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Some stick around for spring break in Oxford

This week has proven to be excellent weather for dog-walking. We found a number of people on the Square walking their dogs and enjoying the sun who shared with us their plans for spring break.

Florida native Mallory Eline, 18, a University of Mississippi education major, was found shoe shopping with her friend, Sally Rychlak, 19, a UM hospitality management major. Rychlak, an Oxford native, was walking her dog, Scout.

“We were thinking about making a road trip for a couple of days,” said Eline. “But if not, we will probably just do our errands. We have a list that we wrote down of stuff we were going to do. It’s kind of like a bucket list, since we’re here anyways.

“It’s all about stuff we’re going to do on the Square. We’re going to shop. We’re going to eat at a different place we’ve never gone before.”

Birmingham native Kaylee Beauchamp, 25, is a UM law student. She was found walking her dog, Sanford.

“I’ll be studying,” she said. “I’ll be writing an appellate brief and studying for my law mid-term, and getting back in shape because I haven’t run in two months.”

Oxford resident William Riggs, 58, was found walking his dog, Sebastian.

“We are actually going to be in town for the week,” he said. “We’re not going anywhere, just enjoying the nice weather. We’ll probably go for walks with our puppy.”

Oxford resident Jane DePriest works as a med-tech at a medical clinic.

“I don’t have a spring break,” she said. “I’m just staying here working. I’ll probably be seeing people who are on spring break.”

Memphis native Lynecia Christion, 21, a journalism student, was out on the Square with her camera.

“Right now, I’m working on projects for schools,” she said. “I’m trying to do a project piece for The Daily Mississippian and work with the media at the school. I’m just walking around looking for news.”

Christion said she may go out of town and visit relatives during spring break.

Clinton native Bruce Reynolds, 63, just moved to Oxford from Clinton.

“I’ve been here two weeks,” he said. “My wife was in an accident. We’ve been to three hospitals and rehab. Instead of going back to a house that was not accessible, we had planned to move up here, so we just moved it up a little earlier.

“So we are landing in Oxford as we speak right now, trying to acclimate ourselves and get our feet on the ground.”

About LaReeca Rucker

LaReeca Rucker is a writer, reporter and adjunct journalism instructor at the University of Mississippi's Meek School of Journalism and New Media.

A veteran journalist with more than 20 years of experience, she spent a decade at the Gannett-owned Clarion-Ledger - Mississippi's largest daily newspaper - covering stories about crime, city government, civil rights, social justice, religion, art, culture and entertainment for the paper's print and web editions. She was also a USA Today contributor.

This year, she received a first place award from the Mississippi Press Association for “Best In-Depth Investigative Reporting.” The story written in 2014 for The Oxford Eagle chronicles the life of a young mother with two sons who have epilepsy, and details how she is patiently hoping legalized cannabis oil experimentation will lead to a cure for their disorder.

Her website is www.lareecarucker.com.

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