University of Mississippi

50 Years of Integration at the University of Mississippi

Fifty years ago to the day, racism and riots engulfed The University of Mississippi campus. Students, faculty and visitors came together Sunday night to commemorate the remarkable accomplishment by James Meredith in 1962.

The Daily Mississippian

Were it not for this one act:

  • I would not have had the prestigious opportunity to have attended the University of Mississippi.
  • I would not have developed into a strong leader.
  • I would not know what love and true friendship is all about.
  • I would not have the vast amount of respect that I have from my peers.
  • I would not know the confidence in my abilities and talents.
  • I would not be a member of Iota Phi Theta Fraternity Inc.
  • I would not be me.

To this day, my time at the University of Mississippi changed me for the better. I would not trade the 7 years for anything in the world. 6 of those were spent in the academia world and 1 was spent as a Faculty/Staff member. Were it not for James Meredith, this would not be possible. I never take my steps in life for granted because there was someone who always allowed me to do so.

God for the chance to breathe and live.
My mom for my inspiration.
My grandparents for my foundation.
Iota Phi Theta for the leadership and vision
and James Meredith….for my college education, career, opportunity to be a campus leader, a Faculty/Staff member, and the opportunity to shout “Hotty Toddy!”

I give thanks to you, sir, for without this door, the man I am would not exist.

” The University gives a diploma and regretfully terminates tenure, but one never graduates from Ole Miss

courtesy of news.olemiss.edu

Greek Life: Is the Grass Truly Green on the Other Side?

Now that almost 2 years have passed since Iota Phi Theta came to the University of Mississippi, I remember once when a member of Kappa Alpha Psi said when it came to his Greek life: “The grass is green on the other side.”

The thing is that I came from a point where my grass was already green. My personal reputation was somewhat solid because of my talents and personality. I was one of the few who can go from suit to slacks to jeans, and have the same, yet different persona. With this ability, I had not only the respect of my peers, but of faculty and staff as well. It is not something I use as clout, but it is something that I cherish and respect. I believed my greek experience was going to be one and the same..or so I thought.

Greek life puts that green grass under a microscope so small, you can see the lines on it. I immediately made sure one sentiment was understood: I am still me!

A lot of people make this big deal about the letters. Yes, they are near and dear to my heart. Yes, I represent them with pride and respect. Yes, I struggle to uphold the principles daily; however, there is one code that stands above and beyond all of it: The word of God. HE is the cause of life and HE is the reason that I stand as a Greek.

My grass started green; now, it is greener than ever.