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VOL. 81 • No. 5


Thursday, January 30, 2014

Singers showcase talent at Carnegie Hall

Northwest Singers and Chamber Choir members enjoy the streets of New York City. (Photo by Justin Ford)

Northwest Singers and Chamber Choir members rehearse before their performance at Carnegie Hall in New York City on Jan. 19. (Photo by Justin Ford)

Lauren Benton & Staff Report

The Northwest Singers and Chamber Choir were invited to participate in the New York premiere performance of Dan Forrest’s “Requiem for the Living,” on Jan. 19 in Carnegie Hall’s Issac Stern Auditorium. The choirs performed under the direction of Dr. James Meaders. The performance was part of the Distinguished Concerts International New York (DCINY). “We are thrilled to be able to sing at Carnegie Hall with Dr. Meaders

and the world renowned Mississippi College Singers,” Susanne VanDyke, director of choral activities at Northwest said. Meaders is professor and chair of the department of music and director of choral activities at Mississippi College. He conducts the Mississippi College Singers and the Mississippi College Men’s Glee, teaches applied voice and heads the graduate program in conducting. “The Northwest Singers received this

invitation because of the quality and high level of musicianship demonstrated by the singers. It is quite an honor just to be invited to perform in New York. These wonderful musicians not only represent a high quality of music and education, but they also become ambassadors for the entire community. This is an event of extreme pride for everybody and deserving of the community’s recognition and support,” said Dr. Jonathan Griffith, artistic

director and principal conductor for DCINY. “This was a trip of a lifetime. I will never forget standing on that grand Carnegie Hall stage, where countless other worldclass musicians have been before,” Caitlen Barron, a sophomore music education major from Olive Branch, said. “For all of us that went, having this amazing experience was a blessing from Dr. Spears, Sybil Canon and the Northwest Foundation.”

The college provided transportation and lodging for the singers selected by an audition process. The Northwest Foundation conducted fundraising efforts to assist

with other costs involved with the concert production, said Sybil Canon, associate vice president of development and special projects.

Baseball team ranked No. 14

Wesley Foundation provides ‘soul food’ By Kreneice Reid

Wesley Foundation, the United Methodist Church campus ministry, is a well-established organization that has been hosting free luncheons at Northwest for a decade. The Wesley Foundation welcomes everyone on the Northwest campus to the McLendon Center in room 124 every Wednesday at noon. The weekly luncheon is sponsored by the church members of local United Methodist churches who donate money and volunteer to prepare fresh home cooked meals. “This luncheon is the highlight of my week. Our vision is to provide food for the body and soul,” David Huffman, director of the Wesley Foundation, said.

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When asked what inspired him to start serving free meals to the community, Huffman stated, “I’m a pastor and I’ve always enjoyed working with young people. This luncheon grants me the opportunity to connect with the students and tell them a little bit about Jesus.” The menu offers a variety of choices which includes: fried chicken, spaghetti, cupcakes and much more. These meals have proven to satisfy the taste buds of the hungry students. Pizza and cookies were served at the last luncheon on Jan. 22. According to Huffman, BBQ burgers will be served when the weather warms up. The volunteers who contribute their time and

dedication in making the luncheon successful are greatly appreciated by the locals who attend regularly. “It was nice to fellowship with other students, and I was glad to see a Christian organization both supporting students and providing delicious meals. I enjoy the variety of my favorite foods that are served and look forward to attending the luncheon every Wednesday,” Devoe Walton, a sophomore exercise science major from Horn Lake, said. Maya Clark, a sophomore general college major from Yazoo City thanked the organization by saying, “I appreciate you guys for doing what you do for the students here at Northwest. Although just providing a

free meal once a week may seem like a small gesture, you give us encouragement to push through the week. Thank you for being selfless, genuine and caring.” Huffman also revealed that students who participate in the Wesley Foundation events should stay tuned because the organization is in the process of launching bigger events for the community. For more information, feel free to contact David Huffman by email at revdhuffman@yahoo. com or follow the fan page on Twitter @NWCCWesley.

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For the first time since Jan. 30, 2003, Northwest baseball has found themselves back in the NJCAA Top 20 Poll. The Rangers enter the 2014 season at No. 14. Joining the Rangers from Region 23 are No. 2 LSU Eunice and No. 20 Northeast Mississippi. Northwest is coming off a 31-18 season and second appearance in the state

championship game in three years. The Rangers bring back 16 sophomores and welcome 12 freshmen on a very talented roster. Ninth-year head coach Mark Carson and the Rangers open the season on Sunday, Feb. 9 at Southwest Tennessee. First pitch of the doubleheader is set for 1 p.m. at USA Stadium in Millington, Tenn.

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The Internet and how it affects health By Terrell Wooten

Obsessive internet usage can lead to sedentary lifestyles, weight gain and a decline in physical fitness. Some other things that we suffer from are carpal tunnel syndrome, dry eyes, migraine headaches, a decline in personal hygiene and back aches. Depression has also been linked to internet overuse. My junior year of high school, I started my first job, and I decided to buy myself a laptop for school-related purposes; I did just that. I researched for term papers and completed all of my online assignments, but over time, I became bored and I de-

Everyone has a different perspective when it comes to the Internet. For me personally, I find it rather difficult going a day without search the web for something. We all use the Internet as an easy tool to communicate with friends and family or to stay on track with business-related work. I’ve come to realize that the Internet isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Our health is a major factor, and you would be surprised at how many people are completely oblivious to the fact that spending countless hours on the internet will cause their health to deteriorate.

cided to go and search the web for others. That’s when I discovered Twitter and Facebook. I fell in love with these social networking sites, and eventually I began putting more important things that needed my attention off to the side. So, I could sit in my room and socialize on the Internet. I first came to terms with my addiction of the Internet one day while scrolling down my timeline on Facebook, and I saw how everyone was posting statuses and pictures about “living the good life.” So, I made it my decision to get up, get out and find some sort

of hobby that I was proud of and that I could basically brag about and show off to my friends and family. Unfortunately, that never happened and over time, I made many plans of eliminating the Internet from my life, so I could go out and actually live it. My depression was so severe that I couldn’t function mentally, physically or emotionally. Day after day, I would sit at home and live my life on Twitter and Facebook. Seeing everyone else all happy and content with their lives, I started to become envious. I wanted something to be happy about; I wanted

to be satisfied and confident with life, and I wanted that feeling of knowing that people favored and looked up to me. That didn’t happen very often, and it drove me into an even deeper depression. My addiction prevented me from accomplishing my goals in life. I had reached a breaking point, and one day I said that this will not go on anymore. I’m tired of being depressed, stressed, unhealthy and mentally tired. That day happened about a month ago, and now, I’m on the right track to a better lifestyle. I have since joined a

gym. I’ve changed my diet, I’m sleeping better, my overall performance in school has improved and I’ve even cut down on all of the social networking and unnecessary Internet surfing. What I’ve taken from this experience is that the Internet will definitely put you in a place mentally and physically that’ll be difficult to come back from. So, if you or anyone else that you’re familiar with is suffering from overusage of the Internet, I recommend you seek help and don’t be afraid to talk to someone close to you and let them know what’s affecting you.

Transitioning from homeschool to Northwest By Maggie Cates

Most people think that a homeschooler’s life is easy. That may be true. As a homeschooler, I have gone to school in my pajamas before (though other homeschoolers I know don’t), and some days I got finished with all of my work quickly. With that being said, some days I finished later than anyone does who goes to public school. For many years, I worked at least partially

through the summer. This was the same for other homeschoolers that I know. Someone once asked me if I felt that homeschooling prepared me well enough for college. I am just as well-prepared academically as any other student here. I might not be as prepared as others handling “peer pressure” and being in a classroom for long periods of time. As a homeschooler, I had experiences that others

didn’t. I was in a homeschool group where we had art classes, wrote speeches, had a science fair that was made to learn from and to have fun doing. This gave me a better understanding than any competition would have. When I was only 13, I got a chance to be in an English class with college students. Homeschoolers, despite what some might think, are still very prepared for college.

I even know a homeschooler who just earned an Outstanding Student award at the DeSoto Center. The transition into college, though tiring, has not been any harder for me than it would be for other students. Waking up earlier every morning, sitting in classes all day and being around a lot of people has been a change for me. Walking to classes in the cold weather has definitely been an adjust-

ment. Studying hard and trying my best to make good grades has been the same, though it is slightly more difficult in college. I feel homeschooling may not have prepared me for the social aspect of college. I don’t understand people who like to skip class or the rude words that are sometimes said. I do think it prepared me to be an individual. It prepared me to stick to my beliefs, no matter

what others say. Homeschooling prepared me to do everything I can to succeed at college and throughout the rest of my life. Homeschooling has been a part of my life that I would never trade for anything. Now, I am ready to jump right into college.

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SDC to sponsor relationship workshop By Terrell Wooten

Relationships in today’s generation are not exactly established through traditional methods. People today would prefer meeting and having conversations on the Internet, rather than the old fashioned face-toface encounter. Dating in college follows a completely different set of rules. Just spending time with someone you have a crush on can be considered a relationship starter. Aside from couples, college is mostly known for one-time hookups and nothing more, because statistics have proven that there is a slim chance of someone

finding their soul mate while attending college. Jennifer Smith, a counselor in the Student Development Center, has voluntarily put together an informal meet and greet event about relationships for students at Northwest. “Valentine’s Day is approaching, so I feel the need to give our students the advice they need about how to not let their relationships hinder their chances of achieving success here at Northwest,” Smith said. This workshop will take place on Feb. 4 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in Panola Hall. “I think it’ll be a good

thing for couples,” Rudy Armstrong, a freshman broadcasting major from Calhoun City, said. Smith has plans on hosting a helpful event every month this semester for the students on campus. For the month of March, there will be a workshop that will focus on how to dress appropriately, and according to some of the instructors on campus, it is desperately needed. For more information or questions about this event, please contact Smith by phone at (662) 562-3318 or at email jesmith@northwestms. edu.

By Kreneice Reid

the American love story, The Notebook, starring Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams. “I think Valentine’s Day should be celebrated in the cheesiest fashion avaliable, and The Notebook is the epitome of a chick flick cliché,” David Morgan, technical director, said. When asked why should Northwest stu-

Bobo and Gainey Halls under construction By Lauren Benton & Rudy Armstrong

Players Club to host movie night Celebrate Valentine’s Day early with your significant other in a fun, affordable way. The Northwest Player’s Club will be hosting a free movie night on Feb. 12 at 7 p.m. at the Fine Arts Building in honor of Valentine’s Day. Refreshments will be served for $1. Members of the Northwest Player’s Club voted on screening

Bobo Hall is one of the residence halls that is being remodeled. Renovations are expected to take eight months. (Photo by Terrell Wooten)

dents attend, Player’s Club President, Maurin Tony Penn said, “Because it’s free and a chance to spend time with your loved one.” The movie night event is not limited to Northwest students. The Player’s Club welcomes the community to join as well.

Remodeling was needed for both Gainey and Bobo Halls. The renovations are expected to take eight months. “As occupancy decreases in the spring semester, starting a project like this in midDecember is an optimal ime to close a facility,” Aime Anderson, director of Campus Life, said. Both buildings will have upgraded heating and cooling systems, so that each room can control their climate.

All rooms, hallways and common areas will be painted. There will be updates in lighting, fire alarms and sprinklers. Finally, both facilities will have changes in the current bathrooms. Students residing in either facilities were required to move to beds available in the other residence halls. The students filled out housing reclaims and received feedback returning from Thanksgiving break. Most students had to learn

to transition from suitestyle halls to traditionalstyle halls. If a student paid $100 on their room deposit and did not ask for their refund, they were either moved up to an apartment-style hall or placed on the waiting list for apartments. Remodel is expected to be completed by the fall 2014 semester.

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“Picasso at the Lapin Agile” set for Jan. 30-Feb. 2

Heather Pate (l-r), Cassie Banks, Cameron Jones and Candice Monteith rehearse for “Picasso at the Lapin Agile” on Jan. 14. (Photo by Maggie Cates)

Andrew Walker (far left) sulks while Wesley Williamson (second to right) dances with Heather Pate. (Photo by Maggie Cates)

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Canice Monteith (l-r), Heather Pate, Cassie Banks, Cameron Jones and Wesley Williamson prepare for the opening night of “Picasso at the Lapin Agile.” (Photo by Maggie Cates)

Heather Pate, of Greenwood, sings during rehearsal for “Picasso at the Lapin Agile.” (Photo by Maggie Cates)

By Cheyenne Fair & Staff Report

The Division of Fine Arts will present Steve Martin’s “Picasso at the Lapin Agile” Jan. 30Feb. 2. The play will be a comedic meeting between Albert Einstein and Pablo Picasso in a Parisian café in 1904, just before Einstein changes the field of physics with his theory of relativity and Picasso transforms the art world with his cubism. Cast members for the play will include Cameron Jones of Nesbit as “Freddy”; Candice Monteith of Southaven as “Gaston”; Cassie Banks, of Hernando High School as “Germaine”; Wesley Williamson of

Olive Branch as “Albert Einstein”; Heather Pate of Greenwood as “Suzanne”; Milly Rone of Water Valley as “Sagot”; Drew Walker of Memphis as “Pablo Picasso”; Chip Malone of Lake Cormorant as “Schmendiman”; Leah Dill of Olive Branch as “The Countess”; Hailey Eubanks of Sarah as “Female Admirer” and Rob Smith of Hernando as “The Visitor.” Crew members include Tony Penn of New London, Conn., stage manager; Hannah Herring of Horn Lake, lighting design; Stephanie Shaw, a guest designer from The University of Mississippi, costume design; Kreneice Reid of

Water Valley, assistant stage manager; Taylor Smith, of Hernando High School, costume master and Kelli Hughes of Senatobia, props master. David Morgan, Northwest technical director, is the director and set designer for the play. Performances will be held Thursday – Saturday, Jan. 30- Feb. 1 at 7 p.m., with a matinee on Sunday, Feb. 2 at 2 p.m. Tickets for the play will be $10, General Admission, and $5 for seniors and students. Tickets will be available at the door.

Bake sale Jan. 29-30 By Maggie Cates


The Ranger Book Club is starting out the new year with a bake sale Jan. 29-30 in the Humanities Building. Before the event, an estimated number of attendees is “anywhere from 30 to 50,” according to the book club’s adviser, Librarian Courtney Hicks. Participating in the bake sale are Regilyn Keys, president;

Bryan Lightbody, treasurer; Paula Gallagher; Anna Ashcraft; Theresa Phillips; Ebony Daniel; Karaen McPeak; Audrey Johnson; Katie Parker; Danielle Collins; Shelby Eyerson; Kenya Hardin; Tursheila Scruggs; Phillicia Mack and Bernice Willis. Cookies and cupcakes will be sold. “We will use the

money that we get from the bake sale to buy books for the book club. Books are very expensive,” Hicks said. If you do not get a chance to buy a baked good on Jan. 29 or 30, there may be another bake sale this semester. “We might do one for Valentine’s Day,” Hicks said.

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Who’s Who Darrell Arnold of Batesville Catherine Atkinson of Senatobia Bradley Baker of Batesville Elizabeth Beers of Pearl Karmen Bischoff of Brandon Laken Blount of Southaven Anita Brown of Lake Cormorant Matthew Bruce of Sardis Dakota Byrd of Scobey Lauren Campbell of Southaven Curtisy Carmel of Walls De’Asia Carr of Batesville Lauren Carson of Coldwater Samantha Carter of Olive Branch Brandon Casey of Hernando Megan Christy of Ashland Kayla Clark of Hernando Ricky Clayton of Oxford Lianie Coetzee of Southaven Dock Coleman of Southaven Morgan Collins of Oxford Harley Cook of Pope Renita Couch of Robinsonville Lea Counts of Bruce Jasmine Cowan of Olive Branch Kari Davis of Pontotoc Samuel Davis of Senatobia Katlyn Dickerson of Senatobia Ike Dulin of Coldwater Tyler Dunavant of Pope Shelbi Dunlap of Coldwater Steven Escamilla of Tunica Allison Faries of Holly Springs William Faulkner of Houston Elainna Ferrell of Hernando Jasmine Forrest of Senatobia Shelby Frazier of Robinsonville Emily Garcia of Batesville Olivia Garrett of Senatobia Tracy Gatlin of Oxford Peter Geraci of Southaven Chelsey Gilliam of Potts Camp Kelly Grace of Crenshaw Shawn Grant of Southaven Megan Green of Lambert Scott Green of Bruce Millicent Haggard of Oxford Sidney Haley of Greenwood Ryan Hall of Hernando Anthony Hamrick of Senatobia Michael Hankins of Southaven Anne Hertl of Hernando Heather Hinson of Southaven Alexander Hobson of Water Valley John House of Holly Springs Magan Hubbard of Batesville Justin Huddleston of Ashland Reginald Huggins of Southaven Kristen Ingram of Batesville George Irangi of Leland Straunje Jackson of Horn Lake Matthew James of Southaven Heath Jansen of Hernando Brandon Jenkins of Southaven Telvin Johnson of Tunica Nathan Jones of Coldwater Tiara Jones of Olive Branch

Robert Kaufman of Horn Lake Blayton Kettler of Nesbit Regilyn Keys of Clarksdale Monique Kirkwood of Coahoma Jimmie Little of Senatobia Robin Lofton of Horn Lake Hunter Luna of Coldwater Jennifer Luther of Senatobia Anna Mabry of Senatobia Phillieciaa Mack of Batesville Julie McDonald of Olive Branch Kelsey McFerrin of Charleston Jody McLaughlin of Hernando Charis McNamara of Southaven Ashley Melton of Grenada Karen Moore of Senatobia Austin Morgan of Water Valley Joseph Murphy of Calhoun City Christin Neal of Olive Branch Patrick Nelson of Senatobia Angela Nettles of Southaven Kristin Norris of Senatobia Kristy Oattis of Southaven Joseph Omedeo of Lamar Hannah Parker of Ashland Kim Pettit of Pittsboro Qunteshia Poole of Batesville Thomas Pugh of Houston Beth Ray of Myrtle Christina Ray of Oxford William Rayburn of Vance Monica Redwine of Pittsboro Shelby Reed of Crenshaw Carmen Ricks of Como Alexis Riva of Olive Branch Randi Robison of Senatobia Hannah Simpson of Coldwater Trenton Sinquefield of Marks Jacob Skelton of Southaven Austin Smith of Batesville Jake Smith of Senatobia Joseph Smith of Senatobia Nicolina Smith of Byhalia Samantha Staggs of Byhalia Katelyn Still of Sardis Lauren Storey of Senatobia Delaine Stoutenburgh of Senatobia Laura Strong of Olive Branch Paula Sullivan of Ripley Sydney Sullivant of Batesville Taylor Summers of Olive Branch Hannah Switzer of Senatobia Alden Temple of Winona Rhonda Thomas of Memphis Michael Thweatt of Horn Lake Amanda Trest of Hernando Mary Trollinger of Olive Branch Katie Tyson of Coldwater Hannah Waldrip of Sardis Andrew Walker of Memphis Mary Waller of Oxford Elizabeth Walls of Southaven Danielle Williams of Nesbit Christie Winstead of Pope Alex Young of Olive Branch Kristin Young of Olive Branch

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Outstanding students Chad Acuff of Hickory Flat Catherine Atkinson of Senatobia Sara Barron of Olive Branch Vanessa Beale of Walls Vivian Bennett of Sarah Megan Christy of Ashland Jessica Cobb of Water Valley Harley Cook of Pope Evan Dawson of Coldwater Katlyn Dickerson of Senatobia Shelbi Dunlap of Coldwater Steven Gaboriault of Southaven Cody Gaines of Batesville Jessica Gilbert of Coldwater Chelsey Gilliam of Potts Camp Kelly Grace of Crenshaw Billy Green of Southaven William Hendricks of Water Valley Ashley Henry of Batesville Brittany Hill of Bruce William Hollowell of Sarah Pamela Horton of Water Valley Brandon Howell of Nesbit Matthew James of Southaven Telvin Johnson of Tunica James Kilpatrick of Batesville Courtney Lehmann of Pope Liberty McCleskey of Byhalia Nick McCune of Horn Lake Jody Mclaughlin of Hernando

Maurin Penn of New London, Conn. Bethany Perkins of Olive Branch Carley Perry of Olive Branch Kenisha Petty of Courtland Kimberly Ponder of Hernando Thomas Pugh of Houston Joshua Rainey of French Camp Shelby Reed of Crenshaw Jonathan Reed of Oxford Randi Robison of Senatobia Hunter Stewart of Hernando Erica Stirek of Olive Branch Delaine Stoutenburgh of Senatobia Richard Sullivan of Tunica Paula Sullivan of Ripley Hannah Switzer of Senatobia Amanda Trest of Hernando Hannah Waldrip of Sardis Andrew Walker of Memphis, Tenn. Amber White of Batesville Tyler Willis of Southaven Emilee Byrd of Hernando Hannah Fox of Walls Reginald Huggins of Southaven Tiara Jones of Helena, Ark. Megan Parker of Olive Branch Johnathan Rogers of Southaven Teresa Wilbourn of Sardis Terrell Wooten of Senatobia

Dear Ranger Rocket, Dear Ranger Rocket, I am new to Northwest and having a lot of trouble adjusting to things. I keep forgetting where my classes are and constantly having to ask for directions. What should I do?

Dear Student, A lot of new students deal with this problem, so don’t stress over it. First of all, be sure to write down not only the times of the class, but the buildings they are held in. Also, campus maps can be found

around most of the campus offices. Using the map, will help cut down on a lot of the confusion. Hope this helps. Sincerely, Ranger Rocket



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Former Ranger, NFL prospect By De’Issac House

Texas senior left tackle and former NJCAA First Team All-American, Donald Hawkins, accepted an invitation to play in the Inaugural Medal of Honor Bowl on Jan. 11. Hawkins is a former football player for Northwest. He majored in health, physical education and recreation at Northwest and graduated in December of 2013 with a degree in applied learning and development/youth and community studies. Hawkins suited up for the National squad and played under Chan Gailey, he wore No. 61. During his two seasons at Texas, Hawkins played in 25 games, including 24 starts all at left tackle. After he transferred from Northwest, he earned first team All-Big 12 honors, as well second team accolades. Hawkins helped the offense rank 36th nationally in rushing in 2013. He helped the Longhorns set a school record with 715 total

yards, including 359 on the ground and 356 in the air, against New Mexico State. The Horns did not allow a sack and averaged 8.5 yards per rush versus the Aggie defense. He aided the offense in posting 452 total yards, including 227 on the ground, vs. Kansas State. The amount of total yards were most in 14 all-time meeting with the Wildcats. He received the Bevo Beast award (most productive o-lineman) from the coaching staff after the game. He helped the offense post 445 total yards, including 255 rushing, and not allow a sack against Oklahoma. It was the fourth-best total offense output against the Sooners on series record and came against a defense ranked ninth in the FBS, allowing just 281.6 yards per game. He aided the offense in posting 415 yards of offense, including 187 on the ground, versus

TCU which came into the game ranked 19th nationally in total defense and rated first in the Big 12 in rushing defense. He helped the offense gain 418 total yards, including 221 on the ground, against Kansas. He helped the offense post 435 total yards and surrender just one sack in 49 pass attempts versus West Virginia. Hawkins started all 19 games at Northwest during the 201011 seasons and helped the Rangers to a 15-4 record and 10-2 record in north division play. He was named first team all-state, Region 23 Lineman of the Year and a first team AllAmerican as a sophomore. An NFL prospect, Hawkins is projected as a 7th round selection by several mock drafts. His stock may rise after his play in the Medal of Honor Bowl and the East-West Shrine game.

Young golf team strives for stellar season By Lauren Benton

Assistant Golf Coach, Guy Purdy, shared some of his insight on his vision for this year’s season. Last season the Ranger golf team finished third in state. There are six freshmen and one sophomore on this season’s team. Martin Powell, a sophomore from Lepanto, Ark., is the leader of this team, Purdy said. He is looking for freshmen Alan Larson, Stuart Cochran and Hayes Carr to step up this season and improve for the team.

“It is looking like a competitive season. On paper we are looking pretty good, but you don’t get points for looking good on paper. You get points on the green,” Purdy said. There will be several challenging opponents. Teams like Gulf Coast and Co-Lin are usually at the top and tough to beat. East Mississippi should have a pretty good team this year too, Purdy said. Purdy has been the assistant coach at Northwest for seven

years. While he has been coaching at Northwest, they have been in the top three or four the last four or five seasons. “We have just not had that fifth player to get us over the hump, and I think this year we may very well have that fifth player we have really been needing,” Purdy said. The Ranger Golf team will begin their season with the Gulf Coast Invitational. This will take place Feb. 9-10 in Gulfport.

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Rangers muzzle Bulldogs, 85-79 Staff Report

In a well-played basketball game from both sides on Monday night at Howard Coliseum, Northwest used four starters in double figures and held off a late Holmes rally to defeat the Bulldogs 85-79. Northwest improved to 8-7 overall and 4-2 in the north division, holding on to a slight lead for second place over East Mississippi. Holmes fell to 10-6 overall and 2-3 in the north. In a game that featured 10 ties and six lead changes, Holmes led by as many as five at the 12:15-mark of the first and the Rangers held an 8-point lead at the 2:08-mark of the second. Northwest held a slight advantage the opening five minutes of the game until Holmes tied the game at 17-all

and took its first lead seconds later as part of an 11-2 run. The Rangers led 44-40 at the half after shooting 50 percent against 48 for the Bulldogs. After Holmes tied it at 48-all early in the second half, a barrage of 3-pointers from Tristan Moore and Rashon Coleman pushed the Ranger lead to 54-48 with 14:48 to play. Holmes went on a 9-2 run over the ensuing 2:23 to take its lone lead of the second half, 57-56, and pulled ahead thanks to four consecutive free throws from Tamarico Wilson. Moore was whistled for a blocking foul when he was clearly set for several seconds, and Northwest Head Coach, Bubba Skelton, was hit with a technical foul

which led to the extra two shots. Tied again at 68-all, Northwest pulled ahead for good at the 6:41mark. Moore hit a layup and ensuing free throw on a foul and the Rangers would go on to hit 10 of their final 12 free shots to seal the win. Moore tied a careerhigh with 26 points on 8 of 13 shooting, followed by Sharwyn McGee with 17 points and 10 rebounds, De’Sean Dockery with 14 and Rashon Coleman with 10 points and five assists. Holmes was paced by Wilson with 17 points and Jarvis Williams and Marcus Washington with 11 apiece. Northwest will return to action on Thursday, Jan. 30 when they play host to Coahoma (5-11, 3-3 north).

It’s time to make some racket By Rudy Armstrong

Sports Editor Rudy Armstrong stopped Head Coach Troy Howell to ask him questions about the Ranger tennis team. Q: Has tennis season started? A: The season starts Feb. 21, but we start practicing Feb. 1. Q: How long has it been since tennis arrived on campus? A: It’s been a year since tennis came back to this campus, and I have been the coach ever

since. Q: Do you have any team goals? We want to win the state tournament and advance to nationals. Q: What does the team look like? A: We are looking pretty good. We have some returning sophomores, and we have some great freshman recruits that have experience at state. Q: What is the team looking forward to this season? A: We are looking for-

ward to going to the Gulf Coast for the state tournament this season. Q: Is there any particular team that you have to beat? A: ICC’s men have a powerhouse team and Meridian’s women have a good team. Q: What’s your favorite thing about coaching tennis? A: There is really no type of pressure, and I have a great group of kids that work hard.


D2 • January 30, 2014

Intramurals with Devin Mahony

Senatobia, Miss.

Player spotlight: Reno

Shooting guard Dajon Reno, a sophomore general college major from Tupelo, is a key player for the Ranger basketball team. (Photo by Rudy Armstrong) By Rudy Armstrong

Devin Mahony, intramurals and recreational sports manager, is hosting a 5-on-5 basketball tournament and dodgeball tournament. (Photo by Rudy Armstrong) By Rudy Armstrong

Intramurals have been going on since school started in August. Intramurals are for people who don’t play intercollegiate sports but want to stay active. Coach Devin Mahony has been the intramurals and recre-

ational sports manager for three years. He was offered the job by the athletic director, and he took it. He likes just about anything that deals with sports, and he enjoys playing them. The 5-on-5 basketball games start on

Jan. 27; you can only have eight players on your roster. Dodgeball sign up is Feb. 24-28, and it begins on March 3. The champions of each intramural sport receives a T-shirt.

Player spotlight: Sutton

Sports Section Editor Rudy Armstrong sat down and talked to shooting guard Dajon Reno about his basketball career. Reno is a general college major from Tupelo. Reno attended Tupelo High School where he graduated and played basketball. Q: What colleges offered you a scholarship while you were in high school? A: South Alabama and most junior colleges gave me offers. Ole Miss and Mississippi State were looking at me. Q: What made you choose to play basketball at Northwest? A: My ACT score came in very late, so I went to

play at Northwest. Q: Do you have any personal goals for this season? A: I want to average 17 points and 5 assists a game or anything that helps my team win. Q: Have you accomplished these goals or come close to accomplishing them? A: Yes, I feel like I’m getting closer. Q: Do you plan to transfer and play for a fouryear school this fall? A: I plan on attending Ole Miss or Mississippi State. Q: What do you cherish the most about your team this year? A: We work as a unit and play together; we have great chemistry.

Q: What do you think about the freshmen players? A: I love all of them, because they bring excitement. Q: What do you think about the sophomore players? A: We are like brothers because there is only three of us. We are very hard on each other, and we have been together for a while. Q: What is your mindset before each game? A: I try to clear my mind and stay stress free about the game. Q: During pregame how do you get prepare for the game? A: I break a sweat, so it won’t be a shock to me.

Compare for yourself.

Foward Carshava Sutton, a sophmore secondary education major from Charleston, is a key player. (Photo by Rudy Armstrong)

By Rudy Armstrong

Starting forward for the Lady Rangers basketball team, Carshava Sutton, took time to sit with The Ranger Rocket and answer questions. Carshava is a sophomore in secondary education. She is from Charleston. Q: What colleges offered you a scholarship while you were in high school? A: I wasn’t planning on playing basketball in college but I tried out for Rust College and Northwest. Q: Why did you choose to play basketball at Northwest? A: I didn’t like Rust that much, so I gave Northwest a shot. Q: Do you have any personal goals for this

season? A: To win the national championship. Q: Have you accomplished these goals or come close to them? A: Not yet, but we are still working on them. We want to be number one in our district. Q: Do you plan to transfer and play for a fouryear school this fall? A: If I receive any offers I will, but I’m planning on attending Mississippi State. Q: What do you cherish the most about your team this year? A: Our effort and hard work. Q: What do you think about the freshmen players? A: We have a lot of good

freshmen players that work hard, hustle and show good effort. Q: What do you think about the returning players? A: We are more experienced. Q: What is your mindset before each game? A: To play hard all 40 minutes. One thing our coach stresses is running. Q: During pregame how do you prepare for the game? A: I joke around with my teammates and listen to music to get hyped. Basketball is a team effort on the court and with the bench players.

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Ole Miss* • Tuition/Fees: $6,660 • Capital fee: $100 • Books: $1,200 • Housing/Food: $9,566 • Personal/Travel: $4,918 • Total: $22,444

Southern Miss* • Tuition: $6,744 • Books: $1,400 • Fees: $230 • Personal: $3,314 • Room & Board: $7,206 • Transportation: $1,000 • Total: $19,894

Mississippi State* • Tuition: $6,772 • Books: $1,200 • Personal & Transportation: $5,051 • Meals: $3,550 • Room: $5,097 • Total: $21,670

Jackson State* • Tuition/Fees: $6,348 • Books: $1,400 • Personal: $3,032 • Room & Board: $8,121 • Transportation: $1,875 • Total: $20,776

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B2 • January 30, 2014


Senatobia, Miss.

Students find solace in playing chess at the library. (Photo by Gabrielle Williams)

Students are enjoying the computer lab in the new Tate Hall Building. (Photo by Rhyneal Armstrong)

High school athletes tour the Northwest campus on Jan. 27. (Photo by Terrell Wooten)

Nursing students practice giving an IV in class on Jan. 27. (Photo by Terrell Wooten)

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