Ranger Rocket Senatobia, Miss.
VOL. 80 • No. 9
THE STUDENT NEWSPAPER OF NORTHWEST MISSISSIPPI COMMUNITY COLLEGE
Thursday,May 9, 2013
Sophomores prepare to graduate May 17 By Shelby Louwerens, De’Issac House & Mike Haskins
As the semester winds down and students begin taking their final exams, graduation becomes the focus across the Northwest campus. With “Crossing the Finish Line” again being proclaimed campuswide, over 700 students will graduate from Northwest on May 17 in Howard Coliseum. Three ceremonies will be held for graduates who choose to walk. At 8:30 a.m., students receiving an Associate of Applied Science degree will be recognized. Those who will be awarded a Career Certificate will be recognized at 11 a.m., followed by students receiving an
Associate of Arts degree at 2 p.m. A total of 1,027 students have applied for graduation; of those, 720 are walking, including 311 who will be awarded an Associate of Arts degree, 185 who will be awarded an Associate of Applied Science degree and 224 who will receive a Career Certificate. Though these numbers are high, they are slightly lower than the number of students who participated in last year’s graduation ceremonies. “Numbers are down a little bit from last year,” Kelly Stull, Registrar’s office clerk, said. “Last year’s graduation
number was 1,075. Of those,799 students walked.” Stull added that students could be added to the walking and graduation lists up to the day before graduation. In order for a student to “Cross the Finish Line” and graduate from Northwest with an associate degree, the qualifications consist of meeting the curriculum and number of credit hours in one or more majors listed in the Northwest Bulletin. Those who graduate are not required to walk in the graduation ceremony. Northwest’s “Crossing the Finish Line” campaign was put in
place to focus on the importance of graduation and completion of studies at a two-year college before continuing on to a four-year university or to the workforce. “It’s incredibly important for students to finish their degree and graduate,” Sarah Sapp, director of Communications, said. “To some four-year colleges, it shows them that you can finish what you’ve started. In addition, most four-year colleges are only going to give scholarships to true transfer students. When you simply leave Northwest and only take credits to another institution, there are very few scholarships
available.” Sapp also said that graduating with an associate degree would give students the assurance that their credits would transfer. “The only way Northwest can guarantee that all your classes will transfer is if you finish your associate degree,” Sapp continued. “We have an articulation agreement with all of the four-year institutions in the state that ensures that if you have an Associate of Arts from an accredited community college in Mississippi that all of your classes transfer. It’s ultimately up to the colleges to determine how they count,
but they will be on your records.” Sapp also said that graduating was equally important for CareerTech students. “Applying for a job with some college versus a degree is a huge difference. Students who graduate Northwest with their degree can make up to three times as much as someone who does not,” Sapp said. “It makes a huge difference on the application for employers for job placement.” For more information on graduation, contact the Registrar’s Office by phone at (662) 5623219/3220.
Nursing students give Nursing endowment established to Soles4Souls By Mike Haskins
By Mike Haskins
The Northwest Student Nurses Association participated in the Soles4Souls drive, collecting new and used shoes to be sent to the Soles4Souls organization. The drive produced over 775 pairs of shoes–25 pairs over the goal of 750. Soles4Souls is an international organization that collects old and new shoes and distributes them worldwide to give relief to victims of natural disasters and to those in poverty internationally and domestically. In the wake of Hurricane Katrina in 2005, over a million pairs of
shoes were sent to the Gulf Coast by Soles4Souls, as well as many other disasters since. “One of the main purposes of SNA at Northwest is to give back, and as nurses individually, our goal is to help people,” Brittany Miller, SNA activities chairman and sophomore nursing major from Hernando, said. “The shoe drive is something so easy to take part in, but the blessings it provides to others are incredible. The shoes can go to people that have never had a pair of shoes on all their life,” Miller continued. “It is a huge thing to be able to bless
someone with something we have but never use. We take so many things for granted, and the ability to have not only one pair of shoes but a closet full is one of them. This shoe drive really humbles me.” For more information on the Student Nurses Association, contact Monica Williams by phone at 562-3289 or by email at mwilliams@northwestms. edu. For more information on Soles4Souls, visit their website at www. soles4souls.org.
The Northwest Foundation announced the establishment of the Keith Wilson Endowment at the Shoot for the Heart awards banquet on April 18. Wilson is the founder of the annual “Shoot for the Heart” sporting clay tournament fundraiser which benefits St. Thomas Hospital in Nashville. He later added Northwest nursing students, who have been participating in the event for two years. The scholarship was established by the Northwest Nursing Division. “Shoot for the Heart became associated with the Division of Nursing three years ago when Keith Wilson decided to
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work with an organization on a local level and the Community Foundation of North Mississippi was contacted,” Dr. Ellen Williams, dean of Nursing, said. “At that time, it was suggested that Keith may like to partner with the Division of Nursing, so Keith and I talked it over and came to an agreement to try to work together,” Williams said. “We have had a great relationship. Our students and faculty members provide all the volunteers for the event, serving as trappers on the shooting clays course, serving food, assisting with registration and so on.” Williams said that the first two years of par-
ticipation provided the Division of Nursing with $70,000 and $6,000 in nursing scholarships to outstanding student volunteers at the event. Wilson was presented with a plaque in commemoration of the endowment at the banquet. For more information on Shoot for the Heart, visit their website at www.shootfortheheart. com. For more information about the Division of Nursing, contact Williams by phone at 662-5623453, or by email at ewilliams@northwestms. edu.
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The editors share their experiences at Northwest By Shelby Louwerens, De’Issac House & Mike Haskins
Over the last two years, the editors of The Ranger Rocket have experienced many things from the stress of a lastminute article, encroaching deadlines and having to deal with people who are not always the most forthcoming for interviews. However, these things pale in comparison to what we really learned from our time at Northwest. As all three of us—the managing editor, sports section editor and lifestyle section editor, leave for different universities, we decided
to share our experiences with everyone as we say our goodbyes. Everyone in the newsroom has learned one very critical rule—never leave your Facebook open in the newsroom. Many reporters have logged on to their accounts to find statuses and pictures of ponies, with a message from “the editor” on their profile. The same goes for Twitter, but as an unspoken rule, no one will mess with an email account. Though we do mess with Facebook and Twit-
ter profiles, we have a closeness with each other that can only come from many editor meetings and after class editing sessions. We have found each other’s mistakes, laughed with each other over interviews and trials and worked together under immense stress the week before every paper. Ranger on the Spot was where most of our time was spent together. We spent many hours laughing at the absurd faces that were made as we tried to gather people for an interview, or the ri-
diculous poses students made when we attempted to take pictures. It was always a laugh. The long hours we spent just thinking about what question to ask was so irritating, but we always got through it. We always enjoyed the people trying to pose while we were trying to take serious pictures. At the end of the day we have all enjoyed our time with each other, and it will be painful to leave true friends. Whether it was learning about turtles from Ike, watching Sports Information Director, Kevin
Maloney, jump around like an excited kid over cupcakes or arguing about college rivalries, it has been quite the experience. The best part of this two-year experience is this—regardless of background, religion, race, gender or anything else, we have become very close friends. We have all been through high school and rarely keep up with anyone we graduated with after at least four years together. But after two years, it will be incredibly hard to say goodbye to the peo-
ple who have become our friends, and to those who have spent so much time with us to help us prepare for the next step in our lives. Leaving will be a bittersweet moment for the three of us, but we hope to keep in touch with each other, learn from what we have accomplished at Northwest and to make the people who have invested in our lives and education very proud of us.
Talking fashion with Ike House importantly, be fully ers know that I would Ladies do not think you have avoided my dressed under your robe. recommend a bowtie. Do not give the usual wrath. I see a lot of Secondly, for the guys, you should wear excuse of, “I do not have ladies overdressed more a nice pair of slacks or khakis, no cargos or jeans guys. You have to be sharp. Next, should be the shoes. Even though everyone may not be able to see the pants or shirt, the shoes should stand out. A nice pair of polished and clean-cut pair of shoes brings out anything. Sports editor and fashion columnist, Ike House, shows Do not wear tank tops a sample of his fashion wear. (Photo by Shelby Louweor T-shirts on top berens) cause you can still see than underdressed. Let’s under the robe. Wear a tie.” There is a group clear up what is approa nice button down or of friends that you hang collared shirt, with a nice with everyday. Ask them. priate. First, why do you Trust me, they will loan it spic and span tie. My previous readto you. wear ponytails and
Fashion is everywhere, and with graduation around the corner, I thought that I would inform you of how to dress for the event. I know what you are thinking, how can there be fashion at graduation? There is not just a trend of fashion, but a specific and professional look for the event. Graduation is a time for remembrance and happiness, because you are moving on and moving closer to success. At graduation, there is an appropriate dress code. It is not written, but it is something that is known. First of all and most
weaves that do not look right? I think ladies should wear their natural hair, and if you can not do anything to your hair, you should just wear it down. Second, what’s up with all of the make-up and fake accessories? Just lay a simple foundation and a little blush is just fine. I do not know much about make-up, but I do know too much is too much. Next, why wear the fake eyelashes that make you look bad? Ladies, you should make yourself feel better, but those are just overboard. Abandon ship with those eyelashes, please. You should wear a
nice dress or pencil skirt under your robe and cross your legs. You want to appear put-together and professional at all times. Heels are the usual for graduation, but some flats are acceptable. Now for the shirt, you should wear a nice blouse that brings out your skin tone. A few accessories to match with your outfit should finish it off, but be sure to keep it simple and classy. This is the last impression graduates will make at Northwest, so leave a good one and dress the part.
“What would you like to see more of in the Ranger Rocket?” ”What would you like to see more of in the Ranger Rocket?”
By Shelby Louwerens, De’Issac House & Mike Haskins
“What are your plans for the summer?”
“I’m taking summer school.”
“I’m working with my dad and taking classes at the DeSoto Center.”
“I’m working and taking summer school.”
Chris Joiner Freshman • Pre-Engineering Batesville
Robert Kaufman Freshman • Pre-Engineering Horn Lake
Ijeland Newsom Freshman • General College Senatobia
“I’m going to relax. I’m going to the beach and laying in the sun.” Victoria Grant Sophomore • Pre-Physical Therapy Grenada
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NEWS Raffle held for SkillsUSA Clearance set for May 8-10 B1 • May 9, 2013
By Shelby Louwerens
The Welding and Cutting Department created and donated a bottle tree that was raffled off at the Northwest BBQ cook off on May 8. The raffle was created to help curb the cost of the SkillsUSA Nationals for Amanda Bies, who won first place at the state level for Nail Care. Raffle tickets were one for $1 or six for $5. SkillsUSA, a wellknown competition for career-technical majors, holds separate competitions for each category. In state level competition, Bies, a sophomore cosmetology major from Senatobia, had to do several things related to cosmetology, focusing on the nails. Bies said that for state, she had to put acrylic sculpted nails on one hand of her mannequin, on the other hand she had to do gel overlay, she had to do a pedicure and also had to show mastery of nail art. Nationals, Bies said, would be much like state, but more in-depth. SkillsUSA Nationals will be held June 2429 in Kansas City, Mo., where Bies will compete in Nail Care against winners from all 50 states. Students have to pay dues and registration fees to enter the competition. Regardless of
the cost, Bies is excited about her win at state and looks forward to the national level. “It’s exciting, really. I’m excited I won at state; I didn’t expect it,” Bies said. “I’m excited to see what people can do at Nationals.” Though she is excited now, she was not always so willing to participate in SkillsUSA. “Mrs. Newsom made me compete, and even signed me up,” Bies said. “But now I’m very glad I went.” Corine Newsom, cosmetology instructor, was just as excited to see Bies succeed at state. “Now I can push her to do even better,” Newsom said. “This is the opportunity of a lifetime.” Regina Luellen, also a cosmetology instructor, agreed. “We had a student compete in the culinary field in Nationals once, and Kraft hired her on the spot,” Luellen said. “There is definite potential to find a job while at Nationals.” While looking forward to Nationals, Bies is already thinking ahead. “If I win Nationals, I can compete in Internationals in Germany,” Bies said.
By Mike Haskins
Spring has finally arrived on the Northwest campus. Jackets and jeans have been put away, shorts and sandals have come back out and classes are wrapping up for the semester. For Northwest students, that also means that final exams are fast approaching. Before students take their finals, they must first go through a process called clearance. In the clearance process, students must settle any
debt they owe to the college for the semester and clear their account in preparation for the fall semester. Outstanding tickets issued by Campus Police, library fines and unreturned books and remaining debt on tuition and fees are just some of the items checked by the Business Office in clearance. In addition to fees, any unreturned collegeowned materials, such as athletic jerseys and band uniforms, must be
returned before a student can be cleared. “There are a few penalties if you don’t complete the process.” Gary Mosley, vice president for Fiscal Affairs, said. “Instructors will not allow students to take exams without a clearance slip from the Business Office.” Mosley also said that the Registrar’s Office will not send transcripts to other schools or employers until the balance is paid. Clearance begins
Wednesday, May 8, and ends Friday, May 10, on the second floor of the McCormick Administration Building. Hours for clearance are 8:3011:45 a.m. and 1-3:15 p.m. A valid Northwest student identification card or driver’s license must be presented before a clearance slip will be issued. Students may contact the Northwest Business Office for questions at (662) 562-3216.
Phi Theta Kappa holds car wash for LoveWorks25:40 By Shelby Louwerens
Phi Theta Kappa members held a car wash on April 30 in the John Deere Ag Tech parking lot to raise money for LoveWorks25:40, a homeless shelter centered in Hernando. The car wash was held from noon to 3 p.m., and raised $215. Phi Theta Kappa members charged $5 per car, and donations were also accepted. The Phi Theta Kappa officers and members
Phi Theta Kappa officer Summer Steakley rinses off a truck at the Phi Theta Kappa car wash on April 30. (Photo by Deantae Smith)
who volunteered were very happy with the car wash and the amount of money that was raised. “The car wash was amazing,” Cassie Marsh, a music education major from Olive Branch and Phi Theta Kappa president, said. “I consider it a huge success. I expected a good turnout, but it exceeded my expectations.” Other members agreed, saying that the car wash was fun, and a good way to raise
money. “It was really fun, and we made a lot more money than I thought we would,” Emily Hatcher, a sophomore elementary education major from Cleveland and Phi Theta Kappa officer, said. Phi Theta Kappa advisers were also supportive of the car wash, and two of the three advisers had their own cars washed. “I think it was very successful,” Carroll Huebner, journalism
instructor and Phi Theta Kappa adviser, said. “I was surprised to see how many cars showed up. I was also impressed with how many Phi Theta Kappa members showed up to help each other.” LoveWorks was appreciative of the donation and are planning to use the money to help fund a Vacation Bible School for inner city children this summer.
Leadership organization skills class established By Delayva Robinson
Northwest has expanded its curriculum by adding, Leadership Organization Skills. The administration has given the student body a voice. “The objective of the class is to develop emerging student leaders.” Director of Campus Life and Housing Aime Anderson said. “ As leaders are called to solve problems and
execute a plan, students are broken into groups to put forth a proposal that they believe would benefit the Northwest community.” Over the course of the semester, students are taught the history of Northwest, the uniqueness of community colleges and their mission in higher education and their communities, leadership theories and
personality styles. Depending on the idea, students can see their ideas in action within the following semester to a year later. Students are typically recommended by a faculty member, have at least a 2.0 grade point average, and have shown some inclination of holding a leadership position.
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ARTS & LIFE
Mike vs. Ike: the candy aisle Everyone knows Mike and Ike. The famous candies seem to pop up endlessly between grocery stores, gas stations and sometimes in between the seats of cars. However, many have noticed the scuffle going on between us, the candy creators Mike and Ike. Our names have been scratched off boxes from store to store, and we are here to set the record straight on why. Everyone knows that we, Mike and Ike, love sports, but we also love candy. So aside from our Mike and Ike sports article, we also make the world-renowned Mike
and Ike candy. In the last year, though, things have gotten dicey between the two of us. Customers may have even noticed one of our names crossed off our boxes. Many wild theories have been thrown about, but we wanted to set the record straight, once and for all. Mike’s side of the story goes like this. “Between the two of us, we have made a lot of profit over the years. However, because the partnership was Ike’s idea, he got more money. Now, I wanted my due; my name is first, and Mike and Ike does not exist without it. I
wanted more money. Ike said he understood, but it was still his idea and refused. One day, in the midst of a heated argument, I took a Sharpie, went down to the box-printing area, and started scratching his name off every box. He didn’t notice for a little while, but soon enough, he found out. He took up his own Sharpie and began scratching my name off the box. Eventually, customers began noticing this, and pointing it out to their friends. Even Shelby, our editor, saw it one day on her way through WalMart. Oddly enough, due to the fighting, people noticed more, and began
buying more of our candy to show off.” “Eventually, we realized that the fighting was pointless, and that we were acting like a box of Zours. I apologized to Ike for scratching his name off the boxes, and he apologized to me for scratching my name off as well.” Ike’s side of the story is not quite the same. “If Mike told you anything about me, he is pulling your leg. This is how it really went down. We were becoming very profitable and we sat down one day for lunch and talked about all of the good days. How we struggled with our experiments of
Mike and Ike’s and how everything eventually turned around. Somehow we came to the point in the conversation where the idea came up. I was talking about how great of an idea I had come up with and how I made more money because of it. So, Mike got upset and threw the old ‘My name comes first’ thing. I told him that I made the most because it was my idea. Then I said you can’t Mike without Ike. He got more upset and went down scratched my name off the boxes one by one. That was crazy and took too much effort. Once I finally realized
what had happened I just took the box design where the bright ideas come. Then, he was upset and said what we were doing was pointless. He apologized, but I did not. Since I loved money, I just agreed to stop arguing. We came up with a new idea for a great candy. The name came from how we were acting. ‘Zours’ were becoming a hit and we decided since no one’s name was on the candy that we would make equal pay. This is the real story of Mike and Ike. *This story is a fictional representation of the candy Mike and Ike.
McCrady’s guitar inspired by Hendrix By Shawn Davis
Aubrey McCrady, a freshman music major from Southaven, is this month’s music highlight. When McCrady is not studying hard at Northwest, he is tearing it up on the electric guitar with his band of four years, Two Dollar General. McCrady played at The Spot in Hernando on April 28, with songs from the Allman Brothers Band, Grateful Dead and Waylon Jennings. Two Dollar General Aubrey McCrady, a freshman music major from Southaven, plays electric guitar for the band Two Dollar General. also plays in other local venues such as Cedar (Photo by Shawn Davis)
Bar, Poplar Lounge and Windy City Grille. The other band members are Charlie Woolfolk, lead vocalist/guitar player, Tony Chance on percussion, Matt McCrady on bass and Justin Web on drums. McCrady first started playing when he was 15. Music has always been a part of his life. His dad, Matt McCrady, was already playing bass around Memphis when Aubrey was born. “I really became inspired around the age of 8’,” McCrady said. “I
heard Jimi Hendrix playing “Voodoo Child” on the radio one day while I was racing BMX bikes, and I knew then I wanted to be a musician.” Although McCrady is a music major, he attends Northwest aspiring to become a music teacher. He wants a career that he can fall back on if the music industry doesn’t pan out for him. Becoming a teacher is also another opportunity to share his music with other people. “I just love to play,” said McCrady. “I love
when the band plays together, seeing how far we can go and not holding ourselves back.” McCrady also offers electric guitar lessons. More information about the lessons and the band can be found on their Facebook page under Two Dollar General. After Northwest, McCrady plans on attending The University of Memphis, earning his bachelor’s degree in music performance.
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ARTS & LIFE
Art Matters with Delayva Robinson Octavia Robinson is a freshman graphic design student from Mayersville. Robinson first became interested in art when she attended a Senatobia High School senior art show in 2012. She was particularly inspired by one student, John Haskins. His unique work and ability to produce it into art was
great. “It inspired me to educate myself in art. It changed my whole perspective of art and my goals,” Robinson said. Robinson said that art is a way to express one’s self, and the freedom of it is the main reason she decided on the major. She said majors like law and pre-
med never held any real interest for her. Artists such as Andy Warhol and Françoise Nielly inspire Robinson when she works. Robinson says their style of work inspires her own. “I feel that at this stage, I’ve developed my own signature,” Robinson said. Robinson said she
enjoys the art department at Northwest, saying that they provide a lot of variety. Robinson says that her drawing teacher is very inspirational to her, and that he gives all the students variety and freedom in their work. She also likes how the art majors have access to the art lab after
class to catch up on their work, and that it is very convenient. “Right now we are working in InDesign and Photoshop,” Robinson said. “In our graphic design class, we are creating our own hybrid animals.” After graduating from Northwest, Robinson plans to attend the Art
Institute of California and graduate with a bachelor’s degree in graphic design. Robinson hopes to have her own art studio and do some photography work on the side. “Photography was my first choice as a career, but with some thought I thought to make it a hobby,” Robinson said.
Les Fauves art sale ends semester By Shawn Davis
Les Fauves Art Club brought an end to the spring semester with their final art sale on May 3. Northwest students and faculty had their final chance to show off their talents to the public at the Art Gallery. As this semester comes to a
close, the aspiring artists brought together pieces such as paintings, ceramics, pottery, drawings and photographs. “Most people don’t realize all the hard work that goes into art when they choose it as their major,” Art Department Chair Lawayne House
said. “Sometimes a person’s artistic abilities go unnoticed while they are in school, working at a job or even after they are deceased. It’s dedication and perseverance that makes a good artist.” As students and faculty wrap things up to prepare for summer
vacation, many are looking forward to this break after having worked so hard to help others succeed. “I am looking forward to laying in the sun, taking long walks, making my own art work and eating lots of ice cream,” House said. House thinks that
this will be just the break everyone needs in order to regroup, enjoy life and become inspired once more for the upcoming semester. All proceeds and contributions from the sale of each piece went straight to the artists with the exception of 10
percent. That percentage went back into the Les Fauves Art Club account for future events. For more information about upcoming events, contact House at (662) 562-3399 or email lhouse@northwestms. edu.
Northwest yearbooks now available By Cheyenne Fair
The 2013 Rocketeer yearbooks will be available to students during Clearance Week in the Ranger conference room in the Administration Building. This year’s theme “Connected,” centered
on how all of the students and staff at Northwest are connected by one common interest: social media. The book focuses mainly around Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, and contains actual social media
posts from students at Northwest. The first Rocketeer yearbook was created in 1928 and the 2013 yearbook marks the 74th anniversary of the Rocketeer. This year’s yearbook staff consisted
only of two members, Delayva Robinson, a freshman journalism major from Mayersville, and editor Cheyenne Fair, a freshman journalism major from Potts Camp. The 2013 Rocketeer will be available,
to students only, May 6 through May 10. Students must present their student I.D. in order to obtain a yearbook. Yearbooks will be available after clearance to students who did not receive a book during
clearance week, and to faculty and staff beginning June 3. For more information about the 2013 Rocketeer, please contact the communications office.
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@Ole Miss! It’s the right move
s a community college transfer, your move to The University of Mississippi will be one of the most important in your life—and also one of the smoothest. Here are just a few of the reasons why transferring to Ole Miss is the right move: • Your academic course work during your first two years will plug right into our bachelor’s degree programs and let you stay on track. • Average junior- and senior-level classes at Ole Miss have 20-30 students and are probably smaller than some of the classes you are taking now. • Our Financial Aid Office works hard to help you receive the combination of grants, scholarships, loans and employment you will need to finance your education. • Our Phi Theta Kappa scholarship is worth $6,000 ($3,000 per year for two years)! Transfer students with a 3.5 GPA on at least 48 transferable community college credit hours and membership in Phi Theta Kappa are encouraged to apply for this scholarship. Please contact Jason McCormick or Ty Allushuski in the Office of Enrollment Services at 800-OLE-MISS (in Mississippi) or 662915-7226 for more details. • Our Community College Excellence Scholarship is worth 1,000 a year (a total of 2,000 over your last two years). Community College students with a 3.0 GPA on 48 transferable hours will be eligible for this scholarship. Contact Jason McCormick or Ty Allushuski in the Office of Enrollment Services at 662-915-7226 for more details.
Come and visit campus, talk with our faculty, staff and students, and see how easy it will be to take the next step!
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Sports, a year in review By Mike Haskins, De’Issac House & Deantae Smith
In the sports world, the season is full of ups, downs, success and failures. In the Northwest sports world there has been all of the above from rival’s losses to bowl champions. The Ranger football team had its mind set to make it to a bowl game, and they achieved it. Their season started out well winning their first six games. All of the games were 40 point blowouts. The only close game came against rival Northeast that was only a six-point win. After that streak, the Rangers lost their first game against East Mississippi, which came down to only seven points. The last game of the regular season was homecoming. The Rangers faced off against Jones County, and it was a very intense game. The game was close the whole way until the Rangers put together a run to win the game. When the playoffs rolled around the Rangers could not handle the pressure, losing to Gulf Coast. The Rangers went to College Station, Texas, and handled business. The Rangers had successfully broken a streak. The Rangers had not been to a bowl game in over 20 years. They ended their season as Brazos Valley Bowl Champions. For the Rangers, sophomore Domonique Harris led the team at quarterback. He had 2,361 passing yards and 18 touchdown passes. Outstanding running back Damian Baker led the rushing unit with 1,181 yards on the ground and 10 touchdowns. Leading the receiving corps was Darreall Joyner, with 619 yards
and only three touchdowns. On defense Ty Northern led the team in tackles. Aaron Thompson had seven interceptions. The
cer team finished the 2012 season with a 5-8 record, going 2-6 in division play. The Lady Rangers finished fifth in the MACJC North divi-
to kick-off the 2013-14 season, and we will have very competitive squads. To our fans, come and watch great soccer next season!”
the season. When it came down to it though, they were not clutch. They loss first round openers in both the MACJC State Tour-
Northwest had a succesful year in sports with a bowl champhionship, playoffs and state championship apperances. The Ranger Rocket would like to congratulate all participating sports. (Staff Photo)
sack monster went to Byron Scott with six and a half sacks. Randolph Williams also wreaked havoc in the backfield with 16 tackles for loss. Lawon Debardelaben took back the only special teams touchdown of the season, which was a punt return. Soccer was another fall sport. The Northwest men’s soccer team wrapped up their season with a 5-7-1 record, finishing 5th in the MACJC North division, and finished 1-6-1 in division play. Freshman Gnande Zleh of Memphis led the Rangers with 21 points on the season, followed by freshman Aaron Terrazas of Horn Lake with 17 points. The women’s soc-
sion. Leading the Lady Rangers in points was sophomore Allie Hodges of Olive Branch with nine points, followed by freshman Emily Williams of Pontotoc with seveb. “We always like to do better and make playoffs, but we came short of that,” Peter Jarjoura, head coach of men’s and women’s soccer, said. “Both of our teams worked hard and played hard this season. We are returning nine players on the men’s side and 11 players on the women’s side; therefore, we will have a good solid core to build around on both teams for next season as we have recruited a good class of freshmen. We are, coaches and players, excited and ready
Basketball was the next fall sport. Both teams had great seasons, but saw a different ending. The Lady Rangers captured the North division title and equaled their highest win total since the 2004-2005 season. When healthy the Lady Rangers looked poised and were ready for anything that came their way. The Lady Rangers started out the season in great fashion, winning eight of their first 10. After that they had a stumble going 1-1 for the next two games. They turned it up when it counted the most. They made a great push toward the end of the season. The team only lost three for the rest of
nament and the Region XXIII Tournament. Shaquilla Isom led the team in scoring, scoring average and blocks. Carshava Sutton had the best field goal percentage. Nikki McChristian helped the team by leading them in rebounds and steals, a great defensive presence on the floor. Monique Biggins was also a great part of the team. She led the Lady Rangers in offensive rebounds. Bethany Lytle had the best three-point percentage and free throw percentage. Halle Knowles was the assist leader. For their counterparts things were a little different. In the return season of Head Coach Don
“Bubba' Skelton, the Rangers reached the most wins in a season since 2005-2006. The return of Skelton meant the return of "Bubba Ball". The Rangers started out of the gate slow winning only three of their first five. After that they won their next two out of three. From then on it was “Bubba’s Ball.” The guys went on a seven game winning streak. The Rangers put together the streak at the right time of the season. From then the Rangers were trying to find themselves, by going only one game above .500 for the last seven games of the season. Going into the MACJC State Tournament the Rangers were the underdogs. They won the first game, which put them up against their first ranked opponent of the season. They lost to Pearl River 65-62. Still having a chance in the Region XXIII Tournament, the Rangers won their first two and got themselves into the championship game. They went by Jones County and got their revenge on Pearl River to get there. They lost in the final seconds in the championship game to East Mississippi. The Rangers were disappointed, but showed the rest of JUCO that they were not the underdogs anymore. DeMarcus McVay led the team in many ways. He led them in points, scoring average, field goal percentage, rebounds and blocks. Tristan Moore had the best three-point percentage. Bernard Jones had the best free throw percentage. D.J. Biggs led the team in assists and See sports pg. D2
D2 • May 9, 2013
Board of Trustees names baseball field for Miles By De’Issac House
Northwest’s baseball field has been named after former head coach and athletic director Jim Miles. The Board of Trustees approved a
and three-time MAC Coach of the Year selection, was also named NJCAA Region 23 Coach of the Year in 1988 and ABCA Division II Region
The Northwest Board of Trustees has approved the naming of the baseball field in honor of legendary head coach Jim Miles. (Staff Photo)
proposal from Niles Norris at the March board meeting. “It’s a top honor for me,” Miles said. “Northwest means a lot to me and my family. I attended school here, all three of our children graduated here and my sister graduated here. So this place has been a part of me for almost all of my life.” From 1976-1997, Miles was head coach at Northwest and led the Rangers to numerous championships and division titles, including five region championships, six state championships and 10 north division titles. He ended his career with a total record of 556-304-3. He also led the Rangers to two NJCAA World Series appearances in 1996 and 1997. Miles, a five-time NJCAA
COTY in 1996. Miles has many fond memories from Northwest and during his short professional career. Miles played the 1962-63 seasons at Northwest and ended his college career at Delta State University where he played the 1964-65 seasons. He was later inducted into the Northwest Sports Hall of Fame in 1994 and Delta State Alumni Coaches Hall of Fame in 1998. Miles signed with the Washington Senators as an amateur free agent in 1966. He made his major league debut on September 7, 1968. The highlight of his two-year major league career and his personal claim to fame came during his first road trip to New York and old Yankee Stadium. “When I was growing up, my favorite team
Domonique Harris led it in steals. Next, were softball and baseball. The Rangers put together a successful season going 29-14. The Rangers started the season in a good fashion. They won 13 of their first 17 games. The Rangers pushed themselves into the playoffs. The best game for the Rangers was their last home game. Facing East Mississippi the Rangers were in trouble in the first game, but found a way to rally. The next game was possibly one of the best games in Ranger history. Late in the innings, the Rangers were down 12-1. The game seemed to be lost and all hope was lost. The Rangers still played their hearts out. Late in the last two innings the Rangers put together the most incredible come back. The game ended in a walk-off grand slam to bring the score to 13-12.
The Rangers are headed to the MACJC State Tournament May 9-11 in Poplarville. Following the 2012 season, where the Lady Rangers won 30 games, expectations for the 2013 season were high. The Lady Rangers won 27 games, while only losing 13. They ended the season with two doubleheader sweeps against Coahoma and Mississippi Delta. Sophomore Casey Baddley was bad news for opposing hitters and had 11 complete games and struck out 105 batters in 113 innings. Baddley went 12-6 this season. Fast starts were key for the Lady Rangers as they went 23-3 when they scored first. The Northwest Ranger golf team wrapped up their season with a fourth place finish at the NJCAA Region 23 championship. The Rangers had a number of successful outings, finishing first at
was the Yankees for two reasons; they were winning all the time and Mickey Mantle was my boyhood idol,” Miles said. “I was called in to pitch in the first game of the trip in the 6th inning, and before I knew it the bases were loaded and none other than Number 7 himself, Mickey Mantle, due up next. I had a sneaky little fast ball that tailed away from left-handed hitters and was able to strike him out on three pitches.” Miles played in 13 career games for the Senators. He played his last game on Sept. 9, 1969. He went 0-1 with a 7.30 ERA and 20 strikeouts in 24.2 innings of work. Miles was named head coach at Northwest in 1976 and had just two losing seasons in 22 years. “Before I came to coach at Northwest, Gulf Coast had won the state championship 10 years in a row and no one had even challenged them,” Miles said. “When I got here my first year, we won it two years straight to knock them out of it. That is one of the greatest memories I had at Northwest in addition to the numerous state championships and other fond moments.” The field will be called Jim Miles Field, and a formal dedication will be held in conjunction with 2013 Homecoming activities on Saturday, Oct. 5 from 10:30-11:30 a.m. at the baseball field.
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the Copiah-Lincoln invitational, second at the Northwest Invitational, and third place at the East Mississippi Invitational. The Rangers then moved on to the MACJC State Championship, where they finished third. Returning next season are freshmen Levi Garner of Batesville and Chris Samuel of Olive Branch. This season was historic for the men’s and women’s Rodeo teams. Two members of the rodeo team will be competing in the Rodeo Nationals. Kindyl Scruggs will represent Northwest in the barrel racing event. Michael Crenshaw will be competing in the bull riding event. The College National Finals Rodeo will be taking place in Casper, Wyo., June 9-15. Crenshaw and Scruggs become the fourth riders in three years to make the finals.
Rangerette,cheer squads announced By: Deantae Smith
The Rangerettes perform at halftime during a football game. (Photo by De’Issac House)
The Northwest Rangerette and Ranger cheerleading teams have been named. The Rangerettes have five returning from this year's squad. The returning Rangerettes are: Elainna Ferrell, Samantha Staggs, Savannah Mask, Straunje' Jackson, Lindsay Abston, Shelbi Dunlap, Lauren Carson and Fenisha Chatmon. Sophomore Ferrell will have the duties of team captain. "Her role is to assist in choreography of dances," Rangerette sponsor Aime Anderson said. "She will teach the technical aspects of dance,
critique dance, and run effective rehearsals." The new female members for next year's squad will be Alicia Lemmons, Brittany Burns, Shanda Cunningham, Carolin Ouch, Allie Mahoney, and Heather Pate. The Ranger cheerleading team has also been announced. The team will have eight males as part of the team, including Gregory Traylor, Chance Simmons, Jameko Trimble, Brandon Casey, Gerald Johnson and Lee Williams. Casey will serve as manager. The returning male members are Nolan
Shackleford and John Cotton. The females of the team will be Celest Ramanoli, Kaylan Williams, Katelyn McClusky, Breanna Bess, Kayla Lunamand, Nicole Norman, Amanda Rayburn, Georgia Dulin, Kayla Witt, Courtney Mitchell, Megan Wootten and Madison Morgan. Returning females members are Lindsay Abston, Shelbi Dunlap and Lauren Carson.
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B2 • May 9, 2013
The Northwest Entertainers perform, “Bright Lights, Bigger City” May 2 in the Fine Arts Auditorium. (Photo by Cheyenne Fair)
The Entertainers are under the direction of Dr. Saundra Bishop. (Photo by Cheyenne Fair)
Entertainers hold spring concert By Cheyenne Fair
The Northwest Entertainers held their annual spring concert on May 2 in the Fine Arts Auditorium on the Senatobia campus. This year’s concert was titled “Bright Lights, Bigger City” and included music from the movie “Pitch Perfect,” as well
as music by F.U.N., CeeLo Green, Richard Marx and several other artists. The auditorium was filled to standing room only with students, faculty and the general public. Northwest President Dr. Gary Lee Spears and his wife Marilyn were also in
attendance. “The concert was so great. I think with Dr. Spears being in the audience they wanted to make their performance a hit and it definitely was,” Octavia Robinson, a freshman graphic design major from Mayersville, said.
According to Director of Choral Activities Susanne VanDyke, many of the Entertainers include singers from the Northwest Singers and the Northwest Chamber Choir. VanDyke thinks that their yearly spring concert is a great way to end the semester.
“Their music is enthusiastic, it is popular, it is exciting and it is entertaining,” VanDyke said. “It is a great way for our singers and dancers to expand their experience and it is why many of them transfer so successfully to performance groups in senior col-
leges.” The Northwest Entertainers are under the direction of Dr. Saundra Bishop. For more information about the Northwest Entertainers, contact Dr. Bishop at sbishop@northwestms. edu.
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