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Dorm Life Isn’t Always the Greatest Experience

Dorm Life Isn’t Always the Greatest Experience

October 13, 2017

Some universities require that freshmen live on campus their first year and others don’t care if you do or not. Regardless, many of us at DSU have experienced dorm life, and that includes the good and the bad. I know there are plenty of pros and cons of living in the dorm, but I'm not going to talk about the great things about dorm life. Oh, no. I'm going to delve into the frustrating and irritating aspect of living in the dorm. Let’s begin with the doors. And, no, I’m not talking about the front, back, or side doors that let you get into the building itself. I mean the doors to your roo...

DSU Art Faculty Fills Wright Gallery

DSU Art Faculty Fills Wright Gallery

October 13, 2017

Every year, Delta State University has an exhibit opening filled with pieces from the art professors, known as the faculty art show. This year the official opening was on Sept. 28, 2017, and viewings are available until Oct. 26, 2017, in the Wright Art Gallery on DSU campus. In a recent article, written by Jennifer Farish, the pieces of the exhibit are described and given a summary for the artist. The following information simply explains the work and gives the artists’ take on their own work. Farish described a returning DSU professor, Sammy Britt’s, pieces represented in the show consist...

DSU English Professor Releases Memoir

DSU English Professor Releases Memoir

October 13, 2017

Mike Smith, author and English professor at DSU, has recently released a new book of essays: And There Was Evening And There Was Morning. The essays detail his experience witnessing his first wife's illness and death and his step-daughter's illness and recovery. Smith published the first essay in the book, “My Two Emily's,” in 2015. His original thought was to write an essay as a way of publicizing his wife's book, which was being published posthumously. The idea to tell his step-daughter's story came afterward. According to Smith, “I realized that I had something a little larger t...

92nd Birthday of DSU

92nd Birthday of DSU

October 12, 2017

On Sept., 13, 2017, DSU celebrated its 92nd birthday with a lot zeal and zest. The anniversary celebration began in Whitefield Hall at noon. Current and retired faculty and supervisors shared their history at the university with the public. Speakers included President William N. LaForge, Dr. Johnny Arnold, Dr. Kent Wyatt, Dr. Erik Wyatt and Matt Jones. Delta State University emerged on the canvas of universities in 1928. The pioneer class of graduated students consisted of 13. At that time, a tradition was established that the first degree was to be awarded on the basis of scholarship. Miss Molli...

STATESMEN EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH

STATESMEN EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH

October 12, 2017

On Sep. 22, 2017, The Delta State University Council awarded Miss Stella Pruitt as the August 2017 Employee of the month. She has been working as a custodian at Delta State for the past 11 years. Based on the nominations for staff performance, every month the Incentives & Recognition committee meets up to celebrate an employee of the month award. Pruitt belongs to Mound Bayou, a city in Bolivar country. She has been married to Cornelius Pruitt for over 18 years. She has three children and six grandchildren. Pruitt is a hard working woman. Her husband got into an accident some mo...

Religion in the Cafeteria

Religion in the Cafeteria

October 12, 2017

The DSU cafeteria has a variety of food from a salad bar to fast food, from non-veg to vegetarian, from cheese pizza to pepperoni pizza, and from RC’s to Minute Maids. It’s up to the students how they utilize these available items and if they have questions about the menus or comments the new food service director Michael McDonald is cooperative. In spite of all this, students still face some difficulties with the café. Many Muslim students are unable to eat the meat offered in the cafeteria. Due to their religious beliefs, Muslims only eat meat (chicken, mutton, beef) slaughtered according...

Chinese in the Delta

Chinese in the Delta

October 12, 2017

   What if Chinese men and women never migrated south? Why did they choose the Delta? What would have happened if life would have been easier wherever the Chinese originally lived? All one can say is thank God for the arrivals of the Chinese. While migrating to the Delta, the Chinese were able to contribute much to the region by starting businesses, providing economic growth, and benefiting black communities (Wilson 1). While many people may not think that what the Chinese did to contribute made a huge impact, they were able to amount to great success and help build the Delta.    One of the fi...

Should College Athletes Get Paid?

Should College Athletes Get Paid?

October 11, 2017

Debate rages over whether college athletes should get paid for their hard physical and academic work. Another factor in the debate is that they make money for networks and companies such as the NCAA football video game, the best seller in 2014. According to Austin Knoblauch, reporter for the LA Times, President Obama wants colleges to guarantee players’ scholarships and healthcare. Knoblauch states that Obama wants college athletes to be better taken care of because they are generating a lot of revenue. Knoblauch also mentions that coaches and directors get paid millions of dollars and coll...

In Memory of Lucy Janoush

In Memory of Lucy Janoush

October 9, 2017

On Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017, the city of Cleveland lost beloved family member, DSU alumnus, and devoted community volunteer Dr. Lucy Richardson Janoush. Dr. Janoush was extremely dedicated to Cleveland community, Bolivar County, the State of Mississippi, and DSU. She consistently worked to make improvements and new additions in any, and often unimaginable, ways. For instance, Dr. Janoush was the backbone to the GRAMMY Museum Mississippi, and served as president of the board from 2011 to her death. With her help, the GRAMMY Museum Mississippi has brought and continues to bring thousands of visitors...

What’s There to do at DSU?

What’s There to do at DSU?

October 9, 2017

When students first arrive on campus, they may have a challenging time finding fun activities to do around Delta State University. Fortunately, students can find many events to experience throughout their stay here at DSU. Former international student Hafsa Al Haroon, who graduated from DSU in 2017, said, “Well, I enjoyed dorm life...making friends from all over the world including Americans, hearing all kind of accents including the Southern accent, and learning the Southern slang." Haroon talked about an event she attended that was hosted by one of the many organizations at DSU. “Of...

Taking a Knee for a Purpose

Taking a Knee for a Purpose

October 6, 2017

On Sept. 24, 2017, President Trump called African-American NFL athletes and their allies who knelt during National Anthem "sons of bitches." After his remark people are curious about standing for the National Anthem. In 2016, quarterback Colin Kaepernick sat during the National Anthem, leaving fans and others curious about his action. However, at the next game, Kaepernick went as far as taking a knee during the Anthem. After the game, people were curious about why he took a knee during the Star-Spangled Banner. His reply was “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country...

Educating the Future Educators at DSU

Educating the Future Educators at DSU

October 6, 2017

New English Education Program Coordinator and Assistant Professor of English, Dr. Gabriel Scala, has only been at DSU for six weeks, but so far, she has many new plans in store for the English Education program. In an interview with the Statement, Dr. Scala stated, “Coming in during a year when the program is preparing to renew its accreditation with CAEP [the accreditation body for collegiate education programs] has been an added challenge, but I’m enjoying the learning curve.” As far as plans for improvement in the program go, Dr. Scala stated, “There are lots of ideas being cl...