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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...

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...

USM updates mask mandate, COVID-19 protocols

USM updates mask mandate, COVID-19 protocols

Charlie Luttrell and Charlie Luttrell | February 28, 2022

The University of Southern Mississippi made revisions to its mask mandate, limiting it to just within instructional and health care settings only. The updated protocols will take effect immediately after...

Center for Military Veterans

USM cuts ribbon on new Center for Military Veterans

Charlie Luttrell and Charlie Luttrell | February 13, 2022

(Photos/Sean Smith) On Friday, Feb. 11, the University of Southern Mississippi formally dedicated the opening of its newest facility, the Quinlan-Hammond Hall of Honor, as the new Center for Military...

New social media minor prepares students for job market

New social media minor prepares students for job market

Garret Grove and Garret Grove | February 9, 2022

The University of Southern Mississippi is a Carnegie R1 research institution known nationally for its programs. But as it relates to a new minor on campus, it was developed in-house.  The Social...

Students find absentee voting difficult

Students find absentee voting difficult

Karigan Teer and Karigan Teer | November 1, 2019
For many college students and for people who temporarily move away from home, absentee voting is the only option to be politically involved. Despite absentee ballots being a well-known option for voting, student absentee voters often face challenges when attempting to make their voices heard.
Illustration by Emily Brinkman.

Universities’ voter turnout increases

Caleb McCluskey and Caleb McCluskey | October 30, 2019
Out of an estimated 48,498 voters registered in Forrest County, 16,474 made it to the polls according to data provided by election commissioner of district one Gentry Mordica. However, many people believe this number is not indicative of the importance of voting and voter turnout.
Photo by Brain Winters.

Algerian linguist finds community in Deep South

Jack McCallum and Jack McCallum | October 24, 2019
Born in Algeria, Keltoum Rowland has spent over 20 years living and developing a community in the Deep South.
Courtesy photo of Amelia Steadman McGowan.

Being an immigration lawyer: “much more than a job”

Molly Schraeder and Molly Schraeder | October 24, 2019
For Southern Miss alumna Amelia Steadman McGowan, being a lawyer is all about helping people who want to remain in the United States.
Grub N The Hub: Brunch

Grub N’ The Hub: Brunch

James Massengale and James Massengale | November 28, 2018

Have you experienced brunch in the Burg?  If you haven’t, you and your friends (assuming you have friends) are slackin’. When it comes to a nice Sunday morning combo of breakfast and lunch, Hattiesburg...

Student identified in flamingo theft, fraternity suspended

Yolanda Cruz and Yolanda Cruz | October 9, 2014

The Delta Mu Chapter of Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity (PIKE) is indefinitely suspended following the arrest of one of its potential members. Devin Nottis, 19, of Pascagoula, was arrested Oct. 8 on charges...

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