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Mississippi’s First Residential College Takes Shape

[The University of Mississippi] — Four years ago it was my pleasure to speak about residential colleges at the University of Mississippi, known to its friends as “Ole Miss.” Since that time the residential college idea has taken root on the Oxford (Mississippi) campus, and I’m delighted to say that it will soon flower. Prof. Michael DeBow, a Mississippi native, Samford University law professor, and long-time follower of the Collegiate Way, has just pointed me to a new website formally announcing the first residential college at Ole Miss and taking applications for its Fall 2009 opening:

The College will have its own dining hall, fitness center, library and computer center. But this college is more than bricks and mortar; it is a structure built to generate imagination and creativity. It will be your home, study place, friends’ house, place for relaxation, excitement, sports and debate. It will be a place for you to pour yourself into.

Sounds perfect! The residential college project at the University of Mississippi has gotten a lot of positive attention from the press, and one story in particular—Lucy Schultze’s report in The Oxford Eagle—presented a notably insightful reading of the residential college movement as a whole.

I’m delighted to have played a part in the birth of this new college system, and I wish Mississippi’s first residential college and all its members long life and great success.

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