Basketball teams to play in state tournament

By Kevin Maloney

The 2014 MACJC Basketball Tournament started on Feb.24 at the Davis Event Center on the campus of Itawamba Community College. The tournament runs Feb. 24-27.

Both Ranger basketball teams have qualified for the state tournament, with the men opening play at 8 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 24 against Gulf Coast and the women playing on Tuesday, Feb. 25 at 6 p.m. against JCJC.

Monday’s game will offer live stats here: www.sidearmstats.com/northwestms/mbball.

Tuesday’s game against Jones County will offer live video at jcjc.tv and live stats here: www.sidearmstats.com/northwestms/wbball.

The Ranger men come into the postseason with a 12-9 overall record and will face the 18-5 Bulldogs. Northwest is led by three of four starters in double figures, including De’Sean Dockery who is averaging a team-best 14.6 points per game.

Northwest has one of the best offenses in the league, averaging 86.0 ppg, but also allows 84.8 ppg. The Rangers shoot 43 percent from the floor against 48 percent shooting for their opponents.

The Ranger women are 12-8 overall on the year and will face the top-seeded Jones County Lady Bobcats, who won a three-way tiebreaker to take the No. 1 seed in the south.

Northwest is averaging 72.3 ppg, led by sophomore forward Carshava Sutton who has been a wrecking ball the past seven games since the injury to Tekevanna Young. Sutton is averaging 17.7 points and 10.1 rebounds a game and has posted double-doubles in six of the last seven, including a monster 33-point, 15-rebound effort vs Itawamba back on Feb. 6.

It’s no secret that the Lady Rangers like to run the floor. They have forced opposing teams into 515 turnovers that have led to easy transition points on the other end.

Jones County (16-7) is ninth in the NJCAA in FG percentage at 46.8 and is averaging 75.3 points per game.

Be sure to follow us on Twitter @NWCC_Rangers to stay updated throughout the tournament.

NWEA holds first meeting of the year on Feb. 26

By Terrell Wooten

The Northwest Education Association (NWEA) will hold their first meeting of the year on Feb. 26 at 12 p.m. in room 116 in the Calhoun Building.

NWEA promotes recruitment and development of future educators.  To achieve this, NWEA participates in opportunities such as school placement and a variety of volunteer projects.

School placement permits the students to observe once a week in a classroom setting. Options for observations include high school, middle school and elementary school in all subject areas.

Courtney Hicks, librarian, will be talking to the students about the Praxis test and the practices that are on the library links. Hicks will also be giving an overview about Animato and how these future educators can use them in their classrooms.

“Our first three meetings last semester were great, and we’ve got a really good amount of students who are participating this semester,” Teri Hawkins, instructor and sponsor, said.

On March 19, Dr. Angie Brock will be talking to the students and giving them a little feedback about their progress and inform them if any changes are needed related to their classroom observation.

The last meeting for the semester will be held on April 16, and the students will talk about what they have learned while enrolled in the program this year.

The NWEA meets once a month, usually on the third Wednesday. Membership dues are $20, which includes lunch at each meeting.

How to deal with the feeling of being homesick while in college

Editorial by Terrell Wooten

Homesickness is nothing new. Those who suffer from the condition feel some form of anxiety, sadness, nervousness, and most distinctly, obsessive preoccupation with thoughts of home.

If you’re a first-year student, you’ve probably made more major changes in your life than you ever have before. If you’re a transfer, you may be used to being in school, but not your current school.

Let’s consider what you’ve done: you have started at an entirely new school, a college probably, where you might not know anyone at all. You might be in a new city, state or even country. You have a new lifestyle to manage, where every hour of your day is unlike how you spent your time even four or six weeks ago. You have new responsibilities that are pretty heavy: from managing finances to learning a new academic system and culture. You may also be living on your own for the first time and learning all kinds of things that you hadn’t even thought to ask about before you left.

Here’s what you can do to lift your mood while you adjust to college life.

Realize homesickness is a normal feeling.

Allow time to get used to your new home environment.

Talk about your feelings with friends, family, a resident assistant or counselor.

Post pictures and things from home in your room.

Make plans to visit home, keeping in mind that you will be returning to school.

Get involved in campus activities

Don’t ignore your feelings or try to drown them by drinking alcohol, taking drugs or participating in any type of risky behavior.

Learn what helps you relax – it might be deep breathing exercises, music or exercise.

Be realistic when it comes to your expectations about college. Remember that you must relax and play a bit in addition to studying, or you’ll burn out. Structure your time and work toward finding a healthy balance.

Theatre students attend KCACTF conference

By Kreneice Reid

Based on their academic performance, school attendence and preparation of their presentations, a selected handful of theatre majors were granted the chance to attend the annual Region IV Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival held in Roanoke, Virginia.

This is the fourth year that Northwest students have been able to attend the national theatre festival partially due to funds raised by the Northwest Player’s Club.

 To read more, pick up a copy of the February issue of The Ranger Rocket.IMG_5705

Coach Edwards get 400th win

By Rudy Armstrong

Women’s Head Basketball Coach, Don Edwards, reached a great milestone by clinching his 400th career win.

Edwards has been a part of Northwest coaching staff for over 30 seasons.

He has also been the head coach for golf for 20 years.  He was the assistant coach for the women’s and men’s basketball team in 1983 and four years later, became the women’s head basketball coach.

Edwards has had a lot of success as head coach of the Lady Rangers, by leading them to three National Tournaments, two state championship appearances and 15 NJCAA Region tournaments.

He has been named MACJC Coach of the year twice, Region XXIII and District 16 coach of the year four times and MAC Women’s Basketball Coach of the year three times.

He has had 18 former Lady Rangers to sign with four-year universities.  His record at Northwest currently stands at 390-278.

“I have been blessed with a great coaching staff and a great group of girls,” Edwards said.

He has also had lots of success while coaching golf.  He has been named MACJC Golf Coach of the Year twice.

Out of the past 13 seasons, Edwards has had at least one player to compete in the NJCAA Division II National Tournament.

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Library introduces new mobile application for students

By Terrell Wooten

Could this be the next big thing? The librarians at Northwest have come across a way of making research for students and faculty easier than ever.

The library mobile app is a simpler and faster way for students on-the-go to find exactly what they need. All of the databases are available and everything is basically on one page. Faculty members can use it as well for higher education, but it is designed specifically for the students.

“We’re trying to make it to where there is only two or three punches of a button when searching for something on this app,” Maggie Moran, director of learning resources, said.

The library mobile app can be used on a smart phone or tablet and after downloading, just type in your username and password, which is the same as accessing canvas or webmail on the Northwest homepage. This will allow anybody to pull up all of the databases up to five, and then a request for the username and password once again will be required to get five more.

Another great feature of the app is being able to look up books and subject guides for whatever course the student is taking. Nursing students will likely benefit the most from this new piece of technology, because they will discover that this app is basically everything that the library provides in one page. All they have to do is click on it, and it pulls right up when they are out in clinicals, and this will assist them in doing the work that they need.

“Students do everything on their phone, so if you can access everything from the library on a smart phone, you would much rather do that, than to sit in a computer lab,” Courtney Hicks, reference librarian, said.

Students can access the learning resources centers for the libraries and can also email or call one of the librarians if help is needed. If anyone comes across anything unfamiliar, there are demos and videos of how to use the databases, which is still a work in progress but will be available very soon.