By The Commercial Dispatch
Wednesday was the first day of classes at Mississippi University for Women, but unless your travels brought you in close proximity to the picturesque campus down on College Street, the event likely escaped your notice.
In downtown Columbus, only the blue and white “Welcome MUW” banners adorning the street lights acknowledged the school’s presence just a handful of blocks away. This was not always the case.
Downtown shops stayed open late to accommodate the arrival of “W” students. Stores had sales to mark the occasion, handing out coupons and treats. It is not that the city and MUW have become estranged, necessarily. Rather, they exist side-by-side with little interaction.
Maridith Geuder grew up in West Point. She finds herself in a new role at MUW as the school’s new executive director of university affairs. In that capacity, she will certainly recognize that MUW needs to raise its profile in the community.
So welcome back, students.
Come see us.
The Commercial Dispatch, Columbus