Snow and ice disrupt classes for Northwest

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Northwest grounds get a facelift

By Larry Mason

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Grounds crews work outside of Yalobusha Hall.  (Photos by Kreneice Reid)

Students and faculty can see that the Northwest Senatobia campus has received an upgrade. Numerous trees, shrubs, flowers and plants have been planted by the school’s grounds crew over the last few months.

From mulched flower beds and sod, to methodically placed trees and shrubs around campus, Northwest’s grounds keepers have been extremely busy landscaping the grounds for a better aesthetic view when walking around the campus.

According to Jerry Cathy, the assistant manager of the grounds crew, they have planted about 50 trees this semester, consisting of crepe myrtles, holly bushes, and dogwood trees. Colorful flowers and small shrubs were also planted.

“There are about 100 or more that are planned to be planted this semester. These will consist of mostly shrubs,” Cathy said.

According to Cathy, each member of the grounds crew has a piece of themselves in the work that has been done. They take a lot of pride in improving the overall look of the Northwest campus.

All students and faculty were urged to help the grounds crew out by picking up litter and putting it in the trash cans scattered around campus. With help, it will make it much easier to keep the campus beautiful.

Tennis teams gear up for the season

By Paige Grady


The Ranger tennis season is rapidly approaching, and the players are becoming pretty anxious.

A few of the players have noted specific goals that they want the team as a whole to meet along with some personal. Like in any sport, the Ranger tennis team’s biggest goal is to advance to Nationals, after competing throughout the season, and the four rounds in the State Tournament.

Making it to Nationals this season would be a dream come true for all the sophomores—Joseph Shidler, Madison Jarrell, Macey Magee, Anna Rosenbaum, Derravia Carpenter, Tyler Newman, Chip Malone, Jon Morgan Bell and Christian Scott.  All of these players are hoping to not only dominate on the court but also to be smart about plays, mature during all the matches and come together to work well. Madison Jarrell, women’s double, wants the team to obtain an all-around better record this year to gain respect that other Northwest sports have.

“Everyone on the team is definitely a key player, because everyone has so much potential to win in their spots.Anybody on our team can have a good day and help us get a win on both doubles and singles,” Jon Morgan Bell, a sophomore tennis player studying communications, said.

Even though every athlete taking part in this sport is a key player, Joseph Shidler, studying  general college, is one to look out for this season. Shidler made it all the way to state finals in 2014, and his fellow teammates can agree that he is smartest on the court; he knows what swings, foot placements and bodily maneuvers would work best at certain moments

“Shidler knows how to kick up the level in the clutch moments and mentors the other members of the team when he has the chance,” Thomas Hall, a freshman tennis player, said.

Chelsea Jarrell is also a player to watch out for in the coming season because of her positive leadership and her strengths in the game.

Troy Howell, women’s and men’s tennis coach, is said to take care of all of his players. He expects his athletes to perform excellent in the classroom and on the court.

Bell states that, ”He [Coach Howell] always has our best interest in mind and wants us to have fun.” His main goal for the season is to also make it to the State Tournament and hopefully to Nationals.

Lastly, a few of the players believe that Itawamba Community College will be their biggest competitor this season. They are known to be first in state in tennis, but Malone proclaims that on any given day, our guys can beat their guys.

The team’s first game is at home on March 16, at 1 p.m. against Northeast.

Reflecting on the past: Black History Month

In honor of Black HIstory Month, the staff members of the Ranger Rocket compiled a list of influential African-Americans.

Etta James  

Born Jamesetta Hawkins in Los Angeles, California on Jan. 25, 1938, Etta James proved early in life that she was the epitome of a star. By age 5, James was already known as a gospel prodigy with the help of radio airplay and local singing endeavors. By age 12, she had formed her own trio in San Francisco.

James frequented the music charts with such songs as “All I Could do was Cry” and “At Last.” From 1954-2012, James released numerous albums and hit after hit as she became known for her extraordinary voice. At the time of her death on Jan. 20, 2012, in Riverside, California, James had three Grammy Awards under her belt, as well as an induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1993.

Still to this day, James is considered one of music’s most dynamic singers. She is also heralded for playing a big role in changing the whole perception of black entertainers. James made it big as an entertainer at a time when African-American optimism was low, and her fame boosted the confidences of many of her fellow and preceding musicians.

W.E.B. Du Bois

W.E.B. Du Bois, who was born in 1868 and died in 1963, was influential in the world of literature. He wrote the books, The Philadelphia Negro: A Social Study in 1899 and The Souls of Black Folk in 1903. He was the first African-American to attend Harvard and obtain a doctorate degree. He served as the editor for NAACPs magazine, The Crisis.

According to, “W.E.B. Du Bois was one of the most important African-American activists during the first half of the 20th century.”

Alexander Miles

Born in the late 1830s, African-American inventor Alexander Miles transformed the game of the elevator system forever. While living in Duluth, Minnesota, he sparked an idea for automatic elevator doors.

He managed to reduce several possible deaths with his invention because before his automatic doors were implemented, a person could have easily fallen down the elevator shaft if a careless person forgot to close the doors before ascending or descending. He designed an appliance that would close the shaft doors when the elevator doors shut. For this idea, in October 1887, his patent was awarded.

Robin Roberts

     Robin Roberts was ESPN’s first on-air black, female anchor.  She was the first to host “Wild World of Sports” and the first woman ever to host a network-televised National Football League pre-game show.

Roberts is a Mississippi native.  She attended Southeastern Louisiana University.  She has battled through breast cancer and a bone marrow disease.

“It is about focusing on the fight, not the fright,” Roberts is known for saying.

     Contributing writers include Larry Mason, Samantha Whittle, Paige Grady and Lauren Benton.

What your student I.D. can get you outside of school

By Paige Grady

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How many college students actually know how useful their student I.D. is? Most students believe it is only used for identification or as a school credit card, but it is a gateway to so many more opportunities.

Students in college will take full advantage of any discount or offer thrown their way. Several restaurants and a few clothing stores offer small discounts to a student when he/she shows them his/her valid student I.D.

What is better than getting a small percentage off food? Nothing.

Rancho Grande Mexican Restaurant, Lenny’s Sub Shop (Malco Blvd.), Three Guys Pizza Pies and Hibachi Express—all located in Southaven—offer a 10 percent discount on a whole meal when an I.D. is presented at the counter. In Senatobia, restaurants such as El Charro, Rio Lindo and Coleman’s BBQ also give a 10 percent discount on any meal purchased.

Every two or three months, Urban Outfitters in Memphis offers college students 30 percent off their entire purchase, but a college identification card must be shown for the complete discount.

For students entering college or for students who are already accepted and attending, Apple offers great discounts for all of their products. The discount is offered in stores and online. By typing into the URL, an education link at the bottom of the screen will appear. Upon clicking that link, a student will choose the school they are currently attending or the school that they will be attending. After clicking the correct school in the correct city and state, it will take the student to a page where he/she can begin shopping for the perfect laptop, phone, or tablet.

As opposed to paying the original $1,099 for a regular MacBook Pro, the student discount subtracts $100, making the new total $999 with free shipping. Apple even allows a student purchasing one of their products a monthly payment plan if the full $999 is not in his/her budget right away. For online purchases, no student I.D. card is needed, but for in-store purchases, a recent acceptance letter, class schedule, or I.D. must be shown.

For any sporting event held at Northwest, a student I.D. can be used as a free entrance pass.

The Tobie Cinema offers $5 movie tickets with the presentation of a valid student I.D.