Students, don’t fall for the flu


Natasha Knox, a sophomore studying pratical nursing

from Rolling Fork prepares a practice flu shot for William

Payne, a freshman studying practical nursing from Coldwater.

(Photo by Teresa Andrews)

Written by News Writing and Reporting Class

A chill is in the air, leaves are turning red and gold and a chorus of sneezing, coughing and sniffles can be heard throughout the classrooms on campus. Not only is it distracting to those trying to listen, but it can be hard to learn anything if you are feeling poorly. With cold and flu season upon us, it is best to take steps to prevent the spread of germs before landing your own coughing solo mid-algebra class.

According to the Washington Post, since 2011 there have been 332 flu-related deaths in the U.S., reaching epidemic status in the 2014-2015 season. To be considered an epidemic, 6.8 percent of those diagnosed died. Here are some health tips to avoid becoming a statistic.

First, stay clean. Be sure to keep hands washed or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. While washing, use soap and running water for at least 20 seconds or the time it takes to hum the Happy Birthday song twice. Keep hands away from your face and wipe down any surface touched on a regular basis with disinfectant cleansers or a clean towel.

An article from said, “Just like your hands, your living spaces are frequently touched and can harbor germs causing you to become ill.” It shows that any little thing people touch, could be the main factor in contracting the flu.

“Always be sure to keep your hands washed and be mindful of germs,” Peyton Tower, a sophomore studying nursing from Hernando, said. “An easy way to do this is carry portable hand sanitizer or wipes to avoid picking up or spreading germs.”

Visit a doctor or a pharmacy store for information on how to get vaccinated for the flu virus.

“The key to prevention is getting the flu shot. One year, I got the flu even after the vaccination, so my husband and kids took Tamiflu to prevent being infected,” Erin Harrell, a psychiatric nurse practitioner from St. Francis Hospital in Memphis, said. “The most important things I stress to my kids during flu season is hand-washing and covering coughs, but nothing can replace the flu shot.”

Another way to steer clear of the flu is through antiviral drugs. Medications are prescription pills, liquids or inhalers used to prevent or treat flu viruses. According to, there are four antiviral drugs approved for fighting the flu in the U.S.—oseltamivir (Tamiflu), zanamivir (Relenza), amantadine (Symmetrel) and rimantadine (Flumadine). Talk to a doctor for more information on taking these medications.

Lastly, protect yourself from any illness by taking care of your mind and body. Protein is vital to any diet when it comes to keeping healthy. Avoid artificial chemicals and junk food, and start taking a daily vitamin. Also, try to avoid stress and get a good night’s sleep consisting of at least seven to eight hours. Without sleep or time to relax, the immune system can weaken and make a person more vulnerable to viruses.

The site recommends an hour of daily exercise, because it can increase the activity of a type of white blood cell that attacks viruses.

“Get immunized, get plenty of Vitamin C and B12 and try to get enough rest so your immune system is at its best,” Alisha Todd, a nursing aid at Asera Care Hospice in Senatobia, said. “If you start having symptoms, treat fever with Tylenol, treat cough and congestion with Robitussin and see your family physician.”

This is written by the News Writing & Reporting class that includes Teresa Andrews, Freddy Lard Jr., Corey McKinney, Kelly Talley, Bethany Underwood and Kasey Woitesek.

Christmas spirit soars throughout campus

By Kasey Woitesek

Northwest will be hosting a few holiday festivities to treat students before they leave for Christmas break. Finals are the second week of December:  Dec. 8-15. The Christmas break follows finals week from Dec. 15 to Jan. 8.

On Dec. 1 from 2:30 -4:30 p.m., there will be a Christmas party in the McLendon Center, room 124 on the Senatobia campus. Holiday music will be  played throughout the party and free snacks will be offered for students that can present a Northwest ID.

Students are encouraged to wear holiday attire or their ugliest Christmas sweater to the party. Come socialize and enjoy the holiday atmosphere with fellow classmates.

The music department will also be performing to celebrate the holidays. The Entertainers will perform a fall concert on Nov. 19 from 7 – 9 p.m.

A Christmas concert performed by the Music Department will be held on Dec. 3 from 7-9 p.m. in the Fine Arts Auditorium on the Senatobia campus.

Your student ID can save you money

By Teresa Andrews

Most students believe that a student I.D. card is only used for identification or as the school credit card, but there are many more opportunities for students to take advantage.

Restaurants such as El Charro, Rio Lindo and Coleman’s BBQ give a 10 percent discount on any meal. Subway, Burger King, McDonalds, Arbys, Dairy Queen and Buffalo Wild Wings gives up to 10 percent off the total purchase. Qdoba offers a $5 student burrito meal and when shown a student I.D., you will get a free drink. Chipotle and Chick-fil-A offers a free drink.

“We offer up 10 percent off for any meal, and also have coupons on the back of our receipts for a buy one get one free six inch,”  Kelsey, a shift supervisor at Subway, said.

Apple stores offer education pricing for students, with up to $200 off a new MacBook Pro. By typing into the URL, an education link at the bottom of the screen will appear. After the student clicks the link, he/she will then choose the school they are attending or will attend. Then begin shopping.

Wordsru gives a 10 percent discount on each editing job and proofreading online. Sony gives a 10 percent discount on sale items. You must have your student I.D. to get these discounts, and they are offered online and in stores.

Kroger gives 10 percent off any food items. Jiffy Lube gives you $10 off every purchase. Students can get special pricing at 24 Hour Fitness and Corepower Yoga, if you sign up with your student I.D. card. Visit AMC Theaters any time on Thursdays and get a cheaper admission with your student I.D. card. The Tobie Cinema offers $5 admission tickets. The student must have a valid ID.

For any sporting or fine arts event held at Northwest, a Northwest student I.D. can be used for a free admission.

Rangers beat Gulf Coast, head to national championship

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Staff Report

The wait is finally over.

For the first time in 16 long years, the Northwest Rangers are MACJC Football Champions, defeating Gulf Coast 34-24 on Saturday to claim its ninth football title in program history (2015, 1999, 1992, 1991, 1989, 1987, 1982, 1965, 1960).

Northwest improved to 10-1 overall, defeating its fifth ranked opponent this season. It’s also their first-ever postseason win over the Bulldogs in eight tries. MGCCC fell to 8-3 with the loss.

The Rangers’ swarming defense got to MGCCC quarterback A.J. Erdely all afternoon long, just as they did the first meeting of the season back in September. Northwest forced four turnovers and finished with six sacks, three from freshman Quondarius Qualls, and tallied 14 total in two games against the Bulldogs.

Northwest took its second drive of the game 49 yards in three plays, with Gardner Minshew going 3-for-3 on the drive and connecting with Marquisian Chapman for a 13-yard touchdown and 7-0 lead.

Gulf Coast responded 5 minutes later to tie the game at 7-7 after Erdely’s 6-yard quarterback keeper. The scoring drive was setup by T’Rod Daniels’ 54-yard punt return down to the Northwest 11-yard line.

The Rangers jumped back in front minutes into the second quarter when Justin Crawford broke a 50-yard touchdown run to make it 14-7. Crawford’s run put him over the 3,000-yard mark of his illustrious career, the only player in school history to accomplish the feat.

Joshua Rowland’s 39-yard field goal with 15 seconds remaining in the quarter pulled Gulf Coast within 14-10 at half.

After the Rangers’ opening drive of the third quarter stalled out at the MGCCC 15-yard line, it was the Northwest defense that cranked it up a notch.

Corey Brown strip-sacked Erdely at the MGCCC 32-yard line and then scooped and scored from 22 yards out to make it 21-10 with 10:58 left in the third.

Two possessions later it was the defense again, this time Tito Windham. After Quondarius Qualls sacked Erdely for a 14-yard loss it was Windham who picked up the loose ball at the 5-yard line and scampered in for the score and 27-10 lead.

MGCCC pulled within 27-17 just 40 seconds later, however, when Erdely scrambled outside of the pocket and then hit Johnathan Nance for a 62-yard touchdown to end the third quarter.

Northwest took its largest lead, 34-17, with 11:30 to play in the game after Minshew hit Crawford out of the backfield for an 18-yard touchdown on 3rd-and-12. The drive was aided by a 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty and kept alive on Jacob McCrary’s 28-yard diving catch.

Erdely drove the Bulldogs 83 yards on nine plays with the clock running under 6 minutes and hit Nance for a 4-yard touchdown to make it 34-24 with 2:49 remaining. Erdely was 6-for-8 on the drive for 81 of the 83 yards.

Gulf Coast got the ball back with 1:05 remaining and drove it down to the Northwest 2-yard line before the final horn.

Under second-year coordinator Benjy Parker, Northwest’s defense finished the day with 10 tackles-for-loss, six sacks, three forced fumbles, four fumble recoveries, three breakups and two defensive touchdowns. Malik Hawkins (13 tackles, 2 TFL, sack) and Devante Davis (11 tackles, TFL, sack) led the way with double digit tackles.

Minshew finished 12-for-25 for 204 yards and two touchdowns, connecting with McCrary five times for 111 yards and throwing TD passes to Chapman and Crawford. On the ground, Chapman added 85 yards on 14 carries while Crawford finished with 71 and a score.

Northwest will now turn its attention to Mississippi Bowl VIII, set for Sunday, Dec. 6 at 2 p.m. for the NJCAA National Championship. The Rangers will find out their opponent on Tues., Nov. 17.

Four students win gift cards from NWEA


These students were winners of $25 WalMart gift cards at the Northwest Mississippi Community College Education College Fair on Oct. 28. Students were able to speak with representatives from 16 four-year colleges and universities about transfer and scholarship opportunities. The event was sponsored by the Northwest Education Association (NWEA).  Pictured left to right are Johnny Huynh of Tunica, Mikionna Holman of Sardis, Miracle Johnson of Coldwater and Dalton Bryant of Batesville, NWEA president.  (Staff photo)