Ole Miss Students Dress To Impress

OXFORD, Miss. -- Ole Miss freshman Katie Barfield loves Saturdays in the fall, a time she can wear a new dress to every one of Ole Miss' home football games.

And Barfield isn't the only one.

In fact, in a tradition that's lasted for several decades, Ole Miss students dress up for all of the Rebels' football games.

The women wear snazzy dresses and high-heels while the men wear white button-up shirts, red neckties and black blazers.

"It's one of the best things the students do here," said Barfield, from Grenada, Miss. "I catch myself shopping for a new dress every week just to wear to the games."

Ray Nalty, a sophomore from Jackson, Miss., said most of the guys dress up because of fraternity rules.

"It doesn't really matter what we wear, but a tie, jacket and slacks are required," Nalty said. "But hey, more than anything, we're all just trying to look good for the game."

Alabama's students also dress up for football games, but mostly because it's a trend and not a tradition, Nalty said.

"(Alabama students) don't know how to do it right like we do," Nalty said.

William Barborich, a Razorback fan from Hot Springs Village, made the trip to Oxford on Saturday and was surprised to see so many people dressed up.

"It felt like I was in church for a second," Barborich said. "I'm glad we don't do it at Arkansas, I prefer to just wear stuff that supports the Hogs."

Remembering 'Chucky'

Before running onto the field at the start of every home game, Ole Miss coaches and players touch a bronze bust of former player Roy Lee "Chucky" Mullins to sits in the southwest end zone.

Mullins, who arrived on campus in 1988 as a defensive back, redshirted his first year but was a starter in 1989.

However, during Ole Miss' homecoming game against Vanderbilt on Oct. 28, 1989, Mullins suffered a spinal injury that left him paralyzed.

As Mullins fought with the disability, he tried to remain a role model for other student-athletes, even attempting to return to Ole Miss as a student in 1991 to pursue a degree.

Mullins never made it to class as he stopped breathing on May 1, 1991, and died five days later.

Last season, Mullins' number (No. 38) was retired on Sept. 3, and a scholarship was established in his name, "The Chucky Mullins Courage Award," which is given to Ole Miss' top defensive player.

Halftime Blunder

Who knew a bunch of colorful streamers could cause so much havoc?

During halftime on Saturday, while the Ole Miss Marching Band was performing, a set of fireworks exploded over the west side of Vaught-Hemingway Stadium as part of the band's halftime show.

Some of the fireworks that exploded, which included loud artillery shells, had colorful streamers that popped out and floated in the air.

But that's not all.

A strong wind floated the streamers over the north end zone, where several of them landed on electrical poles and wires outside the stadium, causing a major power outage in the stadium, officials said.

In fact, one of the streamers caused a small fire at the base of one of the electrical poles, and the Oxford Fire Department was called to extinguish the flames.

"Some of the streamers had some form of metal in them," said Dennis Bishop, assistant superintendent of the Ole Miss physical plant department. "It's just a big mess -- they were only harmless little streamers."

The power outage knocked out the stadium's scoreboard, the public address sound system and some of the lights in the press box.

Even Arkansas' radio broadcast of the game was knocked off the air twice for a period of about 45 seconds, said Lee Francis, Arkansas Razorback Radio Network's producer.

"By taking the power out, we erased the score on the scoreboard -- we were just trying to do our part by helping out our team even the score," said David Willson, Ole Miss' band director. "It's kind of funny that it happened, but it certainly wasn't intentional."

And to think, it was only a bunch of harmless little streamers.

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