University of Mississippi alumni have an opportunity on May 19 to voice their opinion on a new mascot during a focus session on May 19 at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. The sessions are limited to 30 people per session, so reservations are necessary by contacting Lynda Walker in the Alumni Office at 915-7375. More information can be found at mascot.olemiss.edu. (May 5, 2010, Page 2)
Oxford and Ole Miss historian Jack Lamar Mayfield takes a look at the accomplishments of one of Oxford’s most distinguished citizens, Jacob Thompson as the University Museum, the city of Oxford and the Oxford-Lafayette County Heritage Foundation gets set to celebrate Thompson’s birthday with a special event on May 11. (April 30, 2010, Page 2B)
What began as a creative way to raise money for the restoration of the Burns Belfry has spun off an exercise in community building as an ad-hoc choir representing several local churches has been rehearsing for its part in The Worship Experience event set for Friday at the Ford Center. (April 19, 2010, Page 1A)
Oxford and Ole Miss historian Jack Lamar Mayfield takes a look back to the 1930s when the University of Mississippi nicknamed its athletic teams the Rebels and created a mascot named Colonel Rebel. (April 16, 2010, Page 2B)
Former CBS Evening News anchor Dan Rather shared memories of covering the 1962 riots at the University of Mississippi when speaking to a standing-room-only crowd Wednesday at the Overby Center on campus as part of the Society of Professional Journalists naming the school as its 100th National Historic Site in Journalism. (April 15, 2010, Page 1)
Sandip Pakvasa from the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Hawaii will give a public lecture titled “Galactic Neutrino Communication and SETI (Search for Extra Terrestrial Intelligence).” The public lecture will be given from 7:30 – 8:30 p.m. in Lewis Hall 101 on April 13 the Physics Department at the University of Mississippi.
He will discuss some ideas in the use of neutrinos in communication across the galaxy by advanced civilizations and how we may intercept these signals and discern their presence. He will also discuss a proposal to employ neutrinos to modulate the periods of Cepheid variable stars and use them as beacons as a sort of a galactic semaphore. Previous schemes for detecting ETI have involved electromagnetic radiation while we propose alternatives. The philosophy of searching here is to employ any and all possible methods to search for ETI communication and in particular the ones we suggest require only the examination of already existing data or data soon to be forthcoming. (April 6, 2010)
Oxford and Ole Miss historian Jack Lamar Mayfield takes a look back at who the Ole Miss Rebels were before they were Rebels. He traces them back to their days as the Red and Blue and then the Mississippi Flood, a name picked in a contest in the 1920s. (April 2, 2010, Page 3B)
Taking off a week for Spring Break isn’t anything new in an education-oriented community. Neither is having lots to catch up on when you return, as Editor Don Whitten found out after spending a week out of town. He discusses things that went on during the previous week, including deaths, weather, sports and local business. (March 22, 2010, Page 4)
Singers from several states will make a joyful noise on Sunday at Oxford’s 30th annual all-day Sacred Harp singing in the choral room of the music building on the Ole Miss campus, located next to the baseball field.
The singing runs from 9:45 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Parking is available at the east end of the building (by the band hall) and near the Ford Center for the Performing Arts. Signs will lead to the spacious and resonant choral room.
The Scared Harp, a shape-note tunebook first published in 1844, contains songs sung by the first settlers in Oxford and north Mississippi. A Sacred Harp singing is neither a concert nor a performance, but a community musical event with deep roots in American tradition. At every singing, the stately ways of an earlier era are maintained. The singers sit facing inward in a “hollow square” from which individuals are called, one by one, to stand in the center of the square and lead their favorite selections from the songbook. There is no instrumental accompaniment.
The Scared Harp represents the oldest continuous musical tradition in the United States, with many songs dating from the 18th century. During the singing, a traditional observance will be held in memory of singers and other community members who have passed away since last year’s singing. Another tradition is the famous “dinner on the grounds,” a potluck feast held at noon in an adjoining room in the music building. All are invited and Oxford residents planning to attend are asked to bring a dish to help feed out-of-town and out-of-state singers.
The singing is a cultural event sponsored by the city of Oxford, the department of music and the Center for the Study of Southern Culture. For more information, call either Warren and Anne Steel at 236-5356 or John and Brenda Merritt at 234-1344. (March 11, 2010)