Rangers lose heartbreaker to Tigers in Booneville

By Corey McKinney

On Sept. 11, the 0-2 Rangers traveled to Northeast to take on the Tigers.  The Rangers lost in overtime 19-25.

The Rangers and Tigers played a strong defensive first quarter. Northwest broke through first however, with a short field goal, hit by freshman kicker Jim Speights.

The Ranger defense stepped it up on the next play, forcing a safety and making the Ranger lead 5-0 early in the second quarter.

Just before halftime, Roger Thomas’ number was called. He capitalized with a short touchdown run, making the score 12-0 in Northwest’s favor.

The Rangers came out on their first drive of the third quarter and produced another touchdown, this one with quarterback Karsten Miller connecting with Quandez Lee for a 5-yard pass. The Rangers now led 19-0.

After that, the Rangers fell apart. The Tigers, led by freshman quarterback Brett Thompson, posted 19 straight points to tie the game and send it in to overtime.

Northwest got the ball first in overtime. They did not capitalize, as Speights missed a field goal wide left. The Tigers would take over, and score on Thompson’s fourth throwing touchdown of the night. The Tigers won in overtime, 25-19.

Northwest drops to 0-3 and 0-1 in the north. The next game for the Rangers is the Homecoming match-up against Itawamba Community College on Saturday, Sept. 20 at Ranger Stadium.

Campus police making a presence on campus

By Lauren Benton & Kreneice Reid


Chief of Campus Police Zabron Davis works to make sure the Northwest campuses are as safe as possible.  (Photo by Lauren Benton)

Classes began Aug. 18 for Northwest students.  For Chief of Police Zabron Davis that means enforcing campus rules from the start.

“I’m very driven to make sure students are safe on campus and following the Student Guide,” Davis said.

Davis has been the Chief of Police at Northwest since July 1, 2013.

“The top three most violated rules on campus have been students parking in restricted areas, dress code violations and violation of visitation hours of the opposite sex,” Davis said.

In the 2014-15 Student Guide on page 71, it states all of the parking regulations on the Northwest Senatobia campus.

The color of the decal issued will designate the zone in which vehicles may be parked. Any motor vehicle, which is parked in an area not designated as the proper zone, will be ticketed. Resident students must park in their assigned residence hall lot.

“I have taken away red spots to make sure students have parking around their dorms,” Davis said. “In turn, we have also added more red spots to make sure parking for the staff is here too.”

Parking tickets are issued by police officers, but Assistant Director of Campus Life and Housing Ed Carroll sets ticket prices.

According to Davis, most parking tickets are $20 or higher.  There are two different types of tickets issued on campus: parking tickets and campus appearance tickets.

Campus appearance tickets include all offenses listed on pages 30-33 in the 2014-15 Student Guide.

· Weapons

·  Violence to Persons

·  Drugs

·  Alcohol

·  Disorderly Conduct

·  Acts of Dishonesty

·  Safety and Endangerment

·   Trespassing

·   Compliance

·  Property Abuse

·  Technology Abuse

·  Residence Hall Policies

·  Learning Resources Code of Conduct

·  Dress Code

·  Student Organization Regulations

·  Federal, State and/or Local Law

If you violate a traffic offense while on campus, you can either be charged with a campus appearance ticket or as a state issued ticket at the officer’s discretion.

Students do have the right to appeal either type of tickets. Appeal forms are found in the Campus Police Office in the McLendon Center. Once the appeal form is filled out, it is then given to the officer who issued the ticket.

The officer can either deny the appeal or grant the appeal. If the appeal is denied the process is still not over.

An appeal board made up of faculty and staff meets every other month to read over appeals, and they have the right to overturn the ticket.

“So once you get a ticket, it is not the end of the world,” Davis said.

According to Davis, students typically find out if their ticket has been appealed within a month or two months. Students can also check back with campus police to see if the ticket has been appealed.

Students can also check their myNWCC account and can pay all tickets and other fees online. Failure to pay a ticket will result in not being able to take final exams; therefore, no grade will be received in all classes.

“Remember, ignorance of the rules is no excuse. We go above and beyond to make sure that everyone knows the rules,” Davis said. “The school spends a lot of money making sure we print up enough Student Guides every year; they are available to everyone.”

The main dress code violations police and staff members are seeing is exposure of skin and undergarments.

In the Student Guide on page 68, it outlines the proper dress code expected of Northwest students on campus.

“You can not show any undergarments period—tops and bottoms all need to be covered and no outfit should be disruptive. We have had students wear fishnet shirts that expose their undergarments, so that is disruptive,” Davis said. “We are not trying to be hard about this, we are just trying to prepare students for the real world working environment.”

Students are not allowed to be seen with the opposite sex after 10 p.m. Open dorm is on Monday and Tuesday from 6-10 p.m. Any other times or days other than what is listed is a violation and students will be ticketed.

Northwest launches rewards app

By Corey McKinney

There is now an app to reward students when they attend Northwest events.

Students who use the Ranger Rewards app will receive items ranging from a free Gatorade to possibly a T-shirt.

The app itself is very easy to use. You simply download the free app from the iTunes store or Google Play, sign up for free and check into sporting events. Once the event is scheduled, you can check into the event an hour before it starts.

For each event you attend, it will give you a certain amount of points. Each kind of event is worth a different amount of points. Build your points to receive all kinds of free gifts. To receive points, you log onto the Ranger Rewards app, click on events and choose the event you are attending. It will then add points to your total.

When you open the app, there will be six icons on the app’s home screen – Events, Awards, Account, Fan Poll, Social and Leaders.  When you go into each section of the app, you can do different activities involving Ranger events.

This app is not limited to Ranger athletic events. All events on campus, including band concerts and school plays, are eligible to receive points if attended.

“This is the ultimate game changer for Northwest athletics. We’re the first school in Mississippi to use SuperFanU, a loyalty rewards program, and we hope that it will not only boost attendance but bring fans together. It is still a learning process, as we are still figuring out how to use it,” Kevin Maloney, the director of Sports Information at Northwest, said. “We will gradually increase the awards.”

This app had 78 registered users within 48 hours of its launch on Sept. 2.

Northwest also has the most followers on social media accounts, including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, in the Mississippi community college system.

Show your Ranger loyalty, download the app, and start adding points to earn free prizes.

New faculty introduced on the Senatobia campus

By Samantha Whittle

The 2014 school year on the Senatobia campus has much to offer: new students, along with new faculty and staff. The new faculty and staff range from career-technical to the academic sections of Northwest.

Pamela Llana is an instructor in the nursing program. Her educational background includes a certificate in secondary education and degrees in medical technology and nursing. Llana earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Mississippi and her master’s degree from University of Tennessee Health Science Center. She has two goals while being at Northwest.

“First, I have an obligation to present education in nursing that serves to graduate accomplished and capable candidates to become registered nurses, serving the healthcare needs in our communities. Secondly, I hope to instill in my students that nursing is not just a job; it is a purposeful activity and calling,” Llana said.

Maya Berry is the digital librarian at the Senatobia campus. She has a Master of Science in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She wants to help the library continue their great work with helping students obtain resources and books to read and learn from.

Dawn Stevens is an instructor in the business department. She attended Northwest and has holds a bachelor and masters degree in Business Administration from Delta State University. Stevens has very specific goals for her students.

“I’d like to see my students complete their degree at Northwest and go on to successful careers in business. Even more important, I’d like to see them become well rounded adults who contribute positively to their families and communities,” Stevens said

Allen “Brad” Bross is a teacher in the Industrial Electronics Engineering Technology program. He also graduated from this same program in 2012. While in this program, Northwest put Bross through a work-based learning program for Carlisle Syntec. His goal while at Northwest is to help students like him in the program and to improve the program.

“I hope that I can help my students just as Mr. Clark helped me when I came through. I want to help build the IEET program into what we know it can be,” Bross said.

Sarah Beth Tyler is a beginning English and literature instructor in the English department. She has a Master of the Arts in English from the University of Memphis. She also taught at the University of Memphis five years prior to teaching at Northwest. The main goal she has for both of the subjects she teaches is for her students to understand the work and learn how to confidently use what they learn in class in the future.

Shelley Miller works in the mathematics department. She has a Bachelor of Science in mathematics from the University of North Alabama and a Master of Science in mathematics from University of Mississippi. Miller wants to help her students in the classroom along with their future careers.

“While at Northwest, I hope to inspire my students to move forward in life with confidence, respect and a positive attitude,” Miller said.

Karin Randolph is the new student navigator for nursing as well as a clinical instructor for freshman and sophomores. She has a Bachelor of Science in nursing from University Medical Center School of Nursing and a Master of Science in Nursing Education. Randolph has been a nurse for 33 years and has practiced and managed nurses in all areas of nursing. Her dream of teaching nursing has now come true. Her goals consist of helping nursing students and future nurses to succeed in their professions.

“I see this role as a privilege and an honor because it not only helps Northwest and our students; it helps support the future of nursing. I see myself as a mentor, a role model, and a life coach for the students – someone they can count on to steer them in the right direction in all aspects of school and life,” Randolph said.

Perk Johnston is a vocational-technical instructor in the John Deere Agricultural Technology Program. His background in education is a high school diploma in 1999 from Magnolia Heights School. Johnston also attended Northwest then went on to Mississippi State University before earning a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Mississippi.

“While I am here at Northwest, my biggest goal is to make a difference in the life of today’s young people. We have the ability in our program to put people to work, and that is something to definitely be proud of,” Johnston said.

Harold “Doug” Johnson works in the English department. He has a Bachelor of Arts in English, a Master of Education in English Education and advanced studies in higher education curriculum. Johnson’s main goal while at Northwest is to help students become more effective readers, writers and thinkers.

“I want students to leave my classes feeling that they have grown as writers and capable of displaying their honed skill-sets in the workplace or at an institution of higher learning, Johnson said.”

Justin Robinson is the assistant director of bands and the marching band director. He achieved a bachelors degree in music education from Mississippi State University. In 2013, he received the Master of Music from a performance at the Pennsylvania State University. His goals for Northwest are to grow the band in size and talent.

“My goal, as far as size goes, would be to have between 175-200 in the Ranger Band each year. I would also like to build up the trumpet and horn studio, specifically, more music majors. I feel I can provide a solid foundation for aspiring musicians and music educators coming from a high school background before they continue on to get their Bachelors at another institution,” Robinson said.

Eleanor Nabors is a business instructor.. She has a Bachelor of Business Administration from Mississippi State University, a Master of Business Administration from the University of Mississippi and a Doctorate of Jurisprudence from Mississippi College School of Law. Nabors wants to help her students gains the skills they will need.

“My goal as a business instructor at NWCC is to teach my students the skills they’ll need to be successful in their future, educational paths and feel confident to reach for their career goals,” Nabors said.

Kimberly Poland is a biology instructor in the science department. She has an Associate of Arts degree from Itawamba Community College, Bachelor of Arts in English and Biochemistry from the University of Mississippi, and a Master of Science in Biotechnology from Middle Tennessee State University. She has also had many hours of research in the fields of neurobiology, forensics, pharmaceutics, synthetic chemistry, biochemistry, microbiology and analytical chemistry. Poland’s goals include teaching her students information that can help them in their future jobs along with being a good example to others and pursuing more knowledge for her by getting a PhD.

“I want to be an approachable, helpful, respectful, and hard working Biology instructor that expects the same from my students. I am committed to helping students succeed not only in Biology at Northwest Mississippi Community College but also in their future academic and professional endeavors,” Poland said.

Some of the other new faculty this year is Dr. Patricia Martin in biology/chemistry and Walter Ruby in the Industrial Electronics Technology department. Northwest is very lucky to have gained all of these new faculty members who are greatly qualified for their positions and hope to bring much to Northwest and its students.