Remembering 9/11: A Day of Infamy

By Raquel Becton

We all remember that day of terror—Sept. 11, 2001.

When the Boeing 737 hit the World Trade Center, instantly hurt, pain and tears were shared among citizens. This horrific scene brought our country together as a whole. The North Tower was the first tower to be hit.

CNN covered the breaking news, as they called witnesses who talked about the devastating scene. The North Tower was hit at 8:45 a.m. This tower was visited by tourists and included restaurants on the top floors.

Then, within minutes, the South Tower was hit at 9:03 a.m.

Do you remember where you were this day? Do you remember what you were doing? Do you remember your reactions?

Nearly 3,000 people died during the terrorist attack.

At 9:53 a.m. in the South Tower, Kevin Michael Cosgrove called the dispatcher for help. He was still stuck on the 105th floor in the Northwest corner. Five minutes later, the building collapsed. Fear, anxiety and panic were overtaking Cosgrove’s voice. Cosgrove told that dispatcher that he and another man were stuck in the office. Cosgrove repeated over and over, “We are young men. We are not ready to die.” Within two minutes of saying that, Cosgrove hollered, “Oh God! Oh!” Within seconds, the South Tower had collapsed.

We remember the fallen victims, the people who were jumping from the windows. The first responders who were trying to save those trapped. The people who were hanging rags and shirts out of the windows screaming for help that wasn’t capable of reaching them.

Sept. 11 is a day to stop and have a moment of silence for our country and to remember those lost.

“Mama Won’t Fly” starts Oct. 21

By Teresa Andrews and Bethany Underwood

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Mary Addyson Harville (l-r), Jasmine Kelley and Jorge

Ortega rehearse the betrothal scene of “Mama Won’t Fly” on Sept. 11.

(Photo by Samantha Whittle)

The upcoming play “Mama Won’t Fly,” is a comedy about a race against the clock.

The performances will take place on Oct. 21 and 23-24 at 7 p.m. and Oct. 25 at 2 p.m. in the Fine Arts Auditorium. There will not be a performance on Oct. 22 due to a football game.

Savannah, played by Jenna Taylor, is placed in charge of taking Mama, played by Alexis Bryner, from Alabama to California for her brother’s wedding within four days.

Mama refuses to travel by plane, so a cross-country road trip ensues.  Haley Quinn, Savannah’s sister- in-law, decides she wants to ride with them, because she thinks it’s a great way to bond.

Their bonding road trip quickly becomes a comedy when they come across a museum and find the accidental homicide of an ancient Texas relative.

This ferociously funny, family-friendly, Jones-Hope-Wooten comedy will have you laughing your way across the country and all the way down the aisle.

The cast list includes seven females and three males.

Mama is played by Alexis Bryner; Savannah by Jenna Taylor and Hayley by Charlotte Malone. Essie, Juliette, Rema Jean and Sybil are being played by Laurie Purtle. Tanya, Ardale and Teera are played by Jasmine Kelley. Pawnee is being played by Ashley Vinson. Edweena and Kiki are played by Mary Addyson Harville.

Denton, Officer Dugger, Chicken and Spud are played by Phillip Aaron Brasher. Mitch, Ronald and Kelvin will be played by Jorge Ortega. Mickey, Red and Uncle Fred are played by Matthew Keegan Riley.

The play is free to attend for all Northwest students who have their ID.

Student safety a priority for Campus Police

By Larry Mason

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Campus Police are working to improve campus safety

by patrolling and conducting drills. If in an emergency,

students can contact the Campus Police by calling (662) 562-3314.

(Photo by Larry Mason)

     Northwest’s Campus Police department works hard each semester to provide the students, faculty and staff with a safe place for teaching, learning and studying. They train and test new and familiar practices each semester, so that they can ensure the safest possible environment for everyone.

Faculty members received a packet at the beginning of this semester with information on the procedures for handling emergency situations. The updated Emergency Response Plan that is passed out covers everything from bomb threats and campus evacuations to epidemics and civil disturbances. The plan maps out protocols for every type of dangerous situation, so the campus community can safely follow the plan to prevent injuries.

This semester, a lockdown drill was conducted on all campuses, which helps to prepare the campus community in the event a situation occurs on campus that requires this reaction.

The lockdown drill starts with a Ranger Alert being sent out by text to all subscribed users. Then, depending on where you are and what you are doing on campus; you will shelter in place appropriately, this will continue until an all-clear is sent out.

The lockdown drill is also timed by the Campus Police, so that they can calculate the efficiency of the campus preparedness. According to Chief of Police Zabe Davis, timing the drill gives the Campus Police accurate information on the process, which helps them gain knowledge of the strengths and weaknesses in an emergency situation.

The department also holds mandatory fire and tornado drills that help with the preparations for possible residence hall emergencies.

Davis urges the students and faculty of Northwest to pay attention to the alerts that are sent out and be aware of their surroundings. He also urges everyone to report anything out of the ordinary on campus.

On top of rigorous planning and training, Campus Police also have the credentials to back up their methods. Many of the officers, including Davis, have S.W.A.T. training, and other tactical levels of training and preparation. There are also officers with medical training that can be beneficial during emergencies on campus.

“My mission and the department’s mission is to provide a safe environment that is conducive for learning,” Davis said.

Anyone who is interested in obtaining the Emergency Response Plan can find a copy on the Campus Police webpage.

You can subscribe to Ranger Alerts by texting 955-77.

Homecoming game vs. Holmes set for Oct. 3

Homecoming is an annual event held at Northwest that is full of festivities for students.

The Homecoming game will be at Ranger Stadium on Oct. 3 at 2 p.m. against Holmes Community College.

Before the game, the Homecoming Celebration and Luncheon Program will be held in the Haraway Center from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. It is open to the public, but reservations must be made due to limited seating. Tickets can be purchased through Dolores Wooten at the Northwest Alumni Office at (662) 560-1105.

By Kasey Woitesek

At this event, Dr. Jason Walton will be honored as the Alumnus of the Year for Northwest.

Also, six new inductees will be added to the Northwest Sports Hall of Fame. Receiving the awards are Galen Young (men’s basketball), Marc Dukes (men’s basketball coach), Andre Rone (football), Jack Robertson (rodeo), Joe Boyles (four-sport athlete) and Nikita Taylor (women’s basketball). These athletes are being rewarded for their outstanding hard work and talent in their sport.

The Homecoming queens and maids will be announced during halftime at the football game. Elections for Homecoming court will be held Sept. 21 -23 electronically.

There will be two maids picked from each Northwest campus, one freshman and one sophomore. The sophomore from each campus with the most votes will be pronounced the 2015 Homecoming Queen. Students will be sent voting directions through their Northwest email account.

“I’m so excited to perform at the game as a Rangerette,” Kendall Elaine McCoy, a sophomore studying nursing from Olive Branch, said. “I would be honored to be voted onto Homecoming court and have the chance to represent my school.”

This year, Liesl Mote is also conducting Homecoming events, including an upcoming carnival. The carnival is scheduled to be outside the McLendon Center on Sept. 30, from 4 to 8 p.m.

“We’re excited to see the turnout this year,” Mote says about the carnival.

The carnival will have food, games and activities for students. Be sure to bring your student ID to all school events for free entry.

The Northwest DeSoto Center in Southaven will be giving away free burgers, chips and drinks on the front lawn on Oct. 2 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. to support the Rangers.