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Commencement ceremonies set for May 12 Lambert named 2017 Most Beautiful

Commencement ceremonies will be held on May 12 in Howard Coliseum. Three ceremonies will be held at 8 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. (Photo by Josh Drinkard)

BY ALLEN BREWER NEWS EDITOR Sophomores from Northwest who have received all of their credit hours will be leaving soon to begin chasing their dreams. For students who are interested in walking in the spring commencement ceremony, there is one more thing to do to get their diploma. This year marks the 101st commencement in Northwest history. At Howard Coliseum, there will be three ceremonies for students receiving degrees or certificates from Northwest on May 12. The event will start with students receiving an Associate of Arts degree at 8 a.m. Students who will be receiving Career Certificates will be honored at 11:30 a.m. Lastly, students receiving an Associate of Applied Science degree will be honored at 2:30 p.m. According to the Of-

fice of Admissions and Records, there will be 203 students participating in the Associate of Arts ceremony, 216 students for Career Certificates and 169 students for Associate of Applied Science. Students from all Northwest campuses will be in attendance. “The numbers are a little lower than last year,” Kelly Stull, transcript specialist, said. “Numbers do fluctuate, but the difference is usually between 10-20 students. It changes but not a lot.” The events will start with an invocation by students in each degree program. This year’s invocational speakers will be Bethany Starkey, for Associate of Arts, Gwint Fisher, Career Certificates and Gabriel Aldridge, Associate of Applied Science ceremony. Northwest President, Dr. Gary Lee Spears will

then introduce the keynote speaker, Dr. Tony Ammeter. Dr. Ammeter is the director of Outreach and Continuing Studies, associate provost, dean of General Studies and associate professor of Management and Management information Systems: Provost/VC for Academic Affairs at The University of Mississippi. After the address, Dr. Spears will award diplomas/certificates to the students attending. A performance of “America the Beautiful” by the Northwest Singers and WInd Ensemble and a group singing of the college’s alma mater will close out each ceremony. Students who will be walking are asked to attend practice rehearsals before the actual ceremony. Students receiving an Associate of Arts degree will meet on May 1, Career Certificates will meet on May 2 and Associate of

Applied Science will meet May 3; caps and gowns will be picked up at rehearsal for no additional cost. All of the rehearsals will be held at 2 p.m. The caps and gowns are gray, and students are asked to wear dark pants/dresses and dark shoes under their gowns. The gowns will be turned in after the ceremony, but students will be able to keep the caps. Students have been asked not to decorate their caps and gowns before the ceremony to retain uniformity. “Males are supposed to wear dark dress pants and shoes,” Stull said. “Females should wear dresses/dress pants and dark low heel shoes; they will be standing up a lot.” Much of the ceremony will remain the same as years past. Students who choose not to walk in the ceremony will still receive their diploma in the mail.

Ranger Rocket staff wins multiple awards BY SHAY HUMPHREY The Ranger Rocket newspaper staff brought home 13 awards from the Better Newspaper Contest in Jackson on March 30. The O.C. McDavid Journalism Conference was an eventful day filled with journalism and excitement. Three Ranger Rocket staffers traveled to Jackson, along with journalism instructor Carroll Huebner. The Ranger Rocket was recognized for one first place, six second place and six third place awards. “There was a lot of knowledge and experience there,” Greg Lush, a freshman studying broadcasting from Batesville and on Ranger Rocket staff, said. “There were a lot of young journalists there who were eager to learn and figure out the tricks of the trade. I gained a lot of knowledge myself from the speakers

INDEX Opinion • 2 News/sports • 3 Arts & Life • 4, 5 news • 6

Ranger Rocket staff members include Lifestyle Section Editor David Campbell (left to right), Greg Lush, News Editor Allen Brewer, Shay Humphrey, Adviser Carroll Huebner, Morgan Shingler, Editor Freddy Lard, Jr. and Josh Drinkard.

on the panels who spoke. It was an outstanding opportunity. The Ranger Rocket won first place in Best Website. The rangerrocket. com was voted first place, because the website was

clean and easy to navigate. It contains a nice mix of photos and videos. The Ranger Rocket staff as a whole won second in General Excellence, third in Design and third in Front Page.

Allen Brewer of Oxford won third place in General News Story for his “Improving students” story, General News Photo for his “Northwest libraries rock” photo and Spot News Photo for his “Men’s soccer” photo. Freddy Lard Jr. of Senatobia won second in Sports Story for his “Ranger Football team defeats Pearl River” article, and third in both Sports Photo (Ranger football team defeats P.R.) and Editorials. Lush won second in General News Photo for “Dunn named new dean” and second in Sports Feature for “Athletes find tutoring helpful” along with Shay Humphrey and Tina Doyle. Morgan Shingler won second in General Interest Column.

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Madison Lambert, a sophomore studying biology (dental) from Hernando was named 2017 Most Beautiful on March 28. (Photo by Greg Lush)

BY GREG LUSH STAFF Northwest held its annual Beauty Review March 28 in Howard Coliseum. Madison Lambert, a sophomore studying biology (dental) from Hernando was named 2017 Most Beautiful. Family, friends and students were present for the contest. Liesl Mote, student activities coordinator, organized the event. This was the seventh Beauty Review that Mote has been a part of. Mote handpicks the judges herself. “Each judge has two categories that they can judge in, and they get 10 points in each category,” Mote said. The two categories are overall beauty and stage presence/poise. “I feel so honored and humbled to have won this title. There were several other beautiful and kind women in this pageant that were also very deserving of this title, but I am utterly thankful that I was the one chosen to repre-

sent my school,” Lambert said. Lambert has also competed in other competitions. “This is the second pageant title I have earned; the first pageant I won was Hernando High School’s Most Beautiful 2015. Accomplishing my high school title encouraged me to participate in Northwest’s pageant. Now that I have won Most Beautiful at Northwest, I plan on pursuing pageantry by competing in this year’s Miss Mississippi USA,” Lambert said. The title of Most Beautiful is held for one year. “The ladies get to keep their crown and sash. They are also recognized in the yearbook for the title,” Mote said. Lambert is studying biology (dental) with dreams of becoming a dentist. She plans on attending the University of Memphis after leaving Northwest.

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Staff members reflect on their experiences while working on Ranger Rocket Ranger Rocket staff members take time to relect on their experiences while working on the student newspaper. Lifestyle Section Editor David Campbell Working at the Ranger Rocket has been the best experience I’ve had at Northwest. Journalism was kind of a random choice for me. I didn’t have an idea of what subject I wanted to study. But as I got into it, I started liking it more and more, until the point I knew there was nothing else I wanted to start a career in. I think that what I’ve learned in my time at the Ranger Rocket will lead me to a successful career in journalism. Greg Lush Newspapers have always been a popular way for consumers to gain interesting content in their communities. For decades, the Ranger Rocket has provided Northwest students and faculty with a news source. Made up of a small staff, the Ranger Rocket has contributed greatly to Northwest tradition and history. The Ranger Rocket has given journalism students a platform to perfect their craft in a really positive way. College Publications is an integral part to a young journalist getting experience and finding the ways to better their writing techniques. The journalism program is, and always will be, a needed career field for several reasons. As the world and technology in it continues to evolve and adapt, journalists must do the same. The instruction and practice received at Northwest has done a great job at preparing young aspiring writers and journalists for their next step. Out of all the many groups that Northwest students can be a part of, the Ranger Rocket staff is truly unique. College Publications will continue to be an important part of college journalism for years to come. News Editor Allen Brewer “Hello, can anyone hear me?” These are my thoughts each time I write

a news article for my college newspaper, the Ranger Rocket. While I know that some will read my articles, I question if they have an effect on my readers lives. This will be my last semester writing for the Ranger Rocket as I will be graduating this spring. Though I will be attending

I would normally arrive two to three hours earlier and just sit in my car doing homework. Later, I would commute three days a week at 7 a.m. I was not very good at coming up with story ideas my first semester, but I learned about club activities on the Oxford campus from working on

Ranger Rocket staff members include News Editor Allen Brewer (front, left to right), Shay Humphrey, Morgan Shingler, Greg Lush, Josh Drinkard (back, left to right), Adviser Carroll Huebner, Lifestyle Section Editor David Campbell and Editor Freddy Lard Jr. (Staff photo)

the University of Mississippi in the fall, I feel sad about leaving Northwest and the newspaper that I have grown to love. I learned so much about journalism from my time at Northwest. My high school did not really have a journalism program, so when I heard that Northwest had a student newspaper, It really made me want to attend. I learned, however, that Northwest only offered journalism classes in Senatobia. I was a student attending the Oxford Center and would have to make an extra trip just to attend a few classes. Regardless of the dangers of the highway, I chose to commute. At first, I drove from Oxford to Senatobia one day a week to attend College Publication meetings.

Northwest’s yearbook, the Rocketeer. I soon became determined to cover as many stories as I could. My first articles were book reviews, which I became very proud of. Depending on which month the paper was published in, I would pick a book theme such as horror for October and Christmas comedy for December. My favorite theme was graphic novels in January, featuring Gene Luen Yang’s American Born Chinese and Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis. I also wrote many staff spotlights about the Oxford Center’s staff and faculty. I would try to cover new instructors joining in August and retiring instructors in May. This past fall, I was chosen to be the news section editor for the paper, and

the Ranger Rocket, it was great to finally have a voice in something. I could have my opinion on things and represent the school. Journalism at Northwest helped bring the quiet side out of me. I am now able to talk to strangers and have a conversation. It would have been hard if I had not had the experience of working on the paper at Northwest.

Kappa, Gamma Beta Phi and the Ranger Book Club. I have also been able to cover interesting stories such as events in the library, the 2016 Quality Enhancement Plan and the election process. To all the clubs, departments and individuals that I have worked with, I have enjoyed getting to know you all. Next semester, my hope for you is that you will be able to go forth and share your own news. I know many of the Ranger Rocket staff who will be remaining at Northwest, and I know that they will continue to report the news to the best of their abilities. I encourage you to seek out those reporters and allow them to spread your news. I hope the paper will

The journalism program here at Northwest definitely gave me a good standing as to what I want to do with my life after college. I’ve always been an introverted person, and have always been a bit more on the shy side, but getting out there in the field and actually interviewing people has definitely helped with that. I love being involved now and getting the chance to find out information and get it out there for others to learn about. The journalism department in the long run did so much in helping me make future plans.

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The Ranger Rocket has had a big impact on my time here at Northwest. It taught me life lessons and that teamwork was very critical to making the newspaper a success. I started working on the newspaper staff in the fall of 2015 and never looked back. I met new people each semester and grew to trust the people around me. What I enjoyed the most about the newspaper was going to the football games on Thursday nights and taking pictures on the sideline. The first moment I began taking pictures for the paper, I knew that my passion for it would grow. It has changed my life. It made me unselfish and confident that I had friends that would be focused on the same mission and that was to make the Ranger Rocket a successful newspaper for Northwest. Josh Drinkard

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Don’t wait to complete financial aid BY GREG LUSH STAFF Going to college can be very expensive. Along with the expense comes the stress of paying for college and how to complete financial aid in a timely manner. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the form that is filled out by both current and future college students to determine if they are eligible for federal aid. In order to receive all benefits in time for the semester, it is very important that students file their application as quickly as possible to avoid any complications. “Don’t procrastinate. We want you to get awarded your financial aid in a timely manner. We try and help students get all documentation in as quickly as possible,” Geraldine Lester, Financial Aid receptionist, said. If a student completes their FAFSA on time, it allows students to bypass a lot of the problems that financial aid finds most commonly.

“It makes awarding so much easier,” Lester said. For the 2017-18 academic year, students will need to use their 2015 tax information when filing. This is the only occurrence where the same tax form will be used for two separate years. “Our goal in Financial Aid is to get the student awarded before the semester starts,” Jennifer Luna, director of Financial Aid, said. The Financial Aid Office also houses a veteran’s assistant to aid with government-awarded military benefits such as the Post 9/11 GI Bill and the Montgomery GI Bill. “We emphasize that students get their FAFSA done before they leave for the semester. We want them to be ready for their fall return,” Luna said. The Financial Aid Office is open from 8 a.m.-noon p.m. and 1-4:30 p.m. and beginning on June 1, the office will remain open during lunch (8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.).

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PTK students honored in Jackson

Northwest Phi Theta Kappa students were honored in Jackson for being named to the Phi Theta Kappa All-Mississippi Academic Team on March 22. In attendance were Dawn Stevens (left to right), Judy Barham and Carroll Huebner, advisers; Northwest President, Dr. Gary Lee Spears; Kendall McCoy of Olive Branch; Kayla Perez of Horn Lake; Alexis Slade of Horn Lake and Kayla Duerstock of Nesbit, all second team; Devon Thomas of Oxford, first team; Veronica Wilson of Oxford, second team; Elizabeth Harvey, Matthew Johnson, Patsy Gardner and Kristin Watson, advisers and Richie Lawson, vice president of Education. (Staff Photo) BY ALLEN BREWER NEWS EDITOR Six members of Phi Theta Kappa went to Jackson to take part in the All-Mississippi Academic Team Recognition Luncheon on March 22. Two PTK members from each Northwest campus chapter— Senatobia, DeSoto and Oxford—were nominated to the All-Mississippi Academic Team. The students and their chapter advisers attended the luncheon. The luncheon and featured keynote speaker Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant. Students from the Oxford Center, Theta Eta Beta Chapter, were Devon

Thomas on the first team and Veronica Wilson on the second team. Advisers for the Oxford chapter are Elizabeth Harvey and Matt Johnson. “I was surprised when I heard that I made the AllMississippi first team for Phi Theta Kappa,” Thomas said. “I am so thankful for the scholarship that was given from Northwest for $1,000. This is extremely helpful for my future endeavors at a four-year institution.” Students from the DeSoto Center, Alpha Gamma Chi Chapter, were Alexis Slade and Kayla

Duerstock, both on the second team. PTK adviser for the DeSoto campus is Patsy Gardner. “Our President, Dr. Spears served as the emcee, and Gov. Phil Bryant spoke to us about the importance of community colleges in the state of Mississippi,” Gardner said. “As always, the food was delicious and the student nominees get more impressive every year.” Students from the Senatobia campus, Theta Sigma Chapter, Kendall Elaine MoCoy and Kayla Perez, are both on the second team. PTK advisers

for the Senatobia campus are Judy Barham, Kristin Watson, Dawn Stevens and Carroll Huebner. “It was a really big honor, and I was so happy to be able to attend,” McCoy said. Dr. Spears served as the chairman of the AllMississippi Steering Committee for the event. The luncheon was designed to recognize the achievements of students for their work with PTK and beyond. A $1,000 scholarship was presented to Thomas for placing on the first team.

Lady Rangers split doubleheader Northwest graduates are preparing to leave riding the wave of success. (Illustration by Allen Brewer)

Rangers take two from Southwest BY FREDDY LARD, JR. EDITOR Northwest improved to 20-12 on the season and 8-6 in the conference, as they defeated Southwest Community College 6-5 and 6-2 in both games of a doubleheader, April 8 at Jim Miles Field. In Game 1, Northwest trailed 1-0 in the bottom of the fourth, then tied the game on sophomore outfielder Spencer Cayten’s solo HR to left field. Northwest would take the lead, with three runs, all coming in the fifth inning of play. Sophomore infielder David Herrington’s two-out double to left field was followed by a walk to freshman infielder Dakota Dailey to load the bases for the Rangers. Cayten sustained his effective stretch at the plate with a two-run single to mid-field that brought Herrington and Dailey in for scores, pushing the Ranger lead to 4-1. While the Bears regained a 5-4 lead in the eighth with a grand slam HR, Northwest rallied back with two runs in the bottom innings. Freshman pitcher Justin Milam got the inning started with a double to right center and freshman pitcher Zack Pope would bring him home on an RBIdouble to left center, tying the game at 5-5. Freshman catcher Hunter White’s single through the left side

would score Pope and give the Rangers the 6-5 lead and they would hold on for the final of 6-5 in Game 1. In Game 2, Northwest overcame an early 2-0 deficit and distributed 11 hits in the second game victory to earn the conference sweep. Southwest took a 1-0 lead in the first with a solo home run to left field with two outs remaining. The Bears would gain an extra run in the second as freshman infielder Baron Davies brought the Rangers more life in the fourth inning with his solo HR to deep left center for his seventh home run of the season, bringing the Rangers within a run. The Rangers would use a three-run fifth inning to help extend the lead, as Herrington helped the Rangers tie the contest with his RBI-single through the right side. Campbell and Cayten would follow with a single and a double that scored two more runs for Northwest and gave the Rangers a 4-2 lead. Freshman infielder Brooks Boolos kept the runs coming in the sixth with his RBI-single that allowed White to score. Boolos would later cross the plate on a passed ball that gave Northwest its sixth and final run to make the final score 6-2, Rangers.

BY FREDDY LARD, JR. EDITOR The Lady Rangers fought hard with 5thranked Mississippi Gulf Coast on April 8 at Ranger Field, losing Game 1, 9-2 and winning the second game 5-4. The win over Gulf Coast was Northwest’s fourth win over a nationally-ranked opponent this season, also defeating 18th-ranked Pearl River twice and 12th-ranked East Central in previous games. Northwest improved to 18-14 overall and 12-8 in the conference. Four runs in the first inning for Mississippi Gulf Coast played a big factor in the Game 1 win against the Rangers. The Bulldogs’ Nora Keehn distributed

six hits, two runs and six strikeouts in the completegame win. Northwest itched across single runs in the second and third on an RBI-single from freshman infielder Harley Smith and an RBI-double from sophomore pitcher Sallie Rose Carver to pull within 5-2 after three innings of play. Mississippi Gulf Coast would pull away from the Lady Rangers and win with a final of 9-2 in Game 1. Sophomore pitcher/infielder Leeah Henson, who entered for sophomore pitcher Tori Luke after a 4-0 Gulf Coast lead and no outs in the first, had a productive relief outing and went a full seven innings

to finish out the game for Northwest. Sallie Rose Carver’s RBI-double in the sixth inning, provided the gamewinning run and Harley Smith threw 129 pitches to lift Northwest to an upset win in the finale over Mississippi Gulf Coast. Northwest led 2-0 after one thanks to back-to-back RBIs from Carver and Luke before Mississippi Gulf Coast rallied with three in the third to lead 3-2. Sophomore outfielder Allison Williams’ RBI-single through the right side tied the game at 3-3 in the third inning of play and Carver’s RBI-single to left put the Rangers back on top 4-3 after four.

Mississippi Gulf Coast tied the game at 4-4 in the 6th inning on an RBIsingle to right but Smith buckled down to have the bases loaded with a fly out. Freshman outfielder Morgan Gresham’s leadoff double in the sixth inning put the go-ahead run in position and sophomore outfielder Kailey Walker’s bunt moved her to third base with one out. After a strikeout, Carver’s third hit of the game, a double to left-center, scored Gresham for the game-winning run. Smith allowed two singles in the seventh inning but got a shallow pop fly at short to clinch the upset victory.

Dalton Young falls in MACJC Championship Final STAFF REPORT A stellar two-year career for Northwest sophomore Dalton Young came to an end on April 22 with a tough three-set loss in the finals of the MACJC Championship. After starting in the Round of 16 with a 6-1, 6-2 victory against Merritt Blackwell (Holmes), Young battled through a tough draw in the quarterfinal and semifinal matches to make his way to the championship draw against Chase Pennington of Jones County. Although Young dropped the opening set, he rallied for a 6-1 second-

set win to force the deciding third set. Young battled back from down 4-0 in the third before Pennington took the 6-4 decider and the No. 3 singles championship. The Halls, Tenn., native closes his two-year Northwest career with a 20-6 overall singles record. He will sign with Freed-Hardeman University on Friday morning. In other action, Joshua Stephenson and Zak Harbin battled in the Round of 16, but both players would fall by a pair of 6-4, 6-2 and 7-5, 6-2 decisions, respectively, in the No. 1

and No. 2 singles draw. Quentin Hutchinson also put forth an inspired effort in No. 6 singles but fell to Holmes’ Rylee Artman 6-4, 7-6. Northwest vs. Northeast Northwest closed out the 2017 regular season on a high note on April 13, defeating Northeast 6-3 at The ROC. Northwest captured the momentum early by taking two of the three doubles matches. Joshua Stephenson and Adam Holley picked up a solid 8-6 victory at the No. 1 slot, while Dalton Young and

Zak Harbin claimed an 8-1 win at No. 2. Singles competition proved to be successful for the Rangers as Northwest took wins on each of the first four positions. Quentin Hutchinson also posted a solid effort at No. 6 to force a third-set tiebreaker, but ultimately fell to Northeast’s Andrew Price. Northwest ends the regular season at 3-5 and will look ahead to next week’s MACJC/Region 23 Tournament at Mississippi Gulf Coast.

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New members inducted into Oxford clubs

Senatobia, Miss.

Graphic design club holds Easter fundraiser

BY ALLEN BREWER NEWS EDITOR This month, two Oxford Center clubs have held their spring induction ceremonies. Students who join one or more of these clubs will get the chance to take part in service projects and make a difference in their community. Gamma Beta Phi This year, 35 members were inducted into the Northwest Oxford chapter of GBP. Sixteen of those members attended an induction ceremony on March 31. Society officers for the 2016-2017 year are President DeLous Harris, Vice President Carol McKaskle, Project Chair Linsey Lawrence and Secretary/ Treasurer Kendra Ray and Chandler Curry. GBP is a national honor society that hosts several service projects each semester. Projects include collecting items for the Louisiana flood victims, gathering canned goods for the local pantry and adopting two Angel Tree children. The current group of members is planning on gathering supplies for a local women’s and children’s shelter, giving out goody bags to students during finals week and gathering books for the Little Library Project. Phi Theta Kappa Sixty-two new members will be inducted into the Oxford Center’s PTK chapter on April 28. While

some of the students will not be able to attend the ceremony, students will still be inducted. “Students who have joined in the fall 2016 and spring 2017 have been invited to attend,” Matt Johnson, PTK adviser, said. “They will be individually introduced and will officially sign the membership roster. A short reception will follow the ceremony.” PTK is a national honor society that grants membership according to academic standing. Projects that the club has participated in include hosting bake sales to raise money for children at Bramlett Elementary school and toy drives for Operation Christmas Child and Toys for Tots. New GBP members inducted include: Samuel Abebe, Michael Baxter, MarKetta Bowen, Alexis Card, Steven Cochran, Ottis Crocker, Chandler Curry, Sasha Folson, Shane Fortner, John Hand, Danny Hickey, Kierra Hudson, D’Kameron Hutchins, Blakleigh Jones, Tyler Kemp, Brett Kowalski, Alisha Johnson, Jordan Langford, Linsey Lawrence, Hannah Lessel, David Locke, Steven McGee, Carol McKaskle, Keyaira McKinley, Itami Mundo, Bailey Nichols, Melitza Pacheco, LaShawnda Pettis, DanEisha Phillips, Jesse Rodgers, Melissa Rogers, Genna Ruth, Kierra

Smith, Jordan Spence, Walter Sullivan, Madison Summers, Stephen Turner and Shamelda Wilbourn. PTK members inducted will include: Samuel Abebe, Dylan Bagel, Jordan Bailey, Madaline Ball, Michael Baxter, Christopher Bishop, David Borden, Marline Brooks, Madison Brown, Lisa Buford, Jesse Clemons, Steven Cochran, Richard Cook, William Cullen, William Dabney, Anna Lee Davis, Laura Davis, Shelia England, Amira E-mail, Mary Ferrell, Walker Gusset, Kara Gray, Dennis Hannah, Sarah Harris, Delois Harris, Danny Hickey, Sara Hill, Harrison Hopper, Hannah Hulley, Dkameron Hutchins, Hannah Ivy, Charles Johnson, Garrett King, Renalyn LaCook, Jordan Langford, Hannah Lessel, Daniel Locke, Elizabeth Manning, Harper McDowell, Carol McKaskle, Kaitlyn Moore, Sydney Osborn, Rohini Patel, Neel Patel, Collier Phillips, Jasmine Polk, Hunter Robertson, Jesse Rodgers, John Ross, Kayla Schurr, Kierra Smith, Josie Smith, William Sparks, Devin Spear, Brittany Stanford, Cara Stewart, Madison Summers, Khadijah Thompson, Stephen Turner, Susan Van Fleet, Rachel Watkins and Veronica Wilson.

Maria Aguilar-Robles and Destanie Bibbs pose with the Easter Bunny to raise money for the Graphic Design Tech Club. (Photo by Karen Parks)

BY ALLEN BREWER NEWS EDITOR Has anyone seen a giant rabbit hopping around campus selling candy eggs? It is not a joke, it is just the Graphic Design Tech’s latest fundraiser. Before class ended for the Easter holiday, the Graphic Design Tech Club launched an Easter-related fundraiser to raise money for their club activities. A member, dressed in a rabbit costume, traveled around campus selling candy eggs and taking selfies with students. “I feel any fundraiser is important to the club,” Karen Parks, Graphic Design Tech Club president, said. “It helps to bring a

sense of camaraderie to the group, and also helps us develop lasting skills such as leadership, partnership and responsibility as a whole.” According to Karla Merritt, Graphic Design Club adviser, money earned from the fundraiser will go toward business-related field trips or club parties. The bunny hopped his way around campus selling candy eggs for $2 each and accepting donations. “We didn’t know where the bunny would pop up,” Andrea Drummond, a Graphic Design Tech Club member, said. “He just kind of shows up.”

The club was able to raise $121.23. The student body also took well to the fundraisers and took several selfies with the bunny. “I think it was a great idea to incorporate a bunny and Easter,” Amber Schroder, Graphic Design Tech Club treasurer, said. “I’m very glad that this project seems to have gone well.” Schroder said that the club might like to use the fundraiser next year. That said, If you see a giant rabbit know that it is only the Graphic Design Tech Club hoping to raise funds.

Theatre Department hosts unique medley of Shakespeare plays BY DAVID CAMPBELL, SHAY HUMPHREY & GREG LUSH On April 19 and April 21-23, the Northwest theatre department put on a performance that combined several plays by William Shakespeare, titled “Shakespeare’s Greatest Hits.” The show consisted of scenes from some of Shakespeare’s most popular plays, all performed one after another. This unique style of show is certainly different from anything done at Northwest in a long time. “We wanted to push the envelope to get a darker aspect on stage at Northwest,” Jon Tackett, a freshman studying fine arts from Hernando, said. Tackett played Macbeth and Mark Anthony in the show. The performers also wore costumes and had props, which is a difficult task when switching between so many different plays, but they managed to give a successful perfor-

Cast members of “Shakespeare’s Greatest Hit” receive take a bow. (Photo by Greg Lush)

mance. “I think it went better than I could have imagined,” Alyssa Algee, Technical director of Fine Arts and director of “Shakespeare’s Greatest Hits,” said. “The students, even though a few at first were not huge fans of Shakespeare, all worked so hard. They worked tirelessly and were very dedicated to the process and by the end, they were all loving Shakespeare.” Scenes performed include “The Witches” and “Descent into Mad-

ness” from Macbeth, “The Lover’s Quarrel” and “We Shadows” from A Midsummer Night’s Dream, “Kate and Petruchio Meet” from The Taming of the Shrew, “To Be, or Not to Be” from Hamlet, “The Fight” from Romeo and Juliet, “Do You Love Me?” from Much Ado About Nothing, “Desdemona’s Death” from Othello, “The Lady’s a Fool” from Twelfth Night, “The Campaign” from Julius Caesar, “Son of York” from Richard III and “All the World’s a Stage” from As You Like It.

Art Department honors sophomores with special exhibition BY DAVID CAMPBELL LIFESTYLE SECTION EDITOR Every April, the Art Department hosts a special exhibitiuon for its graduating sophomores to display all of the work they’ve done in their time at Northwest. This year it was held from April 3 to April 21. Though there are only seven sophomores graduating this spring, the exhibition had dozens of pieces on display.

This exhibition serves to show how the students have improved over the years. “When the art faculty reviews the cumulative works of each student prior to actually hanging the exhibition, we are always happy to see how much they have grown artistically,” Lawayne House, art department chairman, said.

This exhibition also acts as an opportunity for sophomores to gather their work to send to fouryear universities. “The goal is to create a portfolio of works ready to be reviewed by the four-year college art professors,” House said. “It is our job as instructors to ready them for upper-level college courses.”

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Final exams held May 5-11, Clearance runs May 2-4 BY DAVID CAMPBELL There is only one week until final exams begin at Northwest. Students should already be preparing for their final tests of the semester, but before they can take their exams, they have to go through clearance. Clearance begins May 2 and ends May 4; that means students will only have three days to make sure they have everything

settled before the end of the semester. Clearance includes paying any outstanding fines or fees and returning library materials. To complete this process, students must go to the Business Office in the Administration Building to make sure they have paid any and all charges on their Northwest account, and must go to the library

to make sure they don’t have any books or other miscellaneous items that need to be returned. Once a student has completed those steps, they will be given their clearance slip that is needed to take their final exams. Final exams will be held for mini term courses on May 3-5, and for traditional courses on May 5-11.

Think before you drive BY MORGAN SHINGLER STAFF Every year, hundreds of people lose their lives due to the negligence of people who decide to drive while intoxicated or under the influence of drugs. Alcohol is a depressant, and studies show that depressants are used to slow down the brain functions. Alcohol slows down information processing skills and hand-eye coordination. With those two major functions of the brain being incapable of making decisions, it is impossible for someone to be able to correctly drive a vehicle without endangering the

lives of himself/herself or others. According to the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependency (NCADD), when misused, prescription drugs can impair motor skills, judgment and memory, all of which you need to be able to drive a vehicle. Driving under the influence is against the law. Driving under the influence can affect not only your driving record but can also go as far as being a reason as to not getting a job. Many employers will do a background check and will

use even the smallest of infractions against you. If you are not responsible enough to know that you should not drink and drive, how will your employer know that you are responsible enough to handle a job with even the simplest of tasks? Driving while under the influence will not only mess up your life but could put other people and lives at risk. Be careful and make good decisions. Someone’s life is worth more than a five-minute intoxicated trip down the road.

Should movies be shown in class? BY MORGAN SHINGLER STAFF Professors and instructors in both community colleges and universities know that there can be pros and cons to showing movies in class for educational reasons. Many reasons that movies in class can be beneficial is that it can extend the material being learned outside of the textbook. Many different opinions and views can be given by watching movies in class, and that may give students a better chance of understanding material if it is not understood in

the classroom. Many movies can also help teachers expand their teaching. For example, a movie showing politics of the 1900s could turn into a discussion about politics today versus politics in the 1900s. While that is a benefit, it also gives teachers different opportunities to learn their students learning styles that can better the students. While there are pros, there still are cons. Focus could be lost due to the video being too long or the

video not staying on topic. Though videos can be very beneficial in the classroom, they can also stray from the main topic and can confuse students who are not prepared or who do not know the subject well. Videos in class will always be a controversial topic, but in the end it is the instructors’ decision and their best interest is to help students learn. Be open minded and willing to try different learning methods.

Talking art with Emily Manning BY SHAY HUMPHREY STAFF Imagine painting every word that comes to mind. To Emily Manning, a sophomore studying fine art from Batesville, a picture is worth a thousand words, and she tries to paint every word in her picture. Many students think they do not learn anything from an art class. Students know that they will pass art by coloring and painting. How can an art class inspire someone? According to Manning, her sixth grade art class inspired her to pursue art for the rest of her life. It was not until her senior year in high school that she decided to major in art. Throughout her middle and high school years, she won several art competitions. Manning even won first place in the 2017 Talent Show at Northwest showcasing her speed painting ability. Having taken various art classes for nine years, her ultimate goal is to be the owner a successful business. “I have loved art and creating pictures since I was a kid,’’ Manning said. Founder of SimpleGirlArts, Manning started her online business when

she was a senior in high school. Manning strives to become a full-time artist in the future. SimpleGirlArts is an online business which Manning

my artwork on my website and that has been a real job to me.” Like other artists, Manning receives inspiration from other modern artists.

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Encounter Worship offers students new services BY ALLEN BREWER NEWS EDITOR Scot and Raven Mayhorn recently moved back to Senatobia and opened the Encounter Worship Center in the Senatobia Plaza. After spending eight years doing mission work in Long Beach, the couple have decided to open a non-denominational church for the citizens of Tate County. “This isn’t your normal church,” Scot Mayhorn said. “We find that students connect better in a contemporary church environment. This center is designed to connect younger crowds in the new age.” At the center, worship bands play contemporary Christian music during the service. Lessons are taught using electronic media and videos to appeal to younger adults. A coffee bar is open during services, and patrons can choose to dress casually. “When I see a screen, I think of the modern stained glass window,” Mayhorn said. “The purpose of the stained glass windows, in medieval times, was to show biblical scenes to those who could not read.” New services are also being offered to Northwest students. Opportunities include an internship at the center, free counseling and an outreach program and study group to help

students. The Mayhorns hope to start accepting applicants for the internship program next month. The program will be a 2-3 year process to help people find their calling. At the end of the internship, students can hope to receive a certification in ministry. The center has

Raven and Scot Mayhorn opened the Encounter Worship Center in Senatobia. (Photo by Allen Brewer)

been open for counseling for any area of problem. The Mayhorns started the counseling program Hurts, Habits and Hang-ups in Long Beach and have helped many people with problems with drug abuse and alcoholism. The center will also help those affected by homelessness in the Tate County area. “I have heard that there is a local problem with homelessness among students,” Raven Mayhorn said. “Just to have a support group for students who may find themselves

in a situation where they do not have have a home to fall back on.” The center hopes to one day move to a larger location and open a coffee shop to allow students a place to connect. An outreach program and an on-campus Bible study group have also been proposed as future plans for the center. “We preach the Bible,” Scot Mayhorn said. “There is nothing strange about our beliefs.” After Easter service, the center hopes to open up fully for worship services on Wednesday afternoons and Sunday morning and nights. “I think it is interesting,” Karissa Kirkpatrick, the Mayhorns’ daughter and a sophomore studying psychology from Memphis, said. “I hope we can partner with the Baptist Student Union to help students at Northwest. I am excited to see where it goes.” Students interested in contacting the center can call Scot Mayhorn at 662-607-5916 or can go online to



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“I draw most of my inspiration from God,” Manning said. “I rely on God to help me make every piece of my artwork the best it can be. I give God all the glory, and I notice how He blesses me daily.” In every piece of Manning’s artwork, a hidden story or message can be found.

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Library hosts many events for National Library Week BY ALLEN BREWER NEWS EDITOR

Maria Aguilar-Robles, a sophomore studying nursing from Ashland, and Jaron Cole, a sophomore stying computer engineering from Hernando, look for clues in the bookshelves to find the identity of the murderer. (Photo by David Campbell)

Mehgen Gee, a freshman studying general college from Sardis, and Kayla Perez, a sophomore studying secondary education from Horn Lake, found a clue on the library’s globe. (Photo by David Campbell).

The staff of the R.C. Pugh Library celebrated National Library Appreciation Month by hosting special events and contests April 10-14. A 3D printing class was offered to students on April 10. Maya Berry, the digital librarian, was stationed in the main lobby to teach students how to work the printer. “People stopped by to see what was printing and ask questions,” Berry said. “It was here just to get people interested.” The library bought the printer two years ago for training and practical uses. Classes on how to work the 3D printer are usually scheduled two to three times a month. That same day, the library also hosted a murder mystery that afternoon starting at 6 p.m. It was the first time the library has ever hosted a murder mystery during National Library Week. “I feel it was very fun,” Kayla Perez, president of the book club, said. “ It was like a real-life game of Clue.” Other events included a Super Mario Brothers competition hosted by Berry on April 11. The

students who held the top score on the first level of the game won a $20 gift card to Game Stop. “It is my original game from 1986,” Berry said. “It is just an intro to video game history and a fun

and it is something we would like to continue.” This year’s first place winning poem is “What’s Going On” by Mariah Wallace with additional lyrics by Marvin Gaye. The poem that won second place

During Library Week, students worked together to solve the 2017 Library Murder Mystery. (Photo by David Campbell)

way to become interested in technology.” Cody Harthcock, a member of the Gamers Club, won the competition with the highest score. A poetry contest was also hosted that afternoon. The poetry contest is one of the oldest contests held during National Library Week. “The poetry contest is something we have been doing for the past six years,” Courtney Hicks, librarian, said. “We always get a lot of participation,

was “The World and Me” by Cory Shaggy McClure. First place won a $35 gift card and second place won a $25 gift card. “I thought it was very challenging because there were so many talented poets,” Mariah Wallace, a sophomore studying broadcast journalism from Hernando, said. “I was not doing it for the money. I was doing it for the love of poetry.”

At the University of Mississippi more than three out of four students receive some type of financial aid—that’s 75 percent of our student population! We offer a variety of scholarships, as well as loans, grants and work-study opportunities. All scholarship programs require acceptance to the University and may require additional applications. The Regional Campus Transfer Guide is available on our website.

Contact our on-site Financial Aid Advisor Michael Gary at (662) 342-4765 or e-mail

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