Starkville, Columbus gear up for the holidays with family events

Casanda Anderson

Senior Reporter

This holiday season, Starkville and Columbus, Mississippi have a variety of events and activities planned for the communities. The W will also host its annual “Winterfest at the W” Nov. 27-Dec. 1. The schedule below features all events and activities, their dates, and the locations. For additional questions please call 662-323-3322 for Starkville and 662-328-6305 for Columbus.

Straight Talk with Liz: Holiday Edition

Elizabeth Salmon


Q: I recently started dating this guy, and he is nice and likable, but I just don’t feel like it’s going anywhere. How can I let him know I don’t want to go out again without hurting his feelings? - Anxious Wreck

   Breaking things off with people is always a difficult situation. You don’t want to hurt their feelings, but you also don’t want to lead them on and hurt them in the long run.  I would recommend talking to him face to face, and explain how you think he is sweet and kind, but you are not feeling a spark. Most of the time, they may not feel the spark either but don’t know how to tell the other person. You have to do what’s best for you, but always do it with the other person’s feelings in mind as well. Good luck!

'Silent Sky' touches on current events in society

Lauren Trimm


   Mississippi University for Women’s Department of Theatre presented Lauren Gunderson’s “Silent Sky” Oct. 26-28 at 7:30 p.m. in Cromwell Theatre.

   The play is based on historical events and three women, Willamina Fleming, Annie Cannon and Henrietta Leavitt, whose research proved to be vital in the world of astronomy.

Cuisine with Casanda: Sautéed Mushrooms

Casanda Anderson

Senior Reporter

If you are looking for a hearty, healthy and satisfying meal, try this inexpensive mushroom dish. These sautéed mushrooms can be served as a side or a main dish.


1 pound mushrooms (your preference) 1 stick softened butter (cut into four equal pieces)

1/2 large onion 2 1/2 tablespoons thyme         4 cloves garlic 1 tablespoon of canola oil

Must-watch movies coming this holiday season

Price Hughes


The holidays bring us some of the biggest movie releases of the year, and these are four releases over the next few months that you absolutely must go see.

1. “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” – Opens on Dec.  15: The title says it all for this movie. I mean, it’s “Star Wars.” Do I really need to say anything more than that? The greatest movie franchise of all time returns with its eighth saga. It will pick up where “The Force Awakens” left off. Rey has finally found Luke Skywalker. Will he train Rey to be a Jedi, or will his past training experience cause a conflict? All the while, Leia, Finn, Poe and Chewy, among others, continue their fight against the evil First Order. To say you must go see this is an understatement. It’s a movie you can’t miss.

The Rise of Netflix Streaming: Why Students prefer it, what they're watching and what's new

Lauren Trimm and Tara Baucom

Editor and Online Editor

We live in a fast-paced society where convenience and efficiency are extremely important, especially when it comes to our media choices. Over the years, cable television has started to become optional for many people-especially college students-as many are choosing other streaming options. These options include Hulu, Amazon Prime and HBO among others. However the most popular appears to be Netflix. 

Why is Netflix so Popular?

Believe it or not, Netflix was actually created in 1997 by Reed Hastings and Marc Randolh. What started out as an online DVD subscription service turned into a streaming service with 94 million users as of April 2017.

2017 Eudora Welty Writers' Symposium provides excitement and learning for all

Lauren Trimm


   Mississippi University for Women hosted its annual fundraiser, the Welty Gala, on Friday, Oct. 20, at 7 p.m. as a featured event of the Eudora Welty Writers’ Symposium.

   This year, the gala was bigger and better than ever. There were several changes to the Gala this year, particularly the decision to move the location from the W to the Trotter Convention Center. The W’s Jazz Ensemble was also featured.