A rose to the Mississippi State community, which according to a national survey of 45,000 students at 200 U.S. universities and colleges, ranks fourth in the nation for free speech. In the survey, students rate their experiences on college campuses regarding free speech.
The rankings were based on openness to discuss challenging topics, tolerance for expression of opposing views, administrative support and comfort in communicating ideas. Students were surveyed about many different settings including in the classroom and on social media. Vice President of Student Affairs Regina Hyatt said the top-5 ranking shows the university staff and students are open to discussing differing opinions. A college education goes beyond academics and the opportunity to be exposed to new ideas helps students grow into mature, thoughtful adults. It’s an opportunity for students to challenge their own ideas and those of others in a healthy, respectful atmosphere.
A rose to 4-County Electric Power Association and TVA for assisting Partnership Middle School in Starkville by providing playground equipment that will be accessible to special needs students at the school. The Starkville-Oktibbeha Consolidated School District board on Tuesday accepted a donation of $5,000 from 4-County Electric and TVA for the purchase of specialized outdoor equipment for students with disabilities. Too often, circumstances can prevent special needs children from being able to join other children in activities. So playground equipment that all can use — regardless of one’s physical/mental abilities — helps build relationships and provides a sense of normalcy at an age when feeling accepted is very important.
The Dispatch Editorial Board is made up of publisher Peter Imes, columnist Slim Smith, managing editor Zack Plair and senior newsroom staff.
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