Bill Passed to End Government Shutdown

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Late Wednesday night Congress voted to avoid the certainty of defaulting.  Congress voted to reopen the government and its agencies allowing Treasury to borrow money in order for the United States government and the thousands of people to return to work.

President Barack Obama signed the bill around 11:30 CST Wednesday night.  All government-related workers can return to their jobs today.  A video of President Obama announcing Senate has passed the bill and a few words about how he guaranteed to sign the bill and to have a plan to avoid this in the future and to gain back America’s trust.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BI7diba4Gr0

In the briefing room, he said “hopefully next time it won’t be in the 11th hour, we’ve got to get out of the habit of governing by crisis.”

As he left, a reporter asked if this situation could happen again.  President Obama responded with a short, “no,” which was followed by some laughs.

The U.S. has extended borrowing until Feb. 7 and to fund agencies until Jan. 15.  A House-Senate bipartisan group is to be created out of the bill passed to come up with lengthy deficit reduction plans, to hopefully last longer than a couple months.  Their ideas need to be passed by Congress by Dec. 13.

The Treasury Department will be able to extend its tools for a brief period of time if a plan is not implemented by Feb. 7, but for how long is unknown.

It seems this is a win for President Obama and the Democrats as the Republicans conceded their concern to defund The Affordable Care Act, for now.  In reality, no agreement as been made and opposition from both parties concerning how to end the nations deficit remains an issue at hand.

The Collegian published a news story about the status of the shutdown on Tuesday.

– Jordyn Gunn, Online Editor

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What is Mississippi? subSIPPI screening Friday in Jackson

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When thinking about a documentary about the state of Mississippi, one may already become disinterested, because many people may think “what is here to make a movie about?” but that is exactly who this movie was made for and why it was made.

Composed by Vincent Chaney, Lauren Cioffi, and Greg Gandy, who under the leadership of Chaney directed, filmed, and produced the product, subSIPPI. They spent four months (August to November 2012) road tripping around Mississippi to film the different hidden subcultures throughout the state.

In a press release given to The Collegian,  Chaney stated, “even though Mississippi is small, we knew we had to visit places around the state and let the community tell us their story. We had a carefully planned calendar that led us from Carriere, to the coast, up to Meridian, to Oxford, down through the Delta, to Vicksburg, then Natchez and finally back to Jackson, where the project began post-production.”

The creators wanted to explore the diversity that Mississippi had to offer and to change the public’s generally negative outlook of what and who Mississippi is. Many perceptions surrounding the state are generally erroneous and subSIPPI wanted to showcase a realistic portrayal of the state.

They used social media outlets, like Facebook, to connect with people across the state. Later on, they marketed their movie through those same outlets.

By sharing, liking, posting, and updating Facebook, the creators of subSIPPI were able to create a steady buzz around the movie, never definitively proving where and when the movie would be released which just built anticipation surrounding the project.

The movie premiered at the Saenger Theatre in Hattiesburg, Miss. to a sold out show and an extensively positive reception from the viewers.

Recently, the subSIPPI crew has announced that they will be have a screening of the movie right here in Jackson at the Mississippi Museum of Art on Sept.  27, at 7:30pm. The admission is free and there will be a question and answer with the crew after the screening.

It may change the way people look at the state, because after all this is home to Mississippi College students (some temporarily), and many believe that they will be the ones that make the transformation to a superior and progressing state.

Ruhi Randhawa, A&E Editor

MC Rush in Full Swing/Rush Skit Videos

photo-16Rush began in earnest last week with rush skits by tribes and rush parties and videos by clubs.

Rush parties spanned from Monday to Wednesday of last week and had a great turnout. At these parties, guys had the chance to converse with actives in all of the clubs and find the place that fits their own personality.

Next on the agenda were rush skits and club videos. Rush skits are roughly 30 mins and gave each tribe a chance to show the pledges an idea of what they are all about. Through watching the skits and looking at everything from the theme to music and dance style, rushees get a good picture of what a tribe’s overall personality is.

On Thursday and Friday night, Swor Auditorium was packed with rushees who were fully decked out in costumes and ready to watch the skits.

Laguna and Swannanoa Social Tribes performed on Thursday night. Laguna’s skit was Saved by the Bell themed and showed the friends coming to MC and rushing social tribes and clubs.

Swannanoa’s skit was Scooby Doo themed, and the plot was that the vice presidents were kidnapped by the Creeper, and rush could not go on until Mystery Inc. solved the crime.

On Friday night, Neenamoosha and Kissimee performed. Neenamoosha’s skit was Scooby Doo themed as well. Its plot was that president Michelle Ladner had disappeared and Mystery Inc. needed to find her.

In the end, Neenamoosha announced that by decree of Mayor Fisher, the City Council, and the Board of Aldermen, September 24th is now officially “Neenamoosha Day” in the city of Clinton.

Though the skits had the same theme, Swannanoa and Neenamoosha worked together to overcome the awkward situation. The Mystery Inc. gang from both tribes appeared in each other’s skits in a comic way to show that there are no hard feelings between the tribes.

To end the rush skits, Kissimee performed a jungle-themed skit, which followed the lives of Drew (suspiciously like Tarzan) and Jane, a Kissimee active, at MC.

Between rush skits, the clubs showed videos that described their personalities. These videos were both serious and humorous and made for great entertainment between skits.

Freshman Alexa Jenkins shares her feelings about general rush, “Rush has been such a great experience so far! The skits and videos have been hilarious, and I’ve loved hanging out with the tribes. It’s been a great way to connect with my MC family!”

Coke parties are another major event for girls in the general rush process. Coke parties are a more fancy event at which actives and rushees dress up and spend an hour mingling and getting to know one another.

These soirées give rushees quality time with each tribe and help them find out more about the personalities of the girls in each one.

Laguna and Swannanoa had their coke parties Monday night, and Neenamoosha and Kissimee will have theirs Tuesday night.

Neenamoosha active Anna Bolton said, “My favorite part about coke parties is getting to know more about the girls going through general rush. At a lot of the other events, we spend a lot of time trying to communicate what our own tribe is about, and coke parties provide a better setting to talk one-on-one with the girls.”

On Friday, girls will “pref” their tribes, listing them in order of preference. On Saturday, they will find out which tribe they are in during Squeal Day. With this, general rush will end and each tribe and club will begin their own rush with their new pledges.

Ashley Bullard, Contributing Writer

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