A scrapbook from the MUW Archives by the class of 1913 Student Government Association president, Kate Cunningham, gives testimony to the lighter side of life on the campus of the Industrial Institute and College.
All the cities you once knew are gone. Biloxi. Gulfport. Ocean Springs. The Gulf of casinos, water-fronted mansions, seafood restaurants, quickstop gas stations and grocery marts, destroyed and gone. In Michael Farris Smith's novel, "Rivers," (Simon & Schuster, Sept. 2013) the familiar Gulf landscape suffers an irreversible transformation, the product of unrelenting hurricanes and pounding rains that gather intensity and wreak destruction on both the physical and moral landscape.
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The summer of 1973 was hot. Temperatures consistently hovered around 90 with 75 percent humidity. Not unusual for a Mississippi summer, but culture shock for Sheila Adams, a new faculty member in the fledgling nursing program that had just begun at The W. "By mid-afternoon, we would be dripping," Adams recalled. "It was a real adjustment for someone who grew up in Virginia."
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