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Bulldogs Drop Hard-Fought Match To Vanderbilt 2-1

Bulldog Beat - Sat, 09/12/2015 - 12:34am
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Freshman Kiley Martens scored her team-leading third goal of the year, as Mississippi State fell to Vanderbilt 2-1 in a tightly-contested match that saw both teams turn up the intensity for southeastern conference play.

Gameday: No. 25 MSU, No. 14 LSU Clash in Primetime SEC Opener

Bulldog Beat - Fri, 09/11/2015 - 11:28pm
STARKVILLE, Miss. – One of the most anticipated home openers in the 116-year history of Mississippi State football has arrived as the 25th-ranked Bulldogs clash with No. 14 LSU in a pivotal Southeastern Conference showdown at 8:15 p.m. CT Saturday in a sold-out Davis Wade Stadium.

MSU Women’s Tennis Finishes Day One At Wolfpack Invitational

Bulldog Beat - Fri, 09/11/2015 - 8:55pm
STARKVILLE, Miss. - After the first day of play at the Wolfpack Invitational in Raleigh, N.C., Mississippi State women's tennis is 3-3 in doubles play and 3-2 in singles play. Today's session included matchups with players from Georgia State and N.C. State in doubles and Virginia Tech in singles.

Bulldogs Wrap Up Day One of Southern Intercollegiate

Bulldog Beat - Fri, 09/11/2015 - 7:00pm
ATHENS, Ga. – Junior Vaughn Hunter earned his first singles win as a Bulldog, after the Mississippi State men's tennis team wrapped up day one of the Southern Intercollegiate.

Award-winning philosopher, political economist coming to MSU

MSU News - Fri, 09/11/2015 - 5:59pm
James R. Otteson (Photo by Ken Bennett)

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James R. Otteson (Photo by Ken Bennett)

STARKVILLE, Miss.—A nationally recognized philosopher and political economist will speak Tuesday [Sept. 15] at Mississippi State.

James R. Otteson’s presentation, “The Enlightenment World of Adam Smith: Capitalist Justice vs. Social Justice,” is part of the university’s 2015-16 Institute for the Humanities Distinguished Lecture Series.

Free to all, the 3:30 p.m. program takes place in the Colvard Student Union’s Bill Foster Ballroom.

Following the presentation, Otteson will sign copies of his 2014 book, “The End of Socialism” (Cambridge University Press). Copies will be available for purchase.   

Otteson is executive director of the BB&T Center for the Study of Capitalism and Teaching Professor of Political Economy at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. He also holds the university’s Thomas W. Smith Presidential Chair in Business Ethics.

His 2006 book “Actual Ethics,” was selected the following year for the national Templeton Enterprise Award of the Delaware-based Intercollegiate Studies Institute. For more, see

“Dr. Otteson is an award-winning philosopher whose interests cross disciplinary boundaries and brings scholarship to bear on important debates beyond the academy,” said institute director William Anthony Hay.

“Presenting a perspective drawn from the 18th century work of Adam Smith and other Enlightenment philosophers helps students engage important debates that resonate today,” Hay added.

Established by MSU’s College of Arts and Sciences in 2005, the lecture series regularly brings prominent artists, writers, critics and art historians, among others, to campus for the benefit of students, faculty and interested members of the general public.

For more information about the institute or its lecture series, visit or contact Hay at

The institute accepts tax-deductible donations to its Humanities Advancement Fund via the MSU Foundation. To contribute, contact Lynn Durr at 662-325-8918 or

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Starkville-MSU Symphony Assn. announces 2015-16 concert season

MSU News - Fri, 09/11/2015 - 5:21pm
The Starkville-Mississippi State University Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Michael Brown. (Photo by Megan Bean)

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The Starkville-Mississippi State University Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Michael Brown. (Photo by Megan Bean)

STARKVILLE, Miss.—The Starkville-Mississippi State University Symphony Association’s 2015-16 season begins next week with a concert at Mississippi University for Women in Columbus.

Titled “String Symposium,” the free Friday [Sept. 18] performance begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Rent Auditorium. 

The group is directed by MSU music professor Michael Brown.

Celebrating its 47th performance season, the association has scheduled seven other free concerts during the school year, all in the Bettersworth Auditorium of MSU’s historic Lee Hall unless otherwise noted. They include:

—Oct. 13, 6 p.m., “Jazz at Renasant,” Starkville’s Renasant Bank Plaza at the intersection of South Montgomery and East Lampkin streets.

—Nov. 6, 7:30 p.m., “Children’s Concerts.”

—Nov. 23, 7:30 p.m., “Vivaldi Gloria” featuring the MSU Philharmonia student orchestra, MSU’s McComas Hall main auditorium.

—Dec. 1, 7:30 p.m., “Criss Christmas Concert.”

—Feb. 27, 7:30 p.m., “Faure’s Finest” featuring MSU and MUW choirs.

—March 18, 7:30 p.m., “The Best of the B’s.”

—April 24, 2:30 p.m., “Light and Live,” Starkville First United Methodist Church.

Founded March 2, 1969 in the home of Starkville residents David and Barbara Cornell, the symphony association is a non-profit volunteer organization whose members work to educate, enlighten and share classical music with the city, university campus and other communities in the Golden Triangle region. Producing high-quality musical events and increasing awareness for the arts are its primary missions.

In addition to Mississippi State, major SSA contributors include the J.W. Criss Foundation, Mississippi Arts Commission, National Endowment for the Arts, Renasant Bank, City of Starkville, Starkville Convention and Visitors Bureau, along with Columbus’ Gildea Foundation.

The association accepts tax-deductible donations via the MSU Foundation. To contribute, contact Lynn Durr at 662-325-8918 or

For more information about the Friday event, contact Brown at 662-325-3070 or

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Keenum installed as honorary consul to Kingdom of Morocco

MSU News - Fri, 09/11/2015 - 3:53pm
MSU President Mark E. Keenum, left, became Honorary Consul to the Kingdom of Morocco on Sept. 11 during a morning ceremony at The Mill at MSU. Moroccan Ambassador to the U.S. Rachad Bouhlal made the presentation to Keenum who said the honor will enable him to “work with our friends in Morocco and in Mississippi to expand economic and cultural opportunities.” (Photo by Megan Bean)

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MSU President Mark E. Keenum, left, became Honorary Consul to the Kingdom of Morocco on Sept. 11 during a morning ceremony at The Mill at MSU. Moroccan Ambassador to the U.S. Rachad Bouhlal made the presentation to Keenum who said the honor will enable him to “work with our friends in Morocco and in Mississippi to expand economic and cultural opportunities.” (Photo by Megan Bean)

STARKVILLE, Miss. — Mississippi State University President Mark E. Keenum has been named Honorary Consul to the Kingdom of Morocco in Mississippi by Moroccan Ambassador Rachad Bouhlal, the country’s ambassador to the U.S., in ceremonies held today [Sept. 11] at The Mill at MSU.

Keenum’s appointment was approved by the U.S. State Department. Morocco is one of North Africa’s most stable and successful nations.

 “I count this a great personal and professional honor, one that will enable me to work with our friends in Morocco and in Mississippi to expand economic and cultural opportunities for people of good will in both Morocco and in our own state and nation,” said Keenum. “This designation also helps Mississippi State as we continue to seek to further expand the university’s global footprint through meaningful research and productive partnerships.”

In his seventh year as MSU’s president, Keenum will work to help further develop cultural and business relationships between Mississippi and Morocco.

In his remarks, Bouhlal praised Keenum and outlined the important role played by honorary consuls in the promotion of the image of Morocco abroad and the diversification of the economic, commercial and cultural ties between the U.S. and Morocco – saying those relationships “paved the way for closer cooperation and deeper understanding, reinforcing, thus our common and shared values of democracy, tolerance and shared prosperity.”

Keenum’s interest in Morocco grew out of friendships with key Moroccan diplomatic officials, including Ambassador Bouhlal. The ambassador gave a speech at MSU earlier this year about the Arab Spring and Morocco’s strategy in fighting radicalism. The ambassador also spent a day in Jackson where he addressed MSU’s Executive Lecture Forum and met Governor Phil Bryant and state economic development officials.

MSU also signed a memorandum of understanding agreement with the International University of Rabat (IUR) for the implementation of a School of Automotive Engineering at the UIR campus in Rabat, Morocco.

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Rodeo clown plays to strengths

Twisted Rodeo - Fri, 09/11/2015 - 11:26am

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – There is one good reason Cody Sosebee has been nominated five times as the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association Clown of the Year.

He’s funny.

“I’ve always said that it doesn’t matter what you’re selling, if people don’t buy into you, they’re not going to buy what you’re selling,” said Andy Stewart, a ProRodeo announcer who will be the voice of the American Royal PRCA Rodeo this year. “That’s where Cody is one of the best; he’s such a likeable guy. What you see in the arena is him all the time. He’s not afraid to make fun of himself.”

Rodeo clown Cody Sosebee returns to the American Royal PRCA Rodeo this year to be one of the featured entertainers. (TODD BREWER PHOTO)

Rodeo clown Cody Sosebee returns to the American Royal PRCA Rodeo this year to be one of the featured entertainers. (TODD BREWER PHOTO)

That’s a key ingredient that Sosebee brings to the table at this year’s rodeo, set for 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 25, and 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 26, at Hale Arena inside the American Royal complex.

“Maybe someone in the crowd is feeling bad about themselves, maybe their job or their body or their marriage,” Stewart said. “When Cody steps into the arena, he’s making fun of himself and cracking jokes about the problem he’s having. People tend to relax and think, ‘I feel comfortable with him; he’s just like us.’

“Through making fun of himself, we’re laughing at ourselves. That’s a very unique trait that he has that makes him a really special clown.”

This isn’t the first time Sosebee has worked the American Royal. In fact, he’s been a regular at some of the biggest events in the country, including rodeos in Cheyenne, Wyo.; Dodge City, Kan.; Omaha, Neb.; and the Calgary (Alberta) Stampede.

In addition to his clowning nomination, the former competitor also has been nominated for the PRCA Comedy Act of the Year two of the past three seasons. But there’s much more to Sosebee than meets the eye. Over his lifetime, he’s competed in nearly every rodeo event possible and was at the top of his game in bareback riding.

It’s part of the life growing up in a family that was heavily involved in rodeo. His father was a pickup man, so Sosebee has been part of the sport as long as he can remember.

“I got into clowning by accident by filling in for guys,” said Sosebee, who also owns a barbecue restaurant in his hometown of Charleston, Ark., just 25 miles east of Fort Smith, Ark. “I didn’t know where I was going to go with my rodeo career when I quit riding barebacks, and it turned into a good living. I get to see the world.

“I live in a community with one four-way stop, and I get to go to a lot of other great places where as soon as you pull into town, you are considered a rock star for a week.”

A born competitor, the clown has made the adjustments he needed to get the true fix after a lifetime of being part of the contest.

“I’ve always been a competitor in anything I did, from football to basketball to when I was in freestyle bullfighting,” he said. “I miss putting my hand in the riggin’ and nodding my head to be 80 points to win the rodeo, but I’m a realist. I’m 43 years old. While most of the guys I rodeoed with have slowed down and have found jobs, I get to be in the arena and get to make a living in rodeo doing something I love.”

Sosebee also plays to his strengths. Bigger than many in the game, he showcases a true athleticism that is rarely seen among men of his stature. It’s comedy at the purest level.

“Having the ability to laugh at myself is probably my biggest strength,” he said. “I don’t take anything too serious. When I’m watching a comedian, the funniest thing I see is when they’re honestly open and having a good time. I want the fans to see that I’m a real person and I’m having fun, and they can have fun with me.”

That’s why Sosebee has excelled as one of the premier rodeo clowns in the game. That’s why the volunteer committee is bringing him to town. It’s another key reason the American Royal is always at the top of the game.

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MSU Volleyball Heads To South Bend For First Road Trip Of 2015

Bulldog Beat - Thu, 09/10/2015 - 8:07pm
STARKVILLE, Miss. – After a two-week homestand that saw them earn their best start since 2010 and be crowned the Maroon Classic champions, the Mississippi State volleyball Bulldogs (6-1) hit the road to South Bend, Ind., for the Golden Dome Invitational.

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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