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2016-2017 Hall of Fame

Northwest Presidnt, Dr. Gary Lee Spears (far left) congratulates (front row, left to right) Kendall Newton of Hernando; Kendall McCoy of Olive Branch; Andrea Galloway of Ridgeland; Linsey Lawrence of Oxford; and Andrea Green of Horn Lake; (back row, left to right) Nicholas Thurman of Southaven; Allen Brewer of Oxford; Jarod Wright of Arlington and Jacob Griffin of Batesville at the 2016-2017 Northwest Hall of Fame ceremony. Not pictured is Matthew (Keegan) Riley of Hernando and Ashley Clark of Ozark. (Staff Photo)

BY ALLEN BREWER NEWS EDITOR Eleven Northwest studnets were inducted into the 2016-2017 Northwest Hall of Fame Feb. 9. Based upon academics and achievements, the Hall of Fame is the highest honor a student can acheve at Northwest. The students where honored by the Board of Trustees and President Dr. Gary Lee Spears. Five students were chosen to represent the Senatobia campus. Kendall McCoy of Olive Branch is studying elemenary education. McCoy is a graduate of Olive Branch High School. She is a member of Phi Theta Kappa, the Student Nurses Association, Rangerettes and the Batist Student Union. Her goal is to become a third grade teacher. Kendall Newton of Hernando is studying special education. Newton is a graduate of Hernando High School. She is involved with the Northwest Education Association, Northwest Entertainers and the Baptist Student Union. Her career goal is to teach special education.

Jarod Wright of Arlington is studying biology and business. Wright is a graduate of Arlington High School. He is a member of Phi Theta Kappa, the Baptist Student Union and the Ranger Baseball team. His education goals are to further is education and baseball career at a fouryear university. Jacob Griffin of Batesville is studying nursing. Griffin is a graduate of South Panola High School. He is a member of Phi Theta Kappa, Northwest Players Club, Northwest Singers and the Baptist Student Union. His educational goal is to obtain a BSN in nursing. Mathew (Keegan) Riley of Hernando is a graduate of Hernando High Shool and is studying theatre. He is a member of Phi Theta Kappa, Northwest Singers, is active in speech and theatre productions and the Northwest Players Club. His career goal is to pursue professional acting and a position at a production company. Four students were chosen to represent the

DeSoto Center. Nicholas Thurman of Southaven is studying physical therapy. Thurman is a graduate of Southaven High School. He is a member of Phi Theta Kappa. His educational goal is to obtain a degree in physical therapy from the University of Mississippi Medical Center. Andrea Galloway of Ridgeland is studying funeral service technology. Galloway is a graduate of East Marion High School. She is a member of Sigma Phi Sigma and was selected for the Homecoming Court and Miss MWCC 2015-16. Her career goals are to join her family’s business at Cook-Galloway Funeral Home in Columbus and to one day become county coroner. Andrea Green of Horn Lake is studying business and marketing managment. Green is a graduate of Horn Lake High School. She is a member of Phi Theta Kappa and is the vice president of DECA. Her career goal is to become a pharmeceutical patent lawyer.

Ashley Clark of Ozark, Missouri is studying biochemistry and is a member of Phi Theta Kappa. Her career goal is to become a laboratory scientist specializing in the diagostics of molecular genetics. Two students where chosen to represent the Lafayette-Yalobusha Technical Center. Allen Brewer of Oxford is studying journalism. Brewer is a graduate of Pontotoc City High School. He is a member of Phi Theta Kappa and the Ranger Rocket newspaper. His career goal is to become a reporter for a major publication. Linsey Lawrence of Oxford is studying occupational thereapy. Lawrence is a graduate of Lafayette High School. She is a member of Phi Theta Kappa and Gamma Beta Phi. Her career goal is to become a pediatric/special needs occupational therapist.

CONGRATULATIONS, MR. & MISS NWCC! DeSoto Center Mr. Nicholas Thurman & Miss Kayla Duerstock Lafayette-Yalobusha Technical Center Mr. David Locke & Miss Linsey Lawrence Senatobia Campus Mr. Kindall Lumpkin & Miss Kendall Newton

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African American Read-in will be held on Feb. 23

Crystal Giles, librarian, reads “The New Jim Crow” in the R.C. Pugh Library. An African American Read-in will be held in the library Feb. 23 from 2-3 p.m. in honor of Black History Month. (Photo by Allen Brewer)

BY ALLEN BREWER NEWS EDITOR This year, the R. C. Pugh Library will be hosting its sixth annual African American Read-in for Northwest students, faculty and staff. The event, hosted by Librarian Crystal Giles, will be held Feb. 23 in the Viewing Room from 2-3 p.m. The DeSoto Center library will also hold it’s first Read-in Feb. 21. The event will be hosted by Librarian Tina Kenton who hopes to introduce students to diverse literature. The event will start at 2 p.m and will feature guest speaker, Dr. Rachell Anderson, a local author and member of the Northwest Board of Trustees. “As a librarian, I seize every opportunity to promote diverse books to all readers especially our students,” Kenton said. “This event exposes the rich history of African Americans writers through stories. Therefore, I’m hoping that all in attendance will leave wanting to read more diverse literature.” The Read-in is a national program that is now celebrating it’s 28th anniversary. The project was created by the Black Caucus of National Council of Teachers of English in 1989. The event is meant to inspire young readers with stories by famous African American writers while also reminding them of the struggles for freedom in the Civil Rights sit-ins. “In 2011, Dr. Jerrie Cobb Scott, an active member of NCTE, spoke at an event hosted by Deborah Wilbourn,” Giles said. “She inspired me to begin hosting an event.” Students attending the

events will be asked to sit in a circle and read passages of their favorite book by an African American author. Such books can include, Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston; Roots by Alex Haley and I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou. “I think it is excellent,” Sidney Sykes, a freshman studying computer science from Marks, said. “It is a part of all our history, not just African Americans. History is rich for all races.” The event is held in February in honor of Black History Month, a special month to concentrate on the accomplishments of all African Americans leaders. This year’s celebration is no less profound by the opening of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture. “We all need to know and learn of the rich culture and heritage of people of African descent and reading is a great way to learn of such,” Giles said. “African American writers tell our story from our perspective.” Both students, faculty and staff are invited to participate in the event. Black, white, yellow, red or brown, readers of all races and ethnicities can enjoy a day learning about the individuals that helped write for equality. “The color of your skin doesn’t mater,” Amber Aven, a sophomore studying general college from Harmon, said. “I think it matters what’s in the inside.”

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Why I chose to attend Northwest BY FREDDY LARD JR EDITOR A two-year college can be very helpful to many students leaving high school, returning to college, or struggling students from universities. It gives them a chance to figure out what needs to be handled correctly and how to improve to possibly attend a higher learning university or institution. During my 11th grade year of high school, I always had in my mind that I was not going to attend a two-year community college, because I thought that my intelligence could handle a university straight out of high school. So, throughout my 11th grade year, heading into my 12th grade year, I kept that mindset. It was not until mid-year of 12th grade when I finally decided to keep a twoyear option open because of academics and being closer to my family. Northwest frequently visited my school to show my classmates and me how benefi-

cial it would be to attend the college and it made my decision a bit tougher, knowing that I wanted to go straight to a university after high school. When my senior year did not go in the direction I wanted it to go, I felt very lost and confused on what my next move would be. Ole Miss was my first option coming out of high school, because I knew my sister was attending there and she always showed me the opportunities I would have based on the major that I was taking up. Ole Miss has one of the best areas of communication there, and I knew that my talents could transfer there easily. As I talked to my parents about my next move, they suggested that Northwest would be my best option for now, because it can groom me to become a better writer and journalist and help me mature as a person living on his own.

When school started, I felt like it was going to be very easy and made me question why I chose to attend here. But as the year went on, it became a struggle for me. I felt like I knew it all and didn’t need anyone’s help on any situation. I feel like Northwest has matured me a lot, because I acted in a childish manner my first year of college, and it has taught me to always remain humble and stay focused on what’s important in life. My advice for athletes and students leaving high school, attend a two-year like Northwest. My reasoning for saying that is, because if you struggled with leaving your family or with academics, a college like Northwest can help you improve your talents and academics in the classroom. Northwest is a college that anyone would love to attend and you cannot go wrong with it.

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Movie review: ‘John Wick 2’

BY DAVID CAMPBELL LIFESTYLE SECTION EDITOR In its opening weekend, “John Wick Chapter 2” made $30 million in profits. That’s no surprise considering the sequel is an improvement upon the already fantastic original. The film includes all of the great aspects of “John Wick” and improves upon the few faults. In short, Chapter 2 perfectly emphasizes everything that a sequel should be. “John Wick” followed the story of retired assassin John Wick as he was pulled back into the criminal underworld that he left behind several years earlier. Wick went on a journey of vengeance and slowly returned to the legendary hitman that he once was. “John Wick Chapter 2” begins right where the original leaves off and provides a quick summary

of events and a satisfying reintroduction to the

David Campbell is a sophomore studying journalism from Senatobia.

series’s unique style of action. This opening is an improvement from the original’s rather slow, slightly boring beginning. The sequel has a very satisfying pace to it; it has a nice balance of calm and action-packed scenes. Though it began with a rather exciting action

scene, the film does not consist of nonstop action. The story is similar in structure to the first movie, but has enough variation to not be considered lazy. It provides a more in depth look at the previously introduced criminal underworld. As the mystery starts to fade, the rules of this underworld are more clearly defined and it’s revealed just how extensive this network really is. This makes Chapter 2’s story a lot deeper than the original. In summary, Chapter 2 tweaked the slow pacing, seamlessly continued the story and fleshed out the world of the original.

With more technology than ever, are we disconnected? BY JOSH DRINKARD STAFF The world is becoming ever more connected and social, but millennials are spending less time face-toface and more time faceto-phone. Smartphones are a modern miracle in today’s society. They provide a convenient solution to many trivial daily tasks such as banking, helping us with our jobs and keeping up with current events. Even more, they help us stay connected in ways that were unimaginable 20 years ago. In fact, research

conducted by the Pew Research Center found that 100 percent of young adults between the ages of 18-29 use their phone for texting, and 97 percent use their smartphones for browsing the Internet and getting on favorite apps like Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat. This level of connectivity is unprecedented and only expected to grow in the following years. However, while millennials are becoming more social online, it seems as though we are becoming

more disconnected from one another offline, as well. In a survey conducted by the Bank of America, 39 percent of millennials said they interacted more with their smartphone than their significant other, parents, friends, children or co-workers. Even further, a portion of millennials will even use their smartphones to lessen social interactions out in public. “There are so many issues with these devices,” Mary Clayton, history instructor at DeSoto Center

with over 40 years of educational experience, said. “Teachers and professors have to establish guidelines to regulate the use of technology in class, especially since many students bring their computers, iPads, and smartphones.” Smartphones are not only making students antisocial, but are also causing students to have a very difficult time focusing due to being tied to their phones. However, instructors are not the only ones that hold this opinion. In an anony-

mous survey conducted in a class at Northwest, many students detested their phones. One particular student went as far to say, “I personally believe they are making millennials less social, because chatting on a phone does nothing towards aiding communication. Smartphones destroy face-to-face interaction. I wish I used my smartphone less.” So why can we not put them away? Jacob Padgett, a freshman studying computer sci-

ence from Hernando, said, “It’s because they bring us closer as a community. Even when part of our community is gone, we can keep interacting with them. It’s refreshing to know that when you can’t be somewhere in person, you can be there with technology.” It seems as though smartphones are a social trade. While they are creating a social gap in face-toface communication.

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“Penny’s Pantry.”

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“Taco Bell.”

“El Charro.”

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Northwest Singers make history BY GREG LUSH STAFF There is a lot of talent to be found at Northwest. Students from all over the mid-south come to Northwest from signing backgrounds. The choir program on campus is aiding these students to take advantage of their ability. Choir participants perform at many venues all over the state. The first event for the spring semester will be for the state choral festival. The performance will take place at the Riley Center in Meridian. This event will include every community college choir in the state. There are generally 1000 singers who attend. The group is split into two choirs to sing individually. Also, Northwest will perform independently for everyone present. “It’s really a great experience. They get the experience of singing with a really big sound, which is probably the only time they will ever get the chance to

have that experience. We are really excited,” Susie VanDyke, director and instructor, said. Through Sycamore Arts in Senatobia, Northwest choir has been able to take advantage of funds for special events. They have also helped form a commissioned piece for Northwest singers, which has never happened before. Former Northwest student, Reese Norris, will be commissioning in honor of Northwest. In April, Northwest choir will be having a spring concert to premiere the composition that Norris is writing. This will be the first time ever for the performance. “The administration is so generous. We always have everything we need. I’ve been here 24 years and there’s no where else I’d rather be,” Van Dyke said. The Northwest choir will be performing at gradua-

Celebrating Black History Month BY ALLEN BREWER & GREG LUSH Staff members cover important African Americans to commemorate Black History Month. Hermain Cain During black history month, people enjoy remembering and speaking about successful black leaders in our country. One of the most successful has been Herman Cain. Cain was born in Memphis on Dec. 13, 1945. He grew up in outside of Atlanta where he eventually met and married his wife Gloria. Cain was accepted into Purdue University and received a Master of Science in 1971. Cain worked in many positions and locations during his early years. After working for the Department of the Navy and several food and drink companies, he eventually went on to become the CEO of “Godfather’s Pizza”. He was the CEO for a period of 10 years. After leaving the company, he went on to work for the National Restaurant Association, where he met several lawmakers and politicians. Cain eventually would run for president in the 2000 and 2012 election cycles. Noted as being a very successful business man, he made a name for himself in the political and business worlds. Cain has also been involved in media development, federal reserve management and writing autobiographies. In 2006, Cain was diagnosed with stage IV liver and colon cancer and underwent treatment. He has publicly reported that he is cancer free. From politics to pizza, it is undeniable that Cain has made an impact and continues to remain active today.

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How to get the most for your money when buying food

Taco Bell offers customers two crunch tacos and one burrito for $5. (Photo by David Campbell)

The Northwest cafeteria offers students a plate with four sides for a $5 and an extra 50 cent charge for to-go plates. (Photo by Allen Brewer)

BY ALLEN BREWER, DAVID CAMPBELL & MORGAN SHINGLER Everyone has to eat. Whether you live on campus or you commute to school, everyone has to eat at some point in their day. Senatobia has several places that are great for getting a quick bite in between classes at reasonably low prices. Here are some of the restaurants in Senatobia with the best offers. The first place worth mentioning is Northwest’s

cafeteria. Students can get a full meal, dessert and a drink to go for just under $7. McDonald’s has introduced a “2 for $5” menu that offers a small selection of items and offers any combination of two items for $5 before tax. The catch is the deal does not include a drink, so it will cost an extra dollar or two for that. Taco Bell offers a $5

meal also, and it includes three items and a drink. Their deal consists of a value box with a few different combinations of items, such as tacos, burritos and chalupas. KFC’s lunch deal is called the “$5 Fill Up Box.” The Fill Up Box comes in four varieties, each with an entree, a cookie and a medium drink, but some include extras such as mashed potatoes and dip-

ping sauce. Burger King has a combo meal fit for two that includes two Whoppers, two drinks and two orders of fries all for $10. Lastly, Subway is offering any footlong sub for $6. This offer does not include chips or a drink. So, eat up Northwest students.

Patrick Oliver According to, Patrick M. Oliver is a program manager, literary consultant, radio host, publisher, editor and writer of motivational book. Oliver has been a special guest author at many book conferences and has won the Literary Excellence Award for his work. Some of the books that Oliver has written include On My Own: Vision Board Guidebook for Young People and Turn the Page and You Don’t Stop: Sharing successful Chapters in Our Lives with Youth. Recently, Oliver has spoken at Northwest broadcasting his Radio show, Literary Nation Talk Radio, in the R. C. Pugh Library Viewing Room.

Rangers defeat EMCC, 85-79

Dr. Rachell Anderson According to, Dr. Rachel Anderson is local author and psychologist. Anderson has received many award for learning, teaching, healing and serving in her field include the University’s Pearson Faculty Award for sustained excellence in teaching. Anderson has written 11 books including, Before our Eyes and The Legacy Continues: Writing Healing Stories. Anderson will speak at the DeSoto Center Library for the African American Read-in Feb. 21 at 2 p.m.

Softball home-opener now Feb. 21 vs. Blue Mountain JV

BY FREDDY LARD, JR EDITOR With a strong performance from freshman forward Therrell Gosier, finishing with a doubledouble (20 points and 14 rebounds), the Rangers pulled out the 85-79 victory against the East Mississippi Lions on Feb 2 at Howard Coliseum. Northwest improved to 12-5 overall on the season and 5-2 in the MACJC north division. The Rangers were in a bit of a struggle in the first half, shooting 39 percent from the field and 33 percent from three, while EMCC shot 41 percent

from the field to take a 3937 lead going into halftime. The Lions kept a small lead through 7:49 into the second half before Northwest rallied to tie the game at 53-53 with 12:11 left to play in the second half of the game. As the game went on, it seemed like EMCC was becoming fatigued and the momentum started to shift towards the Rangers’ way. Freshmen guards Brandon Cranford and Gosier knocked down four consecutive free throws and the Rangers scored 10 of the next 13

points throughout that stretch. With a 62-60 lead with 8:01 to play in the game, Northwest started to separate themselves from the Lions, using a set of dunks from sophomore Shelby McEwen and five straight points from Dailey to jumpstart an 18-9 run on the Lions. They had no answer for the Rangers. Ole Miss transfer Alex Shepard’s monstrous dunk on the baseline with two minutes left put the exclamation point on the win for the Rangers.

Gosier’s second doubledouble of his Northwest career led Northwest scoring with 20 points, followed by Dailey’s 18 points, 12 from sophomore guard Keelin Jackson and 10 from McEwen. David McFarland led EMCC with 19 points to finish the game. The Rangers improved their field goal percentage from 39 to 48 percent in the second half and led the game with 36 points in the paint against EMCC’s 30.

STAFF REPORT Softball’s scheduled home-opener for Wednesday, Feb. 15 against Southwest Tennessee has been moved due to weather.

Northwest will now open its home schedule against Blue Mountain JV on Tuesday, Feb. 21 at 1 p.m. The Southwest game

has been moved to Feb. 27 at 1/3 p.m. For up-to-the-minute changes to the schedule, times, etc., follow Northwest on Twitter @NWCC_

Rangers. Fans can also visit the athletic website at for an updated softball schedule.

Ranger baseball opens season with sweep of Shawnee STAFF REPORT Twelve different Rangers had a hit on Saturday, led by three apiece from Jordan Volner and Brooks Boolos, as Northwest successfully opened the season with a doubleheader sweep of Shawnee by 7-3 and 15-4 finals. In the opener, Justin Milam hit two solo home runs and Aaron Campbell added four RBIs to help the Rangers pull away from what was a 3-2 game in the third. Jarod Wright allowed two runs off four hits and had to work out of trouble in all three of his innings, throwing 69 pitches in a no-decision.

Nathan Harrison entered in relief to start the fourth and scattered three hits and only one run in four innings to earn his first collegiate win. Harrison, Drew Hurst and J.G. Lipscomb hung four consecutive zeros to close the game. Leading 3-2 in the bottom of the fourth, Campbell’s bases-clearing double to left with two outs stretched the lead to 6-2 after four. Milam’s solo blast in the fifth, his second of the game, put the finishing touches on a 7-3 seasonopening win. Dalton Minton tossed

four solid innings, allowing one run on five hits while striking out five to lift the Rangers to a 15-4 run-rule win in the nightcap. After stranding the bases loaded in the top of the first, a six-run bottom half was more than enough for Minton. Boolos’ RBI-triple got the inning started, followed by an RBI-double from Campbell, homers by Volner and Baron Davies and an RBI-single from Zack Pope. Northwest busted it wide open in the third, plating eight runs to take a 15-0 lead after three. Cody Andresky doubled to score a pair, Baron Da-

vies added a bases-clearing double, Pope doubled to score two and Volner added an RBI-single in the inning. Shawnee scored four runs over the final two frames on a solo homer from Adam Jones and three-run shot from Cameron Chapman. Northwest out-hit the Saints 14-7, with nine different Rangers picking up a hit. Volner was 3-for-4 and three others had multiple hits. Davies was 2-for-3 with five RBIs in his collegiate debut.

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Ranger Rocket delivering Book club holds book stories for decades collection BY GREG LUSH STAFF Many colleges around the country are known for having campus newspapers. Northwest has a long history when it comes to campus news. The Ranger Rocket has been involved in student life since the early days of the college. In the beginning, the paper was coming out weekly. A small staff of writers and editors wrote, printed and distributed the paper on campus the oldfashioned way. Having no computers or templates to use, the newspaper staff put the paper together by wax and a xacto knife. “To be able to correct errors on screen makes it way easier. I thought we did a good job. We got it done the way it had been

for decades; I don’t think we missed a single deadline,” Dale Davis, director of Language and Communcations Division, said. The newspaper was located in a few buildings before being placed in the Communications Office in Yalobusha Hall. The McGhee Building was home to the paper staff for many years. For a short time, the staff was also located in a white house adjacent to the college where the Division of Nursing Building stands today. For many years, there was more than one way to get the news at Northwest. In the Lafayette Humanities building, there was a radio station called WNJC radio. Students of broadcasting and communications studies would

work along with professionals to cover topics such as sports and campus events. Internships with the students allowed broadcasting majors to get experience with live programming on campus. “There’s a lot of history here. Everyone pitched in and everything was always done on time. We did it all, from photography to writing, to editing,” Davis said. Davis wrote for the paper from 1978-1980. There is a Ranger Rocket archive dating back to 1946 in the R.C. Pugh Library. Today the Ranger Rocket staff writes, edits and distributes a monthly paper to all buildings on campus. Copies can be located in the newsstands near the entrances.

Remember, be kind to yourself and body BY MORGAN SHINGLER STAFF Personal body image is an issue that people around the world struggle with. Many are often criticized for their size, whether it be with too much weight or not enough. Though, personal body image is always a conversation, it should not be, and there are many ways you can make yourself feel better about the body you are in. Everybody has heard about the infamous “freshman 15,” which refers to the extra 15 pounds that incoming freshmen gain when their freshman year. Schedules and settings

change. Students have the ability to make their own schedule. No longer are students required to exercise or required to stay in school for nine hours out of the day. Personal decisions are what cause the difference. Never should you be ashamed of how you look, but if you feel that there is room for improvement when it comes to your health, then you should always try to make yourself into the person you need to be. Gaining and losing weight is always a personal decision and if one feels

happy in their skin, then they should make it known and continue to move forward. Motivation can be found around any corner and even on social media. Today, there are ways of getting notifications sent to your personal devices that can wake you up to help you think positively in the mornings when you wake up. Always move forward and do what you do is best for yourself. In the end, all of the hard work will pay off.

BY ALLEN BREWER NEWS EDITOR As part of their service project, the Ranger Book Club will host a book drive in the R.C. Pugh Library. The books collected will be donated to the House of Grace on April 1. House of Grace is an organization that serves female victims of domestic violence and their children. The Christian program helps provide support, counseling and safety to its clients who seek protection from their abusers. House of Grace serves 10 counties in northern Mississippi and has been active for 18 years. “It is going to a great cause,” Courtney Hicks, Ranger Book Club adviser and librarian, said. The House of Grace currently does not have books to provide its clients. By dropping off books in the book collection box, students can help share the gift of reading. “I think that the book drive is amazing, because it gives these people a way to

Ranger Book Club members Essence Willis (bottom row, left to right), Kayla Perez, Ranger Book Club president, Maria Aguilar (top row, left to right), Madison Nabors, Gabrielle Paterson, Nicole Kiddy, Rachel Bullard, Sabrina Schumpert and Courtney Hicks, club advisor, collected books for the House of Grace for their service project. The book drop-off box is located in the main lobby of R.C. Pugh Library. (Photo by Allen Brewer)

escape and go into another world in their mind,” Carol McCain, vice president of the book club, said. “Books can really help you get over things if you need to.” Books of all kinds are needed for children, teens and adults. While new books are desired, used books in good condition

will be greatly appreciated. The book drop-off box is located in the main lobby of the library. “I think it will be a great opportunity, if one book is enough to help make someone’s life better,” Kayla Perez, president of the book club, said.

Political analysis with Allen Brewer

President Trump’s first Attorney General nominee month in the White House Jeff Sessions has also has not gone without critibeen confirmed despite cisms from the left. A large opposition by Democrats crowd of pro-choice supand Civil Rights groups. porters demonstrated their Trump’s attempt to set right to protest the weekup a meeting with Presiend after Trump’s inaugudent of Mexico Enrique ration in cities around the Peña Nieto about border U.S., Europe and Australia. relations ended when both According to, parties reportedly came Saturday Night Live writer Katie Rich was fired from SNL after making an inappropriate tweet about Trump’s youngest son, Barron. Press Secretary Sean Spicer, defended Trump on his first day against media rumors that Trump’s inauguration failed in comparison to former President Obama’s inauguration. Allen Brewer is a sophomore Spicer blamed the press studying journalism from for not giving Trump the Oxford. chance they gave Obama during his first term. While many celebrito a mutual decision to ties spoke at the women’s cancel the meeting. While march at the capital, Vice Trump claims that Mexico President Mike Pence and will be paying for the Counselor Kellyanne Conboarder wall construction, way, both gave speeches Mexico’s officials report at the Pro-Life March later that they will not. that month. Many executive laws Only a few of Trump’s have been signed into cabinet picks have been action by Trump on his able to move past the Sen- first week in office. One ate hearings. Recently, of the most controversial Secretary of Education decisions was to temporarBetsy DeVos was approved ily block travel to seven with some controversy. Middle Eastern countries.

The travel block was harshly protested until a federal judge James L. Robart from Seattle issued a temporary restraining order against the president’s decision. While the issue will not be permanent, the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals rejected the request to reopen the travel ban for a set amount of time. According to CBSnews. com, 51 percent of Americans disapprove of the travel ban while only 45 percent approve. While many Republicans say that the travel ban will keep Americans safe, others feel that a travel ban is be unconstitutional and inhumane. Politics transferred to music on Feb. 12 during the 59th Grammys awards as many of the speakers had something to say about Trump’s executive orders. Ivanka Trump’s clothing line, carried by Burlington Coat Factory, has been removed from shopping websites due to drops in sales thought to been orchestrated by protestors. Contact abrewer4968@ to request news and submit types.

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Facts about today’s college freshmen BY MORGAN SHINGLER STAFF There are many qualities about today’s college freshman that may be peculiar compared to the qualities of freshmen years ago. The reason for that? For the most part, it would be the difference in how generations grew up and their thought process. Throughout college, many students may gain weight. Weight gain can be caused by the stress level causing students to eat more and also can be encouraged due to a scenery change and one’s exercise routine. Students in past generations stayed busy and were always on the

move, and vehicles were not as easily accessible compared to today. When talking with students around campus, many admitted to applying to many colleges throughout the Mississippi area and ultimately chose Northwest due to the academic opportunity and scholarships given. Many freshmen throughout Northwest, who do not live in the city, chose to live on campus in the dorms, so that they did not have to travel back and forth from home every day. Study time throughout your college career differs

based on personalities and interests. Male students throughout campus admitted to cutting their study time in half due to their interest in playing video games immediately afterwards, while majority of females took that time to study or look over their work. There are differences in students throughout Northwest, but all of small characteristics are what help to make Northwest the school that it is and will help to continue to mold the school into the facility it is meant to be.

Internships are valuable asset to students BY MORGAN SHINGLER STAFF No matter what field students are going into, an internship is very useful for your future. Having a degree can make a difference between working a minimum wage job and holding a job with a higher pay raise, but if you are up against another competitor for a job and you have no experience, you are less likely to get that job. Internships will help separate a student from others because of the experience. Depending on what you are studying, you can always find resources and

referrals to get an internship. Checking on your local school website or even in a student union type of setting could be a tremendous help. Internships can make a difference. The knowledge and the experience can help you grow into a more successful and goal driven student. Resumes are more likely to get a second look if it has at least one or more internships on the resume. Not only do internships get second looks, they also could get you hired at a higher salary due

to the experience. Experience is a major key when it comes to your career and you should always aim high. You will first hand get to experience the type of job you could have once you have your degree when you try for a scholarship. Resources are always available to get an internship started. Talk to your academic adviser for more tips and recommendations on getting an internship.

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Lunch, Lyrics & Language held in Library BY ALLEN BREWER NEWS EDITOR On Feb. 9, students, faculty and staff gathered in the R. C. Pugh Library Viewing Room for the a motivational afternoon with Literary Nation Talk Radio host, Patrick Oliver. After a few light refreshments, students got the chance to witness a live radio broadcast by Oliver and get insider tips on how to become great writers. According to, Oliver is a radio host, publisher, editor and writer of motivational books. Oliver has won many awards for his work and has interview several notable figures in the world of literature. “The primary reason for my visit is to promote the importance of literacy, reading and writing,” Oliver said. “We are now in a highly technological age and the ability to communicate on a high level is vitally importance. Those with the ability to read, write, analyze and share information effectively will represent the workforce and entrepreneurs of the 21st Century and below.” The event was hosted by Librarian Crystal Giles and Counselor Jennifer Yarbrough. The meeting started at noon with light refreshments and a brief history recount of Northwest by Giles. Next, Oliver began his live radio broadcast by interviewing two authors, Randall Horton and Jessica Care Moore, and other North-

On Feb. 9, students, faculty and staff gathered in the R. C. Pugh Library Viewing Room for the a motivational afternoon with Literary Nation Talk Radio host, Patrick Oliver (left). (Photo by Allen Brewer)

west students. Horton spoke about his struggles in life, from a college student to drug dealer, and how poetry helped him get his life back together. Moore told about how the library has helped her become a better writer. They also talked about upcoming events in poetry,” Mariah Wallace, a sophomore studying broadcasting from Hernando, said. “I really enjoyed the event; I am a poet myself.” After the broadcast, Oliver and Giles went to the Senatobia housing department to create mission books with the local children. Children clipped pictures from magazines and created a motivational picture for encouragement to reach for their goals. “This concept is about conceiving, planning, navigating, designing, challenging, believing, visualizing, focusing and celebrating

successes,” Oliver said. “This is what makes for great leaders and innovators in education, business, science, law, arts and humanities.” Students that attended the event will be sure to remember the values of reading and writing and the effect it can have on one’s own motivation. Oliver’s broadcast is available on Joynet Radio. “I think the event will motivate students to reach their goals, because they will have to actually think about what they want and how they’re going to achieve their goals,” Giles said. “When we think about and actually visualize what we want in writing or through imagery, we are more inspired and enthusiastic about doing the necessary work.”



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Events, club meetings happening on campus

Phi Theta Kappa members at the DeSoto Center attend a meeting on Feb. 2. There was a guest speaker at the meeting from DeSoto Grace, an organization that helps families in poverty. (Staff photo)

Practical nursing students on the Ashland campus work on a patient. (Photo by Karen Parks)

Costmetology students on the Ashland campus took their class yearbook photo on Feb. 13. (Photo by Karen Parks)

Baptist Student Union, one of the largest clubs on campus, meets every Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the BSU building on the Senatobia campus. (Photo by Greg Lush)

2+2 TRANSFER DAY Wednesday, March 8 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 3 to 5 p.m. NWCC DeSoto Center Lobby

You STARTED STRONG at NWCC. Now it’s time for the next leg of the race toward your bachelor’s degree. Learn more about how we can help you FINISH STRONG at the University of Mississippi-DeSoto: • Sit down with advisors from all our degree programs. • Visit with financial aid and admissions staff. • Join us for refreshments while our team helps you get ready to enroll. AND DON’T FORGET: You can “Catch A Break” during your NWCC Spring Break. Stop by Mar. 13-17 and we’ll pay your undergraduate application fee!* Details on our website.

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

* Available only at the UM-DeSoto campus. Waiver is not available for the Ole Miss main campus in Oxford.

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