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Laurel Thrailkill

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Anti-vaxxers spread dangerous misinformation

The anti-vax movement stems from fear-mongering and misinformation.

Lady Antebellum’s ‘Ocean’ demonstrates growth

American country-pop trio Lady Antebellum released its eighth studio album through Big Machine Records. “Ocean” is an undeniable classic being received as a welcome return to the band’s roots.

First-gen students face unique challenges

First-generation college students are defined as students whose parents do not possess a four-year college degree. Every college student faces challenges, but there is a particularly unique set of challenges that comes with being a first-gen college student.

Live music vital to Hattiesburg underground music scene

Live music has been an integral part of Hattiesburg’s history from the first traces of rock ‘n roll in the 30s to the perhaps unlikely thriving underground punk scene of Hattiesburg today.

Non-Christians in the Bible Belt feel alienated

Mississippi is officially the most religious state in the U.S. Fifty-nine percent of Mississippians consider themselves to be “very religious.” Mississippi’s most popular religion is Christianity. In fact, 83% of Mississippi adults identify as Christian. With such a large majority population of Christians, non-Christians living in the Bible Belt often experience a disconnect.

Students working full-time at a ​disadvantage

Hard work is not a foreign concept to most college students. Homework, studying and attending classes is more than enough to fill their time. College students who work full-time jobs face a unique set of challenges, however.

Millennials​ gain power in elections

Over the years, studies have shown young adults vote less than other age groups. According to, young adults, especially students, move more frequently, are less likely to have a driver’s license and are less likely to be contacted by political campaigns than other age groups. All of these things are barriers for registering to vote and voting.

Lack of ASL classes cause disconnect

The importance of American Sign Language is often discounted and as a result, it is taught infrequently at schools and universities in the US.

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