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Students were welcomed for the new school year by participating in the traditional Golden Eagle Welcome Week, or GEWW. GEWW has become a staple of the Golden Eagle experience for years now, with the famous Painting of the Eagle Walk being the most notable event. Seymour greeted students at the Eagle Walk on Aug. 17 to paint the Eagle Walk and welcome students to their new home.

Fall semester kicks off with GEWW

Ja'Terrica Wilson, Content Creator | August 30, 2023

Welcome back, Golden Eagles! Students on the Hattiesburg campus of The University of Southern Mississippi have started the new semester off with eagerness and excitement. There were recent activities...

Matthew Lee

“More than my disability”

Garret Grove, SM2 Reporter | May 17, 2023

Matthew Lee is thinking about what's next for him beyond graduation. Opportunities in-state and as far away as Denver, Colorado, are on the table.  These opportunities came from networking and prior...

Lance Nail listens to a member of the audience speak during a provost candidate forum in Joe Paul Student Theater on April 18, 2023.

Nail selected as USM’s next provost

Simeon Gates, SM2 Reporter | May 16, 2023

Lance Nail will become the next provost at the University of Southern Mississippi it was announced via an email to the campus community from president Joe Paul on Tuesday, May 16. This comes after weeks...

The University of Southern Mississippi will have a new course called African Politics & Culture, to be offered in the fall 2023 semester.

Learn more about Africa, enroll in a new course this fall

Sethanie Smith, SM2 Reporter | May 9, 2023

Have you ever wondered what goes on in African politics or are curious about African culture in general? If you have, the University of Southern Mississippi has a new course for you called "African Politics...

Wes Shaffer, coordinator of PRISM, the LGBTQ center at the University of Southern Mississippi, and USM Ph.D. student.

Letter of identity: The Wes Shaffer story

Wade Taliancich, SM2 Contributor | May 3, 2023

The world spun while they stood on top of the electrical box surrounded by thousands of people with every identity imaginable. Women with short hair, people of different races and ethnicities, individuals...

Nail sued for allegedly retaliating against a professor

Simeon Gates, SM2 Reporter | April 26, 2023

  The lawyer of a professor from Texas Tech University sent SM2 information about a legal dispute with provost candidate Lance Nail. Jim Wetherbe sued Nail for allegedly sabotaging Wetherbe’s...

Mohamad S. Qatu from Eastern Michigan, left, and Farshad Fotouhi from Wayne State University are both finalists for the provost position at USM.

Two other provost candidates face scrutiny, USM pays consultants almost $87K

Garret Grove, SM2 Reporter | April 26, 2023

Two of the other four provost finalist candidates at the University of Southern Mississippi have controversies in their past, and the university paid the consulting firm almost $87K according to information...

Southern Miss Campus Recreation hosts 5K Color Run

Southern Miss Campus Recreation hosts 5K Color Run

Sethanie Smith, SM2 Staff | April 26, 2023

The University of Southern Mississippi students, staff and the Hattiesburg community members gathered for a morning of fun for the 5K Color Run which took place in Spirit Park on April 15. The event was...

Nail arrives at USM for forum amidst student protest

Abigail Troth, SM2 Executive Editor | April 22, 2023

USM students were shocked and outraged when a Twitter thread received campus attention for its exposure of Lance Nail’s problematic past at a previous university. Despite a history that involves the...

SAPAs calendar of events during Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

USM’s SAPA bringing change to campus during SAAM

April 12, 2023

  The University of Southern Mississippi’s Sexual Assault Prevention Ambassadors (SAPA) is hosting Sexual Assault Awareness Month. The entire month of April will be full of events to help raise awareness...

Lance Nail

Provost Finalist’s Past Exposed by Twitter Thread

Simeon Gates, SM2 Reporter | April 6, 2023

Lance Nail, one of the finalists for provost at the University of Southern Mississippi, once defended a professor accused of sexual misconduct and changed students’ grades behind their professor’s...

Man arrested, student temporarily detained following trespassing incident

Garret Grove and Charlie Luttrell | March 31, 2023

University of Southern Mississippi police officers arrested a man and temporarily detained a student outside Joseph Cook Library Friday morning. According to a video captured by a witness, both people...

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