Northwest Student Book Exchange offers a way to sell books

By Mariah Wallace

During the beginning of a semester, students know they will have to buy books for each course.  Each class may require a book or two or maybe a code. The bookstore is an option for purchasing a textbook and other necessities, but if there was another cheaper option, students wouldn’t be out of money and saving wouldn’t be a problem.

To solve this issue, there is an exchange system on Facebook for students looking for a certain textbook or code that students can purchase new or used under $70. Also, students can resell a textbook for any price. The name of this system is the Northwest Student Book Exchange. This book exchange was founded in 2014 by Mike Haskins, a former Northwest student who felt the need for students to save money and resell their textbooks to other students.

It all started when Haskins began to post his used textbooks on his Facebook page and eventually made a group that would cater to selling books.

Two years after having the group created, nearly 2,000 members buy and sell books daily. “It’s been a great resource for students and some instructors,” Haskins said. “It’s a very active group, and we usually add at least eight to 10 students daily.” To be able to take part in the book exchange, go to the Northwest Student Book Exchange on Facebook and request to join. A group administrator will review your request to join and you will soon be added.

Haskins now is a senior integrated marketing communications major at Ole Miss and still runs the Northwest Student Book Exchange in his free time along with other people. Take advantage of this helpful resource! It can help you save and get you money at the same time!

Important life skills should be learned now

By Morgan Shingler

Whether it be from childhood or after high school, everyone was always told time and time again, “You need to remember this, you will need it for college,” and most of the time they were correct. Throughout life, you will run into people of different races, religions and most importantly people of different mindsets.

Regardless of any of those characteristics, one needs to prepare themselves to be ready in any given situation and to handle it positively and with ease.

Relating to the people around you will be the first step in situations to come and will help you in the future more than it will now. You may have your own opinions about things and how things should be done, but that should never become an issue or progress will not be made. While in school, relating to others can be a major factor when doing group work or even with deadlines and work material being turned in. Meanwhile the work force business deals and situations in the medical field require those certain people skills.

Develop a professional version of yourself. Do not become a fake person, but make sure that there is a line not to cross when mixing business and your personal life. Be yourself but develop a work personality that is all business and knows how to get the job done. Playing around is OK when out of class, but while in class it is not the place. You are there to learn and not waste time. The same applies to work and business ventures.

Time management will always be something that one needs to practice. Not just every other day but every day. It is always needed. Getting to class on time makes all the difference between passing a class and failing a class. It also applies to getting written up at work and getting In trouble for showing up an hour after you were scheduled. Growing older comes with responsibility, and that is one thing that should not be taken lightly.

“Practice makes habit,” Allie Coughlin, a clinical supervisor at Youth Villages from Memphis said. “You have to know what works for you, whether it be a planner or a schedule on your phone. It gets easier and becomes a habit over time.”

Presentations in class, doing research and taking responsibility are all major skills to keep with you over the period of your life.    They not only will help with business in your future career but even if you become involved in group organizations and social clubs when you get older. A lot of the things you are taught now as a student will once again come up as time goes on. Believe your teachers when they tell you it will definitely be needed. They are doing the best that they can to help you grow and become the people you are destined to be.

PTK collecting items for three donation drives


Phi Theta Kappa members (left to right) Reporter Emily Thompson, President Leah Thompson and Secretary of Scholarship Kendall McCoy are collecting donations for a canned food drive and teddies for tots.  (Photo by Allen Brewer)

By Allen Brewer

Phi Theta Kappa is hosting three donation drives to help the citizens of Tate County. A food and teddy bear drive and a Shrine Club toy drive are open to donations at the Library and the McLendon Center.

Partnered with Hope Ministries, the PTK food drive is open from Oct. 5 to Nov. 17. Non-perishables and canned foods are items in need over the holidays.

“We want to get our school involved in the community,” Emily Thompson, PTK reporter and a sophomore studying biology from Hernando, said. “That’s what PTK does, not just academics.”

The food drive donation bin is located in the Library for students and faculty to place their donations.

New this year is a teddy bear donation drive for the local police department. Created by Kendall McCoy, PTK secretary of scholarship and a sophomore studying elementary education from Olive Branch, Teddies for Tots is a project that will give police officers teddy bears to give to children they might come into contact with on a call.

“It’s a way for students to connect with the community and for us to partner with law enforcement to improve situations for everyone,” McCoy said. “I believe this will help children feel more comfortable around officers.”

By giving a bear, officers could help children who have been traumatized in a car accident or those witnessing an arrest. The donations will be collected from Oct. 5 until Nov. 14; donation boxes are located in the Library and in the McLendon Center.

A different PTK toy drive will begin soon to collect toys for the Northwest Shrine Club. The PTK toy drive will gather toys for children in the community from ages 0-12 years old.  They will be given to children at the Cookies for Santa event.

“Northwest Shriners love the support of the community,” Dawn Stevens, PTK adviser, said. “We like to give back to our community.”

A donation box will be placed in the Library and the McLendon Center for donations of new toys. The box will remain until Dec. 2.

Members of the community are welcomed to attend the Shrine’s meeting Dec. 11 at 2 p.m. at the Shrine Club building. Cookies, punch and pictures with Santa will be offered to attendees, and the collected toys will be given to the local children.

“I think that this is a good way to get involved in the community,” Leah Thompson, PTK president and a sophomore studying psychology from Olive Branch, said. “Giving back is a trait that will continue throughout life.”