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Adrienne Berard delivers John C. Merrill Lecture on importance of journalism

April 18, 2015 – 7:21 pm | Comments Off

Elisabetta Zengaro

In the digital age of social media and online news, what is the role of journalism and why does it matter?
Such was the topic of this year’s John C. Merrill Lecture in Journalism on …

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Letter To The Editor

April 19, 2015 – 9:43 pm | Comments Off

Casey Greene
Letter to the Editor

With the news swirling around this year about budget cuts and the death of the journalism program at Delta State, it saddens me to realize I was one of the final journalism graduates from this university.

I firmly believe the main goal of individuals, no matter what they do, is to make your footprint a positive one.  Leave something in better shape than when you arrived.

I can’t say I’ve always been successful in that regard, but that is something that I set out to do during my time at Delta State.

I only spent three semesters on campus after transferring from Ole Miss, and honestly, it was exclusively to play baseball.  Almost my only concern when transferring was the quality of the journalism program.  What I found was a faculty that helped me find my way into the real world, despite the limitations that came with being a smaller university.

Since graduating almost 11 months ago, I am now working in a front office position for a minor league baseball league in Texas after an internship at a newspaper in Philadelphia, Miss., last summer.  It is a fact that I wouldn’t be in this position without my experience as a journalism major at Delta State.   The work I did with the soon-defunct print version of The Delta Statement directly landed me my first internship, which gave me the experience necessary for the job I have now.

It’s a slippery slope of hypotheticals to imagine where I would actually be if there had been no journalism program when I decided to transfer in the spring of 2013.  The only certainty is that I would have never attended Delta State.

No matter how you look at it, a journalism program and student newspaper are necessities at universities.  It is the voice of the students.  The cutting of the program doesn’t make any sense, unless you buy into the possible political reasons that have been circulating for some time.

There has already been much published regarding specifics of the budget cuts and faculty concerns surrounding the death of the journalism program, but the letter from the SEJC is what stands out to me.

Their examination of the budget found that the savings from not printing a paper equated to approximately .01 percent of the overall budget.  That’s like putting a green dot on a sheet of paper and saying you’re working on a color portrait.  Actually, when you factor in the losses associated with the end of the journalism program and likely student transfers, it’s more like panning for gold specks with a mesh strainer.

More so, cutting the print edition of a school newspaper cheapens the experience of every student at Delta State.  If you are preparing students for life after college, wouldn’t you want to create an atmosphere that allows students to have a medium in which to follow current events that impact them?  The Delta Statement is tailored to reach the students and train them to be knowledgeable of these events to help them become productive members of society.

As an athlete, every player wants a cutout of a picture or article referencing their efforts to give their team a victory.  It gives them a sort of validity and greater sense of accomplishment to all of the hard work they put in throughout the year.  Not having a campus newspaper deprives those athletes of that experience, almost all of which will see their athletic careers end in Cleveland.

On the baseball team, each week players that had their name in the newspaper would have a copy of that cutout in their lockers.  Someone wanted us to have tangible evidence of what we did for this university.

The person that went to all the trouble to place those in our lockers? Arguably the most impactful person in the history of Delta State. Boo Ferriss.

Casey Greene, Class of 2014

Letters To The Editor

April 19, 2015 – 9:38 pm | Comments Off

Phyllis Bunn
AAUW Supports Paycheck Fairness
The Cleveland/DSU Branch of the American Association of University Women in association with the national association is recognizing Equal Pay Day, Tuesday  April 8, 2014 to bring focus to the gender …

A look back at DSU’s history against Division I opponents

April 19, 2015 – 12:18 am | Comments Off

OB Taylor
Assistant Sports Editor
Delta State had a long history of games against Division I opponents for years until the mid-2000s when DI schools stopped scheduling games with DII opponents in any sport.
For decades, the Statesmen …

Umpteenth scandal for Qatar

April 19, 2015 – 12:17 am | Comments Off

Florian Mondoloni
Sports Editor
Qatar had once again shown a disgusting face for itself after a marathon that happened in Doha on March 27. Al-Sadd Sports Club, one of the most important sports clubs in Qatar, wanted …

Lady Statesmen win series at MC

April 19, 2015 – 12:15 am | Comments Off

OB Taylor
Assistant Sports Editor
The Lady Statesmen softball team defeated Mississippi College in a three-game series in Clinton, Miss., to push up their GSC tournament hopes.
DSU shut out the Lady Choctaws 6-0 in the first game …

Statesmen defeat Mississippi College

April 19, 2015 – 12:12 am | Comments Off

OB Taylor
Assistant Sports Editor
Delta State continued their solid run winning two out of three against Mississippi College in Clinton, Miss.
The first game of the doubleheader was dominated by the Statesmen. They won 11-0 thanks to …

Lady Statesmen defeated by Lady Hawks on Senior Day

April 19, 2015 – 12:10 am | Comments Off

Florian Mondoloni
Sports Editor
The Delta State women’s tennis team closed the regular season with a loss 2-7 again Shorter University on April 11 at Cleveland, Miss. This match was an occasion to celebrate the team’s two …

Statesmen fall to Shorter University

April 19, 2015 – 12:07 am | Comments Off

Florian Mondoloni
Sports Editor
The Delta State men’s tennis team ended the regular season with a 2-5 loss against Shorter University on April 11 at Cleveland, Miss. This match was the last one at home for seniors …

Taylor Holland: Leading by example on and off the field

April 19, 2015 – 12:05 am | Comments Off

Elisabetta Zengaro
It’s 7:00 a.m., and Taylor Holland is studying, finishing homework, checking emails and sipping on a cup of coffee before she has to go to class. Holland has a full schedule as a student-athlete, …

Student profile: Derrick Bean

April 19, 2015 – 12:00 am | Comments Off

La Tia Penn
Advertising Manager
Many may have seen him at the tennis courts on campus serving or backhanding with the women’s and men’s tennis teams, but he is no member of Delta State’s tennis team or …

Tips for picking the right handbag

April 18, 2015 – 11:56 pm | Comments Off

Aallyah Wright
Assistant News Editor
Michael Kors, Steve Madden, Dooney & Burke, Prada, Moschino, Giorgio Armani, Gucci, Dolce & Gabbana and Ralph Lauren are only a few different designers that cater to women’s handbag needs. Black is …