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Elvis by William Beckwith

Bill Beckwith’s Elvis

The terracotta statue is but a ghost now as Elvis has left the building. “It’s getting harder and harder to work here,” sculptor Bill Beckwith said. It was mid-week when Beckwith was in his studio next door to Taylor Grocery helping visitors from Como tour his studio. The self-effacing artist who...
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UM Alumna Receives Prestigious Stegner Fellowship at Stanford

Rachel Smith plans to use fellowship to finish novel and work on stories Rachel Smith, an MFA graduate of University of Mississippi, has been selected as a 2013 recipient for the Wallace Stegner Fellowship for the Creative Writing Program at Stanford University. Stanford offers 10 two-year...
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Hannah Gay, Katherine Luzuriaga and Deborah Persaud

AIDS Researchers Illustrations  by David Despau for TIME These three women are responsible for orchestrating an incredible  breakthrough: functionally curing a newborn of AIDS. By giving the infant, who  contracted HIV from its mother, anti-HIV drugs within hours of birth, Gay, a  pediatrician at...
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Service Earns National Recognition

Growing up, Mary Margaret Saulters lived in rural Tchula, Miss., 20 miles from the nearest grocery. In this food desert her interest in food security and social inequality first took root. “My family was lucky because we could afford to grow organic vegetables and drive 30 minutes to the grocery,”...
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Alumni Profile: Atkins Trout Finds Adventure in Teaching English in Japan (JET)

Living halfway around the world from your hometown might sound intimidating to some, but for alumnus Atkins Trout (BA 02, MA 09) it’s an exciting adventure. Trout began working with the Japanese Exchange Teaching (JET) Programme in 2008 teaching English to Japanese students and was quickly relocated...
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Youngest Pastor of Jackson’s Oldest Black Church to Deliver Keynote for Black History Month

UM alum co-founded the Department of Minority Affairs, was appointed to Chancellor’s Committee for Sensitivity The co-founder of the Department of Minority Affairs at the University of Mississippi is the keynote speaker for the first in a series of Black History Month events scheduled for February...
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The Dallas Cowboy and the Art Professor

Courtesy of the Dallas Cowboys Star Magazine Matt Long teaches ceramics at Ole Miss and has a tradition each semester. Toward the end of the term, Long invites his ceramics majors and graduate students to his home in Oxford. There the class makes pottery and fires it in a wood-burning kiln. The...
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Civil Rights Activist Harry Belafonte’s Challenge: ‘Keep the Movement Alive’

Battle for human rights continues, iconic humanitarian says Mixing memories of moments with meditations on the magnitude of the movement, civil rights activist Harry Belafonte challenged a rapt audience observing the 50th anniversary of integration at the University of Mississippi to forge ahead to...
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Mitt Romney’s Body Man, Garrett Jackson

If you’ve been to a Romney campaign event at any point in the last year, chances are you’ll recognize the guy that works in Mitt’s shadow. When Mitt needs a sharpie to sign an autograph or someone to snap a picture with supporters, it is Mitt’s 25-year-old, public policy...
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