Clarion-Ledger: We all lost a great one in Flowers

JACKSON, Miss. – Years ago, Charlie Flowers was showing me a photo of the 1959 Ole Miss football team. He was pointing to each player, face by face, row by row.

There were 43 players in the photo. Forty-two, Charlie said, graduated.

“Bank president, CEO of his company, successful lawyer,” Charlie said.

“Athletic director, mayor, Chancellor,” he continued.

“Head football coach, Major League baseball player, insurance executive, another mayor,” he kept going and going.

Finally, he finished. “There will never be another team like it,” Flowers said.

All too many people love to talk about themselves. Charlie Flowers loved to talk about his team.

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MBJ: UM Young Alum of the Year To Open Oxford Restaurant

Chef Kelly English plans this spring to bring his restaurant The Second Line to Oxford, Mississippi — the home of his alma mater — according to a news report. See the story in the Memphis Business Journal. Or read the UM release on English and other other distinguished alumni honored this year.

WAPT: UMMC Staff Trained to Treat Ebola

JACKSON, Miss. —The University of Mississippi Medical Center is training its staff to treat and avoid catching Ebola.

Doctors and nurses are working to recognize the symptoms of the virus to keep it from spreading further.

“You know, you never want to jinx yourself, but we are about as prepared as we can be,” said Jonathan Wilson, UMMC’s chief administrative officer.

Eighty percent of UMMC’s doctors and nurses are receiving enhanced training on Ebola response. The latest Tuesday was training on hazmat suit use — how to put them on and take them off without risking the spread of the potentially deadly virus.

Since last week, the hospital has received a handful of what it deemed potential Ebola threat cases: Patients with flu-like symptoms who were ruled out after they failed to meet other criteria.

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DM: Exhibition of Works from W. Gordon Bailey Collection Draws Attention

OXFORD, Miss. – A man walks across a mountainous plain. On his shoulder, stuffed into the cloth bag tied to the end of a wooden stick are his only possessions. Joe Light presented the painting in vibrant colors brushed across the broadside of a door. The doorknob is missing. Where is the man going? Perhaps to another time where there is no inequality.

Hawkins Bolden’s abstract, scarecrow-like figure looms, its metallic features creating empty sockets of what could be eyes or, perhaps, were used in another life when the repurposed metal was something less beautiful. Torn rags hang from the assemblage’s frame, something soft against the harsh reality of the mount.

The mummy-like figure the late Archie Byron shaped using glue and sawdust from the floors of woodworkers that he later molded and painted to form a three-dimensional self-portrait is as fragile as the life it represents. The man lies in his bed, arms drawn out above the blankets as he stares wearily out at the world.

These evocative pieces and many more stunning works of Southern, self-taught artistry are now featured in the University Museum’s exhibition “Our Faith Affirmed –Works from the Gordon W. Bailey Collection,” which will be exhibited through Aug. 8, 2015.

Read more about the remarkable exhibition in the Daily Mississippian story here.

HRC Blog: HRC President Chad Griffin and Dustin Lance Black Travel to Mississippi

On Tuesday October 14, Chad Griffin, HRC’s President and Dustin Lance Black, Academy Award-Winning screenwriter of the groundbreaking 2008 film Milk, are continuing their tour through Project One America States as they participated in a forum at the University of Mississippi about the critical importance of LGBT people and their straight allies sharing their courageous stories and coming out.  On Monday, Griffin and Black were at the University of Central Arkansas in Conway, Arkansas. Both events coincided with the recent celebration of National Coming Out Day (NCOD) on October 11, now in its 26 year.

Through exclusive videos and a week-long blog series leading up to NCOD, HRC has been sharing the diverse experiences of people from all walks of life who’ve come out, and highlighting stories via Facebook, Twitter, and for the first time, Snapchat. HRC also released a compilation video of celebrities and public figures who made the decision to live openly earlier this year, including Former Miss Kentucky Djuan Trent  and actress Ellen Page, who came out at HRC Foundation’s inaugural Time to THRIVE Conference.

When people know someone who is LGBT, they are far more likely to support equality under the law. HRC encourages LGBT people and straight allies to share their stories and has resources available that can be helpful to start those conversations. Learn more about the history of National Coming Out Day as well as helpful coming out guides by visiting HRC’s website.

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Clarion-Ledger: Mississippi Soldier Nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

JACKSON, Miss. – When Army Reserve Sgt. Randy Sandifer of Pinola deployed to Iraq as a sophomore at Ole Miss, he didn’t realize he was on a journey that would take him not only overseas, but eventually would tie his name to one of the most prestigious honors in the world.

Sandifer, now 30 and a ballistics expert at the Army Crime Lab in Atlanta, is nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize for research he did while stationed at Abu Ghraib prison — research that ultimately would lead to the closure of the controversial facility.

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ARTFIXdaily: Our Faith Affirmed –Works from the Gordon W. Bailey Collection at University of Mississippi Museum of Art

The University of Mississippi Museum of Art presents Our Faith AffirmedWorks from the Gordon W. Bailey Collection, which celebrates a major gift by noted, Los Angeles-based collector Gordon W. Bailey of inspired artworks created by African American self-taught artists from the South.  This important exhibition features works by 27 artists, born between 1900 and 1959.  Many of the artists are widely known and several, most notably, Thornton Dial Sr, Roy Ferdinand, Bessie Harvey, Lonnie Holley, Robert Howell, Joe Light, Charlie Lucas, Jimmy Lee Sudduth, and Purvis Young are considered self-taught masters.

Curated by Bailey and David Houston, the powerful exhibition underscores the significance of Southern vernacular artists whose influence extends far beyond the realm of aesthetics. The artworks exude an authority of experience and directness of expression that bears witness to the considerable weight of Southern history, the saga of American politics, and, most clearly, to their faith and clarity of vision.

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ARTSlant: Our Faith Affirmed – Works from the Gordon W. Bailey Collection

The University of Mississippi Museum of Art presents Our Faith Affirmed – Works from the Gordon W. Bailey Collection (September 10, 2014–August 8, 2015), a truly inspiring and transformative exhibition celebrating a major gift by noted scholar and collector Gordon W. Bailey of artworks created by African American self-taught artists. This important exhibition, and accompanying illustrated catalogue, features works by twenty-seven artists, born between 1900 and 1959. Many of the artists are widely known and several–Thornton Dial Sr., Roy Ferdinand, Bessie Harvey, Lonnie Holley, Charlie Lucas, Jimmy Lee Sudduth, and Purvis Young–are internationally exhibited. All of the artists, though unique individuals with decidedly different iconographies and points of view, share context. For them the raging authenticity and soulful expressiveness that is chiefly responsible for their popular and critical acceptance is solid evidence that they never bowed to limitations or expectations. In fact, they seldom altered their content of purpose whether cut off from the larger culture by geography or by law. Curated by Gordon W. Bailey and David Houston. Click here to read more about the entire collection. 

NewsMS: Gov. William Winter Documentary to Premier on Mississippi Public Broadcasting

JACKSON, Miss. – Parents were not always able to send their kids to public kindergarten in Mississippi. That all changed after a successful political battle for education reform lead by former Governor William Winter in the 1980s. The story is revisited in the Southern Documentary Project’s film The Toughest Job: William Winter’s Mississippi.

The film premiers Thursday, October 2 at 8pm on Mississippi Public Broadcasting.

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WTVA: Grant Funds Study of Cancer Gene kRAS

OXFORD, Miss. (WTVA) — The University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy will help with a U. S. Department of Defense study of a cancer gene called kRAS.

The school is receiving a grant for $333,878 to study the DNA make up the gene.

Researchers say kRAS is an important gene in the progression of pancreatic, lung and other cancers.

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