Lead practice 2.2

BOE Meeting: The Hattiesburg Board of Education met Saturday morning, where the assistant superintendent reported a 16 percent drop in enrollment at the school, the third year the school has lost enrollment.

Assistant superintendent Max Hoemmeldorfer gave the report to the board, and the report showed that the student body dropped from 1,250 students to 1,050.

“This is the third year we’ve lost enrollment,” Hoemmeldorfer said. “The future looks bleak.”

Faculty in plane crash: Two professors from Backwater State University were returning from New York City when their plane crashed on takeoff at Kennedy International Airport, but both escaped injury.

Associate professor of rural sociology John Dumont and associate professor of English George Johnson were returning Thursday night from two separate conferences held in New York City.

Meeman Speaks: A Pulitzer Prize winning author spoke to English students Sunday night at the library, criticizing current English class curriculum, calling it “hogwash.”

Norman Meeman spoke to 67 students and gave them advice on being a good writer, however, he also criticized the way current English courses were teaching students.

“These parodies they assign in college English courses are a bunch of hogwash,” Meeman said.

Professor Wins Award: At a ceremony in Pennsylvania last Thursday, a professor of horticulture was one of 32 winners of the George Washington Honor Medal, awarded by the Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge.

Clement Crabtree is a professor of horticulture, and was cited for his essay “Plan for Peace,” where he urged distribution of free packets of red, white and blue flower seeds in foreign nations.

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