Players Club to host movie night

By Kreneice Reid

Celebrate Valentine’s Day early with your significant other in a fun, affordable way.
The Northwest Player’s Club will be hosting a free movie night on Feb. 12 at 7 p.m. at the Fine Arts Building in honor of Valentine’s Day.
Refreshments will be served for $1. Members of the Northwest Player’s Club voted on screening the American love story, The Notebook, starring Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams.
“I think Valentine’s Day should be celebrated in the cheesiest fashion avaliable, and The Notebook is the epitome of a chick flick cliché,” David Morgan, technical director, said.
When asked why should Northwest students attend, Player’s Club President, Maurin Tony Penn said, “Because it’s free and a chance to spend time with your loved one.”
The movie night event is not limited to Northwest students.  The Player’s Club welcomes the community to join as well.

SDC to sponsor relationship workshop

By Terrell Wooten

Relationships in today’s generation are not exactly established through traditional methods.
People today would prefer meeting and having conversations on the Internet, rather than the old fashioned face-to-face encounter.
Dating in college follows a completely different set of rules. Just spending time with someone you have a crush on can be considered a relationship starter.  Aside from couples, college is mostly known for one-time hookups and nothing more, because statistics have proven that there is a slim chance of someone finding their soul mate while attending college.
Jennifer Smith, a counselor in the Student Development Center, has voluntarily put together an informal meet and greet event about relationships for students at Northwest.
“Valentine’s Day is approaching, so I feel the need to give our students the advice they need about how to not let their relationships hinder their chances of achieving success here at Northwest,” Smith said.
This workshop will take place on Feb. 4 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in Panola Hall.
“I think it’ll be a good thing for couples,” Rudy Armstrong, a freshman broadcasting major from Calhoun City, said.
Smith has plans on hosting a helpful event every month this semester for the students on campus. For the month of March, there will be a workshop that will focus on how to dress appropriately, and according to some of the instructors on campus, it is desperately needed.
For more information or questions about this event, please contact Smith by phone at (662) 562-3318 or at email jesmith@northwestms.edu.

The Internet and how it affects health

Editorial by Terrell Wooten

Everyone has a different perspective when it comes to the Internet.  For me personally, I find it rather difficult going a day without search the web for something.
We all use the Internet as an easy tool to communicate with friends and family or to stay on track with business-related work.
I’ve come to realize that the Internet isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.
Our health is a major factor, and you would be surprised at how many people are completely oblivious to the fact that spending countless hours on the internet will cause their health to deteriorate.
Obsessive internet usage can lead to sedentary lifestyles, weight gain and a decline in physical fitness. Some other things that we suffer from are carpal tunnel syndrome, dry eyes, migraine headaches, a decline in personal hygiene and back aches.
Depression has also been linked to internet overuse.
My junior year of high school, I started my first job, and I decided to buy myself a laptop for school-related purposes; I did just that.
I researched for term papers and completed all of my online assignments, but over time, I became bored and I decided to go and search the web for others.  That’s when I discovered Twitter and Facebook.
I fell in love with these social networking sites, and eventually I began putting more important things that needed my attention off to the side.  So, I could sit in my room and socialize on the Internet.
I first came to terms with my addiction of the Internet one day while scrolling down my timeline on Facebook, and I saw how everyone was posting statuses and pictures about “living the good life.”
So, I made it my decision to get up, get out and find some sort of hobby that I was proud of and that I could basically brag about and show off to my friends and family.
Unfortunately, that never happened and  over time, I made many plans of eliminating the Internet from my life, so I could go out and actually live it.
My depression was so severe that I couldn’t function mentally, physically or emotionally. Day after day, I would sit at home and live my life on Twitter and Facebook.
Seeing everyone else all happy and content with their lives, I started to become envious. I wanted something to be happy about; I wanted to be satisfied and confident with life, and I wanted that feeling of knowing that people favored and looked up to me.
That didn’t happen very often, and it drove me into an even deeper depression.
My addiction prevented me from accomplishing my goals in life. I had reached a breaking point, and one day I said that this will not go on anymore.
I’m tired of being depressed, stressed, unhealthy and mentally tired. That day happened about a month ago, and now, I’m on the right track to a better lifestyle.
I have since joined a gym.  I’ve changed my diet, I’m sleeping better, my overall performance in school has improved and I’ve even cut down on all of the social networking and unnecessary Internet surfing.  What I’ve taken from this experience is that the Internet will definitely put you in a place mentally and physically that’ll be difficult to come back from.
So, if you or anyone else that you’re familiar with is suffering from overusage of the Internet, I recommend you seek help and don’t be afraid to talk to someone close to you and let them know what’s affecting you.

Bake sale continues today

By Maggie Cates

The Ranger Book Club is starting out the new year with a bake sale Jan. 29-30 in the Humanities Building.
Before the event, an estimated number of attendees is “anywhere from 30 to 50,” according to the book club’s adviser, Librarian Courtney Hicks. Participating in the bake sale are Regilyn Keys, president; Bryan Lightbody, treasurer; Paula Gallagher; Anna Ashcraft; Theresa Phillips; Ebony Daniel; Karaen McPeak; Audrey Johnson; Katie Parker; Danielle Collins; Shelby Eyerson; Kenya Hardin; Tursheila Scruggs; Phillicia Mack and Bernice Willis.
Cookies and cupcakes will be sold.
“We will use the money that we get from the bake sale to buy books for the book club. Books are very expensive,” Hicks said.
If you do not get a chance to buy a baked good on Jan. 29 or 30, there may be another bake sale this semester.
“We might do one for Valentine’s Day,” Hicks said.