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Watch Dan Mullen's Weekly Press Conference At 1 p.m. Monday

Bulldog Beat - Sun, 09/20/2015 - 6:00pm
STARKVILLE, Miss. – Mississippi State head coach Dan Mullen's weekly press conference will be held at 1 p.m. CT Monday.

Eubanks’ Late Goal Ends SEC Win Drought For Bulldogs

Bulldog Beat - Sun, 09/20/2015 - 5:00pm
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Propelled by sophomore Mallory Eubanks' goal in the 86th minute of Sunday's match, the Mississippi State women's soccer team (3-5-1) took down Arkansas 2-1 to snap a 23-game losing skid in conference.

Bulldogs Earn Pair Of Sweeps, Crowned Tiger Invitational Champions

Bulldog Beat - Sun, 09/20/2015 - 1:23am
MEMPHIS, Tenn. – For the second time this season, the Bulldogs walked away a tournament champion. Saturday, the Mississippi State Bulldogs (10-3) earned a pair of sweeps to be crowned the 2015 Tiger Invitational champions.

MSU’s Lee Splits Consolation Matches To End Oracle/ITA Masters

Bulldog Beat - Sat, 09/19/2015 - 11:44pm
MALIBU, Calif. – After dropping a tough three-setter in Friday's opening round of the Oracle/ITA Masters, Mississippi State women's tennis player Jasmine Lee split a pair of consolation matches on day two of the prestigious tournament.

Maroon Defeats Gray, 9-6, In Saturday Scrimmage

Bulldog Beat - Sat, 09/19/2015 - 9:37pm
STARKVILLE, Miss. - Maroon and Gray combined for nine extra-base hits Saturday in Mississippi State's third intrasquad scrimmage of the fall, with Maroon walking away with a 9-6 victory.

Mississippi State Routs Demons 62-13 To Move To 2-1

Bulldog Beat - Sat, 09/19/2015 - 8:30pm
STARKVILLE, Miss. - Mississippi State (2-1) beat Northwestern State (0-3) 62-13 on Saturday in front of a crowd of over 61,000 at Davis Wade Stadium. The Bulldogs racked up a school-record 647 yards of offense while only allowing the Demons to score one touchdown.

Baik’s Play Keys MSU To Second In Standings

Bulldog Beat - Sat, 09/19/2015 - 7:30pm
Norman, Okla. – Ji Eun Baik didn't wait to save her best for last. Instead, the junior standout opened play at the Schooner Fall Classic Saturday on fire with a career-low 66 to propel Mississippi State into second place after one round.

Freitas Claims Second, Team Finishes Third

Bulldog Beat - Sat, 09/19/2015 - 4:00pm
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Senior Marta Freitas was stellar in her Mississippi State cross country debut, capturing second place overall to help her squad to a third-place finish at Saturday's Commodore Classic in Nashville.

Soccer Heads To Fayetteville Sunday For SEC Network Clash

Bulldog Beat - Sat, 09/19/2015 - 2:00pm
STARKVILLE, Miss. – After compiling an impressive 2-1-1 record in the last four outings, the Mississippi State women's soccer team looks to keep that momentum rolling as it heads to Arkansas on Sunday for a nationally-televised match with the Razorbacks at noon CT.

Bulldog Volleyball Takes Down Southern Miss In Five-Set Thriller

Bulldog Beat - Fri, 09/18/2015 - 10:13pm
Memphis, Tenn. – Bulldog volleyball is branded as hard-nosed, aggressive and always ready for the challenge. Friday afternoon, the Mississippi State Bulldogs (8-3) showcased that brand to its fullest, downing Southern Miss (12-2) in a five-set thriller at the Elma Roane Fieldhouse.

MSU’s Lee Falls In Tough Three-Setter To Open Oracle/ITA Masters

Bulldog Beat - Fri, 09/18/2015 - 9:39pm
MALIBU, Calif. – After receiving the call Wednesday to compete in the inaugural Oracle/ITA Masters tournament this weekend, Mississippi State women's tennis player Jasmine Lee put up a valiant effort in her opening match Friday, but ultimately dropped a tough three-set affair.

Hudson Dominant In First Outing Of The Fall

Bulldog Beat - Fri, 09/18/2015 - 9:10pm
STARKVILLE, Miss. - Junior right-handed pitcher Dakota Hudson turned in three innings of one-run ball Friday, leading Maroon to a narrow 4-3 victory against Gray.

Gameday: MSU Hosts Northwestern State 3 p.m. Saturday

Bulldog Beat - Fri, 09/18/2015 - 8:08pm
STARKVILLE, Miss. – Mississippi State seeks to rebound from its first loss of the season as the Bulldogs step out of Southeastern Conference play to host Northwestern State at 3 p.m. Saturday in Davis Wade Stadium.

MSU Police jurisdiction expanded to include campus adjacent areas

MSU News - Fri, 09/18/2015 - 5:29pm

Contact: Sid Salter

STARKVILLE, Miss. — The Mississippi State University Police Department now will have concurrent jurisdiction with the Oktibbeha County Sheriff’s Office on all roads and streets located within 500 feet of university property in Oktibbeha County.

Attorney General Jim Hood approved an interlocal agreement between MSU, Oktibbeha County and the City of Starkville authorizing the expansion of jurisdiction. The agreement was also approved by the Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning.

“We’re very grateful to the governments of Oktibbeha County and Starkville for their partnership in helping us create a seamless area of jurisdiction between the MSU campus and their respective jurisdictions,” said MSU President Mark E. Keenum. “Obviously, we want to be good neighbors and to join with area law enforcement agencies to foster a safe environment for town and gown.”

Keenum said cooperation between campus and local government law enforcement agencies “has never been better” and that this agreement “helps MSU be a stronger and better partner.”

Under the new jurisdiction, for example, MSU PD is now authorized to patrol and issue traffic tickets on Blackjack Road.  MSU will also have secondary jurisdiction in the city of Starkville, but will not patrol the streets. Within that authority in Starkville, MSU PD will assist with traffic on gamedays and during other events.

The Mississippi Legislature amended Mississippi Code 37-105-3 this year to give MSU authorization to enter into this agreement, which both the Starkville Board of Aldermen and the Oktibbeha Board of Supervisors previously approved.

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Cato CEO to speak at Institute for Market Studies launch

MSU News - Fri, 09/18/2015 - 5:19pm

Contact: Zack Plair

STARKVILLE, Miss.—Businessman and author John Allison will help Mississippi State University formally launch its Institute for Market Studies Tuesday [Sept. 22].

Allison, former Branch Bank and Trust Company CEO who is currently serving in the same capacity with Cato, will talk about his new book, “The Leadership Crisis and the Free Market Cure” at 5 p.m. in Lee Hall’s Bettersworth Auditorium. A reception will follow in the McCool Hall atrium where a number of copies of Allison’s book will be available for free. The events are open to the public.

Funded by private donations through the MSU Foundation’s ongoing Infinite Impact campaign, the Institute for Market Studies will support research on markets and how they can create prosperity. Led by co-directors Brandon Cline, an associate professor of finance, and Claudia Williamson, an assistant professor of economics, the institute specifically will use its resources to support faculty research initiatives, as well as programs for undergraduate and graduate students. The institute will use some of its funds to hire a research and policy analyst, Cline said.

MSU projects a $2.5 million budget for IMS spread over six years.

“We are proud to see these faculty launching a new effort in researching the drivers behind development of free markets,” said David Shaw, MSU’s vice president for research and economic development. “MSU has expertise in a wide variety of disciplines that can lend expertise to this important area of study, and is well known for developing innovative, multi-disciplinary approaches to address the most important issues we face today in a way that no single discipline can solve.”

Through IMS, Williamson said the university could support a broad range of market research, including finance and economics, political science, history and philosophy.

“Market research applies to any type of exchange that takes place, including informal markets such as how culture affects economic development, for example,” Williamson said. “It’s really a broad area. We want to find out what kind of things the faculty are interested in studying.”

The institute will streamline the process for these research initiatives, Cline said, because IMS will have funds already available for approved projects, rather than having to find an outside funding source for each project individually.

Requests for research proposals will go out later this semester, Cline said.

He added IMS also plans to fund a speaker series, and Allison, named among the Harvard Business Review’s top 100 CEOs of the last decade, sets a strong tone for the series. Forbes political economy editor John Tamny will speak at MSU on Oct. 22.

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Symposium to explore 15th Amendment history, implications for today

MSU News - Fri, 09/18/2015 - 4:45pm

Contact: Zack Plair

STARKVILLE, Miss.—Registration is still open for a symposium at Mississippi State University which will explore the struggle of African American voting rights and highlight how those historical struggles affect today’s society.

The Ulysses S. Grant Presidential Library and Association at MSU will lead the Sept. 23-25 event titled “The Fifteenth Amendment: From U.S. Grant to Lyndon B. Johnson’s Voting Rights Act.” Registration is $100 and still will be available on-site on Sept. 23.

MSU students may register for free; however, all registrants, including MSU students, must pay $30 to attend Wednesday’s [Sept. 23] opening dinner at the Colvard Student Union and $40 to attend Friday evening’s closing dinner at the Hunter Henry Center.

The symposium marks the 50th anniversary of the federal Voting Rights Act of 1965, which legally guaranteed voting rights to all American citizens regardless of race or any state laws that might otherwise prohibit it, said John Marszalek, executive director and managing editor of the MSU-based U.S. Grant Collection. It also marks the 145th anniversary of the 15th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, an amendment ratified during Grant’s presidential administration that first allowed African Americans the right to vote.

Through the symposium, Marszalek said speakers and panelists will explore the history of the time period between the 15th Amendment and the Voting Rights Act – a period rife with Jim Crow laws, literacy tests for voting and poll taxes, especially in southern states – and how those events shape today’s laws.

 “This is not an issue that was all taken care of in 1870 or in 1965. It’s continued to be an issue, and you can’t really understand what’s going on today without understanding the past,” he said.

Two published historians, Doug Egerton of LeMoyne College and Michael Fountroy of Howard University, will “bookend” the symposium, said Meg Henderson, senior library associate with the Grant collection, speaking at the opening and closing dinners, respectively. Egerton’s speech will focus on the 15th Amendment and the early days of Reconstruction, while Fountroy will focus Friday evening [Sept. 25] on the Voting Rights Act and its effect on African American political participation.

Marszalek said he is most excited about Thursday morning’s [Sept. 24] panel session in Griffis Hall featuring Mississippi Supreme Court Chief Justice William Waller, former Mississippi justice Fred Banks and retired Rhode Island Chief Justice Frank J. Williams, who also serves as president of the Grant Association. The panel will focus on how both the 15th Amendment and the Voting Rights Act affect today’s court decisions. Former Mississippi Gov. William Winter will moderate the panel.

Other speaker panels will follow in Griffis Hall on Thursday [Sept. 24] and Friday [Sept. 25].

 “We believe this will show that history is important,” Marszalek said. “It’s not just this dead stuff 100 years ago. It’s still affecting lives today, and I think that’s crucial.”

To register, or for a full schedule of symposium events, visit

Other sponsors for the event include the MSU Libraries, the offices of the President, Provost and Public Affairs, Shackouls Honors College, the African American studies program, the College of Arts and Sciences, the MSU political science department, the Mississippi Department of Archives and History, the National Park Service, the University Press of Mississippi and the office of the Starkville mayor.

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Center for Teaching and Learning sponsoring scholarship of teaching sessions

MSU News - Fri, 09/18/2015 - 4:10pm

The Center for Teaching and Learning at Mississippi State is sponsoring a special program on the scholarship of teaching with special guest Bill Buskist from Auburn University. A psychologist and nationally known authority in this area, his presentations will be very valuable for faculty who are interested in leveraging their teaching scholarship.

Buskist will deliver a "Pathways to Excellent Teaching" lecture on Thursday [Sept. 24] at 3 p.m. in Mitchell Memorial Library's Grisham Room. Associate professor Jared Keeley from MSU's Department of Psychology will join him for an "Engaging in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning" workshop on Friday [Sept. 25] from 1-5 p.m. in the Grisham Room.

Registration is available at

For information about this program, or if special assistance is needed due to a disability, contact Linda Morse at 662-325-2083.

Florida Resort Gives the Golf Getaway a Makeover

Lifestyles - Fri, 09/18/2015 - 3:53pm
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(NewsUSA) - The traditional golf resort is going through a major transformation.

While golf is still at the core, the newest properties increasingly offer activities and immersive experiences that appeal to golfers and non-golfers alike -- changing the way guests view and book their getaways. Central Florida's Streamsong Resort is one of the destinations on the forefront of this trend.

Set on 16,000 acres, Streamsong emerged on the site of a former phosphate mine. With towering sand dunes and extreme elevation changes, its land is more reminiscent of Scotland than central Florida. In just a few years, its two intersecting golf courses -- Streamsong Red and Streamsong Blue -- have earned a place on some of the industry's most prestigious rankings, including GOLF Magazine's Top 100 Courses You Can Play in the U.S. A third course, Streamsong Black, will open in late 2017.

"Today's golfer wants a broader experience," said Richard Mogensen, Streamsong's general manager. "Streamsong is designed with this guest in mind."

Beyond its two golf courses, the resort features many options to enjoy the outdoors or just relax. Home to some of the best bass fishing in the United States, Streamsong offers guided catch-and-release fishing expeditions on its prolific lakes. The picturesque sporting clays course, located 10 minutes from the lodge but still on property, is the perfect spot for beginners to learn and pros to refine their shots with guidance from certified instructors. The grotto-style AcquaPietra Spa, infinity lakeside pool, nature trail and tennis courts provide additional opportunities to unwind and enjoy the setting. Dining options, like the award-winning contemporary Italian restaurant SottoTerra, tempt the palate with fresh, innovative fare in spectacular settings.

Streamsong even looks different from the traditional golf resort. Its modern 216-room lodge and intimate 12-room clubhouse have captured architectural accolades for their design, which pays homage to the property's surroundings.

"Golf is absolutely in our DNA, but our eye is also always on delivering that complete experience," Mogensen said.

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Your Carry-On Guide to Enjoying Business Travel

Lifestyles - Fri, 09/18/2015 - 3:50pm
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(NewsUSA) - If, like most business travelers these days, you are in the air more than in your home or office, it's important to be able to stay comfortable and connected while logging all those miles.

While you may be inclined to tackle the stack of pesky e-mails that continue to pile up, experts say that instead of trying to get a fickle Wi-Fi connection to work while you're en route, a better use of your time might be to rest,

relax, and recharge.

The following tips should give you plenty of reasons to look forward to your next Business Class flight:

* Sample other countries' tasting menus. Business Class on many airlines features global cuisines and regionally-inspired dishes, so take advantage of in-flight dining to sample food from international locales. Or, check if your Business Class lounge offers pre-dine service before boarding and spend your time enjoying a movie or catching up on sleep.

* Stay connected. Check if your Business Class offers free Wi-Fi. If so, you can log in to work, post on social media, or even start posting travel photos early -- all from 36,000 feet in the air.

* Unplug and tune in. If you'd rather unwind and disconnect from the grid, use those noise-canceling headphones that are provided for you and browse through the many in-flight entertainment options. Business Class typically offers an array of choices, including: business shows, documentaries, movies and playlists, plus exclusive content for Business Class guests.

* Sleep like you're in your own bed. Aer Lingus, the premier airline that connects Ireland to the world and the world to Ireland, has seats made by Thompson Aero Seating in Northern Ireland, that transform into fully flat beds so you can stretch out like you do at home. In addition, the airline offers guests amenities such as eye masks, socks, and custom-made duvets for coziness (and warmth) to maximize the comfort and quality of rest.

* Arrive before you depart. Unlike other countries, Ireland is the only European country to offer Customs and Border Protection pre-clearance to guests traveling to the United States, allowing you to avoid lengthy lines on arrival. Business Class guests on most airlines receive priority boarding and exit, so you can get where you're going quickly and effortlessly.

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Rodeo committee fights to be the best

Twisted Rodeo - Fri, 09/18/2015 - 3:11pm

HEMPSTEAD, Texas – The rodeo committee that organizes the annual event during the Waller County Fair and Rodeo keeps its focus simple: Continue to improve.

That mindset works for everyone involved, from those who work behind the scenes to the cowboys that are in the middle of the competition to the fans who want to see a good show. It all comes together from Thursday, Oct. 1-Saturday, Oct. 3, at the Waller County Fairgrounds in Hempstead.

WallerCountyLOGO“We have increased our purse every year,” said Paul Shollar, co-chairman of the Waller County Fair Board’s rodeo committee. “We do that because this is rodeo country, and we know the people who come to our fair and rodeo want to see the greatest cowboys in the world in Hempstead.”

The quality of the Waller County Fair and Rodeo is virtually unmatched in this region of Texas. In fact, it’s downright comparable to any of the large rodeos that are across North America.

“From our stock contractor to hospitality, we really want every cowboy and cowgirl who comes to our fair and rodeo to see this rodeo as one of the best in the country,” said Chad Kersh, a member of the rodeo committee.

To that end, the rodeo committee has enlisted the help of Pete Carr Pro Rodeo, the largest stock contracting firm in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association. Each of the past two seasons, no other contractor has had more animals selected to perform at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. He’s been the stock contractor in Hempstead since the rodeo transitioned to the PRCA a few years ago.

“What we love about Pete Carr is that he has the kind of stock that attracts world champions and regular NFR qualifiers,” said Clint Sciba, the fair board’s president and co-chairman of the rodeo committee. “There’s a reason that Pete has been nominated for stock contractor of the year for the third year. He should’ve won it already. He’s been the best stock contractor in rodeo for a long time.”

Just look at the reigning champion in Hempstead as proof to the elite contestants that come to town every fall. Most of the 2014 winners have been to the NFR, including bareback rider Clint Cannon of Waller, Texas, who won his hometown rodeo for the first time in his career after scoring 87 points on Carr’s Night Bells.

Steer wrestler Darrell Petry, tie-down roper Matt Shiozawa and heeler Kinney Harrell have all played on the biggest stages of the game. But so have the animal athletes that guided the champions to victory in the roughstock events. Night Bells has been to the NFR six times, while Line Man has been recognized as one of the top bulls; he guided Casey Huckabee to the bull riding title with a 90-point ride.

Jacobs Crawley won the saddle bronc riding championship on Carr’s Icycle, a horse that is showing great promise.

“We want our fans to know that year in and year out, we’re going to work hard to put on a great rodeo,” Shollar said. “They deserve it.”

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