FINAL PITCH – 3-25-2013

My pitch for my final project is to ask questions concerning the controversy of Mississippi’s confederate rebel flag that is still in use today. I want to interview students and adults living in Oxford and ask them about what the flags mean to them. Many students at the University of Mississippi have confederate flags hanging in their houses and in their rooms but mainly have them because they have pride living in Mississippi and is usually not race related. The flag that Mississippi still uses today has had a lot of negativity around since it was used in America’s Civil War, which lasted from 1861 to 1865.  Oxford has a rich tradition and has no room for racial tension which the University has no tolerance for. However, recently after President Obama won his second term in presidency, there was a small riot outside the freshmen dorms. So what does this flag mean to people? Does it mean the same as It did a century go? Do alumni not want to change it? Should it be changed? Why is this flag still such a big deal?


What are drones?

DroneUnmanned aerial vehicles (UAVS), also known as drones, are aircraft either controlled by ‘pilots’ from the ground or increasingly, autonomously following a pre-programmed mission. Used mostly in the U.S. Military, drones have become a big issue in America because now more than 18 Police Departments use them. Drones used in the states however are not armed with military issued weapons.

Drones will require New Privacy Laws

According to Joan Lowy from the Associated Press, Privacy laws urgently need to be updated to protect the public from information-gathering by the thousands of civilian drones expected to be flying in U.S. skies in the next decade or so, legal experts told a Senate panel Wednesday. The Federal Aviation Administration recently predicted about 7,500 civilian drones will be in use within five years after the agency grants them greater access to U.S. skies. Congress has directed the FAA to provide drones with widespread access to domestic airspace by 2015, but the agency is behind in its development of safety regulations and isn’t expected to meet that deadline.

Starkville, MS – Police go High-Tech with New Drones – March 20, 2013


The Starkville Police Department has new police drones thanks to a close partnership with Mississippi State University, the SPD will have three different state of the art robotics at its fingertips. MSU is one of the first schools that let the police department use drones around campus.

DRONES – DMR Granted permit to use drones


The Mississippi Department of Marine Resources wanted to fly a two-pound toy helicopter with a camera attached over remote marshland to monitor invasive species. However, the FAA regulators for a using a toy helicopter are the same rules for predator drones, meaning that they weren’t allowed to use the drone without a professional pilot and observer.

   “The whole beginning of this was that we got the idea that we could use a remote control helicopter to find invasive plants in places where it became impossible to go by boat,” said Mike Pursley, DMR’s aquatic invasive species coordinator and field project manager.

The New Dictator – 3-18-13


For my what works, I decided to use CNN’s online article about the stability of North Korea’s “Supreme” leader Kim Jong Un. This story is about what U.S. Congressman Mike Rogers thinks of the new leader and his concerns over the nuclear armed communist state. This article was written by CNN employee, Matt Smith.

Dragged and Burned: Marco Mcmillian – Mayor Candidate 3-04-13


Marco Mcmillian’s death a shock to the state of Mississippi. Mayor Candidate for Clarksdale, Mississippi was burned and dragged to his death and was found in a levee on Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013. The death has cause some speculation that Mcmillian’s death was a part of hate crime because of him being an African-American as well as openly gay man.