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University tuition increase Trump appoints approved for first reading Keenum as BIFAD chairman



The Mississippi Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning approved tuition increases for all eight public universities for the first reading at its meeting April 19 in Jackson.

The tuition increase proposal will be read for the second time, possibly for final approval, during the May board meeting. These increases total an average of $309 each year, and Mississippi State University’s tuition increase would be $332. According to a press

release from Mississippi Public Universities, despite the potential tuition raise, Mississippi students will continue to pay less than students attending schools in neighboring states. The average in-state tuition and fees for public universities in Mississippi in 2019 will

be $7,626. Those rates were approved April 19. To compare, the average in-state tuition in 2017 in Alabama was $9,201, Arkansas was $7,596, Louisiana was $8,102 and Tennessee was $8,806, according to the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System. TUITION, 2

Small-scale agriculture prominent in Starkville

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Matt Nappe, a Starkville farmer, stands under the archway of his daughterʼs rose gardens. Her middle name is Rose, so he planted a variety of the flowers in honor of her.



Down a beaten dirt road off Highway 82, a small farm sits in the middle of a rural neighborhood. Matt Nappe is busy preparing his homegrown produce for the upcoming harvest season. Small-scale natural farming like Nappe’s comes with a unique set of challenges in Starkville, such as nutrient-poor soil. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s most recent soil

survey of Oktibbeha County found some soils here have inadequate surfaces for yielding crops. Nappe experienced this soil firsthand when he started naturally farming in his front yard four years ago. “I add a lot of things on top of my soil,” Nappe said. “I can’t even imagine how many tons of wood chips and stuff that I bought, in addition to all the manure that my animals produce.” Nappe owns Lakeshore Berries and Gardens in

town, which is on a six-acre plot of land. Most of the land is untilled, as he only grows produce in the area immediately surrounding his house. Nappe said Starkville soil has a high clay content, which is not sufficient for growing most fruits and vegetables. “It’s taken a lot of work to get to a level where you just have a couple of inches of quality soil,” Nappe said. “That’s why you’ve got to take care of it, because it’s so

hard to recreate.” Sam McLemore owns a two-acre farm in Starkville called Bountiful Harvest Farms. He also said the soil needs additional substances to yield produce. “A lot of people complain about clay soil,” McLemore said. “It is tough, especially when it’s wet or extremely dry. Around here, a lot of times you need a little bit of lime to make the soil a little less acidic.” Read more at

MSU creates new health culture on campus EMMA MOFFETT LIFE EDITOR

Mississippi State University is creating a new culture around health on campus through the creation of the new faculty positions related to health services and a series of campus-wide initiatives. Jeremy Baham, MSU student affairs assistant vice president for student support and well-being, said his position was specifically created by Regina Hyatt, vice president of student affairs, approximately a year and a half ago in order to create an atmosphere for healthy living on campus. Baham said the goal of his position is to encourage healthy choices in all areas of life, and this is accomplished by the overseeing of various


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health programs and other initiatives on campus. “Based on what we know from organizations like the CDC, Mississippi is unhealthy.



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We want to help students learn how to make healthy choices while on campus,” Baham said. “We want to change the idea of what the college

experience is about and help people make healthy choices, so they take those choices with them in life. We want to teach a new normal.” Over recent years, MSU implemented various health initiatives on campus including GAIN, an alcohol addiction prevention and education programs, and the ‘Health Hut’ on the drill field, a program designed to increase understanding of healthy living and awareness of health-related campus resources available to students and faculty. MSU also began sending spirit groups to local elementary schools so Bully and MSU cheerleaders can encourage students to make healthy choices and teach them how to properly exercise. Read more at

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The White House recently announced President Donald Trump appointed Mississippi State University President Mark Keenum as chairman of the Board for International Food and Agriculture Development according to a MSU Office of Public Affairs press release. According to Chief Communications Officer Sid Salter, Keenum will continue as MSU’s president while he takes on the BIFAD appointment. “This is an appointment in which Dr. Keenum’s leadership at MSU enhances his ability to lead BIFAD’s efforts,” Salter said. “Most of the makeup of the BIFAD board are from academia. His heart and his full attention are on leading MSU well into the future. This just means that his busy schedule will be busier, but he has expressed that he will reevaluate his overall outside commitments so that he can continue to maintain his service to his first priority – MSU.” With his prominence in academia, Keenum

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joins other members of the academic community who have expertise in global food security and world hunger. Created in 1975 under Title XII (Famine Prevention and Freedom from Hunger) of the Foreign Assistance Act, BIFAD’s mission is to draw on higher education’s scientific knowledge to advise U.S. international assistance efforts. “During my tenure at MSU, our university has continued to build on our longtime reputation as one of the top agricultural schools in the nation,” Keenum said in a press release. KEENUM, 2

Author tells the stories of Delta Italian families KATIE POE

Canonici held teaching and administrative positions in Mississippi schools, including superintendent of the Mississippi Catholic Schools, a post he held for 13 years. During the event last Thursday, Canonici told the stories of Delta Italian families and their pursuit of the American dream. However, this dream was not easily attainable. Canonici said many Italians immigrated to Arkansas to work in cotton mills during the late 19th century, but they were in “terrible shape” and worked long hours.


Room 234 in McCool Hall was full of attendants last week, both students and spectators, as Paul Canonici told the stories of Italian immigrant families who moved to the southern United States for a better life many years ago. Canonici is the son of Italian immigrants who moved to Mississippi in the early 1900s to work on cotton plantations. A Mississippi State University graduate, Canonici holds a Ph.D. in sociology. Throughout his career,


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“As an agricultural economist, I have long recognized the challenge facing our planet with both a growing population and serious challenges to future food supplies. Finding ways to enhance food security is literally a matter of life and death. It is important to preventing conflict among nations and is in our own national security interests. It

Commissioner of Higher Education Glenn Boyce assured a valuable education is still the board’s primary goal. “Students come to Mississippi Public Universities with expectations of receiving a quality education that will prepare them well for the future,” Boyce said. “It is incumbent upon us to ensure that the appropriate measures are taken to meet those expectations. Universities must have the resources necessary to provide qualities programs, faculty, services and facilities.” Making up 67 percent of the overall budget, tuition is a large facet of the universities’ budgets. Another 24 percent of the budget belongs to state appropriations, and the reduction of state appropriations over time has been significant. The press release stated reduced spending continues to be one of the shared goals of Mississippi


universities. Outsourcing services, merging academic departments and schools, reducing travel, implementing energy efficiency measures, leaving unfilled positions and monitoring facility usage are some examples of costcutting measures being taken. “We greatly appreciate our legislature and state leaders for providing a small increase in our appropriations,” Boyce said. “The proposed tuition increases will be used to help fill the gap left by reductions sustained by the over the past several years as state revenue has lagged. Universities are exploring all avenues for reducing costs, while maintaining the quality of education students receive.” Through 891 total degree programs, universities enrolled over 95,000 students during an academic year, a number higher than ever. Alongside their highest enrollment number in

history, Mississippi Public Universities are also graduating more students than ever with 17,760 degrees earned in 2017. “Investing in higher education is still the best investment a student can make in his or her future,” Boyce said. “Tuition is an investment that has the potential of increasing earning potential every year for the rest of their lives. A college degree opens windows of opportunity that otherwise would be closed forever.” While the total number of awarded degrees has increased by 8.9 percent, the number of STEM graduates increased by 37.9 percent over the last five years. In 2017, 2,849 healthcare students graduated, including nurses. MSU Chief Communications Officer Sid Salter said he could not release a full statement on the possible tuition increase at this time. “The State College Board is still deliberating


the tuition increase proposal, so it would be premature for the university to comment at this time on specifics of the proposal,” Salter said. “But generally, state funding has not kept pace with rising costs since 2007. Had it not been for Mississippi State’s enrollment growth and the additional funding that growth brings through tuition payments, we would have been unable to maintain parity in academic quality, student services and research and economic development activities.” Boyce said he will continue to see the brighter side of higher tuitions. “Students must continue to receive a quality education that will prepare them to compete successfully in a global economy,” Boyce said. “Universities must have the resources necessary to provide the quality education our students respect and deserve.” CONTINUED FROM 1

is also simply the right thing to do and in keeping with my very personal and deeplyheld religious values.” Mississippi agricultural leaders praised Keenum’s designation to the BIFAD post. One such leader was Delta Council Executive Vice President Chip Morgan. “After more than 30 years of working with Mark Keenum and watching his

undeniable passion for the solutions agriculture can and must bring to the issues of world hunger and global food security, I’m gratified that the White House has recognized Mark’s truly visionary national and international leadership on these issues through this designation by President Trump,” said Morgan, who also serves on Mississippi’s Board of Trustees of State

Institutions of Higher Learning. “I cannot think of a more capable, qualified person to lead this vital board than Mark Keenum.” Mississippi Farm Bureau President Mike McCormick, who leads over 192,000 Farm Bureau members in the state, also applauded Keenum’s selection. “Farmers across our great state and nation face the challenge of feeding an increasing world population against the backdrop of


unprecedented challenges,” McCormick said. “To meet those challenges, those farmers will need the best science and technology tools available. It is very fitting that MSU President Mark Keenum has been chosen by President Trump to lead the efforts of BIFAD in addressing world hunger and global food security. MSU has a long and distinguished legacy in impactful research to serve that noble and necessary mission.”


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Prior to accepting the presidency at MSU, President George W. Bush appointed Keenum in 2006 as under secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. In 2014, during the Obama administration, former Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack appointed Keenum to the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research. More recently, Keenum was unanimously elected to chair the FFAR board in 2017.


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Respect for professional wrestling and its athletes is long overdue


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“You know it’s fake, right?” Almost every time I come out of the closet, so to speak, about my wrestling fandom, the question is the first and only response given by whoever I am speaking to. Since the late 90s, celebrated Attitude Era ended and Stone Cold stopped stunning, the outlook on wrestling turned sour. Now it is seen as childish and fake, and while it is undeniable wrestling lost its mainstream appeal, it is much more real and vastly worthier of respect than non-fans want to give it credit for. Wrestlers, depending on what company they work for, sacrifice their bodies for more than 300 days out of the year. They are consistently deprived of a real family life, and the maneuvers they perform take the highest

degree of athleticism. As a hardcore fan of WWE and other promotions (yes, they exist) like New Japan Pro Wrestling and Ring of Honor, I take offense to the constant vitriol spewed at wrestling, and I believe it is time to set the record straight. Yes, of course wrestling is not real in the sense of who wins what matches. Bookers determine this. However, for every pulled punch or fake chair shot, there is a 450 degree flip off a ladder or a suplex which requires the competitors fall on their backs from several feet in the air. Even the punches and chair shots are not always faked. Maybe in WWE they are, but as I have said, other promotions do exist and certain ones practice a style of wrestling dubbed “strong style,” which allows for wrestlers to punch, slap, kick and elbow each other in a very real way. Regardless of the semantics here, there is no justifiable reason to pass off wrestling as something for uneducated rednecks and children. It may not be a sport due to the outcomes being predetermined, but it is a beautiful form of entertainment combining

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high-quality acting and superb athleticism at its best. For such a fake form of entertainment, wrestlers certainly get injured and die a lot. Chris Weller of USA Today’s Medical Daily describes the risks surrounding wrestling. “(F)ootball still has only one-twentieth the death rate before age 45 as professional wrestling… Professional wrestling, of the performance-art variety, is an industry of maximalism. It’s the biggest and the strongest sacrificing their bodies until it’s the biggest and whoever’s still left,” Weller explained. When thinking about the long list of wrestlers who died too young -- Owen

Hart, Eddie Guerrero, Test, Chyna, Andre the Giant, Mr. Perfect and many more -- one begins to realize the impact it has on a person’s body. Almost everything about a match hurts, simultaneously requiring skyhigh professionalism and skill in order to protect both competitors. Concussions, the bane of the NFL’s existence, are commonplace in wrestling, too. ACL tears, broken bones and several life-threatening injuries happen more than they should. Compared to even the roughest sports, wrestling stands in a league of its own in terms of how brutal and unforgiving it can be. For this reason, if for

nothing else, it deserves to be seen at least in the same vein as film. Some might still claim wrestlers are just failed athletes from other sports or otherwise do not have the capacity to excel in “actual” athletic contests. While some, like Roman Reigns, were indeed football dropouts, others have storied careers even outside wrestling. Take Brock Lesnar for example. A former two-time collegiate All-American, NCAA Heavyweight Champion, UFC Heavyweight Champion and overall monster, Brock Lesnar is a literal freak of nature. He could arguably take any fighter in MMA

before his diverticulitis diagnosis, and calling his skillset fake would be the definition of laughable. Ken Shamrock was one of the pioneers for UFC back in the 90s, and Ron Simmons was a Florida State football phenom. For maybe the most impressive feat, Steve Hanley of The Sportster describes Kurt Angle’s prowess in the wrestling world. “Angle was an accomplished amateur wrestler who won an Olympic Gold medal with a broken neck, as he would brag for so many years in WWE. He was also a twotime NCAA Heavyweight Champion, and won several other titles as well as medals in the field,” Hanley stated. This guy competed at the highest level in the world for amateur wrestling and won the whole thing with a broken neck. But he does not qualify as an athlete, right? For the most part, any and all arguments against the validity of respect for wrestling are based on willful ignorance and mob mentality. It is cool to disrespect wrestling, so everyone does it. The truth of the matter is wrestling is an art and as such, should be treated with dignity.

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Trump’s appointees are not blasting off DAVID SIDES

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Ben Carson, Jim Bridenstine, Betsy DeVos and Rick Perry. What do these names have in common? They are all President Donald Trump’s picks, and they are all trying to take down the system from the inside. Ben Carson, who has no governmental experience (much less urban development experience), was selected to head the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). According to Jose A. DelReal of the Washington Post, he was reportedly chosen because he grew up in housing projects. However, Carson has been quite critical of housing projects. According to the National Low Income Housing Coalition, he has reportedly sought to reduce funding for them (while he spends $31,000 on dining furniture according to Glenn Thrush of the New York Times). Betsy DeVos, a career politician and businesswoman, has never taught or administrated in a school setting as stated by Patricia

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Bauer of Encyclopedia Britannica. Furthermore, in her article for Time Magazine, Randi Weingarten details how DeVos has publicly advocated for school choice and charter schools, and constantly disparages the public-school system. Rick Perry, who Evan Halper of The Los Angeles Times said called for dismantling the Department

of Energy in 2011 while running for president, is now (you guessed it) the Secretary of Energy. This brings us to the focus of my article: the newly appointed head of NASA, Jim Bridenstine. Bridenstine, a life-long Republican and ardent Trump supporter, is not a scientist and is on record denying climate change, according to Huffington Post’s Chris D’Angelo. He, like pretty

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of NASA administrator have been appointed with little to no dissent, as said by Jeff Foust of Space News. In contrast, Marina Koren of the Atlantic states Bridenstine’s confirmation was approved with a 50-49 vote in the Senate. His Senate approval was stalled by opposition from Republicans such as Senator Jeff Flake and Senator Marco Rubio, who had concerns about Bridenstine’s qualifications and reservations concerning appointing a partisan administrator, Ledyard King of USA Today explains. But the left’s main criticism of Bridenstine comes from his previous statements on global warming. Bridenstine has been an ardent opponent of the scientific consensus on human-caused global warming. According to Graham Lanktree of Newsweek, in a 2013 speech in front of the House of Representatives, Bridenstine claimed, “Global temperature changes, when they exist, correlate with sun output and ocean cycles.” The first sentence on the NASA website discussing global climate change states, “Most climate scientists agree the main cause of the current global warming trend is human expansion of the ‘greenhouse effect’ – warming that results when the atmosphere traps heat radiating from Earth towards space.” It is discomforting the administrator of our

most public science agency disagrees with peer-reviewed and generally-accepted science. Given the Trump administration’s disparaging of climate science, Emily Holden of Politico explains, it is not surprising Trump’s pick feels the same way. NASA plays an important role in monitoring climate activity, and so it will be intriguing to see if there is any influence from Bridenstine or the Trump administration on NASA’s role in the climate change conversation. It is not all bad news though; I do still have hope for Bridenstine. He seems to be a big proponent of space exploration and colonization, which is a nice change from the Trump picks who want to dismantle their respective agencies. In fact, according to Jeff Foust and Mike Gruss of Space News, Bridenstine has pushed legislation regarding national security, civil and commercial space policy. He also secured funding for the Federal Aviation Administration’s Office of Commercial Space Transportation, as written on his website. Overall, my hope for Bridenstine: he will continue to advocate for funding space research and travel. It is possible he may just be in it for the commercial aspect, but if he is going to condemn our world to a slow, feverish death, the least he could do is help us colonize somewhere else.


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much all other Trump appointees, seems to be a product of his loyalty toward Trump. Contrast Bridenstine’s qualifications with the previous two NASA administrators, Charlie Bolden and Robert Lightfoot (acting administrator until April 30, 2018), and one can easily see the executive downgrade. NASA’s website explicitly outlines the accomplishments of the former administrators. Bolden, a former Marine and NASA astronaut, is a NASA veteran and a highly qualified scientist. Lightfoot, the associate administrator of the agency until April 30, 2018, is also a career scientist who has been with NASA since the 80s. Bridenstine, in contrast, holds degrees in economics, psychology and business, and has no experience working as a scientist, as his self-titled website states. Bridenstine’s only qualifications are: 1. Flying for the Navy during the War on Drugs, and 2. being the former executive director of the Tulsa Air and Space Museum, which is slightly different than running a multibillion-dollar space agency. Bridenstine is also a game-changer because of his political bias. According to Tyler Adkisson and Caitlin Baldwin of ABC 15, generally speaking, the position of NASA administrator has been a non-partisan post. In fact, the last 12 appointees to the position

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‘The Streetcar’ showcases student creativity GRACE GILMAN


Last Thursday, Mississippi State University’s creative arts journal, “The Streetcar,” hosted a release party for the volume’s sixth edition of the journal. “The Streetcar” showcases the creativity of students on campus and is a platform for their writing. The journal is built around the artwork and aesthetics of the students, and has evolved over the years to reflect those changes in aesthetic. The release party was a success in showing off and praising the uniqueness and creativity of students at MSU. Approximately 30 MSU faculty members and students gathered on the fourth floor of Griffis Hall to celebrate and discuss the talented artists, poets and short-fiction writers published in the journal. To show appreciation for the students’ hard work and creativity, awards were given to the students for best poem, best short fiction, best artwork and the chosen cover artwork. “The Streetcar” not only gives students an opportunity to publish their writing, but also provides ways for students to give their writing a voice. “The Streetcar” hosted many events throughout the year, including Open Mic Poetry Night and First Page Fiction Night, which allowed students to read their poems and short fiction in front other students. At the release party, students also read their poetry and short fiction for the attendees.

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Junior Ciarra Smith, newly named co-editor in chief of ‘The Streetcar’ creative arts journal, with her predecessors, seniors Robert Frey and Morgan Hydrick.

The release party was also a platform for last year’s co-editors, Morgan Hydrick and Robert Frey, to pass the torch to the new co-editors, Joy Cariño and Ciarra Smith. Hydrick, senior majoring in English, and Frey, senior majoring in history, were the co-editors of the publication for the past two years. The two spent their first year learning how the whole process works. They called this first year their “transition volume,” since they did not make many changes to what past coeditors had published. Hydrick and Frey call this year their “transformation volume,” as they were already familiar with the original process, and were ready to make changes to make the volume unique. Volume six of “The Streetcar”

has a new aesthetic and typography to match and showcase the artwork the

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students provided, and as a result, made the volume six release party much

anticipated by the students and faculty of MSU. “What I have enjoyed most about working at “The Streetcar” is being able to work with a talented staff,” Frey said. “There is a vibrant, artistic community here at Mississippi State, and it has been an honor to be able to show it off.” Eric Vivier, the faculty advisor for “The Streetcar” for the last four years, said he does not micromanage the students’ work and he is only there to assist as needed, since this project is designed for students to express their creativity and originality “‘The Streetcar’ is a very student-based organization. They have all the artistic control. Morgan (Hydrick) and Robert (Frey) have been delightful to work with,” Vivier said. “I meet with the editors every month to make sure

everything is on schedule.” Smith has enjoyed her time working with “The Streetcar,” and hopes to bring more awareness to the journal during her time as co-editor this coming year. “I love being able to collect art from students from all different majors at Mississippi State,” Smith said. “I hope to bring more awareness and increase the presence of the Streetcar on campus.” Carino also hopes to make a positive impact during her time as coeditor during the coming year. Carino’s plans include brings more artists and poets to campus, creating a link between the MSU campus and the Starkville arts community. “I hope to bring more awareness and increase the presence of ‘The Streetcar’ on campus,” Carino said.

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Baseball’s super weekend sweeping No. 3 Arkansas BRIANNA WALKER STAFF WRITER

The Mississippi State University baseball team was none other than super this weekend, as MSU (22-19, 8-10 SEC) swept No. 3 University of Arkansas (28-13, 10-8 SEC) in their first three-game sweep of the season during the 33rd annual Super Bulldog Weekend. Elijah MacNamee, a junior from Cypress, Texas, had a good weekend at the plate, with a hit and an RBI in each of the two games on Saturday. “Everything showed this weekend pitching, defense, offense; it was awesome,” MSU first baseman MacNamee said. “We knew they had a good club, so we had to show everything we had. You have to go out there and just show everyone what you’ve got, everyone is going to get there shot.” In game one of the threegame weekend, the Bulldogs

pulled off a thrilling comeback victory after being held scoreless until the bottom of the sixth inning with a score of 6-5. Arkansas’s Eric Cole produced their 4-0 lead after a grand slam in the second inning, and the Razorbacks scored their final run of the game in the fifth inning. The game began to shift in favor of the Bulldogs with a bunt single from Rowdey Jordan. Shortly after, Luke Alexander notched a threerun home run, and the Bulldogs did not score again until the bottom of the eighth inning when Jordan Westburg hit a two-run single to tie the game. It was MacNamee who delivered the game-winning single to top the Razorbacks after being down 0-4 until the sixth inning. “It was a great win for our team and for our fans,” head coach Gary Henderson said. After coming off a thrilling victory Friday night, the Bulldogs completed their

first three-game sweep of the season after defeating the Razorbacks 5-3 in the second game and 7-5 in the final game. In game two of the series, the Bulldogs struck first to lead 1-0 after Rowdy Jordan scored a solo home run, MSU remained in the lead until the fourth inning after a RBIsingle delivered by Arkansas’ Luke Bonfield. MSU regained the lead after a RBI-double by Alexander, followed by a RBIsingle from Tanner Allen. MSU increased their 3-2 lead after Justin Foscue scored on RBI-double delivered by MacNamee. After a series-clinching game, the Rally Dogs did it again Saturday evening after being down 3-0 until the third inning, as they rallied to defeat Arkansas 7-5. Jacob Billingsley, a redshirt senior pitcher from Senatobia, said they had to keep playing to stay in the game. “If you want to keep your team in the game, you

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Elijah MacNamee, a junior from Cypress, Texas, stands on second base. MacNamee had three hits and three RBIs in the weekend’s sweep over No. 3 Arkansas, including a comeback win on Friday night, and a comeback win in the first game of the double header on Saturday.

just have to come out and compete,” said MSU pitcher Billingsley. “We have a roster full of great players, and it’s just going to keep going.” After being down 4-2 in the fifth inning, MSU took the lead with four runs in the

Record attendance for Moorhead’s first spring football game HUNTER CLOUD SPORTS EDITOR

The sound of cowbells filled the air, welcoming Mississippi State University’s head coach Joe Moorhead into Davis Wade at springtime, as he fulfilled a dream shared by football coaches across the nation. “I have heard all about the fans, the cowbells and the dog walk,” Moorhead said. “You walk out here to start the morning, and the day is going about a hundred miles and hour. Next thing you blink and it is pregame, and then the game is going. This is something coaches dream about, coaching in the SEC.” While Moorhead fulfilled

a dream, quarterback Keytaon Thompson, a sophomore from New Orleans, started for both the Maroon and White teams. He had found out he would do so the day before the game. “Never had a situation like that, that was wild going back in forth in the first time,” Thompson said. “I knew, I did not find out till yesterday, and I was like, ‘Oh my god.’ I was drinking lots and lots of water, hoping I was not going to cramp up like I did.” Thompson threw for 316 yards and one touchdown in the 28-10 game, as the Maroon team won the first spring game under head coach Joe Moorhead. Thompson also

threw two interceptions, and said he wished he could have some of his throws back. “I felt like I did well, I made some plays, and I had a couple of plays I wish I could get back,” Thompson said. “Seeing some new looks and running the new offense I think I did good today. I think the team did really well today. It was a great atmosphere today, and I would like to thank the fans that came out to show their support.” Kylin Hill, a sophomore running back from Columbus, had a great game as he rushed for 50 yards on nine carries and scored three touchdowns, helping lead the Maroon team to a decisive victory. Hill said

the new offense will give players the opportunity to show of their skills. “It felt good to get the ball in certain situations. I was able to contribute more with my offensive ability,” Hill said. “The new offense allows everyone to utilize their talent more than the offense in the past. The offense now is more explosive and appealing to the younger players.” The defense also had some players shine as Brian Cole, a junior safety from Saginaw, Michigan, made two tackles and pressured the quarterback. Cole said it was a blessing to get to play in the game, and a lot of trust has been placed in him. Read more at

sixth inning. A sacrifice fly by Hunter Stovall scored a run soon followed by a single from Jordan Westburg, then MacNamee’s RBI-single. MSU scored their final run of the game in the seventh inning off of a RBI-single

from Alexander. MSU’s next game is against the University of Mississippi for the annual Governor’s Cup on April 24 at Trustmark Park in Pearl. The game will be broadcasted on the SEC Network.

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