to speak with an advisor.

Applications are due by March 7, but students can still apply after the due date. Students can also find scholarships by going to gilmanscholarship.org.

“Life is like a book, and if you don’t get and travel you are only reading one chapter.“ grade assistant Kyle Simmons said.

Ole Miss Campus Safety

There have been 18 school shooting in the country this year alone, Greek organizations are being shut down nation wide for crimes related to illegal alcohol usage and hazing, and sexual assault charges are at an all time high.

During a time when our world seems so unsafe, it is important to know that our campuses, schools, and cities are doing everything they can to keep us safe.

Just recently, The University of Mississippi was ranked #68 out of 243 schools on alarm.org’s list of “Safest College Campuses in America.”

The University Police Department did not want to comment on our ranking before doing more research on the website, but Assistant Chief Ray Hawkins was more than happy to talk about what is being done on campus to keep students and other members safe.

“General safety is how we look at safety. This covers everything from how traffic flows to how events are managed, how people transit from class to work. All those things are under that umbrella.”

There are many programs that UPD has implemented in order to keep campus crime down including their active shooter training which is given to all incoming freshman, and their Live Safe app which you can download for free.

On the Live Safe app, students can report crime anonymously, contact someone regarding suspicious behavior, or contact an officer to “virtually” walk you home at night. LiveSafe_Detailed_Screenshot

Assistant Chief Hawkins and the rest of UPD plans to conduct research regarding the school’s ranking on alarm.org, and will have comments in the future.


How to WOO Your #1 Girl~ Happy Valentine’s Day

Valentines day is often referred to as a made up Hallmark holiday just to make money. The truth on whether it is or isn’t just “made up” always seems to take a back seat as the day approaches in February. Stores light up in pink and red with all of their holiday selections of chocolates, stuffed animals, and millions of flowers. It is easy to be mesmerized by all the beautiful displays and start dreaming about what you might receive for Valentine’s Day.  Considering it’s tomorrow I thought I would go around campus and see what everyone was hoping for from cupid during this years season of love.

Any college campus is going to be flooded with relationships but we can’t forget about all the single girls out there. If you are really looking to woo a girl you have had your eyes on for a while or just want to put a smile on your Galentine’s face, listen up because I spoke with some of the single girls on campus and they opened up about their Valentine’s Day wishes. Stuffed animals aren’t anything new when you think of a typical Valentine’s day gift but some girls have very specific dreams when it comes to what exactly they want. Others just get a little home sick when thinking about their traditions they had with their family. Whether you celebrate with your S.O. or with your Galentines, I hope everyone has a fantastic day full of love and chocolates!! Happy Valentine’s Day!

Rebel Radio Reporter Annie Sharp

Festival Brings Community Together Over Love Of Film


By Will Stribling


A feature film on a 1960’s psychiatrist that uses LSD to treat his patients. A documentary about Giant swamp rats and their plan to take Louisiana. A short film about an underground group of book sniffers. Those are just a few of the subjects touched on by the plethora of films shown over the weekend at the 15th Oxford Film Festival. There was something there for every movie lover and it was successful thanks to the collective efforts of filmmakers, organizers, volunteers, and a supportive Oxford community.

Sam Cox, a junior IMC and cinema student, was a first-time audience member and filmmaker with his short film “Closed” shown in the festival’s community nIght. Sam walked away with positive feeling’s about how the festival engages with Oxford filmmakers.

“It was really fun.  It’s easy to get involved even if you’ve never touched a camera at all so I think its very inclusive,” said Cox.

 Award-winning filmmaker and Slamdance Film Festival co-founder Dan Mirvish, whose film Bernard and Huey was featured in the festival, sat down with Rebel Radio and had a few words of encouragement for budding filmmakers.

“You can shoot a movie on an i-phone. Doesn’t mean you always should, but you can. It’s not about the medium as much. It’s about what goes into it. As long as you’ve like got a good story to tell, a style, or a character you should just run with it.”


Living the Legacy: BSU’s 5th Annual Black History Month Gala


The Black Student Union, celebrating 50 years is hosting its 5th annual Black History Month Gala on February 9,2018 from 6-9pm at the Inn at Ole Miss. The Gala is an event designed for Black students on campus and alumnus to come together in fellowship, network together, and this years theme live the legacy of those who helped pave a way. Students come dressed in their best tuxedoes and dress and gather for a night of dancing, food, and an award ceremony to celebrate Black excellence.

Junior, Brittany Brown shares why the Gala is important to her. “ As soon as I got here my freshman year I was hearing about the BSU Gala, the moment I stepped on campus I was like ‘ where is this gala?’… I’ve gone every year. This year will be my third year going. It’s just like the celebration of Black people and Brown people on campus, celebrating our accomplishments, basically being light to positivity on campus. So, I’ve really enjoyed it. You know dressing nice, looking nice fellowshipping with classmates, professors, and administrator’s kind of just being in a positive space with positive people. “

Nekkita Beans Senior and Black Student Union president tells what makes this year different. “ We’ve done stuff a little bit different with the Gala number one we’ve increased the amount of guest. In the past its been 250 now this year we are doing 350. So, I’m really excited about that. More people get to experience that night.”

The Black Student Union is expecting a full house of guest considering that all 350 of the tickets have been sold. For more information visit the BSU instagram page @umissbsu


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