After nearly seven years without an on-field mascot, the Rebel Black Bear was chosen as the new mascot on Oct. 14. The bear beat out a land shark and a gray Hotty Toddy man. (December 29, 2010, Page 1)
When a $1.27 trillion funding bill was killed earlier this month by Republicans trying to rein in spending, Oxford lost $2.8 million it was expecting to get to renovate its aging historic City Hall. Some local transit projects and University of Mississippi initiatives also saw their funding cut as a result of this effort to bring federal spending under control. (December 28, 2010, Page 1)
The Lafayette County Metro Narcotics Unit has arrested 21 people in the past six weeks on various drug-related charges. The arrests were part of an ongoing investigation into drug sales in the community. Nine of those arrested were University of Mississippi students, according to the Narcotics Unit.
See the list of names of those arrested in today’s EAGLE. (December 9, 2010, Page 2)
Everything from the fun Christmas songs to deeply, religious sacred music is on the program for Sunday’s holiday concert, “An Oxford Christmas: Let There be Light!,” at the Ford Center on the campus of the University of Mississippi.
The concert will be at 6 p.m. and is sponsored by the First Baptist Church of Oxford and organized by the church’s music minister, Thomas Barrett. (December 3, 2010, Page 5A)
Faculty member Wendy Goldberg began holding Sabbath services in August where about 50 people have been attending. From the faculty and staff group, students formed an official student organization, University of Mississippi Jewish Community, which is holding its first event this weekend.
The UMJC’s inaugural Hanukkah Latke Study Break Party will be held from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday in the Student Union Ballroom. The cost is $5 for nonstudents, while students can attend the party for free. There will be latkes, drinks, games and face painting. (December 2, 2010, Page 1A)
The stained glass windows in Ventress Hall will receive a renovation of the lead holding them together over the next few months thansk to Pearl River Glass Studio and a grant by the Mississippi Department of Archives and History. (December 2, 2010, Page 1A)
Kaylee Merritt, 16, is a second year student in the Allied Health program which is offered to students from Oxford and Lafayette high schools. Once a week for six weeks, the students shadow at local health-related businesses or clinics. They also attend class once a week for about an hour and a half. The course is taught by Sandi Allen, a registered nurse with a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing. Last week she shadowed at Klepzig Pharmacy. (November 19, 2010, Page 1B)
Oxford Living columnist and local historian Jack Lamar Mayfield writes about spending time with a local Girl Scout troop as they tour Oxford and the University of Mississippi on the Double Decker bus. (November 19, 2010, Page 3B)
Sigma Nu fraternity at the University of Mississippi has received a social suspension pending results of the investigation into an alleged injury of an intoxicated student during a party at the fraternity earlier this week. (November 18, 2010, Page 2)
We have all read or have heard stories about malicious mischief by college students around the United States. The students of the University of Mississippi have also, over the years, been accused of perpetrating mischief during their years on campus. The following is an event that happened in April of 1852. It concerns one of the first trustees of the Ole Miss, Col. James Brown, and his horse, while it was hitched in front of the Lyceum.
First I would like to give you a little background on Col. James Brown. Brown came to Lafayette County in 1836 and was an extensive purchaser of Indian lands in the county. He paid $11,040 for 11 and a half sections of land by 1837. A section of land is 640 acres.
This was in the first two years after the Chickasaw lands were opened up for sale by the government. His purchases were widely scattered over the area, but mostly located in those parts of the county where large land purchasers were operating. His holdings were considered extensive for the day as they would be today.
Brown being one of the original setters of Lafayette County and one of the wealthiest landowners, was elected to the Board of Trustees of the university in 1846. He was very active in the governance of the university and served as a trustee until 1870, when the Republican legislature reorganized the board. (November 12, 2010, Page 2B)