Work-Study jobs are filled for the year

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Judy Weeks, Work-Study coordinator in the Financial

Aid Office, assists a student with Work-Study.  (Photo

by Mekavia Lesure)

By Mekavia Lesure

The Work-Study Program helps students through college financially but also prepares them for the real world.

According to Judy Weeks, Work-Study coordinator in the Financial Aid Office, to become eligible for the federal Work-Study program, students must be eligible for the Pell Grant.

Steps to complete to be eligible for Work-Study:

  • Fill out your FASFA, and mark yes if you’re interested in Work-Study.
  • Fill out the Work-Study application.
  • Get accepted.
  • Attend the job fair.
  • Get hired.

The hours offered will depend on the eligibility, but it’s usually 10 hours a week.

“The minimum wage starts a $7.25 an hour,” Weeks said.

There are 31 Northwest Work-Study positions and 100 students on federal Work-Study program.

“I do computer work; I watch over the lab, and if anybody has any questions from the other Northwest campuses, I just transfer them over to one of the faculty members in the computer lab,” Ashley Harthcock, a freshman majoring in veterinary from Senatobia, said.

Around 200 Work-Study invitations were sent out and about 75 people showed up this year.

“I attended the job fair this year, and it was well organized and I liked it,” Morghan House, a freshman majoring in pre-nursing from Senatobia, said.

The deadline to apply for Work Study was July 1, but since there were still job openings, they kept taking applications.

“The students have to meet the certain requirements to get hired for the Work-Study program,” Weeks said.

There are currently no more jobs available for Work-Study this academic year, because they hire for the whole year.

Baseball goes undefeated in fall-ball, 7-0

By Corey McKinney

Last season, the Rangers had an outstanding season. They finished 30-16 with an appearance in the playoffs. Their season was ended in the first round of the playoffs, when Hinds, who would go on to win state, swept the Rangers in two games.

The Rangers are ready to go even further into the post season this spring.

Northwest opened the fall season with what was scheduled to be a double-header against Southwest Tennessee. The Rangers would win the first game 8-3, using two big home runs form Kodi Kimbrough and Clay Casey. The second game was cancelled due to the rain.

Their next game was at Swayze Field in Oxford, where they played two games. The first game was a win for the Rangers, 13-3, as they beat Hinds, the national runner-up from last season.  Northwest would win the second game against East Central, 8-1, as Leemarcus Boyd led the charge for the Rangers.

The Rangers traveled to Cleveland on Oct. 1 to play two more games. The first game, against Mississippi Delta, would result in another win for Northwest, with the final outcome at 5-4. The second game would result in yet another Ranger victory over Copiah-Lincoln, 16-7.

Northwest turned right around to face the Wolfpack of Copiah-Lincoln for their first of two games at Smith-Wills Stadium in Jackson on Oct. 7. The result was the sixth win for the Rangers in fall ball, with the final being 16-4. The Rangers would finish the fall ball season with a win over Faulkner University at 7-5.

The Rangers’ first game in the spring is Feb. 9 in Millington, Tenn., as they will take on Southwest Tennessee in a double header.

The app everyone is “yak”ing about

By Lauren Benton

Administrators on the Northwest campus blocked the application ‘Yik Yak’ from the campus IT network and blocked the app from the wireless network last week.

“The number of derogatory, inappropriate and hateful posts was overwhelming. We foster an environment of mutual respect at Northwest, so the least we could do was disable it from our campus desktop computers and wireless network. If students choose to use their own data plans to use the app, the college has no control over that,” Sarah Sapp, director of Communications, said.

‘Yik Yak’ is a mobile app that can be downloaded to android and iOS users.

According to techcrunch.com and yikyakapp.com, the start-up was launched by two Forman University students, Tyler Droll and Brooks Buffington.  The app aims to connect people through anonymous 200-character messages in Twitter-style.  Location based posts within a five-mile radius, the poster can choose to share with the closest 100, 250 or 500 Yik Yak users.

Posts are deleted when two or more users mark the content as inappropriate, or if someone screenshots offensive content and emails Yik Yak.

I personally saw some of the Yik Yaks posted on our campus and was disgusted. I thought to myself, “How can these posts be so cruel about one another?”

The fact that students participate anonymously is cowardly.

Yik Yak is just another product of social media that our generation can abuse and hide behind. It is an embarrassment that the administrators on our campus had to ban the app from their wifi.

As students, we get praised on this campus for the kind of students we are.  Fellow students, don’t you want to uphold  those standards?

“We have great respect for freedom of speech; we don’t think that should extend to anonymous comments that are derogatory and profane in nature. There are laws against defamation and slander that balance free speech, and this platform for anonymous remarks takes away that equally important right to defend yourself should you so choose,” Dan Smith, vice president for Student Affairs and chief of staff, said.

Queens crowned at Homecoming

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Northwest President, Dr. Gary Lee Spears crowned

queens from each campus. The queens were (l-r)

Kristina Mays from the Senatobia campus, Autumn

Jones from the Oxford Center and Amber Coss from

the DeSoto Center.  (Photo by Lauren Benton)

By Lauren Benton

Homecoming at Northwest was a week filled with festive events for students and alumni.

The 2014 Homecoming court was presented at halftime of the Ranger Homecoming football game against Itawamba on Sept. 20.

Kristina Mays, a sophomore pre-medical major from Independence, was crowned the Homecoming queen for the Senatobia campus.

Amber Coss, a sophomore funeral service technology major from Ripley, was crowned homecoming queen for the DeSoto Center.

Autumn Jones, a sophomore elementary education major from Water Valley, was crowned homecoming queen for the Oxford Center.

Dolores Wooten, director of Alumni Affairs and Development Operations and James E. Dunn, the 2014 Alumnus of the Year, presented a gift to all queens on behalf of the Alumni Association.

The DeSoto Center maids were Sunny Lee, a freshman pre-dental hygiene major from Hernando and Raymie Neal, a freshman pre-pharmacy major from Southaven.  Ebony Street, a sophomore general college major from Olive Branch, was the sophomore maid.

The Oxford Center maids were Rachel Garth, a freshman elementary education major from Aberdeen, and Karrigan Shankle, a freshman cosmetology major from Bruce. The sophomore maid was Talia Leon, a sophomore business administration major from Modesto,

California.

The Senatobia campus maids were Erica Otten, a freshman registered nursing major from Olive Branch, and Laken Suddoth, a freshman elementary special education major from Sarah. Shanda Cunningham, a sophomore  surgical technology major from Independence.

Prior to the Homecoming game, a Homecoming carnival was held at the Ranger Outdoor Complex on the Senatboia campus on Sept. 16.

Students had to do push-ups in order to earn tickets. The tickets were used to get cotton candy or to play on the bounce houses.

On Sept. 17, the annual lunch was held at the Oxford center.

There was a fall baseball doubleheader at Jim Miles field on Sept. 18. Later that evening, a Homecoming dance was hosted in the North Gym on the Senatobia campus.

On Friday, Sept. 19 the DeSoto Center hosted a Homecoming cookout on the front lawn.

For the first time during Homecoming festivities, new members were inducted into the Sports Hall of Fame. Inductees were basketball legends Detric Golden and Shantell Atkins-Brown and  double threat, football/baseball star Ben Evans.

According to northwestms.edu, Golden played for the Rangers from 1995-1997, and holds the record for career points scored at 1,223. He had 192 steals and 642 assists during his career. He was named All-MAJCJ and went on to play at Troy State University.

Atkins-Brown scored a career 33 points against Vol State in 1994 and was named All MACJC in 1994-1995.

Evans shone during his baseball career at Northwest earning NCJAA All – Region honors, All-Eastern Division honors and was the All Time Batting Champion during the 1976 and 1977 seasons.

A “Meet and Greet,” was held for alumni and friends in the Haraway Center on the Senatobia campus. There was also a picnic style lunch served.

The classes of 1954, 1964 and 1974 were honored along with Alumnus of the Year James Dunn, Tunica County Supervisor and president of the Northwest Foundation.