By Corey McKinney
Just before the 2015 season begins for the 20th ranked Rangers, the recruiting end of the program was rewarded. The Rangers picked up eight Mississippi residents and one out-of-state player for the 2016 season on Jan. 16.
Signees included Jarod Wright, outfielder from Arlington High School in Tennessee; Chance Cotton, infielder and pitcher from Germantown High School; Connor McGraw, right-handed pitcher and outfielder from Germantown High School; Dalton Minton, left-handed pitcher from Horn Lake High School; Hunter Bishop, outfielder from Lafayette High School; Jake McPhail, catcher from Lafayette High School; David Herrington, outfielder from Magnolia Heights School; Jack McClure, catcher and first baseman from Oxford High School and Peyton Plumlee, right-handed pitcher from Lewisburg High School.
The 2015 season starts for the nationally ranked Rangers on Feb. 9 on the road at Southwest Tennesee. They will host Arkansas Baptist on Feb. 11 for a double header. First pitches for the home opener are scheduled for 2 and 5 p.m.
By Corey McKinney
With softball season right around the corner, the softball staff has already been hard at work on the field with the team and off the field in recruiting. All the hard work has paid off, as the Lady Rangers inked eight players from around the northern part of the Magnolia State on Jan. 15.
These eight players are expected to make a big impact on the team in the 2016 season, as all of these athletes have accomplished very much in their high school careers.
The new members to the Lady Ranger program include Kailey Walker, outfielder from Lake Cormorant High School; Tori Luke, pitcher and outfielder from Tri County Academy; Sallie Rose Carver, pitcher and infielder from Hernando High School; Katelyn Holley, pitcher and infielder from Hernando High School; Leeah Henson, pitcher and utility player from Senatobia High School; Anna Catherine Storey, outfielder from Senatobia High School; Kali Roberts, outfielder from Kosciusko High School and Allison Williams, infielder and outfielder from Southaven High School.
The 2015 softball season will start for the Lady Rangers in Summit, when they will take on Southwest Mississippi Community College on Feb. 17.
By Samantha Whittle
Many students have a difficult time returning to school after a long, or even short, break. After the Christmas break that was only one day short of being a month long, many may have a hard time figuring out how to return as a student.
One of the main ways to return to school habits is to get plenty of sleep. Set a time to go to sleep every night of the weekday and try to keep up with that schedule. This gives the student plenty of rest and can also help heal any colds or sicknesses that may arise from the winter weather. Obtaining enough sleep allows the mind and body to rest and can also help students remember more information. Although these are the natural ways to get back into school life, some students might have other ways.
“I go to bed late and wake up early in order to get use to going to bed early. It makes me want to go to bed earlier and earlier every night,” Stephanie Patrick, a freshman studying secondary education from Sarah, said. “Then I spend lots of time in the library to get use to studying.”
Many students stay out late and will let their schoolwork come after everything else during the day. In high school, parents would always have their kids do their homework at a certain time when they get home, usually directly when the kid gets home. Now when the kid has more of an option to do the work, it is better for them to set a time for homework too.
“I don’t really go to bed early, but I try to get in the habit of doing my homework at a certain time every night,” Andrea Geeslin, a sophomore studying general college from Strayhorn, said. “Getting back in the habit of homework helps because it is so easy to fall behind if you don’t stick with getting the work done.”
Some students try to keep in the habit of school even when they are out for breaks or summer.
“I never really ‘swing out’ of school. Since I love going to school, whenever I’m out of school I feel out of my niche and that I should be in school,” Colton Edlin, a freshman studying general college from Senatobia, said. “Even over the summer I miss school and still usually wake up early as if I should be going to school.”
By Reagan Pepper, Kreneice Reid and Samantha Whittle
There will be a number of events on campus in the spring semester to ensure an active environment for students, especially with spring sports kicking off.
To find schedules for sports, visit nwccrangers.com.
Liesl Mote, the intramural coordinator, is also the sponsor for the Ranger cheer squad and looks forward to cheer try-outs, which are scheduled for May 8-9. A cheer clinic will be held April 11 and April 25. Football try-outs are scheduled for Feb. 11.
With basketball season wrapping up, students can attend a variety of other sporting events. The main sports of the spring semester are baseball, softball, tennis and golf.
According to Mote, the Ranger Danger mascot will throw the first pitch of the doubleheader softball and baseball games.
According to Mote, the tennis matches usually go on about half a day and usually attract a lot of student activity at the ROC.
To increase attendance at sporting events, Mote has planned performances for all the home basketball games that will take place at halftime. Previous performances included appearances from the multiple time national champion cheer squad from the University of Memphis Pom and the University of Mississippi cheer squad.
Mote is optimistic about success within the athletic department this spring.
“With the basketball season still continuing and both of our teams doing really well, hopefully we will be able to host some state playoffs,” Mote said.
According to Mote, further student activity includes spring intramural sports like dodge ball, softball, basketball shoot-out and volleyball.
Dates & deadlines
Students love to have days off of school, but they may not know exactly when these days are. Northwest breaks are scheduled for the following dates:
• Spring Break—March 9-14
• Easter—April 2-4
Some more important dates and deadlines beginning with the month of February are as follows:
• Last day to make an application for spring graduation—Feb. 20
• Residence halls close for Spring Break at 4 p.m.—March 6
• Residence halls re-open at 2 p.m.— March 15
• Last day to withdraw from a class if failing and receive a “W”— March 20
• Last day to withdraw from an online class—April 1
• Pre-registration for the Summer 2015 and Fall 2015 terms— April 6-30
• Last day to withdraw from a class if passing and receive a “W”— April 24
• Last day of online classes—May 1
• Clearance— May 6-8
• Finals—May 9-14
• Residence halls close at 4 p.m. for those who are not involved in graduation—May 14
• Graduation/ Residence halls close at 4 p.m. for those who are involved in graduation—May 15
To view the calendar of fine arts events, visit http://www.northwestms.edu, locate the News and events option under the Information tab and then select the fine arts performances option. The Fine Arts department is no stranger to offering a variety of performance and artistic opportunities for the campus and community from steel band performances to art exhibits.
“Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day” by Judith Viorist, is the musical production that will run March 26-28 at 7 p.m. and 29 at 2 p.m.
Tickets are $5 and are free for all Northwest students with show of ID.
Sadie Shannon, instructor and musical director, attest to the perks of granting students free access to performances.
“I think reducing the prices for students and making the event free with student ID, like all other events on campus was a great asset to our department,” Shannon said.
According to Shannon, the audience numbers doubled bringing in nearly 200 people for the
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“I greatly appreciate the high level of artistry of the concert bands and Northwest Singers concerts because the students present themselves on such a professional level, and I have the opportunity to observe the talent, hard work, and passion that the students put into it,” Dr. Saundra Bishop, the director of the Northwest Entertainers, said.
Bishop is confident about the outcome of what the fine arts department will present for the spring semester.
The Beauty review is scheduled for March 26.
The spring carnival will be held at the end of April. The carnival will be entitled Spring Fling and will be extended into a full week, similar to Homecoming week where events are scheduled every day of the week. Mote wants to have a week of fun before finals and departing ways for the summer.
The January issue of the Ranger Rocket is available on newsstands today or online. Read the online version here.
Spring 2015 Registration Completion Information
- ONLINE. All pre-registered students may complete online via myNWCC beginning at 9:00 am on Tuesday, January 6, 2015– Thursday, January 8, 2015 at 7:00 pm (click here for online completion).
- Pre-registered students may complete on campus January 7-8, 2015. All pre-registered students must complete their registration no later than 7:00 pm on Thursday, January 8, 2015.
- Evening Registration January 7-8, 2015.
- Open Registration on campus January 9, 2015.
- Late Registration/Orientation on campus January 12 – 16 , 2015.
You must have a receipt showing that you completed to get your Student ID.
- Go to the myNWCC website location.
- To print a copy of your receipt choose ‘View Receipts’ under ‘Financial Information’ OR to print a one page summary, click on ‘View My Account’ under ‘Student Information’ and then ‘print’.
- If you cannot access myNWCC, the offices can print you the View Account Summary screen as your receipt.
- The computer labs in Tate Hall are available for students to use to print their receipts.
- WE ARE NO LONGER PROVIDING PROMISSORY NOTES. ALL STUDENTS NEED IS THIS RECEIPT.
- Classes begin January 12, 2015
- Final Exams May 9-14, 2015