Volume 1, Issue 3 -- April 20, 2000





Onions, snow cones, and a  
girl named Rowena 

“The Pepper’s hot today!” This was a common expression from the mouth of Pepper Smith’s baby-sitter, who is the source of the nickname. Apparently, he was a very hyper child before an early bout with pneumonia, which left him with a more toned-down personality.  

Sidney “Pepper” Smith is finishing up his sixth and final year as a communications instructor here at the largest college in the Clinton area.  Despite his leaving and his uncertainty about his next career move, Smith definitely keeps an optimistic attitude, asserting, “Well, I’m sure there’s a new vest waiting for me at Wal-Mart.” 

This may sound like a strange comment, but Smith is no stranger to odd jobs. After receiving a degree in English from Millsaps, Smith had aspirations of beginning a snow-cone company that would establish stands at various Jitney Jungle locations. Unfortunately, legal reasons prevented these plans from materializing.  

In another failed business attempt, Smith tried to start a necktie business by the name, “Pepper Tie Company.” This endeavor folded when Smith ran out of the free fabric samples that he obtained from his grandmother and had to actually buy the materials.  

Smith holds that career options were not his highest priority, because his primary concern at the time was his girlfriend named Rowena. The low point in Smith’s early career occurred when he applied for a job as a dishwasher at a restaurant named “Chappy’s,” which Rowena liked to refer to as “Crappy’s.” Fortunately, a clothing store hired him before “Chappy’s” could, rescuing Smith from his potential career as a dishwasher. 

Finally, Smith attended the University of Mississippi where he achieved a Master’s 
Degree in Journalism. He then took a job at the Center of Study for Southern Culture. 

Smith began his teaching career as a sixth grade teacher in Honduras. The hardest part about his experience in Honduras, says Smith, was that he was teaching sixth graders. This feeling is best summed up by a strange incident, in which Smith was tricked into turning around and looking at an empty blackboard by a deviant sixth grade girl--oh, the cruel games kids play. 

After his time in Honduras, [our college] hired Smith, and he has since been teaching students all that he knows about the process of journalism, that is, when he is not reading “The Onion” in his spare time. 

Smith contends that the prospect of teaching originally made him nervous and uncomfortable; what drives him is his concern for the students.  “It sometimes takes a long time to accept yourself the way that you are,” explains Smith. “I don’t consider myself a journalism expert, but I do my best to get all of my knowledge across to the students.” 

Smith is also the faculty advisor for The Collegian.  His replacement in this department is yet to be determined. 

What Smith will miss most about his current job is his interaction with the students and having an office right next door to Web Drake. “He’s always full of upbeat comments,” said Smith. “One time he stood outside the door and sang, ‘What a difference you’ve made in my life’.” 

Although Smith’s future is unclear, he is not too nervous about finding a job. “You get to a point where you realize, hey, I’m gonna be alright,” said Smith. He’s applied for employment with the Peace Corps, but he does not know if that will work out or not.  “I always have the option of just growing my hair long and playing the guitar all day,” cited Smith. 

Whatever the future holds for Smith, one thing is sure. Students here are sure to miss his laid back personality, his teaching style, and his optimistic, lighthearted view of life. -- E.Z. Mac 

The above article was intended for parody purposes only.  
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