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Hail State Hoops Ranked No. 6 In Nation By Athlon Sports

Bulldog Beat - Thu, 09/10/2015 - 12:17pm
STARKVILLE, Miss. – A historic 2014-15 season has resulted in early recognition for the 2015-16 campaign as Athlon Sports' college basketball preview magazine had Mississippi State ranked No. 6 in the nation.

"Relentless" MSU Football Episode II Now On Demand On

Bulldog Beat - Thu, 09/10/2015 - 11:55am
STARKVILLE, Miss. – The second episode of "Relentless," a new weekly show produced by Hail State Productions that chronicles the 2015 Mississippi State football season, is now available on demand on

Recycled Tires Provide Eco-Friendly Path in Yellowstone National Park

Lifestyles - Thu, 09/10/2015 - 11:53am
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(NewsUSA) - Visitors driving to Yellowstone National Park's iconic geyser, "Old Faithful," also will travel via tire once they exit their cars for a closer look. Old Faithful now boasts a porous, clean flexible walkway made mostly of recycled Michelin tires. The pavement surface, known as Flexi-Pave and manufactured by the company K.B. Industries (KBI), is gentler to the environment than asphalt because the permeable composite material allows for better erosion control and preservation of the natural patterns of groundwater flow. In addition, the walkway surface is extremely durable and tolerant of heat and cold, and does not leach any oil into the surrounding environment.

"The material used to create KBI's Flexi-Pave is completely benign and therefore can be used safely with the delicate aquifers here in Yellowstone," said Kevin Bagnall, CEO and founder of KBI, in a statement. The Old Faithful Walkway Project covers 6,400 square feet and includes 900 Michelin tires. "The path allows 3,000 gallons of groundwater to pass per square foot. It also is designed to diffuse the water's force, helping prevent erosion," Bagnall noted.

"The Old Faithful Walkway Project is a great example of what a difference a company devoted to sustainability can make in the world's first national park," said Karen Bates Kress, president of the Yellowstone Park Foundation, in a statement. "We are fortunate to have a corporate partner as farsighted, public-spirited and generous as Michelin," she added. In fact, Michelin flew in a team of employees from across the country to help complete the construction of the walkway. The 10 volunteers were winners of a company-wide contest to participate in the project.

Michelin serves as a major corporate sponsor of the Yellowstone Park Foundation, with a goal of helping the park curb operating expenses and reduce the consumption of raw materials. To that end, Michelin regularly donates and helps maintain thousands of tires for Yellowstone National Park's more than 800 vehicles, including patrol cars, garbage trucks, snow plows and load-hauling tractor trailers. The tires feature the latest in green tire technology to help save fuel and reduce emissions.

"Helping build and provide material for this new pathway is very much in line with Michelin's goal of working with the Yellowstone Park Foundation," said Leesa Owens, director of community relations for Michelin, in a statement.

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Learning Center offering ACT workshop for area students

MSU News - Thu, 09/10/2015 - 11:26am

The Learning Center at Mississippi State is offering an ACT preparation workshop on Sept. 26 from 8 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. in Allen Hall 246. The workshop is open to all area high school and college students who plan to take the ACT.

There will be four areas of concentration: English, Math, Reading, and Science Reasoning. The cost is $75, and participants will receive a book, "Barron's 2nd Edition, ACT 36: Aiming for the Perfect Score."

For further information or to register, please call The Learning Center at 662-325-2957 or go to  Seating is limited. The registration deadline is Sept. 23.

Please note that test reviews and workshops can help in preparing for the ACT, but are in no way a guarantee of success.

MSU urges caution, patience for gameday traffic, parking

MSU News - Thu, 09/10/2015 - 11:14am

Contact: Harriet Laird

STARKVILLE, Miss.—With the largest enrollment in the university’s history, a number of major campus construction projects now ongoing, and several major campus roads closed or detoured because of construction, the sellout crowd for the Mississippi State University–LSU football game is expected to produce substantial delays for gameday traffic and parking.

MSU Chief Communications Officer Sid Salter said: “Clearly, this will be the most challenging year for traffic and parking on gameday in MSU’s history. Fans should expect delays in traffic and accessing parking and plan for them. These gameday delays are part of the price of growth and progress on our campus, and the university has done everything possible to anticipate and lessen the delays.”

Last month, MSU President Mark E. Keenum and other MSU officials met with local and state law enforcement officials to plan strategies to meet those challenges.

Keenum said MSU coordinates operations with gameday partners to make traffic flow and parking as efficient as possible for the thousands of visitors who will come to campus this fall.

“Despite the unique challenges we face this year due to construction and road closures, our hope is to continue to foster an inviting atmosphere on gameday and lessen any chance of frustration for our fans and friends attending the game," said Amy Tuck, MSU's vice president for campus services and Game Day Committee chair. “We’re going to need the continued cooperation of all our fans.”

MSU Police Chief Vance Rice urged fans to approach campus from the major highways–182, 82 or 12–that are nearest the lot or area in which fans desire to park. “With road closures, driving across campus will be very slow and for some routes, almost impossible,” said Rice. “Drivers should allow at least an additional half-hour of travel time once they arrive on campus just to get parked and situated.”

For information on road closures and detours, drivers are urged to consult the MSU CampusBird interactive maps by accessing, which will link to just the traffic, activities, and transit layer or, which will link to everything currently on the gameday layers (includes restrooms, dining, ATM, and safety information.)

Bulldog fans also are reminded to follow these important Twitter accounts for updates on traffic conditions, shuttles and parking: @maroonalert, @msstate, @hailstate, @hailstateops, @Starkville_PD, and @ride_smart.

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Rodeo provides high-flying action

Twisted Rodeo - Thu, 09/10/2015 - 11:04am

TEXARKANA, Ark. – The high-flying action of the 71st Four States Fair and Rodeo won’t be limited to the midway.

The exposition will be home to a world-class rodeo, featuring the top athletes in the game. That includes the great animals from Pete Carr’s Classic Pro Rodeo and the graceful – yet comedic – motorcycle antics of Troy Lerwill. It’s all set for 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 16-Saturday, Sept. 19, at the Four States Fair Entertainment Center in Texarkana.

PeteCarrsClassicLogo“Troy has never been in our area, and I think everyone will love him here,” said Lisa Barr, vice president of the fair and rodeo. “He will be the specialty act and our clown during the rodeo. We’re excited to have him.”

Lerwill is one of the most honored clowns in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association, having been honored with the comedy act of the year six times.

“Troy is one of the funniest guys out there, not just in rodeo,” said Pete Carr, owner of the Dallas-based livestock firm. “I try to get him as often as I can because he brings a whole new dimension to each show. He’s the best entertainer in rodeo because of how he handles the crowd.

“Then you add his motorcycle act into the mix, and it’s just over-the-top. Everybody wants to come back the next day just to see it again.

The motorcycle act involves Lerwill’s alter-ego, “The Wild Child,” who jumps a Bloomer trailer and a Ram pickup in a showcase of comedy mixed with athleticism.”

Carr knows quite about quality. Each of the past two seasons, he has been nominated as PRCA stock contractor of the year. Over that same time, he also has had more bucking horses and bulls selected to the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo than any other contractor.

“I think Pete Carr has a fabulous rodeo company, and everybody on his staff puts on a wonderful rodeo,” Barr said. “It’s professional, and the crew just works great with us.

“When they get to town, they take the pressure off us. You don’t have to worry about things or if everything’s in place. They take care of it all and produce an outstanding rodeo.”

That’s just one aspect of the Carr brand. The crew of professionals put a priority on top production for fans while having the type of animal athletes that are attractive to rodeo cowboys. That helps make the Four States Fair and Rodeo a vital stop for the top contestants in the game.

“Pete brings outstanding rodeo livestock to our rodeo year after year,” Barr said. “A lot of people don’t understand that the animals are as much of our rodeo as the cowboys and cowgirls.”

In addition to its traditional kids night on Wednesday, in which children get in free with an adult admission, the fair will feature a Colt Ford concert after Friday’s rodeo.

It’s a great way to celebrate family-friendly entertainment in Texarkana.

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MSU records historic number of students, first-time freshmen

MSU News - Thu, 09/10/2015 - 9:52am
A record fall enrollment of 20,873 "underscores Mississippi State's reputation for preparing our students to succeed in life," said MSU President Mark E. Keenum.

A record fall enrollment of 20,873 "underscores Mississippi State's reputation for preparing our students to succeed in life," said MSU President Mark E. Keenum.Contact: Harriet Laird

STARKVILLE, Miss.--Mississippi State is welcoming a record number of students this fall, including an unprecedented 17 percent increase in first-time freshmen at the university.

According to MSU enrollment data, overall enrollment stands at 20,873, an increase of 735 students from the fall 2014 enrollment of 20,138. The previous record was set in fall 2011 when 20,424 students were enrolled.

First-time freshmen currently enrolled at Mississippi’s flagship research university total 3,471, a 497-student increase over the fall 2014 count of 2,974. The previous record was 3,156 set in fall 2013.

MSU President Mark E. Keenum said the university’s record 2015 enrollment numbers were achieved without sacrificing academic excellence, noting that the university maintained an average first-time freshman ACT score of 24.

“We extend very heartfelt greetings to all our students,” said Keenum. “These historic numbers underscore Mississippi State’s reputation for preparing our students to succeed in life.”

Keenum also pointed out that the university is enrolling a record number of new transfer students with 1,858 enrolled. Mississippi residents account for 83 percent of MSU’s new transfer students.

First-time minority student numbers are up as well, with newly enrolled African American freshmen totaling 834, a 26 percent increase over the fall 2014 figure of 663. MSU’s overall African American enrollment is 19 percent.

“I commend the work of our dedicated staff for recruiting and enrolling truly exceptional students and our world class faculty members who are outstanding instructors, advisors and mentors,” Keenum said. “Their efforts are making MSU a destination for students looking for an exceptional education.”

Other enrollment highlights:

  • 68 percent of the overall headcount is from Mississippi.
  • International students total 772.
  • Average ACT score is 24.
  • 60 percent of first-time freshmen are from Mississippi.

Additionally, Keenum noted enrollment growth in MSU’s Bagley College of Engineering (up 8.6 percent), College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (up 8.2 percent), College of Veterinary Medicine (up 6 percent), and College of Business (up 3.6 percent):

  • 4,105 in the Bagley College of Engineering;
  • 2,387 in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences;
  • 496 in the College of Veterinary Medicine; and
  • 2,587 in the College of Business.

Other enrollment numbers posted by the remaining colleges include:

  • 652 in the College of Architecture, Art and Design;
  • 5,058 in the College of Arts and Sciences;
  • 3,553 in the College of Education;
  • 531 in the College of Forest Resources.

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Federal UAV flight restrictions remain in place on MSU gamedays

MSU News - Thu, 09/10/2015 - 9:39am

Contact: Jim Laird

STARKVILLE, Miss.--A camera hovers hundreds of feet in the air on a sunny college football Saturday in the South. The high-tech tool captures stunning video of the gameday festivities below that will soon be uploaded and online for viewers around the world to see.

Too bad it’s all prohibited by Mississippi State University policy and by federal regulations.

With the proliferation of low-cost unmanned aerial vehicles, sporting events around the country -- including Division I football games -- are seeing an increase in the number of drones hovering over stadiums and tailgating areas. Reports of accidents involving UAVs are on the rise, including an incident last week at Commonwealth Stadium on the campus of the University of Kentucky during a football game.

According to Mississippi State’s chief research officer, Mississippi State University does not allow the operation of UAVs in the core campus at any time without specific permission of the university and the Federal Aviation Administration. Operators flying UAVs in restricted airspace are breaking the law and pose a potential risk to everyone on the ground.

“The Federal Aviation Administration has very specific rules about where unmanned aircraft may and may not fly,” said David Shaw, the university’s vice president for research and economic development and an authority on UAV policy.

According to an FAA special security notice, the airspace above Davis Wade Stadium and other such venues are classified as “national defense airspace” on gamedays. The restriction extends three miles around and 3,000 feet above the stadium.

“Commercial and non-commercial unmanned aircraft of any size are not allowed to fly above our campus without airspace and TSA security authorization waivers, and they must also adhere to other applicable federal regulations,” he said.

The notice states: Any person who knowingly or willfully violates the rules pertaining to operations in this airspace may be subject to certain criminal penalties under 49 U.S. Code 46307.

“Flying any aircraft over crowds at a low altitude poses risk and is ill-advised,” Shaw said.

“Unfortunately, universities and colleges around the country are seeing problems with unauthorized drones this season,” he said.

Additionally, the FAA has two other policies that regulate operation of unmanned aircraft, Shaw noted.

All commercial activities must have an approved certificate of operation, which has stringent requirements. 

Amateur or hobbyist operations are also regulated specifically, and require that they be operated in “unpopulated areas.” As a result, Mississippi State has developed a university policy prohibiting any outdoor operation of unmanned aerial systems except when specifically authorized by the university.

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MSU Japan Outreach Program announces fall cultural workshops

MSU News - Thu, 09/10/2015 - 9:04am
Proper applications of the tea bowl, bamboo whisk and spoon to prepare green tea will be explained over the next few months at the MSU Japan Outreach Program-sponsored Japanese tea ceremony workshops. (Photo by Beth Wynn)

Contact: Sasha Steinberg

Proper applications of the tea bowl, bamboo whisk and spoon to prepare green tea will be explained over the next few months at the MSU Japan Outreach Program-sponsored Japanese tea ceremony workshops. (Photo by Beth Wynn)

STARKVILLE, Miss.—The Japan Outreach Program at Mississippi State again is sponsoring workshops on Japanese culture.

To begin next week, sessions taking place over a three-month period on the Japanese tea ceremony and Japanese calligraphy are free and open to all in Room 210 of the university’s Lloyd-Ricks-Watson Building.

Tea ceremony sessions during September are scheduled for Monday [the 14th] and the 29th, followed by Oct. 12 and 27 and Nov. 2 and 10.

Sessions at the introductory level will take place from 1:30-3 p.m. each day; at the experienced level, 3-4:30 p.m. Participants at both levels will learn manners of a guest and the proper way to drink tea. The experienced-level session also will involve the making of green tea.

All calligraphy sessions will be held 1:30-3 p.m. Sept. 22, Oct. 19 and 26, and Nov. 3.

Advance registration is not required, said Chieko Iwata, MSU Japan outreach coordinator.

Iwata will guide the classes, both of which are designed to provide a relaxing and culturally enriching experience. While registration is unnecessary, she said participants whose personal schedules might involve time restrictions are encouraged to contact her at 662-325-0918 or to discuss their situations.

“Calligraphy workshop participants will calmly concentrate as they learn to write Japanese characters with an ink brush, and those who participate in the tea ceremony workshops will experience harmonious tranquility and peace of mind while making a cup of tea for a guest and drinking a bowl of green tea the host made only for him or her,” Iwata explained.

She also said her demonstrations will correspond to the participants’ levels of experience and interest.

The Japan Outreach Program is a collaboration among MSU’s School of Human Sciences and the New York-based Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership and Laurasian Institution in Seattle, Washington. It seeks to promote awareness and appreciation of the island nation’s culture through exchanges at the K-higher education student levels, as well as with community organizations and the general public. For more, see or

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Mississippi State Launches Gameday App

Bulldog Beat - Wed, 09/09/2015 - 9:34pm
Mississippi State Athletics has announced a new free second-screen experience, mobile application to enhance the already dynamic experience at Davis Wade Stadium, Humphrey Coliseum, Dudy Noble Field and additional on-campus venues.

State Fountain Bakery open house Thursday afternoon

MSU News - Wed, 09/09/2015 - 7:23pm

Mississippi State students, faculty and staff are invited to kick off the first game day weekend of the year by joining MSU Dining on Thursday [Sept. 10] for the State Fountain Bakery open house at its newest location in Colvard Student Union's Gaddis Hunt Commons Food Court. This event from 1:30-5 p.m. is also open to the greater Starkville community, as well as visitors.

MSU baking staff will provide complimentary beverages and samples of classic, traditional items such as chess pie, caramel cake, cheese straws, dog bone cookies and more.  If you would like to place an order or have any questions about State Fountain Bakery, please call 662-325-2967 or email

Applications sought for teaching excellence awards

MSU News - Wed, 09/09/2015 - 5:40pm

Mississippi State University faculty who are interested in submitting applications for the 2016 Grisham Master Teacher Award, the Alumni Association Early Career Teaching Excellence Award or the Alumni Association Graduate Teaching Excellence Award have until Oct. 16 to do so. After careful review, the University Instructional Improvement Committee will select and announce the winners before the end of the spring 2016 semester.

The eligibility requirements are:

-- You must be teaching at least one course during fall 2015 or spring 2016 to be eligible for any award, to allow for in-class observation.

-- To be eligible for the Grisham award, applicants must have at least seven years of experience at Mississippi State, primarily teaching undergraduates.

-- To be eligible for the Alumni Association Early Career Undergraduate Teaching Excellence Award, applicants must have three to six years of experience at MSU teaching primarily undergraduates.

-- To be eligible for the Alumni Association Graduate Teaching Excellence Award, applicants must have a minimum of three years of experience at MSU teaching primarily graduate students.

All current full-time faculty members at MSU with the required years of service, regardless of rank, are eligible to apply for these awards.

Interested faculty must submit an electronic application in PDF form to the Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President at by Oct. 16. Late applications will not be accepted.

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MSU honors Nunnelee with Monday ceremony

MSU News - Wed, 09/09/2015 - 4:00pm
Mississippi State University will honor late U.S. Congressman Alan Nunnelee with a ceremony Monday [Sept. 14]. (Photo by Russ Houston)

Contact: Zack Plair

Mississippi State University will honor late U.S. Congressman Alan Nunnelee with a ceremony Monday [Sept. 14]. (Photo by Russ Houston)

STARKVILLE, Miss.—The Congressional and Political Research Center in Mississippi State’s Mitchell Memorial Library is adding a special collection from a university alumnus and former congressman.

The family of late U.S. Congressman Alan Nunnelee has donated volumes of papers, along with digital records and memorabilia. Nunnelee, an MSU graduate from Tupelo, died in February, at age 56, of complications from a brain tumor, just four months after being elected to his third term serving Mississippi’s 1st congressional district.

Nunnelee’s wife, Tori Nunnelee, will sign an agreement releasing the collection to the university during a public ceremony at 1:30 p.m. Monday [Sept. 14] at North Hall, a residence hall located at 215 Hurst Lane in MSU’s Zacharias Village. During the ceremony, the university also will officially change North Hall’s name to Nunnelee Hall in the late congressman’s memory.

The family also is establishing a scholarship fund at MSU in Nunnelee’s name.

Tori Nunnelee described her husband of 34 years as an “intelligent, steady, forward-thinking individual” who strongly supported MSU. She said when she toured the special collections at Mitchell Memorial Library, she knew she was leaving her husband’s effects in capable hands.

“I hope the contents of this collection will honor the man who chose to serve his beloved Mississippi in public office,” she said. “Alan dedicated his life to serving.  Anyone who knew him personally knew he was one of the most humble and sincere men to walk the halls of government. I hope this collection will reveal to generations to come what being a ‘servant leader’ looks like and just how powerful humility can be.”

Opened in 2007, Nunnelee Hall can house up to 254 students and staff. Tori Nunnelee said she is overwhelmed by the residence hall dedication.

“Our entire family is honored that MSU would choose to name the beautiful North Hall after him,” she said. “He would actually be humbled by this, if not a bit embarrassed. Two of our children lived at Zacharias Village and they are hoping their own children will one day be residents of the dorm that bears their Poppy’s name.”

In Washington, the congressman served on the House Appropriations Committee. He also sat on the Agriculture, Energy and Water and Military Construction and Veterans Affairs subcommittees. Before joining the 112th Congress in 2011, he served Lee and Pontotoc counties in the Mississippi Senate. He earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing from MSU in 1980.

The library collection includes written correspondence between Nunnelee and his constituents and colleagues, copies of bills he sponsored, newspaper clippings that feature the congressman, awards he earned and an array of hard hats, shovels and other items he collected throughout his days in public service. It also includes the hard drive from Nunnelee’s office computer, giving access to his email correspondence.

“He was very conscientious of the needs of the people in his district, and I think this collection shows that,” said Frances Coleman, dean of MSU Libraries. “Of course, all of this supports teaching and research. It will be a fine example for all of our students, and it will provide premier research materials.”

Nunnelee’s artifacts comprise the library’s eighth congressional collection dating back to former U.S. Sen. John C. Stennis of Mississippi. Ryan Semmes, coordinator for the library’s Congressional and Political Research Center, said Nunnelee’s is the first “digital era” collection the library has received.

“It’s a comprehensive collection,” Semmes said. “What the paper and digital documents do is show how correspondence with his constituents, colleagues and government agencies shaped his positions on certain bills. But with these types of collections, not only do we get documents about their time in Congress, we usually get a lot of personal stuff from when they were growing up.”

Parking, as well as shuttle service, for the dedication will be available at the Palmeiro Center, next to Humphrey Coliseum.

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Gameday Traditions, Learfield Ink Multi-Year Agreement With MSU

Bulldog Beat - Wed, 09/09/2015 - 3:55pm
STARKVILLE, Miss. - Affectionately named "The 1878 Club," honoring the University's founding date, Mississippi State University Athletics and GameDay Traditions announced today the unveiling of a brand-new game day tradition for Bulldogs football fans.

MSU Faculty Senate, SA Senate again call for new Mississippi flag

MSU News - Wed, 09/09/2015 - 3:47pm

Contact: Sid Salter

STARKVILLE, Miss.—For the second time since 2001, both the Robert Holland Faculty Senate and the Student Association Senate at Mississippi State University have called for adoption of a new state flag for Mississippi.

The MSU Faculty Senate, the elected body representing university teachers and researchers at the university, called for adoption of a new redesigned state flag by a vote of 37 for, one opposed and zero abstentions on Friday, Aug. 21. The vote was taken at the group’s first regular monthly meeting for the Fall 2015 semester.

The MSU Student Association Senate, the elected body representing the student body, called for adoption of a new state flag in a Tuesday, Sept. 8 vote. The vote was 20 for, four against and five abstentions. The student resolution was authored by student Sens. Taylor Thomas and Hunt Walne.

MSU Student Association President JoJo Dodd said after the vote: “Our flag should serve to unite all Mississippians and represent our state’s promising future. I’m proud of the students, faculty and administration of Mississippi State for showing leadership on this issue and seeking to better our community and our state.”

On Feb. 9, 2001, the MSU Faculty Senate previously voted 26-0, with 5 abstentions, to support the new state flag design that Mississippi voters ultimately rejected at the ballot box on April 17, 2001. The Student Association Senate likewise expressed their support in 2001 for the new state flag design.

In announcing the recent MSU Faculty Senate resolution, Faculty Senate President C.P. (Cody) Coyne, a professor of Molecular Pharmacology and Immunology at MSU’s College of Veterinary Medicine, said: “The Faculty Senate is united with MSU President Mark Keenum in recommending the adoption of a new redesigned state flag for Mississippi.”

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Temporary sidewalk closure in front of Simrall through Thursday

MSU News - Wed, 09/09/2015 - 1:58pm

The sidewalk in front of the Simrall Engineering Building at Mississippi State will be closed Tuesday [Sept. 8] through Thursday [Sept. 10] at 5 p.m., as detailed in the accompanying map.

This temporary closure is needed to ensure pedestrian safety while a construction crane is erected as part of the expansion project at Mitchell Memorial Library.

MSU Announces 2015 Football Traffic & Parking Details

Bulldog Beat - Wed, 09/09/2015 - 1:44pm
STARKVILLE, Miss.—Mississippi State University kicks off the first of seven football weekends this Thursday, Sept. 10 with several events planned, and fans are reminded to keep traffic conditions "top of mind" for Saturday's late game against LSU.

MSU readies for eventful home game weekend

MSU News - Wed, 09/09/2015 - 12:20pm
A variety of events are planned for the Bulldogs' first home game weekend.

Contact: Harriet Laird

A variety of events are planned for the Bulldogs' first home game weekend.

STARKVILLE, Miss.—Mississippi State University kicks off the first of seven football weekends this Thursday [Sept. 10] with several events planned, and fans are reminded to keep traffic conditions “top of mind” for Saturday’s late game against LSU.

Bulldog fans will try to set a new GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS title for most people ringing cowbells simultaneously at Cowbell Yell beginning at 9 p.m. on Thursday evening in Davis Wade Stadium. Gate F at the stadium opens to fans at 7:30 p.m. For more details, visit

On Friday [Sept. 11], the 16th annual Bulldog Bash will feature California-based indie rock band Local Natives in a Cotton District free concert. Other bands performing include Ithaca, New York-based alternative rock band X Ambassadors and New York City indie pop band MisterWives. For more on the event, visit

Kick off for MSU vs. LSU is Saturday [Sept. 12] at 8:15 p.m. on Scott Field. The game will be televised on ESPN. With the late TV timeslot, local and state law enforcement officials have been meeting to discuss plans to make gameday as safe and smooth as possible on campus and city and state roadways.

“We are very thankful for the cooperation of so many local and state agencies as we work to create an enjoyable gameday experience for everyone who visits MSU,” said MSU President Mark E. Keenum. “We face challenging traffic and parking issues on football Saturdays, but sharing the resources of the city, county, the Mississippi Department of Transportation and the Department of Public Safety enhances our ability to address these issues.”

Amy Tuck, MSU vice president for campus services, said the university has worked tirelessly to provide fans with the fastest and safest egress possible within the current infrastructure.

“The late kick off for this week’s game will cause egress to be slow at times immediately after the game. The University asks fans to have patience as local and state law enforcement agencies work to clear both campus and the Starkville area safely.”

Law enforcement will be working key intersections both on and off campus after the game, and they ask fans to:

--Pay attention and use precaution; follow intersection officers’ instructions.

--View this link for a map of key intersections and traffic flow for post-game egress,


A timeline that will be beneficial to MSU students and faculty and to visitors to campus over the eventful weekend includes:


--B.S. Hood closes at 5:30 p.m. for Cowbell Yell

--University officials reserve the right to close it sooner if gate lines become too long.

--Gates open at 7:30 p.m.


--University Drive closes from the bridge at the Hunter Henry Alumni Center to downtown Starkville from Paige Ave. to Col. Muldrow St. at 2 a.m. for setup of the Bulldog Bash main stage.

--Vendor and Fan Fair setup and installation of lights for the main stage begins at noon, resulting in the following street closures at that time: Maxwell St. at Lummus and Hogan St. (Maxwell St. will remain open).

Saturday (Gameday)

--Roads close at 4 p.m.

--View this link for a map of gameday parking lots,


More useful gameday information for fans includes:

Golf Carts

--Fans are encouraged to follow all golf cart rules and respect the roads that are off limits beginning four hours prior to kick off.

--Full rules and regulations can be found here:

Trash and Recycling

--Help keep campus looking nice on gameday for fans and visitors. Fans are encouraged to bag both their recyclable and disposable items during their tailgating.


--Run three hours before kick off and two hours after the end of the game:

Reserved RV/Wise Center--Picks up at RV Lots 29 and 31 and on the northwest corner of the Wise Center and drops off at Thompson Hall.

Thad Cochran Research Park--Runs from Research Park to Humphrey Coliseum.

Davis Wade Express--Picks up at Starkville Daily News and drops off at Giles Hall.

S.M.A.R.T Downtown Route--Service to Giles Hall from the following locations: Patriots Park, Regions Bank, Bank of Commerce, Fire Station One, Hartness Street, Catholic Church, Sweet Peppers to Giles Hall.

Highway 12 Express--Service to Newell Grissom from the following locations: WalMart, Kroger, Avenue of Patriots, Vowell’s Marketplace and The Mill at MSU Conference Center.

--For additional transportation choices that run throughout Starkville, visit

ADA Parking

--ADA parking is available on gameday. Visit

--The MSU Parking Assistance Center can provide golf cart shuttle services from all parking areas. On gameday, call 662-325-9114 for all assistance needs.

Bulldog fans also are reminded to follow these important Twitter accounts for updates on traffic conditions, shuttles and parking: @maroonalert, @msstate, @hailstate, @hailstateops, @Starkville_PD, and @ride_smart.

Rodeo stars are aligning

Twisted Rodeo - Wed, 09/09/2015 - 11:25am

Eliminator, 8-Second Bareback Shootout to showcase top rodeo athletes

HEMPSTEAD, Texas – The very best contestants in professional rodeo make their way to southeast Texas in the early fall every year.

Part of the attraction is the Waller County Fair and Rodeo, set for 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 1-Saturday, Oct. 3, at the Waller County Fairgrounds in Hempstead. It offers an outstanding purse and a great opportunity to show off the sport’s top animal athletes.

Fred Whitfield

Fred Whitfield

It also is home to a couple of incredible added events in the Eliminator, an eight-man tie-down roping challenge, and the 8-Second Bareback Shootout, which will feature two two-man teams of the top bareback riders in the game going head-to-head.

The Eliminator will take place at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 29, while the 8-Second Bareback Shootout will be part of the Friday, Oct. 2, performance of the rodeo.

“We’re bringing together many of the top cowboys in these events to showcase them for our great crowds,” said Chad Kersh, a member of the Waller County Fair Board’s rodeo committee. “We have invited great cowboys to be part of these events this year, and I think everyone is really going to enjoy this aspect of our rodeo.”

Cory Solomon

Cory Solomon

It’s true. The Eliminator will feature the best of the best in tie-down roping, including world champions like Fred Whitfield of Hockley, Texas, and Shane Hanchey of Sulphur, La. They will be joined by Cory Solomon of Prairie View, Texas; Caleb Schmid of Bellville, Texas; Matt Shiozawa of Chubbuck, Idaho; Hunter Herrin of Apache, Okla.; Marty Yates of Stephenville, Texas; and Timber Moore of Aubrey, Texas.

“We will have several go-rounds, with all eight competing in the first round,” said Paul Shollar, co-chairman of the rodeo committee. “The slowest time in each round is eliminated, and we’ll get down to where we have the final two guys roping for the championship in the final round.”

Hunter Herrin

Hunter Herrin

Whitfield is an eight-time world champion, while Hanchey won the gold buckle in 2013. Of the others, Herrin and Shiozawa are heading to the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo for the eighth time in their careers, while Moore has secured his fourth, Solomon his third, and Yates and Schmid their second. Moore also is the reigning champion of The Eliminator

Both events will feature a $10,000 purse.

“We wanted to give these guys something big to rope and ride for,” said Dustin Standley, the fair and rodeo’s sponsorship chairman. “These types of special events, in conjunction with our PRCA rodeo, gives us the opportunity to continue to state that Waller County is a rodeo community and that this is the place to be every fall.”

Clint Cannon

Clint Cannon

The 8-Second Bareback Shootout will feature homegrown cowboy Clint Cannon of Waller, Texas, and Richmond Champion of The Woodlands, Texas, riding against Will Lowe of Canyon, Texas, and Evan Jayne of Rockwall, Texas. The team with the best aggregate score will take home the lion’s share of the purse.

Cannon has secured his fifth NFR qualification, while Champion is coming off the most successful bareback riding years in 2014, in which he not only qualified for the NFR but also won $1 million at The American. Lowe, a three-time world champion, is battling for his 14th trip to Las Vegas, while Jayne, who is originally from Marseille, France, has been atop the world standings for much of the summer and has secured his first NFR qualification.

“This is an awesome way for us to showcase the kind of rodeo talent that comes to our fair and rodeo every year,” Shollar said. “Both events were a big hit last year, so we’ve expanded both of them. I know these are two events that fans are really going to love.”

Categories: Twisted Rodeo

Busting Myths About Tobacco Users

Lifestyles - Wed, 09/09/2015 - 11:25am
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