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VOL. 80 • No. 3


Thursday, November 15, 2012

Queens crowned at homecoming By Deantae Smith

One of the biggest events in the fall semester is Northwest Homecoming. This year’s theme was Ranger Nation. Homecoming was held Saturday Oct.27 at 2 p.m. During homecoming week, there were several events going on. On Thursday Oct. 25, there was a Ranger ROC Jam dance. It was held to get the student body pumped for Saturday. There was a homecoming lunch held Oct. 26 at the Desoto Center. On Oct. 27 there was a homecoming picnic held from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. During the picnic, Jamie Miller Thompson was presented as the Alumna of the Year. The Rangers took on Jones county and came out on top 40-31. During halftime, all of the maids were introduced. Each campus had their own individual maids and queen. The queens from each campus were crowned by Northwest President Dr. Gary L. Spears. The Oxford campus included two freshmen and two sophomore maids. The freshman maids were Marquita Ellis, an elementary education major, and Magan Hubbard, a health care assistant major, both from Batesville. One sophomore maid was Kathren Bankston, a practical nursing major from

President Dr. Gary L. Spears crowned the queens from each campus. The queens were (l-r) Jessica Zampella from the Oxford campus, Catherine Taylor from the Senatobia campus and Lauren Woods from the DeSoto campus. (Photo by De’Issac House)

Charleston. Last was the Queen, Jessica Zampella, a sophomore surgical technology major from Water Valley. “I was very shocked,” Zampella said, “It still hasn’t soaked in yet.” The Desoto campus included only one freshman maid and two sophomore maids. Courtney Gibson, a respiratory therapy major from Holly Springs, was the lone freshman maid for the

Desoto campus. One of the two sophomore maids was Heather Grist, a respiratory therapy major from Lake Cormorant. Lauren Woods, a sophomore biology major from Lewisberg, was named queen of the DeSoto campus. The last campus was Senatobia. The court also had two freshmen and sophomore maids. One of the freshmen

maids was Kendal Atkinson, an education major from Senatobia. The other maid was Elainna Ferrell, a biology major from Hernando. One of the sophomore maids was Victoria Grant, a pre-physical therapy major from Grenada. The last maid of the day was Queen Catherine Taylor, an exercise science major from Southaven.

“I was more nervous the night before homecoming than the day of homecoming,” Taylor said. The election process took three weeks to complete, and the maids were nominated by clubs and organizations around the campus. There was also a three-day voting period, where there were many technical problems. “I’m not sure what

happened with the voting,” Liesl Davenport, intramural sports coordinator and cheer sponsor, said. “Several nominees made me aware of the technical problem.” Vice President of Student Affairs Dan Smith sent an email to the student body stating that due to errors with the electronic balloting, voting was extended until the following Monday.

Two scholarships awarded at Go West By De’Issac House

Giving high school seniors a chance to view what they want to major in may help them succeed in college. “Go West” is a perfect opportunity for that. High school seniors from north Mississippi traveled to Northwest on Nov. 1 and 2 for this event. Each year Northwest gives away two scholarships to students selected from a raffle. They select one boy and one girl from the crowd. They are awarded half-tu-

Antonio Love (left), a senior from Potts Camp, received a half-tuition scholarship during Go West, presented to him by Jere Herrington (right), director of recruiting. (Staff Photo)

Tranisha Malone (left), a senior from Byhalia, received a half-tuition scholarship durinig Go West, presented to her by Jere Herrington (right), director of recruiting. (Staff Photo)

ition scholarshis to help pay for school. The first

Camp High School. The second day winner

day winner was Antonio Love, a senior from Potts

was Tranisha Malone, a senoir from Byhalia High

School. High school students are introduced to different professors, and they learn about their presumed major. After that each major has their own personal time with two professors that are involved in teaching this major. Then they toured the campus and they went to the building the major is in. After they finished with that, they joined back up with their peers, and they had lunch. They were served in Continued on pg.C1

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The use of social media on campus By Shelby Louwerens

As college students, we have all discovered that social media plays an important role in college life today. From Blackboard assignments, to free time on Twitter, Facebook and Tumblr, we are a media-ridden generation. However, is this good or bad? I think that in moderation, it is a good thing. It provides a new outlet for students to interact with each other, as well as faculty and staff members. Social media keeps everyone connected, which is especially helpful when those difficult assignments pop up. This new social media invasion could

be used to get students involved and interested in their schoolwork. Carroll Huebner, journalism instructor, assigned the News Writing

assignment. #ilovecollege.” The 2012-2013 yearbook is also centered around social media, saying that “We

Yes, social media keeps everyone connected. But what are they connected with? Twitter connects students with quick access

I believe that excessive use of social media could cause a lack of attention to the actual issues, and instead focus solely on what was

and Reporting I class a Twitter scavenger hunt to work on using social media for journalism. This had a very positive impact on the students, as one student tweeted, “So, I get to use twitter for my #JOU1313

are all connected,” featuring tweets and facebook comments about Northwest. Social media can be a positive experience when used the correct way. However, it is not always a good thing.

to 140 characters of information at a time. This leads students to want immediate, quick information that is easy to digest. But how often can a person tell an entire story in 140 characters?

said on Twitter or Facebook. In addition to only getting a piece of the information, students also run the risk of running with this news and making harsh judgments based upon it. This is where cyber-




Dear Ranger, Thanksgiving break is coming up quickly. I am excited to be coming home for a week, but I am also a little nervous about leaving my belongings in a dorm room over the break. What should I do?

campus during the Thanksgiving holidays. Not only will the campus be closed to everyone, but the campus police will be patrolling the campus at all times. Therefore everyone’s personal belongings will be perfectly secure.

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bullying begins. People can think about what is being said behind a computer screen without seeing immediate repercussions. However, most would not dare to say out loud what they are willing to post online. This can cause harm that could be otherwise avoided. Anything can be harmful in excess. This can also be said with social media. For students, be aware of the time spent on the internet, and weigh the benefits with the risks. Be connected, but do not become addicted.

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“How many hours a day do you spend on social media, and what would you do without it?”

“A few hours. I’d probably revert back mostly to using my phone and visiting.”

“Probably less than an hour. Without it, I’d be okay; it might be more difficult to keep up with far off friends.”

“At least 4 hours a day. I’d go crazy without it..”

“An hour or two. I’d miss a lot that goes on, and lose touch with a lot of people I’m not in contact with otherwise.”

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Ole Miss holds Pre-Advising Day

Senatobia, Miss.

By Terrell Wooten

The Ole Miss PreTransfer Day took place on Oct. 18 in the Haraway Center. At the meeting, it was explained that students are not only given the chance to excel at Ole Miss and finish what was started at Northwest, but they also have the choice of switching to something very similar as their previous major, or change their focus to something totally different. “Every year we assist students on the Southaven and Oxford campuses. Our program is basically like a one stop shop,” Daniel Christian, regional admissions counselor of the Ole

Miss DeSoto Center, said. Students may be accepted for transfer from other regionally accredited colleges and universities if a minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA has been maintained on all course work attempted with the exception of vocational/technical or other courses not accepted for transfer. “The program was very informative, and it is going to help me in the long run,” Paula Gallagher, a sophomore, accountancy major from Olive Branch, said. Every attempt on a repeated course is counted. Applicants must list all colleges

attended on the application for admission. A student who does not meet the 2.00 transfer GPA requirement and has been out of school for at least 12 months may be considered for admission on probation. The student must submit a letter of petition with the application and be approved by the academic dean of the college or school that the student wishes to enter. Students who have been out of school for at least 36 months can also be admitted without petition as Undergraduate Special Students.

Lauren Calvert, a freshman education major from Ole Miss (left), reads along with Lauren Gibson, a freshman pre-medicine major from Longtown, (right) at BSU.

Students speak with Ole Miss faculty during the Ole Miss Pre-Transfer Day. (Photo by Terrell Wooten)

BSU Holds Halloween Party By Shannon Thweatt

The Baptist Student Union Halloween Party was Oct. 30 in the BSU building. The theme was 60s. The students dressed up in the 60s style to try to win t-shirts. The first prize winner was Eli Hickerson, a sophomore journalism major from Lake Cormorant. The second place winner was Kristen Cosby, a sophomore physical therapy major from Batesville, and the third place winner was Rachel Perkins, a freshman nursing major from Batesville. The BSU had a guest

speaker, Brett Frasier. He went to BSU at Hinds Community College. His message was about doubts, miracles, letting God use students in college, storms and surrendering to God. The main miracle Frasier talked about was Jesus walking on water. Frasier interacted with the crowd and askedquestions, before asking for student testimonies. Bobby Bryson, a sophomore computer information system major from Holly Springs, was the only one to give a testimony. The theme song for the night was

“Mighty To Save”. The First Baptist Church of Batesville brought the dinner for the service. They served spaghetti, chicken spaghetti, salad, cake and drinks. The BSU is collecting toys and putting them in boxes to give to Hope Ministries. The boxes will then be given to the less fortunate people all over the community. They have a box in the BSU lobby for any donations to Hope Ministries until Christmas break.



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Kelsey Wells, 2011 graduate of Southwest Mississippi Community College “The small community feel of Carey was a definite attraction, as was the Christian environment and the kindness of the people. Another big attraction was the generous scholarships I received as a transfer

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“Slasher” performed at Northwest By Shelby Louwerens

The Northwest Theatre Department performed their fall show, “Slasher” on Oct. 25-28, with a special performance for the band and theatre majors on Oct. 24. “Slasher,” a dark comedy, featured Sheena, a small town girl who was noticed by a horror film director while working in a bar, who casts her on the spot. Frances, Sheena’s ultra-feminist mother, disagrees with the making of the film, and Sheena’s life at home and on set gradually come together until she can’t decide what is real and what is not anymore. The cast for the show includes Cameron Jones, Milly Rone (left), a freshman theatre major from Water Valley, holds a washcloth full a freshman theatre ma- of chloroform over the face of Abi Wiggins (right), a sophomore theatre major from jor from Nesbit as “Marc Senatobia, during their performance in “Slasher.” (Photo by Shelby Louwerens) Hunter”; Rhett Gamlin, major from Southaven, Valley, as “Frances”; Katie Dunaway, a sophoa sophomore theatre as “Christi Garcia”; Milly Leah Dill, a freshman more general college major from Olive Branch, Rone, a freshman thetheatre major from Olive major from Southaven, as “Jody”; Abi Wiggins, atre major from Water Branch, as “Hildy”; and as “Sheena.” a sophomore theatre

The special performance on Oct. 24 was the largest crowd, said Jones. “The show went well. The first performance was the biggest crowd,” Jones said. “I enjoyed doing it. It definitely pushed the envelope compared to the shows we have done in the past.” The show was directed towards a younger audience, who were vocal in their approval of the show. “The younger audience seemed to enjoy the show more,” Joel King, technical director, said. “Nobody seemed to dislike the show. The younger audience was just more vocal.” “Slasher,” a contemporary show, pushed the envelope for the productions done previously at Northwest. Samantha King, guest director, said that she chose a

contemporary show for a reason. “We wanted to do a contemporary show to give students a taste of them. We do a lot of classics at Northwest, and we love them. Out in the real world, a lot of the productions are more contemporary,” King said. Overall, the show was labeled a success, and all proceeds from ticket sales went to funding to for select theatre majors to attend the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival on Feb. 5-9. Northwest is already preparing for their next show, “Romeo and Juliet,” to be performed on Feb. 28-Mar. 3. Auditions for this show were Oct. 30 at 5 p.m. in the fine arts auditorium. All auditioning were asked to perform a one-minute Shakespearean monologue.

Literary magazine created Instructor holds recital By De’Issac House

English instructor Dr. Phillip Underwood is bringing back a literary magazine after it was discontinued years ago. The new literary magazine, Manifest Review, is for not only students, but also professional writers. In order to get the magazine together, calls for submission are being sent out to different schools across the country. “I am acting as editor and sorting through all of the e-mails that are being sent in,” Underwood said.

Any genre can be submitted, but poetry, fiction, non-fiction and artwork are the most common submissions. The magazine was shut down for various reasons. One of the reasons was because it was being printed everyday and it was very expensive. Although there have been problems with the publication in the past, Underwood feels qualified to bring the magazine back to life. “I feel very qualified for the job because I have a Ph.D. in creative

writing,” Underwood said. The magazine is currently online, with hopes of being printed in early February. “The school is trying to become greener,” Underwood said. The magazine is online now. The web address where it can be found is For right now the website has weekly submissions of various genres.

Ken Ortlepp performs on his french horn at his recital which was held on Oct. 16. (Photo by De’Issac House)

“Go West”Continued from pg. 1 the Haraway building. The English and Communications majors were a small group that participated in “Go West.” English and Communications majors translate to being Journalism and Broadcasting majors. These students will hopefully be a part of the Ranger Rocket one day. “I really would like to do some kind of broadcasting one day,” Davion Johnson, senior from Byhalia High School said. He said that he wanted to broadcast for sports one day after he retires from football. “Not only sports, but media in general is important to the world,” English Instructor, Phillip Underwood said. He talked to the students and let them know what they

could do with a degree in communications. He also said that no matter what they would always have a job because the field is so large. “The important thing is that the world gets the news,” Patrick Stedson, a senior from Byhalia said. He said that he plans to attend The University of Southern Mississippi one day. Stedson wants to get his master’s degree and someday change the media world. “News is important to the world, no matter how big or small it is,” Will Dawkins, English instructor said. He told the two students that even if they decided to play sports, that their education should come first. He said anything could go

wrong or they could get sick and not be able to play again. “Go West” is very informative and helps a lot of students. The professors all hope that they had a positive influence of the students. They also hope they have encouraged them that no matter where they go in life, that their education comes first.

By De’Issac House

Music is an art that can be expressed by the heart and soul. Ken Ortlepp, instructor, showed just that at his recital on Oct.16. Ortlepp had fun playing in the Fine Arts Auditorium, filled with his students, as well as fine arts students and band members. “I had fun tonight and felt good about the way I played,” Ortlepp said. His instrument of choice was the French horn, which he has

played most of his life. He played “Valse Triste” by Reinhold Gliere, “Concerto No. 3” by Mozart and “Concerto No. 1” by Richard Strauss. Pianist Dr. Saundra Bishop accompanied him. The first piece was five minutes, and the second piece was eight minutes and had three movements. These movements were an allegro, larghetto and another allegro. His final piece was eleven minutes and it

also had three movements. The music was upbeat and had soothing elements. “I really enjoyed coming and hearing Mr. Ortlepp play,” Zandreyia Williams, a sophomore general college major from Batesville, said. Even if everyone did not know what they were listening for, the programs came with notes so everyone could follow along.

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Art Matters with Delayva Robinson

Elizabeth Buster, a graphic design and Illustration major at Northwest, holds her artwork. (Photo by Delayva Robinson)

Elizabeth Buster, a graphic design major, is a member of the GSA club and anime club on the Senatobia campus. She grew up in Blue Springs, where she first became interested in art in the sixth grade. “I started because of my parent’s divorce and to keep from being depressed. It elevated from there. It was the best way to express myself,” Buster said. Buster attended the Mississippi School of Mathematics and Science in Columbus her junior and senior years of high school. There she took art classes such as drawing and sculpture that further honed her skills as an artist. From there, Buster won several awards including Excellence in Drawing, and the Renaissance Award for drawing, painting and sculpture. The one thing she loves most about art is the variety. Buster enjoys working in mediums

such as pen and pencil and drawing such things a cartoons and working in realism. “You could do the same picture and draw it, shade it and it would still look beautiful,” Buster said. Her favorite artist is Patrick Spaziante, the artist behind the cover works such as Sonic the Hedgehog and Mega Man, works that Buster greatly admires. Buster has great interest in studying in different countries such as Russia, Japan and Australia. “I would love to study abroad. The different cultural arts, not just what you see in books, but up close and personal,” Buster said. Buster very much enjoys the art department. She finds it very interesting and challenging. “They push you to use your creative mind wisely,” Buster said. “As Mr. House says, ‘You’ve got to enter the back door of your mind.’”

When viewing works from various artists, Buster feels motivated and determined to do better. Seeing the artists’ works makes her evaluate herself as an artist. She feels that one can never feel 100 percent satisfied with their work; there will always be something to improve on. “You can do better; you just have to push yourself. I tell myself that I can do better,” Buster said. After graduating from Northwest, Buster plans to attend Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, and then graduate from Mississippi State. Attending an out of state college gives Buster a chance to get out of the state as well as giving her a chance to attend a renowned art college. Buster has plans to be a children’s book illustrator or become a freelance designer.

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Music Matters with Delayva Robinson Todd Logan Baker, a sophomore general education major from Searcy, Ark., is the guitarist for the rock band Parachutes for Dinosaurs. Around the age of eight, Baker started taking piano lessons. When he first became interested in rock and roll he wanted to be a drummer. He played the drums even after moving from Arkansas but was unable to upon moving to Hernando. “Guitar was my least favorite instrument. I begrudgingly picked up the guitar upon moving and ended up falling in love with it,” Baker said. “I only feel comfortable behind a guitar, but piano is a close second. I play drums a lot in

the studio, but I’m no Neil Peart. I also have a ukulele.” Artists and bands from all over the rock and roll genre have had a great deal of influence in his love for music. Jim Morrison, singer for the band The Doors, inspired Baker to sing, while Led Zeppelin inspired him to play rock and roll. Jimmy Page, legendary English guitarist, and John Frusciante, guitarist for the band Red Hot Chilli Pepper, got him interested in playing guitar, but he thanks his brother for his love in music. “My brother inspired me to play music at a very young age though. I can’t thank him enough for that,” Baker said. The band played its first show on July 31,

2009 at The Carmichael Amphitheatre in Searcy, AR. Since then they’ve played at venues such as The Southaven Cinema and The New Daisy Theatre. Over recent years there have been changes in the bands line up, the current members being Todd Baker, Stephen Baker and Steven Jeter. They are currently working on a new album and can be reached on their Facebook page under Parachutes for Dinosaurs. They are very excited about the new album. “Stephen and I are writing the music, but Jeter brings a lot to the table on the drums,” Baker said.

Hamm honored

Seanna R. Hamm (center), received the Mississippi Funeral Directors Association’s Gale M. Galloway Memorial Award for being selected as Student of the Year for the Funeral Service Technology Program. Angela Hitchcock (left), and Larry Anderson (right), presented the award. (Submitted Photo)

College Spotlight: Ole Miss By Mike Haskins

The University of Mississippi, more affectionately known as “Ole Miss,” is located in Oxford. Ole Miss, established in 1848, is a liberal arts institution offering degree programs in the College of Liberal Arts, School of Accountancy, School of Applied Sciences, School of Business Administration, School of Education, School of Engineering, School of Journalism and New Media, School of Law, and the School of Pharmacy. With the small enrollment, Ole Miss boasts a 19:1 studentfaculty ratio, meaning professors are able to take a personal interest in their students, and are often available for questions and advising. In addition, classes on the junior and senior level generally consist of 2030 students, providing a more personal experience. For students who are unable to attend the

Oxford campus, Ole Miss also operates satellite campuses at the DeSoto Center in Southaven, the Advanced Education Center in Tupelo, the Grenada Regional Center, and The University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson. The costs of a higher education are expensive, and Ole Miss understands this well. As a result, nearly 75% of students receive some form of financial aid, and for transfer students, several different scholarships are available; The Lyceum Scholarship, the Community College Leadership Scholarship, the Phi Theta Kappa Scholarships, and the Luckyday University Scholarships are available to community college transfer students. Departmental scholarships are available in varying amounts through the University Bands , Athletics, Music/ Theater/Art programs, and Air Force/Army/Navy

ROTC programs. Ole Miss offers students many activities outside of class in and around campus. Ole Miss features Southeastern Conference athletics, and over 250 organizations on campus, including intramural sports, outdoor-adventuring clubs and community-service organizations. The city of Oxford combines the safety and charm of a small town with big-city attitude and excitement, and has something for just about any taste. Many independentlyowned restaurants, music clubs, performing arts venues, bookstores, and clothing shops help make Oxford distinctive. For more information on Ole Miss, contact Jason McCormick, Transfer Admissions Counselor, by phone at 662-915-1724 or by email at jmccormi@, or visit the official Ole Miss website at


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Soccer season cut short By De’Issac House

The end of the road has come for both Northwest’s soccer teams. Both teams are disappointed at the season’s end because neither made the playoffs. The Rangers ended their journey with a 5-71 overall record and a north division record of 1-6-1. They felt as if the season could have gone a lot better, but they gave their best effort. The men’s first win for them came on the road against CopiahLincoln, which was a blowout resulting in a 6-0 win. With back-to-back road games they came out on the losing end facing Hinds. They dropped the ball losing 3-1. They had back-to-back home games that resulted in wins against Southwest Mississippi and Meridian. Both games were shut outs. The first game was 3-0 and the other

Jessica Rushing, a freshman from Hernado, protects the ball from a defender as the they win agaisnt East Central 3-2. The game was held on Oct. 16. (Photo by Brian Lentz)

2-0. Traveling to Holmes resulted in a loss on Sept. 14 with a score of 3-2. They were hoping that traveling back home would get their confidence back up. The efforts by both Itawamba and the Rangers resulted in a tie of 1-1 in double overtime. At the halfway point of the season the Rangers were 3-2-1 and look-

ing good going into the second half of the season. They traveled to East Central, and they lost 1-0. The next game pitted them against the team that gave them their first victory. They came out on top in a blowout victory against Copiah-Lincoln. The final score was 8-1. Things went down

hill from there as the Rangers lost three in a row. The loss came against Hinds (3-2, double overtime), Meridian (1-0) and Holmes (2,0). Those losses put would keep them out of the playoffs. That streak came to an end against Itawamba, as they won 2-1 in their third overtime game of the season.

The last home game and the last game of the season was against East Central. The last game for the sophomores resulted in a painful 3-2 loss. The Lady Rangers fell to the same fate as their counter parts. They won at Copiah-Lincoln in blowout fashion 6-0. Next, they received their first loss against Hinds 4-1. Their first home game resulted in a 1-0 win over Southwest Mississippi. Their next home game was a disappointing 5-0 loss against Meridian. After that they were back on the road at Holmes, winning 2-0. Coming back home, they lost 3-2 to Itawamba. At the halfway point the Lady Rangers had been on a rocky road as they were sitting at .500 with a 3-3 record. The road would only get worse after that. The Lady Rangers got back on the road against

East Central, losing 1-0. They would come back home and get one of the last two wins they would get for the rest of the season. They faced Copiah-Lincoln once again in another blowout victory, 5-0. After that, the Lady Rangers lost four in a row. The loss came against Hinds (3-1), Meridian (2-0), Holmes (2-1) and Itawamba (2,0). Their last home game ended on a good note resulting in a 3-2 win over East Central. At the end of the season the Lady Rangers’ leading scorer was Allie Hodges with 9 points. The Rangers leading scorer was Gnande Zleh with 21 points. The Lady Rangers had a remarkable season on offense, with ten different players scoring at least one goal.

Player Spotlight: Carpenter By De’Issac House

Some teams have All-American players. Some have All-Academic athletes. Rarely does a team have both. The Rangers’ football team has their very own special studentathlete. Chase Carpenter, sophomore engineering major from Slayden, is in the spotlight in more ways than one. Carpenter led the team in scoring and is 35th in the nation. He went 8-13 in field goals and is third in country in field goals made. He is almost perfect from the 20-39 yard range. His longest field goal is from 37 and

he has had only one blocked. He is also second in the nation in punting, averaging 40.7 yards a punt. He has put 11 inside the 20 and has two punts for 50 or more yards. He boomed one for 60 yards and that is his longest of the year. “I feel like I have played pretty good,” Carpenter said. “I want to finish the rest of the year strong.” Carpenter was nominated for Capital One Academic All-District honors. “I work really hard and it’s nice to get rewarded for my grades.”

Chase Carpenter, a sophomore engineering major from Slayden, has recieved All-Academic honors and First Team All-Region honors.(Photo by De’Issac House)

Carpenter said. He was also named the MACJC Special Teams Player of the Week on Sept. 24. He was named the NJCAA Special Teams Player of the Week on

Sept. 26. He also has a chance to receive AllAmerican honors at the end of the season. “I think it would be awesome if I got AllAmerican at the end of the year,” Carpen-

ter said. “I will give my thanks to God no matter what happens.” He has helped the Rangers stay ranked in the nation. They made it to the playoffs, were knocked off by CopiahLincoln. The Rangers lead on him as he was a reliable kicker. The Rangers are facing some injuries that might or might not hurt them in the long run. With the expulsion of their change of pace back Teshadi Talton, the Rangers have to find other players to step in and fill the holes. “I don’t think those injuries will hurt us that bad,” Carpenter said.

“We have a lot of talent behind our starters.” The Rangers will look to gain a victory in The Brazos Valley Bowl which will be held, Dec. 1 at Kyle Field. The Stadium is located in College Station, Texas. This is the home of the Texas A&M Aggies. The Rangers will take on Kilgore College from Kilgore, Texas.

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Intramurals begin By De’Issac House

Students do not have and the quarters were the talent,” Smith said. to be an intercollegiate 10 minutes long. Some The two teams met athlete to take part in teams were underdogs, the last game of the sports on the Northwest and some were shoe ins regular season and the campus. Various intrato win it all. Trojans won. In the origimurals are offered to “I felt pretty good nal championship game, Northwest students, who about our chances,” the two teams met, but are looking for a way to Victor Lester, a physiNorthbest had to pull off become active on camcal therapy major from a two-game upset. pus. Jacksonville, Fla. said. “I Northbest kept their Every semester, the program offers around 10 sports, according to Liesl Davenport, intramural coordinator, including flag football, basketball, sand volleyball, wiffleball, ultimate frisbee, billiards, softball, tennis, table tennis, card games and disc golf. Disc golf is a newly offered intramural sport in which students can A reciever from the championship team of intramural move the goals to create football, makes an amazing catch. (Photo by De’Issac ever-changing courses House) on campus. Flag football still liked having the underhopes alive by winning in reigns as the most popu- dog role though.” blow out fashion, which lar sport. Games were Two teams dominatdeclared a second held weekly and the ed the playoffs and met championship game. regular season continin the championship The game was close ued until Oct. 8. game. The teams that and came down to the After that, the playmet were the undefeatwire. The Trojans were offs started, and the ed Trojans and Norththe team that came out best-of-the-best were best. on top. They earned reheaded for battle. Northbest had forspect and intramurals “Flag football was mer Northwest Ranger championship shirts. very competitive, alfootball player Deantae The MVP of the playthough it was just flag Smith, who shined in the offs was Lester. He had football,” Deantae Smith, moment of truth for his five interceptions in the a broadcast journalism team. The Trojans had a playoffs. major from Oxford, said. former Juco player from “It felt good to win, “It had contact football Dodge City Community but in the end it is just intensity.” College in Kansas. an intramural game,” The playoffs were “I felt we could make Lester said. double elimination. The it to the championship games had four quarters game because we had

Senatobia, Miss.

Football ends with a bang By De’Issac House

The Rangers came out for their homecoming game against Jones County with a lot of hype. When the game started Northwest came out strong and put a touchdown on a 89 yard punt return by freshman defensive back Lawon Debardelaben. Jones County came back with their own touchdown, taking the lead 7-6. The first Jones County score was not enough as they came back a scored again, taking their lead to two touchdowns. In the second quarter the game became a battlefield as both teams went on the attack. Northwest came cut into the lead as freshman receiver Jalen Gaston fought his way into the end zone to bring the Rangers within two. Gaston was hungry as he came back and scored again and gave the rangers a 20-14 lead. That did not stop Jones County as they punched it in from eight yards out on the ground with a run by Ducksworth. The Rangers starting driving down to put another in before the half, but sophomore Domonique Harris threw an interception. The game went into halftime

with Jones County leading it, 21-20. Coming out of the half, Jones County got their act together. They put up three with a 44 yard field goal. Following that, the Rangers put together a drive that took them from their own

having a promising drive, but it stalled out as they could not convert on a fourth down play. Jones County finally struck back with 17 yard rushing touchdown by Thurmon. This brought the lead to 31-27. With only 3:05 on

Freshman Jalen Gaston catches his first out of two touchdowns against Jones County for Homecoming (Photo by De’Issac House)

23 yard line to the end zone. Freshmen running back, Percy O’Bannon could not be stopped as he took it in from the one. This took the lead to 27- 20. Jones County fumbled on the following kick-off and Northwest recovered the ball. O’Bannon carried the team until Harris threw his second interception on the game. Jones County tried to score, but sophomore defensive back Al Hentz intercepted a pass. The Rangers were

the clock, the Rangers had to find a way to win. Harris started the drive at their own 10 yard line. Freshman Darrell Lovelady caught the most important pass of his career. This gave the Rangers a 34-31 lead. Jones County only got their opening play because sophomore Jerome McClain stripped the ball from the quarterback sophomore Randolph Williams scooped and scored The Rangers took a victory of homecoming, 40-31.

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Representing the DeSoto campus for Homecoming are (l-r) freshman maid Courtney Gibson, Queen Lauren Woods and sophmore Heather Grist. (Photo by De’Issac House)

Representing the Oxford campus for Homecoming are (l to r) sophomore maid Kathren Bankston, freshman maid Magan Hubbuard, Queen Jessica Zampella and freshman maid Marquita Ellis. (Photo by De’Issac House)

During halftime the Homecoming court was the center of attention and they were accompinied by Dr. Gary L. Spears. (Photo by De’Issac House)

Representing the Senatobia campus for Homecoming are (l to r) sophomore Victoria Grant, Queen Catherine Taylor, freshman maids Kendal Atkinson and Elainna Ferrell. (Photo by De’Issac House)



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