MSU Dictionary

Add/Drop: The process by which a student can still add or remove a class from his or her schedule.

Advisor: Person who helps students select coursework and can refer students to appropriate campus services.


Block: A meal on the dining plan.

Bulldog Bash: Largest free outdoor concert in MS. Begins with a pep rally and is followed by several musical acts. Located in the Cotton District.

CAB: Campus Activities Board--Student organization responsible for Miss Maroon and White Pageant, Holiday Bazaar, and other MSU events.

Dawg Daze: Welcome events for all new and returning MSU students. Begins with MVNU2MSU (residence hall opening day) and continues through the first few weeks of school.

The Drill: Traditional welcome event held on the Drill Field during the first week of classes each year.

Drill Field: Grass lawn in the heart of the MSU campus. Anchored on the north by Lee Hall, built in 1909, and the Swalm Chemical Engineering building, a mirror image of Lee Hall, on the south.

Facebook: Popular online social networking site for college students.

Flex Dollars: Most dining plans include flex dollars which can be used at any Dining Services operation on campus.

Hold: If a student has been notified that a hold has been placed on his or her records, he/she must determine the cause of the hold and then remedy the situation before being allowed to register for class. Common reasons for holds are: financial (not paying your OnCampus account) or Administrative (academic performance).

The Hump: (Humphrey Coliseum) Home of MSU Basketball.

ITS: Information Technology Services.

Left Field Lounge: Outfield of the Dudy Noble Field is filled with pickup trucks, motor homes, and trailers with barbecue grills attached. Widely considered the best place to watch baseball in the SEC.

Living-Learning Communities: Residence Hall communities shared by students with common interests. Examples: Shackhouls Honors College and Day One.

MoneyMate: Prepaid spending account using an MSU ID card that can pay for books, meals, etc. on or off campus.

Music Makers: Student organization responsible for MSU concerts.

MVNU2MSU: (Moving You to MSU) Opening day in the residence halls.

MyBanner: System that provides online registrations, payment of fees, and access to student records.

NetID: Unique letter and number combination assigned by the university to each student. Found on the front of your MSU ID card.

Night Route: Shuttle bus operating on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights. Takes students from campus to various locations in Starkville.

onCampus: Online portal that offers access to MyBanner, WebCT courses, and university e-mail accounts.

QuikPay®: System that allows students and authorized users (parents) to make online payments to their accounts.

RA: (Resident Adviser) Undergraduate student living on each floor of the residence hall.

RD: (Residence Director) Graduate student that manages the day-to-day operations of the residence hall.

Reflector: MSU student newspaper. Published each Tuesday and Friday during the school year.

Registrar: Office that handles transcript, academic calendars, academic records, and more.

SA: (Student Association) Student body government at MSU.

Union: (Colvard Student Union) Home of many aspects of student life including several food vendors and the offices of many on-campus organizations.

WebCT: (Web Course Tools) Course management system used for online instruction and learning.

WMSV: MSU's radio station. 91.1 FM

Zacharias Village: Four newest residence halls built on campus. Includes: Ruby, Griffis, Hurst, and Building III.

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