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The student newspaper of Northwest Mississippi Community College

January 26, 2012

VOL. 79 • No. 5

Senatobia, Miss.

Ranger football sends three signees to NCAA



Northwest lineman Donald Hawkins (first row center) signs with the Uni- Northwest defensive back Bakari Trotter (left) signs with Clarkversity of Texas with Rosa Fort High School Coach Lynord Crutchfield Atlanta University with assistant coach Trenell Edwards (right). (first row left), Northwest head coach Ricky Woods (first row right), (back l-r) Northwest assistant coaches Scott Oakley and Trenell Edwards.


Football players sign with NCAA schools By: Brian Lentz


Northwest defensive back Jaterio Merritt (left) signs with Mississippi Valley State University with assistant coach Trenell Edwards (right).

College hosts Biggest Loser contest By: Deissac House

What happens in the buffet line stays at the buffet line. Pound shedding is coming back to Northwest as a version of the hit show “Biggest Loser.” Not only will the main campus be hosting this spectacular event, but all three of Northwest’s campuses will be joining in. Branch campus information can be found on the Northwest website. Registration is Jan. 16-27 and can be found under Biggest Loser on Northwest’s website. “This event is to promote wellness and fitness campus wide at Northwest,” Liesl Davenport, intramural coordinator, said. Anyone wanting to lose weight or just get into shape will have an opportunity to do so. Anyone can participate in the contest, including faculty and staff, but only students

can win. “The winner will not only win a one-year gym membership to ATC Fitness, $100 Nike. com gift certificate, and

The first workout will be held the next day, Feb. 8 at 3 p.m., also at the Union. There will be one weigh-in every month. The times and dates

a ‘Winners’ hoodie, but they also will receive a lifetime of great health, a great body, and lifetime of healthy habits,” Davenport said. The first weigh-in will be held on Feb. 7 at 4 p.m. in the Union.

will be announced at each previous weigh-in. The final weigh-in and finale will be held on April 26. For those who are participating, there will be a nutrition class and an exercise class that is mandatory.

“No one will be eliminated unless they break their contract by missing more than three of each classes, so there is only self-elimination,” Davenport said. Northwest will be hoping for a great turnout from each campus to help promote a healthy life. No one should be ashamed or discouraged, because it is something that is going to help them out in the long run, according to Davenport. Davenport is hoping to see a healthier Northwest.

Mr. and Miss Northwest

While most Northwest students were out for Christmas break, members of the Ranger football team were beginning their journey to the next level of college football, signing with a diverse variety of schools. Offensive lineman Donald Hawkins of Tunica signed with the University of Texas, where he will play for the Longhorns and head coach Mack Brown. Hawkins, a graduate of Rosa Fort High School, was joined by his parents and high school coach Lynord Crutchfield in the signing ceremony. Hawkins was previously committed to Oklahoma State before making the switch to Texas and cited several reasons for the switch to the Longhorns. “Early on, I was committed to Oklahoma State, and Texas came in late in the season,” said Hawkins. “At first, I wasn’t real interested in Texas, but once I gave them a look, I was sold. The town of Austin is great, and Texas also has a top recruiting class coming into this season. I will be around a lot of talent.” “He’s a very good pass blocker,” said Northwest head coach, Ricky Woods. “Not only that, but he has also worked out since coming out of high school and has constantly improved. He’s definitely a Division 1 athlete.” Hawkins wasn’t the only Ranger to sign football scholarships. Defensive back Bakari Trotter of Horn Lake

High School signed with Clark-Atlanta University, a Division II school in Atlanta. Trotter finished the 2011 season with 39 total tackles and three interceptions for the Rangers, while starting in eight of the nine games of the season. “I’m excited at the opportunity to move to the next level,” said Trotter. “The coaching staff here has helped me to grow and mature a lot on and off the field, and I’m very thankful for my time here at Northwest.” Defensive back Jaterio Merritt also signed to play at the NCAA college level, choosing Mississippi Valley State University in Itta Bena. Merritt finished with 13 total tackles in six games of action for the Rangers this past season. “I’m excited to join the Delta Devils next season,” said Merritt. “I feel like I bring a lot to the table in experience, size and talent. I feel like I can play a big role for Mississippi Valley State next season, which will hopefully add up to wins.” The Rangers also have several other players whohave either signed or are waiting to sign. National College Football Sigining Day is Feb. 1. Check the next edition of the Ranger Rocket for more information on other Rangers moving to the NCAA, including receiver Marcus Henry and quarterback, Ryan Mossakowski.

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Senatobia, Miss.

Will you be my Valentine? By: Shelby Louwerens

For most college students, Feb. 14 is either a day full of stuffed bears, chocolate hearts and warm, fuzzy feelings, or it is known as Singles Awareness Day for those who have yet to find someone. This being said, a person’s enjoyment of this holiday normally relies on their relationship status. Regardless, most have wondered at some point why Valentine’s Day came into existence. Saint Valentine has become a well-known name associated with the holiday, but why? According to, Valentine’s Day has roots in both Christian and ancient Roman-tradition. Today, the Roman Catholic Church recognizes at

least three different saints with the name Valentine or Valentinus, all of which were martyred. No one knows exactly which of these Valentines is the one for whom Valentine’s Day is named. There are very infamous legends that elude to a priest named Valentine. This priest is said to have served in Rome during the third century. Claudius II was the emperor of Rome during that time and decided that single men made better soldiers than men with wives and family. Claudius then declared marriage illegal for young men, because he aimed to use them as soldiers. Valentine refused to abide by this new law and continued

to perform marriages for young couples in secret. When Valentine was discovered performing these illegal marriages, Claudius ordered him to be put to death. According to another legend, Valentine was the first to send a “Valentine’s” card as well. It is believed that Valentine, while in prison, fell in love with a young girl. This girl visited Valentine during his imprisonment and is thought to have been his jailor’s daughter. It is alleged that, before his death, Valentine wrote her a letter, signing it “from your Valentine.” Though the details of Valentine and his actions are unclear, he is made out to be heroic and romantic. Okay, Valentine was a ro-

mantic. But why February? Again, has many suggestions on the reasoning behind the February celebration. Some believe that Valentine’s Day is celebrated in February to commemorate Valentine’s execution and burial, which, according to, occurred around 270 A.D. However, other’s claim that Valentine’s Day was an attempt to “Christianize” the pagan Lupercalia festival. Lupercalia was a Roman fertility festival dedicated to Faunus, the Roman god of agriculture, as well as to the Roman founders Romulus and Remus. This festival was held on Feb. 15, as February was the official beginning of spring and was considered a ritual

time for purification. On that night, all the young women in the city would put their names in a large urn from which the bachelors would draw. The said bachelor and the woman whose name was chosen would then become partners for the next year. This often led to marriage. Pope Gelasius declared that Feb. 14 would be known as Valentine’s Day. The Roman system of choosing partners was deemed un-Christian and outlawed. Valentine’s Day has grown tremendously since and is now known for all the pink, frilly hearts, chocolate candies and Valentine’s Day cards that are common in today’s society. According to the

Feature Photos Daniel Jones, a freshman theatre major from Kaiserslautern, Germany, rides his unicycle outside of the Fine Arts Auditorium on Jan. 20. (Photo by Shelby Louwerens)

Greeting Card Association, an estimated one billion Valentine’s Day cards are sent each year. This makes Valentine’s Day the second largest card-sending holiday of the year, with the exception of Christmas, when an estimated 2.6 billion cards are sent out annually. With this new knowledge, students can enjoy the holiday regardless of a relationship status. Couples can enjoy the festivities and happy feelings it brings. If single, one can enjoy the thought of someone being mercilessly put to death for allowing romance and marriage into a society in the first place.

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Ranger on the Spot By Shelby Louwerens, Brian Lentz & Shaneka Flowers

“What is your New Year’s resolution?”

Maria Escamilla Tunica • Sophomore Accountancy “To have a 4.0 GPA this semester.”

Matt Rich Senatobia • Sophomore Business Administration “I don’t have one.”

RANGER ROCKET STAFF Editor...................................Shelby Louwerens Lifestyle Section Editor..........Shaneka Flowers Sports Section Editor.....................Brian Lentz Staff Reporters................Michael Haskins, Stacia Schommer, Brandy Paciorek & Deissac House

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Fakhry Khulfan Sudan, Africa • Sophomore Criminal Justice “To graduate.”

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Officials clarify winter weather policy By: Mike Haskins

As the spring semester begins at Northwest, so does the likelihood of winter weather and school closings. Though snow, sleet and ice are not every day occurrences, they do happen in North Mississippi, and students and faculty should watch the weather carefully. Dan Smith, vice president for Student Affairs at Northwest, assures students that safety is always the top priority. “If there are generally hazardous conditions across our 11-county district, or an area of our district where both the bad weather and students are concentrated, then we close the school,” Smith said.

However, students should not assume that the school will be closed due to inclement weather in one part of the Northwest region. “If bad weather conditions are highly localized and the college is not closed, individuals in the affected counties, if they feel road conditions are poor near where they live, should stay home,” Smith said. “We simply cannot as a College cancel operations every time part of our district is experiencing a snow shower that is creating slick conditions on a road, or a heavy fog is reducing visibility or a thunderstorm is flooding underpasses.”

Smith also warns students that the absence policy for classes is still in effect if the college remains open. “Students who feel that it is unsafe to travel should not travel and instead remember that the College’s attendance policy allows a small number of absences in each course. If you have used up all of your absences due to no fault of your own, there is an appeal process,” Smith said. In the event that Northwest must close due to inclement weather condiThe snowy James P. McCormick Administration Building in December 2011. (Staff tions, school administrators photo) will notify Memphis-area An announcement Facebook page (www.face- Smith can be contacted by television and radio stawill also be posted on the e-mail at dsmith@northtions who will announce school website, as well For more information, or by phone at the closing. as the Northwest Rangers regarding school closings, (662) 562-3319.

Continuing Education classes to start Debbie Williams (left) of Hernando works on her newly upholstered chair during a Continuing Education course. (Photo by Shaneka Flowers)

Brenda Fuquay (right) holds her leather stool she upholstered at a Continuing Education course in October 2011. (Photo by Shaneka Flowers)

By: Shaneka Flowers

Spring classes for the Continuing Education program will start Feb. 13. Northwest’s Continuing Education program offers personal development classes, an ACT Prep Workshop, ServSafe Certification training for restaurant managers, Lifelong Learning outings and Kids Kollege for children during the summer months. The program also offers CEU credits

for teachers. “The CEU classes are for teachers who are fulfilling requirements, but I want them to enjoy the classes in the midst of filling their requirements,” Pam Wooten, coordinator of Continuing Education, said. If you could not get in a class last semester, you have the opportunity to sign up this semester. New classes will also be

offered for those who enjoyed taking a non-academic class. The new classes include jewelry making with precious metal clay, bullying in the classroom and more. “I expect a good turnout this semester; I have had a lot of people to sign up and some classes are already full,” Wooten said. People who normally take a class are from

around the community, but a small number of Northwest students also take the classes. “I want people to take our classes because they enjoy them, and it gives them a feeling of satisfaction,” Wooten said. Wooten also wants the ones who are taking nonCEU classes to enjoy them enough to come back for more next semester.

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Senatobia, Miss.

Theatre department to attend regional festival By: Shelby Louwerens

Northwest’s Theatre department is scheduled to attend the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival. The regional festival begins the first week of February, where nominees attend to compete for scholarships in different categories, such as playwriting, acting, criticism, directing and design. The winners of the regional festival win a trip to the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. to compete at the national level.

“I was nominated for the Barbizon Award for Theatrical Design,” Kevar Maffitt, a sophomore theatre major from Olive Branch, said. “That means that if I win, I get scholarships and a trip to the Kennedy Center in Washington.” To nominate students, the Kennedy Center sends a respondant to a performance. The respondants stay roughly an hour to ask questions and give feedback and will later give nominations in the differ-

ent categories. The students are responsible for the $65 registration fee and the cost of food for the week, though fundraisers from the Player’s Club, Northwest Idol and the concessions from the shows cut the cost. “How many students we take depends on how much money we can raise,” Sadie Shannon, theatre instructor, said. “This year, we get to take eight students and they will all be competing in at least

one area.” Camille Bishop and Abi Wiggins both received the Irene Ryan Acting nomination, Garrett Atkinson received the Irene Ryan Acting nomination and is also a One-Act Play semifinalist. Katie Hardeman received the Irene Ryan Acting nomination, as well as the Alcone Makeup Design nomination. Kevar Maffitt is nominated as an Irene Ryan partner and in Barbizon Theatrical Design. Gabby D’Arcangelo,

a sophomore theatre major from Southaven, was also nominated as an Irene Ryan partner, and received a National Stage Management nomination. Daniel Jones, a freshman theatre major from Kaiserslautern, Germany, and Anthony Guy, a sophomore theatre major from Olive Branch, were both nominated as Irene Ryan partners. The students look forward to the experience. “I look forward to KCACTF; it’s my second

year to go,” Hardeman, a sophomore theatre major from Horn Lake, said. “It’s awesome to go and meet people with the same passions, and it’s definitely a learning experience. I’m very thankful for Mr. King and Mrs. Shannon for being so adamant in exposing us to all different forms of art.”

Cast picked for spring production By: Shelby Louwerens

The Northwest Theatre department held auditions for one of two spring shows, “Joined at the Head,” on Jan. 11. “Joined at the Head” will open on March 29 and run through April 1. The auditions were open to all Northwest students as well as to the public. Thirty-one people auditioned on Jan. 11 by performing a one-to two-minute contemporary monologue, and 21 were

called back on Jan. 12. “Joined at the Head,” written by Catherine Butterfield, is a drama with comedic elements. The cast consists of nine people— five men and four women. Of them, one man and two women play leading roles, and three men and three women perform in the ensemble. The show revolves around two women, one of whom is a writer, and the other who has cancer. They

help teach each other to live and die. “It’s really an abstract show,” Kevar Maffitt, a sophomore theatre major from Olive Branch, said. “It’s kind of in and out of reality. It’s definitely something completely new and different.” Camille Bishop, a freshman theatre major from Orlando, Fla., will be playing Maggie Mulroney. Garrett Atkinson, a sophomore theatre major

from Olive Branch, will be playing Jim Burroughs. Abi Wiggins, a sophomore theatre major from Senatobia, will be playing Maggy Burroughs. The three male ensemble roles will be played by Maffitt, Nic Temple, a sophomore theatre major from Southaven, and Daniel Jones, a freshman theatre major from Kaiserslautern, Germany. The three female ensemble roles will be played

by Katie Hardeman, a sophomore theatre major from Horn Lake, Yaz Lynch, a freshman theatre major from North Carolina, and Haley Miller, a sophomore theatre major from Coldwater. The show is directed by Sadie Shannon. “We chose this show because we needed something with a flexible set, and also because it’s a beautiful story,” Shannon said.

The show will also feature onstage seating, with 70 seats available per night. Rehearsals for the show will begin the last week of February. “I’m excited to be a part of the show,” Hardeman said. “It’s bittersweet, because it is my last show at Northwest, but we have a lot of really talented people participating.”

Smoking ban protest fails

By: Shaneka Flowers

Northwest student James Griffith held a smoking ban protest on Jan. 18 in front of the Haraway Center. Only the turnout was not quite what he expected. Griffith started a smoking ban petition and collected hundreds of student signatures. Although, when it came time for students to show up at the protest, no one came. The smoking ban on campus was passed July 14, 2011 and for Griffith, a sophomore pre-dental major from Southaven, the rule violated his freedom. “I live on campus; I enjoy smoking, and it relieves my stress,” Griffith said. He came up with the idea to start a petition after getting his first ticket for smoking on campus. He wants to at least be able to smoke in his truck on campus he says. “It is not going to harm

others if I smoke in my truck,” Griffith said. He said that he has not talked to anyone who has a problem with others smoking around them. “They should have smoking areas for people who want to smoke so that non-smokers will not have to be around them,” Paula Gallagher, a freshman general college major from Olive Branch, said. He has been trying to get signatures from student government and other organizations on campus. “Everyone should speak out. If you do not like something, you should get together and try to change it,” Gallagher said. As for Griffith, he still wants to make his petition a success. If not, his pockets will hurt because of ticket increases, Griffith said.

A student-led smoking ban demonstration was planned at the Haraway Center (above) on Jan. 18 at 2 p.m. Even though hundreds of students were said to have signed a smoking ban petition, no one showed up to participate in the protest. (Photo by Shelby Louwerens)




Dorm capacity limits number of residents By: Stacia Schommer

The dorms on the Senatobia campus accept a certain number of students every year, and this number and the decision acceptance are affected by many factors. As the student body at Northwest grows, it affects the campus capacity as a whole as well as the dorm capacity. The dorms are made to occupy a certain amount of students. These students must apply by a certain deadline and must meet a GPA requirement in order to be considered for acceptance. This fall semester, there was a headcount of 8,364 students who enrolled at Northwest. Separated by campus and residences, it is noted that 1,063 reside on the Senatobia campus (the number of students the dorms are able to occupy), 2,058 commute to Senatobia, 3,199 commute to the DeSoto

Center, 1,366 commute to the Oxford Center and 678 take only virtual classes. There were 1,617 students who applied to live in a dorm this semester. Due to the capacity limits and the requirements needed to be met, 554 did not get in. According to Vice President for Student Affairs, Dan Smith, there are many reasons for students DeSoto Hall (above) houses co-ed students on the Senatobia not being accepted into the campus. (Photo by Stacia Schommer) dorms. Smith said these reasons include one or “As a first-time college dency is concerned, Smith more of the following: the student changes their mind student having to cover all said there are no current about their college choice, my own expenses, I found plans to renovate, expand or build new campus housa returning student decides it best to stay at home, go to work and save money,” ing in the near future. to transfer or not come Morgan Daniels, a freshSome students say the back, the student did not dorms are fun to live in meet the GPA requirement, man psychology major from Walls, said. “I find and the accommodations the student lived out of not being up to my eyes in are up to their standards, state or out of district and student loans more fulfillbut they wish the rules was not in a special proing than a short-lived indecould be bent a little. gram, the student missed a Monique Biggins, a deadline or the student did pendence from home.” Although space has biology major from Horn not like their room assignbeen added in the past to Lake, said she loves the ment. the campus as far as resi feeling of being indepen-

dent that she gets from living in the dorms but, she wishes the dorm rules could be bent a little. “Curfew is a 10 p.m., which is really unnecessary, and you can’t even walk the campus at night without an officer asking you where you are going, and you have to be going to Walmart. All these strict rules are pointless,” Biggins said. “While demand is high for housing, growth and demand is even greater for classroom space at DeSoto Center and for participation in our eLearning program, along with other programs,” Smith said. “In order to maintain quality, there is a need for new spaces for several other programs on our campuses.” Smith also states that, like all the public colleges and universities in Mississippi, Northwest has

more needs than resources. However, he also states that Northwest should be proud of its accomplishments in their efforts to meet student needs, including the Haraway Center, the new Physical Science building addition, the expansions of the DeSoto and Oxford centers, the Ag Tech building and the nursing building. If you have any questions about dorms or campus, contact Dan Smith at (662) 562-3319, or at His office is located in the Administration Building, and he is available upon appointment.

Craftsmen featured in Campus Briefs February art exhibition By: Mike Haskins

By: Mike Haskins

The Northwest Art Department will host the “Mississippi Exposed” art exhibition Feb. 1-24 in the Art Gallery on the Senatobia campus. The show will feature works from multiple artists from the Craftsman’s Guild of Mississippi, including Independence artist Sharon Williams, who will be showing several pieces.

The opening reception for the show will take place on Feb. 2 from 5-7 p.m. in the Art Gallery. “The Mississippi Craftsman’s Guild is always an excellent exhibition which highlights a variety of handmade works created by a host of talented crafts persons,” Lawayne House, Northwest art department chair, said. “Imaginative

and inventive, this exhibition has been a highlight which we look forward to every time they’ve exhibited here at Northwest.” Admission is free and open to the public. For more information on the show, contact House by phone at (662) 562-3399 or by e-mail at lhouse@

Oxford: Congratulations to the Practical Nursing class instructed by Jayne River and Linda Williams. They had a 100 percent pass rate. Ashland: Hair cuts, shampoos, manicures and pedicures

and paraffin hand and feet dip are available from the Cosmetology Department on a walk-in basis Monday-Friday. Hair coloring and relaxing are available by appointment only. Senior citizen discounts available. For the month of Feb-

ruary, an ad will be placed in the Southern Advocate newspaper offering basic hair styling, pedicures, hot oil manicures, shampoos, and facials for $5 each. For appointments, contact Glynda Honeycutt at (662) 224-8999.

Senior night Feb. 13 at 5:30 p.m. Northwest vs. Itawamba basketball game

Admission is free

All high school seniors in the district are invited to come


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Senatobia, Miss.

Baseball reloads for 2012 season By: Brian Lentz

After coming off of a 31-21 record and a trip to the Region 23 tournament last season, the Northwest Ranger baseball team is getting set to open their 2012 season, which will begin on Feb. 15 against Jackson State (Tenn.). Despite losing a few big names from last season, the Rangers return with many familiar faces and some new signees looking to make an impact this season. Pitching There are plenty of arms returning this season for the Rangers, and while Coach Mark Carson has yet to decide on a rotation, he expects to see many different players seeing action on the mound. “We have a few projections made for our pitching staff this season,” Carson said. “Jeremy Massie, Colt Burns, Garrett Radicioni and Chris Casto are four guys that got a lot of innings of action last season. I feel that all four will be major contributors to our rotation.” Also returning to the Ranger pitching staff is Bill Higdon, who sat out the latter part of last season rehabilitating from arm surgery last season. “So far he’s had a good preseason up to this point and we’re excited to have him back

to see what he can do this season,” Carson added. The Rangers also picked up a few transfers and new signees as well. Phillip Malatesta, who Carson believes will also play a big part in the Rangers rotation, comes in as a transfer from Arkansas State. Freshmen Cody Reed (Horn Lake HS) and Jim Tom Copeland (North Delta) are among some of the new faces on the Ranger pitching staff this season. “(Reed) is a lefthanded pitcher and a guy that we think will also be a big help to us in the rotation,” Carson said. Infielders Despite losing some key pieces in infielder Drew Griffin and catcher Drew Klepzig, Carson is optimistic about his crop of infielders this season. “With the exception of Griffin and Klepzig, we have nearly everyone returning from last season,” said Carson. “Josh Johnson, who split playing time with Griffin last season at shortstop, is returning. Austin Overall comes back in at third base, and when you add Bradley Noland at second base, it makes for a good returning group.” Adding to the returning infielders are three choices at first base: Jeremy Carlisle, Chris Casto and

Jimmy Braswell. “All three of those guys bring back talent and experience, not just at first base, but at the plate as well,” said Carson. Meanwhile, returning

a big loss for us in the outfield,” said Carson. “Not only do we lose his tremendous skills in the outfield, but also his skills at the plate. So that will

sibility. “We’ll basically platoon a lot of guys and send them to other spots in the outfield,” said Carson. “We do a lot of work where that’s a common occurrence and it’s something I like to do, based on what our opponents use. Schedule As for the Rangers’ schedule, Carson is expecting another interesting year in the MACJC North Division, which the Rangers split with Holmes for the division title last season. “I like our situation because we return so many starters from last season, but at the same time so does Northeast and Holmes.” Coach Mark Carson, now in his seventh seaCarson went on to add that son as head coach, is looking for his ball club Northeast was “one of the to make another run at the MACJC State toughest teams” he saw title. during the offseason and behind the plate is Justin definitely be a big blow for that Itawamba would be a Rose. “Rose is a guy who us.” “much-improved team than saw a little bit of action Despite losing Wardlaw, last season.” backing up Klepzig and the Rangers do possess Another team that might Joseph Blair last season,” several other options, one bear watching this season Carson added. “He’s had of them being power hitter is Mississippi Delta. “They a great offseason, he’s and Senatobia native Dex have a brand new coaching worked hard, and I think Herrington. Other outfield staff down there that has with him behind the plate, options are Carlisle (who, brought in a lot of transfer we’ll be in good shape.” according to Carson, will players around Christmas Outfielders rotate from first base to break and have generated The outfield is another outfield through the seaa little excitement in that area that features several son), and also Luke Mcaspect,” Carson noted returning players. HowCullough and Kyle Blount, about Mississippi Delta. ever, the outfield is also an both of whom could battle “With that being said, I area of some concern, due for the centerfield job. Car- expect this to be another to the departure of Chad son also says that rotating exciting year in the North Wardlaw, now at Belhaven all outfielders throughout Division.” University. “Wardlaw is the season is a distinct posThe Rangers also play

several non-conference games, with opponents ranging from Southwest Tennessee Community College to Ellsworth (Iowa). “We play both Jackson State and Southwest Tennessee again this season, and the teams we play from Tennessee are always competitive, year in and year out,” said Carson. Jones County and Arkansas Baptist are two other potential threats on the Rangers’ non-conference slate. “Jones County played for the national championship last year and beat us for the MACJC championship, so they’ll be one of our toughest non-conference opponents,” Carson said. “Arkansas Baptist is the same way. They went deep last season and return several starters as well.” Although cautious about the season schedule, Carson is excited about the Rangers’ potential this season. “It’s kind of scary to look and see the teams and what each one brings to the table in talent,” said Carson. “(But) in the end, it makes your club better and helps to prepare you for the postseason.” For a complete roster, schedule and starting times for each game, visit www.

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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.

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Basketball off to bumpy start after break By: Deissac House

To many students it was just the beginning of a new semester, but to the Northwest basketball teams it was a re-boot to their season. The first two games after the break were home games. On the Tuesday following the break in the match-up against Columbia State, the Lady Rangers were slow getting started. The offense shot a very low 30 percent, but the defense forced 26 Kenyatta Jones has a career high of 25 points as the turnovers and held them Rangers win over Arkansas-Baptist 86-75. (Photo by to a lowly 37 percent from Deissac House) the field. The Lady Rangers went Don Edwards said. With the game on the into halftime down by only line, the Rangers could Next was the North7. Coming out of halftime not hold off the attack west men’s team as both both teams were even, but teams came out on fire. of Columbia State in the Columbia State began to final seconds of the game. In the first five minutes of take control with a 53-38 With 8 seconds remaining, the contest there were six lead with 11:50 left in the lead changes, but Kendrick Columbia State got the go game. With 4:46 left, the ahead bucket to take the Moore sparked an 11-3 Lady Rangers cut the lead lead. The Rangers’ Bernard run for the Rangers. This down to eight. would lead to a 19-12 lead Jones took a desperation The effort of the Lady shot, but could not hit it as that didn’t last long. Rangers was not enough, The game turned into a they lost 75-73. as they could not hold off “They had the game battle leading into halfColumbia State as they lost time, as both teams were right there but just could 72-61. Freshman Monique tied 35-35 at the half. not turn the corner,” Coach Biggins had a double-douComing out of halftime, Jimmy Adams said. ble with 17 points and 13 Leading the Rangers, both teams remained neckrebounds. was sophomore Everick and-neck as they had six Also, contributing was Morris with 16 points and more lead changes, until freshman Brittany Patton 9 assists. Also contributing Columbia State too conwith 15 points and nine was freshman DeMarcus trol. The Rangers would rebounds. not take back the lead until McVay with 10 points, “Monique and Brittany 5:49 left in the game. 8 rebounds and 3 assists. are both great players, On Jan. 12, the Rangers The game stayed close unthey are giving their best til it was tied up in the final and Lady Rangers hosted effort every night,” Coach 18 seconds of the game. Arkansas Baptist. First up,

Khulfan named third team All-American By: Ranger Rocket Staff

Northwest sophomore defender Fakhry Khulfan was named an NJCAA Men’s Soccer Third Team All-American on Friday, the first Ranger since 2003 to earn the postseason award. Khulfan is just the second men’s soccer player in school history to earn All-American honors, with Tommy Robison a twotime second team selection in 2002 and 2003. Khulfan finished his two-year soccer career at Northwest with 17 goals and five assists for 39 total

points, having a breakout sophomore season with 12 goals. He finished with a .213 shot percentage and .587 shot-on-goal percentage in 24 games played, knocking in four game-winners and connecting on all three penalty kick attempts. In a league full of talented players, the Memphis native was the only men’s soccer player from the MACJC to be named an All-American.

Brittani Smith hustles for a loose ball as the Lady Rangers fall to Arkansas-Baptist 59-58. (Photo by Deissac House)

the Lady Rangers were looking to stop a three game skid. The Lady Rangers came out strong and never let up because they held on to the lead for the entire first half. They came out shooting 43 percent from the field, but caught a spark from behind the arc shooting a season high 50 percent. Following halftime, the game was very close down until the final shot. Arkansas Baptist took the game-winning shot with 1:20 left on the clock. Many thought the Lady Rangers were going to take the lead with ease, but their opponent played great defense. The Lady Rangers were forced into a situation where they controlled their

own fate with a game winning shot in their possession. In the final two seconds of the game, the ball was placed in the hands of sophomore Sherneal Thompson. With a great attempt for the final shot, it just was not meant to be as the shot rimmed out. The Lady Rangers fell 59-58 which dropped their record to 6-5. “Even though we lost, we played hard and we are improving,” Edwards said. Freshmen Monique Biggins and Shaquilla Isom lead the team with 12 points each. Sophomore Erica Turner was included in the mix with 9 points, 10 assists, and 3 blocks. Next, the Northwest men’s team was looking to help their record, but with

a career-high 25 points from freshman Kenyatta Jones, the game was in the bag. The Rangers came out smoking as they shot 43 percent from the field and 50 percent from behind the arc. Coming out of the gate and for the entire game it was close, as the Rangers went into halftime with a 37-33 lead. After halftime, the Rangers were supercharged and went on a 13-3 run which helped secure the win. The Rangers dominated the second half to win with a final of 86-75. The Rangers ended the game shooting 47 percent from the field and 44 percent from the arc. A huge reason for such a great victory was due to freshman Kenyatta Jones who lead the team with a career-high 25 points, while knocking down six three-pointers. “When Kenyatta shot his first shot, his eyes got big and the basket got big. That is when he knew he was on fire,” Adams said. On the other hand, freshman DeMarcus McVay and sophomore Darius Woods had 15 points each.

Taylor, Smith tabbed Capital One Academic All-District VI By: Ranger Rocket Staff

Sophomore midfielder Morgan Taylor and sophomore forward Nathan Smith have been named to the 2011-12 Capital One Academic All-District VI Team as voted upon by more than 2,700 members of the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). The selections for Northwest are the first in the school’s soccer history. Taylor, a native of Grenada, boasted a 3.74 GPA

in nursing while helping the women’s soccer team to its most conference wins since 2006. A 2011 MACJC AllState selection, Taylor led the Lady Rangers in all statistical categories, scoring seven goals and adding four assists for a team-best 18 points. She owned a .194 shot percentage and .611 SOG percentage, knocking in game-winners against East Central and Holmes.

Smith had his best season for the Rangers in 15 starts, scoring eight goals and adding five assists for 21 total points. He scored his first career hat-trick on Aug. 30 in a hard-fought, 6-5 loss to Jones County. The Hernando native had a 3.53 GPA in accounting. The Academic AllDistrict VI team is comprised of student-athletes from schools in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi,

New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas. To be nominated, a student-athlete must be a starter or important reserve (at least 50 percent of the team’s games) with at least a 3.30 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) at his/her current institution.

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Senatobia, Miss.

Mr. and Miss Northwest Kristi Ray, an office systems technology major from Oxford, and Mark Guillory, a practical nursing major from Oxford, (left) were named Mr. and Miss NWCC for the 2011-2012 academic year at Northwest Mississippi Community College’s Lafayette-Yalobusha Technical Center in Oxford.

Oxford Taylor Pounders, a respiratory therapy major from Horn Lake, (left) and Ashlea Stephenson, a nursing major from Hernando, (right) have been named Mr. and Miss NWCC for the 2011-2012 academic year at Northwest Mississippi Community College’s DeSoto.

DeSoto Josiah Jones, an EMT major (right), and Whitney Smith, a nursing major, (left) were named Mr. and Miss NWCC for the 2011-2012 academic year at Northwest Mississippi Community College’s main campus in Senatobia.


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Henson Anderson of Hernando UM-DeSoto 2011 Accountancy Graduate transferred from NWCC receiving the DeSoto Center 2+2 Scholarship

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