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WILSON CROCKETT: Making the most of your summer internship

As you progress through your college career, the thought of finding a full-time job becomes more and more daunting. In the engineering field, more specifically the civil engineering field, there are many routes one can take upon graduation. For me, this provided quite a bit of uncertainty with regard to how I wanted to spend my career. I found that ...

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TODD SMITH’S SPIN CYCLE: 5 ways to win with data-driven marketing

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Data-driven marketing has come to the forefront for companies that want to better engage their customers and prospects. With data-driven marketing, firms are able to gather, integrate, and assess data from a variety of internal and external sources to help enhance value. In “The Value of Data: Consequences for Insight, Innovation, and Efficiency in the U.S. Economy,” the Direct Marketing ...

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DAVID DALLAS — Mississippi’s greatest ambassador ‘irreplaceable’

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The “King of the Blues,” Mississippi’s B.B. King, passed away last week. His trajectory to fame and fortune was much like that of Elvis Presley’s, the “King of Rock and Roll.” Both were born in Mississippi and moved up to Memphis to hit it big. But this King, B.B. King, did so much more for his home state of Mississippi. ...

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COMMERCIAL FINANCE 701: Basel III, HVCRE & real estate loans

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  Sitting atop the Alps, Switzerland managed to eschew both World Wars, flout the fluctuating Euro, and fleece wide-eyed tourists with opened arms.  Of late, however, the multilingual country has exported more than chocolate: from Lausanne, the controversial Iranian nuclear treaty negotiations, and, more on point for us, from Basel, Switzerland, a series of confounding financial regulations innocuously referred to ...

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THE SPIN CYCLE: Companies fail to deliver on their brand promise

A brand promise is the cementing of a company’s identity in the minds of its audiences. According to Gallup, companies are largely failing to make good on their agreements. Only half of the nearly 18 million customers Gallup surveyed strongly believe that the companies they do business with always deliver on what they promise. The other half, not so much. ...

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DAVID DALLAS: All testy over third-grade reading results

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The results are in: 15 percent of Mississippi’s third graders were unable to pass the reading test that allows them to advance to the fourth grade. Given our woeful funding and track record on education, perhaps we should take pride in the fact that eighty-five percent of the children were able to pass what amounts to a very simple reading test. While ...

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BILL CRAWFORD: Legislature undercut Fisher’s efforts to clean up MDOC

Why did the Legislature make the job of new MDOC Commissioner Marshall Fisher so hard? Following the indictment and resignation of the former commissioner, Gov. Phil Bryant in December appointed the formidable Fisher to head up the Mississippi Department of Corrections. “His first mission will be to detect and eliminate any criminal activity that occurs within our correctional facilities,” said ...

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IKE TROTTER: Weighing in on reverse mortgages

More and more we see on TV or read in the paper about Reverse Mortgages and the opportunities available for homeowners to “unlock” the equity in their home. I thought it might be helpful to discuss this unique type of home equity loan and the resulting implications they offer to homeowners, particularly those who are retired and elderly. Created in ...

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