Spring athletics and events offer students opportunities to be involved on campus

By Reagan Pepper, Kreneice Reid and Samantha Whittle

There will be a number of events on campus in the spring semester to ensure an active environment for students, especially with spring sports kicking off.

Sports

To find schedules for sports, visit nwccrangers.com.

Liesl Mote, the intramural coordinator, is also the sponsor for the Ranger cheer squad and looks forward to cheer try-outs, which are scheduled for May 8-9. A cheer clinic will be held April 11 and April 25. Football try-outs are scheduled for Feb. 11.

With basketball season wrapping up, students can attend a variety of other sporting events. The main sports of the spring semester are baseball, softball, tennis and golf.

According to Mote, the Ranger Danger mascot will throw the first pitch of the doubleheader softball and baseball games.

According to Mote, the tennis matches usually go on about half a day and usually attract a lot of student activity at the ROC.

To increase attendance at sporting events, Mote has planned performances for all the home basketball games that will take place at halftime. Previous performances included appearances from the multiple time national champion cheer squad from the University of Memphis Pom and the University of Mississippi cheer squad.

Mote is optimistic about success within the athletic department this spring.

“With the basketball season still continuing and both of our teams doing really well, hopefully we will be able to host some state playoffs,” Mote said.

According to Mote, further student activity includes spring intramural sports like dodge ball, softball, basketball shoot-out and volleyball.

Dates & deadlines

Students love to have days off of school, but they may not know exactly when these days are. Northwest breaks are scheduled for the following dates:

•  Spring Break—March 9-14

•  Easter—April 2-4

Some more important dates and deadlines beginning with the month of February are as follows:

•  Last day to make an application for spring graduation—Feb. 20

•  Residence halls close for Spring Break at 4 p.m.—March 6

•  Residence halls re-open at 2 p.m.— March 15

•  Last day to withdraw from a class if failing and receive a “W”— March 20

•  Last day to withdraw from an online class—April 1

•  Pre-registration for the Summer 2015 and Fall 2015 terms— April 6-30

•  Last day to withdraw from a class if passing and receive a “W”— April 24

•  Last day of online classes—May 1

•  Clearance— May 6-8

•  Finals—May 9-14

•  Residence halls close at 4 p.m. for those who are not involved in      graduation—May 14

•  Graduation/ Residence halls close at 4 p.m. for those who are  involved in graduation—May 15

Fine Arts

To view the calendar of fine arts events, visit http://www.northwestms.edu, locate the News and events option under the Information tab and then select the fine arts performances option. The Fine Arts department is no stranger to offering a variety of performance and artistic opportunities for the campus and community from steel band performances to art exhibits.

“Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day” by Judith Viorist, is the musical production that will run March 26-28 at 7 p.m. and 29 at 2 p.m.

Tickets are $5 and are free for all Northwest students with show of ID.

Sadie Shannon, instructor and musical director, attest to the perks of granting students free access to performances.

“I think reducing the prices for students and making the event free with student ID, like all other events on campus was a great asset to our department,” Shannon said.

According to Shannon, the audience numbers doubled bringing in nearly 200 people for the

CONTINUED ON PG. 4 play “Miss Firecracker Contest” due to the price reduction.

“I greatly appreciate the high level of artistry of the concert bands and Northwest Singers concerts because the students present themselves on such a professional level, and I have the opportunity to observe the talent, hard work, and passion that the students put into it,” Dr. Saundra Bishop, the director of the Northwest Entertainers, said.

Bishop is confident about the outcome of what the fine arts department will present for the spring semester.

Student activities

The Beauty review is scheduled for March 26.

The spring carnival will be held at the end of April. The carnival will be entitled Spring Fling and will be extended into a full week, similar to Homecoming week where events are scheduled every day of the week. Mote wants to have a week of fun before finals and departing ways for the summer.

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