What to wear and what not to wear to graduation

Fashion editorial by De’Issac House

Fashion is not just clothing.  It makes a statement from how you feel—to a way of life.

For this article, I will help you dress for graduation.

It’s more than putting on just any clothing to simply throw your robe on top of.

You must show class when attending such an event, because it is your finest hour.

Some people have shown their laziness when it comes to dressing for the biggest stage.

Men, when dressing for graduation, be comfortable but not too comfortable. Wear a nice pair of khakis or even a pair of slacks. The proper attire requires some kind of collared shirt and also a tie. It can be a bow tie, a regular tie or even a clip-on.  No matter what kind it is, invest in one because this is setting you up for success down the line.

The shoes are an important part, because it puts the whole outfit together. Your shoes also peak out from under your graduation robe.

Remember when you leave graduation, you are not wearing your robe home and what you wear will appear.

Now for the ladies, dress conservatively.

If you are going to wear a skirt or a dress, then you do not want to show too much. Ladies, you do not have to wear a dress or skirt if you are not comfortable In that. A nice pair of slacks or dress pants would be fine. Heels are preferred for either attire but do not put them on if you can not wear them. Flats would be fine and more comfortable for standing on your feet all day.

Most importantly, wear clothes that are appropriate and comfortable.  This is your day to celebrate your accomplishments with your family, so dress the part.

A happy start leads to a great ending for editor

Editorial by Terrell Wooten


As a kid growing up and attending school in Senatobia, I honestly had no plans for enrolling at Northwest.

I was always taught by my grandparents to never settle for the ordinary, go beyond limitations and break down barriers to prove to myself that I was worthy of great things before attempting to impress everyone else.

So, with that lecture embedded in the back of my brain, I began setting the bar high for myself. I said that after high school, I was going to attend Full Sail University in Orlando, Florida.

As a kid, I had dreams of one day becoming a screenwriter in the entertainment business. I was so confident about the possibility of moving to Florida and finally getting the chance to experience something different in my life.

Unfortunately for me, that plan fell short due to my mother’s paranoia that I personally diagnosed her with.  She had the nerve to tell me that I could not go to Florida, because it was too far away from home.

If something was to happen, she wouldn’t be able to reach me in time, which I totally understood, but I couldn’t help feeling disappointed at the same time.

Attending Full Sail University was something that I had planned for years. My mother talked me out of going and persuaded me into enrolling at Northwest.

On Orientation Day, my whole perception about Northwest changed.

Everything was so well put together, and the faculty welcomed me with open arms. My plan was to take up a writing major of some sort, but once I found out that writing for entertainment wasn’t available, I went with journalism.

I was taken to the Yalobusha Building where I met my wonderful adviser, Mrs. Carroll Huebner.

Mrs. Huebner has been a big help tremendously, and she is the reason why my time at Northwest was so fulfilling and amazing.

She went out of her way to make sure that I was satisfied in every way possible, when it came down to my education. I also want to acknowledge the ladies in the Public Relations office: Mrs. LaJuan, Mrs. Sarah and Mrs. Julie.

They have all been apart of my journey, and they have helped me gain the best experience possible and from the bottom of heart I would like to say, thank you.


New computer system starts in the summer

By Maggie Cates

Northwest will soon be getting a new computer system called, Campus Key. This new system will mostly affect faculty and staff, because a lot of the changes are ones that students will never see.

There are a few things that students might need to know about the new system.

First, students may have realized by now that they could not pre-register for summer classes this year. This is because of the new system.  This summer is when the new system will begin being used to register students.

Paige Norris, the assistant Registrar, said that students will have to register for their June summer classes and online summer classes on May 27. In order to register, it’s the same process as always, Norris said.

Second, the new system will eventually affect the student portals. In the new student portal, there will be more choices. The Director of Management Information Systems, Amy Latham, gave an example.

“Students will not only be able to see the classes they have already taken, but they will also see the ones they need to take in order to complete their majors.    This will bring students closer to eventually being able to register themselves for their classes,” Latham said.

Also, Latham said that it will be helpful for applying students to see what else they need to send to the school.

Third, Sarah Sapp, the director of Communications, put a competition on Facebook to see who can think of the best name for the new student portal. On April 24, the top three names were chosen. They were myNWCC (or myNorthwest), Ranger Portal and Ranger Gateway. The new name should be chosen by the end of the year.


Book buy back runs May 12-15

By Maggie Cates

The Ranger Bookstore will buy back textbooks during the week of finals on May 12-15.

All three bookstores in Senatobia, Southaven and Oxford will be buying back books, as a well as a separate person buying books at the Senatobia bookstore.

On the Senatobia campus, the bookstore will be open from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., but the other campuses may have a later closing time, due to the night classes. Students should check their campus bookstore.

Students must have their student ID to sell their books.

If a student is thinking about selling their books, then now is the time, because the next chance will not be until summer.

According to Director of Union Services, Joel Boyles, a lot of students are already coming in trying to sell their books back.

Boyles said they only allow students to sell their books during finals week.

Normally students will get back 50 percent of what they originally paid, providing that the teacher of the class is not changing to a new edition.

Most of the books that they will buy back will be hard back, and they will buy some paperback books, Boyles said.

They will not buy folder books, due to the difficulty of making sure that they still contain every page and are in order.

Students will have to bring the books to them, so that they can decide if they will take it back.

The condition of the book also matters. The books cannot have any major damage, but they can have notes or highlighter marks in them and still be bought back.

Also, according to Boyles, it would be best for a student to watch his/her books carefully, as sometimes they are stolen around the end of the school year. If they are stolen, however, students should go to the bookstore and see if they have it.

If the book can be proven to be stolen, they can look back and see who sold it to them through the student I.D.

Textbooks can be expensive, and students should take this opportunity to get some money back, Boyles said.

Graduation ceremonies set for May 16

By Terrell Wooten

It’s that time again. Our sophomore students are making preparations and putting forth the effort to finish the semester strong, so they can walk across that stage.

The 2014 graduation ceremony will be held on Friday, May 16, in the Howard Coliseum on the Senatobia campus.

Students were given their caps and gowns during graduation rehearsal.

The Associate of Applied Science rehearsal took place on Monday, May 5, Career Certificate rehearsal, May 6, and Associate of Arts rehearsal was held on May 7, in the Coliseum.

“I’m a mother of two, and I also work a full-time job, so for me to finally walk across that stage after working my tail off, is such a good feeling. If I could do it, anyone can do it,” Tyronica Webb, a sophomore healthcare data technology major, said.

State Senator and Northwest alumnus, Steve Hale, will be speaking to students during all three graduation ceremonies, according to Northwest President, Dr. Gary Lee Spears.

The Associate of Applied Sciences ceremony will be held at 8:30 a.m. The Career Certificate ceremony will be held at 11 a.m., and the Associate of Arts ceremony will be held at 2 p.m.

Clearance will be May  7-9, starting at 8:30-11:45 a.m. and 1-3:15 p.m. in the Administration Building.

If any student has fines of any sort, they have to be paid before receiving a clearance slip for finals.  If a student does not have a clearance slip, the instructors will not allow them to take their exams.

Students are asked to use the back entrance and go up the stairs of the Administration Building, where they can receive their clearance slips in the cashier room. Student I.D.s are required.