Humanities electives offered in the spring

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Deborah Wilbourn, English instructor, teaches Survery of African American Literature in the spring.  (Photo by Allen Brewer)

By Allen Brewer

The Harlem Renaissance resonates smooth jazz as epic poetry, while  slaves tell the story of how they overcame their struggle. Survey of African American Literature is a class that comprises all of these elements and more.

Offered in the spring, students will be able to engage into the untold stories of poets, writers and music that have been overlooked in African American history. The instructor for this class is Deborah Wilbourn, English instructor. Wilbourn states the class will cover a variety of subjects such as the Civil War and Harlem Renaissance.

“I want my students to see the common thread in African American culture that follows through the literature and history of America,” Wilbourn said.

Traditionally, this class has a low enrollment rate, but it is offered as a humanities credit. Wilbourn states that students can learn from this class and for it to be untold would be a waste.

“There are so many people unaware of the effects of African Americans on our culture in literature and poetry,” Wilbourn said. “Everyone regardless of race will benefit from this.”

For students who do not care much for reading, the Film as Literature class will offer students a chance to watch movies for homework. While it may seem like a cake walk, this class will focus on the social messages of films and show their effects on society.

Offered in the spring semester, Film as Literature will be taught by Dale Davis. Films shown in class will vary from classics, westerns, science fiction and horror.

“The class is a way to learn about films and understand their artistic value as well as their historical and cultural significance,” Davis said.

After watching a movie, the class will discuss how techniques such as camera angles, lighting, color, and music add to the film’s message. The class will also study why genre films are more than entertainment and some of the social issues they address.

“We can watch films every day for the entertainment they bring, but those same films can speak to us in important ways about our own hopes and fears in the time we live in,” Davis said.

For students interested in these classes, speak to your adviser about adding them to your schedule. Both classes are humanities electives that will count for three credit hours each.

Rangers headed to HOT bowl

 

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Staff Report

Northwest has accepted an invitation to play in the 2016 C.H.A.M.P.S. Heart of Texas Bowl, marking the school’s 11th all-time bowl appearance and third in the last five years.

Northwest (9-2) will face Trinity Valley (10-1) at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3 at Bulldawg Stadium. The game will be streamed live on ESPN3.com and the WatchESPN app.

“We’re so excited to get the opportunity to play in a bowl game against a great opponent in TVCC,” head coach Benjy Parker said. “It should be a great matchup. We want to thank our administration and everyone else involved in this decision. It’s an honor to represent the MACJC in this prestigious bowl.”

The C.H.A.M.P.S. Heart of Texas Bowl features two major bowl games each year, matching two top junior colleges from the NJCAA in the first game, then pits schools from NCAA Division II in the second game.

Northwest is ranked fifth in the final NJCAA regular season poll, a 24th consecutive week in the top 10. The defending national champions have four wins over nationally-ranked teams this season and are 10-3 the last two seasons against ranked opponents.

TVCC, the 2016 SWJCFC champions and nation’s fourth-ranked team, will be making its 21st all-time bowl appearance and fourth in five years. They are 3-0 in the HOT Bowl.

More information about the Heart of Texas Bowl can be found at http://www.heartoftexasbowl.com.

Northwest Student Book Exchange offers a way to sell books

By Mariah Wallace

During the beginning of a semester, students know they will have to buy books for each course.  Each class may require a book or two or maybe a code. The bookstore is an option for purchasing a textbook and other necessities, but if there was another cheaper option, students wouldn’t be out of money and saving wouldn’t be a problem.

To solve this issue, there is an exchange system on Facebook for students looking for a certain textbook or code that students can purchase new or used under $70. Also, students can resell a textbook for any price. The name of this system is the Northwest Student Book Exchange. This book exchange was founded in 2014 by Mike Haskins, a former Northwest student who felt the need for students to save money and resell their textbooks to other students.

It all started when Haskins began to post his used textbooks on his Facebook page and eventually made a group that would cater to selling books.

Two years after having the group created, nearly 2,000 members buy and sell books daily. “It’s been a great resource for students and some instructors,” Haskins said. “It’s a very active group, and we usually add at least eight to 10 students daily.” To be able to take part in the book exchange, go to the Northwest Student Book Exchange on Facebook and request to join. A group administrator will review your request to join and you will soon be added.

Haskins now is a senior integrated marketing communications major at Ole Miss and still runs the Northwest Student Book Exchange in his free time along with other people. Take advantage of this helpful resource! It can help you save and get you money at the same time!

Important life skills should be learned now

By Morgan Shingler

Whether it be from childhood or after high school, everyone was always told time and time again, “You need to remember this, you will need it for college,” and most of the time they were correct. Throughout life, you will run into people of different races, religions and most importantly people of different mindsets.

Regardless of any of those characteristics, one needs to prepare themselves to be ready in any given situation and to handle it positively and with ease.

Relating to the people around you will be the first step in situations to come and will help you in the future more than it will now. You may have your own opinions about things and how things should be done, but that should never become an issue or progress will not be made. While in school, relating to others can be a major factor when doing group work or even with deadlines and work material being turned in. Meanwhile the work force business deals and situations in the medical field require those certain people skills.

Develop a professional version of yourself. Do not become a fake person, but make sure that there is a line not to cross when mixing business and your personal life. Be yourself but develop a work personality that is all business and knows how to get the job done. Playing around is OK when out of class, but while in class it is not the place. You are there to learn and not waste time. The same applies to work and business ventures.

Time management will always be something that one needs to practice. Not just every other day but every day. It is always needed. Getting to class on time makes all the difference between passing a class and failing a class. It also applies to getting written up at work and getting In trouble for showing up an hour after you were scheduled. Growing older comes with responsibility, and that is one thing that should not be taken lightly.

“Practice makes habit,” Allie Coughlin, a clinical supervisor at Youth Villages from Memphis said. “You have to know what works for you, whether it be a planner or a schedule on your phone. It gets easier and becomes a habit over time.”

Presentations in class, doing research and taking responsibility are all major skills to keep with you over the period of your life.    They not only will help with business in your future career but even if you become involved in group organizations and social clubs when you get older. A lot of the things you are taught now as a student will once again come up as time goes on. Believe your teachers when they tell you it will definitely be needed. They are doing the best that they can to help you grow and become the people you are destined to be.