Fitness Expo to be held May 3

By Lauren Benton

Intramural Coach and Cheer Sponsor, Liesel Mote, and Intramural Coach and Recreational Manager, Devin Mahony will be holding a Fitness Expo on the Senatobia campus in the McClendon Center on Saturday, May 3 from 8 a.m.-1 p.m.

“We are wanting people in the community to come to the Fitness Expo for support outside our campus and to show people the facilities we have here on our campus to exercise,” Mahony said.

At the Expo, the Ranger Outdoor Complex will be displayed, as well as the fitness center and workout studios. There will also be brief demonstrations of the physical exercise classes that are offered at Northwest. These classes include Zumba, weight training, cycling, fitness walking and conditioning.

Mote along with other fitness instructors will be holding one hour exercise classes from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. that day. There will also be a nutrition seminar.

“We want people to get more involved with the fitness facilities we have on campus and to push for Healthy Mississippi, which is to lower cholesterol, heart problems and diabetes,” Mahony said.

The more people who get involved, the more are aware of these serious health problems that are caused by the lack of exercise.  The more people that eat healthy, the closer we are to meeting our job requirements and making healthier people, Mahony said.

In this expo, participants will learn that the fitness center at Northwest represents lifetime fitness. The instructors are going to teach people the correct techniques and how each workout machine works, so that they will be able to incorporate what they learned into their daily schedules and apply them at home.

“It is going to be a great learning experience, and we are going to try to make it as fun as we can,” Mahony said.

You can register by email or phone or contact Liesel Mote at,  (662)-562-3899 or by joining the Facebook event @


Cheer tryouts scheduled for May 9-10

Staff Report

Tryouts for the 2014-15 cheerleading squad are scheduled for May 9-10, according to Liesl Mote, cheer sponsor. Tryouts are open to male and female cheerleaders. Co-ed stunt group and all-girl stunt group positions are available.

The tryouts will take place on May 9 from 5-9 p.m. and May 10 from 9 a.m-5 p.m. at the South Gym in the McLendon Center on the Senatobia campus. Participants must be at both sessions, Mote said.

A Northwest cheer clinic is available before tryouts on April 12 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. “Our cheer clinics offer prospects the opportunity to learn stunt, tumbling and cheer elements that are required at the spring tryout,” Mote said. She added that cheerleader prospects are expected to know how to stunt before they try out for the squad.  The clinics are $25 each.

Tryout requirements and applications are available on the Northwest website at Participants are asked to indicate whether or not they plan to attend a clinic on their application, Mote said.


Bible study available to students every Wednesday

By Kreneice Reid and Gabrielle Williams

Manifold Wisdom, a church in Hernando, hosted their first Bible study on campus.

In the future, the study will be held Wednesday from 6:15 to 8 p.m. in the McLendon Center in room 124. Gabrielle Williams sat down with a couple of students to get the scoop on the new Bible study—including Joseph Smith, a freshman, who shared his thoughts. An interview with the pastor of Manifold Wisdom, David Walton, was also conducted.

Read more in the April issue of the Ranger Rocket.


Learning how to deal with controversy

Editorial by Terrell Wooten

It’s something that happens in every group at some point in its journey—maybe in the first couple of weeks or in the first couple of years. There is going to come a moment when, in a small group setting, tension arises.

I’ve always expected that controversy and disagreements arise in any relationship, any relationship that matters, anyway. Otherwise, one of the parties doesn’t need to be there or it gets very boring.

The trick is not how you communicate your disagreement with your friend, co-worker, customer, partner, spouse or sibling; the trick is how you receive the feedback, good or bad.

According to, social studies play a role in helping students deal with controversial issues. Some educators believe that certain issues are best addressed privately —at home, for example—and that social studies should focus on objective facts. Others argue that public controversy is a characteristic of a healthy democracy and that working with others to address multiple perspectives is a skill that students need to develop in a classroom context.

All social studies teachers must inevitably deal with controversial issues, ranging from basic ideas of fairness and equality in a democracy, to immigration, to the distribution of world resources. Controversial issues require students to conduct thorough research, master concepts on both sides of an issue and develop a perspective of their own.

The most difficult issues often have a profound impact on students, and class discussions about these issues can leave teachers feeling like referees. However, in a democracy, it is critical for students to learn how to listen to opposing viewpoints, and the teacher’s role must be to create an open forum that allows opposing viewpoints to be fully expressed. The challenge for all teachers is finding the fine line between engaging students’ interest and maintaining a sense of objectivity that lets students master the material and develop their own perspectives.