PTK holds food drive for Hope Ministries

By Teresa Andrews

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Phi Theta Kappa officers delivered the food collected for the fall service project to Hope Ministries on Nov. 20.  PTK members and non-members collected around 10 large boxes of food that was donated to Hope Ministries in Senatobia.  (Photo submitted)

Phi Theta Kappa held a food drive for Hope Ministries in November, making this their fall service project.

Judy Barham, early childhood education technology instructor and PTK adviser, said the drive turned out to be a success.

Dr. Kim Hamilton-Wims, chemistry instructor and PTK adviser, said, PTK members and non-members donated about three car loads of non-perishable foods, which equaled to about 10 large boxes.

“I think it was cool that we got to help people in the community, and it’s a good feeling to know that we are helping some that we know,” Ashlinn Webster, PTK historian and a freshman studying elementary education from Hernando, said.

Hope Ministries is a local Christian social service agency that gives the hope of Christ by serving the neighbors in times of need and supporting their efforts toward stability.

They give to the working individuals who simply cannot make ends meet, senior citizens on fixed incomes, people with disabilities or illnesses, victims of job loss or spousal abandonment and people suffering from other crises.

They also provide food, help with rent, mortgages  or utilities, transportation, medical needs and referral services to alternate assistance providers.

Hope Ministries does so much through donations through the public and accepts any form of donation.

To receive their services, you must apply and be accepted into their program to receive your box or gift once a month.

Book buy back held during finals

By Samantha Whittle

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As a college student, classroom books take up the majority of expenses each semester. One way to gain back the lost money is to take care of the books and sell them back at the end of the semester to  bookstores.

Both the Senatobia campus and DeSoto Center will hold book buy-back Dec. 8 – 15 from 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. The DeSoto Center has extended their times on Dec 9 and 10 from 8 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.

The Oxford Center will hold book buy-back Dec. 9 – 11 and Dec. 14 and 15. On each of these days, students can sell back books from 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. and from 1 – 4 p.m.

Students must bring their Northwest student ID to be able to sell back a textbook.

“We normally give 50 percent back on the textbooks we buy back. These include both hard and soft back books,” Joel Boyles, director of union services on the Senatobia campus, said. “Books need to be in good condition to be able for us to buy back.”

The bookstores do not buy back books with access codes or customized books. Books that are loose-leaf and required to be put into a binder are also not bought back.

For the books that cannot be bought back by Northwest, the bookstore will have someone set up outside to do so. The table will be set up on the same dates as book buy-back from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

If your books are not able to be purchased by the bookstore or if you believe you could get more another way, trading in books to amazon.com or posting them on book exchange sites could be your best bet. To trade in books to Amazon, go to the website and find the tab that says “Sell us your books.”

By getting a quote on how much the book costs based on its condition and shipping the books to Amazon by a certain date, you could gain money through a gift card from Amazon.

There are many book exchange sites including The Northwest Student Book Exchange on Facebook. This page allows students to post what books they have and want to sell or the books they need. Other students can then post back with responses.