The Rights of Homosexuals in California rests in the hands of the Supreme Court: Student Reactions

The clip below features Ole Miss seniors Schaefer Marks, Travis Williams, and Natalie Samson, some of the voices that stand behind homosexuals’ right to get married in California. Samson is a Political Science major and takes the issue very seriously.

I also heard from some students who who hope that the Supreme Court will allow Proposition 8, that bans gay marriage, to stay enforced. Cecelia Browns, a sophomore at The University of Mississippi, feels that her conflict of religion is what keeps her from supporting gay marriage.

“I hope the Supreme Court keeps Proposition 8. It’s not because I think gay people shouldn’t have rights I just think marriage is something God intended for a man and woman and we should try and preserve that. It is California though, I mean I’m from Mississippi and I don’t think gay marriage will ever be allowed here, not in my lifetime at least,” Browns said.

Sam Rider, a sophomore at The University of Mississippi, is by no means pro gay rights, but as long as their rights take place far away from him, he remains indifferent on the matter.

“I don’t care what happens in California, as long as gay marriage isn’t allowed here,” Rider said. “I guess thats the good thing about state constitutions, people should just live in whatever state thinks like they do. I’m honestly surprised it’s not already legal in California.”

Becca Calvillo, a freshman at The University of Mississippi, will be very upset if the Supreme Court rules against gay marriage.

“I think it is way past time for this issue to be resolved,” Calvillo said. “Homosexuals deserve the same rights at Heterosexuals, end of story. It really bothers me when people who won’t be affected by the issue whatsoever are so against it.”


A Closer Look at Mississippi’s State of Health

This new “Anti Bloomberg” bill has caused some people to take a deeper look at just how healthy, or more accurately unhealthy, the state of Mississippi really is. The County Health Rankings even break the state down by counties, showing which ones have the most to work on to become to a healthier county.

Flipping the Script assignment

As a participant in the concert community, I see a lot of people unable to sell tickets to shows that they can’t attend, leaving tickets useless, and I also see a lot of people who can’t find the perfectly priced ticket for themselves before going to a show and they end up missing out. To solve this problem, I think an iPhone app that allows users to choose a location, then a specific show, and then enter a community with other app users who are either looking for or trying to sell tickets for that certain event.


In the app one could choose Oxford, MS. A list of upcoming concerts in that area will come up next on the screen. From that page you pick the concert in mind. Then you enter a page full of postings from people selling or buying tickets. If an entry interests you, you can send a message to that person (which can be sent through the app so people don’t have to give their phone numbers to strangers) and communicate back and forth through the app. Since things are organized by location it would be easy to interest advertisers. This app should help let no ticket go unused.

What Works 3/4

Sinkholes: Why Does the Ground Sometimes Just Disappear Right Beneath Us?


In this article by Rebecca Rosen for The Atlantic caught my attention because that is the question that I have been wondering but having a hard time finding the answer to since I heard the news of the man who was swallowed up in his home in Florida.

By making the headline that question I think it pulled in a lot of readers wondering the same thing. If it had been titled something else, I might not have clicked on it because I’ve already read a few other articles on the subject.

The writer wrote in a way that showed remorse for the tragedy that occurred while delivering clear and concise facts at the same time. Example:

“As biblical as the story sounds, the collapsing Earth was no act of god. Florida’s peninsula is unstable terrain by dint of its particular geology: a bed of limestone is slowly wasting away beneath the soil, taking trees, houses, and lives with it, collapse by collapse. What feels capricious to those above is the toll of an active planet, one of those improbable collisions of a human timescale and a geological one.”

I liked how the writer showed (and linked) to previous news stories of homes, trees and cars being sucked into the earth from that same county in Florida. This gave me the awareness that this is not new, although it felt like a bizarre random occurrence when I first started hearing reports of the incident.

The use of two different maps, one of the area of Florida where the incidents have occurred and one of the active karst topography in the U.S. really helped to get an understanding of the facts that are delivered. She explains everything in a way that someone who is very uneducated on the subject, like myself, can understand easily.