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63rd Year--Vol. 2

Northeast Mississippi Community College--Booneville, Miss.

December 5, 2011

Library adds print management system By Heather Smith Staff Writer Printing in the Northeast library has always been an advantage to students because it keeps them from having to buy so much ink and paper. However, the library policy will soon change and this may cause problems for many students who take advantage of free printing in the library. Northeast head librarian Glenice Stone said that the library has decided to switch to the print management

system next semester in order to save the students time and money. “I decided to switch to the print management system to save the students time and money,” Stone said. “With this new policy, each student is given plenty of copies to last an entire semester.” Under the new print management system, students as well as members of the Northeast community will need to use an ID and password to print from any of the library’s computers. However, as Stone pointed out, each student will be set up with 250 free copies each semester

allowing them plenty of copies per semester. If a student should run over his/her allotted total of free copies, each additional copy can be credited to their account at the cost of 10 cents per page. The new print management system also does away with the need for the student to bring his/her own paper to the library to print on as the library has taken it upon itself to supply the paper for the campus’ printing needs under the new system. This new system has been presented on flyers around the campus but it will not go into effect until the 2012 spring semester.

Pulliam crowned Most Beautiful at Northeast Shelby Pulliam was named Most Beautiful at Northeast during the annual Parade of Beauties beauty contest held in the Seth Pounds Auditorium on Tuesday, November 8. Pulliam bested 52 other contestants for the top honors. Joining Pulliam in the top five of the pageant were (from left) Lindsey Pharr of Belmont, Mallory Michael of Booneville, Pulliam of Walnut, Darrah Pharr of Tishomingo and Megan Pollard of Guys, Tenn. Pictured are the winners of the Northeast Community College Parade Of Beauties. Other winners on the night included Molly Koon of Booneville who was chosen as Most Photogenic and the Scholastic Award for the pageant went to three young women who all carry 4.0 grade point averages – Hannah Hastings of Booneville, Lindsey Taylor of Corinth and Lee Darnell of Cedar Grove, Tenn.

Freshman from Walnut bests field of over 50 for top honors By Kayla Carpenter, Editor Northeast held its annual Parade of Beauties on Tuesday, November 8, inside the Seth Pounds Auditorium. Fifty-two contestants competed for the crown and the Most Beautiful title at Northeast for the 2011-12 academic year. Freshman Shelby Lynn Pulliam of Walnut was chosen for the Most Beautiful title. “I was very happy to be selected as Northeast’s Most Beautiful for 20112012,” Pulliam said. “I competed against

Building Up Northeast

Northeast’s latest addition to the campus is starting to take shape at the end of Cunningham Boulevard. The structural steel skeleton for the T. Jack Ramsey Student Services Building is going up and crews are busy pouring load-supporting walls. The building, which will consolidate the business office, enrollment services, financial aid and the counseling center on the first floor and administrative offices on the second floor is scheduled to open in fall 2012.

several beautiful girls.” Pulliam was crowned by outgoing 2010-11 Most Beautiful Paris Wilbanks of Ripley and was given flowers by Northeast president Dr. Johnny L. Allen, Ed.D. Contestants in the annual Parade of Beauties are judged on beauty, poise and elegance. Before Pulliam was crowned, the 53-contestant field was narrowed down to a Top 15 before the Top 5 was announced. The top 15 included Lindsey Pharr, Hannah Hastings, Callie Lewis, Tabi Talley, Lindsey Taylor, Shelby Lynn Pulliam, Darrah Pharr, Jade Wren, Megan

Pollard, Madison Day Barlow, Mallory Michael, Blake Marlar, Sarah Grace Jones, Tiffany Blake, Marlee Tigner, and Krystal Jackson. Among the Top 5 in the annual Parade of Beauties were Michael of Booneville, L. Pharr of Belmont, Pollard of Guys, Tenn., and D. Pharr of Tishomingo. Other winners on the night included Molly Koon of Booneville who was chosen as Most Photogenic and the Scholastic Award for the pageant went to three young women who all carry 4.0 grade point averages – Hannah Hastings of Booneville, Lindsey Taylor of Corinth and Lee Darnell

of Cedar Grove, Tenn. Pageant royalty was on hand to emcee the annual pageant. Ashley Durham of Adamsville, Tenn.,who was the 2010-11 Miss Tennessee USA and runner-up in the Miss USA pageant joined with Northeast student and 2010-11 Miss Mississippi Teen USA Sarah Jayde Bobo of Kossuth to served as emcees for the night. Northeast Student Government Association president Seth Bragg of Rienzi was also on hand to assist with the presentation of flowers and trophies to the winners.



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Students need to understand the factors in returning to college understand something in class, raise your hand and ask the teacher to go back over the material. The faculty and staff at Northeast are here to help you and they will take the time to make sure that one understands the material before going on to a more advanced subject. When researching what one wants to do after Northeast, do not be afraid to ask questions of your advisor. Being a non-traditional student is a lot different than coming to college right out of high and because most non-traditional have a family to take care of and must work, the stress and pressure can be overwhelming. When you do not understand something, ask for help. Do not be afraid. Try not to withdraw from any classes if you can help it. Granted there will be those times that you can not help but withdraw from a class but before withdrawing from a class it is good to stop by and talk to Greg Windham in financial aid to see how dropping the class will affect one’s financial aid status. After being out of school for so many years, my first semester was the hardest. I had three jobs, was trying to put three girls through college and was attending college myself. The stress was

By Debbie Friar, Staff Writer

As a non-traditional student myself, I have come to the terms as being an older student is not as easy as it seems. When I decided to attend college at Northeast, I did not know half of it. I have been away from the school system over 30 years. I thought everything would be smooth sailing. Boy! Was I in for a big surprise? Everything had changed since I last attend high school. The best advice I give to a future student is to study, study, and study. Take full advantage of the Counseling Center that’s located in Waller Hall along the boulevard. Joey Williford and his staff are there to assist students in any way they can to see them succeed while here at Northeast and beyond. Not only is the Counseling Center there to help one with their decisions about a certain major the Counseling Center can also help those that are having trouble with a certain subject but assigning a student tutor to help one get their academics together. Do not be afraid to ask questions. If you do not

Tigers’ Roar Question: What is your favorite Christmas present you ever received?

Patrick Hudson Sophomore   Corinth “My first instrument, a trumpet.”

John Malcolm Pannell Freshman  New Albany

Terrica Perkins Sophomore  Holly Springs

“My first gun.”

“My microphone radio.”

George French Freshman Houston

Jerrell Pickens Freshman Houston

Sallie Richardson Sophomore Olive Branch

“My basketball goal.”

“New hunting rifle.”

“My four-wheeler when I was 12.”

Randy Baxter NE Security Officer Baldwyn “Cap Pistol.”

Angie Langley Assoc. Dean of Students Booneville “My BB Gun”

Lauren Rutherford Sophomore Atlanta, Ga. “My Barbie Dreamhouse.”

Ebony Pannell Sophomore Tupelo “My Barbie Beetle Car.”

Black Friday has turned into black and blue event The Beacon Staff Staff Editorial

Instead of hitting the sack after the annual Thanksgiving feast, shoppers were hitting the stores and each other, pulling all-nighters to snag the best deal to fill their shopping sacks this year. However, this year some stores broke the “Black Friday” tradition, by opening earlier than ever. Although this came as a shocking change to early bird regulars, it was actually suggested by customers. All-nighters are no longer just for college students studying for final exams, this year stores such as Toys R Us and Wal-Mart opened at 9 and 10 p.m., respectively offering deep discounts on holiday merchandise. Target, Macy’s, Kohl’s, and Best Buy and Old Navy opened at midnight, making the infamous shopping day not all about the early bird, but more for the night owl. These unusual hours caused for more traffic backups, larger crowds, and unfortunately some altercations. According to one local news report, police cited

overbearing. I withdrew from a couple of classes; not knowing the circumstances it would put me in. I did not understand or even know to go to the financial aid office and talk to someone about the affect that withdrawing would have on my financial aid. While your advisor is there to help you with your academic needs, it is often best to ask financial aid directly about any questions you may have about your financial aid and how withdrawing from courses might affect status. A few simple hints to help making college life more successful for non-traditional and traditional students alike are below. Try not to miss any classes if you are able, granted we all get sick at times and can not help it but days where one just does not feel like waking up to make an 8 a.m. class is not an excuse. Make use of the Eula Dees Memorial Library. There is always someone in there that will help you. Time is not set for you like it was in high school; one must stay on top of things. Do not take too many classes. Have fun every once in a while. But do not procrastinate.

Freshman year flies by with numerous lessons By Stephanie Luna, Staff Writer

As a high school student, I always had my heart set on the day I would step onto a college campus, officially enrolled, on my way to adulthood. What I never took into consideration was the huge leap of responsibility I would be required to take on a daily basis once there. My mother was no longer an alarm clock. My first period teacher would no longer allow me to arrive to class thirty minutes tardy, a troublesome habit I had fallen into from living directly across the street from my high school. My saint of an English instructor would no longer accept my month late papers, no matter how inspired they may be, without consequence. When I asked for the real world, I was delivered just that. Northeast welcomed me with open arms, and the reality was this: being a cool college kid was no easier than mucking through the crowded halls of high school. However, it was also everything I dreamed it would be. I was liberated from my parents’ ever watchful eyes, making my own decisions, living in a dorm, going to class with purpose, and taking the courses I desired to take. I was rising with renewed vigor each morning, eager to expand my love for learning, as well as teaching. The most rewarding notion was knowing that each assignment I completed served as a testament to reaching my ultimate goal of graduation and employment, hopefully teaching English somewhere overseas. Setting up my schedule for my second semester, I couldn’t help but think, “This is how it’s supposed to be.” The transition was worthwhile, a rite of passage, and a life experience I wouldn’t trade for the world, no matter how rocky.

Editorial Cartoon by Myron Johnson Art Major, Memphis, TN

the early openings as the reason for late evening traffic jams and for a large influx of people into certain areas that normally do not see that amount of traffic. Shop till you drop took on a new meaning this Black Friday with several incidents occurring, such as a grandfather being slammed to the ground, accused of shoplifting, and arrested in a Wal-Mart in Buckeye, Ariz. Also, In Los Angeles, California a women unleashed a haze of mace into a crowd of about 20, injuring them, in order to get discounted games. These vicious outbreaks are the reason that Black Friday should not change, or maybe never even occur. Is it worth jeopardizing someone’s life and well being just to save a few bucks? However, although Black Friday had a lot of downsides this year, it did turn out successful for businesses in our nation and in Northeast Mississippi. One retailer at the Mall at Barnes Crossing reported $10,000 in revenue in the hours between midnight and 2:00 a.m. Maybe shoppers should focus on just snagging Cyber Monday deals from the safety of their home. There are no lines, no fighting, and great deals.

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First Amendment: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances. Northeast Mississippi Community College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097; Telephone number 404-679-4501) to award the Associate in Arts degree, the Associate in Applied Science degree and certificates. In compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; Title IX, Educational Amendments of 1972 of the Higher Education Act; and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, the Board of Trustees of Northeast Mississippi Community College hereby adopts a policy assuring that no one shall, on the grounds of race, sex, color, age, creed or national origin be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or otherwise be subjected to discrimination in any program or activity of the college. Northeast Mississippi Community College adheres to the principle of equal educational and employment opportunity without regard to race, sex, color, age, creed, or national origin. This policy includes the qualified disabled and extends to all programs and activities supported by the college.

Left to Right: (back row) Brandy Webb, Kayla Carpenter, Stephanie Luna, Jessie Perriman, (front row) Debbie Friar, Brittni Cox and Heather Smith. (not pictured) Darbi Grisham. Advisors: (not pictured) Tony Finch and Michael H. Miller.


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From laughter to politics: Celebrity deaths top 2011 news By Debbie Friar, Staff Writer

As 2011 comes to a close, people must not forget about the celebrities that passed away in the previous 12 months. Some of these stars made people laugh; others made people dance while others led political lives. No genre of life was left untouched by the Grim Reaper during 2011 as evident with some of the top celebrities that passed away during the year. The year saw its first prominent death of the year when fitness guru Jack Lalanne passed away on January 23. While most of the younger generation knew Lalanne for his juicer that was sold during late-night infomercials, Lalanne was one of the first mainstream advocates for women’s fitness during the middle 20th century. Elizabeth Taylor, one of Old Hollywood’s last great screen legend, passed away on March 23. Taylor was as famous for her off-screen exploits, which included a fierce devotion to AIDS activism and a fragrance empire. The 79-year-old died of congestive heart failure at L.A’s Cedars-Sinai hospital. While many celebrities and sports figures make the list, one terrorist also passed away on May 1 when Osama Bin Laden was located in a compound outside Islamabad, Pakistan by a Navy Seal team. Bin Laden orchestrated the World Trade Center attacks on September 11, 2001 and

was listed on the FBI’s Most Wanted List. Randy “Macho Man” Savage, the flamboyant 80s wrestler, who competed with the likes of Hulk Hogan and Jesse Ventura, died in a car accident after reportedly suffering a heart attack on May 20. Randall Mario Poffo was 58. The Macho Man was also famous for his ring attire and his legendary catchphrase, “Ohhhh Yeahhh.” Jeff Conaway, the star of Grease and Taxi, had struggled with drugs and alcohol over the last decade and had been in a coma for more than two weeks after being hospitalized with pneumonia and the blood poisoning known as sepsis. He passed away on May 27 in Los Angeles after being taken off of life support at the age of 60. James Arness the actor who played Marshall Matt Dillon on Gunsmoke for 20 years, passed away at the age of 88 on June 3. Arness, who was not the original selection for the lead role in the show ended up making television history as Gunsmoke became the longest running drama series in U.S. television history by the end of its run in 1975. Peter Falk, best known for his Emmywinning role as Detective Columbo passed away at his home in Beverly Hills, Calif., from what was reported as Alzheimer’s disease on June 24. Former first lady Betty Ford passed away at the age of 93 on July 8. While many knew the former first lady for her time in the White House under former

president Gerald Ford, Betty Ford became widely known for her post-White House work that included founding one of the most famous rehabilitation facilities in the United States – The Betty Ford Clinic. The world of music lost one of the younger generation’s best crooners when Amy Winehouse was found dead in her London home on July 23. Winehouse was a talented Grammy winner but had struggled with alcohol and drug additions. The last three months have been a struggle for celebrity deaths with many celebrities, sports icons, musicians and other important people passing away in just October and November. Apple Computer founder Steve Jobs passed away on October 5. Jobs was best known as the charismatic pioneering leader of the personal computer revolution. Jobs along with Steve Wozniak helped develop the Apple Computer business and it was Jobs’ vision that took the company to the high-standards it sees today in the iPhone and iPad products. Oakland’s “Just Win Baby” voice fell silent three days after Jobs’ passing when longtime Oakland Raiders owner Al Davis passed away at the age of 82 on October 8. Davis was the commissioner of the American Football League and was instrumental in the merger with the National Football League that helped form the league that many people know it as today. Indy racing lost one of its brightest stars

on October 16 when two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Dan Wheldon died during a Lap 13, 15-car wreck at the Las Vegas Indy 300 when his car went airborne over the crash scene. Journalist witnessed the passing of 60 Minutes commentator Andy Rooney on November 4 just a month after Rooney gave his final “A Few Minutes with Andy Rooney” segment in October 2011. Rooney’s weekly broadcast stretched nearly 40 years of television. Many people say deaths come in threes and that was the case on November 7-8 when the world lost a former heavyweight champ, a rapper and the creator of one of the most iconic comic series. Former heavyweight champion Smokin’ Joe Frazier passed away on November 7 after a long fight with liver cancer at the age of 67. Frazier only lost four times during his 32 fight career with those four losses coming to George Foreman and Muhammad Ali. Popular rapper Heavy D and “Family Circus” creator Bill Keane both passed away on November 8. Heavy D was famous for his hits that included “Nuttin’ But Love” and “Now That We Found Love.” Keane helped refine the newspaper comic page with his comic “Family Circus.” Just after Thanksgiving, the world of comedy lost one of its own when comedian and actor Patrice O’Neal passed away at the age of 41 on November 29 following a stroke in September.

Today’s Thanksgiving is not like the one the Pilgrim’s sought Daylight Donuts opens By Heather Smith, Staff Writer

Thanksgiving is one of the most celebrated holidays in America. Its history is full of stories that have been passed down for hundreds of years. What is most interesting is where this event originated. Today’s holiday of Thanksgiving came from the first settlers in America. They came here in search of religious freedom. In order to come to this “New World”, the Pilgrims had to be sponsored by a London Stock company. These brave souls landed on Plymouth Rock on December 11, 1620. It was a bad time because it was winter when they arrived and the Pilgrims were not prepared to deal with the harsh, cold climate. Their feast was slightly different than what current Americans eat today. Back then the Pilgrims were having a flour shortage, so in order to substitute that, they used pumpkins and produced a bread

substitute from corn. This is how they made the first pumpkin pies. Today, this is still a Thanksgiving Day favorite in most families. One of the most famous Thanksgiving traditions is the turkey. This tradition came from the Pilgrims. Pilgrims did not actually have a turkey for dinner, but they did not know the names of all of the animals in the area, so they called all wild birds “turkeys”. Part of the original dinner also included other, non-recognized items such as fish, berries, watercress, lobster, dried fruit, clams, venison, and plums. In 1676, there was another day dedicated to Thanksgiving. On June 20, 1676 the authorities in Charlestown, Massachusetts decided they wanted to have an official day to give thanks. Just over 100 years later in October 1777, the original American colonies celebrated this historic holiday. Twelve years subsequent, George Washington established another

National Day of Thanksgiving. We owe today’s holiday to Sarah Josepha Hale. She wrote several editorials promoting the  recognition  of Thanksgiving. Our current “Turkey Day’’ was officially established by President Roosevelt. He made Thanksgiving a holiday on the fourth Thursday in November in 1941. This day stuck and has remained that way ever since. Thanksgiving has several historic traditions. However, a few have stood out from the crowd. Turkey is the traditional dish at almost every family’s dinner table during Thanksgiving Football became a Thanksgiving tradition in 1876 when the first intercollegiate football championship was held on Thanksgiving Day. Parades for Thanksgiving started in 1920 by  Gimbel’s Department Store in Philadelphia. Whether its football or food, Thanksgiving is one of the most celebrated holidays in America today.

franchise in Booneville By Brittni Cox, Staff Writer

Make way Booneville for the newest doughnut shop in town, Daylight Donuts. Daylight Donuts opened its doors in October at 427-B North Second Street and is located next to Pizza Hut. Daylight Donuts offers a variety of baked goodies from doughnut holes to breakfast sandwiches. They also offer pastries, swirls, pigs in a blanket and also have their own blend of medium roast fresh hot coffee. Tommy and Lucille Day created Daylight Donuts when the couple set out to create a new donut mix. Albeit, one with a distinctively light texture and flavor. Over the years, their Tulsa, Okla.-based enterprise grew into a worldwide network of independently owned retail outlets numbering 900 strong and growing.

New student loan plan enables borrowers to pay off quicker By Heather Smith, Staff Writer

As college students, one knows how expensive college tuition can be. President Barrack Obama understands a student’s plight and has devised a new plan to ease the pain to paying for a quality education. Obama and the United States Congress have created a new student loan forgiveness plan that went into effect in January 2011 that will benefit all colleges in the United States that will help students pay for their high tuitions. Under Obama’s plan, students who have student loans from a specific group of providers will have the remaining balance of their loans paid off by the government. This government assistance will take effect only after the student has made consistent payments on their loans for at least twenty (20) years. As usual the new program will affect some colleges more than others. Although this will help all colleges nationwide, it will be most beneficial to the larger universities who have higher tuitions and book costs. One may ask, “Why do we need a better student loan plan?” It is no secret that college tuition prices are increasingly becoming more expensive. College tuition costs has increased dramatically and it is becoming more difficult for families to send their children to college, even if it is only a small, community college. With many students using student loans to pay their ways through Northeast, this new student loan program will cut down on the number of years that a student will have to spend paying off their respective student loans. People from small towns have a harder time paying for a higher education and any kind of assistance is essential to a quality education.

Northeast goes tobacco-free as of January 1, 2012

2011 Fall Exam Schedule

Thursday, December 8

8-10 a.m. 1 MWF (8-8:50 a.m.) 10:10 a.m.-12:10 p.m. Activity Period (10:50 a.m.-12:05 p.m.) 1-3 p.m. 2 TR (9:25-10:40 a.m.) and 1,2 Tuesday Block (8-10:40 a.m.)

Friday, December 9

8-10 a.m. 3 MWF (10-10:50 a.m.) 10:10 a.m.-12:10 p.m. 3 TR (12:15-1:30 p.m.) and 3,4 Tues. Block (12:15-2:55 p.m.) 1-3 p.m. 5 MWF (12-12:50 p.m.)

Monday, December 12

8-10 a.m. 1 TR (8-9:15 a.m.) and 1,2 Thurs. Block (8-10:40 a.m.) 10:10 a.m.-12:10 p.m. 4 TR (1:40-2:55 p.m.) and 3,4 Thur. Block (12:15-2:55 p.m.) 1-3 p.m. 6 MWF (1-1:50 p.m.)

Tuesday, December 13 8-10 a.m. 2 MWF (9-9:50 a.m.) 10:10 a.m.-12:10 p.m. 7 MWF (2-2:50 p.m.) 1-3 p.m. 4 MWF (11-11:50 a.m.)

Evening College Exams will be given on the regularly scheduled meeting night starting on Wednesday, December 7.



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Scholarship aids medical students By Brandy Webb, Staff Writer

Mississippi Rural Physicians Scholarship Program (MRPSP) has been helping sophomore medical students from rural colleges in the state to return to small communities and start their own practice after graduation from medical school since its origination in 2007. Mississippi has the lowest number of doctors per capita of any state in the United States, so the program encourages future general practicing physicians to come back to their roots and help rural areas in need of doctors. Medical students benefit from Mississippi Rural Physicians Scholarship Program by getting experience, direct admission into medical school, and receive a $30,000 a year stipend while attending medical school. On average, medical students graduate with $100,000-$150,000 in debt. “I’ve never seen a scholarship program that was this good, gave them that much money, and followed them the whole way,” said Northeast natural science instructor Dr. George Nock, who oversees the program on the Northeast campus. During the 2010-11 school year, Northeast had a pair of sophomore students gain access to the program Craig Bullock of Blue Springs and Amber Williamson of Myrtle were both selected for inclusion into the program. To apply one must be a sophomore or later in school, living in Mississippi, and have taken or in the process of taking general chemistry, organic chemistry, general physics, and math classes needed to enter medical school. Mississippi Rural Physicians Scholarship Program is awarded 15 students a year and the application process starts November 1.

During the 2010-11 school year, Northeast had a pair of sophomore students gain access to the Mississippi Rural Physicians Scholarship Program. Craig Bullock of Blue Springs and Amber Williamson of Myrtle were both selected for inclusion into the program. Joining Bullock and Williamson at Honors Day last year included (from left) Northeast president Dr. Johnny L. Allen, Ed.D., Williamson, Bullock and Northeast natural science instructor George Nock who oversees the program at Northeast.

Workshop focuses on technology in the classroom Instructors discuss ways of increasing student interaction By Darbi Grisham, Staff Writer

Northeast natural science instructor Carlena Benjamin explains how Quick Response (QR) codes can be used to help foster the learning experience during Northeast’s 2011 Digital Transformation workshop on Wednesday, October 26.

Instructors at Northeast are looking to enhance the way students are learning by using one simple, yet complex form of teaching: technology. Faculty and staff from carious subject fields came together to share ideas about how they were incorporating the use of technology in their everyday agenda during a digital transformation workshop held on October 26 inside the Black and Gold Room at the Haney Union. Use of the iPhone and iPads were the biggest hit of the workshop. Dr. Michelle Baragona, a natural science instructor, presented one of the unique methods of teaching during the workshop. Baragona has started to build her on applications for the iPhone, iPad and Androidoperating devices as a way of incorporating technology into the classroom. Baragona stated that she was able to create an application for students to take quizzes, view slides, do homework, check e-mail, and review notes given. This was all thanks to a website called iBuildApp which allows people to develop their own applications across different platforms. Bargona added, by using applications from iTunes, students can download the app created

for their class and those apps enable students to use technology for schoolwork. Carlena Benjamin, another natural science instructor, showed those in attendance how she was incorporating one of the newest technology advances into her classrooms. Through use of Quick Response (QR) codes, Benjamin can link students to a text or resource that she has created for her students to go look at. “It is as easy as that”, Benjamin said as she snapped a photo of a QR code embedded into one of her study guides. Students using Apple, Android and Blackberry products are able to download a free QR-code reader and can simply scan the QR code and take the student is taken to a link that Benjamin has set it to take them to. “Students will think that it is cool,” said Benjamin, “They will actually want to take those notes, practice tests, and so on.” English instructor Paige Green also showed instructors how to incorporate the use of an iPad app – Explain Everything – into their everyday classrooms as the app helps teachers not only present a Powerpoint presentation but also to provide a voice over and animation to the lecture. As with any change, some people may be wary of learning something new but as the academic head of Mathematics and Science Division Kay Crow said, “We can teach old dogs new tricks.”

Students gain valuable insight into four-year transfer progress By Kayla Carpenter, Editor

Northeast held its annual College Transfer Day on October 25 in the Frank and Audrey Haney Union Lobby from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. This event gave students a chance to meet with fouryear college admission counselors and ask questions and receive valuable information from four-year schools. Students were able to come and go as they pleased throughout the day. Curt Langley, who works as Northeast Counselor/ Student Services and Guidance & Counseling, coordinated the event for his third consecutive year. “College Transfer Day is a great opportunity for students to receive information about transferring to a four-year school along with scholarship opportunities and academic requirements,” said Langley. Around 20 private and public four-year colleges from Mississippi, Alabama, and Tennessee attended the event. When asked, “ What do you look for in a four year college?” “I am looking for a good college, a learning experience like no other, and an opportunity to meet new friends,” said Katie Christian of New Site. Another student who attended the event was Kaitlin Kendrick of Booneville who plans to attend Mississippi State University in the fall. “I chose Mississippi State University because it is a great school, with a great environment and a place to meet new friends,” said Kendrick. Maeghan Tilley, admissions counselor for Mississippi University for Women, was among the many other counselors giving advice and answering student’s questions. Tilley stressed to the students the importance of applying early in order to meet the deadline for early scholarships. “Students need go ahead and send in progress

University of Mississippi Community College Admissions Counselor Ty Allushuski (right) explains the benefits of attending the University of Mississippi’s main campus in Oxford during Northeast’s annual Transfer Day on Tuesday, October 25. Approximately 20 private and public four-year institutions attended the event that was designed to give students an opportunity to learn about their options after Northeast. transcripts to get the admission process going,” Tilley said, “ Also, make sure to visit different campus’s in order to get a feel of the environment and get your questions answered. Alex Reno of Baldwyn is planning on attending University of Mississippi (Ole Miss) Medical School in the fall. “One of the most important traits that I look for in a four year college is a college that has the best program for my area of study and that offers the best training,” said Reno.

On the other hand, Anthony Mitchell chose Jackson State, as one of his choices of universities to attend “I love the fact that Jackson State is a HPCC member and has such great history behind it,” Mitchell stated. No matter what university students choose, Northeast prepares each student to be successful. “Four- year colleges love to come to Northeast because they know that we have great students who can be successful at their college since Northeast prepared them to,” said Langley.


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Hundreds of seniors descend upon Northeast

Students learn what it is like to be a Tiger By Heather Smith Staff Writer

Approximately 1,300 high school seniors got to see what a day in the life of a Tiger was about during Northeast’s annual High School Day, “Northeast The One” on November 16-17. Northeast director of recruitment Georgie Carroll along with volunteer members of the Northeast family led various student groups around campus helping prospective students to understand what it is like to be a student at Northeast. Seniors were first welcomed in the Bonner Arnold Coliseum before being separated into smaller groups by their prospective majors. Volunteers that routinely work with the majors were assigned to their respective seniors in order to answer any questions that the students may have about the college, the major or the process of coming

to Northeast. Students got to tour Estes Hall and learn about the admissions and financial aid processes and stopped by the Eula Dees Memorial Library. This day is to show students what Northeast offers in relation to their majors. Its purpose is to help them determine what field of study they might want to go into and what classes they should take. Students also got a chance to learn about some of the clubs and organizations on campus as well as various special interest areas such as e-Learning and the Northeast Development Foundation. Prospective students were also treated to a high-energy atmosphere as the Northeast ‘Showband from Tigerland’ entertained the crowd on both days and Northeast’s Campus Country closed out the day with a performance in the Seth Pounds Auditorium on both days.

Approximately 1,300 high school seniors got to see what a day in the life of a Tiger was about during Northeast’s annual High School Day, “Northeast The One” on November 16-17. This event showed students what Northeast offers in relation to their majors.

Chili helps club raise over $1,100 By Brandy Webb, Staff Writer

Chandler Coleman of Blue Springs bested nearly 20 foes to win Northeast’s annual pool tournament held on Thursday, November 17. Coleman won the event with a 3-1 showing against Allen Pannell in a best-of-five championship series. Joining Coleman (left) is Northeast Game Room Supervisor Peggy Hall and Pannell.

Respiratory Care Technology students hosted a chili sale from 11:00-1:30 at Hargett Hall on October 28. For just $6 one got a bowl of chili, crackers, drink and dessert. Those in the program also sold bracelets for $2 and had a bake sale October 31. From the chili sale to the bracelet and bake sale, the Respiratory Care Technology students were able to raise almost $1,100. Sophomore Lauren Unite, President of the Respiratory Care Technology Club, and all of the others in the program expressed their gratitude for all the help that the organization had received throughout the events. Proceeds will help students attend the Tennessee Respiratory Care conference at Nashville in April 2012 and fund the Kettering National Seminars, which the Respiratory Care program hosts here at Northeast. According to program director Beverly Prince, current and former students will be participating in the Kettering National Seminars as a way of preparing for

certification exams given by the National Board of Respiratory Care. The chili sales will also help students who might be attending the Tennessee Respiratory Care conference at Nashville in April 2012. During this conference students will get the opportunity to see new equipment and technology in their field of study. Northeast has offered the repertory tech program since 1972. According to Prince registered therapists usually hold jobs in the critical care settings and also administrativetype jobs within the Respiratory Care Departments in hospitals, and Certified therapists usually are responsible for more of the routine care done in hospitals. Only 11 students are accepted into the respiratory care technology program each semester so it is a privilege to those accepted. Clinical director John Shelburne expects the conference in Nashville to be a great learning experience for students in the program. To find out more about the program there is a link provided on Northeast’s website.

Tyger Symmetry holds first-ever lock-in Special to the Beacon

Northeast Mississippi Community College’s Tyger Symmetry held its first-ever writer’s lock-in for faculty, staff, students and friends of the college on Thursday, November 10.
 Tyger Symmetry is the creative and professional writer’s organization of the college and for five hours, writers were able to share ideas as well as work on their manuscripts as part of the 50,000-word challenge issued by the National Novel Writer’s Month for the month of November.
 In honor of National Novel Writer’s Month, participants made it a goal to accomplish 10-percent of the month’s total in one evening – 5,000 words.
 Throughout the five-hour event, writers were able to help bolster their word counts with writing challenges such as random picture challenges, fortune cookie challenges with special quotes, ‘add a line’ challenges and suggestions from the National Novel Writer’s Month website – http://
 Northeast’s Anderson Hall was converted into a writer’s haven with rooms designated for rehydration with snacks and coffee, an inspiration station that consisted of music, videos and book ideas along with a quiet room for those looking to break writer’s block. Participants also had access to a computer lab to work on their manuscripts.
 Nearly a dozen people took part in the first-ever writer’s

lock-in that was led by Tyger Symmetry sponsor Amanda Garvin of Booneville, Northeast English instructor Tina Gambill along with Northeast alumnae and novelist Jennifer S. Johnson also took part in the lock-in. Gambill and Johnson are both Prentiss County residents.
 Northeast students Ed Lucas, Kelly Sanders, Lauren Hinton, Justin Holley and Kegan Belden all of Alcorn County along with Gracie Robinson of Oktibbeha County, Matthew Palmer of Lee County and Thomas Cooper of Tippah County all used the lock-in as a way of gaining inspiration for their novels. 
 During the National Novel Writer’s Month, authors are encouraged to take advantage of national, state and local writing events in hopes of finishing their novels. Each one of the participants at Northeast’s writer’s lock-in has started a novel. Garvin has her “Boondock Sinners,” while Gambill is working on “Doesn’t Matter What We Call It.” 
 Johnson is writing “A Cold Kiss Goodnight,” while Lucas is authoring a self-titled book called, “The Lustrous Life of Ed Lucas.” 
 Sanders’ “Toothaches,” Hinton’s “A Silent Song” and Holley’s “Waves Collide” are also in the works.
 Belden has taken the challenge of writing “The Legacy of the Celestial,” as Robinson is working on “Mission Save-a-Life.” Palmer and Cooper are working on “Charles Collins the Extraordinaire” and “The President,” respectively.

Northeast students Gracie Robinson (left-right) of Oktibbeha County, Kelly Sanders of Alcorn County, Thomas Cooper of Tippah County and Matthew Palmer of Lee County take part in the college’s first-ever writer’s lock-in sponsored by Tyger Symmetry, the college’s creative and professional writing association on Thursday, November 10.



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Northeast falls to Gulf Coast in football playoffs By Jessie Perriman Staff Writer For the past six years the Northeast Tiger football program has fallen short of obtaining the coveted state playoff berth. This year, head coach Ricky Smither and the rest of the Tiger coaching staff Brad Boyette, Jeff Carter, Travis Macon and Trey Ward along with the players were determined to put an end to this streak. It was not an easy journey though, and not the happy ending the coaches were hoping for. There was nothing but tension on the Northeast campus the week before playoffs. The players and coaches were anticipating answers and Tiger fans everywhere wanted to know if Northeast would be suiting up in black and gold on Saturday. After the final decision, the Tigers (6-3, 4-2) came out on top of a three-way tie with Northwest Mississippi Community College and Itawamba Community College and won the coveted playoff slot. “It’s time to get paid,” were the words repeated as the battered, anxious, and determined football players anticipated the first-round playoff game against Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College. When the players arrived at Gulf Coast’s decorated stadium, they were focused and hungry for a win. Freshman tight end Logan Stokes stated, “We’re ready to shock the world.” The first quarter was like butting heads. Gulf Coast, who is well known for its aggressive running game, was quickly reminded how well the Tigers play defense. At the end of the frame, the Bulldogs lead 7-0 on a touchdown pass thrown halfway into the quarter. With 11:18 to go in the second, Northeast quarterback J.R. Jennings gave a quick handoff to running back Jamarcus Goodloe who bulled through the Bulldog defense for the Tigers’ opening score and a good kick by sophomore Taylor Earhart tied up the game. A pair of monster boots polished off the half as Northeast freshman punter Jonathan Harrison connected with a 59-yard punt and Earhart who booted personal-best 50-yard field goal that pushed the Tigers ahead 10-7 for halftime. Mississippi Gulf Coast quickly scored into the second half putting the Bulldogs up 14-10, but quarterback Parks Frazier snatched the lead right back with a 38-yard scoring bullet to receiver Tres Houston. Earhart’s point after try trickled through giving the visitors a 17-14 advantage. Early in the fourth, a Bulldog field goal knotted the game at 17-17. Northeast sophomore linebacker Ryan Richardson jerked the momentum back from Gulf Coast with an interception in the waning moments of the game. “I just knew we needed a big play so I figured I’d come up with something,” said Richardson about the catch. “I just wish we had one more game.” The game remained knotted 17-17 until the clock ran out on regulation and the Tigers first playoff berth in six years headed to overtime. After the Tigers possession ended abruptly with a fumble inside the red zone, the Bulldogs put the game away with a field goal. Sophomore wide receiver Donte’ ‘Smiley’ Barksdale and sophomore linebacker Courtney Sutton were distraught the Monday after during what would normally have been practice time. “We’re supposed to be practicing today,” said Barksdale. “Today just don’t feel right…already miss it,” stated Sutton. Frazier was unsatisfied with the results of the game, but not the season “I hate that we didn’t pull it off, but I feel like we played a pretty good ball game,” said the freshman signal caller. “We’re playing football! How can you not have fun? I’m having a blast out here. Northeast is a great school and a great community.” This was the first time Smither had ever taken Northeast to the playoffs, and was also upset by the loss but full of

Northeast sophomore wide receiver Donte’ Barksdale (4) of Southaven breaks from the tackle of Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College safety Charles Watson during the Tigers semifinal playoff game against the Bulldogs in Perkinston on Saturday, November 5. Northeast carried Gulf Coast to the limit before falling in overtime 20-17.

Northeast defensive back Deion Belue (8) tries to bring down Mississippi Gulf Coast running back Patrick Wilson (27) while Northeast running back Jamarcus Goodloe (10) bowls over Gulf Coast defensive back Otis Jacobs (2) en route for a rushing score during the Tigers playoff game against the Bulldogs. pride. “I feel very privileged to have our Northeast Tigers be able to come here in his (Gulf Coast Coach Steve Campbell) stadium and take it to the limits. I’m so proud of these guys and where the program is moving.” According to Smither, Northeast will be losing a fine

group of sophomores and the veteran coach knows the affect this loss will have on the team. “It’s going to hurt us. We had a dream and those guys made it come true. Losing them is huge but I think they have left a legacy on this program that will carry on for years and years.”

Spring sports teams look to repeat success By Jessie Perriman Staff Writer

In tennis, sophomores Ward Bynum, Colin Holley, Ben Ferrell, Ben Ford and Matt Murphy had one of the most successful seasons in recent history and finished the year ranked in the top 30 by the International Tennis Association (ITA) at the end of the season. Lynn Smither has taken over for Jeff Melson as the new coach for the Tiger and Lady Tiger tennis teams and Northeast will begin the season on the road with three away matches on February 16-18 at Copiah-Lincoln, Hinds, and Holmes, respectably. The Tigers and Lady Tigers step on their home court on February 24 against East Central. On the links, Craig Lauderdale continued to keep the Northeast Tiger golf team in the national spotlight as Austin Holt (New Albany) continued Northeast’s streak of national tournament appearances when the Tiger sophomore qualified for the NJCAA National Golf Championships at Goosepond Colony Golf Course in Scottsboro, Ala., in May. Holt rallied back on the final day of the four-day national event to finish in a tie for 57th overall with a four-day 305. Under the direction of new golf coach Mike Anderson, the Tigers will open up their first tournament on February 26-27 at the first tour stop of the year hosted by Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College at The Oaks Golf Club in Pass Christian. The Tigers have the honor of hosting the NJCAA Region 23 Championship at Big Oaks Golf Course in Tupelo on April 22-23. On the softball diamond, the Lady Tigers returned to the 2010-11 MACJC State

Tournament in Perkinston and gave host Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College a run in the first round of the tournament before seeing their season come to an end. Northeast finished with a 25-23 record. In 11 seasons, Northeast is 299-232 and has a 137-56 record in the North Division heading into the 2012 campaign. With its 25 wins during the 2010-11 season, Northeast recorded its most wins since the 2008 Lady Tiger softball team pieced together a 34-20 mark en route to a North Division championship. The Lady Tigers softball team will take their hard work to Decatur, Alabama for their first game February 9. They will compete in their first home game on February 24 as part of Northeast’s TigerFest Tournament. On the baseball diamond, Kent Farris’ club finished the year with a 22-20 mark and was 12-12 in the North Division and came away with a season split against rival Itawamba Community College claiming a 4-2 victory in Fulton and 6-1 decision against the Indians in Booneville on April 13. Corey Smith of New Albany and Jacob Long of Vardaman were named to the MACJC All-State first team while Trae Allison of Hernando and Will Wallis of Ripley were named to the All-State second team. Jordan Gurley of Corinth was awarded with a National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) All-Region XXIII golden glove selection at third base. Have your sunflower seeds and baseball caps ready when Tigers step up to the plate hosting Wallace State February 14. Put on your black and gold and go support all of the Northeast teams next semester.

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Superstitions: Stinky socks are worth a win By Jessie Perriman Staff Writer

Every athlete has a little something extra they tend to do on game day. Superstitions can range from something as simple as listening to the same song before a game, to rituals like sleeping with a baseball bat or wearing the same socks without washing them. Athletes, players, and fans will do almost anything for a victory, so I set out to uncover some of these interesting rituals. While all sports have their fair share of quirks, baseball and softball are notorious for its strong belief in superstitions. A few antics that baseball and softball players have for good luck include spitting in their hand before picking up the bat, sticking a wad of gum on their hat, and almost always following a specific batting routine. There are plenty of things that should be avoided as well. For instance, most players will not touch the baselines while running on and off the field. Also, it is unheard of to lend a bat to a teammate or sometimes even let bats touch. Pitchers avoid bad luck at all costs; if a pitcher is throwing a perfect game or a no-hitter, they will not say a word about it until the game is over and the rest of the team makes sure to do the same. Northeast athletic trainer Meghan Sink knew a player who had ripped his underwear while pitching a game, but ended up pitching the best game of his life. After that, he wore the same ripped underwear every time he stepped on the mound. Sink also served as a trainer for a women’s volleyball team. She said they all wore identical ribbons during every match. Once, a player had forgotten her ribbon and used a towel strip to make due, and after an incredible game,

“I walk onto the field and touch both goal posts and then every corner of the end zone.” Parks Frazier

Northeast Quarterback she continued to wear the same towel strip to every game. Some tennis players believe holding more than two balls at a time while serving is bad luck as well as stepping on the court lines. Golfers sometimes carry coins in their pocket for good luck. They also believe in starting with only oddnumbered clubs. Well-known golfer Tiger Woods never fails to wear a red shirt when he plays on Sundays. Basketball players are quirky, too. They are commonly seen licking their hands and wiping the sole of their shoes. For most it’s just a habit or grip aid, but some rely on this little move for good luck. Almost every basketball player has a free-throw routine that they have to do every time they get a foul shot. For example, one may see a player dribble three times, spin the ball back, dribble one more time, then after holding the ball a specific way, shoot. Some of the women on the Lady Tiger basketball team make sure to wear two pairs of shorts during every game. Basketball legend Michael Jordan did this as well; Jordan always wore his blue North Carolina shorts under his Bulls uniform for good luck. Football is full of rituals that are followed strictly for that good game day feel. Some players and coaches will eat the exact same thing every game day. Northeast assistant coach Trey Ward is no different, eating a Subway sandwich before every game.

The coaches also have a weekly ritual of playing a round of golf every Wednesday before game day. They have also noticed a negative trend that painting the end zones brings bad luck. Football fans are very loyal to their superstitions as well by tailgating a certain way in a certain spot or wearing something specific that they were wearing when their team won. I happen to be one of those superstitious fans. When the Tigers won their first game of the season, I was wearing a pair mismatched socks. From that day on, I made sure to wear a pair of socks that did not match to every game… maybe tacky, but well worth it. Northeast’s quarterback Parks Frazier is an athlete with game day rituals as well. “Every game day morning I read the same Bible verse,” Frazier said. Frazier has also developed a specific routine that he does every Thursday before putting on his black and gold jersey. “I walk onto the field and touch both goal posts and then every corner of the end zone,” said Frazier also wears a used quarterback towel from Tom Brady during every pre-game warm-up. There are so many odd techniques out there that players, coaches, and even fans strictly abide by. When asked why, most simply respond, “Anything for a win.”

Tigers, Lady Tigers off to fast start on hardwood By Jessie Perriman Staff Writer Northeast basketball is back in gear and off to a hot start for the 2011-12 season. The Tigers latest victories were accomplished on the road for their division opener against North Division rival Northwest Thursday, December 1. Northeast (7-0, 1-0 in North Division) used a 10-3 advantage in the third overtime to stay perfect on the year with a 102-95 win. Acie Vance lead the Tigers offensively with 25 points for the night. Cedric Janes and Jermaine Hollimon tallied doubledoubles for the night. Hollimon sunk 24 points and brought down 10 rebounds while Janes finished up with 11 points and 10 rebounds. Lavon Hooks, who starred on the gridiron for the Tiger football team, missed being the third Tiger with a doubledouble by just one point when he finished with nine points and 11 rebounds. Northeast’s Lady Tigers also added another victory to their record with a 74-61 win over Northwest. Anna Brooke Page finished with a double-double on the night with 26 points and 12 rebounds on an 11-for17 shooting performance while Kebrina Lucas and Amber Jackson both dropped in 16 points to aid in the victory. Prior to traveling to Senatobia, Northeast took on Meridian November 28 on the Eagles’ court. The Tigers walked away with a win against Meridian 80-78. Sophomore Lavon Hooks finished with 18 points and 16 rebounds. Vance pounded in his points scoring 20 and hitting 4-for-8 from behind the arc. Two more Tigers sunk the rock for double digits. Hollimon scored 13 and Deonta Herman shot in 12 points. Head coach David Robbins said he is happy with the way the season is going because of the team unity. “We just got our football players back when the season started so at this point I am very pleased now that everyone on the team is together,” Robbins said. The Tigers have defeated all five other opponents besides Northwest and Meridian: Wallace State at home 81-54, East Central 86-73, Arkansas Baptist 100-97 in overtime, Wallace State on the road 71-66, and Jones 8472. Robbins’ success last year set the bar for this year’s season. On the hardwood, Robbins led the Tiger basketball team to appearances in the Mississippi Association of Community/Junior Colleges (MACJC) State Tournament and the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Region XXIII Tournament after finishing as the North Division runner-up with a 7-5 mark in the North Division and an 11-14 mark overall. The Tigers found the same opponent awaiting them in both the state and region tournaments – 19th-ranked Pearl River Community College – and the Tigers gave the Wildcats a run in the state tournament before falling in overtime 92-83. The Lady Tigers came up short at Meridian 84-76 but it was a battle to the end. Amber Jackson led the way for Northeast with 16 points while Anna Brooke Page finished 7-of-7 from the field for 15 points. India Howard chipped in 13 points. First-year Lady Tiger head coach Brian Alexander has also lead the Lady Tigers to victory against East Central 78-68, Arkansas Baptist 90-82, and Wallace State on the road 76-71. Northeast’s only losses have come against Wallace

Northeast freshman Acie Vance (above) and redshirt freshman Suzzette Suggs (left) have the Tiger and Lady Tiger basketball teams off to hot starts. Vance and the Tigers are 7-0 after knocking off Northwest Mississippi on Thursday, December 1 while Suggs and the Lady Tigers are 4-4. Both Northeast squads are perfect in the North Division with 1-0 marks as of December 2.

State at home 75-73, Jones 78-71, and Meridian 84-76. Alexander commented on the season and the benefits of knocking out road games in the beginning. “It’s good to have road games early so that you can find out what you’re made of so when the second half of the season comes, we can finish strong at home and get to our ultimate goal: Kansas (Nationals),” Alexander said. Last year, longtime coach Ricky Ford finished his coaching career with an impressive season. Ford helped lead the Lady Tigers to a fourth place finish in the North Division (6-6) and faced off with the

MACJC 2010-11 state champion and state tournament host Copiah-Lincoln Community College in the first round of the state tournament. The Tigers and Lady Tigers will cap off this semester’s home games on December 5 as they face off with Holmes at Bonner Arnold Coliseum. Tip-off for the ladies will be at 5:30 and the men will start at 7:30. Alexander’s Lady Tigers have one game following the Holmes’ North Division twinbill when the Lady Tigers make the short drive to Jackson, Tenn., to take on Jackson State Community College on Wednesday, December 13.



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‘Tis the season for faith-based movies By Stephanie Luna Staff Writer With the Christmas season knocking at our doors, many families are retreating to the communal living room for quality time. While some may resort to ABC Family’s 25 Days of Christmas for entertainment, there’s a different alternative. Should you be wary of forgetting the “reason for the season,” here are the top five movies I would recommend to simply keep Christ on the brain. Although they don’t all center on the story of the birth of Jesus Christ, each contains a profound message than can be enjoyed year round. First up, allow me to go ahead and offer the classic story told through Mary’s eyes in “The Nativity Story,” directed by Catherine Hardwicke and produced by New Line Cinema. This historical drama accurately depicts the time period of Mary and Joseph, focusing almost entirely on their struggles, including Mary’s mysterious pregnancy and the treacherous journey to Bethlehem. The realism of this film provides the watcher with a sincere admiration for the young couple on their stalwart journey by donkey, as well as a better appreciation for the conditions of Jesus’ birth. “Facing the Giants” was the first generation-geared movie I ever watched by the now well-known Sherwood Baptist Church, located in Albany, Georgia. Directed by Alex Kendrick and produced by Samuel Goldwyn Films, Affirm Films, and Carmel Entertainment, this gives a refreshing twist to the done and redone underdog story. Football Coach Grant Taylor has been with his team, without results, at a little Christian high school for six years. With a car past its prime, imminent unemployment looming, and an inability to have children with his wife, Brooke, poor Grant turns to his waning faith, later introducing it to his players. Win or lose, the Eagles would praise God. This mentality catalyzes a revival in both the school and Grant’s life, carrying the endearingly small team to the state championships, where they would face the infamous Giants. Problems come in every shape and size, and this particular motion picture overcomes them all, one way or another.

From the makers of “Facing the Giants” comes “Fireproof,” which takes more of a turn for the everyday setting. The story targets the marriage of firefighter Caleb Holt and his wife, Catherine, at its breaking point. While the decision for a divorce had already been made, Caleb’s father, John, appeals to his son and convinces him to hold off on signing the papers for another forty days as he undergoes “The Love Dare.” The challenge is designed to put one’s partner at the forefront of his or her mind, as well as submit to the love and care of a higher power through what seems to be meaningless and mediocre tasks. However, the results are more than worth it. This is a must see for all ages, married or not, as it teaches you to never leave your partner in a fire, be that your spouse, sibling, or best friend. Our fourth movie begins and ends with unshakable faith. “Letters to God” is directed by David Nixon and Patrick Doughtie and produced by Mercy Creek Entertainment and Possibility Pictures. Eight-year-old Tyler Doherty has cancer, but never allows the cruel nature of his health hold him back from maintaining a personal relationship with God, his favorite pen pal. Each day he never fails to write out his prayers as a new letter to God, each one falling into the hands of temporary postman, and drunkard, Brady McDaniels. Brady, of course, has nowhere to deliver these letters, and after attempting to leave them with a church, stores them, eventually reading them. The pure determination of young, tragic Tyler weasels its way into Brady’s heart, allowing him to confront the loss of his own son. Although the ending is only to be expected, Tyler having fought off his illness long and hard, Brady and the rest of the Doherty family are forever touched by Tyler’s loving spirit. This movie leaves you feeling grateful for the time you have been given, and possibly encourages you to use your time remaining more wisely. It’s a good, old-fashioned tear-jerker, though, so have your tissues handy. Finally, “To Save a Life,” directed by Brian Baugh and produced by New Song Pictures, Accelerated Entertainment, and Outreach Films, tackles the difficult subject of suicide and its prevention. Jake Taylor, star jock and all around Mr. Popular, starts to see life with new eyes when one of his friends takes his life. When a local youth

Country musician living his dream By Brittni Cox Staff Writer Sophomore Derrick Young is living his dream. While being one of just a few commercial music majors at Northeast, Young is preparing for the ins-and-outs of the music industry. At Northeast, Young is part of many different activities including Campus Country. “Campus Country is the best road map you could ask for as a commercial music major”, said Young “Not only do you become exposed to a large amount of music, but you learn how to read number, charts, interact with a live band and meet lifelong musician friends that you would make friends through your life.” Northeast’s Campus Country is under the direction of Fine Arts Department Chairperson Jerry Rains whom Young said played a pivotal role in his development as a musician. “Mr. Rains is one of the most respected musicians in this area,” Young said. “Any musician around Northeast would tell you that Mr. Rains has influenced them in a positive way. The entire fine arts department is made up of people that truly care about each student.” Young is also a part of the Northeast Jazz Band. Young says that jazz takes a lot of talent, knowledge and a feel for the music.. Young’s love for music runs deep especially coming from a musically inclined family. “I come from a family of musicians and singers,” Young said. “My love for music didn’t really start at a time or place. It is pretty much a family trait.” After graduating from Northeast, Young plans on attending the University of Memphis, University of North Alabama or Southern Miss. Young says that he is one of the lucky musicians…right

Top 5 Faith-based Movies The Nativity Story (2006) Rated PG Facing the Giants (2006) Rated PG Fireproof (2008) Rated PG Letters to God (2010) Rated PG To Save a Life (2009) Rated PG-13 minister proposes God as the solution to Jake’s uncertainty and progressively reckless lifestyle, he takes the advice and runs with it, transforming into a strong-willed Christian with a mind set on change in both his school and community. However, as all go through their own sets of trails, Jake discovers his father’s adultery and his girlfriend’s pregnancy, all the while suffering from ridicule from many of his former friends. In the end, Jake must make the decision to stay strong and stand tall for those watching him. This movie delivers the strongest impact of the selections given here and is meant for teenagers and older. It is a hard-hitting contemporary Christian film that isn’t afraid to step on a few toes while getting across a point that needs to be made. It is beyond inspirational. Each movie given here, without a doubt, serves as a great reminder to the true meaning behind Christmas, both directly and indirectly. Christmas time, and even Thanksgiving, aren’t the only times for reflecting on what is important in our lives. I encourage you to branch out and try any of these selections. I promise they will not disappoint you.

Footloose remake captures new generation of viewers By Brittni Cox Staff Writer

Derrick Young now. For the past three years, he has been working steadily. Young is currently a studio musician for Grammy Award-winning record producer Jim Gaines and Young’s first album to play on for a record label will be released this month for blues legend Sandy Carrol. In the meantime, Young is also apart of a band named Hobo Hippie – which got to play on the closing night of the 2011 Tennessee River Run in Pickwick, Tenn., alongside country music legends Lee Brice, Danny Gokey, Joe Diffie and Darryl Worley. The debut album “Buckle Up” was released this past week. “This is opening up more opportunities for us to expand our following,” Young said. Young and the Hobo Hippie band can be found via their website at or on the social media network sites of Twitter and Facebook.

Kenny Loggins wrote it best when the songwriter penned the lyrics to what would be the theme song for one of the most influential movies of all times. “Tonight I gotta cut/Loose, footloose kick off your Sunday shoes/Please, Louise pull me off a my knees/ Jack, get back c’mon before we crack/Lose your blues everybody cut footloose” If you have not seen the new Footloose movie I highly suggest that you go and see it. It is a high-energy movie pack with a lot of dancing. And who doesn’t like to dance? The movie is Ren MacCormack (Kenny Wormald) who used to live in Boston and moves to a small southern town of Bomont, which is located deep in the Bible belt where he experiences a heavy dose of culture shock. A few years prior, the community was shook-up by a tragic accident that killed five teenagers after a night of partying and more importantly…dancing. Bomont’s local councilmen and the Reverend Shaw Moore (Dennis Quaid) responded by implementing ordinances that prohibit loud music and dancing. Moore, who lost a son in the accident, believes that accident was trial from God and in turn has the young people of the town put under a curfew and bans all loud music and public dancing. MacCormack challenges the ban, puts on his dancing shoes and revitalizes the town. In the process showing his classmates that it is perfectly normal to blow off a little steam with some loud music and good friends, MacCormack falls in love with the reverend’s daughter Ariel (Julianne Hough).

Third Sookie Stackhouse book leaves reader with questions By Heather Smith Staff Writer We all know about the vampire obsession that the country is in right now. One of the starters of this phenomenon is the Sookie Stackhouse book series. While reading the third book in the series, “Club Dead,” I was surprised by the ending, which left me with lingering questions. As we all know this book is full of familiar characters, most of which we have seen by watching the television series on HBO. It starts off with Sookie Stackhouse, a telepathic bar waitress who is desperately trying to find her missing vampire boyfriend, Bill Compton. Compton, Stackhouse’s missing, undead other-half, has suddenly gone missing, which causes Stackhouse to go on a crosscountry mission to find him.

Eric Northman is another vampire who Stackhouse enlists to help find Compton because she knows that Eric will help because he is in love with Stackhouse. Pam is the co-owner of Fangtasia, the vampire bar that Compton and the other local vampires of Bon Temps regularly inhabit. She is also searching for Compton because the vampires are entitled to stick together. Sam Merlotte is Stackhouse’s boss who is disturbed by the sudden increase in werewolf attacks near his bar, which encourages his decision to allow Stackhouse to take off work to search for Compton. Russell Edgington is the vampire king of Louisiana who initiates the kidnapping of Compton. The Queen of Louisiana is the one who assigned Compton to a secret mission, one in which that causes him to be taken in the first place. Lorena is the evil, vampire ex-girlfriend

of Compton’s who takes advantage of Compton’s weakened state after he is captured and nearly kills him. Last but not least, Alcide Herveaux is a werewolf who owes Northman a favor and is assigned to protect Stackhouse while she is in search of Compton. Compton has suddenly gone missing after working on a special assignment for the Queen. Stackhouse, being the loyal companion that she is, goes on a mission to save him. Along with Stackhouse is Herveaux, a werewolf who Northman appoints to escort her while she is in Mississippi. Stackhouse believes that Compton’s wicked ex-girlfriend Lorena is to blame for his disappearance. She and Herveaux go to Mississippi to look for him, even though Stackhouse has recently discovered that Compton was cheating on her with Lorena for the entire

year that they have known each other. Throughout the novel, Stackhouse is repeatedly injured and almost killed by those who she believes know what happened to Compton. At the end, when they are all back home in Louisiana, Stackhouse is attacked again in her home by more vampires who want the secret program that Compton created. It ends with Stackhouse resending all vampire invitations into her home, including Compton’s. Although I was sad to hear that Compton and Stackhouse broke up, there was a semi-comical ending. It turns out that the important program that Compton created for the Queen is hidden in Stackhouse’s house, and without her permission, no vampire can touch it. Interested in what happens next, stay tuned for the next book review in the Sookie Stackhouse series.

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The December 5, 2011 edition of the The Beacon, the student newspaper of Northeast Mississippi Community College