Telling people Mississippi is poor and needs to improve its educational system is one thing, but Eric Weber, a professor at the University of Mississippi, hopes to show them.
For instance, students coming from impoverished backgrounds, often have a better chance at succeeding during their college careers if they see examples of peers who have done well once they entered higher education.
That’s one of the theories Weber hopes to incorporate into his multi-pronged effort to improve the state of the state’s educational system and, consequently, help lift more people out of poverty.
(June 7, 2010)
IN THIS WEEK’S ISSUE — The 2010 Summer Sunset Series returns to the Grove on Sunday featuring The Mississippians Jazz Combo; Oxford Town columnist Jim Dees recalls the worst summer jobs he’s held over the years; Steven Godfrey shares his opinion on the Diamond Rebs’ chances of making their way to Omaha; the Mid-Town and Taylor Farmers’ Markets return this Saturday; local band, Shooting Out The Lights, rocks Proud Larry’s on Friday; and OPC’s Movies in the Park crank up this Friday. View the complete edition in PDF format. (June 5, 2010)
OXFORD TOWN – The Taylor Farmers’ Market kicks off its much-anticipated third season this Saturday (June 5) with a full slate of great music, Kidsfest and more produce than ever. Singer/songwriter Lhay (pictured) and Oxford’s favorite slide guitarist, Wendy Garrison, are set as musical guests. This week’s edition of Oxford Town offers full details of Lafayette County’s favorite Saturday morning summer gathering on Page 7. (June 3, 2010, Page 7)
OXFORD TOWN – Thanks to a late night text, five friends contacted each other and immediately formed the new band Shooting Out The Lights. The guys consider themselves a “luxury rock” band that will play its first live performance at Proud Larry’s this Saturday. Check out Kate Anthony’s coverage of Oxford’s newest band on Page 5 of this week’s Oxford Town. (June 3, 2010, Page 5)
OXFORD TOWN – IN THIS WEEK’S ISSUE – Blues rocker Guy Forsyth blazes his way into Rooster’s Blues House on Friday; OT columnist Jim Dees speaks at a cosmetology school graduation urging the students to not “screw up;” music columnist Alexander McAdams dissects her graduation playlist; sports columnist Steven Godfrey continues bantering with his trusty sidekick Banks, focusing on the Rebel baseball team; the popular Sunset Series returns to the Grove in June; and Wellsgate residents bring in summer with their very first and very successful Wellsgate Tailgate party for residents and their guests. View the complete edition in PDF format. (May 27, 2010)
OXFORD TOWN – Austin, Texas, blues rocker Guy Forsyth and his band bring a unique mixture of folk, rock, country and Tin Pan Alley into Rooster’s Blues House on Friday, May 28. The cover and page 5 of this week’s Oxford Town feature Forsyth, his band and their upcoming Rooster’s concert. For the coolest webpage on the net and to read more about the Texas rocker, visit www.guyforsyth.com (May 27, 2010, Page 5)
THE GODFREY SHOW – Oxford Town sports columnist Steven Godfrey and his sidekick, young Banks, continue their analysis of the Rebels baseball team as they travel to Hoover, Ala., for the SEC Baseball Tournament where they discuss at length the Rebels chances in the post season. Tune in to Godfrey’s column this week and see if indeed he and Banks “blend in with actual, loyal fans.” (May 27, 2010, Page 8)
In this week’s issue of Oxford Town, the St. Louis band Kentucky Knife Fight is set to rock Parrish’s on Friday, May 21; Author Lee Child visits Off Square Books on Thursday, May 20, at 5; legendary blues musician Paul Geremia will play Rooster’s Blues House in a rare local performance; the Hill Country Harmonica Retreat begins a weekend of festivities beginning at Rooster’s Blues House on Friday; and Oxford Film Freak features movie maker Joe York as he continues to accumulate awards for his work; and Oxford Town columnist Jim Dees re-visits the oil spill travesty in the Gulf. View the complete Oxford Town edition in PDF format. (May 21, 2010)
OXFORD TOWN – Bring your listening ears with you to Rooster’s Blues House tonight (Thursday, May 20) and attend a “master class” in blues history as Paul Geremia takes the stage and introduces Oxford to his unique style of six and 12 string blues. Dick Waterman’s coverage of Germia’s historic concert at Rooster’s Blues House can be found on Page 5 in this week’s edition of Oxford Town. (May 20, 2010, Page 5)
OXFORD TOWN – Lead singer Jason Holler, Drummer James Baker and bassist Jason Koenig and the rest of their band from St. Louis, Kentucky Knife Fight, are set for a concert at Parrish’s this Friday night at 10. Their music contains a wide range of influences, including rock, blues, grunge, among other genres. Turn to page 16 of this week’s Oxford Town for full details of what is certain to be a raucous night of rock at Parrish’s. (May 20, 2010, Page 16)