The Hechinger Report
November 26th, 2014
Conor Bell may give up on the Mississippi Delta.
Bell is a junior at a public university in the heart of this poorest
corner of the poorest state in America—the birthplace of the blues. But
the program that drew him here is being shut down.
Bell studies journalism, victim of newly announced cuts to save $1
million at this campus that will also claim foreign languages, theater
arts, an athletic training program, mass communication, rhetoric,
technical writing, and undergraduate majors in insurance and real
“We may not have as many majors as business,” he said outside a Delta
State University journalism classroom named for a local sportswriter
who left his life savings to pay for journalism scholarships. “But we
have a strong passion.”