Parking woes on a college campus

By Greg Lush

Parking can be tough to find on many college campuses. There are times when finding a spot can be very difficult at some locations. When it comes to parking, there are a few things Northwest students should take into consideration.

In order to park on campus, there are a few basic rules to follow. All students who plan to operate a vehicle and park on campus are required to have a specific parking decal that will allow them parking privileges. The decals available come in different colors that correspond with where to park. White, green, blue and red decals should be placed on your vehicle for the parking you will use. The parking available on campus is reserved for commuting students, members of faculty and male and female dorm residents.

The first decal you will receive will be free of charge from Campus Police located inside the McLendon Center on campus. All students should make sure they have the right decal they need. Not getting the proper decal could result in a ticket from Campus Police. If a ticket is issued and not paid in a timely manner, it could result in a student being restricted from taking exams necessary for class. All tickets do have an appeals process that goes from Campus Police to the Business Office. The Business Office can give a clearance slip to any student who has received a ticket. Any student with issues with a given ticket should contact Campus Police to begin an appeals process.

“Today, students are basically guaranteed a valid parking space somewhere on campus. Make sure you arrive early and park in your assigned parking. If you do that, you will have nothing to worry about,” Chief of Police Zabe Davis said.

If a student is forced to drive another automobile to campus, a temporary decal may be issued for $1. The temporary pass is valid for up to five school days. One standard parking decal is issued for free each semester.

Learning how to balance relationships, school

By Morgan Shingler

Starting school, most students have two or three things on their minds: grades, relationships and food. These are all very important but among these three topics there has to be a balance.

Relationships can still be a priority while in college, you just have to manage your time and understand that school and studying are as much a priority as your significant other is. With relationships and school can come issues, and there are ways to help improve both.

Making a schedule and sticking with it can be a major key in this play of events. Write your schedule down a day ahead of time and stick to it. Writing down a schedule and having a list of things to do is going to be a lot more convenient than trying to remember the things off the top of your head. Your memory is good, but it is not always the most reliable, especially when you have had a long and stressful week.

Studying together and making lunch a time to hang out can also be an effective way to balance your time and still stick to your schedule. Many college students will stop and say they do not have time for lunch, but making time will make things easier. It is hard to eat lunch and do homework at the same time. Coordinate that time with a conversation and quality time with your significant other. That way you get the chance to stay healthy, eat regularly and be happy.

Distractions come in all shapes and forms, and yes, they can come from friends, relationships and even social media. Cut down on the distractions and make studying a priority. Your degree should be more important than what movie is going to be playing or what the latest gossip is. If you stay on top of your work and make it a habit to study rather than a chore, your weekends for the most part can be a little more stress free and exciting.

Though both relationships and school work can be exciting, there can be difficulties that can arise. Northwest offers services to help in this case. Anyone you know in an abusive relationship or who needs counseling dealing with stress/grades, the Student Development Center offers those services, and they are completely confidential. Signs of abusive relationships vary from an unpredicable temper to being excessively possessive and limiting your contact to both friends and family. Be aware of the signs and know that there are people on campus willing and eager to help.

The Student Development Center is located in Tate Hall on the Senatobia campus.

Writing Center driven by peer consultants


By Allen Brewer

The 2016 Quality Enhancement Plan, improving student writing, has been created to help students develop stronger writing skills for the future.

The three-step plan includes a Writing Center to help students work on their essays; an accelerated learning program that allows students to take beginning English and English Comp. I at the same time and curriculum alignment to allow English courses to grade on the same curriculum scale.

One of the features of the Writing Center, located in the McLendon Center in Room 222, is that students get one-on-one help from student peer consultants. There are four peer consultants working this semester including Arkasia Allen, Lizzy Davis, Ashton Dye and Nathan Walls.

Writing Center Director Jason Jones thinks that students will be more open to corrections from fellow students. While students might feel more uncomfortable going to a teacher for help, peer consultants offer help in every step of the writing process in a calm environment.

“My job is to help students be more confident with their writing,” Arkasia Allen, a sophomore studying psychology from Senatobia, said. “Just having a person there to listen to their thoughts helps.”

In addition to helping others with their writing, students must also build on their own skills.

“Being a Writing Center consultant has broadened my views on different kinds of writing,” Lizzy Davis, a freshman studying radiology from Independence, said. “I have become more interested in the many kinds of writing and am always learning more.”

The skills students need for this job include grammar, sentence structure and paper formatting. Students also must fill out reports on the skills reviewed by the consultation for the students to study later.

“Mr. Jones told me about the Writing Center at the beginning of the semester. I enjoy helping other students with their papers,” Nathan Walls, a sophomore studying secondary education from Strayhorn, said.

No extra studying is needed to schedule a meeting at the Writing Center. Students are just asked to bring their composition, their ideas and an open attitude to improve their writing.

“As consultants, we focus on all aspects of the writing process—instead of just one part,” Ashton Dye, a freshman studying general college from Strayhorn, said.

Haywood crowned 2016 Homecoming queen


By Freddy Lard Jr. & Mariah Wallace

Homecoming was a sweet one for the Rangers, as they defeated Holmes Community College, 27-12 on Sept. 29 at Bobby Franklin Field.

Northwest improved to an undefeated 5-0 overall and 3-0 in the North division. They won their 10th game in a row at home and nine games straight dating back from last season.

After holding Holmes scoreless on four straight drives to start, freshman kicker Drake McCarter’s career-long 47-yard field goal and redshirt sophomore quarterback Clay Holgorsen’s 10-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Marquisian Chapman gave the Rangers a 10-0 lead, after the first quarter of action. Holmes pulled within 4 points on a 55-yard touchdown pass to Holmes wide receiver D.J. Montgomery, Holmes kicker Caleb Shelly’s extra point after attempt was no good, leaving Holmes trailing 10-6.

Northwest responded two drives after with a touchdown, driving 73 yards on four plays to take a 17-6 lead. Ranger backup quarterback Cam Bowman was 3-for-3 on the drive for 69 of the 73 yards, finding an open Chapman for a 34-yard touchdown.  Sophomore linebacker A.J. Smith intercepted Bryant’s pass for his first career interception. Four plays later in the game, Holgorsen found freshman wide receiver Cleo Floyd for a 1-yard touchdown, the first of Floyd’s career, to extend the Northwest lead to 24-6 at the half.

After the first half of the football game, the Homecoming court from all three Northwest campuses, proceeded to enter the football field.

Representing the DeSoto Center were freshmen Alyssa Wilson and Kathryn Lee and sophomores Andrea Green and Andrea Galloway.

Representing the Oxford campus were freshmen Jalliyah Hardiman and Ralyn Bowling and sophomores Alison Caldwell Champion and Khadijah Thompson.

Representing the Senatobia campus were freshmen Jerrica Birks and Gabrielle Paterson and sophomores Alandrea Haywood and Kendall Newton.

As excitement and nervousness could be felt in the crowd, the Homecoming Queen Alandrea Haywood was crowned. Haywood graced the crowd with the beautiful smile as she was crowned.

“It was an extravagant feeling to be on the court and an exciting night,” Haywood said. “Homecoming has always been something I wanted to do, not knowing I had so many people supporting me,” said Haywood. “There were many beautiful ladies running and this has been a great experience for me, while learning many things to better my life along the way.”

Entering the third quarter of play, McCarter’s 44-yard field goal on the Rangers opening drive of the third extended the lead to 27-6 after three quarters. Holmes ‘most productive drive was a 7-play, 67-yard drive to start the fourth quarter, pulled the Bulldogs within 27-12. Holmes’ Treviante McDaniel scored from three yards out, with the two-point attempt no good. Northwest was able to waste away the clock for most of the fourth quarter and ended the night in fine fashion with sophomore linebacker Quondarius Qualls’ sack of Bryant for a 20-yard loss as time expired.

Holgorsen finished 8-for-18 for 84 yards and two scores, while Bowman was 5-for-8 for 87 yards and a touchdown. Chapman had six catches for 110 yards and two scores. Sophomore Tywun Walters rushed for 147 yards on 28 carries for a second straight game, while freshman running back Quarderman Sloan added 11 carries for 66 yards.

Holmes entered with the top rushing offense at 340.8 yards per game but managed just 136 on 48 carries for an average of 2.8 yards. Holmes’ Antavius Moody had a team-best six carries for 81 yards. Bryant was 8-for-21 for 201 yards and a 55-yard score to Montgomery. Freshman defensive lineman Hal Northern had a team and career-high nine tackles, followed by Alabama transfer Adonis Thomas with eight. Northwest added eight tackles-for-loss, two forced fumbles and three sacks on the night.