Players Club to host movie night on Nov. 12

By Cameron Jones

The Players Club is switching gears from acting on stage to showing a classic movie, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, on the big screen on Wednesday Nov. 12 at 6 p.m. in the Fine Arts Auditorium. The admission is free.

“Ferris Bueller is the classic back-to-school movie we all know and love,” Hannah Herring, president of the Player’s Club, said.

Concessions will be sold for a small cost before and during the movie with proceeds going to help fund a theatre major’s trip to the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF).

“KCACTF is a convention that theatre students from universities and colleges around the country come together to showcase their work and compete with one another,” Herring said. “There are also a variety of shows, activities and workshops to attend.”

The Player’s Club hopes to host another movie night next semester.

Basketball season begins at home

By Lauren Benton

Last season for the Ranger basketball team, Coach Don Skelton led the Rangers to a 13-11 mark and an 8-4 record in the MACJC North Division. Rangers also advanced to both the state and region tournaments for a second consecutive season.

The Rangers fell short of the championship title, but this year, Skelton intends on bringing a championship back to Senatobia.

One advantage of this  team is the amount of experience. There are seven returning players and four transfers from junior colleges, like Jones County and Co-Lin.

“We are hoping that this is going to help us during the season with their experience of playing at this level,” Skelton said.

Skelton points out that this season’s players to look out for are De’Sean Dockery and Sharwyn McGee; both are returning sophomores from last season.

Dockery is a guard from Memphis and was the leading scorer last season averaging 15 points a game.  McGee was the leading rebounder and third leading scorer.

Teams like Itawamba, who won the state title last year, East Mississippi and Holmes are looking like the teams to beat in order for the Rangers to have a successful season.

“Size is not our strong suit, but we make it up with our speed and depth,” Skelton said.

Skelton finalized his signing class in June, with seven new recruits.

“I knew these guys; I had knowledge of them from when they played in high school, and I think they will step up alongside the sophomores on the team,” Skelton said.

The home opener is on Nov. 6 at Howard Coliseum at 7 p.m.

Sports podcast now available

By Corey McKinney


Kenn Falkner (l-r), Corey McKinney and Andrew

McDonald produce a podcast every week.  (Photo

by Lauren Benton)

The Ranger Rocket staff has a newly founded podcast for the public.

Ranger Up Radio is a weekly podcast featuring three Ranger Rocket staff members. It covers all athletic events at Northwest, including football, basketball, baseball, softball and soccer.

“I am very impressed with the Ranger Up Radio Show that Corey, Kenn and Andrew have put together.  As a journalism instructor, nothing makes me happier than driven students who go above their required coursework,” Carroll Huebner, journalism instructor and adviser of the Ranger Rocket, said.

The radio show is an opportunity for young broadcasters to get experience in the recording and editing studio.

The host of the show is Corey McKinney, a freshman studying broadcasting from Wesson.

“I’ve always wanted to do broadcast journalism. I’ve been around it all my life with my dad’s radio show,” McKinney said. “It runs in the family I guess.”

McKinney is also a student worker under Sports Information Director, Kevin Maloney.

Co-host of the show is sports section editor of the Ranger Rocket, Kenn Falkner.

Falkner is a sophomore studying journalism from Holly Springs and a transfer student from the University of Mississippi.

“I think it’s something new that future Ranger Rocket students can carry on,” Falkner said.

Also making frequent appearances on the show is Andrew McDonald. McDonald is a freshman studying broadcasting from Lake Cormorant.

“It’s a great opportunity. I want to eventually have a sports radio show, and this is a step in the right direction,” McDonald said about working with the show. “Plus it’s lots of fun sitting around and talking sports.”

You can listen to the show two different ways. Go online to or search Ranger Up Radio on the iTunes store.

It is a weekly podcast recorded on Monday afternoon and available to the public by Monday night.

Be sure to tune in to the official podcast of the Ranger Rocket and your home for anything and everything Northwest athletics, Ranger Up Radio.

“They sound like true radio broadcasters, and I urge students to listen to it,” Huebner said.

Lions Club gathering eye glasses

By Lauren Benton

The Northwest Rangers Lions Club invites all students and faculty to

stop by the R.C. Pugh Library to see their new braille display.

“Sharing the Vision,” is the club’s theme for the month of October.

There is a box located in the back of the library to donate used glasses; these glasses can be reading, prescription or sunglasses.

The club will be collecting used glasses for the next few months, and they will be sent off to the student chapter of Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity.

SVOSH is an organization made up of optometry students in Memphis who clean, refurbish, sort and classify those glasses to be used around the world.

Future projects for the club include collecting canned goods and providing Christmas to a needy family in Tate County.

If interested in donating glasses or for more information on the

club, email

Five tips to getting better grades

By Samantha Whittle

In college, whether a university or a community college, students have to make the best grades they can. Most students get caught up in the student life, not studying as much as they should or focusing on one specific class that is their hardest, forgetting to studying for the others. When grades drop, students need help. According to Randall S. Hansen, Ph.D. on, there are tips on how to improve grades:

1.  Get Organized – Getting a planner and using it helps keep every deadline, test schedule and homework in order. Therefore, the student will not forget what they have to do each night.

2.  Attend Class – Be at every class meeting, unless there is absolutely no way to be. Then, find out what was missed during class.

3.  Time Management – Time should be managed where students have enough time to complete work assignments for each class, along with any other activities planned, but do not overextend yourself to every activity possible.

4.  Be an Active Student – Listen to the professor and take as many notes as you can, ask the professor if you don’t understand and study the notes.

5.  Allies Not Enemies – Think of professors as allies or partners, not enemies that are fighting to make every student fail.  All professors want their students to do is pay attention, learn and pass the class.

Alisa June Turner, Spanish instructor, agrees that students should know ways to improve their grades.

“When you are juggling several classes, that is not easy, but there are so many organizers to use to keep track of every class,” Turner said. “When you come to class, go ahead and take out the materials you know are needed.”

How to protect yourself from the flu virus

By Lauren Benton

Flu season is in full swing on the Northwest campus, so here are some tips to stay healthy, how to avoid the flu and how to recognize the virus before it is too late.

First things first, wash your hands as much as possible. If you cannot get to soap and water, alcohol-based hand sanitizer is always a good second best. I always keep one in my backpack, purse, car and one in my dorm.

Make sure to wash your hands before every meal, after using the restroom, after using public keyboards and after pumping gas.

When you are sick, stay home. Do not run the risk of possibly infecting people you come into contact with at your job or school.

Avoid any close contact with people who are sick.  Protect yourself from catching the virus. Also, steer clear of sharing drinks and food with people. Germs are spread usually when someone touches something so try not to touch your mouth, nose and eyes.

If you find yourself coughing or with a runny nose make sure to cough into the inside of your elbow and using tissues as much as possible.

The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by the influenza virus. It is a mild to severe illness that could lead to death.

Symptoms of the virus are:

• Fever

• Chills

• Sore throat

• Runny nose

• Muscle/body aches

• Headaches

• Fatigue (tiredness)

• Vomiting/diarrhea (more common in children than adults)

Our local Walgreens carries a seasonal flu shot. This season’s vaccine protects against 3 influenza viruses that research indicates will be most common during the season.

The only downfall to taking the flu shot according to, is you may still be susceptible to the flu during the two weeks after your flu shot as the vaccine takes effect.