Groundskeepers have big plans for spring

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March showers bring April flowers. Northwest groundskeepers are sprucing up campus for the spring season.  (Photo by Allen Brewer)

By Allen Brewer

Spring 2017 is just around the corner, and Northwest groundskeepers are cooking up big plans for the Senatobia campus.

With construction of the new Football Field House and Health Sciences building being completed, campus groundskeepers are planing to start work on replanting the landscape. Groundskeepers are also planning to add new visual appeal around the sports complexes.

“The idea of ‘Landscape Maintenance Sustainability’ is a priory here on campus,” Len Lawhon, head of groundskeeping, said. “Choosing plants that are both beautiful, naturally disease and insect resistant, require only a little pruning or irrigation and are tolerant of our weather extremes are all very important requirements to make it to our approved planting lists.”

Groundskeeping is planing to plant over 100 blooming trees on the streets around the sports complexes. New types of flowering cherry trees, a tulip magnolia tree from New Zealand, hybrid redbuds and many shade trees will also be incorporated in the block.

“It is great fun to watch bloom buds swell and explode into color overnight,” Lawhon said. “I can drive through campus and see into the future of our campus with great excitement. In five years, spring on the Senatobia campus will be a community event!”

While spring hasn’t quite sprung yet, many flowering trees and bushes have already started to bloom around campus. These plants not only provide beauty to the surrounding landscape but also help to lift the sprites of students and staff.

“A well-maintained campus shows pride and attention to detail,” Lawhon said. “Both students, their parents and the entire campus staff feel good when their surroundings look good.”

Writing Center logo contest is underway

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Peer consultant Danielle Childers, a sophomore studying communicative disorders from Senatobia, works in the Writing Center.  The Writing Center is holding a logo design competition until March 31.  (Photo by Allen Brewer)

By Allen Brewer

It is still not too late to enter the Writing Center Logo Design Competition. The winning design will win $100 and be featured at the Writing Center’s new locations in DeSoto and Oxford.

The contest will end on March 31, and all entries must be submitted before the cut-off date. A list of rules for designers to incorporate and avoid in their logo have been provided on the submission flyers.

“This will be an opportunity for students to create a logo that will be used forever,” Jason Jones, director of the Writing Center, said. “We would like something that envisions collaboration.

Jones encourages students to use Northwest Pantone colors, 186 (Red) and 288 (Blue) in the logo; an extra black and white copy for comparison should also be submitted. Jones would also like for the winning design to be 300 resolution, at 100 percent and be saved in a vector format as to be scaled.

For hand drawn entries, Jones suggests using Pigma Micron Pens, available at the Ranger Bookstore or something that is similar for clean lines.

The Writing Center would like the logo to represent its modern side instead of inkwells, quills, and typewriters. The logo should also include its name, WC, Northwest, or NWCC as part of its design.

“I think that it should be something inviting, so that more students will be interested in coming,” Danielle Childers, a peer consultant and sophomore studying communicative disorders from Senatobia, said.

The design will be featured on the signs of the new Writing Centers at the DeSoto and Oxford Centers. Artists from all three campuses are welcome to enter the contest and send their submissions to Jones through webmail.

The hope is for the Writing Centers to be completed next semester for students on the other campuses. The DeSoto Writing Center is being converted from the current reference center. The hope is for the Northwest logos to look different from the Ole Miss Writing Center at the DeSoto Center. The Oxford Writing Center will be shared with the Math Lab.

Jones hopes that the logo design contest will encourage students to try out its successes. The Writing Center was created by the 2016 QEP to improve student success in writing. Students can receive help on  their essays and constructive criticism on ways they can improve their writing skills.