Mississippi College Rebrands Towards a Connected Future / Kienna Van Dellen

Mississippi College has recently undergone intense research in order to define the institution’s personality. The process started in fall 2018 with focus groups asking students, staff, faculty, and alumni about rebranding. In spring 2021 the first part of the branding process that took place was reputation strategy. From that research, they came back to campus and did a brand reveal. The branding project directed by Carnegie Dartlet engaged more than 1,000 employees, students, and alumni in focus groups and listening workshops. Carnegie is a national firm that works with higher education schools on rebranding. According to their reveal of Mississippi College’s brand, their main goal is to “Humanize institutions from within, building consensus between all critical stakeholders around your organization’s authentic self.” 

Through the process, there were three personality workshops focusing on archetypes, traits, faults, cause, and genome. An online survey covered research on familiarity, reputation, and personality. Finally, three message workshops explained dimensions, evidence, and preamble. The rigorous research was conducted through internal stakeholder workshops, external perception research, and competitive analysis. Starting with what Carnegie labels as the frameworks, they labeled nine different archetypes within their research. Archetypes define human characteristics in simple terms. 

MC’s personality has been identified with four main colors: red, purple, pink, and blue. MC’s main archetype was the color purple as a shepherd standing for the meaning of supportive and selfless. The detailed report of how Mississippi College should connect with others is under the “Care With Me” title, with main points of selflessness, nurturing, and support. These points can be accomplished by organizations that connect with their audiences in a way that is selfless and focused on nurturing those who are within the MC sphere of influence. 

Alongside the nine archetypes, Carnegie also assisted the university in conducting a peer review alongside 12 other institutions that are at the same level of higher education. The peer project included Mississippi College, Mississippi State University, the University of Southern Mississippi, the University of Mississippi, Hinds Community College, Holmes Community College, William Carey University, the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, Samford University, Union University, Christian Brothers University, and Dallas Baptist University. MC scored fourth on the leaderboard and was titled as “commendable confidants.” 

 In a total analysis of Mississippi College’s website, social media, video, and campaigning, 61% of the original archetype personality was fulfilled. It was discovered that MC had a large field of the beige color archetype. Beige is not considered an archetype, it is rather considered a wanderer; it’s neutral and unexpressive in meaning. 

MC has used that research data to redo all admissions material. “We are trying to find students that align with those colors and also tell stories to share those colors with others,” said Tracey Harrison, Associate Vice President for Marketing and Communication at MC.

“In the past Mississippi College has been unsure on how to tell its story, and the reason is because they have never identified on paper and said this is who we are and that is what Carnegie Dartlet did. They helped us do the research and present the data in a way that we can say confidently, ‘This is who we are,’ and now we can tell that story, it gives us a roadmap of communication.”

The current step that MC is taking action on is looking at the campus visual identity. This process is trying to bring all the separate departments and schools back under the same umbrella of a logo, a style that is agreeable for everyone. The research was the foundation and now they are starting to move forward with action, looking at logos and colors and how MC visually represents itself in the telling of their story. 

By the time they finish, the process will have lasted almost four years. While the pandemic interrupted some of it, the team wanted it to be inclusive and data-driven and are taking the time needed to get this rebranding right. The Office of Public Relations has now been changed to be titled the Office of Marketing and Communication; they work with admissions and alumni to oversee the brand. The on-campus renovations are not connected to this MC rebranding, however, but are rather just intended to modernize the campus and follow a master plan that the campus has created.

The communication on campus had been decentralized and inconsistent for years. It was not coordinated or cohesive, but now the message is coming together to be centralized and consistent.  “I am grateful to all of the students, my colleagues, alumni, and friends of the university who have contributed to this project. We are excited to see these changes implemented over the months ahead,” said Harrison. 

The hope of this project is to define MC’s sense of self and story for decades to come. The main goal of this research was for MC to be able to create a strong, consistent message across all platforms. In the final reveal  by Carnegie Dartlet, Mississippi College exists to “Empower Authentic Excellence to inspire the world through the passion, strength, and visionary leadership of our students.”

Cross Country Eyes Nationals After Successful Start / Jace Aymond

Even with COVID-19 causing a sporadic and unusual season for the Mississippi College cross country teams, there were plenty of positives to look at and excitement for this season. In 2020, the men’s team never placed lower than fourth and won the Fast Cats Classic held at Kentucky Wesleyan College. The women had even more success as they also won the Fast Cats Classic as well as the Watson Invitational held at Choctaw Trails. The women took runner up at the conference championship and never placed lower than that in their four meets they competed in. 

Already this season, the men and women’s teams won both meets the Choctaws raced in, and three of the four races saw MC taking the individual winner. The Opener held at Choctaw Trails saw both teams cruise to easy wins, with Gabe Poulin and Cole Benoit splitting the race’s win with a time of 15:24 for the 5K and MC placing nine in the top 12. Jazmin Hernandez was the runner-up with a strong time of 19:10 for the women’s race with seven of the top 11 placing for the Choctaws.

Coach Matthew Reneker is ecstatic for the future after watching the opening meet and the time trials held a week prior, which he said were “the best I’ve seen in my 25 years of coaching. Just to put this into perspective, I have two guys who are national qualifiers, and they went 16:13 [in the 5k] two years ago and we had 10 people run that fast today [at the Opener]. On the women’s side, we’re as deep as we’ve ever been before and we’re going on all cylinders.”

Also speaking on their first meet, Benoit said that the team “was not concerned about times. It was really about the team effort and us going out and running as a pack, and I think we did that excellently today. Team-wise, it was a huge motivator.”

Benoit also spoke on how the team has a different mindset this year, saying, “Whenever we first got on campus, we had some big goals in mind this year. Normally, we just come on campus and are excited to start the season, but this year, we’re ready to compete on a national level.”

The Choctaws’ next meet was the North Alabama Invitational, where both teams dominated yet again. Poulin and Hernandez took the individual crowns and both teams secured the gold, beating multiple Division I teams such as Memphis, North Alabama, Murray State, and Jackson State. In the men’s race, MC placed five in the top 12 runners, along with four in the top seven in the women’s race. 

Hernandez was extremely proud of their performances, saying that “it was one of the best meets the girls have had at MC so far. I’m so excited going forward, especially for conference. We have a lot of good girls that we brought in and I’m so excited to see what they can do and what we’ll do as a team.”

The Choctaws have four more regular season meets on the campuses of Missouri Southern, McNeese State, Louisville, and back in Clinton for the annual Watson Invitational. The conference championships taking place this year on Oct. 23, will be held at Choctaw Trails. Their familiarity with the challenging course is a huge advantage for the Choctaws. 

With an already highly successful season, an experienced and talented roster, and a familiar course for the conference championships, the road to nationals is only becoming clearer as the 2021 season rolls along.

Choctaw Sports Lose a Legend / Charles Williams

Mississippi College athletics are mourning the loss of a legend, as former head football coach and athletic director John M. Williams passed away on Sep. 2 at his family home in Byram.  

Williams played football at Port Gibson HS and Copiah Lincoln CC before finishing his playing career at Mississippi College, graduating in 1957. After college, he began his successful coaching career at high schools across Mississippi, including championship seasons at both Magee and Biloxi High. Following this successful run, his alma mater came calling and Williams became the Choctaw’s head football coach in 1972 as the school joined Division II.  

His success would continue at MC as he helped lead the football program into a new golden age. Beginning with a 10-3 mark in 1979, the team’s run of success culminated in 1989 with a Gulf South Conference championship and winning the National Championship.  Throughout that run, the Choctaws only notched one losing season and never lost more than five games. After winning the 1989 Division II National Championship, Williams capped off his MC career with another 11-3 season in 1990 before stepping down after 19 years as the Choctaws’ head coach. His 122 career wins put him second all-time at MC behind only Stanley Robinson.  

Outside of his football accomplishments, Williams drew the admiration of a number of other significant figures at MC. In an article posted on gochoctaws.com, former players Tom Gladney and Jerry Jett expressed their appreciation for their former coach. “He was the man you wanted your boy to be. He showed every one of us how to be a man,” said Gladney, speaking about the lessons Williams taught his teams. Jett, speaking about his ability to motivate, said,  “He was the kind of person that he wouldn’t ask you to do anything he hadn’t done. And he had the uncanny ability to make you think you could do anything.” In addition to his own players, Williams impacted MC sports as a whole as he played a major part in bringing former athletic director Mike Jones in as basketball coach.  

A legend that brought the football program to new heights and mentored many young men in his program, Williams ushered in a new era in Choctaw athletics and is responsible for some of the greatest moments in Choctaw history. He should be mourned by the entire MC family.     

After Historic Season, Volleyball Raring to Go In 2021 / Jace Aymond

Before the virus-shortened spring season that occurred earlier this year, the Lady Choctaw volleyball team had not produced a winning season since 1994. Although they only played a total of nine matches in the 2020 season, it was one for the record books in multiple ways. The Gulf South Conference implemented a Spring Championship Series for fall sports that could not participate to compete in a shortened spring season to make up for lost time. Almost all MC sports that competed in this temporary new format, such as the soccer teams, had major success. For the Lady Choctaw volleyball team, it was no different. 

In that spring season, the team finished with a 7-2 record, only falling to the eventual conference champion, Alabama-Huntsville, in five sets and Montevallo in four sets in the Spring Championship Series semifinal held in Hoover, Alabama. In the entire program’s history, the volleyball team has never made it as far as the semifinals of the conference tournament. Even though they matched up against only half of the conference’s opponents, it was still an incredibly impressive accomplishment for the program. 

Junior Kendall Platt spoke on the excitement last season brought, saying, “It was so much fun to be able to go as far as we did last year, and hopefully this year we’ll go even further. But I think that now that we’ve gotten a taste of what it’s like to be there, we all want it that much more and we’re going to work that much harder to get it.” 

Out of the entire conference the previous season, the Lady Choctaws allowed the fewest assists, kills, aces, and digs in opponents they faced. They also led the conference in hitting percentage at .256, service aces with 2.2 per set, and third in kills with 13 per set. The team had the greatest number of kills in a single game last season in their match at Union with 73. Lexie Laurendine led the entire conference in service aces with Erin Davis finishing third in digs. 

With their historic run last season, the 2021 campaign looks to be bright as the Lady Choctaws only lost two seniors to graduation and return all but one who played in all four sets of the season’s last game against Montevallo. Mississippi College was picked to finish sixth in the preseason GSC poll, and some players received honors from the conference before the season began. Junior Lexie Laurendine was tabbed on the Preseason All-GSC team and freshmen Lydia Paulette and Julia Sumrall were awarded Top Newcomers. 

Coach Shauna Laurendine praised her team, saying, “They’re a great group of girls. They’re easy to work with and I don’t even know if I’ve had to raise my voice at them as a coach, which is kind of nice. When I started, I was having to constantly teach the basic skills, and now, we can finally fine-tune things versus having to teach the basics.” 

The season has already gotten underway as the Lady Choctaws played their season opener at Arkansas-Monticello. The squad lost in five sets, and although the record sits at 0-1, there is lots to look up for. In fact, in that match, Lexie Laurendine set the program’s Division II record with 47 assists. 

Originally, the team was scheduled to participate in the Dakota’s Patriot Classic at the University of Texas-Tyler on Sep. 10-11, but due to Covid issues, they could not make the trip. However, the Lady Choctaws planned to make the trip back to Arkadelphia, Arkansas to compete at the Reddie-Tiger Invitational hosted by Arkansas-Monticello on Sep. 17-18. On day one, they would take on UAM again and Ouachita Baptist. Day two would see them facing off against the Tigers of OBU again as well as Henderson State. Conference play kicked off right after on Sep. 21 at West Alabama, with the season’s home opener on Friday, Sep. 24 against Montevallo.

A Look Back at the Past Year For MC Athletics / Jace Aymond

It would be a massive understatement to say that the past year has presented us all with many obstacles. From our own personal battles, family members, local businesses, and even this great campus of Mississippi College, it seems like everyone was impacted by the coronavirus one way or the other. One of the main groups impacted on campus was that of Choctaw Athletics, as no sport on campus had a traditional season like years before. But, like always, they charged through it, and many positives emerged from the chaos that last year presented. 

The only fall sports on campus that did not have to change their original season schedule were cross country and golf. Even with this, three of the seven meets the cross country teams were set to compete in were cancelled, but they had lots of success in the meets they did get a chance to compete at. Later in the year, the track and field teams were also able to compete in several events, and five athletes earned All-American honors. One of these was Tytavia Hardy, who placed 11th in the triple jump at nationals and was selected as the 2021 Most Outstanding Indoor and Outdoor Field Performer. 

During the strange semester, women’s golf launched into their first year as a sport on campus with freshmen Sarah Hodson and Jenna Belton leading the charge, competing in four tournaments throughout the year. The men’s side was also successful as they competed and placed well in nine tournaments. Football’s normal fall season was entirely cancelled, but the Choctaws picked up a few scrimmages against Arkansas Tech, Arkansas Southern, and Tarleton State. 

For the other fall sports that were cancelled such as soccer, volleyball, and basketball, the Gulf South Conference implemented a “Spring Championship Series” for these activities so the teams could salvage some part of their season. Basketball got the experience and playing time they needed in the shortened season to prepare for this winter. Both soccer teams performed well with the men making it to the conference semifinals and the women winning it all in an undefeated season. Finally, volleyball had a historic season and made it to the conference semifinals as well, making it the furthest in program history. 

The baseball and softball season went as planned, with only a few COVID-related cancellations along the way. Baseball finished the year 16-20 and although they missed the postseason, they are extremely ready and prepared for the season ahead. Softball on the other hand finished at 21-22 and made an impressive run all the way to the GSC championship game. Because of this, they were selected into the South Region of the NCAA Tournament held at Valdosta State. 

Finally, the tennis teams saw lots of action this past spring as the men went 3-13 but made the conference tournament where third-ranked Valdosta State cut their season short. The ladies ended their season sitting at 9-7 overall and also made the GSC tournament. They made it all the way to the semifinals but were defeated by a top-10 West Florida team.

The fall sports happening now and those set to get going in the near future can all agree on one thing: all of them are extremely excited to return to a sense of normalcy, and the students, faculty, and fans of Mississippi College Athletics could not be more in agreement. 

The Return of Pimento’s / Evan Espinoza

This semester has seen the return of many Mississippi College staples such as a full-scale Recruitment, Caf waffle makers, and the campus favorite restaurant, Pimento’s. Due to Campus Dining staffing shortages throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Pimento’s was unfortunately shut down to keep the Caf and new restaurants like Chick-Fil-A and Einstein Bros. Bagels up and running throughout the school year. Many rumors began floating around campus as to what would become of the space Pimento’s used. Some always thought the same restaurant would eventually return, and some put their hope in a campus Whataburger. However, the former seems to have proved true as Pimento’s is officially back up and running with a full staff. 

Campus Dining manager Mike Prince decided that after a quiet opening to test the waters earlier in September, it seemed best to proceed with fully reopening the restaurant at full capacity. When asked whether it would be the same old Pimento’s or not, Prince actually had news regarding new menu items. “We’ve added a new nacho, chicken Caesar wrap, and chicken fiesta wrap… One new thing we also want to try is adding fries to the menu,” Prince said regarding the new menu. He also hinted at daily specials to enter the rotation of the menu in the near future. 

Prince also shot down the rumors of replacing Pimento’s with any new restaurants or other facilities. Anyone holding out hope for that campus Whataburger will have to settle for Pimento’s, as Prince stated, “We have an agreement with them [Pimento’s] so the question was never if it was coming back, but when it would come back.” The main issue of re-opening the restaurant was simply the lack of labor to run it alongside other campus restaurants and the Caf.

As the return of Pimento’s marks a big step in the right direction for campus dining, the question of whether or not it can compete with the new restaurants still exists. Prince remains sure of the fact that Pimento’s, for the time being, is here to stay. Pimento’s was, however, the catalyst for discussions about more restaurants to come in the future. The juniors and seniors of Mississippi College have long missed the old counterpart to Pimento’s, 1826. On this topic, Prince said, “1826 has been another discussion. We have talked about making it into a store or possibly a new hangout spot for students, but nothing is decided yet.” 

While the mystery of what should become of 1826 remains, the mystery and rumors of Pimento’s can finally be put to rest. Mike Prince encouraged students to keep bringing business to Pimento’s as they work on bringing something for everyone in both old and new menu items. Prince also noted that it would only be open Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in order to maximize business on the busier parts of the day. When the lines are too long at Chick-Fil-A or a break from the Caf is needed, stop by Pimento’s for a new and tasty lunch experience. 

Clubs and Tribes Wrap up Recruitment, Prepare for Follies / Rachel Faulk

Moving into October, MC’s social organizations will be finishing up the Recruitment process before turning their focus toward Follies and other Homecoming events. 

Recruitment events began with Block Party on the Bricks, which took place on Aug. 31. At this game show-themed event held on the brick streets, freshmen and other students interested in going through Recruitment were able to meet the clubs and tribes. According to Council president Jarred Couch, Block Party on the Bricks was “where a lot of people got their first notion of what they really wanted out of Recruitment.”

Clubs and tribes picked a game show and created activities around that theme, and attendees enjoyed donuts and lemonade from local companies. “We had a lot of people come,” said Olivia Grace Brookins, fellow Council president. “I think people had a really great time. It was a success.”

According to Brookins, over 320 people signed up for Recruitment this year. Recruitment Week took place Sep. 11-18, and all events were held in person. Events began with a kickoff and Twilight Tailgate on the Quad on Saturday, Sep. 11. Throughout the following week, Potential New Members attended Coke parties, invite parties, and a last chance event. The week concluded on Saturday, Sep. 18, with Squeal Night for tribes and Reveal Night for clubs. Because this took place during Family Weekend, there was the potential of parental involvement in this year’s celebration.

Currently, clubs and tribes are in the middle of the Recruitment Process, which new members must go through to join their organization. The Process began Sep. 18 and will conclude on Oct. 17. Couch admitted that the Process will be time-consuming and tiring for students going through it during this time. “They’re gonna need some positive energy.”

After the conclusion of Recruitment, clubs and tribes will turn their attention to preparing for Homecoming events, the most notable of which is Follies. An MC tradition, Follies is an annual performance of creative skits by each of the clubs and tribes. Follies is scheduled to take place Oct. 28-29, 2021. 

While new members have traditionally been required to participate in Follies as part of the Recruitment Process, this year will look slightly different since Follies takes place after the Process concludes. This year, participation is optional for new members, but it is also open to active members in the clubs and tribes. According to Couch, many organizations are offering incentives for members to participate in Follies.

“I think it will be really exciting to give more actives the opportunity to be in it, but new members are definitely encouraged to be a part,” Brookins said. “We’re still hoping it will be very new member centered; however, it will give an opportunity for people who want to be in it, and we think that will increase the production quality of Follies.”

While COVID still has the potential to disrupt plans for future events including Follies, clubs and tribes hope to indeed see the return of one of campus’s most beloved traditions. “If we get to have Follies, which I hope we will, then everyone is going to be focused on making it the best production that they can,” said Couch.

Follies is scheduled to be performed Thursday, Oct. 28 and Friday, Oct. 29. The Thursday performance will be a free showing for students, faculty, and staff, while Friday’s performance is open to the public. Those interested in attending should look out for more information on how to reserve a ticket for these performances.

2021 Homecoming to be Held in Person / Rachel Faulk

After COVID-19 relegated 2020 Homecoming events to a virtual format stripped of several beloved traditions, 2021 Homecoming is scheduled to be held in person once again on Oct. 29-30. 

In keeping with the current MC campus theme of “Rise Up,” inspired by Nehemiah 2:18, the theme of Homecoming this year is “Blue and Gold Rising.” Alumni returning to campus may participate in a golf tournament and attend class reunions, an awards brunch, a performance of Follies, and other events in addition to the traditional tailgate and football game on Saturday. Weather permitting, reunions will be held in the Quad this year.

Concerning the significance of Homecoming at MC, Chad Phillips, Associate Director for Alumni and Parent Engagement, said, “Homecoming is a time for alumni to return to campus and see all of the improvements that have happened since their graduation, remember old times on campus and reconnect with classmates.”

However, Homecoming is also a time of celebration filled with fun events for current MC students. The Homecoming Committee under the Campus Programming Board has planned a week of events for students to attend. 

“Homecoming is not just an event for alumni,” said Anna Davis, one of the Homecoming Committee chairs. “We have multiple events each day starting Monday all the way through Saturday for current students to come and enjoy.”

The week will include a combination of annual traditions along with some new events. Along with some smaller events, the schedule includes a service event where club and tribe members can earn points, an event where students can get to know the football team, and an intramural spikeball tournament. 

This year’s Homecoming Week also brings the return of a number of beloved traditions. The clubs’ and tribes’ annual Choctaw Cheer-Off will return this year, although due to the ongoing construction on the Caf patio it will most likely be held in a different location than in past years. Follies will be held Thursday and Friday of Homecoming Week, followed by the traditional tailgate, parade, football game, and court presentation on Saturday. 

Davis wants to encourage all students to come to the events planned for the week. “The events will be so much fun, and we will have giveaways all throughout the week!” 

However, Homecoming for students is more than just a week of exciting events. Wesley Thomas, the Board director overseeing the Homecoming Committee, said, “I think Homecoming is multifaceted in that, one, it’s great for alumni to come back and get to reinvest in the campus that poured so much into them, but also it’s great for connection’s sake. People that are still here are getting to meet the alumni that have already graduated, showing that we’re all just one big MC family.”

Homecoming plans are still subject to change based on COVID developments. “As we get closer to Homecoming, we will monitor the current state and CDC guidelines. We will make adjustments as necessary to make sure everyone can enjoy a safe Homecoming,” said Jonathan Nutt, Director of Student Engagement. “We are very excited about celebrating Homecoming on campus after not being able to last year.”

As Homecoming approaches, look out for the release of a detailed schedule of events as well as any updates due to the COVID situation.

Stepping Outside the Boundaries of the Bubble / Kienna Van Dellen

As we all settle back into campus life, whether it is your first semester or 30th year teaching, most people across campus are in tune with what is titled “The MC Bubble.” The safety net of community is common among many conservative schools across the South and reaches to encapsulate different aspects of the student life to put on display. This is displayed through campus advertisements, events and the personality that the university expresses. 

The welcoming culture of the MC family and finding a home on campus is an amazing mold to help shape your college experience and help you to grow in your knowledge and personal relationship with our glorious Creator. However, the intense, energized agenda can sometimes be a lot for students to take in. If you aren’t part of a club or tribe, don’t have a nametag with an MC logo or drink Cups coffee you may start to feel a little lost. We stick around people like us, around people that have the same ideas and majors, and go to the same churches. Now don’t get me wrong, all of those things are good; you do them and so do I. 

The problem is that the culture of involvement fosters likeness over diversity. People who don’t fit into the MC mold and may have different interests end up feeling left out. Students who are part of smaller organizations may feel as if they aren’t involved enough simply because their position on campus is not as hyped up or honored. The diversity within students is not celebrated as it should be. While we don’t have to make a club for every kind of human being, people shouldn’t be ashamed to say they didn’t go through Recruitment or that they don’t have a tailgate tent to attend. MC should strive to create more campus-wide events to include those students who are in clubs and tribes alongside students who aren’t. This could create a stronger community across the student body.

Clubs and tribes offer an amazing community and great experience for many people; however, that may not be the perfect fit for everyone and that’s okay. Especially after the past year of limited social interaction, our social batteries are run down and we need to learn how to introduce ourselves and create small talk all over again. As some of you may be going through the Recruitment process, be gracious to yourself and others as we are reentering social environments that seem so foreign after months of isolation.

MC champions itself on giving students real work experiences in leadership and practice in their potential career paths. A way we can improve on this is by opening up our communication and expanding our reach to create more unconventional relationships. In the workforce, we come in contact with people from all areas and backgrounds of life. Something that the MC bubble may block out is the ability to receive criticism and deal with those who may not agree with us. While the campus may be a close-knit encouraging family, the outside world is oftentimes not and we need to prepare ourselves for that. We should be preparing to bring the bright and joyous environment that we see on campus out into the world.

 Campus thrives on local events and keeping students on those red-brick streets. The farthest students may wander off campus is for dinner or a concert. We live, work, worship, rest, and study all within the same environment. The convenience is there, but I want to challenge you to step outside of the bubble. Try new food, find a new spot to study, explore all the rich culture and history surrounding Jackson and nearby scenic routes. Meet new people, old and young, locals and internationals, people of different religions and from different socioeconomic backgrounds, see life around you from other people’s perspectives. We are in college to learn and experience life outside of how we were raised, and only so much of that can come from a textbook. I encourage you to soak in the richness of life that may be different from the world that you have built up around yourself. 

Main Street Clinton to Have a Fall Full of Events / Emily-Kate Ford

Main Street Clinton, Inc., a program of the Mississippi Main Street Association, strives to strengthen the community feel in Clinton through partnerships with businesses, property owners, and residents. The incorporation consists of different committees that separately hold unique tasks but come together to make Clinton the best it can be. One way in which Main Street Clinton does this is by regularly hosting events within the community. A few of these events include Olde Towne Markets, parades, and other activities catered to different age groups. Events like such help bridge the gap between the community of Clinton and students of Mississippi College.    

For college students, it is easy to become so caught up in all that is happening on campus, that they miss out on what is going on within the city itself. Main Street Clinton strives to help this issue. Main Street Clinton Assistant Director Anna Hawks discussed the incorporation’s desire to have college students involved within the community and in attendance at events.  “We always love for more students to know what all is going on,” Hawks said.  

Several MC students have attended events hosted by Main Street Clinton. Kayden Chistov, a junior, says she loves the events. “ Main Street Clinton provides lots of opportunities for students to get off campus for a little bit and interact with the Clinton community,” Chistov said. “The events are always so fun and such a sweet way for college students to feel at home in Clinton!”  

Main Street Clinton has several events to look forward to in the upcoming future.

In the month of October, Main Street Clinton will be hosting an event called Dinner & A Movie. As the weather slowly cools down, people within the community are invited to Jefferson Street to enjoy food and a family film. The movies will begin at dusk, providing time for attendees to grab some food at a local restaurant then find a seat to watch the movie. On Friday, Oct. 8, the 2017 Disney Pixar film “Coco” will be streamed, while later on in the month on Oct. 22, the movie “Hocus Pocus” will be played as everyone gets in the spirit for Halloween.  

Main Street Clinton also announced that the BBQ on the Boulevard event will be returning on Saturday, Oct. 9. This event consists of a best BBQ competition and, added this year, a steak competition. Those who compete have the opportunity to potentially win $1,550 in prize money. 

Main Street Clinton will kick off the harvest season on the second Saturday in October with the Fall for Clinton Market. The market offers handcrafted items including woodwork, jewelry, candles, apparel, and more. Shoppers enjoy live music and a number of dining options. During the market, don’t miss the annual Pet Parade. Pet owners are invited to bring pets of all shapes and sizes to take part in the parade, and costumes are encouraged! The parade will wind through Olde Towne, with prizes awarded at the conclusion of the parade.For more information about these events or others hosted by Main Street Clinton, visit www.mainstreetclintonms.com or view their Facebook page @MainStreetClinton.