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Tara Dunn is the new dean of students at Northwest. (Photo by Greg Lush)

students, not only would I learn more about higher education practices, but Northwest would receive a true advocate for its students and the institution. Q: How has being the dean of students impacted you? A: As the dean of students, I am sensitive to how I represent myself. I realize that no longer am I only representing myself, but I am also representing the students, the employees and the administration of the college. Though I am not perfect, I have made a conscious decision to

represent Northwest in a positive way. Q: What advice would you give to students for success after college? A: The advice I give to students for success after college actually begins before they leave college. Be sure to form relationships with advisers who could potentially be a resource to you later when searching for positions in your field of interest. Those relationships can be the difference between a recommendation or simply a reference. Q: What is your favorite aspect of the job?

A: I have not had much student interaction as of yet, but I plan to teach a leadership course in the spring. I am excited about the student interaction that will come in the classroom setting. Student interaction has always been a highlight for me, I am quite sure it will continue to be as the dean of students. Q: What do you hope to accomplish as the D.O.S? A: Simply put, I hope to do my job effectively and efficiently. In the process, I hope that it exceeds expectations.

Rangers head to HOT Bowl on Dec. 3 STAFF REPORT Northwest has accepted an invitation to play in the 2016 C.H.A.M.P.S. Heart of Texas Bowl, marking the school’s 11th all-time bowl appearance and third in the last five years. Northwest (9-2) will face Trinity Valley (10-1) at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3 at Bulldawg Stadium. The game will be streamed live on and the WatchESPN app. “We’re so excited to get the opportunity to play in a bowl game against a great opponent in TVCC,” head coach Benjy Parker said. “It should be a great matchup. We want to thank our administration and everyone else involved in this decision. It’s an honor to represent the MACJC in this prestigious bowl.” The C.H.A.M.P.S. Heart of Texas Bowl features two major bowl games each

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year, matching two top junior colleges from the NJCAA in the first game, then pits schools from NCAA Division II in the second game. Northwest is ranked fifth in the final NJCAA regular season poll, a 24th consecutive week in the

top 10. The defending national champions have four wins over nationally-ranked teams this season and are 10-3 the last two seasons against ranked opponents. TVCC, the 2016 SWJCFC champions and nation’s fourth-ranked team, will be making its 21st all-

New center helps student writing skills

Mariah Wallace (right), a freshman studying broadcasting from Hernando, goes over the steps of the writing process with Lizzy Davis, a peer consultant in the Writing Center. (Photo by Allen Brewer)

BY GREG LUSH STAFF The dean of students is an important position at Northwest. Tara Dunn has recently been named to this title. Dunn was interviewed on Nov. 16 about her new position and some of her plans in the future. Q: Could you give me a brief overview of how you got involved in this position? A: I’ve always been passionate about higher education. I’ve known for years that I wanted to make it my career. I knew if given the opportunity to work for Northwest as the dean of


time bowl appearance and fourth in five years. They are 3-0 in the HOT Bowl. More information about the Heart of Texas Bowl can be found at

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BY ALLEN BREWER NEWS EDITOR The Writing Center has been helping students with writing for a whole semester. Part of the 2016 Quality Enhancement Plan includes the creation of the Writing Center, an accelerated learning program and curriculum alignment. The Writing Center has been created to help students develop stronger writing skills. The new Writing Center, located in the McLendon Center in Room 222, is a special place for students to work on their essays with the help of peer consultants. English Comp. I and II students are welcome to discuss their writing problems. Mariah Wallace, a freshman studying broadcasting from Hernando, is a familiar face around the center. Wallace came to the center for help on her first English paper and is now a total believer. “As soon as I got my first paper, I went to the Writing Center,” Wallace said. “My class was very challenging, but the Writing Center cared about what I had to say.” Wallace made a good grade on her first paper, and she has been going for help at the center ever since. Wallace said the center gave her tips on how to improve her structure format, her thesis and

her works cited page. “Mr. Jason Jones is excellent; he will work along with you to get the best answer,” Wallace said. Jones, director of the Writing Center, and his peer consultants are responsible for helping many students understand problems they may have in writing. Five days a week, the Writing Center is open for consultations with students in need of help with their writing. “Students coming to the Writing Center, before even crossing its threshold, have improved as writers,” Jones said. “What I mean is this: we at the Writing Center try to help students understand the writing process, and coming to the WC to talk about an assignment is part of that process.” Wallace says that her writing has improved greatly since visiting the Writing Center. Approaching her English Comp. I final, Wallace feels she is prepared. “My English class has really challenged me to go above and beyond,” Wallace said. “I would suggest to everyone to go to the Writing Center, because they really care about you.”

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What Christmas means to me Movie reviews: ‘Doctor Strange,’ ‘Lights out’ BY FREDDY LARD JR EDITOR


Despite what others may do throughout the Christmas season, each Christmas we celebrate the birth of Jesus, as well as enjoying the time we have with our family. Each family I know follows many of the same traditions as we do, however each put their own spin on it and make it their own. My Christmas is special because of these traditions we have as a family. The first of December is my favorite day in the year, because it marks the beginning of my Christmas. On Dec. 1, my family and I start looking for gifts for my relatives and friends. My parents have been collecting Christmas decorations for years ,and nothing matches on purpose. My mom changes up the color of the tree every year, so it brings a new sense of life to the living room. Christmas spirit is everywhere throughout the month of December. Stores play holiday music and are

usually decorated down to the last detail. That’s how I know it’s the beginning of the season. We all put the tree up on the second week of December, because my family would get lazy and decide to hold it off until the next week. When we do put it up, we play Christmas music in the background, talk about our funny moments and watch movies. After that, my mother will buy a lot of food and invite some of our relatives over to enjoy each other’s company. Christmas is the time when my family tries to find ways to make a difference in someone’s life. Even though we should try to make a difference in someone’s life every day, a person may need that extra uplifting throughout the holidays. On Christmas day, we wake up early and have breakfast together. We don’t open our presents as soon as we get up, as we all agree that when everyone wakes up, then we can

open them. After presents, we all help to get the dinner fixed up and the table set. For dinner, we have a variety of food. We have a competition to see who can eat the most food and after that, we sit and watch movies for the rest of the night. Our family traditions at Christmas have been adapted since people have moved away; however, we always make the effort to be together and play games together. Our traditions are much the same as any family: we eat, give gifts and find ways for us to inspire others to be great and generous to others throughout the holiday season. The way my family has raised me, I feel like I can make a difference in peoples’ lives because of what I’ve overcome. I can make a difference by setting an example to younger children and showing them the right things to do.

“Doctor Strange” Marvel Comics continued its streak of great cinematic productions with “Doctor Strange.” Released on Nov. 4, “Doctor Strange” follows the story of Dr. Stephen Strange, a prominent New York surgeon, as he learns of the secret ancient world of magic. After a car accident cripples his hands, Strange is unable to be a surgeon. Robbed of his main purpose in life, he spends all of his time and money trying to find a way to recover. When he finally has nothing left, he learns of a place where people can learn about magic. He travels there and learns about a secret society of sorcerers who defend the Earth from arcane forces. There is really nothing I can think of to complain about in this film. The plot was excellent, the characters were well done and mostly accurate to their

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comic book origins and the writing was great. The story didn’t have any parts that seemed like they might not belong, or that might just be filler. It introduced the character of Dr. Strange perfectly and set him up to be a great permanent addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. “Lights Out” For the scary movie

watchers and the jump scare fanatics, this movie is for you. “Lights Out” is an amazing movie to watch with friends and family. One of the latest scary movies to hit the big screen in the summer of 2016, it is a captivating movie that will hold your attention until the end. This movie gets right to the point, so no waiting for all of the scares you will receive. The movie follows a family whot is under attack by a shadow spirit. One of the main characters is Rebecca; she experienced this entity once before and now her younger brother, Martin is experiencing the same entity that once haunted her. She and her brother work together to try and solve the mystery that is Diana. Throughout the entire movie there are twists and turns that will leave you on the edge of your seat.

Students, have a question? Ask Rorey. Throughout our college career, there will be many ways in which one can tackle the study time needed for classes. There will be instances that you just glimpse at the material and hope for the best and others that are quite the opposite. Studying for exams can be time consuming, but when It involves your future, no limit should exist. Studying techniques can involve note cards, sample quizzes, reading and extends further beyond that. Active recall is a meth-

od that many people enjoy because of familiarity with the material being studied. This method can be used by trying to answer questions about material without having a book or study guide in front of you. Washington University in St. Louis published an article in psychological science stating that trying to study with an open book in front of you gives you more of a mentality that you know the material when in reality, you do not. Listening to music is also a good way to help you

memorize material. Popular is probably not the best route to take while studying. Classical music is the suggested genre. Researchers at Stanford’s School of Medicine have found that listening to classic 18th century composers will help trigger the part of the brain that stimulates your attention span and also helps make prediction. Not only is studying with music a good step to take for your memory, but it can also help lead to a better outlook on studying in general. The outcome could

be good grades, and every time studying takes place, a positive mood is created because of a prediction of good grades. Different teachers throughout Northwest will give practice tests and quizzes that are sometimes optional and given for extra help and study material. Taking the extra minutes to do those quizzes and view the material will help make a huge improvement on your grades. Not only are you getting the benefit of extra help, but you are getting a refresher, aside

of the lecture given by your teacher. Varying the material can also be a way in which one can study. Studying for hours at a time on a certain topic can give you a headache. Instead of working specifically on certain chemistry equations or math equations, try mixing in some time for reading on another topic and then come back to your first subject. It gives your brain time to relax and take in all of the information you learned. Keeping a positive out-

look and looking forward to your own specific goals can be huge factors to receiving good grades. It will help inspire you to do your best so that in your future you will be successful in what you do for a living. If you are seeking advice, do not hesitate to ask Rorey! Send an email to Your question could be feaured in the next Ranger Rocket. But do not worry, it will all remain completely anonymous. By Morgan Shingler

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Medical Spanish students get hands-on experience

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Oxford library display honors Star Trek’s 50th anniversary

Tamara Allen, (right) a freshman studying nursing from Hernando, takes June Turner’s blood pressure in the Nursing Simulation Lab. Allen is enrolled in Turner’s Medical Spanish course. (Photo by Allen Brewer) 2016 marks Star Trek’s 50th anniversary. To celebrate half a century of his favorite show, instructor Kenneth Jones put together the display with some of his own collectibles such as the Enterprise, above, and the tiny astronauts. Librarian Laura McCain also helped decorate the display with maps of Mars. (Photo by Allen Brewer)

Jones also has a great interest in space exploration. Many of the books in the display are nonfiction books about NASA and astronauts such as Sally Ride. Above, Jamie Childress, a sophomore studying paralegal technology, reads a book from the display. (Photo by Allen Brewer)

Club corner: information on campus clubs BY MARY CAITLYN WRIGHT STAFF

Jessica Kinkade (left), a sophomore stuyding nursing from Hernando, conducts a physical on Shara King, a sophomore studying nursing from Horn Lake, in their Medical Spanish class. (Photo by Greg Lush)

Construction continues on Senatobia campus BY GREG LUSH STAFF Many have seen the new building under construction by the Nursing Building. New additions to campus facilities can be very beneficial to student and faculty life. The new structure is going to house the careertechnical health care programs. Included in these programs are Physical Therapy Assistant, Practical Nursing, EMT-Paramedic and Medical Assistant. The new Health Sciences Building began construction in January 2016. Completion of the building is scheduled for April 2017. Due to a few delays in construction, the project is about six weeks behind schedule. The idea of the building began with faculty

needs and a request to the division directors and deans. The request then goes to the vice presidents and the Executive Council. The requests are generally prioritized on overall need and funding. The project is funded by the state legislative bond bills for community colleges. This is all managed through the Mississippi Bureau of Grounds and Real Property Management. “This building will provide much needed expansion for two existing programs, as well as two new programs to our college, providing an avenue to increase student enrollment. This benefits all involved here at Northwest,” Mary Ayers, Physical Plant director, said.

Every month, different clubs will be highlighted, informing students about the opportunities of becoming involved on campus. There are other organizations and clubs for students to participate in, other than ones listed for the program the student is studying. Students should be sure to speak with instructors and their adviser regarding clubs they may want to try out, so they do not miss out on any experiences or deadlines to be in the organization. Northwest Education Association For Northwest students interested in any type of education, this association is for you. This organization is for students to become aware of opportunities for a career in the field of education. It is a way to heighten and promote school and college relationships. This association will give a positive appearance of the

The Northwest Education Association hosted a College Fair in the Haraway Center on Oct. 19. (Photo by Greg Lush)

community, schools and students. It will give information about the teaching profession. Phi Beta Lambda This is a national business club. This Northwest organization is dedicated to helping future business leaders by prepar-

ing students to meet the demands of business and industry. Throughout the year, the chapter will have many opportunities to attend the state, regional and national leadership conferences. At the state conference, Northwest students compete with

other college students throughout the state in events related to business. This conference is held each spring. Students who place first at the state level competition will go on to represent their schools at the Phi Beta Lambda national Leadership Confer-

Basketball teams off to hot start STAFF REPORT Redshirt freshman Cameron Walker posted his first career double-double in his first collegiate start to pace five Rangers in double figures in a 110-79 win over Faith Prep Academy Nov. 18. Northwest closed out its two-day tournament 2-0 to improve to 6-1 on the season. FPA led by a game-high 13-8 with 13:48 left in the opening half, taking advantage of seven Northwest turnovers, before the Rangers settled in. Back-to-back layups from Keelin Jackson and Alex Shepard jump started a 21-4 run over the next four minutes, highlighted by a pair of Jackson 3-pointers and seven of Dakota Dailey’s 16 first-half points. The lead grew to 59-32 at half, with the Rangers shooting 47 percent and holding FPA to 31 percent. Northwest was able to cruise to the finish line, extending its lead to a game-high 37 with just over two minutes to play. All 12 Rangers who saw the floor scored, led by Walker’s 15 points and 10

rebounds. Jaylan Shelton added 14 points, Dante Sterling had 11 and Brandon Cranford had 10 of the Rangers’ 56 bench points. Northwest will close out an eight-game homestand on Dec. 1 at 6 p.m. against Missouri State-West Plains. The women’s team swept a pair of games at the ASU Mid-South Lady Greyhound Classic, rallying from 13 down to defeat St. Louis 86-77 before a rout of Blue Mountain JV, 7827, to stay unbeaten. Against previous unbeaten St. Louis (3-1), the Lady Rangers trailed for all but 1:48 in the opening half and trailed 44-34 at the break. The Archers dominated the glass in the first half, outscoring Northwest 17-2 in second chance points with a plus-12 edge in rebounds. Alfreda Roberts finished with a doubledouble in the first half with 14 points and 11 rebounds, while Chrishana Wilson pulled down eight rebounds. Trailing 44-31 just before the halftime buzzer, Northwest began its come-

back early in the third quarter by wearing St. Louis’ short-handed bench down. The Lady Rangers forced 10 turnovers, held the Archers to just five field goals and rode the hot hand of Averyale Joy, who scored 14 of her careerhigh 29 in the period, to outscore St. Louis 26-12. A 13-2 run to start the fourth, capped by Shelbi Buford’s 3-pointer with 4:29 left, extended Northwest’s lead to 73-61 and the Lady Rangers were able to coast the rest of the way. Bench play was a big factor in the comeback win, with Northwest outscoring St. Louis 35-10. Buford, Astraea Moore and Brooke Walker had nine points apiece. Blue Mountain JV was no match for Northwest to close out the two-day tournament, with the Lady Rangers crushing the Lady Toppers by 51 points. The 27 points allowed is the second-lowest in school history. The school record is a 54-20 win over Memphis YMCA during the 1951-52 season.

Northwest led 24-4 after a quarter of play, holding BMC to 1-of-17 shooting and scoring 20 of its 24 points in the paint. Janesha Johnson had eight early points on 4-of-5 aim. Leading 41-13 at half, the onslaught continued the final 20 minutes as Northwest emptied its bench and stretched its lead to a game-high 56 late in the fourth quarter. Freshman Tamaria Thomas had a game-high 16 points and pulled down 10 boards for her first collegiate double-double to lead four Lady Rangers in double figures. Walker had a career-high 13 points and seven boards in addition to Johnson with 13 and Shernique Adams with 11. Northwest held BMC to 14 percent shooting for the game, just 9-for-66 from the field. Northwest moved to 5-0 on the young season and will enjoy a 16-day break before traveling to East Mississippi on Dec. 6 to open north division play. The game will be streamed at

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Fitness center on campus What you may not know is great asset for all about Northwest BY GREG LUSH STAFF Many students at Northwest enjoy regular exercise. The McLendon Center fitness center is a great place to get started. The McLendon Center is home to the student fitness center. It is located past the stairwell in the hallway on the left. The room number is 110. The fitness center is packed with treadmills, calisthenic and resistance machines. It also houses a full set of free weights and balance balls. Inside the center, ropes, platforms and jump ropes can be used and returned. This gives students the opportunity to take advantage of a clean and convenient gym that is within

walking distance of anywhere on campus. There are also many exercise options outside as well. Located across the street from the McLendon Center are several basketball and tennis courts that are open to students to use. You do not have to be associated with any type of athletic program on campus to use the fitness center. When you walk in, a student will be there to check your student ID. Your ID is all you need to use any of the gym equipment. “The accessibility of it is great. It being student run makes it so much easier on the student. It’s been open since 2012,”

Devin Mahony, recreational manager, said. “Everyone has loved it here for the most part. When we were designing it, we wanted to make it similar to an ATC-style gym. The workstudy students run the gym,” Mahony said. The gym is open Monday-Thursday 2-10 p.m. “We used to have super outdated equipment; what we have today is a lifetime ahead of what we had previously before the new gym,” Liesl Mote, intramural coordinator, said. If students have a suggestion for equipment, contact Mahony at 662560-4198. His office is located in the McLendon Center.


It’s that time of the semester again. Time for final exams to conclude the semester and lead us into the winter holiday break. But before that, there is clearance. Clearance is one of the most important processes for students to remember before getting ready for final exams, and it ends tomorrow, Dec 2. Clearance is when students make sure that they don’t owe any outstanding debts to Northwest. This

means any tickets, fines and any other fees that might not have been paid over the semester. Students will not be allowed to take their final exams if they have not gone through the clearance process and gotten a clearance slip. On the Senatobia campus, clearance is done in the Business Office on the second floor of the Administration Building. Students at the DeSoto Center need to go to the DeSoto

Center’s Business Office. Oxford students should contact their instructors for directions with clearance. Final exams begin Dec. 5 for traditional and mini-term classes. A full final exam schedule can be found on the Northwest web page under the information tab. Students should be sure to look over this schedule to ensure that they are where they need to be at the appropriate date and time.

BY MORGAN SHINGLER STAFF The students of Northwest know a great deal about the campus and their intended route of career choice, but do you really know everything about your school? Northwest gives different options of career pathways and technical courses to start jump start your way to a four-year college. There are some activities that are offered to students throughout the academic year and offer free admission to all with the presentation of their student ID. Some of the activities include Homecoming activi-

ties, pep rallies, concerts, cookouts, dances and other special activities that may vary from year to year. The fitness center located in the McLendon Center is offered, as well as many different intramural sports. Intramural sports cover different varieties of sports from indoor volleyball to wiffleball and even extend to volleyball. The Ranger Game Room located in the McLendon Center gives students the opportunity to take a break from their work and has a pool and ping pong table, a televison to watch or simply a

location to bond with other students around campus. All fun aside, students are also able to take advantage of the help centers that Northwest has to offer. Services range from math and writing help, both located in the McLendon Center, to counseling services that are offered in the Student Development Center in Tate Hall.

Humanities electives offered in spring BY ALLEN BREWER NEWS EDITOR The Harlem Renaissance resonates smooth jazz as epic poetry, while slaves tell the story of how they overcame their struggle. Survey of African American Literature is a class that comprises all of these elements and more. Offered in the spring, students will be able to engage into the untold stories of poets, writers and music that have been overlooked in African American history. The instructor for this class is Deborah Wilbourn, English instructor. Wilbourn states the class will cover a variety of subjects such as the Civil War and Harlem Renaissance. “I want my students to see the common thread in African American culture that follows through the literature and history of America,” Wilbourn said. Traditionally, this class has a low enrollment rate, but it is offered as a humanities credit. Wilbourn states that students can learn from this class and for it to be untold would be a waste. “There are so many

Deborah Wilbourn, English instructor, teaches Survery of African American Literature in the spring. (Photo by Allen Brewer)

people unaware of the effects of African Americans on our culture in literature and poetry,” Wilbourn said. “Everyone regardless of race will benefit from this.” For students who do not care much for reading, the Film as Literature class will offer students a chance to watch movies for homework. While it may seem like a cake walk, this class will focus on the social messages of films and show their effects on society. Offered in the spring semester, Film as Literature will be taught by Dale Davis. Films shown in class will vary from clas-

sics, westerns, science fiction and horror. “The class is a way to learn about films and understand their artistic value as well as their historical and cultural significance,” Davis said. After watching a movie, the class will discuss how techniques such as camera angles, lighting, color, and music add to the film’s message. The class will also study why genre films are more than entertainment and some of the social issues they address. “We can watch films every day for the entertainment they bring, but those same films can speak to us in important ways about our own hopes and fears in the time we live in,” Davis said. For students interested in these classes, speak to your adviser about adding them to your schedule. Both classes are humanities electives that will count for three credit hours each.

Political analysis with Allen Brewer

On Nov. 8 around midnight, Donald Trump was elected president by a majority of the electoral votes. Trump will be the 61st President of the United States and will take office in January. President-Elect Trump won with 290 electoral votes, and to win the presidency, one must gain over 270 votes. At his acceptance speech, Trump said the nation must now come together to unify the country. Trump later met with President Obama to talk about issues that affect this country. Trump in an interview after the meeting said the two discussed a lot of different situations, “some wonderful and some difficult.” Soon to be First Lady Melania Trump also met with Michelle Obama. Melania hopes to help America’s youth by starting a program to stop online

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bullying. As of now, Chairman of the RNC Reince Priebus, has been chosen as Trump’s chief of staff. Stephen Bannon, one of the members of Trump’s campaign staff, may also gain a spot as chief strategist. According to The New York Times, possible picks for his cabinet include Rudolph W. Giuliani, former New York mayor; Newt Gin-

grich, former house speaker, and Dr. Ben Carson, a former neurosurgeon and candidate for president. Trump also made comments about appointing some of his family members, such as his daughter Ivanka and her husband Jared Kushner, to positions on his staff. While Trump takes office, his multimillion dollar international business will be run by his other children. Currently, Trump is in the middle of transitioning to a team for the White House. President Trump will be inaugurated on Jan. 20, 2017. “I know everyone won’t like everything I do, but I’m not running to be everyone’s favorite president,” Trump said. “Things are seriously wrong in this country. People are hurting, business is hurting. I’m running to move quickly to make big changes,” he said.

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College in process of going green BY JOSH DRINKARD STAFF Going green is becoming a common term among people today concerned for our future environment. For those familiar with the green community, it involves three major goals: striving for a zero footprint by saving energy, water and waste, positively impacting the health and performance of indoor occupants and educating everyone with a level of literacy that will promote sustainability of our environment into the future. The immediate impact of these goals can have tremendous impact on health, learning, operating costs and the environment. Since 2011, Northwest has quietly been doing their part to go green by becoming more energy efficient and improving the learning environment for students. Since 2011, the campus has been systematically converting from inefficient to high efficient state of the art lighting and heating and cooling equipment. These projects are being headed by Northwest’s Physical Plant Director Mary Ayers and was created as a seven-year plan to eliminate the energy inefficient T12 fluorescent lighting system utilized in the buildings on campus. The program started by initially replacing the T-12 fixtures with more efficient T8 fixtures but was quickly converted to the more advanced LED lighting

technology. “We took a gamble on the LED fixtures,” Ayers said, when asked about why they ultimately chose the more expensive LED fixtures. “We looked at the energy and maintenance savings payback of six years and the positive benefits to the learning environment and decided to experiment with the LED fixtures in Tate Hall.” T8 fixtures are more cost effective to install initially, but they require much more maintenance and labor over time to maintain than the LED fixtures do; they also save less energy and produce a lesser quality light output. Compared to the T-12 lighting system, the T-8 lighting system saves approximately 40 percent of the energy but has the same maintenance requirements, whereas the LED’s lighting system saves 70 percent of the energy and has almost no maintenance requirements. Because of this, even though they cost more to install, they save more cost over time. That means a smaller footprint on the environment, more savings and a better learning environment for the school. Lighting isn’t the only thing Northwest is doing to lessen their impact on the environment. Northwest has a goal of completely retrofitting the school’s air conditioning systems with more energy efficient vari-

able refrigerant flow HVAC units (VRF) being installed across campus. These units save money and improve the learning environment by providing individual room control and moving hot and cold air from places that are too warm to areas that are too cool and vice versa. Also, it gives students and teachers more control over the temperature in their classes and dorm rooms. While students and teachers will not be given full control of the thermostat, they will be able to increase or decrease the temperature by 6 or 7 degrees to better tailor the temperature to their comfort. These two programs are currently saving the campus approximately 25 percent of their utility costs with more savings expected as the program proceeds. With only one year left in the current retrofitting program, Northwest is already looking into other potentially newer technologies for the 2017-18 school year. In the future students can expect to see new lighting and HVAC equipment in the Fine Arts, Art Building, AP Fatherree Complex Building, the library and the Workforce Development Center. In addition to these campus wide improvements by the Northwest staff, we can all help by doing our part to conserving energy and reduce waste every chance

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Tips on how to survive speech class BY ALLEN BREWER NEWS EDITOR Most students will say that public speaking is one of their hardest classes. While this class is not necessarily hard, there are challenges that make it more difficult than others. According to anxietycoach. com, the fear of public speaking is one of the most common fears. When its time to give a speech, students feel worried, stressed out, sweaty and sometimes sick. Speaking in public can be difficult, but instructors give several ways for their students to calm their fears. “In public speaking, nerves are not your enemy; procrastination is your enemy,” Dr. Timothy Flake, speech instructor on the Oxford campus, said. The first thing to remember before giving a speech is to practice before the speech. Know what the speech is about and the requirements for the speech. To help the student not to forget what to say, Dr. Flake requires his students to make an outline detailing what they are going to say. “I make sure my outline is finished before it’s time to give my speech,” Bradley Thomas, a freshman studying business from Oxford, said. To help calm the nerves, it helps to visualize giving a great speech. Making eye contact can

Jamie Baumbaugh gives a speech to persuade students not to use credit cards in Public Speaking. She said her confidence has risen from taking the class. (Photo by Allen Brewer)

also help speakers build confidence while giving a speech. “I imagine myself in class giving my speech,” Emmanuelle Jeudy, a sophomore studying veterinarian medicine from Miami, said. “It makes me feel more confident about my speech and reminds me what I’m going to say.” It also helps to think constructively about your speech when watching others. Instead of worrying about giving the speech, learn from the other speakers about ways you can improve. “I listen to other speakers first to notice their problem areas, and how I can avoid them,” Clint Hickey, a sophomore studying international busi-

ness from Oxford, said. “I learn well from others.” Giving a speech doesn’t have to be hard, but like other subjects, it requires practice. By following the rules of the speech and thinking good thoughts, students can beat their fears of public speaking. “I’ve gotten more confident in public speaking,” Jamie Baumbaugh, a freshman studying computer information systems from Oxford, said. “I first find out what I want to say, then I practice, practice, practice until I get it in the time requirement.”



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PTK collects toys for children in need BY ALLEN BREWER NEWS EDITOR

Matthew Johnson, (left to right) Phi Theta Kappa adviser; David Locke, vice president of service; Allison Caldwell, vice president of scholarships and Devon Thomas, president pack shoe boxes full of toys and other items for Operation Christmas Child. (Photo by Allen Brewer)

Phi Theta Kappa students Devon Thomas (left) and Allison Caldwell pack shoe boxes for Operation Christmas Child. (Photo by Allen Brewer)

The holidays are a good time to help others in your community. On the Oxford campus, many clubs are lending hands to help the people in their area. Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society is doing two service projects this winter to help children. Members are collecting money and supplies for Operation Christmas Child and a local toy drive. Toys for Operation Christmas Child are placed in shoe boxes and are sent all over the world as gifts to children in need for Christmas. Toys include dolls, balls, coloring books, play dough and Hot Wheels, that are sure to brighten a child’s day in any country. “I really like Operation Christmas Child, because it’s a good way to give to children that are less fortunate than we are,” Elizabeth Manning, a freshman studying psychology from Oxford, said. PTK was able to raise money for the toys with a bake sale in October. The boxes were each packed by club officers and advisers and collected to be shipped off. PTK also collected toys

for Bramlett Elementary School for the third year. The toys were donated by students on campus to children between 4 and 6 years old. “I think it is a good idea,” William Sparks, a freshman studying general college from Oxford, said. “There are local children that are also unfortunate and who need presents too.” The toy drive lasts until Dec. 1. Students who helped bring in toys for the toy drive can rest easy knowing they helped local children have a happy holiday. “It is always exciting for us as educators to see

students getting excited about helping those in need,” Matthew Johnson, PTK adviser, said. Members of Gamma Beta Phi, another academic club on the Oxford campus, will also collect toys for a worthy cause. The group will pick both an older boy and girl from the Angel Tree. The members will then buy the items the children placed on their wish list as presents. “I think it’s a wonderful idea because we have so many needy children and we just want to help,” Delois Harris, GBP president and a sophomore studying social work from Waterford, said. GBP has just gained many new members making this year’s collection even more bountiful. “A lot of kids don’t get Christmas presents, so this will help them out,” Kia Pegues, a sophomore studying general college from Oxford, said.


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